First Call - May 29, 2019

Class of 2019 Joins the Long Gray Line

  West Point Graduation Class of 2019

On May 25, 985 members of the Class of 2019 graduated and became Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Vice President Mike Pence delivered the commencement address, providing lessons of leadership to the historic class of 2019. Among its members is the 5,000th woman to graduate from West Point, as well as its 1,000th Jewish graduate. The class has the highest number of African-American women graduates and the highest number of Hispanic women graduates. The valedictorian, David Bindon, joins GEN Douglas MacArthur, Class of 1903, as one of only 13 cadets since 1872 to serve as First Captain and graduate as the valedictorian. Photos. Hat Toss Video. Full story

2019 Distinguished Graduate Awards

  West Point Distinguished Graduates 2019

On May 21, USMA hosted a ceremony and luncheon to honor the five Distinguished Graduates for 2019: GEN(R) David A. Bramlett ’64, COL(R) Victor Garcia M.D. ’68, LTG(R) Robert L. VanAntwerp ’72, GEN(R) Walter L. “Skip” Sharp ’74, and LTG(R) Robert L. Caslen Jr. ’75. Referring to the recently completed first-ever “Commitment to Service” week, LTG Darryl Williams ’83, the 60th Superintendent of West Point, remarked that the week should be expanded to include the DGA event. “I can’t think of a better way to inspire cadets to service than to have them spend a few minutes with this year’s DGA recipients,” Williams said, noting that if there were ever a “Who’s Who” or hall of fame for selfless service, it would be filled by them. Full story. Photos.

All Academy Challenge Starts Tomorrow!

  All Academy Challenge Starts 5/30

Help USMA beat Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine by making a gift between May 30 and June 3. The school with the highest alumni giving participation rate during these 5 days wins, so no matter the size of your gift, or where you choose to designate it, your participation counts toward victory! By giving, you will not only help us win, you’ll also support Margin of Excellence programs at West Point that are critical to the education and development of the Corps of Cadets. Stay tuned for emails and bookmark this page to track our successGO ARMY! BEAT ’em ALL!

McConville ’81 Confirmed as Chief of Staff of the Army

  West Point Graduate James McConville '81

GEN James McConville ’81 is officially the Army’s next top officer. McConville, whose nomination was confirmed by the Senate on May 23, has spent much of his time as the Vice Chief working to stand up Army Futures Command and overhauling how the service modernizes its equipment. “He has played an instrumental role in almost every major decision the Army has made since becoming the Vice Chief of Staff and is the perfect leader to carry on our mission of preparing the Army for the future,” Secretary of the Army Mark Esper ’86 said. McConville will replace current Chief of Staff GEN Mark Milley, who is scheduled to take over as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the fall. Full story.

Call for Nominations for Board & Advisory Council

  West Point Briefing

In 2019, the WPAOG Nominating Committee will nominate graduates for Chair, Vice Chair, five Director positions and six Advisor-at-Large positions. To apply for a nomination, please see the instructions posted on the WPAOG website. The deadline for graduates to submit their completed applications (to include a nomination letter from another graduate) is July 1. The 2019 election process will conclude on November 19 at 5pm EST, at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Graduates at Herbert Alumni Center.  Interested graduates may email or call 845.446.1523 for more information.

Happy 150th Birthday WPAOG! Grads Send Virtual Toasts from Around the World

  Virtual Toast Celebrating 150th Anniversary of WPAOG

On May 22, the West Point Association of Graduates officially turned 150 years old! To celebrate this milestone, we conducted a “virtual birthday toast” online. From Kazakhstan to Hawaii, from Spain to the International Space Station, alumni and members of the West Point community from around the world (and beyond) participated by submitting videos of themselves toasting and wishing “Happy Birthday” to WPAOG. More than 21 West Point Societies and 29 West Point Classes participated--thank you to all who contributed! View our 150th Virtual Toast compilation video, as well as highlight toasts from West Point’s oldest living grad COL(R) Kermit Dyke ’40 and the Superintendent

SACC is Coming to Washington, DC

  SACC is Coming to Washington, DC

If you are considering a career transition, a new job field, or just exploring your options, don’t miss the Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) on June 13-14 in Washington, DC.

