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McGraw Named to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

CDT Zac McGraw 2'0 Zac McGraw of the Army West Point men's soccer team was named to the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List as announced by United Soccer Coaches and the Missouri Athletic Club on Thursday. The MAC Hermann Trophy, presented by World Wide Technology, is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer and is presented annually to the most outstanding male and female players of the year. This year's winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. Fifteen semifinalists will be named for both the men's and women's MAC Hermann Trophy near the end of the college season based on voting by NCAA Division I coaches and from those candidates, three finalists will ultimately be placed on the ballot for the coveted award. "Zac is one of the top-10 defenders in the college game," head coach Russell Payne said. "He will have a great opportunity to lead this team forward this fall." The two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year was selected as one of 31 Division I men's soccer student-athletes to join the exclusive watch list. He joins former Black Knights' standout Winston Boldt '15, who received the honor in 2014. Read More

Two Cadets Receive Preseason All-League Honors

CDTs Zac McGraw '20 and Keenan OShea '21The Army West Point men's soccer team picked up a trio of preseason Patriot League awards and was selected to finish fifth in the preseason poll, as announced by the league office on Tuesday. For the second consecutive year, Army found itself in the fifth spot in the preseason poll with 89 points. Loyola, the defending regular season champion, was chosen as the league favorite and received 162 points with 18 first-place votes. Boston University was picked to finish second right behind the Greyhounds with 129 points while earning the remaining two first-place votes. Colgate and Lehigh each collected 124 points and tied for third. The Black Knights were followed by Bucknell (88) Holy Cross (71), American (55), Navy (30) and Lafayette (28).

Two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, Zac McGraw, defended his title as the preseason defensive player of the year for the second-straight year. He has served as a key cog on the back line for the Cadets in his first two seasons. He led an Army defense that finished atop the league in fewest goals allowed (14), while limiting the opponents to the fewest amount of shots (132). The Torrance, Calif., native also helped the Black Knights post a league-best eight shutouts a season ago.

Keenan O'Shea, who locked up All-Patriot League Third Team honors after a solid sophomore campaign, is receiving preseason all-league recognition for the first time in his career. He netted five goals as one of the team's top scoring threats. The Chesterfield, Va., native also handed out four helpers and compiled 14 points on the year. Read More

Faculty Attend the Future is Urban Meeting

The future is urban, are we ready for it? The Army Vision states that in the coming years we must "focus training on high-intensity conflict, with emphasis on operating in dense urban terrain..." LTC Mindy Kimball and LTC Brian Novoselich attended a meeting of the Subterranean and Dense Urban Environment (SbT/DUE) Materiel Developer Community of Practice (CoP), chaired by U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). The mission of the CoP on SbT/DUE is to inform and provide Army leadership, stakeholders, and customers with relevant, coordinated, and synchronized information, assessments, and recommendations regarding SbT/DUE capabilities. West Point has been engaged in the SbT/DUE CoP since 2016, and the community involves over 20 different organizations from Defense research labs to Joint organizations and Army Centers of Excellence. West Point's involvement so far has been truly interdisciplinary, comprised of faculty and cadets from Geography, Foreign Languages, Social Sciences, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Math, and the Modern War Institute. Look for the Army Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy to be formally published this fall, titled "US Army Dense Urban and Subterranean Environment Capabilities Strategy, 2019-2034."

LTC Wright & LTC Oxendine Present at IEEE IGARSS

LTC Wright & LTC Oxendine Present at IEEE IGARSSLTC Wright and LTC Oxendine presented their paper “Classifying Terrestrial Based Forest Photography with Geographic Information Systems to Model Signal Loss” at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium in Valencia, Spain. Their paper addressed the challenges of using GPS receivers in forest environments, where GPS L-band signals are attenuated by vegetation. It is problematic to predict the quality of signal reception in forested areas. To predict GPS signal attenuation, they developed a quantitative measure of the local forest structure and density. Terrestrial based hemispherical sky-oriented photographs were used to rapidly and remotely sample the structure and density of forest canopy. This study determined the attenuation of GPS signals in forests, by correlating changes in the signal-to-noise ratio of the received GPS signals under different canopies, using the observed canopy closure at the directed location of individual GPS satellite vehicles derived from terrestrial photography. Their results verified that the loss of signal is strongly correlated with the local structure and density of the forest and demonstrate how the calculated canopy closure can be used to better predict the attenuation of the GPS signals. The results also pertain to satellite communications, cellular signals, and the estimation of biomass from L-band radar.

Cadet AIAD to Belgium, Germany & Estonia

Dr. Scott Silverstone and Cadets Joseph Asemah, Donia Nichols, Natalie Hales and John Rogacki have returned from a three-week Grand Strategy Program Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) in Belgium, Germany, and Estonia where they studied the strategic history of NATO and the contemporary challenges faced by the alliance. They spent the second week in Berlin focusing on nuclear deterrence and intra-alliance politics during the Cold War, and the third week in Tallinn, Estonia studying cyber warfare, hybrid warfare, and conventional deterrence in the 21st century. In addition to visiting key historical and educational sites during their travels, the cadets worked through a full course syllabus with daily seminars, earning course credit for Field Studies in Grand Strategy.

Bravo Company New Cadets Having a Gas

New cadets from Bravo Company practice Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Training (CBRN) training by donning their protective masks in their crucible training at Camp Buckner.

Dr. Allen 10th out of 288 at Ironman 70.3

Dr. Ken Allen '93, Associate Professor with the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering competed in Ironman 70.3 Ohio recently. He finished 10th out of the 288 athletes in his division, and 102 out of 1,957 total finishers with a time of 4 hours and 49 minutes. He had the second-fastest bike split in the division, completing the 56-mile bike leg with an average speed of over 24 MPH, and finished the half-marathon in 1 hour and 43 minutes.

Malaysian AIAD with NDUM

Malaysian AIAD with NDUMCadets Peter Elmlinger '19, Silas Martinez '19, Joy Orr '20 and LTC Jordon Swain (BS&L) travelled to Malaysia for an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) with the National Military University of Malaysia (NDUM). The AIAD included a visit with US embassy personnel in Kuala Lumpur, survival training in the Malaysian jungle school, and a visit to the U.N. Peace Keeping Center. The West Point Cadets interacted with their Malaysian counterparts in all three branches of service, provided a briefing on the West Point Leader Development System (WPLDS), and even taught blocks of instruction on combatives and survival swimming. The schedule also allowed for experiences in downtown Kuala Lumpur and an excursion to the UNESCO world heritage site in Melaka where cadets learned about the history of the region. The AIAD not only improved cadets' cross-cultural competence but gave them insights into the nature of non-combat missions military leaders face in today's Army. Senior NDUM personnel requested information on PL300: Military Leadership. As they continue to improve their leader development practices at NDUM and expressed their excitement about further involvement in the annual West Point McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character (MCLC). Future AIADs to NDUM will be synched with USAFA and USNA in an attempt to improve the experience even more.

