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Athletic Director's Update, December 17th
12/18/2014

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Drummond Selected for Medal of Honor Bowl
12/18/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army defensive lineman Joe Drummond will play one final game. Drummond, a defensive lineman, has been selected to compete in the Medal of Honor Bowl, Jan. 10 in Charleston, S.C.

Drummond, from Pittsford, N.Y., started all 12 games for Army this season and served as defensive captain while Geoffery Bacon was injured. The 6-foot-2, 254-pound tackle, made 32 tackles, including 20 solo stops. He registered 3.5 tackles for losses of seven yards and one quarterback sack. He also recovered a fumble and collected a quarterback hurry. Story

Boldt Adds NSCAA Scholar All-American to Postseason Honors
12/18/2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Army men’s soccer senior goalkeeper Winston Boldt added to his postseason awards on Wednesday when he was named to the Scholar All-America second team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Earlier this fall, Boldt was honored on the Senior CLASS All-America second team and the NSCAA All-Northeast Region first team. Additionally, Boldt was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year and landed on the league’s All-Academic Team for the second season in a row. Earlier this week, he was recognized on the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Men’s Soccer All-Star second team. Full Story »

Thul Taken First Overall in MLL Supplemental Draft
12/18/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Garrett Thul was picked first overall, while Tim Henderson and Jeremy Boltus joined Thul as first round selections as the Army Lacrosse program had three former players in the top eight taken in the opening round of the Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Thul was selected No.1 overall by the Charlotte Hounds, making this the third team in Thul's young professional career. Thul was originally selected in the 3rd round (No. 21 overall) of the 2013 Collegiate Draft by the Hamilton Nationals and transitioned to the Florida Launch in 2014. Read More

Kelsey Minato Tabbed All-Met Player of the Week
12/17/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army women’s basketball junior Kelsey Minato was named the Women’s Basketball Player of the Week by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA), the organization announced Tuesday.

Minato averaged 24.5 points in wins over St. Francis Brooklyn and Central Connecticut State last week. Minato netted a season-high 32 points in a come-from-behind 61-55 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec. 8, leading the Black Knights back from a 14-point second-half deficit. Read More

Kessinger and Parker Share AAA Athlete of the Week Honor
12/17/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army women’s basketball junior Jean Parker and women’s swimming and diving freshman Collin Kessinger were named co-Athletes of the Week by the Army Athletic Association on Monday. Parker draws the accolade for the first time this season and the second time of her career, while Kessinger picks up her first recognition. Full Story »

Army Completes Comeback in Overtime at USC
12/15/2014

LOS ANGELES - Army erased a nine-point deficit to send the game to overtime and never trailed in the extra session in an 85-77 victory over USC on Saturday night at Galen Center.

Kyle Wilson scored 30 points for the second time in his career, Kevin Ferguson contributed 14, Larry Toomey scored 12 and Luke Morrison set new career-highs with 11 points and seven rebounds to help Army improve to 7-2 on the season. USC dropped to 6-4 overall with the result. Full Story »

Army Tops CCSU, 74-60, as Parker Sets Academy Record
12/15/2014

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Junior Jean Parker netted a career-high 25 points and set an Academy record with seven three-pointers as the Army women’s basketball team defeated Central Connecticut State, 74-60, on Saturday afternoon at Detrick Gymnasium.

Parker established a career high in points by the 3:39 mark of the first half after sinking five three-pointers to reach 15 points to surpass her previous best of 13 points. The junior’s seven triples mark the most in a single game in Army women’s basketball history, surpassing the mark of six held by Cara Enright (USMA ’08), Jen Hazlett (USMA ’14) and junior Kelsey Minato. Parker connected on 7-of-8 of her attempts from three-point range, while shooting 8-for-12 from the field. Read More

Dean's Weekly, December 12th
12/12/2014

Department of Systems Engineering

CDTs visit Special ForcesFrom 1-3 Dec 2014 Cadets Robby Hill, Coleman Grider, and Hunter Wood visited 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft Bragg, NC to conduct research for their capstone project. The purpose of the trip was to interview Special Forces Soldiers to elicit technological requirements that will enhance the Solider as a System future concepts. Their Capstone Project supports the U.S. Army Engineer Research Development Center’s initiative to build an Engineered Resilient System architecture that leverages information technology and tradespace visualization methods to help inform conceptual designs of future systems. The cadets had the unique opportunity to train with the Combat Diver Operational Detachment Alpha 3215. They observed the team conduct Close Quarter Battle training and learned the fundamentals of shooting. The most significant outcome was the leader development opportunities the cadets’ experienced while talking with the Special Forces Officers and NCOs from E-6 to E-9. “The trip was easily the best experience I have had thus far . . . we learned the traits of the best and worst lieutenants from senior NCOs with an enormous amount of combat experience . . . I now have a better understanding of how to conduct myself as an officer in a way that would be most effective.”

Department of Law

Cadets taking Advanced Constitutional Law visited the US Supreme Court in Washington DCCadets taking Advanced Constitutional Law visited the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., to observe oral argument in a case involving the use of mandatory minimum sentences for defendants convicted of armed bank robbery offenses. After the argument, which included extensive questioning of counsel by virtually all of the Justices, the cadets met with Justice Elena Kagan to discuss how the Court goes about selecting the cases to hear and making its decisions. The cadets also toured the Courthouse and the Capitol building. The trip section was led by the Department of Law’s Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro, and Assistant Professor, CPT. Amy McCarthy.

Cadets Spend The Day At USMAPS Answering Questions

CDTs across all 4 classes lead group QnA sessions with CDT candidates at USMAPSOn Monday, 17 November, the Centers for Enhanced Performance from both USMAPS and USMA sponsored a trip section for graduates of the prep school to head back “up the hill” and meet and share some advice with current cadet candidates. Throughout the day, Cadets lead discussions and answered questions from the cadet candidates on a variety of topics ranging from the transition into USMA, making the most of the year at the Prep school, balancing academic and athletic responsibilities, military requirements, and many other topics pertaining to life as a USMA cadet. CIC Veronica Byant (’16) is seen above providing guidance and advice to a cadet candidate at the conclusion of the Women’s forum.

Department of English and Philosophy

Dr Marc Napolitano plays every role in Dickens-A Christmas Carol for CDTsDr Marc Napolitano Performs “A Christmas Carol” for Cadets, Faculty and Community: On Saturday 4 December, in Jefferson Hall’s Haig Room, Dr. Marc Napolitano delivered a dramatic performance of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” Preceded by an interactive presentation on puppet design, the afternoon promised holiday cheer and delivered a captivating rendition of a classic text for all in attendance.

CDTs visit Wings Castle in Millbrook NYCadets in CFAF’s Hudson Valley Culture Forum Experience the Valley’s Offerings: On Saturday, 6 December, 2014, seven members of the Hudson Valley Culture Forum took a daytrip to see a local legend, eat at a hidden gem, and support local arts. The first stop was Wing’s Castle in Millbrook, NY, a castle-like dwelling that local residents Peter and Lori Ann Wing began building over 40 years ago. Peter and his wife, Toni Ann, constructed Wing’s Castle using materials gathered locally from old farms, blast sites, and auctions, to create a unique and awe-inspiring structure jutting out of the countryside. Despite Peter’s passing mere months ago, Toni Ann enthusiastically agreed to give the cadets a personal tour around the grounds. Next, the forum stopped at the Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck, NY. Situated in a re-purposed church, Terrapin Restaurant uses ingredients from local farms, dairies, and breweries. After their meal, the cadets were able to observe Rhinebeck’s yearly Sinterklaas festival, which honors Rhinebeck’s heritage by re-creating a celebration Dutch settlers brought to the town over 300 years ago. Finally, cadets visited the Ulster Performing Arts Center to watch the Ulster Ballet Company perform Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. After a riveting show, the ballet company graciously invited the cadets backstage to talk with the dancers about the performance, their experiences, and ballet in general.

Department of History

CDTs at the Civil War Roundtable in Stamford ConnecticutOn 18 November, Lieutenant Colonels Jason Musteen and Dave Siry and four Cadets presented their lessons learned from the World War I staff ride to about 50 members of a Civil War Roundtable in Stamford Connecticut at the Stamford Historical Society. This outreach opportunity not only highlighted the wonderful academic opportunities the Academy provides but also showcased the high-caliber students that West Point attracts. Cadets Curtis Valencia, Haley Lee, Jim Trollan, and Sarah Bitner discussed their experiences blending history and literature in the study of the Great War, and fielded all questions expertly.

Fred Franks lectures to CDTs on his experience as the VII Corps Commander during Operations Desert Shield and Desert StormOn 8 December, General (Retired) Fred Franks presented a lecture to cadets enrolled in Major Jon Heist’s elective course, Strategy, Policy, and Generalship, on his experience as the VII Corps Commander during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Surprisingly, this was the first time that General Franks was invited to speak on this subject at West Point. For about an hour he spoke on the origins of the Gulf War, the objectives of the George H.W. Bush administration, military strategy, and the role of VII Corps during the ground war. After the lecture, he answered cadet questions. His professional advice on leadership and strategic planning was invaluable. Overall, the session provided the cadets valuable insight into this important, but increasingly forgotten, conflict through the eyes of one of the generals that fought it.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

The NDU facilitators listen intently to the concluding positions presented by the cadetsTable Top Exercise: On 4 December, cadets enrolled in NE450 Nuclear Weapons Effects (45 cadets from 3 sections), with LTC Dave Williams and LTC Ken Allen, executed Persian Gold Table Top Exercise. This is an extraordinary interdisciplinary exercise brought from the National Defense University, Center for the Study of WMD, which provided two experts in the field, Dr. Mark Mattox and Mr. Nima Gerami, to facilitate. This exercise gave the cadets from varying disciplines within the NE Core Engineering Sequence and the Nuclear Engineering major to develop and debate strategic initiatives and policies to address Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technologies and nuclear weapons. During the three hour exercise, the cadets received a detailed country briefing on Iran from an expert, Mr. Nima Gerami, and worked in groups to explore strategic ways, means, and ends to approach Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

CDTs explain their initial prototype to supervisors and vocational specialists at Occupations IncCadet Capstone Team Members Visit Occupations, Inc. On December 3rd, Cadets Theriot, Wilson, and Howlett, Class of 2015 Mechanical Engineering majors, and faculty advisors COL Boettner and MAJ Fox, visited Occupations, Inc. in Middletown, New York to conduct their preliminary design review of their initial design to improve efficiency of heavy-duty stapler assembly. Occupations, Inc. employs workers with disabilities to help enhance quality of life for these individuals. Currently, the number of workers who are able to assemble these staplers is very limited due to the requirement to carefully align parts for pin insertion. The supervisors and vocational specialists provided valuable feedback for the cadets to refine their design as they continue the project during term 15-2.

Center for Innovation and Engineering Hosts a Collaborative Initiative in Biomechanics and Bioengineering: A group of researchers met in Mahan Hall to initiate collaborative efforts between USMA academic departments and medical researchers. Participants represented Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, History, Chemistry and Life Science, as well as the Physical Therapy, Orthopaedic Surgery, Podiatry, and Orthopaedic Research Services at KACH. The participants used the forum to present their research initiatives with the intent of establishing potential collaborations. This led to important discussions of the academic and technological resources available in each department, and how they can be shared amongst researchers with common goals. Additionally, LTC Craig Quadrato presented on the availability of computational and financial resources, through the High Performance Computing Modernization Program, that could benefit this line of research. The meeting culminated with a shared objective of creating a more regular meeting schedule for researchers pursuing biomechanics and bioengineering. The meetings will rotate amongst departments to broaden the participants’ perspective on ongoing research, and the availability of resources.

CDT Lee giving his presentationME404 Capstone Project Team Spray Presentation at the 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Montreal, Canada. Cadet Zachary Lee attended and presented research at the 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) in Montreal, Canada from November 17-18. Cadet Lee was the lead author for a paper entitled “A Comparison of Shadowgraphy and X-Ray Computed Tomography in Liquid Spray Analysis” that was accepted for publication at this conference. The research has been conducted by the ME404 capstone group, Team Spray, in collaboration with a group at Army Research Laboratory and two academic departments at Stanford University. The presentation centered on using shadowgraphy and X-Ray computed tomography in analyzing liquid sprays from two hollow cone atomizers. Spray characteristics play a key role in combustion performance, so accurate spray analysis plays a key role in developing effective nozzles and atomizers. Team Spray will continue experimentation in liquid spray analysis as part of their capstone effort this and next semester.

Mr Pillsworth USACE Project mgr giving a tour of the new cadet barracks construction siteCE483: Design of Concrete and Masonry Structures Visit Construction Site for New Cadet Barracks. On December 2nd and 4th, all Civil Engineering Firsties visited the construction site for the new cadet barracks as their final lab for the course. Mr. Tim Pillsworth, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) project manager, gave a short presentation to the cadets covering the general scope of the project including utilizing a reinforced concrete structure with a gravity load bearing granite block façade. The project is designed to meet specific sustainable and resiliency requirements as well as an improved quality of life experience. Then, Mr. Pillsworth walked the cadets around the construction site highlighting how the reinforced concrete structure is actually constructed. This site visit allowed the seniors to see first-hand many of the engineering details presented throughout this course, and many other CE courses, as well as the scale and complexity of an actual project.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

GEnE mini spirit postersArmy-Navy Spirit December 8-11, GEnE continues to inspire by bringing “Beat Navy” spirit into the hallways. Faculty members and their families pitched in to create mini spirit posters in support of this weekend’s Army-Navy football game.

 

 

Department of Foreign Languages

Semester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections:

CDTs with their Norwegian cadet counterpartsRussian: Three Russian SAP cadets on semester abroad spent time at the Latvian National Defense Academy in Riga, Latvia. While there the cadets lived with their Latvian and other NATO cadet counterparts and participated in various tactical training. Their time in Riga concluded with a Black Coffee Ceremony to remember Latvian cadets killed in combat in 1919.

CDT Kittle prepares to defeat the Russian and Austrian armies

French: Cadets studying abroad at Saint Cyr, the French Military Academy, took part in the reenactment of the Battle of Austerlitz two weekends ago on Saturday 29 November. The battle, one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s greatest victories, was a tactical masterpiece in which the French Empire decisively defeated the Russian and Austrian armies on 2 December 1805. The battle reenactment was followed by a une grande soirée that evening to celebrate the glory of France.

 

Cadets with Ambassador Wesner at the US Embassy in Vienna AustriaGerman: USMA Cadets on semester exchange at the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt, Austria visited the US Embassy in Vienna for Thanksgiving (27 Nov 2014) and enjoyed a traditional American Thanksgiving feast (turkey, sweet potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, green beans and pumpkin pie and pecan pie for dessert) with the embassy staff and presented Ambassador Alexa Wesner with a bouquet of flowers. Arriving early, the cadets toured the historic first floor of the embassy where President Jimmy Carter's Vienna meetings took place. The ambassador’s home has a rich history and is full of decorative art pieces.

Cadet Wilkes and a fellow student cross the Moroccan desert aboard the timeless Arab transportArabic: Eleven Arabic students are finalizing their studies in Morocco, Jordan, and Oman. Cadets in Rabat, Morocco, traveled to Merzouga, Tetouan and Chefchaouen over the break, and are preparing their final papers for submission next week. In Jordan Cadets are finishing studies following their successful Thanksgiving celebrations with other expatriate students at their apartment overlooking the US Embassy grounds. All three groups return to West Point on 20 December. Cadets in Muscat, Oman have completed their studies and begun clearing the Center for International Learning; they return to West Point 12 December.

The French Forum goes to Les Miserables on BroadwayThe French Forum enjoyed Les Misérables on Broadway in NYC Tuesday 02 DEC. Students currently learning French were able to practice their French with Dr. Christophe Corbin and one another on their journey to and from the theater. They even learned a bit of history of the French Revolution, and the socio/political/economic issues surrounding the era.

Athletic Director's Update, December 10th
12/12/2014

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AD's Update

DCA Update December 11th
12/12/2014

Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs

Powerlifting 12-11-2014Powerlifting:

  • This past weekend, the Army Powerlifting Team competed in the annual Army-Navy dual, hosted this year at the United States Naval Academy
  • Even though Army has beaten Navy head-to-head 12 years in a row, Army Lifters anticipated one of their toughest battles ever as Navy assembled one of their best teams this decade
  • Army came through strong, fighting a battle and a half to take an incredibly rewarding victory
  • Prior to the match Navy was brimming with confidence, sure that the streak would be broken
  • As the meet the progressed it became clear that the match would come down to several key Army lifters
  • CDTs Newman, Randall, Barone, Martino, and Weiss all were required to make lifts at clutch moments that either equaled or became new personal records
  • CDT Martino back squatted a personal best of 661 lbs, which was the heaviest squat of the day; while CDT Weiss deadlifted a personal best of 656 lbs at the end of the meet
  • The Navy competition was game and brought their best, but at the end of the day Army won six weight classes with Navy taking only three
  • Through the entire day the brotherhood that is Army Powerlifting was clearly displayed
  • Thanks to Coach Rick Scarpulla, the team was rehearsed and confident and extremely technically profi-cient resulting in several Army Lifters going “9 for 9”, meaning that they successfully completed all three attempts at squat, bench, and deadlift
  • Coach Scarpulla remains undefeated against Navy, and one of (if not the) longest winning streak against USNA currently at West Point

Inline Hockey 12-11-2014Inline Hockey:

  • On 22 Nov., the West Point Inline Hockey Club trav-eled to Santander Arena in Reading, PA to compete against Navy
  • The Reading Royals, a minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, hosted the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) league game as part of their military appreciation night
  • The Royals billed the game as the inaugural Royal Cup and have already begun arrangements to host a second meeting between the Academy rivals next fall
  • A crowd of nearly 3,000 fans, many of them veterans, watched as West Point beat Navy 8-2, as well as im-proved to 11-5 overall and 10-1 against league compe-tition
  • To their credit, the Mids skated hard for 60 minutes, but were unable to match the speed or physicality of the West Point Club
  • The West Point Inline Hockey Club also hosted a morning clinic for area youth hockey players, teaching and coaching in conjunction with representatives from the Naval Academy and U.S.A Warriors Hockey, a program for wounded veterans
  • The Royals hosted the Indy Fuel that evening in an ECHL league game, donating a portion of the proceeds from their sellout crowd to veteran’s charities in the area
  • The ECHL club also wore custom jerseys for that game, auctioning them in support of those same chari-ties
  • The event provided an outstanding platform to gener-ate greater awareness of veteran’s issues throughout central PA, provide outreach for the academies, and of course, to BEAT NAVY!

Equestrian 12-11-2014Equestrian:

  • On 7 Dec. the West Point Equestrian Team traveled to Philadel-phia, PA to participate in two Western shows
  • All cadets put in a great effort and both of the shows were a success
  • The individual first place winners include: CDTs Katherine Iwanyk (walk/jog), Vanda Niemi (walk/jog), Lena Jordi Cruzval (walk/jog/lope), Matthew Brecht (walk/jog), and Jared Ross (walk/jog/lope)
  • The individual second place winners include: CDTs Alex Vinson (walk/jog), Crystel Calderon (walk/jog), Madeline Arnold (walk/jog/lope, class13), and Laivan Greene (walk/jog)
  • The individual 3rd place winners include: CDTs Danielle Diulus (walk/jog), Vanda Neimi (walk/jog), Matthew Brecht (walk/jog), and Jared Ross (walk/jog/lope)
  • CDT Jared Ross gained enough points to move up to class 12b (advanced walk/jog/lope), and CDT Alex Vinson gained enough points to move up to class 12a (walk/jog/lope)
  • CDTs Alex Vinson, Alex Moore, and Madeleine Arnold qualified for Regionals
  • The team competed against Centenary, the University of Dela-ware, Rutgers, Temple, Villanova, Kutztown, Bloomsburg and Washington College
  • The team placed 3rd overall in the first show, and 5th overall in the second show

Cycling 12-11-2014Cycling:

  • On 22 Nov. the West Point Cycling Team competed in a cyclo-cross race, beginning with a category “C” race
  • Six of the top ten finishers all came from the West Point cycling team, with CDT Daniel Forquer lead-ing the way in 3rd place, followed by CDTs Ryan O’Reilly, James-Taylor Garlick, Dylan Allen, Jack Oberman and Will Scott
  • The next race was a category “B” race, where CDT’s Trsian Manderfeild, Adam Ruff and Daniel Serrano finished in the top ten
  • The Elite UCI field was the debut of the West Point Cycling Team Rider CDT Kenny Dailey, where he received an education in riding at the elite level
  • On 23 Nov. the West Point Cycling Team women competed in a category “B” race, which was one of the many highlights with CDT Jinny Yan placing 6th in her second cyclo-cross race

Support Clubs

Pipes and Drums 12-11-2014Pipes & Drums:

  • The West Point Pipes and Drums supported the Army Football Team and it’s fans to victory for the final home game of the 2014 sea-son
  • The band and Celtic dancers also performed at the Superintendent’s Tailgate, throughout the parking areas, and in the entrance tunnel for the Army Football Team
  • The next focus for the Pipes and Drums is practic-ing and preparing for the Army-Navy Battle of the Pipe Bands and support for the Army-Navy 2014 Football Game

Glee Club 12-11-2014Glee Club:

  • On 7 Dec., the West Point Glee Club had the wonderful oppor-tunity to provide the New York Public Library with support in hosting their annual Holiday Open House at the main library on 5th Avenue
  • Not only did the Glee Club represent the USMA well by execut-ing their musical set list with precision, but they also advertised the United States Army in a positive light to the public by exem-plifying the Army values during the time spent after the performance while interacting with patrons of the library
  • This effect towards the Army profession, fully supported the Superintendant’s pri-ority of the Corps’ outreach to NYC, and demonstrates the value of these activities
  • Another key part of this event was the brass accompaniment that supported the Glee Club
  • This small group consisted of members from the USMA Band, and they were able to help fill the empty spaces in the music that occur when performing in an out-doors capacity

Diversity Clubs

Cultural Affairs:

  • On 18 Nov. the Cultural Affairs Seminar (CAS) in conjunction with the ODIE hosted a guest panel discussion titled “What’s Race Got to Do With It? Social Disparities and the Impact on Success.”
  • The purpose of the panel discussion was to address critical issues affecting race, relations, our society, and the world
  • The panel included Dr. Jonathan Holloway, Dean of Yale College, Dr. Karla FC Holloway, Professor at Duke University, and Dr. Katrina Bell McDonald, Associate Professor at John Hopkins University

Cultural Affairs 12-11-2014

  • Dr. Morten Ender, USMA Professor, facilitated the discussion where the panelist addressed changes and improvements to race relations in the past 50 years
  • They also touched on the benefits of racial-ethnic diversity within society and identified strategies for improved race relations
  • Over 30 cadets, staff, and faculty members participated in the panel discussion
  • In addition to participating in the panel discussion, the panelist met with the Dean, Brigadier General Timothy Trainor, the USMA Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Don Outing, and various Department Heads
  • They also observed various classes, toured the Academy, and ate in the Cadet Mess Hall
  • The overall goal of the panel was to inspire cadets, staff, and faculty members to participate in making the Academy, the U.S. Army and their communities a more welcoming place that respects and honors all differences
  • The event and activities throughout the day proved successful and left a lasting impression on the cadets, staff, and panelists

Academic Clubs

Ethics Debate Forum 12-11-2014Ethics Debate Forum:

  • On 6 Dec., the Ethics Debate Team travelled to Fairfield, CT to compete in the annual Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl
  • Two West Point teams faced off against 22 other teams from 15 colleges and universities through the Northeast
  • The Gold Team, composed of CDTs Zoe Kreitenberg, Araceli Sandoval, Tyler Allen, and David Weinmann, finished with one win, one loss and a tie
  • The Black Team, composed of CDTs Ashton Wolf, Brianna Sharkey, Lucas Ruff, Sam Kolling and Dean Feinmann, were one loss short of advancing to na-tionals, losing a close match to Villanova in the quarterfinals
  • The cadets are now in preparation for the annual Military Ethic Debate Competition , which will be held at Annapolis in April

DCA Happenings

Cadet Hostess 12-11-2014Cadet Hostess:

  • The Class of 2015 came out in full force for the 3rd annual “Firstie Holiday Party” following the Corps Christmas Dinner.
  • Music was provided by the Benny Haven’s Band, and Santa Claus even made a special visit for pictures with the cadets.

Cadet Publications:

West Point Calendar 12-11-2014Start the year off right with your West Point 2015 Sou-venir Wall Calendar! The 2015 Calendar is a full-sized wall calendar with 12 gorgeous full-color scenic photo-graphs of West Point and Hudson Valley. The special price includes FREE shipping/handling! Click Here

Wisdom Through History!
12/11/2014

West Point History of the Civil War on iTunes UApple just named the “West Point History of the Civil War” a “Standout Course” and is featuring it on the iTunes U homepage, click »here« for the link. The course features the West Point History of the Civil War enhanced eBook that we created with Rowan Technology as well as 50 short videos featuring cadets and faculty. The Roundtable discussions are in Cullum Hall.

We have been teaching the Civil War to cadets since 1863 when Dennis Hart Mahan first wrote a pamphlet on campaigns during the “War of the Rebellion” as they called it then. This is the first time that we have shared how we teach it with the wider world.

60 MINUTES SPORTS - More Than A Game Full Segment
12/10/2014

Coach Monken Weekly Press Conference Quotes: Navy
12/10/2014

Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: opening statement)

"We are really excited about the game this weekend. Anytime you're competing in anything at West Point, you look forward to the opportunity to compete against Navy, the biggest rival that we have. Our guys are excited as well as the coaching staff and everyone involved. We are really looking forward to the game this Saturday. We've had the opportunity to prepare, this is now our third week coming off the Fordham week. We had a few practices that first week with Thanksgiving weekend off, and I thought our guys came back fresh and a little more rested than we typically are which is good. We practiced five times last week and took Saturday and Sunday off. We finish up practice this week on Thursday and head out to Baltimore. Hopefully the extra time and preparation is going to be a positive for us. We've certainly tried to hit every scenario that we think may be a possibility in the game to try and best prepare for Navy who I think is a terrific football team. They are a very talented and extremely well coached team. We've got a few guys banged up still that we are not sure will be ready for the game, some guys in starting or key positions, we are trying the best we can to get those guys healthy this week, we would love to go into the game with 100 percent of our players that we count on from week-to-week. Read More

Minato's 32 Points Lead Army Past St. Francis Brooklyn, 61-55
12/9/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Junior Kelsey Minato scored a season-high 32 points to help the Army women’s basketball team erase a 14-point deficit and grab a 61-55 win over St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday evening at Christl Arena. Army improves to 6-2 with the win, while St. Francis Brooklyn falls to 3-6.

Minato reached the 30-point mark for the sixth time in her career and tied her second-highest scoring output with 32 points on 13-of-24 shooting. Her 13 field goals on the night were the most in her 72 collegiate games. The junior shot 10-of-14 and scored 23 of her points in the second half alone to lead Army to a 60-percent shooting performance in the second frame and a mark of 45.8 percent overall.

Junior Jean Parker added nine points and five rebounds, while sophomore Dani Failor contributed six points and five boards off the bench. Full Story

Wilson Earns Consecutive Player of the Week Awards
12/9/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Following a career-high 31 points in Army's four-point victory over Delaware last week, junior Kyle Wilson was honored as the Lids Team Sports Patriot League Player of the Week for the second straight week. Wilson was also chosen as the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

The Patriot League honor is the third of the 2014-15 season and the fifth of his career, which is the second most in Army basketball history. Jarell Brown earned the distinction seven times throughout his career.

