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Bares, Touchton Show Well at NCAA Preliminaries
5/27/2016

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Sophomore Lee Bares and junior Trevor Touchton were the first competitors for the Army West Point track and field teams at the NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, FL, on Thursday. Both posted marks that rank in the top three individually for them lifetime. "Lee Bares was jumping very well today," said Army Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Smith. "He has been a great competitor all year and today was no exception. We could not ask for much more from him. He was his best at the end." Bares competed in the Pole Vault and reached 5.25 meters, his season-best and second-highest vault all-time, trailing only his school-record of 5.31 meters. Read More

Cadet Field Artillery Training
5/26/2016

Soldiers from U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division demonstrate the "Hip Fire" rapid deployment of Field Artillery Assets to engage troops in contact. This demonstration, and others, on "FA Day" during Cadet Field Training One allowed rising Yearlings and Cows to experience different opportunities available within the Field Artillery Branch.

Athletic Director's Update
5/26/2016

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

Army Places Three on North-South Game Roster
5/25/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point men's lacrosse team has landed three seniors on the North squad for the 75th United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/Nike North-South Game. Austin Schultz, Jimbo Moore and Alex Daly will represent the Black Knights at the game which features all-stars from Division I and II squads from around the country. The game will take place at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa., on Friday, May 27. Schultz and Moore were both All-Patriot League First Team selections as seniors and were Academic All-Patriot League picks as well. Daly was one of the top faceoff specialist in the Patriot League and was among the leaders in winning percentage. Read More

Cadets get First Hand Accounts from LTG(R) Rowny ’41
5/25/2016

The cadets taking part in this summer's Cold War Staff Ride, led by LTC(R) Ray Hrinko, MAJ Shauna Hann, and CPT Ben Griffin, attended a luncheon with LTG(R) Edward Rowny on 16 May 2016. Over the course of the afternoon, LTG Rowny talked with the cadets about his experience as an arms control negotiator for five presidents, beginning with President Nixon. In addition, he talked about how his 1936 semester abroad in Poland convinced him of the coming war and need to attend West Point, despite already holding a bachelor's degree and a commission in the Army Reserve. He then discussed his career, detailing his time as a planner for General MacArthur and his work on the plan for the Inchon landings during the Korean War. His lessons on officership, firsthand accounts of seminal Cold War events, and candid assessments of U.S. and Soviet positions made the event one that left a significant impression on the cadets and offered a perfect way to begin the staff ride.

English and Philosophy Cadets Honored
5/25/2016

Congratulations Class of 2016! It was the Department of English and Philosophy's honor to recognize the graduating Firsties and several other Cadets on Thursday, 19 May, in the Haig Room at Jefferson hall. Cadet Samuel Kolling ’16 received the BG Carroll E. Adams Award for the best senior thesis. Mr. Adam Israel, grandson of BG Adams, traveled to West point to present Cadet Kolling the award for his work, "Stop Talking about Character: How Situationism Can Update Personal Ethics." Other honorees included Cadet Thomas Hinds ’16, Cadet Levi Knapper-Grant ’19, Cadet Edmund "Pat" Mullin ’18, and Cadet Malcolm Edgar ’17. Of the twenty-five graduating Firsties, twelve produced senior theses and eight graduated with honors.

The Glee Club Sings with Trace Adkins
5/25/2016

The Glee Club had the privilege of singing with Trace Adkins upon receiving the Eisenhower Award! Congrats Trace Adkins and thanks to National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) for capturing this picture!

Cadets Present at the Natick Soldier Research
5/25/2016

Cadets and Faculty Present at the Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). 35 cadets and 10 faculty from CME, BSL, EECS, and SE Travelled to Natick, MA to present the results of their research and design projects to BG Trainor, Mr. Tamilio (the Director of NSRDEC), and their NSRDEC sponsors. The trip was the culmination of collaborative work on sixteen different projects, most of which were supported both financially and academically by the researchers, scientists, and engineers at NSRDEC throughout AY16. In addition to briefs, the cadets had an opportunity to interact with their sponsors at a poster session. This is the second annual culminating meeting to celebrate the accomplishments of the collaborative work that the cadets and faculty are conducting with NSRDEC. The relationship has resulted in several very successful projects and studies, and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

Glenn, Minato Earn Prestigious AAA Award
5/23/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Army West Point star gymnast Jesse Glenn and record-setting women's basketball player Kelsey Minato were honored with the United States Military Academy's highest athletic honor on Friday as they were presented with the Army Athletic Association Award at the Awards Convocation in Eisenhower Hall. The trophy is awarded annually to the male and female cadet-athletes who display the "most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet." Click here to watch the video. This year marks the 112th anniversary of the AAA Award, which was first presented to football's Horatio Hackett in 1904. Glenn becomes the fourth gymnast to garner the award, and the first to do so since Kip Webber was named the AAA Award winner in 2014. Minato is the 11th women's basketball player, and the first since Erin Anthony in 2011. Read More

Judge Sullivan Visits Advanced Constitutional Law Cadets
5/23/2016

US District Court Judge Richard Sullivan visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by Department of Law Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro. Judge Sullivan was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2007. Prior to that, he served as a federal prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, where he was Chief of the International Narcotics Trafficking Unit and Director of the New York/New Jersey Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Judge Sullivan spoke with the cadets about non-capital sentencing and the 8th Amendment. He discussed his experiences as a judge with congressionally-mandated minimum sentences and explored with the cadets whether present incarceration rates and terms in the United States are excessive and counter-productive or an integral component of reducing crime and protecting citizens.

Judge Bianco Visits Cadets in Military Law
5/23/2016

US District Court Judge Joseph Bianco visited with cadets in the LW 403 Constitutional & Military Law course taught by Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro. Judge Bianco was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2006. Prior to that, he supervised the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice in Washington D.C., and headed the Terrorism Unit of the US Attorney's Office in Manhattan. Judge Bianco spoke with the cadets about prosecuting terrorism in the federal courts. He discussed his experiences as lead prosecutor in the case against lawyer, Lynne Stewart, who defended Omar Abdel-Rahman, known as “the blind shiek” and who was convicted for conspiring to bomb various civilian targets in the New York metropolitan area. Judge Bianco described how a judge allowed him to place a hidden video recording device to record conversations she had with Abdul-Rahman to convict her for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism. The evidence showed that Stewart was passing messages between Rahman and his supporters, including Rahman's blessing for a resumption of terrorist operations in Egypt when there had been a ceasefire.

Military Applications of Chemistry Event
5/23/2016

The Department of Chemistry and Life Science held the 2016 Military Applications of Chemistry (MILCHEM) event for all cadets enrolled in CH101, along with guests from other courses. The event brought seven scientists from Picatinny Arsenal and one scientist from the Army Research Laboratory to West Point, along with the 2nd Civil Support Team (CST) of Scotia, NY. Cadets learned about modelling and mitigating blast effects on military vehicles, innovation in explosives and artillery, virtual reality training, and learned about CST capabilities that can find and identify nuclear, biological, and chemical threats. The event was the culminating lesson for CH101 and a chance for cadets to interact face to face with scientists who apply chemistry to improving the Army and world.

CH102 Cadets Present Research for AY16-2
5/23/2016

Cadets in CH102 presented their research on the amounts of sugars in nine leaves eaten by gorillas or red-tail monkeys in Africa. Cadets developed the skills to analyze the sugar content in leaves, and then explored the most effective ways to remove sugar from the leaves. The cadets' work generated a database for Dr. Dawn Riegner and her collaborator, Dr. Jessica Rothman at CUNY, showing how much glucose and fructose was present in each type of leaf. Many thanks to the coaches, TACs, sponsors, DACs, faculty, staff, cadets, and others who came to see the posters and hear cadets present their work.

Six Cadets Heading to NCAA Preliminary Round
5/20/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point men's track and field team will send six athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla., next weekend. The event will begin next Thursday, May 26 and run through Saturday, May 28. Four of the Black Knights heading south come from the 4x100 Meter Relay. The quartet of junior Jose Santana, freshmen Ben Sims and Kevin Dyer, and sophomore Tyler Davis qualified with an Academy, meet, and facility record time of 40.08 at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships. That time makes them the 33rd-fastest group in the East. Read More

Cadets from ME491 Present their Final Engineering Projects
5/20/2016

ME491 Engineering Design Projects: Cadets from ME491 Mechanical Power plants presented their final Engineering Design Projects. The cadet groups worked to analyze, design, and 3D print a functional engine component for a quarter-scale V8 model. One section equipped the engine with a supercharger and the other outfitted it with a twin-turbocharger. The work was followed by Mr. Bob Henderson, Editor at the Haynes Publishing Group. Haynes produces automotive technical literature and is the manufacturer of the engine model used in this design project. Special thanks to Mr. Rod Wilson and Mr. Frank Blackmon from D/C&ME for their expertise, guidance, and support with the additive manufacturing production of the intake, exhaust, and forced induction components.

Guest Lecture - Mr. Alex Stamos CSO of Facebook
5/20/2016

Mr. Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer for Facebook, spoke to cadets in EECS courses about the security challenges faced by Facebook in an age of increased hacking attempts as well as the social and ethical impacts of their security efforts. Of particular note was his discussion of the needs for technology companies to balance legal requirements to follow the laws of their host countries with the need to protect their user's privacy and how that is done at Facebook.

C&ME Run to Remember Honors Fallen Heroes
5/20/2016

The semi-annual C&ME Run to Remember to honor fallen graduates from the civil and mechanical engineering programs took place. Forty-four faculty, staff, cadets, and family members ran to the West Point cemetery where the group read the names of the 17 fallen heroes and visited the gravesites of the four fallen graduates buried in the West Point cemetery.

Computer Science Cadets at Premier Hackathon
5/20/2016

Throughout AY16, six computer science cadets honed their programming skills through Capstone project work to develop a competitive entry at LA Hacks. LA Hacks is the premier hackathon held annually on the West coast at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), which occurred this year from 29 April – 1 May. Our team consisted of Cl ‘16 CDTs Jack Graham, Dan Park, Jinny Yan, Luke Williams, Morgan Rabalais, and Joe Suh, with LTC Christa Chewar as the faculty advisor. To best prepare, the cadets practiced programming for virtual reality, network communication, robotic control, and 3D user interaction support. The team greatly benefited from opportunities to brief their ongoing efforts to both LTC Caslen and BG Trainor during their visits to EECS.

Hackathons may sound like the terrain of our competitive cyber teams or something similar to the Cyber Defense Exercise, but they are actually quite different, with generally very little security emphasis at all. Hackathons are competitions hosted by corporate sponsors that challenge students to rapidly develop (or “hack out”) innovative new software/hardware solutions to solve specific social problems. Competitors organized in four person teams are given the problems at the beginning of the competition and have 36 hours to develop a prototype. Approximately 1200 students (300 teams) attended this year’s LA Hacks, so the competition was fierce. Our cadets worked relentlessly throughout the competition period, sleeping very little as they refined their designs and quickly mastered new skills to realize their creative visions. After the initial round of judging, the product developed by CDTs Dan Park and Jack Graham was selected as an overall Top 10 award, and subsequently finished as Top 3 project in one of the competition categories—earning $1000 and two Apple TVs as prizes.

West Point Flying Team Victorious over Navy and Coast Guard
5/20/2016

The West Point Flying Team, led by Cadet in Charge Will Watson and Assistant Cadet in Charge Brian O’Connor earned a victory over Navy and Coast Guard at the 3rd annual Service Academy Flying Competition Spring Classic. We hosted the event again this year at Orange and Dutchess County airports, 22-24 April 2016. Officers in Charge LTC Tanya Estes (EECS), LTC Rich Melnyk (C&ME) and CW2 Mark Vester (2nd AVN) helped train and mentor the team in the months leading up to this culminating event of our competition season. Between the three academies, over 55 cadets and midshipmen participated in three written, two ground and four flying events. In this large field, USMA had three place in the top ten of all pilots: William Watson 1st Place, Kurt Klinkmueller 2nd Place and Alaina Kappner 5th Place.

Earth Day Open House
5/20/2016

Dirt Man was invited to present an engaging lecture on sustainability during the Earth Day Open House presented by the 101 Kids and Highlands Community Garden Group at the Center in Highland Falls on April 23, 2016. At this annual event, featuring various exhibits by individual community gardeners and youth groups from the Town of Highlands, Dirt Man interacted with community members and sought to emphasize the importance of sustainable living and met with kids and their parents for a Q&A afterwards.

Keepers of the Peace Powwow
5/20/2016

Cadets of the Native American Heritage Forum (NAHF) organized and hosted the 6th annual Keepers of the Peace powwow held at Gillis Field House. The master of ceremonies for the powwow was the Redhawk Native American Arts Council. The powwow included the singing of the National Anthem by Cadet Katelin Guettlein, a birds of prey expert who presented two shows that described how owls, hawks, and eagles hunt and capture prey, and traditional Native American singing, and dancing. The Native American vendors sold beadwork and other handmade articles and the food vendor had plenty of venison and buffalo. The event includes midshipman from the Naval Academy’s Native American club joining the powwow.

Cadet Research Workshop and NYC Outreach
5/20/2016

Cadets enrolled in EV372-Geography of Asia traveled to Berkeley College in New York City to meet with Dr. Rina Singh and Angie Tang, experts on India-US and China-US relations, respectively. The presenters offered their views on what they believe are the most important geographical and security challenges facing the region and cadets had the opportunity to ask questions and assess the implications of the most pressing geographical challenges in Asia including territorial issues in the South China Sea, social and gender issues in India, as well as demographic change in East Asia. Afterwards, the cadets and faculty traveled to Chinatown to enjoy dim sum and meet with the publisher of the largest Chinese language daily newspaper in the United States where they discussed the importance of the diaspora community in shaping US-China economic relations. Finally, they ended the day with a visit to the Kimlau Chapter of the American Legion where cadets learned about the ways that the US military and service organizations such as the American Legion instill American values in immigrant communities and build bridges between newly arriving immigrants and the US population.

Watch the West Point Class of 2016 Graduation Live
5/18/2016

You will be able to watch the Class of 2016 Graduate at Michie Stadium this coming Saturday, May 21 as they take their oath, receive their diplomas and faithfully toss their hats as high as they can. The guest  speaker will be Vice President Joe Biden. Here is the link to watch it live: https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/8563

Army Celebrates 2015-16 at Black Knight Awards
5/18/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army Athletic Association held the 2016 Black Knight Awards ceremony on Sunday night at Robinson Auditorium in Thayer Hall. The department's premiere year-end event honored teams and individuals for their successes throughout the 2015-16 season. After finishing the season with a 29-3 record and a Patriot League title, the women's basketball team took home the MacArthur Award presented to the Team of the Year. In its ninth year of existence, the Black Knight Awards honored the best that Army West Point's 28 athletic teams had to offer in 2015-16 in an award-show format similar to the ESPY Awards. Full Story »

Athletic Director's Update
5/18/2016

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

McCravey Jumps Into National Spotlight
5/17/2016

Army West Point softball senior Kasey McCravey earned national attention on Saturday night and beyond with an incredible leap over Lehigh's catcher in Army's 3-2 win over Lehigh in the Patriot League Tournament. Click here to watch the video.

U.S. Representatives Visit with Cadets in American Politics
5/17/2016

Former U.S. Representatives Thomas Hartnett (S.C.) and Bob Clement (TN) spent two days visiting and interacting with cadets enrolled in American Politics, Mass Media & Politics, American Political Development, and International Security Studies. In addition, they met with members of the Domestic Affairs Forum, and shared meals with Cadets from their home states. The Congressmen visited West Point as part of the "Congress to Classroom" program run by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.

Giannettino Claims IC4A High Jump Crown
5/17/2016

PRINCETON, NJ - Jeff Giannettino stole the show for the Army West Point men's track and field team on Sunday afternoon. The freshman tied the Academy record with a best jump of 2.15 meters. It was a record that is also held by Brian Smith who set the mark in 1994 at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships. "Jeff really stepped up today," head coach Mike Smith said. "He has struggled at times this year in competition but has really trained very well. I think it just took him some time to put it all together. His clearance today at the school record was well clear of the bar and he had some nice attempts at 7'2". Jeff is a special kid and he gets the big picture and his improvement today makes it seem like he got better all at once, but the reality is, that he has been getting closer. Read More

Cadets Visited MIT in Support of Research Projects
5/17/2016

Cadets in the XE492, Disruptive Innovation, course traveled to Boston 20-21 April to visit MIT and MIT-Lincoln Labs in support of their individual research projects. They met with Prof. Seth Lloyd, a world-renowned expert in quantum computing as well as researchers in meta-materials, mircro-fluidic thrusters for cubesats, software containerization, microelectronics, aerial imaging, 3D LIDAR imaging, and entrepreneurs creating new business models for air travel. This trip was made possible by the Harry and Diane Van Trees Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Endowment.

Kim Shines in First Round of NCAA Regionals
5/17/2016

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - With the first 18-holes of the NCAA Golf Regional complete, Army ranks 11th with a 15-over score. The Black Knights have been paced by Peter Kim who finished the day in the tied for fifth spot with a one-under score. "The team got off to a great start today and ranked high at the turn," said head coach Brian Watts. "We were well prepared for the setup, but we had a rough stretch coming in. We had a good practice session after the round and we will be ready to go out and compete tomorrow. The weather is going to be a challenge, but these young men have shown resilience all year long and tough conditions." Read More

Cadets from the Combating Terror Center Visit Washington D.C.
5/13/2016

The Combating Terror Center took 27 Cadets on a trip section to Washington D.C. on a visit that was designed to introduce Cadets to the agencies involved in various aspects of counterterrorism. The Cadets received briefings from key staff at the National Security Council at the White House and also visited the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Chaplains Office Pays Gratitude to Cadets
5/13/2016

Members of the West Point Chaplains Office visited the ME491 Mechanical Powerplants course to thank the cadets who designed and fabricated replicas of the unique and symbolic Cadet Chapel keys. Chaplain (LTC) Cline, Mrs. Trevizo-Ramirez, and SSG Nichols expressed gratitude and shared some well-deserved and much appreciated refreshments. Chaplain Cline also presented a Chaplains Coin to Mr. Frank Blackmon, the engineering technician that supervised the additive manufacturing or 3D printing process.

Civil Engineering Boats to the Tappan Zee Bridge
5/13/2016

Civil engineering cadets in the Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design course participated in a trip section as part of Moles Student Day. The Moles organization (http://www.themoles.info/) is composed of individuals now or formerly engaged in the construction of tunnels, subways, sewers, or other heavy construction projects, both in the New York City area and around the world. The group hosts an annual Students Day, during which students studying geotechnical engineering are invited to tour some of the largest construction sites in the metro New York City area. This year, nearly 400 civil engineering students from 20 different academic institutions boarded a Circle Line Cruise boat in New York City and headed north to tour the Tappan Zee Bridge construction site. This $3.9B projected is slated for completion in 2018.

Men’s Rugby Pools Announced for CRCs 7s Tournament
5/13/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The pools for the Collegiate Rugby Championships have been announced on Thursday with Army West Point being selected to Pool C. The two-day tournament will be held on June 4-5 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia. The Black Knights will be joined in Pool C by their service academy rival Navy, as well as Arizona and St. Joe's. "We are thrilled to be returning to compete at the 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship," said head coach Matt Sherman. "We will face a fierce and challenging pool. Despite our lack of any sevens experience in the team, if we continue to improve and perform to our potential, we can be competitive." Army will be making its first appearance in the CRCs since becoming a varsity program prior to the fall of 2014. The Cadets last competed in the CRCs in 2012 and advanced to the championship match in 2011. Read More

District Court Judge Karas Visits Cadets
5/13/2016

US District Court Judge Kenneth Karas visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by Department of Law Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Professor Tony DiSarro. Judge Karas was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2004. Prior to that, he served as a federal prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, where he was Chief of the Organized Crime and Terrorism Unit. Judge Karas spoke with the cadets about the death penalty and the 8th Amendment. He discussed his experiences as a prosecutor in the capital cases against the East African embassy bombers, and how, in a twist of irony, jurors voted against a death sentence to punish the defendants, reasoning that the defendants would prefer death to life imprisonment because they wanted to be seen as martyrs.

International Law Hosted Mr. Larry Johnson
5/13/2016

LTC Steve Gariepy’s LW481, International Law class hosted Mr. Larry D. Johnson. Mr. Johnson served at the United Nations Headquarters as the Assistant-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs from 2006-2008 (Deputy Legal Counsel of the UN). He formerly served as the Legal Adviser of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna (1997-2001) and as Chef de Cabinet, Office of the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague (2003-2005). Mr. Johnson joined the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in 1971 as an Assistant Legal Officer in the Codification Division and prior to his last posting at Headquarters served as Principal Legal Officer in the Office of the Legal Counsel (1989-1997). Among his special assignments was serving as Chief of Staff to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations Protection Force in the former Yugoslavia (1994). Mr. Johnson provided a fascinating and well received overview of the United Nations Board of Inquiry process, highlighting both the successes and challenges associated with 21st century peacekeeping operations, in support of the Department of Law at West Point.

ACSC Judges Projects at the Tri-County Science Fair
5/13/2016

Representatives from the American Chemical Society Club, MAJ Lucas Fallot (OIC), CDT Alex Parra, CDT Nicholas McNiffe, CDT Taylor Horne, and CDT Dowon Park, judged science fair projects at the annual Tri-county Science and Technology Fair located at White Plains High School. Since 1994, the Annual Tri-County Science & Technology Fair has been organized by the Putnam Children’s Discovery Center for the purpose of sharing science and technology with the community and rewarding children who spend their time creating innovative and well researched projects. Fair participation is open to students from public, private and home schools located in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties. This fair is the only one in the area with three levels: Elementary, Middle and High School. Most fairs only showcase one or two levels at most, but this fair provides a clear path for students to continue their interest in science and technology throughout their academic careers. A student must win a local fair at their school to qualify for the event. Prizes are given to winners at each level in the categories of Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Engineering/Technology, Environment, Health/Medicine, Math/Computers, Physics, and Psychology. More than 200 students displayed their projects in the fair.

Ball, Lindner Earn Academic All-League Recognition
5/12/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Two members of the Army West Point baseball team earned spots on the Academic All-Patriot League team, announced by the league on Tuesday. Sophomore pitcher Matt Ball and junior infielder Kris Lindner were recognized for their efforts in the classroom, as well as on the diamond. To be considered for Academic All-Patriot League, a sophomore-standing student-athlete must maintain a minimum of a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and must have competed in the Patriot League Championships, unless missed due to injury. The Sports Information Directors then cast their votes from a pool of candidates. Lafayette's Michael Coniglio was named the league's Scholar Athlete of the Year. Of the 13 scholar-athletes recognized, three attend Lehigh, while two are from Army, Navy, Bucknell and Lafayette each. Holy Cross had one player voted to the team. Read More

Model UN Forum at the University of Chicago
5/12/2016

The United States Military Academy Model United Nations team competed at the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL, for a weekend full of public speaking, debating, and policy making. The USMA team competed in a variety of topics ranging from NATO initiatives to the government regulation of big banks. The following cadets received Verbal Recognition for their work: Shiv Arya ’17; Jack Bagdadi ’17; and Christine Sidhu ’18. Additionally, the following cadets were crucial to the team effort: John Govern ’19; Brittany Scofield ’18; Derrick Siebman ’18; Cyrus Cappo ’17; Brad Torpey ’18; and Patrick Rogers ’19.

More Climbing on Shawangunk Ridge
5/12/2016

The West Point Climbing team took thirteen cadets to the Shawangunk Ridge near New Paltz, NY to participate in a day of outdoor climbing. After an early start, the group set up several top rope systems on moderate to difficult routes in the “Trapps” climbing area. The top rope systems allowed the climbers the opportunity to work on skills at the limit of their individual abilities. CDT’s Liam Manville ’17, and Ethan George ’19 enjoyed their first outdoor climbing experiences. CDT Scott Joiner ’19 worked with Coach Sue Kligerman to place protection in preparation for his first traditional lead climb, which he completed with the help of CDT Jacqueline Orr ’18. CDT Kevin Thielmann ’16 teamed with CDT Annalee Tokarsky ’18 to take on “Horseman”, which was CDT Tokarsky’s first multi-pitch climb.

