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CDTs Drysdale ’23 & Richey ’23 Women’s Soccer Preseason All-League Team
8/12/2022

CDTs Drysdale ’23 & Richey ’23 Women’s Soccer Preseason All-League TeamFirstie Cadets Lauren Drysdale ’23 and Emma Richey ’23 were named to the 2022 Patriot League Preseason All-League Team. Drysdale, a three-year starter in midfield, has garnered preseason all-league honors for the second straight season. The Irvine, CA native started in all 19 games last season and was third on the team in points (7) en route to earning 2021 All-Patriot League Second Team honors. She has been one of the most consistent players for the Black Knights. Read more.

West Point Cadets Take Course on Final Frontier
8/12/2022

The Space and Missile Defense School and the U.S. Military Academy offered the Army Space Cadre Basic Course to West Point and ROTC cadets to teach them the fundamentals of space capabilities, space systems and space organizations. The students learned how to support space Soldiers who perform unique space tasks and gained an understanding of their future as Army leaders. Read more.

Brigade Wide Corps Run
8/12/2022

Brigade Wide Corps RunThe Corps of Cadets kick off the Friday before the first day of classes on a Brigade wide Corps run, led by First Captain, CDT Lauren E. Drysdale ’23. What a wonderful way to start the morning and build camaraderie! Go Army! Beat Navy! Photos.

New Cadets Compete in Crucible Events
8/11/2022

New Cadets Compete in Crucible EventsNew cadets from the Class of 2026 competed in the Crucible at Lake Frederick, wrapping up their Cadet Basic Training before their march back to West Point. Each cadet platoon had two hours to navigate to different lanes and complete three tasks, racking up as many points as possible in the allotted time. The locations farther out in the course were worth more points, but cadets had to manage their time because if they arrived after the two hours, their platoon would receive no points. Tasks included the buddy carry, properly throwing a grenade, properly reacting to an NBC threat, and completing a litter carry. Photos.

CDT Drysdale ’23 Selected as First Captain
8/9/2022

CDT Lauren Drysdale ’23Cadet Lauren Drysdale ’23 has been selected First Captain of the Corps of Cadets for the 2022-2023 academic year, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain of command. Most recently, Drysdale served as the cadet basic training regimental command sergeant major. She was instrumental in transforming the new cadets of the class of 2026 during their cadet basic training. As First Captain, Drysdale is responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400 member Corps of Cadets. Congratulations!

USMA Class of 2026 March Back
8/9/2022

USMA Class of 2026 March BackCongratulations to the members of the Class of 2026, who concluded their Cadet Basic Training with a 12-mile road march from Lake Frederick to West Point! West Point graduates joined the new cadets for their March Back, including graduates from their 50-Year Affiliation Class of 1976. The new cadets displayed a banner featuring their newly created class motto, “For Country We Commit.” Members of the Class of 2026 will be officially accepted into the Corps of Cadets during the Acceptance Day parade on August 13.

CDT Carter ’24 Named to Second-Team Defense Preseason All-American
8/8/2022

CDT Carter ’23 Named to Second-Team Defense Preseason All-AmericanCDT Andre Carter II ’24 has been named to the Pro Football Network Second-Team Defense Preseason All-American list. Carter became the first Black Knight to be named an AP All-American (Third Team) since 1990 after a breakout 2021 campaign. He set the program single-season sack record with 15.5 which were second in the nation; he added 44 total tackles, 18.5 tackles-for-loss, forced four fumbles, blocked one kick, and tallied one interception in 13 games played. Read more.

First Week of Fall Football Camp in the Books
8/8/2022

First Week of Fall Football Camp in the BooksFootball closed out the first week of fall camp this past weekend. Hear from head coach Jeff Monken, co-captain CDT Marquel Broughton ’23 and CDT Isaiah Alston ’25 following the first four days of practice.

