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MLL Playoffs Have Army West Point Look

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point men's lacrosse team is well represented in this year's Major League Lacrosse playoffs with four players with West Point ties vying for the league title. Former standouts Jeremy Boltus (USMA '11), John Glesener (USMA '15) and Sam Somers (USMA '15) will be competing, while assistant coach Justin Turri is among the competitors going for the championship. Both semifinals are this Saturday, Aug. 1, and will be live on CBS Sports Network.

Glesener is the lone player among the group that is not on the Rochester Rattlers as he just finished his first regular season with the Boston Cannons. He appeared in four games for the Cannons and tallied 12 points on seven goals and two assists. He was recently named the MLL Rookie of the Week after tallying five goals and an assist in the loss to Ohio in an epic scoring battle. Two of his goals were two-point scores. The Cannons and Glesener take on the New York Lizards on Long Island this Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Boltus has enjoyed a great season with 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists as a member of the Rattlers and was named the All-Star Game's Most Valuable Player. He returned this season after missing 2014 after serving in Afghanistan and is currently a Captain in the U.S. Army. Boltus has played with four different teams since being drafted in 2011 by the Hamilton Nationals. He will be making his third appearance in the playoffs after making the second season with the Nationals and Denver in 2013. Read More

Cadets Assist Ft. Irwin's New 100-Yr Storm Water Mgmt Plan

Cadets Addison Bieger and Marshall Kobylski, both senior civil engineering majors, are at Fort Irwin with their faculty advisor, Col. Meyer, deputy department head of West Point's department of civil and mechanical engineering. They are here to work with engineers from Fort Irwin's Directorate of Public Works and from the Los Angeles District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or USACE, to prepare a new storm water management plan for the garrison involving the design of storm runoff systems. The engineering projects will help prevent the kind of damage experienced during the storm, which hit Fort Irwin, Aug. 25, 2013.

The new management plan, designed to accommodate a 100-year storm, is replacing a previous storm water runoff management plan from over 35 years ago, which was designed to manage 25-50 year storms. "Our academic studies have really helped us," Bieger said. "But it's a lot more challenging to adjust to real-life constraints. The terrain is a lot different, and we have to account for Fort Irwin's isolation, how to get certain materials out here, from a long distance away, and figuring out how we can best do that."

Kobylski said that their first job was to work with USACE and Fort Irwin engineers to prioritize a list of projects required as part of the storm water management plan. They are now designing the number-one priority projects - the repair and expansion of the North Tank Trail Channel, and creating new basins above the channel, which will serve to collect debris and water during a storm event. As an added benefit, water pooling in the basins during storms will help recharge the aquifer that supports Fort Irwin. Read More

2015 Army Profession Annual Symposium at USMA

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey addressed senior Army leaders during the 2015 Army Profession Annual Symposium at the United States Military Academy. The event ran from July 26 through 28 and was themed “Unveiling our Army Ethic and Stewarding our Profession.” To view more photos of the symposium, visit Flickr. Read More

USMA -11 on Forbes Top 25 Best Liberal Arts Colleges 2015

In 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation that established the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. George Washington considered this location the most important strategic position in America. The academy is a coeducational, public liberal arts college that requires applicants to have a nomination from a member of Congress in order to be admitted. During the course of their education, students can choose from 36 majors. At the end of their matriculation, they earn a commission into the U.S. Army as 2nd Lieutenants. Students are called “cadets” and must adhere to the Cadet Honor Code, which states that “a cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.” Varsity athletes, called the Black Knights, dress in black, gray and gold and compete in NCAA Division I athletics. Story

Class of 2018 Officially Completes CFT with the Runback

What a great morning for a run! The Class of 2018 officially brought Cadet Field Training to an end, by completing the 7.15 mile Runback from Camp Buckner Military Reservation to West Point proper, July 27, 2015. Following the completion of the run, USMA Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., provided motivating comments to the class followed up by a gift presentation to U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. Gen. Odierno followed Lt. Gen. Caslen, thanking the academy for the gift and then providing some motivating words of his own to the cadets. The class will now take some well deserved time off in order to prepare for the start of the new academic year. Story

For more photos from today's Runback, check out USMA Flickr page at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/west_point/sets

Photo courtesy of Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Bunkley, USMA Public Affairs Office

New Cadets Conduct Rappel Training

"New cadets from the Class of 2019 conduct rappel training and perform rappel operations at "Ranger Rock," located in the West Point training area, July 22, 2015, as part of Cadet Basic Training, or CBT. U.S. Army Soldiers from U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division and the 10th Mountain Division Light Fighters School, Fort Drum, NY, provided instruction and oversight of the new cadets during the training, checking for proper harness rigging techniques and observing the new cadets once on rappel. The purpose of CBT is to assist in transitioning the new cadets from civilian to cadet and to provide them with the values necessary to develop as leaders of character, strongly committed to military service. Story
For more photos of CBT and rappel training, visit USMA Flickr page at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskcfaxxC

Photo courtesy of Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Bunkley, USMA Public Affairs Office

Combating Terrorism Center

Combating Terrorism Center Senior Associate Dr. Nelly Lahoud recently led a three-week Department of Social Sciences AIAD to Cambodia with CDT Christian Burgos-Sanchez (Class of 2016), CDT Jordan Isham, and CDT Conner Drum (both Class of 2018). The group was immersed in Cambodian culture through community work and cultural study. Dr. Lahoud and the Cadets built a garden for a school that cares for an underprivileged community and taught English to young Cambodians. They also learned about the rich history of the country (e.g., visiting the great temples in Siem Reap) and its dark recent history under the regime of Pol Pot by visiting the S21 Museum (The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum) and the killing fields.
CTC Director

Department of English and Philosophy

Trauma, Narrative, and Collaboration: I Was There Film Workshop. From July 14-19, one representative from the Department of English and Philosophy worked alongside four wounded American and 10 Israeli Defense Force Soldiers in an I Was There film workshop in New York City. During the workshop, participants explored the collaborative nature of narrative in film making as a medium to promote psychological and emotional recovery for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Over the course of five days, the workshop broke the large group into four teams, and each of these teams worked with professional filmmakers to produce a short film that expressed its different individuals’ understanding and attempts to deal with residual trauma from battlefield injuries. The event is but one of several similar workshops recently held at Army installations by the Patton Veteran’s Project, an organization founded by Benjamin Patton, grandson of General George Patton. The films from the workshop are expected to be available for public screening within the next week at http://iwastherefilms.org/featured-films/.

2LT Shoenberger ’15 Earns Top Honors

VICKSBURG, Miss. – Commissioned in May upon his graduation from the U.S. Army Military Academy at West Point, 2nd Lt. Matthew Shoenberger is having quite the year. Not only was he on the winning team in the 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) West Point Soldier Design Competition, he also earned the highest cadet score on the 2015 national Fundamentals of Engineering exam. Shoenberger, who was assigned to the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas, has strong U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) ties.

“ERDC has helped me so much over the years,” said Shoenberger. “Both of my parents moved to get jobs there, and met while working at ERDC – so in a way, ERDC has been there since before the beginning. I worked at ERDC as a student, coming back as a cadet as part of my Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) to work on implementing new defense structures. Both times, the engineers and technicians I worked with taught me more than I could learn in a classroom.” Read More

USMA & RMAS Participate in Exercise Dynamic Victory

HOHENFELS, Germany – Cadets from both the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) and the United States Military Academy, West Point (USMA) participated in Exercise Dynamic Victory, July 4- 18. Exercise Dynamic Victory’s central function is to test each of the RMAS cadets with different combat and leadership scenarios over the course of two weeks. These scenarios are both urban and rural based and challenge the cadets by testing the leadership skills they’ve gained over the past two years.

Capt. Richard Grimsdell, RMAS Instructor explains, “Dynamic Victory is the senior terms confirmation exercise, it’s their final exercise. So everything they’ve done up till now boils down to a two week package. They get tested on everything they’ve done from absolutely basic soldiering that they learned all that time ago to complex training all the way up to company level, finally finishing with a battle group level attack.” Grimsdell continues, “Once the cadets finish this exercise and they’re on the verge of graduation and commissioning. They’ll then move on to their respective regiments and battalions to conduct their phase II specialist to arms training.” Successful completion of the exercise also allows the West Point cadets to proceed to their senior year. Full Story »

Cadet Leadership CBT Change of Command

In a Change of Command ceremony conducted in front of Washington Hall, July 19, 2015, cadet leadership of Cadet Basic Training 2 officially took over as the command element. Story

Please give a warm welcome to the new CBT chain of command:
Regimental Commander- Cadet Eugene Coleman
Regimental Command Sergeant Major- Cadet Blake Bequette
Regimental Executive Officer- Cadet Hannah Tuffy
Regimental S1- Cadet Christopher Senese
Regimental S2- Cadet David Reagan
Regimental S3- Cadet David Koerper
Regimental S4- Cadet Grant Mallalieu
Regimental S6- Cadet Andrew Kane

Photo courtesy of John Pellino

New Cadets Get Measured for Cadet Uniforms

New Cadets are getting fitted for their uniforms. It seems as though this cadet is fitting right in at West Point, very enthusiastic. Many cadets do not have the energy or desire to smile during Beast Barracks.

Dean's Weekly, July 20th

Combating Terrorism Center

Cadets Amy Slaughter, Mack Bartle and Samuel Parker along with OIC Dr. Aaron Brantly, the Combating Terrorism Center’s Cyber Fellow, recently traveled for three weeks (12 June – 3 July) on an AIAD trip to Mongolia. In country, they worked on human rights in domestic violence matters and prisoner rights with local NGOs and metropolitan police. In addition to their human rights work, they observed Khaan Quest 2015, a joint peacekeeping exercise involving 21 nations including the United States and Mongolia. They were also able to travel and participate in various activities, including a day spent with a nomad family and hiking in special reserved areas of Mongolia.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

AIAD at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). During the past three weeks, Cadet Nathaniel Marks has worked with analysts at NGA and other intelligence agencies to formulate his research project which he will continue to work on as a capstone project during the next academic year. Cadet Marks’ research seeks to integrate multidisciplinary domain knowledge to motivate innovative modeling perspectives for predictive analysis that can support international policy development. The project goal is to assess risks associated with an anticipated surge of maritime traffic in the Arctic. Raster and vector data sets are assembled within a GIS environment to capture and model inter-related processes among various components.

Cadet Basic Training

The new cadets from the Class of 2019 go through physical training and stretching Tuesday during the start of week two of Cadet Basic Training, or Beast Barracks. New cadets will move to Camp Buckner shortly for the most intense part of their six weeks with challenging obstacle courses, military maneuvers, navigation and marksmanship training, which culminates in the Acceptance Day ceremony where the new cadets are welcomed into their companies and are no longer referred to as new cadets. View more photos

Photo courtesy of Kathy Eastwood

Army West Point Athletic Videos

New look, new surface! Check out these time-lapse videos showing the finishing and rebranding of the surfaces at Michie Stadium (home to Army West Point football and the men's and women's lacrosse teams), Christl Arena (home to Army West Point men's and women's basketball), and Tate Rink (home to Army West Point hockey).

Michie Stadium https://youtu.be/su0FcsC4QW0

Christl Arena https://youtu.be/urShcqJR6tk

Tate Rink https://youtu.be/0uLNEJLpTQU

Trio Named CGA All-American Scholars

Earning his fourth consecutive first-team nod in his time at the Academy, Venrick graduated from West Point in May with a degree in life science, boasting a grade point average of 3.771. He will attend the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in the fall. In his final season with the Black Knights, the pommel horse and still rings specialist earned 24 top-10 finishes, including 18 top-five nods.

Landing on the second-team is standout Glenn and rising yearling Wilson. Glenn boasts a grade point average of 3.418 as an engineering management major. The Porter Ranch, Calif., native is Army West Point's most dominant performer, capturing seven all-around titles and 56 top-10 performances. In addition, he was the only Black Knight and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) gymnast to advance to the individual finals of the NCAA Championships where he took ninth on high bar.
Wilson completed a stellar rookie campaign in his debut at the Academy. He focused primarily on still rings and added assistance on vault, earning nine top-10 nods, including two top-five finishes, on the season. He concluded his first year at West Point as an undeclared major with a grade point average of 3.269. Read More

Duo Added To Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List

Army West Point's Jeremy Timpf and Matt Hugenberg are included in the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List.The Rotary Lombardi Award, now in its 46th season, honors linemen on both offense and defense or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards from the line of scrimmage.  The selection committee, comprised of 500 members including past winners and finalists, Division I head coach and media, listed 146 players on the initial list.

Twelve semifinalists will be determined in November with the winner announced on Dec. 8 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas. Scooby Wright of Arizona won the honor last season. Hugenberg, a senior offensive lineman from Quincy, Ill., helped pave the way for a rushing attack that finished fifth in the country in rushing last season. He started every game at center and played nearly every snap. Earlier this summer, Hugenberg was included on the Rimington Trophy Award Watch List, presented to the nation's top center. Read More

Nagurski Award Latest Honor For Timpf

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The preseason honors continue for the Army West Point football team. Friday, Jeremy Timpf added another accolade when he was named to the Bronko Nagurski Watch List, the Football Writers of Association of American announced.

A junior linebacker from Tucson, Ariz., Timpf is one of 88 players to be considered for the award presented to the nation's best defensive player. Scooby Wright from Arizona won the award last season and is among the 88 players on the watch list.

Timpf has previously been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List as defensive player of the year as well as the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Center Matt Hugenberg is on the Rimington Trophy Watch List for the nation's top center and Alex Tardieu is being considered for the Ray Guy Award for the top punter in the country. Read More

Ray Guy Award Watch List Includes Alex Tardieu

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point's Alex Tardieu is included on the Watch List for the 2015 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation's top punter, the Augusta Sports Council announced today. Tardieu, a senior from Grants Pass, Ore., is one of 25 athletes included in the list of Football Bowl Subdivsion punters. Last year' winner, Tom Hackett of Utah, and fellow finalists Austin Rehkow of Idaho and JK Scott of Alabama are also included.

Ten semifinalists will be selected in November and a national body of coaches, media and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists. After the finalists are named, the voting body will cast ballots again for the nation's top punter. The winner will be announced during the Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN on Dec. 10. Tardieu punted 44 times in 2014, averaging 39.3 yards per boot. He registered six punts of 50 yards or more and had 18 downed inside the opponents' 20 yard-line with only one touchback. Read More

Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering

CME Cadet, Graduate, and Faculty Present Paper At Biomechanics Conference. Dr. John Rogers, 2LT Julie Dillon, and CDT Gabriela Barrera attended the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference, June 17-20, 2015; the conference theme was “Synergy of Modeling and Experiments.” Co-author CDT Cameron McDonald was not able to attend. The conference venue was the Snowbird ski area in the Little Cottonwood Creek gorge in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest near Salt Lake City. CDT Barrera and 2LT Dillon benefitted from the opportunity for professional development. Lieutenant Dillon, who graduated this past May, took time out of her summer leave to attend. Many attendees stopped to see the poster, and many commented that it was an interesting project.

Cadet Field Training at Camp Buckner Military Reservation

Cadet Field Training at Camp Buckner Class of 2018The Class of 2018‬ calls for fire at during Cadet Field Training at Camp Buckner Military Reservation, July 7. Upon completion of CFT, the class will advance into the Cadet Noncommissioned Officer Corps and takes on the responsibilities of leading Plebes. Story

Photos courtesy of William C. Bunce/ DPTMS, Visual Information Division

Inaugural NFL-Inspired Youth Impact Program

Inaugural NFL-Inspired Youth Impact ProgramThe U.S. Military Academy’s inaugural Youth Impact Program invited youths from schools in the Bronx and Harlem to give them a taste of athletics and leadership––West Point style.

Roughly 80 boys from the Frederick Douglass Academy, Hugo Newman Preparatory School, Urban Assembly of Bronx Academy of Letters and Bronx Latin School attended the program during their last two weeks of school June 15-26 to spend the days learning leadership skills, academics and football at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School.

The program is led by cadet-athletes and is designed to make use of the USMA resources to help in the all-around development of at risk youth. Stanford, Michigan and Northwestern have also worked with the Youth Impact Program. The group visited MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants, for a tour and football practice and had their meals in the Cadet Mess Hall on days at West Point. Full Story »

Leaders Gather to Learn, Discuss “Principled Negotiation”

Leaders Gather to Learn, Discuss “Principled Negotiation”The inaugural “Army Leader” West Point Negotiation Project Workshop was held at the U.S. Military Academy from June 17-19. Sixty Army, Air Force and Brazilian leaders joined efforts to learn and discuss “Principled Negotiation” through a highly interactive and experiential workshop. This cohort of leaders represented Fort Campbell, Fort Bragg, Fort Drum, the Army War College, the National Training Center, USMA and the Brazilian Army. Participants included leaders from the rank of sergeant through colonel.

The “Army Leader” West Point Negotiation Project Workshop was crafted in response to requests from Army units to BS&L (WPNP) to provide negotiation skills training. This workshop encouraged leaders to challenge their own assumptions about negotiations, learn the seven-element principled negotiation framework, develop a systematic measure of success, apply principled skills to real-world scenarios, and develop additional problem-solving strategies for future negotiations. Read More

Army Community Service Celebrates 50 Years of Service

The Garrison Team-CSM Crawford COL Dunham and Mr Plumley with the proclamation that celebrates the 50th year of Army Community ServiceWest Point Army Community Service held its 50 Years of Service Proclamation Signing Ceremony June 26. The Garrison Command Team signed the proclamation witnessed by current and former ACS staff, volunteers, community members and partners.

This historic moment dedicated the West Point Army Community Service Center as the Emma Marie Baird Army Community Service Center. Lt. Col. Baird is known throughout the Army as the “Mother of Army Community Service.”

Baird began serving Soldiers and families when World War II began. In 1943, she served in the Woman’s Auxiliary Army Corps later called the Woman’s Army Corps (WAC). Her first assignment was in support of Army Emergency Relief. Read More

Hugenberg Named To Rimington Trophy Watch List

Hugenberg Named To Rimington Trophy Watch ListWEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point senior Matt Hugenberg is among those listed on the 2015 Fall Watch List for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the nation's top center. The Rimington Trophy Committee released the 63 names Wednesday. Hugenberg learned the center position prior to the start of his junior year and quickly made an impact, playing nearly all of the Black Knights' snaps last season. He was part of an offensive line that helped Army West Point rank fifth in the country in rushing offense.

Hugenberg is one of 46 players appearing on the list for the first time. Finalists for the award will be revealed Dec. 7. The Rimington Trophy is given annually to the nation's best center and is named for Dave Rimington, a consensus first-team All-American at the University of Nebraska. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 16.

Hugenberg, a 6-foot-5, 309-pound senior from Quincy, Ill., is the latest Black Knights to be included on award watch lists. Linebacker Jeremy Timpf is being considered for the Lott IMPACT Trophy as well as the Bednarik Award as the nation's top defensive player. Read More

Allen Promoted to Associate Head Men's Basketball

Allen Promoted to Associate Head Men's BasketballWEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point men's basketball assistant coach Jimmy Allen has been promoted to serve as the program's Associate Head Coach, head coach Zach Spiker announced Wednesday. The 2015-16 season will mark Allen's sixth on the sidelines at West Point. "Jimmy Allen is a builder," Spiker said. "Each time he has been involved with a program throughout his coaching career, it has improved, and our program is no exception. We are very appreciative of his dedication and the loyalty he has shown to our program over the past five years and he is very deserving of this title."

Since joining Spiker's staff following the 2009-10 season, Allen has helped elevate Army West Point to a consistent Patriot League contender. Last year, the Black Knights reached 15 victories for the third consecutive year, marking the first time the program recorded three straight 15-win campaigns since Bob Knight's teams each won at least 15 from 1967-70.

In addition, the team captured the 2014 All-Military Classic presented by USAA Championship with victories over Air Force and VMI. The campaign also featured another signature victory as the Black Knights knocked off USC, 85-77 in overtime, to secure their first win against a Pac-12 team since 1964. The program also excelled in the classroom in 2014-15 and posted its highest team grade-point average in 10 years with a 2.84 GPA in the fall semester. In total, 12 West Point Dean's List certificates were handed out to men's basketball players last season. Read More

Dean's Weekly, July 7th

Department of English and Philosophy

GI Film Festival AIADGI Film Festival AIAD: Cadets Sarah Gold, Zachary Hout, Mackenzie Riford, and Ivellise Velez-Morey traveled to Washington D.C. with CPT (P) Adam Karr and MAJ Mike Kieser to help facilitate the GI Film Festival. While there, the group helped prep red carpet events, analyzed and studied films, and learned both the joys and challenges of organizing a major artistic event. Cadets Sarah Gold and Mackenzie Riford will return to D.C. in August to participate in week-long internship focused upon writing, genre, and public affairs/strategic communication.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Cadets visit Los Alomos National Laboratory Cadets visit Los Alomos National Laboratory (LANL). Pictured with the LANL Director Charlie MacMillan and Service Academy Research Associates (SARA Program).

R-Day for the Class of 2019

“It’s the longest day that you’ll never remember.” So says Cadet Katie Holder ’16, the Regimental Commander for Cadet Basic Training or “Queen of Beast,” about R-Day, the annual first step that civilians take to becoming cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, leaders of character in the U.S. Army and members of the esteemed Long Gray Line. On June 29, approximately 1,270 took that first step as members of the Class of 2019. 

Those who have been through the transformation themselves, however, eventually end up recalling the familiar sights and sounds of this famous West Point tradition, which hasn’t changed in decades. Columns of new cadets decked out in Army issued PT uniforms (black shirt, black shorts, black socks and black shoes) and carrying flight bags packed to capacity with all the items they will be allowed to have for the next 43 days moved from station to station throughout Central Area (barber shop, drill and ceremony, lunch) on their way to the renowned Cadet in the Rash Sash. Along the way, members of the cadre shouted at the new cadets to “move faster,” “hurry it up,” and “stop holding up your teammates.” “New cadets can never be fast enough,” said Cadet John Menges ’16. Watch Video »  Full Story »

The June Network Science Center News-Blast Vol 5 Issue 5

Network Science Center NewsblastUtilization of Virtual Battlefield Simulations for Effective Military Team Performance

By Dr. Yulia Tyshchuk

Teams and team work are fundamental to military operations. Therefore, it is crucial to understand how team dynamics, including communications and information exchange, contribute to military team performance. The goal of ongoing research at the United States Military Academy (USMA) is to develop theory and models to evaluate and simulate how teams organize, ex-change information, and build knowledge, using influence, training, and consensus- building.

With an emergence of new educational technologies there is a need to understand how these technologies affect military teams’ training and their subsequent performance during the field training and military operations. Specifically, the researchers are seeking to understand how Virtual Battlefield Simulations (VBS3), which are used during class instruction, contribute to the USMA cadets’ mastering and applying the intended learning objectives during field training and subsequent military operations. Additionally, in order to better understand how to foster leadership and improve communications among the cadets the researchers will study how prior relationships, perceptions, and other cadets’ attributes affect team dynamics and emergence of leadership during VBS3 exercises.

The data collection for this study will enable us to see how cadets utilize Virtual Battlefield Simulations in order to under-stand the educational material presented in class and apply this knowledge during the summer field training. This year we have a unique opportunity to collect data after cadets VBS3 exercises as well as during cadets’ summer field training. Specifically, the data collection was conducted following VBS3 defense exercise during Military Science course ‘Platoon Operations’. Read More

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Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Faculty-Cadet Research on Self-Assembling Molecules (SAMs) at ARL Adelphi, MD: Dr. Paula Fekete and CDT Kaeleigh Warfield of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, working together on a PH489 individual research project, visited Army Research Laboratories at Adelphi, MD during the week of 15-19 June. The photos show them working in the laboratory’s clean room where ultraviolet light is filtered out to protect sensitive samples. Behind them is a state-of-the-art electron microscope they used to etch their samples. Dr. Madan Dubey, a research scientist at the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate hosted the visit. Guided by Dr. Sina Najmei, a post doctoral fellow on Dr. Dubey’s team, Dr. Fekete and CDT Warfield were able to produce nanolayers using two different types of self-assembling molecules. To verify that the samples were coated by a nanolayer of SAMs, they used multiple methods of analysis, such as Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Recent developments in physics at the nanoscale brought molecular self-assembly in two dimensions on substrates such as graphene, thallium, silicone oxide, and gold to the forefront of scientific research. The formation of ordered arrays of molecules via self-assembly is a rapid, scalable route towards the realization of nanoscale architectures with tailored properties. This process can be accomplished by undergraduate students at West Point. Dr. Fekete and CDT Warfield are planning to continue their collaboration with Dr. Dubey and his team by creating new samples that may have applications in nanoelectronic devices developed by ARL.

Cadets Join Cavalry Unit in Test of Will

FORT HOOD, Texas – For many college students, the opportunity to spend time shadowing those who do the jobs they hope to hold upon graduation is a chance not to be missed. Cadets from the United States Military Academy -- West Point are taking part in the Cadet Troop Leadership Training program, where they are paired with active-duty lieutenants to shadow. The cadets who were placed with officers from the 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division were placed in a prime position to experience what it is like to be in the Army and to practice their leadership skills.

Historically, when Troopers arrived at a cavalry unit for the first time and had to learn how to ride a horse properly, they had to show that they could prove they can perform with their horse and saber before getting their spurs. Now, cavalry units hold spur rides, a multi-day trial with numerous tasks that tests the mental and physical ability, for the Troopers to get their silver spurs. Read More

Photo Courtesy of Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf

Wharton ’16 Shows Girl Scouts They Can Do Anything

Wharton returned to her childhood summer destination, the Dark Hollow Day Camp, to encourage young girls to pursue a life of adventure with a presentation called “Girls Can Do Anything.” “I showed them all the different things they can do,” she said. “Just because you’re a girl or just because you’re from a small town, you can still go to New York and do these awesome things.” Wharton, a 2012 graduate of RCS, said her parents always pushed her to be better. Her drive for success was clear during her school days.

“I’ll be a platoon leader in charge of about 40 people,” she said. “That’s why I like Girl Scouts as a whole. It teaches you so much about leadership. You use it so much in the real world.” On Monday, Wharton taught the campers about life as a woman in the military. She instructed the girls on how to build a shelter and how to walk with military cadence. On the soccer field, the girls learned how to complete an obstacle course similar to the one Wharton is challenged with in her training.

Wharton also demonstrated how to wear military uniforms and how to eat Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MREs), a staple food of U.S. soldiers in combat. At the conclusion of the camp, she’ll be shadowing a platoon leader in Texas. “I’ll be at Fort Hood, so I’ll see what the real Army is like,” she said. Moore said she hopes the girls know “there are no limitations” after learning from Wharton. Read More

Dean's Weekly, June 23rd

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

CME/SE Student-Faculty Team Undertakes Corrosion Awareness Project.

CME Cadets Kristen Smeland, Aaron Proctor, Spencer Collazos, and Rex Griffin with faculty advisors Dr. John Rogers of Civil and Mechanical Engineering and MAJ Patrick Sullivan of Systems Engineering conducted a capstone project to raise awareness of corrosion among junior Army leaders. One of the cadets’ products is a video designed to introduce the topic.

Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CfRztxglCkc to see the USMA video.

The photo below shows the West Point team with members of the New York Army National Guard Combined Support Maintenance Shop (CSMS) A at Camp Smith, Cortlandt Manor, NY, where a majority of filming was done for the video. The team visited Camp Smith on 30 January 2015.

The project is sponsored by the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office (CPO). The team briefed their project to the CPO on 28 April 2015. The USMA Cadets and faculty heard presentations by the Naval Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, and the Air Force Academy at the April meeting.

Click www.corrdefense.org for more information about the CPO, including additional videos and corrosion news. Click http://www.corrconnect.org/ for educational information, course links, podcasts, and news. Click http://www.nace.org/home.aspx for information about NACE, the professional society for corrosion prevention and to see more information about corrosion.

Department of English and Philosophy

Shakespeare’s War Plays AIAD

The Department of English and Philosophy’s Shakespeare’s War Plays AIAD provided six Cadets the opportunity to experience five of Shakespeare’s plays at home and abroad. At the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, curators led a hands-on study on the history of the book, print culture, and materiality of Shakespeare’s “First Folio” and Hamlet (first quarto), Holinshed’s Chronicles, and other rare books. In England, Cadets visited Richard III’s grave, museum, and remains excavation site; explored the British Library, Westminster Abbey, Stratford upon Avon, and the Tower of London; and received instruction on staging combat. Additionally, they paired their readings with performances at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel, in Garrison, New York.

Implications of the Utopian Impulse AIAD


Cadets and LTC Mercer traveled to Los Angeles for a half-day workshop at SciFutures, a company who writes science-fiction narratives that explore ethical implications of new technologies and then builds prototypes for corporate clients. This workshop emphasized the importance of storytelling and demonstrated how ethics apply to real-life issues in conjunction with technological advancements. Cadets then spent the afternoon at Jet Propulsion Laboratory with the Mars 2020 Rover project. Cadets viewed the Mars Yard and several Mars 2020 prototypes, the “dark room,” or command center, where the Mars Curiosity rover sends and receives daily messages, saw the prototype for drilling and caching samples on Mars to be retrieved on a later mission, and talked with engineers who supervise various aspects of the project. In Silicon Valley, Cadets explored Facebook’s remote internet platforms project and examined the ethics of implementation of such platforms into daily life. Cadets spoke with Facebook executives and tried out Crescent Bay, Facebook’s latest prototype for virtual reality goggles. Cadets had lunch with several graduates of USMA and other former military service members who now work for Facebook. Cadets spent an afternoon at Google [X] and visited the Loon Project, a platform for internet availability via hot air balloons, watched the driverless Google cars, and discussed Google [X]’s project selection process. Finally, Cadets spent a day in Davis, California, with author Kim Stanley Robinson for lunch. Through study, reflection, and mentorship by leading technologists, Cadets developed a greater understanding of the need for humanities in conjunction with STEM in order to understand the ethical implications of new technologies that may lead toward utopia.

Writing Today AIAD

For “Writing Today,” 26 May – 4 June, six Cadets traveled to Washington D.C. to explore the vital roles that writing and its teaching play across the disciplines in university educations, the news media, political and intelligence communities, and the personal lives of veterans. Led by Dr. Jason Hoppe and LTC Sean Cleveland, Cadets participated in seminars with faculty from Johns Hopkins and the Naval Academy; training sessions with senior CIA analysts and CSA speechwriters; and, informational workshops with White House speechwriters, reporters at NPR and CNN, the founder of the Veterans Writing Project, and Smithsonian curators and archivists. Through this intensive study, which also involved the completion of a series of reflective journals, analytic reports, speeches, and peer tutoring exercises, Cadets developed not only individually as writers and communicators but also socially as teachers and mentors who will better counsel their peers in company tutoring, in consultations at the West Point Writing Center, and in the Army of tomorrow.

Obstacle Course Racing Team Defeats Fifteen Teams

West Point Obstacle Course Racing Team member, Cadet Daniel "Danny" Camacho, holds the 2015 BattleFrog College Championship Trophy. Danny and his teammates, Cadets Kayla Carpenter, David “Chris” Ochs, Nicole Heavirland were managed by Cadet Tyree Meadows as they defeated 15 teams from universities across the nation to become champions of the inaugural competition. Story

Dean's Weekly, June 12th

War & Narrative: Eastern European WWII Case Studies AIAD

Over the past two weeks, Dr Jessica Stock, LTC Todd Burkhardt, and eight Cadets traveled to Prague, Krakow, and Budapest in order to study literature and the ethics of war regarding specific WWII cases. This AIAD linked philosophy and literature, fundamentally merging the two disciplines in a generative relationship that reveals the theoretical and the human costs of war. The AIAD focused on Czechoslovakia's appeasement, the violation of Poland's political sovereignty and territorial integrity, and Hungary's ill-fated foreign policy. By studying just war concepts and examining the literature of WWII, Cadets were able to better understand the human element of war and see how the psychic and emotional costs of war are expressed and processed through the literary aesthetics of the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary. An academic study like this could not be complete without a large emphasis on the Jewish experience and the Holocaust of WWII.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Department Academic Award Ceremony: On 21 May, The Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering hosted an academic award ceremony to present the LTG Leslie R. Groves Award to the cadet with the highest average in nuclear engineering. Dick Groves, grandson of LTG Leslie Groves, attended to present the award to CDT Victoria Ollo. Spring course awards were also presented at the ceremony.

McCravey Tabbed For ECAC All-Star Honors

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Rising senior Kasey McCravey added another postseason award to her growing list of accomplishments this season in being tabbed a 2015 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Softball All-Star with her selection to the first team as a third baseman.

McCravey is the fifth Black Knight to earn ECAC All-Star honors and the first since former teammate Amanda Nguyen was selected to the second unit in 2013. It was the first career ECAC All-Star nod for McCravey, who is just the fourth Black Knight named to the first team and first chosen at third base.

Last month the native of Scottsdale, Ariz., was named first team All-Patriot League and first team NFCA All-Region, was selected the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and was chosen a College Sports Madness Patriot League All-Conference First Team.

McCravey enjoyed an outstanding junior year leading the Black Knights offensively posting a .401 batting average with 69 hits, including 12 doubles and eight home runs compiling 105 total bases for a .610 slugging percentage. She also drove in 42 runs, scored 44 runs along with 24 walks and 28 stolen bases. Read More

The West Point Band Music Under the Stars

The West Point Band will kick off its “Music under the Stars” concert series with a performance in honor of the 240th Army Birthday on Saturday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Trophy Point Amphitheater at West Point. This concert is free and open to the public.

The band’s commander, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Esch, will take the podium and lead the band in an exciting program celebrating our Army’s 240th birthday and its proud history. In keeping with tradition, the concert will feature a streamer ceremony commemorating the campaigns fought by Soldiers throughout our nation’s history, and will close with a cake-cutting. Bring your family and friends, and join the West Point Band in honoring the Army’s history in a relaxing evening concert under the stars.

Established in 1817, the West Point Band is the Army’s oldest musical organization and continues to provide world-class music to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets and to serve as ambassadors of the United States Military Academy and the Army to local, national, and international communities. Story

For concert information, cancellations and updates, call 845.938.2617 or visit www.westpointband.com.

The West Point Band at the Belmont Stakes

The West Point Band performed at the Belmont Stakes June 6, 2015, and witnessed history with the crowning of the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Before American Pharoah took to the track, the marching band accompanied Master Sgt. Mary Kay Messenger on God Bless America. Following that, the West Point Military Police Color Guard joined them on the field to honor our nation and its colors with the Star Spangled Banner. Members of the trumpet section had the privilege of joining the herald trumpets of Belmont to sound trumpet calls, calling the horses to post. Click here to see more photos.

Photo: Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Olsen

Watts Named Northeast Region Coach of the Year

After leading the Army West Point golf team to two first place and seven top-five finishes, head coach Brian Watts has been named the Division I Golf Pride Grips Northeast Region Coach of the Year, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced Monday.

"We are very proud of Brian and the accomplishments of the Army West Point golf team," said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Boo Corrigan. "Since joining our staff, Brian has shaped the program into a top contender and deserves this recognition. He has mentored our cadet-athletes on and off the course and does a tremendous job translating each one's potential into reality and building leaders of character."

Under Watts, the Black Knights placed in the top-five in all but two tournaments during the 2014-15 season and earned the coveted Star over service Academy rival Navy. Three individuals earned PING All-Region Honors and three garnered All-Patriot League Accolades. Read More

Cadets Get a Lesson in Civil Rights

Cadets and staff recently set about on a twelve-day Civil Rights Staff Ride. The staff ride is an Academic Individual Advanced Development training opportunity, focused on teaching cadets Civil Rights law, history, literature, and policy.

The Leesburg African American Museum was one of several stops during a 12-day trip throughout the country for the group to give them a better feel for what they have recently learned in a classroom back at school on laws and history relating to the civil rights movement. Their focus at the Leesburg African American Museum was one of Lake County’s more famous battles in the civil rights movement - The Groveland Four or the Groveland Boys, four black citrus pickers who were falsely accused of raping a 17-year-old white woman in Groveland in 1949. Read More

Dean's Weekly, June 8th

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Brigade Energy and Environmental Officer Initiatives (Electronic Waste Collection and Cardboard Recycling) Grad Week 18 May - 22 May 15. During graduation week, 18 – 22 May 15, the cadet Brigade Energy and Environmental Officers, led by Cadet Will Moore the Brigade E2O, established electronic waste collection sites around each regimental area. Cadets could discard any unwanted electronics. The pick-up and ultimately recycling of the electronic waste was coordinated through the MWR recycling manager, Stanley Brown. In addition, the Brigade E2Os requested through MWR a different type of cardboard recycling container that would encourage cadets to put in only cardboard. Previously, bags of garbage would mistakenly be placed in the open top cardboard recycling bins, creating a continuous problem for the MWR recycling program. The newer bins have made a significant improvement in encouraging only cardboard.

Final Phase of the Air Assault Course

Trainees in West Point Air Assault course 15-1, rappel from the 34-foot tower during the third and final phase of the course, June 3, 2015. All course participants must rappel from the tower, successfully hitting all points of performance to pass this phase. By the end of the rappel phase, trainees must complete two rappels from the 34-foot tower and two rappels from a UH-60 Black Hawk, hovering at 70-90 feet. Story

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Bunkley, USMA Public Affairs

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Athletic Director's Update, June 4th

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“Rockbound Highland Home” Now Home to Moon Rock

Marking the 50th anniversary of Lt Col Edward White II’s ’52 historic 21-minute spacewalk (the first American astronaut to do so) during the Gemini 4 space mission, the West Point Museum unveiled a new exhibit on June 3, featuring a lunar sample retrieved during Apollo 15’s lunar mission. To recognize the sacrifices and dedication of the Apollo, Gemini and Mercury astronauts, NASA presented each (or their surviving family members) with the NASA Ambassador of Exploration Award, consisting of a lunar sample taken from the 842 pounds of moon rocks and soil retrieved during NASA’s six lunar expeditions from 1969 to 1972.

