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Saunders Joins Swim & Dive Coaching Staff
7/2/2020

Saunders Joins Swim & Dive Coaching StaffArmy West Point head swimming and diving coach Brandt Nigro announced the addition of Christa Saunders to his staff on Wednesday.

"I'm beyond excited to have Christa join our swim and dive program here at Army West Point," Nigro said. "She is a great coach, an awesome mentor, and really takes the time to get to know her athletes. She is one of the top up and coming young coaches in college swimming right now and we are very lucky to have her with us.

"I had the privilege of getting to know Christa over the last few years while coaching at N.C. State. Each summer she would work our swim camps and spend time on deck with our staff as we coached our college and pro athletes. I was always impressed by her knowledge and understanding of the sport, but more importantly for the passion and excitement she brought on deck each day. Army West Point swimming and diving has exciting days ahead and I know we will be even better with Christa on board."

Saunders arrives at West Point following a one-year stint as an assistant coach at East Carolina. She will serve as an assistant coach with the Black Knights and carry the role of women's recruiting coordinator.

In her lone year with the Pirates, she helped the men's team capture the 2020 American Athletic Conference (AAC) title. ECU won five individual conference events and four relay championships en route to claiming the team title with 18 athletes earning all-conference accolades in one or more event. Three athletes qualified or the NCAA Championship meet and received All-America honors with her assistance. In Saunders primary group that she worked with, there was one men's AAC champion and seven total AAC podium finishers.

Prior to her time with the Pirates, Saunders spent two seasons as an assistant coach at UConn. While in Storrs, Conn., she helped the Huskies post 395 personal best times, 26 NCAA 'B' qualifying marks and 27 school records in addition to registering 149 top-10 all-time performances and four AAC Championship event victories. Read more.

Patriot League Names 203 Black Knights to Academic Honor Roll
7/1/2020

Patriot League Names 203 Black Knights to Academic Honor RollDespite an ever changing educational and athletic climate, Army West Point continued to prove their unwavering ability to succeed on the field and in the classroom. The Patriot League recently released the list of 2019-20 Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll recipients and the Black Knights had 203 cadet-athletes receive recognition for their outstanding dedication to academic excellence.

The Women's Track and Field team topped the list of honorees with 39 cadet-athletes named followed closely by their male counterpart who had a total of 30 listed. The Black Knights had 8 of 13 teams post double-digit numbers, including a combined 47 honorees from Men's and Women's Lacrosse alone.

Due to the unforeseen circumstances of the 2020 spring season, to be eligible for the academic honor roll a student-athlete must have a 3.2 GPA or higher during the academic semester which coincides with his/her sport's championship season. Click to view these cadets.

Men's & Women's Swim & Dive Earn Academic Recognition
6/30/2020

Men's & Women's Swim & Dive Earn Academic RecognitionFollowing a strong showing in the classroom during the 2020 spring semester, the Army West Point Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving teams were named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America list on Tuesday.

The CSCAA recognizes teams with the Scholar All-America Award for achieving a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Army was one of nine Patriot League schools to have both its men's and women's team recognized.

For the men, 18 Cadets held a GPA of 3.2 or better with William Rankin leading the way, who as a life science major compiled a 4.113 GPA. He was one of two Cadets on the team to eclipse the 4.0 mark as Nick Isenhower held a 4.017 GPA as an economics major.

Fourteen Cadets on the women's side recorded a GPA of 3.2 or higher, including five Cadets who posted a GPA of 4.0 or better. Marie Docken carried the best GPA for the Black Knights with a 4.270 as an operations research major. Serica Hallstead (4.206 – life science), Kim Caccamo (4.127 – philosophy), Rebecca Morel (4.039 – systems engineering) and Kathryn Seyer (4.017 – systems engineering) were the other four to eclipse the 4.0 mark.

5 Tips for R-Day
6/29/2020

5 Tips for R-DayAre you ready for R-Day? Here are 5 tips by CPT Tuan Le Long Gray Lessons on how you can properly prepare yourself for the big day next month.

Fun Fact Friday
6/26/2020

Fun Fact FridayHave you heard about the West Point Band "water parties" on the Hudson River? Back in the early years of West Point (pre-1900), the band would be towed upriver on a barge, and then gently drift back to West Point while playing for a surrounding flotilla of audience members.

Colonel and Daughter Finish Trail Bridge Cadets Designed
6/25/2020

Colonel and Daughter Finish Trail Bridge Cadets DesignedWest Point engineering instructor, Colonel Brad Wambeke and his daughter Emilie stepped in to construct a new trail bridge at Fahnestock State Park, after the cadet students who designed it were forced to cut their on-campus school year short due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

This was the third year of a partnership between the United States Military Academy, the Open Space Institute and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Each year they've replaced a trail bridge in the increasingly popular park across the Hudson River from West Point through which the Appalachian Trail runs.

Design and construction of the bridges is one type of capstone project for civil engineering cadets at USMA. However, the construction phase for this year's bridge on the School Mountain trail was put on hold when the COVID-19 outbreak accelerated in New York and schools, businesses and parks shut down.

While the engineering students designed the bridge and prefabricated several of its pieces, they were unable to construct it before being sent home in the spring. Read more.

Cadets Plan for COVID During AY ’21
6/25/2020

Cadets Plan for COVID During AY ’21Since COVID significantly changed how West Point summers look, we had 107 rising cows and yuks take on “Foundations of Engineering and Systems Design” during STAP I. They spent 4 weeks learning the Systems Decision Process and the methodological framework and techniques for designing, implementing, managing, and reengineering complex systems or processes.

As their final project, cadet teams created proposals for how USMA should respond the COVID when creating their Academic Year 2021 plan for teaching and training cadets. COL Morales even “dropped in” to some of the final presentations.

CDT Manzonelli ’21 Presents at the MORS Symposium
6/25/2020

CDT Manzonelli ’21 Presents at the MORS SymposiumCDT Nico Manzonelli ’21 had the unique opportunity to present his project titled “Using a Dictionary-Based Approach to Identify Offensive Tweets” at the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Symposium. CDT Manzonelli presented an application called DURT – or, the Derogatory Use of Regular Text, a dictionary-based approach to identifying potentially offensive Twitter Tweets. He used R to create a Shiny application which allows users to search any public Twitter user’s feed for offensive content. DURT’s performance is comparable to many complex machine learning algorithms, but it provides a more simple, explainable, and customizable backbone.

Reflection on his experience at MORS, CDT Manzonelli said, “Even though MORS was virtual it was still an awesome learning experience. As a cadet, understanding that the other presenters are way smarter than me and being open to feedback throughout the entire process helped me out.” Congratulations to Nico on a fantastic project, and for making a splash in the MORS community!

USMA Class of 2020: ‟With Vision We Lead” in their own words Part IV
6/24/2020

USMA Class of 2020: ‟With Vision We Lead” in their own words Part IVThe U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 graduated more than 1,100 members Saturday June 13 on the Plain. Those graduating represented 85% of the 1,302 cadets who entered West Point nearly four years ago.

Due to COVID-19 delaying graduation, members of the class commissioned May 23 during an oath of commissioning ceremony from remote locations. It marked another unique venture for the new second lieutenants of the Class of 2020 within their 47-month, technically 48-month, journey.

Over the last four weeks, The Pointer View series titled, “With Vision We Lead,” named after the class motto, involved various members of the class telling stories of their West Point experience.

In honor of the members of the 222nd graduating class of West Point, here is the fourth and final installment of a four-part series of their journey in their own words. Read more.

Current Female Cadets Will Enter the Army with More Options
6/24/2020

Current Female Cadets Will Enter the Army with More OptionsIt was a simple answer to a question, but the implications of the words carried the weight of history.

Talking over video chat due to the global pandemic that threw the spring semester at the U.S. Military Academy into chaos, Class of 2020 Cadet Elizabeth Cross detailed her unique journey to West Point, which first took her to a military preparatory school in Philadelphia after she wasn’t admitted to West Point the first time she applied.

It was a difficult year, but her heart was set on attending West Point, so she persevered through the adversity before earning a spot in the Class of 2020.

She talked about her four years at West Point, the challenges she’d overcome—such as a cracked femur that sidelined her during Cadet Basic Training—and the moments during training each summer when she fell in love with the academy and the Army way of life all over again.

Then came a familiar question asked of the current and former female cadets who have walked through the granite halls of West Point along the banks of the Hudson River: “Do you think you've faced any different challenges at West Point because you are a female?”

Now, in 2020, as Cross sat in her house separated from the Corps of Cadets and the academy because of a pandemic, she was able to look back at her four-year journey though West Point and say, “Going through the academy I’ve always felt in a siblinghood ... If you put yourself out there as just a hard-working Soldier, you are respected the same.” Read more.

Close Bonds Forged, Forever Linking Classes of 1970 and 2020
6/24/2020

Close Bonds Forged, Forever Linking Classes of 1970 and 2020As 1,107 members of the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 rocketed their hats into the air at the graduation ceremony Saturday on the Plain, their journey as cadets was instantly complete and they joined the 221 classes that preceded them in the Long Gray Line.

Prior to their graduating moment in the sun, the process of being woven into the Long Gray Line started with a close relationship forged with their 50-year class affiliation, the USMA Class of 1970.

The linking of the two classes began at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School in 2015-16 before the full class arrived at West Point. Class of 1970 members Frank Monaco and RC Rutler were engaged in the class’ events, including the USMAPS graduation in May 2016.

“I was fortunate enough to hand out diplomas at the (USMAPS graduation) and tracked the class throughout,” Monaco, who is the Class of 1970’s webmaster and chief information officer, said. “I actually gave the class their class flag upon completion of Camp Buckner training.” Read more.

Three Members of Army Executive Staff Appointed to NCAA Committee Posts
6/24/2020

Three Members of Army Executive Staff Appointed to NCAA Committee PostsThe NCAA announced that Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie, Senior Associate AD/SWA Kristine Fowler and Senior Associate AD/Internal Operations Brad Brown have been appointed as NCAA Committee members.

Each will serve as individual sport committee members, with Buddie joining the Division I Baseball Committee, Fowler joining the Division I Women's Basketball Oversight Advancement Committee and Brown being reappointed to the NCAA Gymnastics Committee. In addition, Brown will serve as the NCAA Gymnastics Committee Chair for the 2020-2021 season.

The NCAA is a membership-driven association and is governed by more than 150 committees with almost 1,500 committee members from NCAA institutions and conferences. Association-wide committees are comprised of individuals from all three divisions and consider issues that affect the NCAA across all divisions. In addition, each division has a committee structure in place that addresses issues from a divisional perspective. The respective committees serve as a governing body for rules and championships for each sport. The members will serve as members through the summer of 2024.

Buddie will serve as one of ten members in the Division I Baseball committee. Each of the five baseball regions (East, South, Midwest, Southeast and West) are represented with one member and five members are selected at large. The group will review plans and issues within the frame of Division I Baseball before forwarding proposals to the NCAA Division I Oversight Committee.

As a member of the Women's Basketball Oversight Advancement Committee, Fowler joins a group tasked with developing plans to grow the game of basketball through student-athlete experience, ticket sales and strategy, budget and revenue generation, marketing, attendance, TV ratings, fan experience and site selection. Read more.

Sullivan, Wantlin and Cargile Receive HSBC All Academic Team honors
6/23/2020

Sullivan, Wantlin and Cargile Receive HSBC All Academic Team honorsDespite losing the spring portion of its season, the Army West Point Women's Rugby team continued to excel in the classroom while navigating distance learning for the first time.

The Black Knights were recognized by NCAA women's rugby with three cadet-athletes receiving HSBC All-Academic Team honors, selected by the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA). Kaylee Cargile, Sam Sullivan and Nicole Wantlin were listed among some of rugby's best and brightest for the 2019-20 academic school year.

NIRA recently adopted CoSIDA's Academic All-American criteria for the award which states that to be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution and nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed.

All three athletes capped off a successful fall 15's campaign, helping move the Black Knights to a 7-2 record and an appearance in the NIRA 15's Championship where they experienced a tough 18-7 loss to Harvard.

Both Cargile and Wantlin recorded two tries and 20 combined points for the Black Knights as underclassmen in a dominating 77-0 win over Notre Dame on September 28. In her firstie season, Sullivan led the way for the Cadets and ranked as one of the top-three offensive players on the team en route to being named the 2019 College Rugby Championships Tournament MVP and being selected as a top-20 finalist for the MA Sorensen Award, presented to the best 15s player in the country.

Swim & Dive Announces Captains for 2020-21 Campaign
6/23/2020

Swim & Dive Announces Captains for 2020-21 CampaignThe Army West Point Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving teams announced their captains for the 2020-21 season on Thursday.

The men's team will be captained by a pair of firsties in Graham Ungrady and Billy Webber, while the women's team will be led by seniors Madison Berg and Rebecca Morel. All four Cadets were All-Patriot League performers after their stellar showings at the 2020 Patriot League Championships in Annapolis, Md.

"I'm very excited for our four captains to lead the team this upcoming season," head coach Brandt Nigro said. "They were selected by their peers and the coaching staff to lead and I know they will do a great job. They each have given so much to this program over their first three seasons and I am confident they will help our staff bring this program to new heights this season and beyond. Through their words and actions, they represent everything that Army West Point stands for - Duty, Honor, Country. They bring it each day in workout, lead by example, speak-up when needed, but most importantly, they listen to their teammates and hold everyone accountable to our mission. As just a second-year head coach and staff, it means so much to know that they share in our vision and believe in the incredible potential that this program is capable of in the very near future."

Graham Ungrady - Ungrady helped Army score big at the 2020 Patriot League Championships as a cow. The Second Team All-Patriot League swimmer tied for 21st in the league and finished sixth for Army in individual points scored with 35. Ungrady medaled in the 200 free after placing third with a PR of 1:36.89. He additionally finished sixth in the 100 free with a time of 44.90. The Jacksonville, Fla., native was key in helping the Black Knights grab silver in three relays at the league championships. He anchored the 800 free and 400 free relays, while swimming the second leg of the 200 free relay. Read more.