Facing a 62-61 deficit with less than three minutes remaining on the road against the Blue Hens, Wilson poured in eight straight points to put the Black Knights in front for good. He made a pair at the line and then buried his sixth three-pointer of the night, also a career best, off a feed from classmate Dylan Cox. Read More

The December Network Science Center Newsblast Vol 4 Issue 12
12/8/2014

Vast databases of digitized texts are now available to be analyzed, but the problem of teasing out meaning or themes from a text read by a machine remains unsolved. A related interdisciplinary project originated by Joshua Enslen (Associate Professor of Portuguese) is currently underway at USMA, whose team includes myself, Ledlie Klosky (Professor of Civil Engineering), and Cadet Emma Dugas.

Composed by Gonçalves Dias in 1843, “Canção do Exílio” [Song of Exile] is the most imitated poem in Brazilian history. Since its publication, the poem has been imitated and parodied hundreds of times. “Canção do Exílio” is even quoted in the lines of Brazil’s national anthem.

The cultural significance of this project is summarized in the following excerpt from a recent conference talk by Joshua Enslen: "The possibility of a dynamic associative network wherein these variations may be manipulated, compared and visualized offers the potential for new insights not only into our understand-ing of Brazilian literature, but Brazilian society as a whole." Read More

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Army Navy Boxing Classic December 12th
12/8/2014

Get your tickets now to attend the Army Navy Boxing Classic, as Army gets set to square off against Navy on Friday December 12, 2014 at 10:00pm. Prelims begin at 9:30pm.  To be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Exhibit Hall G, Inner Harbor Baltimore. Army and Navy boxers will face off in seven action-packed bouts. www.ncbaboxing.tix.com

- On the floor/ringside:  $25
- General admission/bleachers:  $15

Live Internet Streaming:  $8
For those who cannot attend the match you can subscribe at www.ncbalive.com

GO ARMY BEAT NAVY!!!

Parsons Takes Fifth at Cliff Keen Invitational
12/8/2014

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sophomore Russell Parsons finished in fifth place at the 157-pound weight class as the Army wrestling team placed 23rd of 39 teams with 30.5 points at the 33rd annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. It was the best finish for the Black Knights in Las Vegas since the 2008-09 season.

"We have a young team and they gained some really valuable experience, so in that respect, it was a good event for us," added Ward. "If we continue to grow in areas and learn from some losses then we have an exciting future ahead of us." Read More

Men's Track & Field Dominate at the Crowell Open
12/8/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Claiming 12 victories in their first action of the 2014-15 season, the Black Knights dominated competition at the Crowell Open from Gillis Field House at West Point.

Army earned 11 individual titles and one relay victory en route to a stellar season-opener.

"This was more of an intra-squad meet for us," said head coach Mike Smith. "I think from an intra-squad perspective, I saw people competing as if they were competing against other people, which is good. Here we are in early December and I'm looking down the list of results that were either lifetime bests or really good performances and the number is large. Read More

Dean's Weekly, December 5th
12/5/2014

Department of Chemistry and Life Science

Microbiology Lecture Series:CDTs and faculty welcomed four distinguished to hear about cutting-edge topics in Microbiology On Thursday, 6 November, Cadets, staff, and faculty at West Point welcomed four distinguished visitors to the Haig Room of Jefferson Hall to hear about cutting-edge topics in Microbiology as part of the 15th Annual Microbiology Lecture series. The speakers, known as the foremost experts in their fields of bioscience and bioengineering, included:

COL Jennifer Caci, Commander, 47th Combat Support Hospital, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, Title: Vectors and Disease: Why the Vector Matters. Dr. Wade Winkler, PhD, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Title: New Mechanisms and Applications of Regulatory RNAs in Bacteria. Dr. Mark D. Tucker, PhD, PE, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, Title: Challenges in the Decontamination of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents. Dr. Ben Beard, PhD, Chief, Bacterial Diseases Branch, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases CDC, Fort Collins, CO, Title: Emerging and Novel Tickborne Diseases in the U.S. - Trends and Drivers.

Chemical Engineering cadets compete at AIChE Nationals, Take Action in an Emergency in Atlanta, Georgia. Cadet members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) competed against more than 200 undergraduate students from across the globe in the 2014 Annual AIChE National Research Poster Competition in Atlanta, Georgia from 14-17 November. Nationals are a chance for cadets to win national recognition for their research, network with chemical engineering professionals, attend presentations on topics ranging from chemical engineering applications in nuclear energy to Undergraduates from across the world compete to move mass for 2 minutes using a chemical process and without making any noise exceeding 10 decibelsparticle processing and characterization (a demonstration of how particle properties can be tuned at the nano-scale and affect performance on the macro-scale). Events began with the CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, John Brock, who spoke to AIChE members about ethics and leadership in chemical engineering.

Cadets then met on the AIChE National Executive Student Committee and learned about opportunities to improve community outreach and also how to become more globally connected. As part of this initiative, the West Point Student Chapter of AIChE has officially requested an international sister chapter to foster cultural understanding and help spread best practices for running an effective and fun student organization. A major event for the cadets was attending the National ChemE Car Competition. Cadets have never participated in this in the past, and this time learned from other schools about best practices and tips to get started. Cadets from the Class of 2016 will spearhead the competition so that West Point can enter a car into competition next year. In addition to the event itself, three cadets (David Brown, Sean Crain, and Lauren Ng – all Class of 2015) were walking to get dinner when they heard a scream from a woman on the street. She had been hit by a taxi. CDT Brown called 911, while CDT Crain and Ng moved her personal belongings out of the street and assisted a nurse who administered first aid. The three cadets have been recommended for the Army Achievement Medal for their quick-thinking and response in a medical emergency.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

SSG Lane demonstrates use of a recording microphone discussing phase shift and its sometimes flattering effects on the human voiceMC486 Lab 3 – Vibrations as Sound (Acoustics) Hosted by the USMA Band. On 12 and 20 November 2014, the USMA Band hosted 53 students and 7 faculty members from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering’s MC486 Vibration Engineering course for an interactive lesson on acoustics. Students discussed the characteristics of rooms which affect the propagation of sound and vibration, as well as ways to control the response. They were treated to a live demonstration by the Band’s Audio Engineer, SSG Branden Lane illustrating how audio software uses the characteristics of sound as vibration to change pitch, phase, and even the physical location of a recording!

Department of English and Philosophy

CIA chefs pose with weapons in the ESTDEP and SOSH co-host visit by Culinary Institute of America Chefs. Ten student chefs from the Poughkeepsie-based Culinary Institute of America visited West Point this week for the second half of a USMA-CIA Exchange hosted by DEP and SOSH. After the chefs were greeted at a lengthy reception hosted by a “Cadet in the Red Sash,” in which they learned about West Point lore and daily life, they fired weapons in the EST, toured the massive kitchen under the Mess Hall (with CIA-trained Head Chef Michael Guererro), watched cadets demonstrate the IOCT, and enjoyed a honorary assignment in an Army branch (in honor of Branch Week). The program is designed to reinforce the foundational idea of being in a profession and is dedicated to facilitating discussions about civilian-military relationships.

Cadets in the NYU Skirball Center following a performance by MummenschanzEP367 Drama travels to New York University to see “Mummenschanz”. Cadets enrolled in EP367 Drama journeyed to the New York University’s Skirball Center to watch a performance by Mummenschanz. Mummenschanz is a Switzerland-based theatre company famous for producing unique theatrical sketches utilizing nontraditional props and costumes; notably, the troupe’s performances contain neither spoken dialogue nor music. Their distinctive performance style has earned them the nickname “ the minstrels of silence.” The troupe, now in its 42nd year, greatly impressed the cadets with its inimitable approach to storytelling and characterization.

Cadets coach Vassar College guests prior to a scenario on the Engagement Skills TrainerVassar Initiative visits West Point for “A Day in the Life”. As part of the DEP-sponsored West Point-Vassar Initiative, seventeen Vassar students traveled to West Point to experience a “day in the life” of a cadet. Vassar guests went to afternoon classes, watched cadets take the Indoor Obstacle Course Test “for record,” and participated in an exercise on the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST). This popular event familiarized them with Army marksmanship, communication skills, and small unit leadership training.

Vassar College students and West Point hosts gather for a reception at COL Krawczyks quarters after Armys football victory over FordhamFollowing dinner in the Cadet Mess and evening social activities, the Vassar students remained overnight in the barracks in the company of their cadet hosts; the next morning they watched a pre-game parade on the Plain and cheered West Point’s football team to victory over Fordham. Finally, the group assembled for a post-game reception hosted by DEP Head COL Scott Krawczyk. This weekend visit reciprocates other visits made by West Point cadets to the Vassar campus this fall, and it follows upon numerous other events designed to bridge the civil-military divide.

The cadets recreate the 1958 photograph of A Great Day in Harlem at the photo’s original siteCFAF’s African American Arts and Jazz Forums travel to NYC. On 21 November, the African American Arts Forum and the Jazz Forum conducted a trip section to NYC to visit some of the culturally and historically important sites that the city has to offer. The night began at the world-famous soul food restaurant Sylvia’s. The cadets then moved to the site of the 1958 photo “A Great Day in Harlem” to recreate that significant moment in Jazz history. Finally, the cadets attended a Jazz performance at Small’s Jazz Café in Greenwich Village.

Department of Systems Engineering

CDTs participating at SHPEs Annual conferenceSystems Engineering participate in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) annual conference. Cadets Sergio Jimenez, Matthew Loza, and Domingo Hilario, and MAJ Paul Santamaria, from the Department of Systems Engineering traveled to Detroit, MI to attend the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Annual Conference from 5-7 NOV 2014. The Cadets participated in a series of forums hosted by various SHPE sponsors to include, Honeywell, Raytheon, US Army Marketing Group, and others. The Cadets are forming a SHPE chapter at West Point and the conference provided these Cadets with additional guidance on the process of formulating the chapter. The Cadets also got to dialogue with engineering students from different SHPE chapters across the U.S. MAJ Santamaria participated as a team mentor in the Extreme Engineering program. The Army Marketing Group sponsored a group of engineering students on a 24 hour engineering challenge where students received system level requirements and designed, developed, tested and formulated a business plan to sell the product. The Army Marketing Group team developed a superior product that placed well amongst other team participating in the competition. The Cadets witnessed the assessment and are enthusiastic about participating in this challenge the following year at SHPE's Annual conference.

Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) upgrades their desktop computing systems and donates their old systems. This semester, DSE is upgrading 80 desktop computers in four labs. On 24 NOV the Department donated 19 of their older systems and other IT equipment to the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District proving them a significant upgrade in technology for their computer labs. Later this semester, DSE will donate 19 of the legacy machines to the Port Richmond High School JROTC program on Staten Island.

LTC Schustrom instructs DoSE CDTs on employment of virtual training simulation for trainingThe Department of Systems Engineering’s SE485 Combat Modeling course recently attended a virtual training lesson at the West Point Simulation Center. During the virtual training lesson, which involved over 30 cadets in two sections, LTC Bill Schustrom taught the cadets about how virtual simulation is used to support unit training in the US Army. LTC Schustrom’s extensive experience and knowledge as an Army Simulation Operations officer helped articulate where virtual simulation fits within the Army’s broader simulation community. The class also helped integrate and reinforce concepts from the cadet’s military and academic domains.

CDTs receive training on small unit power equipment from PEO Soldier rep Mr MartinezCDTs Cody Stamm, Coree Aten, Andrew Michalowski, and Maurice Williams receive training on small unit power equipment from PEO Soldier representative Mr. Joe Martinez. The cadets are working as a Department of Systems Engineering capstone team. Their project focuses on providing analysis that illustrates the operational impact of small unit power equipment and developing a decision support tool that helps commanders employ effective dismounted tactical power management strategies.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

G&EnE faculty and cadets with Dr Lee Schwartz Geographer of the United StatesGeography 2050. On November 19th six G&EnE faculty and three geography honors cadets participated in the American Geographical Society’s (AGS) Geography2050 conference at Columbia University. Geography 2050 was a unique conference that brought together top geographers from academia, government, and business to discuss emerging trends and complex challenges in key geographic issues including population, urbanization, health, climate change, and energy, as well as emerging technology and tools related to remote sensing and geospatial information science. A conference of this magnitude and importance takes place only every few years. Attendance at this conference enabled participants to join in critical thinking with other top-level geographers. The cadets gained valuable insight into these geographic trends and issues and gathered information and ideas for their honors theses.

Getting set to run the JFK 50 MilerTeam RWB participates in JFK 50 Miler. On Saturday, November 22nd, Cadet Matt Leach (2015), Cadet Aaron Kilner (2015), CPT Brandon Drobenak (TAC, C1), MAJ Jim Nemec (TAC, H4), & LTC Chris Oxendine (GEnE) completed the JFK 50 Miler in Boonsboro, Maryland. Cadet Leach completed the course in 7:44:53, placing 59 out of 808 finishers. This was the second time Cadet Kilner & MAJ Nemec completed the JFK50. The JFK 50 Miler originated in 1963 when President Kennedy challenged his military officers to meet the requirement President Teddy Roosevelt put forth to his officers that they cover 50 miles in 20 hours or lose their commissions. President Kennedy had great concerns for America’s decline in physical fitness and in 1960 wrote a piece for Sports Illustrated called “The Soft American”: http://www.ihpra.org/soft_american.htm.

Mr. Michael Rodrigue spoke with Geospatial Information Science cadets on November 21st. Mr. Rodrigue is the Deputy Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He is an USMA 72 grad, and taught Computer Science and Topographic Research at USMA. He talked with Cadets about the “Future of GeoINT: Where it is today and Where is it going?” His words further inspired Cadets about the applications of their discipline within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.

Mr Michael Rodrigue Deputy Director NGA discusses the Future of GeoINTMr. Rodrigue met with BG Timothy Trainor to discuss collaborative research opportunities. They also discussed the future of GeoINT. Most importantly, that geographic boundaries will become less important than human geography and that there is increased need for transparency of data in order to get information to the lowest level.

Finally, Mr. Rodrigue attended two courses. The first course, EV398 (Introduction to GIS), taught by LTC Curtis Edson, focused on the challenges of Terrain Analysis. The second course, EV498 (Advanced GIS), taught by LTC Chris Oxendine, focused on Legal and Security Aspects of Geospatial Data. Mr. Rodrigue contributed to the discussion with strategic, operational, and tactical considerations for both lessons.

Discussing the TX5Surveying DemonstrationEV380 Surveying. Keystone Precision Instruments provided the EV380 Surveying class a hands-on demonstration of Trimble Surveying instruments. Keystone Precision annually provides Cadets the opportunity to discuss and see current surveying methods used by the military and professional surveyors. The state of the art instruments in this year’s demonstration included the MX2 mobile laser scanner, TX5 terrestrial laser scanner, Geo Explorer 7 series mapping grade GPS, and a Trimble Robot total station for survey grade GPS collection. The demonstration took place near the Firstie Club on 25 November 2014.

Chili Fest Champions 2014D/GENE Chili Fest. Faculty gathered after the Army-Fordham football game for the Department’s annual Chili Fest. There were 9 chili entrees that pitted the culinary talents of the faculty, both past and present. Representing alumni faculty member COL Michael Baumeister (currently deployed to Afghanistan with JSOC) were his sons Jacob (Class of 2016) and Matthew (Class of 2018). Team Baumeister’s “#Bacon Lovers” entry was crowned this year’s champion with MAJ Jamie and Audrey Sturm placing second.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

Officer-students visit kiryas joel school for special-needs childrenThe Eisenhower Leader Development Program officers visited the Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community of Kiryas Joel in Orange County. the Kiryas Joel special-needs students a wonderful opportunity to share projects created for our visit. This community truly opened its arms to West Point and provided an incredible educational experience for the ELDP cohort. ELDP officers wore the ACU uniform at the request of the school leadership. The Eisenhower Leader Development Program officers visited the Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community of Kiryas Joel in Orange County on 19 November 2014 as part of their LD730 Cross-Cultural Leadership course. These officer/students visited the community’s school for special-needs children where the officers were greeted with banners welcoming West Point and thanking them for their service. The ELDP officers met with the school and community leadership to discuss their unique history, values, and practices and apply cross-cultural leadership concepts, theory, and evidence to understand their world-view and culture. This event served as an incredible West Point outreach opportunity, while providing

Students from DBSaL met with current and recent Army officers attending Columbia Business SchoolCadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership met with current and recent Army officers attending the Columbia Business School. On 13 November 2014, 55 students from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership met with current and recent Army officers attending the Columbia Business School. These officers offered their views on how their Army skills and leadership benefit them in business school and how the skills they are learning in business school will enhance their Army careers. The students then received a tour and business operations brief at the New York Stock Exchange. There, the students learned the history of the Stock Exchange and how it is intertwined with the history of the US government, how the Stock Exchange creates value for the US economy, and potential future risks to both the US economy and the Nation's financial markets.

Cadets from the DBSaL hosted by senior executives at McGraw-Hill FinancialCadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership were hosted by senior executives at McGraw-Hill Financial, parent company of the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Dow Jones Market Index. On 14 November 2014, 20 cadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership were hosted by senior executives at McGraw-Hill Financial, parent company of the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Dow Jones Market Index. The cadets received detailed briefs from McGraw-Hill executives on how the company creates value for the US financial markets and governments around the world through credit ratings and energy markets. In the afternoon, cadets and McGraw-Hill managers conducted Leader Challenge-style roundtable discussions on various leader development topics within the contexts of both the West Point Leader Development Model and the McGraw-Hill leader development goals.

Department of Foreign Languages

Cadets conduct a service-learningFrench: On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Dr. Julia Praud led LF 475 students, Emma Dugas, Nicholas Divito, Pierce English, Nicole Carter, Julian Mok, Zachary Vosburgh, Trevor Woods, Liam Comidy, Nathan Townsend, and André Michell, on a service-learning experience at the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School in Central Valley, New York. Cadets spent the day interacting with 7th and 8th grade students in their first and second year of French study. For the 7th graders, our cadets gave a presentation about the Francophone world. After their presentation, they each guided a small group of the middle school students as they prepared their own project on a Francophone country. For the 8th grade students, our cadets served as conversation partners in a small group setting. These cadets represented themselves and the Academy well. They were warmly and enthusiastically received by students, faculty, staff, and administrators alike.

Spanish: LS 203 Students watched a first screening of “The Book of Life,” a Guillermo de Toro animated movie portraying the Mexican celebration of el dia de los muertos (day of the dead). The film concluded the course discussion of Hispanic cultural celebrations. The course work on celebrations included vocabulary in context as well as the required grammar principles to begin discussing past events using the Spanish language. The movie was shown in Arnold Auditorium.

Cadets studying at AMIDEAST in Amman Jordan demonstrate their respect and affinity for Jordanian culture by wearing the traditional Arab dress one day a weekArabic: Eleven Arabic students continue their studies in Morocco, Jordan, and Oman. All firsties report having received their first branch choice. Cadets in Jordan report another successful “Thawb Thursday,” named for the traditional Arab dress (rhymes with ‘robe’) they and some other students wear in honor of Jordanian culture. Cadets in Oman also wore traditional Omani attire for Oman National Day celebrations, which included traditional dancing, Omani games, a staged wedding, a speech by His Majesty the Sultan. The Cadets in both Jordan and Oman report the local people were thrilled to see American students donning traditional garb as a gesture of respect for their traditions, and it was an exceptional education experience.

German: USMA Cadets (Class of ’16) on semester exchange at the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt, Austria talk (in English and in German) about educational differences between the academies in Wiener Neustadt and West Point, how they got to West Point and their experiences with learning German.

Cadets Juliano Bunjor and Hyde working to produce Jade productsChinese: Cadets Studying in Taiwan spent the weekend hunting and camping in the mountains. The group also had the opportunity to visit a jade producing workshop and try their hands at making something of their own.

 

 

Department of Law

Cadets in LW310 Introduction to Legal Method visited courts in New York CityCadets in LW310, Introduction to Legal Method, visited courts in New York City on 18 November. In the morning the class observed oral arguments in two appellate court cases in the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Afterwards, the presiding judge spoke to the cadets about the cases and the duties of a circuit court judge. In the afternoon the class visited the New York County District Attorney's Office and the state courts. The Deputy Chief of the Trial Division gave the cadets a briefing on the work done by the office. After that, cadets watched arraignments and actual trials that were ongoing in the courthouse and involved everything from fraud to murder.

Federal prosecutors from the District of Connecticut gave a presentation to cadets in LW475 Advanced Constitutional Law on 20 October 2014. Assistant US Attorneys Krishna Patel, Deputy Chief--National Security & Major Crimes, and Richard Schechter, Senior Litigation Counsel, addressed pre-trial aspects of federal criminal proceedings, including grand jury proceedings, search warrants, arraignments and bail and pre-trial detention matters.

Mecklenburg Thrives at West Point
12/5/2014

Senior Katrina Mecklenburg will tell you, the reason someone goes into the U.S. Military Academy and the reason they stay are often different. When the Cathedral Catholic alumna got into West Point, she wanted to go because she knew it was something she might regret if she didn’t — she didn’t want to look back and wonder what kind of person it would’ve made her.

“Why I stayed? All of the unknowns were validated. I saw I became a better person, I loved the training that I was doing, and now I’m at a point where I can’t wait to graduate and I can’t wait to be in the Army and start out as an officer. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else,” said Mecklenburg, 21.

“I went from zero percent military knowledge to now holding the highest position you can hold, being the captain of the cross country team, doing well academically and basically succeeding at West Point — and there’s not anything extraordinary or special about me except that I work hard,” Mecklenburg said. “It just shows if you’re willing to work hard, if you put in the effort, you’ll come out a stronger, better person.” Read More

Fourteen Football Players Honored
12/5/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Fourteen players, including first-team selections Larry Dixon, Jeremy Timpf and Richard Glover, were among the Army athletes honored when College Sports Madness released its All-Independent Football Teams Thursday morning.

Dixon was a first-team selection as a running back, while Glover was chosen as a defensive lineman and Timpf as a linebacker. Offensive lineman Stephen Shumaker, kicker Daniel Grochowski, linebacker Andrew King and defensive backs Chris Carnegie and Josh Jenkins were second-team selections. Full Story »

Athletic Director's Update, December 4th
12/5/2014

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Goodwin Looks Ahead
12/4/2014

Will Goodwin graduated from Mercer Island High School in 2011, and surprised his family and friends by deciding to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point the next year. He said that he wanted to pursue the leadership opportunities in the Army. He became the president of his class and will soon lead a group of 44 officers. Last week, he came back to the Island to speak to high school students, Rotarians and others about his experiences and accomplishments.

I’m going to be a field artillery officer. (The officers) will receive a request for support, they’ll do the math on how they have to aim (the guns) and they’ll look at the platoon leader, which is what I would be, for the ultimate thumbs up or thumbs down. The stress there comes in the fact that whatever you hit is your responsibility, so if you don’t do the due diligence and you hit a school or a hospital, you go to jail. Read More

Wilson Leads Army Past Delaware
12/4/2014

Junior guard scores career-high 31 in 73-69 win

Wilson Leads Army Past DelawareNEWARK, Del. - Trailing 62-61 with less than three minutes to play, Kyle Wilson scored eight straight points and Army's final 11 points overall as the Army basketball team defeated Delaware 73-69 on Wednesday night at Bob Carpenter Center.

Wilson's 31-point performance set a new career high and came on the strength of six three-pointers, propelling Army to a 6-1 start. The result dropped the Blue Hens to 0-6 on the year.

Wilson was one of three Army players to reach double figures in the scoring column, as Kennedy Edwards and Kevin Ferguson added 13 and 12, respectively. Ferguson added three blocks, while Dylan Cox handed out four assists to go along with his eight points. Full Story »

Pham Tabbed as AHA Rookie of the Month
12/4/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Forward Tyler Pham was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month after recording 10 points in November for the Army hockey team.

Pham led the Black Knights with six goals and four assists in nine games to average over a point a game. He took over as the league’s top rookie scorer during the month and ranks first with 14 points on the season. Story

Wilson Collects Weekly Honors
12/3/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After helping Army to its best start in nearly 40 years, junior Kyle Wilson has been selected as the Lids Team Sports Patriot League Player of the Week as well as the CollegeSportsMadness.com Patriot League Men's Basketball Player of the Week. Read More

Jack Ford on 60 Minutes Sports Army Feature
12/3/2014

During his time at West Point, Ford was surprised to hear that Army was a decade behind its service-academy rival in moving cadets summer training to June so that football players could have July to attend summer school and prepared to the upcoming season.

Ford was also surprised to hear Monken talk about how little “Beat Navy” signs he saw on post when he first arrived.

“When I would go down to Annapolis, everywhere you looked was a ‘Beat Army’ sign,” Ford said. “Does that make a big difference? Probably not. But it’s symbolic.” Read More

The Dean's Fall Newsletter, December 2nd
12/2/2014

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Dean's Newsletter

DCA Update November 28th
12/2/2014

Extracurricular Clubs

Hobby Clubs

Paintball 11-28-2014Paintball:

  • On 15-16 Nov., 20 members of the Close Combat Team, led by Cadet Niccolo Iacovelli, attended Ground Zero Air-soft
  • The team played over 8 hours of non-stop indoor game play, and the following day they played over 8 hours of non-stop outdoor game play, in which they were outnumber 3:1 but remained resilient
  • Cadets were divided evenly against each other at the indoor field to determine their abilities against one another

Tae Kwon Do 11-28-2014Tae Kwon Do:

  • Army Tae Kwon Do owned the scoreboard at the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Confer-ence tournament at Brown University
  • The team placed first in the Women’s begin-ner division, second in the Men’s beginner division, and fifth in Women’s black belt, Men’s advanced, and Men’s beginners
  • CDTs Allie Baker, Jada Ferrer, Shawn Jimenez, Christian Merrich, and Rahul Sawh-ney are all still undefeated on the season
  • Only half way through the season, Army al-ready has enough points to move up to Divi-sion II from Division III next season opening up a lead of over 100 points on second place Penn State

Religious Clubs

Jewish Chapel (Hillel):

  • Cadets from the Air Force Academy, Texas A&M and Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy, joined USMA cadets for a weekend of discussion and comradeship
  • The weekend opened with a religious service led by five rabbis and guest speaker Rear Ad-miral Shelansky
  • Shelansky began with a Torah service and continued with the Army Football team’s vic-tory over Fordham
  • Saturday evening included a talk by a White House Legislative Liaison followed by an ice cream social and a viewing of “The Avengers”

Academic Clubs

Chemical Engineers 11-28-2014American Institute of Chemical Engineers:

  • From 14-17 Nov., cadet members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) competed against more than 200 undergraduate students from across the globe in the 2014 AIChE National Research Poster Competition in Atlanta, GA
  • Nationals are a chance for cadets to win national recognition for their research, network with chemical engi-neering professionals, attend presentations and attend character demonstrations
  • Events began with the CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, John Brock, who spoke to AIChE members about ethics and leadership in chemical engineering
  • Cadets then met on the AIChE National Executive Stu-dent Committee and learned about opportunities to im-prove community outreach and also how to become more globally connected
  • A major event was the cadets attending the National ChemE Car Competition; cadets have never participated in this in the past, and this time learned from other schools about best practices and tips to get started

Cyber Team 11-28-2014Cadet Competitive Cyber Team:

  • On 13-15 Nov., USMA’s Cadet Competitive Cyber Team, along with officer representatives from the Army Cyber Institute, participated in NYU Poly’s Cy-ber Security Awareness Week (CSAW), Capture the Flag (CTF) competition, and THREADS conference
  • The CSAW CTF is the largest of its kind, involving teams from across the spectrum of expertise from high school students, undergraduates, graduates, and even industry professionals
  • The West Point Cadet Competitive Cyber Team qualified for the final round of the CTF by placing in the top 15 of over 120 undergraduate teams and finished the finals in 10th place, defeating both the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy
  • During the conference portion, the cadets heard from leadership of some leading technical companies, such as Intel, Veracode, Raytheon, Netflix, Yelp, Twitter, and GitHub on how they are overcoming cyber security chal-lenges

Cadet Programs

“Mama Tried” performing at 3rd Regiment Branch Night Celebration:

Mama Tried








1st Regiment Thanksgiving Fest in Legion Square
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1st Regiment Thanksgiving Fest

Athletic Director's Update, November 28th
12/2/2014

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Army Rolls Over Binghamton 80-54
12/1/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Kyle Wilson scored 25 points on 9 of 15 shooting and Army rolled over Binghamton 80-54 last Tuesday.

