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Ground Zero Steel in 2016 Class Rings

When graduates of West Point’s Class of 2016 go into their years of service as officers of the Army, they will be wearing something no other cadets have worn before - class rings that include steel from the World Trade Center. It hasn’t received mention in the press. But it was movingly noted in the introduction of the commandant of cadets, Brig. Gen. John Thomson III, at the military academy’s annual ring memorial ceremony. What a cure for the cynicism of a cynical age. It’s at the ring ceremony that seniors get their rings, which become a physical link between future officers and the West Point graduates who went before.

Each class designs its own rings. The ingots of the class of 2016’s rings were poured earlier in the year at the Pease & Curren refinery in Rhode Island. That ceremony, known as the “ring melt,” is a tradition begun for the rings of West Point’s bicentennial class in 2002. Since then, it’s not just any gold that goes into these rings. They’re made from gold from class rings that were worn by earlier graduates and that have been donated, melted and mixed with new gold to make rings for the following year’s first-class cadets. Read More

Bradshaw Named Starting Quarterback

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Sophomore Ahmad Bradshaw will be the starting quarterback when Army West Point opens its 2015 football season Friday night against Fordham, second-year head coach Jeff Monken announced today. Bradshaw and senior A.J. Schurr were locked in a battle for the starting position all through camp. After analyzing practice and scrimmage films, Monken settled on Bradshaw as the starter.

"Give credit to both Ahmad and A.J., they both worked very hard," Monken said. "Ahmad was a little bit sharper and A.J. missed some time with some minor injuries after sitting out spring ball. Ahmad will be our starting quarterback and we know we have a very capable backup in A.J. who really knows our offense. " A native of Chicago, Ill., Bradshaw will be making his first career start. Bradshaw played a season at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School before joining the Black Knights. Read More

Bockrath Captures AAA Athlete of the Week Honors

WEST POINT, N.Y. – After leading the Black Knights' offense against nationally regarded teams, Carolyn Bockrath of the Army West Point volleyball team has been named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. The yearling earns the honor for the second time as a Black Knight after a career-high performance at the Arkansas Invitational. Watch the video - https://youtu.be/zhJMK60zrsc

Bockrath was named to the All-Tournament Team after leading Army's offense during all three games. She accumulated 48 kills on 83 attempts for a .518 hitting percentage in 11 sets. Bockrath averaged 5.05 points per set to rank first on the team. The Newport Beach, Calif., native also tallied 10 digs and 12 blocks in the three matches. Read More

Edwards' Double-Double Sets Volleyball up for Win

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Army West Point volleyball team earned its first win of the season with a 3-1 decision over McNeese State with set scores of 25-19, 19-25, 25-14 and 25-23. Setter Vanessa Edwards earned a double-double to fuel two Black Knights to career-high performances. Carolyn Bockrath was named to the Arkansas Invitational All-Tournament Team due to her performance throughout the weekend.

"We had a great team win today," said head coach Alma Kovaci. "Our middles were unbelievable during this match, which is a result of our passing and setting. McNeese was a powerful defensive team, but today's win is a sentiment to our hard preseason training and tough practices. It was nice to see the players that were on the bench come in and change the game, which is what we are all about. We made some changes and the entire team was mentally prepared and that improved our performance. This team is committed to playing for each other and we saw improvements as the weekend went on, which was our goal." Read More

Sullenger’s Late Goal Powers Women’s Soccer To Win

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Samantha Sullenger's first-career goal came at the perfect moment as the Army West Point women's soccer team earned a 2-1 victory over Youngstown State on Friday night at Clinton Field. The victory improved Army to 2-1-0 on the season and kept the Black Knights unbeaten at home.

Sam Gottlieb put Army in front early with her first tally of the season and the Black Knights survived a 79th minute equalizer by Youngstown State to hand the Penguins (2-1-0) their first loss. Watch the Video - https://youtu.be/OzjglfC333o.

