First Call - Jan 10, 2018

Exciting Army Win in Armed Forces Bowl

  Army Wins Armed Forces Bowl 2017

In what has become typical of Army West Point Football games, the Black Knights persevered in thrilling fashion to win the 2017 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, 42-35, over San Diego State December 23 in Fort Worth, TX. In a contest that featured four tie scores and four lead changes, a gutsy two-point conversion call by Army head coach Jeff Monken determined the outcome. Full story.

Class of 2017 December Graduation

  West Point December Graduation

On December 22, 26 cadets became the newest members of the Long Gray Line after receiving their diplomas from BG Cindy Jebb '82, Dean of the Academic Board. Cadets also received 2LT bars engraved with “67-17” from members of their 50-year affiliation class, the Class of 1967. Representing the Class of 1967 were COL (R) Dave Blanchard, LTC (R) Bob Stromberg, and Mr. Bill Koch. Congratulations to our newest Old Grads! List of Graduates and photos.

New WPAOG RBHH Program Wins Two CASE Gold Awards

  Rockbound Highland Home Logo

In 2017, WPAOG launched the Rockbound Highland Home Program (RBHH) to assist graduates with navigating post security procedures, offer special access to select MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) facilities and services, and provide “insider” tours for graduates and their guests. Recently, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) held its District II Accolades Awards Program, recognizing outstanding work in the area of advancement, for more than 700 organizations. The Rockbound Highland Home Program received two Gold Awards, one each in the areas of “Alumni Relations” and “Alumni Relations Events & Affinity Programs.”

Esper ’86 Sworn In as Secretary of the Army

  Mark Esper '86 sworn in as Secretary of the Army

On a day filled with ceremonial precision, Mark Esper ’86, PhD—a former paratrooper, infantry officer and combat veteran—became the 23rd Secretary of the Army. After a brief swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon, senior military leaders, congressional officials and soldiers welcomed Esper into his new post with a formal arrival ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, VA. Read more.

Hill ’78 Conceives We the Unknown, Honoring Unknown Soldiers

  BG John G. Hill Sr. '24

We, The Unknown is a new musical commission conceived by LTC(R) Rob Hill ’78, a third-generation soldier whose paternal grandfather, BG(R) John G. Hill, Sr. ’24, served in WWI. The idea for the choral musical work came to Hill after hearing a brief history of how America’s Unknown Soldier was selected. The work is slated to premiere in Kansas City, MO on June 9 & 10 to commemorate the centennial of the U.S. involvement in WWI. Read more.

New Career for a New Year? We Can Help.


Thinking about a new career in 2018? Then join us for the next Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) on March 1-2 in Savannah, GA. The SACC, the only job fair exclusively for service academy graduates, is a great way to learn about opportunities with a variety of companies and as well as graduate school programs. Take advantage of pre-registration pricing now through Friday, February 23rd at 5pm EST. Learn more and register.

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There’s so much great news about West Point and the Long Gray Line 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 Cadet News highlights the Corps and the Academy.


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Toth ’18 Accepts Invite to Reese's Senior Bowl

  West Point Cadet Toth '18

Army West Point offensive tackle Brett Toth has accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl on January 27. Toth was one of eight new additions to the roster for the game, which is played in Mobile, AL and features some of the most talented seniors who just completed their final season of college football. The game is set for 1:30pm CT kickoff on the NFL Network. The Charleston, SC native is the first player from USMA to participate in the Senior Bowl in the 67-year history of the event. Full story.

Guess What’s Back?

  West Point Gift Shop PT Shirt

Start the New Year off right by pre-ordering our popular Old School PT Shirt. Available for a limited time by popular demand--make sure to grab this great piece of nostalgic gear from The Gift Shop. Available through January 31st. This is something you won’t want to miss! Order online at WPAOGGiftShop.com or call 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.

Class Notes

  West Point Class Notes

Class Notes are online for you to read as often as you’d like, at your convenience. This gives you the opportunity to catch up with what your classmates and fellow graduates are doing, no subscription required! Make it a resolution in 2018 to send an update to your Class Scribe/Historian. (There is an email link on each class page to make it easy to send a submission.) We post an item in Grad News each Friday to list which classes have posted updates.

Set in Stone

  West Point AOG Brick and Paver program

The deadline to have your Herbert Hall Brick or Paver donation installed for spring 2018 is March 1. They will be installed the week before graduation so be sure to check them out if you are here visiting this summer. The fall installation deadline is July 1 and will take place just prior to the beginning of the fall reunion season. What a great way to leave your mark on West Point!

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