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Notice of Lee Barnes Passing - October 25th

From Chris LeBlanc: Class of -72, hit your knees....The Lord just took Lee Roy Barnes, Jr. home just a few minutes ago. The doctors were weaning him off the ventilator and it appears his heart just could not take it. He’s gone… Lee has now just met his father for the first time, back on the reservation. For those that might not be aware, Lee Roy Sr. (for the love of me now, I cannot remember his tribal name) was an American Soldier, too, and was lost during the Korean War. He is buried in Kansas.
I will let folks know when I can what decisions are made for burial. Lee's son Chris is not sure yet. Stand by for more news, and stand up for a great American and Soldier.
Lee was in A-1.

Lee Barnes - Biography

Lee Barnes joined the Army as an Armor Cavalry Second Lieutenant upon graduation from West Point in 1972; he retired at the rank of Colonel, in 1997.

His service included duty stations in Korea, Germany and United States. He served as a tank Platoon Leader, Headquarters Company Commander, Armored Cavalry Troop Commander, and Tank Battalion Commander (concurrently serving as the Tank Regiment Commander for the Opposing Forces at the National Training Center). His staff time included battalion personnel (S1and Adjutant), logistics (S4) and operations, planning, and training (Army National Guard Advisor, Battalion XO, Brigade S3 and XO, and Division G3). His final posting was as the Chief of the Advanced Concept Office for Army Forces Command.

Lee joined Mystech Associates, which joined Northrop Grumman Corporation through a series of mergers. Lee served as Subject Matter Expert, Business Area Manager, Department Director, National Account Manager, Business Development Manager, and finally, as the Corporate Lead Executive, Orlando, retiring in 2012.

Lee has served as an independent consultant, but chooses to remain RETIRED, except for his volunteer activities, fishing, golfing and grand parenting.

Lee initially volunteered in 2011, to help with the Camaraderie Foundation annual golf tournament, “Pars and Stripes Forever”. He was elected to the board of directors in January, 2013. He was elected as Programs Director in 2015, elected Vice Chair of the Board in 2017, as Chair in Jan 2018, and in Jan 2019, re-elected as Chair for an additional one-year term.

'72 Classmates in Orlando

Here is the picture of all 72 classmates at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetary-A1 plus Chris Le Blanc, Steve Main and Ben Martin.

Lee Roy was well remembered and honored by many friends and associates.  Skip did a great job sharing some remembrance for A-1 and Chris did the same. Ann was very appreciative of the company turnout!
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Classmates at Lee Barnes Funeral

Going around the table starting on the left are:
Chris LeBlanc; Tod Wilson; Murro Martens; Bill Guarino; Ray Idzior; Paul Oskvarek; Lee’s son Christopher; Skip Ash; Tom Waller; Steve Curtis; Tom Pawlowski; Steve Main

West Point Grad News

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As we prepare to publish the 2020 edition of the Register of Graduates, we encourage you to make sure your service to the nation, in and out of uniform, is included. You can log in to the website and submit updates at your convenience.  For many of you, all you will see is your first assignment. There’s a box on the page for you to provide a list of all your assignments and the awards received during each one. Please do not use acronyms; we will format your entry.

The Register of Graduates is one of West Point’s longest-standing traditions. It is an indispensable treasury of military history, recording the names and careers of every West Point graduate from 1802 to the present.

Thank you for helping us to preserve the history of the Long Gray Line. Update your entry by November 15, 2020, to guarantee inclusion in the 2020 printed edition. Career histories are also available online (login required).

Williams ’05 Feeds His Community

La’Berrick Williams ’05Small communities were hit hard back in March of 2020, when the first wave of COVID-19 spread across America. During those first few weeks, La’Berrick Williams ’05 reached out to help feed his community in Huntsville, Alabama, drawing upon his family values, recipes and the West Point call to service.

Williams owns and operates Jell’s 4 Ever BBQ food truck, named for his grandparents Jell and Ever Scruggs, who owned the Jell’s 4 Ever BBQ restaurant in Huntsville. His grandparents taught him how to make their signature “Magic Red Sauce,” and he also witnessed how his family helped feed anyone who came into the restaurant hungry.

So, on March 25, 26 and 27, for three straight days, Williams began giving away meals from his food truck to help students who suddenly had no school and people who suddenly had no jobs. These meals were home-cooked southern plates that included BBQ pit chicken, pulled pork, or brisket with a side of baked beans, potato salad, green beans, or buttered corn with a roll.

