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‘Can Do’ mortarmen familiarize cadets with indirect fires

United States Military Academy Cadet’s form during training July 7, 2014WEST POINT, N.Y. – From July 7-13, 2014, the mortar platoon of 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, introduced United States Military Academy cadets on the functions and capabilities of 81mm and 60mm mortar systems at West Point, New York.

The training consisted of learning various specifications of the systems as well as their uses, capabilities and roles in warfare. The cadets, most of whom had never seen a mortar system fire before, began the training by watching the mortar platoon execute a fire mission with the speed and precision that is needed to effectively destroy the enemy with indirect fires.

The cadets were also briefed on the roles of the various Soldiers that comprise a gun team. Pfc. Rudolph Verbose, a mortarman from Bessemer, Michigan, and a gunner for gun team 2 in the mortar platoon enjoyed showing the cadets what his role and responsibilities were. Read more

USMAPS R-Day 2014

Two Hundred Thirty-Four cadet candidates reported to the United States Military Preparatory School today to begin Cadet Candidate Basic Training (CCBT) and the one-year USMAPS program in military science and remedial academics. According to Cadet Leo St. Amour ’15, CCBT battalion commander, it took approximately three hours to in-process the cadet candidates—15 percent of whom are women and nearly 20 percent of whom are prior service—once they arrived at “the bubble” (USMAPS indoor practice facility). After in-processing, cadet candidates learned how to stand at attention, salute, execute an about face and march and then displayed their new skills during the Oath Ceremony on USMAPS’ football field. St. Amour and his 79-member cadre will now spend the next three weeks training the cadet candidates on marksmanship, crew-served weapons, land navigation, medical readiness and other areas related to military training. CCBT will culminate with the Smith Challenge, named for 1LT James L. Smith ’59, USMAPS Class of 1965—2015’s 50-Year Affiliation class—who was killed in a helicopter crash on February 15, 1971 in Vietnam during a mission to evacuate a severely wounded member of his Ranger team.

See more USMAPS R-Day pictures here.

Walker Challenge Ends CBT-I

The first half of Cadet Basic Training for the Class of 2018 came to an end today with the six-site Walker Challenge. Named for 1LT Laura Walker ’03, who was killed in action in 2005 while serving in Afghanistan, this squad challenge tested new cadets on the skills they have acquired since R-Day: plebe knowledge, military ethics, medical training, basic rifle marksmanship, communication, incident response and physical training. Site #4, for example, had the new cadets performing pull-ups, carrying weighted items, flipping a LMTV’s tire, and executing flutter kicks while passing an ASSLT pack between squad members. “Teamwork is the key to this site,” said CDT George Ozga ’15, Delta Company Commander, the CBT company running the site. Squads were also timed on how long it took them to run from site to site on a course totaling 2.5 miles. At the end of the challenge, squads reflected on the accomplishments of 1LT Walker at a makeshift memorial along the Hudson River. The memorial emphasized four aspects of 1LT Walker’s life: athlete, scholar, soldier and leader. “That’s USMA’s complex mission in four words,” said a new cadet from Delta 1-1, “and that’s what each one of us will be developing into as we continue here over the next 47 months.”

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Cadet troop leader training gives USMA cadet taste of officer life

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – A cadet from the U.S. Military Academy recently participated in a 20-day mentorship program with junior officers of the 212th Combat Support Hospital, 30th Medical Brigade at the Miesau Army Depot from June 23 to July 13.

Cadet Richard Price, who is currently between his junior and senior year at West Point, worked alongside multiple lieutenants in the 212th CSH through the cadet troop leader training program in an effort to experience leadership and learn about the various staff functions he could work in as a newly-commissioned Army lieutenant.

“My experience here has been really good so far,” said Price, a native of Tyler, Texas. “I’ve never been around the real Army before so it’s been good to see what the military is like and how it functions on a day-to-day basis.” Read More

Vanguard soldiers train, mentor West Point cadets

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Task Force China, a task force comprised of soldiers from throughout 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, has been at Camp Natural Bridge, a training area at the United States Military Academy at West Point for the past few months, assisting with USMA’s summer cadet training program.

