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Brown, Voit Earn Prestigious AAA Award
5/25/2018

Brown, Voit Earn Prestigious AAA AwardArmy West Point track and field standout Briyah Brown and football star John Voit were honored with the United States Military Academy's most prestigious athletic honor as they were presented with the Army Athletic Association Award this week at West Point. The AAA trophy is awarded annually to the male and female cadet-athletes who display the "most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet." This year marks the 114th anniversary of the AAA Award, which was first presented to football's Horatio Hackett in 1904.

Brown became the 11th female track and field athlete to earn the honor and first since Katelin Grant in 2008. Voit is the 78th Army football player to earn the AAA Award and first since Andrew Rodriguez in 2011. Brown, a team captain, swept the Patriot League Indoor and Outdoor Female Field Athlete of the Meet this season, which is the equivalent to player of the year. She was outstanding in both meets with victories in the shot put and weight throw at the conference indoor championships and followed that up by sweeping the hammer throw and shot put at the outdoor league championships. She currently holds the Academy record in the indoor and outdoor shot put and the weight throw. Brown finished with a total of 39 first-place finishes in her career and was named the Patriot League Female Field Athlete of the Week four times in 2017-18.

Voit, also a team captain, was a member of the senior class that brought the Commander in Chief's Trophy back to West Point for the first time in 21 years. He helped end Army's losing streak to Navy and ended his career with two wins over the Mids. The Wildwood, Mo., native led Army to its first 10-win season since 1996 and for only the second time in program history. Voit won a total of 24 games in his four seasons and had 18 victories in the final two years of his career. He finished his career with 120 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Read More

Surdick Earns USILA All-America Honorable Mention
5/25/2018

CDT Johnny Surdick '19Johnny Surdick of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team earned his third postseason honor with an honorable mention nod by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association on Thursday. "The Army Lacrosse Family is very proud of another postseason accolade for John," head coach Joe Alberici said. "He is an elite player and is deserving of earning All-America status once again." Surdick, who garnered First Team All-Patriot League accolades and was named an Inside Lacrosse Media All-American, received honorable mention recognition for the second consecutive season. For the second straight year, Surdick led the Black Knights' defense in caused turnovers. He averaged 1.92 per game and ranked third in the Patriot League. The cow from Odenton, Md., added 42 groundballs this season while guarding the opponent's biggest offensive threat each week. Surdick tallied four assists in 2018 which was a career-high. Read More

Cadets Present at the N-MARS Symposium
5/25/2018

Cadets Present at the N-MARS SymposiumThe 2018 NSERC-Military Academy Research Symposium (N-MARS) was held in the Command Conference Room of the Defense Logistics (DLA) building. In addition to NSERC-sponsored technical presentations on radiation transport and shielding, this event showcased CWMD-related research from a variety of disciplines. For example, USMA civil and mechanical engineering cadets provided a blast load analysis for an underground structure, while another team of systems engineering cadets presented a food security model following a catastrophic event. In total, the twelve oral presentations and almost a dozen posters shown during the N-MARS provided a broad sampling of DTRA research sponsored by the NSERC at all three DoD undergraduate Service Academies.

T&F Competes on Opening Day of NCAA Regionals
5/25/2018

CDT Keagan Smith '20Three Cadets competed on the opening day of the NCAA East Regional preliminary round at the USF Track and Field Stadium on Thursday.

"We had three competitors today," head coach Mike Smith said. "Keegan got into a good heat of the 1500 and just let the race get a little too far ahead of him. He didn't finish as well as he did most of the spring and that was the difference. The runner that finished just ahead of him advanced to the next round so he was close. I think he could get to the next level once he hone's his racing skills against the better competitors, like the guys he raced today." "Lee jumped well in the pole vault today. He just had too many misses. He needed to clear one more bar to advance to Eugene, Ore. In the end, he finished where he was ranked coming into the meet. He had a great career at West Point and leaves with numerous accolades and accomplishments. He is the best pole vaulter to ever come through the Academy and dominated the Star Meet and the Patriot League for all four years that he was here. "Briyah threw well today. She finished just about where she was seeded and threw the shot close to her season-best. Her athletic career came to an end today and tomorrow she will be on a plane and be at her graduation on Saturday afternoon. She leaves West Point as the most decorated female thrower in the history of the Academy. She dominated the Army-Navy Star Meet and the Patriot League all four years in which she competed and we will miss her." Read More

The Economics Farewell Barbeque
5/25/2018

The Economics Farewell BarbequeThe Economics Stem held a barbeque to bid farewell graduating econ majors, celebrate the end of the semester, and build esprit de corps within the program. During the gathering, Mr. Clay Glidewell '95, Director of Asset Backed Security Sales at Wells Fargo, spoke to the crowd of current economics majors about the practical applications of their degree. He referenced his experiences in the Army and in fixed income investments to illustrate to cadets the possibilities of an economics education.

Baseball Adds Single Game With Columbia
5/25/2018

Baseball Adds Single Game With ColumbiaThe Army West Point baseball team, who recently won the Patriot League title, have added a single game against the Ivy League Champions in Columbia. The two teams will square off on Sunday at May 27, 1 p.m. at Doubleday Field. Live stats will be available for the game. This contest will help both teams stayed primed for their upcoming NCAA Regional games, which are set to kick off June 1-4. The Black Knights and Lions will both find out their regional placement during the NCAA selection show on Monday, May 28, at 12 p.m. on ESPNU.

Judge Sullivan Speaks to Advanced Constitutional Law
5/25/2018

Judge Sullivan Speaks to Advanced Constitutional LawU.S. District Court Judge Richard Sullivan visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law class. President Trump has appointed judge Sullivan to sit as a Judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and his nomination is pending action at the Senate. Prior to that, he served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan, where he was Chief of Narcotics and Director of an Organized Crime Task Force. Judge Sullivan discussed non-capital sentencing, including the federal sentencing guidelines, mandatory minimum sentences and sentencing enhancements for recidivists. He explored with the cadets how to assess when incarceration terms run afoul of the Eighth Amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause.

Fencing Social Outreach with Boy Scouts
5/25/2018

Fencing Social Outreach with Boy ScoutsNational and Conference Champion Fencing Cadets Dan Kurtzahn and Cody West completed another component of social outreach for the team by meeting with Troop 23 on Post to spend time with the Boy Scouts. Cadets Kurtzahn and West demonstrated weapon technique and tactics with some strategies for winning in the sport. They also explained the different weapons, their military applications and origins, and how fencing has driven their athletic experiences at West Point physically, mentally, and into a national championship environment. West, an Eagle Scout on the Fencing Team, discussed his history with scouting and how important it was in leading him to West Point, while Kurtzahn talked about the application of positive experiences in his youth that impacted his development as a cadet. The 30-minute session with the Scout Troop which both cadets enjoyed immensely, left the scouts with a lot of good ideas about Cadet life, Fencing, West Point, and how life experiences affect your development in a good way as you mature.

Athletic Director's Update
5/25/2018

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Athletic Director's Update

Cadet Leadership Prepares for Summer Training
5/24/2018

Cadet Leadership Prepares for Summer TrainingAs the Corps of Cadets prepares for the last week of classes, term end exams and graduation, those cadets in charge of various summer details conducted a rehearsal of concept (ROC) drill to the Commandant, Brig. Gen. Steven Gilland. The purpose of this rehearsal is to synchronize scheduled events for this upcoming summer's multi-layered training and certification events. There are a few variations of training models used to develop and manage individual and unit level training. This particular rehearsal is one of the steps of the Eight Step Training Model, a training methodology used to ensure training is planned, resourced and effective.

The ROC drill, part of the "rehearse" step, was utilized to synchronize the various details and the support required to execute the details to the highest standard possible. The Eight Step Training Model enables lead trainers (cadets, staff and faculty of DMI) to build plan, train the trainers, recon the training sites, issue orders, rehearse, execute the training, evaluate the training and retrain the tasks to standard. Cadet Summer Training leadership roles immerse cadets into the realm of training younger cadets and developing themselves as junior officers. Each cadet in charge is paired with an officer in charge to provide oversight and mentorship during the tenure of their summer detail.

Capt. Ashley Leach, the S4 for Cadet Field Training this summer, described the cadet summer training ROC drill as "another great example of our cadets taking charge and preparing to execute world-class training." More than 40 cadet leaders participated in the ROC drill. Leach was impressed by the cadets' abilities to dive headlong into complex problems they have not faced before, and provide resolution through resourcefulness. Seamless execution of CST demands attention to detail, resilience, patience and risk mitigation. During his opening remarks, Gilland stressed to summer cadet leadership the importance of "(maintaining) accountability of our actions (and) the accountability of other's actions," as it pertains to remaining safe and vigilant throughout a demanding summer. Read More

Army Celebrates 11th Annual Black Knight Awards
5/24/2018

Army Celebrates 11th Annual Black Knight AwardsThe Army Athletic Association held the 2018 Black Knight Awards ceremony on Wednesday morning at Robinson Auditorium in Thayer Hall. The department's premiere year-end event honored teams and individuals for their successes throughout the 2017-18 season. Click here to watch the event. After finishing the season with a 10-3 record, winning the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and capturing the Commander in Chief's Trophy for the first time since 1996, the football program took home the Team of the Year award for the second straight year. In its 11th year of existence, the Black Knight Awards honored the best that Army West Point's 30 athletic teams had to offer in 2017-18 in an award-show format similar to the ESPY Awards. Rich DeMarco, assistant athletic director for multimedia and broadcasting, emceed the event and guided an audience that included West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Steve Gilland, Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb and Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan just to name a few. Read More

Glancy Selected to North-South All-Star Team
5/24/2018

CDT Conor Glancy '18Firstie co-captain Conor Glancy of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team was selected to the Division I-II USILA/Nike North-South Senior All-Star team. He and the others selected will play at Anderson Stadium on the campus of Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island on Friday, May 25. The game time for the Division I-II game is 7:30 p.m. Admission is Free. "The USILA North-South Senior All-Star Game is the most prestigious in the sport of Lacrosse," said head coach Joe Alberici. "I could not be more proud that Conor will be representing the Army Family at the event. He joins a long list of Army greats to have been selected to play in the historic contest. "Conor has been a four-year contributor in our program and this season emerged as our leader of the offensive end. His toughness, work ethic and dedication to his teammates helped set the standard for our team this year." The West Chester, Pa., native joins the North squad as an attackman. This past season, Glancy posted 29 points for the Black Knights off 18 goals and 11 assists. He was the fourth-best on the team in groundballs with 31 – the best for all players in the offensive zone. Glancy caused three turnovers and had a .561 shot on goal percentage. Read More

Mr. Gannon Receives the Meritorious Civilian Service Award
5/24/2018

Mr. Gannon Receives the Meritorious Civilian Service Award 2018COL Nick Gist, Master of the Sword, presided over Mr. Paul Gannon's Retirement Ceremony. Mr. Gannon, Department of Physical Education (DPE) instructor, provided outstanding instruction in a variety of courses to thousands of cadets over a career spanning 35 years at USMA and DPE.

In attendance were DPE staff and faculty, USCC leadership and family and friends.

Mr. Gannon received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, a Department of the Army Certificate of Retirement, a retirement flag that was flown over West Point and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Superintendent.

Thank you, Paul, for your outstanding service!!!

Nine Black Knights Head to NCAA Regionals
5/23/2018

CDT Lee Bares '19Nine Cadets from the Army West Point track and field teams qualified for the NCAA Regional meet in Tampa, Fla. The eight qualifiers from the men's team include Keagan Smith in the 1500-meter run, Jeff Giannettino in the high jump, Lee Bares in the pole vault, Kedrin Jefferson in the 200-meter dash, Michael Renard and Geoff Kirk in the discus, and Grayson Hill and August Cook in the javelin. Briyah Brown is the lone representative from the women's team and will be competing in the shot put. "The eight men and one woman that have qualified to the NCAA East prelims is the largest group that we have qualified since I have been here," head coach Mike Smith said. "This is Briyah Brown's third trip to the meet. She has been the star of our program for all four of her years at the academy and it will be a great capstone to her career for her to take a shot at improving her position this weekend. We have arranged to get her back for graduation, so I am happy for her that she will get to represent Army West Point one final time in her athletic uniform and her cadet uniform on the same weekend." Read More

Wrestling Brings in Another Top 25 Recruiting Class
5/23/2018

Head Coach Kevin Ward and the Army West Point wrestling team's incoming recruiting class was ranked in the top 25 by InterMat, FloWrestling and The Open Mat. Ward and his staff have brought in a class that was ranked across all three platforms for the second straight season. The Black Knights are the 21st-best incoming class according to InterMat, 18th in the eyes of The Open Mat, and earned an honorable mention in FloWrestling's top-20. "This is an impressive class of young men who will continue to do great things during their time at West Point," Ward said. "Every one of these guys has strong character and a proven record of success in all that they do. I look forward to working with them to help them achieve their goals of being NCAA Champions. They have an incredible opportunity to leave a lasting legacy on this program, and we can't wait to have these young men on campus." Read More

Army Baseball Claims League-Leading 8th Title
5/22/2018

Army Baseball Claims League-Leading 8th TitleThe Army West Point baseball team took down service-academy rival Navy 5-3 here Monday afternoon to sweep the Patriot League Championship Series and claim its league-leading eighth conference crown. With the win, the Black Knights advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013. They will learn their regional placement during the NCAA selection show on Monday, May 28, at 12 p.m. on ESPNU. After the Mids had taken their first lead of the game and of the series in the sixth inning, the Cadets rallied for three big runs in the seventh to ultimately register the win. Army got on the board first with a run on two hits in the opening frame. Jacob Hurtubise started the game singling to right field before stealing second base to get himself into scoring position. Following a groundout that shifted him to third, Josh White stepped up to the plate and singled through the left side to score the game's opening run. Read More

LTC Bluman Published in JGDC
5/22/2018

LTC James Bluman '99LTC James Bluman '99 from the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering published an article, Control of a Flapping-Wing Micro Air Vehicle: Sliding-Mode Approach, in the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (JGDC)on a method to control robotic micro-air vehicles in hover, a nonlinear and time-varying dynamics problem. The paper describes an unconventional method of maintaining control even in the face of large wind gusts and wing damage - a condition common for insects. Read More: https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/1.G003160.

Rowley Named Regional Assistant Coach of the Year
5/22/2018

Rowley Named Regional Assistant Coach of the YearArmy West Point Assistant Women's Tennis Coach Martha Rowley was named the Northeast Region's assistant coach of the year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Monday. Rowley spent her seventh season with the Black Knights in 2017-18 and helped guide the team to its 14th Patriot League title. Army also competed in the NCAA tournament at No. 11 Texas Tech. "It is an honor to be chosen for this award when there are so many qualified assistant coaches in our region," Rowley said. "It has been an amazing season because of the players, coaching staff and the overwhelming support we are so fortunate to have here at West Point. This group of young women have been an honor and pleasure to work with. They are an amazing group who love coming to work each and every day." The Black Knights posted a 21-7 record on the season, including a 6-1 mark in Patriot League play and a 19-1 record at West Point. Rookies Hannah Boubel (25), Ana Joyner (23) and Sasha Inchauste (20) won 20 or more matches in singles, while the tandem of Joyner and Melanie Allen was the only pairing to win 20 doubles matches. Read More

Army Takes Critical 1-0 Lead in Championship Series
5/21/2018

CDT Anthony Giachin '21The Army West Point baseball team defeated rival Navy here Sunday afternoon, 8-5, in the Patriot League Championship Series Opener. The victory handed the Black Knights an important one game lead in the best-of-three series. The two teams will play the second game of the series on Monday with an additional game three being played immediately following that if needed. First pitch for Monday is slated for noon at Navy's Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. The Cadets never trailed in the game but Navy didn't go down without a fight. The Black Knights had built an 8-2 advantage heading into the bottom of the ninth. Unfortunately, they saw their host notch three big runs and had the game-tying run up at the plate with two outs but yearling Logan Smith forced the Mids to fly out to end the rally and secure Army the victory. It was a 0-0 ballgame until the Cadets broke the deadlock in the third with two runs on two hits. Jon Rosoff earned a one-out walk before Josh White and Anthony Giachin tallied back-to-back singles to bring home the game's first run. Trey Martin then converted on a sacrifice bunt to score Army's second run of the frame. Read More

Hallstead Named CoSIDA Academic All-District
5/21/2018

CDT Serica Hallstead '20Serica Hallstead of the Army West Point women's swimming and diving team was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) All-District First Team. The All-District team recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the playing field and in the classroom. First-team honorees advance to the All-America ballot which will be announced in June. Hallstead, who earned Academic All-Patriot League honors, has excelled both on the boards and in the classroom. As a Life Science major, the yearling compiled a 4.013 grade-point average. She was additionally recognized as an All-Patriot League Second Team performer after placing second on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards at the league championships.

Springman Tabbed NFCA All-Region Third Team
5/21/2018

CDT Courtney Springman '21Plebe Courtney Springman received Third Team All-Northeast Region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). It was the seventh straight season that the Black Knights placed a Cadet on an all-region squad. Springman was solid inside the circle during her rookie campaign, compiling 16 wins with a team-best 2.01 ERA. She appeared in 39 games and logged 188.1 innings with 152 strikeouts. She held the opposition to a .211 average at the plate and pitched 20 complete games. The Norco, Calif., native was the lone Patriot League pitcher to not allow a single home run during the 2018 season. She capped her first season on the Banks of the Hudson by earning All-Patriot League First Team recognition. Throughout the year, she was a two-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week and received pitcher of the week honors once.

Army Salutes Seniors at Season-End Banquet
5/21/2018

Army Salutes Seniors at Season-End BanquetHead coach Joe Alberici and the Army West Point lacrosse program celebrated the season and the Class of 2018 at its annual team banquet at West Point's Kimsey Athletic Center. The coaching staff distributed 10 team awards during the afternoon, while Alberici honored the firstie class with talks about outstanding character and servant leadership on and off the field. The coaching staff then announced the 2018-19 team captains. Players and support staff gathered as Major "A" letters were presented to each athlete by position. Following the presentation of the letters, Alberici continued with the official distribution of the team's Player of the Game certificates, along with the mention of the All-Patriot League players and Patriot League All-Academic Team selections. The program then turned to celebrating the firstie class as Alberici recounted anecdotes and highlights of all 17 firstie member's career. The afternoon continued with the presentation of 10 team awards. Charles H. Coates Top Graduating Student-Athlete Award - Awarded for excellence in the classroom - Matt Isnardi. Read More

Army Finishes Fourth at USA Rugby 7s
5/21/2018

CDT Gio Ferguson-Lewis '20The Army West Point women's rugby team concluded their weekend slate at the USA Rugby College National Championships 2-3 overall, after dropping a 36-14 decision against Penn State on Sunday afternoon, followed by a close 21-22 loss to Lindenwood.

Karate Crushes the Competition at the Nationals
5/18/2018

Karate Crushes the Competition at the NationalsThe Army Martial Arts team travelled to Boston for Karate Nationals and absolutely crushed the competition. Cadets Andrew Buelow, An Vu, Travis Phelan, Richard Sung, Madison Curry, Josiah Park, and Christopher Dao all medaled with six out of the seven cadets becoming national champions. It was an all West Point final in the men's beginner division with Buelow, Phelan and Vu winning the match to become national champions. The tournament committee loved their fighting spirit so much that they offered to move them up to the intermediate division for a chance to win that division as well. Curry, Park, Sung, and Vu accepted this invitation and proceeded to win the national championship fight. The team produced an astonishing performance at this year's karate national championships. The team hopes to fight and dominate at more karate tournaments next semester after their strong showing this year. Honorable mention to CDT Travis Phelan for finishing his Firstie year by winning the national championships in both Taekwondo and Karate.

Public Speaking & Speeches for Special Occasions
5/18/2018

Public Speaking & Speeches for Special OccasionsDr. Jason Hoppe and Cadet Writing Fellows Alanna Appel '20 and Helen Schroeder '20 met with several cadets to discuss public speaking and speeches for special occasions. After first defining 'public speaking,' and cadet relationships to it, the group outlined scripted process for both preparing and executing public speaking in a range of contexts. They also exchanged key tips, rooted in experience and scholarship, on conquering stage fright, speaking effectively, and making moments memorable through words that last. Finally, the group concluded with exercises in which cadets worked with Cadet Writing Fellows to prepare speeches, on the spot, in response to a variety of prompts.

Harvey Earns EIWA Academic Achievement Award
5/18/2018

CDT Ben Harvey 20Yearling Ben Harvey of the Army West Point wrestling team collected his second EIWA Academic Achievement Award when the conference released the list on Wednesday. To be eligible for the award, the student-athletes needed to achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 and participate in the EIWA Championships or achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and qualify for the NCAA Championships through the EIWA. Harvey was one of 75 wrestlers recognized by the conference. American, Brown, Columbia and Harvard led the way with seven representatives each. As an American Politics major, he sports a 3.774 grade-point average through his three semesters at West Point, including a 3.884 GPA in the fall. "Ben continues to impress us with his talents both on and off the mat," head coach Kevin Ward said. "Being in the top 20 in his class here at West Point and advancing to the top-12 at NCAAs is truly remarkable. He continues to raise the bar not only for himself but the wrestling program as a whole. We're excited to see what he will accomplish in the future." In his second season at Army, Harvey competed to a 22-11 record at 174 pounds while going 6-2 in duals. The New Palestine, Ind., native posted nine wins over ranked opponents on the year, including three against top-10 foes. Read More

CPT DiLorenzo Presents at DEP Works in Progress
5/18/2018

CPT DiLorenzo Presents at DEP Works in ProgressCaptain Stephen DiLorenzo presented his current work to the Department of English and Philosophy's monthly Works in Progress meeting. His topic was “Moral Injury's Normativity Paradox,” and he argued that while the concept of moral injury seems to “pick out a distinct and important phenomenon prevalent among Veterans,” it remains philosophically difficult to define. Typical examples of it, he argued, are hard to distinguish from cases of PTSD or “symptomatic cognitive dissonance,” and we are pulled in different directions when analyzing cases. A lively, rich, and engaging discussion followed among the faculty and cadets in attendance.

UAS Integrated Electronic Log Book
5/18/2018

Firstie cadets Macauley Hoyt, Brandon Lee, Taylor Rodenhuis, and John Trainor, along with advisor Dr. Roger Chapman Burk, traveled to Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, AL to present their proposed concept of operations for an automated log book to record flight hours for Army UAS operators. The CONOPS development was requested by the client, the Army Program Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, as a proposed part of the new Universal Ground Control Station now in development. The Integrated Electronic Log Book would run as software aps in the UGCS and on the aircraft. It would replace the current time-consuming and error-prone logging process, which requires two manual entries, first into a spreadsheet and then into the Army's Centralized Aviation Flight Records System (CAFRS).

Army-Navy Battle For Patriot League Crown
5/18/2018

Army-Navy Battle For Patriot League CrownThe Army West Point baseball team has advanced to the Patriot League Tournament Championship Series for the first time since 2013. The second-seeded Black Knights will meet their rival and the top-seeded Midshipmen of Navy in a best-of-three series this weekend. Army and Navy both finished atop the Patriot League standing with a conference mark of 18-7, forcing a share of the regular season title. The Mids, however, held the 3-2 edge on the regular season series to secure themselves hosting rights throughout the postseason. The series will feature with a single game Saturday (12 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.) and Monday (1 p.m.), if necessary at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. All games will be carried live on the Patriot League Network with Ben Gordon-Goldstein on the call. The Black Knights defeated Bucknell two games to one in the semifinal series at Doubleday Field last weekend. The Cadets dropped the opener 4-1 but rebounded to take the next two games, 11-7 and 4-3. Read More

Strings Ensemble Enjoys Phantom
5/18/2018

Strings Ensemble Enjoys PhantomThe USMA String Ensemble had an outstanding time seeing Phantom of the Opera in New York City. Cadets saw the sights in Times Square and ate some great local food. The show was great; for some cadets and the Officer in Charge (OIC) it was the first time seeing it, and for others the second or third time, but after 30 years it still has an impact, and the pit orchestra and sound effects were great.

Fencing at the Nationals
5/18/2018

Fencing at the NationalsThe Army West Point Fencing Team completed their Nationals and captured titles in the weapons of Women's Foil and Men's Sabre, along with Men's Team Overall. Two Cadets were named All Americans – Claudia Sun and Chris Papa.

JSHA Hall of Fame Inductions
5/18/2018

JSHA Hall of Fame InductionsMembers of the Jewish Chapel Choir opened the official portion of the Jewish Sports Heritage Association Hall of Fame 2018 induction ceremonies with renditions of Hatikva, the Israeli National Anthem and with the Star Spangled Banner. This year's Hall of Fame class included Olympian fencer Cliff Bayer (1996 & 2000), three-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, and the Academy's own Boyd Melson '03. Boyd is a three-time All-American, four-time Gold medalist at the all Army boxing championships, three-time Armed-Forces boxing champion, Bronze medalist at the 2005 Nationals, Silver medalist at the 2006 Nationals, alternate for the 2008 U.S. Olympic boxing team before becoming a professional boxer in 2010. A Major in the U.S. Army Reserves, Melson is currently deployed in Iraq. Immediately following Melson's induction into the Hall of Fame the Choir sang the Alma Mater. Prior to the program Choir members met Boyd Melson's mother and other event attendees. As an added note of interest, the ceremony was held at Temple Israel, founded in 1908 one of Long Island's oldest Reform Synagogues.

Athletic Director's Update
5/18/2018

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Athletic Director's Update

Crew Wins the 27th NYS Championship Regatta
5/17/2018

Crew Wins the 27th NYS Championship RegattaWith a complete team effort, Army Crew won the 27th New York State Collegiate Championship Regatta. The Sanford Cup Trophy is given to the team that earns the most overall points. Varsity Men, Varsity Women, and Novice events all count toward earning the trophy. This marks only the third time Army has won the Regatta and is a testament to the depth and ability of this year's team. The Varsity Men won gold in the varsity 8, second varsity 8, and varsity 4 events. The Varsity Women won gold in the pair and finished 5th in the varsity 8 and varsity 4 events. The Novice Women won gold in the novice 8 and bronze in the open 4. The Novice Men won bronze in the novice 8 and 6th in the novice 4.

At the following competition, Dad Vail Regatta, all boats peaked at the right time and had the best races of their season against the toughest competition of the year. The women's novice 8 took first place in the Grand Finals, wining Gold and successfully completing the Schuylkill River hat trick for an undefeated season. In addition, three boats qualified for the Petite Finals. The MV4 and MV8 finished 7th and the M2V8 finished 8th. Overall the team performed well and can be proud of the efforts necessary to be competitive at the Dad Vail Regatta.

EXCEL Scholars Visit Los Alamos Nat'l Lab
5/17/2018

EXCEL Scholars Visit Los Alamos Nat'l LabWest Point Excel Scholars visited the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. The mission of LANL is to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence as they work "to deliver science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability." Cadets Echeveste, Hamilton, Perinon, Scolavino, Rosa, Schauer, and Nash (representing different academic departments) and COL Rich Morales from the Department of Systems and Engineering (DSE) gained insights through fascinating discussions with leaders from the laboratory's Intelligence & Systems Analysis, Weapons Engineering & Experiments, Modeling and Simulation, Nuclear and High-Hazard Operations, Space Research, and Chemistry and Earth Science divisions. Cadets saw cutting-edge demos and learned about innovative approaches to security problems through hands-on experience with a Mars rover, bioengineered organs, super computer, and one-of-a-kind particle accelerators. Dr Terry Wallace, the lab director, shared his unique strategic perspectives. The scholars also met with visiting DOE leadership from DC and USMA graduates from a variety of backgrounds to discuss their roles in science and security at LANL. Cadets enjoyed a walking tour and detailed description of the history and science underpinning the Manhattan Project. Several cadets will return to the lab on an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) or engage in individual thesis-level research based on their positive engagements with experts in the field who offered to serve as mentors.

