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Plomb Named Patriot League Player of the Week

WEST POINT, NY - After being named the most valuable player of the 2015 Barclays Center Classic, Tanner Plomb has been honored as the Patriot League men's basketball player of the week. Plomb averaged 22.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists as the Black Knights went 2-1 last week, including victories over Arkansas — Pine Bluff and Gardner-Webb in the weekend tournament at West Point. The senior forward nearly recorded a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds in Friday's win over the Golden Lions, before erupting for a career-high 31 points in the win over Gardner-Webb.

Plomb hit 7-of-9 three-pointers, including his first six attempts against the Runnin' Bulldogs, to set a new career high in threes and help Army capture the tournament crown. The Mukwonago, Wis., native leads the Patriot League and ranks in the top-25 nationally with 21.4 points per game and is tied for second in the conference with 8.6 rebounds per contest. Plomb has scored in double figures in every game this year, with three performances of 20 points or more. Read More

Jazz Forum Improvisation Workshop

The Jazz Forum held an improvisation workshop in Lincoln Hall. Two of the USMA band’s finest jazz musicians facilitated the workshop. SSG Geoffrey Vidal and SSG Bryan Ponton are both professional jazz musicians who spent time playing in New York City prior to joining the Army. The workshop was attended by six Cadet musicians and members of the Department of English and Philosophy. Story

Plomb Leads Men’s Basketball To Tournament Crown

WEST POINT, NY - After a furious Gardner-Webb rally sent the game to overtime, the Army West Point men's basketball team made the critical plays in the extra session to claim the 2015 Barclays Center Classic championship crown on Saturday night at Christl Arena. The 103-98 triumph for Army improved it to 5-2 on the season. Click here to watch the video.

Tanner Plomb garnered most-valuable player honors and Kyle Wilson was also selected to the all-tournament team. The 6-7 senior forward poured in a career-high 31 points on an 11-for-17 shooting performance, with seven three-pointers, while Wilson added 20 points. Classmate Kevin Ferguson recorded hissecond straight double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Dylan Cox contributed 10 points and nine assists. Read More

Balance Keys Women’s Basketball’s Win Over Rider

WEST POINT, NY - Five players scored at least five points to send the Army West Point women's basketball team to a 57-42 win over Rider on Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena. Senior Jean Parker finished with a game-high 18 points for the Black Knights. Army, which is receiving votes in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll, improves to 4-1 on the season, while Rider falls to 2-3. Parker shot 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-7 from deep, while adding six rebounds and a pair of steals. Sunday's contest was Parker's second straight game hitting four three-pointers after she did so at Duke on Nov. 22. Click here to watch the video.

Senior Kelsey Minato finished with 11 points and three assists, while sophomore Lena' Hicks contributed eight points and four rebounds off the bench. Minato raised her career point total to 1,924 and now needs 18 points to pass Katie Macfarlane's (USMA '04) Academy record of 1,941 points. Senior Aimee Oertner scored five points to go along with a career-high-tying 12 rebounds and five assists, and a season-best five blocks. Freshman Izzy McMahon netted five points in a reserve role for the first points of her career. Read More

Athletic Director's Update

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

BS&L Cadets visit Sing Sing Correctional Facility

30 students in PL393 Criminology and the Criminal Justice System and two sociology faculty members visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility for an all-day tour of the facility. This educational trip provided myriad insights into life in a maximum security prison, bringing the concept of a pure total institution to life. From conversations with correctional officers and the Deputy, to a briefing from an inmate about a new program at the facility, to walking tours throughout the organization, students learned about numerous features of life inside Sing Sing. Additionally, the Superintendent of Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Mr. Mike Capra, visited PL393 classes on Tuesday, November 10, to provide a short lecture and exchange in a question and answer session with cadets and faculty about Sing Sing and other timely topics about the US Criminal Justice System.

Mgmt Prgm Visits Cornell Univ Johnson Grad School of Mgmt

13 cadets and 2 management instructors visited Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management to participate in an annual leadership exchange. At Cornell, cadets attended MBA classes (managerial finance, strategy, or data driven marketing) and participated in a faculty-led finance case with renowned Professor Drew Pascarella. Cadets also enjoyed an opportunity to meet with Cornell Army ROTC cadets and former military officers now studying at Cornell to discuss the Army/military profession. The visiting cadets and faculty accomplished the Management Program’s goal of stimulating intellectual curiosity and increasing a desire to learn about management-related topics as well as furthering their knowledge of the Army profession. This visit is one half of a reciprocal exchange with Cornell’s MBA program; 34 Cornell MBA candidates visited West Point in September to learn more about leadership and management as well as USMA’s mission.

Habitat for Humanity Trip to Yonkers, NY

MAJ Brewer took 13 cadets from Company I3 to Yonkers to help finalize construction of a Habitat for Humanity home. Led by CDT Brendan Ward ’18, the cadets dug trenches for piping, dug window wells, painted frames and railings, shoveled gravel for filling, constructed a porch foundation, and worked under the house in crawl spaces. We were all honored to work at this site over the weekend as this house was being finished for a veteran, Ivan Arroyo. Over Veterans’ Day, the home was dedicated to Ivan and his family members who also helped work on this home. The cadets left the site feeling proud that they not only served the greater community, but they also helped to ensure the home was finished by Veterans Day.

Latinos on Fast Track STEM Symposium

Approximately 100 high school students from The Young Women’s Leadership School in Astoria, Queens; Information Technology High School in Queens; and Robert Goddard High School of Ozone Park, New York, attended the inaugural LOFT (Latino’s on Fast Track) STEM Leadership Symposium at Arnold Auditorium in Mahan Hall. Cadets and faculty from the Departments of Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Civil & Mechanical Engineering, as well as staff from the Department of Admissions provided presentation and display support to this outreach event. The symposium intent was to promote STEM careers and provide career path and leadership guidance, educational opportunities and connectivity for students and young professionals interested in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields. BG Trainor addressed the students during this event, which included a leadership symposium, STEM panel, and tour of West Point.

CLS Cadets Collaborate with Weill Cornell Medical College

MAJ Joseph Kobes and Cadets Edric Zhan and Jacob Deem from the Chemistry and Life Sciences Department conducted MRI imaging at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Ballon, Dr. Voss, and Eric Aronowitz at Cornell assisted Cadets Zhan and Deem to create high resolution MRI images of their re-seeded tissue on a Bruker 7T small animal MRI. They are tracking cells with nanoparticles detectable by MRI. The cadets also toured the medical school as well as interviewed doctors and scientists at Cornell.

CLS Special Focus Seminar

Cadets enrolled in Genetics (CH388) completed a three-part seminar on cancer from clinical diagnosis to bench research. Cadets gained experience with several resources maintained by the National Cancer Institute to assess cancer incidence, mortality, and clinical trials available for site specific tumors. The cadets, working in groups, prepared presentations on a selected type of cancer which detailed the genetic basis and macro to molecular deregulation observed in patients. These culminating presentations allowed cadets to contextualize genetic techniques discussed in class to generate their own research questions to explore their cancer of interest. This sequence was led by returning faculty member, LTC Melissa Eslinger, who recently completed doctoral studies in cancer biology.

Upperclass Cadets Tutor Plebes

In an effort to provide writing assistance for papers due in core history classes, CHAC provides paper tutoring sessions the week prior to the assignment’s due date. Eight upperclass cadets volunteered to tutor plebes enrolled in HI108 and help them with their papers by improving their thesis, organization, arguments, and writing styles. 27 plebes took advantage of this opportunity.

Fireside Chat with BG Timothy Trainor

Cadets and faculty from the Excel Scholars Program attended a Fireside Chat with BG Timothy Trainor, Dean of the Academic Board. Held in the Hudson Room of the West Point Club, cadets and faculty enjoyed casual conversation over lunch before listening to some brief remarks from the Dean. BG Trainor spoke to the cadets about the importance of striving for academic excellence, while also achieving excellence across the other pillars of the West Point experience. He reflected upon his own experiences as a graduate student and how the process expanded his thinking. After his remarks, the Dean opened the floor to questions from the cadets. Questions ranged from getting the Dean’s thoughts on the changes to the academic program over the years, to how West Point compares to similar civilian schools and other service academies in academic programs.

B-4 Trivia Night Come from Behind Victory

Despite the Military Art paper being due the next day, over 30 firsties and cows turned out for this month’s Trivia Night at the Firstie, hosted by CPT Mark Bergman, CPT Ben Griffin, and Prof. Amanda Boczar. A team representing Company B-4 put together an impressive come-from-behind victory to walk away with $100 of gift certificates donated by DCA.

Colloquium in Geography Trip to the Met

Eleven geography majors enrolled in EV483, Colloquium in Geography, traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 3 November to explore the history of landscape in European and American painting. Led by Dr. Malinowski, Professor of Geography, the cadets traced developments in landscape painting in the European and American wings. Highlights included works by Patinir, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, El Greco, Thomas Cole, Frederick Church, Monet, and Van Gogh. Cadets also saw works by West Point-connected artists such as Robert W. Weir and his sons. The trip supports not only the course but also the Superintendent's goal to increase outreach to New York City. The cadets were repeatedly engaged by Museum patrons and asked to discuss West Point.

Physical Geography Course Field Trip

21 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.

SAME NYC Post Scholarship Honorees

Society of American Military Engineers New York City Post scholarship honorees. Five cadets from engineering programs across the Academy were honored at the 75th 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 $500 scholarship. Cadet Marc Samland (Mechanical Engineering) represented USMA at the event, along with LTC Phil Dacunto (USMA liason to SAME). Other scholarship recipients from USMA (as selected by the MSE Committee) were CDT Zachary McNally (Mechanical Engineering), CDT Blake Bequette (Mechanical Engineering), CDT Clayton Jaksha (Electrical Engineering), and CDT Regina Parker (Mechanical Engineering).

Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO) Conf

The Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO) traveled to Tufts University near Boston, MA to participate in the second annual Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES) Civil-Military Relations Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “Where Do We Go from Here: Post-Conflict Peacekeeping and Reconstruction in the 21st Century.” Cadets from USMA, Midshipmen from the Naval Academy, and students from Wellesley College and Tufts University listened to several experts, participated in educational panels, and participated in a culminating diplomatic crisis scenario designed to test their new-found knowledge. Cadets were able to continue building relationships with communities across the country in their effort to bridge the very real Civil-Military divide. Cadets also furthered their knowledge of international relations, Civil-Military Operations, and their role as future military leaders in our increasingly complex world.

EV301 Trip Section to the Wheelabrator

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

Arts, Politics History, Diversity and Pop-Culture Mash-up

The Cadet Theatre Arts Guild enjoyed a day in NY City and saw the hottest show on Broadway, Hamilton, a true game-changer in musical theatre. The musical details the life of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, cast with diverse actors representing a slice of America now, and set to music in the style of Hip-Hop and Rap. Several audience members thanked us for our service. MAJ Steven Kreeger, an American Politics instructor from the Department of Social Sciences, volunteered to serve as Assistant Officer in Charge of the trip, and Mr. Duane Rutter, Technical Director of Ike Hall Theatre, was able to meet us there to spend some of his free time with the cadets. After the show, the cadets were able to meet a few cast members and watched the "Ham4Ham" performance where the cast entertains the crowds on the street. During "Ham4Ham" LinManuel Miranda (writer and lead in the show) publicly thanked all veterans and acknowledged the cadets and military in the crowd. Our "tweets" of the experience were favorited and retweeted by the Hamilton twitter account, USMA, and AOG. In a fortuitous turn of events, they met up with Mr. Bob McClure of AOG and Dr. Elizabeth Samet from the English Department, as well as the Dr. Blakeslee of Keller hospital and the Friends of the American Revolution at West Point. Before the show, cadets were able to walk around in Times Square and enjoy the city for lunch. Over half of the cadets chose to expand their artistic horizons by spending a couple of hours in the Museum of Modern Art, and others enjoyed Bryant Park's holiday market and ice skating. On the ride home, cadets rehashed lyrics from the show, marveled at the genius in the diverse casting, compared notes about their favorite set pieces, and delighted in the technical wonders of the show. News pieces have marveled at the sheer volume of content in the show, noting that if Hamilton's lyrics were performed at the tempo of a typical Broadway show the performance would take 6-10 hours to perform, but since the music is fast-paced Hip-Hop, the meticulously-crafted lyrics whizzed by in 2.5 hours.

Cyber Team (C3T) Places Top 1% in Cybersecurity Comp

Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) Placed in the Top 1% in the Cybersecurity Competition The C3T traveled to Brooklyn, NY to participate in the Cybersecurity Awareness Week Capture the Flag finals. The team was limited to sending four Cadets to participate in the final round and the competition was fierce. The CTF event was a continuous 36-hours and our team performed admirably against the other top undergraduate teams from the US and Canada. When the bits settled on Saturday morning they finished in 11th place overall. Not bad for a competition with more than 1,000 teams in the qualifying round in September!

EN101 Guest Lecture: Sir Christopher Ricks

During a Dean’s Hour Lecture cadets, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to listen to Sir Christopher Ricks discuss how easy it is to be prejudiced about whether other people are prejudiced through an examination of Bob Dylan’s song “Just Like a Woman.” Professor Ricks is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 2004–2009, and served as president of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers from 2007–2008. The author of numerous works on topics ranging from John Milton’s style to Bob Dylan’s lyrics; he is known both for his critical studies and for his scholarly editions.

Cadets Visit the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

CDTs Caitlin Laneve (2017, D4), Hailey Conger (2019, B3), Nathalie Du (2019, E4), and Mara Kagawa (2019, A1) of the Studio Arts Forum traveled to Vassar College to explore the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. With over 19,000 works, the Art Center is one of the most respected museums in the area outside of New York City. The cadets were able to study paintings from the Hudson River School including Moore’s Down the Hudson to West Point (1861); modern works by Picasso, Pollock, and O’Keeffe; Asian art from the early Edo through the Meiji periods; and several sculptures from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. However, the highlight of the event was the Art Center’s current exhibition, Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument, a collection of photographs that Parks took to chronicle the gang wars in post-World War II Harlem for the November 1, 1948, issue of Life magazine.

Automotive Engineering Trip Section

Cadets and faculty associated with the ME492 Powertrains and Vehicle Dynamics course conducted a trip section to the Consumer Reports Vehicle Test Center (CRVTC) in Colchester, CT. The visit was hosted by Jennifer Stockton, Director of the CRVTC. Consumer Reports is “an expert, independent, nonprofit [501c3] organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.” The CRVTC evaluates approximately 80 vehicles a year. Each evaluation is comprised of over 50 individual tests and assessments on automotive engineering metrics ranging from acceleration and braking to lighting and cargo space. After visiting test areas and hearing briefs by subject matter experts on accident avoidance technologies, tires, and performance data acquisition, the visit culminated with a demonstration of dynamic, demanding vehicle testing on the race track inspired circuit course.

Army World Class Athletes in the CEP

CPT Jon Anderson ’06 and CPT William Simpson ’09, current members of the Army World Class Athletes Program (WCAP), presented their insights on competitive success to the Army West Point Wrestling Team in coordination with the CEP. The presentation, entitled “Fourth Class to World Class,” described the challenges both men faced in their pursuit of Olympic Team berths and the joy of leading soldiers while also training as a competitive world class wrestler. CPT’s Anderson and Simpson will compete in the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials in 2016. Cadets in attendance were uniformly impressed with how these USMA grads balanced their lives as officers, husbands, fathers, and competitors.

Women’s Swim & Dive Finishes on Top at Terrier Invite

BOSTON, MA - Following three days of competition, the Army West Point women's swimming and diving team finished on top at the Terrier Invitational. The Black Knights placed first with 896.5 points. Jorie Mason competed for Army off the 3-meter board, and placed 14th with 163.90 points. In the swimming events, the Black Knights competed in the 1650 free for the first time this season. Sabrina Mortell and Meaghan McGovern went third and fourth as Army's top finishers. Mortell touched the wall in 17.04.79, while McGovern finished in 17:05.15. Ana Maria Bistrow (17:28.01) placed 12th, while Danielle Nuszkowski tied for 13th with a time of 17:32.74.

Bailey Smith (4th) and Kim Sembrano (6th) had times of 2:03.47 and 2:04.92 as the top-two finishers for Army in the 200 back. Kelly Hamilton's (2:04.29) and Cecelia Croman's (2:04.90) times also ranked in the top-10. In the 100 free, Monica Sowinski clocked a first-place time of 51.24. She was followed by Molly Mucciarone who was sixth with a time of 51.95. Jess Ambrose finished the 200 breast in 2:21.57 to place fifth. She was followed by Kara Wineinger (2:23.27), Jess Fabrizio (2:23.24) and Margaret Ireland (2:25.59). Mucciarone went 2:05.14 in the 200 fly to finish in second, while Shannon Rogers finished one place behind with a time of 2:05.17. Read More

Wrestling Takes Second at NY State Championships

ITHACA, NY - The Army West Point wrestling team posted a second-place finish at the New York State Championships, hosted by Cornell, behind a 1st-place finish from Rocco Caywood at 197 pounds on Sunday. It was Army's best finish at the tournament since the 2011-12 season in which the Black Knights finished first. "There is no question that we showed some improvements today," said head coach Kevin Ward. "I am proud of the fight we showed in most situations. I thought we let a few matches get away from us, but those are some things we can work on. Overall, it was a good experience before Thanksgiving." All 10 of the Black Knights advanced to the quarterfinals of their respective weight classes with only one failing to place in the top-eight. Read More

Athletic Director's Update

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

Branch Night - Class of 2016

The Wait Is Over! Ok, Not Yet. Everyone familiar with the Army knows and understands the phrase, “Hurry up and wait.” The phrase aptly applies to Branch Night at West Point. After four years of learning about the 17 branches of the U.S. Army through initiatives surrounding the Branch Education and Mentorship Program (e.g. Branch Week, military instruction courses, summer training, etc.), members of the Class of 2016 packed the orchestra level of Eisenhower Hall by company to learn of their future officer identity in the Army. Read More | Watch Video | See Photos

Balanced Effort Sends Women’s Basketball Past CCSU

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Three players finished in double figures to help send the Army West Point women's basketball team to an 81-52 victory over Central Connecticut State on Thursday evening at Christl Arena. Army improves to 3-0 following the win, while Central Connecticut State slips to 1-2. Senior Kelsey Minato netted a game-high 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting to move her career scoring total to 1,890. Minato now stands 51 points shy of Army Hall of Famer Katie Macfarlane's Academy record of 1,941 points. Click here to watch the video.