Task Force China is named for 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th IBCT, 3rd ID, who provide more than half of the soldiers, as well as the command team for the mentoring and training mission. There are also soldiers from 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery Regiment, and 703rd Brigade Support Battalion providing support and expertise in their fields, not only for the cadets, but also for each other.  Read More

Class of 1976 Cultural Immersion Scholars


The Class of 1976 has launched a $2-million class reunion campaign to establish the Class of 1976 Cultural Immersion Scholars Endowment. This endowment will support cadets working with non-governmental organizations in 

non-Western, non-English speaking countries, providing cadets with the unique opportunity to live and work in a community with a culture and environment far different than their own. The experience takes cadets out of their comfort zones, strengthens their leadership skills, and increases their cross-cultural competence.  Read More

Dean's Weekly, July 12

Systems Engineering Capstone:  The Capstone team including Cadets John P. Crowley, David Park, Jonathan D. Nguyen, and Anthony T. Kotoriy were recognized on The Army website in an article published by client PEO C3T (Command, Control, Communications - Tactical). They worked on a project that helped Project Manager Mission Control's systems shift from multiple, standalone mission command systems to an integrated, web based environment under the Command Post Computing Environment (CP CE). With powerful and user-friendly apps merged onto a common operating picture of the battlefield, implementing the CP CE will decrease system complexity; Soldiers will train on one desktop, one time, across the entire Army.

Dean's Weekly, July 4th

Sustainable Engineering in the Developing World AIAD to Uganda: Cadets help place concrete for the cistern foundation and excavate a trench for a drainage pipe. Four cadets western Uganda from recently to construct rainwater harvesting systems at two primary schools. These systems will provide a clean source of water for the schoolchildren, and consist of a set of gutters that channel water into a large cistern on a brick and concrete foundation. In addition, they used sophisticated samplers to determine the impact of open fires vs. wood-burning cookstoves on indoor air quality in the local community, and collected field data that cadets could use next year to design and build a water treatment system for a local farm. The topics of sustainable water resource management and indoor air quality link directly to the course work the environmental engineering cadets explore in EV397 (Air Pollution Engineering), and EV481 (Water Resources Planning and Design). Additionally, these topics are integrated into the environmental engineering sequence as recent case studies to highlight global concerns in the developing world. These projects were in support of the non-profit Kasiisi Project, a non-governmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to conserve Kibale National Park via education, health, and conservation programs. Working with the NGO, the schools, and local contractors enabled cadets to learn about engineering and construction techniques in the developing world, to be immersed in Ugandan culture, and to gain first-hand experience of civil-military teamwork in sustainable community development. This AIAD was generously supported by the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO).

Welcome 2018: Your Next 4 Years in 4 Pages

ArrivalHere’s a snapshot of what the plebes can expect at the Academy of their next four years.

After enduring the six rigid weeks of Beast Barracks last summer, John Rogers ’17 welcomed the change that was to come. “I’m looking forward to the freedom offered by the academic year,” he said moments after completing the A-Day ceremony on the Plain. “Getting into a routine of my own choosing will be nice.” Routine—yes; freedom—not so much.

The 2012 spring issue of West Point magazine details a day in the life of a cadet from each class year. In all four years, each cadet’s day will begin before the sun is up. By the time most people get to work (and get their coffee and chat about last night’s TV episode with their co-workers), West Point cadets will typically have attended two classes. Then, when most people are looking forward to “happy hour” after work, the typical cadet will be spending 90 minutes to 2.5 hours participating in some type of athletic activity. Lastly, while most people are watching TV or googling around the web after dinner, cadets will be partaking in club meetings or doing homework until lights out (at 11pm). Take heart, new cadets of 2018—each cadet seemed to find 50 minutes in his or her roughly 17-hour day to take a nap or a study break.

