The West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) has named the 2012 recipients of the Distinguished Graduate Award. This annual award 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 2012 Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients are:
LTG (R) Henry James Hatch ’57
LTG (R) Henry James Hatch ’57 commanded Engineer units at every level; was a member of the faculty at West Point in the Department of Earth, Space, and Graphic Sciences; and held a staff assignment in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army. His highest positions include command of the Pacific Ocean Division of the Corps of Engineers, Assistant Chief of Engineers, and Commanding General, US Army Corps of Engineers. After retiring, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served as a WPAOG Trustee, Class Trustee, and Advisor at Large.
GEN (R) Crosbie E. Saint ’58
As an Armor officer, GEN (R) Crosbie E. Saint ’58 served two combat tours with the Americal Division in Vietnam. In Germany, he was a lieutenant on border duty when the Berlin Wall was erected and was the commander of U.S. Army Europe when it came down. After retirement, he became VP for International Operations at Military Professional Resources, advising defense ministers and chiefs of staff of 14 countries. He was a WPAOG Trustee in the late 1990s and served as President of the West Point Society of D.C. for almost eight years.
MAJ (R) William H. Willoughby ’60
MAJ (R) William H. Willoughby ’60 served until 1968 when, during his second tour in Vietnam, he was seriously wounded and given a disability retirement at the rank of major. In his civilian career he established Cleveland Track Material, which manufactured railroad switch components and became the third largest supplier in its industry. Passionate about aiding the USMA Admissions Office, Willoughby became the Ohio coordinator and has been responsible for the admission of more than 650 cadets. He was a WPAOG Trustee for 15 years and is now a Trustee emeritus.
GEN (R) Narcisco L. Abaya ’71
After graduation, GEN (R) Narcisco L. Abaya ’71 returned to the Philippines, his native land, and eventually became Commandant of Cadets at the Philippine Military Academy in the early 1990s, overseeing integration of the first female cadets. He ended his Army career as Chief of Staff of the Philippine Army and then as Chief of Staff of the Philippine Armed Forces. After retirement, the President of the Philippines appointed him President and CEO of a government corporation with the mandate to transform former military bases to civilian use.
LTG (R) William J. Lennox Jr. ’71
As a Field Artillery officer, LTG (R) William J. Lennox Jr. ’71 commanded Redleg units at every level. He also served on the USMA faculty, as a White House Fellow, and as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. He was later appointed Deputy Commandant of the Artillery School; Chief of Staff, III Corps; and Director of the Army’s Office of Congressional Liaison. In 2001, he became West Point’s 56th Superintendent. He then retired and joined Goodrich, a supplier of systems and service to the aerospace and defense industries. He is a regimental representative for the Class of 1971’s fundraising effort and is a member of the Campaign Cabinet for WPAOG’s “For Us All” comprehensive fundraising campaign.