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USMA Wins Overall at Boxing

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

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

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

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Athletic Directors Update Oct 16

Army Rugby Defeats Iona

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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Athletic Directors Update Oct 8th


The 2014 Thayer Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Knicks Anthony Impressed & Honored at West Point Cadets

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

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)

USMA Cadets & Faculty Participate in Tunnel to Towers 5k Run

Yesterday, members of the Corps of Cadets along with USMA staff and faculty participated in the Tunnel to Towers event in New York City. Over 2000 cadets volunteered for the 5k run named in honor Firefighter Stephen Siller. On September 11, 2001, Stephen got news of a plane hitting the World Trade Center and immediately set out to help. But when he reached the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, it was closed. Leaving his fire truck behind, Stephen strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, rushed on foot through gridlocked traffic, and ran from the tunnel to the towers where he gave his life while saving others. 

During the Tunnel to Towers event, cadets participated in a cordon to commemorate Stephen’s heroic story while honoring all wounded veterans as well.

Photos Courtesy of USMA.

The Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations’ Conference

LG Caslen and President Atifete Jahjaga and CDT ChurchillSeptember 25, in the Grant Ballroom of the Thayer Hotel, President Atifete Jahjaga of the Republic of Kososvo provided opening remarks for the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations’ 2014 Fall Conference.  She spoke of the importance of democracy and the many changes that Kosovo has gone through with the support from the United States and the UN.  CDT Arron Churchill, who attended the American University in Kosovo securities program this past summer, presented a token of appreciation to President Atifete Jahjaga on behalf of USMA.

Strategic Aspects of Kosovo Mission panelThere were also groups discussing the civil-military operations in Kosovo.  The first was a focus group on the Strategic Aspects of Kosovo Mission.  This group consisted of Jock Covey, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for UN Mission to Kosovo; Leonard R. Hawley, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary Department of State; Michael Edward Hess, Former Assistant Administrator, USAID; Akan Ismaili, Ambassador Republic of Kosovo; and CDT Kirwin, who offered his impressions on the Kosovo Mission.

The second was a Focus Group on the Tactical Aspects of Kosovo Mission.  This group consisted of James A. Schear, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Partnership Strategy and Stability Operations; Teresa Crawford, Director of Partners for Democratic Change; BG Xhavit Gashi Kosovar, Defense Attaché to the United States; and COL(R) Thomas M. Gross, Former Chief of Staff, MNB East, KFOR.  This group of experts emphasized the civilian organizations working in Kosovo that are still integrating their activities to support the peace process.

Dean's Weekly, September 26th

Faculty and Cadets from the Excel Scholar Program attend GRAD LabFaculty and Cadets from the Excel Scholar Program attend GRAD Lab On 19-20 September 2014, faculty and cadets from the Excel Scholars Program attended the Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees Laboratory (GRAD Lab), sponsored by the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM), at the University of Maryland – College Park. Attendees heard from faculty, staff, and student presenters from the University of Maryland Baltimore Country, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, and other area schools on several panels including, "Why Graduate School", "How to Prepare for Graduate School”, "Understanding the GEM Fellowship", and "Voices From the Field: Real Life Research and Internship Experiences".

The GRAD Lab encourages underrepresented groups to consider graduate engineering or science education and applying for the GEM fellowship. Focusing on the global importance of research and innovation, life-long career benefits, and real world role models, the symposium helped each participant envision his or her future as a technology leader, successfully apply for a GEM fellowship, and gain entry to a graduate program.

CDT Ty Naifeh takes notes as he and CDT Philip Choi discuss their design ideasDepartment of Civil and Mechanical Engineering - CE390 Site Recon. Cadets from CE390 (Civil Engineering Site Design) conducted a site recon on 17 SEP 14 as part of their course Engineer Design Project (EDP), which involves developing a proposed schematic design for a new layout of the Stony Lonesome II housing area. The course provides cadets the necessary background to select and develop sites for civil engineering structures.

Proper site selection and engineering have a significant impact on the economics of a project and long-term utility of the constructed facility. One of the primary goals of the EDP is to apply information learned in class to develop an attractive and livable neighborhood that encourages families to choose it instead of living off-post. The designs developed by the cadets will be presented to Balfour Beatty and may be used in a future redevelopment of the Stony II housing area.

Department of Systems Engineering - Capstone Team Visits the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant (IAAAP). Systems Engineering cadets, Rob Bickel and Joe Jeon, visited the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Burlington, Iowa. IAAAP is one of the few remaining GOCO load-assemble-pack facilities in the ammunition industrial complex. The purpose of their project is to identify strategic investments, infrastructure improvements, and other measures that will increase the operational effectiveness of the facility. While at the Iowa plant the cadets were able tour the C4, 155 howitzer round, and 40 mm production lines. More importantly, the cadets were able to conduct interviews with over 20 IAAAP staff members and employees including the commander of the installation as well as the president and vice president of American ordnance, the contractor that runs the facility.

CDTs Mostert and Wentz (in period garb) discuss with the public how the Continental Army was fed and suppliedOn 21 September, Cadets Libby Mostert and Meghan Wentz volunteered at the Fishkill Supply Depot Revolutionary War Days as part of a service project through Phi Alpha Theta, the History honors society. Major Shauna Hann coordinated the project and attended the event as well. Cadets Mostert and Wentz dressed up in Revolutionary garb, supported the 5th New York Regiment of Revolutionary War re-enactors, and educated the public on the importance of the local region during the War. Additionally, they met the local Congressman, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney who was visiting the site. Overall, it was a fantastic trip and the cadets got an understanding of why and how to preserve local history and its significance to the region.

CDT Sanborn 15 addresses the issue of CDTs using the term getting SHARPed and explains how separation of genders can be harmful to societyThe Department of History, co-sponsored by the Corbin Forum, hosted a panel on Sex, Society, and the Army on Wednesday evening, 17 September. The panel featured Captain Jake Couch and PROF Jennie Kiesling from the Department of History, Lieutenant Colonel Mercer from the Department of English and Philosophy, Ms. Vetter from the Center for Enhanced Performance, and Cadets Jacob Sanborn and Rob Fetters. Cadet Andrew Mohr moderated the event. Approximately 50 cadets and over a dozen faculty members attended the thought-provoking forum. The panel provided a valuable opportunity for both cadets and faculty to address difficult questions and societal context about sex and relationships in the Army in a safe and mature environment.

CDTs listen to the quarry manager describe operations at the Haverstraw basalt quarryDepartment of Geography and Environmental Engineering EV388a Physical Geology Field Trip. On 22 Sep, EV388a Physical Geology students participated in a field trip to local rock outcrops as well as the Tomkins Cove and Haverstraw, NY Tilcon quarries. Cadets were able to see an outcrop that records much of the geologic history of the east coast as well as good exposures of the world famous Palisades Sill. They also discussed quarrying operations with the knowledgeable staff at these quarries. These quarries have supplied aggregate for most of the area roads and crushed stone for the foundations of many of the area’s most famous buildings to include the Empire State Building and the new Yankees and Giants stadiums. On the way home, they also stopped briefly at the Bear Mountain Museum to view both the Geology Museum and the resident bald eagle.

Dr. Ross and husband Dr. Wrangham with CDTsEnvironmental Engineering for Community Development guest lecture. Dr. Elizabeth Ross gave a guest lecture to cadets from EV450 – Environmental Engineering for Community Development on 17 September. Dr. Ross is the director of the Kasiisi Project, an NGO which partners with communities in order to provide primary education for poor, rural communities near the Kibale National Park in Uganda. The Kasiisi Project’s vision is to achieve environmental conservation of the Kibale National Park and its diverse ecosystem through a commitment to teaching environmental conservation in primary schools.

Through education, the Kasiisi Project intent is to promote environmental conservation, while developing students’ occupational skills so they do not rely on depleting resources from the National Park for subsistence. The guest lecture included several themes from the course such as developing the capacity of the community in order to achieve sustainable development. Dr. Ross also serves as the POC for the GENE Department’s yearly AIAD to Uganda. Currently CDT Varriano is working on a water treatment and delivery project to provide water from a river to a community.

Dr. Richard Wrangham, Dr. Ross’ husband, also visited USMA. He is a professor and primatologist at Harvard University. The guest lecture was made possible with funds from the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations which promotes greater interaction and cooperation between the military and other civilian agencies, such as NGOs.

EECS Department hosts “Systers” Luncheon Thirteen female cadets and faculty met on Friday, September 5th for the department’s third annual Systers Luncheon. The event, organized by Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews and LTC Christa Chewar, was designed to bring female students and faculty interested in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Technology together in a casual, relaxing environment. Cadets and faculty enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with each other and make new friends. EECS plans to hold a similar luncheon in Spring 2015.

