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Capstone Team Joins the Cannon Crew

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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.

Sprint Football Set for Star Matchup Against Navy

Sprint Football Set for Star Matchup Against NavyThe Army West Point Sprint Football team travels down to Annapolis, Md., to take on archrival Navy at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 25, at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The two teams will fight for the star, as part of the Star Series presented by USAA.
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This will be the 83rd all-time meeting between the two schools. Navy owns the 44-37-1 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to 1957. 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 Mids have the slight 33-30-1 advantage in star series games. In the last meeting between the two squads, Army blanked the Mids 13-0 to claim its 36th CSFL title. It marked the Black Knights' first shutout over Navy since 1984.

This will be the third star series matchup of the 2020-21 season. The series is currently split 1-1. On Oct. 17 the Army women's cross country team edged Navy 27-29. On the men's side, the Mids took the meet 23-34.

Feinstein's Findings: On to Phase Three

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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.

West Point’s Nano Lab

West Point’s Nano LabIn this video, get a glimpse into the Space Science Nano Lab. In the lab cadets study nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter on atomic, molecular, and even smaller scales. Check out some of the great projects that our cadets get to work on.

Video by Robert Perez and Cadet George Zhang.

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes

Army 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 West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken

(Ref.: Opening statement)
“Good afternoon. It's sure not as fun to come in here after a loss. We are disappointed that we weren't able to play well enough to put ourselves in a position to win the game this Saturday. I thought Cincinnati had a really physical football team and they are obviously well coached. Their kids were prepared and they did a really nice job. I was very pleased with our defense for most of the day. We got the turnover on the opening drive and then got the turnover shortly thereafter which put us in position to take the lead right off the bat. It was a great start to the day, we just weren't able to capitalize on it. Offensively, we had some opportunities where we got the ball in decent field position a couple of times. We just weren't able to finish drives. We got the ball down close and had the one field goal, which I thought was a great kick by Salyers. It was a tough snap and kind of got into the chest of Brooks Hosea who is the holder – he got it down and the kicker stayed with it, really a clutch field goal to bring us within a score. As poor production as we were having on offense, we were still in the game. We had a couple of big plays that we missed and that probably could've made a difference to set up an opportunity for scoring position. Our guys played their butts off, they played really hard, but we just didn't sustain blocks on offense and ultimately a couple of big plays on busted assignments and busted coverages which cost us. They had the one big play that set them up in the first half, which was a broken coverage unfortunately and then the second half they had two play drive they leaked the back out of the backfield. It's just something we've got to cover more with our team and be ready for those situations. I thought our guys battled, we lost to a really good football team [that doesn't make it feel any better] but I am encouraged that we're going to work our very best this week to try and improve and play the best game that we've played so far.”

(Ref.: On the biggest things the team can learn from Saturday)

“There's lessons in a loss. I heard Coach Sean Saturnio yesterday that you can make the L a loss or a lesson and we've just got to make it a lesson. And those lessons are to make sure that we don't have lapses in areas that we completely control which starts with our assignments. There are things on both sides of the ball, and in special teams, where we just had mix ups on assignments or didn't block/cover the right guy, whatever it might be. Against a really good football team like Cincinnati, we can't do those things and those are hard lessons to learn. We've got to do a good job coaching our guys and our players have to work really hard to learn their signs. I have heard it said, and I believe it to be true, if a guy misses an assignment, we're either not coaching it well enough, we're making it too complicated or that guy either isn't giving an effort or is incapable of learning. I think our guys are working hard and trying hard and they're all capable of learning. We've got to work hard to make sure it's not too complicated and we do a great job of coaching it, and ultimately that's my responsibility. We're all responsible, that's not to take anything off of anybody or put anything extra on anybody, it's just what we've got to do. There are things we can control that we've got to focus in on more than maybe we have in the past. Block and sustain blocks and getting off blocks and tackling – that's the name of the game and we've got to do those things better.” Read more.

Army Combat Fitness Test

Army Combat Fitness TestFit to Fight! Class of 2021 and 2022 Cadets performed the Army Combat Fitness Test this past weekend to adopt the Army's new test of record on October 1. The ACFT is an age and gender-neutral test that directly aligns physical attributes required in combat to unit physical readiness training and individual physical testing and reporting while also decreasing accession losses and reducing injury rates.

Photo: by Eric Bartelt

Cadets Tour the West Point Steam Plant

Cadets Tour the West Point Steam PlantThis week Cadets were able to carry out a detailed tour of the West Point Steam Plant. LTC Daniel Baha organized and carried out this detailed tour of the Steam Plant as an extracurricular enrichment activity for CH151: Advanced General Chemistry. Cadets learned the intricacies of generating and harnessing steam for a variety of Army applications, with a particular focus on the fundamental chemistry and engineering underpinning the operation and maintenance of such an intricate and large-scale plant.

CDT Knight Delivers at ISA-West Conference

CDT Knight Delivers at ISA-West ConferenceCadet Denton Knight, an International Affairs Major from the Class of 2021, delivered a paper at the ISA-West Conference this past weekend. The paper, “Disruptive Internet: A Macro-level Determinate of Education Quality,” examines the relationship between internet speed and education quality, with case studies on Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. He presented an earlier version of the paper in a SOSH Research Lab Colloquium last summer.

Cadets Learn About Caleb Benson and Army Laundresses

Cadets Learn About Caleb Benson and Army LaundressesHI101 Instructor CPT Mandi Rollinson worked with one of USMA’s librarians, Ms. Mary Ahenakew, to teach Cadets about the experiences of Buffalo Soldier Caleb Benson and Army laundresses on the frontier in the late 1800s. Ms. Ahenakew modeled how databases can assist cadets with their HI101 research. She explained about the contemporary experiences of Native Americans – in, out of, and with the Army - and Black cadets at USMA to further complicate how cadets understand the Army.

Cadets Catch & Release 127 Fish for Identification

Cadets Catch & Release 127 Fish for IdentificationLast week, CDT Matthew Donze, CDT Maggie O’Neill, CDT William Naumann, and CDT Paris Williams and G&EnE leadership (COL Mindy Kimball, CPT Melissa Moorehouse, Ms. Kimberly Quell, and Dr. Patrick Baker) seined the shallow cove on the western shore near Hudson River Light 39. The cove was seined 4 times with a 30’ bag seine as the tide was going out. One hundred and seventy-one fish representing four species were captured and held briefly for identification. In order of abundance, the seine hauls yielded Atlantic Silversides (n = 87), White Perch (n = 62), Striped Bass (n = 21), and a Bluefish. In addition, they caught several Blue Claw Crabs that appeared to have recently shed and a small Green Crab. Salinity was relatively high for this location (4-5 ppt) and water temperature was ~19C.

Go For Green Initiative

Go For Green Initiative“Go for Green” initiative is coming to Washington Hall. Great work by CW4 Walle, MAJ McGlone, and the mess hall staff. Today was a test run - healthier food options and each serving marked for nutrition level. Check out that menu! More initiatives to come throughout the year. Nutrition is a key component to holistic health and fitness.

The Corps First SAMI

The Corps First SAMIThe Corps of Cadets recently conducted their first Saturday morning inspection (SAMI) for this year. The inspection is an evaluation of discipline and attention to detail. The highest inspection status, SAMI occurs immediately after breakfast on Saturday morning. The strict standards require rooms to be immaculate to the “white-glove” test. Cadets stand at attention, in uniform while their rooms are being inspected by the company Chain of Command (COC).

