40th Reunion

Ready for the 40th Reunion
May 3–6, 2018

Join Us

The 40th Reunion will be here before you know it and we aspire for the largest and best reunion ever. We're entering that critical period of REGISTRATION! The Golf Extravaganza registration (and associated payment) is being handled directly via the website whereas the official registration (and associated payment) is being provided via AOG. If ever you wanted to be certain you were on the class listserv, now is that time, or update the filter such that the emails are visble and not being automatically routed to an email folder you seldom read.

Official Reunion: Registration is Now Open

  1. The Reunion Poop Sheet: Please review in detail prior to completing the online registration. Click here to view Poop Sheet.
  2. Click here to Register & Pay Online: Note that online registration is 'Powered by AOG'. It is detailed but relatively simple. 
  3. Changes: Once you have completed your initial registration, you can add to that registration by returning to the registration site on your reunion webpage. You would fill out the required information again and then add only the specific event/meal that you want to add.  If you are adding a guest for the first time be sure to submit their name badge information, in addition to paying the appropriate guest fee. If you need to cancel an event/meal, you can do so by contacting Lexie Davis (USMA '04) who is our WPAOG Alumni Events Team Coordinator. She can be reached at (845) 446-1649 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and specifying the event/meal you wish to cancel. Cancellations will be accepted until April 22nd.  After that date refunds will be determined on a case by case basis after the reunion by the reunion chair.

 Golf Extravaganza: Registration is Now Open

If you golf, you will not want to miss this event. Jeff Manley and his committee have planned a golf outing unlike any other before. If you don't golf, you may want to join us at the banquet (to commence as soon as all golfers are in: 1230ish). Cost for the Golf Extravaganza is $125 and $1,000 for a Tee Box or Hole Sponsorship. Registration is a two step process: Complete the Registration form and then pay. Note that you can build your own foursome, hopefully with classmates, and the registration process will walk you through identifying who you want to play with. If you have no preference, Jeff will assign you accordingly.

We are using PayPal.me as the Payment service. The key is to get your commitment and the associated fee's to Jeff ASAP.

REGISTER & PAY NOW

Lodging

By now you should have secured lodging. You should know if you are staying at the Thayer or not. Rooms for the Thayer have been allocated by Blind Draw Lottery for those wanting to stay at the Thayer. The lottery has already been administered and those drawn have been notified. Our secondary hotel is a venue we've used for previous reunions: Crowne Plaza in Suffern, NY. Please be sure to ID yourself as being from the class of 1978 to secure the negotiated rate.

Please contact the reunion chair aka The Old Man or Bobby Olds at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you require additional info regarding lodging.

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Schedule

The Class of ’78's 40th Reunion is scheduled for May 3–6, 2018. We are excited to see everyone! 

The late breaking news is "The Supe's Boat is deadlined" and is no longer available. You may recall our saturday schedule included cruising up and down the Hudson on the Supe's boat but that is now not happening. Instead, Saturday is dedicated to R & R, I guess at this age we need the recovery ;-)  That said, Saturday will be a great opportunity to spend quality time with brothers we don't see that often as well as see the old and the new as it relates to West Point. Below is a list of places our reunion committee hopes we spend some time at and note our reunion badges should serve as access badges to these areas:

  • Company D1 rooms and general area in Douglas Barracks
  • The new Visitor Center with our Class Name
  • The Jefferson Library
  • The Rifle and Pistol Range with our Class Name
  • The updated portions of Central Gym
  • The Mess Hall
  • The renovated 1st Division
  • The C Store
  • The Army Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Lunching at The West Point Club, Grant Hall, Ike Hall, the Thayer Hotel or various restaurants in Highland Falls
  • Lounging at the Bars at the Thayer or at the Crowne

Class of 1978 40th Reunion Wine from Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery

Yes, wine! Brother Napster aka Jay Napoli, in his capacity as golf committee member has negotiated a great deal with Bill Foley, '65 and Vintner & Owner of Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery. The deal involves three types of select wines from Foley Estates with labels commemorating our class and our 40th Reunion. Wine by the bottle and by the case will be available for purchase or shipment at many of the events during our reunion. A limited number of bottles will be used as Golf Extravaganza prizes but for the most part it is being made available on a cash & carry or for shipment or both (you need wine in the hotel room, right?). We're going to attempt to have a Square with us to process credit cards or you can use Venmo or you can pay by check or cash. And please know proceeds from wine sales go directly into Class Fund/Gift.

Whether you are a wine snob or not, we feel you'll want to invest in a bottle/case or two and bring out on special occasions or make it your every day wine - you be the judge! If you know now that you want and you want it shipped, you may want to engage directly with Jay Napoli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2014 Foley Johnson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

  • Retail Price: $75.00/bottle
  • Class of 1978 Price: $64.00/bottle
  • 91 Points - Robert Parker.
  • Double Gold Medal Winner - 2018 Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival

The 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby in color with concentrated notes of blackberry, black currant, anise and earthy characteristics on the nose. Its excellent body and mouthfeel bring forth a nice balance throughout the palate. The dark berry fruits are highlighted on the palate with flavors of blackberry, blue-raspberry, and a hint of sweet licorice. A wonderfully balanced tannin-acid structure makes this wine approachable now, but it will age nicely over next 5-10 years.

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2015 Foley Estates Rancho Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa

  • Retail Price: $40.00/bottle
  • Class of 1978 Price: $34.00/bottle
  • 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast

Warm aromatics of sweet roasted coffee and fresh red plum. Bold and expressive palate with cranberry, rhubarb and red plum accented by a bright acidity. Hints of spicy tea and pepper linger on the finish.

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2015 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay, Chalk Hill Appellation

  • Retail Price: $42.00/bottle
  • Class of 1978 price: $36/bottle
  • 93 Points - Wine Spectator
  • 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast

Lots of spice, apricot, fig and honeydew melon flavors combine for a full-bodied, mouth-coating experience, with a finish that sails on and on, gaining depth. Drink now and through 2022.

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