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CDT Lauffer '21 Keynote Address at "Sketches of Courage"
6/21/2019

Kat Lauffer ‘21 gave the keynote address for the Siegelbaum “Sketches of Courage” Literary and Arts Competition. The award ceremony, honoring the middle school and high school winners of a competition designed to celebrate Holocaust resisters, survivors, and upstanders, took place at the Rockland Holocaust Museum and Center for Tolerance and Education at Rockland Community College. The ceremony was attended by over 50 people from the tri-state area. Kat made a graphic novel on the Polish resistance figure, Witold Pilecki, who, in 1941, volunteered to be arrested by the Nazis to gain intelligence and organize resistance in Auschwitz.

Cadets Learn First Hand of the Velvet Revolution
6/21/2019

Cold War Staff Ride cadets took a break from leading the group and listened to Radek, a Czech tour guide who personally participated as a young man in the 1989 Velvet Revolution that led to the end of Communism in Czechoslovakia. Cadets learned a great deal about the daily struggles of life under communism, ranging from the significant restrictions on human rights to constant shortages of daily commodities like toilet paper and coffee.

Cadets Visit the Belgian Fort of Eben Emael
6/21/2019

Cadets on the Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride traveled to the Belgian fort of Eben Emael to study the German use of airborne forces to capture this fort in May 1940 and how this provided the impetus for the increased use of airborne forces by both sides during WWII. The cadets then traveled north along the route used by the British XXX Corps during their attack out of the Neerpelt bridgehead on 17 September 1944 and analyzed the conduct of XXX Corps and the German forces opposing them during the first two crucial days of the operation. This portion concluded with a visit to a Commonwealth War Cemetery where 220 British soldiers killed during Operation Market-Garden and subsequent operations were buried. This allowed the cadets to compare the memorialization of war dead between the Americans and the British and provided a stark reminder of the heavy fighting endured by XXX Corps in their attacks up what became known as "Hell's Highway."

Cadets Discuss U.S./Vietnam Relationship with COL Teague
6/21/2019

The Vietnam Normalization Staff Ride discussed the military relationship between the United States and Vietnam and the Army’s ongoing humanitarian assistance mission in Southeast Asia with the Army Chief of International Affairs, Colonel Patrick Teague, and a Foreign Area Officer to Southeast Asia, David Bermingham at the Pentagon. Later, they visited the Vietnam Veteran’s Association’s National Headquarters to learn more about their mission and why the phrase "Welcome Home" is of such emotional importance to those who served in Vietnam. Cadets also analyzed the founding of the VVA after Vietnam Veterans found it difficult to find acceptance among more established Veterans organizations like VFW and the American Legion and learned more about the VVA's ongoing role in working to ensure veterans get proper medical treatment and benefits.

Cultural Narratives and Civil-Military Operations AIAD
6/20/2019

Cultural Narratives and Civil-Military Operations AIADAs part of the Cultural Narratives and Civil-Military Operations Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD), Cadets Zoe Contogonas, Monica Seamon, and Amanda Southard completed the Multinational Civilian Military Cooperation (MN CIMIC) Course in Motta di Livenza Italy. The cadets worked alongside officers and NCOs from Greece, France, Italy, Belgium, Norway, Canada, Czech Republic, and Slovenia, as well as three U.S. Civil Affairs personnel.

The training included role playing at a UN Stakeholder meeting, engaging in practice Key Leader meetings within Motta di Livenza, and working on CIMIC-specific reports designed to connect NGOs, Military, and local civilian personnel with the resources needed to help stabilize the exercise scenario. While the exercise itself was valuable in learning how to build rapport in host nations, the conversations had, and friendships made, with their fellow trainees was invaluable to the cadets’ larger understanding of the U.S. Army’s partners around the world.

H.S. Students Two Week USMA Experience
6/20/2019

H.S. Students Two Week USMA ExperienceThe Electrical Engineering Program hosted 115 high school students over two weeks for an immersive experience in engineering and technology. Students were given a briefing on engineering fundamentals and the many different fields in electrical engineering such as power engineering, robotics, and photonics. The brief included live demonstrations of electromagnetism, robotics, and optical telecommunications. Afterwards, students were trained on proper soldering techniques and worked in an electronics lab each soldering two projects of their own: a temperature sensor and a robotic microbug.

Milligan Named Head Softball Coach
6/20/2019

Milligan Named Head Softball CoachArmy West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie has announced the hiring of Cheryl Milligan as the new head softball coach. Milligan brings a wealth of experience in collegiate softball as she was the head coach at Division III Tufts University for 15 years before joining Army's coaching staff last season as an assistant coach. "I am thrilled that Cheryl will be leading our softball program," Buddie said. "Her record of success running a national caliber program and her obvious commitment to developing leaders of character made her a perfect fit for our department." Under Milligan, Tufts became the first team in NCAA Division III history to win three consecutive national championships from 2013-2015.

"I'm very honored to be the next softball coach at Army West Point," Milligan said. "On behalf of our family, I want to thank Mike Buddie, Dan McCarthy, Wen Chang and the entire search committee for their dedication to this program. The future of Black Knight softball is very bright, and I look forward to getting started with our amazing cadet-athletes." The Jumbos played in five of the last eight NCAA Finals in the final eight years of Milligan's time at the helm. Prior to the three straight national titles, Milligan coached the Jumbos into the NCAA Finals in 2009 and 2012 as well. Tufts won four straight NCAA Regional/Super Regional championships (2012-15) and six overall during Milligan's tenure. They earned four New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crowns in a span of Milligan's final five years and 10 in total.

Milligan was named NESCAC Coach of the Year four straight times and is an eight-time recipient overall. Her teams have a combined record of 437-124 for an outstanding .779 winning percentage.

Dr. Kashinski at the 50th Annual APS-DAMOP
6/20/2019

Dr. Kashinski at the 50th Annual APS-DAMOPDr. David O. Kashinski (D/PNE) attended the 50th annual meeting of the American Physics Society’s Division of Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (APS-DAMOP) in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Kashinski presented three peer-reviewed posters summarizing progress made in two collaborative research projects as well as the new “Experimental Methods” course piloted in AY2019-2. The project titled “DFT Calculation of the Renner Coefficient for the Renner-Teller Splitting in the NCO radical: Assessing the accuracy of functional families and basis sets” is a part of an on-going collaboration with ARL-WMRD. CDTs M. G. Suarez, 2LT C. C. Stephens and Dr. E.F.C. Byrd (ARL-WMRD) are co-authors on this collaboration.

Triathlon at the Bear Mountain North Face Ultra-Marathons
6/19/2019

Triathlon at the Bear Mountain North Face Ultra-MarathonsThe Army West Point Triathlon team participated in the Bear Mountain North Face ultra-marathons and had unexpected huge success. The cadets raced in either the 50 km or 50-mile trail run events. CDTs Gabe Fuhrman '21 and Thomas Batt '22 were the 4th and 5th place men overall out of 404 entries in the 50-mile event. CDT Sarah Martin '21 was the 3rd place woman overall out of 463 entries in the 50 km event. This was the first time any of the cadets had run a distance over a 26.2-mile marathon.

USMA Hosts SMDC Instructors
6/19/2019

USMA Hosts SMDC InstructorsThe Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering hosted two instructors from Space & Missile Defense Command (SMDC) for Phases I & II of the 2nd Annual Army Space Cadre Basic Course (ASCBC) conducted as a MIAD at West Point. Thirty cadets and two faculty (GENE and EECS) were immersed in training focused on the operational aspects of Army’s Space Forces by attending briefings, conducting practical exercises, and completing exams on the fundamental knowledge associated with the application of Space-based capabilities across the warfighting domains. Cadet graduates of the MIAD earn the 3Y additional skill identifier (ASI) upon graduation from West Point, and active duty attendees qualify immediately.

CDT Galvan Teaching Self Defense in Nepal
6/19/2019

CDT Galvan Teaching Self Defense in NepalCadet Juliana Galvan, a member of the West Point boxing team taught self-defense to the children at their school in Kathmandu, Nepal. Other members of the team taught and played games with the kids.

Operation Market-Garden Staff Ride
6/19/2019

Operation Market-Garden Staff RideCadets visited the American cemetery and memorial in Margraten, in the Netherlands, and conducted a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of the 8,301 dead and 1,722 missing in action memorialized there. Cadets both received and conducted presentations on several individuals interred at Margraten, including LTC Robert Cole '39, a Medal of Honor recipient and the commander of 3rd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during Operation Market-Garden and MG Maurice Rose, the highest-ranking American officer killed by direct enemy action in the European theater of operations. Through this experience, the cadets received a powerful reminder of the human cost of combat and the sacrifices of those that have preceded them in the profession of arms.

Photo: Wreath-laying ceremony at the Margraten Chapel, with Cadets Noah Aran and Kyle Kovac laying the wreath.

Hurtubise Earns ABCA/Rawlings All-America Honors
6/18/2019

Army West Point baseball saw Jacob Hurtubise selected as an ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I Second Team All-American. The cow became Army's first All-American since Joey Henshaw (second team) and Clint Moore (third team) were honored in 2009. Hurtubise, the 2019 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, littered Army's records book after breaking the program's single-season runs (71), walks (69), and stolen base (45) records. The speedy center fielder set a new Patriot League career stolen base and walks mark with 105 and 141, respectively, as well. The ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I Gold Glove finalists will be announced on Monday June 17. In all divisions, the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Teams will be announced on Wednesday, June 19. The ABCA/Rawlings Pitchers of the Year will be announced Monday, June 24, followed by the ABCA/Rawlings Players of the Year on Wednesday, June 26. First recognized in 1949, the ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans are selected by the ABCA All-America committee, which is chaired by Tommy Raffo of Arkansas State University. Read more.

Giachin, Hurtubise Named ABCA/Rawlings All-Region
6/18/2019

Two cadet-athletes from the Army West Point baseball team have been selected to the 2019 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Region First Team. The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America Committee, which is chaired by Tommy Raffo of Arkansas State University.

Yearling Anthony Giachin and cow Jacob Hurtubise were honored after being named to the first team for the Northeast Region. The two selections marked the second-straight year in which the Black Knights saw multiple cadets honored. Giachin closed out an impressive season in which he finished second on the team with a .316 batting average. The Livingston, N.J., native led the Patriot League with 67 runs batted in, while coming in second in runs (50), hits (74) and sacrifice fly balls (6). The infielder finished with 25 multiple-hit games which tied Clint Moore '09 for a program record. Giachin also set a single-season program record with 25 doubles. He was one of 34 athletes nationwide to be named to the team, and one of two from the Patriot League.

Hurtubise, the 2019 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, littered Army's records book after breaking the program's single-season runs (71), walks (69), and stolen base (45) records. The speedy center fielder set new Patriot League career stolen base and walk marks with 105 and 141, respectively. The outfielder also became the 14th cadet-athlete in Army baseball history to be taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. He was the first Black Knight to be selected since Alex Robinett was taken in the 32nd round by the New York Yankees in 2015. Read more.

Women's Team Handball USATH Champions
6/18/2019

Recently the Women's Team Handball traveled to University of North Carolina to compete in the 2019 College Team Handball Nationals. West Point Gold battled mightily against Penn State and an unexpectedly strong UNC team, improving significantly throughout the weekend. West Point Black beat Penn State and UNC in the first round, beating UNC 24-18 and beating Penn State 28-11. They then played UNC on Sunday in the championship game and beat them 19-14 to gain the title of USATH Collegiate National Champions. In addition, CDT Joy Orr, ’20, is an Academic All-American 2nd Team for her great performance in the classroom.

Army Paintball Returns to the Nationals
6/18/2019

Fifteen cadets from the Army West Point Paintball team travelled to Kissimmee, Florida last month to compete in the National Collegiate Paintball Championships (NCPA). Led by Cadet Jake Gerak, the team made its first trip to the NCPA championships in 5 years. Despite its long absence, the Army West Point Black team made a strong showing, reaching the quarterfinals before being eliminated by the eventual third place team.

The Army West Point Black team was not the only team to compete at the NCPA nationals. The younger players with the team formed the Army West Point Gold team, displaying excellent grit and resilience in the face of much more experienced teams. The team struggled to get into rhythm early on, losing their first two points perennial powerhouse teams Ohio State and Florida Atlantic. However, they regrouped under the leadership of freshman Cadet Calvin Eisenberg and took home wins against Rochester Institute of Technology and Wisconsin-Platteville. In a close match between Army West Point Gold and Wisconsin-Platteville, Army West Point Gold fell behind early and faced a two-versus-four gunfight. Eisenberg and classmate Skylar Franz held the line, evening the odds before ultimately wiping the field clean of Wisconsin-Platteville players to secure the victory. The future of Army West Point paintball is in good hands thanks to the hard work of Eisenberg, Franz, and the strong group of plebes and yearlings on the team.

EXCEL Scholars Program
6/17/2019

CDT Jack Lowe (USMA ’19, Fulbright Scholarship winner) with Dr. Leslie FenwickEarlier this year, the EXCEL Scholars Program celebrated another tremendously successful year with a banquet at WPAOG's Herbert Hall. 2LT Simone Askew ’18, a Rhodes Scholar, introduced Dr. Leslie Fenwick, former Dean Emerita of the Howard University School of Education, who gave an inspiring speech to cadets, faculty, and guests in attendance at the event.

The EXCEL Scholars Program is a Dean’s initiative to promote the personal and professional excellence of high performing cadets from underrepresented groups. This year, the EXCEL Scholars Program graduated five scholarship winners (Marshall, Fulbright, Knight-Hennessy, GEM x 2), and one medical school candidate.

Thanks to donor support of the Margin of Excellence and the Diversity & Inclusion Endowment, the EXCEL Scholars Program is possible!

Pictured: CDT Jack Lowe (USMA ’19, Fulbright Scholarship winner) with Dr. Leslie Fenwick

Happy Birthday U.S. Army
6/14/2019

June 14, 1775 America's Army was founded when our nation's leaders established the Continental Army. Today, the Army is the strategic land power of the joint force, at its core, selfless soldiers. Never wavering. Never faltering. 244 years of defending our great Nation. Happy Birthday, United States Army!!

Nine from Army Football Earn Preseason Accolades
6/13/2019

Nine from Army Football Earn Preseason AccoladesNine members of the Army West Point Football Team have received recognition as members of Phil Steele's 2019 Preseason Independent Team. Firsties Cole Christiansen, Jaylon McClinton, Elijah Riley, Connor Slomka and Kell Walker were selected as first team members. Among the second team recipients were firsties Kelvin Hopkins Jr. and Jaxson Deaton, cow JB Hunter and yearling Arik Smith. In the magazine's preseason forecast, the Black Knights rank second among Independent teams, sitting just behind 2018 College Football Playoff qualifier Notre Dame. Army will kick off its 2019 campaign on Aug. 30 in a 6 p.m. contest against Rice at Michie Stadium. Read more.

