is funded by the generosity of member contributions, and is
governed and run independently from USMA and AOG.
WP-ORG is operated by volunteers serving the Long Gray Line.
Dempsey Darrow , class of 1975, currently serves as the CEO of
WP-ORG. He moderates his class discussion lists, the Firearms
lists, the Honor list, and the West Point Forum.
Dempsey probably has the hardest
job among us. The Long Gray Line's listserver, the West Point
Forum, accepts anyone who is a graduate of West Point. It spans
year groups from 1925 through the most recently graduated classes,
second lieutenants through general officers, and the very wide
range of the political spectrum! There is probably not a single
person on Dempsey's list not convinced their opinions are the
only correct ones, and all they have to do is explain things
sufficiently so everyone will understand. It does make for an
interesting forum! And Dempsey has just the right touch of benevolent
control to make it work.
Dempsey also works professionally
in the computer field; along with being an independent contributor
and team leader versed in various disciplines across multiple
platforms, Dempsey is also a data processing project manager.
When not counting bits and bytes,
Dempsey expresses a creative drive through professional acting.
In fact, his acting Web page at http://www.darrow.org/dempsey
is hosted by WP-ORG.
Doug Dribben '83 at firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Hello. I am Doug Dribben. I am a civilian attorney working
for the U.S. Army Claims Service, Fort Meade, Maryland. I retired
from the Army on June 1, 2003, at the U.S. Army Claims Service
as a JAG Corps officer. If you are familiar with the television
show "JAG," then you know me. To avoid paying royalties,
the show changed the main character, but the parallels are obvious
- a former Academy graduate and line officer suffers an injury
while on active duty, gets a permanent profile becomes a military
attorney, he's a good-looking fellow, solves the world's problems
every week in 55 minutes with commercials, and has the help of
a smart and beautiful female partner.
Okay, that may not EXACTLY describe
me, but the last part describes my wife, Maura. She and I have
20 years together this past August, and she has given me two
wonderful sons - Kevin, a civil engineer and U. Virginia graduate
and lacrosse player on the 2003 national championship team, and
Brian, a sophomore at the U. of Maryland also studying civil
engineering. We also have two Yorkies - Missy and Chewbacca (Chewie).
I have been a facilitator at
the University of Phoenix for over three years. I was an Assistant
Professor of Law and Course Director for the required Constitutional
and Military Law course at the U.S. Military Academy from 1994-97,
and an adjunct professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College in 1995-96.
I have authored several published articles on legal issues and
served as the Co-Editor in Chief for the American Bar Association's
Urban, State, and Local Law Review.
Greiman '81 at: email@example.com
branched Field Artillery and worked with old-school computer
systems such as (Freddie) FADAC, TACFIRE, BCS, and PLARS. While
at Fort Lewis, John saw the future of tactical computer systems
and resigned his commission to work on the HTTB and AES projects.
John currently works for TRW (fomerly for BDM and soon to be
Northrup-Grumman) on the PM-IE All
Source Analysis System program that supports the Military
As a volunteer for West-Point.ORG,
John moderates the WPS-Denver listserver and website.
John lives south of Denver, CO
with his wife and two children and generally tries to keep himself
out of trouble.
Hearnes '89 at: wp46268@West-Point.Org
currently serves as CIO of WP-ORG. He lives in Lilburn, GA. After
serving in the field artillery as a FSO, FDO, and Platoon Leader,
Warren resigned from the Army and entered graduate school. He
completed his M.S. in Operations Research and Ph.D. in Industrial
Engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. He worked at Lucent Technologies/OFS
in Norcross GA for five years applying optimization methods and
mathematical models to their fiber optic manufacturing processes.
He recently moved to UPS to work in their Advanced Analytics
group in Atlanta using optimization, statistics, and other methods
to help make better business decisions for the world-class delivery
Warren and his wife, Dominique,
have two sons -- Luke and Michael.
As a volunteer for West-Point.ORG,
Warren moderates the Class of 1989 listserver and maintains the
web sites for the Class of 1989, the West Point Society of Atlanta,
and the West-Point.ORG Online Store http://gradstore.west-point.org/.
He has recently worked on the Ward
Book and Listserve
Search applications. His personal homepage is hosted by WP-ORG.
Hostler At: firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Hostler resides in Ridgefield,
Connecticut - a location which has been very enjoyable over the
years as it's allowed the Hostlers to enjoy frequent trips to
West Point..... initially as visits to husband, Dutch's (USMA
1968) alma mater, and later as opportunities to visit with sons,
David (USMA 2004) and Christopher (USMA 2007).