If this seems like it will be a daunting schedule, well, it will be! This is West Point, after all. Cadets didn’t earn their reputation as “busiest college students in the nation” by sleeping in and playing hacky sack. But there will be moments of fun too. Many cadets report finding plenty of enjoyment in their “every-cadet-an-athlete” duties. And for those who don’t take pleasure in sports, there will be more than 100 fun and fulfilling extracurricular activities through the Directorate of Cadet Activities with which cadets can be involved (such as the radio station, the film forum, or the flying team).

The bottom line is that cadets are so busy that they don’t have time to worry about filling gaps in their schedules. But should there be a soon-to-be plebe who is longing for a Saturday without a SAMI (Saturday morning inspection) and who would rather count down the minutes to their favorite TV show than call out the minutes until formation, don’t worry: A four-day Thanksgiving Break is only about six months away and the nearly two-week (!) Christmas Break follows closely behind that.

We will be there to capture all the action on R-day so check out our FACEBOOK page and tag your cadet.

Dean's Weekly, June 21

JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs) AIAD to Israel:  Nine cadets joined other service academies in an inspiring 16-day cultural immersion experience in Israel. The JINSA-hosted event offered cadets the opportunity to experience many of the academic concepts explored at West Point, challenge their preconceptions, and better understand why our two nations are allies. During world-class lectures and activities, cadets compared democracy in the USA and Israel, discussed an Israeli model for innovation with the CEO of a government-backed incubator company, and grappled with Israel's security challenges from the perspective of IDF members, scholars, an Arab journalist, a Sufi Sheik, and kibbutz members. A highlight of the trip was visiting Israel's Naval, Air Force, and Army Officer training schools. 10 IDF officers spent a week with the cadets, offering cadets unparalleled access to their insight, experience, and world-view.

Cadet Outreach with The Tiger Woods Foundation:  Cadets Austin Wilding, Thomas Matty, Marco Zamora, Brian Harvey, and Joshua Simpkins were part of a West Point Contingent that traveled to Los Angeles, California to conduct a week long STEM Workshop with a 120 5th grade students. The STEM Outreach is being held at the Tiger Woods Learning Center. During the week-long event, Cadets were mentoring the students as they designed virtual bridges using the West Point Bridge Designer, interpret construction plans to build standard bridges with K’NEX sets, learning about cantilever bridges, flight and fitness USMA style. The cadets also have the opportunity to discuss cadet life, their West Point experience, and the importance of STEM education with the students.

USMA Dean Summer Newsletter

To view the USMA Dean Newsletter Summer 2014, click here.









Kristen Waagbo Named First Army Women's Lacrosse Head Coach

Kristen Waagbo has been named Head Coach of the Army Women’s Lacrosse team, Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan announced Friday. Waagbo will begin building her staff and recruiting cadet-athletes immediately in preparation for Army’s inaugural 2016 season.

Waagbo is the first hire for the women’s lacrosse program, which was unveiled as Army’s 26th NCAA Division I sport on Feb. 24.

For the full story, click here.

Geography & Environmental Engineering Newsletter

On behalf of the Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering, please view the Annual Department Newsletter.

If you would like to receive this annual newsletter via email please let us know by emailing WebGal@wpaog.org and we will add you to our email list. 

If the above link does not work please copy and paste this URL  ~www.westpointaog.org/file/GENENewsletterSummer14.pdf

R-Day & WPAOG Events

R-Day is almost here!  Parents are invited to join WPAOG from 6 - 10am on the second floor in Ike’s Riverside Café to enjoy complimentary coffee and donuts and meet members of the Class of 1968 (2018's 50-Year Affiliation Class).

Take advantage of the free shuttle bus service to look around West Point. Don’t miss the stop at Herbert Alumni Center to see the home of the West Point Association of Graduates. We are hosting a catered BBQ Luncheon from 11am – 2pm. You can find more details and register for the BBQ online now! Our Gift Shop will be offering a 10% discount to all visitors on R-Day (Main Store and at our table in Eisenhower Hall), as well as on Tuesday, July 1st, from 10am – 5pm if you want to pick up some West Point gear early!

Network Science Center Newsblast

In the current issue of the Network Science Center Newsblast Dan Evans and Louis Boguchwal discuss and evaluate different methods for comparing networks. This is critical in their research which seeks to compare entrepreneurial environments. You can also find a link to a recent article on, ‘Power Grid Defense Against Malicious Cascading Failure’. To read their article in this issue of the Network Science Center’s Newsblast, click here.



