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The American Society for Engineering Management Club Visits Chick-fil-A

American Society for Engineering Management Club at Ramsey, NJ Chick-fil-A lThe American Society for Engineering Management Club visited the Ramsey, NJ Chick-fil-A location to see engineering management principles in action. Cadets were able to learn about the operational challenges of running a Chick-fil-A restaurant and see production operations and supply chain engineering in action. The owner operator, Mr. Ray Cowan, also shared leadership lessons with cadets that are directly applicable to their future roles in the Army.

CDT Grete '23 Participates in a Simulated Mission to Mars

CDT Grete '23CDT Alicyn Grete ’23 participated in a simulated mission to Mars over winter break at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Hanksville, Utah, and supported by the Stamps Scholars Program. Compared to other simulated Martian environments, MDRS is the most geographically similar to the surface of the red planet. Alicyn’s project, advised by COL Jason Barnhill in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, investigated the ability to train crewmembers to address bone fractures without access to specialist support from Mission Control. The ability to train non-orthopedic specialists to conduct life or limb-saving surgery in low-resource environments could have tremendous impacts for the aerospace medicine field, as well as austere and expeditionary medicine where trained surgeons may be scarce.

CDT Brown '24 and CDT Murphy '24 Join Researchers from the Naval Health Research Center

CDT Luke Brown '24 and CDT Robert Murphy '24West Point Civil & Mechanical Engineering Department majors CDT Luke Brown '24 and CDT Robert Murphy '24 traveled to Camp Lejeune and joined a team of researchers from the Naval Health Research Center to collect data and study the effects of high altitude and cold temperatures on long term training. The cadets are conducting this research as part of an independent study with their advisor Dr. Rebecca Zifchock.

The West Point English and Philosophy Department's Film Forum Attends New York Film Festival

West Point English and Philosophy Department's Film Forum at New York Film FestivalLast semester, the West Point English and Philosophy Department's Film Forum, led by CPT Erika Rodriguez, attended the closing night of the New York Film Festival. While there, they attended a screening of "The Inspection," directed by Elegance Bratton, an autobiographical film centering on his time and experience being a queer man in the United States Marine Corps during the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” period. Following the screening, there was a Q&A with Bratton and the actors.

CDT Justus Gabriel '24 and his Research Team's work Published in 'Chemico-Biological Interactions'

CDT Justus Gabriel '24First-author CDT Justus Gabriel '24, the other nine cadet researchers from the Limbocker Group, and their collaborators from the University of Cambridge and University of Florence were recently published in Chemico-Biological Interactions. Their article was entitled "EGCG inactivates a pore-forming toxin by promoting its oligomerization and decreasing its solvent-exposed hydrophobicity." This research highlights their work in studying the interactions between toxic proteins and small molecules to neutralize biological threat agents. Specifically, they studied melittin, a toxin found in bee venom that forms pores in cell membranes leading to cell death. They found that rationally changing the physical-chemical properties of melittin with natural products could regulate the toxicity of melittin, therein representing a possible approach to neutralize a type of biological toxin.

West Point Nordic Ski Club partners with the Vermont National Guard & US Army’s Biathlon Team

Nordic Cross Country Ski The Nordic Cross Country Ski Team recently partnered with the Vermont National Guard and the US Army Biathlon Team. Nine cadets, led by CDT Sierra Bennett-Manke '25 and MAJ John Georg, DFL German instructor, visited Camp Ethan Allen in Vermont earlier this month. While there, several cadets successfully skied cross country for the first time and every cadet shot a biathlon rifle for the first time. In addition to several hours spent perfecting the art of moving across snow with skis attached to their feet, cadets participated in a relay with the biathlon rifles, practiced double poling in the gym, and received information about workouts to prepare them for upcoming competitions. Many cadets will be racing at Woodford, VT and Lake Placid, NY later in January. Not only did the cadets enjoy the process of learning a new skill, but they also learned the importance of this skill in the Army. Arctic warfare fighting is not a widespread discipline, but it will play an increasing role in future combat. Thanks to donors supporting the Margin of Excellence, cadets have the opportunity to compete in various clubs, such as this, at USMA. Read more.


West Point Parachute Team Competes in the 2022 USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championship

Members of the West Point Parachute Team Over the holiday break, the West Point Parachute Team traveled to Eloy, Arizona to compete in the 2022 USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championship. West Point placed second and third in Nationals Novice Accuracy, while Seamus Fenn '23 led individual medal winners by taking first place in Masters Accuracy. There are 130-plus cadet clubs at West Point including athletic, recreational, academic, religious, hobby, and diversity clubs – something for virtually every interest, made possible by donors supporting the Margin Of Excellence.

Black Knights Wrestling Defeats Queens and Gardner-Webb

Black Knights WrestlingThe Army West Point wrestling team defeated Queens University of Charlotte 52-0 and Gardner-Webb University 20-15 in a tri-dual meet Sunday afternoon. Ethan Berginc '26, Trae McDaniel '26 and Kade Carlson '25 went undefeated in their matches. The Black Knights dominated early on, winning all ten duals against Queens. Army's Tanner Craig '24, Dillon Sheehy '24, Kade Carlson '25, Ethan Berginc '26, Ryan Franco '26, and Trae McDaniel '26 each won their match by pins. In the dual against Gardner-Webb, Ben Pasiuk '24 also won his dual by a pin. Read more.

Rucker '24 Earns Back-to-Back Patriot League Player of the Week Honors

Rucker '24 Army West Point Men's Basketball co-captain Jalen Rucker '24 was named the Patriot League GEICO Player of the Week, marking back-to-back weeks he has won the award. He also becomes the first athlete to win the award twice this season in the league. In three games this past week (2-1 record), Rucker averaged 22.0 ppg, 5.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds. He shot a total of 24-40 (60.0%) from the floor and an impressive 8-11 (72.7%) from three-point range. His highest scoring game of the week with 29 points was in Army's Saturday win at Boston University, connecting on four three-pointers and scoring 11 of his 29 in the final eight minutes to help Army secure the 83-74 victory. On January 9 vs. Colgate, Rucker joined the 1,000-Point Club when he made a three-pointer with 52 seconds left in the first half. Rucker is now the 10th Army player since the 2010-11 season to hit the 1,000-point mark. He is also the 37th Army player of all time to reach the milestone. Read more.

Migault '24 and Gibbs '25 Earn Patriot League Honors

Migault '24 and Gibbs '25Army West Point swimmer Aurelie Migault '24 was named Patriot League Women's Swimmer of the Week for the second time this season and diver Abigail Gibbs '25 was named the Patriot League Women's Diver of the Week for the first time this season, the LEague announced last Tuesday. At the meet against Penn State on January 13, Migault finished first in the 200 breast with a time of 2:14.94 as well as a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.54. The Coppell, Texas native finished first in the 100 breaststroke vs. Bucknell with a time of 1:03.36, Migault also finished first in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.56), and finished first in the 400 free (3:29.56) and 200 medley relays (1:44.94) against the Bison. Gibbs finished first in the 3-meter dive with a score of 289.65. The River Forest, Illnois native also finished second in the 1-meter dive with a final score of 255.30 in the meet against Bucknell on January 14. Read more.

Class of 2024 celebrates 500th Night

LTG(R) Nadja West '82The Class of 2024 finally reached a pivotal milestone during this academic year as they gathered at Washington Hall to celebrate the annual 500th Night Banquet on Saturday, marking 500 days until they graduate from West Point. During the ceremony, the keynote speaker, LTG(R) Nadja West '82, shared some important lessons about leading a team during a crisis and the importance of effective communication and humility. West made it clear that any possible threat can drastically change how the U.S. Army operates, and she used examples such as the pandemic and current worldwide conflicts to underscore the importance of enduring a crisis while instilling confidence in Soldiers to the cadets. “During times of crisis, you must be a leader of character, so your people know that they can trust you when you have to make hard, unpopular choices,” West said. “You have to be transparent so those you lead understand what’s happening and why so they don’t resort to assuming the worst.” West added that a leader has to resonate with their Soldiers and understand the importance of empathy. “You must have the humility to know that you do not have all the answers,” West explained. “You must rely on a diverse team with a wide range of perspectives that are empowered to tell you the truth and are able to respectfully disagree without retribution.” Read more.

Pabellon '26 Earns ECAC Co-Specialist of the Week

Pabellon '26 Army West Point gymnast Maddox Pabellon '26 was named ECAC Co-Specialist of the Week for his performances January 13-14. Pabellon highlighted the 31st West Point Open for the Black Knights, taking home the individual crown on pommel horse with a 14.350 score in the finals. He bested opponents from Penn State, Nebraska, Navy and Springfield to top the podium. The score was a career-best for Pabellon and ranks him second in the NCAA and the top-ranked gymnast in the ECAC so far this season on the pommel horse. He also went on to post a career-best mark on vault with a 14.100 score. The plebe has made his mark on the collegiate gymnastics scene through two weekends; becoming the sixth gymnast in Army history to win the event at the West Point Open and first since 2014. This is the second ECAC honor for Pabellon in as many weeks, after receiving ECAC Rookie of the Week this past Tuesday. Read more.

Firriolo '23 Named Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week

Firriolo '23 Named Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the WeekArmy West Point hockey Firstie Anthony Firriolo '23 was named Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week, announced today by the league. In addition, Senior Associate Athletic Trainer Rachel Leahy was honored by the league as its Player of the Week, for her heroic efforts in Army's contest with Sacred Heart this past week. Anthony Firriolo earns his eighth weekly award across his Army career. Read more.

Rucker '24 Named Patriot League Player Of The Week

Rucker '24 Named Patriot League Player Of The WeekArmy West Point Men's Basketball Jalen Rucker '24 was named the Patriot League GEICO Player of the Week, announced today by the league. Last Thursday (1/5), Rucker exploded for a career high 35 points on 12-16 shooting, including hitting on 6-9 from three-point range to lead Army to a third consecutive Patriot League victory over Loyola Maryland. Rucker, who was playing in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland did most of his damage in the second half where he scored 26 of his 35. Rucker has heated up to start the new year. In the first two contests of 2023 (Lafayette and Loyola), he has scored 56 points, knocking down 10-14 (.714%) from three-point. Rucker now stands at 993 career points, needing just seven points to hit 1,000 in his West Point career. Read more.

Hockey Wins Shootout Against No. 11 Providence

Hockey Wins Shootout Against No. 11 ProvidenceArmy West Point hockey (6-11-3, 5-6-1 Atlantic Hockey) battled No. 11 Providence (11-5-6, 6-5-2 Hockey East) to a 3-3 tie through regulation and overtime, before winning the shootout 2-1. The Black Knights erased three separate one-goal deficits to eventually force the overtime period. Read more.

Abroad Cadets Return Home

Abroad CadetLast week USMA welcomed home 63 cadets that returned from their semester abroad experience. This past semester, cadets representing 14 departments studied at universities and military academies across 11 different countries. Learn more.

CDT Ali ‘24 & CDT Neumann ‘25 Present their Research at the Atmospheric Science Conference 2022

CDT Ali ‘24 & CDT Neumann ‘25 Present their ResearchRecently, CDT Saleem Ali ‘24 and CDT Sebastian Neumann ‘25, had the opportunity to virtually present their research at the Atmospheric Science Conference 2022, which is typically held in England. Under the guidance of Dr. Theodore Hromadka from D/Math and CPT Bryce Wilkins '17, a former Mathlete and currently a data scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Center in Pittsburgh, the cadets examined multiple numerical methods for modeling the Laplace equation, which is used to describe a range of physical phenomena, including steady-state heat transfer, electrostatics, and ideal fluid flow, among others. The presentation featured new optimization algorithms for determining the locations of basis functions used in the overall approximation function. In particular, the presentation focused on an optimized application of the method of fundamental solutions to a demonstration problem of ideal fluid flow.

12 Newest Stamps Scholars Announced

12 Stamps ScholarsWest Point has announced the selection of its 12 newest Stamps Scholars. Stamps Scholars are chosen for their academic excellence, leadership experience, and exceptional character; fewer than 300 are selected from over 300,000 applicants nationwide. Stamps Scholars benefit from a national network of peers and the opportunity to attend biennial conventions and other events where scholars investigate pressing issues and learn from accomplished community leaders. This year’s Stamps Scholars represent 12 academic majors and focus on research that spans a wide range of topics, such as cybersecurity, energy storage and conversation applications, asteroid research, and Indo-Pacific institutions.

