First Call - July 13, 2022

61st Superintendent Takes Command at USMA

  LTG Steven Gilland ’90

On June 27, LTG Steven Gilland ’90 became the 61st Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy. Gilland holds a masterʼs degree in operational art and science and has served as the 77th Commandant of Cadets of the U.S. Military Academy, Commanding General of the 2nd Infantry Division, South Korea, and most recently as the Deputy Commanding General 3rd Armored Corps, Fort Hood, TX. Read more.

WPAOG Welcomes New Cadet Families at Ice Cream Social

  WPAOG Welcomes New Cadet Families at Ice Cream Social

The Class of 2026 parents and guardians enjoyed ice cream on a hot summer day at WPAOG’s annual Pre R-Day Ice Cream Social on June 26. Over 1,700 families pre-registered with WPAOG to take part in the event at Herbert Alumni Center. At the event, parents met with staff members from WPAOG and learned about resources available for parents. More photos.

R-Day for Class of 2026

  R-Day for Class of 2026

WPAOG and the 50-Year Affiliation Class of 1976 were on hand during R-Day to welcome parents and families of new cadets into the West Point family. WPAOG provided information, resources, swag, and postcards that family members could fill out to be sent to encourage their cadet during basic training. WPAOG also hosted a BBQ lunch with all the fixin’s for families. Photos.

WPAOG Receives Organization of the Year Award


Recognized along with top companies such as IBM, AT&T, Fidelity Financial and Lockheed Martin, WPAOG was honored to be awarded the Organization of the Year Award – Non-Profit or Government – Small by the American Business Awards, also known as the Stevie Awards. In addition, our work on the 2021 Entrepreneur Summit and 2021 Founders Day events were awarded gold and silver, respectively, and the 2021 TAPS magazine was awarded a bronze. The four Stevie Awards, and 14 awards over the last four years, reflect the dedication of our staff in supporting the Long Gray Line. WPAOG CEO & President Todd Browne ’85 accepted the awards on behalf of WPAOG. Winners were determined by a panel of more than 230 professionals worldwide in the three-month judging process. Read more.

WPAOG Wins Gold and Silver from CASE

  WPAOG wins Gold and Silver From CASE

We are pleased to announce WPAOG earned two 2022 Circle of Excellence Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the premier recognition program for educational advancement. These peer-selected and adjudicated awards honor colleges, universities, and schools worldwide whose talented staff have advanced their organizations with resourcefulness and ingenuity. WPAOG won a Gold Award for the 2021 West Point Entrepreneur Summit: A Long Gray Line Investment in the Special Events Category (In-person multi-day events) and a Silver Award for the 2021 Ring Melt (Class of 2022) in the Video Category (Promotional – short). Watch the video. Read more.

Air Assault!

  Air Assault!

The first of four sessions of Air Assault School at West Point is over and 210 cadets now have earned their Air Assault Badge. The Air Assault Badge is awarded by the U.S. Army for successful completion of the Air Assault School, which includes three phases of instruction involving U.S. Army rotary-wing aircraft: combat air assault operations, rigging and slingloading, and rappelling.  View photos.

Newest Podcast with Meese ’81

  BG (R) Michael Meese ’81

BG (R) Michael Meese ’81, President of the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA), talks about his time as a student, teacher, and Department Head of Social Sciences at West Point. He explains the importance of empowering people, educating them, and then allowing them the ability to run with what they've learned. Meese also gives insight into being a part of the presidential transition team and how AAFMAA is working to give needed support to veterans, survivors, and caregivers. Listen.

Grads and Spouses Invited to Virtual SACC

  Grads and Spouses Invited to Virtual SACC

Grads and their spouses are invited join us on July 21 from 12-4 EST to meet with employers at our upcoming Virtual SACC. Register here.
And in case you missed it, you can listen to webinar recordings from our feature employers:

The Beck Group | Recording Passcode: *.x*web7

Korn Ferry | Recording Passcode: =4+K+Swi

CDT Fink ’25 Qualifies for World Junior Championships

  CDT Emily Fink ’25

CDT Emily Fink ’25 captured the hammer throw at the 2022 USATF U20 Outdoor Championships. Her 59.94m toss on her third attempt moved her into first place, earning her the opportunity to represent Team USA at the World Junior Championships in Cali Colombia from August 2-7. Fink’s outstanding freshman season has seen her break school, facility, Academy, and conference records. She was named Patriot League Outdoor Women’s Rookie of the Meet and named to the First-Team All-Patriot League. Read more.

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Become an ETS Sponsor

  Become an ETS Sponsor

The ETS Sponsorship Program, established in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), exists to sponsor service members through the transition process from military to civilian life. Sponsors are trained and certified to build relationships and resiliency. Sign up to become a sponsor here, and select the 'become a sponsor' option. For more information contact Career Services.

2022 Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference Registration Open

  2022 Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference

USMA will host its 19th Annual West Point Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference from August 31-September 2. This year’s theme is “Every Voice Matters” and ties into the Army’s Project Inclusion “Your Voice Matters.” Click here to register online before August 22 and don’t forget to book your reservation at the Thayer Hotel before August 1.

Gift Annuity Rates Have Increased!

  Gift Annuity Rates Have Increased!

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 July 1, 2022. Learn more.

Sizzlin’ New Styles

  Sizzlin’ New Styles

Show off your Army spirit with our new USMA jewelry styles. Fashionable and fun bracelets, earrings, hair pins and necklaces with that West Point flair. Available now at the WPAOG Gift Shop, online 24/7 at wpaoggiftshop.com, or give us a call at 800.426.4725 during normal business hours (Monday to Friday – 10am-5pm).

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