Men’s Soccer Introduces Class of 2026
8/8/2022

Men’s Soccer Introduces Class of 2026Army Black Knights Men’s Soccer welcomes 10 new faces to the program ahead of the 2022 season. The incoming plebes will join 19 returning cadets that helped the Black Knights reach the Patriot League Championship Semifinal in 2021. Read more.

Erica Esterly '24 Attempting to Swim 57 Miles
8/5/2022

West Point Cadet Erika Esterly '24Erica Esterly, a 20-year-old philosophy major from Scottsdale, AZ and a third-year cadet will swim 57 miles during the 40 Bridges Race on August 10. She is one of the youngest to attempt the 40 Bridges Race, sponsored by New York Open Water (NYOW), which involves two laps around Manhattan Island. A member of the Army West Point Swim and Dive Team, Erica successfully finished NYOW’s 20 Bridges Race - 28.5 miles and one lap around Manhattan - in September 2021 in 7:39 hours.  Read more.

Class of 2026 March Out
8/4/2022

Class of 2026 March OutThe Class of 2026 began their march out toward Lake Frederick at 5am on August 3. Only a few more days until they “March Back” to Academy which signifies the end of Cadet Basic Training. Not long now!

LTG Gilland ’90 & CSM Coffey Award SAMA to NCO’s
8/4/2022

LTG Gilland ’90 & CSM Coffee Award SAMA to NCO’sCongratulations to the newest members of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) from Task Force Leader! Superintendent, LTG Steve Gilland ’90 and CSM Michael Coffey, the U.S. Military Academy command team, awarded SFC Charles Bell, SFC Class Daniel Dalton, and SFC Larry Ward with the Sergeant Audie Murphy Award (SAMA) on July 29 at Jefferson Hall. These Soldiers competed in a rigorous three-day event all over West Point to earn this highly coveted award. The SAMA is an award for noncommissioned officers whose leadership achievements and performance merit special recognition.

Army Football Preview 2022
8/2/2022

Army Football Preview 2022There was a time not all that long ago when Army was really, really struggling. It was having a rough time when head coach Jeff Monken took over in 2014. There’s been one blip over the last six seasons – going 5-8 in 2019 – but the systems are working, the team is coming off one of its strongest bowl wins ever – beating Missouri in the Armed Forces – and …This might be Monken’s best team yet. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Welcomes Class of 2026
8/2/2022

Women’s Soccer Welcomes Class of 2026Army West Point Women’s Soccer announced the nine members of the Class of 2026 that will be joining the roster. The nine newcomers will join 23 returners for the 2022 season that opens on August 18 when the Black Knights take on UConn at Malek Stadium. Read more.

On Rappel! On Belay!
8/2/2022

On Rappel! On Belay!This week, new cadets learned how to safely conduct basic mountaineering, displaying grit by rappelling down a 75-foot cliff and climbing up the adjacent rock face. Task Force Leader from 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3 BCT, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division - Air Assault and rappel masters from The Sabalauski Air Assault School taught cadets how to belay for their teammates, climb, and rappel. Photos.

Simulation Center Training
8/1/2022

Simulation Center TrainingCadets receive basic rifle marksmanship (BRM) instruction at the West Point Simulation Center, a Margin of Excellence center and top fundraising priority for the Academy, in this new episode of the West Point CST Spotlight. The West Point Simulation Center focuses on applying modeling and simulation technology to education and training. Learn more.

Military Mountaineering CST Spotlight
8/1/2022

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honor and Good sense. Never surrender to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” ~ Winston Churchill. During Cadet Basic Training, new Cadets build confidence rappelling and rock climbing at the Pine Ridge Rappel site.

Video by USMA PAO-VI

USMA Leading the Way to Water & Energy Resilience
8/1/2022

USMA Leading the Way to Water & Energy ResilienceThe U.S. Military Academy is leading the way toward meeting the Army’s goal to strengthen water and energy resilience on its installations. Over the last few years, an interdisciplinary environmental research team led by LTC Andrew Pfluger, academy professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering (GENE), has been working to advance energy resilience at West Point through a system that converts waste generated and collected at its Target Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant into energy, using a technology called anaerobic co-digestion. They have been awarded a $925,000 competitive award over three years.