Classmate Aimee Oertner reached a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass, and freshman Madison Hovren tallied a career-best 11 points while shooting 7-of-8 from the foul line. Kiana Patterson and Aleah Epps paced Central Connecticut State with 13 points and 11 points, respectively. "A lot of our success tonight was in the way we started the game," said head coach Dave Magarity. "Oertner was a real presence early and throughout the first half. I'm really pleased with our play off the bench. Hovren had a career night and the ability for us to bring people in and be solid contributors was big for us. "Brigette Ocran came in and contributed right away. I thought Janae McNeal and Daizjah Morris had good stretches defensively and that kind of changed the tone of the game. We forced 28 turnovers and I think we'll need to continue to do that to be successful." Read More

Women’s Boxing Training in the Bronx

The Army West Point Women’s Boxing team travelled to Church Street Boxing Gym in the Bronx, NY, to conduct additional training with the team’s coach, Jenaro Diaz. The overall goal of the trip was to improve skills and technique through the opportunity to use additional equipment available at this gym, and to work out with the coach. Upon arrival to Church Street Gym, the team conducted warm-up drills, practiced bag work and combination punches with Coach Diaz. The team, including CDTs Sarah Gold ’16, Gabriela Barrera ’17, Briana Dorsey ’19, and Ejakhian Obiomon ’19 conducted skill work and combination practice at different stations, as well as worked on maintaining stance using a tire drill. Each boxer was able to receive feedback from the coach, and work on a specific, individually tailored combo. This trip was very productive, and the team learned valuable lessons in defense and ring movement, as well as how to deliver head and body punches.

Men’s Volleyball Builds on Mechanicsburg Tournament

The Army West Point Men’s Volleyball team travelled to Mechanicsburg, PA, to compete in a tournament. The tournament served as a great opportunity for development of the team, and a chance to gain valuable experience. The A team competed against perennial power, Messiah, in the first match. Although the team lost, they identified the numerous strengths and weakness that they can build on for the next season.

Cycling Ranked Third in the Nation

The Army West Point Cycling team travelled to Wawarsing, NY, to participate in a technical course hosted by the Renegades Mountain Bike Club. CDT Tristan Manderfield ’17 and CDT Kenny Englert ’19 placed first and second, respectively. CDT Ellen Barry (USAFA ‘17) took first place in the women’s race. CDT Dylan Allen took first place in the Men’s C Race. The Army West Point Cycling team is currently ranked first in the ECCC, and third in the nation.

Tae Kwon Do at the Eastern Collegiate Conference Tournament

The Army West Point Taekwondo Team travelled to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, to fight in the second Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference tournament of the year. The team had another terrific performance, setting new team and division records by scoring 234 points and opening up an over 200 point lead on second place Rutgers University. The Men’s performance included winning the Men’s Beginner Division and sending two teams to the Men’s Black Belt semi-finals, both placing third overall. Black Belt Heavyweight CDT Rahul Sawhney had one of the highlights of the tournament scoring a knockout in the quarterfinals in just 15 seconds, on his way to an undefeated tournament record. The Men’s brackets each had over 35 teams competing. The Women’s Beginner team fought hard all the way to the finals, placing second in the tournament in a field of 26 teams. The next tournament will be the final tournament of the semester at Brown University on 22 November.

Skeet and Trap Dover Plains Veteran's Day Classic

On 11 Nov., the Army West Point Skeet and Trap team travelled to Dover Plains, NY, to compete in the first annual Veteran’s Day Classic sporting clays tournament, held at the Beretta Shooting Grounds. The event drew shooters from around the Hudson Valley, and despite a rainy start proved to be a great day of shooting for cadets and civilians alike. CDT Lane Fincher won the award for tournament high-gun, as well as high gun for the team.

Grappling Takes 16 Medals in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Twelve cadets fighters from the Army West Point Grappling Team travelled to King of Prussia, PA, to compete in a sanctioned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament. The tournament had over thirty bouts, and the Army West Point team managed to take home sixteen medals by competing in both Gi and No-Gi Divisions. The cadets that received medals in their respective divisions include: CDT Brandon Freerkson (Second Place); CDT Danny Gray (First Place); CDT Erica Forktus (Second Place); CDT Alex Soler (First Place); CDT Mike Volpe (First Place); CDT JT Aaron ( Second Place); CDT Tyler Parker (Third Place); CDT Danny Gray (First Place); CDT Paul Getchell (Second Place); CDT Airyn Nash (Third Place); CDT Jayleen Perez (Fourth Place); and CDT Saud Bin Saud (Second Place).

Bowling Participates in EIBC Match

The Army West Point Bowling team travelled down to Wallingford, CT, to participate in their second EIBC match. While the lanes were unforgiving, the Army Men’s A team held on to their 9th place ranking in the conference. In a rare match-up, the Women’s team went head to head against both of the Men’s teams. Special recognition goes to CDT James Olk who is currently tied for third place for the most individual points scored.

Alpine Ski Welcomes Coach Robert McIntee

The Army West Point Alpine Ski Team welcomes to it’s ranks, Coach Robert (Bob) McIntee from Goshen, NY. He brings with him a rich background of over 40 years in the industry having been a certified Ski Patroller, Professional Ski Instructor, U.S. Ski Association Coach and Resort Administrator. To add to the excitement of this years’ team, coming off competing at National’s last year at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, OR, the Army Downhillers are competing in a brand new conference, the Atlantic High-lands Conference. Participating in the new conference allow the Army Shredders to compete at Mountains closer to home, and in some cases with more challenging terrain, such as Belleayre and Hunter Mountains in the Catskills. The Army Alpines will compete against the likes of Lafayette College, Columbia, Rutgers, UPenn and Drexel to name a few. This year the Army Alpiners anticipate returning to Regionals, getting a shot at making Nationals again this year at Lake Placid, NY, and hosting/whipping Navy here at Victor Constant Ski Area this winter.

Model UN Competes at Oxford’s International Competition

Four cadets from USMA’s Model UN Forum travelled to Oxford, England, to participate in Ox-ford’s International Model United Nation’s Competition. From the African Union to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the cadets represented countries in challenging committees working with students from over 50 universities around the world. As one of the few American schools present, the West Point team stood out as a competent and engaging group of future leaders. CDT Megan McNulty ’16 won second place, while CDT Jesse Nelson ’16 and CDT Carolyn Williams (’18) won the Verbal competition. CDT Anthony Veith ’16 was also an instrumental part of the team’s success.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers at the AIChE Nationals

Nine cadets from the West Point Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), travelled to Salt Lake City, UT, to attend the 2015 AIChE Nationals. There, CDT Bradley Ernst (West Point AIChE President) and CDT J. Keith Basnett (Vice President) gave a presentation along with AIChE representatives from the University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology that covered how to establish an International Sister Chapter of AIChE. The audience included students and faculty advisors from universities from across the country, and even some International Chapter members. Cadets also attended professional workshops to learn non-Newtonian fluids, prepare for the fundamentals of engineering exam, and to prepare for the chemical engineering car competition.

Theatre Arts Guild see Hamilton in NYC

The West Point Cadet Theatre Arts Guild travelled to New York City, to see the Broadway show Hamilton. The musical is about the life of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, and is cast with diverse actors representing a slice of America now, while set to music in the style of Hip-Hop and Rap. After the show, the cadets were able to meet a few cast members and watched the “Ham4Ham” performance where cast members do impromptu signing to entertain the crowds on the street. During “Ham4Ham”, LinManuel Miranda (writer and lead in the show) publicly thanked all of the veterans and acknowledged the cadets and military members in the crowd. Before the show, over half of the cadets chose to expand their artistic horizons by spending a few hours at the Museum of Modern Art, while others enjoyed Bryant Park’s Holiday Market and Ice Skating. On the ride home, cadets rehashed lyrics from the show, compared notes about their favorite set pieces, and delighted in the technical wonders of the show.

Glee Club Performs with Country Music Star Trace Adkins

59 members of the West Point Glee Club travelled to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, at the invitation of the Symphony of the Americas. The club first conducted a free public concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale. Then, combined with the symphony, the club con-ducted two concerts for 800 students from Broward County Middle School and High Schools, including nearly 500 JROTC cadets. The Military Academy Liaison Officer (MALO) of South Florida (USMA 2003) shared insights about common traits between the students and many of the cadets who apply to attend West Point. Over a period of three days, the club conducted a total of six hours of rehearsals and three concerts with the Symphony, ending with an event at the Amaturo Theatre in the Broward Center for Performing Arts for almost 600 patrons. Upon return from Florida, the club celebrated Veterans’ Day by performing the concert encore with country music star, Trace Adkins, at the “Vets Rock” event in Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut for over 7,500 attendees.

Combat Weapons Friendly Rifle Competition

On 15 Nov., the Army West Point Combat Weapons Team participated in a regional, friendly rifle competition in Mertztown, PA. Three cadets, the OIC, Team Coach, and a Team Instructor set their sites against 64 other competitors. After six grueling stages, Coach Gary Salman placed 6th overall, and CDT Tyler Rose placed 21st out of 71 participants. Regardless of placement, all Teammates worked tirelessly to improve their confidence and competency in the employment of small arms.

Vietnamese-American Forum Attend Boston College Vietnamese Culture Show

The USMA Vietnamese-American Forum took a trip to Boston, MA, to attend the Boston College Vietnamese Culture Show. The Vietnamese Culture Show proved to be an outstanding display of the beauty and diversity of the Vietnamese Culture. The cadets had the opportunity to make important contacts and share in their cultural experiences. In addition to meeting the leadership of the Boston College Vietnamese Student Association (BC VSA), the group also met Mrs. Ahn Vu Sawyer, the Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts and a recent recipient of the Massachusetts Immigrants and Refugees Advocacy Coalition Outstanding Member Award. Mrs. Sawyer is also a published writer and public speaker; her memoir, Song of Saigon, was published by Warner Books in February, 2003. Her writing has also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and Philadelphia Inquirer Newspapers, Wheaton College Alumni Magazine, and on Warner Book’s Author’s Lounge website. The group is planning on increasing their engagement with the BC VSA in the future.

Spectrum's Third Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

On 17 Nov., USMA’s Spectrum Club sponsored the third Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance observance. Over thirty West Point and local community personnel (to include O’Neill HS LGBTQ Club) at-tended this event. Ms. Audrey Stewart ’07 was the guest speaker.

Men’s Basketball Shoots Past Fairleigh Dickinson

TEANECK, NJ - Kyle Wilson's career night propelled the Army West Point men's basketball team to a 96-85 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday night at the Rothman Center. Wilson led the hot-shooting Black Knights with a career-best 36 points on a 13-for-17 effort from the field, including an 8-for-12 showing from beyond the arc. As a team, Army shot 64.8 percent from the field (35-of-54) and was 12-for-23 from downtown (52.2 percent) in the victory, which helped it overcome turning the ball over 25 times. In addition to Wilson, several other Army players had career-best games, including Tanner Plomb, who recorded his fourth double-double with 15 points and a personal-best 16 rebounds.

Dylan Cox also registered a double-double with a career-high 11 assists and 10 points in his season debut. The Black Knights combined for 25 assists on the night. "It was a hard-fought win," Wilson said. "I think our guys did a good job of sticking with it. FDU made a run, which every team is going to do at some point, and we were able to find a way to win." Army came out of the gate on fire as Plomb ignited the offense with back-to-back threes. The scorching shooting continued as Army made 10 of its first 13 field goal attempts to secure a 26-12 advantage in the first eight minutes. Adam Roe hit a pair of threes off the bench and Kevin Ferguson scored six underneath during the opening run. Read More

H-1 Roothawgs are Brigade Soccer Champions

The USCC H1 Roothawgs are the Academic Year 2016 U.S. Corps of Cadets Brigade Soccer Champions!

Cadet David Bindon's two first half goals set the tone for the Hawgs as they squared off against the D4 Dukes. The Dukes' only goal came from Cadet Franklin Pugh at the 6:30 mark of the first half. Cadet Matt Filbert sealed the deal for the Hawgs by scoring the only second half with five minutes remaining. Story

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Edwards, Perri Lead Volleyball in League Awards

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Following a 20-9 season and clinching the second seed at the conference tournament, four Black Knights have garnered All-Patriot League accolades. Seniors Vanessa Edwards and Nicole Perri were both voted to the first team, while sophomores Carolyn Bockrath and Vanessa Wesley earned second-team recognition. "It is great to see four of our cadet-athletes get recognized by the Patriot League," said head coach Alma Kovaci. "It is impressive to see the development of our senior players. Nicole and Vanessa have worked so hard all four years and it is great to see that hard work pay off. Their passion for the game and the care their have for their teammates and our program makes them incredibly special. I know I will miss them tremendously next season." Edwards, a native of Sacramento, Calif., earns the first All-Patriot League First Team honor of her career after being named to the second team last season. Edwards started for Army in all 29 matches and played in 108 sets during her senior season. She recorded 19 assist-dig double-doubles, including a seven-match streak from Sept. 12-Oct. 2. Edwards amassed 1,183 assists and 331 digs this season and led the Patriot League for the second consecutive season with an assist per set average of 10.95. Read More

C-1 Crusaders Crowned the Brigade Basketball Champions

The Brigade Championships are underway! The C-1 Crusaders were crowned the Brigade Basketball Champions after defeating the I-4 I-Beam last night with a score of 49-37! Story

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Cadets Receive Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award

The West Point Department of Physical Education (DPE) presents Cadets Tyler F. McLees (Company H4) and Ashley J. Zeitvogel (Company G2) Lt. Gen. Hal Moore Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award. The award is presented to the male and female First Class cadets who best exemplify Lt. Gen. Moore's qualities of mental toughness, perseverance, winning spirit and humility.

Ethics Debate Team Headed to the Nationals

In finishing in the top four teams at the regionals, West Point will join the top 32 schools from across the country to National Ethics Bowl in Reston, Virginia on 21 February 2016. Having been Ethics Bowl National Champions in 2006, 1999, and 1998, this year's USMA Ethics Debate Team hopes to continue that winning tradition. The regionals pitted the team against 25 others. West Point's "Black" Team-consisting of Cadets Dean Feinman '16, (team captain), Samuel Kolling ’16, Carolyn Kehn ’18, and Samantha Polen ’19 -qualified the team for the National Ethics Bowl Competition after a tough split decision loss to Tufts in the semi-finals of the regional tournament. They finished the competition with an impressive 4-1 record. The West Point "Gold" Team of Cadets Zoe Kreitenberg ’16, Alex Laval-Leyva ’17, David Weinmann ’18, Timothy Mills ’18, and Reed Johnson ’19 finished as the fifth-best team at the tournament, barely edged out by Sacred Heart University in the quarterfinal round.

The USMA Ethics Team displayed a level of maturity, cordiality, and academic excellence that impressed their fellow competitors, the judges, moderators, and other coaches. After every match, the judges and opposing teams' coaches would comment to the USMA coaches about how "wonderfully intelligent and kind" the cadets were in competition and with their fellow students. During one particular case concerning the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBOR), which provides that police officers cannot be forced to make a statement within 10 days of an incident, CDT Dean Feinman ’16 presented a 10-minute argument for why the police, as a profession with special skills and expertise, has to be given this legal protection. The team defended their arguments against the opposing team's critiques, provided critique for the opposing team's argument, and also fielded four judges' questions for why such "extra" protection was necessary. Drawing from the recent news of the attacks in Paris and their understanding of their own military ethic, the team offered that the relationship of the society to those who secure it is one of trust, and the law enables those who provide security autonomy to best protect and serve that society. To remove the law would erode trust and restrict professional autonomy.

Gahagen, Heavirland Share AAA Honors

WEST POINT, NY - Following a pair of impressive performances over the weekend, junior Parker Gahagen and sophomore Nicole Heavirland have each earned Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week recognition. Gahagen stopped 23 shots to earn his second career shutout and first of the season against Connecticut on Nov. 10. He stopped 10 in the first period and helped Army secure a 2-0 win for its first victory of the season. The Buffalo, N.Y., native has appeared in five games between the pipes for Army and is coming up on his 50th career appearance. He has a 2.90 goals against average this season, which is among the top netminders in Atlantic Hockey. Click here to watch the video.

Heavirland paced the women's rugby offense over the weekend, recording five tries, 11 conversions and one penalty kick in the pair of wins. Her offensive output accounted for 42 percent of the Black Knights' scoring on the weekend. On the season, Heavirland has dotted down 13 times this season, tops amongst the Army squad. Serving as both fly half and kicker, she's also added 32 conversions and two penalty kicks in eight games. This is the second Athlete of the Week honor for Heavirland this season. She first earned the distinction on Sept. 14 following a four-try performance in the win over eventual conference champion Quinnipiac. Read More

Minato, Hovren Win Patriot League Weekly Honors

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Army West Point women's basketball senior guard Kelsey Minato and freshman forward Madison Hovren received Patriot League weekly awards on Monday, as Minato earned the league's Player of the Week nod and Hovren was selected as Rookie of the Week. The Patriot League Player of the Week mention is the 12th of Minato's career, while the conference honor is Hovren's first. Minato averaged 27.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games last week, including a 28-point, eight-rebound effort in a 63-53 season-opening victory over Pepperdine on Nov. 13.

Minato shot 9-for-19 from the floor in the contest, while posting a game high in points and matching a game high in rebounds. The senior also shot 7-of-8 from the foul line and handed out four assists in the win. Minato followed up her season debut with 26 points and seven boards during a 67-57 win versus Quinnipiac on Nov. 15. Minato added two steals and a block, while playing all 40 minutes against the Bobcats. Hovren averaged 4.5 points and 4.0 rebounds last week. She hauled in a total of eight rebounds over the two games, including six off the offensive glass. Hovren netted four points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench in her collegiate debut versus Pepperdine. Read More

National Society of Black Engineers Dominates at Reg Conf

Cadets from the National Society of Black Engineers traveled to Rochester, NY for the Region 1 conference. During the conference cadets attended a variety of workshops and sessions ranging from internal chapter development and emotional intelligence. The highlight of the weekend was members of the Chapter CDT Anthony Cox, and CDT Carlan Ivey earning 1st and 2nd Place respectively in the Draper Technical Challenge, the premier event of the conference. CDT Cox’s 1st place presentation involved developing and IR method to monitor blood sugar to prevent needle pricking up to 4x per day. CDT Ivey’s 2nd Place presentation developed a solution for large scale energy storage using quantum dots. For their efforts CDT’s Cox and Ivey were also awarded a total of $3000. The weekend closed at the banquet where West Point’s chapter earned the distinction of Best Chapter for our efforts to become a pipeline for young people to enter the field of engineering.

