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The Corps First SAMI

The Corps First SAMIThe Corps of Cadets recently conducted their first Saturday morning inspection (SAMI) for this year. The inspection is an evaluation of discipline and attention to detail. The highest inspection status, SAMI occurs immediately after breakfast on Saturday morning. The strict standards require rooms to be immaculate to the “white-glove” test. Cadets stand at attention, in uniform while their rooms are being inspected by the company Chain of Command (COC).

Men's Soccer Charges Ahead of Merchant Marine 1-0

CDT Justin McStay ’23Thanks to a second half surge, the Army West Point Men's Soccer team took down Merchant Marine 1-0 in a Saturday night contest. Scoreless after the first half, Justin McStay netted a goal off a corner kick by Oscar Pereira in the 50th minute. Army continued to press to help preserve a 1-0 shutout for Jacob Suppiah. The Black Knights and Mariners entered halftime with a knotted 0-0 score. Army led in shots (8-3) and corner kicks (3-2) after the first 45 minutes. In the 50th minute, the Cadets found the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead. Pereira capitalized on a corner kick opportunity five minutes into the second half. He chipped it into the box where McStay connected and found the back of the net. Army finished the game with an impressive 16-6 advantage in shots. The Black Knights led in corner kicks (11-2). The Cadets improve to 18-1-1 against USMMA in the all-time series. It marked the first contest between the two squads since 1983. Read more.

Jones, Shearer Lead Black Knights to Second Place Finish

Jones, Shearer Lead Black Knights to Second Place FinishThe Army West Point Women's Cross Country team placed second at the Three Team Battle in Beantown at Coogan Course at Highland Park this past Friday.

The Black Knights finished with a team score of 37, placing behind Syracuse who won the meet with a score of 33 points. Boston College placed third with 52 team points.

For the second meet in a row, the Cadets were led plebes Georgia Jones (17:46) and Helen Shearer (17:50), who placed third and fourth respectively. Firstie captain Mika Andrews also recorded a top 10 finish, placing seventh at 18:12.

“It was a really good day for the team," Shearer said. "We were able to stick together and Georgia pulled away towards the end. The teamwork throughout was really helpful and it made us push each other.”

“Having your teammate pushing you makes a big difference in a race,” Jones said. “It gives you someone to work with and fight with and it helps a lot. Both of us are soccer players and didn't run much cross country in high school, so working as a team is what we are used to.”

Syracuse senior Amanda Vestri claimed her second consecutive victory, crossing the line first at 17:23.

Army now turns its attention to rival Navy, as the team will head to Annapolis for the annual Army-Navy Star Meet on October 17. The Black Knights defeated the Midshipmen 27-28 in a thrilling race at Bowdoin Park in 2019. Read more.

Beatty Leads Black Knights to Second Place Finish

Beatty Leads Black Knights to Second Place FinishThe Army West Point Men's Cross Country team finished second at the Three Team Battle in Beantown at Coogan Course at Highland Park this past Friday.

Army finished with a team score of 38 points, with Syracuse posting a score of 18 to claim their second consecutive meet victory. Meet host Boston College placed third with a score of 80.

The Black Knights were led by cow Marshall Beatty who finished third with a time of 24:43. Beatty is one of two former Patriot League Rookie of the Year winners to place in the top 10 on Friday, as yearling Garrett Gough finished ninth at 25:31.

Syracuse redshirt senior JP Trojan finished first to claim his second win in two races since joining the Orange from William & Mary. Trojan (24:41) and teammate Joe Dragon (24:42) narrowly edged Beatty to give the Orange a one-two finish in the race.

“They had a big pack of five guys and I was hoping if I strung them out at the end that some of the guys would fall off and our guys would pick up some spots,” Beatty said. “The guys up front hung on pretty well and it ended up being me fighting with their third and fourth guy. I was a little bit off from the top two, but I am happy how things turned out.”

Army now turns its attention to service academy rival Navy and the Army-Navy Star Meet which will take place on October 17 in Annapolis. Unlike his first two Star Meets as a Black Knight, Beatty enters this one as an upperclassmen in a leadership position on the team, something he is excited to take on. Read more.

CSFL To Host Army-Navy Sprint FB Preview Show Thursday

CSFL To Host Army-Navy Sprint FB Preview Show ThursdayThe Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) will air the Army-Navy Sprint Football Game Preview Show this Thursday, October 1 at 9 p.m., on the CACC Network. Today’s announcement of the special broadcast was made by CSFL Commissioner Dan Mara, as the show will break down Sunday's contest between the Cadets and Midshipmen at Shea Stadium in West Point. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Army and Navy will meet twice in sprint football during the fall, as the second contest will be held on Sunday, October 18, in Annapolis. That contest will be the Star Game for both teams. The CSFL will also air a preview show for that game on Thursday, October 15.

This Thursday's preview show will feature interviews with both head coaches (Army's Mark West and Navy's Jason Dewald) and student-athletes from each school. The show will also provide a look at the historic rivalry between the two academies in the sport of sprint football.

The CACC Network is the official digital channel of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), which is a partner with the CSFL. Fans can view the network in a variety of ways, including online at caccnetwork.com. Fans can also stream the CACC Network on their television, as the channel features apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV. For people on the go, they can also watch the show on their mobile device or tablet, as the CACC Network features an app in both the iTunes and Google Play stores. 

The show will premiere on Thursday night at 9 p.m., but fans who cannot watch the live broadcast will have the opportunity to view it anytime on-demand by visiting one of the portals listed above for the CACC Network. Read more.

2021 West Point Gymnastics Open Canceled

2021 West Point Gymnastics Open CanceledArmy West Point Gymnastics coach Dr. Doug Van Everen has announced the cancelation of the 2021 West Point Gymnastics Open due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 30th anniversary of the event is now slated to take place January 14-15, 2022. In addition to the competition, the Army Gymnastics program will host an alumni event to celebrate the history of Army Gymnastics. The alternate date tentatively scheduled for March 2021 has also been canceled.

Stay tuned to GoArmyWestPoint.com and Army Gymnastics social media platforms for up to date information on the 30th annual West Point Open and all Army Gymnastics news. 

Honorable Living Day

Honorable Living DayThis past Wednesday, all cadets, staff, and faculty stopped their daily activities to participate in Honorable Living Day. They had open, honest discussions about how to live honorably, build cohesive teams, and combat issues that undermine cohesion and readiness of Army units. Later that afternoon, several cadet diversity clubs shared their rich heritage by displaying flags, traditional outfits, and cultural foods at booths throughout the plain.

The West Point community is committed to creating a climate where everyone is treated with dignity and respect; there is no other option! Our graduates will lead diverse formations and they must be ready to build and lead cohesive teams with their Soldiers.

Cadet Virtual Visit from Phil Swagel CBO

Cadet Virtual Visit from Phil Swagel CBOCadets were fortunate to have a great virtual visit from Phil Swagel, 10th Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Cadets learned about the challenging and important tasks that the CBO carries out each day and were able to ask Mr. Swagel questions that few others would be able to answer. The CBO was established in 1975 to produce independent, non-partisan analyses of economic and budgetary issues in support of the Congressional budget process. The agency plays a key role in analyzing the cost estimates for legislation proposed in Congress but does not make policy recommendations.

CDT Hilt ’22 Nominated for Dean’s “Brain Gainz”

CDT Hilt ’22 Nominated for Dean’s “Brain Gainz”CDT Thomas Hilt ’22, Company D2, was nominated by his company for the Dean’s “Brain Gainz” recognition this week. Thomas has organized, led, and coordinated two HI101 study sessions thus far as the cadet in charge (CIC) for History tutoring through the Center for Enhanced Performance (CEP). Both times, he did a great job not only commanding and controlling the operation, but also tutoring people himself as much as he could. The first study session was a two-day operation for five hours on Saturday and Sunday. Thomas led and tutored for the full five hours on both days. Excellent academic mentorship and leadership, Thomas!

Cross Country Season Continues in Boston

The Army West Point Cross Country team is set to continue its season on Friday when it heads to Massachusetts for the Three Team Battle in Beantown with Boston College and Syracuse. Action begins with the women's meet at 2:30 p.m. followed by the men's competition at 3:15 p.m.

The Black Knights split their season opening meet with Syracuse earlier this month, defeating the Orange in the women's meet and falling in the men's meet.

Army saw strong performances from its young runners on the women's side, with plebes Georgia Jones and Helen Shearer leading the women's team with second and third place finishes. The three-time defending champion men's team will look to bounce back from its season opening defeat behind several key returners. Firstie Daniel Horoho was the top finishing cadet in the season opener, placing tenth.

The teams will get another look at the Orange, who were led by seniors in both meets. The women's race was won by All-ACC and All-Region performer Amanda Vestri. The men's meet was won by redshirt senior JP Trojan, who was making his Syracuse debut after transferring from William & Mary.

Meet host Boston College will be seeing its first action of the season after a strong women's campaign in 2019 in which the Eagles placed 20th at the NCAA Championships. The team returns three scorers from the championship meet in juniors Lauren White and Anna Osear and sophomore Sarah Flynn. Like Syracuse, the Eagles ranked in the top five in the Northeast Region in the final women's cross country rankings last season.

In the 2020 ACC preseason cross country rankings, Syracuse and Boston College were ranked fourth and seventh respectively on the women's side and second and 13th respectively on the men's side.

Army and Merchant Marine Announce Home-and-Home Contests

Army and Merchant Marine Announce Home-and-Home ContestsThe Army West Point Men's Soccer team is set to open competition for the fall of 2020 with a home-and-home series with the Merchant Marine Academy.

The Black Knights and Mariners will face each other at Kings Point on September 26, and then at West Point on October 3.

Army and Merchant Marine have battled it out 19 times since the series debut in 1963 with the Cadets hold a 17-1-1 advantage. This will be the first meeting between the Black Knights and the Mariners since 1983.

Athletes from both sides have complied with their institutions' and conferences' respective COVID-19 testing guidelines ahead of the competition. The Army home game will be closed to outside spectators.

The Army home game will have live stats and a video stream of the game. Live Stats Link: https://goarmywestpoint.com/sidearmstats/msoc/. ESPN+ Link: PatriotLeague.tv.

