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Football to Represent 25th Infantry Division for 2020 Army-Navy Game
11/30/2020

Football to Represent 25th Infantry Division for 2020 Army-Navy GameFor the 2020 Army-Navy Game presented by USAA, the Army football team will honor the 25th Infantry Division with special uniforms for America's Game set for December 12 at 3 p.m. ET at Michie Stadium. The game will air live on CBS.

For more detail on the uniform, please visit www.tropiclightning.football.

Origins: The United States Army formed the Hawaiian Division in 1921 to protect the Islands and Growing Interests in the Pacific. On October 1, 1941, the Hawaiian Division was split, creating the 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions. The 25th Infantry Division was stationed at Schofield Barracks on the Island of Oahu. Just over two months old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the 25th Infantry Division would move to Guadalcanal and take part in some of the most bitter fighting in the Pacific Theatre.

Electric Strawberry”: The 25th Infantry Division's iconic shoulder insignia is a lightning bolt superimposed on a taro leaf. The colors of gold and red were those of the late Hawaiian monarchy. While soldiers over the years have jokingly referred to the patch as the “Electric Strawberry.”

27th Infantry Regiments Wolfhounds: The 27th Infantry Regiment was the first American Regiment to completely defeat a full-scale NKPA (North Korean) attack. The 27th is a sub unit of the 25th Infantry Division. All of the sub units of the 25th ID will be honored with helmet stickers. Each unit has a unique history and info on each can be seen on the microsite. This is the first year we have a heavy emphasis on a sub unit (27th Wolfhounds) in addition to the overall division.

Wolfhounds: The 27th heavy fire was devastating. General Walker would use the Wolfhounds sent to trouble spots around the perimeter during the battle of Pusan (Major Korean War Battle). Read more.

Women's Basketball Knocks Off Iona for First Win of Season
11/30/2020

Women's Basketball Knocks Off Iona for First Win of SeasonThe Army West Point Women's Basketball team notched its first win of the 2020-21 campaign, defeating Iona 67-52 at Christl Arena yesterday afternoon. After a slow shooting start for the Black Knights, cow Kate Murray ignited the Army attack, scoring 11 points in the third quarter en route to a 19-point, 12-rebound afternoon.

Fellow cow Natalie Stralkus posted 15 points of her own, knocking down two big three-pointers in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory. Alisa Fallon made her mark on the game in the fourth quarter as well, converting on back-to-back three-point plays to extend Army's lead from four to double digits.

The Black Knights had a huge advantage at the free throw line, making 20 free throws to Iona's one in the game. Army's 20 free throws were its most in a contest since it went 21-of-24 from the line opposite Lehigh on February 1, 2020. Murray registered her second career double-double and her first since November 12, 2018 vs. Columbia, the second game of her career. Her 12 rebounds matched her career high, which she also set in the Columbia contest. Murray was 3-of-4 from deep and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. Stralkus' 15 points marks her 10th career double-digit scoring effort. The cow was 5-of-9 on the day and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. Entering the season, only 10 of Stralkus' made field goals in her career came from inside the 3-point line. This season she has hit five shots from inside the arc. After being held scoreless in the first three quarters of play, Fallon scored eight in the fourth on 3-of-5 shooting. Read more.

Win Over Buffalo Lifts Men's Basketball to First 3-0 Start in Five Years
11/30/2020

Win Over Buffalo Lifts Men's Basketball to First 3-0 Start in Five YearsThe Army West Point Men's Basketball team (3-0) continued its hot start, defeating Buffalo 78-74 in the team's final game at Bubbleville at Mohegan Sun Arena this past Saturday.

The win gives the Black Knights their first 3-0 start since the 2015-2016 season.

“I could not be happier and more impressed by our guys and the toughness and resiliency they showed today,” Head Coach Jimmy Allen said. “Buffalo is a terrific basketball program. They won 20 games last season and were picked near the top of the MAC this year, so for us to play like we did today in our third game in four days, I am super excited for our team and the guys are pumped.”

The Black Knights continue to see contributions throughout their lineup, as four different players recorded double-digit points in the contest. Junior Josh Caldwell was key for Army in this one, leading the team with a career-high 19 points, 10 rebounds and five steals, recording his fourth career double-double. Alex King posted 10 of his 16 points in the second half and was instrumental in turning around a big run from Buffalo in the second half. After a 14-0 run gave Buffalo the lead, King stopped the run with a big three-pointer and gave Army the lead again when Caldwell found him driving to the basket for the dunk. Army held Buffalo scoreless for the final 4:31 of the game, closing out the win with an 8-0 run. Read more.

Women's Basketball Adds Dec. 2 Tilt with Rider
11/30/2020

Women's Basketball Adds Dec. 2 Tilt with RiderArmy West Point Women's Basketball will play Rider on Wednesday, December 2, in Lawrenceville, N.J. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

This will be the eighth all-time meeting between the two schools. The Broncs have the slight 4-3 advantage in the series which dates back to the 1995-96 season.

The last time the two schools met was on Nov. 29, 2015, in Christl Arena. Army, which was receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll at the time, won the contest, 57-42. Jean Parker had a game-high 18 points, while Kelsey Minato also reached double-figures with 11.

This will be the first time since December 7, 2012 that the two schools will clash in Lawrenceville. Rider narrowly won that bout, 66-60.

Game dates and times are subject to change. Other non-conference contests will be announced in the near future.

Men's Basketball Heads to Bubbleville For Two Contests
11/30/2020

Men's Basketball Heads to Bubbleville For Two ContestsThe Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Gazelle Group have announced the complete schedule of matchups for the season-opening event known as “Bubbleville.” The Army West Point Men's Basketball team will face Central Connecticut on Friday November 27 at 2 p.m. and Buffalo on Saturday November 28 at 3 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Bubbleville will house several events relocated and reimagined due to COVID-19 and provides a controlled environment with teams and event staff adhering to tribal, government, and NCAA health and safety protocols and testing requirements. All games will be played without fans in attendance. The matchups will be streamed on FloHoops.

The event will feature 45 games in 11 days, showcasing 40 NCAA Division I men's and women's teams. The schedule is subject to change.

Army opened its 2020-21 campaign on Wednesday night with a 93-32 victory over Merchant Marine. The win tied the Christl Arena record for the largest margin of victory by an Army team. The Patriot League announced earlier this month that Army and Navy have been granted exceptions to the league's conference-play only rule for the 2020-21 season.

To learn more about Bubbleville, visit https://www.hoophall.com/events/bubbleville or follow @hoophall #Bubbleville on Twitter and Instagram.

Army Football vs. Air Force Rescheduled for Dec. 19
11/30/2020

Army Football vs. Air Force Rescheduled for Dec. 19The postponed Army vs. Air Force game has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 19 at 3 p.m. ET at Michie Stadium. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, November 7.

This season marks the 49th year of CIC competition between the three academies. The 121st iteration of Army-Navy is set for the week prior on December 12, also at Michie Stadium.

Like previous home games this season, a fan attendance decision will be announced at a later date.

USAA Behind the Game: The Army Mule
11/30/2020

USAA Behind the Game: The Army MuleIn this week's Behind the Game, presented by USAA, Rich DeMarco looks back at the history of the Army Mule as the official Mascot of the Cadets which dates back to 1899. The Army Mules are trained by cadet Mule Riders, a part of the Spirit Support Activity of the U.S. Corps of Cadets. The current Army Mule Riders are: Cadet Denali Jackson ’20, Cadet Garrett Dolan 014621, Cadet Sarah Traynor ’22, and Cadet Kyle Kass ’23. Together they are present at many of West Point's athletic events, parades, and other ceremonial activities. The Mules serve not only as West Point's mascot, but also as the mascot for the entire United States Army.

Hockey Announces Rescheduled AHA Games
11/30/2020

Hockey Announces Rescheduled AHA GamesArmy West Point Hockey head coach Brian Riley has announced new dates for the team's postponed American Hockey Association games against Holy Cross and Sacred Heart.

The Black Knights matchups against Holy Cross will take place on the road in Worcester, Mass., on January 5 and at home on February 23. Army will take on Sacred Heart at Tate Rink on January 29 and in Bridgeport, Conn., on February 9. Game times for these contests will be announced at a later date.

“Going into this year, we knew that we were going to have to have some adaptability with our schedule,” Riley said. “I appreciate both Holy Cross and Sacred Heart for working with us to reschedule these games. We are very excited about having the opportunity to get back on the ice and to begin preparing for our Atlantic Hockey season.”

The cadets are slated to return to the ice on December 4 when they take on Bentley at home. 

COL Reeves & Prof Watts Definition of “Attack” Overview
11/25/2020

COL Reeves & Prof Watts Definition of “Attack” OverviewThe West Point Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare's Articles of War completes its symposium on the definition of "attack" that was recently discussed at the International Criminal Court. COL Shane Reeves and Professor Sean Watts provide an overview and highlight long-term consequences of the court's action in their wrap-up post. Read more.

Last Call for Virtual Beat Navy Tailgate
11/25/2020

Don’t forget to register for our first virtual Beat Navy Tailgate which begins at 1:30pm EST on Saturday, December 12. Registration closes on Sunday, December 6 at 10pm EST. And until we can resume the fun in person, enjoy these memories from the 2019 tailgate!

Cadets Build Full-Scale Wood Trusses
11/24/2020

Cadets Build Full-Scale Wood Trusses2022 Civil Engineering majors in CE403 Structural Analysis nailed their timber design block, learning how to design and efficiently fabricate wood trusses using expeditionary techniques. The cadets undertook true hands-on learning through cutting, framing, and loading their own truss designs to failure for the CE403 Truss Design Competition.

Men’s Basketball to Tip Off Season Tomorrow vs. Merchant Marine
11/24/2020

Men’s Basketball to Tip Off Season Tomorrow vs. Merchant MarineThe Army West Point Men's Basketball team has announced a season-opening home contest against Merchant Marine tomorrow Wednesday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Christl Arena.

The matchup will be streamed live on ESPN+ and will be closed to outside spectators.

This will be the 16th matchup between the Black Knights and the Mariners, with Army winning the first 15 contests between the academies. In last year's meeting, Army defeated Merchant Marine 80-43 for the Black Knights' first win of the season.

Game dates and times are subject to change. Other non-conference contests will be announced in the near future.

Women’s Hoops Adds a Pair of Non-Conference Tilts
11/24/2020

Women’s Hoops Adds a Pair of Non-Conference TiltsThe Army Women's Basketball team added home contests with Hofstra and Iona to its non-league slate on Monday afternoon.

The Black Knights will open their season tomorrow Wednesday, November 25 vs. Hofstra at 2 p.m followed by a home contest with Iona on Sunday, November 29 at 3 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+.

This will be Army's first matchup with Hofstra since the 2001-02 season. The Black Knights own the 5-4 advantage in the all-time series with the Pride, although Hofstra has won the last two tilts. The contest with Iona will be the 16th all-time meeting between the two schools and the first since the 2005-06 season. Army is 10-5 all-time against the Gaels.

There will be no fan attendance permitted for either game.

Game dates and times are subject to change. Other non-conference contests will be announced in the near future.

CDT Schieve ’21 Accepted to Attend USU
11/24/2020

CDT Schieve ’21 Congratulations to CDT Bailey Schieve (ME, ’21) for being accepted to attend medical school at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University (USU) next Fall. This is a tremendous accomplishment! The F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine is traditional in many ways, but it has unique tenets that make it a special place. Among its singular features is a curriculum that places special emphasis on military and public health medicine. This foundation prepares students for the important roles they will take on as uniformed physicians. The program melds the study of basic science, the clinical practice of medicine and military leadership training to produce innovative doctors. This signature blend of education and training distinguishes USU as a leader among institutions of learning. Their motto, “Learning to Care for Those in Harm's Way.”

CDT Bender & CDT Walker Named 2021 Rhodes Scholars
11/23/2020

CDT Bender & CDT Walker Named 2021 Rhodes ScholarsThe United States Military Academy is proud to announce the Rhodes Scholars for the Class of 2021, CDT Tyrese Bender and CDT Evan Walker. They are of 32 scholars from the United States and will be joining recipients from more than 60 other countries. The last time West Point had more than one Rhodes scholar was back in 2014.

From San Antonio, TX, Tyrese Bender is an Engineering Management major at the United States Military Academy. His experience on several different sports teams throughout his life, to include his experience as a two-year track team captain at the Academy, sparked his passion for improving team cohesion through a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. His research has allowed him to contribute to the Academy’s inaugural USCC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy. Additionally, as the Cadet Leader Development Regimental Executive Officer this past summer, Tyrese facilitated conversations on various character development topics, providing individuals at the Academy the opportunity to navigate and connect through the challenges of a global pandemic and civil unrest. Tyrese is also the Deputy Brigade Commander at the Academy, making him the second-highest ranking cadet in the West Point chain of command. In hopes to foster more equitable, inclusive, and effective organizational and national policies, Tyrese will pursue MScs in Sociology and Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

Born and raised in Rowlett, Texas, Evan Walker is an Operations Research Major at the United States Military Academy. With a passion for mentorship and leadership, her research and extracurriculars are centered around these topics as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through the Elevation Initiative, a club for high performing minority cadets, Evan has had the opportunity to mentor 3rd and 4th Class Cadets on both leadership and academics. As a two-year captain of the Army Boxing team, she has balanced physical training with development as she mentored members on her team. She continued by implementing a formal mentorship program as a Regimental Commander for the 1,100 Cadets she currently leads. This past summer, as the Cadet Basic Training Regimental Commander, she facilitated conversations on diversity equity and inclusion among the Cadet leaders and New Cadets amidst the global pandemic and civil unrest that occurred prior to the summer's training. At Oxford she will read for an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy with a focus on the intersection between policy and inequalities in the workplace and their influence on social inclusion and mobility for racial and gender minorities. More info.

Football Wins Over Georgia Southern in Comeback Fashion, 28-27
11/23/2020

Football Wins Over Georgia Southern in Comeback Fashion, 28-27Army West Point completed an incredible come-from-behind victory to defeat visiting Georgia Southern, 28-27 to remain unbeaten at home on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.

The Black Knights went down 14-0 early in the first quarter as Georgia Southern took advantage of some early Army miscues.

However, the Black Knights battled back, capping off a 15-play, 75-yard, eight-minute drive with a one-yard touchdown rush by Sandon McCoy. The extra point by Quinn Maretzki made it a 14-7 contest.

The back-and-forth battle ensued, as Georgia Southern pulled out to a 21-7 lead on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Shai Werts to Cam Brown with 9:24 left in the half.

Three fumbles lost in the first half played a big part in the 21-7 deficit at the half for the Black Knights as they outgained the Eagles 147 total yards to 137 yards in the half, including 122 rushing yards to Georgia Southern's 96. Read more.

Behind the Game, Presented by USAA: Patriot Games
11/23/2020

Behind the Game, Presented by USAA: Patriot GamesThis week on Behind the Game, presented by USAA, Rich DeMarco highlights the Patriot Games, which began in 2008 to enhance the weekend experience at America's Game. A spectacular two-day competition between Cadets & Midshipmen. Points are entered through five events. The team with the most points wins bragging rights and are presented with the Patriot Games trophy on the field during the Army-Navy Game.

Feinstein’s Findings: What a Game
11/23/2020

Feinstein’s Findings: What a GameThe question after a football game like the one that took place inside Michie Stadium on Saturday is this: Where in the world does one begin?

Do you start with the bizarre and breath-taking ending? Or do you begin with sophomore linebacker Andre Carter, who didn't play a down as a freshman and got his first college start Saturday. All he did was block the extra point that was the difference in Army's 28-27 victory over Georgia Southern and get what SHOULD have been a game-clinching interception.

Then there was sophomore quarterback Tyhier Tyler, also making his first start, turning the ball over three times in the first half before coming back to lead Army's rally from a 21-7 deficit in the second half. Or you could mention Coach Jeff Monken's decision to stick with Tyler after the three fumbles.

What about the defense, which gave up several big plays, but also made several plays of its own in the fourth quarter to allow the Black Knights to hang on…barely. There should be kudos for Army's offensive line; for the fullbacks and for several players who had barely touched the ball all season who made big plays.

Then again, it is impossible to escape Monken's self-confessed over-coaching that gave The Eagles a chance to steal the game. What's more, Tyler's start could have been catastrophic and who knows what would have happened if the officials—after what felt like the 58th review in the fourth quarter—had given Georgia Southern's beleaguered kicker Alex Raynor, who had already missed from 28-yards and had an extra point blocked one final chance. The kick would have been 49-yards and Raynor's never made a field goal longer than 41-yards.
Even so, when the replay official finally ruled that the game was over, the celebration almost matched a postgame victory celebration after a win over Air Force or Navy.

“Relief," Monken said. "The first thing I felt when they said the game was over was relief.”

Understandable. He might have added, 'exhausted.' This was the game that wouldn't end. It was also a game that was a straight uphill climb for the Black Knights almost from the beginning. Read more.

CDT Rabb ’22 Tests Skeletal Traction Device
11/20/2020

CDT Rabb ’22 Tests Skeletal Traction DeviceWhere else can you combine flight testing and biomechatronics but West Point! As part of an independent study, Cadet Ethan Rabb’22, Mechanical Engineering, conducted inflight testing of his skeletal traction device. This device is designed to maintain 30-pound tension force on femoral fractures in an aeromedical evacuation environment.

Extracurricular Club Update
11/20/2020

Though these last seven months have changed the way we would normally operate, our cadet clubs are still active and developing their leadership skills.
• The Corbin Forum is staying physically ready as they have been hosting Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) workout prep sessions.
• Kendo Club has impressively resumed regular practices while taking into consideration proper safety efforts.
• Implementing social distancing and masks the Gospel Choir and Glee Club have successfully adapted to a new practice formation.
• Asian Pacific Forum celebrated their culture by hosting a public event that included food.
• Wanting to stay on their game, Orienteering trained at Lake Frederick while passing on orienteering skills to its new members.
• At the start of the pandemic the Cadet Yoga Class kept some of us calm and active as they released a few virtual yoga practices on social media. Now they are offering classes and workshops that are all cadet led.

Cadet Hostess Launches Fall Wine Tasting Program
11/20/2020

The Cadet Hostess Office Launched the Fall Wine Tasting Program recently. These tasting events are designed to train and educate Cadets regarding wine protocol, etiquette, and formalities. Some of the things they learned were: how to read a wine label, the correct way to open a bottle, the appropriate amount poured into a glass, basic Tasting Techniques: See / Swirl / Smell / Sip / Savor, ordering wine at a restaurant - tips, how to ask for advice from the sommelier (wine steward), when you choose the wine, what is expected as it arrives for your approval, and suggestions for serving wine at home when you are hosting.