CDT Klotz ’25 Inaugural Space Weather Internship
8/1/2022

CDT Daniel Klotz ’25 completed the inaugural Space Weather Summer Internship program. Klotz and his team spent four weeks studying various aspects of space weather phenomena, plasma and ionospheric physics, modeling, and computational analysis. Faculty efforts included installing high-resolution space environment sensors for evaluating space weather effects at West Point and contributed to the scientific and operational understanding of space weather’s effects on unencrypted Global Positioning System (GPS) signals and navigation solution parameters.

Cadet Summer AIAD in Brasov, Romania
8/1/2022

Cadet Summer AIAD in Brasov, RomaniaCadets Claudia Schuh ’23, Liam Dowd ’23, Evelyn Pickett ’23, Dylan Lyons ’24, and Jazmyne Drake ’23 just returned from a community service focused Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) study in Brasov, Romania, with Projects Abroad. Over the three-week trip, the group helped renovate a family's home in the Roma community, teach English to Ukrainian refugee children, volunteer in an animal shelter, and work with disadvantaged kids in a local daycare. Out-of-classroom opportunities like this are made possible by donors supporting the Margin of Excellence.

New Head Baseball Coach Chris Tracz
7/28/2022

Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie announced the hiring of Chris Tracz as the next baseball coach, the 19th in the 133-year history of the program. Tracz spent the last 13 seasons as the head coach at Marist College, totaling a win-loss record of 315–282–2 (.526), and a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference coaching record of 170–117 (.592), Marist’s all-time winningest coach. Last season, he led the Red Foxes to a 29-15 record, finishing second in the MAAC, tying for their most regular season wins since 2017, the same year they won the MAAC Tournament and advanced to the Gainesville Regional. Read more.

Army Astrobotics First Lunar Robotics Team
7/28/2022

Army Astrobotics First Lunar Robotics TeamArmy Astrobotics, West Point’s first lunar robotics team, secured a slot as a top 48 team in the NASA LUNABOTICS Robotic Mining Competition. As part of the honor, the team traveled to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, to put their robot, “Pathfinder,” to the test. The LUNABOTICS Robotic Mining Competition is a national collegiate competition that challenges teams to design, build, and demonstrate their lunar mining systems within various point-associated constraints. These parameters include size, weight, power consumption, bandwidth usage, mining capacity, and autonomous capability—all key considerations for NASA mission planning. Read more.

Cadet Candidate Weapons Training
7/26/2022

Cadet Candidates are conducting crew served weapons training to become familiar with the operation and maintenance of the M249, M240B, M320, M17, and FGM-148 (Javelin). Pictured, they focus on the M320 grenade launcher and learn the fundamentals of warfighting and basic standards to gain experience with these common infantry platoon weapon systems.

149 Cadet-Athletes Placed on Winter-Spring Patriot League Honor Roll
7/25/2022

149 Cadet-Athletes Placed on Winter-Spring Patriot League Honor RollThe Army West Point Department of Athletics had 149 cadet-athletes earn a spot on the Patriot League’s 2021-22 Winter-Spring Academic Honor Roll. The honor roll celebrates students for their outstanding dedication to academic excellence. To be eligible, students must have a minimum 3.20 GPA from the fall 2021 semester. Read more.

Welcome to the House of Tears!
7/25/2022

Welcome to the House of Tears!“Conquer your fears, don’t let your fears conquer you.” New cadets receive classes and equipment familiarization on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) training at West Point. They experience the “House of Tears” gas chamber to experience the potential risk should they not protect themselves correctly during a chemical attack. Thanks to the 83rd CBRN Battalion, 59th Chemical Company, U.S. Army Fort Drum, NY and the 10th Mountain Division for their support.

