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Feature Friday: Track's Dual-Sport Athletes
4/29/2016

Click here for the video. Track and field can be one of the most demanding college sports, but multiple athletes have found a way to be successful at it while also achieving highly for other teams at West Point. Story

An Amazing Day at West Point
4/29/2016

Seventeen years ago, a single West Point academic department invited external guests to witness the applied research its cadets had done in support of the Army and the Department of Defense. From such humble beginnings has sprung Projects Day, the United States Military Academy’s annual showcase of presentations, poster sessions, theses defenses, performances and more that represent the best of cadet intellect, creativity, and tenacity. This year, 13 academic departments, along with the Department of Physical Education and the Department of Military Instruction, took part in Projects Day. Speaking at a luncheon for donors, whose contributions to the Margin of Excellence help fund many of the projects seen on Projects Day, BG Tim Trainor ’83, Dean of the Academic Board, said, “It’s simply an amazing day at West Point.”

From the ballroom of the West Point Club to the labs of Bartlett Hall and in various venues all over the Academy, nearly 400 projects were on display at this year’s Project Day. One cadet was even outside between buildings to display the results of the Astronomy Club’s balloon satellite launch.

While the projects were varied, representing the academic interests of the cadets’ home department (for example, statistical analyses for the Department of Mathematical Sciences or international case studies for the Department of Foreign Languages), they all had one element in common. “I think all the projects extend problem-solving skills beyond the classroom,” said CDT Jacob Browning ’16, one of the team members of the Chem-E-Car Design Project. CDT Kaeliegh Warfield ’16, who worked with three other cadets in establishing a new observatory on the roof of Bartlett Hall for taking astro-photography and deep-space images, put it another way. “It’s not about the contents of the cadet projects, but rather the context surrounding them,” she said. “That is, figuring out ways to fix things when they go wrong and keeping faith in oneself to get the job done.”

Other factors seemed to unite cadets surrounding Projects Day. Most spent an average of eight-to-ten hours a week outside of their normal assignments working on their projects, and all seem to relish the opportunity to present their projects to an audience (“Although we all go crazy with stress the night before,” admitted CDT Tucker Favreau ’16, who worked with four other cadets on the Black Hat Risk project, which blended math, psychology, international relations, and computer science to calculate the risk of a force being detected while hacking into an enemy computer network). As BG Trainor remarked, one can readily hear the excitement and passion in the cadets’ voices when they discuss their projects. “Projects Day is meant to inspire a passion for lifelong learning,” said Trainor. By this measure, Projects Day is not just an amazing day at but also a marvelous success for West Point.

Giachinta Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society
4/29/2016

IRVING, TX - Senior Matt Giachinta of the Army West Point football team was named by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) to the 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society.The players honored are comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their collegiate career. Each player must also be a starter or significant contributor to their respective school in their final year of eligibility and meet all NCAA/NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

Giachinta, one of Army's co-captains for his final year, is one of 875 players to receive the honor. He appeared in every game this season with eight starts. The Cold Spring, N.Y., native totaled 61 rushes for 286 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and one touchdown this season. He finished fourth on the team in rushing yardage and was one of six offensive skill position players to appear in every game. Full Story »

Softball Holds off Colgate to Win Series Finale
4/29/2016

HAMILTON, NY - After forcing the game to extra innings, the Army West Point softball team was able to clinch a 4-3 victory over Colgate Thursday evening in the series that began earlier this month. The Black Knights scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth and hold off the Raiders for the win. Gladys Esparza-Gallegos led off the Black Knights in the top of the eighth with a walk and had pinch runner Tyler McKinney take the bag for her. Maddie Kim was then walked to advance McKinney into scoring position for Army. Ashely Yoo tabbed a sacrifice bunt to the third baseman to push McKinney safely to third. Read More

Cycling Competes in the Shippensburg Scurry
4/29/2016

The Army West Point Cycling team travelled to Cleversburg, PA, to compete in the 2016 Shippensburg Scurry. The strong winds and unseasonably cold weather provided a challenge to all of the riders. Saturday started out with a circuit and killer hill climb, and the weekend finished up with a road race on Sunday. Unfortunately, due to the weather, officials had to truncate the road course and cut out the Horse Killer Hill. Top finishers this weekend include: cadet Jinny Yan ’16 CAT B, taking 3rd place in the circuit, and 2nd in the road race and hill climb; cadet Tristan Leo Manderfeld ’17 CAT B, taking 5th place in the circuit and 4th in the hill climb; cadet Monte He ’19 CAT C, taking 1st place in the circuit, 2nd in the road race, and 3rd in the hill climb; and cadet Andy Young ’19 CAT D, placing 5th in the circuit. With four riders upgrading going into the Shippensburg Scurry, and more expected to upgrade this next weekend, the team has seen strong improvements early in season.

Civil-Military Operations Visits US District Court
4/29/2016

The USMA Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO) travelled to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn. The cadets sat in on proceeding by Judge Sterling Johnson and Senior Judge Jack Weinstein, and then toured the offices of the U.S. Marshals. The cadets discussed the difference between civil and military justice with the judges, and learned about the judges’ legal careers. The club strengthened the Academy’s bond with New York City, and demonstrated the professionalism of the Corps of Cadets. This event created an opportunity for future engagements between USMA and the Federal Court system.

Water Polo Tournament at Notre Dame
4/29/2016

The Water Polo team travelled to the University of Notre Dame to participate in a tournament. The ten-man team played four games, where they went three and one. The first of the team’s three games on Saturday was against Lake Forest University; after a tough first quarter, the Army team rallied on the counter and hammered them down to a convincing 15-2 victory. In their second game, against the hosting team Notre Dame, Army faced their toughest competition of the weekend. After a tough four quarters of very even play, the teams went into a shoot-out to break the tie; after one shootout yielded the same result, Army lost in a sudden-elimination round by one goal. After refueling and a quick break, they returned to play Carthage College. Motivated by their tough loss earlier, yearlings CDT’s Shelby Lee and Leonid Milman came out with a strong counter and led the team to a 17-2 victory. After a night’s rest, the Army team came out to face off against Grand Valley University. With a lead secured early on by Firstie CDT David Bennet, and the excellent play of plebe CDT Jeff Stark, the team was able to relax their counterattack and focus on their fundamentals, leading to a 10-4 victory. The ten man roster presented a new and different experience to the players over the weekend, as they all experienced playing with more fatigue and more swimming than they were used to. However, playing these new opponents under different conditions was a valuable experience for all of the members, and valuable connections were made with referees, coaches, and players in the region.

Women’s Boxing Competes at the NCBA
4/29/2016

Women’s Boxing travelled to Seattle, WA, to compete in the NCBA (National Collegiate Boxing Association) for the first time in the history of Women’s Boxing this year. The team trained 5-8 times per week from August until April in preparation for Nationals, and when the time came they met the challenge head on. After six female boxers qualified for Nationals at the NCBA East Regional Competition, the team had the opportunity to compete in the NCBA National Championships. The Army West Point Women’s Boxing team placed fourth in the Nation overall in the team competition. The Team Captain, CDT Sarah Gold, fought her way to be the National Champion in the Women’s 156lb weight division. CDT Ejakhian Obiomon placed 2nd in the 165lb weight division, and CDT’s Mikaila Wiitanen, Sarah Soliven, Briana Dorsey, and Esther Nagila all fought their way to the semi-finals and earned 3rd place.

Speech & Parliamentary Debate at IPDA Champioship
4/29/2016

Ten cadets from the USMA Speech and Parliamentary Debate Forum travelled to Baytown, TX, to compete against 30 schools in the 2016 IPDA National Championship Debates. The USMA teams had tremendous success, with CDT’s Morgan Aiken ’19 and Dalton Combs ’16 taking the top place in the team division. CDT Combs also received an award for being in the top ten speakers for the team division of the tournament. CDT’s Brett Yelverton and Jacob Engelke (both Class of ’19) broke to out-rounds (a single-elimination playoff to determine the champion, accessed only after achieving an excellent record in preliminary rounds) in the individual Novice Division. CDT Meyer Ungerman ’16 broke to the out-rounds in the individual Varsity Division, making it to the octofinals CDT Nathan Hernadez ’17 also broke to the out-rounds in the individual Varsity Division and made it to the quarterfinals. USMA placed fifth overall at the National Tournament through the points achieved from the victories.

Six-Run Inning Lifts Baseball Over Marist in HVBC
4/28/2016

FISHKILL, NY - A six-run sixth inning powered the Army West Point baseball team to an 8-3 victory over Marist in the 11th annual Hudson Valley Baseball Classic from Dutchess Stadium on Wednesday night. Click here for the video recap. With the win, the Black Knights (15-28) take a 6-5 advantage in the series. "There was another great atmosphere here tonight," said head coach Matt Reid. "Army, Marist and the Renegades put together a great event with the fireworks and the clinic in addition to the game. It's a great event for the Hudson Valley." Read More

Schultz Named PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year
4/28/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Senior tri-captain Austin Schultz was selected as the Patriot League's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's lacrosse on Wednesday for his outstanding achievements in the classroom. The defenseman is a three-time member of the Patriot League All-Academic Team, including the 2016 team. He has a 3.62 grade point average as an economics major at the U.S. Military Academy and has numerous academic accolades. He has earned Distinguished Cadets honors three times and has been on the Dean's List for each of his seven terms at the academy. On the field, Schultz was selected to the All-Patriot League First Team for the third time in his career. He has posted career highs in ground balls with 21 and has posted a career best 15 caused turnovers. Schultz is the leader of the defense that is ranked in the top 10 nationally and has been throughout his three years with the Black Knights. Read More

Army Martial Arts Takes 1st Place in the National Collegiate Championships
4/28/2016

The Army Martial Arts team competed in the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association National Championships at the University of Colorado Boulder. The competition was a two-day individual’s tournament. Cadets Eli Eichenberger and Taylor Wing took first and second respectively in Red Belt Heavyweight sparring. Cadets Ellis Valdez, Cimingmao Lor, and Jackson Darash placed first, second and third in the Blue Belt Division. Cadets Bradley Harrison and Jason Viyar earned second place medals and Cadet John Mueller took first in Men’s Beginner sparring. In the Women’s Color Belt Divisions, Cadets Kristel Guino and Jennifer Huntley earned second and third in Women’s Beginner sparring. Cadets Alexandra Baker and Kayla Johnson both took first place in their respective Women’s Beginner weight classes. Additionally, Cadet Ellis Valdez won third place in Blue Belt Forms and Cadet Sarah Juhn won third place in Women’s White Belt Forms. In the Black Belt divisions, Cadet Wonha Kim took second in Women’s Heavyweight, Caleb Lim took 2nd in Men’s Heavyweight, and Matthew Galea took 2nd in Men’s flyweight. Cadets Alexandra Baker, John Mueller, Ellis Valdez, and Eli Eichenberger all won NCTA National Champion titles and the Army Team won five gold medals, eight silver and three bronze. West Point won 1st place in the Color Belt divisions and 1st place overall beating out 72 colleges in the competition. Story

Crew Has Best Showing in Team History
4/28/2016

The Army West Point Crew had the best showing in team history at the Knecht Cup on Mercer Lake in West Windsor Township, NJ. The Knecht Cup is a two-day event against more than 50 other collegiate programs from across the country, including NCAA powerhouse Women’s teams, and much larger DIV-1 Varsity Men’s programs. Despite some rough weather and limited practice time in the preceding weeks, the team entered the competition with confidence as they faced some of the top teams in the country and began the spring campaign towards the National Championships in early May. The team did not disappoint, sending a record 8 of 12 boats to the finals on Sunday and picking up a gold in the Men’s Novice Four event. The small boats, pairs and fours, started the cold day with solid efforts in the heats, with four boats advancing to the semi-final round. As the day progressed, an icy rain and a steady head-wind on the course made for challenging conditions for all athletes. Despite the deteriorating conditions, Army Crew saw all four eight-man entries advance to the semis scheduled for later in the day. As the field narrowed in the afternoon semifinals, the Army fours rose to the challenge, sending two Varsity Women’s fours and one Novice Men’s four to the finals on Sunday morning. In past seasons, this would have been a tremendous accomplishment for Army Crew, but the team still had twice as many boats to qualify for the finals. By mid-afternoon, the athletes began to suffer from the long exposure to the weather, so officials suspended racing until Sunday morning.

Racing began on a Sunday with the premier events, the semis for the Varsity Men’s Eight. Facing several strong programs, including last year's winner, the cadets cruised to a second place finish, placing them in the middle lane for the grand final event. Soon after, the Novice Men’s and Women’s eights raced their way into the grand finals as well, defeating several boats that they will face again in the National Championships in May. With the Men’s Second Varsity Eight securing a berth in the Grand Finals, Army Crew had four eights and two fours in the grans, with two more fours in the second level finals. The first Army boat to race in the finals won Gold, a feat last accomplished in 2005. In their race, the Men’s Novice Four bested their counterparts from Villanova, Bowdoin, Loyola, Bucknell, Lafayette, and 10 other collegiate teams, completing the 2000 meter race in 7:16.40. The Men’s Second Varsity Four started next, racing in a finals-only event, finishing in 4th place out of six entries, ahead of the Rhode Island and NY Maritime boats. The two Varsity Women’s qualifiers were the next to race in the Petite Finals. The Women’s Second Varsity Four crossed the line in 5th place, making them the 9th fastest in a field of 24. The Varsity Women’s Four finished strong, winning their race by a boat-length over last year's winner, Bucknell; their efforts ranked them 7th out of 34 entries. The Army eight’s racing began with the Men’s Novice Eight, where the cadet boat crossed the line in 4th place, ahead of quality teams from Colgate and Rutgers, and ten other boats who started on Saturday. The Novice Women’s eight finished in 5th in their finals, in a fast race with some of the top programs in the country, while defeating the Temple Crew and 15 other collegiate entries. In the final event of the day, the Men’s Varsity Eight tied the previous Army record, set in 2005, with a 4th place finish in the grands, just seconds behind St. Joseph’s University, Delaware and Hobart.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers at the Regionals
4/28/2016

Fourteen cadets from the West Point Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) travelled to the University of Delaware for the 2016 AIChE Mid-Atlantic Regionals to compete in chemical engineering jeopardy, research poster sessions, research paper presentations, and a Chem-E-Car competition. This year was the first time that the West Point AIChE cadets have built a Chem-E-Car or competed in the research paper competition. The event was a chance for the cadets to give technical presentations, meet fellow chemical engineers, and be inspired by Dr. Sujata Bhatia, who challenged the undergraduates to apply their expertise to improve the lives of others.

Women's Team Handball
4/28/2016

West Point Women’s Team Handball travelled to Washington, D.C, where both the Gold and Black Team competed against local team handball clubs. On Saturday morning, West Point Black faced off against the local club from Washington, D.C.; a tight game resulted in a West Point defeat. Next, the West Point teams played each other in the second match of the day. After a good fight between the two teams, West Point Black emerged as the winner. West Point Gold then proceeded to play NYC; despite an NYC victory, West Point Gold’s improvement was never more evident as it was in this well-fought match as they played their best performance yet against an experienced NYC. Lastly, West Point Black finished the day with a match against Ocean City. The game came down to a final penalty shot after a long, back-and-forth scoring game. Unfortunately, Ocean City pulled ahead and defeated West Point Black by one point.

Marathon Takes 2nd in the Nationals
4/28/2016

The Army West Point Marathon team travelled to Bloomington, IN, to compete in Nationals. There, they won second place out of the 34 teams competing at Nationals. Cadet Chris Boyle placed 4th, cadet Jake Schmitz placed 5th, and cadet Aaqib Syed placed 10th, as the Army West Point Marathon team dominated the competition on a hilly course. Bloomington, IN, showed the team what Midwestern cold could feel like, but it wasn’t enough to slow down this stellar first performance at the Marathon Collegiate Nationals for this Army West Point Marathon team.

Pipes and Drums at the Tartan Day Parade
4/27/2016

The USMA Pipes and Drums travelled to New York City to participate in the Annual Tartan Day Parade. Despite adverse wet weather, the parade began between 44th Street/6th Avenue and travelled North towards 55th Street/6th Avenue. The Annual Tartan Day Parade recognizes the large Scottish heritage and community in New York City, and association with the United States Corps of Cadets Pipe and Drum Band. The trip served not only as a public relations event, but also a training event on the band’s musical skills and unit cohesiveness in preparation for the upcoming 34th Military Tattoo held at West Point, NY. In the final week of preparation for the annual event held at West Point, the Pipes and Drums Band was tested in its determination and commitment to accomplishing its task to provide musical support and moral spirit for its audiences

Tae Kwon Do at the Eastern Collegiate Conference Tournament
4/27/2016

The Army West Point Tae Kwon Do team travelled to Burlington, VT, for the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference Final Tournament. The Army Martial Arts team ended a strong season, with stacked victories. In Individual Forms, CDT Sarah Juhn took second in the Beginner Women’s division and CDT Ellis Valdez took third in the Blue Belt Men’s Division. In the Men’s C (Beginner) Divisions, CDT’s Takhyun Cho, Jack Mueller, and Tommy Lor fought to first place as the C1 team, while CDT’s Tanner Dismukes, Bradley Harrison, and Brandon Breese took fifth place. In the Men’s B (Intermediate) Divisions, CDT’s Ellis Valdez, William Xu, and Eli Eichenberger took first in the B1 team, and CDT’s Taylor Wing and Halsey Smith won third place. In the Men’s A (Black Belt) Divisions, CDT’s Jordan Nettles, Matthew Galea, and Caleb Lim (in his first time fighting) took second place. The A2 team, consisting of CDT’s Ryan Castilla, Ziwei Peng, and Hevin Na were right behind in third place. In addition to the division victories, CDT Matthew Galea received the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference’s Most Valuable Player Award. The team dominated the Division II colleges, scoring 328 points in the tournament and 1265 point cumulatively for the season. In comparison, the Army Team has scored more than twice that of Rutgers University (in D2 second place with 586 season points) and more than Tufts University (currently third in the D1 Division with 812 season points). Because of this season’s outstanding performance, the Army West Point.

Skeet & Trap Takes First Place at the Clay Cup
4/27/2016

Ten cadets from the USMA Skeet and Trap team travelled to Boston, MA, for the Clay Cup. There they competed against teams from Harvard, Yale, MIT, Fordham, UNH, and Northeastern. After 50 trap targets, 25 skeet, and 50 sporting clays, USMA successfully brought home the Clay Cup once again with a first place score of 349/375. Second place was awarded to the team from Yale with a score of 318; third place was awarded to the team from UNH with a score of 310. Additionally, the USMA team took home many other awards to include male and female “Highest Overall Score” awarded to CDTs Mitch Koellner and Carolee Schwarzer respectively.

Model Arab League in Washington
4/27/2016

Twelve cadets from the USMA Model Arab League travelled to Washington, D.C., to attend the National Model Arab League at Georgetown University. USMA cadets represented the country of Kuwait and divided into six councils to include: Joint Defense Council, Council on Palestinian Affairs, Council on Political Affairs, Council of Arab Social Affairs, Summit of Heads of State, and Joint Cabinet Crisis. Over 350 delegates from 26 Universities representing 24 countries took part in this three-day competition; among the participants included was the U.S. Air Force Academy. After six council sessions, the USMA Model Arab League was awarded with: the Overall Distinguished Delegation Award (USMA was placed third after Northeastern University (1st Place) and Converse College (2nd Place), three Outstanding Delegate Awards, and one Distinguished Delegate Award.

Jewish Chapel Choir Performs in Boca Raton
4/27/2016

The USMA Cadet Jewish Chapel Choir travelled to Boca Raton, FL, where they performed at various locations over the course of two days. The choir sang during evening services at Temple B’Nai Torah; following the service, the choir gave a concert before a crowd of 300 followed by a question and answer period. They also gave a concert at Florida Atlantic University’s Life Long Learning Institute in Jupiter, FL. A number of veterans, to include a USMA Graduate (Class of 1956) were in the audience. Finally, the choir performed at Temple Beth Ann. Here the choir was glad to welcome graduates from the Class of 1958, 1969, and 2015 to join in signing the Alma Matter. All events included extensive question and answer periods.

Sailing Hosts Rush-Bagot Cup with RMC
4/27/2016

Earlier this month the Army West Point Sailing team hosted the first Rush-Bagot Cup between USMA and RMC Canada from Kingston, Ontario. The regatta was named after the Rush-Bagot Treaty signed in 1818, which demilitarized the border between Canada and the US along Lake Ontario, marking the beginning of the longstanding peaceful relationship between the US and Canada. Led by CDT Drew Beckmann, Army won the best of seven series, claiming four of the six races. Army West Point will retain the trophy until the teams meet again next year at Kingston. RMC’s Commandant, BG Al Meinzinger-RCAF and RMC’s Chief Warrant Officer, CPO1 Keith E. Davidson RCN, briefly visited the regatta to cheer on their school. After the racing, both teams met at the bowling alley on post to continue the competition over pizza and bowling, along with an awards ceremony. All together it was a successful weekend and the Army sailors earned a gold maple leaf to add to their black jackets.

Army Reaches Semifinals; Alberici Wins No. 100
4/27/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The fourth-seeded Army West Point men's lacrosse team went 4-for-6 on man-up situations and cruised to a 13-6 win over Lehigh in the Patriot League Quarterfinals to advance to semifinals on Friday night. Click here to watch the video. The Black Knights (9-5) got head coach Joe Alberici his 100th career victory as a college lacrosse head coach. He is 100-81 overall in his career. Army had nine different goal scorers in the game. Read More

Six Black Knights Land on All-Patriot League Teams
4/26/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - The Army West Point men's lacrosse team had six players selected to the Patriot League All-League Teams on Monday afternoon. The Black Knights had four members on the first team and two on the second squad. Cole Johnson, Jimbo Moore, Austin Schultz and Dan Grabher, were all voted onto the first team, while rookies Nate Jones and AJ Barretto were put on the second team. Army's six selections were tied with Navy and Loyola for the most on each team. Johnson leads the league in overall points per game at 4.77 and is tied with Loyola's Pat Spencer for league points per game with 5.25. He has 62 points heading into Tuesday's quarterfinal against Lehigh, which is 11th on the all-time Army list for points in a season. Read More

The Hudson Valley Baseball Classic
4/25/2016

Originating in 2006, the Hudson Valley Baseball Classic has evolved from a game between two academic institutions separated by 30 miles into an all-day event that the surrounding communities circle on the calendar every year. The 11th edition of the Hudson Valley Baseball Classic between Army West Point and Marist is set for this coming Wednesday at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, N.Y. Hosted by the Hudson Valley Renegades, who is the Hudson Valley's lone minor league baseball team affiliated with a major league franchise. The Renegades were founded in 1983 and are currently part of the farm system of the Tampa Bay Rays. They compete in the New York-Penn League, which is a Short-Season Single A league featuring teams from all over the Northeast. Read More

The game is more than just a game between two rivals, it is a community event.

Softball Downs Holy Cross in Five, Reaches 30 Wins
4/25/2016

WORCESTER, MA - The Army West Point softball team earned its 30th win of the season Sunday afternoon when the Black Knights defeated Holy Cross 10-2 in five innings. The Cadets did not allow a run until the bottom of the fourth inning and denied a comeback by the Crusaders late in the fifth to complete the series sweep. Today's win marks Army's fifth straight for the longest streak of the season as the Black Knights improved to 30-16 overall and 10-4 in the league. It is also the first time since the 2013 season that the Cadets had double digit conference victories. This was also the second series of the year that Army won all three games after previously sweeping Boston University. Read More

Plunkett Paces Golf to Third Place
4/25/2016

STORRS, CT - The Army West Point golf team competed to a third-place finish at the Til Duty is Done Collegiate Invitational during Sunday's final round with a two-over score of 285-293-288—866. Marcus Plunkett was Army's top finisher with a four-under score of 212. On the weekend he shot rounds of 70, 73 and 69 to place tied for sixth. Peter Kim and Dean Sakata were the Black Knights' next-best finishers in tied for 13th place with 220 strokes apiece. Eric Peng finished in t-16th with a five-over score of 221, while Justin Pagila was in the top 25 with rounds of 72-78-73—223. Nick Turner competed to a t-35th finish with 229 strokes. Read More

West Point Powerlifting - Collegiate National Champions!
4/21/2016

They competed in the USA Powerlifting Collegiate National Championships at the Rhode Island Convention Center last weekend. This year was the first year in at least a decade that West Point had women competing at Nationals, and all involved were eager to see how they would fare. Competition began on Thursday 14 April with the lighter weight classes of men and women. Firstie Shaina Coss immediately made a splash for the team and for women’s powerlifting as she achieved All-American status with a fourth-in-the-nation finish in her first National Championships. Firstie and Co-Captain Tom Evans also scored for West Point, becoming a two-time All-American with a fourth place finish off a huge 579 lbs. deadlift (at 163 lbs. bodyweight), improving on his fifth place finish from last year. These two upper-class leaders did a great job setting the tone for the rest of the team and setting the conditions for success the next day. Most of the team competed on Friday 15 April. The heavier weight classes of West Point men came prepared to do some damage, and did not disappoint. The morning session was led by three outstanding performances. Team Captain, Cadet James Haworth battled through injuries and other adversity throughout his three years on the Powerlifting Team, and put together an incredible performance (including a competition bench press personal record) to become an All-American with a fifth place finish in his final collegiate competition. Read More

InterAcademy Chemistry Symposium (IACS)
4/21/2016

The 2016 IACS was held on 31 March this year at Annapolis and pitted the work of cadets and midshipmen from West Point, Air Force, Navy, and the Coast Guard Academies against each other. The cadets and mids presented their posters and defending their work to the all-service judging panel. While the students from the younger academies were all Firsties, the West Point cadet contingent included: Aaron Alindogan (2016, Life Science), Brandon Konarik (2017, Life Science), Bridget Matsas (2017, Life Science), Minhee Pak (2017, Life Science), and Haana Yu (2017, Life Science). LTC Luis Alvarez, PhD (1997), COL John Burpo, ScD (1992), LTC Rich Comitz, PhD (1996), Dawn Riegner, PhD, and J. Kenneth Wickiser, PhD (1992) accompanied the cadets to the event and participated in the leadership panel to discuss the different approaches the Academies take in the Chemistry education and research programs. COL Burpo, LTC Alvarez, and Dr. Wickiser also met with a program manager from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to assess the role of Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering in the curriculum of the Service Academies. Congratulations are in order for Cadets Aaron Alindogan and Brandon Konarik and their research advisor, Dr. Dawn Riegner, who placed as runners up in the poster competition. We enjoyed competing in this annual academic competition and look forward to next year’s event at the Coast Guard Academy.

BS&L Hosted the VALOR Group with a Leadership Exchange
4/21/2016

8 members of the VALOR group (including 2 USMA Grads) from McGraw Hill Financial (S&P500) visited the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department to engage members of the Management Major. The visit include a PL300 classroom visit, an experiential “In-Extremis/Cultural” discussion, lunch in the Mess Hall, West Point tour, and case discussion on Trust using the Leader Challenge framework. 17 Management Cadets from three cadet classes participated and joined the discussion. This leadership exchange is part of an ongoing relationship that began in the fall of 2014 when 30 Management Cadets toured McGraw Hill Financial and engaged in leadership discussions.3

Judo at the Collegiate National Championships
4/21/2016

The Army West Point Judo Team competed at the Collegiate National Championships at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. University and college Judo teams from all of over the United States competed in the Collegiate National tournament including USMA, San Jose State University, Texas A&M, University of South Florida, UC Berkley, UC Davis, Schenectady College, UC Santa Cruz, UTK, University of Washington, Ball State University, Iowa State University, the University of Minnesota, Southern Methodist University, CSUS, Stanford University, University of Texas, Glendale College, UC San Diego, and others. There were four divisions at the tournament to include a men’s and women’s senior divisions, which consists of all brown belts and above, and the men’s and women’s novice divisions, which is white belts to green belts. Overall, the Army West Point Men’s senior team won first place in the men’s senior division, tying with San Jose State University. The Army West Point Men’s novice team won first place in their division, and the Army West Point Women’s novice team won second place in their division.

