35th Reunion

17-20 September 2015

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The above photo shows the Class of 1980 at the 20th reunion in October 2000


Last Update on 5 August 2015

If you have questions or comments concerning the reunion, please direct them to the appropriate POC:

Reunion Committee 
Planning, organization or feedback
Reunion Coordinator 
Questions on administrative matters


9 September 2015

  • Registered Classmates.  We have 261 classmates registered to attend the reunion. Company B-1 still leads the way with 18.  H-2, B-3, D-3. F-3, D-4 and G-4 are also in double digits.  Fourth Regiment has the most registered classmates with 77.  Click on the Registered Classmates to see the latest Excel list or click to see the Alpha List of registered classmates. . .  Also, here are totals registered for various events.
  • Final Details.  September 1 is the deadline to have forms for all event registration turned in to our reunion guru - Joanie Emmer (wplaxmom@gmail.com).
  • You can also still add events at this time. If you think you want a ticket to an event, you should order it now. Ticket refunds are possible until September 8 and then we will do what we can to resell any cancellations after the 8th. The only option you will have on the day of the event is if a classmate has cancelled and thus extra seats for the event are available. Better to have a ticket than to be sorry!
  • I want to make sure everyone knows that the NYC tour is now a "go" due to a surge of signups, plus additional seats are available.  So, if you are interested please sign up by tomorrow.
  • Also, if the stadium scene is a bit much for you or members of your party,  there will be a Supe's boat ride during the football game . You may also sign up for this by tomorrow .  This event was not on the original registration form, but has been added since.
    • Tailgate signups seem low.  This is a highlight and a huge bargain.  It is a 3-hour social event to mingle and see everyone after the game.  It includes:
    • Tents, tables and chair set up for our comfort/shade/etc.
    • Time well spent while traffic departs the stadium area
    • Cheaper than you could ever find a comparable meal in the area
    • Costs only $2 more than we paid 5 years ago
    • Menu for all three hours includes:
    • drinks (beer, wine, sodas)
      • pulled pork with rolls with BBQ sauces
      • baked chicken
      • sausage and peppers
      • hot dogs
      • potato and macaroni salads
      • coleslaw
      • chips
      • brownies and ice cream

5 August 2015

  • NYC Tours on Thursday.  My apologies . . . I failed to post the detailed information on the NYC bus and/or water taxi tour options scheduled for Thursday, 17 September.  The bottomline . . . meet in the hotel lobby at 7:45 am on Thursday morning for the bus ride to Pier 79.  Meet back at Pier 79 at 4:00 pm for the return bus ride.  At Pier 79, you can transfer to the water taxi for desitinations such as the 9-11 Memorial and Museum.  Cost is $25 for just the bus or $55 for the bus and water taxi.  Click here for more information.
  • Event Registration.  Please get your Event Registration Forms in to Joanie ASAP.  She needs to finalize purchases and arrangements.  She already had to guess on the golf polo shirt sizes . . . Event/Registration Sign Up Form.
  • Registered Classmates.  We have 248 classmates currently registered to attend the reunion. Company B-1 still leads the way with 17.  H-2, B-3 and D-4 are also in double digits.  I'm happy to say that A-2 will now be represented with 4 attendees registered.  Click on the Registered Classmates to see the latest Excel list or click to see the Alpha List of registered classmates. . .

16 July 2015

  • Reunion Update.  Our reunion is quickly approaching . . . only TWO months away. And only 119 have registered so far.  What's up, folks???  Get with it and register NOW! 
  • Registration.  Joanie Emmer needs your initial registration no later than 1 August.  And the final registration for events no later than 1 September.  See the attached Final Letter and Event/Registration Sign Up Form.
  • Football Tickets.  The deadline for purchasing tickets in the reunion seating block is 28 July.  We are sitting in Section 31 in the East Stands (closest to Lusk Reservoir near Gate 1.  Tickets are $45 each.
  • Lodging.  Our reunion hotel is the Park Ridge Marriott, 300 Brae Boulevard, Park Ridge, NJ 07656.  Rooms are $139 per night and includes breakfast for two.  Call Marriott Reservations at 1-800-882-1038 or the hotel directly at 1-201-307-0800.  If you book online, use the online code WCPWCPA.
  • Additional Activities.  Jim Clifford has arranged for a class golf tournament on Thursday, 17 September.  Alternatively, there are options on Thursday for a Hudson River boat ride on the Supe's Ferry or a bus trip to New York City.  Again, see the Final Letter for more details and sign up using the Event/Registration Form.
  • Registered Classmates.  Company B-1 leads the way with 12 classmates registered.  A-2 is the only company without anyone registered.  4th Regiment leads the way with 42 registered, followed by 3rd Regiment, 1st Regiment and finally, 2nd Regiment.  Click on the Registered Classmates list to see who is coming . . .

