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CDT Canarie Explains His Summer Training Role

CDT Canarie Explains His Summer Training RollCadet Cole Canarie, B4 Platoon Leader, explains his role in cadet Summer Training, how the Field Training Exercise (FTX) provides direct leadership instruction for squad leaders entering their third year at West Point, and how it provides new cadets opportunities to practice their warrior tasks and drills.

Video by: SPC Pierre Osias

CDT Udler AIAD with Special Operations

CDT Udler AIAD with Special OperationsThis summer, through the West Point Combating Terrorism Center, Cadet Amir Udler worked with Special Operations at Fort Bragg, NC to analyze the evolving threats that the community will be facing in the upcoming years.

During his Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD), he engaged directly with DOD servicemembers and civilians alike to better understand the deliberate process of collaboration for the Special Operations enterprise when creating long-term policies and plans—ones that are nested within broader departmental and national security guidance.

In addition to his exposure to current projects, he was able to research ongoing strategic competition in the cyber domain and its implications, specifically in the developing Latin American region.
Cadets, Staff, and Faculty worked tirelessly this year to set up over 396 summer immersion experiences despite COVID limitations.

Well done, CDT Udler and the CTC! Find out more about the CTC.

Class of 2025 will March Back from Lake Frederick

Class of 2025 will March Back from Lake FrederickNew cadets descend on Lake Frederick for a historical experience that has not been conducted since 2009 that will forever bond the class before they march back to the academy for acceptance into the Corps of Cadets.

“They will wake up early, they will march, they will sweat, they will work as a team, they will persevere, and they will become stronger and more confident,” said Major Travis Taggart, operations officer for Cadet Basic Training. “Throughout our nation’s history, the U.S. Military Academy has educated and trained cadets to lead, fight, and win our nation’s wars. For the Class of 2025, that journey begins now.”

Photo: Tarnish Pride USMA/PAO

Michie Stadium Preservation Project Support Spotlight: Robert Healy

Michie Stadium Preservation Project Support Spotlight: Robert HealyA consistent supporter of West Point and a member of the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) Douglas MacArthur Lifetime Giving Society, Robert Healy was among the first to make a significant commitment to the Michie Stadium Preservation Project.

Giving back to West Point, he said, “means a great deal to me personally as I feel a sense of obligation to help the Academy as much as possible as West Point helped me in so many ways in life. So, to be able to help build upon the tremendous sports tradition at West Point really gives me a great deal of joy.”

Built in 1924, Michie Stadium has become a West Point icon and serves as the gateway to the Academy for many Americans. The transformational Michie Stadium Preservation Project will help to preserve and protect Michie Stadium’s history, tradition, and “once-in-a-lifetime experience” for generations to come. The project will support reconstruction of the East Stands and introduce all-new premium suite, loge, ledge, and club-level seating areas. Army West Point Football already provides an unparalleled experience, and the proposed upgrades will further enhance the uniqueness of experiencing a game at Michie Stadium.

Healy’s strong personal connection to Army Football inspired him to support this project. He was a quarterback for the team as a cadet and was the MVP of the 1985 Peach Bowl, leading the team to their second Bowl victory in history. Read more.

CDT Afuso ’22 Explains FTX Fundamentals

CDT Afuso ’22 Explains FTX FundamentalsCadet Travis Afuso, Class of 2022, and Cadet Leader Development Training Commander, explains the fundamentals of the ten-day intensive Field Training Exercise (FTX), where cadets engage in platoon level operations from attacks, raids, ambushes to defense operations. Well done!

Video by Spc. Osias/27th PAD

Our Military Rotators Non-Stop Mentoring

Our Military Rotators Non-Stop MentoringMAJs Alex Saul and Simmer Singh, ‘10 classmates from the same congressional district who deployed to Afghanistan together in 2012 and teach Economics together in the Department of Social Sciences, served as co-platoon mentors for CLDT.

Here is what they have to say about the experience: “CLDT was an awesome chance to recapture that feeling of being down with Soldiers in a platoon. As Platoon Mentors, we spent weeks training up for and executing the final FTX with cadets from all over the Corps. Seeing how much they had to learn really helped me step back and appreciate how much we have grown since being cadets. It was incredibly rewarding to see how the platoon grew in their leadership abilities and confidence in both planning and decision-making under pressure. Some favorite moments were the small conversations in between the action just talking about anything from tactics, leadership, academics, or just life.”

Interested in developing future officers as one of our over 300 rotating military instructors? Learn more.

USMA Cadets Collaborate to Enhance Soldier-Robot Teaming

USMA Cadets Collaborate to Enhance Soldier-Robot TeamingU.S. Military Academy cadets conducted joint field experiments with Army researchers on the development of enhanced Soldier-robot teaming. The academy’s Robotics Research Center, with support from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, conducted experiments at the lab’s robotics research area, an approximately 700-acre site just north of Baltimore. The Robotics Research Collaborative Campus, known as R2C2, is a unique space the lab leases for experimentation and research operations. The center is the U.S. Military Academy’s premier resource for expertise and academic scholarship in the field of robotics. Cadets have been working with the laboratory as part of the Distributed Collaborative Intelligent Systems and Technology, or DCIST, Collaborative Research Alliance on incorporating multi-Soldier-multi-robot teaming capabilities to the ARL ground and aerial autonomy software stacks. Read more.

Army Men’s Soccer Adds Jonathan Delano as Assistant Coach

Army Men’s Soccer Adds Jonathan Delano as Assistant CoachArmy West Point Men’s Soccer head coach Brian Plotkin has announced Jonathan Delano as the newest addition to his coaching staff. Delano joins the Black Knights in an assistant coaching role after stops at Penn, Harvard and Dominican (Calif.). Coach Plotkin is excited with the amount of experience and soccer knowledge that Delano will bring with him to West Point.

“We are thrilled for Jon to join our program. His addition to our staff will help our program make a big step forward.” said Plotkin. “Our cadet athletes have someone who will help make them a better person, soccer player and cadet.”

Delano is ready to begin his new chapter at West Point and eager to begin working with the Cadet-athletes this Fall.

“I want to thank Brian Plotkin for giving me the chance to work at such an elite institution alongside the best and brightest that our Country has to offer." said Delano. "I am excited to begin my time on post and I look forward to making Army Soccer an even stronger program.”

Delano's most recent stop was with the University of Pennsylvania, where he spent two seasons as an assistant coach. While in University City, the California native coached seven All-Ivy honorees including the 2019 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. In his second year with the team, Delano helped lead the Quakers to a 7-5-4 record, the team's best mark since the 2011 season. In addition to his work on the field, he played a major part in bringing in back-to-back top-25 recruiting classes to Penn. Read more.

Overland/Petersburg/Appomattox Campaigns Staff Ride

Overland/Petersburg/Appomattox Campaigns Staff RideCadets and faculty hit the ground running on the first full day of the Field Study phase of the Overland/Petersburg/Appomattox Campaigns Staff Ride. Day 1 began with the crossing of the Germanna Ford on 4 May 1864 and continued with the brutal fighting of the Battle of the Wilderness on 5 and 6 May 1864. The Cadets led stands covering engagements across the battlefield and witnessed the exceptional difficulty Civil War soldiers had fighting in the Wilderness. They also grappled with the complexities of commanding forces in some of the most adverse conditions of the war.

2021 Cadet Leader Development Training Graduation

2021 Cadet Leader Development Training GraduationCongratulations to the Cadets that their 2021 Cadet Leader Development Training (CLDT) graduation. CLDT, is one of the most notable summer training exercises that West Point offers. Over the course of two summer weeks, Firsties and Cows expand their leadership competency with capstone military and leadership training. In fact, CLDT is the best the United States Military Academy has to offer for cadets to train their tactical, leadership, and decision making skills under stress, and under real life training scenarios.

GVSC and West Point Advance Ground Vehicle Autonomy

GVSC and West Point Advance Ground Vehicle AutonomyThe United States Military Academy at West Point has a long-standing collaborative relationship with Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) to develop autonomous capabilities for ground vehicles. Some projects include Ground Vehicle Robotics GVRBot, Autonomous Tunnel Exploration (ATE), Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV), Project Convergence, and Robot Operating System (ROS) migration to 2.0. These collaborations are made possible by many partners across the Department of Defense to include the Defense Thread Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The overall goal of these partnerships is to enhance the capabilities of the Joint Warfighter to achieve overmatch against adversaries of the United States. Read more.

Interview with Head Women’s Soccer Coach

Interview with Head Women’s Soccer CoachZac Daly caught up this week with head Women’s Soccer coach Tracy Chao, who will be entering her first preseason at West Point next month.

USMA Salutes Buffalo Soldiers

Since 1992, America honors Buffalo Soldiers on July 28 to commemorate the first Army regiments comprised of African American Soldiers. The U.S. Military Academy salutes Buffalo Soldiers who served their country with pride and distinction at West Point. In September, the Buffalo Soldier Association of West Point will unveil a new monument to be dedicated to the legacy of these elite horsemen. For more information about the project, visit here.

USMA 2022 Leadership Announced

First Captain/Brigade Commander: Holland PrattThe U.S. Military Academy announced the names of the cadets from the Class of 2022 selected to lead the Corps of Cadets during the academic year. These cadets will assume their leadership duties on Aug 15 prior to the start of the fall academic session at the academy.

“These Cadet-leaders have been challenged, tested, and assessed throughout their time at the Academy and have consistently prevailed, demonstrating excellence across all four pillars. They are leaders of character who have planned, coordinated, and led a rigorous and effective summer training cycle for the Corps of Cadets. It is abundantly clear that these leaders embody the values of Duty, Honor, and Country and have committed themselves to serving a higher cause,” said Commandant of Cadets, Brig. Gen. Mark Quander.

Click here to see the positions.

Strong Finish for Golfs Marshall Daniel at Memphis Amateur Championship

Strong Finish for Golfs Marshall Daniel at Memphis Amateur ChampionshipMarshall Daniel of Army West Point Golf had an impressive week at the 2021 Memphis Amateur Championship and finished in a tie for ninth on the leaderboard at 2-over par in the Championship flight.

The tournament is three days at three different course throughout Memphis. Daniel made the Championship Flight after his first two rounds.

