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New Cadets CBT Land Navigation Training

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

Photo Courtesy of CDT Angeline Tritschler

Cadet Published Manuscripts on Alzheimer's Disease

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

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

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

USMA ’23 CFT Water Confidence Course

USMA ’23 CFT Water Confidence CoursePermission to drop!

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

PANE New Instructor Training

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

USMA Leadership Walkthrough

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

West Point at Forefront of Protecting Community from COVID-19

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

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

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

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

Army Scientist Aims to Shape Future Leaders

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

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

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

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

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

A Letter to Army Fans

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

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

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

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

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

Men's Soccer Adds 11 to Class of 2024

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

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

The Class of 2024

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

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

Stephenson Named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moore Joins Track & Field/Cross Country Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life in the Barracks

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

A Chance to Win Tailgate Tickets

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

New Cadets in Beast Mode

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

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

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

MAJ Bergman on the M4 Carbine Ranges

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

Some Favorite Tracks from the West Point Band

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

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

Did You Know?

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

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

BG Jebb Stops by the History Department

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

First Practice Teach in the Books

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

Cadets Overcoming Their Internal Fears

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

New Cadet Marksmanship Training

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

Incoming DSE Faculty Hike to Fallen Comrades Memorial

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

Gilroy Promoted to Associate Head Coach

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

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

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

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

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

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

USMA 2024 Takes the oath on the Plain

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

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

Welcome Class of 2024!

USMA 2024 RDay

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

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

Welcome and good luck Class of 2024! View photos.

RDay Induction Cuts

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

Dr. Mittal Takes First in Patriotic Virtual 5k

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

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

11 From Football Named to All-Independent Preseason Team

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

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

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

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

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

Football Welcomes the Class of 2024

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

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

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

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

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

Read more.

New Cadets Reporting for Reception Day

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

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

Photo by Cadet Angeline Tritschler ’21

2020 Fall Semester Intercollegiate Athletics Competitions Limited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CBT Cadre Arrives

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

Task Force Ramrod to Conduct Cadet Summer Training

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

CDT Ty Homan ’22 Named Finalist in ASME Contest

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

Flexibility Key for Planners During Challenges of CST Scheduling

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

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

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

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

2020 Football Schedule Subject to Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020 Special Awards Salute: Bob Beretta

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

By Tim Volkmann, RIT

I’m convinced Bob Beretta never sleeps.

It’s true.

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

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

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

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

Saunders Joins Swim & Dive Coaching Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patriot League Names 203 Black Knights to Academic Honor Roll

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

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

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

Men's & Women's Swim & Dive Earn Academic Recognition

Men's & Women's Swim & Dive Earn Academic RecognitionFollowing a strong showing in the classroom during the 2020 spring semester, the Army West Point Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving teams were named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America list on Tuesday.

The CSCAA recognizes teams with the Scholar All-America Award for achieving a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Army was one of nine Patriot League schools to have both its men's and women's team recognized.

For the men, 18 Cadets held a GPA of 3.2 or better with William Rankin leading the way, who as a life science major compiled a 4.113 GPA. He was one of two Cadets on the team to eclipse the 4.0 mark as Nick Isenhower held a 4.017 GPA as an economics major.

Fourteen Cadets on the women's side recorded a GPA of 3.2 or higher, including five Cadets who posted a GPA of 4.0 or better. Marie Docken carried the best GPA for the Black Knights with a 4.270 as an operations research major. Serica Hallstead (4.206 – life science), Kim Caccamo (4.127 – philosophy), Rebecca Morel (4.039 – systems engineering) and Kathryn Seyer (4.017 – systems engineering) were the other four to eclipse the 4.0 mark.

5 Tips for R-Day

5 Tips for R-DayAre you ready for R-Day? Here are 5 tips by CPT Tuan Le Long Gray Lessons on how you can properly prepare yourself for the big day next month.

Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact FridayHave you heard about the West Point Band "water parties" on the Hudson River? Back in the early years of West Point (pre-1900), the band would be towed upriver on a barge, and then gently drift back to West Point while playing for a surrounding flotilla of audience members.

Colonel and Daughter Finish Trail Bridge Cadets Designed

Colonel and Daughter Finish Trail Bridge Cadets DesignedWest Point engineering instructor, Colonel Brad Wambeke and his daughter Emilie stepped in to construct a new trail bridge at Fahnestock State Park, after the cadet students who designed it were forced to cut their on-campus school year short due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

This was the third year of a partnership between the United States Military Academy, the Open Space Institute and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Each year they've replaced a trail bridge in the increasingly popular park across the Hudson River from West Point through which the Appalachian Trail runs.

Design and construction of the bridges is one type of capstone project for civil engineering cadets at USMA. However, the construction phase for this year's bridge on the School Mountain trail was put on hold when the COVID-19 outbreak accelerated in New York and schools, businesses and parks shut down.

While the engineering students designed the bridge and prefabricated several of its pieces, they were unable to construct it before being sent home in the spring. Read more.

Cadets Plan for COVID During AY ’21

Cadets Plan for COVID During AY ’21Since COVID significantly changed how West Point summers look, we had 107 rising cows and yuks take on “Foundations of Engineering and Systems Design” during STAP I. They spent 4 weeks learning the Systems Decision Process and the methodological framework and techniques for designing, implementing, managing, and reengineering complex systems or processes.

As their final project, cadet teams created proposals for how USMA should respond the COVID when creating their Academic Year 2021 plan for teaching and training cadets. COL Morales even “dropped in” to some of the final presentations.

CDT Manzonelli ’21 Presents at the MORS Symposium

CDT Manzonelli ’21 Presents at the MORS SymposiumCDT Nico Manzonelli ’21 had the unique opportunity to present his project titled “Using a Dictionary-Based Approach to Identify Offensive Tweets” at the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Symposium. CDT Manzonelli presented an application called DURT – or, the Derogatory Use of Regular Text, a dictionary-based approach to identifying potentially offensive Twitter Tweets. He used R to create a Shiny application which allows users to search any public Twitter user’s feed for offensive content. DURT’s performance is comparable to many complex machine learning algorithms, but it provides a more simple, explainable, and customizable backbone.

Reflection on his experience at MORS, CDT Manzonelli said, “Even though MORS was virtual it was still an awesome learning experience. As a cadet, understanding that the other presenters are way smarter than me and being open to feedback throughout the entire process helped me out.” Congratulations to Nico on a fantastic project, and for making a splash in the MORS community!

