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Army Lands 16 on Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team
6/24/2016

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

Women’s Lacrosse Lands 15 on Academic Honor Roll
6/24/2016

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

Fourteen Players Qualify for Academic Honor Roll
6/24/2016

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

Five Players Named to Academic Honor Roll
6/23/2016

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

Hoffman, Morrison Earn Spot on Academic Honor Roll
6/23/2016

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

Three Golfers Named to League Academic Honor Roll
6/22/2016

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

DEP Cadets Visit the Royal Military Academy
6/22/2016

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

Cadets White & Moore Earn CLDT Distinctions
6/15/2016

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

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

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

BG Holland Joins Cadets in the CFT Runback
6/14/2016

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

Photo by: Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant

Breaking Ground for the New Malek Soccer Stadium at West Point
6/14/2016

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

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

Department of History Staff Ride Visit Krakow
6/10/2016

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

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

Physics and Nuclear Engineering College Tour
6/10/2016

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

Army West Point Athletics 2015-2016 Season Highlights
6/9/2016

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

Hepfer Receives Prestigious Foley Award
6/8/2016

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

Joint Service Academies Mass Atrocity Prevention Workshop
6/7/2016

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

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

Electronic Experimenters Club Make a 2-Liter Bottle Fly
6/7/2016

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

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

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

C&ME Operate, Lead and Win in a Complex World
6/7/2016

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

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

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

USMA Medical School Program Scholarships up 60%
6/6/2016

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

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

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

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

Men’s Rugby Wins CRC Bowl Championship
6/6/2016

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

Men’s Rugby Tops Navy in Final Match of Pool Play
6/6/2016

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

Men's Lacrosse Hands Out Team Honors
6/6/2016

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

Death of a USMA Cadet
6/4/2016

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

Cadets Visit St. Quentin Canal the Site of a Pivotal Battle
6/2/2016

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

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

Three Golfers Named GCAA PING All-Region
6/1/2016

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

West Point Historian Earns Army Award for Valor
5/31/2016

West Point Historian Earns Army Award for ValorSecretary of the Army, Eric Fanning, presented The Secretary of the Army Award for Valor to USMA Historian Sherman Fleek on May 25 at the Pentagon. To be eligible for the award, the nominee must have distinguished themselves by exhibiting great courage or sacrifice involving heroism or bravery. Sherman Fleek did just that. While on leave in California in May of 2015, Fleek and a friend visited an I-HOP on a Sunday afternoon. As they waited for a table, Fleek heard screams from the next room and saw women running from their chairs. As he looked at the cashier counter, he witnessed a man holding a gun to the cashier, calling out, "Put all the money in the bag!" After a split-second of thought, Fleek's instincts kicked in. "Suddenly, a surge came to me," Fleek said. "I jumped up and rushed him. Read More

Cadets Being Tested, Trained and Pushed at CLDT
5/31/2016

Cadets Being Tested, Trained and Pushed at CLDTCadets develop their military skills during Cadet Leader Development Training (CLDT), weeks of tough, realistic training during their summers between academic years. These events take the critical thinking skills and military science lesson from the academic year and apply them in scenarios requiring cadets to develop solutions to complex problems and lead under stress.

Poets Kantor & Burnett Meet with Cadets
5/31/2016

Poets Kantor & Burnett Meet with CadetsPoets Kevin Kantor and Sienna Burnett met with cadets from the Creative Writing Forum. They responded to cadet's questions about their creative process, experiences traveling and performing, and balancing advocacy with their dedication to creating resonant art. The event was in conjunction with Kevin Kantor and Sienna Burnett's scheduled poetry performance in support of West Point's first "Take Back the Night" event.

Bares, Touchton Show Well at NCAA Preliminaries
5/27/2016

Bares, Touchton Show Well at NCAA PreliminariesJACKSONVILLE, FL - Sophomore Lee Bares and junior Trevor Touchton were the first competitors for the Army West Point track and field teams at the NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, FL, on Thursday. Both posted marks that rank in the top three individually for them lifetime. "Lee Bares was jumping very well today," said Army Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Smith. "He has been a great competitor all year and today was no exception. We could not ask for much more from him. He was his best at the end." Bares competed in the Pole Vault and reached 5.25 meters, his season-best and second-highest vault all-time, trailing only his school-record of 5.31 meters. Read More

Cadet Field Artillery Training
5/26/2016

Cadet Field Artillery TrainingSoldiers from U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division demonstrate the "Hip Fire" rapid deployment of Field Artillery Assets to engage troops in contact. This demonstration, and others, on "FA Day" during Cadet Field Training One allowed rising Yearlings and Cows to experience different opportunities available within the Field Artillery Branch.

Athletic Director's Update
5/26/2016

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

Army Places Three on North-South Game Roster
5/25/2016

Army West Point Athletic Director's Update with Boo Corrigan Director of Athletics Army Places Three on North-South Game RosterWEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point men's lacrosse team has landed three seniors on the North squad for the 75th United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/Nike North-South Game. Austin Schultz, Jimbo Moore and Alex Daly will represent the Black Knights at the game which features all-stars from Division I and II squads from around the country. The game will take place at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa., on Friday, May 27. Schultz and Moore were both All-Patriot League First Team selections as seniors and were Academic All-Patriot League picks as well. Daly was one of the top faceoff specialist in the Patriot League and was among the leaders in winning percentage. Read More

Cadets get First Hand Accounts from LTG(R) Rowny ’41
5/25/2016

Cadets get First Hand Accounts from LTG(R) Rowny ’41The cadets taking part in this summer's Cold War Staff Ride, led by LTC(R) Ray Hrinko, MAJ Shauna Hann, and CPT Ben Griffin, attended a luncheon with LTG(R) Edward Rowny on 16 May 2016. Over the course of the afternoon, LTG Rowny talked with the cadets about his experience as an arms control negotiator for five presidents, beginning with President Nixon. In addition, he talked about how his 1936 semester abroad in Poland convinced him of the coming war and need to attend West Point, despite already holding a bachelor's degree and a commission in the Army Reserve. He then discussed his career, detailing his time as a planner for General MacArthur and his work on the plan for the Inchon landings during the Korean War. His lessons on officership, firsthand accounts of seminal Cold War events, and candid assessments of U.S. and Soviet positions made the event one that left a significant impression on the cadets and offered a perfect way to begin the staff ride.

English and Philosophy Cadets Honored
5/25/2016

English and Philosophy Cadets HonoredCongratulations Class of 2016! It was the Department of English and Philosophy's honor to recognize the graduating Firsties and several other Cadets on Thursday, 19 May, in the Haig Room at Jefferson hall. Cadet Samuel Kolling ’16 received the BG Carroll E. Adams Award for the best senior thesis. Mr. Adam Israel, grandson of BG Adams, traveled to West point to present Cadet Kolling the award for his work, "Stop Talking about Character: How Situationism Can Update Personal Ethics." Other honorees included Cadet Thomas Hinds ’16, Cadet Levi Knapper-Grant ’19, Cadet Edmund "Pat" Mullin ’18, and Cadet Malcolm Edgar ’17. Of the twenty-five graduating Firsties, twelve produced senior theses and eight graduated with honors.

The Glee Club Sings with Trace Adkins
5/25/2016

The Glee Club Sings with Trace AdkinsThe Glee Club had the privilege of singing with Trace Adkins upon receiving the Eisenhower Award! Congrats Trace Adkins and thanks to National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) for capturing this picture!

Cadets Present at the Natick Soldier Research
5/25/2016

Cadets Present at the Natick Soldier ResearchCadets and Faculty Present at the Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). 35 cadets and 10 faculty from CME, BSL, EECS, and SE Travelled to Natick, MA to present the results of their research and design projects to BG Trainor, Mr. Tamilio (the Director of NSRDEC), and their NSRDEC sponsors. The trip was the culmination of collaborative work on sixteen different projects, most of which were supported both financially and academically by the researchers, scientists, and engineers at NSRDEC throughout AY16. In addition to briefs, the cadets had an opportunity to interact with their sponsors at a poster session. This is the second annual culminating meeting to celebrate the accomplishments of the collaborative work that the cadets and faculty are conducting with NSRDEC. The relationship has resulted in several very successful projects and studies, and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

Glenn, Minato Earn Prestigious AAA Award
5/23/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Army West Point star gymnast Jesse Glenn and record-setting women's basketball player Kelsey Minato were honored with the United States Military Academy's highest athletic honor on Friday as they were presented with the Army Athletic Association Award at the Awards Convocation in Eisenhower Hall. The trophy is awarded annually to the male and female cadet-athletes who display the "most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet." Click here to watch the video. This year marks the 112th anniversary of the AAA Award, which was first presented to football's Horatio Hackett in 1904. Glenn becomes the fourth gymnast to garner the award, and the first to do so since Kip Webber was named the AAA Award winner in 2014. Minato is the 11th women's basketball player, and the first since Erin Anthony in 2011. Read More

Judge Sullivan Visits Advanced Constitutional Law Cadets
5/23/2016

Judge Sullivan Visits Advanced Constitutional Law CadetsUS District Court Judge Richard Sullivan visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by Department of Law Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro. Judge Sullivan was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2007. Prior to that, he served as a federal prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, where he was Chief of the International Narcotics Trafficking Unit and Director of the New York/New Jersey Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Judge Sullivan spoke with the cadets about non-capital sentencing and the 8th Amendment. He discussed his experiences as a judge with congressionally-mandated minimum sentences and explored with the cadets whether present incarceration rates and terms in the United States are excessive and counter-productive or an integral component of reducing crime and protecting citizens.

Judge Bianco Visits Cadets in Military Law
5/23/2016

Judge Bianco Visits Cadets in Military LawUS District Court Judge Joseph Bianco visited with cadets in the LW 403 Constitutional & Military Law course taught by Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro. Judge Bianco was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2006. Prior to that, he supervised the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice in Washington D.C., and headed the Terrorism Unit of the US Attorney's Office in Manhattan. Judge Bianco spoke with the cadets about prosecuting terrorism in the federal courts. He discussed his experiences as lead prosecutor in the case against lawyer, Lynne Stewart, who defended Omar Abdel-Rahman, known as “the blind shiek” and who was convicted for conspiring to bomb various civilian targets in the New York metropolitan area. Judge Bianco described how a judge allowed him to place a hidden video recording device to record conversations she had with Abdul-Rahman to convict her for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism. The evidence showed that Stewart was passing messages between Rahman and his supporters, including Rahman's blessing for a resumption of terrorist operations in Egypt when there had been a ceasefire.

Military Applications of Chemistry Event
5/23/2016

Military Applications of Chemistry EventThe Department of Chemistry and Life Science held the 2016 Military Applications of Chemistry (MILCHEM) event for all cadets enrolled in CH101, along with guests from other courses. The event brought seven scientists from Picatinny Arsenal and one scientist from the Army Research Laboratory to West Point, along with the 2nd Civil Support Team (CST) of Scotia, NY. Cadets learned about modelling and mitigating blast effects on military vehicles, innovation in explosives and artillery, virtual reality training, and learned about CST capabilities that can find and identify nuclear, biological, and chemical threats. The event was the culminating lesson for CH101 and a chance for cadets to interact face to face with scientists who apply chemistry to improving the Army and world.

CH102 Cadets Present Research for AY16-2
5/23/2016

CH102 Cadets Present Research for AY16-2Cadets in CH102 presented their research on the amounts of sugars in nine leaves eaten by gorillas or red-tail monkeys in Africa. Cadets developed the skills to analyze the sugar content in leaves, and then explored the most effective ways to remove sugar from the leaves. The cadets' work generated a database for Dr. Dawn Riegner and her collaborator, Dr. Jessica Rothman at CUNY, showing how much glucose and fructose was present in each type of leaf. Many thanks to the coaches, TACs, sponsors, DACs, faculty, staff, cadets, and others who came to see the posters and hear cadets present their work.