Men's Soccer Charges Ahead of Merchant Marine 1-0

CDT Justin McStay ’23Thanks to a second half surge, the Army West Point Men's Soccer team took down Merchant Marine 1-0 in a Saturday night contest. Scoreless after the first half, Justin McStay netted a goal off a corner kick by Oscar Pereira in the 50th minute. Army continued to press to help preserve a 1-0 shutout for Jacob Suppiah. The Black Knights and Mariners entered halftime with a knotted 0-0 score. Army led in shots (8-3) and corner kicks (3-2) after the first 45 minutes. In the 50th minute, the Cadets found the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead. Pereira capitalized on a corner kick opportunity five minutes into the second half. He chipped it into the box where McStay connected and found the back of the net. Army finished the game with an impressive 16-6 advantage in shots. The Black Knights led in corner kicks (11-2). The Cadets improve to 18-1-1 against USMMA in the all-time series. It marked the first contest between the two squads since 1983. Read more.

Jones, Shearer Lead Black Knights to Second Place Finish

Jones, Shearer Lead Black Knights to Second Place FinishThe Army West Point Women's Cross Country team placed second at the Three Team Battle in Beantown at Coogan Course at Highland Park this past Friday.

The Black Knights finished with a team score of 37, placing behind Syracuse who won the meet with a score of 33 points. Boston College placed third with 52 team points.

For the second meet in a row, the Cadets were led plebes Georgia Jones (17:46) and Helen Shearer (17:50), who placed third and fourth respectively. Firstie captain Mika Andrews also recorded a top 10 finish, placing seventh at 18:12.

“It was a really good day for the team," Shearer said. "We were able to stick together and Georgia pulled away towards the end. The teamwork throughout was really helpful and it made us push each other.”

“Having your teammate pushing you makes a big difference in a race,” Jones said. “It gives you someone to work with and fight with and it helps a lot. Both of us are soccer players and didn't run much cross country in high school, so working as a team is what we are used to.”

Syracuse senior Amanda Vestri claimed her second consecutive victory, crossing the line first at 17:23.

Army now turns its attention to rival Navy, as the team will head to Annapolis for the annual Army-Navy Star Meet on October 17. The Black Knights defeated the Midshipmen 27-28 in a thrilling race at Bowdoin Park in 2019. Read more.

Beatty Leads Black Knights to Second Place Finish

Beatty Leads Black Knights to Second Place FinishThe Army West Point Men's Cross Country team finished second at the Three Team Battle in Beantown at Coogan Course at Highland Park this past Friday.

Army finished with a team score of 38 points, with Syracuse posting a score of 18 to claim their second consecutive meet victory. Meet host Boston College placed third with a score of 80.

The Black Knights were led by cow Marshall Beatty who finished third with a time of 24:43. Beatty is one of two former Patriot League Rookie of the Year winners to place in the top 10 on Friday, as yearling Garrett Gough finished ninth at 25:31.

Syracuse redshirt senior JP Trojan finished first to claim his second win in two races since joining the Orange from William & Mary. Trojan (24:41) and teammate Joe Dragon (24:42) narrowly edged Beatty to give the Orange a one-two finish in the race.

“They had a big pack of five guys and I was hoping if I strung them out at the end that some of the guys would fall off and our guys would pick up some spots,” Beatty said. “The guys up front hung on pretty well and it ended up being me fighting with their third and fourth guy. I was a little bit off from the top two, but I am happy how things turned out.”

Army now turns its attention to service academy rival Navy and the Army-Navy Star Meet which will take place on October 17 in Annapolis. Unlike his first two Star Meets as a Black Knight, Beatty enters this one as an upperclassmen in a leadership position on the team, something he is excited to take on. Read more.

CSFL To Host Army-Navy Sprint FB Preview Show Thursday

CSFL To Host Army-Navy Sprint FB Preview Show ThursdayThe Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) will air the Army-Navy Sprint Football Game Preview Show this Thursday, October 1 at 9 p.m., on the CACC Network. Today’s announcement of the special broadcast was made by CSFL Commissioner Dan Mara, as the show will break down Sunday's contest between the Cadets and Midshipmen at Shea Stadium in West Point. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Army and Navy will meet twice in sprint football during the fall, as the second contest will be held on Sunday, October 18, in Annapolis. That contest will be the Star Game for both teams. The CSFL will also air a preview show for that game on Thursday, October 15.

This Thursday's preview show will feature interviews with both head coaches (Army's Mark West and Navy's Jason Dewald) and student-athletes from each school. The show will also provide a look at the historic rivalry between the two academies in the sport of sprint football.

The CACC Network is the official digital channel of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), which is a partner with the CSFL. Fans can view the network in a variety of ways, including online at caccnetwork.com. Fans can also stream the CACC Network on their television, as the channel features apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV. For people on the go, they can also watch the show on their mobile device or tablet, as the CACC Network features an app in both the iTunes and Google Play stores. 

The show will premiere on Thursday night at 9 p.m., but fans who cannot watch the live broadcast will have the opportunity to view it anytime on-demand by visiting one of the portals listed above for the CACC Network. Read more.

2021 West Point Gymnastics Open Canceled

2021 West Point Gymnastics Open CanceledArmy West Point Gymnastics coach Dr. Doug Van Everen has announced the cancelation of the 2021 West Point Gymnastics Open due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 30th anniversary of the event is now slated to take place January 14-15, 2022. In addition to the competition, the Army Gymnastics program will host an alumni event to celebrate the history of Army Gymnastics. The alternate date tentatively scheduled for March 2021 has also been canceled.

Stay tuned to GoArmyWestPoint.com and Army Gymnastics social media platforms for up to date information on the 30th annual West Point Open and all Army Gymnastics news. 

Honorable Living Day

Honorable Living DayThis past Wednesday, all cadets, staff, and faculty stopped their daily activities to participate in Honorable Living Day. They had open, honest discussions about how to live honorably, build cohesive teams, and combat issues that undermine cohesion and readiness of Army units. Later that afternoon, several cadet diversity clubs shared their rich heritage by displaying flags, traditional outfits, and cultural foods at booths throughout the plain.

The West Point community is committed to creating a climate where everyone is treated with dignity and respect; there is no other option! Our graduates will lead diverse formations and they must be ready to build and lead cohesive teams with their Soldiers.

Cadet Virtual Visit from Phil Swagel CBO

Cadet Virtual Visit from Phil Swagel CBOCadets were fortunate to have a great virtual visit from Phil Swagel, 10th Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Cadets learned about the challenging and important tasks that the CBO carries out each day and were able to ask Mr. Swagel questions that few others would be able to answer. The CBO was established in 1975 to produce independent, non-partisan analyses of economic and budgetary issues in support of the Congressional budget process. The agency plays a key role in analyzing the cost estimates for legislation proposed in Congress but does not make policy recommendations.

CDT Hilt ’22 Nominated for Dean’s “Brain Gainz”

CDT Hilt ’22 Nominated for Dean’s “Brain Gainz”CDT Thomas Hilt ’22, Company D2, was nominated by his company for the Dean’s “Brain Gainz” recognition this week. Thomas has organized, led, and coordinated two HI101 study sessions thus far as the cadet in charge (CIC) for History tutoring through the Center for Enhanced Performance (CEP). Both times, he did a great job not only commanding and controlling the operation, but also tutoring people himself as much as he could. The first study session was a two-day operation for five hours on Saturday and Sunday. Thomas led and tutored for the full five hours on both days. Excellent academic mentorship and leadership, Thomas!

Cross Country Season Continues in Boston

The Army West Point Cross Country team is set to continue its season on Friday when it heads to Massachusetts for the Three Team Battle in Beantown with Boston College and Syracuse. Action begins with the women's meet at 2:30 p.m. followed by the men's competition at 3:15 p.m.

The Black Knights split their season opening meet with Syracuse earlier this month, defeating the Orange in the women's meet and falling in the men's meet.

