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First Call - Feb 14, 2018
 
               
 
 


Congratulations 2018 Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients!

  West Point Distinguished Graduate Medal
   

Please join us in congratulating the 2018 WPAOG Distinguished Graduate Award recipients:
     COL (R) Dana G. Mead ’57
     Mr. Thomas C. Barron ’65
     LTG (R) Larry R. Jordan ’68
     GEN (R) William S. Wallace ’69
     HON Sloan D. Gibson ’75
     HON Douglas E. Lute ’75
The awards will be presented at West Point on May 22, 2018. Read more.

West Point & WPAOG Thank You for Your Generous Support!

  Thank You Video from WPAOG
   

The West Point Association of Graduates thanks all our donors who made 2017 such a resounding success! Because of you, we raised $44.5 million in cash receipts for the Academy and WPAOG. 23,819 people donated. Your gifts and participation strengthen the Academy’s Margin of Excellence programs for cadets and sustain the traditions that honor generations of West Point graduates. Watch our “Thank You” video to see highlights from the past year at West Point! 

Work ’95 Speaks About Fight to Retake Mosul at MWI Event

  COL Pat Work '95
   

The Modern War Institute hosted a speaker series event featuring COL Pat Work ’95 on January 24. Work and his brigade recently returned from a deployment to Iraq, where they were responsible for partnering with Iraqi Security Forces in the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The event gave cadets a unique opportunity to hear from a leader with practical and current experience in the operational force, and also offered an opportunity to learn about the type of coalition and partnered operations that are increasingly important for the Army. Full story.

First Captain Speaks at WPSDC Winter Luncheon

  CDT Askew '18 with Grads from WPSDC
   

The West Point Society of Washington D.C. (WPSDC) hosted its annual Winter Luncheon on Jan. 24. The guest speaker was First Captain Simone Askew, and approximately 120 Old Grads were in attendance. Askew delivered a “state of the Academy” report.  Read more.

PenFed New Branch & Cyber Research Donation

  PenFed supports Cyber Research Center at West Point
   

On January 23, PenFed Credit Union celebrated its newest branch location in the Army and Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) at West Point. PenFed President and CEO James Schenck ’88 presented a donation check totaling $25,000 to the West Point Association of Graduates, which will go to the Cyber Research Center. PenFed executives and board members, AAFES management, Garrison Commander COL Andrew S. Hanson ’94, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Cyber Research Center Susan Schwartz, West Point Association of Graduates President and CEO Todd Browne ’85, and other distinguished guests were also in attendance. Margin of Excellence programs such as the Cyber Research Center, through generous support from graduates and friends, help ensure that today’s West Point cadets receive the best education and training available to talented individuals eager to serve our nation.

2018 Henry O. Flipper Dinner

  CDT Luis Weierbach-Chainey '18 receives Flipper Award
   

Cadet Luis Weierbach-Chainey ’18 received the Flipper Award during the Feb. 8 Flipper Dinner ceremony, an annual event celebrating Henry Ossian Flipper, Class of 1877, the first African American to graduate from West Point. Guest speaker MG(R) General Roger R. Blunt ’56 presented the award, which is given to a cadet who demonstrates the highest qualities of leadership, self-discipline, and perseverance in the face of unusual difficulties. Continued support of the Diversity & Inclusion Endowment ensures a diverse and inclusive environment within the Corps of Cadets and across the Academy. Learn more about Henry O. Flipper.

Post Night for the Class of 2018

  West Point Post Night 2018
   

On February 7, the Class of 2018 conducted Post Night. During this event, the class breaks out by their assigned branches to select the U.S. Army posts they will report to for their first duty assignment as new lieutenants. Photos.

SAVE THE DATES: 2018 Leader Conferences

All graduates are invited to participate in the West Point Association of Graduates Leaders Conference, Sponsored by the Class of 1967 (August 15-18) and the West Point Diversity Leadership Conference (September 5-7). Please note that hotel room blocks for both events are already available, so you can start making your plans to attend. (Registration is not open for either event yet.)

