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Notice of Lee Barnes Passing - October 25th

From Chris LeBlanc: Class of -72, hit your knees....The Lord just took Lee Roy Barnes, Jr. home just a few minutes ago. The doctors were weaning him off the ventilator and it appears his heart just could not take it. He’s gone… Lee has now just met his father for the first time, back on the reservation. For those that might not be aware, Lee Roy Sr. (for the love of me now, I cannot remember his tribal name) was an American Soldier, too, and was lost during the Korean War. He is buried in Kansas.
I will let folks know when I can what decisions are made for burial. Lee's son Chris is not sure yet. Stand by for more news, and stand up for a great American and Soldier.
Lee was in A-1.

Lee Barnes - Biography

Lee Barnes joined the Army as an Armor Cavalry Second Lieutenant upon graduation from West Point in 1972; he retired at the rank of Colonel, in 1997.

His service included duty stations in Korea, Germany and United States. He served as a tank Platoon Leader, Headquarters Company Commander, Armored Cavalry Troop Commander, and Tank Battalion Commander (concurrently serving as the Tank Regiment Commander for the Opposing Forces at the National Training Center). His staff time included battalion personnel (S1and Adjutant), logistics (S4) and operations, planning, and training (Army National Guard Advisor, Battalion XO, Brigade S3 and XO, and Division G3). His final posting was as the Chief of the Advanced Concept Office for Army Forces Command.

Lee joined Mystech Associates, which joined Northrop Grumman Corporation through a series of mergers. Lee served as Subject Matter Expert, Business Area Manager, Department Director, National Account Manager, Business Development Manager, and finally, as the Corporate Lead Executive, Orlando, retiring in 2012.

Lee has served as an independent consultant, but chooses to remain RETIRED, except for his volunteer activities, fishing, golfing and grand parenting.

Lee initially volunteered in 2011, to help with the Camaraderie Foundation annual golf tournament, “Pars and Stripes Forever”. He was elected to the board of directors in January, 2013. He was elected as Programs Director in 2015, elected Vice Chair of the Board in 2017, as Chair in Jan 2018, and in Jan 2019, re-elected as Chair for an additional one-year term.

'72 Classmates in Orlando

Here is the picture of all 72 classmates at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetary-A1 plus Chris Le Blanc, Steve Main and Ben Martin.

Lee Roy was well remembered and honored by many friends and associates.  Skip did a great job sharing some remembrance for A-1 and Chris did the same. Ann was very appreciative of the company turnout!
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Classmates at Lee Barnes Funeral

Going around the table starting on the left are:
Chris LeBlanc; Tod Wilson; Murro Martens; Bill Guarino; Ray Idzior; Paul Oskvarek; Lee’s son Christopher; Skip Ash; Tom Waller; Steve Curtis; Tom Pawlowski; Steve Main

West Point Grad News

HON Ryan D. McCarthy SECARM Named Honorary Member of ’96

The Honorable Ryan D. McCarthy, 24th Secretary of the Army, has been made an honorary member of the West Point Class of 1996, "For Freedom We Risk".

“I am honored beyond words and grateful for our friendship and shared sacrifice. Tonight was an incredible moment in my life and I remain committed to our Nation, our Army, and the U.S. Military Academy" said McCarthy.

Photo: L-R, Superintendent, LTG Darryl Williams ’83, Sec. Ryan McCarthy, Kevin Offel, Pres. Class of’96

Ambassador Crocker To Receive 2020 Sylvanus Thayer Award

Ambassador Crocker To Receive 2020 Sylvanus Thayer AwardThe West Point Association of Graduates is pleased to announce that six-time U.S. Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker will receive the 2020 Sylvanus Thayer Award. The award will be presented on October 1, 2020 during ceremonies hosted by Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, Class of 1983, 60th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

West Point Association of Graduates Board Chairman Lt. Gen. (USA, Ret.) Joseph E. DeFrancisco, Class of 1965, said, “The West Point Association of Graduates is honored to present the Thayer Award to Ambassador Ryan Crocker. Ambassador Crocker’s distinguished service to our country spans more than 40 years, starting in 1971 as a Foreign Service Officer. During his service, he excelled many significant assignments, including reestablishing an American diplomatic presence in Afghanistan during the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom, and assisting in the formation of the Iraq Governing Council, the first Iraqi governing structure after the defeat of Saddam Hussein. Without question, Ambassador Crocker’s career stands as an exemplar of Duty, Honor, Country, making him a most worthy selection of our highest award.” Read more.

Class Notes Updates This Week

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Honoring African American Graduates

Honoring African American GraduatesIn honor of Black History Month, the Department of History would like to highlight interviews with Joe Anderson, Jim Conley, and Art Hester - three of the four African American graduates from the West Point Class of 1965. To find their interviews, visit www.westpointcoh.org and scroll down to "Staff Picks."

COL(R) Jamison '49 & MG(R) Charles '54 to Root for Gymnastics

COL(R) Jamison '49 & MG(R) Charles '54 to Root for GymnasticsTwo West Point cadets, in their respective senior years, earned the position of Captain of the Men’s Gymnastics Team: ‘Punch’ Jamison ’49 and ‘Jack’ Charles ’54.

Both were commissioned as Air Force officers, became pilots, and served with distinction. Punch retired as a Colonel, Jack as a Major General.

Both continued in aviation in their following business careers. They will be cheering the All-Academy (Army, Navy, Air Force) Championship: A Triangular Men’s Gymnastics Competition held on Saturday February 8 at Mission Concepcion Sports Complex.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1943Jan | 1952 | 1953 | 1955 | 1956 | 1959 | 1962 | 1966 | 1970 | 1978 | 1988 | 1994 | 2010. Class Notes

Salome '94 Promoted to VP at Solutions 21

Salome '94 Promoted to VP at Solutions 21Rob Salome has been promoted from Director to Vice President of Consulting Services at Solutions 21. Salome has been with the firm for three years and brings a long history of leadership to the firm and its clients.

Solutions 21 President and Founder Buddy Hobart said, “Rob’s promotion was well deserved because of the impact he’s had on our business as well as on our clients’ businesses. He’s received some of the best leadership training in the world through his senior-level military experience and academic training. His leadership experience has been an asset for our firm and for our clients. His and other promotions reflect the positioning of our team for the future to better take advantage of the needs and our competitive position in the marketplace.”

Salome served as Military Aide to the Vice President of the United States, a Battalion Commander in the elite 82nd Airborne Division, the Director of the Commander’s Initiatives Group in the Army’s Forces Command and as the City Manager of over 60,000 people at Fort Campbell, KY.

WPAOG Wins 5 CASE Accolade Awards

WPAOG Wins 5 CASE Accolades AwardsWPAOG won five 2020 CASE District II Accolades Awards: two golds, a silver, a bronze and an honorable mention. CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is the premier global non-profit association dedicated to educational advancement. The Accolades Awards celebrate institutional accomplishments in alumni relations, development, communications, events, and program development.

GOLD: Ring Melt – Tangible Connection Between Cadets and West Point Graduates
GOLD: Celebrating 150 Years of West Point AOG in Three Minutes
HONORABLE MENTION: Telling the Story of the West Point Ring Melt
SILVER: 150 Years of Serving West Point and the Long Gray Line

BRONZE: West Point Entrepreneur Summit: Exploring Professional Service after Selfless Service