Mrs. Bonnie Baer and Edward White III, White’s children, loaned the moon rock to the museum to display for the next two years. “Our father had a great love and respect for West Point and intended to return here to teach once he left the astronaut program,” Baer said. “We hope that by displaying our father’s moon rock at West Point, it will inspire all those who view it to dream big, to reach for the stars and to do whatever it takes to follow their dreams.” Col (R) Frank Borman ’50, who served as the backup command pilot to Gemini 4 and later commanded Apollo 8, the first mission to orbit the moon, attended the ceremony, as did a handful of members from the Class of 1952. COL (R) William S. McArthur ’73, who performed several spacewalks himself during various Space Shuttle missions, was also present. “It is fitting to display Ed White’s Ambassador of Exploration Award at WP,” said McArthur, “Both the award and West Point are dedicated to the highest ideals of our nation.”

Cadets Train in UH-60 Black Hawk Familiarization

Cadets participated in UH-60 Black Hawk familiarization as part of summer cadet field training, May 28, 2015. During the training, Soldiers from the U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Squadron, Alpha Company, instructed the cadets on downed aircraft procedures, emergency operations and how to properly enter and exit the aircraft under combat situations. Story

Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Bunkley, USMA Public Affairs

Three Golfers Earn PING All-Region Honors

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Three Army West Point golfers were named to the Northeast PING All-Region Team, announced Saturday by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Peter Kim, Marcus Plunkett and Dean Sakata were among 155 players across six regions who earned the honor for 2015.

"I want to congratulate Peter, Marcus and Dean on a great year," expressed head coach Brian Watts. "They all contributed to the team in many different ways, but their consistent scoring throughout the year was impressive. This was the second-straight year that most or if not all individual and team scoring records were. We're looking forward to next season as I believe they have the potential to do great things on and off the golf course." Read More

Dean's Weekly, June 2nd

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Scranton Army Ammunition Plant (SCAAP): Cadets in STAP 1 MC364 Mechanics of Materials visited the Scranton Army Ammunition Plant, a Government-Owned, Contractor-Operated (GOCO) facility in Scranton, PA, on 22 May 2015. General Dynamics runs this facility for the DoD. SCAAP produces large caliber projectiles for all branches of the military, and was working on 5-inch naval rounds during the visit. The Cadets saw in action many of the concepts about which they are learning in the first block of MC364. In addition to heat treating operations, the cadets learned about many other facets of the process used to produce what appears to be a simple product. After learning about translational and angular accelerations the round experiences in the barrel and the catastrophic consequences of a projectile failure in the gun tube, it becomes clear why the manufacturing process is both complex and precise. The cadets also learned how General Dynamics is transforming the facility to accommodate the variable demand placed on it by the DoD. Part of this initiative is to develop customers other than the DoD. In the group photo, Mr. Kenneth Anderson, the General Dynamics Technical Director for SCAAP, is explaining how a CNC mill is used to create bearing races in elbows used in the oil and gas industry.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Graduation Reception. The Environmental Program held a graduation reception for family and friends of graduating environmental majors on Thursday, 21 May 2015. This ceremony allowed them to recognize and celebrate each of their 39 graduating environmental engineers and environmental scientists and to meet their graduates' families. A slide show with pictures and music highlighting their students' time in their department and at West Point was shown, and each graduate received a small token (a specially designed Dirtman patch) by which to remember their time studying and learning with there.

Junta, Chung Graduate atop the Class of 2015

A big, well deserved congratulations to the Entire USMA Class of 2015. What a great accomplishment. The best of luck to you all!

Continuing the Army Athletic Association tradition of academic excellence, Army West Point cadet-athletes Lisa Junta and Joon Chung were among the top-10 graduates in the Academy's Class of 2015. Class rank is calculated by academic, physical and military disciplines. The 2015 commencement was held Saturday May 23, 2015 at Michie Stadium.

Junta earned the distinction of salutatorian with a cumulative grade point average of 4.150 as a life science major. The Springfield, Va., native, who is a standout on the women's track and field team, branched into Medical Service Corps and will be attending medical school in the fall.

Chung, who hails from Novi, Mich., graduated seventh in the class and fourth physically. The co-captain of the men's swimming and diving team majored in Interdisciplinary Science with an Engineering track of Computer Science. He boasts a cumulative grade point average of 3.862 and graduated with Honors. Read More

Chandler Smith Lands NWCA All-Academic Honor

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Army West Point wrestler Chandler Smith recently earned recognition to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team. Smith was one of seven Black Knights to notch at least 20 victories during the 2014-15 season, finishing with an overall record of 21-7. He claimed individual titles at the Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational on Nov. 8 and the New York State Championships on Nov. 23, while posting a 3-3 record in dual matches.

A team co-captain as a senior, Smith received additional accolades to conclude the year, including the Carl Robert Arvin Memorial Award that was presented during the 2015 Awards Convocation on May 22. The award is given annually to the graduating member of the Army West Point wrestling team who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership, scholarship and commitment to the program. Read More

Boldt and Taylor Named AAA Award Winners

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Army West Point men's soccer standout Winston Boldt and women's tennis star Elle Taylor were recipients of the Academy's highest athletic honor on Friday when they were presented with the Army Athletic Association Award during the annual Awards Convocation at 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." This year marks the 111th anniversary of the AAA Award, which was first presented to football player Horatio Hackett in 1904.

Boldt becomes the fourth men's soccer player to draw the honor and the first since Dan Scioletti received it in 1971. Taylor is the third member of the women's tennis program to land the award and becomes the first since Marissa Limsiaco in 2005. Read More

GEN Dempsey’s Message to 2015: “We Trust You”

The United States Military Academy at West Point graduated 995 cadets from the Class of 2015 this morning at Michie Stadium in a spectacular ceremony that featured General Martin E. Dempsey ’74, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as the commencement speaker. After taking their Oath of Office, these members of West Point’s 217th graduating class were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army (three will be commissioned in the Air Force, one in the Navy and one in the Marine Corps). This year’s class includes 162 women, 97 African Americans, 87 Hispanics, 66 Asian/Pacific Islanders, and 10 Native Americans. The class also includes 8 combat veterans, 13 international cadets, and 88 of its members are sons and daughters of West Point graduates.

In a brief (12 minutes) but impactful and memorable commencement address, General Dempsey had the Class of 2015 singing lines from Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” (“…I am leaving today”), while he himself rocked a passage from the hit “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars (“Don’t believe me, just watch”). Dempsey, who will be stepping down from his post in September, reminded the class that he started his Chairman role in 2011, just as they started their West Point four-year journey. “So, as the guy who currently occupies one end of the Long Gray Line,” Dempsey said, “speaking to those who are about to become its newest members, I offer you the highest and simplest compliment of our profession—Well Done.” He then told the cadets that they were about to experience three moments that would shape their lives in ways they cannot imagine: their graduating, their commissioning, and their first salute. By graduating from the preeminent leadership institution in world, he told them, “…you demonstrate that you are ready for the challenges history has in store for you.” He also impressed on the cadets that, upon commissioning as second lieutenants, they will have the responsibility of caring for America’s sons and daughters. Lastly, he reminded cadets about the tradition of the first salute and the dollar one gives in return to the person who salutes him or her, a symbolic act of the respect and trust between leader and led. Dempsey then showed the class the dollar he gave to Master Sergeant Bernie Henderson, which Henderson had framed and returned to Dempsey last June along with the note, “I told you I would return this to you when you made general; sorry it took so long for me to send it back.” “That was his way of letting me know that I had earned his trust,” Dempsey said, and to show his trust to the members of the Class of 2015, Dempsey gave each a signed dollar as they exited the stage with their diploma. “In the years ahead," he said, "I hope you remember not who gave it to you, but what it means—we trust you.”

After the traditional hat toss, graduates exited in mass to various bar-pinning ceremonies across post. Their second lieutenant’s bars are engraved with “65-15” to commemorate the bond they have with the Class of 1965. That Class, which just celebrated its 50th Class Reunion, has gripped hands with the Class of 2015 since their March Back from Beast Barracks in 2011. Those graduating today represent approximately 77 percent of the cadets who entered West Point almost four years ago.

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Dean's Weekly, May 22nd

Center for Enhanced Performance

During the week of 4-11 May, 169 Cadet volunteers from the Cadet Tutor program provided TEE prep sessions to almost 350 cadets the week before Term End Exams. The weeks preceding TEEs, cadets are guided by Tutor Director, Mendy Phillips, in how best to provide a comprehensive and informative sessions to support cadets in their preparation for the upcoming TEE exams. A select few CRLA certified tutors act as the CIC for the event and work with many of the Course Directors for the respective Plebe and Yearling classes. Course Directors provide advice, TEE tips and guidance, and a general concept as to what can be expected of cadets for the TEE exams. Cadets then develop course specific study materials and help to train over 200 tutors on how to run these sessions.

The National Honor Society Of Phi Kappa Phi Induction And Recognition Ceremony. On April 28, 2015, the national honor society of phi kappa phi held its annual induction and recognition ceremony. Guest speaker, col tom cook, provided insight into his interpretation of phi kappa phi’s motto, “let the love of learning rule humanity.”

Dr. Jean Blair (vice dean) recognized fifteen new members from the class of 2015 and forty-two new members from the class of 2016 along with new faculty members LTC Richard Comitz (C&Ls) and Mr. Robert Mcloughlin (Eng.&Phil.). Twenty-two outstanding yearlings and twelve outstanding plebes were given certificates of achievement. Four scholastic achievement awards were presented to cadet Hope Landsem, Dr. Luke Gerdes (BS&L), CPT(p) Nathan Jennings (Hist), and dr. Kenny McDonald (se).

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

BS&L’s Elevation initiative travels to meet GEN(R) David Pertraueus in NYC. "MAJ Chevy Cook and a few cadets from BS&L's Elevation Initiative (Raoul Valencia '16, Natalia Drew '15, Othie Freeny '16, Mark McGinnis '17 and Kyle Wolffe '17) went down to NYC to have dinner with world renown retired General David Petraeus at the New York Athletic Club (NYAC). We all received a guided tour of the NYAC and sat down for a meal full of lessons learned and insights from the General, interspersed with details from his service at the platoon level to command of our forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and CENTCOM. His words helped us define reality in our global environment, from an emergent China to an ominous ISIS to a resurgent American economy. He even found time to talk about balance as we all aspire to work hard and do our best, optimizing our teams through diversity, and a story or two about his own yellow '73 Corvette as a young LT."

Cadets Negotiate in Final Simulation TEE at Constitution Island. On 21 and 28 April 2015, cadets enrolled in MG 390 (Negotiation for Leaders) conducted their final simulation exercise (FSE) at Constitution Island. The FSE served as the cadet’s Term End Exam (TEE) to evaluate skills learned throughout the course. Cadets are ‘deployed’ to Constitution Island via boat, engaged in Negotiation STX lanes, and conducted negotiations with role players serving as German NATO Officers, Afghan Police Chiefs, and Aggrieved Mothers. On 21 April, the cadets completed in bilateral negotiations and on 28 April, multi-party negotiations. Delroy Patrick (BTD), and Ms. Julia Spain (BSL), offered an interactive experience for the cadets. This TEE created the opportunity for training and academics to intersect in a tactical environment. Cadets expanded learning on the returning boat ride where leaders facilitated after-action reviews for immediate learning and feedback.

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Leadership Exchange. On Friday, 24 April 2015, BS&L's Leadership and Management Studies (LMS) hosted 20 Tuck School of Business MBA graduate students for the first portion of the Tuck-USMA leadership exchange. Participating USMA leaders included COL Spain (BSL), LTC Oxendine (GeNE), MAJ Fanitzi (BSL), MAJ Rybacki (BSL), and MAJ Silk (BSL). During the exchange, participants learned the importance of principled negotiation through an introduction and practice session on the seven-elements of negotiation, conducted a case study on transformational leadership theory, participated in a walking tour of West Point (facilitated by CDTs AJ McGovern (A1, ’15); Chris Senese (H4, ’16); and Callie West (B4, ‘16), ate lunch in the cadet mess, interacted with Cadet Panelists (CDT First Captain Austin Welch, ’16; Joe Ladd (D4, ’16); and Meg Goode (A1, ’17)) who shared their West Point, and participated in a Team RWB Leadership Team Building, newly developed by Team RWB leaders LTC Oxendine, MAJ Fanitzi, and MAJ Silk (facilitated with CDTs Meg Goode, Joe Ladd, and Rima Gasparini (G1, ’17). This was a team building event through reflection and physically challenge.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

3D Printing of Cadet Chapel Key. The Cadet Chapel of the United States Military Academy has several well-built, medieval style doors that are secured with antique door locks. These locks are opened with large, vintage skeleton keys that are approximately the size of an adjustable wrench. The keys have long since been commercially unavailable. In order to provide the Cadet Chapel with much needed replacement keys, a Firstie Mechanical Engineering Capstone Group performed a service project to develop a means to reverse engineer and subsequently 3D print historic replica keys. On 18 May 2015, CDT Mark Hesford (ME, ’15) delivered the first metal, 3D printed key to CH (COL) Barbara Sherer. The key was designed, fabricated, and tested using equipment within the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME). To make the part, the Cadets used a 3D printing process based on Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology that resulted in a bronze piece. Mr. Rod Wilson, (CME Lab Technician) assisted CDTs Chrissy Cox, Andrew Glover, Mark Hesford, and Mike Deschene with the 3D printing process. The Cadet Chapel key presented to CH Sherer was both precisely functional and ascetically pleasing.

CDT Means Wins 2nd Place Mead Ethics Essay Prize. Cadet Matthew Means, a Civil Engineer in the Class of 2015, was notified that his essay took second place in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Daniel W. Mead Ethics Essay Prize. The prize was established in 1939 in honor of Daniel Mead, past president of ASCE. ASCE Student Chapters are allowed to nominate one essay, with ASCE typically receiving over 200 entries from nearly 300 student chapters. This year’s essay topic was “Should the Engineer of Record (who has sealed a set of plans) be held responsible, to any degree, for injury or death to builders or bystanders that occurs during the construction of his/her design?” Cadet Mean’s prize includes an $800 award.

Pursuit of Patent for the Excalibur HILT. Excalibur is a 155 mm GPS guided artillery projectile that can strike within 10 feet of a target at a range of nearly 25 miles. To improve the transportability of the 100+ lb Excalibur projectile, a Firstie Mechanical Engineering Capstone Group created an award winning design known as the Excalibur Handle for Improved Lift and Transport (HILT). Well-tested and elegantly simple, the Armament Research and Development Center (ARDEC) and the Excalibur Program Office are supporting the pursuit of a patent for the HILT design. CDTs Andrew Barthel, Craig ‘Taylor’ Ferguson, Austin Hunt, and Albert Sheppard, as well as Mr. Rich Ellingsen (CME Lab Technician) will be listed on the application for patent.

Department of History

The Department of History is very proud to share the news that The West Point History of the Civil War, edited by Colonel Ty Seidule and Professors Sam Watson and Cliff Rogers, has received the Army Historical Foundation’s 2014 Distinguished Writing Award.

On 18 February the USMA Civil Rights Staff Ride class was honored to host Mr. Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Devil in the Grove. Mr. King was gracious enough to speak with cadets participating in the Civil Rights Staff Ride—run jointly through the Department of Law and the Department of History—and then field an array of interesting questions before joining staff ride participants for lunch at the West Point Club. His words were truly stimulating and set a great foundation for the rest of the week's classes. The Civil Rights Staff Ride team will stay in touch with Mr. King when it traverses Lake County, Florida and continues to explore this county's vast, if often overlooked, Civil Rights legacy.

Ricciardi, Santiago Honored By Sons of American Legion

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Army West Point quarterback Angel Santiago and linebacker Stephen Ricciardi were presented with the fifth annual "Lt. Eugene Evans-Lt. Col. Eli Page Howard Jr. Leadership Award," by the Pelham Hall of Honor and Sons of the American Legion Radio, Thursday at the Army Sports Hall of Fame. Ken Kraetzer of Sons of the American Legion Radio introduced the players and provided remarks about the graduating players in front of the Army West Point football staff, friends and family.

Santiago, from Fontana, Calif., rushed for 21 touchdowns during his career at Army West Point and started 22 games under center. He collected 10 rushing touchdowns in each of the past two seasons and also threw for another three scores. Santiago concluded his career with 1,601 rushing yards. In 2014, he helped Army West Point list fifth nationally in rushing yards per game. Read More

Army West Point Earns NCAA Public Recognition Awards

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Army West Point was among the schools honored for excellence in the classroom for finishing in the top 10 percent of their sport in the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) data and received NCAA Public Recognition Awards. The Black Knights' football, baseball, volleyball and rifle teams were recognized. Army West Point's football team, an Independent, was among the 14 Football Bowl Subdivision schools to receive the award. The Black Knight's baseball and volleyball squads are part of the 101 schools celebrated in the Patriot League. The rifle squad competes in the Great American Rifle Conference.

Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multi-year NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. Read More

CSM Clark the 18th Command SGT MAJ of USMA

Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Clark (L) receives the NCO Sword from Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., as Clark assumed responsibility as the 18th Command Sgt. Maj. of the United States Military Academy today in the Thayer Award Room. An engineer with six combat tours, Clark last served as the 4th Infantry Division Command Sgt. Maj. at Fort Carson, CO.

"Think about our motto Duty, Honor, Country and the Army Values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage," said Lt. Gen. Caslen. "Sgt. Maj. Clark personifies those values both on the battlefield and throughout his career. I can't think of a better leader of character and role model for our cadets and everyone at the Academy."

“I look at this institution as the leadership factory, the leadership engine of our profession of arms,” Clark said during his remarks. “As the Command Sgt. Major of the U.S. Military Academy and leader of the Noncommissioned Officers here in attendance, we’ll continue to cut to the heart of the matter, continue to make a difference and continue to make it matter.” Story

Somers Named to USILA Scholar All-America Team

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Senior Sam Somers continues to be recognized with postseason awards as he was named a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Scholar All-American for his work in the classroom, it was announced on Monday.

Somers is one of 127 student-athletes to be honored by the USILA. A Scholar All-American must be nominated by his coach and be a student with a senior year academic standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale). He must also be an All-American, a member of the North/South team, or an outstanding league or conference player. He will have behaved in a manner that has brought credit to himself, his institution and to college lacrosse both on and off the field.

Somers finished his career as a two-time Academic All-Patriot League honoree and the 2015 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year. He was a three-time All-Patriot League performer and earned first team honors this year for the first time in his career. In the classroom, Somers is an art, philosophy and literature major and will be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army on Saturday. Read More

Men's 4x400 Sets Academy Record in Final Day of IC4A Championships

PRINCETON, N.J. - A new Academy record by the men's 4x400m relay squad propelled the Black Knights to a 12th-place finish in the final day of competition at the IC4A Championships from Princeton, N.J., on Sunday afternoon. 

Posting a total of 27 points, the Black Knights tied for 12th with UMBC, besting Patriot League foes Bucknell, Boston University, Holy Cross and Lehigh. The quartet of Clyde Wilson, Patrick Taylor, Stevyn Spees and Jose Santana ran to a fifth-place finish with a time of 3:08.95, breaking the previous mark of 3:09.27 set in 2000.

"The 4x400m relay was great today," said head coach Mike Smith. "Those guys sacrificed some individual glory in pursuit of a team result and they were rewarded with a school record. They had to fight hard for it today but that has been one of the characteristics of this group all year long. There isn't a more exciting event in our sport than the 4x400m relay event and to see those guys compete their guts out was fun to watch. Read More

Dean's Weekly, May 15th

Department of Foreign Languages

Spanish: Spanish Semester Abroad Cadets Connor Wernecke and Benjamin Greif participated in an onsite camouflage testing project in Mexico for the Sensation & Perception class. The testing was coordinated by the former head of Engineering Psychology, Dr. Tim O’Neill in Mexico with the cooperation of the Mexican Marine Special Forces and the company Protactic. The coordinators reported that the project was successful in no small part due to the cadets’ Spanish abilities. Dr. O’Neill reported that the cadets uncomplainingly helped execute the mission in less-than-ideal weather conditions, setting up the experiment, aiding the testing subjects, and working as interpreters between the Mexican military and English-speaking scientists. In addition, Ben and Connor were working side-by-side with the Mexican Marines’ Special Forces’ Special Ops Unit, “an elite military unit within an elite military unit,” Mexico’s primary defense against drug cartels. Dr. O’Neill summed the event up as follows: “Connor and Ben were invaluable to the execution of two demanding research efforts. Having two research assistants who understood experimental method, spoke Spanish, and are not bothered by hours of hard work under bad conditions made the whole thing possible.”

Arabic: Eight Arabic students in Jordan and Morocco have completed their studies and are preparing to return to West Point. The Cadets in Morocco visited the Sahara desert at Merzouga, travelling by camel; one presented a tactics class in Arabic and one ran in a half-marathon. They return to West Point on Wednesday. The Cadets in Jordan wrapped up their studies and attended a presentation from a group of visiting Yemenis, followed by a traditional Yemeni meal. They return to West Point on Friday 15 May.

Russian: The Russian Language Section held a dinner for the graduating Russian concentrators at Dr. Lawrence Mansour's home. Cadets were able to spend the evening enjoying the company of their fellow cadets and instructors, as well as a selection of Russian foods.


Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Hail and Farewell: On 8 May, the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering held a Department Hail and Farewell at Schlesinger’s Steakhouse. COL John Hartke was welcomed back to the Department by COL Ed Naessens from his year-long Operational Experience. Departing faculty members that were honored at the event included MAJ Sam Heider, MAJ Eric Marshall, COL Bryndol Sones, and LTC Dave Williams.

Retirement Ceremony:On 12 May, the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering celebrated the retirement of Lieutenant Colonel Samuel H. Amber after twenty-one years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. LTC Amber excelled in leadership positions in the field artillery, space operations, and at the United States Military Academy. Beginning as a tank company fire support officer in Korea and culminating as an assistant professor and Director of the Space and Missile Defense Command Research and Analysis Center, he amassed an unparalleled record of accomplishments as a strategic leader, soldier, professional engineer, educator, and scholar. LTC Chad Schools acted as Master of Ceremonies of the ceremony while COL Ed Naessens presented the Meritorious Service Medal, the Presidential Certificate of Appreciation for Service in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, the United States Flag which was flown over the United States Military Academy, and the Department of the Army Retirement Certificate and Pin. The ceremony was held in the West Point Room in Bartlett Hall. A small reception was held after LTC(R) Amber made his remarks.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

West Point’s Exceptional Performance in the 2015 RecycleMania Competition. Competing against more than 450 colleges and universities, West Point took 2nd place in the 2015 RecycleMania cardboard category. Additionally, West Point finished 4th in the “Per Capita Classic (total pounds of recyclables collected per person),” 4th in bottles and cans category (an improvement over USMA’s 8th-place finish during 2014) and 17th in paper recycling. The installation, cadets and faculty members strongly supported the recycling effort at West Point allowing these remarkable results. The Department of Cadet Activities and MWR are large supporters of the effort offering cash and prize incentives to the cadet companies that recycle the most during the competition. Additionally, the Cadet Energy and Environment Chain of Command, led by Cadet Will Moore, and the ESSW Club led by CDT Carissa Pekny were active in motivating the Corps of Cadets to increase recycling efforts. Both the Energy and Environment Chain of Command and the ESSW cadet club are initiatives of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering in an effort to encourage Cadets to think globally and apply their understanding of human-environment interactions to develop appropriate sustainable solutions to problems. In USMA’s internal competition, the top performing companies received cash rewards in the amounts of $750, $400 and $200 for first, second and third place, respectively. This year’s top three companies were Company C3 (first place), Company A1 (second place) and Company C1 (third place). On 29 April 2015, the Brigade Tactical Officer, COL Steven Merkel, presented each of these companies and supporting staff from MWR, DPW and DCA with their 2015 RecycleMania awards.

EV401 Camp Buckner Water Treatment Plant Tour. Cadets enrolled in EV401, Physical and Chemical Treatment Processes, visited the Camp Buckner Water Treatment Plant on April 27th. The plant operates seasonally to treat water from Lake Popolopen for consumption at Camps Buckner and Natural Bridge. Cadets appreciated the compact and logical layout of the plant, which helped them conceptualize the entire water treatment process.

Art Hinaman (left) and Bill Dauer (right) of the U.S. Forest Service discuss wildfire control to students in Environmental Geology (EV391b). On Wednesday, 6 May 15, Art Hinaman and Bill Dauer, of the U.S. Forest Service, were invited to West Point as guest speakers to talk about wildfires and the Forest Service to students in Environmental Geology (EV391b). Art Hinaman, Assistant Director, Aviation, discussed the use of aviation assets in fighting wildfires. He also talked about the principles of fighting wildfires, and the three elements of a fire triangle: heat, oxygen, and fuel. If one or more of the three elements are removed, the fire will go out. Bill Dauer, Forest Engineer, spoke to cadets during Dean’s Hour about the history of the Forest Service, the many activities in which the Forest Service is involved, and the historical relationship the Forest Service has with the Army. The information shared by both guest speakers was well received by the cadets. Art Hinaman is a 32 year veteran of the Army and National Guard, and Bill Dauer is USMA Class of 1981 and former West Point football player.

USMA 5K/10K. On Saturday, 9 May 2015, three teams from G&EnE competed in the USMA 5K & 10K runs. Two of the department teams competed in the 5K while one competed in the 10K. The teams performance were impressive with Team Dirt (MAJ Christian Robbins, MAJ Rich Knox, and MAJ Colin Tansey) finishing second and Team Green (CPT Rich Rogers, CPT Laurel Miller, and CPT David Zgonc) finishing fourth in the 5K. Team G&EnE (COL Mark Read, LTC Philip Dacunto, and MAJ Lauren Koban) finished first in the 10K.

101st Airborne Division to Mentor Cadets

A group of Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, will be spending the summer training, advising and mentoring the young minds of some of the nation’s best and brightest future officers at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

“This is an opportunity for 4,000 future Army officers to interact with officers, NCOs and Soldiers from across the Bastogne Brigade,” said Maj. Rick Montcalm, the operations officer for 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment.

The team, referred to as Task Force Bandit, will provide mission command, training and logistical support to more than 4,000 cadets who will be cycling through numerous training events throughout the summer, said Montcalm. “Our leaders have the opportunity to train and evaluate everything from basic individual Soldier skills to platoon-level operations,” said Montcalm. Read More

Kasey McCravey Repeats As NFCA All-Region Selection

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army West Point third baseman Kasey McCravey was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Northeast Region Team, repeating as a first-team selection following her performance in 2015, in Thursday's announcement by the organization.

McCravey is the fifth Black Knight to earn NFCA first-team all-region honors, and just the second two-time pick as she joins four-time honoree and Army West Point Hall of Famer Nicki Robbins (1999-2002). It is the third straight year a cadet was a first-team selection. The native of Scottsdale, Ariz., is coming off one of her finest seasons on the diamond. The All-Region selection is the fourth postseason accolade earned by McCravey. Read More

Barta Named to Capital One Academic All-District Team

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- For the second-consecutive season, Kristen Barta of the Army West Point women's swimming and diving team has been named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team. As a result of her first-team selection, Barta advances to the ballot for Capital One Academic All-America honors later this month.

Barta helped lead the Army West Point women's swimming and diving team to its first winning season since 2004-05. The team finished 8-4 overall and 5-2 in the Patriot League. Barta, a Firstie from Oconomowoc, Wis., was named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the third time in her career. She has also earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades since her rookie season. Read More

Metro DC Region Parents Club Supports Class of 2015 Gift Fund

On WPAOG’s April 30 Donor Tribute Day, the West Point Parents Club of Maryland, DC and Virginia presented a generous gift of $35,000 to the Class of 2015 Gift Fund. This gift was made possible through the sale of more than 1,000 afghans woven with the Class of 2015 crest. Thank you for the tremendous support for West Point and the Class of 2015!

Inspiring the Class of 2017 to serve

Friends and family members of West Point graduates interred at the West Point Cemetery shared fond memories of their loved ones during the 10th annual “Inspiration to Serve” Cemetery Tour April 30.

The Class of 2017 rotated through 16 graveside stations that personified the impact of a life of service. A 1993 West Point graduate was among two sons who memorialized their fathers.

“The most important thing to my father was service,” retired Lt. Col. Bob Lenz said of his father who had the same rank and name. “He would always say that he didn’t care how he did it, but he was going to serve.” Read More

Class of 2015 Achieves 43% Participation in Donations

Thank you to the Class of 2015 for its commitment of $353,020.00 to programs that strengthen the Academy’s Margin of Excellence and sustain the traditions of the Long Gray Line. Over 43-percent of the class committed to monthly installments to one or more funds, many of which they have directly benefited from throughout their four years at West Point. Their generosity serves as an example for the rest of the Corps and the Long Gray Line, and we thank the Class of 2015 for helping us finish strong in this last year of the For Us All Campaign and ensuring a stronger future for West Point. Read More

Smith & Gray Named To PL All-Tournament Team

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Two members of the Army West Point softball team, Caroline Smith and Emily Gray, were among 11 players named to the Patriot League All-Tournament following the conclusion of the 2015 championships.

It is the second year that Smith, a pitcher, earned all-tournament honors, and it is the second postseason award for Gray, a Patriot League first-team selection as the designated player. In addition to drawing the starting nod against No. 3 Colgate the second day of the tournament, Smith paced the fourth-seeded Black Knights offensively hitting .750 (3-for-4) with a run scored. Read More

USMA SCUBA Team Successfully Completed SCUBA Training

The USMA SCUBA Team successfully completed SCUBA training for 39 cadets interested in both Basic and Advanced Open Water certifications during the last two weekends of April. The NAUI basic certification is the first step into the world of recreational diving and allows divers to enjoy SCUBA diving in lakes, oceans, or springs at depths of up to 60 feet. Over the course of three classroom and three pool sessions, students gain proficiency in the use of their dive equipment, dive tables, and skills such as buddy breathing and emergency water ascent.

All certification classes culminated with an open water dive trip to Dutch Springs located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The instructors, dive-masters, and dive controllers of the cadet-run SCUBA Team led their fellow cadets on several open water dives. On Saturday, two skill dives tested the divers’ abilities to practice basic SCUBA diving protocol, which requires them to clear their mask of water, recover their regulator (breathing apparatus), and share their secondary regulator with their dive buddy all while at a depth of 25 ft. After satisfactory performance, the divers progressed to the much anticipated exploration dives. The SCUBA Team planned and executed two additional dives on Sunday morning guiding students through sunken ships, planes, fire trucks and buses while simultaneously qualifying them for a lifetime SCUBA certification. Read More

DCA Update - Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs


  • On 1 May, the Army Crew competed in the 24th NY State Collegiate Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs, NY
  • On a perfect day for rowing, the cadets were able to judge their progress against 26 other collegiate teams from across the state of New York
  • By all accounts, it was on of the strongest showings in Army Crew history, capturing gold in six of the nine events, finishing as the top collegiate club team, and earning the “Most Improved Team” Cup in the process
  • The Varsity Men’s Eight set the tone for the day with a convincing win in their opening heat, sending them to the Grand Final later that afternoon; there they went on to win gold, defeating Ithaca, Marist and RIT
  • The winning boat included CDTs Kyle Geiser, Courtland Adams (Team Captain), Dru Milke, Jon Gilbertson, Winston Park, Jeffery Wilkes, Ross Downum, Jeff Olson, and Dave Grossman
  • The win marked the first time in program history that West Point will be etched on the cup given to the top crew in this premier event
  • The Varsity Women’s Fours continued the trend with the A Army Women’s boat cruising to win in the heats, as well as a 16 second victory over Binghamton, Marist, Canisius and Union in the Grand Final for their event
  • The A Army Women’s boat included CDTs Jordan Duran, Caitlin Rowe, Annie Reidinger, Allie Noack, and Rachel Anderson
  • The Army B Boat went on to a second place finish in the Petite Finals; in a finals-only race for the Varsity Women’s Pair, CDTs Emma Spell and Arden Percoco won gold with a time of 9 minutes and 7.9 seconds, well ahead of the other five schools in the race
  • The next win in a heat was posted by the Women’s Novice Four, manned by CDTs Teresa Hinman, Sarah Beougher, Maria Blom, Simone Askew, and Madeline Carlson; they would go on to capture the fourth gold for Army Crew with a 25 second lead over Union and Marist
  • Army Novice B boat finished second the Petite Finals
  • The Novice Men’s Four A and B boats finished one-two in their heat, put-ting both boats in the Grand Finals where they would go on to finish 4th and 6th place respectively
  • The Novice Men raced an Eight in a seven-boat finals only race; they would go on to win the race by edging out RIT at the finish line by less than a second; the gold medal boat included CDTs Michael Huang, Eric Danielson, Charles Torch, Chris Wagner, John Brooks, Ethan Grogan, Steve Martin, Logan Leahy, and Daniel Sharp
  • In a boat combining four varsity and four novice rowers, Army Crew posted another great finish with a second place in the Men’s JV Eight race, losing by a boat length to RIT, while defeating Ithaca and Marist
  • The final gold medal of the day for Army went to another mixed boat in the Women’s Open Four event; the team included CDTs Emma Spell, Arden Percoco, Emma Hanna, Ali Darby, and Maria Kruegler


  • On 2 May, the West Point Cy-cling team travelled to Trexlertown, PA, to participate in the T-Town Showdown
  • The West Point team took first place overall; CDT Kenny Dailey took 3rd overall; CDT Elizabeth Psiaki took 2nd in Women’s overall; CDT Dylan Allen placed 2nd in Men’s Category D; CDT Tristan Manerfeld placed 2nd in Men’s Category B (very impressive for his first track race)
  • Categories A, B, C and D represent the ability levels of competitors; category D is considered the beginner level


  • The United States Military Academy Orienteering Team hosted an “A-Meet”, or top-tier land navigation competition, in the woods around Round Pond on 2 and 3 May
  • This event, the 36th one hosted at West Point, involved many ranked and elite competitors from across North America and Europe
  • In addition, many cadets from across USCC honed their navigational skills in the race after a quick cadet-led tutorial introducing them to the sport for-mat
  • Utilizing over 18 courses designed by cadets, competitors vied for the best time while navigating through West Point’s notoriously tough terrain over two beautiful days
  • Feedback from the 250+ participants was that this year’s event was one of the most physically and mentally demanding events at West Point to date
  • Because planning for this event starts a year in advance, the A-Meet also provides one of the most challenging organizational and leadership experiences these cadets will face at West Point

Hobby Clubs


  • The Army Sailing Team hosted its annual Spring Regatta on 2-3 May
  • Sailors arrived to Cornwall Yacht Club and were greeted with a beautiful, but glassy calm Newburgh Bay
  • Due to low and shifty winds, and a strong current, the regatta only executed four races
  • Army Sailing won three out of the four races, claiming victory at the regatta for the second straight year
  • Stony Brook and Drexel University finished second and third respectfully

Ultimate Frisbee:

  • On 3 May, the West Point Ultimate Frisbee Club team competed against Navy in an exhibition game for the first time in recent history
  • The club worked with New York City’s professional ultimate team, New York Empire, to host an Army-Navy game at their home stadium, MCU Park
  • Army Ultimate staff coordinated with Navy Ultimate and Empire in order to pull off a successful event that was entertaining and highly competitive
  • The rules of the game were, the first team to score 15 times wins the game, with halftime occurring after the first team reaches 8 points
  • Due to a slow start, Army quickly fell behind Navy, despite some outstanding plays by both teams
  • Navy led 8-4 at halftime, leaving Army with quite a hole to climb out of
  • After halftime, Army quickly went on to score 2 points, making the score 8-6, then eventually coming to a tie at 11-11
  • However, at this point, neither team failed to yield an offensive advantage, alternately scoring until Navy received the disc with the game tied at 14
  • Despite phenomenal play, Navy scored to end the game, with the final score of 15-14
  • In what proved to be an extremely close game, Army Ultimate left it all on the field and showed great promise in the future of the team
  • Afterwards, the team was treated to a game of professional ultimate, in which New York Empire defeated the Ottawa Outlaws
  • This year has been a huge success for Army Ultimate, compared to last year, with the team earning more wins, hosting tournaments for the first time, advancing farther in the National Championship Series, and beginning an Army-Navy annual game that also supports out-reach to New York City

Diversity Clubs

Native American Heritage Forum:

  • On Sunday, 3 May, cadets from the West Point Native American Heritage Forum put together, and hosted, the 5th Annual Keepers of the Peace Powwow at Trophy Point
  • The Powwow included Native American drum groups, and Native American Dancers from a variety of tribes
  • The dancers participated in intertribal dances, specialty dances, and social dances that included the public
  • There was a Native American craft vendor, as well as a Native American food vendor
  • Also, there were two birds of prey performances, which included a variety of hawks, owls, a vulture, and a bald eagle
  • Annually, the Native American Heritage Forum hosts this one day event, designed to demonstrate to the community and perspective cadets that West Point is an inclusive environment where all races and ethnicities are welcome and celebrated

Military Clubs

Law Enforcement Tactics:

  • On 25 April, members of the West Point Law Enforcement Tactics Team, as well as First Class Cadets that will soon become Military Police Officers, had the opportunity to train with the U.S. Army Ft. Meyer Special Reaction Team, located in Ft. Meyer Virginia
  • The training allowed the cadets to gain valuable knowledge in Close-Combat Tactics and specialized law enforcement operations
  • Members of the Special Reaction Team trained the cadets on a variety of room clearing techniques, suspect confrontation methods, and breaching procedures
  • The day culminated with cadets conducting multiple law enforcement related missions with simulation rounds, while members of the Special Reaction Team played as the op-posing force


  • On 2 May, team members from the Black Knight Drill Team, in con-junction with the West Point Admissions office, travelled to Daytona Beach, FL, for the National High School Drill Team Championships (NHSDTC) and the World Drill Team Championships
  • The event drew a crowd of nearly 5,000 people for the competition
  • This event allowed the Drill Team to interact with prospective cadets from across the nation in one place
  • Over 200 students and their families visited the booth throughout the day
  • The Drill Team looks to schedule this strategic outreach event annually, and will also compete in the 2016 World Drill Championships, which takes place at the same venue, to further promote West Point on the national scale
  • The Drill Team also supported the Retiree Day parade, at West Point, with a performance before the Corps of Cadets marched out on the plain
  • The team performed a modified version of their signature Platoon Exhibition performance in front of the hundreds of guests in attendance
  • The modified nine man performance block was the teams final performance for the year

Support Clubs


  • On 2 May, the West Point Parachute Team successfully conducted three demonstrations
  • The first demo of the day was out at Lake Frederick for the thousands of Boy Scouts in attendance for the Camporee
  • The next demonstration was during a Retirement Review, and was conducted mainly by team members in the cow class
  • Finally, the team conducted a demonstration into the Army Lacrosse vs. Notre Dame game, were the Firsties jumped in to Michie Stadium
  • The team was able to split up the ground crew over the three demonstrations to complete each one without a hitch
  • The beautiful weather, mixed with an awesome crowd, made the demonstrations a wonderful farewell to the Firsties on the team

Pipes and Drums:

  • On 30 April, the West Point Pipes and Drums, along with the Celtic Dancers, proudly welcomed graduates and friends of the academy at the West Point Association of Graduate’s Donor Tribute Dinner
  • Several pipers, drummers, and dancers provided three songs of traditional highland music to welcome guests before they enjoyed a dinner alongside cadets, donors, and friends
  • The performance culminated with the familiar tune of “Caissons Go Rolling Along,” which inspired a standing sing-along of the Army Song by all the guests in attendance

Scoutmasters’ Council:

  • This past weekend, a total of 6,442 people attended the West Point Annual Invitational Camporee
  • Starting with cadet setup on Thursday, 30 April, the Scoutmasters’ Council staff members began preparing to receive the troops who arrived starting around noon on Friday
  • In a matter of nearly 7 hours, nearly all of the troops had arrived and set up campsites on the grounds of Lake Frederick
  • Saturday began with a robust opening ceremony, involving a simulated combat demonstration, which fed into the competitive site exercises that consumed the rest of the day
  • As troops progressed to each site, they encountered everything from camouflage and weapons displays, to team building exercises, such as a Leader’s Reaction Course and the Ranger Challenge
  • While the Camporee involves 16 total competitive sites, they all draw on the common value of teamwork as a key to success
  • Concluding Saturday with a bonfire, the troops prepared themselves for a Pass in Review on Sunday Morning; the reviewing party consisted of honorable guests BG John C. Thomson III, CSM Dawn Ripplemeyer, and COL (Ret.) William J. Dieal (West Point Class of 1962 and founder of the West Point Scoutmasters’ Council and Annual Invitational Camporee)
  • While the Camporee is largely planned and executed by cadets, it relies on the extensive support of countless agencies, both internal and external to the Academy
  • The Camporee is arguably one of West Point’s largest and most significant annual outreach events, and provides an outlet for cadets to develop their leadership skills
  • Over the past 53 years, the Camporee has grown from a small, localized event, into one of the largest national scouting events
  • Because of this growing trend, and the fundamental values shared between the Academy and the scouting program, about 20% of the those who attend the Camporee ultimately end up applying to the Academy with a desire to answer the call to a lifetime of service as a cadet, officer, and citizen of the United States

Academic Clubs

American Institute of Chemical Engineers:

  • On 5 May, cadets from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) went to the Brother-hood Winery in Washingtonville, NY, to learn about the process of creating wine
  • Brotherhood Winery is America’s oldest winery in continuous operation, starting in 1839 and continuing through Prohibition by making church wine, and still today creating wines featured on the White House’s Presidential Wine List
  • Cadets learned the entire wine making process, and the time-consuming process of aging wines in a precisely maintained moisture and temperature conditions
  • Cadets also watched the assembly line process for bottling wines at the on-site bottling, corking, and labeling facility
  • The visit was an interesting way for the cadets to see how engineering applies in everyday products created in the local area

DCA Happenings

Cadet Programs

On Thursday, 30 April, Cadet Programs presented Stress Relief Day outside of Grant Hall. Massage therapists, therapy dogs, and live music were all available for cadets to enjoy and partake in.