Arabic Language Visits the Metropolitan Museum of Art
5/12/2016

Twelve cadets and one faculty member from the USMA Arabic Language Club visited the Islamic Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, NY. Highlights of the trip included exploring Arabic agricultural themes in Syria, North Africa and Muslim Spain. Cadets also viewed the last known piece of Spanish Muslim armor, a helmet from the Nasrid period in Spain (1230-1492). Traditionally, it is said that it belonged to Abd ‘Abd Allah Muhammad, known in the West as Boabdil, the last Nasrid King of Granada (reign 1482-83 and 1487-92) before it was reconquered by the Spanish.

Sailing Competes in the Dinghy Regatta
5/12/2016

The Army West Point Sailing team competed on Eastchester Bay in the Bronx, in the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta. Saturday’s racing experienced puffs of 15 knots, shifty conditions, and cross current which made for difficult racing. Overall, the team finished 11 out of 12, but CDT Danko and CDT Vecchio did manage to place 1st in one of the races. They also competed in the American Yacht Club Spring Series in SUNY Maritime, NY. The event gathers some of the best skippers and crews in the Long Island Sound. Despite a solid performance, the team finished 8th out of 8 teams competing, but did beat two US Merchant Marine Academy boats that entered the race but did not compete.

Bowling Sweeps Coast Guard
5/12/2016

For the first time in five years, the USMA Bowling team travelled to New London, CT, to face off the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in a head to head match. The USMA team of CDT’s Raul Salaverria, Louis Kappner, James Olk, Tyler Stansbury, and Pieter Honing won all of the three matches played. More importantly, all of the participating cadets learned a lot about life at the other Service Academies, and enjoyed the friendly rivalry.

Cadets Briefed their Social Media Campain to Over 300 Officials
5/12/2016

Cadets C.J. Drew ’16 and Jordan Isham ’18 from Combating Terrorism Center Director LTC Bryan Price's SS466 Combating Terrorism class last fall were invited as featured speakers at the FBI's annual Leadership in Counterterrorism (LinCT) Conference in New York City on 29 April. They briefed their social media campaign to counter the narrative of the Islamic State to over 300 law enforcement officials from the United States, Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

Cycling at the ECCC Championships
5/12/2016

The Cycling team participated in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships in Warwick, MA. The team finished 3rd in the weekend, and ended up ranking 4th overall in the conference for the season, and 3rd in the DIV II teams. The women’s team swept the TTT’s, winning the B, C, and D categories. Top individual finishers include CDT’s Kenny Englert, CAT A - 12th in the road race, 8th in the crit, and 3rd in the sprint lap; Monte Ho, CAT B - 3rd in the road race, 3rd in crit, and 2nd, 1st, 3rd, and 1st in the sprint laps; Jinny Yan, CAT B - 4th in the road race, 5th in the crit, 1st in sprint lap; Tristan Manderfeld, CAT B - 8th in road race, 4th in crit, 2nd in sprint lap; Fisher Watkins, CAT C - 4th in the crit, 4th and 2nd in sprint laps; and Alberto Castro, CAT C - 8th in the crit.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Joins Forces with the Grill Club
5/12/2016

The USMA Big Brothers/Big Sisters Club joined forces with the Grill Club and spent one last afternoon strengthening bonds and making lifelong memories. The last club event of the Academic Year was bittersweet. Seven “littles” from the Highland Falls community said goodbye to their “bigs” who are graduating in May. Many of these matches have been working together for four years, and the relationships that they have built are incredibly strong. After enjoying a fantastic BBQ lunch provided by the West Point Grill Club, the bigs and littles participated in a variety of physical activities, including volleyball, basketball, and an intense round of freeze-tag. The day wrapped up with a small recognition ceremony where each Match was presented with certificates and new club members received their patches. It was the perfect event to reflect on the progress of individual matches and celebrate the great mentorship fostered by an amazing group of leaders.

Crew Wins the Sanford All-Points Trophy
5/12/2016

The Army West Point Crew team competed in the 25th NY State Collegiate Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs, NY. In the best showing in Army Crew history, the team captured seven gold and two silver medals, capturing the Sanford All-Points Trophy for only the second time since the trophy was first awarded in 1989. The Varsity Men’s Eight had a strong showing, defeating Varsity programs from RIT, Ithaca, Marist, Hamilton, and Skidmore. The Women’s Varsity continued their successful season with the best finish for an Army Varsity Women’s Eight in school history, taking Silver against an all NCAA field. The Men’s JV Eight completed the sweep of the Eights events with a 4.2 second win over RIT, Ithaca, Marist, St. Lawrence, and Geneseo. The Varsity Men’s and Women’s Fours both finished second in their qualifying heats to advance to the Grand Finals, finishing sixth and fourth, respectively. The Novice Men’s Eight finished with a 12.7 second win over the Grand Final field, including RIT, ST. Lawrence, Union, Rochester, and Rennsselaer. The Novice Women’s Eights continued the winning streak with the largest Eights victory of the day, a 16 second win over two Ithaca boats, St. Lawrence, Hamilton, and RIT. The Novice team sent three Fours to the Grand Finals, to include two Novice Men’s entries, and one Novice Women’s entry. The Novice Men’s first boat took gold, crossing the line more than 26 seconds ahead of the field; the Men’s second Novice entry finished in fifth place. The Novice Women rowed a strong race to finish in the Silver Medal position, just 3.4 seconds behind the winning boat from Rochester. The Varsity and Novice Men combined to field a Men’s Open Four, again finding gold, finishing 2.9 seconds ahead of the closest competitor. The final gold medal of the day went to the Varsity Women’s pair in a finals-only race, marking the second year in a row that Army Crew won the event. The winning Army boat finished 7.7 seconds ahead of the Hamilton and Rochester crews. Army Crew finished with a total of 140 points, taking the points trophy back to West Point for the first time since 2006.

West Point Photo Inquiry Clears Cadets
5/11/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The U.S. Military Academy announced today that no punitive action will be taken after an inquiry concluded that 16 cadets who appeared in a photograph with raised fists did not violate Department of Defense or Army regulations.

The inquiry concluded that the photo was among several taken in the spur-of-the-moment. It was intended to demonstrate “unity” and “pride,” according to the findings of the inquiry.

In addition to concluding there was no violation of DOD Directive 1344.10, the findings state, “that based upon available evidence none of the participants, through their actions, intended to show support for a political movement.”

“As members of the Profession of Arms, we are held to a high standard, where our actions are constantly observed and scrutinized in the public domain,” said Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., academy superintendent, in a letter. “We all must understand that a symbol or gesture that one group of people may find harmless may offend others. As Army officers, we are not afforded the luxury of a lack of awareness of how we are perceived.”

About West Point
The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and continues today as the world’s premier leader-development institution, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country. Its mission remains constant—to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu.

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Pitman, Valuniate Honored by Patriot League
5/11/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Senior Carolyn Pitman and freshman Rugile Valuniate of the Army West Point women's tennis team each garnered All-Patriot League nods on Tuesday. Pitman was named to the First Team while Valuniate earned Second Team honors. Pitman makes the First Team for the third straight season after earning Second Team honors as a freshman. The West Chester, Ohio native was an impressive 27-6 in doubles including 20-2 in the spring, winning 23 of her last 25 matches. She became only the second player in Academy history to reach 100 career doubles wins and resides second on the all-time list with a 106-30 career record. In singles, Pitman finished the year 15-9 in singles with a 7-5 record in the spring. She ranks eighth all-time in school history in singles victories (69) and seventh in career wins in the top singles flight (19). Pitman was 6-0 all-time versus Navy in doubles and 6-1 in singles. Read More

21 Cadets & BG Trainor Inducted in to Phi Alpha Theta
5/11/2016

The USMA chapter of the national history honors society Phi Alpha Theta formally inducted 21 cadets and BG Trainor as full members. In order to earn membership, each cadet is required to have over a 3.0 GPA and a 3.1 average in at least four history classes. Phi Alpha Theta is focused on encouraging scholarship and service in the field of history to our students. Our ceremony was presided over by the chapter’s president, CDT Erica Macswan, and the master of ceremony CDT Margaret Ireland. BG Trainor, COL Seidule, and Dr. Randy Roberts presented words of wisdom and inspiration to our cadets. Parents from as far away as Maryland and North Carolina drove to USMA to attend this ceremony and support the induction.

Men’s Tennis Captures Three Major League Awards
5/11/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - The Army West Point men's tennis team captured three of the Patriot League's four major awards, announced on Tuesday. Jim Poling was honored as Coach of the Year, David Mitchell earned Freshman of the Year and Harrison McCormick and Grant Riechmann were named the Doubles Team of the Year. Additionally, Sam Lampman was named to the All-Patriot League First Team while Mitchell, Michael Nguyen, and Riechmann garnered All-Patriot League Second Team honors. Poling led the Black Knights to an 18-8 record and a Patriot League Title over Navy to earn his fifth Coach of the Year award. It was the third-straight season Army reach at least 18 wins, its ninth league title and seventh NCAA Tournament berth. In the first win of the spring, Poling earned his 200th career victory at Army, the only men's tennis coach to do so at Army. Read More

Lindner, Rosoff Named to All-Patriot League Teams
5/11/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Junior Kris Lindner and sophomore Jon Rosoff represent Army West Point baseball among the 24 athletes on the All-Patriot League teams after the league announced the selections Tuesday morning. Lindner was named to the first team at shortstop as one of four unanimous selections, while Rosoff was a second team selection at catcher. Lindner was the team's leading hitter throughout the year after starting 46 of the team's 48 games at shortstop. His .315 clip led the Black Knights and ranked 10th league wide, recording a team-high 52 hits in 165 at bats. The Morehead City, N.C., native's on-base percentage of .430 ranked fourth among Patriot League hitters, while his 14 stolen bases placed him second. His 13 hit by pitches was the most in the Patriot League. He also led Army with 35 runs scored, eight doubles, 21 walks and a slugging percentage of .394. Read More

SENSA Team Ties for 1st place at DARPA - SAIC
5/11/2016

A cadet research team from the Department of Chemistry and Life Science tied for First Place at the DARPA Service Academies Innovation Challenge (SAIC) in Arlington, VA. Team SENSA tied with Air Force for their project Axon-Sorting Nerve Guides: Giving Prosthetics the Sense of Touch. Please congratulate CDTs Minhee Pak, Haana Yu, Patrick Mullin, Rebecca Lee, Annette Yoon, and Grace Yu for their inspirational work. The work was motivated by wounded soldiers who suffer terrible injuries relating to nerve damage. The main project is to develop a scaffold to repair large gaps at injured sites that can ultimately be used to sort different nerve axons to give prosthetics a sense of touch.

Nine teams - three each from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Naval Academy - squared off in a competition at DARPA’s offices to show projects designed to develop practical and potentially transformative technologies that could address a wide variety of challenges facing the U.S. military. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) works to ensure the superiority of U.S. military force technology. The SAIC works to excel and promote promising talent for the next generation of military leaders in a unique environment that blends academic research with a deep understanding of current and future military needs. SAIC works to cultivate the great potential of these future officers and encourage their career-long interest in research and collaboration with DARPA.

The panel of DARPA Service liaison officers judged each project with the most weight toward whether the project addressed current or anticipated future Defense Department (DoD) challenges over the short and long term. The judges also evaluated whether each project’s approach was significantly novel and technically feasible to create transformative capabilities to significantly improve existing technologies. Team SENSA’s research is sponsored through DoD funding in particular by the MRMC through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). The project is advised by LTC Luis Alvarez, Dr. Alex Mitropoulos, and Dr. Joe Loverde.

Harvey Named NWCA All-Academic Team
5/11/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Senior Brian Harvey of the Army West Point wrestling team has been named an All-Academic Team member by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, it was announced on Monday. Awarded annually, the NWCA All-Academic Team is comprised of 116 student-athletes. For the second year in a row, half of the Division I champions made the team, while two additional runner-ups were selected. In all, 36 All-Americans were All-Academic selections. Read More

Pipes and Drums Hosts the 34th West Point Military Tattoo
5/11/2016

The United States Corps of Cadets Pipes and Drums hosted the 34th West Point Military Tattoo at Trophy Point. On that beautiful day, many local bag-pipe bands and Celtic dance groups from all over the Hudson Valley and Northeast region came to West Point to celebrate Scottish/Irish culture and festivities. The annual Military Tattoo brings together the local community and builds better civil-military relationships with the various local groups near the Academy. This event was the culminating event for the West Point Pipes and Drums Band of the academic year. The event was a manifestation of the cohesiveness and musical skills that the cadets have tediously honed throughout the entire year. The band was happy to host 23 participating groups this year, including a Civil War re-enactment group, three dance troupes, a solo by the USMA String Club, and a visiting military drumline from the United Kingdom.

McCravey, Poirier, DePolo Headline Major Awards
5/11/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA- The Army West Point softball team took home three-of-five major Patriot League awards, boasting three first team nods and garnering two second team recognitions. Senior first basemen Kasey McCravey was named the Player of the Year, while freshman pitcher Renee Poirier was the league's Rookie of the Year and head coach Michelle DePolo earned Coach of the Year distinction. McCravey, junior second basemen Alee Rashenskas and sophomore outfielder Kristen McPeek were all named to the All-Patriot League first team. Sophomore first basemen Emily Gray and designated player Caroline Smith both earned second team honors for Army. Read More

Bass Fishing at the FLW College Fishing National Qualifier
5/11/2016

Two teams from the Army West Point Bass Fishing club competed in the FLW College Fishing National Qualifier on Smith Mountain Lake, VA. In the field of 83 boats, the teams of CDT’s Chase Miller/Parker Meytrott and Drew Hicks/Steve Makowicki brought fish to the scale, but did not place in the Top 10 to punch their ticket to Nationals.

Men’s Team Handball 10th Consecutive Championship
5/11/2016

The Army West Point Men’s Team Handball brought home it’s tenth consecutive (29th over-all) Collegiate National Championship in Chapel Hill, NC. For the second year running, it was an all West Point affair in the National Championship game, where WP Black defeated WP Gold. The team had seven all-stars (4 from WP Black; 3 from WP Gold) to include CDT’s Daniel Alec Zeck, Corinth “Peanut” Cross, Christian “Gumby” McKenrick, Forrest Keller, Nick Schebler, Taylor Neal, and William “Trey” Ratliff. Additionally, WP Gold had the MVP of the tournament in CDT Nick Schebler. WP Black also defeated Air Force for the third time this year in the National Semifinal. Next, the team will compete in the Club National Championships, where both teams expect to be competitive in their Divisions (Black in Elite, Gold in Open).

Fencing Celebrates with LTG Caslen & Mrs. Caslen
5/11/2016

West Point Women’s Fencing team led by Co-Captains CDT Laura Pleake, and CDT Jamie Whitaker, along with squad members CDT’s Claudia Sun, Rachel Pennington, Haley Hollimon, Lexie Konarek, Beth Forte, Taylor Sharpsten, and Callie Peace were invited to Quarters 100 to spend an evening with LTG Caslen and Mrs. Caslen to celebrate their defeat of Navy.

Women’s Team Handball 5th Consecutive Championship
5/11/2016

The Army West Point Women’s Team Handball brought home its fifth consecutive Collegiate National Championship in Chapel Hill, NC. West Point Black dominated all weekend, defeating West Point Gold and the University of Carolina in the round robin play prior to the final match. Additionally, WP Black tied the UNC Alumni team 14-14 in a very hard fought match. Rising senior, and future co-captain, CDT Cora Moody, was awarded the Highest Scorer. Wings CDT Dana Robertson and CDT Lindsay Kiernan played intense offense, securing most of the wing shots for WP Black. On the other hand, shooters CDT’s Cora Moody, Abby Toth, Kianna Duncan, and Olivia Beattie posed a threat from the outside. Due to the team’s diverse shooting capability, teams were forced to play fair defense across the court. Although offense was on point, it was WP’s defense that secured the victories. West Point Gold also made a good showing, losing to the University of Carolina only by a few points in its opening match. WP Gold finished third overall in the tournament, but have shown exponential growth throughout the semester and will continue to improve. Overall, both teams had an amazing weekend and are proud of their accomplishments.

DeSanti, Grabher Earn Weekly Accolades
5/10/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Patriot League released its final weekly award winners of the season and Dan Grabher ’17 and Danny DeSanti ’19 took home honors. Grabher won 8-of-12 faceoffs against No. 6/7 Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon in the Black Knights' season finale. The junior also picked up six ground balls and tallied two shots after winning a pair of draws. Grabher finished the season winning .639 percent of his faceoffs taken and a total of 86 ground balls – a career high in a season. He concluded the season with three weekly honors for his faceoff performances. Read More

Combat Weapons Competes at the National Competition
5/10/2016

Combat Weapons sent 15 cadets to participate in their annual National Competition in Phenix City, AL. After a two day, three gun competition consisting of ten stages, the top
five scoring Cadets from each of the four Military Schools present (USMA, Texas A&M, VMI, and Navy) determined the winning team. The Army West Point Combat Weapons Team placed second overall, just behind Texas A&M. CDT Spencer Ellis placed fourth overall out of sixty cadets. The team demonstrated competency, concentration and cohesiveness, and most importantly beat Navy.

Pistol Training at the Tactical Defense Institute
5/10/2016

The Pistol team travelled to the Tactical Defense Institute in West Union, OH, for two and a half days of very intensive tactical live fire training with handguns and the M4 Carbine. The cadets’ tactical marksmanship improved significantly at close quarters battles distances with both the handgun and M4 Carbine and at long distances with the M4 Carbine. Cadets, in four person stacks, cleared multiple rooms in two very challenging live-fire shoot houses in both daylight and low light conditions. Cadets practiced stress shooting techniques where their heart was increased with short bouts of combatives, followed immediately with a free standing 100 yard rifle shoot, then running 75 yards to the 25 yard line
where they engaged steel targets with the handgun. Cadets also trained on a horizontal wall as buddy teams that required them to communicate and then shoot a variety of targets from irregular shooting positions while moving along the wall. Cadets rotated leadership positions to enhance their tactical leadership skills and upperclass cadets, who had been to Tactical Defense Institute previously, served as instructors under the close supervision of TDI instructors. Tactical marksmanship skills, CQB tactical skills, tactical leadership skills, and instructor skills were all significantly enhanced over the weekend

Parachute Host the 3rd Annual ISAM
5/10/2016

The West Point Parachute team hosted the 3rd Annual Inter-Service Academy Meet (ISAM) on the Plain. The competition was broken into three different events: Sports Accuracy, 6-way Speed, and 4-way Formation Diving. Due to the weather on the second day, the competition was only able to sport accuracy event. The sport accuracy even was judged on an individual basis, as well as an overall average of a six-man team from each academy. The six-man average scores for Army was 5.42 meters; Air Force had an average score of 5.27 meters. The individual accuracy scores included: 1st place - USMA CDT Clinton Wallace with a score of 2.19 meters; 2nd place - USMA CDT Keaton Crowder with a score of 2.78 meters; 3rd place - USAFA CDT Luke Brown with a score of 3.41 meters

Civil & Military Engineering Compete in the ASCE
5/10/2016

The USMA Civil and Military Engineering Club travelled to Buffalo, NY, to compete in the 2016 ASCE Upstate New York Region Student competition at the University of Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo). The competition consisted of the steel bridge, concrete canoe, Mead ethics essay, and a mystery event. Overall, USMA placed third out of thirteen schools at the competition. The steel bridge won 2nd place for their presentation; CDT’s Abby Toth and Timothy Naifeh won 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Mead ethics paper; and USMA won the mystery event – seismic balsa wood truss and scavenger hunt.

Theatre Arts Guild Goes to Broadway
5/10/2016

Theatre Arts Guild travelled to New York City, to attend the Broadway production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was a unique play with many technical and staging innovations the cadets appreciated. They also related their knowledge of the book, which many of them read in core English classes. After the matinee, cadets explored the city to find another show to see on their own, and the prospects did not disappoint. Cadets saw either Eclipsed, An American in Paris, Tuck Everlasting, or Hamilton. The cadets from the Class of 2016 surprised LTC Kimball with a plaque thanking her for her work in TAG over the past two years.

Pre-Medical Society Shadows Doctors at Walter Reed
5/10/2016

28 members of the West Point Pre-Medical Society went down to Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, to shadow doctors in an array of specialties. Many of these doctors are old graduates from the Service Academies. The trip included two days of multiple shadows and tours of USU and Georgetown Medical Schools. Additionally, cadets were hosted by Dr. Saguil, Dean of Admissions at USU, for a dinner.

Club Soccer Beats Navy
5/10/2016

The Army West Point Cadet Club Soccer Team hosted their Naval counterparts on 23 April, to compete for The Joseph Casey Cup - awarded in Honor of Army all-time leading goal scorer (Class of 1967). In a hard fought contest Army West Point survived early pressure from Navy with Cadet Jakub Smola (2016) making important saves. As the game went on Army West Point played with more confidence and were unfortunate not to take the lead themselves with a last gasp goal line clearance protecting the Navy goal. Army defense was resolute throughout and the game finished with neither side able to find a breakthrough. A penalty shoot-out followed with Smola making the decisive save that eventually ensured an Army West Point victory. The winning spot kick was taken by Cadet Franklin Pugh (2019) and resulted in joyous scenes at the USMAPS field witnessed amongst others by Mr. Casey, and USAG West Point Garrison Commander COL Landy Dunham. Mr. Casey congratulated both teams on their performance and sportsmanship and presented the trophy to Club President Cadet Kyle Morris (2016).

Tae Kwon Do Dominates the NCTA Nationals
5/10/2016

The Army West Point Tae Kwon Do team dominated the NCTA National Championships at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In the Men’s Color Belt Divisions (in various respective weight classes), CDT Eli Eichenberger took 1st and CDT Taylor Wing took 2nd in Red Belt Heavyweight sparring. CDT Ellis Valdez won 1st, CDT Cimingmao Lor won 2nd, and CDT Jackson Darash won 3rd in the Blue Belt Division. CDT Bradley Harrison and CDT Jason Viyar earned 2nd place medals and CDT John Mueller took 1st in Men’s Beginner Sparring. In the Women’s Color Belt Divisions, CDT Jennifer Huntley earned 3rd place and CDT Kristel Guino took 2nd in Women’s Beginner sparring. Both CDT’s Alexandra Baker and Kayla Johnson took 1st in their respective Women’s Beginner weight classes. Additionally, CDT Ellis Valdez won 3rd place in Blue Belt Forms and CDT Sarah Juhn won 3rd place in Women’s White Belt Forms. In the Black Belt divisions, CDT Wonha Kim took 2nd in Women’s Heavyweight, CDT Caleb Lim took 2nd in Men’s Heavyweight, and CDT Matthew Galea took 2nd in Men’s flyweight. At the end of the day, the Army Team won 3 bronze, 8 silver, and 5 gold medals, CDT’s Alexandra Baker, John Mueller, Ellis Valdez, and Eli Eichenberger holding NCTA National Champion titles.

Aviation Team Flight Training in Montgomery
5/10/2016

The Aviation team conducted flight training at Take Flight Aviation in Montgomery, NY, led by LTC Tanya Estes. The team conducted power on and power off landings in the PA-28 Piper Warrior at Orange County Airports. Team members also performed practice simulator flights. Low ceilings and snow limited the practice time to only a few hours, but the team managed to accomplish quite a bit of training in advanced of the 3rd Annual Service Academy Flying Competition Spring Class.

Women’s Track & Field has Three First Place Finishes
5/9/2016

LEWISBURG, PA - The Army West Point women's track and field team wrapped up the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships with three first-place finishes coming from freshman Abby Halbrook, sophomore Briyah Brown, and senior Cody Rothschild. The Black Knights finished in fifth place with 84 points. Bucknell, the host school, won on the women's side with 201.5 points.

