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 J. Hatch ’57
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
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.