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Cadets Learn To Be Resilient During Two-Week Course

Cadets Learn To Be Resilient During Two-Week CourseWhen describing the Master Resiliency Training course that he and 41 of his fellow cadets took over a recent two-week period, Class of 2021 Cadet Nathanial Beck harkened back to one of the most famous moments in the U.S. Military Academy’s history — General Douglas MacArthur’s Thayer Award acceptance speech in 1962.

It was that speech, which MacArthur famously articulated the academy’s motto of “Duty, Honor, Country,” but it was another line Beck was inspired by when thinking about all he learned during the MRT course.

“MacArthur said in his speech to the Corps of Cadets when he accepted the Thayer Award, ‘Learn to master yourself before you attempt to master others,’” Beck said. “In this course, that’s definitely what they’re teaching us.”

The two-week MRT course was taught by instructors from the Fort Drum R2 Performance Center. Over the course of six days, the participants were taught 14 skills to help them be more resilient leaders.

The cadets then spent the last few days teaching the material back to their classmates and the instructors while receiving feedback. The goal was to not only teach them to use the skills in their own lives but also to equip them to teach the skills to their fellow cadets or future Soldiers they will lead as officers.

The course is based around six competencies — self-awareness, self-regulation, optimism, mental agility, strength of character and connection — and each of the 14 skills is targeted at addressing those competencies in the trainees’ lives. Full story.

MAJ Woody Provides Recommendations on Aviator Training

MAJ Woody Provides Recommendations on Aviator TrainingThe Department of Systems Engineering’s Operations Research Center (ORCEN) partnered in a ‘new start’ project with Fort Rucker’s U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) Directorate of Simulations (DOS) in AY20. ORCEN Analyst MAJ Clay Woody led the effort with assistance from MAJ John Case to assess whether or not the Aviator Training Next (ATN) virtual reality (VR) system could help USAACE produce the same quality Army Aviator as historic training methods. They also sought to identify the most effective combination of Live and VR training. A robust Design of Experiment effort evaluated 296 students over 6 cohorts across 7 variants of Live/VR training modules.

The experiment yielded key insights for MG Francis and the USAACE command team. It was discovered that there was no statistical difference in how ATN students and flight school student perform in their Course Management Plans (CMPs); however, the team found that ATN students out-performed their peers in aircraft check rides and academics. MAJ Woody provided a series of recommendations for improvement of the overall pilot training program, and continued deeper experimentation in the different phases of pilot training. The ORCEN will continue this research in AY21. Additionally, DSE onboarded 3 ATN systems for use at West Point. These systems will allow Cadet Capstones to run parallel research efforts.

Class of 2024 March Back

Class of 2024 March BackAfter four weeks of training and nine miles later, USMA Class of 2024 has officially Slayed the Beast! Watch the video.

Congratulations to Golf Company who led March Back as Best company for Cadet Basic Training.

Other awardees include:

Best New Cadet - CDT Shari-Lee Bennett, Class of 2024
Best Squad Leader - CDT Rebecca Syrup, Class of 2022
Best Platoon Sergeant - CDT Naomi Colin, Class of 2022
Best Platoon Leader - CDT Graham Ungrady, Class of 2021
CPT Pena Award - CDT Nathan Hagg, Class of 2021
ARCOM for saving a New Cadet life: Andrew Kraatz, Class of 2022

The Class of 2023 Receives Their Colors

The Class of 2023 Receives Their ColorsThe Class of 2023 was presented with their class colors during their Cadet Field Training (CFT) graduation ceremony, held on Sunday, August 9, 2020.

The Class of 2023 flag is a gift from its 50-Year Affiliate class, the Class of 1973. Because members of the Class of 1973 could not attend the ceremony in person, Todd Browne '85, President and CEO of the West Point Association of Graduates, presented the flag on behalf of the class. Cadet Shahriyar Ahmed, Vice President of the Class of 2023, accepted the gift on behalf of his class. The class flag is mounted on a brass-tipped staff and will be flown at all class-specific events at West Point. *Photo Credit: Cadet Sarah Donaldson*

Learn more about the 50-Year-Affiliation Program:
"Proud and Free, '73"
"Freedom Is Not Free"

Women's Tennis Receives ITA Honors

Women's Tennis Receives ITA HonorsThe Army West Point Women's Tennis team received recognition from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for their outstanding efforts in the classroom in the 2019-2020 school year. Not only were the Black Knights recognized as one of 244 teams to be awarded All-Academic Team distinction, but they also had six individual athletes named ITA Scholar-Athletes.

To be named an ITA Scholar-Athlete, one must meet the following requirements:

  • have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year
  • be listed on the institutional eligibility form

To be named an ITA All-Academic Team, programs must meet the following requirements:

  • have a team grade point average of 3.2 or above (on a 4.00 scale),
  • all student-athletes included should be listed on the institutional eligibility form, and
  • all varsity letter winners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year

As a team, the Black Knights boasted an impressive 3.34 GPA to close out the year. Individually, Ana Joyner, Caroline Vincent, Abi Waldman, MaryJo Pidgeon, Sophie McKenzie and Danna Funaro each represented Army as some of the brightest athletes in collegiate tennis. The six cadet-athletes were listed amongst 1430 Division I Women student-athletes who were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.

USMA Announces Class of 2021 Cadet Leadership Positions

USMA Announces Class of 2021 Cadet Leadership PositionsThe U.S. Military Academy announced the names of the cadets from the Class of 2021 selected to lead the Corps of Cadets during the upcoming academic year. These cadets will assume their leadership duties on August 10 prior to the start of the fall academic session at the academy.

