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Class of 2020 Academic Excellence

The Dean of the Academic Board, BG Cindy Jebb ’82 congratulates the 29 Class of 2020 cadets who received prestigious graduate and technical scholarships such as Rhodes, Schwarzman, Marshall, Fulbright, Knight-Hennessy, National Science Foundation and Lincoln Labs fellowships. She also recognized the 20 members of the Class who will be heading straight to medical school upon graduation. Congratulations to these cadets for their outstanding achievement!

CDTs Charlton & Gross Receive the John McKillop Glee Club Award

CDTs Charlton & Gross Receive the John McKillop Glee Club AwardThe John McKillop Award for Musical Excellence. John McKillop was USMA 1958 and a loyal member of the Glee Club. The two recipients of the 2020 McKillop Award this year are: Dylan Charlton and Katelynn Gross. As four-year members of the Glee Club, both Dylan and Katie distinguished themselves as musicians of exceptional talent and skill.

A Space Science major from Miami, Dylan's career begins at Fort Hood, TX, as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery before transferring to Space Operations.

A Life Science major from Plano, TX, Katie earned a coveted slot in the Medical Corps Medical School Program. Her studies begin at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Congratulations to Dylan and Katie!

Summer Term Has Begun

Summer Term Has BegunThis is the first week of the Summer Term and we have 225 cadets taking five different courses over the next 3+ weeks. Awesome work by the cadets and faculty continuing to adapt to the virtual classroom.

1-on-1 with Head Men's Soccer Coach Russell Payne

1-on-1 with Head Men's Soccer Coach Russell PayneHead Men's Soccer coach checked in with Zack Daly and the two talked about the adjustment during spring, Zac McGraw's opportunity with the Portland Timbers and the annual Army-Navy Cup in Philadelphia.

Hallstead Earns Academic All-District Honors

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced that firstie 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 in athletic competition and in the classroom.

Hallstead is now eligible for Google Cloud Academic All-America honors, which will be announced in June.

The three-time Academic All-Patriot League performer has excelled in the classroom throughout her four years at the Academy with a 4.056 grade-point average as a life science major. She has now collected first team all-district recognition from CoSIDA for three consecutive seasons.

Hallstead, a four-time All-Patriot League diver, put an exclamation point on her standout four-year career by being named the Patriot League Female Diver of the Meet in 2020. She medaled in both diving events at the league championships after winning on the 1-meter board and placing third on the 3-meter. The Canandaigua, N.Y., native became the first cadet to receive the diver of the meet honor since Lindsey Adao '10 earned it in 2010.

CDT Caternor Receives the William H. Cosby Glee Club Award

CDT Nako CaternorThe William H. Cosby Award is presented to the Most Valuable Member of the West Point Glee Club, the individual who best exemplifies the spirit of the motto: “No fun without music; no music without fun!” This award is unique in that it is awarded by the West Point Alumni Glee Club to a recipient selected by the members of the current Glee Club.

William H. “Bill” Cosby joined the West Point Band in 1970 from California. Selected by Professor of Music COL William H. Schempf to carry on the director responsibilities of the Cadet Glee Club in 1971, Bill led the famous West Point Cadet Glee Club for 17 years. He became the Founding Musical Director of the West Point Alumni Glee Club in 2007.

Nako Caternor is this year’s recipient. An American Politics major from Clarksburg, MD, Nako is honored by her peers for her boundless positivity and fun-loving spirit. In her role as Glee Club Librarian, she brought new meaning to the first part of our motto, “No fun without music.” With Nako as librarian, we were always prepared! Nako branched Field Artillery and begins her career at Camp Casey, South Korea.

West Point, to Thee

By Anthony George, Men's Lacrosse

I was 15 years old when I made the decision to attend West Point. I was terrified of the commitment I made. As a multisport athlete at a boarding school I was no stranger to the rigor of athletics, academics, and the struggle of being away from home.

I am thankful to a small school in Northern Indiana for teaching me so much in my time before West Point. Culver Military Academy is a special place where I was able to make friendships which will last a lifetime. I learned so much during my time there, but I believe the most meaningful lessons included the basics of leadership and the fundamentals of a disciplined lifestyle.

Additionally, I learned how to compete at a new level. Under a legendary figure in the lacrosse world, Coach Jon Posner, I attained a new level of work ethic I did not know I had. I am immensely thankful for the way Coach Posner drove my teammates and me every day. The program consistently sends all of its graduating class to Division I programs across the country. When Coach Posner suggested I look into West Point, I never looked back.

I was excited about everything: the Army’s notorious team atmosphere, the chance to serve this great nation, the financial situation I would be in upon graduation, and the friends I would make along the way. The opportunity to play lacrosse at the highest collegiate level was on par for the greatest influencer.

I believe lacrosse at West Point is vital to the Army. The individuals and leaders I have had the opportunity to play with are without a doubt making the Army a better place. There is a focused determination and swagger about an Army lacrosse player that I believe benefits both West Point and the country when these individuals begin their Army experience as officers. Read more.

DFL Cadets Brief Army South’s DCGI Alcides on Projects Day

DFL Cadets Brief Army South’s DCGI Alcides on Projects DayDuring this year’s Projects Day, the Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) at the U.S. Military Academy virtually hosted U.S. Army South’s Deputy Commanding General—Interoperability GdB Alcides V. Faria Jr.

The Spanish group, Class of 2020 Cadets Alex Bayer, Jack Provost and Michael King, briefed Alcides on China’s influence in Argentina and Chile. The Portuguese group, Class of 2020 Cadets Brandon Roseborough, Wonha Kim and Christian Halcomb, discussed China’s influence in Brazil. Both briefs were conducted in Spanish and Portuguese, respectively, demonstrating the cadets’ ability to communicate and analyze complex problems in support of an Army service component.

Alcides’ lecture titled, “Brazil Army Perspective of South American Security Concerns,” provided cadets a unique glimpse into South American security challenges and how the Brazilian army tackles these issues.

“This is a very good opportunity to show a different perspective from a partner… to make people think a different way,” Alcides said of the opportunity to attend Projects Day and give a guest lecture.

Throughout this section of Projects Day, more than 200 participants from across U.S. South Command, U.S. Army South, West Point, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation and many other education institutions participated. Read more.

1-on-1 with Head Men's Basketball Coach Jimmy Allen

Rich DeMarco sat down with head Men's Basketball coach Jimmy Allen virtually and the two discussed how the team and staff is doing during this time, home-schooling and current interests since having to stay at home.

20 ’20 Cadets Heading Off to Medical School

We are thrilled to share that we have 20 premedical students heading to medical school from the class of 2020. What a year! Congratulations to these outstanding cadets.

Catching up with Zac McGraw - Men's Soccer

Catching up with Zac McGraw - Men's SoccerFirstie soccer cadet-athlete Zac McGraw chatted with Zack Daly about the MLS Draft, the Portland Timbers and his four years with the Men's Soccer program.

West Point 1st at Tri-Service Academy Competition

The U.S. Military Academy has 13 academic departments cadets can choose majors within, but regardless of which academic program they choose they are required to take an engineering sequence prior to graduation.

Non-engineering majors who choose the systems engineering sequence take three classes during their time at the academy. The first class teaches them the systems design process and the second introduces them to math modeling and data analysis. In the third course, cadets use the skills they learned in the first two, apply them to a real-world problem and complete a mini-capstone project.

This year, three cadet groups from the systems engineering sequence worked on projects sponsored by Lockheed Martin and at the conclusion of their research competed in the 8th annual Sustainment Innovation Competition. During the annual competition, cadets and midshipmen from West Point and the U.S. Naval and Air Force Academies present Lockheed Martin-sponsored projects to a panel of judges.

The competition is typically held at the Lockheed Martin facility in Virginia each April, but due to COVID-19 it was held virtually this year on April 14. Read more.

West Point, to Thee

West Point, to Thee by CDT Paul AdamsBy Paul Adams, Men's Rugby

I will never forget this moment.

There is a video about Army men’s rugby that was made a few years ago. It talks about the team, the brotherhood, the legacy, our traditions, and our rivalry with Navy. I have seen this video probably 100 times throughout the last five years and as the years have gone on, this video and some of the words said have taken on a whole new depth of meaning for me. Before it was just a cool video. Now when I watch, it allows me to relive some of those moments that I have experienced.

The part of the video that has always stuck out the most is, “it’s just one of those things, you get a feeling in your gut, you get this intense focus, it's always going to be a battle.” Every time I watched that video those lines always stuck out to me, and then finally come my junior year, I understood why.

My junior year we were playing Notre Dame College in what was a massively important game for us. They were a good team that had been building momentum all season. Moreover, the year prior they had beaten us in one of the biggest upsets of the year in a game that came down to the wire. Our confidence had been building throughout the fall, and this was the first big test to see if our confidence matched our competence. During the first half it was neck and neck, but I could feel that they were starting to break. Full story.

FORSCOM Commander Visits West Point

FORSCOM Commander Visits West PointKeller Army Community Hospital transformed its former labor and delivery ward into a COVID-19 ward and secured two GeneXpert testing analyzers and the necessary supplies to test more than 8,000 cadets and task force Soldiers between June and August, CPT Jeffrey Baker, the officer-in-charge of the KACH laboratory, said.

The ward, which currently has no patients, was toured by Garrett May 7, as part of his visit to West Point to learn about and inspect the measures being put into place before the Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division arrive.

“The conditions are set and resources in place to protect the Soldiers and cadets and execute the summer training mission,” Garrett said.

The process of transforming the vacant labor and delivery ward into a COVID-19 ward took about three weeks, COL Chad Haley, chief of the Department of Surgery at KACH, said. The ward had been completely stripped and needed to be put back together from scratch. It now has two intensive care unit beds and six more intermediate care ward beds. The ventilation system in the entire ward has been changed over to ensure negative pressure, which keeps air in the ward from entering the rest of the hospital. Read more.

1-on-1 with Head Swimming & Diving Coach Brandt Nigro

1-on-1 with Head Swimming & Diving Coach Brandt NigroHead Swimming and Diving coach Brandt Nigro sits down with Zack Daly to talk about his first season with the Black Knights, Patriot League Champion diver Serica Hallstead and what he expects out of the team moving forward.

Giachin, Hurtubise Tabbed Academic All-District

Giachin, Hurtubise Tabbed Academic All-DistrictFor the second consecutive season, cow Anthony Giachin and firstie Jacob Hurtubise have been named to the Academic All District Baseball Team, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Honorees selected first-team Academic All-District will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. Academic All-America honorees will be announced from June 8-11.

Both Giachin and Hurtubise were selected to the First Team for District I, which includes Division I athletes from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire Rhode Island and Vermont.

Giachin holds a 3.97 GPA in mechanical engineering and Hurtubise graduates with a 3.70 GPA as an operations research major.

Despite the shortened 2020 season, it has been an accolade filled year for the duo, as Giachin was selected as a Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Hurtubise was chosen as the Patriot League's Preseason Player of the Year.

For more information about CoSIDA's Academic All-District® and Academic All-America Teams program, visit AcademicAllAmerica.com on CoSIDA.com. Story.

1-on-1 with Army Women's Soccer Coach Adrian Blewitt

1-on-1 with Army Women's Soccer Coach Adrian BlewittZack Daly chatted with Army Women's Soccer Coach Adrian Blewitt about staying in touch with the cadet-athletes, having the key contributors back for next season and what he is looking forward to most next year.

LTG Karbler & Dr. Pierce Speak with Space Physics Cadets

LTG Karbler & Dr. Pierce Speak with Space Physics CadetsIn the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army does not stop its missions and operations, including educating and training its future officers.

On April 29, LTG Daniel Karbler, commander of the Space and Missile Defense Command, and Steve Pierce, SMDC chief technology officer, were remote guest speakers for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Karbler planned to visit West Point in person, but the school switched to conducting classes remotely amid the pandemic. He spoke via videoconference from his home office to two space physics classes, instructed by LTC Diana Loucks, West Point professor, the Research Program director, and director of the Space and Missile Defense Command Research and Analysis Center in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering.

Pierce started off the class discussing the history and technology of Army space. Karbler followed him discussing the operational aspects of the command. He explained how the pandemic has impacted SMDC and told the cadets how his team was overcoming the obstacles created by teleworking, wearing masks and staying tuned in to the Department of Defense, the Army and regional guidance. Read more.

CPT Harris on How Volunteering Shaped His Life

CPT Harris on How Volunteering Shaped His LifeOur faculty come from many backgrounds and have many interesting experiences to bring to our team. CPT Brian Harris, a member of our rotating military faculty, spent his younger years bridging the racial divide with his pen pal organization Friendship Sees No Color and his work earned him the 1997 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. He recently sat down for a virtual discussion with other past winners of the award to discuss how volunteering shaped his path in life and brought him to West Point 23 years later.

One Team, One Fight

One Team, One FightA Message to the U.S. Service Academy Alumni Communities

"To our United States Service Academy alumni, families, and friends worldwide:

This is not the spring any of us — or you — could have imagined. Just a few weeks ago, cadets and midshipmen were immersed in their training, focused on the academic, military, physical and character development that prepares them to take on the responsibilities and opportunities that define the service of junior officers in our country’s armed forces. Some had embarked on service, some on learning and recreational opportunities through spring break experiences, and others had just kicked off their spring 2020 athletic seasons." . . .

Read the full message: https://bit.ly/cn-oneteam-onefight

Rigney Fourth Overall Pick in Premier Lacrosse League Draft

Rigney Fourth Overall Pick in Premier Lacrosse League DraftArmy West Point Men's Lacrosse firstie defender Tom Rigney was selected as the fourth overall pick by the Chrome Lacrosse Club in the 2020 Premier League Lacrosse Draft on Wednesday night. Rigney was the fourth overall pick by the Chrome in the second ever PLL draft and the Black Knights' top pick in program history. He is the second Army men's lacrosse player to be selected after Johnny Surdick was picked by the Chaos in 2019. In both PLL Drafts, the top defensive picks were from the Black Knights.

"Joe Alberici does a terrific job coaching our men's lacrosse program and having them prepared to compete at an elite level," said Mike Buddie, Army West Point Director of Athletics. "We are excited to see Tom have the possibility to continue his lacrosse career in the PLL, competing with the grit and toughness you would expect from a West Point cadet. This opportunity could be the best of both worlds for Tom who may be able to fulfill two dreams he has been working towards in the last 47 months - to serve the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and to play lacrosse professionally."

Coach Alberici has mentored 15 professional draft picks in his time at Army, while the program has seen 18 total players selected.

Rigney was named All-America Honorable Mention after serving as the team's on-field leader his firstie season. He recorded 23 ground balls, an assist and five caused turnovers. The firstie from Nokesville, Va., finished his career with 76 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers and three assists.

