Welcome To The West Point Society of Central Florida
The West Point Society 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 provide news, information, and events related to the Academy as well as items of local interest to this group's members.
Thanks to the generosity of alumni, family, and friends, West Point Association of Graduates has made a significant contribution to the landscape of West Point with the construction of a new visitors center to serve the Academy and its visitors. This achievement was celebrated on Friday, October 27, with the official ribbon cutting for the new Frederic V. Malek West Point Visitors Center.
“The Frederic V. Malek West Point Visitors Center will serve as the gateway to our Academy, that first stop where visitors can learn about West Point—our history, our contributions to the nation, and our all-important mission of educating, training, and inspiring leaders of character,” said USMA Superintendent Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen Jr. ’75.
According to CDT Kelley Ericson ’21, the Corps of Cadets had been buzzing with excitement all week over the arrival of former President George W. Bush, the 2017 recipient of the Thayer Award, and when he entered Washington Hall for the award dinner and ceremony he received what CDT Jackson Luff ’18 called, “Some of the loudest cheers I ever heard in the Mess Hall.” [SEE PHOTOS]
Presented annually by the West Point Association of Graduates since 1958, the Thayer Award recognizes a U.S. citizen whose outstanding character, accomplishments, and stature in the civilian community draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: Duty, Honor, Country. In his remarks introducing the 2017 recipient, LTG (R) Larry Jordan ’68, Chairman of the West Point Association of Graduates, noted the concept of the Thayer Award originated with the Class of 1931, which sought to create an award that would contribute to the public’s understanding of West Point and the principles on which it is built.
In its 60-year history, the Thayer Award has been given to scientists and astronauts, jurists and scholars, members of the clergy and members of Congress, and three former presidents of the United States, including Bush’s father, President George H.W. Bush, the 1994 recipient. “The one thing shared by all Thayer Award recipients is an intense love of country and an untiring effort to make our nation better and stronger,” said Jordan, “President George W. Bush’s name on the Thayer Award plaque greatly enhances the prestige of this institution.”
Army defeated Rice in an overwhelming way this past weekend. Groups split their time between either the football game or the Ocktoberfest being held this past weekend. Pictured at the left is Mike Jenson, Alfonso Cotto, Monty Putman, Audra, Joe and Sandra O'Connell. The summary of the game is from the NCAA.com website.
The Black Knights dominated the Owls by 37 points for the largest margin of victory ever against the Owls. The Army squad came into the game with quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw throwing for only 116 yards on the season. The Black Knights stuck to the running game script, with Bradshaw attempting only two passes with zero yards and an interception -- the third game he has finished with zero passing yards this season.
Player of the game
Army running back Kell Walker had 127 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries -- his first 100-yard game this season.
The Black Knights had 418 rushing yards, with 13 players recording a carry and the team averaging 6.4 yards per carry.
Bradshaw finished with 115 rushing yards and two scores – his third 100-yard rushing game of the season. Black Knights defensive back Max Regan snagged a 48-yard pick-six for his first career interception to score the first points of the game. Rice ended with six turnovers – including five fumbles lost. Army improved to 3-4-1 in the all-time series which dates to 1958. Army has scored in seven straight quarters and nine of the last 12.
Walker’s eight-yard rushing touchdown four seconds into the second quarter gave the Black Knights a 28-0 lead and was the fourth touchdown for Army in the span of 3:04.
You can click on the picture to go to the photo album.
Army posted 21 straight points to break a halftime tie and pull away for a win over UTEP. The victory snapped a two-game slide for Army and dropped UTEP to 0-5 on the season. The 35 points scored were the most the Black Knights have tallied against a Football Bowl Subdivision team this season.
Player of the game
Army running back Andy Davidson rushed 14 times for a team-high 100 yards and one touchdown.
The following is a summary of the Army/Tulane game from NCAA.com. We had a good little crowd on Saturday and some pictures were taken. Click on the Picture below for more pictures.
The Tulane Green Wave (2-2) got back to .500 by grinding out a dramatic win at home against Army (2-2). Dontrell Hilliard scored a 75-yard touchdown on the game’s first play to give Tulane a quick lead. Army took a late 17-14 lead, but a 3-yard score by quarterback Jonathan Banks with 23 seconds remaining propelled Tulane to victory.
Change the World by Making Your Bed - by Admiral William McRaven
Freshman Harrison Greenhill was congratulated by Army coach Jeff Monken after Army defeated Fordham in a 64-6 victory. Harrison Greenhill graduated from Lake Highland last year and was named "Outstanding Defensive Finisher" in Coach Monken's tweet.
A number of us were there at Gator's for the season opener against Fordham to cheer the team on. Marc Angle was kind enough to tip us off on this tweet.
The following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1940 | 1956 | 1960 | 1964 | 1965 | 1968 | 1969 | 1986 | 1989 | 1996 | 1999.
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