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Cadets Assist Habitat for Humanity in Yonkers

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

Athletic Director's Update

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

DCA Update - Competitive Clubs

Boxing (Women’s):

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

Boxing (Men’s):

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

Hobby Clubs


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


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

Bass Fishing:

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


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

Men’s Volleyball:

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


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

Support Clubs

Glee Club:

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

Diversity Clubs


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

Academic Clubs

International Cadets of West Point:

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

Debate Forum:

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

Society of American Engineers:

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

Domestic Foreign Affairs:

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

Polish Language:

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

Debate (Model UN):

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

Cadet Programs

Upcoming Book Signings

19 October - 0930 to 1130 at the Book Store

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

27 October - 1334-1430, Thayer Hall Room 144

  • Julian Kulski, author of The Color of Change

Cadet Hostess:

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

2016 West Point Calendar:

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

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

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

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

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

Brinson To Be Honored by NFF

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

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

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

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

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

Multi-Try Performance Earns Huff AAA Honors

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

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

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

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

Photo Courtesy of Mark Johnson/ Ironstring Photo

Sprint Football Hands Cornell First Loss, 33-0

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

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

Volleyball Cruises Past Loyola

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

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

Women’s Soccer Blanks Lehigh, 2-0

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

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

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

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

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

Men's Cross Country Takes Fourth at Paul Short

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

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

Lampman Leads Black Knights into Quarterfinals

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

Athletic Director's Update

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

DCA Update - Competitive Clubs


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


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

Team Handball (W):

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

Boxing (Men’s):

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

Volleyball (Men’s):

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

Hobby Clubs


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


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


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

Support Clubs

Pipes & Drums:

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

Academic Clubs

Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations:

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

Electronics Experimenters Group:

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

Religious Clubs

Catholic Chapel Choir:

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

Catholic Chapel (Cadet Catechists):

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

Diversity Clubs

Native American Heritage Forum:

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

Cadet Programs

Upcoming Book Signings

9 October - 1100-1600 at the Book Store

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

19 October - 0930 to 1130 at the Book Store

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

27 October - 1334-1430, Thayer Hall Room 144

  • Julian Kulski, author of The Color of Change

2016 West Point Calendar:

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

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

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

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

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

Grochowski Sets Army PAT Record

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

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

Civil & Mechanical Engineering Supports Local Church

The West Point Civil & Mechanical Engineering Department constructed a wooden set of stand alone shelves to support the Church of the Holy Innocents thrift store and food pantry Friday. The church is located less than a mile from West Point's main gate and feeds over 100 local families bi-weekly in conjunction with the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. The cadets built three sturdy, stand alone shelves that are designed to fit perfectly into the Churches store room. Story

Photo courtesy of Capt. Jennifer Gonser/ West Point Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Kemper, Schurr Share Athlete of the Week Honors

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Junior Aaron Kemper and senior A.J. Schurr were both named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for their performances against Eastern Michigan in the 58-36 win last Saturday night.

Kemper ran for a career-high 140 yards on 12 carries, including a 56-yard gallop to the end zone that put Army up 22-3 in the opening minutes of the second quarter. He averaged over 11 yards per carry in the game. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native has reached his career high for a season with 33 carries for 216 yards and has scored a touchdown in each of his three seasons at West Point. Click here to watch the video.

Schurr came in for Bradshaw midway through the game against the Eagles and led the Black Knights with two second-half rushing touchdowns and 67 yards on the ground. He also found the end zone on a two-point conversion that put Army over 50 points on the night. The Libertyille, Ill., product threw for 70 yards on 3-for-7 passing. He has played in three games this season and the 67 yards were a high for 2015. Read More

Shannon Shines at Navy Invitational

ANNAPOLIS, MD. – The Army West Point men's tennis team spent its weekend behind enemy lines at the Joe Hunt Invitational hosted by Navy and got some major contributions from the young members of the team.

Sophomores Michael Nguyen, Gregory Shannon, Michael Sienko and Daniel Zheng all made the trip for the Black Knights with Shannon having a particularly good weekend after going 5-3 overall, competing in the "E" draw for singles and "B" draw for doubles with Zheng. The Longwood, Fla.-native finished in sixth place in singles while the southern duo finished third after making it to the quarterfinals.

"Our doubles play this weekend was really good," said head coach Jim Poling. "Making it to the semifinals in both flights really speaks to how these guys are progressing. Shannon has come along well. He is using his 6'6 frame very well, and that's helped him have such a powerful serve. Ultimately, the work we're doing now helps us get better for the spring, and I like how everyone has worked so far." Read More

Key Leader Features Cadet Capt. Katie Holder

Key Leader Features Cadet Capt. Katie HolderCommander of the 3rd Regiment, Cadet Capt. Katie Holder, discusses her previous leadership positions and overcoming her biggest challenge as a leader.

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U.S. Army video by: Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant/ USMA Public Affairs

Tunnel To The Towers Run 2015

Cadets and Academy staff participated in 2015 Tunnel To The Towers Run. The Tunnel To The Towers Run/Walk is a 5K race that commemorates New York firefighter Stephen Siller's heroic run from Brooklyn, New York to the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Members from the Corps of Cadets have participated in this run every year since 2009. Story

Photo by: Cadet Sarah Brown

Ground Game Carries Football Past Eastern Michigan

YPSILANTI, MI - The Army West Point football team racked up 556 yards on the ground en route to a 58-36 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday evening at Rynearson Stadium. Six players ran for at least 60 yards in the Black Knights' first win of the season.

Army dominated the time of possession statistic by holding the ball for 41:11. Fullback Aaron Kemper led the rushing attack with a career-best 147-yard performance, plus a touchdown. Matt Giachinta contributed 88, Joe Walker ran for 86 and a touchdown and John Trainor added 69 yards and a score. Quarterback A.J. Schurr had two touchdowns and compiled 67 yards rushing, while freshman Drue Harris also crossed the goal line twice to go along with his 60 yards. Click here to watch highlight of the game.

Linebacker Jeremy Timpf led the defense with eight solo tackles and forced a fumble. Rhyan England, Andrew King and Xavier Moss each contributed seven tackles and Moss added an interception. England also recovered a fumble for the Black Knights. Read More

Athletic Director's Update

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

DCA Update - Competitive Clubs


  • From 15-21 Sept., the West Point Cycling Team travelled to Colorado Springs, CO, to compete in the 2015 Collegiate Nationals
  • The West Point Cycling team is the 2015 TRACK Silver Medalist, placing 2nd in the DIV II USA Track Collegiate Nationals, and placing third overall nationally (DIV I/DIV II)
  • The team was led by Firsties CDT Kenny Dailey and CDT Jinny Yan
  • The team capped off a full three days of racing trailing 70 points behind the leaders, and eventually missing 1st by only 40 points

Climbing (Mountaineering):

  • On 20 Sept., the West Point Climbing Team took eight cadets to the Shawagunks Mountain Range, also called the Gunks, to participate in a day of outdoor climbing
  • Cadets on the trip included three plebes who had never been to the Gunks before
  • During the day, the coaches and upper-class cadets taught the newer climbers technical systems and practices of safe outdoor climbing
  • The experienced climbers also taught a lesson on proper descent techniques, and each cadet rappelled down
  • Throughout the majority of the morning and after-noon, all of the cadets climbed over nine different top rope routes


  • From 19-21 Sept., the Army West Point Marathon Team travelled to Ottawa, Ontario, to compete in the Canada Army Run
  • The Canada Army Run is a half marathon dedicated to the Canadian troops, as well as their families
  • The team met with LTG Hainse, the Commandant of the Canadian Army, as well as cadets from the Royal Military College
  • The team ran incredibly well, and a majority of the men ran the half marathon in under 1:20
  • The fastest runner on the team was CDT Jake Schmitz, running 1:14:02; CDT Aaqib Syed was close behind finishing at 1:14:18
  • Respectively, these cadets placed 7th and 10th overall, out of a total of 15,000 runners
  • The woman also ran extremely well, with CDT Jennifer Moore running a 1:34


  • From 18-20 Sept., the Orienteering team travelled to Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania, for their first away event of the season
  • This training, hosted by the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association, served as an introduction to orienteering skills and techniques for new team members and a refresher for returning team members prior to the fall competition season
  • The event consisted of training in intermediate and advanced orienteering techniques on Saturday afternoon, as well as a night orienteering course on Saturday evening, and a classic-length day course on Sunday
  • After a successful training weekend, the team is ready to begin their fall season and is poised to pursue a fifteenth consecutive National Championship in the spring

Boxing (Men’s):

  • On 18-20 Sept., the Men’s Boxing Team travelled to Chicago, IL
  • The team visited with children who lived around the area near Leo Catholic High School
  • Some of the children were students, while others just heard about the event and wanted to attend
  • Team members with exceptional stories shared how they came to the Military Academy, and gave different perspectives from their own personal experiences
  • CDT Chris Bingham, who has an extraordinary story, shared his experience in an effort to connect with children who may or may not be living in similar conditions
  • The key take away was that anyone can enter the academy and go on to do great things, if they put in the effort to do so no matter where they are from, or their social standing
  • The event finished with an exhibition match between local Chicago boxers and the West Point Men’s Boxing Team; West Point won, 6-2


  • On 19 Sept., the Army West Point Crew team competed in the 6th Annual Rum-son Boat Race in Rumson, NJ, against Drexel, Rutgers, and Villanova
  • As the first race of the season for varsity, it provided an early opportunity to gauge the progress of the strength conditioning and technique training against some of the top competitors that the team will face in the Dad Vail National Championships in the spring
  • After a short fog delay, the boats went out on the water and began the 2,500 meter races on flat water
  • Drexel won each of the four events; Army Crew took second place in two events, the men’s and women’s JV8
  • In the men’s JV8 race, Army surprised Drexel, leading for a good part of the race until the Dragons executed a sprint in the last 500 meters, out stroking the Army West Point boat by almost four strokes per minute
  • The first varsity eight finished third by very close margins in the other two races
  • Given the training progress to date, each boat put together a strong race, proving that they are competitive against quality programs
  • Army West Point Crew will race next at a Fall Home Event, the West Point Head Race, on 3 October; Army will host Fordham, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Iona, Sacred Heart, and the RMC from Canada

Hobby Clubs

Skeet & Trap:

  • On 20 Sept., ten cadets, comprised of Yearlings and Cows, travelled to the Weston Gun Club in Wes-ton, CT, to compete in sporting clays
  • The team shot extremely well on a difficult course, but the experienced home team managed to win by a score of 372 to 342
  • Each shooter shot 100 targets, spread over 12 stations on four separate fields; the top five scores for each team were combined for the final team scores
  • While the cadets were unable to secure the victory, they conducted themselves honorably and admirably the entire time
  • Both teams enjoyed the experience, and remarked about how they look forward to their next competition at West Point


  • On 19-20 Sept., the Army West Point Sailing team competed in the NY Maritime Fall Open at SUNY Maritime in New York City
  • The team encountered light winds on Saturday, and heavy winds on Sunday
  • The mostly novice crew of cadets finished 13th, out of 18 teams, in a fierce competition
  • From 18-20 Sept., the Army Sailing Team competed in the Shields Regatta held at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis
  • After three days, and over 15 hours of sailing, the team gained a lot of experience and executed seven races with winds up to twenty knots
  • The Shields Regatta is an invitational event to Maritime Schools, as well as Service Academies in the Unit-ed States and Canada
  • Army Sailing finished in the top three in four out of seven races
  • The team looks forward to competing again at Annapolis on 24 Oct., for the MacMilan Cup

Fly Fishing:

  • On 20 Sept., five cadets from the Fly Fishing Club tested their fly fishing skills on the WallKill River
  • The weather was beautiful, and the fishing was fantastic
  • All of the cadets caught several small mouth bass; though the catch was small, they were plentiful, with each cadet catching upwards of 30 to 50 fish in the short six hour trip
  • The Club also welcomed one of the newest OIC’s to the club on this trip, CPT Mark Askew from the History Department


  • On 20 Sept., the Army West Point Soccer Club began their regular season with a 1-0 victory over U-CONN Soccer Club
  • CDT Connor Ingleson (‘19) scored the winning goal, while another Plebe, CDT Thomas Rounds, was credited with the shutout
  • It was a resilient performance and the match was dominated by Army who also struck the bar on two occasions
  • The Army Soccer Club is now preparing for a “Double Header” on Saturday, 26 Sept., with trips to Goodwin and Trinity Colleges in Hartford Connecticut

Military Clubs

Combat Weapons:

  • On 22 Sept., the West Point Combat Weapons Team participated in the Annual Long Island Practical Shooters Association (LIPSA) Championship USPA Match near East Hampton Beach, NY
  • This was the first competition for the team following the start of the new Academic Year
  • Sixteen cadets, along with their Coach, Gary Salman, represented West Point in this event
  • CDT Spencer Eillis placed 8th overall (out of 148 shooters), and CDT Dillion Mclain, Coach Gary Salman, CDT’s Spencer Ellis, Joshua Hester, and Andrew Scott all placed 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 10th respectively in the Production Weapons Category
  • Ten members of the team placed within the top 25 of that category


  • On 20 Sept., the West Point Flying Team conducted training at Orange County Airport
  • CDTs Will Watson, Brian O’Connor, and Derek Powers practiced power-on and power-off landings during the morning in the PiperWarrior
  • CDTs Watson and O’Connor performed a successful navigation practice in the DA-20 Diamond Aircraft, refining techniques to be used for competition in October
  • Several of the new members, CDTs Preston Drinkard, Douglas Kinsey, and Kurt Klinkmueller were given an introduction to the use of the Redbird simulator at Take Flight Aviation
  • Led by team OIC, CDT Watson, the team then conducted training on the simulator event that will be done in the competition next month

Drill Team:

Drill Team performed on the Plain prior to the Cadet Review

Cadet Programs

Upcoming Book Signings

2 October - 0930 - 1130 at the Book Store

  • Daniel Sjursen, author of Ghost Riders of Baghdad

9 October - 1100-1600 at the Book Store

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

19 October - 0930 to 1130 at the Book Store

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

2016 West Point Calendar:

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

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

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

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

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

Key Leader Features Cadet Capt. Evan Burnham

Cadet Capt. Evan Burnham, United States Corps of Cadets Brigade Executive Officer, offers insightful advice for the Class of 2019.