"I think Tom is the complete package for the PLL," said head coach Joe Alberici. "He has tremendous work ethic, is a great teammate and provided outstanding leadership for us as a captain in 2020 season. He plays with a physical and tough style that would translate very well to the pro game. One thing we are most proud of is his development in the Army program. Early in his career his work ethic and determination drove his development and turned him into one of the most outstanding defensive players in the country. I think the Chrome really got themselves a winner in Tom."

The 2020 firstie class boasts a .655 winning percentage while at Army and were the 2019 Patriot League Champions. The Black Knights authored a 36-19 record with nine wins against nationally ranked opponents and four wins against top-10 teams. The senior class helped lift the team to a program record 13 wins in 2019 when the Cadets made the NCAA Tournament.

West Point, to Thee

CDT Emily BallesterosBy Emily Ballesteros

A letter to the fans, coaches, West Point Community, my family, and my teammates,

We have worked all of our lives to have the opportunity to play college sports. We spent countless hours with our parents driving to hitting lessons, pitching lessons, fielding lessons, to tournaments and showcases across the country just for the chance to play at one of the highest levels of softball. I was fortunate to play with the West Point name across my chest and to represent a team and a family much greater than myself.

I vividly remember playing in the 2014 Colorado Sparkler Softball Tournament and Army West Point was in the stands. Our recruiting liaison after the game had told me that West Point was interested in me as a third baseman and I looked at her like she was crazy. Play for the Army team? was all I was thinking in my head. I was in shock. Looking back on that day six years later, the decision to play for the Army team and the Army family changed my life for the better.

Coming into West Point was one of the scariest moments of my life. However, knowing I had teammates with me throughout BEAST and that I had a whole team waiting for me and my classmates to cross the finish line on A-DAY, motivated me to push through and finish strong.

My cow year, during one of our first league games, I was sliding into third base and put too much weight on my left arm. I ended up popping my shoulder out of the socket and tearing my labrum. I will never forget the amount of pain I was in. It was not physical pain. I was pained because I thought I was not going to be able to play the rest of the season. I remember thinking all that work and effort was for nothing. I thought my season was over. Read more.

Firstie Salute to Army West Point Women’s Lacrosse

Firstie Salute to Army West Point Women’s LacrosseWhile the women’s team never made it to league play, the program made serious strides in 2020

Army Women’s Lacrosse was continuing their 2020 season on a high note before the cancellation of the Patriot League games and USMA athletics events due to the coronavirus. The six-year-old program was on a seven-game winning streak, outscoring 6 of their 7 opponents in double digit points and this was even before beginning Patriot League contests.

They will start the 2021 season riding a seven game winning streak and knowing they were undefeated in the shortened 2020 campaign. It’s only right we highlight the firstie women who have helped bring this team to prominence.

Emma Roerty: While Roetry appeared in one game during this shortened 2020 season, her accolades have accumulated since her rookie year. As a plebe she started in 13 of 17 games and tallied 30 draw controls landing her third-ranked on the team. She was also named to Patriot League Honor Roll as a plebe and yearling. In her career of 26 games Roetry posted an impressive 81% accuracy of her shots on goal and netted 20 ground balls and caused seven turnovers.

Ryan Murphy: In her 46 games at USMA, Murphy collected 31 ground balls, caused 11 turnovers and won 3 draw controls. In her plebe year, she started in eight of nine contests and totaled 10 ground balls and caused five turnovers. In 2019, she was named to the Patriot League Honor Roll where she started in 11 of 13 games and collected nine ground balls.

Madeline Leahy: During her plebe year, Leahy recorded 10 caused turnovers and collected 10 ground balls. In 2018, she was named to both the ECAC and Patriot League Honor Roll while playing in the first-ever Star game against Navy where she collected a ground ball. Between 2019 and this year’s campaign, Leahy appeared in four games. Read more.

CDT Blessinger ’21 Never Giving Up

CDT Blessinger ’21 Never Giving UpTate Blessinger's road to West Point was not the one he had always dreamed of. Blessinger was originally rejected from his dream school. After a year at college, Blessinger re-applied through the long and strenuous process and was accepted. He was recently talking with students in his hometown about pursuing their goals and not giving up on their dreams. Blessinger joined Jessica Hartman on 44News This Morning to share his story.

Three Teams Receive NCAA Academic Recognition

Three Teams Receive NCAA Academic RecognitionThe Army West Point Baseball, Women's Basketball and Women's Soccer teams were the recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award.

The award is bestowed on teams with an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports based on the APR data released in May 2020.

The list of all teams receiving the honor may be found on NCAA.org.

GEN MacArthur "Duty, Honor, Country"

GEN Douglas MacArthurMay 12, 1962: General Douglas MacArthur, Class of 1903, delivered his famous "Duty, Honor, Country" speech as the newest recipient of WPAOG's Thayer Award. The speech was heard by those graduating in the classes 1962 to 1965. Seven years after his speech, MacArthur's statue at West Point, sculpted by Walter Hancock, was dedicated in Sept. 1969 by his widow.

"Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn."

To read and listen to the whole speech, visit: https://www.westpointaog.org/

Read GEN MacArthur's Thayer citation here: https://www.westpointaog.org/

Since 1958, the West Point Association of Graduates has presented the SYLVANUS THAYER AWARD to an outstanding citizen of the United States whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify personal devotion to the ideals expressed in the West Point motto, “DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY.”

Learn more and view recipients: https://www.westpointaog.org/thayeraward

Congratulations to Faculty Graduating the Master Teacher Program

Congrats to some outstanding Faculty Members who graduated from the Master Teacher Program today. The program takes two years to complete and helps faculty members continue to grow and become even better teachers.

"God Bless America" by Trumpet Players from Across the U.S. Army

"God Bless America" by Trumpet Players from Across the U.S. ArmyPaying tribute to our home, sweet home from their actual home, sweet homes, we hope you enjoy this special #TrumpetTuesday rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" by trumpet players from across the U.S. Army.

Sgt. 1st Class Ej Ramos, The United States Army Band
Sgt. 1st Class Mike Delaune, The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
Staff Sgt. Kevin Paul, The United States Army Band
Staff Sgt. Chris Watkins, The United States Army Band
Staff Sgt. John Powlison, The United States Army Band
Staff Sgt. Ryan Brewer, The United States Army Field Band
Staff Sgt. Gillian Huff, West Point Band
Staff Sgt. Pat McGee, 10th Mountain Division Band

1-on-1 with Head Women's Basketball Coach Dave Magarity

Coach Dave MagarityZack Daly sits down with head Women's Basketball coach Dave Magarity to chat about player and staff virtual meetings, building bonds with a young team and looking back at the memories during his tenure at West Point.

West Point, to Thee

CDT Anant Mundra ’20By Anant Mundra, Men's Tennis

Not too long ago, I was laying in the warm sand of Miami Beach and in the blink of an eye, my world changed. Our world changed. On March 12th, 2020, the Patriot League elected to cancel all athletic competition. A few hours later, the NCAA announced the cancellation of all winter and spring sports. This effectively retired all senior athletes. When I heard the news, my world stopped. There was no more next season. This was IT.

I immediately called my parents and told them the news. They could hear the sadness in my voice, but they could not relate. While our world was experiencing a pandemic, how could I worry about my tennis season? Instead, they congratulated me on a fruitful 15 years and expressed their pride in all I had accomplished in the sport. They recommended I do the same. And I did. I felt sorrow but I also felt relief. It was finally over. I would miss fighting on the courts with my brothers, but I welcomed the beginning of new endeavors. So, I said my goodbyes and walked off the courts with my brothers, one last time.

COVID-19 has affected everyone. Heck, here I am writing this note between virtual classes, confined to my California home. But, through all its negatives, COVID-19 has provided me with the greatest resource: time. Time to spend with my family, time to catch up with old friends, and, most importantly, time to reflect. Through this, I have been able to reflect on my journey to and through West Point. And there is nothing else I can say but thank you.

Throughout my childhood, Saturday mornings meant tennis. And I hated the sport. Tennis was my enemy. My parents would drag me to the courts, tolerate my tantrums, and reward me for simply hitting the ball over the net. Little did I know it would shape me into who I am today.

Slowly, it grew on me. I began to play twice a week, then four times a week, and then every day. Ultimately, rain or shine, I would be on the courts. I vividly remember my mother and I playing during a downpour. When the rain got heavier, we would sit under the bench, hoping for it to pass. Read more.

1-on-1 with Head Softball Coach Cheryl Milligan

1-on-1 with Head Softball Coach Cheryl MilliganZack Daly chatted with head Softball coach Cheryl Milligan about her first season as head coach, looking forward to the next season and life at home.

Cadets Talk with Author & Screenwriter Ernest Cline

Cadets Talk with Author & Screenwriter Ernest ClineLTC Andrew Marsh's English class recently had a chance to talk to international best-selling author and screenwriter Ernest Cline about his novel "Ready Player One." While discussing the novel, cadets and Mr. Cline had an opportunity to explore the intersection of identity and leadership as it pertains to technology and the constantly shifting world we find ourselves in. Mr. Cline also provided a tour of his DeLorean and large collection of classic memorabilia and discussed the evolution of a story that began as a dream and eventually formed into an international bestselling book and an Academy nominated film.

1-on-1 with Sprint Football Coach Mark West

1-on-1 with Sprint Football Coach Mark WestHead Sprint Football coach Mark West talked with Zack Daly recently about the adjustment the team had to make for spring practice and a look back at the Collegiate Sprint Football League title game against Navy.

Cadets at West Point During COVID-19 Quarantine

While most of the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy have been home since leaving for spring break in March, 21 cadets remain at the academy in the transient barracks set up to house those who were unable to go home.

The majority of the cadets staying in the transient barracks are foreign exchange students who were not able to go home during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Capt. Dymitri Dutkanicz, the tactical officer overseeing the transient barracks. Other cadets had already chosen to stay at West Point during spring break and then made the decision to remain at the academy instead of traveling. Some cadets have also returned to the academy if their situations at home were untenable to continue taking online classes.

The cadets have been living in MacArthur Long, where a single floor has been setup as the transient barracks. The cadets have access to a gym that is frequently disinfected as well as common spaces where they can spend time together while socially distanced. Full story.

West Point Celebrates Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders

West Point Celebrates Asian-Americans & Pacific IslandersThroughout the month of May, the U.S. Army and West Point celebrates the proud heritage and service of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

One-on-One with Dom Franco, Army Hockey

One-on-One with Dom Franco, Army HockeyFirstie forward Dominic Franco of the Army West Point hockey team checked in with Zack Daly after being offered a one-year contract with the Rochester Americans.

Franco is the first hockey player to be offered a professional contract since the secretary of defense endorsed a policy in November making it possible for exceptionally talented athletes who have graduated from a military service academy to pursue employment as professional sports athletes following graduation. Once approved, he would be permitted to delay his commissioning and subsequent service obligation to pursue employment as professional sports athletes.

Cadets Brief 82nd Airborne Deputy Commanding General

Cadets Brief 82nd Airborne Deputy Commanding GeneralCadets Sarah Henderson, Morgan Morris, Allison Strong, and Nerissa Siwietz had the opportunity to brief the Deputy Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division on their yearlong effort to develop a conceptual design for a new power projection platform at Fort Bragg. BG Doyle applauded the cadet's effort, stating that they took a "very sophisticated look at a very complex problem" that is facing the 82nd Airborne Division and the entire installation. Well done, ladies!

MAJ Bowen Receives Dean's Teaching Excellence Award

MAJ Bowen Receives Dean's Teaching Excellence AwardCongratulations to MAJ James Bowen on winning the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award! He is a tremendous instructor, mentor, and leader. A great member of the PaNE Family.

Women's Hoops Celebrates Season with Virtual Year-End Banquet

Women's Hoops Celebrates Season with Virtual Year-End BanquetThe Army West Point Women's Basketball team held a virtual year-end banquet earlier this week to celebrate the Black Knights' team and individual honors for the 2019-20 campaign. Army captured two stars with wins over service academy foes Air Force and Navy. The Black Knights closed out their season winning four of their final seven contests, including a victory on the road over Loyola in the first round of the Patriot League tournament.

Below are the 2019-20 Army Women's Basketball award winners.

Maggie Dixon Award: Jessica Rawls, this award is presented to a young lady in memory of Coach Maggie Dixon. Some of Maggie's many traits included leadership, character, tolerance and perseverance through adversity. Coach's Award: Natalie Rhine, the Coach's Award is presented to an individual that displays consistent positivity and an exceptional attitude, on and off the court. Their contributions to the team have exemplified the hard work, consistency and selflessness that are so integral to great teams. Defensive Player of the Year: Hope Brown, the Defensive Player of the Year award is presented to the individual that took the most pride in executing their defensive responsibilities. Most Improved Player: Lindsey Scamman, this award is presented to an individual that has shown the most growth from one year to the next. MG Philip H. Draper Award: Sarah Bohn, the Draper Memorial Award was established in 1995 and is given each year to the team's most valuable player.

Summer Experience: Bennett Taylor

Summer Experience: Bennett TaylorArmy Men's Lacrosse firstie Bennett Taylor joined the PLN's Jimmy Johnson to share his experiences overseas in Italy and across the country at the NASA Ames Research Center in San Jose, Calif.

West Point, to Thee

West Point, to TheeBy Maddie Burns, Women's Lacrosse

Thank you, Army lacrosse.

To the world,

If you didn’t know, this 2020 team was special. We were 45 women, with a spectrum of personalities, fighting day in and day out to be champions. We were 7-0 before our season ended and we were determined to break more records. Our draw control win percentage was ranked first in the nation, our defense was tied for second nationally after allowing only 7.29 goals per game, and we were one of eight teams in the country that remained undefeated.

We also were the best in the country in the intangibles from my perspective. Our team cohesion, our grit, our resilience, and our humor all should have won us at least a few trophies. This team had insane potential, and we were ready to put our names in a few more places in the Army record books.

It’s unfortunate that our season, and some of our careers, were suddenly cut short, but I am glad to have gotten in at least seven games before it all ended. It was too good to be true, I suppose. Next season, this program will reach a whole new level and will create a splash in the world of lacrosse. I am already counting down the days to cheer them on from the stands.

To the seniors,

I love you all. The thousands of hours we dedicated to this team over four years was worth every second. From the early morning bus rides to fall scrimmages, to the late-night practices and long conditioning sessions, we made so many memories. The walks up and down the hill with teammates through every season provided its own facet of the experience, including balancing extra trays of food walking past the iced-over Lusk Reservoir, and down the perilous icy ramp behind Scott just to deliver extra food to the CCQ for our companies. Being together made anything unpleasant, fun. We knew how to have fun anywhere. No one will forget the squat party or the fun Fridays. Our legs certainly will not forget. Nevertheless, these moments only brought us closer. Read more.

