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Hopkins Among Top QBs for O'Brien Award
7/17/2019

Hopkins Among Top QBs for O'Brien AwardThe Davey O'Brien Foundation has revealed the 2019 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List today and senior Kelvin Hopkins Jr. is among the top quarterbacks in the nation. The group includes 30 of the nation's top returning college quarterbacks. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. Appearing on the watch list is not a requirement for a player to win the award. Quarterbacks from all NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible.

"For Kelvin to be selected as one of the top 30 quarterbacks in the nation is a testament to his ability along with his determination to be the best he can be," head coach Jeff Monken said. "He has worked extremely hard and deserves to be mentioned among the top quarterbacks in the country. All last season, Kelvin displayed his ability to lead our team to victory through his performances on the ground and through the air and we're anxious to see him lead our team again this year as one of our team captains."

Under center last year, Hopkins Jr. became the first player in Academy history to throw and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. He also registered five rushing touchdowns in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl to tie the Army single-game record. The Charlotte, N.C., native closed out his first year as the primary play caller with 17 rushing touchdowns, which tied Carlton Jones '06 and Trent Steelman '13 for a single-season program record. Read more.

Winant Scholars Program AIAD
7/17/2019

Winant Scholars Program AIADCadets in the Winant Scholars Program Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) traveled to Munich and Berchtesgaden, Germany; London; and Normandy and Paris, France. Throughout the trip, the cadets read scholarly works, led discussions, and visited sites relevant to the timeline of World War II, grand strategy, and the development of the US/UK special relationship. Such sites included the Königsplatz, Dachau Concentration Camp, Hitler’s Berghof home, the UK Parliament, the Imperial War Museum in London, the White Cliffs of Dover, the D-Day beaches of Normandy, the Normandy American Cemetery, and Luxembourg Palace. The program is named for John Gilbert Winant, US Ambassador to the UK during WWII, and it focuses on his contributions to the special relationship.

Writing Today AIAD in Washington DC
7/17/2019

Writing Today AIAD in Washington DCCadet Writing Fellows Ryan Johnson, Sam Redman, Sebastian Houng, and Justin Sells traveled to Washington, DC as part of the “Writing Today” Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD), where they met with professional writers in various governmental fields to discuss effective communication strategies. They met with, among others, professionals at the CIA, the Pentagon, the National Security Council, the Department of Justice, the Naval Academy, and NPR, as well as with speechwriters and Congressional liaisons to the military.

Three-Week Cultural Immersion AIAD in Vietnam
7/16/2019

Three-Week Cultural Immersion AIAD in VietnamFour cadets and one officer traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, for a three-week cultural immersion Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) via the volunteer organization, Projects Abroad. The group spent all three weeks in and around Hanoi. During this time the cadets completed three volunteer projects. First, they spent several days with students at the Hanoi College of Technology and Trading, where they provided the Vietnamese students with classes on both English and self-defense.

Second, the cadets worked in the small rural village of Mai Chau, 160 km from Hanoi, where they harvested rice and assisted a local factory staffed solely by physically-disabled women of several ethnic minorities. They ultimately spent several days at the Vinh Ngoc kindergarten. In addition to these volunteer projects, the cadets had the opportunity to visit a variety of important cultural and historical sites around Hanoi; they particularly studied and reflected upon the ways that the Vietnamese remember and memorialize the Vietnam War.

Finally, the group had the opportunity to spend an evening with COL(R) Jean Andre Sauvageot, a retired Army officer who served in Vietnam almost continuously from 1964-1973, who discussed his experiences through the course of the entire war—an incredibly memorable evening, to say the least.

Hopkins Jr. Named to Maxwell Award Watch List
7/16/2019

CDTs Kleine & Knibbe Tour the White HouseFirstie quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, which is awarded to the College Football Player of the Year.

Under center last year, Hopkins Jr. became the first player in Academy history to throw and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. He also registered five rushing touchdowns in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl to tie the Army single-game record.

"Kelvin stepped up last season and led our team to a historic year in what was really his first season as a starter," head coach Jeff Monken said. "His dual-threat ability has allowed us to open the playbook with success. I'm proud of the strides he's made under center over his time here at the Academy and I'm really looking forward to seeing what he can do for our program during his senior season."

The Charlotte, N.C., native closed out his first year as the primary play caller with 17 rushing touchdowns, which tied Carlton Jones '06 and Trent Steelman '13 for a single-season program record.

The Black Knights kick off their season Aug. 30 when they host Rice at Michie Stadium at 6 p.m. Army will be looking to start the season off right with its 14th straight home victory. Read more.

Cadets Exploring Artificial Intelligence
7/16/2019

Cadets Exploring Artificial IntelligenceLTC Cutright took cadets on a trip to explore artificial intelligence, here is what he had to say: “I’m taking six cadets on a trip to explore the capabilities of artificial intelligence in terms of ethical decision-making. The focus will not be on human agents and how they best employ technology, but on the technology itself as the agent. Fostering autonomy in robots seems to require rule-based ethical frameworks expressed as programmable code. Yet, how algorithmic is morality? Cadets will engage with academic, professional, and governmental experts in London and Oxford on questions of robot ethics and the use of autonomous systems in current and future wars. We kicked things off here at West Point with an expert local to the Hudson Valley area, Mr. Jeffrey Ricker of Ricker Lyman Robotic. He engaged the cadets in a great conversation about what is possible (and what isn’t) with artificial intelligence.”

Riley Selected to Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List
7/16/2019

CDTs Kleine & Knibbe Tour the White HouseFirstie defensive back Elijah Riley was selected to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, which is presented annually to the best defensive player in college football.

Riley became a key leader in Army's secondary a year ago. He finished third on the team with 55 tackles to go along with 39 solo grabs. The Port Jefferson, N.Y., native chipped in 7.5 tackles for a loss of 27 yards and 10 pass breakups.

"Elijah has been a key player for us since day one," head coach Jeff Monken said. "He consistently shuts down his side of the field when he battles against our opponent's top talent. He has also helped our secondary rank 21st and 14th in the nation against the pass over the last two years. I'm excited to see him lead our defense in his final season."

He was named to the 2018 All-Independent First Team and was chosen as a team captain by his teammates following spring practice. Riley has accumulated 122 total tackles, including 87 unassisted ones.

The Black Knights kick off their season Aug. 30 when they host Rice at Michie Stadium at 6 p.m. Army will be looking to start the season off right with its 14th straight home victory. Read more.

CDT Bieler '22 Working at Picatinny Arsenal
7/16/2019

CDT Bieler '22 Working at Picatinny ArsenalIn another example of the many opportunities C&ME cadets have over the Summer, CDT James Bieler (ME,' 22) is working at Picatinny arsenal on a field expedient plasma cutter. A plasma cutter can cut metal quickly and precisely. Soldiers could use this capability to make parts in the field. CDT Bieler cut some samples using computer-generated images to test the machine.

CDTs Kleine & Knibbe Tour the White House
7/12/2019

CDTs Kleine & Knibbe Tour the White HouseCadets Michael Kleine and Hunter Knibbe taking a tour of the White House while in DC this summer for their internships at the Department of Labor - Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS).

