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Dean's Weekly, November 21st

Network Science Center

Cadets explained the honor code and took visitors on a tourCadet Seminar on Network Science: On 15 November a group of 30 high school students, parents, and teachers from local schools met with cadets and faculty from West Point to learn more about network science. Lori Sheetz welcomed the group with an overview of the Network Science Center and some of the research it conducts at West Point, then Cadets Will O’Keefe, Lewis Black, Ioannis Wallingford, Molly Prins, and Jake Moffatt gave brief talks explaining their projects. The purpose of the seminar was to give the high school students a chance to talk
network science with near peers and to learn about more applications of network science accessible to high school students. The parents were invited to gain a better understanding of the type of research their children are working on and other teachers to generate interest for the future projects. After the talks Cadet Lewis Black, President of Social Network Analysis Club (SNAC), shared with the students some of SNACs current activities and how the cadets have organized the club. SNAC represents the transition from taking a formal network science class, to using the same tools in independent research, and finally to an informal gathering of students engaged in further exploring applications of network science. In lieu of a formal class the high school teams participated in the summer workshop in Boston and are currently working on a yearlong research project. The next objective would be to see if the teams translate that experience into tools that they use independently to solve real world interdisciplinary problems.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

BSL Cornell Trek participants pose for a picture with Cornell University Veterans after completion of a Leadership Lessons Learned discussionCadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership travel to Ithaca, NY to participate in the Johnson School of Business (Cornell University) Leadership Trek. On 6 November 2014, 22 cadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership traveled to Ithaca, NY to participate in the Johnson School of Business (Cornell University) Leadership Trek. These hand selected LMS cadets engaged in a series of leader development exercises with Johnson School Business Students and International Labor Relations Students. These exercises included participation in a “Critical Thinking for Leaders” case lecture, “Debt vs. Equity” case discussion, a campus tour, and participation in a round table Leadership Lesson Discussion with Cornell University Veterans. The Cadets earned high praise from Professor Risa Mish in their creative solutions and contributions to the “Critical Thinking” discussion. This Leadership Trek was the reciprocal trip for USMA hosting Cornell MBA and MILR students on the 12th of September.

Management Major cadets travel to Mercedes Benz USA. 70 Management Major Cadets to Mercedes Benz USA, and were regaled with a day of briefings from each of their Vice President level functional area leads. All of the topics covered in their Introduction to Management textbook were covered by each of the MBUSA Vice Presidents. The President, Steve Cannon and the President’s Chief of Staff (Joe Haury) both are West Point graduates, and the entire company bent over backwards to assist us. The highlight of the day was a leadership philosophy discussion with the Mercedes Benz President and CEO, Steve Cannon, followed by test drives for cadets in all of the Mercedes Benz models sold in the U.S.

BS&L Cadets and Faculty Members attend the movie premiere of “The Last Patrol” at Google New York City, New York, on 7 November 2014. Three Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership (BS&L) faculty members and eleven BS&L cadets joined a larger group from West Point that attended the movie premier of, “The Last Patrol,” hosted by Google in New York City, New York, on Friday evening, November 7, 2014. After the movie, faculty and cadets participated in a question/answer session with the three major actors from the movie, including Sebastian Junger.

Dancing in the glory of monstersOn 12 November, over 75 faculty and cadets were treated to an informative and dynamic presentation by one of the world's foremost authorities on the Great Lakes region of Africa, Jason Stearns. Stearns was a guest of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Departments of History, English and Philosophy, Geography & Environmental Engineering and Strategic Studies. Stearns, who is currently analyzing insurgency as a social phenomenon, provided attendees with a clear picture of a complicated and tragic history of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He offered a sober assessment of a nearly twenty-year conflict which has cost over five million people their lives, clearly outlining how the US and the global community can think of what they can and cannot do to end the ongoing conflict. A journalist and scholar with over ten years’ experience on the ground in Africa, Stearns has served on UN working groups and as an expert for the International Crisis Group. He is the author of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, a highly-regarded and probing account of conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes Region. Stearns is a Visiting Fellow in Political Science at NYU. His talk provoked spirited discussion and offered the audience real issues to consider in thinking about the US and International Community’s roles in Central Africa.

Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Team HMAs Projectile as a combination of nearly 100 million 3-D meshed polygonsMechanical Engineering Cadets at ARL. On 5 November, Cadets Craig Coyle and Melissa Wells, part of ‘Team High Maneuverability Airframe’ (HMA), travelled to the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to work with Dr. Sidra Silton from the Flight Science Laboratory branch at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Dr. Silton serves as the team’s principle client at ARL, which investigates the aerodynamics of a steerable mortar round. Preparing to conduct high fidelity simulations of the flow around the projectile at conditions that match an experiment being developed, the cadets began the complex process of generating a 3-dimensional mesh of the projectile surface and surroundings for use in the computational fluid dynamics study.

USMA Cadets and faculty at Beaverworks a Lincoln Laboratory facility located on the MIT campusUSMA Technical Scholars Visit to MIT and Lincoln Laboratories. On 7 November, LTC Mike Benson and LTC Phil Root escorted 11 scholarship candidates with interest in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus in Cambridge, MA. The purpose of the morning visit was to conduct office calls with senior faculty and as a shaping operation as the cadets prepare applications for MIT. The extremely successful visit matched cadets with over 20 faculty members from departments such as Aero/Astro, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, as well as both Civil and Mechanical Engineering. The second half of the visit transitioned to nearby Lincoln Laboratories (LL) in Lexington, MA, who sponsors the LL Military Fellowship program. The executive director provided a program overview of the lab, and coordinated a panel of 2LTs and Ensigns from the Air Force and Navy who are current military fellows. USMA has had one cadet win a LL Military Fellowship (2LT Stuart Baker, Class of 2014), but hopes to have significantly greater success for the class of 2015 as a result of the visit.

CDTs with NASA Astronaut COL(R) Tim KopraAstronaut COL(Ret) Tim Kopra visits CME. NASA astronaut COL(Ret) Tim Kopra visited two MC306, Dynamics, classes on 10 November, and presented his experience of operating in space within the context of the class topic, "2D General Motion." He highlighted how his Army career prepared him for his NASA tenure as well as numerous vignettes of life while on orbit. COL(Ret) Kopra then joined faculty members for a no-host lunch at Grant Hall followed by a Q&A session with cadets.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

CDTs laboratory exercise at Camp SheaTrip Section: On 14 November, NE452 (Instrumentation and Shielding) conducted a laboratory exercise out at Camp Shea (Camp Buckner). The purpose of the laboratory was to allow cadets to develop techniques and procedures in radiation room surveying, using radiation detectors in a field environment, and promote their ability to articulate the science. After receiving an in-brief upon arriving out at Camp Shea, cadets were given the mission of finding, identifying, and characterizing radioactive sources using two different detector types (current- and pulse-mode) making up more than nine different detector models. Cadets were then given the mission of out-briefing a notional senior-level commander while articulating both the short- and long-term hazards of the radioactive sources and threats. Overall, 19 cadets were trained.

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

LTC Korpela CDT Smith and CPT Spruce at the post sessionARL / USMA Technical Symposium: Cadets and faculty from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science attended the 22nd Annual ARL / USMA Technical Symposium at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland on 29 October 2014. The primary purpose for the symposium is to provide a forum where West Point Cadets and Faculty present and discuss various aspects on ARL-related research they conducted over the past year to the ARL Director, ARL Directorate Heads and Scientists, and other West Point Faculty and visitors. CDT Dylan Smith ‘15 presented his research about energy savings in military micro-grids in both a presentation and poster session. LTC Christopher Korpela presented recent results on the cadet project he advises named ARIBO (Applied Robotics for Installation and Base Operations). The symposium creates an outstanding opportunity for West Point Faculty and ARL Scientists to discuss future collaborative research opportunities. Multiple departments across USMA were represented.

Interservice Service Academy Visit to the National Security AgencyEECS Cadets Visit the NSA: LTC Robertson and MAJ Ben Klimkowski accompanied the EECS NSA Fellow, Howard Taylor, and a group of 25 Cadets for a tour of the National Security Agency / Central Security Service and the National Cryptologic Museum. Overview briefings were provided by the NSA/CSS and U.S. Cyber Command, the Information Assurance Division Remote and Deployed Operations (RDO), the NSA Threat Operations Center (NTOC) and the NSA Operations Center (NSOC). The group was also accompanied by Cadets and Midshipmen from the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and the Coast Guard Academy.

Disruptive Innovations in Boston: On 12-13 November 2014 COL Barry Shoop, Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Cadets Ames C. Evans (EE Honors, ’15), Scott A. Horras (CS Honors, ’15), Alexander M. Jacobs (EE, ’15), Robert L. Koehlmoos (CS Honors, ’16), Joseph T. Kopp (IT Honors, ’15), Lucas C. Ruff (EE Honors, ’15), Joseph S. Suh (CS Honors, ’16), who are enrolled in his XE492 Disruptive Innovations course traveled to Boston, MA to engage with forward thinking technologists and business leaders. The group began with intense discussions about the current state-of-the-art of System on a Chip (SoC) with Kurt Keville, MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology (ISN) Research Specialist and USMA Class of 1983 graduate. SoC technology is an integrated circuit that integrates all components of a computer or other electronic system into a single chip and is currently being applied to a variety of high-performance and supercomputing applications. After this discussion, the XE492 team toured the ISN laboratory facilities and discussed the role of MIT, Army and industry partners working together to discover and field technologies that advance Soldier protection and survivability capabilities. The ISN provides funding, office space and laboratory space to support faculty and student research at MIT.

XE492 Disruptive Innovations Class at MITThe group received an overview of the MIT Soft Robotics Project from Lieutenant Stuart Baker, USMA Class of 2014, who is attending MIT on NSF and MIT Lincoln Laboratory fellowships. Baker is working with Professor Daniela Rus who is the Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. Soft robots have the potential to create safer, more resilient, and more efficient devices in a way that traditional rigid-bodied robotics cannot. The group had the unique opportunity to speak with Professor Sangbae Kim of the MIT Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory who leads the MIT Cheetah project, a biologically-inspired robotic cheetah designed after the fastest land animal. The MIT program sets itself apart from other similar programs by being battery-and-motor driven, using custom-designed high-torque-density electric motors and amplifiers that control the motors. The team witnessed the latest version of the cheetah-inspired quadraped in an unteathered demonstration on the lawn of Killian Court at MIT. Later in the day, the team visited two different innovative approaches to startup company physical space, the first Greentown Labs, provides access to the space, resources, and funding that allows early-stage companies to thrive. The second, Artisan’s Asylum, an artisan-style facility with common prototype equipment and machinery that drastically reduces start-up costs.

Finally, the group interviewed Professor Fernando Suarez from the Strategy and Innovation Department at the Boston University School of Management. Professor Suarez has been a collaborator with Professor Clayton Christensen from the Harvard Business School and Professor James Utterback from the MIT Sloan School of Management on the topics of disruptive technology, innovation and the role of environmental dynamics in the theory of first-adopter advantages. The dialog provided the students an opportunity to gain additional insights into the concept of a disruptive technology and better understand the cultural aspects of organizational change necessary to successfully engage emerging disruptive and innovative technologies.
This XE492 trip was made possible through generous donation of the Harry and Diane Van Trees Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Enrichment Endowment.

Defense & Strategic Studies Program: Princeton University invited DSS to bring a group of cadets down on Friday, Nov 21, to participate in their Liechtenstein Colloquium: "Grand Strategy and Self-Determination” which is hosted by Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. This event allows cadets to participate in panel discussions that reinforce course concepts taught throughout the Defense and Strategic Studies program. By participating in this colloquium, cadets were exposed to recognized scholars and senior government officials from around the world as they reflect on 20 years of the study of Self-Determination and the implications for future international environment. The panels included topics such as "Grand Strategy in an Age of Multiple Crises:Balancing Warfighting, Stability Operations, Crisis Response, and Budgetary Austerity," "The Future of the State," and "Self-Determination in Our Time."

Major Jackson (DSS) hosted two one hour panel discussions with General (ret.) Keane on Friday (Nov21). For the cadet event, GEN Keane discussed his role in shaping the "Surge" strategy in Iraq in 2007 prior to a questions and answers period. For the staff and faculty event, General (ret.) Keane discussed his perspectives on the challenges facing field grade officers over the next five to ten years – topics included his expectations of field grade officers as a former brigade, division, and corps commander; his view of the institutional challenges we will face as a former Vice; or, his view of the Army's role in the complex international environment (strategic landpower). The discussions were useful to both cadets and faculty, as they addressed two groups leaving the academy to re-enter the force.

Major Lasiter’s DS350 Military Communication class conducted a media interaction event in conjunction with the West Point Simulation Lab. The event involved 14 Students and one Professor from the NYU School of Journalism and 16 Cadets from West Point. The NYU School of Journalism is the second largest department at NYU with over 800 students from various parts of the world. The students and cadets participated in an all day event involving the virtual battlefield simulator, engagement skills trainer and held mock press conferences. The exercise highlighted some of the challenges of working in austere environments with civilians and the frictions of war that can occur when civilians are involved in military operations. The exercise focused on communication skills required when conducting press conferences and interacting with the media.

Department of English and Philosophy

Academy Idol Winnders CDTs Moser-Hale and WeinmannFall EN102 Hosts Academy Idol Competition: On 12 November, Fall EN102 held its annual "Academy Idol" monologue competition. Seven students, each one representing one of the seven sections of Fall EN102, performed monologues from several of Shakespeare’s plays; these included "Macbeth," "Henry V," "Richard III," and "The Tempest." The event also included a rigorous round of Shakespearean trivia, along with various video mash-ups celebrating film adaptations of the Bard's works. In the end, Cadet Robert Moser (C4) placed third for his performance as Stephano from "The Tempest;" Cadet Benjamin Hale (A1) placed second for his performance as the title character in "Macbeth;" and Cadet David Weinmann (C2) was named the Fall 2014 Academy Idol for his performance as Richard from "Richard III."

CDT AndersenCadets Present Papers at Fifth Mid-Hudson Undergraduate Philosophy Conference: Cadets Samuel Andersen and Murphy Danahy attended the Fifth Mid-Hudson Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Marist College on 14-15 November. CDT Andersen presented a paper entitled “The Importance of Women in a Professional Military.” this paper emerged from EP373: Topics in Ethics, a course that he took last semester; it won the Beitler award last year. CDT Danahy presented “Of Saints and Monsters: An Examination of the Responsibility of Psychopaths,” which he developed from his studies in PY201: Philosophy and Ethical Reasoning last year. Both papers were well received and were followed by a robust question-and-answer session with audience members. Conference attendees included undergraduates from MIT, Yale, and Fordham University among others. USMA was the only institution with two student papers accepted for presentation.

SFC Mark Tonelli poster advertising the eventJazz Knights’ Guitarist Visits Cadets in CFAF’s Jazz Forum: The Jazz Forum met on 17 November to hear from Jazz Knights Guitarist, SFC Mark Tonelli, as he discussed what makes up a good jazz playlist. SFC Tonelli spoke to a group of cadets and faculty about the genre while also playing examples from his playlist.



Department of Systems Engineering

Cadets Michael Felton and Devin Wright traveled with Dr. Bruce Keith on 2-4 NOV to Ft. Riley (Junction City, KS) to collect data for their DSE Capstone Project. The purpose of this trip was to provide cadets with an opportunity to collect data in fulfillment of requirements for their DSE Capstone Project, which expands upon an AY14 Capstone (see http://www.army.mil/article/129057/USMA_cadets_tackle_valid_Army_training_issue/).

Calvary Color Guard CDTs

This trip is the first of four trip sections planned during AY15 to collect data in fulfillment of the requirements of a DSE Cadet Capstone Project; these trips provide cadets with an opportunity to gather insights through their observations of Army unit military training activities at a combination of home exercises, JRTC, and NTC events. The project examines strategies for increasing capacity among Army units while they concurrently reduce their reliance on the use of Field Service Representatives (FSRs). This project is sponsored by PEO C3T; the client arranged for cadets to observe a home exercise at Ft. Riley, KS. The cadet team was warmly received by the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team (2nd ABCT); the Brigade Commander, COL Miles Brown and his staff, including former USMA History Instructor MAJ Chris Dempsey, invited the cadets to participate in a brigade PT run, organized a special meet and greet dinner for the cadets, and sent us off in style on a horse ride around the post with members of the Calvary Color Guard.

Cadet Development: “Civilian and Military Relations Conference” 14 Cadets and 1 Midshipman from the Cadet Community on Civil- Military Relations travelled to Tufts University to take part in the Civilian and Military Relations Conference organized by ALLIES, a parent organization dedicated to linking the leaders in both education and the services. Alongside delegations from the Naval Academy and area schools, participants had the opportunity to hear from and engage several speakers before a diplomatic crisis simulation tested their decision-making abilities while considering a multitude of factors.

Civilian and Military Relations ConferenceFocusing on Civilian-Military relations when providing Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief, the conference featured a range of speakers with vast expertise and experience. These speakers (including a USAID employee, the leader of an MIT-funded laboratory, a retired United States Marine, and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense) each provided a unique view on how to incorporate the military when providing disaster relief. In addition to the discussions, the conference featured breakout sessions where each speaker could engage a smaller group of students. These sessions were extremely effective, and allowed students a fuller understanding of the military’s role in disaster relief before they put their skills to the test in the simulation.
While the focus of the conference was on Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief, the mere gathering of Cadets, Midshipmen and civilian students produced a very conducive environment to foster cross-service and civ-mil relations. In addition to lectures and the simulation, students were able to tour the college town of Medford via Davis Square, as well as the historic Harvard Square in nearby Cambridge. These opportunities assisted in the cultural development of the attending Cadets and Midshipmen, and provided chances to interact with civilian students outside of a classroom setting.

In summary, the conference was extremely successful and very professionally run. It provided an untold amount of development for its participants, and we owe many thanks to its coordinators. The Cadet Community on Civilian-Military Operations greatly appreciates the invitation to attend, and looks to surpass the conference’s level of success when the United States Military Academy hosts ALLIES’ annual Intellectual Round Table this spring.

Cadets inside the operations building at the USMA Recycling FacilityEV300 Cadet Trip Section to USMA Recycling Facility. On 13 and 14 November 2014, cadets enrolled in EV300 Environmental Science visited the USMA Recycling Facility as part of their Environmental Pollution Block of instruction. The facility’s recycled materials include paper, cardboard, glass, printer cartridges, e-waste, scrap metal, military munitions (rounds) and others. Site operators described for cadets the challenges of weekly recycling and requested that the cadets assist in enforcing separation of municipal solid waste from cardboard, paper and other recyclable items originating in company areas. Cadets learned that the facility contributes nearly $100K to MWR funds annually, in large part due to recycling efforts within the cadet area. Inefficiencies in this process are seen as opportunity costs – funds lost due to reduction in recycled material able to be sold at market value. While on site, cadets also learned about the facility’s use of alternative energy, a photovoltaic cell array that reduces the facility’s reliance on grid-provided, fossil fuel-based electricity.

Department of Foreign Languages

Current Week HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. Semester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections:
    a. Russian: On Thursday 6 NOV advanced Russian students traveled to NYC to watch a performance of the Russian opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District" by Shostakovich.
    b. Arabic: Eight Cadets of the West Point Model Arab League traveled to Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, over the weekend of 14-16 November to compete in the Appalachian Regional Model Arab League. This conference pits students from regional colleges and universities against each other as delegates from members of the League of Arab States in parliamentary debate. The Cadets performed superbly in their first regional conference of the year. Individual honors went to:
    • Araceli Sandoval and Antonio Gray as outstanding delegates on the Committee for Political Affairs
    • Ian Myers (Cadet in Charge) and Derek Fossi as outstanding delegates on the Committee for Palestinian affairs
    • David Lane and Rocky Dubinas as outstanding delegates on the Committee for Joint Defense
    • Blaze Bissar and Sarah Holzworth as honorable mention on the Committee for Economic Affairs

The members of the West Point Model Arab League TeamRepresenting Algeria, West Point was named Overall Outstanding Delegation at the conference, an accomplishment made even more notable in that five of our delegates were competing for the first time in regional parliamentary debate. The team is entirely Cadet organized, trained, and led, competing against schools whose teams take Model Arab League as a course for credit. The success at this competition is a superb accomplishment by an exceptional group of future Army leaders.