Three Cadets Named CEP Athletes of April

Three Cadets Named CEP Athletes of AprilFirstie Jacob Hurtubise of Army West Point baseball, yearling Natalie Murphy of the rabble rousers and firstie Macey Newbary of softball were named the Corps Squad Scholar Athletes of the Month for April.

In the classroom, Hurtubise maintains a 3.697 cumulative grade-point average as an Operations Research major. He has been on the Dean's List every semester he has been enrolled at the Academy and has never had a semester GPA lower than 3.4. The Zionsville, Ind., native is branching Air Defense Artillery following graduation this spring. 2019 was a banner year on the diamond for Hurtubise as he set the Army single season record in runs, walks, stolen bases. He also broke the Patriot League career record for walks and stolen bases, while also leading the league in batting average and hits.

In the classroom, Murphy has excelled with a 3.79 cumulative GPA. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Cadet Award for maintaining a 3.67 GPA or higher. The Massapequa Park, N.Y., native has earned Dean's List status every semester of her academic career. She was recently selected to study abroad at the Spanish Military Academy (AGM) in Zaragoza, Spain Murphy has been successful in all pillars, with a 3.21 physical average and a 3.10 military GPA.

Newbary is a Geography major with a cumulative GPA of 3.032 She was named to the 2019 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. The senior has been a steady presence as a standout starting pitcher for the team. She was named to the 2018 All-Patriot League Tournament Team. Off the field, her leadership and mentorship to younger players has helped the team achieve five academic terms in a row of increasing team GPA. Read more.

1-on-1 with Head Golf Coach Chad Bagley

1-on-1 with Head Golf Coach Chad BagleyHead golf coach Chad Bagley checks in with Zack Daly to chat about the Army-Navy victory at Pine Valley, favorite courses the team has been lucky enough to play and the best hole at West Point Golf Course.

Prof. Rogers Receives Dean's Career Faculty Award

Prof. Rogers Congratulations to Professor Cliff Rogers for receiving the Dean’s Career Faculty Award for Teaching. The Dean’s Award for Career Teaching Excellence recognizes careers of outstanding contributions to teaching by West Point faculty members.

Rigney, Silva Selected in Major Lacrosse League Draft

Rigney, Silva Selected in Major Lacrosse League DraftFirstie defender Tom Rigney and attacker Miles Silva of the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team were both selected by the Denver Outlaws in the 2020 Major League Lacrosse Draft on Monday night.

Rigney was the fifth overall pick by the Outlaws and Silva was the 47th overall pick and the fifth selection in the eighth round of the draft.

"Joe Alberici does a terrific job coaching our men's lacrosse program and having them prepared to compete at an elite level," said Mike Buddie, Army West Point Director of Athletics. "We are excited to see Tom and Miles have the possibility to continue their lacrosse careers in the MLL, competing with the grit and toughness you would expect from a West Point cadet. This opportunity could be the best of both worlds for these men who may be able to fulfill two dreams they have been working towards in the last 47 months - to serve the U.S. Army as second lieutenants and to play lacrosse professionally."

Coach Alberici has mentored 13 MLL draft picks in his time at Army, while the program has seen 16 total players selected into the league. Rigney is the top defensive pick in Alberici's tenure with John Glesener as the highest as the fourth pick in the first round in 2013.

Rigney was named All-America Honorable Mention after serving as the team's on-field leader his senior season. He recorded 23 ground balls, an assist and five caused turnovers. The senior from Nokesville, Va., finished his career with 76 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers and three assists. Read more.

West Point, to Thee

CDT Brendan Soucie with family and Mike BuddieBy Brendan Soucie, Hockey

The meaning of being a member of the Army hockey family hits a different pitch for the Soucie household. Unlike any of my teammates, my father graduated West Point in 1992 and captained the team his senior year. My whole life, I witnessed the true value of what it means to be a part of this family. No matter the year, alumni are constantly around to offer support in whatever ways needed. Just in my four years, I witnessed a revival in this support with catered team dinners, support in visiting arenas, etc. The dedication to support the Army hockey program stems from the bonds formed as players.

I have countless memories from my four years which formed these bonds. The first was throwing that jersey on for my first game. I got extremely lucky and tapped home a wide-open rebound on my first shift of college hockey, but that is not my greatest memory of the game. Going through the emotional roller coaster of a game is where you come together as a team. Compared to every team I played for, the strength of this team bond seemed to be greater because of our name, Army West Point.

A second memory from that year was being afforded the opportunity to play an outdoor hockey game at frozen Fenway Park. Living 20 minutes away my last year of juniors, this game was especially surreal. Not only is Fenway one of the most famous sports venues, but I was able to play in front of family and friends. Boston is so close to home so I will never forget taping my sticks on top of the Green Monster or sitting on the bench and taking the moment to realize where I was playing. Read more.

Checking in with Cole Christiansen

Checking in with Cole ChristiansenRich DeMarco caught up Cole Christiansen to talk about his dream weekend for the firstie linebacker.

Christiansen was offered a deal by the Los Angeles Chargers. He was one of three to receive offers under the NFL undrafted free agent program since the secretary of defense endorsed a policy in November making it possible for exceptionally talented athletes who have graduated from a military service academy to pursue employment as professional sports athletes following graduation. Once approved, they will be permitted to delay their commissioning and subsequent service obligation to pursue employment as professional sports athletes.

Connor Slomka Checks In

Connor Slomka Checks InConnor Slomka caught up with Rich DeMarco this week to talk with the senior fullback about his experience last weekend.

Slomka was offered a deal by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was one of three to receive offers under the NFL undrafted free agent program since the secretary of defense endorsed a policy in November making it possible for exceptionally talented athletes who have graduated from a military service academy to pursue employment as professional sports athletes following graduation. Once approved, they will be permitted to delay their commissioning and subsequent service obligation to pursue employment as professional sports athletes.

1-on-1 with Head Volleyball Coach Alma Kovaci Lee

1-on-1 with Head Volleyball Coach Alma Kovaci LeeZack Daly talks with head volleyball coach Alma Kovaci Lee about connecting with the team virtually, what expect out of the team next year and staying home with the family.

Harvey and McCormick Tab NWCA Scholar All-American Honors

Harvey and McCormick Tab NWCA Scholar All-American HonorsThe National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released the list of 2019-2020 Scholar All-American honors last week, with awards going to 178 individuals representing 64 institutions. Among those honorees, the Black Knights had two Cadets named on the individual Scholar All-Americans list, including Cael McCormick and Ben Harvey.

McCormick, a Systems Engineering major, and Harvey, an American Politics major, represent the United States Military Academy (USMA) among some of the best and brightest in the country in Division I wrestling, each earning above a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average. This is the second year in a row that both athletes have received the honor from the NWCA for their hard work and dedication to their academic success. Both athletes have now been recognized at the conference and national level this year for holding such high standards in the classroom.

Prior to having their season being cut short, the duo found ample success on the mat as well after each qualifying for the 2020 NCAA tournament. This would have been Harvey's third consecutive NCAA appearance and McCormick's second, as both Cadets were consistently dominant in the 164 and 175 weight class, respectively.

Both McCormick and Harvey will graduate from the Academy in June and move on to join the Cyber Corps and Field Artillery/Military Intelligence Corps, respectively.

Make Your Very Own Tar Bucket

Make Your Very Own Tar BucketNeed an at-home activity for your future cadet? Just print, color, craft — and march! Color and cut out this tar bucket hat to become the Drum Major of your very own at-home marching band — it's time for some Marching at Home. Click here to download and print (includes instructions): https://westpointband.com/documents/TarBucketColoringSheet.pdf

1-on-1 with Head Men's Rugby Coach Matt Sherman

1-on-1 with Head Men's Rugby Coach Matt ShermanZack Daly welcomed head men's rugby coach Matt Sherman for a chat about the challenges of the rugby season, top moments as Army's head coach and how he has kept busy.

CDT Dear ’20 & Sister Emma Win CUWiP Logo Design Contest

CDT Dear ’20 & Sister Emma Win CUWiP Logo Design ContestCongratulations to CDT AnnaMaria Dear ’20 and her younger sister Emma Dear for winning the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) logo design. West Point has the distinct pleasure of hosting this international event in January 2021. Runner up: CDT Hanna Lamb ’23 and 2nd Runner up: CDT Claudia Schuh ’23.

CDT Durst ’20 Receives the Frazer Award

CDT Durst ’20 Receives the Frazer AwardCongratulations to Cadet James Durst ’20 for receiving the David M. Frazer Award for Engineering Excellence and Leadership at the annual SAME Engineer Dinner, which was held virtually this year.

Cadets Meet with COO of Rigby Refining

Cadets Meet with COO of Rigby RefiningCadets and faculty from the “Decision Analysis” class had the tremendous opportunity to hear from Mr. Tom Rippert, former DSE Instructor and current Chief Operating Officer of Rigby Refining, LLC. Rigby Refining is a firm focused on supplying high quality, premium residual fuel oil for the shipping industry through a unique process. The proprietary Rigby Process is counter to other refining upgrading processes because it is designed to minimize cracking and hydrogenation while maintaining the desired bulk fuel properties and maximizing production of the patented Rigby Fuel. Mr. Rippert shared how he has employed methods and concepts taught in the course to problems in the military and the oil and gas industry.

Cadets Run 48 miles to Raise Awareness for Sexual Assault

Cadets Run 48 miles to Raise Awareness for Sexual AssaultIt started almost as a joke between friends.

BG Curtis Buzzard, the commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, and cadet leadership had challenged each member of the Corps of Cadets to run one mile to raise awareness for sexual assault and harassment. The challenge was initiated because April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM).

Class of 2021 Cadet Jordan Lawson and a couple of his friends in Company B-1 saw the challenge and decided one mile wasn’t nearly hard enough and set their sights higher. They eventually decided to take on retired U.S. Navy Seal and ultramarathon runner David Goggins’ 4x4x48 challenge. Four miles, every four hours, for 48 hours.

They sent word to their platoon and then all of B-1 as more and more cadets signed on for the challenge. At midnight eastern time on April 21, more than 50 cadets walked out of their houses throughout the country into the pitch-dark night and began to run. At 4 a.m., they went out again and then every four hours for the next two days they laced on their sneakers, walked outside and ran.

For some, it started as a solely physical challenge, but with each run, the cause became more and more central, multiple participants said. Alumni reached out and offered to support the cause and help raise awareness. Survivors reached out and thanked them for running. When people questioned what they were doing, the participants were able to strike up a conversation about the importance of the cause and why they were running. Read more.

McMullen Honored as Coach K Award Recipient

McMullen Honored as Coach K Award RecipientFirstie captain Calli McMullen of the Army West Point Women's Track and Field team has been named a recipient of the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport on Thursday. "The Coach K award is the culmination of hard work that not only myself, but also the hard work that my coaches, teammates, family and mentors invested in me," McMullen said. "Winning the award has given me a renewed appreciation for leadership and mentorship."

The award recognizes 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."

"It goes without saying that this award is an incredible honor for Calli and, in turn, for our track and field program," Army Director of Cross Country and Track and Field and 2019 Coach K Award winner Mike Smith said. "The Coach K award is synonymous with the pursuit of excellence and I know she is humbled by the comparison. "Throughout her storied career at Army, McMullen has been recognized for not only her athletic success but also for his commitment to excellence and respect for her teammates, opponents and the sport.

"At an Academy built on leadership and excellence, we are incredibly proud to honor those who have exemplified the mission to make a difference on and off the field," Director of Athletics Mike Buddie said. "Calli has cemented a legacy that future cadet-athletes will aim to emulate, and we know that she will continue to inspire those around her when she takes on her next great mission as a member of the United States Army." Read more.

Cadet Hannah Lamb ’23 is Academy Idol Winner

Cadet Hannah Lamb ’23 is Academy Idol WinnerThe votes are in and an Academy Idol winner has been selected. After the "Top 12 Shakespearean Monologues" were shared yesterday, votes were cast until only one remained. Congratulations to Cadet Hannah Lamb, Class of 2023, who took the 1st place spot for her rousing Iago performance from Shakespeare's “Othello". If you wish to watch her Monologue performance (and the 11 others), click here.

Poling Named 2020 Coach K Award Recipient

Poling Named 2020 Coach K Award RecipientArmy West Point Head Men's Tennis coach Jim Poling was honored as one of the 2020 recipients of the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport yesterday afternoon. The award is presented each year to coaches and cadets who have shown outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. The 1969 United States Military Academy (USMA) graduate takes time each spring to recognize awardees with a certificate and medal for their dedication to the advancement of the West Point community. This year, the awards were presented in a virtual setting with Coach K, USMA and ODIA staff, cadets and more.

"First, I would like to congratulate Coach Poling on receiving this prestigious award," said Mike Buddie, Director of Athletics, Army West Point. "Building honorable leaders is something we pride ourselves in here at the academy and Coach Poling has done an outstanding job guiding our athletes toward his mission. His commitment to the advancement of the Army West Point athletics community and his dedication to the development of our cadet athletes is beyond appreciated by our staff. I look forward to seeing the continued impact that Coach Poling has on the cadets here at West Point."

Poling will enter his 19th season at the helm of the Army West Point men's tennis program. He has dedicated his life to coaching over the last 34 years and with the Black Knights 9-6 record this season, surpassed his 500 career-wins mark, amassing a 506-346 record. Read more.

West Point, to Thee

West Point, to TheeBy Trey Chalifoux, Wrestling

Hi my name is Trey Chalifoux and how I first got into wrestling is the classic story of when one door closes, another door opens.

I had been playing baseball and basketball since I was four years old but found myself with a setback early on. I was cut from my travel basketball team in the fifth grade and if you know me, then you understand why that is not a huge shock, since I am only 5’3”.

I then had to figure out what sport I was going to do in the winter, and a family friend happened to be a club wrestling coach at the time. I decided to give it a try since my height, or lack thereof, would not be held against me.

At first wrestling was just something for me to do in between fall and spring baseball to get me out of the house. It was not until the eighth grade that I really fell in love with it. What I appreciated most was the individual aspect of the sport.

After a loss, I couldn't look around and blame any of my teammates for the outcome because I was the only one out there competing. The sport inherently made me more self-accountable. Once I realized that wrestling was a passion of mine, I truly started devoting my time and energy into it.

Every summer during high school I would spend the entire month of July away from home, training for the biggest freestyle wrestling tournament in the country in Fargo, N.D. It was at this tournament that I realized that I could wrestle at the collegiate level. The recruiting process was a stressful one, but I could not have been more sure of my decision in choosing Army. Read more.

