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 the society is to provide a networking platform for those associated with the Academy, provide news, information, and to further the ideals and promote the welfare of the USMA.
A divided University of South Carolina board of trustees voted Friday to hire retired Army Gen. Robert Caslen as the school’s next president.
After a rare contentious meeting, the board rejected protests from faculty, some students and several politicians in choosing Caslen, the former superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The vote was 11-8. One board member abstained.
A crowd of roughly 128 students, alumni and faculty who had gathered in the Pastides Alumni Center, where the board met, began chanting “shame” minutes after the board voted.
Caslen was aware of the opposition to his candidacy and has pledged to meet with his critics and listen to them.
“I want to engage with my critics in the faculty and the students and take their advice,” Caslen told The State. “They’re valued members of the university and it’s important they realize that I see them that way.”
Asked how he felt to be named USC’s
WPSCF hosted a welcome reception for LTG (R) Robert L. Caslen Jr. and his wife Shelly on May 24th at the Country Club of Orlando. The reception was held to welcome the Caslen Family to Central Florida and to honor one of our most recent Distinguished Graduates.
The evening included a social hour with appetizers and drinks where the attendees got a chance to visit with the Caslens and other graduates. Pat Henson (‘05) and Caleb Brown (’04), who planned the event were pleased with the attendance and the many positive comments from all those who attended.
The evening concluded with Jim Young (’78) introducing LTG (R) Robert L. Caslen for some brief comments. After the event, many of the attendees went out to the patio for a group picture with the Caslens. Photos of the event can be found at https://wpscf.org/gallery/index.php?/category/24.
Mike Buddie is no longer the athletic director at Furman University. Buddie vacated his position to accept the same role at Army West Point. Buddie was introduced during a ceremony in New York on Thursday morning.
Buddie had guided Furman's program since July 2015. Under his direction, Furman secured a multi-year apparel deal with Nike, won 30 Southern Conference championships and qualified 17 teams for NCAA Tournaments.
Buddie was also instrumental in the successful bid to bring the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament to Greenville in 2017.
"We'll truly miss Mike and all that he has brought to Furman, but we're excited for him as he pursues this new opportunity," Furman president Elizabeth Davis said in a statement.
ORLANDO, Fla.—The state dubbed it the I-4 Ultimate for its grand scope. For some here, it’s more like the ultimate headache.
A reconstruction of 21 miles of congested interstate highway through the heart of Orlando will build or rebuild 140 bridges, redesign 15 interchanges, move exits and add new toll lanes, in a $2.3 billion project to smooth traffic through one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities.
On Tuesday, May 21st, the Alumni Luncheon presenting the 2019 Distinguished Graduates will be held at West Point in the Cadet Mess Hall.
The West Point Association of Graduates "annual Distinguished Graduate Award is bestowed upon those West Point graduates whose character, distinguished service and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: “Duty, Honor, Country.” The awards will be presented in a ceremony at West Point on May 21, 2019. Please join us in congratulating the 2019 Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients:"
This year five graduates will be receiving this award and recognition. The graduates and their biographies are listed below.
Robert L. Caslen Jr. ’75 – One of only four officers to have served as both West Point’s Superintendent (59th) and Commandant of Cadets (70th), LTG (R) Robert L. Caslen’s career spans more than four decades, three war zones, and the Pentagon on 9/11. Commissioned as an Infantry officer, Caslen commanded at every level, from platoon to division in light, airborne, and mechanized units. Notably, he served in Operations Desert Shield/Storm, coordinated joint and interagency counterinsurgency operations in Nicaragua and El Salvador, deployed to Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, commanded the 25th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division-North in Iraq, and was Chief, Office of Security Cooperation following the planned 2011 withdrawal of U.S. security forces in Iraq. He also had three tours at West Point: first, as an assistant football coach and company tactical officer; second, as Commandant (who initiated the Cadet Leadership Development Program with its extended field training exercises at Camp Buckner for rising First-Year cadets); and, finally, as Superintendent. Regarding this last post, one of his nominators said, “Perhaps Douglas MacArthur deserves credit as West Point’s finest Superintendent, but history will show us that Bob Caslen’s impact on the Academy lasted longer and was more transformative.” Affectionately called “Supe Daddy” by cadets, Caslen instituted a fourth pillar of West Point Leader Development (“character,” also known as “honorable living”); stood up numerous improved facilities and a new barracks, as well as academic and athletic centers; promoted a winning culture at the Academy, and inspired approximately 8,000 future officers in the U.S. Corps of Cadets.
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