Daniel had under par rounds at the Links at Fox Meadows and the Links at Galloway on the first two days to compete for the championship. The second round at Galloway was his most consistent round with two birdies and 16 pars for the 2-under score. He also shot a 2-under par 69 on day one of the tournament.

He finished with a score of 209 after a round of 72 (+2) on the final day. Daniel finished with 10 birdies over the three rounds.

West Point NCO’s Inducted in the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club

West Point NCO’s Inducted in the Sergeant Audie Murphy ClubCSM Michael Coffey and MSG Eric Engstrom presented Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, with powder blue medallions during the Sergeant Audie Murphy Induction Ceremony on July 23. Staff members at the U.S. Military Academy gathered at the Cadet Fine Arts Center to recognize Soldiers for their achievement.

“CSM John Farlow, SFC Brandon George and Tony Giannone, and SSG Ronnie Castro and Adam Cayton received powder blue ribbon medallions for displaying integrity beyond reproach and the utmost professionalism,” Engstrom said. “Their leadership qualities can be characterized by personal concern for the needs training, development, and welfare of Soldiers.”

Engstrom added the inductees were challenged with a multi-level boarding process composed of a mixture of hands-on events and oral boards. The West Point selection process is held semi-annually, culminating with the selection of top-tier noncommissioned officers to be inducted into the club. When an NCO is inducted, he or she is presented with a medallion suspended by a broad powder Blue Ribbon, representing the traditional color of the infantry.

Induction and membership in the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is an esteemed honor for Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) whose leadership achievements and performance merit special recognition. The SAMC is a means of recognizing those NCOs who have contributed significantly to the development of a professional NCO Corps and a combat ready Army. Members exemplify leadership characterized by personal concern for the needs, training, development and welfare of Soldiers and concern for families of soldiers.

Cadets Experience the “House of Tears”

 Cadets Experience the “House of Tears” “Conquer Your Fears, Don’t Let Your Fears Conquer You.”

New Cadets from G Company receive classes and equipment familiarization on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) training. They experience the “House of Tears” gas chamber to understand what it would feel like if not correctly protected during a chemical attack.

Photo: Cadet Carter Davis, Class of 2022

History Staff’ Strong Dedication to Cadets

History Staff’ Strong Dedication to CadetsSince the end of the academic year, Department of History faculty have been staying engaged with cadets by applying their skills outside of the classroom. One group of faculty served as mentors for Cadet Leadership Development Training (CLDT), the culminating summer cadet military training at West Point for Cows and Firsties. CLDT includes a 10-day field exercise, culminating in “Crucible” events, which honor the memory of a fallen comrade, CDT CJ Morgan, USMA class of 2020. LTC Andy Whitford, MAJ Phil Murray, and CPT Wyatt Brown were all Platoon Mentors, working directly with the cadre and trainees throughout the detail to synthesize their military education and directly apply it through the field training, including combatives. CPT Mandi Rollinson was a Staff Mentor, working with cadets across Regimental Staff positions to increase their knowledge of battalion-level staff operations, as well as how to synchronize across each staff specialty to support the Company-level efforts. Well done!

CDT Zheng Describes CLDT

CDT Zheng Describes CLDTCadet Yusen Zheng, E Company, 2nd Platoon Leader, describes Cadet Leader Development Training. CLDT trains, mentors, and assesses basic leadership skills focusing on Troop Leading Procedures (TLPs), effective communication, and tactical decision-making in order to develop competent and confident small unit leaders capable of operating in an uncertain and rapidly changing environment.

DSE Fallen Grad Memorial Hike to Torne Monument

The new faculty and staff from the Department of Systems and Engineering (DSE) hiked to Torne Monument. This site is only accessible via steep trails off Mine Torne Road, and began as an unofficial memorial for fallen West Point grads, as well as other service members connected to the Academy. Through the work of local Boy Scout Troops, it became a formal memorial a few years ago. The DSE faculty visits Torne Monument every summer to reflect on the Academy’s mission of training & educating leaders of character, who may be called to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Football Introduces the Class of 2025

Football Introduces the Class of 2025Army West Point football head coach Jeff Monken officially announced the team's Class of 2025 on July 20, 2021.

“We are so excited to welcome these future leaders into the Army Football Brotherhood” Monken said. “The Class of 2025 will certainly add to our program's success both this year and seasons to come. They are an extremely athletic group but are also high achievers in the classroom and are committed to leadership and serving their nation as Army officers. Our staff did a tremendous job recruiting young men of high character from all across the country who are also high-level competitors, and I am very proud to officially add them to this year’s team.”

Following Reception Day, the Black Knights added 75 newcomers to the roster. The incoming squad, highlighted by a 12-man group from the state of Florida and 11 from Texas, will look to bolster a team that posted a dominant 9-3 mark in its 2020 campaign and captured its third Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in four seasons.

The 2021 Army football team will kick off its season on the road at Georgia State on Saturday, September 4 at Noon. For up-to-date information please follow Army football on Twitter and Instagram @ArmyWP_Football. Read more.

Overland Campaign Staff Ride

Overland Campaign Staff RideThe 124th New York Infantry Regiment Civil War re-enactors teach cadets how to properly wield black powder muskets during the Overland Campaign Staff Ride, which is a hands-on Civil War Drill, July 20 on The Plain. The cadets are conducting a week-long intensive study of Civil War campaigns, including the Overland Campaign, Petersburg Campaign, and the Appomattox Campaign, which ended the Civil War.

Photo: Jorge Garcia/PV

This Week in Army Football

Fans are invited to tune in to a virtual edition of “This Week in Army Football” with head coach Jeff Monken on Thursday, July 22 at 7pm.

The show, which will be hosted on the athletic department's Facebook page, will cover topics such as the offseason and will preview the 2021 campaign. Fans can also drop questions into the comments section of the video.

The Black Knights are eager for a return of fans to Army West Point Football this September for the greatest game day experience and hope to see supporters there.

Visit the Army West Point Athletics’ Facebook page on Thursday July 22 at 7pm.

235 Cadet-Athletes Land on Patriot League Honor Roll

235 Cadet-Athletes Land on Patriot League Honor RollArmy West Point Athletics was well-represented among the Patriot League's 2020-21 Academic Honor Roll, as 235 cadet-athletes were tabbed to the list that was put out by the league office on July 19.

Each of the department's 18 teams that compete in the Patriot League tabbed cadet-athletes to the list, which celebrates students for their outstanding dedication to academic excellence. To be eligible, students must have a minimum 3.20 GPA from the spring 2021 semester. For the fourth-consecutive year, over 3,000 student-athletes met the qualifications as a total of 3,736 were celebrated. That number is second in league history, falling behind only the 3,960 from 3029-30.

Women’s track & field paced the Black Knights for the second-straight year, landing 29 total on the list. The team was followed closely by the men’s program, which earned 25 selections. Eleven squads posted double-digit honorees, while the trio of men’s basketball, golf and women’s tennis improved their totals from 2019-20. Read more.

Hockey Lands Three on AHCA All-American Scholar List

Hockey Lands Three on AHCA All-American Scholar ListArmy Hockey placed three members of the 2020-21 team on the AHCA - Krampade All-American Scholar list yesterday. To be included, a student-athlete must record a GPA of 3.6 or higher in each semester. This season, 532 D1 men’s hockey players earned the honor.

The three Black Knights represented on the list included:

John Zimmerman - Sr. - Systems Engineering
Marshal Plunkett - Jr. - Law & Legal Studies
Jake Felker - Fr. - Undeclared

The American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) recognizes varsity ice hockey players who compiled exceptional results in the classroom during the 2020-21 season with the announcement of the fifth annual “Krampade All-American Scholars.” Due to the effects of Covid-19, the AHCA adopted revised criteria for this year’s honorees. To qualify, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.6 GPA for each semester, regardless of whether the school's hockey team was able to play this season or not. Read more.

Cadet Leader Development Training (CLDT) is in Full Swing!

Cadet Leader Development Training (CLDT) is in Full Swing!The Leadership Training Program (LTP) begins one week before trainees arrive and is designed to prepare the cadre for the rest of the detail. During the week, cadre set up the tactical operations center, conduct drivers training, draw gear from the Logistics Readiness Center and coordinate with the task force to make Class I delivery schedules, and ensure the lanes are ready and validated prior to the field training exercise.

During Reception, Staging, Onward-Movement, and Integration (RSOI), trainees arrive from their previous detail are received by the cadre. After checking in and being accounted for, they board transportation to Camp Buckner and are issued a weapon and a bunk before settling in for the night.

During Warrior Week and Cold Load training trainees review their basic warrior tasks and drills within their platoons in preparation for the upcoming 10-day field training exercise. Skills put to test include battle drills, weapon disassembly and cleaning, operation order planning and briefs, and patrol base operations. During Cold Load training, cadets do dry runs boarding and unloading from Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters to prepare for upcoming Air Assault operations in the field.

During a Situational Training Exercise (STX), platoons conduct Air Assault operations and a road march to their area of operations. Along the way, platoon mentors introduce various hazards such as direct and indirect fires to probe their platoon’s ability to react and respond to contact. Platoons spend the night in the field conducting patrol base operations and lanes before marching back the following day.

Photo: Cadet Marco Copat ’22

West Point Air Assault 2021

West Point Air Assault 2021Over the course of the summer, a total of six classes of Air Assault will be conducted at the United States Military Academy at West Point. A combination of active-duty soldiers, U.S. Army Cadet Command (ROTC) cadets and West Point Cadets will earn their wings after a challenging 10 days of training. Please enjoy this CST60 video showing the tasks and training experienced by the trainees. The upcoming Air Assault graduation ceremonies planned for July 26, August 3 and August 7 will be live streamed. Time of the ceremonies is 10:30am eastern time.

Professor Watts Leading the Way in Cyber Law

Professor Watts Leading the Way in Cyber LawProfessor Sean Watts lead the way in the CCDCOE International Law of Cyber Operations Course. Sean’s extensive experience and knowledge provided the students with invaluable advice during the classes and in the follow-on debates. He was the highest rated speaker in the students’ feedback. The participants particularly enjoyed his methodical approach, clear explanations, and inspiring way of guiding discussions. This is just one of the many examples of the world class faculty teaching here at West Point. Our faculty is committed to both education and leader development. Job well done! Sean Watts is a Professor in the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point where he co-directs the Lieber Institute for the Law of Land Warfare. Learn more about the Department of Law’s Lieber Institute. Learn more about Professor Watts. Learn about Professor Watts’s most recent publication on the US Defend Forward cyber strategy.