The Army West Point Judo team won an overall of 51 matches, and 18 medals; seven gold, six silver, and five bronze. In the senior division, the first place medalist was CDT Ishmael McGinty; the second place medalists were CDTs Mason Kumashiro, Bradley Mikinski, and Megan Kinsey; the third place medalists were CDTs John Santos, Ryan Roth, and Jarryn Villegas. In the novice division, the first place medalists were CDTs Sheldon Dillman, Aiden Baxter, and Rikki Fearon; third place medalist were CDTs Araceli Sandoval and Zachary Towne. For the students that placed first in the senior division, the National Collegiate Judo Association qualified those individuals for the International United States Collegiate Judo Team. The International US Collegiate Judo team will compete in the summer of 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan, against collegiate Judo teams from all over the world. CDT Ishmael McGinty will represent the US and USMA in Taipei, Taiwan; CDTs Mason Kumashiro, Bradley Mikinski, Megan Kinsey, John Santos, Ryan Roth, and Jarryn Villegas will all be considered as alternates for the International US Collegiate Judo team.

BS&L Leadership Exchange with Prudential Financial
4/21/2016

The Black and Gold Leadership Forum (Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership) continued its relationship with Prudential Financial by conducting a Leadership Exchange in Newark, NJ. 16 members of the Black and Gold Leadership Forum visited Prudential Financial Headquarters in Newark, NJ to engage in Leadership Development discussions with 26 Prudential leaders. The visit included a Prudential Financial Business overview by the Vice Chairman (Mark Grier), a discussion led by their Chief Talent Officer (Mr. Sekhar Ramaswamy), and two panels (Senior Manager Leadership Challenges and Mid-Level Manager Leadership Challenges). During the visit, the Cadets were able to process the discussions using a design of Explore (What), Reflect (So What), and Project (Now What). At the completion of each session, Cadets reported their biggest takeaways from the session crystalizing the importance of engaged leadership. This leadership exchange is part of an ongoing relationship that began in the fall of 2015 when the CEO of Prudential Financial, Mr. John Strangefeld, visited West Point and served as a Distinguished Lecture Series guest speaker.

Cadets Visit NY Life Ins Co in NYC for Mgmt Program
4/21/2016

17 cadets and 1 management instructor visited the headquarters of the New York Life Insurance Company. The cadets benefited from remarks by the CEO, Ted Mathas, on topics related to the firm, its performance during the financial crisis, and its ability to lead over 12,000 field agents during a tumultuous business environment. Over lunch, the cadets also spoke with the firm’s Head of Agency, Executive Vice President Mark Madgett, about leadership development and the challenges associated with assessing leadership capacity and performance in its general offices. In the final session of the day, cadets participated in an interactive discussion about organizational structure and agent recruitment and training with Vice President and National Sales Officer, Sonali Virendra.

Softball Downs Bobcats in Non-Conference Doubleheader
4/21/2016

HAMDEN, CT - An eight-run fifth inning in the first game fueled the Army West Point softball team past Quinnipiac 12-4 before downing the Bobcats 3-1 in the final game of the doubleheader. The Bobcats (16-22) came out with an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but the Black Knights (27-16) came back to take a 3-1 lead in the next inning. Taylor Gaff, who made her first appearance since the teams played in Florida, notched a single through the left side to get onto first.

Tyler McKinney pinch ran for Gaff as Ashley Yoo enabled her to advance to second. Mae Wadyka's bunt forced a runners at the corners situation with one out before she stole second. Kasey McCravey stepped up to the plate and blasted her first triple of the year to center field. She sent in both McKinney and Wadyka and scored herself on a Quinnipiac error to give Army a 3-1 lead. The Bobcats re-tied the game at 3-3 with two runs off two hits in the home half of the third. Read More

Fort Hamilton West Point Day
4/20/2016

Cadets from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) talked to over 500 local residents, families, and students interested in West Point at Fort Hamilton’s West Point Day community event. Cadets from Directorate of Cadet Activities clubs showcased different aspects of cadet life, including club involvement and academics. Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn is the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) for the New York City metropolitan area.

Crew Hosts the Royal Military College
4/20/2016

Army Crew hosted the Royal Military College at the United States Military Academy. The visit to West Point was requested by the team and the RMC leadership as a result of the positive experience during the Indoor Rowing Competition that was a part of the RMC/USMA exchange weekend. Visiting RMC athletes were paired with Army Crew cadets of the same year, staying with them in their rooms, as well as joining them for morning classes on Friday. The RMC cadets also observed a morning Varsity practice on Friday from 0530-0700, and then conducted a supervised first practice in an Army Crew shell that afternoon, finishing with a joint practice with the novice team Friday afternoon from 1620-1800. Due to the experience gap between the RMC athletes and the Army team, the planned Saturday morning race was replaced with a joint scrimmage/practice, followed by a BBQ hosted by Army Crew.

Student Leaders Converge for the McDonald Leadership Conf
4/20/2016

The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership planned and hosted the 4th annual McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference (MCLC), which welcomed 83 student leaders from around the world from March 30-April 3rd 2016. This transformational leadership experience sponsored by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Bob McDonald, and his wife Diane, encouraged students to explore the theme of “From Failure to Inspiration and Change.” In addition to the 22 USMA cadets selected to attend, 37 domestic student fellows attended and 24 international students attended, representing a total of 22 countries. Senior Fellows included notable world leaders Ms. Elizabeth Birch, Dr. Daniel Polisar, Mr. Don Yaeger, Ms. Maria Contreras-Sweet, Mr. Xiao an Ji, Ms. Sheila Khama, Mr. Anshul Arora, Mr. Dominic Barton, Ms. Rosanne Haggerty, Sir John Hood, Mr. Mike Maddock, Mr. Ray Jefferson, and Mr. Tom Tierney.

This conference is unique given its student-centric focus and active participation, MCLC is able to develop students’ leadership skills using the framework of assessment, challenge, and support. Four panels were developed to explore the guiding question from the lenses of Vision, Governing, Adversity and Learning. After engaging panel members, student fellows participated in four “break-out” sessions where they explored topics in more detail with smaller groups. The Senior Fellows served as mentors who helped students to challenge their own assumptions and to explore areas of uncertainty. Outside of the conference panels and sessions, student heard introductory remarks by LTG Caslen, saw the highlights of the West Point landscape, experienced The Core of the Corps by the USMA Band, and heard keynote addresses by Mr. Mike Maddock and Secretary McDonald. At the conclusion of the event, student fellows collaborated on a group Opinion Editorial. These final 12 OpEds will be published in the New York Times this summer.

CEP Hosted LTG Robert Brown for Strategic Lecture
4/20/2016

The Center for Enhanced Performance hosted LTG Robert Brown ’81, Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center at Ft Leavenworth, KS for the first annual GEN Albert Wedemeyer Strategic Lecture. LTG Brown’s presentation, “The Army Human Dimension Strategy: People Are Our Advantage”, was attended by over one hundred cadets, faculty and staff, and emphasized the importance of maximizing human capital and individual talent for ensuring success. The Wedemeyer Strategic Lecture Series lecture series honors the intellectual and strategic legacy of General Albert Wedemeyer ’19, one of America’s most significant and under recognized military strategists, by bringing to West Point subject matter experts on the role of the individual leader in complex operations.

Water Polo at the RPI Alumni Tournament
4/20/2016

The Water Polo team travelled to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to participate in the RPI Alumni Tournament. The team played four games and won all handily. The first of the team’s three games on Saturday was against the University of Massachusetts; after the Army team gained a quick four goal lead, the starters were subbed out and the team began to integrate some of the younger players into the game. Leadership provided by CDT Hayden Ward as whole set defense allowed the team to pressure UMass defensively, and goalie play by Plebe’s CDT Jeffery Stark and CDT Elizabeth Challenger, kept the Army team in the lead. All of the members of the team were able to get in and produce opportunities as Army cruised to a 21-5 victory. After a short break, the team came back to play against RPI. Superior defense allowed the team to counterattack successfully and shots by CDTs Leonid Milman and Brendon Cagney set the team up for success. As younger players were subbed into the game, the team focused on offensive movement and were able to continue to score with ease; Army would go on to win this game 19-5. The third and last game of the day against Adirondack was to be the Army team’s most challenging game of the competition. Set up by good whole set play from CDT Colin Stone, the team was able to jump start to an early lead, but at times struggled with ball control on the offensive side of the ball. In the second half, the team was able to correct these mistakes and went on to a dominating 17-9 victory. After a team dinner and a nights rest, the team came back on Sunday for the last game of the tournament, which was against the RPI alumni team. Army dominated this game from the start, and contributions from newcomers CDTs Patrick Cowley and Seth Nordell on both ends of the pool kept the team in the lead. Every member of the team swam hard and showed the strength of their character as members of the opposing team looked to undermine their victory. Army went on to finish their unblemished weekend with a score of 18-8.

CME Cadets Represent USMA at NY International Auto Show
4/20/2016

42 cadets and two faculty members from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering traveled to the Jacob Javits Convention Center to participate in the New York International Auto Show. During the show, cadets witnessed the cutting edge in automotive technology and interfaced with marketing and engineering representatives from industry leaders in both the foreign and domestic auto markets. Additionally, cadets served as ambassadors of the Academy, manning a recruiting booth and providing visitors to the convention center insights into daily life as a cadet as well as the admissions process.

CME and GENE Cadets Visit the United Arab Emirates
4/20/2016

OIC visited several cultural sites and landmark civil engineering projects in Abu Dhabi and Dubai during Spring Break 2016. The overarching purpose for the trip was to expose cadets to some of the most significant civil engineering projects in the world and for them to understand how the engineering principles taught in class are applied to actual projects. The visits included the Zayed Military College, US Embassy, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Burj Khalifa, NYU-Abu Dhabi, the Palm Jumeirah Island, and attending a Founder’s Day Dinner in Dubai. Six cadets participated in this Trip Section, led by Mr. Rahul Verma, an Instructor in CME and CME Club OIC. The trip was planned and developed by the cadets, led by CDT Jonathan Richards (CIC) and CDT Adam Callahan (ACIC), and included weekly meetings for approximately three months. At the various engineering sites, Mr. Verma led discussions on the engineering principles applied at each project, including putting the sheer scale of these projects into perspective. At the cultural sites, the squad discussed how the UAE evolved from an unknown Persian Gulf state to the current status as the leading edge of engineering and development.

Hockey Announces Team Honors
4/19/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point hockey team held its team banquet on Monday night and Parker Gahagen was honored with the Henry "Hal" Beukema Award winner as the team's Most Valuable Player. In addition to the awards given out, the team announced the captain for the 2016-17 season. Defenseman Ryan Nick will wear the "C" next season with Tyler Pham returning as the assistant captain. Gahagen, a Buffalo, N.Y., native, led the nation in save percentage at .937 and recorded a career-high four shutouts, including three in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. He recorded a career-high 14 victories between the pipes. He was the first non-forward to win the Beukema Award in eight years. The award honors Henry "Hal" Beukema who died in a plane crash in 1954 after attaining the rank of major. The team MVP award has been given out every year since 1955 and is voted on by team members. Senior Joe Kozlak was selected as the Gunning Award winner for academic excellence. Full Story »

Climbing-Mountaineering Competes at the CCS Regional
4/19/2016

Twenty members of the Army West Point Climbing team travelled north to the Edge Climbing Gym in Halfmoon, NY, for the CCS Regional competition. College teams from the Northeast and New England were in attendance, to include: RIT, Yale, Tufts, North Eastern Rutgers, Harvard, UConn, Columbia, Colgate, and many more. After three hours of intense climbing by all of the athletes on very challenging boulder and roped climbs, results were posted for the competition and for the season. For the competition, Army took second, with third place finishes by CDT Julian Barker (‘16), and CDT Lyra Kwak (‘17). For the season, Army placed second behind RIT.

Civil & Military Engineering Club Tour Two NYC Construction Sites
4/19/2016

Cadets and 3 faculty members from the Civil & Military Engineering Club toured the Kosciusko Bridge and the PATH-World Trade Center construction sites. The 75-year old Kosciusko Bridge connecting Brooklyn and Queens, NY, is being replaced with New York City’s first cable-stayed bridge; this bridge is scheduled to open before the New NY Bridge – Tappan Zee Bridge. The construction site superintendent from Skanska gave a 2-hour tour of the site emphasizing the benefits of the design-build contract, and the complexity of scheduling and safety of the $550 million project. The group next traveled to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub where another Skanska site superintendent gave a 2-hour tour to the group. The cadets walked through the open-to-the-public Oculus and subway station, and then went into an unfinished subway tunnel where the redundant force-protection barriers and fire-suppression systems were being added.

Engineering Students Represent USMA at Expo in White Plains
4/19/2016

5 cadets (2x civil engineers, 2x environmental engineers, and 1x mechanical engineer) and 1 faculty member attended the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo at White Plains High School. This is the 13th annual STEM event targeting middle and high school students to encourage them to consider careers in engineering and technology. The 4,000-plus students and parents had the opportunity to meet first-hand with more than 40 colleges and universities (including USMA, USCGA, and USMMA) and more than 40 engineering firms and public agencies. The expo also included a young engineer’s mentorship panel, several engineering competitions involving robotics and infrastructure, as well as a Boy Scout and Girl Scout merit badge and patch opportunity.

Men’s Volleyball at the ECVA Championships
4/19/2016

Army West Point Men’s Volleyball team travelled to State College, PA, for the ECVA Championships. The men’s team competed well against much larger schools from the higher Division 1 level, and the team finished 1-2 in pool play. The tournament gave the cadets a chance to compete against Virginia Tech, the number two ranked school in Division I club volleyball. They also performed very well against West Virginia, narrowly missing the victory. Finally, the team’s defeat of Liberty should guarantee a high seeding for the team at Nationals taking place on 7 April, 2016.

Environmental Science Trip Section to the Wheelabrator
4/19/2016

15 Cadets from USMA’s Environmental Science class (EV301) travelled to the Wheelabrator Westchester L.P. Facility in Peekskill, NY, to view the generation of energy from combusting municipal solid waste. Wheelabrator Westchester L.P. generates approximately 60,000 kW of electricity, enough to supply 67,000 New York homes, by burning household and commercial trash from throughout Westchester County. Cadets saw firsthand how 2,250 tons of waste per day is incinerated and then converted to mechanical energy before being distributed onto the electrical grid. Cadets also learned about air pollution control devices that are used to ensure that the exhaust gases meet federal emission standards.

Geography Cadets Present Findings Annual Meeting
4/19/2016

Four honors cadets from the Geography Program presented research findings at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers in San Francisco. Cadets Jordan Bray, Solomon McGinty, Kelly Kang, and Ian Meyers summarized their work on urbanization, demographics, and migration in Africa, and on the illegal blood trade in China.

Karate at the US Karate Alliance National Championship
4/19/2016

The Army West Point Martial Arts team showed off their exceptional skills in Karate at the United States Karate Alliance National Championship in Denver, CO. The team dominated the two-day competition in full contact fighting, point fighting, weapons fighting, and forms. Overall, the team won gold, coming away as National Champions in 10 of the 15 fighting divisions and one of the forms divisions. The tally of medals was 11 Gold, 7 Silver, and 10 Bronze. In the Full Contact Fighting Men’s Black Belt divisions, CDT Jordan Nettles won third place lightweight, CDT Anthony Chargualaf won first place lightweight, CDT Jackson Darash won third place heavyweight, and CDT Andrew Buelow won second place lightweight. CDT Eli Eichenberger had an impressive showing, competing for grand champion, after winning gold in full contact and point fighting. CDTs Liana Blatnik and Natasha Chick won their respective Women’s Brown Belt and Black Belt in full contact divisions. In point fighting, CDT Jordan Nettles took second with CDT Andrew Buelow taking third in lightweight black belts. CDT Sarah Juhn took first and CDT Kayla Johnson took third in the Women’s Color Belts, and CDT Liana Blatnik took second in Women’s Brown Belts. In Kata, CDT Halsey Smith took first place in the Men’s Black Belt Division, and CDT Liana Blatnik took second in the Women’s Brown Belt division. In the Weapons Point Sparring Competition, CDT Sarah Juhn won third place and CDT Kayla Johnson won first place in the Women’s Color Belt Division.

West Point Orienteering Wins National Championship
4/19/2016

The Army West Point Orienteering Team captured its fourteenth consecutive national championship on Sunday, April 3, 2016, with a dominating victory at the 2016 U.S. Intercollegiate Championships in Hamilton, Ohio. The championship consisted of an urban sprint course on Friday and two classic courses on Saturday (8.4 km) and Sunday (8.2 km). Competitors’ times were aggregated across the races on Saturday and Sunday to determine the finishing order.
Stand-out performances by Cadets Nick Ives ('16), Patrick Richardson (’16) Jett Dipalma ('17), and Michael Bruce ('18), who placed first as a team, led the way to this fourteenth consecutive victory. Additionally, Cadets Matthew Brooks ’19 and Justin Augustine ’19 performed exceptionally well in their first intercollegiate championship, reflecting the depth of the team’s roster and the potential for future success. This fourteenth consecutive national championship caps off a successful season for the Army West Point Orienteering Team and strong performances by underclassmen on the team point toward continued achievement in future seasons.

D/G&EnE at West Point Day (Fort Hamilton)
4/19/2016

Majors Ran Du and Colin Tansey, instructors in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering (D/G&EnE), travelled to Fort Hamilton, NY for West Point Day. Throughout the day, MAJ Du and MAJ Tansey engaged with cadet candidates and their families and introduced them to the diverse academic programs offered by G&ENE. Some of the displays present are filtration and disinfection devices ranging from uses in recreation to desalination. In addition, visitors are shown a cadet Capstone project entered into the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenge. The 3D Latrine model held by MAJ Du is designed to turn human waste into compost through anaerobic digestion, which addresses both sustainability and waste treatment in the developing world. Additionally, members of the West Point Latin Dance Club, OIC’d by MAJ Tansey, performed a variety of Latin dances and even gave cadet candidates some dance lessons. The team helped demonstrate the diversity of Corps of Cadets and some of the many activities Cadets participate in at West Point.

Fencing Competes at Brown University
4/19/2016

The Fencing team’s Women travelled to Brown University in Providence, RI. There, the Women’s Fencing Team qualified for their 12th consecutive Collegiate Fencing Nationals Champion-ships. CDT Laura Pleake led her women’s squad to a total shut out of Navy, defeating them in two out of three weapons, earning them their Navy Star; most of the head to head combative bouts were not even close in score. CDT Bethany Forte along with CDT Taylor Sharpsten and CDT Callie Peace advanced to the semi-finals at Nationals before being stopped by Michigan State; their squad garnered a 4th place National Ranking and finish. In the weapon of Women’s Foil, Army had another National Championship win. The powerhouse squad consisted of CDT Samantha Verduzco, CDT Rachel Pennington, CDT Haley Holli-man, and foil squad captain CDT Claudia Sun. Both CDT Sun and CDT Pennington advanced to the Individual Finals; CDT Pennington finished 9th for the day, ranking in the top 4% of all athletes in the nation. CDT Sun moved through the direct elimination bracket to the final gold medal bout versus Dartmouth College, and she handedly defeated her opponent, clinching the National Championship Title; she is only the second woman at West Point to do so, and is currently ranked #1 in the Nation for Collegiate Fencing.

During this time, the Men’s Fencing team also qualified for their 12th consecutive Collegiate Fencing National Championship, also held at Brown University. In the weapon of Men’s Epee, CDT Aaron Mellstrom qualified for the Individual Finals and finished 9th, put-ting him in the top 5% in the nation of all collegiate fencers in that weapon. The Men also blew Navy out of the water by defeating them in two out of three weapons with their Individual Head bouts having lopsided scores in Army’s favor; this earned them their Navy Star as well. CDT Blake Gordon once again repeated another National Championship Win in the cavalry weapon of Sabre. He and his weapon squad went on to not only defeat Navy in the Direct Elimination early part of the bracket, but also defeated nationally ranked Michigan State in a very hard fought close combative score with all team mates participating as competitors in this victory. The National Champion Sabre Squad consisted of CDTs Gus Williams, Noah Kambili, Josh Pleake, and David Oh. For CDT Pleake and CDT Oh, this was their first Nationals and first year of fencing on the team with no prior experience in the sport. CDT Williams qualified for the Individual Finals and finished 7th, placing him in the Top 3% of all athletes in the Nation.

Field Trip across the Great Valley
4/19/2016

LTC Kimball led her Geology class on a trip to study the geologic history of the greater Hudson Valley. Cadets synthesized topics by learning 600 million years of geologic history, including the formation of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks in the region, glacial process, and how structural geology is different from topography. During the trip, cadets also discussed the significant role that geology played in recent human history, including the “Black Soils” region settled by the Polish; gravel quarries that made it profitable to develop rail lines and canals; limestone mines that were a large source of cement before the creation of Portland Cement; and the flat-lying sedimentary rocks (cut by the Wallkill River) that influenced the New Paltz settlements of the Huguenots in the late 1600s.

Dual Dept Trip to the Massachusetts Institute of Tech
4/19/2016

31 cadets and two faculty from the Departments of Physics & Nuclear Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science attended a full-day Defense Technology Seminar hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. This was the sixteenth consecutive year of the seminar where cadets get to see how a federally-funded research and development center operates. The cadets received classified briefings on current research initiatives such as 3-D laser sensing, micro UAV development, drone detection and defense, and disaster response integration. Later in the day, the cadets were given tours of the microelectronics fabrication facility, the threat prototyping lab, the persistent surveillance demonstration facility, and the flight facility. These tours highlighted the actual hands-on testing done at Lincoln Laboratory. The cadets were exposed to possible areas of research relevant to both physics and electrical engineering, and were afforded the opportunity to ask questions of and interact with world class researchers in their fields. In addition, they saw the capabilities that Lincoln Laboratory can provide to the warfighter and the Department of Defense, which will be useful to them as they progress in their Army careers.

Kendo Competes in the 28th Annual Kendo Tournament
4/19/2016

The Army West Point Kendo team travelled to Cleveland, OH, to compete in the 28th Annual Kendo Tournament. Each member competed in the individual brackets for their respective kendo ranks, as well as competing in the team tournament. New members CPT Robert Graves and CDT Beomjin (“Dan”) An competed in their first tournament matches ever, each winning their first round matches. In the team tournament, the team found a hard fight against the Washington, D.C., regional team, but unfortunately did not prevail. On Sunday, the team attended a seminar lead by Mitsuru Hamasaki Sensei, the former chief instructor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Kendo. The seminar was very educational, and each member took away valuable lessons from this very high ranking Keno Master. Following the seminar, a few of the club members took promotion examinations. CDT Zachary Chaikin tested for and attained the of 2nd Dan, and CPT Robert Graves and CDT Beomjin “Dan” An tested for their kyu ranks.

Army Triathlon Team Hosts NECTC Duathlon
4/19/2016

The Army West Point Triathlon Team hosted the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference (NECTC) for its 2016 NECTC Duathlon held here on 2 April. Athletes represented triathlon clubs from across the northeast to include those of UConn, Rutgers, Binghamton, Syracuse, Drexel, MIT, UMass, and Penn State. Approximately 60 athletes endured the rain and cold weather throughout the 2 km run and 25 km bike along route 293 as well as an additional 5 km run within the Camp Natural Bridge and Camp Buckner areas. West Point cheered on four of its own athletes as they competed in their first NECTC event as recent additions to the team. Theresa Groton ’18 led the females to the finish, arriving more than a minute ahead of the second place female. Megan Jarrell ’19 was the fifth female to cross the line. Taylor Rodenhuis ’18 placed seventh, and Jacob Pettit ’19 finished thirteenth among a very strong field of collegiate males. All 20 of the team’s athletes are now eligible for and slated to compete in the 2016 Collegiate Club National Championships at Clemson, SC on 22-23 April where they look to beat Navy and bring the title back to West Point. PNE Instructor CPT John Davis was the Race Director for this event with assistance from the West Point Triathlon OIC, PNE Acting Deputy Department Head, LTC Ken Allen.

McMahon Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week
4/19/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Army West Point freshman Izzy McMahon earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors, as the league announced its weekly awards on Monday. The conference recognition is the first of McMahon's career and she becomes the second Army player to win the award this season after classmate Nikki Polhamus was selected on Feb. 22. McMahon led Army with a season-high four goals in a 12-9 loss to American on April 16. She netted three of those goals during the second half to lead a comeback charge that brought the Black Knights from five goals down to a one-goal deficit late in the second period. McMahon also added a pair of draw controls in the setback and successfully converted her only free-position shot of the contest. Read More

Nguyen Tabbed Patriot League Player of the Week
4/19/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Army West Point sophomore Michael Nguyen of the men's tennis team earned Patriot League Player of the Week honors earlier today. It is the first time Nguyen has been honored by the league and is the second time this spring a Black Knight earned the award. Nguyen's efforts this week helped improved Army's record to 15-7 and 4-0 in the Patriot League with 4-1 wins against Lehigh and Boston University. He went 2-0 in both singles and doubles. He played in the fourth singles flight in both matches. The first was a tight, 7-5, 7-5 victory against George Cooper of Lehigh. Nguyen then went onto win 6-2, 6-3 against Boston U's Satyajit Simhadri. He has now won three straight singles matches, winning seven of his last eight contests, and is the first Cadet to reach 10 singles wins this spring as he is currently the team leader with 11 wins. Read More

Briyah Brown Tops Own School Record at Bucknell
4/18/2016

LEWISBURG, PA - The Army West Point women's track and field team finished the Bucknell Outdoor Classic in strong fashion, specifically from the likes of Briyah Brown. Brown took the title in the shot put while topping her own school record. Her top throw of 15.15 meters was far and away the best throw of the day, as nobody else topped 14 meters. "Brown has been so good for us this year and so dependable that her success is often taken for granted," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Smith. "It is not easy to win or compete at the top each and every week yet there she is at every meet. I am proud of her and really look forward to what she can do we move ahead into the championship meets." Read More

Men’s Tennis Bests Boston U on Senior Day
4/18/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point men's tennis team celebrated Senior Day on Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over Boston University. The Black Knights improved to 15-7 on the year and 4-0 in the Patriot League while Boston U dropped to 8-10 but suffered its first league loss after winning its first three. Eight seniors were honored before the match. Caison Best, Ben Davies, Joey Hatala, Sam Jang-Milsten, Austin McCasin, Harrison McCormick, David Proctor, and Ron Verano were each presented with a commemorative coin from Director of Athletics Boo Corrgian and gifts from teammates. The victory was the 25th regular season Patriot League win for the four-year class in as many tries. Read More

Burggraaf Impressive Against Holy Cross in Finale
4/18/2016

WORCESTER, MA - Freshman Daniel Burggraaf tossed an impressive seven-plus innings of two-hit baseball for Army West Point as he led the Black Knights to a 3-0 victory in the series finale at Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon. "These guys are tough minded and always fight no matter what the situation is," said head coach Matt Reid. "They're always composed. We have a lot to work on, but baseball is a process of working hard to get better in all details of the game. We will get back to work this week and get better." Read More

USMA Wins the Cyber Defense Exercise
4/15/2016

Congratulations to the USMA‬ Cyber Defense Team for winning the 16th Annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX). The CDX is a cyber security exercise in which students from the service academies design and build computer networks and defend them against intrusions by the National Security Agency/Central Security Services (NSA/CSS) Red Team (Red Cell).

