Update Your Profile

Stay up to date with all West Point news and stay connected with fellow grads

Update your Register Entry

Cullum Files

historical records

Class Notes

login required, available to graduates & widows





WHAT:  A great, indoor tailgate party before Army v Wake Forest football game

WHEN:  Saturday, October 29, 2016.  Tailgate opens 3 hours before kickoff. (Kickoff time TBA)

WHERE: Game at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem; Tailgate nearby across the street

Presented by West Point Society Piedmont and West Point Parents Club of NC

DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS:   Tailgate will be inside the Education Building at Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, across street from BB&T Stadium.  Set your GPS to:  401 27th Street NW, Winston-Salem, NC, and enter Gate #9 to Fairgrounds.  FREE PARKING for Tailgate attendees.  When entering Gate 9 tell security you are there for Army Tailgate.  The football stadium is a short walk from Tailgate.  Golf cart available for those who need a ride.

MAP. Go to Google Earth and enter: BB&T Field, Deacon Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC, and you will see BB&T Field.  Look South across Deacon Blvd and see a building marked Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex.  The smaller-looking building just south of the Annex is the Education Building (Tailgate site).  The big field to the right of these buildings is our free parking area.

To register and pay for Tailgate online by credit card go to this secure website:  https://secure.west-point.org/wps-piedmont/tailgate/   (Website Closes Midnight, Oct 26)                                                                                

Or, make check payable to West Point Society Piedmont and mail to Bill Trivette, 5820 N. Church St, Suite D, PMB 153, Greensboro, NC 27455. Check must arrive by Oct 27.   Give your name and your guest’s and INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER

TAILGATE MENU: North Carolina traditional tailgate fare including Chopped Barbeque, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Buns, Pinto Beans w/chow-chow & onions, Chili, Corn Muffins, Potato Salad, Slaw, Iced Tea, Cobbler and Pudding


$23 - Adults and Teens  (13 years and older)
$17 - Children 6-12 years
Free - Children under 6 years
Free - Military (in uniform) and Cadets (in uniform) 

(Altho free, Military and Cadets must register online per above so we have a count)


$25 for Adults and Teens

$20 Children 6-12 Years

Free - Children under 6 years

Free - Military (in uniform) and Cadets (in uniform) 


CASH BAR serving beer, wine, soft drinks.

FREE PARKING FOR TAILGATE.  Enter Gate 9 at 401 27th Street NW, Winston-Salem, NC.  Tell Gate Guard you are going to Army Tailgate.  Parking assistants will guide you.

ARMY TICKET OFFICE.  Buy game tickets through Army Ticket Office for $30 per ticket.  Call Toll Free 877-849-2769 or go to GOARMYWESTPOINT.COM.  These seats are with other Army fans in our section.  If you have a group, ask for a GROUP NUMBER and they will seat everyone together giving that  number.  Ticket Office will mail your tickets or you can pick them up at Will Call Window at BB&T Stadium.

WAKE FOREST TICKET OFFICE.  You may purchase a less expensive game ticket ($20 plus) from the Wake Forest Ticket office but you will not be seated in the Army Section.  Call Rich at Wake Forest Ticket Office at 336-758-4037; you can request group seating; or call toll free 888-758-3322.  Order online at http://www.wakeforestsports.com/tickets/wake-tickets.html

BENNY HAVENS.  Come to a great Benny Havens social from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Friday evening (Oct 28) at the Piedmont Triad International Airport Marriott Hotel, One Marriott Drive, Greensboro.  No entry charge; cash bar; light hors d’oeuvres.  Weather permitting it will be outdoors under a big tent with tables, chairs and a warm bonfire.  Bring a jacket.  We expect the Rabble Rousers and Spirit Band to make an appearance.  You will enjoy this. 

The nation is observing the 50 Year Commemoration of The Vietnam War. Wake Forest is declaring October 29 as VIETNAM VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY.  All veterans will be honored, but particular recognition given to Vets from the Vietnam era.  We expect Golden Knights or another Ft. Bragg parachute team to jump into the stadium.  There will be static displays near the Tailgate.  Many Fort Bragg soldiers (82d Airborne) will attend as our guests.  

HELP.   We incur significant expense in putting on this Tailgate and Military Appreciation (e.g., it costs $23 for tailgate meal for one soldier or cadet).   Please help us by making a donation in one of two ways: make a donation when you register on the website.  Better still, mail check payable to West Point Society Piedmont, to:  Gene Parker, 3620 Gainsboro Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 (include your email and you will be sent a receipt for tax deduction).  THANK YOU.

HOTELS.  Because this game is Wake Forest’s Homecoming, there will be many Wake fans reserving hotel rooms.