Six Cadets Heading to NCAA Preliminary Round
5/20/2016

Six Cadets Heading to NCAA Preliminary RoundWEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point men's track and field team will send six athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla., next weekend. The event will begin next Thursday, May 26 and run through Saturday, May 28. Four of the Black Knights heading south come from the 4x100 Meter Relay. The quartet of junior Jose Santana, freshmen Ben Sims and Kevin Dyer, and sophomore Tyler Davis qualified with an Academy, meet, and facility record time of 40.08 at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships. That time makes them the 33rd-fastest group in the East. Read More

Cadets from ME491 Present their Final Engineering Projects
5/20/2016

Cadets from ME491 Present their Final Engineering ProjectsME491 Engineering Design Projects: Cadets from ME491 Mechanical Power plants presented their final Engineering Design Projects. The cadet groups worked to analyze, design, and 3D print a functional engine component for a quarter-scale V8 model. One section equipped the engine with a supercharger and the other outfitted it with a twin-turbocharger. The work was followed by Mr. Bob Henderson, Editor at the Haynes Publishing Group. Haynes produces automotive technical literature and is the manufacturer of the engine model used in this design project. Special thanks to Mr. Rod Wilson and Mr. Frank Blackmon from D/C&ME for their expertise, guidance, and support with the additive manufacturing production of the intake, exhaust, and forced induction components.

Guest Lecture - Mr. Alex Stamos CSO of Facebook
5/20/2016

Guest Lecture - Mr. Alex Stamos CSO of FacebookMr. Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer for Facebook, spoke to cadets in EECS courses about the security challenges faced by Facebook in an age of increased hacking attempts as well as the social and ethical impacts of their security efforts. Of particular note was his discussion of the needs for technology companies to balance legal requirements to follow the laws of their host countries with the need to protect their user's privacy and how that is done at Facebook.

C&ME Run to Remember Honors Fallen Heroes
5/20/2016

C&ME Run to Remember Honors Fallen HeroesThe semi-annual C&ME Run to Remember to honor fallen graduates from the civil and mechanical engineering programs took place. Forty-four faculty, staff, cadets, and family members ran to the West Point cemetery where the group read the names of the 17 fallen heroes and visited the gravesites of the four fallen graduates buried in the West Point cemetery.

Computer Science Cadets at Premier Hackathon
5/20/2016

Computer Science Cadets at Premier HackathonThroughout AY16, six computer science cadets honed their programming skills through Capstone project work to develop a competitive entry at LA Hacks. LA Hacks is the premier hackathon held annually on the West coast at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), which occurred this year from 29 April – 1 May. Our team consisted of Cl ‘16 CDTs Jack Graham, Dan Park, Jinny Yan, Luke Williams, Morgan Rabalais, and Joe Suh, with LTC Christa Chewar as the faculty advisor. To best prepare, the cadets practiced programming for virtual reality, network communication, robotic control, and 3D user interaction support. The team greatly benefited from opportunities to brief their ongoing efforts to both LTC Caslen and BG Trainor during their visits to EECS.

Hackathons may sound like the terrain of our competitive cyber teams or something similar to the Cyber Defense Exercise, but they are actually quite different, with generally very little security emphasis at all. Hackathons are competitions hosted by corporate sponsors that challenge students to rapidly develop (or “hack out”) innovative new software/hardware solutions to solve specific social problems. Competitors organized in four person teams are given the problems at the beginning of the competition and have 36 hours to develop a prototype. Approximately 1200 students (300 teams) attended this year’s LA Hacks, so the competition was fierce. Our cadets worked relentlessly throughout the competition period, sleeping very little as they refined their designs and quickly mastered new skills to realize their creative visions. After the initial round of judging, the product developed by CDTs Dan Park and Jack Graham was selected as an overall Top 10 award, and subsequently finished as Top 3 project in one of the competition categories—earning $1000 and two Apple TVs as prizes.

West Point Flying Team Victorious over Navy and Coast Guard
5/20/2016

West Point Flying Team Victorious over Navy and Coast GuardThe West Point Flying Team, led by Cadet in Charge Will Watson and Assistant Cadet in Charge Brian O’Connor earned a victory over Navy and Coast Guard at the 3rd annual Service Academy Flying Competition Spring Classic. We hosted the event again this year at Orange and Dutchess County airports, 22-24 April 2016. Officers in Charge LTC Tanya Estes (EECS), LTC Rich Melnyk (C&ME) and CW2 Mark Vester (2nd AVN) helped train and mentor the team in the months leading up to this culminating event of our competition season. Between the three academies, over 55 cadets and midshipmen participated in three written, two ground and four flying events. In this large field, USMA had three place in the top ten of all pilots: William Watson 1st Place, Kurt Klinkmueller 2nd Place and Alaina Kappner 5th Place.

Earth Day Open House
5/20/2016

Earth Day Open HouseDirt Man was invited to present an engaging lecture on sustainability during the Earth Day Open House presented by the 101 Kids and Highlands Community Garden Group at the Center in Highland Falls on April 23, 2016. At this annual event, featuring various exhibits by individual community gardeners and youth groups from the Town of Highlands, Dirt Man interacted with community members and sought to emphasize the importance of sustainable living and met with kids and their parents for a Q&A afterwards.

Keepers of the Peace Powwow
5/20/2016

Keepers of the Peace PowwowCadets of the Native American Heritage Forum (NAHF) organized and hosted the 6th annual Keepers of the Peace powwow held at Gillis Field House. The master of ceremonies for the powwow was the Redhawk Native American Arts Council. The powwow included the singing of the National Anthem by Cadet Katelin Guettlein, a birds of prey expert who presented two shows that described how owls, hawks, and eagles hunt and capture prey, and traditional Native American singing, and dancing. The Native American vendors sold beadwork and other handmade articles and the food vendor had plenty of venison and buffalo. The event includes midshipman from the Naval Academy’s Native American club joining the powwow.

Cadet Research Workshop and NYC Outreach
5/20/2016

Cadet Research Workshop and NYC OutreachCadets enrolled in EV372-Geography of Asia traveled to Berkeley College in New York City to meet with Dr. Rina Singh and Angie Tang, experts on India-US and China-US relations, respectively. The presenters offered their views on what they believe are the most important geographical and security challenges facing the region and cadets had the opportunity to ask questions and assess the implications of the most pressing geographical challenges in Asia including territorial issues in the South China Sea, social and gender issues in India, as well as demographic change in East Asia. Afterwards, the cadets and faculty traveled to Chinatown to enjoy dim sum and meet with the publisher of the largest Chinese language daily newspaper in the United States where they discussed the importance of the diaspora community in shaping US-China economic relations. Finally, they ended the day with a visit to the Kimlau Chapter of the American Legion where cadets learned about the ways that the US military and service organizations such as the American Legion instill American values in immigrant communities and build bridges between newly arriving immigrants and the US population.

Watch the West Point Class of 2016 Graduation Live
5/18/2016

Watch the West Point Class of 2016 Graduation LiveYou will be able to watch the Class of 2016 Graduate at Michie Stadium this coming Saturday, May 21 as they take their oath, receive their diplomas and faithfully toss their hats as high as they can. The guest  speaker will be Vice President Joe Biden. Here is the link to watch it live: https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/8563

Army Celebrates 2015-16 at Black Knight Awards
5/18/2016

Army Celebrates 2015-16 at Black Knight AwardsWEST POINT, NY - The Army Athletic Association held the 2016 Black Knight Awards ceremony on Sunday night at Robinson Auditorium in Thayer Hall. The department's premiere year-end event honored teams and individuals for their successes throughout the 2015-16 season. After finishing the season with a 29-3 record and a Patriot League title, the women's basketball team took home the MacArthur Award presented to the Team of the Year. In its ninth year of existence, the Black Knight Awards honored the best that Army West Point's 28 athletic teams had to offer in 2015-16 in an award-show format similar to the ESPY Awards. Full Story »

Athletic Director's Update
5/18/2016

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

McCravey Jumps Into National Spotlight
5/17/2016

Army West Point softball senior Kasey McCravey earned national attention on Saturday night and beyond with an incredible leap over Lehigh's catcher in Army's 3-2 win over Lehigh in the Patriot League Tournament. Click here to watch the video.

U.S. Representatives Visit with Cadets in American Politics
5/17/2016

U.S. Representatives Visit with Cadets in American PoliticsFormer U.S. Representatives Thomas Hartnett (S.C.) and Bob Clement (TN) spent two days visiting and interacting with cadets enrolled in American Politics, Mass Media & Politics, American Political Development, and International Security Studies. In addition, they met with members of the Domestic Affairs Forum, and shared meals with Cadets from their home states. The Congressmen visited West Point as part of the "Congress to Classroom" program run by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.

Giannettino Claims IC4A High Jump Crown
5/17/2016

Giannettino Claims IC4A High Jump CrownPRINCETON, NJ - Jeff Giannettino stole the show for the Army West Point men's track and field team on Sunday afternoon. The freshman tied the Academy record with a best jump of 2.15 meters. It was a record that is also held by Brian Smith who set the mark in 1994 at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships. "Jeff really stepped up today," head coach Mike Smith said. "He has struggled at times this year in competition but has really trained very well. I think it just took him some time to put it all together. His clearance today at the school record was well clear of the bar and he had some nice attempts at 7'2". Jeff is a special kid and he gets the big picture and his improvement today makes it seem like he got better all at once, but the reality is, that he has been getting closer. Read More

Cadets Visited MIT in Support of Research Projects
5/17/2016

Cadets Visited MIT in Support of Research ProjectsCadets in the XE492, Disruptive Innovation, course traveled to Boston 20-21 April to visit MIT and MIT-Lincoln Labs in support of their individual research projects. They met with Prof. Seth Lloyd, a world-renowned expert in quantum computing as well as researchers in meta-materials, mircro-fluidic thrusters for cubesats, software containerization, microelectronics, aerial imaging, 3D LIDAR imaging, and entrepreneurs creating new business models for air travel. This trip was made possible by the Harry and Diane Van Trees Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Endowment.

Kim Shines in First Round of NCAA Regionals
5/17/2016

Kim Shines in First Round of NCAA RegionalsALBUQUERQUE, NM - With the first 18-holes of the NCAA Golf Regional complete, Army ranks 11th with a 15-over score. The Black Knights have been paced by Peter Kim who finished the day in the tied for fifth spot with a one-under score. "The team got off to a great start today and ranked high at the turn," said head coach Brian Watts. "We were well prepared for the setup, but we had a rough stretch coming in. We had a good practice session after the round and we will be ready to go out and compete tomorrow. The weather is going to be a challenge, but these young men have shown resilience all year long and tough conditions." Read More

Cadets from the Combating Terror Center Visit Washington D.C.
5/13/2016

Cadets from the Combating Terror Center Visit Washington D.C.The Combating Terror Center took 27 Cadets on a trip section to Washington D.C. on a visit that was designed to introduce Cadets to the agencies involved in various aspects of counterterrorism. The Cadets received briefings from key staff at the National Security Council at the White House and also visited the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Chaplains Office Pays Gratitude to Cadets
5/13/2016

The Chaplains Office Pays Gratitude to CadetsMembers of the West Point Chaplains Office visited the ME491 Mechanical Powerplants course to thank the cadets who designed and fabricated replicas of the unique and symbolic Cadet Chapel keys. Chaplain (LTC) Cline, Mrs. Trevizo-Ramirez, and SSG Nichols expressed gratitude and shared some well-deserved and much appreciated refreshments. Chaplain Cline also presented a Chaplains Coin to Mr. Frank Blackmon, the engineering technician that supervised the additive manufacturing or 3D printing process.

Civil Engineering Boats to the Tappan Zee Bridge
5/13/2016

Civil Engineering Boats to the Tappan Zee BridgeCivil engineering cadets in the Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design course participated in a trip section as part of Moles Student Day. The Moles organization (http://www.themoles.info/) is composed of individuals now or formerly engaged in the construction of tunnels, subways, sewers, or other heavy construction projects, both in the New York City area and around the world. The group hosts an annual Students Day, during which students studying geotechnical engineering are invited to tour some of the largest construction sites in the metro New York City area. This year, nearly 400 civil engineering students from 20 different academic institutions boarded a Circle Line Cruise boat in New York City and headed north to tour the Tappan Zee Bridge construction site. This $3.9B projected is slated for completion in 2018.