“The qualities, character and leadership these cadets display represent everything we strive to instill in our graduates. These cadet-leaders embody the values of Duty, Honor, Country and each has demonstrated the ability to serve with distinction as a leader for the Corps of Cadets, our Army and nation.” said Commandant of Cadets, BG Curtis Buzzard.

The positions are

First Captain/Brigade Commander: Reilly McGinnis, Macungie, Pa.
Brigade Command Sgt. Maj.: Reuben Jones, Durham, N.C.
1st Regimental Commander: Tyler Shekleton, Springfield, Ill.
Regimental Command Sgt. Maj.: Isaac Nawa, Redding, Pa.
2nd Regimental Commander: Evan Walker, Rowlett, Texas
Regimental Command Sgt. Maj.: Bruce Knill, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
3rd Regimental Commander: Eric Paar, Louisville, Ky.
Regimental Command Sgt. Maj.: Gabrielle White, North Royalton, Ohio
4th Regimental Commander: Mark Jaskot, Burke, Va.
Regimental Command Sgt. Maj.: Gregory Coleman, Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.
Deputy Brigade Commander: Tyrese Bender, Fairfax, Va.
Brigade Executive Officer: Isabelle Embola, Columbus, Ga.
Brigade S-1 (Personnel): Emma Lawson, Monroe, Mich.                 
Brigade S-2 (Security/PAO): Angeline Tritschler, Tallahassee, Fla.
Brigade S-3 (Operations): Chris Ploch, Hamburg, N.J.                               
Brigade S-4 (Logistics): Katarina Christianson, Carver, Minn.                                 
Brigade S-6 (Communications): Scott Donnellon, Emmett, Mich
Brigade Athletic Officer: Lucas Purdy, McDermott, Ohio                                                          
Brigade Leader Development System Officer: Max Weisman, North Hollywood, Calif.        
Brigade Academic Officer: Maxwell Meyers, Cataula, Ga.                                   
Brigade MWR Officer: Stavros Pappas, Birmingham, Ala.             
Brigade Physical Development Officer: Anthony Genaro, Cape May, N.J.

2020 Football Captains Named

2020 Football Captains NamedFirsties Sandon McCoy, Mike Johnson and Amadeo West were named 2020 captains for Army Football, announced on the first day of fall camp.

"We have a tremendous group of captains set to lead us in 2020. Amadeo, Mike, and Sandon embody the spirit of this Brotherhood and represent the United States Military Academy's ideals of Duty, Honor, Country," said seventh-year head coach Jeff Monken.

Running back Sandon McCoy paced the Black Knights with 10 rushing touchdowns in 2019 as he appeared in all 13 games, making nine starts at fullback. He tallied 576 yards on the ground on 134 carries, averaging 44.3 yards per game. So far in his career, he has appeared in 28 games, amassing 699 total yards on 162 carries with 10 touchdowns.

Offensive lineman Mike Johnson, a native of Hinsdale, Ill., has appeared in 27 games in his career, including a career-high 12 in 2018.

Linebacker Amadeo West is poised to be a leader on the defensive end, as he has played in 13 career games, fighting through injuries, tallying 31 total tackles, 1.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.0 sack so far in his career.

Marshall to Serve as Army Hockey Assistant Coach

Marshall to Serve as Army Hockey Assistant CoachArmy hockey head coach Brian Riley announced the addition of Arlen Marshall to his staff as an Assistant Coach. Marshall comes to the banks of the Hudson after coaching at Manhattanville, his alma mater, since 2006. “We are very excited to add Arlen to our coaching staff,” said head coach Brian Riley. He brings a great knowledge of the game as well as a passion for recruiting. Most importantly I know he will be a great mentor and role model for our cadet-athletes.”

While with the Valiants, Marshall served as the head coach for eight seasons, helping bring the program to new heights. Starting as an assistant coach in 2006, Marshall was elevated to the head coaching position in 2012. Marshall was just the second coach in Manhattanville's history to amass over 100 victories. He leaves the program second all-time with 101 wins. “I'm ecstatic to be joining the Army Hockey family,” said Marshall. “It's an honor to work for West Point and I'm thankful to Coach Riley & Coach McKelvie for the opportunity. I'm looking forward to getting to work and back on the ice.” Read more.

Tune in to the CFT2 Awards & Promotion Ceremony

Tune in to the CFT2 Awards & Promotion CeremonyTune in for the CFT2 Awards and Promotion Ceremony, this coming Sunday, August 9 at 8:30 a.m. (eastern time) on the West Point Parents Facebook page. If connectivity is lost, they will continue to record and post the video after the conclusion of the ceremony.

New Cadets Experience the “House of Tears”

New Cadets Experience the “House of Tears”“Conquer your fears, don’t let your fears conquer you.”

New Class of 2024 cadets conduct Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) training during Cadet Basic Training at West Point. New Cadets experience the “House of Tears” gas chamber to experience the potential risk if they fail to protect themselves correctly during a chemical attack.

Army Announces Comprehensive New Partnership with Legends

Army Announces Comprehensive New Partnership with LegendsArmy West Point Athletic Association and Legends today announced a comprehensive new partnership focused on creating an elevated experience for both fans and cadets, as part of the Michie Stadium Preservation Project at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, home of the Army Black Knights football program. The modernization of Michie Stadium will include a complete transformation of the East Stands space, where cadets have watched games since 1962. The project will fully integrate the cadets into the reimagination process, to elevate the viewing experience in a way that is authentic to the "Duty, Honor, Country" ideals.

The project will introduce all-new premium areas for Michie Stadium guests with the addition of suite, loge, and club level seating. Army West Point football is an unparalleled experience and these upgrades will further enhance the uniqueness of being able to experience a game at Michie Stadium.