Four More from Army Football Earn Preseason Accolades

Four More from Army Football Earn Preseason AccoladesThe Army West Point Football Team had multiple defensive players named to the Preseason All-Independent Team by Phil Steele Publications recently. The Black Knights were represented on the squad with four first team honorees and one on the second team. Nolan Cockrill, Arik Smith, Jabari Moore and Cedrick Cunningham Jr., were all named to the first team, while Andre Carter was selected to the second team.

Cockrill returns to West Point for his final season as one of four team captains. The defensive lineman was key to the success of the defense in 2020 and made an impact on special teams with two block kicks. He posted a career high with 2.5 sacks and a total of 28 tackles in 12 games played.

Smith, also among the team captains for the upcoming season, finished his third season with the Black Knights in 2020 with 78 total tackles, which tied for the team lead. He also led Army with 3.5 sacks during the campaign and his nine tackles for loss were tied for tops among the Black Knights as well. One of Smith's highlights from the 2020 season was his interception to seal the win over Air Force in Army's 10-7 victory to capture its fourth Commander in Chief's Trophy in five years.

Moore played in 10 games for the Black Knights in his second season at Army. He registered a career-best 36 tackles and his three interceptions were the most among his defensive unit. He scored his first career touchdown against Mercer with a pick-6 and then had a key interception against Air Force to help claim the CIC Trophy for the Black Knights.

Cunningham enters his final season for Army after appearing in double digit games in the previous three seasons. He added a career high 70 total tackles and posted an interception in 2020. Cunningham, who is also a team captain, was named the Chuck Bednarik Award National Player of the Week after recording seven tackles, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the season opener against Middle Tennessee State. Read more.

Cadets Put a Cap on CBT I

Cadets Put a Cap on CBT IThe Class of 2025 enjoyed a relaxing afternoon with West Point families, faculty, and staff on Cadet Visitation Day which officially completes Cadet Basic Training I. New cadets reconnected with family and friends on cell phones and spent time learning more about their host, West Point, and the Army family. Stay tuned for more photos as the new cadets kick-start Cadet Basic Training II with their new cadre. Thanks to all the families who welcomed the Class of 2025 into their homes.

Cheatham Named Associate Athletic Director of Administration

Cheatham Named Associate Athletic Director of AdministrationArmy West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie announced the addition of Tangela Cheatham to his executive staff on Sunday afternoon. Cheatham will join the Black Knights in a newly created role, serving as the Associate Athletic Director of Administration.

Cheatham will primarily oversee multiple sport programs and work with the Executive Associate Athletics Director in coordinating sport administration initiatives. She will also oversee cadet-athlete welfare and development initiatives and provide guidance and vision for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Army West Point Athletics staff and cadet-athletes. She will serve as a member of Buddie's Executive Staff.

“We are excited to add Tangela Cheatham to our Army West Point family,” Buddie said. “She is a tremendous athletics administrator that has shown she is a rising star in our industry.”

Cheatham comes to West Point from West Virginia University, where she was the Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Enhancement and Inclusive Excellence. During her time with the Mountaineers, she was responsible for organizing and implementing Life Skills programs for all student-athletes including career services, personal health and well-being, financial management, leadership and diversity and inclusion. Along with having oversight of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, she served as the sport administrator for women's tennis and was the department's equity Title IX liaison.

“I am beyond thankful to take this next step in my career to serve the cadet-athletes, coaches and staff at Army,” Cheatham said. “I am excited to join a well-respected leadership team and add to the impressive and innovative work Army is known for.” Read more.

Cadet Cadre Learn to Lead from the Front During CBT

Cadet Cadre Learn to Lead from the Front During CBTWhat does it take to feel steadfast in knowing you are ready to lead young Soldiers? For Class of 2022 Cadets Quinton Marmo and Jack Brown, the answer lies in the energetic and regimented atmosphere of Cadet Basic Training (Beast Barracks). 

With the COVID-19 pandemic preventing the two cadets from doing any training leadership details during last year’s Cadet Summer Training, this summer the duo were given the opportunity to serve as platoon leaders for the new cadets during CBT detail I between June 26-July 18 at Camp Buckner.

It’s been over two weeks since “Beast” began, with Brown and Marmo receiving what they consider a first-class education on effectively and adequately leading subordinates. 

“I’d say, for the most part, it’s gone pretty smoothly. We have really capable and competent squad leaders like the juniors (Cows) here who help us out with everything. So, we definitely don’t do everything on our own. It takes a collaborative effort to make this happen,” Brown said. “We’re also trying to do things a little bit differently than they were done when we went through “Beast” three years ago.”

One of the primary objectives for the duo was to evolve the training environment to a better, more refined military milieu. 

Essentially, it is not about belittling or berating new cadets when they do something wrong. Brown added that there have to be realistic expectations set to lead the cadets properly. In attempting to do anything of worth and merit, a cadet is bound to make mistakes in the process, and an effective leader needs to bear that in mind. Read more.

Gas! Gas! Gas!

Gas! Gas! Gas!Some cadets just can’t get enough of the gas chamber. CDT Vishnu Kumar ’23 participated in CBRN training while on the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) at Fort Bragg, NC. Cadets on this AIAD learn the role of Civil Affairs units in today’s military engagements and contribute to innovation within the branch. Learn more about the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.

CDT CSM Erickson ’22 Explains CLDT

CDT CSM Erickson ’22 Explains CLDTCadet Command Sergeant Major Layne Erickson, Class of 2022, explains Cadet Leader Development Training this summer. CLDT trains, mentors, and assesses basic leadership skills focusing on troop leading procedures, effective communication, and tactical decision making to develop competent and confident small unit leaders capable of operating in an uncertain and rapidly changing environment. In a series of tactical scenarios that reflect the decisive action training environment, cadets experience a minimum of two assessed leadership positions that provide the cadet with a common experience to further enhance his/her leadership ability to solve difficult tactical problems.

Video by Spec. Laura Hardin, 27th PAD Uni

Cadets Complete Final Fundamentals of Electrical Design Lab

Cadets Complete Final Fundamentals of Electrical Design LabCadets completed their final lab for The Fundamentals of Electrical Design, an introductory course in electrical engineering for the non-electrical engineering majors. The course provides a foundation in basic circuit theory and analysis, power in circuits and electric power systems, analog and digital electronics, and information technology systems. Lectures, laboratory work, practical applications, and classroom demonstrations emphasize and illustrate the fundamental theories and concepts presented in the course. Engineering design is reflected in laboratory work and minor design problems. At West Point, every cadet studies engineering as part of the core curriculum. Read more about our curriculum. Learn more about our Department of Electrical Engineering. West Point is currently finishing the first of three summer academic terms. We have 86 instructors supporting over 800 cadets enrolled in summer courses.

Cadets Explore Ethics of Emerging Technologies

Cadets Explore Ethics of Emerging TechnologiesFour cadets spent two weeks exploring the nature of ethics and the ethics of emerging technologies in DEP's “Ethics of Emerging Technology” Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD). The cadets engaged entrepreneurs on the cutting edge of innovative efforts and with scholars examining such efforts with an eye toward their social, legal, and political implications. They began this research in the vicinity of West Point, then spent a week with the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College. This is how USMA, the West Point Association of Graduates and external organizations enrich cadet education and to develop greater expertise in dealing with the ethical complexities of the future operating environment.

Photo: Back Row: Dr. Tom Creely, USNWC, CDT Joshua DeGuzman ’23, CDT Cameron Geoppinger ’23, LTC Kevin Cutright, OIC. Front Row: CDT Alamni Sailor ’23, CDT Chloe Tran ’22

Cadets Earn Preseason Offensive Accolades

Cadets Earn Preseason Offensive AccoladesThe Army West Point Football Team saw two members of the offensive unit earn 2021 Preseason All-Independent Team honors from Phil Steele Publications recently.

Running back Jakobi Buchanan and lineman Connor Finucane were recognized as second team honorees by the publication.

Buchanan returns for his cow season as one of the top running backs on the team after playing in 11 games during the 2020 season. He ran for over 560 yards on 111 attempts and six touchdowns. He ran for a career high 106 yards and two touchdowns, including a 40-yard scamper against Louisiana-Monroe to help Army move to 2-0 on the season. Buchanan also had touchdowns in games against Abilene Christian, UTSA and Georgia Southern.

The St. Charles, MO, native had one of the biggest touchdowns of the season in 2020. He scored from 1-yard out on 4th-and-goal against Air Force to take a 10-7 lead and clinch the Commander in Chief Trophy title at Michie Stadium.

Finucane is back at West Point following a productive plebe season as an integral part of the offensive line. He saw action in 10 games for the Black Knights and made a start on the line against Tulane on October 24 for his first career start. The Baton Rouge, LA, native helped Army rush for 273 yards per game and 36 touchdowns on the ground.

The Black Knights kickoff the 2021 season on the road against Georgia State on Saturday, September 4, with a 12pm start on ESPNU. Read more.

Robotics Team Presents Research on Unmanned Aircraft

Robotics Team Presents Research on Unmanned AircraftDr. Jinho Kim, CDT Kevin Lin, Mr. Dominic Larkin, and COL Christopher M. Korpela from the Robotics Research Center (RRC) presented their research, “Detecting and Localizing Objects on an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Integrated with a Mobile Device,” at the 2021 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS). They developed a quadrotor UAS capable of autonomous flight in a GPS-denied environment that can detect objects of interest and localize them in three-dimensional (3D) space using vision-based sensors. Additionally, the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) user interface is integrated with the quadrotor UAS for real-time monitoring.

Cadet Summer Training Update

Cadet Summer Training UpdateCST 2021 is in full swing and cadets, staff/faculty, and supporting units continue to train hard! Between issue points and knowledge memorization, CBT 1 cadre and their new cadets also spent a lot of time out in the woods this past week instructing and conducting Land Navigation. CBT 2 cadre continue their LTP- they have completed the First 100 Yards event, conducted their own SAMI (Saturday Morning Inspection), and consistently conducted physical training. Last, CLDT has been conducting hot and cold load training with support from our aviation enablers and has begun STX lanes for Warrior Week. Continue to follow the cadets, cadre, and our enablers.