The Black Knights (5-0) held Binghamton to just 31.5 percent shooting, including just 4 of 17 from beyond the arc. Army was 9 of 22 from 3-point range (41 percent) and shot 48 percent overall from the floor. Story

Army Women Pound Air Force
12/1/2014

WEST POINT – On a campus where “Beat Navy” is a daily refrain, Jean Parker wanted to make sure that Air Force got a taste of the same competitive contempt.

“It’s an inter-academy rivalry so we just wanted to pound Air Force, to be completely honest,’’ Parker said.

Army blew open a close basketball game with a 31-2 run stretching 15 minutes over both halves in a 79-35 rout of the Falcons before 200 fans at Christl Arena last Tuesday night. Read More

Vees Goalie Penta Commits to USMA
12/1/2014

Kingston Voyageurs goalie Matt Penta confirmed on Tuesday that he has committed to the United States Military Academy Black Knights hockey program, beginning with the 2015-16 season.

Penta, a 20-year-old native of Waltham, Mass., is in his first season with the Voyageurs. He has a 13-7-2 record with three shutouts, a 2.62 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage. Story

Dixon and Timpf Earn National Accolades
11/25/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Larry Dixon and Jeremy Timpf were both honored for their efforts in the 42-31 win over Fordham on Saturday.

Dixon was tabbed as the FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week, while Timpf got accolades from College Sports Madness as the Independent Defensive Player of the Week.

Dixon finished off his career at Michie Stadium on Saturday in a 42-31 win over Fordham with 158 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He became the fourth player in Academy history to rush for 3,000 career yards and was the third member of the current team to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. Dixon led a rushing attack that racked up 384 yards on the ground and he matched his career high for touchdowns in a game.

On the defensive side, Timpf finished with nine tackles against the Rams and went over 100 tackles for the season. Eight of his nine stops came as solo tackles and he had one tackle for a loss of three yards. Read More

Marathon Team at the Philadelphia Marathon
11/25/2014

The West Point Marathon Team competed at the Philadelphia Marathon November 23. Cadet Nikita Price won her age group with a time of 3:25:05, while Cadets Danny Schlich (2:25:14) and Mario Lund (2:53:52) placed second and third in his their respective age groups.

Additonal cadet finish times and standings are:
Corey Stewart 2:42:16 (66th)
Connor Roche 2:44:52 (83th)
Joe Anchondo 2:46:27 (92nd)
Ben Shields 2:50:33 (138th)
Rex Sheikh 2:55:01 (189th)
Austin Semmel 2:56:47 (217th)
Travis Chewning-Kulick 2:59:27 (296th)
Jen Moore 3:33:35 (332nd female)
Jorge Cipres Reula 3:48:38 (Spanish foreign exchange student)

Story and photo courtesy of USMA

Cadet Company F4 Newsletter
11/24/2014

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Cadet Company F4 2014

Branch Night - USMA Class of 2015
11/24/2014

Last Thursday evening, the Class of 2015 received their branch assignments during a ceremony at Eisenhower Hall. Watch the video to feel the energy and excitement as more than 1,000 cadets discover which U.S. Army branch they will commission into. Read More

Army Finishes Third at State Championships
11/24/2014

ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior Chandler Smith and sophomore Russell Parsons each came in first place in their respective weight classes as the Army wrestling team finished in third place at the 46th annual New York State Championships on Sunday.

The Black Knights were near the top of the leaderboard all day and finished with 128.5 points, while No. 3 Cornell earned its third straight state title, edging out Hofstra by a half a point. It was the best finish for Army at the state tournament since winning the whole thing during the 2011-12 season.

“I thought we had some guys who wrestled the best they have this year, and their best is yet to come,” said head coach Kevin Ward. “That’s a good thing and a testament to the work they are putting in. Full Story

Mortell Sets New Academy and Plebe Record in 1650 Freestyle
11/24/2014

BOSTON—Army capped off the three-day Terrier Invitational with a record setting performance by plebe Sabrina Mortell in the 1650 free.

"This weekend was a great building block and learning experience for our team," said head coach Mickey Wender. “The attitude and effort was excellent and we are one step closer to reaching our goals and being at our best when it matters the most."

Today was the first time the Black Knights swam the 1650 free this season and Mortell touched the wall in 16:51.97 to set a new Academy and plebe record. The record was previously set in 1997 by Carolyn Harris with a time of 16:55.12. Story

Army Defeats Fordham 42-31 on Senior Day!
11/24/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army's blocked punt and fumble recovery for a touchdown at the end of the first half swung the momentum in the Black Knights' favor and Fordham had no answer for Army's option offense in a 42-31 win on senior day at Michie Stadium.

Fullback Larry Dixon had a career day to lead an Army rushing attack that ran for 384 yards. Dixon matched his personal best with three touchdowns and became the fourth player in academy history to rush for more than 3,000 yards in his career. He also eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season with his 158-yard effort.

A.J. Schurr racked up 70 yards on four carries, Terry Baggett had 52 yards on six tries and scored his second touchdown of the year, while Angel Santiago totaled 42 yards on 17 rushing attempts. Aaron Kemper ran it six times for 20 yards and Raymond Maples got the ball twice for 10 yards and a score. Full Story »

Dean's Weekly, November 21st
11/21/2014

Network Science Center

Cadets explained the honor code and took visitors on a tourCadet Seminar on Network Science: On 15 November a group of 30 high school students, parents, and teachers from local schools met with cadets and faculty from West Point to learn more about network science. Lori Sheetz welcomed the group with an overview of the Network Science Center and some of the research it conducts at West Point, then Cadets Will O’Keefe, Lewis Black, Ioannis Wallingford, Molly Prins, and Jake Moffatt gave brief talks explaining their projects. The purpose of the seminar was to give the high school students a chance to talk
network science with near peers and to learn about more applications of network science accessible to high school students. The parents were invited to gain a better understanding of the type of research their children are working on and other teachers to generate interest for the future projects. After the talks Cadet Lewis Black, President of Social Network Analysis Club (SNAC), shared with the students some of SNACs current activities and how the cadets have organized the club. SNAC represents the transition from taking a formal network science class, to using the same tools in independent research, and finally to an informal gathering of students engaged in further exploring applications of network science. In lieu of a formal class the high school teams participated in the summer workshop in Boston and are currently working on a yearlong research project. The next objective would be to see if the teams translate that experience into tools that they use independently to solve real world interdisciplinary problems.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

BSL Cornell Trek participants pose for a picture with Cornell University Veterans after completion of a Leadership Lessons Learned discussionCadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership travel to Ithaca, NY to participate in the Johnson School of Business (Cornell University) Leadership Trek. On 6 November 2014, 22 cadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership traveled to Ithaca, NY to participate in the Johnson School of Business (Cornell University) Leadership Trek. These hand selected LMS cadets engaged in a series of leader development exercises with Johnson School Business Students and International Labor Relations Students. These exercises included participation in a “Critical Thinking for Leaders” case lecture, “Debt vs. Equity” case discussion, a campus tour, and participation in a round table Leadership Lesson Discussion with Cornell University Veterans. The Cadets earned high praise from Professor Risa Mish in their creative solutions and contributions to the “Critical Thinking” discussion. This Leadership Trek was the reciprocal trip for USMA hosting Cornell MBA and MILR students on the 12th of September.

Management Major cadets travel to Mercedes Benz USA. 70 Management Major Cadets to Mercedes Benz USA, and were regaled with a day of briefings from each of their Vice President level functional area leads. All of the topics covered in their Introduction to Management textbook were covered by each of the MBUSA Vice Presidents. The President, Steve Cannon and the President’s Chief of Staff (Joe Haury) both are West Point graduates, and the entire company bent over backwards to assist us. The highlight of the day was a leadership philosophy discussion with the Mercedes Benz President and CEO, Steve Cannon, followed by test drives for cadets in all of the Mercedes Benz models sold in the U.S.

BS&L Cadets and Faculty Members attend the movie premiere of “The Last Patrol” at Google New York City, New York, on 7 November 2014. Three Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership (BS&L) faculty members and eleven BS&L cadets joined a larger group from West Point that attended the movie premier of, “The Last Patrol,” hosted by Google in New York City, New York, on Friday evening, November 7, 2014. After the movie, faculty and cadets participated in a question/answer session with the three major actors from the movie, including Sebastian Junger.

Dancing in the glory of monstersOn 12 November, over 75 faculty and cadets were treated to an informative and dynamic presentation by one of the world's foremost authorities on the Great Lakes region of Africa, Jason Stearns. Stearns was a guest of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Departments of History, English and Philosophy, Geography & Environmental Engineering and Strategic Studies. Stearns, who is currently analyzing insurgency as a social phenomenon, provided attendees with a clear picture of a complicated and tragic history of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He offered a sober assessment of a nearly twenty-year conflict which has cost over five million people their lives, clearly outlining how the US and the global community can think of what they can and cannot do to end the ongoing conflict. A journalist and scholar with over ten years’ experience on the ground in Africa, Stearns has served on UN working groups and as an expert for the International Crisis Group. He is the author of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, a highly-regarded and probing account of conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes Region. Stearns is a Visiting Fellow in Political Science at NYU. His talk provoked spirited discussion and offered the audience real issues to consider in thinking about the US and International Community’s roles in Central Africa.

Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Team HMAs Projectile as a combination of nearly 100 million 3-D meshed polygonsMechanical Engineering Cadets at ARL. On 5 November, Cadets Craig Coyle and Melissa Wells, part of ‘Team High Maneuverability Airframe’ (HMA), travelled to the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to work with Dr. Sidra Silton from the Flight Science Laboratory branch at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Dr. Silton serves as the team’s principle client at ARL, which investigates the aerodynamics of a steerable mortar round. Preparing to conduct high fidelity simulations of the flow around the projectile at conditions that match an experiment being developed, the cadets began the complex process of generating a 3-dimensional mesh of the projectile surface and surroundings for use in the computational fluid dynamics study.

USMA Cadets and faculty at Beaverworks a Lincoln Laboratory facility located on the MIT campusUSMA Technical Scholars Visit to MIT and Lincoln Laboratories. On 7 November, LTC Mike Benson and LTC Phil Root escorted 11 scholarship candidates with interest in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus in Cambridge, MA. The purpose of the morning visit was to conduct office calls with senior faculty and as a shaping operation as the cadets prepare applications for MIT. The extremely successful visit matched cadets with over 20 faculty members from departments such as Aero/Astro, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, as well as both Civil and Mechanical Engineering. The second half of the visit transitioned to nearby Lincoln Laboratories (LL) in Lexington, MA, who sponsors the LL Military Fellowship program. The executive director provided a program overview of the lab, and coordinated a panel of 2LTs and Ensigns from the Air Force and Navy who are current military fellows. USMA has had one cadet win a LL Military Fellowship (2LT Stuart Baker, Class of 2014), but hopes to have significantly greater success for the class of 2015 as a result of the visit.

CDTs with NASA Astronaut COL(R) Tim KopraAstronaut COL(Ret) Tim Kopra visits CME. NASA astronaut COL(Ret) Tim Kopra visited two MC306, Dynamics, classes on 10 November, and presented his experience of operating in space within the context of the class topic, "2D General Motion." He highlighted how his Army career prepared him for his NASA tenure as well as numerous vignettes of life while on orbit. COL(Ret) Kopra then joined faculty members for a no-host lunch at Grant Hall followed by a Q&A session with cadets.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

CDTs laboratory exercise at Camp SheaTrip Section: On 14 November, NE452 (Instrumentation and Shielding) conducted a laboratory exercise out at Camp Shea (Camp Buckner). The purpose of the laboratory was to allow cadets to develop techniques and procedures in radiation room surveying, using radiation detectors in a field environment, and promote their ability to articulate the science. After receiving an in-brief upon arriving out at Camp Shea, cadets were given the mission of finding, identifying, and characterizing radioactive sources using two different detector types (current- and pulse-mode) making up more than nine different detector models. Cadets were then given the mission of out-briefing a notional senior-level commander while articulating both the short- and long-term hazards of the radioactive sources and threats. Overall, 19 cadets were trained.

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

LTC Korpela CDT Smith and CPT Spruce at the post sessionARL / USMA Technical Symposium: Cadets and faculty from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science attended the 22nd Annual ARL / USMA Technical Symposium at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland on 29 October 2014. The primary purpose for the symposium is to provide a forum where West Point Cadets and Faculty present and discuss various aspects on ARL-related research they conducted over the past year to the ARL Director, ARL Directorate Heads and Scientists, and other West Point Faculty and visitors. CDT Dylan Smith ‘15 presented his research about energy savings in military micro-grids in both a presentation and poster session. LTC Christopher Korpela presented recent results on the cadet project he advises named ARIBO (Applied Robotics for Installation and Base Operations). The symposium creates an outstanding opportunity for West Point Faculty and ARL Scientists to discuss future collaborative research opportunities. Multiple departments across USMA were represented.

Interservice Service Academy Visit to the National Security AgencyEECS Cadets Visit the NSA: LTC Robertson and MAJ Ben Klimkowski accompanied the EECS NSA Fellow, Howard Taylor, and a group of 25 Cadets for a tour of the National Security Agency / Central Security Service and the National Cryptologic Museum. Overview briefings were provided by the NSA/CSS and U.S. Cyber Command, the Information Assurance Division Remote and Deployed Operations (RDO), the NSA Threat Operations Center (NTOC) and the NSA Operations Center (NSOC). The group was also accompanied by Cadets and Midshipmen from the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and the Coast Guard Academy.

Disruptive Innovations in Boston: On 12-13 November 2014 COL Barry Shoop, Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Cadets Ames C. Evans (EE Honors, ’15), Scott A. Horras (CS Honors, ’15), Alexander M. Jacobs (EE, ’15), Robert L. Koehlmoos (CS Honors, ’16), Joseph T. Kopp (IT Honors, ’15), Lucas C. Ruff (EE Honors, ’15), Joseph S. Suh (CS Honors, ’16), who are enrolled in his XE492 Disruptive Innovations course traveled to Boston, MA to engage with forward thinking technologists and business leaders. The group began with intense discussions about the current state-of-the-art of System on a Chip (SoC) with Kurt Keville, MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology (ISN) Research Specialist and USMA Class of 1983 graduate. SoC technology is an integrated circuit that integrates all components of a computer or other electronic system into a single chip and is currently being applied to a variety of high-performance and supercomputing applications. After this discussion, the XE492 team toured the ISN laboratory facilities and discussed the role of MIT, Army and industry partners working together to discover and field technologies that advance Soldier protection and survivability capabilities. The ISN provides funding, office space and laboratory space to support faculty and student research at MIT.

XE492 Disruptive Innovations Class at MITThe group received an overview of the MIT Soft Robotics Project from Lieutenant Stuart Baker, USMA Class of 2014, who is attending MIT on NSF and MIT Lincoln Laboratory fellowships. Baker is working with Professor Daniela Rus who is the Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. Soft robots have the potential to create safer, more resilient, and more efficient devices in a way that traditional rigid-bodied robotics cannot. The group had the unique opportunity to speak with Professor Sangbae Kim of the MIT Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory who leads the MIT Cheetah project, a biologically-inspired robotic cheetah designed after the fastest land animal. The MIT program sets itself apart from other similar programs by being battery-and-motor driven, using custom-designed high-torque-density electric motors and amplifiers that control the motors. The team witnessed the latest version of the cheetah-inspired quadraped in an unteathered demonstration on the lawn of Killian Court at MIT. Later in the day, the team visited two different innovative approaches to startup company physical space, the first Greentown Labs, provides access to the space, resources, and funding that allows early-stage companies to thrive. The second, Artisan’s Asylum, an artisan-style facility with common prototype equipment and machinery that drastically reduces start-up costs.

Finally, the group interviewed Professor Fernando Suarez from the Strategy and Innovation Department at the Boston University School of Management. Professor Suarez has been a collaborator with Professor Clayton Christensen from the Harvard Business School and Professor James Utterback from the MIT Sloan School of Management on the topics of disruptive technology, innovation and the role of environmental dynamics in the theory of first-adopter advantages. The dialog provided the students an opportunity to gain additional insights into the concept of a disruptive technology and better understand the cultural aspects of organizational change necessary to successfully engage emerging disruptive and innovative technologies.
This XE492 trip was made possible through generous donation of the Harry and Diane Van Trees Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Enrichment Endowment.

Defense & Strategic Studies Program: Princeton University invited DSS to bring a group of cadets down on Friday, Nov 21, to participate in their Liechtenstein Colloquium: "Grand Strategy and Self-Determination” which is hosted by Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. This event allows cadets to participate in panel discussions that reinforce course concepts taught throughout the Defense and Strategic Studies program. By participating in this colloquium, cadets were exposed to recognized scholars and senior government officials from around the world as they reflect on 20 years of the study of Self-Determination and the implications for future international environment. The panels included topics such as "Grand Strategy in an Age of Multiple Crises:Balancing Warfighting, Stability Operations, Crisis Response, and Budgetary Austerity," "The Future of the State," and "Self-Determination in Our Time."

Major Jackson (DSS) hosted two one hour panel discussions with General (ret.) Keane on Friday (Nov21). For the cadet event, GEN Keane discussed his role in shaping the "Surge" strategy in Iraq in 2007 prior to a questions and answers period. For the staff and faculty event, General (ret.) Keane discussed his perspectives on the challenges facing field grade officers over the next five to ten years – topics included his expectations of field grade officers as a former brigade, division, and corps commander; his view of the institutional challenges we will face as a former Vice; or, his view of the Army's role in the complex international environment (strategic landpower). The discussions were useful to both cadets and faculty, as they addressed two groups leaving the academy to re-enter the force.

Major Lasiter’s DS350 Military Communication class conducted a media interaction event in conjunction with the West Point Simulation Lab. The event involved 14 Students and one Professor from the NYU School of Journalism and 16 Cadets from West Point. The NYU School of Journalism is the second largest department at NYU with over 800 students from various parts of the world. The students and cadets participated in an all day event involving the virtual battlefield simulator, engagement skills trainer and held mock press conferences. The exercise highlighted some of the challenges of working in austere environments with civilians and the frictions of war that can occur when civilians are involved in military operations. The exercise focused on communication skills required when conducting press conferences and interacting with the media.

Department of English and Philosophy

Academy Idol Winnders CDTs Moser-Hale and WeinmannFall EN102 Hosts Academy Idol Competition: On 12 November, Fall EN102 held its annual "Academy Idol" monologue competition. Seven students, each one representing one of the seven sections of Fall EN102, performed monologues from several of Shakespeare’s plays; these included "Macbeth," "Henry V," "Richard III," and "The Tempest." The event also included a rigorous round of Shakespearean trivia, along with various video mash-ups celebrating film adaptations of the Bard's works. In the end, Cadet Robert Moser (C4) placed third for his performance as Stephano from "The Tempest;" Cadet Benjamin Hale (A1) placed second for his performance as the title character in "Macbeth;" and Cadet David Weinmann (C2) was named the Fall 2014 Academy Idol for his performance as Richard from "Richard III."

CDT AndersenCadets Present Papers at Fifth Mid-Hudson Undergraduate Philosophy Conference: Cadets Samuel Andersen and Murphy Danahy attended the Fifth Mid-Hudson Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Marist College on 14-15 November. CDT Andersen presented a paper entitled “The Importance of Women in a Professional Military.” this paper emerged from EP373: Topics in Ethics, a course that he took last semester; it won the Beitler award last year. CDT Danahy presented “Of Saints and Monsters: An Examination of the Responsibility of Psychopaths,” which he developed from his studies in PY201: Philosophy and Ethical Reasoning last year. Both papers were well received and were followed by a robust question-and-answer session with audience members. Conference attendees included undergraduates from MIT, Yale, and Fordham University among others. USMA was the only institution with two student papers accepted for presentation.

SFC Mark Tonelli poster advertising the eventJazz Knights’ Guitarist Visits Cadets in CFAF’s Jazz Forum: The Jazz Forum met on 17 November to hear from Jazz Knights Guitarist, SFC Mark Tonelli, as he discussed what makes up a good jazz playlist. SFC Tonelli spoke to a group of cadets and faculty about the genre while also playing examples from his playlist.

 

 

Department of Systems Engineering

Cadets Michael Felton and Devin Wright traveled with Dr. Bruce Keith on 2-4 NOV to Ft. Riley (Junction City, KS) to collect data for their DSE Capstone Project. The purpose of this trip was to provide cadets with an opportunity to collect data in fulfillment of requirements for their DSE Capstone Project, which expands upon an AY14 Capstone (see http://www.army.mil/article/129057/USMA_cadets_tackle_valid_Army_training_issue/).

Calvary Color Guard CDTs

This trip is the first of four trip sections planned during AY15 to collect data in fulfillment of the requirements of a DSE Cadet Capstone Project; these trips provide cadets with an opportunity to gather insights through their observations of Army unit military training activities at a combination of home exercises, JRTC, and NTC events. The project examines strategies for increasing capacity among Army units while they concurrently reduce their reliance on the use of Field Service Representatives (FSRs). This project is sponsored by PEO C3T; the client arranged for cadets to observe a home exercise at Ft. Riley, KS. The cadet team was warmly received by the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team (2nd ABCT); the Brigade Commander, COL Miles Brown and his staff, including former USMA History Instructor MAJ Chris Dempsey, invited the cadets to participate in a brigade PT run, organized a special meet and greet dinner for the cadets, and sent us off in style on a horse ride around the post with members of the Calvary Color Guard.

Cadet Development: “Civilian and Military Relations Conference” 14 Cadets and 1 Midshipman from the Cadet Community on Civil- Military Relations travelled to Tufts University to take part in the Civilian and Military Relations Conference organized by ALLIES, a parent organization dedicated to linking the leaders in both education and the services. Alongside delegations from the Naval Academy and area schools, participants had the opportunity to hear from and engage several speakers before a diplomatic crisis simulation tested their decision-making abilities while considering a multitude of factors.

Civilian and Military Relations ConferenceFocusing on Civilian-Military relations when providing Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief, the conference featured a range of speakers with vast expertise and experience. These speakers (including a USAID employee, the leader of an MIT-funded laboratory, a retired United States Marine, and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense) each provided a unique view on how to incorporate the military when providing disaster relief. In addition to the discussions, the conference featured breakout sessions where each speaker could engage a smaller group of students. These sessions were extremely effective, and allowed students a fuller understanding of the military’s role in disaster relief before they put their skills to the test in the simulation.
While the focus of the conference was on Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief, the mere gathering of Cadets, Midshipmen and civilian students produced a very conducive environment to foster cross-service and civ-mil relations. In addition to lectures and the simulation, students were able to tour the college town of Medford via Davis Square, as well as the historic Harvard Square in nearby Cambridge. These opportunities assisted in the cultural development of the attending Cadets and Midshipmen, and provided chances to interact with civilian students outside of a classroom setting.

In summary, the conference was extremely successful and very professionally run. It provided an untold amount of development for its participants, and we owe many thanks to its coordinators. The Cadet Community on Civilian-Military Operations greatly appreciates the invitation to attend, and looks to surpass the conference’s level of success when the United States Military Academy hosts ALLIES’ annual Intellectual Round Table this spring.

Cadets inside the operations building at the USMA Recycling FacilityEV300 Cadet Trip Section to USMA Recycling Facility. On 13 and 14 November 2014, cadets enrolled in EV300 Environmental Science visited the USMA Recycling Facility as part of their Environmental Pollution Block of instruction. The facility’s recycled materials include paper, cardboard, glass, printer cartridges, e-waste, scrap metal, military munitions (rounds) and others. Site operators described for cadets the challenges of weekly recycling and requested that the cadets assist in enforcing separation of municipal solid waste from cardboard, paper and other recyclable items originating in company areas. Cadets learned that the facility contributes nearly $100K to MWR funds annually, in large part due to recycling efforts within the cadet area. Inefficiencies in this process are seen as opportunity costs – funds lost due to reduction in recycled material able to be sold at market value. While on site, cadets also learned about the facility’s use of alternative energy, a photovoltaic cell array that reduces the facility’s reliance on grid-provided, fossil fuel-based electricity.

Department of Foreign Languages

Current Week HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. Semester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections:
    a. Russian: On Thursday 6 NOV advanced Russian students traveled to NYC to watch a performance of the Russian opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District" by Shostakovich.
    b. Arabic: Eight Cadets of the West Point Model Arab League traveled to Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, over the weekend of 14-16 November to compete in the Appalachian Regional Model Arab League. This conference pits students from regional colleges and universities against each other as delegates from members of the League of Arab States in parliamentary debate. The Cadets performed superbly in their first regional conference of the year. Individual honors went to:
    • Araceli Sandoval and Antonio Gray as outstanding delegates on the Committee for Political Affairs
    • Ian Myers (Cadet in Charge) and Derek Fossi as outstanding delegates on the Committee for Palestinian affairs
    • David Lane and Rocky Dubinas as outstanding delegates on the Committee for Joint Defense
    • Blaze Bissar and Sarah Holzworth as honorable mention on the Committee for Economic Affairs

The members of the West Point Model Arab League TeamRepresenting Algeria, West Point was named Overall Outstanding Delegation at the conference, an accomplishment made even more notable in that five of our delegates were competing for the first time in regional parliamentary debate. The team is entirely Cadet organized, trained, and led, competing against schools whose teams take Model Arab League as a course for credit. The success at this competition is a superb accomplishment by an exceptional group of future Army leaders.

Faculty participation in immersion trips, AIADs, and semester abroad maintenance requirements / trips: Spanish: MAJ James Creason conducted a sight visit of the semester abroad program in Spain. The purpose of the visit was to further develop relationships with key personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and both the Academia General Militar (Spanish Military Academy) and at the University of Grenada. MAJ Creason gained valuable insight into the effectiveness of both programs where USMA Cadets are currently enrolled. The feedback provided by MAJ Creason will benefit future rotations of Cadets participating in the semester abroad program in Spain.

Stop along the coast to enjoy the vistaAs part of the trip, MAJ Creason escorted the Cadets currently on semester abroad on a cultural immersion along Spain’s southeast coast. The immersion provided the Cadets a unique opportunity to experience Andalucian and Valencian cultures. As a group, they traveled along the Mediterranean coast. The group participated in a dinner show consisting of typical southern Spain cuisine and an exhibition of Flamenco, a typical dance that defines the regions historical blending of cultures. The trip finished with a visit to the historic towers of Valencia’s old city. From the remaining towers the Cadet’s gained an appreciation for the blending of architecture and defense. The trip was a success, and greatly benefited the Cadets understanding of regional personalities and idiomatic differences that exist in Spain.