Renard First Army All-American Since 2011
6/11/2019

Renard First Army All-American Since 2011Army West Point junior Michael Renard placed 14th in the discus throw at the NCAA Championship, earning him Second Team All-American honors.

The cow posted a personal record distance of 57.28 meters, becoming the first Black Knight to earn All-America honors since Domonick Sylve placed 11th in the 110 meter hurdles in 2011.

The achievement marks the conclusion of a tremendous year for the Army throws program, one that was highlighted by four program records set in the outdoor season.

Renard's achievement in the national event was the first by a discus thrower in program history, and the first All-American performance by an Army thrower since Adam Burke claimed the honor in back-to-back javelin finals in 2003 and 2004. Read more.

125 Cadets Graduate Air Assault School
6/11/2019

125 Cadets Graduate Air Assault SchoolCongratulations to the graduates of the first iteration of Air Assault School here at West Point.

This class had a total of 141 graduates to include 125 West Point cadets, three foreign national cadets, one 2nd lieutenant from USMA Class of 2019, five Soldiers from in and around West Point, and seven Soldiers from Task Force 1st Battalion 28th Infantry Regiment "Black Lions".

Death of a USMA Cadet
6/7/2019

CDT Christopher J. Morgan '20CDT Christopher J. Morgan '20, died due to injuries sustained from a military vehicle accident in the USMA training area. "Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all. The entire community is ensuring that our cadets are being cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually," said LTG Darryl A. Williams, 60th Superintendent, USMA. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family." Morgan, 22, of West Orange, New Jersey, passed away at the scene of the accident. He was a Law and Legal Studies major, and a recruited athlete who was a standout member of the Army Wrestling Team.

Hurtubise Selected by Mariners in MLB Draft
6/7/2019

Hurtubise Selected by Mariners in MLB DraftArmy West Point center fielder Jacob Hurtubise was selected in the 39th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft by the Seattle Mariners.

Hurtubise is the 14th cadet-athlete in Army baseball history to be taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. He also became the first Black Knight to be selected since Alex Robinett was taken in the 32nd round by the New York Yankees in 2015.

The Zionsville, Ind., native joins Nick Hill as the only other cadet taken by the Seattle Mariners.

Hurtubise, the 2019 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, littered Army's records book after breaking the program's single-season runs (71), walks (69), and stolen base (45) records. The speedy center fielder set a new Patriot League career stolen base and walks mark with 105 and 141, respectively, as well. A full draft list can be found Here.

Giachin Tabbed Google Cloud Academic All-America
6/7/2019

 Giachin Tabbed Google Cloud Academic All-America qArmy West Point Baseball saw Anthony Giachin tabbed to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Second Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Giachin closed out an impressive sophomore campaign in which he finished second on the team with a .316 batting average. The Livingston, N.J., native led the Patriot League with 67 runs batted in, while coming in second in runs (50), hits (74) and sacrifice fly balls (6).

The Mechanical Engineering major currently holds a 4.04 cumulative GPA and was one of just three yearlings named to the first or second team. He has achieved over a 4.0 GPA during two of his three semesters, while earning four-straight Dean's List acknowledgments. He was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-Patriot League Team as well. The infielder finished with 25 multiple-hit games which tied Clint Moore '09 for a program record. Giachin also set a single-season program record with 25 doubles. He was one of 34 athletes nationwide to be named to the team, and one of two from the Patriot League. The 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division I Baseball Teams feature 15 members with a 4.0 GPA or higher and 26 members with at least a 3.90 GPA as either undergraduate or graduate student-athletes. The 12 members on the first team have an average GPA of 3.98. Read more.

Cook Places 19th at NCAA Championships
6/7/2019

Cook Places 19th at NCAA ChampionshipsArmy West Point yearling August Cook competed in the javelin finals at the NCAA Championships this past Wednesday.

The yearling posted a 65.82 meter best, which placed him 19th.

Cook competed in last year's final and posted a 61.10 meter distance to cap his rookie campaign. 

Cadets on the Vietnam Normalization Staff Ride
6/5/2019

Cadets on the Vietnam Normalization Staff RideThe Vietnam Normalization Staff Ride met with Ann Mills-Griffiths, the Chairman of the Board and CEO of the National League of POW/MIA Families, Joe Davis, the Director of Communications, Publications & Public Affairs for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Joe and Lynda Zengerle '64 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They had a full day discussing the issues of POWs and MIAs, the mission of the VFW, and the genesis, construction of the Wall, and what it means to Americans today.

Scanning of a Scaled Model of Ancho Canyon
6/5/2019

Scanning of a Scaled Model of Ancho CanyonThe patient looks a little blue? (L-R) CDT Gabe Fuhrman, COL Mike Benson, CDT Ty Homan, and Dr. Chris Elkins (l to r) prepare to conduct a scan of a scaled model of Ancho Canyon, NM in a medical MRI machine at Stanford University. The project helped the team and researchers better understand how potentially dangerous contaminants spread in a natural environment.

CLS Class of 2019 Awards Ceremony
6/5/2019

CLS Class of 2019 Awards CeremonyChemistry and Life Science (CLS) held its Department Awards Ceremony for the Class of 2019 Graduates in the Class of 1985 Auditorium, Bartlett Hall. Department Head, COL F. John Burpo, handed out several coins, certificates, and awards to cadets majoring in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Life Science. Notably, the Zhu family dedicated and presented the inaugural Peter L. Zhu Excellence Life Science Award to the top graduating cadet majoring in Life Science, Natalie Nepa.

Awardees: Excellence in General Chemistry Award: Cadet William Pickell ('21) Brigadier General James H. Ramsden Award: Kenji Onaka ('19) National Organization of the American Legion Award: Jesse Palmer ('19) Receiving Various Awards: Ross Poulin, Grant Hall, Daniel Schell, Jesse Palmer, Madeline Ryu, Emily Traynor, Andrew Gilbert Honors Graduates: Alexander Belardo-Flowers, Kenneth Brinson, Jack Bui, Luke Eckstein, Jacob Fryer, Grant Hall, Charles Keith, Galen Kreutzberger, Maya Kuang, Natalie Nepa, Kenji Onaka, Jesse Palmer, Miguel Pantano, Dowon Park, Madeline Ryu, Daniel Schell, Graham Shopshire, Emily Traynor, Sydney Volenec, Thomas Weiss, and Daniel Whitfield. Recognized with Coins: WPPMS Staff: Cadets James Albright (President), Kajol Maheshwari (VP), Matthew McDonough (Treasurer) AICES Staff: Cadets Robert Niehof (President), Sarah Schwarzman (VP), Luke Eckstein (Secretary).

The Cold War Staff Ride
6/5/2019

The Cold War Staff RideThe USMA Cold War Staff Ride cadets traveled by train to Prague. There they toured sites like the Lennon Wall, painted to memorialize the assassinated western icon John Lennon. They discussed the way a simple act of graffiti came to represent a major turning point in the Czech anti-Soviet movement of the 1980s.

Women's Rugby Capture Runner-Up at CRC's
6/4/2019

Buddie to Lead Army West Point AthleticsThe Army West Women's Rugby Team took another huge step forward in its program progression over the weekend, as the Black Knights made it to the final of the Collegiate Rugby Championships, before falling to Lindenwood, 34-12. "Great experience all-around, and the great thing is, they're all back next year," said Assistant Coach Steve Lewis. Army opened up the day against top-seed Penn State in the semifinal round. The Nittany Lions struck first in the second minute with a try, but after that it was all Army. Tournament MVP Sam Sullivan scored back-to-back tries in the first half to send the Cadets into halftime with a 10-5 lead.

Plebe Naomi Colin would extend the lead to 17-5 with a try of her own to open the second half. Sullivan made it a hat-trick in the 12th minute, and after Bayleigh Gable's second conversion made it 24-5, the Black Knights could taste victory. Penn State would score in the final seconds to make it a 24-12 final. The final saw the Black Knights take on defending National Champion Lindenwood. The Lions had yet to surrender a point heading into the final and looked poised to give Army all they had. Lindenwood opened up the scoring on the opening possession to set the tempo. Eleanor Burnett broke the Lions scoreless streak in the fourth minute when she crossed the try line to make it 7-5. After some back-and-forth action, Lindenwood would add two more quick tries in the final seconds of the opening half to go into the locker room leading 17-5. Read more.

Smith, Posillico Earn Regional Coaching Honors
6/4/2019

Buddie to Lead Army West Point AthleticsThe U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Friday that Army West Point Track and Field head coach Mike Smith and assistant coach Angelo Posillico have earned regional awards for the outdoor season. Smith was named the Northeast Region Head Coach of the Year after leading the Black Knights to the number one ranking in the region. The fifth-year coach also received the honor after the team's Patriot League Championship winning indoor season. Posillico was honored as the region's top assistant coach, earning Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year recognition.

In his second year at Army, he helped guide yearling August Cook and cow Michael Renard to the NCAA Championships. Army throwers reset school records in the shot, discus and javelin this season and scored 73 points as a group at the Patriot League Championships, including a school and meet record in the javelin at 72.45m. Plebe Jamir Gibson ranks top-25 in NCAA discus with a school record 58.64m. Overall, Posillico had eight throwers (11 entries in total) advance to the NCAA Prelims, the most of any gender by a throws squad. Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.

Buddie to Lead Army West Point Athletics
5/31/2019

Buddie to Lead Army West Point AthleticsUnited States Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams officially announced Mike Buddie as the academy's athletic director to lead West Point's intercollegiate athletic department. "Mike has a proven track record in leading organizations and developing teams," said Williams. "He exemplifies the ideals of this institution and he knows how to win in accordance with our values." The nation-wide search by the Army West Point Athletics Association in conjunction with Collegiate Sports Associates resulted in the selection of a director who embodies Army values to sustain a winning culture while educating, training and inspiring the next generation of Army officers.

Buddie arrives at West Point from Furman after leading the Paladins to a major resurgence on and off the field. He negotiated a multi-year partnership with Nike, produced the department's first balanced budget and spearheaded an effort to bring the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament back to upstate South Carolina in 2017, while also landing two future tournament stops. He also secured several major financial gifts, including a trio of $1 million dollar endowments in support of the football and volleyball programs. Under Buddie's leadership, the Paladins won 26 Southern Conference Championships and most recently a 73rd place finish among 294 NCAA Division I qualifying schools in Learfield Sports' Director's Cup competitions in 2018. Read more.

Three Cadets Named Academic All-District
5/31/2019

Three Cadets Named Academic All-DistrictCollege Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has announced that three members of the Army West Point track and field program have been selected to the 2018-19 Google Cloud Division I Academic All-District Track and Field/Cross Country Teams. Cow Lynne Mooradian of the women's track and field team and cows Ben Petrella and Jackson Sullivan of the men's track and field team were among the 10 individuals selected for each of their sports in District 1 (N.Y., Conn., Mass., Maine, N.H., R.I., Vt.) Mooradian has been no stranger to academic honors this year, as she was named the Patriot League Indoor and Outdoor Track & FIeld Scholar Athlete of the Year. The mechanical engineering major carries a 4.21 GPA and was the 2018 Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year. Petrella is a two-time Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year, taking home the honor for Indoor Track & Field and Cross Country in 2018. The Liverpool, N.Y., native carries a 4.01 GPA and majors in physics. Read more.

Men's Lacrosse Ranked 13th in Final Men's Lacrosse Polls
5/31/2019

Men's Lacrosse Ranked 13th in Final Men's Lacrosse PollsAfter winning the Patriot League Championship and winning a program-record 13 games this season, the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team ranks 13th in the final national polls. The Black Knights are 13th in both the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll. Army went 13-5 on the year with three wins against nationally ranked programs. The Black Knights defeated UMass in the season opener before routing Rutgers in more non-conference action, and then topped Loyola in the Patriot League Semifinals 7-5. The Cadets were 3-2 against ranked opponents this season and are 2-1 against opponents ranked inside the top-10. The Black Knights made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010 this year and for the 20th time in program history. Army received an automatic bid after claiming the Patriot League Championship with an 11-7 victory over Lehigh. Johnny Surdick was named the William C. Schmeisser Award winner as the most outstanding defender in the nation. He was a First Team All-America selection as AJ Barretto was named to the second team and Brendan Nichtern to honorable mention.

Participate in the All Academy Challenge
5/30/2019

Attention fellow USMA graduates: the sixth annual All Academy Challenge will run from May 30-June 3. West Point will compete against Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine Academy to see who can get the highest alumni participation rate. Make a gift to West Point between May 30 and June 3 to be counted! Participation will win the contest.

See the most current class standings.

 

Bindon Graduates at the Top Joining MacArthur
5/28/2019

Bindon Graduates at the Top Joining MacArthurFirst Captain David Bindon joins General Douglas MacArthur as one of only 13 cadets since 1872 to serve as First Captain their Firstie year and graduate as the Top Grad in the class. Bindon, who is also the class valedictorian, is a 2019 Marshall Scholarship recipient. He will branch aviation following his two years of graduate studies.

Army Baseball Heading to Lubbock Regional for NCAAs
5/28/2019

The Army West Point Baseball Team is heading to is second-straight NCAA Regional and this year the Black Knights are traveling to the Lone Star State. The Cadets will face host No. 8 Texas Tech in a Friday afternoon matchup to kickoff the Lubbock Regional. That contest is slated for 4 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The other two teams at the regional are Dallas Baptist and Florida with those two squads playing at 8 p.m. on Friday.

The regional format for the DI baseball championship is a double-elimination tournament format with the winning 16 teams advancing to Super Regionals, which will be held from June 7-9. The top eight teams remaining will host the Super Regionals on-campus in a best-of-three series with the eight winners advancing to Omaha. The College World Series will be held from June 15-25/26 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The eight Super Regional winners will compete in two four-team double elimination brackets. The two winning teams from each bracket will play in a best two-of-three championship series to determine the national champion. Read more.

Cook and Renard Punch Tickets to NCAAs
5/28/2019

For the second consecutive year, Army West Point will be represented at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Yearling August Cook qualified for the second time in his Army career in the javelin and cow Michael Renard will make his first trip to the national event in the discus. Cook placed tenth in the 48 man field with a throw of 66.42 meters at the NCAA East Regional Preliminary, advancing him to the national event which will take place from June 5-8 in Austin, Texas. Cook was the lone Black Knight to qualify for last years championship, where he finished 23rd. The Bedford, Pa., native entered the preliminary event ranked eighth in the country with his program record breaking 72.45 meter mark at the 2019 Patriot League Outdoor Championships. Renard posted a personal best 56.98m throw, placing him 11th and advancing him to next week's finals. The throw was the third best in the history of the Army track and field program. Read more.