West Point Class of 2020 Graduates in Historic Ceremony
6/19/2020

A few minutes after 10am on June 13, the West Point Band began to play as members of the Class of 2020 stepped off from the sally ports along Washington Hall and began to march onto the Plain that serves as the centerpiece of the Academy. It was a full-circle moment for the members of the class, for it was on the Plain almost four years ago where they had officially joined the Corps of Cadets during the Acceptance Day parade. It also marked the first time since 1977 that a commencement ceremony had been held on the Plain instead of in Michie Stadium. Due to public health concerns, the socially-distanced ceremony was closed to guests, who instead were able to watch via livestream. West Point alumni from across the country contributed through WPAOG to fund a world-class graduation special program so that families, friends, and the entire nation could celebrate with the graduates. The broadcast celebrated the Class of 2020, highlighted West Point, and had special messages from the USMA leader team, 50-year affiliate class members, and notable graduates. Full story.

Hallstead Named First Team Academic All-American
6/19/2020

Hallstead Named First Team Academic All-AmericanStandout firstie diver Serica Hallstead of the Army West Point Women's Swimming and Diving team was named CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team on Friday afternoon.

CoSIDA recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performance in athletic competition and in the classroom.

Hallstead, a three-time CoSIDA Academic First Team All-District honoree and three-time Academic All-Patriot League performer, becomes the first diver in program history to be named an academic All-American. She additionally is the first cadet to earn All-America recognition since Kristen Barta '15 collected the honor following the 2014-15 campaign.

Throughout her four years at the Academy, Hallstead consistently posted high marks in the classroom. She closed out her academic career with a 4.206 spring semester grade-point average en route to finishing with a 4.072 cumulative GPA as a life science major.

Her talents were not limited to the classroom as the Canandaigua, N.Y., native excelled on the boards as well. A four-time All-Patriot League diver, Hallstead capped her diving career by being named the league's diver of the meet this past March. She became the first cadet to receive the honor since Lindsey Adao '10 earned it in 2010.

At the league championships, she medaled in both diving events after winning on the 1-meter board and placing third on the 3-meter. Hallstead leaves West Point with the Academy and pool records on the 3-meter.

Madson Honored as Atlantic Hockey's Student-Athlete of the Year
6/18/2020

Madson Honored as Atlantic Hockey's Student-Athlete of the YearTen members of the Army West Point Hockey team were named to the 2019-20 Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team. Blaine Madson was highlighted as the Student-Athlete of the Year with a 4.0 grade-point average in both semesters.

"We are very proud of Blaine for being chosen as this year's the Atlantic Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year," said head coach Brian Riley. "He represented our program in such a positive way on and off the ice. It's great to see these players recognized for their achievements in the classroom."

Madson posted consecutive semesters with a GPA greater than 4.0, 4.02 in the first semester and 4.14 in the second semester, for a 4.08 grade point average, the highest of all players in Atlantic Hockey this season.

To qualify for the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must post a 3.0 GPA or better in the semesters in which he was competing.

The Black Knights represented on the All-Academic Team included plebe John Keranen, yearlings Blaine Madson and Marshal Plunkett, juniors Matt Berkovitz, Mason Krueger and John Zimmerman, as well as seniors Zach Evancho, Bryan Gerstenfeld, Matt Penta and Alex Wilkinson.

Men's Hoops to Compete in Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational
6/18/2020

Men's Hoops to Compete in Basketball Hall of Fame InvitationalThe Army West Point Men's Basketball team was selected as one of eight teams to compete in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on December 13, 2020 at the Barclays Center. The one-day quadruple-header will feature Penn State vs. Florida, Purdue vs. West Virginia, Stanford vs. Georgia Tech and Army vs. Princeton.

"It is an amazing opportunity for our Men's Basketball program to be a part of an event like the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational," Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie said. "Playing at the Barclays Center will be a tremendous experience for our Cadets and we look forward to seeing them compete."

"It's an honor for our program to play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational at Barclays Center," Lee Anderson Head Men's Basketball Coach Jimmy Allen added. "Having the opportunity to play in a venue like Barclays Center and against a quality opponent like Princeton will be great for our program."

Army and Princeton have squared off a total of 36 times and this will be their first neutral site matchup since Mike Krzyzewski coached the Black Knights to a 53-52 victory on December 29, 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the Rainbow Classic. Army is 2-1 all-time against the Tigers in neutral site contests.

The last time the two sides met on the hardwood was on November 20, 2009 when the Cadets bested the Tigers, 56-52, at Jadwin Gymnasium in Princeton, N.J.

The December non-league contest will mark the first-ever game at the Barclays Center for Army. Read more.

USMA Class of 2020: ‟With Vision We Lead” in Their Own Words Part III
6/16/2020

The U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 graduated more than 1,100 members Saturday on the Plain. Those graduating represent 82% of the 1,302 cadets who entered West Point nearly four years ago.

Due to COVID-19 delaying graduation, members of the class commissioned May 23 during an oath of commissioning ceremony from remote locations. It marked another unique venture for the new second lieutenants of the Class of 2020 within their 47-month journey.

Over four weeks, The Pointer View series titled, “With Vision We Lead,” named after the class motto, involves various members of the class telling stories of their West Point experience.

In honor of the members of the 222nd graduating class of West Point, here is the third installment of a four-part series of their journey in their own words. Read more.

Thank You Firsties
6/15/2020

Thank You FirstiesBy Jimmy Allen, Head Men's Basketball Coach

Guys,

As you get ready to graduate this Saturday I wanted write and let you know how proud I am of each of you and what you mean to our basketball program and the Academy. From your R-Day four years ago, until now, each of you has helped us build a winning culture and you leave our program poised to continue making history. You have set the bar higher for every class that follows you both on the court and off.

For me, it has been extra special because your arrival coincided with my first season as a head coach here at West Point. To a man, you have all impacted our program in positive ways.

We began your senior season talking about what we wanted this year to be about and you decided it was… RESPECT THE TEAM, RESPECT THE GAME, FINISH. Although those were our team core values this past season, you all have lived that throughout your time as Cadets. It is not a coincidence that those were the values you ultimately came up with.

RESPECT THE TEAM.

In your words this meant understanding how everyone’s actions on and off the court would impact our success. You set examples of this as Cadets in your companies, in the corps and on our team.

You exemplified this at different times throughout your four years. I remember getting an email from our Commandant during your Beast Barracks saying that she had been marching with Keeston Smith and how impressed she was with his positive attitude. I remember Matt Wilson during his summer detail last year finding a pair of shoes for a plebe who somehow managed not to bring any. There was Tommy Funk driving back from the New Jersey shore during his leave to be with our incoming Plebes on R-Day.

You took younger teammates and counseled them when they were struggling, and you gave up your free time to host recruits. You led our team to break academic records in the classroom all four years. There are so many other memories, but ultimately what I will remember the most is that you took every opportunity during your four years to make choices to make not only our team better but the larger team you were a part of better as well.

RESPECT THE GAME. 

You guys led our scout team, stepped into drills, rebounded for teammates, broke individual records and because of all those things our program set team milestones. You set the standard for how to prepare for success on the court. Read more.

Mooradian Receives Prestigious Special Award
6/12/2020

Mooradian Receives Prestigious Special AwardThe Army Athletic Association announced yesterday that firstie Lynne Mooradian of theTrack & Field team has received the Academy's Special Award.

The distinguished honor is presented to cadet-athletes who exhibit "outstanding achievement and exemplary leadership in athletic competition." Unlike the annual AAA Award, the AAA Special Award is given only in years when a worthy candidate is deemed.

"The special award is not an annual award at West Point for good reason," Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Mike Smith said. "There has to be a rare combination of talents and achievements worthy of recognition. The acclaim that Lynne has brought to the academy and to our program warrant that recognition. I am proud of her accomplishments and who she has become. She has a lot to offer the world and we are fortunate that she chose to share her talent with us for a short window of time."

Mooradian becomes the 31st recipient of the award since its inception in 1966, and just the fourth Cadet to receive the honor since 2010. She is the first member of the track & field program to receive the honor since Kim Seminiano and Teresa Sobiesk in 1989.

The Hanover, Pa., native is a two-time Academic All-American, claiming the nation's top individual academic honor as Google Academic All-Academic All-America of the Year in 2018. She received Academic All-District honors for the third time in 2020, with this year's Academic All-America® team being named later in June. Read more.

Sullivan Selected as the 2020 Female AAA Award Recipient
6/12/2020

Sullivan Selected as the 2020 Female AAA Award RecipientPrior to graduation each year, the Army Athletic Association (AAA) awards a male and female cadet-athlete who displayed the “most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet.” The AAA trophy is highly regarded as the United States Military Academy’s most prestigious athletic award. Being that the 2019-20 school year looked a bit different than years past, this year’s award winners were announced during the first-ever virtual Black Knight Awards.

After an outstanding record-breaking career with the Army West Point women’s rugby program, senior Sam Sullivan was chosen as the 2019-2020 female recipient of the AAA Award.

In the 116th year of the award, Sullivan was recognized alongside senior men’s basketball captain, Tommy Funk, who was the male honoree.

Sullivan becomes the first women’s rugby player in program history to receive the award after accumulating a laundry list of accomplishments. In her four-year career, Sullivan has been named a three-time National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) 15s All-American.

Her grit and relentlessness on the field of play also allowed her be recognized for a number of awards, including being named the 2019 College Rugby Championships Tournament MVP, the winner of the first-ever Prusmack Award, awarded to the top female and male collegiate 7s player in the country, and a top-20 finalist for the MA Sorensen Award, presented to the best 15s player in the country. Read more.

USMA 2020 Cadets: ‟With Vision We Lead” in Their Own Words Part II
6/12/2020

USMA 2020 Cadets: ‟With Vision We Lead” in Their Own Words Part IIThe U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 will graduate more than 1,100 cadets on June 13. Those graduating represent 83% of the 1,302 cadets who entered West Point nearly four years ago.

Due to COVID-19 delaying graduation, members of the class commissioned May 23 during an oath of commissioning ceremony from remote locations. It marked another unique venture for the new second lieutenants of the Class of 2020 within their 47-month journey.

Over four weeks, The Pointer View series titled, “With Vision We Lead,” named after the class motto, involves various members of the class telling stories of their West Point experience.

In honor of the members of the 222nd graduating class of West Point, here is the second installment of a four-part series of their journey in their own words ... Read more.

Funk Named AAA Award Winner
6/12/2020

Funk Named AAA Award WinnerTommy Funk of the Army West Point Men’s Basketball team received the Army Athletic Association Award, the United States Military Academy’s most prestigious athletic honor.

The AAA trophy is awarded annually to the male and female cadet-athletes who display the “most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet.”

This year marks the 116th anniversary of the AAA Award, which was first presented to football’s Horatio Hackett in 1904.

Funk becomes the ninth men’s basketball cadet all-time to receive the award and the first since Army Hall of Famer Kevin Houston ’87 earned the honor in 1987. He joins Sam Sullivan of the women's rugby team as the male and female recipient.

Funk went down as one of the best point guards in program history after he displayed his passing, scoring and leadership abilities on the hardwood during his four seasons at West Point. The four-year floor general did not miss a single game since putting on an Army jersey back as a plebe in 2016 and went on to start in all 124 career outings. For his career, he averaged 12.5 points, 5.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds per tilt while shooting 42 percent from the field and 34 percent from deep. Read more.

2020 Superintendent’s Award Convocation
6/12/2020

2020 Superintendent’s Award ConvocationEach year, on the Thursday before the graduation ceremony, West Point holds the Superintendent's Awards Convocation. It is during this time that the Academy honors cadets who have stood out from their peers with outstanding achievements in academic, military, and physical endeavors.

Thank You Firsties
6/12/2020

Thank You FirstiesBy Cheryl Milligan, Head Softball Coach

Dear Em and Macey,

It’s a little ironic that we found out your careers were likely over while at an escape room. While “Figure it out”, “Work together” and “Find a way out” worked well inside that room they were of no use to get you back this lost time. There was no escape from this situation that would end with you back on a college softball field.

You each took the news in your own way. Macey, you were the stoic realist that you are every time you take the mound. Em, you were as emotional and passionate as we know you to be. The perfect combination of senior leadership.

I can’t imagine a worse segment of any season to lose than the close of your senior year. A time that should have been spent with celebration, maybe a record broke, surely a loving send-off from teammates and a bittersweet final day, was instead a time of unprecedented uncertainty and redirection.

And still you persevered. Because you are more than a softball player, more than any single of your activities, accolades, or passions. You are a West Point cadet, and this was your first test as you leave West Point. Because of your leadership and your dedication to service, when others thought only of the sadness of a season lost, you think of all others have lost in this pandemic. Because of your training and hard work, where others see their world crashing in, you look forward to a future of helping that world. Because softball has helped shape you into the leaders that you are, you leave a sad time better and a team behind you prepared to move on. Read more.

Giachin, Hurtubise Named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
6/11/2020

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday that Army West Point junior Anthony Giachin and senior Jacob Hurtubise have been named to the 2020 Academic All-America Division I baseball team.

Giachin was announced as one of 11 First Team members and was one of five players in the country to receive Academic All-America honors for the second consecutive season. The Livingston, N.J., native majors in mechanical engineering and carries a 3.97 GPA. He closed out the shortened 2020 campaign with a .308 batting average, hitting .400 over the team's final ten games. He has been no stranger to national accolades in 2020, as he was named a Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball.  Giachin becomes just the third Black Knight to receive First Team honors since 1976, joining Matt Ball (2018) and Jacob Price (2012).

It marks the first Academic All-America honor for Hurtubise, capping off a historic career for the Zionsville, Ill., native. The operations research major was named to the Second Team, graduating from the Academy as a 2nd Lieutenant with a 3.70 GPA. Hurtubise was named Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year prior to the 2020 season, he graduates as the Army and Patriot League all-time leader in both stolen bases (105) and walks (142).