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Volleyball Dominates Holy Cross in League Opener

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Firstie Nicole Perri led the Army West Point volleyball team to win its league opener 3-0 over Holy Cross Tuesday night at Gillis Field House with set scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 25-16. The Black Knights improved to 9-5 on the season and begin conference play with a 1-0 mark. Click here for the video.

Perri was the main producer for the Black Knights with 16 kills and only four errors. Carolyn Bockrath hit at .765 percent in the match with 13 kills. Vanessa Edwards recorded her fifth-consecutive double-double with 36 assists and 20 digs. Amber Clay also had a hand in the game with nine kills and 13 digs, while Shannel Chong recorded 15 digs and nine assists. Read More

Key Leader Features Cadet Capt. Grossman

United States Corps of Cadets Deputy Brigade Commander, Cadet Capt. David Grossman explains how he learned an important lesson in leadership. Hard right over easy wrong.

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U.S. Army video by: Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant/ USMA Public Affairs

Key Leader Features Cadet Cmd Sgt. Maj. Justin Dalme

Key Leader Features Cadet Cmd Sgt. Maj. Justin DalmeCadet Command Sgt. Maj. Justin Dalme, United States Corps of Cadets Brigade Command Sergeant Major, explains why he is the right person for the job.

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U.S. Army video by: Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant/ USMA Public Affairs

Men's Tennis Finishes Strong at Rice Invitational

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army West Point men's tennis team concluded its weekend in the Lone Star State with a strong showing at the Rice Invitational on Sunday. Going up against some strong nationally-ranked teams, the Black Knights went deep into the tournament in multiple flights.

"Everyone played some high quality matches," said head coach Jim Poling. "We see what level we can play at, and this tournament is going to give us a huge confidence boost for the rest of the season." Cow Kyle Barnes got to the finals of the "C" flight, while plebe David Mitchell got to the semifinals. Mitchell also reached the finals of the finals of the "B" flight in doubles with firstie Caison Best. Read More

Volleyball Sweeps Columbia

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Army West Point volleyball team closed out the Sea Wolves Invitational with two wins Saturday. The Black Knights swept Ivy League foe Columbia, 3-0, then turned around to defeated tournament host Stony Brook, 3-1. "It was great to finish the tournament season on a high," said head coach Alma Kovaci. "One of our goals this season was to win against our Ivy League opponents and we defeated all three.

We are improving as a team and that is great to see. Our pin attackers have become more productive, while our middle stays strong. It is nice to become more of a complete team, it is crucial." Amber Clay led the Black Knights offensively with 13 kills on 28 attempts. She also added eight digs in the match to help the Black Knights to victory. Carolyn Bockrath also produced for the Cadets with 4.0 points per set. Vanessa Edwards paced the Black Knights with 44 assists and 10 digs. Read More

Army Dominates Buzzard's Bay Sprint Triathlon

The Army West Point Triathlon Team traveled to Westport, Massachusetts to compete in the Buzzard's Bay Sprint Triathlon as part of the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference fall season, Sept. 20. The Army team dominated the collegiate division. Cadet Jacob Slife was the top collegiate male while Cadet Nick Chatel finished third. Cadets Catherine Sedy, Mackenzie Williams and Paige Dougherty placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively in the collegiate female division. The team won the competition in the women’s, men’s, and overall categories. Next week, five members of the Army team will go to the IRONMAN 70.3 Superfrog to compete for slots to the Ironman World Championship in Kona, while the remainder of the team competes for the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championship in Westchester, New York. Story

Clark Named AAA Athlete of the Week

Clark Named AAA Athlete of the WeekWEST POINT, N.Y. – Three first half scores in the Army West Point women's rugby team's 43-17 victory over conference rival Norwich has earned firstie Lindy Clark Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week recognition. This is the first career AAA Athlete of the Week honor for Clark and the second consecutive week in which a member of the women's rugby team has earned the distinction.

Clark opened up the scoring for the Black Knights in the eighth minute, cutting the Norwich lead to 10-5. She scored again in the 11th minute to tie the game, as teammate Nicole Heavirland converted the score to put Army up 12-10. The Cadets regained the lead with a try and conversion in the 16th minute, but Clark's third try of the afternoon in the 37th minute tied it up once again. Heavirland converted her second kick of the afternoon to send the Black Knights into the half with the two-point advantage. From that point on, Army held Norwich off the scoresheet, earning its first win over the national powerhouse in 15s action. Read More

Women's Rugby Downs Norwich 43-17

NORTHFIELD, VT - Looking to claim its first win in program history over heated rival Norwich, the Army West Point women's rugby team downed the Cadets 45-17 on the road Saturday afternoon. It is the first victory over Norwich for the Black Knights who move to 3-0 on the season. Norwich got out to an early lead, earning a 10-0 lead through six minutes.

Lindy Clark scored back-to-back tries, with Nicole Heavirland converting on the second, cutting the Norwich lead to 12-10. Norwich scored in the 16th minute, booting the kick, to go up 17-12. Clark continued her dominance in the 37th minute, earning her second score of the afternoon, as Heavirland converted the try to send the Black Knights into the break with the 19-17 lead. Read More

Athletic Director's Update

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

Key Leader Features First Captain Eugene Coleman, III

Key Leader Features First Captain Eugene Coleman, IIIIn the first installment our Key Leader Features, First Captain Eugene Coleman, III, discusses realistic aspirations and the unity of the Cadet leadership.

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U.S. Army video by: Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant/ USMA Public Affairs

No. 5 Men’s Rugby Blows Past St. Bonaventure

Jake LachinaWEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army West Point men's rugby team improved to 2-0 on the season, dominating conference foe St. Bonaventure 55-0 in a night match from Anderson Rugby Complex. Nine different players found the scoresheet as the Black Knights continued their conference success.

Jake Lachina opened up the scoring in the fourth minute as Thomas Del Pino converted the try to put the Black Knights up 7-0. Lachina scored again in the 12th minute to put the Cadets up 12-0. Andrew Fargo posted a try in the 27th minute with Del Pino booting the kick to put Army up 19-0. He earned another try in the 34th minute, followed by a score from Peter Basnight in the 40th to send Army into the break with a 29-0 lead. John Sproul recorded a try in the opening minutes of the second half, with Del Pino earning his third conversion of the evening. Andrew Irwin scored in the 63rd to put the Cadets up 41-0. Read More

Williams Scores As Men’s Soccer Blanks FDU, 1-0

Nick WilliamsWEST POINT, N.Y. - Junior Nick Williams scored his first goal of the season to help lift the Army West Point men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday evening at Clinton Field. Unbeaten in their last three games, the Black Knights improve to 2-3-1 on the year, while the visiting Knights drop to 2-4-0.

"It's the first shutout of the year for us, so we have to take a lot of positives out of that," said head coach Russell Payne. "There are some things we have to work on, in terms of our ability to keep the ball a little better, but we got a 1-0 shutout and that's very positive."

Army earned the game's first free kick just 1:54 into the contest, with sophomore Marcos Arroyo sending the set piece into Fairleigh Dickinson's wall before gathering the deflection and again striking a shot off of a visiting defender. Read More

DCA Update - Competitive Clubs


  • This past weekend, the West Point Cycling Team participated in the first Mountain Race of the season at the Northeastern Wild Western Mass in Dalton, MA
  • The team did exceptionally well, and there were breakout performances from all
  • The team’s AF Exchange, CDT Ellen Barry (‘17), in Women B’s Cross Country, and CDT Daniel Forquer (‘17) in Men B’s Cross Country, had stand out performances
  • This week, the team heads to Colorado Springs for the 2015 Collegiate Track Cycling Nationals


  • Over Labor Day Weekend, the West Point Equestrian Team was invited to attend the Canadian Pacific $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, NY
  • The $1 Million Grand Prix is a show jumping competition where riders from all of the world race through a challenging jump course
  • The event was a thrilling experience to watch and to be a part of for both veteran riders, and new spectators of the sport
  • Before the show, nine members of the West Point Equestrian Team participated in the opening ceremony
  • The cadets marched on the course and presented the National Colors
  • The cadets were joined by some members from the West Point Band, including Master Sergeant Mary Kay Messenger, who made a short presentation of patriotic songs and the National Anthem
  • Additionally, distinguished guests accompanying the cadets included COL Batchelder, LTC Picanelli, and LTC Stasevich


  • From 11 - 13 Sept., the United States Military Academy Orienteering Team conducted its annual Orienteering Skills Workshop at the Lake Frederick Recreation Area at West Point
  • The team trained more than 100 local Boy Scouts, as well as Civil Air Patrol Cadets, on land navigation skills, helping them complete 80% of the tasks required to earn their orienteering merit badge
  • As a result of this event, the Orienteering Team gained experience in hosting orienteering events, improved their orienteering course setting skills, and cultivated a positive relation-ship with the local community

Hobby Clubs

Obstacle Course Team:

  • On 12 Sept., the West Point Obstacle course team travelled to Vernon, NJ, to participate in the NJ Super Spartan
  • The team performed extremely well, with over half of the team placing in the top 5 of their division
  • CDTs Josh Bassette (‘16) and Danny Camacho (‘16) took 2nd and 3rd overall, as well as 1st and 2nd respectively in their division
  • CDT Shaina Cross (‘16) was the second overall female finisher, and was first in her division
  • CDT Eric Zenger (‘17) finished 11th overall, and third in his division (just behind Bassette and Camacho)
  • Overall the team had 10 of 15 participants finish in the top five in their division


  • On 12 Sept., the Army West Point Cadet Soccer Club was honored to accept an invitation from the NY Cosmos to take part in a Charity Match in aid of 9/11 charities, and the Wounded Warrior Project
  • The Cadets played an All Star Team from the NYPD & FDNY as part of “Heroes Night”, raising money for soccer scholarships at Hofstra University in honor of a comrades of the NYPD/FDNY who sacrificed their lives to save others at the World Trade Center
  • The Club was able to meet the NY Cosmos and former Real Madrid star forward, Raul, as well as other members of the squad before meeting and greeting members of the crowd
  • CIC CDT Jeffery Weller and CDT Cameron Giles presented an Army West Point Soccer Club jersey to the NY Cosmos on behalf of the Class of 2018; in turn, they were presented with a commemorative jersey by the NY Cosmos


  • On 12 Sept., the Army Sailing Team attended the 14th Annual Spirit Rider Regatta in East Rockaway, NY
  • The Spirit Rider Regatta, sponsored by the O’Keefe Foundation, is held on the weekend of 9/11 in hon-or of Firefighter Patrick O’Keefe, a member of FDNY who died in Tower 1 on that day
  • The Army crew of six, all entirely new to offshore sailing, joined NYC attorney Adam Feder on his boat and placed second in the collegiate division
  • On Sunday, the team joined Navy Midshipmen and other service members in a ceremony honoring first responders who lost their lives on 9/11

Religious Clubs

Catholic Chapel Choir:

  • On 12 Sept., the Cadet Catholic Chapel Choir, led by CDT Lorraine Arial, travelled with 32 cadets to Avalon, NJ, for the 33rd consecutive year
  • The Catholic Choir shares in the musical liturgy in three different services with over 4,000 members of the St. Brendan, the Navigator parish, and many visitors who travel every year from as far away as Florida for this event
  • The Catholic Choir was also joined by the Protestant Cadet Chapel Choir for a joint music ministry at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday
  • In addition, this year was the last trip for the Director, Meredith Baker, who was making her final visit to St. Brendan’s Parish after being the Choir Director for 24 years
  • In honor of Meredith’s retirement, the Mayor of Avalon honored her with a Proclamation summarizing her 24 years of service to Avalon and the United States Military Academy

Protestant Chapel Choir:

  • On 11 Sept., the Cadet Chapel Choir travelled to Avalon, NJ, for a series of choral performances
  • On the afternoon of 12 Sept., they joined the cadets of the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel Choir in celebrating Mass at the Saint Brendan, the Navigator Catholic Church in Avalon
  • The following morning, the Cadet Chapel Choir sang for the Sunday service at the United Methodist Church of Avalon, where the cadets were welcomed by the pastor and praised for their dedications to the ideal of service to the community
  • Worshipers were then treated to sacred and traditional hymns, including Mansions of the Lord, and the Battle Hymn of the Republic

