First Call - March 25, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Updates

  The Latest COVID-19 Updates

WPAOG hopes that you and those around you are safe and healthy. In order to keep you updated on West Point and the Long Gray Line, WPAOG has a webpage listing current status for West Point alumni events, conferences, Founders Days, etc. We are posting updated information as it becomes available, to include links to the latest message from WPAOG President & CEO, Todd Browne ’85. We are sharing information on all WPAOG social media channels, and you may also hear from WPAOG team members who are calling, emailing, and texting to check in on Graduates and their families.

Grads Helping Grads

  Sallyport Icon

As part of our vision to be the most connected alumni body in the world, WPAOG is activating a forum to help you stay connected during this time – Gripping Hands. Hosted on our new Sallyport platform, the Gripping Hands program can assist the Long Gray Line in the times of greatest need such as natural disasters, economic events, and the current global pandemic. You may also contact us at grippinghands@wpaog.org to volunteer or ask for assistance. Graduates who have not already activated their Sallyport account should log in using the email address you have on file with WPAOG and it will prompt you to set up a password. If you login with an address not matching our records, the Alumni Services staff will reach out to you for confirmation details prior to activating.

Distant Learning: Morgan ’98 Teaches Cadets from Space

  Astronaut Morgan ’98

On March 24, USMA’s Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering hosted a Facebook Live video conference with NASA Astronaut COL Andrew Morgan ‘98 answering questions posed by cadets. The discussion covered a wide range of topics, from how he has applied his West Point experience in his career, to scientific and general questions about space exploration, to advice on being a cadet. Morgan is currently serving aboard the International Space Station. Watch video.

Founders Day 2020

  Founders Day - CPT Jason Pak

While many Founders Day events did not get to take place this spring, we appreciate the heartfelt message from Tony Gates ’81 reminding us that we don’t need big events to remind us that, “West Point is in your heart.” Cadets celebrated  the annual Founders Day Corps Dinner on February 27, with guest speaker CPT Jason Pak ’11, who received a Purple Heart after losing both his legs when he stepped on a roadside bomb while leading a foot patrol in Afghanistan in 2012.

Remote Learning Activated for Cadets

  USMA 2020

One of the biggest challenges arising from the recent coronavirus situation was to enable remote learning for USMA cadets in order to maintain continuity in academics. Under the leadership of the Dean, BG Cindy Jebb ’82, a revised operating policy now governs classroom procedures such as attendance, grading, and additional instruction. The faculty are finding creative solutions quickly. One example is the Latin American History course taught by Liliane Delva ’08. Cadets were assigned to deliver oral presentations via a collaboration platform on a country they had selected earlier in the semester. This presentation on the Dominican Republic is a great example of how cadets are responding to this new method of instruction.

Spring is Here!

  Spring is Here!

Spring brings sunshine, flowers, and great new styles from the WPAOG Gift Shop. Choose from our selection of new spring tees, including our exclusive Ladies Trophy Point Tee. Bring a little West Point to your wardrobe this spring. Shop 24/7 online at WPAOGGiftShop.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for sneak peeks of our newest styles, and limited time offers.

Army Hockey Coach Brian Riley Reflects On ‘What If’

  Army Hockey Coach Brian Riley

Despite Army Hockey's challenge of recruiting for a service academy, there was something magical going on at West Point this season for Brian Riley’s Black Knights of the Hudson. “I remember early in the year, maybe in October/November, looking around and saying to myself, ‘This group can do something special,’” Riley said. His gut feelings proved true as the team posted 13 wins before the end of the calendar year, including emotional victories over Union College and AIC as well as road sweeps at Holy Cross and Canisius. An out-of-conference conquest of UNH vaulted the Cadets into the USCHO Poll, making for a well-deserved New Year's celebration up at West Point. Read more.

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There’s so much great news that we often can’t include it all in First Call. But you can make sure you never miss a story: a digest of all the news posted on WPAOG’s website can be delivered directly to your email inbox. Just visit the news page you are interested in and subscribe. The link is right at the top of each page. Grad News is all about the Long Gray Line, and USMA & Cadet News highlights the Corps and the Academy. Grads can also access Class Notes online, and follow WPAOG on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


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West Point Center for Oral History: Fascinating First-Person Stories Online

  West Point Center for Oral History

The West Point Center for Oral History has been sharing some great interviews lately. Whether it’s varied and interesting stories celebrating Women’s History Month , or a Quarantine Video of the Day like this one featuring WPAOG Chairman, LTG(R) Joe DeFrancisco ’65 and his wife, Lynne – there’s something for everyone. So wash your hands, sit at home, and binge-watch some wonderful oral histories!

Update Your Entry for the 2020 Register of Graduates

  The West Point Bookshelf is Moving!

It’s been five years since the last Register was published, and we are preparing for the next edition of WPAOG’s oldest publication. This edition will be an indispensable treasury of military history, with individual entries recording the names, classes and careers of every West Point graduate from 1802 to the present. Your career biography should contain as a minimum your military assignments and decorations, and can also include your career after the military. You can help make this issue as up-to-date as possible – just login and update your Register entry at WestPointAOG.org/RegisterofGraduates.

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.

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.

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