Feature Friday: Brothers XV
4/15/2016

Although men's rugby has only been recently adopted by ODIA and elevated to varsity status, its history at the U.S. Military Academy stems back to the 1960's. Click here to watch the video. Those on the current roster don't only join the Long Gray Line, but the brotherhood of Army West Point Rugby. Being a member of the rugby brotherhood continues long after you step off the pitch for the final time. Story

"For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother." - Henry V

Brewer Claims Junior Olympic Title
4/15/2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO Army West Point freshman Nathan Brewer added an impressive accolade to a strong first season at the Academy. Brewer won the gold medal in Smallbore at the 2016 National Junior Olympic Championships. The three-day event concluded yesterday evening and was held in Colorado Springs, CO. Brewer won the Smallbore crown with relative ease. He clinched the gold medal before the finals had even begun with the two best qualifying scores. The Walla Walla, Wash., native went on to post the top finals score as well for a total of 2338. Brewer's margin of victory was 14 points, the largest differential between first and second place in any of the three events. Read More

Cadet Warnberg 1 of 10 Champions for Change
4/15/2016

Congratulations to Cadet Carson Warnberg for being one of ten individuals selected by the The White House as “Champions of Change” for their leadership in mobilizing others to change the culture around sexual assault and dating violence and to create systemic changes on their campuses and beyond. Cadet Warnberg currently serves as the Education Officer for the Cadets Against Sexual Harassment Program (CASHA). Story

Women’s Tennis Wins 5-2, Peck with 400th Career Win
4/15/2016

BETHLEHEM, PA - The Army West Point women's tennis team finished the regular season in historic fashion on Friday evening. The Black Knights topped Lehigh 5-2 to give head coach Paul Peck his 400th career win. He is only the second coach in Academy history, across all sports, to reach 400 wins at the school. His record now stands at 400-197 over 22 seasons. Army finishes the regular season at 19-5 overall and 5-1 in the Patriot League. The four-year class of Haley O'Connor, Carolyn Pitman, Gabriella Spindler, and Eva Sung are one victory shy of becoming the eighth straight four-year class to reach 80 career victories (79-27). Lehigh now stands at 8-8 and 3-4 in league play. The Black Knights had to rally for the victory after losing the doubles point and wound up down 2-1 after the first and fifth singles finished. Army swept the remaining four singles matches to claim the win. Full Story »

Glenn Wins Nissen-Emery Award
4/15/2016

COLUMBUS, OH - Senior Jesse Glenn of the Army West Point gymnastics team was named the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Nissen-Emery award Thursday evening at the College Gymnastics Association (CGA) Awards Banquet being held at the Boat House at Confluence Park in Columbus, Ohio, the site for this year's NCAA Championships. Click here to watch the video. Glenn is the first of seven Black Knight finalists to win this honor since it was established in 1966. The Nissen-Emery Award is given annually to the nation's outstanding senior gymnast and is the most coveted award in collegiate gymnastics. The award is presented annually to an outstanding senior collegiate gymnast based on gymnastic achievement, sportsmanship and academic excellence. Read More

Athletic Director's Update
4/15/2016

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Army West Point Athletic Director's Update with Boo Corrigan Director of Athletics

Cadets at the Rochester Symposium Physics Students
4/15/2016

Six Cadets along with MAJ Will Cook spent 1-3 April traveling to Rochester, NY to attend the Rochester Symposium for Physics Students. Cadets Kris Korzan and Abi Daniel presented their work on setting up the observatory. Cadets Oliver Di Nallo, Sam Jung, and Alix Idrache presented their work on neutron detection and collisions. Cadet Bobby Nelson presented his research in quantum chemistry and the harmonic vibrational frequencies.

Scuba NAUI Open Water Certification trip
4/15/2016

The USMA Scuba team conducted AY15-16’s third NAUI Open Water Certification trip to Dutch Springs, PA. This trip section included twenty-five students, and sixteen team members. The twenty-five students conducted their requisite open water dives, and four advanced students conducted their required advanced open water dives.

UCONN’s 11th Annual Conf on the Teaching of Writing
4/15/2016

Two USMA Writing Fellows visited the University of Connecticut’s Writing Center and presented papers at UCONN’s 11th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing. Their panel, “Adapting and Modeling: Making Room for New Approaches and New Publics in the Writing Center,” drew on their experiences teaching in the Mounger Writing Center. In “Adaptive Tutoring: Cultivating Sincerity and Community in Writing Center Consultations,” CDT Tim McLaughlin ’17 articulated a pragmatic approach to peer consulting that balances the canonical approaches in the field (“minimalist tutoring” and “holistic tutoring”) with the development of a communal ethos. In “The ‘Native-Speaker’ Myth: Language Acquisition and Writing Pedagogy,” Nathan Hernandez ’17 referenced his experiences teaching English in Taiwan to argue that we should view language acquisition as a fluid process for both non-native and native writers, expanding the use of certain ESL pedagogies to also help other students enhance their command of the language. The Cadets’ panel was chaired by Dr. Jason Hoppe and assisted by CPT Kristen Johnson.

Teaching Practicum hosts Dr. Morten
4/15/2016

The Department of English and Philosophy hosted its final Teaching Practicum of the semester. Dr. Morton Ender from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership hosted a discussion centered on his new book, The Millennial Generation and National Defense: Attitudes of Future Military and Civilian Leaders. While Op-eds about the millennial generation and evolving educational practices abound in major media publications, Dr. Ender offered analysis from diligently compiled longitudinal data that contextualizes generational attitudes beyond mere anecdotes. The discussion focused on sociological trends across generations in pursuit of continually challenging and improving the way we connect with this generation of students.

Club Soccer and Coast Guard Tie
4/15/2016

Club Soccer warmed up for their annual Army/Navy clash with a hard fought tie with the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. Army fought back from a 2-0 half-time deficit and in a second half reduced to just thirty minutes, scored from a penalty kick via CDT Newton Tsang. Army continued to dominate possession and with five minutes remaining on the clock, CDT Franklin Pugh leveled the scores. The superior fitness of Army shone through in the final minutes, but the Coast Guard held on for the 2-2 tie. This was valuable preparation for the Army/Navy club soccer match scheduled for 0900 on Saturday, 23 April to be held at the USMAPS soccer field. The Navy Soccer Club is currently holding the Joseph Casey Cup awarded to the winners of the annual fixture with our traditional rivals. Mr. Casey (Army all-time leading goal scorer) will be in attendance to present the trophy awarded in his honor.

Cadets Prep for the Amateur Radio Clubs License Test
4/15/2016

Cadets from the West Point Cadet Amateur Radio Club prepare for their first amateur radio license test preparation study session in the Jefferson Hall Library on Tuesday, 29 March. Eight Cadets, two of whom will be commissioning as Signal Corps officers this May, and four faculty members attended the first of a four-part series of study sessions to prepare them to take the amateur radio license exam at the end of April. CPT Matthew Sherburne is leading the study sessions with hands-on exercises, slides, and discussions on RF propagation theory, FCC rules and procedures, and basic electronics.

Glee Club Travel to Buffalo to Perform
4/15/2016

54 cadets from the USMA Glee Club travelled to Buffalo, NY, for three performances, spanning over a three day period. On 3 April, fifteen of the cadets from the USMA Glee Club performed two national anthems to kick off a head-to-head match between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The cadets performed “O Canada” and the “Star Spangled Banner” in front of more than 18,000 U.S. and Canadian fans, representing the Academy with grace and conviction. The following day, the cadets performed a concert for local, school-aged children in the town of Lockport, NY. More than 200 children ages 6-18 attended the concert which was put on by the Historic Palace Theatre and City of Lockport. After the concert, the cadets spent time interacting with the children that attended the concert. The following night, the Glee Club gave its final concert of the trip, again at the Historic Palace Theatre. The concert sold-out to complete capacity, with more than 1,100 patrons attending the concert. Following the concert, the cadets again spent time interacting with and thanking those who attended the concert and made it such a huge success.

Three Teams Earn Public Recognition Awards
4/14/2016

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

Barretto Earns National Accolades
4/14/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Rookie AJ Barretto made eight saves in the 15-4 win over Boston University last Saturday and was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/Lids National Defensive Player of the Week. Barretto was also selected as the Patriot League's Goalie of the Week on Monday. He was joined by Nate Jones and Austin Schultz as weekly award winners. Barretto won his seventh game of the season with eight saves in 55 minutes of action against Boston University. The four goals allowed in the game were a season low for the rookie when playing significant minutes in the game. Barretto held the Terriers scoreless for 29 of the first 30 minutes, allowing the Black Knights to jump out to a 9-0 lead. Read More

Eight Gymnasts Head to NCAA Championships
4/14/2016

WEST PONT, NY - The Army West Point gymnastics team has a date this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, for the NCAA Championships where the Black Knights will be looking to crown a champion or two along with cop All-America honors. Army will be competing individually at the two-day meet inside St. John Arena hosted by Ohio State on Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th. The meet opens with two qualifying rounds on Friday with the team finals, all-around winner and individual event finals decided on Saturday. The Black Knights will compete in the Session 1 Championship Qualifier on Friday at 1 p.m. which features No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 California, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 8 Penn State, No. 9 Nebraska and No. 12 Navy. Read More

Golf Third, Sakata Named to All-Tournament Team
4/13/2016

SPARTANBURG, SC - After shooting five-under the final round of the Wofford Invitational, the Army West Point golf team placed moved up to third place with 855 strokes. Dean Sakata led the Black Knights with a seven-under score of 209 to place t-4th. He was one of five golfers name to the All-Tournament Team. "The team was resilient today," said head coach Brian Watts. "The hole locations and weather conditions made the course play more difficult, but the team stayed patient. They played a great round of golf today as we had some bogeys early on, but they fought back and grinded it out. We are always working on staying calm and making good decisions and their patience was a good sign of maturity on the course. Dean was able to finish two-under today and seven-under for the tournament." Read More

Borer Tabbed AAA Athlete of the Week
4/13/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Senior Andrew Borer of the Army West Point men's rugby team scored a program-record 30 points on three tries, penalty kicks and conversions in the team's 55-10 victory over Oklahoma in the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup on Saturday. In the team's first-ever Varsity Cup win, Borer opened the game by scoring the first 13 points in 10 minutes. Click here for the video. The Alta Loma, Calif., native continued his scoring to begin the second half, once against starting with a penalty kick. After a try and conversion in the 47th minute, he scored the first 10 points of the final 40 minutes as well. Read More

Martin Named Rookie of the Week
4/13/2016

CENTER PARK, PA - Trey Martin of the Army West Point baseball team was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Tuesday. Martin went 7-for-18 with two runs scored and five RBIs. The London, KY, native notched a hit and an RBI in all five games last week, including a three-hit effort in Saturday's night cap against Bucknell. He also stole a couple of bases in the contest. Read More

Black Knights Claim Four Weeky Awards
4/12/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Following a 15-4 win over Boston University on Saturday, the Army West Point men's lacrosse team nearly swept all Patriot League weekly honors. Nate Jones was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week and the Rookie of the Week after his five-goal performance against the Terriers. Classmate AJ Barretto took home his first weekly award as he was voted the conference's Goalie of the Week. Rounding out the award winners was senior Austin Schultz, who earned Defensive Player of the Week.

It was the first time this season that a team has won four lacrosse weekly awards for the Patriot League and four out of the five were rookies. Bucknell's Jarett Witzal won the Faceoff Specialist of the Week award. Jones led Army on Saturday to help clinch a spot in the Patriot League Tournament. He finished with a career high five goals, including a natural hat trick in the first half. He scored three of the first nine goals scored by the Black Knights to open the game. He added two more tallies in the second half to push his total to five. Jones has at least a hat trick in six of Army's 10 games in 2016, including four with three or more goals. He also picked up two ground balls and caused a turnover. Read More

Softball Caps Bucknell Series with Win
4/12/2016

LEWISBURG, PA - A big seventh inning by the Army West Point softball team helped the Black Knights secure the series over Patriot League foe Bucknell Monday afternoon. The Cadets scored three runs in their final at-bat against the Bison to secure a 5-1 victory and to win the series 2-1. "Away from the scoreboard, what our team did well this weekend was be coachable players and exercise a team-first attitude," said head coach Michelle DePolo. "They followed our guidance and fulfilled any role asked of each player. Our defense had an exceptional series. They are as steady as it gets, and in the event of a misplay they recover immediately." Holding a slim 2-1 lead after five innings, Army found a spark in the top of the seventh to put the game away. Ashley Yoo reached on a walk to start off the inning. Then, Kasey McCravey was intentionally walked which brought her career total to 70 which breaks the career record mark which has been held by Erin McClain (69) since 2010. Read More

Canada Claims Sandhurst 2016 Crown
4/11/2016

Sandhurst 2016, the 49th iteration of West Point’s annual military skills competition, was grueling in every aspect of the word. Sixty-one 9-person teams—comprised of USMA’s cadet companies, ROTC’s eight brigades, squads from three sister academics, and 12 international teams—endured a brutal route (totaling 30.8 miles), demanding challenges (including, for the first time ever, two night events), and cold and blustery weather (barely pushing 40-degrees Fahrenheit with winds blowing more than 20 MPH at times) over the course of two days at West Point. Given those conditions, it is perhaps not surprising that West Point’s neighbor to the north, the Royal Military College of Canada, won Sandhurst 2016, marking the fifth time it took home the Reginald E. Johnson Memorial Plaque (a mounted cadet sabre) as the competition’s highest scoring squad (2005-07, ’09). For the fourth year in a row, H-3 earned the 1st Place USCC Streamer as the highest scoring cadet company, and 4th Regiment dethroned 2nd Regiment and won the Sandhurst Sword as the regiment with the best aggregate company performance in the competition. The sword was originally presented to USMA by the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst (UK) in 1967 to be a prize for a regimental military stakes competition, the aim of which was to promote military excellence among the Corps of Cadets. At first, West Point’s Sandhurst Competition was just a mix of physical fitness tests, varsity and intramural sports, and drill and ceremony performed over the course of an academic term; however, in 1975, Major Robert Hodges, the British exchange officer assigned to West Point at the time, worked with the Commandant to re-format the competition to test the cadets’ ability to “shoot, move and communicate” as a team. The competition was moved to Camp Buckner and took place over the course of 20 days in April. Beginning in 1992, the competition was reduced to two days and opened to ROTC squads, and two teams from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst began participating a year later, one of which won the event for ten years straight. In 2011, USCC Company B-3 became the one and only USMA squad to win the competition since international competition began, a fact that West Point fans hope will change next year with the 50th anniversary of Sandhurst.

Borer Leads Men’s Rugby to Win Over Oklahoma
4/11/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Senior Andrew Borer led the charge offensively with 30 points, as the Army West Point men's rugby team collected a 55-10 victory over No. 20 Oklahoma in the opening round of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup on Saturday afternoon at the Anderson Rugby Complex. Army improves to 9-4 on the year, while Oklahoma drops to 13-4. Borer scored the game's first 13 points in the opening 10 minutes, with a penalty kick in the fifth minute, and tries in the seventh and 10th minutes, respectively.

Freshman Torran Raby touched down in the 18th minute to boost the Black Knight lead to 18-0 before senior Logan Weiland added Army's fourth consecutive try seconds before the halftime whistle to give the hosts a 23-0 advantage at the break. As he did in the first half, Borer began the second period with three straight scores, including a penalty kick, a try and a conversion, making the score 33-0 by the 47th minute. Read More

Softball Bounces Back, Tops Bucknell in Nightcap
4/11/2016

LEWISBURG, PA - The Army West Point softball team split its doubleheader with Bucknell Sunday afternoon. The Black Knights dropped a tight first game to the Bison 1-0 in nine innings before topping Bucknell 9-3 in game two. Game one remained in a 0-0 deadlock until the bottom of the ninth inning when the Bison clinched the game with a walk off hit. Although scoreless, the game was an exciting one and featured pitcher Caroline Smith who had the hard luck loss.

Smith retired eight straight batters before the Bison (21-13, 6-2 Patriot League) made it on a base in the ninth inning. She didn't allow a hit between the fifth and eighth innings to help Army (23-14, 5-2 PL) stay in the game. The Bison had a player on first and second with no outs in the home half of the ninth. A double play from Alee Rashenskas to Emily Gray gave Army two outs, but advanced Bucknell's game winning run on third. A walk off by Midyette gave the Bison the run it needed to clinch. Read More

Men's Lacrosse Clinches Postseason Berth
4/11/2016

BOSTON - The Army West Point men's lacrosse team left no doubt it would be moving onto the Patriot League Tournament with a convincing 15-4 win over Boston University on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field. Army (8-3, 5-1 PL) was led by rookie Nate Jones with a career-high five goals, while Cole Johnson recorded four points on two goals and two assists. Overall the Black Knights had nine different goal scorers. Luke Poulos chipped in with two goals, while Connor Cook added two points on a goal and an assist. AJ Barretto had another outstanding day in the cage with eight stops. He made seven in the first half and just missed the shutout in the opening 30 minutes. Read More

Feature Friday: Overcoming Pain
4/8/2016

There are too many scars to keep track of at this point. That's the price Carolyn Pitman has had to pay playing the game of tennis. The constant strain on the body, the quick cutting, stretching the arms and legs to get the racket to an ever eluding ball, heavy swings, they all pay their price. An ever expanding list that features multiple tibia fractures, a herniated disc, tendonitis in knees, elbow, and shoulder, back issues, and loss of feeling in her left (dominant) hand; a litany of issues for a 23-year old to go through with more surgeries on the way in the coming years. Some people might cringe just reading that list. Pitman took the bumps and bruises, the knives and the heartache, and became one of Army West Point's best tennis players. But it's a trail that was nearly never started. Read More

Society of American Military Engineers Visit the Harvard Club
4/8/2016

Cadets from the West Point Student Chapter of SAME attended an evening meeting of SAME’s New York City Post at the Harvard Club. At the meeting they spoke with representatives from a variety of engineering firms in the NYC area, and listened to a presentation from Mr. James Starace, Chief Engineer, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In addition, they met with COL David Caldwell, the NYC Post President and Commander of the NY District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

15th Competition on Law of Armed Conflict
4/8/2016

Class of 2016 Cadets Eric Fenton, Calvin Stokes, Bailey Widman, Ben Andrews, and OIC Assistant Professor LTC Matt Kemkes, represented USMA at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law's 15th Competition on Law of Armed Conflict for Military Academies in Sanremo, Italy. The competition brought 67 cadets from 19 military academies representing 13 countries and mixed them into 2 or 3 person teams acting as fictitious countries working as a coalition going to war. Over four days, the teams worked in Joint Operation Centers (JOCs), acting as legal advisors to the JOC commander to demonstrate they could effectively deal with a complex geopolitical situation. Cadets had to conduct an efficient military operation implementing the coalition's mandate, while simultaneously integrating specific instructions each team received from their own fictitious government as to their own national priorities.

Beyond having an extraordinary opportunity to explore the various nuanced dimensions of the laws of war, the USMA cadets, all law majors, had a tremendous cultural immersion experience by teaming with cadets from Japan, Sweden, France, Uganda, and Switzerland. The legal dilemmas facing the coalition tested cadets’ knowledge of treaties and customary international law, as they advised their commander on how to wage war lawfully. For example, the issues they faced ranged from determining if people fleeing from the rogue nation qualified for refugee status, to if preemptive self-defense was justified when one coalition member's satellite seemed to be targeted, to whether a computer virus could be used as a weapon, to how a detainee who allegedly knew the location of a ticking bomb should be interrogated. At the end of the competition, each cadet left the exercise with invaluable insights into working in a JOC, with an appreciation of the complexity of the applying the law of armed conflict, and with new international colleagues.

US Circuit Court Judge Denny Chin Visits with Cadets
4/8/2016

US Circuit Court Judge Denny Chin visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by Department of Law Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro. Judge Chin was appointed to the federal appeals court by President Obama in 2010 and serves on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. He was the first Asian-American ever appointed to a federal appeals court. Prior to that, he was a federal district court judge, having been appointed by President Clinton in 1994. He was also an Assistant US Attorney under Rudy Giuliani in the Southern District of New York, and practiced law as a private attorney. Judge Chin had a lively discussion with the cadets about searches and seizures and the 4th Amendment. He also explained his reasons, when he was a district court judge, for sentencing convicted fraudster and septuagenarian Bernard Madoff to a 150-year prison term.

Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition
4/8/2016

Law majors Paige Vallejos, Mickey Briggs, and Madison Daugherty competed in the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition in Seattle Washington. Fifteen other teams from diverse law schools and the Air Force Academy participated in the competition. The judges evaluated the teams on both their knowledge of the law and understanding of the operational parameters of various humanitarian law organizations as demonstrated through their performance in six rounds of simulation-based competition. Among the many challenging issues, cadets provided legal advice and gave simulated press interviews regarding conflict classification, targeting, detention, and torture. The cadets scored high in the first four rounds, but Minnesota Law School won the competition against Harvard Law School in the final round. Throughout the competition, the cadets also spent invaluable time engaging with humanitarian law professionals from Israel, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Nine Gymnasts Qualify for 2016 NCAAs
4/8/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Nine members of the Army West Point gymnastics team had their ticket punched as individual qualifiers for the 2016 NCAA Championships being held at St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State April 15-16. The championships will begin on Friday, April 15, with the national qualifier, which consists of two pre-qualifying sessions (1/7 p.m.). The Black Knights will compete in the first session beginning at 1 p.m. The top three individual finishers in all-around and on each event during each session, who are not already qualified on a team (top three teams qualify) or as an all-around competitor, will advance to Saturday's finals.

It is the third time in the last five years that the No. 12 Black Knights have sent nine qualifiers, joining participants who competed in 2012 and 2014. Leading the way is senior Jesse Glenn, a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award, who will be competing as an all-arounder along with freshman Cole Casanova. Glenn ranks first among the five individual qualifiers with an average of 85.963 and Casanova is second (85.90). Read More

Athletic Director's Update
4/8/2016

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Army West Point Athletic Director's Update with Boo Corrigan Director of Athletics

Cadets Visit the US Supreme Court
4/8/2016

Cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by Professor & Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro, visited the US Supreme Court and the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. First, at the courtroom in the Supreme Court, the cadets observed oral argument in a case concerning the proper interpretation of the Sixth Amendment’s Speedy Trial Clause. Next, the cadets met privately with Justice Sonia Sotomayor in the Rehnquist Dining Room in the Courthouse. Justice Sotomayor discussed her views on being a member of the bench. The cadets also toured the Capitol building.

Sociology Visits Westchester Knicks D-League Lab
4/8/2016

PL371 Introductory Sociology class ventured to White Plains to the social laboratory of the Westchester Knicks D-League basketball game. Introductory Sociology class ventured to White Plains to the social laboratory of the Westchester Knicks D-League basketball game. PL371 exposes students to theories and concepts related to the social structure, culture, and agency prevalent but often overlooked in our environment and personal interactions. The institution of sports continues to strongly influence personal behavior and group dynamics, and also reflects many of the social inequalities within our society. The basketball game provided cadets a sports venue outside their normal environment to observe these social factors and forces first hand. Each student generated a unique research project and applied the concepts and ideas learned in class during an ethnographic visit. Their topics ranged from analysis of group size and fan enthusiasm, gender, race, and age distribution and stratification in the various seating sections, clothing, occupation, income, and social status, and gender trends among the children and parents in attendance. The cadets will complement their own primary research with a literature review of peer-reviewed Sociological journal articles. Their resulting paper will include observing, collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from their real world data, as well as walking through a full sequence of the research process.

Harvard University President Speaks at the Zengerle Family Lecture
4/8/2016

Harvard University President, Drew Gilpin Faust, Speaks at the First Annual Zengerle Family Lecture in the Arts and Humanities. The Department of English and Philosophy hosted the first annual Zengerle Family Lecture in the Arts and Humanities. Harvard University president, Drew Faust, delivered this inaugural lecture to a combined audience of more than 800 Cadets, staff, and faculty members. The lecture, entitled “To be a Speaker of Words and a Doer of Deeds: Literature and Leadership,” argued for the importance of a broad, liberal arts education for future officers, and indeed for all citizens. President Faust’s day-long visit to West Point also included a visit to the Library’s Special Collections, lunch with Cadets in the Cadet Mess Hall, and an interdisciplinary Cadet and faculty symposium. This event, moderated by Professor Elizabeth Samet of the Department of English and Philosophy, was the culmination of a yearlong faculty colloquium, during which faculty members from eight different academic departments met monthly to discuss Faust’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. The symposium gave interested Cadets and faculty members an opportunity to engage directly with President Faust in a more intimate setting. The event was generously supported and attended by the Zengerle family.

Department of History Staff Ride to Normandy, France
4/8/2016

During spring break, the Department of History executed a staff ride to Normandy, France. After participating in several sessions that familiarized them with the Normandy campaign, twelve cadets accompanied Professor Randy Roberts, LTC Rick Black, and CPTs Greg Hope and Eric Smith to a variety of different locations in the Norman countryside where the Allies invaded France in June 1944.

To fully immerse the cadets in both the history and culture of the region, the cadets visited British, Canadian, and American battle sites during the trip. Each cadet prepared especially for a particular stand during the trip, adding intellectual rigor to their visit. While staying in Caen, the cadets visited Juno Beach, Pegasus Bridge, and a variety of different sites associated with British attempts to break out of the front near the Orne River. The group then moved on to Bayeux where the cadets then studied the American side of the campaign. The trip had many highlights, including a personal tour of Brecourt Manor, where E/506th made its famous assault on a German artillery battery, as well as an opportunity to lay a wreath at Omaha Cemetery commemorating the Americans who died liberating Europe.

Following their stay in Normandy, the group returned to Paris for two days to meet with veterans of the French 2nd Armored Division. There, the cadets met former Chief of Staff of the French Army General Bruno Cuche and received a tour of the World War Two portion of the museum at Les Invalides. While there, the cadets saw the tomb of Marshal Leclerc as well as the monument to Napoleon. Following this visit, the cadets then met with veterans of the French 2nd Armored Division at a lunch hosted at the Marshal Leclerc Foundation. This final visit granted cadets an appreciation of the role that the Free French played in the liberation of their country.

Softball Takes Two over Yale Wednesday Night
4/8/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point softball team picked up two more wins in a mid-week sweep over Yale Wednesday night. The Black Knights defeated the Bulldogs by scores of 6-1 and 2-1 which helped head coach Michelle DePolo reach the 200 career win milestone. "The team has been hitting well all year and really helping their own cause on defense," said DePolo. "We have been doing a good job using all our tools to get us on base and around, whether it's just good hitting, slapping, bunting, or just punching a ball through the infield. Even game two wasn't as productive runs wise but we often put the ball in play hard and had runners on base. I feel like this team can achieve just about anything they set out to do" The Black Knights blew the game open in the top of the second with five runs off of two home runs hit to the scoreboard. Read More

Harvard University’s Biodesign Lab Collaboration
4/6/2016

Harvard’s Wyss Institute researchers visited the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department at USMA to begin pilot work on a collaborative research study on power exosuits. This research project will investigate the effects of training on the efficacy of a power exosuit during loading walking. Biomechanical and physiological measurements of energy expenditure will be collected over 8 weeks of training, to help inform future design and evaluation protocols. This prototype has been developed as part of DARPA’s Warrior Web program and is designed to assist the lower extremities during dismounted loaded troop movements. Study testing begins the week following spring leave and will continue until the end of the semester.

Cadet Binkley Recognized by Aviation Week & Space Tech
4/6/2016

Cadet Chase Binkley, D/CME was honored on March 3, 2016 at the 59th Annual Laureate Awards, honoring extraordinary achievements in the global aerospace arena, during a black-tie gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Cadet Binkley was one of four military academy cadets who received Tomorrow's Leaders awards, honoring young men and women who have chosen career paths in the armed forces. To view winners as selected by editors at Penton’s Aviation Week, the largest multimedia information and services provider to the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries, visit Aviation Week Laureate Awards.

"As Aviation Week celebrates its 100th anniversary, we salute these fine cadets who are shining examples of tomorrow’s leaders," said Aviation Week & Space Technology Editor-in-Chief Joseph C. Anselmo. "These cadets and the Laureate Awards winners and finalists embody the spirit of exploration, innovation and vision that will inspire others to strive for broad-reaching progress in aviation, aerospace and defense through the next century.”

Successful PKM 7.62 mm Machine Gun Live Fire Testing
4/6/2016

Mechanical Engineering Capstone group advised by LTC Joshua Keena successfully conducted live fire testing of their senior design project on the PKM 7.62 mm machine gun. Cadets Kenny Dailey, Logan Schmidt, and Kyle Reeves tested a blank firing adapter (BFA) and feed tray discriminator (FTD) that they designed and prototyped. The BFA and FTD allows the 7.62 mm PKM machine gun to safely and effectively fire blank ammunition. The devices were tested at a cyclic rate of +760 rounds per minute with the 7.62 mm × 54 mm cartridge. The test was supported by armorers from the West Point Supply Services Area (SSA) Facility as well as weapon system engineers from Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. Special thanks to Mr. James McTamaney for his approval for use of the test stand and arms room.

Rehab Robotics Workshop & Wearacon16 Wearable Robotics Conf
4/6/2016

Dr. John Rogers and Cadets Will Watson (EE), Katie Holder (ME), Mike Kushnak (ME), and John Bellet (ME) travelled to Phoenix AZ to attend the conference and workshop. The 4th annual rehabilitation robotics workshop was held on the campus of Arizona State University. The workshop included speakers and industry exhibits. A panel of neurologists and physical therapists led a discussion about the uses and limitations of robots in rehabilitation. Following the rehabilitation robotics workshop was the inaugural Wearable Robotics Conference that was organized by the newly formed Wearables Robotics Association. The event included plenary speakers, demonstrations of robotic exoskeletons, and talks on a range of topics. The cadets showed their hardware, presented a talk, and displayed a poster about their Hip Actuator for running assistance. The USMA team competed well in an innovation challenge, but did not take the prize. First place went to the HART team from UC Berkeley that developed patient-specific musculoskeletal software to help optimize the prescription of assistive robotic devices for rehabilitation. Dr. Rogers displayed a poster about using musculoskeletal dynamic simulations to aid the design of wearable robotic devices. The four cadets expressed appreciation for the opportunity to hear from experts and to interact with their peers. This trip provided outstanding professional development for the team.

