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Glee Club at the Premier of the Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit

Glee Club at the Premier of the Tuskegee Airmen ExhibitThe members of the West Point Glee Club had a very eventful night! At the ABC premier of the Tuskegee Airmen exhibit, cadets met with former Tuskegee Airmen, Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, and Colin Powell.

Keenan O’Shea Recognized with Patriot League Honor

Freshman Keenan O'Shea was selected as Patriot League Midfielder of the Week on Monday after netting the game-winning goal in Army's win over Navy last week. The Patriot League Midfielder of the Week honor is the first of O'Shea's career. O'Shea scored his first collegiate goal in the 67th minute against Navy, intercepting a failed clearing attempt and scoring from close to 25 yards out. The goal came as the game winner of Army's 1-0 Star victory over Navy. O'Shea played in 49 minutes in the Navy match and has appearing in the starting 11 for all seven of Army's games this season. Read More

Mountaineering in the Shawagunks Mt. Range

Mountaineering in the Shawagunks Mt. RangeArmy West Point Climbing Team took 9 cadets to the Shawagunks Mountain Range in New Paltz, NY, to participate in a day of out-door climbing. Cadets on the trip included several new team members whom had never been outdoor climbing before. Cadets scrambled up the side ascent to reach the top of the cliff. Anchor systems were demonstrated and set by Coach Klingerman, Coach Strickler, and Dr. Evans. CDT Scott Joiner ’19 led a rappelling class on top of the cliff. CDT John Snurkowski ’19 and CDT Jacqueline Head ’17 completed several lead climbs, resulting in CDT Snurkowski’s first lead climb. Despite some showers, weather held out for the better. The group obtained new gear from Rock and Snow in New Paltz following climbing.

Speech and Parliamentary Debate Forum Competition

Speech and Parliamentary Debate Forum CompetitionThe Speech and Parliamentary Debate Forum defended their National title in their first intercollegiate competition at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. The team’s diligent preparation and hard work paid off as the team took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Novice division. West Point ‘closed out’ the tournament, meaning that after the semifinals, only West Point teams remained. Sharing first place were the teams of Natalie Hales ’20 & Jacob Wells ’20, and Daniel Berardino ’20 & Tim Mclaughlin ’17. Third place went to the team of Nathan Frederickson ’20 & Nick Oblak ’17. Daniel Berardino won the top speaker award for the tournament, with six other participants also earning speaker honors. The team looks forward to its next competition at Harvard University on 7 October.

Water Polo at the NYS Regional

Water Polo at the NYS RegionalArmy Water Polo started off New York state regional play strong by dismantling the Merchant Marine Academy, New York University, Columbia University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute winning all four games by a combined total of 55-14. The first and only home tournament of the fall season will occur at Crandall and the Cadet Intramural pools over the weekend of 1-2 October.

Major Ferenzi Addresses the Persian Club

Major Ferenzi Addresses The Persian Club MAJ Steve Ferenzi, a Special Forces Commander who has served numerous tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, addressed the Persian Section of the Department of Foreign Languages. He focused on the importance of language learning for Army officers. He also noted the various applications of Persian language in the military.

The Portuguese Club Celebrates Brazil's Independence

The Portuguese Club Celebrates Brazil's IndependenceEight cadets from the Portuguese Language Club, led by CIC CDT Mackenzie Williams, and eight Brazilian Army Exchange Cadets attended a reception in celebration of the 194th anniversary of Brazil’s Declaration of Independence. The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce hosted the reception, which also included the Brazilian Consular General in New York, Ana Lucy Gentil Cabral Petersen, and the Senior Military Official from the Brazilian Mission to the UN, Brigadier General Luiz Carlos Terciotti. The primary goal of the trip was to promote cultural interaction and language practice in context for the cadets, as they interacted with Brazilian government officials and Chamber of Commerce leadership. Through their knowledge of Portuguese language and Brazilian culture, the cadets were able to speak confidently and professionally with the Brazilian officials and learn more about their roles at the UN. The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce gave special recognition to the visiting Brazilian and American cadets and thanked them for their participation. Events like these strengthen the bonds between the Brazilian-American communities in New York and the United States Military Academy.

Men’s Rugby Stampedes Bulls on Saturday

CDT Andy Sullivan '19The Army West Point men's rugby team completed its weekend doubleheader with a 50-0 shutout victory over Buffalo on Saturday. The Black Knights improve to 5-0 on the season and 4-0 in Rugby East action, while the Bulls fall to 0-2 overall and in conference play. Army improves to 3-0 all-time against Buffalo. Eli Brown, Will Miller, Andrew Finken and Rob Niscior all made their first-career start in 15s versus the Bulls. Senior Andy Sullivan made his 15s season debut for the Black Knights in a big way, recording his first-ever three-try game. Sophomore Eli Brown scored the first try of his 15s career in the 35th minute. TURNING POINTS Sullivan posted two quick scores for the Black Knights to give the team an early 12-0 advantage. Read More

Theater Arts Guild Support Backstage for Jeff Dunham

Theater Arts Guild Support Backstage for Jeff DunhamTheatre Arts Guild (TAG) members were able to offer support backstage for Jeff Dunham’s performance on 17 September. They had a great time, and we had over 500 cadets attend the performance.

Men’s Soccer Defeats Navy in Star Match, 1-0

Freshman Keenan O'Shea scored his first career goal in the 67th minute to send the Army West Point men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory in the Star match over Navy on Friday evening at Talen Energy Stadium. Army wins the soccer equivalent of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy after defeating both Air Force and Navy. The Cadets had not beaten both service academies in the same year in nearly a decade, last pulling off the feat in 2007. Click here for video highlights: https://youtu.be/Voc6dcRRlGY. The Black Knights defeat Navy for the second year in a row and improve to 3-3-1 overall and 1-0-0 in the Patriot League, while the Mids slip to 2-4-1 and 0-1-0. The win comes as the Academy's first Star victory of the 2016-17 season, as the Cadets pull even in the Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA, 1-1. The service academies played in front of a crowd of 10,092 to mark the second-largest crowd in team history, falling short only to the total of 10,168 set in the 2014 Army-Navy game. O'Shea took advantage of a breakdown in the Navy defense, as he intercepted a failed clearing attempt to score the game's only goal in the 67th minute. Freshman Justin Stoll earned the start in goal and made three saves for his first career shutout. Army tops Navy for the second year in a row to improve to 29-40-14 in the all-time series. Read More

Pipes and Drums at the Bagpipe Memorial Parade

Pipes and Drums at the Bagpipe Memorial ParadeUSCC Pipes & Drums performed in the NYPD Bagpipe Memorial Parade in lower Manhattan. Dozens of bands from Canada, Washington, Chicago, Marines, and the Northeast Regional played in the NYPD Emerald Society sponsored parade to commemorate those police officers lost in the line of duty, including 9/11. This was an important event to build bonds with other agencies, other bands, and other civil servants. The parade ended with respectful remarks by the Mayor, NYPD Commissioner, and others, to include a reading of police officer's names lost in 9/11.

Volleyball Comes Back to Defeat Colgate 3-1

After trailing Colgate 1-0, the Army West Point volleyball team won the next three sets to clinch the match. Sydney Morriss was the difference maker in today's match with a career-high 22 kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Morriss was the difference maker in today's match with points when it mattered most. The freshman led the match with 22 kills off a .500 hitting percentage. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/r6Zzhe5N4uw. Olivia Fairfield was also strong for Army on both sides of the ball with six total blocks and 12 kills for a .524 hitting percentage. Allie Strong added 11 kills and seven digs, Amber Clay totaled eight kills and 13 digs and Vanessa Wesley tallied 10 kills. Haven Bethune controlled the offense with 47 assists, while Avery Alexander stepped in to add 10 helpers and four digs. The Raiders were dominant at the net in set one and tallied 4.0 total blocks, but the Black Knights held them to just one across sets two and three, while recording four of their own. Read More

Women’s Soccer Tops Lafayette for First League Win

The Army West Point women's soccer team picked up its second consecutive victory, this time defeating Lafayette, 2-1, in Patriot League action on Saturday evening at Clinton Field. Army improves to 3-7-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the league, while Lafayette falls to 3-3-3 and 0-1-1. Samantha Sullenger opened the game's scoring with a goal in the 17th minute to put the hosts on top, 1-0, before Sam Gottlieb tallied the eventual game winner in the 53rd minute. Jordan Cassalia made five stops in net for the Black Knights, allowing her only goal on a penalty shot from Lafayette's Julia Wescott in the 48th minute. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/k_DBA97qknU. Army improves to 23-2-2 all-time versus Lafayette after the victory. Sullenger scored her team-leading third goal of the season. She also leads the Cadets with two game-winning goals. Gottlieb netted her first goal of the year. The Black Knights managed a narrow 9-8 advantage in total shots, but trailed 6-3 in shots on goal. Clare Shea and Madison McGinn contributed assists to Sullenger's first-half goal. Brianna Nicholas was credited with the only assist on Gottlieb's goal. Cassalia made five saves for her sixth match this year with at least five stops. Read More

Athletic Director's Update

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Athletic Director's Update

Pistol Team Member at the LIPSA Championship

Pistol Team Member at the LIPSA ChampionshipMembers of the West Point Combat Weapons Team and West Point Pistol Team participated in the Annual Long Island Practical Shooters Association (LIPSA) Championship U.S. Practical Shooting Assn. (USPSA) match Westhampton, New York. This was the team's first competition of the academic year. Cadet Austin Willard placed 24th overall out of 134 Shooters. Fifteen members of the team placed in the top 25 of the Production category including Cadets Mitchell Booth, Tyler Rose and Quinn Cochran placing 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th respectively.

CLS West Point Premedical Society Visited by COL(R) Armonda

CLS West Point Premedical Society Visited by COL(R) ArmondaCadets in the Chemistry and Life Sciences Department and West Point Premedical Society (WPPMS) met with COL (Ret) Rocco A. Armonda, MD, for a lunchtime discussion about military medicine and Neuroendovascular Surgery. Dr. Armonda is the director of Neuroendovascular Surgery for MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, surgical co-director for the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington, and associate professor and director of Neurosurgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).

Engineering Psychology View "Sully" to Apply Learned Concepts

ngineering Psychology View "Sully" to Apply Learned ConceptsDr. Ericka Rovira and MAJ Charles Rowan took cadets from the Engineering Psychology Program to a viewing of the film “Sully.” Cadets were able to watch the film in order to apply concepts learned in PL475: Human-Computer Interaction and PL485: Human Factors Engineering to explain possible causes for the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Cadets will analyze US Airways Flight 1549, which CAPT Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger flew that day, in order to conduct their own accident investigation and provide recommendations for better system design.

New Heat Transfer R-Hour Lab

New Heat Transfer R-Hour LabConduction Heat Transfer Laboratory. COL Bret Van Poppel, LTC(P) Mike Benson, and Dr. Ozer Arnas led a new R-Hour laboratory for ME480, Heat Transfer. The lab requires cadets to obtain experimental measurements of temperatures along a long copper fin that conducts heat away from a heated base plate. This lab is new this semester and the cadets universally agreed that the hands-on nature of the experience greatly contributed to their physical understanding on the importance of fins in heat transfer.

Mr. Paul Solman Speaks to Cadets about Genocide

Mr. Paul Solman Speaks to Cadets about GenocideMr. Paul Solman, the highly decorated PBS News Hour Economics correspondent and Distinguished Professor of Practice in Yale University’s Grand Strategy program, spoke to students in Dr. David Frey’s XH 415 “Genocide” class and approximately 15 other faculty, cadets and guests from multiple departments about the economics of genocide. Using the example of the Holocaust and some of the newest scholarship on the economics of genocides and mass atrocities, Mr. Solman, who has won Emmy, Peabody, and Loeb awards for his reporting, helped explain the ways economic methodologies can explain both reasons for genocide and reasons why policymakers consistently underestimate the costs of mass atrocity. Mr. Solman also sat in on Dr. Frey’s plebe African History course, helping lead a discussion on the economics of slavery. The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of History sponsored his visit.

Abercrombie Garners CSFL Player of the Week Honors

CDT John Abercrombie '19Sophomore kicker John Abercrombie of the Army West Point sprint football team was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL), following his Week One performance against Chestnut Hill. Abercrombie connected on a 36-yard field goal to open the scoring in the Black Knights' 38-0 victory over the Griffins. He was also a perfect five-for-five on PATs in his career debut. This is the first weekly award for Army on the season after earning seven in 2015. Of those seven, three were for special teams.