Support Clubs

Glee Club:

  • On Friday, 11 Sept., the West Point Glee Club travelled to New York City, in order to perform in a joint concert with the West Point Band at Trinity Wall Street Church
  • This joint musical has become an annual tradition at the historic church, just blocks from ground zero, and has taken place among the other tributes to the heroism and sacrifice of 9/11
  • As part of the Lower Manhattan Patriot Day activities, the cadets presented a collection of works that celebrate sacrifice, duty and service to comrades-in-arms and the community, and the fleeting nature of itself
  • By the time of the performance, all of the pews of the church were filled to capacity
  • The sounds of patriotic music on this significant day attracted dozens of more people passing by the church in the midst of their daily routines
  • After the performance, the cadets were approached by several audience members, and conversed about serving on such a memorable day
  • The broad attraction to the Club and the USMA Band, served to strengthen USMA outreach to New York City, helped spread the message of West Point, and placed an Army imprint on the solemnity of the day

Pipes and Drums:

  • From 12 - 13 Sept., cadets from Pipes and Drums travelled to Governor's Island, NY, to support the National Park Service program at Fort Jay and the local community
  • As the first performance trip of the 47th performance sea-son, the band welcomed and introduced several new members to the group
  • The trip served as an opportunity to inspire the public, share cultural values of Celtic tradition, relate with civil-military communities, and to promote the history of Governor's Island
  • The trip also served to bring together new functions within the band to prepare for the upcoming competition season at various Highland Games, to include the 2015 Central Virginia Scottish Games, and the annual “Battle of the Bands” against Navy

Academic Clubs

Civil & Military Engineering:

  • On 12 Sept., 90 cadets from the West Point Civil and Military Engineering club travelled to Jackson, NJ, to take a tour of Six Flags Great Adventure
  • At Six Flags Great Adventure the cadets had the opportunity to see the engineering involved in the designing, building and operating of modern roller coasters
  • Mr. Larry Chickola, lead engineering for Six Flags, who provided an evening lecture back in March 2015 to the club, gave the club a behind the scenes tour of the park, and the chance to experience the rides in person
  • The tour gave the cadets a better appreciation for project management, multi-disciplinary design, structural design, and energy analysis
  • Additionally, Mr. Chickola discussed how ideas proceeded from ideas to reality, and how they dealt with the unforeseen hitches during the construction and operation

Portuguese Club:

  • On 9 Sept., the West Point Portuguese Club travelled to New York City, to participate in the Brazilian Independence Day Commemoration with the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce
  • The trip was a great success; not only did the cadets en-gage in conversation with native speakers of Portuguese, but also found themselves communicating with leaders in business, politics, military, and the United Nations
  • The venue proved to be both accessible and conducive to conversation, as well as meeting new people

Russian Club:

  • On 13 Sept., 14 cadets from the Russian Language Club travelled to Hyde Park, NY, to attend the Mid-Hudson Russian Community Association’s Annual Picnic
  • All participating cadets were exposed to a variety of Russian cultural activities and traditions
  • Cadets with intermediate and advanced language proficiency were provided a great opportunity to immerse themselves completely in Russian language
  • The cadets developed a greater understanding of the Russian émigré community in the United States, and increased local awareness and appreciation for USMA’s mission

Cadet Programs

Upcoming Book Signings

18 September - 1200 - 1330; 4th Floor Eisenhower Hall

  • Henry V. O’Neil, author of Glory Main and Orphan and Dire
  • Susan Spieth, author of Gray Girl and Area Bird
  • Brad Anderson, author of Ribbon Falls, After the Falls, Guardians I,II & III, and The Janus Project

2 October - 0930 - 1130 at the Book Store

  • Daniel Sjursen, author of Ghost Riders of Baghdad
  • 9 October - 1100-1600 at the Book Store
  • Roger Miller, author of West Point: An Inside Look At the Long Gray Line
  • Elaine Byre, author of Be Safe Love Mom

19 October - 0930 to 1130 at the Book Store

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

Cadet Hostess:

The Hostess Office introduced the first Mixology Class on 14 SEP with mixologists from BIN 94 and cadets from Company D-4. Each of the 24 cadets worked with their own set of barware to make four classic cocktails. The mixing, shaking and measuring looked like a science experiment!

Fargo Named D1A National Player of the Week

BOULDER, CO - Following a two-score afternoon in which the fifth-ranked Black Knights defeated Rugby East foe Buffalo by a score of 48-0, Army West Point cow Andrew Fargo has been named the D1A National Player of the Week. "Andrew did some things well that he's been working hard to improve on, but like most of the team, he also came away with a number of things to work on and improve going forward," said head coach Matt Sherman.

Fargo's play as a line-breaking center will be huge to the Black Knights' success this season and he also adds experienced leadership as one of the team's veteran starters. "We feel it is important for all players to be pushing hard for their best performance at all times of the year, regardless of age or year," added Sherman. Read More

United States Military Academy Strategic Plan 2015-2021

What is it?

The United States Military Academy Strategic Plan, 2015-2021, provides strategic guidance for the Academy to accomplish its mission: 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 United States Army.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army relies on West Point as one of its primary sources of commissioned officers every year. In a rapidly changing and complex world, the Army needs competent and committed leaders of character. The strategic plan distills those ideals of character and commitment into tangible, measurable objectives. By diligently implementing the plan, the Academy will continue to produce leaders that are not just competent on the battlefield, but are guided by a foundation of character that keeps them, their Soldiers, and the Army true to the Army values. Read More

Branch Week at West Point

Tanks, armored vehicles, Apache, MEDEVAC Black Hawk and the Boeing MH 47 Chinook helicopters among much other tactical gear is on the Plain this week. This is a chance for Cadets to get insight from uniformed officers and noncommissioned officers that are active in one of the 17 branches that they may be interested in.

This opportunity to ask questions and get some hands on use of some of the weaponry and gear can really help a cadet make the right decision in choosing their branch choices and guide them into their desired profession.

Photo: Cadet trying on The Explosive Ordnance Disposal suit

USMA #6 in the Top 25 Student Choice Colleges for 2016

Parchment, the industry leader in academic credentials management, has announced the results of the 5th Annual Parchment Student Choice College Rankings study, which compares more than 700 colleges and universities using the choices of more than 86,400 first-year college bound students who navigated 154,00 admissions acceptances, nationwide. Parchment‘s college rankings are unique as the only study that reveals college preferences and enrollment decisions as reported from actual college-bound students.

Interesting results surface each year as student’s decisions change with various environmental factors. In the 2016 Parchment rankings, several liberal arts colleges were significantly higher choices, with Harvey Mudd College moving from 23 on last year’s list to third this year. Swarthmore College, Pomona College and Bowdoin College were ranked 11th, 12th and 13th respectively by students focused on a liberal arts education. Military institutions were also on the move, including the United States Military Academy jumping 10 spots. Read More

Heavirland Cops Athlete of the Week Recognition

WEST POINT, N.Y. – After leading the Army West Point women's rugby squad to a 29-24 victory over conference foe Quinnipiac, yearling Nicole Heavirland has been named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. This is the first AAA Athlete of the Week nod of the season and second of her career for Heavirland. Competing in her first collegiate 15s game, Heavirland scored the opening try of the game for the Black Knights in the 38th minute of action, sending Army into the break down 14-7. With the Bobcats holding a 24-12 advantage mid-way through the second half, Heavirland began her scoring onslaught, rattling off three straight tries in the 61st, 69th and 82nd minutes.

In the 69th minute she tied the game at 24-24 after successfully converting her own try. With stoppage time expiring, she found the try zone in the 82nd minute to put the Black Knights on top 29-24 and ensure the win. In total, the Whitefish, Mont., native accounted for 22 of the team's 29 points on the afternoon. Army West Point improved to 2-0 on the season, with both victories coming against conference opponents. They'll face a tough battle as they head to rival Norwich on Saturday, Sept. 19 for an 11 a.m. meeting with the Cadets. Read More

Volleyball Defeats Air Force and Harvard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Army West Point volleyball team defeated Harvard in five sets Saturday afternoon at the Fort Myer Fitness Center. The Black Knights won 3-2 over the Crimson after splitting the first four sets and outlasting Harvard in the fifth.

"I'm very proud of the team for fighting today," said head coach Alma Kovaci. "It was not pretty, but it was a win. It was a total team win from the players to the coaching staff. I think after a high emotional game like Air Force, we were happy with the team's grit. Not all games this weekend went the way we wanted to, but our effort was there and it was impressive for so early on in the season. Shannel did a great job this tournament. She was consistent, her skill and her comfort level on the court under pressure is impressive."

In set five, the Black Knights jumped out to a 4-0 lead when Chong was on the serve. Vanessa Wesley and Olivia Fairfield converted for Army points before an ace and assist by Vanessa Edwards to Nicole Perri. Harvard made a 5-2 run to tie the score at 6-6. Carolyn Bockrath retied the score at 7-all before Amber Clay lofted a ball over for another West Point tally. Read More

Athletic Director's Update

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

Volleyball Takes on the Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Prior to its three competitions in the Service Academy Challenge, the Army West Point volleyball team had a chance to tour the nation's capitol, meet some key influencers in the Senate and House of Representatives and have friendly interactions with their future competition. The team's first stop was outside the steps of the Supreme Court building where they were met by representatives of Pennsylvania Senator, Pat Toomey's office. The Cadets were then taking to the Capitol building for a private tour.

The Black Knights then held a light practice at the Pentagon. Employees that were working out during their lunch break, including many Old Grads, stopped by practice to express their excitement for the tournament. Many "Hooahs" were exchanged. In honor of the anniversary of Sept. 11, the tour led the Army team to the memorials of the West Wing that had been crashed into 14 years ago. The Cadets left a small note of comfort in the visitor's book at the indoor memorial, which the families of those lost, can read when seeking comfort.

Army will face service academy rival Air Force on Friday at 12 p.m. and Cal at 6:30 p.m. in the Pentagon Athletic Center. On Saturday, Army will face Harvard at the Fort Myer Fitness Center to close-out the Service Academy Challenge at 1 p.m. Read More

Volleyball Claims Invite Title

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army West Point volleyball team swept Cornell, 3-0, to win the Black Knights Invitational in the final match on Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena. The Black Knights (4-2) hit 29.3 percent in the match with 38 kills on 99 attacks. The front line was impressive with 16 blocks. Jaden Pickell earned the tournament's most valuable player with another great effort this weekend. She finished off the invitational with 11 kills and 16 digs. Vanessa Edwards was named to the All-Tournament Team with 32 assists and nine digs on Sunday, while Vanessa Wesley was the third member to make the All-Tournament squad after a monster game yesterday against William & Mary. Watch the video.

Carolyn Bockrath was a force at the net for the Black Knights with six kills and seven total blocks, while Nicole Perri posted nine kills. Shannel Chong served the ball extremely well with four aces and helped Army close out the second set for 10-straight points. "I am very proud of our team," head coach Alma Kovaci said. "Every time we stepped on the court we got better. I am very proud of their confidence on the court. They are very young group from last year to this year, so winning this tournament gives all of us confidence." Read More

Nicole Heavirland Named USA Rugby All-American

Making an immediate impact in her first semester of collegiate rugby, Nicole Heavirland has been named a USA Rugby All-American, as announced by the governing body. Heavirland joined the Black Knights in the spring of 2015 and quickly became the team's biggest threat. As a plebe, she led the team with 107 points, recording 12 tries, 41 successful conversions and a penalty kick in 7s action.

She was named the MVP of the American Collegiate Rugby Association (ACRA) 7s Championships and the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week after recording 33 points in four matches, including a try in the title game victory over rival Norwich. Heavirland helped lead the Black Knights to a mark of 13-5, capturing the plate title in the USA Rugby 7s Tournament from Las Vegas and the ACRA 7s National Championship from Anderson Rugby Complex. Read More

Men’s Soccer Collects 3-2 Win Over Sacred Heart

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army West Point men's soccer team picked up its first victory of the season with a 3-2 win over Sacred Heart on Monday evening at Clinton Field. Army (1-3-0) received all three of its goals in the first half, as junior Christian Ollen and sophomores Shaban Abousaud and Spencer Goldstein found the back of the net. Senior goalkeeper Chris Britt made a pair of saves for the Black Knights. Watch the video.