Faculty participation in immersion trips, AIADs, and semester abroad maintenance requirements / trips: Spanish: MAJ James Creason conducted a sight visit of the semester abroad program in Spain. The purpose of the visit was to further develop relationships with key personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and both the Academia General Militar (Spanish Military Academy) and at the University of Grenada. MAJ Creason gained valuable insight into the effectiveness of both programs where USMA Cadets are currently enrolled. The feedback provided by MAJ Creason will benefit future rotations of Cadets participating in the semester abroad program in Spain.

Stop along the coast to enjoy the vistaAs part of the trip, MAJ Creason escorted the Cadets currently on semester abroad on a cultural immersion along Spain’s southeast coast. The immersion provided the Cadets a unique opportunity to experience Andalucian and Valencian cultures. As a group, they traveled along the Mediterranean coast. The group participated in a dinner show consisting of typical southern Spain cuisine and an exhibition of Flamenco, a typical dance that defines the regions historical blending of cultures. The trip finished with a visit to the historic towers of Valencia’s old city. From the remaining towers the Cadet’s gained an appreciation for the blending of architecture and defense. The trip was a success, and greatly benefited the Cadets understanding of regional personalities and idiomatic differences that exist in Spain.

Academy Professor of German and French meets with CadetsGerman: Colonel Mark Gagnon, Academy Professor of German and French, conducted a visit of Semester Exchange Program sites in Germany and Austria from 10-13 November. COL Gagnon began his visit at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, Germany, where he met with Cadets currently on exchange and with the university’s international office. Helmut Schmidt University, one of two German Armed Forces universities, is prepared to welcome four USMA Cadets in 15-2 as the program will expand to both semesters. Next COL Gagnon traveled to Wiener Neustadt, just outside of Vienna, Austria, to meet with Cadets studying at the Austrian Military Academy. USMA and the Theresian Military Academy, founded in 1751, have enjoyed a strong partnership since 2008. According to Chief of International Programs, LTC Lampersberger, the current USMA Cadets have performed superbly in the classroom and in numerous field training exercises. To conclude the trip, COL Gagnon visited Cadets at the University of the Armed Forces, Munich. COL Gagnon briefed the university’s leadership on the USMA academic program, visited classes with the USMA cadets, and toured the campus facilities. He also laid the foundation for possible expansion of the exchange program in 16-2. Throughout the trip, COL Gagnon expressed thanks for the outstanding support of our Cadets from each institution and discussed the excellent academic work and athletic contributions of the Germans and Austrians currently on exchange at USMA.

DFL CDTs backstage at the St Petersburg Mikhailovshky BalletArabic: On the 12th of November Cadets from the DFL Piano and Voice Mentorship group and from the Russian Language Club traveled to New York City to attend a performance of the ballet Giselle at Lincoln Center. The Saint Petersburg Mikhailovsky Ballet is considered one of the top ballet companies in the world. The trip expanded Cadets’ exposure to both the linguistic and cultural world of Russian ballet as well as the heights of the best of musical expression. Dr. Rajaa Chouairi and Captain Mark Dickinson accompanied the group.

Major milestones in research or scholarly work:

Spanish: LTC Humberto Castro was invited to participate in the SCUSA 2014 Conference to monitor the Latin America roundtable with the theme “The Soldier and the Narco-State, Carteles, Federales, and the Future of Latin America.” LTC Castro assisted with the discussion and provided the participants with great information, insight, and advice.

Athletic Director's Update, November 20th

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Athletic Directors Update 11-20-2014

DCA Update November 20th

Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs

Equestrian Equestrian:

  • On 15 Nov, the West Point Equestrian team traveled to Westampton, NJ to participate in two Western shows
  • All cadets put in a great effort and both of the shows were a success
  • CDTs Shawna Moore and Alex Vincent placed 1st in their respective classes of Class 14 (open) and Class 1 (walk/jog)
  • CDTs Madeleine Arnold and Vanda Niemi placed 2nd in their respective classes Class 12 and Class 1 (walk/jog)
  • CDTs Alex Moore, Danielle Diulus, and Caroline Harris placed 3rd in their respective classes of Class 13 (walk/jog/lope) and Class 1 (walk/jog)
  • The team competed against Centenary, the Univer-sity of Delaware, Rutgers, Temple, Villanova, Kutz-town, Bloomsburg and Washington College

Climbing Climbing (Mountaineering):

  • On 15 Nov, the West Point Climbing Team attended a competition at “The Cliffs of Long Island City” climbing gym
  • Attending were 25 members of the West Point Climbing Team, accom-panied by Coach Dawes Strickler and MAJ Tim Mitroka
  • “The Cliffs of Long Island City” is the largest indoor climbing gym in the region located in Queens, NY
  • The purpose of this trip was to introduce new members of the team to the environment of competitive climbing by conducting an intra-team com-petition
  • Each climber worked hard to conquer the absolute five hardest climbs that they could complete
  • This was a learning experience for less experienced climb-ers, and a great training opportunity for everyone in prepa-ration for next semester’s competitive season

Native American heritage forumAcademic Clubs

Native American Heritage Forum:

  • From 14-15 Nov, cadets of the Native American Heritage Forum and their OIC traveled to Orlando, FL to attend the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) National
  • Conference as part of West Point Office of Diversity outreach
  • The AISES National Confer-ence has become the premier event for Native American Science, Engi-neering and Math (STEM) professionals, and students attracting over 1,600 attendees from across the country
  • The AISES National Conference was a three day event convening high school junior and senior students, undergraduates, graduates, teachers, workforce professionals, and corporate and government partners
  • At the conference the cadets and OIC set up a West Point booth and spoke with many of the attendees to share with them the STEM opportunities that are available at West Point

Debate Debate (Model Arab League):

  • On 16 Nov, the cadets of the West Point Model Arab League traveled to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, VA to compete in the Appalachian Regional Model Arab League
  • This conference pits students from regional colleges and universities against each other as delegates from members of the League of Arab States in parliamen-tary debate
  • The cadets performed superbly in their first regional conference of the year
  • Individual honors went to CDTs Araceli Sandoval and Antonio Gray for out-standing delegates in political affairs, CIC Ian Myers and cadet Derek Fossi for outstanding delegates in Palestinian af-fairs, CDTs David Lane and Rocky Dubinas for out-standing delegates in joint defense, and CDTs Blaze Bis-sar and Sarah Holzworth for honorable mention in eco-nomic affairs
  • Representing Algeria, West Point was named overall outstanding delegation for the conference, an accom-plishment made even more notable in that five of our delegates were competing for the first time in regional parliamentary debate

Debate Debate Team:

  • The Army Debate team travelled to West Virginia University this past weekend to compete in the last tournament of the season
  • Cadet Barlow closed out the tournament when he won the top speaker award (1st) for the Open (varsity) division; his partner Cadet Caston, also won the 7th place speaker award
  • The pair won the tournament in the open division, picking up every single ballot along the way
  • The novice team of CDTs TJ Collins and Matt Watts, continued their unprecedented success by coming in 2nd place which marks a top 3 finish in every tournament this semester
  • CDTs Gulbis, Collins, and Watts also won speaker awards in the Novice division
  • Cadet Watts won the 8th speaker award

The Army Debate Team is proud to report that MAJ Adam Scher, the current OIC and former Army De-bater, is the 2014 recipient of the Peter Borsay Memo-rial Award The award goes to a military veteran who has contrib-uted to debate

Diversity Clubs

Cultural affairs seminarCultural Affairs Seminar:

  • On 14-16 Nov., nine cadets from the Cultural Affairs Seminar partici-pated in an Exchange Program with Cadets from Howard University
  • As a part of the trip section the USMA ca-dets spent two days at the historically black Col-lege and University, sharing ideas, history, cul-ture and tradition
  • The cadets also participated in joint field training exercise with the Howard ROTC cadets and Georgetown ROTC ca-dets
  • The USMA cadets enjoyed their experi-ence and were able to cultivate a positive relationship with their peers at Howard and Georgetown

Natl Society of Black EngineersNational Society of Black Engineers:

  • On 14 –16 Nov, three cadets from the NSBE went to Pittsburgh, PA to give a presentation on leadership
  • The presentation was very well received by the students and teachers that were in attendance
  • Cadets also had the opportunity to judge several competitions that took place


Military Clubs

Tactics Tactics:

  • On 15 Nov, the Law Enforcement Tactics Club conducted training with the New York Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit
  • The cadets were exposed to specialized operations and equipment used by civilian law enforcement personnel
  • Cadets received an overview of the NYPD headquarters operations, such as how Police Intelligences feeds op-erate
  • The cadets also received a site tour of One Police Plaza
  • Cadets then saw a demonstration of ESU’s capabilities such as, K9, bomb squad and special tactics
  • Afterwards, the cadets received one on one instruction in the use of law enforcement centric tactics
  • From this experience, cadets gained better understanding of how troop-leading procedures apply to law enforcement opera-tions in both military and civilian settings

Support Clubs

Glee clubGlee Club:

  • The Glee Club capped off a very busy week in which they performed in seven different events that supported the West Point community, the USMA mission, and USMA Outreach to the NYC Region
  • On 12 Nov, 25 select members of the Glee Club traveled to NYC to participate in the 30th annual meeting of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. at the Midtown Hilton
  • The Glee Club performed the national anthems of Japan and the United States in front of more than 2,000 lead-ers of business and industry in the New York region, effectively representing West Point and it’s cadets to this important metropolitan population
  • On 14 November, the club sang on stage at Eisenhower Hall with country music superstar Trace Adkins as he kicked off his 2014 Christmas Tour
  • In front of a crowd of nearly 2000, the Club performed one selection (Comfort and Joy) on it's own
  • Mr. Adkins then sang, as an encore, his signature piece “Til the Last Shot’s Fired” with the Glee Club as back up

Pipes and DrumsPipes and Drums:

  • On 14 Nov, the Drum line of the West Point Pipes and Drums accom-panied the Hellcats during the Trace Adkins concert in Eisenhower Hall
  • The Pipes and Drums were part of a joint performance with the Hellcats and members of the Spirit Band during a Trace Adkins music set
  • Some of the back up musicians of the Trace Adkins band are very much into their Celtic heritage and sport highland wear (kilts) during their performances

Parachute Parachute:

  • On 15 Nov, in preparation for the Collegiate Nationals Skydiving Competition, the West Point Parachute Team went on their final training trip to the Sky Venture Wind Tunnel in Nashua, New Hampshire.
  • The training focus was on the yearlings and cows for 2-way and 4-way respectively
  • This was the first tunnel trip for the yearlings with their RW suits
  • Each 2-way got 40 minutes of time in the tunnel to work on their random and blocks, the yearlings were even able to do their first 4-way in the tunnel, which is a major accomplishment

DCA Happenings

Cadet publicationCadet Publications:

  • Cadet Publications held their second annual opening for the 2014 Circle In the Spiral Art Exhibit in Eisen-hower Hall.
  • More than 60 cadet contributors and their cadet guests enjoyed see-ing each other’s artwork, photo-graphs, narrative, and poems dis-played in the Class of ‘29 Gallery.
  • The Cadet Strings also performed.
  • The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday during regular busi-ness hours and prior to all show per-formances.

Cadet programsCadet Programs:

  • The Class of 2016 has begun placing their orders for the 500th night memento, a class beverage stein
  • On Friday, 21 Nov., 1st Regiment will host Thanksgiving Fest in Legion Square
  • Friday, 21 Nov., 3rd Regiment will host a Branch Celebration in Eisenhower Hall (Ike’s Café) with music provided by “Mama Fried”
  • On 18 Nov., class officers sampled banquet food at a taste test in the mess hall to assist them in select-ing a menu for their class weekend banquets.
  • On 16 Nov., the Cadet Hostess conducted an eti-quette briefing to the Class of 2015 in preparation for their 500th Night Reception, Banquet and Hop. The event will be held on 17 Jan., with a Reception and Banquet in Washington Hall, followed by a Hop in Cullum Hall featuring the Benny Haven’s Band.

Cadet hostessCadet Hostess:

  • Company G-2 Underclass Social Develop-ment Officer, CDT Justin Reeves ‘16 (far right) coordinated an etiquette training session for his company plebes on 17 Nov. in Cullum Hall. The Cadet Hostess reviewed the basics of social development, dining etiquette, table manners, as well as reception and buffet etiquette. This activity helps Plebes present them-selves in the best light while on holiday this Thanksgiving.
Final Black Knights Alley Events Set for Saturday

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team closes the home portion of its regular season schedule on Saturday against Fordham at Michie Stadium and prior to the game Army fans are invited to visit Black Knights Alley.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early on Saturday to take part in the multitude of fan activities offered on a football game day at West Point. Please visit ARMYgameday.com for all game day information.

Approximately two hours before kickoff, Army's football team members and coaches will participate in Black Knight Walk and parade through the heart of Black Knights Alley en route to the team locker room. Fans are encouraged to attend and support the Black Knights as they get set for kickoff versus the Rams. Read More

Army Gymnastics Announces Signing of Cole Casanova

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army men’s gymnastics team announced the signing of Cole Casanova. The Texas gymnast placed eighth in the all-around competition at last year’s Texas State Championships.

A three-time Junior Olympic National Championship participant, Casanova placed 13th at the 2013 U.S. Junior National Championships in the all-around category. He was also a member of the 2014 regional team. Read More

Volleyball Opens Postseason Against Host American

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army volleyball team has advanced to the Patriot League Tournament for the 16th consecutive season and will face top-seeded American on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Bender Arena.

A sweep of visiting Lafayette paired with Colgate's loss to American last Friday night secured a place in the Patriot League Tournament for the team, which enters the postseason with a 14-15 overall mark and a 9-7 Patriot League record. In the other semifinal match, No. 2 Lehigh takes on No. 3 Navy and the championship contest is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. Read More

AUSA's Publishes Article on West Point History of Warfare

The successful transformation of West Point’s History of the Military Art course could hold the key to dramatic improvements in Army learning. In order to educate and train the next generation of professional soldiers, content and curricula must be delivered in the way that the millennial generation consumes information. This has now been tested and proven by leveraging technology to breathe new life into a course best remembered by many for its massive war atlases, often 300 pages or more, depicting the movement of divisions, corps and armies on hundreds of detailed maps. Full Article »

The Line-Up Cadet Newsletter November

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Drill Team Takes First in Multiple Categories

The USMA Black Knight Drill Team traveled to Ithaca, NY to participate in the Cornell University Invitational Drill Competition, Nov. 15. They competed against several schools including the United States Naval Academy and Norwich University. Congratulations to the Drill Team!

The Drill Team won first place in exhibition platoon, exhibition tandem, and regulation squad. CDT Austin Neal won third place in individual knock out drill. We placed in every event we entered.

Army Navy Boxing Classic December 12th

Get your tickets now to attend the Army Navy Boxing Classic, as Army gets set to square off against Navy on Friday December 12, 2014 at 10:00pm. Prelims begin at 9:30pm.  To be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Exhibit Hall G, Inner Harbor Baltimore. Army and Navy boxers will face off in seven action-packed bouts. www.ncbaboxing.tix.com

- On the floor/ringside:  $25
- General admission/bleachers:  $15

Live Internet Streaming:  $8
For those who cannot attend the match you can subscribe at www.ncbalive.com


All-Patriot League Honors Handed Out

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Carolyn Bockrath, Nicole Perri and Vanessa Edwards each earned All-Patriot League recognition for their individual performances this season as the Army volleyball team advanced to the Patriot League Tournament for the 16th consecutive year.

"I am very proud of Carolyn, Nicole and Vanessa for winning these awards," head coach Alma Kovaci said. "They were each an extremely important part of our team's success this season and are certainly deserving of the recognition."

Bockrath was chosen by the league's head coaches as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and also claimed a spot on the second team following a stellar debut campaign. The 6-2 middle blocker led the conference with a .391 hitting percentage and was third among Patriot League freshmen with 2.61 kills per set. Full Story

Dixon Accepts Shrine Game Invitation

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Army senior running back Larry Dixon has accepted an invitation to play in the annual East-West Shrine Game, it was announced today.

This will mark the 14th consecutive season an Army player has been chosen for the prestigious senior event in Florida. Wide receiver Patrick Laird was selected last year. Read More

Wilson Earns Player of the Week Recognition

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After being named the most valuable player of the All-Military Classic presented by USAA, Kyle Wilson has been honored as the Lou Henson award national player of the week, Army Athletic Association athlete of the week and the Patriot League men's basketball player of the week.

Wilson led the tournament with an average of 22 points per game on 42.4 percent shooting, including a 6-for-15 effort from beyond the arc. He was 10-of-11 at the free throw line with an 8-of-9 mark in the final five minutes of each contest. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native scored 25 points in Army's first win over service academy rival Air Force since 1987, before netting 19 in the title game opposite VMI. Read More

West Point Inspires Florida Panthers

Owner Viola ’77 brought his team to West Point just a few days before opening night, for a team-building trip. Although the Academy is based around the military, the principles and values of West Point go beyond just the armed forces, a sentiment that Viola looked to instill in the Panthers and bring new players and returning players together to create a cohesive unit. The Panthers players decided to award a Dress Gray jacket to the game’s most valuable player after each win. One of the oldest West Point uniforms and not for everyday use, the Dress Gray is worn by cadets for formal settings including special dinners or in the presence of a prestigious speaker. Dress Gray jackets are also adorned for Army-Navy football games as well.

The Panthers’ trip inspired the team to pass along a Dress Gray jacket to the game’s most valuable player within the locker room. Panthers F Shawn Thornton was given a Dress Gray jacket by a West Point cadet as a gift. Hesitant to take the jacket from the cadet at first, the cadet insisted Thornton take the jacket, which the 37-year old forward brought back with him to his team and ran the idea by them to pass it on after the game. Panthers Chief of Staff Matt Caldwell ’02 joined the team on their October trip to the Military Academy and has seen the team come together first hand through training camp to where they are today. Full Story

Rifle Defeats GARC Rival Ole Miss, 4615-4561

WEST POINT, N.Y. - - Army's rifle team swept medalist honors in both disciplines defeating Great America Rifle Conference rival Ole Miss , 4615-4561, Friday afternoon at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center to level its season mark at 4-4.

Freshman Josh Martin and sophomore Allen Solida tied for medalist honors in smallbore posting identical 570s with junior captain Alyssa Gestl grabbing first-place honors in air rifle with a 590 to tie her career high.

Joining Martin and Solida on Army's four-man smallbore unit were Gestl and sophomore Marvin Lewis who finished a point behind medalist with 569s tying for third place honors as the Black Knights posted a 2278 in outpointing the Rebels who posted a 2240. Full Story »

Army Fires Season Highs

WEST POINT, N.Y. - - Sophomore Danielle Cuomo posted Army's top scores in both disciplines, finishing runner-up in smallbore behind a career-high 586, helping the Black Knights set season highs in smallbore and aggregate against No. 1-ranked West Virginia in a Great America Rifle Conference match Sunday at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

Cuomo's 586 smallbore score broke her season high by 14 points and her career mark by seven points finishing just one-point behind West Virginia medalist Jean-Pierre Lucas' mark of 587. Cuomo fired a perfect 10.9 standing on her last shot. Combining with Cuomo on Army's season-high smallbore team were sophomores Marvin Lewis (579) and Allen Solida (574), along with freshman Josh Martin (572). Read More

Men's Basketball Victorious in the All-Military Classic

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army men's basketball team was crowned champion of the All-Military Classic presented by USAA by defeating VMI 92-86 on Saturday evening at Christl Arena. The hosts found themselves behind by six (83-77), after leading by as many as 14 points, with a little more than four minutes to play and closed out the game on a 15-3 run. Maxwell Lenox's finish with his right hand in close kick started the critical run, before consecutive old-fashioned three-point plays at the rim by Wilson and Plomb gave Army an 85-83 edge with less than three minutes left. Two of Army's eight blocks came on VMI's next possession and Ferguson went to the line where Army struggled the entire night (15-29).