Academy Professor of German and French meets with CadetsGerman: Colonel Mark Gagnon, Academy Professor of German and French, conducted a visit of Semester Exchange Program sites in Germany and Austria from 10-13 November. COL Gagnon began his visit at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, Germany, where he met with Cadets currently on exchange and with the university’s international office. Helmut Schmidt University, one of two German Armed Forces universities, is prepared to welcome four USMA Cadets in 15-2 as the program will expand to both semesters. Next COL Gagnon traveled to Wiener Neustadt, just outside of Vienna, Austria, to meet with Cadets studying at the Austrian Military Academy. USMA and the Theresian Military Academy, founded in 1751, have enjoyed a strong partnership since 2008. According to Chief of International Programs, LTC Lampersberger, the current USMA Cadets have performed superbly in the classroom and in numerous field training exercises. To conclude the trip, COL Gagnon visited Cadets at the University of the Armed Forces, Munich. COL Gagnon briefed the university’s leadership on the USMA academic program, visited classes with the USMA cadets, and toured the campus facilities. He also laid the foundation for possible expansion of the exchange program in 16-2. Throughout the trip, COL Gagnon expressed thanks for the outstanding support of our Cadets from each institution and discussed the excellent academic work and athletic contributions of the Germans and Austrians currently on exchange at USMA.

DFL CDTs backstage at the St Petersburg Mikhailovshky BalletArabic: On the 12th of November Cadets from the DFL Piano and Voice Mentorship group and from the Russian Language Club traveled to New York City to attend a performance of the ballet Giselle at Lincoln Center. The Saint Petersburg Mikhailovsky Ballet is considered one of the top ballet companies in the world. The trip expanded Cadets’ exposure to both the linguistic and cultural world of Russian ballet as well as the heights of the best of musical expression. Dr. Rajaa Chouairi and Captain Mark Dickinson accompanied the group.

Major milestones in research or scholarly work:

Spanish: LTC Humberto Castro was invited to participate in the SCUSA 2014 Conference to monitor the Latin America roundtable with the theme “The Soldier and the Narco-State, Carteles, Federales, and the Future of Latin America.” LTC Castro assisted with the discussion and provided the participants with great information, insight, and advice.

Athletic Director's Update, November 20th
11/21/2014

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Athletic Directors Update 11-20-2014

DCA Update November 20th
11/21/2014

Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs

Equestrian Equestrian:

  • On 15 Nov, the West Point Equestrian team traveled to Westampton, NJ to participate in two Western shows
  • All cadets put in a great effort and both of the shows were a success
  • CDTs Shawna Moore and Alex Vincent placed 1st in their respective classes of Class 14 (open) and Class 1 (walk/jog)
  • CDTs Madeleine Arnold and Vanda Niemi placed 2nd in their respective classes Class 12 and Class 1 (walk/jog)
  • CDTs Alex Moore, Danielle Diulus, and Caroline Harris placed 3rd in their respective classes of Class 13 (walk/jog/lope) and Class 1 (walk/jog)
  • The team competed against Centenary, the University of Delaware, Rutgers, Temple, Villanova, Kutz-town, Bloomsburg and Washington College

Climbing Climbing (Mountaineering):

  • On 15 Nov, the West Point Climbing Team attended a competition at “The Cliffs of Long Island City” climbing gym
  • Attending were 25 members of the West Point Climbing Team, accompanied by Coach Dawes Strickler and MAJ Tim Mitroka
  • “The Cliffs of Long Island City” is the largest indoor climbing gym in the region located in Queens, NY
  • The purpose of this trip was to introduce new members of the team to the environment of competitive climbing by conducting an intra-team com-petition
  • Each climber worked hard to conquer the absolute five hardest climbs that they could complete
  • This was a learning experience for less experienced climbers, and a great training opportunity for everyone in preparation for next semester’s competitive season

Native American heritage forumAcademic Clubs

Native American Heritage Forum:

  • From 14-15 Nov, cadets of the Native American Heritage Forum and their OIC traveled to Orlando, FL to attend the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) National
  • Conference as part of West Point Office of Diversity outreach
  • The AISES National Conference has become the premier event for Native American Science, Engineering and Math (STEM) professionals, and students attracting over 1,600 attendees from across the country
  • The AISES National Conference was a three day event convening high school junior and senior students, undergraduates, graduates, teachers, workforce professionals, and corporate and government partners
  • At the conference the cadets and OIC set up a West Point booth and spoke with many of the attendees to share with them the STEM opportunities that are available at West Point

Debate Debate (Model Arab League):

  • On 16 Nov, the cadets of the West Point Model Arab League traveled to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, VA to compete in the Appalachian Regional Model Arab League
  • This conference pits students from regional colleges and universities against each other as delegates from members of the League of Arab States in parliamentary debate
  • The cadets performed superbly in their first regional conference of the year
  • Individual honors went to CDTs Araceli Sandoval and Antonio Gray for out-standing delegates in political affairs, CIC Ian Myers and cadet Derek Fossi for outstanding delegates in Palestinian affairs, CDTs David Lane and Rocky Dubinas for out-standing delegates in joint defense, and CDTs Blaze Bissar and Sarah Holzworth for honorable mention in economic affairs
  • Representing Algeria, West Point was named overall outstanding delegation for the conference, an accomplishment made even more notable in that five of our delegates were competing for the first time in regional parliamentary debate

Debate Debate Team:

  • The Army Debate team travelled to West Virginia University this past weekend to compete in the last tournament of the season
  • Cadet Barlow closed out the tournament when he won the top speaker award (1st) for the Open (varsity) division; his partner Cadet Caston, also won the 7th place speaker award
  • The pair won the tournament in the open division, picking up every single ballot along the way
  • The novice team of CDTs TJ Collins and Matt Watts, continued their unprecedented success by coming in 2nd place which marks a top 3 finish in every tournament this semester
  • CDTs Gulbis, Collins, and Watts also won speaker awards in the Novice division
  • Cadet Watts won the 8th speaker award

The Army Debate Team is proud to report that MAJ Adam Scher, the current OIC and former Army Debater, is the 2014 recipient of the Peter Borsay Memorial Award The award goes to a military veteran who has contributed to debate

Diversity Clubs

Cultural affairs seminarCultural Affairs Seminar:

  • On 14-16 Nov., nine cadets from the Cultural Affairs Seminar partici-pated in an Exchange Program with Cadets from Howard University
  • As a part of the trip section the USMA ca-dets spent two days at the historically black Col-lege and University, sharing ideas, history, cul-ture and tradition
  • The cadets also participated in joint field training exercise with the Howard ROTC cadets and Georgetown ROTC ca-dets
  • The USMA cadets enjoyed their experi-ence and were able to cultivate a positive relationship with their peers at Howard and Georgetown

Natl Society of Black EngineersNational Society of Black Engineers:

  • On 14 –16 Nov, three cadets from the NSBE went to Pittsburgh, PA to give a presentation on leadership
  • The presentation was very well received by the students and teachers that were in attendance
  • Cadets also had the opportunity to judge several competitions that took place

 

Military Clubs

Tactics Tactics:

  • On 15 Nov, the Law Enforcement Tactics Club conducted training with the New York Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit
  • The cadets were exposed to specialized operations and equipment used by civilian law enforcement personnel
  • Cadets received an overview of the NYPD headquarters operations, such as how Police Intelligences feeds op-erate
  • The cadets also received a site tour of One Police Plaza
  • Cadets then saw a demonstration of ESU’s capabilities such as, K9, bomb squad and special tactics
  • Afterwards, the cadets received one on one instruction in the use of law enforcement centric tactics
  • From this experience, cadets gained better understanding of how troop-leading procedures apply to law enforcement opera-tions in both military and civilian settings

Support Clubs

Glee clubGlee Club:

  • The Glee Club capped off a very busy week in which they performed in seven different events that supported the West Point community, the USMA mission, and USMA Outreach to the NYC Region
  • On 12 Nov, 25 select members of the Glee Club traveled to NYC to participate in the 30th annual meeting of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. at the Midtown Hilton
  • The Glee Club performed the national anthems of Japan and the United States in front of more than 2,000 lead-ers of business and industry in the New York region, effectively representing West Point and it’s cadets to this important metropolitan population
  • On 14 November, the club sang on stage at Eisenhower Hall with country music superstar Trace Adkins as he kicked off his 2014 Christmas Tour
  • In front of a crowd of nearly 2000, the Club performed one selection (Comfort and Joy) on it's own
  • Mr. Adkins then sang, as an encore, his signature piece “Til the Last Shot’s Fired” with the Glee Club as back up

Pipes and DrumsPipes and Drums:

  • On 14 Nov, the Drum line of the West Point Pipes and Drums accom-panied the Hellcats during the Trace Adkins concert in Eisenhower Hall
  • The Pipes and Drums were part of a joint performance with the Hellcats and members of the Spirit Band during a Trace Adkins music set
  • Some of the back up musicians of the Trace Adkins band are very much into their Celtic heritage and sport highland wear (kilts) during their performances

Parachute Parachute:

  • On 15 Nov, in preparation for the Collegiate Nationals Skydiving Competition, the West Point Parachute Team went on their final training trip to the Sky Venture Wind Tunnel in Nashua, New Hampshire.
  • The training focus was on the yearlings and cows for 2-way and 4-way respectively
  • This was the first tunnel trip for the yearlings with their RW suits
  • Each 2-way got 40 minutes of time in the tunnel to work on their random and blocks, the yearlings were even able to do their first 4-way in the tunnel, which is a major accomplishment

DCA Happenings

Cadet publicationCadet Publications:

  • Cadet Publications held their second annual opening for the 2014 Circle In the Spiral Art Exhibit in Eisen-hower Hall.
  • More than 60 cadet contributors and their cadet guests enjoyed see-ing each other’s artwork, photo-graphs, narrative, and poems dis-played in the Class of ‘29 Gallery.
  • The Cadet Strings also performed.
  • The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday during regular busi-ness hours and prior to all show per-formances.

Cadet programsCadet Programs:

  • The Class of 2016 has begun placing their orders for the 500th night memento, a class beverage stein
  • On Friday, 21 Nov., 1st Regiment will host Thanksgiving Fest in Legion Square
  • Friday, 21 Nov., 3rd Regiment will host a Branch Celebration in Eisenhower Hall (Ike’s Café) with music provided by “Mama Fried”
  • On 18 Nov., class officers sampled banquet food at a taste test in the mess hall to assist them in select-ing a menu for their class weekend banquets.
  • On 16 Nov., the Cadet Hostess conducted an eti-quette briefing to the Class of 2015 in preparation for their 500th Night Reception, Banquet and Hop. The event will be held on 17 Jan., with a Reception and Banquet in Washington Hall, followed by a Hop in Cullum Hall featuring the Benny Haven’s Band.

Cadet hostessCadet Hostess:

  • Company G-2 Underclass Social Develop-ment Officer, CDT Justin Reeves ‘16 (far right) coordinated an etiquette training session for his company plebes on 17 Nov. in Cullum Hall. The Cadet Hostess reviewed the basics of social development, dining etiquette, table manners, as well as reception and buffet etiquette. This activity helps Plebes present them-selves in the best light while on holiday this Thanksgiving.
Final Black Knights Alley Events Set for Saturday
11/21/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team closes the home portion of its regular season schedule on Saturday against Fordham at Michie Stadium and prior to the game Army fans are invited to visit Black Knights Alley.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early on Saturday to take part in the multitude of fan activities offered on a football game day at West Point. Please visit ARMYgameday.com for all game day information.

Approximately two hours before kickoff, Army's football team members and coaches will participate in Black Knight Walk and parade through the heart of Black Knights Alley en route to the team locker room. Fans are encouraged to attend and support the Black Knights as they get set for kickoff versus the Rams. Read More

Army Gymnastics Announces Signing of Cole Casanova
11/21/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army men’s gymnastics team announced the signing of Cole Casanova. The Texas gymnast placed eighth in the all-around competition at last year’s Texas State Championships.

A three-time Junior Olympic National Championship participant, Casanova placed 13th at the 2013 U.S. Junior National Championships in the all-around category. He was also a member of the 2014 regional team. Read More

Volleyball Opens Postseason Against Host American
11/21/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army volleyball team has advanced to the Patriot League Tournament for the 16th consecutive season and will face top-seeded American on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Bender Arena.

A sweep of visiting Lafayette paired with Colgate's loss to American last Friday night secured a place in the Patriot League Tournament for the team, which enters the postseason with a 14-15 overall mark and a 9-7 Patriot League record. In the other semifinal match, No. 2 Lehigh takes on No. 3 Navy and the championship contest is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. Read More

AUSA's Publishes Article on West Point History of Warfare
11/21/2014

The successful transformation of West Point’s History of the Military Art course could hold the key to dramatic improvements in Army learning. In order to educate and train the next generation of professional soldiers, content and curricula must be delivered in the way that the millennial generation consumes information. This has now been tested and proven by leveraging technology to breathe new life into a course best remembered by many for its massive war atlases, often 300 pages or more, depicting the movement of divisions, corps and armies on hundreds of detailed maps. Full Article »

The Line-Up Cadet Newsletter November
11/20/2014

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Drill Team Takes First in Multiple Categories
11/19/2014

The USMA Black Knight Drill Team traveled to Ithaca, NY to participate in the Cornell University Invitational Drill Competition, Nov. 15. They competed against several schools including the United States Naval Academy and Norwich University. Congratulations to the Drill Team!

The Drill Team won first place in exhibition platoon, exhibition tandem, and regulation squad. CDT Austin Neal won third place in individual knock out drill. We placed in every event we entered.

All-Patriot League Honors Handed Out
11/19/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Carolyn Bockrath, Nicole Perri and Vanessa Edwards each earned All-Patriot League recognition for their individual performances this season as the Army volleyball team advanced to the Patriot League Tournament for the 16th consecutive year.

"I am very proud of Carolyn, Nicole and Vanessa for winning these awards," head coach Alma Kovaci said. "They were each an extremely important part of our team's success this season and are certainly deserving of the recognition."

Bockrath was chosen by the league's head coaches as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and also claimed a spot on the second team following a stellar debut campaign. The 6-2 middle blocker led the conference with a .391 hitting percentage and was third among Patriot League freshmen with 2.61 kills per set. Full Story

Dixon Accepts Shrine Game Invitation
11/19/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Army senior running back Larry Dixon has accepted an invitation to play in the annual East-West Shrine Game, it was announced today.

This will mark the 14th consecutive season an Army player has been chosen for the prestigious senior event in Florida. Wide receiver Patrick Laird was selected last year. Read More

Wilson Earns Player of the Week Recognition
11/18/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After being named the most valuable player of the All-Military Classic presented by USAA, Kyle Wilson has been honored as the Lou Henson award national player of the week, Army Athletic Association athlete of the week and the Patriot League men's basketball player of the week.

Wilson led the tournament with an average of 22 points per game on 42.4 percent shooting, including a 6-for-15 effort from beyond the arc. He was 10-of-11 at the free throw line with an 8-of-9 mark in the final five minutes of each contest. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native scored 25 points in Army's first win over service academy rival Air Force since 1987, before netting 19 in the title game opposite VMI. Read More

West Point Inspires Florida Panthers
11/17/2014

Owner Viola ’77 brought his team to West Point just a few days before opening night, for a team-building trip. Although the Academy is based around the military, the principles and values of West Point go beyond just the armed forces, a sentiment that Viola looked to instill in the Panthers and bring new players and returning players together to create a cohesive unit. The Panthers players decided to award a Dress Gray jacket to the game’s most valuable player after each win. One of the oldest West Point uniforms and not for everyday use, the Dress Gray is worn by cadets for formal settings including special dinners or in the presence of a prestigious speaker. Dress Gray jackets are also adorned for Army-Navy football games as well.

The Panthers’ trip inspired the team to pass along a Dress Gray jacket to the game’s most valuable player within the locker room. Panthers F Shawn Thornton was given a Dress Gray jacket by a West Point cadet as a gift. Hesitant to take the jacket from the cadet at first, the cadet insisted Thornton take the jacket, which the 37-year old forward brought back with him to his team and ran the idea by them to pass it on after the game. Panthers Chief of Staff Matt Caldwell ’02 joined the team on their October trip to the Military Academy and has seen the team come together first hand through training camp to where they are today. Full Story

Rifle Defeats GARC Rival Ole Miss, 4615-4561
11/17/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - - Army's rifle team swept medalist honors in both disciplines defeating Great America Rifle Conference rival Ole Miss , 4615-4561, Friday afternoon at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center to level its season mark at 4-4.

Freshman Josh Martin and sophomore Allen Solida tied for medalist honors in smallbore posting identical 570s with junior captain Alyssa Gestl grabbing first-place honors in air rifle with a 590 to tie her career high.

Joining Martin and Solida on Army's four-man smallbore unit were Gestl and sophomore Marvin Lewis who finished a point behind medalist with 569s tying for third place honors as the Black Knights posted a 2278 in outpointing the Rebels who posted a 2240. Full Story »

Army Fires Season Highs
11/17/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - - Sophomore Danielle Cuomo posted Army's top scores in both disciplines, finishing runner-up in smallbore behind a career-high 586, helping the Black Knights set season highs in smallbore and aggregate against No. 1-ranked West Virginia in a Great America Rifle Conference match Sunday at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

Cuomo's 586 smallbore score broke her season high by 14 points and her career mark by seven points finishing just one-point behind West Virginia medalist Jean-Pierre Lucas' mark of 587. Cuomo fired a perfect 10.9 standing on her last shot. Combining with Cuomo on Army's season-high smallbore team were sophomores Marvin Lewis (579) and Allen Solida (574), along with freshman Josh Martin (572). Read More

Men's Basketball Victorious in the All-Military Classic
11/17/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army men's basketball team was crowned champion of the All-Military Classic presented by USAA by defeating VMI 92-86 on Saturday evening at Christl Arena. The hosts found themselves behind by six (83-77), after leading by as many as 14 points, with a little more than four minutes to play and closed out the game on a 15-3 run. Maxwell Lenox's finish with his right hand in close kick started the critical run, before consecutive old-fashioned three-point plays at the rim by Wilson and Plomb gave Army an 85-83 edge with less than three minutes left. Two of Army's eight blocks came on VMI's next possession and Ferguson went to the line where Army struggled the entire night (15-29).

After he made one of two to push the lead to three (1:45), Jordan Weethee converted a three-point play of his own to tie the game at 86-86 with 90 seconds on the clock. Army perfectly executed its next two possessions, surrounding a pair of missed VMI free throws, with Plomb draining a pullup and Cox going high off the glass to put Army ahead by four with less than 30 seconds remaining. VMI failed to score again and Wilson added two at the line to run the final score to 92-86. Read More

Men's Basketball Tops Air Force
11/17/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Three players in double figures, including 20-point performances from Kyle Wilson and Tanner Plomb, lifted the Army men's basketball team to an 84-78 season opening victory over service academy rival Air Force in game two of the All-Military Classic presented by USAA.

The Army offense was on point throughout the entire game, shooting 49.2 percent from the floor and 52.0 percent from three-point range. The Black Knights' defense forced 18 Air Force turnovers and outrebounded the Falcons 37-32. The team collected six steals and four blocks.

Of those four rejections, none were bigger than Kevin Ferguson's block of Trevor Lyons from behind that kept Army's lead at eight points with two and a half minutes remaining. The Falcons pulled down the offensive rebound, but Army's defense was able to regroup and draw an offensive foul later in the possession. Full Story »

Dean's Weekly, November 14th
11/14/2014

Department of Law US

Judge Seibel and Dept of Law CDTsUS District Court Judge Cathy Seibel served as visiting instructor in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar on 7 November 2014. Judge Seibel, appointed to the bench in the Southern District of New York by President George W. Bush, lectured and fielded questions by cadets pertaining to two important rights secured under the 6th Amendment to the Constitution: the right of an accused to confront the witnesses against him and the right of the accused to the effective assistance of counsel in all criminal proceedings. The seminar is taught by Department of Law Asst. Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro.

US District Court Judge Vincent Briccetti spoke to law majors in the Introduction to Legal Method course on 7 November 2014. Judge Briccetti, appointed to the bench in 2011, spoke to the cadets about judicial review, judicial philosophy, and how judges approach the interpretation of ambiguous provisions in the law and the Constitution. In addition to discussing these issues, cadets asked questions about the confirmation process, the impact of a lifetime appointment, and the ethical dilemmas of a judge. The class is taught by Department of Law Asst. Professor LTC Ward Narramore.

West Point Mock Trial TeamThe West Point Mock Trial Team traveled to St. Bonaventure University on 8-9 November to participate in the Third Annual Friar Faceoff. Cadets competed against other undergraduate students in presenting a case to panel of three judges. The first event of the year proved to be a great success!

Department of Foreign Languages

Semester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections:

Russian Cadets in NYC for the OperaRussian: On Thursday 6 NOV advanced Russian students traveled to NYC to watch a performance of the Russian opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District" by Shostakovich with colleagues from Vassar College and USNA at the Metropolitan Opera. On Sunday 09 NOV Russian-speaking cadets on study abroad returned from an academic trip to Yerevan, Armenia, where they were studying policy and conflict as relates to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the political relations of Armenia. On Sunday 09 NOV Russian-speaking cadets returned from a cultural trip to Minsk, Belarus, where they were able to observe Belarusian cultural and historical landmarks, and practice their Russian-language skills.

Chinese: CDT Warfield participated in a national Rugby tournament while studying abroad in Beijing China. Their team took fourth place overall and the experience allowed Cadet Warfield the opportunity to see her favorite sport from a Chinese perspective.

Language or International Club key events:

Fall 2014 Soccer Game Intl West Point CDTs vs DFL staffInternational Cadets: The International Cadets challenged DFL staff and faculty (and other USMA staff and faculty) to their semi-annual soccer match! Cadets from all four classes participated and enjoyed mingling with foreign-language instructors and DFL friends from across West Point. It was neat to see how soccer, arguably the most international competitive team sport and, brought so many cultures together to have a fun and exciting time together.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Cadets at the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering CenterCadet Capstone Team Meets with Collaborators at Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center: Representative members of the Torso-Borne Loading Capstone team, Cadets Angela Bapp, Craig Curry, Jacob Chisholm, Anthony Adams, and Katrina Donarski were accompanied by their faculty mentor, Dr. Becky Zifchock, on a trip to Natick, MA. The team used this as an opportunity to meet with their collaborators at Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). The visit allowed the team to meet with their project sponsors and discuss the anticipated direction of their research design and testing. The visit was coordinated by the director of the Biomechanics Laboratory at NSRDEC, but the students had the opportunity to meet with members of the Anthropometrics as well as the Ballistic Protection & Testing teams. The team is planning to design and test an offloading system that will redirect the load associated with the ruck and body armor to the pelvis. They are also working directly with NSRDEC to identify the optimal load distribution ratio between the shoulders and pelvis. This interdisciplinary capstone team consists of students from Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Psychology. The integration between the two different disciplines brings diverse and complementary skill sets to the design problem and testing methods.

CDT Churchill Receives Moles Award in New York City. The Moles, a long-standing New York City-based group of 500 of the top heavy construction professionals, presented CDT Churchill with the annual Moles Student Award for his excellence in the pursuit of his civil engineering studies and his potential for future contributions in the field of heavy construction. The award is given to one student from each participating school and is presented at the Moles annual educational activities dinner at the New York City Marriot Midtown. A reception and technical seminar on the 86th and 92nd street stations on the 2nd Avenue line were also included as part of the event.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Physical Geology Course Field TripPhysical Geology Course Field Trip. On 4 November, 32 cadets enrolled in EV388a Physical Geology participated in a field trip to Greenwood Lake, NJ and New Paltz, NY and points in between to study rocks in their native habitat and the influence of geology on regional development. Examples of stops included sedimentary sequences atop Bellvale Mountain, the Black Dirt region near Florida, the Old Stone Houses along Huguenot Street, the Rosendale cement mines and the Silurian age conglomerate atop the Shawngunk Ridge.

Colloquium in Geography Trip Section to the MetColloquium in Geography Trip Section to the Met. Ten cadets enrolled in EV483, Colloquium in Geography, traveled with Dr. Jon Malinowski to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Thursday, 6 November as part of a semester-long look at the concept of landscape in art. At the Met, cadets traced the development of landscape painting in Europe from the 15th century onward. They also viewed masterpieces of the Hudson River School as well as works by Robert Weir, head of the Department of Drawing at West Point, and his sons. In the attached photo, cadets pose in front of Leutze’s iconic Washington Crossing the Delaware. This visit supports the Superintendent’s goal of increasing outreach to New York City.

Department of English and Philosophy

Travel to NYC for A Taste of North African CultureCadets Enrolled in EN302 Travel to NYC for A Taste of North African Culture: On Friday, 31 October and Monday, 3 November, 62 total cadets currently enrolled in EN302 visited the Nomad restaurant in New York City for an authentic North African meal. The cadets who visited the restaurant have been studying the Maghreb culture of North Africa the entire semester. The trip provided an opportunity to experience an essential component of culture: what people eat and how they eat it. The restaurant manager, himself a native of Morocco, helped the cadets understand what growing up in the Maghreb is like by sharing tales of his experiences as a Berber in Morocco.

Department of Systems Engineering

Cadets participate in a Habitat for Humanity project at YonkersCadets participate in a Habitat for Humanity project at Yonkers, NY. Cadet Clint Hepworth (CIC) and Dr. Bruce Keith (DSE) coordinated efforts to bring 23 cadets from Company D4 to a Habitat for Humanity site in Yonkers, NY on Saturday, 11 November 2014 (Veterans Day). The event served as a company service activity for D4 and a great opportunity for the Westchester Office of Habitat for Humanity to populate a worksite with many enthusiastic, able-bodied volunteers. The cadets placed finishing touches on two houses, which were then officially dedicated to the two veterans families who will occupy them. Various teams of cadets have worked on these two houses for the past two years. Earlier this term, Cadet Company F2 volunteered to work the site on 20 SEP and 25 OCT. The Habitat for Humanity Office in Westchester has undertaken a veterans’ housing initiative, to provide housing solutions and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with affordable housing in Westchester County, NY (see http://habitatwc.org/veterans-initiatives/). To date, the H4H Office has built or is building six homes for veterans; these houses were two of those six. The cadets’ volunteer activities, which are always welcomed on the site, helped to make this initiative a reality for a few veterans. Work on the two homes will continue until the electrical work is complete, at which time Certificates of Occupancy will be issued to the families by the city of Yonkers. The H4H Office will now be directing attention to the completion of the remaining four houses.