The Thornwillow Press AIAD
7/12/2019

The Thornwillow Press AIADThe Thornwillow Press Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) was a twelve-day fellowship that took place at the Press in Newburgh, with time spent at USMA and the Mohawk Paper Mills in Cohoes, NY. Cadets first met with COL Harper to take part in a crash course on the “History of the Book,” beginning with the development of script through the production of paper, to the Gutenberg Press, to modern printing practices.

The intent was to separate consideration of the physical object from its abstract content, preparing cadets to appreciate the choices required to produce a fine text. At the Press, the Cadets assisted in the final steps in the production and marketing of an anthology of First World War poetry, Beauty is the Beginning of Terror, begun in coordination with COL Harper’s class and continued by West Point’s Thornwillow Fellows last year. Cadets also worked on design elements for the press’ forthcoming The Great Gatsby, creating designs in Adobe Photoshop that will be turned into engraved plates for the finished text.

Cadets Tour CBRNE Command's NDT
7/12/2019

Cadets Tour CBRNE Command's NDTCadets Thomas Brown, Dorian Bailey, Kaitlyn Schwarting, and Dean Kleinfelder, on an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) to U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center (CCDC-CBC) had the opportunity to tour CBC facilities and to visit the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Command's Nuclear Disablement Team (NDT) for an orientation on their mission and equipment, to include gaining firsthand experience donning a TyChem Suit, learning about radiation detectors, and applying the lessons to a practical exercise.

CDT Arnold Machines a Wind Tunnel Part
7/12/2019

CDT Arnold Machines a Wind Tunnel PartCadets have the opportunity to learn more about and practice engineering during Summer AIAD opportunities (Academic Individual Advanced Development or 'internships'). Pictured, CDT Matt Arnold (ME, '20) is machining a part that will be used in wind tunnel testing at NASA AMES to help reduce drag on Army aircraft. CDT Arnold is using skills he learned in ME403, Machine Component Design.

Senior AAD, Oliver Honored by NSCA with Housh Award
7/12/2019

Senior AAD, Oliver Honored by NSCA with Housh AwardThe National Strength and Conditioning Association announced this week that Dr. Jonathan M. Oliver has been selected as the NSCA's Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator Award winner for 2019. Dr. Oliver became the 31st recipient of the award, which has been handed out since 1998. Award winners are selected by a volunteer committee, the Research Committee, and past winners.

Jonathan M. Oliver, PhD, CSCS,*D, currently serves as the Senior Associate Athletic Director of High-Performance at Army West Point where he oversees Army's athletic training and strength and conditioning departments as well as the nutrition and analytics program for its over 1,000 cadet-athletes across 28 sports.

In addition, Oliver holds a Research Associate appointment within the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) at Auckland University of Technology. Prior to joining Army, Oliver was faculty in the Kinesiology Department of Texas Christian University and Director of the Sport Science Center. Oliver is well-published in the fields of strength and conditioning and sports medicine with several invited presentations nationally and internationally. He remains an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

"Congratulations to Dr. Oliver for this well-deserved award," said Michael Massik, NSCA Executive Director. "His contributions towards furthering research for athletes has enriched many lives and exemplifies what it is to be an NSCA professional. We are proud to have him as a member." Read more.

Albright '20 Takes the Lead in Training
7/11/2019

Albright '20 Takes the Lead in TrainingCadet Alex Albright's time at the U.S. Military Academy didn't start the way he expected.

Originally recruited to play on the baseball team, he was cut only a month into his first year at the academy following a coaching change. He then faced a decision, transfer to somewhere he could play baseball or stay at West Point and find a way to define himself as something other than an athlete.

"I started learning the power of being with a group and I started defining myself by the success of others," Albright said of why he decided to stay. "I grew so fond of that, that I could come in and make a difference for others and make sure they have everything they need to succeed. I thought West Point was 100 percent the best place to do it."

This summer, Albright will have his biggest chance yet to impact his fellow cadets as the commander of Cadet Basic Training I. Starting with Reception Day, Albright and his staff will lead training for the first three weeks of CBT.

Including his staff and the more than 1,200 new cadets, Albright will be in charge of about 1,500 people. Read more.

Cadets Learn Business and Government Relationship in Vietnam
7/11/2019

Cadets Learn Business and Government Relationship in VietnamOn their final day in Vietnam, the Vietnamese Normalization Staff Ride visited Intel Corporation’s manufacturing facility in Ho Chi Minh City to learn about the relationship between the business and the government. Cadets learned about Intel’s commitment to help improve Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City as they toured the factory. While most of the team was at Intel, two of the Cadets returned to the Old Compass Cafe to interview Dang Thuy Duong about her father's service in the North Vietnamese Air Force, growing up in post-war Vietnam, and the importance of Vietnamese culture and cuisine. In the afternoon, the group traveled to the War Remnants Museum to look at the Vietnamese memory of the American War. Cadets gained new perspectives on the legacy of the Vietnam War before concluding their Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD).

A Day of the Cold War Staff Ride from CDT Keogh
7/11/2019

A Day of the Cold War Staff Ride from CDT KeoghCadet In Charge for the Cold War Staff Ride, Cadet Collin Keogh; "We began the day with a visit to the Warsaw Uprising Museum. There we discussed how the historical memory of that event evolved under Soviet occupation and how the memory has changed since Poland regained its independence. We furthered that conversation with a trip to the Old Town. There we visited the Little Insurgent memorial which is dedicated to the children that participated in the uprising. Then we took a visit to the Uprising Memorial. We put these monuments in a historical context and compared them to memorials we visited of rebellions in Budapest and Prague. This helped us better understand how Poland has remembered the Warsaw Uprising and developed its national identity."

Cadets in Vietnam Meet with Grads from Avenue
7/9/2019

Cadets in Vietnam Meet with Grads from AvenueCadets on the Vietnamese Normalization Staff Ride met with several West Point Alumni from Point Avenue, a business that provides English language college preparatory education and leadership skills for future Vietnamese leaders, to learn about small businesses operating in the Vietnamese economy and the challenges they face and the successes they achieve. The group offered unique perspectives on the lives of American citizens living in Vietnam, as well as sharing some of their military experiences with the cadets. In the afternoon, the group visited the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. There, cadets learned more about the French occupation of Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh’s efforts to achieve an independent and communist Vietnam.

Cadets Visit the Dutch Resistance Museum
7/9/2019

Cadets Visit the Dutch Resistance MuseumCadets on the Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride traveled by train to Amsterdam to visit the Dutch Resistance Museum. Through this visit, cadets gained a greater understanding of the impact of World War II on the Dutch population, the various ways that the Dutch resisted German occupation, and some of the moral/ethical choices that this resistance involved. At the same time, cadets were exposed to the dilemmas that people were confronted with during occupation and the ugly reality that some members of the Dutch population actively collaborated with the German occupiers due to several motivations. The day ended with the group enjoying a rijstafel, which is a traditional Dutch-Indonesian dinner eaten family-style.

