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Cadet Capstone Visits Lockheed Martin
2/23/2018

Cadet Capstone Visits Lockheed MartinA cadet team from the one-semester capstone course Applied Systems Design and Decision Making, from the Department of Systems Engineering traveled to Arizona to visit a Lockheed Martin Level 2 maintenance repair depot for the Apache helicopter M-TADS/PNVS (Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor) system. Given the wide-ranging and complex nature of repairs that the depot receives, the cadet team is exploring how to incorporate Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) into the repair and training process to improve overall depot efficiencies, better support repair technicians, and establish a technology foundation that could be utilized in other repair applications and platforms in the future.

On Point: Enjoying the Moment
2/23/2018

CDT Cole Casanova '19Many athletes time is limited in their sport, especially when you're sidelined for a year with an injury. After winning the ECAC Rookie of the Year, Cole Casanova of the Army West Point gymnastics team missed his entire sophomore season after needing surgery. After being away from gymnastics for eight months, Casanova has battled his way back and recently won his first all-around title at the All-Academy Championships. From now on, he will be enjoying every competition and every moment.

Mr. Kanehara from Japan Speaks with Cadets
2/23/2018

Mr. Kanehara from Japan Speaks with CadetsThe International Affairs Forum (IAF) and Modern War Institute (MWI) hosted Mr. Nobukatsu Kanehara who serves as the Deputy National Security Advisor of Japan. Mr. Kanehara spoke in depth about the history of the alliance between Japan and the United States, the shared norms that solidify the relationship between the two countries.

Four Cadets Ranked in Final NWCA Coaches’ Poll
2/23/2018

CDT Ben Harvey '20Four Army West Point wrestlers were recognized in the final NWCA Coaches' Panel of the regular season with five being named in the RPI rankings, which the NCAA released Thursday afternoon. Additionally, the NCAA released the allocations of automatic bids to the national tournament for each weight class and conference. In the final Coaches' Panel, 174-pounder Ben Harvey jumped to 25th, while firstie co-captain Andrew Mendel entered the rankings at 28th at 165 pounds. Rocco Caywood also moved up one spot to 29th at 197 pounds with Noah Stewart rounding out the group at 32nd in 184 pounds. Harvey was the only Army wrestler to earn a pre-allocation spot for the EIWA towards the total number of automatic bids to the NCAA Championships his weight class receives. Harvey improved to 15-7 on the year after defeating eighth-ranked Jadaen Bernstein, 7-6, to tie the dual in Annapolis on Saturday. It was his first career victory over the Mids and third over a ranked opponent this season. The New Palestine, Ind., native sports a team-best 6-2 dual record this year with two major decisions. He has also won a team-best three matches over ranked opponents, including two against top-10 grapplers. Read More

Cadets Visit the Goethe-Institut in NYC
2/23/2018

Cadets Visit the Goethe-Institut in NYCCadets enrolled in Dr. Diane Richardson's LG484 course on "German Civilization Today" visited the Goethe-Institut in New York City for a screening of the documentary film The NSU Complex. The Goethe-Institut is Germany’s worldwide cultural institute that promotes knowledge of the German language and fosters international collaborations. The screening of the film provided the Cadets insight on the ongoing investigations surrounding the National Socialist Underground (NSU), the most lethal German terror organization since World War II. Following the film, cadets also participated in a Q&A with Avi Feldman.

"Jack From the Back" Triumphant on Trivia Night
2/23/2018

"Jack From the Back" Triumphant on Trivia NightThe second History Department Trivia Night of the semester was held at the First Class Club. The night was sponsored by the Directorate of Cadet Activities, the Association of Graduates, and the Office of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, to include gift cards to the winners, as well as apparel and other items in the raffle, with excellent support from staff, faculty and cadets. Well over 100 cadets competed, on 19 teams, battling over questions supplied by Professor McDonough, CPT Browning, and MAJ Hope. "Jack from the Back" were eventually declared as the winners in a sudden death playoff. The winning question was "How many total medals did the United States win during the Sochi Winter Olympics?" If you think you know the answer to this question come out and join them next time on March 7 at the First Class Club at 8pm. Staff and Faculty are always welcomed to form teams and come compete for bragging rights over their cadets!

A Night at the Movies with CPT Salinas
2/23/2018

A Night at the Movies with CPT SalinasDuring the History Department’s most recent “Night at the Movies” CPT(P) Tony Salinas provides historical context for thirty-seven cadets and faculty from various departments prior to the screening of the movie 300. Following the movie, cadets participated in a discussion and learned about Greek warfare.

Athletic Director's Update
2/23/2018

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Athletic Director's Update

12 Men's S&D Cadets Garner All-League Recognition
2/22/2018

Men's Swimming and DivingThe Army West Point men's swimming and diving team placed twelve Cadets on the postseason all-league teams following last week's second-place finish at the Patriot League Championships. "We had a very good conference meet and I'm proud of all our swimmers and divers," head coach Mickey Wender said. "We Worked hard, executed well, stayed tough and accomplished most of our goals. We stayed together as a team and had a lot of fun, while representing West Point well. Everyone learned a lot and will build on this as we move ahead." Individuals who win events at the Patriot League Swimming & Diving Championships automatically qualify for the All-League first team, while runner-up finishers are guaranteed a second-team spot. Both teams are back-filled by points, meaning a second-team member can move up to the first team if they accumulated enough points during the meet. Only individual points count. Read More

Debate Leaves The New School Unscathed
2/22/2018

Debate Leaves The New School UnscathedThe West Point Policy Debate team traveled to The New School in New York City to compete in the third tournament of the semester. CDTs Isabella Minter '19 & Henry Smith '20 faced fierce competitors in the Varsity Division, including New York University, Binghamton University, Liberty University, and Boston College. Despite the challenges, the team finished the tournament as the Varsity Division Champion with an undefeated record. Minter took home the Top Speaker award for the tournament, while Smith won the 9th Speaker Award.

Efficient Shooting Leads to Women's Basketball Win over Colgate
2/22/2018

CDT Janae McNeal '18Behind one of its best shooting performances of the season, the Army West Point women's basketball team won its third consecutive Patriot League game after defeating Colgate, 69-49, on Wednesday morning at Christl Arena. Madison Hovren and Janae McNeal led the Black Knights (15-12, 8-8 Patriot League) on the offensive end against the Raiders (6-21, 2-14 Patriot League). The duo combined for 32 of the team's 69 points. Hovren came one rebound shy of a double-double and finished the contest with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting and nine boards. McNeal tallied 14 points while connecting on six of her 11 tries from the field and added three assists. Morgann Yancey and Libby Tacka provided a spark off the bench, with a combined 17 points. Read More

Cadets Visit Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc.
2/22/2018

Cadets Visit Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc. Fourteen cadets enrolled in Photogrammetry along with 3 faculty from the Geospatial Information Science (GIS) program (Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering) participated in a trip section to Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc. located in Philadelphia, PA. During the visit, cadets gained exposure to the tools and workflows required for acquisition and processing of aerial photographs and airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data. Keystone has flown millions of survey miles throughout the United States and conducts several different geospatial missions including conventional and digital photogrammetry, aerial photo processing, Li- DAR, and photograph-based 3D point cloud development. Keystone operates with a fleet of 21 aircraft and has worked for a variety of government agencies including the USDA (NRI, WRP, and NAIP, Forest Service) USGS, BLM, FEMA, US Army Corps of Engineers and NOAA. During the visit, cadets broke up into small groups, which rotated through numerous educational stations focusing on aerial survey planning and coordination, photogrammetric image processing, film scanning, mission flight planning, film and digital aerial cameras, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and manned collection aircraft. The visit put several concepts taught in class into perspective for the cadets and sparked further interest into the fields of photogrammetry and remote sensing. In addition, cadets got to witness the Keystone staff actively processing high-resolution aerial imagery of the recent Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl parade, where approximately 2 million fans gathered in the streets of downtown Philadelphia.

Women's Lacrosse Breaks Scoring Records in Wire-to-Wire Win
2/22/2018

Women's LacrosseThe Army West Point women's lacrosse team set new program records for scoring in its 21-4 victory over Central Connecticut State on Wednesday afternoon at Michie Stadium. In addition to breaking the programs single-game goals record of 20 versus Howard on March 22, 2016, the Black Knights' 15 scores in the first half were also a program-high. The previous best also came against the Bison as the Cadet potted 12 in the first half. The first 30 minutes of the contest were dominated by the Black Knights, who outshot their opponent 23-5, collected 15-of-17 draw controls and were a perfect 3-for-3 in free position shots. Today marked just the third-time Army has broken the 15-goal threshold, having also accomplished this feat at Presbyterian with a 16-3 road win on March 14, 2016, and with a 20-8 victory over the Bison of Howard. Army scored game's first 11 goals through 17:35. This offensive showcase was highlighted by the Black Knights netting four goals over a span of 1:21. Rookie Megan Raftery began the run by weaving through the Blue Devils' defense and beating the goalkeeper at the 16:23 mark in the first half. Read More

Dr. Ann Fisher-Wirth Visiting Poet from U of Mississippi
2/22/2018

Dr. Ann Fisher-Wirth Visiting Poet from U of MississippiDr. Ann Fisher-Wirth from the University of Mississippi visited West and guest lectured in Literature: The Arts of Love classrooms, conducted a poetry workshop with aspiring writers, and gave a poetry reading at the CFAF building on Trophy Point. Ann’s reading kicks off what the Creative Writing Forum and the West Point Humanities Center hopes to be a monthly reading series that invites writers to West Point as a way of inspiring cadets to pursue their creative talents. Dr. Fisher-Wirth’s new book of poetry, Mississippi, is a project she undertook with Maude Schuyler Clay, a Mississippi photographer from the Delta, and Ann read exclusively from this book, which is her fifth book of poetry. Ann teaches poetry in the MFA program at Ole Miss, and she also directs the Environmental Studies minor.

Women's S&D Places Five on All-League Team
2/22/2018

Women's Swimming and DivingFive Cadets from the Army West Point women's swimming and diving team received postseason all-league honors after finishing second at last week's Patriot League Championships. "We had a very good conference meet and I'm proud of all our swimmers and divers," head coach Mickey Wender said. "We Worked hard, executed well, stayed tough and accomplished most of our goals. We stayed together as a team and had a lot of fun, while representing West Point well. Everyone learned a lot and will build on this as we move ahead." Individuals who win events at the Patriot League Swimming & Diving Championships automatically qualify for the All-League first team, while runner-up finishers are guaranteed a second-team spot. Both teams are back-filled by points, meaning a second-team member can move up to the first team if they accumulated enough points during the meet. Only individual points count. Sabrina Mortell makes her third consecutive appearance on an all-league team, previously being named to the first and second team. Serica Hallstead garnered second team all-league recognition for the second straight season. Read More

Cadets in Latvia Tour WWII Monuments
2/22/2018

Cadets in Latvia Tour WWII MonumentsCadets on a semester abroad in Latvia toured the Daugavpils (Dinaburg) Fortress and several Soviet World War II monuments. Daugavpils Fortress is the only early nineteenth century military fortification of its kind in Northern Europe that has been preserved without significant alterations. The construction of the fortress began in 1810 by decree of Tsar Alexander I of Russia. In this timeframe, there was an atmosphere of increased tension before Napoleon's invasion of the Russian Empire in 1812.

Tickets Now on Sale for Army-Navy Baseball at Fenway
2/22/2018

Fenway ParkTickets are now available for the Army West Point baseball game against service-academy rival Navy at Fenway Park. The contest is slated for April 20 at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Home Base Program, a partnership between Massachusetts General Hospital and the Red Sox Foundation that helps veterans suffering from PTSD and other "invisible wounds of war." Tickets are general admission only and can be purchased at redsox.com/armynavy. All members of the military who attend the game in uniform will be granted free entry.

11 Women's T&F Cadets Earn Patriot League Honors
2/21/2018

CDT Abby Halbrook '19Eleven members of the Army West Point women's track and field team earned All-Patriot League honors after their performance at the Patriot League Championships on last weekend. At this meet, Army placed second overall with a final score of 154. First team honors were awarded to athletes who placed first in their events, and second team honors were awarded to athletes who placed second in their events. First Team - Abby Halbrook (1000m), Briyah Brown (Weight Throw, Shot Put), Calli McMullen (60m, 200m), Bonvie Fosam (Triple Jump) Second Team - Abby Halbrook (1-mile), Kamryn Brinson (Weight Throw), Lynne Mooradian (Pentathlon), Samantha Coletti (1000m), Morgan Chewning-Kulick (DMR), Emma Record (DMR), Cassie Mundekis (DMR), Andrea Karlen (DMR). Read More

"Writing for Love" at the Mounger Writing Center
2/21/2018

“Writing for Love” at the Mounger Writing CenterCDT Writing Fellows Sam Reichenthal '20 and Hope Hack '20 led "Writing for Love," part of the Mounger Writing Center's (MRC) Wednesday Night Workshop series. CDTs Hack and Reichenthal led a discussion on love letters that offered advice on what to do and not to do when crafting letters to that special someone. The workshop included examinations of historical examples, a mad-libs exercise, and a focused free write toward the end where cadets drew prompts to produce letters addressed to specific purposes (e.g. adoration, declaration, invitation, and so forth).

The MWC holds Wednesday Night Workshops virtually every Wednesday, 2000-2045, in JH301; most are designed for cadets, but anyone is welcome to attend. A full schedule is available at usma.edu/wpwp.

Men's T&F Earn Patriot League Team Honors
2/21/2018

CDT Ben Boswell '19Eleven members of the Army West Point men's track and field team earned All-Patriot League honors after their performance at the Patriot League Championships on last weekend. At this meet, Army placed second overall with a final score of 197. First team honors were awarded to athletes who placed first in their events, and second team honors were awarded to athletes who placed second in their events. First Team - Lee Bares (Pole Vault), Kenneth Brinson (Weight Throw), Tyrell Maddox (500m), Ben Petrella (3000m, 5000m), Keagan Smith (1-Mile, DMR), Nick Causey (DMR), Christian Wright (DMR), Ben Boswell (DMR), Jeff Giannettino (High Jump). Second Team - Kevin Dyer (200m), Tyler Davis (60m). Read More

Military Spouses Visit Cadets in Armed Forces & Society
2/21/2018

Military Spouses Visit Cadets in Armed Forces & SocietyMrs. Elizabeth Woodruff, Mrs. Christina Thomas, Mrs. Shelisa Baskerville and Mrs. Jamie Enos gave their time to visit the Armed Forces & Society class for a military families and spouses panel. The spouses fielded questions from firstie cadets about a variety of relevant, timely topics, including: spouses balancing careers while being part of military families, Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves, being a part of family readiness groups in general and also during unit combat deployments, how to find help for younger soldiers' families who experience troubles, unique features of life in military neighborhoods and on military posts, social events and special protocols, advice about getting married to military officers, and other important topics. Their insights contributed to cadet learning and development, and helped provide real world experiences to ground students' learning.

Heald, Harvey Share Athlete of the Week Accolades
2/21/2018

CDT Bobby Heald '21Rookie Bobby Heald and sophomore Ben Harvey of the Army West Point wrestling team were named co-Athletes of the Week by the Army West Point Athletic Association on Tuesday. The duo earned key victories in the team's 18-15 come-from-behind win over service-academy rival Navy on Saturday in Annapolis, Md. Harvey defeated No. 8 Jadaen Bernstein, 7-6, to tie the match at 12 apiece at 174 pounds, while Heald topped Austin Faunce, 2-1, in TB-2 at heavyweight in the match-deciding bout. It was Army's first time winning back-to-back duals over Navy since taking three straight from 1960-62. Additionally, the win was just the second for the Black Knights in Annapolis and first since 1961. Harvey improved to 15-7 on the year after defeating Bernstein for the first time in his career. The New Palestine, Ind., native documented his third win over a ranked opponent this season while setting a new personal best with six dual victories. Read More

BS&L Holds Their Biennial GatheRING
2/21/2018

BS&L Holds Their Biennial GatheRINGThe Department of Behavior Science and Leadership (BS&L) held their biennial GatheRING (Return, Innovate, Network, Grow) event. This night serves to connect past, present, and future members and friends of BS&L…a human, cadet centric organization that fosters innovation and teamwork through collaborations. BS&L is a global leader in teaching and creating of knowledge for the practical application of leadership through behavioral, organizational, and sociological sciences to enhance leader effectiveness across the human dimension. No former faculty member has been more instrumental in those efforts than COL(R) Paul Bartone, the recipient of the Distinguished Former Faculty for Excellence in Support of the Department Award.

Wilkinson Honored as Defensive Player of the Week
2/21/2018

CDT Alex Wilkinson '20Following a four-point weekend, Alex Wilkinson of the Army West Point hockey team was named the Atlantic Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week. Wilkinson scored Army's first two goals in Friday's 5-1 win over Bentley on Friday and recorded an assist. The yearling finished the weekend with two power play points. He scored the game-winner on Friday to mark the fourth of the season. With his two goals on Friday, the Raleigh, N.C., native posted his first multi-goal game and eighth multi-point game in his career. He now boasts 14 power play points to rank tied for sixth. The Black Knights host Sacred Heart this Friday and Saturday for the season finale. Both games will begin at 7:05 p.m. Read More

Robotics Research Center Attends ThunderDrone
2/21/2018

Robotics Research Center Attends ThunderDroneSOFWERX in collaboration with the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), began the second ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Event (RPE) with a Technology Expo at the SOFWERX facility in Ybor City, Florida. More than 220 industrial and 240 government personnel attended. 91 vendors presented their technologies in hopes of forming design and build teams, which will present their prototypes during the experimentation and outdoor demonstrations. ThunderDrone focuses on Counter Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-SUAS). The expo welcomes participants to showcase their capabilities that address any of the following C-SUAS phases: detect, locate, identify, track, exploit, defeat, assess. ThunderDrone’s main focus is solutions that permanently defeat drones and drone capabilities, but will also evaluate all new technologies. Key technologies of interest include autonomous functionality, mobility, discrimination, and multiple target engagement. Multiple departments and centers across USMA are developing C-UAS technologies through capstones, independent studies, and faculty research.

McNeal Named MBWA Co-Player of the Week
2/21/2018

CDT Janae McNeal '18Firstie Janae McNeal of the Army West Point women's basketball team was tabbed a Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) Division I Co-Player of the Week on Tuesday morning. McNeal joins Tyler Scaife of Rutgers as a co-winner of the weekly award and is the first Cadet this season to earn the honor. The Spotsylvania, Va., native paced the Black Knights on both ends of the court this past week, helping Army capture a pair of Patriot League wins over Holy Cross and Lehigh. In a 66-57 victory against the Crusaders last Wednesday, she posted her first double-double of the season and third in her career, putting up a game-high 25 points on 10-of-17 (59 percent) shooting with a season-best 12 rebounds. It was the second time in her career that she made 10 or more shots in a single game. She also played her part on the defensive end, tallying a season-high five steals in 28 minutes of action. McNeal followed up that performance by scoring a team-high 16 points on 7-of-12 (58 percent) shooting, whiling bringing down five boards against Lehigh this past Saturday. For the week, she averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while connecting on 59 percent of her shots from the field. Read More

Nguyen Named Patriot League Player of the Week
2/21/2018

CDT Michael Nguyen '18Firstie Michael Nguyen of the Army West Point men's tennis team earned Patriot League Player of the Week accolades after a successful weekend of matches on the road. The San Jose, Calif. native defeated Portland State's Nathan Boniel, 7-6, 6-3, in the first flight, and put Army on track to sweep the Vikings in singles play. Nguyen also claimed his third doubles victory of the spring season with partner Gregory Shannon after a 6-4 win over Avery West and Tommy Edwards. Portland State is currently ranked first in the Big Sky conference, with its only loss at home coming from the Black Knights. Read More

On Point: An Unexpected Path
2/20/2018

CDT Jorie Mason '21Army West Point head diving coach PJ Hughes was sitting in his office chair on a mid-April afternoon when he got an unexpected email. It was from a plebe who was asking to try out for the team.

The rookie was Jorie Mason, and her diving background wasn't exactly something that would excite many Division I coaches. In fact, Mason had no experience with diving outside a month during her junior year of high school at Northern Lebanon in Fredericksburg, Pa.

What she had to lean on though was nearly 10 years of being a power gymnast. That is someone who has the strength to do the harder and more difficult skills and tricks, but does not always look the cleanest or most graceful. Unfortunately for Mason, being clean and graceful means a lot in diving. Divers are not only judged on difficulty, but also the execution of the dive, and that requires great technique to create as small of a splash as possible when impacting the water.

After spending nearly an entire year as a manager for the men's gymnastics team at West Point, Mason was starting to feel down. She spent most of her life training as a gymnast, and when she arrived at the Academy, she was only able to watch others compete in the sport she loved.