Top 10 Irregular Warfare Cadets Visit Fort Bragg

The Combating Terrorism Center’s Irregular Warfare Group (IWG) took 10 Cadets to visit Fort Bragg, NC. The cadets who attended the trip were the top performers from the IWG’s Unconventional Warfare (UW) Challenge on 03 October. The group visited various units with in the 3rd Special Forces Group and the 1st Special Warfare Training Group. IWG Cadets received briefs on the current operational environment, realignment to North Africa, the Special Forces (SF) redesign for specialized UW capability, the current SF qualification pipeline, and SF training. Cadets had the opportunity to discuss operations in Afghanistan with current Operational Detachment – Alpha (ODA) commanders, participate in physical training with Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid Rehabilitation and Reconditioning (THOR3) coaches, attend an LPD with Menlo Innovations CEO Richard Sheridan on how to optimize organizational performance, and execute a Leadership Reaction Course designed for the Special Operations Preparation Course. This event was an excellent opportunity to expose Cadets to the operational side of the Army’s Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) and reinforce the IWG’s academic program on insurgency and terrorism theory. This is an invaluable mechanism to groom future ARSOF leaders and provide Cadets the opportunity to develop professional networks prior to commissioning.

Dr. Kulski Visits with Cadets and Faculty

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies hosted Dr. Julian Kulski. During his two day visit, Dr. Kulski, a veteran of the Polish Home Army who fought in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, spoke to cadets and faculty from multiple history and language classes. His visit was coordinated by Dr. David Frey and Dr. Larry Mansoor. Dr. Kulski also did an interview for the Center for Oral History. In both his talk and his interview, Dr. Kulski spoke of growing up in pre-WWII Poland, becoming a Boy Scout, and joining the Polish Underground at age 12. From ages 12 to 15, he was a fighter, hunting Germans and gathering arms, some of which he smuggled into the Warsaw Jewish ghetto prior to the 1943 Ghetto Uprising. After fighting in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, he became a prisoner-of-war, saved only by two Polish-American POWs he befriended in the camp. After finishing his high school education in Northern Ireland, Dr. Kulski immigrated to the United States where he commenced an extremely successful career as an architect. Part one of Dr. Kulski’s interview will soon be available on the Center for Oral History website (www.westpointcoh.org).

Cadet Trip to the Orange County Waste Water Treatment Plant

The Class of 2016 Environmental Engineers enrolled in EV402 Biological Treatment Processes conducted a lab at the Orange County Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) located in Harriman, NY. The intent of this lab was for students to complete a field survey of a wastewater treatment plant. As part of this exercise, cadets collected information to determine the operational capability of the plant. Lessons from the evaluation and information exchange with the WWTP Operator will be used to influence their semester design project.

SAME Club Cadets Tour Davis Barracks Construction Site

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Club tour of Davis Barracks Construction Site. Cadets from the West Point Student Chapter of SAME toured the Davis Barracks Construction Site. While on the tour, they discussed some of the project management and site considerations, and were able to enter into the structure itself to see firsthand some of the work progressing. CPT Eddie Major, Deputy Area Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers West Point Area Office, led the tour.

Lecture for Cadets in Writing Fellows Program

Cadets enrolled in the gateway seminar to the Writing Fellows Program attended a guest lecture by noted Cambridge lawyer Peter Ellis, a former Naval Officer, graduate of Harvard Law School, and former partner at Foley Hoag LLP. Mr. Ellis drew on his thirty-five years of experience as a trial lawyer, specifically in intellectual property litigation, to discuss with the cadets the relationship of writing to critical thinking; the idea of writing as a craft across legal, scientific, and technical professions; and, different strategies for teaching writing effectively.

Site Visit to QinetiQ and MIT Lincoln Labs

Cadets and faculty from XE475 (Mechatronics), ME404 (Intro to Mechanical Engineering Design), and EE401 (Electronic System Design) visited QinetiQ and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory for site visits, capstone briefings, and introductions to robotic systems. QinetiQ (previously Foster-Miller) is home to the TALON and Dragon Runner robots. Cadets observed demonstrations of these robots and their uses for both supporting military and civilian operations. The cadets also received briefings in mechanical, electrical, and software design. The group then traveled to MIT Lincoln Labs for an overview of robots using ground penetrating radar to assist in navigation, 3D modeling, and unmanned systems research. Cadets also briefed their Capstone Project Preliminary Design Reviews to customers and experts in the field.

Cadet MWD Kennel to be New Army Standard Design

Cadet Military Working Dog (MWD) Kennel Capstone to become new Army Standard Design. Last year, cadets worked on a capstone to develop a modular, sustainable, and scalable Military Working Dog (MWD) Kennel that could be built at any CONUS facility and, with minimal changes, house either 9, 18, or 27 MWD. 2LTs Andy Laubach, Matt Rigs, Jacob Sines, and Christian McCollum heard from the customer, PEO-MWD, that their design is in the final steps of being approved by IMCOM and the Army Veterinary Corps. Pending final approval, their design will be built on Fort Irwin.

Cadets Teach Math at Local High School

Civil Engineering Club teaches math classes at local high school. Eight cadets along with four faculty members from the Civil & Military Engineering Club visited Cornwall Central High School to take part in the national engineering day. The USMA contingent teamed up with local professional engineers to teach engineering-related topics to more than 40 math classes. This marks the 8th year that local professional engineers and USMA have visited Cornwall Central High School, and it is something many students look forward to during the year. Typically, cadets assist USMA faculty or local engineers during classes; however, this was the first year that cadets taught entire classes by themselves. They prepared and delivered their own lesson material and demonstrations. This was an inspiring experience as the visitors answered the students' questions and encouraged college and engineering as a future opportunity.

Women’s Basketball Over Quinnipiac, 67-57

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point women's basketball team won its second game in three days to begin the 2015-16 season, as the Black Knights defeated Quinnipiac, 67-57, on Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena. Army improves to 2-0 on the year, while Quinnipiac opens its campaign 0-1. Senior Kelsey Minato netted a game-high 26 points to lead three double-digit scorers for the Black Knights as classmate Brianna Johnson finished with a career-best 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and Aimee Oertner added 10 points. Click here to watch the video.

Minato totaled a team-leading seven rebounds, while Johnson collected five boards and recorded three steals. Senior Jean Parker finished with five points and six assists on the afternoon and freshman Madison Hovren registered five points and three assists, which all came in the second half. Sarah Shewan and Brittany Martin paced the Bobcats with 18 points and 16 points, respectively, while Shewan also added seven rebounds. Paula Strautmane pulled in a game-high 10 rebounds for the visitors. Read More

Men’s Basketball Earns Second Win at Binghamton

VESTAL, NY – The Army West Point men's basketball team used an early run to distance itself from Binghamton in an eventual 75-60 victory over the Bearcats on Sunday afternoon at the Binghamton University Events Center. Three Army players scored in double figures, including a game-high 23 points by Tanner Plomb as the Black Knights improved to 2-0 on the year. Kyle Wilson scored 16 points and Kevin Ferguson added 12 in the win. Plomb, Ferguson and Larry Toomey each pulled down eight rebounds as Army was plus-five on the glass.

The Black Knights shot 41 percent from the floor (25-of-61), including 11-for-30 from beyond the arc (36.7 percent). Army had 17 assists, including five from Jordan Fox and four by Toomey. "Binghamton brought everything they had today," Plomb said following the game. "Basketball is a game of runs and whether we make one or they make one, like they did in the second half, we have to know that one is coming for our team." Army used an early 10-2 run to jump out to a 12-6 lead and forced Binghamton into four turnovers prior to the first media stoppage. A runner by Scott Mammel tacked on two more points, before Toomey's drive and kick to an open Plomb three punctuated the 15-3 stretch and had Army up 17-7. Read More

Women’s Rugby Rolls Past Harvard, 58-21

WEST POINT, NY – Opening the National Collegiate Women's Varsity Rugby Association (NCWVRA) playoffs in the quarterfinal round from Anderson Rugby Complex, the Army West Point women's rugby team blew past Harvard, earning a 58-21 victory. The win propels Army into the semifinal round where they will meet with the Northeast Conference's fourth-seeded Norwich on Friday at 11 a.m. from Providence, RI.

A pair of hat tricks from Nicole Heavirland and Lindy Clark set the pace for Army, as Heavirland added an addition 11 points in her kicking game, contributing a total of 26 points on the afternoon. Heavirland got the scoring started in the third minute, successfully converting her kick to put Army up by a score of 7-0. Clark dotted down three minutes later, with Heavirland again booting the kick, giving Army the 14-0 advantage. In the 39th minute, Clark scored her second of the game, with Heavirland booting her third conversion of the afternoon to send Army into the break with the 29-7 lead. Read More

Athletic Director's Update

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

Equestrian Hosts Zone 3 Regions 3 ISHA

On 31 Oct., the Army West Point Equestrian team hosted a Zone 3 Region 3 ISHA English Hunter Seat competition at the Centenary College Equestrian Center in Long Valley, NJ. There they competed against Centenary College, Drew University, Marist College, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY New Paltz, Stevens Institute of Technology, Vassar College, and William Peterson. In beginner walk/trot, CDT Julius Smoak ’15 placed first, CDT Matilda Brady ’19 placed second, and CDT Jeremy Schnipke ’19 placed second. In beginner walk/trot/canter, CDT Brady placed first and CDT Katie Silecchia ’19 placed third. CDT Holly Rodeo ’17 took first place in Novice Equitation over fences. In celebration of Halloween, an intense costume contest took place amongst the teams that wished to participate. Army West Point cadets dressed as the characters of the Wizard of OZ, and came in third place for the costume contest.

Triathlon Takes First at the Ironman 70.3

On 8 Nov., seventeen cadets from the Army West Point Triathlon Team travelled to Austin, TX, to compete in the Ironman 70.3 Collegiate National Championships. Once again, the cadets from the Army team swept the podium. The team had the top three collegiate men, the top three collegiate women and the first place team. Air Force was the second place collegiate team. The top three men were CDTs Jacob Slife ’18, Thomas Hinds ’16, and Dylan Varrato ’17. The top women were CDTs Cat Sedy ’16, Mackenzie Williams ’18, and Paige Dougherty ’18. Two cadets also qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. In addition to the outstanding collegiate results, CDT Dylan Morgan ’16 raced as a professional athlete and finished 8th overall out of a field of 33 professional male triathletes; CDT Morgan completed the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run in a personal best of four hours and five minutes.

Cycling Meet at USAFA

From 5-8 Nov., the Army West Point Cycling team had a cycling meet at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Many USMA parents and relatives were there as spectators during the meet. USAFA won the meet overall. CDT Dailey took third place; CDT Wisnoski took fourth place; CDT Serrano took seventh place; and CDT Pritchard took ninth place.

Crew Has the Most Wins at Rutgers Fall Classic

On 7 Nov., the Army West Point Crew team travelled to New Brunswick, NJ, to compete in the last race of the season, the annual Rutgers Fall Classic. This was the first time that the team was invited to participate in the 2.5 mile race on the Raritan River, giving each Crew an opportunity to race against top boats from Rutgers, Bucknell, and Navy. In a departure from traditional fall head races, each team boated their top two crews as “even” boats, with the winning school deter-mined by the combined time of each team’s top two crews. Army crew captured the most wins of any school, prevailing in two of the four events, and winning covet-ed Rutgers Fall Classic Mugs with the fastest combined times in both the Men’s Varsity 4+, and the Women’s Freshman 8+ races. The winning Women’s Freshman boats consisted of CDTs Mary Bahr, Sara Boelter, Kate Campbell, Maggie Gleason, Catherine Hall, Lauren Hudak, Raquel Huggins, Megan Jarrell, Claire Jones, Amanda Kuruc, Samantha Leahy, Hannah Makuch, Natalie Nepa, Lauren Pile, Ashley Rivera, and Hannah Wentland, with coxswains CDT Xiao Pfohman and CDT Sydney Volenec. The cadets manning the first place finish Varsity 4+ boats included CDTS Jon Gilbertson, Winton Park, Dru Milke, Brad Wagner, Charlie Toch, Chris Wagner, Ethan Grogan, and Steven Martin, with CDT Jordan Duran and CDT Michael Huang in the coxswains seat. The Army Crew came in 2nd in the Women’s Varsity 4+ behind a much larger NCAA team from Rutgers. The Men’s Freshman 8+ finished behind Bucknell and the elite Corp-Squad Level DIV I heavyweight and lightweight teams from Navy, while besting their peers from Rutgers. In total, Army Crew entered eleven boats in the four races of the day, with five boats finishing in the top half of their events. The Rutgers Fall Classic ended the fall rowing season on a high note, showing the improvement the team has made over the past 10 weeks.

Men’s Team Handball Defeats Air Force

This past weekend, the Air Force Academy’s Central Gym was electric as West Point Team Handball Men’s defeated Air Force 40-39 in a shootout for the ages. Fans from both USAFA and USMA filled the stands in preparation for the longstanding rivalry game that would come down to the wire. Staged on a shorter than usual court, the fast-paced, high scoring match-up went back and fourth through-out the 60 minutes of playtime. A buzzer-beating steal and goal by CDT Grantham Huguley sealed the tightly contested match in West Point’s favor. While competitors on the court, the USAFA cadets proved to be outstanding hosts. Both teams look forward to meeting up again at College Nationals in the spring.

Orienteering B-level Meet in Redding, CT

On 8 Nov., the Army West Point Orienteering Team competed in a B-level meet in Redding, CT. Four cadets and one officer competed. The West Point competitors finished first and second on the intermediate course, first on the advanced course, and first on the expert course at the event. The competition was a good opportunity to interact with the Western Connecticut Orienteering Club, and to showcase the quality training conducted by the orienteering team in a competition setting.

Men’s Volleyball Travels to East Lansing, MI

From 6-9 Nov., the Army West Point Men’s Volleyball team travelled to East Lansing, MI, to participate in a tournament. The cadets performed very well, finishing first in their pool on Saturday, and making it all the way to the semi-finals of the entire tournament on Sunday. Their performance at this tournament helped the team achieve a favorable ranking leading into next semester.

Sailing Places 6th at Mid-Atlantic Championship

On 6-8 Nov., the Army West Point Sailing team competed in the Middle-Atlantic Club Championship in Philadelphia, PA. The team placed 6th out of 18 teams. Under the skipper CDT Drew Beckman ’16 and crew CDT Jen Suter ’19, the team had two third place finishes, and a second place finish as well. This is the first time that Army Sailing has qualified for the Club Championship, which caps a successful 2015 Fall season. The team sailed in twelve regattas with over 160 hours of time on the water during the competitions.

Debate Forum Earns Gold Stars Beating Navy

On 6-8 Nov., the Army West Point Debate team travelled to Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, to compete in the second full team tournament of the year. The Class of 2019 Debaters, CDT Vanessa Chen and CDT Nathan Krehar, took home Speaker Awards. The Army CK team broke to Octo Finals in their second tournament of the year. The Army CK team and Army FM team picked up Gold Stars with wins over Navy.

Cadet Community on Civil military Operations ALLIES

On 6-8 Nov., the West Point Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3M0) travelled to Tufts University near Boston, MA, to participate in the second annual Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES) Civil-Military Relations Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “Where Do We Go From Here: Post-Conflict Peacekeeping and Reconstruction in the 21st Century”. Cadets from USMA, Midshipmen from the Naval Academy, and students from Wellesley College and Tufts University listened to several experts, participated in educational panels, and participated in a culminating diplomatic crisis scenario designed to test their new-found knowledge. Cadets were able to continue building relationships with communities across the country in their effort to bridge the very real Civil-Military divide. Cadets also furthered their knowledge of International Relations, Civil-Military Operations, and their role as future military leaders in our increasingly complex world.

Debate Investment Forum on Mad Money

On 10 Nov., the Army West Point Investment Club was featured on CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer for a special live taping in honor of Veteran’s Day. Sixty-six cadets and faculty, along with a few Marines, met with Jim and discussed a range of investment ideas which will be used for the club’s own portfolio. As a lasting reminder of the visit, the Mad Money set will now feature “The Sosh Mug”, which was presented to Jim by club CIC Madison Hager.

International Cadets of West Point Tour the UN

On 10 Nov., the International Cadets of West Point received several briefings and conducted a tour and of the United Nations in New York, NY. The cadets had the opportunity to learn a lot of information about the Department of Peace-Keeping Operations and OCHA. There, the cadets also learned of the United States’ objectives from the U.S. rep to the United Nations.

Parachute Demo Jump at MetLife Stadium

On 8 Nov., the Army West Point Parachute team conducted a Demonstration jump at the MetLife stadium in honor of Salute to Service Day by the Jets Football team. CDT Deets and CDT Volk, both seniors, trained tirelessly to be able to accomplish this historic event. Two practice jumps were made the day prior, boosting everyone’s confidence. Not all Parachute Jumps/Demonstrations are the same, and this jump will always be remembered as two milestones were accomplished. This marks the first time cadets conducted a jump for the NFL, and the first time any Parachute team has ever jumped in MetLife Stadium. The Parachute Team is proud and humbled to be part of such an unforgettable moment.

Spirit Support Group Crushes Drumline Battle

From 6-8 Nov., the Army West Point Spirit Support Group (Spirit Band, Mascots and WKDT) travelled to Colorado Springs, CO, to support the Army teams in their battles with Air Force. The Spirit Support Group did a fantastic job firing up fans, old grads and Cadets alike. A highlight of the trip was a drumline battle that took place between Army and Air Force on the 50 yard line after the football game. The cadet led team crushed the professionally directed team from Air Force, and look forward to a similar drumline battle against Navy on 12 December.