Mooradian, Petrella Named Academic All-Americans
7/5/2019

Mooradian, Petrella Named Academic All-AmericansArmy West Point Cadets Lynne Mooradian and Ben Petrella were among the 30 student athletes named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division I Cross Country/Track & Field First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The honor marks the second consecutive selection for Mooradian, who headlined the awards with the highest individual honor in 2018. The Hanover, Pa., native claimed Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons in 2019. The cow carries a 4.21 GPA and majors in mechanical engineering. Read more.

Vietnam Normalization Staff Ride Visits Hanoi
7/5/2019

Vietnam Normalization Staff Ride Visits HanoiCadets in Hanoi on the Vietnam Normalization Staff Ride studied the evolution of the Vietnamese-American relationship since 1973 visiting the Hoa Lo Prison (commonly known as the Hanoi Hilton), Detachment 2 of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency playing a friendly game with the Vietnam Basketball Association's Hanoi Buffaloes. The events of the day highlighted a strengthening cooperation between the two nations over the past 45 years as the United States strives to account for missing personnel from the Vietnam War and as Vietnam continues to grow its economy and its cultural links with the US.

The cadets noted the contrast between the Hoa Lo Prison, where American POWs were held in captivity from 1964 to 1973, and the warm welcome they received by the people of Hanoi just a few blocks away in the Buffaloes' arena. Arriving to play a friendly game with the Buffaloes, they were surprised to find enthusiastic fans, and were impressed by the lengths taken by the league and the team to welcome the cadets. Crucial to normalizing relations has been the ongoing mission to account for those missing from the Vietnam War. The commander of Detachment 2, LTC Adam Points, shared DPAA's mission to achieve "fullest possible accountability" of 1,246 service members who are still unaccounted for in Vietnam. LTC Points and his team explained their mission, operations, and how the Vietnamese government supports them in their efforts.

Army Sets Record for Directors' Cup Finish
7/4/2019

Army Sets Record for Directors' Cup FinishArmy West Point Athletics is celebrating its highest finish in the Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup standings following a great 2018-19 season for the Black Knights. The Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup final standings were release on Friday, June 28. Stanford secured its 25th overall Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup back on June 12 and finished 2018-19 with 1567.75 total points after the College World Series.

Army finished in 75th place in the standings that feature 295 NCAA Division I schools that qualify for the cup. The Black Knights ended up with 395.5 total points. Army's previous record was 80th place in 2004-05. The Black Knights jumped up from 106th in 207-18. The Black Knights claimed seven conference titles overall with six coming in the Patriot League. Men's cross country, men's indoor track and field, men's golf, women's tennis, men's lacrosse and baseball all claim Patriot League titles, while men's rugby earned the Rugby East title in the fall of 2018. The Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA Championships. Read more.

Cadets Travel to the Nijmegen Area
7/4/2019

Cadets Travel to the Nijmegen AreaThe Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride traveled to the Nijmegen area to examine the actions of the 82nd Airborne Division from September 20-26, 1944. Through standing on the terrain and personal vignettes, cadets experienced firsthand the challenges that the 82nd faced when fighting in and around the city of Nijmegen. Through various briefs concerning the fighting for the two bridges in Nijmegen and the Waal Crossing by the 504th PIR, cadets examined the role of terrain, multinational coordination, combined arms, and the presence of senior leaders such as BG James Gavin in these actions. The day ended at the crossroads highlighted in the Band of Brothers episode “Crossroads,” where cadets received a brief on the actions of the 101st Airborne Division after Operation Market-Garden and were able to retrace the attack of CPT Richard Winters and 1st Platoon, E Company against a company of Germans that had infiltrated across the Rhine on October 5, 1944.

Sullivan Earns Inaugural Rugby 7s Award
7/3/2019

Sullivan Earns Inaugural Rugby 7s AwardAfter a stellar spring rugby 7s season, rising senior Sam Sullivan has been awarded the inaugural Prusmack Award by the United States Rugby Foundation as the top female collegiate 7s player in the country. "She just works her tail off and flat out outworks people," said women's rugby head coach Bill LeClerc. "When she got here [to USMA], she had never played rugby before and she has just grown exponentially and look what she's done with it. All we've done as coaches is pointed her in the right direction and she took off."

Sullivan continued to shine for the Black Knights on the pitch, completing a phenomenal 2018-19 campaign by helping lead Army to the finals of the Collegiate Rugby Championships in June, while garnering Tournament MVP honors. The Fayetteville, N.C., native led the Black Knights in tries (33) and total points (167) during the 7s season.

She had seven hat-tricks on the year, including a three score effort against rival Navy in the quarterfinals of the CRC's. Sullivan followed that up with another three try effort in the semifinals against Penn State -- a 24-12 win to send the Cadets to the finals. In her three 7s seasons with Army West Point rugby, Sullivan has scored 88 career tries and tallied 444 total points. In addition to her on-the-field accomplishments, Sullivan is a member of the new Hawk Eye ID Program at the USMA. She is also the first ever USMA Brigade Trust Captain, heading up a committee of cadets to highlight sexual assault and sexual harassment, while creating a culture in which every cadet is empowered to protect their teammates. Read more.

Football Welcomes Class of 2023
7/3/2019

Football Welcomes Class of 2023Army West Point football head coach Jeff Monken has announced a recruiting class of 76 athletes participating in Reception Day at West Point. The Class of 2023 marks Monken's fifth full recruiting class and includes players from 25 states. West Point officially welcomed its newest plebe class on Monday for the start of Cadet Basic Training. Monken was proud of his staff for the hard work they put in to get the Class of 2023 to West Point. The State of Texas has the most incoming members of the Class of 2023 with 12 joining the brotherhood.

Army welcomed 11 players from Georgia and six from California. five recruits are from Florida and North Carolina, while four each are from Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. There are three rookies hailing from Illinois, with two coming from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee. The Black Knights also welcomed players from Missouri, Indiana, South Carolina, Louisiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Alabama, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Oklahoma. The Black Knights open the 2019 slate on Aug. 30 against Rice at Michie Stadium at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Army is scheduled for six home games this year, all on CBS Sports Network. The Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA is set for Dec. 14 on CBS with a 3 p.m. start in Philadelphia. Read more.

Cadets Visit the British Airborne Museum
7/3/2019

Cadets Visit the British Airborne MuseumCadets on the Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride visited the British Airborne Museum located at the site of the British Airborne Headquarters during the operation and received a guided walking tour of the Oosterbeek perimeter. Through this guided tour and peer briefs, cadets gained a much greater appreciation for the challenges of multinational operations, the heroism of the Allied soldiers and Dutch civilians involved in the fighting, and how the terrain in the area shaped both the defense of the perimeter by the British and Polish airborne forces from September 21-25 and the eventual evacuation of what remained of the British 1st Airborne Division after 9 days of savage fighting. Of the 11,920 soldiers of the 1st Airborne Division and Polish Brigade committed to the operation at Arnhem, 1,485 (12.5%) were killed, 6,525 were captured (54.7%), and 3,910 (32.8%) were safely evacuated or withdrawn from the area. The British 1st Airborne Division effectively ceased to exist, with less than 2,000 of its 9,000 soldiers evacuated at the end of the operation.

