First Call - February 22, 2023

SEN Elizabeth Dole Selected for Thayer Award

  SEN Elizabeth Dole

WPAOG is pleased to announce The Honorable Elizabeth Dole will receive the 2023 Sylvanus Thayer Award. The Thayer Award will be presented on September 21, at West Point. The Sylvanus Thayer Award is given annually to a U.S. citizen whose outstanding accomplishments, character, and stature in the civilian community draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: “Duty, Honor, Country.” The Thayer Award is the highest honor currently bestowed upon a non-graduate by WPAOG. Read more.

BG Lori L. Robinson ’94 to Serve as 80th Commandant

  BG Lori Robinson '94

The U.S. Army has announced BG Lori L. (Turbak) Robinson ’94 to serve as the 80th Commandant of the U.S. Corps of Cadets. BG Robinson is a native of Paterson, NJ. She has served in a variety of aviation assignments both stateside and overseas to include four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. She has led Soldiers in both command and staff positions from the company through Brigade Task Force level. Robinson is currently the 2nd Infantry Division ROK-US Combined Division Deputy Commanding General for Support.

Firsties Celebrate 100th Night

  West Point Magazine Winter 23

The Class of 2023 celebrated their 100th Night banquet and welcomed the evening’s guest speaker, retired GEN Austin S. (Scott) Miller ’83. Miller is a former Delta Force commander who served as the final commander of NATO's Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces - Afghanistan from 2018 to 2021, and he will be awarded WPAOG’s Distinguished Graduate Award in May. The banquet was followed by the 100th Night Show titled, “Trunk of Memories,” where classmates performed a musical that allowed Firsties to reminisce about memorable times during their tenure at the Academy. View photos.

Listen to the Latest WPAOG Podcast

  West Point Podcast

This episode features an interview with Dr. Chris Gibson, President of Siena College. Dr. Gibson served in the U.S. House of Representatives, commanded 2BCT, 82nd Airborne Division in Haiti, served four combat tours in Iraq, was part of the NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, and taught in the USMA Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) from 1995-98. In this episode, Dr. Gibson discusses with SOSH Department Head, COL Heidi Demarest ’01, the current state of civil-military relations, the controversial use of social media as a means for free speech, and the future for military nonpartisan norms. Listen.

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From the President's Office

  West Point AOG Career Services

As previously announced, Todd Browne ’85 is stepping down this summer as President & CEO of WPAOG after 26 years of service to West Point. On behalf of the West Point Association of Graduates Board of Directors, we call your attention to the WPAOG President & CEO Position Specification. This opportunity is only open to USMA graduates. If interested in applying for the position, please send a cover letter and resume, not later than March 10 to Mike Franzino ’71 at Korn Ferry: Michael.Franzino@KornFerry.com.

SACC Networking Event

  West Point SACC

Join our networking event Thursday, February 23 from 6-8pm sponsored by NextEra Energy and the SACC. Meet us at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Grand Ballroom One to connect with local society members, network with the Long Gray Line and meet employers prior to the SACC on Friday! Learn more.

Thank You

  West Point Thank you

In 2022, the Long Gray Line, friends, and families of West Point gave with loyalty, generosity and unwavering support, raising $78.8MM in cash receipts and gifts in kind for USMA and WPAOG--strengthening West Point's Margin Of Excellence programs for cadets. Thank you!

Gift Annuity Rates Increased, New Funding Opportunity


West Point Bench Hudson River


Have you been thinking about a charitable gift annuity? Now is the time to take another look because payout rates for new gift annuities increased on January 1, 2023, and the recently signed omnibus spending bill created a new funding opportunity for charitable gift annuities with IRA assets. Read More.

Lombardi For the Win

  West Point AOG Gift Shop

Vince Lombardi’s vintage sweater created quite a stir when it was found in a thrift store several years ago. For a limited time only, you can pre-order a new version, created exclusively for the WPAOG Gift Shop. The West Point quarter zip features special chenille letters, three-striped sleeves, and a partial front zip. These are completely custom-made items, order now for a late September/early October delivery – just in time for cool autumn football Saturdays! Shop wpaoggiftshop.com or give us a call: 800.426.4725.

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