Parent Review - February 2016

Post Night for the Class of 2016


On Jan. 28, the Class of 2016 found out where they will serve in their first duty assignment after completing Basic Officer Leader Course. Check out this short video highlighting all the excitement of ‪‎Post Night as cadets learn what lies ahead after West Point. See photos.

USMA 2018 Celebrates Yearling Winter Weekend


The Class of 2018 celebrated Winter Weekend Feb. 6 with a formal banquet at the Cadet Mess. Maj. Gen. James Rainey, Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division, spoke to cadets and guests about the importance of character, competence and commitment on the battlefield. Class President Christopher Bingham presented Rainey with a cadet saber.  Read more. See photos.

West Point, International University Teams Wage War Online Against ISIS


On Feb. 2, a team of West Point cadets placed second in the “Peer to Peer [P2P]: Challenging Extremism” initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Facebook and EdVenture Partners.  The cadets competed against more than 900 students from 44 universities around the world, using digital tools to counter violent extremist narratives in order to reach those vulnerable to ISIS recruiting tactics and missions. The top four teams gathered at West Point on Feb. 4 to present their social media campaigns at an event sponsored by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) and Modern War Institute (MWI).  Read more.

Order Your 2015 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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2016 Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients Announced


The West Point Association Of Graduates has named the 2016 recipients of its Distinguished Graduate Award. Since 1992, this annual award has been bestowed upon those West Point graduates whose character, distinguished service and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: “Duty, Honor, Country.” The 2016 recipients are: Mr. Louis Gross 54, BG (R) John C. Bahnsen Jr. 56, Mr. Joseph B. Anderson Jr. 65, Mr. William P. Foley II 67, GEN (R) Richard A. Cody 72, and GEN (R) Keith B. Alexander 74. The awards will be presented in a ceremony at West Point on May 17, 2016.  Read more.

Are You Receiving West Point Magazine?


All parents of USMA Cadets receive a free subscription to West Point magazine. If you aren’t receiving your copy, we may not have your current address information. If you’ve moved, please let us know so you won’t miss an issue. All issues are available in an online digital edition and an iPad app. Both are free and contain links to extra multimedia content!  Read the Winter 2016 Digital Edition.

LTG West ’82 Becomes Highest-Ranking Female USMA Graduate


In December of 2015, Nadja West ’82 made history as the first African-American to serve as the Army Surgeon General, which is a three-star billet. On February 10, 2016 West was formally promoted and became the Army’s first black female to hold the rank of Lieutenant General. She is now the highest-ranking woman of any race to graduate from West Point. Read more.

Your Support Helps the Entire Corps of Cadets


With your support, we raised more than $750,000 for the West Point Parents Fund in 2015! These unrestricted gifts benefit the entire Corps of Cadets and strengthen 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. Gifts to the West Point Parents Fund support Cadet Activities, Academic Programs, Commandant Programs, Admissions, and other initiatives of the Superintendent.

A Peek at the Point! New Davis Barracks Slated for 2017 Opening


This aerial photo shows progress on the newest barracks at West Point, currently under construction. The barracks will be named for General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. ’36, a 1995 recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award.

Because of You: Semester Abroad Program Enriches Cadet Education


“It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. . . . The way that I understand the world has changed because of it.” Cadet James Trollan ‘16 is one of the more than 100 cadets who take part in the Semester Abroad Program each year. This program is a strategic priority for the Academy and defines 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. Hear Cadet Trollan describe a semester abroad in Morocco.