Pipes and Drums Performs on the USS Intrepid

On 5 Nov., the Army West Point Pipes and Drums supported the Spade and Dagger Foundation in Manhattan, NY. The band performed on the flight deck of the USS Intrepid against the backdrop of the Manhattan lights, welcoming guests. The Spade and Dagger Fund raiser was sponsored by The Watchtower Foundation and US Special Operation Wounded Warriors Fund, hosting the annual event to support veterans both in the United States and United Kingdom. The trip was an excellent opportunity for the band to outreach not only the local community of Manhattan, but to also meet representatives from various parts of the United Kingdom and British Armed Forces.

Gahagen, Black Knights Blank UConn

HARTFORD, CONN. – Behind 23 saves from junior Parker Gahagen and classmate Ryan Nick's gamewinner in the third period, the Army hockey team shutout UConn, 2-0, on Tuesday night at the XL Center. Army (1-5-2) saw Gahagen earn his second shutout of his career and first of the season. Nick tallied his second goal of the season, which is a career high for the defenseman. Clint Carlisle added some insurance in the final minute with an empty net tally. Nick finished with his first career multi-point game as he was awarded an assist on Carlisle's tally. Read More

Clark Selected Academic All-Patriot League

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Army West Point junior defender Christian Clark was one of 11 men's soccer players named Academic All-Patriot League, the conference announced Wednesday. To qualify for Academic All-Patriot League, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher. The player must also be a starter or regular contributor to his team's success.

Clark is a Physics major at the Academy and carries a cumulative GPA of 3.870. Earlier this week, Clark was selected to the All-Patriot League third team for his efforts on the field this season. He also drew Division I Academic All-District honors last month and has twice qualified for the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Read More

Cadets Hike in the Pamir Mountain Range

In late October, Persian-studying USMA cadets, Timmy Lynch and Britt Tremain travelled to Tajikistan's Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region to hike in the Pamir Mountain Range. Badakhshan is a province sandwitched between Afghanistan and China. These are some of the highest peaks in the world. Story

Men’s Soccer Lands Three on All-League Teams

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Three members of the Army West Point men's soccer team's defensive unit were selected to All-Patriot League teams, the league announced Monday. Senior Cameron Niccum was named to the all-league second team, while juniors Christian Clark and Tanner Vosvick earned third-team recognition.

Niccum started in all 17 regular-season matches for the Black Knights and appeared in every minute of the first 16 games before playing in 65 minutes on Nov. 7 at Bucknell. A center back from Austin, Texas, Niccum anchored a back line that helped Army to three shutouts on the year, including clean sheets in Patriot League matches against American and Loyola. This year's selection marks Niccum's second career Patriot League postseason honor after being named to the all-league third team in 2013. Full Story »

Women’s Rugby Grounds Air Force in 43-0 Win

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The Army West Point women's rugby team blew past service academy rival Air Force Saturday morning, downing the Falcons by a score of 43-0 from the United States Air Force Academy. Six different Black Knights found the scoresheet on the morning as the team bested the Flacons for the second consecutive year in 15s action. "It took a while to find our rhythm, but everyone stuck together and stuck to the plan and by the second half we started firing on all cylinders," said head coach Bill LeClerc. "They worked really well together and it was pleasing to see them get a really, well-deserved win."

The game got off to a slow start, as neither team was able to find the try zone until the 31st minute when Nicole Newton dotted down to put Army up 5-0. Jessica Maddox earned her first try of the season in the 43rd minute with Olivia Lopes connecting on the conversion to take the 12-0 lead. Savannah Murray scored three minutes later, as Lopes booted her second conversion, to send Army into the break with the 19-0 lead. Read More

Volleyball Sweeps Navy at Alumni Hall

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Army West Point volleyball team swept service academy rival Navy Friday night at Alumni Hall. The Black Knights defeated the Mids 3-0 with set scores of 25-23, 27-25 and 25-23. The Cadets improved to 19-7 overall and 11-2 in the Patriot League.

"I am proud of the team for staying mentally tough when we needed to stay tough," said head coach Alma Kovaci. "There was strong volleyball on both sides, but all matches between Army and Navy are. I am so proud of the team for staying patient and believing in themselves until the very end. As coaches we believe in them. The theme we chose for today was to finish the games and we did. I am incredibly proud of this special group of young ladies."

Olivia Fairfield led the Black Knights with 11 kills on 29 attempts. Carolyn Bockrath recorded 10 kills and was followed by Vanessa Wesley who had eight. Nicole Perri and Jaden Pickell contributed four kills apiece in the victory with Perri also adding a team-high three service aces. Vanessa Edwards had 36 assists for Army and 11 digs, while Shannel Chong recorded 16 digs. Read More

Women’s Team Handball Travels to Chicago

From 22-25 Oct., the Army West Point Team Handball Women’s club travelled to Chicago, IL, to face off against two of the best teams in both the US and Canada. Although West Point fell short of these two teams with years of experience under their belts, the scores were close considering the West Point Women’s team started playing together only a few weeks prior to the competition. On Friday night, West Point faced the Club National Champions, Chicago International, who took the lead to win 23-13. West Point quickly recovered to win against Chicago International’s B team 14-11. After taking a second loss to the Canadian National Champions, Alberta THC, West Point faced Calheat for a rematch after a hard loss earlier in the day. Playing against Calheat to determine third place in the tournament, West Point fought hard and fell just short of winning with a score of 22-20. The team fought through these hard losses and learned that as a new team, they must first learn to connect with each other before things will begin to fall into place. The intensity on the court against these teams with years of experience, and coming closer to winning after each game so early in the season, shows the potential and drive this team has to becoming even better.

Cycling Competes in Mountain Bike Nationals

From 21-26 Oct., the Army West Point Cycling team travelled to Snowshoe Mountain, WV, to compete in the team’s first ever Mountain Bike (MTB) Nationals. Five cadets represented the Academy with the character and commitment we have come to expect from the Army West Point Cycling team members. Placing 13th overall in MTB was CIC Chad Wisnowski ’16, who lead a stellar group consisting of CDTs Kenny Dailey ’16, Dan Forquer ’17, Adam Ruff ’17, Sarah LaRue ’17, and Ellen Barry (USAFA ‘17). Congratulations to the Army West Point MTB team for a stellar second season!

Tae Kwon Do Hosts First Pan American University Championship

From 23-25 Oct., the Army West Point Taekwondo Team hosted the First Pan American University Championship in Cristl Arena. Many of the worlds best fighters competed and put on a great event. The cadets came out on fire Friday night for the first ever United States Collegiate Taekwondo team fights, winning all of their matches against other universities, leading them into the weekend’s individual events with great momentum. The colored belt members of the team put together a great effort, winning almost every division, and in many cases, setting up all West Point finals. CDT Alexandra Baker kept her collegiate undefeated streak alive en-route to a Gold Medal; she has not had a match go the distance this year, ending every round early by domination. On the way to his Gold Medal, CDT John Mueller had a knockout victory over RMC in the semifinals, setting up an all West Point final match. CDTs Will Xu and Chloe Smith both showed what hard work can achieve, both winning Gold in both forms and fighting. The highlight for the black belts was CDT Matt Galea winning the Men’s Gold in Fin weight and earning a berth in the Pan American Senior Championship next year. Many of the team’s black belts had great matches against some of the world’s top fighters, gaining valuable experience for the collegiate circuit. The team won best male team and best female team, edging out Liberty University (2nd) and RMC (3rd).

Crew Competes in the Head of the Occoquan Regatta

On 30 Oct., the Army West Point Novice Crew team competed in the Head of the Occoquan Regatta in Lorton, VA, in a race that attracts more than 7000+ competitors from 250 collegiate and club programs from across the country. The Novice Team, comprised of 34 Plebes, fielded fours and eights in the three-mile head race. In the first race of the day for the team, the Men’s Novice Fours Event, Army brought home the first medals of the season with a third place finish. The second Novice entry finished close behind in 5th place, just out of medal contention. The bronze medal boat was stroked by CDT Jared Ells, followed by CDTs Ryan Applin, Bradley Rossignol, and Matthew Eden, with CDT Sam Norman in the coxswains seat. The Novice Women entered two fours as well, finishing 7th and 9th. In the premier event for the Novice athletes, Army added to the medal count with a Bronze Medal for the men and a Silver for the women. The men’s boat, with CDT David Rapp at stroke, followed by CDTs Benjamin Count, Brian Curtin, William Born, Eric Kelly, Richard Lancaster, Nick Roth, Grant Hall and Sam Norman as the coxswain, completed the race in just over 17 minutes, ahead of 16 other boats including the top boats from many Corps-Squad level competitors including Marietta, Loyola, and Washington College. The women completed the competition with the best finish of the day for Army in second place, ahead of 18 other boats including the top boats from NCAA programs from West Virginia, Duquesne, Delaware, Buffalo, and Loyal. The Women’s Novice Eight was powered by stroke CDT Hannah Makuch, followed by CDTs Mary Bahr, Lauren Pile, Maggie Gleason, Lauren Hudak, Natalie Nepa, Amanda Kuruc, Catherine Hall, and lead by coxswain CDT Xiao Pfoham.

Big Apple Judo Tournament in New York City

On 25 Oct., the Army West Point Judo Team competed at the Big Apple Judo Tournament in New York City. The Big Apple Judo Tournament is known as the New York State Championships; competitors from all around the World to include countries like Poland, Russia and France come to compete. Both the Advanced and Novice members of the Army West Point Judo Team had the opportunity to compete. Seven cadets were awarded first place medals, ten cadets were awarded second place medals, and four cadets were awarded third place medals. Earning second place in the Advanced Division were CDTs Ishmael McGinty, Aspen Doran, Mason Kumashiro, and Pearl Brooks. As for the Novice Division, CDTs Megan Kinsey, Elaine Haggard, and Nicholas Chinea earned first place; CDTs Rikki Fearon and Aspen Doran took second place; CDT Hannah Meadows took home third place. The tournament also included an Open Weight Division, which competitors must place in the Advanced Division first in order to compete in the Open Division. The Army West Point Judo team had two athletes compete in the Open Division, CDTs Mason Kumashiro and Ishmael McGinty; both cadets fought tirelessly and CDT Kumashiro made it all the way to the semi-finals. The team’s efforts are indicative of the drive and dedication of all the members of the Army West Point Judo Team.

Scuba NAUI Open-Water Certification Trip

On 30 Oct., the USMA Scuba Team conducted a NAUI Open-Water Certification trip to Dutch Springs, PA. This was the team’s third trip for the AY 15-16. Sixteen cadets received their Basic Open Water Certification. This is one of the half dozen certification dive trips the team conducts to Dutch Springs, PA each year.

Bowling Eastern Collegiate Bowling Conference

On 31 Oct., the Army West Point Bowling Team travelled to Oakland, NJ, to participate in their first tournament of four in the Eastern Collegiate Bowling Conference (EIBC). For the first time in years, USMA fielded three teams. The Men’s A Team consisted of CDTs Louis Kappner, James Olk, Raul Salaverria, David Trate and John Tazioli. Led by CDTs Kappner and Salaverria, the Men’s A team did exceptionally well, winning three of six matches and scoring 26 out of 48 points. The Women’s team that consisted of CDTs Paige Vallejos, Amanda Hall, Allison Setter, and Mariah Foster competed in their first tournament and showed the ability to win in the upcoming tournaments. The Men’s B team consisted of CDTs Daniel Ivey, Samuel Jung, Chris Edwards, Chris Chaulk, and Tyler Stansbury and showed big improvements over the last year, and great promise for the upcoming season.

Civil & Military Engineering Monster Bash

On 31 Oct., the cadet leadership from the USMA chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers attended the Monster Bash (trick-or-treat event) at Duchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY. The three cadets engaged with more than 1,000 elementary school children at the event as part of the club’s community and STEM outreach program. On 30 Oct., eight cadets along with four faculty members visited Cornwall Central High School to take part in National Engineer Day. The USMA contingent teamed up with local professional engineers to teach engineering related topics to over 40 math classes. This marks the 8th year that local professional engineers and USMA cadets have visited Cornwell Central High School, and is something many students look forward to during the year. However, this was the first year that the cadets taught the entire class by themselves; they prepared and delivered their own lesson material and demonstrations.

Spanish Trip to the Botanical Garden

On 31 Oct., cadets from the West Point Spanish Club took a trip to the Botanical Garden in New York City. There the cadets attended the exhibit of Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican female artist. The exhibit featured a rare display of mare than a dozen original Kahlo art pieces, both on canvas and paper. This enduring cultural event also included lectures and a display of other artists re-creating Kahlo’s artwork. Through these events, the cadets learned about Kahlo’s life, the famed artists’ studio at Casa Azul, in Mexico City, and its influence on her complex use of plant imagery in her art. Additionally, the cadets learned about Día de los Muertos, the traditional Mexican celebration of honoring departed family members. The cadets participated in many cultural activities, such as musical performances, a procession featuring La Calavera Catrina (skeletons made of paper maché), other dancers in traditional costumes, and performers on stilts. The cadets also had the opportunity to observe an ofrenda, an alter decorated with traditional Mexican images, flowers, sugar skulls, and other mementos.

Pipes & Drums Central Virginia Celtic and Highland Games

On 24 Oct., the United States Corps of Cadets Pipes and Drums band travelled to Richmond, VA, to participate in the Central Virginia Celtic and Highland Games. The band competed against several other Division V bands to gauge their performing abilities in preparation for the upcoming “Battle of the Bands” in December, serving as the final opportunity before the band competes against Navy. The trip was a great opportunity for building connections in the Highland Bands community and learning new aspects of piping and drumming. Additionally, the Celtic Dancers were able to practice their dances before a larger crowd than normal.

Aviation NIFA Region 7 Competition

From 23-26 Oct., the Army West Point Aviation club travelled to Fairhaven, MA, to compete in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region 7 Competition. This marked the first time USCGA competed in a NIFA-sanctioned event as well as the team’s first time using cadets to help deploy aircraft to the event; in the past all aircraft were flown to and from the events by the OIC’s, this time the flights were OIC supervised, but cadet flown. Team members CDT Brian O’Connor and CDT Derek Powers took third place overall in the Navigation event; CDT Patrick Williams took 7th out of a field of almost 50 competitors in the Short Field Landings event; CDT Nick Ives and CDT Patrick Williams placed 5th and 6th respectively, out of a field of 40 in computer accuracy. CDT Virginia Brawley took 5th place out of 40 competitors in the Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (SCAN) event; also CDT Brawley earned 3rd overall in the Top Scoring Female category. The Army West Point Aviation club beat USCGA in the overall rankings, and look forward to facing them again during an inter-academy competition in April 2016 at Duchess County Airport.

Combat Weapons Law Enforcement Rifle Clinic

On 24-25 Oct., the Army West Point Combat Weapons Team hosted a two day Pistol and Rifle Clinic for over 25 Law Enforcement Professionals. Participants at the event represented local, state, and federal agencies to include NYPD. Instruction was solely led by the Cadet members of the team. The Clinic curriculum demonstrated the team’s collective knowledge and skill of tactical shooting. Several Officers commented that this was some of the best training and instruction that they have received in their Law Enforcement careers.

Pistol Hosts Coast Guard Academy Intercollegiate Match

The Army West Point Pistol Team hosted the Coast Guard Academy on 30-31 Oct., for an intercollegiate pistol match. In the first event, Free Pistol, CDTs Jeff Schanz and Travis Moody shot outstanding scores of 535 and 530 out of a possible 600; CDTs Jack Fagerland and Anthony Veith rounded out the scoring team with a score of 497 and 492, respectively, giving Army a team score of 2054 to USCGA’s 1911. In the following event, Air Pistol, CDTs Minhee Pak and Travis Moody shot outstanding scores of 562 and 561, respectively; CDT Anthony Veith shot a 556 and CDT Jeff Schanz shot a 553, to give Army a team score of 2232 to USCGA’s 2166. The final event was Standard Pistol; USCGA bested Army in this event with a score of 2119 to Army’s 2115. For the three aggregate score to determine the overall match winner, Army shot an outstanding 6401 to USCGA’s 6196. CDT Pak led the scoring for the two women’s events, shooting an excellent 370 out of 400 in Women’s Air Pistol, and 545 out of 600 in Women’s Sport Pistol. Army bested USCGA in Women’s Air Pistol with a score of 1048 to USCGA’s 1013; also, Army shot a team score of 1525 in Sport Pistol to USCGA’s 1509. The two event aggregate score gave Army the win with a score of 2573 to USCGA’s 2522.

Protestant Chapel Choir Performance in Garrison, NY

On 31 Oct., the Army West Point Cadet Chapel Choir lead a worship time for the residents of the Walter Hoving Women’s Center in Garrison, NY. After the performance, the cadets joined the residents in a time of fellowship and community outreach. The Cadet Chapel Choir returned to West Point for a time of sharing food and testimony. In celebration of Halloween, the Cadet Chapel Choir donned costumes and sang Christmas Carols for LTG Caslen and BG Thomson. Afterwards, the cadets returned to the residence of COL and Mrs. Shoop, who hosted the cadets as they concluded the evening with other team-building activities. On 1 Nov., the Protestant Chapel Choir joined the Jewish Cadet Chapel Choir for an afternoon combined choir performance for the community in Bridgeport, CT. After the performance, the choirs participated in a question and answer session with the community and shared in a time of fellowship and outreach. The participants were pleased to have this outreach opportunity, connecting to the citizens of Bridgeport and Garrison, as well as performing and worshipping with such appreciative congregations.

Officers’ Christian Fellowship & Navigators Retreat

On 23-25 Oct., the West Point Officers’ Christian Fellowship con-ducted their Fall Retreat in Garrison, NY, with the Navigators Club. A total of thirty-six cadets attended the Retreat where they explored selfless leadership and character consistent with the Superintendent’s priorities of honorable living, the excellence inherent in a winning culture, diversity, and leader development. Cadets were also able to reflect and process their Spiritual growth as Jeff Vincent, pastor of Christian Life Fellowship in Baton Rouge, LA, spoke on how Christians are to be just “as Christ is”.

Jewish Chapel Hillel Spend Shabbat Weekend in Monsey, NY

On 23-25 Oct., six cadets from the West Point Jewish Chapel Hillel club were invited to spend a Shabbat Week-end in Monsey, NY. They were hosted by local families and experienced the traditional Shabbat observance among a caring community. The cadets were joined by other Jewish service members for the opportunity to experience a weekend among a very orthodox and hospitable Jewish congregation. The weekend was also constituted as an effective out-reach to a significant civilian community in New York.

