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Athletic Director's Update, April 23

LAX No. 2 Seed in semifinals, West Point Golf Course hosts Patriot League Championship, and Army-Navy takes to the diamond.

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Cadet Activities, April 18

Women's Rugby, Champions of  Cherry Blossom Rugby TournamentThe Men’s Team Handball Club secures eighth consecutive National Championship, the Women's team followes suit seizing the College National Championships, and Women’s Ruby takes the title in the 48th Annual Cherry Blossom Rugby Tournament.

Read more here.

Dean's Weekly, April 18

Ground Zero Tour:   Cadets and Faculty on the 102nd floor observation deck of the Freedom TowerThe West Point Civil and Military Engineering club toured the ongoing construction site at Ground Zero in Manhattan, going inside both One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) and the new state-of-the-art transportation hub known as “The Oculus”.  The highlight of the trip for Cadets and faculty in attendance was the exclusive access to the Freedom Tower’s observation deck, located 102 floors above Ground Zero. Cadets were able to learn from the amazing synchronization of labor, construction management techniques, steel and concrete use, and overall engineering and architectural brilliance that is encompassed on the site to memorialize the lives lost on 11 September 2001. At the culmination of the tour, Cadets were given an opportunity to write their names on the wall of the observation deck, a very memorable experience for all.

“Ethics of War” Conference:  Fourteen cadets attended the first annual Ethics of War Conference jointly sponsored by Villanova University and USMA at Villanova University.  The undergraduate conference focused on contemporary issues in just war theory and the ethics of war. Eleven cadets participated in the conference by presenting panel papers with students from Villanova. The conference offered a unique experience by bringing together a diverse audience from the military with prominent experts from across academic disciplines interested in the ethics of war. Commenting on the conference’s benefits, Cadet First Class Billy White, an Art, Philosophy, and Literature major, said the panels “reminded [him] how important ethical questions are to being an officer in the United States Army.” He claimed that the “value of face-to-face access with the foremost leaders on the ethics of killing” was his “most valuable interaction with academia while at the Academy.”

11th annual Persian Parade:  USMA Cadets are handed flowers by one of the participants in the 11th annual Persian Parade in New York City.Seven LZ204 Basic Persian II Cadets visited NYC to watch the 11th annual Persian Parade marking the start of spring, which is celebrated in many Central Asian countries including the main Persian speaking ones: Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Iran.

Iraqi émigré Fiction Author Hassan Blasim:  The Department of English and Philosophy in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Languages co-hosted a reading by Iraqi émigré fiction author Hassan Blasim. Blasim read from his collection of short stories The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq (2014) and answered questions about his experiences as an artist in Iraq and after his emigration to Finland in 2004. The Corpse Exhibition features macabre, surreal, humorous, and sad stories about daily life in Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War, under Saddam Hussein’s oppressive regime, and after Hussein’s removal by American and coalition forces in 2003.

National Undergraduate Literature Conference:  Cadet Greg Davis '17 delivered a paper at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. This undergraduate literature conference is in its 29th year, and Cadet Davis is the 1st USMA cadet ever to participate in it. Cadet Davis's paper "How to Tell a True Western" used Tim O'Brien's famous short story "How to Tell a True War Story" to explore how Cormac McCarthy's novel "No Country for Old Men" challenges the genre of the "Western Novel."

USMA Ethics Debate Team:  The USMA Ethics Debate Team took second place at the first-annual Military Ethics Case Competition held at Annapolis. Hosted by the USNA Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, the competition featured teams from USNA, USMMA, UVA, and George Washington University. Five teams presented prepared arguments on the topic of battlefield mercy killing directed toward enemy soldiers. The competition was judged by faculty members of the Stockdale Center and other local professionals, many with extensive military experience.

Keepers of the Peace Native American Powwow

On May 4th, the Native American Heritage Forum (NAHF) will host their annual event at the Trophy Point amphitheater. It is designed to serve as a recruiting tool by demonstrating to prospective Native American and other minority cadets that West Point is an inclusive environment where all races and ethnicities are welcome and celebrated. Although this is predominantly a Native American event, the powwow is a celebration of diversity for all. American Indians have participated with distinction in the United States Military for more than 200 years. This powwow celebrates their contributions to the nation and portrays West Point as a place where Native Americans are supported while transitioning from civilian to cadet life and beyond.

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2014 Sandhurst Results

Fifty-seven teams representing U.S. and international military academies and ROTC programs put months of preparation and training to the test during the 48th annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition April 11-12 at West Point, hosted by the U.S. Military Academy’s Department of Military Instruction. The defending champions from 2013, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, claimed another victory as their Blue squad earned the Reginald E. Johnson Memorial Plaque. The companies of 1st Regiment earned the Sandhurst Trophy with the best aggregate score among the four regiments in the Corps of Cadets. The Company H-3 team won the Sandhurst Streamer as the highest placing team among the 36 competing from the Corps of Cadets. Photo by Mike Strasser/USMA PAO

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President to Speak at West Point Graduation

The White House announced yesterday the President of the United States, Barack Obama, will be the graduation speaker for the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2014. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 28. For more information, click here.



West Point Wins RecycleMania Photo Contest

First Place Photo:   United States Military Academy's "Dirt Man"A photo featuring Dirtman and CDT Carissa Pekney ’16, won 1st place in the national RecycleMania Photo contest. The competition was sponsored by the National Wildlife Foundation (NWF) and is featured on the NWF and RecyleMania websites at www.nwf.org/rmcontest and www.recyclemaniacs.org. The photograph, taken by Dr. Jon Malinowski (G&EnE) will be recognized in a national RecycleMania press release and at the Portland Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference. Additionally, the photo will be featured on the RecycleMania homepage during next year’s competition. Results for this year’s RecycleMania competition will be released TODAY.  As of a week ago, West Point was in 4th place in the per capita classic (lbs recycled per person) and 2nd place in corrugated cardboard category.  Go Army, Beat Trash!

Cadet Activities, April 11

Equestrian ClubIt has been a busy week for Cadets!  Check-out what's been happening with the Corps by clicking here.




Dean's Weekly, April 11

EP380 Cadets & Japanese Tea Ceremony: Cadets David Jerome and Patrick Monfort participate in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The Kanji characters on the scroll mean harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility. Members of the Omotesenke Domonkai discussed the cultural meaning of the Japanese Tea Ceremony (chanoyu) and demonstrated the ceremony for cadets enrolled in EP380 (Eastern Thought) and for cadets who are members of the Japanese Forum. Each cadet received a serving of tea and Japanese dessert (wagashi), and two cadets were able to participate in the ceremony. The Tea Ceremony illustrated many of the ideas that cadets have studied in EP380.

Annual West Point-Wharton Leadership Exchange:  20 undergraduate students from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business along with 15 cadets participated in the West Point-Wharton Leadership Exchange. Activities included briefings on the West Point Leadership Development System (WPLDS), weapons and military equipment static displays, the Leadership Reaction Course (LRC), the Engagement Skills Trainer, eating Meals Ready to Eat (MRE), a leadership discussion between students and instructors, and an After Action Review (AAR). Each Fall, BS&L sends a group of cadets to learn from Wharton students in Philadelphia, while each Spring, Wharton sends a reciprocal group to West Point.

