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First Call - December 19, 2019
 
               
 
 

Happy Holidays from WPAOG!

Happy Holidays from WPAOG!
 

We extend our best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday season and an excellent new year. Thank you for your continued support of West Point and the Long Gray Line! It is a pleasure and honor to serve you.

$50K for the 150th

  $50K for the 150th
   

In honor of WPAOG’s 150th Anniversary, a proud West Point graduate is matching every gift to the Long Gray Line Fund dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. This anonymous donor is counting on the Long Gray Line to reach this goal by the end of 2019. The Long Gray Line Fund goes directly to support programs and benefits for West Point grads such as memorial services, class reunions, the Rockbound Highland Home Tour, Career Services and West Point magazine. A gift of any amount will help unlock the full match. Thank you for your support!

Van de Wall ’20 Named Rhodes Scholar

  Van de Wall ’20 Named Rhodes Scholar
   

CDT Daine Van de Wall ’20 of West Friendship, MD, was the only U.S. service academy recipient among the 32 U.S. Rhodes Scholarship awardees named this year. Van de Wall is a Systems and Decisions Science major, the brigade commander, a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Company H-4 Sandhurst team. He successfully graduated from Army Airborne School and the U.S. Army Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School, as well as participated in a semester exchange at the U.S. Naval Academy. While at Oxford he intends to earn a Master of Philosophy in International Relations. Read more.

Cadets Selected for Prestigious Marshall, Schwarzman Scholarships

  Lynne Mooradian, Deanna Edgar, Sam Reichenthal and Haley Watson
   

Four West Point cadets have been selected to receive prestigious scholarships allowing for continued academic study following graduation and commissioning in May. Class of 2020 cadets Deanna Edgar, Samuel Reichenthal and Haley Watson have been named Schwarzman Scholars. They will study for a Master of Global Affairs degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Cadet Lynne Mooradian ’20 has been named a Marshall Scholar. This postgraduate program is funded by the British government for intellectually distinguished young Americans to study abroad at a university in the United Kingdom, in any field of study. Read more.

Turner ’21 Smashes IOCT Record

  Turner ’21 Smashes IOCT Record with 1:54 Time
   

On November 20, CDT Trevaun Turner ’21 set a new all-time record for the Indoor Obstacle Course Test with a time of 1:54. The passing time is 3:30 for men and 5:29 for women. As a Plebe, Turner – an Army West Point track and field athlete – tied the previous all-time record of 1:59 which was held by an instructor in the Department of Physical Education. Cadets can retake the test to try to better their times. Anyone scoring under 2:38 for men and 3:35 for women is authorized to wear a special badge on their PT uniform. Video.

WPAOG 150th Anniversary Draws to a Close

  WPAOG 150th Anniversary Draws to a Close
   

What a great year it was! 2019 was a year-long celebration of and with the Long Gray Line. We thank you all for your participation – whether it was sharing your adventures with a founding father (Flat Cullum), watching our Founders Day video, taking part in the Virtual Toast on May 22, keeping up with the On This Day history posts on our website or social media channels, or reading the history of WPAOG in West Point magazine.

Army-Navy Wrap Up

  Army-Navy Wrap Up
   

In the 120th installment of the Army-Navy Game, Army West Point fell to rival Navy, 31-7, on December 14. Despite the final score, the weekend was full of spirit and camaraderie. The WPAOG Pre-Game Tailgate was the largest ever, with over 1,700 Army fans taking part in the fun. The Army uniform honored the 1st Cavalry Division and the birth of airmobility during the Vietnam War, and CBS produced a patriotic video to open the game, honoring all soldiers and sailors. WPAOG Photos.

Stay in Touch with West Point and the Long Gray Line

There’s so much great news that we often can’t include it all in First Call. But you can make sure you never miss a story: a digest of all the news posted on WPAOG’s website can be delivered directly to your email inbox. Just visit the news page you are interested in and subscribe. The link is right at the top of each page. Grad News is all about the Long Gray Line, and USMA & Cadet News highlights the Corps and the Academy. Grads can also access Class Notes online, and follow WPAOG on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 

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Calling all West Point Graduate Entrepreneurs!

  Calling all West Point Graduate Entrepreneurs!
   

Save the date for the Third Annual WPAOG Entrepreneur Summit, April 1-2, 2020. The summit will take place in Austin, Texas. Click here to take a pre-event survey, view a draft agenda, and make a hotel reservation. Registration will open in late January/early February. Only graduates we have coded in our system as Entrepreneurs will receive invitation announcements, so be sure your business information is up-to-date. Contact us with any questions.

Follow WPAOG on Instagram!

  Follow WPAOG on Instagram!
   

Stay up to date on the latest West Point alumni news while helping us reach our goal of 10,000 Instagram followers to get the “swipe up” feature! From exclusive photography to information on upcoming alumni events, like and share our posts and videos with fellow Old Grads. Plus, in celebration of our 150th anniversary, follow our #WPAOG150 “On This Day” feature posts highlighting the history and accomplishments of the Long Gray Line.

150th Anniversary Interactive Map

  150th Anniversary Interactive Map
   

As we conclude our 150th Anniversary Celebration year, WPAOG created an Interactive Map to show how donor support and the Margin of Excellence has significantly enhanced the physical landscape at West Point. Over the past 20 years, WPAOG has provided construction management for over 50 completed gift-funded buildings valued at over $250M. This map shows the major West Point construction projects in the 21st century. To see an all-inclusive historical list of Class Gifts, click here.

Calling All West Point Authors!

  Calling All West Point Authors!
   

Reserve your space in the Summer 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.

We Love our Shoppers!

  8th Annual LEADS Workshop in Detroit
   

Happy Holidays from the WPAOG Gift Shop! Thank you for your continued support, making WPAOG the premier shopping destination for West Point and Army merchandise. Stay tuned for the newest personalized gear, the best reunion merchandise and service, and so much more for 2020! Happy New Year!

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