Army saw strong performances from its young runners on the women's side, with plebes Georgia Jones and Helen Shearer leading the women's team with second and third place finishes. The three-time defending champion men's team will look to bounce back from its season opening defeat behind several key returners. Firstie Daniel Horoho was the top finishing cadet in the season opener, placing tenth.

The teams will get another look at the Orange, who were led by seniors in both meets. The women's race was won by All-ACC and All-Region performer Amanda Vestri. The men's meet was won by redshirt senior JP Trojan, who was making his Syracuse debut after transferring from William & Mary.

Meet host Boston College will be seeing its first action of the season after a strong women's campaign in 2019 in which the Eagles placed 20th at the NCAA Championships. The team returns three scorers from the championship meet in juniors Lauren White and Anna Osear and sophomore Sarah Flynn. Like Syracuse, the Eagles ranked in the top five in the Northeast Region in the final women's cross country rankings last season.

In the 2020 ACC preseason cross country rankings, Syracuse and Boston College were ranked fourth and seventh respectively on the women's side and second and 13th respectively on the men's side.

Army and Merchant Marine Announce Home-and-Home Contests

Army and Merchant Marine Announce Home-and-Home ContestsThe Army West Point Men's Soccer team is set to open competition for the fall of 2020 with a home-and-home series with the Merchant Marine Academy.

The Black Knights and Mariners will face each other at Kings Point on September 26, and then at West Point on October 3.

Army and Merchant Marine have battled it out 19 times since the series debut in 1963 with the Cadets hold a 17-1-1 advantage. This will be the first meeting between the Black Knights and the Mariners since 1983.

Athletes from both sides have complied with their institutions' and conferences' respective COVID-19 testing guidelines ahead of the competition. The Army home game will be closed to outside spectators.

The Army home game will have live stats and a video stream of the game. Live Stats Link: https://goarmywestpoint.com/sidearmstats/msoc/. ESPN+ Link: PatriotLeague.tv.

DSE Interdisciplinary Pride

The Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) prides itself on being Interdisciplinary. Interdisciplinary refers something the relates to multiple branches of knowledge. The analytical, modeling and simulation, and managements skills you learn in DSE can be applied almost anywhere, business, production, construction, and healthcare.

Social sciences. International relations. You name it, your DSE skills can be a combat multiplier.

They offer 17 elective tracks for Systems Engineering majors, 8 complimentary support course tracks for Engineering Management majors, and lots of flexibility for Systems and Decision Science majors to lean into a field that is interesting & engaging to them.

Photo: CDT Jack Davies ’21 & Calvin Pieper ’21working on their capstone, Steel Bridge, an interdisciplinary capstone with the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering

History Discusses Civil War Leadership

History Discusses Civil War LeadershipHistory faculty at West Point approach their subjects from all angles. Dr. Laura Hooton’s HI101 class discusses Civil War leadership in the shadow of the new General Grant statue on the Plain.

BG Weidner Addresses Cadets Via Video Link

BG Weidner Addresses Cadets Via Video LinkBrigadier General John Weidner, United States Strategic Command, addressed cadets via video link. BG Weidner discussed of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review and the recently translated 2020 Decree by the President of the Russian Federation: State Policy in the Field of Nuclear Deterrence. Prior to the address, the cadets studied the Nonproliferation Treaty and the executive summary of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review. They were also allowed to view the translated decree in a controlled environment.

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Cincinnati

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: CincinnatiArmy 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 No. 22 Black Knights will look to continue their hot start to the season when they take on No. 14 Cincinnati this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken

(Ref.: Opening statement)
“Good afternoon. We're excited about the opportunity we have to play this weekend against a great football team. They're very well-coached and certainly have the respect of everyone in the college football world. They have been one of the best teams in the country here in recent years. I can't say enough about the job that Coach (Luke) Fickell has done. He's and outstanding coach. He has a great staff, a veteran staff and they have a big athletic and fast football team. They really are an impressive group and it's going to take our best effort if we're going to have a chance to win. So, our guys are practicing hard. It's been nice to have an extra week. We really set our sights on Cincinnati when the game against BYU was postponed. We were hopeful that we could get another game rescheduled, but when that didn't work out it really gave us a chance to dive into the game plan for Cincinnati. It's going to take the rest of this week and our very best effort, as I said, if we're going to have a chance.”

(Ref.: On the opportunity this weekend presents for the program)
“I think anytime we have the opportunity we have to play a ranked team – and we've had that opportunity several times – it's an opportunity for us to test ourselves against one of the best teams in college football, which they are. Back-to-back 11-win seasons is really impressive. They've got some big wins over Power 5 teams. They're just an impressive football team. I was talking to another coach in their league, he was mentioning the body types that they have on their team – just long. It allows them to have tight end type guys, outside linebacker types that are really long and run good. It helps them on special teams and those guys have position flexibility. It's really just going to a tremendous challenge for us to play a team of this caliber. With the respect that they have around the college football world, if we can find a way to win the game it would be a huge victory for us.” Read more.

Kendo Welcomes New Members

Kendo Welcomes New MembersHistory Instructors develop leaders of character inside and outside the classroom. MAJ Eric V. Muirhead is also OIC of the West Point - The U.S. Military Academy Kendo Club. Recently, they welcomed the Class of 2024 and restarted their regular practices after finding new ways to practice safety and social distancing.

BG Jebb Recognizes Outstanding Faculty

BG Jebb Recognizes Outstanding FacultyBG Jebb came to Mahan Hall to present timely awards to MAJ John Case, MAJ Steven McCarthy, MAJ Courtney Razon, and to Dr. Kenny McDonald.

Dr. McDonald was recognized with the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for his efforts in leading the development of the Cyber & Engineering Academic Center (CEAC). The CEAC is a 130,000-plus-square-foot, modern academic facility that will enable and inspire collaboration across disciplines. The CEAC, which will house the Departments of Civil & Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and Systems Engineering together under one roof. It will facilitate a powerful and broad impact within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) scholarship and industry. Groundbreaking for the CEAC is scheduled for later this academic year. Dr. McDonald has been working to bring this vision to life since 2011.

MAJ Case was recognized with a coin and a certificate of achievement for his efforts in preparing DSE to transition to remote learning in March 2020. MAJ Case’s thorough analysis of DSE’s technology needs enabled a smooth transition, despite the lack of time and space for most instructors to prepare. MAJs McCarthy and Razon each received a coin in recognition of their efforts to build a simulation model that informed USMA senior leaders of the health and welfare implications of proposed Reception Day (R-Day) plans. Their model ensured the Class of 2024 was received and integrated into the West Point community with minimal health and safety impact on the rest of the West Point community.

Cadet Yoga Club at Trophy Point

Cadet Yoga Club at Trophy PointMAJ Justine Meberg, the A/OIC of the Cadet Yoga Club, took this photo of a workshop led by cadets, for cadets. In this uniquely challenging semester, history officers are helping cadets to thrive inside and outside of the classroom.

C3T at the 17th Annual CSAW Capture the Flag

C3T at the 17th Annual CSAW Capture the FlagEarlier this month the Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) participated in the 17th Annual CyberSecurity Awareness Week (CSAW) Capture-The-Flag (CTF). CSAW CTF is the premier annual undergraduate cybersecurity CTF. This year, more than 1200 teams competed, and USMA C3T --- also known as BitsForEveryone --- placed 44th overall. Their 2,455 points were good for 14th place among US and Canadian undergraduate teams, leading to their first qualification for the Finals since 2016! For those who might be interested, USNA scored 1,005 points; USAFA had 255 points.

The Finals --- a 36-hour marathon hacking event --- will occur November 6-8, 2020. Finals teams are limited to four players, so USMA will be represented by Cadets Alex Heldstab and John Eberling '21, Johnathan Riemerspeters '22, and Kyle Spinelli '23.