Army-Navy Ticket Presale Remains on Schedule

Army-Navy Ticket Presale Remains on ScheduleArmy West Point Athletics is excited to announce that the 2020 Army-Navy ticket presale will begin, as previously scheduled, on Tuesday May 5th. The presale will continue until tickets are sold out. Army Athletics understands that many families are feeling the economic impact of COVID-19 and it is our goal to help our A Club members and fans get through the current climate.

The Army Ticket Office and A Club will be offering ticket & donation payment plans. To learn more about these options, please contact your Army West Point representative, contact the Army A Club at 845-938-2322 or the Army Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY.

Army A Club members will also have the opportunity to purchase their Army-Navy tickets online this year as long as their 2020 donation has been started by the Wednesday before their on sale date. 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 21. 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.

1-on-1 with Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera

1-on-1 with Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen SkieraHead Women's Lacrosse coach Kristen Skiera joined Zack Daly virtually to discuss her senior class, the program moving forward and how the team has evolved since its inaugural varsity season in 2016.

Catching up with Elijah Riley

Catching up with Elijah RileyRich DeMarco caught up with Elijah Riley this week after a big weekend for the firstie cornerback.

Riley was offered a deal by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was one of three to receive offers under the NFL undrafted free agent program since the secretary of defense endorsed a policy in November making it possible for exceptionally talented athletes who have graduated from a military service academy to pursue employment as professional sports athletes following graduation. Once approved, they will be permitted to delay their commissioning and subsequent service obligation to pursue employment as professional sports athletes.

Projects Day is Underway Virtually This Year

Projects Day is Underway Virtually This YearCadets, staff, faculty, and sponsors are listening to teams present in four different 'rooms' over Microsoft Teams. Attendees can ask questions in the Chat Rooms and interact with the presenters who are presenting from locations all over the country, join here. We are very proud of the cadets from the Class of 2020 who overcame obstacles to get to this point today. Read more about Projects Day.

WRATH Capstone Team Wins Inter-Departmental Project Award

WRATH Capstone Team Wins Inter-Departmental Project AwardThe Dean of the Academic Board, BG Cindy Jebb, awarded the Inter-Departmental Project Award to the WRATH Capstone Team earlier today. The WRATH Team (West Point Radiation Assessment and Tracking Hive) consists of cadets from several departments at West Point: Cooper Cone (CS), Malik Hancock (CS), Robert Huepfel (PaNE), Murray Johnston (ME), Seth Losure (PaNE), Sophia Parker (SE), Michael Renard (EE), Luke Rose (ME), Victor Rutledge (SE), Samantha Sullivan (CS), William Walter (ME).

USMA Top 12 Shakespearean Monologues

USMA Top 12 Shakespearean MonologuesAs the culminating competition of the semester, this video contains the "Top 12 Shakespearean Monologues" submitted across the United States Military Academy's introductory literature course, EN102. Chosen from more than 65 pre-recorded entries, these 12 performances exemplify the amazing creativity and ingenuity these students are capable of while studying far from the walls of West Point. Competing against one another digitally, an Academy Idol will be selected from these plebe actors by the Department of English and Philosophy faculty and announced tomorrow May 1, 2020.

The Great Chain at West Point

The Great Chain at West PointOn April 30, 1778: The Great Chain was put in place across the Hudson River between West Point & Constitution Island, a stupendous engineering feat. Constructed from 1776 to 1778 during the American Revolution and weighing an estimated 75 to 80 tons, the chain defensively blocked the Hudson to prevent British naval vessels from sailing upriver, and was an important part of fortifications at West Point, which General George Washington called “key to the continent.” Links of the Great Chain are displayed today at the eastern end of Trophy Point at West Point.

Read more: https://bit.ly/greatchainar

Aviation Professional Development goes Virtual

Aviation Professional Development goes VirtualJust as academics and other aspects of cadet life have gone virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the professional development program designed to prepare first class cadets to transition to the aviation branch has had to adjust this semester.

Led by the branch representative CPT Jonathan Lunde, Department of Military Instruction, and supported by the President of the Black Knights chapter of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), COL Rich Melnyk, the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, the branch has and will conduct several virtual events to support cadet development.

The first event was a discussion led by 1LT Alaina Kappner, Class of 2017. Kappner is a fixed-wing aviator and currently deployed leading an intelligence task force. She spoke about the career path of a fixed-wing aviator in the Army and opportunities in the intelligence community.

The next meeting was led by MAJ Matt Brown and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Zealand Shouse, both experimental test pilots at Redstone Arsenal in the Army’s Test and Evaluation Command.

They spoke and answered questions about the Naval Test Pilot school and opportunities in the Acquisition Corps as a test pilot. Read more.

Franco Receives Offer to Continue Hockey Career with Sabres Organization

Franco Receives Offer to Continue Hockey Career with Sabres OrganizationFirstie forward Dominic Franco of the Army West Point Hockey team has been offered a one-year contract within the Buffalo Sabres organization through their American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans, announced Tuesday. 

He is the first hockey player to receive a professional offer in the sport of hockey since the secretary of defense endorsed a policy in November making it possible for exceptionally talented athletes who have graduated from a military service academy to pursue employment as professional sports athletes following graduation. Once approved, he will be permitted to delay his commissioning and subsequent service obligation to pursue employment as a professional sports athlete.

“We are extremely proud of Dom,” said Mike Buddie, Director of Athletics, Army West Point. “He has earned this opportunity through his hard work and determination while representing the Corps of Cadets on the ice. After spending 47 months training to serve our country, I am thrilled for Dom to have this opportunity to continue his hockey career and am convinced this will only make him a better officer when that time comes.” A 2019-20 alternate captain, Franco recently completed his firstie season for Army as the leading scorer for the third-straight year. A four-year starter, Franco garnered Atlantic Hockey All-Conference Second Team honors this past season and was named to the All-Rookie Team in his first season. The Portsmouth, R.I., native has posted a team-leading 22 multi-point games including seven multi-assist performances and four multi-goal contests. Franco has recorded double-digit goals in the last three seasons.

“We are very excited about the opportunity the Buffalo Sabres Organization has given Dom,” said head coach Brian Riley. “He has had a great four years here at West Point and there is no doubt that we are going to miss him. On the ice Dom is one of those players that has the ability to take over a game because of his skill and size. Most importantly he has represented this program and this Academy in a way that has made all of us proud. We look forward to watching him play at the professional level and we wish him much success.” The graduates of each of the military service academies are obligated to serve in the armed forces for a minimum five years as commissioned officers immediately following graduation. The provision signed into policy in November allows the secretary to offer select athletes the opportunity to serve as enlisted members in the individual ready reserve of the armed forces while employed as professional athletes until such a time as the secretary tenders their appointment as commissioned officers in a military service.

The mission of the Army West Point Athletic Association is to provide an extraordinary Division I athletic experience that develops leaders of character committed to the values of duty, honor and country.

Cadets Present at George Mason University

Cadets Present at George Mason UniversitySeveral First Class Cadets had the opportunity to present honors and capstone work at the George Mason University Andrew P. Sage Memorial Capstone Design Competition this past Monday April 27. Thanks to the flexibility of the conference and some awesome technology, the cadets presented in-between their other academic requirements and from all over the country. Great job, thank you to the GMU team for making this event happen and awesome work by all the cadets.

Plebes to Get Recognized

Plebes to Get RecognizedRecognize (verb): When a Plebe attains status as an Upper-Class Cadet and receives new privileges. Recognition is a time-honored tradition at West Point and is a truly important event for the Plebe class. The recognition ceremony is a much-anticipated rite of passage. Once complete, the Plebes are “recognized” by their superiors (Upper Class cadets) and their privileges are changed to reflect their newly attained status. The Plebe year is the first step in the four-year leader development experience at the United States Military Academy. It is stressful and challenging, but it prepares the Plebes for the next three, and for their future assignments as Army Officers.

Cadets Tour Breeze Eastern

Cadets Tour Breeze Eastern“Medevac Litter Stabilization” cadets and faculty met sponsors and toured Breeze Eastern’s facility a few months ago as part of their capstone project to stabilize the spin of a rescue litter in Army MEDEVAC operations.

WPAOG 2nd Annual Army Spirit Button Design Contest

WPAOG 2nd Annual Army Spirit Button Design ContestHere is a chance to design the Army Spirit Button for 2020.
This contest is open to anyone, USMA Grads encouraged. The winning button will be mass-produced for every attendee of the 2020 Army-Navy Tailgate in Philadelphia, PA. The winner gets 2 free tickets to the GO ARMY! BEAT NAVY! Tailgate.

The contest deadline is August 28, 2020

Send all email entries to alumni-events@wpaog.org.

Here is a link to the contest rules. Good Luck!

Cadet Q&A with Industry Leaders

Cadet Q&A with Industry LeadersCadets enrolled in EM482: "Supply Chain Engineering and Information Management" participated in Q&A sessions with industry leaders today during class. The guest speakers included:

Mr. Elliott Rodgers, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Ulta Beauty (photo)
Mr. Curtis Brumfield, General Manager at Walmart
Mr. Rob Sundy, Head of Brands & Creative Studios for Whirlpool Corporation
Mr. Anthony Offredi, Senior Manager of the Jeep Toledo BIW Assembly Center (and also a US Army Reservist).

They shared their decades of experience with the cadets and field questions about all sorts of Supply Chain topics.

Christiansen, Riley, Slomka Receive Offers In NFL Undrafted Free Agency

Christiansen, Riley, Slomka Receive Offers In NFL Undrafted Free AgencyArmy West Point Football players Cole Christiansen, Elijah Riley and Connor Slomka each received offers as undrafted free agents from National Football League teams on Saturday night. Christiansen received an offer from the Los Angeles Chargers, Riley's came from the Philadelphia Eagles while the Jacksonville Jaguars extended one to Slomka.

The trio are the first to receive offers under the NFL undrafted free agent program since the secretary of defense endorsed a policy in November making it possible for exceptionally talented athletes who have graduated from a military service academy to pursue employment as professional sports athletes following graduation.  Once approved, they will be permitted to delay their commissioning and subsequent service obligation to pursue employment as professional sports athletes.

"We are extremely proud of Cole, Elijah and Connor," said Mike Buddie, Director of Athletics, Army West Point. "They have all earned this opportunity through their hard work and determination while representing the Corps of Cadets on the gridiron. After spending 47 months training to serve our country, I am thrilled for them to have this opportunity to continue their playing careers and am convinced this will only make them better officers when that time comes."

A two-year team captain, Christiansen finished his Army career with 35 starts on the defensive side of the ball. The Suffolk, Va., native garnered All-Independent First Team accolades over the last two seasons and was an NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Participant in 2019. Christiansen was also a Lott IMPACT Trophy Semifinalist. The linebacker paced the team with 112 tackles his senior year including 63 solo stops. He tallied 3.5 tackles for a loss of yards, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a recovery. Christiansen performed with high intensity in every contest, but especially this past season against Air Force when he posted a career-high 16 tackles.

A 2019 team captain and four-year letter winner, Riley was one of the Black Knights' most versatile players on defense for the past two seasons. Riley was an East-West Shrine Bowl participant and a Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist his senior season. The Port Jefferson, N.Y., native earned Phil Steele All-Independent First Team honors, while being named to the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Award watch lists. He led the team with tackles for a loss this season and in sacks with four. Riley always performed his best on the biggest stages for Army. The boundary corner posted a career-high nine tackles when the Black Knights took No. 5 Oklahoma to overtime in 2018 and notched a sack and fumble recovery against No. 7 Michigan this past season.

Stepping in to the primary role in the fullback rotation in 2019, Slomka was second on the team with eight touchdowns through 12 games. He led the Black Knights in carries (149) and averaged 4.4 yards per attempt in the triple option offense. The Wexford, Pa., native helped Army up the field game after game averaging 54.83 yards each contest. Slomka boasted a career-high three touchdowns against VMI this past season. He scored at least one touchdown in six games during his senior year.

"I want every player I coach to be able to play his very best, to play at a really high level and if that means being able to play beyond college I think it's fantastic," said Jeff Monken, Army West Point football head coach. "I hope as much for them as they do for themselves but …regardless of what happens for them in sports they've got an unbelievable career ahead of them to be able to serve as an army officer and put the leadership skills they developed here into practice."

The graduates of each of the military service academies are obligated to serve in the armed forces for a minimum five years as commissioned officers immediately following graduation.  The provision signed into policy in November allows the secretary to offer select athletes the opportunity to serve as enlisted members in the individual ready reserve of the armed forces while employed as professional athletes until such a time as the secretary tenders their appointment as commissioned officers in a military service.

The mission of the Army West Point Athletic Association is to provide an extraordinary Division I athletic experience that develops leaders of character committed to the values of duty, honor and country.

Center for Oral History Two-Page Write-Up in “Passport”

Center for Oral History Two-Page Write-Up in “Passport”In a matter of eleven days, I became an old guy.” These are the words of Mike Smith, who in 1969 was a 21-year-old draftee infantryman in the Battle of Hamburger Hill in South Vietnam. His remarks were recorded in 2017 during a reunion of survivors of that battle. This interview and hundreds more are now accessible through the West Point Center for Oral History (www.westpointcoh.org). Smith’s account and others by combat veterans are intense and revealing and are the raw data of military history. This collection, however, reaches beyond well-curated war stories to include broad ranging reflections from many perspectives. In his recorded interview, military ethicist Michael Walzer—who as a young professor opposed the Vietnam War—observes, for example, “Wars are political military engagements, and public opinion, local public opinion, hearts and minds, domestic public opinion, and global public opinion . . . [affect] whether you win or lose these wars.”

While researching my recent book, Vietnamization, I discovered this treasure trove for scholars working on the military history of the American war in Vietnam. It is a relatively new enterprise started in 2007 by the Department of History at the United States Military Academy. Its working website began in 2015. Its index of interviews as of January 2020—arranged by conflict, location, and theme—anticipates an ambitious scope because its topics begin chronologically with World War I and go through still current conflicts. Lieutenant Colonel David R. Siry, the director of the center, reports that there are now 620 interviews online, and the center has been averaging approximately 150 new interviews a year since 2015. Full story.

Cadets Travel to Albuquerque and Los Alamos

Cadets Travel to Albuquerque and Los AlamosSeven cadets and four faculty traveled to Albuquerque and Los Alamos, NM as part of the department's second annual staff ride last month. The cadets and faculty toured several experimental and computational facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory and visited the Nuclear Weapons Instructional Museum at Kirtland Air Force Base near Albuquerque.

They met with Dr. Thom Mason, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Mason answered questions from the cadets regarding various aspects of physics, nuclear engineering, and space science that drive the laboratory's mission "to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence."

