Parent Review - February 2023

Henry O. Flipper Award Dinner

  West Point Flipper Dinner 2023

Earlier this month the U.S. Corps of Cadets hosted the annual Henry O. Flipper Commemoration Dinner to celebrate the legacy and service of Henry Ossian Flipper, the first African American graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1877. Since 1977 during Black History Month, the Henry O. Flipper Award has been given to a First Class cadet who has demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership, self-discipline, and perseverance in the face of adversity. This year’s recipient is CDT Mercedez Fernandez '23. COL Archie Bates '96, Deputy Head of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point, served as the keynote speaker, Ms. Ashanti D. Davis, a descendant of Flipper, presented the silver platter to CDT Fernandez '23, and the West Point Gospel Choir performed a beautiful rendition of "Rise up" with accompaniment from a member of the West Point Band. Photos

Yearling Winter Weekend

  Yearling Winter Weekend Class of 2025

USMA Class of 2025 enjoyed their moment during Yearling Winter Weekend February 4 at Washington Hall. The guest speaker was 10th Mountain Division CSM Nema "Mobar" Mobarakzadeh. Read More.

USMA a Fulbright Top Producing Institution

  West Point Fulbright

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs named West Point a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for U.S. students. This recognition is given to the U.S. colleges and universities that received the highest number of applicants selected for the 2022-23 Fulbright US Student Program. The West Point Graduate Scholarship Program uses Margin Of Excellence funds to offer intensive mentorship of cadet candidates competing for prestigious scholarships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright. Read more

Holocaust Memorial Museum Trip

  West Point Cadets Visit Holocaust memorial Museum

Faculty from the West Point Department of History’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies traveled with more than 80 plebes on their annual trip section to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Cadets spent a full day exploring the Museum’s exhibits, followed by reflections and discussions regarding how individual decisions matter during mass atrocity events.

Cyber Leadership Conference

  Cyber Reviewwes

CW3 Justin Helphenstine, the Cyber National Mission Forces tactical director, and other subject matter experts lent their knowledge to cadets and other service academy students during the Cyber Leadership Conference (CLC) at Ike Hall. Sponsored by the Class of 1970, the CLC offers cyber officers a productive annual leadership development experience and brings together cadets and students from other service academies interested in the cyber branch with experienced Army cyber professionals. Read more.

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New WPAOG Podcast: Serving a Higher Purpose

  West Point Podcast

Our latest episode, Serving a Higher Purpose, features Steven Lee '01, COO and Co-Founder at Crowdz, an innovative receivable software as a service FinTech company set to revolutionize the $9 trillion receivables market. In this episode, hosted by Todd Cooper '91, President of Advanced Technology Solutions at Celestica, Steven talks about his background at West Point and why he has always rooted for the underdogs. Listen.

Army West Point Track & Field Record Breakers

  West Point Cadet running Track

Army West Point Track & Field had a pair of standout performances at the David Hemery Valentine Invite. CDT Mitchell Burr ’24 broke the longest standing indoor program 1000m record dating back to 1986 with a time of 2:12.15, shattering the record by over two seconds. Less than a month after setting the 800m program record at Boston College, CDT Luke Griner ’24 set a new mark with a time of 1:48.94, besting his previous time of 1:49.13. On the women's side a pair of 400m times landed in the top-10 in the program record books. CDT Holli Chapman ’24 posted the fifth-fastest time in Academy history with a 55.93, while a 56.82 landed CDT Ever Elegon ’25 eighth in the record books. Read more.

"Where on West Point" Scavenger Hunt

  Where on West Point

Here's the SOP: Guess where on West Point you’ve seen the image--be specific! Submit the correct answer through our form to have a chance at winning a $25 gift card to the WPAOG Gift Shop --it's that simple!

The second Tuesday of every month we'll post a new "Where on West Point?" image. We will randomly select and announce the winner from the correct answers on the last Tuesday of the month. Submit your answer here. 

Thank You

  West Point Thank you

In 2022, the Long Gray Line, friends, and families of West Point gave with loyalty, generosity and unwavering support, raising $78.8MM cash receipts and gifts in kind for USMA and WPAOG--strengthening West Point's Margin Of Excellence programs for cadets. Thank you!

Lombardi For the Win

  West Point AOG Gift Shop

Vince Lombardi’s vintage sweater created quite the stir when it was found in a thrift store several years ago. For a limited time only, you can pre-order a new version, created exclusively for the WPAOG Gift Shop. The West Point quarter zip features elements that make the original so special–chenille letters, three-striped sleeves, and a partial front zip. These are a completely custom-made item, order now for a late September/early October delivery – just in time for cool autumn football Saturdays! Shop wpaoggiftshop.com or give us a call: 800.426.4725.

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