First Call - November 23, 2022

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Happy Thanksgiving

WPAOG sends warm wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving! We wish to express our sincere thanks for all that you do for West Point during this season of gratitude. It is an honor to serve the Long Gray Line. View video

Congratulations Rhodes Scholars

  West Point Rhodes Scholars CDT Williams, CDT Youngren

Congratulations to Class of 2023 Cadets Margaret Williams and Kai Youngren who will study at the University of Oxford in the fall of 2023. They are among 32 scholars from the U.S. and will be joining recipients from more than 60 other countries. As Rhodes Scholars, CDT Williams will read for a Master of Science in Economics for Development and a Master of Science in Global Governance and Diplomacy while CDT Youngren will earn a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies. The West Point Graduate Scholarship Program uses Margin of Excellence funds to offer intensive mentorship to cadet candidates competing for prestigious scholarships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright. Read more.

Listen to the Dean on the WPAOG Podcast

  WPAOG Podcast Dean BG Shane Reeves '96

In this episode, BG Shane Reeves ’96, 15th Dean of the Academic Board, sits down and talks about his path to becoming the Dean and running the academic program at West Point. He discusses the importance of providing a challenging intellectual foundation for future leaders so young officers can successfully navigate the complexities, uncertainties and ambiguities of the modern and future battle space. BG Reeves also explains why the West Point Press and other Margin of Excellence initiatives hold essential roles at West Point allowing cadets valuable experiences beyond the classroom. Listen.

WPAOG Annual Meeting Election Results

  WPAOG Logo

At the WPAOG Annual Meeting held on November 15, 2022, the following members were elected to positions on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council.

For three-year term as Director beginning January 1, 2023: Keirn C. Brown Jr. '69, Guy C. Swan III '76, James A. Gates '81, Leopoldo A. Quintas Jr. '86, Peter Carey '92.

For three-year term as Advisor-at-Large beginning January 1, 2023: Richard J. Wolff '76, James B. Hill '81, Degas Wright '85, Joseph A. Simonelli Jr. '87, Stephen B. Rubright '97, Samantha Turner '09.

West Point Hosts NCEA

  West Point NCEA

The National Conference on Ethics in America (NCEA) was held in Eisenhower Hall on November 14-15. The theme this year was “Followership.” A generous endowment from the West Point Class of 1970 “Serve with Integrity” supported the conference that saw 250 undergraduate, graduate, and faculty participants from over 62 institutions. Attendees included cadets from each of the military service academies and ROTC, and students from civilian colleges and universities. The keynote speaker was SMA(R) Dan Dailey who inspired attendees and faculty with his message of followership through his experience serving as the most senior enlisted advisor in the US Army. Other notable speakers included GEN(R) David Perkins ’80, who discussed empowering subordinates during his experience in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and his brigade’s “Thunder Run” into the heart of Baghdad.


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Go Army! Beat Navy! Tailgate

  2022 Army-Navy Football Suites Available

Registration for the Go Army! Beat Navy! Tailgate is now open. Join us before the game on Saturday, December 10 from 10:30am-1:30pm at the Wells Fargo Center. Register today as tickets sell out quickly. Looking to be an official sponsor at the tailgate? Get your brand in front of thousands of Army Football fans and enjoy the game from a luxury suite at Lincoln Financial Field! Learn more.

WPAOG Travel Program

  West Point AOG Travel

Travel with fellow Army fans around the world! Join us on this adventure starting in San José, Costa Rica, then cruise for seven nights from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. It’s an experience unmatched for sheer drama and engineering prowess. Learn more.

Warm Up with West Point

  West Point AOG Gift Shop

Winter arrived early this year, but the WPAOG Gift Shop has everything you need to stay warm. Our ladies' sweaters and men's quarter zips bring a retro look perfect for a Classic West Point holiday. Check out our full line of Army apparel at WPAOGGiftShop.com or on our app. Shop by phone at 800.426.4725, Monday – Friday 10am - 5pm.

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