USMA Class of 2020: ‟With Vision We Lead” in their own words Part IV

USMA Class of 2020: ‟With Vision We Lead” in their own words Part IVThe U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 graduated more than 1,100 members Saturday June 13 on the Plain. Those graduating represented 85% of the 1,302 cadets who entered West Point nearly four years ago.

Due to COVID-19 delaying graduation, members of the class commissioned May 23 during an oath of commissioning ceremony from remote locations. It marked another unique venture for the new second lieutenants of the Class of 2020 within their 47-month, technically 48-month, journey.

Over the last four weeks, The Pointer View series titled, “With Vision We Lead,” named after the class motto, involved various members of the class telling stories of their West Point experience.

In honor of the members of the 222nd graduating class of West Point, here is the fourth and final installment of a four-part series of their journey in their own words. Read more.

Current Female Cadets Will Enter the Army with More Options

Current Female Cadets Will Enter the Army with More OptionsIt was a simple answer to a question, but the implications of the words carried the weight of history.

Talking over video chat due to the global pandemic that threw the spring semester at the U.S. Military Academy into chaos, Class of 2020 Cadet Elizabeth Cross detailed her unique journey to West Point, which first took her to a military preparatory school in Philadelphia after she wasn’t admitted to West Point the first time she applied.

It was a difficult year, but her heart was set on attending West Point, so she persevered through the adversity before earning a spot in the Class of 2020.

She talked about her four years at West Point, the challenges she’d overcome—such as a cracked femur that sidelined her during Cadet Basic Training—and the moments during training each summer when she fell in love with the academy and the Army way of life all over again.

Then came a familiar question asked of the current and former female cadets who have walked through the granite halls of West Point along the banks of the Hudson River: “Do you think you've faced any different challenges at West Point because you are a female?”

Now, in 2020, as Cross sat in her house separated from the Corps of Cadets and the academy because of a pandemic, she was able to look back at her four-year journey though West Point and say, “Going through the academy I’ve always felt in a siblinghood ... If you put yourself out there as just a hard-working Soldier, you are respected the same.” Read more.

Close Bonds Forged, Forever Linking Classes of 1970 and 2020

Close Bonds Forged, Forever Linking Classes of 1970 and 2020As 1,107 members of the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 rocketed their hats into the air at the graduation ceremony Saturday on the Plain, their journey as cadets was instantly complete and they joined the 221 classes that preceded them in the Long Gray Line.

Prior to their graduating moment in the sun, the process of being woven into the Long Gray Line started with a close relationship forged with their 50-year class affiliation, the USMA Class of 1970.

The linking of the two classes began at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School in 2015-16 before the full class arrived at West Point. Class of 1970 members Frank Monaco and RC Rutler were engaged in the class’ events, including the USMAPS graduation in May 2016.

“I was fortunate enough to hand out diplomas at the (USMAPS graduation) and tracked the class throughout,” Monaco, who is the Class of 1970’s webmaster and chief information officer, said. “I actually gave the class their class flag upon completion of Camp Buckner training.” Read more.

Three Members of Army Executive Staff Appointed to NCAA Committee Posts

Three Members of Army Executive Staff Appointed to NCAA Committee PostsThe NCAA announced that Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie, Senior Associate AD/SWA Kristine Fowler and Senior Associate AD/Internal Operations Brad Brown have been appointed as NCAA Committee members.

Each will serve as individual sport committee members, with Buddie joining the Division I Baseball Committee, Fowler joining the Division I Women's Basketball Oversight Advancement Committee and Brown being reappointed to the NCAA Gymnastics Committee. In addition, Brown will serve as the NCAA Gymnastics Committee Chair for the 2020-2021 season.

The NCAA is a membership-driven association and is governed by more than 150 committees with almost 1,500 committee members from NCAA institutions and conferences. Association-wide committees are comprised of individuals from all three divisions and consider issues that affect the NCAA across all divisions. In addition, each division has a committee structure in place that addresses issues from a divisional perspective. The respective committees serve as a governing body for rules and championships for each sport. The members will serve as members through the summer of 2024.

Buddie will serve as one of ten members in the Division I Baseball committee. Each of the five baseball regions (East, South, Midwest, Southeast and West) are represented with one member and five members are selected at large. The group will review plans and issues within the frame of Division I Baseball before forwarding proposals to the NCAA Division I Oversight Committee.

As a member of the Women's Basketball Oversight Advancement Committee, Fowler joins a group tasked with developing plans to grow the game of basketball through student-athlete experience, ticket sales and strategy, budget and revenue generation, marketing, attendance, TV ratings, fan experience and site selection. Read more.

Sullivan, Wantlin and Cargile Receive HSBC All Academic Team honors

Sullivan, Wantlin and Cargile Receive HSBC All Academic Team honorsDespite losing the spring portion of its season, the Army West Point Women's Rugby team continued to excel in the classroom while navigating distance learning for the first time.

The Black Knights were recognized by NCAA women's rugby with three cadet-athletes receiving HSBC All-Academic Team honors, selected by the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA). Kaylee Cargile, Sam Sullivan and Nicole Wantlin were listed among some of rugby's best and brightest for the 2019-20 academic school year.

NIRA recently adopted CoSIDA's Academic All-American criteria for the award which states that to be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution and nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed.

All three athletes capped off a successful fall 15's campaign, helping move the Black Knights to a 7-2 record and an appearance in the NIRA 15's Championship where they experienced a tough 18-7 loss to Harvard.

Both Cargile and Wantlin recorded two tries and 20 combined points for the Black Knights as underclassmen in a dominating 77-0 win over Notre Dame on September 28. In her firstie season, Sullivan led the way for the Cadets and ranked as one of the top-three offensive players on the team en route to being named the 2019 College Rugby Championships Tournament MVP and being selected as a top-20 finalist for the MA Sorensen Award, presented to the best 15s player in the country.

Swim & Dive Announces Captains for 2020-21 Campaign

Swim & Dive Announces Captains for 2020-21 CampaignThe Army West Point Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving teams announced their captains for the 2020-21 season on Thursday.

The men's team will be captained by a pair of firsties in Graham Ungrady and Billy Webber, while the women's team will be led by seniors Madison Berg and Rebecca Morel. All four Cadets were All-Patriot League performers after their stellar showings at the 2020 Patriot League Championships in Annapolis, Md.