Dean's Weekly, June 6

Essay Published:  Cadet Zach Thompson had a paper featured in the History Matters Undergraduate Journal, a publication of Appalachian State University. Zach’s essay, entitled "Send in the Dummies!Operation TITANIC’s role during D Day", was one of five papers selected from more than 110 submissions.  The on-line version is accessible at http://historymatters.appstate.edu/issue/spring-2014.

G&EnE Award CeremoniesPicture: Class of 2014 Environmental Program GraduatesThe Geography program recognized three cadets for excellence in Geography.  James “Jake” Link received the “Duke” Winters Memorial Award for Excellence in Military Geography and the Excellence in Geographic Research Award, John Szott earned the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award for Excellence in Geography, and Raziel Shields was recognized as the top Human Geographer. The Environmental Program recognized all Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science majors with the coveted “Dirtman” Patch along with Cadet Will Anderson who graduated from the Environmental Science Major with honors. The Geospatial Information Science Program also recognized two cadets for excellence within the major: Michael Williams was recognized as the top GIS graduate and presented the ESRI Award for Excellence in Geospatial Information Science, and Pierce Wasdahl was presented the BAE Award for Excellence in Photogrammetry.

C&ME Cadet Award Ceremony:  The department hosted its cadet awards ceremony and open house for the graduating C&ME majors from the Class of 2014.  Cadets with parents, family members, and friends attended the ceremony in Arnold Auditorium during which the department recognized the many award winners and honors majors.

The Sounds of Summer

What better way to spend a warm summer evening than laying on blanket, catching the cool breeze of the Hudson River, and listening to the majestic music of the West Point Band? The band’s Trophy Point summer concerts commence on June 22 with a performance titled “Are You Ready for the Country?” “An Evening at the Movies” follows on June 29 before the annual “Independence Day Celebration” on July 4, culminating in a fireworks display. There’s a kids’ night on July 13, a military music night on July 20, a night of soul on July 27, and a night of dancing on August 3. The Trophy Point schedule concludes on August 31 with the traditional “Labor Day Celebration,” complete with fireworks.

The West Point Band is the Army’s oldest musical organization, tracing its lineage back to a single drummer and fifer who was left to perform military music at the West Point installation after the Revolutionary War. Today, the band fulfills more than 1,600 official missions each year, including parades, patriotic ceremonies, and TV performances—but its primary mission is to provide world-class musical support to the United States Corps of Cadets.

Check out the West Point Band’s entire summer schedule (including off-Post sites) by clicking here.

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Orders from the President: Graduation 2014

Today was a historic day for West Point and the Nation. For West Point, the Class of 2014, with its 1,064 members, extends the Long Gray Line beyond 50,000 living graduates. This is the first time in history the Long Gray Line has reached this milestone. For the Nation, President Barrack Obama gave a commencement speech that made several proclamations regarding 21st century U.S. foreign policy, while at the same time defending several of his Administration’s past foreign policy decisions, namely Syria and Ukraine. This is the second time in his presidency that Obama gave the commencement address at the United States Military Academy. As he himself noted in today’s speech, much of the national landscape has changed since he last spoke at West Point. In 2009, more than 100,000 troops were still in Iraq, the surge in Afghanistan was still being planned, and the Nation was still trying to climb out of the economic crisis. Now, building on his recent announcement to remove all troops from Afghanistan by 2016, the President told the graduates from the Class of 2014, “You are the first class to graduate since 9/11 who may not be sent into combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.” While most of his 45-minute speech was aimed at his foreign policy critics, he did address the Class of 2014 in a few key instances. First, he challenged the graduates to lead the world, seeing it as it should be seen—“a place where the aspirations of individual human beings really matters, where hopes and not just fears govern; where the truths written into our founding documents can steer the currents of history in the direction of justice.” Then, in his conclusion, he gave the Class of 2014 his official charge: “…[to] not only to protect our country, but to do what is right and just.” Whether Obama’s policy on diminished military force lasts or not, only time will tell. But as LTG Robert L. Caslen ’75, the Military Academy’s 59th Superintendent, told the members of the Class of 2014 before the President spoke, “You have the trust and confidence of the American people.” USMA graduates always have and always will. Congratulations Class of 2014: “Forever One Team!”

