May 14

May Monthly Luncheon: Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program

My Friends,
In like a lion, out like a lion… I’m excited to share our final luncheon of the 2014-2015 season!
We are proud to have Carolyn Bateson of the VA Portland Health Care System to talk about the VA’s efforts around the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program.
Carolyn Bateson, LCSW, Program Director, Community Reintegration Services

Carolyn Bateson is a daughter of a WWII Veteran and a granddaughter of a WWI Veteran. She began working at the Portland VA as a social work intern in 1995 on the Geriatric Management Evaluations Service. In 1996 she was hired as a full time medical social worker and spent 10 years working on the kidney dialysis unit and in the renal clinic. She then spent 2.5 years working as an executive assistant to the Chief of Staff. In 2008 she moved over to the Rehabilitation and Long Term Care Program and worked as the Spinal Cord Injury Coordinator where she worked three multidisciplinary teams serving Spinal Cord Injured Veterans, Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis, and helped to develop a team to serve patients with ALS. In Spring of 2012 Carolyn became the manager of the Portland VA Homeless Program. In this capacity she oversees the VA Portland Health Care System Homeless program that is tasked to End Veteran Homelessness. Carolyn currently oversees several programs serving Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

In this capacity she oversees a staff of nearly 100, operating in all VA programs tasked with ending Veteran homelessness. Under Carolyn’s leadership, the homeless programs of the VA Portland Health Care System have placed 874 formerly homeless Veterans in permanent housing, and have over 1,000 under care.
I’m honored to welcome Carolyn to our forum. Please join me in our final luncheon blast, as we prepare to kick off the summer!
So please RSVP to our luncheon if you are in the Portland area on the 20th:

1) Date: Wednesday, 20 May
2) Location: The Old Spaghetti Factory,
715 SW Bancroft St., Portland (off MacAdam Blvd just south of the Aerial Tram)
3) Time: 11:45 AM
4) Lunch is $20 for all

For planning purposes, please RSVP me if you can attend. A quick email reply is fine. As always, your guests and friends are always welcome to join us.


GO Army!
KevinKevin J. Byrne ’93
Captain, USA (Retired)
The West Point Society of Oregon
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Apr 20

April Update from Nate Sandvig, President at The West Point Society of Oregon


I hope all is well after enjoying a fabulous and busy March with the raptures of West Point Glee Club at Nike and another outstanding Founders Day made possible by the efforts of our leadership and your attendance at the MAC. As your new president of the West Point Society of Oregon, below are a few future activities that may be of interest with the summer almost upon us.

· Timbers game, August 7 – I’ve been slow playing the promotion and am about to cast the net much broader in the next few weeks to sell the rest of the tickets. Tickets cost $50 for a space that seats 60. Almost half our tickets are sold for a sold out venue. Send checks to me at 8024 SE 35th Ave., Portland, OR 97202. Please don’t delay sending me your check if you are on the fence.

· “Sua Sponte” Happy Hour, May 5 at Upper Lip from 5-6pm ( – “Loose Lips Take Sips.”

· US Open at Chambers Bay in Washington on June 15 – 21 – to honor active military men and women for their service to our country, the USGA will provide active military personnel with complimentary Gallery tickets during the practice rounds (Monday, June 15 – Wednesday, June 17). Retirees can purchase practice round Gallery tickets at a discounted price.

· David Eisenhower WWII Lecture on June 25 at Oregon Historical Society – David is the grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower, a noted historian and author of Eisenhower: At War and Coming Home to Glory.

· We are exploring an informal golf outing at a course in Portland this summer (possibly Eastmoreland). For those interested, please let Tim Marvich know (, so we can gauge interest and potentially organize.

· For those current, former and aficionados of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, there is an excellent new episode on History Channel’s Modern Marvels called “Panama Canal Supersized” that is certainly worth a watch that can be streamed with the app ( George Goethals (Class of 1880) was the Chief Engineer that completed the original project in 1914. Trivia for a beer on me at our May 5 Happy Hour – what is so unique about Goethals tombstone at West Point? No cheating using the Internet.

Lastly and most importantly, the West Point Society is a membership-driven organization. If there are any suggestions, thoughts, ideas, etc. that you would like to see in the future to sustain, improve, change, etc. please let me know.


Feb 19

2015 Founders Day – RSVP Requested

West Point Society of OregonThe West Point Society of Oregon is pleased to invite you and your spouse or guest to the 2015 Founders Day Dinner. Our special guest and keynote speaker will be Brigadier General Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D., Class of 1983. Brigadier General Trainor is the 13th Dean of the Academic Board at West Point.

