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McBride '07 Helping Veterans & Military Spouses Learn Code

McBride '07 Helping Veterans & Military Spouses Learn CodeSean McBride has been named Washington, DC Chapter Lead for Operation Code, a nonprofit that helps veterans and military spouses learn to code, land jobs in the tech industry, and continue their service through "civic hacking" and open-source contributions to mission-driven nonprofits and state and federal digital service teams.

When Sean transitioned from IT consulting and software technical sales into web development in 2016, Operation Code provided technical mentorship and coaching, which allowed him to win a full-ride scholarship to attend Fullstack Academy, a NYC-based coding bootcamp, and land a job as a web developer with an Alexandria, VA based startup. Over the past two years, Sean has contributed over 10,000 lines of code to production apps run by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) components and commercial clients.

As chapter leader, Sean will collaborate with colleges, coding bootcamps, and industry partners to host events to help build bridges between the military community and the tech industry in the DC metro area.

Eggleston '61 Releases "Operation Hannibal"

Michael Eggleston’s book entitled Operation Hannibal is a history of the closing days of World War II when a crisis was emerging for German civilians trapped on the Eastern Front by the Red Army. Many lived between the Soviet advance and the Wehrmacht defense of Nazi Germany. They were fearful of Soviet retribution for the millions of Russians that had been murdered by the Nazis in the earlier years of the war. Since all land routes had been cut off, an evacuation by sea was the only way to provide escape for the civilians back to Germany. Such an escape was fraught with many dangers. Soviet submarines prowled the Baltic Sea where the ships would sail, and the Red air force bombed the ports and ships at sea. Most of the available ports were under siege by the Red Army and civilians who tried to reach the ports were often killed or died in the winter weather. To save the civilians and some of the German wounded soldiers, the German Navy developed a plan for the evacuation called Operation Hannibal in early 1945. This history tells the story of the flight from its start in January 1945 until it concluded the day after the end of the war in Europe. Michael is indebted to Ms. Frances O’Connor Rogers and others who assisted in the writing and editing of this book.

March Back for the Class of 2022

As it was for their R-Day six weeks ago, weather was front and center for the Class of 2022’s March Back from Camp Buckner, the annual 12-plus mile trek that signals the end of Cadet Basic Training. Yet, instead of the sweltering heat of R-Day, the new cadets had to deal with the threat of a torrential downpour. But luckily the skies didn’t open up until all CBT companies had passed Quarters 100 and found respite in front of Washington Hall. [Photos on Flickr]

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The following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1959 | 1965 | 1972 | 1976. Class Notes

Wilson '72 Qualifies for MDRT "Top of the Table"

Wilson '72 Achieves Prestigious "Top of the Table" MDRT QualificationA. Rhodes Wilson has qualified for Top of the Table, a coveted milestone achievement in the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.

Top of the Table is an internationally recognized mark of excellence in the financial services industry. This places Wilson among the top professionals in the global life insurance and financial services industries. "Top of the Table is comprised of the best and brightest professionals our industry has to offer," said MDRT President Jim Pittman, CLU, CFP. "MDRT hopes to continue to foster a culture of excellence and encourage members to grow both personally and professionally."

Wilson has over 30 years of experience in financial services. He is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner, an IRS Enrolled Agent and is currently working on Certified Life Underwriter credentials. In April of this year Wilson was recognized with the prestigious Christopher Ferrara Memorial New Agent of the Year Award from The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. This achievement places him in the top 1 percent of Guardian's 2,781 agents in 2017 production.

MG(R) Johnson '76 Honored at the Men of Influence

MG(R) Johnson '76 Honored at the Men of InfluenceMG(R) Ron Johnson was honored at The Men of Influence Atlanta Business League during its 2018 induction ceremony. A 2003 recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Professional Achievement in Government Service, Johnson is also a 2005 inductee into the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at Georgia Tech and a 2008 Black Engineer Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

The 2018 list reflects the accomplishments of black men in metro Atlanta who have achieved senior level positions, lead innovation and business, or have demonstrated a commitment to the citizens of metro Atlanta by their involvement in community and civic activities.

"I have always lived and continue to live my life with a passion for service," said Professor Johnson. "Whether it was our nation, my community, my GT faculty teammates, my students, my friends or my fellow board members, l gain satisfaction in making a difference. To be recognized along with these amazing men by the Atlanta Business League is an honor. I am always proud to serve," Prof. Johnson said.

Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech (GT), Johnson was senior vice president, Referee operations at the NBA. From July 2008 until July 2012, he was responsible for the NBA’s recruiting, training and development, scheduling, data management and analysis, and work rules enforcement. Read More

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1943jan | 1956 | 1968 | 1981 | 1991 | 1997. Class Notes

EJ Pasteur Jr. '91 Inducted into Lansing H.S. Hall of Fame

EJ Pasteur Jr. '91 Inducted into Lansing H.S. Hall of FameErnest “EJ” Pasteur Jr. has been inducted into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame at the Lansing Center. Ernest was the co-captain for Sexton's wrestling team that took home the Class A State title in 1987, beating No. 1 Detroit Catholic Central and rival Lansing Eastern in the process. Ernest also led the team in pins in both his junior and senior seasons.

Ernest was also a star on the football field, as he co-captained Sexton and played fullback and linebacker. He was team MVP his senior season, led his team in tackles and was selected to play in the Michigan East-West All-Star football game at Spartan Stadium.

At USMA Ernest was a four-year letter man. He won a EIWA Championship and two New York Collegiate Championships while enrolled, and his performance led to a spot on the All-Army wrestling team after graduating. Using the skills he learned with the All-Army wrestling team, Ernest found himself competing in the 1993 Pan-Am Championships in Caracas, Venezuela. It was there were Ernest was the only American to take home a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling. Read More

Price '97 Named COO at G2, Inc.

Kevin Price '97Kevin Price has been named Chief Operating Officer of G2, Inc. Kevin has held several leadership positions at the company, previously serving as Vice President, Operations. Kevin has over 20 years of experience leading complex negotiations with exceptional results. Furthermore, he is recognized for his industry tenure, technical knowledge of the rapidly changing wireless landscape, and management of the largest enterprise engagements for this specialized service category.

G2's CEO, Justin Fuller, commented: "Kevin has been an integral leader of the Operations team for years. It is the appropriate timing, coupled with his skills and expertise, to have him now lead the entire Operations department and its negotiation and analyst teams. G2 is in great hands for the future, as Kevin's leadership and experience has demonstrated time and again." Kevin will be responsible for leading the operations division at G2, which handles all phases of contract negotiations. This includes data collection and analysis, Network Service Profile (NSP) inventory compilation, market benchmarking, RFP development, project management, savings analytics and billing verification reviews.

Kevin has been with G2 since 2002. Prior to that he served as an Army Quartermaster Officer. He followed his military service with a tenure for the US Department of Defense where he negotiated critical telecommunications and logistical contracts while deployed to Kuwait, Egypt, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Read More

Mango '81 Appointed to Trump Administration Post at CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Paul Mango as CMS's Chief Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief of Staff. Paul comes to CMS after a long and successful career at McKinsey & Company as a Senior Partner and having filled additional leadership roles within their U.S. and global healthcare practices and as the head of McKinsey's U.S. Center for Health Reform. He is a veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division and a graduate of U.S. Army Ranger School; Harvard Business School and Distinguished USMA Cadet. He has been active in community and civic causes including a run for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2017, and as a board member of HM3 Partner Independence Fund, a foundation helping veterans, first responders and youth. Paul brings more than thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry that will prove invaluable in his role supporting Administrator Verma in the fulfillment of the agency's mission. Read More

The Class of 2021 Receives Their Class Colors

The Class of 2021 Receives Their Class ColorsOn July 28, the Class of 2021 were presented with their class colors during the Cadet Field Training (CFT) graduation ceremony at Camp Buckner. The class flag, mounted on a brass-tipped staff, is a gift from their 50 Year Affiliate Class, the Class of 1971 as part of the WPAOG 50-Year Affiliation Program.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1943jan | 1958 | 1967 | 1986 | 1988 | 1996 | 2001. Class Notes

Daughter of CPT Stanclift '86 Running for ALS Awareness

Daughter of CPT Stanclift '86 Running for ALS AwarenessCaroline Stanclift is participating in Team Challenge ALS to raise awareness to fight back against this terrible disease. Her father, Captain Jeffrey Stanclift '86 passed from complications due to ALS on March 7th, 2018. He fought with courage and dignity, yet it was heart breaking to watch the disease take hold. He was her role model, coach, comic relief, and biggest advocate. Now it is her turn to advocate for him and others affected by ALS.

