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CPT(R) Bucha ’65 Speaks to Plebes on Leadership

CPT(R) Bucha ’65 Speaks to Plebes on LeadershipRetired Captain Paul Bucha, U.S. Military Academy Class of 1965 and Medal of Honor recipient, spoke to roughly 1,300 new cadets July 6 at Robinson Auditorium. When Bucha walked to the podium, he immediately began to pace the stage to talk to the cadets, keeping them at ease with humor, but humor with a purpose. “Tonight is a special night for you to understand what we, and people like me expect from you. It’s the result I want you to think about and you can’t do that all in class,” Bucha said. “The worst thing that can happen to you when you are attending a speech is when that one on stage starts looking for someone.”

“The first is honor,” Bucha said. “Upon which the other four rest and without honor there is no leadership. Honor is the willingness to trust and with willingness to trust is the willingness to fight. Honor is something that you work at. You are required to become a leader based on honor. That is where character comes from. When you go to war there is no person in the world who can see through BS more than an 18-year-old snuffy sitting on a rock smoking a cigarette.”

“You have to have humility,” Bucha added. “God forbid that you don’t have to do what I had to do. To write 10 letters home to mothers and fathers that their sons died under my command. But this is something you may have to do on your first command.” Bucha today still suppressed tears remembering the fallen in his unit. Read More

DEP Cadets Examine Renaissance Art in Italy

DEP Cadets Examine Renaissance Art in ItalyMajor Adam Keller and Professor Seth Herbst led five cadets on an AIAD that explored the cultural and aesthetic influences of Italian Renaissance art. After studying for a week at USMA, the group travelled to Florence and Rome where they examined the masterpieces of famed Renaissance artists and architects, including Giotto, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and Leonardo da Vinci.

DEP Cadets visit London to study Shakespeare’s War Plays

DEP Cadets visit London to study Shakespeare’s War PlaysThis June Cadets travelled to London, England to study Shakespeare and learn more about his historical influences. Focusing on Richard III and Macbeth, the cadets toured historical sites and took into account how historical realities affected Shakespeare’s fiction. Highlights of the trip included a tour of the Bloody Tower at the Tower of London, where Richard III allegedly had his two nephews killed, as well as the Richard III Museum in Leicester, England where the cadets viewed Richard III’s burial place and his skeleton, complete with the deformed spine. The high point of the trip was attending the Globe Theatre’s production of Macbeth after a day learning about the historical accuracies and inaccuracies regarding the actual Macbeth, as well as taking a class on stage fighting with both swords and daggers. While in England, the cadets also had the opportunity to visit the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst where they learned about their sister academy and socialized with British cadets. The cadets also had the rare opportunity to take part in the Academy’s Key Leader Engagement exercise, which included a mock Middle Eastern city.

Three Teams Earn Public Recognition Awards

Army West Point Black KnightsWEST POINT, NY - Three Army West Point athletic teams were rewarded by the NCAA for their outstanding performance in the classroom after earning Public Recognition Awards from the governing body. Football, wrestling and rifle were among 1,071 teams that were publicly recognized for their academic achievement. It was based on their most recent Academic Progress Rate. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. The 1,071 teams publicly recognized for high achievement include 649 women's teams and 422 men's or mixed squads. This year, schools combined the indoor and outdoor track and field teams into one team score, which slightly reduced the overall number of teams earning Public Recognition Awards. The scores required to be in the top 10 ranged from 983 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport. Earning a perfect APR score were 944 teams. Read More

Keller Army Community Hospital Change of Command Ceremony

Keller Army Community Hospital Change of Command CeremonyKeller Army Community Hospital Change of Command Ceremony, held Thursday, July 14, 2016, at West Point's trophy Point Amphitheater. Col. Eric B. Sones assumed command of KACH from Col. Brian S. Burlingame ’90. Also, in a show of appreciation, Sgt. Timothy Thompson, U.S. Army Medical Activity West Point Non-Commissioned Officer-of-the-Year, presented Mrs. Allison Burlingame with a bouquet of red roses for her devotion, dedication, and tireless efforts to the soldiers, civilians, and the families of the West Point health service area.

Annual North Eastern Microbiologists Meeting

Annual North Eastern Microbiologists MeetingCadets Madison Crum and Michaela Hoover presented their research at the annual North Eastern Microbiologists: Physiology, Ecology and Taxonomy (NEMPET) microbiology meeting in Blue Mountain Lake. Their poster was titled: Madison Crum, Michaela Hoover, Timothy Hill, Dwight Bowman and Michael Labare. 2016. Development of a Quantitative PCR Technique for Enumerating Staphylococcus pseudintermedius.