Legends previously assisted Army by conducting a comprehensive market study, soliciting feedback from West Point alumni, A Club donors, ticket holders, and Black Knight fans, to help determine the new seating experience and amenities within the East Stands. Additionally, Legends will manage sales and marketing, business intelligence, and data analytics services across the integrated partnership. Legends' proprietary technology, data, and analytics platform will be a critical driver in delivering customized solutions and unique innovations for Army.

“Army West Point is a historic and noble brand that we protect fiercely,” said Mike Buddie, Director of Athletics, Army West Point. “Partnering with Legends makes all the sense in the world as they are an iconic brand in the hospitality business world and have a great reputation. We are excited to work with them to create the best game day experience in the nation and provide new and innovative opportunities for the alumni and public to experience the grandeur of the West Point Experience.”

Army and Legends will also partner on an event hospitality program, that will allow guests from the greater tri-state area the opportunity to experience the storied history and traditions of the U.S. Military Academy. The program will be fully customizable and specially curated for the group, the length of the visit, and will highlight West Point's heritage, values, and commitment to excellence, all set to the backdrop of West Point's beautiful and historic campus on the western bank of the Hudson River. Read more.

CDT Chang ’23 Wins Ike Hall Virtual Arts Competition

CDT Chang ’23 Wins Ike Hall Virtual Arts CompetitionEisenhower Hall Theatre at West Point challenged West Point cadets throughout the month of July to showcase their talents during the Cadet Virtual Arts Series Competition.

Cadet Julian Chang, Class of 2023, Company H2, was the overall winner with the most votes during the competition. His acoustic rendition of the tune “A Whole New World” was embraced by voters across various social media platforms.

Walker Commands CBT This Summer

Walker Commands CBT This SummerSmall in stature, reserved and soft-spoken with a big smile from ear-to-ear are things that will pop out at you when you meet Class of 2021 Cadet Evan Walker for the first time. However, she may not necessarily be someone you would think of to lead nearly 1,500 new cadets and cadet cadre during Cadet Basic Training.

Three years ago, during her CBT as a new cadet, her squad leader brought up the fact she was so meek and quiet.

“Looking back to when I was a new cadet, my squad leader told me, ‘Walker, you need to speak up sometimes, you are just in the middle, you’re kind of reserved,’” Walker said. “When I was a plebe, it was the same thing throughout the year.”

However, first impressions aren’t what define people. All people have layers to them and Walker is no different as there is a fighter inside her, and she is aggressive to make her mark. Her mark was set when she found her voice as a squad leader during Cadet Field Training last summer.

“I got to practice my leadership philosophy (at CFT) and see the value of just being a leader in general,” Walker said. “Getting to practice what we had been learning up to that point, that’s really where I said, ‘I like leading people,’ and I think I handled my 10-person squad well. So, I said, ‘OK, let’s go onto the next step.’”

From there, Walker went on to be her H-2 Company’s academic year first sergeant, which allowed her to cut her teeth more in a leadership role and experienced leading 130 people in a different setting. Read more.

New Cadets CBT Land Navigation Training

New Cadets CBT Land Navigation TrainingNew Cadets with Class of 2024 conduct land navigation training during Cadet Basic Training. Training and practicing land navigation on foot provides sense of direction, terrain and map association and distance determination.

Photo Courtesy of CDT Angeline Tritschler

Cadet Published Manuscripts on Alzheimer's Disease

Cadet Published Manuscripts on Alzheimer's Disease2LT Alex Albright ’20, CDT Ryan Kreiser ’22, and CDT Aidan Wright ’23 joined the Department of Chemistry and Life Science’s Limbocker Research Group towards the end of November 2019 and worked on projects full time, including most weekends in the spring of 2020 by their own intrinsic motivation—even throughout remote-learning!

Through dedication to their scholarly efforts, they are now co-authors on two recently published manuscripts that explored the biophysical properties underpinning toxicity in the development of Alzheimer's disease and characterized a unique, therapeutically-relevant small molecule that protects cell membranes from the toxins innate to multiple protein misfolding diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases (read full article here: https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/21/12/4542).

In addition to these publications, CDTs Ryan Kreiser and Aidan Wright were recognized for their outstanding research efforts with an American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Symposium Paper Award and USMA Project's Day Award, respectively, and 2LT Alex Albright is now beginning Medical School at Brown University.

USMA ’23 CFT Water Confidence Course

USMA ’23 CFT Water Confidence CoursePermission to drop!

USMA Class of 2023 cadets are participating in the Water Confidence Course at Camp Buckner during Cadet Field Training. The obstacle is meant to build confidence and overcome the fear of heights and water as each cadet attempts the course, comprised of two phases—the slide for life and the beam walk-rope drop.

PANE New Instructor Training

PANE New Instructor TrainingThe New Instructor Training (NIT) is in full effect at the House of PANE (Physics and Nuclear Engineering). Pictured CPT Mike Ecklund shows how the Northern Lights are created in lab setting.

USMA Leadership Walkthrough

LTG Williams and BG Jebb conducted a walkthrough of Mahan Hall to learn how the Department of Systems Engineering and the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department plan to operate in the fall. Regular classrooms, computer and technology labs, and capstone spaces reconfigured to meet social distancing requirements were highlighted. The Academy is continuing to evaluate the best methods to educate cadets while ensuring the health and safety of faculty, staff, and cadets. There will be a mix of in-person, remote, and hybrid classes based on the unique requirements of each course.

Shekleton ’21 & McDonald ’21 Take Command of Atypical CFT

Shekleton ’21 & McDonald ’21 Take Command of Atypical CFTWhen the U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets was informed in March that they would be finishing the semester virtually and not returning from spring break, Class of 2021 Cadet Tyler Shekleton realized his summer plans were going to be a lot different than he had imagined.

