First Call - June 22, 2022

June Graduation

  June Graduation

On June 10, WPAOG welcomed our newest members as they commissioned as second lieutenants! LTC (R) E. Duston Saunders a member of the Class of 2022’s 50-Year Affiliation class, handed each graduate their commemorative second lieutenant bars engraved with “72-22.” Congratulations to the four cadets that graduated!

Cadet Summer Training Update

  Cadet Summer Training Update

Class of 2025 cadets have been hard at work the past few weeks during Cadet Summer Training! Cadets were out at the Water Confidence Course completing the slide for life and other obstacles that test cadets' physical and mental agility, as well as their skills as a team. Watch this video to learn more.

Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) Trip

  Cadets on AIAD trip to Washington, D.C.

Dr. Colleen Eils, Deputy Director of the West Point Writing Center, and a group of cadets finished up their Writing Today AIAD trip to Washington, D.C. During their two-week trip, cadets researched about writing with faculty and journalists, Smithsonian Museum and Folger Shakespeare Library curators, Congressional representatives, and with former analysts and speechwriters in the White House and Pentagon. Opportunities like these are made possible by donors supporting the Margin of Excellence.

2LT Gibson ’22 Caps Record-Setting Career

  2LT Gibson ’22

2LT Jamir Gibson ’22 capped his record-setting career with an 18th place finish in the men’s discus at the 2022 NCAA Championships. Gibson's final throw was his best, landing 55.14 meters. Gibson earned All-American Honorable Mention honors and rewrote the record book during his career at Army. Read More.

Last Call for Nominations for Elections

  2022 WPAOG Election – Call for Nominations for Board and Advisory Council

Remember to get Board of Directors or Advisory Council applications in by July 1! In 2022, the WPAOG Nominating Committee will nominate graduates for five Director positions and six Advisor-at-Large positions. The deadline for graduates to submit their completed applications is July 1. The 2022 election process will conclude on November 15 at 5pm EST, at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Graduates at Herbert Alumni Center. To apply for a nomination, please see these instructions.

CDT Williams ’23 Wins Rudy Scholz Award

  CDT Williams ’23

Congratulations to CDT Larry Williams Jr. ’23 who received the Rudy Scholz Award as the best men’s collegiate rugby player in the country. Williams, at the tighthead prop position for Army West Point Men’s Rugby played a key role in the Black Knights’ success in the 15’s season helping the team compile a record of 14-1 and bring home the program’s first-ever D1A Men's Rugby National Championship title. Read more.

Check Out the Newest Podcast

  BG Rebecca S. Halstead ’81 on the WPAOG Podcast

The newest podcast, Never Apologize for Having High Standards, is out! This episode features an interview with BG (R) Rebecca S. Halstead ’81, Founder and CEO of STEADFAST Leadership, a leading consultancy company she founded after serving for 27 years in the Army. Halstead specializes in inspirational and motivational speaking, developing leader training programs, leader coaching and mentoring and was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Award in 2022 for her exceptional service.  Listen now.

Anderson Athletic Center Named 2021 Project of the Year

  Anderson Athletic Center Named 2021 Project of the Year

The Construction Management Association of America awarded the Anderson Athletic Center the 2021 Project of the Year: Under $25 Million. The Anderson Athletic Center is a repurposed 150-year-old three story building that was completely gutted, structurally stabilized, and reconfigured to provide a state-of-the-art athletic training facility for cadets housing Army West Point Volleyball, Softball and Sprint Football. The 21,000-square-foot athletic facility was made possible by the generosity of lead donors Lee Anderson '61 and his wife, Penny. Read more.

Last Chance to Register for the 4th Alumni Glee Club Reunion

  Register Now for the 4th Alumni Glee Club Reunion

Get ready as the 4th Alumni Glee Club Reunion, July 13-17, is less than one month away! This event will be held in conjunction with the West Point Band’s Summer Concert held at Trophy Point. Registration closes on June 26 at 10pm EST. Learn more and register now!

Army-Navy Spirit Button Contest Now Open!

  Army-Navy Spirit Button Contest Now Open!

Join us in the 4th Annual Army-Navy Tailgate Spirit Button Design Contest! One winner will receive two free tickets to attend the GO ARMY! BEAT NAVY! Tailgate and the winner’s button will be handed out to 1,500 attendees. Learn more on how to submit an entry.

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2021 Report of Gifts

  2021 Report of Gifts

Thank you for making 2021 another impactful year at West Point! The 2021 Report of Gifts is now available. Whether you are an Old Grad, a parent showing support for your cadet’s 47-month experience, or a friend of the Academy—your commitment to West Point continues to strengthen the Margin of Excellence and the Long Gray Line and we thank you for your continued support!

2022 Army-Navy Tailgate Sponsorships

  Army-Navy Hotel Blocks and GO ARMY! BEAT NAVY! Tailgate

Looking to be an official 2022 Army-Navy Tailgate sponsor? Get your brand in front of thousands of Army West Point Football fans with the chance to enjoy the “Suite Life” at Lincoln Financial Field during the big game! For details on how to customize a partnership for your company, click here. GO ARMY! BEAT NAVY!

West Point Entrepreneur Summit Schedule Released

  West Point Entrepreneur Summit Schedule Released

Our newly released schedule for the 2022 West Point Entrepreneur Summit in the national capital region is live and registration will open at the end of June. All events will take place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. Book your hotel room here! Thank you to our 2022 Summit Sponsors: Squadra VC, Scout VC, LTHC Solutions, and Trophy Point Investment Group.

Welcome Summer

  Welcome Summer

Celebrate the hot days of summer with cool drinks served in West Point Tervis tumblers. Available as part of the regular assortment at the WPAOG Gift Shop, Tervis tumblers are made in the USA, are dishwasher safe, and are very convenient when entertaining outside. Take advantage of our Summer 2022 offer and save 22% on your favorite West Point styles from our regular collection. The sale is for a limited time only, so shop early. Save online at WPAOGGiftShop.com from now through 6/25. Give us a call with questions at 800.426.4725. Your summer just got a lot cooler, with help from the WPAOG Gift Shop!

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