Athletic Director's Update

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

Holder Earns First Team All-Patriot League Nod

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army West Point women's soccer forward Katie Holder was honored with a First Team All-Patriot League selection, the conference announced Monday. The selection was the second consecutive first-team recognition and third overall all-league citation of Holder's career. The senior from Stillwater, Minn., was a Preseason All-Patriot League pick and lived up to expectations by leading Army in scoring. She was seventh in the conference in points (14), seventh in goals (5) and fifth in assists (4). In addition, three of her goals were game-winning tallies, which tied for second in the conference. Read More

Christian Clark Named Academic All-District

Army West Point men's soccer junior defender Christian Clark was recognized on the 12-player Division I Academic All-District first team on Thursday for his efforts on the field and in the classroom. The honorees were selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Clark is the first Black Knight to draw Academic All-District praise since Winston Boldt ’15 did it in 2013.

By earning a spot on the Academic All-District first team, Clark becomes one of 96 Division I men's soccer players from across eight regions to be eligible for the Academic All-America Team, which will be announced next month. To be nominated for the Academic All-America Team, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore, and be a starter or significant reserve on the team with a 3.3 cumulative grade point average or higher. Read More

The Wall That Heals Arrives at West Point

The Wall That Heals, a traveling exhibit which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, has arrived at West Point - The U.S. Military Academy. During the opening ceremony this morning at Trophy Point, Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, Jr. remarked upon those who fell during the Vietnam War and the countless contributions and sacrifices of the millions of Americans who have served our nation.

Also known as The Moving Wall, the exhibit is a 250-foot replica of the original memorial in Washington, D.C. and includes a mobile education center. The Moving Wall will remain at West Point from Oct. 22-25.

The Moving Wall honors the millions who served their country during the Vietnam War and the tens of thousands who gave their lives during the many years of conflict. The exhibit gives those who have not been able to make the journey to our nation’s capital the opportunity to renew their relationship with veterans of all wars and honor and respect those who have fallen.

The exhibit is free and open to the general public and located on Trophy Point, in the area just behind Sedgwick statue.

Cadets Build Temperature Sensors

Introduction to Computing and Information TechnologyOn October 14-19, IT105 (Introduction to Computing and Information Technology) conducted its lab where cadets solder and build a temperature sensor. This involves most Plebes learning to solder for the first time. The device created has a display screen that shows the temperature in either Fahrenheit or Celsius degrees. Because the cadets have been learning about modifying the red, green, and blue light that make up the pixel colors in digital pictures, the sensor also has a menu in which they can change the display color by changing the red, green, and blue components of the LED used to provide background lighting of the display. The IT105 faculty and cadets are assisted by the EECS Engineering Support Group technicians who set up benches in the hall to assist cadets with soldering or debugging the sensor. Story

Debate Takes 3rd Place & CDT Barlow was the Top Speaker

CDT Quanzy Caston and CDT Michael Barlow Army Debate traveled to UNLV this past weekend and tried their luck at the research tables to discuss US military presence in the world. In a field of over 120 debaters our top varsity debaters came in 3rd place overall. CDT Quanzy Caston was awarded the 17th place speaker and CDT Michael Barlow was the top speaker for the entire tournament. Story

Model UN Wins the Best Large Delegation Award

USMA Model UN teamUSMA Model UN team went to the Security Council Simulation at Yale this past weekend and engaged in high-quality debate on topics ranging from healthcare reform to the Israeli-Palestine conflict, competing against schools such as Cornell and Princeton. The Model UN Team spent the weekend both developing personally and professionally as public speakers and practitioners of international relations and furthering civil-military relations with college students from across the nation. Finally, the USMA Model UN Team ended the weekend by decisively winning the Best Large Delegation award (first place overall). Go SOSH! Story

GEN Scaparrotti Speaks with Cadets

GEN Scaparrotti Speaks with CadetsOn October 19, GEN Curtis Scaparrotti ’78, Commander of U.S. Forces Korea, spoke with cadets in SS366: Comparative Politics about challenges in Northeast Asia and the Korean peninsula. Story

Three Double-Doubles Boost Volleyball by Crusaders

WORCESTER, MA – The Army West Point volleyball team improved its winning streak to six-straight with a 3-1 victory over Holy Cross on the evening of 10-20. Army improves to 16-6 on the season, and holds an 8-1 record in Patriot League matches. Three Black Knights recorded double-doubles in the win. Nicole Perri led the offense with 18 kills and a career-high 14 digs. Amber Clay chipped in 17 kills and 14 digs and Vanessa Edwards recorded 55 assists and 12 digs. Olivia Fairfield added nine kills, while Carolyn Bockrath tallied eight. Vanessa Edwards recorded 55 assists and 12 digs for a double-double. Ellie Petersen led the defense with 16 digs. Read More

Dr. Goins - Minorities in Mathematics Speaker Series

On Tuesday October 6, 2015, Dr. Edray H. Goins visited the Department of Mathematical Sciences. He presented the inaugural talk of Minorities in Mathematics Speaker Series. Over sixty cadets attended his talk on ‘Fuchsian Differential Equations with Prescribed Monodromy: An Introduction to Solving a Quintic Without Using Radicals’.

Dr. Goins grew up in South Los Angeles, California. The product of the Los Angeles Unified (LAUSD) public school system, he attended the California Institute of Technology, where he majored in mathematics and physics, and earned his doctorate in mathematics from Stanford University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He works in the field of number theory, as it pertains to the intersection of representation theory and algebraic geometry.

Judge Rakoff Visits Cadets in the Constitutional and Military Law

US District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff visited with cadets in the Constitutional and Military Law course taught by Department of Law Asst. Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro.

Judge Rakoff was appointed to the federal bench by President Clinton in 2000 and is a leading authority on white collar criminal law and corporate sentencing. Prior to his appointment, he practiced criminal law as both a federal prosecutor and a defense attorney. He also teaches criminal law topics at Columbia Law School. Judge Rakoff discussed the Self-incrimination Clause and the 5th Amendment.

History Departments "Night at the Movies"

On Wednesday, 07 OCT, the History Department hosted a screening of the French movie Capitaine Conan for interested cadets, faculty, and guests. Based on the eponymous book by World War I veteran Roger Vercel, the movie examines the struggles French soldiers faced following the end of the Great War, as they transition to a garrison environment while waiting to be demobilized following an extended campaign on the Salonikan Front, located in northern Greece. Capitaine Conan is particularly valuable as a case study in leadership, presenting a wide spectrum of command styles, from the weary dedication to duty and earnest morality of the main protagonist, Lieutenant Norbert, to the ruthless ferocity and uncompromising loyalty of his best friend—the title character, Conan.

Following the screening, the audience had the opportunity to ask questions of a diverse panel of faculty and cadets. MAJ (P) Andrew Visser and CDT Joshua Johnstone (Class of 2016), from the Department of History’s International History Division, provided context for this little-known theater of operations in World War I. LTC Andrew Hagemaster, head of the Center for Professional Development, examined the French soldiers’ adaptation to a peacetime environment, focusing particularly on combat stress and PTSD. CPT Ky Fehlbaum and CDT Kevin Fidler ‘16, from the Department of Foreign Languages, analyzed the discrepancies between the English subtitles and the French script to shed additional light on key plot points. CDT Emily Speziale ’16, from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, illuminated the difficulty of identifying ideal leadership characteristics, pointing out that different situations emphasized the need for radically different attributes. CDT Alex Duffy ’16, from the Department of Strategic Studies, studied the challenges posed by special operations, as evidenced by the violent and even criminal behavior of Conan and his “free corps” of battle-hardened veterans following the armistice. Finally, CDT Bryan-Matthew McKeen ‘15, of the Department of English and Philosophy, addressed the conflict between loyalty, morality and professional ethics, admitting that Conan’s commitment to his troops resonated with him before acknowledging the slippery slope of covering for one’s subordinates no matter the infractions they committed.

Trivia Night at the Firstie

On 13 October, 2015, approximately 60 cadets turned out for October’s installation of “Trivia Night at the Firstie.” As always, questions came from four categories: general history, history of sports, history of arts and entertainment, and history of science and technology. Competition was fierce, but team “Dregs of Society” prevailed in the end, winning $100 of gift certificates provided by DCA.

Ecology Students Visit the Wolf Conservation Center

On Wednesday, 2 OCT 2015 Environmental Science majors from the Class of 2016 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 their mission through on-site and off-site 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 wolf biology, habitat requirements, and issues for and against the reintroduction of wolves.

Unmanned Systems Working Group Update

The Robotics Lab at West Point would like to make a general announcement of some upcoming initiatives of the Unmanned Systems Working Group (USWG). Currently there are two pilots ongoing in DEP and Math. LTC Mike Saxon, the PY201 course director, is piloting a three-lesson robotics laboratory that explores the intersection of ethics, law of war, robotics, and AI. After completing the course's formal instruction on ethics in war, often described as the jus in bello, cadets will form into teams and be responsible for examining and improving the algorithms and performance of a small, camera-enabled robot on the "battlefield," given requirements for military utility, discrimination and non-combatant immunity, and proportionality.

In D/Math, Dr. Frank Wattenberg is conducting a pilot project with one section of MA103. The purpose is to get some experience with Robotics and Artificial Intelligence as an interdisciplinary theme across the 47 month USMA experience. This is in addition to the normal content of MA103. Cadets were each given a "personal robotics laboratory" and are experimenting with building and programming a simple robot based on the Arduino Uno board and the Parallax BOE Robot kit. The section has already had one very stimulating discussion on autonomous weapons systems and the Law of Armed Conflict lead by Dr. Robert Goldstein from D/Law. The next discussion will be led by CPT Kyle Greenberg from SOSH on the economic and social impact of previous advances in automation. The culminating term end event will be the IROC -- Indoor Robot Obstacle Course.

Cadets Studying in Hamburg Meet with LTG Hodges ’80

Cadets studying abroad (SAP) in Hamburg, Germany met with Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges ’80 and the current Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR). LTG Hodges provided a briefing at the Helmut Schmidt University (German Armed Forces University in Hamburg) on NATO security in Europe, the threat of Russian aggression, and the current immigration situation for the European Union. Following the briefing, USMA cadets had the opportunity to meet with LTG Hodges in the university’s Officer's Club to discuss European issues in depth.

Cadets Experience Traditions of St-Cyr in Paris

Cadets attending the French Military Academy at St Cyr participated in a trip section to Paris, where they were able to experience some of the traditions of St-Cyr. They attended a promotion ceremony for the first year cadets and participated in a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe. They were also given a tour of L’Hotel des Invalides and participated in a formal dinner with other international cadets. Earlier in the week, the cadets participated in a weapons qualification course at St Cyr in order to familiarize themselves with the French FAMAS rifle.

Cadets Teach English to Moroccan School Children

Arabic: In the first week of October, Arabic major Nicole Carter and Political science major Andrew Park traveled to the Zawiyat Ahansal region of Morocco, to speak with Cloe Erickson, the founder of the Atlas Cultural Foundation. This American non-governmental organization is working to develop the region by collaborating with local Moroccans in the realms of public health, cultural preservation, and education. As a part the excursion, Cadets Park and Carter taught English to local to local school children. Cadets Carter and Park are Semester Abroad students at the American-Middle East Educational and Training Services' (AMIDEAST) intensive Arabic program.

Wesley Garners PL Athlete of the Week Accolades

After leading the Army West Point volleyball team in a pair of sweeps last weekend, Vanessa Wesley has been tabbed the Patriot League Athlete of the Week, it was announced by the conference Monday. We are very proud of Vanessa Wesley," said head coach Alma Kovaci. "She works hard and has improved a lot this season. What is impressive about Vanessa is that she is a great student of the game. She can tell you exactly what the opponent is trying to achieve and has started to own the net and that includes both attacking and blocking. Vanessa picks up information quickly and is very coachable. Her work ethic is outstanding. If she continues to work like she is now, the sky is the limit for her." The middle blocker led the Black Knights in kills and blocks against Patriot League foes Lehigh and Bucknell this past weekend. Wesley tallied 13 kills against the Mountain Hawks to average 4.33 per set. She also added two solo and one assisted block. Read More

Kim Tabbed AAA Athlete of the Week

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Clinching two critical points during the Army West Point golf team's Star Match win has earned cow Peter Kim the title of Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. Kim was one of two Army West Point golfers to win both his four-ball and individual matches, which propelled the Black Knights to win 6.5-4.5 over the Midshipmen. This was Army's fourth-straight win over Navy. During four-ball, Kim was partnered with plebe Nick Turner. The two defeated the pair of Midshipmen 2 up with a birdie on the 18th hole. In the individual round, the Metuchen, N.J., native, defeated his opponent on the 16th hole, 4-and-2. The golf team will participate in its last event of the fall Oct. 23-25 in El Paso, Texas, at the UTEP Invitational. Read More

Sprint Football Claws Its Way to Fifth Shutout

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army West Point sprint football team etched its name in the record books after a 24-point shutout victory over Franklin Pierce at Sodexo Field Saturday afternoon. The win marks the first time in the program's 58-year history that the Black Knights (5-0, 5-0 CSFL) have started a season with five consecutive shutouts. The previous record was set in the program's second season in 1958 when the Black Knights notched four consecutive shutouts.

"I'm really proud of the team for getting our fifth win and fourth on the road of the year," said head coach Mark West. "It's been a tough road trip, and this was the longest of the four games. I'm proud of how we hung tough today. Defensively, to get another shutout and to set a school record is something special. Franklin Pierce had a pretty good offense. Their quarterback is a gamer and scrambled well all day. Our defensive backs did a great job plastering the receivers when they got the ball."

The defensive was able to prevent the opposition from gaining anything on the ground for the third time this season as Franklin Pierce (2-3, 2-3 CSFL) netted -31 rushing yards. Forcing the Falcons to use their passing game played right into the hands' of Army's speedy defensive backs and relentless front. The Black Knights recorded seven sacks as a team, including three from senior defensive lineman Philip Choi who is among the league-leaders in the category. They also earned seven turnovers with three fumbles and four interceptions. Full Story »

Women’s Tennis Dominant at Patriot League Kickoff

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Competing in the final tune up before the ITA Regionals next weekend, the Army West Point women's tennis team posted a dominant performance at the Patriot League Kickoff, hosted by Lehigh over the weekend. Army competed in a series of duals against Colgate, Lehigh and Lafayette, earning a total of 10 doubles victories and 19 singles wins.

Against Colgate, the Black Knights captured all but one victory, sweeping doubles action and earning six solo wins. Carolyn Pitman and Eva Sung teamed up for a 6-2 win over Jen Ho and Lauren Hyland, while Nancy Porter and Julian Mok earned a 6-3. Bridget Guenard and Allyson Hayley captured a 6-1 win over Nicole Szczech and Cheyenne Brown and Leslie Frankland and Caroline Lorenzini walked away with a 6-2 victory. Read More

Volleyball Blanks Bucknell, 3-0

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army West Point volleyball team blanked Bucknell Saturday night, 3-0, at Gillis Field House to improve its winning streak to five in a row. The Black Knights did not drop a set all weekend with 3-0 wins over Lehigh and the Bison. Army improves to 15-6 overall and 7-1 in conference play with tonight's win.

"I am very proud of the team," said head coach Alma Kovaci. "They did an incredible job today. I thought our blocking got a lot better and we are becoming more efficient. Vanessa Wesley did a terrific job, there were some critical matchups and she did well. Our back row game was great. Amber's defense and all around game was good tonight, she stepped up for us. We are still taking it one game at a time, but we are happy with where we are right now."

Vanessa Wesley led the Black Knights with 14 kills and four block assists. Nicole Perri and Carolyn Bockrath tallied 10 kills each in the win, while Vanessa Edwards recorded 31 assists. Defensively, Amber Clay led Army with 24 digs. Read More

Late Score Sends Football Past Bucknell, 21-14

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army West Point football team used a late scoring drive in the fourth quarter to close out a 21-14 victory over Bucknell on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium. Army improves to 2-5 after the victory, while Bucknell moves to 3-3. Click here to watch the highlights. Army quarterback A.J. Schurr completed three passes for 100 yards, including a 68-yard completion to Edgar Poe for a score with 4:44 remaining in the game. Schurr also rushed 31 times for 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Poe hauled in three passes for 100 yards, Jeremy Timpf led the Black Knights' defense with six tackles and Chris Carnegie finished with an interception. Read More

Golf Wins Fourth-Straight Star Over Navy

ANNAPOLIS, MD – After entering the individuals round of the Army-Navy Star Match all-square, the Army West Point golf team defeated the Midshipmen by a score of 6.5-4.5 to earn its fourth-straight Star over Navy. "I am so proud of the team, the guys played great today," said head coach Brian Watts. "They stayed patient and focused on their own game, and were not distracted by anything that was going on around them. They had to battle hard, but they hung on. It was one of the best team efforts I have witnessed in an Army-Navy Star Match, it was incredible.