36th Annual Army Ten-Miler
11/20/2020

During this year’s 36th Annual Army Ten-Miler, Virtual Edition, the Marathon Team formed two teams (Black and Gold) to compete in the event and finished 1st and 2nd overall in the ROTC/Service Academy Division that included 61 total team entries. The fastest male runner, CDT Dashiell Rogers, finished 29th out of 8,955 males. The fastest female runner, CDT Emily DiNallo, finished 11th out of 6,239 females. All USMA Cadets finished in the top 100 of their gender categories. These teams would normally be recognized by the CSA and SMA following the actual event in DC, but that could not happen this year.

1. West Point Marathon Gold
0:56:23 0:57:50 0:57:50 1:00:29 = 3:52:32
Zachary Gould M, Kyle Stacks M, Garrett Burnett M, Chase Hogeboom M

2. West Point Marathon Black
0:55:54 0:59:15 1:01:16 1:09:12 = 4:05:37
Dashiell Rogers M, Alexander Block M, Jake Pinuelas M, Haley Seaward F

3. Flying Gophers
1:02:58 1:03:02 1:04:30 1:04:43 = 4:15:13
Evan Wigham M, Alexander Baum M, Reed Smith M, Matthew Lindell M

USMA Tied for 2nd & Wins People's Choice Award
11/19/2020

USMA Tied for 2nd & Wins People's Choice AwardIn October, two West Point cadet teams competed in the American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM) International Student Case Competition. The USMA teams tied for second place overall in the judged portion, and the team of Cadets Gerber, Benoit, Hall, and Posch (pictured) won the People’s Choice Award! Congrats to our ASEM cadet teams!

Rhattigan Added to Bednarik Award Watch List
11/19/2020

Rhattigan Added to Bednarik Award Watch ListJon Rhattigan, a firstie linebacker on the Army West Point Football, was added the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list the Maxwell Football Club announced Wednesday morning.

The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented annually to the nation’s top defensive player since 1995. The award named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame ’69 and the NFL Hall of Fame ’67.

Rhattigan leads the team with 60 tackles (25 solo) and has 8.0 tackles for a loss. The Naperville, Ill., native also has two interceptions on the season, one of which he returned for a touchdown and the other he brought back 50 yards. In Army's win over UTSA, he posted a career high 11 tackles (5 solo) and had one stop behind the line of scrimmage. Rhattigan has led the team in tackles in five of Army's eight games this season.

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced on Monday, November 30 and three finalists for the award will be announced Tuesday, December 8. The winner of the award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be announced in late December or early January at a date to be announced shortly.

CDT Aldhizer ’21 Receives Thomas Young Award
11/19/2020

CDT Aldhizer ’21 Receives Thomas Young Award As West Point continues to produce multiple research projects to advance the Army warfighter, cadets at the U.S. Military Academy are constantly at work reaching technological breakthroughs that make those advancements possible. Class of 2021 Cadet Thomas Aldhizer is one of many cadets using his passion for physics to develop contingency measures to potentially safeguard the lives of Soldiers on the battlefield. Aldhizer has spent most of his tenure at West Point defining theories related to lessening the variability of swinging when a casualty is being hoisted up into a Medevac helicopter. This year, the fruits of his labor finally came with the Thomas Young Award for outstanding research in physics.

Despite winning the award, the struggle to achieve this level of success was riddled with difficult obstacles. Those obstacles reminded him of simpler times in Pfafftown — a small community within the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he cultivated his passion for physics at Ronald Wilson Reagan High School. The community he lived in really valued and cherished people and the citizens of Pfafftown nurtured his desire to one day serve and give back to the people, Aldhizer added.

“I didn’t really want to go to college and make money, I wanted to go to college and be able to eventually do something to give back to Pfafftown," Aldhizer said. "So, I did JROTC in high school and I asked my mentors ‘where’s the best place I could go.’ They pointed toward a lot of places like Texas Tech or Virginia Tech, like a lot of good colleges, but not service academies.”

It wasn’t until his sophomore year in high school when his friend and colleague, 2nd Lt. Ean McCool, who was a senior at the time, informed Aldhizer of the opportunity that awaited him at West Point. McCool graduated from high school and attended West Point and that encouraged Aldhizer to do the same.

“I was like, ‘wow, people from Pfafftown can go to West Point,’ and that was kind of where I started looking into the academy and saying, ‘OK, how did my buddy get into West Point — what can I do, what should I do to get along that route,’” Aldhizer said of applying to West Point. Read more.

Army Football Hosts Georgia Southern on Senior Day
11/19/2020

Army Football Hosts Georgia Southern on Senior DayThe Black Knights will be back in action on Saturday, November 21 at 12 p.m. ET at Michie Stadium as they host Georgia Southern. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network, with Ben Holden, Ross Tucker and Tina Cervasio on the call. The Black Knights are looking to get back to winning ways after a loss at Tulane last Saturday, snapping a four-game winning streak, the longest on the season. The Black currently own a seven-game home winning-streak dating back to 2019. During the stretch, the Black Knights have outscored their opponents by a total of 307-55.

During that seven-game home winning streak, they have held their opponents to less than 10 points in six of those seven games. In five of those six games (three in 2020), they have held opponents to a touchdown or less. The game will also be broadcast live on the Army Sports Network by Rich DeMarco and Dean Darling on the call. Fans can follow along on TuneIn Radio starting with the Tailgate Show at 10 a.m. ET. Saturday's game will feature the second-ranked Army rushing offense in the country (303.4 ypg) with Georgia Southern's 10th-ranked rushing defense in FBS (92.6 ypg).

The Black Knights will celebrate Senior Day for the following 21 players in what was originally slated to be the final home game at Michie Stadium for the Class of 2021 (will now play Navy at Michie on December 12 and possibly Air Force, TBD). Honorees include - RB Jordan Blackman, CB Javhari Bourdeau, RB Dominic DiStefano, RB Artice Hobbs, DL Jack Hough, OL JB Hunter, OL Mike Johnson, TE Jake Lauer, LS Paul Lawless, DL Jeremiah Lowery, OL Lucas McCleery, FB Sandon McCoy, DB Dean Ngendakuriyo, LS Kyle O'Connor, OL Peyton Reeder, LB Jon Rhattigan, K Landon Salyers, S Chris Skyers, LB Joe Stephenson, DL Nick Stokes and DL Amadeo West. Read more.

Jeff Monken Press Conference: Georgia Southern
11/19/2020

Jeff Monken Press Conference: Georgia SouthernArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

Army will look to get back in the win column as they host Georgia Southern at Michie Stadium. The game will be aired on CBS Sports Network. Kickoff is set for noon.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: Opening Statement)
“We're sure disappointed about the way we played on Saturday. Credit to Tulane, they did a nice job of just keeping us off-balance on offense. They had those two early scoring drives and then again in the second half in the third quarter. The game was really odd. They had complete control of it in the first quarter and it seemed like we took control in the second quarter and had ourselves positioned at halftime and unfortunately couldn't come through in the second half. They outplayed us. They have a good team, a well-coached team, a really talented team. It made it difficult for us to match up with them in a lot of situations.”

“So, we'll come off that one and try to regroup and get ready for Georgia Southern, who also is a very well-coached team and a very talented team. In the grand scheme of things, I know them very well, but this will be our first time facing them and it will be a real test. They are doing some great things on offense running the football. They are one of the best rushing teams in the country. Scot Sloan, the defensive coordinator, and that staff know our offense very well. In fact, Brent Davis, our offensive coordinator, and Scot worked together at Georgia Southern on the same staff under Mike Sewak. So, they know our offense and it will be a challenge to go up against them. Scot and Nate Woody are good friends. In fact, they spent a lot of time this offseason talking about defense and option defense and low and behold we end up playing them which we didn't expect. There will be a lot emotion for me and a lot of us here on the staff that coached at Georgia Southern just because we love that school, and we love that program. I certainly cheer for them every time they play. I hate that we have to play them because I don't want to cheer against them but I'm going to have to make an exception for one day.”

“Our guys are excited for the opportunity to come back home and play in front of the Corps of Cadets. Hopefully, we'll do a good job of preparing them this week.” Read more.

USMA Faculty Presents at the 2020 IEEE NSS
11/19/2020

USMA Faculty Presents at the 2020 IEEE NSSCongratulations to CPT David Fobar, MAJ Logan Phillips, MAJ Andrew Wilhelm, and COL Pete Chapman on presenting at the 2020 The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Nuclear Science Symposium (NSS). Their research, entitled “Considerations for Training an Artificial Neural Network for Particle-type Identification”, explored the impact of various training datasets on overall network accuracy. This marriage between machine learning and nuclear radiation detection proves to be an area of great interest. We are proud to have our excellent faculty taking part in exploring this frontier.

Cadets Watch “West Point” 1956 T.V. Show
11/18/2020

Cadets Watch “West Point” 1956 T.V. ShowHistory instructors continue to be creative, inclusive, and safe in executing lessons with cadets enrolled in HI101. This week, CPTs Jessica Engel and Mandi Rollinson co-taught a lesson about the Role of the Family and Spouses in the Army. They used an auditorium space to ensure safe conditions along with other NPI, but it also enabled a great space to watch an episode from the 1956 TV show, “West Point”, as a class!

Women's Rugby to Host Senior Day Against Coast Guard
11/18/2020

Women's Rugby to Host Senior Day Against Coast GuardThe Army West Point Women's Rugby team is set to host the Coast Guard Academy this Friday, November 20 at 4 p.m. for their final matchup of the fall. The Black Knights will also be using Friday's game as an opportunity to celebrate their seven firsties. How to Watch: https://goarmywestpoint.com/watch/?Live=2233&type=Live

This will be Army's second competition this season. The Black Knights are coming off a shut out 39-0 win over service academy rival Navy. Alex DiMarco was the driving force on offense, amassing six penalty kick points and eight points in successful conversions. The Black Knights also saw scores from Julia Riekena, who led the offense in tries with two, Abrianna Williams, Charisma Henry and McKenzie Borchers.

“In our current global situation, we try to look for every silver lining that we can. In this case, playing rugby during a pandemic has come with challenges, but it has opened up a pathway to compete against a team we haven't yet played in the history of our program," said assistant coach Kaitlyn Kelly. "We are hopeful that this will establish a playing partnership with the Coast Guard Academy in years to come.”

Army will be honoring the hard work and dedication of their seven senior classmen including captains Eleanor Burnett and Sydney Dawson as well as Hailey Hodsden, Charlotte Kuhn, Meeah Mazikowski, Alexis Smalls and Abrianna Williams.

“With all of the uncertainty of 2020, we are very excited to be able to celebrate our seniors on our final game of the fall season," said Kelly. "Their contributions to the program the last three years speaks volume to who they are not only as rugby players, but as individuals and future Army officers. The team is grateful that they have the chance to honor this senior class and hopefully send them off in a proper fashion and end this season on a high note with a victory.”

The senior day festivities will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the game. Athletes from both sides have complied with their institutions' and conferences' respective COVID-19 testing guidelines ahead of the competition. The game will be closed to outside spectators but will have a live video stream of the game.

CHGS Hosts the Mass Atrocity Prevention Practicum
11/17/2020

CHGS Hosts the Mass Atrocity Prevention PracticumThe West Point - The U.S. Military Academy Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), in collaboration with Binghamton University, hosted the Mass Atrocity Prevention Practicum (MAPP). The three-day, multi-player role-playing simulation was attended by more than 80 cadets and midshipmen from USMA, USNA, and USAFA, as well as students from Yale University, Dartmouth, Georgetown University, Binghamton University, SUNY Albany, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Stonybrook, and the Nigerian Defense Academy.

CDT Lamb ’23 Fall Photo Contest Winner
11/17/2020

CDT Lamb ’23 Fall Photo Contest WinnerThis year’s Cadet Fall Photo contest winner is Class of 2023 Cadet Hannah Lamb. She received over 228 likes. Her photo is the capture of a Firstie in the Class of 2021 looking off into her bright future. Congratulations on a winning and a great photo.

Photo: by Cadet Hannah Lamb

MG Mennes ’88 Guest Lecture for Cadets
11/16/2020

MG Mennes ’88 Guest Lecture for CadetsSome cadets of SE301: Fundamentals of Engineering Design & Systems Management had a special guest lecture last week: MG Brian Mennes, USMA Class of 1988, and Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division (Light) and Fort Drum, New York, and Deputy Chief of Staff – Operations for Resolute Support Mission – Afghanistan. MG Mennes talked about his current role managing his mission in Afghanistan while also commanding the 10th Mountain Division, which includes over 19,000 Soldiers spread between Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York, and Fort Polk, Louisiana. Talk about a complex system!

West Tabbed Senior CLASS Award Candidate
11/16/2020

West Tabbed Senior CLASS Award CandidateAmadeo West, a firstie on the Army West Point Football team, was selected as a candidate for the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award for the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), it was announced this past Friday. West was one of 30 players to be named candidates for the award.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. In order to be classified for the award, an NCAA Division I FBS senior must have notable achievements in the following four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

Throughout his career, West has suffered three injuries that forced him to miss ample playing time, yet he was still named a team captain for the 2020 season. The Oceanside, Calif., native has accumulated 15 tackles (6 solo) and has 4.0 TFLs for a total loss of 16 yards in seven games played this season.

While back home in Oceanside, Calif., West helped hand out lunches at Caesar Chavez Middle School during quarantine. In addition, he serves as the Diversity and Inclusive Officer for Company C4 and is active in the Corps of Cadets community at West Point.

West was also named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award watch list in September, an award that puts equal weight on exceptional performance on and off the field.

To determine the overall Senior CLASS Award winner, the 30 candidates are narrowed to ten finalists at the end of the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system available to media, coaches, and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs: community, classroom, character and competition. Along with the winner, the ten finalists will be awarded Senior CLASS Award first- or second-team honors.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in December. For more information on the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

GEN Raymond Tours the House of PANE
11/16/2020

GEN Raymond Tours the House of PANERecently, General John Raymond, the very first Chief of Space Operations of the U.S. Space Force, took a tour of the House of PANE (Physics and Nuclear Engineering). CDTs Muffett, Catina, Michels, Parsons, and Fitzsimmons presented their capstone project on development of an initial entry mapping and radiation localization system. Cadets Jerod Warren, Adrian Garlant, Collin Combs showed General Raymond the water moderated sub-critical assembly and explained their capstone project to install a graphite moderated sub-critical assembly in the same room. CDTs Kemp, Bush, and Debzak briefed the General on the USMA Space Military Individual Advanced Development (MIAD) program. The MIAD is the Army Basic Space Cadre Course which awards qualified cadets the 3Y, space cadre, identifier as well as the basic space badge. General Raymond had the opportunity observe Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter through Department’s observatory. CDT Chelsea Grogan and CDT Jacob Willis explained some of the features of the observatory’s main telescope. Additionally, COL Gerving presented General Raymond with the target he destroyed using the High Energy Laser in the Photonics Research Center.

Feinstein’s Findings: A Long Day
11/16/2020

Feinstein’s Findings: A Long DayThe case can be made that the final score Saturday in New Orleans: Tulane-38, Army-12 was a bit deceiving. Tulane's last touchdown came on a poorly conceived and executed trick play attempt by Army on a kickoff. The Green Wave's previous touchdown was set up when a desperate Army team tried a fake punt on fourth-and-11 from its own 19-yard line that was stopped for a two-yard-loss.

But even if you discount those two late scores, there's no doubt that Army was outplayed for most of the afternoon. The Black Knights had three turnovers—one on the kickoff and two interceptions. They moved the ball in fits and starts but could never find any real consistency. They even had an extra point blocked, a play that loomed large at halftime with Tulane leading 14-12 but became moot when the home team dominated the second half.

The best news about the day? Tulane isn't on next year's schedule.

The Green Wave has been Coach Jeff Monken's Kryptonite since he arrived at West Point in 2014. As much progress as the program has made in the last seven years—including this year's record of 6-2—the Black Knights haven't been able to beat Tulane.

They have lost heartbreakers and they have lost semi blowouts. They've played Tulane four times since 2015; losing late—34-31--in the first meeting and 21-17 two years later after a couple of controversial calls on the Green Wave's game-winning drive. A year ago, it was 42-33 in Michie Stadium, ending Army's 15 game home winning streak, though the final margin was deceptively close. Read more.

CDT Black ’22 Nominated for the Dean’s “Brain Gainz”
11/16/2020

CDT Black ’22 Nominated for the Dean’s “Brain Gainz”CDT Adam Black, Class of '22, Company G-3, was nominated by his company for the Dean’s “Brain Gainz” recognition. According to his company, “CDT Black successfully navigated one of the most challenging Thayer weeks ever heard of at West Point. He completed 4 WPRS and 4 Problems sets in 4 days. Thayer weeks are a common occurrence at West Point, but Adam showed great academic resilience.” If you are in a “Thayer week,” try to keep smiling like Adam!

Cadet MAL Receives Overall Distinguished Delegation Award
11/13/2020

Cadet MAL Receives Overall Distinguished Delegation AwardCongratulations to our Model Arab League for their performance in the North East Regional Model Arab League (NERMAL) conference, they received the Overall Distinguished Delegation Award!

Additionally, CDT Thomas Sonnie ’22 and Karl Steeneporte ’23 received the award for outstanding delegation for the Council of Social Affairs and CDT Thomas Gover ’22 received the Distinguished Delegation Award for the Council of Economic Affairs.

Normally held at Northeastern University in Boston, this year’s conference was held virtually.

Our team represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and participated in numerous councils (Joint Defense, Economic Affairs, Palestinian Affairs, etc.). The event provided Cadets the opportunity to engage with multiple disciplines, including international relations, security studies, and socio-cultural skills. It also provided a venue for Cadets to hone their diplomatic and negotiation abilities as they compete and cooperate with students from other universities.

Behind the Game, Presented by USAA
11/13/2020

Behind the Game, Presented by USAAEach week leading up to the America's Game, Rich DeMarco looks back at all the great moments in Behind the Game, presented by USAA.

As we get ready for the 121st meeting between service-academy rivals at West Point's Michie Stadium we look back at the first meeting between Army and Navy in 1890 at The Plain at West Point as well as big moments and stars that have played in one of the greatest college football rivalries.