Chemistry Life Science Support of eCybermission

Chemistry Life Science Support of eCybermissionThe 14th Annual eCyberMission challenge culminated 20-24 June 2016 in Leesburg, Virginia. What began with over 23,000 students at 584 schools was narrowed to eighty-six students on 23 teams competing to be the National Winners on projects spanning STEM-related projects. The Academy has been very active to support this effort spear-headed by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). Over the past few months approximately 800 cadets served as Student Judges and several faculty facilitated as Virtual Judges to narrow the field to Regional Finalists. LTC Melissa Eslinger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Life Science, represented the Academy as a Judge at the National Judging and Educational Event (NJ&EE). Regional Finalists from across the nation in grades six through nine were evaluated on oral presentations, question & analysis sessions, and written mission project folders. These folders were designed to document efforts on solutions to community based problems formulated through collaborative efforts with universities and experts within respective fields. The events also presented several STEM Challenge Events in cooperation with the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA), the US Army Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the US Army Armament Research, Development, & Engineering Center (ARDEC), among others. The event ended with a keynote address by Ms. Mary Miller, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and $5,000 savings bonds presented to the National Winners.

Hanson ’94 and Taylor in as Garrison Command Team

Hanson ’94 and Taylor in as Garrison Command TeamCol. Andrew S. Hanson assumed command and Command Sgt. Maj. Roderick C. Taylor assumed responsibility of the U.S. Army Garrison-West Point from Col. Landy D. Dunham and Command Sgt. Maj. Joel D. Crawford July 7 at Eisenhower Hall. Hanson is a Special Forces officer and Taylor is Quartermaster. Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, said the garrison is a vital part to the culture of excellence that the U.S. Military Academy upholds. “West Point is truly a community because of their hard work,” Caslen said of the outgoing command team. “Landy Dunham and Command Sgt. Maj. Crawford have been an amazing team and their efforts have had a direct impact on the incredible reputation West Point enjoys throughout the Army.” Read More

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Cadets Training at RMA

Cadets Training at RMA7th Army Training Command / JMRC Reserve Component Affairs of ‪‎USMA‬ cadets training with cadets from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. On July 4, 40 second class cadets (Cows) and four Department of Military Instruction cadre arrived in England to take part in Exercise DYNAMIC VICTORY, the final exercise of the RMAS Regular Commissioning Course. Throughout the exchange, cadets will be attached to Borneo Company of the Senior Division.

Lachina Honored as USA Rugby All-American

Jake Lachina ’18Jake Lachina ’18 of the Army West Point men's rugby team was named an All-American, garnering honorable mention recognition from USA Rugby. "We're very proud of Jake," said head coach Matt Sherman. "He had a terrific year and is very deserving of this accolade. While he's a terrific athlete, the foundation of his success has been a blue collar work ethic and dedication to improving and helping the team." Lachina was a constant in the Black Knights' starting lineup in both 15s and 7s at wing. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native tied for the team-lead in tries with eight while his 40 points tied for the third-best mark in 15s play. In the Collegiate Rugby 7s Championship, Lachina scored two tries in six matches. Read More

USMA #1 Public University of Forbes List

USMA #1 Public University of Forbes ListForbes announces "America's Top Colleges" 2016: The United States Military Academy is ranked #14 overall; the #1 Public University and the #6 Liberal Arts University. Read More

Four Named CGA All-America Scholar Athletes

Ryan Wilson '18WEST POINT, NY - Army West Point gymnastics was well represented on the 2016 College Gymnastics Association (CGA) All-America Scholar-Athlete list with four Black Knights earning recognition in Sunday's press release by the organization. As one of the top teams in the country, Army was one of five teams, to include Air Force, to earn honorable mention. Jesse Glenn, Ryan Wilson, Joe Pritts and Brandon Shively were among the 53 athletes named to the second team by the CGA, and were in the top group of 20 who attained a 3.499-3.40 grade point average. Glenn is a three-time selection and Wilson earned his second straight citation. Glenn, who graduated in May with a degree in Engineering Management, was a first-team CGA choice in 2013 followed by consecutive second-team selections in 2015 and 2016. Read More

West Point to Welcome New Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major Timothy A. GudenThe Army‬ has announced the selection of Command Sergeant Major Timothy A. Guden as the CSM of USMA‬.

"It is truly humbling to have been selected as the 19th Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point,” said Guden. “I am excited and honored to be able to serve at this very prestigious institution and the immense importance of its purpose does not escape me for one second. I look forward to serving with each and every member of the West Point team as we mold America's sons and daughters into commissioned leaders of character who will serve within and be the future of this great profession we call the Army." Official press release

West Point Wins Battlefrog Championship

West Point Wins Battlefrog ChampionshipCongratulations to the West Point Obstacle Course Racing Team for winning the BattleFrog Series College Championship for the second year in a row!