Historian Interviews English and Philosophy Afghanistan Veterans On 22 September, Professor Sönke Neitzel and nine Vassar students--including one military veteran now attending Vassar--visited West Point to view the Defense and Strategic Studies Program's Afghanistan War Council, featuring author and honored guest Sebastian Junger. After the War Council, Dr. Neitzel took a Cadet-led tour of West Point, and joined Afghanistan veterans teaching in the Department of English and Philosophy (DEP) to discuss their wartime experiences.

After the discussion and dinner, the group went to Junger's book signing and screening of the movie Korengal at Robinson Auditorium. Dr. Neitzel is the Chair of International History at the London School of Economics, and is in New York as a guest of Vassar College. On 23 September, seven Cadets and two faculty members from DEP traveled to Vassar to hear Dr. Neitzel's lecture, "The First World War in the Context of a Century of Violence."

Women's Tennis Hosts West Point Open This Weekend

Carolyn Pitman WEST POINT, N.Y.  - The Army women's tennis team makes its home debut this weekend as the Black Knights host the West Point Invitational, Friday through Sunday at the outdoor Malek Courts.

In Army's second weekend tournament of tournament play, the Black Knights are set to host players from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Fordham, Lehigh, Albany, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Drexel, Stony Brook, Quinnipiac, Long Island University, Marist, Fairleigh Dickinson, St Peters, Bryant, Binghamton, St Bonaventure and Manhattan.

Play will get underway at9 a.m.on Friday and will conclude with the finals of both singles and doubles play on Sunday. Read More

NATO: A Long Blue Line for Security

NATO Sec Gen Anders Fogh Rasmussen with CDTsSpeech by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at USMA.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited West Point, Sept. 23. While here, he met with BG John C. Thomson III, Commandant, United States Corps of Cadets, toured West Point, and addressed CDTs on the topic of "NATO: A Long Blue Line for Security" in Robinson Auditorium.
Rasmussen's visit marks the second visit this week, aimed at fostering support across the globe.  Below is part of his speech.

“This is a visit I have wanted to make for a long time. During my five years as NATO Secretary General, I have had the privilege of working with many of this institution's outstanding graduates.

Truly exceptional leaders and commanders such as the current commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, General John Campbell. As well as two of his predecessors.

Indeed, the history of West Point and of NATO are intimately linked. The very first NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Eisenhower, was a West Point graduate. And so were twelve of the sixteen SACEURs who followed him.

In Iraq and Syria, we see the rise of the so-called Islamic State. I say so-called because it's not Islamic. And it's not a state. It's a group of terrorists that has committed the most savage atrocities against many thousands of people in the region. And against Westerners who were only trying to help those caught up in the Syrian civil war. Brave people like the American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. And the British aid worker David Haines.

These terrorists are pouring oil on the flames of sectarianism that burn across the Middle East and North Africa. And we have already seen examples of our citizens going to those regions as foreign fighters, and then returning to our own countries. And threatening us here at home.

With such groups, there is no negotiation. Only violence and destruction. So we can't just talk. We need to act. And I welcome yesterday's strikes, led by the United States and several regional partners. We also need to support Iraq forces with supplies and training. And provide humanitarian support.” Full Speech

The President of Indonesia Visits West Point

President of Indonesia-Susilo Bambang YudhoyonoThe President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, visited West Point, Sept. 22. While at West Point, he toured Trophy Point, addressed the Corps of Cadets in Washington Hall, enjoyed lunch with cadets and USMA Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., and addressed cadets in Robinson Auditorium.

President Yudhoyono's visit is the first in a series, that will expose cadets to a variety of leaders from around the globe.

(Photo by: John Pellino/ DPTMS Visual Information)

Toyota USA Foundation Supports West Point STEM Program

Toyota FoundationThe Toyota U.S.A. Foundation will distribute grants in 2014 to 23 organizations that offer innovative K-12 programs, which focus on science, technology, environmental science and math and serve diverse communities across all 50 states. More information on the 2014 grantees and their work is below.

West Point Association of Graduates, will receive $270,000 over two years to support efforts to maintain a pipeline of STEM-specialized talent for West Point and the Army with an emphasis on minority populations.

Sebatian Junger's Korengal Screened at West Point

Korengal film by Sebastian Junger and Tim HetheringtonThe screening of Sebastian Junger's film Korengal was held at West Point on Monday, 22 September in Robinson Auditorium. After a book signing and an introduction by the Commandant, Junger gave some remarks before the screening of the 84 minute film. Junger and the late Tim Hetherington screened their film Restrepo here 2 years ago; Korengal is the sequel to Restrepo.

Starting in June 2007, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger dug in with the men of Second Platoon, making a total of ten trips to the Korengal on assignment for Vanity Fair and ABC News. Each trip started with a helicopter flight into the main firebase in the valley and then a two-hour foot patrol out to Restrepo. There was no running water at Restrepo, no internet, no phone communication and, for a while, there was no electricity or heat; it was essentially just sandbags and ammo. Some days the outpost was attacked three or four times from distances as close as 50 yards. Hetherington and Junger – sometimes working together, sometimes alone – did everything the soldiers did except pull guard duty and shoot back during firefights. They slept alongside the soldiers, ate with them, survived the boredom and the heat and the cold and the flies with them, went on patrol with them and eventually came to be considered virtually part of the platoon. By the end of the deployment, they had shot a total of 150 hours of combat, boredom, humor, terror and daily life at the outpost.

Korengal film by Sebastian Junger and Tim HetheringtonConditions for filmmaking couldn’t have been harsher. The surrounding mountains rose to a height of 10,000 feet – all of which was traversed on foot. Long operations meant carrying enough camera batteries to last a week or more, on top of the 50 or so pounds of gear required on even ordinary patrols. Cameras got smashed into rocks, clogged with dirt and hit with shell cartridges during firefights. Men were killed and wounded during filming, so there was a constant issue of when it was OK to turn on the cameras and when it was not. Only the filmmakers’ close relationship to the men of the platoon allowed them to keep shooting in situations where other journalists might have been told to stop. More on the film

Mike Smith Named Army's Director of Track & Field/Cross Country

Mike Smith Named Army's Director of Track & Field/Cross Country WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Mike Smith, who served the cross country and track and field programs at Kansas State for 20 years, has been named the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at the United States Military Academy, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan announced today. 

Smith, who has coached two Olympians and an NCAA champion, has been a part of three Big 12 championship teams. He becomes the 11th coach in program history.

“We are very excited to welcome Mike to the Army West Point family,” said Corrigan. “Mike’s profile stuck out from our remarkable pool of candidates and we all truly believe that he is the perfect person for the job. He has more than 20 years of experience with a great Kansas State program, and has a proven track record as a superior recruiter, coach and mentor. We can’t wait to get him started as we usher in a new chapter for the cross country and track and field programs.” Read More

Dean's Weekly, September 19th

Tierney facilitates CDTs on discovering authentick self in LeadershipClass of 1951 Leadership Chair invests in all levels of leaders at West Point during visit.On 9-10 September, Mr. Tom Tierney, the Department of BS&L’s Class of 1951 Leadership Chair, made his third official visit to West Point, and personally mentored 54 cadets across many academic departments and 21 faculty members through small group leadership seminars and meals. Mr. Tierney held two three-hour seminars with a total of 33 yearlings and cows discussing leadership and your authentic self where he facilitated great discussion and reflection on self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and qualities of the most effective and impactful leaders in their lives so far. Additionally, Mr. Tierney hosted a dinner for 12 Brigade and Regimental leadership or staff firsties, and talked about their increased responsibilities, difficulties with peer and genuine leadership, and definitions of success.

Expanding from his impact on cadets’ leader development, Mr. Tierney also hosted two shorter seminars with junior rotating faculty from BS&L, Math, and English Departments, facilitating a rich discussion and reflection on defining work and life success, and working toward taking inventory of how we spend our time on important, unimportant, urgent, and non-urgent tasks. Finally, Mr. Tierney invested in the senior civilian and military faculty in the department over lunch, discussing such topics as personnel and talent management, leading in times of constrained resources, and career transition. Overall, Mr. Tierney’s goal of adding value to West Point and its different populations was achieved over this short two-day visit. We look forward to his next iteration on 9-10 November, where he will host two cadet seminars on leading through underperformance and dysfunction.

LTC McCoy and CDT Nijel RogersPL 300 Outreach and Visit to Picatinny Arsenal, NJ LTC McCoy and seven West Point cadets visited Picatinny Arsenal (PICA) on 11 SEP. PICA serves as the Joint Center of Excellence for Armaments and Munitions, providing products and services to all branches of the U.S. military. As part of their visit, LTC McCoy and Cadet Nijel Rogers, BDE Deputy Athletic Officer, served as panelists for Armament University's Leader Development Program, a professional development initiative for civilians assigned to PICA. Cadets also had the opportunity to visit several tenant organizations at PICA, including the Gaming, Interactive Technologies, and Multimedia Division, the Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station (CROWS) testing lab, the Armaments Technology Facility (ATF), the Gunner Protection Kit/Rapid Prototyping machinist shop, in order to gain insight on how the Army acquisitions process supports the warfighter.

