Parent Review - Jan. 2017

Message from the Superintendent


After a well-deserved holiday break for our cadets, staff and faculty, West Point is alive with activity again as we begin second semester here. I hope that you all enjoyed spending some time with your sons and daughters over the break. January is always a busy month here, bringing not only the start of a new academic semester, but also our annual class weekends, when each class comes together to celebrate its achievements thus far. This past weekend, the Class of 2018 celebrated 500th Night (marking 500 days until graduation). Over the next few weeks, the Class of 2019 will celebrate Yearling Winter Weekend and our Firsties in the Class of 2017 will celebrate their final semester during 100th Night weekend. As they celebrate past successes, I always challenge each class to look ahead to future successes and to make the most of their remaining time here –because it will fly by! As always, thank you for your support of West Point and for entrusting your sons and daughters to us.

Plebe-Parent Breakfast and Open House


Plebe-Parent Weekend is Mar. 10-12. This is the opportunity to experience West Point with your cadet. The weekend will include tours, presentations, a parade, a banquet in the cadet mess and more. Start the weekend on Friday, Mar. 10, 2017 from 7:00 - 11:00am at Herbert Alumni Center for the annual Plebe-Parent Breakfast and Open House! Come learn about the many ways WPAOG enhances your cadet’s experience today and long after graduation. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and the opportunity to meet and talk with WPAOG leadership and staff. The first 250 parents will receive a gift and our onsite Gift Shop will offer a special discount to all parents. Registration details coming soon; we look forward to welcoming you to West Point!

Medal of Honor Recipient Discusses “Leadership on your Worst Day”


For the Modern War Institute’s first Speaker Series event of 2017, retired SSG Salvatore Giunta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War era, addressed a packed audience in Ike Hall and delivered a moving lecture about the importance of leadership and trusting one’s team. Receiving a standing ovation from over 800 cadets, Giunta recapped his life trajectory from Subway clerk to member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He joined the US Army after 9/11, he admitted, “for naïve reasons…as a way to leave Iowa and to jump out of planes.” Full Story.

West Point Parents Fund Impact in 2016

  Margin of Excellence

In 2016, your support made all of the following (and then some!) possible. Thank you for your commitment to the Margin of Excellence!

  • 49 Academic Conferences
  • 11 Competitive Academic Teams
  • 275 Capstone Projects
  • 24 Graduate Scholarships
  • 140 Co-curricular Teams & Clubs
  • 12 Staff Rides
  • 159 Semesters Abroad
  • 1,064 Cadet Internships & Cultural Immersion Trips

West Point Glee Club Honors Tuskegee Airmen


On Jan. 12, the West Point Glee Club ​performed during an ABC Television Network​ special celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture called “Taking the Stage – Changing America.” During the show, filmed live at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Glee Club delivered a powerful performance during a segment honoring the original Tuskegee Airmen which was narrated by Tom Hanks.

Parachute Team Brings Home the Gold at Nationals

  West Point Parachute Team

The West Point Parachute Team returned from winter leave with four Gold medals earned at the National Collegiate Parachuting Championships in Arizona. Competing against Air Force and other colleges, the Black Knights also won 8 Silver and 10 Bronze medals. A fifth gold was scored by a cadet (not on the team) in an individual competition. Prior to the championships, the team spent 15 hours training in Vertical Wind Tunnel at Yuma Proving Grounds, giving the cadets the chance to don the military rigs and combat equipment and to get some feeling for the military freefall experience. The team made the most of this Margin of Excellence opportunity, completing a total of 868 jumps throughout its time in Arizona.

Congratulations Class of 2018

The Class of 2018 celebrated its 500th Night Banquet on Jan. 14 at Washington Hall with guest speaker and former Commandant of Cadets, MG Richard Clarke ’84. The next “Nth Night” celebration belongs to the Class of 2017 which celebrates 100th Night on Feb. 18.


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Black Knights Welcome Gio to the Family


The Army West Point men's lacrosse family welcomed its newest member Jan. 16 as Giovanni Toribio signed on to be adopted by the Black Knights. Gio is an energetic four-year old from Ossining, NY, who was recently diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and was connected with the Black Knights through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Full StoryVideo.

WPAOG’s Top 10 Facebook Stories of 2016


“Class Dismissed!”, Combined Army-Navy Glee Clubs Sing the National Anthem, Happy Birthday to our Oldest Grad, West Point Astronauts and more! Check out our Top Ten 2016 stories on Facebook, even if you don’t have a Facebook account! WPAOG thanks our loyal Facebook fans for your comments, reactions, and sharing in celebration of some of the most incredible graduate and cadet accomplishments of the year.

WPAOG Earns GuideStar Platinum Level

  GuideStar Platinum Participant

WPAOG has now achieved the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit level, the highest level awarded. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations and a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector. Reaching this level demonstrates WPAOG’s commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability. We hope you will check our profile.

Foley Enners Nathe Lacrosse Center Completed

  Foley, Enners, Nathe, Lacrosse Center

Both the men's and women's lacrosse programs have officially moved into the new state of the art Foley, Enners, Nathe Lacrosse Center. The donor-funded “FEN” Lacrosse Center is named after former classmates William Foley '67, Lt. Ray Enners '67 and Michael Nathe '67. Watch the time-lapse video of the transformation in the northeast corner of Michie Stadium. Full Story.