"We knew the hole locations were going to be extremely difficult today. We discussed staying patient and that every hole would be a new opportunity. Our guys did a great job, played with heart and had a great overall attitude, while never getting down. The team got off to a good start and through nine holes we were very close, either all-square or up. On holes 10-13 we struggled a bit, but our guys hit some clutch shots and putts coming down the stretch to earn the win." Eric Peng clinched for the Black Knights on the seventeenth hole and brings the all-time series within seven at 41-34-1, in favor of the Mids. This is the fifth victory for Army in the rival's last seven meetings. Read More

Cadets Visit Homes of Edgar Allan Poe & Washington Irving

Cadets enrolled in EP343, American Literature 1, recently visited the homes of two prominent 19th Century American authors, Edgar Allan Poe and Washington Irving. Cadets first traveled to the Bronx, where they received a presentation by Mr. Angel Hernandez, director of the Bronx Country Historical Society’s education department, on the years Poe and his wife and mother-in-law resided in what was then the countryside outside New York City. Cadets then traveled to Tarrytown, where they toured Washington Irving’s fanciful home, Sunnyside. Visiting these two homes underscored Poe’s poverty and Irving’s success. Whereas Poe struggled to make ends meet, Irving earned a good living from the proceeds of his writing alone—the first American author to do so. Visiting these two sites helped the Cadets to gain greater understanding and appreciation of these two authors’ lives and works. Story

"The Arts of Work" Visited the Alamo Farmworkers Comm Ctr

On 7 October, cadets in Patrick Query's Seminar in Advanced Literary Study (EN433), "The Arts of Work," visited the Alamo Farmworkers Community Center, in Goshen, NY. The class is studying representations of labor in literature, and the trip afforded them the opportunity to learn firsthand about the lives and working experience of the people who harvest and process the produce of the Black Dirt region. The Alamo offers a food pantry, educational and tutoring supports, clothing assistance, a lending library, a New York State Department of Labor office, and many other resources for farmworkers and their families. It is now also a partner with HRHCare Community Health, which provides discounted health services to the farmworker community. Alamo founder and Director Stash Grajewski gave the cadets a tour and explained some of the fascinating history of the center. Story

Athletic Director's Update

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

Crew Competes in the Annual Navy Day Regatta

On 10 Oct., the Army West Point Crew Team travelled to Philadelphia, PA, to compete in the annual Navy Day Regatta. The 2.5 mile course along the Schuylkill River gave the team an opportunity to race against some of the best teams in the Northeast, and to build valuable experience on the same course where the National Championships will be held in the spring. This early season regatta allowed Army to face the elite rowing program from the Naval Academy in the only head-to-head competition for the year against the Midshipmen. Despite being only one of the handful club teams at the event, Army West Point Crew rowed very well against larger, more experienced crews from NCAA DIV I Programs including U Penn, Syracuse, Drexel, St. Josephs, Temple, Rutgers, Lehigh, La Salle, Delaware, and Washington College

The team entered a total of twelve boats in the regatta, with eight boats finishing in the top ten for their event. Of note, the Novice Women’s eight started their race very strong in 4th place, close behind the Navy boat, while finishing ahead of St. Josephs, Lehigh, and eight other collegiate crews, including Navy’s second Novice entry. The Novice Women also took 4th in their four’s event. The top Novice Men’s entries finished 9th in the eights’ race and 10th in the fours’ competition. The Varsity Men fielded boats in two races with the first varsity eight finishing 9th out of 25 entries in the Collegiate Open Eights event, beating the DIV I entry from St. Josephs on their home course. The top men’s JV eight finished in 8th place. The Varsity Women’s collegiate four finished in 9th place out of 25 entries; they rounded out their day finishing as the top club program in the premier Women’s Open Collegiate eight event, crossing the finish line in 11th place (in front of Lehigh and Philadelphia). Given that most teams in the competition had significant advantages in terms of training time and professional coaching, the Army West Point Crew’s performance was indeed commendable.

Cycling Competes in the MTB Championship

On 9 Oct., the Army West Point Cycling team travelled to High-land Mountain, NH, to compete in the MTB Championship for the DIV II Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC). The Army West Point Cycling team won and are now the MTB Champions. In her debut season, CDT Gabrielle Alford ’19 placed 3rd in the season omnium while specializing in XC events; great things are to come from her as she expands to gravity events next fall. CDT Sarah LaRue ’17 and CDT Ellen Barry (USAFA ‘17) upgraded to Women’s A partway through the season, and established themselves in the top 10 omnium. Additionally, CDT Ammon Okazaki ’19 came away with 1st in Men’s C Omnium for the season. Many riders upgraded mid-season and have set themselves up for big things next fall.

Judo Tournament in Princeton, NJ to Prepare for Nationals

On 4 Oct., the Army West Point Judo Team competed in a Judo Tournament in Princeton, NJ, in order to prepare for Collegiate Nationals and future competitions against the Navy Judo Team. For this tournament, the Army West Point Judo Team took sixteen Novice Competitors, which means they have the rank of Green Belt and below. The Judo Team also brought along two Senior Fighters with a rank of Brown Belt and above. Because of the team’s warrior ethos, preparation, and training, eighteen Judokas competed in over forty 3-minute matches in both the Novice and Senior Divisions. Overall, the team won a total of nineteen matches, and had several places in their weight class. The first place winners were CDTs Sheldon Dillman and Nicholas Chinea; the second place winners were CDTs Alexander Cauduallo and Tiara Hansen; and the third place winner was CDT Aiden Baxter. Overall, the primary mission of preparing for Collegiate Nationals was accomplished and the cadets were ex-posed to a variety of fighting styles.

Orienteering to New Hampshire for Nationally Sanctioned Meet

This past weekend, the West Point Orienteering Team travelled to Hancock, NH, for its second nationally sanctioned meet of the AY16 season. The event consisted of one classic course on Saturday and another classic course on Sunday. Despite difficult terrain, the team performed exceptionally well. Notable individual accomplishments include first place finishes for CDTs Justin Augustine ’19, Joshua Allyn ’16, and David Weinmann ’17 in their respective course categories. Additionally, new team members from the Class of 2019 showed considerable progress and proved their potential to extend the Army West Point Orienteering legacy into the future.

Kendo Club at the 15th Annual Cornell Kendo Tournament

From 2-4 Oct., seven cadets from the Army West Point Ken-do Club travelled to Ithaca, NY, to attend the 15th Annual Cornell Kendo Tournament. On Saturday, four of the cadets participated in the individual tournament (bracketed by rank) and competed in the first portion of the team tournament. On the conclusion of the competition on Saturday, all seven cadets participated in a two hour training seminar. On Sunday, the team competition continued; during the team competition, West Point defeated Harvard and RIT, but were beaten by Cornell and NYU.

Men's Volleyball Travels to the Canadian Military Academy

On 9 Oct., Army West Point Men’s Volleyball travelled to the Canadian Military Academy in Kingston, Ontario. The trip provided the cadets quality competition, as well as a chance to learn about the cadet life at the Canadian Military College. The cadets had multiple interactions with their Canadian counterparts. On the court, the cadets performed well pushing the Varsity level RMC to a 3-1 match score, but each game was tightly contested.

The Glee Club Performs at Rangers Home Opener

On 10 Oct., eighteen members of the West Point Glee Club travelled to New York, NY, in order to perform the National Anthem at the home opener of the NHL’s New York Rangers. In front of a crowd of more than 18,000 in Madison Square Garden, the club brought a bit of West Point to Manhattan, and helped to enhance the Academy’s relationship with NYC. The performance was well-received by the boisterous crowd.

Civil and Military Engineering Club Hosted Mr. John Vickers ’86

On 7 Oct., the West Point Civil and Military Engineering Club hosted Mr. John Vickers ’86, Di-vision Chief of Western Operations Division in the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Water Supply. During Mr. Vickers visit, he had dinner and gave a presentation to the cadets, staff and faculty in the Civil and Military Engineering Club, and local professional engineers from the ASCE Mid-Hudson Branch in the Eisenhower Hall Ballroom. Mr. Vickers discussed the history of the NYC water supply, current upgrades to the system, and some of the current challenges he faces.

Catholic Chapel Cadet Catechists KofC Conference

From 2-4 Oct., CDTs Austin Yun ’17, Vincent Vu ’17, and Bill Waters ’18, of the West Point Cadet Catechists, travelled to New Haven, CT, to meet with student leaders from across the country at the Knights of Columbus (KofC) Annual College Council Conference. During the three-day conference, the cadets participated in discussion groups focused on sharing actionable methods for leading and developing their peers and living lives consistent with their faith and value system. The cadets also met with KofC executive leadership, toured the KofC headquarters, and toured the KofC historical museum to more deeply understand the council’s mission and historical involvement around the world over the past 130 years.

Marathon Team Takes First Place

The West Point Marathon Team won first place in the Military Academy & ROTC category at the Army Ten-Miler, Oct. 11. All men finished in under an hour with Cadets Aaqib Syed and Jake Schmitz both leading the way with a time of 54:45. Close behind was Christopher Boyle who ran a 56:36. The women also ran very well with Jennifer Moore running a 1:11:27 and Nikita Price running a 1:12:23. Story

Participate in Burst Technology on Saturday

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Fans will have a chance to be part of Saturday's game telecast with CBS Sports Network by using Burst technology when Army hosts Bucknell at Michie Stadium. Fans near and far are encouraged to upload a quick video of anything related to the game, in Black Knights Alley, inside Michie Stadium, at a watch party, their view of an Army scoring play or something unique.

Fans should shoot the video horizontally. Those videos will be uploaded and the best videos may be worked into the telecast of the game. The technology has been used at major sporting events all over the country. Uploading is quick and easy and just takes a few simple steps. Read More

Department of Law Visits Brown University

On 29-30 September, Professor Tim Bakken and CPT Amy McCarthy took three Firstie Law Majors (Cadets Ben Andrews, Eric Fenton and Joshua Bell) to Brown University for a defense policy forum, “The U.S. Military in a Dangerous World: How Much is Enough?” Panelists included former Senator Carl Levin, former Ambassador Nicholas Burns and BG(Ret) Dr. Paula Thornhill. The panel discussed issues ranging from current resourcing for the military, to military and political options for defeating ISIS. The following day, attorney and author Steve Cohen, author August Cole and President Clinton’s former Ambassador to the Human Rights Conference Jeff Robbins held a workshop for Cadets where they discussed insights into writing about public policy issues.

Judge Lynch Visits Cadets in Constitutional and Military Law

US Circuit Court Judge Gerard E. Lynch visited with cadets in the Constitutional and Military Law course taught by Department of Law Asst. Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro. Judge Lynch was appointed to the federal appeals court by President Obama in 2009. Prior to that, he served as a federal district court judge, having been appointed by President Clinton in 2000. He has taught criminal law and procedure at Columbia Law School and practiced criminal law as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Judge Lynch discussed searches and seizures and the 4th Amendment

Mathematical Sciences Team Takes First in All

On 26 September, Cadets Simone Askew (Co. C4), Samuel Crump (Co. F1), and Zachary Riggenbach (Co. F1), from the class of 2018, traveled with faculty advisor MAJ Matthew Mogensen to Shippensburg Pennsylvania to compete in the 7th Annual Cumberland Valley Math Modeling Challenge. Teams from six area universities in the Pennsylvania State university system other invited universities such as West Point competed over a 24-hour period to determine the best solution to the following problem: How to allocate current and future Syrian refugees among European countries in response to the ongoing crisis. Models were evaluated based on feasibility, acceptability by the host nations, and plausibility of the results.

The team from the Department of Mathematical Sciences swept first place in all categories. Not only did the judges deem the West Point team to be the Outstanding Winner (first place) for their written executive summary and model, they also received first place in the oral presentation category as determined by peer vote at the competition. Following their victory, Cadet Riggenbach shared that “the Cumberland Valley Math Modeling Challenge was a great opportunity to apply some of the concepts we have learned throughout our time here at West Point on an important, real world problem."

CDTs Visit the EWIs President and CEO Mr. Munter

On Tuesday, 29 September 2015 four West Point Negotiation Project fellows traveled to NYC to engage with the Tunisian Prime Minister. In a 24 person audience, Prime Minister Habib Essid shared his story of leading the democratic government in such a volatile area of the world. He highlighted the challenges of reconciling differences amongst both his party and those he is entrusted to lead. At the end of the discussion Cadets had the opportunity to ask questions about collaborative problem solving (Negotiation). 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 Leadership Center.

Cadets Visit Thailand Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy

Cadets from the Departments of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and Systems Engineering visited Thailand and the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy (CRMA) from 19-25 September 2015 as part of a leadership development exchange and cultural immersion opportunity. Cadets Avrie Welton, Michael Evans, Jordan Komm, Grant Van Orden, Morgan Rennekamp and Sean Monsees, under the leadership of LTC Paul Evangelista and MAJ(P) Nicholas Bugajski, represented USMA and furthered strategic USARPAC objectives through engagements with Thai counterparts at CRMA. After receiving a country in-brief from JUSMAGTHAI, the U.S. Security Cooperation Office in Bangkok, Thailand, USMA representatives traveled to CRMA located about two hours outside of Bangkok in Nakhon Nanook, Thailand. While there, USMA representatives had the opportunity to talk with CRMA leadership and cadets about USMA programs and leadership development systems. Key topics included the West Point Leadership Development System (WPLDS), character development initiatives, a discussion on characteristics of effective leaders, and the Sandhurst competition. USMA cadets briefed the CRMA Dean and academic leaders on WPLDS and facilitated a leader challenge exercise with CRMA tactical officers. USMA Thai exchange cadets supported the leader challenge exercise with a video recorded translation of the script in their native language. Other events included a tour of CRMA facilities, attending a significant retirement parade, Muay Thai kick-boxing instruction from the CRMA physical development Muay Thai instructor, and an out-brief with the CRMA Superintendent of cadets followed by a traditional dinner hosted by CRMA leaders. USMA representatives concluded the trip with a number of cultural experiences to include visiting the grand palace, Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, and attending a professional Muay Thai kick-boxing fight in Bangkok.

Civil Engineers Conduct Site Recon

Cadets from CE390 (Civil Engineering Site Design) conducted a site recon on 16 SEP 15 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 CE390 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. Cadets also enjoyed a picnic style lunch and had the opportunity to interact with BG Mark Toy, USMA class of 1987 and Commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division. BG Toy leads a professional workforce of more than 2,300 military and civilians and manages a $1.24B military and civil works program. BG Toy shared some of his experiences an Army officer and talked to the Cadets about the important role civil engineers play in supporting society.

ME481 Cadets Tour USS Intrepid Museum

38 Cadets enrolled in ME 481 (Aircraft Performance and Static Stability) toured the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum on 6 Oct 2015 to gain an up-close look at the history of aviation. Cadets chose an aircraft on display at the museum and conducted briefs to the class on the innovations and design characteristics of that aircraft. This trip allowed cadets to see first-hand numerous design features in aviation and gain an understanding of the scale of the aircraft components, as well as interact with a number of veterans and civilians who chose to follow the group listening to the Cadets brief on the engineering aspects and history of each aircraft. The USS Intrepid Museum is an aircraft carrier permanently docked at Pier 86 in New York City and has 28 restored aircraft and the Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle.

Combating Terrorism Center Annual Yearling Lecture

On the evening of 30 September, the Combating Terrorism Center hosted its annual Yearling Lecture, which featured distinguished speaker Mark Giuliano, deputy director of the FBI. Mr. Giuliano shared his insights on effective interagency cooperation as well as the importance of law enforcement as related to national security. The Combating Terrorism Center hosts the Yearling Lecture each fall as a professional development opportunity for yearling cadets. Through this platform, cadets are able to learn about counterterrorism policy directly from a current or former senior government official. The goal of the event is to educate and inspire cadets as they consider available majors, summer enrichment activities, and future career paths.

Annual IWG Unconventional Warfare Challenge

On Saturday, 3 October, 32 cadets from the Combating Terrorism Center’s Irregular Warfare Group participated in the annual IWG Unconventional Warfare Challenge. The day-long event featured multiple tasks for cadets that tested their physical abilities and mental acumen. The Challenge featured planning and team-building exercises, a link-up with a resistance auxiliary, advising a guerrilla force through an ambush, reacting to an enemy vehicle checkpoint, recovery of a downed pilot, and pistol and rifle engagements at Range Tronsrue. The IWG Unconventional Warfare Challenge is designed to mimic operational situations outside the traditional bounds of warfare to prepare West Point cadets for circumstances they may encounter in their careers as Army officers. The Irregular Warfare Group, which is led by the CTC’s USASOC Fellow LTC Kent Solheim and CIC Matt Sims, is open to all cadets.

Chemistry and Life Science Department Tailgate

On Thursday, 24 SEP, Cadets J. Keith Basnett ('16, E2), Bradley Ernst ('16, E3), Colin Gray ('16, C1), Thomas Hoyt ('16, B1), Alex Parra ('16, E2), and Josh Peck ('16, E3) received Department of Chemistry and Life Science coins presented by Deputy Department Head, COL John Burpo, for their roles setting up the annual department tailgate where cadets showcased their work applying chemical engineering to create their own beer and chocolate. Cadet Hoyt and Peck are in charge of beer brewing and chocolate production respectively. The 19 SEP tailgate welcomed cadets, friends and family of the department, and members of the Tappan Zee and NYC Metro sections of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The locally-based engineering professionals extended invitations to cadets to join in chemical engineering events in New York City.

Cadets on Semester Abroad in Kazakhstan

The cadets on semester abroad in Kazakhstan have been touring Almaty, visiting churches, chapels, bazaars, soccer matches and experiencing Eid (Muslim holiday celebrates). The cadets in Georgia (now in Moldova) have been touring the Caucasus Mountains. In Moldova, they have been visiting the area around Chisinau. The cadets in Latvia have been visiting the local area. They visited Algonas, a town with one of the oldest Catholic churches in NE Europe. Here are the Latvia cadets (Adams, Nelson, Peasley) at local park with their host families having a grill out.

History Plebes Visit the Vanderbilt Estate

On 3 October, a dozen plebes enrolled in core history courses accompanied MAJ Rory McGovern and CPT Ben Griffin to Hyde Park, New York to visit the Vanderbilt estate and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home, Museum, and Presidential Library. The cadets made some interesting observations about power dynamics in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century United States. On the way back, the group stopped to tour George Washington’s headquarters in Newburgh, New York. It was a full day, but the cadets were happy to experience history on a personal level.

HI358 Cadets Visit Franklin D. Roosevelt's Home

On 5 October 2015, LTC Rick Black and CPT Eric Smith took cadets enrolled in HI358 Strategy, Policy, and Generalship to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home, Museum, and Presidential Library in Hyde Park to conclude their study of the First World War, Interwar Period, and Second World War. Museum staff helped the cadets analyze a number of primary documents from the library concerning U.S. involvement in World War II. National Park Service staff provided a tour of the home. This visit deepened the cadets’ understanding of the challenges faced by America’s political and military leaders in the years leading up to and during the Second World War, and how our nation’s leaders responded to those challenges.

Latin Dance Club Hispanic Heritage Month Performance

Members of the Latin Dance Club performed at the Hispanic Heritage Luncheon on 6 OCT at the West Point Club to highlight Hispanic Heritage Month. The club performed in front of over 270 cadets, faculty, and guests with three performances ranging from traditional Mexican Ballet Folklorico to the more modern Salsa, highlighting the rich cultural diversity and traditions found in Latin Dance. Attendees were riveted by the complicated footwork and athleticism demonstrated by the performers. The routines were developed and choreographed by club members and reflected the time and dedication of the cadets to perfecting the dances.