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Soldier Design Competition

Soldier Design Competition:  Drew Stanley atop the Heavy Lift airbag system; photo taken from the articleCadets from six USMA teams competed against MIT at the 12th annual Soldier Design Competition (SDC) sponsored by the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology at MIT. MIT took the top two prizes, but one USMA team claimed the Director’s Prize ($3,000) from the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department.

Additionally, reporters from Popular Mechanics magazine have been tracking several of the cadet project teams since March, when the magazine published their initial web article focused on the USMA teams vying to become finalists for the SDC.  The magazine followed with a second article that showcased the final competition, and highlights Cadet Drew Stanley (pictured here, photo curtsey of Popular Mechanics).

Fireside Chat with LTC Caslen:  The Excel Scholars Program held their final fireside chat LPD of the academic year with LTG Caslen and CSM Byers.  Over the course of an hour, the Excel Scholars engaged the USMA command team on a myriad of topics including leadership, organizational change, authenticity, and professional relationships.

Cadet Activities Update, May 23

Team HandballTeam Handball returns from Reno, Grappling club placed third in the Nation at the World Team Trials, and NSBE hosts 4th Annual Engineering Expo.

Read more here.

Athletic Director's Update, May 23

Army wins Patriot League conference's Men's President's Cup.  The Cup is awarded to the member institution with the highest cumulative sports point total .  Read more about it here.

Cadet Activities Update, May 17

Glee Club opens NFL Draft.Glee Club opens NFL Draft, Women's Varsity Crew has best finish time in 15 years, and West Point hosts a Peace Powwow.  Read all about it here.

Dean's Weekly, May 17

The Corps was focused on Term End Exams (TEEs) this week as they wrapped-up the semester.

Cadet Tutor Program:  During the last week of classes, 220 cadet volunteers from the Cadet Tutor Program provided TEE prep sessions to approximately 350 Plebe and Yearling cadets in preparation for final exams.  Historically, the TEE prep sessions have recorded attendance of over 700 students, with more than 200 peer tutors participating to help cadets achieve more on their final exams.

ERDC Award:  Cadets Peter Fugate, Robert Jolly, Elaine Gill, and Grace Hamilton were all awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Environmental Laboratory of the Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC). Their work on life cycle costing of environmental remediation techniques for waste water effluent from the manufacturing of insensitive munitions was used to fund major capital investments at an Army ammunition plant. This research will be published as an ERDC technical report later this year.

Athletic Director's Update, May 14

Catch the AD's wrap-up here.

Cadet Activities Update, May 11

Men's Rugby "Old Grey Match" 2014Connor Wernecke becomes first cadet to earn qualification spots to both the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and the Ironman World Championship, Men's Rugby welcome alumni to the "Old Grey Match", and General Vincent Brooks '80 shares insights with Cultural Affairs Club.

Read these stories and more here.

Dean's Weekly, May 9

Academy Idol:  Cadet Micah Petersen (’17, I-1) as Bottom from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.The Department of English and Philosophy held its annual Academy Idol competition in which plebes currently enrolled in EN102 Literature perform monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. Featuring the top nine performers from the Class of 2017, this year’s competition included monologues from such diverse plays as 1 Henry IV, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, and Richard III. Prizes were awarded for first, second, and third place to Class of ’17 Cadets Micah Petersen (I-1), Danielle DiUlus (G-4), and James Grays (B-1), respectively.

Pre-release Film Screening of "The Burden":  Cadet club Engineers and Scientists for a Sustainable World (ESSW) hosted an exclusive pre-release showing of "The Burden". The film tells the story of the serious national security challenges posed by our fossil fuel dependence, and why the U.S. military is uniquely suited to innovating our way to a clean energy economy. Cadets then discussed their reactions with Roger Sorkin, the film producer, and Jon Gensler, West Point Class of 2000, who plays a prominent role in the movie. The film allowed cadets to consider the roles junior and senior Army leaders will play in developing effective energy solutions and how these solutions will ultimately increase national security, improve the environment and stimulate the U.S. economy.