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Wrestling Stuns Navy to Claim Star in Annapolis
2/20/2018

Wrestling Stuns Navy to Claim Star in AnnapolisThe Army West Point wrestling team picked up a thrilling 18-15 victory over service-academy rival Navy in the Star Match on Saturday evening at Alumni Hall. The Black Knights close out the regular season at 3-6 overall and 2-3 in EIWA matches, while the Midshipmen dropped to 8-3 overall and 3-2 in conference duals. Additionally, Army improved to 9-6-2 in the 2017-18 Star Series presented by USAA. Trey Chalifoux opened the match with a comeback 6-5 win at 125 pounds after trailing 3-1 at the start of the third period. The Mids won the next three matches, capped by a Corey Wilding pin at 149 pounds to send the home squad to a 12-3 advantage. The Cadets had the heart of their lineup show up in a major way at that point, pulling three upsets to draw even in the dual. Yearling Lucas Weiland, who picked up his first-career dual win last week at Bucknell, earned a 5-1 upset victory over No. 26 Zack Davis at 157 pounds to get the rally started for Army. Firstie co-captain Andrew Mendel followed that with a 6-3 win over 19th-ranked Drew Daniels at 165 to set up Ben Harvey for the match of the year. Read More

American Politics President Panel
2/20/2018

American Politics President PanelThe American Politics Stem and the Domestic Affairs Forum hosted a panel to assess the first year of President Trump’s administration. CPT Sorenson, CPT Verardo, MAJ Brown, and CDT Matthew Herrera all contributed to the dialogue addressing the policy achievements of the first 365 days in the areas of foreign policy, regulation, and tax policy. Fifteen cadets attended the event.

Women's T&F with Best Championship Finish Since 2006
2/20/2018

CDT Calli McMullen '20The Army West Point women's track and field team placed second at the Patriot League Indoor Championships, the team's best finish since 2006. At the end of the 2018 Patriot League Indoor Championships, Army placed second overall with a score of 154, just four and a half points behind the leader, Bucknell. This score was Army's highest since 1995 when the team finished first with a score of 169. Abby Halbrook clocked in at 4:58.06 in the mile run which was good for second place. Followed by teammate Samantha Coletti in fifth with a time of 5:02.51. Lynne Mooradian claimed third in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.95, and was followed by Asia Chen in eighth with a time of 10.36. Calli McMullen won the title in the 60m dash, clocking in at 7.58 seconds. Yasheika Beckaroo clocked in at 7.76 seconds which was good for sixth place, and Bonvie Fosam closed out in eighth place with a time of 7.88. Haley Watson placed fifth in the 500m with a time of 1:15.60. In the 800m, Hannah Deines finished in sixth place with a time of 2:14.86. Cassie Mundekis placed eighth with a time of 2:15.26. Read More

CTC Launches New Website
2/20/2018

CTC Launches New WebsiteThe Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) was pleased to launch its newly designed website, a project over a year in the making. The more modern site allows visitors to better search and access the vast amount of research and information the CTC has published since its founding 15 years ago, including reports, analyses, CTC Sentinel issues, databases, and original documentation. Visit www.ctc.usma.edu to see the results of the Center’s efforts, together with the technology company Murmur, to improve and expand its online presence.

Swimming & Diving Takes Second at League Championships
2/20/2018

Swimming & Diving Takes Second at League ChampionshipsThe Army West Point men's swimming and diving team claimed its sixth straight second-place finish at the Patriot League Championships after wrapping up the competition with 780.5 points. Navy finished on top with 990.5 points. Bucknell (411), Boston U. (406.5) and Loyola (286.5) rounded out the top five behind Army, with Lehigh (282.5), Colgate (167.5), American (118), Lafayette (114) and Holy Cross (108) finishing right behind. 780.5 points were the second-most in the league championships by an Army team in the last 16 seasons. Tom Ottman finished in second and set an Academy record in the 1650 free with his time of 15:07.22. He was the previous recorder holder in the event when he finished at 15:16.32 at last season's league championships.

The Army West Point women's swimming and diving team picked up its third straight second-place finish at the Patriot League Championships after ending the competition with 568 points. Navy went on to win the meet with 904.5 points. Lehigh (543) fell right behind Army, while Bucknell (423) and Boston U. (385) rounded out the top five. Loyola (250.5), Colgate (191), American (172), Holy Cross (107) and Lafayette (93) placed in the final five spots. The 568 points was the second-most at the league championships by an Army team in the last 16 years. Sabrina Mortell was the first Cadet in the pool on the final night of competition and she swam to a third-place finish in the 1650 free with her time of 16:42.64. Sidney Evans followed in sixth at 16:55.21. After Bailey Smith won the B-Final in the 200 back at 2:00.06 and Kim Sembrano took third at 2:01.23, Josephine Marsh (2:00.25) and Cecelia Croman (2:00.43) finished in seventh and eighth, respectively, in the finals.

Petrella Earns Patriot League Honors
2/20/2018

CDT Ben Petrella '20Yearling Ben Petrella of Army West Point men's track and field team earned Male Track Athlete of the Meet honors. He earned these honors after a strong showing at the Indoor Patriot League Championships. On the first day, Petrella set a new personal record and season best for the team in the 5000m. He won this event clocking in at 14:28.96. On the second day of events, Petrella won the 3000m clocking in at 8:18.74 to take first place.

Men's T&F Finish 2nd at Championships
2/20/2018

CDT Tyrell Maddox '20The Army West Point men's track and field team placed second at the Patriot League Indoor Championships with a score of 197. This was the team's highest score since 2002 when the team placed first with a score of 210.5. Track - Keagan Smith won the title in the mile run, clocking in at 4:10.14. Ross Puritty placed third in the 60m hurdles, clocking in at 8.27 seconds. Army took second and third in the 60m dash. Tyler Davis clocked in at 6.88, while Kevin Dyer timed in at 6.89. Tyrell Maddox finished first in the 500m, claiming the title with a time of 1:04.68. Christian Wright followed in seventh with a time of 1:06.80. Nick Causey took third place in the 800m, clocking in at 1:55.96. Jackson Sullivan finished in seventh with a time of 1:57.25. Field - Jeff Giannettino won the high jump with a height of 2.09m. Bernard Jenkins followed in third with a height of 2.04m, and Bryce Samuel was close behind in fifth with a height of 194m. Jaeden Watson (1.89m) closed out in a tie for seventh. Geoff Kirk took third place in the shot put with a distance of 15.95m. Kenneth Brinson finished fifth, throwing for 15.35m. Read More

ASEM Hosts USMA DSE Cadets
2/20/2018

ASEM Hosts USMA DSE CadetsThe American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Club hosted approximately thirty cadets for its continuing lunch speaker series, “So I’m graduating with a degree from the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE), now what?” Mr. Jon Belmont ’99 with a wealth of experience in the military, governmental, and civilian arenas spoke on his experiences and lessons learned from the Army, working as an engineer on process improvement projects for Kellogg’s Pop-Tart manufacturing and as a DA civilian. He also provided insight and lessons learned from his military to civilian governmental and corporate transitions. The ASEM Cadets engaged in an excellent question and answer session following.

Rifle Wins NCAA Qualifier Match
2/20/2018

CDT Kaitlyn Kutz '21The Army West Point rifle team defeated MIT for the second time this year in an NCAA Qualification match. Army had a strong showing with Payne Nunn matching a team season best score in air rifle and Clayton Hanson tying the top Army aggregate score for the season. Aggregate (4656) - Army defeated the Engineers at home, 4656-4349. Clayton Hanson had an impressive performance gathering an aggregate score of 1172. He was followed by Payne Nunn who tallied a score of 1167, and Kaitlyn Kutz who scored 1159. Also in the top five scorers were Nathan Brewer and Emiliano Concha-Toro who both scored 1151. Smallbore (2299) - The team garnered a collective score of 2299 in smallbore over MIT's score of 2145. Hanson also led the team in smallbore, earning 580 points. He was followed by Kutz and Concha-Toro who both shot a score of 576. Nunn shot 574 in this discipline, with Brewer and Lovre both shooting 569 to close out the scoring squad. Read More

Tennis Goes 2-1 in Home Action
2/20/2018

CDT Sophia Suri '21The Army West Point women's tennis team picked up 7-0 wins over St. Bonaventure and Vassar after dropping a 4-0 decision to Massachusetts on Saturday at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights improved to 6-4, while the Minutemen moved to 4-3. Additionally, the Bonnies are now 1-7 and the Brewers fell to 2-1. Army remains perfect against St. Bonaventure at 11-0 in the all-time series. The Black Knights have earned three shutouts this season. Plebes Sophia Suri improved to 2-0 in singles duals and Bridget Mayfield notched her first-career singles dual win. Read More

Brown Named Field Athlete of the Meet
2/20/2018

CDT Briyah Brown '18Firstie Briyah Brown of Army West Point women's track and field team earned Female Field Athlete of the Meet honors. She earned these honors after an impressive performance at the Indoor Patriot League Championships. On the first day, Brown set a new school record in the weight throw, taking first place in that event with a distance of 19.16m. The final day, Brown finished first in shot put, throwing for a distance of 14.82m.

Glee Club Community Public Concert
2/20/2018

Glee Club Community Public ConcertThe West Point Glee Club traveled to the town of Westport, Connecticut to give the community a public concert on the theme of World War I. The concert, which was held at the Saugatuck Congregational Church and Westport Public Library, entertained an audience of about 200 people. As a frequent commuter town, located only about 50 miles northeast of New York City, Westport is a city known for its diversity and history. The program of the concert not only focused on the historical importance of WWI, but it also paid tribute to the 27 young men and women from Westport, Stamford, and Fairfield who volunteered and gave their lives for the cause of freedom during the Great War. Upon conclusion of the concert, the members of the Glee Club attended a reception where they socialized, conversed with, and received high praise from many members of the community who were in attendance.

Softball Claims Bounce-Back Victory in California
2/20/2018

CDT Madison Cole '20After dropping the opening game of the day to Stanford, 12-0, the Army West Point softball team bounced back and closed out the night with a 7-4 victory over Sacramento State on Sunday at the Mary Nutter Classic. Army claimed its second victory of the season and moved to 2-7, while Sacramento State fell to 3-5. Three Cadets recorded a multi-hit game against the Hornets, including Madison Cole who went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI. It was Cole's first career multi-hit game. Emily Ballesteros drove in two with a pair of hits and a run scored in three at-bats. Snelling posted her second career two-hit game and added a run scored with an RBI. In her first collegiate start, Madison Bryant went 4.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs and fanning three batters en route to her first career win. Renee Poirier recorded her 17th career save The seven Army runs tied a season-best for the Black Knights. Army's 11 hits was the second most in a game this season. Read More

McKenna Earns Patriot League Player of Week
2/20/2018

CDT John McKenna '20The Patriot League announced Monday that John McKenna of Army West Point baseball was named the Player of the Week following his strong weekend performance. The yearling first baseman earned his first career weekly praise after batting .462 to help Army take one of three games against Michigan. McKenna finished 6-for-13 with two runs and one RBI to help the Black Knights over the weekend. The Parkland, Fla., native had multi-hit games in each of Army's three outings against the Wolverines. He posted a .500 on-base percentage, while slugging .692, with a double and his first career triple. He also had a stolen base. McKenna went 2-for-5 and drove in a run in the Black Knights win over Michigan on Saturday. He also went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in a 12-6 loss on Friday. Army West Point plays a midweek game at Fordham on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Black Knights head to College Park, Md. to a play a three-game weekend series at Maryland, beginning on Friday.

Monken & Viti Go the Extra 100 Miles
2/16/2018

Coach Mike Viti-Louisiana linebacker John Bailey Gullatt and Coach Jeff Monken 2018Louisiana linebacker John Bailey Gullatt had trouble late last year deciding between playing football for Army or Harvard. Harvard was pushing for the West Monroe High senior to commit but Gullatt was highly interested in West Point following a summer visit.

One mid-January night changed Gullatt's mind. Army head coach Jeff Monken and fullbacks coach Mike Viti, assigned to Gullatt's recruitment, were expected for a home visit but a snow and ice storm delayed their arrival. Monken's plane couldn't land in Monroe, La., so his flight was diverted and he had to drive 100 miles from Shreveport to Monroe. Viti had an even longer drive from Texas through the treacherous conditions. Gullatt was so impressed he decided to commit that evening.

"That showed how bad they wanted me," said Gullatt, who signed his letter of commitment with Army on Wednesday. "They always told me that they did. I guess that was action behind their words. I had some other schools recruiting me hard, some in-state and some Ivy League, but nobody was going out of their way like that. They had to fly 26 hours and drive through an ice storm to see me. That was definitely the turning point of them recruiting me." Full Story

Two Records Broken on Second Day of Championships
2/16/2018

Swimming and Diving 2018Two Academy records were broken on the second day of the Patriot League Championships and the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team remained in second place. Navy continues to lead the field with 371.5 points with Army trailing at 263 points. Boston U. (153.5), Bucknell (148) and Loyola (111.5) round out the top-five with Lehigh (107.5), Colgate (92), Lafayette (66), American (61) and Holy Cross (50) right behind. Tom Ottman broke an Academy record, which he set at last year's championships in the 500 free after he hit the wall at 4:21.71. Ottman's time was good for third in the field of eight. In the ensuing men's event, Peter Mikheyev set an Academy record in the 200 IM after he won with a time of 1:46.09. Brandon McCredie defended his title in the 50 free, hitting the wall at 20.15. Evin Rude finished right behind and was part of a three-way tie for second with a time of 20.25. Hogan Harper also scored for Army in the event, winning the B-Final with his time of 20.63. To close out the night, the foursome of Josh Sembrano, Brady Almand, Kevin Doo and Rude took second at 3:15.01 in the 400 medley relay.

The Army West Point women's swimming and diving team had a solid showing on the second day of the Patriot League Championships, winning one event and breaking a plebe record. Sabrina Mortell was the first Army swimmer in the water and she swam to a sixth-place finish in the 500 free at 4:53.81. Whitney Chang broke a plebe record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.31. In the 50 free, it was Bailey Smith who topped the competition after she hit the wall at 23.08. That win came right after Madison Berg (23.53) and Nicole Parry (23.61) took the top-two spots in the B-Final. On the 1-meter board, Serica Hallstead came from behind to take second with a score of 267.55. Heather Yoshii placed eighth with her score of 227.30. In the final event of the night, the group of Cecelia Croman, Kara Wineinger, Whitney Chang and Bailey Smith finished third at 3:41.97.

Debate at the McGill Model UN Assembly
2/16/2018

Debate at the McGill Model UN AssemblyTwelve cadets of the West Point Model United Nations (MUN) team traveled to Montreal, Canada to participate in the McGill Model United Nations Assembly hosted by McGill University. This conference is one of the largest on the MUN circuit, with over 1,600 delegates competing. The McMUN conference presents the West Point MUN team with the opportunity to present the United States Army and the Academy in a very positive and professional way to an international audience. Schools in attendance included Harvard, Georgetown, University of Chicago, University of Toronto, and Université de Montréal.

The conference ended with multiple individual awards given to cadets, with the entire team performing well and exercising extemporaneous speaking skills, negotiation, and cooperative problem solving with hundreds of other students. The following cadets were individually recognized for their outstanding performances: Derrick Siebman '18, Jackson Armstrong '18, Amanda Horsey '19, Dana Cody '20. The following cadets were also integral to the team's success: Rokas Dubinas '18, Cameron Hay '21, John Govern '19, Jake Stoffel '19, Jon Lowe '20, John Lorenz '19, Katarina Christianson '21, Hunter Arnold '21.

Intercollegiate Rock Climb Competition
2/16/2018

Intercollegiate Rock Climb CompetitionArmy competitive climbing team competed in an intercollegiate climbing competition at Rock Climb Fairfield. CDT Charlie Barron placed first in Bouldering, Sport and Speed. CDT Morgan Hall placed 4th in Speed and 5th in Bouldering. CDT Natalie Dent took 3rd in Speed and 8th in bouldering. CDT Jackie Orr took 8th in Sport. CDT Anthony Thompson placed 5th in Speed. CDT Trevaun Turner took 8th in Speed. CDT Joseph Hynes placed 8th in Sport Sustains. The team had a strong showing with a first place finisher in all events and multiple people in top 10 in various disciplines.

Dr. Kashinski HPC Brown Bag Lunch Talk
2/16/2018

HPC Brown Bag Lunch TalkDr. Dave Kashinski of PNE gave the third monthly High-Performance Computing (HPC) brown bag talk that takes place in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME). The title of Dr. Kashinski's talk was "Using Supercomputers to Solve Problems in Quantum Chemistry: Determining Global Harmonic Scaling Factors for TPSS, M06, and M11 Functional Families". This talk summarized an article Dr. Kashinski and his collaborators at ARL published in 2017 and gave a preview of where the project is going. DoD-HPCMP has been a strong supporter of Dr. Kashinski's collaboration with ARL since 2014.

Cub Scout Pack Visits West Point Observatory
2/16/2018

Cub Scout Pack Visits West Point ObservatoryA den of fifteen young Cub Scouts visited the West Point Observatory and Planetarium in the hope of earning their space badge. The scouts participated in an interactive space show presentation by Dr. Paula Fekete in the inflatable planetarium followed by the viewing of the full-dome feature, Back to the Moon for Good. The show presents the "space race" to return to the Moon after 40 years, spurned by the Google Lunar XPRIZE. In the latter part of the visit, the den proceeded to the 6th floor Observatory. Scouts took a peek at the Moon although observation conditions were less than ideal. The young scouts' behavior was exemplary, thus they more-than deserved earning their coveted space badge.

Drill Team Members Support the Quadrille Ball
2/16/2018

Drill Team Members Support the Quadrille BallCadets from the Drill Team supported the Quadrille Ball at The Pierre Hotel. The West Point German club and liaison, LTC Breuer were also in attendance. The Drill Team was listed in the official program for the event and performed with precision and with attention to detail. Here is a link to the Quadrille Ball: https://quadrilleball.org/.

Cadets Visit Fly Fishing Convention in NJ
2/16/2018

Cadets Visit Fly Fishing Convention in NJThree cadets and one officer visited The Fly Fishing Show convention in New Jersey. The cadets casted with certified casting instructors, networked with clubs and guides in the northeast area, planned future collaboration with those contacts, and spent some time with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) leadership.

Photo: Cadets with David Folkerts (tallest center), the Chief Operations Officer for PHWFF and Bill Hayes (dark sweatshirt), the New Jersey coordinator for PHWFF

Athletic Director's Update
2/16/2018

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Athletic Director's Update

C3T Holds Annual Reverse Engineering Workshop
2/15/2018

C3T Holds Annual Reverse Engineering WorkshopThe Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) hosted world renowned software reverse engineer, Mr. Chris Eagle for their annual Reverse Engineering (RE) Workshop. For over 30 hours, the cadets work for on 17 distinct problems with a total of 193 solves for the entire team. Mr. Eagle is a fantastic educator on the foundations of computer science. Using capture-the-flag challenges, he covers a tremendous breadth of topics including memory layout, hardware design, compiler implementations and operating system internals. C3T reviewed problems from this past year s All-Army Cyberstakes Competition while preparing for the spring season competitions of Boston Key Party and Plaid CTF.

In appreciation of his continual support to the USMA Cyber Team, the C3T coaches surprised Mr. Eagle with a well overdue honor. He was awarded the Military Cyber Professional Association s Silver Order of Thor medal (SoT) to recognize his great contributions to the military cyber community. Mr. Eagle is the author of the IDA Pro Book, two-time DEFCON CTF champion, the system architect for the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge, and a Senior Lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School. Mr. Eagle has been the graduate school advisor to C3T coaches and alumni and has worked with C3T members on Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) over the past 4 years. Mr Eagle is also a retired Navy Lieutenant Commander. The workshop was an incredible, unparalleled, educational/developmental experience for the C3T. These cadets will be better (cyber) officers as a direct result of Mr. Eagle s time. The dedicated training he provides the C3T Team would cost over $60,000 in tuition alone as provided during the Black Hat training events in Las Vegas.