Capstone Team Conducts Initial Client Visit at the Configuration Management Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). Last week, Cadets Samantha Dorminey, Milt Washington, Daniel Lache and Angel Santiago (who could not attend) visited Mr. David Tillotson, the Director, Configuration Management Office for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The team received their initial guidance from him and his staff. He asked the cadets and faculty team to develop an assessment system that the Secretary of Defense and other key DoD leaders can use to share status updates. This should be a very high-level and important product. The cadets look forward to the challenge. POC is Dr. Michael Kwinn.

LTG Lennox CDTs Guzowski-Semerar-Ganz MAJ Ramirez Dr MassieCapstone Team Attends Government & DoD Smart Grids & Alternative Energy Symposium and Visits Pentagon.From 9 to 11 September, a capstone team, consisting of Cadets Jennifer Guzowski, Jacob Semerar, Alexander Ganz, and Katrina Mecklenburg (who could not attend), embarked on a mission to further investigate their research project of developing an Advanced Concept Energy system (ACES) prototype for the year 2040. The team attended an alternative energy symposium in Arlington, Virginia, in order to interview leading Government and industry experts on emerging energy technologies. Cadets interviewed many experts to include LTG(ret) William Lennox Jr. of Princeton Power Systems (56th Superintendent of USMA) and Dr. Darrel Massie(retired USMA Mechanical Engineering Professor) of Intelligence Power Energy Research (IPERC). Additionally, to further their professional development, MAJ(P) Ramirez provided the team a quick tour of the Department of Defense. During their Pentagon visit, they met Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, GEN Daniel B. Allyn. They also had an extensive discussion with the Assistant Deputy G1 (Army), Mr. Roy Wallace (SES) of his experiences during the 9-11-2001 tragedy at the Pentagon.

Protestant & Cotholic Combined ChoirEECS Department Head’s Final Choir Trip before Retirement. The Cadet Catholic Chapel Choir, led by CDT Stephanie Pavelko, traveled with 24 cadets to Avalon, NJ for the 32nd consecutive year. The Catholic Choir shares in the musical liturgy in three different services with over 4,000 members of St. Brendan the Navigator parish and many visitors who travel every year from as far away as Florida for the event. The Catholic Choir was also joined by the Protestant Cadet Chapel Choir for a joint music ministry at the 5:00 Mass on Saturday. In addition, this year was the last trip for COL Gene Ressler, who was making his final visit to St. Brendan’s Parish after being the Choir OIC for over 20 years. In honor of the COL Ressler’s retirement, the Mayor of Avalon honored him with a Proclamation summarizing his 36 years of military service.

Cadets learned more about 18th century linear warfareDuring various class hours 9 – 10 September, faculty members from the Department of History engaged cadets enrolled in HI301 in an innovative fashion outside of the classroom. Cadets learned more about 18th century linear warfare by participating in practical exercises using tennis balls. Lieutenant Colonel Dave Siry and Major Dave Musick led the exercises depicted below on 9 September. Cadets formed into two opposing armies and faced off against each other in the open ground adjacent to Jefferson Hall. The process also involved discussions about the challenges of this style of warfare, as well as ways that commanders they have studied tried to make improvements to their tactics in order to achieve more significant results both tactically and operationally. Lieutenant Colonel Jason Musteen led cadets in similar exercises on 10 September. Other instructors whose sections participated included Lieutenant Colonel Rick Black, Majors Rick Anderson and Andy Visser, and Captains Jon Romaneski and Josh Silver.

CDT Environmental Science Majors '15 L-R Tallier-Mullen-Hawkins-Ziegler-AmorelloEcological Research: On Tuesday, 9 Sep 14, Firstie Environmental Science majors enrolled in EV471 Ecology traveled to Wilkins Pond on the USMA reservation to take ecological samples as part of their term project research. During the morning, students sampled organisms, soils, water, herbs, shrubs, saplings, and trees in wetland and upland ecosystems. During the afternoon, students were assigned another ecological area for which they will be responsible to collect data, and using statistics, compare this ecological area to the control. Students will be required to write a scientific report, give an oral presentation, and create a poster as part of their term project research. The techniques and scientific methods learned provide the students the tools to evaluate ecological change and human impacts on the environment, and skills to present this information to an audience.

CDTs from Section F-3 are seen scanning West Point’s biodiversityEV300 Biodiversity Lab Cadets enrolled in EV300, Environmental Science, participated in the Biodiversity Lab at Flirtation Walk on 10 September. During this lab, cadets are assigned a 16’ x 16’ grid in which they count species of fauna and flora (and some insects, too). Cadets then apply the “SCAZ” equation (S = c*Az) in order to develop a mathematical model that relates the plot’s area and its biotic and abiotic components to the total number of species found in their plots. Similar macro-scale models have been run to estimate the total number of species on Earth – and the numbers are quite astounding!

Vassar visits West PointVassar Visits USMA World War One Conference On Friday, 12 September, seventeen students and faculty members from Vassar College attended World War One Conference presentations in the Haig Room of the USMA Library in Jefferson Hall. The conference, jointly sponsored by the West Point Department of English and Philosophy and the Department of History, featured an array of panelists from various disciplines around the world. Upon completion of the day’s official events, Vassar guests joined faculty members and Cadets for dinner and a brief visit with COL Scott Krawczyk, head of the Department of English and Philosophy.

Cadets Thomas Hinds, Sarah Bitner, and Curtis ValenciaThe First World War Conference at West Point From 11-14 September 2014, West Point had over 320 visitors to the panels and displays featured in Jefferson Hall as part of the World War I Conference, “Literature, Memory, and the First World War.” The conference included papers from international scholars from the University of Sussex (UK), University of Konstanz (GER), King's College (UK), Brazilian Command and Staff School, University of Cambridge (UK), Queen's University, University of Southampton (UK), and independent scholars from Eastern Europe (Poland). Besides a bevy of scholars from US institutions across the country, we also supported the Academy's NYC outreach program by hosting scholars from CUNY and SUNY, Rutgers, UCONN and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

We also enjoyed visits by Dr. Hoehn and some of her students participating in the Vassar Initiative. Service academy participation included scholars from USNA, USAFA, USCGA, and the head of the Merchant Marine Academy's Ethics Department. Additionally, numerous faculty members from the Department of English and Philosophy as well as the Department of History presented papers and served as panel chairs throughout the conference. Dr. Vincent Sherry, the Howard Nemerov Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, was the keynote speaker Friday evening at Herbert Hall. Sherry gave a moving talk during which he discussed how WWI changed the very definition of “sacrifice.”

On Saturday, we were honored to have Dr. Michael Neiberg as the keynote speaker for the conference dinner at Cullum Hall. Dr. Neiberg is Professor of History in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, PA. In his provocative talk, he provided compelling historical evidence that challenged many common and long-held assumptions about the causes of the Great War. To complete the conference experience, The Department of History provided conference participants with a personalized tour of West Point’s various historical sites. Overall, the conference was a great success both as a confirmation of USMA’s position as an institution devoted to serious scholarship and as a resource for the study of leadership, war, and culture. Moreover, it provided faculty, cadets, and community members a venue to engage in scholarly dialogue regarding the literature, memory, and social impact of World War I. We are grateful to all those who participated.

Mechanical Engineering Design Showcase Briefings

120 cadets enrolled in ME404 presented their concepts for the redesign of current project spaces in Mahan Hall. Cadets were asked to consider versatility, space efficiency, and security in their designs and queried their classmates and faculty to determine what would make an ideal space for cadet projects. Among the many ideas that cadets incorporated into their final designs were the following: collaborative work spaces, display areas, box seats that can also be used for storage as well as overhead storage, Smart Boards, protected testing areas, Wi-Fi capability, and a solar powered trash compactor. 

This is the eighth year of the mechanical engineering design showcase, which is part of the senior cadet design experience and prepares cadets for the design process and collaborative nature of their impending capstone projects. Whereas last year’s ME404 cadets designed potential merchandise for WPAOG’s gift shop, this year’s cadets were asked to design a project space in Mahan Hall that could accommodate the increased cadet enrollment in the mechanical engineering program. (This year, 120 cadets will graduate from this program, making it the single largest academic major at West Point.)


13 Golden Knights Headed to Pretoria South Africa

Army Golden Knights Parachute TeamA C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane based at Stewart and operated by the New York Air National Guard is heading to South Africa to participate in an air show.