Valeri and Ollar Receive Patriot League Honors

Valeri and Ollar Receive Patriot League HonorsArmy men's cross country runners Johnny Valeri and Roman Ollar received Patriot League accolades after helping lead the Black Knights to a victory over the weekend. Valeri crossed the finish line first at the Iona Meet of Champions with a time of 25 minutes and 52.1 seconds, while leading the Black Knights to a first-place finish over Albany and Quinnipiac. Valeri and Army won on the course at Van Cortlandt Park that will be the site of this year's NCAA Northeast Regional. Ollar finished fifth overall at the Iona Meet of Champions, helping Army capture the team title. Ollar clocked a time of 26:00.3. Read More

Orienteering Meet at Hickory Run State Park

Orienteering Meet at Hickory Run State ParkThe Army West Point Orienteering Team traveled to Hickory Run State Park in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania for its first meet of the fall season, from 9-11 September. This event consisted of blocks of training on Saturday morning and afternoon, followed by night orienteering (Night-O) on Saturday evening. They team geared up with headlamps and put their skills to the test under limited visibility. Sunday followed up with a classic course, which was longer and more technical than Saturday’s race. The team worked hard to improve their basic orienteering skills on Saturday (such as pace count and reading contours), which allowed them to excel in the Night-O and traditional orienteering course on Sunday. The team was led by stellar individual performances from Cadets Christian Sitarz ’17, Justin Augustine ’19, Brigette Bordelon ’20, and Gino Saponari ’20 in their respective courses. This was the first exposure to an Orienteering Meet for 8 new members of the Army West Point Orienteering Team. The whole team looks to continue to build on their skills as the fall season progresses. This prepares the team for success as they compete at the United States Orienteering Championships at Pound Ridge, NY from 17-18 September.

Equestrian Team HITS Saugerties 1 Million Grand Prix

Equestrian Team HITS Saugerties 1 Million Grand PrixThe Army West Point Equestrian Team travelled to Saugerties, NY for the HITS Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix. This Fédération Equestre Internationale Jumpers’ competition features riding champions from the U.S. and all around the world. Riders navigate a jump course going over 1.70 m fences to compete for the $330,000 1st prize. The West Point Equestrian Team is invited to this prestigious event every year. This year, the West Point Col-or Guard, West Point Band, and Hell Cats were also invited. All four groups assembled to march-on at the opening ceremony. MSG Mary-Kate Messenger, from the West Point band, sang an amazing rendition of the National An-them as the Equestrian cadets rendered honors to the National Colors. The rest of the day was spent enjoying the show at the $1 Million Grand Prix.

Skeet and Trapp Visit Pawling Mountain Club

Skeet and Trapp Visit Pawling Mountain ClubSkeet & Trap traveled to Pawling, NY to shoot sporting clays and have lunch with some of the members of Pawling Mountain Club. The weather cleared up just in time for a great day of shooting. Friendships were formed with a few of our team members that had not been to Pawling before. After our burgers, the cadets engaged in engaging conversation with the members about leadership and service. We were honored to spend this day with such true patriots as our friends at Pawling Mountain Club.

Parachute Club Kicks off the NY Air Show

Parachute Club Kicks off the NY Air ShowThe Parachute team kicked off the start of the New York Air Show on 16 September, with Cadet Raheem flying in the national colors as MSG Mary Messenger sang a stirring rendition of the National Anthem which ended just as CDT Raheem touched down on the field. A full demonstration followed immediately after completion of the anthem and displayed the precision and accuracy of the Parachute team while Cadet Muraski narrated a play by play of the team’s movements. The second jump of the demonstration displayed the Black Knights ability to land at two locations simultaneously as they performed a “show line split”. Three members of the team landed in front of the announcer’s podium as the rest of the Black Knights landed in front of the general admission seating area. This provided a unique opportunity to interact with the crowd as the team walked the length of the viewing area on their way back to the team’s transportation. The Knights were warmly received throughout the air show often stopping for pictures and conversations with those in attendance.

Glee Club Perform at Trinity Church Wall Street

Glee Club Perform at Trinity Church Wall StreetOn 11 September, 75 members of the Glee Club travelled to New York City to perform, with the USMA Band, at Trinity Church Wall Street. The concert was part of the overall 9-11 remembrance activities throughout the Ground Zero area on the 15th anniversary of the tragedy. Before and after the concert, Cadets had the opportunity to talk with audience members and passing tourists, extending the USMA outreach to lower Manhattan. More than 400 audience members packed every available seat in the church and hundreds of others stopped in off the street to listen to portions of the concert.

Korean-American Relations Seminar Visit the Market

Korean-American Relations Seminar Visit the Market31 members from the KARS club experienced Korean culture through food, fellowship, and a trip to the Korean market. The cadets were able to pick one of the three Korean restaurants and learn about the Korean cuisine. In addition, each small group was led by an upperclassmen and were responsible for the dinner discussion. The plebes also liked having access to a few upperclassmen and being able to talk without the stresses of rank. Lastly, cadets were also able to familiarize themselves in the area for when they would like to visit there for Pass, OPPs, and other trip section opportunities.

USMA-Vassar Initiative, “A Day in the Life”

USMA-Vassar Initiative, “A Day in the Life”Students from Vassar College travelled to West Point to experience “a day in the life” of a West Point Cadet. Upon arrival, they toured Trophy Point, followed by instruction at the Engagement Skills Trainer, which builds marksmanship, communication skills, and small unit leadership. Afterwards, the students received an orientation to the Indoor Obstacle Course Test and then attempted the various events. Following dinner in the Cadet Mess and evening social activities, the students remained overnight in the Cadet Barracks. The next morning, 10 September, the students attended the pre-game parade on the Plain, toured the Branch Week static displays, and cheered the Army Football team on to its 31-14 victory over Rice. Joining them at these events was Interim President of Vassar College, Dr. Jonathan Chenette. The group then assembled for a post-game reception hosted by COL Dave Harper (Head of the Department of English and Philosophy) before departing West Point. The Vassar College students were especially impressed by the caliber of Cadets they met and the rigors of Cadet life.

Volleyball Blanks Holy Cross in League Opener

CDT Amber Clay '18The Army West Point volleyball team pulled out a 3-0 victory over Patriot League foe Holy Cross in a tight contest. The Cadets improve to 9-5 on the year and 1-0 in the conference. Amber Clay led the offense with 10 kills and a .467 hitting percentage. Vanessa Wesley also chipped in 10 kills and was followed by Allie Strong who tallied eight. Haven Bethune dished out 32 assists and added three helpers throughout the three setter. Strong topped the team defensively with 10 digs, while Megan Bryn notched nine and Bethune had seven. Wesley led the team with four blocks, one being solo. As a team, Army outscored Holy Cross 51-45 and had seven aces to their four. The Black Knights out-blocked the Crusaders 7-3 and had a 39-35 advantage in digs. Read More

Cadets Visit ADI in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Cadets Visit ADI in Almaty, KazakhstanNine USMA cadets returned from a week at the Army Defense Institute (ADI) in Almaty, Kazakhstan as part of an exchange program already over fifteen years old. All Cadets were selected based on their Russian studies at USMA. They were made familiar with Kazakh equipment (much of it former Soviet or Russian) and also participated in a program to compare West Point physical fitness studies (kinesiology) with those at ADI.

Sullenger Earns AAA Athlete of the Week Honors

Army women's soccer player Samantha Sullenger was named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week after her two-goal performance over the weekend. The Gaithersburg, Md., native scored Army's game-winner to hand the Black Knights their second victory of the season Sunday against Fairleigh Dickinson. Following a corner kick, Sullenger fired a well-driven shot but was saved by the Knights goalie. Click here for the video interview: https://youtu.be/cNeGtVveZ88. Fortunately for the sophomore, the rebound fell right back at her foot, where she tapped it home into the left-hand corner of the net. The midfielder added her second tally and Army's final score in the 79th minute when she finished off a free kick. Teammate Clare Shea sent a brilliant cross into the back of the box, where Sullenger was waiting. She then one-timed the ball into the left corner for her third career marker. Read More

Cadets Meet with the Mayor of Suffern, NY

Cadets Meet with the Mayor of Suffern, NYSeven cadets from SE450 conducted their initial client meeting with their client, the Mayor of Suffern, NY. Cadets from two separate project teams met with the Mayor, Mr. Ed Markunas and the Deputy Mayor, Mr. Bob Morris to discuss having the Village of Suffern remain a Village or incorporate into a city or into a hybrid called a Town/Village. These seven cadets will apply the skills learned throughout the Systems Engineering Core Engineering Sequence to recommend a solution to this decision based on the values elicited from the client and other pertinent stakeholders.

Drill Team at Cosmos Soccer Club

Drill Team at Cosmos Soccer ClubCadets Joshua Ciarlante and Miguel Pantano perform a two-man drill routine in front of over 3200 fans during the halftime show for the New York Cosmos soccer club's Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, September 10th.

History Departments First Trivia Night

History Departments First Trivia NightThe History Department hosted its first Trivia Night of the year at the Firstie Club. CPT Mark Bergman, CPT Greg Hope, and MAJ Tom Herman hosted and provided the questions. The night's big winner, "Salty as Carthage," beat out eleven other teams to take home $80 in DCA gift cards

Video Tribute for Fallen Cadets from the Corps

Be Thou At Peace... A tribute from the U.S. Corps of Cadets directed by Cadet Austin Lachance

Music by Staff Sgt. Noah Taylor of the West Point Band

Cadets in Taiwan Learn the Tradition of Moon Cakes

Cadets in Taiwan Learn the Tradition of Moon Cakes12 of the Cadets studying Chinese at Fujen Catholic University in Taiwan had the opportunity to take a tour of and participate in the production of Moon cakes. Moon Cakes are the traditional treat in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinese Culture. This year the date is 15 September, and the cadets will now have the experience of seeing how the traditional food is made, and learned a significant amount of history behind the practice.

Cycling Team Omnium 1st Place for ECCC

Cycling Team Omnium 1st Place for ECCCThe Army West Point Cycling Team took to the track, racing in ECCC Track Conference Championships. The team had an excellent showing with strong performances from both veteran and new riders, alike. In an excellent display of team-work, Army West Point Cycling claimed another Team Omnium 1st Place for ECCC Track Championships, along with multiple individual medalists.

Systems Engineering Urban Beach Project

Systems Engineering Urban Beach ProjectTwo SE450 Project Teams comprised of three cadets each conducted their initial client meeting in New Your City for their semester-long project. Each team will spend the semester applying the skills they learned throughout the Systems Engineering Core Engineering Sequence to recommend an “Urban Beach” design for the Gansevoort Peninsula to the Hudson River Park Trust. The Gansevoort Peninsula is a stretch of land along the Hudson River between Pier 52 and Pier 53 that is currently not in use for the public. The Hudson River Park Trust wants to implement an “urban beach” concept that utilizes emerging trends in sustainable urbanization. The client for this project is the Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Mountaineering at the Austrian Mountain Warfare School

USMA Cadets participating in the Study Abroad Program (SAP) in Austria at the Theresian Military Academy completed an intense three-week mountaineering course at the Austrian Mountain Warfare School. After a culminating climb up to 1500 Meters, Cadets Brian Davis ’18, Daniel Gaston ’17, Travis Puccio ’17, and Joseph DiGennaro ’17 all earned the coveted Edelweiss Badge. All Cadets have now settled into life at the academy in Wiener Neustadt and are preparing for their upcoming academic semesters.

Nick Williams Named Offensive Player of the Week

Nick Williams Named Offensive Player of the WeekSenior forward Nick Williams drew Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday after scoring a pair of goals last week. The Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week recognition is the first for Williams this season and is the second of his career. Williams netted the opening goal in Army's 3-2 victory over Siena on Sept. 13 before scoring the lone goal for the Black Knights in a 1-1 draw at St. Francis Brooklyn on Sept. 18. The senior co-captain scored in the 12th minute of the Siena game to give Army a 1-0 lead, using his speed to dribble through a defender's legs and score on the right side of the net. Read More

Biological Treatment Processes Visit WWTP

Biological Treatment Processes Visit WWTPThe Class of 2017 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 group was able to meet with Mr. Pete Hammond, Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Services. 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.