DSE Interdisciplinary Pride

The Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) prides itself on being Interdisciplinary. Interdisciplinary refers something the relates to multiple branches of knowledge. The analytical, modeling and simulation, and managements skills you learn in DSE can be applied almost anywhere, business, production, construction, and healthcare.

Social sciences. International relations. You name it, your DSE skills can be a combat multiplier.

They offer 17 elective tracks for Systems Engineering majors, 8 complimentary support course tracks for Engineering Management majors, and lots of flexibility for Systems and Decision Science majors to lean into a field that is interesting & engaging to them.

Photo: CDT Jack Davies ’21 & Calvin Pieper ’21working on their capstone, Steel Bridge, an interdisciplinary capstone with the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering

History Discusses Civil War Leadership

History Discusses Civil War LeadershipHistory faculty at West Point approach their subjects from all angles. Dr. Laura Hooton’s HI101 class discusses Civil War leadership in the shadow of the new General Grant statue on the Plain.

BG Weidner Addresses Cadets Via Video Link

BG Weidner Addresses Cadets Via Video LinkBrigadier General John Weidner, United States Strategic Command, addressed cadets via video link. BG Weidner discussed of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review and the recently translated 2020 Decree by the President of the Russian Federation: State Policy in the Field of Nuclear Deterrence. Prior to the address, the cadets studied the Nonproliferation Treaty and the executive summary of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review. They were also allowed to view the translated decree in a controlled environment.

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Cincinnati

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: CincinnatiArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The No. 22 Black Knights will look to continue their hot start to the season when they take on No. 14 Cincinnati this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken

(Ref.: Opening statement)
“Good afternoon. We're excited about the opportunity we have to play this weekend against a great football team. They're very well-coached and certainly have the respect of everyone in the college football world. They have been one of the best teams in the country here in recent years. I can't say enough about the job that Coach (Luke) Fickell has done. He's and outstanding coach. He has a great staff, a veteran staff and they have a big athletic and fast football team. They really are an impressive group and it's going to take our best effort if we're going to have a chance to win. So, our guys are practicing hard. It's been nice to have an extra week. We really set our sights on Cincinnati when the game against BYU was postponed. We were hopeful that we could get another game rescheduled, but when that didn't work out it really gave us a chance to dive into the game plan for Cincinnati. It's going to take the rest of this week and our very best effort, as I said, if we're going to have a chance.”

(Ref.: On the opportunity this weekend presents for the program)
“I think anytime we have the opportunity we have to play a ranked team – and we've had that opportunity several times – it's an opportunity for us to test ourselves against one of the best teams in college football, which they are. Back-to-back 11-win seasons is really impressive. They've got some big wins over Power 5 teams. They're just an impressive football team. I was talking to another coach in their league, he was mentioning the body types that they have on their team – just long. It allows them to have tight end type guys, outside linebacker types that are really long and run good. It helps them on special teams and those guys have position flexibility. It's really just going to a tremendous challenge for us to play a team of this caliber. With the respect that they have around the college football world, if we can find a way to win the game it would be a huge victory for us.” Read more.

Kendo Welcomes New Members

Kendo Welcomes New MembersHistory Instructors develop leaders of character inside and outside the classroom. MAJ Eric V. Muirhead is also OIC of the West Point - The U.S. Military Academy Kendo Club. Recently, they welcomed the Class of 2024 and restarted their regular practices after finding new ways to practice safety and social distancing.

BG Jebb Recognizes Outstanding Faculty

BG Jebb Recognizes Outstanding FacultyBG Jebb came to Mahan Hall to present timely awards to MAJ John Case, MAJ Steven McCarthy, MAJ Courtney Razon, and to Dr. Kenny McDonald.

Dr. McDonald was recognized with the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for his efforts in leading the development of the Cyber & Engineering Academic Center (CEAC). The CEAC is a 130,000-plus-square-foot, modern academic facility that will enable and inspire collaboration across disciplines. The CEAC, which will house the Departments of Civil & Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and Systems Engineering together under one roof. It will facilitate a powerful and broad impact within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) scholarship and industry. Groundbreaking for the CEAC is scheduled for later this academic year. Dr. McDonald has been working to bring this vision to life since 2011.

MAJ Case was recognized with a coin and a certificate of achievement for his efforts in preparing DSE to transition to remote learning in March 2020. MAJ Case’s thorough analysis of DSE’s technology needs enabled a smooth transition, despite the lack of time and space for most instructors to prepare. MAJs McCarthy and Razon each received a coin in recognition of their efforts to build a simulation model that informed USMA senior leaders of the health and welfare implications of proposed Reception Day (R-Day) plans. Their model ensured the Class of 2024 was received and integrated into the West Point community with minimal health and safety impact on the rest of the West Point community.

Cadet Yoga Club at Trophy Point

Cadet Yoga Club at Trophy PointMAJ Justine Meberg, the A/OIC of the Cadet Yoga Club, took this photo of a workshop led by cadets, for cadets. In this uniquely challenging semester, history officers are helping cadets to thrive inside and outside of the classroom.

C3T at the 17th Annual CSAW Capture the Flag

C3T at the 17th Annual CSAW Capture the FlagEarlier this month the Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) participated in the 17th Annual CyberSecurity Awareness Week (CSAW) Capture-The-Flag (CTF). CSAW CTF is the premier annual undergraduate cybersecurity CTF. This year, more than 1200 teams competed, and USMA C3T --- also known as BitsForEveryone --- placed 44th overall. Their 2,455 points were good for 14th place among US and Canadian undergraduate teams, leading to their first qualification for the Finals since 2016! For those who might be interested, USNA scored 1,005 points; USAFA had 255 points.

The Finals --- a 36-hour marathon hacking event --- will occur November 6-8, 2020. Finals teams are limited to four players, so USMA will be represented by Cadets Alex Heldstab and John Eberling '21, Johnathan Riemerspeters '22, and Kyle Spinelli '23.

MAJ Hood Speaks with Cadets

MAJ Karoline Hood, a FA40 Project Engineer at the Johnson Space Center’s Astronaut Office, spoke with students in the PH205 Curriculum via Teams about her experiences working with NASA. She spoke of the training astronauts undergo, the relationship between NASA and SpaceX, the Dragon spacecraft Landing team she was part of last month, and the Lunar Mission which is still on schedule for 2024. The plan is to stay in the moon six months at a time to build a lunar base. Sounds exciting! She encouraged anyone interested in Space to join a STEM field to readily prepare them for the challenges of exploring the Final Frontier.

Ms. Indra Nooyi Meets with Cadets Virtually

Ms. Indra Nooyi Meets with Cadets VirtuallyMs. Indra Nooyi, former CEO of Pepsi and current board member at Amazon, joined cadets in SS394: Fundamentals of Financial Analysis. This is one of our classes that meets remotely this semester. Ms. Nooyi discussed diversified business models and sources of revenue with cadets, a difficult but fundamental topic to corporate financial analysis. This is Ms. Nooyi’s second visit to SS394, both times meeting with cadets in both sections.

Join the “Virtual” 5K Ring Run Event

Join the “Virtual” 5K Ring Run EventYou're invited to join the USMA Class of 2021 as they approach Ring Weekend! This year, a “Virtual” 5K Run event will carry on the running tradition during Ring Weekend festivities. Parents from across the country are signing up to run in support of their First Class cadet! We welcome the larger West Point Community (all West Point Staff/Faculty & Garrison/Tenant Organizations) to also participate in the fun. Registration prior to September 21 includes an event t-shirt shipped to the registrant's address. For more information about the event, or to register online, visit westpoint.armymwr.com, or dial the MWR Fitness Center at 845-938-6490.

2LT Losch & Dr. Nagelli C&LS Project

2LT Losch & Dr. Nagelli C&LS ProjectSecond Lieutenant Anchor Losch and Dr. Enoch Nagelli in the Multi-Functional Materials Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science at West Point are filming a video for the Journal of Visualized Experiments to share their synthesis method to make salt-templated macrotubes and macrobeams with a square cross-section for use as fuel cell electrodes. This project seeks to develop lightweight materials for power and energy applications. The video accompanies their method paper, “A Salt-Templated Synthesis Method for Porous Platinum-based Macrobeams and Macrotubes.”

Jack Voltaic to be Virtual This Year

Jack Voltaic to be Virtual This YearThe Army Cyber Institute announced its first-ever virtual Jack Voltaic experiment, a regionally focused exercise that focuses on cities’ abilities to respond to a cyberattack. This is ACI’s third iteration of the Jack Voltaic series and it will take place virtually September 22 and 24, for the cities of Charleston and Savannah, respectively.

“By conducting Jack Voltaic 3.0 virtually, the ACI and our partners have an excellent opportunity to capitalize on our digital connectivity, strengthen our ties ahead of a potential multi-sector cyber event that impacts critical infrastructure and still meet all of our original objectives,” said LTC Doug Fletcher, the Army Cyber Institute’s lead for Jack Voltaic.

In 2016, ACI executed its first major city, multi-sector, public-private cyber exercise called Jack Voltaic. JV1.0 was the first step in building a framework to prepare for, prevent and respond to multi-sector cyberattacks on major cities. Since then, the ACI conducted JV2.0 in Houston, and multiple JV2.5 mini-series across the country.

Jack Votlaic 3.0 seeks to gain key insights and better understanding of cities’ gaps in incident management for a cyber or cyber-enabled disruption or destructive events and provide an analysis for the way forward.

In particular, JV3.0 examines how cyberattacks on commercial critical infrastructure, directly supporting military deployment and global logistics operations, impact military force projection; Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, are key locations that support military force projection. Read more.

Patriot League Reaches Multi-Year Rights Deal with ESPN+

Patriot League Reaches Multi-Year Rights Deal with ESPN+The Patriot League has reached a multi-year agreement that makes ESPN+ the exclusive digital home for live and archived Patriot League sporting events, starting with the 2020-21 academic year. ESPN+ will be home to more than 800 annual events, including college football games and men's and women's basketball contests.

