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Halu '09 Honoring Taylor Force '09

Halu '09 Honoring Taylor Force '09Joshua Halu '09 is currently hiking the entirety of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He started on March 8th, in dedication of the 3 year anniversary of his best friend and classmate, Taylor Force's (USMA '09), death in a terrorist attack in Israel. He is hiking the 2200 miles in his honor. You can see more about Josh and his hike at www.movewithapurposelife.com.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1953 | 1959 | 1962 | 1965 | 1970 | 1974 | 1980 | 1987 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011. Class Notes

LTC Grein '87 Named Executive Director at SES

Alfred Grein '87 Named Executive Director at SESMr. Alfred Grein, was sworn-in as the Executive Director for Research & Technology Integration at the Senior Executive Service (SES). Grein was previously an Associate Director and Deputy Executive Director at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC). Grein, accompanied by his closest family and friends and attended by hundreds of colleagues in the Army civilian service, was presented with the SES office symbols and oath by Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, Commanding General, CCDC.

The U.S. Government Senior Executive Service, established in 1978, includes men and women charged with the management of major government programs and initiatives. Members of the SES provide important continuity throughout the government and represent a key link between the Nation's elected and appointed leaders and the federal civilian service workforce.

His duties as the Executive Director for Research & Technology Integration include oversight of the Army's most forward-leading ground vehicle programs, including autonomous and semi-autonomous driving technologies, power and mobility capability development, the breakthrough innovations in protecting the Army's ground vehicles, and upgraded electrification of these vehicles. Read more.

Mergen '10 Named Principal at Capodanno High

Mergen '10 Named Principal at Capodanno HighRyan Mergen has been named Principal at Father Vincent Capodanno High, to begin this coming summer. Mergen is a former Green Beret and current active duty officer stationed at Fort Bragg. The board conducted a nationwide search and Erwin said they received applications from about a dozen strong candidates, several with military connections.

Capodanno High was founded by Army veteran Mike Erwin and is taking the long-range view of expansion. "We're not just interested in graduating kids who are smart," Erwin said. "We want kids who are growing intellectually, but also in that service, character and leadership mindset. We think that's so important that we have to measure it."

Mergen describes his own path to success as "the story of other people helping me, people who didn't have to, but helped me nonetheless to unlock my own potential."

"I don't think that soldiers have a monopoly on service and sacrifice, but if you spend time with them and don't understand what service and sacrifice are, especially during a deployment, then I don't know if you ever will." Mergen credits the soldiers in his platoon for saving his life after he took shrapnel to the stomach during his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. Read more.

CPT Clark '11 Selected for the New Warrior Fitness Team

CPT Clark ’11 Selected for the New Warrior Fitness TeamCPT Kasandra "Kaci" Clark was selected for the U.S. Army's new Warrior Fitness Team. The Team made quite an impression during the largest multi-sports event in the world in Columbus, Ohio. A team of six Soldiers claimed first place out of 32 teams in the CrossFit Endeavor competition. The team included: Capt. Kasandra Clark, an aviation officer; Capt. Deanna Clegg, a logistics officer; Capt. Brian Harris, an aeromedical evacuation officer; Capt. Ashley Shepherd, a military intelligence officer; 1st. Lt. Chandler Smith, an armor officer; and Spc. Jacob Pfaff, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter repairer. While the Warrior Fitness Team was very competitive, their presence was about much more than winning trophies.

Capt. Kasandra Clark is an aviation officer at the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. She is from Peachtree City, Georgia. She has been in the U.S. Army for 8 years. Clark is a CrossFit level 1 and 2 coach and specializes in USA Weightlifting, CrossFit gymnastics and is also a Master Fitness Trainer. Clark performed many moves at The 2019 Arnold Affiliate Gathering, CrossFit Endeavor. Clark and the team had 20 minutes to establish an Olympic Total. Each athlete had three attempts on each lift. Here she setting up to complete a round of clean and jerks.

The Army is modernizing its recruiting efforts and seeking new ways to reach individuals who meet the qualifications necessary to serve. The Army already invests in the physical fitness of Soldiers, so it is using its elite athletes to connect with individuals in the fitness community and educate them about the opportunities and benefits of service in the Army. Read more.

LTG(R) Lanza '80 Appointed Senior VP Defense at Sarcos Robotics

LTG(R) Lanza '80 Appointed Senior VP Defense at Sarcos RoboticsLieutenant General (Retired) Stephen Lanza, former Army I Corps Commander, has been appointed Senior Vice President, Defense at Sarcos Robotics a global leader in the production of robots that augment humans to enhance productivity and safety, including full-body, powered exoskeletons for industrial and military applications.