Brinson Earns Conference Rookie of the Week Honors
4/6/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Army West Point freshman Kenneth Brinson was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday, April 4. He earned the honor following season-best throws for the Black Knights across two events. Brinson, who is also a member of the football team, performed well in his first track and field meet against Navy. He won the hammer throw with a 59.00 meter best and placed second in the discus with a mark of 50.25 meters. Read More

K’NEXercise – Building Construction Managers!
4/6/2016

Cadets enrolled in CE450, Construction Management, competed in the K’NEXercise on Thursday, 10 March 2016. The competition requires teams of cadets to prepare estimates, bids and construction schedules, and then execute the construction of the awarded project using rapid setting concrete and K’NEX components. Cadets then had to defend their team against frivolous and vexatious litigation from the opposing teams in Court, which occurred Monday, 21 March 2016. The winning teams in the Tower, Bridge and Hall projects were led by Cadets Branson Ruddell, Lexi Deets, and Colin Doody, respectively.

Russian Students Participate in Spring Immersion to Uzbekistan
4/6/2016

Eight cadets, Thomas Batina ’16, Curtis Gardner ’16, Rima Gasparini ’17, David Hill ’16, Ethan Lundgren ’16, Tim Naudet ’17, Andrew Ortega ’16 and Jacob Podpaly ’17 plus CPT Matthew Daigle participated in a Spring Immersion to Uzbekistan. This was the first time in nine years the USMA Cadets visited Uzbekistan. The Cadets visited Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara. While there, the Cadets experienced the culture of a populous former republic of the Soviet Union in the strategic crossroads of Central Asia and spoke Russian in a country where Russian remains important.

Cadets Earn Their French Airborne Wings
4/6/2016

CDTs Eric Zenger, Natalie Reisweber, Stephanie Shubert, Alexandra Caudullo, and Edward Fullerton returned from successfully obtaining French Airborne wings after a week in southern France. During the week with their comrades from St Cyr, they did airborne refresher training, executed one qualifying jump, and enjoyed building relationships while improving their French speaking abilities. Outside of the training environment, the St Cyr cadre helped our Cadets to learn and experience southern France by including them in various cultural activities like visiting a medieval castle and dining at local restaurants. The trip was a huge success, providing excellent military training and language immersion for our Cadets and continuing to strengthen USMA's relationship with the French Military Academy.

French Spring Immersion
4/6/2016

What an incredible week! Eight cadets accompanied CPT Fehlbaum to Paris, France, and spent eight days immersing themselves in French history, architecture, art, cuisine, and language. Basing themselves in the "Quartier Latin," CPT Fehlbaum guided the cadets as they discovered the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Palace of Versailles, and other important cultural and historic sights--although these incredible visits weren't even the highlights of the trip! According to the cadets, the immersive, interactive activities were their favorites: the morning spent at Ferrandi, learning to make French macaroons; dancing with "real Parisians" at a ballroom-dance lesson; chatting with the actors after a performance of Moliere's "Le malade imaginaire." It was a wonderfully immersive experience for all!

Geography and Environmental Engineering World Water Day
4/6/2016

The Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering created a display to recognize World Water Day on March 22, 2016. The event is executed world-wide and sponsored by the United Nations (http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday). Water bottles were stacked in the hallway to represent the 580 Liters of water that each person in the United States uses each day. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines "reasonable access" to water as 20 Liters per person per day, within 1 kilometer of the person's dwelling location. To symbolize this concept, we placed a single 20 Liter container (the blue water jug) with a sign asking cadets "Would you consider it reasonable to carry this 20 liter water jug back from Lusk Reservoir each day?" Cadets also wrote their thoughts on a chalk wall in response to the prompt "Water is valuable to me for..." Responses varied from "Coffee" to "Winning Wars."

Rashenskas Receives Player of the Week Nod
4/6/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Junior infielder Alee Rashenskas has been named the Patriot League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. College Sports Madness identifies the players who have made the greatest impact to their team from each conference and on a national basis each week. Rashenskas went nine-for-14 and led the team with a .643 batting average. She added four RBI last week, totaled 10 bases, a double and scored three runs. In the Black Knights second game against Colgate, the St. Anne, Ill., native was a perfect four-for-four at the plate with two RBI. Read More

West Point Hosts Fallen Comrades Marathon
4/5/2016

The Army West Point Marathon team hosted the Fallen Comrades Half Marathon at West Point. Over 1,000 runners showed up to participate in the Half Marathon, coming from local ROTC’s, NYPD, NYFD, Team RWB, Navy Marathon, Hudson Valley Road Runners, and many more. This spectacular race and challenging course brought the community together in a fun and healthy way.

Combat Weapons Team Invited to the Supt's Quarters
4/5/2016

The Army West Point Combat Weapons Team was invited to the Superintendent’s quarters following a victory over Navy and Air Force during the Scholastic Action Shooters Regional Championships in February 2016. Fourteen members of the Team to include the OIC, Asst. OIC, NCOIC, and the Head Coach enjoyed the social scene and a historical tour of the residence. The Superintendent, on behalf of the Commandant, presented the Commander’s Award for Public Service to Coach Gary Salman for ten years of volunteer service to the team. The team also invited Mrs. Caslen to the DMI Spouse Shoot that is being held on Tuesday, 3 May.

Climbing in Shawgunks Mountain Range
4/5/2016

The Army West Point Climbing club took six cadets to the Shawgunks Mountain Range in New Paltz, NY, to participate in a day of outdoor climbing. Upon arrival, the group set up various top-rope anchors including climbs CC Route, Phoebe, Fitchen’s Folly and Boston. Utilizing traditional climbing systems, placing gear and building anchors, CDTs Natalie Budner and Micah Gahagen completed a multi-pitch climb, and safely rappelled to the ground. Later on, the groups caught back up and set up some challenging routes on Top Rope including Squiggles, Squiggles Direct and Trashcan Overhang.

Polish Cultural Immersion Trip
4/5/2016

The USMA Polish Language club visited three cities in Poland for a cultural immersion trip. The first cities they visited was Krakow, where they were able to tour the Old City and immerse themselves in the culture. While there, they were able to visit the Wawel Royal Castle, where they toured the Cathedral Museum and were also able to view an exhibit of Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo DaVinci. They also toured the royal tombs, which included tombs of BG Tadeusz Kosciusko and Field Marshal Pilsudzki. The group was also able to make it out to tour the remnants of Auschwitz and Kirkenau, and walked through where millions have lost their lives as a result of genocide. Lastly, they toured the Wieliczka Salt Mine which is one of the oldest mines in Europe. The next stop was Zakopane, which is Poland’s version of Aspen. This region is very different from the rest of Poland, and the dialect sounds like a completely different language.

There they hiked up a mountain on the border of Slovakia to Morski Oko where the lake was frozen and walked across to take in the views. The last city they visited was Warsaw; there they were able to walk through the Old Town and enjoy traditional foods and see some of the old fortifications of the Warsaw Royal Castle. Also, the group got to watch the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which was a great start before touring the Warsaw Uprising Museum. There, they were able to see what the city was like before the war, and what the city looked like after 90% of it was leveled through bombings. Seeing all of this allowed the group to appreciate the value of why a strong military is necessary to protect the people of their nation. After the museum, the group went to the Palace of Culture and Science where they got to see how far the city has come from being rebuilt and a Communist Era to the Open Market Economy with the many flourishing businesses currently there. The cadets had a great opportunity to learn about the culture and history of Poland, as well as meet some people for the current generation and compare that history with a positive outlook of the direction of Poland’s future.

Tae Kwon Do Trains at Grand Master Ji-ho Choi's
4/5/2016

The Tae Kwon Do team travelled to Bedminster, NJ, for a day of intense Taekwondo training at Grand Master Ji-ho Choi’s School. Grand Master Choi is the current President of the Pan American Taekwondo Union, an executive member of the World Taekwondo Federation, as well as the previous head coach of the US National Team. The practice lasted six and a half hours, and consisted of several workouts, advanced kicking development, reaction and strategy drills, flexibility development, and forms instruction. Though training was difficult, the cadets were satisfied knowing that they finished the day with new skills and strategies to dominate the competition.

Yoga Visits the Lyons Den in NYC
4/5/2016

The USMA Yoga Club visited the Lyons Den in New York City, where they participated in a great yoga practice. All present enjoyed the practice and the opportunity to incorporate a yoga practice into their character and leader development activities.

Asian-Pacific Forum Meets with MG Taguba
4/5/2016

The USMA Asian-Pacific Forum hosted a meeting with MG Taguba (Ret.) in the Thayer Hotel at West Point. Through this meeting, MG Taguba shared his insights and thoughts from his 34 years of service and experience with cadets and stressed the importance of mentorship in during their entire career as U.S. Army officers.

Theatre Arts Guild at "She Loves Me"
4/5/2016

Nine cadets from the USMA Theatre Arts Guild club travelled to New York City to see a show titled “She Loves Me”. There the cadets had the opportunity to attend the International Auto Show, the Museum of Art and Design, Columbus Circle, and the Museum of Modern Art before the show. “She Loves Me” was a wonderful show, and exposed the cadets to the best least-known musical of the past sixty years. After the show, the cadets had the opportunity to ask questions at a special Q&A session with the actors and the creative staff. At the conclusion of the Q&A, lead actor Zachary Levi (most known for his TV Show “Chuck”) thanked the cadets for their service.

Debate Forum Competes at the National Championship
4/5/2016

The West Point Debate team travelled to Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY, to compete in the Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship. The Class of 2016 Debater CDT Michael Barlow, stole the show this weekend taking home the Brian Johnson Outstanding Debater Award and the Third Place Speaker Award. CDT Barlow earned the CEDA Debater of the Year award for his outstanding performance and competitive success, as well as his commitment to service throughout the debate community and the Army team as a leader and an activist influencing other competitors from other schools, and the entire Corps of Cadets beyond other debaters; CDT Barlow’s accomplishments and importance to the debate community were highlighted over the weekend with speeches and tributes. CDT Barlow, along with CDT Quanzel Caston advanced to the Quarterfinals of out-rounds in a field of 87 teams and over 170 debaters; they eventually lost to Stanford in the Elite 8. This was by far the program’s most successful run at CEDA Nationals to date.

Fly Fishing in Micco
4/4/2016

Six members of the West Point Fly Fishing Club travelled south to Micco, FL, to seek out the abundance of salt water fish that swim in the waters surrounding the Sebastian Inlet on Florida’s Space Coast. The club could not ask for better weather, with most days in the mid 80’s, and the conditions perfect for catching a lot of fish. The cadets caught a variety of saltwater species including snook, lady fish, sea trout, puffer fish, jack crevale, blue fish, and mangrove snapper. The cadets were also able to take advantage of the host family’s pond, were they caught a few largemouth bass, brim and crappie as well. All of the cadets had a great time, and were able to learn some valuable new techniques on how to catch salt-water fish.

Scuba's Spring Break in Belize
4/4/2016

The USMA Scuba team took their annual Spring Break trip to a warm climate that was suitable for excellent diving. This year, sixteen team members, two NCO’s, three family members, as well as the OIC went to Ambergris Caye, Belize. The highlight of the diving-filled trip was diving the world-renowned Blue Hole.

Parachute Raeford, NC Spring Training
4/4/2016

Members of the West Point Para-chute team travelled to Raeford, NC, to conduct spring training. While in North Carolina, members of the West Point Parachute team trained with the Golden Knight 8-way team, the Black Dagger USASOC Demonstration Team, and members from 3rd SF Group. The Plebes on the team were able to do some of their first jumps; the Yearling and Cow 4-way teams trained with the Golden Knights; and the Firsties transitioned to a support role.

Cadets Share Projects with Soldiers at Fort Benning
4/4/2016

West Point Civil & Mechanical Engineering cadets traveled to the Maneuver Battle Lab at US Army Fort Benning to share the devices they designed and prototyped as part of their Senior Capstone Projects. Cadets got to interact with soldiers at Fort Benning testing their capstone projects with them before they are graded. The Senior Capstone Projects are designed to target specific elements that could be improved and help soldiers in the field. The soldiers get hands on operation and provide analyzation which will help the cadets improve their designs. Click here to watch the video.

Baseball Tops Lafayette in Series Finale
4/4/2016

WEST POINT, NY - A season-best 18-hit effort powered the Army West Point baseball team past Lafayette, 9-3, in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader to close out its first Patriot League series of the 2016 season from Doubleday Field. The Black Knights (10-17, 1-3 PL) responded after dropping game one of the twin bill, 11-2 after committing six errors. "The basic message between games was that we wanted to come out and rise to the challenge and respond," said head coach Matt Reid. "It was a lot like after the second Seton Hall game when the guys came out and played one of their best games of the year in that third game." Read More

Minato Secures Second All-America Honor This Week
4/4/2016

ATLANTA, GA - For the second season in a row, Army West Point senior Kelsey Minato was recognized as a Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention choice. Minato also drew Associated Press All-America honorable mention praise earlier this week.

The two All-America accolades add to a growing list of Minato's postseason accomplishments this season, as the Huntington Beach, Calif., native was also named espnW Mid-Major Player of the Year, Patriot League Player of the Year and Patriot League Tournament MVP, and was selected to the Senior CLASS Award first team and the ECAC Division I first team.

The senior became the sixth All-American in the 39-year history of the Army women's basketball program after landing WBCA All-America honors last season and now becomes the only player in team history to be selected as an All-American three times. Read More

Women’s Tennis Takes Star Match
4/4/2016

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Army West Point women's tennis team got revenge for its lone loss against Navy in the last meeting between the two as the Black Knights topped the Midshipmen 6-1 on Saturday afternoon. Army improves to 7-1 in the all-time series against the Mids while moving the season record for the Star Series presented by USAA to 9-8-1 in advantage of Navy. The Black Knights have now won 10 straight games as they improve to 17-3 this year and 3-0 in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen fall to 15-9 this spring and 1-2 in conference.

Senior Carolyn Pitman remained undefeated in her career against Navy. She teamed with Kirby Einck to stay unbeaten with the freshman this spring in doubles for a 6-2 victory. The pairing is now 13-0 in 2016 while Pitman is 5-0 against the Midshipmen in doubles. The West Chester, Ohio, native won for the sixth time in as many tries against the Mids in singles play with a victory in the top singles flight. She had to rally against sophomore Amanda Keller to ultimately take a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win. In the academy record books, Pitman took sole possession of eighth place in career singles wins (70) and broke a tie for career dual wins in the number one position (19) as she now stands alone in seventh place. Read More

“Sir, Reporting to the Mule in the Red Sash!” R-Day for Army West Point’s Newest Mascot
4/4/2016

“General Caslen, on behalf of all Army Rangers and the Class of 1975 and the West Point Society of South Carolina, we present you with Paladin!” said Steve Townes ’75, CEO and Founder of Ranger Aerospace LCC, who has been West Point’s “mule donor in perpetuity” for well over a decade.

Four-year-old Paladin, whose name refers to 1 of the 12 legendary peers or knightly champions in Charlemagne’s court, began his West Point experience on March 31, 2016, reporting to Ranger III, now gray in his muzzle.

In a ceremony to welcome the Army team’s newest mule, Director of Cadet Activities COL Tom Hansbarger ’92 officially signed in Paladin, who had two green duffel bags tied on his back. Several notable guests were on hand to witness the event, including VA Secretary Bob McDonald, another member of the Class of 1975, and LTC Anne Hessinger, an Army veterinarian who served at West Point from 2003 to 2006 and is now an equine officer at Fort Bragg, NC.

Paladin, small in stature, posed calmly for a round of photos after reporting to Ranger III, the mule in the red sash, before being led across the street to the barber while onlookers cheered him on with a rousing “Beat Navy!” chant. Paladin showed his spunk though when he kicked out his left hind leg toward the barber who was trying to get close tom him in order to shave a big “A” into his hind quarters. “He’s just nervous, just like every other plebe on their R-Day,” remarked an officer in the crowd who was watching the event.

At the conclusion of the event, Ranger III and Paladin were loaded into horse trailers for a trip to Morgan Farm, where Paladin will spend his summer at his quarters. He will be officially introduced to the West Point Community and Army football fans on September 10 when Army West Point hosts Rice. The mule mascots will lead the team onto the field, carrying flags and interacting with fans.

Paladin, whose name was selected by the Corps of Cadets and approved by the Superintendent, is the third mule donated by Townes, a former mule rider and former Army officer with the 75th Ranger Regiment who has set up an endowment ensuring the Academy’s future mascots. Ranger III and his brother Stryker, Townes’s last donations, both reported for mascot duty at West Point in 2011. Go to Flickr to see more photos of the ceremony.

Feature Friday: The Spark of Army Softball
4/1/2016

Senior third basemen and two-year captain Kasey McCravey has made a lasting impact on the Army West Point softball program. Whether it is her strength on the field, or her leadership capabilities, she is always looking to lead her team to the next level. Click here to watch the video. As someone who appears in almost every category of the program's record book, McCravey's selfless approach to the sport is what truly makes her the spark of Army softball. The Senior CLASS Award Finalist reflects on her time at West Point and how softball has and always will fuel her forward. Read More

Cadet Schaeffer ’18 on the Glee Club
4/1/2016

For Cadet Joy Schaeffer ’18, Glee Club is more than just an extracurricular activity. She sees her fellow club members as a team, and through music, they inspire, educate, and strengthen the Long Gray Line. Click here to watch the video. The Glee Cub is a Margin of Excellence activity that helps to ensure cadets a well-rounded experience and is supported by gifts to West Point. “Thank you for making these opportunities possible,” she says, “and for your investment in the future leaders of our Army and Nation.”

Kelsey Minato at the College 3-Point Championship
4/1/2016

CYPRESS, TX - Army West Point senior Kelsey Minato took part in the 2016 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships on Thursday night at the Berry Center. Click here to watch the video.

She joined 23 other seniors from around the nation at the event and was one of eight women's competitors in the three-point championship. Minato placed second in the women's competition and turned in a 20-point performance in the semfinal round to mark the highest score during the entire contest. Story

McCravey Elected as Senior CLASS Award Finalist
3/30/2016

OVERLAND PARK, KS Senior infielder Kasey McCravey was chosen as one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. McCravey, the second-year captain, leads the Army softball team as the lone senior in 2016. She was named the Patriot League's Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 for the second-straight season and notched her second NFCA All-Region First-Team accolade. She was also an All-Patriot League selection for the third time in her career last spring. Read More

Cadet Valencia ’16 on his Thesis Research
3/30/2016

Cadet Curtis Valencia ’16 conducted research for his thesis at the U.S. Army Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute, where he gained a greater understanding of the Army’s role in advising other countries that have experienced mass atrocity. Advanced research opportunities like these are offered through the Academy Scholars Program, which secured great levels of support from West Point graduates, families, and friends through the For Us All Campaign and remains a strategic priority for the Academy. Click here to watch to video interview.

Bares, Sims Earn League Recognition
3/29/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Sophomore Lee Bares and freshman Ben Sims of the Army West Point men's track and field team have earned Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Bares was named the Field Athlete of the Week for the second-consecutive week. This is the third time this season that the sophomore from Lakeville, Minn., has been recognized by the Patriot League. Sims earned his first Rookie of the Week honors, and his second overall recognition of the 2015-16 season after being named the Track Athlete of the Week on Dec. 7.

"I'm happy for both of them because they're winning these awards at the right time," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Smith. "It's one thing to win them in the beginning of the year and another to win them going into the championship season and the meets that matter. It's encouraging that they're at the top of their game and performing at a high level." Bares won his third individual pole vault title in as many meets, tying his season-high 5.20m at the Penn Challenge on Saturday. Read More

Brown, Halbrook Notch Athlete of the Week Honors
3/29/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Sophomore Briyah Brown and freshman Abby Halbrook of the Army West Point women's track and field team have earned Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Halbrook was named the Rookie of the Week for the second-consecutive week. This is the fourth time this season that the Tyler, Texas, native has been recognized by the Patriot League. Brown earned her first Field Athlete of the Week honors of the 2015-16 season.

"I'm happy for both of them because they're winning these awards at the right time," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Smith. "It's one thing to win them in the beginning of the year and another to win them going into the championship season and the meets that matter. It's encouraging that they're at the top of their game and performing at a high level." Halbrook recorded Army's sixth-best 1500m time in history at 4:33.88 at Saturday's Penn Challenge. Read More

Kelsey Minato Earns AP All-America Honors
3/29/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Army West Point guard Kelsey Minato was selected as an Associated Press honorable mention All-American, the organization announced Monday. The senior is the first player in the 39-year history of the Army women's basketball program to be honored as an AP All-American. Minato drew Patriot League Player of the Year honors for the third time in her career earlier this month and became the conference's first player to be named first-team all-league four times. A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Minato set career scoring marks for Army and the Patriot League after averaging a league-record 23.2 points per game in 2015-16. She finished her career with 2,556 points and led the Black Knights to a 29-3 record and their second Patriot League title and NCAA Tournament appearance in the last three seasons. Read More

2016 DoD Warrior Games Spirit Poster Challenge
3/28/2016

Show your support for wounded, ill and injured service members and Veterans competing from all services and the British Armed Forces in this year’s Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games, all service members, veterans, organizations, families, caregivers and all who support our wounded, ill and injured athletes to participate in the 2016 DoD Warrior Games Spirit Poster Challenge. You may submit your spirit poster design from March 21 – April 3, 2016. Posters will be posted on the Warrior Games Facebook page for voting from April 4 – 8, 2016. The TOP 3 posters, determined by number of “likes,” will be announced on the Warrior Games Facebook page and website on April 11, 2016. The top posters will also be featured all throughout the DoD Warrior Games held at West Point in June. Click here for full details.

Softball Sweeps Boston U Three-Game Series
3/28/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Down 7-6 with the threat of extra innings on the horizon, the Army West Point softball team rallied late in the seventh inning when Caroline Smith notched a two run RBI double to win the game for the Black Knights 8-7.

"The great thing about this team continues to be that every game someone new steps up in a big way," said head coach Michelle DePolo. "A different person and various aspects of the game whether it's defense, at the plate, base running, or in the circle. There are too many individuals to name that did things to edge us closer or get to that next big play."

The Cadets win today completed the three-game series sweep over Patriot League foe Boston University in the opening weekend of conference play and pushed Army to 18-11 overall and 3-0 in the league. Today's win also increased the Black Knights' winning streak to seven straight. Full Story »

Lachina’s Record Day Lifts Men’s Rugby Over Navy
3/28/2016

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Sophomore wing Jake Lachina's record day included the game-winning try as Army West Point men's rugby powered its way to a 27-22 victory over Navy on Saturday. "I'm very proud of this team," said head coach Matt Sherman. "I thought we showed great composure to rebound from a rough patch in the first half and regain momentum before grinding the game down in the second half. As thrilled as we are with this victory, I firmly believe our best rugby is ahead of us. We will need to remain humble and hungry in advance of our first round playoff fixture with a good Oklahoma squad.

"I'd like to commend Navy on their effort. Those young men played with tremendous tenacity." The Black Knights concluded their regular season at 8-4 while going 3-1 in the spring. Lachina scored Army's first three tries in the fifth, 10th and 14th minutes and added the only try on either side in the final 40 minutes in the 70th to secure the win for the Cadets. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native became the first Black Knight in program history to score four tries and 20 points in a game. David Huff, Jacob Banarhall and Luke Heun all held the previous record with three tries while Thomas Del Pino was the prior record holder for most points in a match with 18 at West Virginia this fall. Read More

Glenn is USAG National Champion on High Bar
3/28/2016

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Five members of the Army West Point men's gymnastics team combined for 10 USAG All-America honors with senior Jesse Glenn, junior Leo Genders and freshman Cole Casanova setting the pace with four and two certificates each Saturday afternoon at host Springfield's Blake Arena. Glenn was crowned a USAG National champion on high bar, where he is ranked fourth nationally, after beating the field with a score of 14.825. He claimed USAG All-America (top six) honors in all-around (second), high bar (first), parallel bars (14.275, third) and vault (15.25, fourth).

Glenn has earned nine USAG All-America honors in his Army career having earned five in 2014. A finalist for the Nissen-Emery award, Glenn is just the second Black Knight crowned a USAG champion and the first since Brian Lee took top honors on still rings in 2003. Casanova claimed his first USAG All-America certificate following a third in all-around Friday evening and earned his second on still rings behind a fourth place finish (13.775). Genders picked up a couple of individual event honors following a fourth on high bar (14.175) and tying for fifth on floor exercise (13.825). Read More

Baseball Bounces Back, Tops Seton Hall in Nightcap
3/28/2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Army West Point baseball team jumped out to a 5-0 lead in game two of Saturday's doubleheader at Seton Hall and split the twinbill with a 8-2 victory over the Pirates. The victory ended a three-game losing skid for Army (9-13) and also snapped Seton Hall's 12-game winning streak.

"I thought our guys showed some urgency in game two today in getting us an early lead," head coach Matt Reid said. "Our pitching staff competed in the zone and good things happened for us as a result. We were proud of the execution and effort in game two." Stu Schley went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs to lead the Black Knights' offensive effort. Kris Lindner and Keegan Vega each contributed two hits and Josh White, John McCarthy and Jacob Page recorded one apiece. Read More

Early Lead Lifts #16/18 Black Knights
3/28/2016

HAMILTON, NY - The No. 16/18 Army West Point lacrosse team steamed out to a 7-2 lead in the first half and hung on to defeat Colgate, 11-7, in Patriot League action on Saturday at Andy Kerr Stadium. The Black Knights (7-2, 4-0 PL) was led by Cole Johnson with another huge game with seven points on three goals and four assists. He has at least six points in his last five games for a total of 35 points. Jimbo Moore chipped in with three points and tied a career high with two goals. Conor Glancy recorded two goals in the win as well. Army was incredible at moving the ball to beat the zone as eight of the 11 goals scored were assisted. Read More

Fencing Team Hosts the 88th Annual National Women’s Championships
3/25/2016

The Army West Point Fencing Team was proud to host the 88th Annual National Intercollegiate Women’s Fencing Association Championships at home in Arvin Gymnasium. The Women’s Foil Weapon Squad captured their first team title ever in this weapon, finishing third Place behind nationally ranked NCAA DIV I Temple University, and nationally ranked NCAA DIV III Stevens Institute of Technology. The Women’s Foil Squad was led by CDT Claudia Sun, with team mates CDT Samantha Verduzco and CDT Rachel Pennington. Both advanced to Individual Finals, and in the bracket of 16 (a direct elimination), CDT Sun finished 8th place being awarded that finish (now 8th in the Nation) and a berth on the 2nd Team All Conference; CDT Verduzco finished 11th. The Women’s Sabre Squad led by CDT Bethany Forte, with team mates CDT Taylor Sharpsten and CDT Callie Pace, finished 4th place, and both CDT Forte and CDT Sharpsten advanced to the Direct Elimination (DE) of 16 to finish 9th and 10th respectively. The Women’s Team outpaced Navy in two out of three weapons, earning a higher ranking than their service academy rivals all day long. CDT Laura Pleake was presented with the “NIWFA All Academic Award”, a distinction made to her of her academic achievements while also being a member of the Fencing Team. Fencing Coach Bob Grieser was presented with the “NIWFA Founders Award” by the Conference Board in a presentation at the Championships; he is the only male recipient of this award in the 88 year history of the conference.

Crew Spring Training on Hartwell Lake in Clemson, SC
3/25/2016

Over Spring Break, the West Point Army Crew conducted their spring training on Hartwell Lake in Clemson, SC. CDTs Brad Wagner ’16 and Jefferson Wilkes ’16 served as the lead planners for the FTX-equivalent trip section. All teams conducted rigorous morning and afternoon practices, accelerating their preparation for the spring program. The Varsity and Novice Men prevailed in two of five x1500 meter scrimmages against a strong Purdue program. The Women’s Team scrimmage was cancelled due to incoming inclement weather. For the second year in a row, the entire team conducted their Spring Training with a mission of developing team unity, pride, and respect for one-another with a vision of building “one team of significance, worthy to win”. By all accounts, the operation was a tremendous success.

