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Parent Review - August 2019
 
               
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent

  Message from the Superintendent
   

Your sons and daughters are off to a great start to another academic year, after a phenomenal summer of training, both here and around the globe. As always, they exemplified excellence in every endeavor and represented themselves and West Point in outstanding fashion. You should be very proud of them.Thanks to all of you who came out to support your cadets this past month for the Class of 2023’s March Back and Acceptance Day, the Class of 2021’s Affirmation Ceremony and the Class of 2020’s Ring Weekend. I enjoyed meeting many of you at these milestone events, as your sons and daughters continue their journey toward becoming commissioned leaders of character. Please mark your calendars for our annual Family Weekend, October 25-26. This open house event offers a behind-the-scenes look at West Point as well as an opportunity to spend time with your cadet.  Check our website for more information. As always, thank you for your enduring support of West Point and entrusting your sons and daughters to us! - LTG Darryl A. Williams ’83

Class of 2020 Leadership Positions

  Class of 2020 Leadership Positions
   

The First Captain, Cadet Daine Van de Wall, and the cadet chain of command for the 4,400-member Corps of Cadets assumed their duties on August 12. “The qualities, character and leadership these cadets display represent everything we strive to instill in all of our cadets. These cadet-leaders embody the values of Duty, Honor, Country and each has demonstrated the ability to serve as a leader for the Corps of Cadets, our Army and nation with distinction,” said Commandant of Cadets, COL Curtis A. Buzzard ’92.

USMA 2021 Affirmation Ceremony

  USMA 2021 Affirmation Ceremony
   

On August 18, the Class of 2021 affirmed their commitment to service in the U.S. Army during a ceremony at West Point. Cadets took the Oath of Affirmation, binding them to complete their next two years of study and a minimum of five years of active-duty military service thereafter. Present at the Affirmation ceremony were members of the Class of 1971, the 50-Year Affiliation class for the Class of 2021. Read more and see photos.

USMA 2022 Receives Class Flag from USMA 1972

  USMA 2022 Receives Class Flag from USMA 1972
   

As part of the 50-Year Affiliation program, the Class of 1972 presented a class flag to the Class of 2022 on July 27 at the Cadet Field Training graduation ceremony at Camp Buckner. The president of the Class of 2022, Cadet Xavier Williams, received the class flag from COL(R) Jerry Hamilton ‘72. From this day forward, the flag will remain with the Class of 2022 and will be displayed at class events at West Point. Additional members from the 50-Year Affiliate Class of 1972 in attendance at the ceremony were: Mr. Michael Aldrich, COL(R) William R Phillips, LTC(R) Duston Saunders, Mr. Gary Sarpen, Mr. Jim Barnes, LTC(R) Tim Lupfer and LTC(R) Paul Capofari. Story.

Class of 2019 August Graduation

  Class of 2019 August Graduation
   

Congratulations to the newest members of the Long Gray Line! At a ceremony held in the Haig Room on August 9, eleven cadets became second lieutenants in the U.S. Army upon graduating from West Point. After they received their diplomas, members of their 50-Year Affiliate Class of 1969 handed each graduate their 2LT bars. Class of 1969 members attending were: Mr. Michael McGovern, Class President, MG(R) Leroy R. Goff III, COL(R) Michael F. Colacicco and COL(R) Keirn C. Brown Jr. Photos.

USMA 2023 Joined by Old Grads for March Back

  USMA 2023 Joined by Old Grads for March Back
   

More than 250 Old Grads, representing 46 classes and spanning 62 years (from 1958 through 2019), joined 1,187 new cadets from the Class of 2023 on August 12 for March Back and the unveiling of their class motto: “Freedom Is Not Free.” As they moved down Washington Road—platoons of cadets in combat uniforms were followed by a large contingent of grads in khaki shorts, black polos, and ballcaps adorned with the USMA crest—it was easy to appreciate the symbolic metaphor that defines all who have endured the trials and celebrated the joys West Point has to offer. “It was the Long Gray Line,” LTG Darryl Williams ’83, the 60th Superintendent of West Point, told grads at a luncheon following the March Back. “And all of us are linked to it.” Full storyPhotos.

Ring in Firstie Year!

 

Ring in Firstie Year!

   

This weekend, the Class of 2020 will mark the beginning of their Firstie Year as they participate in Ring Weekend, a time-honored tradition that began here at West Point. Celebrate this occasion with our hand-made ring boxes, designed specifically for the USMA class ring. We also have a wide selection of Class of 2020 memorabilia for you and your Firstie. Stop by the WPAOG Gift Shop, or shop online at WPAOGGiftShop.com for all your class memorabilia and the best Army West Point gear.

Reminder About Visiting West Point

The West Point Visitor Control Center (VCC) is now open daily from 6am until 10pm. Previously, hours for VCC were 6am-6pm, Monday-Friday. After hours, all visitors will need to enter post via Stony Lonesome gate. As a reminder, a visitor badge does not allow you to escort other visitors who do not have a badge.

 

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Acceptance Day for USMA 2023

  Acceptance Day for USMA 2023
   

The Class of 2023 was officially accepted into the U.S. Corps of Cadets at Acceptance Day on August 17. Read more about the class and their newly unveiled motto “Freedom is Not Free.” The carrying of the motto is not a one-time event that is then cast aside. It is the phrase that sets the tone for their time at the Academy and their career and life beyond the banks of the Hudson River. Read moreabout the Class of 2023. Acceptance Day Photos.

Acceptance Day Luncheon Hosted by ODIEO

  Acceptance Day Luncheon Hosted by ODIEO
   

After the A Day Parade on August 17, the Diversity and Inclusion Office hosted a Luncheon at Riverside Café to welcome the families and plebes in the USMA Class of 2023 and to highlight diversity and inclusion as an institutional priority. Mr. Terry Allbritton, USMA’s Chief Diversity Officer, the First Captain, and members of the USMA Leader Team (the Superintendent, the Dean, the Commandant, and the Director of Admissions) congratulated the Class of 2023 and addressed the importance of fostering inclusiveness throughout the Academy as well as the importance of having a diverse Corps. After the comments, all attendees enjoyed a hearty lunch and music while the Leader Team and members of the Admissions Team mingled with the happy families. Photos.

Save the Date: Family Weekend is 10/25-27!

  Save the Date: Family Weekend is 10/25-27!
   

Parents, grandparents, and family members are invited to attend Family Weekend to learn more about cadet life and West Point. The weekend will include academic presentations, tours, cadet demonstrations, information on athletics and clubs, the San Jose State football game, and more! Cadets will escort their families and provide a view of West Point from the cadet perspective unless they have other requirements such as classes or other duties/responsibilities. Please keep an eye out for more details coming in September on the West Point Parents webpage and the WPAOG Parents Resources webpage.

Calling All West Point Authors!

  Calling All West Point Authors!
   

Reserve your space in the Winter 2020 West Point Authors Bookshelf, a specially-priced advertising section in West Point magazine showcasing books by West Point affiliated authors. Check out the latest West Point Bookshelf in the Summer 2019 issue to discover and support these books. Learn more about this and other WPAOG advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

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