Podcast: Impacts of Founders Day with COL (R) Mark Bieger ’91 and Izzy Wolf

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In this episode, COL (R) Mark Bieger ’91, President and CEO of the West Point Association of Graduates, and Izzy Wolf, Alumni Services Manager discuss the impact of the 2024 Founders Day events and why they are critical for strengthening the Grip of the Long Gray Line.

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COL (R) Mark Bieger ’91 graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. After commissioning as an infantry officer, he served for over 28 years in the U.S. Army, holding leadership positions at the platoon, company, battalion, and brigade levels. Mark deployed twice to Iraq and was awarded the Silver Star for valorous actions. Now, as the President and CEO of the West Point Association of Graduates, he is dedicated to connecting and serving the alumni community.

Izzy Wolf has worked as the Alumni Services Manager with the West Point alumni network for over five years. She plays a crucial role in supporting the West Point society groups and special interest groups, helping to strengthen the connections among graduates and their shared commitment to the Academy’s values.

During the episode, Mark delves into the rich history of the West Point Association of Graduates, which dates back to its inception in 1825 by Robert Anderson and its formal establishment in 1869. He discusses the mission of the AOG, to serve West Point and its alumni, striving to become the most connected alumni body globally. Izzy shares insights into her role, highlighting how she supports various societies and interest groups, fostering a strong and engaged alumni community.

The episode also spotlights the vibrant Founders Day celebrations held across the country and even in Thailand. These events celebrate new cadets, support older graduates and surviving spouses, and showcase the unique touches each society brings to its gatherings. Mark and Izzy emphasize the importance of these events in connecting graduates and preserving the legacy of West Point and its alumni. Tune in to learn more about the dynamic West Point alumni community and the exciting plans for the upcoming Founders Day celebrations!

**This episode does not imply Federal endorsement.

Episode Timestamps

(00:34) The Mission, Vision, and Impact of WPAOG
(07:50) The Global Reach of Founders Day Events
(19:00) Engaging with Your Local AOG
(23:40) Lasting Impacts of Founders Day


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“The association’s presence at those events [Founders Day] is tied directly to our mission and vision. We’re there to serve. We’re there to communicate the incredible programs, services, and activities here in our organization, that are ideally for the benefit of all of our graduates.”

— COL (R) Mark Bieger ’91

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The WPAOG Podcast is a strategic initiative focused on tailored audible communications to further inform Graduates on current AOG projects, events, and USMA updates. This customized content is mainly for USMA Alumni and the West Point Community solely produced by the West Point Association of Graduates. The Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Audible, YouTube Music, and iHeartRadio.

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