Parent Review - February 2020

Thank You for Making a Difference

  Thank You from West Point AOG

The West Point Association of Graduates thanks all of our donors who made 2019 such a resounding success! Because of you, we had an outstanding year and raised $48.3 million in cash receipts for the Academy and WPAOG. Year over year, our alumni participation rate continues to grow and in 2019, we reached 37%, a two-percent jump from the year prior. Your gifts and participation strengthen the Academy’s Margin of Excellence programs for cadets and sustain the traditions that honor generations of West Point graduates.

USMA 2020 Two Steps Closer to Graduation

  USMA 2020

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2020! They chose their first Army post assignment during Post Night on February 5. The cadets will report to their first post after completing their Basic Officer Leader Course. The class celebrated 100th Night last weekend with the annual 100th Night Show and Banquet. The guest speaker at the 100th Night Banquet was GEN(R) David G. Perkins ’80, former commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

USMA 2020 Learns About Effects of Smartphone Usage

  Effects of Smartphone usage at West Point

USMA hosted Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego University, January 31 as part of its Modern War Institute speaker series. Twenge studies generations and the changes that occur between them. She spoke to cadets in the Class of 2020 about the challenges they face as members of what she has deemed "iGen," because they are the first generation to grow up in the age of the smartphone. The lecture continues an emphasis on mental health awareness at the Academy. Read more.

Plebe Parent Weekend SALE!

  Academic Open House Helps USMA 2023 Find Majors

The WPAOG Gift Shop will be open extended hours as we welcome the Class of 2023 Parents for Plebe Parent Weekend March 6-7. Save 23% off select Army West Point winter gear, all Army-Navy Rivalry Gear, select youth items and so much more. Plus, save an additional 10% off all clearance items! Visit our store in Herbert Alumni Center, Building 698 for our biggest sale of the season.
Plebe Parent Weekend Hours:
Monday-Thursday – 10am-5pm
Friday, March 6th - 8am-5pm *Shuttle bus service is available to Herbert Alumni Center on Friday.
Saturday, March 7th - 9am-4pm

Remember, you can always shop online at WPAOGGiftShop.com.

West Point Cadets Develop First eSports Club

  West Point ESports

On January 23, West Point recognized the newest addition to the Cadet Club lineup, the Army West Point eSports Club. Deputy Director of the West Point Simulation Center Victor Castro helped cadets build their gaming environment infrastructure, which currently accommodates them with top-of-the-line PC software and gameplay technology. The club’s mission is to enhance the cadet experience through interactions with competitive gaming while providing them an opportunity to develop themselves within the four pillars of the academy’s leadership objectives: military, physical, academic and character. Full story.

Cadets Research Bioprinting to Improve Future Soldier Care

  Cadets Research Bioprinting to Improve Future Soldier Care

LTC Jason Barnhill, USMA life science program director, traveled to Africa last summer to study how 3D printers could be used for field medical care. Barnhill’s printer was not set up to print objects made of plastics as the printers are frequently known for. Instead, his printer makes bioprinted items that could one day be used to save Soldiers injured in combat. Barnhill and a team of 26 firsties are working to advance the research in the field. Full story.

Every Day Should Feel Like a West Point Day


Every Day Should Feel Like a West Point Day


Start 2020 off the right way - in the best styles from Vineyard Vines. Our Cadet Whale and EDSFTG Tee are now available in both adult and youth sizes. Fun for the whole family! Shop our entire line of exclusive Vineyard Vines items and much more today at WPAOGGiftShop.com, or call in your order to 1.800.426.4725.

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USMA 2020 Cadet Receives Henry O. Flipper Award

  West Point Flipper Award 2020

On February 6, CDT Jaqueline Hamrick '20 received the annual Henry O. Flipper (USMA 1877) Award. The award has been given out during Black History Month each year since 1977 to a firstie cadet who, like Flipper, persevered through unusual adversity during his or her time at West Point. LTG(R) Nadja West ’82 was the guest speaker at the dinner and Kenneth Dixon III, Flipper’s great-great nephew, presented the award. Hamrick’s mother died from brain cancer during her plebe year. This year, she will host the third annual Brain Freeze Challenge to raise money for Voices Against Brain Cancer. Photos.

Create a West Point Memory Set in Stone

  Create a West Point Memory Set in Stone

A brick or paver in honor of your Firstie on the historic grounds of Herbert Hall at West Point is a wonderful and permanent way to commemorate their graduation, and is also a tax-deductible donation. The deadline for the 2020 graduation brick and paver installation is March 1, 2020. This installation will be done just prior to graduation, so you and your soon-to-be Second Lieutenant can see it during the graduation festivities. We apologize for any inconvenience but only Firstie parents may order bricks. For more information and to place your order, email us at or visit our website.

The West Point Bookshelf is Moving!

  The West Point Bookshelf

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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