Surdick Gains Army’s Highest Athletic Achievement
5/24/2019

Surdick Gains Army’s Highest Athletic AchievementAfter an outstanding four-year career on the men's lacrosse team, Johnny Surdick was honored with the United States Military Academy's most prestigious athletic honor as he was presented with the Army Athletic Association Award. The AAA trophy is awarded annually to the male and female cadet-athletes who display the "most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet." This year marks the 115th anniversary of the AAA Award, which was first presented to football's Horatio Hackett in 1904. Abby Halbrook of the cross country and track and field team is the women's recipient of the AAA Award. Surdick is the fourth men's lacrosse only athlete to achieve this honor and first defensemen. Among Cadets who played football and lacrosse, he is the sixth AAA winner and third defensemen. He is the third men's lacrosse AAA Award recipient in nine years. Read more.

Halbrook Earns Prestigious AAA Award
5/24/2019

Halbrook Earns Prestigious AAA AwardAfter completing one of the most storied careers in the history of the Army West Point track and field program, three-year captain Abby Halbrook received the United States Military Academy's most prestigious athletic honor, the Army Athletic Association Award. The AAA trophy is awarded annually to the male and female cadet-athletes who display the "most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during their career as a Cadet." Johnny Surdick of the men's lacrosse team was the male recipient of the honor. In the 115th year of the award, Halbrook becomes the 12th women's track and field athlete and just the third women's cross country athlete to earn the honor. Halbrook is a 12-time varsity letterwinner and is among one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of the program. In 2018, she was honored with the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport. The Tyler, Texas, native is a seven-time Patriot League individual champion in track and field and a 13-time Army-Navy Star Meet titlist. She led her team to five Army-Navy Star Meet victories and finished her career 4-0 against Navy at the indoor Star Meet. In 15 Star Meet events, Halbrook was defeated by a Naval Academy runner just once. Read more.

Surdick Earns Prestigious Schmeisser Award
5/23/2019

Surdick Earns Prestigious Schmeisser AwardFollowing an outstanding senior season, Johnny Surdick of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team was named the William C. Schmeisser Award winner by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association on Thursday. The award is annually presented to the most outstanding defensive player in the nation. Surdick also earned First Team USILA All-America honors for the first time in his career. Firstie goalie AJ Barretto was tabbed a Second Team All-American and plebe attacker Brendan Nichtern garnered All-America Honorable Mention recognition.

"I am really proud and happy for John winning the most prestigious award that a defenseman can win," said head coach Joe Alberici. "Being selected as the Nation's best defender is one of greatest honors you can have, and it is so well deserved. He consistently matched up the opponent's best offensive player, and no matter if they were midfield or low attack, we based our defense around him being able to take that individual out of play. We relied on him at the wing on the faceoff, in ground ball play and to ignite our transition. He is very worthy of this honor." Surdick is the ninth Cadet in Army's history to earn the Schmeisser Award with Bob Henry being the last in 1981. Read more.

Raymond Reels in ECAC Rookie of the Year Honors
5/23/2019

CDT Caroline Raymond '22Plebe Caroline Raymond was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Year on Thursday afternoon, while yearling Jackie Brattan collected All-ECAC Second Team honors. Raymond, who became the first cadet in program history to receive a postseason major award after being named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year earlier this month, put forth a historic season for the Black Knights' program during her plebe campaign. She set a single-season program record after totaling 67 points, marking the first-ever 60-point season by a cadet. Raymond additionally broke the single-season assists record with 24 helpers. The Mahopac, N.Y., native put up 18 multi-point performances and logged seven hat tricks. She finished second in single-season scoring after tallying 43 goals, while finishing inside the top 10 in the Patriot League in goals per game (2.39), assists per game (1.33) and points per game (3.72). Read more.

Black Knight Awards Celebrate 2018-19 Year
5/23/2019

Black Knight Awards Celebrate 2018-19 YearThe Army West Point Athletic Association held the 2019 Black Knight Awards ceremony on Wednesday morning at Robinson Auditorium in Thayer Hall. The department's premiere year-end event honored teams and individuals for their successes throughout the 2018-19 season. After finishing the season with an 11-2 record, winning the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and capturing the Commander in Chief's Trophy for the second straight year, the football program took home the Team of the Year award for the third straight year. In its 12th year of existence, the Black Knight Awards honored the best that Army West Point's 30 athletic teams had to offer in 2018-19 in an award-show format similar to the ESPY Awards. Rich DeMarco, Assistant Athletic Director for Multimedia and Broadcasting, emceed the event and guided an audience that included West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Steve Gilland, Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, Command Sgt. Maj. Jack Love and Army West Point Interim Director of Athletics Dan McCarthy just to name a few. Read more.

34 Women Making History at West Point
5/22/2019

CDT Serica Hallstead '20The class of 2019 has the highest number of African American women graduates. The group of 34 female African American graduates is the largest in our 217-year history. When diplomas are awarded on Saturday morning, there also will be 19 Hispanic women standing in line, the largest number thus far. Women entered West Point for the first time in 1976, which was also the nation's bicentennial. Of 119 females, 62 graduated in 1980.

"As with anything that is new, there is sometimes hesitation and reluctance to change," Brig. Gen. Anne Macdonald said in 2010, on the 30th anniversary of her historic class. "Unfortunately, there was animosity toward us. Really, the reaction from the men ran the gamut. Some were curious, some ignored us, some were helpful, and some were hostile and difficult."

In the class of 2019, cadet Isabella Minter told InsideEdition.com she was grateful to belong "to a dynamic class of black women who have persevered and endured far more than anyone can truly realize." Full story »

Cadets Break Patriot League Men's Points Record
5/21/2019

CDT Serica Hallstead '20Following five Patriot League men's championship victories during the 2018-19 campaign, Army West Point posted a record 77 points and finished first in the men's league's presidents' cup race. The Black Knights won league championships in men's cross country, men's indoor track and field, men's golf, men's lacrosse and baseball en route to surpassing Navy's 2015-16 total of 76.5. The Patriot League Presidents' Cup is awarded to the member institution with the highest cumulative sports point total for their Patriot League standings in sponsored men's and women's sports. Points are awarded based upon a combination of an institution's regular-season and tournament finishes in each sport. If there is no Patriot League tournament (football), points are awarded based upon final regular-season standings. If there is no regular-season competition and the champion is determined by a Patriot League Championship (cross country, golf, rowing, swimming and diving, track and field), points are awarded based upon final tournament standings. Read more.

Brattan Garners All-Region Accolades
5/21/2019

CDT Serica Hallstead '20Yearling Jackie Brattan of the Army West Point women's lacrosse team earned IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team honors on Tuesday afternoon. It marks the first time in program history that a Cadet was recognized by the IWLCA with postseason all-region distinction. "We are so proud to see continued recognition of Jackie's accomplishments this season," Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera said. "Jackie's skill, intensity and execution on the draw and offensive end has helped propel our program to new heights. The level of maturity and urgency she played with this season as just a sophomore is so impressive. She was consistently one of the most dominant players on the field all season long and warrants recognition as one of the top players in the country. We could not be more proud of Jackie and excited for what lies ahead for her and the team." Brattan had a historic season for the Black Knights, wreaking havoc on opposing defenses en route to receiving First Team All-Patriot League honors. The yearling attack led Army, finished second in the league and inside the top-20 nationally in goals scored with 63. Along with her scoring prowess, she capped her second campaign with 65 points and 105 draw controls. Both were single-season program milestones as she was the second Cadet to ever post a 50-point season and the first to eclipse 100 draw controls. Read more.

Baseball Goes Back-To-Back To Claim Title Over Navy
5/20/2019

CDT Serica Hallstead '20For the second-straight season the Army West Point baseball team was crowned Patriot League champions after defeating rival Navy, 4-3, here Sunday afternoon. The Black Knights and Midshipmen met for the second consecutive year in the Patriot League championship series and Army again came out on top to earn back-to-back titles. This was the third time in program history the Cadets achieved that feat, as they also did so in 2012 & 2013 and 2004 & 2005. Army increased its league-leading title count to nine with the win. Sunday's contest was a back-and-forth affair as both teams took turns holding the lead. The Black Knights ultimately finished things off in the top of the ninth when Jeremiah Adams singled to left field to score Anthony Giachin from third. Cam Opp then closed the door on the Mids in the bottom half to earn his fifth win of the year. Ironically, Opp was also the man to put the final stamp on Army's 2018 Patriot League title as he recorded the save a year ago as well. The Black Knights continue their season in the NCAA tournament on May 31-June 2. Army has to wait until the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, May 27th, to find out which regional it will be going to. The show will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 12 p.m. Read more.

Men's Lacrosse Celebrates Record Setting Season at Banquet
5/20/2019

CDT Serica Hallstead '20Following a historic season, head coach Joe Alberici and the Army West Point lacrosse players, coaches, families and support staff celebrated the season and the Class of 2019 at its annual team banquet at West Point's Kimsey Athletic Center. The program reached a record-setting 13 wins in 2019. The 13th victory was for the Patriot League Championship title. The coaching staff distributed 10 team awards during the afternoon, while Alberici honored the senior class with talks about outstanding character and servant leadership on and off the field. The coaching staff then announced the 2019-20 team captains. Players and support staff gathered as Major "A" letters were presented to each athlete by position. Following the presentation of the letters, Alberici continued with the official distribution of the team's Player of the Game certificates, along with the mention of the All-Patriot League players and Patriot League All-Academic Team selections. The program then turned to celebrating the senior class as Alberici recounted anecdotes and highlights of the senior members careers. The afternoon continued with the presentation of 10 team awards. Read more.

Hallstead Tabbed First Team Academic All-District
5/17/2019

CDT Serica Hallstead '20The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has announced that cow Serica Hallstead of the Army West Point Swimming and Diving Team received Google Cloud Academic All District At-Large First Team honors. CoSIDA recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performance on the field and in the classroom. She is now eligible for Google Cloud Academic All-America honors, which will be announced in June.

Hallstead additionally received Academic All-Patriot League recognition earlier this season by excelling both in the classroom and on the boards. As a Life Science major, she carries a 3.98 grade-point average and is now a two-time all-district recipient. The Canandaigua, N.Y., native had a successful season, claiming first-place finishes on both boards in five different meets, including at the annual Star Meet opposite Navy. Following a fourth-place finish on the 1-meter and a fifth-place showing on the 3-meter at the league championships, she went on to compete at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships.

Cadets Visit Restorative Neurological Clinic at the Burke Neurological
5/17/2019

Cadets Visit Restorative Neurological Clinic at the Burke NeurologicalCadets Elizabeth Huuki '20, Channah Mills '20, Alanna Appel '20, and Sydney Alekseyev '21 visited the Restorative Neurological Clinic at the Burke Neurological Institute in White Plains, NY, which is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medicine. Together with Cadets Mathew McDonough '20 and Richard Delzell '20, and under the combined mentorship of Drs. J. Kenneth Wickiser and John W. Cave, cadets assisted the RNC this semester in processing and analyzing clinical evaluations and quality-of-life surveys to track the progress of subjects over 6-week therapy sessions to determine the impact of robotic-assisted upper limb extremity training. This visit provided an opportunity for Cadets to observe how robotic-assisted therapies are conducted and experience several of the robotic devices for themselves.

T&F Sends 12 Cadets to NCAA East Regionals
5/17/2019

T&F Sends 12 Cadets to NCAA East RegionalsThe NCAA has announced that 12 members of the Army West Point Men's Track and Field Team have qualified to compete in a program-record 15 events at the NCAA East Region Preliminary Championships. The event will take place from May 23 to 25 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. The following Cadets have qualified to compete: 800 Meter Run: Jackson Sullivan, Jr. - 1:50.01 110. Meter Hurdles: Justin Young, Fr. - 13.89. High Jump: Jeff Giannettino, Sr. - 2.16m (Academy Record). Shot Put: Geoff Kirk, So. - 17.82m (Academy Record), Michael Renard, Jr. - 17.68m Jamir Gibson, Fr. - 17.32m. Discus Throw: Jamir Gibson, Fr. - 58.64m (Academy Record), Michael Renard, Jr. - 56.71m Grant Alter, Jr. - 55.47m Geoff Kirk, So. - 55.10m Kenneth Brinson, Sr. - 53.94m. Hammer Throw: Jacob Stauffer, Jr. - 60.29m. Javelin Throw: August Cook, So. - 72.45m (Academy Record) Grayson Hill, Jr. - 64.73m. Read more.

Cadet Urban Youth Outreach
5/17/2019

Cadet Urban Youth OutreachThe Domestic Affairs Forum took their urban youth outreach to the next level with the implementation of a Civics workshop to 600 ninth grade students in West New York, NJ. The workshop focused on the presidency and civic participation. The leaders kicked off the session with a short lecture and mock election speeches. They then broke out into classrooms, where cadets facilitated activities and small group discussions.

Bass Club at the Army Bass Anglers Invitational
5/17/2019

Bass Club at the Army Bass Anglers InvitationalThe Bass Club competed in the Army Bass Anglers Invitational on Lake Fork, TX - one of the 10 best bass lakes in the country. Bass Club anglers were paired with Army Bass Angler Pro-Staff (all active, retired or veterans) and fished off of their boats. Great fishing aside, cadets enjoyed fellowship with and mentorship from senior officers and NCOs.

Cadets Visit the Department of Justice
5/17/2019

Cadets Visit the Department of JusticeTen cadets from the C3MO traveled down to the Eastern District of NYC to learn about the Department of Justice and discuss the values of Duty, Honor, and Country with federal judges. They met with Daniel Mandell, a local lawyer with connections to the judges of the courthouse. In the morning, they saw an arraignment and spoke with the presiding judge. Afterwards, they stood behind the Judge's bench in a naturalization ceremony, speaking on the history of NYC and West Point in the country's foundation. Then, they led the 120+ crowd of newly naturalized US citizens in the pledge of allegiance. At noon, they met with seven federal judges over lunch to discuss their jobs, any dissonance between morality and sentencing requirements, and their roles as federal employees. After lunch, they talked to Judge Sterling Johnson Jr., a supporter of West Point and its cadets, about his life story and changes in the relationships between civilians and the Army. Last, they received a brief about the U.S. Marshall service and had a discussion with the manager of the east district of NYC and took a tour of their facilities throughout the courthouse.