Shekleton had been told the week before spring break began that he would be serving as the commander of Cadet Field Training (CFT) over the summer.

Cadet Field Training is a three-to-four-week program of instruction that emphasizes general military skills, individual preparedness training, preparations for extended field operations and leading, participating in and conducting small unit tactical operations.

Now, that didn’t seem like a guarantee with the academic year in flux and COVID-19 spreading throughout the world.

In the months between the March decision to keep the Corps at home and July 1 when Shekleton and the rest of the CFT cadet cadre returned to the academy, the summer training schedule was torn up and rebuilt from scratch. CFT was moved and adjusted to allow for a 14-day controlled monitoring period along with other COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Cadet Basic Training, which normally doesn’t interfere with CFT, will now run simultaneously causing conflicts in training areas that haven’t existed in years past. Read more.

West Point at Forefront of Protecting Community from COVID-19

LTC Michael Greifenstein ’02“We’re the first line of defense,” is the motto that the West Point Department of Public Health lives by to protect West Point and six other installations in the Northeast it serves in public, environmental, industrial hygiene and occupational health. The job they do in general over the years may have gone under the radar, but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the frontal lobe of everyone’s minds, it powered public health to the spotlight.

“Before COVID-19, nobody knew who we were,” LTC Michael Greifenstein ’02, former chief of the West Point Department of Public Health and currently an assistant public health emergency officer to the U.S. Military Academy, said. “We were working behind the scenes. It’s a glory-less job for all intents and purposes. COVID-19 has thrusted us to the forefront … nothing that we ever wanted but we’re happy we are here to do what we did protecting the community.”

Greifenstein has a saying from a Benjamin Franklin axiom, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” which is about stopping something from happening in the first place rather than trying to repair the damage after it has happened. This axiom is the world that public health is always functioning in to be one step ahead of a possible health disaster.

“We are the ounce of prevention to make sure the commanders don’t have to pull out a pound of cure, specifically my hospital commander (Col. Brett H. Venable),” Greifenstein said of the former Keller Army Community Hospital commander. “My job is to keep people out of the sick bay, sick call, keep the population healthy and allow them to thrive and do what they need to do. Read more.

Army Scientist Aims to Shape Future Leaders

Dr. Michael BrodskyAn Army scientist has the unique ability to shape both the scientific capabilities and also the leaders of the future Army.

Dr. Michael Brodsky is part of a visiting science program at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Brodsky, from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory at Adelphi, Maryland, spent the past year teaching a calculus-based physics course to cadets in New York. His class is a foundation for subsequent studies in engineering and science and demonstrates military application and relevance of the fundamental physics concepts.

Brodsky has been part of the academy’s Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, where many of his teaching colleagues are Army officers. They have shared their insights from infantry, armor, aviation, field artillery, engineer and other Army branches. Likewise, Brodsky and previous visiting scientists from the lab have educated their peers on how Army scientists and engineers are operationalizing science to achieve transformational overmatch.

The faculty at the academy said relationships with the civilian technical workforce are invaluable. Brodsky said Soldiers’ perspectives are critical to Army scientists and technologists.

Brodsky joined the laboratory in 2014 to start a research effort in quantum communications and networks. At the time, the DOD recognized the need to build up local expertise in quantum information science, quantum communication and computing across the tri-service labs. Since then, the research program he built has been exploring potential uses of quantum networks and inventing methods and techniques of implementing secure and reliable quantum information transfer. Read more.

A Letter to Army Fans

Dear Army Fans,
During these trying times, we have engaged in critical dialogue on the outlook for college athletics for the 2020-21 season, and we continue to assess where Army West Point Athletics fits into that conversation. I know that you all have questions, especially as the fall sports season rapidly approaches, so I want to share some of our planning scenarios with you.

While the conversation continues throughout the entire sports world, it extends to different boundaries when speaking on behalf of our cadet-athletes. Every decision we make is in cohesion with the Academy's mission to prepare our cadets to be officers in the U.S. Army throughout their 47-month experience at West Point. Unlike other programs in America, our cadet-athletes do not get the opportunity to make up for the lost time in their sports. Our Army needs them to lead platoons of our Nations' sons and daughters, expecting nothing but the best of their newly minted platoon leaders. Recent announcements from athletic conferences around the country have had severe impacts on our fall sports scheduling. Still, we remain committed to finding a way for our teams to compete this year.

With that mission in mind, it is on us as leaders of this institution to do everything to get our athletes on the field, while making safety our top priority. This conversation has led us to evaluate our health protocols throughout the Academy. These assessments will require us to make adjustments to the way athletic competitions are conducted at West Point this fall. Our goal is to be transparent with these protocols and associated risks, allowing our fans to gather relevant information before deciding whether to attend athletic events at West Point (if that is an option). We remain confident that we can present a safe environment for our athletes, coaches, staff, and Army fans.

The United States Military Academy is uniquely equipped to address these challenges. We continuously confer with some of the most seasoned planners in the U.S. Army, led by our Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams. In 2014, he led the United States Department of Defense response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa as the Commander of Joint Force Command-United Assistance. Keller Army Community Hospital, here at West Point, has its own Director of Public Health, which has been invaluable to the implementation of COVID-19 related protocols around the post.

As we move forward with our plans for the fall, we cannot ignore the realities of the current situation and must anticipate that conditions may worsen to the point where competing this year would not be feasible. We have contingencies in place if competitions are canceled or venue capacities are significantly limited. Read more.