R-Day 2019
7/2/2019

R-Day 2019The Class of 2023 has arrived. More than 1,200 cadet candidates reported to the United States Military Academy on R-Day and began their transition from civilians to members of the Corps of Cadets, the Profession of Arms, and the Long Gray Line. View Photos on Flickr.

The day began at Eisenhower Hall, where groups of cadet candidates and their family members entered the auditorium for the welcome brief and the famous "60-second goodbye." After a perfectly timed minute, parents were "invited" to follow the green arrows up the aisles to an information center or to the WPAOG reception breakfast, hosted by the Class of 1973, the 50-Year Affiliation Class for the Class of 2023. Cadet candidates, however, were "instructed" to follow the pink arrows to the wall of the auditorium, lining up at the base of the stage and taking all commands from the cadet cadre guides. Cadet candidates then boarded buses to begin in-processing at Thayer Hall. Full story.

101st Airborne Division at Best and along Hell’s Highway
7/2/2019

101st Airborne Division at Best and along Hell’s HighwayCadets on the Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride examined the actions of the 101st Airborne Division at Best and along Hell’s Highway. From an in-depth analysis of H Co., 3rd BN, 502nd PIR’s attempt to seize the Best bridge to discussions about the fierce fighting at Veghel, Eerde, and Koevering as the Germans sought to cut the main Allied supply route north, cadets gained an appreciation for the distance that the 101st Airborne was forced to cover in an attempt to prevent German interdiction of Hell’s Highway. Through this study, they also gained an understanding of the significant impact that the cutting of the highway by German forces on multiple occasions between September 19 - 26 had on the overall operation.

Cadets Visit Krakow and Study Polish History
6/27/2019

Cadets Visit Krakow and Study Polish HistoryCadets on the Cold War Staff Ride visited Krakow early in the morning and began a day dedicated to studying Polish history. They spent the morning exploring the Old City and Wawel Royal Castle where they saw a statue of Tadeusz Kościuszko, honoring him for his attempt to liberate Poland in the 19th Century. In the afternoon, cadets toured Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter of Krakow. They walked across the river and saw the location of the Jewish Ghetto during World War II and visited the location of Oskar Schindler's factory.

Cadets Visit the Museum of the Republic of Vietnam
6/27/2019

Cadets Visit the Museum of the Republic of VietnamThe Vietnam Normalization Staff Ride visited the Museum of the Republic of Vietnam in Westminster, California to meet with South Vietnamese veterans who fled from Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in April of 1975. Cadets interviewed several individuals and hear their stories of serving their country and the aftermath of war. In the afternoon, the historians visited the Sid Goldstein Freedom Park and met with architect Cuu Lam Nguyen to learn about his inspiration for the statue and memorial in the park. He explained the symbolism used to depict strong emotions of both sorrow and hope in the design of the memorial that serves an important role in the Vietnamese-American community. Cadets then took the opportunity to reflect on what they had seen and learned thus far on the trip before being welcomed into the home of Mr. Dang and his family. His daughter Kim graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2016. The Dangs shared a wonderful meal of home-cooked Vietnamese food, allowing the Cadets to experience first-hand Vietnamese hospitality. Next, the staff ride will fly to Vietnam to deepen their understanding of the Vietnam War, normalization, and reconciliation.

Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride at the Arnhem Bridge
6/27/2019

Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride at the Arnhem BridgeCadets on the Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride traveled to Arnhem to analyze the actions of the British 1st Airborne Division from September 17-20, 1944. Following the route of British forces from their drop zones into Arnhem, cadets experienced firsthand the influence of natural and urban terrain on the conduct of the fighting around Arnhem. Through various briefs concerning the fighting in and around Arnhem, cadets examined the role of present or absent leadership, firepower, and small unit initiative in these actions. The day ended at the Arnhem bridge, where cadets discussed the seizure of the north end of the Arnhem bridge by COL John Frost’s 2nd Parachute Battalion and why German attempts to dislodge these forces from around the bridge eventually succeeded despite a stubborn British defense.

Women's Swim and Dive Receives Academic Honors
6/26/2019

Women's Swim and Dive Receives Academic HonorsThe Army West Point Women's Swimming and Diving Team was honored for its work in the classroom during the spring semester by being named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America list on Tuesday afternoon.

The CSCAA recognizes teams with the Scholar All-America Award for achieving a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. With a combined GPA of 3.25, Army was one of eight Patriot League schools to be recognized with the award and received the honor for the fourth consecutive semester. Marie Docken (4.2), Serica Hallstead (4.2), Kara Wineinger (3.9) and Kim Caccamo (3.9) held the top GPAs on a Black Knights' squad that had 20 Cadets carry a GPA over 3.2.

To view the full list of schools named Scholar All-America, click here.

Cadets Learn of the Defense of Devil Hill
6/26/2019

Cadets Learn of the Defense of Devil HillCadet on the Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride traveled to the 82nd Airborne’s drop zones and areas of operation to analyze the actions of the 82nd Airborne from September 17-19, 1944. Through vignettes such as 1LT John Thompson’s seizure of the vital Grave bridge with only 16 men, the defense of Devil’s Hill by elements of 3rd Battalion, 508th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division, and the decisions made by General James Gavin concerning his drop zones and landing priorities, cadets gained a better appreciation for the importance of commander’s intent, initiative at the small unit level, and the momentous task that the 82nd faced in both holding their drop zones along the German border and attempting to seize no fewer than six different bridges in their area of operations.

Cadets Inspect Bullet Holes from the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
6/26/2019

Cadets Inspect Bullet Holes from the 1956 Hungarian RevolutionCadets on the Cold War Staff Ride continued their study of Communist Hungary. In Kossuth Square, cadets inspected the bullet holes left by the Soviet Army's suppression of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Later, they traveled to Liberty Square where they discussed the post-Soviet government's placement of a Ronald Reagan Statue in in Budapest's Liberty Square next to a Soviet War Memorial.

CDT Strickler Recalls His Day in Hungary
6/26/2019

CDT Strickler Recalls His Day in HungryHere is what CDT Zeke Strickler had to say as on his day as Cadet in Charge on the Cold War Staff Ride, "Today we had the privilege of visiting the Shoes on the Danube Memorial, the Hungarian Parliament building, the Imre Nagy statue, the House of Terror Museum, and Heroes Square. The Shoes on the Danube Memorial serves as a living memorial to the Hungarian Jews that were victims of the Holocaust. The Hungarian Parliament building is the location where the Hungarian revolution was sparked. Imre Nagy, the Hungarian leader during the revolution, is remembered by the Hungarian people as a symbol of nationalism and pride. The Hungarian's use the House of Terror Museum to present the history of their troubled past under different authoritarian regimes. Lastly the Heroes Square monument depicted Hungarian pride throughout many centuries."