After several years practicing
law for the Department of Justice, Megan turned her attention
to volunteer activities, and enjoys her work with USMA Admissions
and Operation Support Our Troops, a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation
whose mission is to help our deployed and wounded soldiers.
As a volunteer for West Point.Org,
Megan currently serves as a co-moderator of Parent Forum, Plebe
Net and Support Our Troops. She is also a relief moderator for
WPP-NET and Gray-Net.
Mike Lyman '87 at: email@example.com
served in the 2/3 FA battalion with 3AD and went through Desert
Storm as a FSO for B 4/32 AR. After Desert Storm he resigned
from the Army and went to work for AEgis Research, a small defense
contractor in Huntsville, AL where he used USMA 87 as a test
bed for the Internet work he was doing for the company. A USMA
77 grad recruited him to Microsoft in 1997 where he was part
of their Computer Incident Response Team and became a Certified
Information System Security Professional (CISSP). In 2003 he
decided to return to defense contracting and with the help of
a couple of USMA
87 classmates, he went to work for SAIC back in Huntsville,
AL doing IT integration work. As a West Point volunteer, Mike
maintains the USMA
87 web site and moderates their mailing lists. USMA
87 is among the oldest classes on the Internet and the class
web site and mailing list pre-date the WP-ORG's official existence.
He supports the new WP-ORG services running on Windows which
include SharePoint Team Services, ASP and ASP.Net programming
and FrontPage Server Extensions. He is also helps maintain WP-ORG
security through frequent Nessus scans of our systems and
keeping up with vulnerability announcements.
He is married to Michelle and
has two children Matthew and Meghan. He is active in cub scouts
with Matthew and loves to watch Meghan show off her ballet when
she comes home from her lessons
Magruder '64 at:
lives in Reston, VA. Bob was a career artillery officer, retired
as a Colonel, and subsequently worked on Enterprise Transformation
and Business Process Reengineering with the Logistics Management
Institute for five years. He served on the AOG's Board of Trustees
for four years in the Communications Committee and supported
the Alumni Support Committee, when needed. Bob was the first
Chairman of WP-ORG Inc. He has now taken a less active role with
WP-ORG to pursue another objective to improve the welfare of
soldiers and graduates of USMA. After a short retirement, Bob
went back to full time work at the Institute for Defense Analyses
where he is an Adjunct Staff Member in the Strategy, Forces &
Resources Division. He works on special projects in support of
DoD and generally loves his work. At the moment he is actively
pursuing and supporting the quick development of a high energy
laser and relay mirror system for the warfighters. An avid golfer,
Bob also helps the WPS of DC with two annual golf tournaments
as well as takes time to try to get his game somewhat under control.
He is very active with his class, and in particular with DC area
classmates. He organizes a monthly bridge game as well as annual
class ski trips the past 11 years. He serves as the Secretary
of the Class of '64 and plays a role in all class reunions, especially
in running golf outings at the beginning of each reunion.
(Matturro) McAleer '87 at: . After serving in the US Army
in Germany as a Military Police Platoon Leader, Executive Officer
and Division Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Donna left the military
to pursue an MBA at the Darden Graduate School of the University
As one with a passion for speed,
adventure, and change, in February 2000, she resigned her position
as Vice President of Global Logistics and Support Services, with
GenRad, a leading producer of electronic test equipment, and
moved to Park City, Utah, to begin an intensive training regimen.
For a few years, she committed herself to the pursuit of a lifelong
dream and a unique opportunity-to represent the United States
in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in the medal debut of Women's
Bobsled. She finished 4th in Olympic trials.
Most recently, Donna served as
the executive Director of the People's Health Clinic, a non-profit
organization based in Park City, UT. In this capacity she led
strategic business model transition and financial turnaround
to ensure financial stability for this organization's commitment
to providing quality medical and healthcare for the uninsured.
Presently, Donna is authoring
a collection of contemporary inspirational biographies about
many of the women who have graduated from the United States Military
Academy at West Point within the past 25 years. Her current professional
focus is working with a new venture developing a new governance
technology platform which promotes secure and real-time collaboration
of directors, investors, and executives to increase shareholder
value developing and writing the detailed business plan and operational
strategy to initiate the fundraising and marketing launch of
this new venture.