"We had great competitive effort today from the women that we brought to the meet," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Smith. "We had quite a few champions and some gutsy performances." Halbrook claimed top honors in the 5,000 Meter Run. She completed in under 17 minutes for the first time in her career, finishing in 16:59.16. Brown's throw of 15.03 meters in the Shot Put was over 1.1 meters better than anybody else in the field. Rothschild competed in the Discus Throw and led the field with a 45.09 meter-best throw. Read More

Men’s Track and Field Places Second, 4x100 Team Shines
5/9/2016

LEWISBURG, PA - The Army West Point men's track and field team finished a successful weekend at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships where the Black Knights finished second among nine teams. Army totaled 160 points trailing only Navy who scored 263 points. Bucknell hosted the championships. The Cadets 4x100 Meter Relay team put together a brilliant run. The quartet of junior Jose Santana, freshmen Ben Sims and Kevin Dyer, and sophomore Tyler Davis finished in 40.08 seconds, marks that are Academy, facility, and meet records. Read More

Sailing Attends Safety at Sea Seminar
5/9/2016

Army West Point sailing travelled to SUNY Maritime Academy to attend their Safety at Sea Seminar. Cadets participated in hands-on safety classes on firefighting, pyrotechnics, damage control and man over board drills. Other members of the offshore team launched the team’s 44 foot sloop, Invincible, and moved her down the Hudson to SUNY Maritime for this spring’s competitive season. On Sunday, the offshore team came back together and hosted the Master of the Sword, COL Nicholas Gist, for a practice in Long Island Sound. The Colonel manned the foredeck as CDT’s Ruby Garcia and Nina Tucker put him through his paces on the Invincible.

Climbing Competes in the National Collegiate Championships
5/9/2016

West Point Climbing Team travelled to San Diego to compete at the National Collegiate Climbing Championships. On the first day of competition, the team made it to the qualifiers round. All competitors climbed for 3 hours to complete up to 6 lead/top rope climbs, 8-12 boulder problems, and/or 2 speed climbs. During the next day of competition, CDT’s Amos Lee, Brian Hazen, Peter Mueller, Anthony Thompson, and Lyra Kwak competed in the morning at the speed finals against 10-15 different schools including Air Force. CDT Amos Lee ran a 6.36 speed climb placing him 4th overall in Men’s Speed Climbing. In the evening, all cadets attended the culminating event, the bouldering final. The team supported and cheered for CDT Julian Barker as he made more headway on all of the problems than any climber before him; CDT Barker placed 9th overall in Men’s Bouldering. The Army West Point Climbing Team came in 8th overall, defeating Air Force and Navy to win the Armed Forces Cup. The team placed 6 cadets in the top 20 in each of their respective disciplines.

Parachute Team Demo Jumps
5/9/2016

The West Point Parachute team conducted two demonstrations into the Army/Navy Lacrosse Game in Michie Stadium, and the Army/Cal Rugby game in the Anderson Complex. A total of six firstie jumpers conducted both demonstrations to include CDT’s Nate Volk, Lexi Deets, Pace Murray, Cameron McDonald, Joshua Petrovic, and Team Captain, Jordan Komm. CDT Cameron McDonald shot the game ball for the Lacrosse game to kick off the event. The firstie demonstration team conducted the demonstrations to allow the cow class to train in order to win against Air Force in the 3rd Annual Inter-Service Academy meet coming up on 22 April.

Crew Host the CPT Brian R. Faunce Cup
5/9/2016

The Army West Point Crew hosted the CPT Brian R. Faunce cup at the Caufield Crew Center. Army West Point Crew won the CPT Brian R. Faunce Cup in a match race with Penn State University. The Faunce Cup, donated by Army Crew in 2015, honors the memory of Penn State graduate and Army ROTC member, Captain Brian R. Faunce, who was killed in action in Al Asad, Iraq in 2003. Despite the challenging weather conditions, the Men’s Second Varsity Eight started the day off with a strong row, finishing the race with several boat lengths of open water over the Penn State shell. The Women’s top boat, the First Varsity Eight, fought through the rough water with a solid win, finishing over 38 seconds ahead of their counterparts. The Men’s First Varsity Eight followed suit with a 35 second win over the PSU boat, finishing the course with the fastest time of the day in 7 minutes and 20 seconds. The novice eights were next to race, with the Novice Men’s First Eight clocking a time of 7:39.8, again with much open water back to the Penn State Eight; the Novice Women’s top Eight rowed next, with a dominating 50 second victory. The Army Men’s Second Novice Eight completed the sweep of the Eights event with an open water win. As water conditions continued to deteriorate, the Fours events were cancelled, ending the day with Army West Point on top of Penn State by a score of 52 to 44. During a joint BBQ, hosted by the cadets, the Faunce Cup was presented to the Army Commodore, CDT Jordan Duran, by Mrs. Marion Zilinski, mother of 1LT Dennis Zilinski ’04 killed in action in 2005 in Bayji, Iraq. As a part of the home event, Army West Point also hosted 20+ youth from Breaking Barriers, a non-profit organization based in Wilmington, DE.

Glee Club Deliver a Surprise Knock-Out
5/9/2016

The Glee Club Knight Caps delivered a surprise knock-out performance backed up by the Marianne Bennett Band at the AOG’s For Us All Campaign Gala in the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center. Among the 270 distinguished guests were the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald; former Superintendents and Commandants; and US-MA’s Senior Leader Team. Additionally, they closed the evening’s programs by leading alumni in the singing of the Alma Mater. The cadets represented the highest standards of West Point in their interactions with guests throughout the evening, and exhibited great skill and professionalism in their performance.

Cycling Takes 3rd Overall in the ECCC
5/9/2016

The Army West Point Cycling team finished off Week 3 of racing by jumping up to 3rd place overall in the ECCC in Hanover, NH. The weekend was a joint effort between Dartmouth College and University of Vermont. The criterium and ITT were held on Dart-mouth's campus on Saturday, and the rac-es on Sunday were held 1 1/2 hrs away in Burlington, VT. Top finishers for the weekend include CDT Monte He ('19 CAT B) placing 1st in the ITT and 4th in the crit; CDT Jinny Yan ('16 CAT B) 3rd in the ITT and 4th in the road race; CDT Tristan Leo Manderfeld ('17 CAT B) 3rd in the ITT and crit, and CDT Kaitlin Bender ('17 CAT D) 4th in the crit. CDT Kenny Englert ('19 CAT A) had an amazing finish in the Men A crit, finishing 6th overall. This week was the first week for the ITT and the team performed very well. The Men A team placed 5th, Women B got 1st in their field, a performance that would have taken first in Women A, both Men B and Men C placed 3rd and the Women D took 1st place.

Civil Mil Operations Volunteer at the Newburgh Walk
5/9/2016

Ten cadets from the USMA Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations volunteered at the Newburgh Walk 4 Housing fundraiser in Newburgh, NY. There they served as “Walk Marshalls” directing walkers and traffic to make sure that everyone remained safe. Additionally, they were able to showcase the cadets doing volunteer work in Newburgh. The cadets had several brief conversations with the patrons watching the parade, and received very high praises.

Athletic Director's Update
5/6/2016

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

Feature Friday: Women’s Rugby on the Rise
5/6/2016

Chaotic. Wild. Exhausting. Those three words are just a few that Army West Point women's rugby head coach Bill LeClerc and a trio of Cadets use to describe the game of rugby sevens, which will make its debut in the Olympics this summer in Rio. Only seven players are on the field at one time, as opposed to the traditional 15. The fewer competitors open up space for explosive players to utilize their speed. To put it in perspective, sevens is a lot like overtime 3-on-3 for the National Hockey League, allowing a lot of open space and ability to score points. Unique to sevens is the fast-paced sport lasts just 14 minutes, not 80 like traditional rugby. Full Story »

Triathlon at the Collegiate National Championships
5/6/2016

The Army West Point Triathlon team traveled to Clemson SC to compete in the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships on 22 and 23 April 2016. There were 132 colleges and universities represented in the two-day event. The Army team had great performances with CDT Dylan Morgan ’16 placing 4th and CDT Jacob Slife ’18 placing 12th in the men’s draft-legal race. CDT Teresa Groton ’18 placed 8th in the women’s draft-legal race. CDT’s Dylan Morgan ’16, Cat Sedy ’16, Teresa Groton ’18 and Jacob Slife ’18 placed 5th in the mixed-team relay. The team competition was a combined scored from the top draft-legal men’s and women’s score and the top four men’s and women’s score on the Olympic-distance non-draft event. As a team, the men’s team was 6th and the women’s team and the combined overall team placed in the top 10 out of 132. West Point defeated Air Force and Coast Guard head-to-head and was 2nd in the Military award completion just behind Navy.

Debate Competes in the 2016 Lafayette Debates
5/6/2016

USMA Debate Forum travelled to George Washington University in Washington, D.C., to compete in the 2016 Lafayette Debates. The Lafayette Debates tradition began in 1824 during the “hero’s tour” to the United States of General Marquis de Lafayette, and his son George Washington Lafayette. The Program was revived in 2015 with Army Debate taking home the prized General Lafayette trophy, given to the highest performing military academy. Following this culminating event of the 2016 Spring Season, West Point Debate looks to complete an alumni database and begin preparations for the 2017 season.

Obstacle Course at the Spartan Citi Field Sprint
5/6/2016

The Obstacle Course Racing team competed in the Spartan Citi Field Sprint in New York, NY. The course totaled over three miles, using every level of the stadium with 15+ obstacles. There were a total of 9,000 athletes, to include the top professionals in the Obstacle Course Racing community. The team had four men place in the top 20 and two women place in the top 15 in the Elite Men’s and Women’s divisions. CDT Joshua Bassette led the team through the finish line placing 7th. The top three male racers were CDT’s Joshua Bassette ’16, Daniel Camacho ’16, and Eric Zenger ’17; their times were 7th at 42:01; 10th at 43:33, and 11th at 43:42 respectively. The top two female racers were CDT Rachel Dodaro ’19 and CDT Eva Gould ’19; their times and placements were 13th at 52:53, and 14th at 53:09 respectively.

PaNe Attends the Nonproliferation Workshop
5/6/2016

PaNE sent three students and two faculty to attend the Nonproliferation Workshop conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This was an excellent educational experience. It provided the cadets excellent in-depth knowledge of the challenges faced in nonproliferation enforcement as well as expanded the students understanding of radiation detection. The students gained hands-on experience with advanced detection technologies as well as special nuclear material. This course was conducted in an extremely professional manner and was tailored to the particular knowledge base and interest of our audience. This workshop should be extended to all first class cadets enrolled in NE452 and should be modified to best suit that particular audience.

Cadets Visit Indian Point Energy Center
5/6/2016

CPT Josh Molgaard spent a few days taking NE300 students to tour the nuclear power plant at Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, NY. Cadets had an opportunity to see a commercial nuclear reactor in operation and gain a better understanding of what they’ve been taught in class and how it relates to the real world. The trip was very enlightening and rewarding, as it has been in previous semesters. Our thanks to Entergy, the owner of the facility, for their continued support.

Climbing in the Shawagunks Mountain Range
5/6/2016

The Army West Point Climbing Team took eight cadets to the Shawagunks Mountain Range in New Paltz, NY, to participate in a day of out-door climbing. Cadets on the trip included two new team members whom had never been outdoor climbing before. In the morning, the group made the arduous and complex hike up to the “Lost City” climbing wall. Building on the technical foundations learned in the indoor climbing gym, cadets were able to build anchor points atop the cliff under the supervision of senior team members and then safely rappel down. Utilizing traditional climbing systems, placing gear and building anchors, CDT Freddie Kratz ’19 practiced proper safety gear placement in preparation for his upcoming first lead climb. CDT Justin Black ’18 was exposed to some advanced climbing routes and able to fine-tune his skills in anticipation of the USA Climbing Nationals next week in San Diego, CA.

Semester Abroad in Beijing China
5/6/2016

Cadet Meredith Shea and Eric Tao Studying Chinese in Beijing this semester had great opportunities to see two different sides of Chinese Culture. Eric spent the weekend in Xi’An on the side of a mountain (see Photo), while the local tourists had themselves edited into photos on the mountain. Meredith spent the weekend with her Chinese Roommate making and sharing a traditional Chinese meal. Eric pointed out the local tourists are more interested in telling their friends about where they have been rather than the experiences available.

Scuba Final NAUI Open Water Certification Trip
5/6/2016

The USMA Scuba team conducted AY15-16’s fourth and final NAUI Open Water Certification trip to Dutch Springs, PA. This trip section included 19 students and 17 team members. All of the students conducted the four open water dives needed to complete their Basic Open Water Certification. After serving all four years at USMA on the team, this was the last open water certification trip for the team’s five firsties, CDT’s Derek Wilder, Alexander Hart, Michael Lami, Solomon McGinty and Grant Ringelman.

Cadets Work with Students at Entrada Academy in the Bronx
5/6/2016

Cadets from DFL Spanish’s Advanced Conversation (LS470) visited with students at Entrada Academy (Bronx, NY) for the course’s annual service-learning trip. Entrada Academy is a Title I NY public school where over 85% of students identify as Latino and receive some form of English language support. During their visit, Cadets had the opportunity to work with multiple levels of English Language Learners in support of the Entrada students’ upcoming language proficiency exams. In addition, Cadets had the opportunity to visit with students participating in the Chess Enrichment program and discussed opportunities related to college education and the military. After the visit, Cadets remarked that they have gained a new appreciation for the challenges experienced by English Language Learners and those who instruct them, as well as the importance of mentorship and the opportunity to interact with our regional community on a personal level.

Cadets Capture Whirlpool Galaxy with New Observatory Camera
5/5/2016

The new Meade 16-inch telescope in the Cadet Observatory has taken its first images with the SBIG STX-16803 full-frame camera. The camera is designed for imaging deep-space objects and it is not yet set up to work fully robotically. The first images were taken “manually,” without an electronic focuser or filters. Our target was the Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier Object 51 (M51). M51 is the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral in 1845. It is located in the constellation Canes Venatici (Hunting Dogs) not too far from the third star in the handle of the Big Dipper asterism. According to some sources, M51 is in the process of merging with the smaller galaxy seen at the bottom. The image, capturing light that left the Whirlpool Galaxy about 30 million years ago, was taken by CDT Abigail Daniel and Dr. Paula Fekete with assistance via Skype from Mr. Patric Knoll, an amateur astronomer from CA.

Persian Section Spring Immersion
5/5/2016

Six cadets participated in DFL Persian Section’s Spring Immersion program to Southern California. They volunteered for a week at a Persian-community Adult Health Day Care center where they spoke Persian to elderly Iranians with no English. In the afternoons, cadets got involved in events in the large and growing Persian community where they learned about Persian culture and participated in cultural activities leading up the Persian New Year, which fell on 19 March this year. Activities included the Los Angeles Persian Parade; a Persian professional association’s New Year gala; a Persian elementary school’s New Year performance; the House of Iran Cultural Center events; Westwood Persian New Year Fire Ceremony; and the Los Angeles Public Library’s Persian New Year event. They also visited several Persian bookstores, a publishing house, and the IMAN Iranian-Islamic center of Los Angeles. While there, they visited Persian art and rug galleries, clothing boutiques, and jewelry stores, in addition to a number of Persian grocery stores and restaurants. Cadets participated in several Persian-related private events, including one on Persian New Year’s Eve.

Opera Forum Attends Otello at the Met
5/5/2016

Ten Cadets from the USMA Opera Forum attended Bartlett Sher’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s 1887 masterpiece Otello at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The Italian opera is based upon Shakespeare’s play Othello in which the heroic title character is overcome by jealousy leading to the work’s tragic ending.

LTC Schmidt's Philosophy Forum Lecture
5/5/2016

LTC Eric C. Schmidt gave a lecture to the Philosophy Forum titled “Remotely Piloted Aircraft: The Role of RPAs in the War on Terror.” The next day, LTC Schmidt gave a secret brief on the same topic to select Cadets and faculty. LTC Schmidt serves as the Deputy Commander, 27th Special Operations Group. The 27 SOG provides combat ready forces to joint force commanders around the world. Its Airmen perform a variety of specialized airpower missions including lethal strike, ISR, fixed wing and tilt rotor battlefield mobility, helicopter aerial refueling, and other specialized combat support missions. The 27th SOG directs the training and readiness for ten squadrons operating various special operations aircraft. LTC Schmidt’s visit to USMA is linked to a DEP-run Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) AIAD this summer. The AIAD will discuss the ethical implications of the US and Great Britain’s use of RPAs with just war theorists at Oxford and a Royal Air Force RPA pilot in London.

DSE/CME Capstone Team Earns 2nd Place
5/5/2016

DSE/CME Capstone Team Earns 2nd Place at the University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition. MAJ Craig Brewer and Dr. Mike Deible took six cadets from the Department of Systems Engineering and Civil/Mech Engineering to Houston, TX to compete against other universities in the first University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition (USDASC). The competition required the team to build a system that can identify and monitor corrosion in hard to reach areas along with detecting the humidity and presence of water in a structure. The teams were judged on their tech report, a presentation, and a demonstration of their system in the competition structure. Overall, the USMA DSE/CME capstone team earned 2nd place in the first USDASC!

Cadet Capstone Brief to INSCOM CG
5/5/2016

CDTs Cale Brewer, Robert Marsh, Michael Willis, and Michael York traveled to INSCOM to brief MG Franz, INSCOM CG, on the results of their Systems Engineering capstone project. The cadets worked for the past academic year on helping INSCOM identify ways to improve recruiting and advertising for one of the INSCOM programs. The cadet team provided options for integrating social media into the process. MG Franz commended the cadets for a job well done and awarded them INSCOM coins.

USA Powerlifting Collegiate National Championships
5/5/2016

Powerlifting Competitive Club traveled to Providence, Rhode Island to compete in the USA Powerlifting Collegiate National Championships. Over 20 schools competed for the title of best in the U.S., including Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Northeastern University, University of Texas, and Texas A&M, Firstie Shaina Coss led off Army’s scoring, making a splash for the team and for women’s powerlifting as she achieved All-American status with a fourth-in-the-nation finish in her first National Championships. Firstie and Co-Captain Tom Evans also scored for Army West Point, becoming a two-time All-American with a fourth place finish off a huge 579 lbs deadlift (at 163 lbs body-weight), improving on his fifth place finish from last year. These two upperclass leaders did a great job setting the tone for the rest of the team and setting the conditions for success on the following day of competition, when most of the team lifted. The next day featured some outstanding performances, beginning with Firstie and Team Captain James Haworth. CDT Haworth put together an incredible performance (including a competition bench press personal record) to become an All-American with a fifth place finish in his final collegiate competition. Following Haworth’s lead, next year’s Team Captain Bryson Randall had a monster day, punctuating a second-in-the-nation finish and All-American award with a huge 640 lb. deadlift at 205 lbs. bodyweight. Last, but equally impressive - this year’s other Co-Captain Clay Barone had the best Powerlifting meet of his life, setting the example for the rest of the team by coming through when it counts the most to be-come an All – American with a fifth place finish; he set a huge personal best in the deadlift to achieve his fifth place, pulling 628 lbs. at 205 lbs. bodyweight. The fireworks finale occurred in the afternoon session of lifting, as Army West Point swept the top three spots in the 231 lb. weight class. Yearling Morgan Willcox captured the national championship with a dominant performance, achieving over 1600 lbs. for his three lift total. Yearling Justin Byers took second place and Class of 2017’s Jacob Weiss was third in a masterful performance by these three All – American athletes. Rounding out Army West Point’s scoring, Class of 2017’s Seth Kirchner put together a masterful meet at 264 lbs, capturing second place and securing his own All-American status. When the final results were read the men’s team succeeded in winning their first National Championship since the early 1990s. Every single individual performance was absolutely critical as the scoring was very tight – Army West Point beat Ohio State by two points. The women’s team, in their first recent national competition, notched their first All-American in over a decade and placed in the top 10 in the nation with an eighth place finish. The hard work by these men and women paid off; every cadet that made the trip represented USMA superbly and with class the entire weekend and came away champions.

Systems Engineering Capstone Outbriefs to PM UAS
5/5/2016

Two cadet capstone teams from the Department of Systems Engineering visited COL Courtney Cote, the Army’s Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, to brief him on projects they performed for his organization this academic year. Cadets Joshua Olivas, Luke Jenkins, Ramsay Talmadge, and Drew Hidalgo briefed their recommended solution for GPS denied navigation for small unmanned aircraft. Their advisor is Dr. Roger Burk. Cadets Brady Carroll, Pierre Archambeau, Creighton Monson and Nebyou Abera briefed him on tradespace analysis for the design of the Short Range Micro unmanned aircraft. This project is a collaborative effort with a mechanical engineering team consisting of cadets James Glover, Matt Denison, and Joe Lipshutz. The advisors are COL Rob Kewley and MAJ Brent Pafford. COL Cote thanked the teams for these efforts, which will have significant impact on the designs of small unmanned aircraft used by the Army. He also highlighted the importance of leadership and Army Values as they become leaders for the Army. These projects are part of a multi-year cooperation between PM UAS and USMA to address engineering challenges while also providing valuable developmental experiences for the cadets.

Army Ultimate Frisbee Beats Navy in Annapolis
5/5/2016

The Army ultimate team (Frisbee), coached by Dr. Stephen Finn (CFE), trounced the Navy team in Annapolis. The game was close until half time (8-5), but the cadets outscored the midshipmen in the second half 7-3, leading to a final score of 15-8. This was the second annual Army-Navy ultimate game. Navy beat Army last year by a 1 point margin in New York City.

PaNE Annual Awards Banquet
5/5/2016

The Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering hosted their Annual Awards Banquet at the West Point Club to induct cadets into the Society of Physics Students and the American Nuclear Society as well as present certificates for excellence in physics and nuclear engineering coursework throughout AY16. The guest speaker for the event was BG Timothy Trainor, Dean of the Academic Board, USMA.

Smith Pitches No-Hitter as Softball Sweeps Hartford
5/4/2016

WEST HARTFORD, CT - After sweeping Hartford in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday evening, the Army West Point softball team has reached 35 regular season wins which ties the program record. The Black Knights defeated the Hawks by scores of 7-0 and 5-3. Caroline Smith pitched her first career no-hitter and was one batter away from the perfect game. The 2016 squad ties the 2012 record of 35 regular season wins with three more games on the docket. Read More

NEAF Cadets Attend the Astronomy & Space Expo
5/4/2016

Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) Expo Cadets Abigail Daniel ’18 and Kris Korzan ’16, along with their PH489 individual research project advisor, Dr. Paula Fekete, attended the NEAF Astronomy and Space Expo held at Rockland Community College in nearby Suffern, NY. As part of their research project, the Cadets are performing visual observations and acquiring astrophotography images in the new West Point Observatory. They visited the expo to be acquainted with the latest astronomy and astrophotography gear available. More than 150 astronomy equipment vendors were represented. In addition to being the largest expo of specialized equipment in the field, NEAF is also a forum for numerous scientific presentations. Cadets attended two of the scientific talks. NEAF talks are given by the most brilliant personalities in the fields of space and astronomy. The first talk was contributed by Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons Mission to Pluto and it was entitled Mission to Pluto and What Planethood Really Means. The second attended talk was The Confirmation of Gravitational Waves, and it was presented by David Shoemaker, senior research scientist at MIT, director of the Advanced LIGO project. Attendance allowed a great opportunity to cadets and their instructor to enlarge their horizons by attending talks given by researchers at the forefront of science today.

Radiological Engineering Visits STERIS Isomedix in Chester, NY
5/4/2016

Radiological Engineering Design students took a trip to STERIS Isomedix, in Chester, NY to see an example of how radiation is used in industry. Cadets experienced first-hand how gamma rays from a Cobalt-60 radioactive source sterilize medical supplies and food, remediate mold, cross-link polymers, and perform many other applications. During the visit, STERIS Isomedix loaded about 500,000 Curies of new Co-60 sources into one of their gamma-ray sterilization machines, reshuffled older sources, and removed the oldest ones which were no longer sufficiently radioactive. Cadets watched the shielded containers as they were lifted by crane off a flatbed truck and lowered into a 25-foot deep pool of water where they were safely opened and loaded into the machine. Mr. Mark Thomas, the Director of Operations, was very knowledgeable and a great teacher as Cadets asked him many questions about the business aspects of using radioisotopes in industry.