Cadets Place 152 on PL Academic Honor Roll
6/25/2019

Cadets Place 152 on PL Academic Honor RollArmy West Point placed 152 cadet-athletes from 13 teams on the 2018-19 Patriot League Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll following their strong performances in the classroom. Men's Track and Field and Women's Swimming and Diving led the way with 20 honorees apiece, followed closely by Women's Track and Field and Women's Lacrosse with 19 each.

To be eligible for the academic honor roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports. The Black Knights for the year had 49 cadet-athletes named to this honor during the fall and 152 cadet-athletes acknowledged during the winter/spring for a total of 201. Read more.

Cadets Travel Through Budapest
6/25/2019

Cadets Travel Through BudapestThe Cold War Staff Ride cadets traveled through Budapest to visit the Corvin Theater and the Hungarian Military Museum to study Hungary's place in the world throughout the 20th century. They discussed challenging topics like the role of nationalism, resistance in the face of overwhelming odds, and the use of child soldiers.

10 Cadets Named to the AHA All-Academic Team
6/25/2019

10 Cadets Named to the AHA All-Academic TeamTen members of the Army West Point Hockey Team have been named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team announced by the league on Friday. To qualify for the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team, an individual must post a 3.0 GPA or better in all academic semesters in which his team was actively competing. The Black Knights were represented by recently graduated firsties Tipper Higgins, Dalton MacAfee, Ian Mansfield and Taylor Maruya along with underclassmen Jared Dempsey, Bryan Gerstenfeld, Mason Krueger, Matt Penta, Brendan Soucie and John Zimmerman. For more news and information about Army hockey, please follow @ArmyWP_Hockey on Twitter and Instagram.

Cadets Learns What it means to be Vietnamese-American
6/25/2019

Cadets Learns What it means to be Vietnamese-AmericanThe Vietnam Normalization Staff Ride spent a day interacting with the leaders of the Orange County, California community to address what it means to be a Vietnamese-American. The group met with Westminster mayor Tri Ta to hear about his experiences as an immigrant, a student, and a public servant. Following the visit to the mayor’s office, Cadets met with a panel of Vietnamese-American business leaders to learn how they have maintained their Vietnamese heritage while also becoming unapologetically American. Historians also had the opportunity to sit down to dinner with veterans of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam to hear their stories and their views on Vietnamese / American relations since the end of the war. An added bonus was the warm hospitality and incredible food shared with them at all of these locations.

Jamir Gibson Competes at USATF U20 Championship
6/25/2019

Jamir Gibson Competes at USATF U20 ChampionshipArmy West Point plebe Jamir Gibson competed at the USA Track and Field Under-20 Outdoor Track and Field Championship this weekend.

The national competition serves as a selection process for the Pan American Games which will take place in Costa Rica from July 18-20. The top two finishers from each event qualify for Team USA.

Jamir began his weekend on Saturday, placing fifth in the discus throw with a mark of 56.04 meters.

On Sunday, he competed in the shot put, posting a mark of 19.01 meters in the 6kg competition. By finishing third, Jamir will serve as an alternate for Team USA at the U20 Pan American Games. He would travel with the team only in the event of an emergency replacement. Read more.

Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride
6/25/2019

Operation Market-Garden Staff RideThe Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride cadets conducted briefings about the 101st Airborne Division’s actions. Through discussion of drop zone selection, the 101st’s plan for the operation, the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment’s (PIR) attack on the vital bridge at Son, and the seizure of the town of Veghel by the 501st PIR, cadets gained a better appreciation for the influence of leadership, training, and terrain on this operation. One of the highlights of the day’s activities was interaction with a Dutch man who lived in the area during Operation Market-Garden. This gentleman, who was 6 years old in 1944, provided his memories of the fighting around St. Oedenrode and along Hell’s Highway.

CDT Lauffer '21 Keynote Address at "Sketches of Courage"
6/21/2019

CDT Lauffer '21 Keynote Address at "Sketches of Courage"Kat Lauffer ‘21 gave the keynote address for the Siegelbaum “Sketches of Courage” Literary and Arts Competition. The award ceremony, honoring the middle school and high school winners of a competition designed to celebrate Holocaust resisters, survivors, and upstanders, took place at the Rockland Holocaust Museum and Center for Tolerance and Education at Rockland Community College. The ceremony was attended by over 50 people from the tri-state area. Kat made a graphic novel on the Polish resistance figure, Witold Pilecki, who, in 1941, volunteered to be arrested by the Nazis to gain intelligence and organize resistance in Auschwitz.

Cadets Learn First Hand of the Velvet Revolution
6/21/2019

Cadets Learn First Hand of the Velvet RevolutionCold War Staff Ride cadets took a break from leading the group and listened to Radek, a Czech tour guide who personally participated as a young man in the 1989 Velvet Revolution that led to the end of Communism in Czechoslovakia. Cadets learned a great deal about the daily struggles of life under communism, ranging from the significant restrictions on human rights to constant shortages of daily commodities like toilet paper and coffee.

Cadets Visit the Belgian Fort of Eben Emael
6/21/2019

Cadets Visit the Belgian Fort of Eben EmaelCadets on the Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride traveled to the Belgian fort of Eben Emael to study the German use of airborne forces to capture this fort in May 1940 and how this provided the impetus for the increased use of airborne forces by both sides during WWII. The cadets then traveled north along the route used by the British XXX Corps during their attack out of the Neerpelt bridgehead on 17 September 1944 and analyzed the conduct of XXX Corps and the German forces opposing them during the first two crucial days of the operation. This portion concluded with a visit to a Commonwealth War Cemetery where 220 British soldiers killed during Operation Market-Garden and subsequent operations were buried. This allowed the cadets to compare the memorialization of war dead between the Americans and the British and provided a stark reminder of the heavy fighting endured by XXX Corps in their attacks up what became known as "Hell's Highway."

Cadets Discuss U.S./Vietnam Relationship with COL Teague
6/21/2019

Cadets Discuss U.S./Vietnam Relationship with COL TeagueThe Vietnam Normalization Staff Ride discussed the military relationship between the United States and Vietnam and the Army’s ongoing humanitarian assistance mission in Southeast Asia with the Army Chief of International Affairs, Colonel Patrick Teague, and a Foreign Area Officer to Southeast Asia, David Bermingham at the Pentagon. Later, they visited the Vietnam Veteran’s Association’s National Headquarters to learn more about their mission and why the phrase "Welcome Home" is of such emotional importance to those who served in Vietnam. Cadets also analyzed the founding of the VVA after Vietnam Veterans found it difficult to find acceptance among more established Veterans organizations like VFW and the American Legion and learned more about the VVA's ongoing role in working to ensure veterans get proper medical treatment and benefits.

Cultural Narratives and Civil-Military Operations AIAD
6/20/2019

Cultural Narratives and Civil-Military Operations AIADAs part of the Cultural Narratives and Civil-Military Operations Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD), Cadets Zoe Contogonas, Monica Seamon, and Amanda Southard completed the Multinational Civilian Military Cooperation (MN CIMIC) Course in Motta di Livenza Italy. The cadets worked alongside officers and NCOs from Greece, France, Italy, Belgium, Norway, Canada, Czech Republic, and Slovenia, as well as three U.S. Civil Affairs personnel.