Photo: with Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. in his office

Giachin, Hurtubise Named Academic All-District
5/16/2019

CDT Justin Williamson '20Army West Point yearling Anthony Giachin and cow Jacob Hurtubise were named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All District® Baseball Team, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Both are now eligible for Google Cloud Academic All-America® honors, with the first and second teams being announced in June. Giachin boasts an impressive 4.04 GPA in Mechanical Engineering, while Hurtubise holds a 3.68 GPA in Operations Research. Giachin etched his name into the program's record book earlier this year when he broke Army's single-season doubles mark (19) against Lafayette on May 6th. He currently leads the Patriot League in hits (69), runs batted in (61), and doubles (22). Hurtubise is tops in the league with a .363 batting average and has 65 hits and five doubles to his name this season. The Zionsville, Ind., native also leads the conference with a .536 on-base percentage, 65 runs scored, 63 walks, and 40 stolen bases. Read more.

Second Annual Urban Affairs Conference
5/16/2019

Second Annual Urban Affairs ConferenceThe Department of Social Sciences (SOSH), with assistance from the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering (CME) and Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering (GENE), hosted the second annual Urban Affairs Conference which included over 100 attendees and 13 presentations throughout the day. This conference was designed to facilitate interaction between the West Point community and their civilian counterparts to better understand current urban issues. This year's conference included students and/or faculty from Columbia University (SIPA), Bard College, MIT, NYU, and Manhattan College. Presenters had a wide variety of career experience as well, members of academia, military officers, government officials, and non-profit organizations. The keynote speaker, Honorable Matt Collier '75 was the highlight of the conference as he discussed his experience as mayor of Flint, MI and connected it to the concepts of leadership and service that he learned while at West Point. Perhaps most valuable however, was the networking and relationship building between a variety of schools, faculty members, and practitioners that had great ideas for future collaboration in the urban space.

Grappling Claims Three Individual Championships
5/16/2019

Grappling Claims Three Individual ChampionshipsThe Grappling Team gave an outstanding performance in their final tournament. The team placed 6th among 30 teams competing in the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) World Championships and claimed three individual championships.

Theatre Arts Guild and Gospel Choir Cadets Visit NYC
5/16/2019

Theatre Arts Guild and Gospel Choir Cadets Visit NYCTheatre Arts Guild and Gospel Choir Cadets joined together for a day of culture in New York City. In the afternoon, Cadets saw Hamilton on Broadway meeting some of the cast, and stage crew learning how they reset the stage on a 2-show day. Cadets Aloma and Shala got a treat by handling the pistols from the duel scene and recreated the Burr/Hamilton duel on the stage. That same evening, Cadets journeyed further downtown to see White Noise, an off-Broadway production at the famous Public Theater. The show is towards the end of its sold out run. At the show, a cadet (who is from Kosovo) happened to see her Ambassador also attending the show. The Ambassador procured a meeting with the cast. They spoke with actors Daveed Diggs, Thomas Sadoski, and Sheria Irving.

Black Knights Wrap Up Round Two at NCAA Regionals
5/15/2019

CDT Justin Williamson '20The Army West Point golf team continued it play at the NCAA Regionals at UT Golf Club on Tuesday. The Black Knights finished with a team score of 305 (+21) in the second round and is tied for 13th with Prairie View A&M with an overall score of 614 (+46). Texas is in the lead at 10-under for the regional after firing a -16 as a team on Tuesday. Justin Williamson remained Army's top player on the leaderboard and is at 6-over for the tournament with a 4-over 75 in round two. He was 1-under through the first nine but had a tough few holes to close out his round at +4. There are five players at the top of the leaderboard at 4-under and three are from Texas and two from Pepperdine.

Williamson is in a tie for 37th on the leaderboard. He flipped the script from day one on the first nine as he went 1-under with a birdie on hole six. Williamson's back nine was a bit tough, going 5-over to finish at 4-over on the day. Williamson sunk a long putt down a ridge on 18 to birdie the final hole of the day. Rookie Tom Katsenes improved in his second round and fired a 3-over 74, which was three strokes better than Monday's round. He birdie two of the first four holes to get out to an early low score. He had 12 pars on the day with seven coming on the back nine. Team captain Nick Turner finished 5-over with a score of 76 and is 12-over for the tournament. Turner posted two birdies and nine pars during his round. Read more.

Cadets Conduct Laboratory Training on Surgical Procedures
5/15/2019

Cadets Conduct Laboratory Training on Surgical ProceduresPremedical cadets from the Class of 2019 enrolled in Human Anatomy traveled to Bethesda, MD, to conduct laboratory training and simulations on various surgical procedures at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). The cadets engaged in practical demonstrations of anatomical forensics by Dr. Guinevere Granite, PhD, Director and Human Anatomy Course Coordinator at USUHS, who has been featured on the Smithsonian Channel's documentary, Secrets: Bog Bodies. The cadets attended lectures on military surgical operations by CAPT Eric Elster, MD, Chair of the Department of Surgery at USUHS and WRNMMC and COL Fred Lough '70, MD, Deputy Chair of the Department of Surgery at USUHS and WRNMMC, and then they engaged in surgical orientation in the human cadaver lab at USUHS. Finally, the cadets were trained on cutting-edge neuro-vasculature clearing techniques, cranium drilling and patching techniques, and radiology- and imagery-assisted surgical techniques by technicians and physicians from industry leading companies and hospitals in the National Capitol Region.

U.S. Institute of Peace Simulation Exercise
5/15/2019

U.S. Institute of Peace Simulation Exercise The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) conducted a simulation exercise as one of the culminating events for the Conflict and Settlement course. The exercise featured national reconciliation talks between the major parties to the conflict in Afghanistan. Cadets were assigned roles such as: the U.S. Department of State, the government of Afghanistan, the Taliban, Russia, China, and many more. They used course concepts to develop negotiating strategies and identify the motivations, opportunities, and challenges for all parties involved. USIP ran two iterations of the simulation with separate groups and then conducted a joint AAR to compare the two group's efforts. They also provided real world perspective as one of their team members described her recent engagement with the Taliban during talks in Doha, Qatar.

Men's Club Volleyball at the Nationals
5/15/2019

Men's Club Volleyball at the NationalsThe Men’s Club Volleyball Team had their best Nationals performance recently. There were 240 men's teams present in 5 divisions. The team in the second-best division, Division II. They were undefeated coming out of two days of pool play going into the gold bracket. The Cadets made it through to the finals and then lost a close match to St. Louis University 25-23. They played very consistently at a very high level all weekend.

Functional Fitness at the CrossFit Collegiate Championship
5/15/2019

Functional Fitness at the CrossFit Collegiate ChampionshipFour members of the USMA Functional Fitness club competed at the inaugural CrossFit Collegiate Championship at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over the course of two days, the team competed in events that included swimming, running, weight lifting, and gymnastic skills to determine the fittest college in the country. The USMA team represented the Academy with grit, determination, and a high degree of fitness, but came up short of a podium visit. They are looking forward to earning another spot in next year’s collegiate nationals in the fastest growing collegiate sport in the country. The Cadets put this together: https://spark.adobe.com/page/PfOn0IT0a9Ozn/

Williamson Leads Army at NCAA Regionals
5/14/2019

CDT Justin Williamson '20The Army West Point Golf Team kicked off the NCAA Regionals on Monday morning. The Black Knights finished with a team score of 309 (+25), which is tied with Prairie View A&M for 13th on the team leaderboard. Pepperdine and Texas share the lead at the top at 6-under par as a team. Justin Williamson was Army's top player in round one with a 2-over score of 73. He recovered from a tough start to turn it on during the back nine to get closer to even par. Pierceson Coody of Texas is the leader after the first day on the individual leaderboard as he fired a 5-under 66. Army is competing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016. It is the first appearance under head coach Chad Bagley. Williamson is in a tie for 29th on the leaderboard. He had a tough first nine holes, going 5-over through nine, but recovered to shoot a 33 (-3) on the back nine. He posted four birdies during the round including two of the last three holes. Williamson sunk a long putt down a ridge on 18 to birdie the final hole of the day. Rookie Tom Katsenes finished with a 6-over 77 in his first action in an NCAA Tournament. Read more.

Baseball Advances to Championship Series After 5-3 Win
5/14/2019

Baseball Advances To Championship Series After 5-3 WinThe Army West Point Baseball Team is heading back to the Patriot League Championship Series after a 5-3 win over Holy Cross here Sunday night. After the two teams split a doubleheader on Saturday it all came down to a decisive Game 3 to determine the winner of the Patriot League semifinal series. Unfortunately, mother nature stepped in and forced what ended up being a eight hour rain delay. The contest was originally scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. but was pushed back until 9 p.m. due to rain. The Black Knights didn't seem to mind as they jumped out to a 2-0 advantage after two innings. The visitors then added three additional runs throughout the fourth and fifth inning to create a 5-0 gap between the teams. Holy Cross wouldn't go down without a fight though as it scored three unanswered runs over the final three innings to make things interesting at the end. Army would eventually register the final out of the game to secure the win and their second-straight trip to the league championship series. Read more.

Surdick, Barretto Named All-Americans by IL Media
5/14/2019

CDTs Johnny Surdick '19 and AJ Barretto '19Firstie defender Johnny Surdick and firstie goalie AJ Barretto garnered All-America honors by the Inside Lacrosse Media, announced during the NCAA First Round on Sunday. Media All-Americans are voted on by members of the media who vote in the weekly Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. "This is a tremendous recognition for two standout four-year players in the Army Lacrosse Family," said head coach Joe Alberici. "Johnny and AJ have impacted our program since the day they stepped onto Academy grounds and they were at their very best this year, often shinning brightest in our biggest moments.

Surdick, the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, earned first team recognition for the first time in his career. As a cow, Surdick was voted to the second team. The firstie captain had a tremendous impact on Army's success this season. Surdick led the team in ground balls (64) and caused turnovers (36). The next best on the team in caused turnovers totals 15. The Odenton, Md., native boasts 176-career ground balls and 103 caused turnovers.

Barretto had his best season in cage for Army with a 13-5 record. The Patriot League Tournament MVP finished the year with the second-best goals against average in the NCAA at 8.58. Barretto totaled 201 saves during his firstie campaign and a .576 save percentage to rank sixth nationally. The Darlington, Md., native finished his career with 572 saves which slates him fourth in the Black Knights' record books. His 13 wins in a single-season was a program record for the Black Knights as well. This is Barretto's first Inside Lacrosse Media All-America honor in his career. Read more.

Track & Field Fights Through Weather At ECAC/IC4As
5/14/2019

Battling through tough weather conditions, the Army West Point Track and Field Team had an impressive showing at the second day of the ECAC/IC4A Championships on Sunday. Yearling Kedrin Jefferson fought through the wind and rain to take home the 200 meter dash. Cow Calli McMullen placed second in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.94.

Head Coach Mike Smith said: "We brought a skeleton crew to this meet because of final exams. The ones we took did a nice job of competing and performed well in less than ideal circumstances. The weather today was about as bad as you could expect, and we got what we could from it. Kedrin and Calli were the obvious highlights for us. The marks were not what they wanted, but there was really no way they could have run very fast in the conditions out there. So they made the best of it. Read more.

Giachin, Hurtubise, Opp Garner Academic Praise
5/14/2019

CDTs Anthony Giachin '21 Jacob Hurtubise '20 and Cam Opp '19The Army West Point Baseball Team saw three honored with Academic All-Patriot League nods on Thursday. Army tied for the league lead with three cadet-athletes selected to the academic squad. Anthony Giachin, Jacob Hurtubise and Cam Opp were each one of the 13 athletes acknowledged on the team. Firstie left-handed pitcher Cam Opp (economics, 3.578 GPA) earned his third academic all-league nod, while teammate and Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Jacob Hurtubise (operations research, 3.678 GPA) is a second-time all-academic team selection. Nine of the 13 Academic All-Patriot League selections were named to the one of the two All-Patriot League teams as well. The Black Knights yearling third baseman Giachin (mechanical engineering, 4.041 GPA) garnered his first academic praise Thursday. To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor. Read more.

Women's Tennis Celebrates Championship Season at Banquet
5/14/2019

The Army West Point Women's Tennis Team celebrated its 2018-19 campaign with its annual year-end banquet last week.

The Black Knights finished with a record of 22-8, their most wins since the 2014 season. Army captured its second consecutive Patriot League title and 15th overall with a thrilling 4-3 victory over top-seeded Boston University in the championship match to earn a berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Cadets traveled to Seattle to face the 10th-ranked Huskies of Washington, taking 26 games in the 4-0 setback. Read more.

Firsties Honored at West Point Twilight Meet
5/14/2019

During its lone home outdoor meet of the year, the Army West Point Track and Field Team honored its firstie class while competing against athletes from over 40 universities. While much of the short-distance team was inactive ahead of this weekend's IC4A/ECAC Championships, a majority of the team saw some action in the event at West Point's Shea Stadium on Thursday. Among them were firsties Abby Halbrook, Cassie Mundekis, Ben Boswell, Kenneth Brinson, Mikey Singer and Jeff Giannettino, who were competing at West Point for the final time. The team's remaining seniors (Andre Vaughn, Kevin Dyer, Ben Sims and Marcus Denham) did not see any action at the meet. Prior to the start of the evening's running events, Coach Mike Smith introduced each of the firsties and each was presented the AD's Coin by interim athletic director Dan McCarthy at midfield. The group is among the most accomplished classes in program history with three league championships (two men's cross country and one men's indoor track& field) and twelve active program records among them. Read more.

Army Ultimate Frisbee Places 3rd
5/14/2019

Army Ultimate Frisbee Places 3rdArmy Ultimate placed 3rd out of 12 teams in Hudson Valley Conference Championships. Army Beat Vassar College 11-5 in the first game of the tournament by scoring multiple breaks (turnovers) and playing solid offense on the defensive line. Army's second game against Hartford was the most difficult one. Although Army took half with two breaks (6-4), Hartford almost came back, and the game went to universe point which Army won 10-9. Saint Rose, was the weakest team Army played in the tournament, and Army was able to keep its defensive line in for most of the game and still win 11-3.

Wesleyan pulled out ahead 11-9. Because of the loss against Wesleyan, Army was the second team in the pool, and played Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the next game. The winner of this game automatically received a bid to Regionals, and the loser had to play another game, only the winner of which got a seed to Regionals. Army was able to win the game 13-9, even though RPI made multiple questionable foul calls on the goal line, leading to turnovers in situations that should have been Army scores. For a team that did not make it out of the Conference last year placement in Regionals a large success.

Bass Fishing FLW Northern Region National Qualifier
5/14/2019

Bass Fishing FLW Northern Region National QualifierThe Bass Fishing Club competed in the FLW Northern Region National Qualifier on Smith Mountain Lake, VA. Three teams all brought fish to the scales with the top team of Rocco Caywood '19 and Frankie Turner '20 placing 31st out of 95 boats. The next qualifier is May 31 on the Potomac River.

