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Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1953 | 1965 | 1970 | 1981 | 1998 | 19999. Class Notes

Thank You Class of '68

Thank You Class of '68Earlier this week, the Class of 1968 returned to West Point to celebrate their 50th reunion. On May 22nd during the Alumni Luncheon for the Distinguished Graduate Awards, COL(R) D. David Hostler USAR '68 and Mr. Paul A. DeCoursey '68 presented a check for $2,000,000 to LTG Robert Caslen Jr. '75, 59th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy and LTG(R) Joe DeFrancisco '65, Chairman of WPAOG's Board of Directors.

This generous gift from the Class of 1968 is in support of The Fallen Graduates Memorial Scholarship, Academy Scholars, and DCA. Thank you to the Class of 1968 for their generosity!

LTC Morgan '98 Heading to Space in 2019

LTC Andrew Morgan '98Army physician Lt. Col. Andrew Morgan, a NASA astronaut, will be one of two members of the NASA astronaut class of 2013 going into space in 2019, according to an announcement released by the space agency May 24, 2018. Morgan, a 2002 graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' (USU) F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine – "America's Medical School" – will launch in July 2019 as a member of the Expedition 60/61 crew headed to the International Space Station. Morgan's colleague, astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, was also selected for a mission to the ISS with Expedition 59/60, which is scheduled to launch in April 2019. Read More

The 2018 Distinguished Graduate Awards

The 2018 Distinguished Graduate AwardsThe calendar may have said May 22, the start of Grad Week at West Point, but the raw weather for the annual alumni exercises and cadet review for the 2018 Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) recipients felt more like an extension of Gloom Period. But rain showers and temperatures in the low 60s could not dampen the spirits of the more than 1,100 graduates and guests who returned to their Rockbound Highland Home for the festivities, especially those of Col (USAF, R) Kermit Dyke '40, USMA's oldest living graduate, who at 103 years old walked from library corner and across diagonal walk to lay a wreath at the base of Thayer Statue, nor those of the six graduates who joined the legacy of 133 other graduates, just two-tenths of one percent of the Long Gray Line, who have been recognized as West Point "Distinguished Graduates": COL (R) Dana Mead '57, Mr. Thomas Barron '65, LTG (R) Larry Jordon '68, GEN (R) William Wallace '69, HON Sloan Gibson IV '75, and HON Douglas Lute '75. Click here to see more photos. Full Story »

Bensley '81 Named CFO of Blue Apron Holdings

Tim Bensley '81Tim Bensley has been named Chief Financial Officer of Blue Apron Holdings, Inc., effective May 21. "I am excited to join the passionate and dynamic team at Blue Apron," Tim said. "The company has reached an inspiring inflection point, and as CFO I look forward to contributing to the company's growth as we build on recent progress in our core business while expanding our powerful brand to new channels and new consumers."

Tim joins Blue Apron from Acosta, Inc., where he was most recently CFO since 2015. Prior to his time at Acosta, he spent 29years at PepsiCo, Inc., beginning in the Frito-Lay North America division. He progressed through various supply chain operations roles then spent the next 15 years in various finance leadership positions at Frito-Lay, leading the supply chain finance and sales finance organizations before being promoted to CFO of Frito-Lay Canada in 2005. In 2007, he was appointed vice-president of corporate strategy for PepsiCo then named CFO of Pepsi-Cola North America in 2008. In 2010, he was promoted to CFO of PepsiCo Americas Foods and named senior vice-president of PepsiCo Global Transformation in 2012. Read More

The Bob Kenevan '70 Story

Sometime in early March 2016, Kent Troy '81 and his wife, Ingrid, went to the Tacoma Trophy store, which is located outside Joint Base Lewis McChord in Lakewood, to place an order for a project regarding their West Point class. DJ Brown, a retired Navy chief petty officer and the proprietor of this store, recognized the West Point crest and asked if they happened to know a graduate named Bob Kenevan.

