West Point Grad News

Viti '08 Named AFCA FBS Assistant Coach of the Year

Viti '08 Named AFCA FBS Assistant Coach of the YearArmy West Point fullbacks coach Mike Viti has been named the 2019 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Assistant Coach of the Year, it was announced on Tuesday. This comes after Viti was the eighth recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award, announced by the Football Writers Association (FWAA) on Veteran's Day. Each year, one assistant coach from the five divisions of college football is selected for their dedication to their teams and communities. A total of 53 nominees from Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA were nominated in 2019. Joining Viti as the FBS Finalists this year were Bob Shoop (Mississippi State) and Timothy Albin (Ohio University).

Each year, staff representatives from NCAA and NAIA football-playing schools are asked to nominate an assistant for consideration. From those nominations, the winners are selected by the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Committee. The Assistant Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1997 and was created to honor assistant coaches who excel in community service, commitment to the student-athlete, on-field coaching success and AFCA professional organization involvement.

The criteria for the award is not limited to on-field coaching ability or the success of the team and the players whom these assistant coaches work with. Service to the community through charitable work and other volunteer activities, participation in AFCA activities and events, participation in other professional organizations and impact on student-athletes are all taken into account in the selection process. As a player at Army West Point (2004-2007), Viti earned four varsity letters and was a team captain. He carried the ball 91 times during his career for 321 yards and three scores while catching 30 passes for 198 yards. Viti also served as a Regimental Commander during his senior year. Read more.

WPAOG Annual Meeting Election Results

At the WPAOG Annual Meeting today, November 19, 2019, the following members were elected to positions on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council.

To serve their terms from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021:
Chair - Joseph E. DeFrancisco ’65

Vice Chair - Stanley J. Shipley ’73

To serve their terms from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022:
Keirn C. Brown Jr. ’69 
Jeffrey A. Sorenson ’73
Clyde A. (Pete) Selleck III ’77
Herman E. Bulls ’78
Peter Carey ’92

To serve his term from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021:
Robert P. Kane Jr. ’73

To serve their terms from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022:
Kip P. Nygren ’69
Mark W. House ’80
Joseph A. Simonelli Jr. ’87
Jon E. Tellier ’89
Stephen B. Rubright ’97
Thomas W. Oakley ’00

Sims '96 Named Permanent Superintendent of Gettysburg NMP, Eisenhower NHS

Steven Sims has been named as the new permanent superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site in Pennsylvania. Sims is currently serving as superintendent of Valley Forge National Historical Park, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site and the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail. He will begin his new assignment in late January.

"Steve brings a broad set of skills that will be very beneficial to both park units. He is experienced at bringing partners together to work towards a common goal and values the importance of community engagement," said Vietzke. "His background as a West Point graduate and military officer will provide the valuable leadership that is needed to define and carry out the mission of the parks. In his current assignment, Steve has made significant strides in reducing the park's maintenance backlog and preserving park resources. In addition to millions of dollars in completed projects Steve has led Valley Forge National Historical Park through a $14M visitor center renovation and the production of five new park orientation films which are scheduled for completion in summer of 2020."

"I am honored to have been selected to serve as the superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site," said Sims. "As a former Army Officer, I feel a deep responsibility to care for the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg, moreover, honoring the legacy of one of the most notable military generals and presidents of our nation is a privilege. I look forward to serving these parks and our neighbors in this new role." Read more.

JROTC Building Honors James Adamouski ’95

On Monday, November 11 Loudoun County High School dedicated its NJROTC annex to the memory of Captain James F. Adamouski as part of the 10th anniversary of this program. Army Captain James F. “Jimmy” Adamouski was killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq on April 2, 2003. He was 29, and the first West Point graduate to die in Iraq during the Global War on Terror.

Adamouski, who planned to enter Harvard Business School was killed when the Black Hawk helicopter he was piloting crashed in central Iraq. Because of his Harvard acceptance, Adamouski—an officer of the Second Battalion Third Aviation Regiment of the Third Infantry Division—had not been required to deploy with his unit but chose to deploy and lead his soldiers in defense of his country and, ultimately, fly his final mission.

