"GRIP HANDS"
50 YEAR AFFILIATION
COMPANY E-3 USMA
CLASS of 1972

UPDATE 02 MARCH 2019
Many thanks to all of you who have generously agreed to participate in the E-3
50 Year Affiliation program with the E-3 Class of 2022.  

The spreadsheet reflecting your Class of 2022 "assignments" (in green) can be
found
here.

March 29, 2019 is the date that I will be going to Our Rockbound Highland
Home to kick-off the E-3 50 Year Affiliation program with presentation of the
custom cups (see below).  At that time I will also be letting each of the Class of
2022 know who his/her E-3 '72 "affiliate" is.  

I have also provided each of you with a basic "bio" form to complete ahead of
my meeting on 3/39.  Cadets are being asked to complete a similar bio form. If
you haven't yet completed the form please do so and get to me as soon as
possible, but NLT 3/15/19.  You can download the fillable PDF bio form
here.  
Remember to save after completing the form and then attach it to an email
back to
Chuck.  The E-3 Cadet Company Commander  has assured me she will
have all the Plebe bios to me by 3/8/19.  I will distribute as soon as I get them.

Lastly, of course, it would great to have any and all of you that can make it to
USMA on 3/29/19 participate in the kick-off with me.
A "Blast" from Class President Jon Northrop about the Class of 2022 50 Year
Affiliation Activities at USMA, August 2018
here.

A short PowerPoint presentation on the vision for USMA 2035
here.

UPDATE 11 MAY 2019
Here are individual photos of the E-3 Class of 2022.  Those of you '72ers who are
"Grip hands" sponsors can gaze upon your cadet(s) here.  Remember, if you
have not yet heard from your cadet, drop him/her an email - let each know that
you stand ready to help them in any way you can.

Lastly, the Pointer View (weekly West Point magazine) ran a nice article about our
E-3 50 Year Affiliation efforts.  If you haven't seen it, look
here (page 3).
Below is a presentation made at the E-3 End-of-Year Awards Banquet that our
Jim Barnes attended a couple of weeks ago.  As it scrolls, you will see the names
of several of the Class of 2022.  If those noted are "your" cadets, consider
reaching out to them with a virtual "high five!"  Once you start the video, you can
click on the icon in the lower right to expand the video to full screen.
Below is a video made form photos taken at the E-3 end-of-year awards banquet
that Jim Barnes attended several weeks ago.  Once you start the video, you can
click on the icon in the lower right to expand the video to full screen.  I hope you
see your Class of 2022 "affiliate" and enjoy the music that accompanies the pics.  
As I mentioned earlier, 2022 was genuinely excited when they saw our old
"dragon" logo.  I promised them that I would create an online store where
they could purchase items adorned with an embroidered "Classic" E-3 logo.

Well the store has been populated with several dozen items (clothing,
mostly) and is open for business - for 2022, 1972 and any E-3 alum who
might be interested.  More items will be added in the coming days.

Go to the following, click on "Embroidered Apparel" then "All Products.

http://e3usma.qbstores.com
Our 50 Year Affiliation Class of 2022 was presented with their
Class flag on 27 July 2019 at USMA.  Jim Barnes represented
E-3 as a member of the 1972 contingent at the flag presentation
ceremony.  
Jim had a chance to meet with a few members of E-3 2022 while he
was there.  He is preparing a summary of his discussions which
will be distributed to all when complete.

Also, this would be a good time to "reconnect" with you 2022
"affiliates."  They probably have some good stories to relate about
their activities over the summer.  Please feel free to share what
you learn about your cadets by either blasting an email to all of us
72ers (via E-mail Blast to the Class link
here); or send a note to me
and I will post on the website.

A few photos recently mined from the world-wide web.
"GRIP HANDS" 50 YEAR AFFILIATION UPDATE

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
Alyssa!!!!!
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
participate.

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):

UPDATE 19 SEPTEMBER 2019