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USMA Receives Award for Outstanding Contributions

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

Australia Defense Force MIDI Research AIAD

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

USMA Debate Honored at French Embassy

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

Cadets Ring the Opening Bell at NYSE

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

Woolfolk Named to Maxwell Watch List

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

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

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

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

Article Publication in Journal of Bioinspiration & Biomimetics

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

Garrison Change of Command

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

Photo: by Bryan Ilyankoff

Three-Week Ethiopian AIAD

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

American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting

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

MAJ Alexander Brussels Research Trip

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

Kids' Night: Story Time with Quintette 7

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

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

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

Cadets Present Papers at Oxford

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


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

Video by Cadet Alex Gudenkauf '20

Integrating GIS Technologies Into Global Security

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

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

Winant Scholarship AIAD Completed

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

PaNE Summer Leadership Experience

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

Army Collects 89 ECAC Honor Roll Selections

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

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

ARPA-E Grant Award

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

Cadets on "Shakespeare's Plays" AIAD

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

Task Force Falcon Soldiers Engage in Survival Swimming

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

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

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

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

Faculty Featured in "War Room"

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

Alaska Creative Writing Road Trip

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

Black Knights Land 144 on Patriot Honor Roll

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

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

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

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

Football Welcomes Class of 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cadets Learn Agriculture on Vietnamese AIAD

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

AIAD to the Republic of Gabon

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

CDT Korpinen Trains with Delta Troop

CDT Korpinen Trains with Delta TroopFor some college students, the summer between their junior and senior years, is spent gaining on-the-job experience through internships or studying abroad. For San Diego native Mekayla Korpinen, studying abroad takes on a whole new meaning. Korpinen spent 28 days, from May 29 through June 23, 2018, in Germany, Czech Republic, Poland and Lithuania, training with Delta Troop, Regimental Engineering Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment. The engineering squadron's primary responsibility is to operate the unmanned aerial system in support of Saber Strike 18, a longstanding U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative exercise designed to enhance interoperability among allies and regional partners.

Korpinen's continued success with Delta Troop at Saber Strike 18, is a testament to her commitment to the U.S. Army and West Point's values of duty, honor, and country, as well as to West Point's trying curriculum for the cadets who make it this far through a challenging journey. Read More

Sign Up for the 19th Annual West Point Triathlon

Sign Up for the 19th Annual West Point TriathlonHow is your race season going? Have a race planned for August yet? Join us on 19 August for the 29th Annual West Point Triathlon. Race in the beautiful Hudson Valley cheered on by our own cadets and support our Triathlon Team! New this year- a novice wave for athletes trying out this great sport for the first time or experienced athletes who prefer a more relaxed swim wave. Check us out at: https://www.active.com/cornwall-ny/triathlon/29th-annual-west-point-triathlon-2018

Faculty Present Posters on Cadet Driven Projects

COL F. John Burpo, Dr. Alexander Mitropoulos, Dr. Kamil Woronowicz, and Dr. Enoch Nagelli, all faculty members from the Multi-Functional Materials Lab (MFML) in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science presented posters on their collaborative cadet driven projects in the Nanomaterial: Synthesis, Functionalization & Chemical Applications Session at the Northeast Nanomaterials Meeting (NENM) in Lake Placid, NY. The conference was focused on Nanomaterials: Applications & Environmental Impacts featuring three keynote addresses, oral talks by faculty from academia and researchers from national labs across the northeast, and poster presentations.

Cadets in Thailand on SOSH AIAD

Cadets in Thailand on SOSH AIADAlex Yanez '21, Pierre Groenewald '19 (Econ major), Lauren McNevin '21, and Tyler Skidmore '21 and Dr. Susan Carter work with children in Thailand as part of their Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD).