Water Polo Annual Home Memorial Tournament
3/25/2016

The Army West Point Water Polo team competed in their Annual Home Memorial Tournament. This was the team’s second tournament of the spring semester, and was an excellent opportunity for the team to compete together against some good opponents. The team began the tournament with a match-up against NYC LaFemme, a masters team composed of several ex-D1 players; after a relatively even first quarter, CDTs Shelby Lee and Brendon Cagney took charge of the offense and racked up a large lead for Army, which they were able to maintain to secure the win. In the second game, Army faced off against the Naval Academy; after a Navy comeback in the second quarter to counter Army’s early lead, CDTs Shelby Lee, Colin Stone, Leonid Milman, and Jeff Stark shut down the Navy offense and continued scoring throughout the third and fourth quarters, resulting in an 11-7 victory for Army. For the New York Conference, the Army West Point Water Polo team was honored to have five players nominated for All-Conference awards including CDTs Shelby lee, Brendan Cagney, Jeff Stark, Colin Stone, and Matt Fox. Army was honored to have 11 players chosen for scholar-athlete awards. Three of those players received outstanding distinction, CDTs Halle Kotchman, Elizabeth Challenger, and Timothy Gorman; six players received superior distinction including CDTs Cole Garriott, Jeff Stark, Robert Cavotti, Shelby Lee, Colin Stone, and Nathan Swanson; two players received excellent distinction, including CDTs Cole Highum and Leonid Milman.

Feature Friday: Men's Tennis, The Culture of Winning
3/25/2016

The office has a multitude of racquets propped up against the desk. Boxes of tennis balls sit on a chair waiting to be opened while a few more are scattered individually along the floor. The walls are fashioned with a number of papers, a few of which contain inspirational quotes ranging from the likes of tennis legend Andre Agassi to war hero William A. Foster, along with various photos and pictures. There is no mistaking this is the office of Army West Point men's tennis coach Jim Poling. He is in his 15th season at the Academy and 29th as a head coach. He loves the game of tennis and there is more that illustrates that than just the décor of his office. There is an uptick in his inflection when Poling talks about the sport, as he speaks passionately about tennis and the program at Army. Read More

Athletic Director's Update
3/25/2016

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Army West Point Athletic Director's Update with Boo Corrigan Director of Athletics

Director of the CIA Visits the Corps of Cadets
3/25/2016

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, waves to the U.S. Corps of Cadets from the poop deck in the Cadet Mess Hall Tuesday. Brennan addressed U.S. Military Academy cadets, staff and faculty on agency and departmental cooperation, security and systems engineering during his visit.

Photo courtesy of Anthony F. Battista/ West Point DPTMS

Women’s Tennis Wins Twice in Return to Court
3/25/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point women's tennis team played for the first time in over two weeks and showed little signs of rust defeating both LIU Brooklyn and Holy Cross 5-0. The Cadets have now won eight straight and stand at 15-3 this season. The Blackbirds slip to 0-9 and the Crusaders drop to 0-3 this spring with all three matches in the Patriot League.

Army did not drop a singles set against LIU Brooklyn among the four completed matches. Freshman Kirby Einck extended her winning streak in singles to nine straight topping Malin Leysen 6-3, 6-2 in the third singles slot. She is now 11-3 in dual matches. The pairing of senior Carolyn Pitman and Einck remained perfect in doubles with two wins today with a 6-4 win against the Blackbirds and 6-2 against Holy Cross. They now stand at 11-0 this season while Pitman increases her career doubles win total to 102. Read More

Class of 2016 50 Year Affiliation Dinner
3/24/2016

Yesterday evening, the Class Officers of the USMA Class of 2016 attended a dinner at Herbert Alumni Center, sponsored by their affiliation Class of 1966. The purpose of the Class Officers Dinner is to provide an intimate environment for one-on-one discussions about the WPAOG mission to serve cadets, graduates, and the Long Gray Line; and, to learn about what they can do as graduated class officers to cultivate their classes to stay engaged with each other, WPAOG, and the Academy.

Class of 2016 from Left to Right: Thomas Huxtable – Information Systems Officer, Eugene Coleman III – President, Matthew Ziegler – Historian, Joshua Murphy – Vice President, Kieran McMahon – Ring & Crest Chair and Tom Eisiminger III – Treasurer
Affiliation Class of 1966 from Left to Right: LTC (Ret) Alan Nason- Secretary, LTC (Ret) Bill Traubel , LTC (Ret) Norm Cooney- President, LTC (Ret) Douglas Sims - Historian and LTC (Ret) Cooper Wright

USMA to Host 2016 DoD Warrior Games
3/24/2016

The 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games will take place at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, June 14-22. This is the first year the Army is hosting the Warrior Games, an annual sporting competition bringing together wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from across the country.

"The United States Military Academy and the entire West Point community are honored to host the 2016 DoD Warrior Games," said Army Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., USMA superintendent. "These warrior-athletes competing in the games, who at one time answered their nation's call to service, exemplify the very best of America. They embody the resiliency, discipline, mental and physical toughness to overcome adversity and achieve their goals -- all traits we aspire to instill in our graduates, who will lead America's sons and daughters as Army officers."

DoD Warrior Games 2016 will feature eight sporting events: archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball in a paralympic-style competition. About 200 athletes representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command will compete. Each military service hosts trials in the months leading up to the games to determine their teams. Read More

Photo courtesy of EJ Hersom

Minato to Compete in College 3-Point Championship
3/24/2016

Army West Point's Kelsey Minato has been selected to the women's 3-point roster for the 28th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at Berry Center in Cypress, Texas on March 31, Intersport announced today. She is one of eight women's college basketball players chosen for the event that will air live on ESPN at 8 p.m. CT. Minato was invited to take part in the 3-Point Championship after being recognized as one of the finest shooters from three-point territory during 2015-16. Read More

Cadet Trollan ’16 on his Sailing Club Experience
3/24/2016

Because of you, Cadet James Trollan ’16 has been able to strengthen his leadership development by participating on the Sailing Club, one of more than 100 extracurricular clubs included within the For Us All Campaign. Click here for the video. All cadet clubs are Margin of Excellence needs that are supported by donations to West Point and go above a beyond the core elements of a cadet’s training. Hear why Cadet Trollan sees the Sailing Club as “great learning experience for when I do become an officer.”

Softball Holds off Fairfield in Home Opener
3/24/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point softball team held off Fairfield in the top of the seventh to defeat the Stags 5-3 in the team's home opener on Wednesday evening. Kristen West earned her eighth win from the circle, while Renee Poirier picked up her fifth save of the season.

"Today's win was a product of how we have been playing as a team," said head coach Michelle DePolo. "I thought we hit the ball well. We really focused on coming out to a great start and our offence kept punching the ball throughout the whole game. Defensively, I thought we played strong, and despite the score at the end, our pitchers shut Fairfield down in some sketchy situations. Overall the win was a great product of how well we played all around today."

Out of the gate, Army (15-11) led Fairfield (9-10) early off a home run by lead-off hitter Kasey McCravey which set the tone for the game. Also in the bottom of the first, Emily Gray doubled to center field sending Ashley Yoo home. Alee Rashenskas then singled up the middle to send Gray home giving Army the early 3-0 lead. Read More

Model UN at the Harvard World Model UN Championship
3/23/2016

Eight members of the West Point Model United Nations team traveled to Rome, Italy during spring break to compete in the Harvard World Model United Nations Championship. Between an audience with Pope Francis and tours of the Colloseum Rome Italy, the cadets debated and negotiated with 2,400 college students from over 110 countries on topics ranging from the European refugee crisis to the reunification of Cyprus to water-borne diseases and non-state terrorist groups. The team walked away with a very close second place finish out of all small delegations and 100% recognition. Cadets Megan McNulty, Jesse Nelson, Jack Bagdadi, Sneha Singh and Shiv Arya won 1st place Diplomacy Awards while Cyrus Cappo, Brad Torpey and John Govern won verbal recognitions.

Bares Named Field Athlete of the Week
3/23/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Sophomore Lee Bares was named the Field Athlete of the Week in the Patriot League's first week of action outdoors, it was announced by the league Monday afternoon. Bares won the pole vault in Army's first two competitions of the year at UC Irvine. Starting at the Anteater Four-Way on March 12, Bares topped the ten-man field with a mark of 5.20m, the fourth-best in the region thus far. The Lakeville, Minn., native continued that success the next week with his second individual championship at the Spring Break Invitational. Bares was recognized once in the indoor season with this honor on Jan. 11, which was joined with the ECAC Athlete of the Week on the 13th. Read More

Plomb Garners ECAC All-Star Honor
3/23/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its 2016 Division I Men's Basketball All-ECAC selections on Tuesday and Army West Point men's basketball senior Tanner Plomb was honored with a second-team selection. Plomb, a First Team All-Patriot League choice, finished his career ranked 11th in academy history in scoring with 1,359 career points. Plomb led the Patriot League in scoring as a senior with 19.8 points per game and ranks 37th in the country in that category. He was third in the conference in three-point field-goal percentage at 35.2 percent and his 80 threes also ranked third in the league. The Mukwonago, Wis., native was second on the team with 5.8 rebounds per game as a senior. Plomb was the lone Patriot League player represented on the ECAC All-Star Teams. Read More

Women’s Lacrosse Races Past Howard
3/23/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Ten different Black Knights found the back of the net on Tuesday afternoon as the Army West Point women's lacrosse team collected a 20-8 victory over Howard in a nonconference matchup at Michie Stadium. Army improves to 5-4 on the year after the win, while Howard slips to 0-6. Click here for the video recap. Sophomore Rachel Hornick finished with a season-best five points, with four goals and an assist, and was successful on all three of her free-position attempts. Junior Erin Jollota registered the first hat trick of her career after netting three goals and adding an assist. Read More

Men's Lacrosse Joins National Rankings
3/22/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point men's lacrosse is riding a four-game winning streak and has jumped into a pair of national polls this week. The Black Knights are ranked 16th in the Cascade/Maverik Media Poll and earned the 18th spot in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/Nike National Poll. It's Army's first appearance in either poll this season. The Black Knights are receiving votes in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine National Poll. Army is joined by Patriot League schools Navy (No. 14) and Loyola (No. 17) in this week's media poll. In the USILA/Nike Poll, the Greyhounds are the highest ranked Patriot League school at No. 15, followed by Navy at No. 16. Read More

Gray Earns League Athlete of the Week Recognition
3/22/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Sophomore designated player Emily Gray has been named the Patriot League's Athlete of the Week after her 11-for-17 performance for the Army West Point softball team last week. This is the third week in a row that a Cadet has earned a weekly honor from the league. "Emily is a big part of our lineup so it's been great to have her back," said head coach Michelle DePolo. The Naples, FL, native notched a homerun and four doubles last week to total six RBI. In the team's 11-2 (5 inn.) win over Rider, Gray was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and tallied three triples. She went 11-for-17 overall to amass a batting average of .647 and a slugging percentage of 1.059. Gray batted over .500 in all five contests last week and hit over .647 in all but one contest. Read More

Grabher Earns Second Weekly League Award
3/22/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Junior Dan Grabher won 11-of-12 faceoffs in Army's 16-7 win over Holy Cross and was named the Patriot League Faceoff Specialist of the Week on Monday. Grabher won the award for the second time this season and won the fifth weekly award for the Black Knights this season. In addition to the 11 faceoff wins, he picked up a game-high seven ground balls against the Crusaders. He also had a goal and an assist for two points on the day. He has a pair of multi-point games this season.

Grabher has a .726 winning percentage in faceoffs with 69 wins on 95 opportunities. He is second in the nation in winning percentage and while teamed with Alex Daly, John Ragno and Robby Woodings, the Black Knights are the top-ranked team in the country in winning percentage at .706. Grabher is also 16th in the country in ground balls per game at 5.38 per contest. Read More

Cadet First Captain Coleman ’16 in His Words
3/21/2016

“I think perspective has helped me the most. I honestly don’t try to make a big deal about anything if I can help it. It usually does not help a situation if you are worried, stressed out or consumed by feeling overwhelmed, and staying calm will help those around you and yourself make better decisions. Personally, if I am not focused on being a relaxed person, I become very irritable and agitated, leading toward bad decisions. You have to work on managing your effort and time. I am a big complainer – I have been since BEAST. However, I have made it a point because I am a big complainer to try and actually put myself into a position where I can change things or be complained about myself, and that is a motivating factor.

My mom, in particular, has always pushed me to do more and be better. She was the external motivation before I found internal motivation. Before I started pre-K she was already trying to teach me to read. Without her I wouldn’t be here today. She is also an influence not to complain too much. I remember at one point, yuc year, I was failing a class for the first time in my life and I couldn’t realize why. I had been excited for the class and ended up being distraught. I dramatically called my mom and told her I was filling out a Common App and going somewhere else. Always the voice of reason, she just said, “Mmmm Hmmm… tell me how that goes,” and of course everything turned out alright. I learned then that I had to get over being a child, stop throwing tantrums, and start becoming productive, and how you balance stress is a large part of that.”

Cadet First Captain Coleman would also like the Corps to know that his grades are not frozen and that he still goes to class, though before becoming brigade commander he too believed these myths true. Courtesy of Faces of West Point

Cadets Colaborate with Dr. Chan Analyzing Radiation
3/21/2016

LTC Rob Prins recently took Physics and Nuclear Engineering Cadets Justin Hall, Katie Williams, and Tirone Young on a visit to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - Basking Ridge Hospital in Basking Ridge, NJ to collaborate with Dr. Maria Chan on a Capstone Project. The team has been developing a computational model for predicting and analyzing radiation dose deposits, and welcomed the opportunity to collect experimental data and compare it against that of imaging systems currently in use. Dr. Larry Dauer from MSKCC in New York City is also working with our students on this project.

Athletic Director's Update
3/21/2016

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Army West Point Athletic Director's Update with Boo Corrigan Director of Athletics

Men's Lacrosse Pushes Past Holy Cross
3/21/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Cole Johnson finished with a career-high eight points to lead the Army West Point lacrosse team to a 16-7 win over Holy Cross in Patriot League action on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium. Johnson contributed a career-high eight points, on four goals and four assists, for the Black Knights. Click here to watch the video recap. He is the first player to tally eight points since John Glesener '15 had eight against Lafayette in 2013. Jones and Connor Cook added four goals and three goals, respectively. In all, seven different players netted goals in the win. Read More

CDT Mokhtari's Thoughts on the Balkan Staff Ride
3/21/2016

The West Point Department of History. On 19 March, the Balkans staff ride group returned to USMA. Here are CDT Sasha Mokhtari's thoughts on the experience as a whole: "After 13 long hours of flying from Dubrovnik to Zagreb to Frankfurt to then New York, we finally returned back to West Point. The last eight days have not only been rejuvenating but also extremely eye opening. For most of us, our knowledge of the Balkans prior to the staff ride was very limited. However, our experiences in Sarajevo and Srebrenica proved to be invaluable when it came to comprehending the gravity of the Bosnian genocide. Listening to the tragic stories of many Bosnians throughout the trip, particularly the survivors of the 1995 Massacres in Srebrenica, reminded us how crucial internalizing the past is in preventing future.

Our time in Dubrovnik was equally as important. Dubrovnik provided the perfect setting to reflect on our experiences in Bosnia as a group as well as develop a new appreciation for the Balkans. The picturesque beauty of Dubrovnik took our breathes away, as we walked above the Old Town along its towering fortress walls. The endless view overlooking the the Adriatic Sea reminded us how fortunate we were to be able to visit such a extraordinary place. The warm, cloudless, Mediterranean climate of Croatia was the perfect ending to our Balkan adventure. Ultimately, the juxtaposition between Bosnia and Croatia made for a very insightful staff ride--a trip that none of us will never forget."

English and Philosophy Sixth Works-in-Progress Colloquium
3/21/2016

The Department of English and Philosophy hosted its sixth Works-in-Progress Colloquium of the academic year. These events allow faculty, English and Philosophy majors, and other interested cadets to listen, and respond, to ongoing research in the fields of English and Philosophy. This week the department used the opportunity to support their cadet’s preparation for the Ethics of War Conference scheduled at Villanova University next month. The following three first-class cadets presented their ongoing research: CDT Samuel Andersen, "The Ethics of Care and the Moral Equality of Combatants;" CDT Samuel Kolling, "A Collectivist Justification of the Moral Equality of Combatants;" CDT Ivellisse Velez-Morey, "The Necessity of Just Soldiers in Unjust Wars." Each cadet did an excellent job and will certainly represent the USMA well next month at their conference.

Marcus Plunkett Paces Army at Seahawk Intercollegiate
3/21/2016

WILMINGTON, NC - After the first round of the Seahawk Intercollegiate, the Army West Point golf team ranks second with 280 strokes trailing No. 20 Duke by one stroke. Today's round was minimized to 18-holes instead of 36 due to a multitude of rain relays throughout the morning. "The team played great today and put themselves in a good position going into the final round," said head coach Brian Watts. "Marcus is playing some terrific golf right now along with Dean and Peter. It is good to see some of this hard work paying off for the team. We're looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully in contention the last few holes."

The Black Knights totaled a seven-under score of 280 in today's round fueled by senior Marcus Plunkett's four-under (68) performance. Plunkett is tied for first after day one alongside Duke's Matt Oshrine. Dean Sakata and Peter Kim both rank tied for third after 18-holes with scorecards of three-under (69). Matt Plunkett stroked a one-over 73 today to rank tied for 25th, while Justin Pagila, Parker Harris and Nick Turner are T-40th with 75 strokes. Read More

Creative Writing Forum Attends the World Poetry Slam
3/21/2016

On Thursday, March 10th, cadets from the Creative Writing Forum attended the preliminary rounds of the Women of the World Poetry Slam competition at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. The event is organized by Poetry Slam Incorporated and features acclaimed performance poet Mahoganey Brown as its event coordinator. They embraced the cadets, even allowing them to participate as judges! This inaugurated an enduring relationship between Poetry Slam Incorporated and the Creative Writing Forum.

Second Half Comeback Powers Men’s Rugby Past Utah
3/21/2016

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - The Army West Point men's rugby team erases a 21-12 halftime deficit to upset the fifth-ranked Utes of Utah, 29-26, Saturday afternoon. Army scored twice in nine minutes in the middle of the first half, starting with vice-captain Jake Banarhall erasing the goose egg in the 21st minute. The reigning D1A Rugby Player of the Week Luke Heun would add to the first-half scoring in the 30th minute with a conversion coming from Andrew Borer, his first of two in the match. "I'm very proud of this team," said head coach Matt Sherman. "Today we put in a fully committed effort after a day of rest against a very good team on the road. Every player gave the full measure. The best part is we can still be far more accurate in our execution, which we will need against Navy next week." Read More

CDT Arzaga '18 Summer Experience
3/18/2016

Cadet Eric Arzaga ’18 spent this past summer working with the Public Housing Authority in Washington, D.C., where he learned about the work being done in low-income communities. “I am here to serve,” says Arzaga. “It’s my calling.” Hear more from Cadet Arzaga and learn about the many experiences offered to cadets through the Academy Scholars Program, another Margin of Excellence opportunity supported by West Point donors through the For Us All Campaign. Click here to watch the video.

Feature Friday: Going Dancing
3/18/2016

Nearing the conclusion of the best season in Army West Point women's basketball, the Black Knights face Syracuse on Friday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The team's historic season includes program records of 29 wins, 19 straight victories and a fourth consecutive trip to a national postseason tournament. Click here to watch the video. The week began with ESPN's NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Monday evening before the team took the court at the Carrier Dome for the first time for practice on Thursday afternoon. Below is a quick look at some of the videos and written articles that followed the team over its exciting week. See More

Wrestling Battles Hard at Day One of NCAAs
3/18/2016

NEW YORK CITY - The Army West Point wrestling team battled through the first day of the NCAA Championships, picking up a pair of wins at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. "At the national tournament, there are always crazy things that happen," said head coach Kevin Ward. "We had some really good matches today, and we lost some that really hurt. Bottom line is that we have a couple of guys alive in the tournament with a chance to get on the podium. We are excited for them to chase their goals."

The day started with 141-pounder Logan Everett coming out victorious in his first-ever match at the national championship tournament. The junior from Tioga, Pa., took a 4-2 decision over 10th-seeded Todd Preston of Harvard. Everett was joined by senior Brian Harvey at 174 pounds as the only Black Knights to advance past the opening round. The 15-seed posted an 8-2 victory over UT Chattanooga's Sean Mapes for his 24th of the season. Against the Big 12 champ, Lelund Weatherspoon of Iowa State, the New Palestine, Ind., native was an escape shy of advancing to the quarterfinals, suffering a 3-2 setback. Weatherspoon defeated Cornell's Brian Realbuto in the opening round. Read More

Baseball Scores Four in Ninth, Completes Comeback
3/18/2016

CLEARWATER, FL - The Army West Point baseball team erased a three-run deficit in the final inning to complete its first come-from-behind victory of the 2016 campaign, 13-12, over the Harvard Crimson from Jack Russell Stadium on Thursday afternoon. After trailing by as much as five runs at one point, the Black Knights (7-9) battled at the plate and producing when they reached base. Five batters in Army's lineup recorded multiple hits. The offensive effort was led by sophomore left fielder John McCarthy, who was three-for-four at the dish with a couple walks, two runs scored and three runs batted in. Stu Schley played the role of hero today, with his lone hit coming in the form of a walk-off RBI single to right. Read More

Debate Competes in Northeast Regional Tournament
3/17/2016

The West Point Debate Team travelled to Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY, to compete in the Northeast Regional Tournament. Class of 2019 Debaters CDTs Vanessa Chen and Isabella Minter won the Novice Division, and 9th and 7th place speaker awards, respectively. CDT Flores and CDT Kreher broke into the Quarterfinal Round in the Novice Division. The Class of 2018 Debaters CDT Matthew Watts took home the 8th place Speaker Award. CDT Hickey and CDT Matlack broke into the Final Round for the JV Division. CDT Barlow and CDT Silverman qualified for the National Debate Tournament. The Class of 2016 Debater CDT Michael Barlow won Top Speaker in the Open Division.

Model UN Attends the UCBMUN
3/17/2016

A ten person delegation from the USMA Model UN team attended the UCBMUN hosted by the University of California Berkeley in San Francisco, CA. Debate topics ranged from education reform to suppressing terrorism in Pakistan. Cadets engages in vigorous debate and advanced the image of the academy and civil-military relations. The following cadets were recognized: CDT Carolyn Williams, Outstanding Delegate; CDT Daniel Hogestyn, Out-standing Delegate; CDT Jesse Nelson, Honorable Mention; CT Jackson Armstrong, Honorable Mention; CDT Rokas Dubinas, Verbal Mention; CDT Cyrus Cappo, Verbal Mention; and CDT Johnathan Richards, Verbal Mention. CDTs Jack Bagdadi, Michael Sims, and Benjamin Denn also contributed to the success of the team.

Jewish Chapel at the Jewish Warrior Weekend
3/17/2016

The West Point Jewish Chapel Hillel club travelled to Annapolis, MD, to attend the Jewish Warrior Weekend. Cadets had the opportunity to link up with their midshipman counterparts for Sabbath services on Friday Night. Rear Admiral Paul Becker, Deputy Director of Na-val Intelligence, discussed his experiences as a Jewish Naval officer. The next day, as part of a round table discussion, cadets and midshipmen addressed a variety of topics relating to Judaism and the military. The group then embarked on a community service project, followed by a scavenger hunt where cadets learned about the history of the Naval Academy. Saturday evening featured a service to conclude the Sabbath, followed by a talent show in which cadets and midshipmen plied the judges with a variety of theatrical, musical, and comedic performances.

Japanese Forum Views Kyogen, Noh and Kabuiki
3/17/2016

The USMA Japanese Forum visited Carnegie Hall in New York City, to view a traditional Japanese show known as “Kyogen, Noh, and Kabuiki”. All of the performances are spoken in old-fashioned Japanese, and their dance technique has not been changed since the 19th Century or older. Cadets had a good opportunity to be exposed to the very traditional culture of Japan.

Army Halts UMass Lowell, Clinches 4-1 Victory
3/17/2016

CLEARWATER, FL - The Army West Point softball team halted UMass Lowell Wednesday afternoon at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex to conclude their trip to Florida with an 11-10 record. The Black Knights went 4-2 while in the sunshine state and won four of their last six games. The River Hawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead off Army errors in the first inning. The Black Knights were able to tie things up in the bottom of the first when Kasey McCravey got on base from a hit and advanced to scoring position on a steal. Mae Wadyka pushed McCravey to second on a groundout to the pitcher and then a groundout to the shortstop by Ashley Yoo allowed McCravey to score.

In the bottom of the second, Army captured three runs on one hit and one error to take its first lead of the game at 4-1. It was three up, three down in the third inning which put the Cadets back up to bat, but they were not able to convert any runs. Both teams were scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings which helped the Black Knights' maintain their 4-1 lead. In the top of the sixth, Gladys Esparza-Gallegos picked up three-straight groundouts to hault any scoring chances for UMass Lowell. The Black Knights denied the River Hawks from scoring in the top of the seventh allowing just one hit and clinching the game 4-1. Read More

Men’s Tennis Closes Spring Break Trip with Win
3/16/2016

WINTER PARK, FL - The Army West Point men's tennis team finished its spring break matches with a win against the nationally-ranked Division II squad Rollins on Tuesday evening by the score of 4-1. The Black Knights took four singles matches to take the victory and improve to 10-6 while the No. 26 Tars fell to 1-10 this season. Junior Grant Riechmann had a strong win in the second singles flight. He took a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Casey Austgen. It was the third straight win for Riechmann as he evens his singles record at 7-7. Sophomore Michael Nguyen moved to 8-3 in the spring with his fourth straight victory, cruising to a 6-3, 6-0 win over Hayden Rodriquez in the number four position. Army was able to take the match with wins from senior Harrison McCormick and sophomore Michael Sienko in the last two singles flights. Read More

Yoo Garners Rookie of the Week Nod
3/16/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Freshman outfielder Ashley Yoo has been named the Patriot League's Rookie of the Week after going nine-for-16 during the Army softball team's 3-2 weekend at the USF Under Armour Showcase. This is the second week in a row a Black Knight has garnered Rookie of the Week honors. "Ashley has done so many great things for our team thus far," said head coach Michelle DePolo. "I am glad people outside of our team are recognizing her abilities on the field. She is a fun player to watch and finds a variety of ways to contribute to the team's success each day. Two different players from Army as back-to-back Rookie of the Week honors speaks volumes about the diversity of our team and strength of our plebe class." The Placentia, Calif., native started for Army in all five games and had multiple hits in four of the contests. She recorded a .563 batting and slugging percentage in nine at-bats. She had a team-leading three RBIs and tallied one RBI in three-straight games. Yoo reached nine bases and had an on base percentage of .588. The freshman recorded two hits and a run in the Black Knights' game against No. 24 USC Upstate. Read More

C3MO Visit the Union League Club in NYC
3/16/2016

The Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO) traveled to the Union League Club in New York City to hear GEN(R) David Petraeus speak on the role of Civil Military Operations (CMO) during the War in Iraq and the continuing role of CMO regarding ISIS and the conflict in Syria. The Union League Club is a private social club in New York that hosts an active speaker series. The Cadets had the opportunity to interact with members of the club, including many prominent New York City residents (and a few West Point graduates), who also offered their unique perspectives on the topics of conversation.

2016 Hatton W. Sumners Student Leadership Conference
3/16/2016

Dr. Howard Prince, former head of BS&L, generously continued his invitation to West Point to attend the Hatton W. Sumners Leadership Conference at the University of Texas at Austin. Cadets BJ Wallce, Ashley Lott, Kenner Broullire, Aimee Edgington, and MAJ Charles Rowan represented the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership at the 2016 Sumners Leadership Conference at the University of Texas at Austin. The conference allowed students to develop their leadership abilities through opportunities to see and hear inspirational leaders discuss approaches to leadership from their lives. Cadets engaged as members of teams comprised of students from all over the United States and Mexico. Cadets learned about ethical leadership, growing from adversity, and the importance of follower-ship. Attendees were able to see an application of leadership from a global non-profit standpoint that demonstrated the need and feasibility for enacting change at the grassroots level. Keynote speakers included: Leland Melvin: the only person to play in the NFL and go to space as a NASA astronaut, Barbara Pierce Bush: CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps and Dr. Robert E. Kelley: Leadership expert and best-selling author.

