Parent Review - June 2016

School’s (NOT) Out for Summer – Cadet Summer Training


Cadet Summer Training is in full swing and there are all sorts of exciting and new things happening. Check out the incorporation of drone technology, an exhilarating 7.5-mile Runback from Cadet Field Training led by the Commandant, BG Diana Holland ’90, realistic scenario-driven Cadet Leader Development Training and the Superintendent’s own observations about training. Throughout the summer, you will be able to see photos and updates about all of the action on USMA and WPAOG social media and websites. Bookmark these and check them frequently to learn about your cadet’s training!
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Visiting West Point—The Rules Have Changed

Effective June 7, all visitors to West Point who do not have identification issued by the Department of Defense (or are not escorted by someone with same) will be required to stop at the Visitors Center outside Thayer Gate to get a visitor pass. USMA is still working on plans for handling this new requirement for large-scale public and alumni events. Please be patient during this process. For the most up-do-date information, please visit the West Point Garrison webpage with the policy.

U.S. Army Air Assault Training Now at West Point


For the second year, cadets are now able to receive Air Assault training right here at West Point. Led by a mobile training team of “Blackhat” instructors from the The Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, cadets go through a physically and mentally challenging ten-day course to earn the Air Assault qualification. Check out this cool Air Assault School video on our Facebook page and view photos of the training at the West Point Flickr page.

Video: Army West Point Athletics 2015-2016 Highlights


Take a look back at some of the best moments on the “fields of friendly strife” from the 2015-16 Army West Point season. You’ll probably want to get a closer look at Army West Point Softball player Kasey McCravey’s leap over home plate which no doubt inspired thousands of young girls on softball fields around the nation.

New Rockbound Highland Home Line at WPAOG Gift Shop


Introducing our Rockbound Highland Home line of products that pay tribute to all of those who have raised a glass to their “kind old Alma Mater.” Designed by the staff and sold exclusively through the WPAOG Gift Shop, the Rockbound Highland Home line includes pub and shot glasses, Tervis tumblers, water bottles, hats and more. The new brand also includes coffee, both whole bean and ground. Whether you need gear for your West Point room, are planning a summer outing, or shopping for an event, you are sure to find what you need under this exclusive new brand. Cheers!

Army-Navy Alumni Hotel Room Block is Now Open

If you are travelling to Baltimore for the Army-Navy football game this year, here’s a way to stay with fellow alumni and Army fans! WPAOG has secured a block at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. (202 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202; 410.547.1200) The nightly rate is $199.00 plus tax, and you must make your reservation by Thursday, November 18. Be sure to mention the group code: West Point Army Navy Room Block.


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Malek ’59 Funds New Army West Point Soccer Stadium


June 13 marked the groundbreaking for a facility which brings much-anticipated improvements to the current stadium. Head women’s coach Marcia McDermott and assistant men’s coach Rich Costanzo expressed the soccer teams’ excitement and agreed that the new state-of-the-art facilities and field improvements will make the Malek Stadium one of the best places in the country to play and watch first-class collegiate soccer. Funded by Frederick V. Malek ’59, the new stadium will feature a new press box with a radio broadcasting room and platform for cameras, allowing for better game coverage, as well as improved fan facilities and new premium seating. It is projected to be completed in this Fall. Watch our exclusive video with interviews of Mr. Malek, USMA’s Athletic Director, and the coaches.

Bring Your Event Home to West Point


Nestled next to Lusk Reservoir near Michie Stadium, the James K. Herbert Alumni Center provides a unique location at West Point and is a perfect backdrop for your special event, complete with adjacent parking.  The Hall accommodates up to 120 people (seated) with a dance floor, or 160 without a dance floor, and up to 200 people (standing) for a cocktail reception.  Contact us today at great-hall@wpaog.org to book the Great Hall for your military promotion, retirement, wedding, memorial service, meeting, or any other special occasion. Photos of the Hall.

New Parent Relations Contact at WPAOG


In March, Shelisa Baskerville joined the WPAOG Development team as Annual Giving Parent Relations Manager. In this role, Shelisa will serve as the WPAOG point of contact for all parent relations, with the focus on engaging West Point parents in support of USMA. In addition to working with individual parents, Shelisa will also work closely with West Point Parents Clubs throughout the country. Shelisa has been with WPAOG since 2013, previously serving in Alumni Support as our Memorial Services Coordinator and Career Services Coordinator.

From Port-au-Prince to West Point: Idrache ’16 Realizes Dream


In an image that went viral at an international level, an emotional Alix Schoelcher Idrache at the 2016 USMA Graduation Ceremony May 21 recalled his personal journey from Port-au-Prince, Haiti to becoming a West Point graduate. Inspired by witnessing U.S. forces on humanitarian missions in Haiti, Idrache credits his father for his encouragement and support. Full Story.

Order Your Register of Graduates Today!


The 75th Edition of the Register of Graduates & Former Cadets has been comprehensively updated in a handsome new limited edition. This definitive West Point reference contains a wealth of information on service to the nation by all 72,413 West Point Graduates from 1802-2015, including class crests, mottos and graduation speakers, award recipients, ancestry of West Point graduates, USMA leadership, Medal of Honor Graduates and more! Order your Register online today at the WPAOG Gift Shop!