The United States Army Band
BG (R) Anna Mae McCabe Hays, first female General Officer of the U.S. Army and former Commander, U.S. Army Nurse Corps, has passed away at age 97. A patriotic native of Buffalo, NY, General McCabe saw service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
To LTG Robert Caslen, Superintendent, United States Military Academy
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!
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.
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!!!)
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.
See everyone for the next victory which will be against Duke at 0900hrs at the Fan Club in Lakewood.
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:
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.
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.
And Van Sawin, ’91, announced our 2017 Distinguished Society Award. We have earned a Distinguished Society Award every years since 1995!