Law Enforcement Tactics Club Corrections Training
3/16/2016

The USMA Law Enforcement Tactics Club (LETC) conducted Corrections training with the Orange County Sheriff Department Special Operations Group (SOG) Deputies Daniel Greir and Chris DeSanta. The SOG at Orange County specializes in serving high risk warrants, VIP escorts, responding to barricaded suspects, and within the jail they conduct forced cell extractions. The seven cadets who attended training were the first outside entity to receive force cell extraction training from SOG. The training that the cadets received was an extension of months of use of force training that the cadets have learned and practiced. Within the corrections area of law enforcement, this training familiarized the cadets with specialized elite police units that work within corrections and high risk operations they execute. The training reinforced how the use of force applies in all spectrum of law enforcement and demonstrated the role of elite policing units who operate in corrections verses those who primarily operate in street policing environments. The training facility at Orange County jail provided the cadets with a mock cell to perform realistic and tempered execution of forced cell extraction scenarios. The high caliber instruction provided by SOG, accompanied with their real life experience, will have lasting impact on the members of LETC. This event with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department furthered West Point’s outreach to the local community and provided the cadets with world class policing training.

Kendo Club at the 23rd Annual Shidogakuin Tournament
3/16/2016

The West Point Kendo Club attended the 23rd Annual Shidogakuin Youth and Collegiate Tournament at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Participating in this tournament from West Point were six cadets and MAJ Takayoshi Tsukamoto, an exchange officer from the Japan Ground Defense Force serving with DMI. This group joined about 200 other participants, mostly from various collegiate clubs in the Northeast. CDT Abdul Rahim tested for rank advancement conducted by the United States Kendo Federation (USKF) and successfully passed his exam achieving the rank of 1st Kyu. The cadets participated in both individual matches, as well as a team tournament. All members performed well, learned a great deal, and had an excellent experience. Both CDT Kim and CDT Chaikin did an excellent job organizing the club’s participation and coaching its members.

The Art of Remembrance and the Democratic Imagination
3/16/2016

The Department of English and Philosophy hosted its first Philosophy Forum of the spring semester. Cadets and Faculty welcomed Michele Moody-Adams to the Philosophy Forum. Professor Moody-Adams is the Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory at Columbia University. Professor Moody-Adams discussed the importance of sacrifice, and the commemoration of sacrifice, to national solidarity and stability, especially in a democracy.

C&LS CH487 Students Enrich CH151 Students
3/16/2016

Students from the Advanced Chemistry core course, CH151, under the leadership of LTC Hailey Clancy, experienced an analytical enrichment while visiting the Advanced Chemistry Laboratory, CH487, taught by Dr. Dawn Riegner. Chemistry majors from the class of 2016 introduced the CH151 students to the uses of UV-Vis molecular absorption spectroscopy, Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICPAES), and Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) molecular mixture analysis. These techniques were used to analyze a variety of sunscreens for their effectiveness in protecting the user. CDT Jeremy Schwartz ’16 worked with CDTs Camm Johnson, Aidan Doyle, Matt Galea and Rachelle David ’19 using the GCMS to identify key organic ingredients of two different SPF sunscreens. CDTs Jordan Bush ’16 and Anna Gulbis ’16 worked with CDTs Galen Kreutzberger, Amy Owens, Carlan Ivey, and Jeffrey Hawkes-Robinson ’19 using UV-Vis to determine which regions of the UV are being absorbed by the different sunscreens. CDTs Rebecca Sauter ’16, Rufus Huffman ’16, and Chuck Nield ’16 worked with CDTs Gerald Lanagan, Brennen Chaussey, Samuel Howard, and Tristan Littlejohn ’19 using ICPAES to observe the elemental content (titanium and zinc) of several sunscreens. Additional support was provided by Dr. Nick Fell (Visiting Professor ARL), Dr. Jim Balz, and Dr. Odil Fayzullaev.

Skeet and Trap Victorious Over Yale
3/16/2016

The USMA Skeet and Trap team travelled to East Lyme, CT, for compete against collegiate rival Yale University for the traditional spring competition. The two teams have competed on an annual basis since 1940, and since 2011 the Hudson Cup trophy has been awarded to the winning team. The spring 2016 match saw West Point retain possession of the trophy with a resounding victory over Yale by a margin of 453-409. The competition is always a key competitive experience for the cadets as they prepare for collegiate nationals in late March.

The Alpine Ski Team Closes Out On-Snow Training
3/16/2016

The Army Alpine Ski Team closed out on-snow training this past weekend with Directed Free-Ski at Killington (The Beast), VT. CDT Aryne Riley ’17 served his first duties as Team Captain with the help of classmate, CDT Patrick Kearney. CDT Blaise Paulo ’18 and CDTs Maddie Nelson, Sophia Grohs, Gavin Felch, Will Mueser and Jack Young (all class of ’19) had the opportunity to ski on challenging terrain and hone in on their technical skills on a beautiful crisp weekend in Central Vermont. Team camaraderie and spirit continues to develop as the Army Ski team looks forward to next season and the possibility of bringing a “freestyle” component under its wing.

Ultimate Frisbee Mercer Spring Tournament
3/16/2016

The Army West Point Ultimate Frisbee team travelled to Mercer, NJ, to compete in their first spring tournament. Army was seeded in the top half of 47 teams from the Northeast in the competition. Army went 1-3 on Saturday in round-robin pool play, with a win followed by three close losses by two points or less. On Sunday, Army fought back to win the first two games of the day, including an upset win of a very strong, higher seeded NYU team. The Army Plebes, which make up over 60% of the team, played strong all weekend and are now fully integrated into the team due to their hard work and commitment at practices. In windy conditions on Saturday, Army opened with a 12-8 win over Wesleyan of Connecticut; Army jumped out to a big halftime lead and finished strong for the win. In the last three games of the tournament, Army lost to College of New Jersey 11-9, Hartford 8-6, and Syracuse 10-9. Army battled hard in all three games, but the losses put Army in the 17th-25th bracket for day two. At the start of day two, Army faced a higher seeded Columbia team in the first round. Army led the entire game, building a 6-2 lead before eventually wining 10-7. Division III Army advanced to the next game of the day feeling confident and eager to try to earn a victory from Division I NYU; Army started by scoring twice before grinding to a 7-7 tie as time expired. Playing in the final point to win the game, Army made some exceptional defensive plays and scored to win the game 8-7. In the final game of the day, Army played Boston University; Army focused on building good fundamental play against a larger, more rested team from Boston University, finally falling to BU and finishing 20th in the tournament. Overall, Army continued their never give up attitude and followed some tough losses on the first day with tremendous resiliency, playing with a lot of heart en route to big victories on the second day.

Ten Hits Lifts Baseball Over North Dakota State
3/16/2016

CLEARWATER, FL - The Army West Point baseball team responded every time North Dakota State scored, doubling up the Bison 6-3 on Tuesday at Jack Russell Stadium. "Kris's approach at the plate set the tone for us right out of the gate," said head coach Matt Reid. "He was so locked in at the start of the game. Their pitcher wasn't throwing very many strikes in warm ups, and his first to pitches weren't close. You would think after that that he would take another pitch, but he got a fastball and was right on it, fouling it straight back. Then Kris turned on a 3-1 ball and puts it off the wall for a double." The scoring opened in the first inning when Army's (6-9) leadoff man, Kris Lindner, scored on a groundout by John McCarthy following his leadoff double to deep right field. Read More

Women's Basketball to Face Syracuse in NCAAs
3/15/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point women's basketball team learned Monday evening that it will travel to Syracuse, N.Y., as a No. 13 seed to face No. 4 Syracuse on Friday, March 18 in the NCAA Tournament's Sioux Falls Region. Army's first-round contest at the Carrier Dome will be aired live on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. Click here to watch the video.

The Black Knights will make their third trip to the Division I NCAA Tournament this season, following appearances in 2014 and 2006. Army was seeded No. 13 in 2014 and faced No. 4 Maryland, and drew a No. 15 seed in 2006 and played No. 2 Tennessee. Friday's meeting will be the fifth between Army and Syracuse, with the schools last playing during the 1982-83 season. The Orange have won all four games in the series. Tickets in Army's allotment for the first two rounds can be ordered by Army A Club members at the Major Level and higher and basketball season ticket holders beginning Tuesday, March 15 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Read More

Ball, White Garner League Honors
3/15/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Sophomore RHP Matt Ball and freshman second baseman Josh White of the Army West Point baseball team were recognized as the Patriot League's Pitcher and Rookie of the week, the league announced Monday afternoon. "They have both put in a lot of hard work and prepare well," said head coach Matt Reid. "They had good days and competed hard. Good things happen when you put in the effort, and this was a great example of that." Ball tossed a solid seven innings in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against UMass, allowing two unearned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out six to pick up his first win of the season.

White was a constant for the Black Knights at the dish, going seven-for-14 through four games. He smashed a triple to center in Wednesday's home opener against Hofstra for the team's second of the season. The Littleton, Colo., native has headed up with the weather since arriving in Florida, notching a pair of hits in all three games against UMass. White scored two runs while knocking in a couple of Cadets as well, while adding a double to his production against the Minutemen. He also reached base on two walks and a hit by pitch, bringing his weekly OBP to .588. Read More

Army Crew Team 2nd Annual Golden Oar Run
3/14/2016

The 2nd annual Golden Oar Run, manned by the West Point Men’s and Women’s Crew teams and some family members, took place March 3 at Trophy Point. The crew members and the families of LTC Jaimie Leonard, CPT Matthew Carpenter, CPT Samuel Brown and CPT Morton Williams ran the two-mile inspirational run. The Army Crew team began the new tradition last year to remember and honor fallen and wounded former crew members and others who were significant to the team. They were remembered in a ceremony before the traditional ‘dipping of the oar’ into the Hudson River to commemorate the beginning of the spring crew season. Read More

Photo courtesy of Kathy Eastwood, Pointer View

Athletic Director's Update
3/14/2016

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Army West Point Athletic Director's Update with Boo Corrigan Director of Athletics

Men’s Tennis Defeats Air Force
3/14/2016

ORLANDO, FL - The Army West Point men's tennis team stretched its current winning streak to four straight with a 4-2 win over service academy rival Air Force on Sunday, March 13. The Black Knights record improve to 9-6 while the Falcons slip to 3-11 this spring. Army won the doubles point its seventh straight match, only losing five sets along the way in today's match. Junior Sam Lampman's return to the Black Knights lineup has been particularly helpful in doubles as him and Michael Nguyen have now won four straight contests. The Cadets notched the three wins in singles that they needed to win the match via wins from junior Grant Riechmann, freshman David Mitchell, and sophomore Michael Nguyen. Riechmann and Mitchell have now back-to-back contests while Nguyen has rattled off three straight victories. Riechmann is also now 3-1 in the second doubles flight this season as he beat Lucas Fumagalli 7-6, 6-4. Read More

Men's Lacrosse Downs NJIT
3/14/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army lacrosse team outscored NJIT by a 10-2 margin in the second half and cruised to a 16-6 win on Sunday afternoon at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights (5-2) scored eight goals in the fourth quarter, which tied season high for a frame this year. Cole Johnson led the way with seven points, which tied his career best, with two goals and five assists. He finishes the weekend with 13 points on six goals and seven assists in the two games. Click here to watch the video.

Nate Jones tallied a team high four goals, while Ted Glesener and Connor Cook found the net twice for the winners. Luke Poulos got on the board with his first of the season, while Danny DeSanti scored for the second-straight day coming from his long-stick midfield position. AJ Barretto stopped four shots in the win, which was his fourth of the year. He was out there for just over 54 minutes before being relieved by Matt Isnardi and Paul Newbold, who each made a save apiece. Dan Grabher was exceptional for the second-straight game as he won 10-of-12 faceoffs and scooped up nine ground balls. Alex Daly also stepped in and won 7-of-10 draws. Read More

Women’s Basketball Takes League Title Over Loyola
3/14/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The top-seeded Army West Point women's basketball team won its third Patriot League title with a 69-51 victory over No. 3 Loyola on Saturday evening at Christl Arena. Army secures the Patriot League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will make its third appearance in the dance, following trips in 2006 and 2014. Army extends its winning streak to 19 games and improves to 29-2. The Black Knights' 29 wins tie the 2009-10 Lehigh squad for the most total wins in Patriot League history. Loyola finishes the year 16-16 after the setback. Click here to watch the video.

Senior Kelsey Minato earned Patriot League Tournament MVP honors for the second time in her career after scoring 25 points and shooting 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Classmate Aimee Oertner and sophomore Janae McNeal joined Minato on the league's all-tournament team, as Oertner posted a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double, to go along with four blocks, and McNeal totaled 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Sophomore Destinee Morris netted eight points off the bench, while classmate Aliyah Murray and freshman Madison Hovren each contributed four points. Diana Logan led Loyola with 15 points, while Colleen Marshall and Bri Betz-White also scored in double figures, with 12 points and 11 points, respectively. Read More

Army Sweeps Holy Cross to Advance
3/14/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army hockey team erased an early deficit against Holy Cross and advanced to the Atlantic Hockey Semifinals in Rochester with a 2-1 win to sweep the series on Saturday night at the Hart Center. The Black Knights (14-14-9) got a goal from Ryan Nick with 14:08 remaining in the third period to go ahead 2-1 and that was all Parker Gahagen needed. The junior netminder made 36 saves between the pipes to earn his 14th win of the season. Taylor Maruya also scored for the Black Knights with his goal coming shorthanded to tie the game at 1-1 in the second period. Read More

Feature Friday: How West Point Molded Jesse Glenn
3/11/2016

Jesse Glenn came to West Point as a highly-touted gymnast. The six-time member of the United States Junior National Team had the option to stay in his home state of California and attend Stanford, but Glenn wanted more from his collegiate career. The United States Military Academy would not only make him a better man, but also presented the challenge of returning a prominent program back to the NCAA Championships. Click here to watch the video.

Four years later, Glenn is now a finalist for the prestigious Nissen-Emery Award and is coming off a season in which he was an integral part in the Black Knights making the NCAA Championships for the first time in 10 years. Glenn, his father Rocky Glenn, and Army West Point gymnastics head coach Doug Van Everen discuss Jesse's notable career and how West Point molded the man. Read More

Gahagen Claims AHA Second Team Honors
3/9/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Junior goaltender Parker Gahagen was named to the Atlantic Hockey Second Team on Wednesday as the conference released its annual all-conference teams. Gahagen is Army's ninth second team all-conference player since the league began and the first since Marcel Alvarez in 2011. He is the first goalie since Josh Kassel to earn postseason honors as Kassel was honored in 2008 with a first-team nod. He posted a 2.23 goals against average and a .931 save percentage in league play.

He finished the second half of Atlantic Hockey play with an incredible 1.67 GAA and a .950 save percentage. Those numbers came in the final 14 games and he was 5-4-5 in those games. He gave up two or less goals in each of the 14 games. He achieved career highs in all goal tending categories, including wins with 12. He is the first goalie since Jay Clark in 2010 to record double-digit wins. He currently is on pace to finish second on the all-time list for goals against average in a single season and his .933 save percentage at this point in the year is the best in Academy history for a single season. Read More

Jesse Glenn Named Nissen-Emery Finalist
3/9/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Army West Point men's gymnastics senior Jesse Glenn, an all-around specialist, was named one of eight finalists for the prestigious Nissen-Emery Award in Wednesday's announced by the College Gymnastics Association (CGA). The highest honor in collegiate gymnastics, the Nissen-Emery award has been presented annually since 1966 to an outstanding senior collegiate gymnast based on his achievement, sportsmanship and academic excellence.

"This is a tremendous honor for not only Jesse, but West Point as well as our program," stated Van Everen. "It is a talented group of candidates for this coveted award, and when you think about it, he encompasses all that it stands for." Glenn will be challenged to become the first Black Knight to receive this award from fellow finalists in California's Kevin Wolting, Oklahoma's Kanji Oyama, Penn State's Trevor Howard, Nebraska's Ethan Lottman, Stanford's Brian Knott, Iowa's Jack Boyle and Logan Bradley of Illinois. Read More

Women’s Basketball Tops Colgate in Quarterfinals
3/8/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The top-seeded Army West Point women's basketball team played to an 89-63 victory over No. 8 Colgate in a Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal game on Monday evening at Christl Arena. Army improves to 27-2 on the season after its 17th straight win, while Colgate finishes the year 7-23. Click here to watch the video.

Senior Kelsey Minato led all scorers with 23 points, added six assists and raised her Patriot League-record career point total to 2,500. Classmate Aimee Oertner narrowly missed a triple-double, as she finished with 18 points, a career-best 13 rebounds and a program-record-tying nine blocks. Senior Brianna Johnson also finished in double figures with 12 points, classmate Jean Parker added nine points and six rebounds and sophomore Janae McNeal tallied eight points and five boards. Freshman Madison Hovren scored nine points off the bench. Read More

Johnson Nabs Patriot League Weekly Honors
3/8/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Junior attackman Cole Johnson was rewarded for his seven-point performance in Army's 14-5 win over Lafayette on Saturday with Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors. Johnson led Army to a win in its league opener on Saturday as he posted a career high in goals and points with six and seven, respectively. He was unstoppable in the first half with five of the six goals coming in the first 30 minutes, including a natural hat trick in the second quarter. He was the first player to score six since John Glesener had six against Boston University last season. Five of his six goals were unassisted tallies. Read More

Army Advances With Strong First Period
3/7/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army hockey team streaked out to a three-goal advantage after the first period and cruised to a 4-0 win over American International to claim the first-round Atlantic Hockey Tournament series on Sunday evening. The Black Knights (13-14-9) were led by Taylor Maruya and Conor Andrle with two points apiece on a goal and an assist. Christian Pomarico gave Army the start it needed with his first goal of the season and Joe Kozlak sealed the win with the fourth goal of the night. Click here to watch the video.

Parker Gahagen stopped all 19 Yellow Jacket shots to earn his second shutout of the weekend and third of his career. American International (7-29-3) ends its season with a hard-fought series against the Black Knights. The two teams combined for three penalties and the Yellow Jackets did not have a power play all night long. Army took the first lead of the game just 1:36 into the first period with Pomarico scoring from the slot. Andrle and Pham did some work along the boards and got the puck out to the defenseman and he scored his first of the season to make it 1-0 lead. Read More

Wrestling Caps EIWAs in Fourth, Send Four to NCAAs
3/7/2016

PRINCETON, NJ - The Army West Point wrestling team placed six Black Knights on podiums, including championship appearances from seniors Brian Harvey, at 174, and Bryce Barnes, at 197, en route to a fourth-place finish at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships at Jadwin Gymnasium on Sunday. "I'm really proud of our guys for how hard they fought today," said head coach Kevin Ward. "Being able to come to a tournament this tough and beat multiple opponents who had beaten us earlier in the year says a whole lot about this team's character. The guys dug deep and gutted out some tough wins."

The Black Knights' team finish was their best since coming in third at the 2006-07 EIWA Championships. Of the six to place at the tournament for Army, four have qualified for the NCAAv Championship. Barnes and Harvey Will be joined by juniors Russell Parsons Jr. (157) and Samson Imonode (184) at Madison Square Garden on March 17-19. Barnes qualified for the NCAAs for the fourth time in his career, becoming the first Cadet to do so since Matthew Kyler with his last coming in 2010. Harvey qualified for the third-consecutive season while Parsons Jr. is headed to his second straight national tournament. Imonode qualified for the first time in his career. Read More

No. 13 Gymnasts Defeat No. 15 Springfield
3/7/2016

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Senior Jesse Glenn won vault, high bar and all-around with junior Sam Kusnitz and sophomore Ryan Wilson posting career marks capturing floor exercise and still rings, respectively, as the trio led the Army West Point men's gymnastics team past host Springfield, 423.15-410.00, at Blake Arena Sunday. The win is the third straight for the No. 13-ranked Black Knight who improved to 3-1 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and 4-2 overall after ruining No. 15 Springfield's home debut. The Pride fall to 1-2 in the conference.

The Black Knights, the defending ECAC champions, set season highs combining for an aggregate score of 423.15 along with marks on still rings (70.75) and high bar (72.00). Kusnitz won the opening event, floor exercise, behind a career high 15.35 that shattered his former mark of 15.15 set two years against the Pride. Wilson's winning mark of 14.6 on still rings bettered his previous score of 13.85 set at the West Point Open earlier in the year. Glenn, winning the all-around title for the third straight time, posted a season mark of 87.1. He claimed the title on vault for the second straight week, recording a 14.7, and won high bar for the fourth time this season behind a 14.95. Glenn was also second on floor exercise (15.15) and pommel horse (14.4). Read More

Athletic Director's Update
3/4/2016

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Army West Point Athletic Director's Update with Boo Corrigan Director of Athletics

Feature Friday: Women’s Basketball’s Historic Class
3/4/2016

The five members of the Army women's basketball Class of 2016 made their way to midcourt, following their team's 72-38 win over Boston University on Senior Night, where they were told to gather for a postgame celebration of the senior class. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, the five first classmen looked toward the ceiling, where two banners were tied up to the rafters on either side of three banners honoring the retired jerseys of a trio of former women's basketball standouts. As Christl Arena's public address announcer rallied off the class' list of accomplishments, including how the Class of 2016 owns school records for most wins and highest winning percentage, and is on the verge of becoming the best in Patriot League women's history, the seniors had no idea what was coming next.

"It was a very big surprise to all of us," said Jean Parker, one of Army's four senior captains. "They brought us out to center court and we figured 'maybe they'll say some nice things about us,' but coach pointed to the rafters and we saw the banners." The first of the two banners was unfurled and read simply "Women's Basketball Class of 2016." Before the second banner was dropped, the players, fans and coaches inside Christl Arena were read blow-by-blow highlights of Kelsey Minato's record-breaking career, giving everyone a sense of what the second banner would represent. Read More

Men’s Basketball Advances to Conference Semifinals
3/4/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Kyle Wilson scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half as the Army West Point men's basketball team advanced to the Patriot League Tournament Semifinal with a 79-72 victory over No. 5 Colgate on Thursday evening at Christl Arena.

The No. 4 Black Knights (19-12) will host No. 9 Holy Cross on Sunday at noon and the game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting GoArmyWestPoint.com/tickets or calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY. Fans can also buy tickets in person at the ticket office at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium during its regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). The Holleder Center ticket office, located just outside Christl Arena, opens 90 minutes prior to Sunday's game.

Tanner Plomb scored 23 points and Kevin Ferguson netted 19 and pulled down 10 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season in the win. The Black Knights made the game's first run and led 20-15 after a Larry Toomey three and a three-point play by Ferguson midway through the first half. Read More

Gahagen Nabs Goalie of the Month Honors
3/4/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Junior net-minder Parker Gahagen was named Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month after helping Army to the sixth seed in the upcoming conference tournament. Gahagen was the main reason why Army is entering the tournament as its highest seed since 2008-09. He finished the month of February with a 3-2-3 record and helped the Black Knights earn league points in all weekends in the month. He recorded a 1.71 goals against average and a .951 save percentage. He jumped to second in the league in GAA thanks to a great month. He has not allowed two or more goals in his last 10 starts. He made 30 or more saves in five of his eight starts in the month, including 43 in a tough loss at Robert Morris. Two of the three wins in the month came against teams that earned a bye into the quarterfinals (Robert Morris and Holy Cross). Read More

Cadets Help Habitat For Humanity In Chappaqua
3/3/2016

CHAPPAQUA, NY - West Point cadets were in Chappaqua recently to help build affordable housing along with Habitat for Humanity. The 35 cadets worked on several projects the organization has under construction in the area, including a large house that is being turned into two condominiums. "Thousands of work hours have been put in by local Chappaqua residents, and West Point is part of my army of volunteers who helps me regularly," said Jim Killoran, executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of Westchester. "This is a large former church and nursery that will be turned into two passive house condos in Chappaqua, affordable for families. Read More

Women’s Basketball Earns Share of PL Title in Win
3/3/2016

BOSTON - The Army West Point women's basketball clinched a share of the Patriot League regular-season title after defeating Boston University, 79-44, on Wednesday evening at Case Gym. Army also collected its 26th victory of the year to set a new team record for most wins in a season. The Black Knights win their 16th straight to finish the regular season 16-0 and improve to 26-2 overall and 17-1 in the league. Click here to watch the video.

Army will likely enter the Patriot League Tournament as the No. 1 seed, as the Black Knights currently hold a higher RPI rating than Bucknell, who also finished 17-1 in the conference. The new College Basketball News RPI ratings, released tomorrow, will determine the final seeding. Senior Kelsey Minato became the Patriot League's career scoring leader, man or woman, after finishing with a game-high 32 points. Minato knocked in a three-pointer with 8:58 remaining in the third quarter to reach 2,465 career points and pass 2003 Bucknell graduate Molly Creamer's previous league mark of 2,464. Minato finished the evening with 2,477 career points. Read More

Historic Postseason Stretch On Tap at West Point
3/1/2016

WEST POINT, NY - For the first time in Army West Point Athletics' history, the Holleder Center, home to Christl Arena and Tate Rink, will host men's and women's basketball and hockey postseason games in the same year. "This is a very exciting time for everyone here at West Point," Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan said. "It is great to see our teams performing so well over the course of a season to earn the home games in the conference tournaments. They have all worked hard to earn this opportunity and I encourage the community to come out and support our Cadets." The men's basketball team earned the No. 4 seed in the Patriot League Tournament after winning five of its final six games to end the regular season.

The Black Knights won six games in February, the most for the program during the Patriot League era, and will host No. 5 Colgate on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Christl Arena. Hockey captured three of four points last weekend against Bentley to secure the sixth spot in the upcoming Atlantic Hockey Tournament. The Black Knights will play host to 11th-seeded American International in the first round in a best-of-three format. The sixth-place finish for Army is the highest the Black Knights have finished since the 2008-09 season. All games this weekend with start at 7:05 p.m. at Tate Rink. The women's basketball team was the first squad out of the three to clinch a home tournament game as the Black Knights will host a Patriot League quarterfinal on March 7. Read More

Kelsey Minato Named Player of the Week
3/1/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Senior guard Kelsey Minato earned Patriot League Player of the Week praise on Monday after averaging 26.5 points and leading Army to a pair of wins last week. The Patriot League Player of the Week award is Minato's sixth of the season and the 16th of her career. Minato's 16 career Player of the Week honors are the most in league history and her six awards this season are tied for first in Patriot League history.

Minato scored 30 points and added seven rebounds in Army's 72-38 victory over Boston University on Feb. 24. She went 11-of-18 from the field, including 6-of-10 from three-point range before becoming the first active player in Academy history to have her jersey retired during a ceremony after the game. Read More

Plomb Highlights All-Patriot League Selections
3/1/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Seniors Tanner Plomb, Kevin Ferguson and Kyle Wilson earned First, Second and Third Team All-Patriot League honors, respectively, for their play during the 2015-16 regular season, it was announced Monday. Patriot League men's basketball head coaches voted on the All-League Team and major awards, and could not vote for their own student-athletes or themselves.

Plomb, who hails from Mukwonago, Wis., is 30th in the country and leads the Patriot League in scoring with 20 points per game. He is currently 14th in Academy history in scoring with 1,305 career points. He ranks third in the conference in three-point field-goal percentage at 36 percent and is third in three-pointers made with 72 on the year. Plomb's value isn't limited to his scoring ability as he averages 5.8 rebounds per game, which is second on the team. On the defensive glass, Plomb pulls in 5.1 rebounds, which ranks fourth in the conference. Read More

Pitman Named Patriot League Player of the Week
3/1/2016

LEWISBURG, PA - Senior Carolyn Pitman of the Army West Point women's tennis team was named the Patriot League Player of the Week for women's tennis on Monday. She went 2-0 in singles this week and 3-0 in doubles while continuing to etch her name in the Army record books. Each of Pitman's singles victories came in the top flight. In her first weekend of playing in multiple singles matches, she defeated Fordham's previously unbeaten Estelle Wong, 6-0, 6-3 before topping Nathalie Habegger of NJIT, 6-2, 6-1. Pitman now has 66 career singles wins, one shy of entering the top 10 in school history and owns a 3-1 record in 2016. Pitman moved to 10-0 on the season in doubles, pairing with Kirby Einck for two victories and Nancy Porter for the other. The West Chester, Ohio, native now sits in a tie for second all-time with Megan Noble with 97 career doubles wins. Pitman boasts a 97-28 all-time record in doubles and a 64-11 record in the spring. Read More

Johnston Draws Patriot League Weekly Honor
3/1/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Army West Point women's lacrosse sophomore Amy Johnston was recognized as Patriot League Attacker of the Week on Monday after finishing with five goals and four assists in two games last week. The honor marks the first of Johnston's career, and is the team's second straight week with a Patriot League weekly acknowledgment, after Nikki Polhamus was named Rookie of the Week on Feb. 22.