Women's Basketball Grab League Win Over Holy Cross
2/15/2018

CDT Janae McNeal '18The Army West Point women's basketball team had three Cadets score in double-figures to help avenge an early-season overtime loss and defeat Holy Cross, 66-57, in a Patriot League road contest on Wednesday night at the Hart Center. Janae McNeal and Madison Hovren both finished with double-doubles and pushed their double-digit scoring streaks to six games after putting in 25 and 16, respectively. Hovren went 6-for-12 from the field and corralled 12 rebounds to pair with her scoring total. McNeal recorded a season-best 12 rebounds for Army (13-12, 6-8 Patriot League) and had an overall complete game on the floor, shooting 10-for-17, while also picking up a season-best five steals. Daizjah Morris was key defensive presence for the Black Knights, but got it done on the offensive end as well, capping her night with 12 points against the Crusaders (10-15, 5-9 Patriot League). Read More

CTC Sentinel Article Receives Widespread Coverage
2/15/2018

CTC Sentinel Article Receives Widespread CoverageThe January 2018 cover article in the Combating Terrorism Center's (CTC) monthly publication,
The CTC Sentinel, received widespread news coverage after its publication on 24 January. The article, written by scholars Fernando Reinares and Carola García-Calvo and entitled “'Spaniards, You're Going to Suffer:'” The Inside Story of the August 2017 Attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils,” featured new information about the attacks in Catalonia, Spain, last summer. The New York Times was the first to report on the article's findings, including the possibility that the cell was targeting Paris for an attack as well, in a story written by Rukmini Callimachi. Reporting on the article's findings also appeared online at Newsweek, ABC News, Fox News, and other news sites as well as the Associated Press.

Swimming & Diving After Day One of Championships
2/15/2018

Swimming & DivingThrough one day of competition at the Patriot League Championships, the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team sits in second place with 107 points. Navy leads the pack with 132 points in its home pool. Boston U. (72), Bucknell (71) and Loyola (67) trail Army and round out the top-five with Lehigh (63), Colgate (61), Lafayette (43), American (39) and Holy Cross (36) right behind.

The Army West Point women's swimming and diving team left Lejeune Pool in third place at the end of the first day of the Patriot League Championships. Through one day, Navy leads the pack with 80 points, with Lehigh (64), Army (62), Boston U. (60) and Loyola (58) rounding out the top five with American (46), Colgate (46), Holy Cross (44), Lafayette (32) and Bucknell (30) trailing.

Rosemary Martorana and Dean Baratta Lecture Cadets
2/15/2018

Rosemary Martorana and Dean Baratta Lecture CadetsRosemary Martorana and Dean Baratta, formerly of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, guest lectured to cadets taking the Combating Terrorism Center's Homeland Security and Defense course. They discussed a wide range of domestic terrorism threats and provided students with unique insights into how state and local jurisdictions combat these threats on a daily basis.

Skeet & Trap Hunts at Mashomack
2/15/2018

Skeet & Trap Hunts at MashomackThe Skeet & Trap team was lucky enough to join friends at Mashomack Preserve for a morning pheasant hunt. Joining the team was LTG Robert Caslen '75, Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, who spoke to the club and team about today's pressing national security issues. The team was very appreciative of Mashomack for their continued support and hospitality, and looks forward to having them up at Range 10 for a clays shoot in the fall.

EECS Department Hosts Systers Luncheon
2/15/2018

Eighteen female cadets and six female faculty met for lunch for the department's eleventh Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Systers Luncheon. The luncheons are designed to bring female students and faculty in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Technology together in a casual, relaxing environment. Cadets and faculty alike enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with each other, and make new friends.

During the meeting they welcomed new majors discussing upcoming outreachs and professional development events. EECS Systers is USMA's chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery's Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W).

Nordic Skiing at the UVM Invitational
2/15/2018

Nordic Skiing at the UVM InvitationalThe Army West Point Nordic Ski Team competed in the University of Vermont (UVM) Invitational races held at the Sleepy Hollow Inn Nordic and Bike Center in Huntington, VT. This was the third event of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference (ECSC) season. The ECSC is a member of the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA). The team competed against racers from Castleton, Clarkson, Cornell, Hamilton, Sterling, UVM and Wellesley. Roughly 100 racers were competing. West Point was represented by Ben Brea '18, Peter Elmlinger '19 and Tyler Stansbury '19, and Luke Purdy '21 and Logan Stansbury '21, this was the very first Nordic racing event for the Plebes. The races consisted of men's and women's relay races on Saturday and mixed-gender relay racing on Sunday. The West Point team is consistently improving.

Photo: Ben Brea racing on as part of a mixed-gender team that included teammate Peter Elmlinger and two women from Wellesley Colleg

Hockey to Christen New Bentley Arena
2/15/2018

CDT Dalton MacAfee '19For the third time in five seasons, the Army West Point hockey team will be part of the opening ceremonies for a new rink. The Black Knights will take on Bentley this weekend for a two-game series in the Falcons' brand-new rink - Bentley Arena. Army and Bentley will face off for the second time in 2018 after meeting back in early January. The Black Knights came away with three points off a Friday night tie and a Saturday night shutout win. The opening ceremonies for the rink will begin Friday night prior to the 7:05 p.m. puck drop. Army has captured 24 points so far this season with nine league wins and six ties. The Black Knights currently sit in sixth place in AHA standings. Michael Wilson leads the squad with 26 points on 17 goals and nine assists. He is the only player in double-digits for goals. He is also first on the roster in power play goals (9) and is tops in game-winning goals with five. Dalton MacAfee leads the team with 17 assists this year and is followed by Dominic Franco (16), Tyler Pham (12) and Wilkinson (12). Read More

Alderman Foundations Founders Visit BS&L
2/14/2018

Alderman Foundations Founders Visit BS&LThe Psychology program of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership (BS&L) welcomed a visit and guest presentation with Steve and Liz Alderman, founders of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation. Dr. and Mrs. Alderman founded the Peter C. Alderman Foundation in the name of their son, who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. They founded this foundation with the goal to help people to rebuild, recover and thrive. The Foundation is a humanitarian and social innovation agency with operations in Africa and Asia, with programs to strengthen mental health and recovery for communities devastated by war and armed conflict. Dr. and Mrs. Alderman presented some of the Foundation's work with war traumatized populations in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia to Psychology program cadets and faculty. This work includes the First Lieutenant Daren M. Hidalgo Program for returned child soldiers in northern Uganda, maternal mental health programs, and psychosocial programs for South Sudan refugees interned in Rhino Camp in northern Uganda.

23rd Annual Holocaust Memorial Museum Visit
2/14/2018

23rd Annual Holocaust Memorial Museum VisitDr. David Frey, Dr. Michael Geheran, CPT Rick Lovering, and COL Jason Musteen of the History Department and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies accompanied 70 plebes to Washington, D.C. on the 23rd annual Beitler Family Foundation Holocaust Memorial Museum Visit. Cadets spent a half-day exploring the nation's capital, followed by a full day of intensive study at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. At the Museum, they were welcomed by Amanda Rooney-Stierli, who coordinates programs for military and government officials. Ms. Rooney-Stierli encouraged the cadets to reflect on how studying the Holocaust brings to light the dynamics that make mass atrocity possible, and think creatively about means of prevention.

With this prompt, cadets explored the Museum's permanent exhibit, which walked them through the rise of National Socialism and the spread of antisemitism, the gradual, step-by-step implementation of repression, and finally, the genocide of Europe's Jewish population and other “undesirables.” In the afternoon, cadets explored the Museum's special exhibits, including the “Syria: Please Don't Forget Us” exhibit, which featured cloths smuggled out of a government prison that record the names – scrawled in blood and rust - of Syrian prisoners. In addition, more than 55,000 photographs of victims and documents of the Assad regime smuggled out of the country are also on display. The day culminated with a presentation and discussion with a Holocaust survivor Alfred Münzer, who shared his moving stories of persecution, loss, and liberation. The Museum and the survivors inspired powerful self-reflection. As one cadet put it, “If there are problems within my control, I must take action. As an officer, I cannot be a bystander.”

Strong First Half Propels Men's Lacrosse Past NJIT
2/14/2018

CDT Matt Manown '20After holding NJIT to just four shots in the first half, the No. 12 Army West Point men's lacrosse team topped its opponent 14-5 at Michie Stadium Tuesday evening. Nate Jones recorded his second straight hat trick, while Sean O'Brien, Conor Glancy, Matt Manown, Ted Glesener and David Symmes all added two goals apiece. John Ragno went 12-for-13 on the faceoff and captured eight groundballs in the effort. Jon LaMonica led the way on defense picking up five ground balls. Army held NJIT scoreless for 30 minutes of the matchup. AJ Barretto was Army's starting goalie and is now 3-0 against the Highlanders. This was the third meeting between Army and NJIT. The Black Knights allowed just five goals which is a low in the series. Today's hat trick by Jones was the fifth of his career and the second of the 2018 season. Read More

Cadets Visit Appollo Global Mgmt Group
2/14/2018

Cadets Visit Appollo Global Mgmt GroupCadets and faculty from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership's (BS&L) Management Program visited Apollo Global Management Group in New York City. At Apollo the cadets were given classes and exposed to Apollo's various lines of business to include private equity, credit markets, and real assets. Additionally, cadets were exposed to Apollo's senior executives who shared their leadership insights and advice. The visit also included a discussion with multiple West Point graduates who currently work at Apollo. Apollo Global Management continues to partner with BS&L and the Management Program through multiple summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) experiences.

Pistol Team Out Shoots Navy
2/14/2018

Pistol Team Out Shoots NavyArmy hosted the Naval Academy Pistol Team for the annual Army-Navy Pistol Match recently. Army won the overall match with a three-event aggregate score of 6343 to Navy's 6162. Army won the first event, Air Pistol, with a four-person team score of 2209 to Navy's 2192. Garrett Plant '19 shot the team high score of 556 out of a possible 600. Army won the second event, Standard Pistol, with a four-person team score of 2108 to Navy's 2019. Quin Cochran '19 shot the match high score of 540 out of a possible 600. The final event, Free Pistol, was fired Sunday morning. Army won the event with a four-person team score of 2026 to Navy's 1951. Caleb Roth '19 shot the match high score of 516 out of a possible 600. Army did not have enough women to field a women's team but Liz Irving '19 shot the match high score of 558 out of a possible 600 in Women's Sport Pistol.

Dr. Nicholas Olijnyk in the PLoS ONE Journal
2/14/2018

Dr. Nicholas Olijnyk in the Peer-Reviewed JournalDr. Nicholas Olijnyk, USMA Library's Liaison to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and lead for digital initiatives, recently published a research article in the peer-reviewed journal, PLoS ONE. The article, titled, "Examination of China's performance and thematic evolution in quantum cryptography research using quantitative and computational techniques," presents an analysis of China's research capabilities in quantum cryptography, a game-changing technology for national security. The analysis was performed by plotting research impact measures and utilizing open source research metadata to map the intellectual structure and dynamics of China's quantum cryptography research efforts over the last 17 years. The findings provide an empirical indication that there has been a major shift in the international quantum cryptography research landscape. China has replaced the United States with respect to quantum cryptography research performance, likely a product of increased investment and international collaboration. For additional details, see the full article at https://doi.org/10.1371/journal. pone.0190646.

Casanova Captures AAA and ECAC Honors
2/14/2018

CDT Cole Casanova '19Cole Casanova of the Army West Point gymnastics team has been named the Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week and Eastern College Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week. Casanova led the field at the All-Academy Championships with a career-high 80.050. The Dallas, Texas, native earned four other career-high marks in the meet in which the Black Knights produced a season-best 399.550. The cow posted a score of 13.0 on rings, and on vault an Army season best score of 14.3. The Black Knights will be back in action on February 24 for senior day.

Persian Forum Meets with Zoroastrian Community
2/14/2018

Persian Forum Meets with with Zoroastrian CommunityThe Persian Forum met with the Zoroastrian community of the greater New York City area and observed their midwinter celebration of Saddeh at NY Zoroastrian Fire Temple in Pomona, NY. The festivities included Zoroastrian prayers recited in an ancient Indo-European language, the lighting of a great bonfire, various speeches in Persian and English on the significance of the occasion, dinner and dancing. Cadets mingled with the members of the community and learned about Zoroastrianism in both Persian and English.

Swimming & Diving Geared for Patriot League Championships
2/14/2018

Following weeks of in the pool, the Army West Point men's and women's swimming and diving teams are ready to get back into the water for the Patriot League Championships.

Sabrina Mortell has swam several solid times this season, including the fourth fastest in the Patriot League in the 1000 free (10:05.15). Fellow Cadet Meaghan McGovern holds the fifth fastest in the event at 10:09.28. Mortell also carries the fifth-fastest 1650 free time at 17:10.99.

Tom Ottman has performed well in the distance events and currently holds the top time in the league in the 1650 free at 15:28.50. He also ranks fourth in the 1000 (9:11.33) and third in the 500 (4:27.26) free.

The meet begins on Wednesday in Annapolis, Md., and will end on Saturday Feb. 17th. Meet Schedule - Video: Patriot League Network - Live Results: NavySports.com - Twitter: ArmyWP_SwimDive.

Cadets Meet with Highland Falls Mayor for Revitalization Project
2/13/2018

Cadets Meet with Highland Falls Mayor for Revitalization Project Two cadet teams from the capstone course Applied Systems Design and Decision Making, from the Department of Systems Engineering began work on their projects this past week: Highland Falls Revitalization. The cadets met with Highland Falls Village Mayor, Joe D'Onofrio, and Chamber of Commerce, Jim Modlin '77 to discuss initial project work and understand key project deliverables. The two projects will focus primarily on economic revitalization, to include:

  • Growth and development
  • New business opportunities
  • Identifying and understanding key stakeholders
  • Infrastructure needs of the Village
  • The relationship between Highland Falls and West Point
Raftery Collects Rookie of the Week Honors from PL
2/13/2018

CDT Megan Raftery '21A two-goal performance in her collegiate debut propelled first-year Megan Raftery of the Army West Point women's lacrosse team to being named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday. Raftery was one of three cadet-athletes with multiple goals in the team's season-opening 12-9 win over Monmouth on Saturday, converting on both of her free position attempts in the game. The Setauket, N.Y., native added a pair of ground balls and a draw control against the Hawks. The Black Knights return to Michie Stadium for their home opener against Hudson Valley rival Marist on Saturday. The opening draw is scheduled for 11 a.m. Read More

Cadets Learn Through "Fields of Despair"
2/13/2018

Cadets Learn Through "Fields of Despair"Cadets in LTC Channing Greene's Section 4 of History of the Military Art from 1900 played out the Battles of the Somme and Verdun in a board game called "Fields of Despair: France, 1914-1918" by GMT Games. The game's designer, Mr. Kurt Keckley, teamed up with LTC Greene to develop a lesson plan which incorporated an abbreviated game scenario into lesson objectives. Mr. Keckley is a teacher at Frontier High School in Bakersfield, California. Cadets also roleplayed historic leadership personalities to learn about the conflicts and tensions in the middle of World War I and the difficulties in overcoming the challenges presented by technology and trenches in 1916. For the cadets, the eye-opening moment came when the attacking player had to cede the initiative to the defending player by letting them roll their combat dice first, replicating the historical reality of the strength of established defenses and wide-open engagement areas

Barretto Voted PL Goalie of the Week
2/13/2018

CDT AJ Barretto '19Following a 10-save performance in the season opener, cow goaltender AJ Barretto of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team was named the Patriot League Goalie of the Week, announced by the league on Monday. Barretto backed the Black Knights in its 18-6 win over UMass on Saturday with 10 saves. He faced 26 shots and now boasts an unblemished 3-0 record against the Minutemen. The Darlington, Md., native picked up on ground ball in the effort, while posting a .625 save percentage and 6.51 goals against average in the win. The Black Knights held UMass to 0-for-3 on extra man opportunities. Read More

History Cadets Tour Philadelphia
2/13/2018

History Cadets Tour PhiladelphiaSixty cadets from History of the United States and Advanced History of the United States travelled with the History Department to our nation's birthplace in Philadelphia. The group visited the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the Second Bank of the United States, Franklin Court, and Christ Church. The day was capped with a reception hosted by the West Point Society of Philadelphia. On Sunday, the cadets and faculty made a quick run up the "Rocky steps" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art before touring the newly-opened Museum of the American Revolution.

Sakata Takes Home First Place Against FAU
2/13/2018

CDT Dean Sakata '18The Army West Point men's golf team saw firstie captain Dean Sakata finish the day's best golfer in a head-to-head with Florida Atlantic here Monday. Sakata notched a score of 70 during the one round, 18-hole competition to finish 1-under par at the beautiful Delray Dunes. The Diamond Bar, Calif., native averaged even on the Par 3's and Par 4's, while playing 1-under on the Par 5's. Despite Sakata's strong performance, the Black Knights ultimately fell to their hosts 293 (+9) - 302 (+18). The teams treated the day like a normal tournament playing five guys, counting only the top four scores. The Cadets selected Sakata, Nick Turner, James McKee, Gunnar Doyle and Justin Williamson as their top group before the start of the day. Doyle shot a 4-over par to finish at 75 and earn Army's second-best finish. The Black Knights' next golfer that had his score count toward the final total was McKee, who fired a 78 (+7). Closing out the Cadets' top four count was Williamson who carded a 79 (+8). Read More

Kosciuszko Squadron Honors LTG Rowny '41
2/13/2018

Kosciuszko Squadron Honor LTG Rowny '41Kosciuszko Squadron Polish Culture Forum Cadets participated in funeral services and wake in Washington, D.C. honoring Distinguished USMA Graduate LTG (R) Edward Rowny '41. General Rowny, was founder of the Squadron and an active sponsor since its re-establishment in 2005. Just last spring the Forum helped him celebrate his 100th birthday, an embodiment of the Polish birthday wish, Sto lat! - “may you live to a hundred!” During his long life, LTG Rowny played a significant role in US military and foreign affairs, as well as in US-Polish relations. A decorated veteran of WWII, Korea and Viet Nam, he advised three presidents during the START and SALT talks with the USSR. The General advocated actively for the celebration of Polish Culture his entire life. Most recently, at his instigation, West Point and the military university in Wroclaw, Poland created a cadet exchange. Following funeral services for the General, cadets walked with the official procession. At the General’s wake, cadets interacted with members of the Polish community, including the Polish Defense Attaché, several USMA graduates and war veterans. At the end of solemnities, fulfilling a request the General made before his death, cadets led the hundred or so guests in singing of the Alma Mater.

Alpine Ski at the 2018 USCSA
2/13/2018

Alpine Ski at the 2018 USCSAThe West Point Alpine Team traveled to Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Pennsylvania to compete in races five and six for the 2018 the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA). Event Day 1 Day one was the Giant Slalom (GS) for snowboard and alpine. The results were: Females (7th Overall), DeAdre Harvey 24th Males (3rd Overall), Sawyer Harkins 2nd, Yale Flanagan 11th, Drew Pieringer 18th, Gavin Felch 26th, Andrew Carter 29th, Luke Argueta 30th, Jack Young 32nd, Male Snowboard GS (5th Overall), and Walter Wecker 5th. Event Day 2 Day two was the Slalom (SL) and freestyle. The results were: Female (8th Overall), DeAdre Harvey 15th Males (4th Overall), Sawyer Harkins 2nd, Yale Flanagan 7th, Gavin Felch 18th, and Luke Argueta 19th.

Morrison Selected Finalist for Senior CLASS Award
2/12/2018

CDT Luke Morrison '18Army West Point men's basketball firstie captain Luke Morrison was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The finalists, who excel both on and off the court, were chosen by national media from the list of 30 candidates. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through March 19. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award recipient will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four. Morrison has started every game this season for the Black Knights and is chipping 8.0 points per game. He sits second on the team in made 3-pointers with 49, and is averaging 3.3 rebounds per outing. Read More

Annual Cadet Club Trip to the Met
2/12/2018

CFAF Clubs Team Up for Annual Trip to NYCCadets in the Elsie Sannes-Pinnell Art Appreciation Forum and the Studio Arts Forum traveled to New York City for the clubs' annual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With over two million works, the Met is one of the world's largest art galleries and the largest art museum in the United States. Cadets studied sculptures from Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia; Islamic art; medieval illuminated manuscripts; modern and contemporary works; musical instruments; and an entire wing devoted to arms and armor from around the world. The highlight of this year's trip, though, was a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of Michelangelo's works, which included dozens of his drawings and three of his marble sculptures.

Wrestling Battles Back to Defeat Bucknell, 22-19
2/12/2018

Wrestling Battles Back to Defeat Bucknell, 22-19The Army West Point wrestling team erased a 13-point deficit to complete the come-from-behind victory in thrilling fashion over Bucknell on Sunday afternoon, 22-19. The Black Knights halted their six-match losing skid to improve to 2-6 on the season, while the Bison dropped to 3-13 on the year. After a back-and-forth battle through the first two rounds of the lightweight bout, Mike Macklin caught Trey Chalifoux out of position and collected six points on a pin for the home squad. Rookie Lane Peters cut that deficit in half with a 6-3 decision over David Campbell, but two bonus point wins at 141 and 149 pounds lifted Bucknell to a 16-3 edge through the first four matches. The tides turned from there, however, as Lucas Weiland put Army back in the fight in a big way with a 9-0 major decision over Christian Basolino for his first-career dual victory. The yearling 157-pounder's win cut the deficit to 16-7, allowing a 16-0 technical fall by firstie co-captain Andrew Mendel and a 10-3 decision by the 27th-ranked 174-pound wrestler in the nation, Ben Harvey, to bring the visitors within one at 16-15. Read More

Semester Abroad in Amman Jordan
2/12/2018

Semester Abroad in Amman JordanCadets studying in Jordan had a busy first few weeks, settling in and getting the lay of the land. AMIDEAST provided the cadets with a tour of the city Amman learning about its geography and the city's rich culture and history. One of the highlights was the Citadel in Jabal Amman, where cadets visited the ancient Roman ruins. This first tour was politically and culturally rewarding, as cadets experienced the city from the perspective of a local tour guide and see the layers of civilizations that previously occupied the area of modern-day Jordan.