DJ showed them The Howitzer yearbook from the class of 1970 and 29 medallions. These had been ordered by Dr. Bob Kenevan '70 back in November 2014 and were to have been picked up sometime in March 2015. Bob's vision was to create a medallion for each of his company mates, with their photo from the year book, a group he identified in writing as, "The Alphogators", and with their class crest on the other side. Alphagators was the nickname associated with their company, A-4. He wanted to surprise them with these medallions during the upcoming 45th class reunion at West Point in October 2015. Even though he had paid for the medallions, he never returned to pick them up and all attempts by DJ and his wife, Judi, to reach him were unsuccessful. DJ and Judi knew how important this project had been to Dr. Kenevan so they held on to the medallions and The Howitzer in the hope of getting them to the intended classmates.

Since Kent was also a graduate of West Point, DJ thought he might be able to assist in finding Bob's family or perhaps one of his classmates.

Upon returning home, Kent looked online at the Association of Graduates (AOG) Register website and quickly found Bob Kenevan listed there. Ingrid checked online and both learned that, sadly, Bob Kenevan had unexpectedly passed away Aug. 22, 2015. They contacted DJ and Judi to share this sad news. Full Story »

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1965 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1978 | 2003 | 2009. Class Notes

Wilson '72 Receives Guardian’s New Agent of the Year Award

Rhodes Wilson '72A. Rhodes Wilson of A. Rhodes Wilson & Associates, representing First Financial Group (FFG) in Doylestown, PA, has received the prestigious Christopher Ferrara Memorial New Agent of the Year Award from The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian). This award recognizes the top-producing new agents for their outstanding accomplishments. Wilson was the top insurance producer of any Guardian agent hired in 2016 or 2017. With this honor, he earns a seat on the Executive Committee of the 2018 Leaders Club. This achievement places him in the top 1 percent of Guardian's 2,781 agents in 2017 production.

"In today's complex financial world, helping people keep up with a changing economy and get to the level of financial security and comfort they seek is personally very gratifying," Wilson said. With over 25 years of experience in financial services, Wilson joined the FFG team in 2017. He is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner and an IRS Enrolled Agent, holding membership in the Financial Planners Association, National Association of Enrolled Agents and Bucks County Estate Planning Council. Wilson is involved in his community as a member of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and the Central Bucks Sertoma Club (Past President and Past Chairman of the Board).

Hicks '74 Announced as Academy Sports + Outdoors CEO

Ken Hicks '74Ken C. Hicks has been appointed Chairman and CEO of Academy Sports + Outdoors, sports, outdoor and recreation lifestyle retailer dedicated to making it easier for everyone to enjoy more sports and outdoors. "I grew up in Houston with Academy, and I know this company is special because of our mission, values, and people. Our philosophy of making sports and outdoors accessible for all for less is differentiated in today's retail market, and our focus on our customers will continue to drive our success," said Hicks.

Hicks has been a member of the Academy Board of Managers and brings over three decades of senior merchandising, marketing and operational experience in the retail industry. During his six-year tenure as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker, he helped develop and deliver on a plan that reversed three years of negative same store sales, generating significant financial return and shareholder value. Prior to Foot Locker, Hicks served in leadership positions at several major retail companies, including J.C. Penney, Payless ShoeSource, Home Shopping Network and May Department Stores. Ken earned a Masters of Business Administration with highest distinction from Harvard Business School. Hicks, a long-time Academy customer, grew up in Houston and has deep roots in Academy's hometown region. Read More

Mallue '09 1st Female to Earn Sapper & Ranger Tabs

Natalie Mallue '09Long days of little food and sleep affected every waking moment for Captain Natalie Mallue, as she neared the end of Third Phase at Ranger School, deep in the murky waters and terrain of Florida's swampy Camp Rudder. But after three months of attending the demanding course and enduring recycle during the final phase, Natalie knew it would soon be over, the grueling days and nights culminating in one crucial thing: the coveted Ranger tab. When Natalie graduated from Fort Benning in April 2017, she became only the sixth female to pass Ranger School and the first to wear both the Ranger and Sapper tabs in the U.S. Army.