Cadet AIAD with Thornwillow
7/25/2022

Cadet AIAD with ThornwillowCadets completed an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) working with the publisher Thornwillow and learning about the process of publishing and manuscript-making. The AIAD culminated in a final project of hand-crafting manuscripts of Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story.” Out-of-classroom opportunities like this are made possible by donors supporting the Margin of Excellence.

CDT Broughton ’23 Nominated for Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
7/25/2022

CDT Broughton ’23 Nominated for Allstate AFCA Good Works TeamCDT Marquel Broughton ’23 has been nominated for the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The nominees are 114 student-athletes across college football that demonstrate exemplary community service, academic dedication, and an impact on and off the field. Broughton, a two-time captain entering his final season at West Point, had a career-high 80 total tackles and three tackles for loss last season. Broughton was named to the 2021 Phil Steele All-Independent First Team and the 2021 Pro Football Network All-Independent Second Team. Read more.

CDT Carter ’24 Named Sporting News Preseason All-American
7/18/2022

CDT Carter ’24 Named Sporting News Preseason All-AmericanCDT Andre Carter II ’24 of Army West Point Football has been named to the Sporting News 2022 Preseason All-American Second Team. Carter has received his third preseason All-American honor as he was named as a third team All-American by both Phil Steele and Athlon Sports. He became the first Black Knight to be named an AP All-American (Third Team) since 1990 after a breakout 2021 campaign. Read more.

Cadet Field Training Combatives
7/15/2022

Cadet Field Training CombativesDuring Cadet Field Training, the Class of 2025 battled in close quarters at the combative pit in a best-of-platoon competition. The mission of combatives training is to instill the Warrior Ethos and to prepare cadets to defeat the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. The West Point Department of Physical Education (DPE) oversaw the competition.

Men’s Basketball to Play in Inaugural London Basketball Classic
7/15/2022

 Men’s Basketball to Play in Inaugural London Basketball Classic The Army West Point Men's Basketball program will participate in the London Basketball Classic on November 24 and 26 inside the Copper Box Arena which was the London 2012 Olympic Basketball venue. Army West Point joins Princeton University, Northeastern University, and Manhattan College in the field. The London Basketball Classic is a four-team tournament hosted by Inspirus Sports Management. The Black Knights will take on Princeton on November 24, while Manhattan and Northeastern will play in the other semifinal. Read more.

ITA Recognizes Women’s Tennis for Academic Excellence
7/15/2022

ITA Recognizes Women’s Tennis for Academic ExcellenceThe Army West Point Women's Tennis program has been honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as an All-Academic Team. 2LT Caroline Vincent ’22 and CDT Sophie McKenzie '24 were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. The ITA All-Academic Team award is presented to teams who earn a team GPA of 3.20 or higher. All varsity letter winners are factored into the overall team GPA for the current academic year. To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete award, student-athletes must also have a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the current academic year. Read more.

West Point Partnership with Stellenbosch University
7/15/2022

West Point Partnership with Stellenbosch UniversityWest Point is proud to have hosted our South African partners for the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between West Point and the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa of Stellenbosch University which includes the South African Military Academy. This agreement will enable shared research and educational engagement opportunities. The historic agreement is an important step in advancing the shared interests of the institutions and nations and our bilateral relations with the South African National Defence Force.

R-Day for USMAPS
7/13/2022

Cadet candidates reported to the United States Military Academy Preparatory School’s (USMAPS) Reception Day on July 11. They began Cadet Candidate Basic Training, which is a three-week rigorous experience to get acclimated to the military setting before the USMAPS academic year. Upperclassmen cadet cadre from the U.S. Military Academy train cadet candidates as part of their summer leadership detail. Congratulations to the incoming USMAPS class and families on this important day!