The Air National Guard announced the trip Thursday. The plane will carry 13 members of the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team to the African Aerospace and Defense event this weekend in Pretoria, South Africa.

The plane will also carry an unmanned drone. Both vehicles will be on display during the event.

The Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing operates eight C-17s. The unit is based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh.

In addition, officers from the Air National Guard plan a series of exchange activities with South African military officers. Source.

Dean's Weekly, September 12th

Cadets-Drew Maillet-Andrea Steinke-Jason Sanchez (AFA)-Alyssa Chapman-Ian Holbrook-Andrew Mengle-Anthony Veith-in front of the Cecilienhof PalaceFrom 2- 20 June, the Department of History conducted the Cold War staff ride. Lieutenant Colonel (R) Ray Hrinko and Captain Erik Davis led six USMA cadets and one USAFA cadet through Germany, the Czech Republic, and Hungary to study the effects of the Cold War on Central and Eastern Europe. The cadets used their time in Berlin, Potsdam, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Munich and the Fulda Gap to better understand how the Cold War developed, how European people lived under the communist system, and why communism ultimately failed in these nations.

In Berlin cadets examined life in both the East and the West parts of the city through walking and bike tours. Cadets interacted with the remnants of the Berlin Wall, the dichotomous architecture of the two sides of Berlin, and memorialization of the Soviet occupation of Berlin after WWII. Faculty and cadets also spent a day in Potsdam touring the chateau where President Truman, Churchill and Stalin met to decide Europe’s post-WWII design. A particular treasure in Berlin was a guided tour of the Stasi Headquarters given by an eighty-year old lifelong resident of East Berlin. For more than two hours, the officers and cadets were able to ask her questions about life in Soviet-occupied Berlin, life under the German Democratic Republic, and the fall of communism.

In Prague the cadets received a guided tour given by a man who participated in the Velvet Revolution, which ended over forty years of communist control. They toured an underground nuclear fallout shelter designed to protect members of the Czechoslovakian communist party and Wenceslas Square where Czech students forced the collapse of communism through massive protests. Additionally, the cadets spent some free time taking in the beauty of Prague’s medieval era buildings and the Charles Bridge.

After an overnight stay in Vienna to visit the Schonbrunn Palace where President Kennedy met Khrushchev in 1961, the cadets stayed in Budapest, Hungary for three days to tour some of the sites of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The House of Terror Museum, located in the headquarters of the Hungarian Cold War-era secret police, was particularly enlightening. The museum was designed using multimedia-enriched displays of artifacts, interviews and interrogation cells. It encapsulated some of the worst communist population control techniques as well as what befell those who tried to overthrow the communist system in 1956.
Finally, the cadets spent an evening in Munich discussing the role of the Middle East and terrorism in the Cold War by analyzing the 1972 murders of Israeli Olympians. The cadets also toured the OP Alpha Museum to examine the role of American forces along the Iron Curtain.

CDTs Bruce Spencer-Krishawn Tellett-Rapheal Waruinge-of the Systems Engineering DeptCapstone Team Interviews Client at Vicksburg, MS. Cadets Bruce Spencer, Krishawn Tillett, and Rapheal Waruinge from the Systems Engineering Department traveled to the Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg MS to conduct initial client interviews and stakeholder analysis for their senior capstone projects. The cadets represented two teams that will work with ERDC over the upcoming academic year. One team is working to model life cycle costs and the other team is working to model the military logistics at the APODs and SPODs.

Systems capstone team interviews the Center for Army Analysis (CAA). On Friday, 5 September, COL Garrett Heath from the Center for Army Analysis (CAA) at Ft. Belvoir, VA, met with a team of D/SE cadets who are working on a capstone project for him. Cadets Tom Boule, Garrett Holmes, Eliot Knotts, and Dirk Vandermeyden are developing a software tool for multi-attribute decision analysis that will be used by CAA analysts in their work. COL Heath was accompanied by CAA analysts Nancy Zoller, Kristin Veale, and Sarah Harrop, who joined in helping define the requirement for the project.

LTC Ken Allen-CDTs Cathering Sedy 16-Dylan Morgan 16-Connor Wernecke 16Triathlon: LTC Ken Allen traveled with three cadets from the West Point triathlon team who competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant Canada on Sunday, 7 September. Each cadet qualified by winning their respective age group divisions in an Ironman 70.3 race over the past year. The event had over 2700 athletes representing 87 countries. The three cadets performed magnificently against the top athletes in the world. CDT Dylan Morgan ’16 placing 10th in the world in the 18-24 year old male division, CDT Connor Wernecke ’16 placed 35th in the same division and CDT Catherine Sedy ’16 placing 21st in the world in the 18-24 year old female division. CDTs Morgan and Sedy had previously competed in the 70.3 World Championships last year. CDT Wernecke will compete in the full Ironman World championships in Kona Hawaii in October.

Members of the USMA and USNA Sailing Teams at the Spirit Rider RegattaArmy Sailing Defeats Navy at Spirit Rider Regatta D/G&EnE Instructor CPT (P) Matty Haith accompanied the Army Sailing Team to Long Island 5-7 September in order to compete in the Spirit Rider Regatta. The regatta honors Patrick O’Keefe, a firefighter who died in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11, as well as other first responders and heroes of 9/11. In addition to sailing, the regatta featured a memorial to those who lost their lives on 9/11, which was well attended by members of both the NYPD and NYFD. Both Army and Navy Sailing Teams compete in this event yearly, and although the emphasis of the event is to remember fallen heroes, in friendly competition, the Army Team has beaten Navy over the past four years.

West Point Close to the Top for Early-Career Salaries

USMA West Point is one of the top schools when it comes to early career and even mid-career salaries. High-end early-career salaries for bachelor's degrees United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point average $75,100 while high-end mid-career salaries for bachelor's degrees average $123,900.  This data comes from PayScale including the salary information of US civilian employees.  Self-employed and contract or project based employees were not included.

Branch Week at West Point

Longbow ApacheIt's Branch Week at West Point! All week long, cadets have the opportunity to meet with Branch representatives to learn about the different U.S. Army career fields and equipment through static display tours, leader panels, independent research and social functions. See More

Sailing Team participated in a training clinic at USNA

Sailing Team participated in a training clinic at the United States Naval Academy The United States Military Academy Sailing Team participated in a training clinic at the United States Naval Academy Aug. 30-31. The clinic, instructed by Greg Jordan, USMA Class of 1979, allowed the Cadets to re-familiarize themselves with boat handling and racing tactics, and prepare for different weather scenarios. The training clinic has been an annual event since 2005. See More

Football Picks Off Buffalo in Season Opener

Dixon crossing the End ZoneChris Carnegie's interception at the end of the first half helped send Army into halftime with a 21-3 lead and the Black Knights held off a late Buffalo rally to claim a 47-39 season-opening victory on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.

Army rushed for 342 yards and seven scores on the ground, and the defense intercepted three passes by Buffalo (1-1) quarterback Joe Licata as Army won its first game under head coach Jeff Monken. Larry Dixon led the rushing attack with 20 carries for a career-high 174 yards and two touchdowns. Terry Baggett had 74 yards on six carries, including a 41-yard score, while Tony Giovannelli, Angel Santiago, Raymond Maples and Matt Giachinta each reached the end zone.

Through the air, Santiago was 6-for-6 for 96 yards and A.J. Schurr had one completion for 29 yards. It was the first time since Oct. 1, 2011 Army did not throw an incomplete pass in a game.

Although Licata was intercepted three times, he did throw five second-half touchdown passes and accounted for 396 yards as Buffalo attempted to get back in the game after falling behind 47-17 early in the fourth quarter. Licata completed 34 of his 49 pass attempts, six to his favorite target Marcus McGill, who totaled 123 yards and two touchdowns. Read More

The Women of West Point

Lindsey Danilack '14 far left, in construction managementIn his opening remarks to the graduating class at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in May, President Obama called out four cadets by name. Three of them were women: Austen Boroff and Erin Mauldin, leaders in one of the academy’s four regiments, and Calla Glavin, a Rhodes Scholar and lacrosse goalie. At the ceremony’s close, Obama was succeeded by the chain of command, which ended with the top cadet — Lindsey Danilack, just the fourth woman to hold this position — giving an order. “Class of 2014, dismissed,” she said.

From its founding in 1802, on George Washington’s earlier recommendation, until 1976, West Point admitted no women. Since then, more than 4,100 have followed in the steps of the first 62 female graduates in 1980. Many more are on the way, too, now that the American military will be opening combat positions to qualifying women by 2016. The 263 female cadets who started at West Point this year made up 22 percent of the incoming class, a record number, up from 16 percent last year.

