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Class Notes Updates This Week

Posted: December 15, 2017, 7:11 pm

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this/last week to their Class Notes pages. 1942 | 1949 | 1959 | 1960 | 1965 | 1968 | 1971 | 1973 | 1974 | 1986 | 1989 | 2005. Class Notes

COL(R) Gadson '89 Receives Henry Viscardi, Jr. Award

Posted: December 15, 2017, 5:06 pm

COL(R) Gregory Gadson '89COL(R) Gregory Gadson, actor, artist, motivational speaker, can add the 2017 Viscardi Achievement Award to the list of his honors. Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. for who the award is named, was one of the world's leading advocates for people with disabilities, having served as a disability advisor to eight U.S. Presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter. The award is given annually to "recognize exemplary leaders within the disability community and their extraordinary societal contributions.

"I was honestly stunned when I actually received the award recognizing my work in the disabilities community. I've never thought of my contribution as work. More appropriately, I feel like a Soldier trying to be the best he can be because that's all I've done. The award is still sinking in, but everyday I'm humbled by those who give me credit for inspiring them; on that scale it has to be the greatest award I've ever received," Gadson said

Gadson served in the Army for 25 years after graduating from USMA. His service culminated as the Garrison Commander of Fort Belvoir, Va. where he oversaw more than 50,000 military personnel. He served in every major conflict over the past two decades, including Operation Desert Shield/Storm in Kuwait; Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His greatest challenge came in Iraq in 2007, when he lost both his legs and severely injured his right arm after being hit by a roadside bomb.

"I have never thought of myself as disabled. The way I see it, I get up every day and do exactly what everyone else does. Perhaps I do it differently and I may need assistance, but that doesn't mean I'm disabled. I think we all have challenges. Some of us may have a few more than others that might be obvious, but that's okay," Gadson said. Read More

Dr. Costen ’86 Named Dean of MacEwan University

Posted: December 14, 2017, 3:13 pm

Dr. Wanda Costen '86Dr. Wanda Costen ’86 has been named the new dean of the School of Business at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Costen is currently professor and executive director of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, in the W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University.

Her teaching expertise extends to areas including strategy, human resources, organizational behavior, law and diversity. Her research interests encompass racial and gender inequality in organizations, women and leadership, strategic human resources, managing diversity, and ethnic minority student experiences. Dr. Costen earned her PhD from Washington State University and an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University. During the 2013/14 academic year she served as a Fulbright Scholar with the University of the West Indies – Mona, in Kingston, Jamaica.

“Buddy” Reed ’42 Featured in "Love and Sacrifice"

Posted: December 13, 2017, 4:20 pm

Love and SacrificeLove and Sacrifice is the epic story of an American family as they travel the country and globe in military service through the first half of the 20th century. Follow Ollie Reed and Mildred Boddy from their Kansas home around the world, to the battlefields of WWII Europe and unimaginable tragedy. Advancing in army leadership from private to colonel, Ollie Reed set a course for his son to follow on a career in the service. His eldest son, Buddy, gained admission to West Point and graduated in the first class to gain their commissions in World War II. Based upon letters among family members and the personal memoirs written by Mildred Reed for her grandchildren, Love and Sacrifice provides an intimate window into the lives of this American family. Growing together, being torn apart, falling in love, and suffering unimaginable tragedy - these are the narratives of Love and Sacrifice, all told within the historical context of their time and place.

Register for the Armed Forces Bowl Game Tailgate

Posted: December 12, 2017, 3:43 pm

Register for the Armed Forces Bowl Game TailgateFor those that purchased tickets through Army West Point Athletics, login to your ticket account and purchase the tailgate passes for a reduced rate of $15.

If you did not purchase your bowl tickets through Army West Point Athletics, you can purchase a tailgate pass for $40. Register for the Tailgate.

Onoda '09 Recovering and Memorializing

Posted: December 12, 2017, 2:20 pm

CPT Teri Onoda '09Just one year ago, CPT Teri Onoda, former commander of Charlie Company, 12th Aviation Battalion, oversaw the aerial security for the Army Ten-Miler (ATM) in the Nation's Capital. At this year's ATM, Onoda placed first in the recumbent division, finishing the race with a time of 36:41.

On April 17, 2017, Onoda's life was forever changed. While engaged in an Air Assault training exercise, he and two other Soldiers with C Co. were involved in a fatal Black Hawk helicopter accident in Leonardtown, Maryland. SPC Jeremy Tomlin, a UH-60 crew chief, was killed in the accident. Onoda and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher Nicholas survived the crash, however, both were critically injured.

Due to the accident, Onoda suffered several injuries including a broken back, ribs, wrist, ankle, torn elbow, a traumatic brain injury and diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While in the hospital recovering, the gravity of the effects of the accident began to overwhelm the husband and father of three. Onoda began to express his concerns to his nurse.

"One day while I was feeling pretty down about the potential of never flying again," Onoda said, "I started to share everything I was thinking to my nurse. That's when he was like ‘why don't you cycle the ten-miler this year?' As a pilot, I had never thought about being on the ground during the ten-miler." Full Story »

Photo: By Sgt. Nicholas Holmes

All-Army Ice Hockey Hosts Club Hockey in Scrimmage

Posted: December 11, 2017, 3:45 pm

All Army Ice Hockey Teams USMA gradsAmong the 22 Soldier-athletes representing the U.S. Army and their respective units at the All-Army Ice Hockey Team are eight U.S. Military Academy graduates and former Black Knights hockey players. Fearing, currently serving as a company tactical officer for the Corps of Cadets, is also head coach of the team. Read More

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1LT. Jonathan Hearn '16, from Vicenza, Italy; CPT Kyle Maggard '12, from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; CPT Cody Ikkala '13, from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; CPT Mark Dube '12, from Fort Rucker, Alabama; CPT Andrew Starczewski '13, from Fort Sill, Louisiana; CPT Cody Omilusik '11, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; CPT Jeffery Fearing '08, from USMA; MAJ Timothy Murphy '02, Massachusetts National Guard

Pyle '05 Named Manager of the Lincoln County ARP

Posted: December 7, 2017, 8:05 pm

Noah Pyle has been named the Manager of the Lincoln County Montana Asbestos Resource Program. Noah has been the Program's resource coordinator for the past two years, will take over from Nick Raines. "Nick has left big shoes for me to fill," Pyle said. "His institutional knowledge of the program's history and the project's history was an invaluable resource to the ARP."

The Asbestos Resource Program, or ARP, operates out of the Lincoln County Environmental Health Department. Established in 2012 to provide education and outreach about asbestos exposure because of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site, the program is funded by a cooperative agreement and grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Read More

Harmon ’87 Named Chairman of McGuireWoods

Posted: December 5, 2017, 8:04 pm

Jon Harmon '87McGuireWoods’ Board of Partners has elected Jonathan P. Harmon to succeed Richard Cullen as McGuireWoods’ chairman. "I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as chairman and uphold the standard of excellence set by Richard Cullen and his predecessors," said Harmon, who joined McGuireWoods in 1995. "We have built a strong international law and public affairs platform under Richard’s leadership and will continue his unwavering commitment to delivering the highest level of service to our clients."