Men’s Rugby Pools Announced for CRCs 7s Tournament
5/13/2016

Men’s Rugby Pools Announced for CRCs 7s TournamentWEST POINT, NY - The pools for the Collegiate Rugby Championships have been announced on Thursday with Army West Point being selected to Pool C. The two-day tournament will be held on June 4-5 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia. The Black Knights will be joined in Pool C by their service academy rival Navy, as well as Arizona and St. Joe's. "We are thrilled to be returning to compete at the 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship," said head coach Matt Sherman. "We will face a fierce and challenging pool. Despite our lack of any sevens experience in the team, if we continue to improve and perform to our potential, we can be competitive." Army will be making its first appearance in the CRCs since becoming a varsity program prior to the fall of 2014. The Cadets last competed in the CRCs in 2012 and advanced to the championship match in 2011. Read More

District Court Judge Karas Visits Cadets
5/13/2016

District Court Judge Karas Visits CadetsUS District Court Judge Kenneth Karas visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by Department of Law Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Professor Tony DiSarro. Judge Karas was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2004. Prior to that, he served as a federal prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, where he was Chief of the Organized Crime and Terrorism Unit. Judge Karas spoke with the cadets about the death penalty and the 8th Amendment. He discussed his experiences as a prosecutor in the capital cases against the East African embassy bombers, and how, in a twist of irony, jurors voted against a death sentence to punish the defendants, reasoning that the defendants would prefer death to life imprisonment because they wanted to be seen as martyrs.

International Law Hosted Mr. Larry Johnson
5/13/2016

International Law Hosted Mr. Larry JohnsonLTC Steve Gariepy’s LW481, International Law class hosted Mr. Larry D. Johnson. Mr. Johnson served at the United Nations Headquarters as the Assistant-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs from 2006-2008 (Deputy Legal Counsel of the UN). He formerly served as the Legal Adviser of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna (1997-2001) and as Chef de Cabinet, Office of the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague (2003-2005). Mr. Johnson joined the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in 1971 as an Assistant Legal Officer in the Codification Division and prior to his last posting at Headquarters served as Principal Legal Officer in the Office of the Legal Counsel (1989-1997). Among his special assignments was serving as Chief of Staff to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations Protection Force in the former Yugoslavia (1994). Mr. Johnson provided a fascinating and well received overview of the United Nations Board of Inquiry process, highlighting both the successes and challenges associated with 21st century peacekeeping operations, in support of the Department of Law at West Point.

ACSC Judges Projects at the Tri-County Science Fair
5/13/2016

Representatives from the American Chemical Society Club, MAJ Lucas Fallot (OIC), CDT Alex Parra, CDT Nicholas McNiffe, CDT Taylor Horne, and CDT Dowon Park, judged science fair projects at the annual Tri-county Science and Technology Fair located at White Plains High School. Since 1994, the Annual Tri-County Science & Technology Fair has been organized by the Putnam Children’s Discovery Center for the purpose of sharing science and technology with the community and rewarding children who spend their time creating innovative and well researched projects. Fair participation is open to students from public, private and home schools located in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties. This fair is the only one in the area with three levels: Elementary, Middle and High School. Most fairs only showcase one or two levels at most, but this fair provides a clear path for students to continue their interest in science and technology throughout their academic careers. A student must win a local fair at their school to qualify for the event. Prizes are given to winners at each level in the categories of Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Engineering/Technology, Environment, Health/Medicine, Math/Computers, Physics, and Psychology. More than 200 students displayed their projects in the fair.

Ball, Lindner Earn Academic All-League Recognition
5/12/2016

Ball, Lindner Earn Academic All-League RecognitionCENTER VALLEY, PA - Two members of the Army West Point baseball team earned spots on the Academic All-Patriot League team, announced by the league on Tuesday. Sophomore pitcher Matt Ball and junior infielder Kris Lindner were recognized for their efforts in the classroom, as well as on the diamond. To be considered for Academic All-Patriot League, a sophomore-standing student-athlete must maintain a minimum of a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and must have competed in the Patriot League Championships, unless missed due to injury. The Sports Information Directors then cast their votes from a pool of candidates. Lafayette's Michael Coniglio was named the league's Scholar Athlete of the Year. Of the 13 scholar-athletes recognized, three attend Lehigh, while two are from Army, Navy, Bucknell and Lafayette each. Holy Cross had one player voted to the team. Read More

Model UN Forum at the University of Chicago
5/12/2016

Model UN Forum at the University of ChicagoThe United States Military Academy Model United Nations team competed at the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL, for a weekend full of public speaking, debating, and policy making. The USMA team competed in a variety of topics ranging from NATO initiatives to the government regulation of big banks. The following cadets received Verbal Recognition for their work: Shiv Arya ’17; Jack Bagdadi ’17; and Christine Sidhu ’18. Additionally, the following cadets were crucial to the team effort: John Govern ’19; Brittany Scofield ’18; Derrick Siebman ’18; Cyrus Cappo ’17; Brad Torpey ’18; and Patrick Rogers ’19.

More Climbing on Shawangunk Ridge
5/12/2016

More Climbing on Shawangunk RidgeThe West Point Climbing team took thirteen cadets to the Shawangunk Ridge near New Paltz, NY to participate in a day of outdoor climbing. After an early start, the group set up several top rope systems on moderate to difficult routes in the “Trapps” climbing area. The top rope systems allowed the climbers the opportunity to work on skills at the limit of their individual abilities. CDT’s Liam Manville ’17, and Ethan George ’19 enjoyed their first outdoor climbing experiences. CDT Scott Joiner ’19 worked with Coach Sue Kligerman to place protection in preparation for his first traditional lead climb, which he completed with the help of CDT Jacqueline Orr ’18. CDT Kevin Thielmann ’16 teamed with CDT Annalee Tokarsky ’18 to take on “Horseman”, which was CDT Tokarsky’s first multi-pitch climb.

Arabic Language Visits the Metropolitan Museum of Art
5/12/2016

Twelve cadets and one faculty member from the USMA Arabic Language Club visited the Islamic Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, NY. Highlights of the trip included exploring Arabic agricultural themes in Syria, North Africa and Muslim Spain. Cadets also viewed the last known piece of Spanish Muslim armor, a helmet from the Nasrid period in Spain (1230-1492). Traditionally, it is said that it belonged to Abd ‘Abd Allah Muhammad, known in the West as Boabdil, the last Nasrid King of Granada (reign 1482-83 and 1487-92) before it was reconquered by the Spanish.

Sailing Competes in the Dinghy Regatta
5/12/2016

The Army West Point Sailing team competed on Eastchester Bay in the Bronx, in the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta. Saturday’s racing experienced puffs of 15 knots, shifty conditions, and cross current which made for difficult racing. Overall, the team finished 11 out of 12, but CDT Danko and CDT Vecchio did manage to place 1st in one of the races. They also competed in the American Yacht Club Spring Series in SUNY Maritime, NY. The event gathers some of the best skippers and crews in the Long Island Sound. Despite a solid performance, the team finished 8th out of 8 teams competing, but did beat two US Merchant Marine Academy boats that entered the race but did not compete.

Bowling Sweeps Coast Guard
5/12/2016

Bowling Sweeps Coast GuardFor the first time in five years, the USMA Bowling team travelled to New London, CT, to face off the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in a head to head match. The USMA team of CDT’s Raul Salaverria, Louis Kappner, James Olk, Tyler Stansbury, and Pieter Honing won all of the three matches played. More importantly, all of the participating cadets learned a lot about life at the other Service Academies, and enjoyed the friendly rivalry.

Cadets Briefed their Social Media Campain to Over 300 Officials
5/12/2016

Cadets Briefed their Social Media Campain to Over 300 OfficialsCadets C.J. Drew ’16 and Jordan Isham ’18 from Combating Terrorism Center Director LTC Bryan Price's SS466 Combating Terrorism class last fall were invited as featured speakers at the FBI's annual Leadership in Counterterrorism (LinCT) Conference in New York City on 29 April. They briefed their social media campaign to counter the narrative of the Islamic State to over 300 law enforcement officials from the United States, Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

Cycling at the ECCC Championships
5/12/2016

Cycling at the ECCC ChampionshipsThe Cycling team participated in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships in Warwick, MA. The team finished 3rd in the weekend, and ended up ranking 4th overall in the conference for the season, and 3rd in the DIV II teams. The women’s team swept the TTT’s, winning the B, C, and D categories. Top individual finishers include CDT’s Kenny Englert, CAT A - 12th in the road race, 8th in the crit, and 3rd in the sprint lap; Monte Ho, CAT B - 3rd in the road race, 3rd in crit, and 2nd, 1st, 3rd, and 1st in the sprint laps; Jinny Yan, CAT B - 4th in the road race, 5th in the crit, 1st in sprint lap; Tristan Manderfeld, CAT B - 8th in road race, 4th in crit, 2nd in sprint lap; Fisher Watkins, CAT C - 4th in the crit, 4th and 2nd in sprint laps; and Alberto Castro, CAT C - 8th in the crit.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Joins Forces with the Grill Club
5/12/2016

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Joins Forces with the Grill ClubThe USMA Big Brothers/Big Sisters Club joined forces with the Grill Club and spent one last afternoon strengthening bonds and making lifelong memories. The last club event of the Academic Year was bittersweet. Seven “littles” from the Highland Falls community said goodbye to their “bigs” who are graduating in May. Many of these matches have been working together for four years, and the relationships that they have built are incredibly strong. After enjoying a fantastic BBQ lunch provided by the West Point Grill Club, the bigs and littles participated in a variety of physical activities, including volleyball, basketball, and an intense round of freeze-tag. The day wrapped up with a small recognition ceremony where each Match was presented with certificates and new club members received their patches. It was the perfect event to reflect on the progress of individual matches and celebrate the great mentorship fostered by an amazing group of leaders.

Crew Wins the Sanford All-Points Trophy
5/12/2016

Crew Wins the Sanford All-Points TrophyThe Army West Point Crew team competed in the 25th NY State Collegiate Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs, NY. In the best showing in Army Crew history, the team captured seven gold and two silver medals, capturing the Sanford All-Points Trophy for only the second time since the trophy was first awarded in 1989. The Varsity Men’s Eight had a strong showing, defeating Varsity programs from RIT, Ithaca, Marist, Hamilton, and Skidmore. The Women’s Varsity continued their successful season with the best finish for an Army Varsity Women’s Eight in school history, taking Silver against an all NCAA field. The Men’s JV Eight completed the sweep of the Eights events with a 4.2 second win over RIT, Ithaca, Marist, St. Lawrence, and Geneseo. The Varsity Men’s and Women’s Fours both finished second in their qualifying heats to advance to the Grand Finals, finishing sixth and fourth, respectively. The Novice Men’s Eight finished with a 12.7 second win over the Grand Final field, including RIT, ST. Lawrence, Union, Rochester, and Rennsselaer. The Novice Women’s Eights continued the winning streak with the largest Eights victory of the day, a 16 second win over two Ithaca boats, St. Lawrence, Hamilton, and RIT. The Novice team sent three Fours to the Grand Finals, to include two Novice Men’s entries, and one Novice Women’s entry. The Novice Men’s first boat took gold, crossing the line more than 26 seconds ahead of the field; the Men’s second Novice entry finished in fifth place. The Novice Women rowed a strong race to finish in the Silver Medal position, just 3.4 seconds behind the winning boat from Rochester. The Varsity and Novice Men combined to field a Men’s Open Four, again finding gold, finishing 2.9 seconds ahead of the closest competitor. The final gold medal of the day went to the Varsity Women’s pair in a finals-only race, marking the second year in a row that Army Crew won the event. The winning Army boat finished 7.7 seconds ahead of the Hamilton and Rochester crews. Army Crew finished with a total of 140 points, taking the points trophy back to West Point for the first time since 2006.

West Point Photo Inquiry Clears Cadets
5/11/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The U.S. Military Academy announced today that no punitive action will be taken after an inquiry concluded that 16 cadets who appeared in a photograph with raised fists did not violate Department of Defense or Army regulations.

The inquiry concluded that the photo was among several taken in the spur-of-the-moment. It was intended to demonstrate “unity” and “pride,” according to the findings of the inquiry.

In addition to concluding there was no violation of DOD Directive 1344.10, the findings state, “that based upon available evidence none of the participants, through their actions, intended to show support for a political movement.”

“As members of the Profession of Arms, we are held to a high standard, where our actions are constantly observed and scrutinized in the public domain,” said Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., academy superintendent, in a letter. “We all must understand that a symbol or gesture that one group of people may find harmless may offend others. As Army officers, we are not afforded the luxury of a lack of awareness of how we are perceived.”