They and their fellow first-year cadets, or plebes, reported for Reception Day on July 2, which marked the beginning of six weeks of cadet basic training, a k a Beast Barracks, and the end of their civilian lifestyles. “I knew I was going to need to step it up in the physical realm,” Danilack says, referring to her own early days on campus. “But I never knew it was going to be as hard as it turned out to be.” Upon graduating, she and her classmates received their commissions — and their bars — as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Read More

Dean's Weekly, September 5th

The Department of Law visited Bosnia, Croatia, Germany, and the NetherlandsThe Department of Law: Conducted the War Crimes Staff Ride from 17 June to 1 July 2014. Four cadets and one professor participated. They were LTC Ward Narramore, CDT Michael Sanchez, class of 2014, CDT Bridget Haupt, CDT Matthew Pope, and CDT Braetana Roy, all class of 2016. Participants visited Bosnia, Croatia, Germany, and the Netherlands. The purpose of the trip was to examine the brutality of war and the attempts to bring war crimes perpetrators to justice and the many challenges of using criminal and international law as tools to prosecute war crimes. Specifically, cadets were asked to consider the difference between war crimes and standard criminal acts; who should be held accountable and by whom; and what legal structures exist to deal with complex problem.

In Bosnia cadets observed a criminal trial prosecuting lower level officials from Bosnian War; visited Srebrenica, the site of a massacre of over 5,000 civilians in 1995; and met with the International Committee of Missing Persons, an organization dedicated to finding and identifying the many missing persons from the Balkan wars. In Croatia, participants toured Vukovar, the site of a 90-day siege in 1991 by the Yugolsav army in which many civilians were indiscriminately bombed and ultimately gathered up and shot. In Germany cadets learned about war crimes committed by the Nazi government in War World II and the ultimate response to those crimes by visiting Dachau, Munich, and the site of the Nuremberg tribunals. Finally, cadets traveled to The Hague in the Netherlands to visit and observe ongoing court proceedings at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court.

The full scope of the trip gave cadets the opportunity to consider both the historical evolution of the response to war crimes, as well as both the national level impacts and response and the international response to a more recent conflict.

Cadets Frankiesha Hawkins (left) and Nathan Moran (right)Ecological Research in Ecology (EV471). On 29 August 2014, 23 Environmental Science Firsties in Ecology (EV471) collected data on coniferous tree needles on West Point. Although needles on the same tree might be expected to conform to a genetically determined size, differences in needle age, exposure to sun or shade, wind, temperature, or moisture supplied through a particular branch could influence needle length. During the lab cadet teams developed a hypothesis, determined a research design, collected data, evaluated data with statistics, and made conclusions to determine if needle length differs on a tree based upon the needles’ proximity to sunlight. The Environmental Science majors are being taught field research techniques and the importance of applying the tools of science and statistics to solve ecological questions.

Cadets Frankiesha Hawkins (left) and Nathan Moran (right) measure needle length in conifers as part of their Ecology assignment.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering SymposiumDepartment of Physics and Nuclear Engineering Symposium: During 25-28 August, faculty and cadets from the Photonics Research Center's High Energy Laser (HEL) Project participated in the 2014 Directed Energy Professional Society System Symposium in Monterey, CA. PANE CDTs Melissa Yasnowski and Christopher Wink presented their work on the effects of laser beam incident angle on burn-through time in an attempt to answer questions related to engaging UAVs with HELs (now 2LT Phil Corbins also participated in the research). PANE CDTs Ian De Mallie and Steven Vollmer presented their work on the effects of rotation and conductor-doped surface coatings the heating rates of steel in an attempt to answer questions related to defeating mortars with HELs (now 2LT Frank Arnold also participated in the research). CME Cadet Kyle Okular presented his work on a computational thermal model for the loss of mass due to absorption of laser energy.

Their research, funded by the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office (HEL-JTO), was very well received by the directed energy community and they brought back many ideas to further this cutting-edge research for years to come. PANE faculty COL Kraig Sheetz, LTC Louis Florence, and Dr. David Kashinski served as conference chairs of the Employment portion of the symposium where, in addition to the cadet presentations, 18 other researchers from around the country presented their work on furthering the concept of employing directed energy weapons in an operational environment. Additionally, Dr. Gunnar Tamm of CME, also a participant in the HEL group research, presented his project on an improvised microwave system. The Photonics Research Center has actively participated in high energy laser research, and has supported this Directed Energy Professional Society Symposium, for eight years. Shown in the photo are the cadets named above and the Director of the Joint Technology Office, Dr. Lawrence Grimes.

West Point Triathlon TeamTriathlon: LTC Ken Allen traveled with nineteen cadets from the West Point Triathlon team to Lake George, NY for Labor Day weekend where they competed in the Lake George Triathlon on Saturday, 30 August. They also conducted their fall training weekend in the Lake George area for the remainder of the weekend. The team placed 2nd in the collegiate division behind Penn State and earned a cash prize of $300. The top athlete from West Point was cadet Angelica Dickson ’16 who was the 2nd overall collegiate female. This race served as the first collegiate race for many of the West Point athletes and, for some, their very first triathlon. All of the athletes competing were working towards qualification for the USA Triathlon Collegiate nationals in the spring of 2015. The training weekend was also a huge success with cadets performing skills and safety training on open water swimming, cycling, and running with head coach Ian Obrien and team building exercises integrating new members into the squad..

One Mississippi, Two Mississippi…

Mississippi West Point CadetsSeven of the eight Mississippi Cadets, class of 2018, were able to quickly link up for this photo during the New Cadet Talent show and awards ceremony at Camp Buckner on their final evening of Beast Barracks, August 11, 2014.  The class of 2018 unveiled their motto “With Strength We Lead, 2018” at this event.  The next morning they departed on their culminating event, the 12.2 mile fully loaded ruck march, where they marched the last two miles amongst the cheering family, friends, tourist, and West Point staff and faculty…and, of course, the upper three classes waiting in the cadet area.

Scott Barracks construction is complete

Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, USMA Superintendent (center) and Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, Commander of Army IMCOM, join other leaders in cutting the ribbon for the opening of Scott Barracks Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, USMA Superintendent (center) and Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, Commander of Army IMCOM, join other leaders in cutting the ribbon for the opening of Scott Barracks, Aug. 29. Named in honor of General Winfield Scott, Scott Barracks was built in 1936 and underwent wall-to-wall renovations over the past year. A favorite among the cadets inhabiting the upgraded barracks is the air-conditioning which was retrofitted with the new roof installation.

Dean's Weekly, August 29th

Colonel Ty Seidule visited Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California to discuss Apple’s support of the digital textbook initiative in Military Art. He then visited the company Unity 3D in San Francisco. Unity makes a video game engine that the Department will use to create apps for Gettysburg and Normandy to support cadet education in Military Art and on staff rides.

Cadet Agyapong & COL NaessensAward Recognition: On 20 August, COL Ed Naessens presented a PANE Department Coin to Cadet Paul Asare-Agyapong (NENO 2015) for his recognition of being one of the top 7 student interns of nearly 1300 students from across the country at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). In the long history of cadet AIADs at ANL, this is the first time any cadet has gained this level of recognition. Cadet Asare-Agyapong's work is also published in a LANL technical report.
Cadet Agyapong & COL Naessens

Astronomy Club participates at Club NightAstronomy Club participates at Club Night: On 19 August, the first Tuesday night of the new school year, the leadership of the Cadet Astronomy Club consisting of Cadets Alberto Squatrito, Oliver Di Nallo, William Maier, Samuel Hartford, Jonathan Roche and Spencer Collazos along with club OICs Dr. Paula Fekete (PNE) and LTC David Harper participated at Club Night held at Ike Hall. Club night is always a great opportunity to recruit new club members. This year’s event proved to be a great success as well, as more than 100 additional cadets signed up to join the club. We had several of our telescopes showcased at the event. For the first time in many years, the weather decided to cooperate! We were able to take a look at prominences and sunspots visible on the setting Sun courtesy of LTC Harper’s new 60-millimeter Lunt hydrogen alpha solar telescope (the club requested the 100-millimeter version as part of DCA’s last year mid-year funding). The first meeting of the club was its organizational meeting on 25 August, attended by club leaders only. Weekly Astronomy Club meetings will resume on 2 September. The Astronomy Club is looking forward the move to its new observatory, located in the newly renovated part of the Science Building, expected to take place no later than 1 October 14.