DCA Update November 13th
11/14/2014

Extracurricular Clubs

Glee ClubSupport Clubs:

  • On 8 Nov, the West Point Glee Club traveled to Yankee Stadium to perform the National Anthem and halftime show with the USMA Band and the UCONN Band at the Army-UCONN football game
  • Nearly 70 members of the club, under the direction of Constance Chase, presented the Anthem and a collection of patriotic selections in support of Veteran’s Day and the Army Team’s victory over UCONN
  • On 9 Nov, the West Point Glee Club traveled to MetLife Stadium with the West Point Band where they played a key role in the NY Jets celebration of Veteran’s Day
  • With the band, nearly 70 members of the Glee Club performed at halftime in front of more than 78,00 fans
  • On 10 Nov, 18 Cadets from the Glee Club traveled to Madison Square Garden in NYC where they performed the National Anthem at the NY Knicks-ATL Hawk’s NBA Game
  • As a part of Military Appreciation Night, the club joined members of all military services in various roles on the court at Madison Square Garden and extended USMA’s outreach to NYC
  • Nearly 20.000 fans were in attendance for the game

Parachute TeamParachute:

  • On 8 Nov, the West Point Parachute Team had their first demonstration jump into Yankee Stadium for the Army-UCONN football game
  • Typically to jump into a stadium, a jumper must have a pro-rating, which has minimum re-quirements of 500 jumps, 10 declared accuracy jumps, as well as smoke, flag, and night jumps
  • Yankee Stadium, however, has even stricter requirements, with a minimum of 1000 jumps to perform the demonstration
  • This year the coaching staff ,who have the necessary requirements, performed the demon-stration to prepare the cadets for jumping into Yankee Stadium in following years
  • Coach Tom Falzon was using a camera during the jump that was displayed on the jumbotron and allowed the fans to see the jumpers exit
  • The team OIC, LTC MacCalman, also used the camera to pump up the crowd as he was preparing to exit
  • Coach Falzone led in the stack, followed by LTC MacCalman and CPT Krupski who flew in the American Flag
  • The jumpers flew in right over the jumbotron and each landed right on target
  • On 9 Nov, the West Point Parachute Team and the 2nd Aviation Detachment performed a demonstration jump in Milford, CT in support of the city’s 375th anniversary Veterans Day celebration
  • Mayor Ben Blake presented the team captain, CDT Fuller, the key to the city
  • CDT Fuller gave an impressive speech to the audience thanking the older veterans for their service to our country and “inspiring us” to do the same
  • After the parachute demonstration, the ca-dets participated in the parade

Pipes and DrumsPipes and Drums:

  • On 11 Nov, the West Point Pipes & Drums supported the NYC Veterans Day Parade
  • The NYC Veterans Day Parade had over 25,000 participants and over 500,000 attendants
  • The Parade was televised on Fox5 and is viewable on the internet worldwide
  • The band marched as part of the Corps of Cadets in the first division and performed along the parade route
  • Periodically along the route members of the band performed solos to entertain the crowd and also accompanied a solo dance performance by CDT Alexis Martinez
  • The band also performed in front of the reviewing stand for the Grand Marshall, former NY Police Chief Raymond Kelly, and for members and dignitaries from the military and government

Hobby Clubs

Skeet and TrapSkeet and Trap:

  • On 7-9 Nov, the cadet Skeet and Trap team traveled to the DC area to compete in the two day ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championship
  • The cadets were just behind 2nd place by about 10 points out of a possible 1000, however, they were 60 points ahead of Navy
  • Cadet Carolee Schwarzer beat out Clemson and George Mason to place first in women’s trap with a score of 92
  • Cadet Mitchell Koellner and Cadet Gio Pezze placed 2nd and 3rd place, respectfully, in men’s trap with scores of 97

Diversity Clubs

Korean American RelationsKorean-American Relations Seminar:

  • The West Point Korean-American Relations Seminar Cadets made a trip to NYC to meet with human activist, Mr. Adrian Hong
  • Mr. Hong is a senior TED fel-low and the co-founder of a NGO called LiNK (Liberty in North Korean)
  • The KARS Cadets spoke with Mr. Hong about the conditions of life in North Korea

Competitive Clubs

West Point Equestrian team at Briarwood Farm, Flemington, NJ.Equestrian Club:

  • On 1-2 Nov, the West Point Equestrian Team traveled to the Centenary College Equestrian Center in New Jersey and had the privilege of hosting an English Equestrian show for the first time this year
  • Our team did a wonderful job riding this weekend, and both of the shows were a success!
  • Cadets Holly Rodeo, Alex Moore, Laivan Greene, Vanda Niemi, Caroline Harris, Danielle Diulus and Shawna Moore placed 1st in their respective classes (novice flat, intermediate western and walk/jog western)
  • Cadets Dillon Curtis, Danielle Diulus and Vanda Niemi placed 2nd in their respective classes (intermediate jumping and open class reining and walk/jog)
  • Cadet Dillon Curtis also placed 3rd in the open class of reining and Cadet Lena Cruzval placed 3rd in walk jog/lope
  • The team competed against Centenary, Bard, Marist, Drew, William Paterson, SUNY New Paltz, Sarah Law-rence, Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers, Kutztown, Villanova, Temple, University of Delaware, Washing-ton College and Vassar
  • The team won two out of three shows and finished 6th in the other show
  • So far this year the team has a total of three wins, one second place and two 6th places, out of six competitions

Army’s ‘A’ Division boat leads the way at the start of Race 2.Sailing:

  • On 8-9 Nov, the Army Sailing team competed in the Hap Moore Team Race at the US Coast Guard Academy
  • This was Army Sailing’s first team race regatta, which involves a different set of rules and strategy from traditional fleet racing formats
  • Team racing is a 3-on-3, head to head racing format where the team with the best combined finishes wins the race
  • Despite the new format and shifty conditions on the water, Army Sailing repre-sented well against some of the East Coast’s prominent sailing schools
  • Some of the teams that competed were Harvard, Boston College and George-town

Military Clubs

PistolPistol:

  • On 7-8 Nov, the Pistol Team traveled to Colorado Springs, CO to compete in a collegiate pis-tol match at the Olympic Training Center
  • The teams competing included: Ohio State University, North Dakota State, Texas A&M, and Utah
  • Army came in second place with a score of 1601
  • Army was first in the aggregate score for the two women’s events with a score of 2671
Athletic Director's Update, November 12th
11/14/2014

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Athletic Directors Update 11-12-2014

 

Army Set To Host All-Military Classic
11/14/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army begins its 113th season of basketball on Friday evening when it takes on the Air Force Falcons. The game will follow the VMI-The Citadel matchup at 5:30 p.m. It is the fourth straight season the Black Knights and Falcons have met in the opener of the All-Military Classic presented by USAA.

The winner of the VMI-The Citadel contest will meet the winner of the Army-Air Force game in the championship of the All- Military Classic presented by USAA on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. The consolation game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Friday's game between Army and Air Force is the first meeting at West Point since the series started on Jan. 29, 1977. Army won that meeting, 68-49.

The Black Knights are 76-36 in their previous 112 season openers. Friday's game is Army's first season opener at West Point since the 2010-11 season. Full Story »

GO ARMY BEAT AIR FORCE!!!

SOSH Run Photos
11/14/2014

November 13 was the Sosh Run. Cadets taking International Relations (a required course) find unique ways to dress up and deliver/turn in their required papers prior to the 4:30pm deadline.

A few photos from the “run” can be found at this link courtesy of the West Point Parents Liaison – https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5vembR. Can you spot the surprise appearance?

November Parent Review Newsletter
11/14/2014

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Band and Glee Club Perfomance at Metlife Stadium
11/13/2014

Military Appreciation Day at MetLife StadiumThe West Point Band and Glee Club participated in Military appreciation day at Metlife Stadium as the New York Jets hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 9 2014. The day began with a joint service National Anthem performance, and featured an enlistment ceremony featuring the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, and the Superintendent of West Point, Lieutenant General Robert L Caslen, Jr. The West Point Band and the West Point Glee Club performed a military themed halftime show to a full house at MetLife Stadium. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class William Calohan.

November DCA Update
11/13/2014

Extracurricular Clubs

Triathlon 2014Triathlon:

  • On October 24-27, Eleven cadets traveled to Aus-tin, TX to compete in the IronMan 70.3 Collegiate National Championships
  • The West Point Team swept the Collegiate divi-sion with 1st place male Dylan Morgan ‘16, 1st place female Cat Sedy ‘16, Men’s Team National Champions, Women’s Team Na-tional Champions, and overall Team National Champions
  • All four cadets, Dylan Morgan ‘16, Cat Sedy ‘16, Angelica Dickson ‘ 16 and Jacob Slife ‘18, qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Champions in 2015
  • Dylan Morgan was 10th overall in the entire race and the fastest amateur athlete with a collegiate championship record time of 4 hours and 8 minutes to complete the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and half-marathon
  • For five of the eleven cadets, this was their first time competing at the half-ironman distance
  • This is the third consecutive 70.3 national championship for the team under Head Coach Ian O’brien, and the third consecutive World Championship qualification for CDTs Morgan and Sedy
  • In addition to the cadet athletes, the OIC of the team, LTC Ken Allen, competed in the event and was 9th out of 266 men in the 40-44 year old age group division
  • Although not pictured, General Odierno gave a COSA coin to Cadets Sedy and Morgan for their Ironman sweep and continued triumphs with the Triathlon team
  • On November 1st-3rd, The West Point Triathlon team sent one cadet, Mackenzie Williams ‘18, to compete in the inaugural NCAA Women’s Na-tional Championships
  • Because triathlon is an emerging women’s sport under NCAA, athletes were allowed to compete in the championship regardless of the NCAA status of their program provided they met the requirements as collegiate athletes and, based on their resume, could make the field start list
  • In her first collegiate race, and first draft-legal event in over a year and a half since racing as a junior elite, Mackenzie finished in the top half of the field within a couple of minutes of the podium, and right alongsideNavy’s top three women
  • UCLA took first and third place, Penn State took second, Georgia Tech took fourth and the University of California Santa Barbara was fifth
  • The race was an excellent experience for CDT Williams and she is expected to dominate the field in future events as she returns to form in draft-legal rac-ing
  • The next draft-legal event for the team will be the elite developmental race in March where West Point will bring a full complement of three men and three women; this is closely followed by the USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals in April

Orienteering 2014Orienteering:

  • On October 25-26, the West Point Orienteering Team traveled to Sa-lem, New York in order to take part in a meet put on by the Hudson Valley Orienteering Association
  • Team members ran up to 19km of course over the rocky, wooded hills in Salem
  • The terrain closely resembles that of West Point
  • Overall the team performed admirably at this second-to-last event of the orienteering season

Team Handball 2014Team Handball:

  • The Men’s Handball team took a trip down to Salinas, Puerto Rico to compete in the International Handball Fed-eration cup
  • After four days of group play, where games were played against Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico, Team USA advanced to the finals for the first time in the team’s history, but fell short to Canada in the gold medal match
  • By outperforming their expectations, the USA Junior Team may be able to compete sometime in the near future in another international competition
  • Cadet Cross was appointed as the captain of the team, and learned valuable tips to help the West Point Men’s Team Handball Club in order to compete at an even high level than before

Hobby Clubs

Paintball 2014Paintball:

  • On 26 Oct. the Tournament Paintball team competed in the first event of the NCPA (National Colligate Paintball Association) season at Playgrounds Paintball in Mantua Township, NJ
  • The Tournament Paintball team competes in the NEIC (Northeastern Conference) of the NPCA, which consists of six teams: Tem-ple, Cornell, UCONN, Northeastern, Penn State and West Point
  • The team arrived at approximately 0900 and began preparations for the first match against Cornell University
  • The team had a slow start, losing the first few points, but then regrouped and scored six straight points, resulting in a 6-4 win for West Point against Cornell!
  • The next match was against Temple, where the team scored the first point and then completed the match with a 6-4 win, securing a 2-0 undefeated re-cord in the conference and arguably first place

Chess Club 2014Chess Club:

  • The West Point Chess Team had a great trip to the Air Force Academy for the U.S. Armed Forces Chess Open
  • Our team competed against active and retired officers and enlisted personnel from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines; as well as cadets from the Air Force Academy
  • Nick Oblak (CIC) won 1st overall with 5 wins and a draw
  • Wes Loudon won 1st in the cadet category and tied for 5th over-all with Clifford Hodges
  • Michael Huang tied for 12th overall
  • Nick Oblak won 3rd place in the Blitz tournament and Nick and Wes, as a team, won the Bughouse tourna-ment

Academic Clubs

Debate (Model Arab League):

  • On October 28-29th, 16 Cadets from the Model Arab League attended the National Council on US-Arab Relations Policymakers’ Conference at the Reagan Center in Washington, DC
  • The Cadets were privileged to hear the latest thoughts of the most knowledgeable and influential US and Arab policymakers on the most pressing subjects of concern to the League of Arab States
  • The most significant emerging topics of interest included:
  • The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where current thought seems to indicate a dwindling of international and US support for Israel following the most recent Gaza war
  • The Iranian nuclear deal in the offing, which the Saudi spokesman publicly welcomed with caution that Saudi Arabia would insist on the same deal for itself, guaranteeing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East if Iranian nuclear ambitions are accommodated
  • Most pressingly the clear and present danger posed by the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL), which is “neither Islamic nor a state” and which, though alarming in the extreme presents more of an oppor-tunity than an existential threat: Never before have the US and Muslim states faced such a compel-ling common enemy, which could bring together Arabs, Turks, Iranians, Israelis and Americans against a common foe
  • Success of the all of these issues depends on Muslim leadership and provides fascinating discourse for our Cadets preparing to engage in parliamentary debate with students from other schools representing other states of the Arab league in upcoming competitions

Debate:

  • This past weekend, the Army Debate team travelled to Liberty University
  • Army CW, comprised of cadets TJ Collins and Matt Watts (both members of the class of 2018), finished in 3rd place in the novice division
  • Army HP, comprised of cadets Ian Holbrook and Kyle Paget (both members of the class of 2017), made it to the sweet 16
  • Army BB, comprised of cadets Bryant and Barlow (both members of the class of 2016) also made it to the sweet 16 of the open varsity division

Academic Clubs 2014Chinese Club:

  • On October 25th, ten members of the USMA Chinese Forum, led by First Class CDT Kaiwen Lin, visited with members of the Rutgers University Chinese Club
  • The students and the cadets took the oppor-tunity to discuss each others’ respective lives at Rutgers and West Point, eat dinner to-gether, and attend a student-run talent show hosted by the Rutgers Chinese Club
  • This experience allowed both the students and the cadets to gain a better under-standing of each other and the unique opportunities and challenges that Civilian Aca-demic Institutions and Service Academies present
We Need Your Votes!
11/13/2014

In the summer of 2014, Boldt was selected to the Deputy Brigade Commander position for the U.S. Military Academy Cadet Chain of Command. As the Deputy Brigade Commander, Boldt holds down the second-highest position in the cadet chain of command, which oversees all 4,400 cadets at the Academy. Boldt was nominated for this leadership position by a group of his peers before being eventually accepted into the role by members of the Academy administration. Boldt is two-time co-captain on the Army men’s soccer team (2013, 2014).

Vote for Deputy Brigade Commander Winston Boldt '15 for this year's Senior CLASS Award! Designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility,The Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

You can vote each day until November 24, so be sure to vote daily during the next two weeks. Duke and Michigan are in the lead, so go to the website and vote for Winston! « Vote Here »

West Point is Becoming a Proving Ground for Technology
11/12/2014

"We have been teaching military history since 1818," said West Point History Department Chair Col. Ty Seidule. Now, the school is doing it with a new twist.

Animated representations of each day of the Battle of Gettysburg, or 3-D models of a medieval castle stormed in the Hundred Years' War, "allow you to see how the commanders placed their troops, how they flanked and maneuvered against their enemies, " said West Point freshman Mary Liu. "It really does bring history to life."

"War is the most complex, chaotic, unpredictable and dangerous activity undertaken by humans," Col. Seidule continued. "We have to have the tools to help (future Army officers) understand that better. And that's what we've done with this course." Full Story »

Smith Receives Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award
11/12/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Senior Chandler Smith of the Army wrestling team was honored with the Lt. Gen. Harold “Hal” Moore Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award over the weekend.

The award is annually presented to a male and female West Point cadet from the graduating class who exemplifies the leadership qualities of retired Lt. Gen. Harold “Hal” Moore and the tenets of the Warrior Ethos on the athletic playing field and in the Department of Physical Education combatives program.Candidates are assessed by character attributes such as mental toughness, coachability, perseverance, athletic skill and Warrior Ethos. Recipients of the award are selected by a Department of Physical Education panel. Read More

Jewish Chapel Choir Sings the National Anthem at GA
11/12/2014

The Jewish Chapel Choir of the United States Military Academy at West Point sings the National Anthem during a Veteran’s Day commemoration that opened the closing plenary of the 2014 Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly.

[Photo courtesy of Ron Sachs]

Veterans Day 2014
11/12/2014

West Point cadets marching in the New York Veterans Day parade

CDTs marching in the NY Veterans Day parade

[Photo courtesy of Mike Segar/Reuters]

Ricciardi, Drummond Selected Academic All-District
11/10/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army linebacker Stephen Ricciardi and defensive lineman Joe Drummond were named to the Capital One Academic All-District football first team.

Ricciardi and Drummond, selected by a national panel of sports information directors, are now eligible to become an Academic All-American.

Ricciardi and Drummond, both seniors, are among the 25 players selected as District 1 winners. First-team selections from each district are placed on the Academic All-America ballot. Read More

Army Men's Rugby Finishes Regular Season Undefeated!
11/10/2014

WHEELING, WV - The third-ranked Army men's rugby team completed a perfect season, capturing a 34-29 victory over conference rival and 13th-ranked Wheeling Jesuit on the road Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, Army moves to 8-0 on the season, having claimed victories over four nationally ranked opponents, including three straight to close out the year.

Despite allowing Wheeling Jesuit to remain close, the Army defense held strong in the final minutes of action following three straight scores from the Cardinals.  Continue Reading »

Army Women Swimming and Diving Team Defeats Iona
11/10/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army women swimming and diving team defeated Iona Friday in the team’s home opener at Crandall Pool. The Black Knights won 12 swimming events and claimed first in the 1-meter diving segment.

Army set the pace going first through third in the 200 medley relay and never let down the intensity against the Gaels. In the 1000 free Sabrina Mortell touched the wall first in 10:29.27 and was closely followed by Danielle Nuszkowski.

Mortell then won the 200 free in 1:55.98. She was followed by teammates Kristen Barta, Shannon Rogers and Madison Jones who rounded out the top four. In the 100 back Kelly Hamilton and Keeli McNeary finished 1-and-2, respectively.

The Black Knights had the top-three swimmers in the 100 breast led by Jessica Burkett (1:07.63) and in the 200 fly led by Teresa Groton (2:07.57). Read More

Army Knights over UCONN 35 - 21 at Yankee Stadium
11/10/2014

BRONX, N.Y. - Chris Carnegie's 99-yard interception return for a touchdown with less than a minute to play closed Army's 35-21 victory over Connecticut at Yankee Stadium. Carnegie's pick-six was one of several key plays for the Army defense on a day in which the offense ran wild for 325 yards.

Carnegie's second of two interceptions in the game came after Connecticut trimmed Army's lead to a touchdown with two minutes to play and then recovered the ensuing onside kick at midfield. Huskies' quarterback Chandler Whitmer quickly moved the Connecticut offense into the red zone with runs of 26, 10 and seven yards before throwing the deciding pick. Whitmer was flushed out to his right and threw off balance toward the goal line where Carnegie leapt in front of the pass and took it the distance for six.

Army held a two-touchdown lead for much of the game and went ahead 28-14 with 4:22 to play when Angel Santiago wiggled his way to paydirt from a yard out to cap an eight-play 52-yard drive. The Huskies quickly answered a little more than two minutes later when Whitmer connected with Noel Thomas for a touchdown prior to recovering the onside kick.

The Yankee Stadium crowd of 27,453 saw Santiago rush for two touchdowns on the day as he directed Army's effective rushing attack with a game-high 97 yards on 25 carries. As a team, Army averaged 5.5 yards per rush and its stable of backs had six players run for at least 20 yards. Raymond Maples went for 53 yards on six tries, Larry Dixon bullied his way to 43 yards on 11 touches, Terry Baggett had a pair of runs for 38 yards, Joe Walker tallied 31 yards on five carries with two touchdowns, Trenton Turrentine racked up 28 yards on four runs and Matt Giachinta ran three times for 22 yards. Read More

Dean's Weekly, November 7th
11/7/2014

BSL takes Cadets to visit Sing Sing PrisonBS&L takes Cadets to visit Sing Sing Prison. Dr. Luke Gerdes and LTC Remi Hajjar from the Sociology Program of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership chaperoned 55 cadets currently enrolled in PL393 Criminology to visit Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. Sing Sing staff members provided a full tour of the prison’s facilities and answered cadets’ questions about a variety of topics.

BSL at the 8th annual Wharton Business SchoolCadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership traveled to Philadelphia, PA to participate in the 8th annual Wharton Business School On 24 October 2014, 18 cadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership traveled to Philadelphia, PA to participate in the 8th annual Wharton Business School - US Military Academy Leadership Exchange at the University of Pennsylvania. These hand selected cadets engaged in a series of leader development exercises with high-potential undergraduate students from the Wharton Business School on topics related to team vs. group leadership, team leadership innovation challenges, team leadership navigation challenges, and other classroom discussions. The cadets earned high praise for their professionalism and leadership abilities, as well as their creative approaches to problem solving during the innovation challenges. The same cadets will reciprocate the exchange by hosting Wharton students at the US Military Academy in the spring for military style leader development exercises.

BSL mgmt prgm hosted Univ of Pretorias Gordon Institute of Business Science Executive MBA prgmThe BS&L Management Program hosted the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Executive MBA program. On 19 October 2014, the BS&L Management Program hosted the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Executive MBA program. CPT JD Mohundro and Management Cadets, Collum Magee and Chris Corbett, hosted the group and discussed the West Point Leader Development System (WPLDS). The visit was part of an exchange that enables cadets to travel to South Africa for AIADs with the University of Pretoria. Cadets Magee and Corbett traveled to South Africa and engaged in leader development at GIBS this summer.

Dr Todd Brewster visited the Department of LawOn 4 November, New York Times best-selling author ("The Century"), Dr. Todd Brewster, visited the Department of Law to discuss the constitutional implications surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation. Dr. Brewster explained how his new book, "Lincoln's Gamble: The tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and the Course of the Civil War,” showed the legal and political considerations of Abraham Lincoln as he decided whether to issue the Proclamation.

Mr. Hunter CDT Cupp BG Charlton CDTs Rapuano and HilarioDepartment of Systems Engineering. Capstone team visits the Brigade Modernization Command (BMC) at Fort Bliss, Texas. Cadets Scott Rapuano, Colton Cupp, and Domingo Hilario visited Fort Bliss to observe a real world application of their capstone project. The capstone team is working on the Command Post Efficiency and Network Integration Project in coordination with TRAC White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). This project is also being developed in conjunction with the Mission Command Center of Excellence, Command Post 2025, and Aberdeen Proving Grounds. The cadets’ contribution to the project will be their ability to extract technology requirements from the Command Center of Excellence based on their stakeholder analysis and independent research, and creating quantitative tools to simulate the value of new technologies. The tools they create may potentially be used in the future by the Modernization Brigade.

CDTs at Brookhaven National LaboratoryDepartment of Physics and Nuclear Engineering. Trip Section: On 21 October, Dr. Michael Pfenning and MAJ Anthony Clark brought fourteen cadets majoring in physic to tour the facilities at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, New York. BNL is a Department of Energy research lab that was established after WWII for the development of peaceful uses of atomic energy, and which has since grown into one of the premier physics centers in the world. Scientists at BNL have been awarded eight Nobel prizes over the last half century.The group from West Point toured four different research facilities at BNL: The National Synchrotron Light Source II, the Battery Test Laboratory, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, and the STAR particle detector. At each facility, the group was briefed by a professional physicist on how each facility worked and the types of experiments being carried out.

Triathlon Team 2014Triathlon Team: "The West Point Triathlon team sent one cadet, Mackenzie Williams ’18, to compete in the inaugural NCAA Women’s National Championships. Because triathlon is an emerging women’s sport under NCAA, athletes were allowed to compete in the championship regardless of the NCAA status of their program provided they met the requirements as collegiate athletes and, based on their resume, could make the field start list. In her first collegiate race and first draft-legal event in over a year and a half since racing as a junior elite, Mackenzie finished in the top half of the field within a couple of minutes of the podium and right with Navy’s top three women. UCLA took first and third place. Penn State 2nd, Georgia Tech 4th and the University of California Santa Barbara was 5th. The race was an excellent experience for CDT Williams and she is expected her to dominate the field in future events as she returns to form in draft-legal racing. The next draft-legal event for the team will be the elite developmental race in March where West Point will bring a full complement of three men and three women. This is closely followed by the USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals in April."

CDTs-faculty-family and friends enjoyed the DEP tailgate and a visit by former instructor General DempseyDEP Hosts Tailgate, Former Instructor and Current CJCS Drops By. On 1 November, DEP hosted a tailgate for APL majors, faculty and staff, family, and former faculty members. General Martin Dempsey, former DEP faculty member and current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stopped by for a visit. The Chairman enjoyed a pre-game burger and conversation with faculty, family members, and APL majors.

Terry Szuplat visits with CDTs following his lecture on writing speechesOn 28 October, cadets from EN101 (Composition) and the Writing Fellows Program participated in a guest lecture from Terence Szuplat. Mr. Szuplat is the Senior Director for Speechwriting at the National Security Council and speechwriter for President Obama. During his lecture, he and the cadets discussed the importance of clear communication and provided insights to cadets as a practitioner in a field. Szuplat discussed several of President Obama's speeches on a range of domestic and national security issues. The focus of the speeches included ISIL, the Boston Marathon bombing, Afghanistan, and Ebola. Highlights of the event were discussing the writing process, the use of rhetoric, and communication with an international audience.

DEP Faculty members and cadets pause for a snapshot with LTC -R-John Nagl after his talkCFAF Sponsors Trip Section to NYC’s 92nd Street Y’s Talk featuring LTC (R) John Nagl and GEN (R) Petraeus with Max BootOn 30 October, eleven cadets travelled to NYC on a CFAF-sponsored trip section to NYC’s 92nd Street YMCA to meet with LTC (R) John Nagl , GEN (R) Petraeus, and Max Boot. They engaged with LTC (R) John Nagl prior to the talk, where the discussion covered compositional aspects of Nagl’s newly published memoir Knife Fights: a Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice; Nagl’s selection of poet Brian Turner’s “Ghost Stories” as epigraph; professional development as Soldier scholars; and international affairs. Later, cadets listened as Max Boot, historian and Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, facilitated a discussion between LTC (R) Nagl and GEN (R) Petraeus on American foreign policy.

Cold Spring poet Jeffrey McDaniel discusses his craft with members of the Creative WritingPracticing the Art of Poetry. Jeffrey McDaniel, poet and teacher of creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, met with cadets from the Creative Writing Forum on Wednesday, October 29. A resident of Cold Spring, New York, Mr. McDaniel has published five books of poetry, most recently Chapel of Inadvertent Joy. His work has appeared in Ploughshares and several editions of the annual anthology Best American Poetry. In addition to reading some of his own poems to the group, Mr. McDaniel answered cadets’ questions about reading, writing, living, and claiming an identity as a poet. He also led the group in a writing exercise that resulted in a new poem by each member.

Team Holston at about the only location you are allowed to take a pictureCenter for Innovation and Engineering Site Visit to Holston Army Ammunition Plant. 5 Cadets and 5 Faculty from the Center for Innovation and Engineering went on a site visit to the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, TN from 26 – 28 October 2014. The Commander at Holston has asked for help via the CIE to present design alternatives in their industrial water supply and waste water systems to improve their performance. Holston is the sole supplier of the primary ingredient for explosives to the military and uses a large amount of non-contact cooling water and production water in the explosives creation process. The team consisted of an interdisciplinary group of civil, mechanical, and environmental engineers. The team members inspected the current industrial water supply system and the non-contact cooling water outflows, took measurements and interviewed plant operators in order to begin developing design alternatives.

