As you know, the current Plebe Class of 2022 is our 50 Year Affiliation class (details here: https://www.westpointaog.org/50yearaffiliation). In reflecting on the program, I thought that if we could focus our affiliation efforts on the Company, then E-3 2022 and E-3 1972 could both benefit from the more personalized interaction. That said, I reached out to the current E-3 Tac, CPT Tom Correll, and he wholeheartedly endorsed such a "company-level" affiliation effort.
On 02/08/209, Jim Barnes, Rolly Dessert, Bill Harlan and I had a video conference with CDT Nicky Manitzas, the current E-3 Company Commander to discuss the program and get the cadet leadership on board. I think Jim, Rolly and Bill would agree with me that CDT Manitzas is equally enthused and we can count on her support.
To kick-off the E-3 1972/2022 Affiliation Program, I have designed and procured the following mugs, which I intend to personally deliver to each member of E-3 2022 at a date TBD in March 2019.
As shown, the cup has our original E-3 "Dragon" logo with the "Grip Hands" label along with the names of all of our 1972 E-3 classmates, including Chris Kane (later of I-3) and the dearly departed (Ralph, Bobby and Puck).
There are thirty-two (32) current members of E-3 2022. In addition to the cup, I would really like to provide each of them the name and contact information for one of us 72ers - a personal mentor/advisor that he or she can reach out to for information on cadet life, Army life, life after the Army.......anything, really.
To that end, I would like to hear back from each of you regarding your willingness to participate in the E-3 50 Year Affiliation Program. Please click on the following link to register your preference:
Once I know who is willing to participate, I will send them the list of the E-3 Class of 2022 showing name and home state. If you see a particular cadet/cadets that you would like to mentor, let me know. If not, I will match you up. As there are more of them than us, some of us will be matched up with 2 of the Class of 2022.
Throughout the next 3+ years, we will work with the Class of 2022 and the E-3 cadet chain-of command to identify specific activities for which we can help. This will all lead up to a capstone event at the 50th. I am looking forward to your positive responses.