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.
The West Point Association held a dinner at Christner's Steakhouse on April 25th. It was a small gathering and our guest speaker was Conrad Taylor ('73). The night began very informally as we all got the chance to catch up with each other since many of us had not gotten together since Football season ended. We had a great room and the food was excellent.
After dinner, Conrad read passages from his book and we began a discussion about his journey. What made this evening special was not just hearing from Contad but Ona, his wife. Ona chimed in and brought her own view of their special journey and we all enjoyed the conversation with the author and also enjoyed a lot of laughs during the discussion.
Last year, Conrad Taylor ’73, captured a fourth award for his book, PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance. Last year it won "Honorable Mention" in the Readers' Favorite 2014 International Book Competition, which attracted more than 3,000 entries.
PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance offers a ringside seat to the cultural trauma of emigration, the unique experience that is West Point, the personal side of Cold-War-era geopolitics, and the mayhem of Third World politics. The view is nostalgic for some, shocking to many, and enlightening for others.
Though the outcome wasn't what we wanted, we all had a great time cheering on the team. Here are some pictures below of some of those attending. You can click on each picture to see an enlarged view and also some of the names.
Gene Merlino was a fullback for Army at the US Military Academy at West Point in the 1980s before a series of concussions cut short his football career and led to an honorable discharge from the Army. Decades later, Merlino, a successful businessman with a wife and three children, has recently begun to lose control of his life to alcohol abuse and recurring thoughts of suicide,
Because the West Point Cemetery is near capacity for new gravesites, the Superintendent has ordered a temporary restriction to the interment criteria found in Army Regulation 210-26.This restriction will only apply to new in-ground burials. This letter from LTG Caslen addresses the situation.
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service—widely known as the PX or the Exchange—is designed to provide everything a soldier might need or want, tax-free and often at a deep discount: uniforms, tactical gear, recreational sports equipment, vitamin supplements, electronics, furniture, booze, lawn ornaments. It serves 12.8 million customers in 50 states and more than 30 countries. In fiscal 2013 the PX had revenue of $8.3 billion and a profit of $332 million. About a third of that was reinvested in operations, and the rest—$208 million—was plowed into the Pentagon’s morale, welfare, and recreation programs to provide services like playing fields and on-base Boy Scout troops.
Brigadier General Gavin Lawrence has assumed command of the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support. It is an “honor and a privilege” to return to Philadelphia to lead a great...
In 2019, the WPAOG Nominating Committee will nominate graduates for Chair, Vice Chair, five Director positions and six Advisor-at-Large positions. To apply for a nomination, please see the ...
Cadet on the Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride traveled to the 82nd Airborne’s drop zones and areas of operation to analyze the actions of the 82nd Airborne from September 17-19, 1944....
Cadets on the Cold War Staff Ride continued their study of Communist Hungary. In Kossuth Square, cadets inspected the bullet holes left by the Soviet Army's suppression of the 1956 Hungarian...