MAJ Hood Speaks with Cadets

MAJ Karoline Hood, a FA40 Project Engineer at the Johnson Space Center’s Astronaut Office, spoke with students in the PH205 Curriculum via Teams about her experiences working with NASA. She spoke of the training astronauts undergo, the relationship between NASA and SpaceX, the Dragon spacecraft Landing team she was part of last month, and the Lunar Mission which is still on schedule for 2024. The plan is to stay in the moon six months at a time to build a lunar base. Sounds exciting! She encouraged anyone interested in Space to join a STEM field to readily prepare them for the challenges of exploring the Final Frontier.

Ms. Indra Nooyi Meets with Cadets Virtually

Ms. Indra Nooyi Meets with Cadets VirtuallyMs. Indra Nooyi, former CEO of Pepsi and current board member at Amazon, joined cadets in SS394: Fundamentals of Financial Analysis. This is one of our classes that meets remotely this semester. Ms. Nooyi discussed diversified business models and sources of revenue with cadets, a difficult but fundamental topic to corporate financial analysis. This is Ms. Nooyi’s second visit to SS394, both times meeting with cadets in both sections.

Join the “Virtual” 5K Ring Run Event

Join the “Virtual” 5K Ring Run EventYou're invited to join the USMA Class of 2021 as they approach Ring Weekend! This year, a “Virtual” 5K Run event will carry on the running tradition during Ring Weekend festivities. Parents from across the country are signing up to run in support of their First Class cadet! We welcome the larger West Point Community (all West Point Staff/Faculty & Garrison/Tenant Organizations) to also participate in the fun. Registration prior to September 21 includes an event t-shirt shipped to the registrant's address. For more information about the event, or to register online, visit westpoint.armymwr.com, or dial the MWR Fitness Center at 845-938-6490.

2LT Losch & Dr. Nagelli C&LS Project

2LT Losch & Dr. Nagelli C&LS ProjectSecond Lieutenant Anchor Losch and Dr. Enoch Nagelli in the Multi-Functional Materials Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science at West Point are filming a video for the Journal of Visualized Experiments to share their synthesis method to make salt-templated macrotubes and macrobeams with a square cross-section for use as fuel cell electrodes. This project seeks to develop lightweight materials for power and energy applications. The video accompanies their method paper, “A Salt-Templated Synthesis Method for Porous Platinum-based Macrobeams and Macrotubes.”

Jack Voltaic to be Virtual This Year

Jack Voltaic to be Virtual This YearThe Army Cyber Institute announced its first-ever virtual Jack Voltaic experiment, a regionally focused exercise that focuses on cities’ abilities to respond to a cyberattack. This is ACI’s third iteration of the Jack Voltaic series and it will take place virtually September 22 and 24, for the cities of Charleston and Savannah, respectively.

“By conducting Jack Voltaic 3.0 virtually, the ACI and our partners have an excellent opportunity to capitalize on our digital connectivity, strengthen our ties ahead of a potential multi-sector cyber event that impacts critical infrastructure and still meet all of our original objectives,” said LTC Doug Fletcher, the Army Cyber Institute’s lead for Jack Voltaic.

In 2016, ACI executed its first major city, multi-sector, public-private cyber exercise called Jack Voltaic. JV1.0 was the first step in building a framework to prepare for, prevent and respond to multi-sector cyberattacks on major cities. Since then, the ACI conducted JV2.0 in Houston, and multiple JV2.5 mini-series across the country.

Jack Votlaic 3.0 seeks to gain key insights and better understanding of cities’ gaps in incident management for a cyber or cyber-enabled disruption or destructive events and provide an analysis for the way forward.

In particular, JV3.0 examines how cyberattacks on commercial critical infrastructure, directly supporting military deployment and global logistics operations, impact military force projection; Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, are key locations that support military force projection. Read more.

Patriot League Reaches Multi-Year Rights Deal with ESPN+

Patriot League Reaches Multi-Year Rights Deal with ESPN+The Patriot League has reached a multi-year agreement that makes ESPN+ the exclusive digital home for live and archived Patriot League sporting events, starting with the 2020-21 academic year. ESPN+ will be home to more than 800 annual events, including college football games and men's and women's basketball contests.

“The Patriot League has been among the leaders within intercollegiate athletics for its live streaming production with its robust and high-quality live digital programming for more than a decade,” said Patriot League Commissioner Jennifer Heppel. “We are thrilled to work with ESPN+ to showcase Patriot League student-athletes on this leading sports streaming platform.”

The agreement also includes regular-season coverage of Patriot League men's and women's lacrosse in addition to regular and post-season coverage of Patriot League baseball, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, softball and volleyball, in addition to championship coverage of other League sports.

Since launching its digital programming in the fall of 2006, the Patriot League has offered thousands of live events and on-demand videos. Annually, the Patriot League broadcasts more than a dozen of its championships.

The first event involving a Patriot League school this fall is scheduled for Sunday, September 20, when Navy hosts Pittsburgh in a women's soccer contest (2 p.m. ET).

“The Patriot League has a proud academic and athletic history featuring so many great institutions and rivalries, which we will showcase on ESPN+ through this new multi-year agreement,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming Acquisitions and Scheduling. “As a Holy Cross alum, I am personally very excited about the opportunity to watch my alma mater play among the more than 800 annual events that this deal includes.” Read more.

West Point CE Ranked #3 in the Country

West Point CE Ranked #3 in the CountryThe recent U.S. News and World Report has West Point’s Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department ranked the #3 undergraduate Civil Engineering and #6 undergraduate Mechanical Engineering programs in the country!

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes

Jeff Monken Press Conference QuotesArmy 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 West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken

(Ref.: Opening statement)
“Good afternoon everybody. It is so nice to be in here after a win again. The weeks are always more enjoyable coming off of a victory and I am really proud of our team and our staff. And for overcoming some adversity on Saturday. We faced some on Saturday that we probably didn't face in the opening football game. That second quarter just didn't go very well for us. We had some three-and-outs, some turnovers and some foolish penalties. Some things didn't go our way but I was really encouraged to see our guys come out in the second half and play well enough to win the football game and play well in every phase.”

“I'm proud of our team for the victory. It's hard to win a game and they've got an athletic, well-coached football team and we benefitted from just having had the opportunity to practice and get prepared through preseason camp and get ready for them. We had a win under our belt and I think the guys just felt a bit of confidence after having had a win in the opening game so I am glad to get a win and now it's time to prepare for Cincinnati a week from this Saturday.”

(Ref.: On if the first two games exceeded expectations)
“There's been plenty of things that our team has done well that I have been proud of and we've easily recognized getting a lot of takeaways on defense. That's been really good. I think we've got six on the season now. Certainly in the first game, scoring on every drive of that game. In both games control the clock and being able to run the fullback and a power running game, just to chunk away at the defense and keep that clock running and play our brand of football. There's been things in every phase. I think we've for the most part, Saturday was an exception, there was a couple of times where they had some kick returns that we were a little disappointed, but we had guys in position and we missed some tackles on those plays but we have covered kicks well. We had guys in position. Obviously, the fake kind of turned the game for us. It was a 10-point game and we were able to execute that fake to put ourselves in scoring position to stretch the lead. So there's things that they've done really well but there's lots of things that we need to do better and we're going to have to do all of those things where we're feeling like we're falling a little short, a whole lot better against Cincinnati. This is an outstanding football team, a top 25 team, well coached, veteran guys. They're big. I looked at their defense today and looked at their depth chart that they sent us and holy smokes do they have a great looking football team physically. Very fast, they have skill guys, whether it be offense or the kick returner, just really impressed with their team, Coach Fickell is a great coach.” Read more.