28 June 2015

  • Reunion Registration.  Remember, there are THREE steps to registering for the 35th reunion:
    • Register for the reunion with Joanie Emmer, our reunion planner.
    • Order football game tickets from goArmysports.com, order NLT 28 Jul 2015!
    • Make your hotel reservations at the Park Ridge Marriott Hotel.
See the 1 April update for the links to the reunion registration form and the reunion hotel.
  • Registered Classmates.  We have 102 classmates registered with Joanie.  Almost 70 have purchased football tickets.  Approximately 300 have hotel reservations.
  • Ordering Football Tickets.  Step by step instructions :
Saturday, September 19th ▪ Time is TBD

1. Visit goARMYsports.com
2. Place your cursor over and click the ‘TICKETS’ tab
3. Click on the “Enter Promo Code” icon
4. Enter WF80 in the box and click ‘GO’. (your promo code is case sensitive)
5. Click on ‘Find Tickets” to purchase your tickets.
6. Click on the highlighted section to handpick your seats, or select “Purchase by Price” to enter your ticket quantities and your tickets will be selected for you in the best available location.
7. Once you have selected all of your seats or entered your quantities select “Add to Cart”
8. Enter the letters and/or numbers displayed in the box and click ‘Continue’.
9. On game days all vehicles must pay to park on post. If you are driving yourself on post and would like to purchase parking at this time, please select ‘Parking Wake Forest’ on the bottom of the page. If parking is purchased in advance of game day you will receive a $5 discount.
10. Enter the quantity of parking passes that you would like to purchase and click ‘Add to Cart’. Handicap, RV and Bus Parking- If you need handicap, RV, or BUS parking please call the Army Ticket Office at 1(877) TIX-ARMY
11. Enter the letters and/or numbers displayed in the box and click ‘Continue’.
12. Select your preferred delivery method for both your tickets and parking pass. Print-at-home, mail, and will call options are available. Please note tickets will be mailed beginning in August.
13. Click ‘Check Out’ once you are ready to complete payment.
14. You will now have the option to ‘Sign In’, ‘Link Your Account’, or ‘Register Now’. a. Select ‘Sign In’ if you already have an online account set up. b. Select ‘Link Your Account’ if you have an Army Athletics ticket account and would like to link it to an online account. c. Select ‘Register Now’ if you are a new Army Athletics customer.
15. You will now be able to finalize and complete payment for your order. Please print the order confirmation for your records.

Please be sure to place your order by July 28th to ensure that you will be seated with your class. Orders received after this deadline has passed are not guaranteed class seating, though the Army Athletic Ticket Office will work to accommodate seating as close to the class reunion area as possible.

Please contact the Army Athletic Ticket Office at odiato@usma.edu or call 877-TIX-ARMY if you have any further questions on ordering your football tickets or parking.

18 May 2015

  • Registered Classmates.  Interested in who has registered to attend the reunion this Fall?  
    Click here for a list as of May 14.

27 April 2015

  • Class of 1980 Mini-Reunion, Rhine River Cruise.  Many of you might remember Bill Crawford leading a discussion about a river cruise mini-reunion in 2016.  Bill has made arrangements through Academy Cruise Planners for an 8-day Viking River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel beginning August 5, 2016.  The cruise includes the 8-day cruise with river view stateroom, 6 guided tours, all meals, complimentary wine, beer and softdrinks, visit to 5 UNESCO sites, port charges and free Wi-Fi.  Click for the Cruise Brochure . . .
  • Lost Classmates.  Does anyone know the addresses of the following classmates that do not have a current mailing address on file with the AOG:

John Beaudry, H3
Steve Bragdon, C3
Michael Brunett, H4
James Caudle, H1
Moises Cortizo, B3
James Di Simoni, H2
Stan Domikaitis, A3
Christopher Hatley, A4
Wayne Jackson, H2
Steve Lanza, H1
Von Marler, E3
Jack Matthews, C1
James O'Donnell, G4
Wilson Quinley, E4
Mike Repass, F1
David Sadler, B3
Karen Stoner, A3
Edmund Wilhelm, G4
Andrew Sherrill, E4
Mark Jaworski, A3

  • Registered Classmates.  As of April 21, we have 26 classmates registered to attend our 35th reunion.  A4 leads the pack with 3 registered, multiple companies have two registered.  Sign up, September will be here before you know it!!!

7 April 2015

5 April 2015

  • Congratulations to Dave Brown, Robert "Buck" Buckman, Chuck Bull, Allison Nyberg, and Jay Rifenbary. The first to register for our 35th reunion!

  • Posted an update to the Weekend Agenda today . . . added the Supe's Ferry for Saturday afternoon for those choosing not to go to the football game only.

  • Bret's looking for volunteers to work with the Class of 1985 to plan the golf outing.  Contact him if you are interested in this additional duty!

1 April 2015

Registration Form:  Bret and Joanie have prepared the initial information blast.  Besides using the Class Listserver, Class website, and Facebook pages, a hard copy letter will go out to the 200+ classmates with no email addresseses on file within the week.  The following are included in the informational packet: Letter to Classmates, Weekend Agenda, and the Registration Form.