For more information regarding the Google Cloud Academic All-America program, visit https://academicallamerica.com/.

West Point, to Thee
6/11/2020

West Point, to TheeBy Maddie Miller, Women's Lacrosse

The Greatest Team on Earth

Grit, resilience, and determination are characteristics we all admire in others, but how do we prove to ourselves that we are worthy of these descriptors? For me, it was the pursuit of sports, specifically lacrosse.

The sport of lacrosse has shown me that these values are available to me if I work as hard as I know I am capable of. Beyond showing me what I can achieve personally, I am eternally grateful to the sport for the friendships, mentors, and memories I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I recognize that the opportunity to continue playing this game at the Division I level is not a given for anyone, and that it is a privilege that has been afforded to me.

Further, I am thankful for the school to which lacrosse has ultimately brought me. Without lacrosse, I would not be at West Point. Lacrosse provided me with a career path which I am passionate about. One of selfless service and integrity. My experience on the women’s lacrosse team at West Point will soon transition to an experience on another team, the greatest team on Earth, the United States Army.

As a child, or even a young high school student, I could have never imagined myself as an officer in the U.S. Army. It was not until my sophomore year of high school that the idea of being a cadet at West Point germinated. When I went on my first recruiting visit in December of 2014, I was timid and hesitant. I had no clue about how daily life functioned at West Point, and I was even more clueless about the duties of an Army officer, to which I would have to commit five years of my life after graduation. Read more.

Nontraditional USMA Graduations with LTC Siry
6/10/2020

Nontraditional USMA Graduations with LTC SiryThis year the United States Military Academy is experiencing a nontraditional graduation. Although the circumstances are unprecedented, there have been other nontraditional graduations in our past.

Watch LTC Dave Siry, the History Guy, take you through some of these unique situations.

Physics and Nuclear Engineering Recognizes 2020 Cadets
6/10/2020

Physics and Nuclear Engineering Recognizes 2020 CadetsThe House of PaNE recognized members of the class of 2020 for their exceptional performance in the Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Space Science, and research programs.

Mathematical Sciences Cadet Awards
6/10/2020

Mathematical Sciences Cadet AwardsCongratulations to the Department of Mathematical Sciences top Senior (First Class Cadet) and Junior (Second Class Cadet) Academic Awardees! Hats off to the top guns in the individual math courses as well.

Thank You Firsties
6/10/2020

Thank You FirstiesBy Doug Van Everen, Head Gymnastics Coach

To the Class of 2020 Army Gymnasts:

I can’t put into words how much I have enjoyed coaching all of you, but I will try. From the day you arrived four years ago, you have moved the bar higher and been an inspiration to the rest on the team. You were dedicated, hardworking and always put the needs of the team first. With both success and failure, you always stayed focused and true to the core principles our program. ONE TEAM, ONE FIGHT!

Having missed the last third of our season was heart breaking. Senior day, conference championships, NCAA’s and of course our team banquet/BBQ croquet beatdown. I know you have all learned a lot about yourselves this season and you are stronger and better people because of the sacrifices you made every day. I thank you for your leadership and most importantly all the laughs we had. I know that our friendship will continue strong as will your support for future Army Gymnastics teams. There were so many highlights, but I must mention a few:

Rex’s excellence on high bar, and his mental fits on vault. His love of pommel horse and hitting a routine.

Liam’s record high! The lessons Liam learned about wrestling in hotel rooms and his steady determination to train hard and never give up.

Grant’s air awareness by brail, his never give up attitude despite injury and his leadership as co-captain.

Darrel’s break from all around to three events – FYI Darrel, you can’t tumble. Totally consistent and always putting the team first. He would do anything for the team. He is grounded and caring.

Then comes Alex. Able to do his 7th grade high bar set for all those years! This, as you know, is no small task at the Academy, but he got it done and was often the cleanest set out there. I also liked the academic success that came his senior year. We love you Alex, and we won many competitions because of your efforts.

Eric, a floor vault hero! High hit percentage and better in every meet as the seasons went on. You never let us down, with rock solid performances every time, but stay away from high bar. Read more.

West Point Civil & Mechanical Engineering Farwell
6/10/2020

West Point Civil & Mechanical Engineering FarwellThis video is a celebration, a farewell and well-deserved recognition to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 as the newest Civil & Mechanical Engineering (CME) LTs head out to graduation and the Army beyond West Point Class of 2020.

Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department Awards
6/10/2020

Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department AwardsLast night the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department had the honor of hosting the Virtual Annual Cadet Awards Ceremony in recognition of the success of their new Lieutenants. “We are incredibly proud of all they have accomplished, both inside and outside of the classroom. We are excited to see you continue the work you started here as you begin your time as commissioned officers.” In the words of BG(R) Prince: "Make excellence a lifetime pursuit; if you do, and you combine that with service to others, you will know the greatest satisfactions that a life can bring.

Wednesday 6/10 Live Q&A with NFL Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha
6/9/2020

AITAF (Arts in the Armed Forces) Virtual Film Screening Event and Live online Q&A with actor, producer and NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, facilitated by Prof. Christopher P. Wolfe ’00. Wednesday 6/10 @ 9:30pm.

When you register you will receive a webinar link so that you can tune in and participate in the Q&A.

Click here to Register.

West Point, to Thee
6/9/2020

West Point, to TheeBy Calli McMullen, Track & Field

Finding My Peace

By God’s grace, the support of my family and the dedication of my coaches, I am the athlete that I never knew I could be. Being a track athlete at West Point has brought a world of success that I would not have without those who believed in me. Thus, this testimony is for them. I am beyond grateful to have achieved everything that I have, but I honestly did not even think that any of my experiences were possible. In fact, if anyone would have told me as a kid that I’d be running track at West Point, I would have laughed in their face. Little did I know that throughout my entire life, running was in my bones.

I knew from an early age that I could run. In fact, I was good at running. As a child though, I never took it seriously. The city track coach would come to my elementary school every year to host try-outs for his summer team. As a child, I was not aware that they were try-outs; I simply thought it was another day of recess. Nevertheless, even in elementary school, I would beat kids in those races, but every year, I turned down that opportunity. In my family, my older sister and I were the artistic ones, while my older brother was the athletic one. That was how it was supposed to be. My sister was a singer and public speaker, I was the classical ballerina and my brother was the football and track star. So early on, I never saw track as an opportunity. It wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that my perspective changed.

My high school P.E. teachers, who also coached the track team, knew that I was a dancer. They reasoned that I’d be able to contribute to the track team as a jumper. That’s how they convinced me to join. So, my daily routine at track practice involved me warming up and heading straight to the high jump mat, and I was satisfied with this. One day, all the older girls on the team started bickering with each other about who was the better athlete. It became an intense word battle that the rest of the team swore was going to break out into a fist fight.

The head coach, Coach Andre Warthen, who was a smooth-talking southern man, stepped into the middle of the commotion. With a slight southern accent, he calmly stated, “We’ll settle this right now. Everybody step on the line.” When he said “everybody,” I thought he was referring to the runners. I quickly realized that I was wrong as members of every event group stepped up. A flush of nerves hit my body because I had never done this before. Read more.

Thank You Firsties
6/9/2020

By Mark West, Head Sprint Football Coach

Dear Tommy, Rino, Bobby, DJ, Johnny D, Gigs, Garrett, Petey, Brendan, Connor, CJ, JJ, and Cavan,

Congratulations! You did it! You graduated from West Point and officially became members of the Long Gray Line! It was no easy task, but you persevered and got it done – much the same way you persevered on the gridiron with the Sprint football team.

For most of you, I remember you as new cadets showing up for our pre-R Day picnic ready to take on “The Beast”. Take on “The Beast” you did, slaying it with hard work and tenacity. That plebe summer proved to be indicative of your entire 47-month experience. You guys were relentless in your pursuit for excellence.

I admit, I have had graduating classes in the Sprint program with more overall talent that your class. Yet I have never had a graduating class with more grit and determination than the Class of 2020. You scratched, clawed, and fought for everything you earned. It was not always pretty, but you always got the job done. Leaving with a 27-4 record, two CSFL championships, and 3 wins over arch-rival Navy is an amazing accomplishment.

My greatest memory for your class will always be your senior season. After losing the championship game to Navy during the 2018 season along with a chance at an undefeated season, you took the bull by the horns as rising seniors in the winter of 2019 and vowed to lead the team and bring the championship trophy back to Army West Point. Read more.

Cadet Williams Running to Inspire
6/8/2020

Cadet Williams Running to InspireCadet Daylan Williams is running 100 miles in 100 hours to inspire others. He is running for heroes, family, faith, and fitness. Daylan hopes his journey will inspire people to believe in themselves and put the work in. Watch the interview.

Looking for the Grad Week Events?
6/8/2020

Looking for the Grad Week Events?Check out the events happening around West Point this week for Class of 2020. You can be a part of the events by tuning in live. Make sure you subscribe to the West Point YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/TheWestPointChannel

West Point Glee Club Sings “O What a Beautiful City”
6/8/2020

West Point Glee Club Sings “O What a Beautiful City”The West Point Glee Club worked under the direction of Connie Chase to create this uplifting virtual performance of “O What a Beautiful City.”

The cadets all sang from their homes, and the individual videos were combined into a full ensemble that brings forward a message of hope and inspiration. It is especially poignant because 14 of the voices in the video are getting ready to graduate from West Point with the Class of 2020! Congratulations!

West Point’s Glee Club and the production of this video are made possible by donors supporting the #MarginOfExcellence Thank you for making #MOE possible. Listen to that West Point spirit!

Thank You Firsties
6/8/2020

Thank You FirstiesBy Matt Sherman, Head Men's Rugby Coach

Army men's rugby Class of 2020,

Congratulations on the successful completion of your 47-month journey at West Point culminating with Saturday’s unique graduation. I don’t think you would say the journey has been easy, but I hope you’ve enjoyed it. I believe strongly it will be one that you found to be challenging, rewarding, fulfilling and formative as you forge down your life’s path.

I know how hard you’ve all worked to get here, and I am overwhelmingly proud of and happy for you all. I am also deeply saddened to see you depart, and I, your teammates, and the team, will miss you immensely. Nonetheless, while not here in being, your legacy will be with us in spirit as we continue to strive to now stand on your shoulders and leave the jersey in a better place.

I am very grateful for our time and experiences together, as well as your considerable efforts and contributions to the team these last 47-months. I am grateful for our relationship and the personal impact you have had on my life, helping me to improve and grow as a better person, leader and coach. I’m grateful for the positive impact you have had on our team and brotherhood. I feel absolute in saying you left the jersey in a better place and have carried our legacy forward. I also know that you have carried the Army rugby brotherhood forward by forging strong bonds with all of your teammates and with each other.

Lastly, I’m grateful to have been able to see your personal growth and development on and off field these last 47 months. Your climb has been steep and impressive. It was never easy, but you approached it with tenacity and resilience and kept moving forward and upward. Read more.

Thank You Firsties
6/8/2020

By Paul Peck, Head Women's Tennis Coach

Dear Danna and Gloria,

Congratulations on graduating from West Point and commissioning as 2nd Lieutenants! I am so proud of both you for all you have accomplished these past four years. It has been quite a journey!! I know that you are both prepared and ready for the challenges ahead in your military career. You have been trained at the best leadership institution in the world and your leadership skills will help you succeed in any unit you are assigned. I am looking forward to seeing all your accomplishments in your military careers, in your communities and in the private sector in the future.

I also want to thank you for all you have done for Army women’s tennis because of you two, our team is the most cohesive I have ever seen it in my 26 years at West Point. You both have led by example in terms of your work ethic, competitiveness and just being great teammates. One of your best strengths as teammates is your sense of humor and constant teasing of each other. It allowed the team to laugh and relax during a tough Dean’s week or in stressful competitions.

We have had many adventures on and off the courts over the years but one of my favorite memories during your time with the team is the 2018 Patriot League Championship. Read more.

2020 Cadets Sing “100 Days ‘Til June”
6/5/2020

The 100th Night Show has been around since 1871, as a collection of comedic skits making fun of the 47-month West Point Experience. Since 1903, the show has been a full-length comedy-musical. The song “100 Days ‘Til June” has been traditionally sung at the end of the show for a number of years to celebrate 100 Days until graduation.

The Class of 2020 cast of the show thought it would be a neat project relive the song in order to stay connected in a remote environment during COVID-19. Now that graduation day is actually in June, it felt even more fitting.

Still Time to Donate a Brick or Paver
6/5/2020

Still Time to Donate a Brick or PaverThere's still time to donate a Brick or Paver before the July 1 deadline for Fall 2020 installation.

WPAOG's Brick and Paver program provides an opportunity for graduates and friends of West Point to honor and memorialize a new graduate, a loved one, classmate, friend, or member of the West Point community in a significant and lasting way. The brick paths surrounding Herbert Alumni Center serve as a permanent, elegant, and recognizable remembrance to all our visitors, while also being a thoughtful and unique gift.

“What an amazing opportunity to share our pride in a way that our cadet (and someday her family) will always be able to enjoy when they visit West Point.”
- 2019 Testimonial

Order your personalized Brick or Paver for the Fall 2020 installation by July 1, 2020.

For more information and to place your order, please visit our website at https://www.westpointaog.org/brickandpaver or contact us at brick@wpaog.org

Sunday 6/7 The Comm's Leadership Series Feat. Bryan Bautista
6/5/2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

USCC DCA Cultural Arts is hosting a special event in honor of the graduating class With Vision We Lead!

Join the Corps of Cadets & the West Point Community for a virtual graduation concert experience.

Click here to View the Concert Sunday 6/7 @ 7:30pm.

Office 365 Required to view the Concert. If you do not have an account Click here to Join. Be sure to create your account to participate by June 7th

Tonight 6/5 The Comm's Leadership Series Feat. Riley Green
6/5/2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Check out a special message from opening act Matt Mulhare.