Four Teams Honored by NCAA for Academics
5/17/2018

Cadet White Glove 2018Four Army West Point athletics teams were recognized by the NCAA with Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards for their work in the classroom. The awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in their respective sport with their APR. The four teams honored by the NCAA were women's cross country, men's golf, men's tennis and wrestling. The Patriot League ranked second in both the number of teams and percentage of teams recognized, trailing only the Ivy League. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years. The 1,284 Division I teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 827 women's teams and 457 men's or mixed squads. The scores required to be in the top 10 ranged from 985 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with 1,188 teams earning a perfect APR score. A total of 312 schools placed at least one team on the top APR list. All Division I teams' APR scores will be released on May 23. All teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance. To view the searchable database of Public Recognition Awards, Click Here.

Mr. Pillsworth Provides Insight on Construction
5/17/2018

Mr. Pillsworth Provides Insight on ConstructionMr. Tim Pillsworth of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New York District gave a guest lecture on project management to cadets enrolled in the environmental engineering capstone design course. Specifically, he discussed the Davis Barracks and West Point Elementary School projects, and provided insight on the challenges associated with the design and construction of large projects.

Water Polo Final Spring Tournament
5/17/2018

Water Polo Final Spring TournamentThe Army water polo finished up their spring season with a tournament in beautiful San Diego. The evening before the tournament, the team, coaches and parents were treated to dinner provided by an old grad. Saturday consisted of two games the first against UC Davis and the second against Sunset, a master's team consisting of former division 1 water polo players. In a hard-fought game against Davis, Army water polo started out strong on both offense and defense. Firstie Colin Stone played exceptional in the first half, contributing three goals. Defensively, goalie Jeff Stark was unstoppable with several key blocks as the game went into its final minutes. In the end Army won 10-9 against Davis, a team they had previously lost to earlier in the season. The following games were hard-fought against skilled competitors, with great efforts from everyone, the team was not able to come out on top. All in all, it was a great learning experience and the Army team had the opportunity to play against some very competitive teams.

Lynn Novick Speaks with Cadets
5/17/2018

Lynn Novick Speaks with CadetsThe Department of History hosted Emmy-winning documentarian Lynn Novick for viewings and discussions of her recent PBS series on the Vietnam War she co-directed with Ken Burns. First, Ms. Novick met with cadets and faculty to screen and discuss a segment on the Kent State Massacre in 1970. Then she conducted a screening with cadets enrolled in History of the Military Art, of her series’ treatment of atrocity in Vietnam and the My Lai Massacre, which occurred 50 years ago.

Fly Fishing Trip to Beaverkill
5/17/2018

Fly Fishing Trip to BeaverkillFour cadets and two faculty fished the Beaverkill near Roscoe, NY. They were fortunate to have Ms. Alison Manges, daughter of COL(R) Duff Manges '58, guide us on a section of the river she knows well. Fishing was near the Covered Bridge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Weather was nice, streamside lunch courtesy of Ms. Manges, was wonderful and the beautiful setting was great for cadets to work on their skills.

LTC Pfluger Receives W. Wesley Eckenfelder Award
5/17/2018

LTC Pfluger Receives W. Wesley Eckenfelder AwardLTC Andrew Pfluger, incoming faculty to the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, was awarded the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Award for Graduate Research by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists at their annual luncheon held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The award is given annually to recognize an environmental engineering or environmental science graduate student whose research provides a significant contribution to the knowledge pool of wastewater management. The award selection is based on original, innovative research of publishable quality. LTC Pfluger’s research centers on the anaerobic treatment of domestic wastewater using baffled bioreactors, with a specific emphasis on characterizing methane generation for energy and the microbial communities that develop over time and space within his reactor system. Additional information can be found in the Colorado School of Mines announcement: http://www.minesnewsroom.com/news/phd-candidate-wins-aaees-graduate-research-award.

PaNE Spring Courtyard Luncheon
5/17/2018

PaNE Spring Courtyard LuncheonThe Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering took advantage of beautiful spring weather by hosting a luncheon in the outdoor courtyard of the Bartlett Hall Science Center recently. Members of the Class of 2021 who chose to major in physics, nuclear engineering, or space science were formally welcomed to the House of PaNE by the Department Head, Colonel Ed Naessens, as they enjoyed burrito melts, chips and salsa, and cold drinks for lunch. They were also issued their coveted yellow hardhat and had a chance to mingle with faculty and fellow cadets in the department before many had to head off to afternoon laboratory elsewhere in the building.

Allen Adds Scholar-Athlete of the Year Accolades
5/16/2018

CDT Melanie Allen '19

Melanie Allen of the Army West Point women's tennis team garnered Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for her accomplishments both on the court and in the classroom, the league announced Wednesday morning. With the award, the Black Knights became the first team to win player of the year, rookie of the year, doubles team of the year, coach of the year, scholar-athlete of the year and the John "Pat" Rooney Award since doubles team of the year was established in 2015. Additionally, it is the first time a team swept the Patriot League's major awards since the 2008 Army squad. Boasting a 3.653 grade-point average as a Psychology major, Allen was named to the academic all-league team for the second straight season, while being recognized as the scholar-athlete of the year for the first time. The Cape Coral, Fla., native is Army's sixth recipient of the scholar-athlete of the year award and the first since Jamila Paul in 2013. She is also just the third cadet-athlete to earn multiple academic all-league selections, joining Paul (2012-14) and Elle Taylor (2013, '15). Read More

Special Operations Resuscitation Team Visit
5/16/2018

Special Operations Resuscitation Team VisitThe Life Science Program was pleased to welcome CPT Rebecca Kent as she delivered a series of lectures to cadets enrolled in core biology. CPT Kent, sister of CLS Faculty MAJ Elizabeth Kent, is an active duty Army Critical Care Nurse who gave a talk entitiled "Army Battle Field Care". CPT Kent described her experiences as a Special Operations Resuscitation Team (SORT) team leader in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). She returned from leading her eight-person deployment support team downrange in late 2017. During her talk she related the topics of human physiology, hemorrhagic bleeding, and efforts with the "walking blood banks" pioneered by the 75th Ranger Regiment. CPT Kent provided practical examples of how officers, of all specialties, must be trained for kinetic operations and the importance of rapport building and cross training with local forces during stability missions. Together, CPT Kent illustrated how concepts learned in core biology directly translate to current experiences within the Army, at all echelons.

OCR Sweeps at the Tri-State Spartan Beast
5/16/2018

OCR Sweeps at the Tri-State Spartan BeastThe WP Obstacle Course Racing Team  (Black and Gold) finished the year competing in the Tri-State Spartan Beast - a race consisting of 30+ obstacles and 15+ miles. In their tradition of excellence, they conquered the course. In the Men's 20-24 age group, OCR swept the podium with CDT Ryan Rocca '20 (1st), CDT Richard Iwuagwu '19 (2nd), and CDT Ben Jones '20 (3rd). In addition, Cadet Eva Gould '19 finished first in Women's 20-24, and was the third female overall. The performance of all seven OCR racers reflected well on the Academy and the Army. The team continued to build relationships with Spartan and other racers through competition.

Cyber and EW Experiment for Counter-UAS
5/16/2018

Cyber and EW Experiment for Counter-UASDepartment of Systems Engineering capstone team of cadets Chris Wagner, Robbie Fenton, Jordan Nettles, and Richie Hernandez conducted a field experiment in USMA training area, Range 11, for the effectiveness of cyber and EW systems to support soldier survivability by defeating enemy drones. The client for this experiment was TRADOC Capabilities Manager, Soldier. A government cyber system and a commercial jamming system participated, while Stevens Institute of Technology provided a data collection and analysis capability. The experiment validated technical performance measures for a candidate system and informed the tradeoff between counter-UAS effectiveness and soldier load. All test participants commended the cadet team for the effective design of the test, their flexibility during execution, and the quick turn for data analysis. Visitors from the Army Cyber Institute and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science viewed parts of this experiment. It also served as a pilot for conducting larger scale experiments and assessments of technologies in the training area.

Photo: Cadet Robbie Fenton leads counter UAS experiment after action review in Range 11 classroom with exercise participants

Triathlon in Top-10 at National Championships
5/16/2018

Triathlon in Top-10 at National ChampionshipsThe Army West Point Triathlon Team traveled to Tuscaloosa, AL to compete in the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships. This year's Nationals had 109 schools represented by over 1500 athletes. Due to storms earlier in the week, the swim was cancelled and the event was changed to a duathlon (run-bike-run) format. The Army team had excellent results with Cadets Jacob Slife '18 and Teresa Groton '18 finishing in the top 10 for the Draft Legal races. Teresa was also a top 10 finisher in the Olympic race. For the team events, Army was 4th overall in the mixed-team relay (beating Air Force and Navy in that event). Additionally, West Point finished as the 8th Overall Women's team, 11th overall men's team and 8th overall combined team. This is the third year in a row that Army has finished in the top 10 overall for this event.

Lecture on Federal Criminal Prosecutions
5/16/2018

Lecture on Federal Criminal ProsecutionsMr. Michael Beckwith and Mr. James Ewing conducted a seminar on the federal criminal prosecutions in MAJ Ronald Alcala's Jurisprudence and Legal Theory class. Mr. Beckwith, who is an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Eastern District of California, discussed the prosecution of federal crimes at the trial level. Mr. Beckwith explained various advantages of federal prosecutions, the complexities of the investigative process, and ways of establishing criminal intent in federal cases. Mr. Ewing, who is an AUSA in the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and a Military Judge in the USAR, explained some of the peculiarities of his office. Mr. Ewing explained that because the District of Columbia is not a state and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of Congress, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia is responsible for prosecuting both federal and local crimes in Washington. In essence, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia serves as both the local and the federal prosecutor for the nation's capital, responsible for prosecuting a variety of cases, including misdemeanor drug possession, murder, child pornography, financial fraud, and terrorism. Messrs. Beckwith and Ewing concluded by providing several case examples of recent federal prosecutions.

Equestrian Attends the IHSA National Championships
5/16/2018

Equestrian Attends the IHSA National ChampionshipsEquestrian Team members cadets Lucy Harrill and Ashley Merritt attended the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Throughout the four days, Harrill and Merritt worked diligently alongside Centenary University’s IHSA Team. The partnership proved extremely beneficial for both parties, allowing Centenary and other college students to learn about the Army experience while the cadets gained expertise from nationally ranked equestrian teams. Days at the show began with a 4:30am wakeup, followed by preparing horses to enter the show ring by 6:00am. Preparation for the horses included cleaning stalls, grooming horses, feeding, watering, and exercising. The show day for the cadets was not complete without a night check for the horses, ensuring the wellbeing of the Army Equestrian Team horses who took top honors at the show. The four Army Equestrian Team horses were used multiple times throughout each day, requiring continuous preparation. The cadets relied on teamwork and strong communication amongst themselves and the Centenary Team to keep the horses in peak condition. The show was an invaluable experience that Harrill and Merritt are extremely grateful for. The cadets plan to use their newfound knowledge and partnership going into the fall 2018 show season, ultimately striving to improve the Army Equestrian Team as a whole, alongside expert coaches Sherry and Peter Cashman.

Dr. Desai Speaks with Cadets
5/16/2018

Dr. Desai Speaks with CadetsDr. Mihir Desai, the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School and a professor of law at Harvard Law School, visited West Point to meet with faculty and cadets. With faculty, Dr. Desai discussed curricular changes in undergraduate programs, the importance of storytelling in conveying meaning to students, and provided encouragement to the Econ faculty on their endeavor to explain leadership principles in economic terms through real world examples. After eating lunch in the mess hall, Dr. Desai gave a presentation to Econ majors enrolled in finance electives on his new book "The Wisdom of Finance." His presentation was well-received, and he left the cadets with many thought-provoking anecdotes and parallels to their own lives.

Annual Historic Weapon Shoot
5/16/2018

Annual Historic Weapon ShootThe Department of History conducted its annual Historic Weapon Shoot. The Department invited almost one hundred history majors and other cadets to attend and oversee the event. Upon arrival, the cadets received their safety brief before enjoying a demonstration of firepower put on by re-enactors representing soldiers from the Colonial Era to Vietnam. Following this, the cadets cycled between several stations. They engaged with the re-enactors and learned about the day-to-day life of soldiers in their respective eras. Reenactors from the 124th New York graciously offered the cadets the use of their rifled muskets, allowing them to fire Civil War era volleys downrange. The cadets also learned about artillery drill from the 6th New York Artillery, who brought their functioning Napoleon cannon and allowed cadets to practice artillery drills. Finally, the cadets fired live ammunition from ten different twentieth-century weapons systems, including the AK-47, M1 Garand, and a M1919 .30 caliber machine gun, just to name a few.

USMA 1st at Flightline of the Future Competition
5/15/2018

USMA 1st at Flightline of the Future CompetitionCadets in the Core Engineering Sequence Capstone Project Course distinguished themselves in the 6th Annual Flightline of the Future Competition at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation (The Lighthouse) in Suffolk, VA. This inter-service academy competition brought together three teams each from USMA, USAFA, and USNA. The three West Point teams presented their research, each sponsored by unique clients from Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky. One team explored the viability of using Augmented Reality technology to improve AH-64 maintenance; a second team examined how the integration of Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) could improve point-of-use sustainment for the UH-60; and the third team sought to optimize personnel staffing at the Global Logistics Services special operations manufacturing plant in Lexington, KY. The Augmented Reality team took 1st Place, and USMA won the Best Team award for the first time in the history of the competition. The victory was especially meaningful, as DSE’s non-engineering majors conducting one-semester projects beat Operations Research students from Air Force and Navy who had full-year capstones.

Photo: L-R CAPT Robert Brooks, COL Walter Isenhour, Mr. Jeff Napoliellio, Mr. Jorge Aguilar; Cadets Bryan Dude, Gabrielle Carpenito, Samuel Braunseis, David Lee, Dashawn Davis, Colin Laird, Jackson Luff, Bailey Bowlin, Jake Lee, Joseph Snider, Mackenzie Lysek, Nicholas Tobin, Timothy Mills; MAJ James Comstock, CPT Daniel Newell; Dr. Marilyn Gaska, Lockheed Martin event coordinator

Fencing on Top at the SAC Nat'l Conference
5/15/2018

Fencing On Top at the SAC Nat'l ConferenceTop Athletes from the Army West Point Fencing Team qualified to compete in the SAC National Conference Championships in Pennsylvania. Cadets came out on top capturing all three weapon squad titles – Foil, Epee, and Sabre. The Team won First Place overall in a very intense hard-fought victory, coming home with the Conference Championship Title as well. Qualifying and winning Gold Medals, while leading each weapon squad included: CDT Dan Kurtzahn in the weapon of foil, CDT Vaughn Johnson in Epee, and CDT Chris Papa in Sabre.

Cadets Visit the Yucatan Peninsula
5/15/2018

Cadets Visit the Yucatan PeninsulaCadets Chandler Gach and Gabby Young visited the Yucatan Peninsula located east of Mexico City. They are finalizing their semester abroad activities and completing their studies on the civilization and culture of Mexico through Mayan influence. The excursion featured trips to the Mayan Museum in Merida, the archeological ruins in Tulum, and Chichen Itza. Cadets had the opportunity to try the local cuisine, mingle in nearby markets, and climb ancient pyramids from both sites.

Cadets Present at the IEEE Systems Conference
5/15/2018

Cadets Present at the IEEE Systems ConferenceCadets Alex Aukerman, Sai Kumar, Chris Raymond, and Kyle Werner presented their research on Cost Estimation for US Army Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) Engineered Resilient Systems (ERS) at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Systems Conference (IEEESYSCON) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The cadets’ research focused on providing decision makers with a lifecycle cost estimate for prospective systems early in the acquisition process and thereby allowing them to make more informed decisions. The cadets were the only undergraduate team represented at the conference which focused on how systems engineering could enhance the understanding and solution realization in a world growing ever more complex. Additionally, Majors Stephen Gillespie and Thomas Ryan presented their case study completed with contributing author LTC James Schreiner on teaching systems thinking. The focus of the faculty research is on how to teach systems thinking, how much time should be allocated to systems thinking in the curriculum and what specific tools and techniques should be included.

Marathon at the Big Sur International
5/15/2018

Marathon at the Big Sur InternationalThe Army Marathon team travelled to California to compete at the Big Sur Collegiate International Marathon. The team had five of the top-ten finishes, multiple age group winners, and active division military winners. This was the first time the team has competed in this race in lieu of running in the Boston Marathon. Top runners, Aaqib Syed and Stephanie McDermott.

CDT Marchillo Wins Student Poster at GEOINT
5/15/2018

CDT Marchillo Wins Student Poster at GEOINTGIS Major, Cadet Jacob "Jake" Marchillo, won the student poster session at the world's premier Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) conference. Jake competed against undergraduate, masters and doctoral students from U.S. and international universities. Jake's research poster "Using Augmented Reality for Terrain Visualization in Support of Mission Planning and Professional Development" was based on his capstone research project conducted in the newly created Geospatial Visualization Laboratory. The second-place winner was Molly Phillips from the U.S. Air Force Academy. As the winner, Jake received complimentary registration to the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation's (USGIF) 2019 GEOINT conference in San Antonio, Texas; plus, a one-year USGIF individual membership, and the opportunity to present his research on stage at the conference in 2019.

CDT Bahl Wins World Series Quiz
5/15/2018

CDT Bahl Wins World Series QuizCadet Carsten Bahl was the winner of the Book Store World Series Quiz. Coke supplied the Long Board prize. Along with Cadet Carsten Bahl is Nina Dougherty and John Nash, Book Store employees.

PaNE Awards Banquet Recognizing Cadets
5/15/2018

PaNE Awards Banquet Recognizing CadetsThe Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering is hosting an awards banquet to recognize students’ outstanding academic achievement. The Sturm-Liouville, Einstein, Euler-Lagrange, Maxwell, Brahe’s Observatory, Maiman, Kepler, Faraday, Snow, and Dirac Awards were being presented for excellence in Physics, and the Szilard, Compton, and Lawrence Awards were being presented for excellence in Nuclear Engineering.

Photo: COL Ed Naessens with Advanced Physics award recipients

Dice '89 Speaks with ASEM Cadets
5/15/2018

Dice '89 Speaks with ASEM CadetsThe American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Club hosted approximately twenty cadets for its continuing lunch speaker series, “So I’m graduating with a degree from the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) , now what?” Mr. Kevin Dice '89, (former DSE Faculty), a senior Vice President for the Northeast Region for Iron Mountain spoke on his experiences and lessons learned from the Army, working as an engineer on process improvement, operations management, and supply chain management. He also provided insight and lessons learned from his military to civilian governmental and corporate transition. The ASEM Cadets engaged in an excellent question and answer session following Mr. Dice’s remarks.

Race to Zero Competition in Golden, CO
5/14/2018

Race to Zero Competition in Golden, COCDTs Ander Thompson, Nick Decenzo, Emma Hanna and Hunter Purvis (Team 3D) traveled to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado to compete in the Race to Zero Competition, an international competition sponsored by the Department of Energy to design a net zero energy structure. The interdisciplinary capstone team was named national finalists in March and asked to present their project to scientists and industry experts. Team 3D printed their home and rendered it in virtual reality, inviting judges and competitors to virtually "step inside" and explore their design. Presentations were open-format; other teams were encouraged to observe each other brief. This team presented to a packed conference room and did an outstanding job.

USMA 1st at the ShepRobo Fest 2018
5/14/2018

USMA at the ShepRobo Fest 2018The Robotics Research Center (RRC) teamed up with LTC James Finocchiaro to develop a custom robot to compete in ShepRobo Fest 2018. LTC James Finocchiaro is currently completing his Advanced Civil Schooling as a graduate student at Columbia University and he will soon be USMA faculty. With assistance from the RRC, he designed and built a robot called Captain CURC that competed in the Mech-Warfare Robot contest. In this contest, Mechs are four legged walkers who shoot each other with airsoft rounds. It can be a violent display of force and the arena is physically blocked off from spectators. Six robots were present to compete in this competition, but only two were fully operational and able to enter the arena. Of the two, the joint Columbia-USMA team emerged victorious. At one-point Captain CURC was dragging its battery behind it, but it successfully defeated the Penn State team with a heavy barrage of fire and one well-placed round that disabled the camera of the Penn team, thereby blinding it. Overall the judges declared that Captain CURC was less damaged and awarded first place to the joint Columbia-USMA team. The robot's success was due in large part to the efforts of Pratheek Manjunath a robotics engineer working for the RRC.

Army Heading to Championship Series With 4-3 Win
5/14/2018

The Army West Point baseball team is heading to the Patriot League tournament championship series following its 4-3 victory over Bucknell here Sunday afternoon. The Black Knights advance to the championship series for the first time since the 2013 season. Army will meet its rival Navy in a best-of-three showdown beginning Friday. The two teams will then play one additional game on Saturday before wrapping things up with a single game on Sunday, if necessary. All contests will be a 1 p.m. first pitch and will be played at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. Army bounced back for two-straight wins against Bucknell, after dropping the opening game of the semifinal series. Sunday's victory handed the Black Knights their 34th win of the year, which is the fifth-most all-time in program history. Six different cadet-athletes finished with one hit each, while Jon Rosoff, Josh White, and John McKenna registered one RBI apiece. Rosoff, Trey Martin and Jacob Hurtubise extended their hitting streak to six- and four-straight games, respectively. Read More

Cadets Teach Cyber Security at WPMS
5/14/2018

Cadets Teach Cyber Security at WPMSAs part of their independent study work, CDTs Ovidiu-Gabriel Baciu-Ureche and Carlie Sleeman along with LTC William "Clay" Moody and Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews travelled to West Point Middle School (WPMS) to teach cyber security concepts on the Raspberry Pi single board computer. CDT Karlee Scott (who is also on the project) could not attend. The event, coordinated by Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews (UMSA) and Ms. Wonee Aversa (WPMS), was designed for members of the WPMS coding club to learn about "cyber hygiene" and basic cyber security concepts using novel educational material developed by the cadet and faculty team. During the activity, 25 coding club members were introduced to the "Adventures of ScriptKitty", a comic-based introduction to cyber security concepts targeted toward middle school students. The "Adventures of ScriptKitty" follows the journey of Ruby (a cat) and her friends Ed and Pixel as she attempts unlock the mystery of her human's activities on the web. During the exercise, students read the comic and instructions, and completed a packet sniffing exercise using the Raspberry Pi and Kali Linux. The exercise reinforces the dangers of using openly accessible wireless networks for surfing the web. The storyline and illustrations of the "Adventures of ScriptKitty" were created by Sleeman and Scott, while the exercise component were developed by Baciu-Ureche. The current version of "The Adventures of ScriptKitty" can be accessed through GitBook: https://legacy.gitbook.com/book/suzannejmatthews/aosk/details Students seemed intrigued by the story line, and have asked that the cadet and faculty team return in the future to cover the rest of Ruby's journey.

Surdick Honored as Inside Lacrosse All-American
5/14/2018

CDT Johnny Surdick '19Cow defenseman Johnny Surdick of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team earned Inside Lacrosse Media All-America honors, announced on Sunday night. Surdick, who garnered First Team All-Patriot League accolades, was voted to the second team for his junior campaign. "It is a tremendous and deserved honor for John to be recognized as one of the very best at his position in the country," said head coach Joe Alberici. "We asked so much of him this season and he consistently delivered. In addition to defending every opponent's top scoring threat, he was a dominant force in the clearing and transition game. "He also bumped up to the wings for nearly every faceoff. John is a humble person and will be the first to point to his teammates as the reason for his success. We are looking forward to even bigger things from him next season as a leader on the team." For the second straight year, Surdick led the Black Knights' defense in caused turnovers. He averaged 1.92 per game in to rank third in the Patriot League. Read More

Cadets Visit Entrada Academy in the Bronx
5/14/2018

Cadets Visit Entrada Academy in the BronxDr. Robert Cameron led a group of fourteen cadets to Entrada Academy, a public middle school in the Bronx, where approximately 40% of students are learning English as a second language. Students shared with cadet's original books that they had written about issues related to teen activism and social justice. After the trip, cadet Elizabeth Murphy wrote that the experience "opened my eyes to the struggle of learning English that young Americans may face after they immigrate to the United States." Cadet Will Moorhead wrote that the trip "was a reminder of what it means to be American. The majority of students I encountered were immigrants to the United States who were working on improving their English, and were willing and excited to help me improve my Spanish."

Army Caps Season at NCAAs, No. 11 Texas Tech
5/14/2018

CDT Danna Funaro '20The Army West Point women's tennis team saw its 2017-18 campaign come to a close in the first round of the NCAA tournament with a 4-0 decision at No. 11 Texas Tech on Friday afternoon at the McLeod Tennis Center. The Black Knights capped their season with a record of 21-7, while the Red Raiders improved to 21-6 overall. Army made its 14th appearance in the NCAA tournament and first since 2013. This was the first meeting between the Black Knights and Red Raiders. Plebe Ana Joyner and yearling Danna Funaro won the most combined points (seven) between singles and doubles for the Black Knights. Joyner scored the team's most points in singles play with five. The Las Cruces, N.M., native finishes the season as the only Army player to earn at least 20 wins in both singles and doubles action. Read More

Cadets Host the Russian Olympiada
5/14/2018

Cadets Host the Russian OlympiadaThe Russian Section hosted the Eighteenth Annual Spoken Russian Olympiada. Students from four institutions participated in this year's competition, which included SUNY Albany, Binghamton University and Vassar College. Cadets and students of Russian, competed in several events to include poetry recitation, extemporaneous readings, oral interviews and a test of grammar knowledge. Highlights included a lunch at the Old Train Station with traditional Russian borsht, stuffed cabbage and prize presentations, followed by Russian songs with accompaniment by USMA Bandsman MSG Brian Broelmann on the accordion. Ms. Rachel Wallace of SUNY-Binghamton won first prize in the second-year category, while Mr. Ran Zhuo of Vassar College took first prize in the first-year category. Cadet Connor Lewis '20 took second prize in the first-year category. Cadets Drew Bailey '20, Ricardo Damiani '20, and Anna Maria Dear '20 also competed.

USMA at the ASEE-NE Conference
5/14/2018

Cadets and Faculty Present ResearchCPT Luke Plante presented a paper titled "A Research-Focused, Collaborative Relationship for Engineering Education" at the American Society for Engineering Education Northeast (ASEE-NE) Conference at the University of Hartford, in West Hartford, CT. Co-authors included MAJ Matthew Baideme, COL(R) Jeffrey Starke, MAJ Richard Rogers III, CDT Gabrielle Young, CDT Kristen McCarty, and Dr. Michael Butkus. CDT Kristen McCarty presented a poster entitled "Effects of Controlling and Not Controlling Solids Retention Time in Glycerol-Driven Denitratation" at the same conference. Co-authors included CDT Gabrielle Young and CPT Luke Plante. CPT Plante and CDT McCarty benefitted from this conference attendance by interacting with faculty and students from other institutions and learning from their research and education techniques. The research CPT Plante and CDT McCarty presented has been conducted jointly between the Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering (GENE) and Columbia University for the past four years. This conference attendance and the research were both funded by Program Executive Office Ammunition through the Center for Innovation Engineering.

Dunford Announced as Commencement Speaker
5/11/2018

General Joseph Dunford, Jr.The academy is honored to announce that Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the commencement speaker for the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2018. The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 26.

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

Gen. Dunford's official bio and a downloadable photo are available at http://www.jcs.mil/Leadership/Article-View/Article/621308/gen-joseph-f-dunford-jr/.

Cadets Visit Brownsville, Brooklyn
5/11/2018

Cadets Visit Brownsville, BrooklynThe Domestic Affairs Forum (DAF) travelled to Brownsville, Brooklyn to spend some time with The Brownsville Partnership, a local community organization. Brownsville has the highest unemployment, crime, and poverty rates in New York City. They met with Director, Mary Tobin '03 and her team, who gave the cadets a great orientation, walked them around Brownsville to see the area, and helped them invest in the local economy by stopping at a local bakery. The cadets identified causes of such poverty and crime in cities, and were exposed to a variety of solutions that can improve the life of those in Brownsville.