About West Point
The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and continues today as the world’s premier leader-development institution, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country. Its mission remains constant—to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu.

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Pitman, Valuniate Honored by Patriot League
5/11/2016

Pitman, Valuniate Honored by Patriot LeagueCENTER VALLEY, PA - Senior Carolyn Pitman and freshman Rugile Valuniate of the Army West Point women's tennis team each garnered All-Patriot League nods on Tuesday. Pitman was named to the First Team while Valuniate earned Second Team honors. Pitman makes the First Team for the third straight season after earning Second Team honors as a freshman. The West Chester, Ohio native was an impressive 27-6 in doubles including 20-2 in the spring, winning 23 of her last 25 matches. She became only the second player in Academy history to reach 100 career doubles wins and resides second on the all-time list with a 106-30 career record. In singles, Pitman finished the year 15-9 in singles with a 7-5 record in the spring. She ranks eighth all-time in school history in singles victories (69) and seventh in career wins in the top singles flight (19). Pitman was 6-0 all-time versus Navy in doubles and 6-1 in singles. Read More

21 Cadets & BG Trainor Inducted in to Phi Alpha Theta
5/11/2016

21 Cadets & BG Trainor Inducted in to Phi Alpha ThetaThe USMA chapter of the national history honors society Phi Alpha Theta formally inducted 21 cadets and BG Trainor as full members. In order to earn membership, each cadet is required to have over a 3.0 GPA and a 3.1 average in at least four history classes. Phi Alpha Theta is focused on encouraging scholarship and service in the field of history to our students. Our ceremony was presided over by the chapter’s president, CDT Erica Macswan, and the master of ceremony CDT Margaret Ireland. BG Trainor, COL Seidule, and Dr. Randy Roberts presented words of wisdom and inspiration to our cadets. Parents from as far away as Maryland and North Carolina drove to USMA to attend this ceremony and support the induction.

Men’s Tennis Captures Three Major League Awards
5/11/2016

Men’s Tennis Captures Three Major League AwardsCENTER VALLEY, PA - The Army West Point men's tennis team captured three of the Patriot League's four major awards, announced on Tuesday. Jim Poling was honored as Coach of the Year, David Mitchell earned Freshman of the Year and Harrison McCormick and Grant Riechmann were named the Doubles Team of the Year. Additionally, Sam Lampman was named to the All-Patriot League First Team while Mitchell, Michael Nguyen, and Riechmann garnered All-Patriot League Second Team honors. Poling led the Black Knights to an 18-8 record and a Patriot League Title over Navy to earn his fifth Coach of the Year award. It was the third-straight season Army reach at least 18 wins, its ninth league title and seventh NCAA Tournament berth. In the first win of the spring, Poling earned his 200th career victory at Army, the only men's tennis coach to do so at Army. Read More

Lindner, Rosoff Named to All-Patriot League Teams
5/11/2016

Lindner, Rosoff Named to All-Patriot League TeamsCENTER VALLEY, PA - Junior Kris Lindner and sophomore Jon Rosoff represent Army West Point baseball among the 24 athletes on the All-Patriot League teams after the league announced the selections Tuesday morning. Lindner was named to the first team at shortstop as one of four unanimous selections, while Rosoff was a second team selection at catcher. Lindner was the team's leading hitter throughout the year after starting 46 of the team's 48 games at shortstop. His .315 clip led the Black Knights and ranked 10th league wide, recording a team-high 52 hits in 165 at bats. The Morehead City, N.C., native's on-base percentage of .430 ranked fourth among Patriot League hitters, while his 14 stolen bases placed him second. His 13 hit by pitches was the most in the Patriot League. He also led Army with 35 runs scored, eight doubles, 21 walks and a slugging percentage of .394. Read More

SENSA Team Ties for 1st place at DARPA - SAIC
5/11/2016

SENSA Team Ties for 1st place at DARPA - SAICA cadet research team from the Department of Chemistry and Life Science tied for First Place at the DARPA Service Academies Innovation Challenge (SAIC) in Arlington, VA. Team SENSA tied with Air Force for their project Axon-Sorting Nerve Guides: Giving Prosthetics the Sense of Touch. Please congratulate CDTs Minhee Pak, Haana Yu, Patrick Mullin, Rebecca Lee, Annette Yoon, and Grace Yu for their inspirational work. The work was motivated by wounded soldiers who suffer terrible injuries relating to nerve damage. The main project is to develop a scaffold to repair large gaps at injured sites that can ultimately be used to sort different nerve axons to give prosthetics a sense of touch.

Nine teams - three each from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Naval Academy - squared off in a competition at DARPA’s offices to show projects designed to develop practical and potentially transformative technologies that could address a wide variety of challenges facing the U.S. military. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) works to ensure the superiority of U.S. military force technology. The SAIC works to excel and promote promising talent for the next generation of military leaders in a unique environment that blends academic research with a deep understanding of current and future military needs. SAIC works to cultivate the great potential of these future officers and encourage their career-long interest in research and collaboration with DARPA.

The panel of DARPA Service liaison officers judged each project with the most weight toward whether the project addressed current or anticipated future Defense Department (DoD) challenges over the short and long term. The judges also evaluated whether each project’s approach was significantly novel and technically feasible to create transformative capabilities to significantly improve existing technologies. Team SENSA’s research is sponsored through DoD funding in particular by the MRMC through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). The project is advised by LTC Luis Alvarez, Dr. Alex Mitropoulos, and Dr. Joe Loverde.

Harvey Named NWCA All-Academic Team
5/11/2016

Harvey Named NWCA All-Academic TeamWEST POINT, NY - Senior Brian Harvey of the Army West Point wrestling team has been named an All-Academic Team member by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, it was announced on Monday. Awarded annually, the NWCA All-Academic Team is comprised of 116 student-athletes. For the second year in a row, half of the Division I champions made the team, while two additional runner-ups were selected. In all, 36 All-Americans were All-Academic selections. Read More

Pipes and Drums Hosts the 34th West Point Military Tattoo
5/11/2016

Pipes and Drums Hosts the 34th West Point Military TattooPipes and Drums Hosts the 34th West Point Military TattooThe United States Corps of Cadets Pipes and Drums hosted the 34th West Point Military Tattoo at Trophy Point. On that beautiful day, many local bag-pipe bands and Celtic dance groups from all over the Hudson Valley and Northeast region came to West Point to celebrate Scottish/Irish culture and festivities. The annual Military Tattoo brings together the local community and builds better civil-military relationships with the various local groups near the Academy. This event was the culminating event for the West Point Pipes and Drums Band of the academic year. The event was a manifestation of the cohesiveness and musical skills that the cadets have tediously honed throughout the entire year. The band was happy to host 23 participating groups this year, including a Civil War re-enactment group, three dance troupes, a solo by the USMA String Club, and a visiting military drumline from the United Kingdom.

McCravey, Poirier, DePolo Headline Major Awards
5/11/2016

McCravey, Poirier, DePolo Headline Major AwardsCENTER VALLEY, PA- The Army West Point softball team took home three-of-five major Patriot League awards, boasting three first team nods and garnering two second team recognitions. Senior first basemen Kasey McCravey was named the Player of the Year, while freshman pitcher Renee Poirier was the league's Rookie of the Year and head coach Michelle DePolo earned Coach of the Year distinction. McCravey, junior second basemen Alee Rashenskas and sophomore outfielder Kristen McPeek were all named to the All-Patriot League first team. Sophomore first basemen Emily Gray and designated player Caroline Smith both earned second team honors for Army. Read More

Bass Fishing at the FLW College Fishing National Qualifier
5/11/2016

Bass Fishing at the FLW College Fishing National QualifierTwo teams from the Army West Point Bass Fishing club competed in the FLW College Fishing National Qualifier on Smith Mountain Lake, VA. In the field of 83 boats, the teams of CDT’s Chase Miller/Parker Meytrott and Drew Hicks/Steve Makowicki brought fish to the scale, but did not place in the Top 10 to punch their ticket to Nationals.

Men’s Team Handball 10th Consecutive Championship
5/11/2016

The Army West Point Men’s Team Handball brought home it’s tenth consecutive (29th over-all) Collegiate National Championship in Chapel Hill, NC. For the second year running, it was an all West Point affair in the National Championship game, where WP Black defeated WP Gold. The team had seven all-stars (4 from WP Black; 3 from WP Gold) to include CDT’s Daniel Alec Zeck, Corinth “Peanut” Cross, Christian “Gumby” McKenrick, Forrest Keller, Nick Schebler, Taylor Neal, and William “Trey” Ratliff. Additionally, WP Gold had the MVP of the tournament in CDT Nick Schebler. WP Black also defeated Air Force for the third time this year in the National Semifinal. Next, the team will compete in the Club National Championships, where both teams expect to be competitive in their Divisions (Black in Elite, Gold in Open).

Fencing Celebrates with LTG Caslen & Mrs. Caslen
5/11/2016

Fencing Celebrates with LTG Caslen & Mrs. CaslenWest Point Women’s Fencing team led by Co-Captains CDT Laura Pleake, and CDT Jamie Whitaker, along with squad members CDT’s Claudia Sun, Rachel Pennington, Haley Hollimon, Lexie Konarek, Beth Forte, Taylor Sharpsten, and Callie Peace were invited to Quarters 100 to spend an evening with LTG Caslen and Mrs. Caslen to celebrate their defeat of Navy.

Women’s Team Handball 5th Consecutive Championship
5/11/2016

The Army West Point Women’s Team Handball brought home its fifth consecutive Collegiate National Championship in Chapel Hill, NC. West Point Black dominated all weekend, defeating West Point Gold and the University of Carolina in the round robin play prior to the final match. Additionally, WP Black tied the UNC Alumni team 14-14 in a very hard fought match. Rising senior, and future co-captain, CDT Cora Moody, was awarded the Highest Scorer. Wings CDT Dana Robertson and CDT Lindsay Kiernan played intense offense, securing most of the wing shots for WP Black. On the other hand, shooters CDT’s Cora Moody, Abby Toth, Kianna Duncan, and Olivia Beattie posed a threat from the outside. Due to the team’s diverse shooting capability, teams were forced to play fair defense across the court. Although offense was on point, it was WP’s defense that secured the victories. West Point Gold also made a good showing, losing to the University of Carolina only by a few points in its opening match. WP Gold finished third overall in the tournament, but have shown exponential growth throughout the semester and will continue to improve. Overall, both teams had an amazing weekend and are proud of their accomplishments.

DeSanti, Grabher Earn Weekly Accolades
5/10/2016

DeSanti, Grabher Earn Weekly AccoladesWEST POINT, NY - The Patriot League released its final weekly award winners of the season and Dan Grabher ’17 and Danny DeSanti ’19 took home honors. Grabher won 8-of-12 faceoffs against No. 6/7 Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon in the Black Knights' season finale. The junior also picked up six ground balls and tallied two shots after winning a pair of draws. Grabher finished the season winning .639 percent of his faceoffs taken and a total of 86 ground balls – a career high in a season. He concluded the season with three weekly honors for his faceoff performances. Read More

Combat Weapons Competes at the National Competition
5/10/2016

Combat Weapons Competes at the National CompetitionCombat Weapons sent 15 cadets to participate in their annual National Competition in Phenix City, AL. After a two day, three gun competition consisting of ten stages, the top
five scoring Cadets from each of the four Military Schools present (USMA, Texas A&M, VMI, and Navy) determined the winning team. The Army West Point Combat Weapons Team placed second overall, just behind Texas A&M. CDT Spencer Ellis placed fourth overall out of sixty cadets. The team demonstrated competency, concentration and cohesiveness, and most importantly beat Navy.