Murray Cockburn and Dylan Santos provided goals for Sacred Heart (1-2-1) while Tucker Hackett finished with five saves. "Tonight, execution was the biggest thing for us," said Army head coach Russell Payne. "Our last three games have been very similar in the way that we've been able to create opportunities, but tonight, I think there was just a little more clinical touch and that's what we've been looking for." Read More

Dean's Weekly, September 4th

Combating Terrorism Center

The Combating Terrorism Center held its first movie lunch of the semester on Monday, 31 August, drawing a standing-room-only crowd of over 30 cadets from the Terrorism Studies minor, officers, NCOs, and civilian faculty to watch the Vice News documentary on the Islamic State. The group, which enjoyed a pizza lunch as well, engaged in a lively post-movie discussion about the current situation in Iraq and Syria and the strategic trajectory of the group. The next movie lunch will be held on 9 November.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

Excel Scholars & Elevation Program host Mr Rajiv Ball Session on Leader Development: On Friday, 28 August 2015, Mr. Rajiv Ball, partner and Leader Developer at THNK, School of Creative Leadership, met with cadets from Excel Scholars and Elevation Programs for a two-hour leader development session that took place at the BS&L conference room. Mr. Ball shared his passion for leadership development, institution building, and his scholarly as well as experiential understanding of international environments. Cadet Christopher Monroe wrote of his experience, "Mr. Ball's leader development session was awesome. He kept us engaged and really challenged us on being self-aware leaders. He taught us the trust equation (Trust=(Credibility+Reliability+Intimacy)/Self-Orientation) of good leaders. I took away great notes from his tips on improving the factors that equate trust, and I will begin to implement these ideas within my platoon to improve trust of our organization. " LTC Frederick Black, one of the Officers in Charge (OIC) of the Excel Scholars Program added, "Everyone walked away smarter for having attended, and it was definitely time well spent for cadets and faculty alike." Mr. Ball, formerly a partner at McKinsey & Company, has also served as an analyst at Arthur Anderson. He is currently a lecturer at University of California at Berkeley.

On Friday, 28 August BSL hosted a visit from University of Pennsylvania psychology professor Dr. Angela Duckworth. Dr. Duckworth holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard in Neurobiology, was a Marshall Scholar through which she completed her master's degree in Neuroscience from Oxford, and she holds her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Duckworth is a 2013 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, and was selected by the Association for Psychological Science as a "rising star" in psychology. The purpose of the visit was to discuss with West Point's senior leadership how grit, a construct developed by Dr. Duckworth to predict high achievement of difficult goals, and related concepts may be leveraged to enhance cadet performance across the academic, military, physical, and character domains of development. While here, she also met with PL100 faculty and researchers interested in continuing research into grit and its role in cadet development.

Department of Foreign Languages

German: SAP (16-1) in Germany: Six USMA cadets – CDT Bryce Wilberding, CDT Christian Sitarz, CDT Tyler Holderby, CDT Galen McCarver, CDT Tyler Brians, and CDT Steven Musholt – began their SAP experience on 23 August 2015 with language training at the Dresden German Language School with some additional military instruction at the German Officer School (OSH) in Dresden. The cadets will complete an intensive four-week language and culture immersion in Dresden and the OSH prior to beginning studies at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich and Hamburg, Germany.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Lieutenant-General Hogg Lectures Cadets on the Esoterics of Africa. LTG David Hogg, United States Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Committee, lectured to the students of EV 375, the Geography of Africa on 31 August. He drew on his experiences as the former Commander of US Army Africa in order to highlight the challenges of operating in the diverse environment of Africa, explaining the US vital interests and explain how they influenced his role in developing the US Army’s strategy on the continent. The lecture included an informative Q&A that allowed students to correlate how the geographic underpinnings of operating overseas may influence their future experiences as military officers.

Athletic Director's Update

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

DCA Update - Competitive Clubs


  • Last year over 100,000 triathletes from around the world competed in the Ironman 70.3 events; less than 2800 qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship held in Zell Am See Austrial
  • On 31 August, the Army West Point Triathlon Team sent six members to compete in the Iron-man 70.3 Championship event
  • West Point was represented by LTC Ken Allen, and CDTs Catherine Sedy (‘16), Angelica Dick-son (‘16), Remington Ponce-Pore (‘18), Jacob Slife (‘18), and Paige Dougherty (‘18)
  • Each of the West Point athletes earned their qualification spot by winning their age group division in a qualifying event last year
  • The team had outstanding results against the top world athletes, with CDT Slife finishing first with a time of 4hrs37mins for the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1mile run; CDT Slife was 18th in his division, 241st overall, and 2nd US male 18-24 years old
  • The top Army female was CDT Sedy with a time of 5hrs21mins; CDT Sedy was also 18th in her division, and the 4th US female 18-24 years old
  • All of the other West Point athletes were close behind on a difficult course that included a climb of nearly 3000 feet over an Alpine mountain
  • In addition to the race, the team conducted a special Ring Weekend ceremony for the two firstie cadets; the ceremony was held at the dock of the Grand Hotel in Zell Am See, made famous in WWII by MAJ Dick Winters who commanded “The Band of Brothers”
  • MAJ Winters used the hotel as his jumping off point when they led the assault on enemy forces and later returned after the fall of Berlin, and used it as his headquarters during the occupation
  • LTC Allen, USMA ‘93, had the honor of presenting the rings, and Mr. Dave Alberga, USMA ‘84, provided the remarks

Support Clubs

Glee Club:

  • On 28 August, the West Point Glee Club’s Knight Caps support-ed West Point Stakes Day at the Saratoga Raceway
  • The event was extremely well attended, as the track was also hosting the prestigious Travers Stakes the following day
  • The cadets performed the National Anthem as the track opened, then performed the Alma Mater in the Winner’s Circle at the conclusion of the seventh race of the day - the West Point Stakes itself
  • In between performances, the cadets spent several hours socializing with the West Point Society of the Capitol Region and other event guests
  • Congressman Paul Tonko also stopped by the Winner’s Circle to visit briefly with the cadets, one of whom was nominated by him
  • West Point Thoroughbreds were also present in force, and had a few horses in the competition
  • After one of their horses won the 8th race (just the second time he’s competed), the Knight Caps were invited back to the Winner’s Circle for the celebration and photos
  • During the celebration, the Knight Caps rallied the crowd of grads and supporters with an impromptu, and well-received rendition of “On, Brave Old Army Team”, with plenty of help from the enthusiastic crowd


  • On 29 and 30 August, the West point Parachute Team and 2nd Aviation conducted five demonstrations
  • Four of the demonstrations were performed at the New York Airshow at Stewart Airfield, and the other was performed at the Saratoga Race Track for the Travers Stakes
  • The first demonstration weekend of the season was a huge success
  • The team performed in front of over 100,000 spectators at the New York Air Show, and 50,000 at the Saratoga Race Track

Hobby Clubs

Ultimate Frisbee:

  • On the weekend of 29-30 August, Army West Point Ultimate competed in the Metro New York Sectionals Tournament for the fall college club series
  • Fifth-seeded Army posted a 2-2 record on Saturday, defeating teams ranked lower, and losing to teams ranked higher
  • Thirteen cadets, including nine new players who were only with the team for two weeks, carried Army to two wins on Saturday
  • Four returning players, CDTs Mitchell Smith, Ian Betzel, Joseph Woolfork, and Montana Bilger, exhibited great leadership, and on-field skills in the season’s first tournament
  • With ring weekend activities going on, the team’s three Firsties did not travel in this tournament
  • Army started strong, defeating seventh-seeded Voodoo Child from NYU in Manhattan 13-6; many of the new players stepped up to make plays in crucial moments
  • The second game for Army was against the top seed, and eventual tournament champion, Colt from New Haven, CT; Colt’s very experienced team ran away with the game, defeating Army 13-1
  • Army persevered as always, and came back with a win against ninth-seeded Yale Superfly
  • In the final Saturday game, Army fell to the third-seeded, and eventual regionals qualified team, Westchester Magma Bears
  • On Sunday, Army faced a very tough team, Caliber from CT, in an elimination game; a close first half saw Army down 8-7 at the half of the game to 15
  • Caliber earned a 13-9 lead, but Army never gave up and came back to force overtime in the win-by-two-points games; Army tied the game at 14, 15, and 16-all, finally losing on the universe point 17-16
  • Army was eliminated from advancement to regionals, but played a scrimmage against Voodoo Child to gain more experience, and to have some fun
  • Plebe Gino Nicosia was awarded a tournament disc signed by all team members for his great defensive coverage, hard-running, and smart decisions on offense
  • Army Club Ultimate looks forward to hosting a tournament at West Point in late September, two scrimmages against Marist and New Paltz during some of the Sunday afternoon practices, and to travelling to at least one more fall tournament

Cadet Programs

On 28 and 29 August, 3600 Cadets and guests attended the Class of 2016 Ring Weekend activities, including the Ring Presentation Ceremony at Trophy Point, the Class Reception, the Ring Weekend Banquet, and the Ring Weekend Hop. General Daniel Allyn, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, was the guest speaker at the Banquet. GEN Allyn’s son, Joshua, is in the Class of 2016. The USMA Band supported Ring Weekend activities at the presentation ceremony, class reception, banquet, and hop. The hop featured music by the popular “Benny Haven’s Band.”

Ground Zero Steel in 2016 Class Rings

When graduates of West Point’s Class of 2016 go into their years of service as officers of the Army, they will be wearing something no other cadets have worn before - class rings that include steel from the World Trade Center. It hasn’t received mention in the press. But it was movingly noted in the introduction of the commandant of cadets, Brig. Gen. John Thomson III, at the military academy’s annual ring memorial ceremony. What a cure for the cynicism of a cynical age. It’s at the ring ceremony that seniors get their rings, which become a physical link between future officers and the West Point graduates who went before.

Each class designs its own rings. The ingots of the class of 2016’s rings were poured earlier in the year at the Pease & Curren refinery in Rhode Island. That ceremony, known as the “ring melt,” is a tradition begun for the rings of West Point’s bicentennial class in 2002. Since then, it’s not just any gold that goes into these rings. They’re made from gold from class rings that were worn by earlier graduates and that have been donated, melted and mixed with new gold to make rings for the following year’s first-class cadets. Read More

Bradshaw Named Starting Quarterback

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Sophomore Ahmad Bradshaw will be the starting quarterback when Army West Point opens its 2015 football season Friday night against Fordham, second-year head coach Jeff Monken announced today. Bradshaw and senior A.J. Schurr were locked in a battle for the starting position all through camp. After analyzing practice and scrimmage films, Monken settled on Bradshaw as the starter.

"Give credit to both Ahmad and A.J., they both worked very hard," Monken said. "Ahmad was a little bit sharper and A.J. missed some time with some minor injuries after sitting out spring ball. Ahmad will be our starting quarterback and we know we have a very capable backup in A.J. who really knows our offense. " A native of Chicago, Ill., Bradshaw will be making his first career start. Bradshaw played a season at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School before joining the Black Knights. Read More

Bockrath Captures AAA Athlete of the Week Honors

WEST POINT, N.Y. – After leading the Black Knights' offense against nationally regarded teams, Carolyn Bockrath of the Army West Point volleyball team has been named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. The yearling earns the honor for the second time as a Black Knight after a career-high performance at the Arkansas Invitational. Watch the video - https://youtu.be/zhJMK60zrsc

Bockrath was named to the All-Tournament Team after leading Army's offense during all three games. She accumulated 48 kills on 83 attempts for a .518 hitting percentage in 11 sets. Bockrath averaged 5.05 points per set to rank first on the team. The Newport Beach, Calif., native also tallied 10 digs and 12 blocks in the three matches. Read More

Edwards' Double-Double Sets Volleyball up for Win

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Army West Point volleyball team earned its first win of the season with a 3-1 decision over McNeese State with set scores of 25-19, 19-25, 25-14 and 25-23. Setter Vanessa Edwards earned a double-double to fuel two Black Knights to career-high performances. Carolyn Bockrath was named to the Arkansas Invitational All-Tournament Team due to her performance throughout the weekend.

"We had a great team win today," said head coach Alma Kovaci. "Our middles were unbelievable during this match, which is a result of our passing and setting. McNeese was a powerful defensive team, but today's win is a sentiment to our hard preseason training and tough practices. It was nice to see the players that were on the bench come in and change the game, which is what we are all about. We made some changes and the entire team was mentally prepared and that improved our performance. This team is committed to playing for each other and we saw improvements as the weekend went on, which was our goal." Read More

Sullenger’s Late Goal Powers Women’s Soccer To Win

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Samantha Sullenger's first-career goal came at the perfect moment as the Army West Point women's soccer team earned a 2-1 victory over Youngstown State on Friday night at Clinton Field. The victory improved Army to 2-1-0 on the season and kept the Black Knights unbeaten at home.

Sam Gottlieb put Army in front early with her first tally of the season and the Black Knights survived a 79th minute equalizer by Youngstown State to hand the Penguins (2-1-0) their first loss. Watch the Video - https://youtu.be/OzjglfC333o.