"I am pleased that we responded to the goal we gave up at the end of the game and I thought it showed tremendous character," head coach Marcia McDermott said. "We also showed composure, and after we gave up the goal, we could have overreacted, but instead we kept calm and got the game winner." Read More

DCA Update - Extracurricular Clubs


  • On 22 August, the West Point Pistol Team travelled to Fishkill, NY, to compete in a Steel Challenge Pistol Match hosted by the Dutchess County Pistol Association (DCPA)
  • Although they were competing against local individuals, and not other colleges, this was an important early season match to help prepare the team for upcoming intercollegiate matches and the Scholastic Pistol Pro-gram National Intercollegiate Pistol Championships
  • Results are not final as of yet, but it is believed that Firstie CDT Anthony Veith was the overall winner of the match, and several other cadets placed among the top ten finishers

Support Clubs

Theatre Arts Guild:

  • On 22 August, nine cadets from the Theatre Arts Guild travelled to Tuxedo, NY, to visit the Renaissance Faire
  • During the trip, the cadets brainstormed on future TAG events, and locked in volunteers for club leadership/staff positions
  • The cadets’ received a lot of attention at the Faire, and held many conversations about West Point, and the many extracurricular opportunities the Academy provides
  • The “mayor” of the Renaissance Faire offered for the cadets to come back as a “troupe of players”, where they would get to dress up in costume and become characters at the Faire for a day

Hobby Clubs

Bass Fishing:

  • On 22 August, the West Point Bass Fishing Club travelled to Amsterdam, NY, were four, 2-man teams entered in the New York Bass Federation Collegiate Cup qualifier on Mohawk River
  • After a great day on the water, the teams placed 3rd ( CDTs Parker Meytrott and Austin Harry), 4th, 5th and 8th, with all four teams qualifying for the State Collegiate Cup Championships on Lake Champlain in October
  • The two biggest fish of the day were brought to the scales by our CIC—CDT Chase Miller and CDT Tom Matty

Upcoming Book Signings

16 September - hosted by the Army Cyber Institute - Corey Doctorow, author of Little Brother and Homeland

19 October - 0930 to 1130 at the Book Store - Martin King and Michael Collins, co-authors of The Fighting 30th Division

USMA Class of 2016 Ring Weekend

Surrounded by family and friends, the USMA Class of 2016 gathered together at Trophy Point Amphitheater to receive their class rings during the annual Ring Ceremony, Aug. 28, 2015.

Ring Weekend, which includes the Ring Ceremony, Ring Banquet and a Cadet Hop, commemorates the Firsties (Seniors) academic careers as they enter their final year at West Point.

WPAOG is proud to say that USMA 2016 class rings are forever linked to the legacy of service of the Long Gray Line. These rings contain gold from 356 West Point class rings donated to the Ring Memorial Program since 2001, spanning classes from 1896 to 1997. Watch how this program joins graduating firsties to the Long Gray Line through the wearing of the gold: https://vimeo.com/130325459

Dean's Weekly, August 28th

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.

8 S&L Management Majors engaged in Cultural Immersion Advanced Individual Academic Development this summer by attending in 3 international AIADs. During each of the 3 AIAD’s the Cadets had the opportunity to engage with local businesses, employ their management course work, and develop a better understanding of the culture. CDT’s Tessa Barbie, Larry Toomey, Mitchell Smith, and Kelsie Burns traveled to The Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg, South Africa. CDT’s Eric Peng and Kyle Wolffe traveled to Lang Co Resort in Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam. CDT’s Thane Heller and Travis Puccio traveled to Beijing, China as part of an exchange with the Beijing International MBA Program.

Department of Foreign Languages

French: Three groups of cadets, a total of 21 students, studied at the Gendarme Language School in Rochefort, France over last summer. Each group experienced a 3-week intensive immersion experience which combined daily classroom instruction and guided cultural excursions with opportunities for self-guided travel in the region. An international school, our students were also able to interact with military officers from around the world in French throughout their stay. This AIAD successfully promoted significant growth in students' abilities to communicate independently in French and increased student confidence in the target language.

Russian: The Russian club participated in club night with 120 cadets showing interest in participating in the club. On August 25, Cadets Mills and Sutherland departed West Point for Washington DC for briefings and orientation prior to their semester abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Triathlon: During 21-23 August, MAJ Will Koch took the triathlon team to the Cranberry Triathlon in Massachusetts. This weekend our Cadets started off the conference season looking strong at the Cranberry Trifest Sprint race! The team was the overall collegiate winner, with Angelica Dickson taking first place for the women, Catherine Sedy third, and Dylan Morgan second for men.

"Army Sailing: The Army Sailing Team conducted a 24-hr sail on the Long Island Sound during 22-23 August. Dr. Lee Harrell of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering taught ten cadets, three officers, and one local high school student fundamentals in off-shore sailing such as navigation and emergency procedures at sea in both daylight and nighttime conditions. Despite less than three hours of sleep, the team performed well during their training for the Stamford-Vineyard Race occurring over Labor Day Weekend. The race is a 238-mile competition from Stamford, CT to Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts. It is one of the oldest and most competitive races in the country.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Engineers & Scientists for a Sustainable World Annual BBQ. On 25 August 2015, Engineers & Scientists for a Sustainable World (ESSW) hosted its annual BBQ on Daly Field. Cadets majoring in Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering came out and enjoyed burgers, hot dogs and camaraderie as the Environmental Program kicked off Term 16-1. Cadets in both environmental majors enjoyed reconnecting with their classmates and their instructors. All environmental majors are club members, but cadets from any other discipline are encouraged to participate in ESSW’s outreach efforts to assist in the implementation of environmentally sustainable solutions for surrounding communities and West Point.