“The Patriot League has been among the leaders within intercollegiate athletics for its live streaming production with its robust and high-quality live digital programming for more than a decade,” said Patriot League Commissioner Jennifer Heppel. “We are thrilled to work with ESPN+ to showcase Patriot League student-athletes on this leading sports streaming platform.”

The agreement also includes regular-season coverage of Patriot League men's and women's lacrosse in addition to regular and post-season coverage of Patriot League baseball, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, softball and volleyball, in addition to championship coverage of other League sports.

Since launching its digital programming in the fall of 2006, the Patriot League has offered thousands of live events and on-demand videos. Annually, the Patriot League broadcasts more than a dozen of its championships.

The first event involving a Patriot League school this fall is scheduled for Sunday, September 20, when Navy hosts Pittsburgh in a women's soccer contest (2 p.m. ET).

“The Patriot League has a proud academic and athletic history featuring so many great institutions and rivalries, which we will showcase on ESPN+ through this new multi-year agreement,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming Acquisitions and Scheduling. “As a Holy Cross alum, I am personally very excited about the opportunity to watch my alma mater play among the more than 800 annual events that this deal includes.” Read more.

West Point CE Ranked #3 in the Country

West Point CE Ranked #3 in the CountryThe recent U.S. News and World Report has West Point’s Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department ranked the #3 undergraduate Civil Engineering and #6 undergraduate Mechanical Engineering programs in the country!

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes

Jeff Monken Press Conference QuotesArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken

(Ref.: Opening statement)
“Good afternoon everybody. It is so nice to be in here after a win again. The weeks are always more enjoyable coming off of a victory and I am really proud of our team and our staff. And for overcoming some adversity on Saturday. We faced some on Saturday that we probably didn't face in the opening football game. That second quarter just didn't go very well for us. We had some three-and-outs, some turnovers and some foolish penalties. Some things didn't go our way but I was really encouraged to see our guys come out in the second half and play well enough to win the football game and play well in every phase.”

“I'm proud of our team for the victory. It's hard to win a game and they've got an athletic, well-coached football team and we benefitted from just having had the opportunity to practice and get prepared through preseason camp and get ready for them. We had a win under our belt and I think the guys just felt a bit of confidence after having had a win in the opening game so I am glad to get a win and now it's time to prepare for Cincinnati a week from this Saturday.”

(Ref.: On if the first two games exceeded expectations)
“There's been plenty of things that our team has done well that I have been proud of and we've easily recognized getting a lot of takeaways on defense. That's been really good. I think we've got six on the season now. Certainly in the first game, scoring on every drive of that game. In both games control the clock and being able to run the fullback and a power running game, just to chunk away at the defense and keep that clock running and play our brand of football. There's been things in every phase. I think we've for the most part, Saturday was an exception, there was a couple of times where they had some kick returns that we were a little disappointed, but we had guys in position and we missed some tackles on those plays but we have covered kicks well. We had guys in position. Obviously, the fake kind of turned the game for us. It was a 10-point game and we were able to execute that fake to put ourselves in scoring position to stretch the lead. So there's things that they've done really well but there's lots of things that we need to do better and we're going to have to do all of those things where we're feeling like we're falling a little short, a whole lot better against Cincinnati. This is an outstanding football team, a top 25 team, well coached, veteran guys. They're big. I looked at their defense today and looked at their depth chart that they sent us and holy smokes do they have a great looking football team physically. Very fast, they have skill guys, whether it be offense or the kick returner, just really impressed with their team, Coach Fickell is a great coach.” Read more.

COL Hartke Present PaNE Coin to MAJ Lewis

COL Hartke Present PaNE Coin to MAJ LewisCOL John Hartke visited EV377 (Remote Sensing) to present a Physics and Nuclear Engineering (PaNE) department coin to MAJ Nick Lewis (Geography and Environmental Engineering (GEnE)) in appreciation for his ongoing efforts to support the Space Community at West Point. MAJ Lewis provided unwavering support to both the FA40 community and to Space & Missile Defense Command (SMDC), and therefore to the House of PaNE. He was a key contributor during the shaping of the Assured Functional Area Transfer Program; the single inject point for the SMD COE (includes the ASPDO), 1st Space BDE and SMDC leadership to attend Branch Week in both 2019 and 2020; and played a pivotal role in the development of the SMDC-RAC Vision 2030 that was in part presented to LTG Karbler last May. Nick’s efforts ensured a seamless presentation of FA40 (and in a supporting role ADA) to the West Point community in the absence of an SMDC RAC director.

Black Knights Recognized in Early US Lacrosse Rankings

Black Knights Recognized in Early US Lacrosse RankingsThe Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team ranked 16th nationally in the US Lacrosse Early 2021 Rankings, announced today.

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

Army's scoring defense (7.25) was second in the nation and its scoring margin of 6.50 was seventh. Brendan Nichtern ranked fourth in Division I with 3.38 assists per game, while his 5.75 points per game average was good for ninth. Wyatt Schupler finished the year fourth nationally in save percentage (.617) and was second for his 7.18 goals against average.

US Lacrosse's Initial Forecast: If there's a built-in disadvantage in 2021, the service academies are dealing with it. That's because while civilian schools at least have a choice in permitting last year's seniors to come back next spring, academy graduates are already off serving the country. That might not hurt an academy team without many seniors (like Navy), but Army had some serious losses. That said, coach Joe Alberici's done a fabulous job of building up depth on his roster, and many of the Black Knights' stars from last season — attackman Brendan Nichtern (19 goals, 27 assists), midfielders Bobby Abshire (seven goals, seven assists) and Jacob Morin (12 goals), defenseman Marcus Hudgins (30 caused turnovers) and goalie Wyatt Schupler (.617 save percentage), among others — are still at West Point. As usual, no one will look forward to facing Army.

Feinstein's Findings: A Tale of 2-0

Feinstein's Findings: A Tale of 2-0This one wasn't perfect—far from it in fact. But the result was equally gratifying: Army-37, Louisiana-Monroe-7.

In all, given the serious doubts about whether there would be a football season and—if so—what kind of season it would it be, the first two Saturdays inside Michie Stadium, were just about everything Coach Jeff Monken and his players could have hoped for when they first ran onto Earl Blaik Field eight days ago.

But, before sundown Saturday, the first black cloud of the season showed up when news broke that this coming Saturday's game against Brigham Young has been postponed because the Cougars have had, "a small number of positive tests within the BYU program," for Covid-19.

What happens next is anybody's guess. Both teams have an open date on November 28th. Army has another open date on October 31st and scheduling guru Bob Beretta has had potential replacement opponents in his pocket all summer case something like this happened. Most schools are staying flexible. When Memphis informed Houston on Friday that it wouldn't be able to play this coming Friday night, Houston instantly added Baylor—which had an open date—as a replacement. Welcome to college football 2020.

Meanwhile, Army's first two games could have been better—although it is difficult to see exactly how that would be the case. After the 42-0 rout of Middle Tennessee State, Monken said he and the staff found, "about 100 mistakes," when watching the game tape. They must have been looking VERY closely to find those errors. The ease of that victory was a surprise. The Blue Raiders have been a solid program for a long time and they came to town with a returning quarterback—Asher O'Hara—who had produced more than 3,600 yards in total offense in 2019.

The Black Knights defense was so good it drove O'Hara to the bench in the third quarter while forcing four turnovers. The offense was equally good, scoring five touchdowns on the five drives in which the clock didn't run out. All of which led to concern about Saturday's game for one very good reason: trap game. Read more.

Football Continues Hot Start with 37-7 Win over ULM

Football Continues Hot Start with 37-7 Win over ULMContinuing its momentum from the opener, the Army West Point Football team charged past Louisiana-Monroe Saturday by a 37-7 score at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights improved to 2-0 after holding the Warhawks to 200 yards and a touchdown.

Army posted 465 offensive yards, while causing two turnovers and blocking a field goal attempt. Jakobi Buchanan and Christian Anderson paced the Cadets' offense with two touchdowns apiece. Buchanan had a career day with 106 rushing yards, averaging 9.6 yards per carry.

Defensively, Nolan Cockrill blocked a field goal, forced a fumble and had 1.5 tackles for a loss of four yards. Jon Rhattigan posted 2.5 tackles for a loss of 17 yards and recorded 1.5 sacks. The Black Knights allowed the lone ULM touchdown in the second quarter, holding the Warhawks scoreless in the other three. Read more.

Women's XC Opens Season With Win Over Syracuse

Women's XC Opens Season With Win Over SyracuseThe Army West Point Women's Cross Country team kicked-off its 2020 season with a 26-33 victory over Syracuse at Twin Ponds on the Farm in Montgomery, N.Y. on Saturday. In the team's first competition following the COVID-19 outbreak, the Black Knights were strong throughout, claiming nine of the top 12 positions in the meet. In their collegiate debut, freshmen Georgia Jones and Helen Shearer led the cadets with second and third place individual finishes. Senior All-ACC and All-Region performer Amanda Vestri finished first for the Orange.

It was the first head-to-head competition between the two programs since 1996, when the Army defeated Syracuse 68-74. The Orange entered the season ranked fourth in the ACC after finishing 2019 ranked fifth in the Northeast Region. The Black Knights now turn their attention to continued competition in the fall. Earlier this week, Army announced that it will take on Navy in the annual Army-Navy Star Meet on October 17 in Annapolis, Md.

“We ran exceptionally well today. After a summer of uncertainty, it was important for us to have this competition. With only three teams in our geographic region still competing this fall, we had to hope that either or both of them (Syracuse and Boston College) would be willing to compete with us and we were fortunate to get a date worked out with Syracuse that worked for both teams. The course was challenging, and our women really used that to our advantage against a good team. I thought we were disciplined in the early going and that paid dividends on the hills at the end of the race. We were down 1-2 points midway through the race, and then we pulled even with a mile to go. Then in that last mile we did a nice job of packing up and moving up and that made the difference.” Said Head Coach Mike Smith. Read more.

US Military Academy Ranked Among Best Colleges

US Military Academy Ranked Among Best CollegesThe U.S. Military Academy is again rated as one of the nation's best undergraduate education institutions in numerous college rankings sites. 