D‐CME Hosts Teaching Workshop

D‐CME Hosts Teaching WorkshopThe Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering hosted the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop recently. The ExCEEd Teaching Workshop is an annual one-week workshop that provides 24 engineering educators from across the Nation with an opportunity to improve their teaching. The workshop is a major component of ASCE’s ongoing faculty development initiative, called Project ExCEEd, and has been annually held at West Point since 1999. This week-long intensive workshop includes seminars on the theory and application of teaching/learning, demonstration classes from exemplary teachers, and multiple opportunities for participants to practice what they are learning. Participants also have the opportunity to see portions of West Point and learn a little about the Academy's mission to educate, train, and inspire. The workshop has been highly successful, as measured by positive feedback from its over 1,000 graduates, assessments by ASCE observers, and very favorable coverage in professional publications. During this year’s workshop, LTC Aaron Hill served as the Workshop Coordinator and COL Brad Wambeke served as a Mentor.

CDT Henry '20 Awarded an ARCOM

CDT Henry '20 Awarded an ARCOMCDT Joseph Henry '20, Engineering Management major, Company I1, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) by Brigadier General Sloane, Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (STRI), for his response to a gunshot victim. CDT Henry is on Temporary Duty (TDY) on a Systems Engineering Department Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) in Orlando, FL at PEO STRI, at the Medical Simulation Training Center and was a first responder to a shooting that took place just off campus as he and a civilian co-worker returned from lunch. CDT Henry responded with the other PEO STRI employee to help revive the shooting victim until EMT and Police responded. Cadet Joseph Henry responded without hesitation or concern for his own well-being in an attempt to stop the bleeding. Cadet Henry performed exceptionally well in a very stressful situation while attempting to save the individual's life.

USMA No. 1 Most Accessible Professors in Princeton Review

USMA No. 1 Most Accessible Professors in Princeton ReviewThe United States Military Academy at West Point has been named No. 1 Most Accessible Professors in this year's edition of The Best 384 Colleges by The Princeton Review. The Academy is one of 46 New York institutions that made the Best Colleges list. In fact, the Academy is on many rankings lists resulting from the survey that asked 138,000 students from across the country to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report their experiences.

Top USMA rankings include:
Most Accessible Professors #1
Best Classroom Experience #2
Best College Library #3
Best Health Services #3
Best Science Lab Facilities #6
Lots of Race/ Class Interaction #3
Everyone Plays Intramural Sports #8
Students Most Engaged in Community Service #8

Cadets say their professors are “amazing,” and “very accessible and devoted” and praise USMA for “helping them succeed not only in the classroom, but also outside in our daily lives as people and as leaders.”

Football Closes Out Week 1 of Fall Camp

Football Closes Out Week 1 of Fall Camp The Army West Point football team wrapped up its first week of fall camp on this past Sunday afternoon under sunny skies at West Point.

The Black Knights did multiple team and individual drills as well as its traditional fourth-quarter drill at Howze and Goldstein Fields.

Click here to watch the practice report.

Faculty Recruiting Trip to Ft. Benning & Atlanta

Faculty Recruiting Trip to Ft. Benning & AtlantaCOL Archie Bates, MAJs John Borland and Jacob Absalon, spent time recruiting students, Officers, and NCOs to join the West Point community. As the department personnel team, they had the opportunity to meet with junior captains, drill sergeants, JROTC instructors, & alumni in the Fort Benning & Atlanta, GA area. It was a productive and rewarding trip.

Football is Back in Action After Day 1 of Fall Camp

Football is Back in Action After Day 1 of Fall Camp The Army West Point football team began its fall camp yesterday afternoon at West Point.

The Black Knights took their skills back out to the turf on Howze Field and Goldstein Field for their first official day of practice. Due to a brief pop-up thunderstorm, the Cadets shifted their practice to their indoor facility before wrapping things up back outside.

Army is out on the practice field again today at 3:30 p.m.

The Parachute Team is Back Home

The Parachute Team is Back HomeThe West Point Parachute team is back in the Hudson Valley. After a long (and hot) summer full of rigorous military training around the world, the teammates have made their way back to the West Point area for summer jump training. On July 31, every Class of 2021 team member made their fifth skydives on their way to graduating to coach level jumps (the firsties are coach rated jumpers). The rest of the team worked hard on honing in their accuracy skills under canopy.

McCarty, Polhamus Honored by IWLCA

McCarty, Polhamus Honored by IWLCAFirstie Kristen McCarty and cow Nikki Polhamus of the Army West Point women's lacrosse team were both named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Zag Sports Division I Academic Honor Roll. In total, the IWLCA honored 462 student-athletes from 105 different institutions. To be eligible for this honor, student-athletes must be a junior, senior or graduate student and have earned a cumulative academic grade-point average of 3.50 or higher.

McCarty collected her second academic honor from the IWLCA, being named to the team in 2017. She has also been named to the Patriot League's Academic Honor Roll in each of the past three seasons and earned a spot on the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Academic Honor Roll this year. The Allentown, Pa., native graduated in May with a 3.708 GPA and a degree in Environmental Engineering. McCarty is a member of the Medical Service branch and posted to Fort Rucker, Ala., for Medevac training. Read More

CDT Sutherland Graduates Sapper

Econ major CDT Patrick Sutherland graduated from the US Army’s Sapper Leader Course on Friday July 27. Pat completed 28 days of training on a myriad of combat engineer tasks to include conventional and expedient demolitions, waterborne operations, air operations, mountaineering, and breaching. The course culminates in an intense 12-day field training exercise focused on small unit operations and all aspects of mobility, counter-mobility, and survivability. Pictured with Pat are his fellow graduates and his Political Thought instructor, Major John Chambers, a former commander of the Sapper Leader Course.

Photo: Pat and his Political Thought instructor, Major John Chambers, a former commander of the Sapper Leader Course

Fall Camp Starts for Army Football

Fall Camp Starts for Army FootballThe Army West Point football team kicks off its fall camp tomorrow with the first of 14 practices scheduled as head coach Jeff Monken begins his fifth year at the helm.

Tickets are still available for all home games at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights start their home season by hosting Liberty and Hawaii in back-to-back weekends on Sept. 8 and 15, respectively.

Army then welcomes Miami (OH) on Oct. 20, before wrapping up its home slate with three-straight games against Air Force (Nov. 3), Lafayette (Nov. 10) and Colgate (Nov. 17). Army fans interested in purchasing tickets can do so by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY or online by clicking here.