CDT Olivia Simone Raykhman '25, Russian/ Terrorism Studies minor

CDT Emily Karen McCallum '25, Space Science

CDT Grant Lee '25, Life Science

CDT Erik Dielman Kolb '25, Computer Science

CDT Katherine Grace LaReau '25, Chemical Engineering

CDT Valentin Vladimirovich Shatilenko '25, Economics

CDT Justus Gabriel '24, Life Science

CDT Zoe Elizabeth Winston '25, Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science

CDT Pierson James Ederle, '25 Mechanical Engineering

CDT Bethany Ann Jablon '25, Human Geography and Applied Psychology

CDT Sarah Shuo Cao '25, International Affairs and Chinese

CDT Brianna Kathryn Brasko '25, Life Science

West Point Pre-Medical Society Receives Hands-on Suture Skills Training

West Point Pre-Medical Society Receives Hands-on Suture Skills TrainingDuring the fall the West Point Pre-Medical Society (WPPMS) received hands-on suture skills training provided by US Army Medical Recruiters. SFC Clint Lawrence (US Army Recruiter; New Windsor, NY Station), SFC David Argaez (Biomedical Equipment Specialist; New Windsor, NY Station), SFC Nickilee Jonas (Combat Medic; New Jersey Station), SFC Kim Pompey (Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist; New Jersey Station), and SSG Bertie Charles (Combat Medic, Brooklyn, NY Station) conducted the training event over the course of the day for 52 members of the WPPMS.

GENE CDTs Elle Bennett ’23, Annesley Black ’23, and Marley Wait ’23 Presented their Research at Different Programs

GENE CDTs Elle Bennett ’23, Annesley Black ’23, and Marley Wait ’23 GENE CDTs Elle Bennett ’23, Annesley Black ’23, and Marley Wait ’23 presented their research at the 2022 Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) & Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) and Operational Energy-Innovation Symposium in Arlington, Virginia. Elle, Annesley, and Marley - members of the Pfluger Research Group - presented three posters related to research under the ESTCP-funded project titled “Advancing Energy Resilience through Demonstrating, Characterizing, and Modeling Anaerobic Co-digestion of Organic Wastes for Widespread Implementation on DOD Installations.” They had the opportunity to present and discuss their research with numerous Department of Defense environmental Leaders, including Mr. Richard Kidd '86, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy & Environment Resilience.

Bard College and West Point Cadets Participated in a Joint Civil-Military Seminar

Students from Bard College and West Point Cadets participated in a joint civil-military seminar on Homer’s Iliad. Led by Dr. Hugh Liebert from West Point and Dr. Rana Liebert from Bard the seminar continued the legacy of the late classicist and beloved Bard professor Bill Mullen, who initiated the Bard-West Point exchange with a joint seminar on Homer’s Iliad in the late 1990s. Special guest lecturers included Professors Daniel Mendelsohn, Emily Allen Hornblower, and Elizabeth Samet.

CDTs Carter '23 and Carfagno '23 Working with Microsoft

CDTs Carter '23 and Carfagno '23 Working with MicrosoftFirstie CDTs Bethany Carter '23 and Alyssa Carfagno '23 from BS&L's Engineering Psychology major conducted a research visit to Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, Washington. CDTs Carter '23 and Carfagno '23 are working with Microsoft on a year-long capstone collaboration to improve dismounted Soldier capabilities.

Cadets Return from Abroad Experience

CDTs Nolan Michels '23, Summer Emblem '23, Jakob Brandsma '24, Jason Fargo '24 and Trenton Douthwaite '24On December 8, CDTs Nolan Michels '23, Summer Emblem '23, Jakob Brandsma '24, Jason Fargo '24 and Trenton Douthwaite '24 were farewelled on front of the entire "Escuela Militar del General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme" in Chile, after concluding their semester abroad experience.

West Point’s Ethics Debate Team Wins the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl

West Point’s Ethics Debate TeamWest Point’s Ethics Debate Team won the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl. They maintain the record for most national championship wins for any ethics debate team in the United States. At the tournament, the team debated complex real-world ethical challenges in the fields of medicine, science, business, law, the military, and politics. The team includes CDTs Charles Batkin '24 (cadet-in-charge), Aaron Calhoun '24, Thomas Demarsico '24, Jacob Foster '23, Megan Nkamwa '24, James Peterson '25, Jacqueline Reagan '25, and Calvin Schilling '26. Their officers-in-charge are Dr. Graham Parsons, MAJ Roberto Santos, and MAJ Jon Thompson. They now prepare for the 2023 National Ethics Bowl this coming March.

CDT Sage Lau ‘23 Presents Research in Maryland

CDT Sage Lau ‘23CDT Sage Lau ‘23 recently presented some exciting results of his research focused on improving analysis of Landsat data. CDT Lau’s '23 work titled “Evaluating Single Sensor Land Surface Temperature Calibration for Landsat” was presented at the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Labs-United States Military Academy (DEVCOM ARL-USMA) Technical Symposium at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

CDT Nolan Wysong '25 Shares his Experiences with Scouts

CDT Nolan Wysong '25West Point CDT Nolan Wysong '25, 19, held the attention of about a dozen Scouts and their leaders November 20 as he detailed his college career at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. From repelling out of a Blackhawk helicopter during camp, to being part of the cycling team on its weekend competitions, to marching in front of a full stadium during the annual Army Navy football game, CDT Wysong '25 painted a picture that appealed to Scout Troop 197, made up of male and female teen and preteens. Read more.

Army West Point Leads the Patriot League Presidents’ Cup Standings

Patriot League Presidents’ CupArmy West Point leads the Patriot League Presidents’ Cup standings at the conclusion of the seven fall sports championships, with Navy, Boston University, Bucknell and Lehigh rounding out the top five in the overall standings. The Black Knights earned 43.75 points toward the Presidents’ Cup during the fall season with second-place finishes in men’s and women’s cross country, and women’s soccer. Army West Point also claimed regular-season titles in men’s and women’s soccer, while tying for first place in the regular season in women’s volleyball. Read more.

Meet the Cadet who Serves as West Point’s Mascot: ‘BlackJack’ the Mule

CDT Nathon Segovia '24 as BlackJackThe first Army mule, according to the service’s records, pulled an ice wagon. “He became a mascot when an officer at the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot decided that Army needed something to counter the Navy goat in the 1899 game between the rival service academies,” the article notes. The mule carries the honor of being the mascot for the entire US Army. That’s what attracted CDT Nathon Segovia '24 to join the BlackJack mascot team at West Point. “We’re the symbol for the entire Army wherever we go,” he told Military Times. “It’s really nice.” CDT Segovia '24 is in his third year at West Point and joined the mascot team as a freshman. He’s now captain of the team. Read more.

ARES Makes Advancement in Journey to Compete in NASA Student Launch Competition

ARES TeamTeam ARES successfully launched its prototype subscale rocket and it’s on track to compete against Navy and Air Force in NASA Student Launch Competition! The results of the launch are critical to the team as the launch is to be deemed successful at the sole discretion of the NASA student launch review panel, where data and proof from the launch will be presented in the team’s CDR. Watch Here.

CDTs Study Microplastics in Lusk Reservoir

CDTs Colton Snodgrass '24, Kyle Bryce '24, and Mackenzie Karnig '24CDTs Colton Snodgrass '24, Kyle Bryce '24, and Mackenzie Karnig '24, along with their advisor, MAJ Missy Moorehouse, are researching the fate and transport of microplastics in Lusk Reservoir. The team conducted multiple plastic cleanups around Lusk Reservoir and is currently tracing microplastics as they move from the shoreline and become suspended in the water column.

CDT Ann Hayes ’24 Conducts Research on the History of the United States Military Academy Forest

CDT Hayes '24As part of her research on the history of the United States Military Academy forest, CDT Ann Hayes ’24 is documenting the biggest and possibly oldest trees of each species. The current big tree champion is a White Oak located on the north side of Route 218 in vicinity of the US Mint. This venerable tree has a circumference of 19 feet 4 inches (232 inches). By applying a species-specific growth factor, CDT Hayes '24 estimates the age of this tree at 369 years, which suggests it sprouted from an acorn in 1653. By this estimate, the White Oak would have already been 137 years old when the United States purchased this land from Stephen Moore in 1790.

Class Of 2023 Cadets Receive Results During Branch Night

CDTs at Branch Night 2022Eisenhower Hall was filled with exhilaration on Dec 1 as Branch Night kicked off without a hitch, with cadets tearing open their envelopes, revealing the document that held the symbol of the branch they will serve as officers. Firsties waited with anticipation as the order was given to hand out envelopes that would determine each cadet’s destiny after graduating in May from West Point. Eisenhower Hall erupted with resounding joy, excitement and cheer at the sight of the document. Read more.

Cadets Display Mettle, Receive Hal Moore Award

Hal Moore Award WinnersFriends and family gathered in the Thayer Award Room to celebrate the well-earned success of Class of 2023 CDTs Skye Williams and William Rankin as they received this year’s coveted LTG Harold “Halˮ G. Moore Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award on Nov. 9 at the U.S. Military Academy. West Point presents the award to the top male and female athletes within their senior year who live up to the bar Hal Moore set throughout his tenure as an officer. Mental toughness, perseverance, a winning spirit and humility are qualities that the cadets must display on top of living by the tenets of the warrior ethos in the Department of Physical Education. Read more.

Cadet Flyfishing Club: Hook, Line And Sinks Navy

Flyfishing ClubThe Cadet Fly Fishing Club was all in to hook, line and sink Navy as it participated in the second annual Army-Navy Flyfishing Competition on the South Branch of the Raritan River in New Jersey in early November. CDTs Caitlin Blevins '23, Brady Foisy '24, Kelly Kruger '23 and Colton Snodgrass '24 made up the victorious team. There are nearly 140 cadet clubs at West Point including athletic, recreational, academic, religious, hobby, and diversity clubs – something for virtually every interest, made possible by donors supporting the Margin Of Excellence. Read more.

West Point Cadet Marley Wait '23 Selected For Marshall Scholarship

Cadet Marley Wait '23Class of 2023 CDT Marley Wait was recently selected for the Marshall Scholarship. She is an environmental engineering major from Macungie, Pennsylvania, and currently serves as the 1st Regimental Executive Officer. “Congratulations to CDT Wait '23 and her mentors. A Marshall Scholarship will elevate her already impressive leadership and research as she continues to focus on complex challenges facing the Army and Nation,” Dean of the Academic Board BG Shane Reeves '96 said. As an environmental engineering major, CDT Wait’s '23 undergraduate research in wastewater treatment and energy resilience enabled her to intern in the Pentagon with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment. Read more.

Army Football Defeats Navy In Double Overtime

Army Navy 2022In front of a crowd of 69,117 at Lincoln Financial Field, Army West Point and Navy met for the 123rd time in Philadelphia, the first time in the City of Brotherly Love since 2019. In the first overtime game in Army-Navy Game history, the Black Knights came away with a thrilling 20-17 double overtime win. Read more.

West Point Finance Club Welcomes Professor Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld for an Evening Guest Lecture

West Point Finance Club With Professor Jeffrey A. SonnenfeldIn November, the West Point Finance Club welcomed the Yale School of Management's Professor Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld for an evening guest lecture. Professor Sonnenfeld detailed his efforts to rally American industry against the Russian war effort and the challenges of coordinating between public and private sector leadership. In addition, Professor Sonnenfeld delivered a moving eulogy of the late Secretary Ash Carter whose extraordinary example of American citizenship and dedication to the national defense continues to inspire.

SOSH Hosts the most recent U.S. Ambassador to Russia John J. Sullivan

John J. Sullivan with West Point Hockey TeamSOSH had the pleasure of hosting the most recent U.S. Ambassador to Russia, John J. Sullivan, for a visit on November 16. Over 180 cadets attended his guest lecture on “Crisis and Change in Europe,” hosted by the International Affairs Forum (IAF). While at West Point, Ambassador Sullivan spoke with SOSH faculty, as well as cadets in the Grand Strategy program, about his time leading Embassy Moscow. A passionate hockey fan, Ambassador Sullivan also took time to meet with the West Point team to share stories about his efforts at “hockey diplomacy” and the role that sports can play in transcending national boundaries.

The West Point Cyber Policy Team Competes in the Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge

Cadet Cyber Policy TeamThe West Point Cyber Policy Team competed recently in the Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge. The team received intelligence scenario updates, wrote papers, and briefed policy options to a panel of judges. Out of 22 teams, including 20 graduate school teams, West Point swept the competition, taking 1st and 2nd place. Thanks to donors supporting the Margin of Excellence, cadets have the opportunity to compete in various competitions while at the Academy.

