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.

Seeking AOG Western Regional Advisor

Good morning,

AOG is looking for a Western Regional Advisor to serve 3 years on the Advisory council. Below is a description of the position. Please let me know if you are interested and I will be glad to help you. John Higgins, from WA, is stepping down and it would be great if we had another person from our state to serve on the council.

Regional Advisors serve 3 year terms, and may be elected to consecutive terms.  One Regional Advisor slot is open for election each year.  Advisory Council Meetings typically are held quarterly at West Point.  Travel costs fall to the individual.  Be advised that those serving on the Board of Directors and Advisory Council are in fact expected to donate not only their time while representing their region, but also monetarily to the AOG!

If anyone desires to run for this office, three things are required:

  1. A statement of support (nomination) from their AOG Society, highlighting their support to West Point and their local Society;
  2. A letter from the candidate confirming their willingness to serve on the Advisory Council; their involvement with USMA / AOG activities; and explaining what qualities they would bring to the AOG, representing the Western Region;
  3. A “military bio” highlighting their military career and subsequent association with West Point and the AOG.


Van Sawin
President, WPSWPS

April 2014 Society Leader Update

Greetings from West Point!

Spring is finally here. Here at Herbert Alumni Center we are preparing for upcoming reunion, Distinguished Graduate Award, and West Point Graduation festivities!

Below is a quick update on selected programs and services:

Society News

Society Leader Toolkit – You may have noticed some updates to the Society Leader Toolkit. Information has been updated and new links have been provided to aid in your administration. Please let us know if there is anything additional you think will be beneficial to the other Society Leaders and would like to see added. Our intention is to create an all-inclusive portal for our Society Leaders to access information and to maintain the privacy of sensitive information.

Class of 1967 West Point Alumni Leaders Conference – The 2014 Conference will take place August 13-16, 2014. If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact me or the Alumni Events Department at 845.446.1649 or AlumniConferences@wpaog.org.

Founders Day – Please email us photos and a brief write up about your event so we can post it on Society News! If your Founders Day is already over, please complete the survey located here.

Did You Know?

Travel Program – Each year WPAOG plans 15-20 trips for alumni travelers and some in coordination with the other service academies. These trips are open to all individuals with a connection to West Point – alumni, friends, or family. To learn more, please visit here.

Career Services – Each year WPAOG hosts a series of career conferences in cooperation with the other four service academy alumni organizations. Please inform your Society members that, whether they are making an initial transition from the military, a mid-career move, or simply monitoring the job market, the SACC is an opportunity to meet with numerous employers who are interested in hiring service academy graduates.
SACC Schedule:

* Washington, DC – May 29-30, 2014 – (Registration deadline is May 9)
* San Diego, CA – August 21-22, 2014
* San Antonio, TX – November 20-21, 2014

Memorial Services – WPAOG has a dedicated Memorial Services Coordinator thanks to a generous donation by Mrs. Betty Dettre in memory of her husband-MG Rexford H. Dettre Jr., USMA January 1943. She assists the families of West Point Graduates who are being buried at the West Point Cemetery. More information about our Memorial Services Program can be found here and in the Society Leader Toolkit under Memorial Services Information.

Brick & Paver Program – Herbert Hall is surrounded by engraved bricks and pavers in honor and memory of graduates and friends of West Point. These brick paths serve as a permanent, elegant, and recognizable remembrance to visitors. The spring installation will be done in a few weeks, but there is still time to place an order for the fall installation. If you or one of your members would like to leave a legacy for an individual, Society, or group, please visit here for more information.

Go Army!

Amy E. Hagan
Associate Director, Society and Career Services
West Point Association of Graduates


WPAOG 2013 Annual Meeting

Dear Members of the Long Gray Line,

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) will take place on 26 November at 5:00pm Eastern Time in the Herbert Alumni Center at West Point. The business of the meeting will be to elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman, six members of our Board of Directors, and six members of our Advisory Council. I hope a number of graduates will attend, but if you cannot be on hand, please take the time to submit your proxy via the Internet.In order to fill out the proxy and vote, please click on the following link:

To view the capsule biographies and photographs of each candidate, please Click Here and download the PDF document. When it comes time to fill out the proxy, you may vote for as few or as many of the candidates as you wish.

You may assign your proxy to Jim Johnston ’73, the Secretary of the Association, who will be present at the meeting to register your vote as you have specified it, or you can assign the proxy to another graduate. One caution, however: if you choose to do the latter, be sure that this person will be attending the meeting, or your vote will not count.

Again, I hope that you will be able to attend the Annual Meeting in person, but if not, I urge you to vote by proxy and participate in these WPAOG elections.

West Point, for Thee!

Colonel, USA (Retired)
President and CEO