Back in 1984 when many of his classmates knew him, he ran the Marine Corps Marathon and hopped right back on a bus to West Point. 34 years later, on Caroline's first Father's Day without him, she found his Marine Corps bib – an experience nothing short of transcendent. Caroline is honored to run her first marathon in his memory; literally following in his footsteps when he was just about the same age.

Crouch '88 Releases "The Bonanza King"

Crouch '88 Releases "The Bonanza King"Gregory Crouch recently released the book "The Bonanza King: John Mackay and The Battle Over the Greatest Riches in The American West", published by Scribner. Crouch's new book is the epic rags-to-riches frontier tale of John Mackay, an Irish immigrant who outwitted, outworked, and out-maneuvered thousands of rivals to take control of Nevada's Comstock Lode, the rich body of gold and silver so immensely valuable—equivalent to more than $600 billion today—that it changed the destiny of the United States.

Mackay was a destitute Irish immigrant brought to this country when he was 9 years old, in 1840. He grew up in New York City's Five Points slum (the "Gangs of New York" neighborhood), came of age amid the violent mayhem of the California Gold Rush, and rose to the full power of manhood in the deep, rich, and outrageously dangerous mines of the Comstock Lode beneath Virginia City, Nevada, the ultimate Old West boomtown.

On the Comstock, Mackay worked his way up from nothing, battling the pernicious "Bank Ring" of California capitalists who'd monopolized the lode, and struck the legendary Big Bonanza, a stupendously valuable body of gold and silver ore buried 1,500 feet below the center of the town. The extraordinary wealth Mackay extracted from the Comstock Lode drove wild stock market frenzies in San Francisco and launched his wife, whose beginnings were every bit as humble as his own, on a meteoric social career among the finest European aristocrats. When John Mackay died in 1902—with a personal fortune equivalent to about $50 billion modern dollars—front page obituaries all over Europe and the United States hailed him as one of the most widely admired Americans of the age.

The Wall Street Journal's recent review described "The Bonanza King" as "A monumentally researched biography of one of the 19th century's wealthiest self-made Americans... Well-written and worthwhile... John Mackay spent a lifetime defying odds."

LTC Myer '01 to Receive the 2018 Nininger Award

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew R. Myer, Class of 2001The West Point Association of Graduates is pleased to announce that Lieutenant Colonel Matthew R. Myer, Class of 2001, has been selected to receive the 2018 Alexander Nininger Award for Valor at Arms. The award will be presented on September 27, 2018, at West Point, New York. Myer is a third-generation West Point graduate. He is currently the Commander of the 1st Battalion-501st Infantry (Airborne) Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

Myer has deployed several times to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve from 2003 to today. While serving as a Captain and Company Commander in 2007-08, he commanded Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne) 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, known under his command as the most decorated company in the Global War on Terrorism. His command included a 15-month deployment to Kunar and Nuristan Provinces, Afghanistan. During this tour, Chosen Company earned a Presidential Unit Citation Award and a Valorous Unit Award. In addition, 87 individual valor awards were earned by Chosen Company, including two Medals of Honor, two Distinguished Service Crosses, and 13 Silver Stars. Read More

Cadets Leadership Development at NDUM

Cadets Leadership Development at NDUMThree U.S. Military Academy cadets are visiting the Malaysian National Defense University (NDUM) this week to develop leadership, build character and broaden their development as leaders. While in Malaysia, they'll experience the day-to-day life at NDUM and be able to build relationships with NDUM cadets through panels, one-on-one interactions, and training opportunities.

Photo: Mike Casey ’04, Political Officer, LTC Sukhdev Purewal '01, Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation, Cadet Silas Martinez '19, Cadet Peter Elmlinger '19, Cadet Elizabeth Joy Orr '20, LTC Jordon Swain ’99, Asst. Prof. of Behavioral Science, USMA

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1956 | 1988 | 1993 | 1998 | 2010. Class Notes

Hopkins '88 Named Among Most Influential Black Lawyers

Dennis Hopkins '88Dennis Hopkins has been named among the 2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine. In saluting their "exceptional legal achievement," Savoy said the list "showcases African-American men and women who have been recognized for their legal leadership and expertise in national and global-leading corporations."