Cadets Virtually Interact with Junior ROTC H.S. Students
11/13/2020

Cadets Virtually Interact with Junior ROTC H.S. StudentsLast week 23 cadets interacted with Junior ROTC high school students for the virtual Leadership, Ethics and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (LEADS) workshop with students in and around the Detroit area.

For one who wishes to become an officer in the Army, the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), the U.S. Military Academy or Officer Candidate School are the usual options to consider. However, how does one become inspired to make that life-changing decision? 

“The LEADS program was the only influence I had in joining West Point,” Class of 2021 Cadet Lawrence Shepherd said as he explained his role as the cadet-in-charge of the event. During the event, 23 cadets interacted with Junior ROTC high school students for the virtual Leadership, Ethics and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (LEADS) workshop on Friday. Out of the 23 cadets, 15 local Michigan cadets took part in coordinating the event. Read more.

Radiance Independence Bowl Ticket Information
11/13/2020

Radiance Independence Bowl Ticket InformationArmy West Point Athletics has announced that ticket sales for the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will begin Monday, November 16 with a membership-level presale for 2020 Army A Club members and 2019 season ticket members.

Due to strict stadium capacity limits and to allow for social distancing, Army West Point has received a very limited ticket block. Tickets will be sold in pods of four only, with each account being limited to one pod. Tickets are $47, or $188 per pod.

Presale Timeline:

  • Monday, November 16: AD's Circle and Commander-In-Chief levels
  • Tuesday, November 17: Superintendent and Commandant levels
  • Wednesday, November 18: Five Star, Colonel and Major levels and 2019 Season Ticket Members request only***
  • Thursday, November 19: Captain, Lieutenant and Ranger levels request only***

***Request only: due to stadium capacity limits, Army West Point has received a very limited ticket block. Beginning Wednesday, November 18, all ticket orders will be request only. Requests will be evaluated based on Army A Club membership level and priority points.

Tickets will become available to the general public Monday, November 23 if tickets remain upon the conclusion of the Army A Club presale.

For more information, contact the Army A Club at 845-938-2322 or the Army Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY.

WPAOG Spirit Button Contest Winner
11/13/2020

WPAOG Spirit Button Contest WinnerWPAOG is pleased to announce Monica Sweatt, parent of a Firstie, as the winner of the 2nd WPAOG Army-Navy Spirit Button Design Contest. Monica was thrilled to learn her design was selected and wanted the design to be simple so that every member of the Long Gray Line and Army could appreciate and wear it proudly.

“I have watched the game for many years. It's a great American experience and I am proud that I have a son at West Point today,” said Monica. Read more about the inspiration behind her design: https://www.westpointaog.org/document.doc?id=10908

Register for our first virtual Beat Navy Tailgate on Saturday, December 12th, beginning at 1:30pm EST. The first 1500 registrants to register by November 19th will receive 2 Army-Navy Spirit Buttons per household.

Register Here: https://www.westpointaog.org/GoArmyBeatNavy

Stephenson Named Wuerffel Trophy Nominee
11/12/2020

Stephenson Named Wuerffel Trophy NomineeAfter being tabbed to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List in July firstie linebacker Joe Stephenson was officially named a nominee for the award this past Tuesday afternoon.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football's Premier Award for Community Service”, is named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the University of Florida, Danny Wuerffel. The award exists to honor college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society, and inspire greater service in the world.

Stephenson volunteers for the In My Bag Tour Foundation, a non-profit organization that develops educated, entrepreneurial-minded individuals who are healthy and serve their communities. At its last event, he helped serve over 500 students and 200 teachers in the Danville, Va., and Philadelphia areas with pre-packaged book bags and gifts of appreciation. The foundation raised over $10,000 in a three-month span in 2019. As a community liaison, Stephenson assists with volunteer communications and event logistics.

At the Academy, Stephenson, an American politics major, is a Dean's List student and a member of the Christian Athlete Society while currently serving as both the Military Development Officer and the Diversity Officer for his company.

The Wuerffel Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast more than 800 recipients, dating back to 1935. Visit www.ncfaa.org to learn more about the association. Read more.

No. 25 Football Heads to the Big Easy to Face Tulane
11/12/2020

No. 25 Football Heads to the Big Easy to Face TulaneThe Black Knights will be back in action on Saturday, November 14 at 12 p.m. ET at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans vs. Tulane. The game will be streamed live on ESPN+, with Joel Meyers and Brian Kinchen on the call. The Black Knights are riding a four-game winning streak into Saturday's contest. The Black Knights are 1-1 on the road this year, with a loss at nationally ranked Cincinnati (September 26) and a win at UTSA (October 17). The game will also be broadcast live on the Army Sports Network by Rich DeMarco and Dean Darling on the call. Fans can follow along on TuneIn Radio starting with the Tailgate Show at 10 a.m. ET. For the third-straight week the Black Knights are ranked in the Top 25 of the Coaches Poll. After sitting at No. 22 last week, the Black Knights are at No. 25 after being idle the past two weeks.

This is just the fourth time since 1970 that Army has won at least six games in its first seven tilts. The Black Knights started the 1996 season with a 7-0 record. They opened the 1985 and 1988 seasons with a 6-1 record. The Black Knights are set to take the gridiron for the first time since October 24. After a bye week (October 31), Army had last week's contest vs. Air Force postponed due to COVID-19 cases at the Air Force Academy. This is 16th season where Army has had four different players have a 100-yard rushing game. Four of those seasons have occurred in the Monken era (2020, 2019, 2017, 2015). Read more.

Cross Country Competes in Veterans Day Race on The Plain
11/12/2020

Cross Country Competes in Veterans Day Race on The PlainThe Army West Point Men's and Women's Cross Country teams competed in a joint Veterans Day meet on the historic grounds of The Plain at West Point on Wednesday.

The event was held after the cancelation of America's Race, which was scheduled to be held on The Plain between Army, Navy and Air Force.

With a contingent of the Corps of Cadets in attendance, the teams ran a course that spanned two laps around the perimeter of the parade grounds, followed by an s-shaped inner circle and concluding with two final laps around the perimeter.

Firstie Daniel Horoho was the first to cross the finish line for the men's team and plebe standouts Georgia Jones and Helen Shearer finished first and second for the women's team. The pair have placed as the team's top-two finishers in each of Army's meets this season.

The event concludes a shortened season that saw the Black Knights compete in three meets, headlined by a split result in the Army-Navy Star Meet in October where the women's team claimed its second consecutive star victory.

Men's Top Finishers:
1. Daniel Horoho - 15:23.4 | 2. Matthew Porter - 15:30.3 | 3. Caden Foster - 15:34.0 | 4. Luke Lusskin - 15:55.1 | 5. Mitchell Burr - 16:00.1.

Women's Top Finishers:
1. Georgia Jones - 17:30.4 | 2. Helen Shearer - 17:32.3 | 3. Mika Andrews - 18:13.6 | 4. Sophia Sandy - 18:33.2 | 5. Sarah Grodin - 18:48.8.

Jeff Monken Press Conference: Tulane
11/12/2020

Jeff Monken Press Conference: TulaneArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights will look to pick up their fifth consecutive victory when they travel to New Orleans, La., to take on Tulane this Saturday at noon ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: Opening statement)
“Well we are excited to be in another game week and hopefully we won't have any snags and we'll be able to play this weekend. I know there have been a lot of games that have been postponed and canceled and rescheduled and those kind of things, and we're just hopeful that we're able to play. It's been a couple of weeks. It seems like a long time since we were last out there on the field and we love to have the chance to play. We're playing an outstanding team. They have improved so much from the early weeks of the season. Coach (Willie) Fritz is just a tremendous football coach. He has two great coordinators: Jack Curtis, who I know really well, was our defensive coordinator at Georgia Southern for three years while I was the head coach there and Will Hall, who is now in his second year. They are doing a great job and it has been impressive to see how both coordinators have tweaked their philosophies a little bit to fit their personnel and they're doing a nice job. It's going to be a tremendous challenge. We've played them three times since I've been the coach here and we haven't beaten them yet. They've all been close games. Last year they got away from us and were up a big score and we were able to ramble back by way of a scoop score and then scored a touchdown and we just couldn't bet back into it. They have a really good team and they're well-coached. It's going to be a challenge to play down there at their place.”

(Ref.: On how hungry the team is to get back on the field)
“Our guys have worked really hard. They've worked hard since June, since we've been back here, with a desire to play and play a full football season. I'm glad we've made it this far and had a chance to play seven games, but there have been other teams that have played more and a whole lot that have played less. We're fortunate to have had the opportunity to play as much as we had, and we want to continue the season. This is a great football team. They have a talented team and they essentially have had our number. We're excited to play and to measure ourself against Tulane.” Read more.

Army Hockey Slated 5th in Preseason Poll
11/10/2020

Army Hockey Slated 5th in Preseason PollThe Army West Point Hockey team was slated fifth in the Atlantic Hockey Association Coaches Poll, announced by the league today.

“For us, it has been a long preseason, but I am really proud of how our guys have handled it,” said head coach Brian Riley. “They have come up to the rink with a sense of excitement and energy every day. I think a lot of it has to do with what happened last year. You don't realize how much you love something until it is taken away from you. They are willing to do whatever it takes to have a season and we can't wait to get started this weekend.”

The Black Knights received 60 points in the poll to rank fifth. The Eastern Pod that Army will be competing in for the 2020-21 season took four of the top-five spots in the poll.

American International led the way with 96 points and seven first-place votes and was followed by Sacred Heart (76 pts, 2 votes), Bentley (75 pts.), Niagara (69 pts., 1 vote) and then Army. Air Force and Robert Morris were tied for sixth (49 pts.), while Holy Cross was slated eighth (27 pts.) and Canisius and Mercyhurst rounded out the poll with 18 points apiece.

RIT announced yesterday that all of its 2020-21 winter sports were canceled, including men's and women's ice hockey, and were therefore not included in the poll.

The Black Knights open their season against LIU on Saturday with a 4:05 p.m. puck drop at Tate Rink.

Fall Sandhurst Results
11/9/2020

Sandhurst is the world’s premier international academy military skills competition that inspires excellence through rigorous physical and mental challenges that reflect the tempo, uncertainty and tasks of combat operations. The competition strengthens relationships with our allies and partners to foster multi-national cohesion and interoperability - showcasing the tenacity and grit of future leaders of the Armed Forces across the world.

Cadets will need to think rapidly and adapt to succeed. The competition includes 14 grueling events that will test cadets ability to shoot, move, communicate, medicate and lead then will conclude at the Crucible – the final event design by the Military Ninja Warrior focused on physical/mental toughness and agility.

Congratulations to the top 12 teams who will move forward to represent West Point as they compete in the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition in the spring. Here are the top 12 in order:

1. D2, 2. F1, 3. G3, 4. H4, 5. E4, 6. B4, 7. A4, 8. E1, 9. D3, 10. F2, 11. A3, 12. E3

Patriot League Plan on 2021 Basketball Season Starting in January
11/9/2020

Patriot League Plan on 2021 Basketball Season Starting in JanuaryThe Patriot League Council of Presidents endorsed a plan for a League-only Men's and Women's Basketball schedule for the 2020-21 season, beginning on Saturday, January 2, it was announced Monday. League play will be contingent on the League and its member institutions being able to conduct competition in ways that protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staffs and their communities.

Consistent with the prioritization of health and safety, the 2020-21 schedule format features a significant reduction in travel and overnight stays. No teams will be permitted to fly to games.

Instead of the League's traditional double round-robin format, teams will play an increased number of games against League opponents in closer geographic proximity.

“We have accomplished the first step in the planning process for the 2021 Patriot League men's and women's basketball season,” said Lafayette College President Alison Byerly, Chair of the Council of Presidents. “The Council of Presidents places the highest value and priority on League competition, and we believe this model offers the best opportunities for us to conduct a safe and successful League season.”

The 10 Patriot League institutions will be divided into three regional mini-conferences with teams playing four games against each regional opponent. Additional League games will be played outside of the mini-conferences to complete the 16-game regular-season schedule. Read more.

Air Force Game Officially a Virtual Sellout
11/9/2020

Air Force Game Officially a Virtual SelloutDespite the unfortunate news regarding the postponement of the November 7th Army-Air Force game at Michie Stadium, Army West Point Athletics feels it's important to celebrate and recognize the Army fans around the globe for their support of the Air Force virtual sellout.

While the game will not be played this Saturday, for the seventh consecutive time at Michie Stadium, the Army-Air Force game has SOLD OUT!

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restricting fan access to Michie Stadium, Army West Point Athletics introduced the Air Force virtual sellout on October 1st in hopes of keeping the sellout streak alive in 2020. Showing immense pride in the Army team, supporters from around the globe rallied to be a part of the Air Force virtual sellout. In addition to keeping the streak alive, supporters of the Air Force virtual sellout will receive a commemorative game ticket, 3x Army A Club Priority Points and will be entered in several raffle prize drawings. Raffle winners will be announced on Thursday, November 12th. An Army West Point Athletics rep will contact the winners via phone.

In total, the Air Force virtual sellout sold 40,694 tickets, generating $815,825 from 1,826 supporters as part of the Fight on to Victory Campaign in support of more than 1,000 outstanding cadet-athletes.

Established in October 2020, the Fight on to Victory Campaign will help Army West Point Athletics offset the projected budget shortfall, while also serving as a rally cry and inspiration for our outstanding cadet-athletes, coaches, staff, alumni and supporters around the globe. To learn more about how you can join the fight, please visit www.fightontovictory.com.

LTG(R) Hodges Virtual Guest Lecture
11/9/2020

LTG(R) Hodges Virtual Guest LectureLieutenant General (Retired) Ben Hodges, former commander of U.S. Army Europe, recently gave a virtual guest lecture to cadets enrolled in Dr. Rob Person’s course, SS375 - Politics of the Post-Soviet States. He spoke to cadets about Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine and Moscow’s broader strategic objectives in the Black Sea region. He also discussed many of Russia’s recent advances in weaponry and warfighting capabilities and how those developments affect strategic stability on NATO’s eastern flank and beyond.

Rifle Takes Second Place in All-Academy Match
11/9/2020

Rifle Takes Second Place in All-Academy MatchThe No. 5 Army West Point Rifle team earned a second place finish in the All-Academy President's Trophy match featuring service academy foes No. 6 Air Force, No. 14 Navy and No. 18 Coast Guard.

The match used the service academy scoring system, which counts the top five scores of eight selected scorers. The Black Knights finished with a mark of 5848 falling one point short of Air Force's tally of 5849. Navy took third place with a score of 5812 and Coast Guard finished in fourth with 5708.

Army finished with the top NCAA mark with an aggregate total of 4686 to match its program record, which it set last week. In all three of its matches this season, Army has set or matched its program record.

“I'm happy that we tied the program record which we reset last week,” said Army head coach Web Wright. “We will get some rest and gear up for tomorrow. I know we have more points in us and we can take Air Force tomorrow. We just need to do what we know how to do, relax and get in the zone.”

Plebe Kyle Kutz posted a mark of 589, which was just two points shy of tying Army's program record. Senior captain Clayton Hanson finished with the second highest aggregate score with 1178. Read more.

Men's Tennis Closes Out Weekend with 27 Victories Against Air Force
11/9/2020

Men's Tennis Closes Out Weekend with 27 Victories Against Air ForceThe Army West PointMen's Tennis team closed out their weekend long tournament with the United States Air Force Academy Saturday afternoon in the final two rounds of doubles and singles play. The Black Knights and the Falcons competed in a total of 53 matches through three days, with the Black Knights coming out victorious in 27 matches.

After a dominant performance in singles play on Friday afternoon, Army returned for play Saturday morning, eager to carry over their success into the third and final round of doubles. In the opening bracket of East vs West, both teams split at an even three victories a piece. The teams of Diego Huttepain/Jake Huarte, David Gorshein/Samuel Haikal and Daniel Zhou/Paul Roberts each recorded a win for Army with scores of 8-6, 8-3 and 8-4 respectively.

When the duos met again in the final round, Army took the advantage on Air Force, capturing wins in four of the six final matchups. Gorshein/Haikal and Zhou/Roberts picked up their second team wins of the day with added victories from Nikita Larichev/Samuel Eden and Nathan Jose/Stanley Liu.

The Black Knights struggled to find momentum in the final round of singles, notching five total wins between the Black/Blue and Gold/Silver matchups. In the Black/Blue bracket, Huttepain started the afternoon with a dominant 6-1, 6-2 victory against Air Force's Baylon followed by a 6-3, 6-3 win by Zhou over Vroman. Army took three hard fought victories in the Gold/Silver bracket, with individual wins by Huarte (6-2, 6-2), Haikal (6-2, 1-6, 10-7) and Jose (3-6, 6-2, 10-1). Read more.

Dr. Kartchner Presents Strategic Culture
11/9/2020

Dr. Kerry Kartchner, former State Department official and Visiting Associate Professor at BYU, delivered a presentation and engaged in a discussion on strategic culture with cadets from SS289: Intro to International Affairs Senior Project, in the Department of Social Sciences. Dr. Kartchner’s practical experience with arms control negotiations and published scholarship on nuclear nonproliferation provided the students an opportunity to ask questions about US deterrence policy and international politics. Dr. Kartchner concluded by providing advice on developing research on this topic, which will be useful for the students’ research projects for this year’s client: US Strategic Command (STRATCOM).

Army Virtual Turkey Trot is Now Live
11/6/2020

Army Virtual Turkey Trot is Now LiveArmy West Point fans who are looking for a fun way to stay active this Thanksgiving should look no further! Army will host its first ever Virtual 5K Turkey Trot between the dates of Sunday, November 22 through Sunday, November 29.

All virtual racers are encouraged to use treadmills at home, or go outside and practice safe social distancing while walking, jogging or running a route of your choice. All proceeds from the event will go to the Army A Club Fight On To Victory Campaign to support the over 1,000 cadet-athletes and mitigate the forecasted budget deficit due to the effects of COVID-19.

Interested runners can register at the link below, between today and Saturday, November 21st, and submit their times online to Army West Point Athletics via FitRankings. The FitRankings virtual race platform syncs with fitness apps (FitBit, Apple Watch/Health, Garmin, Suunto, and much more) to easily upload times for the 5K.