The cadets presented Dr. Mason with a decked-out Physics and Nuclear Engineering (PANE) helmet in recognition of the support he and Los Alamos provide to PANE through many unique interactions during the academic year and by sponsoring a number of exceptional Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) opportunities for PANE cadets each summer.

CDT Smith ’21 Designs Ventilator from Scratch on Laptop at Home

CDT Smith ’21 Designs Ventilator from Scratch on Laptop at HomeAfter going through a challenging six months, Class of 2021 Cadet Eston Smith found that the best way to distract himself was to work hard and throw himself fully into projects.

While at home due to COVID-19, he found a new project by watching the news. During a good news section at the end of the broadcast, the anchors mentioned a COVID-19 working group at Massachusetts General aimed at creating new innovations to fight the virus.

Smith reached out to the working group explaining that he is a mechanical engineering student at the U.S. Military Academy and was interested in helping out.

The email linked him up with the Massachusetts General Brigham Center for COVID Innovation and he was asked to use the skills he has learned at the academy to design a ventilator.

His research showed him that the issue wasn’t so much designing a ventilator that would work, as he found more than 100 different designs dating back to 1940 that would get the job done. Smith instead set out to find a way to solve the issue with actually building and getting the ventilators to where they are needed, such as his town of 2,000 people in Oregon. Full story.

West Point, to Thee

CDT Gloria SonBy Gloria Son, Women's Tennis

I am shaking.

I am nervous.

I take a sip of water, trying to quench my dry throat.

The air in Lichtenberg Tennis Center is warm and quiet—too heavy for my current anxiety-ridden mind.

The people in the crowd intently stare at me and Kirby as if we are two rare species in a zoo. I can tell they are trying to send us good energy, or maybe even bad karma. The handful of parents who are still so inclined to watch their kids play in college are watching with critique and angst as they’ve done for so many years. Half of them are sporting Navy gear while the other half are rocking Army—quite literally a painting of black, gold, white, and blue. Out of the corner of my eyes I see Kirby’s parents, mostly her mom, Mrs. Einck. She has the look of the cliché “tennis parent”, standing ever-so confidently and proudly above the courts yet sporting a hint of the nervous jitters watching her daughter play an important match. Everyone is too tense, so I look away. In the moment, my mind is sharp, but my body seems eternities away. My racquet feels heavy too. At the bench, Coach M’s voice is distant. She’s telling us to:

“…hit it to their backhand…Glo, you need to step in and stick your volley…the darker hair is the weaker player…Kirby serve to…”. Read more.

1-on-1 with Rabble Rousers Coach Matt Feye

Zack Daly talks with head Rabble Rousers coach Matt Feye about the unfortunate cancellation of the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) Nationals down in Daytona Beach, Fla., and how the team gets ready for game day each week in the fall.

With Vision, They Lead

It is graduation time for the Class of 2020! What better way to acknowledge the newest members of the Long Gray Line, than with something to commemorate their achievement? Get everything you need to celebrate your grad, including the best Class of 2020 gifts, from the WPAOG Gift Shop. Congratulations Class of 2020! The WPAOG Gift Shop is open for online business at WPAOGGiftShop.com, and telephone orders at 800.426.4725. Orders ship within one business day.

President Trump to Speak at USMA 2020 Graduation

President Donald Trump will serve as the commencement speaker at the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony at West Point, New York, on June 13. “We are honored to host the Commander-in-Chief as we celebrate the many accomplishments of our graduating class,” said LTG Darryl A. Williams ’83, 60th Superintendent. The Class will return to campus in time for the June 13 graduation ceremony, which will look different from recent graduation ceremonies due to current force health protection requirements. The size and scope of the graduation ceremony will be determined by safety considerations for cadets and the entire West Point community, and the academy leadership is conducting a thorough analysis and plan for the safe return of the Corps of Cadets. For updates on academy operations, restrictions or cancellations go to WestPoint.edu/coronavirus.

Cadets Get Creative to Complete Virtual SOSH Run

Cadets Get Creative to Complete Virtual SOSH RunThe West Point tradition of the Social Sciences or “SOSH” Run continued in a virtual environment on April 16. The SOSH Paper, which is the signature writing assignment in the required “Introduction to International Relations” course, is a rite of passage for cadets in their third year at USMA. Over the years, cadets have found creative, unusual and comedic ways to submit hard copies of their papers. In years past, the culminating event has been a parade of “panic-stricken” and costumed cadets dashing from the cadet area to Lincoln Hall to turn in their papers in time to meet the deadline. This semester, cadets aired live videos, posted videos and submitted pictures to Microsoft Teams from their homes as a way of continuing the SOSH Run tradition in the remote environment. View USMA SOSH Run video.

1-on-1 with Head Baseball Coach Jim Foster 2020

1-on-1 with Head Baseball Coach Jim Foster 2020Knight Vision's Zack Daly a great talk about the 2020 season with head baseball coach Jim Foster and the two chatted about the firstie class and what is ahead for Army baseball.

West Point, to Thee

West Point, to TheeBy Ryan Murphy, Women's Lacrosse

March 12 was a day that left every senior spring athlete with a pit in their heart.  We would never get to finish our final year as athletes.  When I reminisce on my career at West Point, and even further back into my youth playing lacrosse, I realize every value I hold dear to my heart I learned through this sport.

My dad was my coach for most of my life, and he always told me, “Ryan, you have to be the hardest working kid on the field so nobody can say you’re just playing because I’m your dad”. I did just that. I outran everyone on the field, trained with a coach outside of practice hours and worked out whenever I had the free time. My dad taught me that work ethic is irrevocable. As an athlete, if you’re working hard, you will be rewarded.

My plebe year at West Point was anything but a breeze. First semester came and went, but second semester felt as if it dragged on forever. I was a starting defender, but within five games, I found myself on the bench. Initially, this hurt. Quickly, I learned what it meant to be a good teammate. I learned that there are so many aspects of being an athlete, and one of those is being a good motivator. I cheered on my teammates from the sidelines and picked them up when they felt down after a game.

At the same time, I encountered pressure on the home front. I had to learn how to deal with all those stressors. I found the importance of staying focused on what mattered most in the moment. It was a lesson that would carry me the rest of my four years.

This experience taught me another core value, resiliency. I left freshman year hungrier than ever to earn a starting role as a sophomore. I would not let my downfalls of the previous season affect my mindset when I came back after the summer. I would be coachable throughout the fall and put in the extra work to ensure I was ready for the spring. When that time came around, I found myself back on the field. That year proved to me how important it is to be resilient and determined. Read more.

Where Are They Now? BG Cindy Jebb '82

Brigadier General Cindy Jebb
Sport: Volleyball
Current Career: Dean of the Academic Board at U.S. Military Academy

BG Cindy Jebb serves as the 14th Dean of the Academic Board at USMA. She received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 1997, a MA in Political Science from Duke in 1992, an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2000, and a BS from the United States Military Academy in 1982. She has taught courses in Comparative Politics, International Security, Cultural Anthropology, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, and Officership. Commissioned as a military intelligence officer, she served in the 1st AD, III Corps, Department of Social Sciences at West Point, and the National Security Agency (NSA).

Before returning to the United States Military Academy as a member of the senior faculty, she served as the Deputy Commander of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, which supported NSA. During 2000-2001, she served as USMA Fellow at the Naval War College (2000-2001), where she taught a graduate-level course on Strategy and Force Planning, and during 2006-2007, she served as a Visiting Fellow for the Pell Center. From 2006-2009, she served as co-chair for West Point's Self-Study for the decennial Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation.

She has authored or co-authored three books, conducted human security research in Africa, completed study projects in Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as a senior advisor to the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq during the summer of 2015. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, BG Jebb served as a Professor and the Head of the Department of Social Sciences before assuming the duties as Dean. In 2017, she received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bard College. Jebb played four years on the volleyball team and was the team captain as a Firstie. In addition, she also earned a letter her plebe year with softball.

Why West Point?
I discovered West Point through an article in a women's sports magazine. I was taken by the values of being part of something bigger than myself; developing the whole person; and serving this great country.

Favorite memory as an athlete at West Point?
Beating Navy in the first women's volleyball Navy competition (first home scheduled Army-Navy game in women's varsity athletics at West Point).

Most influential person at West Point during your cadet experience?
The most influential person was and is my husband and classmate who was so supportive back then and continues to be so. And my parents were also influential; I think they fed half the Corps!

How did your experience as a cadet-athlete impact your professional and/or personal life post-USMA?
In so many ways, being a cadet-athlete impacted my life: forming treasured bonds, inculcating discipline, competitive spirit, resiliency (especially in volleyball when you really can't dwell on a mistake and you have to reset for the next point), focus, fitness, and sportsmanship.

What advice would you give to the current cadet-athletes at West Point?
Enjoy the moments; competing at the Division 1 level while representing the Academy is an honor; be grateful for getting to play a sport that reflects your passion; keep learning, keep growing, and keep cherishing your teammates and coaches.

If you could write a message to your younger self (while a cadet-athlete) what would you say?
Don't forget to stop and smell the roses!

How often do you get together with your classmates and teammates?
One of the wonderful aspects of serving at West Point is that I get to reunite with many classmates as they visit; at least once a year my women classmates have a get-together; the sports teams host alum weekends, which offer special opportunities to meet with teammates throughout the years. Story.

Counseling Services Still Available for Corps During COVID-19

Counseling Services Still Available for Corps During COVID-19The U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets may be spread throughout the country due to COVID-19, but many of the resources provided to them at the academy are still available, if in a different form. Professors are teaching classes digitally as West Point has transitioned to remote learning for the rest of the semester and tutors are still available to help cadets in their classes. As cadets adjust to the drastic changes that have occurred in the past month, the academy’s Center for Personal Development and the West Point chaplains have also worked to ensure a full range of counseling services are still available to cadets.

“It has been a bit of a change,” LTC Brian Crandall, the director of the Center for Personal Development, said. “We’ve quickly adapted like most of us and we use (Microsoft) Teams all the time now. We’ve allowed cadets from wherever they are in the world to be able to make appointments with us.” Cadets, like people throughout the world, are adjusting to changes caused by COVID-19 including the social distancing guidelines and widespread closures that have cut off the vast majority of face-to-face contact outside of people’s immediate families. The CPD and chaplains have worked to make sure cadets still have access to mental health resources to help them adjust to the changes.

“We’re social beings,” Crandall said. “Most of us, maybe not everybody, function best when we are connected to other people. So, this is a huge stressor on everyone right now—this disconnect. It is going to take a little more effort to make sure that you’re having those social connections.” The counseling services have also had to adjust, but Crandall and LTC Donald Carrothers, the Corps of Cadets chaplain, said they have continued offering the full range of services via Teams and over the phone.

“Our message that we pressed out to cadets is, don’t suffer in silence,” Carrothers said. “You can still connect with a lot of great helping resources. Our encouragement is not to just be quiet, sit at home and struggle by yourself. They can still reach out and connect and have some pretty good contact.” As cadets adjust to life away from West Point, Crandall and Carrothers both said they need to find a way to have balance in their lives and also to maintain a daily routine, even though they have more freedom than they typically would at the academy. Read more.

Cadets Talk with Bestselling Author Max Brooks

Cadets Talk with Bestselling Author Max BrooksLTC Andrew Marsh’s English Literature class recently had a chance to talk to bestselling author, speaker, columnist, and analyst Max Brooks about his novel "World War Z". While discussing the novel, cadets and Mr. Brooks had an opportunity to think critically about how the current COVID19 pandemic influences human identity and leadership principles as future Army Officers.

Mechanical Engineering Printing Face Shields for Keller

Mechanical Engineering Printing Face Shields for KellerWest Point Mechanical Engineering has printed dozens of face shields, Ventilator Splitters, and even created a makeshift ventilator system. The support provides increased capability to Keller Army Hospital.

1-on-1 with T&F Director Mike Smith

1-on-1 with T&F Director Mike SmithZack Daly chatted with Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Mike Smith about the challenges of the season coming to halt after being a year-round program, as well as the success of the men's cross country team and the women's side during the track and field season.

Funk Receives Third Team All-Met Recognition

Funk Receives Third Team All-Met RecognitionFollowing a standout firstie campaign on the hardwood, Tommy Funk of the Army West Point Men's Basketball team was named Third Team All-Met by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA).

Funk becomes the first cadet to receive the regional honor since Kyle Wilson '16 did as a yearling after the 2013-14 season. It marks the third postseason award for Funk as he was previously named First Team All-Patriot League and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Third Team All-District in March.

In his final year in an Army jersey, Funk etched his name near the top of several program and league records by piecing together the best season of his career. The Warrington, Pa., native did not miss a single game and averaged 17.5 points, 7.1 assists and 4.4 rebounds per contest, which were all career-high marks. While carrying a league-best 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio, Funk ranked seventh in the nation with 7.1 assists per game after dishing out a single-season program-best 212 as a firstie.

The firstie point guard put the finishing touches on a historic career by becoming the first player in league history to eclipse 700 career assists as he capped his four-year playing career with 728. He also climbed his way into the top-10 at Army in all-time points after reaching 1,544 following a season in which he dropped a career-high 526.

After playing and starting in all 124 games for the Black Knights, Funk closed out his time as a Black Knight ranked first in career and single-season assists, eighth in career points and seventh in career steals. Story.

Faust Family Sews Masks for the Lehigh Valley Hospital

Faust Family Sews Masks for the Lehigh Valley HospitalArmy West Point Women's Soccer yearling Maddie Faust has taken the extra time on weekends to assist her grandmother in producing masks for the Lehigh Valley Hospital, and she joined the Jimmy Johnson of the Patriot League Network to talk about that and more.

Green Family Making Masks for Omaha Community

Green Family Making Masks for Omaha CommunityUSMA Class of 2020 Cadet Courtney Green, native of Omaha, Nebraska, recognized a need in her area and committed her personal free time to make masks by hand for her community. Along with her family, together they have sewn over 300 masks. Her proactive actions have greatly contributed to her community.

Cadet Flinkstrom ’22 Tackles Mini-Sandhurst

Cadet Flinkstrom ’22 Tackles Mini-SandhurstAlthough the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition was canceled this year, USMA Class of 2022 Cadet Krista Flinkstrom, a member of the Black and Gold team, was not going to let that stop her.

Krista’s parents set up a mini-Sandhurst competition for her to conduct on a snowy Saturday in Stow, Massachusetts. They planned a 12-mile route with a new station at every mile. Among the stations were marksmanship and functional fitness, including a 100-burpee for time burnout station.

Women's Tennis Hosts Annual Awards Banquet

Women's Tennis Hosts Annual Awards BanquetThe Army West Point Women's Tennis team hosted their annual end of season banquet this past weekend, this year in unconventional fashion. In a season where the Black Knights lost their entire conference lineup, the team was eager to reconnect and share in each other's company, even if that meant through a computer screen.