Lt. Gen. Lanza, who also serves on Sarcos’ Strategic Advisory Board, previously held numerous senior command assignments, including I Corps commanding general and commander of the 7 th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Lanza has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Lanza also served as a National Security Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In this newly created role, Lt. Gen. Lanza will lead Sarcos’ defense business, with a primary focus on military applications for Sarcos’ full-body, battery-powered exoskeleton, which will be commercially available next year.

“I am honored to join the Sarcos executive team,” said Lanza. “I have experienced first-hand the innovative products and technologies that Sarcos has developed. They represent a meaningful opportunity to create an advantage over our near-peer competitors, and I look forward to raising awareness among the defense community that these technologies have evolved from science fiction concepts of the past to products that are deployable now.” Read more.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1966 | 1982 | 1986 | 1990 | 1994 | 2003. Class Notes

Buller '90, Lee '94 & Trombetta '03 Appointed to USA Boxing BOD

Eric Buller '90, Tyson Lee '94 and Chris Trombetta '03 have been appointed to the USA Boxing Board of Directors.

Eric Buller '90, Affiliated Member Director, currently serves as the President of the National Collegiate Boxing Association, as well as works as the Director of the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute at Miami University in Miami, Ohio.

Tyson Lee '94, Independent Director, the current President and CEO of Veteran Industries. His professional military background includes completing U.S. Army schools such as Airborne, Jumpmaster, and Ranger, also serving as a Company Commander in the 25th Infantry Division (Light).

Chris Trombetta '03, Independent Director, currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Talent for Red Bull North America. Prior, Trombetta worked for Bain & Company, a leading global management consulting firm, focused on consumer products and media & entertainment clients. Read more.

Rotella ’86 Honored Best-In-State Wealth Advisor by "Forbes"

Matthew Rotella CFP, a Private Wealth Advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Riverdale, NJ was named to the list of "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" published by Forbes magazine. The list recognizes financial advisors who have demonstrated high levels of ethical standards, professionalism and success in the business. Rotella has 25 years of experience with Ameriprise Financial.

The rankings are based on data provided by over 11,000 of the nation's most productive advisors Rotella was chosen based on assets under management, industry experience, regulatory and compliance record and revenue produced over a three-year period. Rotella is managing partner of Mindful Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

NY Race Track Chaplaincy to Honor Finley '86

The New York Race Track Chaplaincy will honor Debbie and Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds for their continued devotion to the community of stable workers who support Thoroughbred horse racing behind the scenes when the organization hosts its annual NY Chaplaincy Brunch at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, NY on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

The Finley's founded West Point Thoroughbreds in 1991 and have built the company from an operation with one claiming horse into one of the largest Thoroughbred horse racing partnership companies in the world. Terry serves on the boards of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, the Catholic Leadership Institute, Thoroughbred Charities of America, the PenFed Foundation, and the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund (which provides scholarships to children of our nation's fallen military members). Read more.

Rep. Maloney Congratulates WPAOG

Rep. Maloney Congratulates WPAOG The U.S. Representative for New York's 18th congressional district Sean Patrick Maloney recently gave a speech about West Point and the 150th anniversary of the West Point Association of Graduates. Introduction by U.S. Representative John Shimkus ‘80. Click here to watch the full video.

West Point Fallen Comrades Half Marathon 3/24

West Point Fallen Comrades Half Marathon 3/24Join the West Point Marathon Team Race Against Navy! Sunday March 24, 2019 at 1pm.

This race is dedicated to those members of the Long Gray Line whom have gone to war and made the ultimate sacrifice. Each mile marker will memorialize different fallen comrades from all of our nation's wars as a tribute.

We honor them as individuals as we test ourselves on this challenging, beautiful course. We celebrate their memory as we build camaraderie and thru friendly competition.


Chip Timing, Race Shirt, Finisher's Medal, Post Race Snacks, Prizes!

Sign Up Here: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/WestPoint/FallenComradesHalfMarathon


Caputo '82 FAF Trustees Reappoint to GASB

The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) today announced the reappointment of Brian W, Caputo to a second term on the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Mr. Caputo, who began serving as a member of the GASB on July 1, 2015, is the interim president of the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

The GASB is the independent, private-sector organization that sets accounting and financial reporting standards for state and local governments in the United States. The FAF is the independent, private-sector organization responsible for the oversight of the GASB and its sister standard setter, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).
Mr. Caputo's second and final term on the Board begins July 1, 2019, and will extend through June 30, 2025.

"The Board of Trustees is pleased Brian will serve another term on the GASB," said FAF Chairman Charles H. Noski. "His broad experience and perspective as a long-time preparer of public sector financial statements are valuable resources to the GASB."