Aukerman to Participate in Saints' Rookie Camp
5/11/2018

CDT Alex Aukerman '18 Invite to Saints Mini Camp 2018Linebacker Alex Aukerman earned an invite to the rookie minicamp for the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints camp has begun with the first practice starting early tomorrow morning and running until Sunday.

Aukerman finished his Army career with 165 tackles, but really made his impact rushing the passer and caused problems in the backfield for opponents. He recorded 33 tackles for loss in his four years and the former safety had 14.5 sacks in 51 career games for the Black Knights. He recorded a career high 70 tackles in the 2017 season and had 15.5 tackles for loss.

PKP Honor Society Inductions & Awards
5/11/2018

PKP Honor Society Inductions & AwardsThe Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) USMA Chapter hosted the annual induction and awards ceremony within the Haig Room in Jefferson Hall. The evening began with a superb dinner catered by Loughran's. The formal portion of the evening began with opening remarks by LTC Corey Gerving, PKP President. LTC Ben Wallen, PKP President-Elect, continued with recognizing the Scholastic Achievement Awardees (Dr. Kenneth Allen, COL Michael Benson, Dr. David Kashinski, and Dr. Freitas) and MAJ Yoonie Dunham, PKP Treasurer, announced the staff and faculty inductees (LTC Matthew Armstrong, MAJ Trivius Caldwell, and MAJ Jacob Capps). PKP Student VPs, CDTs Claire Wang and Abby Vorhaus, announced outstanding Plebes (top 1% of their class) and Yearlings (top 2% of their class) and inducted into PKP Cows (top 7.5% of their class) and Firsties (top 10% of their class). Dr. Rachel Sondheimer, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, presented all awards and certificates to all recipients. The evening concluded with Professor Judith Matloff, Conflict Journalist and Faculty Member – Columbia University, sharing thoughts with the audience about troubled regions and considerations for all leaders regarding the wide range of international challenges around the world. The PKP induction and awards ceremony fostered celebrating academic excellence and the entire evening was made possible by the work of Ms. Michelle Gerdes, PKP Secretary.

Ball Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team
5/11/2018

CDT Matt Ball '18Firstie Matt Ball of Army West Point baseball was named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All District Baseball Team, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Ball is now eligible for Google Cloud Academic All-America® honors, with the first and second teams being announced in June. The senior has gone 6-2 this season with a 3.34 ERA, while boasting a 3.991 GPA in electrical engineering. He has worked 64.2 innings on the mound, striking out a team-best 74 batters. Ball has been recognized on the Dean's List every semester he's been at the Academy. He excels across all pillars at the Academy and is recognized by not only his teammates, but the academy's leadership, for his accomplishments. Ball ranks 46th out of 1,043 cadets in his senior class and for this feat, he dons the golden "wreath" on his military uniform for the Superintendent's Award for Achievement and Excellence to distinguish his top-15 percent ranking across all three pillars. Read More

Cadets in Morocco Attend AFRICOM
5/11/2018

Cadets in Morocco Attend AFRICOMIn coordination with the US Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation, Rabat, Cadets attended the Distinguished Visitors Events for AFRICOM Exercise African Lion 2018. This annual exercise is the largest multi-national exercise on the continent of Africa and this year included elements from the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces, U.S. Armed Forces, United Kingdom, Tunisian Forces, with supporting elements from other European and African militaries. The Cadets joined the group of Distinguished Visitors, including U.S. Charge d'Affaires Stephanie Miley, as they took a Moroccan CH-47 to visit a Humanitarian and Civic Assistance site in Tiznit, Morocco. The cadets attended the Command Post Exercise (CPX) presentation in Agadir, Morocco, followed by the Field Training Exercise (FTX) FAST Raid demonstration, with F-15 support, in Tifnit, Morocco. This opportunity to witness American Security Cooperation activities and to interact with officers from multiple African and European militaries was an eye-opening experience for the cadets, demonstrating the breadth and width of roles and functions the U.S. military and U.S. government plays in promoting peace, security, stability, and cooperation across militaries, nations, and continents.

Ball, Hurtubise, Opp Garner Academic Nods
5/11/2018

CDTs Matt Ball '18 Jacob Hurtubise '20 and Cam Opp '19The Army West Point baseball team saw three honored with Academic All-Patriot League praise on Thursday. Matt Ball, Jacob Hurtubise, and Cam Opp were each one of the 12 athletes acknowledged on the academic team. Firstie righty and cow left-handed pitcher Ball and Opp recorded their second academic nod, while yearling outfielder Hurtubise earned a spot on the team for the first time. Army tied for the league lead with three cadet-athletes selected to the academic squad. Hurtubise earned first-team all-conference honors earlier this week after leading NCAA DI with 38 stolen bases. In the classroom, Hurtubise holds a 3.567 GPA, majoring in operations research. Opp was a second team all-league selection going 5-2 with one save and a 2.54 ERA, while also posting a 3.657 GPA as an economics major. Ball went 6-2 with a 3.34 ERA, while boasting a 3.991 GPA in electrical engineering. The Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Patriot League honors are voted on by the league's baseball sports information directors. To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and Academic All-Patriot League squad, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor. Read More

54th Superintendent Senior Conference
5/11/2018

54th Superintendent Senior ConferenceThe Department of Social Sciences hosted the 54th iteration of the Superintendent's Senior Conference. Senior Conference is an annual event run by the Department of Social Sciences on behalf of the Superintendent and provides a forum for distinguished representatives from the private sector, government, academia, think tanks, media, and the joint military services to discuss topics of national security importance. This year, participants gathered to take up the question of what is needed to ensure USMA continues to provide West Point graduates and the mid-career officers who serve on faculty with the education in political science and economics necessary to prepare them to advance U.S. interests in the 21st century. Toward this end, the conference examined key economic and political trends that will shape the country's strategic environment over the next several decades. The event kicked off with on Sunday evening with an opening keynote address from GEN(R) Barry McCaffrey, Former Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Former Commander, U.S. Southern Command. General McCaffrey shared his insights regarding the future of National Security, Politics, and Military Leadership. The following evening, conference guests welcomed GEN(R) Pete Chiarelli, Former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, as he delivered a keynote address on the Army's Role in the 21st Century. The conference will result in recommendations for action that the United States Military Academy and the Department of Social Sciences can take to ensure the Army and the country are served by officers well equipped to confront a complex, nuanced environment, and bring their knowledge to bear through service to the country.

Cadet Artwork to be Featured in Highland Falls
5/11/2018

Cadet Artwork to be Featured in Highland FallsThe winning entries in the studio arts and photography categories from this year’s John Calabro Night of the Arts competition will be featured in the upcoming Highland Falls ArtWalk. The ArtWalk is an annual event sponsored by the Town of Highland Chamber of Commerce and Collaborative Concepts, an organization dedicated to making high-quality cultural experiences available to Hudson Valley communities. Featured cadet-artists include: Cameron Hudson '21, Sara Emsley '18, Zachary Daines '20, Uzoma Ezeonyeka '18, Sean Hurley '19, Angeline Tritschler '21, Alex Gudenkauf '20, Samantha Price '19, Bobby Norwood '20, and John Erskine '20. Their works will be on display in the Highland Falls Library and the Thayer Gate Deli & Cafe starting in mid-May.

Image: “Water” by CDT Cameron Hudson. Calabro Night of the Arts, First Place, Studio Arts

NYPD Domain Awareness System
5/11/2018

NYPD Domain Awareness SystemInspector McCormack, Chief of Crime Control Strategies, and Dr. Evan Levine, head of the Data Analytics unit, represented the New York Police Department and presented their work in combatting crime in New York City using data analytics and operations research. Cadets in Computer-Aided Systems Engineering learned how the tools, programs, and analytical techniques they had learned throughout the semester have been implemented in drastically reducing all types of crime across all sectors and boroughs of the city. The cadets four the Domain Awareness System (DAS) intriguing. The system greatly improves the situational awareness of police officers as they respond to emergency calls and allows for detailed analysis of crime trends. This presentation also set the stage for the final project in the course which asks cadets to comprehensively apply their data analysis skills to study crime trends in New York City.

Athletic Director's Update
5/11/2018

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Athletic Director's Update

West Point Day Proclamation Ceremony
5/10/2018

West Point Day Procloamation CeremonyBrigadier General Cindy Jebb, Dean of the Academic Board-West Point and cadets from across the academy joined the New York State Legislature for the 66th West Point Day proclamation ceremony yesterday in Albany.

The Assembly's annual tribute proudly recognizes the United States Military Academy's longstanding history in the "Empire State" for the contributions and sacrifices its graduates have made defending the nation's freedom since 1802.

Joyner, Allen, Peck Sweep PL Postseason Awards
5/10/2018

CDTs Ana Joyner '21 Melanie Allen '19 and head coach Paul PeckPlebe Ana Joyner, cow Melanie Allen and head coach Paul Peck of the 2018 Patriot League champion Army West Point women's tennis team swept the major postseason awards that were released by the league Wednesday afternoon. Joyner was named the Patriot League Player and Rookie of the Year, while she paired up with Allen as the doubles team of the year. Joyner also earned the John "Pat" Rooney Award as the Patriot League Tournament's Most Valuable Player following her match-clinching victory over Navy in the championship on April 22. Additionally, Peck was named the coach of the year for the 15th time and first since 2013. Allen and Joyner were both named to the All-Patriot League First Team squad, while junior Kirby Einck collected second team honors. Allen earned first team accolades for the second year in a row, while this is Joyner's first career all-league selection. Einck notched her second all-league recognition after being named to the first team in 2017. Read More

Augmented Reality Capstone Panel Discussion
5/10/2018

Augmented Reality Capstone Panel DiscussionThe West Point Augmented Reality Joint Capstone Design Team led a panel discussion at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, in regard to their AR App "Fortress West Point," which brings the Great Chain to life in the Hudson River through the use of augmented reality and smartphone technology. Augmented Reality members include: Cadets Nick Causey, Spencer Welton, Kraig Sheetz, Alex Gelashvili, Virginia Brawley, Hayden Cross, Dr. James Kirby Martin (Ewing Chair of Military History), and LTC Sean Sculley, (American Division Chief, Curator and Head Historian). The panel discussed how the use of AR technology can assist in the development of digital history and reconnect it to both academic and public history, CDT Tyler Wilton moderated the panel.

Two Cadets Earn Major Awards, Six Others Honored
5/10/2018

Two Cadets Earn Major Awards, Six Others HonoredPatriot League baseball regular-season co-champion Army West Point baseball claimed two major awards and eight all-league selections when the conference office announced postseason honors on Wednesday. Black Knight senior catcher Jon Rosoff was named the Patriot League Player of the Year. The unanimous All-Patriot League First Team catcher and three-time all-League selection, finished third in the league in batting (.337) and on-base percentage (.438), second in RBIs (42) and ninth in total bases (76). He also helped the Black Knights' pitching staff post the second-best earned run average in the conference (4.00). Army first-year third baseman Anthony Giachin was voted Patriot League Rookie of the Year. A three-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week honoree, Giachin earned top rookie honors in addition to being named a first team all-league honoree after batting .292, slugging .384, and reaching base at a .371 clip, overall. In 25 conferences games, Giachin finished among the Patriot League leaders with a .322 batting average and 17 RBIs. Read More

Cadets Visit Dow Jones and JP Morgan Chase
5/10/2018

Cadets Visit Dow Jones and JP Morgan ChaseCadets in Business Law first visited Dow Jones, Inc., the global business news and information company that publishes The Wall Street Journal. The cadets participated in a question answer session with Dow Jones Chief Operations Officer, Anna Sedgley, Vice President and General Counsel, Jason Conti, and a panel of impressive veterans including one former Army officer and three former Marine Corps enlisted personnel, all of whom emphasized the value of military service in their follow-on corporate careers. Karen Pensiero, Managing Editor of Wall Street Journal, then personally led the cadets on a tour of the journal's newsroom.

In the afternoon, the cadets visited the offices of JP Morgan Chase, one of the world's largest investment and commercial banking firms. The cadets spoke with a panel of former USMA graduates who have transitioned from the military to careers in commercial or consumer banking. All gave very helpful advice and insight about both their military and civilian careers. Both organizations generously supported the cadets' visit.

MAJ Drohan & Prof. Watson Published in J. Mil. Hist
5/10/2018

The Journal of Military History (J. Mil. Hist), the flagship journal in the field, published articles by History faculty MAJ Brian Drohan (an Academy Professor select) and Prof. Sam Watson in its April issue. MAJ Drohan published "Unintended Consequences: Baton Rounds, Riots, and Counterinsurgency in Northern Ireland, 1970-1981," and Prof. Watson published "Military Learning and Adaptation Shaped by Social Context: The U.S. Army and Its 'Indian Wars,' 1790-1890 (Prof. Watson's third article in the Journal of Military History since 2011). MAJ Drohan's book, Brutality in an Age of Human Rights: Activism and Counterinsurgency at the End of the British Empire, was published by Cornell University Press in January.

Mooradian Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year
5/10/2018

CDT Lynne Mooradian '19Lynne Mooradian of the Army West Point women's track and field team has been named the 2018 Corvias Patriot League Women's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In addition to Mooradian's award, Calli McMullen, Cassie Mundekis, Kenneth Brinson, Ben Petrella, and Jackson Sullivan, all earned Academic All-Patriot League Team honors. Mooradian earns her first Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor and selection to the Patriot League Academic All-League team. The yearling mechanical engineering major carries a 4.230 grade point average (GPA) along with earning Distinguished Cadet Award by the U.S. Military Academy. Mooradian earned gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2018 Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships last weekend. She earned First Team All-Patriot League honors as a member of the winning 4x100-meter relay team in 45.69-seconds. She placed second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.09) to be named to the second-team all-League team and set a personal best record by finishing third in the 100-meter hurdles (14.03-seconds). During the 2017-18 indoor track & field season, she was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team, along with earning second-team all-League honors. Read More

Academic Flight Program Coordination Meeting
5/10/2018

Academic Flight Program Coordination MeetingThe Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering's (CME) hosted the first coordination meeting for academic small UAS (sUAS) operations under the new Director of the Academic Flight Program (DAFP) position. The purpose of the meeting was to disseminate sUAS procedures to academic users, discuss upcoming sUAS operations, and review the first airworthiness requests under the recently delegated airworthiness authority. Representatives from EECS, GEnE, CME, and DSE were present for the meeting.

Photo: L-R Mr. Kopeikin (Deputy DAFP), COL Melnyk (DAFP), Mr. Manjunath (EECS), Dr. Driscoll (DSE), Dr. O’Banion (GEnE), LTC(P) Oxendine (GEnE)

CPT Kristen Johnson Leads Class in Bard Prison Initiative
5/10/2018

CPT Kristen Johnson Leads Class in Bard Prison InitiativeCPT Kristen Johnson led eleven cadets in Literature: The Arts of Love and fifteen students enrolled in the Bard Prison Initiative in an exhilarating joint seminar. The class discussed the novel Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, exploring in depth the arc of a developing and deteriorating romantic partnership and the way that doors open into new areas of experience. CPT Johnson and the students deliberated over the difference between terms like "migrant," "immigrant," and "refugee" and the ways that these terms inform how we think about the movements of people on the surface of the earth.

Fourth Annual John Calabro Night of the Arts
5/10/2018

Fourth Annual John Calabro Night of the ArtsThe Department of English and Philosophy along with the Cadet Humanities Forum (formerly the Cadet Fine Arts Forum) celebrated cadet creativity at the fourth annual John Calabro Night of the Arts. At the event, department faculty presented awards to cadets for outstanding work across a variety of creative and artistic fields such as photography, music, studio arts, poetry, and prose. In addition to the awards, the evening included musical performances by the West Point Community Big Band under the leadership of SSG Vidal, The Knightingales (cadet acapella group), the Cadet Strings group, and soloist CDT Maddie Crimmins.

Corpus Christi Aviation Depot Capstone Presentation
5/9/2018

Corpus Christi Aviation Depot Capstone PresentationDepartment of Systems Engineering (DSE) cadets - Paulo Almeida, Marisa Reyes, Billingsley Pogue, and Andre Bergman (Team Texas*) presented the results of their Capstone work at the 2018 Virginia Modeling and Simulation Conference (VMASC) in Suffolk, VA. The objective of their Capstone work was to develop a model of the Corpus Christi Aviation Depot (CCAD) plating facility to support production decisions and improve process efficiency. The team's paper submitted for the conference was awarded "Best in Track." Immediately following the conference, the cadets presented the results of their work to the Commander of CCAD, COL Allan Lanceta, and the Industrial Engineering team. The cadet team's modeling and analysis highlighted production bottlenecks and facility capacity limitations along with alternatives to increase efficiency. Based upon the significance of their Capstone work, COL Lanceta took the opportunity to present each of the team members an Army Achievement Medal (AAM). DSE is sending three cadets on an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) to Corpus Christi this summer to collect data and conduct stakeholder analysis for another production line within CCAD which will support a Capstone project in AY19.

Cadets Visit U.S. Army Corps ERDC
5/9/2018

Cadets Visit U.S. Army Corps ERDCThree cadets from the Department of Systems Engineering, traveled to Vicksburg, Mississippi to visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). They participated in a site visit and meetings for their capstone project on Engineered Resilient Systems Lifecycle Cost research and methodologies. The cadets presented an update on their research and modeling of uncertainty in lifecycle cost, which was well received. They also participated in discussions with researchers from ERDC, the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and Mississippi State University.

McMullen Named AWPAA Athlete of the Week
5/9/2018

CDT Calli McMullen '20Yearling Calli McMullen of the Army West Point women's track and field team has been named the Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. This honor comes after McMullen's remarkable performance at the Outdoor Patriot League Championships. At this meet, McMullen was named the 2018 Patriot League Female Track Athlete of the Meet. She claimed gold in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and as a member of the 4x100-meter relay. The yearling from Haddock, Ga., struck gold in the 100-meter dash for the second year-in-a-row with a time 11.69-seconds. She followed up her win with a victory in the women's 200-meters in 24.13-seconds. McMullen broke the Academy record in the 200m dash and was part of the 4x100m relay team that broke another Academy record with their time of 45.69. McMullen also won the 2017 Patriot League Female Rookie of the Meet title at this meet last year. Read More

Judge George Daniels Visits with Cadets
5/9/2018

Judge George Daniels Visits with CadetsUnited States District Court Judge George Daniels visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law class. Judge Daniels has been a federal judge at the trial level for eighteen years. Prior to becoming a judge, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn, a Manhattan criminal court judge, a Legal Aid attorney, and counsel to the mayor of New York City. Judge Daniels spoke with the cadets about the constitutional right to an impartial jury. He discussed the measures employed by federal district judges to establish and maintain impartiality of the jury in criminal cases. He described the processes known as voir dire, where prospective jurors are questioned to determine whether they can be fair and impartial during deliberations, and peremptory challenges, where the prosecution and defense can remove prospective jurors without having to explain their reasons for doing so.

JSA Mass Atrocity Prevention Symposium
5/9/2018

JSA Mass Atrocity Prevention SymposiumTwo teams from Applied Systems Design attended and presented their work at the annual Joint Service Academy (JSA) Mass Atrocity Prevention Symposium at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The cadets worked as teams throughout the semester long capstone project to apply systems engineering techniques they learned. Cadets Nette Monaus, Jacob Reynolds. Matthew Kelley and Kianna Duncan applied systems thinking to analyze mass atrocities upstream and midstream of occurrence and develop courses of action for each. Ultimately, their project sought to provide decision makers a tangible way to weight the tradeoffs associated with timing of interventions. Cadets Emily Gray, Tyler Cox, Trevor Weech and Aaron Katzman tackled the complex problem of identifying potential early warning signs in economic indicators of an impending atrocity. Their research found statistical significance in a handful of variables that provide a foundation for future work into a robust early warning system that will identify at risk regions with ample time for the international community to choose to act. The presentations were attended by cadets and midshipmen as well as experts in the field of mass atrocity prevention.

Baseball Wraps Up Regular Season With 11-4 Win
5/9/2018

CDT Jacob Hurtubise '20The Army West Point baseball team ended its 2018 regular season on a high note with an 11-4 victory over Albany here Tuesday afternoon. The Black Knights will now shift their attention to the postseason, which is set to kick off Saturday. Army will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Patriot League tournament and will host No. 3 Bucknell in a best-of-three series. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday followed by a single game on Sunday, if necessary. First pitch for both days is slated for noon at Doubleday Field. In Tuesday's regular season finale, the Black Knights saw four cadet-athletes register multiple hits, including Jacob Hurtubise's 3-for-4 performance. The yearling finished with one run batted in, two runs scored, one walk and two stolen bases. Josh White, Drake Titus, and John McKenna each chipped in two hits as well to help the Army offense. McKenna brought home three runs, which marked the sixth time this season the yearling reeled in multiple RBI. On the hill, seven Black Knights' saw action with starting pitcher Mike Gagliardi earning his fourth win of the season. The cow pitched the opening two innings (pre-determined), allowing just one hit and three walks. Read More

Cadet UPS and Stevens Institute Site Visit
5/9/2018

Cadet UPS and Stevens Institute Site VisitSixteen Cadets and three Faculty members from the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) club, traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey to visit a United Parcel Service (UPS) distribution hub. This UPS facility processes approximately one-million packages a day. Cadets learned about the technology required to sort such a high volume of packages and were briefed on the processes and challenges of running such a complex operation. They also learned about new advancements in technology and operations management tools that UPS has dedicated capital expenditures toward such as ORION technology to optimize driver's routes. The cadets toured the facility alongside students from Stevens Institute of Technology and then had lunch together at the Stevens Institute of Technology campus. This was a great opportunity to connect with leaders and students in the engineering management field in the New York City area.

Six Cadets Garner All-League Accolades
5/9/2018

Six Cadets Garner All-League AccoladesSix members of the Army West Point softball team received All-Patriot League honors on Tuesday afternoon. The six postseason awards are the most since 2012 and tied for the third most in program history. Carrie Reilly, Courtney Springman and Taylor Drayton were all named to the first team, while Emily Ballesteros, Kristen McPeek and Amelia Trotter earned second-team recognition. Reilly received the starting nod at first base on Feb. 18 and, despite never playing the position previously, excelled greatly. She became one of the top hitters in the Patriot League boasting the fourth-best average (.349). At the dish, she led the team in several categories, including hits (51), doubles (10), triples (3), RBIs (28), slugging percentage (.541) and on-base percentage (.428), while sitting second in runs scored (25) and home runs (4). Over a 51-game span, she notched 14 multi-hit games. In her first season on the Banks of the Hudson, Springman was stellar inside the circle. The plebe appeared in 37 games, while posting a league-best 1.77 ERA in 186 innings pitched with 151 strikeouts. She held the opposition to a league-low .206 average at the plate and tossed 20 complete games en route to picking up 16 wins. Throughout her rookie campaign, she was a two-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week and received pitcher of the week honors once. Read More

Theatre Arts Guild Endurance Theatre
5/9/2018

Theatre Arts Guild Endurance TheatreThe cadets started the day by seeing Uegene O'Neill's masterpiece play The Iceman Cometh. The play is nearly four hours long, and is a collection of character studies that highlight the talents of a star-studded cast. They were blown away by the play and the performances, and after the show had a brief encounter with Mr. Clark Middleton who was pleasantly surprised to learn that West Point has a theatre club. Two cadets had the chance to see a different play called Saint Joan. It was a different take on the Joan of Arc story, and the performance got rave reviews from the cadets. After grabbing a quick dinner, the cadets were off to the second play of the evening, Lobby Hero starring Chris Evans, Michael Cera, Brian Tyree Henry, and Bel Powley. They particularly enjoyed Lobby Hero for its relevance to principles of leadership and ethics. It was a humorous and thoughtful look at core principles and what choices we make under pressure. After the show, the cadets got to meet with some of the actors.

LTC Gibson Presents at Cornell University
5/9/2018

LTC Gibson Presents at Cornell UniversityLTC(P) Hise Gibson (Program Director for the Core Engineering Sequence) was an Invited Speaker at Cornell University's Institute for Public Affairs. He was invited by Dr. Derek Cabrera and Dr. Laura Cabrera, thought leaders in the field of systems thinking. He discussed how systems thinking is leveraged in the military and how systems thinking is taught to cadets at West Point.

Cadets Participate in Simulcast of Secret Church
5/9/2018

Cadets Participate in Simulcast of Secret ChurchNine cadets participated in the simulcast of Secret Church, an annual sermon given by David Platt. The cadets watched the simulcast at Mr. Cowan's quarters. Most of the cadets who attended have active leadership roles in BCM and the chapel ministries. They learned Biblical doctrine and experienced what Christians in other countries which do not have religious freedom must endure.

Cadets Take 1st at MIT SDC
5/8/2018

Cadets Take 1st at MIT SDCCongratulations to the winners of the 15th Annual MIT Soldier Design Competition (SDC).

The competition was tough, four of the five MIT teams consisted of Master's level students and higher. Cadets proved again they can win in any environment. The cadets brought the SDC Trophy back to West Point by winning first place.

First Place - Under Body Armor
Cadets: Austen Deppe, Jacqueline Orr
Advisors: Dr. Freidenberg, LTC Gash

Other winners:
Second Place - SkySupply
Cadets: Kurt Klinkmueller, Joshua Holt, Andrew Valentine, Anthony Wieck
Advisors: LTC Bluman, Mr. Kopeikin

Fourth Place - Cook-off Indicator
Cadets: Mike Garner, William Ryan and Sawyer Stacey
Advisor: Dr. Arnas, MAJ Greulich

Introduction to Applied Aerodynamics Flight Laboratories
5/8/2018

Introduction to Applied Aerodynamics Flight LaboratoriesThe forty-seven cadets enrolled in Introduction to Applied Aerodynamics completed flight laboratories in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering's (CME) C-182 aircraft. Cadets paired up to fly with a CME flight section instructor for in-flight demonstrations of basic aerodynamics and theory. Cadet teams collected data and will compare theory from classroom instruction and basic aerodynamics to real-world data in a follow-on technical report. Cadets enrolled in Introduction to Applied Aerodynamics, Aircraft Performance and Static Stability, and Helicopter Aeronautics receive classroom instruction and participate in flight laboratories, often flown by their own course instructor/professor.

NACE USDASC Corrosion Challenge Capstone
5/8/2018

NACE USDASC Corrosion Challenge CapstoneThe USMA Corrosion Challenge Capstone team competed and placed 3rd in the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition (USDASC) in Phoenix, AZ. The competition included USNA, USAFA and five other universities. The cadets were tasked with designing a system that inspects, identifies, quantifies, and reports the presence of water, surface corrosion, and type of coating degradation in a complex environment with precision and accuracy. After writing a report and delivering a presentation about their system design, the cadets used their system inside of a painted steel structure to detect and map the corrosion present in the structure.

Bass Fishing at the Northern Regional Qualifier
5/8/2018

Bass Fishing at the Northern Regional QualifierThe Bass Fishing Club entered three boats in the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) College Fishing Northern Regional Qualifier on Smith Mountain Lake, VA. The top team of Parker Meytrott '18 and Rocco Caywood '19 hauled in five nice largemouth bass to finish in 14th place out of 110 boats. Their 13 pounds-2 ounces narrowly missed a Top 10 finish and an automatic berth to the National Championships by less than a half of a pound.