The Black Knights were cruising through the 2020 portion of their season, having amassed a 13-4 record more than halfway through their schedule. Not only did the team commemorate their time together but also honored their two firsties and distributed several team awards. Read more.

Cadet Schaur Named Goldwater Scholar

Cadet Schaur Named Goldwater ScholarCongratulations to Kalista Schauer who has been named as a Goldwater Scholar!

Kalista is a Physics Major and Photonics Minor. She began conducting research during her yearling year with a project titled “Energy conditions for a quantized scalar field in the presence of an external, time-dependent Mamaev-Trunov potential.”

Kalista is now working on a joint USMA-Army Research Labs project titled “Optical buffering in a bottle microresonator on an optical fiber,” as well as another project titled “Photonics Integrated Circuit”.

She has completed summer internships at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Army Research Labs. Kalista is the captain of the parliamentary debate team, a CRLA peer tutor, a member of the Society of Women Engineers, and a volunteer for STEM outreach and diversity inclusion programs.

Kalista will pursue a Master of Science in Physics and eventually a Ph.D. in Particle Physics.

West Point, to Thee

West Point, to TheeBy Cole Stacklin-Jarvis, Men's Rugby

“Beyond the Pitch”

Hello, my name is Cole Stacklin-Jarvis. I am from small town known as New Washington, Ohio, and I want to tell you about what Army rugby means to me.

There are very few words that can truly explain what the sport of rugby has done for me. In short, it has given me lifelong friends, a lifestyle of fitness and a mentality of maturity and grit that is growing rare. But with this opportunity to show my appreciation, I want to dive a little deeper and elaborate on my personal journey through West Point as a member of the Army rugby team.

In 2015, I got a letter of acceptance to the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS). For me, this was a dream come true. I had worked for over a year to get into West Point and that letter was my ticket. Shortly after receiving the letter, I found out that my mother was sick with cancer. My senior year of high school changed very fast. Leaving home was not easy by any means, but my Navy veteran mother of 23 years in the reserves would not let that slide. The transition from home to the Army was a testimonial time in my faith. I became closer to God than I had ever been, and I grew up pretty fast.

While at USMAPS I walked on to the football team where I got to enjoy one more season of my favorite childhood sport. Getting that opportunity was a dream come true as well, but I knew it would not last long after that one year. I battled in the classroom at USMAPS and during that year I lost one of my grandfathers.

In a trying year, being a part of that team was an anchor for me. I have been a student-athlete since the age of five, it's the only world I have ever known. Being a part of a team was something that was just so ingrained in me that I could not go without playing some sport. So, in the fall of 2016 upon completion of Beast Barracks I made the decision to try out for the rugby team. The only experience with rugby I had up to that point was a couple runs down during mass athletics held during beast. My uncle and father played rugby when they were younger, but I was never really close with them growing up, so rugby was still so foreign to me. Read more.

Cadets Host Dr. Phil Erickson

Cadets Host Dr. Phil EricksonCadets from the “Space Physics” Class hosted Dr. Phil Erickson last week for a guest lecture titled "A Short Introduction to the Geospace Environment (and a bit of how we Remotely Sense it)". Dr. Erickson is the Group Leader for the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Group, MIT Haystack Observatory where he is also the Assistant Director. This lecture was conducted via Teams Meeting in lieu of the trip to MIT Haystack and Lincoln Labs that was originally scheduled for late March. Cadets received both scientific and operational space knowledge from this lecture to reinforce learning objectives within their class.

1-on-1 with Joe Alberici - Men's Lacrosse Coach

1-on-1 with Joe Alberici - Men's Lacrosse CoachZack Daly sat down with head Men's Lacrosse coach Joe Alberici to discuss the sudden end to the lacrosse season, last year's Patriot League Championship and some top moments as the head coach of Army men's lacrosse.

A New Call to Action for Athletic Trainers

A New Call to Action for Athletic TrainersThey are some of the unsung heroes in sports.

Too often much of their work goes unnoticed due to the few glimpses into their profession that are available to the public eye. Thus, they are often reduced to just the people who tape ankles and run out on the field to tend to an injured player.

However, those brief moments of visibility fail to encapsulate just how much the role of being an athletic trainer entail. That is why the National Athletic Training Association (NATA), an organization of over 45,000 members, sponsors March as National Athletic Training Month – as an effort to spread awareness of the work that athletic trainers do as health care professionals.

This year’s slogan was fittingly “ATs Impact Health Care Through Action.”

Members of the Army West Point athletic training staff have stepped up to a call to action that seemed unimaginable just a few months ago. This group is volunteering to assist in monitoring the health of individuals entering West Point, a measure instituted by the United States Military Academy (USMA) as a part of its COVID-19 response.

USMA officials reached out to the athletic department seeking individuals with medical backgrounds to volunteer at West Point’s entrance gates. The request was then relayed to Tim Kelly, Army’s head athletic trainer.

“It was really quick. It happened over the course of a couple hours,” Kelly said. “They just asked who’s interested. I sent an email out to my staff and we had about 15 volunteers right away.”

The group has been working in shifts, some of which range from 6-8 hours, since March 28. Individuals seeking to get on to West Point must go through the first checkpoint where they are asked a series of questions pertaining to their health. Dependent on their answers in the preliminary check, they are then sent to a second checkpoint where the group has been stationed. Read more.

Williamson Named GCAA PING All-Northeast First Team

Williamson Named GCAA PING All-Northeast First TeamFor the second time in his career, Justin Williamson was named a Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Division I PING All-Northeast Region First Team honoree following his shortened firstie season. Williamson was the final Patriot League Golfer of the Week before the season came to a halt. He shot a 2-over par 212 (70-71-71) to tie for 10th-place out of 75 competitors at the 54-hole Palmetto Invitational at the par-70 Palmetto Golf Club in the beginning of March. The firstie helped the Black Knights to a fifth-place finish with a team score of 26-over par 866 in the 15-team field.

It was his second weekly honor of the season as he won the individual title at the Lehigh Invitational on October 19. Williamson earned the individual medal by shooting an even-par 144 (74-70) during the 36-hole tournament at Saucon Valley Country Club. He fired a season-high 2-under par 70 in the second round at the 7,091-yard course to earn a one-stroke victory.

Williamson led the Black Knights to a second-place finish in the 14-team field that included Patriot League rivals Bucknell, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, and Navy. He finishes his career with two postseason honors from the GCAA and he was a two-time Patriot League Second Team honoree (2018, 2019).

Williamson led the Black Knights to the 2019 Patriot League Title with a 3-over through the three days, but his final round 66 (-6) helped Army break away from the field and earn the championship. The 66 fired on the last day was his lowest round of his career and is tied for third-lowest round in program history. Williamson was Army best finisher at NCAA Regionals at UT Golf Club with a score of 73-75-73--221 (+8). Story.

West Point, to Thee

West Point, to TheeBy Bennett Taylor, Men's Lacrosse

“The Lingering Flame”

I told them about a fire, about the simple combination of fuel with a spark. With numb feet and a slight quiver in my voice, I predicted the fiercest blaze would smolder over that frozen field on Michie Stadium in February.

Odds are I wasn’t supposed to give my senior speech to my teammates that day. Growing up in Tampa, local lacrosse players just did not play college lacrosse on the scale of those from Fort Lauderdale or Jacksonville, not even mentioning traditional hotbeds in Baltimore and Long Island.

But with a chance sighting and tremendous support from coaches and family all along the way, I found myself speaking to 60 of the greatest men I know on that brisk dark Friday night. But it mattered not where we had come from—all that mattered was what we had cultivated since our first days at the Academy, and the family that we had created with those in the locker room.

I would contend that the senior speech, in conjunction with carrying the American flag out on a gameday, marks the major milestone in the lifespan of an Army lacrosse player --a fulfillment of sorts.

It means you’ve made it through four rounds of fall ball, notorious for the heat and the hyper competition that our practices and lifts foster. It means you have evolved from a wide-eyed freshmen attempting to survive in practice (especially in my case) to a leader of those beneath you. Most importantly it means that you and your classmates only have a few months of competition left with each other and the Army Lacrosse Family. Read more.

1-on-1 with Hockey Coach, Brian Riley

1-on-1 with Hockey Coach, Brian RileyZack Daly caught up with head hockey coach Brian Riley and discussed how he has been staying connected with his players and program, being a proud hockey dad and his experiences with USA Hockey. 

Cooper, Hancock, Sides Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

Cooper, Hancock, Sides Named to NFF Hampshire Honor SocietyThe National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced yesterday the members of the 2020 NFF Hampshire Honor Society including three Army West Point's David Cooper, Malik Hancock and Jack Sides.

Honorees are comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An impressive 1,432 players from 364 schools qualified for membership in the Society's 14th year.

"It is great to see three of our players honored by the National Football Foundation for their accomplishments in the classroom," said head coach Jeff Monken. "David, Malik and Jack represent the very best of what it means to be a cadet-athlete at the United States Military Academy. They help make their teammates and our coaching staff better on and off the field."

Nominated by their respective schools, members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must have:

  • Completed their final year of playing eligibility in 2019;
    ---Graduated players, who have remaining eligibility but will not return to collegiate play (e.g. declared for NFL Draft or retired from football), may also be nominated.
  • Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study;
  • Met all NCAA or NAIA-mandated progress toward degree requirements; and
  • Been starters or significant contributors throughout the 2019 season.

Cooper boasts a 3.697 grade-point average as a Mechanical Engineering major. He was named to the Dean's List for all seven semesters at the Academy. He will join the Engineers Corps upon graduation. Read more.

West Point, to Thee

West Point, to TheeBy Ben Vasta, Men's Rugby

Hi, I am Ben Vasta, a former member of the Army West Point men's rugby team, and a lifelong brother to countless others who have ever worn the Army rugby jersey. 

Buckle up! The story I am going to share with you is a rollercoaster recap of my last four years as a member of the team.

Where do I start?

Let us go back to the fall of 2016. I am a plebe and part of the first recruiting class for rugby at West Point. Before coming to Army, I played rugby for about two years. I was excited for the opportunity to play collegiate rugby at the Division I level and in America’s most competitive rugby league before the Major League Rugby started. 

My career as a rugby player at West Point started out strong. I was fortunate enough to make the top-23 among the team most game weekends in the fall as a plebe. Even though my performance on the pitch was going well, I was not performing well in the classroom. I struggled to get ahead on my academic work, and it was spiraling out of control.

Eventually I hit rock bottom. I committed an honor violation in November of 2016 for lying about the word count on a research paper. I never thought my cadet career could get any worse; then it did.

I ended up failing the research paper and the class. By the end of my first semester I had a 1.63 GPA, an honor board and a fractured fibula from rugby. As you can tell, I had a rough start to my cadet career. Read more.

Hockey Salutes Season at Team Banquet

Hockey Salutes Season at Team BanquetThe Army West Point Hockey team celebrated its promising 2019-20 season Tuesday evening with a virtual team banquet to honor the Black Knights' successes and to salute the senior class.

In addition to the team awards given out, the Black Knights announced John Zimmerman and Matt Berkovitz as the team captains for the 2020-21 season, while Cody Fleckenstein and Colin Bilek were voted alternate captains.

Henry "Hal" Beukema Award
Henry "Hal" Beukema (USMA '44) was the captain of the 1944 Army hockey team and the son of a distinguished department head at the Academy. Following his graduation from West Point, Beukema became an Air Force pilot and served overseas in Berlin as well as in the states at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. He died in a crash near Langley AFB in Virginia on Jan. 19, 1954, after achieving the rank of major.

The Beukema Award, which was initiated in 1955, is given each year in the memory of Maj. Beukema to the Army hockey team's most valuable player and is voted on by team members.

2019-20 recipient: Dominic Franco. Read more.

1-on-1 with Wrestling's Kevin Ward

1-on-1 with Wrestling's Kevin WardZack Daly chatted virtually with Army's head Wrestling coach Kevin Ward about the challenges to stay connected, the previous season and staying busy at home.

Crawford Joins Army Volleyball Staff

Crawford Joins Army Volleyball StaffArmy West Point Volleyball head coach Alma Kovaci Lee has announced the hiring of Kenzie Crawford as assistant volleyball coach.

"We are thrilled to have someone like Kenzie join our volleyball family," Kovaci Lee said. "It was evident the moment she stepped on Post that she is someone that values the mission of the Academy, has the development of our young Cadet athletes at heart and is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the sport."

Crawford comes to West Point after two years as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. The Lopers went 71-4 during Crawford's two seasons on the staff, winning the MIAA Championship in both seasons with two trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament. In 2019, UNK went 38-1 and reached the NCAA Division II Volleyball Finals.

"She has played and coached at competitive volleyball programs and her winning mentality fits well here at West Point," Kovaci Lee said. "Kenzie is caring, thoughtful and has a personality that connects very well with everyone she meets. She is a great addition to our staff." The Grand Rapids, Mich., native was a defensive specialist and setter at Creighton the past five years. A three-time Big East Conference All-Academic Team qualifier, she helped the Bluejays reach five NCAA Tournaments and win four Big East Tournament titles.

After a redshirt season in 2013, Crawford was part of a Creighton program that has posted a 130-41 mark over the past five falls.

A member of the Dean's List and winner of the 2017 True Blue Award, Crawford amassed 528 digs and 476 assists in her career. As a junior, she had a season-best 17 digs in an NCAA Tournament win over Northern Iowa and had 13 more in a Sweet 16 win against Michigan. At Northview High in Grand Rapids, Crawford was tabbed the Detroit Free Press Senior Athlete of the Year and the Ottawa-Kent Conference Female Athlete of the Year as a member of the school's volleyball and basketball teams.

CDTs Gabriel, Mooradian & Schlosser Selected for NSF GRFP

CDTs Gabriel, Mooradian & Schlosser Selected for NSF GRFPCivil & Mechanical Engineering (CME) Cadets Truman Gabriel, Lindy Mooradian, and Nate Schlosser have been selected for the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This is a highly competitive selection process, so Well Done to Lindy, Nate, and Truman!

Mr. Parrish Takes SE Cadets on a Virtual Field Trip

Mr. Parrish Takes SE Cadets on a Virtual Field TripSystems Engineering cadets took a virtual field trip last Friday with their instructor, Mr. Mike Parrish. They hit the top of the Ski Slope for some great views of the Hudson Valley, watched the geese parade on the Plain, and cheered on the Army Team at Michie Stadium! It was an awesome way to change up the virtual learning environment...All Systems Go.

Wilkinson Garners Senior CLASS First Team All-America Honors

Wilkinson Garners Senior CLASS First Team All-America HonorsAlex Wilkinson of the Army West Point hockey team was named a Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American, announced by the organization on Friday.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.