On Wednesday, 29 April, Cadet Programs supported the 1st Regiment Spring Fling. There were live bunnies, live music, cake, games, and egg decorating.

Junta, Gabow Named to Academic All-Patriot League Team

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Boasting impressive marks on the track and in the classroom, Army West Point distance runners Lisa Junta and Lindsay Gabow have been named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team, as announced by the conference on Friday afternoon. Junta earns the honor with a cumulative grade point average of 4.147 as a life science major while Gabow boasts a grade point average of 3.759 studying international history and comparative politics.

To be eligible for the Academic All-Patriot League award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen are not eligible for the honor. At the 2015 Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships from Shea Stadium at West Point, Junta placed 12th in the 5000m run, clocking a time of 18:18.14. Gabow posted a pair of top-three finishes, claiming third in the 5000m run with a time of 17:18.75 and second in the 10000m run with a time of 35:22.72. Read More

Trevor Lafontaine Named to Academic All-Patriot League Squad

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Representing Army West Point, senior Trevor Lafontaine has been named to the Academic All-Patriot League team, as announced by the conference Friday afternoon. Lafontaine garners the award, boasting a 3.875 grade point average as a civil engineering major. This is the third Academic All-Patriot League honor for the senior this season, as he also earned the recognition during the indoor track & field and cross country seasons.

To be eligible for the Academic All-Patriot League award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen are not eligible for the honor. At the 2015 Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships from Shea Stadium at West Point, Lafontaine claimed second in the 10000m run with an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) time of 30:15.14. Read More

Dean's Weekly, May 8th

Department of Systems Engineering

Capstone team presents the results of their research to BG Bob Marion, The Army Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Aviation. On 27 April, Cadets Gino Debartolo, Robert Sagona, and Jeff Powers flew to Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL, to present the results of their senior capstone project on how real-time full motion video (FMV) from small unmanned aircraft systems (SUASs) could be delivered to dismounted infantry platoons. After considering cost, weight, and impact on modeled probability of mission success, the cadets recommended a system composed of a Thales Mission Model radio to receive the FMV signal and the existing Nett Warrior smartphone-based end user device for display, deployed to squad leaders and above.

CDT Jed Lee briefed his honors project to CASCOM leadership. Cadet Lee and MAJ Beskow travelled to Fort Lee, Virginia on Wednesday and briefed Brigadier General Ainsworth and other leaders from the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) on CDT Lee’s honors project. CDT Lee’s honors project helped CASCOM optimize the assignment of Soldiers to Army Schools under the new One Army School System (OASS) construct. The project garnered significant interest in CASCOM as well as in TRADOC.

Capstone team presents their results to the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD). Cadets David Jaye (SE), Nate Green (EM), and Stephen Kerns (SM) visited Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) to present the results of their Systems Capstone work. Much of the Army’s equipment is coming to the end of its planned life cycle. At the same time, the Department of Defense and the Army are facing severe budget reductions for the foreseeable future. As a result, the planned modernization and acquisition of new equipment will be delayed. The Army is now forced to keep and maintain current equipment as opposed to retiring old systems and buying new ones. With the increased investment in the current systems, the organizations and depots that maintain and refurbish the Army’s equipment are becoming increasingly valuable assets. Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) is the Army’s only facility for repair and overhaul of rotary wing aircraft. CCAD receives approximately 10 rotor blades per day for the Black Hawk helicopter. Each blade is routed through a detailed inspection and rework process consisting of approximately 67 sequential operations which take approximately 45 days per blade. Recently CCAD has expanded and reorganized the rotor blade refurbishment facility which provides an opportunity to re-examine processes, adjust positioning of work stations, and improve efficiency. The cadet team was tasked to develop a discrete-event simulation model of the CCAD rotor blade refurbishment process in order to identify inefficiencies and examine “what if” scenarios to improve key performance metrics. With the help of the discrete-event simulation model, the cadet team was able to identify alternatives that can significantly reduce Work in Process (WIP) and increase rotor blade throughput.

Cadet team presents an update on their research to BG Cole and BG Trainor at the NSRDEC-USMA Projects Day. On 4 May, Cadets Alexandra Baker, Olivia Nardone, and Michael Robinson traveled to Natick, MA to present an update on their “CLDT Experimental Platoon” research. The group presented the results of controlled experiments in the spring to help shape the design of a field experiment to be conducted this summer at CLDT. The group has helped design an experiment that will integrate Nett Warrior and energy harvesting equipment into a cadet platoon this summer during training. Nett Warrior will be evaluated by a test developed at West Point this academic year to measure the situational awareness provided by the system, while the current capability of an energy harvesting ruck sack to generate power for dismounted tactical use will be evaluated.

SE450 project team wins second place at the inter-service academy Flightline of the Future competition. Nine cadets representing four project teams from SE450, the third course of the systems engineering core engineering sequence, traveled with their instructor, LTC Eric Tollefson, to Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation in Suffolk, VA, to participate in the Flightline of the Future inter-service academy competition sponsored by Lockheed Martin on 27 April 2015. All four teams were competitive and presented themselves well. In particular, the team consisting of Cadets Andre Solomon, Valerie Kutsch, and Michael Roberto placed second in the Innovations category. Cadets Samantha Reid and Austin Welch were also on the team, but were unable to attend the competition. Their project evaluated the application of robotic exoskeletons in deployed and remote locations to mitigate repetitive motion injuries that impact soldiers across a number of Army specialties. Through their evaluation of several types of exoskeletons, they were able to recommend a solution to reduce repetitive motion injuries, thereby improving unit effectiveness and efficiency. Teams also had the opportunity to observe the quality of work of, and interact with, cadets and midshipmen from the Air Force and Naval Academies. The performances of all four teams brought great credit upon the Academy.

Department of Foreign Languages

Spanish: As Spanish-language cadets finish up their spring semester in Mexico, they are leveraging numerous opportunities for cultural immersion (to include historic site visits) and language practice outside of the classroom. CDT Benjamin Greif hosted friends and parents, accompanying them to see: local ruins; the balet foklórico - a production showcasing the local dances of Mexico; the main cathedral in Mexico City; and the Museo de las Bellas Artes. CDT Jeremy Tetro has been traveling often with friends to the town of Pachuca, enjoying the slower pace of the smaller city, visiting with his friends’ family and immersing himself in local culture. CDT Brian Fydenkevez made his first visit to Puebla, a city southwest of Mexico City. While there he visited the buried ruins of Cholula, the largest known pyramid in the world, where visitors can still explore the now buried ruins of the pyramid complex through the still-existing tunnel system.

Arabic: Arabic students in Jordan and Morocco are entering their final weeks of their study abroad. In Jordan, Cadets are getting ready for the last two weeks following an Orthodox Easter trip to Israel. In Morocco, in addition to preparing for the final stretch, Cadets traveled to the seaside resort of Agadir and ancient city of Marrakech, from which Morocco gets its name.

Portuguese: LTC Carlos Caravela from the Portuguese Army spent last week with DFL in anticipation of establishing a new study abroad exchange program between USMA and the Portuguese Military Academy. He sat down with faculty from the Portuguese Section and COL Ebner to discuss possibilities. He also had the opportunity to tour West Point and NYC with the FAEP cadets.

German Language Forum: On 29 April 2015, USMA German Club hosted its final event at USMA for AY2015. It involved singing traditional German “Studentenlieder” or songs, the showing of a German film (“Nordwand”), pizza, and a traditional Bavarian card game known as Schafkopf. In addition, three members of Columbia’s German Club attended and enjoyed the festivities. The USMA German also enjoyed the company of some new visitors from within the cadet ranks making the event lively and fitting for an end of the academic year event at the Academy.

Polish Language Forum: Eight cadets of the Kościuszko Squadron traveled to Washington, DC to take part in wide-ranging cultural immersion and regional awareness activities. At the Pentagon Poland Desk cadets spent an enlightening morning with State Department and Foreign Area Officer representatives discussing contemporary US/NATO joint activities with Polish Armed Forces and officer career paths in international military affairs.

Later cadets were hosted at the Polish Embassy by Land Forces Attaché, Ltc Karol Sobczyk, and Foreign Ministry Vice-Consul DR Dorota Markiewicz who briefed cadets on goals of Poland’s bilateral military relations with the US and the role of Polish Armed forces in NATO readiness planning and regional training, as well as deployments to the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.

During a visit to the Kościuszko Foundation, cadets met well-known architect DR Julian Kulski, who as a boy of 12 served in the clandestine Home Army in Nazi-occupied Poland. Mr Kulski gave cadets each a signed copy of his award-winning memoir, The Color of Courage. While at the K Foundation, cadets also toured an exhibit chronicling the life of Polish Underground activist Jan Karski who braved three trips out of Poland to provide the Allies with proof of Nazi death camps.

Ending an event-filled day at the Institute for World Policy, cadets met with LTG (ret) Edward Rowny, USMA Class 1941, founder of the original Kościuszko Squadron cadet club in 1940. Cadets and the General also traded views on contemporary issues, such as women’s service in combat arms, USMA’s Honor Code, and the need for leader training.

Other: On Monday, 27 April, DFL celebrated the annual induction of cadets and faculty into the USMA chapter of Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society. This year, 20 cadets form the Class of 2015 and 17 from the Class of 2016 were inducted in the ceremony celebrated in the Regimental Room of the Cadet Mess Hall. For the first time, Persian was an official part of the ceremony; CDT Judelyn Farrow and CDT Samuel Somers were inducted for their outstanding work in Persian. DFL’s Persian faculty, Dr. Amir Irani-Tehrani and Mrs. Stephanie L. Irani-Tehrani, were inducted, as well. The keynote speaker was the Hon. Pedro Pierluisi, Member of Congress-Puerto Rico. Mr. Pierluisi discussed the importance of acquiring a second language within a cultural context, his own experience as a bilingual speaker, as well as highlighting the contributions of Puerto Rican citizens in the US military, pointing out that soldiers form the US territory have fought in every major conflict the US has waged since WWI.

Projects Day: The Department of Foreign Languages hosted Project's Day in Washington Hall to provide cadets an opportunity to present the findings of their capstone projects through formal, small-group briefings. In their projects cadets used their language proficiency, cultural awareness, and regional proficiency, along with capabilities and knowledge acquired in courses across the curriculum, to analyze and offer recommendations for complex real-world issues. Cadets conducted briefings in front of DFL faculty, peers, and invited guests, using the foreign language they are studying. DFL welcomed the following guests to 2015 Project's Day:

  • Colonel Stoebe, Military Advisor Permanent Mission of Germany to UN
  • Colonel Ramires, Military Advisor Permanent Mission of Brazil to UN
  • Colonel (Retired) Creighton, Chief Operating Officer at the East West Institute
  • Sergeant Major Misher, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Projects Day: On 30 April, the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering hosted a morning poster session followed by a lunch social. The poster session included 28 projects presented by over 40 P&NE Majors. Faculty members evaluated cadets on their knowledge of the project and their posters on organization, visual clarity, and professionalism. The Thomas Young Award for best poster will be presented at our Department Awards Ceremony during Graduation Week. Many of the projects are of current interest to DoD organizations and our external sponsors included the Army Research Office (ARO), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (DoD-HPCMP), the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office (HEL-JTO), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (MIT-LL), and the Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC). The lunch social was attended by over 80 cadets, faculty and guests and as usual the liquid nitrogen ice cream was a big hit.

COL(R) Dr. Jeffrey Musk, the Chief of DTRA J9-NTD (Nuclear Technologies - Detection), visited to attend Projects Day and speak with cadets. During his visit, he also provided a FA52/PaNE Colloquium to discuss the current state of DTRA detection and other relevant topics to the Nuclear Technology and CWMD community.

Dr. Robert Burke, research scientist from the US Army Research Laboratory’s Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate from Adelphi, MD visited the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering on Projects’ Day. Dr. Burke viewed and judged the poster presentations of numerous cadets from our Nuclear Engineering and Physics programs. A highlight at the poster session for Dr. Burke was viewing the work done by CDT Connor Cabrey on low pressure vacuum deposition growth of graphene. The poster was partly based on research done during Spring Break by CDT Cabrey and Dr. Paula Fekete under the supervision of Dr. Burke at ARL, Adelphi. After the poster session, Dr. Burke was given a tour of the Photonics Research Center by LTC Kirk Ingold.

Triathlon: During 1-4 May, LTC Ken Allen traveled to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands with 5 cadets from the triathlon team to compete in the Ironman 70.3 St. Croix triathlon on 3 May 2015. The team was extremely successful with the top male (Remington Ponce-Pore ’18) female (Paige Dougherty ’18) and the OIC (LTC Ken Allen) each winning their respective age groups and earning a spot in the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championships. The three women cadets, Paige Dougherty ‘18, KeriAnn Murphy ‘17, and Jennifer Niemann ‘17 earned 1st, 2nd and 3rd in both the women’s 18-24 year-old division and 1st – 3rd in the women’s military division. The men were just as successful with Remington Ponce-Pore ’18 and Thomas Hinds ’16 earning 1st and 2nd in the men’s 18-25 year-old division and 1st and 3rd in the men’s military division. LTC Allen was 1st in the men’s 45-49 year-old division. With the results of this race, the team has qualified a total of 6 cadets for the World Championships in the fall.

Interdisciplinary Project Briefings: On 4 May, MAJ Shawn Fitzgerald traveled to New York City with cadets to Grand Central Tech (venture capital/startup accelerator) to present PH252 Interdisciplinary Project Briefings. The experience of pitching to venture capital personnel in NYC cannot be replicated here at West Point and greatly enhanced realism and overall learning with regard to this project. It is important that cadets interface with small business leaders. This has many positive civil-military implication as well a contributing to the Superintendent’s priority of increasing our partnership capacity with leaders in NYC. Blog: http://www.grandcentraltech.com/gct-blog/

Social Network Analysis Club Guest Speaker. On 13 April Ben Chartock gave a talk, ‘Six Degrees of Restaurant Reviews’ to several faculty and cadet members of the Social Network Analysis Club (SNAC). This talk offered a unique approach to using big data and network science to solve real world issues. He used a data set of 229,000 restaurant reviews, to investigate the research question, "Where is the best place to eat?". Using a network science approach to map a network of restaurants and to rank restaurants based on patterns of reviewer behaviors. This network helps explain economic and business activity.

The 2015 Network Science Excellence Awards were presented to the following projects:

1st Place: Keystone Pipeline Environment cost and Benefit Network by CDTs Jessica Zhu and Kelsey Wohleben, Advisors: Dr. Chris Arney and MAJ Dan Koban

2nd Place: Analyzing the Syrian Civil War and the rise of ISIS through Twitter and Social Media Analysis by CDT Jonathan Day, Advisors: Dr. Chris Arney and Dr. Kate Coronges

3rd Place: Dealing with Big Data and Using Network Analysis to Better Understand the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process by CDT Paul Stetekluh, Advisors Dr. Chris Arney and Dr. Kate Coronges

NSC would like to thank the judges for this year's competition, Dr. John James, Dan Evans, and Yulia Tyshchuk and congratulate all of the winners.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Environmental Program Firstie Hudson River Cruise. On the evening of 30 April, the Environmental Program held a Hudson River cruise to honor our soon-to-be-graduating environmental science and environmental engineering majors in the Class of 2015. The boat ride allowed us to spend time with our majors and to interact socially during our two hour supper cruise. The event was highlighted by a reading of Senior Superlatives in which classmates had previously voted on such things as most likely to make General Officer, most likely to have kids first, and most likely to start a record label.

Project’s Day Poster Conference. Cadets, faculty, and guests packed the Dirt Department hallways on the morning of 30APR15 for Project’s Day. In total, 24 posters were displayed representing the research, analysis and hard work associated with honors theses and projects. Research was supported by various outside agencies to include the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Assistant Secretary of the Army Installations, Energy and Environment, and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency whose senior analysts provided research prompts focusing several cadets on issues of national strategic importance. The degree of preparation and effort involved in individual and team projects was impressive and showed in the cadets’ presentations. The department was honored also to host Assistant Secretary of the Army, the Honorable Ms. Katherine Hammack as well as various members of the AOG, USMAPS cadet candidates and cadets from across the Academy who walked through our hallways with an interest in learning and supporting their peers. We are very proud of our cadets and their intellectually stimulating projects.

Cadets and faculty attend the 2015 Association of American Geographers Conference. Faculty and Cadets presented their research to the broader academic Geography community at the Association of American Geographers’ (AAG) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois from 21-25 April 2015. Presentations showcased the intellectual talents and contributions of the faculty and cadets while gaining insights and perspectives from other scholars outside the military on topics relevant to the Army and our nation. Cadets and faculty were able to attend other sessions and get a better sense of the state of geography through panel presentations and poster discussion. Presentations ranged the geographical spectrum from human and environmental geography, physical geography, geosciences, and geospatial information technologies and applications over the course of the conference. Cadets were able to select intriguing and relevant discussions over the course of the conference, increasing their knowledge of the field and providing opportunities for critical reaction. On the morning of the 23rd, Cadets were able to meet with former graduates and faculty, as well as both current and future staff and faculty from the Geography and Environmental Engineering department at West Point during a breakfast hosted by D/GENE.

Geospatial Research Laboratory, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center Guest Lecture. On April 28th, CPT Mike Mailloux, Special Forces officer, presented “Military Applications of Geospatial Information”. CPT Mailloux’s discussion focused on how geospatial technologies are used to support operations. He also discussed new technologies that are being developed and how the Army plans to implement those tools into operations.

Latin Dance Club Army Social. On Saturday, 2 May 2015, the West Point Latin Dance Club hosted their annual Army Social. The event was an opportunity to introduce cadets to the diversity of latin dance. Cadets demonstrated their skills with performances that ranged from Mexican Ballet Folklorico to Dominican Bachata to Salsa. The club cadets even taught classes to those who wanted to learn how to dance Bachata and Salsa. Club OIC’s, Majors Ricardo Fregoso and Colin Tansey helped coordinate the event, but it was largely cadet planned and executed. The event was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the diversity of cadets and cultures at West Point.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Soil Drilling Demonstration - On Monday, 4 May, Cadets in the CE371 Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design course were treated to a demonstration of soil drilling techniques. Drillers from the subsurface exploration company Parratt-Wolff, Inc. demonstrated various drilling, in-situ testing, and soil sampling techniques. Mr. Bill Morrow, Vice President of Parratt-Wolff, delivered an outstanding presentation. Soil drilling and testing is a process that is best learned in a hands-on, experiential-learning environment.

2015 Soldier Design Competition Result : The 12th annual Soldier Design Competition was hosted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-sponsored by the Institute for Soldier Nano-technology and the USMA Center for Innovation and Engineering. Twelve total teams competed, including seven from USMA and five from M.I.T. USMA teams won four of the five prizes including first place at the event which was held at M.I.T. on 4 May 2015. Winning teams included designs related to an M249 Suppressor System (CME Cadets Conor Haaser, Christopher Kolster, Connor McLeod, and Matthew Shoenberger and faculty advisor Dr. Chris Conley), Nerve Regeneration (CLS), an Excalibur munition carrying system (CME Cadets Taylor Ferguson, Andrew Barthel, Austin Hunt, and Albert Sheppard, faculty advisor LTC Josh Keena), and a Soldier Cooling system (CME Cadets Ioannis Wallingford, Jason Rho, Erin Kelly, Sarah Lowry, Joseph Samuels, Brendan McKinley, Zachary Lee, Tyler, Sowell, John Beck, and Zachary Glass and faculty advisors LTC Mike Benson and MAJ Dan Fox). Teams from USMA completed quarter-final and semi-final rounds to win the opportunity to represent West Point at the competition.

CME Projects Day at the Kimsey Center. On 30 April, the department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering staff and faculty, along with nearly 700 cadets, guests, and visitors from a broad cross section of constituents viewed project presentations and posters. Senior leaders from RDECOM and DARPA; students from West Point Middle School, Industry representatives, alumni, donors, parents, and cadets from all classes joined in this showcase of cadet excellence from the Class of 2015.

MA 255 Seminar: Practical Applications of Differential Equations. On 22 April, LTC Benson and several cadets from C&ME presented to 279 students enrolled in MA 255 from the class of 2018 on various applications of differential equations. While LTC Benson started and finished the seminar, the highlights for the students were the three cadet presentations regarding independent study efforts they had undertaken as they pursued their varied interests. The cadet briefings included CDT Meyer Ungerman discussing an assistive walking device, CDT Richard Steele and his work using a proprioceptive MyoBand gyroscopic control system, and CDT Jon Spirnak describing experimental fluid mechanics research. The cadets painted a compelling story on the challenges and benefits of disciplinary depth using the independent research model.

Cadets Earn Professional Credentials in Sustainability. Seven Civil Engineering Cadets and one Environmental Engineering Cadet recently became Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associates and Envision Sustainability Professionals.

The Cadets became members of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and passed a qualifying examination to become EnvisionTM Sustainability Professionals (ENV PV). Since they are still undergraduate students, ISI recognizes their achievement and has issued them provisional (PV) certificates. Upon graduation with a bachelor’s degree, ISI will convert their certification to the full Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) level. ISI is a non-profit organization founded by the American Public Works Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. The construction industry seeks out individuals with the ENV SP credential to design and build sustainable infrastructure systems including roads, bridges, pipelines, dams, levees, water treatment facilities, power plants, etc. By earning this credential, these Cadets are prepared to lead integrated design teams in addressing sustainability issues while building infrastructure that conserves, or even helps to restore, the natural environment.

Additionally, these Cadets earned the LEED Green Associate credential. As the Engineer-in-Training is to the Professional Engineer, the Green Associate is the first stage to becoming a LEED Accredited Professional (AP). This credential signifies to industry that an individual has demonstrated current knowledge of green building technologies and best practices for creating more sustainable buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council developed the LEED Green Building Rating System to be a voluntary, consensus-based, and market-driven tool to evaluate building design and performance. Since 2008, the Army has required a minimum LEED Silver or equivalent rating on all applicable building projects. Pursuing LEED certification supports the DoD’s Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 1-200-02: High Performance and Sustainable Building Requirements, which defines the minimum requirements for planning, design and construction, renovation, repair, maintenance, and operation of DoD facilities. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains a database of all uniformed and civilian personnel holding these credentials because of their increasing importance in civil works construction.

SourceAmerica Design Competition Finalists. Cadets Connor Howlett, Luke Martin, and Christal Theriot are finalists in the SourceAmerica Design Competition for their design of a heavy duty stapler assembly aide device to assist workers with disabilities perform their job more efficiently. The finals for the competition will take place in Washington, D.C., 8-10 June 2015. Finals are required to make an oral presentation, create a poster about their project, and demonstrate use of their device. Their design project was the cadets’ mechanical engineering capstone design project.

Department of History

Stand Up and Fight! The Creation of U.S. Security Organizations, 1942-2005, edited by COL Ty Seidule and former Department of History member Jacqueline E. Whitt has been published by the Army War College Press and the Strategic Studies Institute. The book started as a project to help U.S. Cyber Command when it first formed, and morphed into a collection of essays that explores how new National Security Organizations are formed, organized, funded, and managed in the first years of their existence. In all, 14 past and present members of the Department of History contributed to the book, including COL Ty Seidule, COL Gail Yoshitani, and COL Greg Daddis. The book is available for free at the following URL: http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1264.

On 5 May 2015, the Department of History conducted the final round of its popular “Trivia Night at the Firstie Club” for the current academic year. It went off in rousing fashion as over 70 cadets showed up to compete for prizes and determine who possesses the most "trivial" knowledge. "The Four Horsemen of the Quizpocalypse" claimed the top prize in a tightly contested match of three games of trivia. They won $100 in DCA gift certificates as the top team. They had also previously claimed the title of most creative team name, earning a pitcher of their beer of choice. Raffle prizes were also given away throughout the night thanks to the generous support of the West Point Association of Graduates. The department’s Trivia Night events have proven to be very popular among the cadets and will return on a monthly basis next year.

Department of English and Philosophy

Cadets showcase their talent and intellectual depth in Projects Day Presentations. The Department of English and Philosophy once again hosted a number of Projects Day events that highlighted the intellectual rigor and creativity of Cadets. Senior thesis writers presented their arguments and fielded questions from the audience in an academic conference setting. Cadets from Dr. Wisor’s criticism class presented creative projects that engaged course material and critical perspectives in interesting and important ways. Meanwhile, Cadets enrolled in the Bard Seminar were joined by their counterparts from Bard as both groups presented capstone papers and fielded questions. A tradition now, EN102’s Academy Idol competition highlighted the best Shakespearean monologue before a panel of distinguished judges. Finally, Cadets from the Shakespeare elective put on a full production of Much Ado About Nothing.

Cadets and Faculty are inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. APL Majors Ashton Wolf (’15) and Lila Garner (’16) were inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. First founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others." Cadets Wolf and Garner epitomize these ideals through their outstanding work in the academic program. Congratulations also to DEP IT Specialist Robert McLoughlin for being inducted into Phi Kappa Phi as a faculty member. Mr. McLoughlin is a role model for Cadets and faculty alike as a life-long learner who has tirelessly pursued achievement in academics.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

Cadets Studying Combat Leadership Attend Judgment-Based Engagement Training. The lawful and ethical use of lethal force is an issue at the heart of effective combat leadership. Leading well in this regard requires a pragmatic and integrated knowledge of psychology, physiology, tactics and the law. The centrality and importance of this issue made it an important theme of PL471 (Leadership in Combat) this semester. From 1-3 May, cadets in PL471 visited the US Air Force Expeditionary Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, where they engaged in experiential learning designed to develop their judgment and capability to lawfully and ethically wield lethal force in ambiguous, stressful, dynamic and rapidly evolving situations.

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Cyber Academic Club Brings Hacking Awareness to the Boy Scout Camporee. The EECS Association for Computing Machines (ACM) Cadet Special Interest Group for Security, Auditing and Control (SIGSAC), or more appropriately, the "Cyber guys/gals", recently hosted a Webcam Hacking event during the 53rd Annual Boy scout Camporee. The event was designed as an outreach and awareness session, focusing on cybersecurity and the growing dominance of computers in our everyday lives. Scouts were invited to compete against 20 other competitors in a race to take over webcams. A mission inbrief was given to every competitor, explaining how Internet traffic works and how it can be vulnerable to attack. After the inbrief, scouts were then placed in the competitive tent in a race to reveal the identity of other attackers by accessing their webcam. After the competition, a final outbrief was conducted that discussed the operation and how knowing these concepts is important for personal security on the Internet, along with how to pursue further education in this field. The success and popularity of this event was noted with a constant line of over 100 people waiting to compete throughout the day. Approximately 2000 boy scouts attempted the competition with many skipping their graded stations to compete multiple times (true fact!) It was also noted by many troop sponsors that during open question and answer sessions that there were more questions about cyber than any other station/ event at the Camporee! A few parents/ leaders (by a few, like a few hundred) said it was an eye opening experience in which they wanted to learn more about. Boy scouts even said that they now figured out what they want to do for college and asked how they should begin preparing. Overall, this was a huge success, not only for SIGSAC, but also the ACI, and USMA.

Fast Facts:

  • 15 Cadet SIGSAC volunteers spent 3 nights at Lake Frederick setting up and maintaining the station.
  • Approximately 2000 Boy scouts participated in Webcam Hacking challenge out of approximately 6000-7000 attendees.
  • 3 stations: Inbrief, competition, outbrief
  • 35 minute average wait to get into the competition
  • Most popular event measured by comments on skipping graded events, line length and word of mouth
  • All SIGSAC volunteers sponsored a troop, conducting morning PT and attending dinners to build relationships.

Eight West Point EE, CS, and IT Cadets Present at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research
BY: CPT Jeremy Spruce (EE&CS)

From April 15-18 eight EE, CS, and IT major Cadets and one Officer from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2015 and presented their research or capstone project work. The cadets gave the two oral and two poster presentations on site at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington.

NCUR pulled attendees from around the country and presented the opportunity for Cadets to choose from the over 2,000 talks, posters, and artistic presentations. The exposure to students from multiple disciplines and backgrounds gave a deeper insight into the various academic disciplines outside of the EE&CS department. Each Cadet oral presentation had an audience between 6 and 40 people. The Cadets each presented in a very professional, engaging manner that spoke of their deep understanding of their subject matter, and an interest in developing the studies further. The audiences listened intently, asked many good questions, and offered excellent suggestions.

The four hour-long poster presentations each saw between 20-30 interested visitors and each presenting cadet had ample opportunity to describe their work and discuss it in detail with a variety of interested individuals. The poster visitors offered good insight and, through their interest, inspired each cadet to continue their efforts to deliver top capstone or research products. In addition to giving their presentations, each Cadet attended a wide variety of talks, posters, and artistic presentations throughout the conference. Because NCUR is discipline non-specific, there were presentations from almost every college major available worldwide and presented in almost every imaginable format. The cadets were greatly enriched by attending presentations from within and outside of their disciplines.

The Cadets asked challenging questions of the presenters and spoke with them after their presentations to further their understanding and knowledge of the subject. The Cadets were also able to spend some time in downtown Spokane participating in the NCUR scavenger hunt and seeing the Spokane Falls riverfront park. Overall the trip was one of the longest and furthest distance traveled but worth the time spent given the experience gained by the Cadets both as a presenter and audience member. This trip was funded and made possible by the Professor and Mrs. Harry Van Trees Professional Development Fund gift to the Department Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Each Cadet is writing Prof. and Mrs. Van Trees heartfelt and deeply appreciative thank-you letters.

West Point Women’s Boxing

The West Point Women’s Boxing Team held their annual awards dinner at the home of their Assistant OICs MAJ Jamar Wright from the Department of Mathematical Sciences and CPT Mari Torres from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The team competed in the United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association (USIBA) National Championships last month where Cadet Molly Box defeated her opponent to with her weight division title. The team will transition to the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) next season. At the dinner, several team members recognized its leadership and received awards for beating Air Force. OIC CPT Richard Juten provided words of encouragement as they bid farewell to three Firsties graduating later this month. The fighters presented special gifts to their departing Firsties: CDT Molly Box (outgoing team captain), CDT Rita Wiley and CDT Yomanda Martin, in appreciation for the mentorship, advice and friendship they provided throughout their tenure. Additionally, these warriors bid a heartfelt farewell to their OIC Dr. Patrice Benson who dedicated the past three years to ensuring they had access to everything needed for success. Each OIC was presented with a pair of boxing gloves signed by all of the fighters.

The graduating members presented gifts to their teammates and spent the evening sharing food and memories with tears of joy and sorrow as the year comes to a close. The evening culminated with a team viewing of the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao boxing match they will not soon forget.

“It was a season of great victories and hard defeats, but regardless of where the team stands on the winner’s blocks, the team stands together. This is the end of one season, and also the beginning of another. There is a lot of work to be done, but no doubt that when the team returns from summer training NCBA best be ready because the West Point Women’s Boxing Team is coming for the belt!” (Sarah Gold ‘16, Team Captain.)

Athletic Director's Update, May 7th

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McCravey & Gray Earn All-Patriot League First Team Honors

WEST POINT, N.Y. --Two members of the Army West Point softball team earned Patriot League first team honors along with garnering a major award as the conference announced its postseason awards following a vote of the head coaches Wednesday morning.

Junior Kasey McCravey was tabbed the conference's Defensive Player of the Year, just the second player and first Black Knight to earn this award since it was inaugurated last year. McCravey is the first Cadet to earn a major award since 2012 when Morgan Lashley was named pitcher and rookie of the year.

Joining McCravey (third base) on the All-Patriot League first team is plebe Emily Gray (designated player); the first time since 2013 the Black Knights had two players or more garner first team accolades. It is the third straight year that McCravey earned all-league honors and is the second first-team citation for the team co-captain. Read More

McCants, Smith Earn All-Patriot League Honors

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - A pair of Army West Point baseball players, Mark McCants and Ben Smith, earned All-Patriot League awards for their performances during the 2015 season. McCants was named to the first team, while Smith collected second-team laurels. All-Patriot League honors were voted on by Patriot League head coaches, who could not select their own student-athletes or themselves.