Harmon led McGuireWoods’ Business & Securities Litigation Department since 2015. He is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who represents Fortune 500 companies in complex, high-exposure litigation and has won verdicts in some of the most difficult venues in the country. Harmon has twice been named to BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service All-Stars list, an elite group of lawyers singled out by corporate counsel for client service excellence.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Posted: December 1, 2017, 7:52 pm

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1959 | 1965 | 1985 | 1996 | 1999 | 2017.

Class Notes

Hollingsworth '85 Appointed Chair of TRS

Posted: December 1, 2017, 7:49 pm

Hollingsworth Jarvis '85Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jarvis Hollingsworth to serve as chair of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas Board of Trustees (TRS). The appointment marks the second time that Hollingsworth has served as board chair, previously serving from 2005 to 2008 following his appointment by former Texas Governor Rick Perry. TRS is the largest public retirement system in Texas in both membership and assets and the sixth largest public pension trust fund in the United States, managing assets of $147 billion and health care benefits to more than 1.5 million public education employees. The TRS Board of Trustees is responsible for the administration of the system under provisions of the Texas constitution and laws.

Jarvis Hollingsworth of Missouri City is a partner and member of the Management Committee of the law firm of Bracewell LLP. He is a former regent of the University of Houston System, where he served in many capacities, including chairman of the Board of Regents. He is a former trustee of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, where he served in many capacities, including as chairman of the Board. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, State Bar of Texas Foundation, and the State Bar of Texas and previously served on its Board of Directors. Additionally, he is former treasurer of the Houston Bar Foundation and a member of the United Way of Greater Houston’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Hollingsworth received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston.

Baggett '99 Named Head of Westminster School

Posted: November 30, 2017, 3:53 pm

Brad Baggett '99Brad Baggett has accepted an offer to assume the role of head of school at Westminster School at Oak Mountain in Birmingham, AL. Baggett's tenure will begin in the 2018-2019 school year. Baggett is currently the head of school at The Covenant School, a classical Christian School, in Kingwood, Texas, where he has served for the past 10 years.

During Baggett's tenure as head of school, Covenant has experienced unprecedented growth in enrollment. He has overseen the purchase of 31 acres of land for a future campus and has spearheaded the most successful capital campaign in the school's history, raising more than $6.5 million in cash and commitments since 2014.

The board at The Covenant School released a statement about Baggett: "For nearly 10 years as head of school, Brad's vision, tireless dedication and integrity has allowed Covenant to grow and develop while remaining true to our principles and mission. The school has flourished during this period, and we are grateful for his leadership. A few of the many accomplishments during Brad's tenure include unprecedented growth in enrollment, the rebranding from NCA to Covenant, and the design and operation of the most successful capital campaign in our school's history. Brad directed the campus expansion into the Upper School Campus and the acquisition of 31 acres for future growth. His fingerprint will forever be on our school's history, and as a result, Covenant is well positioned to continue to grow, flourish and achieve our strategic goals."

Prior to serving as head of school at Covenant, Baggett was the founding pastor-teacher of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Kingwood, Texas, where he served for 10 years. Baggett also worked as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, in McLean, Virginia, working onsite with Department of Defense and commercial clients throughout the United States, England, and South Korea. Read More

Gahagen '17 Olympic Hopeful Signed to ATO with San Jose

Posted: November 29, 2017, 4:16 pm

Parker Gahagen '17The San Jose Barracuda have signed goaltender Parker Gahagen to an Amateur Tryout Agreement. He previously attended Sharks development camp, as well as their rookie camp this past summer, but due to Army restrictions, he was unable to sign with the club. Gahagen is now being granted special status under the Army’s World Class Athlete Program, which will allow him to train with the Barracuda in preparation for the Olympics, while maintaining his military career. He’s the first team sport athlete to be granted the status.

Gahagen left West Point first in Army history in save percentage and total saves (3,172), second in shutouts (10), and third in goals-against average (2.60).

Gahagen (a former Buffalo Junior Sabre) is hoping to represent the United States at the PyeongChang Olympics. It's a unique opportunity for him. Buffalo News reported that Gahagen already had a deal in place with the Sharks organization, but until his Army duties could be sorted, it was shelved. Without the NHL participating in the Olympics, Gahagen was able to be granted the World Class Athlete exception, despite it previously having been only awarded to individual athletes. General Manager of the U.S. Olympic team, Jim Johannson, had to write a personal recommendation to the newly appointed Defense Secretary James Mattis, who had made it a requirement for military academy and ROTC graduates to serve in their first two years after graduation.

"It's a great opportunity to serve your country," Gahagen said of the Olympics to Buffalo News. "I've been able to do it in a different way, but it would be an honor to be on the team." Read More

Class Notes Updates This Week

Posted: November 24, 2017, 5:42 pm

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1959 | 1960 | 1986 | 1996.

Class Notes

WPAOG Annual Meeting Election Results

Posted: November 21, 2017, 10:44 pm

At the WPAOG Annual Meeting today, November 21, 2017, the following members were elected to positions on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council.

To serve their terms from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019:

Chair
Joseph E. DeFrancisco ’65 - 3,394

Vice Chair
Stanley J. Shipley ’73 - 3,326

To serve their terms from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020:

Directors
Deirdre P. Dixon ’84 - 3,430
James A. Hoffman ’78 - 3,424
Felisa S. A. (Sally) Lewis ’90 - 3,415
Robert A. McDonald ’75 - 3,415
William D. Rogers ’82 - 3,418

Advisors at Large
John R. Higgins ’87 - 3,215
Jennifer Voigtschild-Minus ’93 - 3,262
William S. Pavlick ’72 - 3,253
F. Daniel Streetman ’90 - 3,247
Holly F. West ’91 - 3,263
Michael W. L. Yap ’67 - 3,258

MG Madora ’68 Joins The Beacon Group as Senior Advisor

Posted: November 21, 2017, 8:27 pm

The Beacon Group welcomes Major General James "Jim" Madora, as Senior Advisor for Beacon's Aerospace, Defense & Government practice. Major General Madora will work alongside Senior Vice President Matt Keegan and Beacon's President and CEO Cliff Farrah. Major General Jim Madora is a retired Army Major General who has over 10 years' experience in the defense industry.

Major General Madora has had a distinguished career in the United States Army. His last assignment before retirement was as Director of Army Program Analysis and Evaluation, in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and Resources. In this role, he developed Army funding strategy and the 6 year $500B Army Program / Budget Plan. During his career, Major General Madora commanded at platoon, company, battalion, brigade and general officer level. He is a combat veteran and his numerous military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 6 awards of the Legion of Merit, 3 awards of the Bronze Star and 3 awards of the Army Meritorious Medal. Story

Pascoe ’86 Selected as New CASA

Posted: November 20, 2017, 4:23 pm

Richard Pascoe '86Richard Pascoe was selected as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) by the Acting Secretary of the Army, Ryan D. McCarthy, to represent California (South). "I am honored to be given this unique opportunity to continue my service to our country as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army." Pascoe said. "I look forward to working with the Secretary, and my fellow Civilian Aides, to support our military and civilian communities throughout Southern California." CASAs are a vital part of the Army, promoting good relationships between the Army and the public and advising the Secretary about regional issues.