Cadets Visit ExxonMobil Remediation Site
5/4/2016

EV 488 Field Trip: cadets from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering traveled to Brooklyn, NY to visit an ExxonMobil remediation site near Newtown Creek. The trip was hosted by Mr. Scott Wybro, Class of 2003. Scott is the ExxonMobil Area Manager for the northeast and a graduate of the D/G&EnE Environmental Geography major. The trip supplemented their environmental remediation studies as a part of EV488, Solid & Hazardous Waste Treatment and Remediation. The cadets were able to view full scale remediation systems that target one of the largest subsurface petroleum spills in the United States. The tour included several on-site remediation technologies, such as the free-product recovery wells, a catalytic oxidizer, an air stripper, carbon adsorption vessels, and an oil/water separator. This rewarding experience allowed cadets to see these processes first hand and talk with practicing engineers about their careers and the on-going waste remediation and recovery processes. Cadets also experienced cultural emersion by eating at the Karczma Restaurant, which is located in a Polish neighborhood in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Cadet Field Trip to United Nations
5/4/2016

25 firstie environmental science majors enrolled in EV487 Environmental Security participated in a field trip to the US Mission to the United Nations and to the United Nations itself. The cadets were briefed by a USUN staff member (LTC David Macdonald) who works in the Military Affairs branch of the US Mission, by a USUN Political Section expert (Ms. Tashawna Smith) on the role of the UN Security Council in pursuing US national security interests, and by a USMA graduate (Mr. Brian Conroy) who is employed in the USUN Management Reform Section on reform priorities for UN Peacekeeping. After lunch, the cadets toured the United Nations building with the highlight being visiting the Security Council and General Assembly chambers. The briefings and tour tied directly to class discussions on how military and NGO organizations can promote stability and security in developing nations and thus limit the global spread of terrorism and the ultimate involvement of the US military.

C3MO Visits the US District Court in Brooklyn
5/4/2016

Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO) NYC Engagement. The Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO) travelled to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn. The cadets sat in on proceedings by Judge Sterling Johnson and Senior Judge Jack Weinstein and toured the offices of the U.S. Marshals. The cadets discussed the difference between civil and military justice with the judges and learned about the judges’ legal careers. The club strengthened the Academy’s bond with New York City and demonstrated the professionalism of the Corps of Cadets. This event will create opportunities for future engagements between West Point and the Federal Court system.

Mitchell, Sakata Share AAA Athlete of the Week
5/4/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Freshman David Mitchell of the men's tennis team and sophomore Dean Sakata of the men's golf team have each earned the AAA Athlete of the Week for their respective performances in helping their teams secure Patriot League Championships. Click here for the video. Mitchell garnered Patriot League MVP honors after going 3-0 in singles in the league tournament. The IMG Academy product played all three of his matches in the third flight. In the championship match against Navy, he had to overcome a first set loss while the match was tied 2-2. Mitchell ultimately won 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. Read More

CHAC Paper Tutoring Session
5/4/2016

The Cadet History Advisory Council (CHAC) hosted a paper tutoring session for cadets enrolled in HI108, International History. 25 plebes (5% of the core class) benefited from the tutelage of volunteer history majors, who advised the underclassmen on writing style, organization, and clarity of argument. CHAC will also conduct a paper tutoring session for HI105 in the upcoming weeks.

Department of History Lunchtime Lecture
5/4/2016

CPT Antonio Salinas provided a lunchtime lecture to second- and third-class history majors. His lecture discussed Siren's Song: The Allure of War, his wartime memoir about his experiences as an infantry platoon leader in Kunar, Afghanistan. CPT Salinas not only shared his combat and leadership experiences but he also gave a brief outline of about future class offerings for cadets interesting in studying Greco-Roman Warfare for their thesis research. 35 cadets attended this voluntary event, which was the third installment of the Cadet History Advisory Council (CHAC) mentorship series.

Cultural Forum Travels to the Gotham Comedy Club in NYC
5/4/2016

Members of the Hudson Valley Cultural Forum traveled to the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City to attend an evening of veteran comics’ performances. Three of the performers—Isaura Ramirez, Mike Garvey, and Clifton Hoffler—were alumni of the Armed Services Arts Partnership’s (ASAP) Veterans Comedy Bootcamp who were making their NYC debut. They were accompanied by national headliner and Navy Veteran, PJ Walsh, and Army Veteran Dion Flynn, who plays the President on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Cadet Kyle Lackey discovered an unexpected connection with one of the performers, Marine Corps Veteran Mike Garvey. Cadet Lackey assisted in training Garvey’s service dog, Liberty, with Puppies Behind Bars. The Hudson Valley Cultural Forum’s mission is to expose Cadets to the history, arts, and culture of the Hudson River Valley.

Combating Terrorism Center Cadet/Student Conference
5/3/2016

The Combating Terrorism Center hosted its 4th Annual Cadet/Student Conference. The conference provides a high-level forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present research focused on the characteristics, causes, and implications of terrorism and insurgency as well as broader issues related to asymmetric conflicts. This year’s experts included the Honorable Juan Zarate, former Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism (2005-2009); Dr. Victor Asal, Chair of Public Administration and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at SUNY Albany; and Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, founding director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Student presenters hailed from such institutions as Stanford University, London School of Economics, Kings College, and UMASS Lowell.

The two-day event featured addresses by COL Cindy Jebb, head of the Department of Social Sciences, and AMB Michael Sheehan, CTC’s Distinguished Chair, as well as presentations by several cadets. These included CDT David Lane (Conciliation Strategies in Northern Ireland), CDT Theodore Lipsky (Security Sector Reform in Post Asymmetric Conflicts), CDT Joe Presti (States or Something Else—A Comparison between ISIS and Hezbollah), CDT Bryan Silverman (Deciphering National Intelligence Institutions), and CDT Carson Warnberg (Effectiveness of CT Legislation against Militia Groups). Other cadets and USMA faculty attended panels and contributed to discussions throughout the conference.

Civil and Mechanical Engineering Collegiate Infrastructure Challenge
5/3/2016

Cadets Compete at Collegiate Infrastructure Challenge. A team of five cadets (Matthew Brown, Colin Doody, Ian Mauldin, Matthew Salazar, and Kevin Yi) were given a challenge to develop a solution to reduce the vulnerability of our nation’s transportation infrastructure. They presented their solution 24 hours later to a panel of judges and a room full of engineers, policy makers, and city planners as part of the Collegiate Infrastructure Challenge hosted by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) during this year’s Critical Infrastructure Symposium in Charleston, SC. The USMA team beat teams from USAFA and The Citadel to earn a second place finish behind a team from VMI.

Third Annual Ethics of War Conference
5/3/2016

Department of English and Philosophy faculty and Cadets attended the Third Annual Ethics of War Conference, an annual joint program between West Point and Villanova University. This year’s conference was hosted by Villanova University. This multi-disciplinary academic conference gathered some of the most influential philosophers, lawyers, political scientists and theologians currently contributing to the field of war ethics. The plenary sessions were offered by Dr. Claire Finkelstein of the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer of University of California, Santa Barbara; Dr. Frances Kamm of Harvard University; and Dr. Dominic Tierney of Swarthmore College, with faculty presentations by COL David Barnes, LTC Mike Saxon, Prof. Graham Parsons, and MAJ Tim Leone. While all were enriched by those scholars’ contributions, the highlight of the conference each year are the more than twenty Villanova students and West Point Cadets that present their own academic work throughout the event. USMA Cadet Presenters this year were Sam Andersen, Brett Benedict, James Duncan, Edmund Mullin, Zoe Kreitenberg, Carolyn Kehn, Harold Shablom, Matthew Malcom, Sam Kolling, and Ivellisse Velez-Morey.

Crew at the Kerr Cup in Philadelphia
5/3/2016

Army West Point Crew continued their strong spring season at the Kerr Cup in Philadelphia on the Schuylkill River, competing against 35 other collegiate programs from across the county, including NCAA women’s teams and highly-ranked DIV-1 varsity men’s programs. Army entered 11 events, sending 9 boats to Grand Finals, including all of the Eights races – the premier category in the sport. The Varsity Women’s Pair won their heat in the varsity pair event with the fastest time of the morning. As the top seed in the Grand Final, the women experienced a seat mal-function at the start, but were still able to finish in 5th place ahead of one crew in the race. In the Grand Finals, The Novice Women’s Four took 4th, just .15 seconds from the bronze medal positon, ahead of the crews from NYU and Rutgers Camden. The Novice Men’s Four came up less than a second short of consecutive 1st place finishes, just behind the top-ranked Delaware LWT crew, defeating hometown favorites Drexel and Villanova in the process. The Novice Men’s Eight finished their Grand Final race with a time of 5:59.01, just behind the gold medal shell from Drexel, but ahead of the Delaware team that beat them in the heats earlier in the day. The Novice Women brought home the first gold for Army at the Kerr Cup since 2009, crossing the line in 6:52.8, two and a half boat lengths in front of the next closest competitor. The gold medal boat was coxed by CDT Xiao Pfohman, and powered by CDTs Mary Bahr, Lauren Hudak, Natalie Nepa, Hannah Makuch, Hannah Wentland, Lauren Pile, Margaret Gleason, and Amanda Kuruc at the stroke position. The Men’s Second Varsity Four placed 2nd in a finals only race, bested only by Fordham, and ahead of Temple, Rochester, Mary Washington and NY Maritime. The Men’s Second Varsity Eight sprinted to a 5th place finish just seconds behind the top crews, beating the Gonzaga boat at the line. The Varsity Women Eight had a strong first row of the season making the Grand Finals in a field of 16, beating the Patriot League Lehigh boat, and in close contact with an all-NCAA field including Temple, Fordham, Drexel, and St Josephs. The Men’s Varsity Eight finished in the bronze medal position, just behind the 12th ranked (nationally) Drexel boat. In the process, the Army crew defeated St Josephs’ top eight, marking an 8 second swing from the previous weekend’s result at the Knecht Cup. As a result of their strong performance, all four Eights were ranked in the top 10 in the nation in the American Collegiate Rowing Association poll. In preparation for the nationals, Army will host their only home event of the spring, the Faunce Cup, against Penn State University, beginning at 0800 at the Caufield Crew Center on Saturday, 23 May. The team will then leave the next day for a dual meet with Marist in Poughkeepsie for the President’s Cup.

Mounger Writing Center Special Support for SOSH Paper
5/3/2016

Under the leadership of CDT Cameron Voigt ’17, who was inspired by his attendance of the annual conference of the International Writing Centers Association in October 2015, the Writing Center conducted its first large-scale event in direct support of a specific writing assignment: the SOSH Paper. Held 3-4 April, 1930-2230, the Writing Center’s “SOSHIAL” facilitated expanded numbers of individual appointments for Cadets who worked with Writing Fellows specifically trained to assist them. In all, the Center conducted nineteen forty-five minute one-on-one consultations, in addition to serving several other Cadets who dropped in with briefer questions. Meanwhile, CDTs Nathan Hernandez and Erin Savage conducted special workshops on “Evidence: Research & Integration” and “Chicago Citation Style,” respectively. Finally, the Yoga Club helped out by conducting ‘relaxation sessions’ to support Cadets through the long writing process. The event received significant support from MAJ Renee Ramsey (SOSH), Course Director of SS307, and Ms. Laura Mosher (Library), in addition to the West Point Parents Club, which provided plentiful snacks to sustain CDTs as they worked. Overall, feedback from all Cadets who participated was extremely positive, despite the limited number of appointments the Center was able to offer, and through CDT Voigt’s leadership and the dedicated efforts of nearly two dozen Cadet Writing Fellows, the event set an important precedent and standard for the future.

English and Philosophy USMA-Vassar Initiative
5/3/2016

Members of the USMA-Vassar Initiative convened at Vassar College, where Cadets and their student hosts attended a C. Mildred Thompson Lecture given by Dr. Marilyn Young, New York University Professor of History, entitled “How to Remember the Vietnam War.” Young’s lecture coincided with Vietnam Veterans Day and the 33rd anniversary of the United States’ withdrawal of combat units and support personnel from Vietnam on 29 March 1973. In her lecture, Young explored what the Vietnam War can tell people about today's foreign policy problems. Following a group dinner with their student hosts, Cadets remained overnight in the Vassar College dormitories before returning to West Point early the next morning. In its sixth year, the USMA-Vassar Initiative part of a Mellon Foundation funded project designed to bridge the civil-military divide.

Class in Space
5/2/2016

The plebes of MA104 and MA255 had a unique pair of guest lecturers in their classes today. COL (R) Jeff Williams ’80 and COL (R) Tim Kopra ’85, astronauts aboard the International Space Station and members of Expedition 47, held a video teleconference (VTC) with the cadets in Robinson Auditorium. Aside from a 90-second loss of signal, the VTC was a great success, with 15 cadets posing questions to the astronauts, who were whizzing above them at 17,500 MPH, some 250 miles up in space. The cadets asked Williams and Kopra a wide range of questions, everything from how they do physical fitness training in space (they work out two-and-a-half hours a day) to how they do their laundry (they don’t; they bring enough clothes to last their six-month mission). While this might have been a math lesson (titled “Connecting Space Travel to Math”), some of the answers the astronauts gave crossed into the areas of philosophy and international relations. For example, Kopra told the plebes that West Point is changing them in ways they will only understand once they have left its gates, and when Williams was asked about working with the three Russian cosmonauts during Expedition 47, he said, “One of the greatest successes of the ISS is the ‘international’ part.” The 30-minute VTC also had some lighter moments that highlighted the personality of the NASA graduates. When Williams was asked if he would volunteer for a mission to Mars if it meant a one-way trip, he said, “I love an adventure, but I’m not a fool!” The duo also posed on screen for a space selfie with one of the cadet questioners. Then, before ending the VTC, Williams and Kopra performed the “Rocket” with the Class of 2019. MAJ Thomas Nelson ’04, course director for MA104, and his team spent more than a year coordinating this lesson with NASA, and it should be one that the cadets remember for the rest of their lives.

Athletic Director's Update
5/2/2016

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

Women’s Rugby Captures NIRA 7s Championship
5/2/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point women's rugby team captured the 2016 National Intercollegiate Rugby Association 7s championship with a 15-12 victory over AIC on Saturday from Anderson Rugby Complex. The day started with a 36-5 victory over Dartmouth with Kirsten Redmon and Chioma Odocha leading the way with two tries each. Zye Crittington and Becca Stipp also contributed tries, while Lindy Clark added four points from two conversions. Kaeleigh Warfield scored two points with a conversion. The Black Knights then blanked their service academy rival, Navy, 31-0. Read More

Golf Wins Patriot League Title
5/2/2016

ANNAPOLIS, MD - With a 22 stroke advantage, the Army West Point golf team won the Patriot League title Sunday afternoon with sophomore Dean Sakata clinching the individual title by nine strokes. Three Black Knights placed in the top five and all six Cadets finished in the top-30. Army not only wins the league title, but also qualifies for the NCAA Regional Tournament. Today's win marks the 11th Patriot League title for the Army golf program and the second under head coach Watts' tenure. Watts was named the Coach of the Year for the second time of his career at Army. Sakata is the 10th Black Knight in program history to bear the Men's Golfer of the Year title. Read More

Men’s Tennis Defeats Navy, Wins Patriot League Title
5/2/2016

BETHLEHEM, PA - A remarkably close contest for the Army West Point men's tennis team against Navy fittingly came down to a third set tiebreaker in the fifth singles flight on Sunday in the Patriot League Championship. The Black Knights avenged a loss to the Midshipmen from eight days ago as junior Kyle Barnes won 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4) in the decisive match to claim a 4-3 win and the program's seventh league title. "It was an exciting match," said Army head coach Jim Poling. "It's always fun to play and compete against Navy. I thought we competed hard and it was a great match, one of the best matches we've played in a while. Barnes had three opportunities at match point before winning in the third set tiebreaker. Read More

Baseball Takes Game Three from Lehigh
5/2/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point baseball team edged the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh 5-2 in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader on Sunday from Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field. Lehigh (21-27, 9-10 PL) starter Sam Ashey tossed an efficient first inning, needing just eight pitches to retire the Black Knights (16-30, 6-13 PL) in order. The Mountain Hawks scored the game's first run in the top of the second on a hit by Anthony Rinaldi. The single scored Ryan Bonshak, who reached on a one-out walk. Read More

Feature Friday: Track's Dual-Sport Athletes
4/29/2016

Click here for the video. Track and field can be one of the most demanding college sports, but multiple athletes have found a way to be successful at it while also achieving highly for other teams at West Point. Story

An Amazing Day at West Point
4/29/2016

Seventeen years ago, a single West Point academic department invited external guests to witness the applied research its cadets had done in support of the Army and the Department of Defense. From such humble beginnings has sprung Projects Day, the United States Military Academy’s annual showcase of presentations, poster sessions, theses defenses, performances and more that represent the best of cadet intellect, creativity, and tenacity. This year, 13 academic departments, along with the Department of Physical Education and the Department of Military Instruction, took part in Projects Day. Speaking at a luncheon for donors, whose contributions to the Margin of Excellence help fund many of the projects seen on Projects Day, BG Tim Trainor ’83, Dean of the Academic Board, said, “It’s simply an amazing day at West Point.”

From the ballroom of the West Point Club to the labs of Bartlett Hall and in various venues all over the Academy, nearly 400 projects were on display at this year’s Project Day. One cadet was even outside between buildings to display the results of the Astronomy Club’s balloon satellite launch.

While the projects were varied, representing the academic interests of the cadets’ home department (for example, statistical analyses for the Department of Mathematical Sciences or international case studies for the Department of Foreign Languages), they all had one element in common. “I think all the projects extend problem-solving skills beyond the classroom,” said CDT Jacob Browning ’16, one of the team members of the Chem-E-Car Design Project. CDT Kaeliegh Warfield ’16, who worked with three other cadets in establishing a new observatory on the roof of Bartlett Hall for taking astro-photography and deep-space images, put it another way. “It’s not about the contents of the cadet projects, but rather the context surrounding them,” she said. “That is, figuring out ways to fix things when they go wrong and keeping faith in oneself to get the job done.”

Other factors seemed to unite cadets surrounding Projects Day. Most spent an average of eight-to-ten hours a week outside of their normal assignments working on their projects, and all seem to relish the opportunity to present their projects to an audience (“Although we all go crazy with stress the night before,” admitted CDT Tucker Favreau ’16, who worked with four other cadets on the Black Hat Risk project, which blended math, psychology, international relations, and computer science to calculate the risk of a force being detected while hacking into an enemy computer network). As BG Trainor remarked, one can readily hear the excitement and passion in the cadets’ voices when they discuss their projects. “Projects Day is meant to inspire a passion for lifelong learning,” said Trainor. By this measure, Projects Day is not just an amazing day at but also a marvelous success for West Point.

Giachinta Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society
4/29/2016

IRVING, TX - Senior Matt Giachinta of the Army West Point football team was named by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) to the 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society.The players honored are comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their collegiate career. Each player must also be a starter or significant contributor to their respective school in their final year of eligibility and meet all NCAA/NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

Giachinta, one of Army's co-captains for his final year, is one of 875 players to receive the honor. He appeared in every game this season with eight starts. The Cold Spring, N.Y., native totaled 61 rushes for 286 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and one touchdown this season. He finished fourth on the team in rushing yardage and was one of six offensive skill position players to appear in every game. Full Story »

Softball Holds off Colgate to Win Series Finale
4/29/2016

HAMILTON, NY - After forcing the game to extra innings, the Army West Point softball team was able to clinch a 4-3 victory over Colgate Thursday evening in the series that began earlier this month. The Black Knights scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth and hold off the Raiders for the win. Gladys Esparza-Gallegos led off the Black Knights in the top of the eighth with a walk and had pinch runner Tyler McKinney take the bag for her. Maddie Kim was then walked to advance McKinney into scoring position for Army. Ashely Yoo tabbed a sacrifice bunt to the third baseman to push McKinney safely to third. Read More

Cycling Competes in the Shippensburg Scurry
4/29/2016

The Army West Point Cycling team travelled to Cleversburg, PA, to compete in the 2016 Shippensburg Scurry. The strong winds and unseasonably cold weather provided a challenge to all of the riders. Saturday started out with a circuit and killer hill climb, and the weekend finished up with a road race on Sunday. Unfortunately, due to the weather, officials had to truncate the road course and cut out the Horse Killer Hill. Top finishers this weekend include: cadet Jinny Yan ’16 CAT B, taking 3rd place in the circuit, and 2nd in the road race and hill climb; cadet Tristan Leo Manderfeld ’17 CAT B, taking 5th place in the circuit and 4th in the hill climb; cadet Monte He ’19 CAT C, taking 1st place in the circuit, 2nd in the road race, and 3rd in the hill climb; and cadet Andy Young ’19 CAT D, placing 5th in the circuit. With four riders upgrading going into the Shippensburg Scurry, and more expected to upgrade this next weekend, the team has seen strong improvements early in season.

Civil-Military Operations Visits US District Court
4/29/2016

The USMA Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO) travelled to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn. The cadets sat in on proceeding by Judge Sterling Johnson and Senior Judge Jack Weinstein, and then toured the offices of the U.S. Marshals. The cadets discussed the difference between civil and military justice with the judges, and learned about the judges’ legal careers. The club strengthened the Academy’s bond with New York City, and demonstrated the professionalism of the Corps of Cadets. This event created an opportunity for future engagements between USMA and the Federal Court system.

Water Polo Tournament at Notre Dame
4/29/2016

The Water Polo team travelled to the University of Notre Dame to participate in a tournament. The ten-man team played four games, where they went three and one. The first of the team’s three games on Saturday was against Lake Forest University; after a tough first quarter, the Army team rallied on the counter and hammered them down to a convincing 15-2 victory. In their second game, against the hosting team Notre Dame, Army faced their toughest competition of the weekend. After a tough four quarters of very even play, the teams went into a shoot-out to break the tie; after one shootout yielded the same result, Army lost in a sudden-elimination round by one goal. After refueling and a quick break, they returned to play Carthage College. Motivated by their tough loss earlier, yearlings CDT’s Shelby Lee and Leonid Milman came out with a strong counter and led the team to a 17-2 victory. After a night’s rest, the Army team came out to face off against Grand Valley University. With a lead secured early on by Firstie CDT David Bennet, and the excellent play of plebe CDT Jeff Stark, the team was able to relax their counterattack and focus on their fundamentals, leading to a 10-4 victory. The ten man roster presented a new and different experience to the players over the weekend, as they all experienced playing with more fatigue and more swimming than they were used to. However, playing these new opponents under different conditions was a valuable experience for all of the members, and valuable connections were made with referees, coaches, and players in the region.

Women’s Boxing Competes at the NCBA
4/29/2016

Women’s Boxing travelled to Seattle, WA, to compete in the NCBA (National Collegiate Boxing Association) for the first time in the history of Women’s Boxing this year. The team trained 5-8 times per week from August until April in preparation for Nationals, and when the time came they met the challenge head on. After six female boxers qualified for Nationals at the NCBA East Regional Competition, the team had the opportunity to compete in the NCBA National Championships. The Army West Point Women’s Boxing team placed fourth in the Nation overall in the team competition. The Team Captain, CDT Sarah Gold, fought her way to be the National Champion in the Women’s 156lb weight division. CDT Ejakhian Obiomon placed 2nd in the 165lb weight division, and CDT’s Mikaila Wiitanen, Sarah Soliven, Briana Dorsey, and Esther Nagila all fought their way to the semi-finals and earned 3rd place.