Cadets Participate in a Simulation Hosted by the Center for International Security Studies at Princeton University

Cadets at Princeton UniversityCadets with the Grand Strategy Program along with Cadet research assistants with the Irregular Warfare Initiative (a joint venture between Princeton’s Empirical Studies of Conflict Project and the Modern War Institute at West Point) participated in a crisis simulation hosted by the Center for International Security Studies at Princeton University. ROTC cadets from Rutgers and Princeton University, along with undergraduate and graduate student Princeton University civilian students, assumed roles as political or military leaders for various actors in the Horn of Africa oriented around the Tigray conflict in Ethiopia. This event was an excellent opportunity to build civil-military relations between West Point, ROTC, and Princeton University, and demonstrated to cadets a real-world scenario of how the military can be used in times of humanitarian crisis.

Judge Janice Rogers Brown Talks with Cadets

Judge Janice Rogers Brown and CadetsThe American Foundations minor, Department of Law, and Domestic Affairs Forum hosted a conversation with Judge Janice Rogers Brown in Kendrick Auditorium. Judge Brown described her career as a judge on the California Supreme Court and D.C. Circuit Court, and how she fell in love with the law while growing up in the segregated south. She also introduced cadets to the major schools of constitutional interpretation.

Cadets Visit Harvard Business School Class

Cadets at Harvard Business SchoolWest Point economics majors enrolled in SS494 “Principles of Finance” had the opportunity to visit a Harvard business school class today, as well as participate in their own case method discussion on “Lupoli Companies: Riverwalk – Making an Impact” - the story of entrepreneur Sal Lupoli Sal's Pizza and the revitalization of Lawrence, Massachusetts. The case stresses the importance of public private partnerships the allocative efficiency of capital markets and how finance helps support sound decision making. The case was combined with a lecture from Arthur Brooks on the importance of leading with happiness.

CDTs Complete CAP Operational Psychology Enterprise at Fort Knox

CDTs Einolf '24 & O'Brien '24 with Dr. Marjorie CarrollPsychology majors, CDTs Tyler Einolf '24 and Taylor O'Brien '24, accompanied by Dr. Marjorie Carroll, had the opportunity to complete a trip section with the Command Assessment Program (CAP) Operational Psychology Enterprise at Fort Knox. The cadets learned about the CAP methodology, participated in the Leader Reaction Exercise, assisted with data processing, and served as rehearsal candidates in the culminating Army Comprehensive Talent Interview. This experience not only helped the cadets develop as future Army leaders but also helped the Army as it prepares to evaluate and select the next group of future battalion and brigade level leaders.

Psychology CDTs Learn from Guest Speaker Dr. Mark McLaughlin

Dr Mark McLaughlin & CadetsCadets enrolled in PL360 Psychology of Elite Performance describe him as one of the best speakers they’ve had, neurosurgeon Dr. Mark McLaughlin, MD, recently shared his perspective on the mental game of conducting brain surgery or being his best when it matters most.

Four Football Players Selected To CSC Academic All-District Team

Four Football Players Selected To CSC Academic All-District TeamArmy West Point Football Players CDT Connor Bishop '23, CDT Peyton Hampton '23, CDT Leo Lowin '24, and CDT Quinn Maretzki '24 have been selected to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team, as announced by CSC today. The award is given by College Sports Communicators annually to the most accomplished student-athletes for academic and athletic achievement each year since 1952. To be eligible for the team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and be a starter or key reserve. CSC's academic team is the longest-running and most prestigious academic and athletic award for student-athletes. Read more.

BSL Hosts the MCEC Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program

BSL MCEC Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership ProgramThe Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership hosted their annual MCEC Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program, which brings high school students from around the world that are a part of a student mentorship program known as S2S to West Point for a week to learn about leadership. These students then go back to their high schools and utilize the lessons they learned while at West Point to better help military children as they transition to new schools after PCSs. This not only helps develop young leaders in communities across the globe, but specifically helps young leaders dedicated to helping military children integrate into local schools around military bases.

Cadets Tour Sing Sing Correctional Facility

Cadets Tour Sing Sing Correctional FacilityPL393 Cadets were provided the great opportunity to tour Sing Sing Correctional Facility to help synthesize course material in a real-world setting. During the tour, they could view cell blocks (living areas), classrooms, and vocational areas, eat in the mess hall and observe how incarcerated individuals live. During this time, they were able to ask the correctional officers questions and reflect on what they learned with the Superintendent, Mr. Capra.

Sociology Program Cadets and Faculty Attended the IUS Conference in Canada

Cadets and Faculty at IUS ConferenceFive cadets and four faculty members from the Sociology Program attended the IUS Conference in Ottawa, Canada to present preliminary research, attend panels, and network with Sociologists currently researching sociological problems within the armed forces. The cadets and faculty were also able to connect with RMC cadets and lead a discussion on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the military. The conference allows for cadets and faculty members to stay abreast of current sociological issues and findings within the armed forces.

USMA Chess Club has Strong Showing at Armed Forces Open

USMA Chess ClubDepartment instructor, CPT Michael Matheny led the USMA Chess Club to a strong showing in the 63rd Annual Armed Forces Open. Twelve cadets played a five-round tournament consisting of Active Duty and Retired service members from around the country representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Space Force. At the tournament, the West Point Chess Club beat the Navy team earning recognition as the "Top Service Academy Team". Cadets from the club also took home awards as 1st place overall, US Armed Forces Open Champion, and 1st and 2nd place for Top Cadet/Midshipman performance. There are nearly 140 cadet clubs at West Point including athletic, recreational, academic, religious, hobby, and diversity clubs – something for virtually every interest, made possible by donors supporting the Margin Of Excellence.

Cadets Attend the Mass Atrocity Prevention Practicum

Cadets Participating in the Mass Atrocity Prevention PracticumIn October, the CHGS and Dartmouth College hosted the Mass Atrocity Prevention Practicum (MAPP). This two-day, crisis simulation, created by a career CIA senior officer, was attended by more than 70 students from West Point, Navy, Dartmouth, Yale, SUNY-Binghamton, and Rutgers. Conducted in a hybrid online format, six mixed, intercollegiate teams were asked to react to a hypothetical flare up of violence on the Israel-Gaza border aggravated by use of a new autonomous weapon. Teams of roughly a dozen students represented the US, UN, EU, Turkey, Iran, and NGOs. Advised by faculty and experts from intelligence, DoD, State, and the NGO world, teams wrestled with imperfect information, limited options, and competing national interests. As the scenario unfolded over twelve hours, the crisis evolved, impacting planning, decision-making, and conflict analysis. The event was bookended by a lecture on autonomous weapons by BG(R) Dave Barnes and a wrap-up by Middle East expert AMB Dennis Ross.

Cadets in HI101 Visit Sites of the 1777 Saratoga Campaign

Cadets in HI101 Visit Sites of the 1777 Saratoga CampaignCadets in HI101 The Army of the Republic: Leading Citizen Soldiers visited sites of the 1777 Saratoga Campaign during the American War for Independence. Cadets visited Ft. Ticonderoga and Saratoga National Historical Park to see the battlefield’s terrain firsthand. Cadets analyzed the strategic, operational, and tactical level decisions of the campaign to see how the Americans won a decisive victory that became the turning point in the War for Independence.

Cadets Travel to DC

Russian History Cadets in DCCadets studying Russian history, along with other history majors travelled to DC to learn more about the Cold War. Before stepping inside The International Spy Museum, Cadets had the opportunity to see the top collection of East German Trabant cars on display during a special exhibition hosted by the Spy Museum. The Trabant was manufactured in East Germany from 1957 until 1991 and remains an iconic symbol of the Cold War in Germany.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield gives Keynote Address to Cadets at SCUSA 73

Ambassador Linda Thomas-GreenfieldAmbassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States Representative to the United Nations, delivered the keynote address for SCUSA 73. The Ambassador shared her insights into American foreign policy with the SCUSA delegates and assembled Cadets, drawing on her 35 years of experience and exceptional service to the Nation as a Foreign Service Officer and senior diplomat. SCUSA leaders presented her with a highly coveted West Point saber to thank her for her support. More than 200 delegates from over 100 colleges and universities worldwide attended. The Class of 1971 endowed the nationally-renowned Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA), making this Margin Of Excellence opportunity possible.

Theatre Art Guild Cadets Invited to Broadway Performance from Arts in the Armed Forces

Theatre Art Guild CadetsRecently the Theatre Art Guild cadets were invited to a one-night-only annual Broadway performance from Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF). AITAF is a nonprofit organization that brings theater to military bases all over the world as an effort to help military members find ways of coping with and expressing their emotions. The show was Fat Ham, which is a modern day take on Hamlet. Actor and AITAF founder Adam Driver gave opening remarks, and the performance was followed by a Q&A session with the cast. During this experience, cadets were able to meet veterans from across the country, engage with Larry Lennox-Choate ’09 who is on the board of directors for AITAF, and enjoy wonderful conversations with first-year drama students from Juilliard. Out of classroom experiences like this are made possible by donors supporting the Margin Of Excellence.

West Point Cadets Named Rhodes Scholars

CDTs Kai Youngren '23 and Margaret Williams '23Two U.S. Military Academy cadets were among the 32 U.S. Rhodes Scholarship awardees named Saturday. CDTs Kai Youngren '23 and Margaret Williams '23 will study at the University of Oxford in the fall of 2023. “Congratulations to our newest Rhodes Scholars and the team that supported them throughout this whole process,” said Dean of the Academic Board, BG Shane Reeves. “I’m thrilled to see the impact that Margaret and Kai will have during their studies at Oxford and throughout their careers in the Army.” CDT Williams '23 is an economics major from Greenwich, Connecticut. Her research and professional objectives focus on international economics. CDT Youngren '23 is a law and legal studies major and terrorism studies minor from Florham Park, New Jersey. CDT Youngren’s '23 research examines the dynamics affecting executive power and foreign policy. His other interests include security studies and writing pedagogy. Read more.

Company Teams Fight, Earn Fall Brigade Titles

Brigade FinalsThe Company Athletics Fall Brigade Championships in soccer, flag football, submission grappling, functional fitness and basketball took place Monday at Daly Field and the Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center. The brigade finalists in company athletics competed in the championships as a part to enhance esprit de corps within the Corps of Cadets. Read more.

USMA Recognizes 2022 fall Sandhurst Competition Top 10 Teams

Fall Sandhurst 2022The U.S. Military Academy held an award ceremony earlier this month to recognize the 2022 fall Sandhurst Competition top 10 teams at Daly Field at West Point. The fall Sandhurst Competition, which took place on Oct. 28-29, was meant to determine the top company teams who will move on to the official Sandhurst competition in the spring. The top 10 teams were in order: 1. D-2 Dragons; 2. H-1 Roothawgs; 3. F-2 Zoo; 4. F-1 Firehouse; 5. E-2 Brewdawgs; 6. A-4 Apaches; 7. G-2 Gators; 8. C-2 Flying Circus; 9. B-4 Buffaloes; 10. C-1 Celts. “These teams have been training extremely hard over the past two and a half months, and more than 400 other cadets were involved in planning and running the individual events,ˮ said CPT Zackary Miller, the officer-in-charge of the fall competition. “It is quite a large operation that we have put a lot of time and effort into planning.ˮ Read more.

Dean Offers MX400 Cadets Expertise In Civil-Military Relations

MX400 CadetsThis academic year at West Point has provided cadets with a deeper appreciation for civil-military relations, and select first-class cadets at the U.S. Military Academy received a special opportunity to engage with the Dean of the Academic Board, BG Shane R. Reeves, in late September. To continue the Dean’s theme for the year “Called to Serve: Military Leadership in a Democratic Republic,” a section of cadets enrolled in MX400: Officership gladly welcomed his thoughts on the current state of civil-military relations and the requirement to build trust between the institution and American society. Read More.

CLD-STEM Attend the AISES National Conference

CLD-STEM Cadets at AISES National ConferenceIn October The West Point Center for Leadership & Diversity in STEM had the privilege of being able to attend the AISES National Conference. West Point - The U.S. Military Academy cadets and faculty helped facilitate demonstrations and instructions on robotics to middle and high school students and faculty from across the country in support of The Boeing Company STEM Day.

USMA Cadet to be Honored at the 65th Annual Laureate Awards, Presented by Aviation Week Network

Aviation Week NetworkCDT Timothy A. B. Widner '23 is from Plano, Texas, and a graduate of Frisco Liberty High School. He is studying mechanical engineering with a focus in aeronautical engineering at USMA, where he is part of a capstone team focusing on the design of an autonomous thermal lance to remove the need for an operator to be physically present. Over the past summer, CDT Widner '23 took on a month-long internship at MIT Lincoln Labs focused on experimentally determining the drag coefficient for various orientations of a specified UAS. He also successfully completed the Army Air Assault School and Cadet Leader Development Training at West Point. CDT Widner '23 is fascinated by aviation and looks forward to a lifelong career in the field. After graduating in May, he is hoping for a commission as an Army Aviation officer and to begin flight school. Read More.

