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Parent Review - Mar 2018
 
               
 
 
 

Message from the Superintendent

  Message from the Superintendent
   

Thank you for taking part in our annual Plebe-Parent Weekend a couple of weeks ago. It was a pleasure getting to meet so many of you, and I hope you enjoyed spending time with your cadet while getting an insider’s look at West Point. More importantly, I hope you left with the assurance that your sons and daughters are in good hands here. Now, with the Corps safely back from spring break, our focus turns to the many cadet conferences taking place throughout the next several weeks, including the McDonald Leadership Conference, Mission Command Conference and the Senior Conference. These and other conferences, which bring a wide variety of experts and thought leaders to discuss topics ranging from leadership to public policy, are an important part of your cadet’s educational experience. In addition, April also brings our annual Sandhurst Competition, where cadets test their military skills against teams from U.S. and international service academies as well as ROTC units from various colleges and universities. As always, thank you for your support of West Point and for entrusting your sons and daughters to us.

The Corps Celebrates Founders Day

  The Corps Celebrates Founders Day
   

Founders Day is a time-honored West Point tradition, celebrating the anniversary of March 16, 1802, when President Thomas Jefferson established the United States Military Academy at West Point. Each year in March and April, West Point graduates gather at Founders Day events worldwide to mark the occasion. To introduce cadets to this tradition, the Academy holds a Founders Day Dinner every year in the Mess Hall. This year’s celebration took place on March 1, and featured several activities to increase spirit throughout the night, already set in a spirited tone with spirit gear worn as the uniform. A trivia contest pitted class against class, putting their knowledge of the Academy to the test. Keeping with tradition, the youngest and oldest graduates working at USMA shared remarks about their cadet experiences and how they have served them since. Full story.

Class of 2019 Ring Melt: The Legacy Continues

  Class of 2019 Ring Melt: The Legacy Continues
   

The 18th Annual West Point Class Ring Memorial Melt took place on February 26, 2018. To date, 520 West Point class rings have been donated to the program, including the 69 rings that were donated this year for the Class of 2019 Ring Melt. Each year, gold from donated rings worn by past West Point graduates has been melted and mixed into the gold for the rings of the Academy’s next graduating class. LTC (R) Ron Turner ’58 developed the idea for the “Ring Melt” in 1999, believing such an endeavor would provide a tangible link between members of the Long Gray Line. Support for the Long Gray Line Fund supports traditions such as the Ring Melt, which keeps the Corps of Cadets connected to West Point and to fellow graduates, and perpetuates the events, awards, and cadet-graduate traditions, such as the 50-Year Affiliation Program, that make West Point unique. Full story and photos.

Cadets Experience Margin of Excellence Educational Travel

  Cadets Experience Margin of Excellence Educational Travel during Spring Break
   

During spring break, many cadets traveled in the U.S. and around the world for unforgettable out-of-the-classroom learning experiences. For example, cadets with the West Point Department of History went on the Normandy Staff Ride, learning about WWII’s Operation Overlord in France, and on the American West Staff Ride, which visited the Little Bighorn battlefield. Other cadets visited Chile, Greece, Israel, Japan, Ukraine and more locations. Made possible through gifts from graduates, parents, corporations, foundations, and friends supporting the Margin of Excellence, these cultural immersion opportunities enable cadets to achieve their highest potential, and make a West Point education like no other. View more photos.

2018 McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character

  2018 McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character
   

West Point hosted the 6th Annual McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character from March 23-25.  This conference immerses USMA cadets and other top student leaders from around the world with world-class speakers in a four-day workshop on leadership skills and teamwork. Student and senior fellows participate in panels and discussions to improve critical thinking and problem solving as they develop into future leaders preparing to address pressing global issues. Read more.

WPAOG Hosts Plebe-Parent Breakfast

  Plebe-Parent Breakfast
   

A little snow did not stop more than 700 parents from attending the WPAOG Plebe-Parent Breakfast on March 9, part of the Plebe-Parent Weekend activities March 8-11. For the 8th year, the event brought together families for food and camaraderie, as well as the opportunity to connect with WPAOG staff to learn about the many services and resources WPAOG provides to cadets and their families during their time at West Point and beyond. Darwin Haines ’86, COO of WPAOG, emphasized the importance of keeping the Long Gray Line connected, noting “as parents, you understand the value of a strong network, and we hope you’ll help keep your kids connected to the Academy.” Plebe-Parent Breakfast is just the start of that journey, and we thank family members for all that they do to support their cadets and the mission of the Academy. Photos. View Plebe-Parent weekend Parade.