Savoy noted the attorneys recognized are "the "best of the best" of Black lawyers that are partners within leading national law firms, corporate and general counsel from FORTUNE 1000 corporations. As diversity and inclusion for legal professionals continues to grow, Savoy's listing of "top lawyers" emerges with an influential cross section of legal professionals representing a diverse range of expertise with national and global responsibilities." Among the other honorees for 2018 are Eric Holder, Jr., former Attorney General of the United States, Dennis Archer, the first Black president of the American Bar Association, and Jeh Charles Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.

Dennis is active in many professional, community and legal associations. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the Advisory Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and the New York City Bar Fund Board. He is deeply committed to guiding and grooming the next generation of lawyers and serves on the board of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, a mentoring organization. In 2014, the Council of Urban Professionals named Dennis one of its Catalysts, designating him "Change Agent – Law" and he was a Fellow in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He is a Board Member of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor High School Judicial Internship Program. Read More

Vogt '10 & Family Move in to New Smart Home

Captain Nick Vogt has a brand new, state-of-the-art home, thanks to the Gary Sinise Foundation. Captain Vogt lost both legs while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. He stepped on an IED, losing both legs at the hips, suffering severe brain injury and developed a seizure disorder.

The Gary Sinise Foundation's R.I.S.E. program built him, his wife and his son a specially-adapted smart home in Richland County. They broke ground last September and on Saturday, July 14, the Vogts moved into the home.

The home features special features for Nick, including extra wide hallways and a shower with a lit-down platform. Story

Wehmeyer '93 Named in the Washingtonian Top Agents

Ashleigh Wehmeyer '93Ashleigh Wehmeyer has been named as one of the Top Real Estate Agents in the DC Area for 2018 by Washingtonian Magazine. Agents who made the cut are those who produced the highest sales volumes in the Washington DC Area last year. The list includes agents in DC, Prince George's, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, and Howard counties in Maryland; and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties and Alexandria in Virginia. Ashleigh was also named as one of "Northern Virginia Magazine's" Best Real Estate Agents in 2018 earlier this year.

LTC Lindley '98 Induction into the Order of St. Martin

Lindley '98 Induction into the Order of St. MartinLieutenant Colonel Michael L. Lindley was inducted into the Distinguished Order of Saint Martin during a change of command ceremony. He was selected to serve in numerous critical positions. As a company commander, his organization achieved outstanding results during a rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, setting a new JRTC record for the most missions ever.

He was the first company commander of the Army’s only Force Provider Company, 506th Quartermaster Company, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Fort Lee, Virginia. He was tasked with standing up the unit, and training soldiers prior to deployment in support of Operation Iraq Freedom. His insistence on nothing short of excellence raised his maintenance posture by 15 percent to above a 95 percent operational rating.

As the mobility officer for the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) deployed to Joint Base Balad, Lindley consistently positioned himself ahead of every requirement and ensured the Land Branch stayed on point with deployment issues. He identified and corrected ambiguities with the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program Statement of Work (SOW) and rewrote it to better capture asset locations, control assets and monitor utilization.

As the support operations officer for the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Lindley developed a plan to provide a Unit Manned Equipment team in Garrison while the brigade was deployed. This plan allowed the brigade to maintain its garrison organizational property which saved the Army millions of dollars while simultaneously conducting its ground maintenance in a wartime environment. Read More

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1937 | 1958 | 1960 | 1968 | 1984 | 1986 | 1999 | 2018. Class Notes

Eight Grads Serving at the U.S. Embassy Mexico City

Currently at the United States Embassy Mexico City there are eight USMA graduates serving there.

Photo: L-R, LTC Mark Padgett '03, MAJ Vijay Gallardo '02, MAJ Star Hy Class '01, Fred Odisho '00, Steve Rothert '90, Mike Brennan '82, MAJ Scott Alvarez '06, - (not pictured), MAJ Patrick Hardin '04 (not pictured)

Kelly '37 America's First World War Two Hero

During some of America's darkest days at the beginning of World War II, the country thirsted for heroes. Colin Purdie Kelly Jr. was born in Madison, east of Tallahassee in Florida on July 11, 1915.