Quadrotor Testing:  modified quadrotorUSMA Cadets Anthony Grady (Company H1, Class of 2014), Trevor Knowles (C2, ’14), Jay Trexler (D2, ’14), and Kevin Zander (H1, ’14), and research engineers from the Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) conducted tunnel navigation testing with their modified quadrotor at Picatinny Arsenal’s Homeland Defense site.  The Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) Quadrotor project is part of ME496, Mechanical Engineering Capstone; the project is supported by the Rapid Equipping Force (REF) Grand Challenge.

Engineering Annual Honor Society Induction:  The dinner celebrated the academic, moral, and social achievements of sixteen cadets majoring in electrical engineering, seventeen cadets majoring in computer science, and five cadets majoring in information technology as well as two members of the EE&CS faculty. This ceremony was made possible by a generous donation by Professor and Mrs. Harry Van Trees, a USMA ’52 grad, and MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Student American Nuclear Society (ANS) Conference:  14 cadets from the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering presented work from their capstone experience NE496/496 and from their independent studies NE498/PH489 at the Student American Nuclear Society (ANS) Conference held at Penn State University.  Two cadets earned distinction with Best Undergraduate Paper in their respective technical sessions: Cadet Dan Murphy (NENO 2014) for his work on modeling nuclear weapons effects in New York City and Cadet Steven Sloan (NENO 2014) for his work in analyzing new nuclear reactor fuel cladding.

Cadet Writing Fellows Papers:  Cadets Matt Williams (’15), Matt Hager (’16), Melissa Wells (’15), and Judy Farrow (’15) recently presented papers at the Ninth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing, hosted by the University of Connecticut.At the the University of Connecticut’s Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing, Cadet Writing Fellows, Judy Farrow (’15), Matt Hager (’16), Melissa Wells (’15), and Matt Williams (’15) participated in a panel.  Their panel, “Maximizing Peer-to-Peer (Author)ity: Voice, Risk, and Process According to the West Point Writing Fellows,” explored the challenges that first-year college writers face from their unique perspectives as peer consultants at the newly established West Point Writing Center. Connecting their experiences tutoring fellow cadets to extensive research in the field of composition studies, the Writing Fellows took up issues that often hinder the development of student writers.

GEN(R) Stanley McChrystal Guest Lecturer:  GEN McChrystal spoke to DSS First Class Cadets from the program’s capstone course, DS498 Colloquium in Military Affairs, and a few other select programs. His talk focused on his efforts as the JSOC commander to balance efficiency and adaptability in the JSOC organizational design to meet the challenges of the contemporary operating environment.

Law Majors in Italy:  Law Major Cadets Meghan Mitchiner, Gabrielle Mangru, Allyson Hauptman, Brianna Miller, James Doyle, Andrew Fitzsimmons, and Jared Heslop at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy.7 law majors traveled to Sanremo, Italy, where the cadets competed in the International Institute of Humanitarian Law’s 13th Annual Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) Competition for Military Academies. The competition introduced cadets to the legal concerns of multi-national operations in an international, multi-cultural, and linguistically-diversified setting. Cadet Jared Heslop's team won second place in the overall competition for best mixed team.

West Point Negotiation Workshop: BS&L's West Point Negotiation Project ran a negotiation education workshop for approximately 85 participants, including 43 West Point cadets, 29 visiting cadets, and 13 officers.  During the workshop, cadets learned the importance of negotiation as a leader competency, were introduced to a framework for systematic analysis of negotiation situations, and practiced negotiating in a series of role-playing exercises including a team competition. Cadets also heard from guest speakers who helped them understand how they will use negotiation as junior officers.

Dean's Weekly, April 4

Cadets and Robotic Surgery:  Mr. Peter Carnegie, USMA ’95, and the cadets in the robotic surgery room at the Nicholson Center of the Florida Hospital in Celebration, FL.Mr. Peter Carnegie ’95, CEO of Minimally Invasive Solutions, LLC, kindly sponsored six cadets to be trained on a Da Vinci robotic surgery system while repairing heart valves on a human cadaver at the Nicholson Center at Florida Hospital in Celebration, FL. The six Cows, Cadets Kristen Barta, Luke Brunea, Stephen Chong, Lisa Junta, John Marinelli, and Jeremy McMurray, are majoring in Life Science or Physics, are all enrolled in the premedical program, and all aspire to become Army physicians.  Mr. Carnegie’s classmate, Dr. Nakizito Kazigo, MD and USMA ’95, helped guide the cadets through the anatomy and surgery lessons using the robotic system.

Introduction to Philosophy Guest lecture by SSG John Diem and Mr. Justin Watt:  Over 100 cadets PY201 (Philosophy), sat down to have an intimate discussion with SSG John Diem and Mr. Justin Watt about their war experiences during one of the most violent periods of the Iraq War. During the talk, Diem and Watt explored the moral challenges of war. In particular, Mr. Watt explained to cadets the reasons why he reported the rape and murder of an Iraqi family by U.S. soldiers in Mahmudiyah, Iraq in 2006. Watt and Diem, members of the same platoon, spoke candidly with the cadets about the murders and the moral reasons for reporting the crimes.  This incident and the subsequent investigations were described in Jim Frederick’s 2010 bestseller "Black Hearts".

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships:  Cadet Damon Paulo (EECS/MATH) and Cadet Geoffrey Moores (EECS/PHYSICS) were awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  Additionally, Cadet Joseph Hannigan (EECS) was given an honorable mention.

Cadet Hernandez - Chicago Police Department:  Cadet Guillermo “Willie” Hernandez was recognized for his outstanding efforts by the Chicago Police Superintendent, Garry McCarthy. Hernandez worked with the Chicago Police to train them on the GANG (“GANG Analyzes Networks and Geography”) software.  The police are currently using this software to perform advanced social network analysis on the activities of criminal street gangs.

Cadet Activities, April 4

West Point Karate takes National Championship in three divisions,  the Law Enforcement and Tactics club trained with Rockland County Police Academy, and  Cadet Regina Parker becomes first cadet in recent history to become an Aviation certified Ground Instructor.

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Julian Mok to Attend West Point

Last week, Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District held a Letter of Intent Ceremony for Sayre School student Julian Mok. Julian was appointed to attend West Point where she will play Division I tennis. 

"This accomplishment is a true testament to Julian's strong athletic ability, academic success and most importantly, her character. I am proud of her decision to serve her country and wish her the best of luck at West Point!" said Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr.

 Photo: Julian Mok and Congressman Andy Barr.


Cadet Activities, March 28

The Scuba team trains in Mexico over Spring Break.The Skeet & Trap team conquers rival Yale to bring the Hudson Cup home again!  Read all about this, and  many clubs' Spring Break training by clicking here.