"It is my distinct privilege to invest Rich into the CASA program. You're joining an elite group. You are needed now more than ever given that only one percent of the American population has served in the Armed Forces. You are the bridge from your community to the military. Your support to Soldiers and their Families is unsurpassed. You have a history of supporting Soldiers and their Families through the various charities and boards that you serve on. I am confidence that Rich will have a positive impact to California and the CASA Program."

Pascoe has been a leader in the biotech industry for over 25 years. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Apricus Biosciences in San Diego, CA. Pascoe serves on several boards to including BIOCOM, where he leads their Veteran's Outreach Initiative, The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, which funds scholarships for Gold Star Families, and Kempharm, Inc., a public pharmaceutical company. CASAs serve a two-year term without compensation. Terms may be extended to a total of 10 years of service. The secretary may recognize a civilian aide as a CASA Emeritus after 10 years of distinguished service. Read More

Class Notes Updates This Week

Posted: November 17, 2017, 5:14 pm

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1940 | 1956 | 1960 | 1964 | 1965 | 1968 | 1969 | 1986 | 1989 | 1996 | 1999.

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Wrenn '99 to Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans

Posted: November 17, 2017, 5:10 pm

Dr Glenda Wrenn '99The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the appointment of Genda Wrenn to the Committee on Minority Veterans. Initially chartered on Nov. 2, 1994, the committee advises the VA Secretary on the needs of the nation’s 4.7 million minority Veterans regarding compensation, health care, rehabilitation, outreach and other benefits and programs administered by VA. The committee assesses the needs of Veterans who are minority group members and recommends program improvements designed to meet their needs. Committee members are appointed to two- or three-year terms. Minority veterans comprise nearly 21 percent of the total Veteran population in the United States and its territories, while minority women Veterans represent about 33 percent of the women veteran population.

Dr. Glenda Wrenn Gordon is a recipient of the Distinguished Cadet Award from Decatur, Georgia. Gordon is a board-certified psychiatrist and director of the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where she is also an associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Currently, she works clinically with women Veterans at the Women’s Center of Excellence for Specialty Care Education at the Atlanta VA.

Esper '86 Confirmed as New Secretary of Army

Posted: November 16, 2017, 6:49 pm

Mark Esper '86Dr. Mark T. Esper was confirmed by a vote in the Senate, 89-6, to become the 23rd secretary of the Army shortly after noon on Wednesday. President Donald Trump nominated Esper in July to become secretary of the Army. In testimony before the U.S. Senate, Nov. 2, 2017, Esper laid out for lawmakers his priorities if confirmed as secretary. "If confirmed, my first priority will be readiness -- ensuring the total Army is prepared to fight across the full spectrum of conflict," Esper said. "With the Army engaged in over 140 countries around the world, to include combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, training rotations to Europe to deter Russia, and forward deployed units in the Pacific defending against a bellicose North Korea, readiness must be our top priority." Readiness, he said, starts with ensuring the Army has the best possible Soldiers in the force.

"This means recruiting and retaining the best our nation has to offer, ensuring these young men and women are well-trained and well-led, and equipping them with the best weapons and technology available," Esper said. "Every unit must be prepared to deploy and accomplish its mission. These are the fundamental Title 10 duties of the Secretary of the Army, and, if confirmed, I intend to do them well." Esper named four broad priorities he would focus on if he were confirmed as secretary of the Army. Those include ensuring Soldiers, their families, and Army civilians are "well-led, well-supported, and well-cared for."

Also top priorities for Esper, he said, are modernization, efficiency, and most-importantly, readiness. "This means that units are fully manned, weapons and equipment are well maintained, munitions stocks are sufficient, and training -- particularly for high end combat -- is ample, rigorous and realistic," Esper wrote. Esper served on active duty for over 10 years before transitioning into the Reserve, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. His service included a deployment with the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Desert Storm. For his valor during that operation, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

As such, the secretary of the Army reports directly to the secretary of Defense. The position of secretary of the Army was established by the National Defense Act of 1947. Story

Allison, Daughter of Brian Lane '89 Giving Back to Veterans

Posted: November 16, 2017, 4:56 pm

Allison Lane - Flutes of Freedom Founder - Daughter of Brian Lane 89Allison Lane the daughter of Brian Lane ’89 is giving back to the veteran community. She is the founder of Flutes of Freedom providing Free music lessons to any veteran or dependent of a US serviceman in support of Honor Flight and McLean Bible Church, "Operation Kindness" and food pantry. Allison has played the flute and piano since age 4, she has performed at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Recently Flutes of Freedom was awarded a$500 grant from YSA and Walt Disney. Allison intends to use that money on entry-level instruments for veterans and their children, stationary to write veterans letters, and to provide Thanksgiving meals to veterans.

Hoang '95 Honored as a Washburn University Alumni Fellow

Posted: November 15, 2017, 7:45 pm

Francis Hoang '95Francis “France” Hoang was recently honored as a Washburn University Alumni Fellow. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Hoang grew up in Tumwater, Washington, and resides in Alexandria, Virginia. He is chief strategy officer at MAG Aerospace. MAG Aerospace, a veteran-led enterprise, operates manned and unmanned aircraft systems on five continents to meet the needs of federal, international and commercial customers. He is also a partner at FH+H, a veteran-owned company that was the fastest growing law firm on the 2013 Inc. 5000 list. Hoang graduated in the top 1 percent of his class at West Point, received a Masters in Criminal Justice from Washburn University, and graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center where he received his juris doctor. He has had military deployments in the former Yugoslovia and Afghanistan and was deputy chief of police and SWAT commander at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. Hoang has 20 years of national security experience and has served all three branches of the U.S. government. In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed him Associate White House Counsel and Special Assistant to the President. He supports a number of veteran reintegration causes and serves on numerous non-profit boards.

Hudnell ’69 Saves Life of a Stranger

Posted: November 14, 2017, 3:09 pm

Hudnell ’69 Saves Life of a StrangerWest Point Society of the Piedmont member Ron Hudnell is the type of person who lays wreaths on veteran graves at Christmas, helps out with West Point Society events, and who hikes the entire Appalachian Trail. Think George Bailey from the movie “It's A Wonderful Life.” Earlier this year a member of Ron's Sunday School class asked the class to pray for her brother Jerry, whose kidneys were failing and who was hoping for a donor. Even though Ron did not know her brother, Ron volunteered to be tested to see if he could donate. Ron was a match, and agreed to give a kidney to a complete stranger.

After they met, Jerry learned of Ron's military connection so he began calling Ron “Cap’n.” It seems that Jerry used to be a Navy fan, so one condition of the transplant was that Jerry had to start rooting for the Army Team. Ron has red hair and he told Jerry that Jerry's hair would turn red. Pictured are “Cap’n” Ron and Jerry after the operation. The transplant was successful and now Jerry and his entire family are Army fans. Hudnell encourages everyone to consider being an organ donor.

Washington Post Interviews Dyke '40 Oldest Living Grad

Posted: November 14, 2017, 3:07 pm

Washington Post Interviews Dyke '40 Oldest Living GradKermit Dyke graduated from high school in 1932, at the peak of the Great Depression. A block from his house near downtown Los Angeles, scores of men lined up each day, looking for work and finding none. He didn’t want to end up like them. So Dyke, tall, blond and handsome, joined the National Guard.