Investment Theory Final Projects Distinguished Panel
5/14/2019

Investment Theory Final Projects Distinguished PanelThe finance curriculum hosted a series of final projects from the "Investment Theory" course. A distinguished panel of longtime SOSH (Department of Social Sciences) friends assembled to help judge the Investment Portfolio presentations. The panel included: Tony Guerrerio (Wedgewood Partners), Rich Swift (GreyArc Global Investors), Clay DeGiacinto (Axonic Capital), Pat Wilkison (Integrity Partners Venture Capital), Greg Shufro (Shufro Rose Wealth Management) and Mickey Strasser (UBS).

Mona Yacoubian Speaks with International Affairs Cadets
5/14/2019

Mona Yacoubian Speaks with International Affairs CadetsMona Yacoubian from the U.S. Institute of Peace spoke with cadets from the International Affairs Forum about the civil war in Syria. Students from the courses on Conflict and Settlement and State Building also attended. Ms. Yacoubian provided the audience with a brief history of the war, incorporating concepts from both courses. She shared her worry that this war has the potential to unravel the liberal world order and that the most disturbing features of this civil war may become the norm in future civil wars such as the competitive involvement of great powers, the use of chemical weapons, and the generally high level of destructiveness. She also shared her concerns about U.S. strategy as the administration considers reducing U.S. military commitments to Syria. During her visit, Ms. Yacoubian also had the opportunity to visit with West Point’s Combatting Terrorism Center to share some of the findings from her ongoing work with the Congressional Syria Study Group.

Climbing Earns Service Academy Cup for 10th Year
5/10/2019

Climbing Earns Service Academy Cup for 10th YearThe Army West Point Competitive Climbing Team competed in the Collegiate National Competition in Murfreesboro, TN. The team put up a strong performance defeating Air Force and Navy; earning the Service Academy Cup 10 years in a row. CDT Elizabeth Bradley '22 earned a 7th place overall finish in the female bouldering category.

Army Cycling Ranked 2nd in the Nation
5/10/2019

Army Cycling Ranked 2nd in the NationArmy West Point Cycling finished their season strong in Burlington, VT. West Point riders brought their team to be ranked 2nd in the nation and Eastern conference. Here are the results: Elizabeth Huuki: Women’s A, 4th Place in Road Race, 1st in Circuit: Aidan Doyle: Men’s B, 5th in Road Race; Andrew Mergen: Men’s A, 6th in Road Race, 5th in Circuit; Keller Balsam: Men’s B, 6th in Circuit; Phoebe Lee: Women’s C, 1st in Circuit; and Steve Lee: Men’s C, 3rd in Circuit.

Cadets Attend the Tribeca Film Festival
5/10/2019

Cadets Attend the Tribeca Film FestivalWest Point film forum attended two screenings at the Tribeca film festival 2019 in NYC. Friday night cadets viewed “This is Spinal Tap”. Micheal McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer, along with Director Rob Reiner fielded audience questions. Elvis Costello guest appeared. Saturday, director Francis Ford Coppola took a few minutes to meet with cadets to talk about “Apocalypse Now Final Cut” before the premier of this 40th anniversary release of the film.

Crew at the Kerr Cup
5/10/2019

Crew at the Kerr CupAt the Kerr Cup, crew faced stiff competition from many Division I programs including Yale, Lafayette, Drexel, Temple, and Villanova. The Men’s Novice 4 placed 4th in the Grand Finals, Women’s Novice 8 2nd, Men’s Novice 8 2nd and 3rd, and Varsity Men’s 8 2nd in Petite Finals.

Boxing at the Andover Invitational
5/10/2019

Boxing at the Andover InvitationalThe Army West Point Boxing team traveled up Andover, MA to compete in the Andover invitational. The team took seven boxers to compete.

The Army West Point boxing team closed out another championship season with their End of Year banquet. The guest speaker was CSM Kenny, who shared insights from an enlisted perspective to the future officers.

40th West Point National Orienteering Meet
5/10/2019

Over the weekend, the West Point Orienteering Team held its 40th West Point National Meet. The event in-volved a Middle, Sprint, and Long course over the two days. Over 300 Orienteers from all over the world, in-cluding the US and Canadian national teams, traveled to West Point to participate in this event. The event also included an Alumni dinner, which afforded our Cadets the opportunity to interact with past Orienteers. CDT Brigitte Bordelon `20 A-4 served as the meet’s director and led the team to the largest and most successful National Meet to date. The team now shifts their focus to TEEs and summer training.

Drill Team Ceremonial Firing Party
5/10/2019

Drill Team Ceremonial Firing PartyService as Ceremonial Firing Party for the Annual National Tadeusz Kosciuszko Observance at West Point, NY. Members of the USMA Black Knight Drill Team, led by CDT Polcynski '20, served for the first time in the club's history as members of a ceremonial firing party. Cadets supported the international partnership between the US, Poland, and Lithuania with their demonstration of discipline. Speeches commemorated the partnership between the US, Poland, and Lithuania as well as the 20th Anniversary of Poland’s Membership in NATO and 15th Membership of Lithuania in NATO. Video: https://www.facebook.com/USMADrillTeam/videos/365274357444917/

COL (R) Gayton '87 Financial Op-Ed in Fox Business
5/10/2019

COL (R) Gayton '87 Financial Op-Ed in Fox BusinessFor many years the Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) has been charged with improving the financial literacy of cadets. This mission has gained in importance in recent years as we view cadets as the future emissaries of financial literacy to their platoons and companies. While the department approaches this mission from many angles, it is never enough as financial literacy is a life skill that is often under-taught, or in many cases, incorrect or harmful information is taught or passed on. Teaching sound financial advice for saving and encouraging avoidance of "get rich fast" plans is the main goal. SOSH faculty alumnus COL(R) Jamie Gayton published this op-ed on the continuing need for improved financial literacy in the military: Military Financial Literacy.

Hurtubise Top Defender; 7 Cadets Earn Recognition
5/9/2019

Army Baseball Recognition 2019Army West Point Baseball saw a conference-leading seven cadet-athletes earn All-Patriot League distinction on Wednesday, including garnering a major award. Cow centerfielder Jacob Hurtubise was selected as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, marking the second-straight season the Cadets received major award praise. Hurtubise showed off his range in centerfield, leading all Patriot League outfielders with 118 putouts to go along with a .992 fielding percentage. The Zionsville, Ind., native also had two outfield assists. He along with the Army defense helped contribute to the Black Knights' league-low 3.92 team ERA. In conference play alone, Hurtubise recorded a league-high 64 putouts in centerfield with a 1.000 fielding percentage.

In total seven Black Knights registered All-Patriot League accolades, including four on the first team. Five cadet-athletes received all-league honors for the second time in their careers; firstie pitcher Daniel Burggraaf (first team), yearling third baseman Anthony Giachin (first team), firstie pitcher Tyler Giovinco (second team), Hurtubise (first team) and firstie pitcher Cam Opp (second team). To close out Army's selections was Trey Martin (first team) and Jeremiah Adams (second team). Patriot League baseball major awards and all-league honors were voted on by conference head coaches, who could not select their own student-athletes or themselves. Army returns to action this Saturday when it travels to Worcester, Mass., for the Patriot League tournament semifinals. Read more.

Ethics Debate Places 3rd at Business Competition
5/9/2019

Ethics Debate Places 3rd at Business CompetitionTwo cadets of the Ethics Debate Forum (Gabrielle Alford and Nathan Frederickson) placed 3rd overall at the Mount Saint Mary’s University Business Ethics Case Competition. Seven teams from across the country participated. The teams applied a variety of ethical principles and standards in their evaluation of a historical case to offer an in-depth assessment of the characters, decisions, and events.

CDT Tan Takes First in Shakespeare Monologue Competition
5/9/2019

CDT Tan Takes First in Shakespeare Monologue CompetitionCongratulations to CDT Paul Tan for taking first place in this year’s Shakespeare Monologue Competition.

Mooradian Highlights League Academic Awards
5/9/2019

CDT Lynne Mooradian '20The Patriot League announced Wednesday that seven members of the Army West Point Track and Field program have received academic honors for the 2019 outdoor track and field season. Headlining those awards with the league's highest academic honor is cow Lynne Mooradian, who was named Patriot League Women's outdoor track Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Hanover, Pa., native has been no stranger to academic accolades during her tenure at West Point, as she has now claimed the honor in three consecutive seasons after winning the award for the 2019 indoor track and field season and the 2018 outdoor track and field season. "Lynne is one of our stars and I mean that in the most descriptive way," head coach Mike Smith said. "She is brilliant. What she does on a daily basis and how she does it is remarkable." Read more.

Black Culture & Arts Forum Visits Baltimore
5/9/2019

Black Culture & Arts Forum Visits BaltimoreThe Black Culture & Arts Forum took a trip to Baltimore recently. They explored the city’s architecture and public memorials, visited the historic Peabody Library, and toured the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Cadets attended Having Our Say: The Delaney Sister’s First Hundred Years, at the Arena Player’s Theater, the oldest continuously-operating Black community theater in Baltimore, and spoke with the cast afterward. The group also enjoyed local Black art (culinary and otherwise) at the Lexington market and throughout the city.

Mitchell Named Academic All-League
5/9/2019

CDT David Mitchell '19For the third consecutive year, senior captain David Mitchell was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team, as announced by the conference Wednesday morning. Mitchell has had seven straight Dean's List semesters (every semester enrolled), and will graduate with Honors in International Relations, with a minor in Cyber Engineering. Boasting a 3.645 grade-point average, Mitchell also earned a scholarship to pursue his master’s degree in Israel. The Castle Rock, Colo. native led a young team, that included five plebes, as Patriot League runners-up in his firstie year. He has won nearly 40 dual singles matches, and nearly 40 doubles victories in his career with Army West Point. He is also a three-time Second Team All-Patriot League player ('16-'18). Read more.

Negotiations for Leaders Final Simulation Exercise
5/9/2019

Negotiations for Leaders Final Simulation ExerciseBehavioral Sciences and Leadership's (BS&L) West Point Negotiation Project conducted the final simulation exercise for the course, Negotiations for Leaders. In this exercise, 67 cadets negotiated with simulated villagers and security forces as well as partners from a NATO military unit. The cadets needed to draw upon concepts and frameworks to negotiate in both bilateral and multi-party settings across cultures.

Cadet Debate at the Bard Prison Initiative
5/9/2019

Four cadets on the Army Debate Team participated in a debate with four inmates at the Fishkill Correctional Facility as part of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI). The debate was the first of its kind conducted at the Fishkill facility. The debate highlighted the merits of the BPI program and gave cadets the opportunity to make a positive impact on inmates at Fishkill. Although there were no formal judges for the debate, cadets performed very admirably as many of the inmates and Bard College faculty commented how professional and well-prepared the cadets were for the debate.

Joyner Adds Patriot League Scholar-Athlete Honors
5/9/2019

CDT Ana Joyner '21Yearling Ana Joyner of the Army West Point women's tennis team was named the 2019 Patriot League Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday morning. Joyner recently earned her second player of the year nod on Friday prior to the team's 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament at No. 10 Washington. She became the first Cadet to earn Patriot League Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in the same season. The Las Cruces, N.M., native boasts a 3.619 grade-point average as a Systems Engineering major. Joyner remained a constant in the top singles flight for the Black Knights, posting an overall record of 18-13 in singles action. She went 2-0 in the Patriot League Tournament at the No. 1 position with wins over Navy in the semifinals and Boston U. in the championship match. Joyner moved into a tie for sixth in program history with Allyson Toce with 21 wins as the No. 1 singles position. Read more.

String Ensemble Jams with the Cadet Rock Band
5/9/2019

String Ensemble Jams with the Cadet Rock BandCadets from the String Ensemble show-cased their incredible talent and had a blast playing with the Cadet Rock Band; the four songs performed together were real crowd pleasers. This is a partnership that they would like to continue.

Baseball Earns 30th Win in Regular Season Finale
5/9/2019

Baseball Earns 30th Win In Regular Season FinaleThe Army West Point Baseball Team registered its most runs since 2008 following a 23-11 rout of Villanova here Wednesday afternoon. The Black Knights scored multiple runs in each of the opening six innings to put the game away early. Army's final runs total was its most since it defeated Sacred Heart 27-12 back in 2008. Jacob Hurtubise swiped two bases in the game to tie the Patriot League all-time record with 99. He now needs just one more steal to surpass Bucknell's Ian Joseph (1998-01). Six cadet-athletes registered at least two hits on the day, with Josh White earned a team-high three. Andre Walden led the Black Knights with five runs batted in, while White and Anthony Giachin chipped in four RBI apiece. White closed out his day crossing home plate an impressive four teams to tie Hurtubise for a team-best. Jacob Carte earned the win on the mound after allowing four hits, four runs, three earned and one walk in 3.0 innings. Read more.

KARS Cadet Night with the Korean Parents Association
5/9/2019

KARS Cadet Night with the Korean Parents AssociationMembers of the Korean American Relations Seminar (KARS) went to the New York Country Club in New Hempstead, NY to attend the annual KARS Cadet Night with the West Point Korean Parents Association. This event is meant to celebrate the achievement of the First Class cadets in the club who have worked tiringly to make it to graduation. This was a formal banquet and distinguished old grad and KARS alumnus Mr. Terry Yun '91 joined them. The CIC of the club presented a plaque to the President of the West Point Korean Parents Association in appreciation for all the support they provided throughout the year.

MacAfee Receives Prestigious Coach K Award
5/8/2019

Dalton MacAfee Receives Prestigious Coach K AwardFirstie captain Dalton MacAfee of the Army West Point Hockey Team was among the recipients of the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport on Monday. The winners were announced at the Cadet Mess Hall during the 13th annual luncheon where Coach K recognizes West Point athletes and coaches for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership.

Krzyzewski, a 1969 USMA graduate and former basketball player and coach, presented the awards, a certificate and medal. The awards recognize West Point athletes and coaches for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. The cadet recipient exemplifies the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage both on-and-off the "fields of friendly strife." Dubbed the "Coach K" awards, MacAfee was recognized for not only his athletic success but also for his commitment to excellence and respect for his teammates, opponents, and the sport. Read more.

Cadets Visit Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
5/8/2019

Cadets Visit Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiMajor Armand Balboni, OIC, led members of the West Point Premedical Society (WPPMS) on a visit to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC, where they were hosted by the student veterans club and Drs. Mueller and Parkas of the Deans Office. Cadets enjoyed a tour of the medical school, hospital, and the anatomy lab, as well as discussions about the admissions process. The trip concluded with an invitation and acceptance by Drs. Mueller and Parkas to visit WPPMS at West Point this fall.