The below dates and times are subject to change. To get behind the scenes coverage, follow football on Twitter at @ArmyWP_Football and for up-to-date information and videos throughout camp visit GoArmyWestPoint.com.

2018 Army West Point Preseason Camp Schedule
Thurs, Aug 2 - 3:30 pm | Fri, Aug 3 - 3:30 pm | Sat, Aug 4 - 3:30 pm (Closed Practice to Media) | Sun, Aug 5 - 3:55 pm | Mon, Aug 6 - 2:40 pm | Wed, Aug 8 - 3:00 pm | Thurs, Aug 9 - 3:00 pm | Fri, Aug 10 - 3:00 pm | Sat, Aug 11 - 3:00 pm | Mon, Aug 13 - 3:00 pm | Tues, Aug 14 - 3:00 pm | Wed, Aug 15 - 3:00 pm | Fri, Aug 17 - 3:55 pm | Sat, Aug 18 - 12:15 pm

Come Enjoy the Benny Havens Band at Trophy Point

Carefree summer fun coming your way! This Saturday, dance the night away with The Benny Havens Band at Trophy Point to the best of pop, hip-hop, rock, R&B, country - you name it!

Click here for more info: Benny Havens Band: Dancing Under the Stars

Or watch live on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-R7uOHupBLQ

The Class of 2021 Completes CFT

The Class of 2021 Completes CFTThe Class of 2021 completed Cadet Field Training (CFT) requirements with a 7.15-mile Run Back from Camp Buckner this past Sunday as the Class of 2022 began its final phase of Cadet Basic Training (CBT) as it marches out to Camp Buckner for its mandatory two-week field training requirement and then anticipation of a 12-mile return (March Back) to West Point August 13 -- the culminating event for Cadet Summer Training. To see more photos click here.

Woolfolk Adds to Preseason Watch List Accolades

Woolfolk Adds to Preseason Watch List AccoladesFirstie fullback Darnell Woolfolk was selected to the 2018 Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List on Friday. In addition to the Camp honor, Woolfolk was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List earlier this month. In all, 41 schools and 11 conferences (including independents) are represented on the list with defending national champion Alabama, Miami (Florida), Clemson, Ohio State and West Virginia each having two players. There are 38 offensive players (17 quarterbacks, 15 running backs and six receivers/tight ends) on the list along with 12 from the defensive side of the ball. "We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation," Foundation president Michael Madera said. "This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football." Woolfolk has been a work horse for the Black Knights over the last two seasons with a total of 1,412 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground. Last season, he averaged 81 rushing yards per game and gained 5.2 yards per carry as one of Army's leading rushers. He finished second on the team in rushing in 2018 with 812 yards in 10 games after missing three due to injury. He gained over 100 yards in two games in 2018, including a career high 132 against Temple at home which clinched a bowl berth for the Black Knights. Read More

Life Science Cadets Develop Antibody Therapeutics

Life Science Cadets Develop Antibody TherapeuticsLife Science cadets Serica Hallstead '20 and Jacob Keith '20 spent the past three weeks working on developing antibody therapeutics for potential use against viruses such as Ebola virus while on their Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, MD. The cadets worked in the lab of Dr. John Dye, one of world's leading researchers on filoviruses whose involvement in the development of the ZMAPP therapeutic proved invaluable during the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2015. In the "cold side" of the Dye lab, where researchers safely study the non-infectious parts of these otherwise deadly viruses, the cadets infected cells with a recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus that is enclosed with an Ebola glycoprotein. In this way, they were able to mimic Ebola infection and then use cell biology and molecular biology assays to evaluate the effectiveness of using antibodies to treat these mock infections.

In addition to conducting experiments in routine laboratory conditions, they were privileged to partake in USAMRIID's containment training lab. Here, the cadets donned the Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) "space suits" to simulate working in a BSL-4 seeing. The Dye team set up Lincoln Logs and dominos for the cadets, as well as the Operation board game. At first, the cadets were only able to set up 5 dominoes before knocking them over by accident, but they improved over time. The cadets also practiced switching air hoses, so they could move around the lab while maintaining their suit's airflow. Working in BSL-4 conditions is extremely valuable to developing ways to detect, treat, and ultimately vaccinate Soldiers against such deadly viruses, and the cadets gained an immense appreciation for the skill and training required for such work.

SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science

LTC Matthew Armstrong recently attended both the Society of Industrial and Applied Math (SIAM) Annual Meeting and the SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science held concurrently in Portland, Oregon at the Oregon Convention Center. While there he presented the following two talks: Mathematical Aspects of Modeling the Rheology of Complex Material and Comparison of Global, Stochastic Optimization Algorithms with Toy Problems and fitting Multi-Parameter Models to Dynamic Systems.

Faculty Present Research at Annual NEMPET Meeting

Faculty Present Research at Annual NEMPET Meeting Professor Michael Labare and Dr. George Kennedy traveled to Blue Mountain Lake, NY to attend the annual NEMPET (Northeastern Microbiology, Physiology, Ecology and Taxonomy) meeting. They presented two posters covering the research conducted by cadets over the last year. They were accompanied by Samantha Schultz, a summer intern from the University of New England and Michaela Labare, a volunteer summer intern also from UNE. The posters and co-authors were: Protecting the Warfighter from Pathogens, George Kennedy, Michael Min, Michael Nguyen, Jacob Fitzgerald, Samantha Shultz, Michael Butkus, Jeff Starke, Dwight Bowman, and Michael P. Labare. Protecting the Warfighter from Parasites, Megan Gagnon, Sarah Chamberlin, Katherine Iwanyk, Michaela Labare, M. Butkus, D. D. Bowman, and M. P. Labare.

Academic Flight Program Orientation

Academic Flight Program OrientationCOL Rich Melnyk conducted an orientation flight in one of the department’s C-182 aircraft with the Vice Dean for Operations, COL Mike Yankovich. The two discussed the history and overall purpose of the flight lab program and conducted an overview of the aircraft. In flight, COL Melnyk demonstrated many of the aerodynamic principles and procedures that the department uses on all three flight laboratories including high and low G flight, static and dynamic stability, stalls, and control coupling.

Erskine '20 Publishes Article in the CCEIA

Erskine '20 Publishes Article in the CCEIACadet John Erskine’s article “Politics and Cartography: The Power of Deception through Distortion” was published in the online journal Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (CCEIA). The article discusses how maps can portray information in many different ways and that a skilled Cartographer can manipulate the conveyed information in ways to influence a reader. His article can be found at: https://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publications/ethics_online/politics-and-cartography-the-power-of-deception-through-distortion.

Walker Added to Hornung Award Watch List

CDT Kell Walker '20Cow running back Kell Walker was selected to the Watch List for the 2018 Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse. The Paul Hornung Award, now in its ninth season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner presented by Jewish Hospital Sports Medicine, to be held at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville in March 2019. This will be The Paul Hornung Award's third year as an associate member of the National College Football Awards Association.

