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Joe Beard '96

1. What is your current role in WPAOG Volunteer leadership?
I am currently serving as an advisor at large.  

2.  How long have you served in this role?
This is my second year in this role.

3.  What have you found most interesting in your WPAOG volunteer leadership role thus far?
Board members naturally have different ideas about how things should be accomplished to best support the academy but they all share the same passion for our alma mater.

4. How has WPAOG evolved during your membership?
I think the organization has taken a giant leap forward in terms of capital raising and development. The overall effort is better organized and staffed from a board perspective.

5. How have you participated in supporting West Point and its graduates?  Why is that support important to you?
My participation started at the Society level. I have always been very involved with admissions and graduate networking programs at the West Society of North Texas. After being President for several years, I decided that participating at the AOG level would better help me understand the challenges and rewards of serving all West Point graduates.

6. What resources have you used to contact graduates from other decades?
The AOG roster provided to the West Point Societies is the tool I used most. This is an excel file with all graduate information listed within in the Society’s region. In addition, attending West Point Society events like Founder’s Day also provides an opportunity to speak with grads from the 1940s to the 2000s.

7. What have you learned from a current/recent cadet?
I’ve learned that West Point has changed for the better. The curriculum and training have evolved with the times. Despite current cadets having comforts not afforded to “old grads”, the four years at West Point remain very tough to navigate.

8. What surprises you most about current cadet training/cadet slang?
The international training opportunities are amazing. It seems that Cadets’ summers are packed with great training opportunities.

9. What is the best way for WPAOG to communicate with you? OR How many different ways does WPAOG communicate with you?
Email is the best way. I typically receive communications from AOG via email and regular mail.

10.  Describe your most interesting/memorable cadet summer assignment.
My cow year I spent several weeks in Los Angeles working with the Urban League. My team spoke to hundreds of at-risk youth about the importance of education, hard work and self-discipline. I grew up in the area so having the opportunity to mentor young people there was very important to me.

11.  What nugget of cadet knowledge "plebe poop" most inspires you?
The honor code stands out to me. It is very simple yet powerful.

12.  How did you become interested in WPAOG Volunteer leadership?
By talking to local grads that were already participating.

13.  Do you still display your bath towel with the fold toward the door?
No but I do keep my knife and fork at 45 degrees on my plate!1. What is your current role in WPAOG Volunteer leadership?
I am currently serving as an advisor at large.