The determination to achieve these goals was something instilled in Natalie, 30, at a young age, as she grew up in Portland, Oregon. She did not grow up in a military household however, she said. "I was raised in a typical rural, suburban type neighborhood. Nobody was in my family was in the military … I didn't know anything about it," Natalie said. "I had a neighbor who was retired Air Force and he suggested I take a look at the Air Force Academy. So I started taking a look into it and the other military academies."

Natalie considered her options and eventually decided on West Point, seeing it as the most viable academy. "Between all the service academies I liked West Point and the Air Force the most. I ended up choosing West Point because it was more people focused," Natalie explained. "The Air Force Academy seemed more focused on technology. I also liked the aspect of learning leadership and people skills." Despite the rigid military structure and discipline required at West Point, Natalie said she never felt restricted or contained by her new Army surroundings. Full Story »

Scaparrotti '78 Receives Distinguished Military Leadership Award

General Curtis Scaparrotti General Curtis Scaparrotti has received the Distinguished Military Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council. He assumed duties as commander of European Command and as supreme allied commander, Europe in late spring of 2016. A career infantry officer, General Scaparrotti was previously assigned as the commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea. He also served as the director, Joint Staff. Prior to his tour with the Joint Staff, General Scaparrotti served as commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command; deputy commander, US forces in Afghanistan; commanding general of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord; and commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division.

In addition, General Scaparrotti has served in key leadership positions at the tactical, operational, and strategic level of the US military to include director of operations, United States Central Command and as the sixty-ninth commandant of cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has commanded forces during Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Support Hope (Zaire/Rwanda), Join Endeavor (Bosnia-Herzegovina), and Assured Response (Liberia).

His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College. He holds a master's degree in administrative education from the University of South Carolina. His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and the Army Meritorious Service Medal. He has earned the Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1965 | 1968 | 1976 | 1978 | 1986 | 1989. Class Notes

Odierno(R) '76 Appointed to Oshkosh Corp BOD

General(R) Raymond T. Odierno has been appointed to the Oshkosh Corporation Board of Directors. With the appointment of General Odierno, Oshkosh Corporation has 12 board members.

General Odierno has 39 years of service in the United States Army and has held many distinguished positions of increasing responsibility at every level of the Army, with service in both the Persian Gulf and Iraq Wars. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, General Odierno commanded the 4th Infantry Division, the Army's III Corps and the United States Forces – Iraq. Since the Vietnam war, Odierno is one of only two American military officers to command at the division, corps and army level during the same conflict with distinction. General Odierno also served as the senior military advisor to the Secretary of State providing advice on international relations and politico-military concerns worldwide. Prior to his retirement, Odierno served as the 38th Chief of Staff for the United States Army.

"We are honored to have such a distinguished military leader join our Board of Directors. General Odierno's superior leadership experience, expansive military and international expertise will enhance our Board and our ability to serve our military customers," said Wilson R. Jones, Oshkosh Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer. "Additionally, his commitment to serving others aligns with our people first culture." Read More

BG(R) Golden ’65 to Receive the 2018 Prentis Award

BG-R Jim Golden '65BG(R) Jim Golden will receive the 2018 Prentis Award from William & Mary University. The award is presented annually to people in the Williamsburg community for their strong civic involvement and support of the university.

"When you combine piercing intelligence with powerful organizational skills, the capacity to complete tasks quickly and splendidly and a wonderful bedside manner, and then you mix in military training and experience, a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard, years of teaching and leading at West Point and a stint in the corporate world, all before joining us at William & Mary 20 years ago, you get Jim Golden," Reveley said. "The General has been an invaluable force for progress on campus and in the community. The range of his activities has been simply extraordinary. He is a cherished colleague and friend to so many of us. By any measure, Jim is a very worthy recipient of the Prentis Award."

In addition to his service to W&M, Golden has deep ties to the Williamsburg community. He is currently the chair of the board of the Williamsburg Health Foundation, immediate past chair of the board of Williamsburg Landing, past chair of the Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance and a member of the local Towne Bank board, the Williamsburg-James City County Schools superintendent's business & community advisory committee and the Troops to Teachers Virginia Center advisory committee.