"I'm very excited for our four captains to lead the team this upcoming season," head coach Brandt Nigro said. "They were selected by their peers and the coaching staff to lead and I know they will do a great job. They each have given so much to this program over their first three seasons and I am confident they will help our staff bring this program to new heights this season and beyond. Through their words and actions, they represent everything that Army West Point stands for - Duty, Honor, Country. They bring it each day in workout, lead by example, speak-up when needed, but most importantly, they listen to their teammates and hold everyone accountable to our mission. As just a second-year head coach and staff, it means so much to know that they share in our vision and believe in the incredible potential that this program is capable of in the very near future."

Graham Ungrady - Ungrady helped Army score big at the 2020 Patriot League Championships as a cow. The Second Team All-Patriot League swimmer tied for 21st in the league and finished sixth for Army in individual points scored with 35. Ungrady medaled in the 200 free after placing third with a PR of 1:36.89. He additionally finished sixth in the 100 free with a time of 44.90. The Jacksonville, Fla., native was key in helping the Black Knights grab silver in three relays at the league championships. He anchored the 800 free and 400 free relays, while swimming the second leg of the 200 free relay. Read more.

West Point Class of 2020 Graduates in Historic Ceremony

A few minutes after 10am on June 13, the West Point Band began to play as members of the Class of 2020 stepped off from the sally ports along Washington Hall and began to march onto the Plain that serves as the centerpiece of the Academy. It was a full-circle moment for the members of the class, for it was on the Plain almost four years ago where they had officially joined the Corps of Cadets during the Acceptance Day parade. It also marked the first time since 1977 that a commencement ceremony had been held on the Plain instead of in Michie Stadium. Due to public health concerns, the socially-distanced ceremony was closed to guests, who instead were able to watch via livestream. West Point alumni from across the country contributed through WPAOG to fund a world-class graduation special program so that families, friends, and the entire nation could celebrate with the graduates. The broadcast celebrated the Class of 2020, highlighted West Point, and had special messages from the USMA leader team, 50-year affiliate class members, and notable graduates. Full story.

Hallstead Named First Team Academic All-American

Hallstead Named First Team Academic All-AmericanStandout firstie diver Serica Hallstead of the Army West Point Women's Swimming and Diving team was named CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team on Friday afternoon.

CoSIDA recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performance in athletic competition and in the classroom.

Hallstead, a three-time CoSIDA Academic First Team All-District honoree and three-time Academic All-Patriot League performer, becomes the first diver in program history to be named an academic All-American. She additionally is the first cadet to earn All-America recognition since Kristen Barta '15 collected the honor following the 2014-15 campaign.

Throughout her four years at the Academy, Hallstead consistently posted high marks in the classroom. She closed out her academic career with a 4.206 spring semester grade-point average en route to finishing with a 4.072 cumulative GPA as a life science major.

Her talents were not limited to the classroom as the Canandaigua, N.Y., native excelled on the boards as well. A four-time All-Patriot League diver, Hallstead capped her diving career by being named the league's diver of the meet this past March. She became the first cadet to receive the honor since Lindsey Adao '10 earned it in 2010.

At the league championships, she medaled in both diving events after winning on the 1-meter board and placing third on the 3-meter. Hallstead leaves West Point with the Academy and pool records on the 3-meter.

Madson Honored as Atlantic Hockey's Student-Athlete of the Year

Madson Honored as Atlantic Hockey's Student-Athlete of the YearTen members of the Army West Point Hockey team were named to the 2019-20 Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team. Blaine Madson was highlighted as the Student-Athlete of the Year with a 4.0 grade-point average in both semesters.

"We are very proud of Blaine for being chosen as this year's the Atlantic Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year," said head coach Brian Riley. "He represented our program in such a positive way on and off the ice. It's great to see these players recognized for their achievements in the classroom."

Madson posted consecutive semesters with a GPA greater than 4.0, 4.02 in the first semester and 4.14 in the second semester, for a 4.08 grade point average, the highest of all players in Atlantic Hockey this season.

To qualify for the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must post a 3.0 GPA or better in the semesters in which he was competing.

The Black Knights represented on the All-Academic Team included plebe John Keranen, yearlings Blaine Madson and Marshal Plunkett, juniors Matt Berkovitz, Mason Krueger and John Zimmerman, as well as seniors Zach Evancho, Bryan Gerstenfeld, Matt Penta and Alex Wilkinson.

Men's Hoops to Compete in Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational

Men's Hoops to Compete in Basketball Hall of Fame InvitationalThe Army West Point Men's Basketball team was selected as one of eight teams to compete in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on December 13, 2020 at the Barclays Center. The one-day quadruple-header will feature Penn State vs. Florida, Purdue vs. West Virginia, Stanford vs. Georgia Tech and Army vs. Princeton.

"It is an amazing opportunity for our Men's Basketball program to be a part of an event like the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational," Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie said. "Playing at the Barclays Center will be a tremendous experience for our Cadets and we look forward to seeing them compete."

"It's an honor for our program to play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational at Barclays Center," Lee Anderson Head Men's Basketball Coach Jimmy Allen added. "Having the opportunity to play in a venue like Barclays Center and against a quality opponent like Princeton will be great for our program."

Army and Princeton have squared off a total of 36 times and this will be their first neutral site matchup since Mike Krzyzewski coached the Black Knights to a 53-52 victory on December 29, 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the Rainbow Classic. Army is 2-1 all-time against the Tigers in neutral site contests.

The last time the two sides met on the hardwood was on November 20, 2009 when the Cadets bested the Tigers, 56-52, at Jadwin Gymnasium in Princeton, N.J.

The December non-league contest will mark the first-ever game at the Barclays Center for Army. Read more.

USMA Class of 2020: ‟With Vision We Lead” in Their Own Words Part III

The U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 graduated more than 1,100 members Saturday on the Plain. Those graduating represent 82% of the 1,302 cadets who entered West Point nearly four years ago.

Due to COVID-19 delaying graduation, members of the class commissioned May 23 during an oath of commissioning ceremony from remote locations. It marked another unique venture for the new second lieutenants of the Class of 2020 within their 47-month journey.

Over four weeks, The Pointer View series titled, “With Vision We Lead,” named after the class motto, involves various members of the class telling stories of their West Point experience.

In honor of the members of the 222nd graduating class of West Point, here is the third installment of a four-part series of their journey in their own words. Read more.