McCants earns All-Patriot League recognition for the fourth time in his career and lands on the first team for the second time. As a freshman, McCants was named to the first team at designated hitter and was a two-time second team pick at DH each of the past two seasons. The Black Knights' left fielder was one of three Patriot League outfielders to be named to the first team this season. Read More

Three Men's Tennis Players Named All-Patriot League

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Three members of the Army West Point men's tennis team were selected to All-Patriot League squads on Tuesday, with senior Alex Van Velzer and sophomore Sam Lampman landing on the first team and sophomore Grant Riechmann drawing second-team honors. The all-conference recognition comes as the third of Van Velzer's career after he earned first-team honors as a freshman and second-team accolades last season.

A native of Montgomery, Texas, Van Velzer completed the season ranked second on the team with 18 singles victories and tied for second with 23 wins in doubles competition. He went 12-6 in singles matches from the No. 2 flight to include a 4-0 record in the Patriot League regular season. Van Velzer played primarily alongside Lampman to go 14-5 from the top doubles position and post a perfect 4-0 mark in conference matches. Van Velzer was also named the conference's Scholar-Athlete of the Year earlier this week. Read More

Malone Class of ’15 Wins Walter W. Hollis Award

Congratulations to Cadet Marshall Malone, USMA Class of 2015, for winning the 2015 Walter W. Hollis Award. The Hollis award is presented annually to a cadet or group of cadets for their high quality application of Operations Research / Systems Analysis methods in solving a real-world problem. The award is named for the Honorable Walter W. Hollis, former Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for Operations Research, in recognition of his distinguished analytical service to the Army and Nation.

Marshall distinguished himself among a venerable group of finalists who demonstrated excellence far beyond their years. Marshall's analysis of the West Point Mess supply chain provided a robust suite of options for management to prioritize investment to mitigate disruptive events. In his capstone, he developed an analysis method, collected data, analyzed the problem, and presented an optimal set of candidate solutions. Read More

Pitman, Sung Garner All-Patriot League Honors

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Following a semi-finals showing at the Patriot League Championships, two Army West Point women's tennis players garnered Patriot League post-season awards. Junior Carolyn Pitman was selected to the All-Patriot League First Team, while junior Eva Sung was named to the second team, announced by the conference Tuesday.

Pitman captures her second consecutive first team honor after earning 17 singles and 20 doubles victories during the 2014-15 season. She was named to the first team last year and earned second-team honors as a freshman. Pitman, a West Chester, Ohio, native, went 9-6 at the No. 1 flight after overcoming a major injury in the middle of the season. Her performance was highlighted by her defeat of Johanna Hyoty of Boston University who ranks 15th in the region. Read More

Robinett Garners National Recognition

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Following another performance for the ages, Army West Point senior right-handed pitcher Alex Robinett has collected multiple honors on the national and conference stages. Robinett, who struck out an Academy record 21 batters in Army West Point's 8-0 shutout of Air Force, was tabbed as the Collegiate Baseball News Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week for the second time this season. In addition, he was named the Corvias Patriot League Pitcher of the Week and the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

Robinett, who threw the fifth no-hitter in Academy history earlier this season, pitched himself into exclusive territory with his 21 strikeouts against the Falcons. The Bend, Ore., native fanned at least two batters in every inning of his final collegiate start. He did not walk a batter and struck out the side in three different innings, including the ninth of his three-hit gem. The last five outs of the night were strikeouts as Robinett shattered the previous Army West Point record of 17 punchouts in a single game. Read More

Van Velzer Earns PL Scholar-Athlete, McCormick Named All-Academic

CDT Alex Van VelzerCENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Army West Point senior Alex Van Velzer was honored as Patriot League Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second season in a row, the conference announced Monday. Van Velzer was also joined by junior Harrison McCormick in landing on the league's All-Academic Team. The All-Academic Team selection is the second for each player as both were recognized for the honor last season.

Van Velzer is an International Relations major who holds a 3.584 grade point average as a second-semester senior. His Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor marks the eighth time an Army West Point men's tennis player has received the award and he becomes just the third Black Knight to earn accolade twice, joining Carl Fisher (2005, 2006) and Travis Burns (1999, 2000). McCormick has a 3.612 grade point average as a Systems Engineering major. The junior won all five of his singles matches on the year, including a 4-0 mark against Patriot League opponents. He posted a 3-0 record at No. 6 singles, while going 1-0 from the No. 2 and No. 5 positions. Read More

Taylor Earns Academic All-Patriot League Accolade

Taylor Earns Academic All-Patriot League AccoladeWEST POINT, N.Y. -- Due to her outstanding performance on the court and in the classroom, firstie Elle Taylor has been named to the Academic All-Patriot League team. Taylor is a senior studying Systems Engineering with a cumulative grade point average of 3.547. She has been on the Dean's List since her freshman year and will be graduating with honors this May.

Outside of tennis, Taylor was a part of the Officer Christian Fellowship her plebe and yuk years. She is a member of Phi Sigma Iota, the Foreign Language Honor Society and was the recipient of the Spanish Language Scroll Award. Taylor has also volunteered at Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the US Open for the past four years. Read More

Softball Earns Fourth Berth To PL Tournament

Softball Earns Fourth Berth To PL TournamentWEST PONT, N.Y. - Army West Point softball had to wait until the final weekend of Patriot League play to find out its fate, but it was well worth the wait as the Black Knights are part of the field for the 2015 Patriot League Tournament being hosted by top seed Lehigh (35-7, 15-2 PL) May 7-9 at Leadership Park in Bethlehem, Pa.

"Certainly we are thrilled to be returning to the tournament," stated Army West Point head coach Micelle DePolo. "The fact that we needed to wait until the eleventh hour is a great testament to how competitive the league is this year. Teams keep improving and nothing comes easy. "The team and staff have done a great job continuing to adjust to changes through a tumultuous season. I'm proud of all the hard work they put in and now reaping the benefits." Read More

Robinett Sets Academy Strikeout Record

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior right-handed pitcher Alex Robinett cemented his name in the Academy and Patriot League record books with a sparkling performance of 21 strikeouts in an 8-0 victory over Air Force on Friday evening at Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field. Robinett made the final start of his collegiate career count with an electric performance that included at least two strikeouts in every inning. He struck out the side in three different frames, including the ninth to cap the three-hit shutout. The final five outs of the night came via strikeout as Robinett shattered the previous Army West Point record of 17 punchouts in a game. Watch the video recap.

Steve Reich struck out 17 on two occasions in his career, accomplishing the feat in a seven-inning contest against Air Force in 1992 and again in 1993 against New York Tech in nine innings. Bob Kewley established the mark in 1960 against Yale before it was equaled by Eric Pedersen versus Princeton in 1968. "I thought I was going to break my career record, which was 12, but I had no idea I was even near 21," Robinett said following the game. "We had never played Air Force in my four years here, so to set the tone like that it was pretty good. We have two games tomorrow and Sunday, so hopefully we can carry this momentum through the weekend." Full Story »

Projects Day Keeps Growing

Projects Day 2015The United States Military Academy at West Point held its annual Projects Day on April 30, 2015. Projects Day began 16 years ago when one academic department invited external guests to witness the applied research its cadets had done in support of the Army and the Department of Defense. This year, Projects Day featured nearly 300 capstone projects from 14 academic departments. From the ballroom of the West Point Club to the 4th floor of the Kimsey Athletic Center, and in the rooms and through the halls of Bartlett, Thayer and Washington Halls, Projects Day dominated the day at West Point. Donors, local area high school students, special guests and undergraduate cadets were treated to various poster displays, interactive demonstrations and presentations, and even performances by cadets (those in EP394: Shakespeare put on a full theatrical production of “Much Ado About Nothing”). “The only thing that disappoints me about Projects Day is that you just can’t see everything,” said BG Timothy Trainor ’83, Dean of the Academic Board. Click here to see photos.

As Projects Day has grown in size of venue and number of projects, it has also grown in importance, especially among the cadets. “Projects Day demands something from us,” said CDT Krystal Onyema ’15, who worked with CDT Haileigh Phillips ’15 to analyze the feedback given by ELITE, a virtual military-counseling program. “It’s about actually having to produce effective results for our sponsoring agency, which is something we are going to have to do soon as platoon leaders or staff members,” Onyema said. Read More

Women's Rugby Claims ACRA 7s Championship

Women's Rugby Claims ACRA 7s ChampionshipWEST POINT, N.Y. -- The Army West Point women's rugby team completed an undefeated weekend of action from Anderson Rugby Complex, knocking off top-ranked Norwich in the American Collegiate Rugby Association 7s Championship to claim the title.

Army West Point defeated rival Norwich by a score of 22-7 in the title game to claim the conference championship, marking the second time on the weekend that the Black Knights defeated the top-seeded Cadets.

The Black Knights opened up Sunday's action with a 24-5 win over American International in the final game of pool play. Kate Roose scored the first two tries of the game for the Cadets, with Nicole Heavirland adding a conversion, to put Army West Point up 12-0 at the break. Read More

Men's Track & Field Takes 2nd at Patriot League Championships

Men's Track & Field Takes 2nd at Patriot League ChampionshipsWEST POINT, N.Y. -- The Army West Point men's track & field squad claimed four titles in day two of the Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships en route to a second place finish from Shea Stadium at West Point. The Black Knights placed 16 in the top-five, with 13 on the track and two in the field.

"I thought both of our teams performed very well today," said head coach Mike Smith. "I was impressed with the way our kids competed. We had some things not go our way and we responded in other areas by stepping up and that's what happens at track meets. It's never over and when things don't go our way you've got to respond, you've got to find a way to get the job done. We had that happen in a lot of places today." Read More

Dean's Weekly, May 1st

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Cadet and Faculty Present Research at 27th International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM). On 12 -15 March, CDT Benjamin Minden, Dr. Frank Wattenberg and MAJ Matthew Mogensen attended the 27th ICTCM in Las Vegas, Nevada, and hosted a series of sessions on real-world applications of mathematics in the areas of robotics and drones. Cadet Benjamin Minden presented part of his research for his honor’s thesis as a Mathematics Major, entitled “MacGyver on the Hudson”. As part of a broader research effort, the team is looking into how the increasing availability of robotics “do-it-yourself” kits can be used to enhance the learning process in the classroom. The team also ran a hands-on workshop where educators were exposed to the Arduino ecosystem and were able to build and program several application projects.

In addition, Dr Wattenberg and MAJ Mogensen hosted a series of talks on mathematics and public policy. Dr. Wattenberg gave a talk on the ethics and future of self-driving vehicles, while MAJ Mogensen gave a talk on problems involving public policy that are discussed in MA103, Mathematical Modeling and Introduction to Calculus, the first year core mathematics course.

Department of Law

Cadets taking Advanced Constitutional Law visited the US Supreme Court and the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. After observing oral argument concerning the Takings Clause of the US Constitution’s Fifth Amendment, the cadets met with Chief Justice John Roberts and then with Justice Samuel Alito. The cadets also toured the Capitol.

Department of English and Philosophy

Ethics Debate Team competes in Military Ethics Competition. The Ethics Debate Team traveled to Annapolis on April 25th to compete in the second-annual Military Ethics Competition. Cadets Arita Araceli, Sam Kolling, and Dean Feinman presented a legal and moral argument relating to “snap” vehicle checkpoints, which were first implemented in Iraq in 2004. The USMA team finished third. Also participating in the competition were Air Force, Navy, the Merchant Marine Academy, and VMI.

Cadets visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage (Battery Park, NYC). On April 22nd, Cadets from 3 sections of PY201 (Philosophy) traveled to New York City to visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage to learn about the museum’s tour: Meeting Hate with Humanity: Life During the Holocaust. Cadets were exposed to the impacts of World War II and the Nazi genocide on Jewish lives. The museum tour guides discussed issues of cultural identity, moral responsibility, as well as states’ reactions and/or inactions to the Holocaust. In addition, Cadets listened to Ms Toby Levy, a Holocaust Survivor, speak about her struggle during Nazi Germany’s occupation of Poland and its implementation of the ‘final solution.’

Cadets from Creative Writing Forum Read at Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival. CDTs Jonathan Kelly (2015, F-3), Racheal Sawyer (2018, B-3) and Annalee Tokarsky (2018, E-4) found a welcoming audience for their original poetry at the Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival on Saturday, April 25, at the Bronxville, NY, campus . The Cadets joined students from Bennington College, NYU, Sarah Lawrence College and SUNY Purchase in one of the Festival’s special sessions showcasing the creative achievements of younger poets. The event was curated by Jeffrey McDaniel, author of five books of poetry and a member of Sarah Lawrence’s creative writing faculty, who visited West Point in October 2014 for a workshop with the Creative Writing Forum. Impressed by the group’s talent and enthusiasm, he invited their participation at the student-run Sarah Lawrence Festival, an annual event since 2004. Seven other representatives of the Forum and the APL major cheered on our cadet-poets and joined them at other Festival events, including unforgettable readings by nationally recognized poets Jamaal May and Patricia Smith.

Members of the Jazz Forum attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. During 23-26 April, five Cadets and one officer of the Cadet Fine Arts Forum’s (CFAF) Jazz Forum traveled to New Orleans, LA to attend the annual Jazz and Heritage Festival. The festival is one of the most prominent in the world, featuring hundreds of musicians representing a myriad of musical genres. During the trip, Cadets also visited numerous historical locations vital to the birth of jazz including: Louis Armstrong’s birthplace, Buddy Bolden’s House, Sidney Bechet’s House, the Dew Drop Inn, Storyville, Congo Square, Professor Longhair House/Museum, the French Quarter, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, Jackson Square, Preservation Hall, Café Du Monde, St. Louis Cathedral, and famous New Orleans districts including the 9th Ward and Treme. The trip proved invaluable to meeting the club charter's intent of "spread[ing] and expand[ing] cultural open-mindedness throughout the Corps by exposing Cadets to the aesthetic world of jazz."

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Civil Engineering Cadets Host the 2015 ASCE Upstate NY Regional Competition. The West Point Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers hosted the 2015 ASCE Upstate NY Regional Student Competition from 16-18 April 2015. Over 400 students from 14 schools from the Upstate NY Region and Canada attended the competition. The annual event is the regional qualifier for the ASCE national competition for the concrete canoe team and the steel bridge team. The teams consist of First Class Cadets who designed, built, and competed against students from the other universities in the region. Additionally, two cadets competed in the Mead Ethics Essay competition with a written essay and an oral presentation. Civil Engineering cadets and ASCE club members organized all of the events to include the Steel Bridge competition at Christl Arena, Concrete Canoe races in Lake Popolopen at Camp Buckner, an EST range, and a photo scavenger hunt of West Point. West Point performed exceptionally during the three days of competition, winning awards in all categories including Steel Bridge Presentation, Concrete Canoe Design Paper, Mead Paper Presentation and coming in 4th place out of 14 schools in the overall competition standing.

Department of History

On 18 April 2015, members of the Class of 2018-guided by the faculty and upperclassmen of the History Department—extended the classroom onto Range 5 where instructors and friends of the department taught select Plebes how to fire an array of historic weaponry from Civil War-era rifled muskets to Special Forces Combat Assault Rifles. The morning began with a demonstration of “Firepower through the Ages.” Paul Ackerman, the curator from the West Point History Museum narrated as re-enactors fired period weapons. Cadets observed weapons which ranged from early colonial-era matchlock muskets to the M-16 Rifle used in the Vietnam War. Cadets saw how firepower of the infantryman changed over the three centuries. Cadets fired the M1903A4 Springfield; M1 Garand, M1 Carbine and M14 Rifle as well as the FN FAL (L1A1) Rifle, the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) and the Special Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR-Heavy). Also fired were a variety of WWII submachine guns including the British Sten, the German MP 40 “Schmeisser,” the American M1A1 Thompson “Tommy Gun” and the M3 Grease Gun. Every cadet fired these weapons, and each squad of cadets identified a gunner and assistant gunner to fire the M1919 .30 cal Light Machine Gun.

While not firing these twentieth-century weapons, the cadets were instructed on firing Civil War-era rifled muskets by local re-enactors, led by Chuck LaRocca, who volunteered their time, ammunition and powder to share with the cadets. These men instructed the cadets on the manual of arms for their weapons, guided each cadet through firing the muskets and drilled each squad through a volley fire. Interaction with the equipment and camp gear of the re-enactors was the objective while cadets waited to move onto the firing line. WWII re-enactors presented equipment and weapons to include a fully restored Willys Jeep mounted with an M2 Browning .50 cal machine gun. Among these displays was a presentation by the Soldiers of the 20th Special Forces Group from the Massachusetts and New York National Guard who partnered with the History Department to instruct cadets on proper firing techniques for the M14 and SCAR rifles and provided medical coverage. Through participation in the Historic Weapons Shoot, cadets gained a greater appreciation for those who have gone before them and for the study of history as a discipline. It was a great opportunity to blend training and education while inspiring cadets through a deeper understanding of the profession of arms.

The History Department hosted another great evening of trivia at the Firstie Club on 21 April. Over 80 cadets filled the club to play three rounds of trivia including questions in American history, world history, military history, history of the arts, history of sports, and history of science. The top team, the "Trophy Pointless," went home with $100 in DCA gift certificates. The team "Drinking Team with a Trivia Problem" won the prize for most creative team name. Another lucky cadet won the raffle for $40 in gift certificates at the West Point Association of Graduates Gift Shop.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

Cadets visit Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. On Monday, 20-April, Engineering Psychology majors visited the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY to observe and learn about the latest methods and research used to enhance human neuro-rehabilitation from injuries such as stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Indian Point Trip Section: On 20, 21, and 22 April, COL Sones and MAJ Heider took 43 cadets over the three days to tour the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) nuclear power station. During the tour, cadets learned about the history of IPEC, some of the concerns of operating the station in New York and the procedures for educating, training and licensing personnel at the plant. Cadets were given the opportunity to ask questions of Patrick Falciano, the education and outreach coordinator to Entergy. Mr. Falciano has over 45 years of experience at IPEC. Cadets also had an opportunity to view the plant facility, including the conventional side of the power station, the cooling canals and the control room simulator for IPEC Unit 2. Cadets had an opportunity to observe a control room shift in training while they responded to “other-than-normal” conditions in a simulation exercise as well as interact with the Senior Reactor Operator Trainer. Through this experience, cadets were given a chance to reinforce classroom learning on nuclear power stations and gained an appreciation for some of the economic and political concerns with owning and operating a nuclear power station. They were also able to see firsthand the precision engineering in a power station.

Rensselear Polytechnic Institute Trip Section: On 21 April, Dr. Brian Moretti and fourteen cadets from NE355 (Nuclear Reactor Engineering) traveled to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Reactor Critical Facility (RCF) in Schenectady, NY. At the RCF, the cadets conducted two experiments that demonstrated the application of the material presented in class. The cadets, by hand, removed fuel rods from the reactor core under the supervision of the RCF senior reactor operator and, in the control room, electronically raised core control rods to make the reactor supercritical. The data gathered during these experiments illustrate the effect of the core hydrogen to uranium ratio, and the reactivity effect of core moderator temperature changes.

STERIS Isomedix Trip Section: On 23 April, MAJ Nestor Echeverria and cadets enrolled in Radiological Engineering Design (NE350) took a trip to local business, 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. On that day, 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.

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Final iRobot Project for EE487: Embedded Systems Development. Cadets in EE487, Embedded Systems Development, have begun work on their final project for the course. Given an iRobot Create (a Roomba without the vacuum), a Microsoft Kinect camera, and a laptop computer, the students must utilize localization, navigation, and mapping algorithms to allow the robots to autonomously traverse the hallways of Thayer Hall. These projects would not be possible without the expertise and dedication of the EECS Engineering and Computer Support Groups.

Preparation for an AIAD to the National Security Agency. On 23-24 APR, EECS ran a trip section to the National Security Agency (NSA) IOT prepare for upcoming summer AIADs. Cadets and midshipmen from all service academies were present; 38 cadets and 5 17A-select officers from USMA attended. On 23 APR, cadets met with their AIAD sponsors. On 24 APR, the cadets were in-processed through NSA security and received briefings from NSA and USCYBERCOM leadership. The 17A selects also had meetings with the 780th MI BDE leadership, the Cyber National Mission Force leadership (BG(P) Nakasone), and Army Cyber Command.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Geomorphology Trip Section. 15 cadets from EV388B, Geomorphology, explored coastal landforms and processes on Sandy Hook - Gateway National Recreation Area, New Jersey. Cadets were able to visualize coastal erosion and deposition created by longshore drift, and gained in-depth knowledge about coastal sediment budgets, complex response, and how coastal engineering and beach replenishment impact local communities. Cadets explored such concepts as beach profiles, sediment grain size analysis, barrier island migration, dune formation and migration, washover fan deposition, salt marsh ecology, and coastal erosion and beach migration. Mr. Tom Hoffman, the Gateway National Recreation Area historian, provided a guided tour explaining the strategic importance of Sandy Hook protecting NY harbor during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and development of Fort Hancock and coastal artillery batteries during WWI, WWII, and Nike missile batteries during the cold war. The cadets enjoyed climbing the country’s oldest (and still operational) lighthouse.

Defense & Strategic Studies Program

The Defense & Strategic Studies Program took their graduating Firsties to Gettysburg from 24-26 April 2015; there were a total of 29 cadets and faculty involved on the trip. Having spent two weeks academically preparing for the Staff Ride, the cadets greatly enjoyed the experience. As always, it was a meaningful and relevant weekend of study and prepared the cadets to write their required reflection papers.

DCA Update - Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs


  • On 24-25 April, the West Point Triathlon Team traveled to Clemson, SC, to compete in the 2015 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships
  • USAT Nationals is the largest collegiate-only event with over 1600 athletes representing over 100 institutions
  • The team once again proved they were a top-tier program with the men’s team placing 5th, and the women’s team and overall team finishing in the top 10 in the country out of 119 colleges and universities competing
  • The top Army male and female athletes were CDT Dylan Morgan (‘16) and Angelica Dickson (‘16), who both placed in the top 10 of their respective gender categories in the draft-legal race on 24 April
  • CDT Dickson went on to place 13th, and CDT Morgan placed 8th in the Olympic distance race on 25 April
  • The overall score is based upon the top four finishers on both the male and female sides
  • Scoring for the men were: CDT Dylan Morgan (‘16), who placed 8th; CDT Jacob Slife (‘18), who placed 54th; CDT Bradley Bachand (‘15), who placed 80th; and CDT Tho-mas Hinds (‘16), who placed 91st
  • On the women’s team, the top athletes were: CDT Angelica Dickson (‘16), who placed 13th; CDT Catherine Sedy (‘16), who placed 14th; CDT Mackenzie Williams (‘18), who placed 61st; and CDT Paige Dougherty (’18), who placed 64th


  • On 24 April, nine cadets from the West Point Marathon Club traveled to Oklahoma City, OK, to participate in the OKC Memorial Marathon Relay and Half in order to honor those who were affected by the bombing
  • The cadets were all originally from Oklahoma, and most were the same age as those children that died in the bombing
  • This was an incredibly impactful trip, with the cadets receiving several interviews from the local news stations
  • Also, on 26 April, ten cadets from the West Point Marathon Club participated in the New Jersey Marathon in Long Branch, NJ
  • The cadets competed in order to have the final runner qualify for the Boston Marathon next year; the remaining cadets ran the half marathon as a training run
  • CDT Daniel Schlich won the half marathon with the time of 1:11:14, a full minute ahead of the next contender


  • On 25 April, the Army West Point Crew team traveled to Bald Eagle Lake in Howard, PA, to participate in the CPT Brian R. Faunce Cup
  • The Faunce Cup honors the memory of Penn State graduate and Army ROTC member, Captain Brian R. Faunce, who gave the ultimate sacrifice in 2003, when he was killed in action in Al Asad, Iraq
  • The Army team introduced the Cup to the father of CPT Faunce and presented commemorative stone tokens to the father, the ROTC SGM, and the Penn State Crew
  • The 1st Annual Faunce Cup was won by the Cadets who outscored Penn State 62 to 54 in the team points competition
  • The men dominated the competition, winning three of their four events
  • The Varsity Men’s Eight defeated their counterpart by 20 seconds, with the fastest time of the season at six minutes one second
  • The Novice Men’s Eight also clocked their fastest time of the year, six minutes and ten seconds, defeating the PSU entry by more than 34 seconds
  • The three Army entries in the Varsity Men’s Four lost by a boat-length in a close race after the two A boats clashed oars with 500 meters left in the race
  • The women secured the Cup for the Army team by taking three of the five races in their events
  • The small boats won the day with the Varsity Women’s Four defeating all three Penn State shells; with their race, they improved their time by two seconds over the previous week
  • Similarly, the two Varsity Women’s Pair entries defeated the lone PSU win in the Novice Four Event
  • Both Women’s Eights lost tough races to Penn State, with most Army athletes double rowing from the Fours events earlier in the day

Team Handball (Women’s)

  • This past weekend, Army West Point Women Team Handball’s Gold team finished up its league season with two hard fought games in the District of Columbia against the DC Diplomats and the New York City Team Handball Club
  • The Gold Team consisted of women who are in their first year of learning the sport, while their opponents have played for an average of 15 to 20 years
  • The Gold team was not able to pull out a win for either game, however, they showed remarkable improvement from the last time that they played a tough NYC team
  • CDT Netteange Monaus (‘18) stepped up from the circle position to spark the team offensively in the second half as the team adapted to a new form of defense they have not seen before
  • CDT Kianna Duncan (‘18) demonstrated great court sense with her cuts in both games, while CDT Clara Pitts (‘18) directed traffic from the centerback position
  • CDT Samantha Todd (‘17) served as the team’s utility player, playing almost every position except her normal position of goalkeeper this weekend, demonstrating remarkable versatility
  • This greatly improved team is feverously preparing for Club Nationals in a which both the Gold and Black teams will compete against the top clubs in the United States

Hobby Clubs


  • On 18-19 April, the Army West Point Sailing team traveled to Ithaca, NY, to participate in the MAISA North Spring Qualifier at Cornell, where they placed sixth overall
  • It was a strong all-around performance that resulted in the team’s highest finish at a regional qualifier in over five years
  • ‘A’ Fleet skipper CDT Mike Danko (’17) and his crew, CDT Danielle Jordan (’17), helped set the pace early on Saturday with winds gusting over 20 mph
  • On Sunday, ’B’ Fleet skipper CDT Matt Schmitt (’17) and his crew, CDT Brain Bui (’16), earned a pair of top six finishes to secure the teams 6th place finish in a highly competitive field of 17 teams
  • On 18 April, the Army Sailing Offshore section competed in the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron’s spring big boat regatta in Annapolis, MD
  • Sailing conditions were challenging with light and variable winds, and a difficult ebbing current
  • Army, skippered by CDT Jackson Biddle (‘17), held a lead several times throughout the first two legs of the course
  • After rounding the leeward mark, the wind dropped and Army found themselves unluckily on the unfavorable side of the course
  • As all teams waited for the new breeze to fill, the boats on the other side of the course found the wind first; Army recovered to finish fifth in the fleet
  • On 18 April, Army sailing also competed in the ICSA Old Guard Regatta hosted by Yale in New Haven, CT
  • The Old Guard Regatta is an annual event comprised of the founding members of the Middle Atlantic and Northeast Intercollegiate Sailing Associations
  • The Army team battled some of the top teams in the country, to include National Sailor of the year, giving the underclassman who participated much needed experience


  • From 16-20 April, the Army West Point Tournament Paintball team competed in the National Collegiate Paintball League’s National event at Central Florida Paintball in Tampa, FL
  • The Tournament Paintball Team fielded both an A team and an AA team; the purpose of the AA team was to provide valuable tournament experience for the plebes and yearlings on the tournament paintball team
  • The A team had scheduled games for Friday, and the AA team had scheduled games on Saturday; both with the possibility to advance to play on Sunday
  • The first match the A team played had a format of two 10-minute halves, with 2-minute breaks between points; the AA team played a match where the games lasted until one team scored two points, or the time expired
  • The A team went 1-2 at Nationals and did not advance to Saturday, placing 15th out of 20; the AA team did not advance to Sunday, and went 1-3

Academic Clubs

Creative Writing Forum:

  • On 25 April, ten cadets from the West Point Creative Writing Forum traveled to Bronxville, NY, to attend the Sarah Lawerence College Poetry Festival
  • Three cadets had the opportunity to read their own poetry, and represented USMA well amongst peers from Bennington, NYU, Sarah Lawerence, and SUNY Purchase
  • The whole group of ten cadets also got the chance to hear amazing and inspiring readings by nationally recognized writers Jamaal May and Patricia Smith

Pre-Medical Society of West Point:

  • On 22-25 April, 28 members of the West Point Pre-Medical Society traveled to Bethesda, MD, to shadow doctors in an array of specialties at the Walter Reed National Medical Center
  • Many of these doctors were old grads from the Service Academies
  • The trip included two days of multiple shadows, and then a Saturday morning trip to tour either USU or Georgetown medical schools before coming back to West Point


  • The Ethics Debate Team traveled to Annapolis, MD, on 25 April, to compete in the second-annual Military Ethics Competition
  • Cadets Arita Araceli, Sam Kolling, and Dean Feinmann presented a legal and moral argument related to “snap” vehicle checkpoints, which were first implemented in Iraq in 2004
  • The USMA team finished third
  • Also participating in the competition were Air Force, Navy, the Merchant Marine Academy, and VMI

Polish Language Club:

  • On 23-26 April, eight cadets from the West Point Polish Language Club traveled to Washington, D.C., to take part in a wide-ranging cultural immersion and regional awareness activities
  • At the Pentagon Poland Desk, cadets spent an enlightening morning with State Department and Foreign Area Officer representatives dis-cussing contemporary US/NATO joint activities with Polish Armed Forces and officer career paths in International Military Affairs
  • Cadets gained insights into complexities of articulating and executing US Policy towards Poland, and its neighbors in Ukraine and the Baltic countries
  • Later, cadets were hosted at the Polish Embassy by Land Forces Attaché, LTC Karol Sobczyk, and Foreign Ministry Vice-Consul, Dr. Dorota Markiewicz, who briefed cadets on goals of Poland’s bilateral military relations with the US and the role of Polish Armed Forces in NATO readiness planning and regional training, as well as deployments to the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan
  • The hosts fielded questions on Polish views of Russia’s intentions, attitudes of the Polish public towards economic sanctions against Russia, and Polish military modernization
  • During the visit, cadets also had the opportunity to meet the well-known architect Dr. Julian Kulski, who as a boy of 12, served in the clandestine Home Army in Nazi-occupied Poland
  • While at the K Foundation, cadets also toured an exhibit chronicling the life of Polish Underground activist Jan Karski, who braved three trips out of Poland to provide the Allies with proof of Nazi death camps
  • At the end of the event filled day, cadets met with LTG (Ret.) Edward Rowny (USMA Class of 1941), founder of the original Kosciuszko Squadron cadet club in 1940

Diversity Clubs

Korean-American Relations Seminar:

  • On 25 April, cadets from the Korean-American Relations Seminar visited New York City, and met Adrian Hong, a socio-political commentator and human rights advocate
  • The purpose of this visit, was to discuss with Mr. Hong, the future of the Korean Peninsula, as well as share his experiences with assisting activists to other international causes
  • During the trip, the cadets also paused to reflect on the sacrifices made by United Nations Command at the New York City Korean War Memorial
  • Later, the club communed over Korean food at a nearby restaurant

Native American Heritage Forum:

  • On 26 April, three cadets and the OIC from the West Point Native American Heritage Forum attended the Columbia University Native American Student powwow
  • Cadets were able to see Native American dancing, drumming and signing, eat traditional Native American foods, and ob-serve traditional Native American crafts
  • Cadets participated in the dancing, and were asked to lead the powwow dancers into the dance area
  • Cadets also passed out fliers to advertise to dancers and spectators, the West Point Keepers of the Peace Powwow, which will be held at Trophy Point on 3 May
  • CDT Brittany Lee (‘18) and CDT Rachael Sawyer (‘18) tied for first place in the potato dance, where dancers must balance a potato between them, without touching the potato with their hands

Religious Clubs

Catholic Chapel Cadet Catechists:

  • On 17-19 April, the West Point United Catholic Fellowship Club completed its second annual UCF Re-treat (#26) for 28 Cadets and 20 New Paltz students
  • The Retreat is open to all cadets, regardless of faith; the intent of the Retreat is to provide the cadets time to reflect, learn about their faith, strengthen their beliefs and relationship with God, and to build a stronger Faith Community
  • Cadets plan, prepare, resource and execute the two day Retreat with the guidance, mentorship and coaching of Adult mentors; LTC (Ret.) Jones was the OIC, Brother Carlos Hernandez was the Assistant OIC
  • The Retreat incorporates both Cadet and Adult Speakers who share their faith journey with the collective body
  • Small group talks and discussions, music ministry and a full community mass fill out the remaining time/schedule
  • The guest speakers were Mr. Mark Shea, MAJ Mark Moretti (SCPME), and MAJ Stoney Portis (English); all shared their personal Faith journey
  • Themes for each day included: Dying, Rising, and Going Forth; Self-Examination, Faith Community and Going Forth

Military Clubs

Law Enforcement Tactics:

  • On 25 April, five cadets from the West Point Law Enforcement Tactics Club (LETC) traveled to Brooklyn, NY, to attend the New York Police Department Emergency Services Unit 12th Annual Day of Remembrance
  • NYPD Assistant, Chief Brian J. Conro, and ESU Chief of Special Operations, Charles S. Kammerdener, recognized LETC as part of the ceremony
  • ESU had various equipment displays and live demonstrations of their capabilities to include water rescue operations, air assault operations, and frontal assault


  • On 25 April, the Army West Point Pistol team traveled to Epping, NH, to compete in the Northeast Regional Scholastic Pistol Program Tournament
  • Posting excellent times across the board, West Point won the tournament for the fourth consecutive time, besting strong teams from the University of Vermont and the University of New Hampshire
  • The Centerfire Division is considered the varsity, and the Rimfire Division is the equivalent of Junior Varsity; a competitor may only compete in the Rimfire Division for two years before being required to move to the Centerfire Division
  • The Centerfire team consisted of CDTs Anthony Veith, Jack Fagerland, Jeff Schanz, and Mitchell Booth, who posted an aggregate time of 204.86 seconds
  • Each team member is required to shoot each of the four different scenarios at total of five times, with the slowest time being dropped for each scenario
  • CDT Veith was the fastest Centerfire shooter of the day, with a combined time of 38.15 seconds for his four runs through the four scenarios - breaking all Scholastic Pistol Program records and establishing him as the fastest collegiate Steel Challenge shooter in the country
  • The Rimfire Team of CDTs Travis Moody, Sarah Baermann, McKinnon Hokanson, and Dillon Schaaf won the Rimfire division with a combined time of 232.59 seconds
  • CDT Moody was the fastest Rimfire shooter with a combined time of 48.71 seconds

Support Clubs

Pipes and Drums:

  • The 33rd Annual West Point Military Tattoo was held on Trophy Point on 26 April
  • The West Point Tattoo is one of the largest Celtic heritage events in the Hudson Valley and is regularly attended by thousands of people from the local community, and features performers from all over the Northeast, and as far away as Indiana
  • This year’s Tattoo featured bagpipe bands, fife and drums corps, Irish dance, Highland dance, military performance groups, and Scottish and Irish historic military demonstrations
  • Over 28 different performances were held throughout the after-noon; the exciting atmosphere allowed for the crowd to truly celebrate Celtic culture
  • The West Point Tattoo has grown into the largest cultural diversity event at the United States Military Academy; this year had over 3,000 attendees throughout the day
  • Fan favorites from this year were the O’Rourke and Ridgewood Irish Dancers, the 42nd Royal Highlanders, the West Milford Highlander Band, and of course the West Point Pipes and Drums and Celtic Dancers
  • This year, the event ended with the traditional massed bands, featuring 12 bands performing together on Trophy Point, and as the notes of Amazing Grace floated over the Hudson Valley, the West Point Pipes and Drums took center field and performed their set
  • Following the performance, the annual end of the year awards ceremony was held; Mr. John Bottomley, Ms. Katie Heckenbach, and CPT Andrew Zikowitz with Pipes and Drums, were all presented with memorial awards and patches
  • The 1LT Tiner Drummer’s Award was presented to CDT Brian Harrison; the CDT Morris Piper’s Award was presented to CDT Nathan Roden; the Outstanding Service Award was presented to CDT Alexis Martinez; and the Father Wood Outstanding Volunteer award was presented to Ms. Katie Heckenbach

DCA Happenings

Cadet Programs

On 26 April, the Class of 2018 was invited to Constitution Island to attend a picnic and enjoy games, refreshments and music. The purpose was to help build the class’ social skills and interaction amongst peers. The fourth class end of the year event consisted of a variety of games and music from WKDT. Class of 2018 CDT Pritchard performed a fire dance.

Athletic Director's Update, April 29th

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Softball Splits Twinbill To Close Out Regular Season

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Kristen McPeek laced a walk-off two-run single with one out in the bottom of the seventh to give Army West Point softball a come-from-behind 4-3 non-conference first game victory over Sacred Heart Wednesday at the Army Softball Complex. The Pioneers took a 6-2 decision in the nightcap to earn the split as the Black Knights closed out their regular season 23-25-1.

Trailing throughout the first game, the Black Knights fell behind 3-0 in the third inning and chipped away at the lead with a run in the fifth inning on Gladys Esparza-Gallegos' RBI double scoring Kasey McCravey, who ripped a single to left field with two outs and stole second.