The Paul Hornung Award has an impressive legacy. Saquon Barkley, the 2017 Paul Hornung Award winner, was the second pick in the 2018 NFL Draft; the three 2017 finalists also are currently on NFL rosters. The six most-recent winners, including Barkley, were NFL first round draft picks in their respective years. Kell Walker is one Army's most versatile players on the field. He has played multiple positions in the backfield and has contributed to special teams throughout his Army career. Last season, Walker averaged over 100 all-purpose yards per game and had a 7.3-yards-per-carry average with 629 yards on 86 carries. Walker was also Army's leading receiver with 111 yards on five catches. Read More

Faculty Research Presented ASEE Conference

LTC Landon Raby, CPT Erick Martinez, CPT Charles Ouellette, CPT Luke Plante, and CPT Nathaniel Sheehan attended the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. LTC Raby presented a paper entitled "Integrating Army Doctrine and Engineering Design: Preparing Millennials to Become Future Officers" and authored by LTC Raby, CPT Martinez, and COL(R) Jeffrey Starke, and Dr. Patrick Baker. LTC Raby also moderated a panel discussion entitled "Veteran Identity and Inclusion." CPT Ouellette presented a paper entitled "Informing an Environmental Ethic in Future Leaders Through an Environmental Engineering Sequence" and authored by CPT Ouellette, CPT Plante, CPT Martinez, LTC Benjamin Wallen, and COL(R) Starke. CPT Sheehan presented a paper entitled "Collaboration in Assessment and Individual Validation for the 'Digital Native'" and authored by CPT Sheehan, COL(R) Starke, and MAJ David Zgonc, and he received the award for best paper in the Environmental Engineering Division. In addition to providing the Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering (GENE) attendees an opportunity to present research, the conference attendance helped GENE's faculty gain exposure to research from and network with industry leaders and faculty members from other universities.

Grand Strategy Program AIAD

Grand Strategy Program AIADDr. Scott Silverstone and Cadets Joseph Asemah, Donia Nichols, Natalie Hales, and John Rogacki, are in the Grand Strategy Program Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) focusing on the strategic history of NATO and its current challenges. During the first week they visited NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, where they spent time with Mr. Dave Johnson, a Russia expert with NATO's International Staff, and LTC Kevin Steele, with the US Mission to NATO, right before the NATO summit meeting. The team then travelled to Fulda and Geisa, Germany to spend five days on the former inner-German border to study the Cold War German divide at the Point Alpha Foundation, a research organization supporting the continuing study of the Cold War in Germany and preserving the history of American forces that supported the defense of West Germany. The team held seminars with the foundation's research staff, toured the former border observation posts and garrisons maintained by the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and spent two days touring the Cold War border with LTC(R) Bradley Gavlin, who was on duty with the 11th ACR at Observation Post Alpha the night the Berlin Wall was opened.

Sakata/Turner Named to All-America Scholars List

CDTs Dean Sakata '19 and Nick Turner '20Army West Point Golfers Dean Sakata and Nick Turner were tabbed Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of American (GCAA) on Wednesday. Sakata wrapped up his Black Knights career tied for 10th-place at the 2018 Patriot League Championships after he carded a 228 (+12). He finished as an All-Patriot League Second Team selection and graduated with a 3.288 cumulative GPA. Turner was Army's top golfer at the conference championships, taking fifth place after he posted a mark of 223 (+7). The junior garnered All-Patriot League First Team praise for this accomplishment and boasted a 3.752 cumulative GPA. A new record number of student-athletes earned All-America Scholar status including 265 in Division I, 126 in Division II and 23 in NAIA.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team's competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 78.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university. Read More

CDT Okazaki Working on Unmanned Ground Vehicle

CDT Ammon Working on Unmanned Ground VehicleCadet Ammon Okazaki has been working to repurpose an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robot into a system that can autonomously detect and map gamma radiation fields. He is working with scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and U.S. Army officers pursuing graduate degrees in nuclear engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. The project is sponsored by USMA's Robotics Research Center (RRC) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's (DTRA) Nuclear Science and Engineering Research Center (NSERC). Ammon started working on it this past semester as part of an independent research course. During the past spring semester, he designed an adjustable mounting assembly for the array of sensors and explored alternate detector configurations to optimize the directional sensitivity of the system.

As part of his Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) experience, Ammon has adjusted his mounting scheme and 3-D printed his design for use on the unmanned ground vehicle. Additionally, he has been using UC Berkeley's high-performance computing cluster to run high-fidelity stochastic models of the detector systems and writing code to efficiently extract data from the output. He has also had the opportunity to see some of the other innovative radiation detection research that is going on at LBNL in the Applied Nuclear Physics program as well as explore the food, culture, and attractions of the Bay area.

USMA New Instructor Orientation Activities

USMA New Instructor Orientation ActivitiesThe Social Sciences Department (SOSH) conducted their annual New Instructor Orientation Boat Ride. The two-hour ride on the Superintendent's boat gave the new instructors and their families time to mingle with senior faculty while enjoying the sights and history of the Hudson Highlands. More than seventy faculty members and their families attended! The boat ride capped off a week of team-building activities, as new instructors also hiked up the Trail of the Fallen on Tuesday morning.

Cadets Meet with NYC DEP

CDT Matthew Volpe, summer intern Jack Wallen, and Dr. Patrick Baker visited the Ashokan Reservoir in West Hurley, NY and the field office of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Kingston, NY. The group received a tour of the DEP laboratories and was briefed on the history and scale of New York City’s water supply. They discussed the Long-Term Watershed Protection program the DEP implements to preserve water quality in accordance with filtration avoidance criteria set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

New Cadets Begin the Home Stretch

New Cadets Begin the Home StretchNew Cadet Visitation Day was a success. A great day to relax for the new cadets, but now it's back to work during the second half of Cadet Basic Training (CBT) a.k.a. Beast Barracks. New Cadet Visitation Day officially completes CBTI. This is a day where new cadets meet West Point community members in a non-training location and spend four hours relaxing, eating, playing games, learning a little more about West Point and the Army, calling family and friends. While at the same time, the new cadets kick start CBTII with their new cadre.

Army-Navy Cup Tickets Available for Purchase

Army-Navy Cup Tickets Available for PurchaseTickets for the seventh installment of Army-Navy Cup at Talen Energy Stadium on Oct. 12 are now available for purchase.

Tickets for this year's match can be found at this link.

This year's Army-Navy Cup gives each of the service academies an opportunity to take sole possession of the series at Talen Energy Stadium. The series is currently deadlocked at 2-2-2. Army-Navy Cup debuted in 2012 and ended in a draw. Navy won in both 2013 and 2014, while Army was victorious in 2015 and 2016 before a second draw in last season's match.