"I am pleased that we responded to the goal we gave up at the end of the game and I thought it showed tremendous character," head coach Marcia McDermott said. "We also showed composure, and after we gave up the goal, we could have overreacted, but instead we kept calm and got the game winner." Read More

DCA Update - Extracurricular Clubs


  • On 22 August, the West Point Pistol Team travelled to Fishkill, NY, to compete in a Steel Challenge Pistol Match hosted by the Dutchess County Pistol Association (DCPA)
  • Although they were competing against local individuals, and not other colleges, this was an important early season match to help prepare the team for upcoming intercollegiate matches and the Scholastic Pistol Pro-gram National Intercollegiate Pistol Championships
  • Results are not final as of yet, but it is believed that Firstie CDT Anthony Veith was the overall winner of the match, and several other cadets placed among the top ten finishers

Support Clubs

Theatre Arts Guild:

  • On 22 August, nine cadets from the Theatre Arts Guild travelled to Tuxedo, NY, to visit the Renaissance Faire
  • During the trip, the cadets brainstormed on future TAG events, and locked in volunteers for club leadership/staff positions
  • The cadets’ received a lot of attention at the Faire, and held many conversations about West Point, and the many extracurricular opportunities the Academy provides
  • The “mayor” of the Renaissance Faire offered for the cadets to come back as a “troupe of players”, where they would get to dress up in costume and become characters at the Faire for a day

Hobby Clubs

Bass Fishing:

  • On 22 August, the West Point Bass Fishing Club travelled to Amsterdam, NY, were four, 2-man teams entered in the New York Bass Federation Collegiate Cup qualifier on Mohawk River
  • After a great day on the water, the teams placed 3rd ( CDTs Parker Meytrott and Austin Harry), 4th, 5th and 8th, with all four teams qualifying for the State Collegiate Cup Championships on Lake Champlain in October
  • The two biggest fish of the day were brought to the scales by our CIC—CDT Chase Miller and CDT Tom Matty

Upcoming Book Signings

16 September - hosted by the Army Cyber Institute - Corey Doctorow, author of Little Brother and Homeland

19 October - 0930 to 1130 at the Book Store - Martin King and Michael Collins, co-authors of The Fighting 30th Division

USMA Class of 2016 Ring Weekend

Surrounded by family and friends, the USMA Class of 2016 gathered together at Trophy Point Amphitheater to receive their class rings during the annual Ring Ceremony, Aug. 28, 2015.

Ring Weekend, which includes the Ring Ceremony, Ring Banquet and a Cadet Hop, commemorates the Firsties (Seniors) academic careers as they enter their final year at West Point.

WPAOG is proud to say that USMA 2016 class rings are forever linked to the legacy of service of the Long Gray Line. These rings contain gold from 356 West Point class rings donated to the Ring Memorial Program since 2001, spanning classes from 1896 to 1997. Watch how this program joins graduating firsties to the Long Gray Line through the wearing of the gold: https://vimeo.com/130325459

Dean's Weekly, August 28th

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.

8 S&L Management Majors engaged in Cultural Immersion Advanced Individual Academic Development this summer by attending in 3 international AIADs. During each of the 3 AIAD’s the Cadets had the opportunity to engage with local businesses, employ their management course work, and develop a better understanding of the culture. CDT’s Tessa Barbie, Larry Toomey, Mitchell Smith, and Kelsie Burns traveled to The Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg, South Africa. CDT’s Eric Peng and Kyle Wolffe traveled to Lang Co Resort in Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam. CDT’s Thane Heller and Travis Puccio traveled to Beijing, China as part of an exchange with the Beijing International MBA Program.

Department of Foreign Languages

French: Three groups of cadets, a total of 21 students, studied at the Gendarme Language School in Rochefort, France over last summer. Each group experienced a 3-week intensive immersion experience which combined daily classroom instruction and guided cultural excursions with opportunities for self-guided travel in the region. An international school, our students were also able to interact with military officers from around the world in French throughout their stay. This AIAD successfully promoted significant growth in students' abilities to communicate independently in French and increased student confidence in the target language.

Russian: The Russian club participated in club night with 120 cadets showing interest in participating in the club. On August 25, Cadets Mills and Sutherland departed West Point for Washington DC for briefings and orientation prior to their semester abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Triathlon: During 21-23 August, MAJ Will Koch took the triathlon team to the Cranberry Triathlon in Massachusetts. This weekend our Cadets started off the conference season looking strong at the Cranberry Trifest Sprint race! The team was the overall collegiate winner, with Angelica Dickson taking first place for the women, Catherine Sedy third, and Dylan Morgan second for men.

"Army Sailing: The Army Sailing Team conducted a 24-hr sail on the Long Island Sound during 22-23 August. Dr. Lee Harrell of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering taught ten cadets, three officers, and one local high school student fundamentals in off-shore sailing such as navigation and emergency procedures at sea in both daylight and nighttime conditions. Despite less than three hours of sleep, the team performed well during their training for the Stamford-Vineyard Race occurring over Labor Day Weekend. The race is a 238-mile competition from Stamford, CT to Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts. It is one of the oldest and most competitive races in the country.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Engineers & Scientists for a Sustainable World Annual BBQ. On 25 August 2015, Engineers & Scientists for a Sustainable World (ESSW) hosted its annual BBQ on Daly Field. Cadets majoring in Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering came out and enjoyed burgers, hot dogs and camaraderie as the Environmental Program kicked off Term 16-1. Cadets in both environmental majors enjoyed reconnecting with their classmates and their instructors. All environmental majors are club members, but cadets from any other discipline are encouraged to participate in ESSW’s outreach efforts to assist in the implementation of environmentally sustainable solutions for surrounding communities and West Point.

Cadets Visit Gettysbury for Battlefield Leadership

Over this past weekend, 147 Cadets from the Class of 2016 visited Gettysburg to learn lessons from the study of battlefield leadership that they can apply to different issues facing the Corps of Cadets such as living honorably and building trust. The Staff Ride was executed by the Simon Center for the Professional Military Development, the Brigade Tactical Department, and West Point Department of History. Story

Coleman ’16 in Company with Pershing, Dawkins

The list of U.S. Military Academy cadets who’ve served as both class president and first captain includes a Heisman Trophy-winning Rhodes Scholar, the only officer other than George Washington to be recognized as “general of the armies of the United States” … and the former junior-class president of Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Give Eugene Coleman some time to add to his résumé: The most recent member of that club, joining retired Brig. Gen. Pete Dawkins (Class of 1959) and Gen. John Pershing (Class of 1886), is only a few days into his senior year at West Point. He officially began his first captain duties Aug. 10, according to a West Point news release; classes started Monday.

“There is no doubt in my mind that he is the right person to serve as first captain,” Brig. Gen. John “J.T.” Thomson, West Point’s commandant, said of Coleman in an email. “We are truly blessed to have E.J. at West Point. He has immense credibility with fellow cadets and will be a tremendous officer in our Army.” Read More

Glee Club Suprise Performance at Liberty Memorial

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Imagine you’re visiting a museum, and a concert breaks out! That pleasant surprise happened today for visitors at the WWI museum at Liberty Memorial. And fittingly, it was the West Point Glee Club. In town for a gala tonight, the glee club put on a preview. “The opening line is, to fallen soldiers let us sing,” says Michael Bidwell, one of the cadets in the glee club about their song of choice. “It`s really special,” adds Bidwell, “I came here in high school, it was cool, it was a good experience, but returning here now in the military has a much more significant impact on me.” Click here to watch the video: http://fox4kc.com/2015/08/21/west-point-glee-club-flash-mob-at-liberty-memorial/#ooid=54ZTc1dzpslbU2q9t6aaUe-wY5ckbjph

They broke out in song in the middle of the museum…on the glass bridge over the poppy field — one of the world’s most recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict. “It`s definitely an emotional performance for us,” Bidwell says. “Singing in front of the people is just a phenomenal experience,” says another glee club member, David Jeong. Museum go-ers gathered around to watch and listen. “To see those young people that are so patriotic and dedicated to our country, and the setting, after seeing the WWI museum, and the words of the song, it was very moving…it made me cry,” says Esther Osbahr, who was visiting the museum. Read More

Women’s Basketball Names Team Captains

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Head coach Dave Magarity and his staff announced the selection of Army West Point women's basketball team captains for the 2015-16 season on Monday as seniors Brianna Johnson, Kelsey Minato, Aimee Oertner and Jean Parker were chosen to lead the Black Knights. "This year's senior class is the most-successful class in team history as they enter their final year," Magarity said. "Our expectations are high and I feel this group will do a great job leading this team as we challenge for a Patriot League Championship."

Minato, who will serve as team captain for the second year in a row, has played a central role in Army West Point's success over the past three seasons, helping guide the Black Knights to program records of three straight appearances in national postseason tournaments and three consecutive 20-win seasons. She became only the sixth Black Knight to collect All-America honors when she was recognized by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association last season and earned her third straight All-Patriot League first-team selection to become the sixth player in league history to land three first-team mentions. Read More

DCA Update - Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs


On August 15th and 16th, the Army West Point Triathlon team hosted the 10th Annual Toughkids Kid’s Triathlon, and the 26th Annual West Point Triathlon, at Camp Buckner

  • The West Point Triathlon is one of the oldest continually run triathlon events on the East Coast
  • Both races were a huge success, and well received by all of the participants
  • Over 200 children and 700 adults raced in the two-day event
  • There were outstanding finish-es from the youngest 4-6 year olds, to the elite athletes competing for the coveted cadet saber in the adult race
  • LTG Caslen, the Superintendent of West Point, raced and spoke to all of the competitors prior to the start of the event
  • MAJ Will Koch, from the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, served as this year’s Race Director, and was responsible for all of the planning and coordination for the event
  • In addition to the Triathlon Team, support for the event was provided by West Point agencies to include, the Cadet Restaurant, the West Point Fire Dept., Dept. of Emergency Services, Dept. of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, Transportation Motor Pool, DCA, Dept. of Public Works, and the Arvin Gym Physical Therapists
  • Additionally, volunteer support was provided by the Judo Team, Crew Team, Glee Club, WKDT Radio, Cadet Companies D-4 and C-1, Ski Patrol and Team RWB

Support Clubs


From 28 July until 8 August, the West Point Parachute Team and 2nd Aviation con-ducted their annual voluntary summer training (VST)

  • Cadets performed 733 jumps out of a fixed wing aircraft, a CH-47 from the PA National Guard, and the UH-72 from 2nd Aviation
  • Cadets averaged 33 jumps each during the 11 days of training
  • Training included water jumps at Lake Stilwell and night jumps on the Plain
  • Firsties are trained and ready to perform this year’s demonstrations

Glee Club:

On 18 May, 2015, 19 members from the West Point Glee Club performed the National Anthem for the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden

  • The anthem was viewed by millions via live television coverage, internet and social media, and by the 19,000 attendees in the arena
  • The cadets’ performance and conduct were of the highest caliber, representing the Corps of Cadets in an exceptional manner
  • Madison Square Garden Special Events staff were uniquely impressed and opened a conversation about future performances

Extracurricular Clubs

DCA Club Night:

On Tuesday, 18 August, DCA hosted Club Night in Eisenhower Hall. The Extracurricular Clubs had the opportunity to showcase their clubs and forums, and the many achievements they have accomplished. Cadets also had the opportunity of picking from over 140 clubs and forums to join the one that best suits their interests.

Cadet Hostess:

Etiquette Training was in full swing over the summer as New Cadets attended both an etiquette meal and social development class. Sharyn Amoroso conduct-ed a total of 24 classes in all for the Class of 2019. Prior to CBT, Shayrn presented “Character and Etiquette” to the Cadet Cadre of CBT 1. Additionally, members of the new Brigade Chain of Command attended a fine-dining lesson prior to the start of classes. At the Hostess Office, Kathy Keirsey was busy all summer shipping out officer sabers to support military weddings across the country and tending to the increase of hosted events in Cullum Hall. With the start of the academic year, assistance was lent to the Class of 2017’s Affirmation Ceremony, and planning continued for the Class of 2016’s Ring Week-end Events.

Cadet Programs

On 25 July, Cadet Programs held Camp Illumination at Camp Buckner. Cadets got to enjoy live music and entertainment On 9 August, Cadets had the opportunity to show-case their talents in the New Cadet Talent Show, which was held at Lake Frederick.

Combating Terrorism Center

The Combating Terrorism Center was pleased to host several AIAD opportunities this summer for cadets. The Elizabeth Ann Gilmore AIAD program was established to enhance cadet understanding of, and exposure to, counter-terrorism policy and strategy at the local, state, and federal level. This opportunity enables cadets to apply theory to practice and elevates their comprehension of the dimensions and challenges embedded in the democratic struggle against terrorism and similar threats.

This year, the following selected cadets were placed at agencies with counter-terrorism missions and assigned to projects that exposed them to key decision makers involved in the development and execution of counter-terrorism strategy and policy:

  • CDTs Daniel Reape and Jack Rector joined the FBI Kansas City Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) for six weeks and assisted in investigations related to terrorism financing.
  • CDT James Delahunty joined the Bureau of Counter-terrorism at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., for four weeks and worked on issues related to international aviation and mass events security.
  • CDTs Abigail Jeffers and Paul Min spent three weeks at the Chicago FBI office and were introduced to the various missions of the office.
  • CDT Conor Smith joined the CT division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., to learn about its various CT missions.
  • CDTs Eric Colburn and Tomas Hinds spent three weeks at the Defense Combating Terrorism Center at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C., working with groups of intelligence analysts on identifying terrorist threats in the Middle East and Africa.
  • CDT Mario Contreras spent a month at the National Counter-terrorism Center in Washington, D.C., working on analyzing intelligence related to terrorist threats.
  • CDT Blayne Hollist spent a month at the Center for Counter-terrorism Studies at JSOC at Fort Bragg analyzing various aspects of the role of special operation forces in CT operations.

Additionally, Cadet Patric Carstens and Cadet Brendan Short were both selected by the Combating Terrorism Center Irregular Warfare Group for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command AIAD. The cadets joined two 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Special Forces Operational Detachment- Alphas at the National Training Center as they infiltrated into and executed a four-week Unconventional Warfare Exercise to prepare the environment for a larger Army Joint Force Entry Exercise. This was a unique training experience that exposed the cadets to special warfare, special operations forces as well as conventional force integration and mission command.