It drilled just once a month, but it gave him three things: a little spending money; a bit part in a Hollywood silent film (“They needed someone to stand there in a uniform with a rifle; I got five dollars”); and an entry into what he describes as “probably the most honorable profession there is.”

In 1936, he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and today, at 103, he is its oldest living graduate. Sitting in the home he shares with his wife, Bobbe, in Solomons, Md., the retired colonel cradled an old album stuffed with black-and-white photos of young men posing in jodhpurs and shako hats, sitting on horseback, or just goofing around in T-shirts and shorts.

“That’s me, throwing a paper bag full of water on an upperclassman,” he said, pointing at one. “And here’s my graduation class.” Of the three dozen young men in the photo — the class total was 450 — few are still alive. Read More

Class Notes Updates This Week

Posted: November 10, 2017, 5:21 pm

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1958 | 1964 | 1965 | 1992 | 1996 | 1997 | 2017.

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Bond of Brothers '97

Posted: November 8, 2017, 6:23 pm

Chris Connelly '97 and Dave Ashley '97Chris Connelly was in seemingly good health until the fall of 2015, when he started to gradually gain weight and his legs were swollen for no apparent reason. During a visit to West Point, walking post with his wife and son, he was gasping for air and nauseous. Blood tests showed high creatine levels indicating kidney damage or disease. After an emergency incident, Chris learned he had complete kidney failure. Unfortunately, his parents and two sisters were medically ineligible to donate to Chris. Two classmates suggested posting on the class’s closed Facebook page about living organ donation. Chris opposed, being his class had been through so much in Iraq and Afghanistan, but his classmates posted it anyway. Classmate Air Force Colonel Dave Ashley answered the call, with full support from his wife and chain of command. Full Story

Shockley '17 & Maixner '17 Present Honor-Thesis Findings

Posted: November 8, 2017, 3:54 pm

Shockley '17 & Maixner '17 Present Honor-Thesis FindingsWith the support of the USMA Cyber Research Center, 2LT Matt Shockley and 2LT Chris Maixner (both with degrees in computer science) presented the findings from their honors-thesis research at the 9th ACM CCS International Workshop on Managing Insider Security Threats in Dallas, Texas. Their work involved developing a software system which permits users legitimate access to confidential information while preventing them from misusing that information, such as by sharing it with an unauthorized third party. To accomplish this without disturbing benign users or other software, presented a number of challenges which they describe in a paper published in the workshop proceedings. The 2017 USMA Cyber Defense Exercise team put VisorFlow into practice where it prevented 2,940 malicious events. 2LT Shockley and 2LT Maixner have released under an open source license the entire VisorFlow system along with VisorFlow’s companion library, guestrace. Guestrace consolidates many techniques used by VisorFlow in a way which allows other software developers to make use of them.

Fitzgerald ’92 Appointed Maersk Container Industry CEO

Posted: November 6, 2017, 7:21 pm

Sean Fitzgerald '92Sean S. Fitzgerald will take over as Chief Executive Officer of Maersk Container Industry (MCI) on 1 January 2018. Maersk’s Transport & Logistics division, has appointed Fitzgerald, who comes to the container industry from the mining equipment business, as its new CEO. “We are very pleased to welcome Sean S. Fitzgerald to lead Maersk Container Industry in its next level of development.” said Soren Toft, Chairman of the MCI Advisory Board.

Fitzgerald has over 20 years of broad expertise across management, manufacturing, product management and marketing. Since 2014, he has acted as President at Joy Global China, which has eight plants in China and in 2016 was acquired by the Japanese manufacturing company Komatsu Mining Corp. Prior to this, he was Regional Vice President of Joy Mining Machinery, responsible for 13 plants in the Americas. He has also held executive positions over the course of almost 10 years at General Electric.

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Bennett ’64 Receives CU Integrity Award

Posted: November 6, 2017, 7:01 pm

Doug Bennett '64Doug Bennett, recently received the Integrity Award at the annual University of Colorado Involvement Awards which recognize outstanding leadership and engagement. The Integrity Award honors a faculty member on the Boulder campus who represents the ideals and values expressed in the CU Honor Code and has demonstrated consistent dedication to teaching or living the virtues of academic integrity. The winner must hold high moral character and consistently work to enhance the culture. This year’s winner epitomizes the values represented by the Integrity Award.

Doug has been teaching at Leeds since 2012 at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As an Airborne Ranger Infantry officer earned the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He also spent time in the Federal government as an Assistant to the President in the White House and later as the General Counsel of the Department of Education. Doug practiced law as a partner in a national law firm before becoming an entrepreneur and commercial real estate hotel developer and owner. “The award for integrity represents a quality that I consider a life and leadership imperative. I am honored to receive the award,” commented Doug Bennett.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Posted: November 3, 2017, 4:56 pm

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1956 | 1959 | 1961 | 1964 | 1965 | 1973 | 1983 | 1988.

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Paarmann ’88 Appointed FBI Counterterror Chief in New York

Posted: November 3, 2017, 2:58 pm

C. Bryan Paarmann '88The FBI recently appointed C. Bryan Paarmann, a 20-year veteran of the FBI, chief of its counterterrorism division for the New York field office. "One misguided and evil individual, the kind of damage he can do to humanity, that keeps me up at night and it keeps my colleagues up at night," said Paarmann.

Paarmann became an agent in 1996, but the FBI has been part of his life for years. His father was an FBI agent who investigated the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi and helped protect civil rights marches throughout the south. Paarmann was raised by his father following the murder of his mother when he was 8 years old. Today, Paarmann carries the same FBI credentials his father carried for 30 years.

During his FBI career, Paarmann has investigated terrorism cases in Colorado and Washington, D.C., and has worked with foreign governments on terrorism and organized crime issues while assigned to Tblilisi, Georgia and Kiev, Ukraine. Now in New York and leading the nation’s largest JTTF -- comprised of several hundred federal, state, and local investigators -- Paarmann is also paying attention to the relatively small but growing number of hate groups across the region. Read More

AMB & LTG(R) Dailey ’71 Beacon Group Senior Advisor

Posted: November 3, 2017, 2:51 pm

AMB LTG-R Dell Dailey '71Ambassador & Lieutenant General (Retired) Dell Dailey, joined Beacon's Aerospace, Defense & Government practice, as Senior Advisor. LTG Dailey will work alongside Senior Vice President Matt Keegan and Beacon's President and Chairman Cliff Farrah.

"LTG Dailey and I have had the pleasure of working together for many years. He is a great American having served his country in many capacities. He has always been sage advisor and with strong insight," says Senior Vice President and ADG practice leader Matt Keegan. "His experience and knowledge comes from years of practical experience with the Army, Special Operations Forces, and the State Department. I look forward to continuing to working alongside him."

LTG Dailey held a 36-year-long career in the US Army, before continuing to serve his country as the Ambassador at Large for the Department of State's Coordinator for Counterterrorismon. In 2009 General Dailey opened a consulting firm focused on national security, aerospace and mentoring national leaders. In 2012 LTG Dailey became Chairman of the Board of Directors for Janus Global Operations. Read More

Boyd ’73 Firms Sixth Tier 1 Recognition

Posted: November 2, 2017, 2:43 pm

Robert Boyd '73Robert D. Boyd's law firm, Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle received their sixth recognition as a “Tier 1” Atlanta family law firm, recognized in the 2018 edition of U.S. World News and World Report’s “Best Law Firms.” The firm’s high-ranking results from positive client feedback, peer reviews and exceptional demographic evaluations honored by colleagues within the Atlanta Bar.

