First Call - December 7, 2022

Go Army! Beat Navy!

Go Army Beath Navy

Whether you’re headed to Philadelphia or cheering from afar, it’s Beat Navy week! The game will be broadcasted at 3pm EST on CBS and live streamed on CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App. Be sure to share your Army-Navy Game social posts with us using #SinkNavy!

Patriot Games

  2021 Patriot Games Army Navy

If you can’t wait until Saturday to cheer on Army, stop by a Patriot Games competition event around Philadelphia on Friday before the game as cadets battle the midshipmen for bragging rights. The team with the most points will win this year’s Patriot Games trophy which will be presented on the field during the Army-Navy Game. Learn more.

Branch Night for Class of 2023

  West Point Branch Night

Branch Night was held on December 1 for the Class of 2023. Members of the Class of 1973, the 50-Year Affiliate Class, attended the event and provided commemorative cards and branch insignia to cadets. GEN(R) John P. Abizaid '73 served as the guest speaker. View photos. See video.

Congratulations Emily Aycock P’24

  West Point Army Navy Button Winner

Congratulations to Emily Aycock P’24 who was chosen as this year’s spirit button design winner! Emily’s design will be printed on 1,800 buttons that will be distributed at the 2022 WPAOG Go Army! Beat Navy! Tailgate. In addition to bragging rights, Emily will receive two complimentary tickets to the WPAOG tailgate at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday, December 10. Thank you to all our fans who entered the design contest and congratulations again to Emily! We look forward to seeing everyone as we cheer on Army! Beat Navy! Read more.

A Lifetime of Coaching with Coach Riley

  WPAOG Podcast Coach Riley

The latest WPAOG podcast features Army Hockey Head Coach Brian Riley. Take a listen as Coach talks about his own dream job at Army West Point Athletics and relives his father's Team USA Hockey success at the 1960 Winter Olympics. Listen.

Free Virtual Background Download

  West Point Virtual Background

We’ve created a series of virtual backgrounds depicting West Point that are free to download from our website. Our exclusive WPAOG images are sized for Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google. They also work well for Facebook cover photos! Download.

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

  West Point Seasons

Make a gift of $1,000 or more before December 31 to the Superintendent’s Annual Fund and you’ll have an opportunity to receive a special membership card and pin, invitations to the annual Superintendent’s Circle weekend, Projects Day, the Superintendent’s Circle Tailgate and other exclusive events, and have the opportunity to interact with the Superintendent, key Academy staff, and fellow donors. 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. Learn more.


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Fireside Chat with Grads Saving Afghan Allies

  West Point ENT Logo

Join the West Point Entrepreneurs for a fireside chat to discuss how our alumni are working together to evacuate friends and family from Afghanistan. This free virtual event will take place on December 13 at 2pm on Zoom. Register.

Remember West Point as You Consider Year-End Gifts

  West Point Integrity Bench

With the end of the year approaching, there are multiple ways to give including cash, stocks, and tax-free distributions from an IRA for charitable purposes. Anyone older than 70½ can transfer up to $100,000 directly to WPAOG from an IRA and pay no income tax on the distribution. Please check with your tax or financial advisor to see what type of gift is right for you.

Time for a Customized Gift

  West Point AOG Gift Shop

While you count down the minutes until the holiday break, give a gift this year that will last a lifetime. Our West Point clocks are handcrafted in the USA and are customizable with USMA marks or class crests and mottos. Order before December 16 and receive 2 free lines of engraving on an included plaque and 16% off your clock purchase – use code callingminutes at checkout to receive discount. To order, call 800.426.4725 or add your two lines of engraving in the comment section on the checkout at WPAOGGiftShop.com. Open Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm and 24/7 online.

Happy Holidays from WPAOG!

Happy Thanksgiving

This is the last First Call of 2022 and we want to wish the Long Gray Line and the extended West Point family a wonderful holiday season!

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