First Call - March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Impact on West Point and Long Gray Line

  WPAOG’s 2030 Strategic Plan

WPAOG is closely monitoring this international pandemic. Currently, most operations are proceeding as normal, and we will post situation updates on our website and social media channels as they occur. The following events are affected by the situation to date:

  • Entrepreneur Summit – postponed until July 29-30
  • Jacksonville, FL SACC – cancelled
  • Founders Day Events – event cancellations, some USMA speakers and WPAOG attendees cancelled (check with your local West Point Society for the status of your event)

Marching Orders

  WPAOG Gift Shop Marching Orders

These styles have received their orders. Save 20% on the best West Point and Army gear now through March 15. These fabulous styles won’t stick around, so get them before they are gone for good! Shop in store or online at WPAOGGiftShop.com. For new arrivals and up-to-date specials and sales, follow us on Facebook and Instagram today!

Support the Superintendent’s Annual Fund Today!

  WPAOG Margin Of Excellence

The Superintendent’s Annual Fund (SAF) provides essential funding that strengthens the Margin of Excellence at West Point. LTG (R) Robert L. Caslen ’75, 59th Superintendent (2013–2018) is asking others to support the SAF because, “I cannot begin to emphasize how much the Academy relies on support from donors like each of us to develop our nation’s very best leaders. Supporting the Superintendent’s Annual Fund not only helps to maintain the excellence of West Point’s military, academic, character, and extra-curricular programs, but it is also critical in attracting the best and brightest students our nation has to offer.” Learn more about the Superintendent's Annual Fund and Lifetime Giving Societies and show your support today!

2020 Summer/Fall Grad Insider Tours Now Open

  WPAOG Grad Insider Tour

While traveling this summer to visit West Point or attending an Army football game in the fall, now is the time to book a Grad Insider Tour and get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at West Point! We have added an extra tour on our home football Thursdays and Fridays for Fall 2020. Created exclusively for West Point Grads and their guests, Grad Insider Tours offer personalized, guided tours with access to locations not open to the public like the Cadet Mess in Washington Hall, Jefferson Library, the Thayer Award Room, the Army Sports Hall of Fame, the Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center, or the Cadet Uniform Factory. Plus you have the chance to learn a little bit more about your alma mater! This a great way for all your stories to come alive for your family and friends

USMA 2023 Crest Unveiled

  USMA 2023

On March 7, the Class of 2023 unveiled its class crest at the Plebe Parent Weekend banquet. The crest has a vibrant red line under the eagle where the Class of 2023’s motto reads, “Freedom is not Free.” Their motto was inspired by the soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. All elements of the crest are symbolic, to include several that refer to their 50-Year Affiliation Class, the Class of 1973. Full story.

Jacksonville, FL SACC Cancelled

  Don’t Delay! Pre-Registration for Jacksonville FL SACC Ends 3/13

In light of rising concerns and uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Jacksonville, FL SACC previously scheduled for March 26-27. We remain committed to connecting service academy alumni with the nation’s leading employers and universities and are currently evaluating methods of continuing to make those connections in the absence of a traditional career conference. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

Order Your 2020 TAPS

  WPAOG Taps

TAPS, the official memorial magazine of the Long Gray Line, contains the fascinating and inspiring life stories of West Point graduates. Advance orders for the 2020 edition may now be placed online. We are now accepting Memorial Articles for the 2021 edition. Guidance on submitting articles may be found online or by calling 845.446.1647.

Calling All Alumni Golfers

  West Point Alumni Golf Outing

The 27th Annual Alumni Golf Outing at West Point is June 11-13. If you are a golfer, this is a great way to reconnect with alumni, former classmates, and your alma mater. The event includes two rounds of golf, all meals, a boat cruise, and some great prizes! All graduates and their guests are invited! Don’t miss out—register now!


Keeping Up with Cadets

There are so many great things going on at USMA, we couldn’t select just one story to include in this newsletter. You can visit our USMA & Cadet News page to keep up with all the stories highlighting cadet achievements, activities, and more. You can also see the stories on Twitter using #usmacadetnews.


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The West Point Bookshelf is Moving!

  The West Point Bookshelf is Moving!

Don’t worry, it’ll still be found in West Point magazine, but beginning this fall it will now appear in the Fall and Spring issues instead of Winter and Summer. This gives people time to consider your books for holiday gifts! Reserve your space in the Fall 2020 West Point Authors Bookshelf, a specially-priced advertising section in West Point magazine showcasing books by West Point affiliated authors. Check out the latest West Point Bookshelf in the Winter 2020 issue to discover and support these books. Learn more about this and other WPAOG advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

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