CPT(P) Turner Participates in the NATO STO Meeting

CPT(P) Turner Participates in the NATO STO MeetingCPT(P) Dusty Turner from the Department of Mathematical Sciences participated in the NATO Science and Technology Organization Specialists meeting on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Military Decision Making in Bordeaux, France. Approximately 290 technology professionals from 21 NATO countries attended, and discussed topics to include:

  • Emerging technologies in the field of Artificial Intelligence and how they will impact the future of warfare regarding information dominance, defense against cyber-attacks, and real-time decision making on the battlefield;
  • Educating military leadership to understand Artificial Intelligence to be comfortable with its limitations;
  • Public acceptance of Artificial Intelligence and the backlash organizations must be able to withstand when AI is responsible for catastrophic failures causing death and/or destruction (even when the aggregate damage is less than what a human could do);
  • Potential legal issues that NATO countries must navigate as Artificial Intelligence grows to inform decisions and actions in military domains.

CPT(P) Turner presented a talk to the panel titled Sentiment Analysis in Restricted Environments stemming from the work of COL Joe Lindquist, MAJ Karoline Hood, and CPT(P) Patrick Kuiper for USARNORTH to analyze public sentiment in the wake of Hurricane Maria. His talk was unique and of interest to many conference attendees as it was the only presentation that demonstrated research that informed decision-making in real-time in an operational environment. He returned with valuable information to improve their methodology including implementing ways to limit the impact of malicious actors and implementing the three tenant user interface principals of overview first, zoom and filter, details on demand.

Cadets on AIAD in Thailand

Cadets on AIAD in ThailandAssociate Professor of Economics, Dr. Susan Carter, is leading a group of cadets on an AIAD in Nan Province, Thailand, as part of a three-week long excursion with Cross Cultural Solutions. Nan is the northernmost province of Thailand and remains relatively isolated to westerners. During their stay, the AIAD participants have an opportunity to volunteer in the local community, serving as English teachers at a grade school. Dr. Carter and the cadets also have a chance to learn more about Thai culture; they recently participated in a Muay Thai boxing demonstration and met with a Buddhist monk.

Dr. Frey Honored as Man of the Year

Dr. David Frey spoke at the 26th anniversary breakfast of Congregation Bais Naftoli on June 10. The congregation, located in Los Angeles and founded by survivors of the Holocaust, honored Dr. Frey by selecting him as Man of the Year for his contributions to Holocaust education and atrocity prevention. Past honorees Congressman Ed Royce, and others. Attendees included the Consuls General from Hungary and Germany, the Fire Chief of LA, the Sheriff of LA County, multiple city officials and commanders of the LA Police Department.

Cadets Immersed in a Space MIAD

Cadets Immersed in a Space MIADThe Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering two instructors from Space & Missile Defense Command (SMDC) for the Army Space Cadre Basic Course conducted as a Military Individual Advanced Development (MIAD) for the first time ever at West Point. Twenty-seven cadets were immersed in training focused on the operational aspects of Army's Space Forces by attending briefings, conducting practical exercises, and completing exams on the fundamental knowledge associated with the application of Space-based capabilities across the warfighting domains. Coordination for the MIAD was initiated by LTC Stacy Godshall during AY18-1, and execution support was completed by LTC Diana Loucks. Course Director Brett Wetherill '03 and Instructor Charles Ogden '92 were provided by SMDCs Directorate of Training & Doctrine, Future Warfare Center.

Cadets on Russian Hybrid Warfare AIAD

Cadets on Russian Hybrid Warfare AIADDr. Rob Person accompanied cadets and faculty on an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) to the three Baltic States and Ukraine devoted to studying Russian hybrid warfare. Following a week of classes and guest lectures at West Point to prepare, the group spent an intensive two weeks abroad meeting with military and government officials, academics, journalists, NGO representatives, and civil society representatives. By studying Russian "new generation" warfare, including its conventional, nonconventional, asymmetric, informational, and cyber forms, West Point cadets and faculty gained a multifaceted understanding of the challenges posed to United States and our partners by Russia's revisionist strategy and aggressive tactics. Dr. Person was one of several subject matter experts able to offer in-depth expertise on the theme of the AIAD.

Hockey Places 15 on AHA All-Academic Team

Hockey Places 15 on AHA All-Academic TeamFifteen members of the Army West Point hockey team have been named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team announced by the league on Monday.

To qualify for the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team, an individual must post a 3.0 GPA or better in all academic semesters in which his team was actively competing.