Firms included in the 2018 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The 2018 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Over 13,000 attorneys provided more than 1,000,000 law firm assessments, and over 7,500 clients provided more than 65,000 evaluations.

Trainor ’83 Inaugurated as Mount St. Mary’s 26th President

Posted: October 31, 2017, 3:56 pm

Timothy Trainor '83 Mount St Marys Inauguration 2017Mount St. Mary’s University celebrated the inauguration of its 26th president, Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. More than 1,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and distinguished guests gathered in Knott Arena, PNC Sports Complex for the installation ceremony and Trainor's inaugural address, which focused on the theme of preparing students to lead lives of significance. Trainor broadcasted the message that Mount St. Mary’s is poised to build on that proud history. “The most significant history regarding the Mount is yet to be written; it will be that created by our current and future students and seminarians. And we will prepare them to do so by carrying out our new mission statement,” Trainor said. The mission statement, approved by the Board of Trustees earlier this month as part of a strategic plan, states: “As a Catholic university, Mount St. Mary’s graduates ethical leaders who are inspired by a passion for learning and lead lives of significance in service to God.” Full Story »

Kamish ’83 Narrates Audiobook for Former Faculty Member

Posted: October 31, 2017, 3:55 pm

Mark Kamish '83Mark Kamish ’83 narrated a recently released audiobook version of Designing Gotham: West Point Engineers and the Rise of Modern New York, 1817-1898. This history, written by former USMA history instructor and assistant professor Jon Scott Logel, tells the story of West Point graduates who came to New York City before, during and after the Civil War, and how those grads leveraged their professional relationships and military experiences to influence the transformation of New York into a modern metropolis by 1898. Kamish is a former artillery officer, corporate manager and criminal defense attorney.

Malek WP Visitors Center Ribbon Cutting

Posted: October 30, 2017, 6:34 pm

Malek WP Visitors Center Ribbon CuttingOn Friday, October 27, 2017, the Frederic V. Malek West Point Visitors Center was unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The West Point Association of Graduates is honored to dedicate the newest top-flight, gift-funded building with state-of-the-art exhibits highlighting West Point’s innovative programs for developing leaders of character to serve the nation. Click here to see photos.

The new Frederic V. Malek West Point Visitors Center will serve as the front door to the United States Military Academy. Visitors will learn about the role West Point’s military training and educational curriculum play in America’s history, its present, and its future. Replacing an outdated and inadequate facility, the new Malek West Point Visitors Center will truly reflect the image of West Point as the world’s premier leader development institution and will orient visitors to West Point, reaffirm the value of this institution to the general public, and inspire future generations of cadets and leaders.

Named for lead donor Frederic V. Malek ’59, the project also received contributions from eight West Point classes as part their class reunion campaigns. These gifts are being recognized through Class of 1972 Plaza, the Class of 1973 Theater, the Class of 1974 Atrium, and the Class of 1978 Courtyard; the Classes of 1984, 1990, and 2004 are each being recognized with a Class Crest on an exterior arch of the new facility; and the Class of 1988 through the Legacy of Leaders and Leadership Excellence exhibits.

Howard ’64 Releases "First In, Last Out"

Posted: October 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

First In, Last Out: An American Paratrooper in Vietnam with the 101st and Vietnamese Airborne by John HowardJohn Howard has released the book First In, Last Out: An American Paratrooper in Vietnam with the 101st and Vietnamese Airborne. Fresh out of West Point, John Howard arrived for his first tour in Vietnam in 1965, the first full year of escalation when U.S. troop levels increased to 184,000 from 23,000 the year before. When he returned for a second tour in 1972, troop strength stood at 50,000 and would dwindle to a mere 50 the following year. He thus participated in the very early and very late stages of American military involvement in the Vietnam War. His two tours—one as a platoon commander and member of an elite counterguerrilla force, the second as a senior advisor to the South Vietnamese—provide a fascinating lens through which to view not only one soldier’s experience in Vietnam, but also the country’s. Available on Amazon.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Posted: October 27, 2017, 7:31 pm

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1965 | 1976 | 1983 | 1989 | 1991 | 1994 | 2009 | 2012 | 2015.

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Army Team wins Armed Forces Marathon Championship

Posted: October 27, 2017, 3:34 pm

CPT Megan Curran '09Graduates CPT Meghan Curran '09, CPT Chelsea (Prahl) Kim '12, and CPT Jennifer Comfort '15 led the All-Army team to a dominating win against the other services in the Marine Corps Marathon. As the military's top finisher, Curran finished as the second female and 69th overall out of more than 20,000 finishers. Kim and Comfort, both running their second marathon, were the 4th and 10th overall female finishers. Not to be outdone, the All-Army men defeated the other services for the 7th consecutive year, and placing 4 runners in the top 12 overall. Former race Champion 1LT Trevor Lafontaine '15 finishing in 12th, with a time of 2:32. Coach COL Liam Collins '92 also contributed to the team's victory and finished in 59th place.

Jones ’94 & Romano ’91 BBMC – USO Salute to Leadership Award

Posted: October 27, 2017, 3:31 pm

Jones ’94 & Romano ’91 BBMC – USO Salute to Leadership AwardBBMC led in part by Todd Jones '94; President, Retail Mortgage, and Dave Romano '91; Vice President of Veteran Development & Recruiting, were honored with the United Service Organizations (USO) Salute to Leadership Award at this year’s USO of Illinois Star Spangled Gala. BBMC has donated a total of $172,350 to the USO of Illinois since 2015 through their Patriot’s Charity program which allows eligible borrowers to donate $150 of their closed loan proceeds to one of four charity partners at closing, one loan at a time. BBMC works with the USO of Illinois at the No Dough Dinner at Great Lakes Naval Base, Clark After Dark and the annual Memorial Day Parade in Chicago every year. This fall, BBMC Mortgage became the face of a national campaign in partnership with the USO Pathfinder organization to provide free VA home loan education classes to active service and ETS’ing families at military installations across the United States. In Spring 2017, BBMC opened its first branch operated and maintained exclusively by veterans in Georgetown, Texas.

Anderson ’89 Named Cook & Boardman CEO

Posted: October 27, 2017, 3:29 pm

Darrin Anderson '89Darrin Anderson has joined the Cook & Boardman Group, a leading specialty distributor of commercial metal and wood doors, door frames, and door hardware, as its new Chief Executive Officer. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and operates thirty locations and sales offices across twelve states. Darrin Anderson has held several leadership positions at industrial companies across his nearly thirty-year career, including Chief Operating Officer of Crescent Electrical Supply Company, Regional and Operational Vice President at HD Supply, General Manager at SIRVA, President at Alliant Foodservice and various Management positions at Kraft Foods. Mr. Anderson served as a Scout Platoon Leader in Operation Desert Storm. He earned a Masters of Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School. Read More

Bauer ’83 Named Unisys VP for Civilian Agencies

Posted: October 26, 2017, 6:14 pm

Chris Bauer '83Unisys Corporation announced that Chris Bauer has joined the company as group vice president for civilian agencies for Unisys Federal. In his new role, Bauer is responsible for delivering integrated Unisys solutions to multiple Unisys federal government civilian agency clients across several departments. He reports to Venkatapathi "PV" Puvvada, president of Unisys Federal. Bauer previously served as executive vice president and general manager at AECOM Corp., where he was responsible for the successful operation of multiple government contracts and for leading the prioritization of business development resources. Prior to that, he was a sales executive at Dell, directing and overseeing the company's go-to-market group for clients in the U.S. government intelligence community.