Pistol Training at the Tactical Defense Institute
5/10/2016

The Pistol team travelled to the Tactical Defense Institute in West Union, OH, for two and a half days of very intensive tactical live fire training with handguns and the M4 Carbine. The cadets’ tactical marksmanship improved significantly at close quarters battles distances with both the handgun and M4 Carbine and at long distances with the M4 Carbine. Cadets, in four person stacks, cleared multiple rooms in two very challenging live-fire shoot houses in both daylight and low light conditions. Cadets practiced stress shooting techniques where their heart was increased with short bouts of combatives, followed immediately with a free standing 100 yard rifle shoot, then running 75 yards to the 25 yard line
where they engaged steel targets with the handgun. Cadets also trained on a horizontal wall as buddy teams that required them to communicate and then shoot a variety of targets from irregular shooting positions while moving along the wall. Cadets rotated leadership positions to enhance their tactical leadership skills and upperclass cadets, who had been to Tactical Defense Institute previously, served as instructors under the close supervision of TDI instructors. Tactical marksmanship skills, CQB tactical skills, tactical leadership skills, and instructor skills were all significantly enhanced over the weekend

Parachute Host the 3rd Annual ISAM
5/10/2016

Parachute Host the 3rd Annual ISAMThe West Point Parachute team hosted the 3rd Annual Inter-Service Academy Meet (ISAM) on the Plain. The competition was broken into three different events: Sports Accuracy, 6-way Speed, and 4-way Formation Diving. Due to the weather on the second day, the competition was only able to sport accuracy event. The sport accuracy even was judged on an individual basis, as well as an overall average of a six-man team from each academy. The six-man average scores for Army was 5.42 meters; Air Force had an average score of 5.27 meters. The individual accuracy scores included: 1st place - USMA CDT Clinton Wallace with a score of 2.19 meters; 2nd place - USMA CDT Keaton Crowder with a score of 2.78 meters; 3rd place - USAFA CDT Luke Brown with a score of 3.41 meters

Civil & Military Engineering Compete in the ASCE
5/10/2016

Civil & Military Engineering Compete in the ASCEThe USMA Civil and Military Engineering Club travelled to Buffalo, NY, to compete in the 2016 ASCE Upstate New York Region Student competition at the University of Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo). The competition consisted of the steel bridge, concrete canoe, Mead ethics essay, and a mystery event. Overall, USMA placed third out of thirteen schools at the competition. The steel bridge won 2nd place for their presentation; CDT’s Abby Toth and Timothy Naifeh won 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Mead ethics paper; and USMA won the mystery event – seismic balsa wood truss and scavenger hunt.

Theatre Arts Guild Goes to Broadway
5/10/2016

Theatre Arts Guild Goes to BroadwayTheatre Arts Guild travelled to New York City, to attend the Broadway production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was a unique play with many technical and staging innovations the cadets appreciated. They also related their knowledge of the book, which many of them read in core English classes. After the matinee, cadets explored the city to find another show to see on their own, and the prospects did not disappoint. Cadets saw either Eclipsed, An American in Paris, Tuck Everlasting, or Hamilton. The cadets from the Class of 2016 surprised LTC Kimball with a plaque thanking her for her work in TAG over the past two years.

Pre-Medical Society Shadows Doctors at Walter Reed
5/10/2016

Pre-Medical Society Shadows Doctors at Walter Reed28 members of the West Point Pre-Medical Society went down to Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, to shadow doctors in an array of specialties. Many of these doctors are old graduates from the Service Academies. The trip included two days of multiple shadows and tours of USU and Georgetown Medical Schools. Additionally, cadets were hosted by Dr. Saguil, Dean of Admissions at USU, for a dinner.

Club Soccer Beats Navy
5/10/2016

Club Soccer Beats NavyThe Army West Point Cadet Club Soccer Team hosted their Naval counterparts on 23 April, to compete for The Joseph Casey Cup - awarded in Honor of Army all-time leading goal scorer (Class of 1967). In a hard fought contest Army West Point survived early pressure from Navy with Cadet Jakub Smola (2016) making important saves. As the game went on Army West Point played with more confidence and were unfortunate not to take the lead themselves with a last gasp goal line clearance protecting the Navy goal. Army defense was resolute throughout and the game finished with neither side able to find a breakthrough. A penalty shoot-out followed with Smola making the decisive save that eventually ensured an Army West Point victory. The winning spot kick was taken by Cadet Franklin Pugh (2019) and resulted in joyous scenes at the USMAPS field witnessed amongst others by Mr. Casey, and USAG West Point Garrison Commander COL Landy Dunham. Mr. Casey congratulated both teams on their performance and sportsmanship and presented the trophy to Club President Cadet Kyle Morris (2016).

Tae Kwon Do Dominates the NCTA Nationals
5/10/2016

Tae Kwon Do Dominates the NCTA NationalsThe Army West Point Tae Kwon Do team dominated the NCTA National Championships at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In the Men’s Color Belt Divisions (in various respective weight classes), CDT Eli Eichenberger took 1st and CDT Taylor Wing took 2nd in Red Belt Heavyweight sparring. CDT Ellis Valdez won 1st, CDT Cimingmao Lor won 2nd, and CDT Jackson Darash won 3rd in the Blue Belt Division. CDT Bradley Harrison and CDT Jason Viyar earned 2nd place medals and CDT John Mueller took 1st in Men’s Beginner Sparring. In the Women’s Color Belt Divisions, CDT Jennifer Huntley earned 3rd place and CDT Kristel Guino took 2nd in Women’s Beginner sparring. Both CDT’s Alexandra Baker and Kayla Johnson took 1st in their respective Women’s Beginner weight classes. Additionally, CDT Ellis Valdez won 3rd place in Blue Belt Forms and CDT Sarah Juhn won 3rd place in Women’s White Belt Forms. In the Black Belt divisions, CDT Wonha Kim took 2nd in Women’s Heavyweight, CDT Caleb Lim took 2nd in Men’s Heavyweight, and CDT Matthew Galea took 2nd in Men’s flyweight. At the end of the day, the Army Team won 3 bronze, 8 silver, and 5 gold medals, CDT’s Alexandra Baker, John Mueller, Ellis Valdez, and Eli Eichenberger holding NCTA National Champion titles.

Aviation Team Flight Training in Montgomery
5/10/2016

Aviation Team Flight Training in MontgomeryThe Aviation team conducted flight training at Take Flight Aviation in Montgomery, NY, led by LTC Tanya Estes. The team conducted power on and power off landings in the PA-28 Piper Warrior at Orange County Airports. Team members also performed practice simulator flights. Low ceilings and snow limited the practice time to only a few hours, but the team managed to accomplish quite a bit of training in advanced of the 3rd Annual Service Academy Flying Competition Spring Class.

Women’s Track & Field has Three First Place Finishes
5/9/2016

Women’s Track & Field has Three First Place FinishesLEWISBURG, PA - The Army West Point women's track and field team wrapped up the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships with three first-place finishes coming from freshman Abby Halbrook, sophomore Briyah Brown, and senior Cody Rothschild. The Black Knights finished in fifth place with 84 points. Bucknell, the host school, won on the women's side with 201.5 points.

"We had great competitive effort today from the women that we brought to the meet," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Smith. "We had quite a few champions and some gutsy performances." Halbrook claimed top honors in the 5,000 Meter Run. She completed in under 17 minutes for the first time in her career, finishing in 16:59.16. Brown's throw of 15.03 meters in the Shot Put was over 1.1 meters better than anybody else in the field. Rothschild competed in the Discus Throw and led the field with a 45.09 meter-best throw. Read More

Men’s Track and Field Places Second, 4x100 Team Shines
5/9/2016

Men’s Track and Field Places Second, 4x100 Team ShinesLEWISBURG, PA - The Army West Point men's track and field team finished a successful weekend at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships where the Black Knights finished second among nine teams. Army totaled 160 points trailing only Navy who scored 263 points. Bucknell hosted the championships. The Cadets 4x100 Meter Relay team put together a brilliant run. The quartet of junior Jose Santana, freshmen Ben Sims and Kevin Dyer, and sophomore Tyler Davis finished in 40.08 seconds, marks that are Academy, facility, and meet records. Read More

Sailing Attends Safety at Sea Seminar
5/9/2016

Army West Point sailing travelled to SUNY Maritime Academy to attend their Safety at Sea Seminar. Cadets participated in hands-on safety classes on firefighting, pyrotechnics, damage control and man over board drills. Other members of the offshore team launched the team’s 44 foot sloop, Invincible, and moved her down the Hudson to SUNY Maritime for this spring’s competitive season. On Sunday, the offshore team came back together and hosted the Master of the Sword, COL Nicholas Gist, for a practice in Long Island Sound. The Colonel manned the foredeck as CDT’s Ruby Garcia and Nina Tucker put him through his paces on the Invincible.

Climbing Competes in the National Collegiate Championships
5/9/2016

Climbing Competes in the National Collegiate ChampionshipsWest Point Climbing Team travelled to San Diego to compete at the National Collegiate Climbing Championships. On the first day of competition, the team made it to the qualifiers round. All competitors climbed for 3 hours to complete up to 6 lead/top rope climbs, 8-12 boulder problems, and/or 2 speed climbs. During the next day of competition, CDT’s Amos Lee, Brian Hazen, Peter Mueller, Anthony Thompson, and Lyra Kwak competed in the morning at the speed finals against 10-15 different schools including Air Force. CDT Amos Lee ran a 6.36 speed climb placing him 4th overall in Men’s Speed Climbing. In the evening, all cadets attended the culminating event, the bouldering final. The team supported and cheered for CDT Julian Barker as he made more headway on all of the problems than any climber before him; CDT Barker placed 9th overall in Men’s Bouldering. The Army West Point Climbing Team came in 8th overall, defeating Air Force and Navy to win the Armed Forces Cup. The team placed 6 cadets in the top 20 in each of their respective disciplines.

Parachute Team Demo Jumps
5/9/2016

Parachute Team Demo JumpsThe West Point Parachute team conducted two demonstrations into the Army/Navy Lacrosse Game in Michie Stadium, and the Army/Cal Rugby game in the Anderson Complex. A total of six firstie jumpers conducted both demonstrations to include CDT’s Nate Volk, Lexi Deets, Pace Murray, Cameron McDonald, Joshua Petrovic, and Team Captain, Jordan Komm. CDT Cameron McDonald shot the game ball for the Lacrosse game to kick off the event. The firstie demonstration team conducted the demonstrations to allow the cow class to train in order to win against Air Force in the 3rd Annual Inter-Service Academy meet coming up on 22 April.

Crew Host the CPT Brian R. Faunce Cup
5/9/2016

Crew Host the CPT Brian R. Faunce CupThe Army West Point Crew hosted the CPT Brian R. Faunce cup at the Caufield Crew Center. Army West Point Crew won the CPT Brian R. Faunce Cup in a match race with Penn State University. The Faunce Cup, donated by Army Crew in 2015, honors the memory of Penn State graduate and Army ROTC member, Captain Brian R. Faunce, who was killed in action in Al Asad, Iraq in 2003. Despite the challenging weather conditions, the Men’s Second Varsity Eight started the day off with a strong row, finishing the race with several boat lengths of open water over the Penn State shell. The Women’s top boat, the First Varsity Eight, fought through the rough water with a solid win, finishing over 38 seconds ahead of their counterparts. The Men’s First Varsity Eight followed suit with a 35 second win over the PSU boat, finishing the course with the fastest time of the day in 7 minutes and 20 seconds. The novice eights were next to race, with the Novice Men’s First Eight clocking a time of 7:39.8, again with much open water back to the Penn State Eight; the Novice Women’s top Eight rowed next, with a dominating 50 second victory. The Army Men’s Second Novice Eight completed the sweep of the Eights event with an open water win. As water conditions continued to deteriorate, the Fours events were cancelled, ending the day with Army West Point on top of Penn State by a score of 52 to 44. During a joint BBQ, hosted by the cadets, the Faunce Cup was presented to the Army Commodore, CDT Jordan Duran, by Mrs. Marion Zilinski, mother of 1LT Dennis Zilinski ’04 killed in action in 2005 in Bayji, Iraq. As a part of the home event, Army West Point also hosted 20+ youth from Breaking Barriers, a non-profit organization based in Wilmington, DE.

Glee Club Deliver a Surprise Knock-Out
5/9/2016

Glee Club Deliver a Surprise Knock-OutThe Glee Club Knight Caps delivered a surprise knock-out performance backed up by the Marianne Bennett Band at the AOG’s For Us All Campaign Gala in the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center. Among the 270 distinguished guests were the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald; former Superintendents and Commandants; and US-MA’s Senior Leader Team. Additionally, they closed the evening’s programs by leading alumni in the singing of the Alma Mater. The cadets represented the highest standards of West Point in their interactions with guests throughout the evening, and exhibited great skill and professionalism in their performance.