Shea Honored With Patriot League Weekly Nod

Shea Honored With Patriot League Weekly NodArmy West Point women's soccer junior Clare Shea was named the Patriot League Corvias Midfielder of the Week following her performance over the weekend. The honor was the Allendale, N.J., native's first weekly accolade of the season. After leading the team with four shots, three of which were on target, in the Black Knights' 1-0 loss to Navy on Friday, Shea helped Army to a 4-1 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday. The junior tallied assists on the two insurance goals and now has a total of six points on the season. Read More

Feinstein's Findings: A Team on a Mission

It was James Lane Allen, the Kentucky novelist born in 1851, who wrote, "Adversity doesn't build character, it REVEALS it." There may be no better example of that than the 2016 Army football team. As Coach Jeff Monken pointed out in the days leading to Saturday night's game against UTEP, no one would be critical of the Black Knights if they were unable to pour heart and soul into the game. When they gathered last Sunday afternoon to begin their preparation for the trip to El Paso, they were rocked by the impossibly sad news that their teammate, starting cornerback Brandon Jackson, had died in a car accident early that morning. "Never, have I been part of something like that, something filled with so much heartfelt emotion," said Athletic Director Boo Corrigan, who was there when Monken delivered the news to his players. "It was something that will stay with me for the rest of my life." No doubt that was true of everyone in the room: players, coaches, staff. There was no practice that day and the next morning Monken met with his 14-man leadership counsel and put the question to them directly: "Do you want to play the game Saturday?" The answer, according to Monken, was "unanimous and emphatic." Full Story »

Strong First Half Fuels Women’s Soccer Past FDU

A three-goal first half by the Army West Point women's soccer fueled the team to a 4-1 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. Four is the most goals that Army has scored in a single match all season. And it doubles the number of goals scored for 2016. The Black Knights improved to 2-7-0 overall with today's victory. Jordan Cassalia recorded her second win of the season after allowing no goals on 14 shots faced. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/jgapXW7PV3A. She recorded five saves in 82 minutes of play. Samantha Sullenger notched two goals in the match, her first pair of the season, while Clare Shea led with two assists. The Black Knights jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first 35 minutes of play. Madison McGinn kicked things off for the Cadets when she received a pass from Nicole Bautista who lifted the ball over the Fairleigh Dickenson defender. McGinn was then able to break away and shoot from 20-yards out to the left corner for the tally just 10 minutes in the match. Read More

Men's Tennis Completes Army Invite

Men's Tennis Completes Army InviteThe Army West Point men's tennis team completed the final day of the Army Invite with a contest against Fairfield at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center and Malek Tennis Center on Sunday. The Black Knights battled Fairfield in the morning contest at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. Army's Myles Conlin tallied a third flight victory over Fairfield's Anthony Caputo, 6-2, 6-3. Xue Mayson recorded a fourth flight win for the Black Knights over the Stags' Ethan Ammon, 7-6 (5), 6-3. In the fifth flight, Grant Patterson secured another Army win by defeating Fairfield's Dylan Appel by a score of 7-6, 6-3. Morgan Hale won, 6-3, 6-3, over Gabriel Pamich in the seventh singles flight. In the doubles first flight, Sam Lampman and Greg Shannon took down Fairfield's Brad Orban and Tyler Shibles, 7-5. Grant Riechmann and Nikita Pereverzin scored a doubles second flight victory against the Stags' Anthony Caputo and Jeffrey Rogers, 6-3. In the doubles fourth flight, Michael Sienko and Myles Conlin tallied a victory over Ethan Ammond and Peter Colliard, 6-4. Read More

Athletic Director's Update

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Athletic Director's Update

Cadets Paddle Length of Mississippi for Veterans

Cadets Paddle Length of Mississippi for Veterans 2016Cadets Adrian Shanahan and James Callan set out in a canoe in early June and encouraged people to donate to a GoFundMe page set up in support of their efforts, according to The 22 Project. They paddled from Lake Itasca, in Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico during their leave from the academy, which ended in August. “These 2,320 miles will be dedicated to the men and women who have put our great nation above themselves,” Shanahan and Callan wrote on the GoFundMe page. They asked for donations of $0.22 for every 100 miles, which amounts to about a $5 donation for the entire voyage. The page has collected more than 100 donations and nearly $12,000 as of early September. “It certainly does help our veterans to know that people care about them,” Alex Cruz, co-founder of The 22 Project, said in a statement. “If everyone did a little, we could really make a difference to our veterans who are struggling right now.” The 22 Project is named after a statistic released by the Department of Veterans Affairs that finds 22 veterans on average commit suicide each day. Read More

Civil Rights Staff Riders Visit Site of the Orangeburg Massacre

Civil Rights Staff Riders Visit Site of the Orangeburg MassacreCivil Rights Staff Ride Cadets Visit the Site of the Orangeburg Massacre. In 1968, four years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had prohibited segregation in public accommodations, South Carolina State University (SCSU) students undertook a protest to desegregate the All Star Triangle Bowl, a bowling alley just across the tracks from their campus. Initially disbursed by police, as many as 400 students returned the following day and were confronted by as many as 100 law enforcement officers who pushed them back to the campus. On the third day of the battle, at a bonfire lit by students on campus, police inexplicably fired into the crowd, killing three and wounding 27. No students were armed. The Orangeburg Massacre, February 8, 1968 would not receive the press coverage garnered by the shooting of students at Ohio’s Kent State University in 1970, and although there is a memorial to the students on the SCSU campus, the bowling alley, which is now unoccupied and decrepit, has no marker or plaque to identify it and the role it played in the massacre. And, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Philosophy Forum Hosts Dr. Achille Varzi from Columbia University

Dr. Achille Varzi addressed the Philosophy Forum on “Surviving Change: The Problem of Change and Identity through Time.” Dr. Varzi introduced the audience to one of the oldest questions in philosophy: how can things change through time yet remain the same? How, for instance, can I be so different from the form I took 10 years ago, yet still be the same person? Dr. Varzi discussed the possibility that the problem can be dissolved by reconsidering the nature of objects. Instead of thinking of things as having only three spatial dimension—height, width, and depth—we can instead conceive of things as having a fourth temporal dimension—what we might call temporal extension. Reconceiving things as four dimensional seems to show that it is quite simple how one object can change through time. Dr. Varzi is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and is a beloved instructor of a number of current and former USMA faculty. The talk was well attended and the discussion that followed was very lively.

Persian Foreign Language Cadet in Tajikistan

Persian Foreign Language Cadet in TajikistanCadet Seamus Matlack, currently studying Persian for a semester in Tajikistan, started his volunteer work at an orphanage outside of the Tajik capital of Dushanbe. In addition to volunteering at the orphanage, Seamus teaches the children English as part of an effort to enroll them in a program run by the US Department of State titled “Future Leaders Exchange” where the students will study at an American high school during their senior year.

Engineers and Scientists for a Sustainable World Annual BBQ

Engineers and Scientists for a Sustainable World Annual BBQEngineers & Scientists for a Sustainable World (ESSW) hosted its annual BBQ on Clinton Field. Cadets majoring in Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering came out and enjoyed burgers, hot dogs and camaraderie as the Environmental Program kicked off Term 17-1. Cadets in both environmental majors enjoyed reconnecting with their classmates and their instructors. All environmental majors are club members, but cadets from any other discipline are encouraged to participate in ESSW’s outreach efforts to assist in the implementation of environmentally sustainable solutions for surrounding communities and West Point.

VOTE! Volleyball up for National Play of the Week

There were four great plays in Division I women's volleyball last past week, including one by Army West Point volleyball, that are up for the Hero Sports national Play of the Week. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/wQyAyyUnVYI. Firstie captain Olivia Fairfield dove to save a rogue ball off the court and was able to sprint back to the net in time to make a block to secure the point for the Black Knights in the team's 3-0 win over Central Connecticut State on Saturday. Fans decide on the top play of the week and are encouraged to visit the Hero Sports website and vote in the poll at the bottom of the page. Once you've made your voice heard, share with friends so they can vote as well, and check back next week to see who won. Polls close Friday at 7 a.m., so be sure to get your vote in on time! Read More

Civil Engineers Conduct Reconnaissance for Bannerman Bridge

Civil Engineers conduct reconnaissance for Bannerman Bridge Civil engineering majors (two teams of four and one team of three) are designing a bridge to span a 40-foot-wide ravine near the Bannerman residence on Pollepel Island, which is located about four miles north of West Point on the Hudson River. A wooden pedestrian bridge existed on the island in the early 1900s, but is no longer present. The cadets conducted a reconnaissance of the site on 31 August 2016, where they took measurements of the area and met with members of the Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc., an organization that is conducting restoration activities on the island. Each team will develop a unique solution and present their recommendation to the Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc., which will select the design that will be built by the cadets.

Triathlon Team at the Lake George Olympic Triathlon

Triathlon Team at the Lake George Olympic TriathlonLTC Allen traveled with the Army West Point Triathlon Team to Lake George, NY to compete in the Lake George Olympic Triathlon. The team posted great results winning the collegiate division beating out teams from Northeastern, UConn, Syracuse, Bentley, Penn State to name a few. This was the team’s second Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference race of the season and a qualifying event for the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships in the spring. The team is leading the conference in point totals and looking good to secure the conference championship with two more races in the season. Individual results included First Place Collegiate Female, Teresa Groton ’18 and Third Place Collegiate Male, Nick Chatel ’18. LTC Allen also competed and finished 4th in his division and 20th overall out of approximately 500 competitors. The team stayed in Lake George for the remainder of the weekend to conduct training and team-building exercises to include open-water swims and long group rides in the Adirondack Mountains.

Ecological Research at Wilkins Pond Reservation

Ecological Research at Wilkins Pond ReservationEcology cadets (EV471) traveled to Wilkins Pond, USMA reservation to take ecological samples as part of their term project research. On this trip section, the cadets evaluated ecological change, human impacts on the environment, and presented this information to an audience. Students collected samples from organisms, soils, water, herbs, shrubs, saplings, and trees in wetland and upland ecosystems. Using statistics and the scientific method, students compare an assigned ecological area to a control ecological area.

Chinese Foreign Language Cadets Summer in China

Chinese Foreign Language Cadets Summer in ChinaOver the summer four groups of Cadets, a total 18 Cadets, studied in China and Taiwan for three weeks. One group of five students studied at Fujen Catholic University, one group of five students studied at Xi’An Normal University, and two groups of four students studied at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. In addition to 45 hours of classroom Chinese each group had opportunities to study Chinese Culture first hand. The students studying in Xi’An also taught preventative medicine, English, and sports to elementary school children in the countryside.

Writing Retreat in Fishs Eddy, NY

Writing Retreat in Fishs Eddy, NYTwenty-seven cadets spent the holiday weekend polishing and finalizing their scholarship application essays during the XH407 Writing Retreat in Fishs Eddy, NY. Cadets spent most of the weekend working independently on their scholarship applications and essays; however, Major Steven Kreeger and Dr. Molly Hildebrand also conducted information sessions for the major scholarships and provided individual assistance to each of the cadets. Although the cadets spent most of the holiday weekend preparing their scholarship applications, they took a break from writing to watch the Army victory over Temple! This fall, over 30 cadets will apply for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates-Cambridge, Churchill, Fulbright, Yenching, Schwarzman, East-West, and Churchill Scholarships and the Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

4 Years Running USMA Ranked Top Pick by H.S. Counselors

4 Years Running USMA Ranked Top Pick by H.S. CounselorsThe 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges rankings released today places the U.S. Military Academy No. 1 on High School Counselor's Top Picks list for National Liberal Arts Colleges. This is the fourth consecutive year West Point has been ranked as a top pick by high school counselors. West Point ranks No. 2 in Top Public Colleges. In the Best Engineering Programs category, at engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's, West Point ranks No. 4 overall, and also ranks No. 4 for its civil engineering program in the Best in the Specialties category. West Point's mechanical engineering program ranks No. 7 at schools where no doctorate is offered. "This recognition reflects the U.S. Military Academy's commitment to providing the highest quality education for the future leaders of the Army and the nation," said Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, dean of the academic board. "To be recognized as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country while simultaneously being recognized as providing some of the best engineering programs across the nation is something about which the entire West Point family can be proud." West Point also ranks No. 19 on the list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.

Civil Rights Staff Riders Visit Greenwood, MS

Civil Rights Staff Riders Visit Greenwood, MSCivil Rights Staff Riders Visit the “Other Side of the Tracks” in Greenwood, MS. Cadets were invited to a program in the Greenwood, Mississippi city council chamber. Joining community members were veterans excited to meet the uniformed cadets. The program was hosted by two of the area’s leading African-American elected officials, State Sen David L. Jordan and State Representative Willie J. Perkins Sr. The first speaker was the legendary civil rights leader Charles McLaurin who came to Mississippi to register black voters. Greenwood was a significant battlefield in the civil rights movement, but declaring any sort of victory remains very elusive. As we drove south through Greenwood would confirm the existence of an entirely different world. Less than two miles to the south and across a set of railroad tracks lies Baptist Town. It was home to Morgan Freeman, and legendary bluesman Robert Johnson who died there at age 27. Legend has it that Johnson made a deal with the devil, selling his soul for his unparalleled skill on the guitar. Baptist Town is mostly black and poor, with high rates of drug addiction and low rates of employment, it is not unique among the cities and towns that we visited throughout our trip. Each has another side of the tracks, and each has similar problems.