“It's part of my DNA from how I was raised by my parents and grandparents. West Point instilled in me ‘Duty, Honor and Country.’ Serving in the Army taught me leadership, along with selfless service. For this, I am forever grateful,” says Williams. With his team and local volunteers, Williams was able to serve more than 150 plates a day before the mandatory shut-down in their state. Williams says they plan on doing this again in the future but have remained closed for the past couple of months due to safety protocols.

Washington ’91 Implements “Got Your 6”

When the pandemic hit the U.S., cardiac nurse Monique Washington ’91 began managing a team of nurses that was converted into a dedicated COVID-19 unit at the VA North Texas Hospital in Dallas. Since March, the VA has been accepting and treating Veterans who caught COVID-19, and Washington has been at the forefront in making sure that the front-line nurses are being taken care of as well.

As the staff worked around the clock, Washington implemented a “Got your 6” system to care for her team. This system included measures like monitoring the time spent in patients’ rooms, ensuring PPE supplies for everyone, and maintaining a regular break schedule. “This has been a humbling experience and we are battle weary. I have a great team and I took their safety, health and welfare very seriously. My focus was to provide psychological safety to the team so that they felt supported,” says Washington. “I wanted the team to treat COVID-19 as an ‘enemy’ that must be respected and never underestimated at all times.”

Washington also connected with the Long Gray Line and received meals almost daily from the women of West Point Class of 1991, who “gripped hands” with their classmate and showed the team of nurses lots of support by providing meals and supplies.

Washington, who also holds a BSN from the University of Texas, then took her experience of caring for nursing teams a step further and teamed up with nurses Zeyneba Mustafa, Doreen Ekwerike and Dr. Vetta Sanders-Thompson, co-director of the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University to create a COVID-19 ‘Survival Guide for Nurses’ to help navigate the changes and updates that have resulted from the pandemic.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1946 | 1953 | 1961 | 1974 | 1980 | 1981 | 1988 | 1992 | 1996 | 2019. Class Notes

Go Army Virtual Football Tailgate This Weekend!

Go Army Virtual Football Tailgate This Weekend!Looking for a way to share the excitement of West Point’s victory over Louisiana-Monroe while still maintaining social distancing? Join us this Saturday, September 12 at 1:30pm EDT for a virtual tailgate gathering! Simply turn on the game and join the online party, using a Chrome browser for the best experience. Chat with fellow fans, learn some West Point facts, enter raffles, and take advantage of some special WPAOG Gift Shop flash sales all from the comfort of your own home! Space is limited so please RSVP today to reserve your spot. For questions, please email alumni-services@wpaog.org. Go Army!  Beat LA-Monroe!

GEN(R) Alexander ’74 Named to Amazon Board

GEN(R) Alexander ’74 Named to Amazon BoardGeneral (Retired) Keith Alexander has been named the newest member to Amazon’s Board of Directors. Alexander was previously director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service from 2005 to 2014. He also served as the commander of U.S. Cyber Command from 2010 to 2014, and is currently co-CEO of IronNet Cybersecurity, a Maryland-based company he founded in 2014.

Free Stream of Home Football Games for Current Active & Reserve Military

Free Stream of Home Football Games for Current Active & Reserve MilitaryArmy West Point Football games will be available to be streamed for free for current active duty and reserve duty members of the military through Army's website provider SIDEARM Sports. Current active duty and reserve duty members can use this LINK to set up an account through SIDEARM.

All internet browsers are compatible with All Access, though Army West Point strongly suggests using Google Chrome for the most optimal streaming experience. It is also recommended to stream the game using a wired connection with a bandwidth of at least 1000-2000Kbps (1-2Mbps). Further instructions and recommendations are detailed on sign up page.

For fans not currently serving as active duty or reserve duty members, all eight of Army's home games at Michie Stadium will be televised nationally either on CBS Television Network or CBS Sports Network.

The Cadets will play on CBS twice at home. First, against BYU at 3:30 p.m. ET on September 19 and then again in their first Commander-In-Chiefs trophy matchup versus Air Force at 11:30 a.m. ET on November 7. The six games scheduled to air on CBS Sports Network will all kick off at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1952 | 1959 | 1964 | 1970 | 1971 | 1974 | 1989 | 1992 | 1996 | 1997 | 2019 | 2020. Class Notes