Nachtigal Added to Nagurski Trophy Watch List

Nachtigal Added to Nagurski Trophy Watch ListFirstie linebacker James Nachtigal was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List on Tuesday and the award is given to the defensive player of the year in college football. The Football Writers Association of America chose 97 defensive standouts from 61 schools in all 10 Division I FBS conferences. Nachtigal is one of 26 linebackers on the list and is the lone representative on the watch list from the service academies. The senior from Fort Atkinson, Wis., lead Army in tackles last season with 103 total stops in his first season as a starter on the defense. He had double-digit stops in five games last season, including a career high 13 tackles opposite Eastern Michigan and Temple. He had a stretch of six games where he totaled 63 tackles. Nachtigal also added eight tackles for loss and five sacks.

Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. As in previous years, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday this season. If not already on the watch list, each week's honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 14. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association's full membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski Trophy finalists. Committee members, by individual ballot, select the winner they regard as the best defensive player in college football. Read More

Chemistry & Life Science Faculty Presentation and Publication

Chemistry & Life Science Faculty Presentation and PublicationLTC Andrew Pfluger, along with colleagues Dr. Junko Munakata-Marr, Dr. Bob Siegrist, and Dr. Gary Vanzin from the Colorado School of Mines, published a peer-reviewed conference proceedings paper titled “Learning benefits of integrating socio-economic and cultural considerations into an onsite water reclamation course project” at the 2018 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Junko Munakata-Marr presented their work in the Environmental Engineering Division on. The publication is available: https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/106/papers/21960/view (Paper ID #21960)

Ethics and Literature in Prague AIAD

Ethics and Literature in Prague AIADDepartment of English and Philosophy (DEP) faculty led cadets from various departments to study and focus on ethical questions posed by momentous events that occurred in Prague during WWII, specifically the assassination of high ranking Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich by Czech and Slovak resistance fighters and the retaliatory murder of thousands of civilians with no ties to the resistance. In Prague, cadets on the Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) retraced the path of Heydrich's car and visited the monument marking the ambush site. They later visited the crypt which now acts as both a monument and a museum to remember the partisan fighters who assassinated Heydrich. After the ensuing manhunt, the two partisans that killed Heydrich joined with five other resistance members and concealed themselves in a cathedral to avoid capture. After weeks of concealment in a dark crypt, the men were betrayed. The partisans resisted a nine-hour long siege against 750 Nazis but saved the last bullets for themselves. The group also visited the site of the Lidice massacre. The Czechs revere this part of their history and remember the partisans as heroes. These events are foundational to the Czech national identity. During the AIAD, the group walked amongst the history and contemplated the permissibility of the various actions that constitute this saga.

Conducting Cutting-Edge Research in South Korea

Conducting Cutting-Edge Research in South KoreaCadet Reniel dela Cruz was selected for the Nuclear and Quantum Engineering (NQe) internship at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea. He is there with nine other undergraduate students and his working with Professor Yonghee Kim in the Nuclear Reactor Physics and Transmutation Laboratory. He is analyzing Accident Tolerant Fuel (ATF) designs that utilize uranium disilicide (U3Si2) fuel and various claddings and coatings. Specifically, he will employ high-fidelity Monte Carlo modeling and simulation codes to determine the equilibrium cycle performance of the different ATF designs in a small modular reactor designed by Professor Kim’s research group.

Modern Japan Staff Ride

Modern Japan Staff RideNine cadets and two Department of History faculty members on the Modern Japan Staff Ride explored the nature of Japanese identity from the Tokugawa Era to present day. The ride began in Hawaii where they visited Pearl Harbor, the USS Missouri, and later hiked Koko Head to survey the topography of Oahu. Next, they went to Japan and visited the three major cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. In Japan the cadets explored firsthand how Japan has changed since the Meiji restoration by traveling on high speed "bullet trains," visiting Buddhist temples, travelling to Mount Fuji and visiting a military museum and shrine. The trip was enlightening and challenging personally and academically as cadets confronted a World War II "enemy" in Hawaii and in a military museum, but also interacted personally with a nation that has been a close ally since post War. The cadets were grateful for the experience to answer historical questions firsthand and wrote powerful essays about Japanese identity at the conclusion of the staff ride.

Faculty Featured in "Hallowed Ground" Magazine

Faculty Featured in "Hallowed Ground" MagazineCOL Jason Musteen and LTC Dave Siry were featured in the summer issue of Hallowed Ground, the magazine of the American Battlefield Trust (formerly the Civil War Trust), the leading battlefield preservation organization in the United States, in an article written by LTC Siry on the use of battlefield staff rides by West Point.

Cadets Gain Clinical Laboratory Experience

Cadets Gain Clinical Laboratory ExperienceLife Science Cadets Gain Clinical Laboratory Experience during the Madigan Army Medical Center Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD). Over the past few weeks, Cadets Gartrell Bowling ’20 and Elizabeth Huuki ’20, Life Science majors on the pre-medical track, worked in the Department of Clinical Investigation at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. Under the supervision of the Department Chief, COL Richard Burney, and Drs. Nicholas Leronimakis and Christine Nadeau, the cadets were introduced to placenta perfusions, chlamydia research, and drawing blood and injecting mice in the animal facility. For the clinical portion of the AIAD, the cadets shadowed surgeons in the operating room and in clinics, and used robotic surgery instruments in the simulation lab.

Japanese Chief of Staff Visits USMA

Japanese Chief of Staff Visits USMAThe Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff Koji Yamazaki visited and toured the United States Military Academy at West Point recently.

He and his delegation spent two days meeting with the academy’s chain of command, received a historical tour of the academy, and observed and engaged with cadets at Cadet Field Training (CFT).

Photo by Bryan Ilyankoff - USMA PAO

CDT McDonough Shadows Organ Procurement

CDT McDonough Shadows Organ ProcurementThis past week, CDT Matthew McDonough ’20, a Life Science major on the pre-medical track, had the incredible experience of shadowing a donor procurement team from the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center. McDonough and the team traveled at midnight via helicopter from Baltimore, MD to Newark, NJ. At the hospital in Newark, McDonough shadowed the 5-6-hour organ procurement. The team promptly delivered the liver to the operating room (OR), where a transplant surgeon and resident prepared the liver for donation, while another team operated on the recipient patient.