New Approach at West Point has Cadets Attacking Future War Problems

CDTs at AUSAWrestling with legal questions on how to use high-energy lasers to strike low-orbiting satellites and designing and testing a hypersonic rocket test vehicle to cross the 100 kilometer line are key future warfare problems that need solutions. But it is not colonels or generals in the Pentagon or some underground research facility doing the work; it’s cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point piecing the puzzle together. The above scenarios, involving CDT Ashley Clegg '23 and CDT MacKenzie Arns '23 on lasers and law and CDT Josiah Gibson '23 on hypersonics, are only a sample of a list of complex work that cadets now undertake at the Army’s premiere university. Read More.

Chaplain of the German Army Visits USMA and Cadets

Chaplain of German Army Visits CadetsOn Oct 18, the German section hosted a visit from the Chaplain of the German Army. During this visit the Military Bishop of the German Army met with the Dean’s staff (Mr. Brent Matthews), and had a tour of West Point, was a guest lecturer in LG483 (Topic Religion in the German Military and in Society), had lunch in the Cadet Mess Hall, and met with the West Point Chaplain for a discussion on chaplains in both armies as well as a tour of the Cadet Chapel.

International Affairs Forum Attend the German American Conference at Harvard

International Affairs ForumDuring Oct, the International Affairs Forum had the privilege of attending the German American Conference at Harvard at Harvard Kennedy School. Cadets and German exchange officers discussed transatlantic issues including NATO, the war in Ukraine, cybersecurity, and energy independence. The students met with Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s former Vice-Chancellor, Emily Haber, Germany’s Ambassador to the United States, and Kostiantyn Usov, the Deputy Mayor of Kyiv. Mr. Gabriel even joined the students for breakfast to share his thoughts on German-U.S. relations and the war in Ukraine. The IAF delegation was part of a broader military exchange at the conference that included representatives of the Naval Academy and the German Armed Forces University-Hamburg.

USMA Host Annual Debate for the First Time Post-COVID

DebateThe United States Military Academy hosted its annual debate tournament for the first time post-COVID. With 170 attendees, and teams from all along the East Coast participating, the tournament was the largest in the region, reflecting a legacy of excellence at the Academy, the birthplace of college debate. Binghamton University won the Open and JV divisions and Liberty University won the Novice division.

Semester Exchange Program CDTs from Austria Train in the West Point Simulator

Austrian CDTs TrainOn Oct 31, MAJ Frye, German instructor in DFL, led a Cadet Professional Development opportunity for our Semester Exchange Program cadets from Austria. He led the Austrian cadets to the West Point Simulator where they received training to improve their tactical skills and familiarity with US small arms and crew served weapons. Furthermore, MAJ Frye attended the Austrian cadets MS 300 OPORD briefings where the Austrian cadets learned to plan and produce a military order.

The French Forum Travels to Montreal

French Forum in MontrealThe French Forum traveled to Montreal for a cultural immersion weekend. In addition to exploring the city, cadets visited La Grande Roue, hiked Mount Royal, the city’s namesake, and held a club dinner.

Cadets Travel to FDNY HQ in Brooklyn

Cadets Train with FDNYOn Nov 1, over two dozen cadets in the CTC’s Homeland Security course traveled to FDNY HQ in Brooklyn to participate in a crisis management exercise designed & led by the FDNY. The focus of this functional exercise was a simulated cyber-attack impacting Manhattan, for which cadets—as part of an Incident Management Team—were tasked with developing a successful response. This exercise, held each semester for cadets in SS464: Homeland Security & Defense, underscores the important & enduring partnership between FDNY & West Point.

Cadets Visit 9/11 Memorial & Museum

Cadets visit NYPDOn Oct 28, CTC faculty and cadets minoring in Terrorism Studies traveled to NYC to learn about the tragedies of 9/11 and the current threat landscape. The group visited the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, where they gained an appreciation for the profound impact of that fateful day. Following the visit, cadets met with several officials from the New York Police Department (NYPD) Intelligence Bureau who spoke about their mission, interagency partnerships, and their role in countering terrorism.

GENE and GIS Cadets Learn About Hydrographic Surveying Methods

Cadets Learn hydrographic surveying methodsRepresentatives from Keystone Precision Solutions demonstrated hydrographic surveying methods at Lusk Reservoir last week for GENE and GIS Cadets enrolled in EV380, Principles of Surveying. The team collected 3D terrestrial laser scans for portions of the shore using the tripod mounted instrument while the HyDrone R/C catamaran was used to measure echo soundings of depth throughout the reservoir.

Country Artist Michael Ray Trains Alongside Cadets in New Docuseries

Michael Ray and CadetsThe country artist Michael Ray is the first to star in a brand new docuseries called Inside the Base. One episode has Ray dressed in army gear from head to toe as he gives viewers a sneak peek into his adventure from inside West Point. The 34-year-old singer is thrown into the trenches as he learns to demonstrate Cadet skills like having to endure early wake-up calls, the shooting the cannon, and tackling a ton of push-ups. He can also be seen getting over his fear of heights. “Getting able to talk to those men and women and not just young ones but also the higher-ups that have been there, they walked me through when they were in that same position and to see the level of respect that everybody has for each other was incredible,” Ray added. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Claims Trio of Patriot League Major Awards

Men's Soccer Patriot League Major Award WinnersPatriot League Regular Season Champion Army West Point men's soccer claimed three major awards, announced today by the league. Sophomore forward CDT Gage Guerra '25 was selected as Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in goals and points. Freshman defender CDT Max Andrews '26 earned Rookie of the Year while making 14 starts and logging the second-most minutes on the team. Head coach Brian Plotkin was named Coach of the Year in his second season at the helm of Army after leading the Black Knights to their first regular season title in 26 seasons (1996). In addition, Army saw six cadet-athletes earn All-League honors, with the trio of CDT Guerra '25, CDT Cooper Warren '24 and CDT Nick Atkinson '24 on the first team. CDT Max Andrews '26 landed on the second team, while CDT Tomas Hut '25 and CDT Sam Epitime '24 claimed third-team honors. Read More.

Chao & Cadets Highlight Women's Soccer in Patriot League Postseason Awards

Women's Soccer Postseason AwardsArmy West Point women's soccer team regular season Patriot League Championship was highlighted by numerous Patriot League Postseason Awards announced by the league on Friday. Head Coach Tracy Chao won Coach of the Year after leading the Black Knights to their first regular-season title since 2010 . Senior defender co-captain CDT Emma Richey '23 was named Defensive Player of the Year. CDT Lauren Drysdale '23 and CDT Richey '23 were named First Team All-Patriot League, while CDT Dara Murray '23, CDT Kaelan Bradley '25, CDT Lindsey Smith '24, and CDT Sage Strohman '25 were named Second Team All-Patriot League. Read More.

CDT Gough '23 Wins Men’s Cross Country Individual Crown; Black Knights Place Second as Team

Men's Cross Country 2022Army West Point men's cross country CDT Garrett Gough '23 won the Patriot League individual championship while the Black Knights placed second as a team. In the 8K hosted by Bucknell University, CDT Matthew Porter '23 placed fifth to land on the First-Team All-Patriot League Team while CDT Luke Lusskin '24 also landed in the top ten. CDT Gough '23 has run strong throughout his career at the conference meet, previously taking home Rookie of the Meet during his plebe season of 2019. This marks the third straight season that a West Point cadet has been crowned individual champion, with 2LT Marshall Beatty '22 achieving the feat in the past two seasons. CDT Gough '23 posted a time of 24:27.1, leaving eight second between him and second. Read More.

CDT Richman Earns Rookie of the Meet as Women's Cross Country Places Second at Championships

Women's Cross Country 2022Army West Point women's cross country placed second at the Patriot League Championships hosted by Bucknell University on Saturday morning. CDT Charlotte Richman '26 placed third indiviudally, earning Rookie of the Meet and First-Team All-Patriot League honors. CDT Georgia Jones '24 and CDT Joanna Halfhill '25 joined CDT Richman '26 with First-Team selections afrer fifth and sixth place finishes respectively. It marked the third straight season that an Army plebe took home Rookie of the Meet honors, with CDT Jones '24 and CDT Melissa Jachim '25 earning the hardware the past two seasons. Read More.

Men's Rugby Tops Air Force 53-8 at Home

Army vs Air Force RugbyArmy West Point men's rugby picked up a 53-8 victory over Air Force from Anderson Rugby Complex. The Black Knights improved to 7-0 on the season with the convincing win, with the +45 margin of victory marking it the largest of the season. Read More.

Cadets Visit Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Cadets at Sleepy Hollow CemeteryOn October 29th, the Department of History took 11 cadets to visit Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Cadets walked through the home of the Headless Horseman, saw Washington Irving’s grave as well as the final resting place William Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, among many other residents of the 90-acre cemetery. The beautiful fall day allowed cadets to relax as they learned about area’s history. Afterwards, cadets wrapped up the day with dinner in Tarrytown and even a sighting of the Headless Horsemen at the annual Halloween parade.

CDT Drysdale '23 & CDT Talley '24 Named Patriot League All-Academic Team

All-Academic Women's SoccerCDT Lauren Drysdale '23 and CDT Jasmine Talley '24 were named Patriot League All-Academic Team announced by the league Tuesday. CDT Drysdale '23 has a cumulative GPA of 3.617 and is majoring in business management. She has also received the Superintendent's Award for Excellence for being in the top five percent of the class academically, militarily, and physically. This season CDT Drysdale '23 has played in all 18 games, has scored three goals with one assist for seven points inclduing a game-winning goal and is 3-3 on penalty kicks. CDT Talley '24 is majoring in systems engineering and has a cumulative gpa of 3.93. She was a member of the 2021-2022 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. This season she has played in 16 games, has one goal, one assist, and three points. Read More.

NFL Films Features Story of Charlotte Coach and CDT Braheam Murphy '23

Sam Greiner and CDT Braheam Murphy '23Seven years ago, Sam Greiner met CDT Braheam Murphy '23 and two lives were changed. Greiner, the football coach, eventually gained a son. CDT Murphy '23, who was basically homeless, gained a home, a sense of belonging. Together, they did something magical. Greiner coached Harding to the 2017 N.C. 4A state championship. CDT Murphy '23 was named offensive MVP. Harding had not won a state championship since 1953. The story about the bond between coach and quarterback went national right after Harding won, with outlets like CNN telling the story. CDT Murphy '23 got to beat the “Keep Pounding” drum before a Panthers game. Greiner and his wife Connie eventually landed on CBS’ “The Amazing Race.” Read More.

Watch NFL Films video of Army Football player Cadet Braheam Murphy: https://fb.watch/gAL0wDI3A9/

Glee Club Sings at Jebb's '82 Inauguration Ceremony

Glee Club and Jebb '82The Glee Club participated in the inauguration ceremony of President Cindy Jebb '82 at Ramapo College in New Jersey. Now-President Jebb '82 is the former Dean of Academics at West Point and is now stepping into her new civilian role as the first female President of Ramapo. Glee Club sang a few songs at her inauguration alongside Ramapo’s student chorus, Canta Nova.

Bill Ackman has Fireside Chat with the Corps of Cadets

Bill AckmanThe West Point Finance Club was thrilled to host Mr. Bill Ackman this week at our Rockbound Highland Home. Following a tour of Academy grounds to discuss the strategic importance of the fort during the American Revolution, Mr. Ackman joined members of the Corps of Cadets for a fireside chat to deliver wisdom about investing, business relationships, and the American economy. An avid tennis player, Mr. Ackman even joined Army men’s tennis for a few volleys.

Men’s Soccer Claims First Patriot League Regular Season Championship in 26 Seasons

Men's Soccer 2022Army West Point men's soccer battled to a 0-0 draw at Malek Stadium to Lafayette to close out the regular season. Once the final whistle blew, the Black Knights were crowned Patriot League regular season champions with 18 points in the conference (5-1-3). It marked the first time since 1996 that Army won the regular season title. Picked sixth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, Army has suffered just one loss in its final 13 contests en route to the number one seed ahead of the Patriot League Championships. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Advances to Patriot League Championship

Army Women's SoccerArmy West Point women's soccer took down fourth-seeded Lehigh by a score of 2-0 in Thursday night's Patriot League semifinal at Malek Stadium. CDT Lindsey Smith '24 scored the game-winning goal for the Black Knights in the first half, with CDT Brigid Duffy '26 making it a 2-0 contest with her third goal of the season in the second half. CDT Dara Murray '23 provided assists on both of the Army scores, delivering a pair of wonderful services. Read More.