The Black Knights were represented by recently graduated firsties Conor Andrle, Blake Box, Cole Bruns, Nick DeCenzo, Tyler Pham, Mike Preston and Joe Shecter, cows Taylor Maruya, Tipper Higgins and Ian Mansfield, yearlings Bryan Gerstenfeld and Alex Wilkinson as well as plebes Mason Krueger, Jared Dempsey and John Zimmerman.

For more news and information about Army hockey, please follow @ArmyWP_Hockey on Twitter and Instagram.

Cadets and CLD Host 118 Middle School Students from 34 States

Cadets and CLD Host 118 Middle School Students from 34 StatesThe Center for Leadership and Diversity (CLD) in STEM along with a cadre of cadets and several departments and directorates hosted 118 middle school students from 34 states and presented a series of STEM workshops. Instructors from the Department of Physical Education, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Kinesiology, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Physics and Nuclear Engineering, and Mathematical Sciences volunteered their time and resources to lead captivating hands-on sessions for these students. Some activities included soldering a light sensing micro-bot, shooting pressurized cannons, and developing a virtual reality tank. Dr. Debbie Conn from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) was also on site to introduce students to 3D pen technology and 3D printing. The students were organized into four platoons, each containing two squads, during their four days at West Point. Cadet platoon leaders and squad leaders took the role of mentor as they marched the students to workshops, ate meals, engaged in outdoor games such as the annual kickball tournament, and facilitated discussions on leadership and ethics in today's society.

Faculty Meets with Bloomberg to Discuss Cadet AIADs

Faculty Meets with Bloomberg to Discuss Cadet AIADsLTC (P) Chris Oxendine from the Geospatial Information Science (GIS) program (Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering) met with Mr. Dmitriy Sheykman '08 and Mr. Bobby Shackelton (Director Mapping at Bloomberg). During the visit, they discussed opportunities for Cadet Academic Individual Advanced Development's (AIAD), Cadet and Faculty research, and how USMA could contribute to the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

Well Done General Caslen '75

Today, USMA officially says farewell and thank you to Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., and Mrs. Shelly Caslen. Thank you for 43 years of service to the nation, for leading us to two ArmyNavy victories, for your selfless commitment to the Corps and for epitomizing the values of Duty, Honor, Country.

CFT Integrates Computer Simulators

CFT Integrates Computer SimulatorsFor the first time in Cadet Summer Training history, cadets trained with the Army's virtual Call for Fire computer simulator within a field environment. CST provides the opportunity to call for and adjust live indirect fire rounds from various indirect fire platforms. However, before they call for live rounds, cadets are spending time in a fully immersive call for fire simulator.

This system is the same one used by Soldiers in the force to train and certify forward observers. Sgt. 1st Class Cesilio Martinez and Captain Ryan Scott, both instructors in DMI, installed the simulator in an existing range building, but added to the realism by equipping the room with features of an actual observation post—camouflage netting, sand bags and bunkers, which provide the feel of a real observation post overlooking a target area. "The Call for Fire trainer gave the cadets a hands-on first-person experience with Soldier tasks related to field artillery," Class of 2019 Cadet Rachel Dodaro, 3rd platoon leader, said. The simulator itself consists of computers that replicate every indirect fire and air-delivered asset owned by the Department of Defense. Realistic details such as weather, environmental conditions and other tactical considerations are reproduced and projected onto a six-foot screen displaying the tactical environment. The simulator was designed according to a cognitive task analysis of the call for fire procedures, and provides cadets with real-time performance feedback based on the call for artillery fire standards. Read More

Mooradian Recognized with National Academic Honor

CDT Lynne Mooradian '20Yearling Lynne Mooradian headlined the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Women's Cross Country/Track & Field Teams by being voted as the top student-athlete among the first team selections on Thursday. The official title of the honor for Mooradian is the Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year. She becomes only the second cadet from the U.S. Military Academy to earn this recognition, joining former men's lacrosse player Brendan Buckley who earned the honor in 2012. She is the first female cadet-athlete to take home this great honor.

