Happy 44th!

Greetings USMA77 Classmates!!

Two days ago was the 77th anniversary of D-Day and today is the 44th anniversary of our graduation on the Plain.  Wishing you all a happy day of remembrance!  Esprit de Corps!  GoArmy!! 

All Academy Challenge 2021 – Final results

USMA made a strong showing but we still came in 2nd place behind USMMA.  Maybe next year.

We in USMA 1977 made a strong showing, with:

376 donors (4th place; not bad for one of the smaller classes)
$160,487.52 donated (2nd place; wow)
58.20% participation (4th place, after 1972@72.73%, 1994@60.93%, and 1997@60.5%)

We have not yet received a breakdown by company/regiment.

The official WPAOG report is here: https://www.westpointaog.org/academychallenge.


All Academy Challenge 2021 – 19 May update

Only one and a butt days to go.  USMA is still (barely) staying ahead of USMMA for the overall lead: All Academy Challenge

USMA 1977 is in a strong 2nd position among all the other USMA classes, but the class of 1972 is in the lead by a fair amount.  I’m hoping some of you were just waiting to jump in at the last minute and tip the scales.  Well, it’s about that time.  Please remember it only takes $5 to be counted.

USMA class standings are here: West Point (allacademychallenge.com).  As I type this, we have 324 donors.  We have 17 companies at or over 50% in participation, and our class as a whole surpassed 50% a few hours after the below graphic was generated (at 1700 EDT).


All Academy Challenge 2021 – 18 May Update

Congrats all!  USMA is (barely) staying ahead of USMMA for the overall lead: All Academy Challenge

USMA 1977 was leading all USMA classes up until yesterday, when the class of 1972 surged passed us, so we need more help getting back on top.  Please remember it only takes $5 to be counted.  If you have any relatives in other classes, please see about getting them to join in and also reach out to their classmates.

USMA class standings are here: West Point (allacademychallenge.com).  As I type this, we have 284 donors.  10 companies are already over 50% in participation!


All Academy Challenge 2021 – 17 May Update

Congrats all!  USMA surpassed USMMA for the overall lead: All Academy Challenge

USMA 1977 was leading all USMA classes up until a few hours ago, when the class of 1972 passed us.  Please remember it only takes $5 to be counted.  Also, in addition to the two videos mentioned previously, we now have this video from Marc Gunnels.

USMA class standings are here: West Point (allacademychallenge.com).  As I type this, we have 213 donors.  Company D-1 is closing in on their 100% goal.


All Academy Challenge 2021 – 16 May update

So far so good within USMA — the class of 1977 is in the lead.  Keep up the great work.  Overall, USMA is a little behind some of the other academies, but we’re not even through day one yet.

Overall standings: All Academy Challenge

USMA class standings are here: West Point (allacademychallenge.com).  As I type this, we have 77 donors.


Click the image for USMA 1977 company standings.  



All Academy Challenge 2021

Greetings USMA77 Classmates!

Last year, USMA77 finished 4th/83 living classes in the All Academy Challenge.  Our goal this year is 77% participation, 522 class grads(it will be an Academy record).  This year’s Point Man is Mike Johnson, D-1!  We will post daily updates to the class forum on our great progress, and we’ll try to post information here as well.

Thanks to our great classmate, Steve Collier, for crafting the OPORD for this year’s competition(see below)!  

Special note- Pete Selleck asks that in the comment section we donate in memory of one of our deceased classmates(list below).  When we do so, AOG sends a note to the family alerting them a gift was made in their loved one’s name.  Esprit de Corps!!  GOARMY!!!  Beat NAVY and all the others!   

Rich Trotter, F-1/G-1 USMA77

1. Situation

a) General: 

1)The All Academy Challenge (AAC) is a friendly contest between graduates of five service academies to see who can reach the highest alumni giving rate over the course of five days – May 16 –   May 20.

2) Results from 2020 AAC:

·         Merchant Marine Academy 23.5% of 11,794 alumni (2,776 donors)

·         Military Academy 22.2% of 52,128 alumni (11,575 donors)

·         Naval Academy 11.1% of 54,480 alumni (6,058 donors)

·         Coast Guard Academy 11.1% of 11,608 alumni (1,284 donors)

·         Air Force Academy 4.61% of 48,401 alumni (2,232 donors)

West Point Class of ’77 finished 4th (49.16%in participation among all 83 West Point Classes.  Good Job.  This is impressive.  The current class participation goal is 77%.  This would be an AAC record. 

b) Enemy Forces (listed in capability order)

1) United States Merchant Marine Academy

2) United States Naval Academy

3) United States Coast Guard Academy

4) United States Air Force Academy

c) Friendly Forces.

1) All USMA Alumni from 83 classes

2) USMA Class of 1977

2. Mission: 77% class participation!

3. Execution.

a) Concept of Operation.