Women's Tennis Tops Stony Brook at Home
2/12/2018

CDT Hannah Boubel '21The Army West Point women's tennis team extended its winning streak to four matches with a 6-1 victory over Stony Brook on Saturday at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights improved to 4-3 on the season, while the Seawolves dropped to 0-1. Army jumped to 13-4 in the all-time series with Stony Brook. The Black Knights snapped a two-game losing skid against the Seawolves. Army won all three doubles matches for the first time this season. Elizabeth Tsvetkov def. Ana Joyner, 6-2, 6-4. Melanie Allen def. Ester Chikvashvili, 6-1, 6-3. Genevieve McCormick def. Maria Pinto Ribeiro, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Kirby Einck def. Ana Carrion, 6-0, 6-1. Hannah Boubel def. Nolwenn Cardoso, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Sasha Inchauste def. Amanda Foo, 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-0. Ana Joyner/Melanie Allen def. Elizabeth Tsvetkov/Maria Pinto Ribeiro, 6-0. Genevieve McCormick/Danna Funaro def. Ester Chikvashvili/Nolween Cardoso, 6-1. Kirby Einck/Gloria Son def. Ana Carrion/Amanda Foo, 6-3. The Black Knights return to the court on Saturday when they welcome UMass, St. Bonaventure and Vassar. Read More

RMC Cadets Visit West Point
2/12/2018

RMC Cadets Visit West PointThe Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering hosted approximately 100 cadets from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). As part of a broader tour of the Academy, the RMC cadets were escorted through the Bartlett Hall Science Center and saw many of the facilities to include laboratories, the subcritical assembly and the particle accelerator.

Gymnastics Posts Season-High Score at All-Academies
2/12/2018

Gymnastics Posts Season-High Score at All-AcademiesThe Army West Point gymnastics team posted a season-high 399.550 in its third-place showing at the All-Academy Championships Saturday. Nick McAfee and Nathan Goff championed events in the effort, while Cole Casanova won the All-Around. The 399.550 team mark ranks second on Army's top performance list. McAfee won on the parallel bars with a 13.300. Goff tied for first on high bar after turning in a season-high 14.100. Casanova excelled in the All-Around with a first-place and career-high 80.050 score. The Black Knights produced season-high marks on floor exercise (67.750), pommel horse (66.800), still rings (66.350) and vault (69.800). Army's 69.800 ono vault was a program record. The floor, pommel horse and vault marks were the second-best in program history under the new scoring format. Seth Cannon led the Black Knights on floor with a season best 14.000. He was followed by Ellioitt Herman (13.750) and Cole Casanova (13.500). McAfee had a career-high 13.350. Goff posted a 13.800 on pommel horse for a season-high, while Brandon Shively and Matthew Martin also turned in their best scores of the year at 13.500 and 13.400 respectively. On still rings Herman was first for Army with another season-high 13.700. Taka Giese and McAfee both produced 13.300 scores which were also season-highs. Casanova's 14.300 on vault was the team's best mark on the apparatus all year. Read More

Studio Arts Forum Art Appreciation Trip to the Met
2/12/2018

Studio Arts Forum Study at the MetTen cadets from Studio Arts and the Elsie Sannes-Pinnell Art Appreciation Forum traveled to New York City to tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cadets studied sculptures from Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia; Islamic art; medieval illuminated manuscripts; musical instruments; arms and armor from around the world; and modern and contemporary works. The highlight of the trip was a special exhibition on Michelangelo's work, which included dozens of his drawings and three of his marble sculptures.

Men's Lacrosse Cruises to Win Over UMass
2/12/2018

CDT David Symmes '18The 16th-ranked Army West Point men's lacrosse started the season off on a great note, defeating UMass, 18-6, on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium. Army (1-0) was lead by David Symmes, Conor Glancy, Ted Glesener and Nate Jones. All four of them recorded hat tricks, while Symmes was the game's highest scorer with four points. Goalie AJ Barretto made nine saves in his 2018 debut. Noak Rak was UMass' best player on the field with two goals and he won 12-of-19 faceoffs. Army and Massachusetts kicked off the lacrosse season for the eighth straight season. This was the 27th all-time meeting between the Black Knights and Minutemen. Army has cut the all-time series to 14-13 in favor of the Minutemen. The 18 goals were the most in the series for the Black Knights. The Black Knights have won four in a row versus UMass for the first time in the series. The 18 goals scored were the most in a season opener since 1993 when Army beat Cornell 18-5. Read More

Cadets Attend National Prayer Vigil
2/12/2018

Catholic Chapel Attends National Prayer VigilCadet in Charge (CIC) Evan Delvaux led cadets of the West Point Catholic Chapel to the Opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life in Washington D.C. and toured the National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. Cardinal Dolan the Archbishop of New York celebrated the annual Mass for Life at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. The cadets also got a tour of the Archdiocese of Military Services (AMS) offices at the Cardinal O'Brien Pastoral center and celebrated Mass with Timothy P. Broglio, the Archbishop for the Military Services. This trip-section gave all cadets the opportunity to reflect on two principles that are fundamental to the military profession: the intrinsic value of all human beings and the defense of human life.

Women's Lacrosse Fights for Season-Opening Road Win
2/12/2018

Women's Lacrosse Fights for Season-Opening Road WinThe Army West Point women's lacrosse team battled to a 12-9 season-opening victory on the road Saturday afternoon at Monmouth's Kessler Stadium. After allowing the first goal of the contest, Army netted four-straight goals to go up 4-1 with 15:50 remaining in the first half. That run was fueled by a pair of tallies by Amy Johnston, separated by just 44 seconds. Rachel Hornick assisted the firstie co-captain on both tallies. After trading free position goals, the home side scored two goals in the final 2:40 of the opening period to cut Army's lead to 5-4 at the break. Army won the opening draw of the second half and picked up the offensive ground ball, a turnover led to the game-tying goal for the Hawks. Army countered with a go-ahead, man-up goal at the 27:10 remaining in the game. That edge would stand for the rest of the game as the Black Knights did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the contest. Monmouth worked the score to 7-6 before a 4-1 scoring streak from the Cadets put the game out of reach. Read More

Hockey Special Teams Shine in Victory over Canisius
2/12/2018

CDT Michael Wilson '20Army's special teams shined in its 3-2 win over top-ranked Canisius on Saturday. The Black Knights took an early 2-0 lead and never trailed the Golden Griffins. The Black Knights gained two points with the win over Canisius who leads Atlantic Hockey. The Cadets now boast 24 points and now ranks fifth in league standings. Michael Wilson scored two power play goals for Army. It was the yearling's third multi-goal game this season, and the second in which he has netted two power play goals for Army in one game. Wilson now has 17 goals on the season with nine coming on the man-advantage. After tonight's game, he will rank atop Atlantic Hockey players with 0.31 per game. Wilson leads Army with 26 points. Trevor Fidler joined in on the special teams scoring with the first shorthanded goal of his career. The goal marked Fidler's fifth of the season and 19th in his three years in an Army sweater. Cole Bruns finished the game with 17 saves. Army outshot Canisius 30-19. It is just the first time this season that Army has topped an opponent when outshooting them. The Black Knights were 2-for-5 on the power play, while holding the Griffs to 0-for-4 on theirs. Army improves to 10-3-3 when scoring first and 7-6-2 on Saturdays. Read More

CDT Weierbach-Chainey Receives the 2018 Flipper Award
2/9/2018

CDT Weierbach-Chainey Receives the 2018 Flipper AwardIn 1877, Henry Ossian Flipper became the first African American to graduate from USMA. Despite being ostracized from the entire Corps of Cadets, Flipper persevered and since 1977, the academy has honored him with the annual Flipper Dinner.

Each year, the Flipper Award is given to a graduating cadet who demonstrates the highest qualities of leadership, self-discipline and perseverance in the face of unusual difficulties. This year's recipient is Cadet Luis Weierbach-Chainey who has wrestled with homelessness among other hardships throughout his life to get to where he is today.

Retired Major General Roger R. Blunt ‘56 was the guest speaker for the night.

Photo: courtesy of Michael Lopez

Director of Cyber Visits the W2KGY Ground Station
2/9/2018

Director of Cyber Visits the W2KGY Ground StationMG Patricia Frost, Director of Cyber, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 visited the W2KGY Ground Station to learn how the station and the Cadet Amateur Radio Club conducts activities to broaden cadets' understanding of HF radio communications. The Cadet-in-Charge, Cadet Jonathan Morton '18 – KE8EBT along with Cadet Logan Leahy '18 – KD2MWT and Cadet Connor Eckert '18 discussed with MG Frost how earning their amateur radio license and participating in military communications exercises on HF have provided them with critical skills they can carry with them to the Army upon commissioning. Club OIC CPT(P) Matthew Sherburne – KF4WZB and LTC Stephen Hamilton – KJ5HY briefed the history of the station's establishment and continued improvement. MG Frost indicated that HF radio education and usage will be important for the Army when encountering cyber contested and denied environments.

On Point: Blessed To Play
2/9/2018

CDT Jess Lewis '19You've suffered a season-ending injury. For Army women's basketball guard Jess Lewis, that nightmare became a reality in January 2017.

Now, just over a year after her second major knee injury during her collegiate career, Lewis has returned to the starting lineup. Lewis' journey back to the hardwood has had its ups and downs, but throughout she has been resilient and realizes she's blessed to play the game she loves once again.

Active Flow Control Capstone Presents at SciTech
2/9/2018

Active Flow Control Capstone Presents at SciTechCPT(P) Tim Ashcraft from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) presented at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Science and Technology Forum in Orlando, Fl. The paper presented, entitled "Delaying Separation through Sweeping Jet Flow Control," was the culmination of the Active Flow Control (AFC) Capstone Team's year-long senior mechanical engineering design project. The team consisted of cadets Maximiliano Salinas, Marvin Lewis, Brandon Werling, and Jameson Wojewodka, with advisement from LTC Seth Norberg (CME) and CPT(P) Tim Ashcraft (CME), sponsored by Dr. David Schatzman and Mr. Jacob Wilson at the US Army Aviation Development Directorate at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. The team successfully demonstrated the ability to control separation (and effectively reduce drag) with their design through a week-long test in the 7x10 foot wind tunnel at NASA Ames. As a result of this success, future testing is being conducted by this year's AFC team on the UH-60 Extended Stores Support System in an effort to reduce drag on Army Aviation platforms.

Fencing Annual Home Invitational
2/9/2018

Fencing Annual Home InvitationalThe Army West Point Fencing Team hosted their annual home invitational in Arvin Gym and came out with winning records for both the Women's and Men's Teams – posting a win-loss of 4-1 for the women and 3-2 for the men. The annual event hosts varsity-only teams from all over the USA, and this season the team was honored to have Cal Tech fly out from California just to compete in the event at West Point. The women defeated Cal Tech (24-3), Lafayette College (20-7), City College of NY (22-5) and Hunter College (24-3) while dropping only one loss to NCAA Division III nationally ranked Stevens Institute of Technology (5-22). All Three Weapon Squads for the Women – Sabre, Epee, Foil – all went 4-1 in win-loss and squad ranking. Top Women Competitors from Army included: Cadets Helen Schroeder in Sabre at 12-3; Amy Yang in Epee finishing 13-2, with team mate Claire Sirna at 9-4; In Foil Claudia Sun finished First Place undefeated at 14-1 (the loss was a dual defeat for both), with team mate Rachel Pennington coming in at 11-4, and Mia Melgoza 9-6. The men also defeated Cal Tech, by a score of 17-10, while also defeating Conference Rivals Lafayette College (14-13) and Hunter College (25-2). The Top-Ranking Weapon Squad for the Men was in the weapon of Epee with 3 Wins and 2 Losses. The Men's Team had several strong finishers from cadets Chris Papa and Noah Kambili, both at 9-6 and also both in the weapon of sabre; Vaughn Johnson and Mike Matthews in Epee (7-7 and 8-7 respectively).

Cadets Place 2nd & 3rd in Society Design Competition
2/9/2018

Cadets Place 2nd & 3rd in Society Design CompetitionCadets Jacob Thompson, Greg Zogby, Brian Savidge, Hanna White, and Kalen Khan competed in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-sponsored Engineering Innovation for Society design competition. This competition required randomly-assigned teams of undergraduate engineering students to design and prototype a solution for a client problem described by the Center for Disability Services for Albany, NY. A unique design challenge was randomly assigned to each team. Cadet Greg Zogby's team won second place for their input isolating chair design while Cadet Kalen Khan's team won third place for their inflatable wheelchair-bed system concept. Participants were selected to compete via an application process, coming from multiple northeast colleges and universities to include MIT, UPenn, Yale among others. All cadet competitors completed the new Introduction to Mechanical Engineering course in the fall semester and reported being well prepared for the design challenge as a result.

Crew Wins Indoor Rowing Competition at RMC
2/9/2018

Crew Wins Indoor Rowing Competition at RMCThursday morning, the Army Crew Team drove up to Kingston, Canada to compete in their annual indoor rowing competition against the Royal Military College. Each year, the teams switch off hosting the competition as well as an exchange in which members of the visiting school shadow a host cadet for the day. This year, the team sent members to compete in six events: Novice Men, Coxswains, Varsity Women, Varsity Men (2 heats), and a mixed relay. While RMC narrowed the margin to less than three minutes, the Army Crew team once again won the competition with the fastest times overall.

Cadets Visit UN High Commissioner for Refugees
2/9/2018

Cadets Visit UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCadets enrolled in Senior Seminar and Topics in Ethics travelled to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for a briefing and to tour the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. At the UN, cadets met with Firas Kayal, UNHCR Senior Policy Advisor, and Grainne O'Hara, UNHCR Deputy Director, to learn about the Refugee Crisis that caught the Western world's attention in 2015 and continues to unfold. Mr. Kayal and Ms. O'Hara discussed the enormity of the problem and some misconceptions about it. Cadets travelled to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum for a tour that brought to life the immigrant history of New York City and the United States.

Baseball Slated Fifth in Preseason Poll
2/9/2018

Army Baseball 2018The Patriot League announced Thursday that the Army West Point baseball team was projected fifth in the 2018 preseason poll. Bucknell was tabbed first with six-first place votes and 43 overall points. Navy came in second with four first-place nods and 38 points. The reigning conference champions, Holy Cross, took the third spot with two first-place votes and 29 points. Lehigh (27 points), Army (25 points) and Lafayette (18 points) closed out the poll in the fourth, fifth and six positions, respectively. The Black Knights also saw firstie Jon Rosoff voted to the Preseason All-Patriot League team. Last year, he led the team with 19 multi-hit games, including a career-best 5-for-6 performance at Bucknell on April 9, where he accounted for three runs and two RBI. Rosoff, a 2017 All-Patriot League First Team honoree, was one of just two players to have started in all 56 games for the Black Knights a season ago. He led the team in numerous categories, including a .362 batting average, which was tops of the Patriot League. Read More

Women's Handball Competes in San Francisco
2/9/2018

Women's Handball Competes in San FranciscoThe Army-West Point Women’s Team Handball traveled to San Francisco California to compete against teams from around the country and Canada. The Army-West Point Black team beat the Vancouver team, and overall took 5th in the tournament. The entire team played well over the weekend, with Army Black players KiAnna Duncan and Morgan Morris leading in goals.

Athletic Director's Update
2/9/2018

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Athletic Director's Update

NYPD Trains Law Enforcement Tactics Club
2/8/2018

NYPD Trains Law Enforcement Tactics ClubThe NYPD’s Disorder Control Unit (DSU) and Strategic Response Group (SRG) hosted a training event for 22 Law Enforcement Tactics Club (LETC) members and newly branched Military Police (MP) firsties at their training center in the Bronx. Cadets received instruction and went through rifle drills leading up to scenario-based training using simunition rounds. Upon completion of training, the NYPD trainers allowed the cadets to create scenarios and had their officers run through them. The cadets were motivated and many expressed that this was the best trip section they had been on. Captain Miller and his crew from the NYPD went above and beyond what was expected, providing world-class training and an experience the cadets will never forget.

Women's T&F Earns Patriot League Honors
2/8/2018

CDTs Calli McMullen '20 and Bonvie Fosam '21The Army West Point women's track and field team has earned two Patriot League Athlete of the Week honors. Yearling Calli McMullen earned the female track athlete of the week for her League-leading finishes in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes, while plebe Bonvie Fosam was selected as the female field athlete of the week, after posting the best triple jump in the Patriot League this season. These honors come after an incredible performance by the team at the annual Army-Navy Star Series meet on Saturday, Feb.3, where the Cadets defeated the Midshipmen, 94.5-86.5. Competing at the Army-Navy Star Meet, McMullen won the 60-meter dash with personal-best and an ECAC qualifying time of 7.59 seconds. She also won the 200-meter dash with another ECAC qualifying time of 24.68 seconds. She leads the Patriot League in both events this season. This marks McMullen's second M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week honor this season. Read More

Nordic Ski at the Clarkson Carnival Nordic Races
2/8/2018

Nordic Ski at the Clarkson Carnival Nordic RacesNine members of the Army West Point Nordic Ski Team participated in the Clarkson Carnival Nordic Races at the Olympic Sports Complex Cross-Country & Biathlon Center in Lake Placid NY. The event, part of the ECSC (Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference) season, was scheduled to include two days of Nordic racing: Saturday's races were 15K Mass Start Skiathlon competitions (2 laps classic, 2 laps skate), and Sunday's race would be a Mass Start Skate Sprint Relay. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate, and due to rain Saturday night, the snow on the course melted, so Sunday's race was cancelled. Peter Elmlinger '19 secured the highest finish for the team in the men's race on Saturday, completing the 15k in 1:47:35. Finishing close behind were his 4 teammates Tyler Stansbury '19 (2:00:09); Lucas Purdy '21 (2:13:27); Matthew Hopwood '20 (2:52:24; and John Erskine '20 (2: 52:40). These times gave Army finishes at 51st, 53rd, 54th, 55th, and 56th places respectively. In the women's race, Dorothy Dennis '20 was Army's standout finisher, with a time of 2:19:46 for the 15k distance. Following Dennis were Kathryn Hilbert '20 (2:48:00) and Birgit-ta Anderson '19 (2:52:00). Tina Le '19 did not complete the race due to a fall, but was not injured. This was the first event of the season for the team consisting of many novice skiers. They showed grit and determination, and look to build on this performance.

Cadets Visit Site Survey of Sichuan Earthquake
2/8/2018

Cadets Visit Site Survey of Sichuan EarthquakeCPT Daniel led a section of four firsties and one yearling on a site survey of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake site. Cadets interacted with locals and surveyed the ground to develop situational awareness of how the People's Liberation Army (PLA) responded in a disaster management/humanitarian assistance role, information that will be useful in their capstone project. Cadets also had the opportunity to engage in cultural and linguistic immersion.

Surdick, Symmes Men's Lacrosse Preseason All-American
2/8/2018

CDTs Johnny Surdick '19 and David Symmes '18Johnny Surdick and David Symmes of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team have been recognized as Inside Lacrosse Preseason DI Media All-Americans. Surdick was voted to the second team, while Symmes was given an Honorable Mention nod. Surdick, a cow defender, earns the honor after being named the Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Last season, the Odenton, Md., native led the Black Knights with 1.93 caused turnovers per game to rank him 16th nationally. Symmes, a midfielder from Fairfax Station, Va., will be back for his firstie season after leading the Black Knights with three game-winning goals. He was second on the team in points with 35 on 25 goals and 10 assists. The Black Knights kick off their season with a three-game home stand at Michie Stadium. Tickets are now available for the upcoming season and can be purchased through the Army Ticket Office.

Pipes and Drums at RMC
2/8/2018

Pipes and Drums at RMC West Point Pipes & Drums and Celtic Dancers traveled to the Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston, Canada to conduct a joint workshop and performance. Both bands and dance troupes performed between the intermissions at the annual hockey game in Tate Rink between both schools. The performance was excellent and a great joy for the crowd at the game.