Symposium: During 25-28 August, CDTs Ian De Mallie, Steven Vollmer, Melissa Yasnowski, and Christopher Wink will travel to the Directed Energy Professional Society's (DEPS) Annual Symposium in Monetary, CA to present research conducted using the High Energy Laser (HEL) in the Photonics Research Center (PRC). CDTs Yasnowski, Wink, and now 2LT Phil Corbins explored the effects of beam angle on burn-through time in an attempt to answer questions related to engaging UAVs with HELs. CDTs De Mallie, Vollmer, and now 2LT Frank Arnold explored the effects of rotation and conductor-doped surface coatings the heating rates of steel in an attempt to answer questions related to defeating mortars HELs. Work on these projects is ongoing, the status of which will be presented at the symposium. PNE and PRC faculty COL Kraig Sheetz, LTC Louis Florence, and Dr. David Kashinski are session chairs of the employment portion of the symposium in which the cadets will present.

Women's Tennis Welcome Six

USMA Women's Tennis Coach Paul Peck The Army women's tennis team has announced its 2014-15 freshman class, welcoming six newcomers, announced by head coach Paul Peck.

Hannah Dahlem, Victoria Falk, Leslie Frankland, Bridget Geurnard, Alyssa Hall and Julian Mok have each joined the Black Knights for the 2014-15 season.

Dalhem, a native of Avon, Conn., played at Avon High School. A four-star recruit, she has been ranked as high as No. 83 by the Tennis Recruiting Network. She was the All-Courant Player of the Year for the Hartford Courant in 2011 and earned all-state, all-conference and scholar-athelte honors in 2011 and 2014.

Hailing from Lake Forest High School in Illinois, Falk is a two-star recruit who has been ranked as high as No. 322 by the Tennis Recruiting Network. She boasts an impressive academic history with a 4.9 GPA (on a five-point scale). She was the Lake Forest High School women's tennis team captain in 2013 and contributed to two Illinois State Team Championships in 2010 and 2012. Read More

Dean's Weekly, August 22nd

Cadets discuss memory of war at the grave of Rudyard Kipling’s son, JackFrom 30 May to 12 June, the Department of History and the Department of English and Philosophy conducted an AIAD staff ride, “World War I in Memory and Literature” in France and Belgium. Following preparatory studies during the spring semester, fifteen cadets participated along with COL Mike Stoneham, LTC Jason Musteen, LTC Dave Siry, MAJ Deb Daley, and 2LT Niki Boyda in an in-depth examination of the conflict as well as the literature and poetry it generated. Through the study of history and literature, the cadets gained a greater appreciation for the conduct of the war, the individual experience of warfare, and the individual and national memories that emerged from the war. Battlefield studies included the 1st and 2nd Battles of the Marne, Verdun, Loos, the Somme, the Ypres Salient, Passchendaele, the 1918 German offensives, Château-Thierry, and Belleau Wood. At each location, cadets presented historical analysis and examined literature and poetry from soldier-authors such as Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Ernst Jünger, Henri Barbusse, Herbert McBride, Alan Seeger, and others. To conclude the study, the cadets will prepare academic papers for presentation at the West Point conference, “Literature, Memory and the First World War” to be held in September.
Photo: Cadets discuss memory of war at the grave of Rudyard Kipling’s son, Jack.

CDT Kiana Frick briefs AIAD Capstone at East-West Institute – NYCCDT Kiana Frick briefs AIAD Capstone at East-West Institute – NYC
On 06 AUG, CDT Kiana Frick (’16), briefed her capstone at the completion of her AIAD with the East-West Institute (EWI) in NYC. Kiana, given an independent project, analyzed a real time problem set and offered her recommendations to GEN (Ret) Moseley, 18th Chief of Staff, USAF; COL (Ret) James Creighton, EWI Chief Operating Officer; David Firestein, EWI VP of Strategic Trust-Building Imitative and Former US Diplomat to China and Russia; MAJ Christina Fanitzi, West Point Negotiations Project OIC. Kiana’s work set the stage and enabled East-West Institute to make decisions regarding the way-forward in pertinent real-world mediations. The East-West Institute is an international not-for-profit, non-partisan "think and do" tank focusing on international conflict resolution through a variety of means, including track 1.5 and 2 diplomacy (conducted with the direct involvement of official actors), hosting international conferences, and authoring publications on international security issues. The West Point Negotiation Project 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.

FBI Crisis Negotiation CourseFBI Crisis Negotiation Course
On 04-08 August 2014, BS&L's West Point Negotiation Project hosted the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit in an educational course for approximately 32 participants, including 20 cadets, 8 Officers, 4 NCOs, and 2 Civilians. Participating leaders came from BSL, BTD, Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations, New York Police Department (NYPPD), USCC, and the West Point Provost Marshall’s Office. During the course, cadets learned the importance of negotiation in crisis situations, were introduced to a framework for active listening, analyzed real FBI footage of 1993 Waco Crisis and the 2014 Dothan Kidnapping to apply concepts learned, and practiced negotiating in a series of role-playing exercises, including a team competition. Cadets observed members of The Department of Foreign Language (DFL) conduct practical exercises in the use of an interpreter in negotiations, which they later applied in practice during a hostage role-play, mirrored after the event’s following the Boston Marathon bombing. Supervisory Special Agents (SA) Mark Flores and Michael Yansick, of the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit served as primary trainers who shared with cadets how they used negotiation to meet the FBI’s mission to successful mitigate situations without undue, and excessive, force. Cadets also heard from 5 Supervisory SAs from the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit-New York Office and Orange County Behavioral Health Professionals on frameworks to identify suicidal behavior. Participants received 40-hour training certificates to apply to their permanent records. The West Point Negotiation Project is a USMA faculty effort to improve the ability of military leaders to negotiate and is an activity within BS&L's West

CDT Lewis Black presents “Your Community, Leadership, and You” to students at the Raffles Institution, SingaporeCDT Lewis Black presents “Your Community, Leadership, and You” to students at the Raffles Institution, Singapore
As a part of a Minerva research grant to Dr. Luke Gerdes, CDT Black participated in network science research being conducted at Raffles Institution (RI) and he was invited to give a talk to over 250 RI students. Following a lively introduction by LTC Matt Clark, CDT Lewis Black gave a talk on his personal leadership journey to date to the student leaders of RI in Singapore. RI is a prestigious college preparatory school in Singapore that has educated several important Singaporean leaders, including Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore. CDT Black gave an inspiring talk on the need for continual self improvement, the importance of leading ethically, and the value of service in our lives. As part of this AIAD, CDT Black also participated in meetings with senior leaders in the Singapore Armed Forces with Dr. Gerdes and LTC Clark. Specifically, they met with the Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute on the topic of leader development and with the Defense Psychology Department on the topics of critical thinking and research methods.

On the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond Cadets Miller, Baggett, and Tonetti, Townsend, Golonka, and Reynolds pose with the Hon. John Charles Thomas (left), and the Hon. Roger Gregory (right)The 2014 West Point Civil Rights Staff Ride: Teaching Diversity, Commemorating Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964
The West Point Civil Rights Staff Ride was focused on the events of 50-years ago which shaped the nation and moved us closer to true equality. This intensive AIAD program combined interdisciplinary study in the classroom with a two-week staff ride through the Deep South to understand diversity and immerse cadets in the culture of the Civil Rights Movement of the post-WWII era. Cadets were competitively chosen and went through a rigorous week of classes in the law, politics and history of the Movement. All rising Yearlings, Cadets Lance Baggett, Michelle Golonka, Jazzmyn Miller, Adam Reynolds, Nathan Townsend, and Leah Tonetti were well versed in those subjects by the date of departure for the trip south.

The Staff Ride was sponsored by the West Point Center for the Rule of Law and the Department of Law, as well as the Departments of History, Social Sciences, English & Philosophy, and Behavioral Science & Leadership. Truly interdisciplinary, the participating faculty included period literature, music and culinary appreciation to supplement cadets’ recognition of the importance of diversity.
Civil Rights Staff Ride Cadets and Faculty Meet Legendary Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gray in Tuskegee, Alabama
Escorting cadets on this exciting journey were Maj. Andrew Forney from History, Dr. Rachel Yon from SOSH, and Dr. Robert J. Goldstein from the Department of Law who led the Staff Ride. Each day of the journey was filled with encounters with storied veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, their children and grandchildren.

In Richmond, VA they were met at the State Capitol by Judge John Charles Thomas, the first African-American on the VA State Supreme Court, and federal Judge Roger Gregory of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. The judges led a lively discussion which prepared cadets for their meetings, and posed questions that would resonate as the group travelled to the Deep South. Judge Gregory raised the issue of whether it might be useful in the current day to focus on the “equal” part of the mandate of “separate but equal” in the case of Plessey v. Ferguson.

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USMA, West Point, #1 Fittest American University

The United States Military Academy, West Point, has topped the list of fittest American Universities by "The Active Times".

Only academically good and physically fit individuals can secure admission at USMA. West Point applicants must also pass the Candidate Fitness Assessment, which comprises of six tasks including a basketball throw, cadence pull-ups, a 40-yard shuttle run for time, abdominal crunches, push-ups and a one-mile run for time.