Cadet Joseph Presti and Cadet Austin Smith from the Combating Terrorism Center Irregular Warfare Group joined three other cadets at Fort Campbell to train alongside members of 5th Special Forces Group for one month during the Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat (SFAUC) Course. Training highlights included M4 and M9 Combat Marksmanship Skills training, Close Quarters Battle training, mechanical and ballistic breaching of exterior/interior doors and outer walls, and several culmination training events.

This summer, 20 USMA cadets also participated in a program sponsored by Gold Star Teen Adventures Foundation, which seeks to help the children of fallen Special Operations Service Members. Sixty-six Gold Star teens took part in four separate adventure camps throughout the summer. These camps were centered on scuba diving (open water, advanced, NITROX, and Rescue training) and basic and advanced outdoor survival; camping; leadership; and orienteering skills. The cadets acted as mentors for the teens throughout each of the camps.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

Cadet Capstone Project Being Constructed in Afghanistan: Following the 2015 Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Project entitled “SIP-Hut 4.0” sponsored by Natick Labs and the subsequent publication of an US Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) report covering ongoing development and testing of the structure, MG Semonite, Commander of CSTC-A, approved the purchase and construction of 20 SIP-Huts in Afghanistan in support of ongoing operations in the Badakshan Province. The SIP-Huts were selected as an economical, easy to construct and very energy efficient alternative to previous lodgment solutions and will be used to house 200 Afghanistan National Army Soldiers.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Astronomy Club participates at Club Night. Members of the Astronomy Club including Cadets Sam Hartford, Jesse Mills, Jonathan Roche, Montana Bilger and Daniel Mauldin as well as OICs Dr. Paula Fekete, COL Dave Harper, Dr. Roger Burk and MAJ Danny Thebeau participated in the recruiting opportunity provided by Club Night on Monday, 18 August, 2015 at Eisenhower Hall. This year’s event was a great success as more than 100 new cadets signed up to join the club. Several of our smaller telescopes were showcased at the event. We are delighted to announce that this is the first semester when the new Observatory will become fully operational starting early October. The first official meeting of the club is at 1900 on 24 August 2015. According to plans to be finalized at that organizational meeting, in addition to astronomical observations performed locally, the club will continue its tradition of visiting the Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in New York City and launching a balloon satellite.

Department of History

Department’s first staff ride to Vietnam. Departing on May 28 and returning on June 11, COL Greg Daddis, Prof. Jen Kiesling, MAJ Rory McGovern, and CDTs Meredith Shea, John McCormick, Rachael Agwunobi, Zachary Chaikin, Joy Schaeffer, Josh Martindale, Simone Askew, and Annalee Tokarsky. The group was joined in country by U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Nate Hausman. Hosted by Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense, the staff ride explored Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City, visiting significant sites and museums related not only to Vietnamese history and culture, but also to the history of the long Vietnam War. Such sites included the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and museum, the Vietnamese History Museum, the Women’s Museum, the Museum of Ethnology, the My Son Sanctuary, the Cao Dai Cathedral, the Hanoi Hilton, the old Presidential Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, the Hanoi Hilton, and the Cu Chi Tunnels, among others. Cadets and faculty alike found the experience to be very enriching, particularly as a means of studying the relationship between society, culture, and the construction of national identity and historical memory. Additionally, as official guests of the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense, cadets and faculty participated in meetings and exchange visits with the commander and headquarters staff of the Department of Foreign Relations within the Ministry of National Defense, as well as Vietnam’s Military Science Academy, Army Officer Training School No. 2, and 108th Mechanized Infantry Regiment. We could not be more proud of our cadets, each of whom effortlessly balanced the demands of being soldiers, scholars, and diplomats throughout the entire trip. Combined with coursework prior to the trip, the Vietnam Staff Ride cadets earned three credit hours as part of the department’s initial execution of HI399: The Staff Ride.

LTC Franz Rademacher, MAJ Andy Visser, and MAJ John Zdeb led 10 cadets on the “Germany Attacks” Staff Ride in Belgium, Luxembourg, France, and Germany from 19 May to 12 June 2015. Cadets spent the initial two weeks conducting intensive study of two major operations in the Ardennes during World War II, and then traveled to Europe to walk the terrain from 1-12 June. The study of the German invasion of France in 1940 and the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, both fought over much of the same terrain, provided a unique study that allowed comparisons between the operations and tactics of three different national armies, the evolution of weapons and their employment on the battlefield, and the importance of leadership at both the tactical and operational levels. Cadets attending The Germany Attacks Staff Ride also earned three credit hours towards their history major in the initial implementation of the new summer course, HI399: The Staff Ride. The course culminated with an extensive research paper where cadets integrated the knowledge gained from classroom study and the terrain analysis on multiple battlefields.

Breaking Ground at the Foley Enners Nathe Lacrosse Center

Construction began today on the Foley Enners Nathe Lacrosse Center, starting with a groundbreaking ceremony involving the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) and West Point’s Directorate of Intercollegiate Athletics. “Everyone should feel enormous satisfaction in this accomplishment,” said COL (R) Robert McClure ’76, WPAOG’s President & CEO. “This is a giant step forward for Army West Point athletics, and it is tangible evidence of what WPAOG does so well: connecting the passion of our graduates with the needs of West Point and giving cadets the best facilities in the nation at the best value.”

The Center has been a priority for the Superintendent within the West Point Association of Graduates For Us All Campaign and was fully funded by West Point graduates and friends of the Academy. Several former lacrosse players have played an important role in the development of the center, including Gary Giglio ’89, Cornell "Buck" French ’89, and the late John "Jack" Rust ’49, among many others.

The Superintendent expressed his gratitude, “I'd like to thank all those who generously donated to make this project happen, in particular Bill Foley, Gary Giglio, Randy Quirk and Will Weathersby.  Because of their and many other’s generous support, we can break ground on what will be a first-class facility for our men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. When you stop and think about what Bill Foley, Class of 1967, is doing to honor two great lacrosse player classmates, Raymond Enners and Mike Nathe, Bill deserves a lot of recognition and thanks. Raymond and Mike took the mental, physical and leadership skills they developed as lacrosse players to the fight in Vietnam where they gave their last full measure of their devotion. Because of Bill’s respect and love of his classmates, this facility will forever honor them and their memory.”

Representing the donors that made this day a reality, Gary Giglio ’89, a former Army Lacrosse team captain and himself a lead donor for the new lacrosse building, said, “It is fantastic to be part of a project that represents the tradition of Army Lacrosse.”

Commenting on that tradition, Joe Alberici, Army West Point Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach, said, “One of our team quotes is, ‘Always honor the tradition,’ especially the players who have come before and helped build it with eight national championships.”

The Foley Enners Nathe Lacrosse Center will become the new home of Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse. It will feature office space for coaches, team meeting rooms, film breakdown facilities, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a training room, and on-site equipment storage. It will also offer players space to study and socialize, allowing them to build relationship among one another off the field. “The lacrosse team culture has always been one of cohesion,” said Giglio. “Helping each other on and off the field, professionally and personally, helps form that common bond that is essential to an elite program.”

Summing up the project, Alberici said, “Thanks to WPAOG and the Long Gray Line, Army West Point Lacrosse will now have the greatest lacrosse facility in the nation for the next 25 years.”

For more information on the future home of Army West Point Lacrosse, visit: www.goarmywestpoint.com/news/2015/8/20/MLAX_0820150213.aspx

Watch interviews with USMA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen ‘75, Army West Point Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan, West Point Association of Graduates President and CEO Bob McClure ’76, Gary Giglio ’89, Army West Point Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Joe Alberici and Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Noto Family Head Coach Kristen Waagbo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jdcflhVtrk

Army West Point Announces Plan for Lacrosse Center

Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan has announced that construction is set to begin on the Foley Enners Nathe Lacrosse Center, which will be the new state-of-the-art home for the Black Knights' men's and women's lacrosse programs. The 15,000-square-foot-facility will feature two floors nestled in the northeast corner of historic Michie Stadium, game venue for both programs.

The first floor will contain locker rooms for Army West Point's men's and women's lacrosse teams in addition to equipment and athletic training rooms, and coaches' locker rooms. While the equipment room will feature a rolling rack storage system and laundry room, the training room will include six treatment tables, a physician's office, ice machine and Grimm dual therapy pool. Read More

Dean's Weekly, August 18th

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. Israel AIAD. Two iterations of USMA cadets, along with cadets and midshipmen from sister service academies, visited Israel this summer to tour and study historical, cultural, and religious sites that included Jerusalem, the Negev Desert, and the Dead Sea basin. In addition, the groups observed training exercises, received briefings, and participated in staff rides with officers from the Israeli Defense Force while visiting various military installations and border outposts. Cadets completed special readings and attended lectures by representatives from Hebrew University, the Israeli Defense Force, and the U.S. Embassy in order to gain insight to relevant social, economic, and cultural issues. These complex issues were presented in strategic and diplomatic contexts as the drivers of geo-political concerns affecting security in the region.

G.I. Film Festival AIAD. From August 3-7, Cadets Sarah Gold and Mackenzie Riford served as interns under the tutelage of USMA alumnus Laura Law-Millet (’94) at the G.I. Film Festival (GIFF) Headquarters in Arlington, VA. According to Law-Millet, one of the primary goals of the GIFF is to highlight diverse film portrayals of American service members, rather than ones that stereotypically represent Soldiers as universally afflicted with PTSD. Cadets Gold and Riford as well as Ive Velez and Zachary Hout previously assisted organizers with the daily operations and red carpet events from May 19-25 in the Washington, D.C. area during the first half of the AIAD. Last week, Gold and Riford traveled back to Arlington where they conducted marketing research for next year’s event, searched for venues for Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band, wrote blogs and developed social media products for community and press engagement, and attended a meeting with former USMA graduates from the D.C. area who provided the group insights on marketing strategies and approaches to funding major events. Law-Millet hosted a similar internship last summer for Cadets and indicated she looks forward to continuing the relationship with USMA Cadets in the future.

Clark Named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Junior defender Christian Clark was named the Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year when the conference announced its men's soccer preseason poll and all-league team on Monday. Preseason voting was compiled by the league's head coaches and sports information directors, who were not permitted to vote for their own teams.

Clark was named to the All-Patriot League first team last season after appearing in all 20 games and finishing with two goals and two assists. He is Army West Point's lone player recognized on the Preseason All-Patriot League squad. Read More

Class of 2017 Affirmation Ceremony

The U.S. Military Academy Class of 2017 gathered together in Robinson Auditorium, Aug. 16, 2015, to affirm their commitment to complete their final two years of study at West Point and at a minimum to serve five years of active military service thereafter. View more photos

During the ceremony, the Class of 1967, the 50-year affiliate to the Class of 2017, presented each cadet with a commemorative coin bearing the class crest and motto. The ceremony is both symbolic of their commitment and representative of the goal which they are seeking to attain over the coming two years. Story

Taekwondo Team Visits South Korea

The three members of the West Point Taekwondo Club were part of a 20-person contingent, including 13 cadets, led by the academy’s head coach, Master Ji Ho Choi, president of the Pan American Taekwondo Union. The delegation, who visited Korea on July 28 for a nine-day run, were undertaking their first-ever tour of Korea this August.

On a battlefield swept by the fearsome killing force of automatic weapons, high explosives and laser-guided airpower, empty handed martial arts have minimal combative utility. This obvious reality, however, does not make taekwondo a redundant skill for a 21st century soldier. How so? Ask cadets at the United States’ premier military academy, West Point.

“Because we are soldiers, taekwondo translates pretty well – it is like one-on-one combat, or one country versus another country,” said West Point Cadet Anthony Chargualaf.  “And it teaches determination; how to persevere through the pain.” “We have a warrior ethos in the U.S. Army – ‘Leave no man behind,’” Cadet Jacqueline Parker said. “If you are a in a fight, you have to be the last one standing: that translates into the warrior ethos.” Full Story »

A-Day Parade Officially Joins USMA2019 to Corps of Cadets

The Corps is whole once again!

In a ceremonial parade Aug. 15, 2015, USMA2019 officially joined the United States Corps of Cadets, signifying not only their acceptance into the Corps, but their promotion from new cadet to cadet private as well. The Acceptance Day parade is the first parade of the year, officially bringing together the entire Corps of Cadets.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 and welcome to the Corps! Story

For more photos from today's Acceptance Day Parade, visit USMA Flickr page at: https://www.flickr.com/ photos/west_point/albums

Photo courtesy of Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Bunkley, USMA Public Affairs

Cadets Recognized for Academic Achievements

Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., recognized the academic achievements of cadets from last semester in a ceremony at Robinson Auditorium, Aug. 12. Gen. Caslen presented the Superintendent’s Awards for Excellence, Achievement, and the Distinguished Cadet Award.

Cadets earn the award for excellence by demonstrating outstanding performance in all three programs: academic, military, and physical. It is awarded annually, based on the cadet award score which is a combination of the three program scores, with equal weight applied to each. There are two levels of recognition: excellence and achievement. The top 5% of each class earns the award for excellence which is a gold star encircled by a wreath. The top 15% (after the top 5%) of each class earns the Superintendent's Award for Achievement which is a gold wreath.

The Distinguished Cadet Award reflects achievement of a term quality grade point average of 3.67 or higher for the past semester and consists of a gold star.