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Air Assault 2 Graduation

Air Assault 2 GraduationCongratulations to the 174 graduates of Air Assault 2. We are so proud of you! U.S. Army Air Assault School is a 10-day course designed to prepare Soldiers for insertion, evacuation, and pathfinder missions that call for the use of multipurpose transportation and assault helicopters. Keep up the great work this summer. Instructors from the The Sabalauski Air Assault School, located in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, continue to train soldiers, West Point, and ROTC cadets from around the country. Thank you for all you do.

Photo: by Elizabeth Woodruff/USMA PAO

Cadets Take Advantage of Performance Psychology

Cadets Take Advantage of Performance PsychologyPerformance psychology is an important tool for high performance. Our cadets are fortunate to take advantage of our Center of Enhanced Performance visits as they prep for graded events like the water confidence course and basic rifle marksmanship. For example, after only one session, a CFT company hit a record score for marksmanship with a 91% pass rate.

The mission of the Performance Psychology Program is to educate and train cadets in performance enhancement techniques that foster their full development as leaders of character. The West Point Performance Psychology Program integrates five mental skills around a unifying conceptual understanding of the psychology of improvement and success. This educational model provides a systematic approach to empowering individuals and organizations. Learn more.

USMA 2024 Cadets Culminate CFT

USMA 2024 Cadets Culminate CFTAfter receiving weeks of instruction on the basics of strategy and warfare, Cadet Field Training finally culminated with the Class of 2024 cadets performing numerous military procedures during the Field Training Exercise event between June 19-23 at Camp Buckner. The cadets applied everything they learned during CFT to perform various exercises such as react to contact, squad assault, squad defense, multiple forms of tactical training and nighttime patrolling, among other training events.

With the combination of pouring rain, lugging 40 pounds of gear, and executing missions designed to emulate real-life combat scenarios, the cadets came away from the experience more resolute.

Class of 2024 Cadet Ethan Fuhrman thoroughly enjoyed his training experience despite the onerous obstacles that came with it. The mental and physical challenges of the FTX made him stronger and more mentally equipped to deal with future challenges that may seem difficult at first glance, he said.

“The training was enjoyable — I like my squads, and it’s nice to spend more time with them. The people around me definitely made the experience better because last night (while performing nighttime exercises), we were really cold and we were all wet from the rain,” Fuhrman said. “We got rained on a lot more than we expected to, so dealing with wet clothes while performing these tactical maneuvers made it more complex for me. The weather played a psychological role in executing the mission.”

Regardless of the hardships the training presented, Fuhrman still enjoyed most of the exercises he performed, most notably, the nighttime operations. Read more.

Cadet Summer Training Update

Cadet Summer Training UpdateCheck out what is happening with Cadet Summer Training over the past week. United States Military Academy (USMA) continues to conduct its annual Cadet Summer Training as part of the West Point core curriculum. It encompasses mandatory and required training events for each Cadet’s 47-month West Point experience and multiple graduation requirements. Please take one minute to watch this video which includes clips from Cadet Basic Training for the Class of 2025.

Cadets Produce & Design a Special Edition Book

In its third iteration this summer, the Department of English and Philosophy’s Thornwillow Fellowship Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) again offered students from diverse majors the unique opportunity to work with a renowned fine press that uses letterpress, bookbinding, and paper-making techniques that date back to the very first printed books.

Over the course of two weeks in June, three cadets worked with the acclaimed Thornwillow Press to design and produce a special edition of veteran author Phil Klay’s short story “Ten Kliks South” to commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Cadets worked with the USMA Library and West Point Museum as they considered design feature. They hosted the author at Thornwillow to record a podcast reflecting on war literature and 20 years of war. Additionally, Cadets traveled to New York City to learn about the history of typography and discover the treasures of the Grolier Club before participating in a letterpress workshop at the Center for Book Arts. They also helped produce a podcast featuring New Yorker Cartoonist Roz Chast and interviewed a local antiquarian bookseller at the nearby Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints.

Experiences like this bridge disciplines and introduce our students to people, places, ideas, and ways of thinking that they might not otherwise encounter.

Class of 2024 Graduates CFT and Receives their Flag

On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, the United States Military Academy held a Cadet Field Training Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2024 at Camp Buckner. During the ceremony, plebes were promoted to yearlings and individual Cadets were recognized for outstanding achievements during the training process. Representatives of the 50-Year-Affiliation Class of 1974 attended the ceremony and gifted the new Yearling Class of 2024, “Like None Before”, with a beautiful Class Flag mounted on a brass-tipped staff that will remain with the class for a lifetime. From this day forward, the flag will be displayed at class events at West Point. Mr. Tim Tyson ’74 presented the flag to the Chair of the 2024 Ring and Crest Committee Cadet Sayana Lopes ’24. Tyson was also accompanied by his classmates, Father MAJ (R) Jerry Deponai ’74, Dr. Jim Loy ’74, COL (R) John Martin ’74, Mr. Lou Vozzo ’74. The following day concluded with an eight-mile ruck march from Camp Buckner to West Point. Photos.

West Point Biomechanics Fort Devens Field Study

West Point Biomechanics Fort Devens Field StudyThe West Point Biomechanics Team supported a 72-hour field study in Fort Devens, MA. Drs. Zifchock, Freisinger, and Steckenrider traveled to Fort Devens, MA for a week to participate in a 72-hour field study hosted by the US Army Development Command Soldier Center. The CME team serve as Associate Investigators in the Army’s flagship human performance study, Measuring and Advancing Soldier Tactical Readiness and Effectiveness (MASTR-E), an expansive multi-year research effort consisting of over twenty different Army, academia, and industry partners. This field study was a central part of this program in which the CME team was involved by monitoring the biomechanics of 70 soldiers using wearable sensors during loaded ruck marches.

CDT Johantges ’22 Collaborates with CABCS at Tufts

This summer, Adam Johantges (a GIS Major and Space Science Minor) collaborated with the Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CABCS) at Tufts University. For the last two years, Adam taught himself how to integrate satellite images from cloud point data systems into a RIDE, a mixed reality development system that turns satellite images into immersive map experiences. The research team at CABCS develops virtual training simulations using immersive technology to create battle scenarios that test soldiers’ skills in highly intensive environments. The CABCS lab recruited Adam to improve their simulations, and Adam was thrilled at the opportunity to apply his self-taught techniques. In two days of work, Adam created data analysis maps that a team of senior researchers had struggled for two years to resolve. Dr. Aaron Gardony, the lead scientist on the project, described Adam as bringing a “level of enthusiasm to this work that has re-kindled my love for virtual reality.”

Learn more about the GIS Program. Learn more about the Space Science Program. Learn more about the graduate scholarship program.

Space Force Training at West Point

Space Force Training at West PointThe Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering hosted two instructors from Space & Missile Defense Command for Phase II of the 3rd Annual Army Space Cadre Basic Course conducted as a MIAD at West Point.

Forty-one cadets and four faculty, including the PaNE Department Head and Deputy Department Head, were immersed in training focused on the operational aspects of the Army’s Space Forces by attending briefings, conducting practical exercises, and completing exams on the fundamental knowledge associated with the application of Space-based capabilities across the warfighting domains.

We are grateful for such a rewarding partnership with SMDC’s Directorate of Training & Doctrine, Space & Missile Defense Center of Excellence (SMD-COE), out of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Learn more about the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering.

Army Hockey Welcomes Nine Cadets from Class of 2025

Army Hockey Welcomes Nine Cadets from Class of 2025Army West Point Head Hockey Coach Brian Riley has announced that nine new faces will be joining the Black Knights locker room next season as a part of the Class of 2025. The incoming Cadet-Athletes began their time on the Hudson this past weekend when they were welcomed during the 2021 R-Day ceremonies. These players will join an Army team that is coming off a 15-5-1 record and that is returning a bulk of talent to West Point. Coach Riley is excited to see the impact this group will have on the future of the program.

“We are extremely excited about the nine young men that started their 47-month experience here at West Point this week.” said Coach Riley. “Not only will they be a great addition to our team, but they will be a great addition to the Corps of Cadets as well.”

The Army Hockey Class of 2025 represents eight different states and includes five forwards, three defenseman and one goaltender. Read more.

Class of 2025 Oath Ceremony

Class of 2025 Oath CeremonyOn June 29, 2021, the Class of 2025 stood on the Plain to take the Oath of Allegiance from the Commandant of Cadets, Brigadier General Mark Quander ’95. Watch the Oath Ceremony on Facebook.

CDT Fernandez AIAD at the Counterterrorism Bureau

CDT Fernandez AIAD at the Counterterrorism BureauGreat work by CDT Javier Fernandez ’22 and his mentors for setting up an enriching summer experience! Javier is spending six weeks with the US State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau, monitoring developing terrorism, other security-related events, and counterterrorism policy issues specifically related to Africa and Racially and Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism (or REMVE).

He has conferred with officials, analysts, and action officers in the State Department and various interagency organizations to clarify divergent viewpoints and build consensus for courses of action acceptable to the Department and the U.S. Government.

He has also been researching policies that address counterterrorism issues affecting countries across the world. We have 394 cadets from across the academic departments doing academic fieldwork through our Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) Programs. Find out more about opportunities through the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. Find out about the Graduate Scholarship Program.

R-Day for the Class of 2025

R-Day for the Class of 2025This past weekend, 'New Cadet Candidates' started reporting to West Point to enter the United States Military Academy. Over the past few days from June 26 - 28, 2021, about 1,225 candidates began transitioning from a civilian to 'New Cadet' for the Class of 2025.

After having about 90 seconds to goodbye to their families, the 'New Cadet Candidates' will start a six-week Cadet Basic Training program to learn the basic skills of a soldier.

“These young patriots are coming here to devote themselves to becoming custodians of Duty, Honor, Country, and our United States Constitution. Their robust performances in academics, athletics, leadership in a persistent COVID-19 environment show they have the necessary foundation for successful completion of a challenging 47-month West Point experience. They represent our nation’s promise of the future.” - Director of Admissions COL Deborah McDonald Class of 1985. Photos.

