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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.
The following story and clip come from CBS Sunday Morning
And now a page from our "Sunday Morning" Almanac: December 24th, 1826, 191 years ago today ... the day you might say West Point was into the drink, the drink in this case being eggnog.
The creamy, alcohol-laced holiday treat was a traditional part of the Academy's annual Christmas celebration. But in the year 1826, the school's strict new superintendent, Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, just said "no." He banned all alcohol on campus.
Bob McDonald ('75) was kind enough to forward some information he received from LTG Caslen ('75) about the upcoming game and preparation. Thanks to Bob for sharing this information with us.
Note: You can click on the picture below to see the Army uniforms that will be worn in this year's game.
On Sunday evening, we unveiled this year's uniform to the football team in honor of the historic 10th Mountain Division. In a short ceremony, appropriately hosted on the ice of Tate Rink, we presented this year's uniform and relayed to our players some of the incredible history of the division and their motto, Climb to Glory.
Scott Collier ('76) and Jeff Staubach (Roger's son) are shown together with one of the footballs that will be used at this year's Army/Navy football game. Roger Staubach put a number "12" on 48 game balls that will be used in the game this year. These footballs all have a chip implanted for authenticity. Click Here to see a closeup of the football which goes hand in hand with Navy's "Blue Angel" inspired uniforms for this year.
As a side note, Scott has worked for Roger since 1985 and has endured going into the office "after" the Army/Navy game and seeing the game score written on his white board. Last year was different (after fourteen long years) and Scott is fully confident, that this year he will once again be the one being taken out to dinner.
If you have any stories you would like to share about this rivalry, let us know.
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.
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.
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