Parent Review - June 2017

Class of 2017 Joins Long Gray Line

  Two 2017 Grads

936 men and women, 78 percent of the cadets who entered West Point in 2013, joined the Long Gray Line on May 27. LTG Robert L. Caslen ’75 called them “an incredible class” that is ready to accept the torch of leadership. This year’s graduation class includes 151 women (63 of whom branched combat arms), 102 Hispanics, 72 African-Americans, 60 Asian/Pacific Islanders, and 6 Native Americans. The class also includes 21 combat veterans, 10 international graduates, and 65 members who are sons and daughters of West Point graduates (six of whom have parents who are both graduates). Full StoryPhotosVideo of “Hat Toss.”

2017 Distinguished Graduates Honored

  2017 Distinguished Graduates

WPAOG recognized six members of the Long Gray Line with a 2017 Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) on May 23: Marshall N. Carter ’62, BG (R) Daniel Kaufman ’68, GEN (R) Martin Dempsey ’74, GEN (R) Lloyd Austin III ’75, the Honorable Robert A. McDonald ’75, and GEN (R) Raymond Odierno ’76 (read their bios here). Speaking at the Alumni Luncheon that recognized the 2017 DGA recipients, LTG Robert Caslen ’75, the 59th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, said, “These six leaders of character have impressive resumes, but what ties all of their accomplishments together, what truly makes them distinguished, is the ideal of selfless service.” Full Story.

Prestigious AAA Awards Presented to Top Army Athletes

   West Point AOG Gift Shop

Army West Point Golf standout Peter Kim and Softball star Alee Rashenskas were honored with USMA’s most prestigious athletic honor as they were presented with the 113th Army Athletic Association Award May 25 at the Awards Convocation in Eisenhower Hall. Also receiving honors were Andrew King of Football and Volleyball’s Olivia Fairfield, who earned the AAA Special Award. The AAA trophy is awarded annually to the male and female cadet-athletes who display the “most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet.” Full Story.

Oldest Living Graduate Returns to West Point

  LTG(R) William J. Ely ’33

LTG(R) William J. Ely ’33, has the distinction of being the oldest graduate at 105 years old. He and many fellow alumni returned to West Point for reunions and other events during Graduation Week, including a wreath laying ceremony at Thayer Statue. “I am honored to be here,” Ely said. “It is vastly different than when I was a cadet. I just wish we had better weather and I hate doing this in a wheel chair, but that’s the way it is.” Full Story. Watch LTG Ely’s video interview with West Point’s Center for Oral History.

USMA Grads Compete in “Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge”

  USMA Spartan Team

Three graduates are on the “Commanding Officers” team competing in Season Two of NBC's “Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge:” CPT Bryce Livingston ’11 (far left), Ashley (Morgan) Keller ’10 (2nd from left), CPT Rob Killian, CPT Sam Wood, and COL Liam Collins ’92 (right). On the show, “groups of friends, families, co-workers and more must work together as they race across specially designed Spartan courses engineered to test their determination, endurance and will.” The show airs Mondays at 10pm EDT. In the first episode (June 12), the team advanced to the next round!

Margin of Excellence Was Here

  West Point Cadets on AIADs Express their Gratitude

Cadets traveling with the History Department this summer for Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIADs) are expressing their thanks for the Margin of Excellence by posting “thank you” photos from sites they visit and encouraging fellow cadets, families, and supporters to follow their journeys with #FollowMOE and #MOEWasHere. History AIADs from June 4 to June 14 include trips to Panama and Costa Rica; the Netherlands; and Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. Visit the History Department Facebook page to see where MOE has been this summer!

USMA Wins 2016-2017 Boeing Tri-Service Academy Capstone Competition

  West Point Cadet Lloyd

USMA’s Team F.E.A.R. (Functional Engagement Area Reconnaissance) won the Boeing Service Academy Capstone Competition for academic year 2016-17. This is USMA’s first victory over the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy in the eight years of the Boeing competition, and USMA had the smallest cadet team of all three academies. A multi-disciplinary capstone project in Systems Engineering and Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Team F.E.A.R.’s project—an autonomous system of drones and sensors to support small tactical units, particularly Special Forces ODAs—demonstrated several unique features, including a Battery Swap Station; Image Stitching to create 3D models of objective areas in near-real-time; and a Multi-Camera System for efficient 3D model data collection.

Alumni Hotel Block Open for 2017 Army-Navy Game

If you are travelling to Philadelphia for the Army-Navy football game this year, here’s a way to stay with Army fans! WPAOG has secured room blocks in the surrounding area to Lincoln Financial Field where the game is being held. Get details on how to make your reservation today!.


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Pre-Order 2017 TAPS; 2016 Edition Still Available

  TAPS Memorial Magazine

TAPS is the official and unique annual memorial magazine of the Long Gray Line. In it, you will find the fascinating and inspiring life stories of West Point graduates. The 2017 edition will be our largest ever, with over 250 Memorial Articles! To guarantee your copy at the best price, order online now. We will print a very limited number of extra copies for sale at an increased price. Order online or call 845.446.1645 to order now.

Purchase the Register of Graduates!

  West Point AOG Register of Graduates

The 2015 Register of Graduates & Former Cadets, WPAOG’s most historic publication, is the ultimate West Point reference book. It contains a wealth of information on the careers of 72,413 West Point Graduates from 1802-2015, including 218 class mottos and crests, West Point generational family ancestry, USMA leadership, Medal of Honor Graduates and more! Deluxe gold-embossed clothbound edition with custom-designed West Point map endpapers. Visit our Gift Shop online or call 800.426.4725 to order your copy!