Death of a USMA Cadet

The Superintendent notified the Corps of Cadets, The Long Gray Line and parents that Cadet Thomas Surdyke, Class of 2019, died on June 30, 2016 after succumbing to injuries sustained while on leave in Southampton, New York. Read Superintendent’s Letter

Writing Today Cadets meet with NPR

Writing Today Cadets meet with NPRIn conjunction with the West Point Writing Fellows program, the Department of English and Philosophy sponsored the “Writing Today” AIAD. Five cadets and two faculty members engaged in a comprehensive residential study of the vital roles that writing and its practice play in academia, government, journalism, non-profit foundations, corporate America, and in the lives of the nation’s veterans. Through on-site visits over eleven days throughout the Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, D.C. area, cadets engaged with professors, social scientists, broadcasters and journalists, curators, consultants, and speechwriters at Johns Hopkins, the Naval Academy, Rutgers, the Frameworks Institute, NPR, the Smithsonian, Pherson Associates, Booz-Allen-Hamilton, the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House. Notably, cadets met with the speechwriting teams for the President of the United States, the Secretary of the Army, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chief and Vice Chiefs of Staff and the Sergeant Major of the Army, and interacted with the digital media staff of the Republican Conference in the House of Representatives. In each instance and across every discipline, cadets learned about the importance of audience, framing one’s narrative, and communicating with precision, concision, consistency, and substantive depth.

Department of English and Philosophy WWII Case Study AIAD

Department of English and Philosophy WWII Case Study AIADOver the past two weeks, LTC Todd Burkhardt, and four Cadets traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, in order to study a historical case and the ethics of war regarding it. The AIAD focused on Nazi Germany’s unjust occupation of Czechoslovakia; Operation Anthropoid which was the assassination of the Butcher of Prague (SS-Obergruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich) by the Czechoslovakian government-in-exile, the British Special Operations Executive, and the Czechoslovakian Special Forces; and on the reprisal that Adolf Hitler ordered on the town of Lidice which called for the complete destruction of all of its inhabitants (men, women, children, animals, and buildings). Cadets spent two days with Slovakian Special Forces officers (MAJ Tomas Bernat and CPT Viktor Szitkey) who introduced us to Mr. Emil Sneberg, a WWII Czech resistance fighter, as well as provided an amazing tour of the SS Gestapo HQ and interrogation cells, the War Museum, and of St. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral where the famed Czechoslovakia SF soldiers led by Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš made their final stand.

DEP Art is Interdisciplinary Italian Renaissance AIAD

DEP Art is Interdisciplinary Italian Renaissance AIADDepartment of English and Philosophy faculty members MAJ Adam Keller and Prof. Seth Herbst led five cadets on an AIAD that explored the cultural and aesthetic influences of Italian Renaissance art. The cadets spent the first week at USMA where they studied the political, economic, and cultural conditions that led to the Renaissance. Through a series of readings and guided seminar discussions, the cadets traced the development of painting, sculpture, and architecture in the Italian city-states of Florence and Rome, from the late byzantine period (late 12th and early 13th centuries) to the so-called “High Renaissance” of the late 16th century. The group departed for Italy, where they spent four days in Florence and Rome examining the masterpieces of famed Renaissance artists and architects, including Giotto, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and Leonardo da Vinci. The trip culminated with a visit to the Vatican Museum in Rome, where the group toured the Sistine Chapel.

Women's Swim & Dive Land 14 on Academic Honor Roll

Women's Swim & Dive Land 14 on Academic Honor RollPatriot League schools combined to place 170 student-athletes on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll for women's swimming and diving, announced Wednesday. Army landed 14 on the list to include Cecelia Croman, Sidney Evans, Jenna Forrester, Hannah Grosso, Teresa Groton, Kelly Hamilton, Margaret Ireland, Kate Machorek, Meaghan McGovern, Amy Owens, Ari Rocha, Shannon Rogers, Monica Sowinski and Kara Wineinger. Two-time Patriot League women's swimming and diving Scholar-Ahtlete of the Year, Ellen Bradford of Navy, led  the list as an honors systems engineering major. She was one of 17 student-athletes to earn at least a 4.0 GPA in the spring. Read More

Following in Moms Footsteps

Beachler Following in Moms FootstepsFor some student's summer is just getting started, but for one girl, her summer already came to an end. Mary Kate Beachler has reported to West Point for R-Day. But her story is even more unique. Ever since the sixth grade, Mary Kate Beachler has dreamed of attending West Point, just like her mom did 30 years ago. Click here for the video.