In the bottom of the seventh, pinch hitter Xiomara Perez started Army West Point's rally with a leadoff single to right field, then gave way to pinch runner Karena Gonzalez. Hailey Megge followed with a single after beating out an infield hit, then McCravey loaded the bases when she reached on a throwing error by the shortstop, in the process chasing starter Kacie Wentworth (3-12). Read More

Four Black Knights Earn National Academic Honors

IRVING, Texas -- Four Army West Point football players were named to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame as members of the 2015 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, it was announced Wednesday. The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions who have maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers.

Army West Point's Terry Baggett, Joe Drummond, James Kelly and Stephen Ricciardi, were among a total of 817 players from 278 schools that qualified for membership in the society's ninth year. The 278 schools represented set a new record for number of institutions in the history of the program, which started in 2007. Read More

Three Golfers Garner All-Patriot League Honors

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Three Army West Point golfers have garnered All-Patriot League honors after registering top-10 finishes at the Patriot League Championships April 25-26 at Seven Oaks. Cow Marcus Plunkett earned All-Patriot League First-Team honors, while yearlings Justin Pagila and Peter Kim were named to the second-team.

"I am proud of the way the team represented Army West Point," said head coach Brian Watts. "The guys were resilient and stayed patient giving them the opportunity to have low scores." Plunkett earned a first-team nod after carding a 70-70-77--217 (+1) to tie for third. The Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., native shot 11 birdies on the weekend and was Army West Point's top finisher. Plunkett received first-team honors for the first time in his career after earning second-team accolades at last year's championship. Full Story »

Newsome Garners AAA Athlete of the Week Honors

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Senior Alex Newsome was named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week after recording eight points in the Patriot League Tournament in helping the Army West Point men's lacrosse team to the Patriot League Championship game. Newsome scored two of the seven goals in the fourth quarter at Loyola and added the assist on John Glesener's gamewinner to erase a five-goal Greyhound lead in the final frame. Watch the Video.

He turned in his best performance of the season in the next game, which came in the Patriot League Semifinals at Navy. The Black Knights were looking get back at the Mids for a loss late in the regular season and Newsome responded with a season-high four points on a goal and three assists. He scored one of the eight first-half goals by Army West Point and finished the day with two fourth quarter helpers in the 11-7 win. In the title game opposite Colgate, Newsome scored the final Black Knight goal of the game, which cut the deficit to 10-8 late in the frame. Read More

Ball Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Rookie right-handed pitcher Matt Ball was selected as the Patriot League's Rookie of the Week following his effort during Army West Point 10-0 shutout victory over NYIT this past Wednesday. Ball earned the win after holding the Bears to one hit, with a career-high seven strikeouts and two walks in 5.2 innings of work.

The Charlotte, N.C., native came out sharp in the top of the first inning and struck out the side with a 1-2-3 frame. Ball retired the first nine hitters he faced, prior to issuing a leadoff walk in the fourth. He continued to frustrate the NYIT hitters and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before a bouncing ball to third base broke up the no-hit bid. Frank Sanacore's chopper hit the edge of the infield grass and bounced over third baseman Jake Clark. The ball was fielded by shortstop Alex Jensen, but Sanacore beat out the infield single right before Jensen fired to first. Read More

The April Network Science Center News-Blast Vol 5 Issue 4

Network Science Center NewsblastExploring Crime and Social Media

A recent survey by Pew found that three-quarters of adult internet users participate in social media, and rates approach 90 percent for people under thirty. Given these usage demographics, it should come as no surprise that youth gangs have taken to Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and other similar platforms. The technology magazine Wired examined the phenomenon in Chicago and documented several prominent incidents of gang violence linked to social media.

A compelling example involved a Twitter exchange between members of the Gangster Disciples and members of the opposing Black Disciples. This Online feud appears to have prompted real-world violence. One of the instigators of the original Twitter exchange was gunned-down, apparently by members of the rival gang, who posted a series of taunting Tweets following the murder. Such examples led the Wired article to conclude that social media “is fueling gang wars in Chicago.”

We have begun work to explore this assertion empirically using the tools of network science. Student researchers have begun to collect Twitter data on gang-related terms using the Tweet-Tracker software Read More

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Franklin, French Pitch Baseball Past Navy

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Garrison Franklin held Navy to two runs over seven innings and Justin French closed the 3-2 victory for the Army West Point baseball team in game two of Sunday's doubleheader at Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field. The win helped the Black Knights avoid a sweep after Navy won the first game of the day 3-0. The win moved Army West Point to 20-23 overall and 6-14 in the Patriot League, while Navy fell to 13-7 in the conference and 32-17 on the year. Franklin improved to 2-0 in 2015 after scattering four hits, fanning six and walking three Navy hitters. Watch the video recap.

His counterpart, Navy's Kyle Condry was solid over his 4.2 innings, but was hurt by two Navy errors that helped Army take the lead in the fifth. Condry was responsible for three runs (one earned), on five hits with no walks or strikeouts. Adrian Chinnery's RBI double down the left field line put the Mids in front in their first trip to the dish. Brad Borosak, who walked and swiped second base, scored on the play to give Navy a 1-0 advantage. Army West Point tied the game in the bottom of the second inning by manufacturing a run as a result of Ryan Levenhagen's lead off double. Consecutive sacrifices, the second a deep fly ball to left field by rookie Brandon Lee made it 1-1 after two. Read More

Golf Finishes as Runner-up in Patriot League Championships

HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Despite shooting the lowest round of the day at 291, the Army West Point golf team placed second in the Patriot League Championships just six strokes behind the leader Loyola. Five Black Knights were named to the 2015 Patriot League Championship team due to their top 20 finishes. Marcus Plunkett led Army West Point with a tied for third finish. Plunkett, Justin Pagila, Peter Kim, Eric Peng and Dean Sakata were all named to the All-Tournament team and all finished in the top 14.

"I am proud of the way the team represented Army West Point," said head coach Brian Watts. "The Team battled hard until the end. It is a tough way to end the year knowing that we were only a few putts away from moving onto the NCAA Regionals. It will hopefully motivate our players to come back next fall with more fire in their bellies. This program is doing to miss senior captain Robby Hill. He's been a great leader on and off the course for the team. We are excited about the incoming class and the team will be ready to compete again next September." Read More

Dean's Weekly, April 24th

Department of Foreign Languages

Spanish: On 17 APR, Cadets 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 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 mentor-ship and the opportunity to interact with our regional community on a personal level.

Chinese: On 19 APR, at the West Point Club, Pursuant to coordination with MG(r) John MacDonald, DFL Dept' Head, Academy Professor of Chinese, and Chinese Desk Chief along with cadets Joseph Joo, Jacob Medeiros, Zachary Newquist, and Vladimir Guirand gave a presentation of the overseas programs that benefit cadets studying Chinese to approximately 49 Chinese and Academic business leaders (see participants). The cadets presented completely in Chinese and were very warmly received.

French: French Semester Abroad Program cadets meet each spring to celebrate USMA Founder’s Day in Paris. Students studying at the Catholic University of Lyon, the Catholic University of Lille and The Sorbonne (in Paris) unite with the West Point Society of Paris to enjoy a bi-lingual dinner together. Cadets share their three months of experiences, thus far, with USMA graduates and French military Officers alike, enjoying fine cuisine and practicing the continental style of dining.

Persian: On 19 Apr, the Persian Forum of the Foreign Languages Club took a trip to NYC in order to engage the greater Persian-speaking and Persian-influenced communities. Cadets visited Pardis School for Children, a Persian-school for Iranian-American children, got introduced to trilingual Persian-English-French literary audio books, marched in the annual Persian parade, and sampled Iranian fare at a Persian restaurant. During the trip the cadets not only used the opportunity to practice their language skills with native speakers, but also were acquainted with many different people from various Persian-influenced Central Asian and Caucasian countries whose members were participating in the Persian Parade.

Russian: On 17 APR, approximately 120 cadets studying basic Russian traveled to Brighton Beach, in Brooklyn, NY. Brighton Beach has one of the largest populations of Russian immigrants in the United States. Over 70 native Russians volunteered to sit down and converse with the cadets entirely in Russian. While initially intimidating to the cadets, they soon learned that they could communicate and ended up having excellent conversation and making new friends. Afterwards the cadets were able to explore the Brighton Beach area and experience the many Russian shops and restaurants.

Russian: On 18 APR, Cadets Jonathan Astashinsky ’17, Steven Brist ‘17, Devin Froseth ’17, Leonard Kosta ’17 and Tyler Payne ’17 competed in an annual regional Russian language olympiada, held this year at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. The competition included recitation of Russian poetry, prepared Russian-language presentations and improvised Russian-language presentations. CDT Leonard Kosta came in 3rd place overall for the “2nd-year Russian student” category.

Russian: On 16 APR, cadets studying Russian were invited to a DFL musical performance by the Trio Barynya Ensemble – a ethnic-cultural balalaika group – at Cullum Hall. The performance included balalaika renditions of Russian classical and folk music. A video selection of the concert can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/9oba4FOuvDI

International Cadet Club: The International Cadet Club conducted a trip section to Washington D.C. and the U.S. Naval Academy. The main events of the trip included a tour of the White House, a visit to the U.S. Department of State, and attendance at the USNA International Ball.

On 10 April, after touring the East Wing of the White House, Cadets received several briefings at the U.S. Department of State, organized by Huber Parsons – a 2000 USMA graduate, former Army Officer, and Operation Iraqi Freedom wounded veteran. Cadets received very informative briefings from the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau (INL), and the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM).

German: USMA German Club spent Saturday afternoon (18 April) in Yorkville, the traditional German section of New York City (E. 87th St.) and visited several German establishments. Saturday evening (18 April), the USMA German Club met with New York University’s German Club for dinner at the “Lorelei” German restaurant in New York City. Members of the two clubs enjoyed delicious German food in an indoor German restaurant, practiced their German-language skills, and discussed plans for future meetings and events both in NYC and at West Point. This was the first meeting between the two clubs and the second engagement for the USMA German Club committee with another German club in NYC. Meetings with German Clubs in the area are a major focus of the USMA German Club’s mission and support the Superintendent’s strategy of “Building Partnerships with NYC” and the region. On 19 APR, the USMA German Club volunteered to help the German Kolping Society of NYC conduct Spring Clean-Up at their Kolping-on-Hudson estate just south of Peekskill. Kolping Society members provided a typical German lunch for the cadets following the clean-up effort.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

West Point Astronomy Club balloon satellite lost at sea after reaching 106,000 feet: On 18 April, the West Point Astronomy Club executed a weather balloon satellite launch from State Game Lands Number 236 located in Pennsylvania, about 30 miles west of Monticello, NY. This year, the weather “near the surface of the earth” was perfect for a balloon satellite launch. Mid-atmosphere, around thirty thousand feet however, the jet stream was especially strong, carrying the balloon satellite east at 96 miles per hour for an extended period of time.

Therefore, the path actually followed by the balloon deviated considerably from our pre-launch predictions. The final distance cowered by the balloon satellite was in fact more than twice as long as predicted by software. The balloon burst at a maximum altitude of 106,000 feet still over dry land, but strong easterly winds carried it further out east during the descent phase, causing it to land in the waters of Long Island Sound. The payload contained the most ambitious experiments put together by USMA cadets thus far. It consisted of four GoPro cameras, two HAM radio transmitters that allowed tracing its path, including one that was able to transmit live temperature and voltage data as well as an Arduino sensor board with several sensors and a data logger. The higher weight of this ambitious payload, as compared to past years, also played an important role in the loss of the satellite to the sea. We underestimated the value of the “lift at the neck” of our helium-filled balloon, causing a slower ascent rate than predicted. Because the payload box is Styrofoam and thus it should stay buoyant, and the GoPro cameras are waterproof, we still have some hope to recover the payload and look at the footage recorded by our on-board cameras. We contacted the Coast Guard and several amateur radio enthusiasts who live on the shores of Long Island Sound both on the Long Island and Connecticut side.

Department of Systems Engineering

USMA Stem Leadership Seminar. On 18 April 2015, cadets and faculty from the Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM conducted the “Sharing our Success: STEM Leadership Seminar.” There were 157 students in attendance from all over NYC as well as the local area. The students began their day with a keynote address from Mr. Jerryl Bennett ’82. Following the keynote, students were lead on a tour of the West Point campus emphasizing the areas that highlight honorable living. Following the tour and lunch, the students participated in up to six workshops where they learned about the various engineering disciplines. In addition to exposure to STEM disciplines, each challenging workshop also presented a leadership aspect that emphasized the ideals taught at West Point in a fun and unique manner that tested the students’ decision making and values with regard to specific science and engineering fields. The workshops conducted include: Cyber-Security, Systems Thinking, Engineering Design, Civil Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, and Sustainability. At the end of the day, all students who completed the workshop and participated in the leadership challenges were awarded a certificate with additional small prizes being awarded to the most exceptional students.

SE Cadet team conducts analysis for Iowa Army Ammunition Plant (IAAAP). Cadets Braeden Blazek, Rob Bickel, Joe Jeon, and John Glesener under the Center for Nation Reconstruction and Capacity Development and the Department of Systems Engineering in support of the Product Director, Joint Services (PD-JS) at Picatinny Arsenal has been conducting an analysis of short haul transportation needs at Iowa Army Ammunition Plant (IAAAP). This rail versus trucking study was briefed to senior leadership at PD-JS, IAAAP, and the contractor operating IAAAP on 15 April. This study will provide the basis for strategic investments in rail, trucking and other infrastructure at IAAAP to meet their transportation needs. This investment decision involves hundreds of millions of dollars over the life cycle of these upgrades. In addition to developing alternative, the cadets created life cycle and value models for 6 alternatives. Lastly, they developed an implementation plan for the recommended alternatives.

USMA cadets participate in a Habitat for Humanity event. Cadets Nick Satwicz (D4), Linda Rosas (F2), and Chris Gramling (E3) and Dr. Bruce Keith (DSE) coordinated efforts to bring 33 cadets from Companies D4, F2, and E3 to a Habitat for Humanity site in Yonkers, NY on Saturday, 4 April 2015 and 18 April 2015. The event served as a company service activity for the three companies and a great opportunity for the Westchester Office of Habitat for Humanity to populate a work site with many enthusiastic, able-bodied volunteers. The cadets worked on the third of three buildings intended to eventually house veterans and their families. Keys to the first two houses were handed over to veterans in January. Other activities involved work on community gardens and general neighborhood clean-up. Various teams of cadets have worked on these two houses for the past two years. The Habitat for Humanity Office in Westchester has undertaken a veterans’ housing initiative, to provide housing solutions and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq (see http://habitatwc.org/veterans-initiatives/). To date, the H4H Office has built or is building six homes for veterans. The cadets’ volunteer activities, which are always welcomed on the site, helped to make this initiative a reality for a few veterans. Way to go, Team USMA!

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

ASME Design of Medical Devices Conference 2015. CDT Meyer Ungerman, pursuing independent research related to assisting Soldiers during loaded walking, presented a poster at the 2015 Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD ’15) with his adviser, MAJ Amber Walker. DMD ’15 is comprised of well-attended multi-disciplinary sessions combining expertise from both academia and industry. CDT Ungerman’s technical brief will be published in an upcoming volume of the Journal of Medical Devices, and his poster was well-received by conference participants. He engaged in conversations regarding the specific application of Flexinol, a smart material alloy providing lightweight biomechanical actuation, as well as his textile-based design for the “Improved Tendon-Assisted Rigid Exoskeleton.”

New York International Auto Show Trip Section. On 7 April, thirty cadets from the Mechanical Engineering Club traveled to New York City to attend the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). This event is one of the biggest auto shows in the world and showcases thousands of vehicles, including high-end luxury vehicles. The NYIAS helped Mechanical Power Plants course students and other mechanical engineering cadets understand emerging automotive technologies and trends that will be present on newer vehicles.

SAE Baja Competition. From 8-12 April, nine mechanical engineering cadets participated in the SAE Baja Competition held in Auburn, Alabama. The undergraduate engineering competition attracts approximately 100 competitors from both universities around the country as well as international institutions. Highlights of the event include acceleration, hill climb, maneuverability, and suspension dynamic events and a four-hour endurance race. This is the culminating event of a year-long mechanical engineering capstone. By quickly repairing any issues that arose, the cadets were able to maximize their efforts in the dynamic events and the endurance race finishing 65th overall out of 100 teams.

Buried Treasure of West Point. On Saturday, 18 April, CDT Christopher Neff completed an extensive survey of the lawn near Constitution Corner as part of his EV489A Advanced Individual Study project. The goal of the project is to locate and map a buried tunnel that extends across the lawn between Quarters 100 and Constitution Corner. CDT Neff collected over 11,000 individual points of data along 52 survey lines using a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), and will present his findings on Projects Day next week. Data collection requires more than one person, so CDT Neff enlisted the aid of a student from O’Neill High School who got permission to count the hours as part of a community service project. The West Point Museum staff (Mr. Paul Ackermann) and the installation archaeologist (Mr. Pat Raley) were critical in understanding the background information, and have helped CDT Neff refine his survey planning. CPT Dave Zgonc and LTC Mindy Kimball also helped CDT Neff collect data over the past two months.

The Dirt Band rocks the Relay for Life. On 18 April 2015, faculty from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and the Center for Enhanced Performance supported the CDT Relay for Life charity event at Daly Field. The Dirt Band played a 2 hour, 2-set show, which included songs that spanned 5 decades of music. The show’s grand finale featured cadets doing a very good impression of Lennon and McCartney’s Twist and Shout.

Department of English and Philosophy

Cadets visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. On April 13, 2015, Cadets from EP374 (The Arts of War) traveled to New York City to visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum to learn about how our society memorializes the losses of the attacks in 2001. Clifford Chanin, the Vice President for Education and Public Programs, gave the Cadets a tour of the memorial and the museum and then hosted a thought-provoking question and answer session at the end of the visit. This visit built upon EP374’s themes of war and remembrance.

The Department hosted its fourth and final Works-in-Progress Colloquium of the spring semester. These events allow faculty, APL majors, and other interested Cadets to listen and respond to ongoing research in the fields of English and Philosophy. As a nod to the future of our disciplines, the WIP team invited Cadets to present at the final session of the year. We were honored to hear presentations from three cadets, two selections from senior theses and a first year Cadet’s promising work from Literature class.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

The third annual McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference was held at USMA from 16-19 April 2015. Fifteen senior mentors, including Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald, GEN(R) Stanley McChrystal, former or current CEOs and senior business executives, a university president, a prominent movie director/writer, significant non-profit sector leaders, and others joined eighty three highly talented and promising undergraduate students from around the world for this transformational leadership experience. The mentors provided insights on four panels geared towards answering relevant questions about cross-cultural conference, which was the overarching theme for this year's event. The senior mentors devoted two full days to working with small groups of student fellows to help their groups reflect, grow, and create useful answers to thought-provoking, timely questions that will soon be published as twelve Op-Ed articles for the New York Times-Leadership. Twenty countries and forty universities were represented at this multifaceted, rich developmental leadership experience.

Department of History

The Department of History was honored to have the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Walter Edgar, visit us on 14 April 2015 and give a Dean's Hour talk on partisan war in South Carolina during the American Revolution. Dr. Edgar's talk was informative and entertaining. He provided keen insight into the problems with British strategy and their failures to adapt to a growing insurgency. His years of study on this topic, summarized in his 2001 book, Partisans and Redcoats, provided cadets a remarkable level of in-depth analysis of a fascinating topic.

Later in the evening, Dr. Edgar hosted our final Night at the Movies of the year. It was a great send-off of this popular program. Over 50 cadets came out to watch the controversial film The Patriot and learn about many of the behind-the-scenes decisions the filmmakers made about the subject of the South Carolina partisan, Francis Marion. Many cadets were surprised to learn that while the movie was criticized as having too much gratuitous violence, almost all of the incidents depicted in the film had historical precedent.

Deputy Department Head COL Gail Yoshitani presented Dr. Edgar with the print edition of the West Point History of the Civil War for visiting with us all day and entertaining us with a myriad of stories of South Carolina partisan war, his time in academia, and a career spanning more than 25 years of service as an officer in the Army.

COL (R) Jack Jacobs spoke to MAJ John Rhodes’s and COL Ty Seidule’s History of the Military Art sections on small unit tactics and leadership during the Vietnam War. COL Jacobs did two tours in Vietnam as an advisor to Vietnamese infantry battalions, and he earned three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars and the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest combat decoration. He holds the McDermott Chair of Humanities and Public Affairs at the U.S. Military Academy and is an on-air analyst for NBC News.

Athletic Director's Update, April 23rd

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Competitive Clubs

Team Handball (Women’s):

  • This past weekend, the West Point Women’s Team Handball’s Black team earned second place in the Select Big Four International Handball Challenge held in Torrance, CA
  • This challenge was hosted by the Los Angeles Team Handball Club (LATHC); LATHC has been one of the top three clubs in the nation at Open Nationals for the past three years
  • Two other great competitors rounded out the field, namely San Francisco CalHeat (who will also compete Open Nationals), and the University of Baja California from Mexico
  • Army West Point drew the host, LATHC, in the opening round, and lost a tough match by just one point
  • They rebounded to decisively beat San Francisco CalHeat in the semi-finals; the win earned them a rematch in the finals against LATHC on Sunday
  • Star players of the match include: CDT Brianna Sharkey with her stellar wing performance; CDT Dajah Davis, who played shut down defense the entire weekend; and CDT Cora Moody, who proved clutch at the penalty line time and time again
  • The final match played against LATHC was another exciting back and forth match; Army West Point Black came up just short, ending with a score of 31-28
  • Army Black’s Team Captain CDT Ashton Wolf was named Most Valuable Player for her performance throughout the weekend
  • The results of this tournament suggest a great team performance at Open Nationals in three weeks


  • On 17-19 April, the West Point Cycling team traveled to Strafford, NH, for a cycling meet
  • The team jumped 6 places (8th) in DIV II standings, with a strong 7th overall performance this weekend
  • Approximately 34 teams competed this weekend, with the West Point Women putting on a clinic for the C field
  • CDTs Kiana Frick, Sarah Larue and Elizabeth Psiaki, placed 1st in the Team Time Trial (TTT); CDT Frick cemented a 2nd place in the Criterium, and 7th in Road Race; CDT Larue displayed the heart of a determined athlete, closing a 30 second gap in the crit to place 9th, and 9th in the Women’s Road Race
  • New comers CDT Psiaki and CDT Bender continue to improve with excellent finishes of 8th and 9th in Women’s “D” Crit, and 10th in Road
  • In the Men’s C Field CDT Tristan Manderfeld led the final chase pack of the West Point cadets to podium positions with men occupying top places (3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th)

Team Handball (Men’s):

  • On 10 April, the Men’s Handball Team traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the final games of the North-east League series
  • This league is made up of teams from NYC, Boston, Chicago, and D.C., and provides the competitive schedule necessary to be invited to the Handball National Championship tournament
  • This weekend in particular, the Gold team took on NYC 2 and the DC Diplomats; after a close loss to the Diplomats, the Gold team handily defeated NYC 2
  • The Black team also took on the Diplomats, and were able to turn the tables with a 27-25 victory
  • The Black team played shorthanded, due to injuries, but CDTs Alec Zeck and Corinth Cross scored a combined 13 goals
  • While the Black team finished tied for most wins (7) in the league, they were unable to match Boston’s point differential and ended up finishing third in the Northeast League
  • The teams placed high enough in rankings to secure an invitation to the elite division of the championship tournament in May; there both teams will take on the clubs from around the country


  • On 18 April, West Point Judo hosted the 2015 Collegiate Judo National Championships
  • Approximately 117 competitors from 24 universities, competed for both individual and team National Title recognition; there were four National Titles being contested including: Men’s and Women’s Senior (Elite) Divisions and Men’s and Women’s Novice Divisions
  • West Point Judo initially got off to a slow start with several losses across different weight classes; once they gained momentum, the team started getting win after win
  • West Point Judo won the National Championship in Women’s Senior (Elite) Division , Women’s Novice Division, and Men’s Novice Division; they were runner-up in Men’s Senior (Elite) Division
  • Individual awards include: CDT Caroline Patton (‘16), who successfully defended her National Title and is now the two-time defending Senior Division Champion in her weight class; CDT John Santos (‘17), who won his first National Title by defeating his opponent from Navy at Men’s Senior 90KG; CDT Brittany DesLauriers (‘17), who earned her first National Title in the Women’s Senior Division in her weight class; CDTs Sara Roberts (‘15), Brad Mikinski (‘16) and Colin Shepard (‘17), all earned second place in their respective Senior Divisions; CDTs Colin Shepard, John Norman, and Araceli Sandoval, who earned third place in their respective Senior Division
  • In the Novice Divisions, two women and three men earned first place finishes, five men earned second place finishes, and two women and two men earned third place finishes
  • All-in-all, four out of the six women competing earned medals, and ten out of the thirteen men competing earned medals
  • In addition to the three Team National Titles and two Individual National Titles, CDTs Patton, Santos, DesLauriers, Roberts, Mikinski, and Shepard earned All-American status and capped a phenomenal performance by West Point Judo


  • This past Sunday, Army Crew competed against Marist University in the annual President’s Cup dual meet on the Hudson River, here at West Point
  • For the first time in over two decades, Army Crew captured the President’s Cup, setting a new standard of excellence for Army rowing, while providing much needed experience against a perennially strong NCAA team
  • Prior to this event, the best showing for an Army team came in 1995, when the men won the point’s total; however, the team total still went to Marist
  • This year, Army won both the Men’s and Women’s points total, along with the team trophy
  • The Varsity Women lead off the day’s competition in the Varsity Eight; although they came just four seconds short of the lead, they decreased their margin behind to just four seconds, a six second improvement from the previous year
  • Their strong showing inspired the team for the rest of the morning, as the Army Crew would go on to win the next seven events of the day
  • The Varsity Men’s Eight were up next, posting and impressive 11.3 second victory over Marist; their time of 6 minutes and 3.7 seconds was the fastest time of the day
  • The Novice Men and Women rounded out the Eights competitions with 18 and 23 second margins of victory, respectively; their performance all but secured the President’s Cup leading into the final stage of racing
  • As the Fours events began, an increasing tail-current and headwind made for choppy waters and difficult rowing conditions; however, the team took advantage of their winter conditioning, and powered through to win all four and final races
  • The Varsity Women revenged an earlier loss to Marist in the Knecht Cup, winning by more than 14 seconds
  • The Army B and Marist B boats in the Varsity Women’s Fours race locked oars at the 200 meter mark, coming to a complete stop; the teams agreed to restart, and the Army team crossed the finish line well ahead of the Marist Four
  • The Varsity Men’s A and B entries swept their event, coming in 1st and 2nd place; the Novice Women obtained the same result in the next event, completing a sweep of the Novice Women’s Events
  • The Novice Men finished up with Army’s last victory of the day, defeating two other Novice Men’s boats from Marist

Climbing (Mountaineering):

  • From 16-19 April, 20 members of the West Point Climbing Team participated in their culminating National Champion against 50 other rival universities
  • The competition was hosted by the Mesa Rim Climbing Gym, an impressive facility featuring long overhanging walls and tough routesetting
  • Each competitor competed for three hours in their respective discipline (bouldering, sport/top rope, and speed)
  • The competition was stiff, but the West Point Climbing team was successful in taking home the Armed Forces Cup, crushing both the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy
  • Out of 50 teams, West Point placed 4th overall
  • In addition to the strong performances by all members of the team, CDT Zhaina Myrzak-hanova climbed particularly well, taking the overall 1st place finish in the speed discipline; she is now the national speed champion two years running
  • CDT Christal Theriot was also a finalist for the women’s sport discipline, placing 8th overall; even though this was her last climbing com-petition as a cadet, she was able to showcase her climbing abilities to all 300 athletes and spectators for a brilliant finish to her cadet climbing career


  • On 18 April, the Army Fencing Team was on hand during Fort Hamilton’s West Point Day
  • Army Fencers CDT Josh Qualls, CDT Sam Verduzco, and CDT Tyler Griffin were on hand to provide demonstrations and explanations about the sport and to answer questions about competitions and travel
  • The fencing display drew a large and interactive crowd with many children of all ages interested in the sport
  • A display of all of the protective gear and three different types of weapons used in fencing were out and drew many questions
  • Behind the display of gear, a fencing strip was set up to provide an active demonstration for the spectating crowd once the parade had concluded
  • Children were given the opportunity to wear a mask, use a weapon, and learn a few of the basics as their parents watched on and cheered
  • Overall the display and fencing were a big hit to all who watched and participated

Hobby Clubs

Ultimate Frisbee:

  • During the weekend of 18-19 April, the West Point Ultimate Frisbee team hosted and competed in the National Championship qualifier series at Target Hill Fields
  • This tournament was the start of the College post-season for 11 college teams; the teams were split into two pools to compete Saturday to determine placing for the bracket elimination on Sunday
  • Army faced the Marist foxes in the first game; Army started strong, but a few costly late-game turnovers led to a close defeat, 13-12
  • In Army’s second game, they faced the New Haven Chargers; bouncing back from the first loss, Army crushed New Haven 12-5
  • Army’s third game on Saturday was against Hartford Lighthouse; Army got an early lead, and won the game 8-5
  • The final game on Saturday was against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Trudge; after a long tiring day of game play, the teams battled in a close game; Army went on to win 9-7
  • At the end of the first day, Army finished as the second place team from the pool, meaning that the Black Knights were out of the first place game, but could finish second by winning every remaining game
  • On Sunday, Army faced the Vassar Swinging Monks; the game was extremely physical, and remained close until the second half; Army went on to win 13-8
  • Advancing to the semi-finals, Army faced the Skidmore Thoroughbears; Army easily defeated them, winning 13-5
  • Army finished the day second in the tournament, and continue to show improvement in decision making and play calling


  • On 18 April, the West Point Cadet Soccer Club traveled to Annapolis, MD, to face their Navy Academy counterparts to compete for the Joseph Casey Cup
  • The trophy was inaugurated by the Club, with the full sup-port of Navy, in honor of Army Soccer’s all time leading goal scorer, and of course Army Hall of Fame member “Joe” Casey (Class of 1967), who is a great supported of the en-tire Army Soccer Program
  • This competition will no be conducted on an annual basis, and will be the highlight of the Clubs season
  • “Joe” was in attendance at the match, with his Patty, to present the Cup and to provide encouragement to the West Point side during what was a competitive and enjoyable game
  • Despite Army’s dominance throughout, the match was tied 1-1 at full time, with a Navy goal tying the score
  • The match then turned into a penalty shoot out; the shoot out went to sudden death, and it was Navy who went on to prevail 6-5 on penalties
  • Despite the disappointment, Club President, CDT Kyle Morris, recognized that the match would write a new piece of history in the famous Army-Navy rivalry thanks to the tireless work and efforts arranging the match made by Club Vice President, CDT Jakub Smola

Academic Clubs

Electronic Experimenters Group:

  • On 15 April, CDTs Jimmy Yun, Clayton Jaksha, and Clayton Shablom, from the West Point Electronic Experimenters Group, traveled to Burke High School in Goshen, NY, to interact with the Robotics Club
  • The group brought some of the robots used at West Point, and allowed thirty students to have a hands on experience with them
  • While inspiring the students, it also gave the cadets a great opportunity to volunteer in the community and share their experiences about West Point

National Society of Black Engineers:

  • On 17-19 April, seven cadets from West Point’s National Society of Black Engineers attended the Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • The Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Conference presented awards to CDT Brittany Murray, CDT Christian Nattiel, and CDT Chris Monroe
  • All three cadets received the “Military Student Leadership Award” for achieving academic excellence within, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields while balancing other leadership roles at the Academy
  • The conference focused on a variety of achievements in the STEM discipline; it also fosters the development of lasting professional connections and provides and opportunity for networking and recruitment among a diverse group of college age students, corporate professionals, and military leaders
  • The event includes a wide array of seminars to promote research in STEM disciplines, encourage entrepreneurship, increase business efficiency, and improve leadership
  • Three other cadets, CDT Ella Mason, CDT Kenneth Edwards, and CDT Alexi Bell, also participated in the week-end’s events
  • The first day of the conference, they escorted general officers to a mentorship meeting in which the officers shared their experiences and provided leadership advice to the high school students in attendance
  • Later that evening, the cadets attended the Stars and Stripes Gala which celebrated both military and civilian leadership in STEM disciplines
  • During the other days of the conference, the cadets had the opportunity to attend a career fair, as well as a multitude of seminar


  • On 3-6 April, the West Point Chess team traveled to Philadelphia, PA, to compete in the USCF Philadelphia Tournament
  • This is one of the biggest tournaments in the area, and thousands of people of all ages compete in their respective rating categories
  • The cadets participated in the two-day tournament, which consisted of five-one hour long matches on Saturday, and two-five hour long matches on Sunday
  • CDT Oblak finished 21st in the Under 2000 Category; CDT Loudon finished 54th in the Under 1800 Category; CDT Huang finished 28th in the Under 1600 Category; CDT Dosh finished 27th and CDT West finished 58th in the Under 1100 category
  • This was a great a great experience for the team to play high caliber chess games, and to improve on their skills

Support Clubs

WKDT Radio Station:

  • On 15 April, the cadets of West Point’s very own radio station, WKDT 89.3 FM, visited the ESPN studios in Bristol, CT
  • During this tour, they received sports broadcasting professional development, and met several ESPN celebrities
  • The cadets even had the honor of meeting and speaking to ESPN’s Mike Golic and Ryan Ruocco of the “Mike & Mike” show

Pipes and Drums:

  • On 18 April, the West Point Pipes and Drums traveled to Ft. Hamilton, NY, in support of the first annual “West Point Day”
  • The event was created in support of the Superintendent’s goal to increase involvement and outreach with New York City
  • The band saw this as an opportunity to spread word about West Point Pipes and Drums, and to hopefully at-tract any current musicians/dancers that are thinking of attending the academy
  • The band’s first performance was a short one, and served as a cue to the general public that the parade was about to begin; immediately fol-lowing the parade, the band performed it’s Tattoo set

Glee Club:

  • On 18-19 April, the Glee Club traveled to New-burgh and Sugar Loaf, NY, to perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs
  • In Newburgh, the Newburgh Free Academy was the host of the event; the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center was the venue for the Sugar Loaf performance
  • The performances allowed the cadets the opportunity to perform one of the world’s best known symphonies, and greatly expand their musical knowledge and ability
  • The trip also provided an exceptional opportunity for outreach to the local community, as cadets worked and performed with musicians from throughout the mid-Hudson Valley
  • The Glee Club joined the following area choirs: Newburgh Symphonic Chorale, Middletown Concert Chorale, Foxhill Community Youth Choir, SUNY New Paltz College—Community Choir and Mt. Saint Mary College Choir

DCA Happenings

Academy Book Store

Ret. Gen. Stanely McChrystall signing his new book Team of Teams.

Cadets getting married, or who are in a wedding party following graduation, at-tended the 5th Annual Wedding Etiquette Rehearsal and Wine & Cheese Reception on Sunday, 19 April. Representatives from DUSA were also in attendance. Saber Bearers realized that perfecting the Arch of Sabers takes a lot of practice! Here, the future Lieutenant and Mrs. Gene Fogh prepare to walk under the ceremonial arch.

Glesener Selected to Tewaaraton Award Top 25 List

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced the 25 men's nominees for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award, presented by Under Armour and senior John Glesener is among the top 25 for the third straight season. The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. A first team All-Patriot League performer, Glesener leads the team with 47 points on 27 goals and 20 assists.

Heading into tomorrow's Patriot League Tournament Semifinal game at Navy, he is riding a 43-game point scoring streak and owns 13 career hat tricks. The Camillus, N.Y., native has totaled 198 career points to rank eighth in program history. He ranks eighth all-time in career goals with 117 and assists with 81. Glesener is one of two players to make the top 25 from the Patriot League, joining Lehigh's Dan Taylor, who led the conference in scoring. Read More

Minato Honored on All-Met First Team

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Army West Point junior Kelsey Minato was named to the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association first team for second year in a row, the association announced Monday. Minato, who was selected to the All-Met first team following her sophomore campaign, was also voted to the All-Met second team after her first season at West Point.

The native of Huntington Beach, Calif., becomes just the second Black Knight to earn three All-Met accolades, joining Army West Point Hall of Famer Katie Macfarlane, who was a first-team selection in 2003-04 and drew second-team honors in 2001-02 and 2002-03. She also joins Lisa Russell and Cara Enright as the only players in program history to be named to the All-Met first team twice, as Russell earned first-team honors in 1992-93 and 1993-94 and Enright landed recognition in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Read More

Cadets Volunteer for Ongoing Hurricane Sandy Relief

Cadets from 4th Regiment, E company, volunteered their time to assist with ongoing Hurricane Sandy relief efforts at the Ocean Bay Action Center for Education and Community Development, Queens N.Y., April 18.

The cadets helped deliver food to the recovering victims of Hurricane Sandy while at the community aid center, working together closely with staff of the center and members of New York Cares. They helped to move food, clean the premises, and distribute food to those in need. The cadets also enjoyed lunch and refreshments afterwards with the community members and local workers.

This is the cadet company's second project in the Rockaways, allowing the cadets to build lasting and meaningful relationships with the community members. Story

Schultz, Somers Named to Patriot League All-Academic Squad

CDTs Sam Somers 2 and Austin Schultz 11CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- As the Patriot League continues to announce its 2015 men's lacrosse awards this week, senior goalkeeper Sam Somers and junior defenseman Austin Schultz both earned Academic All-Patriot League honors on Wednesday afternoon.

