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Tuesday 27 February 2018: Service Academy Business Network (Seattle) Breakfast, 0705 to 0830, Russell Investment Center, 1301 2nd Ave, Floor 26, Seattle 98101.  Speaker is Mike McGee, the Chief Information Security Officer of Accolade.  The Evite/RSVP is here.  Cost is $20 in advance via PayPal to jordonvoss@gmail.com (note spelling of name) — OR cash/check at the door.  Note 7:05 start time; elevators don’t start running to FL 26 until 7:00.

 

WPSWPS 2018 Founders Day Banquet

Friday 30 March 2018: Founders Day Banquet, The Club at McChord Field, commencing 1730 Hours, Guest Speaker is BG Steve Gilland, Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, $40/person, four menu choices: beef, chicken, fish and vegetarian.  Online registration and all relevant details are online here.

Founders Day 2017
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Mary Haskens Photography

 

 WPSWPS Dues:  For those who are not familiar with WPSWPS, we collect annual dues of $20.  We usually send out 2 reminders per year: one just after Founders Day and another about 6 months later.  We use the dues to help fund events like the Army-Navy tailgate, luncheons, Cadet Fitness Assessment, speaker costs, etc.  We are not funded by AOG nor do we send in funds to them unless we receive a service (registration or credit card processing fees, for example).  So if you have not done so this year, please send this membership form and a check to our treasurer, John Velliquette at the address below.  Please make your check out to WPSWPS.  Or, for online membership and dues pay, please go here.

John Velliquette
8110 172nd Ave E
Sumner, WA 98390

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BEAT NAVY!

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West Point Society Of Washington And Puget Sound
has received the WPAOG Distinguished Society
Award every year since 1995.

Army’s Gray Eagle Drones Will Soon Be Ready for War

From Militry.com quoting The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO:

Fort Carson’s newest weapon is also its most revolutionary, allowing ground-pounding units to strike targets hundreds of miles behind enemy lines and giving commanders an unprecedented view of enemy movements.

All without risking lives.

Meet the Gray Eagle, a hulking drone with a 56-foot wingspan that packs four Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and can stay aloft for a full 24-hours with its thrumming diesel power plant. Fort Carson has a dozen of the drones and they will soon be ready for war.

“We are reaching full-operational capability,” said Col. Scott Gallaway, an attack helicopter pilot who commands the post’s 4th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Read the whole thing.  Unbelievable capabilities, says Jack Price, ’64, who also comments: I see the logic of seeing the computer game kids being in the pilot seat, but … kinda sad being passed over ….

West Pointers Helm Response To Train Derailment

To LTG Robert Caslen, Superintendent, United States Military Academy

Sir,

I would like to bring to your attention that during the train derailment in Washington state yesterday (18 Dec), two West Point graduates were at the helm of the first and immediate response.

This incident took place on I-5 just south of JBLM.  JBLM has responsibility for emergencies on that stretch of the interstate.  The area is also just south of the small town of DuPont, WA.  JBLM was one of the first, if not the first, responders to the scene and was in command of the incident for the initial crucial hours immediately following the incident and before handing over command to Pierce County.  The Garrison Commander of JBLM is COL Nicole Lucas, USMA ’93.  The senior public official responding from DuPont was the mayor of DuPont, Mayor Mike Courts, USMA ’81.  You might remember him as the Master of Ceremony at the West Point Society of Washington and Puget Sound Founders Day Banquet you addressed two years ago.

The leadership and experience of these two West Pointers was significant for the immediate action, for what was needed.  The JBLM golf course was used as an emergency vehicle staging area from which resources could be brought forward in a timely manner.  About 20 patients were seen at Madigan Army Medical Center, MPs responded to the incident and the transportation assets were mobilized to help move survivors to a reunification area (to say the least).  We hear often in the news how awesome JBLM has been and now has rerouted traffic through the post as the interstate was completely blocked to southbound traffic.

The city hall of DuPont was used as the reunification area and under the mayor’s guidance was well prepared for media, support to first responders and an outpouring of community support.  Mayor Courts has been on the phone with the White House, Governor, County Execs, Senators and anyone else you can imagine.