Dean's Weekly, March 28

Uganda African Environmental Stability Project:  Cadets and their 89 new friends from Kimera Road Primary School pose for a picture.Four Cadets on the spring African Environmental Stability Project went to Kasubi, Uganda to conduct research focused on clean water, sanitation, environmental law and energy in urban and rural areas. The highlight of the visit to Kasubi came when Cadets visited a primary school for slum pre-K through 6th graders. While in Uganda Cadets also visited farms in the far western districts, learning how sustainable, diverse, and symbiotic farming practices are being used to support agrarian livelihoods in the face of a changing climate.

Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition:  Law Majors Cadets Kyle Gicewicz, Josh Cooper, and Matt Wheeler competed in this three day competition sponsored by the American Red Cross.  The competition attracted students interested in international humanitarian law (IHL).  The Clara Barton Competition was an experiential learning competition designed to introduce students to real-world challenges facing IHL practitioners during armed conflict. The USMA cadets held their own competing against law school students from Harvard, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, and UVA, as well as Air Force Academy cadets.

K’NEXercise – Building Construction Managers:  Team “Ballerz 2.0” poses with their winning Bridge project. From left to right: CDTs Dustin Homan, Rey Molina, Brad Wagner, Project Manager Christian McCollum, and Shirley Albritton.Cadets enrolled in CE450, Construction Management, competed in the K’NEXercise competition that requires teams to prepare estimates, bids, and construction schedules, and then execute the construction of the awarded project using rapid setting concrete and K’NEX components. This semester, for the first time, there was a first place tie for the tower project. The winning teams in the Bridge, Hall, and Tower projects were led by Cadets Andy Laubach, Christian McCollum, Ben Miller, and Chelsea Sapirman.

Civ-Mil Dynamics in NATO:  The Center for the study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) welcomed LTG David Hogg ’81, U.S. Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee, for a Dean’s Hour lecture. His topic was the “The Future of NATO; Its Changing Role in Europe and How it Facilitates US-European Interaction on a Global Scale”. He demonstrated the civil-military design of the alliance and explained how NATO operates to serve the collective alliance and defense issues for all of the individual member states. He also spent time giving an insider’s account of how the alliance was dealing with the recent crisis in Ukraine. 

Functional Mobility Screen:  E-Psych cadets in PL394 "Anthropometrics and Biomechanics" visited the Physical Therapy clinic at Arvin CPFC to learn about the Functional Mobility Screen.E-Psych cadets in PL394 Anthropometrics and Biomechanics visited the Physical Therapy clinic at Arvin CPFC to learn about the Functional Mobility Screen. This anthropometric and biomechanical tool offers a simple way to test humans on the strength and flexibility and offers a glimpse into their injury risk backed by research. The Dean (in the far right of the photo) stopped by to visit and watch some cadets go through the screen.

World class neurosurgeon lecture in CEP:  Dr. Mark McLaughlin, medical director for the Princeton Brain and Spine Center, presented a special lecture for the CEP’s PL 360 Psychology of Elite Performance class. Dr McLaughlin shared case studies highlighting the importance of mental self-control in order to execute precisely under life-threatening conditions. Using actual neurosurgical instruments as teaching aids he made connections between performance in competitive sports, medical care, and leadership.

Army Rugby Texas Tour 2014

Last week, the West Point Men’s Rugby Team travelled to Texas during Spring Break to train and play several Division 1 Rugby matches for a chance to secure a spot in the National Championship Tournament. The Cadets were welcomed and hosted by MG Phipps '82, CG Division West, Fort Hood. Check out some photos and the DVIDS article highlighting this awesome trip! 


“So Others May Dream:” The Class of 2017 Crest Unveiling

One of the highlights of Plebe-Parent Weekend, the Class of 2017 unveiled its Crest on Saturday night at a banquet in the Mess Hall. Cadet Michelle Golonka ’17, the Class’ Ring & Crest Committee Chairman, told guests in attendance that 2017’s Crest incorporated numerous ideas from her class members. Like all USMA Class Crests since 1903, the one for the Class of 2017 features an eagle; however, 2017’s eagle is positioned in a way so that, while it protects the world it encompasses in its wings, it doesn’t appear overbearing (no talons are showing). Their eagle also has seven wing tips, which Golonka said is meant to represent the seven continents of the world. Concerning the U.S. flag, a staple of Class Crests of late, the Class of 2017’s Crest displays six stars and seven stripes, signifying the 50-year affiliation with the Class of 1967. Golonka said, “This was done so that we are reminded of those who came before us and that we are here not only to be the standard, but to exceed it as a class.” Colonel (Retired) John James ’67 and Dr. Thomas Parr ’67 were on hand at the ceremony to represent the 50-Year Affiliation Class. The Crest also features a globe and, on it, a star for West Point. Golonka told the audience, “This star represents where we are and the importance of West Point because it is not like any other place on Earth.” Lastly, the Crest features a gold-colored 17 in Roman Numerals, representing the second lieutenant bar that the cadets hope to wear one day, and it displays a banner with the Class Motto. 

After Cadet Golonka’s remarks, Lieutenant General Robert Caslen ’75, USMA’s 59th Superintendent, spoke to the plebes and introduced the banquet’s guest speaker, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Dan Jollota, a former UMSA Aviation Detachment Commander, who has served in the Army for nearly four decades, including a 1993 assignment as a Black Hawk pilot in Somalia, made famous by the 2001 movie Black Hawk Down. Jollota spoke to the plebes about the value of teamwork, citing his experience in the Battle of Mogadishu. “The mission takes on a whole new meaning when it involves the life of your teammates,” Jollota said. “Your friends and teammates are what will make your difficult experiences in the Army bearable.” Jollota also congratulated the Class of 2017, of which his daughter is a part, for accomplishing so much together in only a few short months. “You are already comprehending the significance of service to your country,” he said, “and grasping the meaning of your Class Motto: ‘So others may dream.’”


Spring Break 2014: Cadet Activities and Programs

This week, while many college students are  heading for the beach, West Point Cadets will be traveling to Italy, Uganda, and the Netherlands—to name a few—for continued studies and competition. Detailed below are the numerous cadet programs and events taking place during this year’s Spring break.

Cadet Gabrielle Mangru '14 will travel to Kampala, Uganda to conduct research on water vulnerability issues connected to the rule of law. Mangru will continue work on her senior thesis under the supervision of Dr. Robert J. Goldstein, Professor of Law, and in consultation with members of the Geography & Environmental Engineering Department at West Point. After completing her research in Uganda, Mangru will fly directly to San Remo, Italy to compete with fellow cadets in the Law of Armed Conflict competition.

The Civil Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE) will host “The CCOE’s 2014 International Cadet Event” from 17-21 March 2014 in Enschede, the Netherlands.The CCOE’s 2014 International Cadet Event will provide an opportunity for future officers to gain awareness and knowledge of Civil Military interaction (CMI) and Civil Military Co-operation (CIMIC) early in their military carriers. The cadets will also be introduced to the benefits and challenges of synchronized action in a multinational environment.

Through the Office of Admission's Cadet Public Relations Council, potential Academy candidates will have the opportunity to talk with cadets and ask questions about cadet life, West Point academics, and student activities. These opportunities are facilitated through congressional offices and civic organizations that invite cadets to speak at community events.