Giachin Picks Up Player of the Week Nods
5/8/2019

CDT Anthony Giachin '21Army West Point Baseball saw third baseman Anthony Giachin capture his second Patriot League Baseball Player of the Week accolade on Tuesday. The yearling batting .440 (11-for-25) with seven runs, 12 RBI, four doubles and a home run to lead the Black Knights to a 4-2 week, including 3-1 in league play. He posted a .720 slugging percentage and reached base at a .516 clip during the week as well. Giachin also broke Army West Point's single-season doubles record, giving him 20 for the season, the sixth-best total in NCAA DI. The Livingston, N.J., native notched five putouts and 16 assists to his already solid resume for the week. Giachin garnered College Sports Madness Patriot League Player of the Week nods as well after his impressive week for the Cadets. He and the rest of the Army team welcome Villanova for a midweek contest on Wednesday before they travel to Worcester, Mass., for the Patriot League semifinals against Holy Cross this weekend.

Cadets Conduct a STEM Workshop
5/8/2019

Cadets Conduct a STEM WorkshopCadets from the National Society of Black Engineers conducted a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workshop for approximately fourteen students from Highland Falls Intermediate School (HFIS). This workshop coincided with their HFIS's STEM Week. HFIS students participated in a Bridge Design Challenge.

Drayton, Ballesteros Collect Postseason Honors
5/8/2019

CDTs Taylor Drayton '21 and Emily Ballesteros '20Yearling Taylor Drayton and cow Emily Ballesteros of the Army West Point softball team earned postseason honors from the Patriot League, the conference announced on Tuesday afternoon. Drayton earned her second first team honors in as many years, while Ballesteros was named to the second team for the second year in a row.

Drayton improved upon an impressive rookie campaign by either matching or surpassing her totals from 2018 in nearly every offensive category. The Clayton, N.C., native was the Black Knights' most explosive weapon at the plate, finishing in the top 3 in every offensive statistic. She accumulated a .287 average (43-for-150) with eight doubles, six home runs, 30 runs scored and 27 RBI. The yearling outfielder added 14 walks and was hit by five pitches while going a perfect 10-for-10 on stolen base attempts.

Ballesteros produced her third 40-hit season, hitting .286 with 20 runs scored and 19 RBI. The Chino Hills, Calif., native added two doubles and a home run while drawing 15 walks and was hit by eight pitches. She tallied six multi-hit games and three in which she drove in multiple RBI. Ballesteros was one of Army's most consistent hitters, contributing two hitting streaks of 11 games or more. She blasted her first collegiate grand slam in the series finale at Boston University on April 28. Read more.

MILCHEM Enrichment by Picatinny Arsenal Personnel
5/8/2019

MILCHEM Enrichment by Picatinny Arsenal PersonnelFor the fourth year in a row, cadets in General Chemistry I were exposed to cutting edge science and engineering during the Military Chemistry (MILCHEM) enrichment presented by personnel from Picatinny Arsenal in Wharton, NJ. Cadets witnessed applications of the concepts they learned throughout the semester on topics related to explosives chemistry, Nano particles, and gas laws. MILCHEM provides a direct connection between the intellectual capital at USMA and premier Army Research Laboratories. Cadets routinely discover exciting aspects of chemistry during MILCHEM that translate to AIADs over the summer and develop into projects they pursue during and beyond their time at West Point.

History Department Celebrates Firsties
5/8/2019

History Department Celebrates FirstiesThe West Point Department of History bade a fond farewell to its graduating Firsties from the Class of 2019. This celebration marked the end of an incredible Projects Day where many of successfully presented their thesis and other academic research. Faculty, cadets, and family members gathered together in Cullum Hall to celebrate the past four years of dedication and hard work. We wish all cadets the best of luck as they embark on their Army careers.

Smith Honored with Coach K Award
5/8/2019

Coach Mike Smith Honored With Coach K AwardArmy West Point director of track and field and cross country Mike Smith was honored as a recipient of the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport on Monday. Krzyzewski, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach of the Duke men's basketball program, is a 1969 USMA graduate and former Army basketball player and coach. Coach K presented the recipients their awards at the Cadet Mess Hall during the 13th annual awards presentation. The winners were recognized for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership.

"I am honored and humbled to be recognized for this award," Smith said. "When I got into this profession, I got into it just thinking I'd go to practice and teach kids to run faster, jump higher and throw far. Having taken a job at the premier leadership institution in the world, I've come to realize that this job is about more than coaching. Receiving this award from one of the greatest coaches in the history of sports is a tremendous honor to me. I got to spend an afternoon with a man who reached the pinnacle of his sport on more than one occasion and I hope I am able to apply some of the things I learned to our craft." Read more.

Hillel – Jewish Warrior Weekend
5/8/2019

Hillel – Jewish Warrior WeekendAbout 35 Jewish Cadets from West Point, the Air Force Academy, Texas A&M, and other ROTC Cadets came together in Colorado for faith, fellowship, and fun. The weekend began with the group meeting with Lt Gen Silveria, Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). Lt Gen Silveria provided an opportunity for a question and answer session and provided superb thoughts for all which included that we should be unabashedly proud of our individual services as well as that we should always go to war as a joint force, as that is when we are at our best. The group went on a tour of the Air Force Academy, had a VTC conference with Mr. Joshua London of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), headed up to Denver to visit the Mizel Museum and then the entire group went to enjoy bowling and some pizza. The superb student leadership of each school enabled the weekend to be a resounding success with CDTs Ben Fernquist, Sammi Ponsell, and Andrei Rosu leading the effort from West Point. The conduct of the events over the weekend demonstrates the diversity of young leaders at the Academies along with the Corps of Cadets from Texas A&M and other ROTC Cadets.

Cadets Visit the Walter Hoving Home in Garrison
5/8/2019

Cadets Visit the Walter Hoving Home in GarrisonFour cadets visited the Walter Hoving Home in Garrison, NY. The students and teachers received a tour of the Hoving Home, dined with those there. The mission of the Hoving Home is to provide a loving community devoted to rebuilding shattered lives that empowers women. Hoving Home is committed to helping women heal and rebuild their shattered lives through Unshattered – a non-profit social enterprise employing women winning their fight against addiction by teaching them how to hand-make bags out of repurposed material.

Cadets at the Eugene Marathon
5/8/2019

Cadets at the Eugene MarathonThe Army West Point Marathon Team represented the United States Military Academy well at the Eugene Marathon. Great conditions and a favorable course added to the motivation for the runners to achieve success. Plebe runners Kyle Stacks and Nick McDonald placed 1st and 2nd in their age group as well as Emily Dinallo and Ava Lusskin placing 1st and 4th for their age groups respectively. First time marathoner Autumn Shea placed 3rd in her age group as well.

Football Receives the CIC Trophy from President Trump
5/7/2019

Football Receives the CIC Trophy from President TrumpArmy Football yesterday received the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy yesterday at the White House from President Donald Trump. Darnell Woolfolk shown speaking as President Donald Trump grabs his shoulders during the presentation of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in the Rose Garden. The Black Knights returned to The White House in back-to-back years for the first time in program history with the two-straight CIC Trophy titles. Coach Monken spoke on behalf of the team and praised their commitment to the program, the Academy and to the American people. As part of the ceremony the Black Knights presented the President with a home black jersey with the No. 45 and the team's Big Red One helmet worn at the 2018 Army-Navy Game in honor of the 1st Infantry Division's founding during World War I.

Photo courtesy of Alex Brandon/AP

West Point Hosts 44th Hudson Valley Special Olympics
5/7/2019

West Point Hosts 44th Hudson Valley Special OlympicsWest Point hosted more than 1500 athletes and coaches for the 44th Hudson Valley Special Olympics. More than 1,000 cadets and members of the community volunteered as sponsors and escorts, while a dozen corps squad and competitive club cadet teams cheered on the athletes at Shea Stadium, Arvin Gymnasium and Gillis Field House. The event provided the Corps of Cadets with an extremely beneficial leader development experience as well as a meaningful service opportunity within the Greater Hudson Valley Community.

Photo by Cadet Crystal Zhang

Medal of Honor Social at Cullum Hall
5/7/2019

Medal of Honor Social at Cullum HallCadets had a wonderful opportunity to “meet, greet, mix and mingle” with three Medal of Honor recipients Paul “Buddy” Bucha, Gary Beikirch, William Swenson along with Martha Raddatz the ABC News chief global affairs correspondent. The Medal of Honor Social was held in Cullum Hall and the West Point Museum brought a great display of historical artifacts for viewing.

WPB Men's Handball Takes 13th Consecutive Championship
5/7/2019

WPB Men's Handball Takes 13th Consecutive ChampionshipWest Point Black Men's Team Handball took 1st Place at the 2019 Men's Team Handball Collegiate National Championship. This is the 13th consecutive national championship for WPB. WPB faced UNC in the championship winning 29-24. West Point Gold earned 5th Place.

Women's Team Handball are National Champions
5/7/2019

Women's Team Handball are National ChampionsWomen's Team Handball traveled to University of North Carolina to compete in the 2019 College Team Handball Nationals. They beat Penn State and UNC in the first round, beating UNC 24-18 and Penn State 28-11. They then played UNC on in the championship game and beat them 19-14 to gain the title of national champions.

Equestrian Rides on the Plain to Honor Grant
5/7/2019

Equestrian Rides on the Plain to Honor GrantThe West Point Equestrian team honored the memory of Ulysses S. Grant in the unveiling of his statue on the plain. Firstie riders Matilda Brady and Amanda Roper were supported by teammates on the ground Emma Lawson '21 and Kirby Horne '20. This was likely the first time that cadets have ridden on the plain in many years.

37 Cadets Get Certified as Scuba Divers
5/7/2019

37 Cadets Get Certified as Scuba Divers The USMA Scuba team took 37 cadets to Dutch Springs, PA, to certify them as scuba divers. In true West Point tradition, the four firsties, on the team participated in their "final dive" by descending 25-30 feet into the lake wearing their Dress Gray uniform. Command Sargent Major Thomas Kenny, USCC, also joined the group on Sunday for a few dives.

Photo by Cadet Hallie Pound

Baseball Splits Twin Bill; Will Be 3rd Seed in Postseason
5/7/2019

CDT Jacob Hurtubise '20With a doubleheader split against Lafayette here Monday afternoon the Army West Point baseball team will be the third seed in the upcoming Patriot League tournament. The Black Knights defeated their host 16-7 in the seven-inning opener before dropping a 5-1 decision in the nightcap. Army closes the Patriot League regular season tied with Holy Cross for second place at 15-10. Unfortunately, the Crusaders hold the head-to-head tie breaker after they won the season series, 3-2. The Cadets will now travel to Holy Cross this weekend for the Patriot League semifinals beginning Saturday. Blake Ledoux and Jacob Hurtubise tallied three hits apiece on the day to lead the Black Knights' offense. Ledoux, John McKenna and Jeremiah Adams brought home three runs batted in, while McKenna, Tim Simoes and Andre Walden accounted for three runs each. Daniel Burggraaf earned the win for Army in Game 1, going 5.0 innings allowing six hits and seven runs. Ray Bartoli was tagged with the loss in the second game after giving up four hits and four runs in 4.1 innings. Read more.

Irregular Warfare Group Training
5/7/2019

Irregular Warfare Group TrainingAll logistic support (latrines, bus, LRC, and vehicle requests) went according to plan during the three-day training period. The interaction with the local law enforcement in Hyde Park (Police, Sheriff, and Mills-Norrie Park Rangers) was impressive. The USMA reputation and credibility were greatly enhanced by this training exercise. The Cadets endured cold, complex decision making in an ambiguous environment, and simulated moral, ethical, legal, and safety problems. The training was Cadet let and executed. The OIC and NCOIC helped to plan and coordinate the training with the local authorities and citizens to develop a real-world irregular warfare training environment. Three Cadets independently stated this was the best training they have received while at USMA. This exercise is the cornerstone and all training that occurs throughout the year leads up to this event.

Men's Lacrosse Rise in National Polls
5/7/2019

CDT Nate Jones '19After winning the Patriot League Championship, the Army West Point men's lacrosse team is on the rise this week and are up to as high as 12th in ranked in this week's national polls. The Black Knights are 12th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and are 14th in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll. Army is now 13-4 on the year with three wins against nationally ranked programs. The Black Knights defeated UMass in the season opener before routing Rutgers in more non-conference action, and then topped Loyola in the Patriot League Semifinals 7-5. The Cadets are 3-2 against ranked opponents this season and are 2-1 against opponents ranked inside the top-10.

Army is heading to fourth-seeded Penn for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The first-round matchup is set for 5 p.m. at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The Black Knights are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010 and it is their 20th time in program history making the NCAA field. Army received an automatic bid after claiming the Patriot League Championship with an 11-7 victory over Lehigh on Sunday. Tickets are available through the Penn Athletics Ticket Office, by clicking here.  Pricing is $15 for adults and $7 for youth. Fans can also contact the ticket office by calling (215) 898-6151.

Men's Lacrosse Crowned Patriot League Champions!
5/6/2019

Men's Lacrosse Crowned Patriot League Champions! For the first time in nine years the #18/19 Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team is Patriot League Champions after defeating Lehigh, 11-7, Sunday afternoon at the Ridley Athletic Complex. Army captured its 12th league title, the most of any school surpassing Navy's 11. The Black Knights found themselves down 5-3 at the half following five unanswered goals by Lehigh in the second quarter. Fortunately, Army regrouped after the break outscoring its foe 8-2 in the remaining two quarters to secure its second Patriot League Tournament crown.

Plebe Brendan Nichtern led the Army attack with three goals and three assists to finish with six points on the day. All three of those goals came during the Black Knights' 6-0 fourth-quarter run to close out the game. Lehigh had extended its lead to 7-5 with 13 minutes to play but Army never lost hope as it watched Nichtern fire a shot past James Spence a little more than a minute later to cut the deficit down to one. That goal jump started a Black Knights' rally that saw the Massapequa, N.Y., native score two more times, along with goals from Tommy Marino, Sean O'Brien and Nate Jones. Read more.

McMullen Headlines Postseason Awards
5/6/2019

McMullen Headlines Postseason AwardsWhile both the Army West Point Men's and Women's Track and Field Teams finished second at the Patriot League Championships, several Cadets claimed major awards at the event. Headlining those awards is cow Calli McMullen, who was named Patriot League Women's Track Athlete of the Meet. McMullen claimed gold in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay. She also set three Army program records, posting Academy best times in the 100 meter, 200 meter and with her individual split in the 4x400 meter relay.

The Haddock, Ga., native was the meet's highest point scorer. This marks the second consecutive season that she has claimed the award at the Outdoor Championships, as she won the same three events in 2018. In addition, two Black Knights continued their impressive freshman campaigns, as Justin Young and Emily Mikoud were named Patriot League Men's and Women's Rookie of the Meet. The two claimed the same awards after an impressive showing at the Indoor Championships in February. Young was dominant in the 110 meter hurdles, posting a meet record with a 13.89 time in the event. He also placed second in the 400 meter hurdles and 4x400 meter relay. The Wylie, Texas, native was a four time Patriot League Rookie of the Week in his first season at West Point and also claimed Patriot League Male Athlete of the Week on two occasions. Read more.