After he made one of two to push the lead to three (1:45), Jordan Weethee converted a three-point play of his own to tie the game at 86-86 with 90 seconds on the clock. Army perfectly executed its next two possessions, surrounding a pair of missed VMI free throws, with Plomb draining a pullup and Cox going high off the glass to put Army ahead by four with less than 30 seconds remaining. VMI failed to score again and Wilson added two at the line to run the final score to 92-86. Read More

Men's Basketball Tops Air Force

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Three players in double figures, including 20-point performances from Kyle Wilson and Tanner Plomb, lifted the Army men's basketball team to an 84-78 season opening victory over service academy rival Air Force in game two of the All-Military Classic presented by USAA.

The Army offense was on point throughout the entire game, shooting 49.2 percent from the floor and 52.0 percent from three-point range. The Black Knights' defense forced 18 Air Force turnovers and outrebounded the Falcons 37-32. The team collected six steals and four blocks.

Of those four rejections, none were bigger than Kevin Ferguson's block of Trevor Lyons from behind that kept Army's lead at eight points with two and a half minutes remaining. The Falcons pulled down the offensive rebound, but Army's defense was able to regroup and draw an offensive foul later in the possession. Full Story »

Dean's Weekly, November 14th

Department of Law US

Judge Seibel and Dept of Law CDTsUS District Court Judge Cathy Seibel served as visiting instructor in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar on 7 November 2014. Judge Seibel, appointed to the bench in the Southern District of New York by President George W. Bush, lectured and fielded questions by cadets pertaining to two important rights secured under the 6th Amendment to the Constitution: the right of an accused to confront the witnesses against him and the right of the accused to the effective assistance of counsel in all criminal proceedings. The seminar is taught by Department of Law Asst. Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro.

US District Court Judge Vincent Briccetti spoke to law majors in the Introduction to Legal Method course on 7 November 2014. Judge Briccetti, appointed to the bench in 2011, spoke to the cadets about judicial review, judicial philosophy, and how judges approach the interpretation of ambiguous provisions in the law and the Constitution. In addition to discussing these issues, cadets asked questions about the confirmation process, the impact of a lifetime appointment, and the ethical dilemmas of a judge. The class is taught by Department of Law Asst. Professor LTC Ward Narramore.

West Point Mock Trial TeamThe West Point Mock Trial Team traveled to St. Bonaventure University on 8-9 November to participate in the Third Annual Friar Faceoff. Cadets competed against other undergraduate students in presenting a case to panel of three judges. The first event of the year proved to be a great success!

Department of Foreign Languages

Semester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections:

Russian Cadets in NYC for the OperaRussian: On Thursday 6 NOV advanced Russian students traveled to NYC to watch a performance of the Russian opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District" by Shostakovich with colleagues from Vassar College and USNA at the Metropolitan Opera. On Sunday 09 NOV Russian-speaking cadets on study abroad returned from an academic trip to Yerevan, Armenia, where they were studying policy and conflict as relates to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the political relations of Armenia. On Sunday 09 NOV Russian-speaking cadets returned from a cultural trip to Minsk, Belarus, where they were able to observe Belarusian cultural and historical landmarks, and practice their Russian-language skills.

Chinese: CDT Warfield participated in a national Rugby tournament while studying abroad in Beijing China. Their team took fourth place overall and the experience allowed Cadet Warfield the opportunity to see her favorite sport from a Chinese perspective.

Language or International Club key events:

Fall 2014 Soccer Game Intl West Point CDTs vs DFL staffInternational Cadets: The International Cadets challenged DFL staff and faculty (and other USMA staff and faculty) to their semi-annual soccer match! Cadets from all four classes participated and enjoyed mingling with foreign-language instructors and DFL friends from across West Point. It was neat to see how soccer, arguably the most international competitive team sport and, brought so many cultures together to have a fun and exciting time together.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Cadets at the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering CenterCadet Capstone Team Meets with Collaborators at Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center: Representative members of the Torso-Borne Loading Capstone team, Cadets Angela Bapp, Craig Curry, Jacob Chisholm, Anthony Adams, and Katrina Donarski were accompanied by their faculty mentor, Dr. Becky Zifchock, on a trip to Natick, MA. The team used this as an opportunity to meet with their collaborators at Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). The visit allowed the team to meet with their project sponsors and discuss the anticipated direction of their research design and testing. The visit was coordinated by the director of the Biomechanics Laboratory at NSRDEC, but the students had the opportunity to meet with members of the Anthropometrics as well as the Ballistic Protection & Testing teams. The team is planning to design and test an offloading system that will redirect the load associated with the ruck and body armor to the pelvis. They are also working directly with NSRDEC to identify the optimal load distribution ratio between the shoulders and pelvis. This interdisciplinary capstone team consists of students from Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Psychology. The integration between the two different disciplines brings diverse and complementary skill sets to the design problem and testing methods.

CDT Churchill Receives Moles Award in New York City. The Moles, a long-standing New York City-based group of 500 of the top heavy construction professionals, presented CDT Churchill with the annual Moles Student Award for his excellence in the pursuit of his civil engineering studies and his potential for future contributions in the field of heavy construction. The award is given to one student from each participating school and is presented at the Moles annual educational activities dinner at the New York City Marriot Midtown. A reception and technical seminar on the 86th and 92nd street stations on the 2nd Avenue line were also included as part of the event.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Physical Geology Course Field TripPhysical Geology Course Field Trip. On 4 November, 32 cadets enrolled in EV388a Physical Geology participated in a field trip to Greenwood Lake, NJ and New Paltz, NY and points in between to study rocks in their native habitat and the influence of geology on regional development. Examples of stops included sedimentary sequences atop Bellvale Mountain, the Black Dirt region near Florida, the Old Stone Houses along Huguenot Street, the Rosendale cement mines and the Silurian age conglomerate atop the Shawngunk Ridge.

Colloquium in Geography Trip Section to the MetColloquium in Geography Trip Section to the Met. Ten cadets enrolled in EV483, Colloquium in Geography, traveled with Dr. Jon Malinowski to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Thursday, 6 November as part of a semester-long look at the concept of landscape in art. At the Met, cadets traced the development of landscape painting in Europe from the 15th century onward. They also viewed masterpieces of the Hudson River School as well as works by Robert Weir, head of the Department of Drawing at West Point, and his sons. In the attached photo, cadets pose in front of Leutze’s iconic Washington Crossing the Delaware. This visit supports the Superintendent’s goal of increasing outreach to New York City.

Department of English and Philosophy

Travel to NYC for A Taste of North African CultureCadets Enrolled in EN302 Travel to NYC for A Taste of North African Culture: On Friday, 31 October and Monday, 3 November, 62 total cadets currently enrolled in EN302 visited the Nomad restaurant in New York City for an authentic North African meal. The cadets who visited the restaurant have been studying the Maghreb culture of North Africa the entire semester. The trip provided an opportunity to experience an essential component of culture: what people eat and how they eat it. The restaurant manager, himself a native of Morocco, helped the cadets understand what growing up in the Maghreb is like by sharing tales of his experiences as a Berber in Morocco.

Department of Systems Engineering

Cadets participate in a Habitat for Humanity project at YonkersCadets participate in a Habitat for Humanity project at Yonkers, NY. Cadet Clint Hepworth (CIC) and Dr. Bruce Keith (DSE) coordinated efforts to bring 23 cadets from Company D4 to a Habitat for Humanity site in Yonkers, NY on Saturday, 11 November 2014 (Veterans Day). The event served as a company service activity for D4 and a great opportunity for the Westchester Office of Habitat for Humanity to populate a worksite with many enthusiastic, able-bodied volunteers. The cadets placed finishing touches on two houses, which were then officially dedicated to the two veterans families who will occupy them. Various teams of cadets have worked on these two houses for the past two years. Earlier this term, Cadet Company F2 volunteered to work the site on 20 SEP and 25 OCT. The Habitat for Humanity Office in Westchester has undertaken a veterans’ housing initiative, to provide housing solutions and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with affordable housing in Westchester County, NY (see http://habitatwc.org/veterans-initiatives/). To date, the H4H Office has built or is building six homes for veterans; these houses were two of those six. The cadets’ volunteer activities, which are always welcomed on the site, helped to make this initiative a reality for a few veterans. Work on the two homes will continue until the electrical work is complete, at which time Certificates of Occupancy will be issued to the families by the city of Yonkers. The H4H Office will now be directing attention to the completion of the remaining four houses.

DCA Update November 13th

Extracurricular Clubs

Glee ClubSupport Clubs:

  • On 8 Nov, the West Point Glee Club traveled to Yankee Stadium to perform the National Anthem and halftime show with the USMA Band and the UCONN Band at the Army-UCONN football game
  • Nearly 70 members of the club, under the direction of Constance Chase, presented the Anthem and a collection of patriotic selections in support of Veteran’s Day and the Army Team’s victory over UCONN
  • On 9 Nov, the West Point Glee Club traveled to MetLife Stadium with the West Point Band where they played a key role in the NY Jets celebration of Veteran’s Day
  • With the band, nearly 70 members of the Glee Club performed at halftime in front of more than 78,00 fans
  • On 10 Nov, 18 Cadets from the Glee Club traveled to Madison Square Garden in NYC where they performed the National Anthem at the NY Knicks-ATL Hawk’s NBA Game
  • As a part of Military Appreciation Night, the club joined members of all military services in various roles on the court at Madison Square Garden and extended USMA’s outreach to NYC
  • Nearly 20.000 fans were in attendance for the game

Parachute TeamParachute:

  • On 8 Nov, the West Point Parachute Team had their first demonstration jump into Yankee Stadium for the Army-UCONN football game
  • Typically to jump into a stadium, a jumper must have a pro-rating, which has minimum re-quirements of 500 jumps, 10 declared accuracy jumps, as well as smoke, flag, and night jumps
  • Yankee Stadium, however, has even stricter requirements, with a minimum of 1000 jumps to perform the demonstration
  • This year the coaching staff ,who have the necessary requirements, performed the demon-stration to prepare the cadets for jumping into Yankee Stadium in following years
  • Coach Tom Falzon was using a camera during the jump that was displayed on the jumbotron and allowed the fans to see the jumpers exit
  • The team OIC, LTC MacCalman, also used the camera to pump up the crowd as he was preparing to exit
  • Coach Falzone led in the stack, followed by LTC MacCalman and CPT Krupski who flew in the American Flag
  • The jumpers flew in right over the jumbotron and each landed right on target
  • On 9 Nov, the West Point Parachute Team and the 2nd Aviation Detachment performed a demonstration jump in Milford, CT in support of the city’s 375th anniversary Veterans Day celebration
  • Mayor Ben Blake presented the team captain, CDT Fuller, the key to the city
  • CDT Fuller gave an impressive speech to the audience thanking the older veterans for their service to our country and “inspiring us” to do the same
  • After the parachute demonstration, the ca-dets participated in the parade

Pipes and DrumsPipes and Drums:

  • On 11 Nov, the West Point Pipes & Drums supported the NYC Veterans Day Parade
  • The NYC Veterans Day Parade had over 25,000 participants and over 500,000 attendants
  • The Parade was televised on Fox5 and is viewable on the internet worldwide
  • The band marched as part of the Corps of Cadets in the first division and performed along the parade route
  • Periodically along the route members of the band performed solos to entertain the crowd and also accompanied a solo dance performance by CDT Alexis Martinez
  • The band also performed in front of the reviewing stand for the Grand Marshall, former NY Police Chief Raymond Kelly, and for members and dignitaries from the military and government

Hobby Clubs

Skeet and TrapSkeet and Trap:

  • On 7-9 Nov, the cadet Skeet and Trap team traveled to the DC area to compete in the two day ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championship
  • The cadets were just behind 2nd place by about 10 points out of a possible 1000, however, they were 60 points ahead of Navy
  • Cadet Carolee Schwarzer beat out Clemson and George Mason to place first in women’s trap with a score of 92
  • Cadet Mitchell Koellner and Cadet Gio Pezze placed 2nd and 3rd place, respectfully, in men’s trap with scores of 97

Diversity Clubs

Korean American RelationsKorean-American Relations Seminar:

  • The West Point Korean-American Relations Seminar Cadets made a trip to NYC to meet with human activist, Mr. Adrian Hong
  • Mr. Hong is a senior TED fel-low and the co-founder of a NGO called LiNK (Liberty in North Korean)
  • The KARS Cadets spoke with Mr. Hong about the conditions of life in North Korea

Competitive Clubs

West Point Equestrian team at Briarwood Farm, Flemington, NJ.Equestrian Club:

  • On 1-2 Nov, the West Point Equestrian Team traveled to the Centenary College Equestrian Center in New Jersey and had the privilege of hosting an English Equestrian show for the first time this year
  • Our team did a wonderful job riding this weekend, and both of the shows were a success!
  • Cadets Holly Rodeo, Alex Moore, Laivan Greene, Vanda Niemi, Caroline Harris, Danielle Diulus and Shawna Moore placed 1st in their respective classes (novice flat, intermediate western and walk/jog western)
  • Cadets Dillon Curtis, Danielle Diulus and Vanda Niemi placed 2nd in their respective classes (intermediate jumping and open class reining and walk/jog)
  • Cadet Dillon Curtis also placed 3rd in the open class of reining and Cadet Lena Cruzval placed 3rd in walk jog/lope
  • The team competed against Centenary, Bard, Marist, Drew, William Paterson, SUNY New Paltz, Sarah Law-rence, Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers, Kutztown, Villanova, Temple, University of Delaware, Washing-ton College and Vassar
  • The team won two out of three shows and finished 6th in the other show
  • So far this year the team has a total of three wins, one second place and two 6th places, out of six competitions

Army’s ‘A’ Division boat leads the way at the start of Race 2.Sailing:

  • On 8-9 Nov, the Army Sailing team competed in the Hap Moore Team Race at the US Coast Guard Academy
  • This was Army Sailing’s first team race regatta, which involves a different set of rules and strategy from traditional fleet racing formats
  • Team racing is a 3-on-3, head to head racing format where the team with the best combined finishes wins the race
  • Despite the new format and shifty conditions on the water, Army Sailing repre-sented well against some of the East Coast’s prominent sailing schools
  • Some of the teams that competed were Harvard, Boston College and George-town

Military Clubs


  • On 7-8 Nov, the Pistol Team traveled to Colorado Springs, CO to compete in a collegiate pis-tol match at the Olympic Training Center
  • The teams competing included: Ohio State University, North Dakota State, Texas A&M, and Utah
  • Army came in second place with a score of 1601
  • Army was first in the aggregate score for the two women’s events with a score of 2671
Athletic Director's Update, November 12th

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Athletic Directors Update 11-12-2014

Army Set To Host All-Military Classic

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army begins its 113th season of basketball on Friday evening when it takes on the Air Force Falcons. The game will follow the VMI-The Citadel matchup at 5:30 p.m. It is the fourth straight season the Black Knights and Falcons have met in the opener of the All-Military Classic presented by USAA.

The winner of the VMI-The Citadel contest will meet the winner of the Army-Air Force game in the championship of the All- Military Classic presented by USAA on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. The consolation game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Friday's game between Army and Air Force is the first meeting at West Point since the series started on Jan. 29, 1977. Army won that meeting, 68-49.

The Black Knights are 76-36 in their previous 112 season openers. Friday's game is Army's first season opener at West Point since the 2010-11 season. Full Story »


SOSH Run Photos

November 13 was the Sosh Run. Cadets taking International Relations (a required course) find unique ways to dress up and deliver/turn in their required papers prior to the 4:30pm deadline.

A few photos from the “run” can be found at this link courtesy of the West Point Parents Liaison – https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5vembR. Can you spot the surprise appearance?

November Parent Review Newsletter

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Band and Glee Club Perfomance at Metlife Stadium

Military Appreciation Day at MetLife StadiumThe West Point Band and Glee Club participated in Military appreciation day at Metlife Stadium as the New York Jets hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 9 2014. The day began with a joint service National Anthem performance, and featured an enlistment ceremony featuring the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, and the Superintendent of West Point, Lieutenant General Robert L Caslen, Jr. The West Point Band and the West Point Glee Club performed a military themed halftime show to a full house at MetLife Stadium. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class William Calohan.

November DCA Update

Extracurricular Clubs

Triathlon 2014Triathlon:

  • On October 24-27, Eleven cadets traveled to Aus-tin, TX to compete in the IronMan 70.3 Collegiate National Championships
  • The West Point Team swept the Collegiate divi-sion with 1st place male Dylan Morgan ‘16, 1st place female Cat Sedy ‘16, Men’s Team National Champions, Women’s Team Na-tional Champions, and overall Team National Champions
  • All four cadets, Dylan Morgan ‘16, Cat Sedy ‘16, Angelica Dickson ‘ 16 and Jacob Slife ‘18, qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Champions in 2015
  • Dylan Morgan was 10th overall in the entire race and the fastest amateur athlete with a collegiate championship record time of 4 hours and 8 minutes to complete the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and half-marathon
  • For five of the eleven cadets, this was their first time competing at the half-ironman distance
  • This is the third consecutive 70.3 national championship for the team under Head Coach Ian O’brien, and the third consecutive World Championship qualification for CDTs Morgan and Sedy
  • In addition to the cadet athletes, the OIC of the team, LTC Ken Allen, competed in the event and was 9th out of 266 men in the 40-44 year old age group division
  • Although not pictured, General Odierno gave a COSA coin to Cadets Sedy and Morgan for their Ironman sweep and continued triumphs with the Triathlon team
  • On November 1st-3rd, The West Point Triathlon team sent one cadet, Mackenzie Williams ‘18, to compete in the inaugural NCAA Women’s Na-tional Championships
  • Because triathlon is an emerging women’s sport under NCAA, athletes were allowed to compete in the championship regardless of the NCAA status of their program provided they met the requirements as collegiate athletes and, based on their resume, could make the field start list
  • In her first collegiate race, and first draft-legal event in over a year and a half since racing as a junior elite, Mackenzie finished in the top half of the field within a couple of minutes of the podium, and right alongsideNavy’s top three women
  • UCLA took first and third place, Penn State took second, Georgia Tech took fourth and the University of California Santa Barbara was fifth
  • The race was an excellent experience for CDT Williams and she is expected to dominate the field in future events as she returns to form in draft-legal rac-ing
  • The next draft-legal event for the team will be the elite developmental race in March where West Point will bring a full complement of three men and three women; this is closely followed by the USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals in April

Orienteering 2014Orienteering:

  • On October 25-26, the West Point Orienteering Team traveled to Sa-lem, New York in order to take part in a meet put on by the Hudson Valley Orienteering Association
  • Team members ran up to 19km of course over the rocky, wooded hills in Salem
  • The terrain closely resembles that of West Point
  • Overall the team performed admirably at this second-to-last event of the orienteering season

Team Handball 2014Team Handball:

  • The Men’s Handball team took a trip down to Salinas, Puerto Rico to compete in the International Handball Fed-eration cup
  • After four days of group play, where games were played against Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico, Team USA advanced to the finals for the first time in the team’s history, but fell short to Canada in the gold medal match
  • By outperforming their expectations, the USA Junior Team may be able to compete sometime in the near future in another international competition
  • Cadet Cross was appointed as the captain of the team, and learned valuable tips to help the West Point Men’s Team Handball Club in order to compete at an even high level than before

Hobby Clubs

Paintball 2014Paintball:

  • On 26 Oct. the Tournament Paintball team competed in the first event of the NCPA (National Colligate Paintball Association) season at Playgrounds Paintball in Mantua Township, NJ
  • The Tournament Paintball team competes in the NEIC (Northeastern Conference) of the NPCA, which consists of six teams: Tem-ple, Cornell, UCONN, Northeastern, Penn State and West Point
  • The team arrived at approximately 0900 and began preparations for the first match against Cornell University
  • The team had a slow start, losing the first few points, but then regrouped and scored six straight points, resulting in a 6-4 win for West Point against Cornell!
  • The next match was against Temple, where the team scored the first point and then completed the match with a 6-4 win, securing a 2-0 undefeated re-cord in the conference and arguably first place