USMA students are required to participate in a sport and mandatory classes include "Military Movement", Boxing, Combatives, Fitness Leadership, Survival Swimming and Lifetime Sport among others.

USMA is followed by the United States Naval Academy. Similar to USMA, candidates are also required to pass CFA to gain admission into the college.

The ranking is based on "the number, success and involvement of sports programs (both varsity and intramural), the quality of athletic facilities, the healthfulness of campus dining options, quality of life ratings", among other things. Read More

USA Basketball's Men's National Team Visits USMA

Coach K takes team USA to West Point, AP photo The United States Military Academy at West Point hosted a visit by USA Basketball's Men's National Team on Monday as the team prepares for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The team and its coaching staff, led by 1969 West Point graduate Mike Krzyzewski, arrived at West Point Monday morning and toured the Academy prior to holding a practice at Christl Arena. The practice, open only to the West Point community, was televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 2 p.m.  Watch Coach K's ESPN interview here.

The group traveled to West Point from its headquarters in New York City and was greeted upon arrival by Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen. After meeting with Lt. Gen. Caslen, the team visited the West Point Cemetery where it went to four gravesites and heard a historical overview given by Lt. Col. Dave Siry. Read More

“A” Day to Remember

A Day Class of 2018Every graduate is likely to remember what it was like to lose the “new cadet” moniker and be officially welcomed into the United States Corps of Cadets. After enduring six weeks of Cadet Basic Training, March Back and the rigors of Re-Orgy week, the Class of 2018 found out what that experience was like when it took part in the A-Day ceremony and parade on the Plain. The Corps opened its ranks to welcome 1,198 new members on Saturday, 22 percent of whom are women and 14 percent of whom are African Americans, the highest numbers in these categories ever for the United States Military Academy.

The Class of 2018 also brings in a record number of designated scholars, making it both the most competitive and the most diverse class to ever enter West Point. The Class features 82 valedictorians, 109 class presidents, 765 team captains, 1,055 varsity letter winners, 17 combat vets and 14 international cadets. According to Colonel Deborah McDonald ’85, Director of West Point Admissions, “The Class of 2018’s overall performance in academics, leadership, athletics and in the Army has been exceptional and provides the foundation for successful completion of the challenging West Point experience and for service to our Nation as commissioned leaders of character.” So, welcome “plebes.” West Point and your country expect great things from you! See photos here.

Class of 2016 Affirmation Ceremony

Affirmation Ceremony

On August 17, the Class of 2016 affirmed their commitment to complete their final two years of study at West Point and serve at least five years in the U.S. Army. In Robinson Auditorium, the 50-year affiliate Class of 1966 presented each Cow a commemorative coin bearing their class crest and motto, “With Honor We Lead.” See photos here.


Dean's Weekly, August 15th

Department of Law: For the fifth and final year, West Point cadets traveled to Liberia for an AIAD to study the rule of law in a post conflict country. Law Majors CDT Colton Giordano ’14 and CDT Betsy McCracken ’14, spent three weeks interviewing Liberians, U.S. State Department officials, U.S. Aid officials, and the Senior Defense Officer, COL Timothy Mitchell ’87, to get an understanding of the challenges the rule of law faces after Liberia’s gruesome 1989-2003 civil war.

The Liberian Supreme Court Chief Justice and Marshal with CDTs McCracken and GiordanoCDTs Giordano and McCracken quickly learned how complex and intertwined Liberia’s problems are, all affecting the rule of law in the world’s third poorest country. While Liberia’s constitution, court system, and one law school are modeled on the United States’, Liberia’s formal legal system is not able to provide justice for most its 4 million citizens. For example, the cadets heard how for the 3 million Liberians who live outside Monrovia, the capital, calling the police to report a crime does little good. This is because what few police there are either don’t have vehicles to come to a crime scene, or don’t have fuel for their vehicles.

Then when the cadets visited Monrovia Central Prison, the prison deputy superintendent told them how the vast majority of the prison’s 1,300 occupants were pre-trial detainees, as the country only has 30 public defense attorneys. So pre-trial detention can last for months or years.

The cadets heard more about how traditional leaders try to settle disputes from the Chairman of the National Traditional Council, the chief of all the chiefs. He described how elected chiefs try to reconcile the problem by talking to villagers, but how some chiefs also use customary, less unscientific methods, to determine who is telling the truth in a dispute.

Since the end of the Liberian civil war, the U.S. military has been mentoring the newly formed Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), a force that has adopted the Uniform Code of Military Justice as its legal code. Yet the AFL does not have any lawyers. The AFL enlisted soldier who is currently acting as both a defense and prosecuting attorney met with the cadets to describe the challenges the rule of law faces in keeping good order and discipline in the AFL.

CDTs Ashley Mohr '15 and Carissa Pekny '16Cadets Complete AIAD at Pentagon, One Presentation Sent to Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Upon His Request: Cadets Ashley Mohr '15 and Carissa Pekny '16, both Environmental Science majors worked their AIAD at the Pentagon from 14-25 Jul 14 within the organization of the Hon. Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Installation, Energy and Environment (ASA IE&E). Cadet Mohr’s project was to evaluate the pilot Net Zero Energy modeling framework used by IE&E and compare that framework to the pilot Net Zero models used by installations in the US and Europe. She was then to recommend a final model for IE&E that better specifies the Net Zero approach. Cadet Carissa Pekny applied the systems engineering decision making process as developed by the United States Military Academy, West Point to compare seven different huts: B-hut, Concrete B-hut, SIP hut reinforced, rigid wall shelter, concrete masonry unit, and two energy efficient shelters. She then used this analysis to determine which of these huts had the highest stakeholder value in comparison to its cost. The Structural Insulated Panel hut had the highest stakeholder value at the 2nd lowest cost per soldier. Cadet Pekny’s project was sent to the LTG John Campbell, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, upon his request.

CDT Michael Westrom with Honduran trainees preparing to jump out of the 34 foot tower at the Honduran Commando School near TegucigalpaCenter for the Study of Civil Military Affairs (CSCMO) AIAD to Honduras: (20 July – 08 August) Cadets visiting Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-B) at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras over the summer received briefs from several Honduran military schools to include the Commando School located just outside of Tegucigalpa. This school, dedicated to training special tactics, is quivalent to the US Army Airborne and Ranger Schools. Graduates of the prestigious school are known throughout the Honduran military as elite troops specialized in jungle warfare and night operations. Cadets also participated with JTF-B personnel in community service projects oriented toward improving conditions at orphanages in local Comayagua, and organizing special projects and trips for the children.

Yearlings Molly Prins, Jacob Moffatt, and Charlie Braman joined Network Science Center Senior Researcher, Dan Evans, on an AIAD trip to Dar es Salaam Tanzania for a data collection effort supporting the Network Science Center's research project entitled, “Developing Network Models of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems.” The project has previously collected data in Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Liberia, and Ghana.

Yearlings Molly Prins, Jacob Moffatt, and Charlie BramanNSC AIAD Trip to Dar es Salaam: The team immersed themselves into the burgeoning tech scene in Dar es Salaam. They visited 4 tech incubators/tech hubs: the Dar Teknohama Business Incubator, the Buni collaboration hub, the KINU incubator, and the Mara Foundation. In addition to interviewing tech entrepreneurs and administering surveys, they shared their expertise by teaching a class on performance management and counseling to a packed house at the KINU collaborative space. The team also briefed members of the US Embassy Staff on the project and even participated in the military section's Hail and Farewell at the Defense Attache's home.

Class of 2018 March Back

Grads know what August is supposed to be like at West Point: hot and humid. How grateful they must have been to have had sixty-degree weather and a cool breeze for the 2014 March Back with the new cadets of the Class of 2018. Two-hundred and forty three “Old Grads” participated this year, the most ever. Most of these made the 12-mile trek from Buckner starting at o-dark thirty. The rest, including 88-year old COL (R) Roger Conover ’48, the oldest grad participating, joined the group at the ski slope and marched the remainder of the way to Quarters 100. Throughout the March Back, grads had several opportunities to interact with the new cadets. “They asked us a lot of questions such as what we branched and what re-orgy week is like,” said Ted Russ ’91. But Georgina Biehl ’92 said that she asked just as many questions of the new cadets, who surprised her by being willing to talk about themselves. “I wanted to know things like what brought them to West Point and what they did before coming here,” Biehl said. Luke Leineweber ’18, a new cadet in Delta Company, came away impressed with grads from the Class of 1968, the soon-to-be plebe’s 50-Year Affiliation Class. “I learned that two ’68 grads who marched with us were roommates during their own Beast Barracks,” said Leineweber. “It just shows that the friendships I’ve formed these past few weeks suffering through Cadet Basic Training will likely stand the test of time.” In fact, the Class of 1968 tangibly demonstrated the bond between its members by featuring 76 participants in the March Back, nearly a third of all the grads marching. “We are all here to support the Class of 2018, gripping hands across the Long Gray Line,” said Dutch Hostler ’68, Class President.  Read More.