USCC DCA Cultural Arts is hosting a special event in honor of the graduating class With Vision We Lead!

Join the Corps of Cadets & the West Point Community for a virtual graduation concert experience.

Click here to View the Concert Friday 6/5 @ 7:30pm.

Office 365 Required to view the Concert. If you do not have an account Click here to Join. Be sure to create your account to participate by June 5th

CDT Easter Virtual Presentation at the JSAMAPS
6/4/2020

CDT Easter Virtual Presentation at the JSAMAPSDuring the Joint Service Academies Mass Atrocity Prevention Symposium (JSAMAPS), conducted remotely, Cadet Madeleine Easter, United States Military Academy presented "Who Died? Visualizing the 1994 Rwandan Genocide." The focal point of the symposium is the students, who share their original research on issues related to the Holocaust, genocide, and mass atrocity prevention with an audience of their peers. Interspersed between student panels are presentations by scholars, experts, and practitioners from US government agencies, such as the Department of Defense and Department of State, non-governmental organizations working in the field of atrocity prevention, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. These presentations energize and advance conversations at the academies concerning humane and effective leadership in an age of continued mass atrocity and genocide.

West Point, to Thee
6/4/2020

West Point, to TheeBy Miles Silva, Men's Lacrosse

Family

From the time I was a little boy, playing lacrosse at West Point was my dream. Simply put, West Point is part of my family. It began with my maternal grandfather, Walter Mischler class of 1969, who played sprint football and ran track during his time here, followed by my parents, Adam and Jennifer Silva class of 1993, who captained the men’s lacrosse and volleyball teams. My entire life I grew up wanting to be just like them and to become part of the storied legacy of West Point and the men’s lacrosse team.

Growing up surrounded by Army sports, I looked up to the men and women who wore their respective uniforms as my heroes, referring to my parents’ teammates and class as my “aunts” “uncles,” and I knew I wanted to be just like them. The Army lacrosse team has meant everything to me for as long as I can remember, and I am blessed to have been a part of it during my five-year journey.

My path to becoming an Army lacrosse player differs from those of my classmates because my recruiting process was solely focused on getting the chance to attend West Point and play under Coach Alberici. I knew from the moment my process began that I wanted West Point to be the place I spent my college career.

From my first day in the lacrosse locker room at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School I knew I joined something special, something bigger than myself. When I was given the opportunity to play lacrosse at West Point I was not only fulfilling a childhood dream, I was also given the opportunity to learn to follow, to grow, to fail, to lead, and to be a part of the greatest group of men in the country. Read more.

Virtual Staff Ride to Operation Market Garden
6/4/2020

 Virtual Staff Ride to Operation Market Garden Current and former history faculty Majors Ed Hoogland, Edwin Den Harder, and Ben Flores assisted medical residents at the Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg by assisting with a "Virtual Staff Ride" to Operation Market Garden.

USMA 2020 Cadets: ‟With Vision We Lead” in Their Own Words
6/3/2020

USMA 2020 Cadets: ‟With Vision We Lead” in Their Own WordsThe U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 will graduate more than 1,100 cadets on June 13. Those graduating represent 83% of the 1,302 cadets who entered West Point nearly four years ago.

Due to COVID-19 delaying graduation, members of the class commissioned Saturday during an oath of commissioning ceremony from remote locations. It marked another unique venture for the new second lieutenants of the Class of 2020 within their 47-month journey.

Over the next four weeks, The Pointer View series titled, “With Vision We Lead,” named after the class motto, involves various members of the class telling stories of their West Point experience.

In honor of the members of the 222nd graduating class of West Point, here is the first installment of a four-part series of their journey in their own words. Read more.

13th Annual Black Knight Awards Go Live on June 8th
6/3/2020

13th Annual Black Knight Awards Go Live on June 8thArmy West Point Athletics will celebrate its teams and cadet-athlete accomplishments during the 13th Annual Black Knight Awards on June 8th. For the first time in show history, it will be held virtually on Facebook Live.

Fans can tune into the virtual show on Facebook Live beginning at 7:30 p.m. You can access the official Facebook page for Army Athletics here.

You can join in on the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #BKAwards. Fans are encouraged to send in their own congratulatory videos to our cadet-athletes and teams utilizing the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

West Point, to Thee
6/3/2020

By Gloria Son, Women's Tennis

I am shaking.

I am nervous.

I take a sip of water, trying to quench my dry throat.

The air in Lichtenberg Tennis Center is warm and quiet—too heavy for my current anxiety-ridden mind.

The people in the crowd intently stare at me and Kirby as if we are two rare species in a zoo. I can tell they are trying to send us good energy, or maybe even bad karma. The handful of parents who are still so inclined to watch their kids play in college are watching with critique and angst as they’ve done for so many years. Half of them are sporting Navy gear while the other half are rocking Army—quite literally a painting of black, gold, white, and blue. Out of the corner of my eyes I see Kirby’s parents, mostly her mom, Mrs. Einck. She has the look of the cliché “tennis parent”, standing ever-so confidently and proudly above the courts yet sporting a hint of the nervous jitters watching her daughter play an important match. Everyone is too tense, so I look away. In the moment, my mind is sharp, but my body seems eternities away. My racquet feels heavy too. At the bench, Coach M’s voice is distant. She’s telling us to: “…hit it to their backhand…Glo, you need to step in and stick your volley…the darker hair is the weaker player…Kirby serve to…”.

The umpire calls: “TIME!”

I snap back and look Coach in her eyes. Despite not hearing a word she said, I knew exactly what she wanted us to do. In the end, it’s just a game, right? It’s just tennis? I flash a nod, trying to muster up a quick “ok, Coach” but instead, I am forced to swallow the saliva-build up in my mouth. Kirby and I bump one last fist pump with Coach M as we quickly scurry away from the player’s bench onto our side of the court. I remembered my younger years, loving the spotlight and hoping everyone would watch me play. But in this moment, I felt like throwing up instead. This was an important match and I didn’t want to let my coaches and my team down. And most of all, I didn’t want to let my doubles partner, Kirby, down. Read more.

Five Black Knights Named Academic All-District
6/1/2020

Five Black Knights Named Academic All-DistrictCoSIDA announced that five members of the Army West Point Track and Field program have been honored as members of the 2020 Academic All-District Track & Field / Cross Country teams.

From the men's team, seniors Ben Petrella, Michael Renard and Jackson Sullivan received the honor. On the women's side, seniors Lynne Mooradian and Calli McMullen were named as members of the team.

The honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America program separately recognizes track & field/cross country honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

Honorees selected first-team Academic All-District will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. Academic All-America honorees will be announced from June 22-25.

It marks the second consecutive Academic-All-District nod for Petrella and Sullivan and the third straight for Mooradian. Both Petrella and Mooradian were named Academic All-Americans in 2019, with Mooradian also taking the nation's top honor as All-America of the Year in 2018. Both graduate as four-time Patriot League Scholar Athletes of the Year. This marks the first Academic All-District awards for Renard and McMullen, who add the academic honors to their long list of athletic honors of the course of their record-breaking careers.

West Point, to Thee
6/1/2020

West Point, to TheeBy Samantha Stewart, Women's Lacrosse

AWoL,

If I was able to go back in time to the day, I committed to Army women’s lacrosse, I would have never expected to be where I am now. Growing up in a military family, I always knew I wanted to attend West Point. I think the scariest part was not knowing what to expect.

Of course, there are stories from your parents, a family friend and even a current cadet, but nothing compares to your own experience.

While deciding to come to West Point seemed like an easy decision at first, it has been anything but easy. At the R-Day barbeque, I remember coming together with the rest of the class of 2020, bright eyed and excited for the journey we were about to embark on. However, the next day I found myself standing in my sweaty white over grey uniform in the rain holding back tears as I desperately held on to my parent’s gaze from the bleachers.

We have all had those moments, those days and that thought of whether West Point would be right for us or not. However, I always had one thing that helped me stay on track. My teammates.

From the very beginning, our team has served as one of the most important support systems throughout my West Point experience. It’s interesting to take a moment and look back at those memories as a senior. Filled with fear of the unknown then, I finally know what the next few years will have in store for me. Those moments don’t seem as scary and all I can think now is how blessed I am to be a part of something like West Point.

To my teammates - we have achieved so much this year. The milestones we reached as a fifth-year program demonstrate our hard work and dedication to this team. Although our season was cut short due to unforeseen circumstances, the goals we reached and the memories we created will remain in our hearts forever.

To the freshmen, four seasons go by incredibly fast, make sure you take advantage of every moment. Sophomores, in the next few months you’re going to make a huge decision to continue on this path. It’s an exciting one so get ready! To the juniors, I am so excited to come back and see the ways you will carry this program as a senior class and what your military careers will soon become. Read more.

Margin of Excellence Monday
6/1/2020

We are highlighting the academic excellence that cadets displayed at this year's Projects Day, supported via donations to the Margin of Excellence. Each year, Projects Day at West Point showcases hundreds of cadet capstone projects across all academic departments, and 2020 was no different--except that it went virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Projects Day 2020 had a total of 318 projects and more than 200 live project presentations online via the USMA conferencing platform. Almost 1,500 people tuned in to watch West Point's annual "academic Super Bowl."

“The Winant Scholars 2019 team is extremely grateful for the donations from the WPAOG that allowed our trips and research to become a reality.' - CDT Elizavetta (Liz) Fursova '21

Donors that support West Point and the Long Gray Line helped make this happen and we are truly grateful.

Congratulations to all the Projects Day winners from WPAOG!

Clark Award Winner: "Soldier Power Augmentation Readiness Kit;" CME/EE&CS; Cadets (Class of 2020) Hunter Ball, Hannah White, Jack Farrington, Mike Hamilton and (Class of 2022) Nolan Pearce; Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Zifchock

Dean’s Inter-Departmental Award Winner: "Post Nuclear Blast Recon Swarm;" CME, PANE, EE&CS, DSE; Cadets (All Class of 2020) Cooper Cone (CS), Malik Hancock (CS), Robert Huepfel (PaNE), Murray Johnston (ME), Seth Losure (PaNE), Sophia Parker (SE), Michael Renard (EE), Luke Rose (ME), Victor Rutledge (SE), Samantha Sullivan (CS), William Walter (ME); Advisors: Mr. Andrew Kopeikin (CME), LTC Keith McManus '98 (PaNE), Mr. Kevin Carey (EECS), Mr. Ted Londner (DSE)

Dean’s Inter-Departmental Award Honorable Mention: "RADBOT;" PANE, CME, EE&CS, MATH, DSE; Cadets (All Class of 2020) Tyler Lacosta (CME), Kaelynn Mayes (PaNE), Brendan Huhlein (PaNE), Nicholas Franck (EECS), Ethan Shepherd (EECS), Trenton Leslie (EECS), Adam Hudler (EECS), Kyle Herschberger (EECS), Spencer Lee (DSE), Natalie Hales (MATH), Gloria Son (CME), Devin Men (CME); Advisors: Dr. John Rogers (CME ), LTC Keith Mcmanus '98 (PaNE), Mr. Dominic Larkin (EECS), Mr. Ted Londner (DSE)

To learn more about the Margin of Excellence and how you can support cadet studies, please visit our website at: https://www.westpointaog.org/WestPointmarginofexcellence

West Point, to Thee
5/29/2020

West Point, to TheeBy Ryan Fairbrother, Men's Lacrosse

“Thank you for letting a kid live out his dream.”

It began in 2008, when I was in the fifth grade. I attended an Army vs. Navy lacrosse game in Michie Stadium with my father and close family friend Rick Bifulco, who was the team captain in 1976. The first thing I remember from the trip was the cadets passing time between classes. It seemed so synchronized, so harmonious. Seeing each student wearing the same uniform and walking at a similarly brisk pace was almost mesmerizing.

The location on the Hudson River was beautiful, and the stone buildings made me feel like I was standing in history. It was overwhelming. All that said, my lasting impression of West Point that weekend was the physical play and intensity of the Army lacrosse team. The men were warriors the way they played with such recklessness and such passion. I knew it was something special.

“I tried my best to emulate them because they were exactly who I wanted to be.”

In the succeeding seasons, I was fortunate to spend many of my Saturdays as a water boy for the team. This was the perfect excuse to spend time with the guys on the field and in the locker room. No matter the outcome, there was an indescribable way in which they held themselves and treated each other. I tried my best to emulate them because they were exactly who I wanted to be. Read more.

Cadet Candidates to Face Beast
5/29/2020

Cadet Candidates to Face BeastBEAST (noun): nickname given to Cadet Basic Training. Every New Cadet must complete this military training in order to the join the ranks of the Corps of Cadets. Challenging, both mentally and physically. Hence the nickname. Because of its likeness of going up against...a Beast.

USMA Honors Newest SAMC NCOs
5/29/2020

The U.S. Military Academy inducted 11 non-commissioned officers (10 are pictured) into the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club during a ceremony Friday in the Haig Room. The ceremony was conducted by Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Curtis A. Buzzard and USMA Command Sgt. Maj. Jack Love. The 11 new SAMC members received their medals and were joined by other West Point SAMC members who all comprise the top 2% of non-commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. They are selected to the club based on demonstrated leadership, professionalism, and overall general military knowledge. These NCOs demonstrate excellence on a daily basis. Story.

Join WPAOG for West Point Graduation June 13 via Livestream
5/28/2020

Join WPAOG for West Point Graduation June 13 via LivestreamUSMA’s response to COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020. The Academy plans a special celebration to be broadcast via livestream to provide a wider opportunity for graduates and all Americans to be a part of this unique and historic celebration. The broadcast will celebrate the Class of 2020, highlight West Point, and will have special messages from the USMA leader team, 50-year affiliate class members, and notable graduates. The ceremony will take place on the Plain and President Donald Trump will deliver the commencement speech as originally planned prior to the pandemic. Please save the date of June 13 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and stay tuned for more details.