CALDOL Supports Operation Atlantic Resolve

CALDOL Supports Operation Atlantic ResolveThe Center for the Advancement of Leader Development and Organizational Learning (CALDOL) spent some time earlier this month with U.S. Army units in Poland supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve, America's ongoing demonstration of its commitment to European security. CALDOL led Leader Professional Development (LPD) seminars in three locations with members of seven different units, including maneuver, support, and Reserve Component units. These seminars focused on the power of compelling stories for furthering individual and collective leader development. CALDOL also conducted interviews with participants who wanted to share their own stories of leadership in action. These stories will be integrated into the Cadet Character Development Program, the Junior Officer online forum (https://juniorofficer.army.mil/), and/or future LPDs. At each location, CALDOL discussed opportunities for officers and NCOs to serve on the USMA staff and faculty.

CDT Gilliland Experiencing Real-World Operations

CDT Gilliland Experiencing Real-World OperationsCadet Zachary Gilliland has been working as an intern for Duke Energy Progress at their Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant near Southport, North Carolina. Two General Electric boiling water reactors (BWRs) have been operating on the site since the late 1970’s. Zach is learning to inspect reactor maintenance plans for errors, generating predictive analyses for adjustments to the control rod configuration, and familiarizing himself with daily reactor operations while assigned to the reactor-engineering group within the Technical and Administration Center (TAC) of the plant. Additionally, he had the opportunity to tour a pressurize water reactor (PWR) at the Harris Nuclear Power Plant in Raleigh and observe the differences in the construction and operation of a PWR versus a BWR, which are by far the two most common reactor designs worldwide. Remarkably, Zach was also able to participate in a sea turtle release with the environmental department from BNP. The plant gets it cooling water directly from the Cape Fear River, which is very brackish, and has a large diversion system in place to protect fish, shrimp, crabs, and debris from entering the intake canal. However, unusual tides or storms push fish and other wildlife past barriers and into the canal system. Great care is taken to maintain the health of those creatures and return them back to their habitat unharmed. During Zach’s tenure, a sea turtle named “Southport” was released back to the ocean at Topsail Beach, amidst a crowd of several hundred cheering onlookers.

USMA & RMAS Training in Bavaria

USMA & RMAS Training in BavariaOfficer cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) and cadets from USMA trained side-by-side during Exercise Dynamic Victory at the Grafenwoer/Hohenfels Training area in Bavaria.

Exercise Dynamic Victory is the final confirmation exercise of the 44-week commissioning course for RMAS officer cadets. It tests the cadets' suitability to become junior officers in the field army.

The officer cadets undergo a live firing package, which gives valuable training in situational awareness and command and control, then deploy to a tactical phase where they operate in urban and rural environments, testing them on their personal administration, field craft and ability to make decisions under pressure

The 40 officer cadets were joined by #USMA cadets to share and understand training and foster relations between the U.K. and the U.S.

Photo by Bombardier Murray Kerr/RA Sandhurst Group

Cold War Staff Ride

Cold War Staff RideThis year the History Department's Cold War Staff Ride gave seven cadets an in-depth look at the causes, course, and consequences of the Cold War in Europe. These cadets spent two weeks of intensive preparation at West Point, participating in seminar-style classes debating the History of the Cold War and writing original research papers on diverse and interesting topics. They then traveled across Central and Eastern Europe for thirteen days, visiting some of the most important hot-spots of the Cold War and examining the role of individuals, ideologies, and culture in shaping history. Visiting Berlin, Potsdam, Prague, Budapest, Krakow, and Warsaw, the cadets saw some of the great cities of Europe, experienced the physical and human terrain that defined the Cold War, and practice language and historical skills in an immersive and immensely rewarding experience.

Photo: Cadets at the History Statue Warsaw

USMA Receives Award for Outstanding Contributions

USMA Receives Award for Outstanding ContributionsOn behalf of all staff, faculty, and cadets who served as judges for the 2018 eCybermission competition, LTC Corey James from the Department of Chemistry and Life Science accepted a plaque in recognition of USMA’s contributions at the 2018 National Judging and Educational Event in Reston, VA. The award highlights the 499 staff, faculty, and cadets who served to judge 1,853 mission folders in support of the competition. The annual web-based STEM competition sponsored by RDECOM provides an opportunity for students in grades six through nine to compete at the state, region, and national level. 5,683 teams comprised of 22,391 students from 52 states and territories competed in this year’s competition. This award clearly demonstrates the ability and desire of USMA’s staff, faculty, and cadets to inspire future generations to engage in STEM fields.

Australia Defense Force MIDI Research AIAD

Australia Defense Force MIDI Research AIADMAJ Ryan Rodriguez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, is leading a group of four Life Science cadets on an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) at the Australia Defense Force (ADF) Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute (MIDI) in Brisbane, Australia. The cadets are actively learning about infectious disease research on parasitic organisms of concern to the Australian military, such as the malaria protozoa, Plasmodium falciparum. During their first week of the AIAD, cadets participated in a day-long course on Plasmodium’s lifecycle and morphology, as well as hematology. Cadets have also learned about model organisms for studying these infectious diseases, such as the Aotus monkey for malaria drug studies, and are doing morning PT with ADF service members stationed at MIDI.

USMA Debate Honored at French Embassy

USMA Debate Honored at French Embassy2LT Matlack and Cadet Kilcullen won the "Best Speaker" awards at the 2018 Lafayette Debates hosted by the French Embassy, which qualified them to participate in the Young Ambassadors Study Tour in Paris sponsored by the French Foreign Ministry. The tour focused on the 1968 Student Revolts in France.

Cadets Ring the Opening Bell at NYSE

Cadets Ring the Opening Bell at NYSECadets Claudia Hess, Russell Kraus, and Jungmin Lee had the opportunity to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on 27 June. These cadets are currently conducting an internship with IBM as part of the Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program. A livestream of the clip can be viewed at: https://livestream.com/NYSE/IBMWestPointadetsOB/videos/176942475

Woolfolk Named to Maxwell Watch List

CDT Darnell Woolfolk '19Firstie fullback Darnell Woolfolk was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, which is awarded to the College Football Player of the Year.

Woolfolk has been a work horse for the Black Knights over the last two seasons with a total of 1,412 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground. Last season, he averaged 81 rushing yards per game and gained 5.2 yards per carry as one of Army's leading rushers. He finished second on the team in rushing in 2018 with 812 yards in 10 games after missing three due to injury. He gained over 100 yards in two games in 2018, including a career high 132 against Temple at home which clinched a bowl berth for the Black Knights.

He joined Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush as the only two representatives from independent institutions. Navy's Malcolm Perry was also on the list among service academies.