Donna is also a high school girl's
volleyball coach, ski instructor, and board member of several
community not-for-profit organizations including: the Park City
Film Series, Park City Municipal Golf Course, and BizWorld. She
helped to initiate the incorporation of a non profit to assist
a school and orphanage in Siem Reap, Cambodia. She is an avid
outdoor enthusiast with a particular passion for skiing, snowshoeing,
mountain biking, hiking, golfing and traveling. Donna has traveled
extensively with her most recent trip to the Himalayan Kingdom
For more then 13 years, Donna
has been a volunteer with AOG as a committee member on 5 different
committees. She was also one of two candidates who pioneered
the first true AOG election becoming a candidate by petition
with significant support from west-point.org.
She is actively involved in the
organizing of the 2006 USMA Women's Conference.
Donna is married to Ted McAleer,
a USMA classmate. They have one daughter, Carlyn Ann McAleer,
and one dog, Col (ret) Thayer McAleer, and live in Park City,
As a volunteer for west-point.org,
Donna is a liaison to the West Point Women's Network and the
AOG Board of Advisors.
COL Michael S. McGurk '85 at:
While a member of the Connecticut
National Guard, PV2 McGurk applied for transfer and appointment
to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1981.
Upon completion of the U.S. Military
Academy in 1985, 2nd Lieutenant McGurk received a Bachelor of
Science degree in Computer Science.
He served in a variety of assignments
in the 25th Infantry, 5th Infantry and other Army units as a
Rifle Platoon Leader, Staff Officer, Company Commander, and Army
Advisor to the Washington State National Guard.
He later attended and graduated
with honors from the Operations Research and Systems Analysis
(ORSA MAC) at Fort Lee, Virginia followed by a Masters in Industrial
Engineering from the University of Louisville.
In 1998, Major McGurk served
on USMA Staff and Faculty, as the USMA Exchange Officer to the
French Military Academy of St. Cyr, France.
LTC McGurk was later assigned
to Fort Monroe, Virginia as senior analyst, Strategic Planning
Group, US Army Accessions Command, where he is currently stationed.
In summer 2004 he deployed to
Iraq as part of the Multi-National Force-Iraq for a 7 month combat
COL McGurk's awards and decorations
include the Bronze Star, the Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder
Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He has also been awarded French and
British Jump Wings, the French Mountain Commando, and the French
National Defense Medal.
He is a member of the Board of
Directors for his local West Point Society (West Point Society
of Hampton Roads) and a member of the West Point Ring Recovery
Michael and his wife Angie reside
in Hampton, VA.
Ray Nelson '83 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am on active duty, serving as an Academy Professor in the Department
of Physics at USMA. My son, Steven, is a cadet in the Class of
As an advisor, grad, and parent,
WP-Org has been a very important part of my life for the past
several years, primarily through participation in the West Point
Forum and Plebe-Net. I served initially as an infantryman and
met and married my wife, Reva, during my first tour of duty in
Alaska. We have two sons, the aforementioned Steven and Peter,
who will be a sophomore in high school next year. Since 1990,
my army career has been primarily focused on USMA, between graduate
school and service on the faculty. I love West Point, cherish
my daily contact with cadets, and welcome the opportunity to
serve the West Point community as a member of the board of advisors.
Jack Price '64 at: wp25244@West-Point.Org
currently serves as CFO of WP-ORG. Jack moderates our most active
class net, for year group '64. In February, 2001, he completed
the work necessary to get our 501 (C)(3) with the IRS, and it
has been granted to us. He is a "Jack" of all trades.
Jack has functioned as our Chief Financial Officer and worked
to evolve the web page formats for WP-ORG. He was medically retired
in 1970 due to wounds received serving as an infantryman in Viet
Nam. After graduate work at MIT in the early 70's, he has been
active in a number of fields to include high-speed, off-shore
hull development, wholesale diamonds, and computer data processing
for the medical field.
He is now looking to get involved
in monolithic domes as used in thin shell steel-reinfiorced concrete
construction. Always something new!
Bob Totten '60 at: email@example.com
I've been a user and proponent
of wp-org ever since it began. As a third generation member of
the Long Gray Line I consider West Point my home, my heritage
and my hope for the future of our nation. Having been intimately
and actively involved with West Point societies ever since I
graduated and having served as a society president for more than
10 years, I continue to be impressed by this unique group of
After 27 years on active duty
I retired to New Jersey where in 1995 I became president of the
West Point Society of New Jersey. Being fascinated by the internet
and what was happening at West Point, I created our society's
web site and included a page listing the names and hometowns
of all cadets from the state of New Jersey. That has since evolved
into the "Cadets of West Point" site that now includes
nearly 3,000 cadets from all over the world. The site can be
viewed by going to http://www.westpointcadets.org/.