With the assistance of his West Point Class of 1995 classmates (Eric Pavlick, Paul Maggiano, Jim Kotwis, Craig Wilhelm, Chris Dodd, and Jeff Raines have been instrumental), the Loudoun County school board in Leesburg, VA voted unanimously for his name to be placed on the NJROTC building at the Loudoun HS in Leesburg. Many classmates attended the ceremony and among the speakers was General (Retired) Richard A. Cody ’72, and Lieutenant General (Retired) Ray Palumbo ’81. View photos.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1953 | 1955 | 1957 | 1962 | 1968 | 1973 | 1977 | 1992 | 1998. Class Notes

Velez '77 Appointed CEO at Trident

David Velez has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at Trident. Mr. Velez has been with Trident for over a decade and was most recently the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Velez is a proven hands-on leader with over four decades of experience in both domestic and international markets. Before joining Trident, he held a variety of Senior Executive positions including: Chief Operating Officer of Pepsi Cola Brazil, President of Pepsi Cola for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, Regional VP of Cardinal Health, Senior VP South America T&B Group and Regional VP Aramark.

Mr. Velez stated that, "This is an exciting time for our company and great day for Trident. Our new ownership has helped us to dramatically strengthen our capital structure to support our investment and growth plans. Equally as important, they are focused on continuing to improve the service to our loyal customers, maintain the rate of capital investment in our core business and most importantly support the thousands of Trident Employees who provide services to our customers on a daily basis. The Trident team reporting to me has deep experience in the industry and will be focused on delivering best in class service to the industry." Read more.

Dr. Holland '68 Elected to National Academy of Construction

Dr. Holland '68 Elected to National Academy of ConstructionDr. Terence C. (Terry) Holland has been elected as a member of The National Academy of Construction. Holland was selected from more than 300 leaders who were considered for Academy membership. Holland, an independent consulting engineer, specializes in the areas of concrete materials, concrete durability, and concrete construction technology.

Holland was cited by NAC for "significant contributions and enhancements in the areas of materials, practices, and sustainability within the concrete construction industry."
"The 2019 class has been selected not only for their leadership, but for their integrity and their dedication to the engineering and construction industry," said Wayne Crew, General Secretary of NAC. "New members such as Terry Holland bring added expertise to the Academy."

Election criteria for NAC include leadership, exceptional service, a continued commitment to making a contribution, past recognition by peers for innovation, and being recognized as "best of the best."

Boyd '73 Eighth "Tier 1" Firm Recognition

Boyd '73 Eighth "Tier 1" Firm RecognitionRobert D. Boyd's law firm, Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle received their eighth recognition as a "Tier 1" Atlanta family law firm, recognized in the 2020 edition of U.S. World News and World Report’s "Best Law Firms." The firm’s high-ranking results from positive client feedback, peer reviews and exceptional demographic evaluations honored by colleagues within the Atlanta Bar. Firms included in the 2020 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The 2020 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Over 13,000 attorneys provided more than 1,000,000 law firm assessments, and over 7,500 clients provided more than 65,000 evaluations.

MG(R) McNair '55 Honored with 2019 Community Leadership Award

MG(R) McNair '55 Honored with 2019 Community Leadership AwardMajor General (Retired) Carl H. McNair, Jr. has been awarded the 2019 Community Leadership Award presented by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. General McNair was recognized for his lifetime of community leadership, public service, and philanthropy during 2019 Raise the Region Gala held on Friday, October 4, 2019, at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

This award is the longest standing community- based recognition award in Northern Virginia and is presented annually for outstanding commitment and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians.

"Major General Carl McNair is a local hero. He had a remarkably distinguished 32 years career in the Air Force followed by the same in the private sector. We could not be more pleased to honor Major General McNair with the 2019 Community Leadership Award," said Eileen Ellsworth, President, and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. "He's one of the most generous local philanthropists Northern Virginia has ever seen," stated Ellsworth.

"When you talk about character, competence, and commitment Carl epitomizes that for all of us. He's been an absolute role model for me and everyone in the community. He's lived a life that I think most of us would love to live," said Phil Panzarella, COO Easterseals DC MD VA. Read more.