  • General Information.  The second mailing to all classmates should have gone out this week.  The letter can be downloaded here.  A couple of important deadlines are fast approaching:

  • Football Game.  The final game time is to be determined but we are planning on a Noon kickoff.  Football tickets are $45 each and need to be ordered by 28 July 2015.  Order online at www.goarmysports.com.  The Army Ticket Office can be reached by telephone at 1-877-TIX-ARMY.  We will be sitting in Section 31 of the East Stands (Lusk Reservoir side).  The Corps also sits on this side and there is a great set of vendors/booths right behind our section between the stadium and Lusk Reservoir . . . it's called Black Knight Alley.

  • Reunion Registration.  To facilitate reunion planning (meals, facilities, buses, etc.), the registration deadline will likely be mid-July.  Download a registration form to pay by mail or go register and pay online using West-Point.org's secure server.

    • The accompanied registration fee is $225 which includes you and one guest, the unaccompanied fee is $175.  We are waiving the registration fee for class widows/widowers.  If you know of additional guests needing bus transportation, you can pay $50 for that during registration.

    • If you chose to pay online, you will be charged an additional 5% to offset the credit card charge.

    • Later announcements will cover paying for optional tours, meals, etc.



  • Activities.  For a list of planned activities, click here.  

  • Reunion Hotel.  We will be staying at the Park Ridge Marriott.  Rooms are $139/night  plus tax and includes breakfast and internet service.  Click here to go to the Park Ridge Marriott Hotel or call the hotel directly at 201-307-0800.  Use the code WCPWCPA to secure our special pricing.

    Please only reserve the number of rooms that you, personally, will be using. This block will be held until 26 August, but may sell out earlier, so book now. If you must cancel, please do so before 26 August in order to make room for all of our classmates wishing to take advantage of the class rate.  Please note that the days for our block are from Wednesday, September 16 through checkout on Monday September 21.

  • Golf Outing.  A golf outing is planned for Thursday.  Registration information will be coming soon.

  • Boat Tours.  THe Class is offering an afternoon social on the Supe's Ferry or NYC Water Self Tours on Thursday.

  • Class Memorabilia.  Some items are included in the registration fee and will be provided upon check in at the Park Ridge Marriott. 

  • Agenda/Dress The agenda lists the times and events for the weekend:

    Thursday Evening.  Gathering is “golf” casual (sport shirts and slacks) for the men and equivalent for the ladies.
    Friday Daytime.  Activities are casual dress with comfortable walking shoes (keeping in mind our Memorial Service this day).  The Friday agenda allows time for touring the the new Prep School, Central Area, Ninninger Hall, Arvin Gym and shopping in the usually “closed to the public” Cadet Store.  The afternoon includes the Superintendent's Briefing and a class meeting
    Friday Evening.  Class Dinner-Dance will be business suits or sport coats for the men, equivalent attire for the ladies.
    Saturday Daytime.  Men are expected to wear a sports coat (per AOG request) or uniform (if desired) for the Cadet Review.  There will be a choice of return buses from West Point on Saturday to accommodate those not staying for the post game tailgate.

27 March 2015

REUNION DATES:  17 September (Thursday)  through 20 September (Sunday) 2015

HOTEL:  Park Ridge Marriott, 300 Brae Boulevard, Park Ridge, NJ 07656

  • Rate.  You can arrive as early as you want and stay as long as you want, but we have negotiated a special rate $139 per night (plus tax) for rooms between 16 and 21 September, single or double occupancy.  This rate includes breakfast in the Brae's Restaurant (hotel restaurant) and free internet for our group.
  • Reservations.  You may call the hotel directly at 201-307-0800, or Marriott general reservations at 800-882-1038, and request the West Point Class of 1980 or WCPWCPA rate. If booking online via www.parkridgemarriott.com, click “Book Now” "Check Rates & Availability". Mark only that you want to reserve a room (versus Room & Flight, etc.). Enter the date of arrival and departure, and click on the plus sign for "Special Rates" and enter our on-line booking code (WCPWCPA) in the Group Code field.  You must provide a credit card number to guarantee the reservation.
  • Room Block.  Please only reserve the number of rooms that you, personally, will be using. This block will be held until 26 August, but may sell out earlier, so book now. If you must cancel, please do so before 26 August in order to make room for all of our classmates wishing to take advantage of the class rate.  Please note that the days for our block are from Wednesday, September 16 through checkout on Monday September 21. If you need rooms on either side of the block you may have to pay the regular hotel rate in effect.
  • Football Game.  Army will beat the hell out of  Wake Forest on Saturday, 19 September at Michie Stadium.  More information will be coming on ticket purchases.  Download and return the order form to the Army Ticket Office by mail or fax, or order online at www.goarmysports.com.  The Army Ticket Office can be reached by telephone at 1-877-TIX-ARMY.