Cadets Visit the U.S. Federal Courthouse
5/8/2018

Cadets Visit the U.S. Federal CourthouseEight cadets from the Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations visited the United States Federal Courthouse in the New York City Eastern District to meet with judges, attend hearings, and visit the U.S. Marshal's Office. Cadets met with Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr., who is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. After attending some of Judge Johnson's hearings, the cadets sat down with the judge to discuss his experience, the role of the courts, as well as notable current events. The cadets then went to the U.S. Marshal's Office and learned about their role in the safety of the judiciary system. The day ended with a conference lunch where cadets spoke with many judges and their staff about West Point, legislation, and current events.

Pointe Du Hoc Capstone Debuts Project at WWII Museum
5/8/2018

Pointe Du Hoc Capstone Debuts Project at WWII MuseumThe Pointe Du Hoc AR Joint Capstone team debuted their project at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Project is an Augmented Reality App detailing the Assault on the Guns at Pointe Du Hoc on Jun 6th, 1944 as part of the D-Day landings in Normandy. The day coincided with Louisiana History Day at the museum, which is the state history competition, where over 250 students and families plus the general public attended. COL Ty Seidule and other advisors to the capstone attended the trip. There were nine cadets that worked on the project across four academic disciplines (History, Systems Engineering (SE), Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), and Geography and Environmental Engineering (GENE)).

The project manager was Jacob Paniccia (SE), who kept the project on schedule and managed the system requirements. The app was created with a Drone Camera and Photogrammetry to create a 3D mesh of the terrain at Pointe Du Hoc in Normandy. Through the work of Jake Marchillo (GENE) who rendered over 100 million points of data, and Hannah Whisnant, Jesse Austel, Andre Hufnagel, Andre Michell, and Brad Cho (EECS), they overlaid the 3D terrain on a 2D map using the phone's camera that gives the user the ability to interact with the terrain. History cadets Karol Wegrzyn and Pete Worrall researched the attack at the National Archives and created a narrative story arc that the EECS cadets overlaid on the terrain, creating an interactive and immersive experience that can be used as an individual or as a class lead by an instructor through an intuitive user interface. The story follows LTC James E Rudder and the men of 2nd and 5th Ranger Battalion's seaborne assault on six 155mm guns emplaced in concrete casemates, situated between Utah and Omaha Beach.

Scuba Certification Trip to Dutch Springs
5/8/2018

Scuba Certification Trip to Dutch SpringsThe Scuba Club traveled to Dutch Springs, Pennsylvania to certify students in basic and advanced open water scuba diving at Dutch Springs Aquatic Park. The purpose of this trip was to certify twenty-four cadets as NAUI basic scuba divers. For the past month, students have attended classes twice per week and pool sessions administered by seventeen club members. The team's instructors, divemaster's, and dive controllers led the dives at Dutch Springs. As part of a scuba club tradition, the outgoing firsties and (Officer in Charge) OIC, MAJ Ouimet conducted their final dive on the team without wetsuits in 48-degree water.

National Week of Remembrance Activities
5/8/2018

National Week of Remembrance ActivitiesDr. David Frey participated in multiple National Week of Remembrance activities in Washington, D.C. Dr. Frey and 1LT(P) Evan Kowalski '14 participated in the national ceremony in Emancipation Hall at the US Capitol. At the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 25th Anniversary Tribute Dinner that evening, West Point and its Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) were featured as one of the Holocaust Museum's the critical strategic partners. Museum leadership highlighted the CHGS in a short film and recognized Center Director Dr. Frey as one of seven international "agents of change"for his work as a Holocaust educator and for his contributions to incorporating atrocity prevention into military education. Other honorees were Father Patrick Desbois, the French cleric and Holocaust Scholar (and 2016 West Point Day of Remembrance Speaker); a Prosecutor from Arizona and Holocaust advocate; a French-Muslim English language Holocaust Educator from Paris; Charles Ramsey, the former Police Chief of Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.; a Turkish-German scholar who runs an initiative against antisemitism in Berlin; and an Iranian-Canadian journalist/human rights activist/filmmaker and torture survivor. Dinner attendance included over 130 survivors and scores of U.S. Army liberators were among the 1700 guests.

Fly Fishing Trip to Frost Valley
5/8/2018

Fly Fishing Trip to Frost Valley The Cadet Fly Fishing Trip to Frost Valley YMCA in the Catskill Mountains for eight cadets and two staff and faculty had some wonderfully scenic fishing opportunities, but was highlighted by a service project in support of Frost Valley. Frost Valley has a maple sugaring operation consisting of nearly 1200 tapped trees, along with all the associated tubing to get the sap from trees to the sugar house. They are in the process of updating their 15-year-old gravity feed system to a new vacuum pump system. The cadet fly fishing club helped them with one of the critical tasks, removing the lines from the trees, disconnecting the lines and hauling them out of the forest. The work site was the side of a hill, so cadets were constantly climbing up and down the hill to retrieve the tubing and remove it. Upon completion of the work, the cadets did get to fish the wonderful waters at Frost Valley. Bisquit Brook, Pigeon Brook, and the West Branch of the Neversink were great waters but the cold water and sluggish trout did not cooperate.

Gospel Choir Disney Movement & Music Workshop
5/8/2018

Gospel Choir Disney Movement & Music Workshop Members of the Cadet Gospel Choir & Theater Arts Guild participated in a Disney Movement & Music Workshop with cast before attending the Lion King on Broadway.

SHPE STEM Workshop at Goddard J.H.S.
5/8/2018

SHPE STEM Workshop at Goddard J.H.S.Seven cadets accompanied with an Officer in Charge (OIC) from the Society of Hispanic professional Engineers (SHPE) traveled to New York City for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) outreach workshop at the Robert R. Goddard Junior High School, MS202. At the school, cadets worked and spoke with over two hundred students on the importance of diversity in STEM and inspired them to consider further education in STEM and service to our nation. Cadets facilitated a problem-solving exercise with the students. Students had to design a bridge to certain specifications while optimizing their design to minimize weight. Cadets then conducted a physical training session during gym class that culminated with a discussion on service to the nation and the importance of physical and mental toughness. Overall the single day event was low cost and high impact. The cadets had a great opportunity to give back to the community and inspire our nation's next generation while connecting with people from New York City. The SHPE club was also able to build a relationship with school administrators for future outreach events.

Baseball Claims Share of Regular Season Title
5/7/2018

Baseball Claims Share of Regular Season TitleThe Army West Point baseball team earned its 10th Patriot League Regular Season title on Sunday after sweeping a doubleheader from Lafayette.

Army started the day with an 11-1 seven-inning victory in the opener before taking an 8-1 win in the nightcap.

The two victories handled the Black Knights their first regular season crown since the 2014 season. Army wrapped up its conference slate with an 18-7 mark to finish tied for first with Navy. The Cadets will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming league tournament, which is set to kick off Saturday.

Army welcomes the No. 3 seed in Bucknell for the conference semifinals in a best-of-three series. The two teams will play a twin bill on Saturday followed by a single game on Sunday, if it's needed. First pitch for both days is noon at Doubleday Field and all games will be carried live on the Patriot League Network. Read More

Aviation Service Academy Spring Classic
5/7/2018

Aviation Service Academy Spring ClassicThe West Point Flying Team hosted the 5th Annual Service Academy Spring Classic flying event recently. Competitors from Navy, Coast Guard, and West Point met on the fields of friendly strife, searching for aircraft issues during the preflight event, followed by precision simulator flights at Orange County Airport on the first day. The second day of competition brought chilly, but flyable weather allowing the competitors to demonstrate their precision flying skills in power on and power off landings, attempting to put the aircraft as close as possible to chalk lines placed on the runway. The last day brought light winds and a beautiful day to fly the navigation event, predicting time over target and fuel burn as carefully as possible, then evaluating the pilot/navigator team's ability to fly as close as possible to their plan. West Point Beat Navy and Coast Guard for the fifth time with some outstanding team and individual results. Top Ground Competitor and Top Pilot: Kurt Klinkmueller. Overall point totals by team: USMA 200, USNA 150, USCGA 143.

Ten T&F Women Earn All-League Honors
5/7/2018

Ten 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 fourth overall with a final score of 129. The team earned five first-team titles and six second-team honors. 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. Women's Outdoor Track & Field First-Team All-Patriot League (First-Place Finishers): Briyah Brown (Hammer Throw, Shot Put), Calli McMullen (100m, 200m, 4x100m), Lynne Mooradian (4x100m), Yasheika Beckaroo (4x100m) and Emily Malone (4x100m). Read More

Rock Climbing Club Hosts Coast Guard Cadets
5/7/2018

Rock Climbing Club Hosts Coast Guard CadetsThe West Point Rock Climbing Club hosted nine United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) Cadets and their Officer in Charge (OIC) for two days of collaborative climbing between the service academies. USCGA Cadets were oriented to the Class of '79 Wall in Arvin and spent the evening rehearsing proper climbing techniques, including belay and safety procedures. They traveled with five West Point Cadets and three OICs, to the Shawangunk Mountains in Gardiner, NY to apply climbing skills in a traditional rock environment. The inter-service coordination and comradery displayed brought great credit on both institutions. Both clubs come away with a better understanding of the other service and academy and eagerly look forward to future opportunities to climb together.

18 T&F Men Earn All-League Honors
5/7/2018

18 T&F Men Earn All-League HonorsEighteen 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 217. The team earned eight first-Team honors and 11 second-Team honors. 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. Men's Outdoor Track & Field First-Team All-Patriot League (First-Place Finishers): Lee Bares (Pole Vault), Robbie Santoyo (10000m), August Cook (Javelin), Ben Boswell (4x800m), Mikey Singer (4x800m), Tyrell Maddox (4x800m), Jackson Sullivan (800m, 4x800m) and Jeff Giannettino (High Jump). Read More

MIT Soldier Design Competition Semi-Finals Event
5/7/2018

MIT Soldier Design Competition Semi-Finals EventLTC Brian Novoselich moderated the 15th annual MIT Soldier Design Competition Semi-Final judging event on the USMA Facebook page. This is the second year of the Facebook live format. A total of ten cadet teams competed for six slots to the championship at MIT. The following teams were selected for continuation: Underbody Blast, Firefighting round, Cookoff, Sky Supply, ATLAS and ENOSE.

COLs Raftery, Hart, Sheetz and Mr. Tom Weis (Rhode Island School of Design) judged the projects. Mr. Carmine Cocchia and the rest of the VIOS staff created a terrific media experience to support the event. The event had over 9000 views and a reach of over 14,000 on Facebook within 24 hours of the event. The event can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/WestPointUSMA/videos/10155303848751232/ The Soldier Design Competition is co-sponsored by the MIT Institute for Soldier Nano-Technology and Lincoln Labs.

Photo: Team Fire Suppression demonstrates the functionality of their novel fire suppression round

Softball Caps Regular Season with Fourth Straight Win
5/7/2018

CDT Ally Snelling '21The Army West Point softball team picked up its fourth straight win after defeating Lafayette 11-4 on Sunday afternoon to complete the Patriot League series sweep. The Black Knight (26-26, 10-8 Patriot League) bats were locked in against the Leopards (7-42, 3-15 Patriot League), totaling 11 runs off of 16 hits. Ally Snelling paced the squad with a three-hit effort, while driving in a team-best four runs. Emily Ballesteros picked up a pair of hits in three at-bats, driving in two and crossing the plate twice. Lacey Swafford, Carrie Reilly, Taylor Drayton and Nena Riccoboni also recorded multi-hit games on the afternoon. The Black Knights won their fourth consecutive game. The Cadets captured their sixth straight win over the Leopards. It was the fourth straight contest and 11th time this season that Army compiled double-digit hits. The 11 runs scored and 11 RBIs were the second most this season by the Cadets. Army's six extra-base hits was the second most in a game this year. The Cadets picked up their first Patriot League series sweep of the season. Read More

Cadet Earth Day Lecture Observation
5/7/2018

Cadet Earth Day Lecture ObservationThe Cadet Brigade Energy & Environment Officer (E2O) arranged a lunch-time talk to observe Earth Day. CDT Luis Aguirre gathered 50 cadets and about a dozen faculty to hear from Mrs. Breezy Mollicone about her exploration adventures. Breezy is a scientist, dive instructor, boat captain, explorer, US Coast Guard veteran, and an aspiring marine archeologist. She shared stories and photos from her adventures at the geographic North Pole, in Antarctica and the Falkland Islands, on Arctic research vessels, at abandoned military bases, and at abandoned whaling stations. Breezy has participated in multiple coastal cleanup events where thousands of pounds of debris and waste were cleared over weeks and then the site appeared nearly the same as when they arrived. She also shared with cadets her future plans for outreach and education on environmental issues throughout Greenland, Iceland, and the Canadian Arctic (Nunavut). This August, Breezy will join the Sedna Epic Expedition - an all-woman Arctic dive and snorkel expedition spanning 4 years. The expedition is meant to highlight the impacts of the disappearing sea ice in the Arctic, and in 2020 will bring together women who will "snorkel relay" the entire Northwest Passage (something that no one has done before, and ideally shouldn't be able to do). The cadets asked some great questions and were inspired by her spirit and motivation on environmental issues. Learn more about Breezy at breezyseas.com or the Sedna Epic Expedition at sednaepic.com.

Brown, McMullen Headline League Major Awards
5/7/2018

Briyah Brown '18 and Calli McMullen '20After standout performances at the Patriot League Championships, Calli McMullen and Briyah Brown of the Army West Point women's track and field team both earned Athlete of the Meet honors on Saturday. Calli McMullen was named the 2018 Patriot League Female Track Athlete of the Meet, claiming gold in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and as a member of the 4x100-meter relay. The yearling from Haddock, Ga., struck gold in the 100-meter dash for the second year-in-a-row with a time 11.69-seconds. She followed up her win with a victory in the women's 200-meters in 24.13-seconds. At this meet, McMullen broke the Academy record in the 200m dash and was part of the 4x100m relay team that broke another Academy record with their time of 45.69. McMullen also won the 2017 Patriot League Female Rookie of the Meet title at this meet last year. Brown took home the 2018 Patriot League Field Athlete of the Meet, winning the shot put and the hammer throw. Read More

Library Hosting the David Labkovski Holocaust Project
5/7/2018

Library Hosting the David Labkovski Holocaust ProjectUntil May 30, the Jefferson Library is hosting the David Labkovski Project, an exhibit which “advances knowledge of the Holocaust through the art of David Labkovski utilizing his history, paintings and sketches, the project emphasizes survival, tolerance, justice, and the importance of bearing witness to history.” The hosting of the exhibit is the cooperative effort of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Jefferson Library. Its opening was timed to correspond with the national Holocaust Week of Remembrance. From 10-13 April, West Point hosted the Project’s Executive Director, Leora Raikin, and the Education Director, Stephanie Wolfson, were in residence, offering docent-led tours and teaching classes open to the public and all West Point cadets, staff, and faculty. Members of the Department of English and Philosophy, the Department of Foreign Languages, and Library staff were trained as docents, so tours for groups or classes can be arranged through the end of May. Contact Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Director David Frey or the Library’s Mike Arden if interested.

Men's T&F Finishes Second at Patriot Leagues
5/7/2018

CDT Jeff Giannetino '19The Army West Point men's track and field team scored 217 points at the Patriot League Championships which was good for second place. They Black Knights finished second behind service academy rival Navy who scored 281 points. Bucknell (114.5) finished third and Boston U. (84) took fourth. Track Events: Army took second in the 4x100m relay. The team, which included Andre Vaughn, Ben Sims, Kedrin Jefferson, and Tyler Davis, clocked in at 40.07. Keagan Smith placed second in the 1500m run with a time of 3:48.91. Nick Causey was right behind him in third with a finishing time of 3:49.51. Ross Puritty finished sixth in the 110m hurdles, crossing the finish at 14.90. Tyrell Maddox placed fourth with a time of 48.03 in the 400m run. Marcus Denham placed seventh with a time of 49.20. Army finished fourth and fifth in the 100m dash. Tyler Davis clocked in at 10.59 and Vaughn clocked in at 10.60. Army finished 1-2 in the 800m with Jackson Sullivan winning the event with a time of 1:51.62. Nick Causey followed right behind with 1:51.65. Ben Boswell finished fourth with a time of 1:52.96. Field Events: In the high jump, Sims placed fourth with a height of 14.17m. Meanwhile, Tyrese Bender and Bradely Gibson tied for fifth at 14.00m. Michael Renard finished second in the discus throw with a distance of 52.82m. Geoff Kirk finished sixth with a distance of 50.22m, and Kenneth Brinson followed in ninth with 49.06m. Jeff Giannettino won the high jump for Army, clearing a height of 2.16m. He was followed by Bernard Jenkins in third with 2.02m and Bryce Samuel in fourth with 1.97m. Read More

Cadets Visit Historic Fort Montgomery
5/7/2018

Cadets Visit Historic Fort MontgomeryCPT James Villanueva led cadets from Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, and other cadets currently enrolled in History courses on a visit to the local Revolutionary War-era Fort Montgomery State Historic Site. The cadets learned about the site and its relationship to the later defenses at West Point. After receiving a tour from the site's staff led by Mr. Grant Miller, the cadets completed a community service project by clearing brush around the fort's powder magazine, making it more visible to future visitors.

Wrestling Places Four at US Open in Las Vegas
5/7/2018

Wrestling Places Four at US Open in Las VegasArmy West Point wrestlers Ben Harvey, Jeremiah Imonode, Alex Hopkins and Bobby Heald earned podium finishes at the US Open Wrestling Championships last week. Harvey (sixth at 79kg) and Imonode (eighth at 92kg) both placed as the only Cadets competing in the senior freestyle division, while Hopkins (fifth at 92kg) and Heald (seventh at 125kg) did so in the UWW junior freestyle division. Additionally, Harvey, Hopkins and Heald all qualified for the World Team Trials. Thirteen total Black Knights competed at the event, posting a combined mark of 27-28 with four falls and 11 technical falls. Hopkins posted a team-best 5-2 mark and earned the highest finish, while Harvey's three bonus point victories led the squad. Harvey (3 – fall, 2 tech. falls), Hopkins (2 – fall, tech. fall), Heald (2 tech. falls), Cael McCormick (2 tech. falls) and Jed Smith (2 tech. falls) all collected multiple bonus point wins in the tournament. Read More

Tae Kwon Do at the ECTC Tournament
5/7/2018

Tae Kwon Do at the ECTC TournamentThe Army Taekwondo team travelled up to University of Vermont to compete in the last ECTC taekwondo tournament of the year. This tournament is the culmination of a year's hard work and dedication to the sport. The team performed well, with all sparing team advancing to at least the quarterfinals of their respective brackets. CDT Richard Sung earned bronze in the men's yellow belt poomsae competition. Additionally, Cadets Travis Phelan, Benjamin Turner, and Conner Sparks earned the bronze medal in the men's advanced division. Overall, the team secured third at the tournament overall and third for the end of the year standings. The team had a successful year, exceeding the cumulative amount of points from last year and placing better during tournaments throughout the season than in previous years (taking second place twice). On another note, this was the last tournament for the teams firsties, bringing their college taekwondo career to an end. The firsties consist of, CDTs Eli Eichenberger, Tak Cho, William Xu, Anthony Chargualaf, Travis Phelan, Jada Ferrer, Hevin Na, and Jordan Nettles. They all fought well and demonstrated resiliency and courage out on the mats, putting their warrior spirit on full display. Good luck to the firsties as they take on a new challenge and join the operational Army to pursue their military careers.

Projects Day 2018: All Coming Together
5/4/2018

For nearly two decades, the academic year at West Point has culminated in Projects Day, the United States Military Academy's annual showcase of presentations, poster sessions, theses defenses, and performances that represent the best of cadet intellect, creativity, and tenacity. For approximately four hours (or, in the case of presentations and theses defenses, for roughly 40 minutes), cadets display their project to the public and remain available to answer any questions that anyone might have about their work. But Projects Day is as much about the four-year (47-month) West Point experience as it is about those four hours. Click here to see photos.

"Projects Day is not just a day to reflect on cadet achievement but also on the teaching and mentorship that helped bring these projects to fruition," says BG Cindy Jebb '82, USMA's 14th Dean of the Academic Board. It's also a day to thank all the donors who have generously contributed to the Margin of Excellence programs that funded many of the projects seen on Projects Day. Two-hundred and seventy-two of these donors returned to West Point to view the work of the cadets, and during the West Point Association of Graduates' Donor Tribute Day Luncheon Jebb said to them, "I cannot help but come away inspired by the passion, energy, intellect, critical thinking and entrepreneurial spirit displayed in the cadets' projects thanks to your support." Full Story »

On Point: Striving For More
5/4/2018

CDT Kenneth Brinson '19Kenneth Brinson has always been a motivated and dedicated athlete.

Which is why when he was looking for a college, he was looking for a place where he could pursue the sports that he was passionate about. Brinson played three varsity sports in high school and was determined to participate in as many as he could at a collegiate level.

At the end of the search, he determined West Point was where he would be able to actualize that goal while simultaneously being challenged in a variety of other ways.

"I think most of it is just the people and the breadth of experience and opportunity to develop myself is what attracted me most," Brinson said. "Football and track worked well together. I competed in football and track in high school and I really love both sports, so it's been a blessing to be able to do both."

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Engineers and Scientists for a Sustainable World
5/4/2018

Engineers and Scientists for a Sustainable WorldCadets from the Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering (GENE) Environmental Program joined the West Point Arborist, Mr. Phillip Koury, to observe Earth Day by planting an Accolade Elm in front of Taylor Hall. The tree replaces a Chinese Elm that was damaged during one of this year's nor'easter storms. Mr. Koury instructed the cadets on proper planting methods and how to care the tree while it becomes established. This year marks West Point's 20th year as a Tree City. The Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA program recognizes communities for excellence in urban forestry management.

Cadets Complete Helicopter Aeronautics Flight Labs
5/4/2018

Cadets Complete Helicopter Aeronautics Flight LabsThe cadets enrolled in Helicopter Aeronautics completed flight laboratories in the UH-72 Lakota. The labs were supported by the 2nd Aviation detachment with CW5 Ben Pletcher as the pilot. The labs reinforce concepts such as main rotor torque, effective translational lift, control power, and transverse flow. In addition, the cadets take data to compare climb rates at various airspeeds, power requirements in steady, level flight, and ground effect in a hover to theoretical predictions. The flights take place near West Point and are a unique aspect of the Mechanical Engineering courses at West Point.

Photo: Cadets Bogue Waller, Olivia Beattie, Josh Holt during aircraft run-up

Turner Named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of Year
5/4/2018

CDT Nick Turner '19 - Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of Year 2018Army West Point cow Nick Turner was selected the Patriot League Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, when it was announced by the league office on Thursday. Turner earned a spot on the five-man Patriot League Golf Academic All-League team as well. To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor. Turner fired a 7-over par 223 to earn First-Team All-Patriot League honors with a fifth-place finish, while helping the Black Knights tie for second-place overall at the conference championship. The Reno, Nevada native is an electrical engineering major, carrying a 3.734 cumulative GPA, having earned a spot on the Dean's List in each of his five semesters at West Point. Turner has been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll twice throughout his career. Read More

70th Anniversary of Israeli Independence
5/4/2018

70th Anniversary of Israeli IndependenceMembers of the Jewish Chapel Choir traveled to Savannah, GA to participate in the community's commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Israeli Independence. The choir attended Sabbath services at Temple Agudath Achim. Following services, the choir performed secular and religious pieces in English and Hebrew. Cadets also held a question and answer session, during which members of the congregation asked questions pertaining to West Point and cadet life. The choir also took the opportunity to tour Savannah's historic waterfront district, walking the cobble-stone streets and exploring the city's small park squares, war monuments and fountains.

Dr. Al Münzer Holocaust Child Survivor Speaks with Cadets
5/4/2018

Dr. Al Münzer Holocaust Child Survivor Speaks with CadetsDr. Al Münzer, a child survivor of the Holocaust, spoke to a group of cadets and faculty from multiple disciplines about his experiences during the Holocaust. Brought to West Point to speak in Dr. David Frey's "The Holocaust and Its Legacy" course, Dr. Münzer explained how he was rescued by an Indonesian family and hidden for two years in occupied Holland. His mother and sisters were all deported to Auschwitz, and his father sent to other camps. Only he and his mother survived the war. Dr. Münzer, a retired Internist and Pulmonologist, spoke of how his experience of being taken in by Dutch Indonesians who had nothing to gain and everything to lose, was a direct refutation of the Nazi racist worldview, and has inspired him to spread a message of humanity's capacity for good. Dr. Münzer also took part in West Point's Day of Remembrance Commemoration. Dr. Michael Geheran in the Department of History coordinated his visit.

Men's Lacrosse Set for Showdown with #8 Notre Dame
5/4/2018

Men's Lacrosse Set for Showdown with #8 Notre DameAs the 2018 season comes to an end, the Army West Point men's lacrosse team will face its final opponent of the year in the eighth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Ind.

The Black Knights and Fighting Irish will face each other on Saturday, 5/5/2018, at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be aired on the ACC Network to mark the second appearance for Army this season on the network.

ARMY (5-7, 2-6 Patriot League) Army and Notre Dame will battle for the eighth time in series history. The Fighting Irish boast a 6-2 advantage, but Army came out on top last season in an overtime thriller. David Symmes had a career day with four goals and the game-winner in overtime. Cole Johnson, Nate Jones and Conor Glancy all chipped in, with a goal and an assist each. It was Army's second win over Notre Dame in program history, and first under Joe Alberici. The Fighting Irish jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first quarter, but six goals in the second set Army up for the overtime victory. Jon LaMonica picked up the loose ball off the faceoff in extra time and dished it to Symmes who in turn plowed past his defender for the score. Read More

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4th Regiment Spring Fling
5/4/2018

4th Regiment Spring FlingThe 4th Regiment Spring Fling was held on the Apron of MacArthur Long Barracks. Cadets barbequed and took advantage of the great weather. They were playing Frisbee out on the lawn and enjoyed the activities provided. DCA supported the event with the Red Cross Therapy dogs, a variety of games from the store-room, a mechanical bull and jousting challenge.

Army Powerlifting at the Collegiate Nationals
5/4/2018

Army Powerlifting at the Collegiate NationalsArmy West Point Powerlifting Team competed at the 2018 USA Powerlifting Collegiate Nationals. This year's competition was hosted by Texas A&M University at College Station, TX. The meet was held in the Hall of Champions by Kyle Field. The competition this year was incredible, as the sport of Powerlifting has grown in popularity. Six members of the Powerlifting Team secured top 10 finishes in their weight categories: Morgan Willcox '18 (8th place), Brian Degori '19 (8th place), Denny Chung '18 (9th place), John Roll '19 (9th place), and Annette Yoon '18 (10th place). All members of the team who competed registered a total this year for the first time in recent history, making this a very successful meet for the Powerlifting Team. This competition closes out AY18 competitions for the Powerlifting Team, which registered a win over Navy in December for both the men's and women's team. The team is now bearing down for the end of the academic year, focusing on beating the Dean, and working on developing training plans as the focus shifts toward the military pillar for summer training.

Steel Bridge Team at ASEE GSW
5/4/2018

Steel Bridge Team at ASEE GSWDepartment of Civil and Mechanical Engineering's (CME) Cadets and Faculty traveled to the University of Texas at Austin to attend the annual meeting of the Gulf-Southwest Section (GSW) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Cadets John Etringer '18 and Steven O’Brien '18 presented their paper which discussed the impact of their multidisciplinary team on the performance of the Steel Bridge Team. CPT Michael Campbell presented a paper which discussed the impact of a “Design Review” technique on student learning. Cadets and faculty observed similar presentations from other universities as well as toured an active construction site in downtown Austin.