1) Scheme of maneuver.  Over the period May 16 to May 20 donate at least $5.00 and you will drive our participation rate higher.  Other potential donations could be $77 or $19.77.

2) Formation. Full frontal assault!

3) Route.  The route to donate is this button All Academy Challenge   Click this button to participate and view the real time leaderboard.  You will be given the option of several funds to contribute to.  A primary fund to consider is our 1977 Class Gift Fund. 

4) Tactical Missions to subordinate Units: Maintain situational awareness and encourage our classmate friends to participate.

b) Coordinating Instructions.  When you donate please consider donating in honor of one of our fallen Classmates.   Priorities to consider would be regimental/company classmates.  A complete list of our fallen 1977 classmates is at Annex B.   If you donate and honor a classmate, the AOG will send a letter to our classmates family to tell them that their family member has been remembered and honored.  https://wp.allacademychallenge.com/pages/leaderboard-31

4. Service Support.

a)  Official participation results are tabulated by original cadet companies. 

5. Command and Signal.

a) Signal.

1) Frequencies and Call Signs.

·         1977 class forum.  If you are not a member of our 1977 class forum, email Allen Light and put Subscribe in the subject line.

·         USMA AOG. If you are not a member of the USMA AOG go to this link and join.  West Point Association of Graduates (westpointaog.org)

·         USMA class of 1977 Facebook homepage. If you are not a member of USMA class of 1977 Facebook homepage go to this link and sign up.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/38443162332/?ref=bookmarks  (This is a private group with 440 members, you will have to ask permission to join)

2) Pyrotechnics and Signals.

·         Daily sitreps and updates will be sent

·         A class of 1977 Spirit video/skit shown below! Despite the high quality of this video, no professional actors were used in the skit.

b) Command.

1) Command Leader Location.  The AOG will lead, coordinate and report results on a daily basis.  In case you are not a member of our class forum or USMA AOG you will only be updated by me.   Daily AAC results are located at this link  All Academy Challenge  

2) Chain of Command: AOG, 1977 Class Lead: Mike Johnson,  4th Regiment Lead: John Shephard, C4 Lead: Steve Collier

Annex A: Class invitation by Pete Selleck. Click on attached video.  Class Spirit Video created by Mike Johnson and David Anselmi:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPSbmyhjAp0&t=28s


Annex B: 1977 fallen members of the Long Grey Line.  Grip hands.

Alan B. Becker
David L. Bolte
James G. Brecher
Gilbert R. Collins
Peter J. Comodeca
Robert S. Cowan
Daniel P. Doede
Robert M. Evans
Jody A. Fink
Kenneth M. Franklin
Trent R. Frederickson
Randal L. Gehler
Richard S. Grammier
Clifford H. Harris
Thomas G. Hesse
Andrew J. Hill
Matthew M. Holm
Steven J. Hoogland
James A. Hubbard
Herman N. Iorio
Alexander F. Janisz
William G. Johnson
Kevin G. Kelly
Christopher F. Kurek
Edward M. Lawnick
Scott T. Lofgren
John J. Luther
Timothy D. Lynch
Reginald B. McFadden
Roger V. McMaster
James E. McShea
Robert L. Mitchell
Jesus L. Olivo
Andrew E. Pehonsky
John J. Powers
Joseph F. Santilli
Michael A. Sheehan
James D. Skopek
Richard E. Stinner
Kevin W. Trehey
Blair M. Turner
James K. Whiteman
Jeffrey P. Whitman
Earl M. Yerrick

Happy New Year, Classmates!

Wishing USMA77 classmates a Happy New Year and a healthy and  successful 2018.  As we say a sad farewell to yet another classmate, we remember our days at West Point and we share this video memory of some of the good times we had last October as we reconnected at our Legacy reunion.  Esprit de Corps!



Updated Accommodations List for 40th Reunion

Esprit de Corps!  Registration is available online and packets have been mailed out to all classmates.  We’ve updated available accommodations as of TODAY, 9/15/17.  So many reasons to attend the 40th legacy reunion and there are still rooms available for you – but not for long.  There are a few rooms being help until next week.

Excitement is building.  Agenda is finalized. Registration is still open. Excellent options for USMA77 memorabilia.  Join us October 5 – 8th, 2017 for fellowship and updates and for reconnecting at West Point!


NYC Activity Possiblities for October 7th, 2017 New York City Trip Option

As our 40th Reunion agenda is being finalized and surveys are being made available to all classmates, we have created a list of some suggested New York City activities and venues you may enjoy if you participate in the evening trip on Saturday, October 7, 2017.  These suggested venues and restaurants are fairly close to the bus drop off and pick up point because of your available time in the city.  Bus will leave West Point at 4:30 PM to take you to NYC.  Plans in the city are on your own. Bus will pick you up again at 10:30 PM in New York for return trip to West Point. You may review and / or download the attractions list here.