Thank You Firsties

Thank You FirstiesBy Jimmy Allen, Head Men's Basketball Coach


As you get ready to graduate this Saturday I wanted write and let you know how proud I am of each of you and what you mean to our basketball program and the Academy. From your R-Day four years ago, until now, each of you has helped us build a winning culture and you leave our program poised to continue making history. You have set the bar higher for every class that follows you both on the court and off.

For me, it has been extra special because your arrival coincided with my first season as a head coach here at West Point. To a man, you have all impacted our program in positive ways.

We began your senior season talking about what we wanted this year to be about and you decided it was… RESPECT THE TEAM, RESPECT THE GAME, FINISH. Although those were our team core values this past season, you all have lived that throughout your time as Cadets. It is not a coincidence that those were the values you ultimately came up with.


In your words this meant understanding how everyone’s actions on and off the court would impact our success. You set examples of this as Cadets in your companies, in the corps and on our team.

You exemplified this at different times throughout your four years. I remember getting an email from our Commandant during your Beast Barracks saying that she had been marching with Keeston Smith and how impressed she was with his positive attitude. I remember Matt Wilson during his summer detail last year finding a pair of shoes for a plebe who somehow managed not to bring any. There was Tommy Funk driving back from the New Jersey shore during his leave to be with our incoming Plebes on R-Day.

You took younger teammates and counseled them when they were struggling, and you gave up your free time to host recruits. You led our team to break academic records in the classroom all four years. There are so many other memories, but ultimately what I will remember the most is that you took every opportunity during your four years to make choices to make not only our team better but the larger team you were a part of better as well.


You guys led our scout team, stepped into drills, rebounded for teammates, broke individual records and because of all those things our program set team milestones. You set the standard for how to prepare for success on the court. Read more.

Mooradian Receives Prestigious Special Award

Mooradian Receives Prestigious Special AwardThe Army Athletic Association announced yesterday that firstie Lynne Mooradian of the Track & Field team has received the Academy's Special Award.

The distinguished honor is presented to cadet-athletes who exhibit "outstanding achievement and exemplary leadership in athletic competition." Unlike the annual AAA Award, the AAA Special Award is given only in years when a worthy candidate is deemed.

"The special award is not an annual award at West Point for good reason," Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Mike Smith said. "There has to be a rare combination of talents and achievements worthy of recognition. The acclaim that Lynne has brought to the academy and to our program warrant that recognition. I am proud of her accomplishments and who she has become. She has a lot to offer the world and we are fortunate that she chose to share her talent with us for a short window of time."

Mooradian becomes the 31st recipient of the award since its inception in 1966, and just the fourth Cadet to receive the honor since 2010. She is the first member of the track & field program to receive the honor since Kim Seminiano and Teresa Sobiesk in 1989.

The Hanover, Pa., native is a two-time Academic All-American, claiming the nation's top individual academic honor as Google Academic All-Academic All-America of the Year in 2018. She received Academic All-District honors for the third time in 2020, with this year's Academic All-America® team being named later in June. Read more.

Sullivan Selected as the 2020 Female AAA Award Recipient

Sullivan Selected as the 2020 Female AAA Award RecipientPrior to graduation each year, the Army Athletic Association (AAA) awards a male and female cadet-athlete who displayed the “most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet.” The AAA trophy is highly regarded as the United States Military Academy’s most prestigious athletic award. Being that the 2019-20 school year looked a bit different than years past, this year’s award winners were announced during the first-ever virtual Black Knight Awards.

After an outstanding record-breaking career with the Army West Point women’s rugby program, senior Sam Sullivan was chosen as the 2019-2020 female recipient of the AAA Award.

In the 116th year of the award, Sullivan was recognized alongside senior men’s basketball captain, Tommy Funk, who was the male honoree.

Sullivan becomes the first women’s rugby player in program history to receive the award after accumulating a laundry list of accomplishments. In her four-year career, Sullivan has been named a three-time National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) 15s All-American.

Her grit and relentlessness on the field of play also allowed her be recognized for a number of awards, including being named the 2019 College Rugby Championships Tournament MVP, the winner of the first-ever Prusmack Award, awarded to the top female and male collegiate 7s player in the country, and a top-20 finalist for the MA Sorensen Award, presented to the best 15s player in the country. Read more.

USMA 2020 Cadets: ‟With Vision We Lead” in Their Own Words Part II

USMA 2020 Cadets: ‟With Vision We Lead” in Their Own Words Part IIThe U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 will graduate more than 1,100 cadets on June 13. Those graduating represent 83% of the 1,302 cadets who entered West Point nearly four years ago.

Due to COVID-19 delaying graduation, members of the class commissioned May 23 during an oath of commissioning ceremony from remote locations. It marked another unique venture for the new second lieutenants of the Class of 2020 within their 47-month journey.

Over four weeks, The Pointer View series titled, “With Vision We Lead,” named after the class motto, involves various members of the class telling stories of their West Point experience.

In honor of the members of the 222nd graduating class of West Point, here is the second installment of a four-part series of their journey in their own words ... Read more.

Funk Named AAA Award Winner

Funk Named AAA Award WinnerTommy Funk of the Army West Point Men’s Basketball team received the Army Athletic Association Award, the United States Military Academy’s most prestigious athletic honor.

The AAA trophy is awarded annually to the male and female cadet-athletes who display the “most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet.”

This year marks the 116th anniversary of the AAA Award, which was first presented to football’s Horatio Hackett in 1904.

Funk becomes the ninth men’s basketball cadet all-time to receive the award and the first since Army Hall of Famer Kevin Houston ’87 earned the honor in 1987. He joins Sam Sullivan of the women's rugby team as the male and female recipient.

Funk went down as one of the best point guards in program history after he displayed his passing, scoring and leadership abilities on the hardwood during his four seasons at West Point. The four-year floor general did not miss a single game since putting on an Army jersey back as a plebe in 2016 and went on to start in all 124 career outings. For his career, he averaged 12.5 points, 5.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds per tilt while shooting 42 percent from the field and 34 percent from deep. Read more.

2020 Superintendent’s Award Convocation

2020 Superintendent’s Award ConvocationEach year, on the Thursday before the graduation ceremony, West Point holds the Superintendent's Awards Convocation. It is during this time that the Academy honors cadets who have stood out from their peers with outstanding achievements in academic, military, and physical endeavors.