Photo: Cadets John Etringer and Steven O’Brien show off a section of their steel bridge

USMA Faculty Present at the 49th NMLA Convention
5/4/2018

USMA Faculty Present at the 49th NMLA ConventionFour faculty members from the Department of Foreign Languages attended the 49th Meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NMLA) Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Diana Richardson and CPT Leila Ketterlinus, from the German and Persian Sections, presented in the panel “Interrogating the Native Speaker Ideal in Second Language Curricula” where they presented their project “Fostering a Non-native Ideal: Using Texts from Persian Speakers in the German Language Classroom.” Dr. Michael Foster, from the French Section, served as a panelist for “From Candidate to Colleague: Navigating the Academic Job Market (Roundtable) where discussed his paper “From Tenure-Track to Term Position to Job Market: Finding the Right Fit.” MAJ Andrew Zapf served as a panelist for “Resisting the Weaponization of Language” where he presented his Master Teacher Program Literature Review for "Humor and Second Language Acquisition: Usefulness and Pitfalls in the Classroom."

USMA-Vassar Exchange Initiative
5/4/2018

USMA-Vassar Exchange InitiativeLTC Casey Doss of the History Department led a trip in support of the USMA-Vassar Exchange Initiative. Ten cadets travelled to Vassar College and were paired with student escorts to gain insight into life at Vassar. They had lunch and a discussion with Vassar President Elizabeth Bradley, and finished the event by touring Hyde Park and President Franklin Roosevelt’s home. The initiative is an outreach program sponsored by the Mellon Foundation which aims to bridge the military-civilian divide through meaningful academic and social exchange. This is the third year of the program.

Athletic Director's Update
5/4/2018

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Athletic Director's Update

Psi Chi Honor Society Inductions
5/3/2018

Psi Chi Honor Society InductionsThe Psychology Program held its Induction Ceremony for Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. This year's inductees were: CDTs Christian Ackerman, Melanie Allen, James Angiulo, Mark Cabey, Rachel Dodaro, Mackenzie Ferguson, Rebecca Gray, Tom Jansen, Samantha Leahy, Ishmael McGinty, Airyn Nash, Ashley Pegues, David Santos, Celeste Taniguchi, and Austin Weiher. Dr. Alex Todorov, Professor of Psychology and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology at Princeton University, was the guest speaker for this year's ceremony. His talk, entitled “Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions” provided cadets and faculty with insight into the importance of factors influencing the formation of first impressions and the consequences on those first impressions.

Tae Kwon Do at the Collegiate Nationals
5/3/2018

Tae Kwon Do at the Collegiate NationalsThe Army Taekwondo team travelled to American University in Washington D.C. to compete at Collegiate Taekwondo Nationals. The competition was tough but the team was still able to produce three national champions. CDT Madison Curry became the men's heavy yellow belt national champion. CDT Richard Sung became the men's yellow belt welter weight national champion and CDT Travis Phelan became the men's green belt middle weight national champion. Additionally, the team brought home many silver and bronze medals as well. CDT George Ngoh placed second in the men's yellow belt lightweight division. CDTs Uzoma Ezeonyeka, Antonio Viera, Chris Dao, and Ara Gahan all placed third in their respective divisions. Notably, in the black belt Champion's division, Ashley Rivera earned the bronze medal in her division. Although they did not come home with the first place trophy, the team dominated where it could and showed the strength of the Army West Point Taekwondo program against other schools. The team is excited where it is in its development, as new members are gaining experience. The team will be ready to bring back the national championship trophy back to West Point in the upcoming years.

Cadets Present at the THHBK Rheology Symposium
5/3/2018

Cadets Present at the THHBK Rheology Symposium Six cadets and four faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Life Science presented their research on various multifunctional and complex material research at the 14th annual Tiger-Hen-Hawk-Black Knight Rheology Symposium in Bartlett Hall, hosted by USMA for the first time. Dr. Enoch Nagelli conducted an oral presentation on electrochemical cells, and Cadet Tyler Helton, '18, presented his work on rheological fingerprinting of human blood. Cadets Charles Keith ‘19, Michael Deegan '20, Michael Clark, '20, and Ramsey Wagner, '20, all presented posters of their ongoing research. The keynote speaker was Dr. Jim Swan, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who presented “The Hydrodynamics of Colloidal Gelation”. In total, there were 30 participants, six talks, one keynote address, and 14 posters, with representatives from Lehigh University, the University of Delaware, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the United States Military Academy.

Photo: CDT Charles Keith '19 presenting his poster

Hockey Coach - Brian Riley Presented Coach K Award
5/3/2018

Hockey Coach Brian Riley Presented Coach K Award 2018Army West Point hockey head coach Brian Riley was among the recipients of the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport award on Wednesday. The winners were announced at the Cadet Mess Hall during the 12th annual awards presentation where Coach K recognizes West Point athletes and coaches for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. Krzyzewski, a 1969 USMA graduate and former basketball player and coach, presented the awards, a certificate and medal. "Anytime you receive an award that bears the name of Coach K it is very humbling," said Riley. "It reminds me how fortunate I am to coach at such an amazing place and that I am surrounded by outstanding cadet-athletes on a daily basis. I am very grateful." The awards recognize West Point athletes and coaches for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. The cadet recipient exemplifies the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage both on-and-off the "fields of friendly strife." Read More

Professor Conley Visits BS&L Cadets
5/3/2018

Prof. Conley Visits BS&L CadetsProfessor Dalton Conley, Princeton University, visited the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership and Department of Chemistry and Life Science. His visit included participating in: Introduction to Sociology, Armed Forces and Society, a tour of Cadet Genome Project, and a small group discussion with cadets interested in the intersection of sociology and the medical field. Dalton Conley is the Henry Putnam University Professor in Sociology and a faculty affiliate at the Office of Population Research and the Center for Health and Wellbeing. He earned his PhD in sociology from Columbia University and a PhD in Biology (Genomics) from NYU.

Men's Handball Clinches 12th National Championship
5/3/2018

Men's Handball Clinches 12th National ChampionshipThe Men's Handball Team clinched their twelfth Collegiate National Championship. The Black team took first place and the Gold team took third place.

Cadets Tour Sikorsky Facility in Stratford
5/3/2018

Cadets Tour Sikorsky Facility in StratfordTwenty-four cadets from Helicopter Aeronautics and six cadets from Sustaining the Force toured the facilities at the Sikorsky plant in Stratford, CT. The company assembles UH-60 helicopters and manufactures components for the CH-53K there. The cadets were exposed to manufacturing processes, assembly processes, component testing, flight simulation, autonomous helicopter testing, helicopter design, and a discussion on future vertical lift technology. The group was hosted by COL(R) Mike Mudd '80, and MAJ Rob Massey '04. A recent post about this trip on social media garnered a reply from a former cadet that remembered the same type of trip from 1983, indicating the long history that the course has with this trip section.

CDT Halbrook '19 Honored with Coach K Award
5/3/2018

CDT Abby Halbrook '19 Presented Coach K Award 2018 Abby Halbrook of the Army West Point track and field team was among the recipients of the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport on Wednesday. The winners were announced at the Cadet Mess Hall during the 12th annual luncheon where Coach K recognizes West Point athletes and coaches for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. Krzyzewski, a 1969 USMA graduate and former basketball player and coach, presented the awards, a certificate and medal. The awards recognize West Point athletes and coaches for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. The cadet recipient exemplifies the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage both on-and-off the "fields of friendly strife." Dubbed the "Coach K" awards, Halbrook was recognized for not only her athletic success but also for her commitment to excellence and respect for her teammates, opponents, and the sport. Read More

Climbing at the Collegiate Nationals in Houston
5/3/2018

Climbing at the Collegiate Nationals in HoustonThe Climbing Team competed at the Collegiate Nationals in Houston, TX and took home the Armed Forces Cup yet again. Cadet Charles Barron '20 won 7th in Bouldering.

Electronic Experimenters Group Volunteer as Judges Again
5/3/2018

Electronic Experimenters Group Volunteer as Judges AgainThree members of the Electronics Experimenters Club (ELEX) volunteered as judges at the Long Island FIRST Robotics Regional Championships at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Cadets Samuel Norman '19, Jared Fritz '19, Shane Murphy '21, and CPT Joshua Groen partnered with the NYC Recruiting Battalion (USAREC) to support the Army's recruiting efforts and the Academy's outreach mission in New York City. The competition consisted of over 40 teams, including teams from Turkey and Croatia. The Cadets applied their technical skills, including the skills they have learned and honed at ELEX, in evaluating the robots' design and performance, and in suggesting improvements to the teams. The Cadets' duties included interviewing the high schoolers and discussing how the students built their robots to solve a specific challenge. The cadets' understanding of robotic drive systems, PID control and operation, and power delivery systems were invaluable in providing informed assessments, and they made a significant contribution in the judges' room. In addition, the cadets talked with students about their plans for the future, and made many aware of opportunities at West Point and in the Army.

Women's Handball Hosts National Championships
5/3/2018

Women's Handball Hosts National ChampionshipsThe Women’s Handball teams hosted the Collegiate National Championships in Arvin Gym. The Black team finished in second while the Gold team finished in fourth. Ansley Davenport '20 was awarded both highest scorer and most valuable player across the tournament. Natalie Nepa '19 took First Team Academic All-American with Christina Bouvier '18, Alanna Severt '19, and Olivia Beattie '19 taking Second team.

Cadets Attend Writing Workshop on Army Evaluations
5/3/2018

Cadets Attend Writing Workshop on Army Evaluations Fourteen cadets and two civilian faculty attended a writing workshop on Army evaluations led by LTC Alan Brown. Because Army Officers face unique writing situations that have significant career implications for their subordinates, most notably writing evaluations, LTC Brown developed this workshop to familiarize cadets with techniques and strategies to help them write effective evaluations as Second Lieutenants. Working from a range of examples, LTC Brown engaged cadets in critical dialogues that addressed how to match bulleted comments to evaluation scoring; the importance of crafting specific, number-oriented comments that precisely and concisely deliver fair, quantifiable portraits of subordinate performance; and, tips for dealing with various difficult situations. The workshop included practical writing exercises along with extensive question-and-answer work.

Football Celebrates CIC Trophy Title
5/2/2018

President Trump with Army FootballThe Army West Point football team celebrated its Commander in Chief's Trophy title by visiting President Trump at The White House followed by a trip to the Pentagon. The Black Knights were guests of the President in the Rose Garden at The White House for a short ceremony that congratulated Army on a great season. 

Congratulations @ArmyWP_Football! pic.twitter.com/rmaLoZMWtK

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 1, 2018

The President talked about the teams' will to win and how they were an inspiration during their run to the CIC Trophy. He talked about individuals like team captains John Voit and Ahmad Bradshaw and their performances on the field during the 2017 season. pic.twitter.com/enjWaN4qdL

— Jeff Monken (@CoachJeffMonken) May 1, 2018 Head coach Jeff Monken spoke after President Trump and thanked him and The White House for allowing us to visit. He also talked about his team and mentioned that what they accomplished this season was something great. The Black Knights achieved one of their biggest goals this year -- being in the Rose Garden with the CIC Trophy.  

We have arrived. #GoArmy pic.twitter.com/uRS7uLvdsL

EXCEL Scholars Program Welcomes 2LT Nattiel '17
5/2/2018

EXCEL Scholars Program Welcomes 2LT Nattiel '17Excel Scholar cadets and faculty attended the monthly Fireside Chat. The guest speaker was 2LT Christian Nattiel '17 and the first African-American graduate to earn the Rhodes Scholarship. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Education (Higher Education) and an MBA at Oxford. In answering the third question "how am I going to get there?" Christian advised cadets to put careful thought into making a detailed plan on how to achieve their goals. He warned them not to allow themselves to get distracted. He commented that to be better, you must do what others are not. 2LT Nattiel advised cadets to make the most of the incredible team of mentors here at West Point across the spectrum, from academic instructors to TACs. Christian encouraged cadets to take advantage of the amazing leadership opportunities offered to them at USMA, as the skills they learn will distinguish them from their peers both in academia and the military.

Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Speaks to Cadets
5/2/2018

Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Speaks to CadetsCriminal defense attorney, Jeff Weiner, from Miami, Florida, addressed cadets in the Criminal Law and Constitutional & Military Law courses in the Department of Law. Among other topics, Mr. Weiner addressed the importance of recognizing the Constitution as America's highest law and ensuring that everyone, including people accused of crimes, is provided with every constitutional right.

Women's Tennis Headed to Texas Tech For NCAAs
5/2/2018

Women's Tennis Headed to Texas Tech For NCAAsThe Army West Point women's tennis team will travel to Lubbock, Texas to face 11-seeded Texas Tech for the first round of the NCAA Tournament, announced by the association Tuesday during its selection show. The Black Knights will be making their 14th all-time appearance at NCAAs and the first since 2013 after winning the Patriot League title over service-academy rival Navy. This will be the program's second trip to Texas after facing 4-seed California in College Station in 2003. Additionally, it will be the first time in program history Army will play Texas Tech and the team's fifth-highest seed at the national tournament. "This was our goal since our first day of practice," said head coach Paul Peck. "We knew that we were hosting the Patriot League Championships, and our goal was to raise another banner. It's what we've been working toward all year long, so we're ecstatic to actually achieve that goal." The Black Knights and Red Raiders will compete in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on May 11. Read More

Investigating the Missing Black Holes of the Milky Way
5/2/2018

Dr. David Harris presented the topic "Investigating the Missing Black Holes of the Milky Way". One out of every thousand stars in the galaxy will become a black hole at the end of its life. Thus, we expect to find a large number of black holes throughout the galaxy. However, we detect far fewer black holes than we would expect given this reasoning. Using simulations, Dr. Harris attempted to demonstrate that black holes are being ejected into inclined, out-of-disk orbits by their natal supernova kicks, showing that the distribution of black holes in the galaxy simulation does not match the initial distribution of stars. Additional explanations, including the difficulty of detecting black holes, were discussed.

West Point Hosts Harvard Business School
5/2/2018

West Point Hosts Harvard Business SchoolThe Department of Social Sciences hosted 40 members from the Harvard Business School (HBS) Club of NY and 50 staff and faculty for the first Economic Leader Forum. The purpose of the forum was to highlight the key economic principles that pertain to any leader striving to make optimal decisions for an organization. This year's forum focused on the principal-agent problem, and used a case study written by MAJ Isaac Wisniewski. The case study focused on a decision that Isaac faced during a mission as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan. During the forum, cadets, faculty and HBS club-members dissected this case-study in round-table discussions and more broadly as a group. The forum allowed all participants to understand the linkages between economics and leadership, appreciate the ethical nuances required in tough decision-making and form bonds with leaders from various industries. The forum also aligned with the Superintendent's emphasis on character development and NYC outreach.

Baseball Rolls Past Sacred Heart, 12-3
5/2/2018

The Army West Point baseball team defeated Scared Heart, 12-3, here Tuesday afternoon in a midweek contest at Doubleday Field. The Black Knights trailed 1-0 after the first frame but answered with the tying score in the bottom half and never really looked back. A big four-run inning in the third and a two-run frame in the fourth created a 7-1 gap on the scoreboard. Anfernee Crompton notched a two-run single in the third to highlight that stretch. Matt Hudgins (2), Drake Titus, and John McKenna also registered a run batted in during that time. The Pioneers cut into the deficit in the top of the eighth following two walks and a double that plated two runs but the Cadets responded with another huge five-run bottom frame to keep the game out of reach. Army tallied three-straight singles during the inning from the bats of Jon Rosoff, Anthony Giachin and Tim Simoes. Rookie Rob Regine drilled a two-run single as well later on in the frame to extend the Black Knights' advantage to 12-3. Joe Santoro then came in for relief and registered a one, two, three inning, including back-to-back strikeouts to secure the win. Read More

Cadets Attend Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo
5/2/2018

Cadets Attend Lower Hudson Valley Engineering ExpoFaculty from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering took two Cadets to the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo to represent West Point and the diversity of engineering programs. Cadets Nick McNerney and Annie Schreiner, Student Chapter Cadet Leadership from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) club, did a superb job providing high school and middle school student’s information they needed to pursue educational opportunities in engineering at West Point. They talked to over 50 students and parents during the 4 ½ hour event and provided the USMA Admissions Office with 32 emails from interested students representing a diverse population of potential future applicants. Participation in this event enabled enrichment of West Point’s interaction with the local community as well as support to New York City SAME Post’s K-12 outreach activities that promote careers in engineering.

LETC Visits the FBI's HRT Training Facility
5/2/2018

LETC Visits the FBI's HRT Training FacilityThe Law Enforcement Tatics Club (LETC) travelled to the D.C. area and visited both the FBI's HRT training facility and United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACID) Command HQ at Quantico, who gave us an overview of the following major divisions: Field Investigation Unit, Major Procurement Fraud Unit, Computer Crimes and Digital Forensics Units, Terrorism and Criminal Investigations Unit and The Army's Protective Services BN (PSB). This was an extremely beneficial trip where the cadets interacted many active and retired in the field, Special Agents, and current agents both with CID and the FBI who have military maneuver unit/Ranger experience. They also got to visit the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

Yoga at Ananda Ashram
5/2/2018

Yoga at Ananda AshramThree cadets signed out and in from CGR and attended a yoga class at the Ananda Ashram, a yoga community in Monroe, NY. In practice, cadets worked on merging breathing with movement and were exposed to yoga in a community setting.

Core Biology Special Topic Lectures
5/2/2018

Core Biology Special Topic LecturesIntersections of Core Biology & the Military Profession, the core biology course recently hosted a series of special topic lectures relating science to events within the military and industry. Instructors brought their research and field experiences to cadets as to how course concepts are used and applied in their respective specialties. The day began with Dr. George Kennedy, a first-year faculty member, describing how he uses genetic screens to determine function in the “making of a Ph.D.” The assistant course director, MAJ Ryan Rodriguez, related his research interests in vector borne disease and how this impacts public health. Mr. Aaron Owens, recently retired Army logistician, addressed the “Science of Deployed Logistics.” With the final portion of the course focusing on human physiology, they were fortunate to have Dr. Alan Beitler, Office of the Dean, present his experiences as a West Point graduate, Infantry Officer, and Army Surgeon. Dr. Beitler relayed his experiences as a Hospital Commander during Operation Enduring Freedom as well as the importance of cultural and cooperative efforts in deployed medicine. The case study approach of the types of trauma injuries in a deployed environment resonated with the audience from both the scientific and humanities based perspectives.

Debate Takes Third at Business Ethics Case Competition
5/1/2018

Debate Takes 3rd at Business Ethics Case CompetitionThe Ethics Debate Team placed Third in the Business Ethics Case Competition at Mount St. Mary's University. The team for this competition consisted of CDTs Rivers Hinson '21, Sophia Maliscke '21, Gabrielle Alford '19, and Brett Yelverton '19. Like the Military Case Competition, this competition asks teams to create a 20-minute presentation in response to a select case. This year, the case focused on Bank of America's controversial acquisition of Merrill Lynch in 2008. The team assessed the actions of Bank of America's CEO Ken Lewis in the lead up to the purchase and the aftermath. The team argued that the leaders of both organizations acted unethically insofar as they deceived their shareholders, thus violating their moral obligations to them, and rewarded unjust behavior in the form of bonuses to top employees whose behavior contributed significantly to the financial crisis.

Glee Club Travels to Madison, WI to Perform
5/1/2018

Glee Club Travels to Madison, WI to PerformSixty-four members of the West Point Glee Club traveled to Madison, Wisconsin and shared their music and love of West Point with the community. As soon as they landed in Madison, cadets visited the VA Hospital, where they interacted with veterans and provided a short concert. They also went to Oregon High School, where they gave two concerts for the students and told them about life as cadets at West Point. After the high school visit, the Club visited the Wisconsin State Capitol and gave a short performance inside the beautiful rotunda. Later, cadets of the Glee Club served as ambassadors of the Academy when they went to Sun Prairie High School, met and interacted with members of the school's concert choir, and listened to them perform a few songs. That evening, the Glee Club gave a full, public concert for an audience of about 250 people at Sun Prairie's Performing Arts Center. The following day, cadets traveled to St. John's Northwest Military Academy in Delafield, WI, where they presented another public concert, collaborating with the Marquette University ROTC Choir and St. John's Northwestern Military Academy Choir and Herald Trumpets. More than 200 JROTC cadets and approximately 200 community members attended.

Burns Earns PL Defensive Player of the Week Honors
5/1/2018

CDT Maddie Burns '20Yearling goalie Maddie Burns of the Army West Point women's lacrosse team was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after her strong showing in the crease in Friday's season finale at Bucknell. This is the second time Burns has been recognized by the league, having also earned rookie of the week honors in 2017. The Ridgefield, Conn., native made 10 saves on 25 shots to propel the Black Knights to a thrilling 10-9 victory over the Bison. She stretched her streak of double-digit saves to five as Army recorded its first-ever 10-win season. Burns capped her second collegiate season by setting single-season program records in wins (10), saves (126), save percentage (.457) and goals-against average (10.65).

Cadets Abroad Visit American Institute of Taiwan
5/1/2018

Cadets Abroad Visit American Inst. of TaiwanCadets on a semester abroad to Fujen University in Taiwan had the opportunity to visit the American Institute of Taiwan and meet with officials there. By visiting the institute, cadets could see firsthand the complexities of diplomatic relations between Mainland China and authorities in Taiwan.

Gospel Choir Visits the Children's Village
5/1/2018

Gospel Choir Visits the Children's VillageThe West Point Cadet Gospel Choir visited Children's village on a service-oriented trip section. Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, NY is a private institution with a mission to provide for the most vulnerable in our society. It has residential programs that are a home for foster children, juvenile delinquents, runaways/homeless, and undocumented children. The cadets sang three songs at both the English and Spanish speaking services. After singing, they shared their testimonies about how they got into West Point; the hardships they have overcome; the lessons they learned; and ended with giving words of encouragement for the congregation. Following the services, the cadets visited the different residential homes. They went to the housing for the youngest foster children, maximum security unit residents, limited security residents, and the youngest juvenile delinquents. At each home, the cadets had the opportunity to converse and create impactful relationships with the residents.

Pistol Team Tactical Live-Fire Training
5/1/2018

The Pistol Team traveled to West Union, Ohio to conduct two and a half days of very intensive tactical live-fire training on 6-8 April 2018. Training was conducted with both the M4 Carbine and handguns and included proficiency drills for both carbine and pistol, Close Quarters Battle drills, clearing three different live-fire shoot houses, force-on-force training using airsoft pistols to practice building clearing tactics, shooting on the move by individual and buddy team, a stress shoot that included a medical response component, and building clearing operations in low light conditions using flashlights. The training at Tactical Defense Institute was excellent and all Pistol Team members are much better prepared to handle real world tactical operations.

Burggraaf Tabbed Conference Pitcher of the Week
5/1/2018

CDT Daniel Burggraaf '19The Patriot League announced Monday that Army West Point' baseball's Daniel Burggraaf was named the conference pitcher of the week. The righty earned his first Patriot League weekly honor of the season and the third of his career. Burggraaf pitched his first career complete-game shutout during Army's seven-inning, 4-0 victory over Holy Cross in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. He gave up just four hits, while striking out nine and not allowing a walk. The cow right-hander faced 24 batters, just three above the minimum. The Belfair, Wash., native improved to 6-1 on the season. He and the rest of the Cadets will play two midweek contests before welcoming Lehigh and Lafayette for a doubleheader over the weekend. Army will host Sacred Heart on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. out-of-conference contest. The following day the Black Knights will head down to Villanova to play the Wildcats in a 3 p.m. road game. Army will then close out its Patriot League regular season schedule with a doubleheader against Lehigh on Saturday and a twin bill against Lafayette on Sunday. First pitch for both days is noon.

German Consul General Visits West Point
5/1/2018

German Consul General Visits West PointDavid Gill, the German Consul General in New York, visited West Point. In addition to meeting with the German Liaison Officer and the five German exchange officers and cadets, Mr. Gill toured the Academy grounds and visited Dr. Diane Richardson’s first-year German class. The cadets very much enjoyed an opportunity to interact with a German government official during class.

Cadets Host COL Blackburn
5/1/2018

Cadets Host COL BlackburnThe Russian Section hosted the former U.S. Army Attaché to Russia, COL R. Taft Blackburn. COL Blackburn served in Moscow from July 2012 to September 2014 and again in 2016. His time at the Defense Attaché Office - Moscow includes the period immediately after the illegal annexation of Crimea and hostilities in the Donbas region of Ukraine. Asked to return to Moscow as the Army Attaché in August 2016, he completed a one-year assignment there in November 2017 and currently serves as the Division Chief for the Army International Affairs Division on the Army Staff. His lecture entitled "Russia through the Eyes of an Attaché" highlighted the unique responsibilities of Foreign Area Officers and provided a current assessment of Russian politics, society, and culture.

The Human Security Concerns of Migration
5/1/2018

The Human Security Concerns of MigrationThe Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and the Center for the study of Civil-Military Operations hosted the fifth Africa Symposium. The theme was: "The Human Security Concerns of Migration." The symposium is a Multi-disciplinary event focused on cadet and faculty development. Participants included students and faculty from Bard College and Coast Guard Cadets. Select guests and dignitaries were invited to provide valuable insights based on their expertise and experiences.

Johnston, Stewart Recognized by Patriot League
5/1/2018

CDTs Amy Johnston '18 and Samantha Stewart '20Army West Point women's lacrosse firstie Amy Johnston and yearling Samantha Stewart were recognized by the Patriot League for their efforts throughout the 2018 season on Monday afternoon. Johnston was named to the All-Patriot League First Team as an attacker, while Stewart earned All-Patriot League Second Team accolades as a midfielder. Both players collected their first postseason honors from the league, while Johnston became the first cadet-athlete to be named to the first team.

Johnston was a dominant force both in the offensive zone and on the draw for the Black Knights. Her single-season program record of 85 draw controls was the third-highest total in the Patriot League, while her average of 5.0 draws per game placed her third in the league and 33rd nationally. The Salt Lake City, Utah, native scored a season-high five goals against Siena as one of three 30-point scorers for Army and one of six players with at least 20 goals.

Stewart produced her best offensive season on the banks of the Hudson, setting personal bests in points (28), goals (24) and game-winning goals (two). The New Canaan, Conn., native finished second on the team with 47 draw controls and tied for the second-most goals. She was Army's most efficient free position shooter, going 12-for-19 (.632 percent) and ranking tied for 22nd in the country in free position percentage. Stewart's 12 free position strikes also tied the program's single-season record. Read More

MAJ Banks Philosophy Forum Guest Lecture Series
5/1/2018

MAJ Banks Philosophy Forum Guest Lecture SeriesThe Department of English and Philosophy’s (DEP) Philosophy Forum hosted its fifth lecture in its Guest Lecture Series on in the Haig Room. The guest was Chaplain (Major) Kevin Banks. Chaplain Banks is the Military Police Corps Regimental Chaplain & US Army Military Police School Ethics Instructor and Writer at Fort Leonard Wood. Chaplain Banks gave a talk titled: "Caught, Taught, & Sought: The Character Development Framework of the U.S. Army Military Police School." Chaplain Banks discussed the need for military officers with a virtuous character, a lifetime commitment to their character development, and a passion to influence the character of those within their sphere of responsibility.

Domestic Affairs Forum Visits the Pentagon
5/1/2018

Domestic Affairs Forum Visits the PentagonDomestic Affairs Forum (DAF) went to Washington D.C. to meet with congressional staffers and the Army's congressional liaison office to learn more about how the Army interacts with the rest of the federal government. Cadets also went to the Pentagon where they took a tour and met with representatives from the G1 and G 3/5/7 War Plans to discuss how the military creates policy and reacts to congressional and executive mandates.

Cadets Present at the 2018 HotSOS Conference
4/30/2018

Cadets Present at the 2018 HotSOS ConferenceSeven cadets along with MAJ Hutchison attended the 2018 Hot Topics on the Science of Security (HotSOS'18) in Raleigh, NC. HotSOS is research event, symposium, and boot camp that is sponsored by the National Security Agency in cooperation with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group for Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC). All attendees are co-authors on posters that they presented at the event which appear in the conference proceedings. Together, the posters had a total of 15 cadet co-authors, three junior faculty, and six senior faculty. All poster abstracts are one page long, and appear in the conference proceedings, which is published by the ACM. The cadets who attended HotSOS'18 are: Evin Rude, Spencer Drakontaidis, Michael Stanchi, Gabriel Glazer, Andrés Alejos, Michael Ma, and Hayden Ward. The trip was co-led by Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews, who was a faculty advisor for all three projects.