According to The Princeton Review, the academy was ranked No. 1 for Most Accessible Professors for the third year in a row. The education services company features West Point in the new 2020 edition of its college guide, "The Best 386 Colleges." 

West Point was also ranked in "The Best 386 Colleges:" No. 1 for Best College Library, the second year in a row, No. 2 for Best Classroom Experience, No. 2 for Lots of Race/Class Interaction, and No. 2 Best Science Lab Facilities. 

"The U.S. Military Academy is dedicated to educating, training, and inspiring the Corps of Cadets, and these rankings reflect our institution's commitment to developing leaders of character," said Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, Dean of the Academic Board. "Our faculty and staff are world-class teachers, mentors, scholars, and most importantly, role models who work tirelessly to support our cadets in all of their endeavors whether they be in the classrooms, on the athletic fields, on-field exercises, in the library, or our laboratories."

Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book. All of the ranking lists are based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges. 

Additionally, the academy was ranked in the following publications:

  • No. 15 for National Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News and World Report
  • No. 5 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America in Niche 
  • No. 5 Top Public Universities in America in Niche

The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and continues today as one of our nation’s premier leader-development institutions, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country. Its mission remains constant—to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu.

Men's Cross Country Kicks-Off Season Against Syracuse

Men's Cross Country Kicks-Off Season Against SyracuseThe Army West Point Men's Cross Country team opened its 2020 season against Syracuse at Twin Ponds on the Farm on Saturday. The defending ACC Champion Orange got the better of the three-time defending Patriot League Champion Black Knights, winning the meet by a score of 15-50. Firstie Daniel Horoho led the way for the cadets, finishing 10th with a time of 23:12.3 Junior Marshall Beatty was the Black Knights other top-15 finisher, placing 14th. The competition marked the first non-football sporting event for Army West Point of the academic year following the COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier this week, Army announced that it will face Navy in the annual Army-Navy Star Meet on October 17 in Annapolis, Md.

“After a summer of uncertainty it was important for us to have this competition. With only three teams in our geographic region still competing this fall, we had to hope that either or both of them (Syracuse and Boston College) would be willing to compete with us and we were fortunate to get a date worked out with Syracuse that worked for both teams. The course was challenging and I felt like it would be a major factor in the race, but as it turned out Syracuse simply overwhelmed us early and we did not respond. We have shown great discipline and execution in practice, but that was absent from our performance today. We had a few guys test their limits and that was good to see, but the overall effort level was not consistent with who we are, who we have been and who we expect to be.” Said Head Coach Mike Smith. Read more.

Sprint Football Announces Home-and-Home with Navy

Sprint Football Announces Home-and-Home with NavyArmy West Point and Navy will clash twice in sprint football this fall, announced Army head coach LTC (R) Mark West on Friday. The first contest will be at West Point on Sunday, October 4 at 1 p.m. Then on October 18, the two foes will clash for the star in Annapolis at 1 p.m. as part of the Army-Navy Star Series, presented by USAA.

“As disappointed as we were in having our fall season postponed, the team is extremely excited and thankful that we have the opportunity to play Navy twice this fall,” West said. “Knowing these two rivalry games could very well be the only games we play this year makes them even more special, especially for our seniors.”

The last time the two teams squared off the Black Knights walked away with their 36th Collegiate Sprint Football League title, downing Navy 13-0 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The shutout marked Army's first over Navy since 1984.

Since the start of the 2012 season, Army owns a record of 6-4 over the Mids. During that span neither team has won more than two consecutive games. Of the 82 games that have been played in the rivalry, 37 have been decided by a single possession.

Army-BYU Football Game Postponed

Army-BYU Football Game PostponedAs a result of a small number of positive COVID-19 test results and the resulting tracing exposures within the BYU football program, a mutual decision was made to postpone the football game set for September 19 at Michie Stadium between Army and BYU.

The decision was made after consultation with the BYU administration, state public health officials and medical advisors, and in coordination with the leadership here at Army West Point.

The Black Knights appreciate the communication from the Cougars as they deal with health issues and both sides will work to find a future date that works for both schools in the hopes of rescheduling the contest.

West Named to Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

West Named to Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch ListAmadeo West, a firstie linebacker on the Army West Point Football team, was named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy 2020 Watch List Friday morning. West was one of 35 players named to the list for the award, which is presented annually to a defensive player with exceptional performance on and off the field.

Despite missing significant playing time due to injuries in his career, West was named a captain of the team for the 2020 season. The Oceanside, Calif., native has played in 14 games in his career, recording a total of 33 tackles (15 solo). In Army's season-opening win over Middle Tennessee State, West played a part in two tackles both of which went for a loss of yardage.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy has been presented annually since 2004 and is named after former USC defensive back and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. The award is unique because it represents the first college football award to give equal weight to personal character as well as athletic performance. Its past winners include David Pollack (Georgia), Jerry Hughes (TCU), J.J. Watt (Wisconsin), Luke Kuechly (Boston College) and Anthony Barr (UCLA).

Army will look to build off its 42-0 win over Middle Tennessee State last Saturday when it hosts Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

Woody Named Athlon Sports Defensive Coordinator of the Week

Woody Named Athlon Sports Defensive Coordinator of the WeekDefensive coordinator Nate Woody was named the Defensive Coordinator of the Week by Athlon Sports after leading the Army defensive unit to a shutout of Middle Tennessee State in the season opener last Saturday.

In Woody's first game as the defensive coordinator for the Black Knights on September 5, his defense notched the second shutout of the Monken era. The shutout was also the first at Michie Stadium since 2011.

The unit held the Blue Raiders to just 184 total yards (3.8 per play) and did not allow a play longer than 21 yards. The Black Knights tallied four turnovers one sack and recorded six tackles-for-loss.

Middle Tennessee only had one drive that went for longer than 40 yards.

Under Woody's direction, Cedrick Cunningham was named the Bednarik Award Player of the Week after leading the defense with seven tackles, two as tackles-for-loss. He also notched his first career forced fumble and a sack. The Bednarik Award is given to the nation's top defensive player each year and honors the top defensive player nationally each week.

Woody, Cunningham and the Black Knights take on ULM on Saturday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. CT at Michie Stadium. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

Army and Navy Announce Friendly Doubleheader

Army and Navy Announce Friendly DoubleheaderThe Army West Point Men's and Women's soccer programs have come to terms for a friendly doubleheader against service academy rival Navy.

The Black Knights and Midshipmen will announce the date, time, and location in the coming months.

The official Star games are scheduled to be played in the spring of 2021.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to face our rivals this fall,” said Adrian Blewitt, Army women's soccer head coach. “The team is hungry to compete, and we will continue to elevate our game to the next level in our preparation. No matter the circumstances, I know the team's spirit and desire to perform will motivate us as we continue our training.”

“We are grateful on many levels for the opportunity to compete and play this fall,” said Russell Payne, Army men's soccer coach. “Our goal in playing this game is to honor and represent the best efforts of all those that have worked hard to allow us to be in this position to compete and pursue excellence.”

Army-Navy Cross Country Star Meet Scheduled For Oct. 17

Army-Navy Cross Country Star Meet Scheduled For Oct. 17The Army West Point Cross Country program has announced that the annual Army-Navy Star Meet will take place on October 17 in Annapolis, Md.

“We typically divide our season into the regular season meets and the championship season meets and the Army-Navy Star Meet always marks the beginning of our championship season,” Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Mike Smith said. “While this season is different in many respects with a scaled down regular season schedule, we are excited that our championship season will start as it always does at the Star Meet on October 17.”

The event will mark the first competition of the 2020-21 Army-Navy Star Meet presented by USAA. “Our men and women have dealt with a lot of uncertainty throughout the spring and summer and now that the calendar of competition is set, they are looking forward with renewed energy to testing themselves in October.” Smith said. At the 2019 Star Meet, the teams split victories with Army claiming the women's Star and Navy winning the men's competition.

The Black Knights will begin the 2020 cross country season on September 12 when they face Syracuse in Montgomery, N.Y.

Cunningham Named Bednarik Player of the Week

Cunningham Named Bednarik Player of the WeekFollowing a career performance against Middle Tennessee State last Saturday, Cedrick Cunningham Jr. was selected as the Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week by the Maxwell Football Club on Thursday, September 10. The award recognizes the nation's top defensive player.

Cunningham registered seven tackles, two of which went for a loss of yardage. His two stops behind the line of scrimmage against the Blue Raiders doubled his career output entering the game. He also notched his first career forced fumble and sack in Army's 42-0 home-opening win over Middle Tennessee State.

The Cassatt, S.C., native was a crucial part of the defensive unit that pitched Army's first shutout at Michie Stadium since the 2011 season. Army's defense limited the Blue Raiders to 184 yards of total offense and caused four turnovers.

Army will take on Louisiana-Monroe at Michie Stadium at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 12. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

Football Set to Host ULM

 Football Set to Host ULM The Black Knights are set to host ULM in their second of three-straight home games to open up the 2020 season. The game on Saturday, September 12 at Michie Stadium will kick at1:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Net, the first of eight home games televised live on either CBSSN or CBS this season. Ben Holden will handle the play-by-play duties, the color analyst is Ross Tucker and the sideline reporter is Tina Cervasio. The game can be heard on the radio, both on the flagship stations WBNR and WLNA, Sirius 119, XM 201 and streamed through the TuneIn app on the Army Black Knights Radio.

Army is now 18-4 in its last 22 games played at Michie Stadium dating back to the 2016 season. The 2019 season marked Army's fourth consecutive winning season at home. Head coach Jeff Monken is now 5-2 in season openers at Army, 6-1. The Black Knights are 6-1 in home openers at Michie Stadium under head coach Jeff Monken, including winning the last five-straight.

The Black Knights defeated Middle Tennessee State 42-0 in the season opener, the first Army shutout since they blanked Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo., 21-0, on November 4, 2017. The 42-0 victory was Army's largest shutout victory over an FBS school since 1963, when it defeated Wake Forest, 47-0. It was Army's first shutout at Michie Stadium since it blanked Fordham, 55-0, on October 29, 2011. The last time Army blanked its opponent on its home-opener was on September 11, 1993, when the Black Knights topped Colgate, 30-0. Saturday's shutout was the second of Coach Monken's tenure. Read more.