Chess Club 2014Chess Club:

  • The West Point Chess Team had a great trip to the Air Force Academy for the U.S. Armed Forces Chess Open
  • Our team competed against active and retired officers and enlisted personnel from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines; as well as cadets from the Air Force Academy
  • Nick Oblak (CIC) won 1st overall with 5 wins and a draw
  • Wes Loudon won 1st in the cadet category and tied for 5th over-all with Clifford Hodges
  • Michael Huang tied for 12th overall
  • Nick Oblak won 3rd place in the Blitz tournament and Nick and Wes, as a team, won the Bughouse tourna-ment

Academic Clubs

Debate (Model Arab League):

  • On October 28-29th, 16 Cadets from the Model Arab League attended the National Council on US-Arab Relations Policymakers’ Conference at the Reagan Center in Washington, DC
  • The Cadets were privileged to hear the latest thoughts of the most knowledgeable and influential US and Arab policymakers on the most pressing subjects of concern to the League of Arab States
  • The most significant emerging topics of interest included:
  • The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where current thought seems to indicate a dwindling of international and US support for Israel following the most recent Gaza war
  • The Iranian nuclear deal in the offing, which the Saudi spokesman publicly welcomed with caution that Saudi Arabia would insist on the same deal for itself, guaranteeing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East if Iranian nuclear ambitions are accommodated
  • Most pressingly the clear and present danger posed by the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL), which is “neither Islamic nor a state” and which, though alarming in the extreme presents more of an oppor-tunity than an existential threat: Never before have the US and Muslim states faced such a compel-ling common enemy, which could bring together Arabs, Turks, Iranians, Israelis and Americans against a common foe
  • Success of the all of these issues depends on Muslim leadership and provides fascinating discourse for our Cadets preparing to engage in parliamentary debate with students from other schools representing other states of the Arab league in upcoming competitions


  • This past weekend, the Army Debate team travelled to Liberty University
  • Army CW, comprised of cadets TJ Collins and Matt Watts (both members of the class of 2018), finished in 3rd place in the novice division
  • Army HP, comprised of cadets Ian Holbrook and Kyle Paget (both members of the class of 2017), made it to the sweet 16
  • Army BB, comprised of cadets Bryant and Barlow (both members of the class of 2016) also made it to the sweet 16 of the open varsity division

Academic Clubs 2014Chinese Club:

  • On October 25th, ten members of the USMA Chinese Forum, led by First Class CDT Kaiwen Lin, visited with members of the Rutgers University Chinese Club
  • The students and the cadets took the oppor-tunity to discuss each others’ respective lives at Rutgers and West Point, eat dinner to-gether, and attend a student-run talent show hosted by the Rutgers Chinese Club
  • This experience allowed both the students and the cadets to gain a better under-standing of each other and the unique opportunities and challenges that Civilian Aca-demic Institutions and Service Academies present
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In the summer of 2014, Boldt was selected to the Deputy Brigade Commander position for the U.S. Military Academy Cadet Chain of Command. As the Deputy Brigade Commander, Boldt holds down the second-highest position in the cadet chain of command, which oversees all 4,400 cadets at the Academy. Boldt was nominated for this leadership position by a group of his peers before being eventually accepted into the role by members of the Academy administration. Boldt is two-time co-captain on the Army men’s soccer team (2013, 2014).

Vote for Deputy Brigade Commander Winston Boldt '15 for this year's Senior CLASS Award! Designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility,The Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

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West Point is Becoming a Proving Ground for Technology

"We have been teaching military history since 1818," said West Point History Department Chair Col. Ty Seidule. Now, the school is doing it with a new twist.

Animated representations of each day of the Battle of Gettysburg, or 3-D models of a medieval castle stormed in the Hundred Years' War, "allow you to see how the commanders placed their troops, how they flanked and maneuvered against their enemies, " said West Point freshman Mary Liu. "It really does bring history to life."

"War is the most complex, chaotic, unpredictable and dangerous activity undertaken by humans," Col. Seidule continued. "We have to have the tools to help (future Army officers) understand that better. And that's what we've done with this course." Full Story »

Smith Receives Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Senior Chandler Smith of the Army wrestling team was honored with the Lt. Gen. Harold “Hal” Moore Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award over the weekend.

The award is annually presented to a male and female West Point cadet from the graduating class who exemplifies the leadership qualities of retired Lt. Gen. Harold “Hal” Moore and the tenets of the Warrior Ethos on the athletic playing field and in the Department of Physical Education combatives program.Candidates are assessed by character attributes such as mental toughness, coachability, perseverance, athletic skill and Warrior Ethos. Recipients of the award are selected by a Department of Physical Education panel. Read More

Jewish Chapel Choir Sings the National Anthem at GA

The Jewish Chapel Choir of the United States Military Academy at West Point sings the National Anthem during a Veteran’s Day commemoration that opened the closing plenary of the 2014 Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly.

[Photo courtesy of Ron Sachs]

Veterans Day 2014

West Point cadets marching in the New York Veterans Day parade

CDTs marching in the NY Veterans Day parade

[Photo courtesy of Mike Segar/Reuters]

Ricciardi, Drummond Selected Academic All-District

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army linebacker Stephen Ricciardi and defensive lineman Joe Drummond were named to the Capital One Academic All-District football first team.

Ricciardi and Drummond, selected by a national panel of sports information directors, are now eligible to become an Academic All-American.

Ricciardi and Drummond, both seniors, are among the 25 players selected as District 1 winners. First-team selections from each district are placed on the Academic All-America ballot. Read More

Army Men's Rugby Finishes Regular Season Undefeated!

WHEELING, WV - The third-ranked Army men's rugby team completed a perfect season, capturing a 34-29 victory over conference rival and 13th-ranked Wheeling Jesuit on the road Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, Army moves to 8-0 on the season, having claimed victories over four nationally ranked opponents, including three straight to close out the year.

Despite allowing Wheeling Jesuit to remain close, the Army defense held strong in the final minutes of action following three straight scores from the Cardinals.  Continue Reading »

Army Women Swimming and Diving Team Defeats Iona

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army women swimming and diving team defeated Iona Friday in the team’s home opener at Crandall Pool. The Black Knights won 12 swimming events and claimed first in the 1-meter diving segment.

Army set the pace going first through third in the 200 medley relay and never let down the intensity against the Gaels. In the 1000 free Sabrina Mortell touched the wall first in 10:29.27 and was closely followed by Danielle Nuszkowski.

Mortell then won the 200 free in 1:55.98. She was followed by teammates Kristen Barta, Shannon Rogers and Madison Jones who rounded out the top four. In the 100 back Kelly Hamilton and Keeli McNeary finished 1-and-2, respectively.

The Black Knights had the top-three swimmers in the 100 breast led by Jessica Burkett (1:07.63) and in the 200 fly led by Teresa Groton (2:07.57). Read More

Army Knights over UCONN 35 - 21 at Yankee Stadium

BRONX, N.Y. - Chris Carnegie's 99-yard interception return for a touchdown with less than a minute to play closed Army's 35-21 victory over Connecticut at Yankee Stadium. Carnegie's pick-six was one of several key plays for the Army defense on a day in which the offense ran wild for 325 yards.

Carnegie's second of two interceptions in the game came after Connecticut trimmed Army's lead to a touchdown with two minutes to play and then recovered the ensuing onside kick at midfield. Huskies' quarterback Chandler Whitmer quickly moved the Connecticut offense into the red zone with runs of 26, 10 and seven yards before throwing the deciding pick. Whitmer was flushed out to his right and threw off balance toward the goal line where Carnegie leapt in front of the pass and took it the distance for six.

Army held a two-touchdown lead for much of the game and went ahead 28-14 with 4:22 to play when Angel Santiago wiggled his way to paydirt from a yard out to cap an eight-play 52-yard drive. The Huskies quickly answered a little more than two minutes later when Whitmer connected with Noel Thomas for a touchdown prior to recovering the onside kick.

The Yankee Stadium crowd of 27,453 saw Santiago rush for two touchdowns on the day as he directed Army's effective rushing attack with a game-high 97 yards on 25 carries. As a team, Army averaged 5.5 yards per rush and its stable of backs had six players run for at least 20 yards. Raymond Maples went for 53 yards on six tries, Larry Dixon bullied his way to 43 yards on 11 touches, Terry Baggett had a pair of runs for 38 yards, Joe Walker tallied 31 yards on five carries with two touchdowns, Trenton Turrentine racked up 28 yards on four runs and Matt Giachinta ran three times for 22 yards. Read More

Dean's Weekly, November 7th

BSL takes Cadets to visit Sing Sing PrisonBS&L takes Cadets to visit Sing Sing Prison. Dr. Luke Gerdes and LTC Remi Hajjar from the Sociology Program of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership chaperoned 55 cadets currently enrolled in PL393 Criminology to visit Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. Sing Sing staff members provided a full tour of the prison’s facilities and answered cadets’ questions about a variety of topics.

BSL at the 8th annual Wharton Business SchoolCadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership traveled to Philadelphia, PA to participate in the 8th annual Wharton Business School On 24 October 2014, 18 cadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership traveled to Philadelphia, PA to participate in the 8th annual Wharton Business School - US Military Academy Leadership Exchange at the University of Pennsylvania. These hand selected cadets engaged in a series of leader development exercises with high-potential undergraduate students from the Wharton Business School on topics related to team vs. group leadership, team leadership innovation challenges, team leadership navigation challenges, and other classroom discussions. The cadets earned high praise for their professionalism and leadership abilities, as well as their creative approaches to problem solving during the innovation challenges. The same cadets will reciprocate the exchange by hosting Wharton students at the US Military Academy in the spring for military style leader development exercises.

BSL mgmt prgm hosted Univ of Pretorias Gordon Institute of Business Science Executive MBA prgmThe BS&L Management Program hosted the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Executive MBA program. On 19 October 2014, the BS&L Management Program hosted the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Executive MBA program. CPT JD Mohundro and Management Cadets, Collum Magee and Chris Corbett, hosted the group and discussed the West Point Leader Development System (WPLDS). The visit was part of an exchange that enables cadets to travel to South Africa for AIADs with the University of Pretoria. Cadets Magee and Corbett traveled to South Africa and engaged in leader development at GIBS this summer.

Dr Todd Brewster visited the Department of LawOn 4 November, New York Times best-selling author ("The Century"), Dr. Todd Brewster, visited the Department of Law to discuss the constitutional implications surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation. Dr. Brewster explained how his new book, "Lincoln's Gamble: The tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and the Course of the Civil War,” showed the legal and political considerations of Abraham Lincoln as he decided whether to issue the Proclamation.

Mr. Hunter CDT Cupp BG Charlton CDTs Rapuano and HilarioDepartment of Systems Engineering. Capstone team visits the Brigade Modernization Command (BMC) at Fort Bliss, Texas. Cadets Scott Rapuano, Colton Cupp, and Domingo Hilario visited Fort Bliss to observe a real world application of their capstone project. The capstone team is working on the Command Post Efficiency and Network Integration Project in coordination with TRAC White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). This project is also being developed in conjunction with the Mission Command Center of Excellence, Command Post 2025, and Aberdeen Proving Grounds. The cadets’ contribution to the project will be their ability to extract technology requirements from the Command Center of Excellence based on their stakeholder analysis and independent research, and creating quantitative tools to simulate the value of new technologies. The tools they create may potentially be used in the future by the Modernization Brigade.

CDTs at Brookhaven National LaboratoryDepartment of Physics and Nuclear Engineering. Trip Section: On 21 October, Dr. Michael Pfenning and MAJ Anthony Clark brought fourteen cadets majoring in physic to tour the facilities at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, New York. BNL is a Department of Energy research lab that was established after WWII for the development of peaceful uses of atomic energy, and which has since grown into one of the premier physics centers in the world. Scientists at BNL have been awarded eight Nobel prizes over the last half century.The group from West Point toured four different research facilities at BNL: The National Synchrotron Light Source II, the Battery Test Laboratory, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, and the STAR particle detector. At each facility, the group was briefed by a professional physicist on how each facility worked and the types of experiments being carried out.

Triathlon Team 2014Triathlon Team: "The West Point Triathlon team sent one cadet, Mackenzie Williams ’18, to compete in the inaugural NCAA Women’s National Championships. Because triathlon is an emerging women’s sport under NCAA, athletes were allowed to compete in the championship regardless of the NCAA status of their program provided they met the requirements as collegiate athletes and, based on their resume, could make the field start list. In her first collegiate race and first draft-legal event in over a year and a half since racing as a junior elite, Mackenzie finished in the top half of the field within a couple of minutes of the podium and right with Navy’s top three women. UCLA took first and third place. Penn State 2nd, Georgia Tech 4th and the University of California Santa Barbara was 5th. The race was an excellent experience for CDT Williams and she is expected her to dominate the field in future events as she returns to form in draft-legal racing. The next draft-legal event for the team will be the elite developmental race in March where West Point will bring a full complement of three men and three women. This is closely followed by the USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals in April."

CDTs-faculty-family and friends enjoyed the DEP tailgate and a visit by former instructor General DempseyDEP Hosts Tailgate, Former Instructor and Current CJCS Drops By. On 1 November, DEP hosted a tailgate for APL majors, faculty and staff, family, and former faculty members. General Martin Dempsey, former DEP faculty member and current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stopped by for a visit. The Chairman enjoyed a pre-game burger and conversation with faculty, family members, and APL majors.

Terry Szuplat visits with CDTs following his lecture on writing speechesOn 28 October, cadets from EN101 (Composition) and the Writing Fellows Program participated in a guest lecture from Terence Szuplat. Mr. Szuplat is the Senior Director for Speechwriting at the National Security Council and speechwriter for President Obama. During his lecture, he and the cadets discussed the importance of clear communication and provided insights to cadets as a practitioner in a field. Szuplat discussed several of President Obama's speeches on a range of domestic and national security issues. The focus of the speeches included ISIL, the Boston Marathon bombing, Afghanistan, and Ebola. Highlights of the event were discussing the writing process, the use of rhetoric, and communication with an international audience.

DEP Faculty members and cadets pause for a snapshot with LTC -R-John Nagl after his talkCFAF Sponsors Trip Section to NYC’s 92nd Street Y’s Talk featuring LTC (R) John Nagl and GEN (R) Petraeus with Max BootOn 30 October, eleven cadets travelled to NYC on a CFAF-sponsored trip section to NYC’s 92nd Street YMCA to meet with LTC (R) John Nagl , GEN (R) Petraeus, and Max Boot. They engaged with LTC (R) John Nagl prior to the talk, where the discussion covered compositional aspects of Nagl’s newly published memoir Knife Fights: a Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice; Nagl’s selection of poet Brian Turner’s “Ghost Stories” as epigraph; professional development as Soldier scholars; and international affairs. Later, cadets listened as Max Boot, historian and Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, facilitated a discussion between LTC (R) Nagl and GEN (R) Petraeus on American foreign policy.

Cold Spring poet Jeffrey McDaniel discusses his craft with members of the Creative WritingPracticing the Art of Poetry. Jeffrey McDaniel, poet and teacher of creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, met with cadets from the Creative Writing Forum on Wednesday, October 29. A resident of Cold Spring, New York, Mr. McDaniel has published five books of poetry, most recently Chapel of Inadvertent Joy. His work has appeared in Ploughshares and several editions of the annual anthology Best American Poetry. In addition to reading some of his own poems to the group, Mr. McDaniel answered cadets’ questions about reading, writing, living, and claiming an identity as a poet. He also led the group in a writing exercise that resulted in a new poem by each member.

Team Holston at about the only location you are allowed to take a pictureCenter for Innovation and Engineering Site Visit to Holston Army Ammunition Plant. 5 Cadets and 5 Faculty from the Center for Innovation and Engineering went on a site visit to the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, TN from 26 – 28 October 2014. The Commander at Holston has asked for help via the CIE to present design alternatives in their industrial water supply and waste water systems to improve their performance. Holston is the sole supplier of the primary ingredient for explosives to the military and uses a large amount of non-contact cooling water and production water in the explosives creation process. The team consisted of an interdisciplinary group of civil, mechanical, and environmental engineers. The team members inspected the current industrial water supply system and the non-contact cooling water outflows, took measurements and interviewed plant operators in order to begin developing design alternatives.

CDTs Pinnell and Mansfield after their successful flight labFlight Labs for ME481. The Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering Flight Section concluded their second round of flight labs in the Department’s Cessna-182 Skylanes to demonstrate the relationship between aerodynamic theory and aviation application. This lab supports the classroom instruction of the senior engineering course ME481 Aircraft Performance & Static Stability. In a two-hour flight based out of Stewart International Airport, cadets collected flight data to compute the Cessna 182’s longitudinal static stability, and compare the dampening effects of flaps on dynamic longitudinal stability. This gave them a firsthand look at flight design characteristics of aircraft and the procedures of flight testing. The Department’s fixed wing pilots MAJ Hans Thomas, MAJ Ben Recla, MAJ Brent Pafford, CPT Dan Brown, and CPT Drew Curriston flew 39 cadets in 20 flights that totaled 45.5 flight hours.

Department of Energys Oak Ridge National LaboratoryBoeing Capstone Trip to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 26-28 OCT 2014. USMA Cadets Matthew Kaiser (Class 2015, Co D2, D/C&ME), Andrew “Scott” Warner (Class of 2015, Co G4, D/C&ME), Ethan Johnson (Class of 2015, Co B2, D/C&ME), Jacob Semerar (Class of 2015, Co C4, D/SE), Jennifer Guzowski (Class of 2015, Co F3, D/SE) and USMA Instructors COL Bret Van Poppel (D/C&ME), MAJ Jose Ramirez (D/SE), and MAJ Scott Katalenich (D/C&ME), travelled to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) from Sunday, 26 October 2014 to Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Mr. Dan Howett (USMA ’87) and Ms. Julia Kelley of ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division coordinated and hosted the trip. Cadets received a number of briefings about general areas of research within ORNL, including Waste-to-Energy Conversion, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Nuclear Power, Solar Power, 3D additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping, and others.

The trip also included a conversation about the future of alternative energy with MG (Ret.) John Doesberg, former Commanding General of RDECOM. The cadets and faculty toured the research facilities, learning about some of the active areas of research at ORNL in alternative energy. The group also visited the 3D additive manufacturing laboratory, the Titan supercomputer at the National Center for Computational Sciences at ORNL, and the insulation tents on campus. The ORNL trip supported the Boeing cadet capstone project, an interdisciplinary project team funded by the Boeing Corporation. The cadet project team is charged with developing an advanced tactical energy solution for a forward operating base (FOB) for the deployable force in the year 2040. The Boeing capstone is a service academy design challenge, with USMA competing against cadet teams from USAFA and USNA during the final project briefing to be held during Projects Day.

Omaha Beach NormandySemester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections: French: CDT Ian Mauldin, currently on semester abroad at St Cyr, the French Military Academy, visited Normandy and some of the D-Day beaches this past weekend. It was very touching to view the main American cemetery where thousands of U.S. soldiers are still buried today who gave their lives to free France from Nazi rule. Many of the French citizens in the area graciously welcome American visitors and are so grateful for our nation’s sacrifice so many decades ago. It is amazing to consider how France and Germany have transformed since the end of the 2nd World War to enjoy such a strong economic partnership today.

COL Owen CDTs Lee-Bann-Hume-Bryan-Chacko and LTC DacuntoDepartment of Geography and Environmental Engineering 74th Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). On the evening of Saturday, November 1st, five cadets from various engineering programs across the Academy were honored at the 74th Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). This event was held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, and celebrated the achievements of over 200 of the top engineering students at universities across the nation. Each student received a $1000 scholarship. Scholarship recipients from USMA (as selected by the MSE Committee) were CDT Seamus Bann (Chemical Engineering), CDT Matthew Bryan (Chemical Engineering), CDT David Chacko (Electrical Engineering), CDT Zach Lee (Mechanical Engineering), and CDT Robby Hume (Civil Engineering).