I live in Easton, Pennsylvania
where I'm president of the West Point Society of the Lehigh Valley
and spent the past 10 years as an active member of the AOG Alumni
Support Committee and tried to maintain a close relationship
with both the AOG and current West Point cadets.
Dian Welle has the unique position of being an
Advisor and one of our three paid employees. She tends to the
day-to-day needs of our community through our feedback
She and her Husband Dan are the
parents of a West Point graduate, class of 2002. Dian started
her association with WP-ORG after building a site for her family,
who had never seen USMA. The "2002 Memory Page" gained
popularity with the parents of the class, within 2 months had
over 10,000 visits, and many of the parents were contributing
to it. The page was moved to WP-ORG, http://www.west-point.org/family/mem2002/
and began a trend for each class of parents to start their own
sites. Dian has worked in collaboration with other parents and
grads to create the WP-ORG Bicentennial site. http://www.west-point.org/family/bicent/.
The Bicentennial site brought Dian and Dick Breakiron (USMA '51)
together to build the tradition pages within that site. Quickly
realizing the value of the stories they were receiving from Grads,
the idea to put these into a book was formed: http://www.westpointmemories.com/
Dian and Dan have four children
and six grandchildren. They Live in Acton California. Dian is
also a retired emergency room nurse, having worked in major trauma
centers, and critical emergency rooms for 23 years. She is enjoying
her more relaxing job with WP-ORG. Her first love is the showing
and breeding of Labrador
Retrievers. With her new found interest in computer work,
she is lucky to have Dan, who tends to the kennel work, while
she fiddles with the computer.
Werner '83 brings
experience from ten years on active duty as an Army aviator,
logistician, and maintenance test pilot. His tours of duty
were in Ft Benning, GA; Ft Rucker, AL; Ft Kobbe, Panama; Coleman
Barracks, Germany; and Ft Polk, LA. He left active duty
in 1993 and remains in the Army Reserves to this day. After
leaving active duty, Paul worked with National System's Management
Corporation supporting the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
and the F/A-18 program performing duties in contracting, logistics,
and engineering. He left employment with NSM and worked
directly for NAVAIR as a contract specialist, negotiating multi-million
dollar contracts for the Navy's A-6 and EA-6B programs. When
NAVAIR moved to Patuxent River, Paul stayed in the Northern Virginia
area and made a career transition to the information technology
field. His training was initially focused in Novell NetWare,
Microsoft, and Cisco. Paul has since gained the following
IT certifications: CNA, CNE 4.11, MCP+I, MCSE, MCT, CCSA, CCSE,
CCNA, CCNP and CCSI #20163. Paul is currently a Cisco instructor
working for his own company, Chesapeake Internetworking, Inc. He
is pursuing the coveted CCIE certification.
Paul has been a member of the
WP Forum since its early days (1996). He is a frequent contributor
to the Forum and has taken on the task of optically scanning
for OCR conversion a series of documents relevant to honor at
West Point, which are found in the WP-ORG's Publication pages. Paul
is a family man married to Mila, his wife of 15 years. Mila
and Paul also have a son Kyle, who is an honor student at North
Springfield Elementary school. Paul is also frequently active
in his community civic association.
Paul went Active Duty Status,
and until recently was serving in Korea. He has rejoined the
Board Of Advisors in 2007.
Megan Klein '64
class daughter --
Although not an Advisor, Megan
is one of two system engineers for WP-ORG.
Megan Klein came to WP-ORG via
a circuitous route. Armed with an animal science degree from
Cal Poly Pomona in California, she worked with Smithfield in
NC for several years on their National Pig Development (NPD)
swine farms, developing breeding stock for today's "lean
generation" pork. Along the way she met up with 'ditus Bolanos,
who noted her independent personality and interest in computer
technology and asked her to think about joining him at WP-ORG.
Essentially apprenticed to 'ditus over the next year, Megan learned
a lot. Ditus then directed her to an internship program at Vignette.
Through the first few months at Vignette, she continued to work
with/for WP-ORG as a volunteer and helped to train Dian Welle.
About 18 months into her tenure at VIGN, she was caught in a
layoff, and 'ditus invited her to rejoin WP-ORG.