Thank You Firsties

Thank You FirstiesBy Cheryl Milligan, Head Softball Coach

Dear Em and Macey,

It’s a little ironic that we found out your careers were likely over while at an escape room. While “Figure it out”, “Work together” and “Find a way out” worked well inside that room they were of no use to get you back this lost time. There was no escape from this situation that would end with you back on a college softball field.

You each took the news in your own way. Macey, you were the stoic realist that you are every time you take the mound. Em, you were as emotional and passionate as we know you to be. The perfect combination of senior leadership.

I can’t imagine a worse segment of any season to lose than the close of your senior year. A time that should have been spent with celebration, maybe a record broke, surely a loving send-off from teammates and a bittersweet final day, was instead a time of unprecedented uncertainty and redirection.

And still you persevered. Because you are more than a softball player, more than any single of your activities, accolades, or passions. You are a West Point cadet, and this was your first test as you leave West Point. Because of your leadership and your dedication to service, when others thought only of the sadness of a season lost, you think of all others have lost in this pandemic. Because of your training and hard work, where others see their world crashing in, you look forward to a future of helping that world. Because softball has helped shape you into the leaders that you are, you leave a sad time better and a team behind you prepared to move on. Read more.

Giachin, Hurtubise Named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday that Army West Point junior Anthony Giachin and senior Jacob Hurtubise have been named to the 2020 Academic All-America Division I baseball team.

Giachin was announced as one of 11 First Team members and was one of five players in the country to receive Academic All-America honors for the second consecutive season. The Livingston, N.J., native majors in mechanical engineering and carries a 3.97 GPA. He closed out the shortened 2020 campaign with a .308 batting average, hitting .400 over the team's final ten games. He has been no stranger to national accolades in 2020, as he was named a Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball.  Giachin becomes just the third Black Knight to receive First Team honors since 1976, joining Matt Ball (2018) and Jacob Price (2012).

It marks the first Academic All-America honor for Hurtubise, capping off a historic career for the Zionsville, Ill., native. The operations research major was named to the Second Team, graduating from the Academy as a 2nd Lieutenant with a 3.70 GPA. Hurtubise was named Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year prior to the 2020 season, he graduates as the Army and Patriot League all-time leader in both stolen bases (105) and walks (142).

For more information regarding the Google Cloud Academic All-America program, visit https://academicallamerica.com/.

West Point, to Thee

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

The Greatest Team on Earth

Grit, resilience, and determination are characteristics we all admire in others, but how do we prove to ourselves that we are worthy of these descriptors? For me, it was the pursuit of sports, specifically lacrosse.

The sport of lacrosse has shown me that these values are available to me if I work as hard as I know I am capable of. Beyond showing me what I can achieve personally, I am eternally grateful to the sport for the friendships, mentors, and memories I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I recognize that the opportunity to continue playing this game at the Division I level is not a given for anyone, and that it is a privilege that has been afforded to me.

Further, I am thankful for the school to which lacrosse has ultimately brought me. Without lacrosse, I would not be at West Point. Lacrosse provided me with a career path which I am passionate about. One of selfless service and integrity. My experience on the women’s lacrosse team at West Point will soon transition to an experience on another team, the greatest team on Earth, the United States Army.

As a child, or even a young high school student, I could have never imagined myself as an officer in the U.S. Army. It was not until my sophomore year of high school that the idea of being a cadet at West Point germinated. When I went on my first recruiting visit in December of 2014, I was timid and hesitant. I had no clue about how daily life functioned at West Point, and I was even more clueless about the duties of an Army officer, to which I would have to commit five years of my life after graduation. Read more.

Nontraditional USMA Graduations with LTC Siry

Nontraditional USMA Graduations with LTC SiryThis year the United States Military Academy is experiencing a nontraditional graduation. Although the circumstances are unprecedented, there have been other nontraditional graduations in our past.

Watch LTC Dave Siry, the History Guy, take you through some of these unique situations.

Physics and Nuclear Engineering Recognizes 2020 Cadets

Physics and Nuclear Engineering Recognizes 2020 CadetsThe House of PaNE recognized members of the class of 2020 for their exceptional performance in the Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Space Science, and research programs.

Mathematical Sciences Cadet Awards

Mathematical Sciences Cadet AwardsCongratulations to the Department of Mathematical Sciences top Senior (First Class Cadet) and Junior (Second Class Cadet) Academic Awardees! Hats off to the top guns in the individual math courses as well.

Thank You Firsties

Thank You FirstiesBy Doug Van Everen, Head Gymnastics Coach

To the Class of 2020 Army Gymnasts:

I can’t put into words how much I have enjoyed coaching all of you, but I will try. From the day you arrived four years ago, you have moved the bar higher and been an inspiration to the rest on the team. You were dedicated, hardworking and always put the needs of the team first. With both success and failure, you always stayed focused and true to the core principles our program. ONE TEAM, ONE FIGHT!

Having missed the last third of our season was heart breaking. Senior day, conference championships, NCAA’s and of course our team banquet/BBQ croquet beatdown. I know you have all learned a lot about yourselves this season and you are stronger and better people because of the sacrifices you made every day. I thank you for your leadership and most importantly all the laughs we had. I know that our friendship will continue strong as will your support for future Army Gymnastics teams. There were so many highlights, but I must mention a few:

Rex’s excellence on high bar, and his mental fits on vault. His love of pommel horse and hitting a routine.

Liam’s record high! The lessons Liam learned about wrestling in hotel rooms and his steady determination to train hard and never give up.

Grant’s air awareness by brail, his never give up attitude despite injury and his leadership as co-captain.

Darrel’s break from all around to three events – FYI Darrel, you can’t tumble. Totally consistent and always putting the team first. He would do anything for the team. He is grounded and caring.

Then comes Alex. Able to do his 7th grade high bar set for all those years! This, as you know, is no small task at the Academy, but he got it done and was often the cleanest set out there. I also liked the academic success that came his senior year. We love you Alex, and we won many competitions because of your efforts.

Eric, a floor vault hero! High hit percentage and better in every meet as the seasons went on. You never let us down, with rock solid performances every time, but stay away from high bar. Read more.

West Point Civil & Mechanical Engineering Farwell

West Point Civil & Mechanical Engineering FarwellThis video is a celebration, a farewell and well-deserved recognition to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 as the newest Civil & Mechanical Engineering (CME) LTs head out to graduation and the Army beyond West Point Class of 2020.

Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department Awards

Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department AwardsLast night the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department had the honor of hosting the Virtual Annual Cadet Awards Ceremony in recognition of the success of their new Lieutenants. “We are incredibly proud of all they have accomplished, both inside and outside of the classroom. We are excited to see you continue the work you started here as you begin your time as commissioned officers.” In the words of BG(R) Prince: "Make excellence a lifetime pursuit; if you do, and you combine that with service to others, you will know the greatest satisfactions that a life can bring.

Wednesday 6/10 Live Q&A with NFL Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha

AITAF (Arts in the Armed Forces) Virtual Film Screening Event and Live online Q&A with actor, producer and NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, facilitated by Prof. Christopher P. Wolfe ’00. Wednesday 6/10 @ 9:30pm.

When you register you will receive a webinar link so that you can tune in and participate in the Q&A.

Click here to Register.

West Point, to Thee

West Point, to TheeBy Calli McMullen, Track & Field

Finding My Peace

By God’s grace, the support of my family and the dedication of my coaches, I am the athlete that I never knew I could be. Being a track athlete at West Point has brought a world of success that I would not have without those who believed in me. Thus, this testimony is for them. I am beyond grateful to have achieved everything that I have, but I honestly did not even think that any of my experiences were possible. In fact, if anyone would have told me as a kid that I’d be running track at West Point, I would have laughed in their face. Little did I know that throughout my entire life, running was in my bones.

I knew from an early age that I could run. In fact, I was good at running. As a child though, I never took it seriously. The city track coach would come to my elementary school every year to host try-outs for his summer team. As a child, I was not aware that they were try-outs; I simply thought it was another day of recess. Nevertheless, even in elementary school, I would beat kids in those races, but every year, I turned down that opportunity. In my family, my older sister and I were the artistic ones, while my older brother was the athletic one. That was how it was supposed to be. My sister was a singer and public speaker, I was the classical ballerina and my brother was the football and track star. So early on, I never saw track as an opportunity. It wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that my perspective changed.

My high school P.E. teachers, who also coached the track team, knew that I was a dancer. They reasoned that I’d be able to contribute to the track team as a jumper. That’s how they convinced me to join. So, my daily routine at track practice involved me warming up and heading straight to the high jump mat, and I was satisfied with this. One day, all the older girls on the team started bickering with each other about who was the better athlete. It became an intense word battle that the rest of the team swore was going to break out into a fist fight.

The head coach, Coach Andre Warthen, who was a smooth-talking southern man, stepped into the middle of the commotion. With a slight southern accent, he calmly stated, “We’ll settle this right now. Everybody step on the line.” When he said “everybody,” I thought he was referring to the runners. I quickly realized that I was wrong as members of every event group stepped up. A flush of nerves hit my body because I had never done this before. Read more.

Thank You Firsties

By Mark West, Head Sprint Football Coach

Dear Tommy, Rino, Bobby, DJ, Johnny D, Gigs, Garrett, Petey, Brendan, Connor, CJ, JJ, and Cavan,

Congratulations! You did it! You graduated from West Point and officially became members of the Long Gray Line! It was no easy task, but you persevered and got it done – much the same way you persevered on the gridiron with the Sprint football team.

For most of you, I remember you as new cadets showing up for our pre-R Day picnic ready to take on “The Beast”. Take on “The Beast” you did, slaying it with hard work and tenacity. That plebe summer proved to be indicative of your entire 47-month experience. You guys were relentless in your pursuit for excellence.

I admit, I have had graduating classes in the Sprint program with more overall talent that your class. Yet I have never had a graduating class with more grit and determination than the Class of 2020. You scratched, clawed, and fought for everything you earned. It was not always pretty, but you always got the job done. Leaving with a 27-4 record, two CSFL championships, and 3 wins over arch-rival Navy is an amazing accomplishment.

My greatest memory for your class will always be your senior season. After losing the championship game to Navy during the 2018 season along with a chance at an undefeated season, you took the bull by the horns as rising seniors in the winter of 2019 and vowed to lead the team and bring the championship trophy back to Army West Point. Read more.

Cadet Williams Running to Inspire

Cadet Williams Running to InspireCadet Daylan Williams is running 100 miles in 100 hours to inspire others. He is running for heroes, family, faith, and fitness. Daylan hopes his journey will inspire people to believe in themselves and put the work in. Watch the interview.

Looking for the Grad Week Events?

Looking for the Grad Week Events?Check out the events happening around West Point this week for Class of 2020. You can be a part of the events by tuning in live. Make sure you subscribe to the West Point YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/TheWestPointChannel

West Point Glee Club Sings “O What a Beautiful City”

West Point Glee Club Sings “O What a Beautiful City”The West Point Glee Club worked under the direction of Connie Chase to create this uplifting virtual performance of “O What a Beautiful City.”

The cadets all sang from their homes, and the individual videos were combined into a full ensemble that brings forward a message of hope and inspiration. It is especially poignant because 14 of the voices in the video are getting ready to graduate from West Point with the Class of 2020! Congratulations!

West Point’s Glee Club and the production of this video are made possible by donors supporting the #MarginOfExcellence Thank you for making #MOE possible. Listen to that West Point spirit!

Thank You Firsties

Thank You FirstiesBy Matt Sherman, Head Men's Rugby Coach

Army men's rugby Class of 2020,

Congratulations on the successful completion of your 47-month journey at West Point culminating with Saturday’s unique graduation. I don’t think you would say the journey has been easy, but I hope you’ve enjoyed it. I believe strongly it will be one that you found to be challenging, rewarding, fulfilling and formative as you forge down your life’s path.

I know how hard you’ve all worked to get here, and I am overwhelmingly proud of and happy for you all. I am also deeply saddened to see you depart, and I, your teammates, and the team, will miss you immensely. Nonetheless, while not here in being, your legacy will be with us in spirit as we continue to strive to now stand on your shoulders and leave the jersey in a better place.

I am very grateful for our time and experiences together, as well as your considerable efforts and contributions to the team these last 47-months. I am grateful for our relationship and the personal impact you have had on my life, helping me to improve and grow as a better person, leader and coach. I’m grateful for the positive impact you have had on our team and brotherhood. I feel absolute in saying you left the jersey in a better place and have carried our legacy forward. I also know that you have carried the Army rugby brotherhood forward by forging strong bonds with all of your teammates and with each other.