CDTs Pinnell and Mansfield after their successful flight labFlight Labs for ME481. The Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering Flight Section concluded their second round of flight labs in the Department’s Cessna-182 Skylanes to demonstrate the relationship between aerodynamic theory and aviation application. This lab supports the classroom instruction of the senior engineering course ME481 Aircraft Performance & Static Stability. In a two-hour flight based out of Stewart International Airport, cadets collected flight data to compute the Cessna 182’s longitudinal static stability, and compare the dampening effects of flaps on dynamic longitudinal stability. This gave them a firsthand look at flight design characteristics of aircraft and the procedures of flight testing. The Department’s fixed wing pilots MAJ Hans Thomas, MAJ Ben Recla, MAJ Brent Pafford, CPT Dan Brown, and CPT Drew Curriston flew 39 cadets in 20 flights that totaled 45.5 flight hours.

Department of Energys Oak Ridge National LaboratoryBoeing Capstone Trip to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 26-28 OCT 2014. USMA Cadets Matthew Kaiser (Class 2015, Co D2, D/C&ME), Andrew “Scott” Warner (Class of 2015, Co G4, D/C&ME), Ethan Johnson (Class of 2015, Co B2, D/C&ME), Jacob Semerar (Class of 2015, Co C4, D/SE), Jennifer Guzowski (Class of 2015, Co F3, D/SE) and USMA Instructors COL Bret Van Poppel (D/C&ME), MAJ Jose Ramirez (D/SE), and MAJ Scott Katalenich (D/C&ME), travelled to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) from Sunday, 26 October 2014 to Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Mr. Dan Howett (USMA ’87) and Ms. Julia Kelley of ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division coordinated and hosted the trip. Cadets received a number of briefings about general areas of research within ORNL, including Waste-to-Energy Conversion, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Nuclear Power, Solar Power, 3D additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping, and others.

The trip also included a conversation about the future of alternative energy with MG (Ret.) John Doesberg, former Commanding General of RDECOM. The cadets and faculty toured the research facilities, learning about some of the active areas of research at ORNL in alternative energy. The group also visited the 3D additive manufacturing laboratory, the Titan supercomputer at the National Center for Computational Sciences at ORNL, and the insulation tents on campus. The ORNL trip supported the Boeing cadet capstone project, an interdisciplinary project team funded by the Boeing Corporation. The cadet project team is charged with developing an advanced tactical energy solution for a forward operating base (FOB) for the deployable force in the year 2040. The Boeing capstone is a service academy design challenge, with USMA competing against cadet teams from USAFA and USNA during the final project briefing to be held during Projects Day.

Omaha Beach NormandySemester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections: French: CDT Ian Mauldin, currently on semester abroad at St Cyr, the French Military Academy, visited Normandy and some of the D-Day beaches this past weekend. It was very touching to view the main American cemetery where thousands of U.S. soldiers are still buried today who gave their lives to free France from Nazi rule. Many of the French citizens in the area graciously welcome American visitors and are so grateful for our nation’s sacrifice so many decades ago. It is amazing to consider how France and Germany have transformed since the end of the 2nd World War to enjoy such a strong economic partnership today.

COL Owen CDTs Lee-Bann-Hume-Bryan-Chacko and LTC DacuntoDepartment of Geography and Environmental Engineering 74th Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). On the evening of Saturday, November 1st, five cadets from various engineering programs across the Academy were honored at the 74th Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). This event was held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, and celebrated the achievements of over 200 of the top engineering students at universities across the nation. Each student received a $1000 scholarship. Scholarship recipients from USMA (as selected by the MSE Committee) were CDT Seamus Bann (Chemical Engineering), CDT Matthew Bryan (Chemical Engineering), CDT David Chacko (Electrical Engineering), CDT Zach Lee (Mechanical Engineering), and CDT Robby Hume (Civil Engineering).

Garrison and Academic Members of the West Point Energy Council meet with Columbia University studentsWest Point Energy Council Engagement to New York City, regarding Camp Buckner Renovations. On Thursday, 30 Oct 14 members from the Academy faculty and Garrison DPW staffs met with students from Columbia University as part of a midpoint meeting. The Columbia University seniors are majors or minors in sustainable development and are serving as consultants to the West Point Energy Council to evaluate alternate housing options for Camp Buckner. The students are conducting an extensive evaluation of a variety of housing alternatives and will recommend an alternative that best transforms Camp Buckner into a Net Zero Base Camp (Water and Energy). Students are evaluating three barracks options [(1) do nothing, (2) energy retrofit, (3) new structures], and two layout designs [(1) keep barracks layout the same, (2) new energy efficient barracks layout]. Joe Fahey, John Seeley, Caitlyn Flaherty, and George Markt, were the DPW representatives, LTC Mark Smith (GENE), Dr. Russ Lachance (AARS) (by phone), and MAJ Pat Sullivan (MATH) (by phone) participated on the Academic side. The first meeting was held on 12 Sep 14 at Camp Buckner. The final outbrief to the West Point leadership will take place at West Point in December. This effort is part of an initial step in evaluating potential options at Camp Buckner.

EECS Faculty Member Travels With Catholic Choir.Catholic Choir poses with Bishop Cruz Auxiliary Bishop of Newark On 24-26 OCT, LTC Glenn Robertson traveled with the Catholic Choir to Kenilworth, NJ. The trip was a great developmental experience for cadets and a success for West Point outreach.
The 27 Cadets were housed with families of the host parish, St. Theresa's of Kenilworth, New Jersey. The Catholic Choir sang the musical liturgy during one Mass on Saturday and two on Sunday for the total congregation of approximately 1,400. In conjunction with our trip, the parish hosted a visit from Bishop Cruz, the auxiliary Bishop of Newark.
To express appreciation, the hosts provided transportation and tickets for the cadets to see Victor Hugo’s Les Miserable on Broadway. Now in its 20th year, the relationship between the Catholic Choir and Kenilworth has fostered enormous good will, a steady stream of potential admissions candidates, and at least one USMA graduate.

Athletic Director's Update, November 6th
11/7/2014

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Athletic Directors Update 11-06-2014

The November Network Science Center Newsblast Vol 4 Issue 11
11/7/2014

Nov 2014 Network Science Center Newsblast vol4iss11Network Science is an emerging scientific disci-pline that views the world as a large collection of people, organizations, biological organisms, and machines connected to form large, diverse, com-plex, networks in a myriad of ways. However, basic science continues to lag engineering capabilities in the sense of enabling predictive models of behaviors of existing complex networks which comprise the operational environment encountered by Army commanders at all levels (e.g. interdependent social, cognitive, communication and information net-works).

Major sources of this inability to predict future state of complex, composed networks are the persistent barriers to sharing/analyzing sufficient information to accurately understand the current state of such networks. This short note discusses a novel approach to resolving one of these barriers to sharing information, establishing local trust among distributed, unfamiliar individuals, and outlines how such a result would enable sharing of medical infor-mation across security boundaries with trusted users and groups, including among international partners. Read More

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Timpf Honored Independent Player of the Week
11/4/2014

Jeremy Timpf WEST POINT, N.Y. – For the third time this season, Army linebacker Jeremy Timpf has collected a national honor.

Timpf made a career-best 17 tackles in the game against Air Force on Saturday, eclipsing his previous high of 14. Timpf's tackles were the most since Steve Erzinger posted 21 on Sept. 3, 2011. Timpf established a career-high with 12 solo stops and also posted a career-best three tackles for losses of 10 yards. He was honored with the Football Bowl Subdivision Independent Player of the Week award for the second time this year.

Timpf, a sophomore from Tucson, Ariz., earned the national nod back on Sept. 29 after returning an interception for a touchdown at Yale. That week he also took home College Sports Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week honors. Read More

Holder & Shea Earn All-Patriot League Honors
11/4/2014

Katie Holder WEST POINT, N.Y. - - Army junior forward Katie Holder and freshman midfielder Clare Shea were among 33 players voted for All-Patriot League honors in Monday’s women’s soccer announcement by the league office. Holder was tabbed for first-team honors and Shea was named to the third team.

It is the second straight year that Holder was honored by the league following her selection to the third unit last year. The Army junior led the Black Knights in goals (six), points (12), game winners (three) and shots (50) to also rank among the conference leaders.

A starter in all 18 games, Holder is the team’s leader in Patriot League matches with three goals, six points, 25 shots and two game winners. The Army forward closed out conference play tied for second in game winners and sharing third in goals. Read More

West Point Company A-1 Newsletter
11/3/2014

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Dean's Weekly, October 31st
10/31/2014

Trip Section: On 22 October, MAJ Nestor Echeverria and cadets enrolled in NE350 (Radiological Engineering Design) traveled to STERIS Isomedix in Chester, NY to see a real-world application of radiation technology that applies their required design project. Additionally, cadets gained a better understanding of transportation, shielding, security, safety, disposal or radioactive waste in support of course requirements. STERIS Isomedix uses a radioactive source to sterilized medical supplies. While there, they reloaded new Colbalt-60 sources into their irradiation facilities, thus providing the cadets a unique opportunity to observe the inner workings of the machines and the process of transporting and handling radioactive materials.

Triathlon Team 2014Triathlon Team: During 24-26 October, eleven cadets traveled to Austin, TX to compete in the Ironman 70.3 Collegiate National Championships. The West Point Team swept the Collegiate division with 1st place male Dylan Morgan ’16, 1st place female Cat Sedy ’16, Men’s Team National Champions, Women’s Team National Champions, and overall Team National Champions. Additionally, four cadets, Dylan Morgan ’16, Cat Sedy ’16, Angelica Dickson ’16 and Jacob Slife ’18 all qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2015. Dylan Morgan was 10th overall in the entire race and the fastest amateur athlete with a collegiate championship record time of 4 hours and 8 mins to complete the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and half-marathon. For five of the eleven cadets, this was their first time competing at the half-ironman distance. This is the third consecutive 70.3 national championship for the team under Head Coach Ian O’Brien and the third consecutive World Championship qualification for CDTs Morgan and Sedy. In addition to the cadet athletes, the OIC of the team, LTC Ken Allen, competed in the event and was 9th out of 266 men in the 40-44 year old age group division.

Eason 94 addressed USMA Excel ScholarsOn 24 September, Ray Eason, USMA '94 addressed members of the West Point Excel Scholars Program as part of their Fireside Chat series. While here, Mr. Eason participated in the West Point Scholars Program run by SOSH; after graduation he went to Oxford as a Marshall Scholar. Serving on the West Point faculty after company command, Ray left active duty, received an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and is currently on Wall Street and as an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley. During the interactive discussion, Mr. Eason and the Excel Scholars dialogued on the importance of scholarship programs, networking, and mentorship.

Cadets traveled to the Palisades Mall to conduct research on social interactions and phenomena, otherwise called an Ethnography, of the mall population. On Saturday, 25 October, 15 cadets traveled to the Palisades Mall to conduct research on social interactions and phenomena, otherwise called Ethnography, of the mall population. Each student of PL371, Introductory Sociology, prepared a research proposal to look at a topic of their choice, which included observing gendered family roles in walking with young children, the prevalence of walking with and using cell phones in a social setting, responses to broken social norms, racial and gender representation of fast food workers and kiosk sales representatives, and consumer demographics between high-end and low-end clothing stores. The cadets will each write a paper based on their research methods and findings, and also include a brief literature review of other research done on their same topic of interest.

Orange County historian Johanna Yaun-center w-MAJHann-CPTEhlers-CDTs-Matthews-Smith-Laible-Gasparini-Brown-Boulden-Wentz at Victory Tower NewburghOn Saturday 18 October, Phi Alpha Theta, led by Major Shauna Hann and Captain Mark Ehlers, took seven cadets to learn about the significance of local history and how communities seek to preserve their history. The Orange County Historian, Johanna Yaun, explained the strategic importance of the Hudson Valley during the Revolutionary War and led a tour of Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. The cadets then learned about the industrial history of the region from one of the board members of the Newburgh Historical Society, Russell Lange, while touring the David Crawford House, a nineteenth century restored mansion of one of the earliest shipping magnates in the region. Overall, the cadets gained an appreciation of the Hudson Valley’s importance to American history and an understanding of why public history and community involvement is important to saving its legacy.

Major Jason Halub and cadets from HI 158 with Mr AtkinsOn 27 October, students from the HI 158 Advanced Regional Studies in World History (East Asia) course had the opportunity to meet with Stanley J. Atkins, a WWII veteran and former Master Sergeant who served in the China-India-Burma (CBI) theater of operations. Mr. Atkins shared his experiences serving in Burma and Chongqing, China as an intelligence analyst under Generals Joseph Stilwell and Albert Wedemeyer. He described what it was like to fly blisteringly cold aerial resupply missions over the Himalayan Mountains (also known as “the Hump”) and discussed working with Chinese forces and some of the American impressions of Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong during the war. Finally, Mr. Atkins stressed the need for Army leaders to develop a strong understanding of foreign language, culture and history and thanked the cadets for their commitment to serving the nation.

Cadets in front of the ramparts of Fort Ticonderoga NYOn October 25 and 26, in partnership with 1st Battalion, 150th Aviation Regiment of the New Jersey Army National Guard, an expedition of 31 cadets from the Class of 2018 and 8 faculty from the History Department conducted a multi-faceted staff ride throughout the Hudson River Valley that explored the historical importance of the Fort Ticonderoga and Saratoga battlefields. In addition to physically exploring seminal historical events that the cadets have studied in the classroom, , the helicopter component of the staff ride offered an opportunity to execute real-world tactical training. Prior to boarding the four Blackhawks generously allocated by the New Jersey ANG, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Musteen trained loading procedures and provided an air mission brief that exposed the cadets to the importance, and professionalism, of standardized military operations.

The opportunity to experience well-planned and resourced Army training had a powerful effect on the participants, most of whom had never flown in a helicopter before. Cadet Edward Fullerton noted after surveying the Hudson River Valley and the strategically positioned fort that, “combining military training with academic pursuits is killing two birds with one stone. It’s getting us ready to be both historians and second lieutenants, but will also benefit us during summer training and later in our careers.” Another inspired attendee, Cadet Joy Schaeffer, agreed, emphasizing that “the aerial view” gave them “a unique perspective in order to analyze the battlefields.” She also attested that “viewing Mt. Defiance from the air” also allowed them “to appreciate how it dominated Fort Ticonderoga,” a point reinforced by Captain Jonathan Romaneski as he led the cadets through discussions from the parapets of the stone fort overlooking Lake Champlain.

Surveying Fort Ticonderoga during the aerial portion of the staff rideCaptain Josh Silver encouraged them to marry their book knowledge with their newfound appreciation of the actual terrain. As the groups moved across the battlefield while following original attack routes and examining actual fighting positions, each cadet explained with faculty input their assigned leader’s actions and impact on the unfolding battle at key locations. According to Dr. Samuel Watson, a USMA Professor of History who specializes in early American warfare, this type of staff ride training “forces the cadets to adopt the perspectives of leaders and assess why and how real tactical leaders chose courses of actions with consequences.” The professor also noted that, “briefing these roles to their peers and professors, on critical points across the battlefield, also fosters mental agility that will serve them well at the Academy and as officers.”

By layering observation from above with analysis amongst the actual terrain where soldiers fought and died over mastery of North America, the cadets attained a more comprehensive understanding of timeless tactical fundamentals and decisional processes. Cadet Jared Cope, who played the role of colonial officer Rufus Putnam, summarized their perspective best: “The experience is awesome because no other history program does this. Only at West Point can you get an air mission brief and fly to your historical destination.”

APL luncheonDEP Hosts Luncheon to Welcome New Majors. On Wednesday 22 October, DEP hosted a luncheon for APL majors. DEP faculty members and majors from the classes of 2015 and 2016 joined in welcoming the 24 newest APL majors to the Department. After congratulatory remarks from the Department Head and a presentation on new and exciting changes in the APL program, everyone enjoyed lunch and some informal social interaction, while appreciating the venue’s historic views.

Cadet Hodgkins 15 asks DrPratt a questionPhilosophy Forum Hosts Dr. Henry Pratt of Marist College. On Tuesday, 21 October, the Philosophy Forum hosted Dr. Henry Pratt of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Marist College. Dr. Pratt discussed his work on the philosophy of comics and the viability of comic book to film adaptations. He explored the possibilities and limitations of the media of comics and film. The event was well-attended by cadets and faculty and the discussion was lively and searching. The forum explored innovative forms of expression while inspiring cadets to engage in deep, creative thought.

Team Marky Marc & the Funky Boys pose with their winning Hall project L-R CDTs Imelio-Gallegos-Kiesewetter-Phillips-Callaghan-Project mgr KobylskiDepartment of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. K’NEXercise – Building Construction Managers! Cadets enrolled in CE450, Construction Management, competed in the K’NEXercise on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014. The competition requires teams of cadets to prepare estimates, bids and construction schedules, and then execute the construction of the awarded project using rapid setting concrete and K’NEX components. The cadets complete the project by preparing a claim for the courts to hear to resolve issues that cost the team time and money on the day of construction. The winning teams in the Tower, Bridge and Hall projects were led by Cadets Frank Chen, Roman Burns and Marshall Kobylski, respectively.

Air Force Bonfire AirplaneCME Cadets and Faculty Build Air Force Bonfire Airplane. At the request of USCC CME cadets and faculty members built the airplane for the Air Force bonfire. Volunteer firstie mechanical engineering cadets Micah Uchida (Computer-Aided-Design drawings and ordnance fabrication), Christina Cox (landing gear and structural components), Taylor Ferguson (frame and wings), Andrew Barthel (frame and nose), and Mark Hesford (sheathing and landing gear) with faculty advisors MAJ Josh Keena, LTC Phil Root, and Dr. John Rogers constructed a scale model of an F-16 fighter for the Air Force bonfire over a three-day period, 24-26 Oct.

Cadet James Cho presented the results of his social media studyDepartment of Systems Engineering. Cadet James Cho presented the results of his social media study. CDT James Cho presented his AIAD research entitled “Analyzing Sub-national sentiment with Twitter” at the 2014 SAS Analytics Conference. CDT Cho conducted his research this summer at Data Tactics in Washington DC and was advised by Major David Beskow in the Department of Systems Engineering.”.

Cadets enjoy learning about the complex geological history of West PointDepartment of Geography and Environmental Engineering. Physical Geography Terrain Walk This week cadets in EV203, Physical Geography, got up close and personal with the physical landscape of West Point during the terrain walk lesson. The rich and complex geologic history of the Hudson Valley offers outstanding learning opportunities for the cadets. Cadets observed the geomorphology they learned about the previous week, examining evidence of endogenic and exogenic forces that have shaped our ‘Rockbound Highland Home.’ The terrain walk reinforces several key concepts from the geomorphology block, including the theory of plate tectonics, rock formation, weathering, mass wasting, and erosion. Cadets also discussed how humans have modified the landscape of West Point over the centuries to suit our needs. Cadets

Cadets sample air in Hayes Gym during last weeks IOCTEV300/301 Cadets Measure Particulate Matter Concentration in Hayes Gym During IOCT. On Friday, 24 October, cadet teams from EV300 and EV301 coordinated with the Department of Physical Education (DPE) to collect indoor air quality data during the Indoor Obstacle CourseTest (IOCT). The cadet teams wrote their own hypotheses about the perceived poor air quality in Hayes Gym that causes "Hayes lung" during the IOCT and are using the scientific method to test these hypotheses. CDTs Emily Speziale, Alaura Walz, Matt Day, and Tiara Hansen tested for particulate matter in the air and CDT Nicole Zajimovic tested carbon dioxide levels. Their results will be detailed in term project reports and the cadets have invited members of DPE to attend their oral presentations at the end of the semester.

Cadets Attend 2014 Grace Hopper ConferenceDepartment of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Cadets Attend 2014 Grace Hopper Conference. Nine cadets, along with faculty CPT Marisol Torres and Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews attended the 2014 Grace Hopper Conference, held on October 7-11 in Phoenix Arizona. The EECS cadets who attended the conference were CDTs Lisa Jones, Angie Ketcham, Mary Liu, Alissah McGill, Jennifer Niemann, Anna Rapp, Holly Rodeo and Jinny Yan. CDT Audra Morrow from CME also attended this year.

CDT Lisa Jones presented a poster accepted at the conference: “Using MapReduce to Compare Large Collections of Evolutionary Trees”, a project advised by Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews. Dr. Matthews was also the scholarship committee co-chair of the conference, and received a token of appreciation from the Anita Borg Institute for her contributions. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest consortium of women in computing in the world. It is named in honor of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, inventor of the compiler, and an early pioneer in many aspects of computing. At the conference, students get to learn about (and often demo) the newest technologies, and attend talks given by famous academics, researchers and CEOs. Dr. Shafi Goldwasser, winner of the 2012 Turing Award for her work in cryptography and two-time winner of the Gödel Prize in theoretical computer science, gave the opening keynote at this year’s conference. Presentations were also given by Satya Natya (CEO of Microsoft), Dr. Arati Prabhakar (Director of DARPA), and Dr. Maria Klawe (president of Harvey Mudd College). The conference is produced by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Anita Borg Institute, and is sponsored by many of the giants of the tech world, including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Cisco, DropBox, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Yahoo! and LinkedIn.

CDT SedivyEECS Faculty Member Presents at Frontier in Optics/Laser Science Conference. CPT Donald E Sedivy attended the Frontier in Optics/Laser Science Conference in Tucson, AZ from 19-23 OCT 14. During the conference, he gave a 15 minute presentation entitled “Simulation of Multiple-Optical-Axis Pattern-Integrated Interference Lithography (PIIL) Systems” based on this recent work at Georgia Tech. While in attendance, CPT Sedivy listened to 49 different lectures on a wide variety of developing technologies in the optics field to include a lecture from 2014 Nobel Laureate W. E. Moerner who spoke about his award-winning research on super-resolution microscopy.

French: Some of the cadets attending semester abroad at St Cyr, the French Military Academy, spent the weekend visiting Verdun, a famous WWI battle between the Germans and the French. Annual ceremony to commemorate the French soldiers who died in battle there in 1916Our SAP Cadets witnessed an annual ceremony there to commemorate all the French soldiers who died in battle there in 1916. As could be expected, it was quite an emotional event for the French cadets.

Arabic: 16 Cadets from the Model Arab League travel to Washington, DC this week to attend the National Council on US-Arab Relations Policymakers’ Conference. The conference will run all day Tuesday and Wednesday, 28 and 29 October, and features presentations and discussion by some of the greatest academic, diplomatic, Reported by Dean’s Institute of Innovation and Development and corporate minds working in the region. This annual event highlights key challenges facing the League of Arab States and kicks off the annual parliamentary procedure competition season for this West Point debate team run under the auspices of the Arabic desk of the Department of Foreign Languages

Mooradian Class of ’17 Completes Iron Man Competition
10/28/2014

Mooradian Class of '17 Completes Iron Man Competition "I tell people I do the hard things because they're hard," Mooradian said. "In two years, I'll be in charge of people's lives in tough places so these things help prepare me."

In addition to the airborne training, mountain training, competing on the sprint-football and crew teams in his first two years and his everyday work load as a cadet at the United States Military Academy, Mooradian decided to sign up for the inaugural Maryland Ironman competition. The triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike course and a full 26.2-mile marathon and takes place in Cambridge, Maryland. Read More

Women's Soccer Clinches PL Berth On Senior Night
10/27/2014

Army Women's SoccerSophomore Sam Gottlieb tallied just before halftime and senior Madison Oliver added an insurance goal off a free kick in the second half as they led Army to a 2-0 defeat of Lafayette Saturday evening to clinch a berth to the Patriot League Women's Soccer on Senior Night at Clinton Field.

CSCMO Update
10/27/2014

Military Review AFG Cambodia Stringer Sep 14The primary focus of the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations remains cadet education, but it also continue to invest in scholarly research among faculty and the community at large.  Dr. Kevin Stringer ’87, was the recipient of a CSCMO annual research grant and has admirably represented the Center at educational events in the U.S. and abroad, earning him the title of CSCMO Fellow.  This article, published by Military Review, is an example of Stringer’s work.

Linwood Ham ’88 is the Director of Inter-Governmental Affairs at the U.S. Institute of Peace and runs a program that hosts several cadet interns each summer. He co-authored this article with COL(R) Paul Hughes, who is a member of the CSCMO Advisory Council.

Rifle Outpoints GARC Rival NC State
10/27/2014

Army Rifle Army's young rifle team improved to 3-2 on the year and 2-1 in the Great America Rifle Conference following a 4618-4587 win over North Carolina State at the Kilbourne Rifle Range Saturday afternoon on the campus of VMI.

Statement From USMA Superintendent
10/27/2014

Please see this statement from LTG Caslen in response to recent news articles about Army Football. Click here to read LTG Caslens article

Volleyball Knocks Off Bucknell
10/27/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army volleyball team erased a 2-0 deficit in a five-set comeback win over Bucknell in its annual Dig Pink match on Saturday evening at Gillis Field House. The Black Knights took the match with set scores of 22-25, 20-25, 25-18, 32-30 and 15-11.

The result helped Army to a sweep of the season series with Bucknell as the team improved to 11-13 and 6-5 in the conference. Bucknell dropped to 4-15 overall and 3-8 in the Patriot League.

The Black Knights' offense ran through rookie setter Avery Alexander, who was credited with a season-high 52 assists and she also contributed 13 digs for her third straight double-double. On the receiving end of Alexander's passes were Jaden Pickell (18 kills), Nicole Perri (16), Carolyn Bockrath (15), Amber Clay (nine) and Rachel Gearon (nine). Defensively, senior Deanna Dalton dug out 30 balls and Kristen Smeland had 19 in the win. Perri added 13 digs for her second double-double of the season. As a team Army set season highs in digs (105) and assists (68) and blocks (13). Read More

No. 6 Army Downs No. 3 Kutztown in Thriller
10/27/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - A try from captain Collum Magee in the 76th minute of the game lifted the sixth-ranked Black Knights to a 34-30 upset victory over third-ranked Kutztown in conference play from Anderson Rugby Complex on Saturday afternoon. 

Army held the advantage for a majority of the game before Kutztown pounded out 11 unanswered to take the lead. Magee's try and a successful conversion from vice-captain Logan Pearce gave the Black Knights the edge in the waning minutes. 

"It's a great day to play rugby against a great team like Kutztown and everyone really came together and it's a great victory for us this year," head coach Mike Mahan said. Read More

West Point & Purdue Partner on Research
10/24/2014

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - West Point and West Lafayette have more in common these days. Through a partnership between Purdue University and the U.S. Military Academy, 80 plebes and a dozen yearlings gained an authentic research experience in toxicology, analytical chemistry and chemical engineering.

The link for the freshman and sophomore West Point students was made possible through the Purdue-led Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education (CASPiE), a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiative led by the Discovery Learning Research Center in Discovery Park. Read More

Dean's Weekly, October 24th
10/24/2014

Members of the West Point ASCE Student Chapter with LTG Tom Bostick, Chief of Engineers2014 American Society of Civil Engineers Annual Conference. The West Point Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) attended the Annual Conference in Panama City, Panama from 7-11 October. The conference theme was “From Community Projects to Giga Projects: Civil Engineers Having a Global Impact.” ASCE chose Panama City for the conference location in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. Given the vital role that West Point trained engineers played in the planning, design, and construction of the canal, it was appropriate to have faculty and cadets represent the Academy and the military engineers at the conference. There were numerous concurrent sessions on the Panama Canal history and construction as well as other large projects such as the Big Dig in Boston, and the Abu Dhabi Central Market. Other topics included financing large projects, sustainability, risk sharing and mitigation, ethics consideration, and more. Jorge Quijano from the Panama Canal Authority gave the opening keynote address, highlighting the history and construction of the original canal and discussing the challenges associated with the $5 billion expansion of the canal to allow passage of larger, “post-Panamax” ships. Later in the conference, MG Bo Temple presided over the ASCE and EWB (Engineers Without Borders) leadership and awards presentation. LTG Tom Bostick, the Chief of Engineers, participated in the Industry Leaders Forum, where he discussed how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was tackling some of the most difficult infrastructure challenges. His discussion was particularly inspiring to the cadets and younger engineers in the audience, exhorting them to continue to learn and grow as engineers so that they can find answers to the problems of tomorrow. Following his session, the cadets were able to meet with LTG Bostick where he urged them to continue to pursue professional engineer certification and stressed the importance life-long learning. Additionally, MG John Peabody of USACE was part of a panel discussion about converting engineering vision into reality.