Women's Rugby Wins All-Academy 7s Tournament Title
4/30/2018

CDT Gio Ferguson-Lewis '20The Army West Point women's rugby team finished their weekend slate at the All-Academy 7s tournament undefeated on Saturday afternoon at the Anderson Rugby Complex.

The Cadets earned a 53-0 win over Mount Saint Mary College, followed by a 43-7 victory over the Harvard Crimson, and a 28-5 win over AIC in the semifinals match. In their final match of the day against Dartmouth, they clinched a 43-7 victory for their fourth 7s tournament title this season. 

Electronic Experimenters Group Judge Robotics Regionals
4/30/2018

Electronic Experimenters Group Judge Robotics RegionalsThree members of the Electronics Experimenters Club (ELEX) volunteered as judges at the New York City FIRST Robotics Regional Championships, in Washington Heights, NY. Cadets Rachelle David '19, Jared Fritz '19, Adam Patula '19, and MAJ Shaha partnered with the NYC Recruiting Battalion (USAREC) to support the Army's recruiting efforts and the Academy's outreach mission in New York City. The competition included over 50 teams, including teams from Turkey, China, Brazil, and the UK. The cadets applied their technical skills in evaluating the robots' design and performance, and in suggesting improvements to the teams. Duties included interviewing the high schoolers and discussing how the students built their robots to solve a specific challenge. The cadets' understanding of robotic drive systems, coding, operation, and power delivery systems were invaluable in providing informed assessments. In addition, the cadets talked with students about their future plans, and made many aware of opportunities at West Point and in the Army. Cadets demonstrated a high level of professionalism, competence, and energy, and were major contributors to the success of the event. FIRST founder and inventor Dean Kamen visited the competition and was impressed with the cadets'.

Baseball Clinches Home Field Advantage in Postseason
4/30/2018

CDT Daniel Burggraaf '19The Army West Point baseball team split its doubleheader with Holy Cross here Sunday afternoon but still secured itself home field advantage for the upcoming Patriot League semifinals. The Black Knights posted a 4-0 seven-inning, shutout victory in the opener before dropping the series final 5-3. Overall, the Cadets won their regular season series with the Crusaders, 4-1. Heading into the final weekend of the league regular season, Army can finish no worse than second place. If the Cadets lose their last four games and Bucknell wins its final two games, the two would be tied at 15-10. However, since the Black Knights took the regular season series against the Bison, 3-2, Army would secure the second seed and home field advantage. Now, achieving the regular season title is not out of the question for the Black Knights. Read More

Cadets Work with FDNY
4/30/2018

Cadets Work with FDNYThe Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) marked the 10th Annual FDNY (New York City Fire Department) - CTC Crisis Simulation Exercise held at FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Cadets worked alongside members of FDNY to react to a simulated cyber-attack with physical effects. Run by Chief Joe Pfeifer, CTC Senior Fellow and Chief of FDNY's Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness, and CTC Deputy Director Brian Dodwell, this event serves as the capstone exercise for the Homeland Security course. The cadets also got to hear from FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, FDNY Chief James Leonard, and Department of Social Sciences head COL Suzanne Nielsen.

Golf Finishes 2nd at Patriot League Championship
4/30/2018

Golf Finishes 2nd at Patriot League ChampionshipThe Army West Point golf team rallied on the final day of the Patriot League Championship to secure itself a share of the runner-up crown. The Black Knights tied with Navy during the final round with a league-low 9-over par 297. Army held the lead a few times on the final day but eventually saw the Mids hold on down the stretch to claim the title. The Cadets finished the two-day tournament tied with Loyola for second after posting marks of 305-296-297—898 (+34). Navy shot an impressive opening round which ultimately helped it earn the victory. The Mids carded scores of 290-308-297—895 to shoot 31-over par. Loyola tied with Army for the second spot after firing 296-300-302—898 (+34). Host Lehigh placed fourth with marks of 295-304-308—907 (+43). Read More

Drone Swarm Ships to Idaho for Capstone Demonstration
4/30/2018

Drone Swarm Ships to Idaho for Capstone DemonstrationThe Radiological and Imaging Data Swarm (RAID) Capstone interdisciplinary team packed and shipped a fleet of 33 small unmanned aircraft and support gear to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The firsties will demonstrate the ability of the swarm to map out active radiation sites and provide real-time imagery at INL in a large Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) sponsored field exercise. Final equipment preparations, accountability, and movement cross-country is a major milestone in preparation for this event.

Women's Lacrosse Earns 10th Win
4/30/2018

CDT Maddie Miller '20The Army West Point women's lacrosse team closed out its 2018 regular season by outlasting Bucknell on the road, 10-9, Friday afternoon. With the win, the Black Knights earned their first 10-win season, owning a 10-7 mark overall and 4-5 in Patriot League play. Army got its offense going early by scoring three goals over the span of 1:20. Rookie Cameron Manor netted the initial goal on an 8-meter shot. The insurance came 30 seconds later when Rilee Scott took a pass from Rachel Hornick and dodged multiple defenders before juking the Bison goalkeeper and finding the back of the cage. Hornick then found classmate Amy Johnston who capped the early run. While the Black Knights maintained the lead throughout the entirety of the opening period, four of the final six goals in the first half belonged to Bucknell trimmed the visitors' lead to just one at the break, 5-4. Feeding off of the energy of scoring with 14 seconds left in the first stanza, the Bison added three more goals to kick off the final 30 minutes and lead 7-5 with 16-and-a-half-minutes remaining. Read More

Cadets Tour Verizon's Digital Ecosystems Lab
4/30/2018

Cadets Tour Verizon's Digital Ecosystems LabCOL Bennett, LTC Hamilton, MAJ Sherburne, and CPT Groen, led Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) cadets to Verizon's Digital Ecosystems Lab in New York City to supplement the course material they have received in their Digital Communications and Wireless Communications classes. The cadets toured the facility and received an overview of the 5G Ecosystem Program. They also had demos on 5G, Augmented Reality Remote Expertise and Intelligent Video Analytics.

National Conference for Undergraduate Research
4/30/2018

National Conference for Undergraduate ResearchNine cadets from the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Civil and Mechanical Engineering and Physics and Nuclear Engineering traveled to the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK for the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The National Conference on Undergraduate Research was established in 1987 with the goal of promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study. This year the conference hosted over 4,100 participants presenting research in a host of academic areas, from engineering to performing arts. The cadets presented the results from various projects spanning research in the fields of photonics, robotics and disruptive innovations.

Water Polo Beats Navy
4/30/2018

Water Polo Beats NavyThe West Point Water Polo team recently traveled to Annapolis to play Navy as well as other teams. The team came away with a victory over Navy's club team, their second of the year, and played against the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) water polo team.

Robotics Research Center Publishes Article on Killer Robots
4/30/2018

Robotics Research Center Publishes Article on Killer RobotsThe Robotics Research Center recently published an article in the War Room which is a U.S. Army War College (USAWC) online journal. The USAWC released its newsletter and featured the article. When LTC Christopher Korpela '96 graduated from the Army War College, in June, he headed to USMA to direct the Robotics Research Center. Here, he teams with RRC Fellow LTC Michael Saxon '94, Ph.D. to urge not only looking over the horizon, but planning now full autonomy of autonomous weapons in times of supreme emergency, as Michael Walzer proposes in the face of a nation facing imminent defeat by a rights-violating regime. “We must remain reluctant to make the choice for full autonomy and only make it in the direst of circumstances, but, ultimately, any rights-adhering nation that faces annihilation by a rights-violating, autocratic regime must be prepared to dirty its hands. If the mind faces defeat by the microprocessor, one must be prepared to flip the switch, removing humans from the loop.” Size up their logic: Click here to read the article.

Skeet and Trap at the ACUI Nationals
4/30/2018

Skeet and Trap at the ACUI NationalsThe Army West Point Skeet & Trap Team competed in the Intercollegiate Clay Target Championships (ACUI) Nationals in San Antonio, TX. A record number of 816 collegiate shooters representing 84 colleges attended the competition. In the face of stiff competition and stiffer rain through most of the competition, the cadets represented West Point well in the various clay target events. This included team finishes in the following events: 6th place, American trap (479/500); 8th place, American skeet (469/500); 10th place, international trap (269/300); and 16th place in international skeet (231/300). Individual highlights included several perfect rounds (25/25) posted by USMA shooters, as well as a personal best 99/100 in trap for CDT Ean McCool '20. Francis McConnel '21 was the team's high gun in American Skeet with an impressive score of 97/100.

Theatre Arts Guild NYC Trip
4/30/2018

Theatre Arts Guild NYC TripThe Cadets of the Theatre Arts Guild got to enjoy a day in New York City. They split into groups in the afternoon and some went to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), while others enjoyed the sunny day in Central Park and even caught a matinee of Good for Otto and SpongeBob. In the evening, they attended the showing of the Donna Summer Musical. The show exposed cadets to aspects of Donna Summer's life that they didn't realize (domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexism, and career/family balance). After the show, cadets got to meet several of the cast-members at the stage door. Before the show, they met two working actors who were excited to see cadets because they both had toured through Ike Hall in the past (with MOMIX and Cats) and fondly remembered the experience.

On Point: Sticking with It
4/27/2018

CDT Carrie Reilly '19As a walk-on to the Army West Point softball team, Carrie Reilly saw just 31 plate appearances over her first two years. But, the lack of playing time only helped motivate her to work harder and she stuck with it. Her tenacity and never give up attitude paid off as the cow is now leading the Black Knights offensively and is one of the top hitters in the Patriot League.

Debate Wins Annual Military Ethics Case Competition
4/27/2018

Debate Wins Annual Military Ethics Case CompetitionThe Ethics Debate Team won the fifth Annual Military Ethics Case Competition at the Naval Academy. This is the first time USMA has won this competition. This achievement is especially remarkable because the debaters this year were two plebes and a yearling. CDTs Elijah Brown '21, AnnMarie Moolenaar '21, and Jake Hohmann '20 worked diligently under the guidance of CIC Reed Johnson '19 to create a superb presentation and develop sufficient comprehension of the case to handle judge's questions with ease. The Military Ethics Case Competition brings the nation's service academies together to compare their responses to a selected case. This year, the case imagined an elaborate cyber-attack by North Korea against the United States and its Allies is underway. Each team was asked to create a 20-minute briefing for US Cyber Command that assesses the nature of the threat and uses ethical, legal, and strategic lenses to recommend an appropriate cyber response. The team worked intensely to understand the history and nature of the North Korean regime, the geopolitics of conflict with North Korea, cyber warfare and the specific vulnerabilities of the North Korean regime, and the complex ethics and law of cyber war. In beating Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and The Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in a head-to-head competition, USMA's Ethics Debate Team brought home the Military Ethics Cup.

Tae Kwon Do Cadets Visit South Korea
4/27/2018

Tae Kwon Do Cadets Visit South KoreaTen members of the Army Taekwondo team were fortunate enough to visit South Korea to learn more about South Korean culture, the sport of Taekwondo and build relations with cadets at the Korean Military Academy. The first two days were spent in Seoul, South Korea, learning about South Korean culture. The team took a tour of the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and attended a martial arts theatrical performance. The team also went to Insadong, which is a district in Seoul known for their traditional tea houses and handcrafted goods. The next two days were spent at the Korean military Academy (KMA). The cadets took part in KMA's mandatory taekwondo class, the equivalent to West Point's plebe boxing. It is interesting to note that, KMA requires each cadet to obtain a black belt in taekwondo in order to graduate, demonstrating just how important the sport is to Korean culture. Staying at the KMA allowed the cadets to see the similarities and differences between the military culture of the two counties and help establish relations that could prove useful in the future. The last part of the trip was spent at Taekwondowon, a government funded facility dedicated to the improvement of taekwondo for athletes around the world. The team received world class training, history lessons on the sport as well as exposure to traditional Korean drum ceremonies.

Cadets at the Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition
4/27/2018

Cadets at the Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan CompetitionCadets enrolled in an independent study, "Entrepreneurial Leadership", developed a mature a business idea, and competed at the Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition (Hudson Valley's "Shark Tank") for an opportunity to earn a slot at the New York State Championships. The following five teams will be competing in two weeks in Albany, NY. 1st Place: The Extra Mile – Social/Non-Profit. 1st Place: Nano Amour – Advanced Technology (Pictured). 1st Place: Gaea – Clean Technology. 2nd Place: Sprouts Investments – IT/Software. 2nd Place: Franklin Strategic – Advance Technology.

Men’s Team Handball Hosts CPT Pace Memorial Tournament
4/27/2018

Men’s Team Handball Hosts CPT Pace Memorial TournamentMen’s Handball hosted the CPT Scott Pace Memorial Tournament. Black took second place in a hard-fought championship game. Trey Ratliff lead the way with his physical presence throughout the weekend.

CDT Johnson Analyzes Armor at the MET
4/27/2018

CDT Johnson Analyzes Armor at the METCDT Vaughn Johnson conducted research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, measuring the thickness of a variety of pieces of fifteenth and early-sixteenth century armor. The resulting data will be analyzed in his Senior Thesis, which addresses how changes in armor design related to changes in tactics in Late Medieval England. Professor Cliff Rogers worked with Dr. Don LaRocca, Curator of Arms and Armor at the Met, to arrange for Johnson to have access to pieces from the museum's collection.

Planets with Two Suns
4/27/2018

Dr. Veselin Kostov presented the topic "Planets with two suns". The abstract stated, "Planets with two suns have long captivated our imagination, yet it was only recently that we have started discovering them. Eclipsing binaries, in particular, have long been considered to be ideal targets to search for these planets but early efforts to detect them through transits suffered from incomplete temporal coverage. It was not until 2011 and the continuous monitoring of thousands of eclipsing binaries by NASA’s Kepler mission that the first transiting circumbinary planet was discovered. The field has gathered a considerable momentum since then and today we know of ten such planets, all from Kepler. The small number leaves a vast gap in our understanding of these fascinating distant worlds — similar to the state of exoplanet science twenty years ago." Dr. Kostov reviewed the current status of the field, described the detection methods and analysis tools required for the detection and characterization of planets with two suns, discussed the theoretical implications of our discoveries, and touched on future prospects to fill this gap.

Women’s Team Handball Trains in LA
4/27/2018

Women’s Team Handball Trains in LAWest Point Women’s Handball traveled to Los Angeles California to train and compete with the US national beach Handball team. The team learned the new sport, including different rules and specialty trick shots such as the 360 and alleyoop. They plan to bring these new skills to the court.

Cadet Orientation and Harbor Inspection Tour
4/27/2018

Cadet Orientation and Harbor Inspection TourSixteen cadets enrolled in "Water Resources Planning and Design" traveled to New York Harbor to learn about the mission, capabilities, and operations of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New York District. LTC Richard Gussenhoven (Deputy Commander) advised the cadets to the organization at the district’s facility at Caven Point, NJ, and then led the group on an inspection of New York Harbor aboard one of the district’s patrol vessels. Throughout the visit, cadets and district representatives discussed USACE support to military construction and civil works projects, particularly those regarding navigation and coastal protection.

Columbia Law Students Visit West Point
4/27/2018

Columbia Law Students Visit West PointTwenty-five students from Columbia Law School accompanied by Columbia law professor Matt Waxman visited West Point and the Department of Law to Discuss Law of Armed Conflict Issues. The students attended class with cadets, then had the opportunity to eat lunch with cadet law majors in the Mess Hall. Following lunch, the group took a historical tour of West Point, then met with D/Law faculty to discuss law of armed conflict vignettes. This event strengthened ties between the two programs and was part of a larger effort to enhance civil-military relationships and enrich scholar/practitioner collaboration in the area of international law.

Water Polo Competes at Chapel Hill
4/27/2018

Water Polo Competes at Chapel HillArmy Water Polo traveled to Chapel Hill, NC for some sun and good competition. Army played three games on Saturday and one on Sunday before returning to USMA. Army split the weekend, going 2-2 beating Michigan State and North Carolina State, and loses to Boston Metro and a very close one to Ohio State.

Mr. Park Philosophy Forum Guest Lecture Series
4/27/2018

Mr. Park Philosophy Forum Guest Lecture Series The Department of English and Philosophy’s (DEP), Philosophy Forum hosted its sixth lecture in its Guest Lecture Series in Jefferson Hall. The guest was Mr. Mike Park. Mike, a former Army Military Intelligence Officer, is COO/Co-Founder of WeBeSchools, and Founder/Vice Chair of Character Moxie Corp 501c(3), each providing 21st Century Character Education programing for schools nationally. Mike gave a talk titled: "If You Can’t Be Smart, Be Good." Mike pointed out that we cannot possibly know everything, yet we face on the spot dilemmas that require intelligence beyond our intellect. This is where virtuous character is most important. Mike gave the cadets five points on how to "stay primed" with good character.

COL Spain Speaks at Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony
4/27/2018

COL Spain Speaks at Holocaust Remembrance CeremonyCOL Spain was a guest speaker at Natick Labs' Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony with his Holocaust Legacy Partner, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor and then US Army soldier/ concentration camp liberator, Stephan Lewy.

Photo: COL Spain with WWII veterans and a few of the junior enlisted soldiers in the audience

Cadets Receive Iron Pinky Rings
4/27/2018

Cadets Receive Iron Pinky RingsThe Department of Systems Engineering hosted the annual Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony. Current and future engineers from the Chemical Engineering, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Systems Engineering Departments gathered to acknowledge the social responsibility they have in the proper design and execution of projects as Engineers. Each inductee received an iron ring to wear on the pinky finger of their working hand so that as they go about their engineering business, drafting up plans, designs, and specifications, it will clatter along their desk to constantly remind them of their solemn obligation to the profession and to society. BG(P) William H Graham, Commander of the North Atlantic Division of the United States Corps of Engineers, served as the guest speaker for the ceremony.

Photo: All new inductees recite the Oath of the Engineer

Athletic Director's Update
4/27/2018

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Athletic Director's Update

Alpha Kappa Delta Honors Inductions
4/26/2018

Alpha Kappa Delta Honors InductionsProfessor Cecilia Ridgeway from Stanford University, participated in the Alpha Kappa Delta (ΑΚΔ) Honors Induction Ceremony with her talk, "The Gender Frame and Institutional Contexts." The Sociology program recognized the academic achievement of CDTs Dillon Biggs, Aidan Baxter, Jack Lowe, Netteange Monaus, and Samuel Crump. The West Point Chapter was established in 2000. The purpose of Alpha Kappa Delta is to seek to acknowledge and promote excellence in the scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit USMA
4/26/2018

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit USMAThe U.S. Military Academy was honored to host King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium on April 24.

King Philippe spoke to the Class of 2018, experienced a warm welcome from the Corps of Cadets during lunch in the Mess Hall and viewed a special collection of academy artifacts.

Photo: Courtesy of Anthony Battista

CSM Love Selected as CSM USMA
4/26/2018

CSM Love Selected as CSM USMACommand Sgt. Maj. Jackie H. Love, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, Kabul, has been selected as the Command Sergeant Major, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.

Men's Boxing Wins the National Collegiate Tournament
4/26/2018

Men's Boxing Wins the National Collegiate TournamentThe Men's Boxing Team competed in the National Collegiate Boxing Tournament. This three-day tournament consisted of a quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship round in which 35 colleges competed. To be eligible for this national tournament, all boxers had to compete in their respective regional tournaments and place in first or second place. The Men's Boxing Team won the whole tournament and earned five National titles. Cadets Ortiz, Ivey, Grant, Obiomon, and Welton all won the national championship at their respective weight classes.

Ta-Nehisi Coates Speaks with Cadet Fellows
4/26/2018

Ta-Nehisi Coates Speaks with Cadet FellowsThe much-celebrated writer Ta-Nehisi Coates met with a small group of Cadet Writing Fellows on for a conversation moderated by Dr. Jason Hoppe, director of the Writing Fellows Program. The discussion addressed key processes and principles of effective writing as well as the specifics of Coates's own work on race, family, and education. The author of several books, including Between the World and Me, the 2015 National Book Award winner in non-fiction, and most recently We Were Eight Years in Power, Coates is a regular contributor to The Atlantic and an influential and provocative public intellectual. In preparation for the visit, cadets and faculty met on multiple occasions to consider the implication of Coates's contributions for future Army officers. Fellows also prepared several gifts for Coates, including a compendium of responses to Coates's work that reflect, just as he does in Between the World and Me, on "the Dream".

Women's Boxing Wins Second National Championship
4/26/2018

Women’s Boxing Wins Second National ChampionshipThe Women's Boxing Team won their second National Championship at West Point. Eight cadets represented the team, with cadets Richelle Radcliff, Janel Tracy, Adaya Queen, and Ejakhianaghe Obiomon going on to win National titles at their respective weight classes.

Visual Rhetoric in STEM Writing Workshop
4/26/2018

Visual Rhetoric in STEM Writing WorkshopA standing-room-only crowd of forty cadets attended a workshop on visual rhetoric in STEM writing led by COL Bret Van Poppel (Deputy Head) and LTC Seth Norberg (Assistant Professor), Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME). Given that data visualization is a constant in STEM courses of every stripe, in the sciences and engineering sequences, capstones, and beyond. COL Van Poppel and LTC Norberg articulated strategies for getting it relevant, precise, and right. Their presentation emphasized the value of writing in every discipline, with reference to experiences in their own professional careers and the design of the West Point Writing Program. They also included practical exercises where cadets grappled with real world examples, and rooted their advice in a blend of their own work and teaching, materials from peer institutions, and Writing Center scholarship.

Joyner, Casanova Share Athlete of the Week Honors
4/26/2018

Ana Joyner '21 and Cole Casanova '19Plebe Ana Joyner of the Army West Point women's tennis team and cow gymnast Cole Casanova were named co-athletes of the week by the Army West Point Athletic Association for their outstanding postseason performances.

Joyner led the Black Knights to their 14th Patriot League title and first since 2013 from the No. 1 position in both singles and doubles. The Las Cruces, N.M., native earned the John "Pat" Rooney Award as the tournament's most valuable player, becoming just the fifth plebe in program history to earn the honor. She is the 20th cadet-athlete in program history to be recognized as the tournament MVP and first since Della Taylor in 2013.

Casanova returned to NCAAs this year after being out last season due to an injury. The cow placed sixth in Friday night's qualifier in the all-around to advance to Saturday night's final round. Casanova improved his scores in five of six events during the finals. The Dallas, Texas, native placed 13th in the all-around with his second-highest score of the season (79.300). Casanova stuck his landing on the floor exercise to earn a mark of 13.866 to finish 14th. Read More

Cadets Attend Yale's NROTC Conference
4/26/2018

Cadets Attend Yale's NROTC ConferenceCadets from the Black and Gold Leadership Forum attended Yale's Navy Reserve Officer Training (NROTC) Leadership Conference. At the conference cadets listened to a discussion between former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger and Google founder and former CEO Eric Schmidt. Additional speakers included former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, and Ms. Susan Gordon the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence. In addition to these distinguished panelists, the cadets participated on discussions on nuclear strategy, corruption in Afghanistan, the South China Sea, and leadership in dynamic environments. This year's conference was the third annual at Yale, and drew hundreds of Cadets and Midshipmen from across the country.

Schultz Honored on Academic All-Patriot League Team
4/26/2018

CDT Griffin Schultz '19Cow defender Griffin Schultz of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team for the first time in his career. Schultz was one of 12 student-athletes throughout the Patriot League to earn the honor. Schultz boasts a 3.763 grade-point average while majoring in Economics and minoring in Systems Engineering. The cow has made the Dean's List every semester eligible and has not produced a single semester GPA below a 3.5. In his limited spare time, Schultz tutors his teammates in Economics and Physics. He dons the Golden Wreath and a Golden Star on his uniform to signify the Superintendent's Award for Achievement and as a Distinguished Cadet. Schultz ranks 214 among his classmates. The Lancaster, Pa., native was a member of Army's defensive core. He started in all 12 contests and helped the Black Knights' defensive unit which ranks second in the nation in scoring defense (7.67). Schultz is a key member of Army's man-down team and totaled 12 groundballs and four caused turnovers in 2018. The selection process was conducted by the League's men's lacrosse sports information directors, who could not vote for their own student-athletes. Army will travel to Notre Dame on May 5 for a 1 p.m. contest from South Bend. The game will be streamed on the ACC Network. Read More

Marriage & Family Military Families Panel
4/26/2018

Marriage & Family Military Families PanelMarriage & Family hosted their annual military families panel. Panelists from a wide variety of department included: MAJ Elizabeth Dzwonczyk, Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering; CPT Meghan Starr, MAJ Sarah Gerstein, Department of Social Sciences; Mrs. Lindsey Eisenlohr, Association of Graduates & MAJ Mike Eisenlohr, Brigade Tactical Department; MAJ Ang Yarnell, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership and Mr. Ryan Yarnell, Army Community Service; and Mrs. Emily Borland, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership. Cadets engaged in a rich discussion relating to the sociology of the family within the military.

Mr. Harmon Receives Civilian Medal for Service
4/26/2018

Mr. Harmon Receives Civilian Medal for ServiceThe Department of History recognized the outstanding work of Mr. Cory Harmon, USMA librarian and essential member of the history team. Mr. Harmon received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for his outstanding efforts in providing tours as well as in assisting cadets with research. Mr. Harmon is an invaluable member of the USMA Library and the Department of History.

Equestrian at the Regional Championship
4/26/2018

Equestrian at the Regional ChampionshipThe Army Equestrian Team represented West Point admirably at the Intercollegiate Horseshow Association's Regional Championship at Crosswinds Equestrian Center in Lagrangeville, NY. The top qualifiers from ten highly competitive teams in the Northeast region came together to test their equitation skills. Team captain Matilda Brady '19 competed in both the novice fences and flat, earning an impressive top-six finish in the fences and a top-four finish on the flat. Madyson Paul '21 rode to a top-six finish in her walk-trot-canter final, and Cira Wolf '20 achieved a top-four finish for the year end. Each of these three riders demonstrated incredible dedication to and mastery of their respective skills.

Cadets Unveil Capstone iPhone App
4/25/2018

Cadets Unveil Capstone iPhone AppEight cadets from the "Pointe du Hoc Augmented Reality Staff Ride" capstone unveiled their iPhone app at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. Their goal was to create an educational app for Mil-Art classes that would display a 3D terrain model of Pointe du Hoc on top of a 2D map of the battlefield. Furthermore, the terrain model contains primary source documents, photographs, and detailed information about the battle based on extensive research at the National Archives last summer. This app enables students to visualize the battle and terrain in the context of a classroom discussion or virtual staff ride.

This interdisciplinary utilizes cutting-edge Apple ARKit augmented reality technology and a detailed 3D terrain model generated from photogrammetry of the battlefield. Throughout the day-long exhibit, cadets introduced members of the public to their app and gave them the opportunity to explore the app and learn about the battle. The team will continue to refine the app in preparation for Projects Day and will publish it through the Apple App Store so it is available to the public.

Baseball Bounces Back for 3-1 Win Over Columbia
4/25/2018

CDT Cam Opp '20The Army West Point baseball team ended a short three-game slump with a 3-1 victory over Columbia here Tuesday night. The Black Knights scored one run in the opening frame before adding on in the fifth to create a 2-0 gap between the teams. The Lions cut the lead in half in the top of the eighth but the Cadets responded with one final run in the bottom half to ultimately put the game away. Army jumped on rookie pitcher Timmy Post early, registering one run on three hits in the first inning. The Cadets' first run came after Jon Rosoff singled to center field to score Jacob Hurtubise from third. During that frame, Hurtubise stole his 31st base of the year, which ties him with Miguel Gastellum for the program record. Trey Martin extended the Black Knights' advantage with a leadoff solo home run to left field in the fifth inning. That blast was the cow's fifth career long ball and Army's third of the season. Read More

CME High Performance Computing Brown Bag
4/25/2018

CME High Performance Computing Brown BagCadets, faculty and staff recently attended the fifth monthly High-Performance Computing (HPC) Brown Bag. The Brown Bag is a forum to highlight their work, exchange ideas, build collaboration, and learn more about HPC. The featured HPC Brown Bag Speakers were CDTs Benjamin Parmer and Evan Pape, of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME). They spoke about their capstone project in Pre-Stressed Concrete Design and HPC.