"Jim Golden is extraordinary," said W&M Provost Michael R. Halleran. "I know of no one who combines as effectively his high-level strategic thinking, attention to detail, instinct for partnerships and commitment to the common good. We — William & Mary and the wider Williamsburg community — have been blessed to have him in our midst." Golden's work at William & Mary spanned many areas, including strategic planning, business innovation and communications, efforts to develop and buy property around campus and collaborations to help build the local economy, to forge research partnerships, to create links to the local military and defense establishments including the Army's Training and Doctrine Command and to help address veterans' issues. Read More

Thank You Class of '78

Class of 1978 40th Reunion GiftThis past weekend, 311 graduates from the Class of 1978 returned to West Point to celebrate their 40th reunion. On Friday, May 4, during the Academy Leader Team briefing at Eisenhower Hall Theatre, members from the Class of 1978 presented a check for $3,000,000 to LTG R obert Caslen Jr. '75, 59th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy and Todd Browne '85, President and CEO of the West Point Association of Graduates. This generous gift from the Class of 1978 supported the West Point Visitors Center, the Center for the Study of Civil Military Operations and the Three Marksmanship Teams. Thank you to the Class of 1978 for their tremendous support!

25th Annual Alumni Golf Outing

25th Annual Alumni Golf OutingRegistration is now open for the 25th Annual Alumni Golf Outing. It will be at West Point, June 7-9, 2018. Reconnect with alumni, former classmates, and your alma mater. Registration fee includes two rounds of golf, all meals, a boat cruise, and some great prizes! (View Agenda) All graduates and guests are invited. Registration closes June 1.

Pompeo '86 Sworn in Secretary of State

Pompeo '86 Sworn in Secretary of StateMike Pompeo was sworn in as the 70th US secretary of state on April 26, after the Senate voted to confirm him, 57-42, installing the former CIA Director as the nation's top diplomat at a time when several high stakes negotiations are underway around the globe. "I'm delighted to be secretary of state and completely humbled by the responsibility. I'm looking forward to serving the American people and getting to work right away." Said Pompeo.

In a statement, President Donald Trump welcomed the Senate's vote.

"Having a patriot of Mike's immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at this critical time in history," said Trump. "He will always put the interests of America first. He has my trust. He has my support. Today, he has my congratulations on becoming America's 70th Secretary of State."

"No other Secretary in recent history has gone on a trip as quickly as he has," Nauert noted just before Pompeo boarded his flight to applause from State Department staffers. Read More

Leon E. Panetta to Receive 2018 West Point Sylvanus Thayer Award

Leon E. Panetta to Receive 2018 West Point Sylvanus Thayer AwardThe West Point Association of Graduates is pleased to announce that Leon E. Panetta—23rd U.S.Secretary of Defense, 3rd Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, 18th White House Chief of Staff, and Chairman of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy—will receive the 2018 Sylvanus Thayer Award. The award will be presented on October 4, 2018 during ceremonies hosted by the Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

"I thank the West Point Association of Graduates for this distinguished award," said Secretary Panetta. "I am honored to be recognized among those men and women who have dedicated their lives to the values of West Point: Duty, Honor, Country." Full Story »

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1956 | 1959 | 1964 | 1973 | 1978 | 1982. Class Notes

O’Connell ‘82 Recognized Leader in Labor & Employment Law

Liam O'Connell '82Liam O’Connell '82 has been recognized by Chambers USA: Americas' Leading Lawyers for Business as a Leader in the field of Labor & Employment Law. O'Connell is a lawyer at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP located in Seaport West Boston.

Chambers has been ranking the best lawyers since 1990, and now cover 185 jurisdictions.They rank both lawyers and law firms based on the research of more than 170 full-time editors and researchers speaking with lawyers and clients all the year round, conducting in-depth telephone interviews, all are trained in the techniques of investigative research.

LTG(R) Bostick '78 Named Distinguished Member of ASCE

LTG(R) Bostick Named Distinguished Member of ASCELieutenant General(R) Thomas P. Bostick '78, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, NAE, was named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This is the highest honor to which a civil engineer can aspire; in the Society's 163-year history only 698 people have been elected to the honor. He will be inducted on Sunday, October 13, 2018 at the Celebration of Leaders Luncheon during ASCE's 2018 Convention, in Denver, Colo.