Cross Country to Open Season Saturday vs. Syracuse

Cross Country to Open Season Saturday vs. SyracuseThe Army West Point Cross Country team is set to open competition this weekend when it hosts Syracuse in Montgomery, N.Y. on Saturday morning. The event marks the first collegiate cross country meet in the Northeast in 2020 and Army's first non-football sporting event of the academic year. Athletes from both sides have complied with their institutions' and conferences' respective COVID-19 testing guidelines ahead of the competition. The meet will be closed to outside spectators. “We are very excited about the opportunity to compete,”

Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Mike Smith said. “This group last competed back in March and they all trained well during the quarantine, but they are ready to get back out there. This will be a great chance to put that training to the test against a very strong Syracuse program.” The Black Knights enter the 2020 season after a strong run of success over the past several seasons. On the men's side, Army has claimed three consecutive Patriot League Championships. After graduating one of the most accomplished senior classes in program history, the Black Knights welcome back several key contributors to this year's squad. The group is headlined by the past three recipients of the Patriot League Rookie of the Meet honor in firstie Daniel Mazzei, cow Marshall Beatty and yearling Garrett Gough. Gough was one of four cadets to finish in the top ten at the league meet in 2019 when he placed ninth. Army will be captained by firstie Luca Mazzanti who is coming off a strong track & field campaign earlier this year. On the women's side, Army returns its top two finishers from last year's Patriot League Championships in senior captain Mika Andrews and sophomore Alexandra Gibbs.

Andrews was Army's most consistent performer a season ago, claiming Second Team All-Patriot League honors at the league meet and leading Army with a third place finish at the Army-Navy Star Meet. Gibbs opened her Army career with back-to-back victories at the Army-Maine Dual and the Army Open. The Orange enter the 2020 season with both teams ranked in the top five in the ACC Preseason Poll, as the men are ranked second and the women's team is ranked fourth. The Syracuse men have claimed the conference title in six of the past seven seasons and reached the NCAA Championship in 2019 after placing second at the NCAA Northeast Regional. The team returns five All-ACC performers on the men's side and three on the women's side. This marks the first time that Army will host Syracuse since 1996 when the Black Knights defeated the Orange 20-76.

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Louisiana-Monroe

Army West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights will look to build off of their season-opening 42-0 win over Middle Tennessee State when they host Louisiana-Monroe this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Michie Stadium. The game will be aired on CBS Sports Network.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken

(ref: Opening Statement)  
“We are once again thrilled for the opportunity to play this weekend. With (the state of) college football and college sports and the state of our nation, we are thrilled to be playing this game and have an opportunity for our players. I thought last weekend our guys played really well. As I anticipated, we found a hundred things wrong that we have to fix, and we are going to work on those this week. I am very pleased with the effort that our guys put into it. I thought for a team that hadn't had a chance to be together for spring practice and particularly for our defense who really only had the benefit of walkthroughs and a few weeks of practice leading up to the game, I thought we played really well. I am happy with the opening game, but there is a tremendous amount that we need to improve on, and we are going to need to this week.

This team that we are playing is a very athletic team and a very well-coached team. I am very impressed with them as a program and the job coach Viator has done. They create some issues for defenses with what they do on offense. It is really good and really creative. Defensively they are very athletic. They have a defensive coordinator now who has experience with playing against the option and that is always a concern because I think one of the advantages of running this offense is the fact that it is not seen by other teams as often as a traditional offense. He has some experience with it, so I know that they are going to have their team ready and I'm sure because it is their opening game that they will be sky high about playing just as our guys were on Saturday.” Read more.

Army Shuts Down Middle Tennessee State in Opener

Army Shuts Down Middle Tennessee State in OpenerThe Army West Point football team held nothing back today in its 42-0 home opening victory against Middle Tennessee State. It was the Black Knights' first home opening shutout since blanking Colgate on Sept. 11, 1993, by a 30-0 score. The defense stood strong in the contest intercepting two passes and forcing a pair of fumbles. Army scored three times thanks to defensive turnovers. Captain Sandon McCoy led the Black Knights' offense with three rushing touchdowns. Tyrell Robinson made his collegiate debut in today's contest and led both sides with 94 rushing yards.

The Black Knights pressed the Blue Raiders early on, scoring off a turnover in the first quarter to go ahead 7-0. Cedric Cunningham forced a Middle Tennessee State fumble two minutes into the game at the opponent's 44-yard line. Jon Rhattigan recovered the ball to set up the first Army touchdown of the season. McCoy punched the ball through on a one-yard run to cap a nine play, 43-yard 4:00 drive. After putting up another defensive stop, the Black Knights took over for the next nine minutes. McCoy notched his second touchdown of the day at the 14:06 mark of the second quarter thanks to a two-yard conversion. The Cadets were poised for a field goal attempt at 7:56, but a roughing the kicker call by the Blue Raiders enabled another Army touchdown by McCoy.

Army led 21-0 at the half and all of its drives in the first 30 minutes of the game resulted in rushing touchdowns. The Black Knights didn't slow down in the second half and scored back-to-back touchdowns in a 4:15 span. Christian Anderson scored his first of the year off a 24-yard rush to cap a seven play, 71-yard drive. The Cadets' defense caused another turnover which resulted in an Army touchdown at 6:33 in the third quarter. Rhattigan intercepted a pass for a 43-yard pick six to help Army to a 35-0 advantage. The Black Knights continued to control the pace of the game well into the fourth quarter thanks to a 99-yard march up the field in a 12:26 minute span. Anthony Adkins charged up the Army sideline, shedding would be tacklers for a 22-yard touchdown carry to increase Army's lead to 42-0. Read more.

Cadets Back in Flight Laboratories

Cadets Back in Flight LaboratoriesAfter a nearly 10-month hiatus, Mechanical Engineering cadets took to the air this week to conduct flight laboratories in ME481: Aircraft Performance and Stability. Instructors in the flight section took two cadets at a time throughout the week. They demonstrated several maneuvers normally covered in the ME387 flight lab, since this group of cadets could not conduct that lab in the Spring, and then took data related to aircraft performance and drag.

Army West Point Athletics 2019-20 Annual Report

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Army West Point Athletics 2019-20 Annual Report

59th Annual Buffalo Soldier Memorial Ceremony

59th Annual Buffalo Soldier Memorial CeremonyWest Point held the 59th annual Buffalo Soldier Memorial Ceremony Sunday at Buffalo Soldier Field. Although the public could not be in attendance for the ceremony this year due to COVID-19, West Point continues to honor the legacy of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Units of the Buffalo Soldiers stationed at West Point.

Photo by Jorge Garcia

Looking Back on Year One as Army Athletic Director

Looking Back on Year One as Army Athletic DirectorQ: What are you most proud of in your first year as the Athletics Director at Army West Point?

A: Putting together what I believe is the best Staff in the country.  You are only as good as the people who surround you, and by that measure, we are going to be really good!

Q: You arrived at West Point with experience as an executive at your alma mater Wake Forest and as the athletics director at Furman. What have been some of the biggest adjustments you have had to make since arriving at West Point?  

A: Certainly learning all of the military acronyms and the general flow of military etiquette and processes has been a new experience. There are also significant unique aspects to USMA athletics that differentiate us from other schools across the country. Our challenges are unique to USMA, but we don’t have to deal with so many other challenges which other schools face: Scholarship costs, Name, Image & Likeness legislation and eligibility waivers are a few examples of areas that can consume time and energy of other Athletic Directors, but don’t come into play at West Point. This allows us to attack other issues which can have a more direct, positive effect on the cadet-athletes Division I experience. Read more.

Selection Process for New Army Functional Area Now Open

Selection Process for New Army Functional Area Now OpenThe window is now open to compete for one of the Army’s newest functional areas, FA58, the Enterprise Marketing and Behavioral Economics career field.

The Army’s marketing is transparent to most Soldiers who only see the advertisements, but modern marketing is much more involved and requires everything from strategy to advanced data analytics. This served as the primary reason for establishing the Army Enterprise Marketing Office (AEMO) in Chicago last year.

The creation of the FA58 career field provides the talent for AEMO by attracting well-qualified active-duty Army officers with skills related to marketing strategy, content creation, content delivery and marketing analytics.

FA58 selected its first group of 30 officers in March. The talent-based competitive selection process began in December and elicited almost 500 initiated applications. One of the main exercises that applicants were asked to conduct presented a business school-style case study on the challenges facing Army Marketing. Case study exercises are a common tool used by leading firms to evaluate an applicant’s ability to process multiple facts and data points, then determine a potential solution to a complex problem.

After an initial screening of applications, 15% of the applicant pool was invited for virtual interviews. FA58 ultimately selected a cohort that included officers from 19 different career fields across the Army. Read more.

This Week In Army Football Returns

This Week in Army Football returns this season and kicks off today, September 3 at 7 p.m. at the Eisenhower Hall's Crest Hall.

Head coach Jeff Monken will join the Army Sports Network's Rich DeMarco every week during the season to discuss everything football. All 12 shows are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The first 11 shows will be on Thursday evenings, while the show leading up to the Army-Navy game presented by USAA will be on Wednesday, December 9.

The show is only open to members of the West Point Community (with an ID card) and attendance will be limited to 75 people. Fans in attendance have the opportunity to ask questions of the Army head coach and win prizes. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

For those fans unable to make the show live, WLNA 1420-AM and WBNR 1260-AM will air the show and a free video stream will be offered at or on Army's Facebook page at Facebook.com/GoArmyWestPoint. Fans can also listen on the TuneIn App by searching for the "Army Black Knights Sports Network" channel. Read more.

Join The First WPAOG Virtual Tailgate!

Join The First WPAOG Virtual Tailgate!This weekend, WPAOG will be hosting our first virtual tailgate. Join us as Army defeats Middle Tennessee!

Gather with fellow Army fans for a virtual tailgate.

Cheer the team to victory with your fellow fans, engage in private video chats, learn some West Point trivia, participate in raffles, and even score some flash sale discounts from the WPAOG Gift Shop! Space is limited - RSVP today.


Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Middle Tennessee State

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Middle Tennessee StateArmy West Point Football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium. The Black Knights will take on Middle Tennessee State in its season opener Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Michie Stadium. The game will be aired on CBS Sports Network.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken
Ref.: Opening Statement
“Good afternoon everyone. It is great to be here talking about playing football this weekend, just four days from now. Great thanks to our Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, AD Mike Buddie and Bob Beretta who had such an important role in developing a schedule for us this year and the entire academy for creating a protective bubble. What this academy has created for this team to give us an opportunity to be able to operate, be healthy and a chance to play college football.”

Ref.: Preparation for this Season
“I think it feels the same. We are excited about playing like we have in the past. There are a lot of different protocols in place for us in terms of our daily operations. But once we hit the practice field and what we've been doing to prepare our players is very much like a normal season. It's nice to feel that sense of normalcy.”

Ref.: Player's Reactions to New Protocol
“Probably like everybody. It is a little bit of a pain in the rear end to have to do all that stuff, but it is what we have to do. It is the world we live in. We can so no and say we aren't going to wear masks or wash our hands and come up with all these reasons why we shouldn't, but the wise thing is to follow the protocols they put in place. Because of the vigilance we've had in creating an environment where our guys can stay healthy and they do those things to give them the best chance to stay healthy that we've made it this far and four days to a game – and we've had a healthy football team.” Read more.

75th Anniversary of the Official End of WWII

75th Anniversary of the Official End of WWIIToday marks the 75th anniversary of the official end of WWII, when General Douglas MacArthur, USMA 1903, with Allied forces signed the Japanese instrument of surrender aboard USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. As we commemorate this momentous occasion, V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day, we remember and honor the heroes who fought to make this day possible. https://www.defense.gov/Experience/VJ-Day/

With Humility and Passion, McGinnis Begins First Captain Tenure

With Humility and Passion, McGinnis Begins First Captain TenureA person’s attitude can be contagious and keeping the right people by your side to help you make important decisions can be the difference between being a reliable leader or one that leads his or her subordinates astray. For First Captain Class of 2021 Cadet Reilly McGinnis, this has been her personal adage since she began her cadet career at the U.S. Military Academy.

Team building and working in unison to achieve a shared goal where concepts instilled within her as a teenager playing soccer at Emmaus High School in Macungie, Pennsylvania. It was also soccer that led McGinnis to West Point. She still remembers Sarah Oswald, her club soccer coach, contacting her about West Point and suggesting she apply.

“(My family) didn't really know about West Point, it was never on my parents’ radar, but once we all started looking into it, they were so supportive. I remember my parents saying, ‘that school is for Reilly,’” McGinnis, who played varsity soccer at West Point before an injury ended her career, said. “I also remember thinking, ‘I cannot imagine myself in the Army,’ just because I had never thought about it before.”

She visited the time-honored halls and corridors of West Point and fell in love with everything from the campus’ classical revival architecture, to the opportunities the institution provides. But most importantly, what drew her to the academy was the people. Their selfless and personable appeal drew her in, and she became enamored with the culture. Read more.

Cadets Get to Interact with Branch Reps

Cadets Get to Interact with Branch RepsIt is Branch Week at West Point which also means cadets, faculty, and staff can interact with representatives from the different branches in the U.S. Army who are visiting to help cadets make important decisions about branching. For example, Department Head COL Morales had an office call with LTC(P) Brian Hallberg, the Assistant Commandant at the U.S. Army Engineer School (@usaeshq). They discussed the state of the Engineer Regiment and how West Point and the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) can work to better prepare the next generation of Engineer Officers. LTC(P) Hallberg, who taught in DSE from 2008-2011, also made rounds to greet some of his former colleagues during his visit.

Faculty Published in the Journal of Chemical Education

Congratulations to Department of Chemistry and Life Science faculty, COL Chi Nguyen, CPT(P) Daniel DeNeve, CPT(P) Lam Nguyen, and Dr. Ryan Limbocker published an article titled “Impact of COVID-19 on General Chemistry Education at the United States Military Academy” in the Journal of Chemical Education. The article discusses lessons learned from the transition to remote instruction during the spring term due to COVID-19, with a focus on the advantages and disadvantages of the adopted teaching methodologies, and includes a discussion of course design and the corresponding adaptions to this new pedagogical environment.

West Point Branch Week

West Point Branch WeekIt is Branch Week here at West Point so you will see a lot of military equipment staged on The Plain. Branch Week is designed to give the cadets a chance to learn more about their future careers in the Army and allow them to make a more informed decision when it's time to choose their branch.

History on the Hudson to Better Understand Hardships

Not every university can hold history classes where it actually happened. MAJ Rory McGovern’s HI151 classes took advantage of a break in the weather to discuss the patterns and challenges of service in the Continental Army from 1777-1779 in the cove that lays between the western anchor of the Great Chain and the ramparts of an adjacent artillery battery that were the central components of the fortification system established at West Point to control the Hudson River at that stage of the Revolution. The setting allowed cadets to better understand the hardships those soldiers endured as they built, maintained, and stood watch at these posts.

Football Announces TV Schedule for All Eight Home Games

Football Announces TV Schedule for All Eight Home GamesGame times and TV assignments for all eight of Army West Point's home football contests was announced. All eight of the games at Michie Stadium in 2020 will be televised nationally either on CBS Television Network or CBS Sports Network. The Army-Air Force game on Saturday, November 7 will kick at 11:30 a.m. ET and be broadcast on CBS Television Network.

The six games scheduled to air on CBS Sports Network will all kick off at 1:30 p.m. ET, including the season opener on Saturday, September 5 vs. Middle Tennessee State. Additionally, the Saturday, October 17 contest at UTSA will also be on CBS Sports Network, with kickoff set for 1:30 p.m. ET. The 121st iteration of the rivalry game vs. Navy will also be televised on CBS Television Network on Saturday, December 12 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

As previously announced, the BYU contest on September 19 will kick at 3:30 p.m. ET, on CBS Television Network. Fan attendance at the first two games of the season, September 5 and September 12 will be limited to just the Corps of Cadets. Attendance at future games will be decided at a later date.

MAJ Hollows & Dr. Limbocker Receive Medals

MAJ Hollows & Dr. Limbocker Receive MedalsFor their exemplary and tireless contributions to the general chemistry courses during the rapid transition from in-person to remote instruction due to COVID-19, MAJ Jared Hollows and Dr. Ryan Limbocker were presented with the Army Achievement Medal and the Civilian Service Achievement Medal, respectively.

Elizabeth Hamilton Halleck Cullum

Elizabeth Hamilton Halleck CullumAs we reflect on the history of women's equality this week, take a moment to learn alongside cadets from the Department of History and the Theater Arts Guild, as they introduce us to an important leader in our West Point history, Elizabeth Hamilton Halleck Cullum.

Did you know that George Cullum used the fortune he inherited from his wife Elizabeth to build Cullum Hall? Or that they married after Elizabeth's first husband, George's close friend and Abraham Lincoln's chief of Staff, died? Or that Elizabeth was the granddaughter of Alexander Hamilton? In this video, cadets from the Department of History and the Theater Arts Guild will introduce you to the singular Elizabeth Hamilton Halleck Cullum.

Officer-in-Charge (OIC)

Officer-in-Charge (OIC)Every cadet club at West Point has an Officer-in-Charge (OIC) and their influence often extends long after club members graduate. Many West Point grads cite the mentorship of club OICs as one of the most instrumental aspects of their leader development.

Read more about the club Officer in Charge in the Summer 2020 issue of West Point magazine: http://bit.ly/cadetclubOIC

Mentorship at West Point

Mentorship at West PointCheck out this video to find out about mentorship at West Point.

Football Adds No. 20 Cincinnati to 2020 Schedule

Football Adds No. 20 Cincinnati to 2020 ScheduleArmy West Point Football has added a game at No. 20 Cincinnati on Saturday, September 26, 2020, part of a home-and-home series, it was announced Wednesday evening. Game one of the series will be at Nippert Stadium this upcoming September 26, while the return game in the series is set for October 4, 2031 at Michie Stadium. The Bearcats are currently ranked No. 20 in the Preseason AP Poll.

The Black Knights and the Bearcats have met six times in program history and the record is an even 3-3 in those games. The first game was in 1963 at Michie Stadium, a 22-0 victory by the Black Knights. The last meeting between the two clubs was in 2004 at Michie Stadium, where Army won, 48-29. The game on September 26 will be the first in Cincinnati for the Black Knights since a close 33-29 loss in 2003. UC leads the series 2-1 in contests played at Nippert Stadium.

Cadet In-Ranks Inspection

Cadet In-Ranks InspectionCadets conducted an In-Ranks inspection. This is to examine the proper wear of uniforms and weapons checks.

Cadets Analyze Operation Red Wing

Cadets Analyze Operation Red WingLast week, MAJ Brian Mahoney’s Systems Engineering section took a unique look at Systems Thinking. MAJ Mahoney used Operation Red Wing (the inspiration for the book/movie The Lone Survivor) as an example of a complex system and applied Systems Thinking to the operation. They also discussed MAJ Stephen Reich ’93 who was KIA in Operation Red Wing.

The class was treated to a tour of MAJ Reich’s memorial inside Doubleday Stadium. 2LT John McKenna (Engineering Management ’20), the Army Baseball team’s Athletic Intern, helped lead the discussion. 2LT McKenna drew on his own Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) education to tie MAJ Reich’s legacy and Operation Red Wing into Systems Thinking framework. The class appreciated MAJ Mahoney’s and 2LT McKenna’s efforts to demonstrate how Systems Thinking applies to military operations, as well as the opportunity to remember MAJ Reich and honor his legacy!

Why CDT Zotter ’22 Came to West Point

“I decided to come to West Point because I wanted to be challenged in every aspect and pushed to grow as a person and leader. Through my time here, I have made amazing friends that motivate me to stay. I want to serve in the Army because I realized the opportunities we have here in the United States and don’t want to take them for granted. I want to give back and serving as an officer in the Army is the best path for me to accomplish that goal.” - USMA Class of 2022 CDT Katelyn Zotter, First Sergeant for Cadet Basic Training, Delta Company.

