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R-Day for USMA 2023

  R-Day for USMA 2023
   

The Class of 2023 has arrived. More than 1,200 cadet candidates reported to USMA on July 1 for R-Day, and began their transition from civilians to members of the Corps of Cadets, the Profession of Arms, and the Long Gray Line. The day began at Eisenhower Hall, where groups of cadet candidates and their family members entered the auditorium for the welcome brief and the famous “60-second goodbye.” After a perfectly timed minute, parents were “invited” to follow the green arrows up the aisles to an information center or to the WPAOG reception breakfast, hosted by the Class of 1973, the 50-Year Affiliation Class for the Class of 2023. Cadet candidates, however, were “instructed” to follow the pink arrows to the wall of the auditorium, lining up at the base of the stage and taking all commands from the cadet cadre guides. Cadet candidates then boarded buses to begin in-processing at Thayer Hall. Full story. WPAOG Photos. USMA Photos.

USMA Welcomes New Commandant

  USMA Welcomes New Commandant
   

June 28 was a proud day for The Brave and the Few as COL Curtis A. Buzzard ’92 assumed command of the United States Corps of Cadets, becoming USMA’s 78th Commandant of Cadets. He most recently served as the Deputy Commander for Operations for the 7th Infantry Division.

Air Assault Graduation is Family Affair

  Air Assault Graduation is Family Affair
   

The fourth and final iteration of Air Assault School at West Point this summer included COL Everett Spain ’92 who went through with his son, Cadet Josiah Spain ’22. William “Bill” Spain, an Army veteran, came from Pensacola, FL to pin Air Assault wings on both his son and grandson during graduation.

2018 Annual Report of Gifts: Thank You!

  2018 Annual Report of Gifts: Thank You!
   

WPAOG would like to thank all the individuals, organizations and classes who supported West Point in 2018. View the online 2018 Annual Report of Gifts, which recognizes our generous donors and highlights cadets, programs and projects supported through Margin of Excellence donations. In 2018, our alumni participation rate reached 35%, our highest level yet. Thank you to all who support West Point.

The Celebration Continues!

  The Celebration Continues!
   

WPAOG’s 150th Anniversary celebration is still going strong! Don’t forget to check out our fun “On This Day” daily historical trivia by searching for #WPAOG150 on Facebook and Twitter. The full timeline of trivia is also on our website. (From the website, you can even share interesting daily facts with family and friends!) Flat Cullum is certainly making his way around the globe. You can see his adventures saved in an online album. Be sure to visit our website to learn about all the ways you can participate in our celebration!

9/18–20: Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference

  9/18–20 Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference
   

Join us at West Point September 18-20, 2019 for the seventeenth 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.

USMA Cadets Attend ROTC Advanced Camp

  USMA Cadets Attend ROTC Advanced Camp
   

Unlike USMA cadets, ROTC cadets have a more typical college experience, with occasional U.S. Army training events and classes through their ROTC program. For a common training experience, the ROTC cadets travel to Fort Knox during the summer after their third year in college. This allows for a large-scale, shared training event to prepare them for becoming officers. This summer, for the first time ever, 40 USMA cadets participated in a two-week field training exercise with ROTC cadets, an integration giving both groups the opportunity to work as a team before commissioning as an officer. Full story.

 

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SACC is Coming to San Diego, CA

  SACC is Coming to San Diego, CA
   

If you are considering a career transition, a new job field, or just exploring your options, don’t miss the Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) on August 8-9 in San Diego, CA.

  • 60% of SACC candidates have on-site interviews during conference.
  • 75% of SACC candidates have follow up interviews.
  • You must register no later than July 29 by 8am EDT to have your one-page resume included in the SACC Candidate Resume Book. (If you register between July 29 – August 2 your resume will NOT be in the printed SACC Candidate Resume Book, but recruiters WILL have electronic access.)
  • Pre-registration will remain open until 5pm EDT, August 2.
  • Register online 24/7.
  • Join our SACC Prep Webinar on July 17 beginning at 7pm EDT [PW: BeatNavy1, Meeting ID: 942 239 6838, dial in: 646.558.8656]
Email the WPAOG Career Services team for help in preparing for the SACC or go to our website for online resources.

Spend the Summer in Style!

  Spend the Summer in Style!
   

Attention Tommy Bahama West Point fans! Take those island vibes wherever you go this summer with our newest styles exclusively from Tommy Bahama. Designed with you in mind, and featuring only the best quality from Tommy Bahama, these pieces are sure to be your summer favorites. Available in store or online at WPAOGGiftShop.com all summer long.

Milligan Named Head Softball Coach

  Milligan Named Head Softball Coach
   

Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie has announced the hiring of Cheryl Milligan as the new head softball coach. Milligan brings a wealth of experience in collegiate softball as she was the head coach at Division III Tufts University for 15 years before joining Army’s coaching staff last season as an assistant coach. “I am thrilled that Cheryl will be leading our softball program,” Buddie said. “Her record of success running a national caliber program and her obvious commitment to developing leaders of character made her a perfect fit for our department.” Read more.

Send Us Your Flat Cullum Photos!

  Send Us Your Flat Cullum Photos!
   

Flat Cullum is having a blast with the Long Gray Line! Pictured in Charleston with some women from Class of 1992, he’s also been spotted in Nashville. In Germany. On a mountaintop in Peru. Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sipping wine at SAGS and slushy drinks in the sea! Where will you take Flat Cullum? If you’ve lost track of the one we sent in the Spring issue of West Point (on page 13), you can download Flat Cullum from our website. Be sure to share your photos on social media using #FlatCullum and #WPAOG150. You can also email us your photo with a caption and we’ll post it in our online photo album. Remember—we’re looking for some standout photos for a wrap-up in the Fall issue of West Point magazine.

Everything’s Coming Up Army-Navy!

  Everything’s Coming Up Army-Navy!
   

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Order Your 2019 TAPS

  Order Your 2019 TAPS
   

If you haven’t ordered the 2019 TAPS, it’s not too late! TAPS, the official memorial magazine of the Long Gray Line, contains the fascinating and inspiring life stories of West Point graduates written by classmates and family members. Advance orders for the edition may now be placed online. We are now accepting Memorial Articles for the 2020 edition. Guidance on submitting articles may be found online or by calling 845.446.1647.

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