35th Reunion

Our 35th Reunion will be September 19 – 22, 2024, the weekend of the Rice football game.

The main reunion page can be found at https://www.westpointaog.org/events/class-of-1989-35th-reunion/

30th Reunion Event: Walk of the Fallen

We will be having an event, the Walk of the Fallen/Trail of the Fallen, on Sunday of our reunion (27 October), from 1pm-4pm. Some recent classes have added this event to their itinerary, with great success. Our host for this event is Colonel Hank Keirsey (who some of you may have had as a History P, when we were cadets). His house is at the trail head, and we can use parking along his property, etc. My son and I executed a TEWT (if that is still a thing), this past Sunday. Please strive to attend this event!
I will provide more details later, but here are a few bullet points about the event:

  • Classmates volunteer to “sponsor” one of our fallen classmates
    • More information on how to “sponsor”, in an upcoming communication
  • Sponsors paint a rock, to memorialise the fallen classmate
  • We meet at Colonel Keirsey’s house (MineTorn Road – If you remember that area)
  • We have a forum to say a few things (or not) about our fallen classmates
  • Those who want to walk the trail, walk and carry the rocks up the trail
  • People are also welcome to stay at Colonel Kiersey’s, while other Classmates conduct the walk
    • Note – the walk is a little challenging, expect to have to scurry up rocks and a steep trail (Probably about 1 Kilometer long)
  • We place the rocks on the cairn
  • The views of the Hudson, at the cairn are spectacular
  • Beer and light refreshments will be served at Colonel Kiersey’s 
  • A campfire/bonfire will also be at the base camp
  • As we have had classmates who have become one of the “statistics” of suicide, I suggest those who attend this event join TeamRWB (it’s free and you will receive a TeamRWB shirt), and we wear our TeamRWB shirts for the event. https://www.teamrwb.org
  • My son will take a pictures/movies of the even, with his drone

Please view the following video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV0Ge6q2Vds

Reunion Information

As a reminder, our 30th reunion will take place at West Point on October 24–27, 2019. The reunion committee continues to firm up all of the reunion activities and hopes to have a tentative reunion schedule posted to the website in the next couple of weeks.

Steps to complete now…

  1. Reserve your hotel room at the class hotel.
  2. Purchase your football tickets.
  3. Make sure your current email address is on file for our class email list (usma1989@west-point.org) and the West Point Association of Graduates (send it to address@wpaog.org or log into the WPAOG website and update your profile: www.westpointaog.org/profile)


RESERVE HOTEL. The reunion committee has negotiated rooms at the hotel listed below. Rooms at this rate are available on a first come, first served basis. 

Westchester Marriott
670 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown, NY  10591-5104
800.228.9290 or 914.631.2200
Rate per night: $154+
Reserve online:  Westchester Marriott 
Group code: West Point Class of 1989 block
Reservation deadline: Thursday, October 3, 2019
Cancellations policy:  Individual cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to the arrival date in order to avoid penalty of one night’s room and tax.

Football Tickets

PURCHASE FOOTBALL GAME TICKETS.  Football tickets for reunion group seating are available for purchase exclusively on the official website of Army West Point Athletics by clicking here and entering your class’s Promo Code: SJS89. You must purchase your tickets by Friday, July 26, 2019 to guarantee seating with the Class. Our class seating is a block of seats on the East Sideline of Michie Stadium (Section 32) for your class. You can 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. Persons with season tickets or another type of ticket package can exchange their game tickets for tickets in the reunion area at no extra charge (contact the Army Ticket Office to arrange an exchange). If you wish to sit with a specific fellow graduate(s), be sure to place your orders together. Wheelchair accessible seating is available at the top of sections 8-11 and 14-17 by calling the Army Ticket Office directly.

Tickets for this game are $55.00 each plus a $2.00 per ticket processing fee.

If you are driving yourself on post instead of taking the Class bus from the hotel on game-day and would like to purchase parking at this time, please select Parking San Jose State on the bottom of the Shopping Cart page. If parking is purchased in advance of game day you will receive a $5 discount.

Handicap, RV and Bus Parking – If you need handicap, RV, or BUS parking please call the Army Ticket Office.

Delivery: When ordering your tickets and parking passes you will have the option to select your preferred delivery method: mail (shipped 2-3 weeks prior to the game), will call (opens 2.5 hours prior to kick off), or print at home (will receive a second email with the tickets attached as a PDF document to print).

Army Ticket Office: 877.TIX.ARMY (877.849.2769) 


Josten’s order form for Class Crest items (pendants, tie tacks, pins w/o stones and charms). A-Pin order form coming soon.

30th Reunion Swag Survey

Please provide input on our reunion swag: link

Reunion Dates

Based on available dates (older classes get priority and homecoming is only an option for the four most recent classes) and a class poll, we have selected the weekend of October 26th, 2019 as the date for our 30th reunion.  

For greatest timeliness, updates will be posted to the USMA 1989 Facebook Page and sent to the usma1989 mailing list (not the more contentious usma1989-forum list). I’ll try to post updates here as well but the other outlets are more likely to be up-to-the-minute.

If you’re not on the usma1989 mailing list (there are a couple hundred folks who aren’t) and wish to be added, go to my personal website and use the Contact Me page to let me know what email address to add.  Sorry about that inconvenience but putting one’s email on a public web page is asking for more spam than I care to deal with.

@usma1989 on Instagram

I’ve set up @usma1989 (https://www.instagram.com/usma1989/) on instagram for sharing photos.  It’s set up with a private profile so folks who aren’t approved followers won’t be able to see anything.  To share an image, just tag @usma1989.

Mike Sullivan (B4) Back With NY Giants

Congratulations to Mike Sullivan as he returns to the NY Giants!

Eli Manning’s most prolific seasons came under the tutelage of quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan. Now, after a year sabbatical that followed two seasons with the Bucs as offensive coordinator, Sullivan is back with the Giants and he said Manning’s arm is as strong and lively as ever.

Read the entire NY Post article at http://nypost.com/2015/08/06/eli-mannings-hidden-weapon-back-in-the-giants-fold/

Harrick (C1) and Fortson (E4) at the Super Bowl

Jeff Harrick (C1) traveled from Charlotte and John Fortson (E4) from Chicago to link up at the Super Bowl a few weeks ago.  Jeff says, “We had a blast, and it was a great game to watch live.”  Jeff traveled from Charlotte and John from Chicago.  Here are a couple of photos from their seats and down on the field after the game.Harrick & Fortson SB 2 Harrick & Fortson SB 1

USMA Cemetery Changes Eligibility Policy Temporarily

The West Point Cemetery is near capacity for the burial of remains in new gravesites.  Until the West Point Cemetery Expansion Program is completed in the next few years, providing 308 new in-ground casketed and 132 new in-ground inurnment plots, some changes have been made to the eligibility policy.  See this memorandum for complete details — USMA Cemetery Policy 2014.

25th Reunion Weekend a Big Success

20th Reunion - End of Parade

We had over 370 classmates coming for the weekend.  At the game on Saturday, our class donated $600,000 to the Combating Terrorism Center under “The LTC Paul J. Finken and LTC James J. Walton Memorial Endowment”.  We couldn’t have raised those funds without each of you, who chose to allocate some hard-earned money to a great cause in honor of Paul and Jim.