"I am so proud of Wilky for being named a first team All-American," said head coach Brian Riley. "He represents all that is good about college athletics and plays the game the right way. It's been both an honor and privilege to coach him the last four years. I am looking forward to watching him go on and do great things as an Officer in the U.S. Army.

Named the Atlantic Hockey Association Individual Sportsman of the Year, Wilkinson served as one of the team's alternate captains during his firstie season. Arguably one of Wilkinson's greatest accomplishments is his ability to stay out of the penalty box. After playing in 67 games, the Raleigh, N.C., native recorded just one penalty in the past two seasons and zero during his senior campaign.

Wilkinson was one of seven Cadets to play in all 33 games this year. He scored four goals, two on the power play, and dished out nine assists for 13 points. Wilkinson posted 50 blocks as well. The defenseman finishes his career with 17 goals and 59 assists for 76 points in 132 games played. Wilkinson also had eight power play goals and four game-winners. The firstie graduates with just nine penalties in his four years wearing an Army sweater. Read more.

West Point, to Thee

West Point, to TheeBy Liam O'Hara, Gymnastics

Through this letter I hope to give you an honest insight as I look back on my time at the Academy as an Army gymnast. Through all the challenges I have faced, I have been blessed with so many indescribably amazing moments along the way. 

On October 9, 2015 I received my Certificate of Appointment to the United States Military Academy from head gymnastics coach Dr. Doug Van Everen while on my recruiting trip.

To say I was ecstatic is an understatement. I had always wanted to go to the United States Military Academy and compete for the gymnastics team. All I had ever heard about is how prestigious the academy is and how I could be part of something so much greater than myself.

Soon after reporting on R-Day, I realized what being in the Army entailed. Over the next couple months at Beast, I thought I had made a huge mistake. All we did was ruck long distances with heavy weight, run before the sun came up and eat meals from plastic packages. This wasn’t the college gymnast life that I was expecting at all! But I stayed the course.

It took me most of my first year at the academy to understand that it wasn’t all about gymnastics. Gymnastics was simply the tool that helped me get to a place where I could really make something out of my life. Gymnastics was the “getaway” during the busy academic day and military training. Gymnastics always had been and always will be a way of life. As Coach Doug always told us that while he, of course, wants us to succeed in gymnastics and live up to our full potential, the sport is teaching us a whole lot more than just gymnastics skills. It will make us tougher, more resilient and better prepared to deal with whatever comes our way as future Army officers.

Army gymnasts have less time to train than gymnasts on other teams. We go a few months with no training at all over the summer, while gymnasts on other teams across the country typically have two practices a day. We have less time every day during the academic year to focus on gymnastics. We take more credit hours, get less sleep and have less free time than the gymnasts we competed against. While it seemed at the time like we got the short end of the stick, I now realize that everything was set up right where it all needed to be, to prepare us for our future.

While West Point has strict academic policies and most teachers are Army officers, they are without a doubt the best academic staff in the world. Every teacher is very personable with every student, athlete or not. I am an Engineering Management major within the Systems Engineering department, and I enjoy going to every class in my major. The students and teachers make each day special. Without a doubt, my current and past teachers at the Academy will be some of the greatest mentors in life. Read more.

1-on-1 with Doug Van Everen

1-on-1 with Doug Van EverenZack Daly sat down for a virtual chat with head gymnastics coach Doug Van Everen to talk about the current times and keeping in touch with his cadet-athletes. 

Football Players Adapt to Virus Disruption

Football Players Adapt to Virus DisruptionArmy Football coach Jeff Monken sees a teaching point in all the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. "I think this is great training for Army officers, for our players, for all of our students," Monken said on a teleconference Tuesday. "When our Army officers train themselves and they train their units and soldiers, they don't often know what the kickoff time is, what the date that kickoff is going to be, who the opponent will be. We have that in sports. We can prepare for that. When our guys join the Army, they're not going to know."

One thing never changes at West Point, no matter what's going on in the world. The password for the teleconference was "beatnavy." In the midst of the pandemic, that had to suffice for the norm. "Nothing's normal right now. People call it a new normal. This will never be the normal," Monken said. "Hopefully, that normal is coming back at some point, but right now we're making the best of the situation we're in." Monken said the team meets remotely a couple of times a week, mostly to just interact so the staff can check on their emotional, mental and physical well-being as well as go over a few X's and O's.

"They love football and we're still spending some time with them talking about some football. I think they look forward to that," Monken said. "We're meeting regularly as a staff and that maintains that sense of team and camaraderie amongst our coaches and our staff, which is important. As much as possible we're doing the normal things, just not doing them in a very normal way. That's kind of how we're managing."

One of the biggest challenges at the academy isn't physical. A grueling academic schedule is part of the daily routine, and now that's also in a completely different place. "They're having to experience education at West Point remotely," Monken said. "You think it's challenging to do that here in a classroom? Here you've got access to professors and tutorial help, the group study times that they have. That's really hard to do when you have 4,400 cadets in 4,400 different places."

Monken said the players are spending most of their days attending classes online and working out with whatever training apparatus is available at home -- tires, concrete blocks, resistance bands, "even some old buy-off-the-TV-1-800-number-equipment that nobody has ever used."

"There's a lot more on their plate right now than there would typically be at West Point, even with football," he said. "Trying to keep those guys motivated to have a positive attitude and tremendous work ethic is all that we're concentrating on." The Black Knights were getting ready to start spring ball when the NCAA called off all athletic competition in March, cutting short 15 days of practices and meetings. Monken said the goal is to get everybody "as up to speed as possible from a mental standpoint" so that when the team returns the players have as good of an understanding as possible of their jobs, assignments, and the fundamentals that go along with their positions so the staff can figure out the starting lineup on both sides of the ball as quickly as possible.

"We've lost spring practice. That's a lot of missed time," he said. "There are some teams who already have completed spring practice, so there will be some inequities when we return. How those are managed I don't know." Story.

Beretta Named ECAC-SIDA Bob Kenworthy Award Winner

Beretta Named ECAC-SIDA Bob Kenworthy Award WinnerArmy West Point Senior Associate Athletic Director Bob Beretta has been named the ECAC-SIDA Bob Kenworthy Award Winner, announced by the ECAC-SIDA Executive Board yesterday. With the cancellation of the 2020 ECAC-SIDA Workshop, this year's award winners are scheduled to be celebrated during the Awards Dinner at the 2021 ECAC-SIDA Workshop, set for June 21-25, 2021 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The organization's 2021 award winners will be honored at that time as well.

"Bob Beretta is very deserving of this recognition as the Bob Kenworthy Award Winner," Director of Athletics Mike Buddie said. "He is a tremendous asset to our athletic department and has played an integral role in the development of ECAC-SIDA since the beginning of the organization. Bob has been a staple in Army Athletics for over 30 years and his commitment to helping develop leaders of character is a testament to who he is as a person."

The Bob Kenworthy Award is presented at the discretion of the ECAC-SIDA Executive Board to a person or organization (excluding vendor) for contributions to the corporation and mission of ECAC-SIDA. Beretta is in his 33rd year at Army West Point and his 19th as a member of the Black Knights' senior leadership team. His name is one of a handful that is synonymous with ECAC-SIDA, primarily in regards to the organization's charitable activities.

"I am deeply honored to receive the Bob Kenworthy Award from ECAC-SIDA, Beretta said. "Knowing Bob, the unyielding commitment he made to publicizing student-athletes and his vast overall contributions to intercollegiate athletics makes this award incredibly special. I am so humbled to have even been considered for such an honor. "ECAC-SIDA has always been dear to me and those feelings are due to people like Bob Kenworthy and the countless selfless servants within the organization's membership. I would like to thank the Executive Board for their steadfast work and continued dedication to the communications field. I am so grateful to have been associated with this outstanding group of professionals for so many years."

Beretta is a past president of ECAC-SIDA, having held the role of President in 2001-02. Upon his exit from the presidential rotation, Beretta assumed the newly-created role of Charities Chair. During his 15 years as Charities Chair, ECAC-SIDA raised more than $60,000 through the annual charity raffle at Wally World and related initiatives. Beretta is a past recipient of the Irving T. Marsh Award (2010) and Pete Nevins Award (2014).

Beretta began his career at Army in 1987 as assistant SID, before being promoted to Sports Information Director in April of 1985. In 2000 he was named an assistant athletic director, the first SID to hold such a role at West Point. He was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Communications in August 2003. Two years later, Beretta added the title of Senior Associate Athletic Director and expanded that role to Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations, Relationships and Branding in May of 2008. He was named Senior Executive Associate Athletic Director in July 2010, then was elevated to Executive Athletic Director in February 2012. In 2020, he was elected to the CoSIDA Hall of Fame.. Story.

1-on-1 with Jeff Monken

Army West Point head football coach Jeff Monken chatted with Rich DeMarco about the adjustment of spring ball, time at home and what the staff is doing to get ready for next fall.

West Point, to Thee

West Point, to TheeBy Taylor Korpela, Women's Lacrosse

To my teammates,

As I am writing this, we would have been in the midst of league play, working to extend our undefeated record for as long as we could, breaking more records and making more history for the Army Women’s Lacrosse program. 

Now, I am at home using various virtual platforms to see you all as much as possible. I have yet to process that lacrosse is over for me and that I will not have another opportunity to wear an Army jersey.

It has been an unbelievable experience making history with you. There were so many milestones we have made together, including our first Patriot League win, earning our first berth to the Patriot League Tournament, having teammates receive conference and national recognition; the list goes on. I could keep going on about how great our team is based on our record and the accolades we received, but that does not account for how much we have grown as a team outside of these statistics. 

We have become a family. You have become my best friends. We have gone through a lot together. We have experienced hardships and adversity, and we have grown so much from everything. That is why this letter has been so difficult to write to you now that lacrosse is over.

I am not going to be able to see my best friends every day. I am not going to be able to have dance parties in the locker room before games. I will not be able to sit on the bus with Lexi West as we laugh until we cry on our way to games. However, I will cherish the times we had for the rest of my life.

I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to play with each one of you. You have made me a better lacrosse player, a better teammate, a better friend and a better person. I wish I could have just one more season with this team that we have right now, but I know I would keep wishing for more seasons after that.

I am thankful for everything lacrosse has given me and all the lessons I have learned both on and off the field. I will always keep with me all the good times I have had playing this sport, especially my last four years wearing an Army lacrosse jersey. Read more.

Class of 2023 Cadets Hold Down Post

Class of 2023 Cadets Hold Down PostFor nearly 48 hours during Plebe Parent Weekend just before spring break, the U.S. Military Academy was in the hands of the faithful plebes, the Class of 2023. As the yearlings, cows and firsties headed out of town, a temporary regimental staff made up entirely of plebes took over.

In the annual hand over of responsibility, First Captain Daine Van de Wall handed command to Cadet Hannah Lamb on Friday afternoon at the end of the modified class day. Along with showing their parents and families around the academy, members of the class oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Corps of Cadets that are typically handled by the regimental staff.

This includes accountability at taps and making sure the events throughout the weekend go off without a hitch. “A lot of it is planning and coordination, being a liaison between the class leadership and the brigade leadership, and just making sure information is getting pushed down the chain of command in order to put on a good event for the parents,” said Class of 2023 Cadet Hannah Lamb, who served as regimental commander, or first plebe, for the weekend. “We’ve had a lot of meetings. I’ve sent probably 300 emails on it already to various people who were asking me questions.”

The leadership for the weekend was chosen following an extensive interview process with nominated cadets. First, each company within the cadet regiment put forward cadets for the leadership positions. They then interviewed at the regimental level before the finalists interviewed with the Brigade Tactical Officer, COL Kyle Marsh.

“It’s definitely a good eye-opening experience to see the inner workings behind the stage of West Point and seeing it at the higher levels and what people at the brigade level have to do every day,” said Class of 2023 Cadet Ben Lockey, who served as regimental command sergeant major. “I have a lot more respect for them now just because there’s a lot of emails and things that they’re responsible for. Doing it and seeing it for a bit on the other side is a different story.”

“It’ll be a great opportunity for them to showcase West Point to their family and friends. I remember how excited I was to get the opportunity to lead as a battalion command sergeant major, and this will be an experience they don’t forget,” Van de Wall said. Plebe-Parent Weekend includes tours of the superintendent’s house Quarters 100 and the uniform factory, as well as academic open houses. Story.

Williams & Amber on Goff Rugby Report Top Freshmen D1A List

Williams & Amber on Goff Rugby Report Top Freshmen D1A ListGoff Rugby Report has accumulated a list of 68 freshmen who have played especially well in DIA rugby. Cadets Larry Williams and Michael Amberg have made this list. Alex Goff has been at the forefront of internet reporting on rugby in the USA for almost 20 years. He has been the editor of a major news outlet on the game (several different names) since 2001 and was the first journalist to create rankings for college rugby programs, and then did the same for high schools. Alex has also been a player, coach, referee, and rugby administrator. Read more.

Press Conference with Army Football Head Coach Jeff Monken

Press Conference with Army Football Head Coach Jeff MonkenPress Conference with Army Football Head Coach Jeff MonkenArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken was joined by the media for a virtual press conference yesterday morning.

Cloth Face Covering Required at USMA

Cloth Face Covering Required at USMAEffective today, The U.S. Military Academy will require cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain, in accordance with Department of Defense and Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines

All cadets, military personnel, family members, civilian employees, contractors and visitors will wear cloth face coverings on academy grounds to the extent practical when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers.

Cadets are required to wear a mask or cloth face covering when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work areas (this does not include personal residences). Public areas include but are not limited to the grocery store, pharmacy, hospital, other stores, and offices.

Keller Army Community Hospital, Commissary, Exchange and AAFES food locations, MWR facilities will require work personnel and patrons to wear face coverings. Commissary and AAFES patrons have a one-day grace period to purchase or make their own face covering but will be turned away beginning April 9th if they are not wearing appropriate protection.

The West Point Coronavirus Information page has information about this and other policies, and instructions for making your own cloth face masks, using a variety of patterns and techniques. Visit www.westpoint.edu/coronavirus for more information.

Cadet Physical Program Requirements Still Remain a Priority

Cadet Physical Program Requirements Still Remain a PriorityIt’s an eerie sight to behold when a location accustomed to the bustling activity of thousands of cadets a day putting feet to treadmill, the reverberating sound and thud of weights, the splashing of water in the pools, the crashing of fists against punching bags or the dribbling of basketballs on the court is now silent—dead silent. The deafening quiet in Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center caused by 4,400- plus cadets and 71 staff and faculty members in the department of physical education being told to stay home because of COVID-19 is a sound and sight unseen in U.S. Military Academy history.