He also previously held executive positions at U.S. government contractors Triple-I Corp., n-Link Corp., and American Systems Corp. In 2016, he was named by Executive Mosaic to the Wash100 list of the most influential leaders in government contracting for his contributions in IT services. "Chris brings a unique set of skills and experience to lead and grow Unisys Federal's U.S. civilian agency business," said Puvvada. "His experience managing a diverse portfolio of customers across a wide breadth of capabilities positions him well to help Unisys continue our success delivering innovative technology to a diverse range of civilian agency clients." Read More

Odierno ’76 Named FL Panthers Chairman & Alt Governor

Posted: October 26, 2017, 6:04 pm

GEN (R) Raymond Odierno '76Florida Panthers Owner and Governor Vincent J. Viola announced that General (Retired) Raymond T. Odierno has been appointed Florida Panthers Chairman and Alternate Governor.

"General Odierno is an accomplished diplomat, general, sportsman, business executive and a bona fide American hero," said Viola. "Over the years he's advised me on many of my business ventures. Since March, General Odierno has worked with me to chart a course forward for the Panthers organization. His vision and advice have been instrumental in empowering Dale's leadership and providing our hockey operations department with the necessary tools to get us moving in a championship direction again."

As Chairman of the Florida Panthers and Alternate Governor General Odierno will function as a senior consultant to ownership on hockey and business matters. General Odierno joins a senior Panthers leadership group that includes President and CEO Matthew Caldwell and President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Dale Tallon. Read More

West Point Parents Show Big Support

Posted: October 25, 2017, 5:02 pm

West Point Parents Show Big SupportDuring the Army vs Temple football game on Oct. 21, Rona Wenik P’18, Gleam Davis P’19, Ann Johnston P’20 and Jennifer Tarry P’21 represented West Point parents in presenting a check for $2,600,000 to the United States Military Academy. Joining them on the field were the President and CEO of the West Point Association of Graduates, Todd Browne ’85 and Shelisa Baskerville, Annual Giving Parent Relations Manager. Accepting on behalf of West Point was LTG Robert Caslen Jr. ’75, 59th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy. This outstanding gift raised by West Point Parents will support Margin of Excellence programs which allow all cadets to reach their highest potential. Thank you to all our parents and families for their tremendous support!

Swanson ’02 Pens Memoir about USMAPS

Posted: October 25, 2017, 5:01 pm

Dave Swanson '02 Pens Memoir about USMAPSOn October 12, 2017, former Captain, Dave Swanson spoke to USMAPS about his struggles with going to USMAPS from being an Enlisted Soldier. His book, The Dot on the Left describes the struggles of having the lowest SAT score in the class, while overcoming challenges in all areas of the Prep School and in life.

After the speaking event, a book signing took place with over 100+ Cadet Candidates waiting in line for a signed copy of the book. Dave stated, “Their stories are amazing, I understand their struggle and what they are going through; I now know why I wrote the book.” His book is available on Amazon, and for anyone who would like a signed copy, Dave will send one for payment to anyone receiving the grad news. Please email him at dave@daveswansonspeaks.com.

2017 Thayer Award Presented to Former President George W. Bush

Posted: October 20, 2017, 7:45 pm

2017 Thayer Award Presented to Former President George W. BushOn October 19, 2017, The West Point Association of Graduates presented the 2017 Thayer Award to George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States. In its 60-year history, the Thayer Award has been given to scientists and astronauts, jurists and scholars, members of the clergy and members of Congress, and three former presidents of the United States, including Bush’s father, President George H.W. Bush, the 1994 recipient.

Read the full WPAOG article here: https://www.westpointaog.org/thayerawardgeorgewbush

For photos from last night's Thayer Award, visit our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wpaog/albums/72157688123184414

Class Notes Updates This Week

Posted: October 20, 2017, 4:36 pm

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1956 | 1965 | 1973 | 1987 | 2003 | 2007.

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Bedard '87 Named EVP, President & COO of Lennox Int'l

Posted: October 20, 2017, 4:28 pm

Gary Bedard '87Lennox International Inc. announced Gary Bedard as EVP, President and COO of its Worldwide Refrigeration business. "With Gary's strong operating experience and customer focus, our global refrigeration business is well positioned to continue winning in the marketplace." said Todd Bluedorn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lennox International. Bedard has a proven record of success at Lennox International over two decades, including the last ten years as Vice President and General Manager of our highly successful Lennox Residential business. Prior to joining LII in 1998, Bedard spent eight years at York International in product management and sales leadership roles for commercial applied and unitary systems as well as residential systems. Read More

CPT Gepte '40 Honored at West Point

Posted: October 19, 2017, 1:23 pm

On October 5, 2017, Memorial and Funeral Services were held at West Point for Captain Vincente Gepte ’40. Gepte was a foreign USMA graduate from the Philippines who fought in the Philippine Army during the Japanese occupation. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war until his death in 1944. Gepte's body was never returned to the U.S., however, Joe Mislinski '78 was instrumental in arranging a memorial service at West Point to honor his fellow member of the Long Gray Line. Several Philippine dignitaries attended the service.

View the video to learn more about Captain Vincente Gepte ’40. https://youtu.be/pijDjv70HFw.

Bodnar ’01 Named President University of Montana

Posted: October 19, 2017, 1:06 pm

Seth Bodnar '01Seth Bodnar was named President of the University of Montana and will take office, starting January first. Bodnar is a Rhodes scholar with two masters degrees from Oxford University and currently an executive at General Electric. Lee Banville, the University Faculty Association’s spokesman, says the union is optimistic and this could be a new era for UM. "I think what will become really apparent very quickly is how deep is that commitment to being transparent about decision making," Banville said. "Will he start by tackling some of the budget issues the university faces by turning inward, or opening up the process and bringing more people to the table so these decisions can be made more in the open?"