Famed Freedom Rider Meets with 2016 Civil Rights Staff Ride Cadets. Hank Thomas lives in Atlanta, Georgia and for the second time invited the Staff Ride to visit with him and his wife, Yvonne Johnson Thomas. Both were civil rights activists and both are gracious hosts. Thomas like to point out that among the freedom riders on that fateful day were whites, many of whom were Jewish. As the bus burned with the passengers still inside he thought they would die, but there was a small explosion, perhaps the gas tank, which allowed them to all get out. Lying on the ground someone came over to him, and asked if he was alright, then struck Thomas in the head with a baseball bat. The cadets also met with Hollywood screenwriters who are working on a movie about Mr. Thomas and the Freedom Riders.

Men’s Soccer Holds Off Siena for 3-2 Win

The Army West Point men's soccer team matched its season high with three goals to defeat visiting Siena, 3-2, during a nonconference match on Tuesday evening at Clinton Field. Army improves to 2-3-0 this year following the win, while Siena drops to 1-4-1. Freshman Rex Epps scored what would ultimately become the game-winning goal in the 69th minute, while senior Nick Williams and junior Okheem Riley contributed first-half tallies. Junior Rosero found the back of the net for Siena in the opening half to make the score 1-1 before the Saints took advantage of an Army own goal in the 75th minute, which made the score 3-2. Click here to watch the recap: https://youtu.be/IEENdH1nzgw. Army stays unbeaten in its series with Siena, as the Black Knights improve to 5-0-1 all-time versus the Saints. Riley and freshman Alex Grave de Peralta added assists for Army. Riley becomes the third Black Knight this season to contribute to multiple goals in a game, joining Epps and senior Christian Clark, who had a hand in two goals against LIU Brooklyn and Air Force, respectively. Junior Christian Nolasco earned his second consecutive start in net and made one save to improve to 2-2-0. Epps netted his team-leading fourth goal of the season. The Irmo, S.C., native has goals in three of Army's five games. Read More

Sailing Fairs Well in 238 Mile Race

Sailing Fairs Well in 238 Mile RaceNine cadets on the Army Sailing Team, along with Prof. Lee Harrell from the Physics Department and LTC Sean Sculley from the History Department, competed against 100 big boat sailing teams from around the world in a 238-mile race from Stamford, CT to Martha’s Vineyard. With Hurricane Hermine approaching New York during the race, winds climbed to 25 knots and helped the team complete the race in an amazing 40 hours. The team's strategic planning accounted for both the forecasted weather and tidal changes that allowed them to make several key tactical decisions that resulted in their success. The team scored second in its class of six boats, sixth overall against 100 boats, and won the intercollegiate Corinthian Cup awarded to boats raced by sailors under the age of 25, beating teams from King's Point, SUNY Maritime, and the defending champions from the American Yacht Club. First established in 1932, this race attracts some of the finest oceanic sailing teams and is one of the more difficult and intricate of its kind. This was only the second time Army Sailing has competed in this race since receiving its sailing warhorse, the Invincible, from the US Naval Academy and these are its first trophies. The Invincible is now back home on the Hudson as the team practices for the big boat Service and Maritime competitions, as well as the Collegiate National Championship held this fall in Annapolis.

EECS First Systers Luncheon and Elections

EECS First Systers Luncheon and ElectionsEECS held its 7th EECS Systers Luncheon on Wednesday, 31-Aug that included 24 female cadets and 6 faculty. The event, organized by Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews, was designed to bring female students and faculty in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Technology together in a casual, relaxing environment. Cadets and faculty alike enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with each other and make new friends. EECS Systers elections were held, and we discussed a number of potential activities for the coming academic year. Our new officers are: CDT Jennifer Niemann ’16 for Chair, CDT Tianna Johnson ’19 for Vice Chair, and CDT Emily Guevara ’19 for treasurer. We plan to hold a similar luncheon later this semester. EECS Systers is USMA’s chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing.

Football’s Ryan, Cooper Finalists for NFF Award

Football’s Ryan, Cooper Finalists for NFF AwardArmy West Point rookies David Cooper and Joe Ryan were both announced as finalists for 2016 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards. Cooper and Ryan are among just 36 nominees nationwide for this honor that recognizes one young man from each of the country's five regions as the best and the brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level. The finalists all graduated from high school in 2016 and are now playing college football. The five honorees, who are being recognized for their previous accomplishments in high school, will be announced the week of Oct. 3. "The NFF Chapter Network continues to grow and excel, and their work this year has allowed us to identify these 36 exceptional high school scholar-athletes who have clearly established themselves among the best in the nation," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "It will be a difficult task to select one from each region as the absolute best. Each possesses incredible talent in all facets of their lives, and it is a tremendous honor for us to highlight their accomplishments." Read More

Thayer Honors Program & Interdisciplinary Collaboration

CDT Lindsay 17 volunteering at the Foundation for Economic Development and Educational Promotion International School in Cape Coast GhanaThe Thayer Honors Program seeks to develop West Point’s highest-performing cadets academically and professionally through interdisciplinary collaboration. Cadets accepted into the program work to publish research, apply critical thinking to solve complex global issues, and serve as ambassadors for West Point in military and professional situations. The Thayer Honors Program invites plebes to apply based on mid-term and first semester grades. Selection is based on academic QPA, teacher recommendations, and physical program scores. Induction into the program opens academic opportunities such as advanced class sections, research project connections, and scheduling preferences to attend Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) programs during the summer.

Photo: CDT Lindsay 17 volunteering at the Foundation for Economic Development and Educational Promotion International School in Cape Coast Ghana

By gathering the highest-performing cadets from across academic disciplines, the Thayer Honors Program fosters collaboration and innovation. Design Day, an event hosted by the Thayer Honors Program, encourages creative application of cadets’ expertise to generate real-world solutions while teaching design and problem-solving principles. The cadets work together in groups with mixed years, majors, and experience levels to make a viable solution to the given problem. The Thayer Honors Program works with the scholarship preparation courses in order to prepare cadets to be competitive for prestigious scholarships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman scholarships. The Thayer Honors Program also develops members through a mentorship program linking cows and plebes together for a two-year mentorship cycle, after which the mentee goes on to become a mentor. This year, the Thayer Honors Program is hosting its first annual Honors Banquet, featuring speakers on the topic of Leading through Interdisciplinary Collaboration.

Bautista Earns Patriot Rookie of Week Nods

CDT Nicole Bautista '20Army West Point first-year Nicole Bautista was named Patriot League Corvias Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week after her strong performance against Hofstra. The honor was the Rockville, MD, native's first career weekly accolade. Bautista's first collegiate tally was a big one as it not only handed Army the 3-1 advantage over the Pride, but ensured Army its first win. The rookie dribbled through the midfield and launched a well-driven shot from 22-yards out that blew past the goalie and into the lower left corner. Also receiving conference honorable mention praise was junior Clare Shea, who netted her second marker of the year. Shea's tying goal came at the 36:29 mark and happened after she collected a deflected ball inside the box. The Allendale, N.J., native then fired a low shot into the right corner for her sixth career goal. Read More

Football Improves To 2-0 With Win Over Rice

The Army West Point football team made its 2016 debut at Michie Stadium on Saturday afternoon and gave fans something to cheer about for the second week in a row. The Black Knights rushed for 348 total yards to defeat Rice, 31-14. Rice got on the scoreboard early, with a 64-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Stehling to Connor Cella, just 1:00 into the game. However, Black Knights responded with a quick six-play, 75-yard scoring drive that saw Darnell Woolfolk reach the end zone from six yards out to tie the game, 7-7. Army took the lead late in the first quarter on Andy Davidson's third touchdown of the season; a 13-yard run. A two-yard run from Davidson pushed the Black Knights' lead to 21-7 as the teams went into the break. In the second half, Army kept the pressure on, adding yet another touchdown from Davidson and a field goal from Mitchell Howard to give the Black Knights the victory. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/aweY1Pfsxzs.

The win marked the first time since 2010 that Army has won two games in a row The Black Knights are 2-0 for the first time since 1996. Davidson was the first Black Knight to score three rushing touchdowns since Larry Dixon did it against Fordham on Nov. 22, 2013. The Black Knights recorded their fourth interception of the season Saturday afternoon. They tallied just six picks in all of 2015. James Nachtigal forced his way into the backfield and knocked the ball out of Stehling's grasp, Andrew King fell on it to give Army the ball on the Rice 35-yard line with just over eight minutes to play in the second quarter. The Black Knights scored on the ensuing possession to make it 21-7. Read More

Women’s Rugby Powers Past Dartmouth

The Army West Point women's rugby topped Dartmouth, 63-12, at the Anderson Rugby Complex on Friday evening. The Black Knights lifted their record at 1-1 on the season while Dartmouth fell to the same mark. Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby, Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cornelison, Lt. Col. Kautzman, Lt. Col. Bault Cap. Griffith, Staff Sgt. Smith of the First Infantry Division were in attendance. Army's 63 points was the second-highest total in program history. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/SPXr-rY0WxI. Junior wing Sydney Hawkins takes a pass from midfield and sprints past the defense for Army's first try of the match. Junior Tosha Wilson-Latimore and senior Megan Rogers made their first starts of the season. The Black Knights outscored Dartmouth 46-0 in the final 40 minutes. The 51-point margin was the second-greatest in program history. Sophomore lock Nicola Newton dotted down right before halftime to kick start the Army offense to a 51-0 run for the final 40 minutes of the game. Read More

Volleyball Clinches Dartmouth Tournament Title

Volleyball 2016After four-straight sweeps this weekend, the Army West Point volleyball team was named the Dartmouth Tournament Champions. The Black Knights completed their streak with a 3-0 victory over Niagara Saturday evening. Allie Strong was named the Tournament MVP and was joined by Vanessa Wesley on the All-Tournament Squad. Today's wins puts Army (6-4) on a 5-0 streak with all matches being decided in three-straight sets. The Black Knights held an advantage in every statistical category over the Purple Eagles. The Cadets (1-9) led in points (52-28), kills (38-22), aces (7-3), blocks (7-3), assists (33-21) and digs (42-40). Wesley led the team with 10 kills and a .563 hitting percentage. Amber Clay and Sydney Morriss had eight kills apiece while Strong tallied seven. Haven Bethune continued as setter for Army and dished out 26 assists and added a match-high three service aces. She had her second double-double of the day as she added a team-high 10 digs. In blocking, Olivia Fairfield made the difference for the Cadets with five with Morriss adding three.

Women's Soccer Notches First Win of Season

CDT Madison McGinnThe Army West Point women's soccer team rallied from one goal down to defeat Hofstra 3-1 here Saturday afternoon to earn its first victory of the season. Maya Watkins put the Pride in front in the 29th minute but that would be all the Black Knights would allow. Army then rattled off three unanswered goals, from three different cadets, to secure the two-goal win. Junior Clare Shea notched her second goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1, while Madison McGinn and Nicole Bautista each recorded their first markers of the year. McGinn's tally was the eventual game-winner, coming in the 52nd minute. Senior Jordan Cassalia recorded nine saves in net for the Black Knights as she earned her first victory of the season between the posts. Lauren McGovern and Kayleigh Stallings were both awarded assists. Leading the Black Knights in shots was Jade Jamison, who posted two, one of which on frame. Shea, Bautista, and McGinn all scored on their lone shots in the game. The three goals marked the first time this season the Black Knights had one more scores. Read More

Death of a USMA Cadet

The Superintendent notified the Corps of Cadets, The Long Gray Line and parents that Cadet Brandon T. Jackson, Class of 2019, died on September 11, 2016 after an automobile accident in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. Read Superintendent’s Letter

USMA Ranks Third in Parchment Student Choice College Rankings

USMA Ranks Third in Parchment Student Choice College RankingsParchment's annual college rankings are pulled directly from students using Parchment's free, online college admissions tools. The Parchment website is a free resource that helps students and parents research colleges, discover their chances of admissions and see how they stack up with their peers. Parchment, the most widely adopted digital credential service, announced the results of its sixth annual Parchment Student Choice College Rankings study. During a period of great concern over the cost and value of higher education, student choices reveal a marked preference by applicants for colleges and universities that offer a clear and distinctive educational environment. These "mission-oriented" schools, including Pomona College, United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy, attract students who share their purpose and consequently are chosen by those whom they admit when students have alternative choices available.