Below is a list of all DCA Activities taking place throughout the break: 

Big Brother & Big Sisters Highland Falls Elementary 12-13 Mar/Highland Falls, NY 
Paintball PSP Dallas Paintball Tournament 14 Mar/Dallas, TX  
Tactics (Small Unit) Live Fire Ranges 14 Mar/Cortland Manor, NY 
Combat Weapons NATIONALS 15 Mar/Fort Benning, GA  
Crew Women’s Crew Spring Training, Rollins Invitational's Regatta 15-22 Mar/Eglin AFB, FL  
Crew Men’s Crew Spring Training 15-17 Mar/Clemson, SC 
Pistol NATIONALS 15 Mar/Fort Benning, GA 
Triathlon Training Trip 15-18 Mar/Scottsdale, AZ 
Fencing North America Cup Sabre Championships 16 Mar/Memphis, TN 
Scuba Scuba Diving Trips 16 Mar/Cancun, Mexico 
Debate (Model United Nations Forum) World Model United Nations Championship 17 Mar/Brussels, Belgium
Parachute Joint Training 17 Mar/Cocoa, FL 
Rugby (Men) Rugby Matches 20 Mar/Austin, TX  


Cadet Activities, March 14

Cycling athletes qualify for Collegiate Nationals, Boxing Team hosts annual Brigade Boxing Open, and the Debate Team is ranked #10 in the country.

Read all about these and more here.

Dean's Weekly, March 14

G&EnE STEM Outreach II:  CDT Samuel discusses airborne imagery with STEM participants.Cadets Sallena Samuel and Leyla Baggson, along with members from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, helped support the inaugural “STEM for Girls” Workshop held at West Point. The workshop provided an opportunity for high school-age girls to interact with cadets and USMA faculty while exploring STEM activities.

Cadet Derrick Hall - GEM Fellowship:  Cadet Derrick Hall '14 has been awarded the MS in Engineering Fellowship by the GEM Foundation. He has been accepted to the College of Science at Purdue University to pursue a Masters in Chemistry.

Cadet Seth Harbol - ACS College Recognition Award:  The Mid-Hudson Section of the American Chemical Society announced that Cadet Seth Harbol, Class of 2014, has been chosen as a recipient of the College Recognition Award for 2014.

Castle Lecture with Meg Whitman:  Meg Wihtman answers cadet questions after the Castle lecture.Meg Whitman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard, was the guest speaker at the James C. and Dorothy P. Castle Lecture Series.  Her talk was entitled “Leadership in the Digital Age”.   Highlights of her comments included her insights into where technology is going and how that might impact the military, what leadership challenges are impacted by technology, and how she has managed her career.

EV482 - Military Geography Lecture:  Cadets enrolled in EV482 received a lecture by Dr. Jack Clarke titled “Armed Forces in Civil Security.” Dr. Clarke is a Professor of Defense Management and Strategic Studies and the Director of the Program on Civil Security at the Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany.  From this discussion, Cadets learned how their counterparts, particularly in NATO countries, are often assigned roles and missions that differ greatly from how the US Army is employed domestically.

The Role of the System Architect:  Cadets from the Department of Systems Engineering attended an evening lecture titled “The Role of the System Architect.” Dr. Jeffrey Poulin '82 presented the lecture and is the Master Architect for Lockheed Martin and a subject matter expert.  He discussed where the system architect fits in the development of highly complex and technologically advanced systems such as automated mail sorting systems and helicopters.

Dean's Weekly, March 7

Advanced General Chemistry Cadets - Waste to Energy:  Cadets in CH152 Advanced General Chemistry are working with researchers from the US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory and The Center for Environmental Science and Technology (CEST) at SUNY Cobleskill on a DoD-sponsored grant that will analyze the operation of a prototype unit and later design a deployable rotary kiln gasification system. This allows cadets to tackle two Army problems simultaneously: disposal of waste and consumption of fuel on contingency operating bases. The gasifier system burns trash to produce fuel that can be used by an Army generator.

Top Ethics Essay:  Cadet Cody Bye’s essay entitled “Saving lives and preventing damage during a natural disaster” was selected as the top ethics essay among the CivilEngineering First Cass cadets at West Point.

Sociology Majors:  Sociology majors participated in a VTC with recent graduates of the Sociology program in order to understand the utility of Sociology in the operational Army. 1LT Yacenia Diaz ’11 and 2LT Triada Cross ’13 both stationed at Fort Hood, TX, spoke to cadets about the ways West Point prepared them for their leadership experiences in the Army.

Hatton Sumners Student Leadership Conference:  Cadets from the Psychology Program attended the Hatton Sumners Student Leadership Conference at the LBJ School of Public Service, University of Texas-Austin.  The purpose of the conference was to inspire its attendees and highlight some of the leadership challenges these student leaders will face, while providing the platform for the development of stronger networks of emerging leaders.

War Council – Ukraine Teams:  DSS organized a multi-disciplinary, academic, and professional forum to discuss the many perspectives on the crisis in the Crimea, as well as potential American responses.  Topics Included Historical Background, Geostrategic Dimensions, International Relations, Social/Cultural Perspective, and Military Strategic Considerations.

Cadet Activities, March 7

Men's FencingCadet Gus Williams clinches West Point's first-ever sabre championship title, Men's Climbing team takes 1st and 2nd at the Gravity Vault, and the Foreign Language & Culture Forum travels to D.C.

Read about these and more by clicking here.

Cadet Activities, February 28

Ultimate Frisbee goes undefeated in Boston Midnight Madness tournamentWest Point Pistol beats Navy, Ultimate Frisbee goes undefeated in Boston Midnight Madness tournament, the Equestrian team places as the Reserve high point team in the region...

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Dean's Weekly, February 28

ME450 Stability Lab: ME450, Mechanical Design of Army Systems, Stability Lab43 cadets took part in the ME450, Mechanical Design of Army Systems, Stability Lab.  Pedestrians walking within sight of the Plain were treated to the sight of numerous projectiles, in the shape of finned and non-finned Nerf™ balls, being launched on ballistic trajectories that achieved max ranges up to 286 feet from point of launch. Student teams measured launch position variables, maximum range and angle at peak altitude to compare actual trajectories to predicted trajectories from a Pre-Lab exercise. One of the key points of the lab was to learn about the importance of fins and placement of weight in stabilizing a projectile in flight.

“Army Applications of Air Quality Monitoring”:  Cadets in EV397 Air Pollution Engineering heard guest Lecturers Mr. Paul Hopp and Mr. John Cevis of U.S. Army Public Health Command as they presented “Army Applications of Air Quality Monitoring”.   The lecturers familiarized cadets with some of the equipment used in these studies and enabled cadets to see the application of their studies to both operational and research monitoring tasks in the Army.

EP380 Eastern Thought:  EP380 elective, Eastern Thought, hosted guest lectures by CPT Jason Halub, USMA D/History.  By explaining the major political and cultural events relevant to the Eastern philosophical tradition, CPT Halub enriched the EP380 students’ understanding of the ideas they are encountering in the course.