Garrison and Academic Members of the West Point Energy Council meet with Columbia University studentsWest Point Energy Council Engagement to New York City, regarding Camp Buckner Renovations. On Thursday, 30 Oct 14 members from the Academy faculty and Garrison DPW staffs met with students from Columbia University as part of a midpoint meeting. The Columbia University seniors are majors or minors in sustainable development and are serving as consultants to the West Point Energy Council to evaluate alternate housing options for Camp Buckner. The students are conducting an extensive evaluation of a variety of housing alternatives and will recommend an alternative that best transforms Camp Buckner into a Net Zero Base Camp (Water and Energy). Students are evaluating three barracks options [(1) do nothing, (2) energy retrofit, (3) new structures], and two layout designs [(1) keep barracks layout the same, (2) new energy efficient barracks layout]. Joe Fahey, John Seeley, Caitlyn Flaherty, and George Markt, were the DPW representatives, LTC Mark Smith (GENE), Dr. Russ Lachance (AARS) (by phone), and MAJ Pat Sullivan (MATH) (by phone) participated on the Academic side. The first meeting was held on 12 Sep 14 at Camp Buckner. The final outbrief to the West Point leadership will take place at West Point in December. This effort is part of an initial step in evaluating potential options at Camp Buckner.

EECS Faculty Member Travels With Catholic Choir.Catholic Choir poses with Bishop Cruz Auxiliary Bishop of Newark On 24-26 OCT, LTC Glenn Robertson traveled with the Catholic Choir to Kenilworth, NJ. The trip was a great developmental experience for cadets and a success for West Point outreach.
The 27 Cadets were housed with families of the host parish, St. Theresa's of Kenilworth, New Jersey. The Catholic Choir sang the musical liturgy during one Mass on Saturday and two on Sunday for the total congregation of approximately 1,400. In conjunction with our trip, the parish hosted a visit from Bishop Cruz, the auxiliary Bishop of Newark.
To express appreciation, the hosts provided transportation and tickets for the cadets to see Victor Hugo’s Les Miserable on Broadway. Now in its 20th year, the relationship between the Catholic Choir and Kenilworth has fostered enormous good will, a steady stream of potential admissions candidates, and at least one USMA graduate.

Athletic Director's Update, November 6th

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Athletic Directors Update 11-06-2014

The November Network Science Center Newsblast Vol 4 Issue 11

Nov 2014 Network Science Center Newsblast vol4iss11Network Science is an emerging scientific disci-pline that views the world as a large collection of people, organizations, biological organisms, and machines connected to form large, diverse, com-plex, networks in a myriad of ways. However, basic science continues to lag engineering capabilities in the sense of enabling predictive models of behaviors of existing complex networks which comprise the operational environment encountered by Army commanders at all levels (e.g. interdependent social, cognitive, communication and information net-works).

Major sources of this inability to predict future state of complex, composed networks are the persistent barriers to sharing/analyzing sufficient information to accurately understand the current state of such networks. This short note discusses a novel approach to resolving one of these barriers to sharing information, establishing local trust among distributed, unfamiliar individuals, and outlines how such a result would enable sharing of medical infor-mation across security boundaries with trusted users and groups, including among international partners. Read More

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Timpf Honored Independent Player of the Week

Jeremy Timpf WEST POINT, N.Y. – For the third time this season, Army linebacker Jeremy Timpf has collected a national honor.

Timpf made a career-best 17 tackles in the game against Air Force on Saturday, eclipsing his previous high of 14. Timpf's tackles were the most since Steve Erzinger posted 21 on Sept. 3, 2011. Timpf established a career-high with 12 solo stops and also posted a career-best three tackles for losses of 10 yards. He was honored with the Football Bowl Subdivision Independent Player of the Week award for the second time this year.

Timpf, a sophomore from Tucson, Ariz., earned the national nod back on Sept. 29 after returning an interception for a touchdown at Yale. That week he also took home College Sports Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week honors. Read More

Holder & Shea Earn All-Patriot League Honors

Katie Holder WEST POINT, N.Y. - - Army junior forward Katie Holder and freshman midfielder Clare Shea were among 33 players voted for All-Patriot League honors in Monday’s women’s soccer announcement by the league office. Holder was tabbed for first-team honors and Shea was named to the third team.

It is the second straight year that Holder was honored by the league following her selection to the third unit last year. The Army junior led the Black Knights in goals (six), points (12), game winners (three) and shots (50) to also rank among the conference leaders.

A starter in all 18 games, Holder is the team’s leader in Patriot League matches with three goals, six points, 25 shots and two game winners. The Army forward closed out conference play tied for second in game winners and sharing third in goals. Read More

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Dean's Weekly, October 31st

Trip Section: On 22 October, MAJ Nestor Echeverria and cadets enrolled in NE350 (Radiological Engineering Design) traveled to STERIS Isomedix in Chester, NY to see a real-world application of radiation technology that applies their required design project. Additionally, cadets gained a better understanding of transportation, shielding, security, safety, disposal or radioactive waste in support of course requirements. STERIS Isomedix uses a radioactive source to sterilized medical supplies. While there, they reloaded new Colbalt-60 sources into their irradiation facilities, thus providing the cadets a unique opportunity to observe the inner workings of the machines and the process of transporting and handling radioactive materials.

Triathlon Team 2014Triathlon Team: During 24-26 October, eleven cadets traveled to Austin, TX to compete in the Ironman 70.3 Collegiate National Championships. The West Point Team swept the Collegiate division with 1st place male Dylan Morgan ’16, 1st place female Cat Sedy ’16, Men’s Team National Champions, Women’s Team National Champions, and overall Team National Champions. Additionally, four cadets, Dylan Morgan ’16, Cat Sedy ’16, Angelica Dickson ’16 and Jacob Slife ’18 all qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2015. Dylan Morgan was 10th overall in the entire race and the fastest amateur athlete with a collegiate championship record time of 4 hours and 8 mins to complete the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and half-marathon. For five of the eleven cadets, this was their first time competing at the half-ironman distance. This is the third consecutive 70.3 national championship for the team under Head Coach Ian O’Brien and the third consecutive World Championship qualification for CDTs Morgan and Sedy. In addition to the cadet athletes, the OIC of the team, LTC Ken Allen, competed in the event and was 9th out of 266 men in the 40-44 year old age group division.

Eason 94 addressed USMA Excel ScholarsOn 24 September, Ray Eason, USMA '94 addressed members of the West Point Excel Scholars Program as part of their Fireside Chat series. While here, Mr. Eason participated in the West Point Scholars Program run by SOSH; after graduation he went to Oxford as a Marshall Scholar. Serving on the West Point faculty after company command, Ray left active duty, received an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and is currently on Wall Street and as an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley. During the interactive discussion, Mr. Eason and the Excel Scholars dialogued on the importance of scholarship programs, networking, and mentorship.

Cadets traveled to the Palisades Mall to conduct research on social interactions and phenomena, otherwise called an Ethnography, of the mall population. On Saturday, 25 October, 15 cadets traveled to the Palisades Mall to conduct research on social interactions and phenomena, otherwise called Ethnography, of the mall population. Each student of PL371, Introductory Sociology, prepared a research proposal to look at a topic of their choice, which included observing gendered family roles in walking with young children, the prevalence of walking with and using cell phones in a social setting, responses to broken social norms, racial and gender representation of fast food workers and kiosk sales representatives, and consumer demographics between high-end and low-end clothing stores. The cadets will each write a paper based on their research methods and findings, and also include a brief literature review of other research done on their same topic of interest.

Orange County historian Johanna Yaun-center w-MAJHann-CPTEhlers-CDTs-Matthews-Smith-Laible-Gasparini-Brown-Boulden-Wentz at Victory Tower NewburghOn Saturday 18 October, Phi Alpha Theta, led by Major Shauna Hann and Captain Mark Ehlers, took seven cadets to learn about the significance of local history and how communities seek to preserve their history. The Orange County Historian, Johanna Yaun, explained the strategic importance of the Hudson Valley during the Revolutionary War and led a tour of Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. The cadets then learned about the industrial history of the region from one of the board members of the Newburgh Historical Society, Russell Lange, while touring the David Crawford House, a nineteenth century restored mansion of one of the earliest shipping magnates in the region. Overall, the cadets gained an appreciation of the Hudson Valley’s importance to American history and an understanding of why public history and community involvement is important to saving its legacy.

Major Jason Halub and cadets from HI 158 with Mr AtkinsOn 27 October, students from the HI 158 Advanced Regional Studies in World History (East Asia) course had the opportunity to meet with Stanley J. Atkins, a WWII veteran and former Master Sergeant who served in the China-India-Burma (CBI) theater of operations. Mr. Atkins shared his experiences serving in Burma and Chongqing, China as an intelligence analyst under Generals Joseph Stilwell and Albert Wedemeyer. He described what it was like to fly blisteringly cold aerial resupply missions over the Himalayan Mountains (also known as “the Hump”) and discussed working with Chinese forces and some of the American impressions of Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong during the war. Finally, Mr. Atkins stressed the need for Army leaders to develop a strong understanding of foreign language, culture and history and thanked the cadets for their commitment to serving the nation.

Cadets in front of the ramparts of Fort Ticonderoga NYOn October 25 and 26, in partnership with 1st Battalion, 150th Aviation Regiment of the New Jersey Army National Guard, an expedition of 31 cadets from the Class of 2018 and 8 faculty from the History Department conducted a multi-faceted staff ride throughout the Hudson River Valley that explored the historical importance of the Fort Ticonderoga and Saratoga battlefields. In addition to physically exploring seminal historical events that the cadets have studied in the classroom, , the helicopter component of the staff ride offered an opportunity to execute real-world tactical training. Prior to boarding the four Blackhawks generously allocated by the New Jersey ANG, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Musteen trained loading procedures and provided an air mission brief that exposed the cadets to the importance, and professionalism, of standardized military operations.

The opportunity to experience well-planned and resourced Army training had a powerful effect on the participants, most of whom had never flown in a helicopter before. Cadet Edward Fullerton noted after surveying the Hudson River Valley and the strategically positioned fort that, “combining military training with academic pursuits is killing two birds with one stone. It’s getting us ready to be both historians and second lieutenants, but will also benefit us during summer training and later in our careers.” Another inspired attendee, Cadet Joy Schaeffer, agreed, emphasizing that “the aerial view” gave them “a unique perspective in order to analyze the battlefields.” She also attested that “viewing Mt. Defiance from the air” also allowed them “to appreciate how it dominated Fort Ticonderoga,” a point reinforced by Captain Jonathan Romaneski as he led the cadets through discussions from the parapets of the stone fort overlooking Lake Champlain.

Surveying Fort Ticonderoga during the aerial portion of the staff rideCaptain Josh Silver encouraged them to marry their book knowledge with their newfound appreciation of the actual terrain. As the groups moved across the battlefield while following original attack routes and examining actual fighting positions, each cadet explained with faculty input their assigned leader’s actions and impact on the unfolding battle at key locations. According to Dr. Samuel Watson, a USMA Professor of History who specializes in early American warfare, this type of staff ride training “forces the cadets to adopt the perspectives of leaders and assess why and how real tactical leaders chose courses of actions with consequences.” The professor also noted that, “briefing these roles to their peers and professors, on critical points across the battlefield, also fosters mental agility that will serve them well at the Academy and as officers.”

By layering observation from above with analysis amongst the actual terrain where soldiers fought and died over mastery of North America, the cadets attained a more comprehensive understanding of timeless tactical fundamentals and decisional processes. Cadet Jared Cope, who played the role of colonial officer Rufus Putnam, summarized their perspective best: “The experience is awesome because no other history program does this. Only at West Point can you get an air mission brief and fly to your historical destination.”

APL luncheonDEP Hosts Luncheon to Welcome New Majors. On Wednesday 22 October, DEP hosted a luncheon for APL majors. DEP faculty members and majors from the classes of 2015 and 2016 joined in welcoming the 24 newest APL majors to the Department. After congratulatory remarks from the Department Head and a presentation on new and exciting changes in the APL program, everyone enjoyed lunch and some informal social interaction, while appreciating the venue’s historic views.

Cadet Hodgkins 15 asks DrPratt a questionPhilosophy Forum Hosts Dr. Henry Pratt of Marist College. On Tuesday, 21 October, the Philosophy Forum hosted Dr. Henry Pratt of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Marist College. Dr. Pratt discussed his work on the philosophy of comics and the viability of comic book to film adaptations. He explored the possibilities and limitations of the media of comics and film. The event was well-attended by cadets and faculty and the discussion was lively and searching. The forum explored innovative forms of expression while inspiring cadets to engage in deep, creative thought.

Team Marky Marc & the Funky Boys pose with their winning Hall project L-R CDTs Imelio-Gallegos-Kiesewetter-Phillips-Callaghan-Project mgr KobylskiDepartment of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. K’NEXercise – Building Construction Managers! Cadets enrolled in CE450, Construction Management, competed in the K’NEXercise on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014. The competition requires teams of cadets to prepare estimates, bids and construction schedules, and then execute the construction of the awarded project using rapid setting concrete and K’NEX components. The cadets complete the project by preparing a claim for the courts to hear to resolve issues that cost the team time and money on the day of construction. The winning teams in the Tower, Bridge and Hall projects were led by Cadets Frank Chen, Roman Burns and Marshall Kobylski, respectively.

Air Force Bonfire AirplaneCME Cadets and Faculty Build Air Force Bonfire Airplane. At the request of USCC CME cadets and faculty members built the airplane for the Air Force bonfire. Volunteer firstie mechanical engineering cadets Micah Uchida (Computer-Aided-Design drawings and ordnance fabrication), Christina Cox (landing gear and structural components), Taylor Ferguson (frame and wings), Andrew Barthel (frame and nose), and Mark Hesford (sheathing and landing gear) with faculty advisors MAJ Josh Keena, LTC Phil Root, and Dr. John Rogers constructed a scale model of an F-16 fighter for the Air Force bonfire over a three-day period, 24-26 Oct.

Cadet James Cho presented the results of his social media studyDepartment of Systems Engineering. Cadet James Cho presented the results of his social media study. CDT James Cho presented his AIAD research entitled “Analyzing Sub-national sentiment with Twitter” at the 2014 SAS Analytics Conference. CDT Cho conducted his research this summer at Data Tactics in Washington DC and was advised by Major David Beskow in the Department of Systems Engineering.”.

Cadets enjoy learning about the complex geological history of West PointDepartment of Geography and Environmental Engineering. Physical Geography Terrain Walk This week cadets in EV203, Physical Geography, got up close and personal with the physical landscape of West Point during the terrain walk lesson. The rich and complex geologic history of the Hudson Valley offers outstanding learning opportunities for the cadets. Cadets observed the geomorphology they learned about the previous week, examining evidence of endogenic and exogenic forces that have shaped our ‘Rockbound Highland Home.’ The terrain walk reinforces several key concepts from the geomorphology block, including the theory of plate tectonics, rock formation, weathering, mass wasting, and erosion. Cadets also discussed how humans have modified the landscape of West Point over the centuries to suit our needs. Cadets

Cadets sample air in Hayes Gym during last weeks IOCTEV300/301 Cadets Measure Particulate Matter Concentration in Hayes Gym During IOCT. On Friday, 24 October, cadet teams from EV300 and EV301 coordinated with the Department of Physical Education (DPE) to collect indoor air quality data during the Indoor Obstacle CourseTest (IOCT). The cadet teams wrote their own hypotheses about the perceived poor air quality in Hayes Gym that causes "Hayes lung" during the IOCT and are using the scientific method to test these hypotheses. CDTs Emily Speziale, Alaura Walz, Matt Day, and Tiara Hansen tested for particulate matter in the air and CDT Nicole Zajimovic tested carbon dioxide levels. Their results will be detailed in term project reports and the cadets have invited members of DPE to attend their oral presentations at the end of the semester.

Cadets Attend 2014 Grace Hopper ConferenceDepartment of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Cadets Attend 2014 Grace Hopper Conference. Nine cadets, along with faculty CPT Marisol Torres and Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews attended the 2014 Grace Hopper Conference, held on October 7-11 in Phoenix Arizona. The EECS cadets who attended the conference were CDTs Lisa Jones, Angie Ketcham, Mary Liu, Alissah McGill, Jennifer Niemann, Anna Rapp, Holly Rodeo and Jinny Yan. CDT Audra Morrow from CME also attended this year.

CDT Lisa Jones presented a poster accepted at the conference: “Using MapReduce to Compare Large Collections of Evolutionary Trees”, a project advised by Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews. Dr. Matthews was also the scholarship committee co-chair of the conference, and received a token of appreciation from the Anita Borg Institute for her contributions. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest consortium of women in computing in the world. It is named in honor of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, inventor of the compiler, and an early pioneer in many aspects of computing. At the conference, students get to learn about (and often demo) the newest technologies, and attend talks given by famous academics, researchers and CEOs. Dr. Shafi Goldwasser, winner of the 2012 Turing Award for her work in cryptography and two-time winner of the Gödel Prize in theoretical computer science, gave the opening keynote at this year’s conference. Presentations were also given by Satya Natya (CEO of Microsoft), Dr. Arati Prabhakar (Director of DARPA), and Dr. Maria Klawe (president of Harvey Mudd College). The conference is produced by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Anita Borg Institute, and is sponsored by many of the giants of the tech world, including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Cisco, DropBox, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Yahoo! and LinkedIn.

CDT SedivyEECS Faculty Member Presents at Frontier in Optics/Laser Science Conference. CPT Donald E Sedivy attended the Frontier in Optics/Laser Science Conference in Tucson, AZ from 19-23 OCT 14. During the conference, he gave a 15 minute presentation entitled “Simulation of Multiple-Optical-Axis Pattern-Integrated Interference Lithography (PIIL) Systems” based on this recent work at Georgia Tech. While in attendance, CPT Sedivy listened to 49 different lectures on a wide variety of developing technologies in the optics field to include a lecture from 2014 Nobel Laureate W. E. Moerner who spoke about his award-winning research on super-resolution microscopy.

French: Some of the cadets attending semester abroad at St Cyr, the French Military Academy, spent the weekend visiting Verdun, a famous WWI battle between the Germans and the French. Annual ceremony to commemorate the French soldiers who died in battle there in 1916Our SAP Cadets witnessed an annual ceremony there to commemorate all the French soldiers who died in battle there in 1916. As could be expected, it was quite an emotional event for the French cadets.

Arabic: 16 Cadets from the Model Arab League travel to Washington, DC this week to attend the National Council on US-Arab Relations Policymakers’ Conference. The conference will run all day Tuesday and Wednesday, 28 and 29 October, and features presentations and discussion by some of the greatest academic, diplomatic, Reported by Dean’s Institute of Innovation and Development and corporate minds working in the region. This annual event highlights key challenges facing the League of Arab States and kicks off the annual parliamentary procedure competition season for this West Point debate team run under the auspices of the Arabic desk of the Department of Foreign Languages

Mooradian Class of ’17 Completes Iron Man Competition

Mooradian Class of '17 Completes Iron Man Competition "I tell people I do the hard things because they're hard," Mooradian said. "In two years, I'll be in charge of people's lives in tough places so these things help prepare me."

In addition to the airborne training, mountain training, competing on the sprint-football and crew teams in his first two years and his everyday work load as a cadet at the United States Military Academy, Mooradian decided to sign up for the inaugural Maryland Ironman competition. The triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike course and a full 26.2-mile marathon and takes place in Cambridge, Maryland. Read More

Women's Soccer Clinches PL Berth On Senior Night

Army Women's SoccerSophomore Sam Gottlieb tallied just before halftime and senior Madison Oliver added an insurance goal off a free kick in the second half as they led Army to a 2-0 defeat of Lafayette Saturday evening to clinch a berth to the Patriot League Women's Soccer on Senior Night at Clinton Field.

CSCMO Update

Military Review AFG Cambodia Stringer Sep 14The primary focus of the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations remains cadet education, but it also continue to invest in scholarly research among faculty and the community at large.  Dr. Kevin Stringer ’87, was the recipient of a CSCMO annual research grant and has admirably represented the Center at educational events in the U.S. and abroad, earning him the title of CSCMO Fellow.  This article, published by Military Review, is an example of Stringer’s work.