Mary Kate says her inspiration not only came from her mom, but also her desire to reach out to others. "I'm all about giving back, and serving our country is like the biggest way to possibly give back ever to those people. Especially because both my parents are veterans and they were in the army and so I saw how that benefited them throughout their lives and so I want to do that too," Mary Kate said. Story

Nine Named to Men’s Tennis Academic Honor Roll

CDT David Mitchell '19Nine members of the Patriot League champion Army West Point men's tennis team qualified for the Patriot League Men's Tennis Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Tuesday. Recent graduates Joey Hatala and Harrison McCormick were among the Black Knights' contingent, while McCormick was the only men's tennis player in the league to qualify for the Academic Honor Roll all four seasons. Read More

Allen and O’Connor Land on Academic Honor Roll

CDT Melanie Allen '19Melanie Allen and Haley O'Connor represented the Army West Point women's tennis team on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, as the league announced its 56 women's tennis qualifiers on Tuesday. Allen completed the spring semester of her first year at the Academy with a 3.800 GPA while majoring Applied General Psychology. O'Connor posted a 3.443 GPA as an English major and was one of six Patriot League women's tennis players to land on the Academic Honor Roll all four seasons. Read More

Class of 2020 R-Day

Class of 2020 R-DayMore than 1,300 candidates arrived on June 27, 2016 for R-Day (Reception Day)! Cadet candidates line up and proceed through check-in at Eisenhower Hall with their families. They receive a briefing and then have 60 seconds to say their final goodbyes to loved ones. Read more.

Army Lands 16 on Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team

Army Lands 16 on Atlantic Hockey All-Academic TeamAtlantic Hockey student-athletes excel both on and off the ice as showcased by the record-setting 209 student-athletes named to the Atlantic Hockey Conference All-Academic Team including 16 Black Knights. Conor Andrle, Blake Box, Cole Bruns, Nick DeCenzo, Parker Gahagen, Tipper Higgins, Luke Jenkins, Joe Kozlak, Ian Mansfield, Brendan McGuire, Ian Murdoch, Ryan Nick, Matt Penta, Tyler Pham, C.J. Reuschlein, Joe Shecter were the Cadets named to the All-Academic team. Receiving Student-Athlete of the Year honors for the second consecutive season are Bryant Christian from American International and Geoff Fortman from Canisius. AIC had a second member named Student-Athlete of the Year in freshman Lucas Bombardier, which matches the two members from Mercyhurst for most in 2015-16. The Lakers are represented by Tyler Enns and Kyle Dutra. Rounding out the Student-Athletes of the Year is Robert Morris Colonial, Alex Dagnal. Read More

Women’s Lacrosse Lands 15 on Academic Honor Roll

Women’s Lacrosse Lands 15 on Academic Honor RollFifteen members of the Army West Point women's lacrosse team were named to the 2016 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Thursday. The Women's Lacrosse Academic Honor Roll includes 175 players for the 10-team conference. To be eligible for the Spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 GPA in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports. Taylor England posted the team's highest GPA during the spring, with a mark of 3.862 as a Chemical Engineering major. A rising junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, England played in seven games during Army's inaugural varsity campaign, with all but one of her appearances coming against Patriot League opposition. Read More

Fourteen Players Qualify for Academic Honor Roll

Fourteen Players Qualify for Academic Honor RollA total of 14 members of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team made the Patriot League's 2016 Men's Lacrosse Academic Honor Roll on Thursday. The Black Knights saw Sam Finney as one of six student-athletes to be on the honor roll all four seasons. Other receiving that honor included Bucknell's Shane Fee, Brock Ghelfi, and Zach Henkhaus, and Colgate's Andrew Aicher and Connor Murphy. Following Holy Cross' league high 27 players earning Academic Honor Roll recognition were Colgate and Loyola University Maryland with 26, while Bucknell and Lafayette each had 25. Lehigh had 17 honorees, and was followed by Boston University (15), Army West Point (14), and Navy (11). Read More

Five Players Named to Academic Honor Roll

CDT Destinee Morris '18The Army West Point women's basketball team landed five players on the 2016 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Wednesday. The Women's Basketball Academic Honor Roll includes 76 players from the 10-team conference. To be eligible for the Spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 GPA in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports. Brianna Johnson led all Patriot League women's basketball players with a 4.070 GPA in the spring and was one of only five players across the league to achieve a GPA of 4.0 or higher. This year's Academic Honor Roll recognition is the fourth of her career and she is one of seven Patriot League women's basketball players to be honored all four seasons. A Life Science major, Johnson served as one of four team captains in 2015-16 and averaged 4.9 points in 27 games. She is set to attend medical school in the fall and will enter the Army's Medical Service Corps. Read More

