We’re starting off our 25th reunion year with a great event in Washington, DC — a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 1615 on Saturday, 24 May 2014. If we have enough interest, we’ll also have the Fife & Drum Corps and the US Army Drill Team perform prior to the ceremony.
COL James Markert (H2 ’89) is the Regimental Commander, 3d US Infantry Regt, “The Old Guard”, and he has coordinated with Dave Kammen (F1, ’89), Director of Operations & Plans at Arlington National Cemetery, for this event. We did this last year with about 30 classmates attending, and we’re hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.
- If we have a large enough turnout, we’ll have performances by the Fife & Drum Corps and the US Army Drill Team from 1400 – 1500 on Saturday. Please RSVP as soon as possible.
- We can request movement assistance if we have attendees with wheelchairs or that may have trouble walking more than 1 mile.
- We will be collecting $$$ for the cost of the wreath.
- If you’re traveling from out-of-town, Reagan National is the closest airport and there are several hotels on Army-Navy Drive. One of the closest hotels is Sheraton Pentagon City.
As we said, we need to know how many people to expect. The more the better! If you can make, it’s definitely worth it — this will be the last year that Jim Markert is in charge of The Old Guard and can give ’89 the “commander’s tour”. Please fill out the form below:
Congratulations, classmates! We’ve ‘graduated’ from reunions on Homecoming Weekend (that weekend is reserved for the 5, 10, 15, and 20-year reunions) and have reserved our 25th reunion on the weekend of the Army-Air Force game, 30 OCT to 2 NOV 2014.
- The schedule of events is still being finalized. We’re the “junior” class and must wait until the more senior classes finalize their plans and venues. The basic flow of events will be:
- Thursday, 30 OCT will have several social events (e.g., golf, NYC-9/11 tour, Hudson Boat Ride).
- Friday, 31 OCT will have a USMAPS tour, Class Business Meeting, Superintendent’s Briefing, Memorial Service, and Class Dinner.
- Saturday, 1 NOV will have the Parade, Class Photo, Mess Hall Lunch, Beat Air Force, and post-game Tailgate
- Sunday, 2 NOV will have a hotel breakfast and Brunch in the Mess Hall
- The football game will be November 1st, vs. Air Force. Game start time will be confirmed by 1 May. For planning purposes we are assuming a noon kickoff with the cadet parade three hours prior.
- Hotel reservations are each classmate’s responsibility. Please only reserve the number of rooms you yourself will be using and do not “hold” rooms for others in the hopes they may come. The class is obligated to fill our block of reserved rooms and canceled reservations after our cut off date will incur a penalty for the class.
- Westchester Marriott Hotel – 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591
- Direct: 1-914-631-2200
- Toll Free: 1-800-882-1042;
- Marriott Central Reservations: 1-800-228-9290
- Ask for the room block for the West Point Class of 1989. It is effective Wednesday 29 OCT through Sunday 2 NOV. Cut off date to reserve is Tuesday 30 SEP, although the block may fill prior to this close date:
The New York Times featured the Finken’s in a recent article about how families carry on in the years after a loss.
The moment capsulized one family’s self-guided journey through loss. Over six years, Mrs. Finken and her daughters, ages 14, 12 and 10, have struggled through different phases of mourning, sometimes together, sometimes on individual calendars. But the one constant has been their determination to remember, without letting memory become a millstone.
“I don’t want to squeeze the life out of the memories, because I want them to still be precious and mean something,” Mrs. Finken said. “I also don’t want the memories to drag us down. Because memories can do that sometimes.”
Read the full article online.
The most current stats for giving toward the 25th-Year Class Gift can be found in the Class Gift Giving Stats by CDT CO document in the Document Links section. B1 leads the way, followed by F1, H3, and B4. H3 leapfrogged several companies to take 3rd place — way to go! We still have a long way to go to reach the goal — please use the 25th-Year Class Gift Pledge Card to make your next donation.