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There’s so much great news about West Point that we often can’t include it all in Parent Review. But you can make sure you never miss a story; a digest of all the news posted on WPAOG’s website can be delivered directly to your email inbox. Just visit the news page you are interested in and subscribe. The link is right at the top of each page. USMA & Cadet News highlights the Corps and the Academy, and Grad News is all about the Long Gray Line. You can also follow WPAOG on Facebook and Twitter, and all cadet families receive West Point magazine. Additional Parent Resources.

 

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African Americans in Times of War

  African Americans in Times of War
   

USMA hosted the annual Black History Month luncheon February 13 at the West Point Club. The theme for this year’s heritage month was “African Americans in Times of War.” H. Patrick Swygert, President Emeritus of Howard University, was the event guest speaker, and spoke about the experiences of African Americans, from fighting in the Civil War to fighting for civil rights – but not before pointing out an interesting coincidence. His remarks, titled “They Moved America,” described history with five individuals who formed teams to fight for equal rights. Children from West Point schools developed poster art for the luncheon. The posters featured a photo of a famous African American, like Martin Luther King Jr., with arms reaching out of their photos. That same day, selected cadet Excel Scholars attended a BS&L leadership seminar with Swygert hosted by Distinguished Graduate GEN (R) Lloyd Austin ’75. Story.

Female Infantry Officer Addresses Cadets

  Female Infantry Officer Addresses Cadets
   

CPT Shaye Haver ’12 spoke recently at an event sponsored by the Modern War Institute at West Point. In 2015, Haver and CPT Kristen Greist ’11 became the first women ever to graduate from the U.S. Army’s grueling Ranger School. They also later became the Army’s first female infantry officers. Haver recounted her experiences in Ranger School and as an infantry officer, offering advice to nearly 200 cadets, many of whom will soon graduate and follow her into the infantry. “Go out and push yourselves every chance you get,” she recommended. “Do it, so when you get to the point (in Ranger School) when you don’t think you can go on, you can say ‘I’ve done something like this before.’” Full story and video.

Projects Day/Donor Tribute Day - Save the Date

  Projects Day/Donor Tribute Day - Save the Date
   

This year’s Donor Tribute Day will take place on May 3, 2018. This annual event is held in conjunction with the Academy’s Projects Day, and is open to members of the Superintendent’s Circle, Chairman’s Circle, lifetime giving societies, and Cullum Society and to donors who gave $2,500 or more in the previous calendar year. During the course of the day, donors will have the opportunity to meet with cadets and faculty and see the impact of their philanthropy at West Point firsthand. Invitations to the event will go out in the upcoming weeks. For more information, contact developmentevents@wpaog.org.

Pre-Order Your Design-It-Yourself Hat Now!

  Pre-Order Your Design-It-Yourself Hat Now!
   

Want to create your own USMA hat? Check out our new item, the Design-It-Yourself Hat! Choose from a few options to get the hat exactly how you want it. Details below:

  • Step 1: Choose your item - Shield (G109SS) or Classic A (G109SA)
  • Step 2: Choose your hat color - Black or Khaki
  • Step 3: Choose your back text - USMA, EST 1802, GO ARMY, BEAT NAVY, WEST POINT
    OR
  • Step 4: Write your own* back text - COMPANY NAME, CLASS MOTTO, NAME & GRAD YEAR, ETC
Order online. Questions? Call the store - 1.800.426.4725
*nicknames and unrecognizable names cannot be used* Hats will ship in June.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day

  National Vietnam War Veterans Day
   

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is on March 29, and honors the men and women who served and sacrificed during that conflict. It was on March 29, 1973, when American combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. However, by the war’s end in 1975, more than three million American men and women would serve in Vietnam. As a proud partner of the Vietnam War Commemoration, WPAOG would like honor all those who served our nation, including hundreds of members of the Long Gray Line, 334 of whom gave their lives. Full story.

Calling All West Point Authors!

  Calling All West Point Authors!
   

There’s still time to reserve your space in the summer West Point Authors Bookshelf, a special advertising section in West Point magazine showcasing books by West Point affiliated authors. Check out the winter 2018 West Point Bookshelf to discover & support books written by fellow members of the Long Gray Line. Learn more about this and other WPAOG advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

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