Linwood Ham ’88 is the Director of Inter-Governmental Affairs at the U.S. Institute of Peace and runs a program that hosts several cadet interns each summer. He co-authored this article with COL(R) Paul Hughes, who is a member of the CSCMO Advisory Council.

Rifle Outpoints GARC Rival NC State

Army Rifle Army's young rifle team improved to 3-2 on the year and 2-1 in the Great America Rifle Conference following a 4618-4587 win over North Carolina State at the Kilbourne Rifle Range Saturday afternoon on the campus of VMI.

Statement From USMA Superintendent

Please see this statement from LTG Caslen in response to recent news articles about Army Football. Click here to read LTG Caslens article

Volleyball Knocks Off Bucknell

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army volleyball team erased a 2-0 deficit in a five-set comeback win over Bucknell in its annual Dig Pink match on Saturday evening at Gillis Field House. The Black Knights took the match with set scores of 22-25, 20-25, 25-18, 32-30 and 15-11.

The result helped Army to a sweep of the season series with Bucknell as the team improved to 11-13 and 6-5 in the conference. Bucknell dropped to 4-15 overall and 3-8 in the Patriot League.

The Black Knights' offense ran through rookie setter Avery Alexander, who was credited with a season-high 52 assists and she also contributed 13 digs for her third straight double-double. On the receiving end of Alexander's passes were Jaden Pickell (18 kills), Nicole Perri (16), Carolyn Bockrath (15), Amber Clay (nine) and Rachel Gearon (nine). Defensively, senior Deanna Dalton dug out 30 balls and Kristen Smeland had 19 in the win. Perri added 13 digs for her second double-double of the season. As a team Army set season highs in digs (105) and assists (68) and blocks (13). Read More

No. 6 Army Downs No. 3 Kutztown in Thriller

WEST POINT, N.Y. - A try from captain Collum Magee in the 76th minute of the game lifted the sixth-ranked Black Knights to a 34-30 upset victory over third-ranked Kutztown in conference play from Anderson Rugby Complex on Saturday afternoon. 

Army held the advantage for a majority of the game before Kutztown pounded out 11 unanswered to take the lead. Magee's try and a successful conversion from vice-captain Logan Pearce gave the Black Knights the edge in the waning minutes. 

"It's a great day to play rugby against a great team like Kutztown and everyone really came together and it's a great victory for us this year," head coach Mike Mahan said. Read More

West Point & Purdue Partner on Research

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - West Point and West Lafayette have more in common these days. Through a partnership between Purdue University and the U.S. Military Academy, 80 plebes and a dozen yearlings gained an authentic research experience in toxicology, analytical chemistry and chemical engineering.

The link for the freshman and sophomore West Point students was made possible through the Purdue-led Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education (CASPiE), a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiative led by the Discovery Learning Research Center in Discovery Park. Read More

Dean's Weekly, October 24th

Members of the West Point ASCE Student Chapter with LTG Tom Bostick, Chief of Engineers2014 American Society of Civil Engineers Annual Conference. The West Point Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) attended the Annual Conference in Panama City, Panama from 7-11 October. The conference theme was “From Community Projects to Giga Projects: Civil Engineers Having a Global Impact.” ASCE chose Panama City for the conference location in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. Given the vital role that West Point trained engineers played in the planning, design, and construction of the canal, it was appropriate to have faculty and cadets represent the Academy and the military engineers at the conference. There were numerous concurrent sessions on the Panama Canal history and construction as well as other large projects such as the Big Dig in Boston, and the Abu Dhabi Central Market. Other topics included financing large projects, sustainability, risk sharing and mitigation, ethics consideration, and more. Jorge Quijano from the Panama Canal Authority gave the opening keynote address, highlighting the history and construction of the original canal and discussing the challenges associated with the $5 billion expansion of the canal to allow passage of larger, “post-Panamax” ships. Later in the conference, MG Bo Temple presided over the ASCE and EWB (Engineers Without Borders) leadership and awards presentation. LTG Tom Bostick, the Chief of Engineers, participated in the Industry Leaders Forum, where he discussed how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was tackling some of the most difficult infrastructure challenges. His discussion was particularly inspiring to the cadets and younger engineers in the audience, exhorting them to continue to learn and grow as engineers so that they can find answers to the problems of tomorrow. Following his session, the cadets were able to meet with LTG Bostick where he urged them to continue to pursue professional engineer certification and stressed the importance life-long learning. Additionally, MG John Peabody of USACE was part of a panel discussion about converting engineering vision into reality.

The Cadets participated in the professional activities of ASCE and developed an appreciation for the society’s efforts to promote the Civil Engineering profession. These activities included concurrent sessions focused on specific topics as well as networking opportunities to meet other students, faculty, and engineering professionals. The conference included a guided tour of the Miraflores lock facility and the construction site of a new set of locks that will double the shipping capacity of the canal. Miraflores is one of two locks on the Pacific Ocean side that lifts ships 87 feet above sea level to Lake Gatun. One more lock system on the Atlantic Ocean-side allows ships to complete the passage. The canal expansion will allow ships nearly four times larger (capacity wise) to transit the canal. In the conference closing session, the conference organizers and the delegation from the New York metropolitan ASCE section announced the 2015 ASCE conference, which will be held in New York, New York

 Dr Chol-Bum  with CDTs in the Combust Research LabTeam Spray Experimental Testing at Army Research Laboratory. Cadets Zachary Lee, Tyler Sowell, John Beck, and Zachary Glass conducted planar laser induced fluorescence (PLIF) experiments on liquid sprays at Army Research Labs from 06-07 October 2014. This project team performed experimental investigations of liquid fuel sprays in collaboration with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and two academic departments at Stanford University. The objective of this project is to validate X-Ray Computed Tomography (CT) scanning experiments being conducted at Stanford University with the PLIF method for characterizing liquid sprays. Diagnostic techniques for characterizing liquid sprays – including X-Ray CT scanning, shadowgraphy, and PLIF - are valuable in modeling and predicting liquid droplet size, spray cone angle and other parameters of liquid sprays. Developing the ability to diagnose spray systems is expected to play a pivotal role in the development and testing of future spray nozzles, which could reduce fuel consumption across the entire spectrum of Army engines. The project team performed experiments for two different nozzles – 2 millimeter and 1.5 millimeter diameters – over a range test conditions. Over the next few weeks, the cadet team will analyze the data and then present the results at the annual USMA/ARL Technical Symposium.

Boston Dynamics LS3 Legged Squad Support SystemSite Visit to Boston Dynamics and MIT Lincoln Labs. Cadets and faculty from XE475 (Mechatronics), ME404 (Intro to Mechanical Engineering Design, and EE401 (Senior Capstone Course) visited Boston Dynamics and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory for site visits and introductions to robotic systems. Group photo at Lincoln LaboratoriesBoston Dynamics is home of the “Big Dog”, LS3 (Legged Squad Support System), and the Atlas humanoid robot. Cadets observed demonstrations of these robots and their uses for both supporting military operations and civilian applications. LS3, pictured below, can carry up to 400 lbs and move 20 miles for a 24 hour duration. The group then traveled to Lincoln Labs for an overview of robots using ground penetrating radar to assist in navigation, and also a virtual world to research the interaction between soldiers, ground vehicles, and unmanned aircraft. Cadets were also able to brief their Capstone Project Preliminary Design Reviews to customers and experts in the field. 35 cadets were in attendance along with faculty from C&ME and EECS (Dr. Paul Muench, Dr. John Rogers, LTC Phil Root, LTC Christopher Korpela, MAJ Amber Walker, and CPT Dan Brown).

Cadets with Al Nagler at Urban Starfest in Central ParkAstronomy Club trip section: On 18 October, the Astronomy club traveled to New York City to the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History and Urban Starfest in Central Park organized by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. Sixteen cadet members of the Astronomy Club and three of their OICs: Dr. Paula Fekete, Dr. Roger Burk, and CPT Danny Thebeau, participated in this trip section. After watching the show Dark Universe, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, in the Hayden Planetarium, cadets visited various museum exhibits. In the evening, the entire group participated in Urban Starfest in Central Park, an event organized by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York and by the Urban Park Rangers. Numerous telescopes were brought out to Central Park’s Sheep Meadow to allow Starfest participants amazing views of the night sky. Cadets and OICs were able to meet and greet Al Nagler (in photo below), noted telescope designer and founder of Televue, a company located in Upstate New York that makes some of the most exquisite telescope eyepieces. All participants enjoyed “walking out” a scaled model of our solar system, an activity put together by the Urban Park Rangers. The Urban Starfest ended with a raffle drawing. One of our cadets, Montana Bilger, a plebe who already is committed to becoming a Physics Major, won an Astronomer’s Handbook. The trip, the space show and the meeting participation fired up cadets’ imagination and allowed them to meet people with successful careers in science.

Toga Duathlon: On 19 October, MAJ Will Koch escorted the West Point Triathlon Team to the Toga Duathlon in Nyack, NY. The Triathlon Team had a great race at Toga's Annual Fall Duathlon. Four West Point cadets and one visiting Coast Guard Academy cadet competed. Remington Ponce-Pore '18 took 2nd overall in the race. Dylan Varrato '17 and Rachel Gold '18 both took 1st place in age group results. The remainder of the team is in the final training week to defend the team's five-straight Half-Ironman National Championship status.

Trip Section: On 22 October, MAJ Nestor Echeverria and cadets enrolled in NE350 (Radiological Engineering Design) traveled to STERIS Isomedix in Chester, NY to see a real-world application of radiation technology that applies their required design project. Additionally, cadets will gain a better understanding of transportation, shielding, security, safety, disposal or radioactive waste in support of course requirements. STERIS Isomedix uses a radioactive source to sterilized medical supplies. While there, they reloaded new Colbalt-60 sources into their irradiation facilities, thus providing the cadets a unique opportunity to observe the inner workings of the machines and the process of transporting and handling radioactive materials.

Mont St Michel in NormandySemester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections: French: A few cadets attending semester abroad at St Cyr, the French Military Academy, spent the weekend visiting Mont St Michel in Normandy. It dates back hundreds of years as an abbey on an island fortress – the second most visited cultural site in France.

Cadet Ocasio and Cadet HannahSpanish: Cadet Ocasio and Cadet Hannah (SAP 15-1 Chile) traveled to Santuario de la Naturaleza Yerba Loca, Santiago de Chile, a national park full of waterfalls, rivers, and hiking trails. The cadets experience a wonderful day with nature.

11 Arabic students have returned to their studies following a weeklong break for the Eid al Adha holiday. During the break Cadets from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco traveled within Morocco and to Europe where Cadets visited the France, and Switzerland. Cadets studying in Jordan traveled through Jordan and Israel, visiting Wadi Rum in Jordan and Jerusalem, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, and the Sea of Galilee. CDT Redmond ’16 at the historical particle accelerator in CERN, SwitzerlandThe highlight of their trip was the opportunity to discuss Israeli-Palestinian issues with Jews and Palestinians alike during their separate religious holidays, Eid al Adha and Sukkout. Cadets from AMIDEAST in Rabat, Morocco traveled to Europe as well, visiting Paris, Budapest, and Vienna before returning to Rabat. Cadets from CIL in Oman visited the hinterlands of Oman as well as Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. All have now returned to school, completed mid-term exams this past week, and are continuing their studies.

French Forum in QuébecFrench: 13 cadets and 1 officer from the French Forum visited Québec this past weekend. They experienced and explored this francophone city in Canada in order to enjoy the cultural aspects of the French language in North America. The majority of travelers are taking French classes and some are majoring in French. An historical link was explored between the arrival of French settlers to the area and the modern, culturally and linguistically distinctive, and vibrant city today. Highlights of the weekend included a walking tour of the old city and a traditional, French-Canadian dinner.

Arabic: On 18 October 2014, the Arabic Club visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in Manhattan to view the Islamic Collection, which spans Islamic art from late antiquity through the Ottoman period. Nine Cadets and one DFL faculty member participated. Of particular interest to Cadets was an armored helmet from 15th century Spain, the last known piece of Muslim Spanish armor in the world. In the evening Cadets enjoyed a traditional Lebanese meal in one of Brooklyn’s Arab neighborhood eateries.

Professor Martin Flaherty with members of the West Point BandProfessor Martin Flaherty, co-director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice in New York City and visiting Professor at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, was a guest lecturer on 17 October to LW 481 International Law. Professor Flaherty, an expert on International Human Rights Law (IHR), discussed the significance of IHR, utilizing his experiences in addressing human rights abuses in both Northern Ireland and China. Drawing upon lessons learned in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Professor Flaherty addressed the interaction of IHR and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) during both international and non-international armed conflict. Professor Flaherty’s visit included a tour of the historic West Point grounds, eating with the cadets in the mess-hall, as well as a rousing photogenic moment with members of the West Point band as they prepared to entertain the Cadets.

Cleaning of Quarters 148DEP Spruces up Quarters 148 On Sunday, 19 October, over 25 members of the Department of English and Philosophy and volunteers from the Cadet Fine Arts Forum and the APL major cleaned up the interior and exterior of Quarters 148. Sweeping, mopping, raking, and pruning were just some of the chores on the crisp, sunny afternoon. The cleanup was the first stage in preparation for future renovations to convert the quarters to the future home of the CFAF. The efforts were accompanied by great teamwork, camaraderie, and a stunning view of the Hudson River.

CDT MacSwan 16 learning how to julienne a carrot and potato for which she earned first place in the Cadet Cooking Basic Training competitionDEP and SOSH Conduct Engagement with Culinary Institute of America: Ten upperclass cadets travelled to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park at the end of September to take part in the USMA-CIA Exchange, a program hosted by DEP and SOSH. The exchange is focused on civil-military relations and exposing cadets to professions that are surprisingly similar to the military—chefs wear uniforms with insignia and respectfully respond to their seniors with a resounding, “Yes, Chef!” With their chef partners, cadets attended classes on food sovereignty and security, participated in a timed cooking competition, and finished their day with a discussion on how their assumptions about civilians had been challenged (all while enjoying the fruits and vegetables of their labor). The CIA chefs will travel to West Point in November to participate in a day in the life of a cadet.

MAJ Lay Phonexayphova and CDTs at the Gowanus Open StudiosCadets in the CFAF’s Studio Arts Forum Travel to NYC: On 18 October, the Studio Arts Forum (SAF) explored the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York during the Arts Gowanus Open Studios. Major Lay Phonexayphova, OIC of the SAF, led five inspiring cadet artists in their examination of the plastic arts. At the open studios, cadets met and exchanged ideas with local artists discussing ways to tap into their creative sides. Eighty five different buildings opened their studios to the public, and over 200 artists participated in the event. The warm October afternoon was a perfect setting for artistic creativity and discovery.

CDTs Wieck-Baldwin-Siegel-Sanford-Hale-Cox-Livingston beside a poster advertising Mozart's Nozze di FigaroCadets Enrolled in EN102 Travel to NYC: Visit Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera and Public Library Special and Rare Book Exhibits On 16 October, Dr. Marc Napolitano and MAJ Erin Hadlock took cadets in Fall EN102 to the New York Public Library and Lincoln Center for a backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera. The cadets on Dr. Napolitano’s trip section toured the Met’s costume, wig, and scenery workshops before visiting the auditorium. In this magnificent performance space, cadets learned about the history of the Met’s priceless crystal chandeliers and its 24 karat gold-plated ceiling. Fall EN102 CDTs in the white-marbled Astor Hall of the New York Public LibraryWhile at Lincoln Center, cadets also visited the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, where they were allowed to view several archival materials from operas and plays, and to peruse a special exhibit celebrating the 45th anniversary of Sesame Street. Cadets assigned to MAJ Hadlock’s trip section explored the complex textual history of Shakespeare’s plays while viewing a copy of the rare first folio edition of Shakespeare’s works; even the most reluctant book lovers were amazed by the NYPL’s collection of books that are over 400 years old. This trip section allowed students to consider the importance of rare book preservation, to discuss the NYPL’s splendid collections and rare curiosities (both textual and non-textual), and to visit some of the special displays and exhibits currently on show.

CDT Holbrook 17 competes with a partner from a different schoolArmy Debate Tournament: Army Debate Hosted the 48th Annual West Point Tournament this weekend after commemorating the life of Mr. Robert Whitfield, USMA Class of 1948. 18 schools with over 200 competitors spent the weekend in Thayer Hall debating various aspects of US social policy. Our cadets managed the logistics, conducted operations, and provided mission command for the entire operation. The cadets courtesy, professionalism, and leadership made a great impact on all participants. A special thanks to COL Jebb, COL Nielsen, MAJ's Ramsey and Bolding, CPT Karr, and Dr's Brantley and Liebert for their time and support judging throughout the weekend and assisting with all aspects of administering this great event. In addition, Army Debate would like to thank the SOSH Admin staff and West Point's IETD for their assistance over the weekend..

The Model UN Team with their various awardsModel UN Victory at Yale: The USMA Model United Nations Team competed in the Security Council Simulation Yale in their first tournament of the year this past weekend, the 16th-19th of October. The team placed first overall and won the award for outstanding large delegation. Seven of the eleven cadets placed first, second, or third in their respective committees. Cadets Cyrus Cappo and Ezra Engel won first place in their first Model UN Tournament. Cadet Jason Lally won his second first place gavel in his Model UN career. USMA Security Council Simulation Yale MUN Results Cyrus Cappo (Class-2017)-1st Place Sneha Sing (Class 2017)-3rd Place Jason Lally (Class 2015)-1st Place Jack Bagdadi (Class 2017)- 2nd Place Jon Paul (Class 2018)-3rd Place Brad Torpey (Class 2018)-2nd Place Ezra Engel (Class 2017)-1st Place The

Grand Strategy CDTs with Congressman ThornberryGrand Strategy Program: From 16 to 19 October 2014, the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft at the University of Texas at Austin hosted a high profile conference titled, “Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism after a Decade: Are We Smarter and Safer?” The conference featured panels and discussions with prominent scholars, politicians, and policymakers, including U.S. Representatives Mac Thornberry and Michael McCaul, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper, Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) David Shedd, former National Security Advisor Steven Hadley, former SOCOM Commander ADM (Ret.) William McRaven, and former Director of the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) Matt Olsen, among many others. The cadets participating in this trip section each minor in USMA’s Grand Strategy Program (GSP) and had several opportunities to personally interact and engage with these accomplished intelligence and counterterrorism officials to better understand how senior policymakers leverage information as an instrument of national power in an ever complex threat environment.

Cadets at the NBC Nightly News DeskDomestic Affairs Forum: The Domestic Affairs Forum visited The New York Times, NBC/MSNBC studios, and The Wall Street Journal. Cadets had the opportunity to engage with producers, editors, and reporters in this engagement with NYC and the media world. Special thanks to Sosh's own COL (Ret.) Jack Jacobs for helping organize the trip.

LTC Schott CDTs Glenn-Sostak-Waruinge-Lewis-Soncini and Utter receive the Founders AwardCadets and faculty from the Departments of Systems Engineering and Mathematical Sciences attended the American Society for Engineering Management 2014 International Annual Conference hosted by Old Dominion University from 15-18 October in Virginia Beach, VA. MAJ Pat Sullivan presented work on "Reducing Energy Consumption in America's Government Buildings", MAJ Thomas Nelson presented "Creating Continuity in Multi-Year Research Projects at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels", Mr. Dave Chennault presented "Risk Management Perspectives for Aging Technology Infrastructure Challenges", COL Donna Korycinski presented "The Evolution of the Undergraduate Engineering Management Curriculum at West Point", and LTC Schott presented with LTC Worthan on "Optimizing Lieutenant Training at the Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence." Cadets Zachary Sostak (Team Captain), Jesse Glenn, Ryan Utter and Andrew Soncini participated in the case study completion, while Cadet Gabe Lewis, Cadet Raphael Waruinge and 2LT John Werner presented work from their capstone projects. Additionally, Dr. John Farr chaired the session for Best Dissertation Competition. The Engineering Management Program won the Founder's Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership of Undergraduate Education Programs in Engineering Management.

