On August 27, 2023, the West Point Society of Annapolis (WPSOA) hosted its annual Welcome Picnic at the Fairwinds Community Pavilion, Severna Park, MD, for the fall exchange cadets. The exchange cadets from the class of 2025 will spend their fall semester at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
WPSOA President Steve Heinecke briefly addressed the assemblage, explaining the annual Welcome Picnic tradition. Steve then asked the cadets to introduce themselves and share their experience in training over the summer. Following, more than 50 WPSOA members and guests engaged with the cadets over a picnic buffet catered by Mission BBQ.
The primary mission of the West Point Society of Annapolis is to support the exchange cadets during their fall semester at the U.S. Naval Academy, as well as other cadets traveling through the Annapolis area or visiting for club or athletic competition. In so doing, the WPSOA strives to serve West Point in Annapolis by developing and sustaining programs that promote West Point, support graduates and cadets and reflect the values of West Point in Annapolis and surrounding Maryland communities.