Not only does the pair help anchor an Army West Point defense that ranks No. 3 in the NCAA in scoring defense, both carry well over the required 3.20 cumulative grade-point average to be considered for Academic All-Patriot League plaudits. It is the second year in a row that the two have been members of the Patriot League All-Academic Team. Somers carries a 3.342 GPA and is an art, philosophy and literature major. Schultz owns a 3.766 GPA in Economics. Somers currently leads the Patriot League in goals-against average (7.48) and is third in save percentage (.546) Read More

Offense Supports Ball in Victory Over NYIT

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Starting pitcher Matt Ball took a no-hitter into the sixth inning after the Army West Point baseball team secured an early lead in an eventual 10-0 victory over the New York Institute of Technology on Wednesday afternoon at Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field. Ball earned the win after allowing one hit, with seven strikeouts and two walks in 5.2 innings of work. Watch the video recap.

Army West Point moved to 19-20 in 2015, while NYIT dipped to 9-20 on the season. The win was the Black Knights' third in three non-conference home games. "The pitching was outstanding. Matt Ball got us going and then we had some good performances out of the pen," head coach Matt Reid said. "From the offensive standpoint I thought, after a rain delay, our guys came out locked in and had some big hits. Jacob Page had a big bases clearing triple and then we were able to add on after that. We had some big knocks today in critical situations." Read More

Incredible Comeback Sends Men's Lacrosse to Semifinals

BALTIMORE -- The Army West Point men's lacrosse team faced a five-goal deficit with 11:51 left in the game against Loyola and scored seven goals, including John Glesener's game winner with six seconds left to pull off the 12-11 come-from-behind win to advance to the Patriot League Semifinals on Friday. The Black Knights (9-5) will face Navy in the Patriot League Semifinals in Annapolis on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Bucknell and Colgate are set to play the first semifinal on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Army West Point trailed 11-6 with 11:51 left in the game, but the Black Knights didn't stop playing. They finished the game with seven-straight goals, all of which came from seven different goal scorers. Cole Johnson tied the game with 5:36 left and then Glesener got open from 15 yards out and went low on Limone to win it. Daniel Grabher was key to the comeback with five face-off wins during the fourth quarter and they all came at the right time. Overall, he finished with 13 wins and had his first collegiate goal in the opening quarter. Read More

49th Sandhurst Competition Recap

A total of 564 competitors, including 36 companies of the U.S. Corps of Cadets and the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, entered into the 49th annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition April 10-11. Each team consisted of nine participants, including at least one female per team.

In one scenario, while at the grenade range, cadets were to use 18 grenades and had two minutes to take out the enemy and it was up to the leader to decide how that would be done. “Cadet leaders received the same orders they would as a lieutenant,” Coffey said. There are 22 tasks that must be completed in the competition including marksmanship, navigation, carrying an injured Soldier up the ski slope, and mental agility such as developing the best strategy for managing artillery support while under an enemy barrage.

Sixteen cadet companies and USMAPS received the bronze standard patch; seven received the silver standard patch as did Michigan State University and John Hopkins University. USNA, Texas A&M, cadet companies G-2, H-3 and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Red received the Gold Standard patch. Full Story »

Photo courtesy of Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Bunkley/USMA PAO

Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Albany

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army West Point exploded for eight runs in the top of the bottom inning in rallying from a 2-0 deficit for an 8-3 win in game one, and Kasey McCravey went 2-for-5 with five RBI as the Black Knights outlasted Albany, 5-4, in the nightcap in sweeping a non-league softball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at the Army Softball Complex.

Army West Point (21-22-1) batted around in the fourth inning in the opener, then jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the nightcap. The Black Knights tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth, then nipped the Great Danes' rally on a play at home plate in the top of the seventh to complete the sweep.

Trailing Albany 2-0 in the first inning of the opener following back-to-back solo home runs by Kelly Costello and Maggie Cocks, the Black Knights exploded for eight runs on six hits and capitalized on three errors in the fourth inning to break open the game in pulling out to an 8-2 lead. Read More

Giachinta, Timpf Named Football Team Captains

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Fullback Matt Giachinta and linebacker Jeremy Timpf have been elected team captains for the 2015 Army West Point football season, second-year head coach Jeff Monken announced today. Giachinta and Timpf were chosen in a vote of teammates following the conclusion of spring practice.

A six-foot, one, 223-pound fullback from Cold Spring, N.Y., Giachinta has rushed for 270 yards and three touchdowns in his career. Last year, he collected 152 yards and a touchdown. He has also returned four kickoffs and hauled in two passes. He will be a senior next fall.

Timpf, a 6-1,225-pound inside linebacker from Tucson, Ariz., led the team with 117 tackles in 2014, his first season as a starter. He also collected 14.5 tackles for losses of 35 yards, three pass breakups, three interceptions, forced a fumble and recovered another fumble. Timpf will be a junior in the fall and is the first captain not to be a member of the senior class since Stephen Anderson in 2009. Read More

Somers Voted PL Goalie of the Year; Five Named All-League

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its men's lacrosse postseason honors on Monday and senior Sam Somers was voted the Goalie of the Year and All-Patriot League First Team, while John Glesener and Austin Schultz joined him on the top squad. In addition to the first team honorees, Cole Johnson and Jimbo D'Aprile were selected as All-Patriot League Second Team performers to give the Army West Point men's lacrosse team five all-league players for 2015.

Somers is third nationally with a 7.19 goals against average after leading the nation in that category as a junior before suffering a season-ending injury late in 2014. He was a two-time second team honoree prior to 2015. The senior has kept the Black Knights in every contest as only two opponents have scored more than 10 goals against Army West Point this season and none has tallied more than a dozen. Full Story »

Pagila Picks up First AAA Athlete of the Week Honor

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- After winning his first collegiate golf tournament and leading the Black Knights to a team victory, yearling Justin Pagila has been named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week, announced Monday afternoon. The honor comes as the first in his career.

At the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational, Pagila earned the individual title by one stroke after shooting five-under in the last nine holes. The Dublin, Calif., native shot a 54-hole total 205 and finished 11-under par to win his first individual title as a Black Knight. Throughout the tournament, Pagila recorded two eagles and 15 birdies to lead him to first place. He led the field in par-five opportunities averaging 4.08 strokes. Read More

Cadets Volunteer to Clean up Newburgh Cemetery

NEWBURGH – Cadets from the United States Military Academy volunteered their time to help clean up debris and vandalized headstones at St. George’s Cemetery on Washington Street in the City of Newburgh on Saturday.

Eighteen cadets from Company Bravo 2 and Charlie 2, with the help of Bill Rose the cemetery’s grounds keeper, uprighted a number of knocked over headstones, cleaned up garbage, debris and helped erect a new fence to keep out trespassers.

Rose, who oversaw the work, said the cemetery is a major traffic point for kids and gangs in the neighborhood, who cut across from one side of the neighborhood to the other. Usually, they will end up spray painting their gang tags on the monuments, knocking over gravestones for sport and dropping garbage as well as drug paraphernalia on their way through. Read More

Black Tops Gold in Annual Football Spring Game

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Sean Callahan, the 12-year old young man adopted by the Army West Point football team ran for a touchdown on the first play of the game and Black defeated Gold, 40-17, as the Black Knights concluded spring practice with the annual Black-Gold Game at Michie Stadium. Click here to watch the video.

Callahan joined the football program in June of last year through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation and has been a fixture at games ever since. On Saturday, the Mahopac, N.Y. resident took a handoff from 26 and raced 74 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, setting off a wild celebration under sunny skies in front of 2,015 fans. Callahan also closed out the spring game with a 75-yard touchdown rush.

Callahan and a host of young participated in a children's clinic run by the Army West Point football team earlier in the day and the players and coaching staff signed autographs and mingled with the crowd following the contest. Nine former players returned and served as honorary game captains and participated in the coin toss. Read More

McCants Powers Baseball Past Holy Cross

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Mark McCants drove in three runs with a pair of triples and the Army West Point baseball team held off Holy Cross 4-3 in game one of Saturday's doubleheader at Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field. Alex Robinett pitched his sixth complete game of the season and collected his fifth win of the year in the victory.

Robinett (5-4) allowed three runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over seven innings of work. He was backed by two Army runs in the first and two in the third. Designated Harold Earls scored twice and Alex Jensen also drove in a run with a single in the third. Army West Point won its third straight home game and improved to 5-8 in the Patriot League, while Holy Cross dropped to 8-5 in conference games. Read More

Dean's Weekly, April 17th

Department of Law

US District Court Judge Paul G. Gardephe visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar. Judge Gardephe, who presides at the federal courthouse in Manhattan, was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush in 2008. Prior to his appointment, Judge Gardephe was a federal prosecutor at the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, where he served as Chief Appellate Attorney, and was Special Counsel to the Office of Inspector General of the US Department of Justice. He discussed the 6th Amendment’s jury trial guarantee and its application to sentencing matters. The seminar is taught by Department of Law Assistant Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

CE371 Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design Trip Section. On Friday, 10 April, civil engineering cadets in the Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design course participated in a trip section as part of Moles Day. The Moles organization (http://www.themoles.info/) is composed of individuals now or formerly engaged in the construction of tunnels, subways, sewers, foundations, marine, sub-aqueous or other heavy construction projects. The group hosts an annual Moles Day, during which students 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.

CIE sends EECS Cadets to visit Army Research Labs Supercomputing Research Center. Five EECS cadets and a faculty member, Dr. Suzanne Matthews, traveled to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds to visit Army Research Labs’ high performance facilities as part of an academic trip section for CS485-Parallel Computing. During the first part of their visit, cadets learned about ARL’s rich history in supporting computing innovation. Highlights included seeing the original Cray-2 supercomputer, the fastest machine in the world when it debuted in 1985. Students also got to see Pershing, which was the 50th fastest machine in the world when it went live a few years ago. In addition to seeing these revolutionary systems, students also learned about the power and cooling requirements to maintain such clusters. The day concluded with an overview of some of the research ARL performs on their HPC systems. The cadets in attendance were: CDTs Jorge Figueroa-Cecco (’15), Scott Horras (’15), Colin Hwang (’16), Luke Miller (’15), and Will Viana (’15). The faculty member in attendance was Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews, course director of CS485. The trip was generously funded by the DOD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (DoD HPCMP) at West Point through the Center for Innovation and Engineering (CIE).

ME496 Capstone: Cadets Conor Haaser, Chris Kolster, Connor McLeod and Matt Shinkwin were hard at work on Range 5 on 14 April 2015 with their ARDEC mentors Frank Battersby and Adam Foltz. The Cadets were testing their latest prototype suppressor for the M249. Taylor Hale, Henry Lee and Omar Morales from ARDEC were also supporting the research by collecting acoustic data for the team. Dr. Mark Ericson of ARL’s Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED) contributed to the testing effort with a mannequin head instrumented with microphones. This unique equipment is used to more accurately determine what the shooter’s ears are experiencing. An indication of the effectiveness of the prototype suppressor is provided by the two still images captured with CME’s digital high-speed video equipment.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

EV301 Trip Section to the Wheelabrator Westchester L.P. Facility in Peekskill, NY. On 14 April, 16 Cadets from USMA’s Environmental Science class (EV301) traveled to Peekskill, NY, to view the generation of energy from combusting municipal solid waste. Wheelabrator Westchester L.P. generates approximately 60,000 kW of electricity, enough to supply 88,000 New York homes, by burning household and commercial trash from throughout Westchester County. Cadets saw firsthand how 2,250 tons of waste per day is incinerated and then converted to mechanical energy before being distributed onto the electrical grid. Cadets also learned about air pollution control devices that are used to ensure that the exhaust gases meet federal emission standards.

Field Trip to United Nations. On 10 April, 26 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 USUN staff members who work in the Military Affairs branch of the US Mission and by experts from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. They then 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.

Exxon-Mobil remediation site visit. On 8 April 2015, cadets from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering traveled to Brooklyn, NY to visit an Exxon-Mobil remediation site near Newtown Creek (a “superfund” site). 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 the largest subsurface petroleum spill 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 immersion by eating at Karczma Restaurant, which is located in a Polish neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Department of English and Philosophy

First Annual John Calabro Night of the Arts. On Friday, April 10th, The Department of English and Philosophy and the Cadet Fine Arts Forum celebrated cadet creativity at the first annual John Calabro Night of the Arts. This year’s event was truly special because it begins a tradition that honors the late Colonel (Retired) John A. Calabro, Jr., USMA ’68, former Academy Professor of English and Vice President of the AOG who was a fine artist, musician, and creative writer and a strong advocate for the arts as essential to officer development. Members of Colonel Calabro’s family, including his widow, Mrs. Angela Calabro, and his two sons, Jac and Tony, were present to honor the memory of Colonel Calabro.

The event brought in nearly 200 audience members representing faculty and staff members from several USMA departments, USMAPS, the Library, the West Point Association of Graduates, and the local community. At the event, department faculty presented awards to Cadets for outstanding work across a variety of creative and artistic fields such as photography, music, film, studio arts, and original literature. The first-prize winners for each category were as follows: Music: Danny Trainor (’15); Poetry: Jonathan Kelly (’15); Prose: Logan Comer (’18); Film: Scott Filbert (’15); Photography: Lila Garner (’16); and Studio Art: Uzoma Ezeonyeka (’18). The evening concluded with the presentation of the John Calabro Award for Excellence in Leadership and the Arts, which was posthumously awarded to First Lieutenant Christopher Shultz Goeke, USMA ’08. A member of USCC Brigade Staff who graduated 6th in his class, 1LT Goeke displayed his exceptional creative talents in various ways while a Cadet. His career ended too soon when he was killed in action on July 13, 2010, in Afghanistan while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division. His parents, Pamela Shultz and Randy Goeke, traveled from Minnesota to accept the award on their son’s behalf.

CFAF’s Opera Forum Hosts A Monday Night Opera Escape. On 13 April, CFAF’s Opera Forum hosted Viktoriya Koreneva (Mezzo-Soprano), Lorna Case (Soprano, USMA’99) and Dr Barbara Bacik (Piano) for A Monday Night Opera Escape at Jefferson Hall’s Haig Room during the club’s meeting. The trio performed opera favorites by Wagner, Ponchielle, Massenet, Saen-Saints, Bellini, Rachmaninov, Victor Herbert and more. After the performance, the artists engaged in a question and answer session. Ms. Case, a two-sport athlete and West Point graduate, described her experiences as an engineer platoon leader and her recovery from a parachuting injury at Ft Bragg that left her with a broken spine. Ms. Koreneva, who holds a graduate degree from the Russian State School for the Humanities, described how her understanding of being human and pursuit of excellence in the humanities assists in her duties as Vice President, Global Financial Services at Deutsche Bank.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

6th Annual West Point Negotiation Workshop. On 2-3April, BS&L's West Point Negotiation Project ran a negotiation education workshop for approximately 105 participants, including 53 West Point cadets, 38 visiting cadets, and 13 Officers. Visiting cadets came from the US Air Force Academy and Royal Military Academy (Belgian), and ROTC programs at Boston University, Cornell, Dartmouth, Liberty University, Norwich, Princeton, Providence, Texas A&M, UCONN (Army and AF), University of New Haven, UNC-Chapel Hill, UVA, and Yale. This year WPNW welcomed its first European, truly OCONUS international participant, CDT Anthony Leduc from the Royal Military Academy (Belgium). WPNW hosted him the week as he researched and interviewed WPNP Officers and Cadets to prepare his Master's Thesis on cross-cultural negotiation. During the workshop, cadets learned the importance of negotiation as a leader competency, were introduced to a framework for systematic analysis of negotiation situations, and practiced negotiating in a series of role-playing exercises, including a team competition. Cadets also heard from guest speakers, who helped them understand how they will use negotiation as junior officers. Our guest speakers had great depth and breadth in experience to include the first WPNW NCO participant and two separate VTCs with Commanders deployed to Iraq. Guest speakers included LTG McMaster, the Director of ARCIC and Deputy Commanding General-Futures TRADOC; Graduate panelists CPT Zach Foster and CPT Mike Lavelle, USMA grads, who shared their experiences applying MG390 coursework in the Army, and CPT Charles Gallagher, D Co, 1-505th PIR, 3-82nd Airborne Division, currently deployed ISO Operation Inherent Resolve, who shared difficulties/successes negotiating with the Department of State and local Iraq forces via VTC. Cadets also heard from LTC Larkowich and CSM Burgoyne, the Commander and CSM for 1-505th PIR, 3-82nd Airborne Division, currently deployed ISO Operation Inherent Resolve who shared their expectations of and struggles that face their junior Officers in Iraq via VTC, and SFC Rothrock, SF Engineer assigned to DMI, who shared his stories on several ODA teams and deployments to Afghanistan. The West Point Negotiation Project is a USMA faculty effort to improve the ability of military leaders to negotiate and is an activity within BS&L's West Point Leadership Center.

On 8 April, cadets from MS300 and MS200 conducted an operations order briefing using the Augmented Reality Sandtable (ARES) in the Engineering Psychology Labs. This effort leveraged DMI and BS&L in order to gather data for the proof of concept of the ARES system. Cadets were able to rapidly build 3D terrain models in order to facilitate their communication of the order. CPT Paul Rickmeyer evaluated his cadets on their order delivery and provided feedback using features of ARES such as highlighting effects of terrain in a more three dimensional space. DMI and BS&L will meet with Dr. Michael Boyce, a post doc fellow from STTC, this week to continue to build the system to meet requirements for classroom and tactical considerations.

The Sociology Program in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership held its 15th Annual Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociological Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Friday, April 10 in the BS&L Conference Room. Sociology Major and Firstie Ian McWilliams was the sole inductee this year. Dr. David R. Segal and Dr. Mady Wechsler Segal both of the University of Maryland, gave the Induction Ceremony Lecture titled "Sociologists and Soldier 20/20." Their talk featured sociologists in the U.S. Army that have achieved Flag Officer rank and some of their insights working TRADOC with the integration of women into Ranger School and combat MOSs. The Segals also gave talks in three Sociology courses: PL482: Armed Forces & Society; PL384: Sociological Theory; and PL372: Marriage and the Family. COL Banks recognized the Segals at a special departmental ceremony and reception for 45 years of scholarship that has directly impact the United States Armed Forces. Additionally and notably, five plebes from G4 attended the Induction Ceremony, which recognized the fall semester G-4 Guppies Company Commander, CDT McWilliams (USMA '15).

Dr. Teresita Sotomayor from the Army Research Laboratory--Human Research and Engineering Directorate (ARL-HRED) in Orlando, FL visited PL488E to work with cadets on Medical Simulation Training Systems. Cadets assessed the usability and training potential of 4 systems including 1) Intraosseous Humeral Head Prototypes, 2) Moulage Training, 3) Realistic Trauma Trainer and 4) Holography.

BS&L coached and prepared 7 teams of cadets to enter the Mid Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition. The teams competed across 6 categories of business ventures, and won three of those six categories, and placed 2nd in a fourth.

  1. Products/Services - Food: 2nd Place - Adam Still (a Yearling) for Buffalo's Nickel. He was second only to a team from the Culinary Institute of America!!! There were five teams in this category.
  2. Biomedical/Healthcare: 1st Place - Blaine Brown, Whit Thornton and Ungerman Meyer for iTrex assisted walking exoskeleton (a heel lifting walking aid for stroke victims). There were four teams in this category.
  3. IT/Software: 1st Place - Mac Lalor, Josh Richards, Chris Corbett and Luke Jenkins (about half of the Army Hockey team!) for Owe Yaaaa - an Online marketplace of favor exchanges for veterans to find work and education opportunities. There were ten teams in this category.
  4. Energy/Sustainability: 1st Place - Dan Shutov for xFIL (a device that transforms human feces or other 'brown' matter into electricity or 'green' power - hence the original name: "Poop to Power"). There were two teams in this category. I don't know if you remember, but we talked Dan out of pitching his other idea, which was "Shot City", which is an alcohol shot distribution scheme he has. ;)
  5. Products/Services – Non-Food: No Cadets Placed
  6. Social/Non-Profit: No Cadets Competed

The folks who did not place (but did an awesome job) were:

  1. Mike Bajuz with Lendder, an Online alternative loan (crowd) sourcing marketplace designed to compete with the more conventional bank loan systems.
  2. EJ Coleman (Cow Class President) with Goalie, an iPhone and iPad app that has already launched, designed to track and give feedback on the user's daily goals.
  3. Mark Kong for Performance Insoles, a boot and shoe insert/insole manufacturer designed to operate much like Zappos, but with some additional features that are very customer friendly.
  4. Jared Jerrick for Ruby's Frozen Yogurt Food Truck.

The state finals will be held at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in two weeks on Friday 24 April, 2015 in Albany, NY. USMA will enter all three of its first place teams, and its second place team will be on standby.

Network Science Center

The 2015 International Workshop on Complex Networks. 25-27 March 2015 the Network Science Center at West Point (NSC) co-hosted the 6th International Workshop on Complex Networks (CompleNet) at the New York Hall of Science. CompleNet is one of the three largest conferences on network science held worldwide and brings together researchers and practitioners to share their publications and work in this fast growing field of study. Complex networks are becoming pervasive in many fields of science, from biological systems to computer science, and from economic to social systems. To learn more on current areas of research, NSC took 19 cadets down to NYC to attend one day of the three day conference along with 8 faculty members and researchers.

Cadets attended CompleNet as part of their course, MA490 (Applied Problems from Math, Science, and Engineering) with Dr. Chris Arney. CDTs Sooji Park and Adam Tapia are also part of the Social Network Analysis Club (SNAC), a club started in 2011 that meets every Monday during lunch to share knowledge on Network Science and work on problems. The conference offered cadets an opportunity to speak with many prominent researchers including Mark Newman, Reka Albert, Cesar Hidalgo, Arun Sundararajan, Albert-László Barabási.

Big Data Fest in NYC. The Network Science Center at West Point (NSC) was a key sponsor and participant for the first Big Data Fest held in New York City on 28 March. ‘The term “Big Data” is frequently used to describe everything from how social media are used to gather information about consumers, to how data affect political, environmental and economic decision-making, to data that address security and health concerns. Yet although we might know that Big Data affects our daily lives, its exact nature – what Big Data is, and how it works – remains a mystery to most of us’.

Six cadets and two faculty members participated in Big Data Fest by offering three activities: A hands-on Konigsberg bridge activity introducing the foundation of network science - Graph Theory; building a small scale network to look at basic components and properties of networks using ShockNet, a cadet developed iPad app; and visualizing individual ego networks as a means to discuss structures commonly found in social networks. This outreach opportunity gave cadets involved in network science projects and the Social Network Analysis Club (SNAC) a chance to introduce and discuss network science to the broader community. Over a thousand people of all ages attended Big Data Fest, the first of its kind. Fernando Maymi from the Army Cyber Institute gave a talk on ‘Oh the places your data will go’ , a discussion of data security. Other participating organizations included MIT’s Media Lab, Rutgers University, Data Driven Detroit, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, NYU, and the Beacon Institute.

Department of History

On 1 April 2015, five members of Phi Alpha Theta, the History honors society, volunteered their time to help the Dutchess County historian, William Tatum to preserve over 100 legal documents from the 1770s by indexing and cataloging them for a state archival digitization project. After cadets indexed each handwritten document, they prepared documents to be sent to the company who will scan and preserve it for posterity. This project intends to save over 25,000 documents from the local region during the 1730's-1800. These documents help preserve the history of the Hudson Valley region during the eighteenth century. MAJ Hann and Cadets participated in this project which enabled cadets to not only save history, but also to peruse original handwritten documents from over 200 years ago.

On 8 April, the History Department was thrilled to host a record-setting crowd of over 75 cadets at another “Night at the Movies” event to view the 2012 Best Picture Winner, Lincoln. LTC Dave Siry, CPT Matt Milikowsky of the Law Department, and CDT Zachary Thompson (’15) sat on a panel examining the film's depiction of Abraham Lincoln and his efforts to pass the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery. CPT Milikowsky's legal expertise was valuable in helping the cadets to understand the intricacies of Constitutional law during this national crisis. The film was well received by the audience and as always the discussion it generated was educational to all.

Department of Systems Engineering

DSE Capstone team visits 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). A Cadet Capstone team from the Department of Systems Engineering traveled to Eglin Air force Base, FL to visit the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Team members included Cadets Coleman Grider, Hunter Wood, and Robby Hill. The purpose of the trip was to elicit information from Special Forces soldiers regarding technological advances that will enhance their ability to over-match current and future enemies. The cadets interviewed soldiers to learn how future technologies can improve their situational awareness, force protection, ability to communicate, achieve lethal and non-lethal effects, and command and control their elements. The cadets had a tremendous developmental opportunity to interact with Special Forces NCOs and Officers. They embedded with Operational Detachment Alpha 7122 and participated in mountaineering training where they learned about knot tying and performed a prusik climb up a 100-foot rappel tower. The information they gathered improved on their decision model that assesses future technologies in support of a funded research project for the US Army Engineered Research Development Center.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

American Nuclear Society Student Conference: During 8-12 April, LTC Ken Allen traveled to College Station, TX with eight Nuclear Engineering major firsties to the American Nuclear Society student conference at Texas A&M University. The cadets presented their capstone projects and independent research projects as part of the conference which included graduate and undergraduate members from over 30 universities across the United States to include all the major NE research institutions such as MIT, University of California Berkley, Texas A&M, etc. Each of the cadets’ podium presentation was the culmination of months of research and design and they were selected to present based on a peer-reviewed process. In the end, CDT Todd McLaughlin won the best presentation in Education and Training division and CDTs Alex Burruss and Darrin Alba earned best presentation in Isotopes and Radiation division. In addition to the presentations, the cadets were able to interact with professionals in the nuclear engineering field and students from all the major universities with nuclear engineering programs in the United States.

Persian Gold Tabletop Exercise: On 10 April, the Persian Gold Exercise allowed all cadets in NE450 Nuclear Weapons Effects to all participate in a simulated case study facilitated by experts in the field of weapons of mass destruction from the National Defense University visiting from Washington, DC. The exercise created an important opportunity for cadets to examine the strategic objectives of the U.S. and its partners vis-à-vis Iran and to explore how to counter or mitigate Iranian efforts with regard to its nuclear program and potential proliferation. This is very timely as the current talks with Iran near a potential agreement.

Rochester Symposium for Physics Students: During 10-11 April, MAJs Will Koch and Tony Clark traveled to Oswego, NY with six cadets to present their research at the Rochester Symposium for Physics Students. This provided them the opportunity to engage with students and faculty from the local region and to practice their communication skills. They were able to interact with their civilian peers and also civilian faculty. This was also an opportunity to show local institutions some of the research being conducted at USMA.

Director of Los Alamos National Lab visit to USMA: Dr. Charles McMillan, (SES), Director of Los Alamos National Lab visited USMA 12-13 April. Dr. McMillan is visiting the military academies in order to promote the need to balance the humanities and technical education of our future leaders and to foster the collaboration between the military academies and LANL. During the visit Dr. McMillan spoke to a group of 150 cadets and faculty about technology and how it relates to and affects decision making. In late January 2015 Dr. and Mrs. McMillan visited the USAFA.

P&NE Academic Awards Banquet: On 14 April, the 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 American Nuclear Society as well as present certificates for excellence in physics and nuclear engineering course work throughout AY15. The guest speaker for the event is Dr. Larry Foulke (previous American Nuclear Society President).

Department of Foreign Languages

Arabic: Eight Arabic students in Morocco and Jordan continue their studies abroad. Cadets in Jordan took advantage of the Orthodox Easter holiday to visit Jerusalem and other sites in Israel, and returned to their studies on Monday.

Chinese: 17 Cadets from CL484, LC486, and LC476 visited the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in New York City on 14 April. Building on a semester of class discussions of the foundational legal-diplomatic Chinese-language documents that constitute the framework for US-China-Taiwan relations, the cadets engaged in a day of candid and insightful Chinese-language discussions with seasoned members of Taiwan’s diplomatic corps stationed in NYC. Although TECO usually gives its presentations in English, they provided all the presentations in Chinese once they realized the high level of proficiency of the USMA cadets.

Spanish: Eight cadets from Dr. LaPlatney’s LS486 participated in a Trip Section to New York to attend a production of Frederico García Lorca’s La zapatera prodigiosa. The cadets were able to enjoy the play, produced entirely in Spanish, and contrast Lorca’s famous comedy with the tragedy that they are currently reading in class, La casa de Bernarda Alba.

Persian: The Persian section welcomed a distinguished guest speaker, Mrs Deborah Thomas, from the US Department of State who not only spoke about her own service in the diplomatic corps in Turkey and Dubai, but also addressed her lifelong pursuit of foreign languages. Mrs. Thomas, who speaks a number of languages including Japanese and Persian, began her talk with an introduction in very fluent Persian and went on to speak about the important intersection of language and culture. She also discussed her experiences as a professional woman, especially when dealing with other cultures. Mrs Thomas, who was accompanied by her two cadet children, Elizabeth (who took Arabic in USMA) and James (who is currently taking Persian) also brought an abundance of Persian sweets for the cadets, as well as a host of Iranian cultural artifacts and books.

Chinese: Two Chinese Majors, Cadets Kaiwen Lin (2015), and Daniel Glockler (2015), both have been awarded 2 year Fulbright Scholarships to earn M.A. Degrees in Taiwan beginning in the Fall of 2015. The Fulbright application process is extremely competitive, and to have two awardees from within the same department in the same language is an excellent example of the academic performance of West Point Cadets.

DCA Update - Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs


  • On 11 April, the West Point Cycling Team traveled to Vermont, to participate in Green Mountain Weekend\The team jumped six places (8th) in DIV II standings, with a strong 7th overall performance this weekend
  • Thirty-four teams competed, with the West Point women putting on a clinic for the C field
  • CDTs Kiana Frick, Sarah Larue and Elizabeth Psiaki placed first in the Team Time Trial (TTT); CDT Kiana Frick (‘17) achieved 2nd place in the Criterium and 7th in the Road Race; CDT Elizabeth Psiaki (‘18) and CDT Kaitlin Bender (‘17) continued to show improvement with excellent finishes of 8th and 9th in Women’s D Criterium and 10th in Road
  • In the Men’s C field, CDT Tristan Manderfield (‘17) led the final chase pack of West Point cadets to podium position


  • On 10 April, the Army Crew team competed in the Knecht Cup on Mercer Lake in West Windsor Township, NJ, against more than 70 other collegiate programs from across the country
  • The Varsity Women lead Army in the first race of the day with a solid race in the Varsity Pair, qualifying them for the Grand Final on Sunday, a first for Army Crew
  • The pair, powered by CDT Arden Percoco and CDT Emma Spell, went on to finish fifth in the event behind top boats from varsity programs at UMass and FIT, while besting the entry from Rutgers, a Big 10 program
  • Next was the Varsity Women’s Four, who won their heat and posted the third best time of 30 schools in the event; they went on to reach the Petite Final on Sunday, where they finished fourth
  • The Men’s Varsity Four and Women’s Second Varsity Four finished 4th and 3rd in their heats, respectively, just missing the times to progress to the finals
  • Due to high winds, most of the races scheduled for Saturday, were pushed to Sunday, making for a long day of racing
  • The Novice men had a particularly strong showing with all boats progressing through their heats into the finals
  • The Novice Four placed 6th in the Grand Final, ranking them ahead of 26 of the 32 teams in their event
  • The two Men’s Novice Eight entries made it into the Petite and Third-Level Finals, putting them ahead of Villanova, Rutgers, and Boston College
  • The Varsity Men’s Eight came in second in their heat, third in their semi, and fifth place in the Grand Final


  • Over the weekend of 10-12 April, the West Point Powerlifiting Team traveled to Atlanta, GA, to take part in the 2015 Collegiate National Powerlifting Championships
  • Over 25 of the best college powerlifting teams competed in the this event to include, the University of Texas, LSU, UGA, and Penn State, just to name a few
  • Firstie CDT Zach Newman was the first of the team’s 19 athletes to take the stage; as he has done in the past, CDT Newman came through, finishing with an All-American (top 5 in the nation) placing; CDT Newman is a four time All-American and has never lost to Navy or Air Force
  • Next up was Yearling CDT Teddy Perretti, who claimed 7th place in the nation, and earned a few points for the West Point team
  • CDTs Tom Evans, TJ Binkowski, Austin Martin, Jory Heath, and Niko Tan rounded out the day; they racked up enough points to bring West Point into 3rd place at the end of the day
  • CDT Evans had a big day, as he broke his own Collegiate American Record and pulled a 618 lb. deadlift at 167 lb body weight
  • On the second day, CDTs Bryson Randall, Clay Barone, and Blaise Badway had their chance to compete; CDTs Bar-one and Badway scored some points that contributed to the team’s score overall, representing the team well
  • CDT Randall had a big day as well, finishing with another All-American placing and contributing much needed points to the overall team score
  • At the end of day two, the team was just outside of second place
  • Day three was the heavyweight day, and the competition started with CDTs Jacob Weiss, Nick Nero, Andrew Wing, and Anthony Adams competing at the same time
  • All hit great numbers, however, when the final count was taken, West Point took 6th place overall

Women’s Boxing:

  • On 8 April, the Women’s Boxing Team traveled to Ann Arbor, MI, to compete in the USIBA Nationals at the University of Michigan
  • To kick off the event, CDT Michelle Lopez fought first against a girl from Syracuse in a 112 lb beginner bout; next was CDT Richelle Radcliff, who took on a 125 lb beginner opponent from Michigan; CDT Ivellisse Velez-Morey and CDT Joyce Wu fought opponents from Michigan and Kansas, respectively, in back to back 132 lb. novice bouts
  • All of the ladies fought hard, and left the complex with one National Finalist, CDT Velez Day two of competition featured CDT Gabriela Barrera-Gutierrez in a 119 lb novice bout against a Michigan boxer; she was followed by CDT Sarah Gold in a 165 lb novice bout against a boxer out of Cincinnati
  • CDT Barrera and CDT Gold both claimed National Finalist titles (2nd place)
  • In the final day of the competition, CDT Janelle Bass fought for the 119 lb beginner title against Michigan; CDT Yomanda Martin took on a Miami opponent in a 141 lb novice bout; the evening closed for the team with CDT Melissa Box in an open category 152 lb bout against an opponent from Aquinas
  • CDT Bass was given an All-American title; CDT Martin claimed a National Finalist title; and CDT Box now hold the USIBA National Champion Title for the 152 lb weight class


  • On 10-13 April, the West Point Women’s and Men’s Fencing team competed in the Fencing Collegiate Nationals at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA, and for the third consecutive year, came home National Champions
  • The Women’s Sabre Team, led by CDT Lexie Blair, along with team mates CDT Taylor, Sharpsten and Liu, defeated Rutgers University by a score of 5-2 to take a third place finish
  • In the weapon of Sabre, CDT Blake Gordon also took third place for the men
  • The highlight of the championship was following the results of the Men’s Epée Team, led by CDT Marvin Hargraves
  • In an early bout on Saturday, CDT Hargraves was charged by a Northwestern Fencer who wound up bruising his leg with his knee; the pain he suffered during the competition was at times intense
  • Despite his injury, CDT Hargraves fought through the pain; in his last bout, he was able to outmaneuver his opponent, with only three seconds on the clock left; the final counterattack made by him was what won the National Championship for the West Point team
  • The win that CDT Hargraves scored, brought not only another National Championship title home to West Point, but also marks the third consecutive year of first place wins for Army

Hobby Clubs

Skeet & Trap:

  • On 10 April, the West Point Skeet & Trap team traveled to Burling-ton, MA, to compete in the New England Clays Cup Tournament
  • The team delivered another dominant performance, nearly sweeping the tournament
  • Shooters from Yale, Harvard, Harvard Law, MIT, Northeastern, Univ. of Vermont, and Texas A&M attended the tournament; the tournament is one of the largest collegiate clay target competitions in the Northeastern U.S.
  • CDTs Mitch Koellner, Taylor Ferguson, and Chase Miller took first, second, and third (respectively) in the men’s trap competition; CDT Jared Van Curen took first place in men’s skeet after a shootoff
  • CDT Carolee Schwarzer took first place in the ladies skeet & trap events, and was also named tournament HOA champion for her top scores in both events
  • As a team, the USMA squads took first and second place in the team skeet competition, as well as first and third place in the team trap competition
  • USMA retained the traveling Clay Cup Trophy for yet another year as tournament champions


  • On 10 and 11 April, the Army West Point Karate Club competed at the Karate Nationals in Las Vegas, NV
  • The team dominated overall, winning several National Championships, and sweeping multiple divisions completely
  • The first day of the tournament focused on full contact fighting
  • The next divisions up were the beginner men, and the lightweights, which brought home 1st, 2nd, and 4th places, respectively; also, the heavyweights brought home 2nd and 4th
  • The last divisions of the day were the men’s black belt division, one for 1st degree black belts, and one for upper degree black belts; the team swept both divisions, winning 1st through 4th place
  • Most notable of this group was CDT Rahul Sawhney, successfully defending last year’s black belt full contact champion
  • The second day of the tournament was composed of forms and point sparring
  • The team started the day with a 3rd place finish in men’s black belt forms, and 4th place in women’s advanced forms
  • After that point, sparring began and the beginner men won 3rd and 4th place; advanced women won 3rd; advanced men won 2nd; black belt women won 1st; and black belt men won 1st, 3rd, and 4th
  • Overall, it was a great weekend for the Karate team, increasing its number of National Championships in the last three years from zero in 2013, to two in 2014, and now six in 2015

Academic Clubs

Civil & Military Engineering:

  • On 10 March, the West Point Civil and Military Engineering Club hosted Mr. Chickola, Chief Corporate Engineer of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, in the Eisenhower Hall Ballroom
  • After dinner, Mr. Chickola shared with the club the process and challenges involved in the concept, design, and construction of Zumanjaro, the world’s tallest drop ride
  • Additionally, he emphasized the importance of problem solving as a key engineering skill set
  • Overall, this was a great opportunity for cadets to see the difficulties in completing a modern engineering project, and it served as an excellent forum for cadets to ask an experienced professional engineer about various professional and personal challenges throughout his career

Model Arab League:

  • On 9-12 April, thirteen cadets from the USMA Model Arab League traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Council on US-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) National University (NUMAL) conference at Georgetown University
  • This competitive forum was the culminating event for the year, as the cadets represented Morocco in the parliamentary com-petition against students from other universities representing other members of the League of Arab States
  • Named outstanding delegation for their representation of Morocco in the Committee of Arab Social Affairs, CDT Kevin Schultz and CDT Brittany DesLauriers were this competition’s top performers in an extremely competitive field

American Institute of Chemical Engineers:

  • On 10 April, members of the USMA American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChe) attended the 2015 regional competition in College Park, MD
  • Cadets gathered alongside students from other Universities in the Mid-Atlantic region to present scholarly research, compete in chemical engineering jeopardy, and attend a full range of professional workshops and panel discussions with topics covering process simulations, to the roles of chemical engineers in government

Support Clubs

Pipes and Drums:

  • On 11 April, the Pipes & Drums club traveled to New York, NY, to lead the New York City Tartan Day Parade
  • In 1998 the U.S. Senate declared 6 April to be National Tartan Day to recognize the contributions made by Scottish-Americans to the United States
  • The first parade in NYC was held in 1999; the Pipes & Drums club have marched in the parade since 2006
  • This year the band had the honor of leading the parade up Sixth Avenue for the fourth year in a row
  • The band marched up Sixth Avenue performing such tunes as Scotland the Brave, Rowan Tree, and of course the Army Song; the dancers performed periodically as the band moved up the route to the delight of the crowd
  • The band performed for dignitaries of the Scottish Parliament and to thousands of parade watchers
  • The parade is hosted by the Scottish Heritage Foundation, the New York Caledonian Club, and the St. Andrew’s Society

Diversity Clubs

Korean-American Relations Seminar:

  • On 7 April, the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA), LTC Park Sang Jung (the Korean Military’s equivalent of DMI-6), presented a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Commandant of the Korean Military Academy (KMA) to CDT Hyunseuk Kim, for his exceptional support and leadership in coordinating and supporting the reception of the KMA’s Sandhurst Competition Team
  • Next year, CDT Kim will become the first ROKA Cadet CIC of the Korean American Relations Seminar in the club’s 24 year history
  • After the presentation, visiting KMA cadets and cadets from the Korean American Relations Seminar Club of USMA, dined at the monthly Korean American Relations Seminar meeting
  • The KMA cadets were pleasantly surprised to see such a strong turn-out from cadets interested in learning about Korean Culture

DCA Happenings


Upcoming Book Store Book Signings

Ret. MAJ Rusty Bradley and Kevin Maurer, authors of Lions of Kandahar - 21 April & 1:30-3:30

Be sure to look out for the April Book Store challenge (on display now), offering a prize for an original Louisville Slugger bat provided by Coca Cola. The entry with the most correct answers will win Louisville Slugger. The drawing will take place on 30 April 2015.