Photo by CDT Angeline Tritschler

DSE Groups Meet to Plan Capstones

DSE Groups Meet to Plan CapstonesDepartment of Systems Engineering (DSE) Capstone groups met with their assigned advisor and began to plan for the next eight months applying their skills to solve real-world problems. Cadets participate in a year-long capstone experience as Firsties. They work with a faculty advisor on a complex problem for a client, using the Systems Decision Process (SDP) and other tools they have acquired through their academic experience.

Cadets are involved in 34 Capstones during AY21 (including several interdisciplinary capstones that work with cadets from other departments), with clients ranging from US Army Africa Command to Lockheed Martin to MITRE. The Capstone experience culminates at the General Donald R. Keith Memorial Capstone Conference at the end of April 2021.

Nine Cadets Named CGA All-America Scholar-Athletes

Nine Cadets Named CGA All-America Scholar-AthletesThe College Gymnastics Association announced Friday that nine members of the Army West Point Gymnastics team have been selected to the CGA All-America Scholar-Athletes teams.

Five Black Knights were selected to the first team, as Corban Barstow, Caleb Churchill, Kalvin Kingshill, Mitchell McHugh and Joseph Minus attained grade point averages of 3.50 or higher to meet the criteria for the top unit. The group is among 114 individual gymnasts to qualify as first team members.

Representing Army on the second team are Patrick Armstrong, Jacob Nauman, Liam O'Hara and Kiernan Reagan. The 60-member second team is composed of athletes who recorded a GPA between 3.499 and 3.2.

It marks the second consecutive year of recognition for McHugh, Minus, O'Hara and Reagan, as they were among the six cadets named to the team in 2019.

As a team, the Black Knights received honorable mention from the CGA for combined grade point average.

Football Announces Amended 2020 Schedule

Army West Point Football announced Monday its amended 2020 football schedule, which currently features 11 games, including eight home games at Michie Stadium.

“We are thrilled to have landed where we have landed,” said Director of Athletics Mike Buddie. “Senior Associate Athletic Director Bob Beretta has been doing the heavy lifting since early April. We have arrived at an awesome slate of games. We kept the two Academy games and we are thrilled to have Middle Tennessee State coming up to Michie Stadium on September 5.” The Black Knights will open up the 2020 slate on Saturday, September 5 vs. Middle Tennessee State, the start of what is currently a five-game homestand to open up the season.

The Black Knights will welcome Louisiana-Monroe on September 12, followed by a visit from BYU on September 19 at 3:30 p.m. ET. The BYU game will be televised on the CBS Television Network. The Black Knights will welcome Abilene Christian on October 3, followed by The Citadel on October 10. The first of two true road tests for Army is next at UTSA on October 17.
The Black Knights will then return to Michie Stadium for two, first for an October 24 tilt vs. Mercer and then the rivalry matchup with Air Force on November 7.

The final true road contest of the year is at Tulane on November 14. On November 21, the Black Knights will celebrate Senior Day as they welcome Georgia Southern to West Point for the final home game of the year. The 2020 regular season will be capped off in Philadelphia as the Black Knights take on Navy in the 121st iteration of the famed rivalry game on December 12 at Lincoln Financial Field. Game times and television selections for each game will be released in the future. The BYU game is set for 3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on the CBS Television Network.

Fan attendance for the first two games of the season is expected to be limited to just the Corps of Cadets. Decisions on fan attendance at future home games will be determined at a later date and communicated as soon as possible. Schedule is subject to change.

2020 Army Football Schedule - All home games in BOLD at Michie Stadium

9/5 - Middle Tennessee State | 9/12 - Louisiana-Monroe | 9/19 - BYU | 9/26 - TBD

10/3 - Abilene Christian | 10/10 - The Citadel | 10/17 at UTSA | 10/24 - Mercer

11/7 - Air Force | 11/14 at Tulane | 11/21 - Georgia Southern

12/12 Navy [Philadelphia, Pa. (Lincoln Financial Field)]

Welcome to the Corps!

USMA 2024 A-DayMembers of the West Point Class of 2024 officially joined the Corps of Cadets on Sunday August 16, 2020. The occasion was marked with the traditional Acceptance Day parade on the Plain. Check out more A-Day photos on the USMA Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/west_point/albums.

Cadets Return to Class in a Myriad of Ways

Standing in front of his class in Bartlett Hall, LTC Corey James begins to write a chemistry equation on the board. He has already gone through the administrative details that are required on the first day of a new class. Now, he is teaching the first lesson for cadets in General Chemistry II.

A white mask covers his face as he moves the chalk board up and down to help the full class see the equation he is working through. Eight cadets sit spread out in the classroom with black masks covering their face. Only half the seats are full and purple Xs cover the tops of the other half of the desks marking them as off limits.

As he works through the equation, Class of 2023 Cadet Chloe Zendt pops up on the projector screen in the right corner of the room and her voice comes from the laptop James has positioned so the camera can see the chalk board. Watching the class from her barracks room, Zendt has a question about the work being done.

This is the new reality as the U.S. Military Academy starts a new academic year in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The full General Chemistry II class includes 16 cadets, but for each class period only eight will attend in person and the other eight will attend via Microsoft Teams. Then, the next time they will switch places.

“It was easier than I thought, but I prepared a lot,” James said after teaching two courses that include cadets both in person and remote. “The other thing that really helped is the cadets were very professional. They had prepared themselves, so they were paying attention and they were reacting to what I was saying. It was better than I thought. We have some technology we're going to keep working on here, but it was pretty good.” Read more.

Dreaming of a Caribbean Getaway?

Dreaming of a Caribbean Getaway?Here's a tropical twist on our typical Armed Forces Salute from Sargent First Class Class Craig Bitterman and his fellow U.S. military percussionists.

Connecting with different cultures through their unique musical styles is one of the best parts about being a musician. Building relationships, learning, and — of course — jammin' with people all around the world helps shape and grow our U.S. Army into a stronger unified force. Thank you to The United States Army Field Band for producing this video.

“Cadetiquette” The Class Behind The Uniform

West Point graduates carry themselves with an unmistakable poise and bearing. Some of that leadership presence is instilled at the Academy, where, along with academic, military, physical and character training, all cadets are trained in social development, etiquette and protocol.

“Cadetiquette: The Class Behind The Uniform" is our exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of the most memorable classes that all Cadets at West Point must take.

In addition to our video, read more about how “Cadetiquette,” or West Point's Social Development Program, continues to evolve in the summer issue of West Point magazine. The program was established in 1931 and the Director of etiquette and protocol training at West Point has traditionally been known as the “Cadet Hostess.” Click on the link below to see a full list of Cadet Hostesses including the current program Director, Mrs.Cynthia Hunter, who reminds us that “respect and courtesy never go out of style!”

Read more here: https://bit.ly/cadetiquette

CTC Releases Islamic State Operations Report

CTC Releases Islamic State Operations ReportThe Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) released a report in July that examines Islamic State operations across Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines between 2014 and 2019. Entitled "Rising in the East: A Regional Overview of the Islamic State's Operations in Southeast Asia," the report was co-authored by the CTC’s Amira Jadoon and Nakissa Jahanbani, as well as Charmaine Willis, a Ph.D. candidate at SUNY Albany. This is the first in a series of four reports that will examine the Islamic State’s operations across Southeast Asia. Read full report here: https://ctc.usma.edu/rising-in-the-east-a-regional-overview-of-the-islamic-states-operations-in-southeast-asia

Leading Cadets Through a Compressed Training Schedule

Leading Cadets Through a Compressed Training ScheduleThe full task force of more than 1,000 Soldiers arrived at West Point from Fort Polk in June and spent the last two months leading cadets through CBT and Cadet Field Training during a compressed training schedule. Eight West Point graduates also returned with the Task Force this summer to help lead summer training. Read more.

USMA 2022 Affirm Their Commitment

USMA 2022 Affirm Their Commitment“I will maintain and defend the sovereignty of the United States.” Members of Class of 2022 affirmed their commitment to serve in the U.S. Army upon graduation from West Point during the Affirmation Ceremony this past Sunday. The evening before classes, the Cow Class (Juniors) retake their oath and affirm their commitment to complete the next two years of study and serve their five-year active duty service obligation, followed by three years of Reserve duty.

And That’s a Wrap for Lesson 1

Outdoor classrooms, hybrid teaching, and lots and lots and lots of hand sanitizer — clearly Academic Year 2021 will be one for the history books! Photo from MAJ Herbert’s SE301: Fundamentals of Engineering Design and Systems Management section, meeting in one of the tent classrooms available for instructors to use this fall.

Football to Play Two-Game Series Against BYU

Football to Play Sept. 19 Against BYU, Announce Two-Game Football SeriesArmy West Point and Brigham Young University announced a home-and-home football series on Wednesday morning, with the first game being played on September 19, 2020 at Michie Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on the CBS Television Network. “This is an outstanding opportunity for our cadet-athletes to play a quality opponent in BYU on a nationally televised game on CBS,” said Mike Buddie, Army Director of Athletics. “We are excited we were able to add BYU to our schedule and to showcase Army West Point and our football program on a national stage.”

The second game of the series between the Cougars and the Black Knights is scheduled for November 2032 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah.

The two institutions have never met before on the gridiron. BYU is a fellow Independent program in football. The Cougars began collegiate football competition in 1922 and won one national championship in 1984. Overall, the program has made 37 bowl appearances, winning two of their last three. Army has won three national championships and boasts three Heisman Trophy winners. The 2020 Black Knights are under the direction of seventh-year head coach Jeff Monken, who have won three bowl games during his tenure (2016, 2017, 2018) and have won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy twice under his leadership (2017, 2018).

Army will announce additional games to the upcoming 2020 schedule once finalized.

Peck Listed Amongst Most Successful Women's Tennis Coaches in Division I

Peck Listed Amongst Most Successful Women's Tennis Coaches in Division ILast week the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) dove into the national dual match records to find the top women's tennis coaches of each division. Mentioned amongst some of the winningest coaches in Division I tennis was our very own head women's tennis coach Paul Peck. Peck has created a storied past on the West Point campus both as a former officer, major and a coach for the last 25 years.