Cadets Visit Gettysbury for Battlefield Leadership

Over this past weekend, 147 Cadets from the Class of 2016 visited Gettysburg to learn lessons from the study of battlefield leadership that they can apply to different issues facing the Corps of Cadets such as living honorably and building trust. The Staff Ride was executed by the Simon Center for the Professional Military Development, the Brigade Tactical Department, and West Point Department of History. Story

Coleman ’16 in Company with Pershing, Dawkins

The list of U.S. Military Academy cadets who’ve served as both class president and first captain includes a Heisman Trophy-winning Rhodes Scholar, the only officer other than George Washington to be recognized as “general of the armies of the United States” … and the former junior-class president of Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Give Eugene Coleman some time to add to his résumé: The most recent member of that club, joining retired Brig. Gen. Pete Dawkins (Class of 1959) and Gen. John Pershing (Class of 1886), is only a few days into his senior year at West Point. He officially began his first captain duties Aug. 10, according to a West Point news release; classes started Monday.

“There is no doubt in my mind that he is the right person to serve as first captain,” Brig. Gen. John “J.T.” Thomson, West Point’s commandant, said of Coleman in an email. “We are truly blessed to have E.J. at West Point. He has immense credibility with fellow cadets and will be a tremendous officer in our Army.” Read More

Glee Club Suprise Performance at Liberty Memorial

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Imagine you’re visiting a museum, and a concert breaks out! That pleasant surprise happened today for visitors at the WWI museum at Liberty Memorial. And fittingly, it was the West Point Glee Club. In town for a gala tonight, the glee club put on a preview. “The opening line is, to fallen soldiers let us sing,” says Michael Bidwell, one of the cadets in the glee club about their song of choice. “It`s really special,” adds Bidwell, “I came here in high school, it was cool, it was a good experience, but returning here now in the military has a much more significant impact on me.” Click here to watch the video: http://fox4kc.com/2015/08/21/west-point-glee-club-flash-mob-at-liberty-memorial/#ooid=54ZTc1dzpslbU2q9t6aaUe-wY5ckbjph

They broke out in song in the middle of the museum…on the glass bridge over the poppy field — one of the world’s most recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict. “It`s definitely an emotional performance for us,” Bidwell says. “Singing in front of the people is just a phenomenal experience,” says another glee club member, David Jeong. Museum go-ers gathered around to watch and listen. “To see those young people that are so patriotic and dedicated to our country, and the setting, after seeing the WWI museum, and the words of the song, it was very moving…it made me cry,” says Esther Osbahr, who was visiting the museum. Read More

Women’s Basketball Names Team Captains

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Head coach Dave Magarity and his staff announced the selection of Army West Point women's basketball team captains for the 2015-16 season on Monday as seniors Brianna Johnson, Kelsey Minato, Aimee Oertner and Jean Parker were chosen to lead the Black Knights. "This year's senior class is the most-successful class in team history as they enter their final year," Magarity said. "Our expectations are high and I feel this group will do a great job leading this team as we challenge for a Patriot League Championship."

Minato, who will serve as team captain for the second year in a row, has played a central role in Army West Point's success over the past three seasons, helping guide the Black Knights to program records of three straight appearances in national postseason tournaments and three consecutive 20-win seasons. She became only the sixth Black Knight to collect All-America honors when she was recognized by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association last season and earned her third straight All-Patriot League first-team selection to become the sixth player in league history to land three first-team mentions. Read More

DCA Update - Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs


On August 15th and 16th, the Army West Point Triathlon team hosted the 10th Annual Toughkids Kid’s Triathlon, and the 26th Annual West Point Triathlon, at Camp Buckner

