“Until the Battle is Won”
On August 18, 2019, the Class of 2021 affirmed their commitment to service in the U.S. Army during a ceremony at West Point. Cadets took the Oath of Affirmation, binding them to complete their next two years of study and a minimum of five years of active-duty military service thereafter. Lieutenant General Franklin L. “Buster” Hagenbeck ’71 (Retired), 57th USMA Superintendent, was the guest speaker for the evening. At the conclusion of the ceremony, members of the Class of 1971, the 50-year affiliates of the Class of 2021, presented the cadets with commemorative coins to mark the occasion. Present at the Affirmation ceremony were more than 40 members of the Class of 1971 and their guests.