Speech & Parliamentary Debate at IPDA Champioship
4/29/2016

Ten cadets from the USMA Speech and Parliamentary Debate Forum travelled to Baytown, TX, to compete against 30 schools in the 2016 IPDA National Championship Debates. The USMA teams had tremendous success, with CDT’s Morgan Aiken ’19 and Dalton Combs ’16 taking the top place in the team division. CDT Combs also received an award for being in the top ten speakers for the team division of the tournament. CDT’s Brett Yelverton and Jacob Engelke (both Class of ’19) broke to out-rounds (a single-elimination playoff to determine the champion, accessed only after achieving an excellent record in preliminary rounds) in the individual Novice Division. CDT Meyer Ungerman ’16 broke to the out-rounds in the individual Varsity Division, making it to the octofinals CDT Nathan Hernadez ’17 also broke to the out-rounds in the individual Varsity Division and made it to the quarterfinals. USMA placed fifth overall at the National Tournament through the points achieved from the victories.

Six-Run Inning Lifts Baseball Over Marist in HVBC
4/28/2016

FISHKILL, NY - A six-run sixth inning powered the Army West Point baseball team to an 8-3 victory over Marist in the 11th annual Hudson Valley Baseball Classic from Dutchess Stadium on Wednesday night. Click here for the video recap. With the win, the Black Knights (15-28) take a 6-5 advantage in the series. "There was another great atmosphere here tonight," said head coach Matt Reid. "Army, Marist and the Renegades put together a great event with the fireworks and the clinic in addition to the game. It's a great event for the Hudson Valley." Read More

Schultz Named PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year
4/28/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Senior tri-captain Austin Schultz was selected as the Patriot League's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's lacrosse on Wednesday for his outstanding achievements in the classroom. The defenseman is a three-time member of the Patriot League All-Academic Team, including the 2016 team. He has a 3.62 grade point average as an economics major at the U.S. Military Academy and has numerous academic accolades. He has earned Distinguished Cadets honors three times and has been on the Dean's List for each of his seven terms at the academy. On the field, Schultz was selected to the All-Patriot League First Team for the third time in his career. He has posted career highs in ground balls with 21 and has posted a career best 15 caused turnovers. Schultz is the leader of the defense that is ranked in the top 10 nationally and has been throughout his three years with the Black Knights. Read More

Army Martial Arts Takes 1st Place in the National Collegiate Championships
4/28/2016

The Army Martial Arts team competed in the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association National Championships at the University of Colorado Boulder. The competition was a two-day individual’s tournament. Cadets Eli Eichenberger and Taylor Wing took first and second respectively in Red Belt Heavyweight sparring. Cadets Ellis Valdez, Cimingmao Lor, and Jackson Darash placed first, second and third in the Blue Belt Division. Cadets Bradley Harrison and Jason Viyar earned second place medals and Cadet John Mueller took first in Men’s Beginner sparring. In the Women’s Color Belt Divisions, Cadets Kristel Guino and Jennifer Huntley earned second and third in Women’s Beginner sparring. Cadets Alexandra Baker and Kayla Johnson both took first place in their respective Women’s Beginner weight classes. Additionally, Cadet Ellis Valdez won third place in Blue Belt Forms and Cadet Sarah Juhn won third place in Women’s White Belt Forms. In the Black Belt divisions, Cadet Wonha Kim took second in Women’s Heavyweight, Caleb Lim took 2nd in Men’s Heavyweight, and Matthew Galea took 2nd in Men’s flyweight. Cadets Alexandra Baker, John Mueller, Ellis Valdez, and Eli Eichenberger all won NCTA National Champion titles and the Army Team won five gold medals, eight silver and three bronze. West Point won 1st place in the Color Belt divisions and 1st place overall beating out 72 colleges in the competition. Story

Crew Has Best Showing in Team History
4/28/2016

The Army West Point Crew had the best showing in team history at the Knecht Cup on Mercer Lake in West Windsor Township, NJ. The Knecht Cup is a two-day event against more than 50 other collegiate programs from across the country, including NCAA powerhouse Women’s teams, and much larger DIV-1 Varsity Men’s programs. Despite some rough weather and limited practice time in the preceding weeks, the team entered the competition with confidence as they faced some of the top teams in the country and began the spring campaign towards the National Championships in early May. The team did not disappoint, sending a record 8 of 12 boats to the finals on Sunday and picking up a gold in the Men’s Novice Four event. The small boats, pairs and fours, started the cold day with solid efforts in the heats, with four boats advancing to the semi-final round. As the day progressed, an icy rain and a steady head-wind on the course made for challenging conditions for all athletes. Despite the deteriorating conditions, Army Crew saw all four eight-man entries advance to the semis scheduled for later in the day. As the field narrowed in the afternoon semifinals, the Army fours rose to the challenge, sending two Varsity Women’s fours and one Novice Men’s four to the finals on Sunday morning. In past seasons, this would have been a tremendous accomplishment for Army Crew, but the team still had twice as many boats to qualify for the finals. By mid-afternoon, the athletes began to suffer from the long exposure to the weather, so officials suspended racing until Sunday morning.

Racing began on a Sunday with the premier events, the semis for the Varsity Men’s Eight. Facing several strong programs, including last year's winner, the cadets cruised to a second place finish, placing them in the middle lane for the grand final event. Soon after, the Novice Men’s and Women’s eights raced their way into the grand finals as well, defeating several boats that they will face again in the National Championships in May. With the Men’s Second Varsity Eight securing a berth in the Grand Finals, Army Crew had four eights and two fours in the grans, with two more fours in the second level finals. The first Army boat to race in the finals won Gold, a feat last accomplished in 2005. In their race, the Men’s Novice Four bested their counterparts from Villanova, Bowdoin, Loyola, Bucknell, Lafayette, and 10 other collegiate teams, completing the 2000 meter race in 7:16.40. The Men’s Second Varsity Four started next, racing in a finals-only event, finishing in 4th place out of six entries, ahead of the Rhode Island and NY Maritime boats. The two Varsity Women’s qualifiers were the next to race in the Petite Finals. The Women’s Second Varsity Four crossed the line in 5th place, making them the 9th fastest in a field of 24. The Varsity Women’s Four finished strong, winning their race by a boat-length over last year's winner, Bucknell; their efforts ranked them 7th out of 34 entries. The Army eight’s racing began with the Men’s Novice Eight, where the cadet boat crossed the line in 4th place, ahead of quality teams from Colgate and Rutgers, and ten other boats who started on Saturday. The Novice Women’s eight finished in 5th in their finals, in a fast race with some of the top programs in the country, while defeating the Temple Crew and 15 other collegiate entries. In the final event of the day, the Men’s Varsity Eight tied the previous Army record, set in 2005, with a 4th place finish in the grands, just seconds behind St. Joseph’s University, Delaware and Hobart.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers at the Regionals
4/28/2016

Fourteen cadets from the West Point Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) travelled to the University of Delaware for the 2016 AIChE Mid-Atlantic Regionals to compete in chemical engineering jeopardy, research poster sessions, research paper presentations, and a Chem-E-Car competition. This year was the first time that the West Point AIChE cadets have built a Chem-E-Car or competed in the research paper competition. The event was a chance for the cadets to give technical presentations, meet fellow chemical engineers, and be inspired by Dr. Sujata Bhatia, who challenged the undergraduates to apply their expertise to improve the lives of others.

Women's Team Handball
4/28/2016

West Point Women’s Team Handball travelled to Washington, D.C, where both the Gold and Black Team competed against local team handball clubs. On Saturday morning, West Point Black faced off against the local club from Washington, D.C.; a tight game resulted in a West Point defeat. Next, the West Point teams played each other in the second match of the day. After a good fight between the two teams, West Point Black emerged as the winner. West Point Gold then proceeded to play NYC; despite an NYC victory, West Point Gold’s improvement was never more evident as it was in this well-fought match as they played their best performance yet against an experienced NYC. Lastly, West Point Black finished the day with a match against Ocean City. The game came down to a final penalty shot after a long, back-and-forth scoring game. Unfortunately, Ocean City pulled ahead and defeated West Point Black by one point.

Marathon Takes 2nd in the Nationals
4/28/2016

The Army West Point Marathon team travelled to Bloomington, IN, to compete in Nationals. There, they won second place out of the 34 teams competing at Nationals. Cadet Chris Boyle placed 4th, cadet Jake Schmitz placed 5th, and cadet Aaqib Syed placed 10th, as the Army West Point Marathon team dominated the competition on a hilly course. Bloomington, IN, showed the team what Midwestern cold could feel like, but it wasn’t enough to slow down this stellar first performance at the Marathon Collegiate Nationals for this Army West Point Marathon team.

Pipes and Drums at the Tartan Day Parade
4/27/2016

The USMA Pipes and Drums travelled to New York City to participate in the Annual Tartan Day Parade. Despite adverse wet weather, the parade began between 44th Street/6th Avenue and travelled North towards 55th Street/6th Avenue. The Annual Tartan Day Parade recognizes the large Scottish heritage and community in New York City, and association with the United States Corps of Cadets Pipe and Drum Band. The trip served not only as a public relations event, but also a training event on the band’s musical skills and unit cohesiveness in preparation for the upcoming 34th Military Tattoo held at West Point, NY. In the final week of preparation for the annual event held at West Point, the Pipes and Drums Band was tested in its determination and commitment to accomplishing its task to provide musical support and moral spirit for its audiences

Tae Kwon Do at the Eastern Collegiate Conference Tournament
4/27/2016

The Army West Point Tae Kwon Do team travelled to Burlington, VT, for the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference Final Tournament. The Army Martial Arts team ended a strong season, with stacked victories. In Individual Forms, CDT Sarah Juhn took second in the Beginner Women’s division and CDT Ellis Valdez took third in the Blue Belt Men’s Division. In the Men’s C (Beginner) Divisions, CDT’s Takhyun Cho, Jack Mueller, and Tommy Lor fought to first place as the C1 team, while CDT’s Tanner Dismukes, Bradley Harrison, and Brandon Breese took fifth place. In the Men’s B (Intermediate) Divisions, CDT’s Ellis Valdez, William Xu, and Eli Eichenberger took first in the B1 team, and CDT’s Taylor Wing and Halsey Smith won third place. In the Men’s A (Black Belt) Divisions, CDT’s Jordan Nettles, Matthew Galea, and Caleb Lim (in his first time fighting) took second place. The A2 team, consisting of CDT’s Ryan Castilla, Ziwei Peng, and Hevin Na were right behind in third place. In addition to the division victories, CDT Matthew Galea received the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference’s Most Valuable Player Award. The team dominated the Division II colleges, scoring 328 points in the tournament and 1265 point cumulatively for the season. In comparison, the Army Team has scored more than twice that of Rutgers University (in D2 second place with 586 season points) and more than Tufts University (currently third in the D1 Division with 812 season points). Because of this season’s outstanding performance, the Army West Point.

Skeet & Trap Takes First Place at the Clay Cup
4/27/2016

Ten cadets from the USMA Skeet and Trap team travelled to Boston, MA, for the Clay Cup. There they competed against teams from Harvard, Yale, MIT, Fordham, UNH, and Northeastern. After 50 trap targets, 25 skeet, and 50 sporting clays, USMA successfully brought home the Clay Cup once again with a first place score of 349/375. Second place was awarded to the team from Yale with a score of 318; third place was awarded to the team from UNH with a score of 310. Additionally, the USMA team took home many other awards to include male and female “Highest Overall Score” awarded to CDTs Mitch Koellner and Carolee Schwarzer respectively.

Model Arab League in Washington
4/27/2016

Twelve cadets from the USMA Model Arab League travelled to Washington, D.C., to attend the National Model Arab League at Georgetown University. USMA cadets represented the country of Kuwait and divided into six councils to include: Joint Defense Council, Council on Palestinian Affairs, Council on Political Affairs, Council of Arab Social Affairs, Summit of Heads of State, and Joint Cabinet Crisis. Over 350 delegates from 26 Universities representing 24 countries took part in this three-day competition; among the participants included was the U.S. Air Force Academy. After six council sessions, the USMA Model Arab League was awarded with: the Overall Distinguished Delegation Award (USMA was placed third after Northeastern University (1st Place) and Converse College (2nd Place), three Outstanding Delegate Awards, and one Distinguished Delegate Award.

Jewish Chapel Choir Performs in Boca Raton
4/27/2016

The USMA Cadet Jewish Chapel Choir travelled to Boca Raton, FL, where they performed at various locations over the course of two days. The choir sang during evening services at Temple B’Nai Torah; following the service, the choir gave a concert before a crowd of 300 followed by a question and answer period. They also gave a concert at Florida Atlantic University’s Life Long Learning Institute in Jupiter, FL. A number of veterans, to include a USMA Graduate (Class of 1956) were in the audience. Finally, the choir performed at Temple Beth Ann. Here the choir was glad to welcome graduates from the Class of 1958, 1969, and 2015 to join in signing the Alma Matter. All events included extensive question and answer periods.

Sailing Hosts Rush-Bagot Cup with RMC
4/27/2016

Earlier this month the Army West Point Sailing team hosted the first Rush-Bagot Cup between USMA and RMC Canada from Kingston, Ontario. The regatta was named after the Rush-Bagot Treaty signed in 1818, which demilitarized the border between Canada and the US along Lake Ontario, marking the beginning of the longstanding peaceful relationship between the US and Canada. Led by CDT Drew Beckmann, Army won the best of seven series, claiming four of the six races. Army West Point will retain the trophy until the teams meet again next year at Kingston. RMC’s Commandant, BG Al Meinzinger-RCAF and RMC’s Chief Warrant Officer, CPO1 Keith E. Davidson RCN, briefly visited the regatta to cheer on their school. After the racing, both teams met at the bowling alley on post to continue the competition over pizza and bowling, along with an awards ceremony. All together it was a successful weekend and the Army sailors earned a gold maple leaf to add to their black jackets.

Army Reaches Semifinals; Alberici Wins No. 100
4/27/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The fourth-seeded Army West Point men's lacrosse team went 4-for-6 on man-up situations and cruised to a 13-6 win over Lehigh in the Patriot League Quarterfinals to advance to semifinals on Friday night. Click here to watch the video. The Black Knights (9-5) got head coach Joe Alberici his 100th career victory as a college lacrosse head coach. He is 100-81 overall in his career. Army had nine different goal scorers in the game. Read More

Six Black Knights Land on All-Patriot League Teams
4/26/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - The Army West Point men's lacrosse team had six players selected to the Patriot League All-League Teams on Monday afternoon. The Black Knights had four members on the first team and two on the second squad. Cole Johnson, Jimbo Moore, Austin Schultz and Dan Grabher, were all voted onto the first team, while rookies Nate Jones and AJ Barretto were put on the second team. Army's six selections were tied with Navy and Loyola for the most on each team. Johnson leads the league in overall points per game at 4.77 and is tied with Loyola's Pat Spencer for league points per game with 5.25. He has 62 points heading into Tuesday's quarterfinal against Lehigh, which is 11th on the all-time Army list for points in a season. Read More

The Hudson Valley Baseball Classic
4/25/2016

Originating in 2006, the Hudson Valley Baseball Classic has evolved from a game between two academic institutions separated by 30 miles into an all-day event that the surrounding communities circle on the calendar every year. The 11th edition of the Hudson Valley Baseball Classic between Army West Point and Marist is set for this coming Wednesday at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, N.Y. Hosted by the Hudson Valley Renegades, who is the Hudson Valley's lone minor league baseball team affiliated with a major league franchise. The Renegades were founded in 1983 and are currently part of the farm system of the Tampa Bay Rays. They compete in the New York-Penn League, which is a Short-Season Single A league featuring teams from all over the Northeast. Read More

The game is more than just a game between two rivals, it is a community event.

Softball Downs Holy Cross in Five, Reaches 30 Wins
4/25/2016

WORCESTER, MA - The Army West Point softball team earned its 30th win of the season Sunday afternoon when the Black Knights defeated Holy Cross 10-2 in five innings. The Cadets did not allow a run until the bottom of the fourth inning and denied a comeback by the Crusaders late in the fifth to complete the series sweep. Today's win marks Army's fifth straight for the longest streak of the season as the Black Knights improved to 30-16 overall and 10-4 in the league. It is also the first time since the 2013 season that the Cadets had double digit conference victories. This was also the second series of the year that Army won all three games after previously sweeping Boston University. Read More

Plunkett Paces Golf to Third Place
4/25/2016

STORRS, CT - The Army West Point golf team competed to a third-place finish at the Til Duty is Done Collegiate Invitational during Sunday's final round with a two-over score of 285-293-288—866. Marcus Plunkett was Army's top finisher with a four-under score of 212. On the weekend he shot rounds of 70, 73 and 69 to place tied for sixth. Peter Kim and Dean Sakata were the Black Knights' next-best finishers in tied for 13th place with 220 strokes apiece. Eric Peng finished in t-16th with a five-over score of 221, while Justin Pagila was in the top 25 with rounds of 72-78-73—223. Nick Turner competed to a t-35th finish with 229 strokes. Read More

West Point Powerlifting - Collegiate National Champions!
4/21/2016

They competed in the USA Powerlifting Collegiate National Championships at the Rhode Island Convention Center last weekend. This year was the first year in at least a decade that West Point had women competing at Nationals, and all involved were eager to see how they would fare. Competition began on Thursday 14 April with the lighter weight classes of men and women. Firstie Shaina Coss immediately made a splash for the team and for women’s powerlifting as she achieved All-American status with a fourth-in-the-nation finish in her first National Championships. Firstie and Co-Captain Tom Evans also scored for West Point, becoming a two-time All-American with a fourth place finish off a huge 579 lbs. deadlift (at 163 lbs. bodyweight), improving on his fifth place finish from last year. These two upper-class leaders did a great job setting the tone for the rest of the team and setting the conditions for success the next day. Most of the team competed on Friday 15 April. The heavier weight classes of West Point men came prepared to do some damage, and did not disappoint. The morning session was led by three outstanding performances. Team Captain, Cadet James Haworth battled through injuries and other adversity throughout his three years on the Powerlifting Team, and put together an incredible performance (including a competition bench press personal record) to become an All-American with a fifth place finish in his final collegiate competition. Read More

InterAcademy Chemistry Symposium (IACS)
4/21/2016

The 2016 IACS was held on 31 March this year at Annapolis and pitted the work of cadets and midshipmen from West Point, Air Force, Navy, and the Coast Guard Academies against each other. The cadets and mids presented their posters and defending their work to the all-service judging panel. While the students from the younger academies were all Firsties, the West Point cadet contingent included: Aaron Alindogan (2016, Life Science), Brandon Konarik (2017, Life Science), Bridget Matsas (2017, Life Science), Minhee Pak (2017, Life Science), and Haana Yu (2017, Life Science). LTC Luis Alvarez, PhD (1997), COL John Burpo, ScD (1992), LTC Rich Comitz, PhD (1996), Dawn Riegner, PhD, and J. Kenneth Wickiser, PhD (1992) accompanied the cadets to the event and participated in the leadership panel to discuss the different approaches the Academies take in the Chemistry education and research programs. COL Burpo, LTC Alvarez, and Dr. Wickiser also met with a program manager from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to assess the role of Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering in the curriculum of the Service Academies. Congratulations are in order for Cadets Aaron Alindogan and Brandon Konarik and their research advisor, Dr. Dawn Riegner, who placed as runners up in the poster competition. We enjoyed competing in this annual academic competition and look forward to next year’s event at the Coast Guard Academy.

BS&L Hosted the VALOR Group with a Leadership Exchange
4/21/2016

8 members of the VALOR group (including 2 USMA Grads) from McGraw Hill Financial (S&P500) visited the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department to engage members of the Management Major. The visit include a PL300 classroom visit, an experiential “In-Extremis/Cultural” discussion, lunch in the Mess Hall, West Point tour, and case discussion on Trust using the Leader Challenge framework. 17 Management Cadets from three cadet classes participated and joined the discussion. This leadership exchange is part of an ongoing relationship that began in the fall of 2014 when 30 Management Cadets toured McGraw Hill Financial and engaged in leadership discussions.3

Judo at the Collegiate National Championships
4/21/2016

The Army West Point Judo Team competed at the Collegiate National Championships at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. University and college Judo teams from all of over the United States competed in the Collegiate National tournament including USMA, San Jose State University, Texas A&M, University of South Florida, UC Berkley, UC Davis, Schenectady College, UC Santa Cruz, UTK, University of Washington, Ball State University, Iowa State University, the University of Minnesota, Southern Methodist University, CSUS, Stanford University, University of Texas, Glendale College, UC San Diego, and others. There were four divisions at the tournament to include a men’s and women’s senior divisions, which consists of all brown belts and above, and the men’s and women’s novice divisions, which is white belts to green belts. Overall, the Army West Point Men’s senior team won first place in the men’s senior division, tying with San Jose State University. The Army West Point Men’s novice team won first place in their division, and the Army West Point Women’s novice team won second place in their division.

The Army West Point Judo team won an overall of 51 matches, and 18 medals; seven gold, six silver, and five bronze. In the senior division, the first place medalist was CDT Ishmael McGinty; the second place medalists were CDTs Mason Kumashiro, Bradley Mikinski, and Megan Kinsey; the third place medalists were CDTs John Santos, Ryan Roth, and Jarryn Villegas. In the novice division, the first place medalists were CDTs Sheldon Dillman, Aiden Baxter, and Rikki Fearon; third place medalist were CDTs Araceli Sandoval and Zachary Towne. For the students that placed first in the senior division, the National Collegiate Judo Association qualified those individuals for the International United States Collegiate Judo Team. The International US Collegiate Judo team will compete in the summer of 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan, against collegiate Judo teams from all over the world. CDT Ishmael McGinty will represent the US and USMA in Taipei, Taiwan; CDTs Mason Kumashiro, Bradley Mikinski, Megan Kinsey, John Santos, Ryan Roth, and Jarryn Villegas will all be considered as alternates for the International US Collegiate Judo team.

BS&L Leadership Exchange with Prudential Financial
4/21/2016

The Black and Gold Leadership Forum (Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership) continued its relationship with Prudential Financial by conducting a Leadership Exchange in Newark, NJ. 16 members of the Black and Gold Leadership Forum visited Prudential Financial Headquarters in Newark, NJ to engage in Leadership Development discussions with 26 Prudential leaders. The visit included a Prudential Financial Business overview by the Vice Chairman (Mark Grier), a discussion led by their Chief Talent Officer (Mr. Sekhar Ramaswamy), and two panels (Senior Manager Leadership Challenges and Mid-Level Manager Leadership Challenges). During the visit, the Cadets were able to process the discussions using a design of Explore (What), Reflect (So What), and Project (Now What). At the completion of each session, Cadets reported their biggest takeaways from the session crystalizing the importance of engaged leadership. This leadership exchange is part of an ongoing relationship that began in the fall of 2015 when the CEO of Prudential Financial, Mr. John Strangefeld, visited West Point and served as a Distinguished Lecture Series guest speaker.

Cadets Visit NY Life Ins Co in NYC for Mgmt Program
4/21/2016

17 cadets and 1 management instructor visited the headquarters of the New York Life Insurance Company. The cadets benefited from remarks by the CEO, Ted Mathas, on topics related to the firm, its performance during the financial crisis, and its ability to lead over 12,000 field agents during a tumultuous business environment. Over lunch, the cadets also spoke with the firm’s Head of Agency, Executive Vice President Mark Madgett, about leadership development and the challenges associated with assessing leadership capacity and performance in its general offices. In the final session of the day, cadets participated in an interactive discussion about organizational structure and agent recruitment and training with Vice President and National Sales Officer, Sonali Virendra.

Softball Downs Bobcats in Non-Conference Doubleheader
4/21/2016

HAMDEN, CT - An eight-run fifth inning in the first game fueled the Army West Point softball team past Quinnipiac 12-4 before downing the Bobcats 3-1 in the final game of the doubleheader. The Bobcats (16-22) came out with an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but the Black Knights (27-16) came back to take a 3-1 lead in the next inning. Taylor Gaff, who made her first appearance since the teams played in Florida, notched a single through the left side to get onto first.