WPAOG’s Ice Cream Social

WPAOG’s Ice Cream SocialThe Class of 2025 parents and guardians attended WPAOG's Annual R-Day Ice Cream Social.Over 1000 families pre-registered with WPAOG to take part in the 3-Day event outside of West Point's Visitor Center from June 26 - 28, 2021. At the event, parents met with staff members from WPAOG and learned about the resources available for parents. The incoming classes 50-Year-Affiliation Class of 1975 sponsored the Ice Cream Social. The Class of 1975 also attended the event and shared their knowledge of the R-Day process with family and friends.

WPAOG Parent Portal | R-Day Information | 50-Year-Affiliation Program Here

Michelle Tumolo Set to Become the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach

Michelle Tumolo Set to Become the Head Women’s Lacrosse CoachArmy Women’s Lacrosse has its next leader, as Army Director of Athletics Mike Buddie named Michelle Tumolo the Noto Family Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach. Tumolo arrives in West Point after a three-year tenure as the head coach at Wagner College. Buddie believes Tumolo's demonstrated excellence as a player and coach will transform the program in the coming years.

“We are thrilled to announce the hiring of Michelle Tumolo to be the next leader of our women's lacrosse program,” said Buddie. “After a nationwide search, it was clear that Michelle’s experience and passion for developing student-athletes aligns perfectly with the Academy's core values of Duty, Honor and Country. Michelle was the clear choice to lead our women's lacrosse program and we cannot wait to see her take our program to new heights. I am beyond excited for our current and future Cadet-Athletes who will be guided by such a distinguished and elite leader.”

Tumolo boasts an impressive resume both as a coach and a player. Under her leadership, Wagner became one of the top teams in the Northeast Conference (NEC), making the conference championship game in 2021 after winning the NEC title in 2019. Prior to Wagner, the former All-American made stops at Oregon, Florida and Syracuse as an assistant coach.

“I am beyond excited and honored to be The Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Army West Point! I want to first thank Kristine Fowler, Mike Buddie, Anthony Noto and the entire search committee for this life changing opportunity. The time I spent with each member of the committee, the more I learned about the greatness of this academy and program. I can't wait to lead these incredible young women, who have chosen a path of leadership and service. I cannot wait to get started. Go Army!!”

With Tumolo calling the shots at Wagner, the Seahawks posted a combined record of 29-13 while making two conference championship games and an NCAA Tournament appearance. The team's 16-4 mark in 2019 was good for the best winning percentage in the program’s history. Full story.

R-Day Excursions

R Day ExcursionsThe West Point Association of Graduates is excited to offer you and your families an opportunity to explore the Hudson Valley during your visit for R-Day. R-Day begins Saturday, June 26th and ends on Monday, June 28, 2021. WPAOG is pleased to partner with Storm King Adventure Tours to offer exclusive access to its Bannerman Island Kayak Tours.

The Bannerman Island Kayak Tours will occur on three separate dates and times. The first is Saturday, June 26th at 4:30pm. The second is Sunday, June 27th at 5:30pm. The third and final trip is Monday, June 28th at 5:30pm. Registration is done completely online. If you experience any issues, please contact Storm King Adventure Tours directly at 845.534.7800 or via email at info@stormkingadventuretours.com. Reserve your spot for the date of your choice.

Cadet Cadre Learn Value of Teamwork During First 100 Yards Demo

Cadet Cadre Learn Value of Teamwork During First 100 Yards DemoSenior drill sergeants from 2-19th Infantry Battalion, 198th Infantry Training Brigade One Station Unit Training (OSUT), Fort Benning, Georgia, came to West Point to prepare cadet cadre to execute a new program known as the "First 100 Yards" to use in place of the ‘shark attack’ to welcome incoming new cadets on R Day.

The drill sergeants’ presence at the academy also reflected a change of course in U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. For decades, during Army basic training, drill sergeants used the ‘shark attack’ approach to bring a trainee into compliance with Army doctrines. Historically, the Army developed the ‘shark attack’ approach during a time when draftees made up a majority of the force. Learning to overcome the stresses of being an infantry Soldier was a significant aspect of the ‘shark attack,’ but last year, COVID-19 dramatically changed the atmosphere of that traditional training environment.

Drill sergeants no longer welcomed new recruits with unabated shouting. Instead, the 198th Infantry Training Brigade OSUT created a new program to use in place of the ‘shark attack’ known as the “First 100 Yards.”

The command sergeant major for the 2-19th Infantry Battalion, Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph McAuliffe, stood before the cadet cadre and welcomed them to the “First 100 Yards” demonstration and quoted a line from the First 100-Yards principle, which refers to the efforts of World War I Soldiers to underscore the importance of overcoming adversity to complete an objective. Full story.

What is CLDT and Why is it Important?

Cadet Leadership Development Training, or CLDT, is one of the most notable summer training exercises that West Point offers. Over the course of two summer weeks, Firsties and Cows expand their leadership competency with capstone military and leadership training. In fact, CLDT is the best the United States Military Academy has to offer for cadets to train their tactical, leadership, and decision making skills under stress, and under real life training scenarios. Read more.

Cadet Field Research on HLZs

Cadet Field Research on HLZsThe Department of Geography and Environmental Science faculty, alumni, and cadets conduct field research on Helicopter Landing Zones (HLZs) through a sponsorship from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Their research explores how HLZ determinations vary based on the level of spatial resolution of the calculation data.

Last week, COL Chris Oxendine, LTC(P) Will Wright, and MAJ Nikki Harrel led the first week of the HLZ study in Colorado. 2LT John Erskine, a GIS alum, and Southampton Scholar, trained a team of 4 cadets on data collection. Pictured, 2LT John Erskine demonstrates how to operate the Trimble SX10 Laser Scanner to Cadets Katie Cornett, William Elmlinger, and George Bentley. Learn more about opportunities through the Department of Geography and Environmental Science here.

44 Cadet-Athletes Inducted Into Chi Alpha Sigma

44 Cadet-Athletes Inducted Into Chi Alpha SigmaForty-four cadet-athletes from 18 varsity sports earned inductions into the national honor society for athletes, Chi Alpha Sigma on June 22.

Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. It recognizes college student-athletes who receive a varsity letter in their sport, achieve junior academic standing or higher after their fifth full time semester, and earn a 3.4 or higher cumulative grade point average.

Check here for more information about Chi Alpha Sigma.

Click here to see the Cadets who earned a Chi Alpha Sigma induction after their hard work in the classroom during the 2020-21 academic year.

West Point AVRAD Wins 2nd Place

West Point AVRAD Wins 2nd PlaceJoin us in congratulating West Point’s Autonomous Vehicle Research and Development (AVRAD) team for winning 2nd place in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition’s Self-Drive Challenge! Hosted by DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center and Oakland University, teams from around the world competed in a series of urban navigation tasks such as lane following, pedestrian detection, and automatic braking on a fully autonomous electric vehicle. These software modules and underlying Artificial Intelligence algorithms could benefit the U.S. Army vehicle autonomy software. The AVRAD Team consisted of members from the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, and Math. Faculty from the Robotics Research Center advised the team and assisted with logistics and equipment. Read more about West Point’s Robotics Research Center.

CDT San Martin Receives Undergraduate Research Scholarship

CDT San Martin Receives Undergraduate Research ScholarshipCongratulations to CDT Emma San Martin! The Engineering Honor Society Tau Beta Pi awarded Emma with an undergraduate research scholarship grant for exhibiting the potential for making substantial contributions to the engineering profession. Emma is tremendously thankful for the award and plans to use the scholarship to fund travel and literature expenses related to her current biomechanics independent study.

Emma was also awarded a 2021 American Society of Biomechanics Diversity Travel Grant. At the ASB’s 45th meeting this year, Emma will present her independent study, “Effect of tolerance Value on Sample Entropy for Postural Control in Military Populations,” which ASB recently accepted for publication. As part of the award, Emma most looks forward to receiving a mentor through their matching program.

West Point’s state-of-the-art labs and devoted faculty provide cadets with boundless enrichment opportunities in and out of the classroom. Learn more about our Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. Learn more about CME’s Center for Innovation & Engineering.

Men’s Rugby Announces Award Winners

Men’s Rugby Announces Award WinnersArmy Men’s rugby gathered this past weekend to cap off its season with a banquet and awards ceremony. The Black Knights had another stellar season in 2020-21, finishing with a 7-1 overall record including a sweep of the service academies. In 15s play, Army coasted to a 4-0 record while outscoring opponents 201-32. The 7s season was highlighted by a third-place finish at the Collegiate Rugby Championships, and a 3-1 overall record.

As a part of the ceremony, Coach Sherman announced his captains for the 2021-22 season. Rising firstie Nolan Green will serve as the head captain while Matt Meehan and Larry Williams will serve as his vice captains.

Black Knights' Head Coach Matt Sherman also announced six team award winners at the ceremony.

Rookie of the Year: Tiaan Mosconi ’24
Mosconi earned the honor after a tremendous performance at the Collegiate Rugby Championships, where he scored 24 points and was the team's leading conversion scorer. The California native successfully kicked seven conversions while adding a pair of tries to the stat sheet.

Most Improved Player: Matt De Frates ’24
De Frates earned playing time in 15s action, successfully kicking conversions in two matches against Norwich and Air Force. De Frates played valuable minutes at the fly-half position for Army in his first season. Read more.

CDT Dolehide Receives Prestigious Tennis Award

CDT Dolehide Receives Prestigious Tennis AwardStephanie Dolehide, who was recently named one of 12 regional winners of the ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award, was announced as the recipient of the national honor on Monday afternoon. The rising senior is the first Army women's tennis player to receive a national award from the ITA in program history.

“I am extremely proud and thrilled that Stephanie has received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award,” head coach Paul Peck said. “Stephanie embodies what college athletics is all about. She is a tremendous athlete, competitor, and student and displays tremendous sportsmanship and leadership on and off the court. She leads by example in all aspects of her life. In addition to her selfless dedication to her team, she is extremely active in the student body at West Point. I am so excited to see what the future will hold for Stephanie in her future endeavors.”