EV379 Photogrammetry:  EV379 Photogrammetry Cadets pose with the General Managers Mary and Ken Potter, Vice President John Schmitt and others.The class was given a tour of Keystone Aerial Survey Inc. in Philadelphia, PA.  Cadets were given a tour in small groups of the business that conducts “cradle-to-grave aerial” survey operations including traditional black and white film photography to aerial laser scanning. They are one of a few very successful US aerial survey firms.

Independence and Valley Forge National Historic Parks:  Sixty cadets enrolled in Plebe core history courses visited Independence and Valley Forge National Historic Parks to expand their understanding of the origins and context of the American Revolution along with the forces that led to the creation of the Constitution.  Cadets experienced life as a Continental Soldier during the winter of 1777-1778, including what it was like to live in log hut barracks, drill with von Steuben, fire a flintlock musket, and work at Washington's headquarters.

Service Academy Design Challenge 2014 (ME496 – Capstone Team): The “Heavy Lifters” tested equipment with the 106th Rescue Wing at Francis Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton BeachThe “Heavy Lifters” tested equipment with the 106th Rescue Wing at Francis Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach. Cadets trained with equipment used by Air Force Parajumpers in search and recovery missions, and learned the essentials in basic lift techniques, cribbing loads, and safety procedures as they develop their novel system to lift 45,000 lb overturned vehicles from rough terrain in this year’s annual challenge. The cadets will compete against Air Force and Navy, and follow 17 other universities at Arnold Air Force Base, TN on April 18th to demonstrate their system.

Colloquium in Psychology:  As part of their Capstone project, cadets conducted workshops in Organizational Structure, Building Cohesion and Crisis Leadership for 11 school principals from NYC Public Schools. 

2014 Thayer Award Recipient: Condoleezza Rice

Dr. Condoleeza RiceThe West Point Association of Graduates and the United States Military Academy have announced that Condoleezza Rice will receive the SYLVANUS THAYER AWARD on Monday, October 6, 2014.
Condoleezza Rice is currently at Stanford University as a professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science.
From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.
From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Dr. Rice says, “I am truly honored to be the 2014 Thayer Award Recipient and I look forward to visiting West Point again next fall.”

Cadet Activities, February 22

Men's Boxing at LHU Boxing Invitational.Team Handball prepares to host 1st Annual CPT Scott Pace (USMA 2005) Memorial Invitational Tournament, Men's Boxing has gold place finish in LHU Invitational, and  Montanineering Club has strong showing.

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Dean's Weekly, February 21

D/GENE and CLS Collaboration – EV488 (Solid and Hazardous Waste Management):  Ms. Mahlet Tsegaye explains process controls to Cadets Bonny Bradway Katie Doody.The D/CLS Chemical Engineering program supported the EV488 mass-transfer lab with the use of their packed tower absorption column.  The lab challenge for the cadets was to model the packed column absorber to investigate carbon capture and storage strategies proposed by the DOE.

Cadet Satellite Project:  D/PaNE's cadet satellite project, the "A-Sphere" radar calibration target, was presented to the DoD Space Experiment Review Board (SERB). The intent of the DoD SERB is to review and select candidate experiments for launch funding. The A-Sphere was well received, and the International Space Station (ISS) representative was interested in having this satellite deployed from the ISS.

EV388a Trip to Tilcon Quarries:  EV388a at the Bear Mountain Geology Mine.Cadets in EV388a – Physical Geology, conducted a trip section to view the geology of the Hudson Valley. The cadets visited two Tilcon Quarries in the area. The Tompkins Cove dolomite quarry and the Haverstraw basalt quarry. The trip ended at the Bear Mountain Geology Museum to show the strategic importance of West Point during the American Revolution due to the iron mining and processing operations that occurred in the local area.

Premiere of the Monument’s MenCadets from PL488D and Bill Murray at the premiere of the movie Monument’s Men at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC.Cadets from PL488D: Colloquium in Sociology course attended the premiere of the movie Monument’s Men at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC. The cadets met with Mr. Harry Ettinger, the only surviving member of the group of soldiers whose mission it was to save and return great works of art during World War II. Cadets also had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Robert Edsel, the author of the book upon which the movie is based.  The cadets also met several of the actors in the movie including Mr. George Clooney, Mr. Matt Damon, Mr. Bill Murray, Mr. John Goodman, and Mr. Bob Balaban.

West Point Glee Club and the West Point Alumni Glee Club Concert

In their first-ever joint concert at West Point, the cadets of the West Point Glee Club host the West Point Alumni Glee Club on Friday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m. at Eisenhower Hall Theater. The combined one-hundred plus voices will celebrate the musical traditions of USMA, the U.S. Military and our Nation. The concert is open to the public and free of charge.

The West Point Glee Club is one of the U.S. Military Academy's most visible cadet organizations. For over one hundred years, its members have touched audiences around the world with a model depiction of the Corps of Cadets through live performance in the nation's finest concert halls, national network and feature film appearances, and CD and DVD recordings. The Glee Club enhances life at West Point through its traditional and ceremonial duties, and represents West Point and the U.S. Army at official events. 

Capitalizing on the large number of graduates in the National Capital area, the West Point Alumni Glee Club was established in 2007. Members average almost 20 years of active duty service with over 75% being combat veterans.



Cadet Activities, February 15

Army Women’s Team Handball start league play strong at 2-0. Men's fencing clinch exciting victory over rivals NJIT.  Army Climbing makes the most of the ice.

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Network Science - USMA’s Newest Education Minor

Starting next year, as the USMA Class of 2017 looks at their disciplinary offerings, they will find an exciting and modern five-course minor in Network Science. This undergraduate program may be one of the very first at the undergraduate level with the specific Network Science title.  Network Science topics have been taught in courses in many disciplines for decades.  But until now, these courses have never had a focused home or title.

Dean's Weekly, February 14

Competitive Cyber Team:  The Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) travelled to the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) campus in Pittsburgh, PA for the Service Academy Cyber Stakes, sponsored by DARPA. Teams of cadets and midshipmen from the USNA, AFA, and USMA split into groups and competed over three days in small teams, or individually, in a series of cyber challenges.  The C3T won awards in software exploitation, malware reverse engineering, breaking cryptography, and lock picking.

Distinguished Leaders Series:  BS&L hosted LTG (R) Ken Hunzeker '75 and Mr. Pat McArevey '78 for a leadership discussion with a small group of 35 select cadets and faculty as part of the Distinguished Leaders Series.  Afterwards, the speakers joined a "Leading Organizations through Change" class.

EV489 Research Meeting:  Picture: (L to R) Mr Anton Rozich, Cadet Lawrence Cavins (Company H-1), Cadet Christian   Carron (Company F-1) and Dr. Alan Rozich meet to discuss the application of microbial fuel   cells to treat wastewater.Environmental Engineering majors Cadets Christian Carron and Lawrence Cavins collaborated with Dr. Alan Rozich, P.E. and Mr. Anton Rozich of BioConversion Solutions (BCS), LLC.  The research collaboration will support the Firsties' independent study project to use novel treatment strategies to enable potentially more complete biodegradation of wastewater produced in operational settings such as forward operating bases. This research project supports a DARPA grant that is investigating advances in biotechnology to decrease the energy required to treat wastewater.