1.  We recommend GREENSBORO-HIGH POINT MARRIOTT AIRPORT, ONE MARRIOTT DRIVE, GREENSBORO.  Call hotel directly at 336-852-6450 or Marriott Reservations at 800-228-9290.  Give this group code: ARMY WEST POINT.  Special rate of $109 plus tax per night. This is expected to be where the team and official party will stay.  Benny Havens will be  here Friday evening.  About 35 minute drive (without traffic) to tailgate & stadium.  

2.  FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT, 125 S. Main St, Winston-Salem.  Phone 336-714-2800.

3.  EMBASSY SUITES, 460 N. CHERRY ST, WINSTON-SALEM.  Phone: 336-724-2300


5.  HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, 110 MILLER ST, WINSTON-SALEM.  Phone: 800-315-2621 or local 336-721-0220.

QUESTIONS: Bill Trivette, 336-441-8054; trivette@triad.twcbc.com




 -----------------------------------PAST NEWS ----------------------------------------------

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 -

Our distinguished guest speaker is Doug Copeland, President and Publisher of The Triad Business Journal. 

Doug's success in the business world is not the topic of his talk.  For the last 15 years, Doug has traveled to France for the yearly June 6 D-Day Anniversary Ceremonies in coastal Norman villages. His purpose is to thank the men who participated in the 1944 invasion. This is Doug’s passion and his fascinating presentation on these ceremonies and of the history of D-Day is not to be missed. This is also the week of the Army-Navy Game, so we need to get fired up for the game.  

The cost for the meal is $23 per person. Sign up in one of two ways:

 (1) mail your check, payable to West Point Society of the Piedmont, to Joe Holcombe 1600 Clement Court, Greensboro, NC 27410-3009.  Give the names of all attendees and choice of entree; or

 (2) register by credit card online at this secure website:    


 Arrive early so you can meet Doug and society members. We open at 1130 with an invocation and the meal is served.  The program begins about 1150.  The Proximity Hotel is located at 704 Green Valley Road in Greensboro.  Go to: http://www.proximityhotel.com/

 Menu: Choice of Bacon Wrapped Braised Beef Shortribs OR Seared NC Trout with Lemon Caper Burerre Blanc; Seasonal Greens Salad with choice of dressing; Chef’s choice of vegetables and rice or potato, Sliced Baguette with Butter; Gataue Au Chocolat, dense Chocolate and Ganache Layer Cake with Raspberry Coulis; Iced Tea & Coffee

Bill Trivette, President, West Point Society Piedmont (336-580-2238)


Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Army vs Wake Forest Football Tailgate, Military Appreciation Day, and Game. 

Photos are available at:


Benny Havens




Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 

Our guest speaker was Commander  (US Navy Retired) Porter Halyburton. Porter grew up in Davidson, NC, and graduated Davidson College in 1963.  He was commissioned Navy Aviation and trained as a Radar Intercept Officer in the F4 Phantom.  On October 17, 1965, while flying his 75th combat mission, he was shot down over North Vietnam.  He spent over 7 years as a POW, enduring the most extreme mental and physical abuse.  For more information on Commander Halyburton, see below.

For more information on Commander Halyburton, go to:  http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=295 and http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/h/h078.htm and http://www.bobedwardsradio.com/blog/2008/6/17/porter-halyburton-forgiving-the-hanoi-hilton.html
Luncheon Photos

Bill Trivette, President, West Point Society Piedmont (336-580-2238)

March 15, 2014 -  Founders Day 2014

The West Point Society of the Piedmont hosted its annual Founders Day Dinner, Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the High Point Country Club, High Point, NC. Over 160 attended including Congressman Howard Coble and a number of distinguished civilian and military leaders and friends and families of West Point and its graduates.


Colonel Deborah McDonald, Director of Admissions, United States Military Academy (West Point) was the guest speaker. Prior to the dinner, she participated in an admissions briefing for students and parents interested in applying for admission to West Point.  Colonel McDonald noted that applications for admission were at an all time high. The goal for the incoming Class of 2018 is twelve hundred plebes (freshmen) to fill the forty-four hundred Cadet student body. To date, over a thousand acceptance letters have been sent to applicants with only thirty declinations. Colonel McDonald asked several applicants to step forward to answer the question “Why did you choose West Point?” Their answers, while diverse, reflected a common desire to serve and protect their country. Current Cadets were also there to help answer questions.


Colonel McDonald was appointed by President George W. Bush as a Professor of the United States Military Academy and the fifth Director of Admissions. She is a native of Newport, R.I. Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1985, she was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Transportation Corps and served in a wide variety of command and staff assignments and is a combat veteran having deployed as Commander of a separate Transportation Company in support of XVIII Abn Corps during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.