The Cadets participated in the professional activities of ASCE and developed an appreciation for the society’s efforts to promote the Civil Engineering profession. These activities included concurrent sessions focused on specific topics as well as networking opportunities to meet other students, faculty, and engineering professionals. The conference included a guided tour of the Miraflores lock facility and the construction site of a new set of locks that will double the shipping capacity of the canal. Miraflores is one of two locks on the Pacific Ocean side that lifts ships 87 feet above sea level to Lake Gatun. One more lock system on the Atlantic Ocean-side allows ships to complete the passage. The canal expansion will allow ships nearly four times larger (capacity wise) to transit the canal. In the conference closing session, the conference organizers and the delegation from the New York metropolitan ASCE section announced the 2015 ASCE conference, which will be held in New York, New York

 Dr Chol-Bum  with CDTs in the Combust Research LabTeam Spray Experimental Testing at Army Research Laboratory. Cadets Zachary Lee, Tyler Sowell, John Beck, and Zachary Glass conducted planar laser induced fluorescence (PLIF) experiments on liquid sprays at Army Research Labs from 06-07 October 2014. This project team performed experimental investigations of liquid fuel sprays in collaboration with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and two academic departments at Stanford University. The objective of this project is to validate X-Ray Computed Tomography (CT) scanning experiments being conducted at Stanford University with the PLIF method for characterizing liquid sprays. Diagnostic techniques for characterizing liquid sprays – including X-Ray CT scanning, shadowgraphy, and PLIF - are valuable in modeling and predicting liquid droplet size, spray cone angle and other parameters of liquid sprays. Developing the ability to diagnose spray systems is expected to play a pivotal role in the development and testing of future spray nozzles, which could reduce fuel consumption across the entire spectrum of Army engines. The project team performed experiments for two different nozzles – 2 millimeter and 1.5 millimeter diameters – over a range test conditions. Over the next few weeks, the cadet team will analyze the data and then present the results at the annual USMA/ARL Technical Symposium.

Boston Dynamics LS3 Legged Squad Support SystemSite Visit to Boston Dynamics and MIT Lincoln Labs. Cadets and faculty from XE475 (Mechatronics), ME404 (Intro to Mechanical Engineering Design, and EE401 (Senior Capstone Course) visited Boston Dynamics and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory for site visits and introductions to robotic systems. Group photo at Lincoln LaboratoriesBoston Dynamics is home of the “Big Dog”, LS3 (Legged Squad Support System), and the Atlas humanoid robot. Cadets observed demonstrations of these robots and their uses for both supporting military operations and civilian applications. LS3, pictured below, can carry up to 400 lbs and move 20 miles for a 24 hour duration. The group then traveled to Lincoln Labs for an overview of robots using ground penetrating radar to assist in navigation, and also a virtual world to research the interaction between soldiers, ground vehicles, and unmanned aircraft. Cadets were also able to brief their Capstone Project Preliminary Design Reviews to customers and experts in the field. 35 cadets were in attendance along with faculty from C&ME and EECS (Dr. Paul Muench, Dr. John Rogers, LTC Phil Root, LTC Christopher Korpela, MAJ Amber Walker, and CPT Dan Brown).

Cadets with Al Nagler at Urban Starfest in Central ParkAstronomy Club trip section: On 18 October, the Astronomy club traveled to New York City to the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History and Urban Starfest in Central Park organized by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. Sixteen cadet members of the Astronomy Club and three of their OICs: Dr. Paula Fekete, Dr. Roger Burk, and CPT Danny Thebeau, participated in this trip section. After watching the show Dark Universe, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, in the Hayden Planetarium, cadets visited various museum exhibits. In the evening, the entire group participated in Urban Starfest in Central Park, an event organized by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York and by the Urban Park Rangers. Numerous telescopes were brought out to Central Park’s Sheep Meadow to allow Starfest participants amazing views of the night sky. Cadets and OICs were able to meet and greet Al Nagler (in photo below), noted telescope designer and founder of Televue, a company located in Upstate New York that makes some of the most exquisite telescope eyepieces. All participants enjoyed “walking out” a scaled model of our solar system, an activity put together by the Urban Park Rangers. The Urban Starfest ended with a raffle drawing. One of our cadets, Montana Bilger, a plebe who already is committed to becoming a Physics Major, won an Astronomer’s Handbook. The trip, the space show and the meeting participation fired up cadets’ imagination and allowed them to meet people with successful careers in science.

Toga Duathlon: On 19 October, MAJ Will Koch escorted the West Point Triathlon Team to the Toga Duathlon in Nyack, NY. The Triathlon Team had a great race at Toga's Annual Fall Duathlon. Four West Point cadets and one visiting Coast Guard Academy cadet competed. Remington Ponce-Pore '18 took 2nd overall in the race. Dylan Varrato '17 and Rachel Gold '18 both took 1st place in age group results. The remainder of the team is in the final training week to defend the team's five-straight Half-Ironman National Championship status.

Trip Section: On 22 October, MAJ Nestor Echeverria and cadets enrolled in NE350 (Radiological Engineering Design) traveled to STERIS Isomedix in Chester, NY to see a real-world application of radiation technology that applies their required design project. Additionally, cadets will gain a better understanding of transportation, shielding, security, safety, disposal or radioactive waste in support of course requirements. STERIS Isomedix uses a radioactive source to sterilized medical supplies. While there, they reloaded new Colbalt-60 sources into their irradiation facilities, thus providing the cadets a unique opportunity to observe the inner workings of the machines and the process of transporting and handling radioactive materials.

Mont St Michel in NormandySemester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections: French: A few cadets attending semester abroad at St Cyr, the French Military Academy, spent the weekend visiting Mont St Michel in Normandy. It dates back hundreds of years as an abbey on an island fortress – the second most visited cultural site in France.

Cadet Ocasio and Cadet HannahSpanish: Cadet Ocasio and Cadet Hannah (SAP 15-1 Chile) traveled to Santuario de la Naturaleza Yerba Loca, Santiago de Chile, a national park full of waterfalls, rivers, and hiking trails. The cadets experience a wonderful day with nature.

11 Arabic students have returned to their studies following a weeklong break for the Eid al Adha holiday. During the break Cadets from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco traveled within Morocco and to Europe where Cadets visited the France, and Switzerland. Cadets studying in Jordan traveled through Jordan and Israel, visiting Wadi Rum in Jordan and Jerusalem, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, and the Sea of Galilee. CDT Redmond ’16 at the historical particle accelerator in CERN, SwitzerlandThe highlight of their trip was the opportunity to discuss Israeli-Palestinian issues with Jews and Palestinians alike during their separate religious holidays, Eid al Adha and Sukkout. Cadets from AMIDEAST in Rabat, Morocco traveled to Europe as well, visiting Paris, Budapest, and Vienna before returning to Rabat. Cadets from CIL in Oman visited the hinterlands of Oman as well as Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. All have now returned to school, completed mid-term exams this past week, and are continuing their studies.

French Forum in QuébecFrench: 13 cadets and 1 officer from the French Forum visited Québec this past weekend. They experienced and explored this francophone city in Canada in order to enjoy the cultural aspects of the French language in North America. The majority of travelers are taking French classes and some are majoring in French. An historical link was explored between the arrival of French settlers to the area and the modern, culturally and linguistically distinctive, and vibrant city today. Highlights of the weekend included a walking tour of the old city and a traditional, French-Canadian dinner.

Arabic: On 18 October 2014, the Arabic Club visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in Manhattan to view the Islamic Collection, which spans Islamic art from late antiquity through the Ottoman period. Nine Cadets and one DFL faculty member participated. Of particular interest to Cadets was an armored helmet from 15th century Spain, the last known piece of Muslim Spanish armor in the world. In the evening Cadets enjoyed a traditional Lebanese meal in one of Brooklyn’s Arab neighborhood eateries.

Professor Martin Flaherty with members of the West Point BandProfessor Martin Flaherty, co-director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice in New York City and visiting Professor at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, was a guest lecturer on 17 October to LW 481 International Law. Professor Flaherty, an expert on International Human Rights Law (IHR), discussed the significance of IHR, utilizing his experiences in addressing human rights abuses in both Northern Ireland and China. Drawing upon lessons learned in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Professor Flaherty addressed the interaction of IHR and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) during both international and non-international armed conflict. Professor Flaherty’s visit included a tour of the historic West Point grounds, eating with the cadets in the mess-hall, as well as a rousing photogenic moment with members of the West Point band as they prepared to entertain the Cadets.

Cleaning of Quarters 148DEP Spruces up Quarters 148 On Sunday, 19 October, over 25 members of the Department of English and Philosophy and volunteers from the Cadet Fine Arts Forum and the APL major cleaned up the interior and exterior of Quarters 148. Sweeping, mopping, raking, and pruning were just some of the chores on the crisp, sunny afternoon. The cleanup was the first stage in preparation for future renovations to convert the quarters to the future home of the CFAF. The efforts were accompanied by great teamwork, camaraderie, and a stunning view of the Hudson River.

CDT MacSwan 16 learning how to julienne a carrot and potato for which she earned first place in the Cadet Cooking Basic Training competitionDEP and SOSH Conduct Engagement with Culinary Institute of America: Ten upperclass cadets travelled to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park at the end of September to take part in the USMA-CIA Exchange, a program hosted by DEP and SOSH. The exchange is focused on civil-military relations and exposing cadets to professions that are surprisingly similar to the military—chefs wear uniforms with insignia and respectfully respond to their seniors with a resounding, “Yes, Chef!” With their chef partners, cadets attended classes on food sovereignty and security, participated in a timed cooking competition, and finished their day with a discussion on how their assumptions about civilians had been challenged (all while enjoying the fruits and vegetables of their labor). The CIA chefs will travel to West Point in November to participate in a day in the life of a cadet.

MAJ Lay Phonexayphova and CDTs at the Gowanus Open StudiosCadets in the CFAF’s Studio Arts Forum Travel to NYC: On 18 October, the Studio Arts Forum (SAF) explored the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York during the Arts Gowanus Open Studios. Major Lay Phonexayphova, OIC of the SAF, led five inspiring cadet artists in their examination of the plastic arts. At the open studios, cadets met and exchanged ideas with local artists discussing ways to tap into their creative sides. Eighty five different buildings opened their studios to the public, and over 200 artists participated in the event. The warm October afternoon was a perfect setting for artistic creativity and discovery.

CDTs Wieck-Baldwin-Siegel-Sanford-Hale-Cox-Livingston beside a poster advertising Mozart's Nozze di FigaroCadets Enrolled in EN102 Travel to NYC: Visit Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera and Public Library Special and Rare Book Exhibits On 16 October, Dr. Marc Napolitano and MAJ Erin Hadlock took cadets in Fall EN102 to the New York Public Library and Lincoln Center for a backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera. The cadets on Dr. Napolitano’s trip section toured the Met’s costume, wig, and scenery workshops before visiting the auditorium. In this magnificent performance space, cadets learned about the history of the Met’s priceless crystal chandeliers and its 24 karat gold-plated ceiling. Fall EN102 CDTs in the white-marbled Astor Hall of the New York Public LibraryWhile at Lincoln Center, cadets also visited the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, where they were allowed to view several archival materials from operas and plays, and to peruse a special exhibit celebrating the 45th anniversary of Sesame Street. Cadets assigned to MAJ Hadlock’s trip section explored the complex textual history of Shakespeare’s plays while viewing a copy of the rare first folio edition of Shakespeare’s works; even the most reluctant book lovers were amazed by the NYPL’s collection of books that are over 400 years old. This trip section allowed students to consider the importance of rare book preservation, to discuss the NYPL’s splendid collections and rare curiosities (both textual and non-textual), and to visit some of the special displays and exhibits currently on show.

CDT Holbrook 17 competes with a partner from a different schoolArmy Debate Tournament: Army Debate Hosted the 48th Annual West Point Tournament this weekend after commemorating the life of Mr. Robert Whitfield, USMA Class of 1948. 18 schools with over 200 competitors spent the weekend in Thayer Hall debating various aspects of US social policy. Our cadets managed the logistics, conducted operations, and provided mission command for the entire operation. The cadets courtesy, professionalism, and leadership made a great impact on all participants. A special thanks to COL Jebb, COL Nielsen, MAJ's Ramsey and Bolding, CPT Karr, and Dr's Brantley and Liebert for their time and support judging throughout the weekend and assisting with all aspects of administering this great event. In addition, Army Debate would like to thank the SOSH Admin staff and West Point's IETD for their assistance over the weekend..

The Model UN Team with their various awardsModel UN Victory at Yale: The USMA Model United Nations Team competed in the Security Council Simulation Yale in their first tournament of the year this past weekend, the 16th-19th of October. The team placed first overall and won the award for outstanding large delegation. Seven of the eleven cadets placed first, second, or third in their respective committees. Cadets Cyrus Cappo and Ezra Engel won first place in their first Model UN Tournament. Cadet Jason Lally won his second first place gavel in his Model UN career. USMA Security Council Simulation Yale MUN Results Cyrus Cappo (Class-2017)-1st Place Sneha Sing (Class 2017)-3rd Place Jason Lally (Class 2015)-1st Place Jack Bagdadi (Class 2017)- 2nd Place Jon Paul (Class 2018)-3rd Place Brad Torpey (Class 2018)-2nd Place Ezra Engel (Class 2017)-1st Place The

Grand Strategy CDTs with Congressman ThornberryGrand Strategy Program: From 16 to 19 October 2014, the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft at the University of Texas at Austin hosted a high profile conference titled, “Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism after a Decade: Are We Smarter and Safer?” The conference featured panels and discussions with prominent scholars, politicians, and policymakers, including U.S. Representatives Mac Thornberry and Michael McCaul, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper, Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) David Shedd, former National Security Advisor Steven Hadley, former SOCOM Commander ADM (Ret.) William McRaven, and former Director of the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) Matt Olsen, among many others. The cadets participating in this trip section each minor in USMA’s Grand Strategy Program (GSP) and had several opportunities to personally interact and engage with these accomplished intelligence and counterterrorism officials to better understand how senior policymakers leverage information as an instrument of national power in an ever complex threat environment.

Cadets at the NBC Nightly News DeskDomestic Affairs Forum: The Domestic Affairs Forum visited The New York Times, NBC/MSNBC studios, and The Wall Street Journal. Cadets had the opportunity to engage with producers, editors, and reporters in this engagement with NYC and the media world. Special thanks to Sosh's own COL (Ret.) Jack Jacobs for helping organize the trip.

LTC Schott CDTs Glenn-Sostak-Waruinge-Lewis-Soncini and Utter receive the Founders AwardCadets and faculty from the Departments of Systems Engineering and Mathematical Sciences attended the American Society for Engineering Management 2014 International Annual Conference hosted by Old Dominion University from 15-18 October in Virginia Beach, VA. MAJ Pat Sullivan presented work on "Reducing Energy Consumption in America's Government Buildings", MAJ Thomas Nelson presented "Creating Continuity in Multi-Year Research Projects at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels", Mr. Dave Chennault presented "Risk Management Perspectives for Aging Technology Infrastructure Challenges", COL Donna Korycinski presented "The Evolution of the Undergraduate Engineering Management Curriculum at West Point", and LTC Schott presented with LTC Worthan on "Optimizing Lieutenant Training at the Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence." Cadets Zachary Sostak (Team Captain), Jesse Glenn, Ryan Utter and Andrew Soncini participated in the case study completion, while Cadet Gabe Lewis, Cadet Raphael Waruinge and 2LT John Werner presented work from their capstone projects. Additionally, Dr. John Farr chaired the session for Best Dissertation Competition. The Engineering Management Program won the Founder's Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership of Undergraduate Education Programs in Engineering Management.

BSL CDTs and Faculty participate at the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society ConferenceBS&L Cadets and Faculty participate at the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society Conference in Ottawa, Canada: Members of the Sociology Program of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership contributed to the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society Conference in Ottawa, Canada, from 18 to 19 October, 2014. Dr. Morten Ender, LTC Remi Hajjar, and Cadets Will O’Keefe, Tyree Meadows, Josie Antilla, Ian McWilliams, and Jennifer Webster presented their research projects. Dr. Ender and LTC Hajjar also chaired panels at the conference.

CDT Zachary Panto, receives recognition from Commander, Navy SEAL and SWCC: On 22 September 2014, MAJ Christina Fanitzi from BS&L's West Point Negotiation Project (WPNP) presented CDT Zachary Panto, F-1 ’16, a coin and letter of appreciation on behalf of the Navy Captain Steve Wisotzki, Commander; Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) and Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC). In August, CDT Panto served as a role player to illustrate and afford the SEAL and SWCC participants the opportunity to practice managing difficult negotiation counterparts. Without cadet efforts, the training is far less realistic. WPNP is a USMA faculty effort to improve the ability of military leaders to negotiate and is an activity within BS&L's West Point Leadership Center (WPLC).

West Point Negotiation Project (WPNP) teach Navy SEALs 20-21 September, West Point Negotiation Project ran a 1.5 day training seminar for 22 Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, and Marine Reconnaissance leaders enrolled in the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Platoon Leaders Course, at Naval Amphibious Base (Norfolk, VA). The mobile training team included MAJ (P) Aram Donigian (BSL-Alum), Professor Jeff Weiss (BSL Adjunct Professor/Vantage Partners), and MAJ Michael Rybacki (BSL). During the workshop, leaders (E-7 through O3) were introduced to negotiation as a leader competency, learned how to analyze negotiation situations, and practiced managing difficult negotiation counterparts. The Project has run training for SEALs two times annually, since 2011, and recently expanded to serve as the primary negotiations training team for all four NSW Platoon Leader’s Courses, annually. WPNP is a USMA faculty effort to improve the ability of military leaders to negotiate and is an activity within BS&L's West Point Leadership Center.

Athletic Director's Update, October 23rd
10/24/2014

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USMA Wins Overall at Boxing
10/22/2014

USMA Boxing Three boxing teams squared off with a total of 14 bouts at a USA Boxing sanctioned event during a Golden Age-themed Ballroom Boxing extravaganza Oct. 18 at the Uchee Creek Activity Center.

The event featured bouts between the Fort Benning Boxing Club, U.S. Military Academy men's boxing team and Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Boxing Club to see who is the best boxing team in the Army, said Spencer Folds, sports specialist and event coordinator. The Benning Boxing Club competed in 12 bouts and won 6, USMA competed in 8 bouts and won 7 and the Fort Jackson Boxing Club competed in 8 and won 2. Joshua Meléndez, USMA, won with a TKO in the third round against Landon Wolf, Benning, in the novice 165 weight class. Read More

The October Network Science Center Newsblast
10/21/2014

In the current issue of The Network Science Center Newsblast they delve into Political instability due to food insecurity. As part of its mission to support military units deployed on stability and security operations, the Civil Information Sharing (CIS) Project is undertaking a food system research effort that will provide additional insight into the link between food security and instability. Participating in this effort is the Defense Threat Re-duction Agency at West Point. Objec-tives of the research effort include developing methods of identifying the components of food systems and once identified, developing indicators for assessing weakness of and identi-fying potential threats to the system. Such knowledge can assist command-ers in deciding courses of action for stability and security missions where food insecurity is an issue. Click the cover to read more.

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Dean's Weekly, October 17th
10/17/2014

CPT Kleind teaches PL300Wounded Warrior CPT Edward “Flip” Klein Engages Cadets about Leadership in PL300 On 29 September 2014, BS&L Alumnus CPT Edward “Flip” Klein visited the department, engaged with faculty from BS&L and the Simon Center, and taught cadets in PL300 (Military Leadership). The topic was power and influence. CPT Klein discussed his experiences as a platoon leader, leadership instructor at the Infantry School, combat commander in Afghanistan, and wounded warrior. Cadets learned that one’s use of power and influence reveals one’s character, and that they should strive to use various types of power in ways that make them increasingly trusted and influential. Too often, leaders use power in ways which get short term results, but only undermine their long-term influence.

Google meets with BSL Mgmt majorsLeaders from NYC Google Campus met with BS&L Management majors Leaders from Google’s NYC campus joined Cadets in the Management program’s Human Resource Management course on 3 October 2014. The Google leaders discussed how their firm selects and manages talent and develops organizational culture to support its strategy and create an enduring competitive advantage. Cadets have been discussing recruitment, selection, training and development in class. They were able to discuss how these processes occur in an organization that receives 2 million resumes per year and has doubled in personnel each of the last 10 years.

Major Heist and the CDTs of HI 358 in front of Hyde ParkOn Tuesday 7 October, cadets enrolled in HI358 Strategy, Policy, and Generalship culminated their study of the First World War, Inter-war Period, and Second World War with a trip section to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home, Museum, and Presidential Library in Hyde Park. Museum staff helped the cadets analyze a number of primary documents from the library and provided a tour of the home, while Major Jonathan Heist led a colloquium on US generalship during World War II. Having focused on American strategic decision-making throughout this period, this visit deepened the cadets’ understanding of both the challenges faced by America’s political and military leaders during the Second World War and their responses to those challenges.

CDTs in front of the Old Cadet Chapel in the West Point cemeteryOn 8 October Major Dan Horst and Captain Nathan Jennings led eleven cadets on a historical tour of the West Point Cemetery. The event began with lunch and a discussion of the rich individual and institutional histories represented in the cemetery by Colonel Ty Seidule in the Clausewitz Room. Cadets then travelled to the cemetery where they learned the history of the Old Cadet Chapel, along with the fascinating stories of the significant persons buried on the premises.

CDTs discuss the defense plan of Fort Putnam and the attempted betrayal by Benedict ArnoldOn 8 and 9 October, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Musteen, Major David Musick, and Major Stuart Peebles conducted a West Point fortifications staff ride with more than 60 cadets from HI301X History of the Military Art Cadets played the roles of key figures from the American Revolutionary War, while they toured Constitution Island, Fort Putnam, and other important redoubts and batteries around West Point.

CDT Kutsch summer at the Spanish Military AcademySemester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections: Spanish: Cadet Valerie Kutsch completed the final ruck march with third-class cadets during the Spanish Military Academy cadet summer training program. USMA Cadets participated with third year cadets of the Spanish Military Academy to experience a portion of their summer training. Cadet Kutsch found the experience of working closely with her counterparts in Spain rewarding, and she is excited for the academic semester to begin. The experience has greatly increased her confidence in her language proficiency.

CDTs attending SAP at the French Military Academy

French: Cadets attending SAP at the French Military Academy, Saint-Cyr, joined French cadets for a ceremony in Paris at Les Invalides recently where Saint-Cyrien “bazars” (Plebes) meet their “binomes” (Team Leaders) for the first time. The following is a brief description of the event:
The ceremony began in the Tomb of Napoleon, with the bazars on the lower level – standing quietly with their heads lowered, reflecting on the significance of the tomb and their commitment to being in the French army.

The second class cadets (the class we are with) all gathered around the upper level that looked down upon Napolean’s coffin and the level of the bazars. The bazars were called to attention, did an about face to face the center, and the second class began singing. It was very moving and impressive, especially with the acoustics of the tomb. The singing of the cadets is incredible, especially because they all sing beautifully and in harmony. The second part of the ceremony was conducted in the square of the Musee de l’Armee, and this is when the second class marched forward in front of the formation of bazars, stood in front of their respective bazars, and both the 2nd class and 3rd class (bazars) sang a song together.

L-R CDT Vaughan GEN Commenda CDT Schreurs CDT CoutteauGerman: The West Point Cadets abroad in Austria finished their field training exercise in late September. During the graduation ceremony, they met the Austrian Chief of Defense, General Othmar Commenda. General Commenda assumed his current post in July of 2013.

CDT Mid Hudson Philosophical PresentationsCadets Deliver Presentations at Mid-Hudson Philosophical Society Meeting In the Haig Room on Saturday, 27 September, DEP’s philosophers (both faculty and cadets) hosted the inaugural meeting of the Mid-Hudson Philosophy Society (MHPS). The Society brings together philosophy faculty and undergraduate majors from West Point and four regional institutions: Bard College, SUNY New Paltz, Marist College, and Vassar College. The morning session began with a welcome to the 45 attendees from acting Dean, COL Eugene Ressler, and West Point MHPS sponsor, Professor Robert Tully, followed by a lecture on David Hume’s concept of probability, given by Professor Don Garrett, Chair of NYU’s Department of Philosophy. At the afternoon session, four APL cadets gave original and lively presentations: CDTs Nick Cale, Brad Hodgkins, Zach Hoffman and Sam Kolling (pictured). In between presentations, the visitors dined in the Mess Hall and enjoyed cadet-guided tours. The Society will meet annually in rotation. Next year’s gathering will be at Vassar

CDTs enrolled in EP490 conduct peer consultation in the West Point Writing CenterWest Point Writing Center Provides Writing Assistance to Cadets Enrolled in Eleven Core Courses In its third year of operation, the West Point Writing Center (WPWC) has conducted over 200 peer consultations since opening last month, with 156 individual cadets requesting appointments. The 24 Writing Fellows who conduct the consultations are enrolled in EP490 (Writing Process, Argument, and Pedagogy), an independent-study elective offered by the Department of English and Philosophy, the gateway seminar for its Writing Fellows Program. The WPWC provides service to all interested Cadets enrolled in all core courses; thus far this semester, Cadets have sought assistance for assignments in 11 separate core courses. The WPWC will remain open for the duration of the academic year.

New York County District Attorney visits West PointThe New York County District Attorney (Manhattan), Cyrus Vance, third from left, visited West Point on 15 October. Mr. Vance visited the Department of Law and led class discussions in the courses Criminal Law and Introduction to Legal Studies. He and his chief of staff, Jeff Schlanger, briefed faculty members on the work of prosecutors in New York. Mr. Vance's presentations to cadets concerned how he decides to prosecute cases and how, in some instances, he agrees to release from prison innocent people that he believes were wrongly convicted. (Also pictured are NYPD Detective Ray Winslow, second from left, and DA Vance’s Chief of Staff Jeff Schlanger, third from right).

Ecology Students Visit the Wolf Conservation CenterEV471 - Ecology Students Visit the Wolf Conservation Center On Tuesday, 7 Oct 14 Environmental Science majors of the Class of 2015 visited the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in New Salem, NY as part of their EV471 Ecology field trip. The WCC was established to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future. The WCC accomplishes its mission through onsite and offsite education programs emphasizing wolf biology, the ecological benefits of wolves and other large predators, and the current status of wolf recovery in the United States. Environmental Science majors were exposed to all sides of the issue to include wolf biology, habitat requirements, and issues for and against the reintroduction of wolves.