EV 396 Guest Lecture:  Dr. Dwight D. Bowman, a Professor of Parasitology at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, gave presentations to Environmental Biological Systems Cadets. Dr. Bowman introduced a wide-range of protozoans, worms, and other parasitic organisms encountered around the world and discussed methods of transmission. Dr. Bowman also advised Cadets on preventive measures and provided vivid images of the consequences of not preparing for the medical threat in regions where they may soon lead Soldiers.

The Mock Trial Team:  The team travelled to Yale University to participate in the American Mock Trial Association’s Regional Tournament. USMA finished with a record of 2-2, resulting in a tenth place finish out of 24 teams. Cadet Kiam Boerema was one of 12 students honored as an Outstanding Attorney for his role as a prosecutor.

New Paltz 4H Club Visit:  Cadet Seamus Bann guides a 4H’er through start line operations on the West Point ChemE “Race   Track” in the Chemical Engineering Unit Operations Lab.Chemical Engineering Cadets helped host 30 members of the New Paltz 4H club.  The events included the WP Chocolate Factory (lead by Head of Confectionery David Arrowchis '14, and Leland Foster the Head of Confectionery), and a Fuel Cell Car Competition (lead by Aaron Beyea '14, Seamus Bann '15, and Reed Pyers '15).  Special recognition to the following cadets who dedicated time for a this special (STEM) service project: Aaron Beyea '14, Mark McCormick '14, Seamus Bann '15, Reed Pyers '15, David Arrowchis '14, and Leland Foster ‘15.

Soldier Design Competition:  12 Cadet design teams are gearing-up for the annual Soldier Design Competition with M.I.T.  This RDECOM-sponsored event is held each year to develop solutions to satisfy soldier and first-responder equipment needs.

American Society of Civil Engineers Workshop:  The West Point Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) attended the Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders in Indianapolis, IN. 

Center for Advanced Navigation Technologies Collaboration:  Cadets Anthony Grady, Jay Trexler, and Trevor Knowles attended a research meeting from the Center for Advanced Navigation Technologies (ANT) at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in support of their capstone project for Mechanical System Design. This project seeks to localize a miniature UAV in a GPS-denied environment.

Management Majors and ODK:  Management majors and members of ODK National Leadership Honor   Society travelled to NYC to attend broadening management classes at the Columbia Business   SchoolManagement majors and members of ODK National Leadership Honor Society travelled to NYC to attend broadening management classes at the Columbia Business School.  While there, they also meet with leaders at Google and Facebook.

Quantitative Finance Summit:  Honor Cadets Jason Lee, Wesley Mathews, Max Flanagan, and Nick George attended this event hosted by Rutgers Business school at the American Museum of Finance on Wall Street.  All four of the cadets are completing thesis projects with topics in computational finance.

Aviators Collaboration:  By request of  the US Army Aviation Missile Research and Development Center (AMRDEC) out of Redstone Arsenal, Systems Engineering Cadets travelled to Fort Campbell, KY to participate in a working group with aviators from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR).  AMRDEC has asked the cadets for help reducing the start-up time of future Army aircraft to less than five minutes. Old Grads Mr. Bill Crawford '80 and the 160th SOAR Deputy Commander, COL Gerblick '93, were on-hand to participate in the workshop with the cadets. 

West Point Cadet Saves Woman's Life

They say military training is about preparing, drilling, preparing and drilling some more.

Whitewater High School graduate Robert Fetters can testify to that. A senior cadet at West Point, Fetters was assigned temporarily to the Pentagon earlier this summer when he instinctively used his training to save a woman’s life.

Fetters and some friends were at the Metro station in Washington, D.C., having celebrated the last day of their internship with a night on the town, when he heard a scream. A woman had fallen onto the train tracks and her legs had been severed by the train. 

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Dean's Weekly, February 7

Columbia University Symposium – Women, Soft Power, and the New Diplomacy:  (left to right) Cadets Duckwall (’15) Moore (’14), and Mangru (’14), pose for a picture with panelists (left to right) Dr. Victoria Phillips, Dr. Alice Kessler-Harris, Amb. Fay Hartog-Levin, COL Stephanie Tutton, and Dr. Victoria de Grazia at the Women anColumbia University’s Blinken European Institute hosted faculty and cadets from USMA to exchange thoughts on women and soft power diplomacy.

Cadet Capstone Team Research:  Capstone research entitled "Data Collection, Fusion, and Visualization for Decision Making in Stability Operations" conducted by Cadets David Blum, Nathan Gustafson, Emily Kern, and Jessica Waggoner was presented at New York University-Wagner's "Conflict, Security and Development" series.  Cadets Daniel Sprouse, Alexander Carpenter, and Cameron Carter were part of a team that briefed Ms. Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits at the Veterans Administration, on some emerging results of their senior capstone project focused on providing analytical support for the veterans claims process.

African American Arts Forum in NYCAAAF Cadets met Jesse JacksonAAAF Cadets explored “Harlem and the Arts, Then and Now.” The trip included a walking tour of Harlem, with stops at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the longtime home of the famed poet Langston Hughes, and lunch at Sylvia’s, a landmark soul food restaurant.  While lunching they happened to meet the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who eagerly talked with them about their experiences at West Point.  The also caught a matinee showing of the brand new Broadway musical smash "After Midnight", afterwhich they saw the electrifying opening performances of the season for the Apollo Theater’s legendary Amateur Night.

Homeless Outreach Program Estimate (HOPE) in NYC:  43 cadets braved the frigid temperatures to participate in NYC’s Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE).  Cadets met with the NYC commissioner of homeless services and learned about survey methodology, data collection methods, homelessness, poverty, and some of the strategies for dealing with both the methodological and social problems of homelessness.

RecycleMania Competition:  The USCC Energy and Environmental (E2O) Cadet Chain of Command sponsored this year’s installment of the annual Recycling Sculpture Competition. "Dirtman", Professor Emeritus of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, announced the winner of the Recycling Sculpture Competition, Company C1. In the first week of pre-season RecycleMania Competition, West Point was 1st place in the cardboard division and 2nd place in the per capita classic. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

Cadet Activities, February 7

The Combat Weapons Team dominates the 2014 All Army Competition, Climbing Club participates in first Collegiate Climbing Series competition of the year, Glee Club performs in PepsiCo's Celebration of Veterans...

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Dean's Weekly, January 31

Language Training Programs and 7th Special Forces Group:    Language Training Programs and 7th Special Forces GroupCadets from DFL visited the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) to conduct research in language acquisition in regionally aligned forces as part of DARPA‘s Tri-Service-Academy Research Challenge. Cadets Francis Ambrogio, Seth Lynn, Aaron Skinner and Scott Williams observed language classes and live-fire training exercises, interviewed language students and faculty, and participated in PT with members of the 7SFG.