COL Lucas has deployed to Kosovo, Iraq and Kuwait.  In one of the many interviews with Mayor (Retired COL) Courts, the reporter asked, “Mayor, you are very calm, doesn’t this upset you?”  He replied “I was at the Pentagon on 9-11, I spent 2 tours in Bosnia and 2 tours in Iraq.  I am saddened over this tragedy, but no, this will not upset or frighten me.”  As you can see, both had plenty of experience in responding to situations like this.

Just thought you might like to hear some great news that graduates are doing in service to the country in uniform and after active duty

Grip Hands and beat San Diego State!

v/r
Kent Troy
USMA ‘81

Army Deconstructs Duke — And We Were There!

Army Deconstructs Duke -- And We Were There

Army Deconstructs Duke — And We Were There

Army Deconstructs Duke -- And We Were There

Army Deconstructs Duke — And We Were There

All,

Above are few pictures from this weekend’s victory of Duke.  The Army team was in great form with a commanding lead early in the game.  After doing pushups for the third touchdown, Van and I were so glad we did not have to score again.  What a victory for the last home game.

Upcoming game is against North Texas and will be a later game.  It will air on BeIn Sports and like last time, we will have it at the Fan Club in Lakewood beginning at 1530rs on Saturday 18 Nov.

Last opportunity for a regular scheduled game at the Fan Club.  You can bet we will be there for the Armed Forces Bowl as well.

GAWP!!!

Grip Hands

Kent Troy
VP, WPSWPS

Army Admonishes Air Force — And We Were There!

All,

What a great week end for Army against Air Force.

This past week end the crowd grew for the first important game towards getting the Commander in Chief Trophy.

We even had encouragement from Peter Haglin ’75 who traveled all the way from Sequim, WA. Glad he made the trip for the victory and promises to bring more grads from the tip of the peninsula.

Army Beats Air Force! And We Were There.

Army Beats Air Force! And We Were There.

Cadet Donnell Diego’s parents stopped in to cheer the team as well as CG, 7th ID. Old grad in attendance was still retired MG John Hemphill ’51. He might need to lead us in a rocket next game. Youngest grads present were Anthony and Marissa Caruso USMA ’14. (a 63 year time span represented – Hooah!!!)

Army Beats Air Force! And We Were There.

Army Beats Air Force! And We Were There.

The best part of the whole time was in the second half when a young man wandered in wearing an Air Force shirt. Talk about an ambush. He graduated from the USAFA only this year, just arrived at JBLM and did an internet search for sports bars. The Fan Club came up on top so he walked in wondering if they would have the Air Force game on the TV. Boy was he surprised to find out the he had just walked into a complex ambush of USMA grads cheering for Army. What a sport, he pulled up a chair and joined us. Needless to say, he was not going to be the only one singing the Air Force Academy Alma Mater 😊 He could have used some encouragement from the Air Force Leadership, but glad to have him join us.

Army Beats Air Force! And We Were There.

Army Beats Air Force! And We Were There.

See everyone for the next victory which will be against Duke at 0900hrs at the Fan Club in Lakewood.

Army Beats Air Force! And We Were There.

Army Beats Air Force! And We Were There.

Grip Hands

Kent Troy
VP, WPSWPS

Dwight The Knight

Thanks to Ingrid Troy and Kent Troy, ’81, and their genius, we have our own Black Knight of the Hudson, named Dwight the Knight, who is taking his Benny Havens training seriously early in life:

Dwight The Knight

Dwight The Knight

Dwight The Knight

Dwight The Knight

WPAOG Awards WPSWPS The 2017 Distinguished Society Award

Van Sawin, ’91, President, West Point Society of Washington and Puget Sound (WPSWPS), accepts our Society’s WPAOG 2017 Distinguished Society Award at the WPAOG Leadership Conference, August 2017 at the Academy.  Van stands third from left.

Van Sawin, '91, Receives WPAOG 2017 Distinguished Society Award On Behalf Of WPSWPS, August 2017.

Van Sawin, ’91, Receives WPAOG 2017 Distinguished Society Award On Behalf Of WPSWPS, August 2017.

WPSWPS has received the WPAOG Distinguished Society Award every year since 1995.  We excel at integrating the three aspects of the West Point Community in our state: Graduates, Parents and Admissions Field Force.  The West Point Community of Washington State, in all three aspects, has helped lead nation-wide West Point-related online communications since 1998.