Peck has led the Army West Point Women's Tennis program to unprecedented success as the dominant force in the Patriot League since taking the reins in the spring of 1995. Peck has managed a winning record every season on the Banks of the Hudson since 1996. He has authored a 476-224 record in his 25 years at the helm of the Army women's tennis program in addition to 15 Patriot League titles and NCAA tournament appearances. He has been named the Patriot League Coach of the Year 16 times.

His success at the Academy has allowed him to receive national recognition from the ITA, making multiple record lists. Peck ranks 45th on the all-time top 50 list by percentage with a 68% winning percentage, 20th on the all-time top 50 by victories, 28th on active top 50 by winning percentage and 10th on active top 50 by victories.

“I am extremely humbled to be recognized by the ITA for being selected among the All Time Winningest Coaches for Division I Women's Tennis. Any success I have had as a coach is because of the efforts of the tremendous players I have been able to work with on the Army Women's Tennis Team over the years,” said Peck. “I have been blessed to be with the best student athletes and future leaders of our country while coaching at West Point. I am so fortunate to have gone on this great journey with our players and assistant coaches and I look forward to our next season.”

To see the full list of coaches recognized, click here.

Marks Joins Army Baseball Coaching Staff

Marks Joins Army Baseball Coaching StaffArmy West Point Baseball head coach Jim Foster announced the addition of Phil Marks as the team's volunteer assistant coach.

“Phil is a person of high character who will continue to help us make a tremendous impact on our future leaders in all areas,” Foster said. "He joins us after attending Marion Military Academy and spending three years in professional baseball with the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, and Detroit Tigers. He will assist in many areas but is really going to put us among the best in the country when it comes to player development."

Prior to joining the Black Knights, Marks spent three years working in various positions in professional baseball. His most recent position was with the Detroit Tigers, working as a Baseball Information Assistant. His primary focus was advanced scouting and development, creating scouting reports and using motion assessments and advanced analytics to aid the coaching staff.

“When you combine Phil's strengths in technology and analytics with what we do as a staff here at West Point with the baseball team, it will really benefit our current and future players' development,” Foster said. “Today's players need to be shown, not just told, and that will really help speed up our development curve. There are only a handful of college programs that will be doing what we do in these areas at this level. He will also be assisting on the field in a very versatile role that will allow the staff to have the flexibility and confidence to know each day our players are getting the best instruction and attention they need.”

Marks spent the 2019 season with the Los Angeles Angels organization as an affiliate video manager. He used various advanced scouting programs, including Edgertronic Video to assist coaching staffs throughout the Angels organization. In 2018, Marks served as Assistant to the General Manager for the Staten Island Yankees. He oversaw all team activity such as roster moves, hotel and transportation accommodations, media relations and external team events. He also served as Assistant to the Director of Team Travel and Player Services for the New York Yankees during the 2017 season, where he would assist in travel coordination and budget compliance for the Major League club throughout the year.

Two-Years Running - Princeton Review Ranks USMA Library #1

The results are in! For the second year in a row the Princeton Review ranked the USMA Library as the #1 Best College Library: https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings?rankings=best-college-library

The Library serves the West Point curriculum by partnering with faculty and staff across campus to equip cadets with the skills and resources necessary to conduct serious and meaningful research and to become life-long learners.

Competitive Scrimmages Cap Off 2020 Football Camp

Competitive Scrimmages Cap Off 2020 Football CampThe Army Football team capped off 2020 fall camp with two scrimmages inside Michie Stadium this past Saturday afternoon.

The veterans competed first in a split-squad scrimmage, followed by a scrimmage for the plebes.

Rich DeMarco caught up with cow slotback A.J. Howard, cow linebacker Kemonte Yow and head coach Jeff Monken after the scrimmages.

West Point Welcomes CSM Coffey

West Point Welcomes CSM CoffeyWest Point welcomed Command Sargent Major Michael J. Coffey as the 21st U.S. Military Academy senior enlisted leader during an assumption of responsibility ceremony Monday, August 17, 2020.

Before assuming responsibility, Coffey was the command sergeant major for the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

Photo by Tarnish Pride

EIWA Releases Statement for 2020-2021 Season

EIWA Releases Statement for 2020-2021 SeasonThe Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) announced last week their plans for the conference guidelines of the 2020-2021 season. The EIWA recognized that many of their member schools are associated with other conferences and therefore may by subject to restrictions set in place by their conferences and state regulations. The goal of the EWIA's decision is to create a schedule that will maximize the number of bouts for each wrestler. Being that recommended competition will begin no sooner than January 1 of the new year, the priority of the EIWA will be focused solely on dual meets with the opportunity for limited tournament play. Like the Academy, the EIWA is focused on ensuring the health and safety of all wrestlers, staffs and campuses involved.

“We respect the guidelines put in place by the EIWA as a way to best keep our wrestlers healthy," Army Director of Athletics Mike Buddie said. “We will continue to find any safe opportunity for our athletes to compete this year as athletics are essential to the 47-month cadet experience necessary to prepare our cadet-athletes for officership in the United States Army.” With the landscape of athletics continuously changing, Army West Point will continue to make decisions in the best interest of its cadet-athletes. The priority continues to be the health and safety of the cadet-athletes, staff, coaches, and loyal fan base.

The conference announced that they intend to continue to make decisions with the following guidelines in mind:

  • Practice during the fall semester is permitted
  • Recommended competition will begin no sooner than Jan. 1, 2021
  • Some potential opponents may not be able to compete at times
  • Current preliminary schedules are not going to be possible
  • Non-conference matches are permitted but will by necessity be minimal and might be limited to regional opponents
  • The EIWA Championship tournament will take place as scheduled, at Cornell University on the weekend of March 5-7
  • All plans are subject to change

“Head Coaches collectively in our conference, and in large part, around the nation have arrived at the decision that competition prior to January 1 probably isn't in the best interest of our sport. We are fortunate that our AD and Superintendent see the value in NCAA competition, and we will continue to explore competition opportunities,” said head coach Kevin Ward. “As always, the physical, mental, and emotional health of our wrestlers will be at the forefront of our minds in every decision we make. Our guys love to compete, and we look forward to stepping on the mat at the first opportunity.”

The coaches from each of the conference schools will continue to work together to adjust the approach to the season as needed.

And We're Off!

Major Justine Meberg Dept of HistoryThe U.S. Military Academy Department of History instructors began the semester in a variety of modalities. Pictured here, Major Justine Meberg holds a first day meet and greet in Jefferson Hall before moving to remote teaching the rest of the semester.

Eating on Campus at West Point

Eating on Campus at West PointCheck out this video to see what eating on campus is like at West Point.

Watch USMA 2024 Acceptance Day Parade Live

Watch USMA 2024 Acceptance Day Parade LiveWatch live as the Class of 2024 participates in the Acceptance Day Parade, Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 10:00 am. Acceptance Day marks the completion of Cadet Basic Training as the new cadets officially become Plebes. https://youtu.be/DLLjxSdVW0s.

Watch USMA 2022 Affirmation Ceremony Live

Watch USMA 2022 Affirmation Ceremony LiveWatch live as the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2022 takes part in their Affirmation Ceremony, Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm. The evening before classes, the Cow Class retakes their Oath and affirms their commitments to complete the next two years of study and serve the five-year active duty service obligation, followed by three years of Reserves duty. https://youtu.be/ZBWS5xfiaZQ.

Academic Excellence at West Point

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point's mission is “to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.”

CDT Suh ’23 Founds Operation Golden Shield

CDT Suh ’23 Founds Operation Golden ShieldCadet Caleb Suh ’23 has founded Operation Golden Shield to help our Veterans during the pandemic. He coordinated with the Community Living Center (CLC) at the D.C. VA Medical Center to identify the most urgent needs of health care providers and of CLC residents.

“Due to the pandemic, many of us unexpectedly found ourselves back in the communities where we had grown up. It became clear that there were urgent needs among Veterans, within our health care system, and among patients in long-term care facilities, and all of us had important social responsibilities to contribute,” said Cadet Suh. “Through our actions and our engagement with our community, we also help address the societal schisms and the racial divide that we are seeing in our country. Working on meaningful activities, on common missions – that is how we bring everyone together. It is an honor to serve the Veterans who have given so much to our nation, together as a unified front.”

Congratulations to Caleb Suh and his team! Through Caleb's tremendous organization efforts, team building skills, and outreach to Cadets and Midshipmen, he was able to bring together 40 future leaders and make a difference in a noble effort supporting our American Veterans. Well Done!

CDT Moser ’21 Analyzes Aerosol Movement

CDT Moser ’21 Anylizes Aerosol MovementCDT Dylan Moser ’21 made the most of a challenging summer not just by successfully completing MC380 in a STAP course period, but also enrolling in ME389 - Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering. In his study, Dylan worked with advisors COL’s Mike Benson and Phil Dacunto to conduct experiments and analyze the results associated with aerosol movement in classrooms. The study - which can help inform the Academy on best practices - studies the impact of desk spacing, and desk dividers on the classroom transport of a contaminant from several release locations. The desk dividers substantially altered the class airflow and suggest that for the room studied - risk to the instructor location could be reduced. Dylan’s work is of great importance to the community as the results are related to COVID transport of the smallest of particles - such as those that go through cloth face masks, and will be submitted to a peer reviewed journal in the coming weeks.

Cadets Learn To Be Resilient During Two-Week Course

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAJ Woody Provides Recommendations on Aviator Training

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

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

Class of 2024 March Back

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

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

Other awardees include:

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

The Class of 2023 Receives Their Colors

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

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

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

Women's Tennis Receives ITA Honors

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

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

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

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

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

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

USMA Announces Class of 2021 Cadet Leadership Positions

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

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

The positions are

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

2020 Football Captains Named

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

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

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

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

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

Marshall to Serve as Army Hockey Assistant Coach

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

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

Tune in to the CFT2 Awards & Promotion Ceremony

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

New Cadets Experience the “House of Tears”

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

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

Army Announces Comprehensive New Partnership with Legends

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

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

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

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

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

CDT Chang ’23 Wins Ike Hall Virtual Arts Competition

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

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

Walker Commands CBT This Summer

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

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

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

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

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

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


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