Introducing The West Point Association of Central Florida
The West Point Association of Central Florida exists to serve alumni, ex-cadets and friends of The United States Military Academy living in Central Florida as well as those visiting the area. The purpose of this group is to provide a networking platform for those associated with the Academy, and keep a;; updated on news, information, and events related to the Academy as well as items of local interest to this group's members.
If you are looking for the local West Point Society website (click here)
Remember the Brigade Reviews. Ever wonder what it looks like from a bird's eye view time lapsed? This was posted on YouTube and is the 2013 Thayer Award Full Brigade Review for Secretary Madeline Albright
Army Debate traveled to UNLV this weekend and tried our luck at the research tables to discuss US military presence in the world. In a field of over 120 debaters our top varsity debaters came in 3rd place overall. CDT Quanzy Caston was awarded the 17th place speaker and CDT Michael Barlow was the top speaker for the entire tournament.
Save the date for the 21st United States Service Academies Military Ball! This year the ball is sponsored by the West Point Parents Club and they need your support. The ball will be on December 27th. For full details including RSVP card CLICK HERE.
Last years event was quite a success. Jennifer and I had the opportunity to sit with the Albrittons that evening and after the event we got the chance to spend some time with Norm and Linda Cooney. I hope we can get more alumni to attend the event this year. I will be sending out more information on this event in the coming weeks.
WEST POINT – Actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise will receive the Thayer Award at West Point on Thursday, October 22. The Thayer award has been presented annually since 1958 by the Association of Graduates.
Sinise has won many accolades during his career as a film and theater actor and director and has been nominated for both an Academy Award and a Palme d’Or.
Sinise co-founded the Tony award-winning Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago in 1974, and his first major critical success as an actor was in 1982 when he directed and starred in Steppenwolf’s production of True West, for which he earned an Obie award.
Since then, he starred with fellow actor Tom Hanks in three critically-acclaimed films – Forrest Gump, Apollo 13 and The Green Mile.
In addition to his acting, he has served as an advocate for servicemen and women since the early 1980s with his support of Vietnam veterans and creation of Vets Night, a program offering free dinners and performances to veterans at the Steppenwolf Theater. In the 1990s, Sinise began working on behalf of the Disabled American Veterans organization, which he continues to actively support.
The Black Knights lost to UConn 22 - 17. Nevertheless, we all hung together at Gators and had a great time. Arguably, the most festooned alumi at the game this weekend was Charlie Shaw who adorned his cap in a most magnificent way. We hope to see as many of you as we can next week when we take on Wake Forest.
The following account of the game comes from ESPN's website at (http://espn.go.com/college-football/recap?gameId=400760492)
It took UConn two games this season to match its win total from all of last year.
Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs threw for 270 yards and the Huskies got touchdown runs from Arkeel Newsome and Ron Johnson to beat Army 22-17 on Saturday.
The win gives UConn its first 2-0 start since 2008.
"All we want to do is win," said Shirreffs. "It's, I guess, what we expect. But, it's really good to see what you envision become a reality."
The loss drops the Black Knights to 0-2 for the first time since 2012.
Even though it was August, the weather turned out to be very nice with some overcast clouds which gave us some relief from the typical August sun. The rains were kind enough to hold out until the 18th hole. The format was a four man scramble. Doug Sedgwick ('58) also attended the event.
The event was so well attended that they expect to make the event even larger next year. Pictured left is Paul Oettinger ('80) and Jim Young ('78). Paul is a member of Kissimmee Bay Country Club and was part of the committee sponsoring the event. It was a great event. Many thanks to Paul and the many others from Kissimmee Bay CC who took time from their busy schedules to make this event a success. We hope to see many more grads at next years event!
The West Point Association visited the Coalition For the Homeless in Central Florida on July 16th to learn more about the organization, it's mission and also it's support for veteran's. Both Marc Angle '99 (pictured left) gave a short presentation as well as Brent Trotter (pictured right). Brent is the president of the organization and gave a full tour of the center. Brent was extremely forthcoming in answering the many questions he received from our Association members. Through this visit more than $3,000 was committed to the coalition from West Point Association members.
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, a private nonprofit organization, is the largest provider of homeless services in Central Florida.
Kevin Byrne '93 recently completed a 16-part blog series detailing his life with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The sometimes satirical, other times brutally honest reflections are told regarding the...
Former Army baseball pitching standout Chris Rowley '13 earned a well-deserved promotion this past weekend. The right hander was called up to the Buffalo Bisons, who are the Triple-A affiliate...
Erica Jeffries ’98 was selected by acting Secretary of the Army, Robert M. Speer as one of the newest Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) and was invested during a ceremony...
Class of 2019 Cadet Nathan Zavanelli founded a charity, A Bond of Iron, in January to help raise awareness for PTSD issues and veteran suicide. In 2010, his cousin, Michael, committed suicide...
The Army West Point swimming and diving teams were recently recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for their work in the classroom. The Black Knights were one of 173...
Congratulations to the USMA cadets who graduated from Cadet Leader Development Training II (CLDT II) and Cadet Field Training I (CFT I) this past weekend at Camp Buckner.