In 2012, Bostick became the 53rd Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). As Chief, Bostick streamlined processes for the USACE Civil Works program, led the USACE response to Super Storm Sandy and attracted stakeholders and partners to USACE including ASCE, the Department of Defense, Congress, the White House, influencers in the industry, academia and the public and private sector. Throughout his 38-year career, he has focused on climate change and building resilient infrastructure. Between 2012 and 2016, he successfully managed programs worth more than $104 billion, representing the largest construction program in the history of USACE. Bostick was often a speaker at the United Nations High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters, a group of international strategists who worked to meet challenges throughout the world.

Since his retirement from the Corps, Bostick has joined Intrexon, a biotechnology company and a leader in the engineering and industrialization of biology to improve the quality of life and health of the planet. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Intrexon, which applies engineering principles to biology to enable products in the human and animal health, food and agriculture, energy and chemicals, environment and consumer products industries. As Chief Operating Officer, General Bostick oversees operations across the company's multiple technology divisions, driving efficiency and effectiveness in the application of the company's assets toward its development projects.

Viola '77 & Finley '86 Chance to Make Derby History

Vinnie Viola '77 and Terry Finley '86The Kentucky Derby will be run for the 144th time on May 5, and this year two runners will have West Point connections. The colt Vino Rosso could propel John Velazquez, Todd Pletcher, and the St. Elias Stable of Vinnie Viola '77 into a category that includes the greatest Derby winner of them all, Secretariat. Secretariat won the Derby and the rest of the Triple Crown in 1973, one year after his stablemate Riva Ridge won the Derby and the Belmont. Both colts were ridden by Ron Turcotte, trained by Lucien Laurin, and were owned and bred by the Meadow Stable of Penny Chenery. In the great, rich history of the Derby, beginning with Aristides in 1875, that is the only time the same jockey, trainer, and owner have combined to win the Derby in back-to-back years.

Last year, Velazquez, Pletcher, and St. Elias won the Derby with Always Dreaming. St. Elias is part of an extensive partnership that owns Always Dreaming. With Vino Rosso, St. Elias is partners with Mike Repole. Vino Rosso comes off a victory in the Wood Memorial and is one of the favorites in a very even field. But Vino Rosso stands alone this year as the only horse who can bring the same jockey, trainer, and owner to the Derby winner's circle for the second straight year. In addition to the Vino Rosso West Point Connection, My Boy Jack is another contender with West Point ties. He is partly owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, which was founded by Terry Finley '86. West Point Thoroughbreds also was co-owner of last year's Derby winner Always Dreaming, so the there is a double opportunity for a repeat. Read More

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1959 | 1961 | 1981 | 1984 | 1986 | 1996 | 1998. Class Notes

Steiner '84 Receives the 2018 Murphy Award

Daniel Steiner '84Daniel Steiner served in the U.S. Army for seven years with assignments in Germany; Ft. Stewart, Ga.; and as a combat engineer company commander in the 24th Infantry Division (Mech) during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He is enrolled in the Penn State master's degree program in geographic information systems with a GEOINT focus.

The Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence is named for Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a distinguished Penn State alumnus. Murphy was killed June 28, 2005, by enemy forces during a reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan. For his selfless leadership and courageous actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The Murphy Award recognizes achievement by a Penn State graduate who is serving or has served in the U.S. Armed Forces or the Intelligence Community. Recipients are chosen based upon demonstration of exceptional contributions to the discipline after completing Penn State's graduate certificate in geospatial intelligence. Read More

LTC Korpela '96 Named a 2018 Carnegie Fellow

LTC Chris Korpela '96Congrats to Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Korpela, Director of the Robotics Research Lab at West Point, on receiving the 2018 Carnegie Fellows fellowship for his work in Teaching Ethics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program provides support for high-caliber scholarship that applies fresh perspectives from the humanities and social sciences to some of the most pressing issues of our times. The fellowship carries a stipend of $200,000, making it possible for the recipients to devote their time to significant research and writing.

