For classmates and members of The Corps who want to brush up on our Alma Mater before next year’s reunion or share in “reminiscences of Benny Havens, Oh!” here’s to Army Blue. Enjoy the lyrics.
Voting has closed for the choice of class gift for our 40th reunion. Your opinions and votes are most appreciated and the class gift will be announced shortly.
Dear Classmates – (download or print this note)
I would like to invite you to join us in voting for our 40th Class Reunion Gift Project that will be presented to the Academy in 2017.
Over the past several months, our Class Gift Committee, led by Ken Hicks, in partnership with the AOG, has reviewed options from the Academy Priorities List, which contains all projects and programs that the Superintendent has selected and approved as the most pressing current needs of the Academy. From this list, the Committee has selected two options:
- The Modern War Institute at West Point
- West Point Center for Oral History
To vote for our 40th Reunion Gift, go to: https://www.westpointaog.org/1977_40threuniongiftvote Descriptions of each of the options are detailed in the link.
Voting will close on March 9, 2016 and the winner will be announced shortly after. This is our Legacy Gift to West Point. Both projects are spearheaded by classmates, Lance Betros and Vinnie Viola. On behalf of the Class Gift Committee, thank you for your participation!
Esprit de Corps,
40th Reunion Fundraising Chair
We’re happy to announce the dates of the 40th reunion of the best looking class in the history of the corps!
October 5 – 8, 2017
Mark these dates on your desk calendars, on your smart phones, tablets, computers, and/or your cloud-based calendars. You won’t want to miss this reunion. We’re in the planning stages now and details on location, accommodations, events and more will be shared as soon as they are known.
Original company class reps will be reaching out via email and/or cell in the next few weeks to touch base and update personal info.
Greetings Fellas! It’s time to prep for the 40th! Dates will be determined once the 2017 football schedule is announced. Will be in touch shortly. Esprit de Corps and Flame On!
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.
Very happy to assist in sharing the latest news and happenings in preparation for the USMA 1977 reunion coming in 2017. We’re already at the one year away point for our legacy reunion.
For security reasons, we won’t list the names of who is coming here, but in due course you will find a partial list in our class Facebook group, visible only to approved group members.
[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).
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.
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.
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