The Center for Leadership & Diversity in STEM Visit Cincinnati

West Point Center for LeadershipIn October, The West Point Center for Leadership & Diversity in STEM was in Cincinnati working with the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative and the West Point Society of Greater Cincinnati to put on a mobile STEM workshop. The students learned about designing structures, then implemented those designs building a bridge that would hold the weight of a pumpkin. Thanks to the West Point Civil & Mechanical Engineering Department and all those that attended for making this such a great event. The Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM (CLD-STEM) relies completely on Margin Of Excellence private funding from generous donors to provide workshops, which have far-reaching effects for underserved future STEM scholars and provides unique leadership opportunities for West Point cadets. The Center is dedicated to attracting and retaining STEM talent for West Point, the Army, and the nation.

CDT Lapin '23 Wins The Army Strategist Association Essay Contest

Lapin '23The Army Strategist Association selected CDT Jacob Lapin '23 as the third place winner of the cadet essay contest. He won for his essay "The Cultural and Linguistic Legitimacy of Chinese Communist Party Repression." At the academy, he is a double major in Defense and Strategic Studies and Chinese.

Cadets Learn About the Importance of Army Space

Army SpaceCadets at USMA are learning the importance of Army space from the Space and Missile Defense’s Space and High-Altitude Research Center. LTC Craig Boucher, director of the SMDC Space and High-Altitude Research Center at West Point, said the center’s mission is to provide space and multi-domain operations education and training and provide operationally relevant space - and missile defense-related research projects for cadets. The center’s role is multi-faceted, but they focus on developing space-aware and space-smart leaders for the Army and the Army’s contribution to the joint force. Read More.

Women's Soccer are The 2022 Patriot League Regular Season Champs

Women's Soccer Patriot League Regular Season ChampsThe 2022 Patriot League Women's Soccer Championship field of six is set, as the League schedule came to a close. The Army West Point Black Knights earned the No. 1 seed in the championship and were named the Patriot League regular season champions after defeating Boston University. The lowest-remaining seed will advance to the semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 3 to play No. 1 Army, while the highest advancing seed will play No. 2 Bucknell. The semifinal round winners will meet in the 2022 Patriot League Women's Soccer Championship Game on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. The host site will be determined by the advancing team with the most overall League points during the regular season. Read More.

CDT Willeke '24 Named CSFL Offensive Player of the Week

Willeke '24Army West Point Quarterback CDT Mikal Willeke '24 was named the Collegiate Sprint Football League CSFL Offensive Player of the Week for the first time this season announced on Monday. CDT Willeke '24 completed 13 of 18 attempts for 255 yards in the 54-6 win against Mansfield on October 21. The Tampa, Fla. native also registered three touchdowns. CDT Sammy Whipple '23 also received honor roll acknowledgment for Defensive Player of the Week. Read More.

CDT Skye Williams '23 is Awarded the LTG Hal Moore Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award

CDT Skye Williams '23CDT Skye Williams '23 from D1 and the current Regimental T Rep has been selected for this year's LTG Hal Moore Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award. Her dedication to the Warrior Ethos and commitment to character is an inspiration to those around her and this award is well deserved. The awards ceremony will occur in the Thayer Award Room in Taylor Hall, at 1300 on Nov 9, 2022 and also at the Army vs. UCONN Home Football Game Nov 19. The Department of Physical Education selects and recognizes two 1st class cadets (one man and one woman) who best exemplify the qualities of LTG Hal Moore (mental toughness, perseverance, winning spirit, humility) and the tenets of warrior ethos in the Department of Physical Education competitive sports and combatives programs. LTG Moore graduated from West Point in 1945. In November of 1965, LTG Moore and his under strength battalion of 450 Soldiers fought and won the first major battle of the Vietnam War against over 2,000 North Vietnamese Regulars.

Cadets Participate in the 20th Annual "A Day in the Life of the Hudson River" Event

Cadets at A Day in the Life of the Hudson River EventCadets from EV310, Aquatic Science, participated in the 20th Annual "A Day in the Life of the Hudson River" event, an annual Citizen Science program that celebrates the Hudson River Estuary and educates participants on its uniqueness. This year, over 200 local students and parents became West Point 'scientists for the day' through the all-day outreach event, with our Cadets teaching the young scientists about the surrounding environment and inspiring them to make an impact. The program is sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and is a means for students to better understand the health of the Hudson River from the Hudson Harbor in New York City north to the Troy Dam in Troy, New York.

Cadets Toured the Target Hill Wastewater Treatment Facility

Cadets Tour the Target Hill Wastewater Treatment FacilityGENE’s Environmental Engineering majors in EV402, Biochemical Treatment, tied their classroom knowledge to real-world application as they toured the Target Hill Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Cadets Tour the Wallops Island NASA Launch Complex

Cadets at Wallops Island NASA Launch ComplexTeam ARES and members of the Model Rocketry Club were given the chance to tour the Wallops Island NASA Launch Complex. While there, cadets learned about hypersonic weapon development as well as the process of launch testing and developing vehicles and payloads! Out-of-classroom opportunities like this visit are made possible by donors supporting the Margin of Excellence.

Cadets Visit Wolf Conservation Center

Cadets at Wolf Conservation CenterGENE Cadets in EV471 Ecology visited the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem, New York, to learn about the ecology and conservation of North American wolves. The WCC is home to 33 wolves as part of the federal recovery programs for the Mexican gray wolf and the red wolf. Cadets learned about the challenges of captive management, the importance of community engagement when reintroducing top predators, and the critical roles that scientists have in the process. Out-of-classroom opportunities like this visit are made possible by donors supporting the Margin of Excellence. 

CDT Donnell '25 and CDT Newman '25 Named Patriot League Diver of the Week

CDT Donnell and CDT NewmanArmy West Point divers CDT Minh Donnell '25 and CDT Isaac Newman '25 were named the Patriot League Women's and Men's Diver of the Week for the first time this season announced on Tuesday. CDT Clara Williams '25 and CDT Alex Edwards '25 also received honorable mention acknowledgment for Patriot League Swimmer of the Week. Read More.

Cadets Engage with Experienced and Professional Negotiators

Behavioral Science and Leadership Cadets on TripThe West Point Negotiation Project conducted a trip section to engage with experienced and professional negotiators across the government and the private sector. On October 3, 16 cadets conducted a day-long engagement with the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU) to understand the role crisis negotiators serve in resolving critical response events in the U.S. On Oct. 4, cadets engaged with Ambassador Roger Carstens '86, the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, and the Hostage Rescue Fusion Cell. During the engagement, cadets discussed building relationships to facilitate negotiations and government processes for negotiating with state and non-state actors. Finally, cadets finished the trip section by meeting Mr. Ron Shapiro at his office in Baltimore. Ron is a New York Times bestselling author and prominent negotiation expert. Ron discussed his processes for a successful negotiation and shared lessons learned from his fifty years of experience as a lawyer and prominent baseball agent. Out-of-classroom opportunities like this visit are made possible by donors supporting the Margin of Excellence.

Asian Pacific Forum Cadets Participate in the Pan Pacific American Leader and Mentorship Conference

Cadets from the Asian Pacific ForumHistory Department instructor, Captain Kevin Zhang led fourteen cadets from the Asian Pacific Forum to Washington DC where they participated in the Pan Pacific American Leader and Mentorship (PPALM) conference that occurred during the annual Association of the US Army conference. At PPALM cadets had the opportunity to interact with senior leaders such as the Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones, GEN(R) Eric Shinseki, and LTG(R) David Huntoon among many others. Cadets also visited many of the museum's housing some of our nation's greatest cultural and historic treasures in the capital, including the aircraft that GEN Benjamin O. Davis, and many other Tuskegee airmen first trained on. Out-of-classroom opportunities like this visit are made possible by donors supporting the Margin of Excellence. 

Cadets Go on Excursion to Southern Kazakhstan

Cadets Studying Abroad in RussiaDuring week 8 of their semester abroad Team Kazakhstan and all the students from the American Counsels RLASP in Almaty went on an excursion to Southern Kazakhstan. Cadets and students spent three full days seeing all that the region had to offer. The group toured Mausoleum Domalak-ana, a historical and religious landmark, the Akmechet Cave, a sacred cultural location known throughout Central Asia, the Aksu Canyon, which gave the cadets a better understanding of Southern Kazakhstan’s geography. They also visited Turkistan, where they visited archeological sites and ancient ruins in the area, as well as the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi which was built all the way back in 1389 and is world-famous as a mass pilgrimage site. This trip was an amazing opportunity for the cadets to connect their linguistic and historical/cultural education, they discussed the significance of the places and things they saw in the target language with the tour guides as well as language partners. Out-of-classroom opportunities like this visit are made possible by donors supporting the Margin of Excellence.

The ARES Team and the West Point Model Rocketry Club Visit the CONNECT After School Program

ARES TeamThe ARES Team and the West Point Model Rocketry Club participated in an exciting STEM outreach event today! Cadets taught students from the Highland Falls Intermediate School CONNECT After School Program simple machines and then launched stomp rockets to further students' understanding of forces and work. USMA ARES and West Point Model Rocketry Club are happy to have successfully impacted over 80 young future engineers during this event. Opportunities like these clubs are made possible by the Margin of Excellence.

Women's Soccer Beats Navy in Annual Star Match

Women's SoccerClosing out their regular season home schedule with the annual Star Match, the Black Knights defeated the Navy Midshipmen 2-0, with goals from CDT Kaitlin Palaian '24 and CDT Kaelan Bradley '25 on Saturday night. Read More.

Cadets Earn Bronze at the 2022 Exercise Cambrian Patrol in the UK

Cadets from USMA's Sandhurst teams traveled to the United Kingdom to participate in the 2022 Exercise Cambrian Patrol, a premier patrolling event held in Wales and hosted by Headquarters 160th Welsh Brigade. Our cadets earned bronze for their performance, and no international team placed higher than silver with some very impressive international units in attendance. There were other U.S. teams in attendance that didn’t finish the exercise. Cadets competed against 1,000 other soldiers from regular, reserve, and overseas military units from across the world. The mission of the patrol is to provide a challenging World Class patrol exercise to confirm and enhance basic training standards and mission capability of soldiers in preparation for future operations.

NASA Officially Recognized Team ARES as Competitor

ARES Rocket LaunchNASA officially recognized Team ARES, along with 30+ other top university teams, as a competitor for the 2022-23 Student Rocket Launch. CDT Pavel Shilenko ‘25 and MAJ Robert Perez ‘10 became certified level 1 and 2 members, respectively, with the National Association of Rocketry making them eligible to compete in the NASA Student Launch Competition. Opportunities like these are made possible by the #MarginOfExcellence. Read More.

Rucker '24 Named To Patriot League Preseason All-League Team

Rucker Preseason All-TeamJunior co-captain CDT Jalen Rucker '24 has been selected to the 2022-23 Patriot League Preseason All-League Team announced on Wednesday. CDT Rucker '24 turned into one of the most prolific sharpshooters in the league during his sophomore campaign last season. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Baltimore native led the conference in 3-pointers made, 3-pointers per game and 3-point field goal percentage. CDT Rucker '24 led Army and was fourth in the conference in scoring with a career-high 17.1 points per game. He ended the season scoring in double figures in 15 straight games, including tying a career-high with a game-high 29 points against Colgate on February 16. He had 11 20-point games which were third-most in the league and his 12 made field goals at Lehigh in the Patriot League Quarterfinals were the most by a Black Knight last season. Read More.

New Approach at West Point has Cadets Attacking Future War Problems

AUSA CadetsWrestling with legal questions on how to use high-energy lasers to strike low-orbiting satellites. Designing and testing a hypersonic rocket test vehicle to cross the 100 kilometer line. These are key future warfare problems that need solutions. But it is not colonels or generals in the Pentagon or some underground research facility doing the work; it’s cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point piecing the puzzle together. The above scenarios, involving CDT Ashley Clegg '23 and CDT Mackenzie Arns '23 on lasers and law and CDT Josiah Gibson '23 on hypersonics, are only a sample of a list of complex work that cadets now undertake at the Army’s premiere university. The work has not-yet-minted Army officers looking deeply at technical and ethical questions and producing solutions, BG Shane Reeves '96, dean of the U.S. Military Academy, told Army Times. The institution continues with its centuries-old basic military leadership and liberal arts education, the foundations for critical thinking needed even more than in the past, he said. “We don’t intellectually coddle them, we can’t afford it,” Reeves said. Read More.

British Officer Shares Wisdom During Kermit Roosevelt Lecture

British Lt. Gen. Sir Ralph WooddisseBritish Army LTG Sir Ralph Wooddissee, Commander Field Army, visited USMA to deliver the 76th annual Kermit Roosevelt Lecture to Class of '24. He spoke about the importance of the American/British alliance in a rapidly changing world. Read More.