US Army Corps of Engineers Orientation & Harbor Inspection Tour

NYC Engagement: New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Orientation and Harbor Inspection Tour. On Friday, 25 September, cadets enrolled in EV481 “Water Resources Planning and Design” traveled to New York Harbor to learn about the mission, capabilities, and operations of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New York District. LTC John Knight (Deputy District Commander) oriented the cadets to the organization at the District facility at Caven Point, NJ, and then 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.

CDT Tremain Teaching Persian Orphans

Cadet Britton Tremain who is currently on a Persian Semester Abroad Program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan volunteers his time on the weekends at an orphanage just outside the capital city where he helps teach students basic English. A few of these students may get the chance in the future to participate in the US Department of State's Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program and spend an exchange year in the United States. Story

Guerry Lands PL Offensive Player of the Week Honor

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Army West Point men's soccer senior forward Cody Guerry was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after scoring three goals in two games last week. The accolade is Guerry's first career Patriot League honor. Guerry netted a first-half goal in Army's 1-1 draw at Holy Cross on Oct. 7 for his first marker of the season. A native of Garland, Texas, Guerry registered two more tallies during a 3-2 win over Lehigh on Oct. 11 for his first career multi-goal performance.

Guerry scored in the 57th minute against Lehigh to give Army a 2-1 lead after junior Nick Williams found the back of the net in the 54th minute for the game-tying goal. The Mountain Hawks scored to knot the game up at 2-2 in the 88th minute, but Guerry answered just 20 seconds later, burying a cross from junior Trase Stapley in the 89th minute to give the Black Knights a 3-2 advantage with 1:56 remaining in regulation. Read More

Guerry’s Late Goal Lifts Men’s Soccer Past Lehigh

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Senior Cody Guerry scored two second-half goals, but it was his game winner in the 89th minute that broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Army West Point men's soccer team a 3-2 Patriot League victory over Lehigh on Sunday afternoon at Clinton Field. Army improves to 3-4-3 overall and 1-1-1 in the conference. Click here to watch the video.

The Black Knights created their first chance of the afternoon just 25 seconds into the opening half, as freshman Brett Becia found his way behind the defense and fired a shot from close range on net that Lehigh keeper Jacob Gottwald saved for the first of his three stops in the match. Army senior Chris Britt came up with saves in the 7th and 8th minutes, on attempts from Ben Davis and Brian Vail, respectively, to keep the game scoreless. Britt finished the afternoon with five saves. Read More

Volleyball Downs Navy to Win First Star of 2015

WEST POINT, N.Y. – With the Star on the line, the Army West Point volleyball team defeated Navy in five sets during Saturday night's rival match. The Black Knights dominated in the first two sets and came back in the fifth to claim the Star with set scores of 25-21, 25-17, 20-25, 19-25 and 15-13. "I am proud of the team tonight for getting the win," said head coach Alma Kovaci. "Every Army-Navy game is always intense. Click here to watch the video.

Navy did a great job adjusting to us and the offense in sets three and four was tough, but our team fought back hard. I am very proud of Maria for handling a high pressure situation and taking Navy out of system. I am also especially proud of Vanessa Edwards for staying calm throughout the match and for her work throughout the years and getting her 2,000th career assist. Overall, the coaching staff did a great job adjusting. The atmosphere was electric, thanks to the fans and USMA leadership for being here and making an impact and supporting our team until the very end." Read More

No. 4 Men's Rugby Blows Past West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, WV – Taking to Morgantown, W.Va., for the second of five road contests to close out the season, the fourth-ranked Army West Point men's rugby team downed Rugby East opponent West Virginia 63-13 on Saturday afternoon. Eight different Black Knights found the try zone on the afternoon as the team improved to 5-0 on the season. Army got the jump early, as Andrew Borer scored in the seventh minute. Thomas Del Pino converted the kick and the Black Knights took the 7-0 lead. Del Pino would score a try of his own in the 20th minute to put the Cadets up 12-0. Just four minutes later, Jack Ireland dotted down to put the game at 17-0 in favor of the Black Knights. Captain Donny Goff found the try zone in the 32nd minute as Del Pino added his second conversion of the afternoon. West Virginia would score its first points of the game in the 36th minute, and freshman Torran Raby answered just two minutes later to send Army into the break with the 29-7 advantage. Read More

Women’s Swimming and Diving Dominates in Opener

VESTAL, N.Y. In its first contest of the 2015-16 season, the Army West Point women's swimming and diving team earned two wins in a tri-meet in Vestal, N.Y. The Black Knights defeated Binghamton 225-59 and skated past Vermont by a score of 167-131. "It was a great opening meet for the Army team," said head coach Mickey Wender. "I am very proud of our performance. This team brings a level of professionalism and ambition that is going to take us a long way. I was very proud of our plebes in the way they stepped up in their first collegiate meet. They were great and really took ownership of what they were trying to do and contributed a tremendous amount in the pool and on the deck. It was a great team win in a competitive meet against the Vermont which came down to the last two events with Jess Burkett winning the 200 IM and team win in the 400 free relay." Read More

Sprint Football Coasts Past Mansfield

WEST POINT, N.Y. – With the spotlight from ESPN3 shining brightly, the Army West Point sprint football team showed that it is a force to be reckoned with this season after posting a 42-0 shutout-victory over Mansfield on the road on Saturday night. The shutout is the fourth of the season for the Black Knights (4-0, 4-0 CSFL), rivaling only the 1958 team for best start in program history. These two marks are also matched by the 1965 team, who ended its season with four consecutive goose eggs. Full Story »

Women’s Rugby Battles to 19-17 Victory over AIC

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army West Point women's rugby team earned a hard-fought 19-17 victory over American International College from Anderson Rugby Complex on Saturday evening. With the win, Army improves to 4-2 on the season and remains undefeated in conference action. The Black Knights got on the board first as Kirsten Redmon found the try zone in the seventh minute. Her score was converted by Nicole Heavirland, putting Army up 7-0. American International responded in the 11th minute, with a try and successful conversion to tie the game at 7-7.

They would take the lead in the 22nd minute and entered the break with the 12-7 lead. Army came out strong in the second half as Nicole Heavirland earned a try in the 44th minute to tie the game at 12-12. AIC, however, would respond in the 55th minute, regaining the lead with a try. The tide turned in Army's favor in the 69th minute when plebe Zye Crittington found an open gap in the middle and dotted down between the goal posts. Heavirland kicked in the easy conversion and the Black Knights took the 19-17 lead. Read More

Parents Weekend 2015

West Point Parents and family members enjoyed a crisp autumn day with their cadets to kick off Parents Weekend 2015! Get weekend updates and information here.

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Cadets Assist Habitat for Humanity in Yonkers

Cadets assisted Habitat for Humanity during the organization's build-a-thon. The Cadets spent the weekend at MJ Fruits and Vegetable painting the grocery store and planting a garden. Story

Athletic Director's Update

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

DCA Update - Competitive Clubs

Boxing (Women’s):

  • On 3 Oct., the West Point Women’s Boxing team travelled to Church Street Boxing Gym in the Bronx, NY
  • The overall goal of the trip was to improve skills and techniques, as well as have the opportunity to spar with a greater variety of opponents at different skill levels
  • Upon arrival, the team conducted warm-up drills, practiced bag work and combination punches, and then prepared to enter the ring
  • Most of the team, including CDT’s Sarah Gould ’16, Gabriela Barrera ’17, Rachelle Radcliff ’18, Briana Dorsey ’19 and Ejakhain Obiomon ’19, conducted sparring sessions of two rounds each in the ring
  • The team gained experience with the more skilled and diverse sessions, and were offered feedback in be-tween each round
  • The trip was very productive, and the team learned some valuable lessons in defense and ring movement, as well as how to respond and deliver head and body punches
  • The training also helped the team prepare for the upcoming fights at home versus the University of Michigan on 18 October
  • The team will conduct similar training on 7 Nov., to better prepare them for subsequent fights, to include the 2015 Regionals

Boxing (Men’s):

  • On 3 Oct., the West Point Men’s Boxing team travelled to Schenectady, NY, where they had seven bouts in a fundraising boxing event
  • The team went 3-4
  • CDTs Doreck, Bledsoe, and Whittcomb showed great skill and relentlessness with overwhelming victories over their opponents (two were TKOs)
  • CDTs Obiomon, Estes, Reyes, and Freiberg all fought against highly skilled opponents and lost close matches
  • Each of them never quit and demonstrated strong will and fighting spirit
  • Overall, the team gained valuable experience that will help them prepare for bouts against the Naval Academy and Air Force Academy

Hobby Clubs


  • On 3-4 Oct., the USMA Scuba team conducted a NAUI Open-Water Certification trip to Dutch Springs, PA
  • This was the team’s second trip for AY 15-16
  • Thirty cadets received their Basic Open Water Certification
  • This was one of the half dozen certification dive trips that the team con-ducts to Dutch Springs, PA, each year
  • Scuba Instructor CDT Solomon McGinty ’16, distinguished himself by conducting two additional dives in order to mitigate extenuating circumstances, and to ensure that all of his students met NAUI requirements and received their certifications within the limited time restraints of the week-end trip section


  • On 4 Oct., the West Point Climbing team travelled to the Mohonk Preserve at a cliff side known as the Shawangunks, better known as simply “the gunk”, for a tremendous day of rock climbing
  • Climbers continued to develop in multiple aspects of rock climbing, including Top Rope Climbing, placing gear for traditional lead climbing, and working on multi-pitch climbing
  • The team showed great improvements in performance as the climbers were able to take what they learned during the last trip, and during indoor climbing, and apply it during this trip
  • CDT Peter Mueller ’18, had the opportunity to lead his first multi-pitch climb with his partner CDT Brian Hazen ’17

Bass Fishing:

  • From 25-27 Sept., the West Point Bass Fishing Club travelled to Plattsburgh, NY, to compete in the New York Federation Collegiate Cup qualifying event on Lake Champlain
  • A total of four of West Point’s teams had previously qualified for the New York State Championships, and this was the final chance to get the remaining two teams qualified as well
  • Although the wind did not cooperate, the teams of CDTs Andrew Hicks and Steve Makowicki and CDTs Garret Julian and Isidro Alaniz persevered and qualified for the State Championships
  • CDTs Julian and Alaniz took it down to the wire, finding a school of small-mouth bass in the final 30 minutes of fishing
  • The Team CIC and Assistant CIC team of CDTs Chase Miller and Tom Matty set the standard by bringing home almost 15 pounds of fish, and finished third in the event


  • On 4 October, Army West Point Club Soccer travelled to Fairfield, CT, to compete against Sacred Heart University
  • Army West Point Club Soccer suffered an agonizing defeat on a penalty kick awarded in the final seconds of their away fixture at Sacred Heart University
  • The team was restricted to only twelve available players on the roster, and despite facing opponents with twice the number of available players, they dominated throughout the game and had a superior performance
  • On Friday, 9 October, Army West Point Club Soccer will face SUNY New Paltz, in a must win fixture in their quest for the Conference Title

Men’s Volleyball:

  • On 25 Sept., the Army West Point Men’s Army Volleyball (MAV) team travelled to College Park, MD, to compete in a tournament at the University of Maryland
  • The Men’s Army Volleyball team placed two teams within the tournament with MAV-A placing second in the silver bracket
  • This was the first tournament of the season, and has prov-en that the team is off to a great start


  • On 2 Oct., the Army West Point Sailing team made the long trek to Kingston, Ontario, to compete in the Canadian-American Cup hosted by Queen’s University
  • Amongst the field of thirteen was the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), as well as four international all-star teams from the United Kingdom as part of an international tour
  • Despite an outstanding performance on the water, Army Sailing finished third behind the two teams from the host school, how-ever, penalties led to an eventual finish in eighth place, just be-hind RMC
  • The Army team did manage to beat one of the all-star teams from the United Kingdom
  • Despite the disappointing finish, the team feels that it was an incredible opportunity to compete against teams in such an International field, and look forward to securing a top berthing at next year’s event

Support Clubs

Glee Club:

  • On 3 Oct., the USMA Glee Club performed in State College, PA, as part of the Penn State University’s Military Appreciation Day
  • The Glee Club performed three numbers at the official tailgate
  • During half-time of the Penn State vs. Army West Point football game, the Glee Club performed God Bless America alongside the PSU Glee Club
  • PSU students were impressed with the maturity and discipline of the Glee Club cadets

Diversity Clubs


  • On 26 Sept., the West Point Spectrum Club travelled to Ulster Park, NY
  • There the club hosted a successful plebe and year-ling integration outing at the Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses
  • This trip was an excellent experience for new members of the club, and a wonderful opportunity for all members to get to know each other better

Academic Clubs

International Cadets of West Point:

  • On 28 Sept., twelve four-year international cadets, and five U.S. cadets from the International Cadets of West Point club attended the 8th Anniversary Global Investment Symposium at the Harvard Club in New York, NY
  • The event was hosted by the International Economic Alliance
  • Cadets worked with the International Economic Alliance to facilitate the event and listened to the information briefings from the heads of state of Qatar and Myanmar
  • Throughout the day, cadets had the opportunity to interact with participants and speakers and the tops of leadership and innovation in International Finance

Debate Forum:

  • From 25-28 Sept., sixteen members from the West Point Debate Forum travelled to New Brunswick, NJ, to participate in the Rutgers University Debate Tournament
  • In the Novice Division, CDTs Vanessa Chen and Nathan Kreher made it to round 16 in their first ever debate tournament
  • In the JV Division, CDTs TJ Collins and Gus Watts picked up a “Gold Star” in a round against the Naval Academy
  • CDTs Michael Barlow and Quanz Caston received first and second place speaker awards, and also won the entire tournament, beating 21 other teams

Society of American Engineers:

  • On 30 Sept., seven members from the West Point Student Chapter of the Society of American Engineers (SAME), attended an evening meeting of the SAME’s New York City Post at the Harvard Club
  • At the meeting, the cadets had the opportunity to speak with representatives from a variety of engineering firms in the NYC area, as well as listen to a presentation from Mr. Aris Stathopoulos, Deputy Chief Engineer (Program Management), MTA Bridges and Tunnels
  • In addition, the cadets met COL David Caldwell, the incoming NYC Post President and Commander of the NY District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Domestic Foreign Affairs:

  • On 29 Sept., thirteen cadets from the West Point Domestic Affairs Forum travelled to New York City
  • During this trip section, the cadets met with prominent journalists from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Fox news
  • Discussion ranged from domestic policy, foreign affairs, presidential politics, and how the media as an institution is adapting to the digital age

Polish Language:

  • On 4 Oct., eight cadets of the Kosciuszko Squadron Polish Cultural Forum joined dozens of New York metropolitan Polish cultural, religious, and social groups, as well as veter-ans, for the 77th General Kazimierz Pulaski Parade as they marched up 5th Avenue before a crowd of 20,000 spectators
  • Cadets started the day at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where they acted as altar servers during a Parade Mass celebrated by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, visiting Archbishop of Krakow, and long-time cold-warrior and confidant to Pope John Paul II
  • At the invitation of Parade organizers, the cadets joined scores of New York Area civic leaders for the Parade Breakfast
  • Following the Parade, cadets travelled to Greenpoint in Brooklyn, NY, to “Krolewskie Jadlo” to sample authentic Polish cuisine

Debate (Model UN):

  • From 1-4 Oct., the USMA Model UN team travelled to New York, NY, to attend Columbia University’s Model UN in New York (CMUNNY)
  • CMUNNY is an extremely competitive conference featuring approximately fifty schools and every top-tier team on the Model UN circuit, including Harvard University, Georgetown, and the University of Chicago
  • The West Point team engaged in a heated debate throughout the weekend on topics ranging from the Vietnam conflict to the Colombian drug war and others
  • The West Point team capped the conference by winning the Outstanding Small Delegation award, beating over thirty schools, including the U.S. Naval Academy and the Coast Guard Academies
  • The following cadets were recognized with awards for individual performances: CDT Jack Bagdadi ’17, Best Delegate - first place; CDT Anthony Veith ’16, Out-standing Delegate - second place; and CDT Dubinas Rokas ’18, Verbal Commendation
  • The following cadets were also integral to the teams success: CDT Shiv Arya ’17, CDT Nathaniel Librizzi ’18, CDT Jon Paul ’18, CDT Christine Sidhu ’18, CDT Benjamin Denn ’19, and CDT Patrick Rogers ’19

Cadet Programs

Upcoming Book Signings

19 October - 0930 to 1130 at the Book Store

  • Martin King and Michael Collins, co-authors of The Fighting 30th Division

27 October - 1334-1430, Thayer Hall Room 144

  • Julian Kulski, author of The Color of Change

Cadet Hostess:

Cadets in Company F4 demonstrate how to properly cut with a fork and knife while dining with the Cadet Hostess in the Mess Hall. Sharyn, the Cadet Hostess, dines every Wednesday with rotating tables to keep a finger on the pulse of cadet life, and to make sure certain basic dining skills are not forgotten from CBT.

2016 West Point Calendar:

A great West Point gift for others and you!! Will be shipped in October! Purchase and help support cadet clubs and activities during the year! The 2016 West Point Calendar is a full sized 9 X 14 Wall Calendar with 12 GORGEOUS full color scenic photographs of West Point and the surrounding Hudson Valley. The special price of $20 includes FREE Shipping/Handling!

Profits from calendar sales go directly to the Cadet Activities Fund, which supports all Extracurricular Activities for the Corps of Cadets at West Point! Questions? Please contact Cadet Publications at (845) 938-7989/2780.

For online sales, click on the following link Cadet 2016 Calendar or Send a check made payable to CAF to:

Directorate of Cadet Activities
Attn: 2013 Wall Calendar
655 Pitcher Rd.
West Point, NY 10996

Please include your street address and day time phone number with all orders.

Brinson To Be Honored by NFF

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Kenneth Brinson, a freshman on the Army West Point football team, was selected as one of five National High School Scholar-Athletes by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame and will be honored in December for the accomplishment. Each recipient is selected as the best of the best from his region of the country at the high school level. The five honorees, which are now playing college football after graduating high school in 2015, are being recognized solely for their accomplishments in high school.