COL Hartke Present PaNE Coin to MAJ Lewis

COL Hartke Present PaNE Coin to MAJ LewisCOL John Hartke visited EV377 (Remote Sensing) to present a Physics and Nuclear Engineering (PaNE) department coin to MAJ Nick Lewis (Geography and Environmental Engineering (GEnE)) in appreciation for his ongoing efforts to support the Space Community at West Point. MAJ Lewis provided unwavering support to both the FA40 community and to Space & Missile Defense Command (SMDC), and therefore to the House of PaNE. He was a key contributor during the shaping of the Assured Functional Area Transfer Program; the single inject point for the SMD COE (includes the ASPDO), 1st Space BDE and SMDC leadership to attend Branch Week in both 2019 and 2020; and played a pivotal role in the development of the SMDC-RAC Vision 2030 that was in part presented to LTG Karbler last May. Nick’s efforts ensured a seamless presentation of FA40 (and in a supporting role ADA) to the West Point community in the absence of an SMDC RAC director.

Black Knights Recognized in Early US Lacrosse Rankings

Black Knights Recognized in Early US Lacrosse RankingsThe Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team ranked 16th nationally in the US Lacrosse Early 2021 Rankings, announced today.

The Cadets went 2-1 against ranked opponents in the 2020 season with their one loss coming to then-ranked No. 5 Syracuse. Army finished 6-2 overall before the season ended for programs across the country.

Army's scoring defense (7.25) was second in the nation and its scoring margin of 6.50 was seventh. Brendan Nichtern ranked fourth in Division I with 3.38 assists per game, while his 5.75 points per game average was good for ninth. Wyatt Schupler finished the year fourth nationally in save percentage (.617) and was second for his 7.18 goals against average.

US Lacrosse's Initial Forecast: If there's a built-in disadvantage in 2021, the service academies are dealing with it. That's because while civilian schools at least have a choice in permitting last year's seniors to come back next spring, academy graduates are already off serving the country. That might not hurt an academy team without many seniors (like Navy), but Army had some serious losses. That said, coach Joe Alberici's done a fabulous job of building up depth on his roster, and many of the Black Knights' stars from last season — attackman Brendan Nichtern (19 goals, 27 assists), midfielders Bobby Abshire (seven goals, seven assists) and Jacob Morin (12 goals), defenseman Marcus Hudgins (30 caused turnovers) and goalie Wyatt Schupler (.617 save percentage), among others — are still at West Point. As usual, no one will look forward to facing Army.

Feinstein's Findings: A Tale of 2-0

Feinstein's Findings: A Tale of 2-0This one wasn't perfect—far from it in fact. But the result was equally gratifying: Army-37, Louisiana-Monroe-7.

In all, given the serious doubts about whether there would be a football season and—if so—what kind of season it would it be, the first two Saturdays inside Michie Stadium, were just about everything Coach Jeff Monken and his players could have hoped for when they first ran onto Earl Blaik Field eight days ago.

But, before sundown Saturday, the first black cloud of the season showed up when news broke that this coming Saturday's game against Brigham Young has been postponed because the Cougars have had, "a small number of positive tests within the BYU program," for Covid-19.

What happens next is anybody's guess. Both teams have an open date on November 28th. Army has another open date on October 31st and scheduling guru Bob Beretta has had potential replacement opponents in his pocket all summer case something like this happened. Most schools are staying flexible. When Memphis informed Houston on Friday that it wouldn't be able to play this coming Friday night, Houston instantly added Baylor—which had an open date—as a replacement. Welcome to college football 2020.

Meanwhile, Army's first two games could have been better—although it is difficult to see exactly how that would be the case. After the 42-0 rout of Middle Tennessee State, Monken said he and the staff found, "about 100 mistakes," when watching the game tape. They must have been looking VERY closely to find those errors. The ease of that victory was a surprise. The Blue Raiders have been a solid program for a long time and they came to town with a returning quarterback—Asher O'Hara—who had produced more than 3,600 yards in total offense in 2019.

The Black Knights defense was so good it drove O'Hara to the bench in the third quarter while forcing four turnovers. The offense was equally good, scoring five touchdowns on the five drives in which the clock didn't run out. All of which led to concern about Saturday's game for one very good reason: trap game. Read more.

Football Continues Hot Start with 37-7 Win over ULM

Football Continues Hot Start with 37-7 Win over ULMContinuing its momentum from the opener, the Army West Point Football team charged past Louisiana-Monroe Saturday by a 37-7 score at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights improved to 2-0 after holding the Warhawks to 200 yards and a touchdown.

Army posted 465 offensive yards, while causing two turnovers and blocking a field goal attempt. Jakobi Buchanan and Christian Anderson paced the Cadets' offense with two touchdowns apiece. Buchanan had a career day with 106 rushing yards, averaging 9.6 yards per carry.

Defensively, Nolan Cockrill blocked a field goal, forced a fumble and had 1.5 tackles for a loss of four yards. Jon Rhattigan posted 2.5 tackles for a loss of 17 yards and recorded 1.5 sacks. The Black Knights allowed the lone ULM touchdown in the second quarter, holding the Warhawks scoreless in the other three. Read more.

Women's XC Opens Season With Win Over Syracuse

Women's XC Opens Season With Win Over SyracuseThe Army West Point Women's Cross Country team kicked-off its 2020 season with a 26-33 victory over Syracuse at Twin Ponds on the Farm in Montgomery, N.Y. on Saturday. In the team's first competition following the COVID-19 outbreak, the Black Knights were strong throughout, claiming nine of the top 12 positions in the meet. In their collegiate debut, freshmen Georgia Jones and Helen Shearer led the cadets with second and third place individual finishes. Senior All-ACC and All-Region performer Amanda Vestri finished first for the Orange.

It was the first head-to-head competition between the two programs since 1996, when the Army defeated Syracuse 68-74. The Orange entered the season ranked fourth in the ACC after finishing 2019 ranked fifth in the Northeast Region. The Black Knights now turn their attention to continued competition in the fall. Earlier this week, Army announced that it will take on Navy in the annual Army-Navy Star Meet on October 17 in Annapolis, Md.

“We ran exceptionally well today. After a summer of uncertainty, it was important for us to have this competition. With only three teams in our geographic region still competing this fall, we had to hope that either or both of them (Syracuse and Boston College) would be willing to compete with us and we were fortunate to get a date worked out with Syracuse that worked for both teams. The course was challenging, and our women really used that to our advantage against a good team. I thought we were disciplined in the early going and that paid dividends on the hills at the end of the race. We were down 1-2 points midway through the race, and then we pulled even with a mile to go. Then in that last mile we did a nice job of packing up and moving up and that made the difference.” Said Head Coach Mike Smith. Read more.

US Military Academy Ranked Among Best Colleges

US Military Academy Ranked Among Best CollegesThe U.S. Military Academy is again rated as one of the nation's best undergraduate education institutions in numerous college rankings sites. 

According to The Princeton Review, the academy was ranked No. 1 for Most Accessible Professors for the third year in a row. The education services company features West Point in the new 2020 edition of its college guide, "The Best 386 Colleges." 

West Point was also ranked in "The Best 386 Colleges:" No. 1 for Best College Library, the second year in a row, No. 2 for Best Classroom Experience, No. 2 for Lots of Race/Class Interaction, and No. 2 Best Science Lab Facilities. 

"The U.S. Military Academy is dedicated to educating, training, and inspiring the Corps of Cadets, and these rankings reflect our institution's commitment to developing leaders of character," said Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, Dean of the Academic Board. "Our faculty and staff are world-class teachers, mentors, scholars, and most importantly, role models who work tirelessly to support our cadets in all of their endeavors whether they be in the classrooms, on the athletic fields, on-field exercises, in the library, or our laboratories."

Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book. All of the ranking lists are based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges. 

Additionally, the academy was ranked in the following publications:

  • No. 15 for National Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News and World Report
  • No. 5 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America in Niche 
  • No. 5 Top Public Universities in America in Niche

The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and continues today as one of our nation’s premier leader-development institutions, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country. Its mission remains constant—to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu.

Men's Cross Country Kicks-Off Season Against Syracuse

Men's Cross Country Kicks-Off Season Against SyracuseThe Army West Point Men's Cross Country team opened its 2020 season against Syracuse at Twin Ponds on the Farm on Saturday. The defending ACC Champion Orange got the better of the three-time defending Patriot League Champion Black Knights, winning the meet by a score of 15-50. Firstie Daniel Horoho led the way for the cadets, finishing 10th with a time of 23:12.3 Junior Marshall Beatty was the Black Knights other top-15 finisher, placing 14th. The competition marked the first non-football sporting event for Army West Point of the academic year following the COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier this week, Army announced that it will face Navy in the annual Army-Navy Star Meet on October 17 in Annapolis, Md.

“After a summer of uncertainty it was important for us to have this competition. With only three teams in our geographic region still competing this fall, we had to hope that either or both of them (Syracuse and Boston College) would be willing to compete with us and we were fortunate to get a date worked out with Syracuse that worked for both teams. The course was challenging and I felt like it would be a major factor in the race, but as it turned out Syracuse simply overwhelmed us early and we did not respond. We have shown great discipline and execution in practice, but that was absent from our performance today. We had a few guys test their limits and that was good to see, but the overall effort level was not consistent with who we are, who we have been and who we expect to be.” Said Head Coach Mike Smith. Read more.

Sprint Football Announces Home-and-Home with Navy

Sprint Football Announces Home-and-Home with NavyArmy West Point and Navy will clash twice in sprint football this fall, announced Army head coach LTC (R) Mark West on Friday. The first contest will be at West Point on Sunday, October 4 at 1 p.m. Then on October 18, the two foes will clash for the star in Annapolis at 1 p.m. as part of the Army-Navy Star Series, presented by USAA.

“As disappointed as we were in having our fall season postponed, the team is extremely excited and thankful that we have the opportunity to play Navy twice this fall,” West said. “Knowing these two rivalry games could very well be the only games we play this year makes them even more special, especially for our seniors.”

The last time the two teams squared off the Black Knights walked away with their 36th Collegiate Sprint Football League title, downing Navy 13-0 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The shutout marked Army's first over Navy since 1984.

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.

Army-BYU Football Game Postponed

Army-BYU Football Game PostponedAs a result of a small number of positive COVID-19 test results and the resulting tracing exposures within the BYU football program, a mutual decision was made to postpone the football game set for September 19 at Michie Stadium between Army and BYU.

The decision was made after consultation with the BYU administration, state public health officials and medical advisors, and in coordination with the leadership here at Army West Point.

The Black Knights appreciate the communication from the Cougars as they deal with health issues and both sides will work to find a future date that works for both schools in the hopes of rescheduling the contest.

West Named to Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

West Named to Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch ListAmadeo West, a firstie linebacker on the Army West Point Football team, was named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy 2020 Watch List Friday morning. West was one of 35 players named to the list for the award, which is presented annually to a defensive player with exceptional performance on and off the field.

Despite missing significant playing time due to injuries in his career, West was named a captain of the team for the 2020 season. The Oceanside, Calif., native has played in 14 games in his career, recording a total of 33 tackles (15 solo). In Army's season-opening win over Middle Tennessee State, West played a part in two tackles both of which went for a loss of yardage.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy has been presented annually since 2004 and is named after former USC defensive back and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. The award is unique because it represents the first college football award to give equal weight to personal character as well as athletic performance. Its past winners include David Pollack (Georgia), Jerry Hughes (TCU), J.J. Watt (Wisconsin), Luke Kuechly (Boston College) and Anthony Barr (UCLA).

Army will look to build off its 42-0 win over Middle Tennessee State last Saturday when it hosts Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

Woody Named Athlon Sports Defensive Coordinator of the Week

Woody Named Athlon Sports Defensive Coordinator of the WeekDefensive coordinator Nate Woody was named the Defensive Coordinator of the Week by Athlon Sports after leading the Army defensive unit to a shutout of Middle Tennessee State in the season opener last Saturday.

In Woody's first game as the defensive coordinator for the Black Knights on September 5, his defense notched the second shutout of the Monken era. The shutout was also the first at Michie Stadium since 2011.

The unit held the Blue Raiders to just 184 total yards (3.8 per play) and did not allow a play longer than 21 yards. The Black Knights tallied four turnovers one sack and recorded six tackles-for-loss.

Middle Tennessee only had one drive that went for longer than 40 yards.

Under Woody's direction, Cedrick Cunningham was named the Bednarik Award Player of the Week after leading the defense with seven tackles, two as tackles-for-loss. He also notched his first career forced fumble and a sack. The Bednarik Award is given to the nation's top defensive player each year and honors the top defensive player nationally each week.

Woody, Cunningham and the Black Knights take on ULM on Saturday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. CT at Michie Stadium. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

Army and Navy Announce Friendly Doubleheader

Army and Navy Announce Friendly DoubleheaderThe Army West Point Men's and Women's soccer programs have come to terms for a friendly doubleheader against service academy rival Navy.

The Black Knights and Midshipmen will announce the date, time, and location in the coming months.

The official Star games are scheduled to be played in the spring of 2021.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to face our rivals this fall,” said Adrian Blewitt, Army women's soccer head coach. “The team is hungry to compete, and we will continue to elevate our game to the next level in our preparation. No matter the circumstances, I know the team's spirit and desire to perform will motivate us as we continue our training.”

“We are grateful on many levels for the opportunity to compete and play this fall,” said Russell Payne, Army men's soccer coach. “Our goal in playing this game is to honor and represent the best efforts of all those that have worked hard to allow us to be in this position to compete and pursue excellence.”

Army-Navy Cross Country Star Meet Scheduled For Oct. 17

Army-Navy Cross Country Star Meet Scheduled For Oct. 17The Army West Point Cross Country program has announced that the annual Army-Navy Star Meet will take place on October 17 in Annapolis, Md.

“We typically divide our season into the regular season meets and the championship season meets and the Army-Navy Star Meet always marks the beginning of our championship season,” Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Mike Smith said. “While this season is different in many respects with a scaled down regular season schedule, we are excited that our championship season will start as it always does at the Star Meet on October 17.”

The event will mark the first competition of the 2020-21 Army-Navy Star Meet presented by USAA. “Our men and women have dealt with a lot of uncertainty throughout the spring and summer and now that the calendar of competition is set, they are looking forward with renewed energy to testing themselves in October.” Smith said. At the 2019 Star Meet, the teams split victories with Army claiming the women's Star and Navy winning the men's competition.

The Black Knights will begin the 2020 cross country season on September 12 when they face Syracuse in Montgomery, N.Y.

Cunningham Named Bednarik Player of the Week

Cunningham Named Bednarik Player of the WeekFollowing a career performance against Middle Tennessee State last Saturday, Cedrick Cunningham Jr. was selected as the Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week by the Maxwell Football Club on Thursday, September 10. The award recognizes the nation's top defensive player.

Cunningham registered seven tackles, two of which went for a loss of yardage. His two stops behind the line of scrimmage against the Blue Raiders doubled his career output entering the game. He also notched his first career forced fumble and sack in Army's 42-0 home-opening win over Middle Tennessee State.

The Cassatt, S.C., native was a crucial part of the defensive unit that pitched Army's first shutout at Michie Stadium since the 2011 season. Army's defense limited the Blue Raiders to 184 yards of total offense and caused four turnovers.