West Point Cadets Collab On SOCOM Ignite Innovation Solutions

Cadets at SOCOM IgniteEleven cadets took their academic acumen on the road recently to participate in the 2023 SOCOM Ignite Kickoff at MIT. In all, over 70 ROTC and West Point cadets worked to develop innovative solutions to SOCOM-submitted technical challenges. The event brought together West Point cadets and ROTC cadets from MIT, Harvard, Texas Tech, Notre Dame and several other schools along with officers in the 75th Innovation Command and technical experts from MIT Lincoln Lab. Out-of-classroom opportunities like this visit are made possible by donors supporting the #MarginOfExcellence. Read More.

Golf Claims Star with Win Over Navy

Men's Golf 2022The Army West Point golf team won it's third-straight Star Match at West Point Golf Course with an 7-4 victory after earning 4.5 points in Saturday's singles matches. The Black Knights had a 2.5 - 1.5 point lead heading into Saturday's matches and continued the momentum to earn their fourth Star in the last five matchups. With the win, Army now has a 3-1 lead in this year's Army-Navy Star Series, presented by USAA. Read More.

Men’s Soccer Victorious in Army-Navy Cup XI to Earn Star Series Win

Men's SoccerArmy West Point men's soccer took down archrival Navy by a score of 2-0 in the Army-Navy Cup XI to secure the win in the star series and pick up three points in the Patriot League. CDT Gage Guerra ‘25 and CDT Brandon Bryant ‘25 provided the goals, with CDT Tomas Hut ‘25 notching the shutout with two saves. Read More.

West Point Boxing Team to Face Off Against MA Golden Gloves Team

In honor of Veterans Day the West Point Cadet Boxing Team, will face the Southern New England Golden Gloves Boxing Team on November 19, at the Fall River, MA, PAL Hall. The cadets coach is Jerry Hart '93, a former Golden Gloves champion. The roster consists of 15 females and 18 males. Boxing is a required course for all West Point Cadets, female and male.  Read more.

Sprint Football 40-0 Victory Over Penn

West Point Sprint FootballThe Black Knights soundly defeated the University of Pennsylvania Quakers 40-0 on Sep 30, to improve 2-1 on the season. Quarterback CDT Mikal Willeke ’24 set another season-high in passing with 303 yards. CDT Donovan Mannion ’23 finished the game with a season-high 101 receiving yards, and CDT Traye Carson ’24 finished the night with 122 yards. Read more.

CDT Guerra '25 Soccer Patriot League Player of the Week

CDT Gage Guerra '25Army West Point men's soccer yearling CDT Gage Guerra ’25 has been named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week. CDT Guerra ’25 scored a first-half brace against Boston University, helping Army earn a point on the road. It marks the second consecutive week that CDT Guerra ’25 has earned the award, after scoring five goals across Army's first three conference games. Read more.

Women’s Tennis Claims Three Championship Titles

The Army West Point Women’s Tennis Team wrapped up a successful weekend hosting the annual West Point Invitational, the largest tournament on the East Coast, with CDTs Julia Kelly ’25 and Emma Sy ’26 setting the pace as the Black Knights claimed three championship titles in closing out the three-day invite. Kelly, who had a hand in claiming two titles, teamed with CDT Jenna Sabile ’25 in capturing the B doubles final at Malek Courts, then a few hours later she bested her opponent to capture the C singles championship that was moved indoors to Lichtenberg Tennis Center because of weather. Read more.

Triathlon Dominates Toughman Competition

The West Point Triathlon Club dominated their age group categories and had several place within the overall finishers in the Olympic distance race at the Toughman Triathlon series in Stony Point, NY. All five cadets who completed the long course (70.3 miles) qualified to compete on Team USA next year at the World Championship. The Club was number one in every category for the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Club awards for the year 2022, including top club overall.

Annual Tunnel to Towers 5K

Annual Tunnel to Towers 5KOver 1,000 cadets, faculty, and staff participated in the 2022 5K Tunnel to Towers run in New York City. The event symbolizes Stephen Siller’s final footsteps from the foot of Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers and pays homage to the 343 FDNY firefighters, law enforcement officers, and thousands of civilians who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. This year, Superintendent, LTG Steve Gilland ’90 and Deputy Brigade Commander, Cadet Kai Youngren ’23, led the formation during the run and spoke about the importance of remembering and honoring those who lost their lives on 9-11.

Men’s Swim and Dive Undefeated

Men’s Swim and Dive UndefeatedArmy West Point Men’s Swim and Dive Team dominated UNCW to remain undefeated, now 2-0 in the season. Coming out strong and in many events placing in the top three spots. CDT Sam Wesley ’23 finished first the 200 IM with a time of 1:49.71, first in the 200 Back with a time of 1:47.24, and CDT Evan Yoo ’25 also finished first in the 200 breast with a time of 1:59.72. CDT Jack Pogue ’25 finished first in the 200 butterfly. CDT Minh Donnell ’25 finished first for Women’s Swim and Dive in the 1 Meter dive with a score of 235.15. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Remains Unbeaten in Conference Play

Women’s Soccer Remains Unbeaten in Conference PlayArmy West Point Women’s Soccer battled to a 1-1 draw against Loyola Maryland. The Black Knights used a late goal by CDT Keira Vesy ’25 in the 86th minute of the second half to even the score. Throughout the first half both teams were defensively sound and Black Knights Goalkeeper CDT Sage Strohman ’25 had two saves in the first half. The Black Knights remain unbeaten in Patriot League Conference play with a draw against the Greyhounds. Read more.

Balanced Effort Leads to Fifth Straight Volleyball Victory

Balanced Effort Leads to Fifth Straight Volleyball VictoryArmy West Point Volleyball notched its fifth straight win with a 3-1 victory at Lehigh. After falling in the first set, 25-21, the Black Knights bounced back by winning the next three sets. Army was impressive in the second set, finishing with a match-best .462 hitting percentage while holding Lehigh to a -.037 hitting percentage. Army tied the match at 1-1 after winning the second set, 25-11. Read more.

Cadets Attend SOCOM Ignite Hackathon

Cadets Attend SOCOM Ignite HackathonEleven cadets attended the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ignite Hackathon hosted by the MIT Lincoln Lab, 75th Innovation Command and USASOC. The cadets collaborated with ROTC cadets from 17 other universities to identify innovative solutions to various problems related to data fusion, autonomous vehicles, resource allocation, communications, and batteries. Out-of-classroom opportunities like this are made possible by donors supporting the Margin of Excellence.

Men’s Rugby Soars Over Notre Dame

Men’s Rugby Soars Over Notre DameArmy Men’s Rugby improved to 3-0 on the season with a 45-15 victory over the Notre Dame College Falcons. The Black Knights outscored the Falcons, 45-5, in the final 48 minutes. Notre Dame College jumped out to 10-0 after 29 minutes. Army got on the scoreboard with a try by Nathan Gould, but the Black Knights faced a 10-5 deficit at halftime. The second half was a different story as the Black Knights dominated the second frame. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Takes Down Holy Cross

Men’s Soccer Takes Down Holy CrossArmy West Point Men’s Soccer utilized three second-half goals for a comeback victory at Holy Cross. CDT Gage Guerra ’25 netted two goals to help the Black Knights to a 2-0 start to Patriot League play as Army extends its unbeaten streak to five games. Meeting for the first time since sixth-seeded Army knocked off the Crusaders in last season’s Patriot League Quarterfinals, the Black Knights struggled to find their footing in the first half. Read more.

CDT Bradley ’25 Pushes Women’s Soccer Beyond Crusaders

CDT Bradley ’25 Pushes Women’s Soccer Beyond CrusadersCDT Kaelen Bradley’s ’25 goal with 52 seconds left in the game lifted the Army West Point Women’s Soccer Team to a 1-0 victory over the Holy Cross Crusaders. After a subdued first half with limiting scoring chances by both teams, the Black Knights kicked into high gear in the second half. Army outshot Holy Cross, 21-3, in the game including 15-3 in the second half. Read more.

Simulations & Training Technology Center AIAD

Simulations & Training Technology Center AIADEngineering Psychology sent two cadets on an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) to intern with the Simulations & Training Technology Center (STTC) in Orlando, Florida. The STTC provides the Department of Defense with applied research to develop simulation technologies, build on current simulation knowledge, and understand system of systems environments where human, agent, and teams are involved. The team experienced some of the new technology the Army is developing to include medical canine trainers, artificial wound creation devices for mannequins, and haptic glove tourniquet training. Out-of-classroom opportunities like this are made possible by donors supporting the Margin of Excellence.

Glee Club Training for Fall Outreach

Glee Club Training for Fall Outreach

The Glee Club accomplished 12 hours of training at Camp Buckner in preparation for Fall season outreach performances in Orlando, Ramapo, NJ, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and NYC, in addition to ceremonial duties and taskers at West Point. With an annual turnover of a quarter or more of our members, the Fall Team-Building Practice Retreat is critical to mission success. Cadet leadership planned and executed all operations in support of a successful weekend of hard work and fun!

Cadets Engage with Senior Leadership in Washington

Cadets Engage with Senior Leadership in Washington

The Black and Gold Leadership Forum engaged with senior defense, diplomatic, and Army reserve leaders in Washington, DC earlier this month. These engagements provided Cadets and faculty with invaluable leadership lessons – along with perspective on Army strategy and its reserve components – that will undoubtedly shape their future leadership in the Army and in their journey to develop into strong leaders of character. The Black and Gold Leadership Forum provides Margin of Excellence opportunities for cadets to broaden their understanding of leadership by communicating with leaders from the public and private sectors.

NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei Lectures Cadets

NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei Lectures CadetsIn collaboration with the West Point Department of Physics & Nuclear Engineering, NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei held an evening lecture at Robinson Auditorium to share his interstellar experiences with the Corps of Cadets. During the lecture, Vande Hei discussed themes related to personal courage, overcoming obstacles, and understanding how to distinguish facts from the spread of misinformation. COL John Hartke, Department Head of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, presented a gift on behalf of the department and the academy.

CDT Esterly ’24 Swims the Catalina Channel in 12 Hours

CDT Esterly ’24 Swims the Catalina Channel in 12 HoursCongratulations to Cadet Erica Esterly ’24 for recently swimming 25 miles across the Catalina Channel in 12 hours! she said the intense salt water, the strong currents, and the disorientating feeling from being unable to see land for a long period made it even more challenging than she anticipated, which makes her accomplishment all the more impressive! She truly demonstrates the balance of a strong mind and a strong body!

Fast Start Propels Men’s Rugby Past Queens

Fast Start Propels Men’s Rugby Past QueensThe Army West Point Men’s Rugby team collected its second straight win to start the season with a 28-12 result over the Queens Royals. The Black Knights roared out to a 21-0 lead at halftime. CDT Larry Williams Jr. ’23 opened the scoring with a try at the three-minute mark and CDT Jonny Haley ’23 scored a conversion for a 7-0 lead. Read more.

Football to Square off Against Air Force in Denver 2023

Football to Square off Against Air Force in Denver 2023Army West Point Football will be hosted by the Air Force Academy at Empower Field at Mile High Stadium during the 2023 football season. The announcement was made by the Denver Broncos' public relations department following the team’s 16-9 victory over the Houston Texans. Air Force and Army will play in Denver on November 4, next year. Read more.

Army-Navy Soccer Cup XI Returns to Subaru Park On October 7

Army-Navy Soccer Cup XI Returns to Subaru Park On October 7The Army-Navy Soccer Cup XI will return to Subaru Park for the 11th installment of the storied match on October 7 at 7pm. Philadelphia Union has played host to the Army-Navy Cup since its inaugural match in 2012, with Army currently leading the series at 4-3-3 across 10 editions. Read more.

CDT Warren ’23 Named Midfielder of the Week

CDT Warren ’23 Named Midfielder of the WeekArmy West Point Men's Soccer CDT Cooper Warren ’23 has been named Patriot League midfielder of the week. Warren helped Army to a 1-1 draw at Seton Hall and 2-1 victory to open conference play against Loyola, playing all 180 minutes across the two games. Warren provided the assist on Army’s goal against the Pirates, whipping in a free kick that was finished off by CDT Nick Atkinson ’24 to give the Black Knights a lead. Read more.

Women’s Tennis Continues Strong Start to Fall Season

Women’s Tennis Continues Strong Start to Fall SeasonThe Army West Point Women’s Tennis Team sent two different sets of Cadets to compete at the invitational. The Black Knights dominated the competition, posting a 20-3 record in singles and 9-2 record in doubles. Five Black Knights went 3-0 in singles competition. Cadets Maria Drobotova ’26 and Isabella Brilliant ’26 each went 2-1 in singles play. Read more.