The training included role playing at a UN Stakeholder meeting, engaging in practice Key Leader meetings within Motta di Livenza, and working on CIMIC-specific reports designed to connect NGOs, Military, and local civilian personnel with the resources needed to help stabilize the exercise scenario. While the exercise itself was valuable in learning how to build rapport in host nations, the conversations had, and friendships made, with their fellow trainees was invaluable to the cadets’ larger understanding of the U.S. Army’s partners around the world.

H.S. Students Two Week USMA Experience
6/20/2019

H.S. Students Two Week USMA ExperienceThe Electrical Engineering Program hosted 115 high school students over two weeks for an immersive experience in engineering and technology. Students were given a briefing on engineering fundamentals and the many different fields in electrical engineering such as power engineering, robotics, and photonics. The brief included live demonstrations of electromagnetism, robotics, and optical telecommunications. Afterwards, students were trained on proper soldering techniques and worked in an electronics lab each soldering two projects of their own: a temperature sensor and a robotic microbug.

Milligan Named Head Softball Coach
6/20/2019

Milligan Named Head Softball CoachArmy West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie has announced the hiring of Cheryl Milligan as the new head softball coach. Milligan brings a wealth of experience in collegiate softball as she was the head coach at Division III Tufts University for 15 years before joining Army's coaching staff last season as an assistant coach. "I am thrilled that Cheryl will be leading our softball program," Buddie said. "Her record of success running a national caliber program and her obvious commitment to developing leaders of character made her a perfect fit for our department." Under Milligan, Tufts became the first team in NCAA Division III history to win three consecutive national championships from 2013-2015.

"I'm very honored to be the next softball coach at Army West Point," Milligan said. "On behalf of our family, I want to thank Mike Buddie, Dan McCarthy, Wen Chang and the entire search committee for their dedication to this program. The future of Black Knight softball is very bright, and I look forward to getting started with our amazing cadet-athletes." The Jumbos played in five of the last eight NCAA Finals in the final eight years of Milligan's time at the helm. Prior to the three straight national titles, Milligan coached the Jumbos into the NCAA Finals in 2009 and 2012 as well. Tufts won four straight NCAA Regional/Super Regional championships (2012-15) and six overall during Milligan's tenure. They earned four New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crowns in a span of Milligan's final five years and 10 in total.

Milligan was named NESCAC Coach of the Year four straight times and is an eight-time recipient overall. Her teams have a combined record of 437-124 for an outstanding .779 winning percentage.

Dr. Kashinski at the 50th Annual APS-DAMOP
6/20/2019

Dr. Kashinski at the 50th Annual APS-DAMOPDr. David O. Kashinski (D/PNE) attended the 50th annual meeting of the American Physics Society’s Division of Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (APS-DAMOP) in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Kashinski presented three peer-reviewed posters summarizing progress made in two collaborative research projects as well as the new “Experimental Methods” course piloted in AY2019-2. The project titled “DFT Calculation of the Renner Coefficient for the Renner-Teller Splitting in the NCO radical: Assessing the accuracy of functional families and basis sets” is a part of an on-going collaboration with ARL-WMRD. CDTs M. G. Suarez, 2LT C. C. Stephens and Dr. E.F.C. Byrd (ARL-WMRD) are co-authors on this collaboration.

Triathlon at the Bear Mountain North Face Ultra-Marathons
6/19/2019

Triathlon at the Bear Mountain North Face Ultra-MarathonsThe Army West Point Triathlon team participated in the Bear Mountain North Face ultra-marathons and had unexpected huge success. The cadets raced in either the 50 km or 50-mile trail run events. CDTs Gabe Fuhrman '21 and Thomas Batt '22 were the 4th and 5th place men overall out of 404 entries in the 50-mile event. CDT Sarah Martin '21 was the 3rd place woman overall out of 463 entries in the 50 km event. This was the first time any of the cadets had run a distance over a 26.2-mile marathon.

USMA Hosts SMDC Instructors
6/19/2019

USMA Hosts SMDC InstructorsThe Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering hosted two instructors from Space & Missile Defense Command (SMDC) for Phases I & II of the 2nd Annual Army Space Cadre Basic Course (ASCBC) conducted as a MIAD at West Point. Thirty cadets and two faculty (GENE and EECS) were immersed in training focused on the operational aspects of 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. Cadet graduates of the MIAD earn the 3Y additional skill identifier (ASI) upon graduation from West Point, and active duty attendees qualify immediately.

CDT Galvan Teaching Self Defense in Nepal
6/19/2019

CDT Galvan Teaching Self Defense in NepalCadet Juliana Galvan, a member of the West Point boxing team taught self-defense to the children at their school in Kathmandu, Nepal. Other members of the team taught and played games with the kids.

Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride
6/19/2019

Operation Market-Garden Staff RideCadets visited the American cemetery and memorial in Margraten, in the Netherlands, and conducted a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of the 8,301 dead and 1,722 missing in action memorialized there. Cadets both received and conducted presentations on several individuals interred at Margraten, including LTC Robert Cole '39, a Medal of Honor recipient and the commander of 3rd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during Operation Market-Garden and MG Maurice Rose, the highest-ranking American officer killed by direct enemy action in the European theater of operations. Through this experience, the cadets received a powerful reminder of the human cost of combat and the sacrifices of those that have preceded them in the profession of arms.

Photo: Wreath-laying ceremony at the Margraten Chapel, with Cadets Noah Aran and Kyle Kovac laying the wreath.

Hurtubise Earns ABCA/Rawlings All-America Honors
6/18/2019

Army West Point baseball saw Jacob Hurtubise selected as an ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I Second Team All-American. The cow became Army's first All-American since Joey Henshaw (second team) and Clint Moore (third team) were honored in 2009. Hurtubise, the 2019 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, littered Army's records book after breaking the program's single-season runs (71), walks (69), and stolen base (45) records. The speedy center fielder set a new Patriot League career stolen base and walks mark with 105 and 141, respectively, as well. The ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I Gold Glove finalists will be announced on Monday June 17. In all divisions, the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Teams will be announced on Wednesday, June 19. The ABCA/Rawlings Pitchers of the Year will be announced Monday, June 24, followed by the ABCA/Rawlings Players of the Year on Wednesday, June 26. First recognized in 1949, the ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans are selected by the ABCA All-America committee, which is chaired by Tommy Raffo of Arkansas State University. Read more.

Giachin, Hurtubise Named ABCA/Rawlings All-Region
6/18/2019

Two cadet-athletes from the Army West Point baseball team have been selected to the 2019 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Region First Team. The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America Committee, which is chaired by Tommy Raffo of Arkansas State University.