CDT Lee ’25 AIAD at the Center for Biotechnology
7/13/2022

CDT Lee ’25 AIAD at the Center for BiotechnologyOur cadets continue to contribute to research efforts throughout the Army as a part of their summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD). Cadet Woojin Lee ’25 has been working on a research project at the Center for Biotechnology at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, developing exosome-laden hydrogel bandages. This research can potentially help Soldiers wounded in austere environments. Out-of-classroom opportunities like this are made possible by donors supporting the Margin of Excellence.

CDT Haywood ’25 Fieldwork & Data Analysis in Alaska
7/12/2022

CDT Brian Haywood ’25 is on an internship opportunity at the Cold Regions Research Laboratory in Fairbanks, Alaska. Helping with infrastructure planning, he’s working with a research team to complete a dye study by inserting dye deep into the ground to see where melted ice in the active layer of permafrost is flowing. They also built a data logger by digging a fiber optic line into the ground outside a dam to measure seepage hot spots. Out-of-classroom opportunities like this are made possible by donors supporting the Margin of Excellence.

198th Infantry Training Brigade Assist CBT
7/11/2022

198th Infantry Training Brigade Assist CBTDrill sergeants from the 198th Infantry Training Brigade helped train the Cadet Basic Training Cadre to prepare them to execute the “First 100 Yards” effectively. The First 100 Yards program uses training activities to instill the Army’s core warrior values, attitudes, and pride into the new cadets.

West Point Air Assault 2022
7/8/2022

West Point Air Assault 2022Instructors from the Sabalauski Air Assault School from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) train soldiers, West Point, and ROTC cadets from around the country in a grueling two-week course as they attempt to earn the coveted Air Assault badge. The course is designed to train Soldiers in Air Assault operations, sling-load operations, and rappelling. This course began with 275 trainees, and 210 graduated - 130 West Point cadets, 61 ROTC cadets, 7 West Point staff/faculty, and 12 Task Force soldiers. Well done! Photos.

Photo: USMA PAO-VI

Cadet AIAD Researches History of LTC Reed
7/6/2022

Cadet AIAD Researches History of LTC ReedCadets Jeilyn Haynes, Jordan Hardy, and Dahlia Flores began their research-oriented Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) investigating the life and experiences of LTC William N. Reed—the highest-ranking Black line officer to serve the United States during the Civil War—with lots of questions. While some questions remain, they have found a plethora of answers and are now writing a narrative that will shed light on how Reed was presented a commission more than a year and a half before the War Department authorized commissions for Black line officers, and his service in his unique position. Their research has brought them through three continents, two civil wars, and (somewhat unexpectedly) one gold rush. Opportunities like this are made possible by donors supporting the Margin of Excellence.

Class of 2025 Graduates CFT and Receives Their Flag
7/5/2022

The Class of 2025 officially received its West Point Class Flag on June 29 during the Cadet Field Training II graduation ceremony at Camp Buckner. The flag was a gift from the Class of 1975, their 50-Year Affiliate Class. During the ceremony, Dr. Forrest Crain ’75 had the honor of presenting the flag to the class, accompanied by five of his classmates: COL (R) Richard Hoefert ’75, Mr. Anthony Rowan ’75; Mr. Timothy Sugrue Jr. ’75; COL (R) John Uhorchak ’75; and Mr. James Woolery ’75. Photos.

The West Point Triathlon Team Proudly Carries Its History and Future
7/5/2022

The West Point Triathlon Team Proudly Carries Its History and FutureThe origins of the West Point Triathlon Team are not in swim-bike-run but in swim-shoot-run. It makes sense; after all, the team is based out of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, and multisport had a completely different meaning when the group was formed. The Triathlon team was a club dedicated to sports in modern pentathlon. They would compete in swimming, pistol shooting, and running. Read more.

Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie Receives Contract Extension
7/5/2022

Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie Receives Contract ExtensionThe United States Military Academy at West Point has extended the contract for Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie announced on Friday. Buddie, who just completed his third year leading the Black Knights, will have his contract extended to June 30, 2027. Read more.

 

 

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