"The NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards showcase first-class high school football players from across the country," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "This year's honorees have set the standard for accomplishment on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We are truly proud to honor their success in December." Brinson, from Kennesaw, Ga., was a three-sport athlete at The Marist School in Atlanta and earned four letters in football, track and field, and wrestling. He is the school's all-time leader in career sacks and was a two-time team captain. Read More

Men's Rugby Jumps to No. 4 in National Poll

BOULDER, CO – After a deciding 10-point victory over eighth-ranked Penn State on the road Friday evening, the Army West Point men's rugby team jumped one spot to No. 4 in the Canterbury D1A Top 20 National Poll. The Black Knights have been in the fifth spot since the start of the season and now sit at 4-0 on the season, having captured back-to-back victories over top-10 opponents. Army sits in sole possession of the top spot in the Rugby East with a conference-leading 20 points as one of only two unblemished teams.

The top three spots remain unchanged as St. Mary's leads the way, followed by Life in second and Lindenwood in third. Davenport falls to fifth, followed by Utah, Kutztown, Penn State, Indiana and Wheeling Jesuit to round out the top-10. Five Rugby East schools have found their way into the top-20 with Army at No. 4, Kutztown at No. 7, Penn State at No. 8, Wheeling Jesuit at No. 10 and Iona at No. 20. Read More

Multi-Try Performance Earns Huff AAA Honors

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Scoring two tries in the second half to lead the fifth-ranked Army West Point men's rugby team to a 46-36 victory over eighth-ranked Penn State has earned yearling David Huff the title of Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. This is the first Athlete of the Week honor for Huff who has amassed a team-leading 18 tries since the group joined the Army Athletic Association in August of 2014.

In the 69th minute of action, with Penn State attempting to mount a comeback and the Army lead at just 10, Huff scored his first of the evening with a burst of speed down the far side of the field. He would find the try zone again in the 77th minute, dotting down to put the game out of reach for the Nittany Lions. The win was the fourth consecutive victory to open the season for the Black Knights, who now sit in sole possession of first place in the Rugby East. His 18 tries since the start of the 2014-15 season account for 11 percent of the team's total offense. Read More

Triathlon & Cycling Team's Ride from Intrepid to West Point

This past weekend, the Army West Point Triathlon Team and Cycling Team had the inspiring opportunity to ride from the USS Intrepid back to West Point with athletes and supporters of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Although it was cold and raining the entire way, our athletes heard messages of hope as they rode alongside many former members of the military, law enforcement, and civilians excelling beyond debilitating injuries. It was an honor to ride with and provide support for people with physical challenges to help them pursue active lifestyles through sport. Story

Photo Courtesy of Mark Johnson/ Ironstring Photo

Sprint Football Hands Cornell First Loss, 33-0

ITHACA, N.Y. – Behind a strong performance by freshman quarterback Brady Miller, the Army West Point sprint football team was able to remain unbeaten as it topped former-undefeated Cornell 33-0 on Saturday.

With the shutout, the Black Knights (3-0, 3-0 CSFL) have now won the first three games of a season by shutting out their opponents. This is the fifth time in the program's 58-year history, and the first time since 1994, that the team has started a season with three straight shutouts. The record number for shutouts recorded to start a season was by the 1958 team which went four-straight games. Read More

Volleyball Cruises Past Loyola

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Army West Point volleyball team blanked Loyola, 3-0, Saturday evening in a conference match up with set scores of 25-16, 25-18 and 25-18. "We played a lot better today," said head coach Alma Kovaci. "I am proud of how the team performed today. We served and blocked more aggressively and we will continue to get better."

The Black Knights improve to 11-6 on the season and 3-1 in the Patriot League after today's victory. Nicole Perri led the Cadets with 10 kills on 24 attempts. Carolyn Bockrath (6), Jaden Pickell (5) and Vanessa Wesley (5) and Olivia Fairfield (4) all contributed in the win. Defensively, Shannel Chong tallied 16 digs, while Wesley recorded three solo blocks. Read More

Women’s Soccer Blanks Lehigh, 2-0

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army West Point women's soccer team received a pair of header goals en route to a 2-0 Patriot League victory over Lehigh on Saturday evening at Clinton Field. The Black Knights improve to 4-7-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the league, while the Mountain Hawks drop to 4-4-3 and 0-2-2. Click here to watch the video recap.

"I thought it was a real collective team effort," said head coach Marcia McDermott. "I thought everybody contributed. It's one of the better games we've played this year." Army created the majority of chances in the first half, beginning in the 12th minute, when Clare Shea found space along the left side and sent a shot just wide of the left post. Sam Gottlieb accounted for a shot just 1:12 after Shea's attempt, but her strike was saved by Lehigh goalkeeper Ani Nahapetian. Read More

No. 5 Men’s Rugby Downs No. 8 Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Five try-scorers led the fifth-ranked Army West Point men's rugby team to a 46-36 triumph over the eighth-ranked Nittany Lions of Penn State under the lights Friday evening. The victory marks the second consecutive win over a top-10 opponent for the Cadets who improve to 4-0 on the season, with a Rugby East-leading 20 points.

Penn State got an early jump, scoring a converted try in the 13th minute to take the 7-0 lead as the Black Knights played man-down following a yellow card to Thomas Del Pino. Firstie Cameron Hargis scored his first of the evening in the 18th minute as the try was converted by Andrew Borer in his first start of the season. Hargis would dot down again just five minutes later, with Borer connecting on his second kick, to put Army up 14-7. Read More

Men's Cross Country Takes Fourth at Paul Short

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Behind another dominant performance from Matt Bearden the Army West Point men's cross country team cruised to a fourth-place finish at the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh on Friday. The junior from Ewing, N.J., cracked the top-10 for the second time this season, finishing ninth out of the 353 runners in the race. He finished the 8K race in 25:08. His other top-10 this season was when he took home first in the season-opening dual meet against Maine.

Fellow junior Jacob Fong took home the No. two spot for the Black Knights, finishing the race in 25:12. Sophomore Johnny Valeri crossed the finish line 28th overall with a time of 25:19 while senior Drew Beck finished fourth for the team, coming in 32nd with a time of 25:22. Junior Brown Bailey capped the scoring for Army with a 41st-place finish with a time of 25:29. Read More

Lampman Leads Black Knights into Quarterfinals

BOISE, IDAHO – The Army West Point men's tennis team carried its first-day success into day two of the Boise State Invite, and as a result the Black Knights have three teams competing in the quarterfinals in the main draw. Junior Sam Lampman remained perfect through the halfway point of the tournament, taking two more wins in singles play. He started the day by defeating service academy rival Air Force in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, and later defeated Utah State 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 to earn a berth into the quarterfinals. With sophomore Michael Nguyen as his doubles partner, he improved to 2-0, and earned his second quarterfinal berth of the day while improving to a combined record of 5-0 through the halfway point of the tournament. Read More

Athletic Director's Update

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

DCA Update - Competitive Clubs


  • This past weekend, five members from the West Point Triathlon Team travelled to Coronado, CA, to compete in the Superfrog Ironman 70.3
  • There the cadets competed against cadets and midshipmen from all of the service academies
  • CDT Cat Sedy (‘16) was the overall female winner, the first place military woman, as well as the first place academy woman
  • CDT Dylan Morgan (‘16) was the second place male in all of the same categories
  • All five of the cadets placed in their division; Army had the 1st place female and 2nd place male, and Navy had the 1st place male and 2nd place female
  • LTC Allen also raced and placed 8th in his division
  • Both CDT Sedy and CDT Morgan earned qualification spots to the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI, in October 2016
  • From 26-28 Sept., twelve other members from the West Point Triathlon team travelled to Stamford, CT, to compete in the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championship
  • Due to the other members competing in the Ironman Superfrog, the team was split up
  • Despite the reduced numbers, the cadets still had an amazing race at Westchester, with Collegiate Division awards of 2nd Place Females team, 1st Place Males team, and 1st Overall Team
  • Individual awards for the race included - CDT Mackenzie Williams (‘18), 2nd Female Individual, and CDT Jacob Slife (‘18), 3rd Overall Individual
  • Based on the team’s performance in all of the NECTC races this fall, the final conference standings are: West Point 1st Overall Male Individual, CDT Slife; 2nd Place Female Team; 1st Place Male Team (Conference Champs); and 1st Place Overall Team (Conference Champs)


  • From 25-27 Sept., the West Point Cycling Team travelled to Bethleham, PA, for a full weekend of racing at Lehigh University
  • The Army West Point Cycling Team moved into first place for the TEAM omnium, as they head into the final two weeks of the ECCC racing season
  • CDT Liz Psaiki (‘18) and CDT Gabrielle Alford (‘19) placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in Women’s B XC
  • CDTs Preston Prichard (‘18), Ammon Okazaki (‘19), Jack Graham (‘16), and Fisher Watkins (‘19), claimed the top four places of the Men’s C XC; CDT Okazaki had the fast-est downhill time for the team
  • Additionally, CDT Tristan Manderfield (‘17) placed 3rd in the Men’s B XC, and CDT Kenny Dailey (‘16) placed 2nd in Men’s Enduro

Team Handball (W):

  • On 26 Sept., the West Point Women’s Team Handball club opened up the season with a scrimmage against Ocean New Jersey Team Handball
  • A mix of returning Army players hit the court hard for their first match-up, but Ocean came away victorious with a score of 16 to 11
  • The scrimmage provided vital experience for the new players to the team since this was the first team hand-ball game they have played other than the practice scrimmages against other Army players
  • All of the players made a strong showing and the team is excited about their potential season progress
  • The team looks forward to competing in their first tournament in Montreal, Canada, on 10 October

Boxing (Men’s):

  • From 25-27 Sept., the West Point Men’s Boxing team travelled to Reno, NV to compete against various West Coast boxing teams
  • The teams in the competition included: Reno (defending National Champions), San Jose State, and UC Davis
  • The West Point Men’s Boxing Team had seven fights, and went 4-3; the three fights lost were close, and only lost by a split decision that could have gone either way
  • The other four fights were unanimous decision victories, with CDT Timothy Ford (‘18) showing excel-lent talent and endurance as a younger member of the team
  • The team showed a level of competitiveness only seen at the National Championships, showing the other schools that West Point is aiming for the top this year

Volleyball (Men’s):

  • From 26-28 Sept., the Army West Point Men’s Volleyball Team travelled to College Park, MD, to compete in their first tournament of the year
  • The tournament took place at the University of Maryland
  • Both the A and the B teams faced stiff competition in pool play from the likes of JMU, Mary-land, John Hopkins, and others
  • After initial pool play, both teams advanced to their respective gold bracket
  • Unfortunately, both teams lost their first game in the playoffs; the A team lost close games of 21-25, and 21-25 to UMD
  • The starting hitter, CDT Chase Brinkley, went down with an ankle sprain, but is not expected to miss much time on the court this season
  • Despite the loss, both teams gained some valuable competition experience, and look forward to a promising season ahead

Hobby Clubs


  • From 26-27 Sept., the Army West Point Soccer Club travelled to Trinity College in Hartford, CT, to compete in a few club soccer matches
  • On the morning of 26 Sept., the team played the first of two matches, and came away with a win
  • Army West Point Club Soccer, who have yet to con-cede a goal in their regular season, moved to 2-0-0 with a 0-5 victory
  • CDT Sam Dowd (‘16) scored the first goal, followed by CDT “Mac” Hoyt (‘18) and CDT Kyle Morris (‘16) scoring half goals
  • CDT Hoyt and CDT Uzoma Ezeyonyeka (‘18) scored in the second half of the game
  • After a few hours of resting and hydrating, the team continued their double header, this time against Good-win College in Hartford, CT
  • In what proved to be a rather uncompetitive match, Army West Point rolled over their opponents 0-11; the game concluded after the first half due to the “mercy ruling”
  • CDT Connor Ingleson (‘19) scored five goals; CDT Franklin Pugh (‘19) and CDT Jack Lowe (‘19) also scored, proving to be key players on the team
  • Army West Point Club Soccer now has a 3-0-0 record, having scored 17 goals so far this season


  • On 26-27 Sept., the Army West Point Sailing team travelled to Ithaca, NY, to compete in the North Region Qualifying Regatta of the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association
  • The regatta was hosted by Cornell at Ithaca, NY, where Army Sailing was the top ranked team, only losing to schools where sailing is a varsity sport
  • Army West Point out-sailed and defeated the US Merchant Marine Academy; prior to the regatta, Army Sailing had not beaten the Mariners from Kings Point in recent history
  • The team placed 7th out of 15 teams, and with their outstanding performance, Army Sailing qualifies for the conference semi-final championship, as well as the Club Championship


  • From 25-27 Sept., the West Point Scuba Team travelled to Dutch Springs, PA, to conduct team training and a SOP Diver trip
  • Fifteen cadets, the NCOIC, and the OIC focused on essential dive training to help ensure the safe and successful execution of subsequent dive certifications later this semester and during the spring
  • The divers practiced advanced diving at depth, and also refined safety procedures
  • The newest members of the team had the opportunity to receive their NAUI open water certification as well

Support Clubs

Pipes & Drums:

  • On 28 Sept., the West Point Pipes and Drums travelled to Peekskill, NY, to support the local community at the annual Hudson Valley Irish Festival
  • The trip served as an opportunity for the band to reach out to the local community, as well as represent the United States Military Academy, sharing the diverse cultural body and interests of the Corps
  • The trip also served as a final preparation for the upcoming Central Virginia Highland Games in October

Academic Clubs

Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations:

  • On 26 Sept., ten cadets from the West Point Community on Civil Military Operations participated in a Habitat for Humanity Build in Newburgh, NY
  • The cadets were able to provide manual labor in the construction of a home for an underprivileged family in the area, thereby drawing on an attitude of selfless service and inspiring the growth of altruism in those who participated
  • On the same day, 14 other cadets travelled to Poughkeepsie, NY, to spend time with underprivileged children at a foster home
  • The cadets spent that time playing games and building relationships with the children that they hope to sustain throughout the course of the year
  • Cadets on the trip found the experience very rewarding, and returned with a desire to go back to the foster home in the future
  • On the same day, 14 other cadets travelled to Cornwall, NY, to volunteer at the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
  • Cadets participated in the sorting of the food donations that will be made available to the general public; the cadets were highly efficient while volunteering, and sorted over 6,000 pounds of food

Electronics Experimenters Group:

  • On 21 Sept., 23 cadets from the West Point Electronics Experimenters Club travelled to New York City, to attend the 2015 Maker Faire
  • The Maker Faire is an expo that highlights cutting-edge technologies in the field of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) electronics, cyber-physical systems, and technology
  • This year many 3-D printers, drones, microcontrollers, and projects were present
  • The innovations on display helped inspire cadets to make their own projects

Religious Clubs

Catholic Chapel Choir:

  • On 25 Sept., the Cadet Catholic Chapel Choir travelled to New York City, NY, in honor of Pope Fran-sic’s visit and procession through Central Park
  • The choir had the opportunity to sing hymns throughout the morning, and up to the procession

Catholic Chapel (Cadet Catechists):

  • On 26 Sept., the Cadet Catholic Catechists, led by CDT Megan McNulty, travelled with twenty cadets and the FOCUS Missionaries to Hicksville, NY, for a special event entitled “Living Everyday with Passion and Purpose,” featuring Matthew Kelly
  • The trip was an excellent spiritual developmental opportunity for the cadets, who got to hear one of the most dynamic Catholic speakers of our generation talk about how to become “the best version of yourself”

Diversity Clubs

Native American Heritage Forum:

  • On 20 Sept., eleven cadets from the West Point Native American Heritage Forum attended the Franklin Delano State Park, NY, Native American Powwow
  • Dancers, drummers, singers, food vendors, and craft vendors provided many cultural venues for the cadets to observe
  • Cadets were able to see Native American dancing, drumming and singing, as well as eat traditional Native American food, and observe traditional Native American crafts
  • Cadets also had the opportunity to pass out flyers to advertise, to dancers and spectators, the West Point Keepers of the Peace Powwow, which will be held at Trophy Point on May 1, 2016

Cadet Programs

Upcoming Book Signings

9 October - 1100-1600 at the Book Store

  • Roger Miller, author of West Point: An Inside Look At the Long Gray Line
  • Elaine Brye, author of Be Safe Love Mom

19 October - 0930 to 1130 at the Book Store

  • Martin King and Michael Collins, co-authors of The Fighting 30th Division

27 October - 1334-1430, Thayer Hall Room 144

  • Julian Kulski, author of The Color of Change

2016 West Point Calendar:

A great West Point gift for others and you!! Will be shipped in October! Purchase and help support cadet clubs and activities during the year! The 2016 West Point Calendar is a full sized 9 X 14 Wall Calendar with 12 GORGEOUS full color scenic photographs of West Point and the surrounding Hudson Valley. The special price of $20 includes FREE Shipping/Handling!

Profits from calendar sales go directly to the Cadet Activities Fund, which supports all Extracurricular Activities for the Corps of Cadets at West Point! Questions? Please contact Cadet Publications at (845) 938-7989/2780.

For online sales, click on the following link Cadet 2016 Calendar or Send a check made payable to CAF to:

Directorate of Cadet Activities
Attn: 2013 Wall Calendar
655 Pitcher Rd.
West Point, NY 10996

Please include your street address and day time phone number with all orders.

Grochowski Sets Army PAT Record

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Lost in the midst of Army's record-setting offensive performance against Eastern Michigan was kicker Daniel Grochowski climbing the career charts. Grochowski, a senior from Sarasota, Fla., set the Army record for career point after touchdowns at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich. Grochowski converted all six of his PAT's in Army's 58-36 victory over Eastern Michigan and became the school's all-time leader in career PAT's. A four-year contributor, Grochowski has kicked 108-of-113 PAT attempts. Saturday, he passed Craig Stopa for the top spot. Stopa was 106-of-109 during his career from 1982-85.

Grochowski made 24-of-27 attempts as a freshman, 36-of-36 during his sophomore campaign, was 35-of-37 as a junior and is 13-for-13 this season. Grochowski has been successful on 26-of-42 field goal attempts over his career and stands in seventh-place all-time in field goals made. Grochowski will tie Keith Walker (1985-89) and J. Parker (1995-96) with his next made field goal. Stopa holds the all-time record for field goals made with 48 and attempted with 68.  Grochowski's 42 attempts are fifth in the record books, four behind Patmon Malcom (1990-92). Read More