The cost to register is $47 which includes a digital running bib, t-shirt and face tattoos. Army West Point virtual runners must register by Monday, November 9 to receive their t-shirt & face tattoos in time for the run. We will continue to allow participants to register for the race until Saturday, November 21, however, t-shirts will not arrive until after the event. All participants will also be entered into a raffle to win select Army West Point prizes!

Participants are encouraged to share their 5K Turkey Trot experience through their social media platforms by using the hashtag #ArmyVirtualTurkeyTrot.

To register, please click this link.

To join the fight and learn how you can make an impact on Army West Point Athletics and our outstanding cadet-athletes during these challenging times, please visit www.fightontovictory.com.

The SOSH Run Tradition Continues During COVID
11/6/2020

The SOSH Run Tradition Continues During COVIDWhat better way to hand in your end-of-semester research paper than dressing in a costume? Yesterday, cadets continued the tradition of the SOSH Run, rushing to deliver their final papers to the Department of Social Sciences by 4:30 p.m.

Photo by Eric Bartelt

Cadet Grounds Keeping on Constitution Island
11/6/2020

Cadet Grounds Keeping on Constitution IslandService is a key component of the West Point - The United States Military Academy experience. Cadets from the History Club spent a chilly afternoon on Constitution Island helping do some grounds keeping around the Warner House and in Anna Warner’s historic garden. The Cadets also cleared deadfall from the trails that lead to the numerous Revolutionary Era redoubts that once made up Fortress West Point.

First Captain McGinnis on Leading the COC
11/5/2020

First Captain McGinnis on Leading the COCReilly McGinnis, a soccer standout from a small town in Pennsylvania, has joined a small, elite group of women who have earned the rank of first captain at the U.S. Military Academy – just six in the academy’s 218-year history.

“Thinking back as a plebe, I never would have thought this would happen,” McGinnis told MOAA. “Getting to lead in this position is definitely humbling.”

The first captain is the highest position in the cadet chain of command. She’s responsible for the performance of the 4,400-member Corps of Cadets and acts as a liaison between the corps and the administration.

It’s been a whirlwind of a journey for the “firstie,” who learned about the academy only when a recruiter spotted her at a soccer clinic during her high school years. The native of Macungie, Pa. – about a 2½-hour drive from West Point – didn’t know much about the military before stepping onto campus for a tour, but instantly felt that was where she belonged.

“After that visit, I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else,” she said.

McGinnis grew up leading her teammates on the soccer field, so leading comrades during training at the academy was a seamless shift. When an injury sidelined her, McGinnis decided to put all of her energy into more military activities. Full story.

West Point Hosts LTG(R) Christman
11/5/2020

West Point Hosts LTG(R) ChristmanThe West Point Graduate Scholarship Program was fortunate to host LTG (R) Dan Christman, the 55th West Point - The U.S. Military Academy Superintendent, in XH407: Advanced Critical Thought. General Christman discussed with cadets applying for Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and other prestigious scholarships virtually. They reviewed the future of humanitarian intervention, great power competition, and several strategic issues facing the Army. We thank General Christman for his longstanding mentorship and support to scholarship cadets and friend of the Scholarship Program.

Men's Tennis Welcomes Air Force for Double Header
11/5/2020

Men's Tennis Welcomes Air Force for Double HeaderThe Army West Point Men's Tennis team will compete this weekend against service academy rival Air Force in a three day, round robin "shootout". The Black Knights and the Falcons will begin competition this evening at 7 p.m.

The Black Knights are coming off a strong team performance against the Coast Guard Academy where they found wins in 21 of 23 total individual matches, while this will be the first and only competition for the Falcons this year. Army and Air Force have a storied past including 16 contests dating back to 1970. The Falcons currently hold a 9-7 advantage over the Black Knights in dual competition.

The last time these two teams met was at the end of February, when the Black Knights traveled to California for a double header with the Falcons and the USC Trojans. Read more.

Cadets Interview USCC CSM Killingsworth
11/5/2020

Cadets Interview USCC CSM KillingsworthCDTs Rahmeel Cook and Lexi West interviewed the USCC Command Sergeant Major Kenneth Killingsworth, to gain insight into the US Army’s enlisted development process. The interview was part of the research phase of the cadet’s capstone project, which involves developing a strategy to help senior leaders at USINDOPACOM better understand the enlisted development process for partner nations.

This year, over 140 Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, Systems & Decision Sciences, and Operations Research majors are working on 40 different cadet capstones. Each group works with an external client (such as USINDOPACOM, Mitre, and the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence) and applies systems engineering principles to solve a real problem or fill an organizational requirement. The cadet capstone is considered the culmination of a cadet’s experience in DSE, and many cadets consider it the most relevant and rewarding experience at USMA.

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Air Force
11/4/2020

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Air ForceArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights play their first Commander-in-Chief's Trophy matchup of the season this Saturday at Michie Stadium when they take on service academy foe Air Force. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: Opening Statement)
"I guess we haven't been here since the game two weekends ago and it was a great win for our guys, I thought they played really hard and performed well. I'm just pleased with the takeaways we got and our defense and how they continue to play and the production on offense. We're playing a lot of guys that don't really have a lot of game experience in some skilled positions, particularly the quarterback position. I'm really excited to see them get some game experience and build the reps that they frankly haven't had in practice. I thought they did a nice job. Our kicking game was really good that last time out. We covered kicks well, had a blocked kick and those are always big, and I'm just really impressed with the job that Coach (Sean) Saturnio is doing in motivating those guys to play really hard.

“Obviously, this week is a big game for us. We haven't had a bigger game this year than the one we're going to play this weekend. I know our guys are excited for the opportunity and certainly what's at stake when we play the academy games to earn the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. It's always a great game and always a tremendous battle and hopefully we'll play well enough this Saturday that we can make it a battle again.”

(Ref.: On the biggest things the team was able to work on during the bye week)
“Obviously we don't face a lot of option teams, we did in The Citadel earlier this year, so at least we were able to get some game experience on defense playing against an option team, and I thought our defense played particularly well that day. We didn't play well offensively, but I thought the defense did a nice job. It just allows us to have a couple of weeks to get into to playing option defense. What is always the case with these academy games is these offenses are really good at what they do and regardless of having extra time, they find a way to move the ball and make plays and so we are just going to have to play our assignments. Hopefully we block really well and are able to slow them down. Offensively, to prepare a game plan for a team that really know the options and all of these academy defenses and the experiences that we have playing in these games - playing against each other in preseason camps and throughout the season when we have those opportunities - we get to know the offense fairly well so their defense is going to be prepared. They'll have a good plan, so we are going to need to execute really well.”

Major Muirhead Using WWII Weapons for Class
11/4/2020

Major Muirhead Using WWII Weapons for ClassIn his HI 151: The Army of the Republic, Leading Citizen Soldiers classes, MAJ Eric Muirhead used WWII weapons from the West Point Museum and a few sandbags to transport his sections back to Italy’s Gothic Line in April of 1945. Using the Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Late Senator Daniel Inouye’s Medal of Honor Citation, his cadets discussed what it means to be a citizen soldier where your country has wrongly taken your citizenship.

Rifle Adds Three Matches to Slate
11/4/2020

Rifle Adds Three Matches to SlateThe No. 5 Army West Point Rifle team announced the addition of three matches to its 2020-21 schedule yesterday afternoon.

Army will play host to the All-Academy President's Trophy match featuring the following service academies: No. 6 Air Force, No. 18 Coast Guard and No. 14 Navy on Friday, November 6. The next day, the Black Knights will take on Air Force in a dual match. Additionally, the Black Knights will compete against No. 10 Akron in Palmyra, Pa. on Sunday, November 15.

Army has set program records in both of its matches this fall. The Cadets opened the season with a score of 4682 against Kentucky on October 17. Then on October 31, they bested that score with a mark of 4686 in a virtual tri-match with Nebraska and West Virginia.

In their most recent match, the Black Knights had four members record scores of at least 580 in smallbore and had three shooters at or above the 590-mark in air rifle.

The Cadets opened the season ranked 11th in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll and have climbed their way up to No. 5 in the nation with their first two marks.

Debate Takes Top Three of Four at Remote Tournament
11/3/2020

Debate Takes Top Three of Four at Remote TournamentWest Point - The U.S. Military Academy continued its tradition of hosting an annual debate tournament by conducting the Academy’s first remote debate tournament from October 30 to November 1, 2020. The tournament included 46 participants from seven different colleges and universities.

Army Debate performed extremely well as all four teams finishing the tournament with winning records. Cadets Tristan Monahan ’24 and Alex MacFarlane ’24 continued their winning ways by finishing first in the novice division. Additionally, Army Debate teams captured three of the top four places in the Open division. Cadet Greg Drake ’21 finished the preliminary rounds undefeated with a partner from Columbia University before being narrowly defeated in the Open championship by a team from NYU.

The team earned individual accolades as well with Cadets Monahan and MacFarlane earning 3rd and 4th place speaker awards, respectively, in the novice division and Cadets Vivian Tsai ’23 and Dhyuti Gopalakrishna ’23 earning recognition in the Open division.

Women's Rugby Shuts Out Navy On the Road
11/3/2020

Women's Rugby Shuts Out Navy On the RoadThe Army West Point Women's Rugby team opened up their first competition of the year with a dominant 39-0 shutout win over Navy this past Saturday. The Black Knights scored early and often, allowing the defense to hold the Midshipmen scoreless through 90 minutes.

Alex DiMarco put Army on the board first in the fifth minute with a successful penalty kick. DiMarco's 3-0 score held stagnant until the 24th minute when Abrianna Williams ran for the Black Knights first try of the afternoon. Army's offense quickly gained momentum, posting two more unanswered tries in the 28th and 38th minute from Julia Riekena and Charisma Henry. With a strong 22-0 lead, DiMarco kicked for her second successful penalty kick of the day opening the gap to 25. Riekena and McKenzie Borchers sealed the deal for the Black Knights in the final 20 minutes; Rikena adding her second of the day and Borchers her first.

DiMarco had a dominant day for Army, adding six penalty kick points and eight point in successful conversions alongside Riekena who led with two tries on the afternoon. Read more.

Four Cadets Named CEP Scholar-Athletes for October
11/3/2020

Four Cadets Named CEP Scholar-Athletes for OctoberMarshall Beatty and Mika Andrews of Army West Point Men's and Women's Cross Country and Luke Haug and Eleanor Burnett of Men's and Women's Rugby have been selected as the Corps Squad Athletes of the Month for October.

Women's Cross Country - Mika Andrews '21 International History Major with an Academic GPA last term of 3.868. She wears both the star (3.67+ academic GPA for 2+ consecutive semesters) and the wreath (top 15% of her graduating class) on her uniform. Cumulative GPA is 3.759, reflecting excellence in all of the pillars.

Men's Cross Country - Marshall Beatty '22 Philosophy major with a 3.604 cumulative GPA, with a 3.94 Academic semester GPA in spring 2020. Has taken on two extra semesters to study Russian solely because he enjoys learning the language and studying the culture. Top Army finisher and 3rd place overall at the Battle in Beantown 2020.

Men's Rugby - Luke Haug '21 Luke maintains a 3.234 cumulative GPA as a Business Management major. He has made the Dean's List every semester he has been at the Academy. He is aiming to branch Infantry following graduation.

Women's Rugby - Eleanor Burnett '21 Eleanor Burnett is a Firstie majoring in Geospatial Information Science. She currently maintains a 3.07 cumulative GPA and has made the Dean's List 3 times here at the Academy; including the last two (fall 2019 and spring 2020). NIRA 15s All-American Honorable Mention (2019). Read more.

Cadets Prepare for the Beat Air Force Bonfire
11/3/2020

Cadets Prepare for the Beat Air Force BonfireCivil and Mechanical Engineering Says, “BEAT AIR FORCE!” - Cadets have been preparing for the Beat Air Force Bonfire. Cadets from CE201, Intro to Civil Engineering, designed an F22 Raptor model. This past weekend they put in some hours to build the F22 Raptor model. It is sure to get a warm welcome in the Spirit Bonfire later this week!

Dr. Roberts Discusses “What Soldiers Do”
11/3/2020

Dr. Roberts Discusses “What Soldiers Do”Dr. Lou Roberts, the Department’s Ewing Chair, facilitated a discussion panel for three HI498 sections studying the Second World War. They discussed her book “What Soldiers Do” and learned how gender studies offer new approaches to military history. Dr. Roberts also explained her research and writing process which will help prepare the cadets for their upcoming theses.

Collective Offensive Effort Leads Men's Rugby Past Navy
11/2/2020

Collective Offensive Effort Leads Men's Rugby Past NavyThe Army West Point Men's Rugby team had a successful road trip this past Saturday afternoon, securing a dominant 39-13 win over rival Navy.

The Black Knights got off to a strong start offensively as plebe Dom Tianga scored his first collegiate try in the 6th minute to give Army an early 7-0 lead. Captain Matthew Meehan then followed suit, adding the Black Knights second try of the day only 11 minutes in.

After a successful Navy penalty kick in the 16th minute, Army answered back with their third try of the day by Larry Williams, boosting their lead to 16. Despite two more scores by the Midshipman, the Black Knights offense remained relentless, posting three more tries on the afternoon from Nolan Green, Parker Ross and Robert Barrett. Read more.

Army Rifle Sets Program Record in Tri-Match
11/2/2020

Army Rifle Sets Program Record in Tri-MatchFor the second consecutive match the No. 6 Army West Point Rifle team set a program record. The Black Knights posted a score of 4686 to take second place in a virtual tri-match with Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) foes No. 2 West Virginia (4709) and No. 8 Nebraska (4681). Each team shot in its home range.

“I'm really proud of the team for two back-to-back record setting performances,” said head coach Web Wright. “We've got a lot of depth this year and that's where we're seeing the difference.”

The Cadets had four shooters over the 580 threshold in smallbore in Clayton Hanson, Kyle Kutz, Lauren McMahan and Nicholas Cheshire. In air rifle, Army had three members reach the 590-mark in Hanson, Kaitlyn Kutz and McMahan.

“Sling went very well,” said Kyle Kutz, who shot 397/400 in sling. “The positions were solid, trigger pull was good and I just let the shots flow. Standing was a little bit below my average, but overall it was a great match. I definitely have a lot to reflect on and work on in future training sessions.”

“We got one percent better today, so it was a good day” Cheshire said.

The match will count towards Army's GARC record, but will not factor in as an NCAA event. Read more.

Virtual Reality Technology Enhances Small Unit Tactics
11/2/2020

Virtual Reality Technology Enhances Small Unit TacticsIn January of this year, the U.S. Military Academy began working with the Penn State Applied Research Lab to facilitate an event called the Virtual Thunderstorm Technology Demonstration. During the demo, nine vendors provided the Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) with a solution to enhance small unit lethality on the battlefield. Conversations for this event began between November and December of last year with preparations for the culminating event the week of October 5-9.

According to LTC Chris Johnes, the director of the West Point Simulation Center, the solution is the development of a virtual reality simulation rendered by scientific research and development companies. Due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, company representatives could not come to West Point to showcase their products live. The event had to be conducted — webinar style.

The event kick started on October 5 where each company had 10 minutes to give an overview of their virtual reality product. From October 7-9, three companies per-day presented 40-minute deep dives providing in-depth information on what their products were doing.

Furthermore, Johnes explained the Office of the Secretary of Defense identified different issues the Department of Defense wants to explore. For this venue, OSD focused on small unit tactics on the battlefield and reached out to vendors across the nation to solve the problem. In this case, the RRTO wanted to conduct a Rapid Response Mission Rehearsal for small tactical units and wanted to incorporate virtual reality technologies into the rehearsals. Read more.

Men's Tennis Posts Strong Outing Against Coast Guard Academy
11/2/2020

Men's Tennis Posts Strong Outing Against Coast Guard AcademyThe Army West Point Men's Tennis had a successful day against Coast Guard Academy this past Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights and the Bears went head to head in 23 individual matches, with the Black Knights finding victories in majority of the sets.

A.J. Woodman and Thomas Lake both had a strong day for the Black Knights in singles and doubles play, securing a win as the No. 1 doubles team and a singles win in the No. 1 and No. 2 slots.

“We had a great day back into tennis. Our team was so excited to get to play matches again,” said head coach Jim Poling. “They played very solid tennis against a good Coast Guard team. Overall the matches went 21-2 for the Black Knights and many were close. We are looking forward to taking on Air Force next weekend. There will be some fired up tennis.” Read more.

Men's Tennis to Host Coast Guard Academy
10/30/2020

Men's Tennis to Host Coast Guard AcademyThe Army West Point Men's Tennis team will welcome the United States Coast Guard Academy to the Lichtenberg Tennis Center Saturday afternoon for the first time in program history. The Black Knights and the Bears will play a pair of matches starting with the first round of doubles play at 11 a.m. followed by an additional round at 3 p.m.

Army competed to a 9-6 dual record last spring before having their season halted. After opening the new year with a tough 0-4 loss to St. John's, the Black Knights went on a six-match win streak from January 26 to February 9, including wins over UCONN, Binghamton, Georgetown, Morgan State, St. Bonaventure and Bryant. The team then ventured to the west coast to meet two tough rivals in USC and Air Force, coming up just short against the Falcons in a 2-4 loss before returning to home court. The Black Knights then recorded three straight wins against NJIT, Fairfield and Monmouth in what would be their final matchups of the year.

“The team and the coaches are excited to have the opportunity to play Coast Guard Academy especially since we have not competed since last March. It will be great fun,” said head coach Jim Poling.

Athletes from both sides have complied with their institutions' and conferences' respective COVID-19 testing guidelines ahead of the competition. The match will be closed to outside spectators but will have a live video stream of the match.

Live Stream Link: https://goarmywestpoint.com/watch/?Live=2198&type=Live

The Black Knights will return to Lichtenberg next weekend for their first home contest against service academy rival Air Force in double header on Friday and Saturday.

Women of West Point: Margaret Corbin
10/29/2020

Women of West Point: Margaret CorbinCheck out the latest Women of West Point video on Margaret Corbin, courtesy of MAJ Justine Meberg and the Theater Arts Guild. In this video, get to know Margaret Corbin as she was: a brave woman who lived a hard life, like many other Revolutionary camp followers, and who gave much in the service of her country. When British fire killed her husband John, Margaret took over his cannon and continued loading and firing it alone. Grapeshot from a British cannon struck her shoulder, chest, and jaw, and she collapsed. As a result, she permanently lost the use of her left arm because of her wounds. She made her way to the invalid regiment at West Point, where Congress granted her a veteran’s pension in recognition of her service and sacrifice. Margaret remained a poor woman, known for little more than swearing and drinking, a forgotten heroine of the Revolution. Yet Margaret’s day would come. In 1926, the Daughters of the American Revolution in New York State erected this monument on West Point, and today, many West Pointers—female and male—have participated in the academy’s Corbin Forum.

