CLASS of 1972

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Our "#21SuiciseAwarenssChallenge" affiliation program with E-3
2022 is well underway.  As you know, this program is meant to
raise awareness of the 20 veterans and 1 service member who
commit suicide every day.  The challenge involves doing 21
pushups every day for 21 consecutive days.......and recording it
as evidence you actually did it.  A number of us 72ers are
participating, as well as almost all of the Class of 2022.  Videos
are included at Facebook pages and at Twitter using the hashtag
shown above.

Our Class of 2022 affiliate program coordinators, Luke Davey and
Alyssa Chellaraj, have been doing a great job promoting the
Challenge within the Company and throughout the Corps.  Here
are a couple of pics of the Company doing their pushups in
formation prior to a meal.  I am told that the entire regiment, on
seeing E-3 in action, joined in the challenge....great job, Luke and
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And speaking about our "Grip Hands" 50 Year Affiliation program, a few
weeks ago, Jim Barnes, Bill Harlan and had a videoconference with
Class of 2022 cadets Alyssa Chelleraj and Luke Davey.  These yearlings
are leading the affiliation efforts at E-3.  The topic of discussion was to
begin identifying activities that we (1972 and 2022) can undertake this
year to further build the bonds between our affiliated classes.  Jim had a
great idea regarding building awareness of the 21 military (20 veterans
and 1 active service member) who commit suicide each day.  He
described the "21 Suicide Prevention Awareness Pushup Challenge."  
This activity requires participants to do 21 pushups a day for 21
consecutive days, and post a video of themselves doing it to social
media.  Cadets Chelleraj and Davey jumped on the opportunity and got
buy in from the entire E-3 2022, as well as the current Tac and cadet
company command staff.  Further, they developed social media
guidelines for posting the videos to Facebook as well as the Twitter and
Instagram hashtag "#21SuicideAwarenessChallenge."  Thos who have
FB accounts may have had the misfortune of seeing Willy, Jimmy and
me doing our less-then-perfect pushups.  The cadets are monitoring the
propogation of the videos in social media and will be reporting back to
us as it (we hope) "goes viral."  Our hope is for it to become a
corps-wide activity.  All of you 72ers are encouraged to participate, too.  
Email Jim, Willy or me for details.
On another "affiliation" matter, on September 6th, 2019, E-3 hiked the
Trail of the Fallen at West Point. This is a new tradition that began last
year to memorialize fallen Eagles and inspire current Eagles to live
Above the Rest. The hike has had a positive impact on many Eagles not
only with their time at West Point, but also the understanding of the role
that we all will take on when we commission as Second Lieutenants. E-3
has since adopted the names of former Eagles as their platoon names to
keep them tied to current Eagles. This hike is also a chance to further
build our E-3 community by forming stronger relationships with former
Eagles. All Eagle alumni, their family, and their friends were invited to

Our own Jim Barnes found time in his schedule to hike the Trail of the
Fallen.  And, sharp guy that he is, Jim also worked the 21 Suicide
Awarenss Pushup Challenge" into the hike (click video below):