Lastly, I’m grateful to have been able to see your personal growth and development on and off field these last 47 months. Your climb has been steep and impressive. It was never easy, but you approached it with tenacity and resilience and kept moving forward and upward. Read more.

Thank You Firsties

By Paul Peck, Head Women's Tennis Coach

Dear Danna and Gloria,

Congratulations on graduating from West Point and commissioning as 2nd Lieutenants! I am so proud of both you for all you have accomplished these past four years. It has been quite a journey!! I know that you are both prepared and ready for the challenges ahead in your military career. You have been trained at the best leadership institution in the world and your leadership skills will help you succeed in any unit you are assigned. I am looking forward to seeing all your accomplishments in your military careers, in your communities and in the private sector in the future.

I also want to thank you for all you have done for Army women’s tennis because of you two, our team is the most cohesive I have ever seen it in my 26 years at West Point. You both have led by example in terms of your work ethic, competitiveness and just being great teammates. One of your best strengths as teammates is your sense of humor and constant teasing of each other. It allowed the team to laugh and relax during a tough Dean’s week or in stressful competitions.

We have had many adventures on and off the courts over the years but one of my favorite memories during your time with the team is the 2018 Patriot League Championship. Read more.

2020 Cadets Sing “100 Days ‘Til June”

The 100th Night Show has been around since 1871, as a collection of comedic skits making fun of the 47-month West Point Experience. Since 1903, the show has been a full-length comedy-musical. The song “100 Days ‘Til June” has been traditionally sung at the end of the show for a number of years to celebrate 100 Days until graduation.

The Class of 2020 cast of the show thought it would be a neat project relive the song in order to stay connected in a remote environment during COVID-19. Now that graduation day is actually in June, it felt even more fitting.

Still Time to Donate a Brick or Paver

Still Time to Donate a Brick or PaverThere's still time to donate a Brick or Paver before the July 1 deadline for Fall 2020 installation.

WPAOG's Brick and Paver program provides an opportunity for graduates and friends of West Point to honor and memorialize a new graduate, a loved one, classmate, friend, or member of the West Point community in a significant and lasting way. The brick paths surrounding Herbert Alumni Center serve as a permanent, elegant, and recognizable remembrance to all our visitors, while also being a thoughtful and unique gift.

“What an amazing opportunity to share our pride in a way that our cadet (and someday her family) will always be able to enjoy when they visit West Point.”
- 2019 Testimonial

Order your personalized Brick or Paver for the Fall 2020 installation by July 1, 2020.

For more information and to place your order, please visit our website at https://www.westpointaog.org/brickandpaver or contact us at brick@wpaog.org

Sunday 6/7 The Comm's Leadership Series Feat. Bryan Bautista

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

USCC DCA Cultural Arts is hosting a special event in honor of the graduating class With Vision We Lead!

Join the Corps of Cadets & the West Point Community for a virtual graduation concert experience.

Click here to View the Concert Sunday 6/7 @ 7:30pm.

Office 365 Required to view the Concert. If you do not have an account Click here to Join. Be sure to create your account to participate by June 7th

Tonight 6/5 The Comm's Leadership Series Feat. Riley Green

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Check out a special message from opening act Matt Mulhare.

USCC DCA Cultural Arts is hosting a special event in honor of the graduating class With Vision We Lead!

Join the Corps of Cadets & the West Point Community for a virtual graduation concert experience.

Click here to View the Concert Friday 6/5 @ 7:30pm.

Office 365 Required to view the Concert. If you do not have an account Click here to Join. Be sure to create your account to participate by June 5th

CDT Easter Virtual Presentation at the JSAMAPS

CDT Easter Virtual Presentation at the JSAMAPSDuring the Joint Service Academies Mass Atrocity Prevention Symposium (JSAMAPS), conducted remotely, Cadet Madeleine Easter, United States Military Academy presented "Who Died? Visualizing the 1994 Rwandan Genocide." The focal point of the symposium is the students, who share their original research on issues related to the Holocaust, genocide, and mass atrocity prevention with an audience of their peers. Interspersed between student panels are presentations by scholars, experts, and practitioners from US government agencies, such as the Department of Defense and Department of State, non-governmental organizations working in the field of atrocity prevention, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. These presentations energize and advance conversations at the academies concerning humane and effective leadership in an age of continued mass atrocity and genocide.

West Point, to Thee

West Point, to TheeBy Miles Silva, Men's Lacrosse


From the time I was a little boy, playing lacrosse at West Point was my dream. Simply put, West Point is part of my family. It began with my maternal grandfather, Walter Mischler class of 1969, who played sprint football and ran track during his time here, followed by my parents, Adam and Jennifer Silva class of 1993, who captained the men’s lacrosse and volleyball teams. My entire life I grew up wanting to be just like them and to become part of the storied legacy of West Point and the men’s lacrosse team.

Growing up surrounded by Army sports, I looked up to the men and women who wore their respective uniforms as my heroes, referring to my parents’ teammates and class as my “aunts” “uncles,” and I knew I wanted to be just like them. The Army lacrosse team has meant everything to me for as long as I can remember, and I am blessed to have been a part of it during my five-year journey.

My path to becoming an Army lacrosse player differs from those of my classmates because my recruiting process was solely focused on getting the chance to attend West Point and play under Coach Alberici. I knew from the moment my process began that I wanted West Point to be the place I spent my college career.

From my first day in the lacrosse locker room at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School I knew I joined something special, something bigger than myself. When I was given the opportunity to play lacrosse at West Point I was not only fulfilling a childhood dream, I was also given the opportunity to learn to follow, to grow, to fail, to lead, and to be a part of the greatest group of men in the country. Read more.

Virtual Staff Ride to Operation Market Garden

 Virtual Staff Ride to Operation Market Garden Current and former history faculty Majors Ed Hoogland, Edwin Den Harder, and Ben Flores assisted medical residents at the Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg by assisting with a "Virtual Staff Ride" to Operation Market Garden.

USMA 2020 Cadets: ‟With Vision We Lead” in Their Own Words

USMA 2020 Cadets: ‟With Vision We Lead” in Their Own WordsThe U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 will graduate more than 1,100 cadets on June 13. Those graduating represent 83% of the 1,302 cadets who entered West Point nearly four years ago.

Due to COVID-19 delaying graduation, members of the class commissioned Saturday during an oath of commissioning ceremony from remote locations. It marked another unique venture for the new second lieutenants of the Class of 2020 within their 47-month journey.