Cycling Takes 3rd Overall in the ECCC
5/9/2016

Cycling Takes 3rd Overall in the ECCCThe Army West Point Cycling team finished off Week 3 of racing by jumping up to 3rd place overall in the ECCC in Hanover, NH. The weekend was a joint effort between Dartmouth College and University of Vermont. The criterium and ITT were held on Dart-mouth's campus on Saturday, and the rac-es on Sunday were held 1 1/2 hrs away in Burlington, VT. Top finishers for the weekend include CDT Monte He ('19 CAT B) placing 1st in the ITT and 4th in the crit; CDT Jinny Yan ('16 CAT B) 3rd in the ITT and 4th in the road race; CDT Tristan Leo Manderfeld ('17 CAT B) 3rd in the ITT and crit, and CDT Kaitlin Bender ('17 CAT D) 4th in the crit. CDT Kenny Englert ('19 CAT A) had an amazing finish in the Men A crit, finishing 6th overall. This week was the first week for the ITT and the team performed very well. The Men A team placed 5th, Women B got 1st in their field, a performance that would have taken first in Women A, both Men B and Men C placed 3rd and the Women D took 1st place.

Civil Mil Operations Volunteer at the Newburgh Walk
5/9/2016

Civil Mil Operations Volunteer at the Newburgh WalkTen cadets from the USMA Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations volunteered at the Newburgh Walk 4 Housing fundraiser in Newburgh, NY. There they served as “Walk Marshalls” directing walkers and traffic to make sure that everyone remained safe. Additionally, they were able to showcase the cadets doing volunteer work in Newburgh. The cadets had several brief conversations with the patrons watching the parade, and received very high praises.

Athletic Director's Update
5/6/2016

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

Feature Friday: Women’s Rugby on the Rise
5/6/2016

Feature Friday: Women’s Rugby on the RiseChaotic. Wild. Exhausting. Those three words are just a few that Army West Point women's rugby head coach Bill LeClerc and a trio of Cadets use to describe the game of rugby sevens, which will make its debut in the Olympics this summer in Rio. Only seven players are on the field at one time, as opposed to the traditional 15. The fewer competitors open up space for explosive players to utilize their speed. To put it in perspective, sevens is a lot like overtime 3-on-3 for the National Hockey League, allowing a lot of open space and ability to score points. Unique to sevens is the fast-paced sport lasts just 14 minutes, not 80 like traditional rugby. Full Story »

Triathlon at the Collegiate National Championships
5/6/2016

Triathlon at the Collegiate National ChampionshipsThe Army West Point Triathlon team traveled to Clemson SC to compete in the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships on 22 and 23 April 2016. There were 132 colleges and universities represented in the two-day event. The Army team had great performances with CDT Dylan Morgan ’16 placing 4th and CDT Jacob Slife ’18 placing 12th in the men’s draft-legal race. CDT Teresa Groton ’18 placed 8th in the women’s draft-legal race. CDT’s Dylan Morgan ’16, Cat Sedy ’16, Teresa Groton ’18 and Jacob Slife ’18 placed 5th in the mixed-team relay. The team competition was a combined scored from the top draft-legal men’s and women’s score and the top four men’s and women’s score on the Olympic-distance non-draft event. As a team, the men’s team was 6th and the women’s team and the combined overall team placed in the top 10 out of 132. West Point defeated Air Force and Coast Guard head-to-head and was 2nd in the Military award completion just behind Navy.

Debate Competes in the 2016 Lafayette Debates
5/6/2016

Debate Competes in the 2016 Lafayette DebatesUSMA Debate Forum travelled to George Washington University in Washington, D.C., to compete in the 2016 Lafayette Debates. The Lafayette Debates tradition began in 1824 during the “hero’s tour” to the United States of General Marquis de Lafayette, and his son George Washington Lafayette. The Program was revived in 2015 with Army Debate taking home the prized General Lafayette trophy, given to the highest performing military academy. Following this culminating event of the 2016 Spring Season, West Point Debate looks to complete an alumni database and begin preparations for the 2017 season.

Obstacle Course at the Spartan Citi Field Sprint
5/6/2016

Obstacle Course at the Spartan Citi Field SprintThe Obstacle Course Racing team competed in the Spartan Citi Field Sprint in New York, NY. The course totaled over three miles, using every level of the stadium with 15+ obstacles. There were a total of 9,000 athletes, to include the top professionals in the Obstacle Course Racing community. The team had four men place in the top 20 and two women place in the top 15 in the Elite Men’s and Women’s divisions. CDT Joshua Bassette led the team through the finish line placing 7th. The top three male racers were CDT’s Joshua Bassette ’16, Daniel Camacho ’16, and Eric Zenger ’17; their times were 7th at 42:01; 10th at 43:33, and 11th at 43:42 respectively. The top two female racers were CDT Rachel Dodaro ’19 and CDT Eva Gould ’19; their times and placements were 13th at 52:53, and 14th at 53:09 respectively.

PaNe Attends the Nonproliferation Workshop
5/6/2016

PaNE sent three students and two faculty to attend the Nonproliferation Workshop conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This was an excellent educational experience. It provided the cadets excellent in-depth knowledge of the challenges faced in nonproliferation enforcement as well as expanded the students understanding of radiation detection. The students gained hands-on experience with advanced detection technologies as well as special nuclear material. This course was conducted in an extremely professional manner and was tailored to the particular knowledge base and interest of our audience. This workshop should be extended to all first class cadets enrolled in NE452 and should be modified to best suit that particular audience.

Cadets Visit Indian Point Energy Center
5/6/2016

Cadets Visit Indian Point Energy CenterCPT Josh Molgaard spent a few days taking NE300 students to tour the nuclear power plant at Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, NY. Cadets had an opportunity to see a commercial nuclear reactor in operation and gain a better understanding of what they’ve been taught in class and how it relates to the real world. The trip was very enlightening and rewarding, as it has been in previous semesters. Our thanks to Entergy, the owner of the facility, for their continued support.

Climbing in the Shawagunks Mountain Range
5/6/2016

Climbing in the Shawagunks Mountain RangeThe Army West Point Climbing Team took eight cadets to the Shawagunks Mountain Range in New Paltz, NY, to participate in a day of out-door climbing. Cadets on the trip included two new team members whom had never been outdoor climbing before. In the morning, the group made the arduous and complex hike up to the “Lost City” climbing wall. Building on the technical foundations learned in the indoor climbing gym, cadets were able to build anchor points atop the cliff under the supervision of senior team members and then safely rappel down. Utilizing traditional climbing systems, placing gear and building anchors, CDT Freddie Kratz ’19 practiced proper safety gear placement in preparation for his upcoming first lead climb. CDT Justin Black ’18 was exposed to some advanced climbing routes and able to fine-tune his skills in anticipation of the USA Climbing Nationals next week in San Diego, CA.

Semester Abroad in Beijing China
5/6/2016

Semester Abroad in Beijing ChinaCadet Meredith Shea and Eric Tao Studying Chinese in Beijing this semester had great opportunities to see two different sides of Chinese Culture. Eric spent the weekend in Xi’An on the side of a mountain (see Photo), while the local tourists had themselves edited into photos on the mountain. Meredith spent the weekend with her Chinese Roommate making and sharing a traditional Chinese meal. Eric pointed out the local tourists are more interested in telling their friends about where they have been rather than the experiences available.

Scuba Final NAUI Open Water Certification Trip
5/6/2016

Scuba Final NAUI Open Water Certification TripThe USMA Scuba team conducted AY15-16’s fourth and final NAUI Open Water Certification trip to Dutch Springs, PA. This trip section included 19 students and 17 team members. All of the students conducted the four open water dives needed to complete their Basic Open Water Certification. After serving all four years at USMA on the team, this was the last open water certification trip for the team’s five firsties, CDT’s Derek Wilder, Alexander Hart, Michael Lami, Solomon McGinty and Grant Ringelman.

Cadets Work with Students at Entrada Academy in the Bronx
5/6/2016

Cadets Work with Students at Entrada Academy in the BronxCadets from DFL Spanish’s Advanced Conversation (LS470) visited with students at Entrada Academy (Bronx, NY) for the course’s annual service-learning trip. Entrada Academy is a Title I NY public school where over 85% of students identify as Latino and receive some form of English language support. During their visit, Cadets had the opportunity to work with multiple levels of English Language Learners in support of the Entrada students’ upcoming language proficiency exams. In addition, Cadets had the opportunity to visit with students participating in the Chess Enrichment program and discussed opportunities related to college education and the military. After the visit, Cadets remarked that they have gained a new appreciation for the challenges experienced by English Language Learners and those who instruct them, as well as the importance of mentorship and the opportunity to interact with our regional community on a personal level.

Cadets Capture Whirlpool Galaxy with New Observatory Camera
5/5/2016

Cadets Capture Whirlpool Galaxy with New Observatory CameraThe new Meade 16-inch telescope in the Cadet Observatory has taken its first images with the SBIG STX-16803 full-frame camera. The camera is designed for imaging deep-space objects and it is not yet set up to work fully robotically. The first images were taken “manually,” without an electronic focuser or filters. Our target was the Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier Object 51 (M51). M51 is the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral in 1845. It is located in the constellation Canes Venatici (Hunting Dogs) not too far from the third star in the handle of the Big Dipper asterism. According to some sources, M51 is in the process of merging with the smaller galaxy seen at the bottom. The image, capturing light that left the Whirlpool Galaxy about 30 million years ago, was taken by CDT Abigail Daniel and Dr. Paula Fekete with assistance via Skype from Mr. Patric Knoll, an amateur astronomer from CA.

Persian Section Spring Immersion
5/5/2016

Persian Section Spring ImmersionSix cadets participated in DFL Persian Section’s Spring Immersion program to Southern California. They volunteered for a week at a Persian-community Adult Health Day Care center where they spoke Persian to elderly Iranians with no English. In the afternoons, cadets got involved in events in the large and growing Persian community where they learned about Persian culture and participated in cultural activities leading up the Persian New Year, which fell on 19 March this year. Activities included the Los Angeles Persian Parade; a Persian professional association’s New Year gala; a Persian elementary school’s New Year performance; the House of Iran Cultural Center events; Westwood Persian New Year Fire Ceremony; and the Los Angeles Public Library’s Persian New Year event. They also visited several Persian bookstores, a publishing house, and the IMAN Iranian-Islamic center of Los Angeles. While there, they visited Persian art and rug galleries, clothing boutiques, and jewelry stores, in addition to a number of Persian grocery stores and restaurants. Cadets participated in several Persian-related private events, including one on Persian New Year’s Eve.

Opera Forum Attends Otello at the Met
5/5/2016

Opera Forum Attends Otello at the MetTen Cadets from the USMA Opera Forum attended Bartlett Sher’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s 1887 masterpiece Otello at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The Italian opera is based upon Shakespeare’s play Othello in which the heroic title character is overcome by jealousy leading to the work’s tragic ending.

LTC Schmidt's Philosophy Forum Lecture
5/5/2016

LTC Schmidt's Philosophy Forum LectureLTC Eric C. Schmidt gave a lecture to the Philosophy Forum titled “Remotely Piloted Aircraft: The Role of RPAs in the War on Terror.” The next day, LTC Schmidt gave a secret brief on the same topic to select Cadets and faculty. LTC Schmidt serves as the Deputy Commander, 27th Special Operations Group. The 27 SOG provides combat ready forces to joint force commanders around the world. Its Airmen perform a variety of specialized airpower missions including lethal strike, ISR, fixed wing and tilt rotor battlefield mobility, helicopter aerial refueling, and other specialized combat support missions. The 27th SOG directs the training and readiness for ten squadrons operating various special operations aircraft. LTC Schmidt’s visit to USMA is linked to a DEP-run Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) AIAD this summer. The AIAD will discuss the ethical implications of the US and Great Britain’s use of RPAs with just war theorists at Oxford and a Royal Air Force RPA pilot in London.

DSE/CME Capstone Team Earns 2nd Place
5/5/2016

DSE/CME Capstone Team Earns 2nd PlaceDSE/CME Capstone Team Earns 2nd Place at the University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition. MAJ Craig Brewer and Dr. Mike Deible took six cadets from the Department of Systems Engineering and Civil/Mech Engineering to Houston, TX to compete against other universities in the first University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition (USDASC). The competition required the team to build a system that can identify and monitor corrosion in hard to reach areas along with detecting the humidity and presence of water in a structure. The teams were judged on their tech report, a presentation, and a demonstration of their system in the competition structure. Overall, the USMA DSE/CME capstone team earned 2nd place in the first USDASC!