Previously, Mr. Caputo served as chief financial officer/treasurer for the city of Aurora from 1998 to 2017, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing the execution of the city's $400 million annual budget, preparing the comprehensive annual financial report, and managing an annual investment of public funds averaging $500 million. Prior to that, as director of finance and treasurer of the village of Mount Prospect, Illinois, he was responsible for all aspects of the village's financial management. Earlier in his career, Mr. Caputo served in government finance positions with the villages of Hoffman Estates and LaGrange, Illinois. He also worked as an auditor with Price Waterhouse in Chicago. Read more.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1958 | 1959 | 1970 | 1971 | 1973 | 1976 | 1979 | 1982 | 1988 | 1990 | 1993. Class Notes

Mahan '70 to Receive the Inaugural Brothers Legacy Award

Mahan '70 to Receive the Inaugural Brothers Legacy AwardThe ARAC is going present the inaugural Brothers Legacy Award to Coach Mike Mahan. Coach Mahan's multi-decade leadership for both men's and women's Rugby at West Point is without equal and the selection committee was unanimous in its decision that he should be the first honoree.

Coach Mahan's efforts were the key to developing the winningest program in Army sports, securing the Anderson Rugby Complex project and more importantly he was instrumental in creating the culture of service, sacrifice and camaraderie among the players which has been his most enduring legacy.

Photo: Courtesy of Laurence Mathieu-Leger for the Guardian

Johnson '76 Receives Joseph Mayo Pettit Distinguished Service Award

Ron Johnson Received the Joseph Mayo Pettit Distinguished Service Award on February 21, 2019. This is the highest honor presented by the Georgia Tech Alumni Association.

Before he joined the ISyE faculty, Johnson was the National Basketball Association's (NBA) first senior vice president for referee operations from July 2008 - July 2012. Prior to the NBA, Johnson served as the deputy commanding general and deputy chief of engineers, the second highest-ranking senior engineer staff officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He retired as a major general in April 2008 after 32 years of military service.

Johnson's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Combat Action Badge. As well as many professional awards.

Johnson is the former secretary and board member of Goodwill Industries, International. He is a National Trustee of the Boys and Girls Club of America, serves on the National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board, and is a former trustee for both the Georgia Tech Foundation and Georgia Tech Alumni Association. He has also given back in the form of two scholarships endowed in his name at Georgia Tech, and has a room named for him in Tech's Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons.

Byrne '93 Fighting a Heroic War

Kevin Byrne was given a terrible break in life out of the blue. Kevin was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1999, while serving overseas in command of a U.S. Army Air Cavalry Troop. Born and raised in New York City, he is now medically retired and lives in Portland, Oregon with his daughter, Eleanor. He now fights a heroic nationwide war against a disease inflecting himself and nearly 500,000 Americans.

Every day he courageously strives to turn that bad luck around in a way that ultimately will free millions of Americans and let them declare victory over MS. Kevin wages his personal nationwide war in a thoroughly unique way—through his Never Stop… Never Quit… line of books—including the forthcoming novel Moments.

Fully 100 percent of the royalties Kevin earns from his books go to assist the National MS Society. To date, Kevin has raised more than $700,000 to help free Americans from the scourges of this terrifying, debilitating disease. With MS now impacting nearly a half-million Americans and additional millions of family members—and 200 new cases diagnosed each week—Kevin's heroic nationwide war is a inspiring call to urgent action.

Thank You!

We celebrate WPAOG’s donors who made 2018 such a resounding success! Because of you, we raised $45.8 million in cash receipts for the Academy and WPAOG. In addition, our alumni participation rate reached 35%, our highest level yet. This number is a critical indicator in determining a university’s annual national ranking and helps increase the prestige of the institution while enhancing the development of future leaders. Your gifts and participation strengthen the Academy’s Margin of Excellence programs for cadets and sustain the traditions that honor generations of West Point graduates.

WATCH our 'Thank You' Video to see highlights from the past year at West Point.

Pelosi '73 Releases "At War With Parkinson's Disease"

Pelosi '73 Releases "At War With Parkinson's Disease"The book, "At War With Parkinson's Disease," written by the “Proud and Free” Class of 1973 member, Jim Pelosi describes his experiences over 18 years of research and study about Parkinson's disease in the United States, Canada and Europe. It also describes his 10 years of caring for his mother in his home in Houston, Texas from the time when she received a confirmed diagnosis for Parkinson's disease until she died. At the “Dedication" is the statement, “I wrote this book hoping that the contents might give courage and strength to those who are battling this disease and to their families, friends and care providers who are with them and who are supporting them.”

At the "Epilogue" is the statement, "I thought it important to describe who we are as human beings, how we evolved, what makes us so very unique and so very special among all living things on the planet. I thought it important also to understand in layman's terms what constitutes illness and disease, what is preventable and for what we may be predestined genetically. A person living with Parkinson's disease and fighting the symptoms and its debilitations needs help to manage and control the disease." Jim's work in international research institutes and his volunteer activities at VA hospitals and clinics have exposed him to a disproportionate number of combat-wounded veterans with early-onset Parkinson's disease which may be a result of traumatic brain injuries suffered in combat. All profits from the sale of this book are donated to combat-wounded veterans with Parkinson's disease.