Men's T&F Place Second At League Championships
5/6/2019

CDT Justin Young '22The Army West Point, Men's Track and Field Team finished second at the Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday. The Black Knights posted several top finishes on Saturday, but it was not enough as Navy won its sixth straight outdoor title. Plebe Justin Young continued his impressive rookie season, finishing first in the 110 meter hurdles and second in the 400 meter hurdles. Firstie Jeff Giannettino closed out his final Patriot League Championship with his second consecutive individual championship victory in the high jump. Read more.

Projects Day 2019
5/6/2019

Projects Day 2019More than 800 cadets presented the results of their year-long capstone and independent research projects at Projects Day 2009, the 20th anniversary of the United States Military Academy's annual showcase of presentations, poster sessions, theses defenses, performances and more that represent the best of cadet intellect, creativity, and tenacity. Projects ran the gamut from artificial intelligence, 3-D reconstructions, and genomics to U.S. foreign military relations, sovereignty in cyberspace, and Shakespeare. [View Photos]

“Our nation, as well as our Army, is expecting a lot from our graduates regarding the challenges we face," said BG Cindy Jebb '82, Dean of the Academic Board. “Projects Days is a chance to show how West Point is working on these challenges."

While cadets gained in-depth knowledge about their own specific subject areas, the hundreds of hours they spent working on their projects also provided them with valuable general lessons they can take into their careers as Army officers. Read more.

Baseball Postseason Bound After Doubleheader Sweep
5/6/2019

 Baseball Postseason Bound After Doubleheader Sweep The Army West Point Baseball Team earned its third-straight postseason berth here Saturday afternoon following a twin bill sweep of Lehigh. The Black Knights registered a 3-2, seven-inning win in the opener before taking a thrilling 8-7, 13-inning win in the nightcap. While the Cadets know they are playoff bound they are still unsure about their seed in the Patriot League Tournament. They are currently tied with Holy Cross for second place at 14-9 with two games remaining. The Crusaders hold the tiebreaker over Army though after having won the season series, 3-2. Jacob Hurtubise finished an impressive 5-for-8 in the doubleheader, while Anthony Giachin followed closely behind at 4-for-9.

Andre Walden reeled in a team-high four runs batted in and they all came from one swing of the bat as he drilled his first career grand slam in a Black and Gold uniform during Game 2. Trey Martin added three RBI to Army's final total as well. Tyler Giovinco and Cam Opp were both credited with wins. Giovinco allowed six hits and two runs in 6.1 innings during the opener, while Opp pitched 5.0 innings of relief work in the nightcap giving up just one walk. Both earned multiple strikeouts as well with Giovinco notching six and Opp five. A highlight from the day was Hurtubise breaking Army's career walks record. The junior now has 126 to his name. Giachin also tied the Black Knights' single-season doubles record after notching two in the games on Saturday. The Livingston, N.J., native sits tied with Kevin McKague's 2008 mark of 19. Read more.

Men's Lacrosse to Face #4 Penn in NCAA First Round
5/6/2019

Men's Lacrosse to Face #4 Penn in NCAA First RoundThe Patriot League Champion Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team is heading to fourth-seeded Penn for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The first-round matchup is set for Saturday May 11, 5 p.m. at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The Black Knights are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010 and it is their 20th time in program history making the NCAA field. Army received an automatic bid after claiming the Patriot League Championship with an 11-7 victory over Lehigh on Sunday.

Tickets are available through the Penn Athletics Ticket Office, by clicking here.  Pricing is $15 for adults and $7 for youth. Fans can also contact the ticket office by calling (215) 898-6151.

Giants Invite Woolfolk to Rookie Camp
5/6/2019

Giants Invite Woolfolk to Rookie CampArmy West Point fullback Darnell Woolfolk has accepted an invitation to the rookie minicamp for the New York Giants. The Giants camp will begin with the first practice starting Friday and running until Sunday.

This team captain finished his career tied for third in program history with 37 touchdowns after compiling 14 during his final campaign. He rushed for a career-best 956 yards in 2018 and ended his tenure ninth all-time in Academy lore with 2,368 yards. He recorded a career-high performance in Army's thrilling victory over Temple on Oct. 21, 2017 when he scored three touchdowns and accumulated 132 rushing yards. The Endwell, N.Y., native was also selected to the 2018 East-West Shrine Game following his impressive senior season.

Academy Note
The Defense Department has rescinded its 2016 policy allowing military service academy athletes to be recruited directly into professional sports as of April 29, 2017. Our military academies exist to develop future officers who enhance the readiness and the lethality of our military services. Graduates enjoy the extraordinary benefit of a military academy education at taxpayer expense. Upon graduation, military officers will serve their minimum commitment of two years prior to pursuing careers as professional athletes.

The department has a long history of officer athletes who served their nation before going into professional sports including Alejandro Villanueva, Roger Staubach, Chad Hennings and David Robinson.

Softball Takes Finale on Senior Day
5/6/2019

Softball Takes Finale on Senior DayThe Army West Point Softball Team won its final game of the regular season with a 7-0 victory over Saint Peter's on the tail end of a doubleheader on Friday evening at the Army Softball Complex. Prior to the games, Army honored firsties Ashley Yoo, Mae Wadyka, Izzy Gates, Renee Poirier, Maddie Kim and Carrie Reilly. Yearling Taylor Drayton paced the Army offense with three hits, three RBI and two runs in the second game, while Reilly tallied three hits on the day with two runs and a walk. Yearling Megan Muffett added three walks and a run scored. In the circle, Poirier was dominant in the first game, allowing just six hits and a run in 7.0-plus innings of work while walking two and striking out five. Cow Macey Newbary excelled in the night cap, earning her 10th win of the season with a complete game shutout. The Missoula, Mont., native scattered five hits and three walks while fanning a career-high 10 Peacocks. Read more.

Conlin, Huttepain Earn All-League Honors
5/6/2019

Conlin, Huttepain Earn All-League HonorsThe Patriot League announced its All-League honors Friday, with Army West Point Men's Tennis getting one player each on the first and second teams.

Cow Myles Conlin earned a spot on the First Team for the second straight season and Plebe Diego Huttepain on the Second Team. "Myles had a great year, playing very good tennis at No. 1," said Head Coach, Jim Poling. "He had some very good, tough matches down the stretch that will only improve his game going into his senior year."

Conlin finished the spring season with an 11-9 singles record, with all matches being played at the No. 1 position. The Alameda, Calif. native was 4-1 versus PL opponents this season, and finished the year winning five of his last six finished matches.

Huttepain finished his first collegiate season with a 10-11 singles record overall -- 4-2 against league opponents. Read more.

Women's Tennis Closes Out Season at NCAAs
5/6/2019

Women's Tennis Closes Out Season at NCAAsThe Army West Point Women's Tennis Team capped its 2019 campaign with a 4-0 setback against No. 10 Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday evening. The Black Knights finished the year with an overall record of 22-8, their most wins in a season since 2013. The Huskies improved to 20-4 and will face 34th-ranked Princeton in the regional final on Saturday.

The Black Knights competed against the Huskies for the second time in program history. It was the first meeting between Army and Washington since 2001. Army finished with 22 wins, the most in a season since 2013. Einck finished her career tied for ninth in program history with a singles record of 69-26 and a doubles record of 76-31. The Geneva, Ill., native's .726 winning percentage in singles is the highest among any Army player with at least 69 wins. McCormick closed out her career with a combined 97 wins to her name, including 37 in singles play and 60 in doubles action. Read more.

Brattan, Burns Named to All-Tournament Team
5/6/2019

Brattan, Burns Named to All-Tournament TeamFollowing the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team's first-ever appearance in the Patriot League Tournament, Jackie Brattan and Maddie Burns were named to the all-tournament squad. Brattan compiled nine points on eight goals and an assist in a pair of postseason games. In the 12-9 quarterfinal round victory against Lehigh, the yearling tallied four goals and an assist to go with seven draw controls and two caused turnovers. The seven draws helped her become the first cadet in program history to total 100 in her career. She followed that performance with a four-goal outing against No. 14 Navy in the semifinal round. Her four goals gave her 63 for the year, making her the first cadet to eclipse the 60-goal mark in a single season.

Burns was a catalyst in Army's win over Lehigh in the quarterfinals after coming up with 10 saves and limiting the Mountain Hawks to just nine goals. Her play was crucial down the stretch, making eight saves in the second half to allow the Black Knights to hold their lead before ultimately securing the win. The cow netminder then saved 13 shots in a semifinal loss to service-academy rival Navy in the semifinals.

Atlanta Falcons Visit West Point
5/3/2019

Orienteering Takes 15th Consecutive Championship at QuanticoMembers of the Atlanta Falcons organization spent two days this offseason visiting the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Falcons' players, coaches, and front office members had the opportunity to thank individuals within the Academy for all that they do, as well as partake in leadership activities and learn more about the history of West Point.

Dan Quinn, the recipient of the NFL's 2016 Salute to Service Award understands the importance of the military, and strives to implements their teamwork and brotherhood into the game of football. "West Point has been the best leadership laboratory ever to help develop and go through failures. The cadets, they fail a lot - not in the classroom, but they put them in tough scenarios where they have to battle back and show resiliency." - Falcons head coach Dan Quinn

Players, coaches, and front office members participated in three leader reaction courses. The course highlights the opportunity to strengthen team bonding and gives individuals the chance to showcase leadership qualities. Full story.

Orienteering Takes 17th Consecutive Championship at Quantico
5/3/2019

Orienteering Takes 15th Consecutive Championship at QuanticoThe West Point Orienteering Team participated in the Quantico Intercollegiate Championships. The event involved a Middle, Relay, and Long course throughout the two-day competition. As a result of their stellar performance, the team won their seventeenth consecutive Intercollegiate Championship. Individually, CDT Brigitte Bordelon '20 A-4 finished second overall in the female collegiate category, and CDT Joseph Heindrichs '21 C-4 finished fourth in the male collegiate category.

Taekwondo Takes 1st at ECTC
5/3/2019

Taekwondo Takes 1st at ECTCThe Army Taekwondo Team travelled to Burlington, Vermont to compete in their fifth and final ECTC tournament of the season. The team performed exceptionally well, taking first place overall for the first time in the Division One league, dethroning Cornell who previously held the title for over the past five years.

Notable mentions go out to the Women's A2 and C1 teams, as well as Men's B1 and C1 teams for winning Gold medals in their sparring divisions. The Women's A2 team consists of CDTs Taylor Reim, Ashley Rivera and Nicole Nettles. The Women's C1 team consists of CDTs Abigail Vickery, Jane Yan, and Hannah Staton. The Men's B1 team consists of CDTs Joshua Havermale, Richard Sung, and Madison Curry. The Men's C1 team consists of CDTs Seungchul Lee, Jeremy Good, and Jordon Huck. The Women's B1 team and Men's A1 team also did well, earning Bronze in their sparring divisions. The Women's B1 team consists of CDTs Maggie Shi, Nathania Nuno, and Sarah Juhn. The Men's A1 team consists of CDTs Matt Galea, Tae-young Kim, and Peter Cha.

Additionally, four members medaled in Poomsae: Sarah Juhn and Richard Sung earning Bronze, and Abigail Vickery and Joshua Havermale earning Silver. Overall, the team performed very well at this tournament and have established a new dominance in the ECTC.

Cadets Present at the HEART Conference
5/3/2019

Cadets Present at the HEART ConferenceCadets Anmol Narang and Joe Kyburz gave a presentation titled "Characterization of Multilayered Composite Heavy Oxide Inorganic Scintillators" as representatives of Team Zebra 2019 Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology (HEART) conference in San Diego, CA recently. Team Zebra (CDT Anmol Narang, CDT Joe Kyburz, CDT Tom Weatherford, CDT Nick Donze, CDT Seth Bailer, MAJ Jake Capps, MAJ Gabe Lucero, and LTC Pete Chapman) have been researching the characteristics of a novel inorganic scintillator capable of fast neutron detection this year to determine its suitability in nuclear security applications. CDT Weatherford presented the group's work at the DTRA RD-NT NSERC-Military Academy Research Symposium (N-MARS) at DTRA HQ and the team will submit their findings for publication in the Journal of Radiation Effects in the fall of 2019.

Turner Named PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year
5/3/2019

Firstie Nick Turner was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second-straight year, it was announced by the league on Thursday. To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.

The Patriot League Men's and Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Academic All-Patriot League Team honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. The awards are nominated and voted on by the Patriot League golf sports information directors. Turner, a two-time First Team All-Patriot League selection, tied for first at the 2019 Patriot League Men's Golf Championship at 2-under par, before bowing out in a three-way playoff. He helped Army West Point to the program's 12th team title.

The electrical engineering major carries a 3.768 cumulative GPA and earns his second-consecutive scholar-athlete of the year and academic all-League honor. Turner and his teammates are headed for the Austin Regional in the NCAA Tournament and will be competing on May 13-15 at the University of Texas Golf Club. Read more.

Hockey Recognized for Academic Achievement by NCAA
5/3/2019

The Army West Point hockey team was one of nine in Division I recognized by the NCAA for scoring in the top 10% of the sport in the most recent Academic Progress Rate results. Army, Clarkson, Colgate, UConn, Minnesota, Yale, Holy Cross, Brown, Princeton and Nebraska Omaha. The NCAA has recognized more than 1,300 programs from 321 schools for academic excellence after they scored in the top 10% of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rate results.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. Largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores, teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,328, up by 44 from the previous academic year. APRs for programs in the top 10% ranged from 987 to a perfect 1,000, and the number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,214, marking an increase of 26 teams from last year Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Awards Search. Of the teams recognized, 471 competed in men's or mixed sports, and 857 competed in women's sports. Read more.

Cadets Visit STERIS IsoMedix Facility in Chester
5/3/2019

Cadets Visit STERIS IsoMedix Facility in ChesterMAJ Sablan and 43 Nuclear Engineering cadets visited the STERIS IsoMedix Facility in Chester, NY. Cadets learned about the radiation applications involved in sterilizing everyday products. Cobalt-60 was received by the faculty from Canada as a result of neutron activation and then observed to be loaded into the irradiation bay. Cadets also learned of the political and physical security concerns surrounding the handling of this type of material. Events and partnerships such as this help to ensure that West Point continues to be at the forefront of the nuclear engineering field.