To learn more about this great accomplishment go to: https://carnegie.io/2H3H2XE

Hein '86 New VP of Sales at Paradigm Spine

Tim Hein '86Tim Hein has been name the Vice President of Sales at Paradigm Spine. Tim, a 20-year veteran of the medical device industry, has prior leadership experience at Zimmer Biomet Spine, LDR Spine, Medtronic, DePuy Spine, and Ethicon Endo-Surgery. He earned his MBA from Pacific Lutheran University.

"The combination of innovative technology, market creation sales leadership experiences developed throughout my medical device career at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Kyphon and LDR Spine. In terms of pure leadership, my experience as an Army officer was invaluable," said Hein. Read More

Ruther '98 In the Winners Circle with Cullum Road

Brad Ruther '98Brad Ruther '98, a partner with West Point Thoroughbreds owned by Terry Finley '86, had the opportunity to enter the Winners Circle with their horse "Cullum Road," a three-year old colt at Keeneland. This past Sunday was Military Day at the Races at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, Kentucky, recognizing the men and women who serve our country. All active-duty, reserve, veterans and military families received free general admission and reserved grandstand seating. The Military Family Zone offered free food, live music and more from noon to 4 p.m. Brad gave Cullum Road some motivational background on who George Cullum was before the race and enjoyed this all with his son, who loved every minute. Click here to watch the Flag unveiling.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1956 | 1961 | 1981 | 1988 | 1996 | 2007 | 2013. Class Notes

Wilkins '81 Named Interim Supt for Shaker Heights

Stephen Wilkins '81Stephen Wilkins has been named the interim superintendent of Shaker Heights Schools. He will temporarily replace the departing Gregory Hutchings, while the Board of Education seeks a full-time, permanent replacement. The interim superintendent will be appointed at the May 8 Board of Education meeting. The district will then begin its search for a permanent replacement in the late summer of 2018.

Wilkins is currently the district's assistant superintendent of business operations and human resources. He will return to that role when his time as interim superintendent comes to an end. Wilkins is a retired Colonel who served in active for more than two decades. He was an assistant professor at West Point and had stints at the Pentagon and the White House.

His academic career included stints with the Chicago Public Schools, the Alexandria Public Schools in Virginia, and the Dekalb County Schools in Georgia before he came to Shaker Heights. He has a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University and is fluent in Spanish. he recently earned his doctorate degree.

Eisiminger '88 Kills Wasteful Business Practices

Bob Eisiminger '88When Bob Eisiminger, former Air Defense Artillery Officer, realized that gaps in his company's recruiting and HR processes were costing him tens of thousands of dollars every month, he knew it was time to blow something up.

Eisiminger's company, KnightPoint Systems, is a $150 million government contractor based in Washington, D.C. But since all staff are required to get security clearance through the federal government before they can start work, even the smallest bottleneck could create problems felt throughout the organization. "The hiring process in the government contracting industry has quite a few pieces to it," Eisiminger explains. "It wasn't working because it was—and in some cases still is—taking too long to hire folks. Slow recruiting causes a lot of downrange effects."

When Eisiminger added it all up, the paperwork and process around wasteful recruiting practices was costing the company as much as $75,000 a month.

Since he came to accept that one of the responsibilities of a leader is to kill out-of-date legacy processes, Eisiminger hired a new recruiting coordinator to communicate with job candidates more often to make sure nothing falls between the cracks; instituted a systems of quarterly check-ins instead of elaborate performance reviews; and, streamlined the security clearance process internally. Read More

McNichol '07 Hoplite Resilience Helping Veterans

Brendan McNichol '07"Today, those who serve face profound and difficult challenges. In recent years, mental health needs have become an ever-increasing concern for our veterans, military personnel, first responders, first care receivers, and their families. Hoplite is driven to make a positive impact in the lives of these individuals by addressing this concern."

These are the words of Brendan McNichol '07 founder of the Hoplite Resilience Center, a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that looks to empower individuals who have served, and may continue to serve, this nation through their service in the military, emergency services, and emergency hospital care.