She's now in charge of the nurturing
and feeding the WP-ORG server farm, recently completing the move
from 'ditus' home to our new location about a mile away in the
Pflugerville Executive Office complex. This involved the integration
of recently donated servers and routers, and changing to a new
T-1 connection with Time Warner Telecom.
Goldstine - Goldstine James A. 1961 23735 I2 firstname.lastname@example.org
(shown with his Grandson, Sam, who has enlisted as an airborne
infantryman) - is our tax accountant of the firm of Jackson Ashby
Goldstine in Denver. They specialize in tax exempts. He responded
to a net call for help we issued a number of years ago. Over
the past three years, he has refined our financial operations
to comply with all the latest IRS and legal formats that may
be coming down soon. We have spent many hours late at night working
on this. He creates the financial statement which is on our home
page, along with the corporate 990 tan return, and the 990T which
is the return we file for taxable income. Donations are not taxable.
We have never been able to convince
Jim to accept payments, even when we budget for them. He works
quietly in the dark.. no recognition, does very critical stuff
Breakiron '51, passed away on 5 October, 2006 at 1930
HRS, at his daughter's home in Webster NC.
Dick had long fought cancer with
great resolve, and this was the cause of his death.
Dick was buried at West Point
beside his wife, Joyce, who predeceased him in 2000. The funeral
was be held Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 13:30 at the Old Cadet
Dick's Eulogy Page is located
With extreme gratitude
Ditus Bolanos '90
Although not an Advisor, Ditus
is the architect who conceived and built our communication infrastructure.
He is the technical wizard of everything we have done to date,
including computer operations. Due to injuries sustained in an
accident, ditus graduated in '90 with a computer engineering
degree but was not commissioned. He has since worked with a number
of Texas companies as a software engineer. His love for West
Point and his devotion to its welfare is self-evident in the
infrastructure he has developed for our community to use.
Work constraints have caused
him to pull back from his involvement from WP-ORG, but he will
always be known as the "magician" who made us what
Dan McCarthy graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1977.
In 1980, he was selected for
the Law Education Program. He attended Duke Law School where
he graduated with honors in 1983, also receiving the North Carolina
Trial Lawyer's Litigation Award. He attended George Washington
University Law School, where he received an LL.M. in International
Law, graduating in 1991 with highest honors.
After completing his post-graduate
education, Captain McCarthy was detailed as Executive Assistant
to RADM W. L. Schachte, the Deputy Judge Advocate General of
the Navy and Acting Judge Advocate General of the Navy, from
1991-1993. Captain McCarthy was then selected to serve as Special
Assistant for Legal and Legislative Affairs to the Secretary
of the Navy, the Honorable John H. Dalton. He served the Secretary
of the Navy in this capacity from 1993-1998.
In September 1998, Captain McCarthy
assumed command of Trial Service Office Southeast, headquartered
at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
Captain McCarthy is Surface Warfare
Qualified and is also entitled to wear the Legion of Merit, three
Meritorious Service Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal, the Battle
"E", the National Defense Service Medal, four Overseas
Service awards, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and a Pistol
He is married to the former Barbara
Weaver of Aiken, South Carolina. Barbara is employed as the Director
of Medical Records at the Mayo Clinic and St. Luke's Hospital.
They have three children: John (18), who attends the Naval Academy,
class of 2005, Jim (16) and Julianne (13).
Work constraints have caused
him to pull back from his involvement from WP-ORG. Fair Winds,
COL (Ret.) FREDERICK H. BLACK
Fred retired from the Army in 1994 and
now lives in Chapel Hill, NC, and works as an independent management
consultant, specializing in leadership and organizational development
for both private and public organizations. and was a professor
in the Department of Social Sciences for 15 years. A 1968 Distinguished
Military Graduate of Howard University with a BA in Political
Science, he has served in a variety of Infantry command and staff
positions with Airborne and Light Infantry units in the continental
United States, Hawaii, the Republic of South Vietnam, and the
Republic of South Korea. He received his graduate degrees in
political science and public policy and administration at the
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.
Welter '55 (VPI'61/W&M'75)
served as an Advisor from our beginnings to Nov. 2005. He still
moderates the class of '55 net, and the West Point Society of
Hampton Roads net.
A triple-dipper, Army/Civil Service/Social
Security, he keeps off the street and out of his wife's hair
by the adjunct teaching of mathematics at local colleges and
auditing courses at William and Mary.