Parent Review - March 2016

This Week is West Point Founders Day!


On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed the document that founded the United States Military Academy. It read, “the said corps, when so organized, shall be stationed at West Point in the state of New York and shall constitute a military academy.” This spring, West Point Societies around the world are celebrating USMA’s 214th anniversary at traditional Founders Day events. Happy Founders Day!

Robert S. Mueller III to Receive 2016 Thayer Award


Mueller’s career of service to the nation spans nearly five decades, beginning with military service as a Marine officer in Vietnam.  He was the sixth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, sworn in on September 4, 2001, just one week before the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Since 1958, WPAOG has presented the Sylvanus Thayer Award to an outstanding citizen of the United States whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify personal devotion to the ideals expressed in the West Point motto, “Duty, Honor, Country.” The award will be presented at West Point on October 6. Read press release.

"Ring Melt" Video Shows Impact of Class Ring Memorial Program on Class of 2017 Cadets


Cadets at West Point were the first American students to wear class rings, starting the tradition in 1835. Each year since 2001, gold from donated class rings worn by past West Point graduates has been melted and mixed into the gold for the rings of the Academy’s next graduating class through the Class Ring Memorial Program. LTC (R) Ron Turner ’58 developed the idea for the “Ring Melt” in 1999, believing such an endeavor would provide a tangible link between members of the Long Gray Line. In late February, as the making of next year’s class rings got underway, Class of 2017 officers participated in the 16th Annual West Point Class Ring Memorial Melt. To date, 410 West Point class rings have been donated to the program. WPAOG's Class of 2017 Ring Melt video shows how much this program means, both to the families donating rings and to the cadets who attend. View photos. Firstie parents can also view last year’s Class of 2016 Ring Melt video.

USMA Cyber Team Beats Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force Academies in CyberStakes 2016


The West Point Cadet Competitive Cyber Team won 35 medals -- 15 gold, 12 silver and eight bronze—finishing first among service academies in the third annual CyberStakes Hacking Competition, hosted by the Department of Defense. Participants competed in a range of events that included reverse engineering, cyber forensics, cryptography, discovering and exploiting vulnerabilities in executable programs, and lock picking -- a physical counterpart to cyber vulnerability analysis that is traditional at cyber competitions. Launched as a pilot program by DARPA in 2014, the competition transitioned this year to sponsorship by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Read more.

Order Your West Point Register of Graduates Today!

After a five year hiatus, the 75th Edition of the Register of Graduates & Former Cadets is here! The book that started it all has been comprehensively updated in a new, limited edition. More history, more tradition, more Long Gray Line than ever before! Inside is a wealth of information on service to the nation by all 72,413 West Point Graduates since 1802, including 218 Graduating Classes, Genealogical relationships, USMA leadership, Medal of Honor Graduates and more! Order yours today at the WPAOG Gift Shop!


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Ryan ’16 Receives 2016 Henry O. Flipper Award


Since 1977, West Point has held the Henry O. Flipper (Class of 1877) dinner to remember and honor the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy despite many hardships. On February 18, Cadet Bridget Ryan ’16 received the Flipper award, presented to a first class cadet who has also persevered through West Point despite dealing with adversity. The guest speaker at the event was CPT Kristen Griest ’11, one of three West Point graduates who were the first women to earn a Ranger Tab through the Army Ranger School. The West Point Center for Oral History followed up with a video interview of Cadet Ryan.

West Point Parents Fund Provides International Opportunities


This week during Spring Break, more than 140 cadets are traveling abroad, visiting countries such as Dubai, Haiti, and Uganda. Travel opportunities like these are among the many types of experiences supported by gifts to the West Point Parents Fund. Your support of this unrestricted fund benefits the entire Corps of Cadets and strengthens every aspect of the Margin of Excellence—those opportunities that go above and beyond the core elements of cadets’ education and training to ensure that they develop to their highest potential.

Women’s Basketball Team to Play Syracuse in NCAA Tournament


Watch the team’s reaction as Army West Point learned that it will travel to Syracuse, NY as a No. 13 seed to face No. 4 Syracuse on Friday, March 18 in the NCAA Tournament's Sioux Falls Region. Army's first-round contest will air live on ESPN2 at 2:30pm. This NCAA tournament bid follows an exciting 69-51 win over Loyola on March 12 to secure the team’s third Patriot League Championship.

So Freedom Will Reign: Class of 2019 Crest Unveiled


The Class of 2019 reunited with families for Plebe Parent weekend, where activities included tours of the Academy, presentations by USMA leadership and the West Point Band, a review, and the Plebe Parent banquet, where the class Crest was unveiled. View Photos.  Video: Cadet Review.