Parent Review - Nov 2017

Message from the Superintendent

  West Point Superintendent LTG Caslen

It was great to see so many of you last month at our annual Family Weekend. I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into cadet life and spending some time with your sons and daughters. I also appreciate the feedback many of you provided about the weekend’s activities and we will be looking at ways to improve for next year. With about a month to go before the end of the semester, your cadets continue to work hard and will accomplish a lot of great things. Some of November’s highlights include our sweep over Air Force in several athletic competitions, including football and hockey; our annual Student Conference on U.S. Affairs, which brings together cadets and student delegates from several colleges and universities with notable policy experts to discuss current issues; and this week’s Branch Night, as our Firsties received their branch assignment. There’s always a lot of excitement as they learn in which branch they will serve after graduation, and it’s great to see them now walking around the installation, proudly wearing their new branch insignia on their uniforms. As always, thank you for entrusting your sons and daughters to us. On behalf of the staff, faculty and the entire West Point community, I wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Branch Night for USMA 2018

  West Point Branch Night cls 2018

Congratulations to the members of USMA 2018 on receiving their branch assignments on November 15. Branch Night is the culmination of the Department of Military Instruction’s Branch Education and Mentorship Program (E&M). For the last 41 months, since they entered West Point as plebes, the members of the Class of 2018 have been learning about the duties and equipment associated with each of the Army’s 17 branches. West Point graduates from the 50-year Affiliation Class of 1968 were on hand to present the cadets with their “first brass” branch insignia pins. Full Story. View Photos.

WPAOG Celebrates New Frederic V. Malek West Point Visitors Center

  West Point Frederic V. Malek Visitor Center

On October 27, WPAOG hosted the official ribbon cutting for a new visitors center to serve the Academy and its visitors, named for lead donor Frederic V. Malek ’59. In addition, a significant portion of the funding came from class reunion gifts from Classes of 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1990 and 2004. The project also received major commitments from the estate of Margaret A. Zipp, in memory of her husband LTC(R) Charles W. Zipp ’53, and The Boeing Company. The public opening is expected in December 2017. When opened, the new 31,000-square-foot Malek West Point Visitors Center will welcome more than 1 million visitors from around the world, sharing the West Point story in a compelling way and inspiring future generations of cadets and leaders. View dedication day photos.

Giving Tuesday at West Point

  West Point Giving Tuesday

On November 28, 2017, the West Point Association of Graduates is pleased to be taking part in Giving Tuesday—a global day of celebrating and encouraging philanthropy. During this season we are reminded that every generous act is significant, and each gift in support of West Point truly matters for our cadets, alumni, the Academy, and the nation. Pleaseconsider joining us in celebrating this day of giving through a gift to the West Point Parents Fund. Donations from parents are essential to support Margin of Excellence programs for our cadets and help keep the Long Gray Line strong. Make sure to follow our updates on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram that day, and tell us how you support West Point! #GivingTuesdayUSMA

Register Now for the ‘Beat Navy’ Tailgate!

  Army Navy Sponsorship

Calling all Army fans! The Commander in Chief’s Trophy is on the line! All parents headed to Philly for the big showdown on December 9 are invited to rock the black-and-gold and party like a Black Knight at WPAOG’s exclusive pre Army-Navy game event. With special appearances by the Cadet Spirit Band, Rabble Rousers and Blackjack the Mascot, this party will be sure to get you fired up for the biggest game of the year! The ‘Beat Navy’ Tailgate will take place on from 11:30am-2pm. View details or register now. Registration closes November 30. A special thank you to our corporate sponsors: USAA, NextEra, Mercedes Benz, and Leidos!.

Parents Clubs Provide Halloween Treats for Cadets

  West Point Cadets Getting Treats from WPAOG

The West Point Parents Clubs of Connecticut, Illinois, Long Island, Michigan, New Jersey, San Fernando California, St. Louis, and South East Pennsylvania provided Halloween treats for cadets. WPAOG thanks all the participating Parents Clubs for their support! Story. Learn about Parent Resources.

Share Your Parent Club Stories

We know that West Point Parents Clubs are always looking for new ideas for gatherings, projects, etc. WPAOG’s Parent Resources webpage now has a link to West Point Parent News which is a great place to share your success stories and learn what other clubs are doing. All you need to do is send a clear photo and a paragraph for us to post. We look forward to hearing from you!


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Armed Forces Bowl Tickets Still Available!

  West Point Football Team

Army West Point Football is headed to the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, December 23 in Fort Worth, TX. Tickets are on sale now, and are available at different price levels and locations. Fans who cannot attend may show their support by participating in the “Donate to a Cadet” program to donate tickets for cadets to attend the game.Fans may purchase tickets online or at the Army West Point Ticket Office near Gate 3 of Michie Stadium. Purchasing your tickets directly from Army Athletics (versus other avenues like the bowl game or secondary ticket market) has the most direct positive impact on our athletic department and cadets.

Orienteering Team First at Stockville Adventure Race

  West Point Orienteering Team

The Army West Point Orienteering Team traveled to Tuscarora State Forest to compete in the Stockville Adventure Race hosted by Rootstock Racing. This trip marked the second time the team has participated in the Stockville, a two-day land navigation challenge encompassing a total of 50 miles over incredibly dense and hilly terrain utilizing rucksacks to carry any necessary equipment. Overall, the team experienced a total elevation gain of 8,000 feet, and completed a difficult 48-eight mile hike in their respective teams. The winning individual team, the ‘Jungle Cats’, consisted of CDTs Augustine ’19, Fletcher ’21, Myers ’21, and Whalen ’19. They went on to place first in the race’s military category, and place fifth in the overall rankings.

Football Completes Home Schedule Unbeaten

  West Point Cadets Cheering with Crazy COL

After capturing a 21-16 victory over Duke on November 11 at Michie Stadium, the Army West Point football team completed its quest to go undefeated at home by finishing 6-0 at West Point. Despite being held scoreless in the second half, the Black Knights held off the Blue Devils and improved to 8-2 overall for the season. Prior to the start of the game, 16 seniors were honored with a small ceremony for their dedication to the program over the last four years. This team is the first since 1996 to go undefeated at home. Game Wrap-Up.

Equestrian IHSA at Centenary University

  West Point Equestrian Team

The Army West Point Equestrian Team represented the Academy proudly at its second IHSA horseshow of the season, travelling to Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ to compete against ten highly competitive colleges in the Northeast region. The team rode to excellence with seven top-three finishes in multiple categories of competition. Read More.  WPAOG is currently raising funds to support a Morgan Farm indoor equestrian facility to allow the team to train year round. Learn more. Donate today.

West Point Register of Graduates & Former Cadets Now On Sale!

  Order your Register of Graduates

The holiday gift-giving season is approaching, and for those seeking the perfect West Point gift, the time to buy is now. Priced now at only $52.50 – the West Point Register of Graduates, WPAOG’s most historic publication, and the ultimate West Point reference book, is still available. More than 1200 pages of entries detail the military careers of every graduate from 1802-2015, along with class crests, mottos, and USMA facts and history. This handsome gold-embossed clothbound vintage design edition includes custom-designed map endpapers. Visit WPAOG’s Gift Shop online or call 800.426.4725 to order your copy before the holiday rush.