Crew at the Knecht Cup
5/3/2019

Crew at the Knecht CupMarking the first competition of the spring season for most of the Army Crew Team competing in the Knecht Cup gaining valuable racing experience in preparation for the championship regattas. The team did extremely well against several top varsity and club teams. These are the same teams that Army will compete against at their National Championship event this month. The Novice Women's 8 won a silver medal finishing second in their event. The Varsity Women's 8 won a bronze medal finishing third in their event. The Novice Men's 8 won a bronze medal finishing third in their event.

Football Mini Plans Now On Sale
5/3/2019

The Army West Point ticket office has announced that mini plans for the 2019 football season at Michie Stadium are on sale now.

Fans can create their own Army West Point football mini plan by choosing any three home games this season. Mini plans are starting as low as $100 for upper deck/end zone seating and $115 for sideline seating.

To purchase your mini plan online for the upcoming season, Click Here.

Fans can also call the ticket office at 877-TIX-ARMY (849-2769) or the Army A Club at 845-938-2322.

Professor Damodaran Speaks with Cadets
5/3/2019

Professor Damodaran Speaks with CadetsThe “Dean of Valuation" joined cadets in “Financial Statements Analysis". Prof Aswath Damodaran of NYU Stern School of Business brought his 33 years of experience in teaching finance to talk to the cadets about the importance of looking past the numbers when analyzing companies. Professor Damodaran is featured regularly on CNBC and in the Wall Street Journal and is one of the most respected finance professors in the field.

Schultz Repeats as Academic All-PL Selection
5/2/2019

CDT Griffin Schultz '19Firstie defender Griffin Schultz of the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team for the second straight year. Schultz was one of 14 student-athletes throughout the Patriot League to earn the honor.

"In my estimation, Griffin represents the very best of this institution and has excelled in the classroom and has excelled on the playing field," said head coach Joe Alberici. "He epitomizes what a cadet-athlete is all about. What makes me particularly proud of Griffin is that nothing has been given to him - it has all been earned. He has worked hard to become an indispensable member of our defense and is the same way in the classroom. He chose a challenging major and has earned everything he's got. He is going to be a hell of an Army officer."

Schultz boasts a 3.774 grade-point average with an Economics major and Systems Engineering track. The firstie has made the Dean's List all seven eligible semesters and has not produced a single semester GPA below a 3.5. In his limited spare time, Schultz tutors his teammates in Economics and Physics. Read more.

Cadets Visit Multiple Intelligence Institutions
5/2/2019

Cadets Visit Multiple Intelligence InstitutionsWest Point Department of History majors enrolled in "Spies in their Own Words," had the opportunity to visit several intelligence institutions and talk with influential members of the intel community. During the trip, West Point cadets visited the NSA - National Security Agency (NSA), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), US Army Cyber Command, and The Institute of World Politics.

Army Golf Heading to Austin for NCAA Regional
5/2/2019

Army Golf Heading to Austin for NCAA RegionalThe Army West Point Golf Team will be heading to the Austin Regional for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The regional will take place at the University of Texas Golf Club and is set for May 13-15.

Army will be making its 12th appearance as a team in this year's tournament. The Black Knights enter the NCAA Regionals after winning the Patriot League Championship last weekend by eight strokes with a 1-over score after three rounds. This is Army's first appearance in the NCAAs since the 2016 season and first under head coach Chad Bagley, who is in his second season at the helm of the Black Knights.

Texas is the top seed in the regional and the Black Knights are the 14th seed.

Regional Studies in World History
5/2/2019

Regional Studies in World History The Audiovisual Librarian of the USMA Library, Mr. Mike Arden, spoke to West Point Department of History cadets enrolled in "Regional Studies in World History - Africa." Mr. Arden shared experiences from his time in the Peace Corps in Liberia during the 1980s and provided context for the cadets' study of the Liberian civil wars. In preparation for this discussion, cadets watched the film "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," about the role of Liberian women in bringing peace and democratic elections to the country after the conflict.

Karate Takes First in the NACKC Tournament
5/2/2019

Karate Takes First in the NACKC TournamentThe Army Martial Arts Team traveled to Boston, Mass. to compete in the NACKC National Collegiate Karate Tournament. The team performed exceptionally, winning the tournament over-all and claiming the title of National Karate Champions. Notable mentions go out to the Women's Beginner and Intermediate team for winning Gold medals in their "kumite" or sparring divisions. The Women's Beginner team consisted of CDTs Abigail Vickery, Jane Yan, and Kimi Walker. The Women's Intermediate/Advanced team consisted of CDTs Taylor Reim, Sarah Juhn, and Wonha Kim. The Women's Advanced as well as the Men's Beginner and Intermediate teams also placed, earning Silver medals in their "kumite" or sparring divisions. The Men's Beginner team consisted of CDTs Jeremy Good and Chris Jin. The Men's Intermediate team consisted of CDTs Madison Curry, Brock Curry, and Chris Jin. The Men's Advanced team earned Bronze in their "kumite" or sparring division and consisted of CDTs Matthew Galea, Benjamin Turner, and Richard Sung. Additionally, the Women's Beginner team earned Silver medals in their "kata" or form division.

Pistol at the East Coast Steel Challenge
5/2/2019

Twelve members of the Pistol Team competed in the East Coast Steel Challenge competition in New Tripoli, PA. The competition included eight stages, each with five steel targets. For each stage, targets were of different sizes and arrayed at varying distances. Each competitor shot each stage five times with the slowest time being dropped. Out of 25 competitors in the Production Division, Ethan Wilson ’22 finished 2nd with a cumulative time of 141.8 seconds. Keegan Buros '20 - 4th (151.26), Brandon Hottois '19 - 5th (152.79), Caleb Roth '19 - 7th (161.37), Austin Myers '20 - 8th (174.74), Christian Mardaga '21 - 9th (178.22), MacAllister Heric '21 - 10th (185.51, Eris Dragland '19 - 11th (186.89), Hyun Yim '19 - 13th (197.56), Sean Min '21 - 16th (245.53), Ben Meure '22 - 20th (282.79), and Emily Schultz '20 - 21st (283.42).

Army-Navy Ticket Pre-Sale
5/2/2019

Army-Navy Ticket Pre-SaleArmy West Point Athletics has announced that the Army-Navy presale has begun on Wednesday, May 1, and will continue until tickets are sold out.

With the growing popularity of the Army-Navy football game and increased interest from our alumni and supporters in securing tickets through Army West Point Athletics, they are making several changes to the purchase process, streamlining the ordering process with a membership-level based availability beginning on May 1 and increasing the number of supporters that have access to purchase tickets and improving location by reducing the number of tickets that can be purchased at each membership level.

This will provide members with more expedited answers for club and priority level requests. Army A Club members also have access to purchase single game home and away tickets at their respective level before the general public on July 24.

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

Robotics (RRC) Wins Best Poster at We Robot
5/2/2019

Robotics (RRC) Wins Best Poster at We RobotThe Robotics Research Center (RRC) won the Best Poster Award at We Robot 2019. We Robot 2019 was held in Coral Gables, FL and hosted by the University of Miami School of Law. It is an interdisciplinary conference on the legal and policy questions relating to robots. The topic of the poster was "How Robots and Autonomous Weapon Systems are Changing the Norms and Laws of War" and it represented collaboration between the Department of English and Philosophy (DEP) and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). This semester, six sections of Philosophy examined the ethical and legal considerations of autonomous weapons systems. These Cadets will complete a project designed to encourage them to explore, both in the classroom and in robotics lab environments, artificial intelligence (AI) powered robots, drones, self-driving cars, and emerging human on and out of the loop technologies such as robot swarms. The poster was presented by Mr. Dominic Larkin and Dr. William Barry.

Marathon at the NIRCA in Oxford, Ohio
5/2/2019

Marathon at the NIRCA in Oxford, OhioThe Marathon Team returned to the NIRCA (National Intercollegiate Running Club Association) Half Marathon Championships in Oxford, Ohio for a shot at a national championship. Battling the elements and a tough field the team showed grit and determination and produced several impressive individual and team achievements. The men placed second as a team with an average time over 13.1 miles of 01:17:15. Chase Hogeboom '21 placed 9th overall for the men. On the women's side, the Marathon team won third place overall with an average time of 01:34:30. Autumn Shea '20 placed eighth for the females and Emily DiNallo '22 placed 4th. With these placings, Chase, Autumn and Emily are NIRCA Half-Marathon all Americans.

Ethics Debate Team Successfully Defends Title
5/1/2019

Ethics Debate Team Successfully Defends TitleThe Ethics Debate team won the Military Ethics Case Competition hosted by Navy (also involving USAFA, USCGA, USMMA, and VMI). The cadets successfully defended the title that they won last year. This year’s case required them to develop a strategy to prevent and/or mitigate moral injury through a platoon’s pre-deployment, mid-deployment, and post-deployment efforts.

Dominant Second Half Lifts Men's Lacrosse Past Holy Cross
5/1/2019

Dominant Second Half Lifts Men's Lacrosse Past Holy CrossFueled by a 9-1 run, the #18/19 Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team downed Holy Cross Tuesday afternoon in the Patriot League Quarterfinals, 14-5 at Michie Stadium. Holding fifth-seeded Holy Cross scoreless for almost 40 minutes of action, the fourth-seeded Black Knights outscored the Crusaders 7-1 in the second half. Brendan Nichtern headlined the day with a career-high six assists and added two goals in his postseason debut.

The second team All-Patriot League selection is tied for the single-season assists record in Army's 102 years as a program with 45. He ranks first alongside First Team All-America honoree Jeremy Boltus and Jeff Bryan, who set the single-season records previously in 2011 and 2003, respectively. The Black Knights were led by firstie captain Nate Jones' four goals. He added two helpers in the game. Miles Silva and Nicholas Garofano each recorded a hat trick on the day to mark the second time this season three or more Army players netted at least three goals apiece. Johnny Surdick reached the 100-career caused turnover milestone with his two today. The firstie captain notched three ground balls in the effort. Read more.

Glee Club Performs in Jacksonville with Grad Support
5/1/2019

Glee Club Performs in Jacksonville with Grad Support49 members of the Glee Club were hosted by the community of Jacksonville, FL, with special support from local USMA grads and families with cadets currently studying at West Point. The Glee Club performed at Terry Parker High School and Beaches Chapel School remaining after the concerts to mingle with the audience and answer questions of parents and interested students. They then performed at St Paul's By-the-Sea, which is a fine venue with a highly acclaimed concert series, providing valuable visibility for the Club and the Academy. They were joined there by many Old Grads in singing the Alma Mater.

Paintball Hosts 32nd Annual Spring Combat Classic
5/1/2019

Paintball Hosts 32nd Annual Spring Combat ClassicThe Army West Point Paintball club hosted the 32nd Annual West Point Spring Combat Classic. The Spring Combat Classic is part of a semiannual scenario paintball event based on historical battles that plays host to hundreds of players from across the region. The event was held at Lake Frederick and was based on the Brecourt Manor Assault from the Normandy Campaign of WWII. In addition to providing the players a world-class experience in scenario paintball, the event provides leadership development opportunities for the Cadet chain of command, requiring them to plan, resource, and execute a large event. Do you have what it takes to play scenario paintball? If so, look for the Fall Combat Classic in September.

Baseball Eases Past Sacred Heart, 12-1
5/1/2019

CDT Anthony Giachin '21The Army West Point Baseball Team took down Sacred Heart, 12-1, here Tuesday afternoon in an out-of-conference midweek matchup. The Black Knights controlled much of Tuesday's contest, jumping out to a 4-0 lead before the Pioneers tallied their lone run of the game. Army responded though with eight unanswered runs to ultimately put the game away. Anthony Giachin had himself a day, finishing 3-for-4 with seven runs batted in and two runs scored. He was one RBI short of tying the Academy's single-game record, which he achieved in the Cadets' victory over Air Force earlier this season. Andre Walden and Trey Martin added two hits each, with Martin chipping in two RBI as well. Jacob Hurtubise drew a game-high four walks to break the Academy single-season record. The cow surpassed his mark from last season (50) and now has 52 walks drawn on the year. He is also one walk away from tying Zach Price's career mark of 125, achieved from 2009-12. Read more.

Cadets Judge eCYBERMISSION Competition
5/1/2019

Cadets Judge eCYBERMISSION CompetitionIn support of the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP), 367 cadets from various courses within the Chemistry and Life Science Department participated as student virtual judges for the 2019 eCYBERMISSION competition. eCYBERMISSION is an annual web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine. In judging 1,818 mission folders, these cadets provided encouragement, support, and timely feedback for 6th - 9th grade participants from across the country.

Ta Kwon Do Trains in Los Angeles
5/1/2019

Ta Kwon Do Trains in Los AngelesRecently the Ta Kwon Do Team Traveled to Los Angeles, California to train. They spent the first night training internally with the ECTC All Star Team and ECTC Coaches Dan Chuang and Andrew Park. Recently, Coach Park was named a Regional Coach by the national Ta Kwon Do organization, USAT. Both provided great insight for the athletes. Cadets were exposed to a national team coach as well, Coach Chase Graham, who introduced high-level skills and ideas for the athletes. Lastly, the Cadets trained with Coach Richard Lee, who is responsible for landing multiple athletes on the U.S. National Team and invited dozens of athletes to come in and train with the cadets.

Cadets Visit Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan
5/1/2019

Cadets Visit Permanent Mission of the Republic of KazakhstanTwelve cadets from the Russian Language Forum visited the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations. Cadets met with representatives of the mission: H.E. Mr. Kairat Umarov, Amassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UN, and Counsellors Colonel Yerulan Akylbayev and Anuar Zhainakov.

CDT Tyler Skidmore'21 wrote about this trip section: "The trip to the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations was extremely interesting and informative. I had already traveled to the Kazakhstani Military Academy over spring break, so the trip helped put their method of officer training and education into the broader context of Kazakhstan’s international security policy and objectives. The Republic of Kazakhstan seems to want to join the world stage as a problem-solver. Their commitment to countering terrorism with educational programs for regions afflicted with terror as well as with military support to the U.N. Peacekeeping Forces is indicative of this. The Kazakhstani diplomats were very friendly and were eager to answer any questions that we had about their country. They exuded a sense of pride and optimism for the future of their country and for the future of the world. It was a fantastic opportunity to put the language and culture skills we learn in the classroom to practice. I would highly recommend this trip to any students of Russian, especially those interested in international policy."

Army Takes Third at the Crew Classic in San Diego
5/1/2019

Army Takes Third at the Crew Classic in San DiegoArmy Crew had a very successful trip to San Diego to compete in the Crew Classic. The team increased racing experience against west coast schools which are some of the fastest collegiate rowing teams in the country. Both men and women finished third in their final. The team also supported the Freedom Rowers at the event, a rowing category for wounded warriors. Army Crew helped prepare the boats before the Freedom Rower’s race and helped receive the boats after the racing was done. This was a great opportunity to connect with their military brothers and sisters.

 

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