Men's Soccer Adds 11 to Class of 2024

Men's Soccer Adds 11 to Class of 2024Army West Point head men's soccer coach Russell Payne strengthened his roster for the upcoming 2020 season by welcoming 11 new members to the squad on Monday afternoon.

The 11-member incoming class was at one point ranked No. 18 in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer.com and features a plethora of talent. The group is comprised of individuals from Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

The Class of 2024

Nick Atkinson | Defender | 5-11 | Raleigh, N.C.
Atkinson, a four-star recruit who ranked inside the top-150 nationally according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, made the trek to West Point from Raleigh, N.C., where he attended Leesville Road High School. At Leesville Road, he was a key cog on the back line for the boys soccer team. He was a member of the Leo's Club as well as the Special Needs Awareness Club (SNAC). At the club level, he played for North Carolina FC, where he served as a team captain.

Drew Clement | Midfielder | 5-11 | Lewis Center, Ohio
Clement arrives on the banks of the Hudson after wrapping up a successful high school career at Olentangy in Ohio. As a member of the boys soccer team, Clement received first team all-region and all-conference honors in 2018 and 2019 en route to being named the team MVP. Following his senior season, he was named the Olentangy High School Male Athlete of the Year. He was a recipient of the Presidential Award and a member of the Principal's Advisory Council (PAC) and Ski Club. Clement played his club soccer for Ohio Premier. Full story.

Stephenson Named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

Stephenson Named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch ListFirstie linebacker Joe Stephenson was named to the 2020 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, announced by the organization on Thursday. Stephenson was one of 114 named to the list for his accomplishments in academics, athletics and in the community.

“This is an incredible and well-deserved honor for Joe,” said Army football head coach Jeff Monken. “He exemplifies the very best of the U.S. Military Academy and Army football. Throughout his career, he has been an outstanding role model on and off the field. Being able to balance the rigors of West Point while being a Division I athlete and making time to give back to his community speaks volumes to the type of person Joe is and why he is very deserving of this recognition.”

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

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

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

The Brodnax, Va., native is a senior linebacker with 25 games under his belt. Stephenson has totaled 19 tackles in his career including eight solo stops. He has assisted in a sack and a tackle for loss.

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

Moore Joins Track & Field/Cross Country Staff

Moore Joins Track & Field/Cross Country StaffArmy West Point Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Mike Smith announced the hiring of Elise "CeCe" Moore to the coaching staff on Friday. Moore will serve as an assistant coach for the men's and women's cross country and track & field programs.

“I feel fortunate that we were able to attract CeCe to West Point,” Smith said. “She is just getting started in her coaching career and comes to us with limited experience but has demonstrated a strong work ethic as a volunteer at Oklahoma and as a full-time assistant at SIU-Edwardsville. I value work ethic and a willingness to learn above all other qualities and it is clear to me that CeCe possesses both.”

During her time at SIUE, Moore led the Cougars to new heights with multiple program records. Under her guidance, the Cougar women's team achieved the highest team finish in program history at the 2019 OVC XC Championships. On the track, Moore helped several athletes post school records and personal bests.

“She was handling the vast majority of the recruiting, coaching and operational tasks at SIUE and had to learn on the job," Smith said. "She appreciates the unique nature of our institution and its mission and will fit in well in the fast-paced environment that is West Point.”

Prior to SIUE, Moore served as a volunteer assistant coach at Oklahoma, where she assisted in the development of Haley Herberg who is the current school recorder holder in the 5k, was a Big 12 runner-up in the 3k/5k and was also an NCAA individual qualifier. She helped guide Sarah Scott to a storied career with the Sooners, as she became Oklahoma's program record-holder in the 3k steeplechase, a 2018 USATF Championships Qualifier, a 2018 NCAA Second Team All-American and the 2018-19 Big 12 Outdoor Champion in the 3k Steeplechase.

As an athlete, Moore started her collegiate running career at Saint Louis University, where she was a member of the track and field team. Her accolades during her time with the Billikins include being a six-time All-Atlantic 10 conference selection. She finished as a runner-up in the 4x800 relay at the Atlantic 10 championship meet twice and claimed third in the 800 meter at the 2016 Atlantic 10 championship meet.

Moore is a three-time school record holder for the indoor 800 and also holds the record for the indoor and outdoor 4x800. She helped her team receive USTFCCA All-America Team honors in 2017 and was also named to the Atlantic 10 Honor Roll and Dean's List. She finished her career with a season at Oklahoma before joining the coaching staff.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Moore graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's in history and a minor in biology from Saint Louis in 2017. 

Life in the Barracks

Life in the BarracksTake a peek into cadet life in the Barracks.

A Chance to Win Tailgate Tickets

A Chance to Win Tailgate TicketsHave some free time? Take part in our 2nd annual Army-Navy Button Design Contest. Entries are due Friday, August 28, and the winner will receive 2 free tailgate tickets. Tailgate details to follow.

New Cadets in Beast Mode

New Cadets in Beast ModeNew Cadets from the Class of 2024 are now in BEAST mode.

It's week one of Cadet Basic Training (CBT) and the group is already learning to move as the Corps. This week they have tackled many physical obstacles which include training over land and water.

You can do it New Cadets! WPAOG will wait to greet you on the other side. View photos.

MAJ Bergman on the M4 Carbine Ranges

MAJ Bergman on the M4 Carbine RangesAmerican Politics Instructor Major Heath Bergman is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of two M4 carbine ranges this summer. Other faculty are supporting the diverse activities required to make the summer successful all-around West Point and the surrounding training areas.

Some Favorite Tracks from the West Point Band

Some Favorite Tracks from the West Point BandEnjoy a few favorite tracks of the West Point Band to tide you over for the week.

The United States Military Academy, 200 Years of Excellence: Volume IV by the West Point Band.