  • The West Point Triathlon is one of the oldest continually run triathlon events on the East Coast
  • Both races were a huge success, and well received by all of the participants
  • Over 200 children and 700 adults raced in the two-day event
  • There were outstanding finish-es from the youngest 4-6 year olds, to the elite athletes competing for the coveted cadet saber in the adult race
  • LTG Caslen, the Superintendent of West Point, raced and spoke to all of the competitors prior to the start of the event
  • MAJ Will Koch, from the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, served as this year’s Race Director, and was responsible for all of the planning and coordination for the event
  • In addition to the Triathlon Team, support for the event was provided by West Point agencies to include, the Cadet Restaurant, the West Point Fire Dept., Dept. of Emergency Services, Dept. of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, Transportation Motor Pool, DCA, Dept. of Public Works, and the Arvin Gym Physical Therapists
  • Additionally, volunteer support was provided by the Judo Team, Crew Team, Glee Club, WKDT Radio, Cadet Companies D-4 and C-1, Ski Patrol and Team RWB

Support Clubs


From 28 July until 8 August, the West Point Parachute Team and 2nd Aviation con-ducted their annual voluntary summer training (VST)

  • Cadets performed 733 jumps out of a fixed wing aircraft, a CH-47 from the PA National Guard, and the UH-72 from 2nd Aviation
  • Cadets averaged 33 jumps each during the 11 days of training
  • Training included water jumps at Lake Stilwell and night jumps on the Plain
  • Firsties are trained and ready to perform this year’s demonstrations

Glee Club:

On 18 May, 2015, 19 members from the West Point Glee Club performed the National Anthem for the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden

  • The anthem was viewed by millions via live television coverage, internet and social media, and by the 19,000 attendees in the arena
  • The cadets’ performance and conduct were of the highest caliber, representing the Corps of Cadets in an exceptional manner
  • Madison Square Garden Special Events staff were uniquely impressed and opened a conversation about future performances

Extracurricular Clubs

DCA Club Night:

On Tuesday, 18 August, DCA hosted Club Night in Eisenhower Hall. The Extracurricular Clubs had the opportunity to showcase their clubs and forums, and the many achievements they have accomplished. Cadets also had the opportunity of picking from over 140 clubs and forums to join the one that best suits their interests.

Cadet Hostess:

Etiquette Training was in full swing over the summer as New Cadets attended both an etiquette meal and social development class. Sharyn Amoroso conduct-ed a total of 24 classes in all for the Class of 2019. Prior to CBT, Shayrn presented “Character and Etiquette” to the Cadet Cadre of CBT 1. Additionally, members of the new Brigade Chain of Command attended a fine-dining lesson prior to the start of classes. At the Hostess Office, Kathy Keirsey was busy all summer shipping out officer sabers to support military weddings across the country and tending to the increase of hosted events in Cullum Hall. With the start of the academic year, assistance was lent to the Class of 2017’s Affirmation Ceremony, and planning continued for the Class of 2016’s Ring Week-end Events.

Cadet Programs

On 25 July, Cadet Programs held Camp Illumination at Camp Buckner. Cadets got to enjoy live music and entertainment On 9 August, Cadets had the opportunity to show-case their talents in the New Cadet Talent Show, which was held at Lake Frederick.

Combating Terrorism Center

The Combating Terrorism Center was pleased to host several AIAD opportunities this summer for cadets. The Elizabeth Ann Gilmore AIAD program was established to enhance cadet understanding of, and exposure to, counter-terrorism policy and strategy at the local, state, and federal level. This opportunity enables cadets to apply theory to practice and elevates their comprehension of the dimensions and challenges embedded in the democratic struggle against terrorism and similar threats.

This year, the following selected cadets were placed at agencies with counter-terrorism missions and assigned to projects that exposed them to key decision makers involved in the development and execution of counter-terrorism strategy and policy:

  • CDTs Daniel Reape and Jack Rector joined the FBI Kansas City Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) for six weeks and assisted in investigations related to terrorism financing.
  • CDT James Delahunty joined the Bureau of Counter-terrorism at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., for four weeks and worked on issues related to international aviation and mass events security.
  • CDTs Abigail Jeffers and Paul Min spent three weeks at the Chicago FBI office and were introduced to the various missions of the office.
  • CDT Conor Smith joined the CT division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., to learn about its various CT missions.
  • CDTs Eric Colburn and Tomas Hinds spent three weeks at the Defense Combating Terrorism Center at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C., working with groups of intelligence analysts on identifying terrorist threats in the Middle East and Africa.
  • CDT Mario Contreras spent a month at the National Counter-terrorism Center in Washington, D.C., working on analyzing intelligence related to terrorist threats.
  • CDT Blayne Hollist spent a month at the Center for Counter-terrorism Studies at JSOC at Fort Bragg analyzing various aspects of the role of special operation forces in CT operations.