DAF at CFRDomestic Affairs Forum to CFR: On 10 October 2014, a group of ten cadets from the Domestic Affairs Forum ventured to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City to attend a panel discussion titled, "The Sunni-Shia Divide" featuring NPR foreign correspondent Deborah Amos and dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Dr. Vali Nasr. Cadets joined an interdisciplinary audience of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty from all over the tri-state area. Not only did the panelists contextualize the long and contentious religious history between Sunni and Shia Muslims, Amos and Nasr also offered astute observations on the current state of affairs in the Middle East, particularly Iraq, Syria, and ISIS. Following the discussion, Cadets had time to mingle with their civilian counterparts from nearby universities and interact with CRF staff and fellows. Trip sections like this allow cadets to share their insights and perspectives with civilians, meet the Superintendent's intent for continued engagement with institutions and organizations in New York City, and enrich their academic experience. The cadets absolutely enjoyed themselves and appreciated the opportunity to visit the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations.

Athletic Director's Update, October 16th
10/17/2014

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Army Rugby Defeats Iona
10/15/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Despite a rocky start, the Army men's rugby team claimed its fourth straight victory to open the 2014 season, defeating Iona 26-19 at Anderson Rugby Complex under the lights on Sunday night. "It was a good game, hard fought," head coach Mike Mahan said. "We wouldn't quit and that's what's really important." Iona came out hot, getting up by as much as 12-0 through 37 minutes of play.The nationally ranked Black Knights, however, rebounded, showing their dominance to close out the game.

"We came out, unfortunately we might have been a little flat," Magee said. "Those kids are all New York boys so the opportunity for them to come to West Point and play at Anderson Rugby Complex is a huge deal for them, so we kind of knew they were going to come out tough. We unfortunately didn't match their toughness, but the team really rallied. I feel like that's a characteristic of an Army rugby team, we don't give up, we're going to play that 80 minutes and we're going to come out with the W no matter what." Full story

West Point Leads Columbus Day Parade
10/15/2014

Monday October 13th, The West Point Band led The 70th Annual Columbus Day Parade.  Photo courtesy of The West Point Band

Cadet Moira Fontenot ’17
10/14/2014

Young Rider Cover Nov 2014CDT Fontenot, a member of the West Point Equestrian Team, was featured in the November/December 2014 issue of Young Rider Magazine.

“It gets pretty tricky to fit in riding, but the riding program at Morgan Farm runs like a well-oiled machine. We have practice every day after classes. The team is split into two groups at the start of each practice. While the first group rides, the second group takes care of barn chores, and then we switch. We usually get in 45 minutes of riding. It takes a lot of time management, but it’s worth every moment.” Read the Article.

Dean's Weekly, October 10th
10/10/2014

CME Lab Technician Mr. Chong Ahn instructs CDTs L-R Buan-AlHanzab-Murray-Jager on how to level a total stationCE390 Total Station Familiarization Training. Cadets from CE390 (Civil Engineering Site Design) conducted familiarization training on a total station in preparation of an upcoming surveying lab. The total station is a surveying instrument used to determine information such as the distance (line of sight, horizontal, and vertical) and the horizontal azimuth between two points. CE390 focuses on site selection and the associated land development for civil engineering projects. Several types of surveys such as boundary, topographic, and construction are important aspects of the overall land development process and CE390 provides an overview of those surveys, along with some hands-on training.

CDTs Bateman C3 and Duilus H3 perform Seize the Day from NewsiesEP367 Drama Students Participate in Workshop with USMA Band. On 1 October, students in EP367 Drama participated in a workshop with the USMA Band on the subject of American musical theatre. This interactive presentation, led by Dr. Marc Napolitano and SFC Carla Loy Song, encouraged cadets to think about the narrative possibilities of the musical as a theatrical genre.

Over the course of the two-hour workshop, students discussed ways in which music can manipulate time through sung discourse (consolidating several years into a two-minute song, or stretching out a momentary glance into a five-minute ballad).

The cadets also contemplated the power of music to define individual characters’ personalities through specific rhythms, vocal parts, and orchestrations. SFC Loy Song encouraged students to consider how American musicals have addressed important and controversial social issues, from racial prejudice in “Show Boat,” to gang violence in “West Side Story” to the AIDS crisis in “Rent.” Throughout the workshop, students were given the chance to sing songs from “Newsies,” “West Side Story,” “Sweeney Todd,” and “Frozen,” while SFC Loy Song performed powerful numbers from “Big” and “Miss Saigon.” SGM Scott Arcangel accompanied them on the piano.

LTC Wyszynski-Sensei Reno and CDTs Mikinski-B1-Emana-F1-Shepard-G3-Roth-B1-Moon-D4-Kakoulakis-A4-Princeton ShiaiSupport of Cadet Competitive Club Competition. On 5 October, Sensei Reno and DEP’s LTC Joe Wyszynski led eleven junior members of the cadet judo team to participate in the Princeton Shiai. During the tournament, cadets faced collegiate and open competition; opponents ranged from Ivy League students to former service members and veterans of OIF. All the while cadets developed critical thinking skills and the courage to face an individual opponent on the mat. Eight members of the team placed with four cadets taking top honors.

Major Phonexayphova with CDTs Laneve-I3-Campa-D2-Ezeonyeka-A4-Studio Arts forum at the Walter Hoving Home in GarrisonCadets in the Studio Arts Forum conduct outreach to Garrison Rehabilitation Home. On 6 October, MAJ Lay Phonexayphova, OIC of the Studio Arts forum, led three cadet artists to the Walter Hoving Home in Garrison, New York to teach women at the home how to paint, shade, and draw portraits. Over 20 women, enrolled in rehabilitation programs participated in the event and learned about the plastic arts.

The victorious Army team at James MadisonArmy Debate Wins at James Madison: Army debate won the Novice division of the JMU Debate Tournament this past weekend. CDT TJ Collins and CDT Matt Watts followed up their second place finish at Rutgers last week with a dominating victory and 1st place prize at JMU. TJ was also awarded the top speaker prize in a crowd of over 50 novice debaters. CDT Ian Holbrook took home a 3rd place speaker award and 2 other novice teams (CDTs Matlack and Collins / CDTs Gulbis and Hickey) and 1 JV team (CDTs Reed and Oakley) made it to the round of sixteen.

Army Debate TeamArmy Debate Engages with Bard College: Army Debate participated in the opening event of Bard’s Hannah Arendt Conference on the Unmaking of American Values last night. CDTs Aaron Spikol, Theo Lipsky and Will Oakley teamed up with 3 Bard students and 1 Bard professor to publicly debate in front of an audience of over 75 students, faculty and community members whether or not individualism is still an American value worth fighting for. The team represented themselves, the Department and the Academy with distinction. In many cases the Cadets were the first Army Soldiers any of these students ever met and left the event impressed with the professionalism, intellectual curiosity, and communication skills of Aaron, Theo and Will.

Black Knights Alley Ready for Football Game Versus Rice
10/10/2014

Black Knights WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team looks to remain unbeaten at Michie Stadium on Saturday against Rice and prior to the game Army fans are invited to visit Black Knights Alley.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early on Saturday to take part in the multitude of fan activities offered on a football game day at West Point. Please visit ARMYgameday.com for all game day information.

Approximately two hours before kickoff, Army's football team members and coaches will participate in Black Knight Walk and parade through the heart of Black Knights Alley en route to the team locker room. Fans are encouraged to attend and support the Black Knights as they get set for kickoff versus the Owls.

Black Knights Alley will open at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and will be open until the game begins. The fan fest area is located along Mills Road between Michie Stadium and Lusk Reservoir. Black Knights Alley will be open three hours prior to kickoff for all home games this season and features live music, inflatables for kids, food and beverage, beer tent, face painting, a different interactive sport every game, tailgate show, as well as other vendors. Full Story

Hockey Hosts Sacred Heart to Open Season
10/10/2014

Army Hockey WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army hockey team begins its 2014-15 campaign this weekend as the Black Knights play host to Sacred Heart in an Atlantic Hockey Association showdown at Tate Rink. The games are set for 7:05 p.m. on Friday night, followed by a matinee time of 3:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS
Friday is opening night and Army Athletics is giving out free schedule posters for the upcoming season. The poster features the three captains. Army hosts Black Knights Buddies on Sunday and players will be available following the game for autographs. Read More

Athletic Director's Update, October 8th
10/9/2014

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The 2014 Thayer Award
10/8/2014

2014 Thayer Award In 1958, Major General Garrison Davidson ’27, USMA’s Superintendent at the time, summarized the Sylvanus Thayer Award with a purpose that still stands today: “…to recognize an American citizen of outstanding character and accomplishments whose status in the civilian community would draw wholesome comparisons to the values for which West Point strives—Duty, Honor, Country.” In introducing the 57th recipient of West Point’s highest award Lieutenant General (Retired) Larry Jordan ’68, Chairman of the West Point Association of Graduates, noted Davidson’s belief that the Thayer Award would inspire young people to become cadets. But in her speech accepting the 2014 Thayer Award, Dr. Condoleezza Rice remarked that it is the Corps of Cadets that inspires America’s citizens.

Rice began her speech to the cadets assembled in the Mess Hall for the event by saying that, as a university professor herself, she is tremendously impressed by what cadets do as students. She also noted how the football team at Stanford University, the University for which Rice served as Provost and at which she currently teaches as a professor of political economy at its Graduate School of Business, returned from its 2013 game at West Point inspired with stories of the lives cadets lead. Rice even concluded her speech by citing how the young men and women of West Point inspire. “You inspire us by the traditions of this place that has inspired you,” she said, “and you inspire us because you believe in Duty and Honor and Country.”

Since 1958, the West Point Association of Graduates has presented the Sylvanus Thayer Award to an outstanding citizen of the United States, other than a West Point graduate, whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify personal devotion to the ideals expressed in the West Point motto: Duty, Honor, Country. Dr. Condoleezza Rice’s lifetime of ongoing achievements certainly merits this honor. Full Article

NSRDEC - USMA Collaborate to Innovate Soldier Science Tech
10/6/2014

The formal agreement involves joint collaborative research projects between NSRDEC and West Point, encouraging exchange visits by researchers, faculty and cadets to each site, with both organizations allowing access to facilities, training sites, research staff, historical data and field equipment.

The collaboration will also focus on the creation of an 'experimental squad' structure using West Point's senior class annual field training exercise as a test platform where several NSRDEC technologies will be deployed with cadets in the CLDT. The intense, ten-day field problem centers on leader development and allows every cadet to rotate through leadership positions based on the Army's elite Ranger school.

During this training there will be one experimental platoon among the 24 cadet platoons. This platoon will be equipped with Energy Harvesting Technologies, a NSRDEC developed Mission Planning Tool, and cadets will assist NSRDEC in the development of Nett Warrior Apps to be used on enabled handheld devices to enhance future leader awareness of emerging technology and the importance of integrating this technology. Full Story

Ground Game Carries Football Past Ball State
10/6/2014

Ground Game Carries Army Football Past Ball State WEST POINT, N.Y. - Any hope of a Ball State comeback was squashed by Army's rushing attack, which put together a 10-play, 75-yard drive to put the game out of reach late in the fourth quarter. The Army offense rushed for a total of 425 yards and four scores, led by Larry Dixon's career-high 188-yard output, on a rainy afternoon at Michie Stadium.

Clinging to a 27-24 lead after 14 straight points by Ball State, the Black Knights went back to work on offense and sealed the victory with the clinching drive that ate up nearly five minutes of game time. Army converted three third down situations, including quarterback Angel Santiago's 11-yard touchdown run that extended the lead to two possessions.

Terry Baggett, who had a 39-yard run on the final drive, finished the afternoon with 64 rushing yards on five carries, while Santiago churned out 89 yards on the ground. Tony Giovannelli contributed 35 yards on six carries, Raymond Maples added 16 on four opportunities and starting quarterback A.J. Schurr had 15 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Aaron Kemper also ran for 10 yards, including a nine-yard break for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Santiago completed his afternoon 2-for-3 passing for 48 yards, with receptions by Edgar Poe and Maples. Ball State's quarterback Ozzie Mann was 18-for-26 for 173 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Jahwan Edwards compiled 186 yards of total offense, with 142 on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.

Defensively, Andrew King totaled 10 tackles to lead the Black Knights on that side of the football. Daniel Grochowski converted both of his field goal attempts, hitting from 43 and 21 yards. Read More

Florida Panthers Pay Visit to West Point
10/6/2014

Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates his pre-season goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning With such deep organizational roots, it was just a matter of time before the Panthers visited the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The Panthers, with West Point ties throughout the front office, headed north on Sunday for a few days of Army training as well as traditional hockey activities.

“To put it as simply as I can, we want to put the team in an environment that I believe represents everything a team should strive to achieve,” said owner Vinnie Viola, a 1977 graduate of the Academy.

“Esprit, camaraderie and sacrifice for each other is what that place’s DNA is all about. The idea that you will sacrifice yourself in support of the mission, protect your brother to the right and the left. From Day One, the talk is the mission is bigger than any individual.”

On Monday, the team will hold an open practice at Tate Rink before taking in the annual Thayer Award ceremony at which former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is being honored.

The Panthers also will work their way up Mount Tourne — where the team’s newest captain is expected to be named once they all make it to the top. Read More

USMA Drill Team to Help Honor War of 1812 Army Soldiers
10/3/2014

The U.S. Military Academy West Point Drill Team CENTREVILLE — While much attention has been given to the heroic efforts of the Maryland Militia in the War of 1812, many Maryland men also served in the U.S. Navy and the U. S. Army. Attention has been given to some of those from Maryland who served in the Navy, but less well known are the stories of the local men who marched with the Army and fought the British in the north, both in Canada and in the northern U.S. states.

Three of those men gave heroic service in major battles in the Niagara region in particular and have never been honored. On Oct. 25, that will change as bronze plaques will be installed at the War Memorial on the Queen Anne’s County Courthouse green with the names of Clinton Wright, Lodowick Morgan, and Jacob Hindman, all of whom died in service to their country. Lodowick Morgan, from Church Hill was the first officer killed in the Battle of Fort Erie and his death was reported in every newspaper from Maine to Georgia, along with 10 of his men from his 1st Rifle Regiment. The stories of these men will be told as their plaques are installed at the monument.

In that their 1814 heroics were on battlefields in the New York region, the United States Military Academy West Point Drill Team will come to Centreville on Oct. 25 to honor the three men. This will be the first time the Drill Team has given a presentation this far from New York State.

The Army honors ceremony begins at 10 a.m. It is the opening event for Centreville Days this year. Early arrival is suggested. Article

Future Army Officers and Climate Change
10/3/2014

The U.S. Armed Forces were not designed to protect us from disease, natural disaster or other associated environmental difficulties, but the military must be prepared to operate in these environments to defend America’s national interests. USMA: Educating future Army officers about energy policy and climate change. One way this is happening is in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point through a Congressional Simulation Exercise (SIMEX) focused on energy policy that actively explores the Army’s relationship to climate change. The SIMEX requires cadets to draft, debate, and attempt to pass a comprehensive energy reform bill.  Cadets role-play elected members of the House of Representatives, interest group lobbyists, journalists from various media outlets, and presidential advisors.  They are required to think critically and creatively, while developing a law-making strategy and debating the merits of energy policy among their peers.  Cadets focus their efforts on four policy areas including the environmental impacts of expanded fossil fuel use, the costs and benefits of sustainable energy investment strategies, the viability of a national carbon emissions cap and trade system, and basic budget and funding mechanisms for their choices.  Additionally, cadets prepare for the exercise by participating in lectures concerning the science of hydraulic fracturing, the patterns of commercial electricity use, and the ethics of environmentalism. 

The SIMEX creates the opportunity for instructors and cadets to generate critical institutional ideas and sensitizes the current and future leaders of the Army to the challenge of climate change. While these simulations do not directly impact national policy or Pentagon plans, they are affecting the cadets’ and faculty’s modes of thinking while also incorporating key policymakers and senior Academy staff into the energy reform discussion.  Just last year, staff members of the House Armed Service Committee along with West Point’s Superintendent, Commandant, and Dean all attended a SIMEX.  The cadets also benefited from several former senior government officials including: Jason Bordoff, current Director of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy; and David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University, and former Under Secretary of Energy (Acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs. These experts mentored individual cadets role-playing presidential advisors and provided an overview of the White House’s approach to climate change to all of the cadets and faculty engaged in the SIMEX. Read More

Dean's Weekly, October 3rd
10/3/2014

Center for Enhanced PerformanceCenter for Enhanced Performance On 24 SEP the CEP hosted Ms Emily Cook, a 3X U.S. Olympic team member, for a presentation to cadets and an OPD for the CEP staff. In the cadet presentation Ms Cook, a freestyle skier, shared her personal journey from novice skier to Olympic team member, with emphasis on the process of persevering through potentially career-ending injuries. For the CEP staff OPD Ms Cook detailed her use of customized audio and video files to facilitate recovery and competition readiness.

Defense & Strategic Studies ProgramDefense & Strategic Studies Program warcouncil.org On Monday Major Cavanaugh (DSS) hosted the Korengal war counsel, which brought author Sebastian Junger, Major Dan Kearney, and producer Nick Quested to USMA. The event included the actual war council, a faculty question and answer period, a book signing, and the screening of Junger’s newest movie entitled Korengal. All events were well received and generated a large turn out.

Cadets visit Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research InstituteDepartment of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Follow BS&L on Facebook. Cadets visit Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research Institute (BMRI) The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research Institute (BMRI) was pleased to host a visit by United States Military Academy cadets on Friday, 26 September. The visit gave select cadets majoring in Life Sciences, Psychology and Kinesiology the opportunity to learn about the cutting-edge work done by Burke neurologists, physical and occupational therapists, and researchers. Burke's affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College gives it a unique position as a world-class primary treatment and research center in the New York City area.

CDTs & USACE personnel aboard the Hayward NY district drift collection vesselNew York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Orientation and Harbor Inspection Tour On Friday, 26 September, cadets enrolled in EV481 “Water Resources Planning and Design” traveled to New York City to learn about the mission, capabilities, and operations of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New York District. COL Paul Owen (District Commander) oriented the cadets to his organization at District headquarters, and then Deputy Commander LTC John Knight led the group on an inspection of New York Harbor aboard the Hayward, one of the District’s drift collection vessels. Throughout the visit, cadets and district representatives discussed USACE support to military construction and civil works projects, particularly those regarding navigation and coastal protection.

1A Group of cadets demonstrates the down command during handling training“Soldiers for citizens” conducts dog handling training with “puppies behind bars” Soldiers for Citizens, a service club sponsored by the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) and the Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO), coordinated dog-handling training with over 80 cadets from across the Corps. Puppies Behind Bars, the organization providing the training, works with prison inmates in training dogs to serve a variety of roles from bomb-sniffing to therapy. These particular dogs will be given to wounded warriors to assist them in coping with injuries both external and internal. Now aware of the specific procedures required to handle a working dog, these cadets will work in following weekends to socialize the dogs so they are prepared to assist their “battle buddies” in the coming years.

COL Thompson-Dr. Jon Malinowski-and other G&EnE faculty members talk with CDTs during 1st Regiments open house & BBQG&EnE Faculty support to 1st Regiment’s Open House G&EnE Faculty members talk to cadets from 1st Regiment during an evening barbeque on 24 September. CDT Justin Ganzer, the 1st Regiment Academic Officer, coordinated with several departments to host an open house event in the regimental area. At the event, yearlings and plebes were encouraged to discuss academic programs with faculty in an informal setting with food, music, and a collegial atmosphere. G&EnE majors from the classes of 2015 and 2016 also stopped by to chat with faculty and enjoyed the nice weather before the start of evening study period.

Mr. Marsh records the computer-generated results of one iteration of the Napoleonic war game while CDTs plan their next moveOn Saturday 20 September, the Department of History and the Wargames Committee sponsored a Napoleonic Warfare simulation held in the History Department Library. Dr. John Stapleton, OIC of the Wargames Committee invited Nigel Marsh, designer of Carnage and Glory II, a computer-moderated game system for simulating Napoleonic tactical warfare. Saturday’s battle, the fictitious battle of Arnsdorf, was loosely based on the 1809 battles in Bavaria between the Austrian Army and Napoleon’s Franco-German forces. The simulation pitted a small, largely German force composed of eleven battalions, two cavalry squadrons, and three companies of artillery against an Austro-Hungarian force composed of ten battalions, four squadrons, and three artillery companies. The game ran three hours, in which time the cadets played seven turns. The German-Allies established their artillery with clear fields of fire, employed combined arms assaults, and counter-attacks effectively, reacting well to Austro-Hungarian over-enthusiastic aggression. The Austro-Hungarians, played well and had moments of local success, but ultimately, were undone by their lack of a coherent plan of action. Although this war game was the first of its kind for many, the cadets and faculty had a great time. Indeed, Mr. Marsh concluded in his After Action Review: “It was a great afternoon of gaming, and a pleasure to run.”

CDTs from Company F2 at Habitat for Humanity site in Yonkers, NYCompany F2 cadets and a Department of Systems Engineering professor perform service for Habitat for Humanity. Cadet Zachary Ramirez (CIC) and Dr. Bruce Keith (DSE) coordinated efforts to bring 25 cadets from Company F2 to a Habitat for Humanity site in Yonkers, NY on Saturday, 20 September 2014. The event served as a company service activity for F2 and a great opportunity for the Westchester Office of Habitat for Humanity to populate a worksite with many enthusiastic, able-bodied volunteers. The cadets worked various tasks, including placing siding on the house, affixing tile to a bathroom wall, building a soffit, and moving materials around the site. The Habitat for Humanity Office in Westchester has undertaken a veterans’ housing initiative, to provide housing solutions and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with affordable housing in Westchester County, NY (see http://habitatwc.org/veterans-initiatives/). To date, the H4H Office has built or is building six homes for veterans. The cadets’ volunteer activities, which are always welcomed on the site, helped to make this initiative a reality for a few veterans.

Cadets outside the Pentagon after their meetings on Arctic energySS490B: The Artic: Exploring the World’s Last Frontier. Cadets in SS490B (The Arctic: Exploring the World’s Last Frontier) completed a two-day trip section to Washington, DC. The course, taught by State Department Professor Dr. Ed Canuel, contends with interdisciplinary issues covering international/domestic politics, law, science, economics and society. During the trip, cadets engaged with top-level decision-makers, gaining insights into the Arctic, the foreign policy decision-making process and leadership. The cadets met with the U.S. Arctic Ambassador Admiral Papp, State Department Counselor Ambassador Shannon, senior State Department officials, military and security experts (at the NSC and Pentagon), Shell office directors and Greenland’s Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States.

The USMA team with their trophies back at West PointArmy Debate Places at Rutgers: The “Dean’s Corps Squad team,” Army Debate, competed at the Rutgers-Newark Regional Debate Tournament this past weekend, the 26th -28th of September. USMA brought three open teams, one JV team, and four novice teams. In the novice division, two teams cleared. Ian Holbrook and Sajon Weeks were octo-finalists while the team of TJ Collins and Matt Watts won all six of their preliminary debates and earned second place overall in the tournament. Army Debate is very proud of all the hard work each team put into the tournament and the way the cadets represented USMA and the U.S. Army at this year’s first competition!

Members of the Jazz Forum present SFC Reifenberg with a poster as thanks for his presentation on jazzJazz Forum event The Jazz Forum met on 23 September to hear from SFC Mike Reifenberg, Jazz Knights saxophonist, as he discussed the evolution of jazz. SFC Reifenberg spoke to a group of 20 cadets and faculty about the history and development of the genre while also playing examples from different time periods.

 

Cadet Capstone Team Meets with Collaborators at Army Research LaboratoriesCadet Capstone Team Meets with Collaborators at Army Research Laboratories: The Warrior Web Boot Attachment Capstone team, made up of CDTs Robert Mason, James Hill, Jameson Albers, and Kyle Okular were accompanied by their faculty mentors, Dr. Becky Zifchock and MAJ Amber Walker on a trip to Aberdeen Proving Ground in MD. The team used this as an opportunity to meet with their collaborators at Army Research Laboratory (HRED), as well as the Wyss Institute at Harvard University. In addition to defining the design goals and constraints of their capstone project, the team was afforded the opportunity to wear the device that has been designed by the Wyss Institute to meet the goals of the Warrior Web DARPA program: to create wearable technology that will prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries and provide movement assistance.

Cadets and faculty tour instrumented range facilitiesCadet Capstone Team(s) Meet with ARDEC Collaborators at Picatinny Arsenal: 36 cadets and faculty traveled to Picatinny Arsenal on 5 September to tour laboratory and range facilities and meet with Cadet Capstone project sponsors. The Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering has a long-standing relationship with the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), sharing subject matter expertise and resources to solve problems of interest to the Army and Department of Defense. This year’s projects include designing towards improvements in ammunition resupply, non-lethal threat detect/defeat, and aerial vehicle platforms.

CDTs Riggs and Laubach discuss passive air flow design with Eric Fred to reduce energy costs & improve air quality in buildingsCadets Learn about Energy Efficient Architectural Design. Mr. Eric Fred, AIA from Hudson Design Architecture in Garrison, NY delivered a guest lecture to Cadets enrolled in CE490 – Special Topics in Civil Engineering: Energy Efficient Buildings on Thursday, 25 September. Mr. Fred discussed important concepts that the students should consider for their engineering design problem in CE490. Mr. Fred explained the interplay within architectural design between:

  • local climate
  • building orientation
  • passive solar and thermal mass
  • earth tubes and air flow
  • clerestories
  • daylighting strategies
  • building envelopes

Mr. Fred proved himself a natural teacher, masterfully wielding the five colors of chalk on the blackboards as he explained the lesson learning objectives. The Cadets gained practical insight on the tools and techniques they can employ as they design their own net zero energy dream home for any location in the United States.

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Athletic Director's Update, October 2nd
10/2/2014

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Knicks Anthony Impressed & Honored at West Point Cadets
10/2/2014

WEST POINT — Carmelo Anthony loved the efficiency. If only Phil Jackson’s triangle offense can achieve such fluidity in New York.

The Knicks joined the U.S. Military Academy’s cadets early Wednesday morning in the mess hall and experienced firsthand the intricacies of the Army student body getting in and out in such a short period.

“Beautiful, man. It was a different experience, man, just seeing the whole setup, from them lining up to them going in there eating, eating with them, talking to them,’’ Anthony said after Wednesday’s training camp practice at Christl Arena. “I was more shocked to see 4,000 people get fed at one time for 15 minutes. That right there was just special to see the discipline those guys and ladies have.’’

It’s all part of the West Point experience as rookie coach Derek Fisher and team president Phil Jackson set out to show the Knicks there’s more to this world than the NBA.

“Being here at West Point is bigger than basketball, bigger than what we’re trying to do from a team perspective,’’ Fisher said. “It’s an honor to be here. Talk about being a team and committing yourself to others — it’s a perfect example of it. We’re as much trying to build ourselves as a team by Xs and Os.’’ Read More

USMA Scuba Team Conducts Diving Operations
10/1/2014

USMA SCUBA Team The USMA SCUBA Team recently conducted diving operations at Dutch Springs, PA. The purpose of this trip was to familiarize the newest team members of the team with general dive operations, and more particularly those that occur at Dutch Springs. This trip not only served as an effective team-building exercise, but also set conditions for future success for the team’s National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) open water certification trips that occur each semester.

The mission of the USMA SCUBA Team is to afford cadets and military personnel the opportunity to become NAUI certified SCUBA divers. This certification as well as other diving trips conducted by the team, allows individuals to enjoy the sport of recreational SCUBA diving. Additionally, those cadets who have completed the SCUBA curriculum and have a NAUI referral, can complete their SCUBA certification through the team.

(Photos courtesy of the USMA SCUBA Team, story courtesy of USMA)