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.
From the website "AtlasObscura" --- submitted by Frank Albritton
UNTIL THE MID-1990S, SQUARED-AWAY PLEBES (what they call “freshmen who have their s**t together” at the United States Military Academy—better known as West Point—located some 60 miles up the Hudson River from Manhattan) carried a circular piece of paper in two small Zip-Lock plastic bags under their hats whenever the mess hall was serving pie. They always knew when pie would be on the menu because they always knew when everything was on the menu; part of their job as the punching bags of the United States’s finest military academy was to know what was for lunch.
It's those lazy days of summer right now and I'm sure many of you are thinking of that whimsical summer you spent at Camp Buckner. Here's the perfect video to take you back to those days.
The Hail and Farewell luncheon was held at the Orlando Country Club. This year we have a very large number of students who received appointments to the Military Academy. We had twenty students accepted to West Point this year and two accepted to USMAPS.
I have attended a number of events that the Parents Club has sponsored and I remain very impressed with what a great group of people they are and what a great organization they have. The luncheon was a huge success with a number of cadets attending the luncheon and of course many of the students who have been accepted and will be on their way to West Point shortly.
Doug Sedgwick ('58) passed away on May 30th. There will be a Memorial Service on June 16th at 7PM at the VA Memorial at the Lake Nona VA Hospital. For information on the Memorial Service CLICK HERE.
Doug was an avid supporter of all things West Point. I wanted to share with you a little about the Doug I got to know over the past couple of years.
A number of us attended the Parents Club Howitzer Luncheon on May 14th. The luncheon was well attended and we all had a great time. Derrol Dennis ('54) was there with his family as well as Jim Dedmon ('79) and his wife.
The luncheon helps raise money for the Parents Club and there were a lot of great items to bid on. What made everything fun was the person leading the auction. I have uploaded some pictures from the auction and would be glad to upload more if anyone has some they would like to share. (Photo Gallery). I have a great picture of the person that led the auction and just from the picture alone you can imagine how much fun we had.
Founders Day was a great success with 154 people attending, doubling the turnout from the year before. We hadn't anticipated the level of support we received since the event was held on a Friday night. We were very excited with the turnout and support from all those who attended. If you haven't seen the pictures from Founders Day, please visit our Photo Gallery (Click Here).
We could not have made the evening the success it was without our sponsors support and I would like to thank them.
First Captain Level
The Honorable Robert and Diane McDonald
Brigade Commander Level
Proactive Technologies Inc
Regimental Commander Level
Carrier Leadership Coaching, Inc. - Bill Carrier, Class 1990
Steve Phelps, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments, Class 1983
Marc & Kristie Angle
Battalion Commander Level
Tom and Paige Dyer
Dave and Diane Macintire
I also want to thank Pete Marion (’75) for acting as the Master of Ceremonies. We had huge support from the class of ’75.
BG Steven W. Gilland ’90 will serve as the 77th Commandant of the U.S. Corps of Cadets. Gilland is currently Deputy Commanding General for Operations for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “I am incredibly humbled to be selected as the 77th Commandant of Cadets. It is a true honor to hold the responsibility of developing and mentoring our Army's future leaders and defenders of our great Nation,” said Gilland. “My family and I are extremely grateful for this opportunity to return to West Point. We look forward to joining the USMA team. Go Army!” Gilland will assume duties as Commandant later this year.
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