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USMA 2023 Joined by Old Grads for March Back

USMA 2023 Joined by Old Grads for March Back
 

More than 250 Old Grads, representing 46 classes and spanning 62 years (from 1958 through 2019), joined 1,187 new cadets from the Class of 2023 on August 12 for March Back and the unveiling of their class motto: “Freedom Is Not Free.” As they moved down Washington Road—platoons of cadets in combat uniforms were followed by a large contingent of grads in khaki shorts, black polos, and ballcaps adorned with the USMA crest—it was easy to appreciate the symbolic metaphor that defines all who have endured the trials and celebrated the joys West Point has to offer. “It was the Long Gray Line,” Lieutenant General Darryl Williams ’83, the 60th Superintendent of West Point, told grads at a luncheon following the March Back. “And all of us are linked to it.” Full story. Photos.

WPAOG 150th Celebration Continues

  WPAOG 150th Celebration Continues
   

The summer “main event” for our ongoing 150th Anniversary celebration will be the annual WPAOG Leaders Conference, sponsored by the Class of 1967. This year more than 300 Class, Society, and Parent volunteer leaders will be present, in addition to Regional Admissions Officers, WPAOG Board of Directors and Advisory Council members. Special guests include keynote speaker BG(R) Ty Seidule, who will address “The Long, Long, Long Gray Line,” as well as 17 descendants of WPAOG’s founding members. We will finish the year strong as we continue following the adventures of Flat Cullum and sharing daily On This Day facts. The Fall issue of West Point magazine will continue our 150th Anniversary coverage with a feature on the modern day history of the Association and how we continue to serve West Point and the Long Gray Line in the 21st Century.

GEN McConville ’81 Becomes Army Chief of Staff

  GEN McConville ’81 Becomes Army Chief of Staff
   

On August 9, GEN James McConville ’81 was sworn in as the Army’s 40th Chief of Staff. In his initial message to the Army Team, he talks about taking care of people and his other priorities. McConville visited the Academy recently to receive a brief from the Superintendent and staff. He also spent time with cadets and observed Cadet Basic Training combatives and marksmanship training at Camp Buckner. Video.

GEN Martin ’86 New Army Vice Chief of Staff

  GEN Martin ’86 New Army Vice Chief of Staff
   

Experience on the battlefield helped earn GEN Joseph Martin ’86 the nomination to the Army's second highest military rank. Martin was sworn in on July 26 as the Army’s 37th Vice Chief of Staff. GEN Mark A. Milley (then Army’s Chief of Staff) said Martin’s extensive time in combat during several deployments amply qualified him for the job. “This is probably one of the top two, maybe three, general officers with combat experience,” said Milley, who presided over the ceremony. Full story.

USMA Announces Class of 2020 Leadership Positions

  USMA Announces Class of 2020 Leadership Positions
   

The cadet chain of command for the 4,400-member Corps of Cadets assumed their duties on August 12. “The qualities, character and leadership these cadets display represent everything we strive to instill in all of our cadets. These cadet-leaders embody the values of Duty, Honor, Country and each has demonstrated the ability to serve as a leader for the Corps of Cadets, our Army and nation with distinction,” said Commandant of Cadets, COL Curtis A. Buzzard ’92

Class of 2019 August Graduation

  Class of 2019 August Graduation
   

Congratulations to the newest members of the Long Gray Line! At a ceremony held in the Haig Room on August 9, eleven cadets became second lieutenants in the U.S. Army upon graduating from West Point. After they received their diplomas, members of their 50-Year Affiliate Class of 1969 handed each graduate their 2LT bars. Class of 1969 members attending were: Mr. Michael McGovern, Class President, MG(R) Leroy R. Goff III, COL(R) Michael F. Colacicco and COL(R) Keirn C. Brown Jr. Photos.