Parchment's annual study is different from other college rankings as it compares more than 770 colleges and universities using the self-reported matriculation choices of nearly 89,000 first-year college-bound students. Parchment treats student's college choices like a chess tournament, ranking schools by the total matchups won against another school. In 2017, students reported on more than 124,000 total matchups, increasing the six-year total matchups to nearly 323,000. Over the course of the six years of the Parchment study, each year yields results uncommon to traditional college rankings. Unique to the 2017 rankings, Pomona College took over the top spot, following Stanford University's three-year run at No. 1. In the most recent rankings, 17 schools that were ranked in the Top 25 in 2016 remain in 2017. Read More

Athletic Director's Update

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Athletic Director's Update

NBA Exec Goldsberry Lectures on Spatial Analytics

NBA Exec Goldsberry Lectures on Spatial AnalyticsVisit from NBA Executive. Dr. Kirk Goldsberry, Vice President of the San Antonio Spurs, lectured students studying Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Dr. Goldsberry discussed the changing spatial patterns of professional basketball over the past decade. He drew on his work with the Spurs, his experience analyzing the NBA for ESPN, and how the USA Olympic Basketball team used spatial analytics to prepare for their gold-medal winning effort in Brazil. Dr. Goldsberry encouraged cadets to apply spatial reasoning in all facets of their life. In short, location matters.

Aviation Completes Semester Check-Out

Aviation Completes Semester Check-OutOver the course of two days, Aviation completed semester check-out of 8 cadets on the Flying Team. Demonstrations of how to safely fly the aircraft in a wide variety of challenging conditions. They completed one FAA required Biennial Flight Review as well as six Lakota helicopter familiarization flights conducted by 2nd Aviation.

Int'l Experts Lead Cadets Intro to Systems Engineering

Int'l Experts Lead Cadets Intro to Systems EngineeringDoctors Laura and Derek Cabrera, internationally recognized experts in systems thinking from Cornell University and authors of Systems Thinking Made Simple: New Hope for Solving Wicked Problems, led a seminar for 98 cadets in the Introduction to Systems Engineering course in Cullum Hall. During the seminar, Dr. Cabrera introduced the mental modeling construct “Distinctions, Systems, Relationships, and Perspectives” (DSRP) for understanding complex systems and approaching wicked problems. Cadets then employed the model with the use of “Think Blocks” to tackle the problem of refugee radicalization in Europe. This methodology and education will greatly help cadets both in the course and as they do their course project, but, more importantly, as they progress to greater positions of leadership in the Army and are faced with complex, ill-defined problems.

Dept of Law 2016 Civil Rights Staff Ride

Dept of Law 2016 Civil Rights Staff RideCadets Visit Louisiana’s Angola State Penitentiary. Cadets on the Civil Rights Staff Ride studying the criminal justice system, got a first-hand look at mass incarceration at the State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana. In preparation for this visit the cadets read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. At Angola, cadets met inmates serving life-without-parole sentences participating in vocational training of inmates serving shorter sentences. Cadets also visited death row, and spoke with wardens who were adamant about the progress this once notorious prison has made. Cadets met with Equal Justice Initiative Founder Bryan Stevenson. and got to meet another author of their many required books, Bryan Stevenson. His book Just Mercy was a favorite of the cadets who admitted they were star-struck to meet its award-winning author at the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), which he founded in Montgomery, Alabama. They also took part in a ceremony to honor West Point’s first African-American graduate Henry Ossian Flipper, Class of 1877. The ceremony was sponsored by the West Point Society of Tallahassee in Thomasville, Georgia, Flipper’s hometown.

Davidson Named AAA Athlete of the Week

Sophomore running back Andy Davidson was named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week after his grand performance against Temple on Friday night. Davidson ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns in his first-career start for the Black Knights. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/rKcNPZ-24Ac. Both of his touchdowns came in the second half, helping Army outscore the Owls, 21-3 in the final 30 minutes. The Allentown, Pa., native made the move from linebacker to fullback this season and carried out the American flag prior to the game at Lincoln Financial Field. Read More

Hudson Valley Cultural Forum: Renegades Game

Hudson Valley Cultural Forum: Renegades GameMembers of the Hudson Valley Cultural Forum traveled to Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls to watch the Hudson Valley Renegades beat the Auburn Doubledays 2-1, after first learning about the connections between baseball, West Point and New York State. In route to the game, Cadets read an informational packet about the history of baseball, along with Ernest Thayer’s poem “Casey at the Bat” and Jack Norworth's song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” At the ballpark, the cadets discussed the readings, including the role MG Abner Doubleday (USMA 1842) played in creating baseball at Cooperstown, NY. Following the game, Cadets stepped onto the field to pose with one of the Renegades’ Pokemon-themed mascots. The Hudson Valley Cultural Forum’s mission is to expose Cadets to the history, arts, and culture of the Hudson River Valley.

Plebe Library Poker Runs

Plebe Library Poker RunsCadets enrolled in the Center for Enhanced Performance's RS 100 course spent some very active time in the Jefferson Hall, finding their way from one service point to another and learning about Library resources, services, and staff along the way. The Library Poker Runs are designed to get cadets familiar with the people here at the Library who can help them in their studies, and with the resources they can use to complete the assignments they’ll have throughout their time at West Point. Cadets are given a checklist of locations (the Welcome/Circulation Desk, Info Desk/Reference Librarian/Print Stations, and the home of our Unique Resources collection and staff - newly relocated to the West Point Room in Bartlett Hall North) and are directed to complete a task at each checkpoint. The tasks help the plebes learn a multitude of research-related skills, such as how to search within our collections using Scout! - the Library’s discovery tool; how to renew books online; what to do when the Library doesn’t have an article or book they need (hint: Inter-Library Loan!); and the difference between primary and secondary sources. A highlight of the Poker Run is a visit to the Unique Collections and USMA Archives in the West Point Room, where this semester they saw Custer’s demerits (all six pages of them!), the West Point Post Order book that included an account of Edgar Allan Poe’s court-martial, and Civil War-era maps by Jeremy Gilmer ’39. After completing each task, the cadets draw a card, and the cadet team with the best poker hand at the end of class wins a prize from their instructor. Over 100 cadets participated in these Poker Runs, and judging from discussions with them at the end of class, everyone learned something new that they felt would help them throughout their academic career at West Point.

Clay, Strong Earn Patriot League Weekly Awards

CDT Amber Clay 18Army West Point volleyball swept the Patriot League's weekly awards. Junior Amber Clay was honored as the Athlete of the Week, while freshman Allie Strong was awarded Rookie of the Week honors. Clay led the Black Knights offensively in all three matches over the weekend with contests against Lipscomb (W, 3-1), No. 3 Texas (L, 3-0) and UTSA (W, 3-0). The St. John, Ind., native averaged 3.7 kills per set and hit .329 on the weekend. She recorded her third double-double of the season with 10 kills and 11 digs opposite the nationally recognized Longhorns. Clay hit over .400 with in both wins for Army and notched a season-high .414 hitting percentage opposite the Roadrunners. Strong continued to stand out for the Cadets throughout the tournament. She led the charge in Army's offense and block game and registered a career-high .588 hitting percentage versus UTSA. She also hit .323 against Lipscomb with a career-high 13 kills. Strong, who hails from Overland Park, Kan., led the team with seven blocks against the Bison to help aid Army's 16-2 block advantage in the contest. She also averaged 3.0 kills per set and tallied an ace and nine total blocks on the weekend. The Black Knights finished 2-1 over the weekend at the American Campus Classic to place second in the tournament just behind No. 3 Texas. Read More

Army Defeats Temple in the City of Brotherly Love

The much anticipated Army West Point football season kicked off Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field against Temple and it sure didn't disappoint. A strong offensive showing from the Black Knights handed Army its first season-opening win on the road since 2010 following a 28-13 victory. It was a back-and-forth affair for much of the opening half with the hosts taking a slight 10-7 edge into the break. But that was all about to change. Three second half touchdowns from the Black Knights, two from Andy Davidson alone, provided Army the needed scores to snap Temple's six-game winning streak over the Cadets. The Black Knights held a very strong Temple offense to just a lone field goal in the final 30 minutes. Army's defense combined for four sacks and three interceptions throughout the game. Davidson had a solid outing leading the team in rushing with 121 yards. Starting quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw posted 64 rushing yards, including a touchdown of his own. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/U0JYtSBXxUU

The Black Knights are now 1-13 at Lincoln Financial Field. The outcome marked Army's first win in Philadelphia since the Army-Navy Game in 2001. The last time Army opened the season with a victory on the road was in 2010 at Eastern Michigan. This was the first win over a school currently in the American Athletic Conference since Army beat Connecticut at Yankee Stadium in 2014. Bradshaw recorded his sixth rushing touchdown to tie the game up at 7-7 with nine minutes to play in the first half. Davidson earned his first collegiate two-touchdown night in his first outing as a running back. He played linebacker and was a member of the special teams just a season ago. Davidson wasn't the only one to have a career night, as Aukerman posted two sacks in the contest for the first time in his career. Kenneth Brinson added one sack of his own, and picked up his first interception for the Black and Gold. Mike Reynolds and Marcus Hyatt notched their first career take away. Read More

The Glee Club Knight Caps Perform at Saratoga

The Glee Club Knight Caps Perform at SaratogaThe West Point Cadet Glee Club's mens' a cappella group - the Knight Caps - was once again invited to perform the National Anthem and the Alma Mater at Saratoga Raceway's annual West Point Stakes Day, which takes place the day prior to the Travers Stakes. The five cadets sang the Anthem as the track opened, then sang the Alma Mater after the 9th race later that afternoon. In between performances, the cadets spent time touring the track, meeting the West Point graduates behind the share-ownership stable "West Point Thoroughbreds," and socializing with the West Point Society of the Capital Region, who also attended the event in force.

Golf Places Third at Lagowitz Invitational

Golf Places Third at Lagowitz InvitationalThe Army West Point golf team finished third at the Alex Lagowitz Memorial Invite hosted by Colgate at Seven Oaks Golf Club. The Black Knights totaled a 54-hole score of 901 (+37) to finish behind Cornell and champion Delaware. Leading the way for Army was Gunnar Doyle, who carded his third consecutive 74 to finish with a total score of 222 (+6). Nick Turner finished with final-round 75 for a 54-hole total of 224 (+8), while Peter Kim carded a 74 to end the tournament with a 228 (+12) total score. In the individual scoring, Max Messner and Brian Stecker finished with 54-hole totals of 251 and 260 combined Marc Oliveri of Delaware was the individual winner with a total of 214 (-2) and shot even par on Sunday. Hole No. 1 was once again the hardest hole, as just one birdie recorded and 51 bogeys or worse were made. Hole No. 12 was the easiest hole of the day relative to par, as there were 27 birdies and just five bogeys made. Read More

Triathlon at the Cranberry Trifest in Lakeville, MA

Triathlon at the Cranberry Trifest in Lakeville, MAThe Army West Point Triathlon Team started off the 2016-17 season exactly where they wanted to be, on the podium. The first race came quickly at the start of the year and most of the cadets were some-what doubting their multi-sport fitness as they set off for the Cranberry Trifest at Lakeville, MA. They were fortunate to have sunny weather in the 70s with low wind and a fairly fast and flat single loop course. The cadets did not disappoint, they stuck to the plan and left it all out on the course, sweeping the men’s collegiate podium and giving us a 2nd place collegiate female. All of the men made the top 10, and three of our women were top 10. The final results: Nick Chatel was 3rd overall male &1st collegiate with a time of 1:12:19 Pete Hetzel 2nd collegiate male 1:13:02 Dylan Varrato 3rd collegiate male 1:14:06 Graham King 4th 1:14:27 Paul O’Donnell 6th 1:15:11 Alex Werden 7th 1:15:23 Taylor Rodenhuis 8th 1:17:39 Jake Petit 10th 1:18:44 Haley Conger 2nd 1:26:56 Anna Devries 5th 1:28:23 Katrina Josberger 6th 1:28:25 Megan Jarrell 13 1:29:45 Madison Jones 15th 1:30:18 Keriann Murphy 23rd 1:35:57.

Load Effects Assessment Program

Cadets and faculty from the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) and Department of Physical Education (DPE) participated in a meeting hosted at the Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center with members of the Soldier systems research community. DSE and DPE delivered FY17 study plan briefings describing efforts to better understand the effects of load on dismounted Soldiers. PEO Soldier plans to deliver a Load Effects Assessment Program - Army (LEAP-A) system to USMA for use during the fall semester. LEAP-A is an instrumented obstacle course designed to mimic likely physical tasks in combat to include tunnel crawling, window entries, wall climbs, and casualty drags. The DPE experiment, led by Dr. Jennifer Hewit and Dr. Daniel Jaffe, will use LEAP-A to assess the impact of various load configurations on Soldier task performance. The DSE cadet capstone team (Cadets Robertson, Pattillo, Ross, and Murray) will research load effects measurement methodologies and propose improvements, both inclusive and exclusive of the LEAP-A. The client for this study, PEO Soldier, ultimately needs a better understanding of load limits and an assessment methodology capable of supporting current and future materiel acquisition decisions.