The ITA's Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award recognizes outstanding student-athletes in all divisions at the regional and national levels. The prestigious award, which dates back to 1982, goes to NCAA divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

A 2021 First Team All-Patriot League selection and a member of the conference's Doubles Pair of the Year, Dolehide has racked up a career record of 34-19 in singles play and a 31-13 mark in doubles in three years as a Black Knight. Her prowess on the court boosted the team to a fifth-place ranking in the 2021 ITA Northeast Regional Poll, the highest mark in program history. Additionally, her stalwart play helped Army finish over .700 (12-4 overall) for the seventh-straight season. Read more.

West Point’s R-Day Preparation

West Point’s R Day PreparationAs we prepare for R-Day, let us look at how our faculty also train those beyond West Point’s gates. This summer, the West Point Negotiation Project team kicked off its first of three workshops, hosting 78 members from across the Security Force Assistance Brigades, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade, and the Eisenhower Leader Development Program. They executed a four-day interactive workshop on Principled Negotiation trained leaders on how to engage in joint problem-solving to influence outcomes that dictate mission success. The event was highly interactive, based on an experiential and small group learning model with plenary sessions, simulations, and meaningful interaction with peers. The instruction helped leaders across all ranks build negotiation, influence, and communication skills. Learn more about the WP Negotiation Project. Learn more about opportunities through the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.

CDT O’Malley Walks Us Through CFT Events

CDT O’Malley Walks Us Through CFT EventsUSMA Class of 2022 CDT Liam O'Malley, Commander of 8th Company, Cadet Field Training, walks us through the events that have taken place over the past week for Cadet Summer Training.

U.S. Army video by Spc. Josue Patricio.

Civil Rights Staff Ride

Civil Rights Staff RideOn the Civil Rights Staff Ride, cadets met with Hank Thomas, a 1961 Freedom Rider. He described the challenges he faced with having his bus burned by the Klan and being incarcerated in Mississippi. Mr. Thomas also discussed his subsequent service in the Vietnam War as a medic, when he received a Purple Heart. Follow along for more updates about the staff ride, and learn more about opportunities through the Department of Law.

CBS Sports and Army Extend Partnership Through 2028

CBS Sports and Army Extend Partnership Through 2028CBS Sports and Army West Point have agreed to a multi-year extension to continue their partnership through the 2028 season, keeping CBS Sports Network as the television home for all Black Knights football home games. “We are proud to remain the television home for Army football and extend our partnership with West Point,” said Dan Weinberg, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. “Army has been an incredible partner over the years and we are excited to continue showcasing the great tradition of Army football both on and off the field.”

“We are excited to announce the multi-year extension of our partnership with CBS Sports as the home for Army football. The national coverage and reach that CBS provides our football program and the way they tell the stories of our cadet-athletes is world class. The coverage our program gets nationally through this partnership is unprecedented. We value this relationship and want to thank Dan Weinberg and everyone at CBS for their dedication to Army football,” said Director of Athletics Mike Buddie.

CBS Sports Network is the home of Service Academy football, televising multiple Army, Navy and Air Force games each season. Additionally, CBS Sports annually broadcasts the Army-Navy football classic, a deal that also extends through the 2028 season. As part of that agreement, CBS Sports Network carries extensive shoulder programming of Army-Navy, including live on-site pregame coverage, including the traditional “March On” procession when the Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen make their entrance. This season, CBS Sports will televise eight Army games, with both Commander-in-Chief's Trophy games broadcast on the CBS Television Network, and all six Army home games at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y. televised on CBS Sports Network. Read more.

Class Of 2025 To Enter West Point

The U.S. Military Academy will welcome more than 1,225 candidates from every state in the nation over three days from June 26-28. 

Reception Day will be staggered to accommodate public health guidelines and incorporate nonpharmaceutical interventions to safeguard the health and welfare of all cadet candidates, families, and community members. The days mark the beginning of Cadet Basic Training and the first day of their transition from civilian to new cadet as a member of the Class of 2025.

Families are encouraged to stop by the outdoor exposition at the West Point Visitors Center in Highland Falls for information about the West Point community after dropping their candidates off.

More than 1,225 U.S. citizens and 16 international students, including 302 women, 504 minorities, and 10 combat veterans, will report to the academy.

“Once again, our entering class is comprised of stellar young people and I’ve never been more impressed than I am with the caliber of student entering West Point with the Class of 2025,” said Director of Admissions Col. Deborah McDonald.

The incoming class was selected from a pool of nearly 14,000 applicants. Minority enrollment, roughly 41 percent, includes 186 African Americans, 149 Hispanic Americans, 137 Asian-Americans, 18 Native Americans, and 14 Native Hawaiian\Pacific Islanders.

“These young patriots are coming here to devote themselves to becoming custodians of Duty, Honor, Country and our United States Constitution. Their robust performances in academics, athletics, leadership in a persistent COVID-19 environment show they have the necessary foundation for successful completion of a challenging 47-month West Point experience. They represent our nation’s promise of the future,” McDonald continued.

The Class of 2025 includes 16 international students entering under the sponsorship of their respective countries. The countries represented include Bosnia Herzegovina, Georgia (2), Jordan, Kosovo, Montenegro, Niger, Peru, Philippines (2), Poland, Qatar, Romania, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. Upon graduation, these cadets will return to their countries as officers in their armed forces.

Each cohort will carry out the same requirements and tasks that are traditional of R-day. They undergo administrative processing, are fitted with their initial military clothing issue, receive haircuts, undergo medical and physical evaluations, and begin their first lessons in marching, military courtesy, and discipline.  On June 29 at 9 a.m., the class of 2025 will stand on the Plain to take the Oath of Allegiance from the Commandant of Cadets, Brig. Gen. Mark Quander.

To view the oath ceremony, please visit:  https://www.youtube.com/user/TheWestPointChannel

New cadets will complete six weeks of Cadet Basic Training, learning the basic skills of the Soldier. They will participate in rigorous physical training, small-unit tactical training, and rifle marksmanship, as well as learn to respond quickly and accurately to their commanders under conditions of mental and physical stress. At the end of this initial training period, new cadets will be formally accepted into the Corps of Cadets. The Acceptance Day Parade for the Class of 2025 is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14.

An Inside Look at CFT

An Inside Look at CFTCheck out this video by Specialist Josue Patricio for an inside look at what USMA cadets are learning during Cadet Field Training.

CDT Pearce Details the Balloon Satellite Launch

CDT Pearce Details the Balloon Satellite LaunchCadet Nolan Pearce, Class of 2022, and our Astronomy Club CIC, gives us a bit more detail on the balloon satellite launch that happened in late April!

Dolehide Earns ITA Northeast Regional Award

Dolehide Earns ITA Northeast Regional AwardStephanie Dolehide, a rising senior on the Army West Point Women’s Tennis Team, was named the northeast region's recipient of the 2021 ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award in a release put out by the organization on Monday morning.

The regional awards, which are each distributed to 12 players across the country, put student-athletes on the ballot for national recognition. Those honors will be announced next Monday during a special virtual awards ceremony, hosted by the ITA. Dolehide is the only player from the Patriot League to be represented on the regional list. Dolehide is the first player in program history to collect an ITA Regional Award, though head coach Paul Peck has received numerous honors including an ITA Achievement Award in 2015.

The ITA's Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award recognizes outstanding student-athletes in all divisions at the regional and national levels. The prestigious award, which dates back to 1982, goes to NCAA divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

Dolehide, a 2021 First Team All-Patriot League selection and a member of the conference's Doubles Pair of the Year, has racked up a career record of 34-19 in singles play and a 31-13 mark in doubles in three years as a Black Knight. The recipient of Army West Point's prestigious Coach K Award has held numerous leadership positions during her time as a cadet and co-founded the organization “Empowered Women Empower All”, which aims to provide inspiration to others via the sharing of stories from leaders. Read more.

Cadets Complete Their Final Lab

Cadets Complete Their Final LabCadets completed their final lab for The Fundamentals of Electrical Design, an introductory course in electrical engineering for the non-electrical engineering majors. The course provides a foundation in basic circuit theory and analysis, power in circuits and electric power systems, analog and digital electronics, and information technology systems. Lectures, laboratory work, practical applications, and classroom demonstrations emphasize and illustrate the fundamental theories and concepts presented in the course. Engineering design is reflected in laboratory work and minor design problems.

At West Point, every cadet studies engineering as part of the core curriculum. Read more about our curriculum. Learn more about our Department of Electrical Engineering.

West Point is currently finishing the first of three summer academic terms. We have 86 instructors supporting over 800 cadets enrolled in summer courses.

Army Men’s Tennis Ranks Third in Final ITA Rankings

Army Men’s Tennis Ranks Third in Final ITA RankingsFollowing a stellar 9-3 season and a second-place finish in the Patriot League Tournament, Army Men’s Tennis capped off 2020-21 ranked third overall in the ITA Northeast Region. This team ranking is the highest in the program's history.

Along with the team accolade, two Cadets earned a spot in the region's final singles rankings. Captain Diego Huttepain finished eighth in the poll, while teammate Samuel Eden finished 12th. Huttepain tallied 13-6 overall record in his cow season, earning a spot on the Patriot League's All-Conference First-Team. Eden's ranking comes after an 8-1 record and a spot on the Patriot League's All-Conference Second-Team.

In the doubles rankings, yearlings Thomas Lake and AJ Woodman found themselves at the top of the ladder, taking the first overall spot in the poll. Huttepain and Eden also made the list, placing fifth. Lake and Woodman finished the year with an 8-1 mark in doubles play.

Women’s Tennis Tabbed Fifth in ITA Northeast Regional Rankings

Women’s Tennis Tabbed Fifth in ITA Northeast Regional RankingsThe Army West Point Women’s Tennis team was slotted fifth in the ITA's Northeast Regional Rankings, which were finalized by the organization earlier this week. The rank is the highest in program history. The Black Knights, who went 12-4 during their dominant 2020-21 campaign, were additionally represented in both the singles and doubles rankings. Ana Joyner and Sam DiMaio checked in at fourth in doubles, while Joyner was additionally listed as 14th in singles.

“I am so happy and proud of Anya and Sam for being ranked fourth in the Northeast,” head coach Paul Peck said. “They had a great season and an amazing win over Boston College's top doubles team in a really exciting tiebreaker. It's great to see all the hard work they displayed all season pay off.” Joyner and DiMaio teamed up to post a 6-2 record during the regular season which included an unblemished 2-0 mark against conference opponents. The duo played mostly at the second spot in Army's lineup and won three of its final four matches. In their victories, they outscored opposing pairs 37-16.