Tyler McKinney pinch ran for Gaff as Ashley Yoo enabled her to advance to second. Mae Wadyka's bunt forced a runners at the corners situation with one out before she stole second. Kasey McCravey stepped up to the plate and blasted her first triple of the year to center field. She sent in both McKinney and Wadyka and scored herself on a Quinnipiac error to give Army a 3-1 lead. The Bobcats re-tied the game at 3-3 with two runs off two hits in the home half of the third. Read More

Fort Hamilton West Point Day
4/20/2016

Cadets from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) talked to over 500 local residents, families, and students interested in West Point at Fort Hamilton’s West Point Day community event. Cadets from Directorate of Cadet Activities clubs showcased different aspects of cadet life, including club involvement and academics. Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn is the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) for the New York City metropolitan area.

Crew Hosts the Royal Military College
4/20/2016

Army Crew hosted the Royal Military College at the United States Military Academy. The visit to West Point was requested by the team and the RMC leadership as a result of the positive experience during the Indoor Rowing Competition that was a part of the RMC/USMA exchange weekend. Visiting RMC athletes were paired with Army Crew cadets of the same year, staying with them in their rooms, as well as joining them for morning classes on Friday. The RMC cadets also observed a morning Varsity practice on Friday from 0530-0700, and then conducted a supervised first practice in an Army Crew shell that afternoon, finishing with a joint practice with the novice team Friday afternoon from 1620-1800. Due to the experience gap between the RMC athletes and the Army team, the planned Saturday morning race was replaced with a joint scrimmage/practice, followed by a BBQ hosted by Army Crew.

Student Leaders Converge for the McDonald Leadership Conf
4/20/2016

The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership planned and hosted the 4th annual McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference (MCLC), which welcomed 83 student leaders from around the world from March 30-April 3rd 2016. This transformational leadership experience sponsored by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Bob McDonald, and his wife Diane, encouraged students to explore the theme of “From Failure to Inspiration and Change.” In addition to the 22 USMA cadets selected to attend, 37 domestic student fellows attended and 24 international students attended, representing a total of 22 countries. Senior Fellows included notable world leaders Ms. Elizabeth Birch, Dr. Daniel Polisar, Mr. Don Yaeger, Ms. Maria Contreras-Sweet, Mr. Xiao an Ji, Ms. Sheila Khama, Mr. Anshul Arora, Mr. Dominic Barton, Ms. Rosanne Haggerty, Sir John Hood, Mr. Mike Maddock, Mr. Ray Jefferson, and Mr. Tom Tierney.

This conference is unique given its student-centric focus and active participation, MCLC is able to develop students’ leadership skills using the framework of assessment, challenge, and support. Four panels were developed to explore the guiding question from the lenses of Vision, Governing, Adversity and Learning. After engaging panel members, student fellows participated in four “break-out” sessions where they explored topics in more detail with smaller groups. The Senior Fellows served as mentors who helped students to challenge their own assumptions and to explore areas of uncertainty. Outside of the conference panels and sessions, student heard introductory remarks by LTG Caslen, saw the highlights of the West Point landscape, experienced The Core of the Corps by the USMA Band, and heard keynote addresses by Mr. Mike Maddock and Secretary McDonald. At the conclusion of the event, student fellows collaborated on a group Opinion Editorial. These final 12 OpEds will be published in the New York Times this summer.

CEP Hosted LTG Robert Brown for Strategic Lecture
4/20/2016

The Center for Enhanced Performance hosted LTG Robert Brown ’81, Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center at Ft Leavenworth, KS for the first annual GEN Albert Wedemeyer Strategic Lecture. LTG Brown’s presentation, “The Army Human Dimension Strategy: People Are Our Advantage”, was attended by over one hundred cadets, faculty and staff, and emphasized the importance of maximizing human capital and individual talent for ensuring success. The Wedemeyer Strategic Lecture Series lecture series honors the intellectual and strategic legacy of General Albert Wedemeyer ’19, one of America’s most significant and under recognized military strategists, by bringing to West Point subject matter experts on the role of the individual leader in complex operations.

Water Polo at the RPI Alumni Tournament
4/20/2016

The Water Polo team travelled to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to participate in the RPI Alumni Tournament. The team played four games and won all handily. The first of the team’s three games on Saturday was against the University of Massachusetts; after the Army team gained a quick four goal lead, the starters were subbed out and the team began to integrate some of the younger players into the game. Leadership provided by CDT Hayden Ward as whole set defense allowed the team to pressure UMass defensively, and goalie play by Plebe’s CDT Jeffery Stark and CDT Elizabeth Challenger, kept the Army team in the lead. All of the members of the team were able to get in and produce opportunities as Army cruised to a 21-5 victory. After a short break, the team came back to play against RPI. Superior defense allowed the team to counterattack successfully and shots by CDTs Leonid Milman and Brendon Cagney set the team up for success. As younger players were subbed into the game, the team focused on offensive movement and were able to continue to score with ease; Army would go on to win this game 19-5. The third and last game of the day against Adirondack was to be the Army team’s most challenging game of the competition. Set up by good whole set play from CDT Colin Stone, the team was able to jump start to an early lead, but at times struggled with ball control on the offensive side of the ball. In the second half, the team was able to correct these mistakes and went on to a dominating 17-9 victory. After a team dinner and a nights rest, the team came back on Sunday for the last game of the tournament, which was against the RPI alumni team. Army dominated this game from the start, and contributions from newcomers CDTs Patrick Cowley and Seth Nordell on both ends of the pool kept the team in the lead. Every member of the team swam hard and showed the strength of their character as members of the opposing team looked to undermine their victory. Army went on to finish their unblemished weekend with a score of 18-8.

CME Cadets Represent USMA at NY International Auto Show
4/20/2016

42 cadets and two faculty members from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering traveled to the Jacob Javits Convention Center to participate in the New York International Auto Show. During the show, cadets witnessed the cutting edge in automotive technology and interfaced with marketing and engineering representatives from industry leaders in both the foreign and domestic auto markets. Additionally, cadets served as ambassadors of the Academy, manning a recruiting booth and providing visitors to the convention center insights into daily life as a cadet as well as the admissions process.

CME and GENE Cadets Visit the United Arab Emirates
4/20/2016

OIC visited several cultural sites and landmark civil engineering projects in Abu Dhabi and Dubai during Spring Break 2016. The overarching purpose for the trip was to expose cadets to some of the most significant civil engineering projects in the world and for them to understand how the engineering principles taught in class are applied to actual projects. The visits included the Zayed Military College, US Embassy, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Burj Khalifa, NYU-Abu Dhabi, the Palm Jumeirah Island, and attending a Founder’s Day Dinner in Dubai. Six cadets participated in this Trip Section, led by Mr. Rahul Verma, an Instructor in CME and CME Club OIC. The trip was planned and developed by the cadets, led by CDT Jonathan Richards (CIC) and CDT Adam Callahan (ACIC), and included weekly meetings for approximately three months. At the various engineering sites, Mr. Verma led discussions on the engineering principles applied at each project, including putting the sheer scale of these projects into perspective. At the cultural sites, the squad discussed how the UAE evolved from an unknown Persian Gulf state to the current status as the leading edge of engineering and development.

Hockey Announces Team Honors
4/19/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point hockey team held its team banquet on Monday night and Parker Gahagen was honored with the Henry "Hal" Beukema Award winner as the team's Most Valuable Player. In addition to the awards given out, the team announced the captain for the 2016-17 season. Defenseman Ryan Nick will wear the "C" next season with Tyler Pham returning as the assistant captain. Gahagen, a Buffalo, N.Y., native, led the nation in save percentage at .937 and recorded a career-high four shutouts, including three in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. He recorded a career-high 14 victories between the pipes. He was the first non-forward to win the Beukema Award in eight years. The award honors Henry "Hal" Beukema who died in a plane crash in 1954 after attaining the rank of major. The team MVP award has been given out every year since 1955 and is voted on by team members. Senior Joe Kozlak was selected as the Gunning Award winner for academic excellence. Full Story »

Climbing-Mountaineering Competes at the CCS Regional
4/19/2016

Twenty members of the Army West Point Climbing team travelled north to the Edge Climbing Gym in Halfmoon, NY, for the CCS Regional competition. College teams from the Northeast and New England were in attendance, to include: RIT, Yale, Tufts, North Eastern Rutgers, Harvard, UConn, Columbia, Colgate, and many more. After three hours of intense climbing by all of the athletes on very challenging boulder and roped climbs, results were posted for the competition and for the season. For the competition, Army took second, with third place finishes by CDT Julian Barker (‘16), and CDT Lyra Kwak (‘17). For the season, Army placed second behind RIT.

Civil & Military Engineering Club Tour Two NYC Construction Sites
4/19/2016

Cadets and 3 faculty members from the Civil & Military Engineering Club toured the Kosciusko Bridge and the PATH-World Trade Center construction sites. The 75-year old Kosciusko Bridge connecting Brooklyn and Queens, NY, is being replaced with New York City’s first cable-stayed bridge; this bridge is scheduled to open before the New NY Bridge – Tappan Zee Bridge. The construction site superintendent from Skanska gave a 2-hour tour of the site emphasizing the benefits of the design-build contract, and the complexity of scheduling and safety of the $550 million project. The group next traveled to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub where another Skanska site superintendent gave a 2-hour tour to the group. The cadets walked through the open-to-the-public Oculus and subway station, and then went into an unfinished subway tunnel where the redundant force-protection barriers and fire-suppression systems were being added.

Engineering Students Represent USMA at Expo in White Plains
4/19/2016

5 cadets (2x civil engineers, 2x environmental engineers, and 1x mechanical engineer) and 1 faculty member attended the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo at White Plains High School. This is the 13th annual STEM event targeting middle and high school students to encourage them to consider careers in engineering and technology. The 4,000-plus students and parents had the opportunity to meet first-hand with more than 40 colleges and universities (including USMA, USCGA, and USMMA) and more than 40 engineering firms and public agencies. The expo also included a young engineer’s mentorship panel, several engineering competitions involving robotics and infrastructure, as well as a Boy Scout and Girl Scout merit badge and patch opportunity.

Men’s Volleyball at the ECVA Championships
4/19/2016

Army West Point Men’s Volleyball team travelled to State College, PA, for the ECVA Championships. The men’s team competed well against much larger schools from the higher Division 1 level, and the team finished 1-2 in pool play. The tournament gave the cadets a chance to compete against Virginia Tech, the number two ranked school in Division I club volleyball. They also performed very well against West Virginia, narrowly missing the victory. Finally, the team’s defeat of Liberty should guarantee a high seeding for the team at Nationals taking place on 7 April, 2016.

Environmental Science Trip Section to the Wheelabrator
4/19/2016

15 Cadets from USMA’s Environmental Science class (EV301) travelled to the Wheelabrator Westchester L.P. Facility in Peekskill, NY, to view the generation of energy from combusting municipal solid waste. Wheelabrator Westchester L.P. generates approximately 60,000 kW of electricity, enough to supply 67,000 New York homes, by burning household and commercial trash from throughout Westchester County. Cadets saw firsthand how 2,250 tons of waste per day is incinerated and then converted to mechanical energy before being distributed onto the electrical grid. Cadets also learned about air pollution control devices that are used to ensure that the exhaust gases meet federal emission standards.

Geography Cadets Present Findings Annual Meeting
4/19/2016

Four honors cadets from the Geography Program presented research findings at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers in San Francisco. Cadets Jordan Bray, Solomon McGinty, Kelly Kang, and Ian Meyers summarized their work on urbanization, demographics, and migration in Africa, and on the illegal blood trade in China.

Karate at the US Karate Alliance National Championship
4/19/2016

The Army West Point Martial Arts team showed off their exceptional skills in Karate at the United States Karate Alliance National Championship in Denver, CO. The team dominated the two-day competition in full contact fighting, point fighting, weapons fighting, and forms. Overall, the team won gold, coming away as National Champions in 10 of the 15 fighting divisions and one of the forms divisions. The tally of medals was 11 Gold, 7 Silver, and 10 Bronze. In the Full Contact Fighting Men’s Black Belt divisions, CDT Jordan Nettles won third place lightweight, CDT Anthony Chargualaf won first place lightweight, CDT Jackson Darash won third place heavyweight, and CDT Andrew Buelow won second place lightweight. CDT Eli Eichenberger had an impressive showing, competing for grand champion, after winning gold in full contact and point fighting. CDTs Liana Blatnik and Natasha Chick won their respective Women’s Brown Belt and Black Belt in full contact divisions. In point fighting, CDT Jordan Nettles took second with CDT Andrew Buelow taking third in lightweight black belts. CDT Sarah Juhn took first and CDT Kayla Johnson took third in the Women’s Color Belts, and CDT Liana Blatnik took second in Women’s Brown Belts. In Kata, CDT Halsey Smith took first place in the Men’s Black Belt Division, and CDT Liana Blatnik took second in the Women’s Brown Belt division. In the Weapons Point Sparring Competition, CDT Sarah Juhn won third place and CDT Kayla Johnson won first place in the Women’s Color Belt Division.

West Point Orienteering Wins National Championship
4/19/2016

The Army West Point Orienteering Team captured its fourteenth consecutive national championship on Sunday, April 3, 2016, with a dominating victory at the 2016 U.S. Intercollegiate Championships in Hamilton, Ohio. The championship consisted of an urban sprint course on Friday and two classic courses on Saturday (8.4 km) and Sunday (8.2 km). Competitors’ times were aggregated across the races on Saturday and Sunday to determine the finishing order.
Stand-out performances by Cadets Nick Ives ('16), Patrick Richardson (’16) Jett Dipalma ('17), and Michael Bruce ('18), who placed first as a team, led the way to this fourteenth consecutive victory. Additionally, Cadets Matthew Brooks ’19 and Justin Augustine ’19 performed exceptionally well in their first intercollegiate championship, reflecting the depth of the team’s roster and the potential for future success. This fourteenth consecutive national championship caps off a successful season for the Army West Point Orienteering Team and strong performances by underclassmen on the team point toward continued achievement in future seasons.

D/G&EnE at West Point Day (Fort Hamilton)
4/19/2016

Majors Ran Du and Colin Tansey, instructors in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering (D/G&EnE), travelled to Fort Hamilton, NY for West Point Day. Throughout the day, MAJ Du and MAJ Tansey engaged with cadet candidates and their families and introduced them to the diverse academic programs offered by G&ENE. Some of the displays present are filtration and disinfection devices ranging from uses in recreation to desalination. In addition, visitors are shown a cadet Capstone project entered into the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenge. The 3D Latrine model held by MAJ Du is designed to turn human waste into compost through anaerobic digestion, which addresses both sustainability and waste treatment in the developing world. Additionally, members of the West Point Latin Dance Club, OIC’d by MAJ Tansey, performed a variety of Latin dances and even gave cadet candidates some dance lessons. The team helped demonstrate the diversity of Corps of Cadets and some of the many activities Cadets participate in at West Point.

Fencing Competes at Brown University
4/19/2016

The Fencing team’s Women travelled to Brown University in Providence, RI. There, the Women’s Fencing Team qualified for their 12th consecutive Collegiate Fencing Nationals Champion-ships. CDT Laura Pleake led her women’s squad to a total shut out of Navy, defeating them in two out of three weapons, earning them their Navy Star; most of the head to head combative bouts were not even close in score. CDT Bethany Forte along with CDT Taylor Sharpsten and CDT Callie Peace advanced to the semi-finals at Nationals before being stopped by Michigan State; their squad garnered a 4th place National Ranking and finish. In the weapon of Women’s Foil, Army had another National Championship win. The powerhouse squad consisted of CDT Samantha Verduzco, CDT Rachel Pennington, CDT Haley Holli-man, and foil squad captain CDT Claudia Sun. Both CDT Sun and CDT Pennington advanced to the Individual Finals; CDT Pennington finished 9th for the day, ranking in the top 4% of all athletes in the nation. CDT Sun moved through the direct elimination bracket to the final gold medal bout versus Dartmouth College, and she handedly defeated her opponent, clinching the National Championship Title; she is only the second woman at West Point to do so, and is currently ranked #1 in the Nation for Collegiate Fencing.

During this time, the Men’s Fencing team also qualified for their 12th consecutive Collegiate Fencing National Championship, also held at Brown University. In the weapon of Men’s Epee, CDT Aaron Mellstrom qualified for the Individual Finals and finished 9th, put-ting him in the top 5% in the nation of all collegiate fencers in that weapon. The Men also blew Navy out of the water by defeating them in two out of three weapons with their Individual Head bouts having lopsided scores in Army’s favor; this earned them their Navy Star as well. CDT Blake Gordon once again repeated another National Championship Win in the cavalry weapon of Sabre. He and his weapon squad went on to not only defeat Navy in the Direct Elimination early part of the bracket, but also defeated nationally ranked Michigan State in a very hard fought close combative score with all team mates participating as competitors in this victory. The National Champion Sabre Squad consisted of CDTs Gus Williams, Noah Kambili, Josh Pleake, and David Oh. For CDT Pleake and CDT Oh, this was their first Nationals and first year of fencing on the team with no prior experience in the sport. CDT Williams qualified for the Individual Finals and finished 7th, placing him in the Top 3% of all athletes in the Nation.

Field Trip across the Great Valley
4/19/2016

LTC Kimball led her Geology class on a trip to study the geologic history of the greater Hudson Valley. Cadets synthesized topics by learning 600 million years of geologic history, including the formation of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks in the region, glacial process, and how structural geology is different from topography. During the trip, cadets also discussed the significant role that geology played in recent human history, including the “Black Soils” region settled by the Polish; gravel quarries that made it profitable to develop rail lines and canals; limestone mines that were a large source of cement before the creation of Portland Cement; and the flat-lying sedimentary rocks (cut by the Wallkill River) that influenced the New Paltz settlements of the Huguenots in the late 1600s.

Dual Dept Trip to the Massachusetts Institute of Tech
4/19/2016

31 cadets and two faculty from the Departments of Physics & Nuclear Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science attended a full-day Defense Technology Seminar hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. This was the sixteenth consecutive year of the seminar where cadets get to see how a federally-funded research and development center operates. The cadets received classified briefings on current research initiatives such as 3-D laser sensing, micro UAV development, drone detection and defense, and disaster response integration. Later in the day, the cadets were given tours of the microelectronics fabrication facility, the threat prototyping lab, the persistent surveillance demonstration facility, and the flight facility. These tours highlighted the actual hands-on testing done at Lincoln Laboratory. The cadets were exposed to possible areas of research relevant to both physics and electrical engineering, and were afforded the opportunity to ask questions of and interact with world class researchers in their fields. In addition, they saw the capabilities that Lincoln Laboratory can provide to the warfighter and the Department of Defense, which will be useful to them as they progress in their Army careers.

Kendo Competes in the 28th Annual Kendo Tournament
4/19/2016

The Army West Point Kendo team travelled to Cleveland, OH, to compete in the 28th Annual Kendo Tournament. Each member competed in the individual brackets for their respective kendo ranks, as well as competing in the team tournament. New members CPT Robert Graves and CDT Beomjin (“Dan”) An competed in their first tournament matches ever, each winning their first round matches. In the team tournament, the team found a hard fight against the Washington, D.C., regional team, but unfortunately did not prevail. On Sunday, the team attended a seminar lead by Mitsuru Hamasaki Sensei, the former chief instructor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Kendo. The seminar was very educational, and each member took away valuable lessons from this very high ranking Keno Master. Following the seminar, a few of the club members took promotion examinations. CDT Zachary Chaikin tested for and attained the of 2nd Dan, and CPT Robert Graves and CDT Beomjin “Dan” An tested for their kyu ranks.

Army Triathlon Team Hosts NECTC Duathlon
4/19/2016

The Army West Point Triathlon Team hosted the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference (NECTC) for its 2016 NECTC Duathlon held here on 2 April. Athletes represented triathlon clubs from across the northeast to include those of UConn, Rutgers, Binghamton, Syracuse, Drexel, MIT, UMass, and Penn State. Approximately 60 athletes endured the rain and cold weather throughout the 2 km run and 25 km bike along route 293 as well as an additional 5 km run within the Camp Natural Bridge and Camp Buckner areas. West Point cheered on four of its own athletes as they competed in their first NECTC event as recent additions to the team. Theresa Groton ’18 led the females to the finish, arriving more than a minute ahead of the second place female. Megan Jarrell ’19 was the fifth female to cross the line. Taylor Rodenhuis ’18 placed seventh, and Jacob Pettit ’19 finished thirteenth among a very strong field of collegiate males. All 20 of the team’s athletes are now eligible for and slated to compete in the 2016 Collegiate Club National Championships at Clemson, SC on 22-23 April where they look to beat Navy and bring the title back to West Point. PNE Instructor CPT John Davis was the Race Director for this event with assistance from the West Point Triathlon OIC, PNE Acting Deputy Department Head, LTC Ken Allen.

McMahon Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week
4/19/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Army West Point freshman Izzy McMahon earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors, as the league announced its weekly awards on Monday. The conference recognition is the first of McMahon's career and she becomes the second Army player to win the award this season after classmate Nikki Polhamus was selected on Feb. 22. McMahon led Army with a season-high four goals in a 12-9 loss to American on April 16. She netted three of those goals during the second half to lead a comeback charge that brought the Black Knights from five goals down to a one-goal deficit late in the second period. McMahon also added a pair of draw controls in the setback and successfully converted her only free-position shot of the contest. Read More

Nguyen Tabbed Patriot League Player of the Week
4/19/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Army West Point sophomore Michael Nguyen of the men's tennis team earned Patriot League Player of the Week honors earlier today. It is the first time Nguyen has been honored by the league and is the second time this spring a Black Knight earned the award. Nguyen's efforts this week helped improved Army's record to 15-7 and 4-0 in the Patriot League with 4-1 wins against Lehigh and Boston University. He went 2-0 in both singles and doubles. He played in the fourth singles flight in both matches. The first was a tight, 7-5, 7-5 victory against George Cooper of Lehigh. Nguyen then went onto win 6-2, 6-3 against Boston U's Satyajit Simhadri. He has now won three straight singles matches, winning seven of his last eight contests, and is the first Cadet to reach 10 singles wins this spring as he is currently the team leader with 11 wins. Read More

Briyah Brown Tops Own School Record at Bucknell
4/18/2016

LEWISBURG, PA - The Army West Point women's track and field team finished the Bucknell Outdoor Classic in strong fashion, specifically from the likes of Briyah Brown. Brown took the title in the shot put while topping her own school record. Her top throw of 15.15 meters was far and away the best throw of the day, as nobody else topped 14 meters. "Brown has been so good for us this year and so dependable that her success is often taken for granted," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Smith. "It is not easy to win or compete at the top each and every week yet there she is at every meet. I am proud of her and really look forward to what she can do we move ahead into the championship meets." Read More

Men’s Tennis Bests Boston U on Senior Day
4/18/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point men's tennis team celebrated Senior Day on Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over Boston University. The Black Knights improved to 15-7 on the year and 4-0 in the Patriot League while Boston U dropped to 8-10 but suffered its first league loss after winning its first three. Eight seniors were honored before the match. Caison Best, Ben Davies, Joey Hatala, Sam Jang-Milsten, Austin McCasin, Harrison McCormick, David Proctor, and Ron Verano were each presented with a commemorative coin from Director of Athletics Boo Corrgian and gifts from teammates. The victory was the 25th regular season Patriot League win for the four-year class in as many tries. Read More

Burggraaf Impressive Against Holy Cross in Finale
4/18/2016

WORCESTER, MA - Freshman Daniel Burggraaf tossed an impressive seven-plus innings of two-hit baseball for Army West Point as he led the Black Knights to a 3-0 victory in the series finale at Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon. "These guys are tough minded and always fight no matter what the situation is," said head coach Matt Reid. "They're always composed. We have a lot to work on, but baseball is a process of working hard to get better in all details of the game. We will get back to work this week and get better." Read More

USMA Wins the Cyber Defense Exercise
4/15/2016

Congratulations to the USMA‬ Cyber Defense Team for winning the 16th Annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX). The CDX is a cyber security exercise in which students from the service academies design and build computer networks and defend them against intrusions by the National Security Agency/Central Security Services (NSA/CSS) Red Team (Red Cell).

