West Point Grad News

Offel '96 Named CASA of Oklahoma

The Honorable Dr. Mark T. Esper, Secretary of the Army, selected Kevin D. Offel as the Army’s newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) to represent Oklahoma (North).

"It is an incredible honor to serve Secretary Esper and our Army as a Civilian Aide for the great state of Oklahoma," said Offel. "As a 4th generation Armed Forces Veteran and former Army officer, I personally understand what our soldiers and their families sacrifice every day. My family and I look forward to working with Secretary Esper, his team, and our steadfast leaders in Oklahoma to assist in the growth, combat readiness, and well-being of our brave warfighters, their families and my fellow Veterans."

CASAs are a vital part of the Army. Their duties and responsibilities include keeping the public informed about why a strong and robust Army is vital to our national security; partnering with the Soldier for Life Program to support our transitioning Soldiers and families; connecting prospective Soldiers with recruiters and commissioning sources; promoting good relations between the Army, Congress, and the public; and advising the Secretary on regional issues.

Offel served five years as an Army aviation officer and Blackhawk helicopter pilot with 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Hood, Texas. He served in uniform simultaneously alongside his father and older brother, who served in the Air Force; and his younger brother who served in the Navy.

McGinn '90 Named Executive Director of George Mason

John McGinn '90The George Mason School of Business has announced that John McGinn, PhD, has been named executive director of the George Mason Government Contracting Initiative. As executive director, McGinn will be responsible for developing and expanding the GovCon initiative to create the first research, teaching and collaboration center in the United States where students and faculty work with key government and industry stakeholders to address issues facing the government contracting community.

To achieve this vision, McGinn will undertake fundraising in support of research, scholarships, operations and outreach. He will also work with faculty across the university to develop GovCon offerings for undergraduate and graduate programs, certificate programs and executive development. Among other goals, the GovCon initiative aims to develop a venue for the academic development of key competencies in the government contracting space and to raise awareness of thought leadership in the field.

Most recently, McGinn served in the Defense Department’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics as principal deputy director of the Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. In that role, he was the senior career official responsible for analyzing the capabilities, overall health and policies concerning the industrial base on which the department relies for current and future war-fighting capabilities. Prior to his time in industry, McGinn served in DOD, where he focused on post-conflict stabilization, reconstruction and defense transformation and was a political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Read More

Curtis '90 Retires from the FBI After an Exceptional Career

Scott Curtis '90As a teenager, Scott Curtis developed his drive and focus training at the Parkettes gymnastics center in Allentown, PA. After his military service, Curtis became an FBI agent. His work eventually led him back to Allentown. "I was told there were allegations of potential corruption," Curtis said. "I identified where to focus the investigation to start gathering evidence of potential political corruption here." Agents eventually zeroed in on the top office at City Hall: the office of former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski. After spending hours working at the federal building, several nights a week Curtis would return to the very gym that led him to a career of public service volunteer coaching young gymnasts. The five-year investigation included hours and hours of covert recordings, which proved to be the secret weapon of the federal government's prosecution of Pawlowski. Pawlowski was found guilty of 47 of 54 pay-to-play charges, ending a several month trial. After 22 years, Curtis resigned from the bureau. He accepted a position investigating white-collar crime for a firm in NY, unfortunately he will not be able to continue volunteering at the gym. Curtis summed up his time in Allentown as a mission to root out any and all corruption in the city, adding "I think I accomplished that for the most part." Read More

Haning '09 Receives MacArthur Leadership Award

Haning '09 Receives MacArthur Leadership AwardIn a packed ceremony at The Pentagon auditorium, the Chief of Staff of the Army presented the MacArthur Leadership Award to Garrison Haning, president of the West Point Society of Eastern Oklahoma. The award is given annually to 5 of the highest performing captains in the Army Reserve, 13 captains on Active Duty, and 5 in the National Guard The recipients had a meeting with the CSA, and each received a personalized 15 lb. bronze bust of General Douglas MacArthur as well as a two-year membership to AUSA.

Nicholson ’61 Appointed to West Point Board of Visitors

James Nicholson '61R. James “Jim” Nicholson ’61 has been appointed by President Trump to the West Point Board of Visitors (BOV). The mission of the BOV is to inquire and advise the President as to the morale, discipline, academic standing, and general state of excellence of USMA and the Corps of Cadets. Nicholson, himself a Distinguished Graduate of West Point and a retired Army colonel, said, "Going to West Point and serving in the Army changed my life. I am very grateful to play a role in the development of our future generations of military leaders by serving on the Board of Visitors of my beloved Alma Mater."