Congratulations to all cadets who received awards and honors! Story

Photo courtesy of Anthony Battista/ DPTMS

Army-Navy Set For Madison Square Garden

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan announced today that the men's and women's basketball programs will host Navy in a doubleheader on Jan. 23 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

"We are very excited about taking our best basketball rivalry to the 'World's Most Famous Arena,'" said Corrigan. "This is a special opportunity for our players, coaches and fans, and a great chance to showcase our teams in New York City. Army has a lot of history in Madison Square Garden, dating back to the successful National Invitation Tournament teams of the 1960's and participating in the Maggie Dixon Classic in 2007 and 2008. This event will add to an already great basketball tradition with the Academy at Madison Square Garden."

The Army West Point men's basketball team last played at Madison Square Garden during the 1985-86 season when it met La Salle, and also appeared there on multiple occasions with Bob Knight at the helm for games in the National Invitation Tournament. In 1969, Knight and Mike Krzyzewski, a senior captain for the Black Knights, led Army to a fourth-place finish in the N.I.T., including a victory over South Carolina, which Knight considers one of his greatest-ever triumphs. Read More

CDT Kim Wins the 113th Met Amateur

CDT Kim Wins the 113th Met AmateurWest Point cadet Peter Kim made the most of a brief summer break, winning the 113th Met Amateur Championship on August 2nd with a tense 1-up win over Ryan Snouffer in the 36-hole final on the Upper Course at Baltusrol Golf Club.

The 20-year-old from Royce Brook C.C. in New Jersey was down early in the match, but came back and built a 3-up lead with seven to play. Read More

Dean's Weekly, August 10th

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Interdisciplinary Research Team Conducts Second Large-Scale Data Collection While Supporting the Cadet Class of 2019 Boot Fit: On 30 June and 1 July, the research team comprised COL Michael Neary (KACH), Dr. Becky Zifchock (CME/CIE), and LTC Donald Goss (KACH), and their staff, along with their collaborators from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (New York), the Hospital for Special Surgery (New York), Temple University (Philadelphia), Novel (a corporate partner from Munich, Germany), and over eighty student volunteers conducted a research study of the foot structure of the incoming cadet Class of 2019, while simultaneously supporting the Boot Fit on R-Day +1 and R-Day +2. More than 1150 incoming cadets volunteered to take part in the study, which is designed to assess static and dynamic foot structure.

Several measurements of each participant’s feet were taken at five discrete measurement stations in Washington Hall, while the cadets waited to be fitted for their boots. This provides information about both static and dynamic foot structure and function for this cadet class. The participants will be tracked throughout their four years at USMA. This will provide prospective data to support research questions such as the relationship between foot structure and susceptibility to overuse injury, and whether intense military training changes foot structure.

This is the second time this research team collected data during Boot Fit. This data collection was also carried out for the incoming cadet Class of 2017 in the summer of 2013. As in previous years, the Center for Innovation and Engineering provided funding to support volunteer travel, but the study and the cadet boot fit could not have been accomplished without major volunteer efforts of the teams from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, the Hospital for Special Surgery, Temple University, and Novel.

Cadet/Faculty Research Presentations at International Conference: On 12-16 July Cadet Willahelm Wan and Dr. Becky Zifchock attended the 25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Glasgow, Scotland. CDT Wan presented his own research, and Dr. Zifchock presented an abstract on behalf of CDT Regina Parker who was unable to attend the meeting. The presented research was based on the independent study projects that Cadets Wan and Parker conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Zifchock, which looked at the effects of foot structure on the shapes and magnitudes of ground reaction forces of running. Cadets Wan and Parker will continue this line of research in their final year at USMA, with the intent of submitting a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

In addition to attending scientific sessions and seminars on high quality research and scientific topics during the conference, the trip was an excellent opportunity for Cadet Wan and Dr. Zifchock to interact with professional peers and colleagues. Cadet Wan made connections with students from Finland, Taiwan, South Africa, the US, and several other countries.

USMA Ranks High in The Princeton Review

A report released by The Princeton Review ranked West Point, in its “Top 10” in 13 categories and “Top 20” in four others, including No. 1 in “Most Accessible Professors” in their annual college guide “The Best 380 Colleges - 2016 Edition.”

Other notables include No. 2 in “Best Health Services,” and No. 3 in both “Best College Library” and “Most Politically Active Students.” The new 2016 edition profiles only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and four outside the U.S. Click here for the full release.

MLL Playoffs Have Army West Point Look

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point men's lacrosse team is well represented in this year's Major League Lacrosse playoffs with four players with West Point ties vying for the league title. Former standouts Jeremy Boltus (USMA '11), John Glesener (USMA '15) and Sam Somers (USMA '15) will be competing, while assistant coach Justin Turri is among the competitors going for the championship. Both semifinals are this Saturday, Aug. 1, and will be live on CBS Sports Network.

Glesener is the lone player among the group that is not on the Rochester Rattlers as he just finished his first regular season with the Boston Cannons. He appeared in four games for the Cannons and tallied 12 points on seven goals and two assists. He was recently named the MLL Rookie of the Week after tallying five goals and an assist in the loss to Ohio in an epic scoring battle. Two of his goals were two-point scores. The Cannons and Glesener take on the New York Lizards on Long Island this Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Boltus has enjoyed a great season with 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists as a member of the Rattlers and was named the All-Star Game's Most Valuable Player. He returned this season after missing 2014 after serving in Afghanistan and is currently a Captain in the U.S. Army. Boltus has played with four different teams since being drafted in 2011 by the Hamilton Nationals. He will be making his third appearance in the playoffs after making the second season with the Nationals and Denver in 2013. Read More

Cadets Assist Ft. Irwin's New 100-Yr Storm Water Mgmt Plan

Cadets Addison Bieger and Marshall Kobylski, both senior civil engineering majors, are at Fort Irwin with their faculty advisor, Col. Meyer, deputy department head of West Point's department of civil and mechanical engineering. They are here to work with engineers from Fort Irwin's Directorate of Public Works and from the Los Angeles District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or USACE, to prepare a new storm water management plan for the garrison involving the design of storm runoff systems. The engineering projects will help prevent the kind of damage experienced during the storm, which hit Fort Irwin, Aug. 25, 2013.

The new management plan, designed to accommodate a 100-year storm, is replacing a previous storm water runoff management plan from over 35 years ago, which was designed to manage 25-50 year storms. "Our academic studies have really helped us," Bieger said. "But it's a lot more challenging to adjust to real-life constraints. The terrain is a lot different, and we have to account for Fort Irwin's isolation, how to get certain materials out here, from a long distance away, and figuring out how we can best do that."

Kobylski said that their first job was to work with USACE and Fort Irwin engineers to prioritize a list of projects required as part of the storm water management plan. They are now designing the number-one priority projects - the repair and expansion of the North Tank Trail Channel, and creating new basins above the channel, which will serve to collect debris and water during a storm event. As an added benefit, water pooling in the basins during storms will help recharge the aquifer that supports Fort Irwin. Read More

2015 Army Profession Annual Symposium at USMA

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey addressed senior Army leaders during the 2015 Army Profession Annual Symposium at the United States Military Academy. The event ran from July 26 through 28 and was themed “Unveiling our Army Ethic and Stewarding our Profession.” To view more photos of the symposium, visit Flickr. Read More

USMA -11 on Forbes Top 25 Best Liberal Arts Colleges 2015

In 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation that established the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. George Washington considered this location the most important strategic position in America. The academy is a coeducational, public liberal arts college that requires applicants to have a nomination from a member of Congress in order to be admitted. During the course of their education, students can choose from 36 majors. At the end of their matriculation, they earn a commission into the U.S. Army as 2nd Lieutenants. Students are called “cadets” and must adhere to the Cadet Honor Code, which states that “a cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.” Varsity athletes, called the Black Knights, dress in black, gray and gold and compete in NCAA Division I athletics. Story

Class of 2018 Officially Completes CFT with the Runback

What a great morning for a run! The Class of 2018 officially brought Cadet Field Training to an end, by completing the 7.15 mile Runback from Camp Buckner Military Reservation to West Point proper, July 27, 2015. Following the completion of the run, USMA Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., provided motivating comments to the class followed up by a gift presentation to U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. Gen. Odierno followed Lt. Gen. Caslen, thanking the academy for the gift and then providing some motivating words of his own to the cadets. The class will now take some well deserved time off in order to prepare for the start of the new academic year. Story

For more photos from today's Runback, check out USMA Flickr page at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/west_point/sets

Photo courtesy of Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Bunkley, USMA Public Affairs Office

New Cadets Conduct Rappel Training

"New cadets from the Class of 2019 conduct rappel training and perform rappel operations at "Ranger Rock," located in the West Point training area, July 22, 2015, as part of Cadet Basic Training, or CBT. U.S. Army Soldiers from U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division and the 10th Mountain Division Light Fighters School, Fort Drum, NY, provided instruction and oversight of the new cadets during the training, checking for proper harness rigging techniques and observing the new cadets once on rappel. The purpose of CBT is to assist in transitioning the new cadets from civilian to cadet and to provide them with the values necessary to develop as leaders of character, strongly committed to military service. Story
For more photos of CBT and rappel training, visit USMA Flickr page at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskcfaxxC

Photo courtesy of Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Bunkley, USMA Public Affairs Office

Combating Terrorism Center

Combating Terrorism Center Senior Associate Dr. Nelly Lahoud recently led a three-week Department of Social Sciences AIAD to Cambodia with CDT Christian Burgos-Sanchez (Class of 2016), CDT Jordan Isham, and CDT Conner Drum (both Class of 2018). The group was immersed in Cambodian culture through community work and cultural study. Dr. Lahoud and the Cadets built a garden for a school that cares for an underprivileged community and taught English to young Cambodians. They also learned about the rich history of the country (e.g., visiting the great temples in Siem Reap) and its dark recent history under the regime of Pol Pot by visiting the S21 Museum (The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum) and the killing fields.
CTC Director

Department of English and Philosophy

Trauma, Narrative, and Collaboration: I Was There Film Workshop. From July 14-19, one representative from the Department of English and Philosophy worked alongside four wounded American and 10 Israeli Defense Force Soldiers in an I Was There film workshop in New York City. During the workshop, participants explored the collaborative nature of narrative in film making as a medium to promote psychological and emotional recovery for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Over the course of five days, the workshop broke the large group into four teams, and each of these teams worked with professional filmmakers to produce a short film that expressed its different individuals’ understanding and attempts to deal with residual trauma from battlefield injuries. The event is but one of several similar workshops recently held at Army installations by the Patton Veteran’s Project, an organization founded by Benjamin Patton, grandson of General George Patton. The films from the workshop are expected to be available for public screening within the next week at http://iwastherefilms.org/featured-films/.

2LT Shoenberger ’15 Earns Top Honors

VICKSBURG, Miss. – Commissioned in May upon his graduation from the U.S. Army Military Academy at West Point, 2nd Lt. Matthew Shoenberger is having quite the year. Not only was he on the winning team in the 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) West Point Soldier Design Competition, he also earned the highest cadet score on the 2015 national Fundamentals of Engineering exam. Shoenberger, who was assigned to the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas, has strong U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) ties.

“ERDC has helped me so much over the years,” said Shoenberger. “Both of my parents moved to get jobs there, and met while working at ERDC – so in a way, ERDC has been there since before the beginning. I worked at ERDC as a student, coming back as a cadet as part of my Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) to work on implementing new defense structures. Both times, the engineers and technicians I worked with taught me more than I could learn in a classroom.” Read More

USMA & RMAS Participate in Exercise Dynamic Victory

HOHENFELS, Germany – Cadets from both the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) and the United States Military Academy, West Point (USMA) participated in Exercise Dynamic Victory, July 4- 18. Exercise Dynamic Victory’s central function is to test each of the RMAS cadets with different combat and leadership scenarios over the course of two weeks. These scenarios are both urban and rural based and challenge the cadets by testing the leadership skills they’ve gained over the past two years.

Capt. Richard Grimsdell, RMAS Instructor explains, “Dynamic Victory is the senior terms confirmation exercise, it’s their final exercise. So everything they’ve done up till now boils down to a two week package. They get tested on everything they’ve done from absolutely basic soldiering that they learned all that time ago to complex training all the way up to company level, finally finishing with a battle group level attack.” Grimsdell continues, “Once the cadets finish this exercise and they’re on the verge of graduation and commissioning. They’ll then move on to their respective regiments and battalions to conduct their phase II specialist to arms training.” Successful completion of the exercise also allows the West Point cadets to proceed to their senior year. Full Story »

Cadet Leadership CBT Change of Command

In a Change of Command ceremony conducted in front of Washington Hall, July 19, 2015, cadet leadership of Cadet Basic Training 2 officially took over as the command element. Story

Please give a warm welcome to the new CBT chain of command:
Regimental Commander- Cadet Eugene Coleman
Regimental Command Sergeant Major- Cadet Blake Bequette
Regimental Executive Officer- Cadet Hannah Tuffy
Regimental S1- Cadet Christopher Senese
Regimental S2- Cadet David Reagan
Regimental S3- Cadet David Koerper
Regimental S4- Cadet Grant Mallalieu
Regimental S6- Cadet Andrew Kane

Photo courtesy of John Pellino

New Cadets Get Measured for Cadet Uniforms

New Cadets are getting fitted for their uniforms. It seems as though this cadet is fitting right in at West Point, very enthusiastic. Many cadets do not have the energy or desire to smile during Beast Barracks.