5th Annual Inter-Academy Chemistry Symposium (IACS):  USMA, USNA, USAFA, and USGCA participated in the 5th Annual Inter-Academy Chemistry Symposium (IACS) at the U.S. Air Force Academy to enable an Inter-Academy level exchange of ideas and a broadening experience between chemistry, life science, and chemical engineering faculty, cadets, and midshipmen. This year the events included a research poster competition between Cadets and Midshipmen.  Cadet Joon and Cadet Brown were 2 of the five finalists in the research poster session.

DARPA Service Academies Innovation Challenge:  Cadets from the Department of Chemistry and Life Science placed second in the DARPA Service Academies Innovation Challenge with their Power Patch project. Cadets Samuel Lowell, Andrew Pribble, Katherine Gross, Alex Parra, and Dave Brown developed flexible nanowire-nanotube films that were used in a lithium rechargeable battery. The battery as assembled in the form factor of an IR flag patch for the ACU uniform and is intended as a chassis for an environmental sensor suite.

Athletic Director's Update, May 5

Get team season wrap-ups and more here.

Coach K Awards

Last week, the annual Coach K awards were presented to West Point athletes and coaches for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. For the full story and list of recipients, click here.

“Forever One Team”— Graduation 2014

Cadets sign the Alma Mater at Graduation 2009After 47 months, or 204 weeks, or 1,430 days, or 34,320 hours (their Facebook page even provides minutes and seconds!), the members of the Class of 2014 are ready to walk across the stage to get their diplomas, signifying their graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point. They arrived on June 28, 2010, as mere cadet candidates who were expected to follow orders, and now they are leaving as commissioned second lieutenants who are expected to lead America’s sons and daughters in the U.S. Army.

To welcome them as members of the Long Gray Line, the West Point Association of Graduates will be hosting a Firstie Social for the Class of 2014 on May 6 and 7, 2014 (two Regiments per night). Sponsored by the Class of 1996, this event provides a night for First Class cadets to socialize in a relaxed environment, enjoy the amenities of Herbert Alumni Center, meet representatives from WPAOG, and learn about WPAOG’s mission to serve cadets, graduates, and the Long Gray Line.

WPAOG will also welcome the parents and family members of the Class of 2014 at its annual Graduation Breakfast on May 28, 2014. From 6:30am to 9:00am, WPAOG will be serving delicious baked goods (muffins, Danishes, cinnamon rolls, etc.) and warm breakfast dishes (bacon, eggs, French toast, etc.) to guests who registered for this special event. Best of all, Herbert Alumni Center, the venue for this breakfast, is only short walk from Michie Stadium, so guests will have plenty of time to find their seats before the graduates march in. Please register online at www.westpointaog.org/2014GraduationBreakfast.  Contact alumni-events@wpaog.org or call 845.446.1649 for more information.

Projects Day Recap

Academics--Projects DayEach year, hundreds of cadets from all academic departments participate in Projects Day by presenting a design project or thesis. Whether individually or as a team, cadets demonstrate their ability to integrate academic and military knowledge and skills, as well as demonstrate presentation and communications skills. The event also gives cadets a chance to explore majors, learn from examples, and fulfill an integrative experience requiremen.

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Dean's Weekly, May 3

ASCE’s Regional Competition: Steel Bridge Team with Cadets Matt Shinkwin, Cody Bye, Tyler Roden, Alex Cansler, and Bruce Merrill. Hosted by Cornell University, the annual event is the regional qualifier for the ASCE national competition for the concrete canoe team and the steel bridge team. The teams consist of first class cadets who designed, built, and competed against students from the other universities in the region. Additionally, three cadets competed in the Mead Ethics Essay competition with a written essay and an oral presentation. ASCE club representatives competed in a series of mystery events, which included an AutoCAD competition and a photo scavenger hunt on the Cornell campus.  West Point performed exceptionally during the three days of competition, winning awards in all categories including Steel Bridge Presentation, Concrete Canoe Design Paper, Mead Paper Presentation (Mackenzie Vaughn), Mystery Event, and Sportsmanship.