Over the next four weeks, The Pointer View series titled, “With Vision We Lead,” named after the class motto, involves various members of the class telling stories of their West Point experience.

In honor of the members of the 222nd graduating class of West Point, here is the first installment of a four-part series of their journey in their own words. Read more.

13th Annual Black Knight Awards Go Live on June 8th

13th Annual Black Knight Awards Go Live on June 8thArmy West Point Athletics will celebrate its teams and cadet-athlete accomplishments during the 13th Annual Black Knight Awards on June 8th. For the first time in show history, it will be held virtually on Facebook Live.

Fans can tune into the virtual show on Facebook Live beginning at 7:30 p.m. You can access the official Facebook page for Army Athletics here.

You can join in on the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #BKAwards. Fans are encouraged to send in their own congratulatory videos to our cadet-athletes and teams utilizing the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

West Point, to Thee

By 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…”.

The umpire calls: “TIME!”

I snap back and look Coach in her eyes. Despite not hearing a word she said, I knew exactly what she wanted us to do. In the end, it’s just a game, right? It’s just tennis? I flash a nod, trying to muster up a quick “ok, Coach” but instead, I am forced to swallow the saliva-build up in my mouth. Kirby and I bump one last fist pump with Coach M as we quickly scurry away from the player’s bench onto our side of the court. I remembered my younger years, loving the spotlight and hoping everyone would watch me play. But in this moment, I felt like throwing up instead. This was an important match and I didn’t want to let my coaches and my team down. And most of all, I didn’t want to let my doubles partner, Kirby, down. Read more.

Five Black Knights Named Academic All-District

Five Black Knights Named Academic All-DistrictCoSIDA announced that five members of the Army West Point Track and Field program have been honored as members of the 2020 Academic All-District Track & Field / Cross Country teams.

From the men's team, seniors Ben Petrella, Michael Renard and Jackson Sullivan received the honor. On the women's side, seniors Lynne Mooradian and Calli McMullen were named as members of the team.

The honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America program separately recognizes track & field/cross country honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

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 22-25.

It marks the second consecutive Academic-All-District nod for Petrella and Sullivan and the third straight for Mooradian. Both Petrella and Mooradian were named Academic All-Americans in 2019, with Mooradian also taking the nation's top honor as All-America of the Year in 2018. Both graduate as four-time Patriot League Scholar Athletes of the Year. This marks the first Academic All-District awards for Renard and McMullen, who add the academic honors to their long list of athletic honors of the course of their record-breaking careers.

West Point, to Thee

West Point, to TheeBy Samantha Stewart, Women's Lacrosse


If I was able to go back in time to the day, I committed to Army women’s lacrosse, I would have never expected to be where I am now. Growing up in a military family, I always knew I wanted to attend West Point. I think the scariest part was not knowing what to expect.

Of course, there are stories from your parents, a family friend and even a current cadet, but nothing compares to your own experience.

While deciding to come to West Point seemed like an easy decision at first, it has been anything but easy. At the R-Day barbeque, I remember coming together with the rest of the class of 2020, bright eyed and excited for the journey we were about to embark on. However, the next day I found myself standing in my sweaty white over grey uniform in the rain holding back tears as I desperately held on to my parent’s gaze from the bleachers.

We have all had those moments, those days and that thought of whether West Point would be right for us or not. However, I always had one thing that helped me stay on track. My teammates.

From the very beginning, our team has served as one of the most important support systems throughout my West Point experience. It’s interesting to take a moment and look back at those memories as a senior. Filled with fear of the unknown then, I finally know what the next few years will have in store for me. Those moments don’t seem as scary and all I can think now is how blessed I am to be a part of something like West Point.

To my teammates - we have achieved so much this year. The milestones we reached as a fifth-year program demonstrate our hard work and dedication to this team. Although our season was cut short due to unforeseen circumstances, the goals we reached and the memories we created will remain in our hearts forever.

To the freshmen, four seasons go by incredibly fast, make sure you take advantage of every moment. Sophomores, in the next few months you’re going to make a huge decision to continue on this path. It’s an exciting one so get ready! To the juniors, I am so excited to come back and see the ways you will carry this program as a senior class and what your military careers will soon become. Read more.

Margin of Excellence Monday

We are highlighting the academic excellence that cadets displayed at this year's Projects Day, supported via donations to the Margin of Excellence. Each year, Projects Day at West Point showcases hundreds of cadet capstone projects across all academic departments, and 2020 was no different--except that it went virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Projects Day 2020 had a total of 318 projects and more than 200 live project presentations online via the USMA conferencing platform. Almost 1,500 people tuned in to watch West Point's annual "academic Super Bowl."

“The Winant Scholars 2019 team is extremely grateful for the donations from the WPAOG that allowed our trips and research to become a reality.' - CDT Elizavetta (Liz) Fursova '21

Donors that support West Point and the Long Gray Line helped make this happen and we are truly grateful.

Congratulations to all the Projects Day winners from WPAOG!

Clark Award Winner: "Soldier Power Augmentation Readiness Kit;" CME/EE&CS; Cadets (Class of 2020) Hunter Ball, Hannah White, Jack Farrington, Mike Hamilton and (Class of 2022) Nolan Pearce; Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Zifchock

Dean’s Inter-Departmental Award Winner: "Post Nuclear Blast Recon Swarm;" CME, PANE, EE&CS, DSE; Cadets (All Class of 2020) 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); Advisors: Mr. Andrew Kopeikin (CME), LTC Keith McManus '98 (PaNE), Mr. Kevin Carey (EECS), Mr. Ted Londner (DSE)

Dean’s Inter-Departmental Award Honorable Mention: "RADBOT;" PANE, CME, EE&CS, MATH, DSE; Cadets (All Class of 2020) Tyler Lacosta (CME), Kaelynn Mayes (PaNE), Brendan Huhlein (PaNE), Nicholas Franck (EECS), Ethan Shepherd (EECS), Trenton Leslie (EECS), Adam Hudler (EECS), Kyle Herschberger (EECS), Spencer Lee (DSE), Natalie Hales (MATH), Gloria Son (CME), Devin Men (CME); Advisors: Dr. John Rogers (CME ), LTC Keith Mcmanus '98 (PaNE), Mr. Dominic Larkin (EECS), Mr. Ted Londner (DSE)

To learn more about the Margin of Excellence and how you can support cadet studies, please visit our website at: https://www.westpointaog.org/WestPointmarginofexcellence


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