Pruett '90 Named Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Downlite

Lisa PruettLisa Pruett has been appointed as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Downlite. In this new position, Pruett will work with the Downlite leadership team to align the company's sales and marketing functions to drive business growth. The buckets of activities reporting to Pruett include sales, customer care, product management, planning & analytics and marketing.

Before joining Downlite, Pruett was EVP sales at Easyway, a cut and sew, private-label manufacturer of lifestyle furnishings to well-known luxury retailers, where she directed the operations of the Customer Engagement Team consisting of 25 employees in sales, business intelligence, product design and customer service. Pruett is an active participant in the Cincinnati community volunteering with various organizations as well as an Advisory Board member for Phototype and Omega Processing Solutions. Read more.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1945 | 1956 | 1968 | 1974 | 1980 | 1981 | 1985 | 1997 | 2009. Class Notes

Parker '81 Joins Alliant as First Vice President

Scott Parker has joined the Employee Benefits Group of Alliant as First Vice President, Parker will design and deliver integrated employee benefits solutions engineered to reduce healthcare costs and increase organizational productivity.

With more than 30 years of benefits experience, Parker has a breadth of expertise that covers strategic planning, plan design, financial management, vendor management, and long-term implementation. This includes experience working with both the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining Alliant, Parker was Area Senior Vice President and Practice Leader within the Atlanta Benefits division of a global insurance brokerage firm serving a national portfolio of large-to-midsized employers. He also has a decade of experience on the carrier side of the business overseeing major and national accounts for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia. Read more.

Ashley '97 Named Senior VP DHS at SE Solutions

Diane Ashley has been named Senior Vice President, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sector at SE Solutions. "Diane Ashley brings 20+ years of success in systems engineering, systems integration, and business development in homeland security, the energy industry, intelligence community, and the Department of Defense," said SE Solutions President & COO John Wayne. "She will lead and manage our DHS Sector business through identification, sales, capture, proposal development and implementation of both existing and new customer opportunities."

Diane most recently served as the Business Development Director - State of California Account for Accenture where she led business development and sales origination for the Southern California market of state and local business. Prior to that, she was the Business Development Director for Accenture Federal Services responsible for various DHS components including: Transportation Security Administration (TSA), US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and DHS Headquarters. Other prior roles include 11 years at Lockheed Martin Corporation (Systems Engineering, Security Solutions Development, IDIQ, and Energy Solutions Business Development), Modern Technology Solutions, and the United States Air Force. Read more.

Holcombe '85 Appointed CIO at USPTO

Henry "Jamie" Holcombe was appointed as the Chief Information Officer at The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Holcombe joins the USPTO after more than 20 years of experience building and leading teams in the IT and financial industries. He recently served as vice president and general manager at Harris Corporation in Herndon, Virginia. There, he was responsible for the delivery of communications and IT services to federal intelligence, defense, and civilian markets as well as commercial telecom, energy, and e-commerce customers.

Prior to working at Harris, Holcombe worked as vice president for information systems at Universal Service Administrative Company in Washington, D.C., and before that as chief operations officer and corporate secretary of Globix Corporation in New York. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer of TJ Westlake and chief executive officer of Visium Technologies, focusing on cybersecurity at both companies.

"We are honored and excited to have Jamie and his decades of demonstrated expertise and leadership skills come to serve at the USPTO," said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu. "Our legacy IT systems are old and it is well beyond time to undertake a fundamental stabilization and modernization effort. As our new CIO, Jamie will have a unique opportunity to help the USPTO improve these systems and transition our agency to state-of-the-art technology." Read more.

Leikvold '80 Named Dir. of Workforce Dev. At SUSCC

Greg Leikvold was named the Director of Workforce Development at Southern Union State Community College. Leikvold served as a combat arms infantry officer prior to a 33-year career with Michelin.

"This position will allow me to help connect people with a career path," he said. "I'd like to see our workforce development efforts collaborate with the many businesses, economic and educational entities or organizations in our region to ensure we're preparing people for excellent careers and providing business and industry the competencies they need to successfully grow their respective businesses." Read more.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1933 | 1956 | 1959 | 1962 | 1966 | 1970 | 1974 | 1981 | 1985 | 1989. Class Notes

Babb '89 Named in Top 50 Indiana Super Lawyer

Bryan Babb '89Bryan Babb of the law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, chair of the firm’s Appellate Services Group, was selected as part of the Top 50 Indiana Super Lawyers for 2019 and included on the Indiana Super Lawyers list for Appellate practice.

Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding attorneys in more than 70 areas of practice using a rigorous, multiphase selection process that considers 12 separate indicators of peer recognition, professional achievement and high ethical standards. Founded in 1990, Law & Politics has been publishing annual Super Lawyers lists since 1991.