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Davis BarracksDavis Barracks, completed in 2017 is named to honor Tuskegee Airman and Four Star General Benjamin Davis (Class of 1936).

Davis Barracks award winning design and architecture is a massive 287,000 sq. feet, holds 640 beds, and obtained LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. See more.

BG Jebb Stops by the History Department

BG Jebb Stops by the History DepartmentThe Dean of the Academic Board-West Point Brigadier General Cindy Jebb stopped by the Department of history to meet with new instructors and learn how they will teach their plebe course, Army of the Republic, this semester.

First Practice Teach in the Books

First Practice Teach in the BooksThe first practice teach is in the Books for Dr. Henderson and MAJ Eissler. Incoming faculty members execute a series of practice teaches to help prepare them for the academic year. This cohort has the unique challenge of practice teaching three ways: in person, remotely, and in a hybrid setting where half the class is in person and half is remote. It will be a unique year at West Point and we are excited to find new, safe, and effective ways to educate our outstanding cadets.

Cadets Overcoming Their Internal Fears

Cadets Overcoming Their Internal FearsBrigadier General Cindy Jebb Dean of the Academic Board U.S. Military Academy, West Point was out today observing Cadet training. “Our cadets are gaining great confidence as they overcome their internal fears by conquering obstacles on land and water. I am inspired by their ability to look forward toward uncertainty with positivity. Not only are we training individuals, we are also training character through small group conversations focused on diversity and inclusion in our community. Thank you to the faculty members mentoring and guiding the cadets through their CFT journeys. Great work by the whole CST team across USMA and the Task Force.” Said BG Jebb.

New Cadet Marksmanship Training

New Cadet Marksmanship TrainingMAJ Justine Meberg led new cadet marksmanship training on the Plain. The camo nets set up for training recall the tents cadets of the 19th century lived in during their summer encampment in the same area.

Incoming DSE Faculty Hike to Fallen Comrades Memorial

Incoming DSE Faculty Hike to Fallen Comrades MemorialOne long standing tradition on the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) is to have incoming faculty hike Mine Torne Road up to the Fallen Comrades Memorial. This morning, incoming faculty & staff made the journey. It is always a great way to build camaraderie, and the views are always worth the trip. It’s also great to see that everyone was still smiling when they took off their masks for a quick photo at the top.

Gilroy Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Army West Point Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera announced that Shannon Gilroy has been promoted to associate head coach on Thursday.

"Shannon has been invaluable to our young team's success over the last four years," Skiera said. "Her steadfast belief in the potential of our program has enriched our competitiveness and winning culture as a team. Shannon is a phenomenal recruiter and incredible teacher of the game. She has been integral in the development of our offense, draw team and goalies, which are position groups that have been ranked among the best in the nation over the past two years."

Gilroy first arrived at West Point in August of 2016 and joined the women's lacrosse coaching staff prior to the program's second year at the Division I level. Since then, she has been a catalyst in bringing the program to new heights.

"Shannon's commitment to developing leaders of character and leading by example shines through in every aspect of our program that she touches," Skiera added. "She is professional, loyal, competent, and carries herself with the highest integrity. We are so fortunate to have her leading the young women of Army women's lacrosse and could not be more thrilled to see her hard work and dedication recognized with this promotion."

In just four years on the staff, Gilroy has helped develop Army into not only one of the top draw control and offensive units in the Patriot League, but also in all of Division I lacrosse. Over the past three seasons, the Black Knights have finished third in the league in draw controls and inside the top-four in goals per game, while setting program records in numerous offensive categories. During that stretch, the Cadets have also ranked among the top-30 nationally in draw controls per game.

Despite a shortened 2020 season in which the Black Knights were one of just eight teams in Division I with an undefeated record, Gilroy had the Cadets on a scoring tear through the first seven games of the year. On top of carrying a 7-0 record, the Black Knights boasted the nation's top draw control unit after winning 68 percent of their draws. Army had scored in double figures in each of the seven outings while ranking 15th nationally in goals per game (15.29). Read more.

USMA 2024 Takes the oath on the Plain

USMA 2024 Takes the oath on the PlainWatch the live video here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/N58FMGsGbT8

The U.S. Military Academy welcomed over 1200 cadet candidates from every state in the nation over three days from July 12-14. The Class of 2024 includes 286 women, 493 minorities and 18 combat veterans.

Welcome Class of 2024!

USMA 2024 RDay

R-Day or Reception Day was staggered this year to safeguard the health and welfare of all cadet candidates, families, and community members. The days mark the beginning of a Cadet Basic Training and the first day of their transition from civilian to new cadet as a member of the Class of 2024. Each Reception Day cohort carried out the same requirements and tasks that are traditional on R-day. In addition, candidates were COVID-19 tested immediately upon arrival, wore facial coverings, and practiced social distancing.

#USMA2024 is made up of more than 1,220 candidates from every state in the nation, and includes 286 women, 493 minorities, 18 combat veterans and 13 international students.

Welcome and good luck Class of 2024! View photos.

RDay Induction Cuts

RDay Inductions CutsRDay 2020 is complete! Here is a fun look at some of the new cadets who joined the @usarmy team this week!

Dr. Mittal Takes First in Patriotic Virtual 5k

Dr. Mittal Takes First in Patriotic Virtual 5kCongratulations to DSE's own Dr. Vikram Mittal for taking 1st place overall in West Point MWR's Patriotic Virtual 5k with a time of 20:20!

When he isn't busy running 6-minute miles, Dr. Mittal serves as an Assistant Professor and the Systems and Decision Sciences Program Advisor.