Hoffman, Morrison Earn Spot on Academic Honor Roll

Hoffman, Morrison Earn Spot on Academic Honor RollMac Hoffman and Luke Morrison represented the Army West Point men's basketball team on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll on Wednesday, as the league announced its 51 men's basketball honorees. To be eligible for the Spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 GPA in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports. A rising senior, Hoffman was one of three Patriot League men's basketball players to earn a GPA of 4.0 or higher during the spring, as he finished the semester with a 4.037 GPA as a Systems Engineering major. This year's honor marks Hoffman's second after being named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll a year ago. A native of Pleasanton, Calif., Hoffman averaged 1.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest in 2015-16. Read More

Three Golfers Named to League Academic Honor Roll

CDT Justin Pagila '17Patriot League schools combined to place 35 student-athletes on the Men's Golf Academic Honor Roll announced on June 21, including three Army West Point golfers in Justin Pagila, Dean Sakata and Nick Turner. Each of the five members of the Men's Golf Academic All-Patriot League Team also made the Honor Roll. Loyola's Connor Flach, the 2016 Corvias Patriot League Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was one of three student-athletes with a 4.00 grade-point average in the spring semester with Colgate's Ian Lynch and Navy's Connor Tallman also hitting the mark. Bucknell's Nick Geissler and Navy's David Won made the Academic Honor Roll for a fourth consecutive season. To be eligible for the Patriot League Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports. Read More

DEP Cadets Visit the Royal Military Academy

DEP Cadets Visit the Royal Military AcademyDEP cadets participating in the Shakespeare's War Plays AIAD had the privilege of visiting the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. The cadets were very gracious to their host, Captain Peter Ward, for allowing them to tour the historic school and speak with RMA cadets and Dr. Morton for giving the cadets an interesting historical brief of their sister Academy.

Cadets White & Moore Earn CLDT Distinctions

Cadets White & Moore Earn CLDT DistinctionsCongratulations to DFL (Portuguese) concentrators Henry White and Shawna Moore on earning distinction as Best Firstie and Best Cow in their CLDT (Cadet Leader Development Training) companies last Saturday!

This is another testament to the high quality of students that choose to enrich their lives by learning a second language.

CLDT is a three-week long field exercise for firsties a and some cows that tests cadets' abilities to lead their peers during stressful combat training missions.

BG Holland Joins Cadets in the CFT Runback

BG Holland Joins Cadets in the CFT RunbackBrigadier General Diana Holland, Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, joined cadets the 7.5-mile a run on Monday 6-13 to bring first iteration of Cadet Field Training to an end. The run route began at Camp Buckner and ended on the Plain at the Academy.

Photo by: Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant

Breaking Ground for the New Malek Soccer Stadium at West Point

Breaking Ground for the New Malek Soccer Stadium at West PointMonday 6-13 we broke ground on the Malek Soccer Stadium at Clinton Field. Fred Malek ’59 and 2014 Distinguished Graduate, supported this project with a generous gift which will greatly impact both Army West Point Athletics and the Academy. The new state-of-the-art home for USMA men’s and women’s soccer will bring much-needed improvements and enhancements to the current soccer stadium. Mr. Malek continues to partner with WPAOG in fundraising efforts for leadership gifts, and we were honored to welcome him and his family back to West Point for this special ceremony.

From Left to Right: COL(R) Bob McClure ’76, WPAOG President and CEO; LTG Robert L. Caslen Jr. ’75, USMA Superintendent; Fred Malek ’59; Boo Corrigan, Army West Point Athletic Director

Department of History Staff Ride Visit Krakow

Department of History Staff Ride Visit KrakowOn the penultimate day of the Cold War Department of History Staff Ride, the Cadets visited the Kosciuszko Mound in Krakow, where they discussed the famed officer's role in the American Revolution and his status as a symbol of Polish nationalism. The Kosciuszko Mound Committee extended remarkable hospitality towards the staff ride, as the director personally escorted the cadets and then hosted a luncheon. During lunch, cadets discussed life under communist rule in Poland and what it was like watching it end with both the director and our tour guide.

In the afternoon, the staff ride traveled to Auschwitz and Birkenau. The visits helped drive home the scale of the Holocaust. Discussion on the sites centered on how the atrocity occurred and how it reshaped international relations in the 20th century through the development of the language of Human Rights in diplomacy and the creation of Israel. Afterwards, the staff ride drove to Warsaw in preparation for our final day on the ground in Europe.

