First Call - January 11, 2023

Welcome Back Cadets

  West Point Cadets

Cadets returned to West Point from a well-deserved holiday break, ready to start the new semester with enthusiasm and renewed energy! Included in the returning cadets were 63 upperclassmen who came back from their semester abroad experience and represent 14 departments, studied at universities and military academies across 11 different countries. Opportunities like the Study Abroad program are made possible by donations to the Margin Of Excellence. Learn more.

West Point Grads Advise on Netflix’s "The Pale Blue Eye"

  Pale Blue Eyes set with Michael Mazzocco '93 & John Nawoichyk '93

Two West Point Graduates from the Class of 1993 worked on the new Netflix movie “The Pale Blue Eye,” a fictional tale about a detective hired to investigate the murder of a West Point cadet. The detective, played by Christian Bale, enlists the help of one of West Point’s eeriest cadets to unravel the case—a young Edgar Allan Poe. Classmates Michael Mazzocco and John Nawoichyk worked alongside Director Scott Cooper, the crew and the cast as technical advisors and military historians. Read more.

Listen to the Podcast: Elevating Cadets for Success

  Coach Matt Sherman

This episode features an interview with Army West Point Men’s Rugby Head Coach Matt Sherman. Coach Sherman joined the Black Knights in 2015 to lead the program and is the first full-time coach in Army West Point Men's Rugby history. In this episode, Coach Sherman talks about the current efforts to defend the national championship title, the steps he takes to elevate cadets to be successful, and the important impact Lee Anderson '61 and his wife Penny, and Margin Of Excellence donors have had on the program. Listen.

Army West Point Hockey Takes Down #11 Providence

  West Point Army Hockey

In their first home game of 2023, Army West Point Hockey battled #11 Providence to a 3-3 tie through regulation and overtime, before winning a shootout thriller 2-1. Read more.

CDT Anthony Firriolo ’23 was named Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week and Sr. Associate Athletic Trainer Rachel Leahy was named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week. In Army's contest on Thursday night at Sacred Heart, Leahy's response and treatment was pivotal in a life-threatening medical emergency on the ice. Read more.

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CDT Rucker ’24 Scores 1,000th Career Point

  Jalen Rucker '24

Army West Point Men's Basketball’s co-captain CDT Jalen Rucker ’24 was named the Patriot League GEICO Player of the Week. Rucker has heated up in the new year, and in the first three contests of 2023 (Lafayette, Loyola and Colgate), he has scored 78 points (26.0 ppg), knocking down 13-18 (.722%) from three-point range. On Monday, Rucker connected on a three-point shot, giving him 1,000 career points, becoming the 37th member in Army history to reach the milestone. Read more.

Career Services Events

Happy Thanksgiving

WPAOG Career Services is excited to announce a busy February filled with many opportunities online and in-person for your career journey! A few highlights are listed below. Learn more.

  • Feb 1: Introduction to Graduate School and Application Strategy Session
  • Feb 8: Career Services Featured Employer: Insight with Jeff Kaldahl ’00, Customer Service Manager with Insight
  • Feb 13-14 & 16-17: Job Search Accelerator Program
  • Feb 22: Navigating the Workforce after 20 Years: Fewer Opportunities and Ageism
  • Feb 23-24: Service Academy Career Conference, Jacksonville, FL

How the Omnibus Bill Could Affect Charitable Giving


Perseverance Bench


The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, commonly known as the omnibus bill, was recently passed by Congress, and signed into law by the President. The bill includes numerous provisions pertaining to retirement plans, some of which could affect your charitable gift planning in 2023 and future years. Among the highlights: IRA transfers for life-income gifts is now possible. Read more.

New year, New Gear!

  West Point AOG Gift Shop

The WPAOG Gift Shop is starting the year off with brand new t-shirts to help you cheer for all your favorite Army teams!  Pre-order now for a March delivery. All sports teams are available with Army West Point or Black Knights in unisex sizes S-3XL and available in our online only collection—an expanded line of West Point swag with easy 24/7 ordering access. New styles added each month in 2023! WPAOGGiftShop.com or 800.426.4725 (10am-5pm, M-F).

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