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Parent Review - November 2019
 
               
 
 
 

Branch Night for USMA 2020

  Branch Night for USMA 2020
   

1,089 cadets in the Class of 2020 received their branch notifications during West Point’s annual Branch Night on November 13. Upon opening their envelopes, Firsties were each assigned one of the 17 Army branches and learned where their career in the U.S Army will begin. West Point graduates from the 50-year Affiliation Class of 1970 were on hand during the ceremony to present cadets with their “first brass” branch insignia pins. Nearly 90% of the Class received their first choice (96% received one of their top 3 choices), making it largely a night of joy and celebration. Full story. Photos.

Cadets Receive Commendations from Secretary of the Army

  Cadets Receive Commendations from Secretary of the Army
   

Two cadets received Army Commendation Medals for saving the life of a man who collapsed at West Point on October 19. On that afternoon, Zachary Aloma ’20 and Hudson Durfield ’23 had both decided to take paths they had never traveled before, and they arrived near the Beat Navy House a little after 4pm, soon after a man who was leaving the Catholic Chapel collapsed onto the ground. Read more.

Army-Navy Tailgate Registration Now Open!

  Army-Navy Tailgate Registration Now Open!
   

Rock the black and gold and party like a Black Knight at WPAOG’s exclusive pre Army-Navy game event! With special appearances by the Cadet Spirit Band, Rabble Rousers and Blackjack the Mascot, this party will be sure to get you fired up for the biggest game of the year! The ‘Beat Navy’ Tailgate will take place on Saturday, December 14, from 11:00am-1:30pm. View more details and register today.

Oldest Grad Receives Newest Class Ring

  Oldest Grad Receives Newest Class Ring
   

Close to 100 friends, family and members of the West Point Society of Washington, DC gathered in Arlington, Virginia this past weekend to celebrate the 103rd birthday of West Point's oldest living graduate, Colonel (R) Raymond Renola, Class of 1940. In a special tribute at the party, BG (R) Kristin K. French '86 presented COL Renola with a replacement Class of 1940 West Point class ring. Ray had lost his ring years ago while swimming, and his family knew how much the ring meant to him. So, they tracked down the jeweler in Pennsylvania that had the mold for the class ring. As a surprise for his 103rd birthday, the family had a replacement made for Ray, and Kristin presented it to him. As an added surprise, the West Point Alumni Glee Club attended and sang "Happy Birthday," "On Brave Old Army Team," and the "Alma Mater." Full story.

WPAOG Hosts Superintendent’s Circle Weekend

  Class of 2019 August Graduation
   

WPAOG was honored to host members of the Superintendent’s Circle October 25 and 26 at the annual Superintendent’s Circle Weekend. The weekend included a Friday evening Oktoberfest dinner at Ike’s Riverside Café with members of the USMA and WPAOG Leader Teams, and the Army-San Jose State football game on Saturday. Superintendent’s Circle Weekend recognized all donors who made gifts of $1,000 or more to the Superintendent’s Annual Fund or the West Point Parents Fund in 2018. This exclusive invitation comes with our thanks for strengthening the Margin of Excellence and supporting the Corps of Cadets!

It’s Game Time!

  It’s Game Time!
   

The Army-Navy game is just around the corner! Get ready to cheer on your Army West Point team, as they battle for another victory. Commemorate this faceoff between cadets and midshipmen with our limited edition Army-Navy Shirt from Vineyard Vines. Designed by and sold exclusively at the WPAOG Gift Shop, this shirt is a must-have for every Army fan. Headed to the game? Stop by our pop-up shop in the Wells Fargo Center for everything you need on game day. We will be open from 11am-1:30pm during the WPAOG Tailgate. Shop in-store at Herbert Alumni Center, over the phone at 800.426.4725, or online 24/7 at WPAOGGiftShop.com.

Parents Club Tailgates Bring a Taste of Home

 

Ring in Firstie Year!

   

During Family Weekend, WPAOG sponsored coffee on Friday at the Family Weekend Welcome Center and on Saturday, West Point Parents Clubs hosted tailgates all around campus for cadets and their families. WPPC of Greater Houston and WPPC of Northern Texas jointly hosted the 17th Annual Texas Tamale Tailgate (T3) immediately after the Army-San Jose State football game at the ’49er Lodge. WPPCs of Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Wisconsin hosted Saturday tailgates with unique regional foods. In support of the West Point Parents Fund, the WPPC of Greater Houston and WPPC of Northern Texas presented a check for $2,000 and the WPPC of Michigan presented a check for $1,500. Shelisa Baskerville, WPAOG Parent Giving Officer and Deb Dalton, USMA Parent Communications Liaison accepted on behalf of WPAOG and the Academy.

Calling All West Point Authors!

Reserve your space in the Summer 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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150th Anniversary Memorabilia – A Great Holiday Gift!

  150th Anniversary Memorabilia – A Great Holiday Gift!
   

There is still time to purchase a variety of special items designed to commemorate our historic milestone. Collect our “travel back” stickers, one each month designed to honor 12 significant moments in WPAOG history. Wear our 150th branded polos and t-shirts and shop from our selection of gift and glassware. Show your pride in the Long Gray Line and Honor the Past, Prepare for the Future.

Follow WPAOG on Instagram!

  Follow WPAOG on Instagram!
   

Love pictures of West Point? Help us reach our goal of 10,000 Instagram followers to get the “swipe up” feature! From exclusive photography to information on upcoming events, like and share our posts and videos with other parents. Plus, in celebration of our 150th anniversary, follow our #WPAOG150 “On This Day” feature posts highlighting the history and accomplishments of the Long Gray Line.

Fox NFL Salutes Veterans at West Point

  Fox NFL Salutes Veterans at West Point
   

Fox NFL Sunday looked a little different when viewers tuned in on November 10 to see Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan, Howie Long, Curt Menefee and Jay Glazer preview the upcoming NFL action. Viewers got an up-close look at USMA and the old granite halls that have formed generations of leaders for the Army as Fox NFL Sunday continued its annual tradition of hitting the road for Veterans Day by hosting the show from West Point this year. “Today, America saw firsthand the leaders of character we have here at West Point,” said LTG Darryl A. Williams ’83, Superintendent of West Point. Full story.

West Point Parents Support Margin of Excellence

  Calling All West Point Authors!
   

During the Army-San Jose State game, Jackie Jimenez P’20, Cattie Kim P’21, Dirk Dodson P’22, and Ken Jaycox P’23 represented West Point parents and presented a check for $2,900,000 to the Academy. Joining them on the field was the President and CEO of the West Point Association of Graduates, Todd Browne ’85 and Shelisa Baskerville, Parent Giving Officer. Accepting on behalf of West Point was CSM Jack H. Love. This generous gift raised by West Point Parents will support Margin of Excellence programs which allow all cadets to reach their highest potential. Thank you to all our parents and families for their incredible support!

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