Parent Review - July 2017

Message from the Superintendent

  Superintendent Caslen

This month, we welcomed the approximately 1,230 young men and women of the Class of 2021 to begin their journey toward becoming leaders of character. It’s always an exciting time here with this new injection of enthusiasm and energy. I’ve observed their training these past two weeks and they’re off to a great start. It was also great to meet so many of you on R-Day. I hope we addressed all of your questions and concerns as your sons and daughters begin this incredible and honorable new chapter in their lives. July 23 is New Cadet Visitation Day, when these new cadets receive a break from training to enjoy some ice cream, picnics and downtime with many of our West Point families. More importantly, they’ll have an opportunity to call home. I know you’re looking forward to hearing from them. If you haven’t done so already, please connect with us on our many social media sites to stay informed about all that’s taking place here. The Parent’s Page on our website is a great source of information as well. As always, thank you for entrusting your sons and daughters to our care!

Welcome Class of 2021!

  Class of 2021 Rday

USMA Class of 2021 cadets and families arrived at West Point on July 3 for R-Day. R-Day, or Reception Day, is an emotional and exciting time for cadet candidates and their families, as these young men and women join the Corps of Cadets and their families join the West Point family. As a prelude to the day, on July 2, WPAOG hosted over 1,000 parents and new cadets for an Ice Cream Social at Herbert Hall Alumni Center. On R-Day, along with orientation to West Point, tours, and the new cadet Oath Ceremony, the schedule for families included a welcome from WPAOG. WPAOG staff, some of whom are also West Point alumni and parents, shared information, advice, and encouragement. Families learned about the WPAOG mission and how it supports cadets and graduates, enjoyed a barbecue lunch, and met and shared with other families on this special day. View R-Day photos. Watch USMA’s 30 second “R-Day from Start to Finish” video.

2017-2018 WPAOG Parent Handbook Available

  2017 DParent Handbook

The WPAOG Parent Handbook provides everything you need to know about being a member of the West Point community and participating in the cadet experience. A tool to help families better understand the Academy and plan for their cadet’s four years, the guide includes valuable information about visiting West Point, resources available to families, WPAOG support and services, connecting with other families through the WPAOG website’s parent portal, how to become involved with Parents Clubs, and special days and events for families. For 2021 parents who did not receive a handbook on R-Day, it can be downloaded at the WPAOG Parent Portal or contact Shelisa Baskerville to request a copy. WPAOG will mail Handbooks to parents of upperclass cadets later this month.

West Point Magazine Summer Issue Celebrates USMA Milestones

   West Point Magazine Summer

WPAOG provides West Point, the official quarterly alumni magazine of the U.S. Military Academy, to all cadet parents free of charge. The 2017 summer issue, which has just shipped, features a cover story celebrating the bicentennial of Sylvanus Thayer (“The Father of the Academy”) and nearly a dozen more Academy-related articles. Can’t wait for your copy to arrive in the mail? Read the online edition today. Class of 2021 parents – make sure we have your address to ensure you receive West Point while your son or daughter is a cadet!

WPPC of Long Island Gift Honors Local Grads

  WPPC of Long Island

In honor of the eleven Class of 2017 graduates from Long Island, the West Point Parents Club of Long Island made a gift of $2,500 to the West Point Parents Fund. Proud to support cadets in their journey to join the Long Gray Line, the club’s goal is to make this an annual tradition in honor of their Firsties.

Gilland ’90 Assumes Command of USCC

  Gilland '90 Commandant of USMA

BG Steve Gilland ’90 became the 77th Commandant of Cadets on June 23 during a change of command ceremony in Jefferson Hall’s Haig Room. LTG Robert L. Caslen ’75, Superintendent, told those present that Gilland is “as good as they get,” as he has proven himself as a leader in combat and has a great reputation throughout the Army as a commander. Prior to his current assignment, Gilland has served as the Deputy Commanding General, Operations, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY and with the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), the 2nd Infantry Division (Mechanized), the 75th Ranger Regiment, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and the 1st Cavalry Division. Watch the USMA video of the event.