11 From Football Named to All-Independent Preseason Team

11 From Football Named to All-Independent Preseason TeamEleven members of the Army West Point Football team were named to the Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent Team, as announced by Phil Steele Magazine on Monday.

"I am very proud of our 11 players recognized on Phil Steele's All-Independent Preseason Team," said head coach Jeff Monken. "We have an incredible group of leaders returning this season who have already helped lift our team to the next level during the off season. I have never been more excited to compete with a group of young men and a team than I am this season with this Army team."

Five Black Knights earned first team status including running back Sandon McCoy, defensive lineman Kwabena Bonsu, defensive lineman Arik Smith, defensive back Javhari Bourdeau and punter Zach Harding.

The second team was made up of running back Artice Hobbs IV, wide receiver Camden Harrison, offensive lineman Peyton Reeder, offensive lineman JB Hunter, defensive lineman Edriece Patterson and defensive back Jabari Moore.

For up-to-date information on Army football, follow the team on Twitter and Instagram @ArmyWP_Football.

Football Welcomes the Class of 2024

Head coach Jeff Monken welcomed the Class of 2024 after three Reception Days this week.

“We are excited and proud to welcome this new generation of leaders into the Army Football Brotherhood...the Class of 2024,” he said. “I know they will contribute to our success this fall and in the years to come. They are a talented group of athletes but are also outstanding students and young leaders who have made the commitment to serve their nation as Army officers. Our staff did a tremendous job recruiting young men of high character from all across the country who are also high-level competitors.”

The Black Knights welcome 77 newcomers to the squad. The incoming class includes 13 from the state of Georgia and eight from Texas to lead the way.

For up-to-date information please follow Army football on Twitter and Instagram @ArmyWP_Football. 

Name Hometown / High School (Previous School)
Aaron Adams West Palm Beach, Fla. / Suncoast
Isaiah Alston Carteret, N.J. / Mater Dei Prep (USMAPS)
Hamilton Baker Daphne, Ala. / Daphne 
Dom Barbuto East Rockaway, N.Y. / Lynbrook
Dayton Baugh Walton, Ky. / Beechwood (USMAPS)
Deante Bernard Albuquerque, N.M. / Sandia (USMAPS)
Sammy Beydoun Canton, Mich. / Catholic Central (USMAPS)
Aaron Bibbins Kennesaw, Ga. / Sprayberry (USMAPS)
Billy Boehlke Cleveland, Ohio . Benedictine (USMAPS)
Tyler Brennan Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Hills (USMAPS)
Jalen Brooks Raleigh, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons (USMAPS)
Trentm Brown Lawrenceville, Ga. / Peachtree Ridge (USMAPS)
Andrew Bruster-Young Norman, Okla. / Norman 
Nikai Butler Fayetteville, N.C. / Douglas Byrd (USMAPS)

Read more.

New Cadets Reporting for Reception Day

New Cadets Reporting for Reception DayIt is day two for USMA Class of 2024! New cadets continue to report over the course of three days for Reception Day, the first day of the 47-month cadet experience.

Good luck to these new cadets as they prepare for Beast Barracks.

Photo by Cadet Angeline Tritschler ’21

2020 Fall Semester Intercollegiate Athletics Competitions Limited

2020 Fall Semester Intercollegiate Athletics Competitions LimitedArmy West Point Athletics announces that competitions for Patriot League sponsored sports will be significantly limited this fall as a result of the league's decision to forego intercollegiate competitions during the 2020 fall semester but appreciate being excepted from this decision.

“I absolutely respect the very difficult but responsible decision made by the Patriot League leadership and our colleagues at member institutions,” said Mike Buddie, Director of Athletics, Army West Point. "While this policy applies to all league sponsored sports, Army and Navy are specifically excepted from this policy based on their unique ethos and the role intercollegiate competition plays in their broader missions to educate and train officers to serve in the U.S. armed forces.

Not only has the U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets returned to the Academy for military summer training and the fall semester, cadet-candidates for the class of 2024 have arrived and are currently beginning cadet basic training.

Decisions regarding competitions for non-Patriot League sponsored sports such as football, sprint football, hockey, wrestling, rugby, gymnastics, and rifle for example, will be made at the institutional level.

“My staff, working in concert with some of the finest military planners in the U.S. Army at West Point, have been working multiple scenarios for months now,” Buddie continued. “Common to every planning scenario designed to allow us to compete this year, regardless of sport, is a mandate that they incorporate a tightly-coupled, holistic approach between the athletics department and the entire West Point enterprise to ensure the health and safety of our cadet-athletes, staff, coaches and loyal fan base remains the top priority.”

The Army West Point football program will lose the opportunity to compete against Bucknell this fall. This comes less than a week after Princeton was dropped from the fall football schedule following the Ivy League's announcement that they would not be competing this fall.

“We are extremely fortunate to have such strong support from our United States Military Academy Superintendent (Lieutenant General Darryl A. Williams),” said Mike Harrity, Deputy Athletics Director/Chief Operating Officer, Army West Point. “Retaining the star competitions against Navy is a tremendous blessing. In football, as an FBS Independent, we have the ability to move forward with plans to compete this fall. The situation across the country, however, is far too fluid to know what our schedule will look like and who will be available to compete in the coming weeks.”

No further decisions will be made regarding scheduling until there is a clearer picture of what college athletics will look like come this fall. Army West Point hopes to have an announcement regarding schedule updates soon.

CBT Cadre Arrives

CBT Cadre ArrivesThe USMA staff set up stations to receive the Cadet Basic Training cadre on June 28 at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School. Arriving cadets checked in, got their temperatures taken, were tested for COVID-19, ate their first meals back at the Academy and received a briefing from the Superintendent and Commandant on how to assimilate during their return to West Point.

