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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:


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 (  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 (  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 (  As I type this, we have 213 donors.  Company D-1 is closing in on their 100% goal.


Hello USMA class of 1977

Welcome to the new and improved Class of 1977 website. We have big plans, and you can help.

If you have stumbled across this site, please realize this is a prototype currently under development.  This will hopefully be replacing the old/ancient site shortly.  In the meantime, don’t believe everything you read here, and please don’t tell others about it just yet.

Yes, what you see above is a picture of us on R-day, 2 July 1973. The photo was provided by Terry Stewart.

April 2021 – More to The Point

[If you are reading this, this is a draft that is not ready for public consumption.  It will hopefully be finalized and published soon.  Draft date: 6 Jun 2021]


to the first issue of our unofficial/unauthorized newsletter! Its purpose is to reach out, connect, support, and celebrate with classmates, families, and friends of the West Point Class of 1977.

We want to make this newsletter easily understandable from the “Star Men” to the ‘Ejection Section”, in a format more like People Magazine than Pravda.  We all lead busy, chaotic lives, so hopefully these newsletters will be a simple, useful “poop sheet” for those to catch up & pass along. So, here goes, . . . take boards!NOTE: To prevent spammers from harvesting accounts to spam, this newsletter does not contain email addresses. If you were a member of USMA 1977 at any point in time, you should have received an email copy of this letter in April 2021 which does cite the applicable email addresses. If you did not receive this via email, please contact your company coordinator (see below).

Current Situation

Our Class Leaders have been busy planning for our 45th reunion (Football weekend, Oct 2022). To this end, we have revised our constitution & bylaws.

A Band of Brothers (BoB) committee has been formed to promote camaraderie & “encourage recognition of class members”.  Click here for the latest SOP. The committee is headed by Lance Betros, Andy Chmar, & with regimental reps (Tom von Kaenel-1st Reg, Bruce Cogossi-2nd Reg, Kevin Benson-3rd Reg, John Shephard-4th Reg).

What Should I Do?

In a phrase, we ask that you consider doing what you can do to promote camaraderie & “encourage recognition of Class members”. It will be different for each member of the class of ’77.  Here are a couple of suggestions.

1.  Keep in touch with your company coordinator:

    • A1 – Bob Bankey/ Mike Nicholas
    • B1 – Pat Linehan/ Tom von Kaenel
    • C1 – Joe Sullivan
    • D1 – Mike Johnson
    • E1 – Steve Morrow
    • F1 – Dale Bodman
    • G1 – Tom Watson
    • H1 – Pete Kingman
    • I1 – Crannie Butler
    • A2 – Kevin Clement
    • B2 – Ken Hicks/ Bill Ry
    • C2 – George Mitroka/Ron Porter
    • D2 – Jim Vaughn
    • E2 – Bruce Cogossi
    • F2 – Barry Bomier
    • G2 – Tim Flanagan
    • H2 – David Anselmi
    • I2 – Jimmy McFadden
    • A3 – Pete Palmer
    • B3 – Kevin Benson
    • C3 – Mike Church
    • D3 – Rand Ballard
    • E3 – Len Shartzer
    • F3 – Greg Gorzelnik
    • G3 – Dan Fuller
    • H3 – Craig Schwegman
    • I3 – Stan Warrick
    • A4 – Geoff Clark
    • B4 – Gene Nosco
    • C4 – Steve Collier
    • D4 – Ray Bosse
    • E4 – Jerry Dittman
    • F4 – Richard Anderson
    • G4 – Lance Betros
    • H4 – Bruce Frasier/Andy Chmar/John Shephard
    • I4 – Bill Woodson

2.  Find missing classmates and link them up with the appropriate company coordinator.

3.  Reach out to former classmates to invite them to become an associate member of AOG. Click here to learn how.

Ladies of the Class

We are actively soliciting support from spouses/ partners/ girlfriends of our classmates to help with the planning activities leading up to our 45th. The next meeting of lady reps from each company is 24 April. Email Pam Warrick or Diana McMaster for more info.

1977 Class Gift 

Now is the time for us to consider our class gift (to be given at our 50–year Reunion).
Click here for the memo on developing class gift ideas. The key points:
– The gift should resonate in a way that we can see the connection to an idea or theme.
– The gift should link to one of the Supe’s strategic priorities.
– The cost of the gift aligns with classmates’ potential to give (roughly $800K – $1.3M)
– One or more classmates must commit to doing the required legwork.


We currently have 56 deceased classmates who need a memorial article.  Click here to read the relevant email from Keesy Goerbetus and for the list of deceased classmates
The goal is to identify someone to write each memorial article by Fri, 26 Mar 21, with the goal to complete all by Feb 22.

Comments?  Email Rich Trotter.

Esprit de Corps