Parent Review - August 2016

Class of 2020 Joins the Corps


At the end of Cadet Basic Training, the Class of 2020 received advice from the Class of 2017. On August 13 the Class of 2020 was officially accepted into the United States Corps of Cadets at the Acceptance Day parade in front of thousands of proud family members and friends. This event was the culmination of a strenuous Cadet Basic Training and Reorganization Week and the class enjoyed their first off-post privileges over the weekend. 

Long Gray Line Tradition: “Old Grads” Join New Cadets in March Back from Camp Buckner


The 17th annual Grad March Back took place August 7-8, as 316 graduates, representing 68 years of USMA classes (from 1948 to 2015) marched back to West Point at the end of Cadet Basic Training side by side with New Cadets from the Class of 2020.  This year’s March Back included 118 members of the Class of 1970, the 50-Year Affiliation Class of USMA 2020, and 101 marchers were family members of the New Cadets. View photosRead more. More coverage from Pointer View.

“With Vision We Lead”: 2020 Motto Links to Hallowed Tradition


At the conclusion of the Cadet Basic Training awards ceremony, the Class of 2020 unveiled its class motto, continuing a West Point tradition dating back to the Class of 1835. The 2020 class crest will be designed over the course of the plebe year and will be unveiled during Plebe-Parent Weekend in March 2017. The mottos of the four current cadet classes and their 50-Year Affiliation Classes are:

2017  So Others May Dream           1967  None Will Surpass ’67 Class
2018  With Strength We Lead          1968  No Task Too Great for ’68
2019  So Freedom Will Reign          1969  Best of the Line ’69
2020  With Vision We Lead             1970  Serve With Integrity ‘70 

Class of 2017 Key Leaders of the Corps Announced

  West Point Hugh McConnell

On August 4, West Point announced the Class of 2017 cadet leadership positions in the chain of command for the 4,400-member Corps of Cadets. “During their last three years at West Point, these new cadet-leaders have demonstrated the qualities of leadership and character, and exemplify the values of Duty, Honor, Country that we strive to instill in all of our cadets,” said USMA Superintendent LTG Robert L. Caslen ’75. “I'm confident they will provide outstanding leadership to the Corps of Cadets this academic year as we develop leaders of character for the Army and the nation.” Cadet First Captain Hugh McConnell of Newton, KS is the U.S. Corps of Cadets Brigade Commander.

WPAOG Staff Experiences a Taste of Cadet Basic Training

Members of the WPAOG staff joined MAJ Patrick Flynn '02 from the Department of Military Instruction for an exclusive tour of Cadet Basic Training. This unique trip to Camp Buckner allowed us to experience first-hand the intense programs cadets must complete during summer training, including land navigation training, NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) training, and range operations. Special thanks to MAJ Flynn for being such a great tour guide!


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Class of 2018 Commits to Profession of Arms at Affirmation Ceremony

  2018 Affirmation

On August 14, the evening prior to the first day of classes, USMA 2018 took the Oath of Affirmation at a ceremony in Robinson Auditorium, officially committing themselves to the profession of arms. Graduates from the 50-Year Affiliation Class of 1968 presented the cadets with a joint Class Coin to commemorate this milestone. During the ceremony, former USMA Dean BG (R) Dan Kaufman ’68 addressed the class on the topic of leadership in an ever-changing world. USMA Cadets at the other service academies will soon have their own Affirmation events, in conjunction with local West Point Societies. View photos.

Class of 2019 Receives Class Flag at CFT Awards Ceremony


On July 24, at the Camp Buckner parade ground, members of the 50-Year affiliation Class of 1969 presented the Class of 2019 with their class flag at the Cadet Field Training (CFT) Awards Ceremony. This annual event for the Yearlings was followed by a “Runback” from Camp Buckner on July 25, marking the end of CFT.

Chaney ’01 Named 2016 Nininger Award Recipient

  Chaney '01 Nininger

MAJ Matthew A. Chaney '01 will receive WPAOG’s 2016 Alexander Nininger Award for Valor at Arms, awarded annually to a recent graduate who is representative of all West Point-commissioned officers who have heroically led Soldiers in combat. The award will be presented at a dinner at Washington Hall on September 22, where Chaney will address the Corps of Cadets. MAJ Chaney received the Silver Star award for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy on 10 September 2007, while serving at Samarra, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

USMA Leverages Drill Sergeants to Train Cadet Cadre

  West Point Training

For the first time in documented history, drill sergeants trained USMA cadet cadre firsthand during the Leader Training Program (LTP) which provides cadets serving in the cadet chain of command the opportunity, environment and resources to hone their leadership skills as cadet noncommissioned officers or cadet officers. It was a mutually beneficial experience, and may become a regular component of summer training.