Cadet Capstone Brief to INSCOM CG
5/5/2016

CDTs Cale Brewer, Robert Marsh, Michael Willis, and Michael York traveled to INSCOM to brief MG Franz, INSCOM CG, on the results of their Systems Engineering capstone project. The cadets worked for the past academic year on helping INSCOM identify ways to improve recruiting and advertising for one of the INSCOM programs. The cadet team provided options for integrating social media into the process. MG Franz commended the cadets for a job well done and awarded them INSCOM coins.

USA Powerlifting Collegiate National Championships
5/5/2016

USA Powerlifting Collegiate National ChampionshipsPowerlifting Competitive Club traveled to Providence, Rhode Island to compete in the USA Powerlifting Collegiate National Championships. Over 20 schools competed for the title of best in the U.S., including Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Northeastern University, University of Texas, and Texas A&M, Firstie Shaina Coss led off Army’s scoring, making 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 Army West Point, becoming a two-time All-American with a fourth place finish off a huge 579 lbs deadlift (at 163 lbs body-weight), improving on his fifth place finish from last year. These two upperclass leaders did a great job setting the tone for the rest of the team and setting the conditions for success on the following day of competition, when most of the team lifted. The next day featured some outstanding performances, beginning with Firstie and Team Captain James Haworth. CDT Haworth 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. Following Haworth’s lead, next year’s Team Captain Bryson Randall had a monster day, punctuating a second-in-the-nation finish and All-American award with a huge 640 lb. deadlift at 205 lbs. bodyweight. Last, but equally impressive - this year’s other Co-Captain Clay Barone had the best Powerlifting meet of his life, setting the example for the rest of the team by coming through when it counts the most to be-come an All – American with a fifth place finish; he set a huge personal best in the deadlift to achieve his fifth place, pulling 628 lbs. at 205 lbs. bodyweight. The fireworks finale occurred in the afternoon session of lifting, as Army West Point swept the top three spots in the 231 lb. weight class. Yearling Morgan Willcox captured the national championship with a dominant performance, achieving over 1600 lbs. for his three lift total. Yearling Justin Byers took second place and Class of 2017’s Jacob Weiss was third in a masterful performance by these three All – American athletes. Rounding out Army West Point’s scoring, Class of 2017’s Seth Kirchner put together a masterful meet at 264 lbs, capturing second place and securing his own All-American status. When the final results were read the men’s team succeeded in winning their first National Championship since the early 1990s. Every single individual performance was absolutely critical as the scoring was very tight – Army West Point beat Ohio State by two points. The women’s team, in their first recent national competition, notched their first All-American in over a decade and placed in the top 10 in the nation with an eighth place finish. The hard work by these men and women paid off; every cadet that made the trip represented USMA superbly and with class the entire weekend and came away champions.

Systems Engineering Capstone Outbriefs to PM UAS
5/5/2016

Systems Engineering Capstone Outbriefs to PM UASTwo cadet capstone teams from the Department of Systems Engineering visited COL Courtney Cote, the Army’s Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, to brief him on projects they performed for his organization this academic year. Cadets Joshua Olivas, Luke Jenkins, Ramsay Talmadge, and Drew Hidalgo briefed their recommended solution for GPS denied navigation for small unmanned aircraft. Their advisor is Dr. Roger Burk. Cadets Brady Carroll, Pierre Archambeau, Creighton Monson and Nebyou Abera briefed him on tradespace analysis for the design of the Short Range Micro unmanned aircraft. This project is a collaborative effort with a mechanical engineering team consisting of cadets James Glover, Matt Denison, and Joe Lipshutz. The advisors are COL Rob Kewley and MAJ Brent Pafford. COL Cote thanked the teams for these efforts, which will have significant impact on the designs of small unmanned aircraft used by the Army. He also highlighted the importance of leadership and Army Values as they become leaders for the Army. These projects are part of a multi-year cooperation between PM UAS and USMA to address engineering challenges while also providing valuable developmental experiences for the cadets.

Army Ultimate Frisbee Beats Navy in Annapolis
5/5/2016

Army Ultimate Frisbee Beats Navy in AnnapolisThe Army ultimate team (Frisbee), coached by Dr. Stephen Finn (CFE), trounced the Navy team in Annapolis. The game was close until half time (8-5), but the cadets outscored the midshipmen in the second half 7-3, leading to a final score of 15-8. This was the second annual Army-Navy ultimate game. Navy beat Army last year by a 1 point margin in New York City.

PaNE Annual Awards Banquet
5/5/2016

PaNE Annual Awards BanquetThe Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering hosted their Annual Awards Banquet at the West Point Club to induct cadets into the Society of Physics Students and the American Nuclear Society as well as present certificates for excellence in physics and nuclear engineering coursework throughout AY16. The guest speaker for the event was BG Timothy Trainor, Dean of the Academic Board, USMA.

Smith Pitches No-Hitter as Softball Sweeps Hartford
5/4/2016

Smith Pitches No-Hitter as Softball Sweeps HartfordWEST HARTFORD, CT - After sweeping Hartford in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday evening, the Army West Point softball team has reached 35 regular season wins which ties the program record. The Black Knights defeated the Hawks by scores of 7-0 and 5-3. Caroline Smith pitched her first career no-hitter and was one batter away from the perfect game. The 2016 squad ties the 2012 record of 35 regular season wins with three more games on the docket. Read More

NEAF Cadets Attend the Astronomy & Space Expo
5/4/2016

NEAF Cadets Attend the Astronomy & Space ExpoNortheast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) Expo Cadets Abigail Daniel ’18 and Kris Korzan ’16, along with their PH489 individual research project advisor, Dr. Paula Fekete, attended the NEAF Astronomy and Space Expo held at Rockland Community College in nearby Suffern, NY. As part of their research project, the Cadets are performing visual observations and acquiring astrophotography images in the new West Point Observatory. They visited the expo to be acquainted with the latest astronomy and astrophotography gear available. More than 150 astronomy equipment vendors were represented. In addition to being the largest expo of specialized equipment in the field, NEAF is also a forum for numerous scientific presentations. Cadets attended two of the scientific talks. NEAF talks are given by the most brilliant personalities in the fields of space and astronomy. The first talk was contributed by Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons Mission to Pluto and it was entitled Mission to Pluto and What Planethood Really Means. The second attended talk was The Confirmation of Gravitational Waves, and it was presented by David Shoemaker, senior research scientist at MIT, director of the Advanced LIGO project. Attendance allowed a great opportunity to cadets and their instructor to enlarge their horizons by attending talks given by researchers at the forefront of science today.

Radiological Engineering Visits STERIS Isomedix in Chester, NY
5/4/2016

Radiological Engineering Visits STERIS Isomedix in Chester, NYRadiological Engineering Design students took a trip to STERIS Isomedix, in Chester, NY to see an example of how radiation is used in industry. Cadets experienced first-hand how gamma rays from a Cobalt-60 radioactive source sterilize medical supplies and food, remediate mold, cross-link polymers, and perform many other applications. During the visit, STERIS Isomedix loaded about 500,000 Curies of new Co-60 sources into one of their gamma-ray sterilization machines, reshuffled older sources, and removed the oldest ones which were no longer sufficiently radioactive. Cadets watched the shielded containers as they were lifted by crane off a flatbed truck and lowered into a 25-foot deep pool of water where they were safely opened and loaded into the machine. Mr. Mark Thomas, the Director of Operations, was very knowledgeable and a great teacher as Cadets asked him many questions about the business aspects of using radioisotopes in industry.

Cadets Visit ExxonMobil Remediation Site
5/4/2016

Cadets Visit ExxonMobil Remediation SiteEV 488 Field Trip: cadets from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering traveled to Brooklyn, NY to visit an ExxonMobil remediation site near Newtown Creek. The trip was hosted by Mr. Scott Wybro, Class of 2003. Scott is the ExxonMobil Area Manager for the northeast and a graduate of the D/G&EnE Environmental Geography major. The trip supplemented their environmental remediation studies as a part of EV488, Solid & Hazardous Waste Treatment and Remediation. The cadets were able to view full scale remediation systems that target one of the largest subsurface petroleum spills in the United States. The tour included several on-site remediation technologies, such as the free-product recovery wells, a catalytic oxidizer, an air stripper, carbon adsorption vessels, and an oil/water separator. This rewarding experience allowed cadets to see these processes first hand and talk with practicing engineers about their careers and the on-going waste remediation and recovery processes. Cadets also experienced cultural emersion by eating at the Karczma Restaurant, which is located in a Polish neighborhood in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Cadet Field Trip to United Nations
5/4/2016

25 firstie environmental science majors enrolled in EV487 Environmental Security participated in a field trip to the US Mission to the United Nations and to the United Nations itself. The cadets were briefed by a USUN staff member (LTC David Macdonald) who works in the Military Affairs branch of the US Mission, by a USUN Political Section expert (Ms. Tashawna Smith) on the role of the UN Security Council in pursuing US national security interests, and by a USMA graduate (Mr. Brian Conroy) who is employed in the USUN Management Reform Section on reform priorities for UN Peacekeeping. After lunch, the cadets toured the United Nations building with the highlight being visiting the Security Council and General Assembly chambers. The briefings and tour tied directly to class discussions on how military and NGO organizations can promote stability and security in developing nations and thus limit the global spread of terrorism and the ultimate involvement of the US military.

C3MO Visits the US District Court in Brooklyn
5/4/2016

C3MO Visits the US District Court in BrooklynCadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO) NYC Engagement. The 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 proceedings by Judge Sterling Johnson and Senior Judge Jack Weinstein and 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 will create opportunities for future engagements between West Point and the Federal Court system.

Mitchell, Sakata Share AAA Athlete of the Week
5/4/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Freshman David Mitchell of the men's tennis team and sophomore Dean Sakata of the men's golf team have each earned the AAA Athlete of the Week for their respective performances in helping their teams secure Patriot League Championships. Click here for the video. Mitchell garnered Patriot League MVP honors after going 3-0 in singles in the league tournament. The IMG Academy product played all three of his matches in the third flight. In the championship match against Navy, he had to overcome a first set loss while the match was tied 2-2. Mitchell ultimately won 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. Read More

CHAC Paper Tutoring Session
5/4/2016

CHAC Paper Tutoring SessionThe Cadet History Advisory Council (CHAC) hosted a paper tutoring session for cadets enrolled in HI108, International History. 25 plebes (5% of the core class) benefited from the tutelage of volunteer history majors, who advised the underclassmen on writing style, organization, and clarity of argument. CHAC will also conduct a paper tutoring session for HI105 in the upcoming weeks.

Department of History Lunchtime Lecture
5/4/2016

Department of History Lunchtime LectureCPT Antonio Salinas provided a lunchtime lecture to second- and third-class history majors. His lecture discussed Siren's Song: The Allure of War, his wartime memoir about his experiences as an infantry platoon leader in Kunar, Afghanistan. CPT Salinas not only shared his combat and leadership experiences but he also gave a brief outline of about future class offerings for cadets interesting in studying Greco-Roman Warfare for their thesis research. 35 cadets attended this voluntary event, which was the third installment of the Cadet History Advisory Council (CHAC) mentorship series.

Cultural Forum Travels to the Gotham Comedy Club in NYC
5/4/2016

Cultural Forum Travels to the Gotham Comedy Club in NYCMembers of the Hudson Valley Cultural Forum traveled to the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City to attend an evening of veteran comics’ performances. Three of the performers—Isaura Ramirez, Mike Garvey, and Clifton Hoffler—were alumni of the Armed Services Arts Partnership’s (ASAP) Veterans Comedy Bootcamp who were making their NYC debut. They were accompanied by national headliner and Navy Veteran, PJ Walsh, and Army Veteran Dion Flynn, who plays the President on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Cadet Kyle Lackey discovered an unexpected connection with one of the performers, Marine Corps Veteran Mike Garvey. Cadet Lackey assisted in training Garvey’s service dog, Liberty, with Puppies Behind Bars. The Hudson Valley Cultural Forum’s mission is to expose Cadets to the history, arts, and culture of the Hudson River Valley.