The Physical Pillar is one of four pillars cadets must achieve to become an officer in the U.S. Army. The mission of DPE is to develop warrior leaders of character who are physically fit and mentally tough by engaging cadets in activities that promote and enhance physical excellence. However, what does that look like when everyone is not centrally located and is without supervision? This is where the character and mental toughness of these future officers is put to the test physically when not only Arvin or various sports venues at West Point aren’t available to them but gyms across the country are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and now creates a workout equipment availability void for them.

The Director of DPE, Col. Nicholas Gist, said there are positives coming out of it right now with cadets across the country getting on social media and creating various challenges to stay in touch and keep in shape, while being creative and innovative with their workouts and making it work.

There are seven classes DPE teaches within its curriculum; however, through remote learning, only two classes are currently taught to cadets—PE215, Foundations of Personal Fitness, to primarily yearlings, and PE450, Army Fitness Fundamentals, which is taught predominantly to firsties.

“Those are the only two classes we can teach via remote learning, and those are even somewhat modified because they both include physical activity labs,” Gist said. “The other five physical education courses we can’t teach right now. We simply can’t achieve course objectives given the requirement to be face-to-face, to interact physically and a spot to use very specific equipment. A course like boxing, we can’t teach that course, it is just not possible. But we will be able to make those up in the future. Where we are focused right now is on the firsties and PE450 (for graduation requirements).” Read more.

Army Baseball All-Decade Team: Utility/DH

Army Baseball All-Decade Team: Utility/DHOver the course of the 2020 season, the Army West Point Baseball program will highlight the accomplishments of their alumni over the last 10 years by naming members to the Army West Point Baseball All-Decade Team. The team was voted on by a committee of Army coaches and administrators who spent time with the team from 2010-2019. Each recipient displayed excellence on the field and was recognized for their athletic achievements during their time at West Point. These players helped continue the legacy of Army baseball while setting new standards for the program.

The final group of players to join the Army Baseball All-Decade Team helped the Black Knights at several different positions, putting them in the utility/DH category.

Joey Henshaw ’11 .349 avg., 188 hits, 23 HR, 113 RBI, 113 runs scored
A premier power threat at the plate, Joey Henshaw ranks as one of the great hitters in program history. His 23 home runs are fifth most in Army history and his .349 average ranks eighth on the programs' all-time list. His 13 home runs during his yearling campaign in 2009 are the most in a single season by a Black Knight. The feat earned him ABCA All-American recognition and a nod as an ECAC All-Star. Henshaw finished his career as a two-time First Team All-Patriot League recipient.

Kevin McKague ’12: .356 avg., 283 hits, 24 HR, 183 RBI, 159 runs scored, 27 saves, 2.36 ERA
A true two-way player, Kevin McKague stands among the Army greats both on the mound and at the plate. His 210 starts in an Army uniform are the most by any player in program history. As a pitcher, he ranks as Army's all-time leader with 27 saves. His 13 saves in 2010 were the most ever recorded by a Black Knight in a single season. At the plate, he ranks first in Army history in hits (283), multi-hit games (87), doubles (55) and total bases (414). McKague is second in career RBIs (183), fourth in home runs (24), fourth in runs scored (159) and seventh in batting average (.356). Among his long list of accolades are five All-American nods, two all-region selections and three First Team All-Patriot League honors. McKague was selected in the MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves on two occasions, first in the 50th round of the 2011 draft and then in the 23rd round of the 2012 draft.

Cadets, Professors Quickly Adapt to Remote Learning

Cadets, Professors Quickly Adapt to Remote LearningWhen Class of 2020 Cadet Hannah Schwartz left the U.S. Military Academy for spring break it was supposed to be a weeklong break to Poland before she returned to the academy for her last two and a half months before graduation. Then, in the middle of the night her parents called to let her know President Donald Trump had announced the United States was banning travel between America and Europe due to COVID-19.

Her parents booked her a flight back to the academy for the next day, but as soon as she landed her plans changed again. LTG Darryl A. Williams, West Point superintendent, had announced that the academy would be delaying the return of the cadets until March 29, a delay that would eventually become indefinite as the virus spread throughout America. “I was just at the airport (wondering) should I get a flight home? What should I do next?”

Schwartz said. She booked a flight home and traveled to Iowa without her laptop, notebooks or her car and began to prepare for the new normal. That new normal started March 19 as West Point began remote learning. It was announced that classes will continue to be taught online through term-end exams.” Read more.

Nichtern, Schupler Land on Final Tewaaraton Award Watch List

Nichtern, Schupler Land on Final Tewaaraton Award Watch ListIn light of the canceled NCAA lacrosse season, the Tewaaraton Foundation has announced updates to the 2020 Tewaaraton Award, including publication of the final 2020 watch lists for the best men's and women's college lacrosse players of the year. Brendan Nichtern and Wyatt Schupler represented Army West Point men's lacrosse on the final watch list for the 2020 season. 

"This is a very deserved recognition for both Brendan and Wyatt," said head coach Joe Alberici. "They are two young players who have already had an enormous impact in our program. Wyatt's meteoric rise in his first season as a goalie has been exciting for the entire team to see.

"Brendan has a unique skill set of toughness, vision, intelligence and the ability to make others better around him. He is amongst the very elite at his position in the country and will continue on for us in what promises to be a storied career at West Point. Having these two anchors on both ends of the field for the next two years is something the coaching staff is very excited about."

The Tewaaraton Award annual ceremony that was scheduled for May 28 at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., will not be held, and no college awards will be presented in 2020. And while the Foundation will also postpone recognition of the Legends and Spirit honorees until 2021, plans will continue to award the 2020 Tewaaraton Native American Scholarships, presented by US Lacrosse. Read more.

Patriot League Classics Adds Contests Featuring Army

Patriot League Classics Adds Contests Featuring ArmyThe Patriot League Classic Games series will continue to be featured via the Patriot League Network's (PLN) official YouTube page - www.youtube.com/c/patriotleague.

Memorable contests that have aired on the Patriot League Network (PLN) will be made available on YouTube in full or condensed form with games and features to be added regularly through the spring. YouTube will continue to be home to Patriot League Classic content. Fans can also follow the Patriot League's official Twitter (@PatriotLeague) and Instagram (@patriotleague) accounts for announcements on updated classic content. Read more.

Harvey and McCormick named EIWA Academic Award Recipients

Harvey and McCormick named EIWA Academic Award RecipientsSince proving their dominance on the mat at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) conference championship back in February, the Army West Point wrestling team has found ways to shine off the mat as well.

The conference released the 2020 EIWA Academic Achievement Award recipients with two members of the Black Knights squad were amongst the ranks. Firsties Ben Harvey and Cael McCormick were listed amongst the best in conference for their standout performances on the mat and in the classroom. To be selected for the award, the criteria included having achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and having participated in the EIWA tournament or having achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and qualified for the NCAA Championships through the EIWA.

This is the fourth straight year that Harvey has been recognized for the Academic Achievement award. He was one of only two wrestlers to finish third overall at the conference championships after having won four of five matchups. The New Palestine, In., native was seeded No. 3 in the 174lb bout leading up to the tournament and held himself to that standard. Harvey capped off his fourth straight year placing at the tournament, qualified for his third straight NCAA tournament appearance and received the Billy Sheridan Memorial Award which is given to the wrestler with the most falls in the least time. During his time with the Black Knights, Harvey has amassed an impressive 96-43 career record.

McCormick competed for the Black Knights in the 165lb slot at the conference tournament, posting fourth place overall with a 3-2 record on the weekend. The Yorktown, In., native completed his second consecutive year placing at the conference championship, qualifying for the NCAA tournament and receiving the Academic Achievement award. In his four years, McCormick competed in 104 duals for Army, closing out his career with a 70-34 record. Read more.

NCAA Extends Recruiting Dead Period Through May 31

NCAA Extends Recruiting Dead Period Through May 31The Division I council coordination committee and the Division II administrative committee collectively announced Wednesday that the recruiting dead period will be extended through May 31.

A dead period had initially been created on March 13 that would last through April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the committees left the door open to potentially extend it if need be.

The dead period bans in-person recruiting while still allowing phone calls, text messages and other written correspondence, but has interrupted the NCAA recruiting calendar.

Cadets Share Their Talents

Cadets Share Their TalentsLTC Sulewski recently challenged his Cadets to share something about their lives for a few minutes prior to online math classes. The result? An amazing outpouring and response with Cadets sharing productions in soundboard techno-music, their talents in singing and playing piano/guitar, how to operate a family heirloom 1935 Winchester Rifle, life on a farm with goats and cows, Jamaican traditions, circus acts of dogs and other pets in the house and introducing family members.

Seven Cadets Honored with ECAC Awards

Seven Cadets Honored with ECAC AwardsThe Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced that seven members of the Army West Point Gymnastics team have been honored with postseason recognition.

Firstie Liam O'Hara was awarded with a major award from the conference, as he was named the ECAC Co-Most Improved Gymnast of the Year. The Pearl River, N.Y., native set career-highs on pommel horse on two occasions in 2020, closing out the year with a 13.800 score in Army's win over William & Mary.

Several Cadets were honored as members of the All-ECAC Team for their respective apparatuses, including Mathew Davis, Matthew Martin, Jacob Nauman, Kiernan Reagan, Rex Scott and Darrel Yamamura. Davis, who was recently named a CGA Regular Season All-American, earned recognition for all-around, floor exercise, still rings and parallel bars.

The top six gymnasts in their event are recognized as All-ECAC. The teams are based off their NQA that the gymnasts accumulated during the season. Read more.

1-on-1 With Mike Buddie

1-on-1 With Mike BuddieArmy West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie chatted with Rich DeMarco yesterday about his new normal, communication with staff and coaches. He also talks about his role in the movie, "For the Love of the Game" as the New York Yankees starting pitcher who pitched against Kevin Costner in the film.

Tank Wright Joins Football Staff as Defensive Line Coach

Tank Wright Joins Football Staff as Defensive Line CoachArmy West Point head Football coach Jeff Monken has announced the addition of Tenarius "Tank" Wright as the Defensive Line Coach. "We are excited to welcome Tank Wright to the Army West Point staff," Monken said. "Coach Woody worked closely with Tank at Michigan and has raved about his energy and passion for teaching and coaching. His experience working with one of the top programs in the country will excite our players and bring a new approach to the development of our defensive line."

Named one of college football's rising stars in 2019, Wright joins the Black Knights' defensive staff after serving as the Associate Director of Football Strength and Conditioning at Michigan for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. While with the Wolverines, Wright helped coach and mentor two first-round draft picks, two third-round draft picks and a fifth-round pick as well.

Prior to his time with Michigan, Wright was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at his Alma Mater Arkansas. The Razorbacks saw a first-round draft pick and 13 other draft picks in the top rounds. "It's an honor and a privilege to serve as the defensive line coach here at the United States Military Academy," Wright said. "Having the opportunity to work for Coach Monken and Nate Woody is truly a blessing. I look forward to impacting the fine young men here at West Point as we represent the proud tradition of Army Football."

Wright was a standout at Arkansas from 2008-12 as a linebacker/defensive end. He posted nine sacks and 20 tackles for loss. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before trying out for the Kansas City Chiefs in a rookie mini-camp, but ultimately returned to his alma mater to join the strength and conditioning staff.

Wright graduated from Arkansas in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Wright now lives in Highland Falls, N.Y.

Hudgins, Nichtern, Schupler, Rigney Earn All-America Honors

Hudgins, Nichtern, Schupler, Rigney Earn All-America HonorsFour members of the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team earned All-America honors from Inside Lacrosse, announced Wednesday.  Yearlings Marcus Hudgins, Brendan Nichtern and Wyatt Schupler were named to the third team, while firstie captain Tom Rigney garnered honorable mention recognition.

Hudgins transitioned as a close defender this season after being a long-stick midfielder his plebe year. He marked up on every opponents' top player causing a team-leading 30 turnovers and picking up 26 ground balls. The Syracuse, N.Y., native was named the Patriot League Defender of the Week twice and tied his career-high of three caused turnovers in four games in 2020. Hudgins posted a career-high eight ground balls against Marist as well.

Nichtern was recognized for the second-straight season on the All-America list. The Massapequa, N.Y., native ranked fourth in the nation with 3.38 assists per game, while his 5.75 points per game average slated him ninth. The youngest player to eclipse 100-career points in Army lacrosse history, Nichtern led the team with 19 goals and 27 assists for 46 points during his yearling season. He continues to climb in Army's record book and ranks 24th-all time with 126 points. Nichtern's career assist count is now at 77 which slates him seventh for the Black Knights in their 103-year history.

Schupler made his collegiate debut this season and did not disappoint. He backed the second-best scoring defense in the country (7.25) and individually ranked second for his 7.18 goals against average. The Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., native boasted a .617 save percentage which slated him seventh nationally. Schupler and the Cadets' defense held ranked opponents to 5.67 goals per game in 2020. The yearling earned three Patriot League Goalie of the Week honors this year.

Rigney was named to honorable mention after serving as the team's on-field leader his senior season. He recorded 23 ground balls, an assist and five caused turnovers. The firstie from Nokesville, Va., finished his career with 76 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers and three assists.

The Cadets went 2-1 against ranked opponents in 2020 season with their one loss coming to then-ranked No. 5 Syracuse. Army finished the season ranked 14th with a 6-2 overall record before the season ended for programs across the country. 

Saluting the Women of the Long Gray Line

Saluting the Women of the Long Gray LineWPAOG would like to salute all of the women graduates of West Point. Since the first women entered the Academy in 1976, West Point women have continued to strengthen the legacy of the Long Gray Line. They have excelled as leaders of character as cadets, as officers in the military, as instructors, as leaders in business and government, and as West Point alumni leaders. Since the first women graduated with the Class of 1980, more than 5,100 women have graduated from West Point, prepared to proudly serve our nation and their communities. We thank them for their continued service.

Happy 10th Birthday Adler!

Happy 10th Birthday Adler!Adler, a long-time Army Football fan, is turning 10 years old today. He lives in New York City and is a bit disappointed that he can’t have friends over for a party right now. One of Adler’s dreams is to someday be a cadet, so some of our cadets took some time to create a birthday video to help him celebrate!

COL Gerving Takes Phyics Class Outside

COL Gerving Takes Phyics Class Outside“What do you do when the weather is nice, but you have online class? You take the class outside, of course! The Physics majors of the Class of 2020 joined COL Corey Gerving for a class on Computational Physics as part of PH495- Special Topics. PH495 is a new course designed by COL Gerving to replace a lab course that the Cadets can no longer execute due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Physics majors will spend the remainder of the semester learning various computational techniques for solving problems in physics.


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