Feature Friday: Brothers XV
4/15/2016

Although men's rugby has only been recently adopted by ODIA and elevated to varsity status, its history at the U.S. Military Academy stems back to the 1960's. Click here to watch the video. Those on the current roster don't only join the Long Gray Line, but the brotherhood of Army West Point Rugby. Being a member of the rugby brotherhood continues long after you step off the pitch for the final time. Story

"For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother." - Henry V

Brewer Claims Junior Olympic Title
4/15/2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO Army West Point freshman Nathan Brewer added an impressive accolade to a strong first season at the Academy. Brewer won the gold medal in Smallbore at the 2016 National Junior Olympic Championships. The three-day event concluded yesterday evening and was held in Colorado Springs, CO. Brewer won the Smallbore crown with relative ease. He clinched the gold medal before the finals had even begun with the two best qualifying scores. The Walla Walla, Wash., native went on to post the top finals score as well for a total of 2338. Brewer's margin of victory was 14 points, the largest differential between first and second place in any of the three events. Read More

Cadet Warnberg 1 of 10 Champions for Change
4/15/2016

Congratulations to Cadet Carson Warnberg for being one of ten individuals selected by the The White House as “Champions of Change” for their leadership in mobilizing others to change the culture around sexual assault and dating violence and to create systemic changes on their campuses and beyond. Cadet Warnberg currently serves as the Education Officer for the Cadets Against Sexual Harassment Program (CASHA). Story

Women’s Tennis Wins 5-2, Peck with 400th Career Win
4/15/2016

BETHLEHEM, PA - The Army West Point women's tennis team finished the regular season in historic fashion on Friday evening. The Black Knights topped Lehigh 5-2 to give head coach Paul Peck his 400th career win. He is only the second coach in Academy history, across all sports, to reach 400 wins at the school. His record now stands at 400-197 over 22 seasons. Army finishes the regular season at 19-5 overall and 5-1 in the Patriot League. The four-year class of Haley O'Connor, Carolyn Pitman, Gabriella Spindler, and Eva Sung are one victory shy of becoming the eighth straight four-year class to reach 80 career victories (79-27). Lehigh now stands at 8-8 and 3-4 in league play. The Black Knights had to rally for the victory after losing the doubles point and wound up down 2-1 after the first and fifth singles finished. Army swept the remaining four singles matches to claim the win. Full Story »

Glenn Wins Nissen-Emery Award
4/15/2016

COLUMBUS, OH - Senior Jesse Glenn of the Army West Point gymnastics team was named the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Nissen-Emery award Thursday evening at the College Gymnastics Association (CGA) Awards Banquet being held at the Boat House at Confluence Park in Columbus, Ohio, the site for this year's NCAA Championships. Click here to watch the video. Glenn is the first of seven Black Knight finalists to win this honor since it was established in 1966. The Nissen-Emery Award is given annually to the nation's outstanding senior gymnast and is the most coveted award in collegiate gymnastics. The award is presented annually to an outstanding senior collegiate gymnast based on gymnastic achievement, sportsmanship and academic excellence. Read More

Athletic Director's Update
4/15/2016

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

Cadets at the Rochester Symposium Physics Students
4/15/2016

Six Cadets along with MAJ Will Cook spent 1-3 April traveling to Rochester, NY to attend the Rochester Symposium for Physics Students. Cadets Kris Korzan and Abi Daniel presented their work on setting up the observatory. Cadets Oliver Di Nallo, Sam Jung, and Alix Idrache presented their work on neutron detection and collisions. Cadet Bobby Nelson presented his research in quantum chemistry and the harmonic vibrational frequencies.

Scuba NAUI Open Water Certification trip
4/15/2016

The USMA Scuba team conducted AY15-16’s third NAUI Open Water Certification trip to Dutch Springs, PA. This trip section included twenty-five students, and sixteen team members. The twenty-five students conducted their requisite open water dives, and four advanced students conducted their required advanced open water dives.

UCONN’s 11th Annual Conf on the Teaching of Writing
4/15/2016

Two USMA Writing Fellows visited the University of Connecticut’s Writing Center and presented papers at UCONN’s 11th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing. Their panel, “Adapting and Modeling: Making Room for New Approaches and New Publics in the Writing Center,” drew on their experiences teaching in the Mounger Writing Center. In “Adaptive Tutoring: Cultivating Sincerity and Community in Writing Center Consultations,” CDT Tim McLaughlin ’17 articulated a pragmatic approach to peer consulting that balances the canonical approaches in the field (“minimalist tutoring” and “holistic tutoring”) with the development of a communal ethos. In “The ‘Native-Speaker’ Myth: Language Acquisition and Writing Pedagogy,” Nathan Hernandez ’17 referenced his experiences teaching English in Taiwan to argue that we should view language acquisition as a fluid process for both non-native and native writers, expanding the use of certain ESL pedagogies to also help other students enhance their command of the language. The Cadets’ panel was chaired by Dr. Jason Hoppe and assisted by CPT Kristen Johnson.

Teaching Practicum hosts Dr. Morten
4/15/2016

The Department of English and Philosophy hosted its final Teaching Practicum of the semester. Dr. Morton Ender from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership hosted a discussion centered on his new book, The Millennial Generation and National Defense: Attitudes of Future Military and Civilian Leaders. While Op-eds about the millennial generation and evolving educational practices abound in major media publications, Dr. Ender offered analysis from diligently compiled longitudinal data that contextualizes generational attitudes beyond mere anecdotes. The discussion focused on sociological trends across generations in pursuit of continually challenging and improving the way we connect with this generation of students.

Club Soccer and Coast Guard Tie
4/15/2016

Club Soccer warmed up for their annual Army/Navy clash with a hard fought tie with the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. Army fought back from a 2-0 half-time deficit and in a second half reduced to just thirty minutes, scored from a penalty kick via CDT Newton Tsang. Army continued to dominate possession and with five minutes remaining on the clock, CDT Franklin Pugh leveled the scores. The superior fitness of Army shone through in the final minutes, but the Coast Guard held on for the 2-2 tie. This was valuable preparation for the Army/Navy club soccer match scheduled for 0900 on Saturday, 23 April to be held at the USMAPS soccer field. The Navy Soccer Club is currently holding the Joseph Casey Cup awarded to the winners of the annual fixture with our traditional rivals. Mr. Casey (Army all-time leading goal scorer) will be in attendance to present the trophy awarded in his honor.

Cadets Prep for the Amateur Radio Clubs License Test
4/15/2016

Cadets from the West Point Cadet Amateur Radio Club prepare for their first amateur radio license test preparation study session in the Jefferson Hall Library on Tuesday, 29 March. Eight Cadets, two of whom will be commissioning as Signal Corps officers this May, and four faculty members attended the first of a four-part series of study sessions to prepare them to take the amateur radio license exam at the end of April. CPT Matthew Sherburne is leading the study sessions with hands-on exercises, slides, and discussions on RF propagation theory, FCC rules and procedures, and basic electronics.

Glee Club Travel to Buffalo to Perform
4/15/2016

54 cadets from the USMA Glee Club travelled to Buffalo, NY, for three performances, spanning over a three day period. On 3 April, fifteen of the cadets from the USMA Glee Club performed two national anthems to kick off a head-to-head match between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The cadets performed “O Canada” and the “Star Spangled Banner” in front of more than 18,000 U.S. and Canadian fans, representing the Academy with grace and conviction. The following day, the cadets performed a concert for local, school-aged children in the town of Lockport, NY. More than 200 children ages 6-18 attended the concert which was put on by the Historic Palace Theatre and City of Lockport. After the concert, the cadets spent time interacting with the children that attended the concert. The following night, the Glee Club gave its final concert of the trip, again at the Historic Palace Theatre. The concert sold-out to complete capacity, with more than 1,100 patrons attending the concert. Following the concert, the cadets again spent time interacting with and thanking those who attended the concert and made it such a huge success.

Three Teams Earn Public Recognition Awards
4/14/2016

WEST 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. Read More

Barretto Earns National Accolades
4/14/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Rookie AJ Barretto made eight saves in the 15-4 win over Boston University last Saturday and was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/Lids National Defensive Player of the Week. Barretto was also selected as the Patriot League's Goalie of the Week on Monday. He was joined by Nate Jones and Austin Schultz as weekly award winners. Barretto won his seventh game of the season with eight saves in 55 minutes of action against Boston University. The four goals allowed in the game were a season low for the rookie when playing significant minutes in the game. Barretto held the Terriers scoreless for 29 of the first 30 minutes, allowing the Black Knights to jump out to a 9-0 lead. Read More

Eight Gymnasts Head to NCAA Championships
4/14/2016

WEST PONT, NY - The Army West Point gymnastics team has a date this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, for the NCAA Championships where the Black Knights will be looking to crown a champion or two along with cop All-America honors. Army will be competing individually at the two-day meet inside St. John Arena hosted by Ohio State on Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th. The meet opens with two qualifying rounds on Friday with the team finals, all-around winner and individual event finals decided on Saturday. The Black Knights will compete in the Session 1 Championship Qualifier on Friday at 1 p.m. which features No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 California, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 8 Penn State, No. 9 Nebraska and No. 12 Navy. Read More

Golf Third, Sakata Named to All-Tournament Team
4/13/2016

SPARTANBURG, SC - After shooting five-under the final round of the Wofford Invitational, the Army West Point golf team placed moved up to third place with 855 strokes. Dean Sakata led the Black Knights with a seven-under score of 209 to place t-4th. He was one of five golfers name to the All-Tournament Team. "The team was resilient today," said head coach Brian Watts. "The hole locations and weather conditions made the course play more difficult, but the team stayed patient. They played a great round of golf today as we had some bogeys early on, but they fought back and grinded it out. We are always working on staying calm and making good decisions and their patience was a good sign of maturity on the course. Dean was able to finish two-under today and seven-under for the tournament." Read More

Borer Tabbed AAA Athlete of the Week
4/13/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Senior Andrew Borer of the Army West Point men's rugby team scored a program-record 30 points on three tries, penalty kicks and conversions in the team's 55-10 victory over Oklahoma in the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup on Saturday. In the team's first-ever Varsity Cup win, Borer opened the game by scoring the first 13 points in 10 minutes. Click here for the video. The Alta Loma, Calif., native continued his scoring to begin the second half, once against starting with a penalty kick. After a try and conversion in the 47th minute, he scored the first 10 points of the final 40 minutes as well. Read More

Martin Named Rookie of the Week
4/13/2016

CENTER PARK, PA - Trey Martin of the Army West Point baseball team was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Tuesday. Martin went 7-for-18 with two runs scored and five RBIs. The London, KY, native notched a hit and an RBI in all five games last week, including a three-hit effort in Saturday's night cap against Bucknell. He also stole a couple of bases in the contest. Read More

Black Knights Claim Four Weeky Awards
4/12/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Following a 15-4 win over Boston University on Saturday, the Army West Point men's lacrosse team nearly swept all Patriot League weekly honors. Nate Jones was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week and the Rookie of the Week after his five-goal performance against the Terriers. Classmate AJ Barretto took home his first weekly award as he was voted the conference's Goalie of the Week. Rounding out the award winners was senior Austin Schultz, who earned Defensive Player of the Week.

It was the first time this season that a team has won four lacrosse weekly awards for the Patriot League and four out of the five were rookies. Bucknell's Jarett Witzal won the Faceoff Specialist of the Week award. Jones led Army on Saturday to help clinch a spot in the Patriot League Tournament. He finished with a career high five goals, including a natural hat trick in the first half. He scored three of the first nine goals scored by the Black Knights to open the game. He added two more tallies in the second half to push his total to five. Jones has at least a hat trick in six of Army's 10 games in 2016, including four with three or more goals. He also picked up two ground balls and caused a turnover. Read More

Softball Caps Bucknell Series with Win
4/12/2016

LEWISBURG, PA - A big seventh inning by the Army West Point softball team helped the Black Knights secure the series over Patriot League foe Bucknell Monday afternoon. The Cadets scored three runs in their final at-bat against the Bison to secure a 5-1 victory and to win the series 2-1. "Away from the scoreboard, what our team did well this weekend was be coachable players and exercise a team-first attitude," said head coach Michelle DePolo. "They followed our guidance and fulfilled any role asked of each player. Our defense had an exceptional series. They are as steady as it gets, and in the event of a misplay they recover immediately." Holding a slim 2-1 lead after five innings, Army found a spark in the top of the seventh to put the game away. Ashley Yoo reached on a walk to start off the inning. Then, Kasey McCravey was intentionally walked which brought her career total to 70 which breaks the career record mark which has been held by Erin McClain (69) since 2010. Read More

Canada Claims Sandhurst 2016 Crown
4/11/2016

Sandhurst 2016, the 49th iteration of West Point’s annual military skills competition, was grueling in every aspect of the word. Sixty-one 9-person teams—comprised of USMA’s cadet companies, ROTC’s eight brigades, squads from three sister academics, and 12 international teams—endured a brutal route (totaling 30.8 miles), demanding challenges (including, for the first time ever, two night events), and cold and blustery weather (barely pushing 40-degrees Fahrenheit with winds blowing more than 20 MPH at times) over the course of two days at West Point. Given those conditions, it is perhaps not surprising that West Point’s neighbor to the north, the Royal Military College of Canada, won Sandhurst 2016, marking the fifth time it took home the Reginald E. Johnson Memorial Plaque (a mounted cadet sabre) as the competition’s highest scoring squad (2005-07, ’09). For the fourth year in a row, H-3 earned the 1st Place USCC Streamer as the highest scoring cadet company, and 4th Regiment dethroned 2nd Regiment and won the Sandhurst Sword as the regiment with the best aggregate company performance in the competition. The sword was originally presented to USMA by the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst (UK) in 1967 to be a prize for a regimental military stakes competition, the aim of which was to promote military excellence among the Corps of Cadets. At first, West Point’s Sandhurst Competition was just a mix of physical fitness tests, varsity and intramural sports, and drill and ceremony performed over the course of an academic term; however, in 1975, Major Robert Hodges, the British exchange officer assigned to West Point at the time, worked with the Commandant to re-format the competition to test the cadets’ ability to “shoot, move and communicate” as a team. The competition was moved to Camp Buckner and took place over the course of 20 days in April. Beginning in 1992, the competition was reduced to two days and opened to ROTC squads, and two teams from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst began participating a year later, one of which won the event for ten years straight. In 2011, USCC Company B-3 became the one and only USMA squad to win the competition since international competition began, a fact that West Point fans hope will change next year with the 50th anniversary of Sandhurst.

Borer Leads Men’s Rugby to Win Over Oklahoma
4/11/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Senior Andrew Borer led the charge offensively with 30 points, as the Army West Point men's rugby team collected a 55-10 victory over No. 20 Oklahoma in the opening round of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup on Saturday afternoon at the Anderson Rugby Complex. Army improves to 9-4 on the year, while Oklahoma drops to 13-4. Borer scored the game's first 13 points in the opening 10 minutes, with a penalty kick in the fifth minute, and tries in the seventh and 10th minutes, respectively.

Freshman Torran Raby touched down in the 18th minute to boost the Black Knight lead to 18-0 before senior Logan Weiland added Army's fourth consecutive try seconds before the halftime whistle to give the hosts a 23-0 advantage at the break. As he did in the first half, Borer began the second period with three straight scores, including a penalty kick, a try and a conversion, making the score 33-0 by the 47th minute. Read More

Softball Bounces Back, Tops Bucknell in Nightcap
4/11/2016

LEWISBURG, PA - The Army West Point softball team split its doubleheader with Bucknell Sunday afternoon. The Black Knights dropped a tight first game to the Bison 1-0 in nine innings before topping Bucknell 9-3 in game two. Game one remained in a 0-0 deadlock until the bottom of the ninth inning when the Bison clinched the game with a walk off hit. Although scoreless, the game was an exciting one and featured pitcher Caroline Smith who had the hard luck loss.

Smith retired eight straight batters before the Bison (21-13, 6-2 Patriot League) made it on a base in the ninth inning. She didn't allow a hit between the fifth and eighth innings to help Army (23-14, 5-2 PL) stay in the game. The Bison had a player on first and second with no outs in the home half of the ninth. A double play from Alee Rashenskas to Emily Gray gave Army two outs, but advanced Bucknell's game winning run on third. A walk off by Midyette gave the Bison the run it needed to clinch. Read More

Men's Lacrosse Clinches Postseason Berth
4/11/2016

BOSTON - The Army West Point men's lacrosse team left no doubt it would be moving onto the Patriot League Tournament with a convincing 15-4 win over Boston University on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field. Army (8-3, 5-1 PL) was led by rookie Nate Jones with a career-high five goals, while Cole Johnson recorded four points on two goals and two assists. Overall the Black Knights had nine different goal scorers. Luke Poulos chipped in with two goals, while Connor Cook added two points on a goal and an assist. AJ Barretto had another outstanding day in the cage with eight stops. He made seven in the first half and just missed the shutout in the opening 30 minutes. Read More

Feature Friday: Overcoming Pain
4/8/2016

There are too many scars to keep track of at this point. That's the price Carolyn Pitman has had to pay playing the game of tennis. The constant strain on the body, the quick cutting, stretching the arms and legs to get the racket to an ever eluding ball, heavy swings, they all pay their price. An ever expanding list that features multiple tibia fractures, a herniated disc, tendonitis in knees, elbow, and shoulder, back issues, and loss of feeling in her left (dominant) hand; a litany of issues for a 23-year old to go through with more surgeries on the way in the coming years. Some people might cringe just reading that list. Pitman took the bumps and bruises, the knives and the heartache, and became one of Army West Point's best tennis players. But it's a trail that was nearly never started. Read More

Society of American Military Engineers Visit the Harvard Club
4/8/2016

Cadets from the West Point Student Chapter of SAME attended an evening meeting of SAME’s New York City Post at the Harvard Club. At the meeting they spoke with representatives from a variety of engineering firms in the NYC area, and listened to a presentation from Mr. James Starace, Chief Engineer, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In addition, they met with COL David Caldwell, the NYC Post President and Commander of the NY District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

15th Competition on Law of Armed Conflict
4/8/2016

Class of 2016 Cadets Eric Fenton, Calvin Stokes, Bailey Widman, Ben Andrews, and OIC Assistant Professor LTC Matt Kemkes, represented USMA at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law's 15th Competition on Law of Armed Conflict for Military Academies in Sanremo, Italy. The competition brought 67 cadets from 19 military academies representing 13 countries and mixed them into 2 or 3 person teams acting as fictitious countries working as a coalition going to war. Over four days, the teams worked in Joint Operation Centers (JOCs), acting as legal advisors to the JOC commander to demonstrate they could effectively deal with a complex geopolitical situation. Cadets had to conduct an efficient military operation implementing the coalition's mandate, while simultaneously integrating specific instructions each team received from their own fictitious government as to their own national priorities.

Beyond having an extraordinary opportunity to explore the various nuanced dimensions of the laws of war, the USMA cadets, all law majors, had a tremendous cultural immersion experience by teaming with cadets from Japan, Sweden, France, Uganda, and Switzerland. The legal dilemmas facing the coalition tested cadets’ knowledge of treaties and customary international law, as they advised their commander on how to wage war lawfully. For example, the issues they faced ranged from determining if people fleeing from the rogue nation qualified for refugee status, to if preemptive self-defense was justified when one coalition member's satellite seemed to be targeted, to whether a computer virus could be used as a weapon, to how a detainee who allegedly knew the location of a ticking bomb should be interrogated. At the end of the competition, each cadet left the exercise with invaluable insights into working in a JOC, with an appreciation of the complexity of the applying the law of armed conflict, and with new international colleagues.

US Circuit Court Judge Denny Chin Visits with Cadets
4/8/2016

US Circuit Court Judge Denny Chin visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by Department of Law Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro. Judge Chin was appointed to the federal appeals court by the President in 2010 and serves on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. He was the first Asian-American ever appointed to a federal appeals court. Prior to that, he was a federal district court judge, having been appointed by President Clinton in 1994. He was also an Assistant US Attorney under Rudy Giuliani in the Southern District of New York, and practiced law as a private attorney. Judge Chin had a lively discussion with the cadets about searches and seizures and the 4th Amendment. He also explained his reasons, when he was a district court judge, for sentencing convicted fraudster and septuagenarian Bernard Madoff to a 150-year prison term.

Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition
4/8/2016

Law majors Paige Vallejos, Mickey Briggs, and Madison Daugherty competed in the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition in Seattle Washington. Fifteen other teams from diverse law schools and the Air Force Academy participated in the competition. The judges evaluated the teams on both their knowledge of the law and understanding of the operational parameters of various humanitarian law organizations as demonstrated through their performance in six rounds of simulation-based competition. Among the many challenging issues, cadets provided legal advice and gave simulated press interviews regarding conflict classification, targeting, detention, and torture. The cadets scored high in the first four rounds, but Minnesota Law School won the competition against Harvard Law School in the final round. Throughout the competition, the cadets also spent invaluable time engaging with humanitarian law professionals from Israel, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Nine Gymnasts Qualify for 2016 NCAAs
4/8/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Nine members of the Army West Point gymnastics team had their ticket punched as individual qualifiers for the 2016 NCAA Championships being held at St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State April 15-16. The championships will begin on Friday, April 15, with the national qualifier, which consists of two pre-qualifying sessions (1/7 p.m.). The Black Knights will compete in the first session beginning at 1 p.m. The top three individual finishers in all-around and on each event during each session, who are not already qualified on a team (top three teams qualify) or as an all-around competitor, will advance to Saturday's finals.

It is the third time in the last five years that the No. 12 Black Knights have sent nine qualifiers, joining participants who competed in 2012 and 2014. Leading the way is senior Jesse Glenn, a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award, who will be competing as an all-arounder along with freshman Cole Casanova. Glenn ranks first among the five individual qualifiers with an average of 85.963 and Casanova is second (85.90). Read More

Athletic Director's Update
4/8/2016

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

Cadets Visit the US Supreme Court
4/8/2016

Cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by Professor & Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro, visited the US Supreme Court and the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. First, at the courtroom in the Supreme Court, the cadets observed oral argument in a case concerning the proper interpretation of the Sixth Amendment’s Speedy Trial Clause. Next, the cadets met privately with Justice Sonia Sotomayor in the Rehnquist Dining Room in the Courthouse. Justice Sotomayor discussed her views on being a member of the bench. The cadets also toured the Capitol building.

Sociology Visits Westchester Knicks D-League Lab
4/8/2016

PL371 Introductory Sociology class ventured to White Plains to the social laboratory of the Westchester Knicks D-League basketball game. Introductory Sociology class ventured to White Plains to the social laboratory of the Westchester Knicks D-League basketball game. PL371 exposes students to theories and concepts related to the social structure, culture, and agency prevalent but often overlooked in our environment and personal interactions. The institution of sports continues to strongly influence personal behavior and group dynamics, and also reflects many of the social inequalities within our society. The basketball game provided cadets a sports venue outside their normal environment to observe these social factors and forces first hand. Each student generated a unique research project and applied the concepts and ideas learned in class during an ethnographic visit. Their topics ranged from analysis of group size and fan enthusiasm, gender, race, and age distribution and stratification in the various seating sections, clothing, occupation, income, and social status, and gender trends among the children and parents in attendance. The cadets will complement their own primary research with a literature review of peer-reviewed Sociological journal articles. Their resulting paper will include observing, collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from their real world data, as well as walking through a full sequence of the research process.

Harvard University President Speaks at the Zengerle Family Lecture
4/8/2016

Harvard University President, Drew Gilpin Faust, Speaks at the First Annual Zengerle Family Lecture in the Arts and Humanities. The Department of English and Philosophy hosted the first annual Zengerle Family Lecture in the Arts and Humanities. Harvard University president, Drew Faust, delivered this inaugural lecture to a combined audience of more than 800 Cadets, staff, and faculty members. The lecture, entitled “To be a Speaker of Words and a Doer of Deeds: Literature and Leadership,” argued for the importance of a broad, liberal arts education for future officers, and indeed for all citizens. President Faust’s day-long visit to West Point also included a visit to the Library’s Special Collections, lunch with Cadets in the Cadet Mess Hall, and an interdisciplinary Cadet and faculty symposium. This event, moderated by Professor Elizabeth Samet of the Department of English and Philosophy, was the culmination of a yearlong faculty colloquium, during which faculty members from eight different academic departments met monthly to discuss Faust’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. The symposium gave interested Cadets and faculty members an opportunity to engage directly with President Faust in a more intimate setting. The event was generously supported and attended by the Zengerle family.

