First Call - Jun 8, 2017

Class of 2017 Joins Long Gray Line

  West Point Graduation 2017

936 men and women, 78 percent of the cadets who entered West Point in 2013, joined the Long Gray Line on May 27. LTG Robert L. Caslen ’75 called them “an incredible class” that is ready to accept the torch of leadership. This year’s graduation class includes 151 women (63 of whom branched combat arms), 102 Hispanics, 72 African-Americans, 60 Asian/Pacific Islanders, and 6 Native Americans. The class also includes 21 combat veterans, 10 international graduates, and 65 members who are sons and daughters of West Point graduates (six of whom have parents who are both graduates). Full Story. Photos. Video.

2017 Distinguished Graduates Honored

  DGA 2017

WPAOG recognized six members of the Long Gray Line with a 2017 Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) on May 23: Marshall N. Carter ’62, BG (R) Daniel Kaufman ’68, GEN (R) Martin Dempsey ’74, GEN (R) Lloyd Austin III ’75, the Honorable Robert A. McDonald ’75, and GEN (R) Raymond Odierno ’76 (read their bios here). Speaking at the Alumni Luncheon that recognized the 2017 DGA recipients, LTG Robert Caslen ’75, the 59th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, said, “These six leaders of character have impressive resumes, but what ties all of their accomplishments together, what truly makes them distinguished, is the ideal of selfless service.” Full Story.

Oldest Living Graduate Returns to West Point

  Oldest Living Graduate LTG Ely '33

LTG(R) William J. Ely ’33, has the distinction of being the oldest graduate at 105 years old. He and other alumni returned to West Point for reunions and other events during Graduation Week, including a wreath laying ceremony at Thayer Statue. “I am honored to be here,” Ely said. “It is vastly different than when I was a cadet. I just wish we had better weather and I hate doing this in a wheel chair, but that’s the way it is.” Full Story. Watch LTG Ely’s video interview with West Point’s Center for Oral History.

All Academy Challenge Results

  All Academy Challenge

Thank you to the 4,463 alumni who made a gift during the All Academy Challenge! Though the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy had the highest percentage of alumni participation this year, 9.17% of the Long Gray Line made a gift to support West Point during the seven-day challenge, which is something to be proud of. Because of the tremendous support that West Point received from its graduates, $1,063,674 was raised for important Margin of Excellence programs at the Academy that benefit the entire Corps of Cadets! Thank you for participating in the fourth annual All Academy Challenge and for furthering the mission of West Point. GO ARMY!

Class of 1952 and Class of 1967 Present Reunion Gifts

  1952 and 1967 West Point Crest

On May 23, two classes presented reunion gifts to West Point. On the occasion of their 65th reunion, the Class of 1952 presented a gift of $400,000 to establish a maintenance endowment for Shea Stadium and Memorial Plaza. On the occasion of their 50th reunion, the Class of 1967 presented a gift of $1,500,000 to establish an endowment for the Class of 1967 BG William “Woody” Held Program for Study Abroad. These class gifts will make a meaningful difference for cadets and the West Point community, and we thank these classes for their outstanding commitment.

USMA Grads to Compete in “Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge”

  USMA Spartan Team

Three graduates are on the “Commanding Officers” team competing in Season Two of NBC's “Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge:” CPT Bryce Livingston ’11 (far left), Ashley (Morgan) Keller ’10 (2nd from left), CPT Rob Killian, CPT Sam Wood, and COL Liam Collins ’92 (right). On the show, “groups of friends, families, co-workers and more must work together as they race across specially designed Spartan courses engineered to test their determination, endurance and will.” The first episode airs Monday, June 12 at 10pm EDT.

Alumni Hotel Block Open for 2017 Army-Navy Game

If you are travelling to Philadelphia for the Army-Navy football game this year, here’s a way to stay with fellow alumni and Army fans! WPAOG has secured room blocks in the surrounding area to Lincoln Financial Field where the game is being held. Get details on how to make your reservation today!


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Margin of Excellence Was Here

  West Point Cadets on AIADs Express their Gratitude

Cadets traveling with the History Department this summer for AIADs will express their thanks for the Margin of Excellence by posting “thank you” photos from sites they visit and encouraging their fellow cadets, families, and supporters to follow their journeys with #FollowMOE and #MOEWasHere. History AIADs from June 4 to June 14 include trips to Panama and Costa Rica; the Netherlands; and Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. Visit the History Department Facebook page to see where MOE has been this summer!

USMA Wins 2016-2017 Boeing Tri-Service Academy Capstone Competition

  West Point Cadet Lloyd

USMA’s Team F.E.A.R. (Functional Engagement Area Reconnaissance) won the Boeing Service Academy Capstone Competition for academic year 2016-17. This is USMA’s first victory over the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy in the eight years of the Boeing competition, and USMA had the smallest cadet team of all three academies. A multi-disciplinary capstone project in Systems Engineering and Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Team F.E.A.R.’s project—an autonomous system of drones and sensors to support small tactical units, particularly Special Forces ODAs—demonstrated several unique features, including a Battery Swap Station; Image Stitching to create 3D models of objective areas in near-real-time; and a Multi-Camera System for efficient 3D model data collection.

Nominations for the 2017 WPAOG Elections

In 2017, the WPAOG Nominating Committee will nominate a graduate for Board Chair, a graduate for Board Vice Chair, 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 2017 election process will conclude on Nov. 21 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.

Pre-Order 2017 TAPS; 2016 Edition Still Available

  West Point TAPS magazine

TAPS is the official and unique annual memorial magazine of the Long Gray Line. In it, you will find the fascinating and inspiring life stories of West Point graduates. The 2017 edition will be our largest ever, with over 250 Memorial Articles! To guarantee your copy at the best price, order online now. We will print a very limited number of extra copies for sale at an increased price. Order online or call 845.446.1645 to order now.

Purchase the Register of Graduates

  West Point Register of Graduates

The 2015 Register of Graduates & Former Cadets, WPAOG’s most historic publication, is the ultimate West Point reference book. It contains a wealth of information on the careers of 72,413 West Point Graduates from 1802-2015, including 218 class mottos and crests, West Point generational family ancestry, USMA leadership, Medal of Honor Graduates and more! Deluxe clothbound edition with custom-designed West Point map endpapers. Visit our Gift Shop online or call 800.426.4725 to order your copy! 

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