What Cadets Love About DSE
10/28/2020

What Cadets Love About DSEWhat do cadet majors love about the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE)?

The “Real World” applicability of the curriculum. The “Balance” between management skills and math/technology. The “World” Class facilities. The “Culture” created by our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Check out the video for more.

Dennis Mahan Michie
10/28/2020

Dennis Mahan MichieThe original stadium structure was formally dedicated to the memory of Dennis Mahan Michie, who was instrumental in starting the game of football at the U.S. Military Academy in 1890. It was Michie who organized, managed, and coached the first football team in history at West Point.

ACS West Point Student Section Decorate 168+ Cupcakes
10/28/2020

ACS West Point Student Section Decorate 168+ CupcakesIn celebration of Mole Day (October 23), the American Chemical Society West Point Student Section decorated 168+ cupcakes to share with fellow Cadets. Many thanks to Cadets Felita Zhang, Ryan Kreiser, Aidan Wright, Uta Givens, Minseo Yang, and Victoria Engel for their time and skills in decorating the mole themed treats. In recent years, this has been an annual event that celebrates the significance of Avogadro’s number, 6.022 x 1023 entities per mole, which Cadets learn from their general chemistry course.

MAJ Lagasse Published in the Astrobiology Journal
10/28/2020

MAJ Lagasse Published in the Astrobiology JournalCongratulations to MAJ Bryan Lagasse and co-authors from Clemson University for their published research titled “Fast Degradation of Hydrogen Peroxide by Immobilized Catalase to Enable the Use of Biosensors in Extraterrestrial Bodies,” in the journal Astrobiology. Although hydrogen peroxide serves as a potential source of energy in living systems, it may interfere with biosensors used in the detection of extraterrestrial bodies. Hence, the significance of this published work in presenting a technique to degrade hydrogen peroxide in order to facilitate identification of biologically relevant molecules in advancing research on extraterrestrial systems.

Cadets Published in Applied Sciences Journal
10/28/2020

Cadets Published in Applied Sciences JournalCongratulations to Cadets Nathaniel J. Olsavsky ’21, Victoria M. Kearns ’22 and Connor P. Beckman ’22, and faculty, COL John Burpo, LTC Daniel Bahaghighat, and Dr. Enoch Nagelli; and their collaborator, Dr. Pamela Sheehan, CCDC-AC, for their published research titled “Research and Regulatory Advancements on Remediation and Degradation of Fluorinated Polymer Compounds," in the journal Applied Sciences. The publication is an extensive review of the remediation and degradation of a class of chemicals that is prevalent in industrial products and applications found in both military and civilian sectors. Although versatile, the chemicals are hazardous to the environment. This publication serves to inform future remediation processes and techniques. (Olsavsky, N.J.; Kearns, V.M.; Beckman, C.P.; Sheehan, P.L.; Burpo, F.J.; Bahaghighat, H.D.; Nagelli, E.A. Research and Regulatory Advancements on Remediation and Degradation of Fluorinated Polymer Compounds. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 6921.

Capstone Team Joins the Cannon Crew
10/27/2020

Capstone Team Joins the Cannon CrewFall foliage, an Army victory, and a capstone project! Cadets Nate Batta, Shane Murphy, Andrew Quantz, and Grant Williams from the ME404 Drone Assisted Targeting capstone team joined the cannon crew this past Saturday to gather data on the blast overpressure from their 75mm “Pack Guns.” Also, to see if various flying objects such a small drone can survive in the vicinity of cannon blasts. The cannon crew was very hospitable and fully prepared to help.

Army To Host Navy, Air Force In 'America's Race' On Historic Plain
10/27/2020

Army To Host Navy, Air Force In 'America's Race' On Historic PlainThe Army West Point cross country program has announced that the United States Military Academy will host the inaugural 'America's Race' service academy cross country championships on the historic West Point Plain on Wednesday, November 11.

America's Race presented by USAA will be the first major athletic event to take place on the parade grounds of The Plain since the opening of Michie Stadium in 1924 and the first ever tri-meet contest between Army, Navy and Air Force. The competition will be streamed live on ESPN Plus.

“This event is special on several levels,” Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Mike Smith said. “It is a salute to service and a celebration of the commitment to serve our country made by young men and women at the three service academies that sponsor Division I cross country on a day that we as a country come together to recognize and honor military service. It is also an opportunity to showcase one of the most iconic settings in the world - the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point.”

The Veterans Day competition will begin with the women’s 6K race at 2:30 p.m. followed by the men's 8k race at 3:30 p.m. The entirety of the competition will take place on The Plain and attendance will be limited to the Corps of Cadets.

The grounds of The Plain are entrenched in the long history of the United States Military Academy. As the original grounds of the Academy in 1778, it remains the site of the longest continually occupied U.S. Army Garrison in America. The land was the site for the first Army-Navy Football Game in 1890 and was the home field for the Army football team until Michie Stadium opened in 1924. Earlier this year, The Plain hosted the United States Military Academy graduation ceremony for the first time since 1977. Read more.

Sprint Football Wins Defensive Battle Over Navy, 7-3
10/27/2020

Sprint Football Wins Defensive Battle Over Navy, 7-3The Army West Point Sprint Football team defeated Navy, 7-3, in a defensive battle to claim the star as part of the Star Series presented by USAA this past Sunday Sunday afternoon at Navy-Marine Memorial Stadium.

With consistent rainfall and the temperature in the 40s throughout the game, field position was crucial. Both teams' scoring drives occurred after taking over in their opponent's territory.

The lone score of the first half came with Navy starting its drive on the Army 20 yard line. The Cadets' defense held strong, only surrendering two yards before Navy's Mychal Golden made a 35-yard field goal attempt to give the Mids the 3-0 lead with 6:54 left in the first quarter.

In the second half, it was the Black Knights that benefited from favorable field position. David Dickerson soared in to record an interception at the Navy 32 yard line. On the second play of Army's ensuing drive, JC Watson connected with Justin Charette on a 29-yard pass play that move the ball down to the Navy one yard line. Two plays later, Watson scooped up a low snap out of the shotgun and rushed forward into the end zone on the keeper to give Army the 7-3 lead with 9:05 left in the third quarter.

The sequence helped jumpstart Army's offense, which was limited to just 36 yards of total offense and one first down in the first half. The Cadets went on to gain 150 yards of total offense in the second half. Read more.

CDT Gopalakrishna ’23 Nominated for the Dean's “Brain Gainz”
10/27/2020

CDT Gopalakrishna ’23 Nominated for the Dean's “Brain Gainz”Cadet Dhyuti Gopalakrishna, Class of ’23, Company E-2, was nominated by her company for the most recent Dean’s “Brain Gainz” recognition. CDT Gopalakrishna tutored peers during a Teams study session to help them prepare for the CY105 WPR. During this time, she answered questions, discussed course concepts, and selflessly sacrificed personal study time to assist others. Excellent academic mentorship and leadership, Dhyuti!

Football Takes Care of Mercer, 49-3
10/27/2020

Football Takes Care of Mercer, 49-3The Army Black Knights took care of business this past Saturday afternoon, improving to 6-1 on the season after a 49-3 victory over the Mercer Bears at Michie Stadium.

Running back Sandon McCoy led the way, finishing with a team-high three touchdowns on eight carries, while Tyrell Robinson scored his first-career touchdown on a 53-yard reception.

Defensively, the Black Knights held Mercer to 221 total yards of offense and just one field goal and no touchdowns on the day. Linebackers Jon Rhattigan and Spencer Jones led the way with seven tackles apiece. The defensive unit had three interceptions, including a pick-six by Jabari Moore. Rhattigan and Cameron Jones also tallied interceptions on the day.

The Bears got on the board first, jumping out to a 3-0 lead on a 36-yard field goal by Caleb Dowden.

However, Army answered with 49 unanswered points of their own, as they took full control of the game and the clock, possessing the ball for 35 minutes and 10 seconds of the game.

Robinson got the Black Knights on the board first with a 53-yard reception, his first-career touchdown. McCoy followed with back-to-back touchdowns, followed by a fellow b-back reaching the end zone as Cade Barnard rumbled home on a three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, making it 28-3, Army. Read more.

Football Accepts Bid to Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
10/27/2020

Football Accepts Bid to Radiance Technologies Independence BowlArmy West Point Football is the first team in the country to be offered and accept a spot in a 2020-2021 bowl game, as it will be headed to the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., it was announced today after a victory over Mercer to improve to 6-1 on the season.

“We want to thank the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, Chairman Frank Auer and the entire bowl committee for this incredible opportunity to play in this outstanding bowl game,” said Director of Athletics Mike Buddie. “We are very excited to accept the first bowl invitation of the 2020-2021 season and to make our first trip to Shreveport since 1996.”

Army has only one previous Independence Bowl appearance in their program's history – a 32-29 loss to the Auburn Tigers in 1996. The Black Knights are off to their best start since they began that historic 1996 season with nine-consecutive victories.

“We are absolutely delighted to extend a bowl invitation to the Army West Point Black Knights football team,” remarked 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Chairman Frank Auer. “The Independence Bowl celebrates the independence and freedoms we enjoy in America, and we are well aware that those freedoms are protected by our Army and the other armed forces. We deeply appreciate the role they play in our national landscape and will roll out the red carpet for them for their trip to Shreveport.”

The Black Knights are slated to face an opponent from the Pac-12 Conference in the bowl, who will begin their truncated football season on Saturday, November 7. Read more.

Wargames Club Learning by Playing Pandemic
10/27/2020

Wargames Club Learning by Playing PandemicCadets from the Wargames club met up to play games such as Flames of War, 7 Wonders, Band of Brothers, and Pandemic. The Wargames Club is dedicated to helping cadets become successful Army officers by giving cadets practical experience thinking strategically through wargames. Cadets use a variety of wargames to study military history, to investigate strategic, operational and tactical problems encountered by nations and armies throughout history, and to promote camaraderie and have fun. The cadets use historical miniatures and terrain tables as well as board games to investigate the complexity of war.

Feinstein's Findings: On to Phase Three
10/27/2020

Feinstein's Findings: On to Phase ThreeOn to phase three.

Phase one of the 2020 football season was to have a football season. After Army athletic director Mike Buddie gave him free reign to schedule anyone he could find, Army senior associate director Bob Beretta took care of that, building a 12-game schedule from the ashes of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phase two began on September 5th, when Middle Tennessee State came to Michie Stadium. Playing in front of the Corps of Cadets and the ghosts of Blanchard and Davis; Blaik and Thayer—all of them social-distancing—the Black Knights crushed the Blue Raiders 42-0 and life on post had something approaching normalcy: September and football had both arrived.

Since then, Army's had one game cancelled—Brigham Young--and has lost once—at  Cincinnati, which is now 4-0 and ranked No. 9 with a bullet after trouncing previously-unbeaten SMU on Saturday.

Saturday's 49-3 rout of Mercer, also in front of the corps and the ghosts inside Michie, pushed Army's phase two record to 6-1. It also wrapped up a bowl bid for Coach Jeff Monken's team for the fourth time in five years. The Black Knights will travel to Shreveport to play in the Independence Bowl—their first appearance in that game since a dramatic 32-29 loss to Auburn in 1996.

Army became the first team to accept a bowl bid in college football's strangest season. How strange? Consider this: Army's opponent in Shreveport will be a to-be-named Pac-12 team that has NOT YET PLAYED A GAME. The conference, after cancelling its season in August said, 'never mind,' last month and will begin play in two weeks. Army will play its eighth game of the season on the same weekend that its bowl opponent will play its first.

Wait, there's more news from the Year of Covid-19. On Friday, the two schools announced that the Army-Navy game will take place as planned on December 12th, but will be played at Michie, not at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field. The reason for this is simple: By playing at West Point the entire corps and the entire brigade of midshipmen (and the ghosts) will be able to attend. Read more.

2020 Army-Navy Game to be Played at West Point
10/24/2020

2020 Army-Navy Game Presented by USAA to be Played at West PointArmy Director of Athletics Mike Buddie and Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that the 121st playing of the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA will be played at West Point, Dec. 12.

The game is being moved from Philadelphia due to attendance limits placed on outdoor events in the state of Pennsylvania that would not allow the entire Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen to attend. As the designated home team in 2020, Army West Point will host the 121st iteration at historic Michie Stadium.

“We want to thank the City of Philadelphia, the Eagles and all involved in the planning for their efforts to navigate this historic game in the current COVID-19 climate," said Buddie. We are excited about this historic opportunity to host Navy and the Brigade inside the gates of West Point for the first time since 1943.”

It marks the first time the Army-Navy Game has been played at a home site since World War II when Annapolis hosted the 1942 game and West Point the 1943 game. The two schools also rotated hosting the first four games from 1890-1893.

“The health and welfare of the Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen is the number one priority," said Lieutenant General Darryl A. Williams, 60th Superintendent of the USMA. "Hosting the Army-Navy Game on West Point will be the safest way for the Cadets and Midshipmen to experience the game.” Read more.

Women's Soccer Blanks Coast Guard
10/24/2020

Women's Soccer Blanks Coast GuardThanks to two goals in the first 11 minutes of the game, the Army West Point Women's Soccer team came out on top of Coast Guard by a 3-0 score last night.

“We are incredibly grateful to so many people who gave us the opportunity to compete tonight,” said head coach Adrian Blewitt. “Big thanks to USCGA for being gracious hosts and for all of the USMA staff who worked hard behind the scenes to make this happen. Both teams played the game with great spirit and it was an enjoyable game.”

The Cadets went ahead 1-0 in the first five minutes of the game which was followed by another score at the 11-minute mark. After leading 2-0 at the half, the Black Knights notched another goal in the 66th minute to win the game 3-0.

Kaitlin Palaian, Elise Urkov and Morgan Walsh were the goal scorers for Army tonight representing the plebe, yearling and firstie classes on the score sheet. Sydney Cassalia preserved the shutout tonight with multiple stops.

“All in all, it was an incredible feeling to be back on the field with the girls,” said senior captain Mia Padon. “The energy the team brought onto the field was nothing short of inspiring. In so many ways, it was freeing to get out and finally do what we've been training for the past three months. Since we got here in July, we've been itching to get on the pitch, and I think it really reminded us why we put so much of ourselves into early mornings and long practices.”

West Point Ranked #7 of America’s Top Universities by Alumni
10/22/2020

West Point Ranked #7 of America’s Top Universities by AlumniCollege rankings have become a staple of the college decision-making process for millions of prospective students. Yet college rankings have always been quite different from other familiar consumer ratings such as Consumer Reports or Yelp – because they have never factored in the actual ratings of those who have consumed the good or service: their alumni. Have you ever wondered what the top colleges and universities would look like if they were ranked based on alumni ratings? Thanks to a recent study derived from the largest source of representative surveying of college graduates, we have a sneak peek into what it might look like. Although you’ll see some familiar names, there are also many surprises. Read more.

Fight On to Victory Campaign
10/22/2020

Fight On to Victory CampaignThis year has presented one of the most unique challenges in the history of college athletics. As we navigate through the cancellations and postponements that have impacted all our sports due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Army West Point Athletics is facing a critical financial challenge. To combat this challenge, we're excited to announce the Fight on to Victory Campaign which will help offset the projected budget shortfall, while also serving as a rally cry and inspiration for our outstanding cadet-athletes, coaches, staff, alumni and supporters around the globe.

“2020 has been an unprecedented year” said Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie. “Through it all, the hard work and our relentless pursuit of excellence has not stopped. The Fight on to Victory campaign will help us close the gap and ensure we have the resources necessary to preserve what I believe is the greatest and most rewarding experience in college athletics.”

You can support the Fight on to Victory Campaign through the events and initiatives below or by making a tax-deductible gift to the Army A Club via www.fightontovictory.com or by calling 845-938-2322.

Air Force Virtual Sellout (October 1-November 5): Be a part of helping us keep our Air Force sell out streak alive and "virtually" sell our Michie Stadium for the 7th consecutive Army-Air Force matchup.

By purchasing a virtual ticket, you will be making a tax-deductible 2020 donation to the Army A Club in support of more than 1,000 outstanding cadet-athletes. All purchases also award purchasers with 3x Army A Club priority points for the 2020 fiscal year. Read more.

Cadets Visit the Bradley Barracks Renovation Project
10/22/2020

Cadets Visit the Bradley Barracks Renovation ProjectOver 65 Cadets enrolled in CE450 Construction Management visited the Bradley Barracks Renovation Project with the US Army Corps of Engineers (Major Riley, CPT Cole, and Evan Sick). Cadets saw construction management in action and interacted with professionals engaged in a complex, real-world construction project.

Army Virtual Turkey Trot is Now Live
10/22/2020

Army Virtual Turkey Trot is Now LiveArmy West Point fans who are looking for a fun way to stay active this Thanksgiving should look no further! Army will host its first ever Virtual 5K Turkey Trot between the dates of Sunday, November 22 through Sunday, November 29.

All virtual racers are encouraged to use treadmills at home or go outside and practice safe social distancing while walking, jogging, or running a route of your choice. All proceeds from the event will go to the Army A Club Fight On To Victory Campaign to support the over 1,000 cadet-athletes and mitigate the forecasted budget deficit due to the effects of COVID-19.

Interested runners can register at the link below, between today and Saturday, November 21st, and submit their times online to Army West Point Athletics via FitRankings. The FitRankings virtual race platform syncs with fitness apps (FitBit, Apple Watch/Health, Garmin, Suunto, and much more) to easily upload times for the 5K.

The cost to register is $47 which includes a digital running bib, t-shirt, and face tattoos. Army West Point virtual runners must register by Monday, November 9 to receive their t-shirt & face tattoos in time for the run. We will continue to allow participants to register for the race until Saturday, November 21, however, t-shirts will not arrive until after the event. All participants will also be entered into a raffle to win select Army West Point prizes! Read more.

BG Buzzard Catches Up with SWARM
10/21/2020

BG Buzzard Catches Up with SWARMDuring the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) this past weekend, the Commandant of Cadets, BG Buzzard, took time to speak to cadets on the SWARM capstone team. The team was testing their systems and is developing the ability to use a swarm of drones to detect chemicals in a potentially contaminated environment. The SWARM team consists of cadets from the departments of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Chemistry and Life Sciences.

