Registration Fee Deadline is October 1st!
We are only a 6 weeks away from our 25th reunion on the weekend of the Army-Air Force game, 30 OCT to 2 NOV 2014! The Army Athletic Association finally set the kickoff time for the football game — and it’s an early one!
Sign up for the events now! You can either fill out the paper form and pay by check, or fill out the online form and pay by credit card.
The schedule of events has been finalized. The agenda can be found at this link: 1989 25th Reunion Agenda. Start making your travel plans now!
Information on the reunion weekend can be found in these documents as well:
Some information that we’ve already sent out in previous emails (Not on the class email list? Join at www.west-point.org/class/usma1989/join.cgi):
- The football game will be November 1st, vs. Air Force. Kickoff time is 1130, so that makes for an 0830 parade. The deadline for ordering tickets has passed. If you still need tickets, please contact our reunion coordinator, Joanie Emmer, at email@example.com to see if any more are available in our class section. If none are, you can still order tickets from http://www.goarmysports.com/, you just will not be sitting with classmates.
- Hotel reservations are each classmate’s responsibility. Please make your hotel reservation ASAP and 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:
With sadness, we’ve learned that Mike Ehard (B2) ’89 lost his hard fought battle with brain cancer on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at his home. He is survived by his wife, Robbie and three daughters, Sabrina Ehard, Taylor Solomon, of Texarkana, Texas and Jade Furgason, of Bossier City, Louisiana. Services were held on September 17th.
Well done, Mike. Be Thou At Peace.
Alexandra ’14, Anastasia ’16, and Arianna Efaw ’17 are 3 of the 6 featured women cadets in a great photo essay in the NYT Magazine titled “The Women of West Point”. Fantastic job by the NYT and also by Amy Blanchard Efaw (H3) ’89 and Andy Efaw (H4) ’89 for raising such great kids. The journalist followed the women throughout the past year. Check it out in today’s print version or online at http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/04/magazine/women-of-west-point.html.
We started off our 25th reunion year with a great event in Washington, DC — a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Saturday, 24 May 2014. The Fife & Drum Corps and the US Army Drill Team performed prior to the ceremony.
COL James Markert (H2 ’89) was the Regimental Commander, 3d US Infantry Regt, “The Old Guard”, at the time and he coordinated with Dave Kammen (F1, ’89), Director of Operations & Plans at Arlington National Cemetery, to schedule this event.
Over 50 classmates and even more family members attended the day’s events, ending up at the O-Club for a few drinks. Make sure to join us next time! There’s no place like Arlington on Memorial Day Weekend.
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.