Volleyball Starts Strong, Sweeps UTSA

Volleyball Starts Strong, Sweeps UTSAThe Army West Point volleyball team competed in its final contest at the American Campus Classic Saturday evening with a 3-0 win over UTSA. Allie Strong shined for the Black Knights in today's match with 11.5 points off 11 kills and a .588 hitting percentage along with six digs. Amber Clay continued to be a standout player for Army with a team-leading 15 points, 14 kills and a .414 hitting percentage. Vanessa Wesley hit .364 tonight off six kills while adding two blocks. Haven Bethune controlled the Cadets' offense with 23 assists and a team-leading three blocks. Olivia Fairfield also assisted in tonight's efforts with 5.5 points off five kills (.300) and one block assist. Megan Bryn recorded eight digs to lead Army defensively and tallied a match-leading three service aces. Read More

Summer in Krakow Poland First-Hand Account

Summer in Krakow Poland First-Hand AccountTwo members of the West Point Polish Club took a trip to Krakow Poland this summer. Here is a wonderful first-hand account from Cadet Isabela Vargas ’19 about their trip! “Krakow is such a beautiful, historical city with a rich culture. I had the privilege of spending almost two weeks there this summer. Two years ago I was fortunate enough to visit there with my family but was not able to fully integrate and be on my own as I was this Au-gust. This time, I was a less tourist and a little more of a local. Mornings would start with a traditional Polish breakfast (rye bread and lunch meats with pickles) and tea. Sometimes I would stop at a café and order coffee before classes. Ordering a cookie crumble frappe in Polish was not easy. Cadet Matt Watts ’18 would have Polish classes until the afternoons. I thought I knew some Polish, but taking those classes made me realize that I knew NOTHING (besides cat, or “kot”). Surprisingly, learning some simple grammar rules and vocabulary has actually been very helpful for my first week of Russian classes. It was our responsibility to navigate to and from classes using public transportation on our own. I learned the word for “lost” the first day.

After classes, we had lunch and extra lectures about Polish society and history. One moment from the trip stood out: it was Friday night, and we were coming back from climbing a hill that overlooks the city. Passing some food trucks, I decided to try the French fry vendor. I successfully ordered a large fry with no sauce and a water in Polish, and handed over the money. The cashier asked me something else that immediately lost me, but it was my first real transaction in Polish, which felt great. From then on, in shops and restaurants, I’d ask cashiers and waiters how to pronounce things that I would point to. It was wonderful to stay connected to my family’s culture and share some things with older members of the family. For example, my grandmother went to school a few minutes away from Krakow’s central market square, and I got to see the street where she lived. I also met students from Germany, Ukraine, Netherlands, and elsewhere. It was interesting to learn about different cultures and see how their education systems work. I plan to go back to Poland to keep learning more Polish and learn more about Polish holidays and traditions. Matt and I would like to thank the Irene Buynoski Trust, which supported in full our travel to Poland.”

Kim Vaults Men’s Rugby Past Stony Brook

Kim Vaults Men’s Rugby Past Stony BrookThe Army West Point men's rugby team opened its season with a commanding 49-3 victory over Stony Brook on Friday night at Anderson Rugby Complex. The Black Knights move to 1-0 on the season while the Seawolves drop to 0-1. The Black Knights move to 2-0 against Stony Brook all-time. Chris L'Amoureux, Jon Kim, Tony Smith, Sam Sutera and Nathan Williams all made their 15s debut as starters this evening. Michael McTiernan, John Royston and Will Miller saw action in their first collegiate game as reserves. Kim broke the program record for conversions in a single game with seven in his collegiate debut. Maul formed around Jareth Long-Garrett pushes him into the try zone off an Army line-out to make it a three-score game. Read More

Fong Leads Men’s Cross Country in Victory Over Maine

Fong Leads Men’s Cross Country in Victory Over MaineFor the second year in-a-row, the Army West Point men's cross country team defeated Maine to open the season on Friday. The Black Knights won by the score of 20-37 to improve to 1-0 on the season. Robbie Santoyo placed fourth in his collegiate debut. Benjamin Petrella placed sixth in his first career race. TOP FINISHES Jacob Fong - Second (25:50.16) Mikey Singer - Third (25:54.48) Robbie Santoyo - Fourth (25:56.09) Johnny Valeri - Fifth (25:57.10) Benjamin Petrella - Sixth (25:57.14) Matthew Bearden - 10th (26:16.51) Roman Ollar - 11th (26:17.67). Read More

Women’s Cross Country Takes Top-Four at Maine

Women’s Cross Country Takes Top-Four at MaineFor the second year in-a-row, the Army West Point women's cross country team defeated Maine to open the season on Friday. The Black Knights won by the score of 16-46 to improve to 1-0 on the season. Sophomore Abby Halbrook won her first race at Army. Abby Halbrook - First (18:46.33) Bethany Nunnery - Second (18:51.00) Samantha Coletti - Third (18:55.61) Andrea Karlen - Fourth (18:56.64) Ramsey Wagner - Sixth (19:10.42) Cassie Mundekis - Seventh (19:32.93) Kate Sanborn - Ninth (19:43.00). Read More

Six in row USMA Ranks No.1 on the Princeton Review

Six in row USMA Ranks No.1 on the Princeton ReviewFor the sixth year in a row, the U.S. Military Academy Ranks No. 1 on the Princeton Review’s list of “Most Accessible Professors.” “The Princeton Review’s ranking of our faculty accessibility shows our deep commitment at the U.S. Military Academy to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets,” said Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, Dean of the academic board. “I speak on behalf of the entire faculty when I say that it's an honor to serve and to help prepare our cadets to become leaders of character who are critical thinkers, internalize their professional identity and employ their education to help build the Army and the Nation’s future.” Read the USMA Press Release.

The report released 29 August ranked West Point in its Top 10 schools in several categories, including No. 1 for “Students Study the Most.” Other notable rankings include No. 2 in “Best College Library,” No. 2 in “Everyone Plays Intramural Sports,” No. 3 in “Best Health Services” and No. 3 in “Most Active Student Government.” The rankings in the 2017 edition of The Princeton Review are based on surveys of 143,000 students (average 374 per campus) at the 381 colleges in the book in 2015 - 16 and/or the previous two school years. The survey asks students 84 questions about their school’s academics, administration, student body, and themselves. The ranking methodology uses a five - point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.

Rex Epps Earns Rookie of the Week Honors

Rex Epps Earns Rookie of the Week HonorsFreshman Rex Epps was selected as Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time on Monday after scoring two goals in Army's match against LIU Brooklyn last week. Epps was also honored as Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for his performance. Epps started in each of Army's first two games, including a 3-1 victory over Air Force on Aug. 26 and a 3-2 setback against LIU Brooklyn on Aug. 28. A native of Irmo, S.C., Epps netted both goals for the Black Knights during the LIU Brooklyn game, striking his first in the 65th minute before adding a second 2:10 later in the 68th minute. Epps scored on a pass from sophomore Grayson Naquin for his first tally and took advantage of a bad pass inside the 18-yard box to score his second of the afternoon. Read More

Ring Ceremony for the Class of 2017

Ring Ceremony for the Class of 2017Today at Trophy Point, the West Point Class of 2017 received their class rings during the annual Ring Ceremony. The rings donned by 2017 are symbols of pride and commitment as they enter their final year at West Point, and within each gold ring remains a physical connection to previous West Point graduates. Ring Weekend, which includes the Ring Ceremony, Ring Banquet and a Cadet Hop, commemorates the Firsties’ academic careers as they enter their final year at West Point. Each year since 2001, the gold from rings that have been worn and donated by U.S. Military Academy graduates has been melted and mixed into the gold to make the rings for the Academy’s next graduating class, a WPAOG tradition that physically and symbolically links The Long Gray Line with its newest members. Watch this short video on the Class of 2017 Ring Melt: https://vimeo.com/179239310

Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant. For more photos from the ceremony, visit https://flic.kr/s/aHskFsGQQ1.

Men's Soccer Tops Air Force in Season Opener

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point men's soccer team struck for two unanswered goals in the second half to top service academy-rival Air Force, 3-1, in the season opener for both teams on Friday evening at Clinton Field. The Black Knights begin the year 1-0 for the first time since 2013, while the Falcons slip to 0-1 to start their 2016 campaign. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/6hELX7VF2bQ. Seniors Christian Clark and Nick Williams each provided goals for Army and freshman Tyler Mitchiner opened his scoring account in his first collegiate game. Williams netted the game winner in the 82nd minute before Mitchiner scored 1:04 later in the 83rd minute to seal the victory for the Cadets. Read More

Cadets Improving Quality and Time at Tobyhanna Army Depot

Cadets Improving Quality and Time at Tobyhanna Army DepotFour of the Army’s future leaders and depot personnel used Lean Six Sigma (LSS) problem solving methodology to reduce time spent on labor reporting in the Systems Integration and Support Directorate’s Support Operations Division by more than 30 percent, which translates to a $219,000 cost avoidance over a three-year period. The team developed and implemented automated solutions as well as some process changes that improved quality and time. “Working with Tobyhanna Army Depot to solve a real-world problem that’s happening with their processes is a great opportunity and learning experience for the cadets,” said Lt. Col. Jose A. Ramirez, the cadets’ professor and project mentor at West Point.

“Having a deeper understanding of what depot-level means is important to junior-level officers as it gives them the knowledge of what capabilities exist in the facilities that maintain their equipment, which can help to make them more efficient and effective leaders,” he said. The success of this venture earned the cadets an award for producing the best Process Optimization Project at the General Donald R. Keith Memorial Conference at West Point, New York. The project, executed over an eight-month span, served as the United States Military Academy students Capstone Project. The conference features research projects which apply a comprehensive set of skills and concepts to a real-world problem or contemporary research area. Read More

Cadets Visit Mongolia for AIAD

Cadets Visit Mongolia for AIADThis July, Cadets traveled to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to work on teaching and childcare projects facilitated by the Projects Abroad organization. Projects Abroad places participants in volunteer projects that directly target high-need communities. This year, cadets spent their mornings introducing Montessori games and activities to students between the ages of 2 and 7 at Kindergarten #166. Kindergarten #166 provides state-funded childcare in the summers, and is located in the poorer ger district, on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar. In the afternoons, cadets partnered with the Mongolian 4H Youth Association to teach ESL classes to high schoolers at School #13. In order to maximize their exposure to the people, culture, and landscapes of Mongolia, cadets lived with homestay families and traveled to the countryside on weekends. The AIAD was also timed to coincide with Naadam, a national holiday celebrating the “three manly sports”: wrestling, archery, and horsemanship. Cadets watched the games firsthand in the National Stadium, and were even featured on Mongolian television in the stands. Other highlights of the trip included visits to the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, the home of the last king (khan) of Mongolia; a Buddhist temple in Terelj National Park; and Blue Lake, where Chinggis Khaan was named emperor in 1189.

Water Polo at the Barbados Intl Tournament

Water Polo at the Barbados Intl TournamentThe Army West Point Water Polo team competed in the 3rd Annual Barbados International Water Polo Tournament in Bridgetown, Barbados in order to set conditions for success for the 2017 season beginning in early September. Team leaders sought to use the opportunity to identify season goals, foster relationships with new and familiar teams, and compete at a high level against an impressive array of teams. The team finished fifth in the tournament with CDT Brendan Cagney leading in scoring with 16 goals in 5 games. The team used these games and the time between them to identify strengths and weaknesses to address in the upcoming tryout and training events of the coming few weeks before league play begins. The team held several meetings and conducted a film session during the tournament. The ultimate goal is to win the New York State division honorably and represent the division in the national championship tournament. The team played new teams and identified assistance offered from Asphalt Green where the team plans to scrimmage and work on skill development in New York City. This weekend featured teams with former Division 1 NCAA champions and the best water polo players in Barbados. The team competed well in every game despite traveling with half the normal roster and with less than three days of practice together. LTC(P) Mike Benson led the team as OIC and coach.

Cross-Cultural Solutions in Tanzania

Cross-Cultural Solutions in TanzaniaCPT Becky McGilley led a group of cadets on established AIAD 13846 to Tanzania in cooperation with the Department of Social Sciences as an opportunity for cadets to develop their cross-cultural competency through an intensive 3-week immersion experience in Tanzania. As the implementing organization for this AIAD, Cross Cultural Solutions (CCS) provided a structured program and in-country support for the West Point team participating in this AIAD. In Tanzania, CCS offers a number of different programs where volunteers can work in nursery schools teaching children from two and half years old to 18 years old, in the medical sector or juvenile corrections facilities. Since the focus of this AIAD was on cultural immersion, the group split into groups so that no more than two cadets were placed in each school. This allowed cadets reach out of their comfort zones, to teach multiple grade levels of Tanzanian children, and to experience different schools in the Kilimanjaro/Moshi area. CCS provided a superb schedule of activities to introduce the team to Tanzanian culture, such as Swahili classes, a Batik painting class, and a dance class. The cadets took a trip into the town of Marangu near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro where they visited a local blacksmith, explored the caves of the Chagga tribe, and made their own coffee from start to finish with local beans. While in Tanzania, the cadets also had the opportunity to experience a three-day Safari.