Women's Basketball Tops Lafayette in Home League Contest
2/8/2018

CDT Margaret Anne Hubbell '18The Army West Point women's basketball team defeated Lafayette 48-39 in a Patriot League tilt on Wednesday night at Christl Arena. Madison Hovren and Janae McNeal both extended their double-digit scoring streaks to four games in the win over the Leopards (8-14, 4-8 Patriot League). Hovren posted a game-high 15 points to go with a game-high 16 rebounds and two steals, while McNeal added 11 in the scoring column and a pair of steals. Margaret Anne Hubbell started her second career game for Army (12-11, 5-7 Patriot League) and chipped in with seven points and 10 rebounds. Read More

International Cadet Reunion
2/8/2018

International Cadet Reunion Officers from Taiwan came to West Point to support one of their International cadets and enjoy a dinner with the cadet's sponsor family, LTC(s) Ray and Mindy Kimball. At dinner, Major Ching '08 (now serving in DC for the Taiwan Army) reminisced about classes and remembered that he had LTC Mindy Kimball as his "Dirt P" for EV203. LTC Kimball checked some old files and found a wonderful photo of CDT Ching's whole section, which happened to be her first semester as a cow rotator at West Point. It was a delightful coincidence that the Kimball family now sponsors a cadet from Taiwan, and the heart-felt appreciation was even more meaningful with the "Dirt" memories. Now Major Ching, and now LTC Kimball took a photo together for old time's sake as they enjoyed a meal in Highland Falls. It just so happens that the EV203 photo occurred the morning after a large boulder destroyed the stairs behind the "lost 50s" barracks.

Poirier, Swafford Softball Preseason All-League
2/8/2018

CDTs Renee Poirier '19 and Lacey Swafford '20Cow Renee Poirier and yearling Lacey Swafford of the Army West Point softball team earned Preseason All-Patriot League honors, while the Black Knights were picked to finish third on Wednesday afternoon. For Poirier, this is her second preseason all-league honor after receiving the recognition last year, while Swafford picks up her first preseason accolade. "It's great to see our team represented by Lacey and Renee on the league level," head coach Michelle DePolo said. "Both of them have proven to be among the top in the Patriot League so it's humbling to have them recognized." Poirier posted a team-best 2.19 earned run average a season ago in 150.1 innings of work. That ERA was the third-lowest in the Patriot League among pitchers who made more than 30 appearances on the season. In 32 appearances, she tallied 14 wins and 15 complete games with four shutouts. She fanned 78 batters and totaled five saves during her time in the circle. Her standout season led her to being named NFCA Third Team All-Region. Read More

McNeal Named Patriot League Player of the Week
2/6/2018

CDT Janae McNeal '18Firstie Janae McNeal of the Army West Point women's basketball team was tabbed the Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday afternoon. McNeal received her first career weekly honor after shining against American, the Patriot League's top team, scoring a career and game-high 28 points on 11-of-21 (52%) shooting. The 28 points was the most scored by a Cadet in a game since Feb. 4, 2017 and was the second 20-point performance in her career. The firstie guard also corralled a season-best nine rebounds and dished out six assists. The Spotsylvania, Va., native has reached double-figure scoring in each of her previous three outings, while shooting the ball at a 48-percent clip. On the season, she is averaging 8.1 points, 4.3 boards and a team-best 2.9 assists per contest. McNeal and the Black Knights return to the court on Wednesday night when they welcome Lafayette to Christl Arena for a 7 p.m. league tilt. Read More

Black and Gold Leadership Forum Hosts Tom Shull '73
2/6/2018

Black and Gold Leadership Forum Hosts Tom Shull '73Firsties and faculty from West Point's Black and Gold Leadership Forum hosted Mr. Tom Shull '73, the CEO and Director of the Army & Air Force Exchange and former Behavioral Sciences and Leadership (BS&L) instructor. With over $8 Billion in sales AAFES is presently the 53rd largest retailer in the United States. As the first civilian to serve as AAFES CEO Mr. Shull has been instrumental in improving AAFES profitability and operations. Additionally, Mr. Shull has focused extensively on the hiring of wounded warriors and military spouses – all lessons he shared with cadets.

Army Pistol Team Defeats the Citadel
2/6/2018

Pistol Team Defeats the CitadelThe Pistol Team defeated The Citadel in an intercollegiate pistol match by a three-event aggregate score of 6290 to 6257. Army won the Air Pistol event with a 4-person team score of 2204 to The Citadel's 2187. Firstie Liz Irving had the team high score of 557 out of a possible 600. Army also won the Free Pistol Event with a 4-person team score of 2004 to The Citadel's 1965, cow Caleb Roth had the team high score of 513. The Citadel won the Standard Pistol event with a score of 2105 to Army's 2082. The Army women defeated The Citadel with a 2 event Team score of 1713 to The Citadel's 1556. Liz Irving had the match high score of 370 out of a possible 400 in Women's Air Pistol and 561 out of a possible 600 in Sport Pistol.

Moroccan Semester Abroad Begins
2/6/2018

Moroccan Semester Abroad BeginsCadets in Rabat, Morocco began their immersion experience by meeting their Moroccan host families, whose generosity in opening their homes greatly enriches cadets' cultural learning while studying abroad. The cadets attended orientation week at AMIDEAST and began to explore the city of Rabat. They also enjoyed their first traditional couscous lunch with their host families. AMIDEAST provided the cadets with a tour of Rabat's significant sites, guided by Professor Rashid Tutu. This experience helped the cadets gain a sense of the city's rich cultural past as well as its rich and diverse present. Morocco is a highly complex society, influenced by a colonial past as well as enormous geographic and anthropological diversity. Its methods for melding many differing lifestyles and cultures together will be fascinating to observe over the coming semester.

Ski and Snowboard at the Atlantic Highlands Division
2/6/2018

Ski and Snowboard at the Atlantic Highlands DivThe Army West Point Ski and Snowboard Team had a strong showing at the National Winter Activity Center in Vernon Township, NJ to compete against nine other teams in the Atlantic Highlands division of the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snow-board Association. Taking part in the giant slalom and boarder cross, men's team finished third and the women's team placed sixth. The team's top finisher on January 20th was CDT Sawyer Harkins '18, who placed third in the grand slalom in a field of fifty-one other skiers. Prior to this, the team traveled to Mountain Creek in New Jersey to compete in the slalom race, where the men's alpine team took the top place in a field of nine teams. This first-place team was finished was capped by an individual first place finish in the slalom race by CDT Yale Flanagan '20 and a fourth-place finish from CDT Harkins. The women's team also did well, placing fourth of eight, led by CDT Catherine Hall '19, who placed ninth of twenty-eight.

Men's Boxing Golden Gloves Competition
2/6/2018

Men's Boxing Golden Gloves CompetitionThe Men’s Boxing Team competed in the championship round of the Western New England Golden Gloves (GG) Competition against amateur boxers within the New England area. Boxers Calvin Hart ’21, Luca Botis ’20, and Spencer Welton ‘18 skillfully defeated their opponents and won their championship fights.

Cadets Hart and Luigi Galzerano ’21 competed for the 125lbs GG belt from opposite ends of the bracket to display Army dominance. They exemplified grit, composure, and tenacity while boxing a fellow teammate. Welton defeated his opponent from Moscow, Russia for the GG Heavyweight Title in the Novice Bracket. His match also won "Fight of the Night" trophy. Botis defeated his opponent for the 155lbs Championship in the Open Division.

Rifle Defeats Navy for Ninth Consecutive Year
2/5/2018

Army Rifle 2018The Army West Point rifle team defeated Navy at the annual Army-Navy Star Meet in Annapolis this Saturday. This was rifle's ninth consecutive year over the Midshipmen. This match used a unique scoring format in which eight shooters are listed as starters with the top-five scores counting for the final results. The setup is used to test the depth of the rival service academy programs. For NCAA-scoring purposes five-up, four-count scores were kept as well. Army won both with the academy score at 5832-5813, and the final NCAA score at 4671-4653. Aggregate (4671) Payne Nunn lead overall as an individual with an aggregate score of 1173. He was followed by Nathan Brewer who scored 1168, and Clayton Hanson with 1166. Kaitlyn Kutz scored 1163 and Matt Lovre finished with 1159. Smallbore (2317) Hanson scored 581 in smallbore with Nunn one point behind with 580 points. Brewer followed with a score of 579 and Kaitlyn Kutz shot 577 in this discipline. Lovre closed out the scoring squad, shooting 576 for the day. Read More

Aviation Observes the 160th SOAR Airborne
2/5/2018

Aviation Observes the 160th SOAR AirborneThe USMA Aviation Club sent a contingent of cadets to Ft. Campbell to observe and learn about the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). Cadets were greeted and briefed on the mission and activities of 160 SOAR(A) by the Regimental Commander, COL Phil Ryan '92, and had an opportunity to ask questions of him and his senior staff. Cadets then had the chance to visit the Regiment’s state of the art facilities, to include their ultra-realistic helicopter simulators (not operational due to the weather) and see their Dunker water survival lab. After a lunch that included mentoring from officers serving in several branches of the Army, Cadets were treated to a helicopter ride in an MH-60 Blackhawk or MH-6 Little Bird. Cadets on this trip had a tremendous opportunity to learn about possible careers in the Army special operations community, and the trip was well received by both cadet participants and the hosts at Task Force 160.

Hockey Powers Past Niagara 6-2
2/5/2018

CDT John Laurito '21Fueled by four-point performances by John Laurito and Conor Andrle, the Army West Point hockey team powered past Niagara, 6-2, Friday night. It was a career-high night for the duo. Army jumps up to sixth place in Atlantic Hockey standings with the two points earned tonight. It was the first time this season that the Black Knights pulled out the victory after their opponent scored the first goal. The six goals tonight mark the most goals Army has scored this season. It was also a season-high in points with 16. The Black Knights are now 10-5-2 when being outshot by opponents. Army is 1-0-0 in February and 4-5-3 on Fridays. The Cadets donned their alternate gold jerseys and have yet to suffer a loss when wearing them. Army is 1-0-1 in the gold. Laurito led all scorers with two goals and two assists. Andrle added a goal and three assists for a career-high four points. Read More

Women's Tennis Outlasts Seton Hall, 4-3
2/5/2018

CDT Sasha Inchauste '21The Army West Point women's tennis team picked up its first two wins of the season, taking down Binghamton, 4-1, and Sacred Heart, 4-0, on Friday at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center.

They completed their weekend sweep by outlasting Seton Hall 4-3 Saturday morning at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights evened their record to 3-3, while the Pirates dropped 1-2. Army improved to 14-9 all-time versus Seton Hall. The Black Knights have won 8 of the last 9 meetings between the two squads. Rookie Sasha Inchauste's in in the sixth flight made her the only cadet-athlete to win multiple singles matches on the weekend. The doubles team of Melanie Allen and Ana Joyner won all three of their matches in the No. 1 doubles position for the Black Knights. They are now 10-7 on the year. Read More

Men's Basketball Eases Back into Win Column
2/5/2018

CDT Babacar Thiombane '21The Army West Point men's basketball team took down American here Saturday afternoon, 82-70, to end a three-game slide. The Black Knights are now 13-10 overall and 6-6 in Patriot League play. Both of those marks match Army's win total from a year ago. The Cadets finished with five players in double digits for the second-straight outing, and the fourth time overall. Leading the way was yearling Matt Wilson, who posted 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Luke Morrison chipped in 12 points, all of which came from behind-the-arc. Tommy Funk and Alex King added 11 points each, while Lonnie Grayson notched a career best with 10 points in the contest. The rookie went 3-of-5 from the floor, 2-of-3 from downtown and a perfect 2-of-2 at the charity stripe. King and Jacob Kessler led the Cadets on the boards with six rebounds, while Jordan Fox dished out a team-best six assists. Tucker Blackwell also had a solid game for Army, compiling eight points, four rebounds (matched career high) and five assists (career high). Read More

Theatre Arts Guild on Broadway
2/5/2018

Theatre Arts Guild on BroadwayThe cadets broadened their understanding of the many skill sets and talents it takes to run Broadway. Cadets attended workshops on auditions, vocal coaching, script writing, theatre blogging, and even one on how pets are trained to perform in live theatre productions. Cadets engaged with the cast of The Band's Visit, and some of the discussion touched cadets about culturally accurate representations and challenges faced by minority actors. The Band's Visit was described as "What it feels like to sit inside a poem." Cadets also participated in dance-along and sing-along events on the main stage. During the "Battle of Yorktown" song from Hamilton, the BroadwayCon twitter account re-tweeted a photo and re-marked that they wouldn't want to get in a dance-off with cadets.

Women's T&F Win Star Meet Four Years in a Row
2/5/2018

CDT Samantha Coletti '20The Army West Point women's track and field team has won the indoor star meet over Navy for the fourth year in a row. This is the first time since a 9-0 streak from 1987-1995, that Army has won the indoor meet four times in a row, making this the team's best performance in the past 23 years. The final score was Army 94.5, Navy 86.5. At this meet Samantha Coletti broke a school record in the 1000m clocking in at 2:51.07. This broke the previous record set last year of 2:52.97, by Abby Halbrook at this same meet. Lynne Mooradian finished first in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.73 seconds, matching the school record time in this event.Abby Halbrook won the mile event with a time of 5:03.24. She was followed by Kate Sanborn (5:07.44) in third and Andrea Karlen (5:07.56 in fourth. Lynne Mooradian finished first in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.73 seconds, matching the school record time in this event. This time also broke the previous meet record. Sarah Donaldson was close behind in third with a time of 9.11. Army took third and fourth in the 400m dash. Asia Chen finished fourth with a time of 59.93, and Emma Record finished fourth with a time of 1:00.8. Haley Watson finished second in the 500 meters with a time of 1:16.20 and Isabel Olds took fourth with a time of 1:22.03. In the 60-meter dash, Calli McMullen finished first with a time of 7.59. This time was a personal record for the yearling and tied the meet record. Read More

Alpine Ski Team at the US Collegiate Race
2/5/2018

Alpine Ski at the US Collegiate RaceThe United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) hosted their first race of the season at Camelback Mountain in Tannersville, PA. The USMA Alpine Ski Team took 14 competitors to the event. The team had a good showing in all discipline despite the harsh conditions present over the weekend. The weather on Friday was 60 degrees and raining, followed by 20 degrees on Saturday, which resulted in icy conditions and the cancellation of the Slopestyle competition. The men finished 3rd & 2nd in Giant Slalom and Slalom respectively. Leading the way in GS was Sawyer Harkins ’18, with a 3rd place finish and a run of 35.61. Yale Flanagan ’20, finished 5th in Slalom with a combined time of 1:13.81. On the women’s side Blaise Paulo ’18, was quickest on both runs with an 8th place finish in GS at 42.18, and 14th in Slalom with a combined time of 1:51.91. In Freestyle Skiing, Aidan McCarthy ’20, took 2nd in Rail Jam, and Julia Coon placed 1st in Rail Jam in women’s freestyle Snowboarding.

Athletic Director's Update
2/2/2018

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On Point: Inspired By Heroes
2/2/2018

On Point: Inspired By HeroesTwo steel cuffs rest on both his wrists. The names Major Thomas "TK" Kennedy and First Lieutenant Derek Hines etched on the metal. The names of two soldiers, two U.S. Military Academy graduates, two members of the Army Hockey Family, two American heroes who were killed in action during the War on Terror. Army hockey head coach Brian Riley wears these cuffs to show his passion and make sure their stories are heard.

He often says that he will go to any mountain top to tell their story, and this year Riley has done that and much, much more. The Class of 2021 BEAST was tabbed "Task Force Hines" in honor of the 2003 graduate and four-year Army hockey player. He was killed in action on Sept. 1, 2005, in Baylough, Afghanistan, when a member of the Taliban fired an automatic weapon at him, but Hines was quick to engage and ended the fire fight before any of his soldiers could be taken. Riley spent his summer speaking to the entire plebe class and the Cadet Cadre about 1 Lt. Hines "Hinesy", and describing to them the type of player, warrior, and man he was. To read the full story, Click here.

Gymnastics Travels to Annapolis for Star Meet
2/2/2018

CDT Darrel Yamamura '20Following a close matchup with Air Force, the Army West Point gymnastics team will head to Annapolis, Md., to take on the Midshipmen in the annual Star Meet presented by USAA. The competition will begin at 2 p.m. Follow on: Twitter @ArmyWP_Gym. Army fell to Air Force last week by 0.600 points in an extremely close matchup at West Point. The Black Knights improved on the still rings and parallel bars as a team with season-high marks. The Cadets captured scores of 64.550 on the rings, while turning out a 65.200 on the p-bars. Ryan Wilson championed the high bar last weekend tying his season-high 14.100. Nathan Goff and Nick McAfee tied for second on the parallel bars with a 13.800. The scores now rank fourth in the program's top performance lists since the scoring change in 2017. Cole Casanova captured the most points of all competitors on the night with The Black Knights and Midshipmen will meet for the 88th time this Saturday. The hosting academy has won the past six star meets. Army topped Navy last year by a score of 405.850-402.800 and the Mids took it home the year prior 419.300-413.750. Read More

CDT Askew Attends State of the Union Address
2/1/2018

CDT Jack Montgomery, MAJ Sanders, Senator Warner, Cadet Simone AskewU.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) invited First Captain, Cadet Simone Askew as his guest to President Trump's State of the Union address. CDT Askew's guest was Executive Officer, Cadet Jack Montgomery. They were both escorted by MAJ Ireka Sanders, Deputy PAO.

"At West Point, you learn that discipline goes beyond staying the course and working hard to earn your place. It involves doing what you can to give back to all those who have helped you succeed along the way," said Cadet Askew. "While I have been humbled by the support, I can't ignore the sacrifices made by so many others before me. I want to thank Senator Warner for inviting me as his guest, knowing that I stand on the shoulders of all those women who helped pave the way for me to be where I am today."

"Cadet Askew has earned her place at the top among the students at West Point, showing a remarkable dedication to her studies and a deep commitment to service. Cadet Askew shows what is possible when smart, talented young women are given the opportunity to lead," said Sen. Warner. "It is an honor to help showcase her journey, which may one day inspire the next generation of women to break new barriers."

Hovren, Chalifoux Share Athlete of the Week Honors
1/31/2018

CDTs Madison Hovren '19 and Trey Chalifoux '20Cow Madison Hovren of the Army West Point women's basketball team and yearling wrestler Trey Chalifoux were both named the Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. Hovren paced the Black Knights in a 2-0 week, helping the team capture wins over Colgate and Loyola while scoring her 1,000th career point. She became just the 18th Cadet in program history to achieve that milestone. Over the two games, the she connected on 64 percent (18-for-28) of her shots. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/cKav2RTKQ5o. She averaged 19 points and 8.5 rebounds per outing. In the game against the Raiders, she posted 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting to pair with six boards and a blocked shot. The Spokane, Wash., native followed that performance with a double-double against Loyola on Saturday. Against the Greyhounds, she had a game-high 23 points, while tying her season-high with 11 made shots. Hovren also added 11 rebounds in the win. Chalifoux posted a perfect 3-0 mark at the All-Academy Championships on Saturday, leading the team to a second-place finish. The Nashville, Tenn., native became the eighth Army wrestler to win back-to-back titles and earned victories over Navy and Air Force. Read More

Brown Earns Patriot League Honors
1/31/2018

CDT Briyah Brown '18Firstie Briyah Brown of the Army West Point women's track and field team has been named the Patriot League Female Field Athlete of the Week. This honor comes after Brown's performance at the Penn State National Open last weekend where she claimed first place weight throw and third in the shot put. At the Penn State National Open, Brown won the weight throw with an 18.16 meter toss and placed third in shot put with a 14.92 meter throw. She leads the Patriot League in both events is ranked 52nd in shot put and 69th in the weight throw in NCAA Division I, respectively. This marks her third, and second-consecutive, M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week honor this season. Read More

Surdick Named PL Preseason Defender of the Year
1/31/2018

CDT Johnny Surdick '19With the season just over a week away, the Patriot League preseason poll has been announced with Army picked to finish second on the list. Cow long pole defender Johnny Surdick captured Preseason Defensive Player of the Year accolades and was joined by David Symmes on the Preseason All-Patriot League team. The preseason poll and individual awards were voted on by the men's lacrosse coaches and sports information directors from each institution, with restrictions of voting for their own team and student-athletes. With the 14 first-place votes, the reigning Patriot League Champions Loyola look to repeat as the League's top team, totaling 126 points in the preseason poll. The Black Knights received four first-place votes and totaled 115 points to check in as the second team in the poll. Surdick who was a 2017 USILA Honorable Mention All-American and All-Patriot League First Team selection will lead the Black Knights' defensive unit this season. He led the squad with 1.93 caused turnovers per game which ranked him 10th nationally. Surdick also recorded 42 ground balls. Read More

Women's Swim & Dive Receives Scholar All-America Team Honors
1/30/2018

The Army West Point women's swimming and diving team earned College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of American Scholar All-America honors for the fall semester on Monday afternoon. "We are honored to be recognized as Scholar All-Americans," head coach Mickey Wender said. "Our athletes work incredibly hard- in and out of the pool. I know they are very proud to be awarded this distinction." To qualify for the recognition, a team must post a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher for the fall semester. As a squad, the Black Knights compiled a 3.0 GPA in the fall term. The Cadets return to the pool on Feb. 14 for the four-day long Patriot League Championships that are set to take place in Annapolis, MD. Read More

Radio Club Makes Contact with COL Crawford '68
1/30/2018

Cadet Gerald Crawford 1968 - Standing, LeftThe Cadet Amateur Radio Club made HF radio contact with COL (R) Gerald E. Crawford located in South Carolina last Thursday. COL Crawford was the Cadet-in-Charge of the Cadet Amateur Radio Club his firstie year. COL Crawford commissioned into the Signal Corps upon graduation. He served in Vietnam and later served as the battalion commander of the 24th Signal Battalion at Fort Stewart, GA from 1981 to 1984 and retired after serving as the Chief of Staff of 7th Signal Command in 1993. In 1968, then Cadet Crawford helped build the club's Heathkit Amateur Radios. These radios still operate today thanks to restoration work by Mr. Paul Gordon. COL Crawford mentioned in the radio contact that it has been 50 years since he has spoken with anyone over the air affiliated with the Cadet Amateur Radio Club. This radio contact is unique as it shows that West Point alumni can speak and connect with current cadets and faculty using the hobby they explored as a cadet. The club would like to thank COL Crawford for his kind and generous monetary donation to the club this past year.

