Parent Review - January 2016

THANK YOU for Your Support of West Point!


We want to thank the more than 2,800 parents who supported West Point in 2015. Your gifts to the West Point Parents Fund raised more than $750K for the Academy’s Margin of Excellence programs, including 48 academic conferences, 140 co-curricular clubs and teams, 141 semesters abroad, and more than 1,000 internships and cultural immersion trips. These opportunities go above and beyond the core elements of cadets’ education and training to ensure that they develop to their highest potential. Thank you for ensuring a well-rounded West Point experience for our Corps of Cadets! Find out more information about the West Point Parents Fund.

BG Diana Holland ’90 Becomes 1st Woman Commandant of Cadets


The January 5, 2016 change of command ceremony for the 76th Commandant of the U.S. Corps of Cadets (USCC) was typical in nearly every respect. There was the ceremonial passing of the colors. There was recognition of the general officers and distinguished guests in attendance. There was the playing of the Army Song. Yet, this was no ordinary change of command ceremony. This one was historic. For the first time in history, a woman, BG Diana M. Holland ’90, was assuming the position of Commandant at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. “Time magazine got it wrong,” said LTG Robert L. Caslen ’75, USMA Superintendent, recognizing the accomplishments of the three female West Point grads who graduated from Ranger School in 2015, the selection of MG Nadja West ’82 as the Army’s surgeon general, and now Holland’s promotion. “It should have recognized the women of the U.S. Army as its ‘Persons of the Year.’”  Read more.

3 West Point Cadets Selected as Inaugural Schwarzman Scholars


Three cadets from the Class of 2016 are among the 111 students worldwide selected for the first-ever class of Schwarzman Scholars. Joseph Broderick, Regina Parker, and Alex Parra will attend the master’s degree program at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing and have the opportunity to travel throughout China. Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, the highly selective Schwarzman Scholars Program is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders for the unique challenges of the 21st century. Learn more about the program and the first class of Schwarzman Scholars.

2016 New Year’s Resolution: Keep in Touch with West Point!

WPAOG loves to share news about all the great things going on with West Point and the Long Gray Line. So remember to keep an eye on our West Point & Cadet News to learn what’s going on with cadet clubs, academics, athletes, etc. Bookmark our website and look for us on your favorite social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Vimeo & more!


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The Class of 2017 Celebrates 500th Night


Congratulations to the Class of 2017 for celebrating 500th night on January 18. General Joseph L. Votel ’80 spoke to the Cows about their last 500 nights as cadets. "One and a butt West Point winters, a first-class summer, another round of Army/Navy Football, three semesters, and three more sets of term-end exams, a "Sosh" paper, Branch and Post selection, et cetera, et cetera. So, a lot to do, but also a lot to look forward to... a lot can happen in 500 days." said Gen. Votel. Read more.

Glee Club Sings at LA Gubernatorial Inauguration of Edwards ’88


The West Point Glee Club performed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on January 11 at the inauguration of Governor John Bel Edwards ’88. In his address, Edwards highlighted how his years at the Academy shaped his worldview: “My experience at West Point and my service as an Army officer have molded the way I look at the world. Ever since Athens defeated Sparta over 2,500 years ago, and the history of that war was written, military officers have been trained to look at every challenging task in a three step process. The first step is gathering all the information you can about the job at hand. The second step is to ask yourself—and knowledgeable people around you—what are our options to successfully address the challenge and which ones best fit our mission and values. That's the choice of a strategy. And finally, step three is a decision on tactics. How are we going to get it done?”

Visiting West Point—Security Update


Due to increased security, if you do not possess a valid Department of Defense identification card and your driver's license is issued by Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico or Washington, you’ll have to use another approved form of identification in order to enter West Point (and all other military installations). Visit the Homeland Security website to learn more about the new requirement

BEAT NAVY! 1/23 Army-Navy Basketball Doubleheader at MSG


Follow the action Jan. 23 as the Army West Point basketball teams take on Navy at Madison Square Garden. Tickets are still available, but if you can’t make it to New York City, check your local listings for CBS Sports Network. The women tip off at 11:30am and the men begin at 2:00pm