Civil Rights Staff Ride on Internment during WWII

Civil Rights Staff Ride on Internment during WWII23 cadets attended a morning program at the U.S. Department of Labor with former Secretary of Transportation (under President George W. Bush) and Secretary of Commerce (under President Bill Clinton) Norm Mineta on this important subject. Secretary Mineta was born in California in 1931 to Japanese immigrants who were not allowed to become American citizens under the Asian Exclusion Act then in effect. After Pearl Harbor his family was confined in an internment camp. In a program set up by Al Goshi ’81, cadets met both Secretary Mineta and Terry Shima. The program, hosted by Deputy Secretary of Labor and former White House Cabinet Secretary Christopher Lu, allowed cadets to gain invaluable insight into the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans during the War, and prepared them for their visit the internment camp that housed many in Arkansas. The course and the trip are interdisciplinary and were crafted to combine knowledge and empathy to provide a first-hand “life changing” experience to cadets who had just finished their challenging first (plebe) year.

The Army West Point Triathlon

The Army West Point TriathlonThe Army West Point Triathlon hosted the 27th Annual West Point Triathlon weekend at Camp Buckner on Saturday 13 and Sunday, 14 August 2016. The weekend began with annual kid’s races on Saturday where approximately 250 children ages 4-14 competed in three different, age-appropriate, triathlon races. Also on Saturday afternoon, West Point hosted its first-ever Elite Developmental (EDR) Draft-Legal triathlon race. This race had a special sanctioning by USA Triathlon in which the top athletes could apply for and earn professional licenses from USAT Triathlon. The EDR drew athletes from across the country to compete for the coveted pro licenses. In spite of the very hot afternoon weather, tremendous performances were witnessed with West Point’s own Teresa Groton ’18 taking 3rd place in the women’s event. On Sunday, the 14, approximately 650 athletes took the start line to swim in Lake Popolopen, cycle on the shoulder of HWY 293 and run around camp Bucker with a chance to win the cadet saber. The event was made possible through the hard work of all of the DCA staff, Supporting Agencies on post, the NY State Highway Patrol, Newburgh Office of the NY State Department of Transportation, Traffic Lane Closures LLC, and the Town of Highlands Emergency Services. Special thanks to CPT John Davis, department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, for serving as this year’s Race Director and providing countless hours coordinating the event.

Electrical Engineering Sponsors 4 ROTC Cadets

Electrical Engineering Sponsors 4 ROTC CadetsEarlier this summer four ROTC cadets from various universities across the country have worked in the EECS Department. The cadets have departed and returned to their respective universities and ROTC detachments. They came to West Point as part of Cadet Command’s summer intern program. During their stay at USMA, the ROTC cadets, who are majoring in disciplines taught in the EECS Department, were given the opportunity to work on several hands-on projects. Specifically, they studied under the direction of LTC Lowrance, the Acting Robotics Lab Director, and were given several practical problems related to controlling the behavior of robotic systems using sensors and microcontrollers. Prior to their internship, none of the cadets have been exposed to the field of robotics. Overall, it was a great learning experience for the cadets who benefited from the academic projects, as well as the interaction with our superb faculty within the EECS Department.

Vegas BlackHat & DEFCON Cyber Security Conferences

Vegas BlackHat & DEFCON Cyber Security ConferencesRecently EECS sent seven cadets and six officers participated in the BlackHat and DEFCON cyber security conferences in Las Vegas, NV. The scope of the two events was immense; cadets and officers participated in a myriad of training activities, briefings, and hands-on demonstrations. Leading security professionals guided our students through everything from exploiting embedded hardware in the Internet of Things to better detecting malicious activity over computer networks Due to early coordination and promotions with the BlackHat sales team, this year was the first year the entire team could attend all briefing sessions of BlackHat. During a web vulnerability briefing, one of CPT Michael Kranch’s papers was cited during a briefing as mitigation technique in addition to BlackHat and DEFCON, the trip section was also able to observe the conclusion of the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge. This trip was an invaluable learning experience for all involved, and the investment made will pay dividends for West Point and the Army in future academic and operational settings.

Class of 2018 Affirmation Ceremony

Class of 2018 Affirmation CeremonyCongratulations to USMA Class of 2018‬ taking the Oath of Affirmation during a ceremony in Robinson Auditorium on August 14, officially committing themselves to the profession of arms.

Visit https://flic.kr/s/aHskBMQFgM for more photos.

Photo Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant

Cadet Wilson's Take on MyVA “One Team, One Fight”

Cadet Chris Wilson and Secretary McDonald Cow Chris Wilson was on an assignment for a couple of weeks at the VA’s central office in Washington, DC. This is his account of the opportunity. I chose the VA because it will undoubtedly be a part of my life after my Army career ends and it will also be a part of my soldiers’ lives when their time in service is up. I want as much information as possible, so that I can better help them transition when that time comes. MyVA is literally changing the way the VA reduces homelessness. They have provided services to more than 365,000 homeless or at-risk Veterans in 2015. Moreover, the number of homeless Veterans has declined by 47 percent since 2010, far more than any other homeless demographic. This includes a 56 percent drop in the number of unsheltered Veterans sleeping on the street.

Don’t get me wrong, there is still much, much more to be done before VA’s job is done. But, these developments are definitely indicative of the Department of Veterans Affairs pulling its act together and heading in the right direction. So, why did I choose to spend three weeks at the Department of Veterans Affairs instead of on a ‘cooler’ assignment or at home with my family? Think of it as an investment in my Army family, the soldiers that I will be responsible for in the near future. As an officer it’ll be my job to take care of these soldiers and let them know of their resources on and off of the battlefield so that we can adhere to our first priority: protecting and defending our country. I took this assignment for my team, so that in the future we can unreservedly win the fight. My team, My fight, MyVA. Read More

Urban Water Sustainability in Uganda

Urban Water Sustainability in UgandaDr. Richmond and Cadets Blaney and Jordan traveled to Uganda to conduct Minerva funded research on how social factors influence access to natural resources within regions with less-developed infrastructure and decentralized governance. In many cases, political and other influential entities can act as informal gatekeepers to natural resources including water, food, and energy, as well as the physical land from which these resources are drawn. Their role can either aggravate or alleviate household vulnerability. We explore this problem from a systems perspective - by mapping, quantifying, and evaluating how well various interdependent systems related to natural resources are maintained and connected. Specifically, this project examines water sustainability in urban areas in Uganda.

USMA Exchange with National Defense University-Malaysia

USMA Exchange with National Defense University-MalaysiaLTC Ware and CPT Cosmas, faculty members from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, and four cadets participated in an academy exchange program at the Malaysian Military Academy.The trip served to build collaboration and partnership in support of the USARPAC Theater Security Cooperation Plan, USMA Strategic Objectives and the Integrated Country Strategy for the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. The trip was funded through the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and its major aim was to share USMA best practices for leader development with NDUM through four mechanisms: 1) formal briefing of West Point Leader Development System at the institutional level, 2) presentation of USMA cadet experiences as they relate to leader development, 3) discussion of moral-ethical decision-making during USMA cadet-led Leader Challenge, and 4) informal conversations between USMA cadets and faculty with NDUM cadets and faculty.

Annual War Crimes Staff Ride

Annual War Crimes Staff RideThe Department of Law recently completed its annual War Crimes Staff Ride, attended by Cadets Bradley, Chen, Orta and Briggs as well as LTC Gariepy. Highlights of the trip included a visit to the Srebrenica Memorial (the scene of one of the most notorious genocides in the 20th century where over 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were massacred in 1995 when the city fell to attacking Serbian forces), a private meeting with representatives of the Mothers of Srebrenica (an association representing 6000 women who lost family members during the Srebrenica genocide), along with guided tours of the Nuremberg Courtroom, the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia as well as the International Criminal Court. From the killings fields of Bosnia, to the halls of justice in the Hague, Department of Law Cadets were provided a unique insight into both the realities of war crimes in modern warfare re as well as ongoing international efforts to hold individuals accountable for these atrocities.

Cadet Contreras ’17 Soaring Summer AIAD

CDT Diana Contreras (ME, '17, E3)CDT Diana Contreras (ME, '17, E3) recently flew on a Russian MI-17 helicopter and US OH-58D as part of her Advanced Individual Academic Development summer assignment at Ft Eustis, VA. Diana is a Mechanical Engineering major focusing on Aeronautical and worked with the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) this summer. The flights focused on aircraft control, flight test techniques, and the difference between US and Russian helicopters. Diana's work this Summer with AATD will support her upcoming capstone project focusing on using 3-d printing of aircraft components.

West Point Team Work, Get it Done

Chris CarterChris Carter spent precious offseason free time working with a fellow West Point cadet. The goal was to improve upon his late-season splash as Army’s quarterback, including a near-upset of Navy. His friend studied his passing techniques while throwing to receivers. He advised him on where to focus his attention if he hoped to retain the starting job over Ahmad Bradshaw, who opened 2015 as the starting quarterback before injuries had him in and out of the lineup. So who was his friend putting in the extra time with him? His competition, Ahmad Bradshaw. “We’re pretty close on and off the field,” Carter said. “We try to critique each other as much as we can.

I’m quick to tell him what I see him doing wrong, and he is quick to tell me what he sees and how to fix it. “We understand both of us can get the job done. At the end of the day we know the coaches are going to put the guy on the field they think can get the job done. We’re fine with that.” At West Point, the brotherhood runs deeper than time on the field as teammates. The Long Gray Line is instilled in cadets from breakfast to lights out. Army’s 2015 season ended with a disappointing 2-10 record, but Carter gained valuable playing time in two starts, a 31-21 loss to Rutgers and a 21-17 loss to Navy that the Black Knights led at halftime, 17-14. He compiled 251 total yards against Rutgers and threw for 208 against Navy. Read More

Silicon Valley IT Internship

CDT Whisnant, General Dan Balough and CDT PerezEvery summer West Point cadets are sent across the globe for internships and cultural immersion missions. Instead of joining their classmates on trips overseas, Whisnant and Perez, West Point juniors from the department of electrical engineering and computer science, went to experience startup life and sharpen their cyber security skills with real-world experience. The U.S. Military Academy sent them to Vidder headquartered in Silicon Valley to learn about key cyber security technologies such as cryptography, public key infrastructure and software defined perimeter, as well as hacking methods. Read More

Photo L-R: CDT Whisnant, General Dan Balough and CDT Perez

Cadets, Staff & Faculty Develop a New Shoe Testing Device

Cadets, Staff & Faculty Develop a New Shoe Testing Device The West Point Foot Structure and Function team assisted in the Cadet Boot Fit experience, while collecting valuable experimental data from more than 1200 new United States Military Academy Cadets. This event, conducted as part of the USMA Reception Day for the incoming class of new cadets, comprised a collaborative team of expert engineers, physicians, clinicians, bio-mechanists and military personnel from West Point staff, Hospital for Special Surgery, Tulane University, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, and Harvard University. Foot structure, running shoe stiffness, ground reaction forces during walking, and running style were all simultaneously collected by over 100 research staff members over the course of the day. This information will be used to determine prevalence of each foot type, examine changes to foot structure, and identify injury mechanisms with the ultimate goal of reducing injury risk in future Cadets and improving Army readiness.

Cadets Partnered with Staff and Faculty to Develop a New Shoe Testing Device for the Annual West Point Boot Fit Research Study. CDT Michaela Sulley oversaw the full-scale use of her summer independent research. Under the advisement of Dr. Becky Zifchock, she partnered with LTC Don Goss and CPT Gary Helton from the Physical Therapy Department to develop a shoe torsional testing device for their research project. The design and manufacture team was completed by Mr. Rod Wilson, Mr. Frank Blackmon, and Mr. Jeff Butler. CDT Sulley was able to oversee the large-scale data collection as part of the West Point Boot Fit Study, for which six devices were designed and manufactured. They were able to collect data on the footwear, foot structure, and running style of over 1100 new cadets in the Class of 2020.