Combating Terrorism Center Cadet/Student Conference
5/3/2016

Combating Terrorism Center Cadet/Student ConferenceThe Combating Terrorism Center hosted its 4th Annual Cadet/Student Conference. The conference provides a high-level forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present research focused on the characteristics, causes, and implications of terrorism and insurgency as well as broader issues related to asymmetric conflicts. This year’s experts included the Honorable Juan Zarate, former Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism (2005-2009); Dr. Victor Asal, Chair of Public Administration and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at SUNY Albany; and Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, founding director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Student presenters hailed from such institutions as Stanford University, London School of Economics, Kings College, and UMASS Lowell.

The two-day event featured addresses by COL Cindy Jebb, head of the Department of Social Sciences, and AMB Michael Sheehan, CTC’s Distinguished Chair, as well as presentations by several cadets. These included CDT David Lane (Conciliation Strategies in Northern Ireland), CDT Theodore Lipsky (Security Sector Reform in Post Asymmetric Conflicts), CDT Joe Presti (States or Something Else—A Comparison between ISIS and Hezbollah), CDT Bryan Silverman (Deciphering National Intelligence Institutions), and CDT Carson Warnberg (Effectiveness of CT Legislation against Militia Groups). Other cadets and USMA faculty attended panels and contributed to discussions throughout the conference.

Civil and Mechanical Engineering Collegiate Infrastructure Challenge
5/3/2016

Civil and Mechanical Engineering Collegiate Infrastructure ChallengeCadets Compete at Collegiate Infrastructure Challenge. A team of five cadets (Matthew Brown, Colin Doody, Ian Mauldin, Matthew Salazar, and Kevin Yi) were given a challenge to develop a solution to reduce the vulnerability of our nation’s transportation infrastructure. They presented their solution 24 hours later to a panel of judges and a room full of engineers, policy makers, and city planners as part of the Collegiate Infrastructure Challenge hosted by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) during this year’s Critical Infrastructure Symposium in Charleston, SC. The USMA team beat teams from USAFA and The Citadel to earn a second place finish behind a team from VMI.

Third Annual Ethics of War Conference
5/3/2016

Third Annual Ethics of War ConferenceDepartment of English and Philosophy faculty and Cadets attended the Third Annual Ethics of War Conference, an annual joint program between West Point and Villanova University. This year’s conference was hosted by Villanova University. This multi-disciplinary academic conference gathered some of the most influential philosophers, lawyers, political scientists and theologians currently contributing to the field of war ethics. The plenary sessions were offered by Dr. Claire Finkelstein of the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer of University of California, Santa Barbara; Dr. Frances Kamm of Harvard University; and Dr. Dominic Tierney of Swarthmore College, with faculty presentations by COL David Barnes, LTC Mike Saxon, Prof. Graham Parsons, and MAJ Tim Leone. While all were enriched by those scholars’ contributions, the highlight of the conference each year are the more than twenty Villanova students and West Point Cadets that present their own academic work throughout the event. USMA Cadet Presenters this year were Sam Andersen, Brett Benedict, James Duncan, Edmund Mullin, Zoe Kreitenberg, Carolyn Kehn, Harold Shablom, Matthew Malcom, Sam Kolling, and Ivellisse Velez-Morey.

Crew at the Kerr Cup in Philadelphia
5/3/2016

Crew at the Kerr Cup in PhiladelphiaArmy West Point Crew continued their strong spring season at the Kerr Cup in Philadelphia on the Schuylkill River, competing against 35 other collegiate programs from across the county, including NCAA women’s teams and highly-ranked DIV-1 varsity men’s programs. Army entered 11 events, sending 9 boats to Grand Finals, including all of the Eights races – the premier category in the sport. The Varsity Women’s Pair won their heat in the varsity pair event with the fastest time of the morning. As the top seed in the Grand Final, the women experienced a seat mal-function at the start, but were still able to finish in 5th place ahead of one crew in the race. In the Grand Finals, The Novice Women’s Four took 4th, just .15 seconds from the bronze medal positon, ahead of the crews from NYU and Rutgers Camden. The Novice Men’s Four came up less than a second short of consecutive 1st place finishes, just behind the top-ranked Delaware LWT crew, defeating hometown favorites Drexel and Villanova in the process. The Novice Men’s Eight finished their Grand Final race with a time of 5:59.01, just behind the gold medal shell from Drexel, but ahead of the Delaware team that beat them in the heats earlier in the day. The Novice Women brought home the first gold for Army at the Kerr Cup since 2009, crossing the line in 6:52.8, two and a half boat lengths in front of the next closest competitor. The gold medal boat was coxed by CDT Xiao Pfohman, and powered by CDTs Mary Bahr, Lauren Hudak, Natalie Nepa, Hannah Makuch, Hannah Wentland, Lauren Pile, Margaret Gleason, and Amanda Kuruc at the stroke position. The Men’s Second Varsity Four placed 2nd in a finals only race, bested only by Fordham, and ahead of Temple, Rochester, Mary Washington and NY Maritime. The Men’s Second Varsity Eight sprinted to a 5th place finish just seconds behind the top crews, beating the Gonzaga boat at the line. The Varsity Women Eight had a strong first row of the season making the Grand Finals in a field of 16, beating the Patriot League Lehigh boat, and in close contact with an all-NCAA field including Temple, Fordham, Drexel, and St Josephs. The Men’s Varsity Eight finished in the bronze medal position, just behind the 12th ranked (nationally) Drexel boat. In the process, the Army crew defeated St Josephs’ top eight, marking an 8 second swing from the previous weekend’s result at the Knecht Cup. As a result of their strong performance, all four Eights were ranked in the top 10 in the nation in the American Collegiate Rowing Association poll. In preparation for the nationals, Army will host their only home event of the spring, the Faunce Cup, against Penn State University, beginning at 0800 at the Caufield Crew Center on Saturday, 23 May. The team will then leave the next day for a dual meet with Marist in Poughkeepsie for the President’s Cup.

Mounger Writing Center Special Support for SOSH Paper
5/3/2016

Mounger Writing Center Special Support for SOSH PaperUnder the leadership of CDT Cameron Voigt ’17, who was inspired by his attendance of the annual conference of the International Writing Centers Association in October 2015, the Writing Center conducted its first large-scale event in direct support of a specific writing assignment: the SOSH Paper. Held 3-4 April, 1930-2230, the Writing Center’s “SOSHIAL” facilitated expanded numbers of individual appointments for Cadets who worked with Writing Fellows specifically trained to assist them. In all, the Center conducted nineteen forty-five minute one-on-one consultations, in addition to serving several other Cadets who dropped in with briefer questions. Meanwhile, CDTs Nathan Hernandez and Erin Savage conducted special workshops on “Evidence: Research & Integration” and “Chicago Citation Style,” respectively. Finally, the Yoga Club helped out by conducting ‘relaxation sessions’ to support Cadets through the long writing process. The event received significant support from MAJ Renee Ramsey (SOSH), Course Director of SS307, and Ms. Laura Mosher (Library), in addition to the West Point Parents Club, which provided plentiful snacks to sustain CDTs as they worked. Overall, feedback from all Cadets who participated was extremely positive, despite the limited number of appointments the Center was able to offer, and through CDT Voigt’s leadership and the dedicated efforts of nearly two dozen Cadet Writing Fellows, the event set an important precedent and standard for the future.

English and Philosophy USMA-Vassar Initiative
5/3/2016

English and Philosophy USMA-Vassar InitiativeMembers of the USMA-Vassar Initiative convened at Vassar College, where Cadets and their student hosts attended a C. Mildred Thompson Lecture given by Dr. Marilyn Young, New York University Professor of History, entitled “How to Remember the Vietnam War.” Young’s lecture coincided with Vietnam Veterans Day and the 33rd anniversary of the United States’ withdrawal of combat units and support personnel from Vietnam on 29 March 1973. In her lecture, Young explored what the Vietnam War can tell people about today's foreign policy problems. Following a group dinner with their student hosts, Cadets remained overnight in the Vassar College dormitories before returning to West Point early the next morning. In its sixth year, the USMA-Vassar Initiative part of a Mellon Foundation funded project designed to bridge the civil-military divide.

Class in Space
5/2/2016

Class in SpaceThe plebes of MA104 and MA255 had a unique pair of guest lecturers in their classes today. COL (R) Jeff Williams ’80 and COL (R) Tim Kopra ’85, astronauts aboard the International Space Station and members of Expedition 47, held a video teleconference (VTC) with the cadets in Robinson Auditorium. Aside from a 90-second loss of signal, the VTC was a great success, with 15 cadets posing questions to the astronauts, who were whizzing above them at 17,500 MPH, some 250 miles up in space. The cadets asked Williams and Kopra a wide range of questions, everything from how they do physical fitness training in space (they work out two-and-a-half hours a day) to how they do their laundry (they don’t; they bring enough clothes to last their six-month mission). While this might have been a math lesson (titled “Connecting Space Travel to Math”), some of the answers the astronauts gave crossed into the areas of philosophy and international relations. For example, Kopra told the plebes that West Point is changing them in ways they will only understand once they have left its gates, and when Williams was asked about working with the three Russian cosmonauts during Expedition 47, he said, “One of the greatest successes of the ISS is the ‘international’ part.” The 30-minute VTC also had some lighter moments that highlighted the personality of the NASA graduates. When Williams was asked if he would volunteer for a mission to Mars if it meant a one-way trip, he said, “I love an adventure, but I’m not a fool!” The duo also posed on screen for a space selfie with one of the cadet questioners. Then, before ending the VTC, Williams and Kopra performed the “Rocket” with the Class of 2019. MAJ Thomas Nelson ’04, course director for MA104, and his team spent more than a year coordinating this lesson with NASA, and it should be one that the cadets remember for the rest of their lives.

Athletic Director's Update
5/2/2016

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

Women’s Rugby Captures NIRA 7s Championship
5/2/2016

Women’s Rugby Captures NIRA 7s ChampionshipWEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point women's rugby team captured the 2016 National Intercollegiate Rugby Association 7s championship with a 15-12 victory over AIC on Saturday from Anderson Rugby Complex. The day started with a 36-5 victory over Dartmouth with Kirsten Redmon and Chioma Odocha leading the way with two tries each. Zye Crittington and Becca Stipp also contributed tries, while Lindy Clark added four points from two conversions. Kaeleigh Warfield scored two points with a conversion. The Black Knights then blanked their service academy rival, Navy, 31-0. Read More

Golf Wins Patriot League Title
5/2/2016

Golf Wins Patriot League TitleANNAPOLIS, MD - With a 22 stroke advantage, the Army West Point golf team won the Patriot League title Sunday afternoon with sophomore Dean Sakata clinching the individual title by nine strokes. Three Black Knights placed in the top five and all six Cadets finished in the top-30. Army not only wins the league title, but also qualifies for the NCAA Regional Tournament. Today's win marks the 11th Patriot League title for the Army golf program and the second under head coach Watts' tenure. Watts was named the Coach of the Year for the second time of his career at Army. Sakata is the 10th Black Knight in program history to bear the Men's Golfer of the Year title. Read More

Men’s Tennis Defeats Navy, Wins Patriot League Title
5/2/2016

Men’s Tennis Defeats Navy, Wins Patriot League TitleBETHLEHEM, PA - A remarkably close contest for the Army West Point men's tennis team against Navy fittingly came down to a third set tiebreaker in the fifth singles flight on Sunday in the Patriot League Championship. The Black Knights avenged a loss to the Midshipmen from eight days ago as junior Kyle Barnes won 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4) in the decisive match to claim a 4-3 win and the program's seventh league title. "It was an exciting match," said Army head coach Jim Poling. "It's always fun to play and compete against Navy. I thought we competed hard and it was a great match, one of the best matches we've played in a while. Barnes had three opportunities at match point before winning in the third set tiebreaker. Read More

Baseball Takes Game Three from Lehigh
5/2/2016

Baseball Takes Game Three from LehighWEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point baseball team edged the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh 5-2 in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader on Sunday from Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field. Lehigh (21-27, 9-10 PL) starter Sam Ashey tossed an efficient first inning, needing just eight pitches to retire the Black Knights (16-30, 6-13 PL) in order. The Mountain Hawks scored the game's first run in the top of the second on a hit by Anthony Rinaldi. The single scored Ryan Bonshak, who reached on a one-out walk. Read More

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

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