Photo: Cadet Gerald Crawford 1968 - Standing, Left

Football Named ECAC Division I FBS Team of the Year
1/30/2018

Army FootballThe Army West Point football team earned more recognition for the 2017 season as the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference named the Black Knights their Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Team of the Year. the recipients of the 2017 Lambert Meadowlands Awards, to be presented at the 82nd Eastern College Football Awards Banquet in the Toyota Club at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Feb. 22. Army West Point will claim the 2017 ECAC Division I Football Subdivision Team of the Year award after finishing the season with 10 wins for only the second time in school history and won eight of their final nine games of the season to reach the milestone. Army also led the nation in rushing offense with 362.3 yards per game and had a total of 4,710 rushing yards in 2017. The Black Knights captured a thrilling 14-13 victory over service-academy rival Navy in the 118th installment of the Army Navy Game, securing the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for the first time since 1996. The squad claimed their consecutive bowl championship with a 42-35 victory over San Diego State in the 2017 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Read More

Hovren Reaches 1,000-Point Mark
1/30/2018

CDT Madison Hovren '19Madison Hovren of the Army West Point women's basketball team became the 18th Cadet in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career. She achieved this milestone after scoring 23 points in the Black Knights' victory over Loyola on Saturday. Hovren's 1,000th point came early in the third quarter against the Greyhounds. She now has 1,010 career points and sits tied for 16th all-time with Pam Pearson '85. The Spokane, Wash., native has excelled on the court during her time at West Point, compiling 598 career rebounds to pair with her 1,010 points. The nine-time Patriot League Player of the Week recipient is a 46-percent shooter and is averaging 12 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for her career. Hovren and the women's basketball team will return to action on Saturday when they head to the nation's capital to face off against American at 3 p.m.

Halbrook Breaks Army Record at Penn State Invite
1/29/2018

CDT Abby Halbrook '19The Army West Point women's track and field team had a solid performance at the Penn State Invite, including a record breaking one-mile from Abby Halbrook. Haley Watson finished in fourth place in the 500m with a time of 1:16.06. Hannah Deines followed in 10th with a time of 1:17.36. Monika Shimko clocked in at 2:17.55 in the 800m which was good for seventh place. Samantha Coletti had a strong showing in the 1000m, taking first place with a season best time of 2:53.73. Following the yearling were Morgan Chewning-Kiluck (2:56.55) in third, and Cassie Mundekis (2:56.81) in fourth. In the mile, Kate Sanborn earned fifth place with a time of 5:03.17. In the mile invite, Abby Halbrook finished in seventh place with a time of 4:47.66. This time was a college-best and broke the Army one-mile record of 4:50.3 set by Catherine Gaffigan against Navy in 1995. Read More

Wrestling Places Second at All-Academies
1/29/2018

CDT Trey Chalifoux '20The Army West Point wrestling team earned a second-place finish at the All-Academy Championships, hosted by The Citadel, with 96.5 points on Saturday afternoon. Navy won the team crown for the first time since 2014 with 118 points. The Black Knights posted a combined record of 21-10 with 10 bonus point wins on 6 falls, 3 technical falls and 1 major decisions. Army and Navy also tied for the most wrestlers in the finals with seven apiece. Yearling Trey Chalifoux and rookie Lane Peters provided Army with its two individual champions. Army started fast as a team, picking up falls in its first two matches courtesy of Austin Harry and Trey Chalifoux. Both Harry and Chalifoux earned their first-career pins. Harry added his 40th-career win in the semifinals. Chalifoux became the first Army wrestler since Brian Harvey and Bryce Barnes (2015 and '16) to win back-to-back titles at the All-Academy Championships. Read More

Women's Basketball Captures Home Victory over Loyola
1/29/2018

CDT Daizjah Morris '18The Army West Point women's basketball team picked up its second consecutive Patriot League victory after defeating Loyola, 62-47, on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. Madison Hovren posted a double-double, while leading all scorers in the game with 23 points on 11-of-17 shooting to pair with a team-best 11 rebounds. Janae McNeal also reached double-figures in the scoring column for Army (11-10, 4-6 Patriot League) with 10 points, while Aliyah Murray added eight with 10 rebounds against Loyola (6-15, 4-6 Patriot League). The Black Knights captured their first home Patriot League win of the season. Army halted the Greyhounds three-game winning streak. Hovren moved past Aimee Oertner '16 and Olivia Schretzman '15 for 18th all-time in scoring with 999 career points. It was her 13th double-double of the season and 29th of her career. Her 23 points marked the fifth time this season that she eclipsed 20 points in a game. Seven of Murray's 10 rebounds came from the offensive glass. Read More

Men's Tennis Defeats Binghamton
1/29/2018

CDT Dylan Simonsen '21The Army West Point men's tennis team earned their first victory of the season against the Binghamton Bearcats on Sunday. The Black Knights earned a complete sweep in doubles play, while four other Black Knights were victorious in singles. Army now improves to 1-4 on the season, while Binghamton falls to 0-2 overall. Michael Nguyen def. Tiago Lourenco - 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 2. Kushnaan Nath def. Gregory Shannon - 0-6, 7-6, 6-7. Myles Conlin def. Tiago Saez - 6-2, 7-6. David Mitchell def. Alex Pena - 6-2, 6-0. Sebastian Quiros def. Dylan Simonsen - 3-6, 2-6. Michael Sienko def. Josh Druger - 7-6, 6-3. Read More

Rifle Defeats Akron Fourth Year in a Row
1/29/2018

CDT Emiliano Concha-Toro '20The No. 12 Army West Point rifle team outscored Akron for the fourth consecutive year at Palmyra. Aggregate (4643), The Black Knights tallied an aggregate score of 4632, edging out Akron's score of 4632. Kutz led overall as the highest scoring individual for the match with an aggregate score of 1169. She was followed by fellow plebe, Hanson who scored an aggregate of 1160. Nathan Brewer (1156), Payne Nunn (1154), and Emiliano Concha-Toro (1148) also landed among the top 10 individuals for the match. Smallbore (2311), Kutz led the team in small bore as well with a score of 581, one point ahead of Hanson's 580. Concha-Toro tied for fourth with two Akron shooters, with a score of 574. Brewer followed with a score of 570, while Nunn (568) and Matt Lovre (561) closed out the scoring squad. Read More

Hockey Rallies Late to Push Overtime Against Lakers
1/29/2018

CDT Michael Wilson '20After trailing 2-1 in the third period, the Army West Point hockey team rallied from behind with an unassisted shorthanded goal from Michael Wilson to force overtime against Mercyhurst Friday night. Army and Mercyhurst both earned a point for the Atlantic Hockey standings with the tie. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/1iTZ15sbTQQ. It was the Black Knights' sixth overtime contest of the season and head coach Brian Riley's 93rd behind the bench. Blake Box Netted Army's first goal of the night and snapped his stick while doing so. It is the firstie captain's second score of the season and eighth of his career. The goal was also Box's second against the Lakers. Read More

MBA Candidate Cadets Visit Barcelona
1/26/2018

MBA Candidate Cadets Visit BarcelonaAs part of a unique cooperation agreement between IESE Business School and The United States Military Academy at West Point, four cadets visited Barcelona this past summer. The cadets took part in IESE's Young Talent Path, a bootcamp for high-potential MBA candidates, and did volunteer work with young people for a Barcelona (Non-Governmental Organization) NGO. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/Fhl_zQnptX8.

Conference Presentation at Oxford University
1/26/2018

Conference Presentation at Oxford UniversityMembers of the Department of English and Philosophy attended a conference at Oxford University. LTC Harry Jones, MAJ Scott Parsons, and CDT Maddie Ruppel attended the Virtues in the Public Sphere Conference at Oriel College, Oxford University. The Virtues in the Public Sphere Conference is the sixth annual conference of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. LTC Harry Jones presented a paper entitled "Public Virtue by Design: Practicing Dialogue through Civic Friendship." Major Parsons presented a paper entitled "The Civil-Military Divide: Moral Exemplars in the Public Sphere."

Cadets Attend Systems Thinking Seminar
1/26/2018

Cadets Attend Systems Thinking SeminarThe seminar served as an introduction to critical thinking for cadets enrolled in their first Department of Systems Engineering course with Professors Derek and Laura Cabrera of Cornell University. The methods communicated in this seminar are unlike any other critical thinking methods taught at USMA. These skills directly tie to what graduates are expected to do; provide potential candidate solutions. The seminar exposed the cadets to a leading meta-cognition expert, Dr. Derek Cabrera discussed Systems Thinking and facilitated a breakout session. The prompt for the breakout session was truly ambiguous: What are the impacts of the refugee crisis to the U.S. Army European Command’s area of responsibility, and what can the U.S. Army do? In addition, the visiting Professors connected current industry practices into their discussions that are asymmetric to most techniques.

Women's Basketball Claims League Win over Colgate, 62-54
1/25/2018

CDT Madison Hovren '19The Army West Point women's basketball team pieced together a 20-point fourth quarter effort to build a large enough lead and left Cotterell Court with a 62-54 Patriot League victory on Wednesday night. The Black Knights (10-10, 3-6 Patriot League) had three Cadets in double-figures on the offensive end, led by Madison Hovren's 15-point performance on 7-of-11 shooting. The cow paired that with six boards against the Raiders (4-16, 0-9 Patriot League). Aliyah Murray put in 13 points and collected six rebounds, while Janae McNeal added 10 points. Morgann Yancey and Margaret Anne Hubbell provided a spark off the bench, combining to score 18 points. Read More

First Trivia Night of 2018
1/25/2018

First Trivia Night of 2018The first History Department Trivia Night of the New Year was held at the First Class Club. Support from the cadets, staff, and faculty was as always top notch. The night was sponsored by the Directorate of Cadet Activities (DCA), the Association of Graduates (WPAOG), and the Office of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (ODIA), to include gift cards to the winners, as well as apparel and other items in the raffle. CPT James Villanueva, MAJ Kyle Hatzinger, and MAJ Greg Hope supplied the questions as twenty-seven teams and well over 125 cadets competed with "Let me show you de wae" eventually declared as the winners, after a sudden death trivia-off was held by COL Ty Seidule to break the deadlock. Come out and see the next Trivia Night February 13 at the First Class Club, 8pm. Staff and faculty are always welcomed to form teams and come compete for bragging rights over their cadets.

Cadets Attend American Physical Society Conference
1/25/2018

Cadets Attend American Physical Society ConferenceCadets Christina Bouvier, Sidney Gonzalez, and Adaya Queen attended the American Physical Society Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) in New York City hosted by Columbia University, Barnard College, and City College of New York. CUWiP is composed of a series of simultaneous conferences held nationwide with the intent of encouraging undergraduate women to stay in physics through professional conference attendance. Topics covered at the conference include networking skills, professional speakers and presentations, tangential careers enabled by a degree in physics, and achieving work-life balance. Attendees interacted with others and discuss issues facing engaging women in and retaining them in the physics discipline.

Army Judo Fairs Well at RMC
1/24/2018

Congratulations to the West Point Judo team for winning most of their matches over the Royal Military College of Canada last week. In addition to competing, the two teams held workshops with each other to practice skills and build relationships.

Photo by CDT Andrew Maier

Lacrosse Recognized in USILA Preseason Poll
1/24/2018

Lacrosse Recognized in USILA Preseason PollThe Army West Point men's lacrosse team received more national recognition Tuesday when it was ranked 16th by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association preseason poll. The Black Knights will face three other teams on the rankings in the 2018 season, all which currently rank in the top-13 to include No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Rutgers, No. 10 Syracuse and No. 13 Loyola. Army welcomes back a wealth of its roster for the 2018 year with returners in key roles. Johnny Surdick who was a 2017 USILA Honorable Mention All-American and All-Patriot League First Team selection will lead the Black Knights' defensive unit. He led the squad with 1.93 caused turnovers per game which ranked him 10th nationally. Surdick also recorded 42 ground balls. Midfielder David Symmes will be back for his firstie season after leading the Black Knights with three game-winning goals. He was second on the team in points with 35. AJ Barreto will be back in goal for the Cadets after starting in all 16 contests in 2017 and garnering a .508 save percentage and an 8.47 goals against average. Read More

2016 Howitzer Staff Receives Premiere Print Award
1/24/2018

2016 Howitzer Staff Premiere Print AwardCongratulations to the United States Military Academy 2016 Howitzer Yearbook staff, Anne L. Drew, Evangeline Hager and cadet David Solomon, and Jostens staff who received The Premier Print Award, Award of Recognition. The Premier Print Awards from Printing Industries of America is one of the most prestigious international print competitions.

Brown Earns Patriot League Honors & Athlete of the Week
1/24/2018

CDT Briyah Brown '18Firstie Briyah Brown of the Army West Point women's track and field team has earned Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week honors and was named AWPAA athlete of the week. These honors come after Brown's remarkable performance at the Penn 8-Team Select on Saturday, Jan.20, where she claimed first place in both the shot put and weight throw. In the shot put, Brown threw for a distance of 14.68m, which was an ECAC qualifying distance. In the weight throw, she threw for as distance of 18.61m, also an ECAC qualifying distance, and a personal record for the New Rochelle, N.Y., native. This distance also broke the school record of 17.99m set by Heather Lawson at the Army-Navy Star meet in 1999.

Hamilton Birthday Celebration
1/24/2018

Hamilton Birthday CelebrationThe American Politics Stem in the Department of Social Sciences celebrated Alexander Hamilton's 261st Birthday at Cullum Hall. The guest speaker for the event was renown Hamilton scholar Professor Bradford Wilson of Princeton University. The event also included a cake cutting performed by CDT CPL Alexander Hamilton, a performance of "My Shot" by the Glee Club, and musical entertainment from WKDT. Over 100 cadets attended the event.

Hallstead Earns Second Diver of the Week Nod
1/24/2018

CDT Serica Hallstead '20Yearling Serica Hallstead garnered her second Patriot League Female Diver of the Week accolade of the season on Tuesday afternoon. "We were very proud of Serica's performances this week," head diving coach PJ Hughes said. "We are looking forward to taking advantage of this time to train and polish her dives for Patriot League Championships." Hallstead scored well for the Black Knights this past weekend and picked up a pair of event wins on the 1-meter board. To get the weekend started, the second-year diver won on the 1-meter board against Penn after posting a score of 255.44. She followed with a fourth-place showing on the 3-meter board, compiling a score of 243.45. In a quad meet in Fairfax, Va., that featured George Mason, American and Boston U., Hallstead topped the competition on the 1-meter board with a score of 267.90. The Canandaigua, N.Y., native's score of 250.70 later secured her a third-place showing on the 3-meter board. Read More

Men's Track & Field Take First at Penn 8
1/23/2018

Men's Track & Field Take First at Penn 8The Army West Point men's track and field took first place at the Penn 8-Team Select Saturday evening. The Penn 8-Team Select was hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at the Ocean Breeze Track in Staten Island, N.Y. The team faced competition from Manhattan, the men of Rutgers, Saint Joseph's, Stony Brook, Villanova and Wagner. Ross Puritty took third in the 60-meter hurdle, clocking in at 8.47 seconds. Army took four of the top seven spots in the 60-meter dash. Ben Sims took second with a time of 6.85. Tyler Davis (6.91) took third, Andre Vaughn (7.02) took fourth, and Jaylin Davis (7.07) took seventh. Army took the top two spots in the 800-meter with Ben Boswell (1:54.36) taking first and Jackson Sullivan (1:54.52) in second. Tyrese Bender claimed sixth place in the long jump with a distance of 6.42m. Josh Heiman took third in the triple jump, clearing a distance of 13.30m. Read More

Supt Semi-Annual Town Hall Update
1/23/2018

Supt Semi-Annual Town Hall UpdateSuperintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. '75 began his semi-annual town hall speech recently at Robinson Auditorium on the status of West Point by congratulating the U.S. Military Academy cadet athletes for their great performance for the year, including winning the Army-Navy Football game for the second straight year. “I am the Superintendent that saw the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy come back to West Point for the first time since 1996,” Caslen said. He also congratulated the two cadets who received the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships and the seven cadets who won either the Anna Sobol Levy or the Schwarzman Scholarships. Caslen spoke about the mission of developing leaders of character and instilling honor to develop as a leader. “You can be the most physical or the smartest, but whenever you fail in character, you fail in leadership,” Caslen said. Caslen also reiterated that West Point needs to develop its leaders to lead in diverse organizations, but know how to, through leadership, build inclusive teams, where everybody, regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender or sexual orientation is valued and respected, and feel they are contributing members to the organization. During the Superintendent’s tenure here, he oversaw the completion to the long-planned Malek Visitors Center, a state-of-the-art building that speaks to and about West Point. During the town hall, he talked about more building plans, including renovating barracks and improving processes to build, plan, develop and maintain high-quality facilities, information technology, utilities and other infrastructure, which continues to promote excellence in the West Point program. Story

Herman Leads Gymnastics in Finals
1/23/2018

CDT Elliott Herman '20Yearling Elliott Herman turned in Army West Point Gymnastics team’s highest individual finish, placing second on the still rings, at the final day of the annual West Point Open at Christl Arena. Army highlights and meet notes One of three Black Knights to medal (top six in each of the six individual events), Herman recorded a score of 13.35, just shy of the winning mark of 13.50 authored by William & Mary’s Jeremiah McReynolds. Herman bettered his score that he posted in Friday night’s prelims (12.8) as he tied for the final eighth spot for Jan. 13’s individual finals Nick McAfee and Nathan Goff rounded out Army’s medal winners placing fourth (13.35) and fifth (13.25), respectively, on parallel bars. They tied for the final eight spotwith identical scores of 13.25. Read More

DPE Survival Swimming Outreach
1/23/2018

DPE Survival Swimming OutreachThe Department of Physical Education (DPE) hosted a community fitness outreach in the wave pool, or Combat Survival Swim Laboratory, at the Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center for West Point staff, faculty and spouses to experience survival swimming like what cadets must take as part of their physical education courses. Story

Ski Club Ventures to Quebec
1/23/2018

Ski Club Ventures to QuebecRecently the Ski Club took forty-two cadets to Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada to experience the Canadian ski culture and maintain relations with our neighbors to the north.