CALDOL Leader Challenge:  All 144 cadet platoons conducted "Leader Challenge - Reporting Loyalty" sessions as part of their Professional Military Ethic Education program. This session engaged cadets in an actual, recent dilemma faced by a 2010 graduate and challenged them to think deeply and creatively about both their values and ethical issues they will likely face as officers.

Forty Years of Silence a film by Dr. Randy Olson:  Cadet members of the West Point Film Club, as well as cadets taking Jurisprudence (LW 495), Criminal Law (LW 472), and those who participated in 2013 West Point Civil Rights Staff Ride met with filmmaker Randy Olson to watch and discuss his film Forty Years of Silence. The film is about Mr. Olson‘s father, the late COL John Olson, USMA Class of 1939, who was a POW in the Philippines following the Bataan Death March. COL Olson was imprisoned at Camp O'Donnell and later the ranking officer at Cabanatuan prison. The film documented COL Olson's experience both during and after the war.

EN102 Poetry Lab:  CDT Benjamin Lemon (C2, ’17) and CDT Johnny Villagomez (H1, ’17) enjoy perusing 1929 and 1936 editions of Pegasus Remounts, a collection of poetry and verse “to suit every mood.”Cadets “grip hands” with poetry and art from “The Corps of an Earlier Day” during a poetry lab with the help of the Jefferson Library‘s Special Collections Department. Students explored various forms of cadet artistic expression found in several publications, including Pegasus Remounts, The Pointer, and The Circle in the Spiral. Two guiding questions for this special lesson were inspired by Aristotle: Does poetry provide a safe outlet for the release of intense emotions, and does poetry model the valuable experience of passing from ignorance to knowledge?

Cadets Visit NBC Headquarters:  Cadets enrolled in MG 380, Marketing, travelled to NBC headquarters to attend the taping of "Taking the Hill" hosted by former Congressman and member of the West Point Board of Visitors, Patrick Murphy. Cadets are engaged in developing a marketing plan and executing marketing actions in support of the "Taking the Hill" program and the Military and Veteran causes it highlights.

“Hacker” Convention in DC:  Cadets attended the Shmoocon “Hacker” Convention in DC to gain insight into the "hacker" community, learn the newest exploits and defenses, and to establish relationships with cybersecurity professionals from all walks of life.

Bridge Design Contest: The Center for STEM (CSE) kicked off the Engineering Encounters Bridge Contest featuring the West Point Bridge Designer Software. The West Point software has been downloaded nearly 8,000 times.

MIT Soldier Design Competition: The Nuclear Engineering Program will have two teams competing in the initial rounds for the MIT Soldier Design Competition.  Cadets Richard Calvin and Eric Nelson of Team 1 are modeling and experimenting with heat deposition in pyroelectric crystals to generate an electronic potential to drive current.  Cadets Alex Kendl and Loannis Wallingford of Team 2 are working on a follow-on implementation of last year‘s UAV radiological survey.

British Officer Lt. Gen. Gordon Messenger:  Lt. Gen. Messenger paid a visit to DS455 Comparative Military Systems as part of his trip to West Point. DS455 students happened to be in the U.K. block of instruction, so he provided timely insight into current British defense policy. Additionally, the capstone group working for the Joint Staff (J5) on the future of U.S.-U.K. defense relations had lunch with Lt. Gen. Messenger, giving them an opportunity to receive a senior British officer‘s perspective as they plan their study.

Class of 2014 Post Night


On January 30th members of the Class of 2014 learned where they will post after graduation. Watch as future 2LT's from Infantry, Armor, Engineering, Military Police and the Chemical Corps find out where their first assignments will be. 

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Cadet Activities, January 30

The Fencing Team, Chess Team, and Water Polo participated in West Point’s annual exchange with RMC in Kingston, Ontario and came back victorious. The Debate Teams shine at recent competitions. The Pistol team sweeps Olympic Training Center matches.

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Cadet Activities, January 24

The Pistol Team bests The Citadel and the Coast Guard Academty, Men's Fencing rank first in the conference, and the Alpine Skiing Club returns. 

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Dean's Weekly, Jan 23

Army Debate Beats Navy:  Debate beats NavyArmy Debate Team Captains CDT Leslie Cornelius '14 and CDT Rob “Turtle” Hurd '14 participated in a public debate against representatives from the US Naval Academy debate team. They argued in favor of the resolution Resolved: Drones are a detriment to national security. CDTs Hurd and Cornelius beat Navy on a 2-1 decision by a 3-judge panel.

Journal Publication of Cadet Work:  2LTs Alex Sagues and Ben Miller published the results of their Mechanical Engineering capstone in the Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. The article, entitled “Three-Dimensional Mass Fraction Distribution of a Spray Measured by X-Ray Computed Tomography”, details technical research that was sponsored, in part, by the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) through the Mathematical Sciences Center of Excellence for the past 2 years.

Foreign Languages:  The Chinese-language section held their first meeting of CS490 Applied Cyberspace Linguistics – Chinese.  Spanish-language majors Aaron Skinner and Scott Williams recently departed to Florida to begin work with the 7th Special Forces Group on their proposed LN490 special project, “LREC Programs for Regionally Aligned Forces: Curriculum and Assessment for the 7th Special Forces Group.” The innovative study looks at language proficiency as an enabling skill for all members of a Regionally Aligned unit.

Cadet Activities, January 17

The Triathlon Team earns awards at HITS Series, the Glee Club performs at the Apollo, and Cadets visit Isreal.

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Dean's Weekly, January 17

West Point Research in Popular Science Magazine:  The January print edition of Popular Science includes an article entitled “Building A Social Network Of Crime” that features the ORCA (Organizational, Relationship, and Contact Analyzer) software which was developed at the West Point Network Science Center under funding from the Army Research Office.  The cadets involved in this project include Bradley Fischl, Joseph Hannigan, Guillermo Hernandez, Evan Kenney, Jacob Lademan, Damon Paulo, Luke Saul, and Christian Young. This software is designed to analyze social networks of criminals to help police generate leads in cases relating to gang violence. To read the article in Popular Science, click here

West Point’s Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society Induction:  West Point’s ODK National Leadership Honor Society chapter welcomed ten new upper-class Management and Leadership majors at its annual induction ceremony.  This year’s inductees, Cadets Mike Santee, Jeff Knutson, Patrick Laird, Blaine Brown, Brian Scheel, Primo Ramirez, Collum Magee, Mac Lalor, Christa Mckee, and Peyton Jarrell, were selected based on their superb character and having earned a GPA that places them in the top 1/3 of their major.

PL300 Guest Lectures:  PL300 Military Leadership welcomed two guest speakers who discussed characteristics of leaders in extreme, life-threatening situations, which retired BG Kolditz termed "In Extremis Leadership." FBI Special Agent and former MP Officer and NY SWAT Team Leader Tim Latterner shared stories of fugitive arrests and patrols embedded with SEAL teams in Afghanistan. Army CPT Chris Cordova shared his experience from the Taliban attack on COP Keating in October 2009 where he was the senior medical officer on the ground. Both leaders shared their personal experiences with cadets about leading in extreme situations and focused not only on building strong relationships with your subordinates beforehand, but also conducting realistic and challenging training that builds competence and confidence in you as a leader as well as in your subordinates.