Day One of Preseason in the Books

WEST POINT, NY – The Army West Point football team opened fall camp yesterday afternoon under mostly cloudy skies at Howze Field. Head coach Jeff Monken was excited for the first day of fall camp. The rookies took to the field first with a separate practice session, while the upperclassmen came onto the practice field an hour after the first-years started. The team practiced in only helmets on Monday and went through positional drills, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 competition. The practice ended with a little bit of fun and toughness with a tug-of-war competition. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/N04ddZWR6IA

Play of the Day: Middle linebacker Andrew King dropped in coverage and intercepted a pass over the middle during the 11-on-11 period between the top offense and defensive squads. Quarterbacks in Focus: Camp begins with seven players on the depth chart for the quarterback position. Chris Carter and Ahmad Bradshaw sit atop the chart after splitting time last season. Rookies Joey Benden, Malik McGue, Korie Frausto and Kelvin Hopkins Jr. are newcomers, while sophomore Luke Langdon is back at camp after an injury last season, but is still sidelined. Quarterbacks coach Mitch Ware is back for his third season with the Black Knights. For the first time since 2013, Army does not have senior signal caller on its roster. Bradshaw has the most experience with seven starts in 2015. Bradshaw and Carter shared reps throughout practice, while the rookies saw time with the first-year units. Read More

Class of 2020 Cadets in Action at Basic Training

Class of 2020 Cadets at Basic TrainingMembers of the WPAOG staff joined MAJ Patrick Flynn '02 from the Department of Military Instruction on an exclusive tour of Cadet Basic Training. This unique trip to Camp Buckner allowed us to experience first-hand the intense programs cadets must complete during summer training, including land navigation training, NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) training, and range operations. Special thanks to MAJ Flynn for being such a great tour guide!

Cyber Defense Hack-a-thon Exercise

Cyber Defense Hack-a-thon ExerciseRecently 3 cadets and 4 EECS faculty attended SANSFIRE education opportunities in Washington D.C. as part of the Dean’s ‘Margin of Excellence’ and in support of preparing for the upcoming semester, the 2017 Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX), and the 2017 Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T). One 5-person team placed fifth among 25 teams in the culminating 2-day ‘hack-a-thon.’ A two-person team placed 2d of 15 teams in their capture-the-flag event. Attendees took a wide variety of computer security courses, to include: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking, Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling, Advanced Penetration Testing, Exploit Writing, and Ethical Hacking, and Reverse-Engineering Malware: Malware Analysis Tools and Techniques.

During the intense week-long training, cadets and faculty gained knowledge, learned how to use cyber tools, and gained experience related to cyber security. They also participated in a two day “hack-a-thon” competition against over 200 personnel attending SANSFIRE. Using their new found knowledge and tools, a five-man team from USMA tied for third, and tie breaking procedures led to their placing fifth out of over 25 teams. The final day of education and training included course specific capture-the-flag style competitions. The two-man team that finished 2nd place earned coveted SANSFIRE coins from the SANS Institute. Ultimately, SANSFIRE was an outstanding ‘Margin of Excellence’ opportunity. The USMA cadets and faculty returned better equipped to incorporate security into USMA’s curriculum, prepare for the 2017 CDX, and prepare for and win events the C3T will attend in AY2017. The faculty and cadets are now better prepared to fight and win in the challenging and ever changing cyber realm.

Class of 2019 Runback

Class of 2019 RunbackMembers of the Class of 2019, cadet cadre, staff and faculty ran back from Camp Buckner yesterday after the completion of Cadet Field Training 2. Enjoy the video!


CPT(R) Bucha ’65 Speaks to Plebes on Leadership

CPT(R) Bucha ’65 Speaks to Plebes on LeadershipRetired Captain Paul Bucha, U.S. Military Academy Class of 1965 and Medal of Honor recipient, spoke to roughly 1,300 new cadets July 6 at Robinson Auditorium. When Bucha walked to the podium, he immediately began to pace the stage to talk to the cadets, keeping them at ease with humor, but humor with a purpose. “Tonight is a special night for you to understand what we, and people like me expect from you. It’s the result I want you to think about and you can’t do that all in class,” Bucha said. “The worst thing that can happen to you when you are attending a speech is when that one on stage starts looking for someone.”

“The first is honor,” Bucha said. “Upon which the other four rest and without honor there is no leadership. Honor is the willingness to trust and with willingness to trust is the willingness to fight. Honor is something that you work at. You are required to become a leader based on honor. That is where character comes from. When you go to war there is no person in the world who can see through BS more than an 18-year-old snuffy sitting on a rock smoking a cigarette.”

“You have to have humility,” Bucha added. “God forbid that you don’t have to do what I had to do. To write 10 letters home to mothers and fathers that their sons died under my command. But this is something you may have to do on your first command.” Bucha today still suppressed tears remembering the fallen in his unit. Read More

DEP Cadets Examine Renaissance Art in Italy

DEP Cadets Examine Renaissance Art in ItalyMajor Adam Keller and Professor Seth Herbst led five cadets on an AIAD that explored the cultural and aesthetic influences of Italian Renaissance art. After studying for a week at USMA, the group travelled to Florence and Rome where they examined the masterpieces of famed Renaissance artists and architects, including Giotto, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and Leonardo da Vinci.

DEP Cadets visit London to study Shakespeare’s War Plays

DEP Cadets visit London to study Shakespeare’s War PlaysThis June Cadets travelled to London, England to study Shakespeare and learn more about his historical influences. Focusing on Richard III and Macbeth, the cadets toured historical sites and took into account how historical realities affected Shakespeare’s fiction. Highlights of the trip included a tour of the Bloody Tower at the Tower of London, where Richard III allegedly had his two nephews killed, as well as the Richard III Museum in Leicester, England where the cadets viewed Richard III’s burial place and his skeleton, complete with the deformed spine. The high point of the trip was attending the Globe Theatre’s production of Macbeth after a day learning about the historical accuracies and inaccuracies regarding the actual Macbeth, as well as taking a class on stage fighting with both swords and daggers. While in England, the cadets also had the opportunity to visit the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst where they learned about their sister academy and socialized with British cadets. The cadets also had the rare opportunity to take part in the Academy’s Key Leader Engagement exercise, which included a mock Middle Eastern city.

Three Teams Earn Public Recognition Awards

Army West Point Black KnightsWEST POINT, NY - Three Army West Point athletic teams were rewarded by the NCAA for their outstanding performance in the classroom after earning Public Recognition Awards from the governing body. Football, wrestling and rifle were among 1,071 teams that were publicly recognized for their academic achievement. It was based on their most recent Academic Progress Rate. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. The 1,071 teams publicly recognized for high achievement include 649 women's teams and 422 men's or mixed squads. This year, schools combined the indoor and outdoor track and field teams into one team score, which slightly reduced the overall number of teams earning Public Recognition Awards. The scores required to be in the top 10 ranged from 983 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport. Earning a perfect APR score were 944 teams. Read More

Keller Army Community Hospital Change of Command Ceremony

Keller Army Community Hospital Change of Command CeremonyKeller Army Community Hospital Change of Command Ceremony, held Thursday, July 14, 2016, at West Point's trophy Point Amphitheater. Col. Eric B. Sones assumed command of KACH from Col. Brian S. Burlingame ’90. Also, in a show of appreciation, Sgt. Timothy Thompson, U.S. Army Medical Activity West Point Non-Commissioned Officer-of-the-Year, presented Mrs. Allison Burlingame with a bouquet of red roses for her devotion, dedication, and tireless efforts to the soldiers, civilians, and the families of the West Point health service area.

Annual North Eastern Microbiologists Meeting

Annual North Eastern Microbiologists MeetingCadets Madison Crum and Michaela Hoover presented their research at the annual North Eastern Microbiologists: Physiology, Ecology and Taxonomy (NEMPET) microbiology meeting in Blue Mountain Lake. Their poster was titled: Madison Crum, Michaela Hoover, Timothy Hill, Dwight Bowman and Michael Labare. 2016. Development of a Quantitative PCR Technique for Enumerating Staphylococcus pseudintermedius.

Chemistry Life Science Support of eCybermission

Chemistry Life Science Support of eCybermissionThe 14th Annual eCyberMission challenge culminated 20-24 June 2016 in Leesburg, Virginia. What began with over 23,000 students at 584 schools was narrowed to eighty-six students on 23 teams competing to be the National Winners on projects spanning STEM-related projects. The Academy has been very active to support this effort spear-headed by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). Over the past few months approximately 800 cadets served as Student Judges and several faculty facilitated as Virtual Judges to narrow the field to Regional Finalists. LTC Melissa Eslinger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Life Science, represented the Academy as a Judge at the National Judging and Educational Event (NJ&EE). Regional Finalists from across the nation in grades six through nine were evaluated on oral presentations, question & analysis sessions, and written mission project folders. These folders were designed to document efforts on solutions to community based problems formulated through collaborative efforts with universities and experts within respective fields. The events also presented several STEM Challenge Events in cooperation with the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA), the US Army Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the US Army Armament Research, Development, & Engineering Center (ARDEC), among others. The event ended with a keynote address by Ms. Mary Miller, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and $5,000 savings bonds presented to the National Winners.

Hanson ’94 and Taylor in as Garrison Command Team

Hanson ’94 and Taylor in as Garrison Command TeamCol. Andrew S. Hanson assumed command and Command Sgt. Maj. Roderick C. Taylor assumed responsibility of the U.S. Army Garrison-West Point from Col. Landy D. Dunham and Command Sgt. Maj. Joel D. Crawford July 7 at Eisenhower Hall. Hanson is a Special Forces officer and Taylor is Quartermaster. Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, said the garrison is a vital part to the culture of excellence that the U.S. Military Academy upholds. “West Point is truly a community because of their hard work,” Caslen said of the outgoing command team. “Landy Dunham and Command Sgt. Maj. Crawford have been an amazing team and their efforts have had a direct impact on the incredible reputation West Point enjoys throughout the Army.” Read More

Photo by John Pellino

Cadets Training at RMA

Cadets Training at RMA7th Army Training Command / JMRC Reserve Component Affairs of ‪‎USMA‬ cadets training with cadets from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. On July 4, 40 second class cadets (Cows) and four Department of Military Instruction cadre arrived in England to take part in Exercise DYNAMIC VICTORY, the final exercise of the RMAS Regular Commissioning Course. Throughout the exchange, cadets will be attached to Borneo Company of the Senior Division.

Lachina Honored as USA Rugby All-American

Jake Lachina ’18Jake Lachina ’18 of the Army West Point men's rugby team was named an All-American, garnering honorable mention recognition from USA Rugby. "We're very proud of Jake," said head coach Matt Sherman. "He had a terrific year and is very deserving of this accolade. While he's a terrific athlete, the foundation of his success has been a blue collar work ethic and dedication to improving and helping the team." Lachina was a constant in the Black Knights' starting lineup in both 15s and 7s at wing. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native tied for the team-lead in tries with eight while his 40 points tied for the third-best mark in 15s play. In the Collegiate Rugby 7s Championship, Lachina scored two tries in six matches. Read More

USMA #1 Public University of Forbes List

USMA #1 Public University of Forbes ListForbes announces "America's Top Colleges" 2016: The United States Military Academy is ranked #14 overall; the #1 Public University and the #6 Liberal Arts University. Read More

Four Named CGA All-America Scholar Athletes

Ryan Wilson '18WEST POINT, NY - Army West Point gymnastics was well represented on the 2016 College Gymnastics Association (CGA) All-America Scholar-Athlete list with four Black Knights earning recognition in Sunday's press release by the organization. As one of the top teams in the country, Army was one of five teams, to include Air Force, to earn honorable mention. Jesse Glenn, Ryan Wilson, Joe Pritts and Brandon Shively were among the 53 athletes named to the second team by the CGA, and were in the top group of 20 who attained a 3.499-3.40 grade point average. Glenn is a three-time selection and Wilson earned his second straight citation. Glenn, who graduated in May with a degree in Engineering Management, was a first-team CGA choice in 2013 followed by consecutive second-team selections in 2015 and 2016. Read More

West Point to Welcome New Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major Timothy A. GudenThe Army‬ has announced the selection of Command Sergeant Major Timothy A. Guden as the CSM of USMA‬.

"It is truly humbling to have been selected as the 19th Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point,” said Guden. “I am excited and honored to be able to serve at this very prestigious institution and the immense importance of its purpose does not escape me for one second. I look forward to serving with each and every member of the West Point team as we mold America's sons and daughters into commissioned leaders of character who will serve within and be the future of this great profession we call the Army." Official press release

West Point Wins Battlefrog Championship

West Point Wins Battlefrog ChampionshipCongratulations to the West Point Obstacle Course Racing Team for winning the BattleFrog Series College Championship for the second year in a row!

Death of a USMA Cadet

The Superintendent notified the Corps of Cadets, The Long Gray Line and parents that Cadet Thomas Surdyke, Class of 2019, died on June 30, 2016 after succumbing to injuries sustained while on leave in Southampton, New York. Read Superintendent’s Letter

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