Army opens its season on Aug. 31 on the road against Duke at 7 p.m. on ESPNU before returning home on Sept. 8 to welcome Liberty for the first of six home games at historic Michie Stadium. Read More

Article Publication in Journal of Bioinspiration & Biomimetics

Article Publication in Journal of Bioinspiration & BiomimeticsThe journal Bioinspiration & Biomime tics published a study authored by LTC Jamie Bluman (and team) demonstrating the potential for insect-inspired robots to fly in the ultra-low-density atmosphere on Mars, characterized by low Reynolds number aerodynamics. Insects are uniquely suited to create lift in such environments. The paper explores how the proper combination of enlarging the wings, slowing the flapping frequency, and adjusting other kinematic parameters can reduce the power required and make flying robots a feasible option for the exploration of Mars in the future. LTC Bluman's paper, "Achieving bioinspired flapping wing hovering flight solutions on Mars via wing scaling," was published in the latest edition of the journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. This work is an extension of LTC Bluman's research on using insect mimicry to inform the design of flapping wing micro air vehicles, which could fly in the ultra-low density atmosphere on Mars. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-3190/ aac876

Garrison Change of Command

Garrison Change of CommandUnited States Army Garrison West Point held its change of command ceremony at Eisenhower Hall July 12. Colonel Harry C. Marson V replaced Colonel Andrew S. Hanson '94 as the garrison commander during the ceremony. Vincent E. Grewatz, executive service, director of Installation Management Command-Training, presided over the ceremony.

Photo: by Bryan Ilyankoff

Three-Week Ethiopian AIAD

Three-Week Ethiopian AIADCPT(P) Duncan Walker recently concluded a three-week long Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) to Ethiopia. During their travels, cadets learned about the local customs and cultures of the region and participated in development projects, such as providing solar powered irrigation in a rural village.

American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting

American Nuclear Society Annual MeetingDr. Ken Allen presented his work on "Early Introduction of Computational Methods in Undergraduate Nuclear Engineering" at the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. While at the conference, he also participated as a member of the ANS Accreditation, Policies and Procedures National Committee and the Nuclear Engineering Department Heads Organization meetings.

MAJ Alexander Brussels Research Trip

MAJ Alexander Brussels Research TripMAJ Adam Alexander completed a research trip to Brussels, Belgium where he visited the major institutions of the European Union and spoke with various officials and academics on the future of European defense integration. His time in Brussels provided first-hand information that contributed significantly to a paper he is writing on the subject. He also visited the new "House of European History," a controversial project of the European Parliament that is part of a larger attempt to manufacture a common European identity. This visit was also the genesis of a new paper he is writing on nationalism, national narratives, and European identity.

Kids' Night: Story Time with Quintette 7

Kids' Night: Story Time with Quintette 7Psst, parents... got a future tubist on your hands? Come on down to Trophy Point and let the kids get up close and personal with the instruments of the band—and even try their favorites!

Kids' Night: Story Time with Quintette 7 is this Saturday July 14! The instrument petting zoo starts at 6:00 p.m., stories and music begin at 6:30, and Disney's "Coco" will play right after on a huge outdoor screen overlooking the Hudson.

More info and RSVP: http://westpointband.army.mil/trophy-point/concerts/july-14th.html

Cadets Present Papers at Oxford

Cadets Present Papers at OxfordThis is the Department of English and Philosophy's (DEP) third consecutive year taking a group of cadets to Oxford to study and present papers at the intersection of just war theory, ethics, and emerging technology. The twelve-day traveling Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) began with the Cadets presenting their papers at Pembroke College, Oxford University to cyber, artificial intelligence (AI), legal, and just war experts working at Oxford University and other universities around the UK, USMA, and Boston College.


An early morning wakeup call for class of 2022 new cadet candidates as they get set for a physical training session, CBT (Cadet Basic Training) Beast Barracks. Can you pick out the Cadet with the full, resonant, but unstrained command voice? Yep, that’s a West Point Glee Club member! Soldiers are professional voice users throughout their careers.

Video by Cadet Alex Gudenkauf '20

Integrating GIS Technologies Into Global Security

Integrating GIS Technologies Into Global SecurityLTC (P) Chris Oxendine and LTC William Wright from the Geospatial Information Science (GIS) program (Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering) met with the leadership of the Global Crisis Management and Command Centers Division of JPMorgan Chase. During the visit, they discussed opportunities for Cadet Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) opportunities, Cadet and Faculty research, and how USMA could contribute to integrating Geospatial technologies and techniques into their problem-solving processes.

Photo: L-R, Ms. Jennifer Gerschultz '10 (GIS Major), LTC (P) Chris Oxendine, Mr. Travis Tran, and LTC William Wright standing beside the original pistols used in the Hamilton – Burr Duel on July 11, 1804

Winant Scholarship AIAD Completed

Winant Scholarship AIAD CompletedCadets concluded the final week of their for-credit Winant Scholarship Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) with a tour around London. Their visit coincided with the 78th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation (codenamed Operation Dynamo), offering cadets an opportunity to interact with several Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots and tour the underground tunnels which served as the planning site for the historic evacuation. Cadets also spent a rainy day in Grosvenor Square, visiting the site of the U.S. Embassy during WWII and Ambassador Winant's home.

PaNE Summer Leadership Experience

PaNE Summer Leadership ExperienceThe Department of Physics & Nuclear Engineering had approximately 106 candidates go through the Summer Leadership Experience (SLE) program so far this summer. While in the department, they levitated a magnet over a small sample of superconducting material cooled with liquid nitrogen, fired a vacuum gun, fired projectiles at Navy targets, and used different radiation detectors to identify an unknown radioactive isotope and measure the effectiveness of shielding materials. In addition, they learned how the accelerator works and about research opportunities for cadets at the academy.

Army Collects 89 ECAC Honor Roll Selections

Army Collects 89 ECAC Honor Roll SelectionsArmy West Point earned 89 honors from 10 teams on the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for the Academic and President's Honor Rolls for strong performances in the classroom during the Spring 2018 semester. The Black Knights were represented by 35 President's Honor Roll members, boasting a 3.6 grade-point average or better for the term. Another 54 Cadets garnered Academic Honor Roll accolades, achieving a GPA of 3.20-3.59.

Men's Lacrosse led the way with 16 combined honors, followed by women's track and field with 15 and women's swimming and diving with 14. Women's track and field had the most President's Honor Roll members for Army with 11 athletes listed, while men's lacrosse's 12 Academic Honor Roll selections was the most of any Army team. A total of 8,026 student-athletes were recognized by the organization, including 4,267 President's Honor Roll members and 3,378 Academic Honor Roll honorees. Read More

ARPA-E Grant Award

Nuclear Engineering Program Director, Dr. Ken Allen, is a primary consultant for HolosGen Corporation, responsible for oversight of the neutronic calculations and design of the HOLOS micro- modular reactor. His team was just awarded a 2.3-million-dollar grant as part of the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) initiative. The grant was provided to develop a gas-cooled nuclear reactor with load following ability that can be packaged in a standard shipping container. By using a closed Brayton cycle engine with components connected directly to the reactor core, the team expects to simplify plant construction, leading to lower costs and shorter commissioning times. The team aims to demonstrate the viability of this concept using multi-physics modelling and simulation tools validated by testing a non-nuclear prototype.