Army Celebrates 2017 Season; Honors Firsties
1/22/2018

Ahmad Bradshaw and Coach Monken 2018The Army West Point football team remembered its 2017 season and saluted its firsties and award winners at the Black Knights' annual banquet on Saturday night in Eisenhower Hall. Varsity letters, senior accolades and 11 awards were handed out Saturday evening at Eisenhower Hall. Rich DeMarco served as master of ceremonies while head coach Jeff Monken spoke about the 2017 season and expectations for the upcoming season. Following the team highlight video, the senior players, managers and student coaches were honored with varsity letters and framed jerseys. After coach Monken gave comments on each receiving firstie it was on to the awards presentations. Ahmad Bradshaw was awarded with the prestigious Hughes Memorial Award. The honor, which was established in 1939 to honor the team MVP and will be presented officially during the Awards Convocation prior to graduation. Bradshaw was instrumental in capturing the Commander in Chief's Trophy for the first time in over two decades. He ran for an Academy single-season record 1,746 yards and 12 touchdowns. Read More

Hockey Blanks Royal Military College
1/22/2018

CDT Cole Bruns '18Backed by Cole Bruns' shutout, the Army West Point hockey team topped the Royal Military College, 5-0, in an aggressive game on Saturday night. Michael Wilson led the Black Knights offensively with two power play goals. The Black Knights continued on to an 11-game unbeaten streak and seven-game winning streak over the RMC in the longest standing international rivalry. Wilson continued his hot streak on the power play with two more in the game. He netted one in the first and one in the second period. It was the Fond du Lac, Wisc., native's first goals against the Paladins improving his point total in the series to four. Tucker DeYoung netted the first goal of his career 5:35 into the third period. Brendan Soucie scored late in the third to give him two points on the night after assisting on DeYoung's. It was the yearling's first career points against the Paladins. Tyler Pham netted the Black Knights' final goal of the game on the breakaway setup by Dominic Franco. The goal was Pham's first of his career versus RMC. Dalton MacAfee assisted on both of Wilson's goals for his third and fourth assists opposite RMC. Read More

Basketball 93-81 Victory Over Lehigh
1/22/2018

CDT Luke Morrison '18The Army West Point men's basketball team shifted to 5-3 in the Patriot League after a 93-81 victory over Lehigh here Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights rebounded nicely after a tough four-point loss on Wednesday to hand head coach Jimmy Allen his 25th victory at the helm. Four Cadets found double-digit scoring in the contest, led by Luke Morrison's career-high 21 points. The firstie matched his career-best effort from behind-the-arc with five makes and finished his night 7-of-9 overall. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/Lf8-4dvPC20. He also converted on both of his free throw attempts. Matt Wilson chipped in with a season-high 18 points, missing just one of his shots from the floor at 7-of-8. The yearlintg closed out his night 4-of-8 from the charity stripe for his 14th twin figure scoring game of the year. Jordan Fox and Tommy Funk added 15 and 13 points, respectively, to close out the Black Knights with double-figure scoring. On the boards, rookie Alex King posted a game-high eight rebounds, while also accounting for eight points. Fox and Funk dished out multiple assists in the game with Fox notching a game-high eight and Funk seven. Read More

Swimming & Diving at the Quad Meet
1/22/2018

Swimming & Diving at the Quad MeetThe Army West Point men's swimming and diving team put together a dominant outing in the pool after defeating George Mason (174-121), Boston U. (196-97), and American (223-59) on Saturday afternoon at the Jim McKay Natatorium. Army improved to 8-3 in the dual season. The Black Knights won eight events in the quad meet. Tom Ottman topped the competition in the 1000 free with his time of 9:32.08, before placing first in the 500 free at 4:34.37. Evin Rude finished the 200 free at 1:38.81 and the 100 free at 45.90, which resulted in a pair of first-place finishes. Josh Sembrano then placed first in the 100 back at 50.50. In the 100 breast, Brady Almand (57.68) and Ty Dang (58.26) finished second and third, respectively.

The Army West Point women's swimming and diving excelled in the water on Saturday afternoon, defeating George Mason (152-148), Boston U. (170-130), and American (233-64) at the Jim McKay Natatorium. Army improved to 6-4 duals this season. The Black Knights won four events in the quad meet. The foursome of Cecelia Croman, Kara Wineinger, Nneka Pilgrim and Nicole Parry started the meet off with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay with their time of 1:47.75. Croman would later win the 100 back at 57.66, while Bailey Smith placed third at 58.40 and Josephine Marsh finished fourth at 58.72.

Women's T&F Takes Third at Penn 8-Team Select
1/22/2018

Women's T&F Takes Third at Penn 8-Team SelectThe Army West Point women's track and field team claimed third place at the Penn 8-Team Select Saturday evening. The Penn 8-Team Select was hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at the Ocean Breeze Track in Staten Island, N.Y. The team faced competition from Manhattan, Saint Joseph's, the women of St. John's, Stony Brook, Villanova and Wagner. Asia Chen placed seventh in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.18 seconds. In the 60-meter dash, Yasheika Beckaroo took seventh with a time of 7.91, and Calli McMullen took eighth with a time of 7.93 seconds. Samantha Coletti took fifth in the one mile, clocking in at 4:56.05. Kate Sanborn was close behind in 10th, with a time of 5:01.16. Hannah Deines took fourth in the 800-meter, clocking in at 2:14.38. Haley Watson was close behind in sixth with a time of 2:14.77. Army took two of the top seven spots in the 3000m. Bethany Nunnery took fourth with a time of 10:04.95 and Kate Sanborn took seventh with a time of 10:15.45. Army took sixth in the 4X400. The squad consisted of Morgan Chewning-Kiluck, Deines, Cassie Mundekis, and Monika Shimko. Read More

Class of 2019 500th Night
1/19/2018

Class of 2019 500th NightThe U.S. Military Academy Class of 2019 is looking forward to graduation, even though it is still a long wait—or short one depending on how you look at it—and celebrated with the annual 500th Night Weekend Banquet at Washington Hall January 13.

"I have an app," Class of 2019 Cadet Sultan Alwoseamev said. "I used it in high school and when I was in college for two years before coming to West Point, so I've been counting. We have a little more than 480 days."

Alwoseamev, who is Saudi Arabian, came with longtime friend, Michelle Cioffbletti, who is from New York.

"We have known each other for years, but I wasn't able to go to the Yearling banquet," Cioffbletti said. "But this is great. I'm meeting a lot of great people from all over. It's a nice experience to meet people who are different and have different cultures."

Class of 2019 Cadet John Fulton said he is counting the days to graduation. Fulton brought his longtime girlfriend Hanna Booher who came from Texas just for this occasion. She also went with Fulton to the Yearling banquet. The two are from Houston.</p

Three Army Wrestlers Ranked in First Coaches Poll
1/19/2018

CDT Ben Harvey '20The Army West Point wrestling team saw three of its wrestlers on the first NWCA Coaches Poll of the season, which was released by the organization on Thursday. Cow Rocco Caywood (197 lbs.) and yearlings Ben Harvey (174 lbs.) and Noah Stewart (184 lbs.) all landed on the list in their respective weight classes. Harvey is the highest ranked of the trio at 24th, followed by Stewart at 27th and Caywood at 28th. Harvey sports a record of 10-5 and is 3-1 in duals with two bonus point wins on the year. The New Palestine, Ind., native is riding a three-match winning streak with victories over Wyoming's Kyle Pope, North Carolina's Adis Radoncic and Penn's Khamari Whimper. Early in the season, Harvey upset then-No. 7 Ethan Ramos of UNC, 6-4, in the semifinals of the Hokie Open. Stewart ranks second on the team with a mark of 13-8 while going 3-2 in duals. The McKinney, Texas, native has earned the second-most bonus point victories on the team with nine, including six technical falls that places him tied for fourth nationally. Read More

Evening Seminar with Mr. Michael Scarano
1/19/2018

Evening Seminar with Mr. Michael ScaranoThe West Point Student Chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) hosted an evening seminar in coordination with the first club meeting of the semester. Mr. Michael Scarano, P.E., served as the guest speaker. He provided an engaging, interactive discussion regarding the ongoing MTA construction efforts below the Grand Central Terminal and his experiences serving with the US Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan. Ten Cadets attended the event along with five faculty members. Participation in this event expanded the cadet knowledge of leadership challenges and lessons learned while serving overseas and construction efforts in New York City.

Coach Monken Ranked #1 of 130 Head Coaches
1/19/2018

Coach Monken Ranked #1 of 130 Head CoachesCoach Monken Ranked #1 of 130 Head Coaches on College Football News (CBN). No one else did more with less, at least in terms of raw talent. It was all about schemes, systems, and precision.

How many players on Army could play for or start at other FBS schools? The Knights have one style of offense, that's all they do, they don't throw, and they managed to win with it as Monken's team ran the attack to near-perfection.

Really, how was Army's season under Monken? It was the first ten-win campaign since 1996, the win over Navy was a classic, and the offense was unstoppable in the bowl win over a San Diego State team that beat Stanford earlier in the year.

And, by the way, in case you missed it … he beat Navy.

Textbook by Dr. Allen Adopted by ISU
1/19/2018

Textbook by Dr. Allen Adopted by ISUA textbook authored by Dr. Ken Allen ’93 of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, was picked up as a primary reference for an undergraduate computational course taught by Dr. Leslie Kerby in the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at Idaho State University (ISU) this spring term. Completed in December 2016, this is the first time the book has been formally incorporated into a curriculum outside of West Point.

2018 USMA Schwarzman Scholars
1/18/2018

2018 USMA Schwarzman ScholarsCongratulations to the USMA 2018 Schwarzman Scholars: Megan Bryn, Nette Monaus, Danny Nguyen and Brad Torpey!

The Schwarzman Scholars program is a highly selective, one-year master's program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future.

Cadets Present Papers at International Conference
1/18/2018

Cadets Present Papers at Hawaii University Int'l ConfCadets Morgan Landers and Maddie Suba each presented their American Political Development papers at the Hawaii University International Conference on Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education. Landers presented his paper, "The Nightman Cometh" examining the reasons behind President Truman's 1948 Executive Order integrating the military. Suba presented her paper, "Color Coded: The Introduction of African Americans in the U.S. Military" on the reasons behind the Militia Act of 1862. Both papers were part of a panel on the conditions which the military leads social change in the United States. Both cadets were well received and got great feedback from the audience to further refine their research. The cadets spent the rest of the conference visiting other panels and workshops to learn how to present academic research and learn about various research projects scholars are currently working on. The group also took one afternoon to do a staff ride at Pearl Harbor and learn more about the events that transpired on December 7th, 1941.

Investment Club Cow Loan Brief
1/18/2018

Investment Club Cow Loan BriefThe Investment Club hosted a Financial Literacy Day to help inform second class cadets prior to their receipt of the Cow Loan. The event ran for three hours and linked over 100 cadets with twenty-two certified financial planners (CFP). The event included a general briefing in Robinson Auditorium and a breakdown into small group sessions to allow personalized counseling sessions with the CFPs. Cadets Riaz Lane and Wes Bayles planned and coordinated the event.

Parachute Wins Big at Nat'l Collegiate Championships
1/17/2018

Parachute Wins Big at Nat'l Collegiate ChampionshipsMembers of the U.S. Military Academy Black Knights Skydiving team won multiple gold medals and set a new national record at the 2017 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships, the oldest and biggest collegiate skydiving event in the world, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 at the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales, Florida. This year’s championships drew more than 80 collegiate skydivers from around the country to compete for the title of national collegiate champion in four spectacular skydiving disciplines: Formation Skydiving, Vertical Formation Skydiving, Sport Accuracy and Classic Accuracy. West Point cadets won gold in the two-way, advanced four-way and six-way formation skydiving events.

In formation skydiving, the team leaps from an aircraft more than two miles above the ground and then races against the clock to form prescribed geometric formations in freefall before opening their parachutes. Two-way team members were Class of 2020 Cadets Zachary Daines and Seamus McGettigan. Four-way team members were Class of 2019 Cadets William Derrick, Johnathon Muraski, Thomas Rounds and Jeremy Stanley. The six-way team included those on the four-way, along with Class of 2019 Cadets Michael Colella and Camm Johnson. The six-way team set a new national record by completing the six-person formation in a mere 9.16 seconds after exiting the airplane. In addition, Kristopher Hayhurst '18 took gold in the classic accuracy competition, in which jumpers exit an airplane more than 3,000 feet in the air and then steer their parachutes and try to land on a dime-sized dot on a landing tuffet. Andrew Winski '20 also won gold in the novice sport accuracy event. In this event, skydivers try to land their parachutes as close as possible to a target while flying across the ground at high speeds. Story

Smith Earns Patriot League Honors
1/17/2018

CDT Keagan Smith '20Keagan Smith of the Army West Point men's track and field team earned Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week honors after a packed weekend slate. Keagan Smith, a yearling from Huntley, Ill., placed first in the one mile at the Ted Nelson Invitational in College Station, Texas. He clocked in with a time of 4:09.61, just three seconds short of his college best. His time leads the Patriot League and is currently ranked 35th in NCAA Division I. This first place spot assisted the team in their second place finish at the meet. The Black Knights take a break through the holiday season and return to action on Jan.20 at the Penn-8 Team Select held at the Ocean Breeze Track in Staten Island, N.Y.

Cadet Tutors Lead TEE Prep Study Sessions
1/17/2018

Cadet Tutors Lead TEE Prep Study SessionsCadet tutors led TEE Prep study sessions in Physics, Math, IT, and Chemistry for their peers. Throughout the five study sessions held, roughly 500 cadets attended and 120 cadet tutors assisted. The Academic Brigade Officer, Ryan Tucker, and the CIC for the Cadet Tutor Program, Maya Kuang, were instrumental in the success of these study sessions.

Wilson, King Share Athlete of the Week Honors
1/17/2018

CDTs Michael Wilson '20 and Alex King '21After a successful weekend on the ice and court, Michael Wilson of the hockey team and Alex King of the men's basketball team were named the Army West Point Athletic Association Co-Athletes of the Week, announced Tuesday. Wilson led the Army hockey team to a 4-0 shutout victory over Bentley Saturday night. He recorded his first career hat trick and the first for the Black Knights since last December. Two of the yearling's goals came on the power play and he also netted the game winner. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/5NePlDsJR6M.

After helping lead the Cadets during a 3-0 week, including a close 64-62 win over Navy, King averaged 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Black Knights. Most recently, he scored a team-high 17 points, shooting 7-of-10 from the floor, in the victory at Navy on Sunday. The plebe forward also tallied 12 points and eight rebounds to help Army complete an 81-71 comeback win against Lafayette on Thursday. King finished with five points and four rebounds in a 58-54 win over American on Monday as well. Read More

Skiera Inducted into U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame
1/17/2018

Skiera Inducted into US Lacrosse Hall of FameArmy West Point Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame on Saturday. Skiera, formerly Kristen Waagbo, began her stellar career at Mt. Hebron High School where she led the team to four consecutive state titles. She was named Baltimore Sun Female Athlete of the Year, twice (2002 & 2003) and was the All-Metro Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year as a senior in 2003. The Vikings won four state titles and lost only one game during her four years. They were ranked No. 1 by The Sun every week of her career. While at Mt. Hebron, Skiera was the Howard County Player of the Year as a junior in 2002, and Howard County co-Player of the Year in 2003. In her sophomore season she was a second-team All-Metro and named Greater Baltimore regional All-American as a junior. In 2003, she was a member of the U.S. Under-19 team winning the World Championships. Read More

CME Cadets Perform Experiment at ARL
1/17/2018

CME Cadets Perform Experiment at ARLCivil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) cadets Austen Deppe and Jacqueline Orr with faculty advisor Dr. Aaron Freidenberg visited the Aberdeen Proving Ground to conduct a blast test in support of their Capstone project, namely, an underbody structure design for the next generation combat vehicle. The cadets 3D printed their design in titanium at 1:16 scale and performed a physical test to simulate the effects of a buried IED, with the assistance of ARL research scientists Chris Cummins and Jeff Lloyd.

Army-Navy Baseball Heading to Fenway Park
1/17/2018

Army-Navy Baseball Heading to Fenway ParkArmy West Point baseball and Navy, in conjunction with the Boston Red Sox, announced today that the teams' third meeting of the season will now be played at Fenway Park. The date and time of the game, April 20 at 6 p.m., will remain the same. Ticket proceeds from the matchup will be donated to charity. Proceeds from the Army-Navy game will benefit the Home Base Program, a partnership between Massachusetts General Hospital and the Red Sox Foundation that helps veterans suffering from PTSD and other "invisible wounds of war." Tickets will go on sale at a later date. "We are thrilled and very thankful to have the opportunity to play Navy at Fenway Park on April 20th," head coach Jim Foster said. "It is an incredible venue to compete against our biggest rival on the field but biggest ally off of it. I know the response will be great from baseball fans all over, our alumni, and supporters of the military. I want to thank everyone in our administration and the Red Sox organization for making this happen. It will create lifelong memories for these future leaders of our country." The April 20 matchup is the first time Army will host a baseball game at Fenway Park. Army kicks off its season on Feb. 16 with a four-game set against Michigan in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Read More

Men's Basketball Beats Navy
1/16/2018

CDT Alex King '21The Army West Point men's basketball team took the first meeting of the season against its rival here Sunday afternoon, defeating Navy 64-62. The Midshipmen made things interesting late though, cutting a 10-point deficit with 36 seconds remaining down to a two-point one with two ticks left. Fortunately, the Black Knights were able to hold on for their third-straight win at Alumni Hall and six victory on the road in the last eight meetings with the Mids. The Cadets held a 12-point lead at the break but quickly saw that dwindled down to six after the Mids started the second half on a 6-0 run. Army ended that rally with a Jordan Fox 3-pointer before sparking a small 8-0 run of its own to push the lead back to double digits at 43-29 with 16:20 left to play. Read More

Mechanical Engineering Cadets Brief Projects
1/16/2018

Mechanical Engineering Cadets Brief ProjectsMechanical Engineering cadets from the Class of 2020 presented their results and demonstrated working prototypes of their design projects. Cadets tackled either a Soldier resupply mission, a problem facing underdeveloped countries, or a problem facing Soldiers and then designed and built a solution. The course emphasized the engineering design process, team collaboration, visualizing and analyzing products using computer software, and technical communications. Designs included early warning devices to alert Soldiers of approaching enemy, methods to purify water in remote areas, ways to notify a Soldier of the rounds remaining in an M4 magazine, and monitoring devices to notify Soldiers when to hydrate based on heat category. This was the first offering of ME201 as part of the new ME2020 curriculum and represents a cornerstone design experience on the opposite end of the timeline from the capstone experience.

Rifle Closes Out Weekend at Home
1/16/2018

CDT Clayton Hanson '21The No. 11 Army West Point rifle completed a full weekend at home on Monday afternoon defeating Coast Guard for the second time, but dropping the decision to No.13 N.C. State. Aggregate - (4632) The Black Knights tallied an aggregate score of 4632, falling behind N.C. State's score of 4663, but edging out Coast Guard who scored 4521. Cow Payne Nunn led the squad for the second match in a row with an aggregate score of 1158. He was followed by Kaitlyn Kutz who claimed a score of 1156, and Clayton Hanson who shot 1154 points. Matt Lovre also made it into the top 10 individuals for the match with an aggregate score of 1151. Smallbore - (2311) Hanson and Lovre led the squad in this discipline, both scoring 576. Emiliano Concho-Toro marked just below them with a score of 572. Nunn and Kutz shot for a score of 570, while Nathan Brewer closed out the scoring squad with 564. Air Rifle - (2339) Nunn led the Black Knights in this discipline with a score of 588. He was followed closely by Kutz who claimed a score of 586, and Brewer who marked 584. Mady Erikson scored 582, and Clayton Hanson closed the scoring squad for air rifle with a mark of 578.

Athletic Director's Update
1/16/2018

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Chemistry Capstone Poster Presentations
1/12/2018

Chemistry Capstone Poster Presentations160 cadets in General Chemistry presented posters describing the work from their water chemistry projects. In groups of four, cadets sampled water from locations of their choosing and analyzed the water to compare and contrast their locations. The cadets then created a poster outlining their experimental design, results, and data interpretation. Staff and faculty from around the Academy came to listen to cadets explain their research.

Men's Basketball 55-Point Second Half Comeback Win
1/12/2018

CDT Jordan Fox '19The Army West Point men's basketball team rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to defeat Lafayette, 81-71, here at Christl Arena on Thursday afternoon. After trailing by a season-high 17 points at the break, the Black Knights outscored the Leopards 55-28 over the final 20 minutes. Head coach Jimmy Allen made the proper adjustments during halftime, instructing Army to its largest single-half point total of the season. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/lSS7f1b8Cpo. It was also just the third time the Cadets scored 50 or more points in a half and the first time since Nov. 18 when they put up 53 in the second half against Marist. After a slow start, the Black Knights finished the game shooting 26-of-67 (38.8 percent) from the floor and 12-of-33 (36.4 percent) from behind-the-arc. The home side added 17-of-26 (65.4 percent) makes from the free throw line as well. The Leopards shot 26-of-57 (45.6 percent) from the floor, while going 11-of-28 (39.3 percent) from long range. They closed out with 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) shots from the charity stripe. Read More

History Hosts Rwandan Genocide Survivor
1/12/2018

History Hosts Rwandan Genocide Survivor Rwandan Genocide survivor Eugenie Mukeshimana told her harrowing story to cadets in Dr. David Frey's "Genocide and Mass Killing" course, and to an audience of faculty and cadets from various departments. Ms. Mukeshimana, who was hidden by multiple families over the three months of the genocide, told a virtually unbelievable tale and described the loss of most of her family, including her husband. Ms. Mukeshimana's story was nearly incomprehensible, as she not only survived, but survived while pregnant. She ultimately gave birth to her daughter while in hiding only days before being liberated. Not just a model of strength and courage, Ms. Mukeshimana also showed cadets how to recover. Since immigrating to the US in 2001, Ms. Mukeshimana became a social worker and founded the Genocide Survivors Support Network. She continues to do critical social work helping survivors recover and thrive.