Bodnar has the least academic experience among the four finalists for UM’s presidency. Banville says that’s a concern for some faculty, but that he can counter it by surrounding himself with a strong team. "If that turns out to be the case I think what we might get is a mix of new management thinking with established academic traditions, which could be an exciting moment," Banville said. "But I think he also needs to follow through with that commitment to openness and working with people in areas where he’s not as familiar, because an academic institution is very different from a corporation." Bodnar inherits a university that has seen declining enrollment since 2010, and is dealing with budgeting and personnel challenges as a result. Read More

Speegle ’03 Named a 2017 Rising Star Lawyer

Posted: October 18, 2017, 2:10 pm

Clinton Speegle ’03 Clinton Speegle ’03 associate at Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC has been named to the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Rising Star Lawyers” for 2017 in the publication’s October issue. Honorees are selected based on their contributions to their firm, tangible results in their practice areas and involvement in the community, among other factors. “This is a much-deserved honor for Clint, and we’re happy to see his work and dedication recognized,” said Lightfoot managing partner Wynn M. Shuford. “In his time at Lightfoot, he has taken on leadership in the firm, grown his practice and also serves the community.” Speegle is a member of the firm’s NCAA Compliance and Investigations and Aviation and Aerospace practice teams. He is a former U.S. Army attack helicopter pilot and drafted the Army’s standard operating procedures for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). In keeping with his interest in all things that fly, Speegle serves on the board of directors for the Alabama Business Aviation Association, and is its general counsel. He was recently elected to serve on the board of the Public Affairs Roundtable Council of America (PARCA) and was also selected for the Birmingham Bar Association’s Future Leader Forum. Read More

Gary Vogler ’73 "Iraq and the Politics of Oil"

Posted: October 17, 2017, 3:17 pm

Gary Vogler ’73 "Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insiders Perspective"Gary Vogler’s long-awaited book, Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insiders Perspective, on the US government’s role in the Iraq oil sector is currently available to order for November delivery by the University Press of Kansas and other book outlets.

Was the Iraq war really about oil? As a senior advisor for the Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) and briefly as the minister of oil, Gary Vogler thought he knew. But while doing research for a book about his experience in Iraq, Vogler discovered that what he knew was not the whole story – or even the true story. The Iraq war did have an oil agenda underlying it, one that Vogler previously denied.

The following is a back-cover comment that shares observations from a notable reader:

Retired Lieutenant General Jay Garner, 2003 ORHA Leader
“This important book provides the reader with a mosaic of the Iraq oil story from 2002 to 2011; it is written by the one American who experienced and contributed to all of it. Gary Vogler describes the details of our country’s prewar oil planning, followed by the challenges of executing those plans once inside of Iraq. As a former army officer and oil industry executive, Gary was uniquely qualified to be the senior oil advisor to both the U.S. Coalition and the newly formed Iraqi Government. His advice, experience and leadership was instrumental in re-starting the Iraqi oil sector. This is a must read for all senior military and foreign service officers.”

Iraq and the Politics of Oil is published by the University Press of Kansas.

Thank you Class of 2007

Posted: October 17, 2017, 1:39 pm

Class of '07 2017 Check PresentationCPT John Enderle '07 and CPT Jacob Absalon '07 present a gift of $525,000 to LTG Robert L. Caslen Jr. '75, Superintendent, U.S. Military Academy, and Todd Browne '85, President and CEO, WPAOG, to support the Academy Scholars Cultural Immersion Program, the Directorate of Cadet Activities, and the Leadership Center.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Posted: October 13, 2017, 1:30 pm

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1953 | 1958 | 1962 | 1974 | 1975 | 1977 | 1982 | 1984 | 1996 | 1998.

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Thank you Class of '77

Posted: October 13, 2017, 1:27 pm

Class of '77 2017 Check PresentationThe Class of 1977, in commemoration of its 40th reunion, generously presented a gift of $1,000,000 in support of the West Point Center for Oral History. This generous gift will continue to support the COH's mission to record, preserve, and present the stories that inspire, educate, and develop cadets while enhancing the public's understanding of the experience of the American Soldier. Thank you to the Class of 1977 for its outstanding support of West Point!

'96 Shows Much Support at the Firstie Social

Posted: October 13, 2017, 1:25 pm

'96 Shows Much Support at the Firstie SocialThere was a great turnout from the sponsors of the Firstie Social, the Class of 1996. Thank you for everything.

CPT Ian Llewellyn, Mrs. Alisha Barnsby, LTC Chuck Sulewski, MAJ (R)Troy Schnack, LTC Darcy Schnack, LTC Geoffrey Bull, LTC Julia Bell, LTC Christopher Korpela, Mr. Richard Stiek, LTC (Ret) Paul D'Ulisse, Staci Gash, COL Chris Oxendine, LTC Ben Wallen, Mr. Young Chase, and Mr. Daniel Chen.

Scalia ’98 Takes to Streets of Santa Clarita

Posted: October 13, 2017, 1:19 pm

John Scalia '98 and Jameson ScaliaJohn Scalia, Jr. ’98 and his brother Jameson have been residents of Santa Clarita, California since 1987 and have formulated their own brand of comedy since 2005. They have their own YouTube channel, performed at the Hollywood Improv, been featured on TMZ and done standup across the country. “Well, we started up back in 2005, when my brother got out of the Army where he was a helicopter pilot,” said Jameson Scalia. “John had gone to West Point to be a pilot, and when he got out we started performing together.” “He might be the only West Point grad to become a professional comedian,” joked Jameson. “It’s kind of historical.” Recently they can be seen in crosswalks around five in the evening wearing their alien masks, handing out peace signs and taking pictures with people, trying to brighten up people's days on their way home from work. Their slogan is: Fun is number one. Read More

Manasco ’92 Named an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force

Posted: October 12, 2017, 3:48 pm

Shon Manasco '92Shon Manasco ’92 was Named an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Mr. Manasco has most recently served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for USAA, where he was responsible for leading the association’s business solutions, information technology, and innovation organizations, as well as corporate services, enterprise cyber and physical security, procurement and business alliances. Prior to joining USAA, Mr. Manasco served as senior vice president and chief human resource officer for Constellation Energy, where he led overall strategy and integration of the human resources and corporate and shared services functions for the company and its businesses. Mr. Manasco served as an officer in the U.S. Army, commanding at Fort Bragg, before becoming director of finance and accounting for the Office of Military Support in Washington. While in public service, he held numerous staff and leadership positions supporting operational activities of Joint Special Operations forces worldwide. Read More

Hedger ’99 Named SVP for American Ops at Rheinmetall

Posted: October 12, 2017, 3:44 pm

Stephen Hedger '99Rheinmetall has hired former senior US department of defense official, Stephen C Hedger as its Senior Vice President Corporate Development USA. Hedger last served as Chief of Staff to former US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, who oversaw the annual development of the more than $600 billion US defense budget, and as Deputy Chief of Staff to then US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. Hedger also served under current US Secretary of Defense James Mattis to assist with the transition of the new Trump Administration team at the Pentagon, the company said in a statement Friday.

Prior to this tenure, Hedger was nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs and confirmed into that role by the US Senate in 2015. He previously served as an assistant to President Obama in the White House and for nearly ten years as an aide in the US Congress. He spent five years on active duty in the US Army including a peacekeeping tour in Kosovo and combat tour in Iraq. He holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Read More

Judge Ramsberger ’75 Wins Chief Justice Award

Posted: October 11, 2017, 5:13 pm

Judge Peter Ramsberger '75Pinellas - Pasco Circuit Judge Peter R. Ramsberger has been awarded the 2017 Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence, arguably the most prestigious distinction granted to a Florida jurist in the state each year. Jorge Labarga, the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, announced that Judge Ramsberger had won the award on July 24, 2017, at this year’s Florida Conference of Circuit Judges in Orlando. Interestingly enough, the only other judge to be nominated in the state was Judge Shawn Crane, who, like Judge Ramsberger, hails from the Sixth Judicial Circuit. What separates Judge Ramsberger’s nomination from many others is that it did not germinate at the circuit level, with local stakeholders, such as a chief judge, sheriff or state attorney, nominating him or supplying letters of support. In Judge Ramsberger’s case, the nomination appears to have emerged as the result of statewide admiration. The nomination was made by Carroll Kelly, the administrative judge of the county domestic violence division in in the 11th Judicial Circuit, in Miami, and letters of support came from, among other people, judges in the 2nd, Ninth, 12th, and 15th judicial circuits.