In his role at the firm, Babb assists clients with a wide variety of complex commercial appellate and litigation matters. He also is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Before joining the firm, Babb served as a judicial law clerk for Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr.

Hajost '85 Named EVP & CFO at Strategic Materials Inc.

Mike Hajost '85Mike Hajost has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the Houston-based glass recycler Strategic Materials Inc. He will lead the finance and information technology business functions.

Hajost is the former Senior Vice President and CFO of Accuride Corp., a leader in developing wheel-end components for the heavy truck and trailer industry. He played a key role in transitioning Accuride to a private company and executed two acquisitions, significantly expanding the size and geographic scope of the company, Strategic Materials says in the news release announcing his appointment.

"Mike is a great addition to our senior leadership team," says Strategic Materials President and Chief Executive Officer Denis Suggs. "I have every confidence that Mike's corporate leadership experience will be a catalyst in achieving our strategic objectives. We welcome Mike to our team and look forward to his many contributions as we continue to execute on our growth strategy." Read more.

Redmond '66 Releases the Book "Rotations"

Redmond '66 Releases The Book "Rotations"John Redmond recently released the book Rotations. Almost fifty years ago Richard Nixon was elected with a "secret plan" to end the Vietnam War. My sixty-two--thousand- word novel, Rotations, follows a group of Americans thrust into this war in 1969 in the giant base at Long Binh. The characters continuously rotate into and out of the unit as they attempt to deny the reality of the war by creating a comfortable American enclave. The characters include Adam Nussbaum, a recent NYU graduate and truth-seeker who suffers under a rigid and aggressive officer. He then falls into a romantic relationship with Katie Dolan, an RN at the military hospital where he interrogates North Vietnamese military prisoners. Adam is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Robert "Bull" Basham, who attempts to run a Christmas tree farm in New Hampshire from Vietnam only to find himself dangerously drawn into the currency black market. Major Ang Dung commands an enigmatic ARVN intelligence unit under the policy of Vietnamization and becomes an important and mysterious character in the story. Lieutenant Mike Dempsey, a recent West Point graduate commands an infantry platoon next to the intelligence unit., which slowly draws Adam into its operations. Although initially isolated from combat and attempting to create a "safe zone" in Vietnam, everyone in the detachment is gradually drawn into the real war, leading to a dramatic and violent conclusion. My personal experiences inspired this novel. I graduated from West Point in 1966, was in Vietnam in 1969 in an intelligence unit, graduated from Emory Medical School in 1974 and spent the last forty years as a medical oncologist. This book is available at Amazon.

COL William O. Darby '33 - 40-Mile Ranger Challenge Hike

On April 30 of each year, a group in Italy conducts a 40-Mile Ranger Challenge Hike along the eastern shore of Lake Garda from Peschiera del Garda in the south to Torbole in the north in memory of BG William O. Darby '33 – the first commander of the WWII Ranger Battalions. COL Darby was serving as the ADC of the 10th Mountain Division on April 30, 1945 when he was struck by shrapnel from a German artillery shell. He died within the hour – the war in Europe ended a week later. He was promoted to BG posthumously. Hikers/runners finish the 40-mile event by touching the top of the memorial to COL Darby in the Torbole churchyard where he was KIA. There will be individual and team soldiers from various military commands in Europe as well as local Italian citizens participating in the event. It is open to all hikers and runners. You do not have to be a Ranger to participate. More information can be found on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Darby40milechallenge/ or by contacting Ron Hudnell, ’69 at RonHudnell@aol.com, a two-time participant (and record holder for the 60+ age group!)

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1958 | 1961 | 1966 | 1977 | 1988. Class Notes

Jones '77 Named National Superintendent of the Year

Curtis Jones '77Dr. Curtis Jones, Bibb County School District Superintendent has been named National Superintendent of the Year by The School Superintendents Association (AASA) at their 2019 National Conference on Education in Los Angeles, CA. Click here to watch a video recap of the event.

A check was presented to Dr. Jones that will be given to either a student at the school from which he graduated, or at a school in his district. He was also presented with a blue blazer, traditionally given to the winner.

In 2018 He was named Superintendent of the Year for the state of Georgia. Regarding his December win, Jones said: "We got to this point because we were ready. I think people are trying to make it be the very best it can be. We're not where we need to be. We still have some mindsets to change, but we're getting there." He says seeing how the district has improved in three years was a victory in itself. "I didn't know I was going to win, but I felt like we had already won just because of the progress we had made."

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Cravotta '88 Named CRO at The Crypsis Group

Mark Cravotta has been named Chief Revenue Officer at The Crypsis Group. Over a more than 30-year career that has taken him from U.S. Army officer to acclaimed technology industry sales executive, Cravotta has earned a reputation for success in building rapid, sustainable growth of privately-funded companies. His experience includes leading operations management, process design, product development, marketing and sales, and business development for a number of high-profile technology companies.