The second three-time Patriot League Player of the Year in program history, Joyner strung together a 9-1 record at the top singles spot in her final season. During her firstie campaign, she went undefeated in league play (6-0) and helped Army take down Navy, 5-2, for a star in the Army-Navy Star Series. With her efforts, she climbed up the program's career record list for dual wins at No. 1 singles and now ranks third all-time with 33. She is Army's sixth three-time All-Patriot League selection after being tabbed to the First Team in 2021 and just the third player in league history to be named Player of the Year at least three times. She finishes her career with a 58-38 singles record and a 55-34 doubles mark. Read more.

CDT Harpole Working at the Pentagon

CDT Harpole Working at the PentagonCDT Lauren Harpole is working with the Joint Staff J5 ENR (Europe/NATO/Russia) office at the Pentagon as a part of the Russia team. In addition to gathering intelligence and advising policymakers, she has had the opportunity to visit the National Security Council and speak with Russian policy experts such as Ms. Sarah Hahn, a director of the NSC Russia directorate. As an international relations and Russian major, this Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) has given CDT Harpole insight into real-world problems that will require novel solutions in the coming years.

Women’s Soccer Welcomes Two Assistant Coaches

Women’s Soccer Welcomes Two Assistant CoachesArmy Women’s Soccer Head Coach Tracy Chao has officially welcomed two new faces to the program. Tori Ball and Justin Howell will join Chao's staff in 2021-22 as assistant coaches. Coach Chao is thrilled with the level of experience these two will bring with them to Army. “I am excited to add Tori and Justin to our Army Women's Soccer family,” said Chao. "They are such incredible people and thrilled to combine all of our forces in our pursuit for excellence and championships.”

Ball comes to West Point after a four-year tenure at Colorado State as an assistant before serving as the interim head coach for the 2020 season. Ball arrived at Colorado State after a two-year stay with FC Boulder Development Academy where she held multiple head coaching positions. A Mobile, Ala. native, Ball played four seasons collegiately as a striker for Auburn University. Coach Chao is excited at the level of enthusiasm and passion Ball will bring to West Point.

“Tori [Ball] immediately brings a fantastic energy and level of experience as a former standout student-athlete at Auburn University to her last few seasons contributing to building the program at Colorado State University,” said Chao. “I've been fortunate to see both of those first-hand and know Tori's knowledge, commitment, work ethic and love for the game will make an immediate impact on the program.”

No stranger to the game, Howell comes to Army from San Francisco University by way of Toronto where he served as the director of soccer operations for the semi-professional Toronto Skillz FC for two years. Coach Chao believes Howell's experience will play a big role in the team's future.

“Justin will be another exceptional addition to our staff and program,” said Chao. “He adds a wealth of experience from the tremendous programs and staff that he has been a part of as well as an amazing outlook and approach for our goalkeepers and program.” Read more.

Ward Hires Dellavecchia to Complete 2021-22 Wrestling Staff

Ward Hires Dellavecchia to Complete 2021-22 Wrestling StaffIn preparation for his eighth season at the helm of the Army wrestling team, head coach Kevin Ward announced that Jesse Dellavecchia will join his staff for the 2021-22 slate on Wednesday afternoon. Dellavecchia, a 2021 NCAA All-American at Rider University, will serve as a volunteer assistant coach.

“Adding Jesse to our staff is a huge boost to our program and fits into our vision of the type of people we want helping guide our athletes towards their goals,” Ward said. “As an athlete, Jesse showed incredible self-belief and determination in becoming a two-time all American and NCAA finalist during his competitive career. He is one of the most promising young coaches in the country, and his experiences overcoming the odds in competing at the highest levels of NCAA wrestling will be a huge benefit to our program.”

The first-ever national finalist in Rider Wrestling history, Dellavecchia had an extremely decorated career during his tenure with the Broncs. A two-time Mid-American Conference Champion at 157 pounds, he was named the 2021 MAC Wrestler of the Year after a historic campaign that saw him finish second in the National Championship Bout.

During his dominant run in 2021, Dellavecchia racked up an 11-1 record and pinned top-seeded Ryan Deakin of Northwestern, who entered the bout undefeated, in the National Championship Semifinal. The 18th All-American in the program's history finished his career as a Bronc 66-10 overall. Read more.

CFT 1 Completion & Promotion Ceremony

CFT 1 Completion & Promotion CeremonyWatch the Cadet Field Training 1 completion and promotion ceremony at Camp Buckner.

Football Announces 2021 Team Captains

Football Announces 2021 Team CaptainsHead coach Jeff Monken announced the four team captains for the 2021 season in firstie defensive lineman Nolan Cockrill, firstie defensive back Cedrick Cunningham, firstie linebacker Arik Smith and cow defensive back Marquel Broughton. The No. 1 overall defense in all of FBS in 2020, the Black Knights tabbed four players from the defensive side of the ball to represent as captains in 2021.

Cockrill was an anchor for the Black Knights in 2020 on the defensive line and is poised to have an even bigger breakout season in 2021. He finished 2020 with 28 tackles, 7.0 TFL and 2.5 sacks. He led the team with four QB hurries and collected two pass breakups and one forced fumble. For his efforts in 2020, Cockrill was named a Phil Steele All-Independent First Team honoree.

Cunningham, a rising firstie in 2021, finished third on the team with 70 total tackles in 2020, with 37 solo and 33 assists. He tallied 8.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks with three pass break ups and one interception. Cunningham earned All-Independent First Team honors in 2020.

A rising firstie, Smith was tied for the team lead in total tackles (78) in 2020 and led the team with 3.5 sacks. He tallied 9.0 TFL and hauled in one interception en route to being named a Phil Steele All-Independent First Team selection.

Broughton is the lone cow to be named a captain in 2021 and the first since Cole Christiansen earned the honor in 2018. Overall, Broughton is just the third junior captain for the Black Knights since 2015, joining Christiansen in 2018 and Jeremy Timpf in 2015. Broughton finished fourth on the team in 2020 with 67 total tackles but led the team with 40 solo tackles. He also had two interceptions, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

The Black Knights will open up the 2021 season on Saturday, September 4 at 12pm ET at Georgia State on ESPNU.

Cook Set to Compete in NCAA Championships

Cook Set to Compete in NCAA ChampionshipsAugust Cook, a from the Army West Point Men's Track and Field team, will compete in the 2021 Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on Wednesday, June 9 at 9:15pm ET. Live Stream. Live Results.

The Bedford, PA, native will be competing in the second flight. He has the eighth highest mark in the nation this season with a throw of 75.20m, which is a Patriot League meet record and Army West Point school record.

Cook is one of just two members in program history to advance to nationals each year the meet has been held. Only Curt Alitz (1975-78) competed in more NCAA outdoor meets than Cook, as he advanced four times. He is one of four Black Knights in program history to advance to nationals, joining John Ahern (1963), Bob Wallis (1970) and Adam Burke (2003, 2004).

USMA ’24 CFT Water Confidence Course

USMA ’24 CFT Water Confidence CoursePermission to drop!

USMA cadets participate in the Water Confidence Course at Camp Buckner during Cadet Field Training. The obstacle is meant to build confidence and overcome the fear of heights and water as each cadet attempts the course, comprised of two phases—the slide for life and the beam walk-rope drop. Photos.

Cadet Field Training at West Point

Cadet Field Training at West PointCadet Field Training (CFT) is three to four weeks of training to develop, test, and validate specific tasks, prepare cadets for their duties as NCOs in the Corps of Cadets, and inspire each cadet through training that is physically and mentally demanding. The training is in general military skills, preparations for extended field operations, and leading, participating in, and conducting small unit tactical operations.

Three from T&F Garner USTFCCCA All-Region Honors

Three from T&F Garner USTFCCCA All-Region HonorsThe Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Track had three members earn U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field All-Northeast honors, the organization announced June 4. August Cook was named the men's field athlete of the year, Emily Mikoud was tabbed the women's field athlete of the year and Angelo Posillico was named the men's assistant coach of the year.

Cook set a meet record in the javelin of 75.20m (246-9) at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships. Two weeks later, Cook won the event title at the IC4A Outdoor Championships with another heave of 71.00m (232-11) or better. For the third time in his career, Cook punched a ticket to the NCAA outdoor championships.

“August is no stranger to success, and he continues to raise the standard of excellence for our program,” head coach Mike Smith said. “This is his second regional award and probably his most dominating season ever. The javelin is only contested outdoors, and it is difficult to compete in the event at every meet because of the extreme demands placed on the body. So, javelin throwers are often overlooked when compared to other track and field athletes that compete often and in multiple events. August's competitive dominance during the regular season and the significance of his winning throw at the Patriot League meet (2.5 meters farther than his previous school record, made him an easy choice for the regional award. He is one of the most dominating performers to ever come through our program and there have been some good men and women on this team in the past. Last weekend August qualified for his third NCAA championship appearance in as many attempts. There is only one other Army athlete to have qualified for the NCAA championships in every year of eligibility and that was Curt Alitz who qualified for the meet in 1975-1978. August is not finished yet and I look forward to seeing what he can do next week in Eugene.” Read more.

Message from BG Reeves ’96, Dean of the Academic Board at USMA

“I am honored to serve as West Point’s 15th Dean. I want to sincerely thank Brigadier General Jebb for all the wonderful work she has done, and I am committed to building on what the team has collectively accomplished over the last five years.”

“While this was a challenging year, it has been inspiring to see mission accomplishment continue in the COVID environment. In the months and years ahead, we will use the lessons learned to innovate further and create an even stronger and more adaptable community.”

“The Army is more capable than ever. I know this fact because I have seen the talent and grit of cadets and faculty in and out of the classroom. I know the determination of our leadership. Our Academic Program will continue to educate, challenge, and inspire leaders of character ready to fight and win our Nation’s wars.”

Men’s Lacrosse Ranked 13th in Final Inside Lacrosse Poll

Men’s Lacrosse Ranked 13th in Final Inside Lacrosse PollThe Army West Point Men’s Lacrosse Team was ranked 13th in the final Inside Lacrosse Media Poll of the 2021 season.