During his 26 years on the bench, Judge Ramsberger has become an expert on family law generally, and on domestic violence in particular. He and the aforementioned Judge Kelly have spent the last several years travelling throughout the state to give two - day presentations to judges on the different aspects of domestic violence, ranging from the cycle of violence to victims’ seemingly illogical decisions to what’s required before an injunction is granted. By taking the course on tour — rather than have the judges in the state travel elsewhere for the equivalent — the two jurists are believed to have saved tens of thousands of dollars. Judge Ramsberger has also distinguished himself within the Sixth Judicial Circuit. He has served as the administrative judge of the circuit’s Family and Unified Family court divisions, and, in fact, helped design and establish the circuit’s Unified Family Court division, better known as the one - family, one - judge section, within which all the various troubles affecting a family, be they juvenile delinquency or neglectful parents, are handled at the same time. Read More

Hildalgo ’82 Named CCO of CPC

Posted: October 11, 2017, 5:11 pm

Pete Hildalgo '82Combined Public Communications (CPC), a provider of inmate phone service to public and private, adult and youth correctional facilities, has appointed Peter Hidalgo, Jr. as new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Pete will oversee all aspects of Sales, Marketing and Information Technology (IT) functions. As CCO, he will take primary responsibility for customer relationship management and the customer experience with CPC's products and service offerings. Pete will ensure that the sales, marketing and IT functions of the organization are aligned to meet strategic commercial objectives.

"We are thrilled to add Pete to our senior leadership team. CPC has been successful thanks to a dedicated focus on delivering the highest quality service to our customers," said Jim Engle, CEO of CPC. "Pete understands our strategic vision and is dedicated to providing our customers with the best possible experience. His skillset and diverse background enhances our capabilities. We look forward to the impact Pete will have on our organization."

Pete comes to CPC from Ernst & Young IT Advisory and has extensive telecommunications experience, including time with Verizon, Sprint and Tyco. "CPC is a tremendous organization with significant growth potential," said Pete Hidalgo. "I believe that my diverse background will help CPC continue to build on its reputation for providing best in class customer service. I look forward to the future as we continue to expand our product and service capabilities to further serve the needs of our customers." Read More

Suter ’84 Promoted to Divisional President of GAIG

Posted: October 10, 2017, 4:48 pm

Rich Suter '84 Richard L. Suter has been promoted to Divisional President of the Alternative Markets Division at the Great American Insurance Group (GAIG). Mr. Suter joined Great American in 2012 as Divisional Vice President of Marketing. He was promoted to Divisional Senior Vice President in 2014. Mr. Suter has 25 years of industry experience. Story

Class Notes Updates This Week

Posted: October 6, 2017, 4:02 pm

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1956 | 1959 | 1965 | 2002.

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MAJ Da Silva ’02 Named to 2017-18 Class of White House Fellows

Posted: October 5, 2017, 3:56 pm

MAJ Da Silva ’02 Named to 2017-18 Class of White House FellowsJoseph Da Silva is from Norwood, Massachusetts and is placed at the U.S. Small Business Administration. As an infantry officer, he served in both conventional and special operations units, spending 42 months deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Throughout his career, Joe led and managed organizations that conducted counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, and foreign military training missions. Most notably Joe commanded a company that secured the largest oil refinery in Iraq where his efforts helped build economic capacity and minimize insurgent financing from black market fuel. He last served at the U.S. Army Cyber Command where he helped lead the command’s talent management efforts. Joe also served as an assistant professor of international relations at USMAs Department of Social Sciences, where he ran the annual national security conference, co-edited a compendium on American grand strategy, and served as an active term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Joe earned an M.A. with honors from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in international economics and strategic studies.

The prestigious White House Fellows program provides professionals from diverse backgrounds with an opportunity to engage in public service for one year by serving in various roles in Federal government. Created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program was designed “to give the fellows first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.” The highly competitive selection process to become a White House Fellow is based on a record of remarkable professional accomplishment, evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth, and a commitment to public service. Selected individuals spend a year working as a full-time, paid fellow to senior White House staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Read More

WPAGC Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn’t Free Concert/Musical

Posted: October 4, 2017, 7:11 pm

WPAGC Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn’t Free Concert/MusicalThe West Point Alumni Glee Club will be performing a One Night Only Concert/Musical, Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn't Free on Saturday, November 18th at 7pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center - Alexandria, Virginia. Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn’t Free is a dynamic and inspirational musical journey of the men and women who have fought the nation’s wars and how those same men and women, as veterans, have helped to shape the nation and its destiny. Powerful narration and compelling images set to musical compositions featuring the renowned West Point Alumni Glee Club along with special guests will take the audience from the start of Johnny Vet’s journey with “the shot heard round the world” in 1775 to the present-day era of the Global War on Terror.

Through original scores and popular songs of each era, Johnny Vet explores the true nature of these heroes in our midst: Who they are, where they come from, the burdens they carry on and off the battlefield, the unique burdens their families shoulder, particularly while they are deployed, and the issues they face when it’s time to come home and take off the uniform. The journey will also demonstrate the vast contributions these veterans and their families have made and continue to make to the nation in their civilian communities.

Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn’t Free will entertain and inform Americans, who benefit from the selfless service and sacrifice of the less than 1% who serve in uniform. Not only do we, as a nation, owe it to these veterans and their families to provide the support some need to become fully functional again, but we owe it to ourselves and to our nation to cherish them as the national treasure that they are. Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn’t Free is a production of Opus One Studios and has been funded in part by The Billy Rose Foundation. It benefits the work of Code of Support Foundation (COSF), which, through its programs, provides critical one-on-one assistance to service members, veterans and their families who are struggling with their transition into our civilian communities.

Army Inducts Newest Members in Hall of Fame

Posted: October 3, 2017, 4:41 pm

The Army West Point Athletic Association officially inducted six new members in the Army Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night at Eisenhower Hall. The Class of 2017 featured men's soccer star Scotty Adams, former men's lacrosse and men's soccer coach Dick Edell, football and men's lacrosse extraordinaire Charlie Jarvis, football and baseball standout Bob Mischak, men's lacrosse great Bob Miser and men's cross-country and track and field star Jason Stewart. Click here for highlights of the ceremony: https://youtu.be/VrgERo7aiq4. The group was also recognized during the plaque unveiling ceremony at the Kenna Hall of Army Sports prior to the banquet at Ike Hall. The newest class was honored during halftime of this past Saturday’s football game at Michie Stadium. Adams was a four-year letterwinner and three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American. He earned first team nods in 1954, second team honors in 1952 and honorable mention praise in 1953. He is the last player in Army history to be named a first team All-American and the eighth all-time in the history of the program. Read More