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Mercer
10/21/2020

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: MercerArmy West Point Football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights will look to win their fourth straight game this Saturday at Michie Stadium when they play Mercer for the first time since 1933. Kickoff is set for noon ET. The game will be aired on CBS Sports Network.

(Ref.: Opening Statement)
“I am really proud of our team and the effort they put in Saturday. It was a great team effort. I thought we played well enough in each phase to help us win the game. There were certain things that we have to correct and get better at. Overall, how well we played on defense -- to shut down what I thought was a really good offense and outstanding quarterback. They had great skill players. We didn't give up big plays and came up with the stops when we needed to. With the exception of the return they got on us, I thought our kick coverage was really good and we protected our kickers. We had a blocked PAT, that was the third time from Ryan Duran III, it was a really great play on his part. And the story of our two quarterbacks. Those two young guys who really had no experience in college football and the rest of the guys took care of them by doing their job. Doing a good job blocking and creating seams for them to run and the running backs. Coach (Brent) Davis had a great plan and it was very simple and the right game plan for the group of guys we had playing. I couldn't be more proud of that effort and we beat a really good football team.”

(Ref.: On whether Cade Ballard and Tyhier Tyler's performance ranks among the best Army has had)
“I don't know if I thought about it in that regard, but it was certainly a great performance. What was so impressive was that neither one was rattled at all. From the first snap, neither one of them were rattled. They've both been in big games. They've both won a lot of games as quarterbacks in high school and I think Coach Davis gave them plays that they could handle and that everyone was really confident in and it was that kind of game plan. We just lined up and had to block people and move people and not a lot of ball exchanges. There weren't a lot of pitch plays and those kinds of things. There were some, and those guys handled it and did a really good job with it. But I thought they performed about as well as we could've expected in their first action. That's for sure.” Read more.

Rumble at the Point
10/21/2020

Rumble at the PointThe grills were fired up with hamburgers and hot dogs as people flocked to Trophy Point in droves watch the annual Army Boxing Rumble exhibition event at West Point. Eighteen competitors fought in nine weight classes ranging from super featherweight (132 pounds) to heavyweight (over 201 pounds).

The event kicked off with Class of 2022 Cadets Grace Martin versus Kristina Hughes in a super featherweight bout. Both girls showed heart and grit as they measured each other’s skill with a jab followed by a flurry of combinations. Though Martin made it a difficult fight, Hughes walked away with the win.

Next up was Class of 2023 Cadet Ezekiel Mercado versus Class of 2022 Cadet Will Naumann at middle weight (156 pounds).

The fight started out with both fighters equal in physical ability and skill, but as the fight wore on, Naumann managed to overwhelm Mercado and earned the victory. Read more.

Men's Lacrosse Adds Kubikowski to Staff
10/21/2020

Men's Lacrosse Adds Kubikowski to StaffArmy Men's Lacrosse head coach Joe Alberici announced the addition of Connor Kubikowski to his staff. Kubikowski will serve as a Volunteer Assistant.

Kubikowski comes to West Point after serving as an Assistant Coach at Montclair State for three seasons.

Kubikowski came to MSU in 2018 and was the Defensive Coordinator for a unit that ranked second in Division III in man-down defense at 88 percent. Kubikowski enjoyed a standout career at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia where he was a two-time All-NEC selection and finished second all-time in program history for games played (62). An All-State selection at Ridgewood High School, Kubikowski heled the Maroons to a pair of state championships in addition to earning numerous All-County and All-Conference accolades.

A graduate of St. Joseph's in 2017, Kubikowski also serves as the head coach of the Maroon's Lacrosse Club working with the Ridgewood boys' 5th grade team.

Cadets Clear the Road
10/21/2020

Cadets Clear the RoadA tree fell across one of our local roads. Luckily there just happened to be a bus filled with cadets passing through. The cadets did not think twice about moving the tree, got out and went to work clearing the road. Great work!

Photo: courtesy of Emily McAleesejergins

Robinson Named to FWAA Freshman All-American Watch List
10/20/2020

Robinson Named to FWAA Freshman All-American Watch ListArmy West Point Football running back Tyrell Robinson was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American watch list, the organization announced Tuesday morning.

Robinson was one of 10 running backs named to the watch list. Among freshmen, he ranks eighth nationally in rushing yards having amassed 298 yards on just 33 carries in the first six games of his career. Robinson is one of just two players in the nation to have more than 290 rushing yards on fewer than 35 carries. He is currently averaging 9.0 yards per carry.

The Dallas, Ga., native impressed in his collegiate debut with 94 rushing yards on just nine attempts, including a long rush of 37 yards. He recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game against Abilene Christian on Oct. 3, finishing the contest with 126 yards on just seven carries. He became just the 15th player in program history have a 100-yard game with seven or fewer rushing attempts. His average of 18.0 yards per carry was the 11th best average in a 100-yard rushing game in program history.

This year's FWAA Freshman All-American team will represent the 20th since its inception and feature a list of 7 semifinalists and 3 finalists later this season leading up to the unveil of the Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year.

Women's Soccer Set to Play at Coast Guard Friday
10/20/2020

Women's Soccer Set to Play at Coast Guard FridayThe Army West Point Women's Soccer team is set to play at Coast Guard Friday night October 23 at 6 p.m., in New London, Conn.

“We are excited to play and are grateful to USCG for the opportunity to compete and play the game we love,” said head coach Adrian Blewitt. “We are looking forward to an enjoyable day together and to see what progress we have made during many weeks of training.”

It will be the first contest the Black Knights will have this fall. Fans will not be permitted at the event. Only those in the immediate Coast Guard Community will be permitted.

There will be a live stream of the game which can be viewed here.

Go for Green Plan Changes the Way Cadets Will Eat
10/20/2020

Go for Green Plan Changes the Way Cadets Will Eat“You are what you eat,” Chief Warrant Officer 4 Edgar Walle, the installation food advisor said as he explained all the changes the Cadet Mess Hall is making to facilitate healthier food options for cadets at the U.S. Military Academy. Typically, hamburgers, fries, pre-made breakfast sandwiches and other fast-food options were available to cadets. However, on Monday, the Go For Green taste test event took place where, during lunch time, cadets were introduced to a new menu with all the fast-food options removed.

Walle and Superintendent LTG Darryl A. Williams got together to discuss the Go for Green plan that would be implemented to accommodate healthier and more varied palates for cadets. Walle along with his team conducted a catalogue scrub: a process in which the dining facility manager sifts through inventory and decides what to keep or discard from the usual food deliveries.

“We had our guys conduct inventory on the food supplies and saw the foods we had on hand and realized this process of serving cadets pre-made meals was not going to work,” Walle said. “We called our vendor (US Foods) and told them that we didn’t want to see pre-made goods ever again.”

Walle added the new food options consist of items that might look fried but are air-fried which has significantly less fat and cuts calories by 70% to 80%. Brown rice and a variety of vegetables and other healthy starch options will be served including sweet potato fries.

“If we’re not putting in the proper nutrients and the right number of calories in our bodies then our performance is going to suffer, our minds are going to suffer,” Walle said. Read more.

Football Earns Third Straight Win; Top UTSA, 28-16
10/19/2020

Football Earns Third Straight Win; Top UTSA, 28-16The Army West Point Football team earned its third straight victory with a 28-16 triumph over UTSA in the Alamodome this past Saturday afternoon. The win puts Army at 5-1 on the season, while the Roadrunners dropped to 3-3.

Plebe quarterback Cade Ballard made his first career start for the Black Knights and finished with one touchdown.

Yearling Tyhier Tyler made his Army debut under center, finishing with a touchdown and 95 yards on 19 carries.

Army got on the board first, as Anthony Adkins broke free for a 66-yard touchdown run, the Black Knights' longest play of the season and a career-long rush for the sophomore out of Hodgenville, Ky. Kicker Landon Salyers connected on an extra point to make it 7-0, Black Knights.

UTSA pulled within four as kicker Hunter Duplessis booted a 50-yard field goal to make it a 7-3 ballgame with 14:48 left in the second quarter.

The Black Knights finished off a 13-play, 74-yard drive that ate up 6 minutes and 27 seconds with a five-yard touchdown rush from Jakobi Buchanan. With the Salyers extra point, Army took a 14-3 lead with 5:06 left in the first half. Read more.

Volleyball Returns Home With Win Over USMMA
10/19/2020

Volleyball Returns Home With Win Over USMMAThe Army West Point Volleyball team returned to its home court this past Saturday, defeating Merchant Marine in an exhibition match at Gillis Field House.

The Black Knights showed their depth throughout the contest, winning the scored part of the match in straight sets 3-0. The teams continued for two unscored sets which Army won as well.

The Black Knights were dominant offensively, hitting a combined .638 as a team in the match. Senior Monica Eckford and plebe Savannah Bray led the offense with 11 kills apiece. Ana Oglivie, Sayler Butters and Danielle Wortman split libero duties, with Oglivie leading the defense with 9 digs. Plebe Isabella Sullivan was the teams leading setter with 20 assists.

Cow Emmy Barnhorst and plebe Allanah Cutler were also strong offensively, hitting .667 and .800 respectively on the day.

The Black Knights will look to remain in form as the calendar moves ahead towards a potential return to NCAA action in 2021.

#11 Rifle Sets Program Record
10/19/2020

#11 Rifle Sets Program RecordThe 11th-ranked Army West Point Rifle team set a program record with an aggregate mark of 4682 in its season-opener on Saturday. Despite the program feat, the Black Knights fell to Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) foe No. 2 Kentucky, which shot a score of 4709.

Army shot its portion of the match virtually in the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center, while Kentucky competed at their own range in Lexington, Ky.

“This is a weird situation to be in,” said Army head coach Web Wright. “We set a program record, but I was expecting a higher score based on the performances we've seen over the last couple of weeks.”

All of Army's scorers in smallbore had marks above 577. The Cadets were led by firstie captain Clayton Hanson's tally of 584, which was just two points off his career high. In air rifle, the Black Knights had a trio of scorers over the 590 threshold with Hanson claiming the top mark of 594. Cow Lauren McMahan and firstie captain Kaitlyn Kutz were Army's other member in the 590s with respective scores of 593 and 590.

“Our match today was a good place to start for the season," Hanson said. "Everyone seems like they have a lot left in them and we're excited for our next match.”

Aaron Flowers led Army's non-scorers with an aggregate tally of 1153. Flowers had a score of 571 in smallbore and 582 in air rifle. Read more.

Women's Cross Country Wins Second Straight Star Meet
10/19/2020

Women's Cross Country Wins Second Straight Star MeetFor the second consecutive season, the Army West Point Women's Cross Country team defeated service academy rival Navy at the Army-Navy Star Meet to kick off the 2020-21 Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA. For the third meet in a row, plebes Georgia Jones and Helen Shearer led the charge for the Black Knights, placing second and third respectively en route to a 27-29 win for the Cadets at the USNA Cross Country Course at the Naval Academy's golf course in Annapolis, Md., this past Saturday.

The pair have been superb to start their Army careers, with Jones placing first and Shearer placing second on the team in each of Army's three meets this season.

Depth was key for the Black Knights in the race, as the Cadets claimed six of the top ten positions. Navy held a five-point lead late in the meet before key moves by the Black Knights led the team to victory. Sophia Sandy was the third Cadet to cross the line, placing sixth overall, while firstie captain Mika Andrews placed seventh. Sarah Grodin and Alexandra Gibbs finished ninth and tenth respectively to round out the top ten.

This marks Army's first women's Star Meet victory at the Naval Academy since 2010, which was also the last time the Black Knights defeated Navy in consecutive seasons. It also marks just the fifth win by the Black Knights at the Naval Academy. Army's senior class has now won three out of their four cross country Star Meets, becoming the first class to achieve that feat since the class of 2005 won all four of their Star Meets. Jones' second place finish was the best by an Army freshman in the Star Meet since Bethany Nunnery won the individual title in 2016. Navy senior Emily Craig placed first in the race for the second consecutive season. Read more.

Feinstein's Findings: The Young Guns Come Through
10/19/2020

Feinstein's Findings: The Young Guns Come ThroughThe following is written with abject apologies to Charles Dickens.

“It was the best of times; it might have been the worst of times. It was the age of Jeff Monken's wisdom; it was the age of foolish Texas-San Antonio penalties. If Dickens had been writing about Saturday's Army-Texas-San Antonio game instead of Paris and London in the 18th century, he might well have ended his description of Army's 28-16 victory by writing, “it is a far, far better thing that Cade Ballard and Tyhier Tyler have done than they had ever done before.”

What Ballard and Tyler did on Saturday in the Alamadome was lead the Black Knights to an unlikely but convincing victory. Ballard, a five-foot-9-inch 205 pound freshman had taken exactly zero snaps as a college football player coming into the game. Tyler, a sophomore, listed generously at 5-8 and 185 pounds (the generous part being the 5-8) had matched him in game experience.

And yet, they were Army's quarterbacks against a team that had stayed in the game a week ago at 15th-ranked Brigham Young until the final minute before losing, 27-20.
This game would have looked like a tough out if Jabari Laws—the starter against UTSA a year ago—Christian Anderson or Jemel Jones, the starters in Army's first five games this season, had been available.

None was in San Antonio Saturday. Maurice Bellan, who had played well in one series late in the tooth-pull 14-9 win over Citadel a week ago, was on the sideline but Monken decided to go with the kids.

Tyler rushed the ball for 95 yards on 19 carries, including a 37-yard sprint to the end zone. Ballard had the one and only Army pass completion of the day, but it was massive, a 53-yarder to Camden Harrison, who played for the first time all season and turned a good play into a great one after catching the ball at the UTSA 40 by sprinting down the sideline to the 10.

A roughing-the-passer penalty on the play put the ball at the five and Ballard jumped up from the late hit and ran right on the next play and into the end zone. Read more.

Harding Named to the Watch List for the Ray Guy Award
10/16/2020

Army West Point Punter Zach Harding was named to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, it was announced today by the Augusta Sports Council. The Ray Guy Award, which is named for college football's premier punter, honors the nation's best collegiate punter.

Harding, a Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent First Team selection, currently ranks fifth nationally with a 47.5 yards-per-punt average. After the Black Knights didn't attempt a punt in the first game of the season vs. Middle Tennessee, he has punted 15 times for a total of 713 total yards (47.5 ypp), with a long of 60 at Cincinnati. He has put three inside the 20-yard line so far on the season and has seven of 50 yards or longer.

As a yearling in 2019 he appeared in nine games, averaging a program-record 48.2 yards per punt as he pinned opponents inside the 20 yard line seven times and had eight points of 50+ yards. For his career he has appeared in 13 games and has punted 36 times for 1,725 yards, an average of 47.9 yards per punt. He has seen 10 of his punts downed inside the 20 and 15 of 50 yards or longer.

The Ray Guy Award winner is selected by a voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners. Punters are evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis is placed on the following statistics; net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned. The ASC presents the award live on The Home Depot College Football Awards broadcast on ESPN from Atlanta, Georgia.

Rifle Adds Three Virtual Matches To Schedule
10/16/2020

Army West Point Rifle head coach Web Wright announced the team's fall schedule, which includes three virtual Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) matches. “I'm excited that our cadet-athletes will have the opportunity to compete in some matches this fall," Wright said. "Obviously things will look a little different, but we're very excited to have these matches on our schedule.”

No. 11 Army will shoot all three matches inside the Tronsrue Marksmanship, while its opponents shoot at separate venues. The Cadets open their season on Saturday, October 17, against Kentucky. Then on Friday, October 30, the Black Knights will square off against West Virginia. Then on Saturday, October 31, Army will face Nebraska.

Army's remaining schedule for the 2020-21 season will be announced at a later date.

2020 Virtual Matches
October 17   Kentucky         9 a.m.
October 30   West Virginia   9 a.m.
October 31   Nebraska         9 a.m.

Football Heads to UTSA for Second Road Tilt of the Season
10/16/2020

Football Heads to UTSA for Second Road Tilt of the SeasonThe Black Knights are searching for their first road win of the season as they head out to UTSA for their second road contest of the season on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network, with Dave Ryan on play-by-play, Corey Chavous as the analyst and Justin Walters as the sideline reporter. The game will also be broadcast live on the Army Sports Network by Rich DeMarco and Dean Darling on the call. Fans can follow along on TuneIn Radio starting at 11:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. CT. For the second-straight season Army will face UTSA on the road in the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Black Knights won the only previous meeting, 31-13, on Sept. 14, 2019. Throughout the season, game programs can be found online for free at https://goarmywestpoint.com/publications. There will be a new, unique game program for all games on the season. Read more.

Palone Announced to United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame Class
10/16/2020

Palone Announced to United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame ClassUnited Soccer Coaches has announced the election of three individuals as the newest members of the association's Hall of Fame. All three will be inducted as members of the 2021 Class during the United Soccer Coaches Digital Convention, Jan. 11-15.

Long-time head coaches, Joe Palone of the United States Military Academy, Horst Richardson of Colorado College, and Sigi Schmid of UCLA and multiple MLS franchises, will be honored at this year's Digital Convention. The three individuals will become the 69th, 70th, and 71st inductees into the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame, which was established in 1991 to honor achievement by coaches with an emphasis on success and a lifetime devotion to the association and the game. Palone, who was elected via the veteran's balloting of the Hall of Fame Committee, and Schmid, will be honored posthumously. Palone passed away in 2002 at the age of 92 and Schmid passed away in 2018 at the age of 65.

“The newest honorees in the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame enjoyed lengthy and distinguished careers, not only as winning coaches, but coaches enriching the lives of players while serving the greater good of the game,” said Kevin Sims, United Soccer Coaches President. “The stellar collection of inductees into the Hall of Fame is enhanced greatly by the presence of legends Joe Palone, Sigi Schmid, and Horst Richardson.”

A fixture on the Army sports scene for a period spanning four decades, Palone retired as Army's all-time winningest men's soccer coach in 1978. He compiled a 228-80-35 coaching record over a highly successful 29-year career. He was inducted into the inaugural Army Sports Hall of Fame Class in 2004. Read more.

Army Hockey Announces 2020-21 Schedule
10/16/2020

Army Hockey Announces 2020-21 ScheduleArmy Hockey head coach Brian Riley has announced the 2020-21 slate which features 26 games with 13 being played at Tate Rink.

