West Point Grad News

Anderson '78 Selected as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army

Anderson '78 Selected as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the ArmyDarcy Anderson has been appointed as a new Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army during an investiture ceremony in the Perot Building January 8. The Honorable Ryan D. McCarthy, Secretary of the Army, selected Darcy Anderson to represent Texas (North).

"Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army are an integral part of sharing the U.S. Army story," Anderson said. "I am proud to be appointed as it will allow me to continue serving my country and assist both the secretary and key Army leaders. I look forward to using my network and platform as a business and community leader to build bridges of understanding between the U.S. Army and the public."

"I am thrilled Darcy agreed to serve in our program," McCarthy said. "I can't think of a better person to represent the Army in Dallas. He is a true icon in this area. Our Army is an all-volunteer force. Now, more than ever, we rely on our volunteers, such as CASAs, to help build networks, foster relationships and tell the Army story to your communities. They are my first phone call into the city and the last handshake as I head back to D.C. I am confident Darcy will have an immediate positive impact."

Anderson served in the Army five years in various capacities with Corps of Engineers combat units. He has served as a board member for both West Point Association of Graduates and West Point Society of North Texas and as a member of Congressmen Marc Veasey and Van Taylor's service academy selection boards.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1954 | 1962 | 1966 | 1967 | 1974 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 2019. Class Notes

Johnson '19 Receives Foley Award

In a letter that recommended now-2LT Camm Johnson as a candidate for the LTG Robert Foley Scholarship of Honor Award, he was described as universally loved and respected by his peers for having an infectiously positive personality by Company C-2 Tactical Officer MAJ Jonathan Leggett. Johnson was someone who went through major obstacles yet emerged from the West Point journey successfully and was recognized as excelling within the four pillars of the academy: academically, militarily, physically and as a leader of character. Johnson received the award December 19, one day before graduating. Full story.

Gov. John Bel Edwards '88 Sworn in for a Second Term

Gov. John Bel Edwards '88 Sworn in for a Second TermGovernor John Bel Edwards has been sworn in for his second term. There was the traditional 19 gun salute, and the West Point Glee Club performed the national anthem.

In his inaugural address, Edwards' recapped his first term. He praised Democrats and Republicans for coming together to solve a budget crisis, better fund education and infrastructure projects and to enact landmark criminal justice reforms.

He also outlined his top priorities for his second term, namely, workforce development, raising the state minimum wage and early childhood education. Read more.

Bray '89 Appointed Executive Director at PASTrust

Bray '89 Appointed Executive Director at PASTrustSteven L. Bray has been appointed Executive Director at the Western Asbestos, J.T. Thorpe, Thorpe Insulation, and Plant Asbestos Settlement Trusts.

“We’re truly fortunate that Steve is joining the Trusts as he brings the right mix of professional experience and skills to the position and is deeply committed to the Trusts’ goal of treating all claimants equitably,” said Managing Trustee Jack Luikart. “The Trustees believe he will provide effective and efficient management of the Trusts.”

Mr. Bray most recently served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Johnson Matthey Inc. where he was the chief legal officer overseeing all functions of the Americas legal department for the international, publicly traded manufacturer of specialty chemicals and lithium ion battery materials. Prior to that, he served in positions of increasing managerial and legal responsibility with Albemarle Corporation, BP and The Hartford.

“I look forward to contributing to the Trusts’ efforts as we continue to tirelessly serve our claimants with transparency, efficiency, fairness and respect,” Bray said. “I am delighted to be joining the Trusts and am privileged to be working with such a dedicated and talented team of professionals.”

Mr. Bray graduated in 1989 as a distinguished cadet from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Following military service as a field artillery officer in the United States Army, he received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Master of Business Administration degree (Risk Management and Decision Processes) from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1945 | 1956 | 1959 | 1962 | 1965 | 1966 | 1967 | 1969 | 1970 | 1978 | 1982 | 1985 | 1992 | 1998 | 2003. Class Notes

LTC Rubio '98 Among the First to Graduate NASA's Artemis Program

LTC Frank Rubio is among the first 11 astronaut candidates to graduate under NASA's Artemis program, which aims to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024, these graduates will be qualified to fly to the International Space Station and, soon enough, take Artemis missions to the moon, the Lunar Orbiting Platform-Gateway and Mars. 

"After completing more than two years of basic training, these candidates will become eligible for spaceflight, including assignments to the International Space Station, Artemis missions to the Moon, and ultimately, missions to Mars," NASA officials said in a statement. Read more.

Ackerman '85 Named VP of Operations and Transformation at MITRE

Ackerman '85 Named VP of Operations and Transformation at MITRECraig Ackerman has been named to the new role of vice president for operations and transformation at MITRE, a new organization comprised of the business transformation program, corporate real estate, contracts and acquisition management, and a newly formed operational risk management function.

"As we continue to grow our team and build strong internal capabilities at MITRE, Craig's track record of leading strategic transformation with agility and developing the talent to facilitate adoption across the enterprise will be a real asset," said Usha Chaudhary, senior vice president for corporate operations and chief transformation officer.

Ackerman most recently served as a principal in the federal practice at Chazey Partners, a global advisory firm, working with federal and local government clients to develop more efficient service delivery operations. He also served as the firm's global head of robotic process automation, helping clients harness the evolution of process automation tools to improve efficiency, productivity, control, and compliance. His previous roles include senior leadership positions at Day & Zimmerman, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and SAIC.

Bulls '78 JLL Named One of the World's Most Ethical Companies

Herman Bulls Company JLL has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies. For the 12th consecutive year, JLL has been honored for its commitment to improve communities, build capable and empowered workforces and foster a corporate culture focused on ethics and a strong sense of purpose. The Ethisphere Institute is a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

"he values of teamwork, ethics and excellence are an integral part of JLL," said JLL Global Chief Legal Officer Alan Tse. "We are committed to building a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities, and we are honored to be included in the Ethisphere Institute's list of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies for the 12th consecutive year."

"Today, employees, investors and stakeholders are putting their greatest trust in companies to take leadership on societal issues. Companies that take the long view with a purpose-based strategy are proven to not only outperform but last," said Ethisphere's Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "I congratulate everyone at JLL for earning this recognition."

Clients and third-party organizations continue to recognize JLL globally for its ethics, corporate citizenship and commitment to being an employer of choice. Read more.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1949 | 1953 | 1956 | 1959 | 1962 | 1966 | 1974 | 1984 | 1988. Class Notes