Returning USMA 2020 Safely to West Point
5/28/2020

Returning USMA 2020 Safely to West PointAfter LTG Darryl A. Williams ’83, USMA Superintendent, announced March 19 that the Corps of Cadets would not be returning from spring break as planned, Academy leadership immediately began planning how and when cadets would arrive back at West Point. The plan took effect May 26 as the first members of the Class of 2020 returned to West Point to begin outprocessing prior to their graduation ceremony June 13. The cadets, who were spread throughout the country, have to return to the Academy before beginning their Army careers. Read the full story of the planning process and how USMA will execute the plan.

Congratulations Diversity & Inclusion Studies Minors
5/27/2020

Congratulations Diversity & Inclusion Studies MinorsCongratulations to our inaugural graduating class of Diversity & Inclusions Studies Minors at West Point! It has been a four+ year journey for these cadets and the program. There was a virtual ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

DPW Custodial Crew Deep Cleans Barracks Before Cadets Return
5/27/2020

DPW Custodial Crew Deep Cleans Barracks Before Cadets ReturnClass of 2020 cadets will begin returning to the U.S. Military Academy in five separate cohorts starting Tuesday. Once the initial inprocessing and seclusion time is complete at Camp Buckner, they will begin streaming back into the main campus barracks. The cadets should instantly notice the spick-and-span cleanliness of the buildings compared to what they left in early March prior to spring break and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since late March, the Directorate of Public Works’ custodial barracks crew has been working intensely to deep clean the nine barracks cadets will return to early next week, according to Sergio Baquero, DPW custodial head manager for the custodial barracks workforce. Davis, Bradley Short, Sherman, Lee, Scott, MacArthur Short, MacArthur Long, Pershing and Eisenhower Barracks were all cleaned thoroughly. Two other barracks—Bradley Long and Grant—are currently under construction and were not included. Read more.

Army West Point Announces 2020 Summer Sports Camps Cancelation
5/27/2020

Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie announces the decision to cancel remaining sports camps here for summer 2020 to focus available resources on supporting returning cadets during continued uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision came on the heels of the May 5 decision to cancel all overnight sports camps this summer due to insufficient lodging space for both returning members of the Corps of Cadets and the camp staff and participants.

"This was a very tough decision to make," Buddie said, "but as a key part of the West Point enterprise, we stand unified with the Superintendent in our mission to educate and train the future leaders of our Army."

The leadership of the United States Military Academy continues to work closely with Army, state and local officials in developing the most effective measures to incorporate as they wrestle with the daunting task of returning to its core missions.  Buddie and the Army West Point Athletic Association are an integral part of that mission and will play an important part in the anticipated compressed cadet summer training program.

"Our Sports Camp and clinics program," Mark West, Director of the Army West Point Sports Camp program said, "during the academic year as well as the summer, continue to be an important component of providing prospective cadet-athletes and other young athletes a once-in-a-lifetime camp experience at the premier leadership institute in the nation, West Point."

West and his team will continue to monitor the situation with the intention of hosting various clinics this fall and throughout the academic year with sports camps returning to normal next summer. The Army West Point finance office will start providing full refunds immediately.  Camp registrants impacted by this cancellation should monitor the Army West Point Sports Camps web page at https://info.abcsportscamps.com/army-west-point for further details.

The mission of the Army West Point Athletic Association is to provide an extraordinary division I athletic experience that develops leaders of character committed to the values of duty, honor and country.

A New Generation of Cadets Upholds the Legacy of the Long Gray Line
5/26/2020

West Point Cadets in Gray Overcoat Today’s cadet is considered to be a member of what is now dubbed “Generation Z.” According to the Pew Research Center, this new generational cohort began in 1997, the birth year of Cadet Daine Van de  Wall ’20, this year’s First Captain. Per the Beloit Mindset List—an annual compilation of the societal events, innovations, and attitudes that define that year’s college students—for members of Generation Z, cloning has always been a mundane laboratory procedure, they have always had eBay and various Apple Inc. “i” products (iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPad, and iPhone), and the United States has always been at war. Whereas Millennials, the immediately preceding generation, are referred to as “digital natives,” members of Generation Z are seen as “digital integrators,” never having known a world without computers or cell phones, which they have integrated seamlessly into their lives. They are also motivated by security, value independence and entrepreneurial ideas, and navigate the demographic changes affecting American society with apparent ease. So, what is the Corps of 2020 like? Read more.

West Point, to Thee
5/26/2020

West Point, to TheeBy Rilee Scott, Women's Lacrosse

Dear Senior Teammates,

If you had asked me what success in sports looked like before I got to West Point, my answer would automatically and undoubtedly have been “winning.” The two words were always synonymous to me. At a young age, it was evident to me that winning was the only reason people played sports. Like you all, I grew up on winning teams. I fell in love with sports and competing because I loved the feeling of winning and accomplishment. Out of all the sports I played, I enjoyed lacrosse the most. Ironically enough, that was the sport I won the most while playing and I am sure we have all had similar experiences. Each of us displayed a successful lacrosse career that led us to playing Division I lacrosse at West Point.

When each of us committed to playing lacrosse at West Point, we all took a leap of faith. I, like most of you, was recruited my junior year of high school. When we were recruited, West Point was still in the process of building a Division I program. Many of us were recruited to other winning programs, but something in us decided to join Coach Waagbo, West Point, and all the others behind the scenes working hard to construct the program. We committed to the prestigious academy and the service it stood for, but also put an immense amount of belief in both the highly reputable coaching staff and athletic department.

When we entered West Point, the team just finished their first season with a 5-12 record, going 0-9 in the Patriot League. Although that was not an awful first season for a brand-new team, the program had higher potential that equated to higher expectations. This was evident during the offseason of our freshman year. Being at a service academy as a freshman was pretty tough, but lacrosse practice, lifts, and conditioning were much tougher.

The first season we experienced was also hard. We had more competitive teams on our schedule and we were playing with only two fully recruited classes. The spring season my freshman year was the first time I had really learned what it felt like to lose. Of course, I had lost games before West Point. We all had. But I had never experienced working so hard and falling short game after game. Our class’ first season ended with a 5-12 record, once again, and with a 1-9 record in league play. After finishing that season, it was safe to say we went into the next year dissatisfied. Read more.

Men's Lacrosse Commemorates 2020 Season with Virtual Banquet
5/26/2020

Men's Lacrosse Commemorates 2020 Season with Virtual BanquetAfter a shortened 2020 season, the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team joined together for a virtual banquet to honor the accomplishments of the past year.

Players, families, coaches and support staff gathered as Major "A" letters were presented to each athlete by position. The program then turned to celebrating the senior class as Alberici recounted anecdotes and highlights of the senior members careers. The afternoon continued with the presentation of 10 team awards and the announcement of the 2021 team captains, which are listed below.

Charles H. Coates Top Graduating Student-Athlete Award: Awarded for excellence in the classroom-Bennett Taylor.  
Gen. L. E. Seeman Memorial Award: Awarded to the most outstanding freshman-Stevie Grabher
Morris Touchstone Coaches Award: Awarded for team spirit and personal sacrifice-Connor DeWitt, Danny Kielbasa, Matt Manown (second consecutive year), Tom Rigney
Gen. George Ruhlen Award: Awarded to the Most Improved Player-Kyle Beyer 
Steve S. Valhakis Unsung Player Award-Anthony George 
Gerard F. O'Connor Memorial Award: Awarded to an individual for the best cadet support-Connor Binney. Read more.

Golf Honors Award Winners at Team Banquet
5/26/2020

The Army West Point Golf team and head coach Chad Bagley announced their 2019-20 team awards during a virtual banquet on Friday night.

Justin Williamson was voted the team's most valuable player after a tremendous firstie season that was unfortunately cut short. He was the Lehigh University Invitational Champion in the fall and two top 10s in the six stroke play events that Black Knights competed in. He was a two-time Patriot League Player of the Week in a shortened season and named to GCAA PING North East All-Region Team. He finished with the fifth-lowest single season stroke average in program history and had an Individual victory against Alabama in this year's Bush Cup.

Gunnar Doyle was selected as the Most Inspirational after returning to the lineup this season and he has his best outing in Hawai'i at the Hoakalei Invitational. He shot even par over the three-round tournament and had two rounds under par.

The team's Most Improved Player was Zack Kimbrough. He worked hard all year and got off to a good start but had to fight off a significant illness in the heart of the fall season. After recovering, he worked hard through the offseason and was playing his best golf of the year when the season got cancelled.

Bagley and the team also announced the team captain for the 2020-21 season, and they have chosen James McKee to lead the team heading into next fall.

Class of 2020 Academic Excellence
5/22/2020

The Dean of the Academic Board, BG Cindy Jebb ’82 congratulates the 29 Class of 2020 cadets who received prestigious graduate and technical scholarships such as Rhodes, Schwarzman, Marshall, Fulbright, Knight-Hennessy, National Science Foundation and Lincoln Labs fellowships. She also recognized the 20 members of the Class who will be heading straight to medical school upon graduation. Congratulations to these cadets for their outstanding achievement!

CDTs Charlton & Gross Receive the John McKillop Glee Club Award
5/22/2020

CDTs Charlton & Gross Receive the John McKillop Glee Club AwardThe John McKillop Award for Musical Excellence. John McKillop was USMA 1958 and a loyal member of the Glee Club. The two recipients of the 2020 McKillop Award this year are: Dylan Charlton and Katelynn Gross. As four-year members of the Glee Club, both Dylan and Katie distinguished themselves as musicians of exceptional talent and skill.

A Space Science major from Miami, Dylan's career begins at Fort Hood, TX, as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery before transferring to Space Operations.

A Life Science major from Plano, TX, Katie earned a coveted slot in the Medical Corps Medical School Program. Her studies begin at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Congratulations to Dylan and Katie!

Summer Term Has Begun
5/22/2020

Summer Term Has BegunThis is the first week of the Summer Term and we have 225 cadets taking five different courses over the next 3+ weeks. Awesome work by the cadets and faculty continuing to adapt to the virtual classroom.

1-on-1 with Head Men's Soccer Coach Russell Payne
5/22/2020

1-on-1 with Head Men's Soccer Coach Russell PayneHead Men's Soccer coach checked in with Zack Daly and the two talked about the adjustment during spring, Zac McGraw's opportunity with the Portland Timbers and the annual Army-Navy Cup in Philadelphia.

Hallstead Earns Academic All-District Honors
5/21/2020

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced that firstie Serica Hallstead of the Army West Point Swimming and Diving team received Google Cloud Academic All District At-Large First Team honors.

CoSIDA recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performance in athletic competition and in the classroom.

Hallstead is now eligible for Google Cloud Academic All-America honors, which will be announced in June.

The three-time Academic All-Patriot League performer has excelled in the classroom throughout her four years at the Academy with a 4.056 grade-point average as a life science major. She has now collected first team all-district recognition from CoSIDA for three consecutive seasons.

Hallstead, a four-time All-Patriot League diver, put an exclamation point on her standout four-year career by being named the Patriot League Female Diver of the Meet in 2020. She medaled in both diving events at the league championships after winning on the 1-meter board and placing third on the 3-meter. The Canandaigua, N.Y., native became the first cadet to receive the diver of the meet honor since Lindsey Adao '10 earned it in 2010.

CDT Caternor Receives the William H. Cosby Glee Club Award
5/21/2020

CDT Nako CaternorThe William H. Cosby Award is presented to the Most Valuable Member of the West Point Glee Club, the individual who best exemplifies the spirit of the motto: “No fun without music; no music without fun!” This award is unique in that it is awarded by the West Point Alumni Glee Club to a recipient selected by the members of the current Glee Club.

William H. “Bill” Cosby joined the West Point Band in 1970 from California. Selected by Professor of Music COL William H. Schempf to carry on the director responsibilities of the Cadet Glee Club in 1971, Bill led the famous West Point Cadet Glee Club for 17 years. He became the Founding Musical Director of the West Point Alumni Glee Club in 2007.

Nako Caternor is this year’s recipient. An American Politics major from Clarksburg, MD, Nako is honored by her peers for her boundless positivity and fun-loving spirit. In her role as Glee Club Librarian, she brought new meaning to the first part of our motto, “No fun without music.” With Nako as librarian, we were always prepared! Nako branched Field Artillery and begins her career at Camp Casey, South Korea.

West Point, to Thee
5/21/2020

By Anthony George, Men's Lacrosse

I was 15 years old when I made the decision to attend West Point. I was terrified of the commitment I made. As a multisport athlete at a boarding school I was no stranger to the rigor of athletics, academics, and the struggle of being away from home.

I am thankful to a small school in Northern Indiana for teaching me so much in my time before West Point. Culver Military Academy is a special place where I was able to make friendships which will last a lifetime. I learned so much during my time there, but I believe the most meaningful lessons included the basics of leadership and the fundamentals of a disciplined lifestyle.

Additionally, I learned how to compete at a new level. Under a legendary figure in the lacrosse world, Coach Jon Posner, I attained a new level of work ethic I did not know I had. I am immensely thankful for the way Coach Posner drove my teammates and me every day. The program consistently sends all of its graduating class to Division I programs across the country. When Coach Posner suggested I look into West Point, I never looked back.

I was excited about everything: the Army’s notorious team atmosphere, the chance to serve this great nation, the financial situation I would be in upon graduation, and the friends I would make along the way. The opportunity to play lacrosse at the highest collegiate level was on par for the greatest influencer.

I believe lacrosse at West Point is vital to the Army. The individuals and leaders I have had the opportunity to play with are without a doubt making the Army a better place. There is a focused determination and swagger about an Army lacrosse player that I believe benefits both West Point and the country when these individuals begin their Army experience as officers. Read more.

DFL Cadets Brief Army South’s DCGI Alcides on Projects Day
5/20/2020

DFL Cadets Brief Army South’s DCGI Alcides on Projects DayDuring this year’s Projects Day, the Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) at the U.S. Military Academy virtually hosted U.S. Army South’s Deputy Commanding General—Interoperability GdB Alcides V. Faria Jr.

