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Class of 2011 Affirmation Ceremony at USMA, USNA, USAFA, & USCGA


The Affirmation Ceremony for the Class of 2011 was held at West Point on 16 August 2009 in Robinson Auditorium of Thayer Hall.  During this ceremony, the cadets took an oath acknowledging a five-year active duty commitment in the United States Army upon graduation from the West Point and an active duty commitment if separated before graduation.  As part of the 50-Year Affiliation Program between the Classes of 1961 and 2011, the Class of 1961 presented each cadet a coin to commemorate the occasion.  The coin is a symbol of each cadet’s decision to continue their education and work toward graduation and commissioning in the Army.

George Joulwan, Bill Reno, Gene Witherspoon, Ed Brown, Dick Buckner, and Al Vanderbush represented the Class of 1961 at the ceremony.  George’s inspiring speech charged each member of the Class of 2011 to make the best use of their final two years at West Point as they prepare for the awesome responsibilities and unique opportunities that await them.  He told them to love soldiers and soldiering, to respect and care for their families, and above all to give it their best effort.

Similar ceremonies were held for members of the Class of 2011 who are exchange cadets at the US Naval Academy, the US Air Force Academy, and the US Coast Guard Academy.  The West Point Society of Annapolis hosted the ceremony at USNA.  Mac Greeley represented our class.  The West Point Society – Pikes Peak Region hosted the ceremony at USAFA.  BG Norman Andersson, USMA ’74, administered the oath.  Dave Hastings, Jim Lynch, Warren Miller, and Ken Siegenthaler represented our class.  COL Dutch Hostler, USMA ’68, administered the oath at USCGA.   Jack Fischer represented our class.

Click here for the program at West Point on 16 August 2009.

Click here to read the address delivered by GEN (R) George Joulwan '61 at the West Point Cadet Sergeant Affirmation Ceremony.

Click here for a slide show of pictures taken at the West Point Cadet Sergeant Affirmation Ceremony.

Click here for article about the Cadet Sergeant Affirmation Ceremony held at the Air Force Accademy for the West Point Cadets there as Exchange Cadets.

Click here for a slide show of pictures taken at the Coast Guard Academy Cadet Sergeant Affirmation Ceremony.













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