Physics and Nuclear Engineering College Tour

Physics and Nuclear Engineering College TourThis isn't just any college tour! This week the House of PaNE was thrilled to welcome more than a hundred young future physicists considering West Point for their next level of education. The Summer Leaders' Experience is an immersive opportunity for interested high school juniors to come to West Point to live (sort of) like Cadets for a week, complete with academics, PT, military training, and intramural sports, and we look forward to seeing many of these smart and talented young men and women back here in a year's time as part of the USMA Class of 2021!

Army West Point Athletics 2015-2016 Season Highlights

Take a look back at some of the best moments from the 2015-16 Army Athletics year. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/koUmcHlyRfQ

Hepfer Receives Prestigious Foley Award

Hepfer Receives Prestigious Foley AwardWEST POINT, NY - Newly commissioned Second Lieutenant Brooke Hepfer, a four-year member of the Army West Point women's soccer team, received the Lieutenant General Robert F. Foley Award of Honor at the 2016 Awards Convocation the day prior to receiving her diploma on May 21st. The award, established in 2008, was presented by Gen Foley, a Medal of Honor recipient, to Cadet Hepfer for overcoming obstacles and difficult circumstances. As a sophomore, Hepfer torn all four ligaments in her knee following a collision in a Patriot League conference game against Boston University. Two years later, she was back on the pitch serving as a tri-captain where she competed in 13 games to include three starts. Read More

Joint Service Academies Mass Atrocity Prevention Workshop

Joint Service Academies Mass Atrocity Prevention WorkshopWest Point’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) and the United States Naval Academy (USNA) Never Again Initiative, together with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) Levine Institute for Holocaust Education, conducted the first ever Joint Service Academies Mass Atrocity Prevention Symposium (JSAMAPS). The purpose of this innovative, student-led symposium, which took place at the USHMM in Washington, DC, and included undergraduates from USMA, USNA, United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), and United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), was fourfold. First, the symposium enabled cadets and mid-shipmen to have advanced discussions about the causes, contexts, and consequences of atrocity, atrocity prevention, as well as post-atrocity justice and reconciliation with experts in the field. Second, it allowed cadets and midshipmen the opportunity to present research they conducted on the Holocaust and other genocides. Third, it encouraged the students, who will be among the first tasked with responding to future atrocities as military officers, to draw lessons from the past and learn about recent studies by peers that could lead to creative means of prevention. Fourth, it provided cadets and midshipmen with an unparalleled leadership opportunity. A committee of cadets and midshipmen, including CDT Nette Monaus, CDT Simone Askew, and MID 1/C Teresa Kennedy, guided by CHGS Director Dr. David Frey, served as the Symposium’s leaders. Their outstanding efforts earned them coins from Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy, who attended and spoke on the Symposium’s first day.

The faculty co-organizers, Dr. Frey (USMA), Dr. Richard Ruth (USNA), and Ms. Amanda Rooney Stierli and Ms. Jennifer Ciardelli of the USHMM, gathered renowned Holocaust and genocide scholars from USHMM, individuals engaged in atrocity prevention and response work from the State Department and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and individuals representing non-governmental organizations involved in anti-atrocity work. Together with the student organizers, they were able to create an exceptional learning opportunity for the young men and women who are preparing to become future military leaders and will be the first asked to contend with atrocity and genocide. Through discussions and exhibits, students learned lessons from past atrocities that may enable them to prevent future genocide and atrocities worldwide.

Electronic Experimenters Club Make a 2-Liter Bottle Fly

Electronic Experimenters Club Make a 2-Liter Bottle FlyThe Electronic Experimenters Club (ELEX) strives to expand its members' exposure to electronic devices, circuit design, and practical electronic circuit construction. The Club's activities go beyond those available in the classroom and include building simple electronic kits for beginners to experimenting with more advanced types of electronic design systems for more experienced members. The Club welcomes cadets who are tech enthusiasts, crafters, tinkerers, and hobbyists, and it promotes cross-disciplinary opportunities and encourages different majors to learn from each other. Since the projects inherently rely on multiple disciplines, the ELEX club naturally fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between cadets before they complete their capstone projects. Currently, the Club has electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, and computer science majors.