"This is a tremendous honor for Lynne, our track and field program and the United States Military Academy at West Point and is well deserved," director of track and field and cross country Mike Smith said. "Lynne works hard at everything she does and is a great example of what is possible when you don't cut corners. West Point is a crucible of challenges designed to test the limits of its students and ultimately bring out the best in them." Mooradian is the lone sophomore on the Google Cloud Division I Women's Cross Country/Track & Field Academic All-America® first team this year. She was named the Patriot League's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Mooradian is a 10-time Patriot League place-winner at a pair of league indoor and outdoor track & field championships. She was a member of the 2018 Patriot League outdoor champion 400-meter relay team and runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles. Read More

NJ Field Force JROTC Conference at Seton Hall University

NJ Field Force JROTC Conference at Seton Hall UniversityThe New Jersey Field Force in conjunction with Seton Hall University hosted an Ethics and Leadership Conference at Seton Hall University for local JROTC and Civil Air Patrol students earlier this month. The purpose of the conference was to help high school students confront the ethical challenges of honesty, integrity, giving and receiving respect, leadership and decision making. There were three seminars, honesty/integrity, respect and leadership. The instructors were Civil Air Patrol officers and New Jersey Field Force members.

There were two keynote speakers. Mr. Jerry Walker, a Seton Hall graduate and three-time NCAA basketball and Big East tournament starter. Today he helps thousands of inner city children through "Team Walker. The other speaker was Ms. Mikie Sherrill a Naval Academy graduate and former helicopter pilot. She spent 10 years in the Navy not only flying helicopters but also as the flag aide to the Deputy Commander US Fleet.

The conference started with presentation from all the Academies to include a presentation on West Point by CPT Reed Caradine, USMA Diversity South West Outreach Officer and 1LT Raphael Waruinge, USMA Diversity Outreach Officer, North East Region. Here are some comments from the students: "I learned the value of respecting each other even if people are strangers to me"; "I learned the pillars of what make a good leader"; "I learned about unconscious biases and how I must be more aware in the future of my judgement of people"; "How to make the right choice no matter how hard it is.". Thank you Henry Schwartzstein '71 for all of your efforts in organizing this event.

Be a Cadet for a Day

Be a Cadet for a DayCan you meet the challenge of West Point?  The U.S. Military Academy will conduct a rehearsal for Reception Day from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 29 on the academy grounds. If you are interested, sign up to be a cadet for a day online.

Up to 300 members of the community are invited to assist the Corps of Cadets in preparation for the incoming Class of 2022. Participants will be given the opportunity to experience the initial transformation process from civilian to the military life of a new cadet. Volunteers must register online at www.usma.edu, on the R-Day volunteer sign-up link at the bottom of the page. Participants should dress comfortably in proper seasonal attire and bring one piece of luggage or a duffel bag marked with your first and last name. Should you have questions after you register, call 845-938-8686.

Participants must be 12 and older, in good health and not be a candidate for the Class of 2022. Those attending should enter Thayer or Stony Lonesome Gate. Volunteers should be at Eisenhower Hall no later than 8:30 a.m.  Primary parking is at North Dock (within walking distance of Eisenhower Hall). The rehearsal begins promptly at 9 a.m. and concludes with lunch in the Cadet Mess Hall from noon-1 p.m. Pointer View

Cadets Earn Recondo Badges

Cadets Earn Recondo BadgesCongratulations to the following cadets on earning their Recondo badges this summer!

CDT O'brien, Charles; CDT Lowery, Jeremiah C; CDT Wallace, Noah R, CDT Bayles, Wesley R; CDT Leisle, Michael C; CDT Mazzanti, Luca C; CDT Morgan, Jacob E; CDT Haug, Luke F; CDT Abercrombie, Bailey R; and CDT Daines, Zachary K

The events to earn this badge included Land Navigation, a 6-mile Ruck March, completing the Anzio Obstacle Course, earning 30/40 on M4 Rifle qualifications, completing the APFT, a 5-mile run, the Marne Obstacle Course, the Water Obstacle Course, and disassembly and reassembly of the M4 and M240B Squad Automatic Weapon.

Meet the Newest Members of the Long Gray Line

Meet the Newest Members of the Long Gray LineOn June 15, 2018, 12 cadets became second lieutenants in the U.S. Army upon graduating from West Point - The U.S. Military Academy. After receiving their diploma, Three members of the 50 Year affiliate class of 1968 handed each graduate their 2LT bars.