Brendan and his team of professionals hope to be able to accomplish the goal of "Building Resistance, Enhancing Resilience, and Speeding Recovery" by offering a continuum of care to those who may benefit from behavioral and mental health services. This continuum of care system, modeled after the Johns Hopkins construct of human resilience, will provide pre-acute, acute, and post-acute care through several advanced resilience-based and science-based programs.

CPT Nasir '13 Awarded Fellowship

CPT Hamid Nasir '13Captain Hamid Nasir '13, has been awarded a fellowship from The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program. Nasir's award will support work toward a juris doctor degree at Georgetown Law School.

The son of immigrants from Pakistan, Captain Hamid Nasir was raised in the great State of Alaska. When he was sixteen, Hamid was appointed as a Senate page by the late Senator Ted Stevens. The experience changed his life and propelled him to West Point.

While learning and developing as a leader at the Academy, Hamid felt uniquely positioned to foster understanding. He soon realized that he might be the only Muslim his classmates would meet before deploying overseas. He taught his friends about Islam, Urdu and Arabic, and the cultural nuances of operating abroad. He was hopeful that one day this knowledge might save their soldiers' lives—and the lives of innocent civilians in the region. Read More

To learn more visit https://www.pdsoros.org/meet-the-fellows.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1958 | 1961 | 1978 | 2008 | 2011. Class Notes

White '11 Given a Smart Home from Tunnel to Towers

Gavin White '11For the first time in a long time Captain Gavin White will be able to live a better quality of life thanks to the donation of a new smart-home for him and his wife. Gavin White served in Maiwand, Afghanistan with the 137th Sapper Company Engineering Battalion charged with Route Clearance and Counter IED Operations. Life changed forever for Gavin and his wife Karissa on August 24, 2013, while leading combined Afghan U.S. patrol. Gavin stepped on a pressure plate IED which resulted in the amputation of his right leg, the loss of use of his left leg, chronic pain and other injuries.

Since that time - he says he's faced more challenges than ever before. For White, even the smallest tasks like even going into his own closet or using the bathroom has been extremely hard to do without help. White explained "Problems that I never considered started appearing in my home. Not being able to use the kitchen, not being able to do laundry and not being able to get clothes out of my closet to wear for the day. At one point every time I wanted to use the bathroom, I had to get out of my chair on to the floor and walk on my hands to get to the toilet."

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation honored Gavin with a custom-designed smart home. The home is made for severely injured heroes so they can live a more independent life. "Until today this was just a house where I lived. Now I feel like it's my home" said White. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation created its "smart home" program to give independence back to those who have paid a daunting price for our freedom. Story

Harris '08, Clark '08 & Jannetti '08 Named 2019 Olmstead Scholars

Harris '08, Clark '08 & Jannetti '08 Named 2019 Olmstead ScholarsCongratulations to CPT Charles Harris, CPT Scott Clark '08 and CPT Adam Jannetti '08 who have been named 2019 Olmstead Scholars. The Olmsted Scholar Program, named after George H. Olmsted, awards scholarships to highly qualified, active duty junior officers in the United States military to pursue language studies and overseas graduate-level education. Created in concert with the Department of Defense, the Scholar Program provides one year of foreign language training followed by two years of study at a foreign graduate school.

The Scholar Program was established with an initial grant from George and Carol Olmsted in 1957. In his original Statement of Donor, Olmsted noted, "Fundamental to the initial purpose of creating the scholarship program is the conviction that the greatest leaders must be educated broadly." Since its inception, the Olmsted Scholar Program has provided grants for over 600 officers, many of whom have gone on to the highest levels of leadership and responsibility in the military, government and private sector.

Bulls '78 Named One of the Most Corporate Influential

Herman Bulls '78JLL Vice Chairman, Americas, Herman Bulls has been recognized by Savoy magazine for his executive and business leadership in national and global corporations as one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.

Bulls said, "It's an honor to be one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America again. In nearly 30 years with JLL, it's been rewarding to play a role in the company's tremendous growth while helping to maintain its focus on diversity, integrity and ethics."