Johnston had a hand in seven of Army's 10 goals during a 10-9 win over LIU Brooklyn on Feb. 25, as the sophomore scored three goals and added four assists. She also added a season-best eight draw controls in the victory. After LIU Brooklyn tied the game with 13 seconds remaining, Johnston won the ensuing draw before carrying the ball down field and scoring with four seconds on the clock to send the Black Knights to the one-goal decision. A Salt Lake City, Utah, native, Johnston also contributed a pair of goals, six draw controls and four ground balls to Army's 10-8 win at UMass Lowell on Feb. 28, as the Black Knights improved to 3-1 on the young season. Read More

Athletic Director's Update
2/29/2016

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Army West Point Athletic Director's Update with Boo Corrigan Director of Athletics

Climbing-Mountaineering at the Collegiate Climbing Series
2/29/2016

Army West Point Mountaineering Team travelled to Gravity Vault in Upper Saddle River, NJ, to compete for the second time in the Collegiate Climbing Series for 2016. The 18 competitors have been working very hard for the past five months to be a very competitive team; they have succeeded. CDT Julian Barker dominated the rope climbing and bouldering, coming 2nd and 4th respectively. CDT Brian Hazen came in 1st in speed climbing, followed closely by CDT Anthony Thompson who came in 4th. For the women’s team, CDT Lyra Kwak had a phenomenal day, placing 2nd for speed and 8th for rope climbing. During this competition, the entire team showed their strength and perseverance while also creating bonds with schools from all around the Northeast region including RIT, Rutgers, Yale, and UConn.

Women’s Boxing Arvin Gym Invitational
2/29/2016

The Army West Point Women’s Boxing, along with the Men’s Boxing team, hosted a Home Invitational in Arvin Gym. The overall goal of the event was to compete against female boxers from Air Force, Coast Guard, among other teams, with three scheduled female bouts that were part of a 30-bout event. There were two sessions of fights, in which the Army West Point Women’s Boxing team had one win by CDT Mikaila Wiitanen ’17.

Jewish Chapel (Hillel) Attend Military Conference
2/29/2016

Eight cadets and the West Point Rabbi joined the largest annual Jewish Military conference in Surf-side, FL. The “Aleph Institute” prepared a diverse program covering a range of topics specifically relating to Jewish service members. The cadets were able to experience a Shabbat Weekend in the midst of a vibrant Jewish community and share their experiences with other participants. Military topics included religious accommodation, discussions on Lay Leader responsibilities, and a briefing by the Israeli Home-front LNO on the close coordination between the NG bureau and the Israeli Home Front Command.

Women’s Team Handball Plays University of NC
2/29/2016

West Point Women’s Team Handball played against their strongest collegiate competitor, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, along with another team com-posed of both UNC and West Point alumna who are currently stationed at Fort Bragg. The Black and Gold teams were able to rally after a full day of driving to UNC and dominate on the court. In their first game, the Black team lost a hard fought game to the alumnae team and Gold, who also fought a tough battle with the Alumnae team, lost with the same point spread as the Black team. In their game against the UNC collegiate team, Gold was able to hold their ground, but unfortunately did not come away with a win. After that, Black fought the UNC collegiate team to a 12-12 tie in the last 30 seconds of the game. This set up a closely contested match for the last game of the day between West Point Black and the UNC collegiate team where Black fought hard to win of 15-10. UNC attempted to isolate the high scoring CDT Kiana Duncan, but a strong defense from both CDTs Abigail Toth and Kiana Duncan, coupled with some great wing shots from CDTs Virginia Phillips and Dana Robertson made them unstoppable. Gold left the tournament with some fantastic displays of improvement and are on their way to some wins in the very near future. Black ended the tournament with a 2-1-1 record, but more importantly beat their strongest collegiate competitor which holds great promise for the Collegiate National Championship in April.

Fencing Wrap up MAAC Season with Dual Meets
2/29/2016

The men on the Army West Point Fencing team wrapped up their MAAC Conference season with their final dual meets before post-season championships. The team travelled to the Stevens Institute of Technology to compete against opponents from Rutgers University, Drew University and Cornell. The men’s team defeated Rutgers (14-13) and Drew (14-13), while dropping only one loss to Cornell (11-16) in a very close match. The sabre squad, led by CDT Noah Kambili, led the day going undefeated at 3-1 (top finishers at the competition) while himself posting a 8-1 record. The Epee Squad completed their day at 2-1 with CDT Aaron Mellstrom bring in seven wins and two losses. Also contributing to Epee’s record was CDT Vaughn Johnson who went 5-4 on the day.

Marathon Runs the NYC Central Park Half Marathon
2/29/2016

Fourteen cadets from the Army West Point Marathon Team travelled to New York City to run in the New York City Central Park Half Marathon. A total of four cadets from the team placed in the top ten, and eleven placed in the top twenty.

Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations
2/29/2016

The USMA Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations (C3MO) travelled to Tufts University near Boston, MA, to participate in the 30th Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) Conference and the 10th Anniversary of the Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES) organization. The theme of this year’s conference was “Turmoil in Europe”. The participants discussed European (and global) challenges that are a part of today’s challenging operating environment in a unique forum linking future government and military leaders. Cadets from USMA, Midshipmen from the Naval Academy, students from Tufts University and 48 International schools listened to many experts from across the globe and participated in educational panels and small room discussions facilitated by experts in their field. Cadets were able to build relationships with the International community in their effort to bridge the very real Civil-Military divide. Cadets also furthered their knowledge of International relations, Civil-Military Operations, and their role as future military leaders in our increasingly complex world.

Alpine Skiing at the USCSA Regionals
2/29/2016

This past weekend, the Army Alpine Ski team finished it’s competitive season by qualifying for and competing in the USCSA Regionals competition at Seven Springs Ski Resort, PA. A total of over sixty men and women competed in the Regionals. The men finished 10th out of 16 teams in Giant Slalom with CDTs Aryne Riley ’17 placing 30th; Gavin Felch ’19 placing 35th; and Patrick Kearney ’17 placing 48th. The women finished 12th overall as a team with CDTs Sophia Grohs ’19 placing 24th; Blaise Paulo ’18 placing 39th; and Maddie Nelson ’19 finishing 46th. Both the men and women did not have enough racers completing two Slalom runs to place in that event. The cadets enjoyed competing in their new conference (Atlantic Highlands) and look forward to being an even greater threat to their foe next season.

Grappling at the Evolution Grappling Academy
2/29/2016

The USMA combatives (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) club took seven cadets and one OIC to Evolution Grappling Academy in Beacon, NY. There, the cadets sparred with local team members, learned two new sweeps, an arm-lock, and a method of increasing the effectiveness of a guillotine choke by 400%.

Pipes and Drums gets to See the Best Pipers
2/29/2016

Four cadets from the West Point Pipes and Drums club travelled to Newark, NJ, where they had the opportunity to observe the best pipers in the world compete against one another. The cadets also had the opportunity to speak with Gordon Walker, Stuart Liddell, and Nick Hudson who were all competitors between sets and after the competition. Nick Hudson, in particular, gave the cadets his advice for teaching novice pipers in a University band setting. Aside from the competitors, the cadets were able to interact and build ties with members of bands and the Celtic community from the greater metropolitan area, as well as nearby states and Canada. Some of these bands will be seen again at the West Point Military Tattoo, but all of the connections will help integrate the club into the Hudson Valley piping and Celtic community.

Pistol Hosts MIT at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center
2/29/2016

The West Point Pistol team hosted MIT at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center for their final match of the regular season. West Point won the match with a three aggregate score of 2200 to MIT’s 2165. CDT Mark Lister had the team high score of 552 out of a possible 600; CDTs Travis Moody and Jeff Schanz shot a 551 and 549, respectively; CDT Anthony Veith shot a 548. West Point shot a 2027 in Free Pistol to MIT’s 1979. CDTs Schanz and Moody led the scoring with 527 and 523, respectively; CDT Mark Lister shot a 490, and CDT Jack Fagerland shot a 487. West Point’s team score in Standard Pistol was 2098 to MIT’s 2035. CDT Schanz shot a personal best of 554 to lead the scoring for Army; CDT Moody shot a 536; CDT Minhee Pak shot a 505; and CDT Veith shot a 503. The next match will be Nationals at Talladega, AL, and Ft. Benning, Ga, on 11-17 March.

Oertner Helps Guide Women’s Basketball Past Lehigh
2/29/2016

BETHLEHEM, PA - The Army West Point women's basketball team picked up its 15th straight win and matched a program record with 25 victories after defeating Lehigh, 69-49, on Saturday night at Stabler Arena. Army improves to 25-2 overall and 16-1 in the Patriot League, while Lehigh drops to 17-11 and 10-7. Senior Kelsey Minato scored a game-high 23 points and made five three-pointers to reach 87 triples for the season to pass her own team single-season record of 84 that she set last year. She also tallied seven assists and five steals.

Classmate Aimee Oertner, playing just 20 miles from her hometown of Slatington, PA, finished with 16 points, eight boards, five assists and three blocks. Sophomore Daizjah Morris and freshman Madison Hovren each added nine points off the bench, while Hovren also collected a career-high-tying seven rebounds. Senior Brianna Johnson totaled eight points on 3-of-6 shooting. Lexi Martins led Lehigh with an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double and Kerry Kinek also finished in double figures with 11 points. Read More

WP Band Playing for Children with Brain Injuries
2/26/2016

Recently the West Point Band was fortunate to be able to partner with The International Academy of Hope - NYC! What a wonderful project! It focuses on children with brain injuries. The goal is to identify injury, prevent injuries, treat known injuries, and cure injuries. Quite the worthy cause and music is the perfect tool. Story

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Feature Friday: The Plunkett Brothers
2/26/2016

Like many teams and organizations at West Point, the Army golf team is a brotherhood. When you are part of a passionate group with only nine athletes and a team that travels around the country for various events, you are bound to develop a special bond with those around you. On the Army golf team, the bond existed between biological brothers in Marcus Plunkett and Matt Plunkett long before their arrival at West Point. The two always knew that they would play alongside each other in college, but the where was the issue.

The uncertainty was short-lived however, as Brian Watts, the head coach of the Army golf team, expressed his interest during Marcus' senior year at a tournament down in their home state of Florida. "I first met Marcus and their father in Florida at a junior golf tournament," said Watts. "Marcus was part of the second recruiting class since I became the coach, so when I was on the road I was recruiting everyone unless they were committed to another school. He didn't play very well and I actually told him his game was going to have to improve if I was going to continue recruiting him. Read More

Johnston’s Late Goal Leads Women’s Lacrosse to Win
2/26/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Sophomore Amy Johnston scored the deciding goal with four seconds left to send the Army West Point women's lacrosse team to a dramatic 10-9 victory over LIU Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon at Michie Stadium. Johnston won a draw with 13 seconds remaining in the second half before finding the back of the net nine seconds later to give Army its second straight win and improve the Black Knights to 2-1. LIU Brooklyn slips to 0-2 after the defeat. Click here to watch the video.

"We were really fortunate the ball was in Amy's hands," said head coach Kristen Waagbo. "She made a great decision to push it down the field herself and finish on the shot." Johnston tallied three goals and a game-high four assists, while also leading all players with eight draw controls. Sophomore Rachel Hornick netted four goals and freshman Manuela Cortes scored twice and added three ground balls. Read More

McCravey Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award
2/25/2016

OVERLAND PARK, KS - Senior infielder Kasey McCravey was chosen as one of 30 candidates named for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. McCravey, the second-year captain, leads the Army softball team as the lone senior in 2016. She was named the Patriot League's Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 for the second-straight season and notched her second NFCA All-Region First-Team accolade. She was also an All-Patriot League selection for the third time in her career last spring. Read More

Seniors Shine in Win Over Boston University
2/25/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point women's basketball team earned its 14th straight win with a 72-38 victory over Boston University during Senior Night on Wednesday evening at Christl Arena. Army extends its program record winning streak and improves to 24-2 overall and 15-1 in the Patriot League. The Black Knights' 15 league wins are the most in program history. Boston University slips to 3-24 and 3-13 after the setback. Senior Kelsey Minato finished the night with a game-high 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting and 6-of-10 three-point shooting, while adding seven rebounds and three assists. Click here to watch the video.

Classmate Aimee Oertner finished in double figures for the seventh straight game, with 14 points to go along with seven boards, six blocks and three assists. Senior Jean Parker tallied nine points, making, 3-of-5 from deep, and sophomore Janae McNeal registered seven points to lead an Army bench that outscored its counterpart, 15-8. Senior Brianna Johnson totaled career highs of nine rebounds and six assists. Minato, who became the first active player in team history to have her jersey retired following the game, raised her career scoring total to 2,422 points and moves within 41 points of passing 2003 Bucknell graduate Molly Creamer's Patriot League record of 2,462. Read More

Szekely, McCredie Headline All-Patriot League Honors
2/25/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - After a second-place finish at the Patriot League Championships last weekend, the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team had seven Black Knights earn All-Patriot League recognition announced by the league Wednesday. Chris Szekely and Brandon McCredie garnered first team accolades, and Josh Sembrano, Tom Ottman, Sean Regan, Matt McPheters and Jason Rodriguez were named to the second team.

"We are very proud of our athletes who earned a spot on the All-League team," said head coach Mickey Wender. "This is especially rewarding since Chris and Brandon were event winners at the meet. Chris capped off a great college career and we are excited to see him swim at Olympic trials. He taught Brandon a lot as one of his training partners and we are eager to see where Brandon's career will go." Szekely and McCredie both led Army in individual points earned at the championship meet with 40. Read More

Men’s Basketball Wins Fifth Straight Game
2/24/2016

BOSTON, MA - Senior Kevin Ferguson's seventh consecutive double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds led the Army West Point men's basketball team to an 80-71 victory over Boston University on Tuesday evening at Case Gym. Army won its fifth game in a row and secured its program-record 11th road victory of the 2015-16 season. The Black Knights improved to 18-11 overall, including a 9-8 mark in Patriot League play, and will finish the regular season in the top six of the Patriot League standings. Senior Tanner Plomb also recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while classmate Kyle Wilson scored 15 and sophomore Luke Morrison added 11 points in the win. Senior point guard Dylan Cox had eight points, eight rebounds and five assists in the triumph. Read More

Mortell Garners Second AAA Athlete of the Week Nod
2/23/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Army West Point women's distance swimmer Sabrina Mortell has earned AAA Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this season after a stellar performance at the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships last week. The sophomore shares the honor with men's basketball's Kevin Ferguson. The Mechanicsburg, PA, native broke two individual Academy records and was part of one relay Academy record. Mortell was Army's top competitor and earned the most points for the Black Knights with 40. Click here to watch the video.

Mortell was the only cadet to win an event at the league meet. She won the 1650 free when she touched the wall in 16:36.22 to set a new Academy standard. In the 500 free, Mortell placed third and clocked an Academy record time of 4:49.45. The sophomore was a part of the 800 free relay team alongside Shannon Rogers, Monica Sowinski and Jess Burkett that recorded a time of 7:24.78 to capture the Academy record. Read More

Triathlon Place First Overall at Triathlon Conference
2/23/2016

The Army West Point Triathlon Team competed in the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference swim meet at Bentley University over the weekend. Both the men and women teams placed first overall. Cadet Madison Jones came in first place in both the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley. Cadets Taylor RodenHuis and Meghan Jarrell won the 100-yard freestyle for their respective genders and placed in the top three for each event they participated in while Cadet Anna DeVries took the 50 yard freestyle with a comfortable margin of victory. Army also took the top three places in the 200 yard medley relay and the top two places in each of the non-standard kicking and “Tarzan” style relay events. Story

Polhamus Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week
2/23/2016

Army West Point women's lacrosse freshman Nikki Polhamus was selected as Patriot League Rookie of the Week, the league announced February 22. The honor marks the first of Polhamus' collegiate career. Polhamus scored five goals and finished with six points during Army's 8-7 victory over Central Connecticut State on Feb. 20. The win was the program's first at the varsity level.

A native of Granger, Ind., Polhamus converted all three of her free-position shots to help the Black Knights command a 7-2 advantage at halftime before closing out the one-goal victory. She also assisted on a marker from junior Erin Jollota late in the opening half. Polhamus leads Army with seven goals and eight points this season, while her four goals off free-position shots are also a team high. Read More

Ferguson Collects Player of the Week Honors
2/23/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Army West Point men's basketball senior center Kevin Ferguson has been honored with a number of awards after leading the Black Knights to wins over Navy and Holy Cross this past week. Ferguson claimed the Patriot League Men's Basketball Player of the Week award, the Army Athletic Association Co-Athlete of the Week award and was named the American Sports Network men's basketball player of the week.

Ferguson started the week with a career-high 25 points on a 12-of-16 shooting performance and pulled down 13 rebounds in a 72-68 victory against Holy Cross on Wednesday, before totaling 22 points and a career-best 19 rebounds in an 80-78 double-overtime victory at Navy. One of Ferguson's seven offensive boards came before he scored on a putback with 0.7 seconds left to lift the Black Knights to the win. For the week, Ferguson made 20-of-30 shots (66.7%) and averaged 23.5 points and 16.0 rebounds per contest. Ferguson has 14 double-doubles and 18 double-digit rebounding games in his career, and also has four straight and eight-career outings of 20 points or more. He now has six double-doubles in a row as Army has gone 5-1 since he returned to the starting lineup on February 3 at Lafayette. Read More

Softball Extends Winning Streak, Tops Utah Valley
2/22/2016

CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - Fueled by its wins over Arkansas and Loyola Marymount, the Army West Point softball team recorded its third straight victory at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. The Black Knights defeated Utah Valley 10-6 to close out the weekend with a 3-1 record at the tournament. Utah Valley (2-6) jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first inning over the Black Knights (4-6). The Wolverines had four runs on three hits at the top of the first to take a 4-0 lead. Then in the home half of the inning, Army was able to gain runs off an RBI single from Caroline Smith and when Kristen McPeek advanced on a throwing error.

The Black Knights denied the Wolverines from scoring in the next two innings. Alee Rashenskas scored for Army scored at the bottom of the third when Gladys Esparza-Gallegos had a one-run RBI to make the score 4-3 in favor of Utah Valley. At the top of the fourth, the Wolverines extended their lead to 6-3 over the Cadets with two sacrifice hits. The Black Knights were able to score two of their own in the home half of the inning to keep the game within one at 6-5. Read More

Men's Lacrosse Cruises Past VMI
2/22/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army men's lacrosse team scored the first 10 goals of the game against VMI and cruised to a 22-3 win on Sunday afternoon at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights (2-1) were led by Connor Cook, Cole Johnson and Nate Jones. The attack trio had four goals each, while Johnson topped all scorers with five points. Overall, Army had 13 different goal scorers. Nick Santorelli and Matthew Donovan tied for the team lead with three assists. Click here to watch the video.

AJ Barretto got the start and made nine saves in the first half. All the goalies saw time in the game as Matt Isnardi made three saves, Matt Koziol contributed one stop and Jackson Tamasitis pushed aside two shots. Paul Newbold also got in for the Black Knights. VMI (0-2) got goals from Cody Sheetz, Dan Bull and Dale Mattice. Joe Riccadonna earned the start and made 12 saves in three quarters, while Logan Moore stopped three shots in one quarter of action. Army opened the game with 10-straight goals. Read More

Men’s Basketball Takes 2OT Thriller From Navy
2/22/2016

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Kyle Wilson's three-pointer at the end of regulation sent the game to overtime and Kevin Ferguson's putback with 0.7 seconds left in the second overtime gave the Army West Point Men's Basketball team an 80-78 victory over Navy on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Hall. Army won its fourth straight game and improved to 17-11 on the year, including an 8-8 mark in Patriot League play, while Navy dropped to 18-11 and 9-7 in the conference.

Kevin Ferguson registered his sixth consecutive double-double with 22 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to lead the Black Knights. Tanner Plomb scored a game-high 24 and Wilson scored 11 in the win. Dylan Cox handed out a game-high eight assists. Trailing by 13 with 8:36 to play, Army used an 11-2 run to cut the Navy lead to 49-45. Plomb buried a deep three to pull the Black Knights within 10 points and sparked the run that made it a four-point game with five minutes to go. Jordan Fox scored five points and Plomb capped the run with his fourth three. Read More

Women’s Basketball Holds Off Navy, Sweeps Series
2/22/2016

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Army West Point women's basketball team won its program record 13th straight game with a 49-34 win over Navy at Alumni Hall on Saturday afternoon. Senior Aimee Oertner's double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds along with a career-high seven blocks helped the Black Knights improve to 23-2 on the season and 14-1 in Patriot League play. Classmate Kelsey Minato scored 13 and sophomore Destinee Morris added 11 in the victory.

Senior Jean Parker matched her career high with 10 rebounds and scored four points. Christina Potts led the way for Navy, scoring 10 points and adding six boards, as the Midshipmen drop to 14-12 and 8-7. Peri Curtis tallied seven points and seven rebounds, while Danielle Poblarp added six points. The Black Knights netted five in a row to begin the second quarter and went on to outscore the Midshipmen, 17-3, by the 1:42 mark of the frame. Oertner added six points during the run, while Minato tallied five points, as the visitors led 29-15. Read More

Baseball Walks Off For First Win
2/22/2016

CARY, NC - The Army West Point baseball team earned its first win of the 2016 season with a 6-5 walkoff victory against Monmouth on Sunday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Center. Tied at 5 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning after Monmouth (1-3) tied the game on a two-out base hit by Robbie Allesandrine, Army (1-3) was able to push across the winning run on an error with two outs in the inning.

Justin Reece started the ninth with a single up the middle, but was retired on a fielder's choice with Josh White at the plate. White stole second off Monmouth lefty Kyle Ajjan, who walked Kris Lindner with first base unoccupied. White and Linder successfully executed a double steal with David Monge at the plate, but Monge struck out for the second out of the inning. Brandon Lee was up next and his ground ball to second base was misplayed as White scampered home as the deciding run. Read More

Women's Lacrosse Makes History
2/22/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Rookie Nikki Polhamus tallied five goals and six points to lead the Army women's lacrosse team to its first win in program history with an 8-7 victory over Central Connecticut. Army (1-1) also got a great game from Amy Johnston, who finished with two goals and an assist for three points. Erin Jollota also earned a spot on the scoresheet with her first career goal. Click here to watch the video.

Kayla Rowley had a stellar game in the crease with eight saves, including four in the second half, when the Blue Devils made a late charge to try and even the game up. Central Connecticut (0-1) saw Madison Hughes lead the way with three goals and two assists for five points. Two of her goals came in the second half when the Blue Devils outscored the Black Knights 5-1. Kylie Sullivan chipped in with two points on a goal and an assist. Jackie Branthover earned the start and went just over 40 minutes until Diana Lenares came in for the final 19:31. Branthover had one save in the loss. Read More

Men's Swim & Dive Finishes Second at Championships
2/22/2016

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Army West Point men's swimming and diving team clocked seven new records during the final day of the Patriot League Championships Saturday to finish second overall with 650 points. The men's and women's teams combined for 33 total records broken at the conference meet with the men tallying 10 Academy and seven plebe records. "It was a solid day for the men's team," said head coach Mickey Wender, "It was the most competitive I have seen the team against Navy in the past 10 years. They were focused and consistent, I am really proud of the entire team." Freshman Brandon McCredie was named the Rookie of the Meet after winning the 50 free and being a part of two Academy records and two plebe records for the Black Knights.

"Brandon has had a tremendous freshman year," Wender said. "He has impressed me with his work ethic and desire to get better. Brandon is very coachable and soaks in every bit of knowledge he can. He is going to have a great future. His win in 50 free is only beginning of what he is capable of." Chris Szkekely stood atop the podium for his first-place finish in the 100 free today. He clocked an NCAA B-Cut time of 43.96 in the prelims and won the finals with a time of 44.02. Brandon McCredie finished in 44.91 to place fifth. Evin Rude won the consolation final with a time of 45.37. Read More

Cadet Ryan 2016 Flipper Award Recipient
2/19/2016

"I have had difficulty stuttering all my life, and I have been afraid people would think I was dumb because of it. I am naturally a very competitive person, and have worked incredibly hard in school so they never had that chance. It is difficult for me to not always be able to talk at my own pace or say what I need to say. For example, I am very bad at “B” sounds, but of course my name starts with a “B.” That made me very stressed out on the first day of school or meeting new people and having to introduce myself. A lot of people who stutter can avoid public speaking, but I always told myself not to let it stop me from doing what I wanted to do. Even when choosing a college, I knew this was probably the worst place to go for a stutterer, because as an officer you speak a lot. However, this was definitely the best school I could get into and it would be crazy not to go. Am I still nervous? Yes, but I know the importance of confidence, and that hard work and studying pay off."

Cadet Bridget Ryan is the 2016 recipient of the Henry O. Flipper award, annually given to a graduating cadet who demonstrates the highest qualities of leadership, self-discipline, and perseverance in the face of unusual difficulties. Story

Feature Friday: New Beginnings
2/19/2016

With a history that dates back to 1802, there aren't many "firsts" that occur at the United States Military Academy anymore. However, on February 12, 2016, Army experienced another first when women's lacrosse held its inaugural game as an NCAA Division I program at Michie Stadium. Click here to watch the video. We take a look at the start of the women's lacrosse program at West Point and how coaches and players helped prepare the team for its first varsity season. Read More

USMA Brigade Boxing Open 2016
2/19/2016

USMA Brigade Boxing Open 2016Come see the Corps of Cadets square off in the boxing ring!

The winners will be crowned Brigade Champions and most will go on to represent USMA in the Regional and National Championships!

Eisenhower Hall – February 26th 7:30 PM. Free Admission.

Minato Selected as Senior CLASS Award Finalist
2/19/2016

OVERLAND PARK, KS - Senior captain Kelsey Minato was chosen as one of 10 finalists for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award in women's collegiate basketball on Thursday. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Minato has played in and started all 119 games since arriving at West Point.

She is a three-time All-Patriot League first-team selection and has twice collected Patriot League Player of the Year honors. Last season, she received All-America honorable mention praise by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. This year, she paces the conference with 23.6 points per game and ranks sixth nationally in scoring. Minato is Army's career scoring leader, including men's and women's players, with 2,379 points and stands second Patriot League history in scoring. She is currently 84 points shy of passing 2003 Bucknell graduate Moly Creamer's Patriot League record of 2,462 points. Full Story »

Swim & Dive Day 2 Patriot League Championships Recap
2/19/2016

ANNAPOLIS, MD - After the first full day of the Patriot League Championships, the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team moved up to second in the rankings with 208 points. The Black Knights recorded an Academy and two plebe records on the night. Brandon McCredie won both the preliminaries and finals in the 50 free. The freshman recorded a first-place plebe record time of 20.10 in the morning session, and a first-place time of 20.13 in the evening session. Chris Szekely was eighth after clocking a 20.50, and Nick Treiberg (20.85) and Austin Kong (21.12) finished 14th and 16th. Tom Ottman was Army's top finisher in the 500 free. He placed sixth with a time of 4:25.57. During the preliminaries, the freshman set a new plebe standard with a time of 4:25.96. Evin Rude was ninth with a time of 4:29.38, while Clay Harmon (4:33.13) was 13th. The Black Knights closed-out the evening session with a second-place finish in the 400 medley relay. Josh Sembrano, Joseph Daniels, Kong and Szekely teamed up to touch the wall in 3:15.56

The Army West Point women's swimming and diving team completed the first full day of competition at the Patriot League Championships Thursday. The Black Knights rank third with 167 points after three Academy were set along with a plebe record. The finals session began with the 500 free in which Sabrina Mortell captured an Academy record. She placed third with a time of 4:49.59 to top her career-best time of 4:52.03 which was the previous standard. In the 200 IM, Sidney Evans finished 10th, and during the preliminaries she recorded an Academy and plebe record time of 2:04.74. She was followed by Jess Burkett who clocked a time of 2:04.74. "I am also proud of all of those who set records for us today," said Wender. "Jay Yang and Sidney Evans were two plebes who did a tremendous job in the 200 IM. Kelly Hamilton is racing particularly hard even though she is fighting some ailments alongside Chris Szekely who has overcome a significant injury." Molly Mucciarone was the Black Knights' top finisher in the 50 free with a time of 23.03. The senior recorded an NCAA B-Cut time of 22.92 in the preliminary round earlier in the day.