BSL CDTs and Faculty participate at the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society ConferenceBS&L Cadets and Faculty participate at the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society Conference in Ottawa, Canada: Members of the Sociology Program of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership contributed to the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society Conference in Ottawa, Canada, from 18 to 19 October, 2014. Dr. Morten Ender, LTC Remi Hajjar, and Cadets Will O’Keefe, Tyree Meadows, Josie Antilla, Ian McWilliams, and Jennifer Webster presented their research projects. Dr. Ender and LTC Hajjar also chaired panels at the conference.

CDT Zachary Panto, receives recognition from Commander, Navy SEAL and SWCC: On 22 September 2014, MAJ Christina Fanitzi from BS&L's West Point Negotiation Project (WPNP) presented CDT Zachary Panto, F-1 ’16, a coin and letter of appreciation on behalf of the Navy Captain Steve Wisotzki, Commander; Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) and Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC). In August, CDT Panto served as a role player to illustrate and afford the SEAL and SWCC participants the opportunity to practice managing difficult negotiation counterparts. Without cadet efforts, the training is far less realistic. WPNP 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 (WPLC).

West Point Negotiation Project (WPNP) teach Navy SEALs 20-21 September, West Point Negotiation Project ran a 1.5 day training seminar for 22 Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, and Marine Reconnaissance leaders enrolled in the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Platoon Leaders Course, at Naval Amphibious Base (Norfolk, VA). The mobile training team included MAJ (P) Aram Donigian (BSL-Alum), Professor Jeff Weiss (BSL Adjunct Professor/Vantage Partners), and MAJ Michael Rybacki (BSL). During the workshop, leaders (E-7 through O3) were introduced to negotiation as a leader competency, learned how to analyze negotiation situations, and practiced managing difficult negotiation counterparts. The Project has run training for SEALs two times annually, since 2011, and recently expanded to serve as the primary negotiations training team for all four NSW Platoon Leader’s Courses, annually. WPNP 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.

Athletic Director's Update, October 23rd

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USMA Wins Overall at Boxing

USMA Boxing Three boxing teams squared off with a total of 14 bouts at a USA Boxing sanctioned event during a Golden Age-themed Ballroom Boxing extravaganza Oct. 18 at the Uchee Creek Activity Center.

The event featured bouts between the Fort Benning Boxing Club, U.S. Military Academy men's boxing team and Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Boxing Club to see who is the best boxing team in the Army, said Spencer Folds, sports specialist and event coordinator. The Benning Boxing Club competed in 12 bouts and won 6, USMA competed in 8 bouts and won 7 and the Fort Jackson Boxing Club competed in 8 and won 2. Joshua Meléndez, USMA, won with a TKO in the third round against Landon Wolf, Benning, in the novice 165 weight class. Read More

The October Network Science Center Newsblast

In the current issue of The Network Science Center Newsblast they delve into Political instability due to food insecurity. As part of its mission to support military units deployed on stability and security operations, the Civil Information Sharing (CIS) Project is undertaking a food system research effort that will provide additional insight into the link between food security and instability. Participating in this effort is the Defense Threat Re-duction Agency at West Point. Objec-tives of the research effort include developing methods of identifying the components of food systems and once identified, developing indicators for assessing weakness of and identi-fying potential threats to the system. Such knowledge can assist command-ers in deciding courses of action for stability and security missions where food insecurity is an issue. Click the cover to read more.

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Dean's Weekly, October 17th

CPT Kleind teaches PL300Wounded Warrior CPT Edward “Flip” Klein Engages Cadets about Leadership in PL300 On 29 September 2014, BS&L Alumnus CPT Edward “Flip” Klein visited the department, engaged with faculty from BS&L and the Simon Center, and taught cadets in PL300 (Military Leadership). The topic was power and influence. CPT Klein discussed his experiences as a platoon leader, leadership instructor at the Infantry School, combat commander in Afghanistan, and wounded warrior. Cadets learned that one’s use of power and influence reveals one’s character, and that they should strive to use various types of power in ways that make them increasingly trusted and influential. Too often, leaders use power in ways which get short term results, but only undermine their long-term influence.

Google meets with BSL Mgmt majorsLeaders from NYC Google Campus met with BS&L Management majors Leaders from Google’s NYC campus joined Cadets in the Management program’s Human Resource Management course on 3 October 2014. The Google leaders discussed how their firm selects and manages talent and develops organizational culture to support its strategy and create an enduring competitive advantage. Cadets have been discussing recruitment, selection, training and development in class. They were able to discuss how these processes occur in an organization that receives 2 million resumes per year and has doubled in personnel each of the last 10 years.

Major Heist and the CDTs of HI 358 in front of Hyde ParkOn Tuesday 7 October, cadets enrolled in HI358 Strategy, Policy, and Generalship culminated their study of the First World War, Inter-war Period, and Second World War with a trip section to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home, Museum, and Presidential Library in Hyde Park. Museum staff helped the cadets analyze a number of primary documents from the library and provided a tour of the home, while Major Jonathan Heist led a colloquium on US generalship during World War II. Having focused on American strategic decision-making throughout this period, this visit deepened the cadets’ understanding of both the challenges faced by America’s political and military leaders during the Second World War and their responses to those challenges.

CDTs in front of the Old Cadet Chapel in the West Point cemeteryOn 8 October Major Dan Horst and Captain Nathan Jennings led eleven cadets on a historical tour of the West Point Cemetery. The event began with lunch and a discussion of the rich individual and institutional histories represented in the cemetery by Colonel Ty Seidule in the Clausewitz Room. Cadets then travelled to the cemetery where they learned the history of the Old Cadet Chapel, along with the fascinating stories of the significant persons buried on the premises.

CDTs discuss the defense plan of Fort Putnam and the attempted betrayal by Benedict ArnoldOn 8 and 9 October, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Musteen, Major David Musick, and Major Stuart Peebles conducted a West Point fortifications staff ride with more than 60 cadets from HI301X History of the Military Art Cadets played the roles of key figures from the American Revolutionary War, while they toured Constitution Island, Fort Putnam, and other important redoubts and batteries around West Point.

CDT Kutsch summer at the Spanish Military AcademySemester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections: Spanish: Cadet Valerie Kutsch completed the final ruck march with third-class cadets during the Spanish Military Academy cadet summer training program. USMA Cadets participated with third year cadets of the Spanish Military Academy to experience a portion of their summer training. Cadet Kutsch found the experience of working closely with her counterparts in Spain rewarding, and she is excited for the academic semester to begin. The experience has greatly increased her confidence in her language proficiency.

CDTs attending SAP at the French Military Academy

French: Cadets attending SAP at the French Military Academy, Saint-Cyr, joined French cadets for a ceremony in Paris at Les Invalides recently where Saint-Cyrien “bazars” (Plebes) meet their “binomes” (Team Leaders) for the first time. The following is a brief description of the event:
The ceremony began in the Tomb of Napoleon, with the bazars on the lower level – standing quietly with their heads lowered, reflecting on the significance of the tomb and their commitment to being in the French army.

The second class cadets (the class we are with) all gathered around the upper level that looked down upon Napolean’s coffin and the level of the bazars. The bazars were called to attention, did an about face to face the center, and the second class began singing. It was very moving and impressive, especially with the acoustics of the tomb. The singing of the cadets is incredible, especially because they all sing beautifully and in harmony. The second part of the ceremony was conducted in the square of the Musee de l’Armee, and this is when the second class marched forward in front of the formation of bazars, stood in front of their respective bazars, and both the 2nd class and 3rd class (bazars) sang a song together.

L-R CDT Vaughan GEN Commenda CDT Schreurs CDT CoutteauGerman: The West Point Cadets abroad in Austria finished their field training exercise in late September. During the graduation ceremony, they met the Austrian Chief of Defense, General Othmar Commenda. General Commenda assumed his current post in July of 2013.

CDT Mid Hudson Philosophical PresentationsCadets Deliver Presentations at Mid-Hudson Philosophical Society Meeting In the Haig Room on Saturday, 27 September, DEP’s philosophers (both faculty and cadets) hosted the inaugural meeting of the Mid-Hudson Philosophy Society (MHPS). The Society brings together philosophy faculty and undergraduate majors from West Point and four regional institutions: Bard College, SUNY New Paltz, Marist College, and Vassar College. The morning session began with a welcome to the 45 attendees from acting Dean, COL Eugene Ressler, and West Point MHPS sponsor, Professor Robert Tully, followed by a lecture on David Hume’s concept of probability, given by Professor Don Garrett, Chair of NYU’s Department of Philosophy. At the afternoon session, four APL cadets gave original and lively presentations: CDTs Nick Cale, Brad Hodgkins, Zach Hoffman and Sam Kolling (pictured). In between presentations, the visitors dined in the Mess Hall and enjoyed cadet-guided tours. The Society will meet annually in rotation. Next year’s gathering will be at Vassar

CDTs enrolled in EP490 conduct peer consultation in the West Point Writing CenterWest Point Writing Center Provides Writing Assistance to Cadets Enrolled in Eleven Core Courses In its third year of operation, the West Point Writing Center (WPWC) has conducted over 200 peer consultations since opening last month, with 156 individual cadets requesting appointments. The 24 Writing Fellows who conduct the consultations are enrolled in EP490 (Writing Process, Argument, and Pedagogy), an independent-study elective offered by the Department of English and Philosophy, the gateway seminar for its Writing Fellows Program. The WPWC provides service to all interested Cadets enrolled in all core courses; thus far this semester, Cadets have sought assistance for assignments in 11 separate core courses. The WPWC will remain open for the duration of the academic year.

New York County District Attorney visits West PointThe New York County District Attorney (Manhattan), Cyrus Vance, third from left, visited West Point on 15 October. Mr. Vance visited the Department of Law and led class discussions in the courses Criminal Law and Introduction to Legal Studies. He and his chief of staff, Jeff Schlanger, briefed faculty members on the work of prosecutors in New York. Mr. Vance's presentations to cadets concerned how he decides to prosecute cases and how, in some instances, he agrees to release from prison innocent people that he believes were wrongly convicted. (Also pictured are NYPD Detective Ray Winslow, second from left, and DA Vance’s Chief of Staff Jeff Schlanger, third from right).

Ecology Students Visit the Wolf Conservation CenterEV471 - Ecology Students Visit the Wolf Conservation Center On Tuesday, 7 Oct 14 Environmental Science majors of the Class of 2015 visited the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in New Salem, NY as part of their EV471 Ecology field trip. The WCC was established to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future. The WCC accomplishes its mission through onsite and offsite education programs emphasizing wolf biology, the ecological benefits of wolves and other large predators, and the current status of wolf recovery in the United States. Environmental Science majors were exposed to all sides of the issue to include wolf biology, habitat requirements, and issues for and against the reintroduction of wolves.

DAF at CFRDomestic Affairs Forum to CFR: On 10 October 2014, a group of ten cadets from the Domestic Affairs Forum ventured to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City to attend a panel discussion titled, "The Sunni-Shia Divide" featuring NPR foreign correspondent Deborah Amos and dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Dr. Vali Nasr. Cadets joined an interdisciplinary audience of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty from all over the tri-state area. Not only did the panelists contextualize the long and contentious religious history between Sunni and Shia Muslims, Amos and Nasr also offered astute observations on the current state of affairs in the Middle East, particularly Iraq, Syria, and ISIS. Following the discussion, Cadets had time to mingle with their civilian counterparts from nearby universities and interact with CRF staff and fellows. Trip sections like this allow cadets to share their insights and perspectives with civilians, meet the Superintendent's intent for continued engagement with institutions and organizations in New York City, and enrich their academic experience. The cadets absolutely enjoyed themselves and appreciated the opportunity to visit the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations.

Athletic Director's Update, October 16th

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Athletic Directors Update Oct 16

Army Rugby Defeats Iona

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Despite a rocky start, the Army men's rugby team claimed its fourth straight victory to open the 2014 season, defeating Iona 26-19 at Anderson Rugby Complex under the lights on Sunday night. "It was a good game, hard fought," head coach Mike Mahan said. "We wouldn't quit and that's what's really important." Iona came out hot, getting up by as much as 12-0 through 37 minutes of play.The nationally ranked Black Knights, however, rebounded, showing their dominance to close out the game.

"We came out, unfortunately we might have been a little flat," Magee said. "Those kids are all New York boys so the opportunity for them to come to West Point and play at Anderson Rugby Complex is a huge deal for them, so we kind of knew they were going to come out tough. We unfortunately didn't match their toughness, but the team really rallied. I feel like that's a characteristic of an Army rugby team, we don't give up, we're going to play that 80 minutes and we're going to come out with the W no matter what." Full story

West Point Leads Columbus Day Parade

Monday October 13th, The West Point Band led The 70th Annual Columbus Day Parade.  Photo courtesy of The West Point Band

Cadet Moira Fontenot ’17

Young Rider Cover Nov 2014CDT Fontenot, a member of the West Point Equestrian Team, was featured in the November/December 2014 issue of Young Rider Magazine.

“It gets pretty tricky to fit in riding, but the riding program at Morgan Farm runs like a well-oiled machine. We have practice every day after classes. The team is split into two groups at the start of each practice. While the first group rides, the second group takes care of barn chores, and then we switch. We usually get in 45 minutes of riding. It takes a lot of time management, but it’s worth every moment.” Read the Article.

Dean's Weekly, October 10th

CME Lab Technician Mr. Chong Ahn instructs CDTs L-R Buan-AlHanzab-Murray-Jager on how to level a total stationCE390 Total Station Familiarization Training. Cadets from CE390 (Civil Engineering Site Design) conducted familiarization training on a total station in preparation of an upcoming surveying lab. The total station is a surveying instrument used to determine information such as the distance (line of sight, horizontal, and vertical) and the horizontal azimuth between two points. CE390 focuses on site selection and the associated land development for civil engineering projects. Several types of surveys such as boundary, topographic, and construction are important aspects of the overall land development process and CE390 provides an overview of those surveys, along with some hands-on training.

CDTs Bateman C3 and Duilus H3 perform Seize the Day from NewsiesEP367 Drama Students Participate in Workshop with USMA Band. On 1 October, students in EP367 Drama participated in a workshop with the USMA Band on the subject of American musical theatre. This interactive presentation, led by Dr. Marc Napolitano and SFC Carla Loy Song, encouraged cadets to think about the narrative possibilities of the musical as a theatrical genre.

Over the course of the two-hour workshop, students discussed ways in which music can manipulate time through sung discourse (consolidating several years into a two-minute song, or stretching out a momentary glance into a five-minute ballad).

The cadets also contemplated the power of music to define individual characters’ personalities through specific rhythms, vocal parts, and orchestrations. SFC Loy Song encouraged students to consider how American musicals have addressed important and controversial social issues, from racial prejudice in “Show Boat,” to gang violence in “West Side Story” to the AIDS crisis in “Rent.” Throughout the workshop, students were given the chance to sing songs from “Newsies,” “West Side Story,” “Sweeney Todd,” and “Frozen,” while SFC Loy Song performed powerful numbers from “Big” and “Miss Saigon.” SGM Scott Arcangel accompanied them on the piano.

LTC Wyszynski-Sensei Reno and CDTs Mikinski-B1-Emana-F1-Shepard-G3-Roth-B1-Moon-D4-Kakoulakis-A4-Princeton ShiaiSupport of Cadet Competitive Club Competition. On 5 October, Sensei Reno and DEP’s LTC Joe Wyszynski led eleven junior members of the cadet judo team to participate in the Princeton Shiai. During the tournament, cadets faced collegiate and open competition; opponents ranged from Ivy League students to former service members and veterans of OIF. All the while cadets developed critical thinking skills and the courage to face an individual opponent on the mat. Eight members of the team placed with four cadets taking top honors.

Major Phonexayphova with CDTs Laneve-I3-Campa-D2-Ezeonyeka-A4-Studio Arts forum at the Walter Hoving Home in GarrisonCadets in the Studio Arts Forum conduct outreach to Garrison Rehabilitation Home. On 6 October, MAJ Lay Phonexayphova, OIC of the Studio Arts forum, led three cadet artists to the Walter Hoving Home in Garrison, New York to teach women at the home how to paint, shade, and draw portraits. Over 20 women, enrolled in rehabilitation programs participated in the event and learned about the plastic arts.

The victorious Army team at James MadisonArmy Debate Wins at James Madison: Army debate won the Novice division of the JMU Debate Tournament this past weekend. CDT TJ Collins and CDT Matt Watts followed up their second place finish at Rutgers last week with a dominating victory and 1st place prize at JMU. TJ was also awarded the top speaker prize in a crowd of over 50 novice debaters. CDT Ian Holbrook took home a 3rd place speaker award and 2 other novice teams (CDTs Matlack and Collins / CDTs Gulbis and Hickey) and 1 JV team (CDTs Reed and Oakley) made it to the round of sixteen.

Army Debate TeamArmy Debate Engages with Bard College: Army Debate participated in the opening event of Bard’s Hannah Arendt Conference on the Unmaking of American Values last night. CDTs Aaron Spikol, Theo Lipsky and Will Oakley teamed up with 3 Bard students and 1 Bard professor to publicly debate in front of an audience of over 75 students, faculty and community members whether or not individualism is still an American value worth fighting for. The team represented themselves, the Department and the Academy with distinction. In many cases the Cadets were the first Army Soldiers any of these students ever met and left the event impressed with the professionalism, intellectual curiosity, and communication skills of Aaron, Theo and Will.

Black Knights Alley Ready for Football Game Versus Rice

Black Knights WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team looks to remain unbeaten at Michie Stadium on Saturday against Rice and prior to the game Army fans are invited to visit Black Knights Alley.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early on Saturday to take part in the multitude of fan activities offered on a football game day at West Point. Please visit ARMYgameday.com for all game day information.

Approximately two hours before kickoff, Army's football team members and coaches will participate in Black Knight Walk and parade through the heart of Black Knights Alley en route to the team locker room. Fans are encouraged to attend and support the Black Knights as they get set for kickoff versus the Owls.

Black Knights Alley will open at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and will be open until the game begins. The fan fest area is located along Mills Road between Michie Stadium and Lusk Reservoir. Black Knights Alley will be open three hours prior to kickoff for all home games this season and features live music, inflatables for kids, food and beverage, beer tent, face painting, a different interactive sport every game, tailgate show, as well as other vendors. Full Story

Hockey Hosts Sacred Heart to Open Season

Army Hockey WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army hockey team begins its 2014-15 campaign this weekend as the Black Knights play host to Sacred Heart in an Atlantic Hockey Association showdown at Tate Rink. The games are set for 7:05 p.m. on Friday night, followed by a matinee time of 3:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Friday is opening night and Army Athletics is giving out free schedule posters for the upcoming season. The poster features the three captains. Army hosts Black Knights Buddies on Sunday and players will be available following the game for autographs. Read More

Athletic Director's Update, October 8th

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Athletic Directors Update Oct 8th


The 2014 Thayer Award

2014 Thayer Award In 1958, Major General Garrison Davidson ’27, USMA’s Superintendent at the time, summarized the Sylvanus Thayer Award with a purpose that still stands today: “…to recognize an American citizen of outstanding character and accomplishments whose status in the civilian community would draw wholesome comparisons to the values for which West Point strives—Duty, Honor, Country.” In introducing the 57th recipient of West Point’s highest award Lieutenant General (Retired) Larry Jordan ’68, Chairman of the West Point Association of Graduates, noted Davidson’s belief that the Thayer Award would inspire young people to become cadets. But in her speech accepting the 2014 Thayer Award, Dr. Condoleezza Rice remarked that it is the Corps of Cadets that inspires America’s citizens.

Rice began her speech to the cadets assembled in the Mess Hall for the event by saying that, as a university professor herself, she is tremendously impressed by what cadets do as students. She also noted how the football team at Stanford University, the University for which Rice served as Provost and at which she currently teaches as a professor of political economy at its Graduate School of Business, returned from its 2013 game at West Point inspired with stories of the lives cadets lead. Rice even concluded her speech by citing how the young men and women of West Point inspire. “You inspire us by the traditions of this place that has inspired you,” she said, “and you inspire us because you believe in Duty and Honor and Country.”