25th Annual USMA Alumni Golf Outing Results

The 25th Annual USMA Alumni Golf Outing was held at West Point June 7-9, 2018. The outing included 36 holes of golf: Captain's Choice on Friday and Individual Play or Captain's Choice on Saturday. Other events included a reception and dinner in Herbert Alumni Center on Thursday, a boat cruise on Friday followed by dinner at the Kimsey Center, and breakfast and lunch at the West Point Golf Course. 61 graduates and guests participated; spanning 40 years of USMA classes. The senior graduate was Jim Looram '61 and the youngest was Michael Woods '00. The class of 1972 (Proud and True) with 12 graduates had the most number of Classmates.  Not far behind with seven graduates, was the Class of 1962 (Can Do). Thank you again to everyone who participated and made the event a success! Click here to view photos.

First-place teams on Friday were:
A-Flight, Score of 58 – John Northrop '72, Bill Pavlick '72, John Roggow '72, Grant Smith '72
B-Flight, Score of 66 – Joe Creeden '68, Dan Creeden, David Martin ‘68

First-place winners on Saturday were:
A-Flight, Score of 60 – Rob Beimler '76, Steve Canosa ‘76, Mike Kasun '76, Jim Lawson '76, Larry Warwick
B-Flight, Score of 66 – Jerry Comello ‘62, Sonny Sloan ‘62, Don Snider '62, James DeWire ‘63

2019 Alumni Golf Outing, June 6-8 , 2019 - We hope to see you next year! Click on the link below if you would like to receive an email when registration opens. http://www.westpointaog.org/AlumniGolfNotification

Ping Medvigy '12 First Female Active Duty Soldier to Summit Everest

Elyse Ping Medvigy, U.S. Army Reserve Platoon Leader, 356th Broadcast Operations Detachment, graduate student at Georgetown University, and Denali Expedition Leader for USX., Ping Medvigy was the first female active duty soldier to summit Mount Everest (with USX in 2016), and the Army's first female Artillery Officer chosen to integrate into an all-male light infantry company. Ping Medvigy is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan (2014-2015).

Ping Medvigy was most recently part of a five-member mountaineering team of U.S. military, veterans, and a physician from non-profit U.S. Expeditions and Explorations (USX) summited North America's highest peak, Denali, Alaska, during a scientific research expedition to benefit the study of high altitude cardiology, May 14 to June 5, 2018. Team members wore wireless electrocardiogram sensors to capture cardiology data and detect cardiac arrhythmias at high altitude. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the most frequent cause of non-traumatic death in men over 34 years at high altitude during leisure activities like skiing and hiking.

Researchers believe high altitude increases the likelihood of cardiac arrhythmias, which escalate the chance of stroke fivefold and double the risk for SCD. Limited data on this subject exists where participants ranged above 5,000 meters (16,404 feet). To fill this void, USX captured cardiology data up to 6,190 meters (20,310 feet) while summiting Denali by its West Buttress. While on Denali, each USX team member used a journal to meticulously document symptoms they experienced while ascending and descending the mountain. The research findings, which will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal in spring 2019.

Class Notes Updates This Week

West Point Class NotesThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1943Jan | 1956 | 1959 | 1971 | 1973 | 1988 | 1993 | 1996 | 2018. Class Notes

Weinerth '88 Named President Smart Buildings at Univ. mCloud

Dave Weinerth '88Universal mCloud Corp. providing Artificial Intelligence and Analytics ("AI&A") and IoT-connected asset care technology, announced Dave Weinerth will assume the position of President Smart Buildings with global responsibility.

Dave previously held executive positions with Silicon Valley technology firms such as the high-profile PARC, a Xerox Company in Palo Alto, SCIenergy in San Francisco, along with several early stage technology companies in the cleantech space. Dave received an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

"I'm excited to join this talented, diverse and motivated mCloud team," said Dave. "The AssetCare service starts with the IoT connected asset and is supplemented with a combination of machine learning and AI-driven software analytics. This tremendously empowers the service value chain. The addition of mobile 3D/AR technologies will change the paradigm for how HVAC and other building assets are supported." Read More