The Spanish group, Class of 2020 Cadets Alex Bayer, Jack Provost and Michael King, briefed Alcides on China’s influence in Argentina and Chile. The Portuguese group, Class of 2020 Cadets Brandon Roseborough, Wonha Kim and Christian Halcomb, discussed China’s influence in Brazil. Both briefs were conducted in Spanish and Portuguese, respectively, demonstrating the cadets’ ability to communicate and analyze complex problems in support of an Army service component.

Alcides’ lecture titled, “Brazil Army Perspective of South American Security Concerns,” provided cadets a unique glimpse into South American security challenges and how the Brazilian army tackles these issues.

“This is a very good opportunity to show a different perspective from a partner… to make people think a different way,” Alcides said of the opportunity to attend Projects Day and give a guest lecture.

Throughout this section of Projects Day, more than 200 participants from across U.S. South Command, U.S. Army South, West Point, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation and many other education institutions participated. Read more.

1-on-1 with Head Men's Basketball Coach Jimmy Allen
5/20/2020

Rich DeMarco sat down with head Men's Basketball coach Jimmy Allen virtually and the two discussed how the team and staff is doing during this time, home-schooling and current interests since having to stay at home.

20 ’20 Cadets Heading Off to Medical School
5/19/2020

We are thrilled to share that we have 20 premedical students heading to medical school from the class of 2020. What a year! Congratulations to these outstanding cadets.

Catching up with Zac McGraw - Men's Soccer
5/19/2020

Catching up with Zac McGraw - Men's SoccerFirstie soccer cadet-athlete Zac McGraw chatted with Zack Daly about the MLS Draft, the Portland Timbers and his four years with the Men's Soccer program.

West Point 1st at Tri-Service Academy Competition
5/18/2020

The U.S. Military Academy has 13 academic departments cadets can choose majors within, but regardless of which academic program they choose they are required to take an engineering sequence prior to graduation.

Non-engineering majors who choose the systems engineering sequence take three classes during their time at the academy. The first class teaches them the systems design process and the second introduces them to math modeling and data analysis. In the third course, cadets use the skills they learned in the first two, apply them to a real-world problem and complete a mini-capstone project.

This year, three cadet groups from the systems engineering sequence worked on projects sponsored by Lockheed Martin and at the conclusion of their research competed in the 8th annual Sustainment Innovation Competition. During the annual competition, cadets and midshipmen from West Point and the U.S. Naval and Air Force Academies present Lockheed Martin-sponsored projects to a panel of judges.

The competition is typically held at the Lockheed Martin facility in Virginia each April, but due to COVID-19 it was held virtually this year on April 14. Read more.

West Point, to Thee
5/18/2020

West Point, to Thee by CDT Paul AdamsBy Paul Adams, Men's Rugby

I will never forget this moment.

There is a video about Army men’s rugby that was made a few years ago. It talks about the team, the brotherhood, the legacy, our traditions, and our rivalry with Navy. I have seen this video probably 100 times throughout the last five years and as the years have gone on, this video and some of the words said have taken on a whole new depth of meaning for me. Before it was just a cool video. Now when I watch, it allows me to relive some of those moments that I have experienced.

The part of the video that has always stuck out the most is, “it’s just one of those things, you get a feeling in your gut, you get this intense focus, it's always going to be a battle.” Every time I watched that video those lines always stuck out to me, and then finally come my junior year, I understood why.

My junior year we were playing Notre Dame College in what was a massively important game for us. They were a good team that had been building momentum all season. Moreover, the year prior they had beaten us in one of the biggest upsets of the year in a game that came down to the wire. Our confidence had been building throughout the fall, and this was the first big test to see if our confidence matched our competence. During the first half it was neck and neck, but I could feel that they were starting to break. Full story.

FORSCOM Commander Visits West Point
5/18/2020

FORSCOM Commander Visits West PointKeller Army Community Hospital transformed its former labor and delivery ward into a COVID-19 ward and secured two GeneXpert testing analyzers and the necessary supplies to test more than 8,000 cadets and task force Soldiers between June and August, CPT Jeffrey Baker, the officer-in-charge of the KACH laboratory, said.

The ward, which currently has no patients, was toured by Garrett May 7, as part of his visit to West Point to learn about and inspect the measures being put into place before the Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division arrive.

“The conditions are set and resources in place to protect the Soldiers and cadets and execute the summer training mission,” Garrett said.

The process of transforming the vacant labor and delivery ward into a COVID-19 ward took about three weeks, COL Chad Haley, chief of the Department of Surgery at KACH, said. The ward had been completely stripped and needed to be put back together from scratch. It now has two intensive care unit beds and six more intermediate care ward beds. The ventilation system in the entire ward has been changed over to ensure negative pressure, which keeps air in the ward from entering the rest of the hospital. Read more.

1-on-1 with Head Swimming & Diving Coach Brandt Nigro
5/18/2020

1-on-1 with Head Swimming & Diving Coach Brandt NigroHead Swimming and Diving coach Brandt Nigro sits down with Zack Daly to talk about his first season with the Black Knights, Patriot League Champion diver Serica Hallstead and what he expects out of the team moving forward.

Giachin, Hurtubise Tabbed Academic All-District
5/15/2020

Giachin, Hurtubise Tabbed Academic All-DistrictFor the second consecutive season, cow Anthony Giachin and firstie Jacob Hurtubise have been named to the Academic All District Baseball Team, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Honorees selected first-team Academic All-District will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. Academic All-America honorees will be announced from June 8-11.

Both Giachin and Hurtubise were selected to the First Team for District I, which includes Division I athletes from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire Rhode Island and Vermont.

Giachin holds a 3.97 GPA in mechanical engineering and Hurtubise graduates with a 3.70 GPA as an operations research major.

Despite the shortened 2020 season, it has been an accolade filled year for the duo, as Giachin was selected as a Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Hurtubise was chosen as the Patriot League's Preseason Player of the Year.

For more information about CoSIDA's Academic All-District® and Academic All-America Teams program, visit AcademicAllAmerica.com on CoSIDA.com. Story.

1-on-1 with Army Women's Soccer Coach Adrian Blewitt
5/15/2020

1-on-1 with Army Women's Soccer Coach Adrian BlewittZack Daly chatted with Army Women's Soccer Coach Adrian Blewitt about staying in touch with the cadet-athletes, having the key contributors back for next season and what he is looking forward to most next year.

LTG Karbler & Dr. Pierce Speak with Space Physics Cadets
5/15/2020

LTG Karbler & Dr. Pierce Speak with Space Physics CadetsIn the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army does not stop its missions and operations, including educating and training its future officers.

On April 29, LTG Daniel Karbler, commander of the Space and Missile Defense Command, and Steve Pierce, SMDC chief technology officer, were remote guest speakers for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Karbler planned to visit West Point in person, but the school switched to conducting classes remotely amid the pandemic. He spoke via videoconference from his home office to two space physics classes, instructed by LTC Diana Loucks, West Point professor, the Research Program director, and director of the Space and Missile Defense Command Research and Analysis Center in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering.

Pierce started off the class discussing the history and technology of Army space. Karbler followed him discussing the operational aspects of the command. He explained how the pandemic has impacted SMDC and told the cadets how his team was overcoming the obstacles created by teleworking, wearing masks and staying tuned in to the Department of Defense, the Army and regional guidance. Read more.

CPT Harris on How Volunteering Shaped His Life
5/15/2020

CPT Harris on How Volunteering Shaped His LifeOur faculty come from many backgrounds and have many interesting experiences to bring to our team. CPT Brian Harris, a member of our rotating military faculty, spent his younger years bridging the racial divide with his pen pal organization Friendship Sees No Color and his work earned him the 1997 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. He recently sat down for a virtual discussion with other past winners of the award to discuss how volunteering shaped his path in life and brought him to West Point 23 years later.

One Team, One Fight
5/14/2020

One Team, One FightA Message to the U.S. Service Academy Alumni Communities

"To our United States Service Academy alumni, families, and friends worldwide:

This is not the spring any of us — or you — could have imagined. Just a few weeks ago, cadets and midshipmen were immersed in their training, focused on the academic, military, physical and character development that prepares them to take on the responsibilities and opportunities that define the service of junior officers in our country’s armed forces. Some had embarked on service, some on learning and recreational opportunities through spring break experiences, and others had just kicked off their spring 2020 athletic seasons." . . .

Read the full message: https://bit.ly/cn-oneteam-onefight

Rigney Fourth Overall Pick in Premier Lacrosse League Draft
5/14/2020

Rigney Fourth Overall Pick in Premier Lacrosse League DraftArmy West Point Men's Lacrosse firstie defender Tom Rigney was selected as the fourth overall pick by the Chrome Lacrosse Club in the 2020 Premier League Lacrosse Draft on Wednesday night. Rigney was the fourth overall pick by the Chrome in the second ever PLL draft and the Black Knights' top pick in program history. He is the second Army men's lacrosse player to be selected after Johnny Surdick was picked by the Chaos in 2019. In both PLL Drafts, the top defensive picks were from the Black Knights.

"Joe Alberici does a terrific job coaching our men's lacrosse program and having them prepared to compete at an elite level," said Mike Buddie, Army West Point Director of Athletics. "We are excited to see Tom have the possibility to continue his lacrosse career in the PLL, competing with the grit and toughness you would expect from a West Point cadet. This opportunity could be the best of both worlds for Tom who may be able to fulfill two dreams he has been working towards in the last 47 months - to serve the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and to play lacrosse professionally."

Coach Alberici has mentored 15 professional draft picks in his time at Army, while the program has seen 18 total players selected.

Rigney was named All-America Honorable Mention after serving as the team's on-field leader his firstie season. He recorded 23 ground balls, an assist and five caused turnovers. The firstie from Nokesville, Va., finished his career with 76 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers and three assists.

"I think Tom is the complete package for the PLL," said head coach Joe Alberici. "He has tremendous work ethic, is a great teammate and provided outstanding leadership for us as a captain in 2020 season. He plays with a physical and tough style that would translate very well to the pro game. One thing we are most proud of is his development in the Army program. Early in his career his work ethic and determination drove his development and turned him into one of the most outstanding defensive players in the country. I think the Chrome really got themselves a winner in Tom."

The 2020 firstie class boasts a .655 winning percentage while at Army and were the 2019 Patriot League Champions. The Black Knights authored a 36-19 record with nine wins against nationally ranked opponents and four wins against top-10 teams. The senior class helped lift the team to a program record 13 wins in 2019 when the Cadets made the NCAA Tournament.

West Point, to Thee
5/14/2020

CDT Emily BallesterosBy Emily Ballesteros

A letter to the fans, coaches, West Point Community, my family, and my teammates,

We have worked all of our lives to have the opportunity to play college sports. We spent countless hours with our parents driving to hitting lessons, pitching lessons, fielding lessons, to tournaments and showcases across the country just for the chance to play at one of the highest levels of softball. I was fortunate to play with the West Point name across my chest and to represent a team and a family much greater than myself.

I vividly remember playing in the 2014 Colorado Sparkler Softball Tournament and Army West Point was in the stands. Our recruiting liaison after the game had told me that West Point was interested in me as a third baseman and I looked at her like she was crazy. Play for the Army team? was all I was thinking in my head. I was in shock. Looking back on that day six years later, the decision to play for the Army team and the Army family changed my life for the better.

Coming into West Point was one of the scariest moments of my life. However, knowing I had teammates with me throughout BEAST and that I had a whole team waiting for me and my classmates to cross the finish line on A-DAY, motivated me to push through and finish strong.

My cow year, during one of our first league games, I was sliding into third base and put too much weight on my left arm. I ended up popping my shoulder out of the socket and tearing my labrum. I will never forget the amount of pain I was in. It was not physical pain. I was pained because I thought I was not going to be able to play the rest of the season. I remember thinking all that work and effort was for nothing. I thought my season was over. Read more.

Firstie Salute to Army West Point Women’s Lacrosse
5/13/2020

Firstie Salute to Army West Point Women’s LacrosseWhile the women’s team never made it to league play, the program made serious strides in 2020

Army Women’s Lacrosse was continuing their 2020 season on a high note before the cancellation of the Patriot League games and USMA athletics events due to the coronavirus. The six-year-old program was on a seven-game winning streak, outscoring 6 of their 7 opponents in double digit points and this was even before beginning Patriot League contests.

They will start the 2021 season riding a seven game winning streak and knowing they were undefeated in the shortened 2020 campaign. It’s only right we highlight the firstie women who have helped bring this team to prominence.

Emma Roerty: While Roetry appeared in one game during this shortened 2020 season, her accolades have accumulated since her rookie year. As a plebe she started in 13 of 17 games and tallied 30 draw controls landing her third-ranked on the team. She was also named to Patriot League Honor Roll as a plebe and yearling. In her career of 26 games Roetry posted an impressive 81% accuracy of her shots on goal and netted 20 ground balls and caused seven turnovers.

Ryan Murphy: In her 46 games at USMA, Murphy collected 31 ground balls, caused 11 turnovers and won 3 draw controls. In her plebe year, she started in eight of nine contests and totaled 10 ground balls and caused five turnovers. In 2019, she was named to the Patriot League Honor Roll where she started in 11 of 13 games and collected nine ground balls.

Madeline Leahy: During her plebe year, Leahy recorded 10 caused turnovers and collected 10 ground balls. In 2018, she was named to both the ECAC and Patriot League Honor Roll while playing in the first-ever Star game against Navy where she collected a ground ball. Between 2019 and this year’s campaign, Leahy appeared in four games. Read more.

CDT Blessinger ’21 Never Giving Up
5/13/2020

CDT Blessinger ’21 Never Giving UpTate Blessinger's road to West Point was not the one he had always dreamed of. Blessinger was originally rejected from his dream school. After a year at college, Blessinger re-applied through the long and strenuous process and was accepted. He was recently talking with students in his hometown about pursuing their goals and not giving up on their dreams. Blessinger joined Jessica Hartman on 44News This Morning to share his story.