Hats off to the June graduates of the Class of 2018. Well done!

Class of 2018 June Graduates: Megan A. Bryn, Sara K. Emsley, Ruby G. Garcia, Denis D. Glinski, Spencer D. Goldstein, Kameron E. Grubaugh, Caroline A. Harris, Leslie Mitlassou, Said A. Ruelas-Outlaw, Mitchell A. Sanderson, Vanessa A. Wesley and Chelsea N. Zerman.

The 50 Year affiliates: Dr. Thomas K. Jewell '68, COL(R) Patrick A. Toffler Sr. '68 and Mr. John A. Dodson '62.

Women’s Swimming & Diving Earns Academic Honors

Women’s Swimming & Diving Earns Academic HonorsThe Army West Point women's swimming and diving team was honored for its work in the classroom during the spring semester by being named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America list on Tuesday afternoon.

The CSCAA recognizes teams with the Scholar All-America Award for achieving a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. With a combined GPA of 3.22, Army was one of eight Patriot League schools to be recognized with the award and received the honor for the second consecutive semester.

Marie Docken (4.1), Serica Hallstead (4.1) and Kim Caccamo (4.0) held the top GPAs on a Black Knight squad that had over 20 Cadets carry a GPA over 3.2.

To view the full list of schools named Scholar All-America, Click Here.

Prof Rogers Conference to Faculty

Prof Rogers Conference to FacultyProf. Cliff Rogers gave a conference paper entitled “How Ancient and Medieval Military History Contribute to Developing Modern Military Officers” at the Estonian War Museum/Estonian National Defence College Con-ference, “The Past: A Soldier’s Guide for the Present? Experience, History and Theory in Military Education,” in Tartu, Estonia. Additionally, Prof. Rogers gave a "Battle Seminar" on the battle of Agincourt (1415) to tactics faculty at the Baltic Defence College. He also hosted a session to introduce interested BDC faculty to the West Point History of Warfare.

ABET Program Evaluator Training

The Department of Physics and Nucklear Engineering (PaNE) had one member of the Nuclear Engineering Program complete ABET Program Evaluator (PEV) training at ABET HQ in Baltimore, MD. The Engineering Accred-itation Commission PEV certification consists of an online portion, a face to face training and then program specific tasks with the American Nuclear Society. Having LTC Ron Hasz become PEV certified facilitates the NE program continuing to stay in compliance with ABET accreditation criterion and facilitates continuous im-provement within the program. As a PEV is selected by ABET to do an accreditation visit, this also gives a chance for our PEV certified members to have an inside look at other NE programs to see their best practices.

Note: The Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering has 67 cadets on AIADs to 29 locations. Seven cadets are traveling to foreign locations.

Assistant Prof Kofoed Feature in Inside Higher Ed

Assistant Prof Kofoed Feature in Inside Higher EdBuilding on his recent mention in the Wall Street Journal’s economics blog, Assistant Professor Mike Kofoed’s research was also featured in Inside Higher Ed, a digital publication focused on serving the higher education community. The article discusses correlating trends between government assistance and tuition costs.
“Kofoed, the West Point researcher, noted that about one in three veterans has used the Post-9/11 benefit to attend for-profit colleges, spending about 40 percent of GI Bill dollars at these institutions. He and his fellow researchers say lawmakers should consider the behavior of for-profits when designing future financial aid programs.”

Winant Scholars London Studies

Winant Scholars London StudiesThe Winant Scholars finished the London portion of their studies. They visited the command and control center for the RAF during the Battle of Britain, toured Parliament, visited Winston Churchill’s estate, spent a day at the Imperial War Museum, and visited Bletchley Park where code breakers deciphered Nazi messages. They also met with Dr. Niall Barr, a Senior Lecturer in the Defense Studies Department of King’s College and author of Eisenhower’s Armies: The American-British Alliance During World War II. Throughout the week, cadets continued their rigorous reading and discussions, equivalent to two lessons per day.

