First Call - December 15, 2021

Happy Holidays from WPAOG

Happy Holidays from WPAOG

The West Point Association of Graduates extends our best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday season and an excellent new year. Thank you for your continued support of West Point and the Long Gray Line! It’s a pleasure and honor to serve you.

Army-Navy Game 2021 Held at MetLife Stadium

  Army-Navy Game 2021

The 122nd Army-Navy football game commemorated the 20th anniversary of September 11. The day was filled with emotion, grit and inspiration. Here are some of our favorite moments from the weekend. Photos.

WPAOG Holds Army-Navy Tailgate

  WPAOG Army-Navy Tailgate

Over 1,700 alumni, parents, and fans of Army football gathered on December 11 to celebrate before the big game at the WPAOG Go Army! Beat Navy! Tailgate. This year, the tailgate was held at the American Dream Mall outside of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Thank you to our corporate sponsors RallyPoint and USAA. Photos.

Branch Night for Class of 2022

  Branch Night for Class of 2022

Members of the Class of 2022 learned which of the Army’s 17 branches they will be serving after graduation during Branch Night on December 2. More than 50 members of the Class of 1972, their 50-Year Affiliate Class, were able to attend the event with GEN (R) Richard Cody '72 serving as the guest speaker. The Class of 1972 presented all members of the firstie class with their 50-Year Affiliate class coin and their “first brass” branch insignia pins. Photos. Read More.

Three Cadets Receive Marshall Scholarships

  Three Cadets Receive Marshall Scholarships

West Point is first in the nation for Class of 2022 Marshall scholarships. Cadets Tommy Hall, Emma San Martin, and Henry Thompson are three of 41 recipients selected to receive the prestigious Marshall Scholarship for continued academic study following graduation and commissioning in May. The West Point Graduate Scholarship Program is a Margin of Excellence Program and is supported by donor funding. The program consists of a formal course sequence and developmental experiences beyond the classroom. Cadets in the program apply for nationally-competitive scholarships, including the Marshall scholarship. Full story.

It’s Not Too Late to Join the Superintendent’s Circle!

  It’s Not Too Late to Join the Superintendent’s Circle!

Become a West Point leader—join the Superintendent’s Circle today by making a gift of $1,000 or more before December 31 to the Superintendent’s Annual Fund. Learn more about specific benefits by giving level here. Superintendent’s Circle members take a leading role in strengthening the Margin of Excellence and in sustaining West Point as a leader in all endeavors. Thank you for your support! Join the Superintendent’s Circle Today.

Hiring Our Heroes Honors Robert A. McDonald ’75

  Robert A. McDonald ’75

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes presented its 2021 President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement to the Honorable Robert A. McDonald ’75, 8th Secretary of Veterans Affairs and retired Chairman, President and CEO of Procter & Gamble, for his leadership in creating long-term economic opportunities that allow transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses, and caregivers to thrive in their careers. “His commitment to our heroes continues through his advocacy for veterans transitioning to civilian life” said President Barack Obama in a November 17, 2021 letter congratulating McDonald. View this congratulatory message from President George W. Bush. In his acceptance speech, McDonald said he is not done working to make the world a better place. “If we want to maintain this fragile experiment called a democracy, we need to do more,” he said. “We need to never leave the arena; we need to make sure we tell the critic who is outside the arena to get in with us, and we all need to collectively make sure we keep fighting because we can’t stop—this is too important.” In 2017, McDonald was named a West Point Distinguished Graduate, and just last month, was elected to lead WPAOG as its next Chairman of the Board. Read More.

Weliver ’19 Leading Elite Airborne Explosive Ordnance Group

  1LT Delanie A. Weliver ’19

1LT Delanie A. Weliver ’19 is leading an elite group of airborne Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers who can deploy on short notice in support of the 82nd Airborne Division. As the 1st Platoon leader for the 722nd Ordnance Company (EOD), Weliver leads ten Army EOD technicians who deploy with the storied airborne division as part of the Immediate Response Force. Weliver comes from a family of West Point graduates; her father, LTC (R) Scott Weliver ’85, mother, Devrie Weliver ’88, sisters Casey Kilpatrick ’12, Caleigh Weliver ’14, and brother Andrew Weliver ’19. Full story.

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Fallen Honored During Wreaths Across America Ceremony

  Wreaths Across America

Each December, Wreaths Across America ensures to conduct wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 2,500 other locations in all 50 U.S. states. Because of WAA, friends, family, veterans and service members from across the Nation ventured to the U.S. Military Academy to pay their respects to deceased service members and lay a wreath on their gravesites at the West Point Cemetery. Full story.

Join WPAOG’s Career Services Program

  WPAOG’s Career Services Program

Are you considering a career move? Then you should join our Career Services Program. We offer job transition coaching, resources, and a job opportunity board providing access to thousands of job openings. Whether you’re transitioning to the civilian workforce or pivoting in your career, Career Services offers a team to assist our West Point Alumni in reaching your career goals. Interested? Complete our registration form. Contact us at careers@wpaog.org or 845.446.1618. For more information, visit our website.

Let It Snow!

  Let is Snow!

Who says the gray period has to be dreary?  Tackle winter head-on with one of our great Army outerwear pieces. Our Women’s Hudson coat is a great length in a classic style. Help it stand out with a Classic A pin or West Point scarf. Our men’s styles include a great new Sherpa fleece that is sure to keep you warm this winter. Many items are in stock and ready to ship. Check out all our winter gear at WPAOGGiftshop.com or give us a call at 800.426.4725.

Cadets & Undergrad Students Partake In SCUSA Event

  SCUSA Event

Cadets and approximately 200 undergraduate students from 125 colleges across the nation convened at Eisenhower Hall to attend the annual Class of 1971 Student Conference on United States Affairs November 3-6. Since 1949, West Point has hosted SCUSA, bringing the nation’s top students from Social Science programs to gather here and discuss matters of national importance. The event is a Margin of Excellence supported program named for the Class of 1971 with additional funding from the Olmsted Foundation. Full story.

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