KARS Pays Respects to Forgotten War Soldiers
4/25/2018

KARS Visits Korean War MemorialCadets from the Korean American Relations Seminar (KARS) visited Boston, MA to discuss the meaning of being Asian American serving in the U.S. Army. One of the cadets on the trip section, CDT Maeng '21, is a cadet from South Korea and will commission in the Republic of Korea Army. He provided KARS a Korean citizens' perspective on U.S. military personnel in Korea and how civilians interact with U.S. Soldiers. KARS visited the Massachusetts Korean War Memorial and payed respects to those who served in the Forgotten War. This was a great opportunity for the cadets to understand Korean American history, and discuss Asian American values/experiences with each other.

Conlin Garners PL Player of the Week Accolades
4/25/2018

CDT Myles Conlin '20Yearling Myles Conlin of the Army West Point men's tennis team earned Patriot League Player of the Week honors after finishing the weekend undefeated against service-academy rival Navy.

The Alameda, Calif., native tied the match 3-3 with a three set victory over Navy's Greg Durham. He also earned a 6-4 victory with doubles partner Dylan Simonsen in the second flight. This is the yealing's first league honor of the season.

Cadets Attend the New York International Auto Show
4/25/2018

Cadets Attend the New York International Auto ShowTwenty-two cadets in the Mechanical Engineering Club attended the New York International Auto Show, held each year at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Cadets explored new technologies used in commercial vehicles, racing cars and new concept cars. Additionally, cadets observed real applications of the mechanical systems they have learned about in the classroom and through projects. All major automobile manufacturers and many specialty manufacturers were present.

Hovren Receives All-Met First Team Honors
4/25/2018

CDT Madison Hovren '19Forward Madison Hovren collected All-Met Division I First Team honors from the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association for the second straight year on Tuesday afternoon. She is one of four Cadets in program history who have earned multiple All-Met First Team honors while at West Point. Hovren turned in an impressive cow campaign for Army, leading the team in scoring and rebounding for the second consecutive season. The Spokane, Wash., native finished the year with 14.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per outing. She tallied a league-best 17 double-doubles and seven 20-point performances. She ranked fifth in the league in scoring, third in rebounding and fourth in shooting percentage. Against Loyola on Jan. 27, the two-time All-Patriot League performer became just the 18th Cadet in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points and is currently one of eight Cadets to record over 1,000 points and 600 rebounds. Read More

Cadets Attend Award of Excellence Dinner
4/25/2018

Cadets from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering Sophia Schwanebeck, Ryan O’Deens, Kibrom Fliegelman and Ty Galyean accompanied by COL Wambeke and Dr. Klosky attended the annual Award of Excellence dinner (construction industry awards) hosted by Engineering News Record, the top publication in the construction industry. Cadets had an opportunity to interact with leaders in the construction, engineering, research and design communities at this national-level event and were asked from the podium to stand to be recognized during the awards portion of the evening.

Crew at the Murphy Cup
4/25/2018

Crew at the Murphy CupThe Army West PointCrew team competed in the Murphy Cup Regatta on the Schuylkill River, inPhiladelphia. The team raced against several top tier Division 1 and Clubteams. Army Crew will face many of the teams again in upcoming Regattas and atNationals. The novice women's eight showed resilience by overcoming a bad startand race in the heats to win Gold in the finals. They had the slowest time thatmade the finals, but rowed extremely well the second time to finish first. Thevarsity woman's pair also won gold. The men's varsity 8 made the Grand Finalsand finished 6th. The men's JV 8 missed making the Grand Final by less than asecond, but won the Petite Final finishing 7th. All boats that competed gainedvaluable rowing experience.

Writing Essays for History Courses
4/25/2018

Writing Essays for History CoursesTen cadets attended a Wednesday Night Workshop on writing essays for history courses; MAJ Edward Hoogland led the workshop, covering strategies for organization, enhancing substance and style, documentation, and last-minute tips. MAJ Hoogland also provided a valuable faculty perspective on grading and calibration exercises. All plebes in attendance were preparing for their Signature Writing Events.The MWC holds Wednesday Night Workshops virtually every Wednesday, 8pm – 9pm, in JH301; most are designed for cadets, but anyone is welcome to attend. A full schedule is available at usma.edu/wpwp.

Cadets Present at the SMH Meeting
4/24/2018

Cadets Present at the SMH MeetingTwenty-two faculty and cadets presented papers and participated in panels at the Society for Military History's (SMH) annual meeting in Louisville, KY. The SMH meeting is the premiere conference for scholars engaged in the study of military history. Faculty and cadet participation highlighted the outstanding scholarship produced by the Department's members, exposed participants to the latest trends in historical research, and built connections across academic institutions and the professional military enterprise.

Miss America's Outstanding Teen to Attend USMA
4/24/2018

Miss America's Outstanding Teen Jessica Baeder to Attend USMAMiss America's Outstanding Teen announces that its national titleholder, Jessica Baeder, has accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. "In joining the Long Gray Line, I am honored to continue the military legacy of my father, grandfathers and great-grandfathers, who all served in the military," says Baeder. "This has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl."

Baeder was especially influenced by her father, Patrick, who was an Army Ranger and was serving with the much-celebrated 10th Mountain Division in New York when she was born. Her grandfather was a career soldier in the U.S. Army Special Forces and a founding member of the elite Delta Force unit, where he served for more than 35 years, with an additional decade of service with the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Baeder, an 18-year-old honors student at Auburn High School in Auburn, Alabama, will attend the Academy this fall for military leadership training and plans to pursue an engineering degree with an emphasis on biomedical sciences. Full Story »

Softball Captures Win in Series Finale
4/24/2018

CDT Macey Newbary '20The Army West Point softball team captured a 3-2 Patriot League win over Holy Cross in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Freshman Field. The Black Knights (21-23, 6-6 Patriot League) and Crusaders (11-26, 4-8 Patriot League) were both limited to five hits apiece. For Army, Carrie Reilly had the most success, tallying a pair of base knocks in four at-bats. In the circle, Macey Newbary came on in relief for Courtney Springman in the third and earned the win. She fanned three and gave up just two runs on four hits in five innings of work. Army captured its 70th win all-time against Holy Cross. Newbary picked up her fifth win of the season. Reilly extended her hitting streak to 13 games. She crossed home multiple times in a game for the fourth time this season. Lacey Swafford tallied a hit for the eighth straight game. It was the seventh time this season that the Black Knights stole multiple bases in a single game. Amelia Trotter stole her 11th base of the season and is a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts. Kristen McPeek and Izzy Gates each picked up a hit for the third consecutive game. Read More

EECS Balloon Launch Reaches 98,835 Feet
4/24/2018

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science's (EECS) Black Knight Satellite capstone team in conjunction with the West Point Astronomy Club launched their payload from a high-altitude balloon on April 21, 2018 from General George Clinton Park in Bainbridge, NY. The purpose of the launch was to verify the functionality of both the small satellite equipment payload and the West Point W2KGY Ground Station for use in future small satellite space missions. The payload, consisting of a Geiger Counter and small satellite power and communications subsystems, reached a max altitude of 98,835 feet over Shenandoah, NY before breaking The payload then parachuted back to Earth and travelled south east before landing in the backyard of a residence in Easton, CT for a total distance of 132 miles from the launch point. The fastest recorded balloon speed was 140 MPH while it transited through the jet stream. To track the location, speed, and altitude of the balloon during flight, the team relied on amateur radio technology called Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS) that allowed the balloon to transmit its location on 144.39MHz using the Cadet Amateur Radio Club's callsign W2KGY. The capstone team, using APRS, was then able to chase after the balloon and pinpoint its location to a tree in the backyard of a residence. After securing permission from the land owner to retrieve the balloon, the team recovered the payload and then discussed with the residents and their grandkids the scientific purpose of the balloon launch. The Black Knight Satellite capstone team is an interdisciplinary team consisting of cadets majoring in electrical engineering, computer science, and engineering management.

Photo: MAJ Sherburne and Cadets Johnson ’18, Kunze ’18, Perry ’18, and Pritchard ’18 pose with their recovered payload 2018 | 3D visualization of flight path of both the Astronomy Club balloon (top) and Black Knight Satellite balloon (bottom)

Three Cadets Garner First Team All-League Nods
4/24/2018

CDTs Johnny Surdick '19 Jon LaMonica '18 and David Symmes '18Three members of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team garnered First Team All-Patriot League honors, announced by the league on Monday. Johnny Surdick, Jon LaMonica and David Symmes were all voted to the first team. The Major Awards and All-League teams were voted on by the nine Patriot League head coaches who could not vote for their student-athletes and selves. Surdick and Symmes were selected to the first team for the second year in a row, while this is LaMonica's first postseason accolade. For the second straight year, Surdick, from Odenton, Md., led the Black Knights' defense in caused turnovers. He averaged 2.13 per game in conference games to rank third in the Patriot League and added 41 groundballs this season while guarding the opponent's biggest offensive threat each week. Surdick tallied four assists in 2018 which was a career-high. LaMonica, who hails from Cazenovia, N.Y., was a standout for the Black Knights this season with a team-leading 32 groundballs and 12 caused turnovers. He was a force on the wings during faceoffs alongside Surdick to help the team to a .522 faceoff percentage. The senior co-captain scored the first goals of his career this season and added an assist for a total of three points. LaMonica ranked tied for seventh in groundballs per game in the Patriot League at 4.00. Read More

Cadets Attend ANS Student Conference
4/24/2018

ANS Student ConferenceNuclear Engineering Majors traveled with Dr. Ken Allen to Gainesville, FL to brief their projects at the 2018 American Nuclear Society student conference at the University of Florida. CDT Reniel Dela Cruz '19 earned best overall paper in the Nuclear Criticality Safety Division for his paper presentation on "Monte-Carlo Criticality and Burn-up Analysis of Accident-Tolerant Fuel Cladding Designs for Pressurized Water Reactors." The conference was attended by over 300 undergraduate and graduate students from universities across the US and some international institutions as well. The papers and sessions were judged by members of academia, the nuclear industry, national laboratories among others. All of the cadets had excellent paper and poster presentations representative of their dedication to the development of their capstone designs and independent research projects.

Women's Tennis Beats Navy; 14th Patriot League Title
4/24/2018

Women's Tennis Beats Navy; 14th Patriot League TitleThe 2-seeded Army West Point women's tennis team took down top-seeded Navy, 4-2, in the Patriot League Women's Tennis Championship match Sunday at the Malek Tennis Center. The Black Knights improved to 21-6 on the season, while the Midshipmen capped their season at 27-6. After dropping the doubles point, Army clinched its 14th Patriot League title by winning four of the next five matches in singles play. This was the 11th time in league history the host school has won and the seventh time Army has captured the title on its home court in the current format. The Black Knights won their first championship since 2013 with all 14 coming under head coach Paul Peck. Rookie Ana Joyner received the John "Pat" Rooney Award, given to the tournament's most valuable player. The Las Cruces, N.M., native became the 20th Army player to win the award and is the first since Della Taylor in 2013. She finished the tournament 2-1 in singles action, clinching victories over Lafayette and Navy. Genevieve McCormick and Danna Funaro finished 3-0 in doubles matches for the tournament. Read More

CSCMO Hosts Secretary Ray DuBois
4/24/2018

CSCMO Hosts Secretary Ray DuBoisThe Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) hosted Raymond DuBois, a senior adviser at CSIS, where he focuses on civil-military relations, the "Force of the Future" Initiative, national security strategy and joint professional military education. He previously served as acting Under Secretary of the Army from February 2005 to February 2006. Mr. DuBois engaged with cadets in multiple forums including an evening dinner discussion with the Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations, lecturing several sections and serving in a panel with Dr. Edward J. Erickson, an Associate Professor of Military History at the Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. Mr. DuBois spoke on a range of Civ-Mil topics including Civilian Control of the Military, the role of Civil-Military Operations in Vietnam and challenges for our current Defense Leadership.

Women's Rugby Wins Bowdoin 7s Tournament
4/24/2018

CDT Eleanor Burnett '21The Army West Point women's rugby team capped their weekend slate at the Bowdoin 7s Tournament undefeated, with victories over Harvard, Northeastern, University of Maine, and AIC. The Cadets advanced to the championship match, where they defeated the Crimson 17-12 to earn their third 7s tournament title this season. Yearling Sam Sullivan led Army offensively in the tournament with six tries on 30 points. Firstie Rebecca Stipp also notched four tries for the Black and Gold. Read More

Project Management in the Real World
4/24/2018

Project Management in the Real WorldProject Management cadets from the Department of Systems Engineering participated in a Professional Panel discussion titled, "Project Management in the Real World." The three panelists included Mr. Charles Mallory '85 and VP of Quality Operations for Endo Pharmaceuticals); Mr Timothy Leonard '85, USACE and Barracks Upgrade Program), and Ms. Kelsey Bishop (Manager with Secretariat International, consulting of construction projects). Cadets learned from the panelists’ real-world experiences, had a dynamic Q&A period, and then applied concepts from the panel discussion to the course material with a reflection essay.

Men's T&F with Strong Finish at Larry Ellis
4/24/2018

CDT Andre Vaughn '19The Army West Point men's track and field team finished day two of the Larry Ellis Invitational with solid performances. "Across the board I was happy with our speed power people. The guys in the high jump, Tyrese in the triple jump, and the sprint hurdle guys all looked good and put up some marks that are at or near the top of the Patriot League," said head coach Mike Smith. Track Events: Andre Vaughn placed second in the 100m dash with a time of 10.66. Kedrin Jefferson followed in sixth with his time of 10.80. Tyler Davis finished eighth clocking in at 10.82, and Ben Sims' time of 10.83 was good for ninth. Jefferson finished third in the 200m, clocking in at 21.53 and was followed by Vaughn in fourth at 21.55. Kevin Dyer placed seventh with his time of 21.80. Field Events: Jeff Giannettino won the high jump clearing a height of 2.04m. Bryce Samuel finished fifth with his height of 2.04m and Bernard Jenkins seventh with 2.00m. Bullen finished eighth in the long jump with a distance of 6.83m. Tyrese Bender took third with 14.40m in the triple jump. Bradley Gibson placed eighth with 13.51m. Geoff Kirk placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 15.7.6m Kirk also placed third in the discus with a 52.01m toss. Kenneth Brinson placed ninth with his throw 46.76m. Read More

Prof. Melkon Represents USMA at ARCENT Conference
4/24/2018

Prof. Melkon Represents USMA at ARCENT ConferenceProfessor John Melkon of the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) was a featured presenter representing UMSA at the United States Army Central Command Regional Land Forces Intelligence Symposium (USARCENT) in Tampa, Florida. The focus of the event was to promote greater understanding among partner nations. Thirteen Middle Eastern countries sent representatives to the Symposium ranging from First Lieutenants to Staff Major Generals. Mr. Melkon spoke on The Power of Information Sharing among Public Private Partnerships and urged greater cooperation among the allied nations to overcome operational challenges against hostile and aggressive nations in the region. The Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations is building an educational partnership with USARCENT that will include research contributions, internships and exercise/operational opportunities.

Cadet Brief to PEO-Ammo
4/24/2018

Cadet Brief to PEO-AmmoCadets Cari Jenkins and Tanner Andrews briefed their capstone project to Mr. John McFassel from PEO-Ammo. The project is to develop a comprehensive maintenance program for the APE 1236 incinerator. The APE 1236 incinerator is the Army's only demilitarization method for several types of munitions. The team was tasked to develop a maintenance program to assist PEO-Ammo in accurately logging and assessing maintenance to determine when major components of the incinerator need to be taken off line to repair and replace parts. There are five of these incinerators located throughout the US and Japan which makes the maintenance program very difficult to implement. The cadets developed a comprehensive excel based maintenance program which logs, assess and archives PMCS, maintenance and usage called the Incinerator Maintenance Program (IMP) model. In addition, they developed a user's manual for the operators.

On Point: A Baseball Bond
4/20/2018

CDT Cam Opp '19A young boy sits on his bed in his dorm room at Christ School in North Carolina trying to comprehend the devastating news his mother had just told him. His father, who was just 46 years old, had passed away. Army West Point left-handed pitcher Cam Opp was that young boy.

Losing a parent is never easy, especially when you're young. His father, Stuart, had just lost his battle with stage-4 stomach cancer. He fought for close to two years despite being misdiagnosed and given only six months to live.

To read more on Opp's bond with his father and the journey to West Point, Click Here.

USMA Gets First Invite to Stock Pitch Competition
4/20/2018

USMA Gets First Invite to Stock Pitch CompetitionMore than fifty women from sixteen top universities participated in the College of William & Mary's Mason School of Business Stock Pitch Competition. For the undergraduate women who came to compete, the event provided the direct, hands-on experience that will help them launch a career in an industry that is typically dominated by men. Sponsored by the Corbin Leadership Forum, West Point was represented by CDT Ellie Petersen '18 and CDT Eva Gould '19 with the coaching of MAJ Isaac Wisniewski and MAJ Yoonie Dunham. This was the first time that a service academy has been included in this highly selective by invitation only event.

Army-Navy Set for Epic Three-Game Series Showdown
4/20/2018

Army-Navy Set For Epic Three-Game Series ShowdownArmy West Point baseball and Navy will meet this weekend for three critical Patriot League games and their much-anticipated Star series. The two academies will meet Friday night under the lights of Fenway Park in Boston, Mass., before closing out the weekend with a doubleheader at West Point on Saturday. The baseball "Star" will be on the line during this series and will go to the overall winner of the three-game set. First pitch for Friday's game is slated for 6 p.m., while Saturday's twin bill kicks off at 3 p.m. Rich DeMarco and Bryan Price will be on each of the calls for the Patriot League Network. These two adversaries will meet for the 232nd time in their historic rivalry on Friday. The Mids currently hold a 120-111 edge on the all-time series but Army has already taken two of the team's five meetings this year with a doubleheader sweep at Camden Yards back on March 25. Army sits atop the conference standings but Navy follows closing behind in second. The Black Knights are currently riding a 10-game winning streak, with eight of those coming during league play. Jon Rosoff was recently tabbed the Patriot League Player of the Week after his impressive performances against Lafayette over the weekend. Read More

Cadets Host Lunch with MG(R) Castro
4/20/2018

Cadets Host Lunch with MG(R) CastroThe Civil Engineering Club hosted MG(R) Randall Castro, a retired engineer officer now working as a senior vice president at AECOM for a professional development lunch. General Castro spoke to a packed conference room of mostly firstie civil engineering majors about the lessons he's learned over a 30+ year career. He shared stories from his time as a battalion commander, Commandant of the Engineer School and Pacific Ocean Division commander. He offered practical advice to these soon-to-be second lieutenants about a balanced life and taking care of soldiers.

Graduate Scholarship Team Leads KLS Workshop
4/20/2018

Graduate Scholarship Team Leads KLS WorkshopFaculty from the West Point Graduate Scholarship Team led an "Open and Honest Teams" workshop for KSL selectees in the library. The workshop included a combination of group discussion and breakout sessions for the various summer leadership command teams (CBT1/2, CFT1/2, SGR1/2/3, A/ASLT, SLE and CCBT). The purpose of the workshop was multifaceted. The workshop allowed participants to "break the ice" and begin forming bonds with other members of their summer leadership team. Additionally, the workshop aimed to sharpen the techniques and appreciation for feedback and disclosure on high-performing teams. The workshop pushed cadets to express their excitement and fears surrounding their KSL role in the summer. Further, the workshop explored the distinction between resume and eulogy virtues and the ways in which a leader can stand out without alienating other members of his/her team. Based on these discussions, each workshop participant developed (and shared amongst their team) personal learning goals to carry with them throughout the summer.

Harvey Garners NWCA All-Academic Accolades
4/20/2018

CDT Ben Harvey '20Yearling Ben Harvey of the Army West Point wrestling team was named a National Wrestling Coaches' Association (NWCA) All-Academic honoree for his outstanding performance both on the mat and in the classroom. This is Harvey's second time being recognized for his academic accomplishments after earning an Academic Achievement Award from the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) last season. Awarded annually, the NWCA All-Academic team is comprised of 155 student-athletes. Five Division I champions made the team, while seven additional runners-up were included. In all, 42 All-Americans were All-Academic selections. Of the 155 individuals, 123 were at minimum NCAA Division I qualifiers, up from 115 a year ago. As an American Politics major, Harvey sports a 3.774 grade-point average through his three semesters at West Point, including a 3.884 GPA in the fall.

In his second season at Army, Harvey competed to a 22-11 record at 174 pounds while going 6-2 in duals. The New Palestine, Ind., native posted nine wins over ranked opponents on the year, including three against top-10 foes. He finished his first appearance at the NCAA Championships with a 4-2 record, becoming just the 15th wrestler in program history to record four or more wins at nationals. Harvey was also the first Army grappler to advance to the blood round since Matt Kyler did so in 2010 and the first to progress that far after dropping his first match since Patrick Simpson in 2006.

Intro to Applied Aerodynamics Wind Tunnel Lab
4/20/2018

Intro to Applied Aerodynamics Wind Tunnel LabThe forty-seven cadets enrolled in Introduction to Applied Aerodynamics conducted a wind tunnel laboratory on the Civil and Mechanical Engineering's (CME) Aerolab Educational Wind Tunnel. Cadets first computed dynamic similarity parameters to ensure the experimental setup was appropriate for comparison to an Army Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Cadets collected experimental data for a National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) 2412 airfoil (shape of a wing or blade) and a custom CME-3D-printed airfoil while under a 15-minute time limit. In the lab upcoming report, cadets will compare theory to experiment, and later compare this data to that obtained in the C-182 flight laboratories.

Third History Department Trivia Night
4/20/2018

Third History Department Trivia NightThe third History Department Trivia Night of the semester was held at the First Class Club. As always, support from the cadets, staff, and faculty was excellent. 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. Well over 150 cadets competed, on 33 teams (the largest ever turnout) battling over questions supplied by Prof. Matt McDonough, MAJ Nick Browning, and MAJ Greg Hope. "The Beerlin Airlift" were eventually declared as the winners in a sudden death playoff. The winning question was "What year was the first Army-Navy baseball game?" If you think you know the answer to this question come out and join in next time. Please come out to the next event held on May 9 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.

Cadets Visit Harvard Business School
4/20/2018

Cadets Visit Harvard Business School Seventeen cadets and two officers traveled to Boston for the Investment Club's annual visit. The group visited Harvard Business School where cadets had the chance to learn about cases ranging from finance, to leadership and strategy. The cadets also completed a case study on considerations when buying a first home with Real Estate Professor Charles Wu. Additionally, cadets met with Marsh Carter '62, the former CEO of State Street Bank and Chairman of the Board of the NYSE. The cadets then spent time at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to learn about the business and financial ecosystem. While at BCG, cadets met with former academy graduates who now work as consultants. The veterans shared how their experiences as officers provided them with valuable skills for solving problems in business and spoke to the cadets about the importance of learning at every opportunity in the Army while focusing on being the best at their jobs as officers. Finally, the group visited Analytical Space, a startup co-founded by Justin Oliveira, a Harvard Business School graduate and NASA alumnus that makes small satellites with high data transfer rates. The cadets had a chance to meet the lead investor (Reed Sturtevant of The Engine) as well as speak to the founder to learn about the risks, challenges, and investing structures of startup companies.

Athletic Director's Update
4/20/2018

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Allbritton Selected as New ODIEO Chief
4/19/2018

Allbritton Selected as New ODIEO ChiefTerry L. Allbritton has been selected as the second Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity (ODIEO) chief for the U.S. Military Academy. Allbritton replaces Donald Outing, currently vice president for Equity and Community at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Allbritton comes to USMA with a vast and varied experience in diversity and inclusion, including his 25 years of military service.

Allbritton is a graduate of Howard University, the Command and General Staff College, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and Georgetown University Government Affairs Institute.

In April 2014, he received his certification from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for successful completion in the Diversity and Inclusion Master Game-Changer Course, and in April 2017, became certified as an emotional intelligence coach and trainer. Full Story »

Photo: (From left to right) Amos Maldonado, administrative assistant; Ellen Peterson, program coordinator; Terry L. Allbritton, chief diversity officer; and Lt. Col. Rodlin Doyle, Equal Opportunity Program manager

Cadets Attend Rochester Symposium for Physics Students
4/19/2018

Cadets Attend Rochester Symposium for Physics StudentsFour Cadets attended the Rochester Symposium for Physics Students in Brockport, NY with LTC Corey Gerving to present research to fellow undergraduate physicists. The symposium consisted of three sessions, each with two separate discipline-specific technical sessions. The conference was held on the campus of the State University of New York's Brockport campus. At the conference the cadets gave two presentations, attended the opening session, technical sessions and the conference reception. The presentations were: "Construction of a Magneto-Optical Trap to Cool Rubidium Atoms" by cadets Jafr Kazmi, Samir Streatfield, and Meaghan McGovern and "Establishing a Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) analysis system at the United States Military Academy" by cadet Scott Nieboer. All of the cadet presentations were very well received for both their technical merit and quality of presentation.

Army Baseball Streak Hits 10 Straight
4/19/2018

CDT Cam Opp '19The Army West Point baseball team earned its 10th-consecutive win here Wednesday night thanks to a 6-3 victory over Holy Cross. The Black Knights remain atop the Patriot League standings with a 12-2 mark, while the Crusaders fall to 6-7 for fourth place in the conference. It was a pitcher's duel for much of the early going as the two starting hurlers allowed just two hits in the first three innings. The Cadets finally broke through in the fourth after Jon Rosoff was hit by a pitch with one out. John McKenna shifted him over to second following a single to right field to place two runners on base. The Crusaders registered the second out of the frame but during the ensuing at bat Rosoff advanced over to third on a passed ball. Trey Martin then beat out an infield single, which allowed the senior to score for the game's first run. One inning later the Black Knights tacked on three additional runs thanks to a big one-out double to left field. The Cadets earned three walks in the frame to load the bases for Rosoff, who posted his team-leading ninth double of the year. Read More

West Point Shares Civ-Mil Event with Princeton
4/19/2018

West Point Shares Civ-Mil Event with PrincetonEight cadets from the Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations travelled to Princeton University to attend the Defending Democracy Forum. The main issue was "Civil and Military Responses to Weaponized Information." The event was the fourth annual iteration of the Veteran's Invitational that was started with Yale in 2015 and hosted by West Point 2016-17. It is expected that veteran alumni from Harvard will sponsor the event in 2019. The cadets attended panels ranging from foreign policy and military operations, technological challenges, attacks through disinformation and propaganda, to the measures the United States could take to deter adversaries from sowing unrest. Keynote speakers included David Ignatius of the Washington Post and GEN(R) Michael V. Hayden, former CIA and NSA director.

Galyean, Miller Named to CSFL All-Academic Team
4/19/2018

CDTs Ty Galyean '18 and Brady Miller '17Firstie Ty Galyean and cow Brady Miller of the Army West Point sprint football team were named to the inaugural Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) All-Academic team, announced by the league Wednesday afternoon.

Student-athletes on the CSFL All-Academic team must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and are selected by each school's respective coaching staff for displaying exemplary performance in their academic coursework.