Selection of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America begins by examining several spheres of influence including: corporate sector influence, scholastic achievement, career growth, community outreach and recognition. The information received from over 500 prospective candidates in diverse fields was pre-screened by the selection committee. Read More

Scott '61 "Warrior: A Hero's Story"

Scott '61 "Warrior: A Hero's Story"A pictorial saga of James A. Scott's military service, from enlisted soldier to West Point graduate, Class of 1961, and decorated Vietnam Aviator, recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, and the Distinguished Flying across. The book includes Scott's awards with photos of citations and presentations, plus rare photos of shoulder patches, devices and medals. Scott now battles another lethal and rare enemy, Inclusion Body Myositis. Proceeds will go to research a cure for that disease. Available at Blurb.com.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1956 | 1976 | 1978 | 1986 | 1988. Class Notes

Jette ’76 Sworn in as ASA(ALT)

Jette ’76 Sworn in as ASA(ALT)Dr. Bruce D. Jette, COL(R) ’76, was recently formally sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology ASA(ALT) to serve as the Army Acquisition Executive, the Senior Procurement Executive, the Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Army, and the Army’s Senior Research and Development official.

A veteran Armor and Acquisition Corps officer, Dr. Jette served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait; established the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force; and served as a Project Manager, a Product Manager, and the Science Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA). Upon retiring, he founded Synovision Solutions and provided consulting, engineering, and project management services in support of industry, military, and government. Introducing Dr. Jette, Secretary of the Army Mark Esper declared him "the right man for the right job at the right time."

Speaking after being sworn-in, Dr. Jette attributed much of his success to those who have supported him throughout his career. A Two-Percent Club member, he also recognized "the beauty, the grace, and the astounding patience of [his] bride," Cathy, thanking her for supporting him in every way. Regarding his current charge, Dr. Jette pledged to improve how the Army engages acquisition to ensure "better value for the taxpayer and better results for the Soldier on the battlefield." Read More

Gonzalez '78 Reunited with Ring 29 Years Later

Gonzalez '78 Reunited with Ring 29 Years LaterRecently, Mr. Roger Smith was servicing a washing machine from a laundromat in Manhattan, Kansas, close to Fort Riley. The washer had finally broken down after 29 years of faithful service. When Mr. Smith got the washer apart, there shining, was a ring from the class of '78. The Ring belonged to Joe Gonzalez Jr. and has been missing for 29 years. The ring has now been returned and is back with its rightful owner.

Seymour '86 Elected as Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Director

David Seymour ''86The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced the election David Seymour, senior vice president of Integrated Operations for American Airlines in Ft. Worth, Texas as a Director.

Seymour, a Ranger School graduate, was assigned to the 82ndAirborne Division as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. Seymour has worked extensively with American Airlines Skyball which benefits the Airpower Foundation. The Airpower Foundation funds projects that directly support the members and families of all branches of our military, veterans and wounded, ill, or injured service members and their families.

"I have seen first-hand the difference the Foundation makes in the lives of Americans by teaching the values of the Medal of Honor," said Seymour. "I’m honored to be invited to join the board and am looking forward to ensuring that the stories of these gentlemen are never forgotten and their acts of heroism are held up as an example for us all." Read More

First-Ever Founders Day in Botswana

First-ever Founders Day in BotswanaFirst-ever West Point Founders Day in Botswana. It was held on March 22, 2018 at the Avani Hotel & Resorts in Gaborone, Botswana.

Photo L-R: Dean Chang '84 (oldest grad); Consul, US Embassy Botswana; Oagile Merifhe '95; Chief Information Technology Officer, Stanbic Bank, Botswana; Ravi Balaram '01 (youngest grad); Deputy Defense Attaché, US Embassy Botswana.

Mennes '88 Promoted to Major General

Mennes '88 Promoted to Major General Brian Mennes '88, Director of Force Management, G-3/7, received his promotion order to the rank of Major General from Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson '81 Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, during a ceremony in the Hall of Heroes at The Pentagon on March 30, 2018. There are 22 General Officers from the Class of 1988 currently serving in The Army.

Photo: Major General Brian Mennes and Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson

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