Electrical Engineering Best-in-Course Awards:  The Electrical Engineering Program presented its semi-annual Best in Course awards to its majors. Receiving awards from the class of 2014 were: Cadet Mark Mihalik for EE482 and Cadet Pongat (Dome) Taephanitcharoen for EE401 and EE 480. Receiving awards from the class of 2015 were: Cadet Matthew Kane for EE362 and Cadet David Chacko for EE377 and EE381.

Make A Wish Visit:  The Center for Enhanced Performance and the Parachute team hosted a young boy from the Make A Wish foundation and granted his wish to be a cadet for a day. With the support of the cadets around him, the young man prepared with mental drills and then put on his gear and successfully completed his first virtual Jump. 

Detroit LEADS Conference:  Some Cadets supported the 2014 Detroit West Point Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity through Science (LEADS), Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Conference in Detroit, MI.  Cadets were able to discuss the significance of ethics and engineering and their importance to leadership and society.

New Class of 2013 Insignia Represents Focus on Energy, Environment

The E2O staff will be wearing the Energy and Environmental Officer insignia on their uniforms beginning this week. This is the first insignia change for the Corps of Cadets in decades. Class of 2013 Cadet John Hurdt, Company I-4, holds out a deck of the playing cards recently. The cards feature slogans developed last year by cadets that focus on the importance of recycling. During a recent E2O meeting, Maj. Andrew Pfluger, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, presents the insignia cadets on the Energy and Environmental staff will be wearing on their uniforms for the first time this week. 




Maintaining the Long Gray Line

"You remembered your first day [and] your last day. Everything in between was a blur."

That's how Ken O'Sullivan recalls his cadet experience at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the early 1960s. The Long Gray Line—a phrase used to symbolize centuries of academy graduates—was more an idea than a feeling fostered among cadets. The few graduates O'Sullivan recalls encountering during his days at West Point were instructors or administrators at the New York institution.

But that's changing, he says, in part through the West Point Association of Graduates' 50-Year Affiliation Program.

"The academy wants you to see the Long Gray Line in everything you do," O'Sullivan says.
West Point established its 50-Year Affiliation Program in the mid-1990s, when the academy and its alumni association expanded interaction between cadets and graduates. Several institution leaders, including General John Abizaid, West Point's commandant at the time, recognized the importance of involving alumni when cadets reached key milestones.

"There has always been cadet-alumni interaction during homecoming and the alumni exercises [before graduation and commissioning as officers], but there had not been as many opportunities for developing personal relationships as the affiliation program has accomplished," says Lt. Col. Jim Johnston, the Association of Graduates' vice president for alumni support.

West Point's affirmation ceremonyWest Point's 50-Year Affiliation Program is similar to the U.S. Naval Academy's Another Link in the Chain program in its basic functions. Representatives of the alumni class are expected to host a Reception Day event to speak with the parents of incoming West Point cadets. They provide speakers for significant academy traditions, such as the affirmation ceremony (when cadets renew their commitment to the Army) and the branch-notification ceremony (when fourth-year cadets learn what part of the Army they will join after graduation). The alumni also present a class flag to the cadets.

When O'Sullivan's Class of 1963 began its relationship with the academy's Class of 2013, the alumni were invited to work with West Point's William E. Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic. The center recruits members of the 50-Year Affiliation Program's alumni classes to serve as guest leaders of seminars that cadets needed to attend. The seminars cover important but difficult-to-articulate academy values such as honor and leadership. Alumni help stimulate discussions with the cadets, using real-life examples from their academy days and as soldiers and military and civilian leaders.

O'Sullivan enjoyed watching initially hesitant cadets deepen their relationships with alumni as they progressed through the academy.

"Once these young men and women get past their first year, when everything they're doing is scrutinized, they open up—whether it's about the seminar subject matter or more personal things," he says. "Some of my classmates were like a dad to these cadets."

The combination of traditional 50-Year Affiliation Program highlights and involvement in the Simon Center's seminars was "a great shot in the arm" for the Class of 1963, O'Sullivan says. "We were trying to do something for the cadets, but I think we got as much out of it as they did. Maybe even more."

Photos: USMA cadets and alumni from their 50-Year Affiliation Program class gather often throughout the cadets' time at West Point. Highlights include the affirmation ceremony (top and middle photo), when cadets receive honor coins (bottom) from the alumni class, and the Ring Melt ceremony (bottom photo) when several alumni-donated rings are melted to become part of the younger class's mementos.

(Publication and photography credits courtesy of CASE Currents Magazine)


Dean’s Weekly, January 10

Systems Engineering Capstone Project:  :  The History Department hosted a Civil Rights Seminar which included two USMA ’56 graduates discussing their experiences with forcibly desegregating schools in Arkansas.  As part of their Systems Engineering Capstone,  Cadets Jackson Matheson, Frank Fink, Neal Covell, and Patrick Hart installed a Slingshot Tag-Track-Locate (TTL) GPS repeater at the OSD Technical Support and Operational Assessment (TSOA) 14-1 Activity at Camp Roberts, California.  The project is focused on developing a ground truth assessment process for determining the accuracy of Army ground radar systems being used in deployable force protection. Their pilot experiment was in collaboration with U.S. Army NVESD, Dept of Energy Special Technologies Laboratory, and ARL Unique Mission Cell.

Civil Rights Seminar:  The History Department hosted a Civil Rights Seminar which included two USMA ’56 graduates discussing their experiences with forcibly desegregating schools in Arkansas.  These two graduates served with the 101st Airborne surrounding Little Rock Central High and protecting the Little Rock Nine in 1957.

A Visit with the First Lady:  Cadet Allie Sutherland, a Systems Engineering major and recipient of a Rotary Scholarship, visited COL Ricardo Morales in the White House. COL Morales, who has been selected to be the Deputy Head of the Systems Department, is currently serving as the Executive Director of Joining Forces and works directly for the First Lady. While there, the two met in the First Lady’s personal office (no pictures allowed!) to discuss Mrs. Obama’s the Joining Forces initiative (http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces) and her future education options

XH 415 “Genocide” and HI 345 “Modern Africa” Joint Exercise:  The exercise was developed as a cooperative project, bringing together the Peacekeeping and Security Operations Institute of the Army War College, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Point, and the Department of History. The exercise required cadets to develop and then critique a mission analysis in response to a potential mass atrocity scenario in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Most Read Climate Change Blog:  Cadet Ashley Ziegler's blog post: "India's Assam Shows Second-Order, Dangerous Effects of Climate Change in South Asia" was one of the most-read posts of last year on New Security Beat: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2013/12/top-10-posts-2013-2/#.UsWWKPRDt8E. Her post is the culmination of the work she did this past summer as an intern at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

Cadet Activities Update, January 9

The Parachute Team competed in the National Collegiate Parachuting Championships at the Lake Wales Skydiving Center in FL.  The team brought home a total of 25 medals in Individual and Team Classic Accuracy.

Read more here.