Yearling Anthony Giachin and cow Jacob Hurtubise were honored after being named to the first team for the Northeast Region. The two selections marked the second-straight year in which the Black Knights saw multiple cadets honored. Giachin closed out an impressive season in which he finished second on the team with a .316 batting average. The Livingston, N.J., native led the Patriot League with 67 runs batted in, while coming in second in runs (50), hits (74) and sacrifice fly balls (6). The infielder finished with 25 multiple-hit games which tied Clint Moore '09 for a program record. Giachin also set a single-season program record with 25 doubles. He was one of 34 athletes nationwide to be named to the team, and one of two from the Patriot League.

Hurtubise, the 2019 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, littered Army's records book after breaking the program's single-season runs (71), walks (69), and stolen base (45) records. The speedy center fielder set new Patriot League career stolen base and walk marks with 105 and 141, respectively. The outfielder also became the 14th cadet-athlete in Army baseball history to be taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. He was the first Black Knight to be selected since Alex Robinett was taken in the 32nd round by the New York Yankees in 2015. Read more.

Women's Team Handball USATH Champions
6/18/2019

Recently the Women's Team Handball traveled to University of North Carolina to compete in the 2019 College Team Handball Nationals. West Point Gold battled mightily against Penn State and an unexpectedly strong UNC team, improving significantly throughout the weekend. West Point Black beat Penn State and UNC in the first round, beating UNC 24-18 and beating Penn State 28-11. They then played UNC on Sunday in the championship game and beat them 19-14 to gain the title of USATH Collegiate National Champions. In addition, CDT Joy Orr, ’20, is an Academic All-American 2nd Team for her great performance in the classroom.

Army Paintball Returns to the Nationals
6/18/2019

Fifteen cadets from the Army West Point Paintball team travelled to Kissimmee, Florida last month to compete in the National Collegiate Paintball Championships (NCPA). Led by Cadet Jake Gerak, the team made its first trip to the NCPA championships in 5 years. Despite its long absence, the Army West Point Black team made a strong showing, reaching the quarterfinals before being eliminated by the eventual third place team.

The Army West Point Black team was not the only team to compete at the NCPA nationals. The younger players with the team formed the Army West Point Gold team, displaying excellent grit and resilience in the face of much more experienced teams. The team struggled to get into rhythm early on, losing their first two points perennial powerhouse teams Ohio State and Florida Atlantic. However, they regrouped under the leadership of freshman Cadet Calvin Eisenberg and took home wins against Rochester Institute of Technology and Wisconsin-Platteville. In a close match between Army West Point Gold and Wisconsin-Platteville, Army West Point Gold fell behind early and faced a two-versus-four gunfight. Eisenberg and classmate Skylar Franz held the line, evening the odds before ultimately wiping the field clean of Wisconsin-Platteville players to secure the victory. The future of Army West Point paintball is in good hands thanks to the hard work of Eisenberg, Franz, and the strong group of plebes and yearlings on the team.

EXCEL Scholars Program
6/17/2019

CDT Jack Lowe (USMA ’19, Fulbright Scholarship winner) with Dr. Leslie FenwickEarlier this year, the EXCEL Scholars Program celebrated another tremendously successful year with a banquet at WPAOG's Herbert Hall. 2LT Simone Askew ’18, a Rhodes Scholar, introduced Dr. Leslie Fenwick, former Dean Emerita of the Howard University School of Education, who gave an inspiring speech to cadets, faculty, and guests in attendance at the event.

The EXCEL Scholars Program is a Dean’s initiative to promote the personal and professional excellence of high performing cadets from underrepresented groups. This year, the EXCEL Scholars Program graduated five scholarship winners (Marshall, Fulbright, Knight-Hennessy, GEM x 2), and one medical school candidate.

Thanks to donor support of the Margin of Excellence and the Diversity & Inclusion Endowment, the EXCEL Scholars Program is possible!

Pictured: CDT Jack Lowe (USMA ’19, Fulbright Scholarship winner) with Dr. Leslie Fenwick

Happy Birthday U.S. Army
6/14/2019

June 14, 1775 America's Army was founded when our nation's leaders established the Continental Army. Today, the Army is the strategic land power of the joint force, at its core, selfless soldiers. Never wavering. Never faltering. 244 years of defending our great Nation. Happy Birthday, United States Army!!

Nine from Army Football Earn Preseason Accolades
6/13/2019

Nine from Army Football Earn Preseason AccoladesNine members of the Army West Point Football Team have received recognition as members of Phil Steele's 2019 Preseason Independent Team. Firsties Cole Christiansen, Jaylon McClinton, Elijah Riley, Connor Slomka and Kell Walker were selected as first team members. Among the second team recipients were firsties Kelvin Hopkins Jr. and Jaxson Deaton, cow JB Hunter and yearling Arik Smith. In the magazine's preseason forecast, the Black Knights rank second among Independent teams, sitting just behind 2018 College Football Playoff qualifier Notre Dame. Army will kick off its 2019 campaign on Aug. 30 in a 6 p.m. contest against Rice at Michie Stadium. Read more.

Renard First Army All-American Since 2011
6/11/2019

Renard First Army All-American Since 2011Army West Point junior Michael Renard placed 14th in the discus throw at the NCAA Championship, earning him Second Team All-American honors.

The cow posted a personal record distance of 57.28 meters, becoming the first Black Knight to earn All-America honors since Domonick Sylve placed 11th in the 110 meter hurdles in 2011.

The achievement marks the conclusion of a tremendous year for the Army throws program, one that was highlighted by four program records set in the outdoor season.

Renard's achievement in the national event was the first by a discus thrower in program history, and the first All-American performance by an Army thrower since Adam Burke claimed the honor in back-to-back javelin finals in 2003 and 2004. Read more.

125 Cadets Graduate Air Assault School
6/11/2019

125 Cadets Graduate Air Assault SchoolCongratulations to the graduates of the first iteration of Air Assault School here at West Point.

This class had a total of 141 graduates to include 125 West Point cadets, three foreign national cadets, one 2nd lieutenant from USMA Class of 2019, five Soldiers from in and around West Point, and seven Soldiers from Task Force 1st Battalion 28th Infantry Regiment "Black Lions".

Death of a USMA Cadet
6/7/2019

CDT Christopher J. Morgan '20CDT Christopher J. Morgan '20, died due to injuries sustained from a military vehicle accident in the USMA training area. "Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all. The entire community is ensuring that our cadets are being cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually," said LTG Darryl A. Williams, 60th Superintendent, USMA. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family." Morgan, 22, of West Orange, New Jersey, passed away at the scene of the accident. He was a Law and Legal Studies major, and a recruited athlete who was a standout member of the Army Wrestling Team.

Hurtubise Selected by Mariners in MLB Draft
6/7/2019

Hurtubise Selected by Mariners in MLB DraftArmy West Point center fielder Jacob Hurtubise was selected in the 39th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft by the Seattle Mariners.

Hurtubise is the 14th cadet-athlete in Army baseball history to be taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. He also became the first Black Knight to be selected since Alex Robinett was taken in the 32nd round by the New York Yankees in 2015.

The Zionsville, Ind., native joins Nick Hill as the only other cadet taken by the Seattle Mariners.