 

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WPAOG Hosts Annual Class Officer Luncheon

  WPAOG host annual Class officer Lunch
   

On February 2, cadet class officers from all four classes and the Ring and Crest Committees from the First and Second classes were treated to a special luncheon at Herbert Hall. The purpose of the luncheon was twofold: to thank class officers for serving as leaders to their classmates, and to inform them about how WPAOG serves them and their classmates during their cadet years and in the decades ahead as Old Grads. Photos.

Book Today! Grad Insider Tours Now Available through Feb. 2019

  WPAOG Tour Van
   

If you’re planning an upcoming trip to West Point, consider booking a Grad Insider Tour as part of your return to your Rockbound Highland Home. Reservations for these grad-only, behind-the-scenes tours are now open through Feb. 2019. The Grad Insider Tour, part of the Rockbound Highland Home Program, includes select locations not available to the public, allowing graduates to share their unique experiences of West Point with families and guests. WPAOG provides transportation for these popular tours, which begin and end at Herbert Hall, where there is ample parking. Tours are conducted Monday - Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (some exclusions apply). To learn more and reserve now, visit the Grad Insider Tour website.

VIP Visit to the W2KGY Ground Station

  MG Patricia Frost
   

MG Patricia Frost, Director of Cyber, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 visited the W2KGY Ground Station on February 5 to learn how the station and the Cadet Amateur Radio Club conducts activities to broaden cadets’ understanding of HF radio communications. Cadet-in-Charge Jonathan Morton ’18, along with CDT Logan Leahy ’18 and CDT Connor Eckert ’18, discussed with how earning their amateur radio licenses and participating in military communications exercises on HF have provided them with critical skills they can carry with them to the Army upon commissioning. Club OIC CPT(P) Matthew Sherburne ’07 and LTC Stephen Hamilton ’98 briefed the history of the station and its continued improvement. Frost indicated that HF radio education and usage will be important for the Army when encountering cyber contested and denied environments.

WPAOG Kicks Off Annual Giving Phonathon

  Phonathon Team
   

February marks the start of WPAOG’s annual phonathon to raise critical unrestricted funds for West Point. Unrestricted gifts to the Superintendent’s Annual Fund and West Point Parents Fund provide the Academy with the flexibility to strengthen the Margin of Excellence and the ability to immediately address its top priorities—all to benefit the Corps of Cadets and sustain West Point as a leading academic institution. These funds support cadet activities, academics, athletics, and admissions, among other annual priorities. Every gift makes an impact, and we hope all of our alumni, parents, and friends will heed the call from our phonathon team (pictured) and make a gift!

Our Popular Packable Jacket is Back in Stock!

  West Point Gift Shop Jacket
   

Our lightweight quilted jacket keeps you warm down to 32 degrees and is great for layering when it’s even colder. Now that we know we have 6 more weeks of winter, you’ll definitely want to stay warm! Check it out at WPAOGGiftShop.com or call to order at 1.800.426.4725 

Calling All West Point Authors!

  West Point Magazine Bookshelf
   

There’s still time to reserve your space in the summer West Point Authors Bookshelf, a special advertising section in West Point magazine showcasing books by West Point affiliated authors. Check out the West Point Bookshelf in the Winter 2018 issue to discover & support books written by fellow members of the Long Gray Line. Learn more about this and other WPAOG advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

2018 TAPS

  West Point AOG TAPS Magazine
   

TAPS, the official memorial magazine of the Long Gray Line, contains the fascinating and inspiring life stories of West Point graduates. Advance orders for the 2018 edition may now be placed online. The deadline for submitting Memorial Articles in this year’s issue is February 28. Guidance on submitting articles may be found online or by calling 845.446.1647.

Grad Guide Correction

Please note that the Grad Guide which accompanied your Winter 2018 issue of West Point magazine contained an incorrect reference to our affinity credit card. The West Point Association of Graduates USAA Rewards™ Credit Card is available as an American Express® or Visa Signature® card.

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