Led by Cadet-in-Charge (CIC) Cadet Samuel Skillman, this small but diligent group has made a variety of devices such as quadcopters, a short wave radio that can pick up stations around the world, an ice chest/ice maker combo, and even a flying two-liter bottle. The cadets use new technology such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi computers to make their devices. This technology allows them to connect sensors, motors, and computers together to make anything they can dream up. If cadets need extra help fabricating a box or troubleshooting a component, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Engineering Support Group provides assistance to the cadets. For instance, to make a special mirror that displays information such as weather and pictures, Cadet Skillman asked the EECS Engineering Support Group to make a frame for him, which enabled his project to produce outstanding results.

Additionally, the ELEX Club hosts an annual trip to Maker Faire each year with around 25 cadets attending from all engineering disciplines. At the New York City Maker Faire, almost 100,000 fascinating, curious people come together to teach and share new innovations, technology, and ideas. The New York Hall of Science, which hosts the Faire annually, comes alive with everything from quadcopter races to 3D printers. Cadets leave Maker Faire with renewed enthusiasm for making things and inspired with new ideas from other Makers.

C&ME Operate, Lead and Win in a Complex World

C&ME Operate, Lead and Win in a Complex WorldThe Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering has adopted an increasingly vigorous project-based learning approach to its curricular content. Consistent with trends in undergraduate engineering education, CME leverages a robust summer individual academic development program and provides diverse options for independent studies for cadets who express a desire and aptitude to create depth within the field. A year-long senior capstone project synthesizes three years of core and program coursework and challenges cadets to solve relevant problems of great interest to the Department of Defense (DoD). Cadets in CME routinely publish technical articles, and many have been awarded provisional and full patents to protect the intellectual property developed by their creative problem-solving approaches in their capstone design.

Multi-Disciplinary Problem Solvers Supporting a Diverse Clientele. Cadets within the CME programs engage in projects spanning the breadth of their disciplines. Many projects directly support the Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) and its subordinate units. As one example, the Armament Research and Development Command (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, requested that cadets propose a flash suppressor for the M249 automatic weapon capable of withstanding the associated high rates of fire. Cadets designed, fabricated, and tested their design through multiple iterations culminating in a model that significantly reduced the audible and visual signature of the weapon. As a result of this success, ARDEC has rushed this prototype into field testing. The Structural Integrated Panel (SIP) hut project comprises cadets and faculty from civil, mechanical, and environmental engineering in collaboration to design a small unit shelter that four untrained Soldiers can erect in four hours without any previous site improvements. Novel contributions include a quickly deployable foundation system capable of placement on an unprepared site within an hour and a roofing system that is ready for photovoltaic panel deployment. Both U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) have requested fielding of these systems within their areas of operation due to their rapid assembly, energy efficiency, and low life-cycle cost of operation. Similarly, both the Holston and Radford Army Ammunition Plant commanders continually request essential engineering assessment of critical civil and environmental engineering issues within their respective facilities.

Operate, Lead and Win in a Complex World. The culture of excellence within CME allows project sponsors to set high expectations for their investment. Department cadets demand opportunities to demonstrate their ability to operate autonomously just as they will as junior officers in the Army. The Department constantly seeks high-payoff opportunities for cadet research and engineering across a wide range of sub-disciplines and tracks. In concert with the Center for Innovation and Engineering, the Civil and Mechanical Engineering programs foster a longitudinal academic experience that culminates with unique, novel, and substantial support to the Army and DoD while developing the critical thinking skills necessary for graduates to operate, lead, and win in a complex world.

USMA Medical School Program Scholarships up 60%

Since its inception in 1977, the Medical School Option program at West Point, commonly known as the pre-med program, has sent approximately 20 cadets to medical school each year. The program has grown since its early days where cadets were pretty much on their own. Today, there is an established pre-med program similar to what you would see in any college across the country. Each cadet is assigned an advisor, and the advisor works with department academic counselors to assist cadets with course selection, prepare them for participation in the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) preparation program, and guide them through the primary and secondary phases of the application process. Beginning approximately fifteen years ago, 100% of cadets in the program were admitted to a medical school, with 80% accepted to various schools by winter leave. Of those cadets accepted to medical school, many choose to enter one of the Army’s branches after graduation, deferring their medical school start date for two years. There are also one or two cadets each year who defer medical school because they have won other scholarships.

Each semester the West Point Pre-Medical Society, an academic club that helps prepare cadets for medical school, sponsors doc of the month speakers, visiting lectures, tours, and community service projects. During April of each year, Society members take a trip to Washington D.C. to shadow Army physicians at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a day and tour the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).

Each cadet is expected to meet thresholds related to his or her grade point average for all science courses completed, as well as the all-important MCAT. Cadets apply for one of two scholarships: The Health Professions Scholarship Program, which is for civilian schools of medicine, and the USUHS scholarship, which is for the military’s medical school. Cadets are allowed to interview during their seventh semester, and those accepted by a school of medicine are allowed to attend these schools following graduation. Cadets attending medical school incur additional active duty service obligations.

