Parent Review - Feb 2018

Message from the Superintendent

  West Point Superintendent

February was a big month for our firsties, highlighted by two significant events. First, the Class of 2018 celebrated 100th Night, an annual celebration marking 100 days until graduation. The highlight of 100th Night is the cadet-written and produced show that takes a humorous look at their four years here. These shows traditionally include some members of the staff and faculty being spoofed, but as I like to remind them, if you’re being spoofed at 100th Night, you’re doing something right! As they celebrated their past successes, I challenged them to look ahead to future successes and to make the most of their remaining time here –because it will fly by. This month, firsties also took part in the annual “Post Night,” where they selected their first duty stations in a highly motivational (and sometimes dramatic) draft-style selection event based upon each branch’s order-of-merit-list. Over their next remaining months here, they will continue to be mentored by members of their branches as they take their final steps toward becoming second lieutenants in May. Finally, registration is now open for our annual Plebe Parent Weekend on March 9-11. This is a great opportunity for the parents of our plebes to get a behind-the-scenes look at West Point and spend time with their cadets before spring break. As always, thank you for your support of West Point and for entrusting your sons and daughters to us.

Secretary of the Army Esper ’86 Visits West Point

  Mark Esper '86

Honorable Mark T. Esper ’86 visited West Point February 10 to discuss some of his priorities for the future of the Army including West Point, modernization strategy, readiness, and the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program before opening the floor to questions. While here, Esper participated in a physical training session with cadets, engaged cadets at breakfast, attended a State of the Academy update briefing with Superintendent LTG Robert L. Caslen Jr. ’75, attended the Women’s and Men’s Army-Navy Basketball games, and spoke with both teams courtside. Full story.

USMA 2018 Starts the Final Countdown!

  West Point 100th Night Program 2018

February 17 marked the annual 100th Night Celebration for the firsties. This event celebrates 100 days until graduation. There was a reception and banquet held in the Cadet Mess Hall, with guest speaker LTG Nadja West ’82, 44th Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. The traditional 100th Night Show was called “A West Point Carol,” in which ghosts of cadets past pay a visit to the worst Firstie in the Corps to remind him that West Point really is a special place. Photos.

Post Night for the Class of 2018

  West Point Post Night

On February 7, the Class of 2018 conducted Post Night. During this event, the class breaks out by their assigned branches to select the U.S. Army posts they will report to for their first duty assignment as new lieutenants. Photos.

Don’t Forget—Plebe-Parent Weekend March 8-11!

  West Point Plebe Parent Weekend

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience West Point with your cadet. Kick off the weekend at Herbert Hall Alumni Center with the annual WPAOG Plebe-Parent Breakfast and Open House on Friday, March 9 from 7:00-11:00am. Registration is open! Meet and talk with WPAOG leadership and staff, learn about the many ways WPAOG enhances your cadet’s experience, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast with other families. The weekend will continue with tours, presentations, a parade, a banquet in the cadet mess, and more. We look forward to seeing you at West Point!

West Point & WPAOG Thank You for Your Generous Support!

  Thank you for Supporting the Margin of Excellence

The West Point Association of Graduates thanks all of our donors who made 2017 such a resounding success! Because of you, we raised $44.5 million in cash receipts for the Academy and WPAOG. Overall parent participation increased in 2017, with 44% for the Class of 2018, 39% for the Class of 2019, 42% for the Class of 2020, and 41% for the Class of 2021. Your gifts and participation strengthen the Academy’s Margin of Excellence programs for cadets and sustain the traditions that honor generations of West Point graduates. Watch our ‘Thank You’ video to see highlights from the past year at West Point! 

USMA 2020 Celebrates Yearling Winter Weekend

  2020 Yearling Winter Weekend

An annual banquet celebrates thriving and surviving a year and a half of hard work, completing the first year at USMA, and earning more privileges and leadership responsibilities. It is also the first event entirely planned and executed by yearlings. On February 3, USMA 2020 Class President Kyle Summa spoke to his classmates about what they have done in the year and a half, and where all this will lead in the future. Guest speaker for the evening was LTG William C. Mayville Jr. ’82, deputy commander of Operations, United States Cyber Command. Full story.

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Graduation Breakfast at Herbert Hall

  West Point Herbert Hall

Each year, WPAOG hosts a Graduation Breakfast at Herbert Hall. Located just steps away from Michie Stadium, this is a great way to start a special day, with a full breakfast menu at a reasonable price. Capacity is limited to the first 150 registrants, so make those plans now!

2018 Henry O. Flipper Dinner

  West Point Flipper Award Recipient 2018

Cadet Luis Weierbach-Chainey '18 received the Flipper Award during the Flipper Dinner ceremony on February 8, an annual event that celebrates Henry Ossian Flipper, USMA 1877, the first African American to graduate from West Point. MG(R) Roger R. Blunt ’56 was the guest speaker for the night and presented the award, which is given to a cadet who demonstrates the highest qualities of leadership, self-discipline, and perseverance in the face of unusual difficulties. Continued support of the Diversity & Inclusion Endowment ensures a diverse and inclusive environment within the Corps of Cadets and across the Academy. Learn more about Henry O. Flipper, USMA Class of 1877 in this inspiring video by cadets and faculty in the USMA Department of History.

Congratulations 2018 Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients!

  West Point AOG DGA Medals

Please join us in congratulating the 2018 WPAOG Distinguished Graduate Award recipients: 
     COL (R) Dana G. Mead ’57 
     Mr. Thomas C. Barron ’65
     LTG (R) Larry R. Jordan ’68
     GEN (R) William S. Wallace ’69
     HON Sloan D. Gibson ’75
     HON Douglas E. Lute ’75
The awards will be presented at West Point on May 22, 2018. Read more.

WPAOG Kicks Off Annual Giving Phonathon

  Margin of Excellence

February marks the start of WPAOG’s annual phonathon to raise funds for the West Point Parents Fund (WPPF). These critical unrestricted funds provide the Academy the flexibility and ability to strengthen Margin of Excellence programs and the ability to immediately address the Academy’s top priorities. These Margin of Excellence programs and priorities benefit the Corps of Cadets and sustain West Point as a leading academic institution. The WPPF supports cadet activities, academics, athletics, and admissions, among other annual priorities. Every gift makes an impact, and we hope you will heed the call from our phonathon team and make a gift!

Army Wrestling Stuns Navy to Claim Star in Annapolis

  Army Wrestling Team

The Army West Point wrestling team picked up a thrilling 18-15 victory over service academy rival Navy in the Star Match on February 16 at Alumni Hall in Annapolis. It was Army's second-ever dual win at Navy and first since 1961. Head Coach Kevin Ward said, “I can't say enough about how proud I am of the team. They are fighters and they had to fight like crazy to win this one. They broke a barrier for this program and should be very proud of themselves.” Full story. West Point magazine profile: "West Point Army Wrestling: A Family Chasing Greatness."

WPAOG Hosts Class Officer Luncheon

  WPAOG Class officer luncheon

On February 2, class officers from all four classes, including the Ring and Crest Committees from the First and Second classes, were treated to a special luncheon at the West Point Association of Graduates. The purpose of the luncheon was twofold: to thank class officers for serving as leaders to their classmates, and to inform them about how WPAOG serves them and their classmates during their cadet years and in the decades ahead as Old Grads. Photos.