Galyean boasts a 3.72 grade-point average as a Civil Engineering major. The Rogers, Ark., native is a three-time All-CSFL honoree, including first team accolades each of the last two seasons. The senior co-captain was one of the top receivers for Army in 2017, posting a team-high 25 receptions for 319 yards and five touchdowns. For his career, Galyean hauled in 52 catches for 803 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Miller sports a 3.93 GPA while majoring in Military History. The Glen Rock, N.J., native split time under center throughout the 2017 season, going 37-for-61 through the air for 294 yards and five touchdowns. He added 30 rushes for 88 yards and a score on the ground.

The Black Knights open the 2018 season on Sept. 14 at Chestnut Hill with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Gagliano '87 Speaks to Leadership in Combat Cadets
4/19/2018

Gagliano '87 Speaks to Leadership in Combat CadetsMr. James A. Gagliano '87 was a guest speaker in COL Reed's Leadership in Combat class. Mr. Gagliano and he retired from the FBI, after 25 years of service, on December 31, 2015. His vast experiences in the FBI included work in organized crime, gangs, narcotics, and money laundering investigations. He was also a member of the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), the FBI's elite counter-terror unit located in Quantico, VA, participating in numerous overseas deployments and high-risk tactical resolutions. Mr. Gagliano was awarded the FBI's Medal for Bravery, the FBI's second highest award for valor, for actions in June of 1993 while serving on the SWAT Team. He brought these experiences to the classroom as he shared the lessons he learned while operating in "in extremis" environments. This included thoughts on communication, building teams, inspiring others, overcoming adversity, and courage.

Astronomy Lecture at the American Museum of Natural History
4/19/2018

Astronomy Lecture at the American Museum of Natural HistorySpace & Astrophysics and the Astronomy Club participated in a joint trip section to the Amateur Astronomy Association's (AAA) of New York evening lecture at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The lecture was titled "The Great American Eclipse of 2017 and Others" and was given by Prof. Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Prof Pasachoff discussed the many nuances of the August 2017 total solar eclipse, and contextualized them in terms of other total and partial eclipses that have or will happen. As luck would have it, Dr. David Kraft, a former faculty member of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering hosted the event for AAA. A total of twenty-four cadets attended and were accompanied by LTC Diana Loucks and Dr. Paula Fekete.

Softball Sweeps Albany in Midweek Doubleheader
4/19/2018

CDT Taylor Drayton '21The Army West Point softball team trailed in a pair of games to Albany, but rallied back in both to secure two wins on Wednesday afternoon at the Army West Point Softball Complex. The Black Knights (20-21) combined for 17 hits in the twin bill against the Great Danes (19-12). Amelia Trotter continued to produce in the leadoff spot, batting 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBIs. Taylor Drayton was the team's primary run producer, driving in five of the Black Knights' nine runs on the day. She also belted a home run and went 4-for-6 at the dish. In the circle, Macey Newbary got the game one start and went a solid six innings, allowing just three runs on five hits. Newbary received a no decision though as the game was tied when she exited. Courtney Springman got the win in one perfect inning of relief. Read More

Battle of Antietam Near Sharpsburg Staff Ride
4/19/2018

Battle of Antietam Near Sharpsburg Staff RideNine faculty members and 55 cadets from the Department of History conducted a staff ride to analyze the Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland. The participants not only investigated and scrutinized Union and Confederate tactics and decisions made on the 1862 battlefield, but evaluated the significance of the actions in altering the scope and purpose of the Civil War for the North. Along with stops at places that witnessed catastrophic American casualties such as the Cornfield, the Sunken Road, and Burnside Bridge, cadets and faculty visited Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, home to the infamous nineteenth-century federal arsenal that was captured by the Confederacy in the days leading up to the Battle of Antietam as well as by abolitionist John Brown in 1859.

Women's Lacrosse Makes Program History with Win
4/19/2018

CDT Rachel Hornick '18Fueled by a nine-goal second half, the Army West Point women's lacrosse team secured its first winning season in program history with a 15-8 victory over Colgate on Wednesday afternoon at Michie Stadium. With the win, the Black Knights improved to 9-6 with two games remaining in the 2018 season to lock up their first-ever season with a winning record. After conceding the first goal, Army caged six straight in less than 10 minutes to get out to a five-goal advantage. Manuela Cortes got things started for the Black Knights with her team-leading 23rd goal of the year before rookie Cameron Manor put the home side ahead with a man-up tally. Samantha Stewart, Megan Raftery and Rachel Hornick capped the 6-0 run with Hornick scoring the final two goals 1:14 apart. Read More

Dr. Salyer Reads at The Inferno of Dante Alighieri
4/19/2018

Dr. Salyer Reads at The Inferno of Dante AlighieriMatt Salyer of the Department of English and Philosophy was one of several writers invited to read at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (New York City) as part of The Inferno of Dante Alighieri: A Reading. This annual event “takes place in the Crossing of the Cathedral, with selected Cantos read by honored guests, distinguished poets, eminent translators, visiting scholars, and Inferno regular readers.” Other readers featured included Princeton’s David Yezzi, Discovery Award-winner Meghan Maguire Dahn, Kate Tufts Award-winner Doug Anderson, Guggenheim Foundation fellow Rachel Hadas, and the Cathedral’s Poet-in-Residence, Marilyn Nelson. A National Book award finalist, Professor Nelson taught poetry to USMA Cadets in 2001 and looks forward to continued engagement with West Point.

Cadets Present at Annual UCONN Conference
4/18/2018

Cadets Present at UCONN ConferenceAs part of the Mounger Writing Center's ongoing effort to develop elite undergraduate scholars, three Cadet Writing Fellows presented papers at the annual UCONN Conference on the Teaching of Writing. Yearling cadets Hope Hack, Sam Reichenthal, and Philippe Sanchez each presented papers as part of a panel chaired by LTC Alan Brown and entitled "Re-Imagining Engagement and Multimodal Innovation in the Writing Center." Fellow conference participants consisted primarily of first-year writing faculty and/or graduate students from across the country; the cadets represented one of only two undergraduate panels at the conference. Each cadet explored ways to re-imagine writing center engagement strategies and enlarge how Writing Fellows see the "big picture" that new media and more varied "composing technologies" present. Following the presentations, the audience engaged the cadets in a thoughtful 30-minute dialogue, allowing the cadets to expand on their papers and exchange ideas.

Trotter Tabbed AWPAA Athlete of the Week
4/18/2018

CDT Amelia Trotter '20Yearling right fielder Amelia Trotter was named the Army West Point Athletic Association (AWPAA) Athlete of the Week on Tuesday afternoon. Trotter excelled in the leadoff spot during a 3-0 week for the Black Knights, compiling a .636 average (7-for-11), .667 on-base and 1.273 slugging percentage. The second-year outfielder belted a pair of homers, drove in four and crossed home six times while going a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases. In a Wednesday tilt against Iona, Trotter batted 3-for-4 with a run scored and tied her career high in stolen bases with three. Over the weekend, the Plano, Texas, native picked up her 30th hit and fifth double of the season in the opening game of a doubleheader against UMass-Lowell. She then erupted offensively in the second game, batting a perfect 3-for-3 with two dingers, a stolen base and a career-best four runs scored and four RBIs. At this point of the season, Trotter ranks third on the team in batting average (.308), hits (33) and doubles (5), while leading the team in home runs (4) and slugging percentage (.505). Read More

Black and Gold Leadership Forum Visits Washington D.C.
4/18/2018

Black and Gold Leadership Forum Visits Washington D.C.Cadets and faculty from West Point's Black and Gold Leadership Forum visited Washington D.C. Over the course of the visit the Cadets interacted with LTG Joseph Anderson, LTG West and GEN Milley. LTG Anderson, the Army G-3/5/7, gave a "State of the Army" brief, and led a conversation focused on leadership development, and what young leaders can do to improve their unit's readiness. After the brief from LTG Anderson, the cadets met with LTG Nadja West, the US Army's Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. In addition to completing a tour of the Pentagon, they also met with the US Army Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley. Following the visit to the Pentagon, all Black and Gold members visited the Capitol Building, where they were given a private tour and visited the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency. At the CIA, cadets were given a tour of headquarters, and operations brief, and a tour of the CIA museum. Additionally, cadets met with dozens of USMA grads currently employed at the CIA. The panels with recent USMA graduates focused on leadership development, leading peers in challenging environments, and being a leader of character. The visit was incredibly impactful for all involved – Black and Gold members left D.C. inspired to continue their journey to becoming leaders of character for our Nation.

Allen Collects Patriot League Accolades
4/18/2018

CDT Melanie Allen '19Melanie Allen of the Army West Point women's tennis team collected Patriot League Female Player of the Week honors after leading the Black Knights to a 2-0 showing in the final week of the 2018 regular season. This the first time Allen has been recognized by the league this season and the second time in her career. The Cape Coral, Fla., native competed to a 2-0 record at the No. 2 singles position and went 1-1 in the top doubles flight against Lehigh and Boston U. She defeated Lehigh's Paula Gonzalez on Friday (7-5, 4-6, 6-4) and Boston's Remi Ramos (4-6, 6-2, 7-6(4)) on Sunday to clinch the match versus the Terriers. It was Allen's first career win over a player from BU and it marked the second year in a row that Army beat the Terriers in the regular season finale after previously being winless in the first 13 meetings. Allen was one of three Cadets to go 2-0 in singles on the weekend, along with plebe Ana Joyner and cow Kirby Einck. She also set personal bests for singles wins in a season at 18, in addition to posting her first 20-win season in doubles action. The Black Knights begin postseason play by hosting the Patriot League tournament as the 2-seed from Thursday through Sunday at the Lichtenberg and Malek Tennis Centers. Army's first match will be on Friday in the quarterfinals against 7-seed Lafayette at 4 p.m.

BS&L Cadets Host S&P Executives
4/18/2018

BS&L Cadets Host S&P ExecutivesCadets and faculty from the department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership's (BS&L) Management major hosted executives and leaders from Standard and Poors (S&P) Dow Jones based in New York City. Most attendees were members of S&P's Veterans' affinity group, "Valor". S&P executives and leaders interacted with cadets and faculty through discussions on character, training and developing character, and balancing work/life commitments. All S&P visitors attended a military leadership class on team dynamics, and attended a brief by MAJ Yoonie Dunham.

Hockey Celebrates 2017-18 Team at Year End Banquet
4/18/2018

Hockey Celebrates 2017-18 Team at Year End BanquetIn front of the 2017-18 team, coaches, staff, family and friends, the Army West Point hockey team handed out awards at the annual banquet in Washington Hall. In addition to the team awards given out, the Black Knights announced Dalton MacAfee and Taylor Maruya as duo captains for the 2018-19 season. Yearling defender Alex Wilkinson was honored with the Henry "Hal" Beukema Award. The Beukema Award, which was initiated in 1955, is given each year in the memory of Maj. Beukema to the team's most valuable player. Wilkinson is the first defenseman to earn the award since Associate Head Coach Zach McKelvie received the honors in 2010. He is also just the 12th defenseman to garner the "Hal" Beukema Award in its 63 years. This season, Wilkinson was named the Atlantic Hockey Association's Best Defenseman. He led an Army defense that finished with the league's best penalty kill (.878) and the second-best scoring defense. The Raleigh, N.C., native ranked second in the league with 14 power play points including four goals on the man-advantage. The yearling was second on the team in game-winning goals with four and finished the regular season with 30 blocks and a +4 rating. He tallied four multi-point games on the year, while setting a career-high in points (3) at Bentley on Feb. 16. The award honors Henry "Hal" Beukema who died in a plane crash in 1954 after attaining the rank of major. The team MVP award has been given out every year since 1955 and is voted on by team members. Read More

Cadets Brief Capstone Results to SOCOM
4/18/2018

Cadets Brief Capstone Results to SOCOMTwo teams of cadets from the Department of Systems Engineering supported U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) throughout academic year 2018 as their firstie year capstone. They provided systems engineering support and research for the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), a SOCOM project to build a powered exoskeleton for special operators. The two teams briefed their results to the SOCOM Acquisition Executive, Mr. Jim Smith '86 and TALOS Chief Engineer, COL Alex MacCalman '95. Cadets Allie Caudullo, Madison Jones, Josh Owen, and Corey Wilkinson, advised by Dr. Vik Mittal briefed "TALOS Objective Specifications and Technology Market Research." Cadets Fred Kamuzinzi, Shemar McCuller, Brendan McGuire, and Blake Warnock, advised by MAJ Steve Gillespie briefed "TALOS Behavioral Modeling in Support of System Verification." Both briefs were well received and provided TALOS with required systems engineering support.

COL Meyer Receives American Concrete Institute Award
4/18/2018

COL Meyer Receives American Concrete Institute AwardCOL Fred Meyer, Head of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME), was awarded the Cedric Willson Lightweight Aggregate Concrete Award at the Spring 2018 American Concrete Institute Conference in Salt Lake City. COL Meyer received the award in recognition for his many contributions to the knowledge base for concrete technology, and the effective transfer of this knowledge to students and others through research, professional papers, presentations, and standards development activities.

West Point Hosts Duathlon at Buckner
4/18/2018

West Point Hosts Duathlon at BucknerThe West Point Triathlon Team hosted the annual West Point Duathlon at Camp Buckner. Representing the Department of Systems Engineering were CPT Christine Krueger (Race Director) and CDT Madison Jones. The duathlon consisted of a 2-kilometer run followed by a 22-kilometer bike and concluded with a 5-kilometer run. Over 80 athletes braved the freezing temperatures representing over 10 schools from the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference as well as a few dozen local athletes. By completing this race, the collegiate athletes qualified to compete in USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals held later this month at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Cadets Earn Distinguished Delegate Honors at NUMAL
4/17/2018

Cadets Earn Distinguished Delegate Honors at NUMALCadets of the USMA Model Arab League club traveled to Georgetown University in the nation's capital to compete in the National University Model Arab League competition (NUMAL), representing the Republic of the Sudan. Cadets debated in sessions of the Joint Defense Council, Council on Palestinian Affairs, Council on Political Affairs, Council of Arab Social Affairs, Council of Arabic Economic Affairs, Council of Environmental Affairs, and a Special Council on Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons. Cadets Jacqueline Parga '19 and Jordan Lawson '21 earned Distinguished Delegate Honors for their skillful representation in the Joint Defense Council. The club qualified for the National University competition at the Northeast Regional Competition held in Boston, MA. Graduating members from the Class of 2018 include Cadet-in-Charge Joseph Bosse, Kai Kizzie, Macauley Hoyt, Jonathan Lee, Joseph Conroy, and Saud bin Saud – their knowledge and experience will be missed. Cadets Jacqueline Parga '19 and Joel Macklin '19 assume the mantel of leadership of the club as it turns its attention to recruiting new members to replace the Class of 2018 cohort.

Cadets Trek Through the Sahara Desert
4/17/2018

Cadets Trek Through the Sahara DesertCadets studying abroad in Morocco ventured into the Sahara Desert on a program-sponsored visit to the village of Merzouga. They experienced first-hand the cultural distinctions between North and South Morocco, Moroccans of Arab descent and those mainly populated by the country's native people, the Amazigh. As part of the cultural excursion, the cadets learned a couple of Tamazight phrases and tasted khobz medfouna, the area's traditional dish.

Photo: A guide leads Cadets and their classmates from AMIDEAST on a trek near Merzouga in the Sahara Desert of southern Morocco

Cadets Shadow Physicians at Walter Reed Medical Center
4/17/2018

Cadets Shadow Physicians at Walter Reed Medical CenterThirty-four cadets from the West Point Pre-Medical Society (WPMMS) traveled to Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, MD to shadow physicians in an array of specialties. This annual opportunity allows cadets to gain invaluable shadowing experience that is required in their future applications to medical school. For two full days cadets directly experience the rigors of the hospital work environment and learn specific skills of various specialties. The third day of the trip consisted of tours, including cadaver labs, and admissions speeches at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences (USUHS) and the Georgetown School of Medicine. Additionally, a select group of cadets attended a reception at Georgetown, where they met MG(R) Joseph Caravalho, former Chief Medical Advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and currently the president of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

Rosoff Garners Player of the Week Nods
4/17/2018

CDT Jon Rosoff '18Catcher Jon Rosoff of the Army West Point baseball team was named the Patriot League Player of the Week after his impressive performances. The senior earned his first conference weekly honor after helping the Black Knights go 5-0 this week, including a three-game weekend series sweep of league foe Lafayette. Rosoff batted .611 (11-for-18), while reaching base at a .550 clip and slugging .889. The Durham, N.C., native had four multi-hit games, including three doubles and one triple, while crossing the plate eight times and driving in eight runs. Against the Leopards, Rosoff went 8-for-13 with eight runs and five RBIs. He finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader and 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs in Sunday's victory. Also receiving honorable mention praise was cow pitcher Daniel Burggraaf, who allowed one run on four hits through 5.0 innings to earn a victory against Lafayette on Sunday afternoon. The right-hander struck out a season-high nine and walked two to improve to 5-0 on the season. Read More

Cadets Host Dinner with BG(R) Galloway '57
4/17/2018

Cadets Host Dinner with BG(R) Galloway '57 The Civil Engineering club hosted a professional development dinner at Eisenhower Hall for Former USMA Dean ('90 - '95), BG(R) Gerald Galloway and local ASCE chapter. General Gerald Galloway offered his thoughts on Hurricane Harvey, the challenges of climate changes and ethical dilemmas engineers face. Over 70 cadets, faculty and civilians from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and the ASCE Mohawk Hudson Branch attended the event. General Galloway drew on his lifelong experience as an engineer and applied it to the devastating hurricane that struck Texas.

RRC Faculty Serve on Sandhurst Panel
4/17/2018

RRC Faculty Serve on Sandhurst PanelMAJ Dominic Larkin and LTC Christopher Lowrance from the Robotics Research Center (RRC) served as panelists in a breakout session of the Sandhurst Conference on Monday, 9 April 2018. In line with the conference theme of “Training to Win Tomorrow’s Wars”, the pair of officers led an interactive discussion about the possibilities and challenges of integrating unmanned systems into military units. Some of the topics included the current and projected use of autonomous systems in the military, their strengths and limitations, and some considerations when training with these systems. The panel consisted of two one-hour sessions with roughly thirty participants each. The participants included ROTC cadets and international students.

Trophy Point Easter Egg Hunt
4/17/2018

Trophy Point Easter Egg HuntThe Department of History conducted an Easter Egg Hunt at historic Trophy Point. Department children got a visit from the Easter Bunny and searched for eggs hidden in cannons ranging from the American Revolution to the Spanish American War. The weather was fantastic and the company even better. Congratulations to Theodore Gatzemeyer for finding the most eggs and winning a large chocolate bunny!

Cadets Dig Deep to Finish Sandhurst
4/16/2018

Cadets Dig Deep to Finish SandhurstBefore the more than 60 squads of cadets could finish the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition here Saturday, one last grueling event stood in their way. In the run up to this event -- dubbed the "Burden" -- cadets had spent roughly 36 hours traversing 30-plus miles through training areas to conduct 10 other events on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy. Events in the competition included a squad assault, rifle marksmanship, land navigation, an obstacle course and many other strenuous activities designed to measure the grit and competence of cadets in the skills they may one day use to lead others in combat. "It teaches you to excel with excellence in everything you do," Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, the Academy's superintendent, said of the two-day competition. "It also teaches you the mental and physical toughness, the relentlessness and the discipline that's necessary to work as a team to accomplish the mission." Click here to see photos: Day 1 | Day 2.

This year, the 3rd Regiment received the Sandhurst Sword, which is given to the Academy regiment with the best aggregate company performance. The sword was originally presented in 1967 to the Academy by the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England to begin the annual competition.

An Air Force squad earned the top overall score to receive the Reginald E. Johnson Memorial Saber. It was the service's first squad to win the competition. "We're just a weird group of Air Force guys who wanted to go Air Force but wanted to play Army," said Air Force Academy Cadet Nathan Ziegler. "We have a lot of us who are interested in doing more ground force work instead of being directly in aviation." Full Story »

Cadets Visit Sikorsky Aviation in Stratford
4/16/2018

Cadets Visit Sikorsky Aviation in StratfordCadets in the Core Engineering Sequence Capstone Project Course conducted a site visit to Sikorsky Aviation in Stratford, CT. The Cadets are doing research on the integration of Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) to improve point-of-use sustainment. The trip included a series of briefings from technical experts as well as a factory tour.

DSE Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
4/16/2018

DSE Ribbon Cutting CeremonyThe Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open its newly renovated space in Mahan Hall. COL Kewley was joined by architect Roy Pachecano who had gifted the plans for the renovation, Ms. Toni Lewis from AOG and Dr. Jim Dalton, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The renovations resulted in a modern space with collaboration rooms dedicated to facilitating cadet group work as well as new meeting rooms for the faculty. These rooms greatly enhanced the Department’s ability to fulfill its mission to educate cadets as well as solve real world problems for capstone clients.

First-Place Baseball Continues to Roll
4/16/2018

First-Place Baseball Continues to RollArmy West Point baseball extended its winning streak to nine-straight games after its second consecutive weekend sweep. The Black Knights controlled nearly all of Sunday's weekend finale at Lafayette, registering a 22-1 victory at Kamine Stadium. The outcome handed Army its first 20-plus run win since a 21-8 victory over Lehigh during the 2009 season. It was also the most runs scored by the Cadets since a 27-12 win against Sacred Heart in 2008. Starting pitcher Daniel Burggraaf got things started early for the Black Knights, sitting six-straight batters down via a strikeout to begin the game. Army broke the scoreless deadlock in the third with four runs on three hits. Josh White, Drake Titus and Trey Martin each registered a hit in the frame with Martin's single to center field bringing home two runs batted in. The Black Knights added an additional run in the fourth after a small two-out rally. Titus earned a walk before Jon Rosoff doubled down the left field line to score the yearling. Read More

Screening of the Documentary "Égalité for All"
4/16/2018

Screening of the Documentary Égalité for AllCPT(P) Liliane Delva provided historical context for thirty-six cadets and faculty prior to the screening of the documentary Égalité for All. Following the viewing, cadets participated in a discussion which addressed the impact of foreign aid and intervention, Haitian Vodou and the American origins of its caricature otherwise known as Voodoo, white supremacy, and dependency theory. CPT(P) Delva also prepared several Haitian dishes for the students to enjoy.

"Me Too" Domestic Affairs Forum
4/16/2018

"Me Too" Domestic Affairs ForumThe Domestic Affairs Forum and American Politics Faculty had a roundtable on "The Politics of Me Too and Time's Up." Cadets and faculty had a candid discussion about the movements' potential effects on political participation, the media, and future campaigns, as well as potential implications for the Army.

Allen’s Heroics Lift Women's Tennis Past BU
4/16/2018

CDT Leslie Frankland '18The Army West Point women's tennis team concluded its 2018 regular season with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Boston University on Sunday afternoon (Senior Day) at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. Prior to the match, Army honored firstie Leslie Frankland for her contributions to the program over the last four seasons. With the win, the Black Knights improved to 18-6 and 6-1 in Patriot League play, while the Terriers dropped to 8-12 overall and 3-1 in league play. Army defeated Boston University in the final match of the regular season for the second year in a row. Melanie Allen clinched the victory with a win in the No. 2 singles position. Allen, Ana Joyner and Kirby Einck all went 2-0 in singles action this weekend. Einck finished a perfect 4-0 overall between the two matches. Einck and Gloria Son won their 15th doubles match of the season. Read More

Cadets Visit Indian Point Energy Center
4/16/2018

Cadets Visit Indian Point Energy CenterCadets enrolled in Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering went to Indian Point Energy Center to enrich their knowledge of nuclear reactor operations. They began the day with a briefing by Pat Falciano who has worked at Indian Point for 48 years. He covered three important topics with the cadets: radiation dose rates, nuclear reactor operations, and nuclear security. After lunch, the cadets took a tour of the power generation side of the plant. Currently, IPEC utilizes two nuclear reactors to produce over 2000 MW of electricity accounting for over 10% of the electricity consumed by New York State. Due to political conditions creating an unfavorable economic environment, IPEC'rsquo;s unit two reactor will close in 2020 followed by unit three in 2021.

Dr. Mattox Conducts Three-hour Exercise with Cadets
4/16/2018

Dr. Mattox Conducts Three-hour Exercise with CadetsDr. John Mattox from the National Defense University conducted a three-hour interactive exercise entitled "Making Sense of Deterrence" for 55 cadets enrolled in Nuclear Engineering Seminar. During the exercise, the cadets were presented with multiple academic points of view on deterrence theory before engaging in small group discussion on how to best solve the strategic and international issues related to a nuclear armed North Korea. At the end of the exercise, cadets gained a better appreciation of the purpose and strategic importance of our nation's nuclear weapon complex and stockpile.

Kendo at the Rutgers Tournament
4/16/2018

Kendo at the Rutgers TournamentEight members of the West Point Kendo Club traveled to Rutgers Tournament at New Brunswick, NJ, to compete against Eastern Kendo Federation clubs. Cadets Jackson Szczerbik '20, Grace Ko '21, and Bryan Kim '21 competed for the first time and fought well against more experienced opponents. The highest-ranking Cadets Kenny Lee '19 and Thomas Koizumi '20, both Dans (black belt equivalent in Kendo) competed in the upper echelon brackets. Lee went 1-1 being eliminated in the 2nd round of a highly competitive bracket, while Koizumi swept 3rd place. During team matches, West Point Team Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie represented the Academy in a 3 vs. 3 tournament. It was an educational and invigorating experience for all.

Cadets Tour the Hagley Museum
4/16/2018

Cadets Tour the Hagley MuseumMajor David Lambert and Professor Samuel Watson took six cadets to tour the Hagley Museum, Eleutherian Gunpowder Mills, and the Winterthur Manor in Wilmington, Delaware. This trip allowed cadets to trace the history of the DuPont family and chemical company in America, and provided cadets a deeper understanding of relationships between wealth, power, politics, and warfare in 19th century America.

Glee Club Performs for a Packed House
4/16/2018

Glee Club Performs for a Packed HouseThe West Point Glee Club traveled to the 180-year-old First Presbyterian Church in Freehold, New Jersey to perform a diverse concert for the community. The church was packed with about 600 guests in attendance, to include the Mayor of Freehold, many West Point graduates, and several veterans from all branches of the service. The concert featured numerous pieces from the World War I era, several other patriotic tunes, and a handful of West Point favorites. After the concert, the town of Freehold presented the Glee Club with several awards. Congressman Christopher H. Smith of New Jersey's 4th District offered his sincerest greetings to the members of the Glee Club with a framed and signed letter. Moreover, the Senate and General Assembly of New Jersey and the Borough of Freehold also declared Saturday, February 24, 2018 as "West Point Glee Club Day." The concert provided cadets with the opportunities to socialize with members of the community and represent the Academy well in a professional, musical way.

International Red Cross Moot Court Competition
4/13/2018

International Red Cross Moot Court CompetitionLaw and Legal Studies Majors Compete in International Red Cross Moot Court Competition. James Palmer, Morgan Aiken, and Hunter Sperry, competed in the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition at the Georgetown School of Law. The Clara Barton Competition is a simulation-based competition that required the cadets to assume the roles of legal advisors in a non-international armed conflict. This unique experiential learning opportunity strengthened the cadets' understanding of the law of armed conflict by enabling them to identify and resolve the complex legal issues that arise in the field of international humanitarian law. Throughout the two-day competition, cadets briefed senior legal advisors from the Department of Defense, Department of the Army, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. In addition, the competition provided a platform for our cadets to interact with the greater civilian legal community and share their experiences at West Point.

On Point: An American Dream
4/13/2018

CDT Michael Nguyen '18The American Dream is a force that drives people from around the world. Millions of people have immigrated to the United States in pursuit of that dream, including the parents of Army West Point men's tennis Firstie Michael Nguyen. Nguyen's parents came from Vietnam in the early 1980s in pursuit of a better life and more opportunities for their family. Now Nguyen, a first generation American, is chasing his version of the American Dream as a Division I athlete and a future Army officer.

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