Hurtubise, the 2019 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, littered Army's records book after breaking the program's single-season runs (71), walks (69), and stolen base (45) records. The speedy center fielder set a new Patriot League career stolen base and walks mark with 105 and 141, respectively, as well. A full draft list can be found Here.

Giachin Tabbed Google Cloud Academic All-America
6/7/2019

 Giachin Tabbed Google Cloud Academic All-America qArmy West Point Baseball saw Anthony Giachin tabbed to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Second Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Giachin closed out an impressive sophomore campaign in which he finished second on the team with a .316 batting average. The Livingston, N.J., native led the Patriot League with 67 runs batted in, while coming in second in runs (50), hits (74) and sacrifice fly balls (6).

The Mechanical Engineering major currently holds a 4.04 cumulative GPA and was one of just three yearlings named to the first or second team. He has achieved over a 4.0 GPA during two of his three semesters, while earning four-straight Dean's List acknowledgments. He was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-Patriot League Team as well. The infielder finished with 25 multiple-hit games which tied Clint Moore '09 for a program record. Giachin also set a single-season program record with 25 doubles. He was one of 34 athletes nationwide to be named to the team, and one of two from the Patriot League. The 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division I Baseball Teams feature 15 members with a 4.0 GPA or higher and 26 members with at least a 3.90 GPA as either undergraduate or graduate student-athletes. The 12 members on the first team have an average GPA of 3.98. Read more.

Cook Places 19th at NCAA Championships
6/7/2019

Cook Places 19th at NCAA ChampionshipsArmy West Point yearling August Cook competed in the javelin finals at the NCAA Championships this past Wednesday.

The yearling posted a 65.82 meter best, which placed him 19th.

Cook competed in last year's final and posted a 61.10 meter distance to cap his rookie campaign. 

Cadets on the Vietnam Normalization Staff Ride
6/5/2019

Cadets on the Vietnam Normalization Staff RideThe Vietnam Normalization Staff Ride met with Ann Mills-Griffiths, the Chairman of the Board and CEO of the National League of POW/MIA Families, Joe Davis, the Director of Communications, Publications & Public Affairs for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Joe and Lynda Zengerle '64 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They had a full day discussing the issues of POWs and MIAs, the mission of the VFW, and the genesis, construction of the Wall, and what it means to Americans today.

Scanning of a Scaled Model of Ancho Canyon
6/5/2019

Scanning of a Scaled Model of Ancho CanyonThe patient looks a little blue? (L-R) CDT Gabe Fuhrman, COL Mike Benson, CDT Ty Homan, and Dr. Chris Elkins (l to r) prepare to conduct a scan of a scaled model of Ancho Canyon, NM in a medical MRI machine at Stanford University. The project helped the team and researchers better understand how potentially dangerous contaminants spread in a natural environment.

CLS Class of 2019 Awards Ceremony
6/5/2019

CLS Class of 2019 Awards CeremonyChemistry and Life Science (CLS) held its Department Awards Ceremony for the Class of 2019 Graduates in the Class of 1985 Auditorium, Bartlett Hall. Department Head, COL F. John Burpo, handed out several coins, certificates, and awards to cadets majoring in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Life Science. Notably, the Zhu family dedicated and presented the inaugural Peter L. Zhu Excellence Life Science Award to the top graduating cadet majoring in Life Science, Natalie Nepa.

Awardees: Excellence in General Chemistry Award: Cadet William Pickell ('21) Brigadier General James H. Ramsden Award: Kenji Onaka ('19) National Organization of the American Legion Award: Jesse Palmer ('19) Receiving Various Awards: Ross Poulin, Grant Hall, Daniel Schell, Jesse Palmer, Madeline Ryu, Emily Traynor, Andrew Gilbert Honors Graduates: Alexander Belardo-Flowers, Kenneth Brinson, Jack Bui, Luke Eckstein, Jacob Fryer, Grant Hall, Charles Keith, Galen Kreutzberger, Maya Kuang, Natalie Nepa, Kenji Onaka, Jesse Palmer, Miguel Pantano, Dowon Park, Madeline Ryu, Daniel Schell, Graham Shopshire, Emily Traynor, Sydney Volenec, Thomas Weiss, and Daniel Whitfield. Recognized with Coins: WPPMS Staff: Cadets James Albright (President), Kajol Maheshwari (VP), Matthew McDonough (Treasurer) AICES Staff: Cadets Robert Niehof (President), Sarah Schwarzman (VP), Luke Eckstein (Secretary).

The Cold War Staff Ride
6/5/2019

The Cold War Staff RideThe USMA Cold War Staff Ride cadets traveled by train to Prague. There they toured sites like the Lennon Wall, painted to memorialize the assassinated western icon John Lennon. They discussed the way a simple act of graffiti came to represent a major turning point in the Czech anti-Soviet movement of the 1980s.

Women's Rugby Capture Runner-Up at CRC's
6/4/2019

Buddie to Lead Army West Point AthleticsThe Army West Women's Rugby Team took another huge step forward in its program progression over the weekend, as the Black Knights made it to the final of the Collegiate Rugby Championships, before falling to Lindenwood, 34-12. "Great experience all-around, and the great thing is, they're all back next year," said Assistant Coach Steve Lewis. Army opened up the day against top-seed Penn State in the semifinal round. The Nittany Lions struck first in the second minute with a try, but after that it was all Army. Tournament MVP Sam Sullivan scored back-to-back tries in the first half to send the Cadets into halftime with a 10-5 lead.

Plebe Naomi Colin would extend the lead to 17-5 with a try of her own to open the second half. Sullivan made it a hat-trick in the 12th minute, and after Bayleigh Gable's second conversion made it 24-5, the Black Knights could taste victory. Penn State would score in the final seconds to make it a 24-12 final. The final saw the Black Knights take on defending National Champion Lindenwood. The Lions had yet to surrender a point heading into the final and looked poised to give Army all they had. Lindenwood opened up the scoring on the opening possession to set the tempo. Eleanor Burnett broke the Lions scoreless streak in the fourth minute when she crossed the try line to make it 7-5. After some back-and-forth action, Lindenwood would add two more quick tries in the final seconds of the opening half to go into the locker room leading 17-5. Read more.

Smith, Posillico Earn Regional Coaching Honors
6/4/2019

Buddie to Lead Army West Point AthleticsThe U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Friday that Army West Point Track and Field head coach Mike Smith and assistant coach Angelo Posillico have earned regional awards for the outdoor season. Smith was named the Northeast Region Head Coach of the Year after leading the Black Knights to the number one ranking in the region. The fifth-year coach also received the honor after the team's Patriot League Championship winning indoor season. Posillico was honored as the region's top assistant coach, earning Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year recognition.

In his second year at Army, he helped guide yearling August Cook and cow Michael Renard to the NCAA Championships. Army throwers reset school records in the shot, discus and javelin this season and scored 73 points as a group at the Patriot League Championships, including a school and meet record in the javelin at 72.45m. Plebe Jamir Gibson ranks top-25 in NCAA discus with a school record 58.64m. Overall, Posillico had eight throwers (11 entries in total) advance to the NCAA Prelims, the most of any gender by a throws squad. Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.

 

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