Brigadier General Timothy Trainor


Following tradition, the Society will host new cadet candidates as our special guests. A pre-briefing for candidates and their parents will precede the social hour and dinner, to provide further insight to the Academy and to cadet development. This provides an opportunity for these young people and their parents to learn more about West Point and to share in some of the special camaraderie deriving from our gathering.


Attire for the dinner will be dress blues or appropriate evening dinner attire. For newcomers, the MAC facility has a large parking garage across Salmon Street that is open to guests.


The attached return form can be completed and submitted as your RSVP.

  • There is $20 in annual dues for regular members of the Society. This money is used for the candidates’ dinners and related costs, Society guest speakers, and for printing, mailing and miscellaneous administrative costs.
  • During our Founders Day Dinner, we will vote for confirmation of our inbound Board of Directors. In addition to your RSVP, please review the proposed 2015 confirmation. If you will not be present for the dinner, we request a proxy vote with your RSVP submission.

Please return the enclosed reservation to Kevin Byrne ‘93, as noted on the form, with the required information and your check payable to “West Point Society of Oregon” for the dinner and/or dues. Your response is requested by March 12th. Please join us as we dine and celebrate our common bond on West Point’s 213th birthday!

Go Army!
Kevin J. Byrne ’93
Captain, USA (Retired)
President, WPS-OR
Attached is a copy of the invitation and RSVP form.

WPS-OR FD ’15 Invite-RSVP

Feb 10

February Monthly Luncheon: Team Red, White and Blue


My Friends,

Michelle Haines, Chapter Captain of Team Red, White and Blue Portland will dine with us next week to share the activity being done by the Team.
Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
Read more about the team at
Michelle will share with us Real Stories and Statistics that tell the deep impact of Team RWB, tell us about their approach, upcoming events, and how we can get involved and help!

So please RSVP to our luncheon if you are in the Portland area on the 19th:

1) Date: Wednesday, 18 February
2) Location: The Old Spaghetti Factory, 715 SW Bancroft St., Portland (off MacAdam Blvd just south of the Aerial Tram)
3) Time: 11:45 AM
4) Lunch is $20 for all

For planning purposes, please RSVP me if you can attend. A quick email reply is fine. As always, your guests and friends are always welcome to join us.

GO Army!
Kevin J. Byrne ’93
Captain, USA (Retired)
President, WPS-OR

Jan 04

January 14th – Joint-alum lunch with the VA Portland Health Care System Director, Joanne Krumberger

My Friends,

Happy New Year!  We’re ready to kick off 2015 with a fabulous joint-academy luncheon.

Please join us as we dine and celebrate with our fellow alum from USNA and USAFA on January 14th (NOTE: the meeting is the 2nd Wednesday this month).  The VA Portland Health Care System Director Joanne Krumberger will be our luncheon guest and speaker.  This will be an interesting and educational insight into the status, and future, or our VA Health Care System.  Read Ms. Krumberger’s bio here:

So please join us then:

  • Wednesday, 14 January
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • 715 SW Bancroft St., Portland (off MacAdam Blvd just south of the Aerial Tram)
  • 11:45 AM
  • Lunch is $20 for all.

Since there will be a lot of attendees from all Academies joining us, I will need to take special focus on collecting the lunch cost from all USMA there.  If I don’t see you, please help me out and track me down when you arrive.  Thanks. 


For planning purposes, please RSVP me if you can attend. A quick email reply is fine.

I am looking forward to seeing you all there.



Kevin J. Byrne ’93
Captain, USA (Retired)
President, WPS-OR

Dec 08


My Friends,
No matter where you are, be sure to cheer on the Army Team this weekend.
The game kick off is scheduled for noon our time, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD.
  1. Portland Area: Big Al’s Beaverton, 14950 SW Barrows Rd., Beaverton. Join us anytime after 1100 to start celebrating all things Army!
  2. Central Oregon Old Grads: Summit Saloon, 125 NW Oregon, Bend, starting around 1100.
  3. TV: Live on CBS, preshow starting at 1130.
  4. If you’re at the game (like me!), call me or text to celebrate the win – 971-219-6784
Kevin ’93

Nov 20

One update on events!