Hockey Selected Sixth in Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Hockey Selected Sixth in Preseason Coaches’ PollArmy West Point Hockey has been selected sixth in the Atlantic Hockey preseason coaches’ poll. The Black Knights are coming off the 2021-22 season which saw them finish third in the Atlantic Hockey regular season standings. Firstie captain CDT Anthony Firriolo ’23 and goaltender CDT Gavin Abric ’24 received votes for the Preseason All-Atlantic team, with Abric landing a vote for Preseason Player of the Year. The Black Knights return to action at home on October 2 at 4pm, taking on Union College at Tate Rink. Read more.

Monken Moves Up All-Time Wins List with Football’s Victory

Monken Moves Up All-Time Wins List with Football’s VictoryWith the 49-10 victory over the Villanova Wildcats, Head Coach Jeff Monken logged his 59th career win at Army West Point, breaking the tie and surpassing the legendary Charles Daly for No. 2 on the Academy’s all-time win list. Monken, now only trails Earl “Red” Blaik (121 wins) in program history. On the afternoon Army dominated by way of the ground game, stacking up 472 total rushing yards, marking the first time since 2019 tailing over 450 rushing yards as a team. Read more.

Volleyball Sweeps Navy In Star Match

Volleyball Sweeps Navy In Star MatchThe Army Black Knights secured a straight-set win over rival Navy in the annual Army-Navy Star Series. The Black Knights showed great resolve, technique, and power as they defeated their archrival in front of an electric crowd. In the opening set, Army trailed 5-1 but scored nine of the next 12 points. The Black Knights continued to add to their lead, eventually forcing a timeout at 16-10 after a kill by CDT Savannah Bray ’24. Read more.

Sprint Football Dominates 72-0 in Season Opener

Sprint Football Dominates 72-0 in Season OpenerArmy Sprint Football came out firing on all cylinders to start the 2022 season vs. Cornell. Army scored 10 TDs, while totaling 530 yards of total offense and tacking on a safety to defeat Cornell, 72-0 at Shea Stadium. Army scored seven first half TDs, totaling 362 yards of total offense to lead, 51-0 at halftime. QB CDT Mikal Willeke ’24 got off to a fast start to lead the Army West Point Sprint offense, hitting WR CDT Devon Brown ’25 for a 15-yard TD for the first score of the season midway through the first quarter. Read more.

Cadets Attend Annual Writing Retreat

Cadets Attend Annual Writing Retreat

Cadets in Vision and Rhetoric recently attended the annual Peter Zhu Writing Retreat. The writing retreat provides respite from the demands of cadet life. During the retreat, cadets have focused time for deep, reflective writing and receive intensive mentorship sessions with faculty and alumni. This Margin of Excellence activity for cadets pays tribute to Peter’s legacy as a leader, cadet, and friend dedicated to helping others.

Women’s Soccer Edges Lehigh at Home

Women’s Soccer Edges Lehigh at HomeArmy West Point Women’s Soccer opened its Patriot League schedule with a 1-0 victory over Lehigh at Malek Stadium. CDT Kaitlin Palaian ’24 provided the goal in the 6th minute for the Black Knights, which proved to be the winner. Kicking off the Patriot League campaign, it was the Black Knights who got out on the front foot at home. CDT Keira Vesy ’25 placed a long pass from her own half into the path of Kaitlin Palaian. Read more.

Cross Country Posts Second Place Finish

Cross Country Posts Second Place FinishArmy West Point Women’s and Men’s Cross Country took home second place at Iona’s Meet of Champions at Van Cortlandt Park. Cadets Georgia Jones ’24 and Claire Lewis ’26 paced the Black Knights with a pair of top-five finishes. Jones made her presence known in her first meet of the season, posting a time of 18:25.3 in the 5k race for a fourth-place individual finish. Army West Point Men’s Cross Country led by CDT Garrett Gough ’23 who tabbed his first collegiate first-place finish.

Women’s Rugby Picks Up Road Win at Quinnipiac

Women’s Rugby Picks Up Road Win at QuinnipiacArmy West Point Women’s Rugby took down Quinnipiac by a score of 24-19 to improve to 3-0 this season. The first half was a defensive battle, with the Black Knights finally breaking through in the 20th minute after great build-up play from CDT Emma Richards-Smith ’23 led to a CDT Codi Butt ’23 try. CDT Alissa Eisenhart ’26 made good on the conversion to put Army ahead, 7-0. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Tops Loyola Maryland 2-1

Men’s Soccer Tops Loyola Maryland 2-1Army West Point Men’s Soccer took down Loyola Maryland by a score of 2-1 at Malek Stadium. Cadets Justin McStay ’23 and Gage Guerra ’25 provided goals for the Black Knights to knock off the defending Patriot League champion Greyhounds. CDT Cooper Warren ’23 stood over the corner and delivered a brilliant ball to the center of the six-yard box, with Justin McStay calmly heading in his second goal of the campaign. Read more.

Cadets Analyze Incredible Civil War Era Documents

Cadets Analyze Incredible Civil War Era DocumentsHistory 101 cadets analyzed incredible primary source documents of the American Civil War in the Special Collections of Bartlett Hall. Some of the sources used for this exercise were letters home from West Point cadets, the Cadet Casualty record by the Superintendent, photos from the war, and Civil War era West Point textbooks.

CDT Theam ’23 Named Patriot League Golfer of the Week

CDT Theam ’23 Named Patriot League Golfer of the WeekAfter finishing second at the Ryan T. Lee Memorial Collegiate Cadet Captain Dragon Theam ’23 was named the Patriot League’s Golfer of the Week. Theam was the top player for the Black Knights throughout the tournament and had two under par rounds to finish at 8-under par. He started out hot with a 6-under 65 with six birdies and he didn’t drop a shot throughout his entire round. He carded five birdies on the second day and only dropped shots on three of the 36 holes played. Read more.

CDT Atkinson ’24 Named to Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week

CDT Atkinson ’24 Named to Top Drawer Soccer Team of the WeekArmy West Point Men’s Soccer CDT Nick Atkinson ’24 has been named to Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week. Atkinson has been a key part of Army’s recent success, helping anchor a backline that has allowed just one goal across the past three contests. Atkinson has played a full 90 minutes in all three games, scoring the game-winning goal against Florida Atlantic before his opening goal against Seton Hall. His three goals lead the Black Knights this season. Read more.

1st and 2nd Regiment Firsties Take IOCT

1st and 2nd Regiment Firsties Take IOCTFirsties from the 1st and 2nd Regiments took one step closer to graduation, taking the Indoor Obstacle Course Test (IOCT) in Hayes Gym. The IOCT is a test of full-body functional physical fitness administered by the Department of Physical Education and considers it to be one of the best evaluations of total body fitness given in the Army. Photos.

Army Football Set for Matchup vs. FCS Villanova

Army Football Set for Matchup vs. FCS VillanovaDespite the rough start Army West Point Football’s offense saw several reasons to be optimistic focused around quarterback duo of CDT Tyhier Tyler ’23 and CDT Cade Ballard ’23 who combined for 13-18 passing for 307 yards and two TDs. It was Army’s first 300-yard passing game since 11/17/2007 vs. Tulsa. RB CDT Jakobi Buchanan ’24 also rumbled for two TDs and now has three TDs on the young season. Read more.

Cadet Captains Receive Centurion Pins

 Cadet Captains Receive Centurion Pins BG Mark Quander ’95, 79th Commandant of Cadets, presented Centurion Pins to 17 captains of Cadet Competitive Club Sports. In the ancient Roman Army, Soldiers were awarded the rank of “Centurion” based on their strength, size and skills, as well as years of dedicated military service. They would typically command legions of 100 men or more. Now, the Centurion Pin recognizes the accomplishments and dedication of competitive club team captains and the student athletic club coordinator and to amplify Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s quote “On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days and other fields will bear the fruit of victory.” Read more.

Men’s & Women’s Soccer Earn 1-1 Draws

Men’s & Women’s Soccer Earn 1-1 DrawsArmy West Point Men’s Soccer drew 1-1 on the road against Seton Hall. CDT Josh Taylor ’23 made nine saves in goal for the Black Knights to limit the Pirates attack. Army West Point Women’s Soccer finished its non-conference schedule with a 1-1 draw at Iona. CDT Kaitlin Palaian ’24 provided the goal halfway through the first half.

Cadets Learn How to Design a Concrete Mix

Cadets Learn How to Design a Concrete MixThe CE483, Design of Reinforced Concrete, lab program uses a hands-on approach to teach cadets how to design a concrete mixture to meet strength requirements and use modern laboratory equipment to measure the mechanical properties of the designed mix. The first three labs of the program include mix design, the tying of a reinforcing cage for a reinforced concrete beam and casting a reinforced concrete beam using their mix design. During the casting process cadets learn the test procedures used for quality control of concrete in the field.

CDT Murray ’23 Named Patriot League Offensive Player of The Week

CDT Murray ’23 Named Patriot League Offensive Player of The WeekCDT Dara Murray’s ’23 four-goal performance in two games has earned her Patriot League Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week award. Dara Murray scored four goals in two games to help Army to a 1-0-1 week. Murray recorded her first career hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Wagner on September 8 Murray to become the first Black Knight in 20 years to net a hat-trick. She scored her first in the sixth minute and added her second goals 35 seconds later. Murray capped the hat-trick with a goal in the 57th minute. Read more.

Three from Men’s Soccer Earn Patriot League Weekly Awards

Three from Men’s Soccer Earn Patriot League Weekly AwardsArmy West Point Men’s Soccer collected three Patriot League weekly awards following its 2-0 week featuring victories over Florida Atlantic and Sacred Heart. Cadets Nick Atkinson ’24 and Tomas Hut ’25 earned their first weekly honors of the season, while CDT Jacob Lee ’26 tabbed his second award in three weeks. Atkinson picked up where he left off last week, scoring a header to break the 0-0 tie against Florida Atlantic on his way to earning Defensive Player of the Week. Read more.

Cadets Meet SECAF Kendall ’71

Cadets Meet SECAF Kendall ’71Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) Frank Kendall ’71, spoke to a small group of cadets about the strategic threat from China as well as the modernization of our own Air and Space forces. The dinner was hosted by John Graham ’87, and MAJ Galliand and CPT Simeroth, USAF scientists assigned to West Point along with select cadets from the Class of 2023 were in attendance. Both Galliand and Simeroth lead cadet project work in Hypersonics.

Women’s Rugby Shuts Down Princeton for 87-0 Victory

Women’s Rugby Shuts Down Princeton for 87-0 VictoryArmy West Point Women’s Rugby took down Princeton by a score of 87-0 to improve to 2-0 on the season. The match marked the first varsity contest between the two after the Tigers joined the NIRA circuit ahead of the 2022 15s season. The Black Knights used a fast start to get out to a comfortable 47-0 lead at the half. CDT Codi Butt ’23 led the way for Army, totaling three tries and a conversion to total 17 points on the day. CDT Cecilia Ollis ’26 and CDT Christina Ellis ’24 joined Butt in scoring multiple tries, each tabbing a pair. Read more.

Volleyball Sweeps Hofstra to Close Out Syracuse Tournament

Volleyball Sweeps Hofstra to Close Out Syracuse TournamentThe Army Black Knights Volleyball Team wrapped up play at the Syracuse Tournament with a 3-0 victory over the Hofstra Pride. Army used a strong finish to take the first set which was the most competitive featuring 10 ties and four lead changes. After Hofstra tied the set at 21-21, CDT Julia Johnson ’25 answered with a kill and Army scored on the next play on an attacking error for a 23-21 lead and closed the set with a block by CDT Allanah Cutler ’24. Read more.

Men’s Rugby Opens Season with Win Over Kutztown

Men’s Rugby Opens Season with Win Over KutztownArmy West Point Men’s Rugby kicked-off their 15s season with a 25-17 victory over the Kutztown Golden Bears. The Black Knights opened the scoring two minutes into the contest. CDT Maxwell Brown ’23 sprinted through the defense for the try, then Army drove the down field and CDT Adam Bazan ’23 scoring a try for a 10-7 lead at the 11:37 mark. CDT Tiaan Mosconi ’24 and CDT Jonny Haley ’24 added a try and a conversion, respectively, to give Army a 22-10 lead at halftime. Read more.