Typically, a third of cadets attend the USUHS, and these numbers have increased to sixty percent with the Class of 2016. Other cadets attend civilian schools of medicine, and for the first time two cadets have been accepted to the prestigious Stanford School of Medicine, with one of those cadets deciding instead to attend Harvard. The Class of 2016 will see Cadets Zach Affrin, Aaron Alindogan, Christian Burgos-Sanchez, Shena Cousens, Anthony Cox, Marco Dela Cruz, Erik Hegeman, Nolan Jones, Rebecca Lee, Nicholas Moran, Carissa Pekny, Virginia Phillips, and Derek Smart attend the USUHS. Cadet Joe Broderick will attend Johns Hopkins after a year in China studying rural medicine, Cadet Briana Johnson will attend Stanford, Cadet Regina Parker will attend Harvard, and Cadet Cole Patrick will attend Oklahoma University School of Medicine.

Men’s Rugby Wins CRC Bowl Championship

Men’s Rugby Wins CRC Bowl ChampionshipCHESTER, PA - The Army West Point men's rugby team captured the 2016 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships Bowl championship with a 10-0 victory over Maryland in the finals from Talen Energy Stadium on Sunday. The Black Knights were a perfect 3-0 on the day and improved to 4-2 in the tournament. They defeated Tennessee 38-0 in the quarterfinals and a 28-5 win over Clemson in the semis. Jake Lachina opened the scoring for Army against Tennessee in the fourth minute with Andrew Borer adding the conversion. Two minutes later, freshman Harrison Farrell scored his first collegiate try to extend the lead to 12-0. Read More

Men’s Rugby Tops Navy in Final Match of Pool Play

Men’s Rugby Tops Navy in Final Match of Pool PlayCHESTER, PA - The Army West Point men's rugby team topped service academy rival Navy in its final match of Pool C play at the 2016 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships, 21-10, on Saturday from Talen Energy Stadium. The event saw its highest single-day attendance in the event's history at 14,846. The Black Knights fell to Arizona, 20-0, in the opening match, and dropped a 25-5 decision against St. Joe's in game two. Read More

Men's Lacrosse Hands Out Team Honors

Men's Lacrosse Hands Out Team HonorsWEST POINT, NY - Head coach Joe Alberici and the Army West Point lacrosse family celebrated the Class of 2016 and distributed 10 team awards at the program's year-end banquet recently at West Point's Kimsey Athletic Center. Alberici spent the majority of the event highlighting the contributions of nine seniors. The 11th-year coach focused on the group's outstanding character, unselfishness and commended their leadership on and off the field. The Class of 2016, which was commissioned during commencement exercises on May 21 at Michie Stadium, authored a 4-2 record against rival Navy after the win over the Mids in the Patriot League Semifinals. The class was part of back-to-back 10-win seasons, which no graduating class under Alberici had done prior to this season. Read More

Death of a USMA Cadet

Cadet Mitchell Winey '18 The Superintendent has issued a notification to the Corps of Cadets, The Long Gray Line and parents that Cadet Mitchell Winey, Class of 2018, was one of the nine deceased soldiers involved in a training accident at Fort Hood, Texas on June 2, 2016. News Release

Cadets Visit St. Quentin Canal the Site of a Pivotal Battle

On June 1, the World War I Staff Ride in France studied the final offensives of the war and discussed some of the American actions. They visited the St Quentin Canal, where on 29 September, 1918 the combined forces of American, Australian and British troops battled the German Siegfried Stellung on the Hindenburg Line. They ended the day by visiting one of the most interesting cemeteries they've seen on this trip near Soissons.

Photo: Cadet Robert Koontz discusses the actions at the Riqueval Bridge

Three Golfers Named GCAA PING All-Region

Three Golfers Named GCAA PING All-RegionEUGENE, OR - Three Army West Point golfers have been named to the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Northeast All-Region team. Marcus Plunkett, Peter Kim and Dean Sakata join the ranks of 156 players across six regions who were recognized in 2016. Plunkett, the team's senior captain, earned All-Region honors for the second-straight year. He is one of two Black Knights who represented the team in all 26 rounds this year. The Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., native recorded three top-five finishes including tying for fifth at the Patriot League Championships which helped Army win its first league title since 2011 and advance to NCAA Regionals. Plunkett had the second-lowest scoring average on the team this season (72.35) and tallied a team-leading 16 rounds at even par. He was named to the All-Patriot League first team due to his finish at the championship for the second-consecutive year. Read More

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