“We are so grateful that we will have an opportunity to play games in the near future," said Riley. "I'm very proud of our guys for the self-discipline they have shown to stay safe and set us up to have a season. We are also very grateful to the leadership team here at West Point for the plan they implemented months ago to put us in a position where we could have a hockey season at Tate Rink.”

Fan attendance will not be open to the public at this time. Ticket information will be announced at a later date if conditions allow for fan attendance.

To mitigate some of the risk factors regarding COVID-19 exposure during travel, Atlantic Hockey has separated the league into eastern and western pods, with Air Force standing alone as the geographic outlier. The eastern pod is made up of AIC, Army, Bentley, Holy Cross, and Sacred Heart. The western pod consists of Canisius, Mercyhurst, Niagara, RIT, and Robert Morris.

All teams will play five games against each pod member (20 total games). Army will play Air Force for a pair of games (2) on the road totaling 22 league games. The Cadets will then play a three-game set against LIU at home, who is being worked in as a scheduling partner for the 2020-21 season.

BG Jebb Joins the SOSH Podcast
10/16/2020

BG Jebb Joins the SOSH PodcastThe SOSH Podcast is back with another fantastic episode. This week, Major Brian Harris hosts a conversation with Brigadier General Cindy Jebb, Dean of the Academic Board-West Point and Cadets Lauren Clark and Xavier Williams. They discuss Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen: An American Lyric and Major Harris's new course in African American Political Thought. The podcast is one small part of our effort to lead difficult conversations on issues that matter.

A Glimpse Inside USMA 2035
10/16/2020

A Glimpse Inside USMA 2035The United States Military Academy at West Point is undergoing a holistic 15-20-year modernization effort, known as “USMA 2035”, to renovate, retrofit, and modernize its academic, military, and physical development facilities, capabilities, and infrastructure. These efforts will enable us to execute our mission to meet the Army’s need by providing the most highly qualified, capable, and ready officers. This effort will also ensure that USMA remains postured to sustain, modernize, and secure its position as the preeminent leader development institution in the world. Learn more at: https://www.westpoint.edu/USMA-2035

Bishop Named to Rimington Award Watch List
10/15/2020

Bishop Named to Rimington Award Watch ListArmy West Point Football yearling Connor Bishop was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list on Wednesday. The award is presented annually to nation's top center.

Bishop is helping the blocking efforts for the Black Knights' rushing attack which ranks second nationally with 311.0 rushing yards per game. The Holland, Pa., native was named Army's Offensive Player of the Game for the season-opener against Middle Tennessee State, after recording 20 knockdowns in his collegiate debut. The Cadets picked up a total of 340 rushing yards against the Blue Raiders. After being listed as a guard last season, Bishop made the transition to center during summer training camp.

The trophy, which was established in 2000, is named after College Football Hall of Famer Dave Rimington, who played center at Nebraska. Rimington was the only two-time winner of the Outland Trophy, claiming the award, given to nation's top interior lineman, in 1981 and 1982.

ASEM Student Case Study Competition
10/15/2020

ASEM Student Case Study CompetitionEvery year, the American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM) sponsors a Student Case Study Competition. West Point is the defending champion and looking to hold that title again in 2020. This year’s competition was held remotely on Friday, October 9th. West Point’s ASEM chapter sponsored two cadet teams: CDTs Gerber, Benoit, Hall, & Posch and CDTs Hetrick, McHugh, Tri, & Hawkins. Will our cadets earn back-to-back titles? We will find out when results are released next month.

Atlantic Hockey Announces Format of 2020-21 Season
10/15/2020

Atlantic Hockey Announces Format of 2020-21 SeasonAtlantic Hockey has announced that the 2020-21 season will officially begin on the weekend of November 13-14, 2020. The schedule features a minimum of 24 games and allows for up to 28 games for our member institutions. The season concludes with the Atlantic Hockey Tournament, which will include all 11 teams and be played over three weekends culminating with a return to Buffalo's LECOM HarborCenter.

“First off, I'm extremely excited to be announcing we have an approved league schedule for the 2020-21 season. It's been a long process, and involved quite a bit of discussion, but it's a testament to all those involved that we have managed to get Atlantic Hockey on the ice in 2020-21," said Commissioner Robert DeGregorio. "We put this schedule together to maximize the student-athlete experience during such uncertain times. We found a way to schedule up to 28 games while maintaining a focus on the health and safety of all parties by reducing travel times and overnight trips as much as we could.”

To mitigate some of the risk factors regarding COVID-19 exposure during travel, Atlantic Hockey has separated the league into eastern and western pods, with Air Force standing alone as the geographic outlier. The eastern pod is made up of AIC, Army, Bentley, Holy Cross, and Sacred Heart. The western pod consists of Canisius, Mercyhurst, Niagara, RIT, and Robert Morris. All teams will play five games against each pod member (20 total games), play Air Force for a pair of games (2) for 22 league games, and then play a two-game set against LIU, who is being worked in as a scheduling partner for the 2020-21 season. Air Force will play each team twice and add in the Sharks for four games, two home and two on the road.

Prior to the possibility of LIU becoming a scheduling partner was even on the league's radar, it was decided that league standings would be determined by point percentage this season, not by total points or even win percentage. Atlantic Hockey decided to move in this direction for two reasons: 1) unfortunately there is no guarantee each team plays a full league schedule and 2) wins are not valued the same in the 3-on-3 OT model that is now our operating overtime so win percentage, while easier to comprehend, was not viable. With that in place, moving to a schedule where Air Force had 20 league games and all other members had 22 did not impact the ability to make a schedule like this work. Read more.

Philosophy's Avocation to Major
10/15/2020

Philosophy's Avocation to MajorWhy should future Army Officers major in Philosophy? The Army’s former Chief of Staff, GEN (R) Eric Shinseki, remarks that philosophical inquiry invaluably develops a leader’s ability “to communicate, to educate, and to motivate others” in the profession of arms. Because philosophy demands ethical reflection on new challenges and rigorous critical analysis, it is foundational to conceptual and leadership skills that are applicable to all branches of the Army. In the classroom, the mind, and on Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD), Department of English and Philosophy scholar-soldiers learn to lead others as they develop themselves.

Football to Kick at Noon vs. Mercer and Georgia Southern
10/15/2020

Football to Kick at Noon vs. Mercer and Georgia SouthernTwo game time changes for Army Football at Michie Stadium have been announced today, with the October 24 game vs. Mercer and the November 21 game vs. Georgia Southern now slated to kick at noon ET.

Both games will still be televised live on CBS Sports Network as they move into their regularly-scheduled time slot on the network.

McMahan, Kutz Earn Top-10 Finishes in 10.9 Virtual Rifle Match
10/14/2020

McMahan, Kutz Earn Top-10 Finishes in 10.9 Virtual MatchUSA Shooting announced the scores from its 10.9 virtual match, held on Friday, October 9, and two members from the Army West Point Rifle team earned Top-10 scores in the air rifle portion. Kaitlyn Kutz earned an eighth place finish, while Lauren McMahan placed 10th.

The Black Knights had a total of seven members participate in the match, which the team shot inside of the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

Kutz, a firsties from Dairen, Conn., shot a score of 415.2, which paired as the fourth highest score in the Open Women category. Not far behind was junior Lauren McMahan with a mark of 413.7. The Sarasota, Fla., native had the second highest score in the Junior Women category.

Also competing in the virtual match were Emily Gay (407.7, 23rd), Aaron Flowers (49th, 399.8), Sawyer Williams (398.9, 51st), Christian Conrad (397.5, 53rd) and Spencer Gillis (396.6, 57th).

Cadets Present Research at MIT Conference
10/14/2020

Cadets Present Research at MIT ConferenceCongratulations to Civil & Mechanical Engineering (CME) Cadets Andres Rodriguez, Mike Flanagan and Kristina Hughes for presenting papers at MIT’s The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Undergrad Research and Technology Conference. Mike presented work focused on stabilizing helicopter sling load oscillations at high speed. Kristina’s paper focused on stabilizing medevac rescue hoists in a hover, and featured a photo taken by her sister, who is a medevac pilot who has served in Afghanistan. Both projects align with the Army’s Future Vertical Lift initiatives. Andres presented a paper on the Agile Ground Robot that is in development in the Robotics Research Center. Their presentations were based on the work they completed during recent Independent Studies in CME. Well done!

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: UTSA
10/14/2020

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: UTSAArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights are seeking their third consecutive contest this Saturday when they travel to San Antonio, Texas, for a date with UTSA in the Alamodome. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. ET. The game will be aired on CBS Sports Network.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: Opening statement)
“Good afternoon. We're getting prepared for this game at San Antonio coming off the win against The Citadel. I give The Citadel a lot of credit, Coach (Brent) Thompson did a great job preparing their team in particularly defensively. They took advantage of a couple of weeks to get ready for us and really bottled us up in a run game. Fortunately, we were able to make enough plays and hit a play action pass for a touchdown that gave us the lead that we needed.

“I thought our defense played really, really well. They got put in a terrible position there at the end of the game that was nobody's fault but mine. I was so frustrated with us not being able to run the ball as effectively as we have. So, you know our first down play we tried to throw a play action where we got sacked. Then on third down we wanted to get some of that back and see if we could sustain the drive and hold on to the ball. It was a poor decision on my part, but our defense I thought played their butts off all day long. Our offense played hard. We just weren't doing a very good job moving them sustaining blocks and missed a lot of opportunities. As I said, give credit to Citadel they have a tough football team, a really good staff. We are fortunate to have won and glad to have won.

“We move on to this game in San Antonio against a very athletic team, Coach (Jeff) Traylor done a remarkable job this year in his first season. They are one of the few teams in the country along with us that have played five games, so they have a lot of game experience under their belt. I'm just so impressed with them and how athletic they are at every position, that's across the board. We certainly have our hands full. I think just even impressed this past weekend and their effort against BYU who I think everybody recognizes they're a really tough, physical football team, a good football team and they're just toe-to-toe with them all day. We have a lot of work to do this week to get ready and hopefully we will be up for the task.” Read more.

The Ring to Prove It
10/13/2020

The Ring to Prove ItAfter spending over three years battling obstacles the U.S. Military Academy presented, the Class of 2021 cadets finally convened at Trophy Point to receive their class rings during the Ring Ceremony on Friday getting one step closer to the ranks of officership in the U.S. Army.

Since 1835, this customary tradition has highlighted the achievement of firsties being recognized for reaching their senior year at West Point. With the exception of the Classes of 1836 and 1869, every class has conducted this ceremony with the Class of 2021 now joining its Long Gray Line brethren.

The West Point crest, which is made of yellow gold and black onyx, is imbued in every ring on behalf of the black and yellow school colors. Traditionally, the ring is worn with the class crest toward the heart before graduation, and then switch to the academy crest toward the heart afterward. Class of 2021 Cadet Stephanie Dudgeon dreamed of wearing the class crest close to her heart ever since she was a child attending Ring Ceremony events.

“I grew up watching firsties get their ring, and it’s such an amazing honor to be in this position and being the firstie that gets the ring,” Dudgeon said. “I’m so excited that we’re close to graduation, and I get to wear the academy crest close to my heart.”

Class of 2021 Cadet Anthony Janeiro said this ceremony highlights his next step in reaching his goal of becoming an officer in the Army. At West Point, Janeiro formed close friendships and overcame many challenges that improved his character, and the ring represents his journey. Read more.

Football Defeats the Citadel, 14-9
10/13/2020

Football Defeats the Citadel, 14-9Army Football defeated The Citadel, 14-9, on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium. The defense made its presence known immediately, as Marquel Broughton hauled in his second interception of the season and career just 38 seconds into the game.

The Citadel got on the board first, with a 39-yard field goal as the clock expired on the first quarter. The Black Knights entered the second quarter trailing 3-0, the first time they have been behind at Michie Stadium in 2020.

With 2:57 left in the first half, Jemel Jones got the Black Knights on the board with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Reikan Donaldson and Landon Salyers' extra point made it 7-3, Army.

The Citadel was driving with under a minute left in the game, Cedrick Cunningham hauled in the second interception of the day for the Black Knights at Army's three yard line to thwart the Bulldogs' drive.

A Jemel Jones interception at Army's own 41 yard line gave The Citadel the ball back with 16 seconds left on the clock. A 47-yard field goal attempt by the Bulldogs' Colby Kintner hit the upright and the Black Knights took a 7-3 lead into the half. Read more.

Volleyball Claims Two Exhibition Victories at Coast Guard
10/13/2020

Volleyball Claims Two Exhibition Victories at Coast GuardThe Army West Point Volleyball team saw its first action of 2020, claiming two 3-0 victories over Coast Guard on Saturday.

After several intersquad scrimmages at Gillis Field House, the matches marked the first time the Black Knights were able to compete against another team since the COVID-19 outbreak that led to the postponement of the NCAA volleyball season.

The day was a great opportunity for Army's 12-member freshmen class to see their first competitive action, and they piled up the statsheet. Allanah Cutler was Army's top scorer on the day, recording five kills in the first contest and a team-leading eight kills in match two. Isabella Sullivan was the team's top setter on the day, leading the team with 11 assists in game one and 14 assists in match two.

“It felt great to play two matches today,” Head Coach Alma Kovaci Lee said. “The team did a great job of taking care of the ball on our side of the net. We are very young, so being able to compete helped us gain a bit of experience. I was very impressed with Allanah Cutler's play. She is powerful, smart and efficient.”

The veterans on the team also saw action on the day, with Ana Oglivie and Sayler Butters splitting time at libero and recording 11 combined digs apiece. Emmy Barnhorst was the team leader in kills in the first contest with eight. Read more.

Army-Navy Star Series Tilt to be Played on Oct. 25
10/13/2020

Army-Navy Star Series Tilt to be Played on Oct. 25The Army Sprint Football contest against Navy initially scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, October 18 in Annapolis, Md., has been pushed back to Sunday, October 25. The start time for the Star Series matchup, which is presented by USAA, will be 1 p.m. ET.

Attendance for the event will be limited to Midshipmen. It will not be open to the outside public. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Since the start of the 2012 season, Army owns a record of 6-4 over the Mids. During that span neither team has won more than two consecutive games. Of the 82 games that have been played in the rivalry, 37 have been decided by a single possession.

The contest initially scheduled for Sunday, October 4 at West Point will not be rescheduled.

Feinstein's Findings: Grinding Out the Win
10/13/2020

Feinstein's Findings: Grinding Out the WinLet us begin today with a couple of wise sayings from coaches—one currently doing excellent work; the other an immortal.

Jeff Monken, Army's football coach, likes to say this before his team faces an opponent most people believe it should beat: “I'm concerned anytime we play, regardless of who we're playing.”

Dean Smith, who won 879 games as North Carolina's basketball coach and is on the sport's coaching Mount Rushmore, liked to remind his players that, “The other team gives scholarships too.” The truth in both Monken's and Smith's words were on display for three long hours Saturday afternoon inside Michie Stadium. Monken's concerns about facing Citadel, a team that runs an option offense almost identical to Army's, were so real that it wasn't until the final seconds finally bled off the clock that he and his players could breathe a deep sigh of relief after escaping with a 14-9 victory. From beginning to end, the Bulldogs made it crystal clear that they had very much earned their scholarships and had made the trip north with every intention of pulling a memorable upset.

“They were great," Monken said when it was over. "Their defense outplayed our offense all day.” Fortunately, the same was true of Army's defense, which allowed Citadel very little room to maneuver. In fact, Citadel's two scoring drives—to a first quarter field goal and a late fourth quarter touchdown—went for 28 yards and two yards. Army won the game because it managed to piece together two touchdown drives: one in the second quarter that was built—remarkably—on three PASS completions; the second in the third quarter that was the only time all day one felt as if it was watching an Army offense: 14 rushes that covered 62 yards and included two converted fourth downs.

Beyond that, Citadel's defense, as Monken pointed out, seemed to be ready for everything the Black Knights threw in its direction. The Bulldogs defense got consistent penetration on play after play. Army was without senior fullback Sandon McCoy, but one might have thought his absence wouldn't make that much difference given that fullback is the team's deepest position. But Jakobi Buchanan, Cade Barnard and Anthony Adkins carried the ball a combined 18 times for just 52 yards. Thirteen of those yards came on a critical run by Buchanan on Army's last run-out-the-clock drive of the game.

In all, the Black Knights ran the ball 50 times for 153 yards, an average of 3.1 yard per carry. This from a team that came into the game averaging 351 yards on the ground for four games for an average of six yards per carry. Read more.

AOG Hosts Class of 2022 Appreciation Tailgate
10/9/2020

AOG Hosts Class of 2022 Appreciation TailgateEarlier this week at the Herbert Hall Alumni Center, the West Point Association of Graduates hosted the Company Ring and Crest Representatives (R&C Reps) for the Class of 2022, for an ‘appreciation tailgate’. The idea for the event came from class president, Cadet Xavier Williams ’22, and Ring and Crest Chairman, Cadet Claire Jones ‘22.

Cadet Williams said, “We wanted to have this event as a way to give back to our Company Ring and Crest Reps for the hard work they have put in for our class events over the past couple of years. Partnering with WPAOG made the event possible and we are very thankful for what Mrs. Kilner and the WPAOG staff have done for us.”

It was an informal evening and a time for both groups to get to know each other better. The Company Ring and Crest Reps play an important role in helping their classmates understand the mission and vision of WPAOG and how we support the Academy and the Long Gray Line.

Army Announces Pair of Volleyball Exhibitions
10/9/2020

Army Announces Pair of Volleyball ExhibitionsArmy West Point Volleyball head coach Alma Kovaci Lee announced Thursday that the team will compete in a pair of exhibition matches in October.

The Black Knights will play their first contest of 2020 on Saturday, October 10 when the team travels to New London, Conn., to take on Coast Guard. Army will then return home to host Merchant Marine on Saturday, October 17 at 4 p.m. at Gillis Field House. The home match will be closed to outside spectators. Athletes from each team will be subject to their academy's respective COVID-19 testing protocols ahead of competition.

“More than 200 teams in the country don't have the opportunity to play against an opponent, so the first thing that comes to mind is how grateful we are to have a chance to compete this fall,” Kovaci Lee said. “We do not take this opportunity for granted. Our team is young and hungry to compete. Everyone is excited and ready to test ourselves against Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. It should be fun!”

Stay tuned for game coverage information for both contests.