Three Teams Receive NCAA Academic Recognition
5/13/2020

Three Teams Receive NCAA Academic RecognitionThe Army West Point Baseball, Women's Basketball and Women's Soccer teams were the recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award.

The award is bestowed on teams with an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports based on the APR data released in May 2020.

The list of all teams receiving the honor may be found on NCAA.org.

GEN MacArthur "Duty, Honor, Country"
5/12/2020

GEN Douglas MacArthurMay 12, 1962: General Douglas MacArthur, Class of 1903, delivered his famous "Duty, Honor, Country" speech as the newest recipient of WPAOG's Thayer Award. The speech was heard by those graduating in the classes 1962 to 1965. Seven years after his speech, MacArthur's statue at West Point, sculpted by Walter Hancock, was dedicated in Sept. 1969 by his widow.

"Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn."

To read and listen to the whole speech, visit: https://www.westpointaog.org/

Read GEN MacArthur's Thayer citation here: https://www.westpointaog.org/

Since 1958, the West Point Association of Graduates has presented the SYLVANUS THAYER AWARD to an outstanding citizen of the United States whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify personal devotion to the ideals expressed in the West Point motto, “DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY.”

Learn more and view recipients: https://www.westpointaog.org/thayeraward

Congratulations to Faculty Graduating the Master Teacher Program
5/12/2020

Congrats to some outstanding Faculty Members who graduated from the Master Teacher Program today. The program takes two years to complete and helps faculty members continue to grow and become even better teachers.

"God Bless America" by Trumpet Players from Across the U.S. Army
5/12/2020

"God Bless America" by Trumpet Players from Across the U.S. ArmyPaying tribute to our home, sweet home from their actual home, sweet homes, we hope you enjoy this special #TrumpetTuesday rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" by trumpet players from across the U.S. Army.

Sgt. 1st Class Ej Ramos, The United States Army Band
Sgt. 1st Class Mike Delaune, The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
Staff Sgt. Kevin Paul, The United States Army Band
Staff Sgt. Chris Watkins, The United States Army Band
Staff Sgt. John Powlison, The United States Army Band
Staff Sgt. Ryan Brewer, The United States Army Field Band
Staff Sgt. Gillian Huff, West Point Band
Staff Sgt. Pat McGee, 10th Mountain Division Band

1-on-1 with Head Women's Basketball Coach Dave Magarity
5/12/2020

Coach Dave MagarityZack Daly sits down with head Women's Basketball coach Dave Magarity to chat about player and staff virtual meetings, building bonds with a young team and looking back at the memories during his tenure at West Point.

West Point, to Thee
5/11/2020

CDT Anant Mundra ’20By Anant Mundra, Men's Tennis

Not too long ago, I was laying in the warm sand of Miami Beach and in the blink of an eye, my world changed. Our world changed. On March 12th, 2020, the Patriot League elected to cancel all athletic competition. A few hours later, the NCAA announced the cancellation of all winter and spring sports. This effectively retired all senior athletes. When I heard the news, my world stopped. There was no more next season. This was IT.

I immediately called my parents and told them the news. They could hear the sadness in my voice, but they could not relate. While our world was experiencing a pandemic, how could I worry about my tennis season? Instead, they congratulated me on a fruitful 15 years and expressed their pride in all I had accomplished in the sport. They recommended I do the same. And I did. I felt sorrow but I also felt relief. It was finally over. I would miss fighting on the courts with my brothers, but I welcomed the beginning of new endeavors. So, I said my goodbyes and walked off the courts with my brothers, one last time.

COVID-19 has affected everyone. Heck, here I am writing this note between virtual classes, confined to my California home. But, through all its negatives, COVID-19 has provided me with the greatest resource: time. Time to spend with my family, time to catch up with old friends, and, most importantly, time to reflect. Through this, I have been able to reflect on my journey to and through West Point. And there is nothing else I can say but thank you.

Throughout my childhood, Saturday mornings meant tennis. And I hated the sport. Tennis was my enemy. My parents would drag me to the courts, tolerate my tantrums, and reward me for simply hitting the ball over the net. Little did I know it would shape me into who I am today.

Slowly, it grew on me. I began to play twice a week, then four times a week, and then every day. Ultimately, rain or shine, I would be on the courts. I vividly remember my mother and I playing during a downpour. When the rain got heavier, we would sit under the bench, hoping for it to pass. Read more.

1-on-1 with Head Softball Coach Cheryl Milligan
5/11/2020

1-on-1 with Head Softball Coach Cheryl MilliganZack Daly chatted with head Softball coach Cheryl Milligan about her first season as head coach, looking forward to the next season and life at home.

Cadets Talk with Author & Screenwriter Ernest Cline
5/11/2020

Cadets Talk with Author & Screenwriter Ernest ClineLTC Andrew Marsh's English class recently had a chance to talk to international best-selling author and screenwriter Ernest Cline about his novel "Ready Player One." While discussing the novel, cadets and Mr. Cline had an opportunity to explore the intersection of identity and leadership as it pertains to technology and the constantly shifting world we find ourselves in. Mr. Cline also provided a tour of his DeLorean and large collection of classic memorabilia and discussed the evolution of a story that began as a dream and eventually formed into an international bestselling book and an Academy nominated film.

1-on-1 with Sprint Football Coach Mark West
5/11/2020

1-on-1 with Sprint Football Coach Mark WestHead Sprint Football coach Mark West talked with Zack Daly recently about the adjustment the team had to make for spring practice and a look back at the Collegiate Sprint Football League title game against Navy.

Cadets at West Point During COVID-19 Quarantine
5/8/2020

While most of the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy have been home since leaving for spring break in March, 21 cadets remain at the academy in the transient barracks set up to house those who were unable to go home.

The majority of the cadets staying in the transient barracks are foreign exchange students who were not able to go home during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Capt. Dymitri Dutkanicz, the tactical officer overseeing the transient barracks. Other cadets had already chosen to stay at West Point during spring break and then made the decision to remain at the academy instead of traveling. Some cadets have also returned to the academy if their situations at home were untenable to continue taking online classes.

The cadets have been living in MacArthur Long, where a single floor has been setup as the transient barracks. The cadets have access to a gym that is frequently disinfected as well as common spaces where they can spend time together while socially distanced. Full story.

West Point Celebrates Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders
5/8/2020

West Point Celebrates Asian-Americans & Pacific IslandersThroughout the month of May, the U.S. Army and West Point celebrates the proud heritage and service of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

One-on-One with Dom Franco, Army Hockey
5/8/2020

One-on-One with Dom Franco, Army HockeyFirstie forward Dominic Franco of the Army West Point hockey team checked in with Zack Daly after being offered a one-year contract with the Rochester Americans.

Franco is the first hockey player to be offered a professional contract since the secretary of defense endorsed a policy in November making it possible for exceptionally talented athletes who have graduated from a military service academy to pursue employment as professional sports athletes following graduation. Once approved, he would be permitted to delay his commissioning and subsequent service obligation to pursue employment as professional sports athletes.

Cadets Brief 82nd Airborne Deputy Commanding General
5/8/2020

Cadets Brief 82nd Airborne Deputy Commanding GeneralCadets Sarah Henderson, Morgan Morris, Allison Strong, and Nerissa Siwietz had the opportunity to brief the Deputy Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division on their yearlong effort to develop a conceptual design for a new power projection platform at Fort Bragg. BG Doyle applauded the cadet's effort, stating that they took a "very sophisticated look at a very complex problem" that is facing the 82nd Airborne Division and the entire installation. Well done, ladies!

MAJ Bowen Receives Dean's Teaching Excellence Award
5/8/2020

MAJ Bowen Receives Dean's Teaching Excellence AwardCongratulations to MAJ James Bowen on winning the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award! He is a tremendous instructor, mentor, and leader. A great member of the PaNE Family.

Women's Hoops Celebrates Season with Virtual Year-End Banquet
5/7/2020

Women's Hoops Celebrates Season with Virtual Year-End BanquetThe Army West Point Women's Basketball team held a virtual year-end banquet earlier this week to celebrate the Black Knights' team and individual honors for the 2019-20 campaign. Army captured two stars with wins over service academy foes Air Force and Navy. The Black Knights closed out their season winning four of their final seven contests, including a victory on the road over Loyola in the first round of the Patriot League tournament.

Below are the 2019-20 Army Women's Basketball award winners.

Maggie Dixon Award: Jessica Rawls, this award is presented to a young lady in memory of Coach Maggie Dixon. Some of Maggie's many traits included leadership, character, tolerance and perseverance through adversity. Coach's Award: Natalie Rhine, the Coach's Award is presented to an individual that displays consistent positivity and an exceptional attitude, on and off the court. Their contributions to the team have exemplified the hard work, consistency and selflessness that are so integral to great teams. Defensive Player of the Year: Hope Brown, the Defensive Player of the Year award is presented to the individual that took the most pride in executing their defensive responsibilities. Most Improved Player: Lindsey Scamman, this award is presented to an individual that has shown the most growth from one year to the next. MG Philip H. Draper Award: Sarah Bohn, the Draper Memorial Award was established in 1995 and is given each year to the team's most valuable player.

Summer Experience: Bennett Taylor
5/7/2020

Summer Experience: Bennett TaylorArmy Men's Lacrosse firstie Bennett Taylor joined the PLN's Jimmy Johnson to share his experiences overseas in Italy and across the country at the NASA Ames Research Center in San Jose, Calif.

West Point, to Thee
5/7/2020

West Point, to TheeBy Maddie Burns, Women's Lacrosse

Thank you, Army lacrosse.

To the world,

If you didn’t know, this 2020 team was special. We were 45 women, with a spectrum of personalities, fighting day in and day out to be champions. We were 7-0 before our season ended and we were determined to break more records. Our draw control win percentage was ranked first in the nation, our defense was tied for second nationally after allowing only 7.29 goals per game, and we were one of eight teams in the country that remained undefeated.

We also were the best in the country in the intangibles from my perspective. Our team cohesion, our grit, our resilience, and our humor all should have won us at least a few trophies. This team had insane potential, and we were ready to put our names in a few more places in the Army record books.

It’s unfortunate that our season, and some of our careers, were suddenly cut short, but I am glad to have gotten in at least seven games before it all ended. It was too good to be true, I suppose. Next season, this program will reach a whole new level and will create a splash in the world of lacrosse. I am already counting down the days to cheer them on from the stands.

To the seniors,

I love you all. The thousands of hours we dedicated to this team over four years was worth every second. From the early morning bus rides to fall scrimmages, to the late-night practices and long conditioning sessions, we made so many memories. The walks up and down the hill with teammates through every season provided its own facet of the experience, including balancing extra trays of food walking past the iced-over Lusk Reservoir, and down the perilous icy ramp behind Scott just to deliver extra food to the CCQ for our companies. Being together made anything unpleasant, fun. We knew how to have fun anywhere. No one will forget the squat party or the fun Fridays. Our legs certainly will not forget. Nevertheless, these moments only brought us closer. Read more.

Three Cadets Named CEP Athletes of April
5/6/2020

Three Cadets Named CEP Athletes of AprilFirstie Jacob Hurtubise of Army West Point baseball, yearling Natalie Murphy of the rabble rousers and firstie Macey Newbary of softball were named the Corps Squad Scholar Athletes of the Month for April.

In the classroom, Hurtubise maintains a 3.697 cumulative grade-point average as an Operations Research major. He has been on the Dean's List every semester he has been enrolled at the Academy and has never had a semester GPA lower than 3.4. The Zionsville, Ind., native is branching Air Defense Artillery following graduation this spring. 2019 was a banner year on the diamond for Hurtubise as he set the Army single season record in runs, walks, stolen bases. He also broke the Patriot League career record for walks and stolen bases, while also leading the league in batting average and hits.

In the classroom, Murphy has excelled with a 3.79 cumulative GPA. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Cadet Award for maintaining a 3.67 GPA or higher. The Massapequa Park, N.Y., native has earned Dean's List status every semester of her academic career. She was recently selected to study abroad at the Spanish Military Academy (AGM) in Zaragoza, Spain Murphy has been successful in all pillars, with a 3.21 physical average and a 3.10 military GPA.

Newbary is a Geography major with a cumulative GPA of 3.032 She was named to the 2019 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. The senior has been a steady presence as a standout starting pitcher for the team. She was named to the 2018 All-Patriot League Tournament Team. Off the field, her leadership and mentorship to younger players has helped the team achieve five academic terms in a row of increasing team GPA. Read more.

1-on-1 with Head Golf Coach Chad Bagley
5/6/2020

1-on-1 with Head Golf Coach Chad BagleyHead golf coach Chad Bagley checks in with Zack Daly to chat about the Army-Navy victory at Pine Valley, favorite courses the team has been lucky enough to play and the best hole at West Point Golf Course.

Prof. Rogers Receives Dean's Career Faculty Award
5/6/2020

Prof. Rogers Congratulations to Professor Cliff Rogers for receiving the Dean’s Career Faculty Award for Teaching. The Dean’s Award for Career Teaching Excellence recognizes careers of outstanding contributions to teaching by West Point faculty members.

Rigney, Silva Selected in Major Lacrosse League Draft
5/5/2020

Rigney, Silva Selected in Major Lacrosse League DraftFirstie defender Tom Rigney and attacker Miles Silva of the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team were both selected by the Denver Outlaws in the 2020 Major League Lacrosse Draft on Monday night.

Rigney was the fifth overall pick by the Outlaws and Silva was the 47th overall pick and the fifth selection in the eighth round of the draft.