Prior to joining Crypsis, Cravotta served as Vice President North America Cyber Security Sales for CA Technologies, a leading provider of enterprise-class software solutions, where he led a team responsible for all revenue generation and growth for the commercial, federal, and channel segments of CA’s security business. Before joining CA, he spent two years with Dell/EMC’s Virtustream team, a provider of high-performance cloud software and managed services focused around SAP. While there, he rose to VP for Americas Sales while developing and managing a high-performance sales team that delivered triple digit year-over-year sales growth when the company was acquired twice in less than a year.

“As threats to networks and data continue to evolve and expand, the market for cyber security services is dynamic and the opportunities for further growth are enormous. I am thrilled to join the Crypsis team on its mission to create a more secure digital world,” said Cravotta. Read more.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1957 | 1965 | 1968 | 1970 | 1972 | 1986| 1993 | 1996 | 2000 | 2010. Class Notes

Pascoe '86 Appointed CEO at Histogen, Inc.

Richard Pascoe has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer at Histogen, Inc., a regenerative medicine company focused on stimulating the body's stem cells to regenerate tissues and restore youthful function.

"Histogen has a compelling story, both in its platform technology and in its product opportunities, and we are on the cusp of developments that point to an exciting year ahead," said Pascoe. "I'm very pleased to join Histogen at this pivotal time, and I look forward to spreading its story to a broader audience as we look to drive value through focused clinical development and business development activities in 2019."

Mr. Pascoe brings a strong track record with over 25 years of experience building and leading organizations in transition. He served as CEO of Apricus Biosciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused in urology and rheumatology, where he led European regulatory approval efforts and the sale of the ex-US rights for its lead asset Vitaros in 2017 and more recently completing a successful merger with Seelos Therapeutics.

Mr. Pascoe is a member of the board of directors of two public life sciences companies; KemPharm, Inc., and Seelos Therapeutics. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of Biocom, California's leading life science advocacy organization, and the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, a charity for military veterans. Mr. Pascoe served as a Commissioned Officer with the U.S. Army 24th Infantry Division where he earned a Bronze Star Medal during Operation Desert Storm. Read more.

Learn About The WPAOG DGA Award Recipients

The annual West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) has been bestowed upon those West Point graduates whose character, distinguished service and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: "Duty, Honor, Country." The awards will be presented in a ceremony at West Point on May 21, 2019. Read more about the recipients.

Grill '10 Named Veteran Employment & Training Specialist

Christopher Grill '10Christopher Grill has been named Veteran Employment and Training Specialist (VETS), a newly created position at Geisinger. The position will recruit, transition and retain veterans to the organization. Grill will develop veteran-specific outreach programs to recruit veterans and assist those who have significant barriers to employment. He joined Geisinger in 2017 as a lean change agent. In October 2017, he helped launch VetNet, an employee resource group dedicated to veteran issues. He was deployed to Iraq in 2011 in support of Operation New Dawn and multiple times to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Story.

Beach '00 Named CEO of the Wilson Foundation

David Beach '00David Beach has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation. Beach was with Hancock Whitney Bank as a vice president in the trust department, serving clients throughout south Louisiana. Announcing the hiring, the foundation cited his investment and fiduciary experience, as well as his involvement in the Baton Rouge community through board service and leadership with several nonprofit organizations.

"The mission of the foundation is timeless, and with David’s leadership we know the future remains very promising for the thousands of beneficiaries that the foundation serves with its resources," said J.H. Campbell Jr., chair of the foundation's board of trustees. Read more.

Inside Cullum Hall - A Gift that Transformed West Point and AOG

West Point Cullum HallOne year before the formation of the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy in 1869, George Cullum, Class of 1833, published the first edition of his three-volume Biographical Register of the Officers of the United States Military Academy, a “record of West Point graduates’ services to the nation, so as to give world-renown to their Alma Mater.” Later, in 1871, Cullum became a member of AOG’s Executive Committee, which he chaired until his death in 1892. It was evident from the earliest days of AOG that Cullum’s legacy would be forever linked to championing the accomplishments of graduates for the glory of West Point. 

At its Annual Meetings beginning in 1884, the Association of Graduates discussed the need for a hall for the Association’s use for meetings and to house the many manuscripts, portraits, books and letters that had been given to the organization since its establishment. It was proposed to petition Congress for an appropriation to fund this hall, but the proposal was tabled for several years and debated again in 1887. At that time, AOG members felt that Congress would not be responsive to a funding request, and also felt that the AOG itself could not raise the funds required, and the matter was dropped. It seems that Cullum, however, privately determined to persevere with the project. Upon his death in February 1892, he bequeathed the considerable sum of $250,000 (worth more than $6.5 million in 2018) to the U.S. government for the purpose of erecting a memorial hall at West Point. Furthermore, Cullum wanted AOG to move forward with construction in a timely fashion, and explicitly stated in his will a wish for the memorial hall to be built “at farthest within five years after my death.” Read the entire article in West Point magazine.