Additionally, Cadet Patric Carstens and Cadet Brendan Short were both selected by the Combating Terrorism Center Irregular Warfare Group for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command AIAD. The cadets joined two 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Special Forces Operational Detachment- Alphas at the National Training Center as they infiltrated into and executed a four-week Unconventional Warfare Exercise to prepare the environment for a larger Army Joint Force Entry Exercise. This was a unique training experience that exposed the cadets to special warfare, special operations forces as well as conventional force integration and mission command.

Cadet Joseph Presti and Cadet Austin Smith from the Combating Terrorism Center Irregular Warfare Group joined three other cadets at Fort Campbell to train alongside members of 5th Special Forces Group for one month during the Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat (SFAUC) Course. Training highlights included M4 and M9 Combat Marksmanship Skills training, Close Quarters Battle training, mechanical and ballistic breaching of exterior/interior doors and outer walls, and several culmination training events.

This summer, 20 USMA cadets also participated in a program sponsored by Gold Star Teen Adventures Foundation, which seeks to help the children of fallen Special Operations Service Members. Sixty-six Gold Star teens took part in four separate adventure camps throughout the summer. These camps were centered on scuba diving (open water, advanced, NITROX, and Rescue training) and basic and advanced outdoor survival; camping; leadership; and orienteering skills. The cadets acted as mentors for the teens throughout each of the camps.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

Cadet Capstone Project Being Constructed in Afghanistan: Following the 2015 Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Project entitled “SIP-Hut 4.0” sponsored by Natick Labs and the subsequent publication of an US Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) report covering ongoing development and testing of the structure, MG Semonite, Commander of CSTC-A, approved the purchase and construction of 20 SIP-Huts in Afghanistan in support of ongoing operations in the Badakshan Province. The SIP-Huts were selected as an economical, easy to construct and very energy efficient alternative to previous lodgment solutions and will be used to house 200 Afghanistan National Army Soldiers.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Astronomy Club participates at Club Night. Members of the Astronomy Club including Cadets Sam Hartford, Jesse Mills, Jonathan Roche, Montana Bilger and Daniel Mauldin as well as OICs Dr. Paula Fekete, COL Dave Harper, Dr. Roger Burk and MAJ Danny Thebeau participated in the recruiting opportunity provided by Club Night on Monday, 18 August, 2015 at Eisenhower Hall. This year’s event was a great success as more than 100 new cadets signed up to join the club. Several of our smaller telescopes were showcased at the event. We are delighted to announce that this is the first semester when the new Observatory will become fully operational starting early October. The first official meeting of the club is at 1900 on 24 August 2015. According to plans to be finalized at that organizational meeting, in addition to astronomical observations performed locally, the club will continue its tradition of visiting the Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in New York City and launching a balloon satellite.

Department of History

Department’s first staff ride to Vietnam. Departing on May 28 and returning on June 11, COL Greg Daddis, Prof. Jen Kiesling, MAJ Rory McGovern, and CDTs Meredith Shea, John McCormick, Rachael Agwunobi, Zachary Chaikin, Joy Schaeffer, Josh Martindale, Simone Askew, and Annalee Tokarsky. The group was joined in country by U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Nate Hausman. Hosted by Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense, the staff ride explored Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City, visiting significant sites and museums related not only to Vietnamese history and culture, but also to the history of the long Vietnam War. Such sites included the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and museum, the Vietnamese History Museum, the Women’s Museum, the Museum of Ethnology, the My Son Sanctuary, the Cao Dai Cathedral, the Hanoi Hilton, the old Presidential Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, the Hanoi Hilton, and the Cu Chi Tunnels, among others. Cadets and faculty alike found the experience to be very enriching, particularly as a means of studying the relationship between society, culture, and the construction of national identity and historical memory. Additionally, as official guests of the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense, cadets and faculty participated in meetings and exchange visits with the commander and headquarters staff of the Department of Foreign Relations within the Ministry of National Defense, as well as Vietnam’s Military Science Academy, Army Officer Training School No. 2, and 108th Mechanized Infantry Regiment. We could not be more proud of our cadets, each of whom effortlessly balanced the demands of being soldiers, scholars, and diplomats throughout the entire trip. Combined with coursework prior to the trip, the Vietnam Staff Ride cadets earned three credit hours as part of the department’s initial execution of HI399: The Staff Ride.