Dean's Weekly, July 20th

Combating Terrorism Center

Cadets Amy Slaughter, Mack Bartle and Samuel Parker along with OIC Dr. Aaron Brantly, the Combating Terrorism Center’s Cyber Fellow, recently traveled for three weeks (12 June – 3 July) on an AIAD trip to Mongolia. In country, they worked on human rights in domestic violence matters and prisoner rights with local NGOs and metropolitan police. In addition to their human rights work, they observed Khaan Quest 2015, a joint peacekeeping exercise involving 21 nations including the United States and Mongolia. They were also able to travel and participate in various activities, including a day spent with a nomad family and hiking in special reserved areas of Mongolia.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

AIAD at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). During the past three weeks, Cadet Nathaniel Marks has worked with analysts at NGA and other intelligence agencies to formulate his research project which he will continue to work on as a capstone project during the next academic year. Cadet Marks’ research seeks to integrate multidisciplinary domain knowledge to motivate innovative modeling perspectives for predictive analysis that can support international policy development. The project goal is to assess risks associated with an anticipated surge of maritime traffic in the Arctic. Raster and vector data sets are assembled within a GIS environment to capture and model inter-related processes among various components.

Cadet Basic Training

The new cadets from the Class of 2019 go through physical training and stretching Tuesday during the start of week two of Cadet Basic Training, or Beast Barracks. New cadets will move to Camp Buckner shortly for the most intense part of their six weeks with challenging obstacle courses, military maneuvers, navigation and marksmanship training, which culminates in the Acceptance Day ceremony where the new cadets are welcomed into their companies and are no longer referred to as new cadets. View more photos

Photo courtesy of Kathy Eastwood

Army West Point Athletic Videos

New look, new surface! Check out these time-lapse videos showing the finishing and rebranding of the surfaces at Michie Stadium (home to Army West Point football and the men's and women's lacrosse teams), Christl Arena (home to Army West Point men's and women's basketball), and Tate Rink (home to Army West Point hockey).

Michie Stadium https://youtu.be/su0FcsC4QW0

Christl Arena https://youtu.be/urShcqJR6tk

Tate Rink https://youtu.be/0uLNEJLpTQU

Trio Named CGA All-American Scholars

Earning his fourth consecutive first-team nod in his time at the Academy, Venrick graduated from West Point in May with a degree in life science, boasting a grade point average of 3.771. He will attend the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in the fall. In his final season with the Black Knights, the pommel horse and still rings specialist earned 24 top-10 finishes, including 18 top-five nods.

Landing on the second-team is standout Glenn and rising yearling Wilson. Glenn boasts a grade point average of 3.418 as an engineering management major. The Porter Ranch, Calif., native is Army West Point's most dominant performer, capturing seven all-around titles and 56 top-10 performances. In addition, he was the only Black Knight and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) gymnast to advance to the individual finals of the NCAA Championships where he took ninth on high bar.
Wilson completed a stellar rookie campaign in his debut at the Academy. He focused primarily on still rings and added assistance on vault, earning nine top-10 nods, including two top-five finishes, on the season. He concluded his first year at West Point as an undeclared major with a grade point average of 3.269. Read More

Duo Added To Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List

Army West Point's Jeremy Timpf and Matt Hugenberg are included in the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List.The Rotary Lombardi Award, now in its 46th season, honors linemen on both offense and defense or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards from the line of scrimmage.  The selection committee, comprised of 500 members including past winners and finalists, Division I head coach and media, listed 146 players on the initial list.

Twelve semifinalists will be determined in November with the winner announced on Dec. 8 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas. Scooby Wright of Arizona won the honor last season. Hugenberg, a senior offensive lineman from Quincy, Ill., helped pave the way for a rushing attack that finished fifth in the country in rushing last season. He started every game at center and played nearly every snap. Earlier this summer, Hugenberg was included on the Rimington Trophy Award Watch List, presented to the nation's top center. Read More

Nagurski Award Latest Honor For Timpf

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The preseason honors continue for the Army West Point football team. Friday, Jeremy Timpf added another accolade when he was named to the Bronko Nagurski Watch List, the Football Writers of Association of American announced.

A junior linebacker from Tucson, Ariz., Timpf is one of 88 players to be considered for the award presented to the nation's best defensive player. Scooby Wright from Arizona won the award last season and is among the 88 players on the watch list.

Timpf has previously been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List as defensive player of the year as well as the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Center Matt Hugenberg is on the Rimington Trophy Watch List for the nation's top center and Alex Tardieu is being considered for the Ray Guy Award for the top punter in the country. Read More

Ray Guy Award Watch List Includes Alex Tardieu

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point's Alex Tardieu is included on the Watch List for the 2015 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation's top punter, the Augusta Sports Council announced today. Tardieu, a senior from Grants Pass, Ore., is one of 25 athletes included in the list of Football Bowl Subdivsion punters. Last year' winner, Tom Hackett of Utah, and fellow finalists Austin Rehkow of Idaho and JK Scott of Alabama are also included.

Ten semifinalists will be selected in November and a national body of coaches, media and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists. After the finalists are named, the voting body will cast ballots again for the nation's top punter. The winner will be announced during the Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN on Dec. 10. Tardieu punted 44 times in 2014, averaging 39.3 yards per boot. He registered six punts of 50 yards or more and had 18 downed inside the opponents' 20 yard-line with only one touchback. Read More

Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering

CME Cadet, Graduate, and Faculty Present Paper At Biomechanics Conference. Dr. John Rogers, 2LT Julie Dillon, and CDT Gabriela Barrera attended the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference, June 17-20, 2015; the conference theme was “Synergy of Modeling and Experiments.” Co-author CDT Cameron McDonald was not able to attend. The conference venue was the Snowbird ski area in the Little Cottonwood Creek gorge in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest near Salt Lake City. CDT Barrera and 2LT Dillon benefitted from the opportunity for professional development. Lieutenant Dillon, who graduated this past May, took time out of her summer leave to attend. Many attendees stopped to see the poster, and many commented that it was an interesting project.

Cadet Field Training at Camp Buckner Military Reservation

Cadet Field Training at Camp Buckner Class of 2018The Class of 2018‬ calls for fire at during Cadet Field Training at Camp Buckner Military Reservation, July 7. Upon completion of CFT, the class will advance into the Cadet Noncommissioned Officer Corps and takes on the responsibilities of leading Plebes. Story

Photos courtesy of William C. Bunce/ DPTMS, Visual Information Division

Inaugural NFL-Inspired Youth Impact Program

Inaugural NFL-Inspired Youth Impact ProgramThe U.S. Military Academy’s inaugural Youth Impact Program invited youths from schools in the Bronx and Harlem to give them a taste of athletics and leadership––West Point style.

Roughly 80 boys from the Frederick Douglass Academy, Hugo Newman Preparatory School, Urban Assembly of Bronx Academy of Letters and Bronx Latin School attended the program during their last two weeks of school June 15-26 to spend the days learning leadership skills, academics and football at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School.

The program is led by cadet-athletes and is designed to make use of the USMA resources to help in the all-around development of at risk youth. Stanford, Michigan and Northwestern have also worked with the Youth Impact Program. The group visited MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants, for a tour and football practice and had their meals in the Cadet Mess Hall on days at West Point. Full Story »

Leaders Gather to Learn, Discuss “Principled Negotiation”

Leaders Gather to Learn, Discuss “Principled Negotiation”The inaugural “Army Leader” West Point Negotiation Project Workshop was held at the U.S. Military Academy from June 17-19. Sixty Army, Air Force and Brazilian leaders joined efforts to learn and discuss “Principled Negotiation” through a highly interactive and experiential workshop. This cohort of leaders represented Fort Campbell, Fort Bragg, Fort Drum, the Army War College, the National Training Center, USMA and the Brazilian Army. Participants included leaders from the rank of sergeant through colonel.

The “Army Leader” West Point Negotiation Project Workshop was crafted in response to requests from Army units to BS&L (WPNP) to provide negotiation skills training. This workshop encouraged leaders to challenge their own assumptions about negotiations, learn the seven-element principled negotiation framework, develop a systematic measure of success, apply principled skills to real-world scenarios, and develop additional problem-solving strategies for future negotiations. Read More

Army Community Service Celebrates 50 Years of Service

The Garrison Team-CSM Crawford COL Dunham and Mr Plumley with the proclamation that celebrates the 50th year of Army Community ServiceWest Point Army Community Service held its 50 Years of Service Proclamation Signing Ceremony June 26. The Garrison Command Team signed the proclamation witnessed by current and former ACS staff, volunteers, community members and partners.

This historic moment dedicated the West Point Army Community Service Center as the Emma Marie Baird Army Community Service Center. Lt. Col. Baird is known throughout the Army as the “Mother of Army Community Service.”

Baird began serving Soldiers and families when World War II began. In 1943, she served in the Woman’s Auxiliary Army Corps later called the Woman’s Army Corps (WAC). Her first assignment was in support of Army Emergency Relief. Read More

Hugenberg Named To Rimington Trophy Watch List

Hugenberg Named To Rimington Trophy Watch ListWEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point senior Matt Hugenberg is among those listed on the 2015 Fall Watch List for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the nation's top center. The Rimington Trophy Committee released the 63 names Wednesday. Hugenberg learned the center position prior to the start of his junior year and quickly made an impact, playing nearly all of the Black Knights' snaps last season. He was part of an offensive line that helped Army West Point rank fifth in the country in rushing offense.

Hugenberg is one of 46 players appearing on the list for the first time. Finalists for the award will be revealed Dec. 7. The Rimington Trophy is given annually to the nation's best center and is named for Dave Rimington, a consensus first-team All-American at the University of Nebraska. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 16.

Hugenberg, a 6-foot-5, 309-pound senior from Quincy, Ill., is the latest Black Knights to be included on award watch lists. Linebacker Jeremy Timpf is being considered for the Lott IMPACT Trophy as well as the Bednarik Award as the nation's top defensive player. Read More

Allen Promoted to Associate Head Men's Basketball

Allen Promoted to Associate Head Men's BasketballWEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point men's basketball assistant coach Jimmy Allen has been promoted to serve as the program's Associate Head Coach, head coach Zach Spiker announced Wednesday. The 2015-16 season will mark Allen's sixth on the sidelines at West Point. "Jimmy Allen is a builder," Spiker said. "Each time he has been involved with a program throughout his coaching career, it has improved, and our program is no exception. We are very appreciative of his dedication and the loyalty he has shown to our program over the past five years and he is very deserving of this title."

Since joining Spiker's staff following the 2009-10 season, Allen has helped elevate Army West Point to a consistent Patriot League contender. Last year, the Black Knights reached 15 victories for the third consecutive year, marking the first time the program recorded three straight 15-win campaigns since Bob Knight's teams each won at least 15 from 1967-70.

In addition, the team captured the 2014 All-Military Classic presented by USAA Championship with victories over Air Force and VMI. The campaign also featured another signature victory as the Black Knights knocked off USC, 85-77 in overtime, to secure their first win against a Pac-12 team since 1964. The program also excelled in the classroom in 2014-15 and posted its highest team grade-point average in 10 years with a 2.84 GPA in the fall semester. In total, 12 West Point Dean's List certificates were handed out to men's basketball players last season. Read More

Dean's Weekly, July 7th

Department of English and Philosophy

GI Film Festival AIADGI Film Festival AIAD: Cadets Sarah Gold, Zachary Hout, Mackenzie Riford, and Ivellise Velez-Morey traveled to Washington D.C. with CPT (P) Adam Karr and MAJ Mike Kieser to help facilitate the GI Film Festival. While there, the group helped prep red carpet events, analyzed and studied films, and learned both the joys and challenges of organizing a major artistic event. Cadets Sarah Gold and Mackenzie Riford will return to D.C. in August to participate in week-long internship focused upon writing, genre, and public affairs/strategic communication.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Cadets visit Los Alomos National Laboratory Cadets visit Los Alomos National Laboratory (LANL). Pictured with the LANL Director Charlie MacMillan and Service Academy Research Associates (SARA Program).

R-Day for the Class of 2019

“It’s the longest day that you’ll never remember.” So says Cadet Katie Holder ’16, the Regimental Commander for Cadet Basic Training or “Queen of Beast,” about R-Day, the annual first step that civilians take to becoming cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, leaders of character in the U.S. Army and members of the esteemed Long Gray Line. On June 29, approximately 1,270 took that first step as members of the Class of 2019. 

Those who have been through the transformation themselves, however, eventually end up recalling the familiar sights and sounds of this famous West Point tradition, which hasn’t changed in decades. Columns of new cadets decked out in Army issued PT uniforms (black shirt, black shorts, black socks and black shoes) and carrying flight bags packed to capacity with all the items they will be allowed to have for the next 43 days moved from station to station throughout Central Area (barber shop, drill and ceremony, lunch) on their way to the renowned Cadet in the Rash Sash. Along the way, members of the cadre shouted at the new cadets to “move faster,” “hurry it up,” and “stop holding up your teammates.” “New cadets can never be fast enough,” said Cadet John Menges ’16. Watch Video »  Full Story »