First Call - September 22, 2021

West Point Dedicates Monument To Buffalo Soldiers

  West Point Dedicates Monument To Buffalo Soldiers

GEN (R) Vincent K. Brooks ’80 presided over the dedication of a monument honoring the service of the Buffalo Soldiers who served for 40 years at the Academy. The monument is dedicated to the legacy of African American soldiers who served in the U.S. Army’s 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments from 1907 to 1947. Gifted to the Academy by the Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point, the 10-foot-tall bronze trooper mounted on horseback characterizes the horsemanship expertise provided to future Army officers. Nationally renowned sculptor Eddie Dixon was commissioned for the piece that bears likeness to SSG (R) Sanders H. Matthews Sr., a Buffalo Soldier stationed at West Point. This year marks the 60th year of the Buffalo Soldier ceremony. Full story.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

  MG (R) Gregg F. Martin ’79

MG (R) Gregg F. Martin ’79 shared his experience with mental illness and how to stop the stigma around suicide. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The national Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). For more information, visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

2021 Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference

  2021 Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference

USMA held its 18th Annual West Point Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference, on September 9. The theme this year was “Developing Inclusive Leaders for Future Readiness.” The event’s keynote speaker was LTG Gary M. Brito, currently the U.S. Army’s 49th Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1. WPAOG President and CEO Todd Browne ’85 also attended and spoke at the conference. Photos.

USMA Class of 1991 Presents $1.5M Reunion Gift

  USMA Class of 1991 Presents 1.5M Reunion Gift

During the first half of the victorious Army West Point-UConn football game on September 18, President Scott Clemenson ‘91 and Fundraising Chairman Jamie Schleck ‘91 presented a 30th Reunion Gift of $1,500,000 in support of the Army Cyber Institute to Superintendent LTG Darryl A. Williams ’83, and Kristin Sorenson, Vice President of Development of WPAOG. The Class made its 30th Reunion Gift in memory of their fallen classmate, MAJ William F. Hecker III. Major Hecker was one of the five soldiers killed on January 5, 2006, when an IED detonated near their Humvee during a routine convoy south of Baghdad. Richelle Hecker, MAJ Hecker III’s widow, and family joined the class to unveil its recognition plaque on Friday before the game. The Class of 1991 has set the new record of having the highest alumni participation rate of 68.15% for the 30th Reunion Gift. Thank you to the Class of 1991 for its faithful support to West Point, and congratulations on this monumental accomplishment!

Support the Long Gray Line

  Gripping Hands

Every year, the West Point community steps forward to strengthen the services and traditions that honor graduates by making a donation to the Long Gray Line Fund. The Long Gray Line Fund provides for WPAOG’s Gripping Hands program, among many others. During times of hardship, the Gripping Hands program serves as a resource for graduates to connect with one another swiftly and efficiently. Donations to the Long Gray Line Fund will help us become the most highly connected alumni body in the world. To make a gift, please visit us online at westpointaog.org/longgraylinefund or call 845.446.1657.

USMA Class of 2001 Presents $300K Reunion Gift

  USMA Class of 2001 Presents 300K Reunion Gift

During the victorious Army vs. Western Kentucky game and on the 20th Anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the Class of 2001 presented a 20th Reunion Gift of $300,000 to support the Combating Terrorism Center and the Cyber Research Center. The Class of 2001, the last class to graduate prior to 9/11, wanted to gather for their reunion and formally present their gift on this important date. President Sean Morrow and Fundraising Chairman Matt Kapinos presented the gift on behalf of the Class to CSM Michael J. Coffey, the 21st Command Sergeant Major of USMA, and Todd Browne ’85, President and CEO of WPAOG. Thank you to the Class of 2001 for its outstanding support of West Point!

Career Services Advanced Education Events

  Career Services Advanced Education Event: September 1-October 6

A new program has launched—free for all service academy alumni—focused specifically on advanced education. The experience features weekly live webinars every Wednesday and a virtual admissions fair on October 6. The Virtual Advanced Education forum offers a slate of opportunities, scholarship information, and graduate school resources geared toward service academy alumni at different stages in the education planning process. Click here to learn more!

Registration for 2021 Ethics of War and Peace Conference Open

  Registration for 2021 Ethics of War and Peace Conference Now Open

The USMA Department of English and Philosophy will host the 2021 Ethics of War and Peace Conference October 13-16. The theme of this year’s conference, which will be held both at West Point and online, is “The War On Terror Then And Now: Twenty Years After 9/11.” The United States announced a Global War on Terror in the wake of September 11, 2001, taking various shapes over the last 20 years. This conference will reflect on the ethical dimensions of the history of this war, its current state, and its possible futures. Ethically (and pragmatically), there seem to be limits to what military power can do regarding terrorism. Please click here to register. For more questions regarding the Ethics of War and Peace Conference, email MAJ Derrick Jerke at derrick.jerke@westpoint.edu or call 845.938.2186.

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Army vs. Ball State Tailgate

  Army vs. Ball State Tailgate

Rally with fellow graduates, parents, and friends before the Army West Point at Ball State game on October 2. The West Point Society of Indiana presents this official Army tailgate. The tailgate will feature performances by the Cadet Spirit Band and Rabble Rousers and offer an opportunity to meet a member of West Point’s Leader Team. Registration closes soon! For more information about Football Spirit Events, please visit our website at westpointaog.org/tailgates. GO ARMY! BEAT Ball State!

Register for Virtual SACC November 1-5

  Register for Virtual SACC November 1-5

Registration is now open for the upcoming virtual Service Academy Career Conference. If you're currently transitioning from the military or pivoting to a new civilian role, you do not want to miss this opportunity! Over 50 companies looking for promising candidates in all industries have already registered to participate in the Virtual SACC, with more to join! If your organization is in search of top-tier talent, there is still time to register. Informative company webinars and panel discussions start November 1-3, culminating with the service academy career fair on November 5 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm ET. You will not want to miss the opportunity to showcase your leadership and industry-proven skills to employers focused on hiring you! Be sure to register now! Questions? Contact us at Careers@wpaog.org or 845-446-1618.

West Point Ranked Near Top For Public Colleges

  West Point Ranked Near Top For Public Colleges

The 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Reports Best Colleges rankings place the U.S. Military Academy No. 2 in Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges and No. 11 in Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. In the Best Engineering Programs category, featuring engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s, West Point ranks No. 4 overall. It ranks No. 5 for its civil engineering program in the Best in the Specialties category. Full story.

Carved in Stone

  Carved in Stone

Check out our stunning collection of West Point/cameo-themed jewelry designed by grads exclusively for the WPAOG Gift Shop. Each piece is Brazilian Agate, carved in Germany and set in Sterling Silver with a white Rhodium plating. Order now for holiday delivery. Select from several styles, including an 8-inch bracelet with four individual cameos, post earrings, a set of cufflinks, and a tie tack/lapel pin. Shop 24/7 online at WPAOGGiftShop.com or give us a call at 800.426.4725 (M-F/10 am – 5pm). We are also open on Football Saturdays!

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