"Joe Alberici does a terrific job coaching our men's lacrosse program and having them prepared to compete at an elite level," said Mike Buddie, Army West Point Director of Athletics. "We are excited to see Tom and Miles have the possibility to continue their lacrosse careers in the MLL, competing with the grit and toughness you would expect from a West Point cadet. This opportunity could be the best of both worlds for these men who may be able to fulfill two dreams they have been working towards in the last 47 months - to serve the U.S. Army as second lieutenants and to play lacrosse professionally."

Coach Alberici has mentored 13 MLL draft picks in his time at Army, while the program has seen 16 total players selected into the league. Rigney is the top defensive pick in Alberici's tenure with John Glesener as the highest as the fourth pick in the first round in 2013.

Rigney was named All-America Honorable Mention after serving as the team's on-field leader his senior season. He recorded 23 ground balls, an assist and five caused turnovers. The senior from Nokesville, Va., finished his career with 76 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers and three assists. Read more.

West Point, to Thee
5/5/2020

CDT Brendan Soucie with family and Mike BuddieBy Brendan Soucie, Hockey

The meaning of being a member of the Army hockey family hits a different pitch for the Soucie household. Unlike any of my teammates, my father graduated West Point in 1992 and captained the team his senior year. My whole life, I witnessed the true value of what it means to be a part of this family. No matter the year, alumni are constantly around to offer support in whatever ways needed. Just in my four years, I witnessed a revival in this support with catered team dinners, support in visiting arenas, etc. The dedication to support the Army hockey program stems from the bonds formed as players.

I have countless memories from my four years which formed these bonds. The first was throwing that jersey on for my first game. I got extremely lucky and tapped home a wide-open rebound on my first shift of college hockey, but that is not my greatest memory of the game. Going through the emotional roller coaster of a game is where you come together as a team. Compared to every team I played for, the strength of this team bond seemed to be greater because of our name, Army West Point.

A second memory from that year was being afforded the opportunity to play an outdoor hockey game at frozen Fenway Park. Living 20 minutes away my last year of juniors, this game was especially surreal. Not only is Fenway one of the most famous sports venues, but I was able to play in front of family and friends. Boston is so close to home so I will never forget taping my sticks on top of the Green Monster or sitting on the bench and taking the moment to realize where I was playing. Read more.

Checking in with Cole Christiansen
5/5/2020

Checking in with Cole ChristiansenRich DeMarco caught up Cole Christiansen to talk about his dream weekend for the firstie linebacker.

Christiansen was offered a deal by the Los Angeles Chargers. He was one of three to receive offers under the NFL undrafted free agent program since the secretary of defense endorsed a policy in November making it possible for exceptionally talented athletes who have graduated from a military service academy to pursue employment as professional sports athletes following graduation. Once approved, they will be permitted to delay their commissioning and subsequent service obligation to pursue employment as professional sports athletes.

Connor Slomka Checks In
5/5/2020

Connor Slomka Checks InConnor Slomka caught up with Rich DeMarco this week to talk with the senior fullback about his experience last weekend.

Slomka was offered a deal by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was one of three to receive offers under the NFL undrafted free agent program since the secretary of defense endorsed a policy in November making it possible for exceptionally talented athletes who have graduated from a military service academy to pursue employment as professional sports athletes following graduation. Once approved, they will be permitted to delay their commissioning and subsequent service obligation to pursue employment as professional sports athletes.

1-on-1 with Head Volleyball Coach Alma Kovaci Lee
5/5/2020

1-on-1 with Head Volleyball Coach Alma Kovaci LeeZack Daly talks with head volleyball coach Alma Kovaci Lee about connecting with the team virtually, what expect out of the team next year and staying home with the family.

Harvey and McCormick Tab NWCA Scholar All-American Honors
5/4/2020

Harvey and McCormick Tab NWCA Scholar All-American HonorsThe National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released the list of 2019-2020 Scholar All-American honors last week, with awards going to 178 individuals representing 64 institutions. Among those honorees, the Black Knights had two Cadets named on the individual Scholar All-Americans list, including Cael McCormick and Ben Harvey.

McCormick, a Systems Engineering major, and Harvey, an American Politics major, represent the United States Military Academy (USMA) among some of the best and brightest in the country in Division I wrestling, each earning above a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average. This is the second year in a row that both athletes have received the honor from the NWCA for their hard work and dedication to their academic success. Both athletes have now been recognized at the conference and national level this year for holding such high standards in the classroom.

Prior to having their season being cut short, the duo found ample success on the mat as well after each qualifying for the 2020 NCAA tournament. This would have been Harvey's third consecutive NCAA appearance and McCormick's second, as both Cadets were consistently dominant in the 164 and 175 weight class, respectively.

Both McCormick and Harvey will graduate from the Academy in June and move on to join the Cyber Corps and Field Artillery/Military Intelligence Corps, respectively.

Make Your Very Own Tar Bucket
5/4/2020

Make Your Very Own Tar BucketNeed an at-home activity for your future cadet? Just print, color, craft — and march! Color and cut out this tar bucket hat to become the Drum Major of your very own at-home marching band — it's time for some Marching at Home. Click here to download and print (includes instructions): https://westpointband.com/documents/TarBucketColoringSheet.pdf

1-on-1 with Head Men's Rugby Coach Matt Sherman
5/4/2020

1-on-1 with Head Men's Rugby Coach Matt ShermanZack Daly welcomed head men's rugby coach Matt Sherman for a chat about the challenges of the rugby season, top moments as Army's head coach and how he has kept busy.

CDT Dear ’20 & Sister Emma Win CUWiP Logo Design Contest
5/4/2020

CDT Dear ’20 & Sister Emma Win CUWiP Logo Design ContestCongratulations to CDT AnnaMaria Dear ’20 and her younger sister Emma Dear for winning the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) logo design. West Point has the distinct pleasure of hosting this international event in January 2021. Runner up: CDT Hanna Lamb ’23 and 2nd Runner up: CDT Claudia Schuh ’23.

CDT Durst ’20 Receives the Frazer Award
5/4/2020

CDT Durst ’20 Receives the Frazer AwardCongratulations to Cadet James Durst ’20 for receiving the David M. Frazer Award for Engineering Excellence and Leadership at the annual SAME Engineer Dinner, which was held virtually this year.

Cadets Meet with COO of Rigby Refining
5/4/2020

Cadets Meet with COO of Rigby RefiningCadets and faculty from the “Decision Analysis” class had the tremendous opportunity to hear from Mr. Tom Rippert, former DSE Instructor and current Chief Operating Officer of Rigby Refining, LLC. Rigby Refining is a firm focused on supplying high quality, premium residual fuel oil for the shipping industry through a unique process. The proprietary Rigby Process is counter to other refining upgrading processes because it is designed to minimize cracking and hydrogenation while maintaining the desired bulk fuel properties and maximizing production of the patented Rigby Fuel. Mr. Rippert shared how he has employed methods and concepts taught in the course to problems in the military and the oil and gas industry.

Cadets Run 48 miles to Raise Awareness for Sexual Assault
5/4/2020

Cadets Run 48 miles to Raise Awareness for Sexual AssaultIt started almost as a joke between friends.

BG Curtis Buzzard, the commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, and cadet leadership had challenged each member of the Corps of Cadets to run one mile to raise awareness for sexual assault and harassment. The challenge was initiated because April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM).

Class of 2021 Cadet Jordan Lawson and a couple of his friends in Company B-1 saw the challenge and decided one mile wasn’t nearly hard enough and set their sights higher. They eventually decided to take on retired U.S. Navy Seal and ultramarathon runner David Goggins’ 4x4x48 challenge. Four miles, every four hours, for 48 hours.

They sent word to their platoon and then all of B-1 as more and more cadets signed on for the challenge. At midnight eastern time on April 21, more than 50 cadets walked out of their houses throughout the country into the pitch-dark night and began to run. At 4 a.m., they went out again and then every four hours for the next two days they laced on their sneakers, walked outside and ran.

For some, it started as a solely physical challenge, but with each run, the cause became more and more central, multiple participants said. Alumni reached out and offered to support the cause and help raise awareness. Survivors reached out and thanked them for running. When people questioned what they were doing, the participants were able to strike up a conversation about the importance of the cause and why they were running. Read more.

McMullen Honored as Coach K Award Recipient
5/1/2020

McMullen Honored as Coach K Award RecipientFirstie captain Calli McMullen of the Army West Point Women's Track and Field team has been named a recipient of the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport on Thursday. "The Coach K award is the culmination of hard work that not only myself, but also the hard work that my coaches, teammates, family and mentors invested in me," McMullen said. "Winning the award has given me a renewed appreciation for leadership and mentorship."

The award recognizes West Point athletes and coaches for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. The cadet recipient exemplifies the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage both on-and-off the "fields of friendly strife."

"It goes without saying that this award is an incredible honor for Calli and, in turn, for our track and field program," Army Director of Cross Country and Track and Field and 2019 Coach K Award winner Mike Smith said. "The Coach K award is synonymous with the pursuit of excellence and I know she is humbled by the comparison. "Throughout her storied career at Army, McMullen has been recognized for not only her athletic success but also for his commitment to excellence and respect for her teammates, opponents and the sport.

"At an Academy built on leadership and excellence, we are incredibly proud to honor those who have exemplified the mission to make a difference on and off the field," Director of Athletics Mike Buddie said. "Calli has cemented a legacy that future cadet-athletes will aim to emulate, and we know that she will continue to inspire those around her when she takes on her next great mission as a member of the United States Army." Read more.

Cadet Hannah Lamb ’23 is Academy Idol Winner
5/1/2020

Cadet Hannah Lamb ’23 is Academy Idol WinnerThe votes are in and an Academy Idol winner has been selected. After the "Top 12 Shakespearean Monologues" were shared yesterday, votes were cast until only one remained. Congratulations to Cadet Hannah Lamb, Class of 2023, who took the 1st place spot for her rousing Iago performance from Shakespeare's “Othello". If you wish to watch her Monologue performance (and the 11 others), click here.

Poling Named 2020 Coach K Award Recipient
5/1/2020

Poling Named 2020 Coach K Award RecipientArmy West Point Head Men's Tennis coach Jim Poling was honored as one of the 2020 recipients of the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport yesterday afternoon. The award is presented each year to coaches and cadets who have shown outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. The 1969 United States Military Academy (USMA) graduate takes time each spring to recognize awardees with a certificate and medal for their dedication to the advancement of the West Point community. This year, the awards were presented in a virtual setting with Coach K, USMA and ODIA staff, cadets and more.

"First, I would like to congratulate Coach Poling on receiving this prestigious award," said Mike Buddie, Director of Athletics, Army West Point. "Building honorable leaders is something we pride ourselves in here at the academy and Coach Poling has done an outstanding job guiding our athletes toward his mission. His commitment to the advancement of the Army West Point athletics community and his dedication to the development of our cadet athletes is beyond appreciated by our staff. I look forward to seeing the continued impact that Coach Poling has on the cadets here at West Point."

Poling will enter his 19th season at the helm of the Army West Point men's tennis program. He has dedicated his life to coaching over the last 34 years and with the Black Knights 9-6 record this season, surpassed his 500 career-wins mark, amassing a 506-346 record. Read more.

West Point, to Thee
5/1/2020

West Point, to TheeBy Trey Chalifoux, Wrestling

Hi my name is Trey Chalifoux and how I first got into wrestling is the classic story of when one door closes, another door opens.

I had been playing baseball and basketball since I was four years old but found myself with a setback early on. I was cut from my travel basketball team in the fifth grade and if you know me, then you understand why that is not a huge shock, since I am only 5’3”.

I then had to figure out what sport I was going to do in the winter, and a family friend happened to be a club wrestling coach at the time. I decided to give it a try since my height, or lack thereof, would not be held against me.

At first wrestling was just something for me to do in between fall and spring baseball to get me out of the house. It was not until the eighth grade that I really fell in love with it. What I appreciated most was the individual aspect of the sport.

After a loss, I couldn't look around and blame any of my teammates for the outcome because I was the only one out there competing. The sport inherently made me more self-accountable. Once I realized that wrestling was a passion of mine, I truly started devoting my time and energy into it.

Every summer during high school I would spend the entire month of July away from home, training for the biggest freestyle wrestling tournament in the country in Fargo, N.D. It was at this tournament that I realized that I could wrestle at the collegiate level. The recruiting process was a stressful one, but I could not have been more sure of my decision in choosing Army. Read more.

Army-Navy Ticket Presale Remains on Schedule
5/1/2020

Army-Navy Ticket Presale Remains on ScheduleArmy West Point Athletics is excited to announce that the 2020 Army-Navy ticket presale will begin, as previously scheduled, on Tuesday May 5th. The presale will continue until tickets are sold out. Army Athletics understands that many families are feeling the economic impact of COVID-19 and it is our goal to help our A Club members and fans get through the current climate.

The Army Ticket Office and A Club will be offering ticket & donation payment plans. To learn more about these options, please contact your Army West Point representative, contact the Army A Club at 845-938-2322 or the Army Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY.

Army A Club members will also have the opportunity to purchase their Army-Navy tickets online this year as long as their 2020 donation has been started by the Wednesday before their on sale date. Army A Club members also have access to purchase single game home and away tickets at their respective level before the general public on July 21. For more information, visit armygameday.com, contact the Army A Club at 845-938-2322 or the Army Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY.

1-on-1 with Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera
5/1/2020

1-on-1 with Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen SkieraHead Women's Lacrosse coach Kristen Skiera joined Zack Daly virtually to discuss her senior class, the program moving forward and how the team has evolved since its inaugural varsity season in 2016.

Catching up with Elijah Riley
5/1/2020

Catching up with Elijah RileyRich DeMarco caught up with Elijah Riley this week after a big weekend for the firstie cornerback.

Riley was offered a deal by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was one of three to receive offers under the NFL undrafted free agent program since the secretary of defense endorsed a policy in November making it possible for exceptionally talented athletes who have graduated from a military service academy to pursue employment as professional sports athletes following graduation. Once approved, they will be permitted to delay their commissioning and subsequent service obligation to pursue employment as professional sports athletes.

 

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