Cadets on "Shakespeare's Plays" AIAD

The team from the "Shakespeare's Plays" Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) explored Shakespeare's Globe, other historic London sites, the Royal Military Academy, and the Windsor Castle. On this trip, Cadets completed an immersive study of a play that they read, watched, and researched.

Task Force Falcon Soldiers Engage in Survival Swimming

Sixty-Five Soldiers from Charger Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) participated in Survival Gate 3, one of the four survival swim tests as part of the PE320-322 Survival Swimming curriculum. Cadets at West Point primarily take PE320-322 during their second year. The Department of Physical Education  at USMA led 65 Soldiers from Charger Company, part of Task Force Falcon, through several periods of instruction on inflating their uniform to use as a life vest, swimming techniques and proper entry into the water while in uniform. This survival swimming test included stepping off the 6.5-meter tower, staying subsurface and swimming through a series of submerged hoops, a 50-meter swim and a uniform inflation. Upon completion, Soldiers eagerly grasped the opportunity to step off the 10-meter tower. The Charger Company commander, Captain Charles Christensen '12, described the training as valuable and applicable to the real world. Read More

"Culture, Narrative, and Civil-Military Operations" AIAD

Cadets on the “Culture, Narrative, and Civil-Military Operations” Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) had a unique opportunity to participate in NATO Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) training while engaging the rich history, architecture, and culture of Italy's Venito region. As observers at the CIMIC Field Workers Course, Cadets participated in CIMIC planning and Civil Engagement exercises at the tactical and staff levels, working in small groups alongside Officers (O2-O5) from Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, Greece, Slovakia, and Jordan. Cadets were awarded certificate credit for the CIMIC Awareness Course in consideration of their exceptional efforts. The Officers, Warrant Officers, and staff at NATO MN CIMIC Group (South) also provided Cadets the opportunity for cultural immersion in Italian unit, family, and community life.

Following the conclusion of the course, Cadets visited the USARAF G9 at Vicenza, ITA, where they learned about Civil Affairs, Civil-Military Operations Centers (CMOCs), Civil Information Management (CIM). Cadets were then able to practice critical thinking about culture through visits to significant UNESCO World Heritage sites at Vicenza, Treviso, and Venice. In Venice, Cadets also had the opportunity to see events and exhibits associated with the famous Venice Biennale.

Faculty Featured in "War Room"

Faculty Featured in "War Room"Assistant Professors Jan Kallberg and Patrick Bell were featured in War Room, the United States Army War College online journal. Their article, The Death of the Cyber Generalist, argues that the United States risks losing its competitive edge in cyber due to outdated personnel manning practices. Instead, the authors advocate for the “regimental model, which empowers unit leaders to choose the best team for the mission. Read the full article here.

Alaska Creative Writing Road Trip

Alaska Creative Writing Road Trip LTC Alan Brown led four cadets to south-central Alaska on a 15-day creative writing Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) spanning 1,100 miles. The group included: Taylor Graham '20; Hope Hack '20; Mia Padon '21; and Brenden Shutt '21. Stops in Denali National Park, Anchorage, Seward, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Fjords National Park, Homer, and Kechemak Bay State Park revealed Alaska's surreal geographic diversity, the close-knit Alaskan community and its intimately interwoven connection to nature. Excursions included multiple hikes, a flight through the Alaska Range (and subsequent glacier landing) after soaring around the vast range in a DeHavilland Otter the group landed on a glacier, keeping up with a sub theme of the trip: feeling really small in Alaska's grandeur, a full-day kayak trip in Resurrection Bay and water taxi ride across the bay to Kechemak State Park (to name a few). Cadets stayed in a variety of accommodations including two "dry" cabins without running water and limited amenities, something very common in the Last Frontier. Cadets received daily writing prompts (both poetry and prose) and engaged critically with the work of writers such as Robert Service, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, Jon Krakauer and others.

Black Knights Land 144 on Patriot Honor Roll

Black Knights Land 144 on Patriot Honor RollArmy West Point placed 144 student-athletes from 13 teams on the 2017-18 Patriot League Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll for strong performances in the classroom.

Women's track and field led the way with 22 honorees apiece, followed closely by men's track and field with 21 and men's lacrosse and women's swimming and diving with 20, respectively.

To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports.

In total for the year, the conference placed a league-record 2,984 student-athletes on the 2017-18 Academic Honor Roll, assisted by an all-time high 1,982 members on the Patriot League Winter-Spring Academic Honor Roll. The Black Knights for the year had 45 cadet-athletes named to this honor during the fall and 144 cadet-athletes acknowledged during the winter/spring for a total of 189. Read More

Football Welcomes Class of 2022

Football Welcomes Class of 2022Army West Point football head coach Jeff Monken has announced a recruiting class of 79 athletes participating in Reception Day at West Point.

The Class of 2022 marks Monken's fourth full recruiting class and includes players from 23 states.

West Point officially welcomed its newest freshman class on Monday for the start of Cadet Basic Training.

Monken praised his staff for the hard work they put in to get the Class of 2022 to West Point. The State of Georgia has the most incoming members of the Class of 2022 with 13 joining the brotherhood. Army welcomed 12 players from Texas and 10 from Virginia. Six recruits are from Florida and five are coming to campus from Louisiana. There are four rookies hailing from North Carolina and Maryland, while three hail from Pennsylvania and California. The Black Knights also welcomed players from Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The Black Knights open the 2018 slate on Aug. 31 at Duke with a 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPNU. Army is scheduled for six home games this year, all on CBS Sports Network. The Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA is set for Dec. 8 on CBS with a 3 p.m. start in Philadelphia.

For tickets, call the ticket office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY or in-person at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium. Fans can also get information and purchase tickets at ArmyGameday.com. Read More

Cadets Learn Agriculture on Vietnamese AIAD

Cadets learn firsthand about the agricultural industry and local economy in the Mai Chau village of northern Vietnam. Cadets learned about the rice planting and harvesting process as well as social enterprises established in the village to help local residents.

AIAD to the Republic of Gabon

AIAD to the Republic of GabonDr. Julia Praud traveled with Cadets Charles O'Brien, Jade Adler, Joseph Alcorn, Finn Peterson and Angeline Tritschler to the Republic of Gabon for a 3-week Summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD). Students experienced an intensive French language immersion during their stay and engaged in both military and cultural activities. Highlights of the trip included meeting the American Ambassador to Gabon, the Gabonese Minister of Defense, a three-day excursion with the Gabonese Armed Forces, five days with the French Army, and a meet and greet with Gabonese students.


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