Women's Basketball Edges Lafayette
1/12/2018

CDT Libby Tacka '20A 12-1 fourth-quarter run helped give the Army West Point women's basketball team an eight-point lead that it never surrendered to a 65-60 victory over Lafayette in a Patriot League game on Thursday night at Kirby Sports Center. Aliyah Murray and Madison Hovren both recorded double-doubles for the Black Knights (9-7, 2-3 Patriot League) and combined for 31 points and 20 rebounds. Murray finished with a team-high 17 in the scoring column to pair with 10 boards, while Hovren capped off her night with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Libby Tacka was the third Cadet to reach double-figures against the Leopards (6-9, 2-3 Patriot League) as she knocked down four 3-pointers and tallied 14 points, one shy of tying her career-high. Read More

Holland Named to ESPN's All-Bowl Team
1/11/2018

CDT Bryce Holland '18Center Bryce Holland was selected to ESPN's All-Bowl Team after Army's victory over San Diego State in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Behind Holland and the offensive line, the Black Knights ran for 440 yards and had 91 offensive plays to San Diego State's 30 in a 42-35 victory in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. The interior line did a lot of damage in the ground attack, with four fullbacks combining to run 45 times. The Black Knights ran the ball 87 times (tying an all-time bowl record), ate up 46 minutes of possession time (FBS record) and gained 28 first downs on the ground in the victory. Army also put up 42 points against the Aztecs, the most they had given up all season after allowing an average of 18 points per game. Army won back-to-back bowl games for the first time since the 1984 and 1985 seasons and the rushing attack ranked first in the nation with 362.3 yards per game and the units 50 touchdowns were an Academy record, which broke last year's mark of 46. Read More

CDT Haley Duke Independent COTS Study
1/11/2018

Cadet Haley Duke presented her work on the radiation testing of commercial of the shelf (COTS) processors. The aim of the project is to characterize the susceptibility of COTS processors to total ionizing dose and radiation induced single event upsets to enable their use as low cost alternatives in small satellites over costly traditional radiation hardened processors. The current semester's work focused on the experimental setup to enable data collection for next semester. Space and Missile Defense Command sponsored her work and it was conducted through the Space and Missile Defense Command Research and Analysis Center (SMDC-RAC) at West Point.

The Robotics Research Center hosted two FIRST Teams
1/11/2018

The Robotics Research Center hosted two FIRST TeamsThe Ossining and Clarkstown High School Robotics clubs met with LTC Christopher Korpela for a meeting and tour of the West Point Robotics program and center. The students participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition and were excited to see further applications of the technology they are learning about in school. LTC Korpela introduced them to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) swarm aerial competition, showed the students the motion capture room for quadcopter control, and let students operate bomb disposal robots (Packbots). The highlight of the tour was the demonstration of Baxter and lethal autonomous robots as well as the ethical issues involved with such a system. It was a great discussion on the implications of new technology and how it needs to be carefully considered on multiple levels, not just from a technology point of view.

Cadets Run Table Top Exercise
1/10/2018

Cadets Run Table Top Exercise Cadets in Dr. David Frey's “Genocide and Mass Killing” class concluded their semester by conducting a multi-day Table Top Exercise (TTX) in which they responded to a mass atrocity scenario in South Sudan. After a semester of multi-disciplinary study of mass atrocity, cadets were asked to create the first part of an operational plan based on a slight worsening of the current situation in the world's newest country. In preparation for the TTX, cadets studied the history of South Sudan and its current affairs, and they familiarized themselves with important political actors and joint staff positions. One of the core texts was a 70-page situation assessment of South Sudan, co-authored by Cadet Samir Streatfield '19 and Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Director Dr. David Frey. Streatfield spend five weeks at the U.S. Army War College as an intern during the summer of 2017, working with the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. There he collaborated with scholars and officials from the Army, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Africa Desk of the National Security Council to prepare the core of the situation assessment. The situation assessment will now be sent to Africa Command (AFRICOM) for use. MAJ Chris Hartley of D/LAW served as the Judge Advocate General (JAG) to ensure that decisions cadets made were legal.

Men's Swimming & Diving Powers Past Lehigh
1/10/2018

Men's Swimming & Diving Powers Past LehighThe Army West Point men's swimming and diving team returned from a one-month break and swam away with a 184-102 victory over Lehigh in a Patriot League meet on Tuesday night at Crandall Pool. The Black Knights improved to 3-2 in dual meets this season, while the Mountain Hawks dropped to 4-4. Army claimed 13 event wins over Lehigh. The Black Knights are now 46-0 all-time against Lehigh in dual meets. Tom Ottman won the 1000 (9:24.82) and the 500 (4:32.88) free. Josh Sembrano cruised to a pair of victories in the 100 (49.70) and 200 (1:51.34) back. The two fly events were highlighted by Kevin Doo, who captured a win in both. He posted a time of 1:50.54 in the 200 before finishing with a time of 48.76 in the 100. In the 50 free, it was Brandon McCredie who hit the wall first at 20.59. He later won the 100 free at 45.90. Ty Dang's times of 2:04.66 in the 200 and 57.40 in the 100 were both good for first. Army swept both diving events after Hudson Kay scored 277.20 in 1-meter and Michael Burke finished with a score of 280.27 in the 3-meter. Read More

CDT Dela Cruz Independent Nuclear Engineering Study
1/10/2018

Cadet Reniel Dela Cruz presented his work on "Monte Carlo Criticality and Burn-up Analysis of Accident-Tolerant Fuel Cladding Designs for Pressurized Water Reactors". The research aimed to determine the best Accident-Tolerant Fuel Cladding design for Pressurized Water Reactors. It focused on the neutronic aspect of the various cladding designs. Dela Cruz used Monte Carlo N-Particle transport code to simulate an infinite reactor with various cladding compositions designed to reduce hydrogen productions during a loss-of-coolant accident like the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster. His work analyzed various proposed innovative designs and objectively determined the best composition based upon accident resistance, cost of enrichment and lifetime of the reactor core. Dela Cruz will present the results of his research at the annual American Nuclear Society Student Conference at the University of Florida in March 2018 and is working within the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering for a related Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) through the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Cadets Host Curator from National Museum of American History
1/10/2018

Cadets Host Curator from National Museum of American History Inorganic Chemistry recently partook in two enrichment activities that provided an opportunity for the class to see different applications and viewpoints of topics discussed in the course. They hosted Dr. Kristen Frederick-Frost, Curator for the Division of Medicine and Science at the National Museum of American History. She spoke with the class about some of the challenges and responsibilities associated with an item in the Museum’s collection containing a small amount of lewisite, an organometallic compound. They also visited the U.S. Mint at West Point. Chief Assayer Jeanette Grogan guided the class through a tour of both the production area of the Mint as well as the laboratory. She discussed some of the instrumentation and techniques used onsite for trace analysis to assess the quality of metals. Cadet Jacob Fitzgerald '17 assisted with the tour and described work he completed in the laboratory during an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) at the MINT.

Cyber Security Engineering Capstone Project
1/9/2018

Cyber Security Engineering Capstone ProjectThe cadet team spent the first 10 lessons of the capstone working to re-design, build, and harden an inherited, insecure network. As the teams worked to design and clean up the breach, they eventually determined that the security breach in their sector may have been an inside job, noticing a hidden document (plans.txt attached) in the root directory of their system. This document describes a course of action from ex-employee Dr. Martin Brenner, domain administrator, to establish some sort of "gateway" into their IT infrastructure for data extraction. The scenario is a play on Netflix's "Stranger Things" that leads the cadets to both prepare for another attack and to search for backdoors on their systems. The teams must then prepare their systems for Dr. Brenner's return by monitoring their network using Wireshark and/or other tools. They need to establish some sort of logging to identify, track, and, hopefully, prevent Dr. Brenner's return should he follow through with his plans. At a minimum, they are required to establish network traffic monitoring (Wireshark or TCPDUMP) on their web and DNS servers as well as Linux users. They are also required to set up web traffic monitoring and basic system logging. In addition, they are recommended to enable DNS and MySQL logging and to establish real-time event notifications for bonus points.

Men's Basketball Escapes D.C. with Victory
1/9/2018

CDT Matt Wilson '20Turnovers nearly plague Army West Point men's basketball but the Black Knights squeeze by to defeat American here Monday night, 58-54. Army registered a season-high 25 turnovers, in which the Eagles recorded 22 points. The home team compiled 15 steals, a season-high mark for them. It was a low-scoring affair but an exciting one toward the end as American held a 54-53 lead with 5:33 remaining. Neither team could score over the next three-and-a-half minutes until a put-back layup from rookie Babacar Thiombane handed the visitors a 55-54 edge with 2:02 left to play. Matt Wilson was the lone Black Knight to tally double-digit scoring as he finished with a game-high 16 points. The yearling finished 7-of-12 from the floor and 2-of-6 from the free throw line. He closed out his night with six rebounds. Blackwell chipped in nine points and was an impressive 5-of 6 from the charity stripe, a career-best for him. Funk added seven points and handed out a team-best four assists. Thiombane had himself a strong defensive game, leading the Cadets on the boards with a career and game-high eight rebounds. Read More

CDT Garrett Simon Independent MDI-QKD Study
1/9/2018

Cadet Garrett Simon presented his work on Measurement-Device-Independent Quantum Key Distribution (MDI-QKD), a two-photon protocol that was devised to eliminate eavesdropping attacks by an eavesdropper (Eve) that interrogate or control the detector in conventional quantum key distribution protocols. In MDI-QKD, the measurements are carried out by a potentially untrusted third party and all the results are announced openly. Knowledge or control of the measurement results gives Eve no information about the secret key. Even in the absence of non-ideal optical components and detectors, error-free implementation of the MDI-QKD protocol requires the crypto-communicating parties to independently prepare and transmit single photons that are physically indistinguishable, with the possible exception of their polarization states.

Cadets Present Work at CBD S&T Conference
1/9/2018

Cadets Present Work at CBD S&T Conference Dr. Alex Mitropoulos from the Departments of Mathematical Sciences and Chemistry and Life Science attended the 2017 Chemical and Biological Defense Science & Technology (CBD S&T) conference in Long Beach, CA. The CBD S&T Conference was sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). CLS Faculty have received funding from DTRA to engineer a handheld cell-based bio-sensing platform to detect aerosolized chemicals. 2LT Dillon Macky ’17, CDT Jason Hug ’18, CDT Louie Klemm ’19, CDT Channah Mills ’20, CDT Liz Huuki ’20, and CDT Matt McDonough ’20 were authors on the poster, “Engineered olfactory receptors for chemical detection.”

Toth Accepts Invite to the Reese's Senior Bowl
1/8/2018

CDT Brett Toth '18Firstie offensive tackle Brett Toth has accepted an invite to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl on Jan. 27. Toth was one of eight new additions to the roster for the game, which is played in Mobile, Ala., and features some of the most talented seniors that just completed their final season of college football. The game is set for 1:30 p.m. CT kickoff on the NFL Network. The Charleston, S.C., native is the first player from the United States Military Academy to participate in the Senior Bowl in the 67-year history of the event. Toth has been a three-year starter for the Black Knights and contributed to 18 wins in the last two seasons and finished his career with 24 victories in an Army uniform. He helped Army lead the nation in rushing with 262.3 yards per game and a new Academy record for rushing yards in a season with 4,710 in 2017. Army also broke its 2016 rushing touchdown record with 50 this season and combined with the 2016 team, the Black Knights have scored 96 rushing touchdowns. Read More

CME High Performance Computing Brown Bag
1/8/2018

CME High Performance Computing Brown BagThe second monthly USMA High Performance Computing (HPC) Brown Bag recently took place. Monthly at noon or soon thereafter, faculty, staff, and cadets interested in high performance computing have a forum to highlight their work, exchange ideas, build collaboration, and learn more about HPC. Our featured HPC Brown Bag Speaker was Dr. Suzanne Matthews of EECS, whose talk title and abstract appear below. Departments represented at the second HPC Brown Bag were: Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME), Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Library Science, and Physics and Nuclear Engineering (PaNE). All faculty, staff, and cadets with an interest in HPC are strongly encouraged to attend.

Funk Notches Career High Against Bucknell
1/8/2018

CDT Tommy Funk '20The Army West Point men's basketball team dropped an 83-66 decision to the reigning Patriot League Champions Bucknell here Friday night. Yearling guard Tommy Funk led the Black Knights with a career-high 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. He chipped in a career-best five makes from behind-the-arc to finish 5-of-7 from long range. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/rZYC5j6bX9w. The Warrington, Pa., native closed out his night a perfect 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. The only other cadet-athlete to reach twin figures in the contest was rookie Tucker Blackwell who posted 12 points. Jordan Fox handed out a game-high seven assists, and shifted into ninth place all-time in program history with 285 helpers. The cow passed Marcus Nelson's career total of 280. On the boards, Matt Wilson pulled down a team-best seven rebounds, while Fox followed closely with six of his own.

CDT O'Neill Independent DTS Study
1/8/2018

CDT O'Neill Independent DTS StudyCadet Jacob O’Neill presented his work characterizing and validating the differential temperature sensors (DTS) used to calculate the turbulence structure of the air near the surface of the Earth at various locations around West Point. O’Neill characterized the performance of five DTS systems placed around West Point to include the roof of Bartlett Hall, near the Hudson River, on Redoubt 4, and two systems at Range 11. The turbulence structures calculated using the data from the DTS is incorporated in models that predict how the atmosphere distorts high energy laser beams. The work is sponsored by the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command and the Joint Directed Energy Transition Office.

Senior CLASS Award Names Morrison a Nominee
1/8/2018

CDT Luke Morrison '18Army West Point men's basketball saw forward Luke Morrison named a candidate for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award on Thursday. Morrison is one of thirty NCAA men's basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Academically, Morrison excels across all pillars at the United States Military Academy and is recognized by not only his teammates, but the academy's leadership, for his accomplishments. He is very involved in his political science major and meets with others in his degree to mentor them throughout the semester. He dons a German Proficiency Badge (GPB), which signifies a person is qualified in several different physical challenges to include swimming, running, handling an M9 handgun and long-distance rucking. Read More

Men's Basketball Pulls Away Late For First League Win
1/3/2018

CDT Alex King '21The Army West Point men's basketball team earned its first Patriot League win here Tuesday night after an 86-75 victory over Loyola. The contest marked Army's first game at Christl Arena in 42 days and shifted the Black Knights to 3-0 when playing on their home court. It was a back-and-forth affair for much of the contest with eight ties and nine lead changes. With it a 69-65 Army advantage with just under five-and-a-half minutes left to play, the Cadets used a 10-3 run to ultimately put the game out of reach at 79-68. The Black Knights were then able to hold on down the stretch for the double-digit win. Leading the way for the Black Knights were Alex King and Matt Wilson, who posted 18 and 15 points, respectively. Also reaching twin figures was Tucker Blackwell (13 points) and Luke Morrison (10 points). King finished his night 6-of-10 from the floor, 1-of-1 from behind-the-arc and 5-of-8 at the free throw line for the seven-double-digit scoring night of his career. Read More

CME Run to Remember Honors Fallen Heroes
1/3/2018

CME Run to Remember Honors Fallen HeroesThe semi-annual Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) Run to Remember to honor fallen graduates from the civil and mechanical engineering programs recently took place. Twenty-eight faculty, staff, cadets, and family members ran or walked to the West Point cemetery where the group read the names of the seventeen fallen heroes and visited the gravesites of the four fallen graduates buried in the West Point cemetery (1LT David Bernstein, CPT Matthew August, CPT Ralph Harting III, and 1LT Nick Dewhirst).

Murray, Hovren Power Women's Basketball Past Loyola
1/3/2018

Murray, Hovren Power Women's Basketball Past LoyolaBehind standout performances by Aliyah Murray and Madison Hovren, the Army West Point women's basketball team picked up its first Patriot League victory after defeating Loyola, 69-62, on Tuesday night at Reitz Arena. Murray led the Black Knights (8-5, 1-1 Patriot League) on the offensive end for the second consecutive outing, putting in 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting. She added four assists and four steals against the Greyhounds (2-11, 0-2 Patriot League). Hovren contributed heavily with her 10th double-double of her junior campaign, recording 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Janae McNeal chipped in with 10 points and eight boards. Hovren became just the 25th Cadet in program history to reach 900 career points. She now ranks 23rd all-time in scoring with 906 points. Read More

Cadets Present Independent LIBS Study
1/3/2018

Cadets Raymond Cole-Machuca, Scott Nieboer, and Colin Sullivan presented their work on Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for Nuclear Forensics Applications. The LIBS system will be used to evaluate the potential application of LIBS for in-situ debris analysis for post-detonation nuclear forensics. The Army's 20th CBRNE Command with other government agencies collect debris from a nuclear explosion then ship to various national laboratories for time intensive radiochemical analysis. The long-term goal of this project is to determine if LIBS can analyze the debris at the collection site and provide needed data more rapidly to the nuclear forensics process. The major components of the LIBS system (Nd:YAG laser and high resolution spectrometer) were recently refurbished and the system needed to be reassembled and tested. The cadets reassembled the system, learned how to use difficult control software, collect spectra for various elements, and match the experimental data to the know spectral lines of cobalt, copper and iron. Next semester the students will compare the LIBS spectra from Trinitite (debris from first US nuclear weapon test) and a surrogate material produced by the University of Tennessee to replicate Trinitite. The work is sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency through the Nuclear Science and Engineering Research Center (NSERC) and the Army Research Laboratory through the Photonics Research Center (PRC).

Cadet Space Based Range Independent Study
1/3/2018

CDTs Caleb Shifrin and Michaela Farris presented their work on a Space Based Range. The aim of their research project was to access current and proposed low and medium altitude commercial satellite systems as a potential low-cost alternative to the traditional 'String of Pearls' that consist of numerous aircraft and boats for long range flight testing. Using the FCC database for the commercial satellite systems and a minimum set of requirements, they narrowed the list to four potential commercial satellite systems for further study. Their work was sponsored by Space and Missile Defense Command, and was conducted through the SMDC-RAC at West Point.

Sakata Represents Golf at Patriot All-America Event
1/2/2018

CDT Dean Sakata '18Army West Point golf saw Dean Sakata compete at the Patriot All-America Invitational over the weekend at The Wigwam Arizona. The event took place Thursday through Sunday at the beautiful course and Sakata represented the Black Knights as their lone competitor. Each golfer playing in The Patriot All-America honors a fallen or severely injured soldier by carrying a golf bag bearing the name of that soldier. Before the tournament, participants receive a card with the soldier's story, so they can be familiar with who that person was, what they represented and how they were killed or wounded in action. Sakata played on behalf of his fallen classmate Cadet Mitchell A. Winey, who passed away on June 2, 2016 in the line of duty. Over the three days, Sakata shot a 70-76-80--226 (+16) for 76th place, while competing against some of the top collegiate golfers in the nation. The firstie posted with his best score of the weekend on the opening day when he finished even at 70. Read More

CALDOL Hosts Central Intelligence
1/2/2018

CALDOL Hosts Central IntelligenceCenter for the Advancement of Leader Development and Organizational Learning (CALDOL) hosted a Central Intelligence Agency team who specializes in using tabletop games for teaching and learning. The team hosted multiple seminars for staff and faculty, discussing the long history of gaming in learning and why games are so effective for helping students master complex topics and processes. Seminar participants played teaching games and received constructive feedback on their own game ideas. The team also conducted a brainstorming session with several cadets in the Defense and Strategic Studies capstone and recorded a podcast with the Modern Warfare Institute.

CDT Marcos Arroyo Independent STI Study
1/2/2018

Cadet Marcos Arroyo presented his science policy work that describes how a third world country's Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies can help improve the development of the country. Arroyo examined factors such as education systems, technological support services, technology transfer policies through direct foreign investment, and trade. He focused his work on a case-study of Ghana using the Republic of Korea as a historical example. The results of his work will be shared with the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Independent Physics Laser Study
1/2/2018

Independent Physics Laser StudyCadets Nolan Hedglin, Tina Le and Pete Meyer presented their work measuring the hole formation in metals due to a high energy laser. Their project measures the high energy laser beam properties and measures how that laser beam burns through a piece of steel using high speed and infrared cameras. The results will be incorporated into high energy laser weapons development models to help inform how the lasers can be best used to defend against unmanned aerial systems. The work is sponsored by the Joint Directed Energy Transition Office, the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command, and the Army Research Office.

 

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