LTC Franz Rademacher, MAJ Andy Visser, and MAJ John Zdeb led 10 cadets on the “Germany Attacks” Staff Ride in Belgium, Luxembourg, France, and Germany from 19 May to 12 June 2015. Cadets spent the initial two weeks conducting intensive study of two major operations in the Ardennes during World War II, and then traveled to Europe to walk the terrain from 1-12 June. The study of the German invasion of France in 1940 and the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, both fought over much of the same terrain, provided a unique study that allowed comparisons between the operations and tactics of three different national armies, the evolution of weapons and their employment on the battlefield, and the importance of leadership at both the tactical and operational levels. Cadets attending The Germany Attacks Staff Ride also earned three credit hours towards their history major in the initial implementation of the new summer course, HI399: The Staff Ride. The course culminated with an extensive research paper where cadets integrated the knowledge gained from classroom study and the terrain analysis on multiple battlefields.

Breaking Ground at the Foley Enners Nathe Lacrosse Center

Construction began today on the Foley Enners Nathe Lacrosse Center, starting with a groundbreaking ceremony involving the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) and West Point’s Directorate of Intercollegiate Athletics. “Everyone should feel enormous satisfaction in this accomplishment,” said COL (R) Robert McClure ’76, WPAOG’s President & CEO. “This is a giant step forward for Army West Point athletics, and it is tangible evidence of what WPAOG does so well: connecting the passion of our graduates with the needs of West Point and giving cadets the best facilities in the nation at the best value.”

The Center has been a priority for the Superintendent within the West Point Association of Graduates For Us All Campaign and was fully funded by West Point graduates and friends of the Academy. Several former lacrosse players have played an important role in the development of the center, including Gary Giglio ’89, Cornell "Buck" French ’89, and the late John "Jack" Rust ’49, among many others.

The Superintendent expressed his gratitude, “I'd like to thank all those who generously donated to make this project happen, in particular Bill Foley, Gary Giglio, Randy Quirk and Will Weathersby.  Because of their and many other’s generous support, we can break ground on what will be a first-class facility for our men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. When you stop and think about what Bill Foley, Class of 1967, is doing to honor two great lacrosse player classmates, Raymond Enners and Mike Nathe, Bill deserves a lot of recognition and thanks. Raymond and Mike took the mental, physical and leadership skills they developed as lacrosse players to the fight in Vietnam where they gave their last full measure of their devotion. Because of Bill’s respect and love of his classmates, this facility will forever honor them and their memory.”

Representing the donors that made this day a reality, Gary Giglio ’89, a former Army Lacrosse team captain and himself a lead donor for the new lacrosse building, said, “It is fantastic to be part of a project that represents the tradition of Army Lacrosse.”

Commenting on that tradition, Joe Alberici, Army West Point Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach, said, “One of our team quotes is, ‘Always honor the tradition,’ especially the players who have come before and helped build it with eight national championships.”

The Foley Enners Nathe Lacrosse Center will become the new home of Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse. It will feature office space for coaches, team meeting rooms, film breakdown facilities, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a training room, and on-site equipment storage. It will also offer players space to study and socialize, allowing them to build relationship among one another off the field. “The lacrosse team culture has always been one of cohesion,” said Giglio. “Helping each other on and off the field, professionally and personally, helps form that common bond that is essential to an elite program.”

Summing up the project, Alberici said, “Thanks to WPAOG and the Long Gray Line, Army West Point Lacrosse will now have the greatest lacrosse facility in the nation for the next 25 years.”

For more information on the future home of Army West Point Lacrosse, visit: www.goarmywestpoint.com/news/2015/8/20/MLAX_0820150213.aspx

Watch interviews with USMA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen ‘75, Army West Point Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan, West Point Association of Graduates President and CEO Bob McClure ’76, Gary Giglio ’89, Army West Point Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Joe Alberici and Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Noto Family Head Coach Kristen Waagbo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jdcflhVtrk

Army West Point Announces Plan for Lacrosse Center

Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan has announced that construction is set to begin on the Foley Enners Nathe Lacrosse Center, which will be the new state-of-the-art home for the Black Knights' men's and women's lacrosse programs. The 15,000-square-foot-facility will feature two floors nestled in the northeast corner of historic Michie Stadium, game venue for both programs.

The first floor will contain locker rooms for Army West Point's men's and women's lacrosse teams in addition to equipment and athletic training rooms, and coaches' locker rooms. While the equipment room will feature a rolling rack storage system and laundry room, the training room will include six treatment tables, a physician's office, ice machine and Grimm dual therapy pool. Read More

Dean's Weekly, August 18th

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. Israel AIAD. Two iterations of USMA cadets, along with cadets and midshipmen from sister service academies, visited Israel this summer to tour and study historical, cultural, and religious sites that included Jerusalem, the Negev Desert, and the Dead Sea basin. In addition, the groups observed training exercises, received briefings, and participated in staff rides with officers from the Israeli Defense Force while visiting various military installations and border outposts. Cadets completed special readings and attended lectures by representatives from Hebrew University, the Israeli Defense Force, and the U.S. Embassy in order to gain insight to relevant social, economic, and cultural issues. These complex issues were presented in strategic and diplomatic contexts as the drivers of geo-political concerns affecting security in the region.