On December 10, 1941 five of the Group's B-17s were sent to attack a Japanese convoy- the first bombardment mission of World War II. The B-17s bombed from high altitude, recording damage to some of the transports. Later that day Captain Kelly, flying B-17C serial number 40-2045 alone and without fighter escort, attacked what his crew believed at the time was the battleship Haruna but was likely the cruiser IJN Natori instead. The Japanese destroyer IJN Harukaze was also damaged by a near miss. During the return flight back to Clark, Kelly's B-17 was savagely attacked by Japanese Zero fighters.

Sergeant William Delahanty was killed during the first attack. A second attack set the bomber ablaze. Kelly ordered his crew to bail out of the stricken bomber and continued to try and bring the aircraft back to Clark Field. Not long after the crew bailed out the B-17C exploded, killing Kelly. The wreckage of the aircraft came down about three miles east of the field. The bodies of Kelly and Delahanty were found in the wreckage. The rest of Kelly's crew survived the mission.

Kelly's feat of heroism was the kind of story the American people needed to embrace, and embrace it they did. For his extraordinary heroism and selfless bravery, Captain Colin P. Kelly Jr. was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Kelly's B-17C was the first B-17 lost in aerial combat during World War II. Read More

WPAOG Welcomes Terence Sinkfield '99 as Vice President of Alumni Support

WPAOG is pleased to announce that Terence Sinkfield '99 has joined us as Vice President of Alumni Support. Prior to the accepting the WPAOG position, Terence ran the largest sales and service center operation for Daltile Eastern half of the United States. He had P&L responsibility for this flagship center in the greater Washington, DC Metro area. He also had responsibility for the Builder Distribution Center - the only dual retail and commercial operation of its type in the Daltile network, including logistical support for over 80% of builder business market share in the DC/Maryland/Virginia region.

Terence branched Military Police upon graduation from West Point. He deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 in an S3 role. He also deployed as KFOR (Province of Kosovo) and led a Platoon providing security and Military Police support for the 101st Airborne Division. During deployment, he served as an off-site Professor for University of Maryland University College, and worked with the Russians to coordinate the first ever joint patrols within Kamenica sector. His experience also includes working with FEMA as an environmental specialist.

LTG(R) McMaster '84 to Return as Senior Fellow at Stanford

LTG(R) McMaster '84 to Return as Senior Fellow at StanfordThe Hoover Institution at Stanford University is pleased to announce the appointment of LTG(R) H.R. McMaster as the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow effective September 1, 2018. McMaster will also hold the Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellowship at the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI), and serve as a lecturer in management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. McMaster returns to Hoover where he was a National Security Affairs Fellow from 2002 to 2003 and a Visiting Fellow from 2003 to 2017.

McMaster said of his appointment, "I look forward to joining the Hoover Institution and Stanford University. I have benefitted tremendously from my long association with Hoover. Hoover fellows helped me think clearly not only about complex challenges our nation faces today, but also emerging threats to free and open societies. Hoover's mission to advance the policy ideas that promote peace, prosperity, and freedom is vital and I will do all I can to contribute to that mission. I admired and loved my friend Fouad Ajami and it is a particular honor to occupy a chair named for him."

Until recently, H.R. McMaster was the 26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. He served with distinction in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring in June 2018. McMaster's has extensive experience leading soldiers and organizations in wartime. McMaster also served overseas as advisor to ambassadors and the most senior commanders in the Middle East. He led important strategic assessments including the Joint Strategic Assessment Team that rewrote the campaign plan for the Iraq War during the surge of 2007. He also led teams to redesign efforts to develop security forces and governmental institutions in post-war Iraq. From 2009 to 2010 he led a Washington-based cross-government effort to develop a comprehensive strategy for the greater Middle East. Read More

For Grads Only: NEW Grad Link Networking Service Available

For Grads Only: NEW Grad Link Networking Service AvailableTo further WPAOG’s vision “for the Long Gray Line to be the most connected alumni body in the world,” WPAOG today unveils a new networking tool, Grad Link, which provides an enhanced level of connectivity with fellow grads. Grad Link improves upon the popular “Find a Grad” feature from the WPAOG website, allowing you to directly connect with fellow grads. It combines data from WPAOG with information from your LinkedIn profile to help you quickly and easily find grads that share your interests. You will be able to conceal some of your personal information, such as your email address, location or entire profile. You can access this secure platform today on your mobile device through the Google Play Store, Apple 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. More information.