Rosoff, Burggraaf Named ABCA/Rawlings All-Region

2LT Jon Rosoff '18 and CDT Daniel Burggraaf '19Two cadet-athletes from the Army West Point baseball team have been selected to the 2018 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Region team. The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America Committee. Newly commissioned 2LT Jon Rosoff and rising firstie Daniel Burggraaf were honored after being named to the first and second team, respectively, for the Northeast Region. Rosoff and Burggraaf are the first two Black Knights selected to the all-region teams since the 2015 season when right-handed pitcher Alex Robinett was tabbed to the first team.

Rosoff, who was named the Patriot League Player of the Year while also garnering his second-straight All-Patriot League First Team praise, led the conference with 47 runs batted in. He also finished tied for first with 73 hits, second with 95 total bases, third with a batting average of .340, fourth with 15 doubles and an on-base percentage of .430. The Durham, N.C., native also helped the Black Knights' pitching staff post the second-best earned run average in the conference (4.08) while throwing out a league-best 18 runners trying to steal.

Burggraaf was a dominate force for Army on the mound this season, holding the second-lowest ERA on the team at 2.90. He compiled seven wins in 17 appearances. After being converted from a closer position to a starter, the righty made 11 starts, while finishing with 62.0 innings on the mound. He added one complete game and three saves to his cow year accolades. Opponents were batting just .213 against the Belfair, Wash., native. Burggraaf garnered All-Patriot League second team honors after striking out 83 batters on the year, including a team-high 53 during conference play alone. Read More

LTC Breuer & SGM Engel Award Gold GAFB

LTC Breuer & SGM Engel Award Gold GAFBLTC Michael Breuer, the German Liaison Officer to the United States Military Academy, and SGM Stefan Engel awarded the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFB), (Gold) to four members of the USMA Faculty, four Columbian exchange Cadets, and two Polish exchange Cadets in front of Washington Statue. The USMA Faculty included LTC Zachary Miller, MAJ Leland Case, and MAJ Andrew Zapf from the Department of Foreign Languages, who received the award after months of training, testing, and camaraderie.

MAJ Zapf & 2LT Peltier Featured in Small Wars Journal

MAJ Zapf & 2LT Peltier Featured in Small Wars JournalThe online publication Small Wars Journal featured an article by MAJ Andrew Zapf and recent graduate 2LT Joshua Peltier. The article, entitled “Security Sector Reform and the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq” ex-amines some of the implications of Iraq’s transition from a burgeoning nation at war to a functioning nation-state. The article drew on research conducted using the Dean’s Faculty Research Funds (FRF), a related LN490 Language and Culture Capstone project by 2LT Joshua Peltier ’17, and MAJ Zapf’s research trip to the Office of Security Cooperation – Iraq Tribal Engagement Coordination Cell in the Summer of 2017. The article combines Arabic language skills, cultural understanding, and regional expertise – all pillars of the Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) – reflecting on the value of DFL Faculty development and DFL Language major curriculum in addressing multi-faceted problems facing today’s Army. http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/security-sector-reform-and-popular-mobilization-forces-iraq

Happy Birthday U.S. Army

Happy Birthday U.S. ArmyJune 14, 1775 America's Army was founded when our nation's leaders established the Continental Army. Today, the Army is the strategic land power of the joint force, at its core, selfless soldiers. Never wavering. Never faltering. 243 years of defending our great Nation. Happy Birthday, United States Army!!

CDTs Suarez & Stephens Poster Presented at APS-DAMOP

CDTs Suarez & Stephens Poster Presented at APS-DAMOPDr. David O. Kashinski was TDY in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, attending the 49th annual meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (APS-DAMOP), where he presented a peer-reviewed poster summarizing progress made on col-laborative research during AY2018. The project is titled “DFT Calculation of the Renner Coefficient for the Renner-Teller Splitting in the NCO radical: Assessing the accuracy of functional families and basis sets”, and is a part of an ongoing collaboration with ARL-WMRD. Cadets M. G. Suarez and C. C. Stephens (both CLS, ‘19), as well as Dr. E. F. C. Byrd (ARL-WMRD), are co-authors on the project. The meeting was successful. Dr. Kashinski was able to meet and discuss topics of interest with current collaborators as well as make con-nections with peers doing similar work at AFRL and USAFA. He was also able to advise groups interested in accessing DoD-HPCMP resources for DoD-supported projects. Dr. Kashinski acknowledges and thanks the DoD-HPCMP for continued computer time and travel support and resources.