G.I. Film Festival AIAD. From August 3-7, Cadets Sarah Gold and Mackenzie Riford served as interns under the tutelage of USMA alumnus Laura Law-Millet (’94) at the G.I. Film Festival (GIFF) Headquarters in Arlington, VA. According to Law-Millet, one of the primary goals of the GIFF is to highlight diverse film portrayals of American service members, rather than ones that stereotypically represent Soldiers as universally afflicted with PTSD. Cadets Gold and Riford as well as Ive Velez and Zachary Hout previously assisted organizers with the daily operations and red carpet events from May 19-25 in the Washington, D.C. area during the first half of the AIAD. Last week, Gold and Riford traveled back to Arlington where they conducted marketing research for next year’s event, searched for venues for Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band, wrote blogs and developed social media products for community and press engagement, and attended a meeting with former USMA graduates from the D.C. area who provided the group insights on marketing strategies and approaches to funding major events. Law-Millet hosted a similar internship last summer for Cadets and indicated she looks forward to continuing the relationship with USMA Cadets in the future.

Clark Named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Junior defender Christian Clark was named the Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year when the conference announced its men's soccer preseason poll and all-league team on Monday. Preseason voting was compiled by the league's head coaches and sports information directors, who were not permitted to vote for their own teams.

Clark was named to the All-Patriot League first team last season after appearing in all 20 games and finishing with two goals and two assists. He is Army West Point's lone player recognized on the Preseason All-Patriot League squad. Read More

Class of 2017 Affirmation Ceremony

The U.S. Military Academy Class of 2017 gathered together in Robinson Auditorium, Aug. 16, 2015, to affirm their commitment to complete their final two years of study at West Point and at a minimum to serve five years of active military service thereafter. View more photos

During the ceremony, the Class of 1967, the 50-year affiliate to the Class of 2017, presented each cadet with a commemorative coin bearing the class crest and motto. The ceremony is both symbolic of their commitment and representative of the goal which they are seeking to attain over the coming two years. Story

Taekwondo Team Visits South Korea

The three members of the West Point Taekwondo Club were part of a 20-person contingent, including 13 cadets, led by the academy’s head coach, Master Ji Ho Choi, president of the Pan American Taekwondo Union. The delegation, who visited Korea on July 28 for a nine-day run, were undertaking their first-ever tour of Korea this August.

On a battlefield swept by the fearsome killing force of automatic weapons, high explosives and laser-guided airpower, empty handed martial arts have minimal combative utility. This obvious reality, however, does not make taekwondo a redundant skill for a 21st century soldier. How so? Ask cadets at the United States’ premier military academy, West Point.

“Because we are soldiers, taekwondo translates pretty well – it is like one-on-one combat, or one country versus another country,” said West Point Cadet Anthony Chargualaf.  “And it teaches determination; how to persevere through the pain.” “We have a warrior ethos in the U.S. Army – ‘Leave no man behind,’” Cadet Jacqueline Parker said. “If you are a in a fight, you have to be the last one standing: that translates into the warrior ethos.” Full Story »

A-Day Parade Officially Joins USMA2019 to Corps of Cadets

The Corps is whole once again!

In a ceremonial parade Aug. 15, 2015, USMA2019 officially joined the United States Corps of Cadets, signifying not only their acceptance into the Corps, but their promotion from new cadet to cadet private as well. The Acceptance Day parade is the first parade of the year, officially bringing together the entire Corps of Cadets.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 and welcome to the Corps! Story

For more photos from today's Acceptance Day Parade, visit USMA Flickr page at: https://www.flickr.com/ photos/west_point/albums

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

Cadets Recognized for Academic Achievements

Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., recognized the academic achievements of cadets from last semester in a ceremony at Robinson Auditorium, Aug. 12. Gen. Caslen presented the Superintendent’s Awards for Excellence, Achievement, and the Distinguished Cadet Award.

Cadets earn the award for excellence by demonstrating outstanding performance in all three programs: academic, military, and physical. It is awarded annually, based on the cadet award score which is a combination of the three program scores, with equal weight applied to each. There are two levels of recognition: excellence and achievement. The top 5% of each class earns the award for excellence which is a gold star encircled by a wreath. The top 15% (after the top 5%) of each class earns the Superintendent's Award for Achievement which is a gold wreath.