CDT Theam ’23 Takes Second at Lee Memorial

CDT Theam ’23 Takes Second at Lee MemorialThe Army Golf Team shot a 282 (-2) to finish 5-under for the Ryan T. Lee Memorial Tournament at Shuttle Meadow Country Club. Army’s CDT Dragon Theam ’23 finished in second place. Theam was the top player for the Black Knights throughout the tournament and shot a 2-under 69 on the tournament’s second day. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Posts 1-0 Victory Over Sacred Heart

Army West Point Men’s Soccer used a late goal from CDT Joey Hickson ’24 to take down Sacred Heart by a score of 1-0 on the road. The victory gave the Black Knights its second consecutive win as CDT Tomas Hut ’25 tabbed his first solo clean sheet of the season. CDT Jack Meyer ’26 forced a save in the 17th of the first half. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Wagner 5-0

Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Wagner 5-0CDT Dara Murray ’23 notched her first career hat-trick as the Army West Point Women’s Soccer Team ran rampant over the Wagner Seahawks in a 5-0 victory. After a four-game road trip that included two games in Colorado and two against top-25 teams (No. 11 Auburn, No. 25 Samford) the Black Knights returned home, Army wasted little time setting the tone. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Takes Down Florida Atlantic

Army West Point Men’s Soccer picked up its first victory of the season over Florida Atlantic University at Malek Stadium. The Black Knights used a pair of second half goals from CDT Nick Atkinson ’24 and CDT Jacob Lee ’26 to claim the 2-0 win while posting their first clean sheet of the season. It was another unfamiliar opponent for the Black Knights, taking on Florida Atlantic for the first time in program history. Read more.

It’s Branch Week at West Point!

It’s Branch Week at West Point!Representatives from 17 Army branches across the country educate cadets about their respective career fields through displays across the Academy grounds. It’s an exciting time for cadets to think about what type of work they’ll be doing as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. The Class of 2023 will find out their branches on December 1st!

CDT Lara ’24 Named Patriot League Runner of the Week

CDT Lara ’24 Named Patriot League Runner of the WeekArmy West Point Men’s Cross Country CDT Erick Lara ’24 was named Patriot League runner of the week. Lara led the Black Knights to a 28-29 victory over Maine to open the season. His time of 24:50.6 was good for third place overall in the meet and was tops among Black Knights participating. The time was a personal best for 8 kilometers, as Lara’s finish was pivotal to propel Army to the narrow win. Read more.

Women’s Rugby Takes Down Mount St. Mary’s

Women’s Rugby Takes Down Mount St. Mary’sArmy West Point Women’s Rugby claimed a 62-7 victory over Mount Saint Mary’s to open the season at Anderson Rugby Complex. The Black Knights would score 57 unanswered points across the final 70 minutes after facing an early 7-5 deficit. The Black Knights wasted no time hitting the front to begin the 2022 15s season, going ahead 5-0 in the second minute via a penalty try awarded after Julia Riekena was fouled outside the try zone. Army’s lead would not last long, with the Mountaineers finding a seam down the left sideline to score a try and conversion and take a 7-5 lead in the eighth minute. However, the Black Knights were able to answer and never look back, with Gwynn Campos giving the home side a 12-7 advantage less than four minutes later after a Sydney Schaaf conversion. Read more.

Cross Country Dominates in Victory Against Maine

Cross Country Dominates in Victory Against MaineThe Army West Point Women’s Cross Country Team began the season with a convincing win against the Maine Black Bears. The Black Knights posted a perfect score of 15, with Army runners making up the entirety of the top-12 finishers for the meet. The Army West Point Men’s Cross Country Team opened the season with a victory over the Maine Black Bears as well paced by Cadets Erick Lara ’24 and Luke Lusskin ’24, who each tabbed top-four finishes in the race.

Jack Riley Joins Hockey Staff as Director of Operations

Jack Riley Joins Hockey Staff as Director of OperationsArmy West Point Hockey Head Coach Brian Riley has announced the addition of Jack Riley to his staff as the Director of Hockey Operations ahead of the 2022-23 season. “We are really excited to add Jack to our staff,” said Brian Riley. “He has a passion for the Academy and the hockey program having been around them both pretty much all his life. There is no doubt that he will come in and make an immediate and positive impact with both our staff and the cadets.” Jack, a Hobey Baker nominee and Atlantic Hockey All-Conference selection during his playing career at Mercyhurst University, joins the program after most recently serving as an assistant coach at Albertus Magnus College. Read more.

Volleyball Battles at the Black Knight Invitational

Volleyball Battles at the Black Knight InvitationalArmy West Point Volleyball had a slow start to the second day of the Black Knight Invitational dropping the first match 3-1 to Temple but rallied later in the day to take down UConn 3-1. CDT Mackenzie Lynch ’26 was named to the All-Tournament Team after an outstanding weekend producing 51 kills and 11 blocks. Read more.

Class of 2023 Ring Weekend

West Point Class of 2023 Ring WeekendThe Class of 2023 received their West Point class rings at the Ring Ceremony as part of the Ring Weekend festivities. GEN Edward M. Daly ’87, 20th commanding General of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, delivered the keynote remarks at the banquet. Gold from rings donated through WPAOG's Ring Memorial program was used in the class rings, tangibly connecting the Class of 2023 to the Long Gray Line. At the Ring Ceremony, Commandant BG Mark Quander told the Class, “You all are a part of something much greater than yourselves. Your rings are forged from the legacy of 740 West Point graduates. It is a symbol—a bond, a commitment, a legacy.” View photos. See video.

WPAOG is accepting ring donations for the West Point Class of 2024's Ring Melt. The cut-off to donate a ring for their Ring Melt is October 1, 2022. Learn more.

Bold Molds of Rolled Gold...

Bold Molds of Rolled Gold...Since 1835, West Point has recognized First Class cadets, during a ring ceremony to celebrate the accomplishment of reaching their senior year. This tradition will continue tomorrow evening at Trophy Point. This milestone in a cadet’s tenure signifies the prodigious commitment to join the Long Gray Line on graduation day. For the remainder of the year, the ring serves as a constant reminder of the work left to be accomplished leading them toward commissioning. It also signifies a cadet’s past, present and future, both at the academy and impending endeavors in the Army and beyond. Read more.

Army Boxing Tryouts

Army Boxing TryoutsThe Army West Point Boxing Team recently began tryouts. Army boxers endured the tryouts with sprints, bear crawls, and burpees down at Buffalo Soldier field. Take a glimpse of day two.

Civil Engineering Capstone “Kick-Off”

Civil Engineering Capstone “Kick-Off”The Civil Engineering firsties kicked off their capstone projects with a team building exercise. The exercise challenged them to design a K’nex structure capable of holding a 3lb water balloon 14 inches above the table surface with the most efficient strength to weight ratio. As the cadets worked through the exercise, the steps of the Engineer Design Process were emphasized to prepare them to solve the complex problems given in their capstone projects.

CDT Carter ’23 Named AP Preseason All-American

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

CDT Richey ’23 Named Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

CDT Richey ’23 Named Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the WeekFirstie captain CDT Emma Richey ’23 was named Patriot League Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week after her stellar performance in the team’s opening week of the 2022 season. Richey started in the Black Knights’ two matches, totaling 166 minutes of action. She played a critical role in Army’s 1-1 draw with UConn and in the shutout win over FDU. Richey headed in not only her first career goal but the game-winning goal off a corner kick in the cadets’ victory over FDU. Read more.

Cadets Learn Hydrology Rafting the Delaware

Cadets Learn Hydrology Rafting the Delaware

What better way to learn about hydrology than rafting down the Delaware River? Last week cadets enrolled in CE380: Hydrology/Hydraulic Design learned about open channel flow firsthand while rafting down the Delaware River. The cadets also visited Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct, learning about its history and structural components. Some of the cadets even showed off the skills learned in Survival Swimming.

Army Hockey Single Game Tickets Now on Sale

Army Hockey Single Game Tickets Now on SaleWith less than six weeks away from puck drop at Tate Rink, Army West Point athletics has announced that single game tickets are now available for the Army Hockey 2022-23 season, in addition to mini-plan, group and season tickets. The Black Knights home slate features 20 contests, beginning with Union College on October 2. The home schedule includes an exhibition with the Under-18 United States National Development Team on October 23 and a pair of games against Air Force (January 27-28) as part of the Atlantic Hockey Association schedule. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Dominates FDU

Women’s Soccer Dominates FDUArmy West Point Women’s Soccer (1-0-1) captured its first victory of the 2022 season, by downing Fairleigh Dickinson (0-2-0) 2-0. Army had control of the match from the opening kick. The defensive line was stellar only allowing the Knights three shots in the contest, while Army recorded 14 shots in the first 45 minutes, netting two. Read more.

What Falcons Took from ‘Inspiring’ Trip to USMA

What Falcons Took from ‘Inspiring’ Trip to USMAKyle Pitts sat at a large round table, surrounded by USMA cadets. These Black Knights were all football players, hanging on every word, every story the Pro Bowl tight end told over lunch. Having a star player in their midst is a rarity, and the players took full advantage of access to such a genuine and approachable talent. Pitts wasn't the only one holding court. Full story.

Bear Mountain Bridge Boat Cruise

Bear Mountain Bridge Boat CruiseThe Civil Engineering Firsties were welcomed back with a boat cruise to the Bear Mountain Bridge on the Superintendent’s boat. A great night of conversation with members of the ASCE Mohawk-Hudson Section, comradery, and of course the sighting of an amazing suspension bridge.

CDT Fixemer ’25 Named to Preseason All-League Team

CDT Fixemer ’25 Named to Preseason All-League TeamArmy West Point Volleyball was tabbed second in the 2022 Patriot League Preseason Poll while CDT Paige Fixemer ’25 was named to the seven-person Preseason All-League Team. Army received four first place votes and 110 points to claim second place in the poll. Colgate claimed the top spot with 124 points and 12 first place votes, and American in third with 105 points and two first place votes. Read more.

2022 Cow Loan Brief

2022 Cow Loan BriefEconomics hosted its annual Cow Loan Brief to educate Cadets on the terms, conditions, implications, and trade-offs of taking the Career Starter Loan (known as the Cow Loan) offered by USAA. Faculty broke down the financial decision faced by 2nd class Cadets to help them make the best individual choice possible. Approximately 50 Cadets attended in-person and over 400 attended via Teams Live. The Finance Club will be hosting a follow-up event later in the semester to provide individualized counseling to Cadets on how to budget their loans for upcoming major life events.

CDT Carter ’23 Named CBS Sports Preseason All-American

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

Men’s Soccer Selected Sixth in Patriot League Preseason Poll

Men’s Soccer Selected Sixth in Patriot League Preseason PollArmy West Point Men’s Soccer has been selected sixth in the 2022 Patriot League Preseason Poll. Army enters the new campaign coming off the 2021 season which saw the Black Knights advance to a Patriot League Championship semifinal for the first time since 2018. The Black Knights open the season with a pair of road games at Michigan State on August 26 at 7pm. Read more.

Club Night at Eisenhower Hall

Club Night at Eisenhower HallThe Directorate of Cadet Activities hosted Club Night at Eisenhower Hall. There are nearly 140 cadet clubs at West Point including athletic, recreational, academic, religious, hobby, and diversity clubs – something for virtually every interest, made possible by the Margin of Excellence.

Photo: Cadet Noah Murray ’25

Class of 2024 Affirmation

Class of 2024 Affirmation

The Class of 2024 affirmed their commitment to service on August 14, 2022 and took the Oath of Affirmation. Members of the Class of 1974, the 50-year Affiliation class, presented the cadets with commemorative coins to mark the occasion of their affirmed commitment. Ambassador Matthew S. Klimow ’74 was the guest speaker for the evening. “The Class of ’74 links arms with you now and forever—as long as one of us is still standing--in peace and in war. And even after the last of us is gone, we will grip hands with you from the shadows—brothers and sisters in arms—forever part of the Long Grey Line.” - Ambassador Matthew S. Klimow ’74. Photos.

Supt’s Convocation Award Ceremony

On August 11, faculty and cadets were recognized and celebrated for academic excellence at the Superintendent’s Convocation Award Ceremony. This year’s Convocation speaker was GEN(R) Martin E. Dempsey ’74, 37th Chief of Staff of the Army and 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Cadet recognition included the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence (Top 5 percent military, physical, and academic pillars), the Superintendent’s Award for Achievement (Top 15 percent military, physical, and academic pillars), and the Distinguished Cadet Award (3.74-3.79 grade point average in academic pillar, depending on year group).

CDTs Drysdale ’23 & Richey ’23 Women’s Soccer Preseason All-League Team

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

West Point Cadets Take Course on Final Frontier

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

Brigade Wide Corps Run

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

New Cadets Compete in Crucible Events

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

CDT Drysdale ’23 Selected as First Captain

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

USMA Class of 2026 March Back

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

CDT Carter ’23 Named to Second-Team Defense Preseason All-American

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

First Week of Fall Football Camp in the Books

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

Men’s Soccer Introduces Class of 2026

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

Erica Esterly '24 Attempting to Swim 57 Miles

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

Class of 2026 March Out

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

LTG Gilland ’90 & CSM Coffey Award SAMA to NCO’s

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

Army Football Preview 2022

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

Women’s Soccer Welcomes Class of 2026

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

On Rappel! On Belay!

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



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