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75th Commandant Stresses Cadets

Brigadier General John Thomson ’86 assumed command of the United States Corps of Cadets on August 11, 2014 at a ceremony in Crest Hall. During his remarks to the audience after the passing of the colors, Thomson cited cadets as West Point’s “raison d’etre.” “I am excited to serve cadets as their 75th commandant,” Thomson said. Afterward, in an interview, Thomson said that he is looking forward to spending time with individual cadets in a variety of venues. His message to them will be simple and direct, emphasizing both values and standards: “Do what is right and do it excellently. Lead the way you want to be led and follow the way you’d want to be followed.” Before his assignment as Commandant, Thomson commanded at the battery level, battalion level and brigade level. He also served as a Tactical Officer at West Point in the mid to late nineties. Prior to returning to West Point, Thomson got input from the last five Commandants. “There was a common theme to their advice—have fun,” Thomson said. “If you are not having fun, then there are 4,400 cadets not having fun".

Your Financial Support Enhances Cadets Experience

For the last two years Partners has hosted a cadet from West Point for several weeks in the summer as part of their introduction to civil-military relations. The internship placement is facilitated by the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) at West Point, which is dedicated to creating a foundation of understanding of civil-military operations among junior officers.

Cadet Kilner had this to say about the experience, "I felt that I accomplished COL (Ret) Mike Hess’ goal for this internship. He was one of the first to develop the concept of civil-military relations in the early 90s and learned through trial and error while deployed. His goal for cadets interning with NGOs was to understand the general concept of civil-military relations before actually having to put it into practice as officers in the military. I feel that after spending these three weeks at Partners and attending various events centered around global security I am able to think about any situation from many different perspectives, not just from a military perspective."

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Dean's Weekly, August 8th

CDT Theriot tries out the biomechanical testing equipmentCadet Conducts Biomechanics Research at Army Research Laboratories (AIAD): CDT Christal Theriot ’15 participated in an AIAD at the Army Research Laboratories’ Dismounted Warrior Branch, a part of the Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED).   Working with Dr. Courtney Webster of HRED, CDT Theriot performed a validation study on improved methods for tracking the motion of the pelvis when external devices such as rucksacks limit the visibility of the typical marker-based camera methods.  Tracking the motion of the body segments is a key method of assessing how the body reacts to internal and external interventions and stimuli.   The outcome of this work will be important for future protocol development for three-dimensional biomechanical testing.  CDT Theriot constructed a final PowerPoint presentation that described the outcome of the research.  Several slides are shown below.

CDT Meyers posing in front of the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, KSGENE AIAD with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VII Office in Kansas City, MO.  CDT Andrew Meyers (Class of 2016) interned with the FEMA Region VII office located in Kansas City, MO where he worked on projects and initiatives within the mission support division of the regional office (20 July – 09 August).  CDT Meyers was able to visit other federal and state agencies and entities that FEMA works with to include the Kansas Department of Emergency Management, US Army Corps of Engineers, Defense Coordinating Office/Element, and the Kansas Adjutant General office.  CDT Meyers was able to see how closely FEMA works with state and other federal governmental agencies and the importance of cooperation among governmental agencies.

West Point Rankings

Cadets on Parade FieldWest Point on Forbes Top 10 list
The U.S. Military Academy was placed ninth in Forbes list of the top colleges for 2014. The academy listed at seventh among schools in the Northeast and fourth among best liberal arts colleges.
For details, visit http://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/.

USMA scores high in Princeton Review

The Princeton Review ranked West Point in its “Top 10” in nine categories and “Top 20” in five others, including first in “Most Accessible Professors” and “Everybody Plays Intramural Sports” in their annual college guide “The Best 379 Colleges.”

Other notables include: third in “Best College Library” and “Most Politically Active Students,” fifth in “Best Health Services” and sixth in “Best Athletic Facilities.” The new 2015 edition profiles only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and four outside the U.S.

Rooms with a View, Coming Soon

By JoAnne Castagna
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, N.Y. District
Courtesy of Pointer View

Not too long ago, dozens of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy became very ill and missed classes. According to the academy, what caused this is the fact that almost half of the cadets are living in uncomfortable, crowded dorm rooms and that additional barracks are needed to relieve this situation.

They tapped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, to construct a new barracks since the agency has already successfully built numerous structures on the historic campus.

Presently, the District is blasting over 100,000 cubic yards of rock to make way for the new barracks. The look of the new structure will fit in well with the rest of the 200-year-old campus, will be energy efficient, and will save taxpayers approximately $44,000 annually.

“A new barracks that meets current Army standards is needed to relieve overcrowding in the existing barracks,” Richard Mandra, project manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, said. “Right now, the entire first- year class and part of the second-year class are housed with three cadets in rooms designed for two cadets. This project will allow assignment of two cadets per room.”

The new cadet barracks is being designed and constructed by Army Corps contractor Walsh Construction Company of Chicago, and its subcontractor, Clark Nexsen.

The barracks will be 287,000 square feet in size and have six floors. Each floor will accommodate 130 cadets in two-person rooms. The entire barracks will provide living space for 650 cadets.

Cadets will be provided with latrines and showers, a laundry area, day rooms, office areas, study and collaboration rooms, trash and recycling areas and offices and storage rooms for the cadets.

The barracks, like the surrounding buildings, will be constructed in military Gothic revival architecture.
The design will include granite veneers or overlays, Gothic arches, sally ports or secure entryways and crenellated parapets with embrasures and limestone accents. Parapets are structures that were constructed on the tops of castles and forts centuries ago that have openings for shooting from the top of the structure.

“The project is located at the Central Post of the main campus which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. The barracks will be constructed of granite from a local supplier to match the existing buildings,” Matthew A. Ludwig, team leader, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, said.

In addition, the design will also incorporate modern architectural features such as a curtain wall in the center of the façade. A curtain wall is an outer covering of a building that keeps the weather out, such as precipitation.

Unlike the other buildings constructed at West Point, the barracks will be leading the way in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certified. What will make it energy efficient are a solar hot water system and a radiant heating and cooling system.

During the heating season, the radiant system that is being installed at the new barracks works by circulating heated water through tubing in the floor, while during the cooling season the radiant system works very much the same way, except the water is chilled and circulated through the same tubing.

The construction of the barracks is expected to be completed in the summer of 2016 and cadets will be able to use the new facility by the end of December 2016.

Gymnastics Team Members Earn All-America Academic Honors

Kip WebberThe United States Military Academy men’s gymnastics team along with Connor Venrick and recently commissioned 2nt Lt. Kip Webber have been honored with All-America Academic honors.

Venrick landed on the first team with Webber earning second team honors and the Army gymnastics squad receiving an honorable mention as All-Amercian scholar athletes from The College Gymnastics Association.

As a team, Army received an honorable mention with William & Mary taking the top spot.

Venrick is one of 77 gymnasts from across the country to earn first team honors. The senior has earned the All-America recognition each of his three season as a Black Knight.

A pommel horse and still ring specialist, Venrick was an NCAA qualifier in 2014. He set career highs in both categories during the 2014 season, recording a score of 14.65 on the pommel horse against Springfield (March 2) and a 14.05 on still rings against Temple (Feb. 28).

This is the fourth All-America nod for Webber who landed on the first team in 2010 and 2011 and on the second team in 2013. Webber graduated in May and earned the Army Athletic Association’s highest honor as the top male athlete in the class of 2014. A civil engenieering major, Webber received his degree from President Barack Obama during commencement on May 28. Read More

Arctic Edge: Battling Cold

cadets northern warfare trainingServing in the cold doesn’t just include the temperature.

A summer day on a glacier can feel like winter, but if that’s where Alaska soldiers are called to fight, they have to be ready.

That’s where the Northern Warfare Training Center in Black Rapids excels, training soldiers for every mission.

West Point Military Academy Cadet Jeff Steiner is one of the soldiers taking part in glacier training.

He says he’s surprised by the rapid temperature change from the ground to the glacier.

“We put on cramp-ons and our harnesses and learned how to walk around on the ice which I thought, sounds kind of self-explanatory, but it’s a little harder than it seems,” Steiner said.

The ice becomes a classroom and the soldiers, students, but the lesson is potentially life-saving.

They form rope teams, the best defense against some of the glacier’s deadly hidden dangers.

“Glaciers have crevasses and a few other obstacles or other dangerous areas that we wanted them to be able to navigate safely,” said training officer Capt. Justin Lynch. Read More