The Distinguished Cadet Award reflects achievement of a term quality grade point average of 3.67 or higher for the past semester and consists of a gold star.

Congratulations to all cadets who received awards and honors! Story

Photo courtesy of Anthony Battista/ DPTMS

Army-Navy Set For Madison Square Garden

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan announced today that the men's and women's basketball programs will host Navy in a doubleheader on Jan. 23 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

"We are very excited about taking our best basketball rivalry to the 'World's Most Famous Arena,'" said Corrigan. "This is a special opportunity for our players, coaches and fans, and a great chance to showcase our teams in New York City. Army has a lot of history in Madison Square Garden, dating back to the successful National Invitation Tournament teams of the 1960's and participating in the Maggie Dixon Classic in 2007 and 2008. This event will add to an already great basketball tradition with the Academy at Madison Square Garden."

The Army West Point men's basketball team last played at Madison Square Garden during the 1985-86 season when it met La Salle, and also appeared there on multiple occasions with Bob Knight at the helm for games in the National Invitation Tournament. In 1969, Knight and Mike Krzyzewski, a senior captain for the Black Knights, led Army to a fourth-place finish in the N.I.T., including a victory over South Carolina, which Knight considers one of his greatest-ever triumphs. Read More

CDT Kim Wins the 113th Met Amateur

CDT Kim Wins the 113th Met AmateurWest Point cadet Peter Kim made the most of a brief summer break, winning the 113th Met Amateur Championship on August 2nd with a tense 1-up win over Ryan Snouffer in the 36-hole final on the Upper Course at Baltusrol Golf Club.

The 20-year-old from Royce Brook C.C. in New Jersey was down early in the match, but came back and built a 3-up lead with seven to play. Read More

Dean's Weekly, August 10th

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Interdisciplinary Research Team Conducts Second Large-Scale Data Collection While Supporting the Cadet Class of 2019 Boot Fit: On 30 June and 1 July, the research team comprised COL Michael Neary (KACH), Dr. Becky Zifchock (CME/CIE), and LTC Donald Goss (KACH), and their staff, along with their collaborators from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (New York), the Hospital for Special Surgery (New York), Temple University (Philadelphia), Novel (a corporate partner from Munich, Germany), and over eighty student volunteers conducted a research study of the foot structure of the incoming cadet Class of 2019, while simultaneously supporting the Boot Fit on R-Day +1 and R-Day +2. More than 1150 incoming cadets volunteered to take part in the study, which is designed to assess static and dynamic foot structure.

Several measurements of each participant’s feet were taken at five discrete measurement stations in Washington Hall, while the cadets waited to be fitted for their boots. This provides information about both static and dynamic foot structure and function for this cadet class. The participants will be tracked throughout their four years at USMA. This will provide prospective data to support research questions such as the relationship between foot structure and susceptibility to overuse injury, and whether intense military training changes foot structure.

This is the second time this research team collected data during Boot Fit. This data collection was also carried out for the incoming cadet Class of 2017 in the summer of 2013. As in previous years, the Center for Innovation and Engineering provided funding to support volunteer travel, but the study and the cadet boot fit could not have been accomplished without major volunteer efforts of the teams from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, the Hospital for Special Surgery, Temple University, and Novel.

Cadet/Faculty Research Presentations at International Conference: On 12-16 July Cadet Willahelm Wan and Dr. Becky Zifchock attended the 25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Glasgow, Scotland. CDT Wan presented his own research, and Dr. Zifchock presented an abstract on behalf of CDT Regina Parker who was unable to attend the meeting. The presented research was based on the independent study projects that Cadets Wan and Parker conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Zifchock, which looked at the effects of foot structure on the shapes and magnitudes of ground reaction forces of running. Cadets Wan and Parker will continue this line of research in their final year at USMA, with the intent of submitting a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

In addition to attending scientific sessions and seminars on high quality research and scientific topics during the conference, the trip was an excellent opportunity for Cadet Wan and Dr. Zifchock to interact with professional peers and colleagues. Cadet Wan made connections with students from Finland, Taiwan, South Africa, the US, and several other countries.

USMA Ranks High in The Princeton Review

A report released by The Princeton Review ranked West Point, in its “Top 10” in 13 categories and “Top 20” in four others, including No. 1 in “Most Accessible Professors” in their annual college guide “The Best 380 Colleges - 2016 Edition.”

Other notables include No. 2 in “Best Health Services,” and No. 3 in both “Best College Library” and “Most Politically Active Students.” The new 2016 edition profiles only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and four outside the U.S. Click here for the full release.

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 »