Starbuck '86 Named Dixfield Town Manager

Dustin Starbuck '86Dustin Starbuck has been named the Town Manager of Dixfield, VA. "The board was impressed with Mr. Starbuck's accomplishments and resume, and with the phone and in-person interviews" Chairwoman Norine Clarke said.

He retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army after 28 years of active duty and reserve service as a senior instructor for the Command and General Staff College. He's commanded troops, including those in combat. He has been awarded a Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Combat Action Badge for service in Iraq, and three Meritorious Service Medals. Puiia said Starbuck is a magistrate for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

"I've been serving the public since I was 18 years old" Starbuck said Tuesday from Virginia. "I still want to continue doing that. Municipal government seemed like a place where I could continue to serve people, try to help solve problems, use my experience and have a nice life." Read More

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1959 | 1965 | 1992. Class Notes

Hohman '92 Name EVP at Planet Home Lending

Planet Home Lending, LLC, a privately held mortgage lender and servicer headquartered in Connecticut, has announced that Dierk Hohman has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Chief General Counsel and Enterprise Risk Officer. Hohman will oversee all legal, compliance and enterprise risk matters for the company. "His breadth of legal, compliance, and enterprise risk experience, and his entrepreneurial mindset will be a tremendous asset to the company as we continue to grow our distributed retail, correspondent, and servicing operations," President and CEO Michael Dubeck said.

Hohman has broad expertise in the mortgage, banking and financial sectors. He has previously advised financial intuitions on legal, compliance, and enterprise risk matters, litigation, and corporate and finance transactions. Most recently, Hohman served as EVP, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer for NexBank Capital, Inc. Prior to his role at NexBank, he was SVP and Associate General Counsel for Nationstar Mortgage, LLC. Throughout his career, he has held positions at leading financial services companies including HBK Capital Management, Bank of America, GE Capital, and White & Case LLP. Read More

WPAOG Ice Cream Social

WPAOG Ice Cream SocialWPAOG had our second annual Ice Cream Social for New Cadet Candidates that were gearing up for R-Day (7/2), their families and friends. Everyone had the chance to cool down from the heat with some ice cream. The best of luck to the Class of 2022! Click here to view photos.

R-Day 2018

West Point R-Day class of 2022R-Day 2018 was a certainly a memorable day at West Point. Not only did 1,210 new cadets from the Class of 2022 take their first steps toward becoming leaders of character, but LTG Darryl A. Williams ’83 assumed command of the United States Military Academy as its 60th Superintendent. Furthermore, General Mark A. Milley, the 39th Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army, was on post to take part in the new Superintendent’s Assumption of Command ceremony, and he took time afterward to witness the transformative events of R-Day. Despite these extraordinary happenings, R-Day 2018 will perhaps be remembered most by something that has certainly affected R-Days of years past—a brutal heatwave that has settled over the Hudson Valley.

By the time most of the new cadets had finished their in-processing with Thayer Hall and filed into the cadet area dressed in the black Army PT uniforms and carrying nearly 50lbs of gear, the air temperature was feeling like 103 degrees Fahrenheit. “We knew the heat was coming and put contingencies in place,” said Cadet Jessica Maddox ’19, the “Queen of Beast” (or Cadet Basic Training Regimental Commander). As soon as cadets crossed Thayer Road after their in-processing, they immediately filled their CamelBaks at an M-149 Water Buffalo. “We’ve also put up camo netting in company areas to create shade and provided sunscreen in each company bathroom,” said Maddox. The latter was particularly useful for the male cadets coming back from the barbershop. Finally, new cadets were provided with double rations of Gatorade and nutrition bars, and the cadet cadre were tracking their consumption of these snacks (officially called “supplements”) to be ensure that the new cadets were consuming liquids and foods according to Army heat category guidelines.

While the new cadets will have 47 months to learn and live West Point’s famous three-word motto, “Duty, Honor, Country,” they quickly mastered another three-word response that was echoing all over Central Area on R-Day in response to orders from their cadre: “Beat the heat!” Click here to view more photos.

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