My Friends,
As a follow up to my meeting notes at yesterday’s luncheon, here is a single summary of all the incredible events that we have coming up with The West Point Society of Oregon!
November 25 Social Call, with Cadet Hope Landsem ’15 and Cadet Kyle Warren ’15
Join us for an after work social call with Cadets Landsem and Warren, headed back to Oregon for the week of Thanksgiving on CPRC to publicize the Academy.
When: Tuesday, November 25, starting at 5:30
Henry’s Tavern in the Pearl (10 NW 12th Ave, Portland)
Upstairs Lounge / Billiards Area
No RSVP required; just come and celebrate with some pre-holiday cheer!!
December 29 Lunch with our West Point Cadets
Old Spaghetti Factory, Portland
I will confirm this date as we get closer and after I review with the cadets
January 14, 2015 (Special date – 2nd Wed)
Joint USMA USNA USAFA, USCGA Alumni meeting
Joanne Krumberger, Director of the Portland VA Medical Center
Old Spaghetti Factory, Portland
February 18, 2015
Michelle Haines – Team Red, White and Blue
Old Spaghetti Factory, Portland
Founders Day
TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED for Friday, March 27 (alternate is March 13).
Speaker is TBD, but block out the date(s).
More to follow…
West Point Glee Club Coming to Portland
The West Point Glee Club is planning a west coast trip for Spring Break. They will arrive from San Francisco on Friday, March 20.
The concert right now is planned for Nike Headquarters, in Beaverton, on the March 21.
Dale Veith, with the Parents Club, will take the initial lead on cadet boarding but we will need to pick up the overflow. Boarding on March 20/21 will be needed for 75 cadets, director, accompanist, and at least one Officer in Charge. I will be in touch on this soon.
No more info now, but block out the dates.
More to follow…
GO Army!

Kevin J. Byrne ’93
Captain, USA (Retired)
President, WPS-OR
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Nov 11

Thank You For Your Service!

Veterand Day

Oct 30

Beat Air Force!

Beat Air ForceWe’ve been able to confirm that we can occupy Grand Central Bowling a little before 0830, in time for kickoff, and the kitchen and bar open at 0900.

Grand Central Bowling
808 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97232

If you can, come on down to celebrate as we Beat the Zoomies!


Make sure to watch a great game, anywhere you are, on CBS
GO Army! BEAT Air Force!

Oct 23

19 November Monthly Luncheon (& The Holiday Season Is On Its Way)

November Monthly Luncheon (Please RSVP)

Brett Miller will join us to speak about the Wounded Warriors Project® (WWP).  Brett will speak to us about the programs, development, and history of WWP and their vision to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

This is a wonderful opportunity to continue our experiences with our brothers and sisters who continue to focus on the care and readjustment of our soldiers when they come home!

Click here to read Brett’s bio.

So after you click the link below to DONATE NOW to the WWP, please RSVP to our luncheon if you are in the Portland area on the 19th:

1) Date: Wednesday, 19 November
2) Location: The Old Spaghetti Factory, 715 SW Bancroft St., Portland (off MacAdam Blvd just south of the Aerial Tram)
3) Time: 11:45 AM
4) Lunch is $15 for all

For planning purposes, please RSVP me if you can attend. A quick email reply is fine. As always, your guests and friends are always welcome to join us.

Go Army!
Kevin ’93


Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:01 AM
Subject: The Holiday Season Is On Its Way

Show Warriors You Care

Wounded Warrior Project®

This limited-edition, nickel-plated ornament is a symbol of the strength of your commitment to our nation’s heroes and their commitment to us and our nation’s defense.

Donate Now.

Dear Kevin,

In just a short time, the holiday season will be upon us. It is a truly special time of year, when we pause to reflect on the importance of family. At Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), we consider every wounded hero and the patriotic Americans who support them — like you — to be a part of our family.

To recognize the bonds we share, I will send you this limited-edition WWP holiday ornament with your gift of $50, $75, $100 or more today. The ornament is etched with our logo, which features two warriors — one carrying the other to safety. The logo is symbolic of the way you carry warriors through their recoveries.

With your generosity, WWP will be able to provide programs and services that help injured service members when they need it most — in mind, body, and spirit — helping them to heal from both the visible and unseen wounds of war.

Please let our injured service members know, like family, you will remain by their sides as they recover from devastating injuries. Live the Logo™ this holiday season by supporting returning warriors when they need you most. And thank you for being a loyal member of our family.
Remembering their sacrifices,

Steven Nardizzi

Steven Nardizzi
Chief Executive Officer
Wounded Warrior Project

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** Please allow three to four weeks to receive the ornament.

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