Department of History Staff Ride to Normandy, France
4/8/2016

During spring break, the Department of History executed a staff ride to Normandy, France. After participating in several sessions that familiarized them with the Normandy campaign, twelve cadets accompanied Professor Randy Roberts, LTC Rick Black, and CPTs Greg Hope and Eric Smith to a variety of different locations in the Norman countryside where the Allies invaded France in June 1944.

To fully immerse the cadets in both the history and culture of the region, the cadets visited British, Canadian, and American battle sites during the trip. Each cadet prepared especially for a particular stand during the trip, adding intellectual rigor to their visit. While staying in Caen, the cadets visited Juno Beach, Pegasus Bridge, and a variety of different sites associated with British attempts to break out of the front near the Orne River. The group then moved on to Bayeux where the cadets then studied the American side of the campaign. The trip had many highlights, including a personal tour of Brecourt Manor, where E/506th made its famous assault on a German artillery battery, as well as an opportunity to lay a wreath at Omaha Cemetery commemorating the Americans who died liberating Europe.

Following their stay in Normandy, the group returned to Paris for two days to meet with veterans of the French 2nd Armored Division. There, the cadets met former Chief of Staff of the French Army General Bruno Cuche and received a tour of the World War Two portion of the museum at Les Invalides. While there, the cadets saw the tomb of Marshal Leclerc as well as the monument to Napoleon. Following this visit, the cadets then met with veterans of the French 2nd Armored Division at a lunch hosted at the Marshal Leclerc Foundation. This final visit granted cadets an appreciation of the role that the Free French played in the liberation of their country.

Softball Takes Two over Yale Wednesday Night
4/8/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point softball team picked up two more wins in a mid-week sweep over Yale Wednesday night. The Black Knights defeated the Bulldogs by scores of 6-1 and 2-1 which helped head coach Michelle DePolo reach the 200 career win milestone. "The team has been hitting well all year and really helping their own cause on defense," said DePolo. "We have been doing a good job using all our tools to get us on base and around, whether it's just good hitting, slapping, bunting, or just punching a ball through the infield. Even game two wasn't as productive runs wise but we often put the ball in play hard and had runners on base. I feel like this team can achieve just about anything they set out to do" The Black Knights blew the game open in the top of the second with five runs off of two home runs hit to the scoreboard. Read More

Harvard University’s Biodesign Lab Collaboration
4/6/2016

Harvard’s Wyss Institute researchers visited the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department at USMA to begin pilot work on a collaborative research study on power exosuits. This research project will investigate the effects of training on the efficacy of a power exosuit during loading walking. Biomechanical and physiological measurements of energy expenditure will be collected over 8 weeks of training, to help inform future design and evaluation protocols. This prototype has been developed as part of DARPA’s Warrior Web program and is designed to assist the lower extremities during dismounted loaded troop movements. Study testing begins the week following spring leave and will continue until the end of the semester.

Cadet Binkley Recognized by Aviation Week & Space Tech
4/6/2016

Cadet Chase Binkley, D/CME was honored on March 3, 2016 at the 59th Annual Laureate Awards, honoring extraordinary achievements in the global aerospace arena, during a black-tie gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Cadet Binkley was one of four military academy cadets who received Tomorrow's Leaders awards, honoring young men and women who have chosen career paths in the armed forces. To view winners as selected by editors at Penton’s Aviation Week, the largest multimedia information and services provider to the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries, visit Aviation Week Laureate Awards.

"As Aviation Week celebrates its 100th anniversary, we salute these fine cadets who are shining examples of tomorrow’s leaders," said Aviation Week & Space Technology Editor-in-Chief Joseph C. Anselmo. "These cadets and the Laureate Awards winners and finalists embody the spirit of exploration, innovation and vision that will inspire others to strive for broad-reaching progress in aviation, aerospace and defense through the next century.”

Successful PKM 7.62 mm Machine Gun Live Fire Testing
4/6/2016

Mechanical Engineering Capstone group advised by LTC Joshua Keena successfully conducted live fire testing of their senior design project on the PKM 7.62 mm machine gun. Cadets Kenny Dailey, Logan Schmidt, and Kyle Reeves tested a blank firing adapter (BFA) and feed tray discriminator (FTD) that they designed and prototyped. The BFA and FTD allows the 7.62 mm PKM machine gun to safely and effectively fire blank ammunition. The devices were tested at a cyclic rate of +760 rounds per minute with the 7.62 mm × 54 mm cartridge. The test was supported by armorers from the West Point Supply Services Area (SSA) Facility as well as weapon system engineers from Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. Special thanks to Mr. James McTamaney for his approval for use of the test stand and arms room.

Rehab Robotics Workshop & Wearacon16 Wearable Robotics Conf
4/6/2016

Dr. John Rogers and Cadets Will Watson (EE), Katie Holder (ME), Mike Kushnak (ME), and John Bellet (ME) travelled to Phoenix AZ to attend the conference and workshop. The 4th annual rehabilitation robotics workshop was held on the campus of Arizona State University. The workshop included speakers and industry exhibits. A panel of neurologists and physical therapists led a discussion about the uses and limitations of robots in rehabilitation. Following the rehabilitation robotics workshop was the inaugural Wearable Robotics Conference that was organized by the newly formed Wearables Robotics Association. The event included plenary speakers, demonstrations of robotic exoskeletons, and talks on a range of topics. The cadets showed their hardware, presented a talk, and displayed a poster about their Hip Actuator for running assistance. The USMA team competed well in an innovation challenge, but did not take the prize. First place went to the HART team from UC Berkeley that developed patient-specific musculoskeletal software to help optimize the prescription of assistive robotic devices for rehabilitation. Dr. Rogers displayed a poster about using musculoskeletal dynamic simulations to aid the design of wearable robotic devices. The four cadets expressed appreciation for the opportunity to hear from experts and to interact with their peers. This trip provided outstanding professional development for the team.

Brinson Earns Conference Rookie of the Week Honors
4/6/2016

CENTER VALLEY, PA - Army West Point freshman Kenneth Brinson was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday, April 4. He earned the honor following season-best throws for the Black Knights across two events. Brinson, who is also a member of the football team, performed well in his first track and field meet against Navy. He won the hammer throw with a 59.00 meter best and placed second in the discus with a mark of 50.25 meters. Read More

K’NEXercise – Building Construction Managers!
4/6/2016

Cadets enrolled in CE450, Construction Management, competed in the K’NEXercise on Thursday, 10 March 2016. The competition requires teams of cadets to prepare estimates, bids and construction schedules, and then execute the construction of the awarded project using rapid setting concrete and K’NEX components. Cadets then had to defend their team against frivolous and vexatious litigation from the opposing teams in Court, which occurred Monday, 21 March 2016. The winning teams in the Tower, Bridge and Hall projects were led by Cadets Branson Ruddell, Lexi Deets, and Colin Doody, respectively.

Russian Students Participate in Spring Immersion to Uzbekistan
4/6/2016

Eight cadets, Thomas Batina ’16, Curtis Gardner ’16, Rima Gasparini ’17, David Hill ’16, Ethan Lundgren ’16, Tim Naudet ’17, Andrew Ortega ’16 and Jacob Podpaly ’17 plus CPT Matthew Daigle participated in a Spring Immersion to Uzbekistan. This was the first time in nine years the USMA Cadets visited Uzbekistan. The Cadets visited Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara. While there, the Cadets experienced the culture of a populous former republic of the Soviet Union in the strategic crossroads of Central Asia and spoke Russian in a country where Russian remains important.

Cadets Earn Their French Airborne Wings
4/6/2016

CDTs Eric Zenger, Natalie Reisweber, Stephanie Shubert, Alexandra Caudullo, and Edward Fullerton returned from successfully obtaining French Airborne wings after a week in southern France. During the week with their comrades from St Cyr, they did airborne refresher training, executed one qualifying jump, and enjoyed building relationships while improving their French speaking abilities. Outside of the training environment, the St Cyr cadre helped our Cadets to learn and experience southern France by including them in various cultural activities like visiting a medieval castle and dining at local restaurants. The trip was a huge success, providing excellent military training and language immersion for our Cadets and continuing to strengthen USMA's relationship with the French Military Academy.

French Spring Immersion
4/6/2016

What an incredible week! Eight cadets accompanied CPT Fehlbaum to Paris, France, and spent eight days immersing themselves in French history, architecture, art, cuisine, and language. Basing themselves in the "Quartier Latin," CPT Fehlbaum guided the cadets as they discovered the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Palace of Versailles, and other important cultural and historic sights--although these incredible visits weren't even the highlights of the trip! According to the cadets, the immersive, interactive activities were their favorites: the morning spent at Ferrandi, learning to make French macaroons; dancing with "real Parisians" at a ballroom-dance lesson; chatting with the actors after a performance of Moliere's "Le malade imaginaire." It was a wonderfully immersive experience for all!

Geography and Environmental Engineering World Water Day
4/6/2016

The Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering created a display to recognize World Water Day on March 22, 2016. The event is executed world-wide and sponsored by the United Nations (http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday). Water bottles were stacked in the hallway to represent the 580 Liters of water that each person in the United States uses each day. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines "reasonable access" to water as 20 Liters per person per day, within 1 kilometer of the person's dwelling location. To symbolize this concept, we placed a single 20 Liter container (the blue water jug) with a sign asking cadets "Would you consider it reasonable to carry this 20 liter water jug back from Lusk Reservoir each day?" Cadets also wrote their thoughts on a chalk wall in response to the prompt "Water is valuable to me for..." Responses varied from "Coffee" to "Winning Wars."

Rashenskas Receives Player of the Week Nod
4/6/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Junior infielder Alee Rashenskas has been named the Patriot League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. College Sports Madness identifies the players who have made the greatest impact to their team from each conference and on a national basis each week. Rashenskas went nine-for-14 and led the team with a .643 batting average. She added four RBI last week, totaled 10 bases, a double and scored three runs. In the Black Knights second game against Colgate, the St. Anne, Ill., native was a perfect four-for-four at the plate with two RBI. Read More

West Point Hosts Fallen Comrades Marathon
4/5/2016

The Army West Point Marathon team hosted the Fallen Comrades Half Marathon at West Point. Over 1,000 runners showed up to participate in the Half Marathon, coming from local ROTC’s, NYPD, NYFD, Team RWB, Navy Marathon, Hudson Valley Road Runners, and many more. This spectacular race and challenging course brought the community together in a fun and healthy way.

Combat Weapons Team Invited to the Supt's Quarters
4/5/2016

The Army West Point Combat Weapons Team was invited to the Superintendent’s quarters following a victory over Navy and Air Force during the Scholastic Action Shooters Regional Championships in February 2016. Fourteen members of the Team to include the OIC, Asst. OIC, NCOIC, and the Head Coach enjoyed the social scene and a historical tour of the residence. The Superintendent, on behalf of the Commandant, presented the Commander’s Award for Public Service to Coach Gary Salman for ten years of volunteer service to the team. The team also invited Mrs. Caslen to the DMI Spouse Shoot that is being held on Tuesday, 3 May.

Climbing in Shawgunks Mountain Range
4/5/2016

The Army West Point Climbing club took six cadets to the Shawgunks Mountain Range in New Paltz, NY, to participate in a day of outdoor climbing. Upon arrival, the group set up various top-rope anchors including climbs CC Route, Phoebe, Fitchen’s Folly and Boston. Utilizing traditional climbing systems, placing gear and building anchors, CDTs Natalie Budner and Micah Gahagen completed a multi-pitch climb, and safely rappelled to the ground. Later on, the groups caught back up and set up some challenging routes on Top Rope including Squiggles, Squiggles Direct and Trashcan Overhang.

Polish Cultural Immersion Trip
4/5/2016

The USMA Polish Language club visited three cities in Poland for a cultural immersion trip. The first cities they visited was Krakow, where they were able to tour the Old City and immerse themselves in the culture. While there, they were able to visit the Wawel Royal Castle, where they toured the Cathedral Museum and were also able to view an exhibit of Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo DaVinci. They also toured the royal tombs, which included tombs of BG Tadeusz Kosciusko and Field Marshal Pilsudzki. The group was also able to make it out to tour the remnants of Auschwitz and Kirkenau, and walked through where millions have lost their lives as a result of genocide. Lastly, they toured the Wieliczka Salt Mine which is one of the oldest mines in Europe. The next stop was Zakopane, which is Poland’s version of Aspen. This region is very different from the rest of Poland, and the dialect sounds like a completely different language.

There they hiked up a mountain on the border of Slovakia to Morski Oko where the lake was frozen and walked across to take in the views. The last city they visited was Warsaw; there they were able to walk through the Old Town and enjoy traditional foods and see some of the old fortifications of the Warsaw Royal Castle. Also, the group got to watch the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which was a great start before touring the Warsaw Uprising Museum. There, they were able to see what the city was like before the war, and what the city looked like after 90% of it was leveled through bombings. Seeing all of this allowed the group to appreciate the value of why a strong military is necessary to protect the people of their nation. After the museum, the group went to the Palace of Culture and Science where they got to see how far the city has come from being rebuilt and a Communist Era to the Open Market Economy with the many flourishing businesses currently there. The cadets had a great opportunity to learn about the culture and history of Poland, as well as meet some people for the current generation and compare that history with a positive outlook of the direction of Poland’s future.

Tae Kwon Do Trains at Grand Master Ji-ho Choi's
4/5/2016

The Tae Kwon Do team travelled to Bedminster, NJ, for a day of intense Taekwondo training at Grand Master Ji-ho Choi’s School. Grand Master Choi is the current President of the Pan American Taekwondo Union, an executive member of the World Taekwondo Federation, as well as the previous head coach of the US National Team. The practice lasted six and a half hours, and consisted of several workouts, advanced kicking development, reaction and strategy drills, flexibility development, and forms instruction. Though training was difficult, the cadets were satisfied knowing that they finished the day with new skills and strategies to dominate the competition.

Yoga Visits the Lyons Den in NYC
4/5/2016

The USMA Yoga Club visited the Lyons Den in New York City, where they participated in a great yoga practice. All present enjoyed the practice and the opportunity to incorporate a yoga practice into their character and leader development activities.

Asian-Pacific Forum Meets with MG Taguba
4/5/2016

The USMA Asian-Pacific Forum hosted a meeting with MG Taguba (Ret.) in the Thayer Hotel at West Point. Through this meeting, MG Taguba shared his insights and thoughts from his 34 years of service and experience with cadets and stressed the importance of mentorship in during their entire career as U.S. Army officers.

Theatre Arts Guild at "She Loves Me"
4/5/2016

Nine cadets from the USMA Theatre Arts Guild club travelled to New York City to see a show titled “She Loves Me”. There the cadets had the opportunity to attend the International Auto Show, the Museum of Art and Design, Columbus Circle, and the Museum of Modern Art before the show. “She Loves Me” was a wonderful show, and exposed the cadets to the best least-known musical of the past sixty years. After the show, the cadets had the opportunity to ask questions at a special Q&A session with the actors and the creative staff. At the conclusion of the Q&A, lead actor Zachary Levi (most known for his TV Show “Chuck”) thanked the cadets for their service.

Debate Forum Competes at the National Championship
4/5/2016

The West Point Debate team travelled to Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY, to compete in the Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship. The Class of 2016 Debater CDT Michael Barlow, stole the show this weekend taking home the Brian Johnson Outstanding Debater Award and the Third Place Speaker Award. CDT Barlow earned the CEDA Debater of the Year award for his outstanding performance and competitive success, as well as his commitment to service throughout the debate community and the Army team as a leader and an activist influencing other competitors from other schools, and the entire Corps of Cadets beyond other debaters; CDT Barlow’s accomplishments and importance to the debate community were highlighted over the weekend with speeches and tributes. CDT Barlow, along with CDT Quanzel Caston advanced to the Quarterfinals of out-rounds in a field of 87 teams and over 170 debaters; they eventually lost to Stanford in the Elite 8. This was by far the program’s most successful run at CEDA Nationals to date.

Fly Fishing in Micco
4/4/2016

Six members of the West Point Fly Fishing Club travelled south to Micco, FL, to seek out the abundance of salt water fish that swim in the waters surrounding the Sebastian Inlet on Florida’s Space Coast. The club could not ask for better weather, with most days in the mid 80’s, and the conditions perfect for catching a lot of fish. The cadets caught a variety of saltwater species including snook, lady fish, sea trout, puffer fish, jack crevale, blue fish, and mangrove snapper. The cadets were also able to take advantage of the host family’s pond, were they caught a few largemouth bass, brim and crappie as well. All of the cadets had a great time, and were able to learn some valuable new techniques on how to catch salt-water fish.

Scuba's Spring Break in Belize
4/4/2016

The USMA Scuba team took their annual Spring Break trip to a warm climate that was suitable for excellent diving. This year, sixteen team members, two NCO’s, three family members, as well as the OIC went to Ambergris Caye, Belize. The highlight of the diving-filled trip was diving the world-renowned Blue Hole.

Parachute Raeford, NC Spring Training
4/4/2016

Members of the West Point Para-chute team travelled to Raeford, NC, to conduct spring training. While in North Carolina, members of the West Point Parachute team trained with the Golden Knight 8-way team, the Black Dagger USASOC Demonstration Team, and members from 3rd SF Group. The Plebes on the team were able to do some of their first jumps; the Yearling and Cow 4-way teams trained with the Golden Knights; and the Firsties transitioned to a support role.

Cadets Share Projects with Soldiers at Fort Benning
4/4/2016

West Point Civil & Mechanical Engineering cadets traveled to the Maneuver Battle Lab at US Army Fort Benning to share the devices they designed and prototyped as part of their Senior Capstone Projects. Cadets got to interact with soldiers at Fort Benning testing their capstone projects with them before they are graded. The Senior Capstone Projects are designed to target specific elements that could be improved and help soldiers in the field. The soldiers get hands on operation and provide analyzation which will help the cadets improve their designs. Click here to watch the video.

Baseball Tops Lafayette in Series Finale
4/4/2016

WEST POINT, NY - A season-best 18-hit effort powered the Army West Point baseball team past Lafayette, 9-3, in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader to close out its first Patriot League series of the 2016 season from Doubleday Field. The Black Knights (10-17, 1-3 PL) responded after dropping game one of the twin bill, 11-2 after committing six errors. "The basic message between games was that we wanted to come out and rise to the challenge and respond," said head coach Matt Reid. "It was a lot like after the second Seton Hall game when the guys came out and played one of their best games of the year in that third game." Read More

Minato Secures Second All-America Honor This Week
4/4/2016

ATLANTA, GA - For the second season in a row, Army West Point senior Kelsey Minato was recognized as a Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention choice. Minato also drew Associated Press All-America honorable mention praise earlier this week.

The two All-America accolades add to a growing list of Minato's postseason accomplishments this season, as the Huntington Beach, Calif., native was also named espnW Mid-Major Player of the Year, Patriot League Player of the Year and Patriot League Tournament MVP, and was selected to the Senior CLASS Award first team and the ECAC Division I first team.

The senior became the sixth All-American in the 39-year history of the Army women's basketball program after landing WBCA All-America honors last season and now becomes the only player in team history to be selected as an All-American three times. Read More

Women’s Tennis Takes Star Match
4/4/2016

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Army West Point women's tennis team got revenge for its lone loss against Navy in the last meeting between the two as the Black Knights topped the Midshipmen 6-1 on Saturday afternoon. Army improves to 7-1 in the all-time series against the Mids while moving the season record for the Star Series presented by USAA to 9-8-1 in advantage of Navy. The Black Knights have now won 10 straight games as they improve to 17-3 this year and 3-0 in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen fall to 15-9 this spring and 1-2 in conference.

Senior Carolyn Pitman remained undefeated in her career against Navy. She teamed with Kirby Einck to stay unbeaten with the freshman this spring in doubles for a 6-2 victory. The pairing is now 13-0 in 2016 while Pitman is 5-0 against the Midshipmen in doubles. The West Chester, Ohio, native won for the sixth time in as many tries against the Mids in singles play with a victory in the top singles flight. She had to rally against sophomore Amanda Keller to ultimately take a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win. In the academy record books, Pitman took sole possession of eighth place in career singles wins (70) and broke a tie for career dual wins in the number one position (19) as she now stands alone in seventh place. Read More

“Sir, Reporting to the Mule in the Red Sash!” R-Day for Army West Point’s Newest Mascot
4/4/2016

“General Caslen, on behalf of all Army Rangers and the Class of 1975 and the West Point Society of South Carolina, we present you with Paladin!” said Steve Townes ’75, CEO and Founder of Ranger Aerospace LCC, who has been West Point’s “mule donor in perpetuity” for well over a decade.

Four-year-old Paladin, whose name refers to 1 of the 12 legendary peers or knightly champions in Charlemagne’s court, began his West Point experience on March 31, 2016, reporting to Ranger III, now gray in his muzzle.

In a ceremony to welcome the Army team’s newest mule, Director of Cadet Activities COL Tom Hansbarger ’92 officially signed in Paladin, who had two green duffel bags tied on his back. Several notable guests were on hand to witness the event, including VA Secretary Bob McDonald, another member of the Class of 1975, and LTC Anne Hessinger, an Army veterinarian who served at West Point from 2003 to 2006 and is now an equine officer at Fort Bragg, NC.

Paladin, small in stature, posed calmly for a round of photos after reporting to Ranger III, the mule in the red sash, before being led across the street to the barber while onlookers cheered him on with a rousing “Beat Navy!” chant. Paladin showed his spunk though when he kicked out his left hind leg toward the barber who was trying to get close tom him in order to shave a big “A” into his hind quarters. “He’s just nervous, just like every other plebe on their R-Day,” remarked an officer in the crowd who was watching the event.

At the conclusion of the event, Ranger III and Paladin were loaded into horse trailers for a trip to Morgan Farm, where Paladin will spend his summer at his quarters. He will be officially introduced to the West Point Community and Army football fans on September 10 when Army West Point hosts Rice. The mule mascots will lead the team onto the field, carrying flags and interacting with fans.

Paladin, whose name was selected by the Corps of Cadets and approved by the Superintendent, is the third mule donated by Townes, a former mule rider and former Army officer with the 75th Ranger Regiment who has set up an endowment ensuring the Academy’s future mascots. Ranger III and his brother Stryker, Townes’s last donations, both reported for mascot duty at West Point in 2011. Go to Flickr to see more photos of the ceremony.

Feature Friday: The Spark of Army Softball
4/1/2016

Senior third basemen and two-year captain Kasey McCravey has made a lasting impact on the Army West Point softball program. Whether it is her strength on the field, or her leadership capabilities, she is always looking to lead her team to the next level. Click here to watch the video. As someone who appears in almost every category of the program's record book, McCravey's selfless approach to the sport is what truly makes her the spark of Army softball. The Senior CLASS Award Finalist reflects on her time at West Point and how softball has and always will fuel her forward. Read More

Cadet Schaeffer ’18 on the Glee Club
4/1/2016

For Cadet Joy Schaeffer ’18, Glee Club is more than just an extracurricular activity. She sees her fellow club members as a team, and through music, they inspire, educate, and strengthen the Long Gray Line. Click here to watch the video. The Glee Cub is a Margin of Excellence activity that helps to ensure cadets a well-rounded experience and is supported by gifts to West Point. “Thank you for making these opportunities possible,” she says, “and for your investment in the future leaders of our Army and Nation.”

Kelsey Minato at the College 3-Point Championship
4/1/2016

CYPRESS, TX - Army West Point senior Kelsey Minato took part in the 2016 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships on Thursday night at the Berry Center. Click here to watch the video.

She joined 23 other seniors from around the nation at the event and was one of eight women's competitors in the three-point championship. Minato placed second in the women's competition and turned in a 20-point performance in the semfinal round to mark the highest score during the entire contest. Story

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