Army will take on Louisiana-Monroe at Michie Stadium at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 12. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

Football Set to Host ULM

 Football Set to Host ULM The Black Knights are set to host ULM in their second of three-straight home games to open up the 2020 season. The game on Saturday, September 12 at Michie Stadium will kick at1:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Net, the first of eight home games televised live on either CBSSN or CBS this season. 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 119, XM 201 and streamed through the TuneIn app on the Army Black Knights Radio.

Army is now 18-4 in its last 22 games played at Michie Stadium dating back to the 2016 season. The 2019 season marked Army's fourth consecutive winning season at home. Head coach Jeff Monken is now 5-2 in season openers at Army, 6-1. The Black Knights are 6-1 in home openers at Michie Stadium under head coach Jeff Monken, including winning the last five-straight.

The Black Knights defeated Middle Tennessee State 42-0 in the season opener, the first Army shutout since they blanked Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo., 21-0, on November 4, 2017. The 42-0 victory was Army's largest shutout victory over an FBS school since 1963, when it defeated Wake Forest, 47-0. It was Army's first shutout at Michie Stadium since it blanked Fordham, 55-0, on October 29, 2011. The last time Army blanked its opponent on its home-opener was on September 11, 1993, when the Black Knights topped Colgate, 30-0. Saturday's shutout was the second of Coach Monken's tenure. Read more.

Cross Country to Open Season Saturday vs. Syracuse

Cross Country to Open Season Saturday vs. SyracuseThe Army West Point Cross Country team is set to open competition this weekend when it hosts Syracuse in Montgomery, N.Y. on Saturday morning. The event marks the first collegiate cross country meet in the Northeast in 2020 and Army's first non-football sporting event of the academic year. Athletes from both sides have complied with their institutions' and conferences' respective COVID-19 testing guidelines ahead of the competition. The meet will be closed to outside spectators. “We are very excited about the opportunity to compete,”

Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Mike Smith said. “This group last competed back in March and they all trained well during the quarantine, but they are ready to get back out there. This will be a great chance to put that training to the test against a very strong Syracuse program.” The Black Knights enter the 2020 season after a strong run of success over the past several seasons. On the men's side, Army has claimed three consecutive Patriot League Championships. After graduating one of the most accomplished senior classes in program history, the Black Knights welcome back several key contributors to this year's squad. The group is headlined by the past three recipients of the Patriot League Rookie of the Meet honor in firstie Daniel Mazzei, cow Marshall Beatty and yearling Garrett Gough. Gough was one of four cadets to finish in the top ten at the league meet in 2019 when he placed ninth. Army will be captained by firstie Luca Mazzanti who is coming off a strong track & field campaign earlier this year. On the women's side, Army returns its top two finishers from last year's Patriot League Championships in senior captain Mika Andrews and sophomore Alexandra Gibbs.

Andrews was Army's most consistent performer a season ago, claiming Second Team All-Patriot League honors at the league meet and leading Army with a third place finish at the Army-Navy Star Meet. Gibbs opened her Army career with back-to-back victories at the Army-Maine Dual and the Army Open. The Orange enter the 2020 season with both teams ranked in the top five in the ACC Preseason Poll, as the men are ranked second and the women's team is ranked fourth. The Syracuse men have claimed the conference title in six of the past seven seasons and reached the NCAA Championship in 2019 after placing second at the NCAA Northeast Regional. The team returns five All-ACC performers on the men's side and three on the women's side. This marks the first time that Army will host Syracuse since 1996 when the Black Knights defeated the Orange 20-76.

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Louisiana-Monroe

Army 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 build off of their season-opening 42-0 win over Middle Tennessee State when they host Louisiana-Monroe this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Michie Stadium. The game will be aired on CBS Sports Network.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken

(ref: Opening Statement)  
“We are once again thrilled for the opportunity to play this weekend. With (the state of) college football and college sports and the state of our nation, we are thrilled to be playing this game and have an opportunity for our players. I thought last weekend our guys played really well. As I anticipated, we found a hundred things wrong that we have to fix, and we are going to work on those this week. I am very pleased with the effort that our guys put into it. I thought for a team that hadn't had a chance to be together for spring practice and particularly for our defense who really only had the benefit of walkthroughs and a few weeks of practice leading up to the game, I thought we played really well. I am happy with the opening game, but there is a tremendous amount that we need to improve on, and we are going to need to this week.

This team that we are playing is a very athletic team and a very well-coached team. I am very impressed with them as a program and the job coach Viator has done. They create some issues for defenses with what they do on offense. It is really good and really creative. Defensively they are very athletic. They have a defensive coordinator now who has experience with playing against the option and that is always a concern because I think one of the advantages of running this offense is the fact that it is not seen by other teams as often as a traditional offense. He has some experience with it, so I know that they are going to have their team ready and I'm sure because it is their opening game that they will be sky high about playing just as our guys were on Saturday.” Read more.

Army Shuts Down Middle Tennessee State in Opener

Army Shuts Down Middle Tennessee State in OpenerThe Army West Point football team held nothing back today in its 42-0 home opening victory against Middle Tennessee State. It was the Black Knights' first home opening shutout since blanking Colgate on Sept. 11, 1993, by a 30-0 score. The defense stood strong in the contest intercepting two passes and forcing a pair of fumbles. Army scored three times thanks to defensive turnovers. Captain Sandon McCoy led the Black Knights' offense with three rushing touchdowns. Tyrell Robinson made his collegiate debut in today's contest and led both sides with 94 rushing yards.

The Black Knights pressed the Blue Raiders early on, scoring off a turnover in the first quarter to go ahead 7-0. Cedric Cunningham forced a Middle Tennessee State fumble two minutes into the game at the opponent's 44-yard line. Jon Rhattigan recovered the ball to set up the first Army touchdown of the season. McCoy punched the ball through on a one-yard run to cap a nine play, 43-yard 4:00 drive. After putting up another defensive stop, the Black Knights took over for the next nine minutes. McCoy notched his second touchdown of the day at the 14:06 mark of the second quarter thanks to a two-yard conversion. The Cadets were poised for a field goal attempt at 7:56, but a roughing the kicker call by the Blue Raiders enabled another Army touchdown by McCoy.

Army led 21-0 at the half and all of its drives in the first 30 minutes of the game resulted in rushing touchdowns. The Black Knights didn't slow down in the second half and scored back-to-back touchdowns in a 4:15 span. Christian Anderson scored his first of the year off a 24-yard rush to cap a seven play, 71-yard drive. The Cadets' defense caused another turnover which resulted in an Army touchdown at 6:33 in the third quarter. Rhattigan intercepted a pass for a 43-yard pick six to help Army to a 35-0 advantage. The Black Knights continued to control the pace of the game well into the fourth quarter thanks to a 99-yard march up the field in a 12:26 minute span. Anthony Adkins charged up the Army sideline, shedding would be tacklers for a 22-yard touchdown carry to increase Army's lead to 42-0. Read more.

Cadets Back in Flight Laboratories

Cadets Back in Flight LaboratoriesAfter a nearly 10-month hiatus, Mechanical Engineering cadets took to the air this week to conduct flight laboratories in ME481: Aircraft Performance and Stability. Instructors in the flight section took two cadets at a time throughout the week. They demonstrated several maneuvers normally covered in the ME387 flight lab, since this group of cadets could not conduct that lab in the Spring, and then took data related to aircraft performance and drag.

Army West Point Athletics 2019-20 Annual Report

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Army West Point Athletics 2019-20 Annual Report

59th Annual Buffalo Soldier Memorial Ceremony

59th Annual Buffalo Soldier Memorial CeremonyWest Point held the 59th annual Buffalo Soldier Memorial Ceremony Sunday at Buffalo Soldier Field. Although the public could not be in attendance for the ceremony this year due to COVID-19, West Point continues to honor the legacy of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Units of the Buffalo Soldiers stationed at West Point.