She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, and a Master’s Degree in Information Management from Oklahoma City University. Her military education includes the Master Fitness Course, the Combined Arms Staff Services School (CAS3), the Army Inspector General Course, the Army Operations Research and Systems Analysis Course, and the United States Army Command and General Staff College. Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Army the South West Asia Medal with three Bronze Stars, and the Saudi Arabian/Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, the Air Assault Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.


Col McDonald is married to her classmate LTC (Retired) Kenneth McDonald, PhD. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Systems Engineering Department and the Engineering Management Program Director at West Point. The couple has two children.


In addition to Colonel McDonald’s update on West Point, Captain Dominick Cinotto a 2005 graduate of Torrey Pines H.S. (San Diego, CA) and 2009 graduate of West Point addressed the audience on his perspective of West Point and the Army as a recent “young graduate”.


Captain Cinotto related that West Point was more than fulfilling its mission to educate, train, and inspire its graduates to become leaders of character dedicated to the ideals of Duty, Honor, Country.  He offered comments on the state of today’s Cadet experience compared to those of the grads in the room who spanned West Point Classes from 1945 to the present. He related plans for new dormitories (barracks) consisting of a suite of two rooms with a shared bath, two cadets to a room and eventual upgrade of all dorms. In keeping with the premise that “Every cadet is an athlete” the number of sports clubs (intercollegiate and intramural) has increased and related. Continued improvements to the field house and other indoor and outdoor athletic facilities which will allow sports teams to train year round. As would be expected of a school that has been continually ‘ranked” among the top schools in the Nation by Forbes and US News and World Report, the Academic Facilities are under continual upgrade and construction to remain on a par with the finest academic institutions in the world. An exciting addition to West Point’s continuing “Service to the Nation” will be the establishment of the Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence at West Point. Captain Cinotto assured all those present that West Point remained the Nation’s if not the world’s premier “Leader Development Institution”.


Captain Cinotto was commissioned in the Infantry and earned a BS in Criminal Law with an Environmental Engineering Track. He was Army Varsity Football player for all 4 years playing tight end and special teams. In his short 5 years of commissioned service, has graduated from the Basic Officer Leadership Course II, Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course, the Sniper Employment Leader’s (SEL) Course and the Maneuver Captains Career Course. His assignments include Platoon Leader in the 1st Armored Division , deployed to Afghanistan in support of OEF XI-XII,  Executive Officer C/1-13 CAV, Fort Bliss, TX and his is current assignment as a Plans Officer in the 2 BCT (Airborne) /82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg. He is Airborne, Ranger, and Pathfinder qualified. His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Bronze Star Medal.


LTC (R) Bill Trivette, President of the Society, presented the 2014 West Point Society of the Piedmont Leadership Award to the Board of Directors of The War Memorial Foundation.  This group is dedicated to preserving the history of our Veterans who have served in all branches of the Armed Forces.  Their mission is the construction of The Carolina Field of Honor at Triad Park (CFOH), located between Colfax and Kernersville. The memorial will be dedicated on May 31, 2014 in honor of all Veterans. For more information on the CFOH, go to the website at: http://www.ncwmf.org/Home.aspx.  The CFOH will be one of the largest memorials outside Washington, DC.


Colonel (R) Guy Troy, USMA 1946, our oldest grad regaled us with tales from the “old grad” days. He pointed out how the Long Gray Line loops back on itself with fathers and sons serving with fathers and sons of others, careers intersecting multiple times, and experiences shared.

Our Master of Ceremonies was Jim Hoffman, USMA 1978, and he did an excellent job of keeping the program moving and on time.  Jim also inspired us with his comments about the wonderful history of USMA and our obligations to our Alma Mater.