Army will be back in action Friday through Saturday for the rest of the Patriot League Championships.

BS&L Attends USNA Leadership Conference
2/18/2016

Behavioral Sciences and Leadership (BS&L) attended the United States Naval Academy Leadership Conference. The intent of this trip was to enhance fellowship amongst Military and Civilian Leaders and share leadership philosophies developed at USMA amongst connected leaders. Members representing USMA experienced five Keynote speaker and three leadership panel covering topic such as (leading across generations, leading across cultures and leading across enterprise). A few highlights from Keynote Speakers were; Chris Inglis, former deputy director of the National Security Agency (NSA), ADM James Stavridis, USN (ret), 12th Dean of the Fletcher School of LAW and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Lieutenant General John F. Sattler, USMC (ret), Distinguished Leadership Chair of the Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership.

BS&L Class of 1983 Distinguished Lecture Series
2/18/2016

BS&L’s Class of 1983 Distinguished Lecture Series hosts GEN(R) Wes Clark and MG(R) Yom Tov Samia. The Behavioral Science and Leadership Department hosted GEN(R) Wes Clark and MG(R) Yom Tov Samia as part of the departments Class of 1983 Distinguished Lecture Series. During the visit, GEN Clark and MG Samia engaged with Cadets during PL300, toured Jefferson Hall, dined with Cadets in Washington Hall, and engaged in a focused leadership discussion. During the leadership discussion, GEN Clark and MG Samia shared reflections of their combined 60 years of military service across varied continents and periods of time. Three themes emerged from the conversation: 1) Necessity of preparation 2) Responsibility to develop Soldiers and 3) Service as a great opportunity. The Class of 1983 DLS exists to provide an opportunity for Cadets to advance the study and practice of leadership at the Academy through meaningful engagement with influential leaders from all sectors.

Intro Sociology Visit Centers around Rationality in Modernity
2/18/2016

Introductory Sociology Visit Centers around Rationality in Modernity - aka Visits McDonald's. The PL371: Introductory Sociology class spent Lesson 12 at McDonald's in Highland Falls learning about George Ritzer's notions of the McDonaldization of Society. McDonaldization is couched in theorist Max Weber's ideas of the iron cage of rationality. The cadets used McDonald's as a laboratory where they identified the four elements of McDonaldization: efficiency, control, calculability, and predictability where a significant amount of each leads to the irrationality of rationality.

Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series Begins
2/18/2016

The mechanical engineering division opened its seminar series for its 103 first-class cadets enrolled in ME400. Mr. Roland Trope provided an insightful discussion on engineering ethics using the recent Volkswagen diesel engine scandal as his case study. A few days later, COL Steve Braddom returned to the department and gave a lecture on U.S. Army aviation acquisition processes as well as an overview of life as an experimental pilot.

ACM Explores the Dark Web with Cadets
2/18/2016

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. ACM Special Interest Group for Security, Auditing and Control (SIGSAC) Hosts ROTC Programs for Presentation by ACI’s CPT Rhoades on Dark Web Research. The cadet SIGSAC club recently hosted their monthly guest speaker, CPT Blake Rhoades from the ACI’s Threat Analysis Cell. In his talk, he highlighted the many differences between the Internet we see every day, the deep web consisting of sites not readily searchable or protected by passwords, and then finally, the Dark Web. The Dark Web discussion tied into recent breaches, such as OPM, and how fast the information from that compromise becomes available for purchase. Additionally, he explored the basic content found on the Dark Web and why it is such a popular location for criminal organizations. He explained methods of access, how it becomes hard to track users through de-anonymizing apps, and most importantly, how enemies, such as ISIS are using this realm to further their operations.

Athletic Director's Update
2/18/2016

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Army West Point Athletic Director's Update with Boo Corrigan Director of Athletics

Five Rifle Cadets Qualify for Junior Olympics
2/18/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Five members of the Army West Point rifle team have qualified for the USA Shooting Junior Olympics and U.S. Development Team tryouts. Rick Arnold, Nathan Brewer, Ethan Cook, Payne Nunn, and Andrew Solomonides each qualified for the first round of air rifle while Brewer qualified for the first round of smallbore. The Cadets are competing as at-large competitors because of being unavailable to compete in their home states sanctioned matches. The cut-off score for men's smallbore is 566 while the cut-off for men's air rifle is 555.

Arnold was a two-time Indiana Junior Olympic State champion (2014 and 2015). He has shot 578-or-better in air rifle on four occasions this season. Brewer has been a mainstay in the Black Knights line-up. The freshman leads the team with a 575.9 smallbore average and is second on the team in aggregate average at 1157.9. His 586 smallbore score at the President's Trophy Match earned him medalist honors at the event and is tied for the highest smallbore score for Army this season. Cook is the only sophomore in the group. Cook owns a career-high 580 in air rifle which came as a freshman. Read More

McCravey Named Player of the Week
2/18/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Senior infielder Kasey McCravey was named the Patriot League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness after the team participated in the Seahawk Softball Bash in Wilmington, N.C. "Kasey earns any special recognition she gets," said head coach Michelle DePolo. "Even if she or the team is having an off day she contributes in many different ways. She fought off a lot of pitches this weekend and got on base with singles a great deal."

The Scottsdale, AZ native led the team in hitting with a .389 average, going 7-for-18 on the weekend. McCravey tallied two runs for the Black Knights and had the team's second-best on base percentage at .421. Defensively, she recorded five putouts and had 13 assists. The Cadets are 1-4 on the season and are back in action Thursday, Feb. 18, when the team faces UC Riverside in California. Army will then participate in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Friday and Saturday. Read More

Phi Alpha Theta Biannual National Conference
2/18/2016

The Phi Alpha Theta Biannual National Conference took place in Orlando, Florida. For the first time, the United States Military Academy sent cadets to present at the conference. Cadets Erica MacSwan, Spenser Rapone, Zachary Affrin, and Michael Ross from the class of 2016, and Cadets Mary Liu and Rachel York from the class of 2018 were selected to present papers at this national conference. At each panel, the cadets were lauded not only for their expertise, but also for their presenting skills which stood out amongst the other students at the conference. Additionally, the Department of History’s own Professor Rasheed Hossein and Major Shauna Hann chaired panels at the conference. All turned in impressive performances, and Phi Alpha Theta recommended that the USMA chapter apply for recognition as Phi Alpha Theta’s chapter of the year due to its impact at the conference

Women’s Basketball Tops Holy Cross, Extends Streak
2/18/2016

WORCESTER, MA - The Army West Point women's basketball team collected its 12th consecutive win to match a program record with an 80-49 Patriot League victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday evening at the Hart Center. Army, which ties the 2006-07 squad for the longest winning streak in team history, improves to 22-2 overall and 13-1 in the Patriot League, while Holy Cross slips to 11-14 and 8-6. Senior Kelsey Minato paced four Black Knights in double figures, netting 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting, to include 4-of-5 from deep.

Minato also posted a career-high-tying nine assists and six rebounds. Sophomore Janae McNeal posted 17 points and a career-best five steals, while senior Aimee Oertner netted 12 points to finish in double digits for the fifth straight game and also added four blocks. Sophomore Destinee Morris established a career best with 11 points and dished out three assists, while freshman Madison Hovren contributed six points off the bench on 3-of-4 shooting. Katie Dougherty led Holy Cross with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Amy Hasenauer and Lisa Mifsud each tallied eight points. Read More

Ferguson Sends Men’s Basketball Past Holy Cross
2/18/2016

WEST POINT, NY - A career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds by Kevin Ferguson lifted the Army West Point men's basketball team to its third straight win and a 72-68 triumph over Holy Cross on Wednesday evening at Christl Arena. The win improved Army to 16-11 on the season, including a 7-8 mark in Patriot League play, and clinched a winning regular season for the program. Click here to watch the video.

Kyle Wilson scored 19 points on the strength of five three-pointers and Dylan Cox put in 10 points to go along with five assists. Jordan Fox also added five assists for the Black Knights in a 49.1 percent shooting performance (28-of-57). Army out-rebounded Holy Cross (10-16, 5-10 Patriot League) 39-28 in the contest as Ferguson recorded his fifth consecutive double-double. Malachi Alexander and Cullen Hamilton each scored 17 points for the Crusaders, while Anthony Thompson added nine. Read More

Swim & Dive Day 1 Patriot League Championships Recap
2/18/2016

ANNAPOLIS, MD - With one session of the Patriot League Championships complete, the Army West Point women's swimming and diving team ranks tied for second with 64 points alongside Boston University. Army kicked-off the championships with an Academy record in the 200 medley relay. Kelly Hamilton, Jess Fabrizio, Molly Mucciarone and Bailey Smith were second with a time of 1:42.10, just two hundredths off of the previous record. The Black Knights were fourth in the 800 free relay. Shannon Rogers, Monica Sowinski, Jess Burkett and Sabrina Mortell touched the wall in 7:24.78 to set a new Academy record, besting the previous standard by four seconds.

The Army West Point men's swimming and diving team ranks tied for fourth with 79 points alongside Loyola. Army was second in the 200 medley relay when Josh Sembrano, Joseph Daniels, Austin Kong and Brandon McCredie touched the wall in 1:28.99. The Black Knights placed third in the 800 free relay. Evin Rude, Devin McCall, Jay Yang and Chris Szekely recorded an Academy record time of 6:33.27, over three seconds better than the previous standard. On the three-meter, Jake Davies and Edward Emery placed 10th and 11th, respectively. Davies earned a career-best 252.70 points in the final, while was 55.6 points higher than his previous best score. Emery notched a score of 249.75 which was also a career-high and 32.93 above his previous best score.

Army will be back in action Thursday through Saturday for the rest of the Patriot League Championships.

Mock Trial Progresses at the Regional Tournament
2/17/2016

The West Point mock trial team, an academic team sponsored by the Department of Law, traveled to Central Islip, New York for the Regional tournament. Mock trial forces students both to hone arguments based on evidence as well as perfect the techniques required to present evidence in a courtroom. The West Point team performed well competing against experienced squads from Columbia, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Queensboro with victories in multiple rounds.

USMA Library Special Collections & Archives
2/17/2016

USMA Library’s Special Collections and Archives Staff hosted an exhibit on the Mexican American War and the Punitive Expedition for the 185 Cadets enrolled in EN302S (Advanced Composition through Culture--Mexico). The exhibit contained archived letters, memoirs, and photographs from our military encounters with Mexico, to include hand-drawn maps from the Mexican American War, personal letters from Lieutenant Patton, first-hand accounts of West Point graduates as they pursued Pancho Villa, and several other artifacts. This display allowed cadets to witness the military tradition of wartime correspondence and journaling.

First Trivia Night of 2016 at the Firstie Club
2/17/2016

CPT Mark Bergman, CPT Ben Griffin, and Dr. Amanda Boczar led the first trivia night of 2016 last month in the Firstie Club. Cadet turnout was fantastic, with over 150 participants and 21 different teams. The result was a fierce competition ending in a three-way tie and a sudden-death overtime question based on the 1389 Battle of Kosovo. The losing teams are already studying for the next trivia night, tentatively scheduled for late February.

Army Alpine Ski Team Beats the Mids
2/17/2016

The Army Alpine Ski Team hosted the annual Army-Navy‬ Alpine Ski Race at Victor Constant Ski Slope on President’s Day. Each team competitor raced two runs of Giant Slalom (GS) and two runs of Slalom (SL) on the Rod Smith trail. For the second time time in three years the Cadets out-shredded the Mids. The top three men’s GS racers were Cadets Aryne Riley, Logan Trust and Gavin Felch 2019. The top Army‬ women’s GS and SL racer was Cadet Sophia Grohs. The top Army men’s SL racers were Cadets Patrick Kearney, Aryne Riley and Gavin Felch. First year racers, Cadets Blaise Paulo, Will Mueser and Jack Young made great progress throughout the year and highlighted their new-found skills by ripping fast and smooth runs against their Navy opponents. Both teams qualified in their respective conferences for Regionals and anticipate shredding against each other once again at Seven Springs Ski Resort, PA this coming weekend.

Photo courtesy of LTC Kasker/ USMA Public Affairs

CLS Cadets Collect Soil & Water from USMA Ranges
2/17/2016

Class of 2016 chemistry majors from CH487, Advanced Chemistry Laboratory, under supervision, collected soil and water samples from several USMA Firing Ranges. The cadets will analyze the samples they collected for inorganic (metal) content and residual organic materials (energetic material decomposition products) as one of their projects in CH487. Samples of soil were collected from Ranges 5, 11, 11B, and 12 and water samples were collected from the creek running through Range 11 and the intersection of Zint’s Brook and Popolopen Creek. Zint’s Brook will contain run-off materials from the Impact Area and feeds into Popolopen Creek. The collection was conducted in support of and coordinated with the USMA Range Control Office and the results will be reported to USMA Range Control personnel and USMA Environmental Office personnel. CH487 is the chemistry program capstone course in which the cadets design and conduct their own experiments in order to answer a specific question posed by the course director, other faculty, or outside agencies.

Dept of English & Philosophy: Works In Progress Colloquium
2/17/2016

The Department of English and Philosophy hosted its fifth Works in Progress Colloquium in the Cullum Hall Memorial Room. Dr. Cassandra Nelson led the discussion with her piece, “Possessed of a Selfness, a Teeming Soul: Terrorism, Technology, and Transcendence in Don DeLillo’s Mao II.” In it, she considered the way in which technology, belief, and identity are closely linked in Don DeLillo’s fiction, particularly in relation to the creation of material text versus Mass Media. The presentation sparked an extended discussion about what DeLillo refers to as a “zero-sum game” in which, “what terrorists gain, novelists lose.

Cyber Center of Excellence Deputy G6 & CKO Visit USMA
2/17/2016

The Deputy G6 and CKO (Chief Knowledge Officer, Mr. Quinzel Chestnut) of the Cyber Center of Excellence, Fort Gordon GA, conducted a site visit to USMA. The day of meetings and information exchange included discussions with Director NEC, Mr Scullion, USMA Chief Information Officer (LTC Teague) and his Deputy of IETD (Don Cantwell), COL Kobylski (D/Math representing current USMA KM efforts), ACI (Dep Dir, Dr. Maymi, Researcher MAJ Bundt, IT Lead Mr. Dean). Mr. Chestnut was most interested in establishing lines of communication between CCoE and USMA's ACI and CRC at the institutional support level (how CRC and ACI interact with NEC and higher to support education and training) and potentially sharing lessons learned between the organizations.

Mr. Chestnut provided information to the ACI and NEC that contributes to the hand-off process ACI is already pursuing with DIA about the SCIF in Taylor Hall. Mr Chestnut demonstrated to Mr. Scullion, LTC Teague, and Mr. Cantwell the newest set of free-to-USMA and provided-by-NETCOM electronic staff routing capability called http://www.netcom.army.mil/Projects/GEARS.aspx. He also demonstrated it to COL Kobylski, who had been previously unaware of NETCOM's efforts and availability of the capability. CRC and ACI shared valuable insights in ways to improve regulations and other controlling documents to account for the education-based requirements of the technology centric commands (e.g., educational robots and micro controllers on networks, offensive cyber operations classes and infrastructures purely in the unclass realm). Mr. Chestnut will be taking those insights back to CCoE as well as to other forums where there may be lessons learned USMA can absorb. This trip was worthwhile for CCOE, CRC, and ACI, with ancillary but deliberate discussions about Knowledge Management at the institutional level.

Cadets Attend the 56th Quadrille Ball
2/17/2016

DFL faculty (German Section) and members of the USMA Color Guard attended the 56th Quadrille Ball in New York City (Manhattan) at the Pierre Hotel. The Quadrille Ball is a White Tie Benefit Ball to support the Germanistic Society of America's Scholarship Fund for the Exchange of American and German Students. Faculty of the USMA German Section (DFL) have been honored guests for many years and continue to strengthen ties between DFL and the Germanistic Society of America in New York City.

Gahagen Named Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week
2/17/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Junior goaltender Parker Gahagen was named the Travel Team USA Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week after a 1-1 weekend at Robert Morris. Gahagen continued his strong play for Army West Point, leading the Black Knights to a weekend split against conference-leading Robert Morris. He stopped a total of 82 shots while allowing just three goals in two games against the league's top scoring offense. Gahagen lowered his GAA to 2.29 and raised his save percentage to 0.930, ranking him top-five in the conference. He has not allowed more than two goals in nine of his last 10 starts between the pipes. He stopped 39 shots in Friday night's win over the Colonials and pushed aside a season high 43 shots on Saturday night. Read More

Cyber Cadets Leave Other Academies in the Dust
2/16/2016

Three years into a program for building cyber proficiency in service academy midshipmen and cadets, the annual CyberStakes competition has proven its worth as an important learning tool for these high-tech skills, a senior Defense Department official said. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched the competition as a pilot program in 2014, and this year transitioned its sponsorship to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, which expanded the program’s scope. DoD hosted the event Feb. 5-7 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh.

Each service academy sent its best students: 14 from the U.S. Air Force Academy, 14 from the U.S. Military Academy, 14 from the U.S. Naval Academy and 10 from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. A team of four active-duty members of a cyber protection brigade also participated for the first time. The U.S. Military Academy won 35 -- 15 gold, 12 silver and eight bronze medals. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy won 20 -- three gold, six silver and 11 bronze medals. The U.S. Air Force Academy won 19 -- two gold, seven silver and 10 bronze. The U.S. Naval Academy won 18 -- eight gold, seven silver and three bronze. The cyber protection team won four gold medals. Read More

Cadet Secret Facebook Page Project Takes 2nd Place
2/16/2016

Last fall, 16 West Point cadets signed up for an elective on counterterrorism and created a Facebook page to appeal to young Muslims thinking about joining the so-called Islamic State. The cadets aimed to persuade those tempted by the terrorist cause to see “jihad” as a struggle, but not the violent one that groups such as the Islamic State promote. For their project to succeed, the cadets knew, they would have to learn more about the faith and build a social media platform that reserved judgment even on those who expressed admiration for committed terrorists.

And there was no way they could let on that West Point cadets had engineered the page and its related Twitter feed, YouTube channel and website. “If individuals went (to) the website and knew 16 cadets from the U.S. Military Academy were behind it, I think it would lose a lot of its credibility,” said Lt. Col. Bryan Price, the cadets’ professor. On Tuesday (Feb. 2), the West Point project took second place in an international contest for college students on combating terrorism online sponsored by the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, Facebook and EdVenture Partners, a business that connects industry to colleges. Read More

Water Polo Competes in Rochester, NY
2/16/2016

Water Polo Competes in Rochester, NYThe Army West Point Water Polo team competed in the Webster Aquatics Centre Winter Games in Rochester, NY. This was the team’s first tournament of the second semester, and was the first opportunity that many players had to compete together. The team’s goals going into the tournament were to gain experience by playing against competitive masters teams while allowing the whole team a chance at play; this is in line with the overall goal of team development in the spring season. The team began the tournament with a tough match up against Kitchner Waterloo, a Canadian Masters team on Saturday morning. After gaining a lead the first half, thanks to the strong work of CDTs Shelby Lee, Leonid Milman, and Jeff Stark; the team fell behind in the second half and eventually suffered an 8-10 loss. In the second game, after an hour break, the Army team faced off against the Hamilton Masters team. Despite the efforts of CDT Lee as attacker and CDT Thomas Matty in whole set, the team suffered another disappointing loss. After taking a break for lunch and recalibrating, the team returned to the competition for their third game of the day against Rochester Men. After a strong start by the usual starting players, the Army team was able to let them take a break, and the rest of the team was able to get some playtime. CDT Patrick Cowley led the team from whole set; CDT Halle Kotchman continued her perfect 5-meter goal ratio for an easy win. In their last match-up of the day, the team faced off against a small squad from the University of Rochester. Once again, the whole team was able to contribute to the blowout victory, and everyone gained valuable game experience.

Women’s Boxing at the Penn State Invitational
2/16/2016

Women’s Boxing at the Penn State InvitationalTwelve members of the Army West Point Women’s Boxing Team travelled to Penn State University in State College, PA, for the Penn State University Invitational. The overall goal of the trip was to compete against female boxers from Penn State, Lock Haven University, and Shippensburg University with four scheduled female bouts as part of 25 bouts for the entire event. There were two sessions of fights, and each bout was in the novice level. The Army West Point Women’s Boxing team had one win by CDT Briana Dorsey ’19.

Men’s Boxing at the Penn State Invitational
2/16/2016

Men’s Boxing at the Penn State InvitationalTen members of the Army West Point Men’s Boxing Team travelled to Penn State University in State College, PA, for the Penn State University Invitational. There, the Army Boxers went 2-4 at Penn State’s home show. CDT Benny Ogando won by TKO, and CDT Nate Okyere-Bour won his bout as well.

Men’s Volleyball Home Tournament
2/16/2016

Men’s Volleyball Home TournamentThe Army West Point Men’s Volleyball team hosted a tournament at home. After falling in the first match 2-1 to Rochester Technology Institute, Army proceeded to win the next five matches to finish the day 5-1. Army finished the weekend seeded in first place in the division moving forward into the playoffs.

Bowling Tournament in Manalapan, NJ
2/16/2016

Bowling Tournament in Manalapan, NJThe Army West Point Bowling team had its own Super Bowling tournament at Knob Hill County Lanes in Manalapan, NJ. Led by CDT Allison Setter, the USMA Women’s team won the women’s division for this Eastern Intercollegiate Bowling Conference Tournament. CDT Braetana Roy provided a team high of 864 points. CDTS Mariah Foster, Paige Vallejos, and Elizabeth Challenger all performed well to secure a win for the team. The men’s team came in sixth overall. CDT Louis Kappner finished 20th out of 50 bowlers with a team high score of 1081 points. The bowling team finished the season strong and look to improve their performance for next year.

Fencing Compete in a MAAC Conference Dual
2/16/2016

Fencing Compete in a MAAC Conference DualThe men on the Army West Point Fencing team travelled to Yeshiva University in New York, NY, to compete in a MAAC Conference dual where they emerged victoriously. They finished the day at 3-2 defeating Yeshiva by a score of 14-13, while also defeating conference rivals Swarthmore College (21-6) and College of NJ (16-11). The men were defeated by nationally ranked DIV I New Jersey Institute of Technology by a score of 7-20 and nationally ranked DIV II Stevens Institute of Technology 6-21. The Sabre Weapon Squad led the day and finished first place overall with a 4-1 record. CDT Blake Gordon continued his sweep of his opponents, racking up 12 wins and only 3 losses. CDT Aaron Mellstrom led the Epee Weapon Squad with a record of 10-5, while CDT Josh Qualls finished the competition at 9-4.

Nordic Skiing Participate in the Clarkson Nordic Races
2/16/2016

Nordic Skiing Participate in the Clarkson Nordic RacesThe Army West Point Nordic Skiing team participated in the Clarkson Carnival Nordic Races at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid, NY. The event, part of the ECSC (Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference) season, consisted of two days of Nordic racing. Saturday’s races were skate/freestyle 7.7K competitions, while on Sunday, the participants skied those same 7.7K in the classic Nordic style. CDT Joshua Bassette (Team Captain) secured the highest finishes for the team, completing the Saturday skate race in 23:13 and the Sunday classic race in 24:23; these finishes earned him 6th place in both races, in a field of over 50 skiers. For the West Point men, the next fastest skier was CDT Keith Basnett, who finished at position 40 in the skate race with a time of 30:30, and 41st in the classic race with a time of 50:59.

Closing out the men’s field on Saturday, at positions 51-54 respectively, CDT Spencer Read ’16 with a time of 35:37; CDT Erik Hegeman ’16 finished in 42:41; CDT Pete Zeidler ’16 finished in 50:59; and CDT Preston Bentley ’17 finished in at 1:03:55. On Sunday in the men’s classic race, positions were slightly scrambled: coming in at 45th, CDT Read clocked a time of 40:10; CDT Zeidler finished at position 46 with a time of 41:50; CDT Hegeman came in 47th at 43:58; and CDT Bentley finished in 48th with a time of 44:46. The Army West Point Nordic women faced a field of approximately 40 skiers, and turned in solid results. Saturday, in the skate race, CDT Mimi Mejia finished in 34th place with a race time of 39:02; CDT Emily Beecher finished her skate race in 40th place with a time of 45:48. On Sunday, skiing classic style, CDT Mejia finished with a time of 38:36, to place 21st; CDT Beecher came in at 33rd place with a race time of 45:34.

Alpine Skiing's Last Atlantic Highland League Race
2/16/2016

Alpine Skiing's Last Atlantic Highland League RaceThe Army Alpine Ski Team participated in their last Atlantic Highland’s Conference league race for the season at Hunter Mt, NY. Both the mens and women’s teams qualified for Regionals. This is extremely significant for the women’s team who have two of three racers (CDTs Paulo and Nelson) that are brand new to ski racing this year. The women and men compiled 4th place finishes this weekend in Slalom (SL). Individually for the women, CDT Sophia Grohs (‘19) finished a strong 8th in both races; CDT Blaise Paulo ’18 finished in 17th and 19th finishes while CDT Maddie Nelson finished 23rd of 32 racers. For the men, CDT Josh Ische ’16, in his last season, finished in 8th and 9th place; CDT Arnye Riley ’17 finished in 13th and 14th place; CDTs Will Mueser and Jack Young finished with a 23rd and 28th respectively of over 60 racers competing. Notable of this race, was the Alumni race with the Atlantic Highlands Conference hosts annually. Army had a great turnout of former members to include MG (Ret) Todd Ostheller ’80, Mike Anthony and Jack McDonald (both ’81), MAJ (Ret) Bob Ryan ’82, Peter Thimm ’83, COL (Ret) William Sternhagen ’84, and John Gilmore ’10. The Army Alumni ran away with the team title; John Gilmore placed 3rd, Jack McDonald placed 5th, Mike Anthony placed 6th, and Pete Thimm placed 7th.

Skeet and Trap Inter-Club Shoot Against Pahquioque Gun Club
2/16/2016

The West Point Skeet and Trap team travelled to Danbury, CT, to participate in an inter-club shoot against members of the Pahquioque Gun Club. The single day shoot consisted of 50 rounds: 16 yard single American trap, 25 rounds of doubles, and finally, 25 rounds of 24-yard handicap “wipe your eye” trap. At the end of the shoot, the top five scores on each team would be combined for the team's final score. The cadets demonstrated some excellent shooting including the top five shooters CDT Alejandro Alderete (106); CDT Paul Minn (104); CDT Chase Miller (102); CDT Josh Murphy (100); and CDT Mitch Koellner (96). While West Point shot well and posted a final target score of 508, they were ultimately defeated by the hometown Pahquioque members with a score of 530. The hospitality and comradery by the members of one of the oldest shooting clubs in the country made for a great shoot. The cadets will be preparing for a rematch when Pahquioque visits West Point in the fall.

Ski Patrol Conduct Sled and Toboggan Training
2/16/2016

Twenty-one cadets from the West Ski Patrol club travelled to Labrador Mountain In Truxton, NY, to conduct candidate sled and toboggan training. This marks more than two decades of continued relations between the West Point Ski Patrol and the Labrador Mountain ski patrol. One of the Labrador’s ski patrollers, Eric Brauer, was greatly influential in arranging a large amount of lift tickets to facilitate in the training. Training included improving upon skiing skills as well as sharpening toboggan skills. The candidates skied with Ski Patrol Instructors from Labrador Mountain and they were vital to the development of the candidates. Though the snow was not the greatest and there were minimal runs open due to a dry winter, the cadets made with what they had and had a great weekend of training.

Scoutmasters Council Team Building and Snowmobiling
2/16/2016

Scoutmasters Council Team Building and SnowmobilingThe West Point Scoutmasters’ Council travelled to Gorham, NH, for a team-building event and a day of snowmobiling. A total of twenty-six cadets took part in a challenging 100 mile long snowmobile trek through the mountains of New Hampshire.

Pistol Hosts the Annual Army-Navy Pistol Match
2/16/2016