Esparza-Gallegos Picks Up Another Weekly Award

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army West Point softball plebe Gladys Esparza-Gallegos garnered her second weekly honor with an Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Metro/Upstate Rookie of the Week selection after being tabbed the Patriot League Corvias Rookie of the Week on Monday. Esparza-Gallegos is the first Black Knight to be recognized by the ECAC since Morgan Lashley was chosen pitcher of the week in March of 2013.

The native of Santa Maria, Calif., figured prominently in the Black Knights' weekend sweep of defending Patriot League champion and preseason favorite Boston University. The Army West Point plebe banged out seven hits in 12 at-bats for a .583 batting average. Esparza-Gallegos keyed the Black Knights' 13-10 win over Boston University with four hits, three runs scored and three RBI. Esparza-Gallegos also had two hits, scored twice and knocked in the opening run with a double sparking a three-run first in the Black Knights' 6-3 win in Sunday's series finale. Read More

Women's Tennis Downs Bucknell in Conference Play

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Army West Point women's tennis team defeated Bucknell for the 32nd time in program history Wednesday evening, 6-1, in Lewisburg, Pa. The Black Knights improve to 13-10 on the season and are now 4-2 in Patriot League action.

The Black Knights swept the Bison in doubles earning the overall point with wins at all three positions. Eva Sung and Hannah Dahlem teamed together to defeat Cioffi and McAndrew 8-6 at first singles, while Elle Taylor and Victoria Falk won 8-4 at the No. 3 spot. Carolyn Pitman and Julian Mok won at second singles in a tie breaker, 9-7 (5). Read More

Golf Wins Wofford Invitational, Pagila Clinches Individual Title

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Despite the less than ideal conditions in Spartanburg, S.C., the Army West Point golf team stood atop the leaderboard at the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational after shooting a program-low 30-under. The two-day tournament was highlighted by yearling Justin Pagila clinching the individual title after shooting five-under in the last nine holes for a come-from-behind win. Marcus Plunkett was named to the All-Tournament team and placed tied for fourth.

The Black Knights carried their lead from the first day of competition into the final round to clinch first place by six strokes. Army West Point carded a 277-279-278--834 to claim the title, its second team title of the season. On the first day of competition, the Cadets shot 20-under, which is a program low through 36-holes. Throughout the tournament, all five competitors for Army West Point sank at least one eagle. Individually, three Black Knights placed in the top-10 and four ranked in the top-20 at the 14-team event, all with under-par finishes. Read More

Baseball Rides Five-Run First to Victory

WEST POINT, N.Y. - A five-run first inning powered the Army West Point baseball team to an 8-4 victory over the visiting Manhattan Jaspers on Tuesday evening at Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field. Senior shortstop Alex Jensen set the tone for the Black Knights offensively with his two-run first inning double, while Alex Dickerson went yard as part of a three-run fifth. Army West Point improved to 2-0 at home this season and 17-17 overall, while Manhattan dipped to 9-22. Watch the recap video.

Army West Point batted around in its first trip to the plate and plated five runs in the inning. Jensen started the scoring with a bases-loaded, two-run double to the gap in left center field. Dickerson followed and with an RBI, Jensen scored on a passed ball to make it 4-0 before Levenhagen's infield single increased the advantage to 5-0. All the runs came off of Manhattan starting pitcher Steve Arntsen, who finished off the frame before being lifted for Joe Jaques. Arntsen's line was five earned runs on four hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. Read More

Men's Tennis Sweeps Navy in Star Match

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The Army men's tennis team posted a 4-0 victory over Navy on Saturday afternoon at Malek Tennis Courts to mark its third consecutive Star victory over the Midshipmen. The Black Knights finish the regular season 16-8 overall and 7-0 in the Patriot League, while the Mids fall to 17-10 and 3-1.

Army will be the top seed it next week's Patriot League Tournament after edging out Navy for the best record in the conference. The victory marks Army's 20th straight against Patriot League opponents in the regular season, dating back to March 22, 2013. "This was a great match for us," said 13th-year head coach Jim Poling, who improves to 8-5 in Star matches. "I thought we played very well and I'm really proud of our guys." Read More

Army West Point Athletics Unveils Brand Identity

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army West Point Athletics introduced a new brand and identity system that sets the visual direction for years to come. The updated identity provides a fresh look at one of the most storied brands in all of intercollegiate athletics.  Watch the video.

The new brand was unveiled Monday night at Eisenhower Hall in front of the Corps of Cadets. complete with a fashion show.

Army West Point Athletics and Nike collaborated on an 18-month brand evolution program to enhance and perfect upon the celebrated marks of the United States Military Academy, honoring the duty, leadership and rich history of academics and athletics, key characteristics and attributes associated with the Academy. With the goal of engaging new cadets, faculty and staff as well as building upon its remarkable reputation as America's Academy, developing a seamless and consistent athletic identity is paramount. Full Story »

West Point SOSH Run

West Point - The U.S. Military Academy, on April 9th cadets took part in the long-standing tradition of dressing up in costume and running like crazy to turn in their International Relations research paper for the Social Sciences (SOSH) course by 4:30pm.

Cadets, staff, faculty and West Point Parents lined Thayer Walk to cheer on cadets as they ran to beat the deadline.

WATCH THE VIDEO to see how creative the cadet costumes were at the Spring 2015 semester's SOSH Run!

Dean's Weekly, April 10th

Department of Law

Law Majors CDT Norton, CDT McCracken, and CDT Thom recently competed in the second annual Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law moot court competition sponsored by the American Red Cross, in Chicago, IL. The Clara Barton Competition is a simulation-based competition which puts participants in the roles of humanitarian law practitioners to address complex legal issues in realistic environments.

This competition included teams of students currently pursuing Juris Doctor (J.D.), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), or Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees at law schools within the United States and Canada, as well as cadets attending United States and Canadian military academies or institutions. The West Point team distinguished themselves throughout all phases of the competition. Moreover, as ambassadors of the profession of military arms, the West Point team provided both insight and legitimacy to the prestigious competition. The personal and professional connections cadets made during the competition will serve them well after they depart the United States Military Academy in the coming months. Finally, the professional connections they made with the ICRC, visiting faculty and esteemed members of the IHL community will serve the United States Military Academy at West Point well during the long years of persistent asymmetric conflict ahead.

Department of Systems Engineering

SE301 (Fundamentals of Engineering Design and Systems Management) Course Visits The Boeing Company in Ridley Park, PA. On Wednesday, 25 March, seventy cadets from the Department of Systems Engineering introductory course toured the Boeing company near Philadelphia, PA. The cadets talked to Boeing vice presidents, systems engineers, industrial engineers, and line technicians. They were briefed on systems in development such as the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD). The JMR features counter-rotating coaxial main motors and an innovative push propeller. The events that inspired cadets are the V-22 Osprey and CH-47 Chinook factory tours. Cadets walked down the production lines, talked to factory workers, and observed the assembly of a system in action. Now, they have a better understanding of the importance of system engineers on the factory floor. Additionally, cadets participated in a panel discussion where they had the opportunity to ask systems engineers and Boeing Vice Presidents (VPs) questions. The topics of discussions included Boeing’s current business model, stakeholder & requirements analysis, and SE experts’ citing the importance of the problem definition phase. The panel discussed the use of systems thinking throughout the systems decision process, and emphasized that it is vital (and less costly) to capture possible “issues” early in the development of a system before a system (upgrade, enhancement, etc.) continues its development. Mr. Dennis Morris (Boeing) led the tour and great discussions with cadets throughout their visit.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

Tom Tierney, Class of 1951 Leadership Chair Partners with BTD for Cadet and Faculty Leadership Development. On 24 and 25 March, Tom Tierney made his sixth formal visit to West Point in his 2-year partnership with the Department BS&L and added value to diverse audiences including cadets, TACs and junior faculty, and department leadership and spouses. Over the two days, he held two sessions with 20 first-class cadets to discuss how successful leaders can live successful lives. With just under 60 days until graduation, it provided them a valuable opportunity to reflect upon their definition of personal and professional success over the next 2 weeks to 10 years. They enjoyed the shared feedback from their classmates as well as Mr. Tierney and his corporate, non-profit, and consulting experience. Mr. Tierney also held a small group seminar with seven CPTs, MAJs, and LTCs from the BS&L, Sosh, and English & Philosophy Departments and BTD, giving them an opportunity to be personally developed and take valuable time to reflect on their personal and professional success among peers. Lastly, Mr. Tierney partnered with the BTO and RTOs to host a session with 23 of the newly selected KSL Commanders and CSM/1SGs from the class of 2015 who will lead every summer detail and assume leadership roles within the Corps of Cadets in the fall of 2015. The group candidly discussed what successful leadership will look like this summer, and how they will engage their peers, subordinates, and the institution as upcoming senior leaders. It was a great opportunity to share the passion and complexity of leadership and be inspired by their classmates and long-term teammates.

Intro to Sociology students conducted research projects at the Palisades Mall. The intrigue of Sociology comes from a discipline that studies people and social dynamics in our natural, every-day habitat. Ten cadets enrolled in PL371, Introductory Sociology, took the research lab – society – at the Palisades Mall on Saturday, 28 March to collect data and observations for their individual research projects. The wide range of interests included surveying store workers on the influence of their appearance on hiring and firing in their type of store, trends of gender typing within levels of store management, homogeneous trends of restaurant customers, biases and perceptions by mall and store security guards, gender trends and subconscious power messages in store advertising, values of independence and time urgency displayed through agitation waiting in line or on an escalator, and how a person’s dress and perceived socio-economic status (level of income/welcome) impacts a store clerk’s interaction and recommended phone to purchase. The project is designed to introduce students to the Sociological research process and allow them to systematically study a social topic of personal interest by collecting first-hand data. The class consists of eight Sociology majors (’16 and ’17), and others from Chemistry/Life Science, Defense Strategic Studies, and Psychology.

Cadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership partnered with McCann WorldGroup (MWG) Marketing to refine their Marketing Skills. Cadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership traveled to New York City, NY to partner with McCann WorldGroup (MWG) Marketing to refine their Marketing Skills. On 26 and 27 March 2015, 101 cadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership traveled to New York City, NY to participate in a Marketing Exchange with the McCann WorldGroup (MWG). MWG is the agency partnered with Army Marketing and developed the “Army Strong” campaign. After discussing the current Army Marketing Campaign, MWG led the Cadets through their Marketing Strategy Planning Process (MSPP). After the MPSS, MWG divided the Cadets into marketing teams, partnered them with their account managers, and issued them a marketing business pitch challenge. On Thursday, Cadets were tasked to develop a marketing business pitch by showcasing a NYC “mode of transportation.” After developing pitches for Uber, CitiBike, and the subway the Cadets presented their pitches to 5 senior MWG executives. Similarly, Friday’s group developed pitches showcasing “a NYC attraction.” Briefs on Friday included areas such as Madison Square Garden, Times Square, Bryant Park, and the Rockefeller Center. The Cadets earned high praise from the executives for their creative solutions, thorough analysis, deliberate processes and enthusiasm. The visit was a great success as Cadets departed with a great sense of how their classroom theory was brought to life with practical application in NYC.

The MG382 (Human Resource Management) meets with members of the West Point Band for an enhancement lesson on leadership. Dr. Young took her MG382 (Human Resource Management) class down to the West Point Band building for an enhancement lesson on leadership. The practical exercise requires cadets to run a studio recording session working with members of the West Point Band. The object of the workshop is for cadets to use management, leadership, and communication skills to successfully complete a "mock" recording session within the allotted studio rental time and budget. However, there are many unforeseen challenges: Each of the musicians plays a particular role, which creates an unexpected dynamic for the cadets who are playing their roles as producers, sound engineers, and interns. The exercise is run by Grammy Award winning recording artist (and West Point Band sound engineer) SSG Brandi Lane. At the end of the session, SSG Lane and her team of musicians debrief the cadets regarding their studio management efforts, leadership behaviors, mistakes, missed opportunities, and managerial effectiveness. Cadets reported that they really enjoyed the opportunity to apply their course's concepts in a unique setting.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Cadet Project Collaboration with the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center. On 31 March, CDT Meyer Ungerman and MAJ Amber Walker visited the textiles facility at the Natick Soldier Center in Natick, MA. Meyer is currently enrolled in an ME389A, Independent Study, designing an Improvised Tendon-Assist Rigid Exoskeleton using thin nickel titanium alloy wires woven into a polyester garment. These thin wire, electrical actuators will attach at the ankle and assist the Soldier during loaded walking. The scientists at Natick are providing support and expertise related to garment production, including the time consuming process of hand weaving the design prototype.

Cadet Capstone Team Performs Testing at Harvard/Wyss Institute, 30-31 March 2015. The Warrior Web Boot Attachment Capstone team, consisting of CDTs Robert Mason, James Hill, Jameson Albers, and Kyle Okular were accompanied by their faculty mentor, Dr. Becky Zifchock on a trip to Cambridge, MA, to test the efficacy of their Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design. The team designed a system to interface between the soft exoskeleton Warrior Web suit designed by the Harvard/Wyss Team and the soldier’s boot. The Harvard/Wyss Team device was designed to meet the goals of the Warrior Web DARPA program: to create wearable technology that will prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries and provide movement assistance.
The USMA Capstone team worked to improve upon the existing design by integrating a quick engage/release mechanism, and improving the load transmission and distribution effects. Over the course of two days, the team collected data that will be analyzed to assess the effectiveness of their design. They also had the opportunity to wear the entire Warrior Web system with both their boot attachment design and the existing boot attachment design to understand the qualitative effects of the two designs.

Capstone Project Team receives Patent. Members of the Service Academy Design Challenge team from 2013 had their final patent filed recently at Picatinny Arsenal #2014-019. From the application – “A crossing device aids in crossing from a near side to a far side of an obstacle. It comprises a lead assembly that is projected to the far side of the obstacle and that includes an anchor assembly and a pulley. The anchor assembly has a base, a launch tube that is secured to the base, a spike that is housed within the launch tube, and a propellant charge. The anchor assembly is anchored on the far side of the obstacle by remotely initiating the propellant charge. The explosion force drives the spike through the launch tube and the base, into a landing surface. A bridge is connected to the pulley and is pulled to span across the obstacle. The bridge, lead assembly, and anchor may be collected on the far side for additional uses.” Inventors included 1LT’s Killian Burns, Sungi Cho, Steven Davidson, and Max Sauerwein, in addition to their project advisor, LTC Michael Benson.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Future Events
American Nuclear Society Student Conference: During 8-12 April, LTC Ken Allen will travel to College Station, TX with 9 cadets to participate in the ANS Student Conference. They will be presenting their capstone projects and independent research projects at the conference in order to promote their development as scholars in the field of nuclear engineering and to further their research by interacting with other scholars and learning about the latest developments in the field. The April Conference is the only annual student meeting of its kind, held by the largest professional organization of nuclear engineering in the United States, maximizing the opportunity for interaction with a broad group of scholars. Periodic participation in such academic conferences is critical for faculty members to remain current and productive as scholars, which is in turn critical to USMA’s mission to educate cadets at the collegiate level. The student conference provides an excellent venue for out cadets to showcase their research, interact with peers from other Tier 1 institutions and provides real assessment to the NE Program on how our students compare to other NE majors across the country.

Persian Gold Tabletop Exercise: On 10 April, the NE450 Nuclear Weapons Effects class will participate in a simulated case study facilitated by experts in the field of weapons of mass destruction from the National Defense University visiting from Washington, DC. The three hour exercise creates an important opportunity for cadets to examine the strategic objectives of the U.S. and its partner’s vis-à-vis Iran and to explore how to counter or mitigate Iranian efforts with regard to its nuclear program and potential proliferation. The Tabletop exercise will take place in Jefferson Hall Library.

Rochester Symposium for Physics Students: During 10-11 April, LTC Chad Schools will travel to Oswego, NY with six cadets to present their research at the Rochester Symposium for Physics Students. This provides them the opportunity to engage with students and faculty from the local region and to practice their communication skills. They will be able to interact with their civilian peers and also civilian faculty. This is also an opportunity to show local institutions some of the research being conducted at USMA.

Defense Technical Seminar: During 12-17 April, LTC Robert Prins will travel to MIT Lincoln Labs in Boston, MA to attend the Defense Technology Seminar. Lincoln Laboratory has conducted the seminar for 17 years and it focuses on advanced electronic technology that can solve critical surface, air and space military challenges.

Director of Los Alamos National Lab visit to USMA: Dr. Charles McMillan, (SES), Director of Los Alamos National Lab will visit USMA 12-13 April. Dr. McMillan is visiting the military academies in order to promote the need to balance the humanities and technical education of our future leaders and to foster the collaboration between the military academies and LANL. During the visit Dr. McMillan will speak to a group of 150 cadets and faculty about technology and how it relates to and affects decision making. In late January 2015 Dr. and Mrs. McMillan visited the USAFA.

P&NE Academic Awards Banquet: On 14 April, the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering will host their Annual Awards Banquet at the West Point Club to induct cadets into the Society of Physics Students and American Nuclear Society as well as present certificates for excellence in physics and nuclear engineering course work throughout AY15. The guest speaker for the event is Dr. Larry Foulke (previous American Nuclear Society President).

Interdisciplinary Project Briefings: On 20, 27 April and 4 May, MAJ Shawn Fitzgerald will travel to New York City with cadets to Grand Central Tech (venture capital/startup accelerator) to present PH2 cannot be replicated here at West Point and would greatly enhance realism and overall learning with regard to this project. It is important that cadets interface with small business leaders. This has many positive civil-military implication as well a contributing to the Superintendent’s priority of increasing our partnership capacity with leaders in NYC.

Habitat for Humanity – Walk for Housing: On 26 April, the House of PaNE will support the Walk for Housing Event in Newburgh, NY. This event will raise funds for building projects in the Newburgh area to benefit needy families. The following link allows you to join Team PANE (the password is "teampane") or support walkers on Team PANE: https://habitat.myetap.org/fundraiser/2015WalkforHousing/team.do?participationRef=1190.0.65454124. Every small donation will help reach our team fundraising goal which is set at $1000.

Department of English and Philosophy

Bard Seminar at USMA. On the evening of Tuesday, 10 March, Cadets and faculty in the Bard Seminar (EP395 Special Topics in Philosophy) hosted their counterparts from Bard College for the second of two Joint Sessions at West Point. The title of this semester’s project is “Intolerance – Political Animals and Their Prey.” The gathering began with an informal pizza dinner in the Haig Room lobby followed by presentations in the auditorium on the theme of religious intolerance. Dr. Nelly Lahoud of the Center for Combating Terrorism spoke on the tradition of tolerance and intolerance within the Islamic tradition and on the distinction between governmental toleration of religion and the justification of intolerance practiced by individual religions. Prof. Bruce Chilton, Bell Professor of Religion at Bard, described the range of interpretations of human sacrifice in the Judeo-Christian tradition, starting with the story of Abraham and Isaac, which later evolved into justifications of ethnic intolerance. The Bard Seminar is a joint effort of the Departments of English and Philosophy, History, Law, and Social Sciences and faculty at Bard College.

SFC John Castleman of the West Point Band gives a lecture to the Jazz Forum. On 30 March, SFC John Castleman of the West Point Band gave a lecture to 14 Cadets and faculty of the Cadet Fine Arts Forum’s (CFAF) Jazz Forum. The discussion focused on early jazz and the origins of the genre. SFC Castleman’s discussion featured performances from himself and SFC Mark Tonelli.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

EV388a Field Trip Across the Great Valley. On 1 April, LTC Kimball led her Geology class on a trip to study the geologic history of the greater Hudson Valley. The snow was a bit unusual for the trip, but the cadets were still able to hike all the trails and access all of the rock formations to study course concepts in a field environment. Cadets synthesized topics by learning 600 million years of geologic history, including the formation of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks in the region, glacial process, and how structural geology is different from topography. During the trip, cadets also discussed the significant role that geology played in recent human history, including the “Black Soils” region settled by the Polish; gravel quarries that made it profitable to develop rail lines and canals; limestone mines that were a large source of cement before the creation of Portland Cement; and the flat-lying sedimentary rocks (cut by the Wallkill River) that influenced the New Paltz settlements of the Huguenots in the late 1600s. LTC Kimball took advantage of the date (April 1) to fool the cadets. Several cadets packed swim suits in anticipation of the opportunity to see “submarine geology” at Lake Minnewaska. The jig was up when LTC Kimball (swim goggles in hand) passed out the towels for drying off after the “polar bear plunge.” Lake Minnewaska (in the background of this photo) is still frozen over with ice and snow, and while the sun was shining the outdoor temperature was still in the 40s. Instead of seeing submarine geology, the cadets found evidence of glacial activity in the quartz-pebble conglomerate that caps the Shawangunk Mountains.

Department of Mathematical Sciences

The Minerva Policy Modeling Contest Workshop was held on 3 April 2015 at West Point. Cadets and Midshipmen had the opportunity to participate in the first-ever social science modeling problem solving contest. The problem was created by an interdisciplinary team, led by the Department of Social Sciences with input from faculty members in the Departments of Math, Behavioral Sciences, and Geography. The problem described the current VA healthcare system and presented numerous challenges, such as issues of access, budgets, stakeholders, and what efficient and effective care means to each of these groups. Cadets had the opportunity to develop a new system or modify the current system managing the millions of eligible veterans so they can benefit from a health care system with dozens of logistical, political and economic constraints. Teams of three cadets or midshipmen received the problem in February 2015, had 96 hours to research the topic, develop a plan, and write a report to include policy recommendations to Congress and the Veterans Administration. The workshop was a follow-up to the problem-solving contest and provided an opportunity for cadets to present their solutions and experiences, and to discuss strategies and methods for policy modeling. Cadet teams consisted of cadets from all four classes (plebes, yearlings, cows and firsties), and were from a wide range of majors including social sciences, computer science, philosophy, and math. In addition, experts in military health care and modeling discussed their own experiences in policy modeling. The guest speaker for the event was Dr. Tommy Sowers, the Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice and Assistant Director of The Hart Leadership Program, Duke University, and former Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The workshop was set in the perspective of the Minerva Initiative, which supports and advocates for social science research in support of military issues. Funding and support was provided by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to the USMA Cadet Minerva Club.

DCA Update - Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs

Team Handball (Women’s):

  • On 2-5 April, the West Point Women’s Team Handball Club traveled to Auburn, AL, to compete in the Team Handball Collegiate National Championships
  • This is the fourth consecutive Collegiate National Championship for the Women’s Team Handball Club
  • West Point Black dominated all weekend, defeating West Point Gold and the University of North Carolina in the round robin play prior to the final match, as well as the USA Team Handball Residency Team 19-17, in an exhibition match on Saturday
  • West Point Gold made a good showing, losing to the University of North Carolina by only two points in their opening match; West Point Gold finished third overall in the tournament
  • The Senior Captain’s, CDT Ashton Wolf and CDT Melissa Wells, were named Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Goalkeeper respectively; CDT Wolf also took home the highest scoring award for the tournament overall
  • Both captains, as well as Yearling CDT Cora Moody (West Point Black), and plebes CDT Clara Pitts and CDT Lindsey Kiernan (West Point Gold), were named to the All Tournament Team for their performance overall
  • Additionally, senior CDT Dajah Davis dominated all weekend at the circle position, providing the backbone of the defense, which limited opponents to around seven or less goals per game
  • Wings CDT Brianna Sharkey and CDT Ginny Phillips rounded out the offense with shots on goals that no team had an answer for
  • For a sport which regularly scores in the upwards of 15 goals as normal, the team was incredibly proud of it’s defense and looks to bring the same intensity to it’s next competition in Los Angeles for the Select Four Tournament, hosted by LA Team Handball


  • On 3-4 April, the West Point Marathon team traveled to Durham, NC, to participate inn Todd’s Trot
  • Todd’s Trot is a 5K dedicated to the memory of the cadet, Todd Heuchling, who passed away while running with team
  • This is the 12th consecutive year that the team has made the journey in order to honor Todd’s Memory
  • The team was hosted by Todd’s parents and friends during their stay in NC

Team Handball (Men’s):

  • On 2 - 4 April, the West Point Men’s Team Handball Club traveled to Auburn, AL, to compete in the 2015 Handball College National Championship Tournament
  • The tournament was USA Team Handball sanctioned, and included twelve teams that were invited from around the country; both West Point teams, Black and Gold, were invited to play
  • Gold kicked off the tournament with a definitive win over Air Force defeating the cadets 23-16; they would later go on to defeat the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin that evening with CDT Eliji Mondesir leading the team to victory with eight goals
  • Black played one game on Friday afternoon, and defeated an improved Ohio St. University 25-15; on Saturday, they went on defeat Miami of Ohio 35-21, with a great performance by CDT Alec Zeck who had seven goals in the game
  • Their early victories propelled the Black and Gold teams to the quarterfinals where they took on the Air Force Academy and the Miami of Ohio respectively
  • The Air Force Academy put together a sold performance, but could not stand up against Black, and lost 22-17; Gold also won their quarterfinal game, taking down Miami of Ohio 25-18
  • Later that evening, five West Point Cadets (CDT Connor Holt, CDT Corinth Cross, CDT Christian McKenrick, CDT Eliji Mondesir, and CDT Forrest Keller) were selected to play for the tournament’s “Collegiate All-Star Team” that took on the Auburn University Olympic residency team
  • All five cadets contributed to a phenomenal performance by the team, which tied the residency 20-20
  • The following day, Black and Gold played concurrent semifinal games against the University of North Carolina and Texas A&M respectively
  • WP Black came out with great intensity, and won the game 32-18; Gold played a close game against a very competitive Texas A&M team, and were able to secure a win with some great last minute plays
  • These victories meant that Black and Gold would once again face off in the college National Championship game; although the game was in-tense and a close match, WP Black defeated Gold 35-32
  • CDT Connor Holt was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and CDT David Brown was given the distinction of Most Valuable Goalie


  • On 4 - 5 April, the West Point Cycling team and CDT Jack Rector (Home Race CIC), executed the Army Cycling Classic
  • This was one of the best home events in history for the Cycling team; the team demonstrated great character by putting their team goals of wining a DIV II title aside, and selflessly executing an exceptional road race at Harriman State Park
  • On Sunday, the team had a chance to compete and put together an excellent demonstration of their team’s talent
  • In the Men’s “B” Criterium race, CDT Kenny Dailey (‘16) was 2nd, and CDT Adam Ruff (‘17) was 4th; in the Men’s “D” Criterium, CDT Preston Pritchard (‘18) placed 6th
  • In the Women’s “C” Criterium race, CDT Kiana Frick (‘17) placed 6th; in the Women’s “D” Criterium, CDT Eliza-beth Psiaki (‘18) placed 7th

Women’s Boxing:

  • On 4 April, the West Point Women’s Boxing Team headed up to Foley Stadium in NYC, to participate in the Boy and Girl Scouts “Boot Camp” event
  • The volunteers from the team, CDT Sarah Gold (‘16), CDT Ive Velez-Morey (‘16), CDT Gaby Barrera (‘17) and CDT Richelle Radcliff (‘18), spent the morning teaching the young athletes the ins and outs of pugilism
  • The team had a lot of fun, and enjoyed the chance to reach out and positively impact the West Point community
  • Following the event, the team traveled to the Church Street Boxing Gym to conduct a final training seminar before Nationals, taking place 9-11 April
  • The entire team attended this training seminar, and all got the chance to work in the ring with each other and some more experienced sparring partners

Water Polo:

  • On 4 April, the Army Water Polo Team traveled to the University of North Carolina to compete in the annual Tarheel Invitational
  • Army played their first game against James Madison University; Army was able to dominate the game from the beginning, and won 15-4
  • The second game of the tournament pitted Army against Cleveland State; strong second and third quarter play, particularly from CDT Brendan Cagney, led the Army team to win 7-4
  • The final game of the tournament put Army against Georgia Tech; the teams kept the score very close the whole game, but in the end, Georgia Tech came out with the win

Hobby Clubs

Ultimate Frisbee:

  • On 28 March, the West Point Ultimate Frisbee team traveled to Pittsgrove, NJ, to compete in the Garden State VI tournament
  • The field conditions were cold and very windy, however, the Army team persevered and opened with a 12-8 victory over Yale
  • In the next game, Army lost a close game to Westchester, 8-9
  • Army went on to beat Millersville 10-7; on the last leg of the tournament, Army lost to Brandeis University
  • Army’s 2-2 record in the pool play earned them a spot in the championship bracket the next day
  • Army got off to a slow start on Sunday, losing 6-13 to Shippensburg University
  • With the completion of this tournament, Army qualified to at-tend the Metro East Sectionals tournament
  • During the tournament, the team showed much improvement in decision-making, throwing, and defending
  • Army will be hosting eight teams in the Sectionals (National Qualifier) tournament during the weekend of 18-19 April at Target Hill Filed

Tae Kwon Do:

  • On 2 - 4 April, the Army Tae Kwon Do Club traveled to Newark, DE, to compete in the 40th Annual National Collegiate Taekwondo Championship at the University of Delaware
  • In a tournament with over 500 fighters, the team delivered a great performance, bringing home two National Champions with gold medals, one silver medal, and two bronze medals
  • The field included several US National Team members, as well as competitors from over 30 colleges
  • CDTs Alexandra Baker and Cimingmao Lor took home Gold after going undefeated; CDT Baker did not have a fight go the distance all day, winning by domination each time
  • CDT Jack Mueller delivered the only knockout of the tournament in the second round, with a punishing roundhouse kick to the jaw
  • Army finished out the tournament with wins over Colorado, Cornell, FIU, Iowa, Midlands, Penn, Texas, Texas A&M, UCSD, UT Austin, VCU, Vermont, and Yale
  • The National Champions, and Gold Medal winners were: CDT Alexandra Baker and CDT Cimingmao Tommy Lor; the Silver Medal winner was: CDT Christian Merrick; the Bronze Medal winners were: CDT Takhyun Cho and CDT Taylor Wing; fifth place went to CDT Shawn Jimenez (Black Belt Heavy) and CDT Rahul Sawhney (Black Belt Middle)


  • On 3-6 April, the West Point Kendo Club traveled to Cleveland, Oh, to Case Western University to attend the 27th Anniversary Cleveland Kendo Tournament and Greater Northeastern U.S. Kendo Federation Championships
  • On 4 April, three of the cadets participated in the individual tournament (bracketed by rank), and also competed in the team tournament
  • On 5 April, the cadets participated in a three hour training seminar; afterwards, one cadet tested for promotion

Fly Fishing:

  • On 13 March, CDTs Matty, Miller, Fernquist, and White, from the West Point Fly Fishing Club, traveled to Key West, FL, to fish the flats for whatever they could find
  • They ending up catching two barracudas, one mangrove snapper, and one nurse shark; they also hooked two tarpons
  • A great time was had by all, thanks to COL Doug Matty for hosting the trip

Support Clubs

Pipes and Drums:

  • On 8 April, the West Point Pipes and Drums Club and Celtic Dancers performed at the First Class Club in support of Celtic Night
  • Celtic Night is a new event that DCA and the First Class Club want to develop, and turn into an annual event
  • The night was a celebration of Celtic culture and featured: the movie Braveheart, a Boston Celtics Game, specials of Celtic Ale by Long Ireland, as well as performances from the band and dancers
  • The special feature of the night was a dueling performance between two of the band Plebes: CDT Roden and CDT Bradley; who dueled on the pipes head-to-head for the crowd
  • Overall, this event went superbly for being the first one, and showed great potential for the future

DCA Happenings

Cadets enjoyed riding the mechanical bull at the 4th regiment barbecue on Wednesday, 8 April.

Upcoming Book Store Book Signings

RET GEN Richard Lynch, author of Adapt or Die - 15 April @ 09:30-11:30

Emma Sky, author of The Unraveling - 16 April @ 09:30 - 11:30

Ret. MAJ Rusty Bradley and Kevin Maurer, authors of Lions of Kandahar - 21 April & 1:30-3:30

Athletic Director's Update, April 8th

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Tenth Anniversary Hudson Valley Baseball Classic

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FISHKILL, N.Y. - Officials from the Hudson Valley Renegades, Army Athletic Association and Marist College Athletic Department announced the details of the 10th annual WRWD Hudson Valley Baseball Classic, to be played between Army and Marist at Dutchess Stadium on April 29. In addition to the game, a free baseball clinic will be held for boys and girls starting at 4:45 p.m.

The contest features the Hudson Valley's only Division I baseball programs, Army and Marist, and brings together residents and fan bases from neighboring communities for an evening of quality entertainment at the home of the area's lone minor league baseball team affiliated with a major league franchise, the Hudson Valley Renegades.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:39 p.m. for this year's contest and will showcase a pair of teams with NCAA aspirations, and will be immediately followed by postgame fireworks.

Army owns a 5-4 lead in HVBC series after winning last year's game, 4-2. Read More

Army Defeats St. Peter's, 8-5, In Rain Shortened Game

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army rallied with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to pull in front, then held off St. Peter's to take an 8-5 decision in a non-league softball game called after the top of the fifth inning due to rain. The second game of the doubleheader was cancelled due to weather.

Sophomore Alee Rashenskas keyed Army's fourth inning comeback with a bases-clearing double, and classmate Caroline Smith (8-10) nipped St. Peter's rally with a strikeout, her third of the game, in the top of the fifth inning to preserve the win.

Trailing 2-1 after the first inning, Army did not advance another base runner into scoring position until the fourth inning when the Black Knights exploded for seven runs on five hits. Read More

Five USMA Cadets in the Top 15 at the Marshall Awards

The top cadets from Army ROTC programs all over the country and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., attended the George C. Marshall Awards and Leadership Seminar March 30 and 31 on Fort Leavenworth.

The event featured an awards ceremony, round table discussions on national security issues and presentations from key Army leaders. This was the first time that both Cadet Command and West Point joined for the event, which started in 1976 and this is the first time it has been at Fort Leavenworth.

On the first day, the 303 attendees were honored at the Marshall Awards ceremony at the Frontier Conference Center. The top 15 cadets out of the group accepted the awards, Cadets Melissa Yasnowski, Samuel Thompson, Tyree Meadows, Alexandra Lycan and Ryan McGovern represented West Point. Read More

Briyah Brown Tabbed Patriot League Rookie of the Week

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Following two first-place performances, including setting a new Army-Navy meet record, plebe Briyah Brown has been named the Patriot League Female Rookie of the Week, as announced by the conference Monday afternoon. Her mark of 14.65m in the shot put set a new Army-Navy meet record, eclipsed the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) standard and now ranks 30th in the NCAA Atlantic Region on the season.