With great sadness we report the passing of our classmate, Tim Seitz (D4). He is survived by his wife, Wendy Beth and their three children, Kaleigh (12), Jason (9) and Gabrielle (7). The Richmond VA Times reports that his remains rest at Bliley’s-Staples Mill (8510 Staples Mill, Richmond VA) where the family will receive friends on Thursday, December 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. A Celebration of Tim’s Life will be held on Friday December 7, at 10 a.m. at Three Chopt Rd. Church of Christ at 9500 Three Chopt Rd. Interment will be at Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia at 2 p.m.
If you have some stories or thoughts about Tim, please take a moment to leave a eulogy on his page at http://defender.west-point.org/service/eulogies.mhtml?u=46733 so that his family and friends can see the impact that Tim’s life had on us. Tim’s friends may also enjoy reading some thoughts that his fellow board-gamers have posted in the past few days at http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/892577/tim-seitz-out4blood-r-i-p/page/1 , where they talk about his love of gaming and his intelligence, patience, and leadership in that community.
Well done, Tim. Be thou at peace.
It is great sadness that I send this message. Tom Maiwald (H2) lost his courageous 16-year battle with colon cancer on Thursday, April 12th. He leaves behind his wife, Amy, and their two children, Abby and Nate, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. But he also leaves us with a truly inspiring story of courage, determination, hope and faith that he carried with him throughout his journey, and that inspiration will live on in those he touched.
Tom’s wife Amy posted the following on their CaringBridge site [http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/tommaiwald]:
- My head and heart are trying to wrap around the idea that Tom is really gone from my sight. Meanwhile life continues and there are decisions to be made and services to plan. So, I am trying to keep up with it all.
- Sunday April 15th, 7pm Memorial visitation with the family at Perimeter Church Chapel, 9500 Medlock Bridge Rd. Johns Creek, GA 30097. At 7:30pm time of sharing/story telling will begin.
- Monday April 16th, 10:30am Memorial Service at Perimeter Church main sanctuary. Reception to follow.
- Thank you for your prayers and encouraging words. God is providing peace.
The most current stats for giving toward the 25th-Year Class Gift can be found in the Class Gift Giving Stats by CDT CO document in the Document Links section. B1 leads the way, followed by F1, B4, and A3. We still have a long way to go to reach the goal — please use the 25th-Year Class Gift Pledge Card to make your next donation.
Mike Sullivan (B4) ’89 followed up the NY Giants second Super Bowl victory during his coaching tenure by becoming the new Offensive Coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“We are very fortunate to add someone like Mike Sullivan to lead our offensive coaching staff,” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. “He is a man of character and a complete football coach who fits the kind of football team we’re building here. His work with the Giants over the past eight seasons speaks for itself. Mike was an integral part of that team winning two Super Bowls in the last five years, and we look forward to him bringing that experience and expertise to our club.”
Now we all have a reason to cheer for the Bucs! Read more online in this local article, or do a search on Google News for lots more.
Dr. Hon Pak (H3) ’89 was formally named CEO of Diversinet, a leader in secure mobile health.
After a distinguished 28 year career with the U.S. Army, Pak, now 48, brings to Diversinet accomplishments including appointments as the first physician Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Army Medical Department as well as the Army’s first Chief Medical Information Officer. In addition he has held prestigious positions outside the Army such as president and board member of the American Telemedicine Association.
Great job, Hon! Read more in this press release.
COL Jeffrey Hutchinson (B4) ’89, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, M.D., will receive the Medical Leadership Award during the 26th annual Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Conference Technology Career Fair and Expo.
Hutchinson oversees the direct care of more than 2,000 patients, mostly between the ages of 13 and 25, in his current post at Walter Reed. And without his strong science background, Hutchinson wouldn’t be able to do what he thoroughly enjoys doing.
“Walter Reed is a Department of Defense facility, where we treat those that are retired, about to be retired and their children,” Hutchinson said. “But people don’t realize that almost half of those currently enlisted are under 35, and that’s the group that I consult on.
“That’s the reason I even got into adolescent medicine,” Hutchinson continued. “To reach kids that are right on the cusp of becoming adults — and I also deal with kids that may have made some bad decisions — but a bad decision at 14 is much different than a lifetime of bad decisions at 45.”
Way to go, Jeff. Read more details in the Philly Tribune’s article.