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First Call - June 27, 2018
 
               
 
 


Did You Know?

  West Point magazine Summer 2018
   

Did you know that West Point has courses in game theory, photogrammetry, and cryptology? That WPAOG offers assistance for families planning a funeral service at the West Point Cemetery? That we've been connecting grads through our latest enhanced service, Grad Link? That West Point is getting a new statue? Your copy of the Summer 2018 issue of West Point is on the way soon, full of the many unique stories, systems, and services at WPAOG and the Academy. The latest issue also features a cover story on Cyber defense and how West Point and its graduates are pioneering the way in preparing Army leaders for the Cyber domain. This includes the Army Cyber Institute at West Point, as well as the cadet-focused Cyber Research Center.

West Point Band Honors Fathers

  West Point Band Honors Fathers
   

In 2017, to celebrate Father’s Day, the West Point Band released a cover of the Zac Brown Band’s song “My Old Man” with COL Doug McInvale ‘93 of the Math Department singing lead vocals. The music video became a viral sensation that resonated with cadets, military families, soldiers, and dads everywhere. This year, it was released again and in an interview with the Center for Oral History we learned about how this song touched MAJ Paul Lushenko ’05 who was deployed to Afghanistan. This great story was covered on Fox & Friends on Father’s Day.

Achieving Excellence through Diversity & Inclusion

  Achieving Excellence through Diversity & Inclusion
   

USMA invites all graduates back to West Point September 5-7 for the sixteenth West Point Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference. This conference brings together West Point Alumni, members of the Army, USMA Faculty, cadets and distinguished guests for discussions surrounding best practices moving beyond racial biases, improving retention, building trust, and leading diverse organizations through outreach, partnership, and development. Participants can look forward to an informative and enjoyable few days of learning and networking, plus the exclusive opportunity to hear from influential keynote speakers. Register now.

It’s the R-Day Countdown

  It’s the R-Day Countdown
   

The Gift Shop is gearing up for R-Day on Instagram with tales of R-Days gone by as told by WPAOG Old Grads (and friends). Check out what memory has Kim smiling so wide and our other stories by following the Gift Shop on Instagram: @westpointgiftshop. The Gift Shop is open special hours for R-Day. Visit us at Herbert Hall Sunday 12-5pm and Monday 8am-5pm or at Ike Hall 6am-2pm on Monday. Swing by and share your own R-Day stories with the staff. While you are at it, check out our new pub glasses and other fun new glassware online.

Cadet Summer Training is Underway

  Cadet Summer Training is Underway
   

While it’s a break from the classroom, Cadet Summer Training means military training. The Class of 2022 will enter on July 2 for six weeks of Cadet Basic Training. Meanwhile the upper-class are conducting Cadet Field Training, Cadet Leader Development Training, and a number of military courses such as Air Assault and Airborne School. All of the military training supports The Army Vision. Be sure to follow USMA and WPAOG social media for additional coverage throughout the summer.

NEW Grad Link App Now Available!

  NEW Grad Link App Now Available!
   

To further WPAOG’s vision for the Long Gray Line to be “the most connected alumni body in the world,” WPAOG has launched Grad Link to provide an enhanced level of connectivity with fellow grads. Grad Link expands upon the familiar “Find a Grad” feature from the WPAOG website by combining data from WPAOG with information from your LinkedIn profile to help you quickly and easily find grads who share your interests. You will be able to conceal some of your personal information, such as your email address, location or your entire profile. Access this secure platform today through the Google Play StoreApple App Store or with your web browser. To ensure an easy sign-up experience, please make sure the email address attached to your LinkedIn account is on file with WPAOG by contacting GradLink@wpaog.org. (And be sure to join the WPAOG LinkedIn Discussion Group – over 17,000 strong!)

Start Making Plans to Beat Navy (Again!)

  Start Making Plans to Beat Navy (Again!)
   

This year WPAOG has room blocks in three different Philly hotels. Reservations are now available but sell out quickly. Visit our Army-Navy Tailgate page for hotel details and group codes. Registration for our tailgate rally will open in the fall. If you are interested in sponsoring the tailgate (our largest event of the year) we offer excellent sponsorship packages, providing great visibility to showcase your product or services to over 1,000 Army fans. In addition, your sponsorship counts as a tax-deductible contribution! Win-Win!

Last Call for Nominations for the 2018 WPAOG Elections

In 2018, the WPAOG Nominating Committee will nominate five graduates for five Director positions, and six graduates for six for Advisor-at-Large positions. To apply for a nomination, please see the instructions posted on the WPAOG website. The deadline for graduates to submit their completed applications (to include a nomination letter from another graduate) is July 1. The 2018 election process will conclude on November 20 at 5pm EST, at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Graduates at Herbert Alumni Center. Interested graduates may email or call 845.446.1523 for more information.

 

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Summary of 2017 General Membership Survey Results

  Summary of 2017 General Membership Survey Results
   

In December 2017, WPAOG surveyed a number of the General Membership. Several of the questions evaluated the performance of the WPAOG Board of Directors. The main conclusion of the survey is that our members have confidence in the Board of Directors to govern effectively and efficiently. WPAOG will continue to communicate the Governance process to all its members. See survey results.

 

2018 TAPS

  2018 TAPS Magazine Cover
   

TAPS, the official memorial magazine of the Long Gray Line, contains the fascinating and inspiring life stories of West Point graduates. The deadline to pre-order a copy of the 2018 edition is Friday, July 6. There will be a limited number of extra copies printed so guarantee your copy now! If you have questions, please email or call 845.446.1645.

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