Photo by Jorge Garcia

Looking Back on Year One as Army Athletic Director

Looking Back on Year One as Army Athletic DirectorQ: What are you most proud of in your first year as the Athletics Director at Army West Point?

A: Putting together what I believe is the best Staff in the country.  You are only as good as the people who surround you, and by that measure, we are going to be really good!

Q: You arrived at West Point with experience as an executive at your alma mater Wake Forest and as the athletics director at Furman. What have been some of the biggest adjustments you have had to make since arriving at West Point?  

A: Certainly learning all of the military acronyms and the general flow of military etiquette and processes has been a new experience. There are also significant unique aspects to USMA athletics that differentiate us from other schools across the country. Our challenges are unique to USMA, but we don’t have to deal with so many other challenges which other schools face: Scholarship costs, Name, Image & Likeness legislation and eligibility waivers are a few examples of areas that can consume time and energy of other Athletic Directors, but don’t come into play at West Point. This allows us to attack other issues which can have a more direct, positive effect on the cadet-athletes Division I experience. Read more.

Selection Process for New Army Functional Area Now Open

Selection Process for New Army Functional Area Now OpenThe window is now open to compete for one of the Army’s newest functional areas, FA58, the Enterprise Marketing and Behavioral Economics career field.

The Army’s marketing is transparent to most Soldiers who only see the advertisements, but modern marketing is much more involved and requires everything from strategy to advanced data analytics. This served as the primary reason for establishing the Army Enterprise Marketing Office (AEMO) in Chicago last year.

The creation of the FA58 career field provides the talent for AEMO by attracting well-qualified active-duty Army officers with skills related to marketing strategy, content creation, content delivery and marketing analytics.

FA58 selected its first group of 30 officers in March. The talent-based competitive selection process began in December and elicited almost 500 initiated applications. One of the main exercises that applicants were asked to conduct presented a business school-style case study on the challenges facing Army Marketing. Case study exercises are a common tool used by leading firms to evaluate an applicant’s ability to process multiple facts and data points, then determine a potential solution to a complex problem.

After an initial screening of applications, 15% of the applicant pool was invited for virtual interviews. FA58 ultimately selected a cohort that included officers from 19 different career fields across the Army. Read more.

This Week In Army Football Returns

This Week in Army Football returns this season and kicks off today, September 3 at 7 p.m. at the Eisenhower Hall's Crest Hall.

Head coach Jeff Monken will join the Army Sports Network's Rich DeMarco every week during the season to discuss everything football. All 12 shows are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The first 11 shows will be on Thursday evenings, while the show leading up to the Army-Navy game presented by USAA will be on Wednesday, December 9.

The show is only open to members of the West Point Community (with an ID card) and attendance will be limited to 75 people. Fans in attendance have the opportunity to ask questions of the Army head coach and win prizes. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

For those fans unable to make the show live, WLNA 1420-AM and WBNR 1260-AM will air the show and a free video stream will be offered at or on Army's Facebook page at Facebook.com/GoArmyWestPoint. Fans can also listen on the TuneIn App by searching for the "Army Black Knights Sports Network" channel. Read more.

Join The First WPAOG Virtual Tailgate!

Join The First WPAOG Virtual Tailgate!This weekend, WPAOG will be hosting our first virtual tailgate. Join us as Army defeats Middle Tennessee!

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! Space is limited - RSVP today.


Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Middle Tennessee State

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Middle Tennessee StateArmy 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 take on Middle Tennessee State in its season opener Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Michie Stadium. The game will be aired on CBS Sports Network.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken
Ref.: Opening Statement
“Good afternoon everyone. It is great to be here talking about playing football this weekend, just four days from now. Great thanks to our Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, AD Mike Buddie and Bob Beretta who had such an important role in developing a schedule for us this year and the entire academy for creating a protective bubble. What this academy has created for this team to give us an opportunity to be able to operate, be healthy and a chance to play college football.”

Ref.: Preparation for this Season
“I think it feels the same. We are excited about playing like we have in the past. There are a lot of different protocols in place for us in terms of our daily operations. But once we hit the practice field and what we've been doing to prepare our players is very much like a normal season. It's nice to feel that sense of normalcy.”

Ref.: Player's Reactions to New Protocol
“Probably like everybody. It is a little bit of a pain in the rear end to have to do all that stuff, but it is what we have to do. It is the world we live in. We can so no and say we aren't going to wear masks or wash our hands and come up with all these reasons why we shouldn't, but the wise thing is to follow the protocols they put in place. Because of the vigilance we've had in creating an environment where our guys can stay healthy and they do those things to give them the best chance to stay healthy that we've made it this far and four days to a game – and we've had a healthy football team.” Read more.

75th Anniversary of the Official End of WWII

75th Anniversary of the Official End of WWIIToday marks the 75th anniversary of the official end of WWII, when General Douglas MacArthur, USMA 1903, with Allied forces signed the Japanese instrument of surrender aboard USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. As we commemorate this momentous occasion, V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day, we remember and honor the heroes who fought to make this day possible. https://www.defense.gov/Experience/VJ-Day/

With Humility and Passion, McGinnis Begins First Captain Tenure

With Humility and Passion, McGinnis Begins First Captain TenureA person’s attitude can be contagious and keeping the right people by your side to help you make important decisions can be the difference between being a reliable leader or one that leads his or her subordinates astray. For First Captain Class of 2021 Cadet Reilly McGinnis, this has been her personal adage since she began her cadet career at the U.S. Military Academy.

Team building and working in unison to achieve a shared goal where concepts instilled within her as a teenager playing soccer at Emmaus High School in Macungie, Pennsylvania. It was also soccer that led McGinnis to West Point. She still remembers Sarah Oswald, her club soccer coach, contacting her about West Point and suggesting she apply.

“(My family) didn't really know about West Point, it was never on my parents’ radar, but once we all started looking into it, they were so supportive. I remember my parents saying, ‘that school is for Reilly,’” McGinnis, who played varsity soccer at West Point before an injury ended her career, said. “I also remember thinking, ‘I cannot imagine myself in the Army,’ just because I had never thought about it before.”

She visited the time-honored halls and corridors of West Point and fell in love with everything from the campus’ classical revival architecture, to the opportunities the institution provides. But most importantly, what drew her to the academy was the people. Their selfless and personable appeal drew her in, and she became enamored with the culture. Read more.

Cadets Get to Interact with Branch Reps

Cadets Get to Interact with Branch RepsIt is Branch Week at West Point which also means cadets, faculty, and staff can interact with representatives from the different branches in the U.S. Army who are visiting to help cadets make important decisions about branching. For example, Department Head COL Morales had an office call with LTC(P) Brian Hallberg, the Assistant Commandant at the U.S. Army Engineer School (@usaeshq). They discussed the state of the Engineer Regiment and how West Point and the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) can work to better prepare the next generation of Engineer Officers. LTC(P) Hallberg, who taught in DSE from 2008-2011, also made rounds to greet some of his former colleagues during his visit.

Faculty Published in the Journal of Chemical Education

Congratulations to Department of Chemistry and Life Science faculty, COL Chi Nguyen, CPT(P) Daniel DeNeve, CPT(P) Lam Nguyen, and Dr. Ryan Limbocker published an article titled “Impact of COVID-19 on General Chemistry Education at the United States Military Academy” in the Journal of Chemical Education. The article discusses lessons learned from the transition to remote instruction during the spring term due to COVID-19, with a focus on the advantages and disadvantages of the adopted teaching methodologies, and includes a discussion of course design and the corresponding adaptions to this new pedagogical environment.


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