In addition, she nabbed her second first-place nod of the day when she recorded a toss of 49.49m in the hammer throw.This is the first outdoor Rookie of the Week honor for Brown, who received the accolade three times, in addition to three Field Athlete of the Week honors, during the indoor season. Read More

Glesener Nabs Patriot League Weekly Honor

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Senior John Glesener tallied a career-high nine points, including six goals, in the 17-8 victory over Boston University last Saturday and earned Patriot League Corvias Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday.

The Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year recorded a hat trick by the end of the first quarter and tied a career-high with six goals before being removed from the game for the majority of the fourth quarter with Army conformably ahead. He is riding a 40-game point scoring streak, which is the sixth-longest active stretch. He has 161 points on 98 goals and 63 assists in the 40 games and has earned the weekly honor for the first time in 2015. All three starting attackman for the Black Knights have now been selected as Cole Johnson and Connor Cook were both picked in previous weeks.

Glesener's nine points were the most for Army since Tim Pearson had 11 against Lehigh in 2002, and the six goals tied a career high for the senior as he had six against Notre Dame in the season finale last year. Read More

Minato Lands WBCA All-America Honorable Mention Recognition

TAMPA, Fla. -- Army women's basketball junior co-captain Kelsey Minato added to her postseason accolades on Saturday after earning a Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America honorable mention selection. Minato became the first player in program history to earn WBCA All-Region 1 honors on March 25 and is also the first All-America team honorable mention recipient in Academy history.

"This is a terrific honor for Kelsey and for our program," said head coach Dave Magarity. "It's gratifying that she's getting national recognition based on her outstanding play over the past three years." Minato finished her junior campaign ranked eighth in the nation in both scoring average (22.3 points per game) and free throw percentage (.903). She also ended the season as the Patriot League's leading scoring and second-leading free throw shooter. Full Story »

Glesener's Nine Points Power #15 Army Past Boston University

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior attackman John Glesener recorded a career-high nine points as the 15th-ranked Army lacrosse team cruised to a 17-8 win over Boston University to win its third straight conference game.

Army (8-3, 4-2 PL) saw Glesener tie his career high with six goals, which was the most since last year's six-goal effort in the season finale at Notre Dame. He handed out three assists, tying a season high. Connor Cook and Cole Johnson each tallied four goals and an assist for five points. Overall, the Black Knight had six different goal scorers. Sam Somers got the start in net and made seven saves, while Paul Newbold was tested in the fourth quarter and made two stops in relief.

"Our execution today was great and at a very high level," head coach Joe Alberici said. "A couple of weeks in a row our offense was playing at a very high level, so my staff and I were very pleased with that. When you get 15 goals from your attack position, you are going to win a lot of games." Read More

Dean's Weekly, April 3rd

Department of Law

Firstie Cadets Box, Matthews, Allen, and Gicewicz represented USMA at the Institute of International Humanitarian Law's 14th Annual Law of Armed Conflict Competition in San Remo, Italy, from 23-27 March 2015. The competition brought 62 cadets from 17 military academies representing 12 countries and mixed them into 3 person teams acting as fictitious countries working as a coalition going to war and fighting a rogue nation, confronting the myriad of legal issues that arise.

Over four days, the teams worked in Joint Operation Centers (JOC), acting as legal advisors to the JOC commander to demonstrate they could effectively deal with a complex geopolitical situation and the rule of law.
Cadets had to conduct an efficient military operation implementing the coalition's mandate, while simultaneously integrating specific instructions each team received from their own fictitious government as to their own national priorities. Beyond having an extraordinary opportunity to explore the various nuanced dimensions of the laws of war, the USMA Cadets also had a tremendous cultural immersion experience by teaming with cadets from Turkey, Nigeria, India, France, Sweden, and Italy.

The legal dilemmas facing the coalition tested cadets’ knowledge of treaties and customary international law, as they advised their commander on how to wage war lawfully. For example, the issues they faced ranged from determining if people fleeing from the rogue nation qualified for refugee status, to if preemptive self defense was justified when one coalition member's satellite seemed to be targeted, to whether a computer virus could be used as a weapon, to how a detainee who allegedly knew the location of a ticking bomb should be interrogated.

At the end of the competition, the international panel of military lawyers and ambassadors judging the exercise awarded CDT Molly Box and her teammates from Nigeria and Sweden third place for their impressive performance. Every USMA Cadet left the exercise with invaluable insights into working in a JOC, with an appreciation of the complexity of the applying the law of armed conflict, and with new international colleagues.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Academics and Spring Break: Cadets Antony Park and Zach Cohen spent their entire spring break soaking up the culture and history in Vicksburg, MS, while conducting research with USACE ERDC GSL personnel (https://www.facebook.com/ArmyERDC/posts/815520431828502). The cadets left via automobile for Vicksburg on 13 March and returned on 22 March. They took several specimens their ME389 team had created with them and conducted several different tests on the samples using various facilities and systems available at ERDC. They returned with test data, knowledge, and raw materials to produce additional samples.

Cadet Connor McLeod took a day out of his spring break to travel to Picatinny Arsenal to work with RDECOM ARDEC and ARL personnel on testing of his ME496 Capstone team’s prototype suppressors for the M249. This was the team’s third time on the indoor range at Picatinny. The team has utilized West Point’s outdoor ranges in their research on two previous occasions and expects to be back out on Range 5 on 14 April.

Scranton Army Ammunition Plant (SCAAP): Cadets in CE491 Advanced Structural Analysis traveled to Scranton, PA, on 12 March 2015 to get a tour of the government-owned-contractor-operated facility and acquire data for estimated residual structural capacity in areas showing significant deterioration. General Dynamics runs this facility for the DoD that produces large caliber projectiles for all branches of the military. The Cadets learned how General Dynamics is changing the facility to accommodate the variable demand placed on it by the DoD, while servicing other customers to keep the plant and its workforce active. Many facets of prior course work, especially MC364 Mechanics of Materials, were clearly integral in the design and manufacturing of the projectiles.

Combating Terrorism Center

The Combating Terror Center took twenty two Cadets on a trip section to Washington D.C. from 25 – 27 March. The trip section was designed to introduce Cadets to the agencies involved in various aspects of counter-terrorism. The Cadets visited the White House, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Counter-Terrorism Center, the Department of State, and the Department of the Treasury.

The Combating Terrorism Center’s Irregular Warfare Group conducted a trip section to Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 25 – 27 March. Seven Cadets were introduced to the units within U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) that conduct irregular warfare. The Cadets conducted a key leader engagement with LTG Cleveland, USASOC Commander, watched the International Sniper Competition, and observed part of the Special Forces Qualification Course. The Combating Terrorism Center’s Irregular Warfare Group conducted its second Irregular Warfare Challenge on 28 March. Eighteen Cadets participated in the five phase event, which included a modified APFT, team building exercises, an urban land navigation course, three team events, and rifle and pistol marksmanship. The event not only challenged the Cadets physically, but also presented them with unique problem solving tasks.

Department of History

Apple featured the West Point History of the Civil War open digital course on iTunes U in their “Education Spotlight,” which Apple sends to tens of thousands of educators and students around the world. The course is currently the #5 most popular course in iTunes U. 85,000 people have visited the course since December and 13,000 have signed up for it. Apple also named the West Point History of the Civil War a “Standout Course.”

From 14-21 March 2015, MAJs Jason Halub and Logan Collins led ten cadets on the History Department’s “Korea in Transition” Staff Ride. The staff ride was a seven-day historical tour of South Korea intended to introduce cadets to the major political and cultural changes that Korea has undergone since the late 19th century. In particular, the group focused on the development of Korean nationalism and its effect on how Koreans interpret their history. Cadets found the experience to be both enjoyable and enriching, and have reported that the highlights of the staff ride included visiting the Korean Independence Museum, conducting a combined history class and tour of the Korean Military Academy with KMA cadets and faculty, and touring the Joint Security Area and Demilitarized Zone.

Also during Spring Break, MAJ Erik Davis and LTC (Ret) Raymond Hrinko led seven history majors and one plebe who aspires to be a history major through Germany, Czech Republic, and Hungary to study the effects of the Cold War on the people of Central and Eastern Europe. The cadets visited the major sites related to the Cold War in Berlin, Prague and Budapest. Their understanding of life under the totalitarian system of communism in Europe was increased through their study of the early Cold War and secret police in Berlin, resistance and the end of communism in Prague and, finally, the Hungarian attempt to overthrow their Soviet masters in their failed 1956 revolution. Cadets roamed far and wide to complete the itinerary: they flew 8,532 miles, drove 554 miles and walked 75 miles in eight days.

While in Berlin, cadets discussed German history preceding WWII and the Cold War during visits to Victory Tower which celebrates German unification in 1871 and the Topography of Terror Museum, located in the former Gestapo headquarters, which chronicles the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany. Cadets were intrigued by how German identity contributed to the course of the Cold War. Memory and Memorialization were significant themes of the trip. Cadets were amazed by the power of the memorial to the Soviet liberators of Germany located in Treptower Park. Particularly, cadets were fascinated that the graves of the 10,000 Soviet soldiers buried there are hard to discern but Stalin’s quotes are on every stone surrounding a gigantic statue of a Soviet soldier vanquishing a swastika while holding an infant Germany in his arms. Debate lasted for hours over the message Stalin intended to send the German people with the memorial. Additionally, in Berlin, cadets were guided through the Ministry of State Security (Stasi) Museum by an 81-year old lifelong resident of eastern Berlin. They were enthralled in her stories of life under communism in the German Democratic Republic.

In Prague, the cadets spent the day touring sites related to the communist regime in former Czechoslovakia. Their guide, Radek, was their age when he joined other students and workers in Wenceslas Square to protest the communist government during the Velvet Revolution of 1989 which ended communist control in then-Czechoslovakia. He related his personal experiences growing up under communism with stories about his first bicycle which his parents received only after giving bribes to move to the head of the waiting list. He made light of the fact that his bicycle fell apart within weeks due to low quality craftsmanship. Radek also described how he clandestinely listened to Radio Free Europe with his parents in the 1980s as communism was beginning to unravel and how students could tell who else listened by the looks on each other’s faces after broadcasts about protests and calls for general strikes.

In Budapest, the cadets were treated to a traditional Hungarian dinner by the Samland family at their home. The Samland’s son, CDT Mark Samland is a Mechanical Engineering major and a member of USMA’s class of 2016. The family has lived in Budapest for fifteen years due to the Samlands’ work as missionaries in the Balkans and the former Soviet republics. The Samlands shared insight into the current politics of Hungary and the lingering effects of the Cold War and its end in Hungary. The cadets toured the House of Terror Museum which details the rise of communist control in Hungary and the methods of control used by the Communist Party over the Hungarian people at the hands of their secret police. The remaining days in Budapest were spent walking the sites of some of the fiercest Hungarian resistance during the 1956 Revolution against Soviet control.

On the Cold War in Europe Staff Ride, cadets were able to see the value of traveling to the sites which they study. Books cannot provide the perspective gained by walking the ground and talking to the people who experienced the events and their aftermath of world events. Interaction with their Stasi tour guide in Berlin, Radek in Prague and the Samlands in Budapest deepened the cadets’ scholarly perspective and changed their world-views.

In the department’s third spring break staff ride, Majors Nathan McCormack and David Musick led ten cadets on the “History of Irish Nationalism Staff Ride” from 13-22 March. The trip was the culmination of a semester-long seminar studying the development of various ideas of nationalism in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The group visited numerous historical and cultural sites around the island including sites associated with the Easter Rising of 1916, the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland during the 1960s-1980s—including Londonderry/Derry and the Shankhill and Falls Roads in Belfast, and sites of Irish/Celtic cultural heritage such as the Hill of Tara, the Giant’s Causeway, and the Cliffs of Moher. While walking the ground where these events transpired, cadets discussed the development of different understandings of Irish identity, the ways that these narratives led to conflict when tied to other factors such as socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, and political/civil rights, and also how opposing factions reconciled and commemorated their experiences once conflict ceased.

On 25 March, the History Department hosted a very large crowd to view an interpretation of the epic battle between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia in the film Stalingrad. Well over 50 cadets came for pizza and themed desserts and stayed for the big budget Russian blockbuster and the panel discussion afterwards. MAJ Brett Lea's wife, Danielle, baked Black Forest cupcakes to represent the Germans and White Russian cupcakes to represent the Soviets. They did not last long. We'd also like to thank the West Point Association of Graduates for providing gifts which were raffled away to three lucky cadets. The crowd came away impressed with the depictions of the battle which were filmed for 3D IMAX. Unfortunately, those facilities are still not available here at West Point, but the scenes were impressive nonetheless.

On Saturday 28 March, the West Point Museum and the History Department hosted a viewing of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film, Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb in the large weapons gallery of the museum, right next to the Atomic Bomb display. As part of their study of the beginnings of and atmosphere during the Cold War, thirteen Cadets from HI302X, the plebe History of the Military Art class, and four faculty members watched the movie and then reviewed the excellent historical exhibits presented by the museum.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Cadet research on graphene during Spring Break at ARL, Adelphi, MD: CDT Connor Cabrey and Dr. Paula Fekete of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, working together on a PH489 individual research project, visited the Army Research Laboratories at Adelphi, MD during Spring Break. On the left, there is a picture taken of the two of them wearing protective gear in the laboratories’ clean room. In this particular part of the clean room, even the light used is a different color to protect sensitive samples. Behind them, there is a multimillion-dollar electron microscope that they saw in operation analyzing nano-size circuits built by one the laboratory’s research teams. Dr. Fekete and CDT Cabrey were hosted by Dr. Madan Dubey, a research scientist at the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate. Guided by Dr. Robert Burt, one of the researchers on Dr. Dubey’s team, CDT Cabrey was able to observe how graphene is grown on a copper substrate in a 1000-degrees Centigrade furnace. The process takes many steps and it is almost 8-hours long. After deposition, samples were taken for processing into ARL’s state-of-the art clean room. The prepared samples will be analyzed by Raman spectroscopy. In recent years, graphene has emerged as an appealing substrate for molecular self-assembly in two dimensions. The formation of ordered arrays of molecules via self-assembly is a rapid, scalable route towards the realization of nanoscale architectures with tailored properties. This process can be accomplished by undergraduate students here at West Point using samples provided by ARL scientists. Dr. Fekete and Dr. Dubey are planning to continue their collaboration, started in 2009, by working on such samples that may have applications in nanoelectronic devices developed by ARL.

Future Events
American Nuclear Society Student Conference: During 8-12 April, LTC Ken Allen will travel to College Station, TX with 9 cadets to participate in the ANS Student Conference. They will be presenting their capstone projects and independent research projects at the conference in order to promote their development as scholars in the field of nuclear engineering and to further their research by interacting with other scholars and learning about the latest developments in the field. The April Conference is the only annual student meeting of its kind, held by the largest professional organization of nuclear engineering in the United States, maximizing the opportunity for interaction with a broad group of scholars. Periodic participation in such academic conferences is critical for faculty members to remain current and productive as scholars, which is in turn critical to USMA’s mission to educate cadets at the collegiate level. The student conference provides an excellent venue for out cadets to showcase their research, interact with peers from other Tier 1 institutions and provides real assessment to the NE Program on how our students compare to other NE majors across the country.

Rochester Symposium for Physics Students: During 10-11 April, LTC Chad Schools will travel to Oswego, NY with six cadets to present their research at the Rochester Symposium for Physics Students. This provides them the opportunity to engage with students and faculty from the local region and to practice their communication skills. They will be able to interact with their civilian peers and also civilian faculty. This is also an opportunity to show local institutions some of the research being conducted at USMA.

Director of Los Alamos National Lab visit to USMA: Dr. Charles McMillan, (SES), Director of Los Alamos National Lab will visit USMA 12-13 April. Dr. McMillan is visiting the military academies in order to promote the need to balance the humanities and technical education of our future leaders and to foster the collaboration between the military academies and LANL. During the visit Dr. McMillan will speak to a group of 150 cadets and faculty about technology and how it relates to and affects decision making.

P&NE Academic Awards Banquet: On 14 April, the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering will host their Annual Awards Banquet at the West Point Club to induct cadets into the Society of Physics Students and American Nuclear Society as well as present certificates for excellence in physics and nuclear engineering course work throughout AY15. The guest speaker for the event is Dr. Larry Foulke (previous American Nuclear Society President).

Habitat for Humanity – Walk for Housing: On 26 April, the House of PaNE will support the Walk for Housing Event in Newburgh, NY. This event will raise funds for building projects in the Newburgh area to benefit needy families. The following link allows you to join Team PANE (the password is "teampane") or support walkers on Team PANE: https://habitat.myetap.org/fundraiser/2015WalkforHousing/team.do?participationRef=1190.0.65454124. Every small donation will help reach our team fundraising goal which is set at $1000.

Department of English and Philosophy

USMA Writing Fellows Present at UCONN’s 10th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing. On 27 March, the USMA Writing Fellows visited the University of Connecticut’s Writing Center and presented papers at the 10th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing. Their panel, “Translating the Boundaries of Experience: Utility, Failure, and Collaboration,” examined writing not only as a process, but as a means for rendering personal and professional experience into narrative in academic and operating environments. Cadet Joseph Carrannante’s paper proposed a writing apprenticeship program that pairs Cadets at the Academy with active duty officers to contribute to the Army through coauthored narratives that translate personal and professional experience into lessons learned. Cadet Joseph DiGennaro argued that, too often, beginning and intermediate writers look at failure during the writing process as an obstacle either to avoid completely or to overcome as quickly as possible. Instead, he argued that that interim failure is crucial to achieving lasting success. Finally, in his presentation, Cadet William Grodesky maintained that successful writing depends as much upon a writer’s collaborative environment as the writer himself or herself. His argument considered contemporary constraints and contexts of writing in an effort to strike a balance between individual effort and collaboration.

Cadets enrolled in EN102 (Literature) visit the New York Public Library. On 25 March, the USMA Library’s Special Collections and Archives Staff hosted 42 Cadets enrolled in MAJ Paul de León’s EN102 (Literature) class. The exhibit contained first editions of Shakespeare’s work as well as original maps from the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars. This display provided an invaluable experience that allowed Cadets to contextualize the works studied in the course. More broadly, it gave students a better understanding of the materiality and rich history of these texts. While in New York City, the Cadets also visited Grand Central Terminal and received a “behind the scenes” tour of the building from the station manager.

Creative Writing Forum Explores New York’s Downtown Literary Scene: Dr. Mary Anne Myers and seven Cadets from the Creative Writing Forum explored New York City’s downtown literary scene on Saturday, March 28. MAJ Jack Morrow, a former CWF member who now teaches American Politics in the SOSH Department, helped us launch the adventure by meeting us at Trinity Church and leading us along Walt Whitman’s steps from the Brooklyn Ferry to his newspaper job in Manhattan. After a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and a communal pizza lunch, the group returned to Manhattan where small groups split up to explore literary landmarks in the East and West (a.k.a. Greenwich) Village neighborhoods. Some Cadets spent time browsing in the classic Strand Book Store on 13th Street and Broadway. Another set checked out the former location of the historic CBGBs music club and squeezed in a quick trip uptown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. The group reconvened on the Lower East Side for some early-evening literary readings at the Cake Shop and the FusionArts Museum. In addition to MAJ Morrow, English professors Drs. Brianne Bilsky and Joseph Jordan joined the group.

Department of Foreign Languages

Russian: During the Spring Break, a group of 7 cadets who are studying Russian attended the first part of an exchange with the All-Arms Defense Institute in Almaty, Kazakhstan. During the exchange the cadets were given the opportunity to use their Russian language and cultural skills in an immersion environment, living and training among their Kazakh counterparts. The cadets were given instruction on Kazakh army weapons, tank and armored vehicle training and maintenance, physical fitness and daily life. They also got to experience the city of Almaty and Kazakh food and culture. The exchange was a part of a CENTCOM initiative to transform officer development in Central Asia, and includes a visit to USMA CFT by Kazakh cadets.

Chinese: During the Spring Break, a group of 6 cadets (George Grindley, Pearl Brooks, Taylor Wing, Tasi Lloyd, Ethan Hernandez, and Madison Turner) who are studying Chinese traveled to Beijing, China for Language and Cultural Immersion. The cadets visited many of the historically significant sites in the capitol city, including Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City (with its many museums), The Summer Palace, and the Heavenly Palace, to name a few. This visit represented the first opportunity for each of the six cadets to use their language in a real-world setting, outside of the classroom.

Arabic Language Club: Mrs. Carolyn Clark, SOSH Visiting Professor and U.S. Foreign Service Officer, extended an invitation to the Arabic Language Club and Farsi students to participate in her Friday Night Belly Dance Jam at the MWR Gym. The cost was waived for the five cadets who participated, and offered them the opportunity to step out of their comfort zones and experience the art of Belly Dancing along with several members of the West Point community.

The Arabic Language Club visited the Islamic Art Collection at the Metropolitan Museum in New York followed by dinner in Brooklyn’s Arab quarter to increase the Cadets’ exposure to Islamic art and culture. The club got the chance to view “the last known piece of Spanish Muslim armor to have survived the Nasrid period (1238-1492)” in the Arms and Armor exhibit as well.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

EV388B Geomorphology field trip to Schunemunk Mountain. On 31 March, 15 Cadets and two instructors hiked to the top of Schunemunk Mountain, near Cornwall, to determine how the area’s geologic history, climate, and surficial processes interact to produce this unique landform. The mountain’s ridge-line consists of a pink, massively jointed conglomerate rock found nowhere else in the state. Formed over 300 million years ago during mountain formation, the rock layers are extremely strong and bear numerous marks left by multiple glacial events during the last 2 million years. Given the region’s relatively consistent rainfall, water is currently the most effective geomorphic agent, eroding the mountain through an extensive drainage network. Cadets experienced how the geologic, climatic, glacial, hillslope, and fluvial components of the course interact to produce a landform, in this case Schunemunk Mountain.

EV401 Stony Lonesome Water Treatment Plant Tour. Cadets enrolled in EV401, Physical and Chemical Treatment Processes, visited the Stony Lonesome Water Treatment Plant on March 27th. The plant, which can treat up to two million gallons of drinking water per day, serves Stony Lonesome housing area, the Post Exchange – Commissary complex, and the US Military Academy Preparatory School, among others. Cadets left the tour with a richer understanding of conventional water treatment processes.

BG Toy Guest lecture, EV400 & SAME Student Chapter. On March 27th, BG Mark Toy (Commander, US Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division) spoke to cadets enrolled in EV400 (Environmental Engineering Seminar) about working in the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Districts. After lunch, he gave an additional lecture on leadership to interested cadets and faculty, sponsored by the newly formed USMA Student Chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers.

Power Plant Tour, EV397. On March 26th, environmental engineering majors enrolled in Air Pollution Engineering (EV397) toured the PSEG Hudson Generating Station in Jersey City, NJ, which produces up to 620 megawatts of electricity from both coal and natural gas. Cadets focused particularly on the air pollution control devices on the plant, which were installed recently to make it one of the cleaner coal-fired power plants in the nation.

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

EECS Faculty and Cadets Attend SANS Institute Hacker Course. The Cyber Research Center sent one faculty member and 14 cadets to Charleston, SC on 15-22 March 2015 to attend SEC504: “Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling,” which is a course taught by the SANS Institute. The SANS Institute provided ten scholarships for this course in order to expose cadets to the world class information security and management training offered by them. SEC504 is designed to help security professionals gain an understanding of attackers' tactics and strategies. It provided a combination of classroom instructions and hands on experience in finding vulnerabilities, discovering intrusions and building a comprehensive incident handling plan. Some of the most exciting training took place during the two nights of NETWARS and the last day Capture the Flag Exercise. These two events provided Cadets with hands on experience with real world scenarios and challenged them to apply the course material with a focus on mastering the skills used by information security professionals. The cadets that attended are members of the Special Interest Group for Security, Audit, and Control (SIGSAC) Club or the Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T). Many of these cadets will fill key roles in the Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX) and some of them will become members of the newly established Cyber Branch. This is a significant step for cadets enrolled in the Cyber Leadership Development Program (CLDP) and each one will have an opportunity to take a test and become a Certified Incident Handler (GCIH). Overall, it was a very challenging experience for the cadets as they gained a much deeper understanding of the nature of the cyber domain and a greater appreciation for attacking and defending in the cyberspace. The Cyber Research Center and the Cadets are very grateful for this opportunity provided by Mr. Vinny Viola, Mr. Marshal Carter, and the SANS Institute.

EECS Hosts One of Two “Fathers of the Internet” as Speaker for Castle Lecture. For 25 years, the James C. and Dorothy P. Castle Lecture Series has brought to West Point industrial, military, and academic leaders in computer science, computer engineering, and information technology. The 2015 lecturer, Dr. Vinton Cerf, is Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google and is one of the two “fathers of the Internet.” His lecture, entitled “The Power of Ideas: Internet,” provided insights and stories about the early days of his and his colleagues’ research and development of the protocols of the Internet. He also talked about the future of Internet. (IP) addresses and their transition from the current 32-bit length to 128 bits and explained his current research and development of protocols to be used for interplanetary travel. The entire Class of 2018 was mesmerized by Dr. Cerf and both faculty and cadets gave him outstanding reviews. After the talk, over 100 cadets came up to ask him questions. They were ultimately invited to attend the after-lecture reception during which Dr. Cerf stayed and answered all of their questions, going far beyond the planned time. During his time on campus, Dr. Cerf also had lunch with EECS faulty, was given a tour of West Point, visited with the Dean of the Academic Board, and had dinner at the home of COL Barry Shoop, Department Head of EECS, with department faculty.

EECS Experimenter’s Club Supports Hudson Valley First Lego League Competition. The USMA Electrical Engineers Experimenters Club under the oversight of CPT William North, supported the Hudson Valley First Lego League Competition on 28 February at Dutchess Community College. CDT Sam Skillman, CDT Jacob Bostick, CDT Kurt Klinkmueller, and CDT Tsu Kreidler went to the First Lego League competition at Dutchess Community College to demonstrate military robots. While there, the Cadets answered questions from middle school aged kids about robots, West Point, and the Army.

DCA Update - Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs

Team Handball (Men):

  • On 28 March, the Men’s Team Handball Club traveled to NYC, to play games against other teams in the Northeast League
  • These games provided the team with competitive experience, as well as the opportunity to earn a place in the Elite Division of the annual Club National Championship Tournament, which is being held in York, PA, this year
  • Gold kicked off the afternoon with a loss to the defending National Champions, New York City Handball Club
  • The Black team then battled back from an early deficit against Boston HC, to secure its first win of the weekend
  • Firstie Goalie CDT David Brown played an excellent second half that made the team’s comeback much more manageable
  • The Black team then played a close game against NYC, but fell to the more experienced team
  • On Sunday, the NYC 2 team made the drive up to West Point to play both the Gold and Black West Point Squads
  • Both teams defeated NYC 2 in what was the last official game at Arvin for the Firsties on the team
  • This weekend, the entire team will be traveling to Auburn University, home of the Handball Olympic Training Center, to defend its college National Championship title

Team Handball (Women’s):

  • This past weekend, West Point’s Women’s Team Handball hosted its annual home tournament, played in honor of 1LT Laura Walker (‘03)
  • The tournament opened Saturday morning with a ceremony honoring 1LT Walker’s legacy, which continues to impact the team
  • West Point Black kicked off the tournament with a fast start and secured wins against Boston Team Handball and UNC
  • Black played New York City in their third match that day, and lost by one point after an intense back and forth match
  • Seeking revenge, Black won their remaining pool play games the next day in order to earn the right to rematch NYC in the final bout; however, at the last minute of the game, the team fell short, losing by one goal
  • The Black team won second overall in the tournament; West Point gold placed fifth overall

Climbing (Mountaineering):

  • On 28 March, the West Point Climbing Team traveled to Half-moon, NY, to compete in the Collegiate Climbing Series’ North-east Regional Championship
  • Four straight hours of dominant climbing in all disciplines, including: Bouldering, Top Roping, and Speed Climbing, earned the team first place in the largest, most competitive region in the nation
  • Other schools that competed included Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell, RIT, and Rutgers
  • The top performers were CDTs Zhaina Myrzkhanova (‘16), who placed 1st in Speed and 3rd in Ropes, and CDT Julian Barker (‘16), who took 2nd in both Bouldering and Ropes
  • This marks the Climbing Team’s 3rd straight Regional Championship, and they now look forward to the National Championships that take place in San Diego, CA, on 17-18 April

Boxing (Women’s):

  • On 28 March, the West Point Women’s Boxing Team traveled to Church Street Boxing Gym in New York, NY, to conduct additional training with the team’s coach, Coach Jenaro Diaz
  • The overall goal of the trip was to allow the team to spar with a greater variety of opponents with varying skill levels
  • Upon arrival to Church Street Gym, the team conducted warm-ups and practiced with Coach Diaz while they waited to begin sparring
  • CDT Sarah Gould (‘16), CDT Joyce Wu (‘16), CDT Richelle Radcliff (‘18), CDT Janelle Bass (‘16) and CDT Michelle Lopez (‘17) all got the chance to work in the ring
  • Each boxer did three, three minute rounds with one of two high level amateur boxers
  • The team gained experience with the more skilled and diverse sessions, and learned some valuable lessons in defense and ring movement, as well as how to respond to and deliver body punches
  • When each boxer finished, they continued to work with Coach Diaz on mitting and movement, or worked on the various apparatuses available in the gym
  • Once the training session finished, the group helped set up for a tournament that took place at the gym later that evening
  • Seeing the variety of technique and intensity of the fighters in the tournament benefited the team greatly


  • On 28 March, a few members of the West Point Equestrian Team competed in the Regional Championships at Crosswinds Farm in Lagrangeville, NY, hosted by Marist College
  • Due to the fact that their indoor ring was being renovated, the show was held outdoors; despite the heavy snow, our riders rode amazingly
  • The team had three qualifiers for Zone Championships coming up this weekend, to include CDT Holly Rodeo, CDT Crystel Calderon and CDT Jared Ross
  • CDT Rodeo placed 2nd in her class of intermediate flat; CDT Jared Ross placed 2nd in his class of walk/trot; CDT Crystel Calderon placed 3rd in her class of walk/trot
  • CDT Dillon Curtis placed 7th in his class of open jumping,; CDT Madeline Arnold placed 4th in her class of inter-mediate flat, and 7th in her class of intermediate jumping
  • The team competed against Centenary, Bard, Marist, Drew, William Paterson, SUNY New Paltz, Sarah Lawerence, Stevens Institute of Technology, Kutztown, and Vassar


  • On 28 and 29 March, the West Point Orienteering Team at-tended the U.S. Individual Championships Orienteering Meet at Carter Caves State Park, in Northern Kentucky
  • Seven cadets and one officer competed in this race alongside hundreds of civilian competitors, including numerous graduates and former members of the West Point Orienteering Team
  • This event helped prepare junior members of the team to get one step closer to International competitions and selections to the U.S. Juniors team


  • On 29 March, over 800 people participated in the West Point Half Marathon-Fallen Comrades Run, making 2015 the largest turnout in the five years of the event
  • The Fallen Comrades Run is an annual event hosted by the West Point Marathon Team that honors the West Point graduates who have gone to war and gave the ultimate sacrifice
  • Amongst the participants were members of the West Point Marathon Team, the Naval Academy Marathon Team, NYPD, and the New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
  • The West Point Marathon Team had a strong showing with CDTs Danny Schlich, Chris Boyle, Connor Roche, and Jen Moore placing 1st, 2nd, 5th and 86th overall; also, securing an easy win over the Navy Marathon Team

Hobby Clubs


  • On 28 March, the West Point Paintball Team traveled to Chesapeake City, MD, to compete in the spring conference tournament for the National Collegiate Paintball Association
  • The team went 3-3 in the tournament, winning two matches against the United States Naval Academy, and defeating Northeastern University
  • The team’s record should move them into second place in the conference leading into the National Championship Tournament on 17-19 April in Lakeland, FL
  • The event began with the first Army-Navy paintball game in more than five years; other teams that Army faced were Temple University, Northeastern University, the University of Connecticut, and Penn State University
  • The team is now poised to do well at the National Championship Tournament, and hopes to keep the Service Academy winning streak alive, as they will square off against both the Air Force Academy and Navy once again

Diversity Clubs

Chinese Club & Korean-American Relations Seminar Club:

  • On 26 March, Brigadier General R. Mark Toy took the time to meet with the cadets from the Chinese Club and the Korean-American Relations Seminar
  • BG Toy is the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division
  • BG Toy spoke to the cadets about leadership, finding good men-tors, and some of the different opportunities there are as an officer

National Society of Black Engineers:

  • On 25 March, sixteen cadets from the National Society of Black Engineers traveled to Anaheim, CA, to attend the Annual NSBE Convention
  • While there, the cadets also supported the West Point Society of Los Angeles’ first ever Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity in STEM Conference
  • Also, the cadets got to conduct an offsite visit at NBC Universal Studios, where they were given a tour of the production facility, and did a walk through of one their premier attraction’s design

Military Clubs


  • On 21 March, the West Point Pistol Team traveled to Ft. Benning, GA, to compete in the Scholastic Pistol Pro-gram National Intercollegiate Pistol Championships where they won first place
  • Army dominated the competition from the beginning, winning all four categories: top individual-rimfire, top team-rimfire, top individual-centerfire, and top team-centerfire
  • CDT Jeffery Schanz won the gold medal as the top individual in the rimfire division; he, along with teammates CDT Jack Fagerland, CDT Dillon Schaaf, and CDT Travis Moody, won the rimfire team gold medal
  • CDT Anthony Veith won the individual gold medal in the centerfire division; he, along with teammates CDT Mark Lister, CDT Dashiel Andrews, and CDT Mitchell Booth, won the centerfire team gold medal
  • Competitors may compete for only two years in the rimfire division, and then must move to the centerfire division
  • Army defeated teams from eight other colleges, including Texas A&M, last years National Champion

Religious Clubs

Catholic Chapel Choir:

  • On 24 March, the Cadet Catholic Chapel Choir, led by CDT Gabe Palma, traveled with ten cadets to Washington, D.C., for the second consecutive year to perform at the Chrism Mass for the Archdiocese for the Military Services
  • His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, celebrated the annual Chrism Mass in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the Shrine of Immaculate Conception
  • The Chrism Mass is held once a year to bless the oils that will be used for Baptisms and other sacraments through-out the coming year at military installations, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, and other locations around the world
  • The Cadets per-formed with the professional choir from the National Basilica and witnessed a liturgy normally re-served for only the clergy of the Diocese
  • In addition, all cadets were hosted at the seminary of the Carmelite Order in Washington, D.C., and had a chance to experience a day in the life of a religious order

DCA Happenings

Upcoming Book Store Book Signings

Bill Quatman, author of A Young General and the Fall of Richmond - 6 April @ 1:30 - 3:30

RET GEN Richard Lynch, author of Adapt or Die - 15 April @ 09:30-11:30

Emma Sky, author of The Unraveling - 16 April @ 09:30 - 11:30

The Book Store supported the War on Ethics Conference held at Jefferson Library on 27 March

Gymnastics Selected to NCAA National Championships

INDIANAPOLIS - Coming off of a thrilling team victory at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships, the Army men's gymnastics team has been selected to compete in the 2015 National Collegiate Men's Gymnastics National Championships.

The national qualifier, which consists of two pre-qualifying sessions, will be conducted April 9 at the Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the Oklahoma Sooners. Army earns the 12th seed with a national qualifying average of 416.675.

The first pre-qualifying session will consist of No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Penn State, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 7 California, No. 10 Air Force and No. 11 Nebraska. Session two will follow with No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Illinois, No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 Ohio State and No. 12 Army. Read More

Women's Tennis Blanks Manhattan

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The Army women's tennis team improved to 12-8 on the season after blanking Manhattan 7-0 in a non-conference match Wednesday at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center.

"The team played very well today," said head coach Paul Peck. "It was great to see Spindler back in the lineup after being out most of the spring and I was happy with the way she played. Today's success will help bring extra momentum into the weekend."

Eva Sung and Nancy Porter defeated Bricketto and Rosello from Manhattan at No. 1 doubles 8-2. Elle Taylor and Maya Parker teamed together at second doubles to defeat their Jaspers opponents 8-0, while Victoria Falk and Bridget Guenard earned a win at third doubles by forfeit. Read More

Athletic Director's Update, April 1st

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Baseball Handles Siena in Non-League Matchup

Baseball Handles Siena in Non-League MatchupLOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - A balanced effort propelled the Army baseball team past Siena as the Black Knights cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Saints on Tuesday afternoon at Siena Field. Pitchers Garrison Franklin, Stu Schley and Johnny Griffith combined to hold Siena to five hits, while eight different Army players registered a base hit in the victory.

The win was Army's second in a row and fourth in five tries as the team improved to 14-10 on the season. The result pushed Siena to 4-14 and sent the Saints to their third consecutive loss.

Reigning Patriot League Player of the Week Mark McCants paced the Army offense with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate and the Army outfielder also drove in two runs. Alex Jensen and Griffith also contributed two RBI each, while junior Ben Smith had one RBI and scored two runs, along with rookie Jon Rosoff, who crossed the plate twice. Read More