USMA 2022 Receives Class Flag from USMA 1972

  USMA 2022 Receives Class Flag from USMA 1972
   

As part of the 50-Year Affiliation program, the Class of 1972 presented a class flag to the Class of 2022 on July 27 at the Cadet Field Training graduation ceremony at Camp Buckner. The president of the Class of 2022, Cadet Xavier Williams, received the class flag from COL(R) Jerry Hamilton ‘72. From this day forward, the flag will remain with the Class of 2022 and will be displayed at class events at West Point. Additional members from the 50-Year Affiliate Class of 1972 in attendance at the ceremony were: Mr. Michael Aldrich, COL(R) William R Phillips, LTC(R) Duston Saunders, Mr. Gary Sarpen, Mr. Jim Barnes, LTC(R) Tim Lupfer and LTC(R) Paul Capofari. Story.

GEN(R) Votel ’80 Named Senior Fellow at CTC

  GEN(R) Votel ’80 Named Senior Fellow at CTC
   
GEN(R) Joseph L. Votel ’80 has been named the Class of 1987 Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center. Most recently, Votel served as the Commander of the U.S. Central Command, responsible for U.S. and coalition military operations in the Middle East, Levant, and Central and South Asia. During his 39 years in the military, he commanded special operations and conventional military forces at every level. Read more.

Reminder About Visiting West Point

The West Point Visitor Control Center (VCC) is now open daily from 6am until 10pm. Previously, hours for VCC were 6am-6pm, Monday-Friday. After hours, all visitors will need to enter post via Stony Lonesome gate. This change does not affect WPAOG’s Grad Pass program. As a reminder, a visitor badge does not allow you to escort other visitors who do not have a form of DOD-issued identification. (A retiree ID card counts as DOD-issued identification.)

 

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Old Grads Can Now Enjoy WKDT

  Old Grads Can Now Enjoy WKDT
   

It all began in 1954 as KDET, which was heard through the electrical outlets in Central Area. Cadets plugged radios into outlets in the barracks to hear the “carrier current” station, whose AM signals were transmitted through the USMA power lines. In 1972 the club received permission to begin on-air broadcasts, and the station was given a new name: WKDT. Now, WKDT, “The Voice of the Corps,” is the USCC’s premier source of music, news, and entertainment, and is available streaming online. Visit the WKDT website to see the schedule, live shows and listen live. Better yet, download the WKDT app!

Old Grad Plaid

  Old Grad Plaid
   

You earned the Old Grad title, now wear it proudly! Commemorating you, the Corps, the Academy and WPAOG, a new tartan, West Point Association of Graduates’ “Old Grad Plaid”, is coming soon. Join us at Herbert Hall for our exclusive Fit Event(see schedule), as experts from Olde School Blazer Company fit you for a personalized blazer tailored just for you! Your blazer will also have custom options such as design, lining and buttons. Can’t make it to the Fit Event? Our online order site launches August 16.

Zhu Family Honors Son with Endowment

  Zhu Family Honors Son with Endowment
   

This past spring, the parents of 2LT Peter Zhu ’19 donated $100,000 in his memory to establish an endowment for pre-medical students at the Academy. Zhu, who passed away on February 28, 2019, was posthumously awarded his diploma and commissioned with his classmates in the Class of 2019. Funds from this endowment will provide resources for the Department of Chemistry & Life Science’s pre-medical educational programs for cadets, support the West Point Pre-Medical Society, and may also be used to pay for MCAT preparation materials and fees for cadets applying to medical school.

Calling All West Point Authors!

  Calling All West Point Authors!
   

Reserve your space in the Winter 2020 West Point Authors Bookshelf, a specially-priced advertising section in West Point magazine showcasing books by West Point affiliated authors. Check out the latest West Point Bookshelf in the Summer 2019 issue to discover and support these books. Learn more about this and other WPAOG advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

9/18–20: Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference

  9/18–20: Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference
   

Join us at West Point September 18-20 for the 17th West Point Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference, presented by USMA. This year’s theme is Embracing the Differences Among Us. This event will bring together West Point alumni, members of the Army, USMA faculty, staff, cadets, and distinguished guests for discussions surrounding best practices on how the power of our differences can provide solutions to current and future complex problems. Register now.

Last Call for Spirit Button Design Competition!

  Last Call for Spirit Button Design Competition!
   

Design our very first Army West Point Spirit Button and win two tickets to our Army-Navy Tailgate! Take part in the inaugural Army Spirit Button Design Contest. The winner’s button will be handed out to 1,500 attendees at the WPAOG tailgate. For instructions regarding the button design contest, click here.

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