The Black Knights made it to the Patriot League Semifinals in the conference tournament by winning the North Division Title and finished with a 7-4 mark overall. A highlight from the season came against No. 6 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. The Black Knights upset the Orange, 18-11, and it was the only non-conference game the Atlantic Coast Conference would lose all regular season long.

Army also finished the season 4-0 at Michie Stadium with wins over St. Joseph’s, Holy Cross, Boston University and Colgate to extend its home winning streak to 10 games, dating back to 2019. The Black Knights entered the Patriot League Tournament as the second seed and were defeated by Loyola in the semifinals.

The Black Knights were ranked as high as seventh in the nation in the polls during the season and finished the year as the fifth-ranked defense in the country, allowing 9.27 goals per game.

Baseball Ready for Lubbock Regional

Baseball Ready for Lubbock RegionalThe Black Knights are making their ninth NCAA Regional appearance and third in the last four years when they visit Lubbock for the 2021 Lubbock Regional today June 4. This is also the second-straight visit to the Lubbock Regional after also being the No. 4 seed in the 2019 Lubbock Regional. The Black Knights are 4-16 overall in NCAA Regional play.

2000 Regional - Montclair, NJ (0-2)
2004 Regional - Baton Rouge, LA (0-2)
2005 Regional - Tallahassee, FL (1-2)
2009 Regional - Austin, TX (2-2)
2012 Regional - Charlottesville, VA (0-2)
2013 Regional - Charlottesville, VA (0-2)
2018 Regional - Raleigh, NC (1-2)
2019 Regional - Lubbock, TX (0-2)
2021 Regional - Lubbock, TX

The Black Knights won their first NCAA Regional game in 2005, an elimination game vs. South Alabama that they won 8-3. In 2009 the Black Knights made some noise, winning back-to-back elimination games, first a 7-4 victory over Texas State and then a 4-3 victory over Boston College before falling to Texas 14-10 in the regional final. In the 2018 Regional, the first one under head coach Jim Foster, the Black Knights knocked off host N.C. State, 5-1, in the regional opener before dropping the next two. Read more.

Watch “Murder Most Fowl: West Point, 1841”

Join the Department of History for a murder mystery drawn verbatim from West Point’s historical archives. In the fall of 1841, five cadets nursing mortal offenses to their sense of honor wrote Secretary of War John Spencer to protest Superintendent Richard Delafield’s alleged abuse of his authority in investigating the disappearance of several ducks. This dramatic reading features cadets performing authentic letters held by USMA Library's Special Collections. Get ready for a cold-cut case... in “Murder Most Fowl: West Point, 1841.”

Class of 2021 2LT’s Attend the Indianapolis 500

Class of 2021 2LT’s Attend the Indianapolis 500Class of 2021 2nd lieutenants and faculty from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science attended the Indianapolis 500 as part of a series of events for the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) held over Memorial Day weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This challenge unites the collaborative efforts of Purdue University, West Point, and our public and private partners to program a modified, autonomous Dallara IL-15 Indy Lights race car to outrace and outmaneuver competitors from around the world in a head-to-head, high speed, fully autonomous race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in October of this year.

Men’s Rugby Places Third at 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship

Men’s Rugby Places Third at 7s Collegiate Rugby ChampionshipIn the program's first 7's action since 2019, Army West Point Men’s Rugby stormed their way to a third place finish at the Collegiate Rugby Championships. After receiving a No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the 28-team tournament, Army began its run to the semifinal round with a win over the fourth-seeded Lander University. Firstie Tiaan Mosconi began the scoring for the Black Knights, giving the squad a 7-0 lead after a try and a successful conversion. Michael Amberg, Matthew Meehan, Scharl Du Toit and Nolan Green all added tries to give Army plenty of room to hold off Lander and secure the 31-5 victory.

It was more of the same in the quarterfinal round as the Black Knights stormed their way to another 31-5 victory, this time over second-seeded Air Force. In this contest the Falcons struck first, getting their only try three minutes into the contest. Maxwell Sackett tied up the game with a try in the fourth minute followed by a Tiaan Mosconi conversion that gave Army a lead they would not surrender. Scharl du Toit, KoiKoi Nelligan and Nolan Green all made it past the goal line to score tries for Army.

In the semifinal round, Army fell to first-seeded Life University 36-19 for the team's first loss of the season. Amberg and Green continued their strong play with tries, while Mosconi also chipped in a try and two conversions of his own.

Army returned to the pitch later that day for the third-place match against fellow first-seed Davenport University. After falling behind 10-0 early in the match, Army battled its way back after two tries from Green. A successful conversion by Firstie Jonny Haley on the second try gave Army the 12-10 lead. The Black Knights were able to hold off Davenport the rest of the way to earn a third-place finish. Read more.

Cadets Visit the Pentagon

Cadets Visit the PentagonCadets participating in the Winant Scholars Program spent a day at The Pentagon to continue learning about Grand Strategy. During the visit, they met with Dr. Kathleen Hicks, 35th Deputy Secretary of Defense, Ms. Amanda Dory, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, General (Retired) Richard A. Cody, 31st Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and Brigadier General Amy Johnston, Army Chief of Public Affairs. They also got a chance to visit The Pentagon Press Room and sit down for a discussion about the press and the military with Lolita Baldor from Associated Press and Luis Martinez from ABC.

Willpower Guides Cadets Through Best Sapper Competition

Class of 2021 Cadets Collin Hahn and Griffin Hokanson would be the first to tell you West Point not only teaches you about honor, integrity, and the importance of selfless service, but also strengthens friendships and creates lifelong alliances.

Hahn and Hokanson learned about the importance of teamwork and the value of their friendship during the 14th annual LTG Robert B. Flowers Best Sapper Competition. The two cadets learned about their strengths and weaknesses in military operations but showcased their grit and perseverance while gunning for the top prize between May 1-4 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  

“When we competed in each lane, we didn't pace ourselves, and we didn’t conserve our energy. We went the full 100% as hard as we could on every lane,” Hokanson said. “When we got to the end of each lane, we were just running on fumes.” The duo represented the U.S. Military Academy as Team 49, going up against 49 teams across the Army and finishing in fifth place. They also took first place in two of the five major events: the non-standard fitness test and land navigation, fourth place in the Poncho Raft Swim and second place in the X-mile swim.

On day one of the competition, the cadets moved between 12 different events known as the ‘Round Robin phase,’ performing specific tasks that tested their physical endurance and combat engineer skills. The distance covered in between those events spanned 15 miles. Subsequently, the land navigation event began. Hahn and Hokanson covered 12 miles of cragged and hilly terrain during nightfall. The headlights mounted on their advance combat helmets lit their path as they reached all of their destination points on the map. 

Throughout the event, the two were feeling blisters forming around their feet. Hokanson felt patches of skin peeling with every hurried step he took. “My feet have never been this blistered before competing in this event,” Hokanson said. “When I removed my boots after land navigation, my feet were bloody.” At one point, Hahn and Hokanson had reached a destination point that sat on the top of a steep hill, and for the sake of time, Hahn ignored the pain and pushed forward. Read more.

Baseball Selected for 2021 Lubbock Regional

Baseball Selected for 2021 Lubbock RegionalThe Army West Point Baseball Team heard their named called for the 2021 NCAA Baseball Tournament yesterday, May 31, as they were selected as the four-seed in the Lubbock Regional. The Black Knights, who won the auto bid as the 2021 Patriot League Tournament Champion for the third-straight season, will head to the No. 8 overall seed Texas Tech Regional for the second-straight time after a trip there in 2019.

The 2021 Lubbock Regional marks the ninth NCAA Regional appearance in program history, with previous trips in 2019 (Lubbock), 2018 (Raleigh), 2013 (Charlottesville), 2012 (Charlottesville), 2009 (Austin), 2005 (Tallahassee), 2004 (Baton Rouge) and 2000 (Montclair, NJ). Also in the Regional are the UCLA Bruins, the No. 2 seed and the No. 3 seed in the UNC Tar Heels.

The Black Knights (28-23) will open up regional play on Friday, June 4 vs. No. 1 seed and host Texas Tech at 12pm ET. The game will be televised on ESPNU. All games in the regional will be televised by ESPN on either ESPNU or ESPN3. Read more.

Cadets Kick-Off The John G. Winant Scholars Program

Cadets Kick-Off The John G. Winant Scholars ProgramCadets participating in the John G. Winant Scholars Program Summer Field Study traveled to Concord, New Hampshire this week to start their 19-day experience. The program focuses on the life and work of John Gilbert Winant who served as Governor of New Hampshire twice before becoming Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Representative Steve Shurtleff and Dr. Richard Hesse helped cadets understand Winant’s early life in politics and how these experiences would contribute to his later work as a statesman.

Beyer Competes in USILA All-Star Game

Beyer Competes in USILA All-Star GameThe United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) announced the rosters for the 2021 USILA Senior All-Star Games, sponsored by Dynamic, and defenseman Kyle Beyer was among the players competing. Bayside Field at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI served as the backdrop for both contests.

Beyer stepped into a starter role in 2021 and appeared in all 11 games for the Black Knights and helped Army rank fifth in the nation in defense. He had 11 caused turnovers and 18 ground balls for the Patriot League North Division champions. In his career, Beyer played in 45 games, including 18 in Army's Patriot League Championship season in 2019. He finished with 30 caused turnovers and 76 ground balls in his career. Read more.

Gibson Represents Army on Third Day at NCAA East Prelim

Gibson Represents Army on Third Day at NCAA East PrelimJamir Gibson was the sole representative of the Army West Point Track & Field team on the third day of the NCAA East Region Prelim, as he competed in the discus on Friday May 28.

Gibson's best throw came on his last attempt, a 55.70m toss that put him 13th in the 47-member field. The mark was just 0.75m off of overtaking Virginia's Jacob Lemmon for a qualifying spot that would have seen the cow join teammate August Cook (javelin) at the NCAA Championship.

The discus was the second event that Gibson competed in the week, as he additionally represented the Black Knights in shot put competition earlier. On that day, Gibson recorded his own third-best performance all-time (17.85m) en route to finishing sixth in his flight.

The women's team will close things out for Army at the NCAA East Prelim tomorrow, with four different cadets set to compete. For further information regarding the meet, click here. Read more.



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