  • 60% of SACC candidates have on-site interviews during conference
  • 75% of SACC candidates have follow up interviews
  • Pre-register by June 3rd to have your one-page resume included in the SACC Candidate Resume Book
  • If you register between June 3rd and June 7th, your resume will NOT be in the printed SACC Candidate Resume Book, but the recruiters WILL have electronic access
  • Register online 24/7

Nicholson ’61 Named Vice-Chair of USMA Board of Visitors

  West Point Graduate Jim Nicolson '61

Honorable Jim Nicholson has been elected Vice-Chair of the USMA Board of Visitors, which advises the President of the United States on the morale, discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods and other matters related to USMA and the Corps of Cadets. Nicholson was initially appointed to the Board of Visitors by President Donald Trump in June 2018. Nicholson was named a Distinguished Graduate in 2005.

Order Your 2019 TAPS

If you haven’t ordered the 2019 TAPS, it’s not too late! TAPS, the official memorial magazine of the Long Gray Line, contains the fascinating and inspiring life stories of West Point graduates. Advance orders for the 2019 edition may now be placed online. We are now accepting Memorial Articles for the 2020 edition. Guidance on submitting articles may be found online or by calling 845.446.1647.


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Thank You ’69 Graduates for Your Commitment

  West Point Class of 1969 Crest

Last week, COL(R) Wayne Murphy, Fundraising Chairman, and Mr. Mike McGovern, Class President, presented two checks on behalf of the Class of 1969 for a total of $2,275,000 in support of the Simon Center for Professional Military Ethic, the Cyber Research Center, and the Long Gray Line Endowment. Not only did 436 Class of 1969 graduates come to West Point to celebrate their 50th Reunion, but the class allocated $50,000 of their gift to the Long Gray Line Endowment to commemorate WPAOG’s 150th Anniversary. Thank you to the Class of 1969 for their tremendous support!

Support the Winning Spirit!

  West Point Michie Stadium Flag

Would your employer or a member of your extended professional network be interested in sponsoring exciting events like the Army/Navy Pregame Tailgate or the Fall Football Open Houses at West Point? Help us spread the word about our exclusive sponsorship opportunities to reach a premium audience of Army Football fans and West Point graduates! Download sponsorship flyers.

Shop for Dad!

  Gift Shop Project Polo

Whether it’s off to work, out on the links, or hittin’ the gym, we have the perfect gifts for every Dad this Father’s Day. Our selection of clothing and accessories is sure to put a smile on Dad’s face. Be sure to check our website on June 3, as we launch Project Polo – just in time for Father’s Day! Shop online at WPAOGGiftShop.com, or by phone at 800.426.4725 today!

Thanks for the Memories

  West Point Flat Cullum on the road

We are loving all the photos of your adventures with Flat Cullum. He was in the Spring issue of West Point (on page 13), and you can also download Flat Cullum from our website. He’s been showing up in the craziest places – from the Kentucky Derby to happy hours, from class mini reunions to Board meetings. Be sure to share your photos on social media using #FlatCullum and #WPAOG150. If you don’t use social media, please email us your photo with a caption and we’ll post in our online photo album.

NCAA Compliance Information!

  West Point Athletic Logo

The NCAA's definition of a “representative of athletics interests,” also sometimes called a “booster,” is broad enough to cover virtually anyone who roots for Army West Point – and there are a host of rules which apply to such individuals. This pamphlet was designed to provide you with a primer on the most important of these rules, particularly those dealing with the interaction between boosters and prospective and enrolled cadet-athletes. Please review this information carefully. If you have any questions or concerns, or you are aware of a potential NCAA rules violation, please do not hesitate to contact the Army West Point Compliance Office at 845.938.2576.

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