Saturday, Dec 14 - WPS-Piedmont Army Navy party. 
Mark your calendar for our next luncheon on Dec 2, 2013, when FORSCOM Commanding General Daniel Allyne will be our speaker. For more on General Allyn, go to:
This will be our last meeting before the Army-Navy game (in Philadelphia on Dec 14).  Wear your spirit gear.  
Thursday, Nov 21, 6pm, Greensboro Country Club.  Josiah Bunting III will speak on the English Speaking Union.  "Si" Bunting is a renowned scholar, educator, Army officer, college president, author and speaker on education and Western culture, and a Vietnam veteran who taught at West Point.  Must RSVP by Nov 18.  Contact: greensboro@esuus.org 
Dr. Laura Browder, author of “When Janey Comes Marching Home,” will speak about issues surrounding women in combat Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at UNCG’s annual Women Veterans Luncheon.  Browder’s book is a collection of oral history accounts from dozens of military women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.For 16 years, this luncheon recognizing the contributions of women veterans has been held.  The purpose of the luncheon is threefold: to honor the service of women who served in the United States armed forces and the American Red Cross; to serve as an educational forum about women veterans; to engage the veteran community at UNCG and Greensboro; and to highlight the work of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) in University Libraries and its ongoing oral history project.  The luncheon is open to the public. Tickets are free for UNCG student veterans, $12 for other military veterans and $16 for non-veterans. Table sponsorships to support student attendance are available for $300.  Make luncheon reservations by Nov. 1. Deadline for sponsorships is Oct. 28.  For more information or to make reservations, contact Beth Ann Koelsch at bakoelsc@uncg.edu or 334-5838.
Tuesday, November 5, 7 - 8am. Triad Service Academy Business Networking Group meets for breakfast at the Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro.  Register to attend at:  http://www.westpointaog.org/AcademyBreakfastGroup
AOG Advisory Council (8/24/2013) -The West Point Association of Graduates has announced that two of our own Society members will be nominated to serve on the AOG's Advisory Council.  Congratulations to Colonel (Ret) Joe Adamczyk (USMA 72) and Jim Hoffman (USMA 78), who have been selected in a highly competitive nomination process to be Advisors at Large. For those of you who are members of the AOG, when you receive instructions on voting later this year, please do support Jim and Joe with your vote.  The Advisory Council sits with and advises the AOG Board of Directors. This is a high honor and it is further evidence of the outstanding individuals in our Society. Well Done, Jim and Joe.   Bill

Marchback (8/18/2013)A week ago tomorrow, John Sherden ('60), Buz Moser ('76) and Bill Trivette ('70) were marching back with the Class of 2017.  Attached is a photo of them after completing 10 miles of the march, while they were waiting at the ski slope until all companies were gathered for the last 2 miles to the Supe's house.  There is always a crowd lining the road, cheering on the new cadets (and old grads too).  They were impressed with the spirit of the new cadets and the cadre...


For some reason not understood, one of the the new cadet companies decided to carry a large rock during the Marchback.  (I guess it was to build character.)  Anyway, I thought you'd enjoy seeing our society member, John Sherden ('60), in the attached photo.

He was helping out the new cadets by carrying the rock  for a while.  Maybe John gave it back to the new cadets after they passed the photographer.  Bill

Founders Day - 2013 - was a tremendous success! 
From our Society President, Bill Trivette:

For those of you who could not attend our Founders Day on Saturday, we missed you.  We had a record turnout, and I think that everyone was glad that they attended.  Our keynote speaker was Senator Richard Burr and he was informative, reassuring and entertaining. 

Thanks for all you do for West Point and our society.  I hope to see you at our next meeting.  Bill
We should add that Bill Trivette was presented with a special Certificate of Appreciation as an acknowledgement of his six years of outstanding leadership of our Society!
Cadets Granath Musson, Sara Vagie, and Kurt Yeager from the Army Skydiving team were in the Piedmont Triad the weekend of March 9th.  They attended the Society's Founders Day event in High Point as well as completed a few jumps at a local skydiving school.  Coverage from the Winston-Salem Journal newspaper is at: 
Our West Point Society of the Piedmont was just recognized as Distinquished Society for 2012. 2012 Distinguished Societies are at: https://www.westpointaog.org/document.doc?id=4554
Congratulations to Bill Trivette and the Board!
If you have not already seen it, click on the below website and read about our own society member, Linda Bray, who served with distinction in the Army as an MP during the invasion of Panama.  Linda is the wife of Society Member Randy Bray (USMA 82).  Well done Linda --  recognition well deserved.  

In the photo, you will see Cadet 3d Class Granath Musson in the center, suited up to make his sport parachute jump, along with society members Gene Parker on the left and Chris Canipe on the right.  Granath was home from West Point last weekend, and he was making some jumps near Elkin.  Nothing like parachuting in the winter to build character.   Graneth is on the Cadet Parachute Team and is working hard to build his proficiency.


The Army Baseball Team traveled to the Piedmont Triad for some games against UNCG February 15-17, 2013
Unfortunately, the weather did not help the Army baseball team for the Saturday game as the game was at the last minute cancelled due to weather - SNOW, not rain!  It was cold, so Sharon Moore and the Army Tailgate team quickly reacted and moved the outside event inside...
 Go Army Baseball!!!

Carolina Field of Honor:

The Carolina Field of Honor is moving forward rapidly. To date, we have over $1.2 million pledged and we need your help to insure that this monument, to honor the men and women that served our country, becomes a reality. This will be the largest memorial on the East coast outside of Washington, DC.  The good news is that the opportunity still exists for your family to recognize YOU and for you to honor others who impacted your military career. 

Please go to:  http://www.ncwmf.org/Donate.aspx to see the various levels of paver support and to make your commitment/recognition of a military serviceman.  Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of this truly unbelievable project and to honor those who so richly deserve the recognition.