BG(R) Galloway '57 Continues Water Management Crusade

BG(R) Galloway '57 When Texas A&M Professor Sam Brody had the chance to snag a “superstar” to join an academic team producing the first national study of urban flooding scope and consequences, he knew just who to ask: Gerry Galloway. “It’s not just his passion, it’s what he lives and breathes,” says Brody, who considers Galloway a mentor and a friend.

Galloway—at 83, with an engineering teaching position at the University of Maryland and consulting jobs in Florence, Italy and China—could have easily said no, but he couldn’t resist yet another chance to chip away at America’s water management problems. “Water is the fabric that holds society together, and we have to figure out how we collectively solve” problems in managing it, he says.

Galloway was a leader of the presidential task force studying the 1993 Mississippi River flood. The report from the 1993 task force, known as the “Galloway Report,” encouraged governments and citizens at all levels to take responsibility for floodplain management. Story.

Darling '93 to Release "Taliban Safari: One Day in the Surkhagan Valley"

Darling '93 to Release "Taliban Safari: One Day in the Surkhagan Valley"Paul Darling is due to release in April Taliban Safari: One Day in the Surkhagan Valley. We aren't home yet, Major Paul Darling reminds his team at the end of a sixteen-hour day. "Two more miles and we are done. We have pissed off a lot of Taliban today, and they are going to want payback." Shortly, the major will find himself sitting on a concrete basketball court next to the bunker where the day started so long ago, talking by satellite phone to his wife on the other side of the world. When she asks, "What happened?" there is too much to say. But one day, he promises himself, he will put into words what it was like–one day in the life of a combat soldier in Afghanistan in 2009.

This is the story of that day. In crisp prose and sharp detail Darling offers a moment-by-moment account of a one-day mission to track down and kill Taliban insurgents in the Zabul Province of southeastern Afghanistan. A rare day-in-the-life narrative that is also a page-turner, his story captures the mundane realities of deployment—the waiting, the heat, the heavy gear, the 0345 wake-up—along with the high-octane experience of crossing foreign terrain where every turn, every decision might have life or death consequences. The living accommodations, reporting up the chain of command, the bureaucracy, and the almost insurmountable challenges of functioning effectively in two cultures—all become intimately real in Darling's telling as he balances the imperatives of his mission and the skills of his men against the ever-multiplying unknowns, the unpredictable and dangerous Afghan "allies," and the elusive enemy: the unseen IED and the possibility of fatal miscalculation. Available from the University Press of Kansas.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1956 | 1958 | 1959 | 1965 | 1966 | 1968 | 1983. Class Notes

WPAOG Announces 2019 Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients

The West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) has named the 2019 recipients of the Distinguished Graduate Award. This annual award is bestowed upon those West Point graduates whose character, distinguished service and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: “Duty, Honor, Country.”

The awards will be presented in a ceremony at West Point on May 21, 2019.

The 2019 Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients are:

David A. Bramlett ’64
Victor F. Garcia ’68
Robert L. VanAntwerp ’72
Walter L. Sharp ’74
Robert L. Caslen Jr. ’75

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1944 | 1954 | 1960 | 1970 | 1983 | 1989. Class Notes

Boyd '89 Promoted to Brigadier General

Boyd '89 Promoted to Brigadier GeneralU.S. Army Reserve Colonel Tina Boyd, chief of staff, 335th Signal Command (Theater) was promoted to Brigadier General during a ceremony at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, January 13, 2019. Boyd, an alumna of Georgia Tech pinned on the one-star insignia during a promotion ceremony held at the university.

Photo by Captain David Gasperson

Greene '70 Releases "College Prep for Musicians"

Greene '70 Releases "College Prep for Musicians"Dr. Don Greene has recently released the book: College Prep for Musicians: A Comprehensive Guide for Students, Parents, Teachers, and Counselors is a one-of-a-kind book that gives a complete picture of the process of applying to music schools. Each of the three authors brings a different perspective and background to the subject, from top conservatory admissions experience, to years of teaching and professional performing, to Olympic coaching and audition preparation.

College Prep for Musicians decodes the complex process of choosing schools, clarifies the vocabulary around the admission process, and shows students exactly how to prepare their best audition. Young musicians will be able to follow detailed plans to get organized and to communicate with music schools and conservatories. This book provides tools, teaches habits, and demonstrates skills that students can use for the rest of their careers. College Prep for Musicians will help young musicians achieve their dreams. Available at Amazon.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1956 | 1959| 1962 | 1965 | 1970 | 1972 | 1973 | 1994 | 1995. Class Notes

Bailey '72 Named Lawyer of the Year

Gene Bailey named 2019 Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Construction Law in the Charleston-WV area. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year," making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer review assessments.

Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

Wilkerson '73 Returning to Iraq as Guest Professor

Dr. Rick Wilkerson, a highly regarded orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine practitioner, will be traveling to Basra, Iraq on February 25th as a guest lecturer and teaching professor for nine days as part of Iraq's International Orthopedic Conference. In addition to his lecturing schedule, Dr. Wilkerson will be heavily involved in an on-going training program for Iraqi orthopedic residents.

Rick has made annual trips to Iraq where among many things, he created a total knee replacement (TKA) program for Iraqi orthopedic residents. So far, this has led to more than 1,500 TKAs performed. He also sponsored eight Iraqi orthopedic surgeons in his private practice for postgraduate training. During their time in the U.S., these surgeons lived with Rick and his family. For this type of work involving significant improvements to the Iraqi orthopedic infrastructure for well over a decade, Rick was named an honorary professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Basra in Iraq.

Patterned after the Iraqi resident sponsorship program, Rick recently created an orthopedic residency rotation for Haitian orthopedic residents to spend three months in their second or third year of four years training to do an orthopedic rotation with him and other American volunteer surgeons starting September 19th, 2019. In preparation for the rotations, he's busy travelling to Haiti to train hospital staff surgeons to be able to thoroughly prepare the residents for the U.S. rotations.

Haiti is also where Rick led an effort to create an orphanage from the rubble of the 2010 earthquake that totally devastated an already deeply impoverished nation. Today the orphanage is thriving and well on the way to becoming self-sustaining.

Clouatre '95 Promoted to Colonel

Clouatre '95 Promoted to ColonelCongratulations to Colonel Spencer Clouatre and family on his promotion! COL Chris Cerniauskas '93 did his promotion. He is a longtime friend of the family. Also at the promotion was COL(R) Larry Horacek '70, who introduced COL Clouatre to West Point as an idea when he was a SGT in Louisiana National Guard. COL Horacek is also Caleb Clouatre's '20 50-year affiliate class. COL Clouatre graduated right in the middle as class of '95.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1960 | 1977| 1986 | 1990. Class Notes

CathWorks Names Kapsner '86 as Vice-President of Sales

Paul KapsnerCathWorks announced that Paul Kapsner has been named as Global Vice President of Sales. His initial focus will be on accelerating the clinical and commercial organization in the United States. Paul joins CathWorks with 27 years of commercial sales and marketing leadership experience in market-leading medical device companies. That experience includes deep engagement in the coronary diagnostic market.

Jim Corbett, CathWorks CEO, said of Paul’s appointment, "I have worked with Paul previously and am confident in his ability to develop and lead our commercial sales and customer support organization. CathWorks FFRangio System represents a tremendous opportunity for interventional cardiologists, their hospitals, and patients to improve the quality of care and lower costs in the treatment of multi-vessel coronary artery disease. Paul understands how to develop a team to provide the clinical and technical support our customers need. We could not be more excited to have Paul on board." Read More

Clouse ’90 Named CEO of Campbell Soup

Campbell Soup Company named Mark Clouse CEO. Clouse has a reputation as a seasoned food industry operator. He was previously the CEO of Pinnacle Foods. Clouse began working in the food industry more than two decades ago. He had been chief growth officer at Oreo-maker Mondelez International Inc and previously worked in marketing at Kraft Heinz Co.

"Mark was the board's top choice due to his success leading organizations through significant transformations," Campbell said in a statement, adding that Third Point provided input into the CEO search process and supported Clouse's appointment. Read More

Happy New Year from WPAOG!

Happy New Year from WPAOG!Because of you, 2018 was another incredible year supporting West Point, the Long Gray Line, and Margin of Excellence programs.

It takes all of us to make this possible, and we thank you for your generous participation and we look forward to serving you in 2019!

Celebrate with Us! * 1869 - 2019 *
2019 marks 150 Years since the founding of the West Point Association of Graduates.
Throughout 2019, WPAOG will be celebrating our 150th Anniversary through our publications, social media, and events including:

  • Our website, WestPointAOG.org/WPAOG150th will be a communications hub for the celebration, containing a wealth of information on history and events
  • "On this Day" facts for each day highlighting historic events and achievements of West Point graduates on our website and in social media
  • Feature articles on WPAOG's history and WPAOG today in each issue of West Point magazine
  • West Point Societies around the world will celebrate WPAOG's 150th during Founders Day events taking place February-April 2019
  • George W. Cullum (1833), one of West Point's most notable graduates, will be seen everywhere in 2019! The spring issue of West Point magazine will include a "Flat Cullum" to incorporate in your photos and share with us
  • A Virtual Toast on WPAOG's "Birthday," May 22, 2019, where graduates around the world will offer their best wishes with a virtual birthday toast

Plus much, much more! Visit WestPointAOG.org/WPAOG150th for details and to join the celebration as we prepare to Honor the Past and Prepare for the Future.

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