Summer = Military Training at West Point

  Military Training at West Point

Right after the jubilant hat toss and 2LT bar-pinning ceremonies of Graduation Day, West Point goes into full military training mode. Cadet Leader Development Training, Cadet Field Training, Air Assault School and, of course, Cadet Basic Training dominate the summer months at the Academy.

Cadet AIAD Explores Robotic Research at Army Research Lab

  Cadet Devin Men '20

Cadets Ben Baumgartner ’19 and Devin Men ’20 recently spent two weeks at the Army Research Lab learning about military robotics and software programming as part of West Point’s Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program. Among other things, the two “levitated” metal, worked with robots, and piloted an unmanned aerial vehicle. Read more about their experiences. Each year, with donor support, WPAOG funding impacts more than 1,000 AIADs (and cultural immersion trips) through the Superintendent’s Annual Fund.

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WPPC of Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia Fundraises with Army/Navy Raffle

  WPPC of MD, VA, DC

For the past few months, the West Point Parents Club of MD, DC, and VA has been selling raffle tickets to raise money for the West Point Parents Fund. The Grand Prize included four club-level tickets and hotel rooms for the 2017 Army-Navy game. The Club raised $14,200 from the raffle, and presented a check for that amount at WPAOG’s Ice Cream Social on July 2. Special thanks also go to the WPPC of Central VA; WPPC of NC; and various West Point Societies in MD, VA, and NC that helped spread the word about the raffle among their members and/or allowed raffle tickets to be sold at their events—a great example of parent clubs and West Point Societies working together for a common goal!

Dockery ’11 to Receive 2017 Nininger Award

  Nick Dockery '11 Nininger Award Recipient

WPAOG has named CPT Nicholas “Nick” Dockery ’11 as the 2017 recipient of the 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. In 2012, Dockery deployed to Kunar Province, Afghanistan, as an Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After reassignment to Task Force War Eagle to work alongside the French Military, he was wounded in a direct fire engagement from hand grenades and rocket propelled grenades but stayed in country and finished his deployment as Platoon leader. Dockery will receive the award at a dinner in the Cadet Mess Hall on September 28 and will address the Corps of Cadets. Read more. Full press release.

LTG Ely ’33 Inducted into WPAOG Pershing Giving Society

  LTG Ely '33 & Todd Browne '85

West Point’s oldest living graduate, LTG (R) William J. Ely ’33, was recently inducted into WPAOG’s John J. Pershing Lifetime Giving Society, which recognizes donors who have given $25,000 or more to West Point. In his 80-plus years as a member of the Long Gray Line, Ely has been a devoted supporter of West Point. He was among the first to donate during this year’s All Academy Challenge, and recently led the alumni procession across the Plain during Grad Week to place a wreath at the statue of Sylvanus Thayer. During his visit, he was interviewed by the West Point Center for Oral History, sharing “Lessons Learned from the First 105 Years,” and he enjoyed a WPAOG Rockbound Highland Home Grad Insider Tour with his family.

CNN Lauds Grit of LTG West ’82 in “Bad*** Women of Washington”

  LTG West '82

The first female African-American three-star general in U.S. Army history, the current Army Surgeon General, and the highest-ranking woman to graduate from West Point, LTG Nadja West ’82 has celebrated many accolades in her life. Now she can add being named one of CNN’s “distinctively tough” (well, they are more explicit) women of Washington, DC to the list. Watch this video in which CNN’s Dana Bash interviews West about the external (and internal) barriers the general has overcome during her career.

Calling All West Point Authors!

  Advertise in West Point Magazine

We're proud to introduce our West Point Authors Bookshelf, a special advertising section in West Point magazine showcasing books by West Point affiliated authors. Check out the Summer 2017 West Point Bookshelf to discover and support books written by members of the Long Gray Line. Learn more about this and other WPAOG advertising and sponsorship opportunities.