Since 1958, the West Point Association of Graduates has presented the Sylvanus Thayer Award to an outstanding citizen of the United States, other than a West Point graduate, whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify personal devotion to the ideals expressed in the West Point motto: Duty, Honor, Country. Dr. Condoleezza Rice’s lifetime of ongoing achievements certainly merits this honor. Full Article

NSRDEC - USMA Collaborate to Innovate Soldier Science Tech

The formal agreement involves joint collaborative research projects between NSRDEC and West Point, encouraging exchange visits by researchers, faculty and cadets to each site, with both organizations allowing access to facilities, training sites, research staff, historical data and field equipment.

The collaboration will also focus on the creation of an 'experimental squad' structure using West Point's senior class annual field training exercise as a test platform where several NSRDEC technologies will be deployed with cadets in the CLDT. The intense, ten-day field problem centers on leader development and allows every cadet to rotate through leadership positions based on the Army's elite Ranger school.

During this training there will be one experimental platoon among the 24 cadet platoons. This platoon will be equipped with Energy Harvesting Technologies, a NSRDEC developed Mission Planning Tool, and cadets will assist NSRDEC in the development of Nett Warrior Apps to be used on enabled handheld devices to enhance future leader awareness of emerging technology and the importance of integrating this technology. Full Story

Ground Game Carries Football Past Ball State

Ground Game Carries Army Football Past Ball State WEST POINT, N.Y. - Any hope of a Ball State comeback was squashed by Army's rushing attack, which put together a 10-play, 75-yard drive to put the game out of reach late in the fourth quarter. The Army offense rushed for a total of 425 yards and four scores, led by Larry Dixon's career-high 188-yard output, on a rainy afternoon at Michie Stadium.

Clinging to a 27-24 lead after 14 straight points by Ball State, the Black Knights went back to work on offense and sealed the victory with the clinching drive that ate up nearly five minutes of game time. Army converted three third down situations, including quarterback Angel Santiago's 11-yard touchdown run that extended the lead to two possessions.

Terry Baggett, who had a 39-yard run on the final drive, finished the afternoon with 64 rushing yards on five carries, while Santiago churned out 89 yards on the ground. Tony Giovannelli contributed 35 yards on six carries, Raymond Maples added 16 on four opportunities and starting quarterback A.J. Schurr had 15 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Aaron Kemper also ran for 10 yards, including a nine-yard break for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Santiago completed his afternoon 2-for-3 passing for 48 yards, with receptions by Edgar Poe and Maples. Ball State's quarterback Ozzie Mann was 18-for-26 for 173 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Jahwan Edwards compiled 186 yards of total offense, with 142 on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.

Defensively, Andrew King totaled 10 tackles to lead the Black Knights on that side of the football. Daniel Grochowski converted both of his field goal attempts, hitting from 43 and 21 yards. Read More

Florida Panthers Pay Visit to West Point

Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates his pre-season goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning With such deep organizational roots, it was just a matter of time before the Panthers visited the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The Panthers, with West Point ties throughout the front office, headed north on Sunday for a few days of Army training as well as traditional hockey activities.

“To put it as simply as I can, we want to put the team in an environment that I believe represents everything a team should strive to achieve,” said owner Vinnie Viola, a 1977 graduate of the Academy.

“Esprit, camaraderie and sacrifice for each other is what that place’s DNA is all about. The idea that you will sacrifice yourself in support of the mission, protect your brother to the right and the left. From Day One, the talk is the mission is bigger than any individual.”

On Monday, the team will hold an open practice at Tate Rink before taking in the annual Thayer Award ceremony at which former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is being honored.

The Panthers also will work their way up Mount Tourne — where the team’s newest captain is expected to be named once they all make it to the top. Read More

USMA Drill Team to Help Honor War of 1812 Army Soldiers

The U.S. Military Academy West Point Drill Team CENTREVILLE — While much attention has been given to the heroic efforts of the Maryland Militia in the War of 1812, many Maryland men also served in the U.S. Navy and the U. S. Army. Attention has been given to some of those from Maryland who served in the Navy, but less well known are the stories of the local men who marched with the Army and fought the British in the north, both in Canada and in the northern U.S. states.

Three of those men gave heroic service in major battles in the Niagara region in particular and have never been honored. On Oct. 25, that will change as bronze plaques will be installed at the War Memorial on the Queen Anne’s County Courthouse green with the names of Clinton Wright, Lodowick Morgan, and Jacob Hindman, all of whom died in service to their country. Lodowick Morgan, from Church Hill was the first officer killed in the Battle of Fort Erie and his death was reported in every newspaper from Maine to Georgia, along with 10 of his men from his 1st Rifle Regiment. The stories of these men will be told as their plaques are installed at the monument.

In that their 1814 heroics were on battlefields in the New York region, the United States Military Academy West Point Drill Team will come to Centreville on Oct. 25 to honor the three men. This will be the first time the Drill Team has given a presentation this far from New York State.

The Army honors ceremony begins at 10 a.m. It is the opening event for Centreville Days this year. Early arrival is suggested. Article

Future Army Officers and Climate Change

The U.S. Armed Forces were not designed to protect us from disease, natural disaster or other associated environmental difficulties, but the military must be prepared to operate in these environments to defend America’s national interests. USMA: Educating future Army officers about energy policy and climate change. One way this is happening is in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point through a Congressional Simulation Exercise (SIMEX) focused on energy policy that actively explores the Army’s relationship to climate change. The SIMEX requires cadets to draft, debate, and attempt to pass a comprehensive energy reform bill.  Cadets role-play elected members of the House of Representatives, interest group lobbyists, journalists from various media outlets, and presidential advisors.  They are required to think critically and creatively, while developing a law-making strategy and debating the merits of energy policy among their peers.  Cadets focus their efforts on four policy areas including the environmental impacts of expanded fossil fuel use, the costs and benefits of sustainable energy investment strategies, the viability of a national carbon emissions cap and trade system, and basic budget and funding mechanisms for their choices.  Additionally, cadets prepare for the exercise by participating in lectures concerning the science of hydraulic fracturing, the patterns of commercial electricity use, and the ethics of environmentalism. 

The SIMEX creates the opportunity for instructors and cadets to generate critical institutional ideas and sensitizes the current and future leaders of the Army to the challenge of climate change. While these simulations do not directly impact national policy or Pentagon plans, they are affecting the cadets’ and faculty’s modes of thinking while also incorporating key policymakers and senior Academy staff into the energy reform discussion.  Just last year, staff members of the House Armed Service Committee along with West Point’s Superintendent, Commandant, and Dean all attended a SIMEX.  The cadets also benefited from several former senior government officials including: Jason Bordoff, current Director of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy; and David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University, and former Under Secretary of Energy (Acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs. These experts mentored individual cadets role-playing presidential advisors and provided an overview of the White House’s approach to climate change to all of the cadets and faculty engaged in the SIMEX. Read More

Dean's Weekly, October 3rd

Center for Enhanced PerformanceCenter for Enhanced Performance On 24 SEP the CEP hosted Ms Emily Cook, a 3X U.S. Olympic team member, for a presentation to cadets and an OPD for the CEP staff. In the cadet presentation Ms Cook, a freestyle skier, shared her personal journey from novice skier to Olympic team member, with emphasis on the process of persevering through potentially career-ending injuries. For the CEP staff OPD Ms Cook detailed her use of customized audio and video files to facilitate recovery and competition readiness.

Defense & Strategic Studies ProgramDefense & Strategic Studies Program warcouncil.org On Monday Major Cavanaugh (DSS) hosted the Korengal war counsel, which brought author Sebastian Junger, Major Dan Kearney, and producer Nick Quested to USMA. The event included the actual war council, a faculty question and answer period, a book signing, and the screening of Junger’s newest movie entitled Korengal. All events were well received and generated a large turn out.

Cadets visit Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research InstituteDepartment of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Follow BS&L on Facebook. Cadets visit Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research Institute (BMRI) The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research Institute (BMRI) was pleased to host a visit by United States Military Academy cadets on Friday, 26 September. The visit gave select cadets majoring in Life Sciences, Psychology and Kinesiology the opportunity to learn about the cutting-edge work done by Burke neurologists, physical and occupational therapists, and researchers. Burke's affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College gives it a unique position as a world-class primary treatment and research center in the New York City area.

CDTs & USACE personnel aboard the Hayward NY district drift collection vesselNew York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Orientation and Harbor Inspection Tour On Friday, 26 September, cadets enrolled in EV481 “Water Resources Planning and Design” traveled to New York City to learn about the mission, capabilities, and operations of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New York District. COL Paul Owen (District Commander) oriented the cadets to his organization at District headquarters, and then Deputy Commander LTC John Knight led the group on an inspection of New York Harbor aboard the Hayward, one of the District’s drift collection vessels. Throughout the visit, cadets and district representatives discussed USACE support to military construction and civil works projects, particularly those regarding navigation and coastal protection.

1A Group of cadets demonstrates the down command during handling training“Soldiers for citizens” conducts dog handling training with “puppies behind bars” Soldiers for Citizens, a service club sponsored by the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) and the Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO), coordinated dog-handling training with over 80 cadets from across the Corps. Puppies Behind Bars, the organization providing the training, works with prison inmates in training dogs to serve a variety of roles from bomb-sniffing to therapy. These particular dogs will be given to wounded warriors to assist them in coping with injuries both external and internal. Now aware of the specific procedures required to handle a working dog, these cadets will work in following weekends to socialize the dogs so they are prepared to assist their “battle buddies” in the coming years.

COL Thompson-Dr. Jon Malinowski-and other G&EnE faculty members talk with CDTs during 1st Regiments open house & BBQG&EnE Faculty support to 1st Regiment’s Open House G&EnE Faculty members talk to cadets from 1st Regiment during an evening barbeque on 24 September. CDT Justin Ganzer, the 1st Regiment Academic Officer, coordinated with several departments to host an open house event in the regimental area. At the event, yearlings and plebes were encouraged to discuss academic programs with faculty in an informal setting with food, music, and a collegial atmosphere. G&EnE majors from the classes of 2015 and 2016 also stopped by to chat with faculty and enjoyed the nice weather before the start of evening study period.

Mr. Marsh records the computer-generated results of one iteration of the Napoleonic war game while CDTs plan their next moveOn Saturday 20 September, the Department of History and the Wargames Committee sponsored a Napoleonic Warfare simulation held in the History Department Library. Dr. John Stapleton, OIC of the Wargames Committee invited Nigel Marsh, designer of Carnage and Glory II, a computer-moderated game system for simulating Napoleonic tactical warfare. Saturday’s battle, the fictitious battle of Arnsdorf, was loosely based on the 1809 battles in Bavaria between the Austrian Army and Napoleon’s Franco-German forces. The simulation pitted a small, largely German force composed of eleven battalions, two cavalry squadrons, and three companies of artillery against an Austro-Hungarian force composed of ten battalions, four squadrons, and three artillery companies. The game ran three hours, in which time the cadets played seven turns. The German-Allies established their artillery with clear fields of fire, employed combined arms assaults, and counter-attacks effectively, reacting well to Austro-Hungarian over-enthusiastic aggression. The Austro-Hungarians, played well and had moments of local success, but ultimately, were undone by their lack of a coherent plan of action. Although this war game was the first of its kind for many, the cadets and faculty had a great time. Indeed, Mr. Marsh concluded in his After Action Review: “It was a great afternoon of gaming, and a pleasure to run.”

CDTs from Company F2 at Habitat for Humanity site in Yonkers, NYCompany F2 cadets and a Department of Systems Engineering professor perform service for Habitat for Humanity. Cadet Zachary Ramirez (CIC) and Dr. Bruce Keith (DSE) coordinated efforts to bring 25 cadets from Company F2 to a Habitat for Humanity site in Yonkers, NY on Saturday, 20 September 2014. The event served as a company service activity for F2 and a great opportunity for the Westchester Office of Habitat for Humanity to populate a worksite with many enthusiastic, able-bodied volunteers. The cadets worked various tasks, including placing siding on the house, affixing tile to a bathroom wall, building a soffit, and moving materials around the site. The Habitat for Humanity Office in Westchester has undertaken a veterans’ housing initiative, to provide housing solutions and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with affordable housing in Westchester County, NY (see http://habitatwc.org/veterans-initiatives/). To date, the H4H Office has built or is building six homes for veterans. The cadets’ volunteer activities, which are always welcomed on the site, helped to make this initiative a reality for a few veterans.

Cadets outside the Pentagon after their meetings on Arctic energySS490B: The Artic: Exploring the World’s Last Frontier. Cadets in SS490B (The Arctic: Exploring the World’s Last Frontier) completed a two-day trip section to Washington, DC. The course, taught by State Department Professor Dr. Ed Canuel, contends with interdisciplinary issues covering international/domestic politics, law, science, economics and society. During the trip, cadets engaged with top-level decision-makers, gaining insights into the Arctic, the foreign policy decision-making process and leadership. The cadets met with the U.S. Arctic Ambassador Admiral Papp, State Department Counselor Ambassador Shannon, senior State Department officials, military and security experts (at the NSC and Pentagon), Shell office directors and Greenland’s Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States.

The USMA team with their trophies back at West PointArmy Debate Places at Rutgers: The “Dean’s Corps Squad team,” Army Debate, competed at the Rutgers-Newark Regional Debate Tournament this past weekend, the 26th -28th of September. USMA brought three open teams, one JV team, and four novice teams. In the novice division, two teams cleared. Ian Holbrook and Sajon Weeks were octo-finalists while the team of TJ Collins and Matt Watts won all six of their preliminary debates and earned second place overall in the tournament. Army Debate is very proud of all the hard work each team put into the tournament and the way the cadets represented USMA and the U.S. Army at this year’s first competition!

Members of the Jazz Forum present SFC Reifenberg with a poster as thanks for his presentation on jazzJazz Forum event The Jazz Forum met on 23 September to hear from SFC Mike Reifenberg, Jazz Knights saxophonist, as he discussed the evolution of jazz. SFC Reifenberg spoke to a group of 20 cadets and faculty about the history and development of the genre while also playing examples from different time periods.

Cadet Capstone Team Meets with Collaborators at Army Research LaboratoriesCadet Capstone Team Meets with Collaborators at Army Research Laboratories: The Warrior Web Boot Attachment Capstone team, made up of CDTs Robert Mason, James Hill, Jameson Albers, and Kyle Okular were accompanied by their faculty mentors, Dr. Becky Zifchock and MAJ Amber Walker on a trip to Aberdeen Proving Ground in MD. The team used this as an opportunity to meet with their collaborators at Army Research Laboratory (HRED), as well as the Wyss Institute at Harvard University. In addition to defining the design goals and constraints of their capstone project, the team was afforded the opportunity to wear the device that has been designed by the Wyss Institute to meet the goals of the Warrior Web DARPA program: to create wearable technology that will prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries and provide movement assistance.

Cadets and faculty tour instrumented range facilitiesCadet Capstone Team(s) Meet with ARDEC Collaborators at Picatinny Arsenal: 36 cadets and faculty traveled to Picatinny Arsenal on 5 September to tour laboratory and range facilities and meet with Cadet Capstone project sponsors. The Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering has a long-standing relationship with the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), sharing subject matter expertise and resources to solve problems of interest to the Army and Department of Defense. This year’s projects include designing towards improvements in ammunition resupply, non-lethal threat detect/defeat, and aerial vehicle platforms.

CDTs Riggs and Laubach discuss passive air flow design with Eric Fred to reduce energy costs & improve air quality in buildingsCadets Learn about Energy Efficient Architectural Design. Mr. Eric Fred, AIA from Hudson Design Architecture in Garrison, NY delivered a guest lecture to Cadets enrolled in CE490 – Special Topics in Civil Engineering: Energy Efficient Buildings on Thursday, 25 September. Mr. Fred discussed important concepts that the students should consider for their engineering design problem in CE490. Mr. Fred explained the interplay within architectural design between:

  • local climate
  • building orientation
  • passive solar and thermal mass
  • earth tubes and air flow
  • clerestories
  • daylighting strategies
  • building envelopes

Mr. Fred proved himself a natural teacher, masterfully wielding the five colors of chalk on the blackboards as he explained the lesson learning objectives. The Cadets gained practical insight on the tools and techniques they can employ as they design their own net zero energy dream home for any location in the United States.

Soldiers for citizens” conducts dog handling training with “puppies behind bars

Athletic Director's Update, October 2nd

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Knicks Anthony Impressed & Honored at West Point Cadets

WEST POINT — Carmelo Anthony loved the efficiency. If only Phil Jackson’s triangle offense can achieve such fluidity in New York.

The Knicks joined the U.S. Military Academy’s cadets early Wednesday morning in the mess hall and experienced firsthand the intricacies of the Army student body getting in and out in such a short period.

“Beautiful, man. It was a different experience, man, just seeing the whole setup, from them lining up to them going in there eating, eating with them, talking to them,’’ Anthony said after Wednesday’s training camp practice at Christl Arena. “I was more shocked to see 4,000 people get fed at one time for 15 minutes. That right there was just special to see the discipline those guys and ladies have.’’

It’s all part of the West Point experience as rookie coach Derek Fisher and team president Phil Jackson set out to show the Knicks there’s more to this world than the NBA.

“Being here at West Point is bigger than basketball, bigger than what we’re trying to do from a team perspective,’’ Fisher said. “It’s an honor to be here. Talk about being a team and committing yourself to others — it’s a perfect example of it. We’re as much trying to build ourselves as a team by Xs and Os.’’ Read More

USMA Scuba Team Conducts Diving Operations

USMA SCUBA Team The USMA SCUBA Team recently conducted diving operations at Dutch Springs, PA. The purpose of this trip was to familiarize the newest team members of the team with general dive operations, and more particularly those that occur at Dutch Springs. This trip not only served as an effective team-building exercise, but also set conditions for future success for the team’s National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) open water certification trips that occur each semester.

The mission of the USMA SCUBA Team is to afford cadets and military personnel the opportunity to become NAUI certified SCUBA divers. This certification as well as other diving trips conducted by the team, allows individuals to enjoy the sport of recreational SCUBA diving. Additionally, those cadets who have completed the SCUBA curriculum and have a NAUI referral, can complete their SCUBA certification through the team.

(Photos courtesy of the USMA SCUBA Team, story courtesy of USMA)

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

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

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

Photos Courtesy of USMA.

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

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

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

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

Dean's Weekly, September 26th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women's Tennis Hosts West Point Open This Weekend

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

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

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

NATO: A Long Blue Line for Security

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The President of Indonesia Visits West Point

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

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

(Photo by: John Pellino/ DPTMS Visual Information)

Toyota USA Foundation Supports West Point STEM Program

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

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

Sebatian Junger's Korengal Screened at West Point

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dean's Weekly, September 19th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mechanical Engineering Design Showcase Briefings

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

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


13 Golden Knights Headed to Pretoria South Africa

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

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

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

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

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

Dean's Weekly, September 12th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

West Point Close to the Top for Early-Career Salaries

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

Branch Week at West Point

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

Sailing Team participated in a training clinic at USNA

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

Football Picks Off Buffalo in Season Opener

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

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

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

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

The Women of West Point

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

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

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

Dean's Weekly, September 5th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One Mississippi, Two Mississippi…

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

Scott Barracks construction is complete

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

Dean's Weekly, August 29th

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

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

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

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

Women's Tennis Welcome Six

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

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

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

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

Dean's Weekly, August 22nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USMA, West Point, #1 Fittest American University

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

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

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

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

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

USA Basketball's Men's National Team Visits USMA

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

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

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

“A” Day to Remember

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

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

Class of 2016 Affirmation Ceremony

Affirmation Ceremony

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


Dean's Weekly, August 15th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Class of 2018 March Back

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

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75th Commandant Stresses Cadets

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

Your Financial Support Enhances Cadets Experience

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

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

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Dean's Weekly, August 8th

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

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

West Point Rankings

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

USMA scores high in Princeton Review

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

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

Rooms with a View, Coming Soon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gymnastics Team Members Earn All-America Academic Honors

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arctic Edge: Battling Cold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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