Dotson and Walsh Selected as First 2020-21 CEP Scholar Athletes
10/8/2020

Dotson and Walsh Selected as First 2020-21 CEP Scholar Athletes Jacob Dotson ’21 of Army West Point Sprint Football and Morgan Walsh ’21 of Women's Soccer have been selected as the Corps Squad Athletes of the Month for September.

Dotson is a four-year member and starting offensive lineman on the Army West Point sprint football team. Balancing a very challenging lineup of courses that has spanned from advanced Math and Engineering to advanced Language and Culture study, CDT Dotson currently maintains a 3.835 GPA as an Operations Research Major and Latin America Regional Studies Minor. Dotson is in his second season as the team's starting center and appeared in seven games in his cow year. He consistently demonstrates excellence across all pillars, and the Academy has formally recognized his achievements as an extremely well-rounded and talented future leader. He has been awarded the Superintendent's Award for Excellence (Wreath and Star), the Superintendent's Award for Achievement (Wreath), the Distinguished Cadet Award (Star), and the DPE Master of the Sword Award.

In 2019, Walsh was one of four Black Knights to start in all 20 contests. She helped back a defense that held opponents to 0.95 goals per game. Walsh aided the defense that posted six shutouts last year. Academically maintains a 3.473 cumulative GPA as a Kinesiology major. She has made the Dean's List in five of her six semesters at the Academy and is a two-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member (2018 & 2019). Read more.

Women of West Point: Mary Pinkney MacArthur
10/8/2020

Women of West Point: Mary Pinkney MacArthurCheck out the latest Women of West Point video on Mary Pinkney MacArthur, courtesy of MAJ Justine Meberg and the Theater Arts Guild. Mary Pinkney MacArthur’s life encompassed many transitions. Her youth brought her from a Confederate home to a Union marriage. Her West Point experience began as the mother of a cadet and culminated as the mother of the Superintendent. In this video, learn more about Mary, called “Pinky” by her friends, and the close relationship with her son Douglas that he later described as a lifetime of “devoted comradeship.”

Football Set to Host The Citadel Saturday
10/8/2020

Football Set to Host The Citadel SaturdayThe Black Knights look to keep up the winning ways at Michie Stadium on Saturday, October 10 when they host The Citadel at 1:30 p.m. ET. The game will be telecast nationally on CBS Sports Network. Ben Holden will handle the play-by-play duties, the color analyst is Ross Tucker and the sideline reporter is Tina Cervasio. The game can be heard on the radio, both on the flagship stations WBNR and WLNA, Sirius 134, XM 202 and streamed through the TuneIn app on the Army Black Knights Radio.

The Black Knights and the Bulldogs have met nine times previously on the gridiron. The Black Knights are 7-2 all-time against the Bulldogs and bring a one-game winning streak into Saturday's matchup after a 25-24 victory on October 22, 1994. All nine previous matchups took place at Michie Stadium with the first in 1934. The Black Knights are 10-2 against FCS opponents under seventh-year head coach Jeff Monken and have won the last nine-straight.

Saturday's 55-23 victory over ACU was the 700th win in the program. The last 50 wins (650 to 700) took just the better part of nine seasons (September 17, 2011 to October 3, 2020). The previous 50 wins (600 to 650) took 15 seasons (September 28, 1996 to September 17, 2011). Read more.

Prof. Barry Awarded 2020 ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Award
10/8/2020

Prof. Barry Awarded 2020 ASEE Nat'l Outstanding Teaching AwardCongratulations to Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) Professor Brock E. Barry who has been Awarded the 2020 the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) National Outstanding Teaching Award! ASEE is committed to the support of faculty scholarship and systems that develop teaching expertise. The National Outstanding Teaching Award was designed to provide national recognition to an engineering educator for outstanding classroom performance, contributions to the scholarship of teaching, and participation in ASEE.

CME has now had four recipients of this prestigious award: 2006, COL Ronald W. Welch (now Dean of Engineering at The Citadel). 2010, Dr. J. Ledlie Klosky (Professor, CME). 2012, COL Bobby Grant Crawford (Professor, Quinnipiac University). 2020, Dr. Brock E. Barry (Professor, CME).

Bullseye Named Official Army Rifle Mascot
10/8/2020

Bullseye Named Official Army Rifle MascotThe Army West Point Rifle team is excited to announce the addition of the team's new mascot, Bullseye.

Small in stature, Bullseye stands at just over a foot, but provides a stoic presence. The mascot earned its name following a naming contest, which fans voted on in September. Bullseye received 68.8% percent of the votes, while Buckshot (28.1%) and Tronsrue (3.1%) where the other finalists.

The people have spoken.

Welcome to the family Bullseye?? pic.twitter.com/cgMeh2O3sP — Army Rifle (@ArmyWP_Rifle) September 18, 2020

Fans can expect to see Bullseye making numerous appearances throughout the year on the Army Rifle Twitter (@ArmyWP_Rifle) and Instagram pages (ArmyWP_Rifle).

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: The Citadel
10/7/2020

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: The CitadelArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights will look to improve to 4-1 this Saturday when they play host to The Citadel for a 1:30 p.m. tilt at Michie Stadium. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken

(Ref.: Opening Statement)
“Good afternoon everyone. It's good to be in here today after a victory. I am proud of our team and their effort. I thought we did some really great things on Saturday and also some things we recognize that we have to improve on. That's the nice thing about a victory, that in every game there are things you wish you did better and you don't have to pay the ultimate price to find those things out. Hopefully we will improve from our play on Saturday. We really have to shift gears a lot as a defense and defend a triple option team much like our own. That is going to be a challenge for us – to do that with a quick turnaround. Coach (Brent) Thompson does a really great job at the Citadel and I have a great respect for him. To have the success that they have there is really remarkable. Like service academies, they have a difficult time recruiting the same type of athlete because it is a military school. They've won their league. They've gotten to the playoffs and I have a great respect for him, his team and staff. He's got a couple of staff members who I have worked with in the past.”

“We have consulted with them and them with us over the last few years offensively. So, there's going to be some familiarity which will be a challenge for both sides. Certainly for us, we didn't hold anything back and pretty much talked to him about all the things we do on offense so that'll provide some familiarity. Along with Orlando Mitjans Jr., who coaches their corners and Tony Grantham, who is their defensive coordinator – I have worked with both of those gentlemen in the past.” Read more.

Cadets Discuss Latin Language Distinction
10/7/2020

Cadets Discuss Latin Language DistinctionCadets in the Latin club discussed the different ways Romans used language to distinguish class structures. In describing the Roman family for example, their text used liberi (literally: free people) to describe Roman children born in a free status and used servi to describe the slaves bound to the Roman household. Many of the Cadets were unaware of the power of the Latin language to make such a distinction.

CSM Coffey Makes People the First Priority
10/6/2020

CSM Coffey Makes People the First PriorityPeople first. People are everything.

This is a part of the philosophy Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Coffey, U.S. Military Academy senior enlisted leader, has lived by as a leader in the U.S. Army.

“I believe in doing the right things the right way,” Coffey said. “If you communicate, if you’re present and you’re a team player, you can get through almost anything and you will be a valued member of the team.”

As the senior enlisted leader of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Coffey is in charge to extend the influence of Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, USMA Superintendent, and help inform and enforce his priorities and lines of effort all the while taking care of the entirety of the USMA team.

“We have to make sure that everyone is a part of a squad, that they are not alone and that someone is there for them,” Coffey said. “This is a crucial element on how we combat racism, extremism, sexual harassment, assault and suicide.” Read more.

The 10th U.S. Cavalry and the Mexican Punitive Expedition
10/6/2020

The 10th U.S. Cavalry and the Mexican Punitive ExpeditionIn this video join CPT Rose Horswill, a military historian with the West Point Department of History and Marlana Cook, Curator of Art at the West Point Museum.

They discuss artifacts related to the 10th U.S. Cavalry Regiment of Buffalo Soldiers from the Spanish American War, Philippines War, and the Mexican Punitive Expedition of 1916.

These are just some of the amazing artifacts you will find at the West Point Museum.

Football Bounces Back with Big Win over ACU
10/5/2020

Football Bounces Back with Big Win over ACUThe Army West Point Football team muscled its way past Abilene Christian this past Saturday by a score of 55-23.

The Black Knights improved to 4-1 after boasting 493 total offensive yards, 441 of which came on the ground. Jemel Jones shined today with his first-career 100-yard performance and two touchdowns.

Tyrell Robinson also posted a 100-yard day for the Black Knights. Marquel Broughton and Jon Rhattigan led the defensive effort with eight tackles apiece.

Rhattigan recorded one tackle for a loss. Read more.

Dr. Miller Guest Lectures Cadets
10/5/2020

Dr. Miller Guest Lectures CadetsDr. Quentin Miller, Professor of English at Suffolk University, guest lectured in SS490B: African American Political Thought. Dr. Miller discussed the work of James Baldwin with Cadets enrolled in the first-ever iteration of the course. Cadets interested in taking the class next fall should see their Department Academic Counselor for more information.

Feinstein's Findings: A Big Day for the Cannon
10/5/2020

Feinstein's Findings: A Big Day for the CannonThis past Friday afternoon, I was on the phone with Dean Taylor, USMA Class of 1981, who served as an Army doctor for 20 years and was the Army football team's doctor in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Taylor still follows the fortunes of his alma mater's football and hockey teams (he played hockey at West Point) closely. "Should be a big day for the cannon tomorrow," Taylor said, referencing Saturday's game against Abilene Christian, the first of three Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams Army will face in October.

As it turned out, Taylor knew from whence he spoke. The cannon got a lot of work from the beginning of the day until the end Saturday afternoon as the Black Knights raised their record to 3-1 with a comfortable 55-23 victory against the Wildcats, who are now 0-2.

And yet, as Coach Jeff Monken put it at game's end: “Frankly, I think there are ways for us to play better. We were 3-1 a year ago.”

Coaches are paid to never be satisfied, especially in early October. Monken left the last sentence un-finished, but his point was that records can be deceiving. Injuries were a factor last fall, but no one on post was satisfied with the final record of 5-8 that ended on as down a note as you can find, a 30-7 loss to Navy after three straight wins over the Mids.

A cursory look at the numbers Saturday would lead one to think Monken was just doing a coach-speak thing after a 32 point victory that was never in any serious doubt. It was 23-0 in the second quarter; 31-3 early in the third and the closest ACU got after that was 41-24.

Army rushed for 441 yards and had 493 yards in all—including the team's first touchdown pass of the season. ACU rushed for a total of 86 yards, 55 net after sacks of quarterback Peyton Mansell were factored into the total. One thing that seems certain about defensive coordinator Nate Woody's defense is that it can stop the run. Of course, the real—and most important tests—will come against Air Force next month and against Navy in December.

But Monken's concerns were genuine and legitimate. Read more.

Men's Soccer Shuts Down Merchant Marine, 4-0
10/5/2020

Men's Soccer Shut Down Merchant Marine, 4-0The Army West Point Men's Soccer team came out victorious once again against the Merchant Marine Academy, this time by a 4-0 score at Malek Stadium. The Black Knights shut down the Mariners in back-to-back weekends. Oscar Pereira had a standout game with five points, while Jake Burgess finished with two.

Army and Merchant Marine were knotted at 0-0 until Periera put home a penalty kick in the 36th minute to spark the scoring run for the Cadets. Jacob Suppiah recorded his second-straight shutout against Merchant Marine. The Cadets out shot the Mariners 25-0.

Pereira netted the first goal of the night off a penalty kick in the 36th minute. Nine minutes later, he assisted Burgess who soared one into the top right of the goal past the Mariners' keeper. Pereira's performance did not stop there as he drilled one up the middle in the 56th minute to put the Black Knights on top 3-0. Army went up 4-0 after an own goal by Merchant Marine. Read more.

West Point Hosts Dr. Wolfram
10/5/2020

West Point Hosts Dr. WolframThe Department of Mathematical Sciences hosted Dr. Stephen Wolfram. Dr. Wolfram inspired over 125 Cadets, Staff and Faculty with a virtual discussion that illuminated how computation can be a powerful tool for all humans regardless of discipline. He wowed the audience with demonstrations of how with a few lines of Wolfram Language you can get help to write your next history paper with a 3D terrain model of the battlespace, plan the shortest path for your next trip across America, model a traffic flow pattern, or figure out the sentiment analysis of the West Point Wikipedia page (amongst other amazing feats). Everyone who attended left with a renewed desire to start mining the computational universe for the answers to the questions they experience daily.

Army-Navy Sprint Football Postponed
10/5/2020

Army-Navy Sprint Football PostponedThe Army Sprint Football contest against Navy, which was scheduled for 1 p.m. this past Sunday, October 4 at Shea Stadium has been postponed.

The Black Knights' and Midshipmen's contest for the coveted star in Annapolis at 1 p.m., as part of the Star Series presented by USAA, is still scheduled for Sunday, October 18.

More information about a potential reschedule date will be announced at a later date.

Watch Live: Class of 2021 Ring Ceremony
10/2/2020

Watch Live: Class of 2021 Ring CeremonyJoin the Class of 2021 live as they receive their Class Rings this evening: https://youtu.be/V1JVq5AtLcM

In 1835 West Point became the first school in the United States to issue graduating class rings. The ring is one of the most identifiable marks of a Grad. All rings bear the West Point crest and since 2002, the “Memorial Ring Program” was established where donated class rings from members of the Long Gray Line are melted down, recast, and forged into all new rings.

Join the WPAOG Virtual Tailgate!
10/2/2020

Join the WPAOG Virtual Tailgate!Join the WPAOG virtual tailgate tomorrow as Army defeats ACU!

Gather with fellow Army fans for a virtual tailgate.

Cheer the team to victory with your fellow fans, engage in private video chats, learn some West Point trivia, participate in raffles, and even score some flash sale discounts from the WPAOG Gift Shop! RSVP today.

Saturday, October 3 at 1:30pm.

To register, please click here.

CDT Hayes ’24 Gets Brain Gainz Recognition
10/2/2020

CDT Hayes ’24 Get Brain Gainz RecognitionCDT Ann Hayes ’24, Company G1, was nominated by her company for the Dean’s “Brain Gainz” recognition this week. CDT Hayes not only excels in her academic areas, she is also willingly opening tutoring sessions for WPR studying. This particular week, she created her own test with questions and held a large group study, testing each person that came in. All of this was happening while she was still going to training for ski patrol and absorbed in her own testing schedule. Excellent academic mentorship and leadership, Ann!

MAJ Meberg's Class Transported to 1841
10/2/2020

MAJ Meberg's Class Transported to 1841“You just had to be there.” MAJ Justine Meberg’s class was recently transported to an 1841 court martial which tried several cadets for the dastardly crime of stealing, killing, and cooking some of the Superintendent’s prized ducks. This “Murder Most Fowl” exercise served as a springboard to a fascinating discussion of 19th century conceptions of honor and their relationship to life at West Point - The U.S. Military Academy the careers of Civil War-era leaders.

Football Set to Host ACU Saturday
10/1/2020

Football Set to Host ACU SaturdayThe Black Knights look to get back to their winning ways as they host Abliene Christian at Michie Stadium on Saturday, October 3 at 1:30 p.m. ET. The game will be telecast nationally on CBS Sports Network. Ben Holden will handle the play-by-play duties, the color analyst is Ross Tucker and the sideline reporter is Tina Cervasio. The game can be heard on the radio, both on the flagship stations WBNR and WLNA, Sirius 134, XM 203 and streamed through the TuneIn app on the Army Black Knights Radio.

The Black Knights and the Wildcats will meet for the first time in program history on the gridiron on Saturday. The two squads have one common opponent in 2020 in Mercer. The Black Knights are scheduled to play Mercer on Oct. 24 at Michie Stadium, one week before the Wildcats visit them in Macon, Ga. on October 31. The Black Knights are 9-2 against FCS opponents under seventh-year head coach Jeff Monken and have won the last eight-straight.

Despite the loss, the Black Knights held No. 14-ranked Cincinnati to just 2.0 yards per rush, the Bearcats' lowest yards per rush total since 2016. Army's defense has held all opponents so far this season to under 100 yards rushing. Opponents are averaging 192 yards per game at Michie Stadium in 2020. Army's defense is currently ranked fourth in total yards allowed per game nationally (238.3 yards per game). Defense is ranked 8th in yards-per-carry allowed at 2.29 yards-per-carry. Defense is ranked 5th in rushing yards allowed per game (60.3). Ranks second in passes defended (17). Read more.

AOG Hosts Breakfast for Class Officers
10/1/2020

AOG Hosts Breakfast for Class OfficersThis week, the WPAOG Class Services team hosted a breakfast for the Class Officers from the USMA Classes of 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. At the breakfast, cadets had the opportunity to meet with our staff at WPAOG in addition to others from the Academy with whom they will work. Following the breakfast, breakout sessions were held for each of the different classes to provide time for the class officers to engage in discussions of how WPAOG serves them and their classmates now and in the decades ahead. The cadets provided valuable feedback and insight into their experiences and we are thankful for their time and participation.

Help Virtually Sell Out Army-Air Force
10/1/2020

Help Virtually Sell Out Army-Air ForceArmy Fans,

We miss you on football Saturdays at West Point. We miss tailgating at Buffalo Solider Field. We miss watching the Cadet Review from the Plain. We miss the spirit of Black Knights Alley. We miss cheering on the parachute team as they deliver the game ball. We miss the roar from the crowd after an Army score. Most of all, we miss YOU and a SOLD OUT Michie Stadium.

As the leaves begin to change and the calendar turns to November, that means one thing on the banks of the Hudson River: Army vs. Air Force football presented by USAA. The past six Army-Air Force matchups at Michie Stadium have been witnessed by sellout crowds. While fan capacity will be limited if fans are approved to attend this game, we have no plans of ending this academy rivalry sellout streak in 2020.

Between now and November 5, we ask that you, our most loyal supporters, help us keep the streak alive and "virtually" sell out Michie Stadium for the seventh consecutive Army-Air Force matchup. By purchasing a virtual ticket, you will be making a 2020 donation to the Army A Club in support of more than 1,000 outstanding cadet-athletes. It is the mission of the Army A Club to provide our cadet-athletes with the resources necessary to have an extraordinary division-1 athletic experience and the Army A Club is currently projecting a 2020 shortfall of $4M in direct support of that mission. Likewise, the potential of not having any fans in attendance for 2020 football games could also mean a loss of $8.3M in ticket revenue. Because of this projected shortfall, we respectfully ask for your support to bridge the gap and to maintain the Air Force game sellout streak. Read more.

 

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