First Call - October 26, 2022

LTC Robert K. Beale ’02 Receives Nininger Award

  LTC Robert K. Beale ’02

LTC Robert Beale ’02 received the 2022 Alexander R. Nininger Award from WPAOG during a dinner with the Corps of Cadets on October 20. Beale, who has been deployed more than a dozen times during his career, is currently serving at U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command at Fort Bragg, NC. In September 2011, then CPT Beale displayed exceptional valor, courage, and leadership as the Pilot and Air Mission Commander (AMC) for 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) while assigned to the Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan earning Beale a Silver Star for his actions on that day. Read More. Photos.

Never Leave a Fallen Comrade

  WPAOG Podcast Beale '02

This episode of the WPAOG podcast features a conversation with LTC Robert “Rob” Beale '02 and 2021 Nininger Award Recipient, COL James Enos '00. Rob shares how his experiences in programs at West Point, including Margin of Excellence opportunities, helped prepare him for his valiant military career. Listen.

Systems Cadets Head to NFL Films

  Cadets at NFL Studio

Meet the team of West Point Department of Systems Engineering Class of 2023 Cadets Henry Jensen, Victoria Sangvic, Ross Friedrick, Jacob Sayers, and their advisor Ms. Hyeyon Bastian, who are working with WPAOG on their capstone! As part of the research phase, the team took a trip to NFL Films to learn more about data analysis, social analytics, and video production. In April, this capstone group will present their work at the GEN Donald R. Keith Memorial Capstone Conference held at West Point. Opportunities outside the classroom, like AIADs and trip sections, allow cadets to integrate the lessons learned from the combination of classroom and field study —activities that would not be possible without donors supporting the Margin of Excellence at West Point.

WPAOG Thayer & DGA Nominations

  Thayer & DG Awards

The deadline for nominations for the 2023 WPAOG Sylvanus Thayer Award and Distinguished Graduate Award is November 3. Note that individual graduates, classes, and Societies may submit nominations for the Thayer Award, while only classes and societies may nominate Distinguished Graduates. If you have any questions about how to submit a nomination, please email Laurie Fontana.

Cadets Earn Bronze at Exercise Cambrian Patrol

  West Point Sandhurst 2022 in UK

Cadets from USMA's Sandhurst teams earned bronze at the 2022 Exercise Cambrian Patrol, a premier patrolling event held in Wales and hosted by Headquarters 160th Welsh Brigade. The cadets competed against 1,000 other soldiers from regular, reserve, and overseas military units worldwide. The event provides a challenging World Class patrol exercise to confirm and enhance basic training standards and mission capability of soldiers in preparation for future operations. The USMA Fall Sandhurst Competition will take place at West Point, from October 28-29. 

Volleyball Beats Navy

  West Point Army Volleyball

Army West Point Volleyball secured the regular season sweep of rival Navy for the first time since 2015 after completing a comeback victory in five sets on Friday night. The Black Knights battled past their archrivals behind timely hitting and a fierce blocking game. The win may prove vital in Army's quest for a regular-season title as well as seeding in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. Read more.


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  West Point Cadets Visit Highland Falls School

The ARES Team and the West Point Model Rocketry Club visited students from the Highland Falls Intermediate School during the CONNECT After School Program. CONNECT is an initiative by WPAOG to provide an after school educational program of engaging activities, extracurriculars, and to bring together the communities of West Point and Highland Falls/Fort Montgomery. Opportunities like the West Point Model Rocketry Club are made possible by donors supporting the Margin of Excellence. Learn more.

Class of 2002 20th Reunion Gift

  Class of 2002 Gift to West Point

During the Army vs. Colgate game on October 15, the Class of 2002 presented a 20th Reunion Gift of $500,000 to endow the Class of 2002 Research Symposium (D/MATH). Class President Joe DaSilva and Fundraising Chairman Sam Linn represented the class on the field in presenting this generous gift. Joining them was Todd Browne ’85, The McDonald President & CEO of the West Point Association of Graduates, and the 61st Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, LTG Steven W. Gilland ’90. Since graduation, members of the Class of 2002 have given more than $1.6 million back to their alma mater. 

Join WPAOG Online Career Navigator Groups

  Career Services navigator

Join our Sallyport Career Navigator group today. It is your alumni hub for career resources, connecting with industry advisors, employer webinar recordings, forums to ask industry advisors questions, and much more! Not sure how to navigate Sallyport? Watch our tutorials. Already on LinkedIn? Join our Career Navigator LinkedIn Networking Group.

West Point Magazine

  West Point Fall 2022

The West Point magazine Fall 2022 edition is out and hitting mailboxes! Thanks to BG Shane Reeves ’96, Dean of the Academic Board and his staff for their articles on West Point academics and Margin Of Excellence programs.  Read online.

2022 Army-Navy Football Suites

  2022 Army-Navy Football Suites Available

Be an official sponsor at the Army-Navy game! Get your brand in front of thousands of Army Football fans and enjoy the game in a luxury suite at Lincoln Financial Field! Learn more

Career Services Veterans Day Event with SoFi

  West Point Career Services

Join the conversation online November 9 from 1-2pm EST during our special Veterans Day edition of the WPAOG Career Services Featured Employer webinar series. Under the leadership of CEO Anthony Noto ’91, hear how Todd Jones '94 and Barrett Scruggs '07 have led unprecedented business transformation in Life After Service at SoFi, a next-gen Fintech company helping 4M+ members reach their goals.

Honoring the Past

  West Point Stained Glass Panels

Just in time for holiday shopping, the WPAOG Gift Shop presents a must-have gift. This Duty Honor Country Tableau is a replica of the lower panels of the Sanctuary Windows in the Cadet Chapel. Years in the making, this triptych is a special memory for any who attended church services in such a magnificent place. Three panels and stand included. Start your shopping early for this and other great West Point-themed holiday treasures at or on the app. Shop by phone at 800.426.4725, Monday – Friday from 10am-5pm.

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