First Call - October 12, 2022

Historic Gift for the Long Gray Line

  Todd Browne '85, Robert McDonald '75 and Mrs. Dianie McDonald

The Honorable Robert A. McDonald, Class of 1975, and his wife Diane, have committed $10 million in support of the West Point Association of Graduates. To recognize this tremendous and historic gift, the largest ever in support of WPAOG, the President and CEO position, as well as the President’s office suite at Herbert Hall, have been named for Bob and Diane. Their philanthropic leadership is recognized as the largest lifetime giving donors to WPAOG, top five lifetime giving to the Academy, and, at this time, as the lead donors to the Class of 1975 50th Reunion Class Gift. The McDonalds’ enduring commitment to West Point and WPAOG, both in volunteer leadership and generosity, is an inspiration.

“Bob and Diane’s investment in our mission to Serve West Point and the Long Gray Line is a transformative gift that will play a vital role in supporting and growing the association’s programs well into the future. In the past six years, we have expanded our programs and services for graduates, launched new initiatives in support of West Point and the local community, and continued to increase philanthropy for our beloved alma mater. This gift will ensure that WPAOG builds on this momentum bringing us closer to realizing the vision of the Long Gray Line becoming the most highly connected graduate body in the world. I am honored to be the first one to hold the position of The Honorable & Mrs. Robert A. McDonald ’75 President & CEO.” – Todd Browne ’85.

Ken Fisher Awarded 2022 Sylvanus Thayer Award

  Thayer Award Review 2022 YouTube

Philanthropist Kenneth Fisher received the 2022 Sylvanus Thayer Award during ceremonies hosted by LTG Steve Gilland '90, 61st Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The Corps of Cadets conducted a parade in his honor prior to the award presentation dinner. Read more.


  West Point Connect Bowling

We are in week five of running CONNECT! Every week there has been a full slate of classes including cooking, guitar lessons, and drone-flying and special activities like bowling with cadets! CONNECT is an initiative by WPAOG to provide an after school educational program of engaging activities, extra curriculars, and to bring together the communities of West Point and Highland Falls/Fort Montgomery. Learn more.

Contribute Where You Can

  LTG(R) David Melcher '76 on WPAOG Podcast

This episode of the WPAOG podcast features an interview with LTG(R) David F. Melcher '76 who talks about how he had no doubt that West Point was where he could gain the best leadership skills. David also explains what he feels are the keys to success in life and the importance of continuing to be an active member of the West Point community. Listen

Men’s Soccer Victorious in Army-Navy Cup XI

  West Point Army Men's Soccer 2022

Army West Point men's soccer took down archrival Navy by a score of 2-0 in the Army-Navy Cup XI to secure the win in the star series and pick up three points in the Patriot League. Read more.

Golf Claims Star with Win Over Navy

  West Point Army Men's Golf 2022

The Army West Point golf team won it's third-straight Star Match at West Point Golf Course with an 7-4 victory after earning 4.5 points in Saturday's singles matches. With the win, Army now has a 3-1 lead in this year's Army-Navy Star Series. Read more.

Cadets Collaborate at SOCOM Ignite Kickoff

  West Point Cadets SOCOM

Eleven West Point cadets took their academic acumen on the road recently to participate in the 2023 SOCOM Ignite Kickoff at MIT. In all, over 70 ROTC and West Point cadets worked to develop innovative solutions to SOCOM-submitted technical challenges. The event brought together West Point cadets and ROTC cadets from MIT, Harvard, Texas Tech, Notre Dame and several other schools along with officers in the 75th Innovation Command and technical experts from MIT Lincoln Lab. Read more.


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Class of 1992 30th Reunion Gift

  West Point Class of 1992 Gift

At halftime during the Army vs. Georgia State football game, the Class of 1992 presented a 30th Reunion Gift of $1,000,000 in support of the Modern War Institute to endow the Class of 1992 War Council Panel Series. Class President Cindy Boyd and Fundraising Chairman Andy Bang represented the class on the field in presenting this generous gift.  Since graduation, members of the Class of 1992 have given more than $6.1 million back to their alma mater. Thank you to the Class of 1992—The Brave and the Few!

West Point Entrepreneurs

  2022 West Point Entrepreneur Summit

WPAOG hosted the fifth West Point Entrepreneur Summit in Washington, DC with a record-breaking attendance of over 300 alumni business executives, entrepreneurs, and investors. Keynote speakers included GEN James C. McConville ’81, 40th Chief of Staff, U.S. Army and Jen Easterly ’90, Director, CISA. Thanks to all that attended and our sponsors. Be sure to join us in 2023 in San Francisco October 17-18!   Photos

Navigate Your Career

  Career Services Virtual Series

The Career Navigator program is here to assist you in navigating your career and all areas of your career transition. Connect with us today on LinkedIn and on the Sallyport Network.

National Estate Planning Awareness Week is Coming

  Integrity bench

Did you know that October 17-23 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week? Now is the perfect time to safeguard your financial and charitable legacy and plan for you and your family. A few simple steps today can give you greater peace of mind tomorrow and ensure that what matters to you most is included in your plans. Learn how donors Andy (’68) and Betty Shaffer have set up their estate to benefit West Point.


Home is Where the Shield is

  WPAOG Gift Shop Rug

Celebrate homecoming – even if you can’t make the game! WPAOG Gift Shop carries all the best Army goods to outfit your tailgates or home viewing parties. Indoors or outside, we’ve got the winning look. Banners, porch leaners, barware and more in stock and ready to ship. Shop 24/7 online at WPAOGGiftShop.com, with our new app, or give us a call at 800.426.4725. Open at Herbert Hall on home football Saturdays through November.

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