Task Force Ramrod to Conduct Cadet Summer Training

Task Force Ramrod to Conduct Cadet Summer TrainingCadet Summer Training at USMA will be conducted differently than in previous years this summer, but one thing remains the same. More than 1,000 active duty Soldiers will be at West Point, taking responsibility for developing and training cadets. This summer’s task force comes from 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Polk, LA, with the main force of Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ramrod. There are currently 785 Soldiers on the installation preparing to run summer training, and that number will swell to more than 1,000 once all auxiliary units arrive. Full story.

CDT Ty Homan ’22 Named Finalist in ASME Contest

CDT Ty Homan ’22 Congratulations to CDT Ty Homan ’22 for recently being named a finalist in the American Society for Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Young Engineering paper contest. Ty submitted a paper related to his work on an independent project involving flow and contaminant dispersion. He will learn where he placed in the contest this November.

Flexibility Key for Planners During Challenges of CST Scheduling

Flexibility Key for Planners During Challenges of CST SchedulingFlexibility is a word not just used to describe the dexterity of a gymnast or a highly-skilled athlete, it also pertains to the mental swiftness and ability to overcome the circumstances of an ever-changing environment that may pose many difficulties for ultimate success.

As the stress of COVID-19 continued to ravage the world during the spring, it also played a role in ruining the initial Cadet Summer Training schedule. The U.S. Military Academy’s Department of Military Instruction generally spends about seven months working and fine tuning to its final means for the cadets to accomplish their Army training tasks through the months of May into August.

However, a planning team of 10 DMI instructors, led by Lt. Col. Adam Sawyer, the chief of DMI’s Military Science and Training, had to scrap and redevelop their original summer training plan in three weeks during late April and May. Within the plan, what generally takes more than three months over the course of the summer to execute is now consolidated into a six-week training timeframe. The new timeframe includes the return of all the cadets and new cadets under an added 14-day controlled monitoring period for COVID-19 for Cadet Basic Training, Cadet Field Training, the new Cadet Leader Development aimed at the firsties, Cadet Candidate Basic Training and Air Assault training. Cadet Leader Development Training was canceled from CST Tuesday.

Sawyer said the preparation within the seven-month process involves synching everything from the actual training schedule to chaplain’s time and the dean’s requirements to submitting the request for the task force and supplemental units who help lead and train the cadet cadre and cadets. But the execution for possible changes began in March with a campaign plan submitted to the superintendent, LTG Darryl A. Williams. Read more.

2020 Football Schedule Subject to Change

The Army West Point Athletic Association recognizes the impact of the Ivy League's announcement they will not participate in intercollegiate competitions this fall. 

“We are saddened to lose the opportunity to compete against Princeton this year, but we understand they did not arrive at this decision easily,” said Mike Buddie, Director of Athletics, Army West Point. AWPAA is not currently announcing any direct changes to the 2020 football schedule but recognizes that adjustments will need to be made in order to fill the previously scheduled matchup with Princeton on October 10.

Over the past few months, Army Athletics has been building contingency plans in an effort to help adapt to the everchanging pandemic. During these unprecedented times, all decisions will continue to require constant monitoring and maximum flexibility while searching for creative solutions to achieve this goal.

The U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets is currently returning to the Academy for military summer training and the fall semester.

The national college sports landscape is continuously changing, and Army West Point will continue to make decisions in the best interest of our cadet-athletes. The priority of Army West Point continues to be the health and safety of their cadet-athletes, staff, coaches and loyal fan base.

“Similarly, our decision to compete this fall is inextricably linked to the mission of the Academy to support the 47-month cadet experience necessary to prepare our cadet-athletes for officership in the most elite Army on the planet,” said Buddie. “Unlike other programs, there is no option for our cadet-athletes to extend or make up for lost time in sports. If we can do so safely, I will do everything within my power to ensure they get that opportunity.”

No further decisions will be made regarding scheduling until there is a clearer picture of what college athletics will look like come this fall. Army West Point hopes to have an announcement regarding schedule updates sometime in the near future.

All current ticket holders for the Princeton game will have their tickets honored for the potential replacement pending any future social distance seating requirements.  For questions, please call the Army Ticket Office at 877-TIX-ARMY or the A-Club at (845) 938-2322.

2020 Special Awards Salute: Bob Beretta

2020 Special Awards Salute: Bob BerettaCoSIDA Hall of Fame Class of 2020

By Tim Volkmann, RIT

I’m convinced Bob Beretta never sleeps.

It’s true.

What other explanation is there? Looking back at everything he’s crammed into a career that has spanned five decades makes your head spin. Go read his bio on the Army athletics website. It would fill five pages of a media guide.

Beretta’s been at the forefront of an industry that looks nothing like it did when he walked through the gates of the United State Military Academy for his first day of work in 1987, helping redefine the role of sports information professionals at the highest levels ever since.

Now Army West Point's Senior Associate AD/Strategic Initiatives, Bob learned a blue-collar work ethic growing up a cannon shot away from West Point in Monroe, N.Y., before crossing the state to study communications and play baseball at St. Bonaventure. He got his first taste of athletic communications as a sports information intern during his junior and senior years before graduating with a degree in communications (as well as graduating with the Bonnies’ all-time saves record).

He had previously met long-time Army SIDs Bob Kinney and Mady Salvani during a summer internship with the West Point newspaper, The Pointer View, and asked about any potential opportunities with the Black Knights when he returned home. Three months later, Bob was hired as the department’s first full-time intern. Six months turned into a year and, before he knew it, he was hired as a full-time assistant. Read more.

Saunders Joins Swim & Dive Coaching Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patriot League Names 203 Black Knights to Academic Honor Roll

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

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

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


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