ME490 Trip to General Electric’s Global Research Center:  Cadets travelled to the GE Global Research Center (GRC) and  received a number of briefings about general areas of research within the GRC’s Aero-Thermal and Mechanical Systems (ATMS), and other research divisions.

SAE Mini Baja Competition:  The thirteen cadets on the 2014 Mini Baja team with their off-road vehicle prototype.A team of twelve mechanical engineering majors and one systems engineering major competed in the Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Competition in El Paso, Texas.  This is the culminating event of two semesters of engineering design and building for the cadets. The competition includes a sales brief, design brief, thorough technical inspections, and four dynamic events: acceleration, hill climb, maneuverability, and suspension and traction. The final event at the competition is a four-hour endurance race. On a course that rendered many cars inoperable with broken components, the cadets had only two minor issues needing repair, and a major component failure with less than 3 minutes of the race remaining.

Innovation Cadets and Technology Visionaries:  A group of EECS cadets conducted interviews of forward thinking technology leaders and innovators as part of XE492 – Disruptive Innovations. Cadets discussed disruptive technology and innovation, digital currency products such as BitCoin, and the RFID Consortium and applications of RFID technology, among many other topics. 

Cadet Activities Update, May 3

 Orienteering Team takes 1st place for the 12th consecutive yearOrienteering Team takes 1st place for the 12th consecutive year, Army places two finalists in Inter-Academy research competition, and the Cadet Fine Arts (Film) Forum attended the TRIBECA film festival.

Catch-up on these stories and more Cadet Activities as Spring weather finally arrives at West Point by clicking here.

Gripping Hands…Strengthening Hearts

A yearly tradition continued on May 1, 2014, with the 10th annual “Inspiration to Serve” West Point Cemetery Tour. Founded by General Fred Franks ’59, the tour is the capstone event for the yearlings' Professional Military Ethic Education program. Its purpose is to provide Third Class cadets the opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of fallen graduates of the United States Military Academy and others who have made significant impacts shaping the Long Gray Line. USCC conducts this tour to ensure that cadets understand the character, competence, and commitment needed to serve in the Profession of Arms before taking their Affirmation Oath at the beginning of cow year. 

Starting at the Old Cadet Chapel, cadet companies toured the cemetery along four routes, which were determined by regiment. Each route took cadets to four different gravesites, at least one of which was for a graduate who died serving at the lieutenant rank. At each gravesite, volunteer presenters, often a relative or classmate of the individual interred at that site, shared personal stories of service, patriotism, and courage, and explained how the deceased graduate was an effective leader who helped shape and strengthen the Long Gray Line. And in the event that cadets missed the point while listening to the presenters, each tour rotation received a wrap-up brief in front of the Dade Monument delivered by Major Daniel Gade ’97, who drove home the “inspiration to serve” message by teaching the cadets that serving equals love and that love means putting the needs of others ahead of oneself.

At its conclusion, several cadets acknowledged that the tour was very emotional for them. Kunal Jha ’16 said that he was touched hearing Daren Hidalgo’s ’09 parents tell their son’s story. “You could see how painful his loss is to his mother,” Jha said, “but I think she’s happy knowing he died doing what he loved—he wanted to serve.”

“During the academic year, you lose sight of what you’re really here for,” said Nathan Weir ’16. “The stories demonstrated the character, competence, and commitment of members of the Long Gray Line, and listening to them made me reflect about my family, my friends, and why I came to West Point—and they reinforced my commitment to serve.”

To view photos of the event, click here.

To view a video of the event, click here.

Athletic Director's Update, May 2

Men's Tennis wins 6th championship with defeat of Navy, Army Baseball earns 12th Star victory over Navy, and golfer Cadet Kim earns bid to NCAA Regionals by making history.

Read these stories and more from the AD here.