CALDOL Hosts DHS LEAD ProgramThe Center for the Advancement of Leader Development and Organizational Learning (CALDOL) hosted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Investigations New York’s Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) Program. The LEAD program grooms select individuals who have demonstrated a capacity and desire for leadership roles within the DHS. These law enforcement professionals go through a tailored leadership development program, which includes special developmental opportunities from outside organizations, such as CALDOL. DHS Special Agents in attendance received an insider’s tour of West Point and an afternoon of leadership development activities, including a dog tag exercise, leadership in action story telling session, and a discussion on third generation leadership.

Faculty Attend the 4th MG Fugh Symposium

Faculty Attend the 4th MG Fugh SymposiumLTC Winston Williams and MAJ Ronald Alcala attended the 4th Major General John L. Fugh Symposium. The topic of this year's symposium was "Future Conflict." During this event, LTC Williams presented remarks on the nature of future armed conflicts and the sufficiency of the law to regulate these conflicts. Also, the symposium provided LTC Williams and MAJ Alcala the opportunity to informally meet with head legal advisors from Uganda, Malawi, Nigeria, Colombia, and Mexico. Much of these informal discussions covered the application of human rights law and the law of armed conflict to military operations against non-state actors like Boko Haram and drug cartels in Central America. This symposium is named in honor of MG John L. Fugh who was the Army Judge Advocate General from 1991 to 1993. He was the first Chinese-American to become a general officer in the United State Army.

Cadets Fare Well at the Combat Diver Qualification Course

Cadets Fare Well at the Combat Diver Qualification CourseFive Cadets continue Army combat diver training after a challenging pool week at Combat Diver Qualification Course 004-18. Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) instructor, MAJ Zachary Griffiths, is simultaneously attending the Combat Dive Supervisor Course and continues to take in valuable lessons to improve the train up for next year. Cadets performed well in one of the Army's most challenging courses that dropped 55% of students. Cadets Benn, Donnan, Hoyes, Morello, and Russell are expected to graduate following their success at the "one-man" event. About 50% of students pass the rigorous test, which pits student breath holds against simulated rough surf and fouled regulators.

West Point History of Warfare 2018 Award

West Point History of Warfare 2018 AwardThe West Point History of the American Revolution, a print volume based on chapters from the digital West Point History of Warfare used by cadets in HI301, received a Distinguished Writing Award from the Army Historical Foundation. The previously published West Point History of the Civil War and The West Point History of World War II received the same award in 2014 and 2016. As with those previous awards, the editors (Prof. Cliff Rogers, Col. Ty Seidule, and Prof. Sam Watson) are donating the $1,000 prize to the Association of Graduates.

Winant Scholars Start their AIAD

Winant Scholars Start their AIADThis year's Winant Scholars started their summer course examining U.S. and U.K. grand strategy during WWII and the "special relationship" that developed between the two countries. They traveled to the FDR library to learn about conducting archival research and begin primary source research for their first paper. This orientation and familiarization is in preparation for more extensive research at the National Archives in College Park, MD for their final paper this summer. The cadets officially begin their Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) flying to London for two weeks before spending a week in D.C.

SOSH Graduation Awards

SOSH Grad AwardsThe Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) recently hosted its annual Graduation Awards Ceremony. The event recognized academic and extracurricular excellence among cadets and featured award presentations from more than a half-dozen distinguished guests. During the reception immediately following the ceremony, faculty enjoyed the chance to congratulate cadets and socialize with their families.

Photo: Danny Nguyen receives the CPT John Ryan Dennison Iron Legacy Award from CPT Dennison’s parents, Jack and Shannon Dennison

DE-JTO 2018 Annual Review

COL John Hartke '88COL John Hartke '88 traveled to Albuquerque, NM to participate in the Joint Directed Energy Transition Office (DE-JTO) Annual Review. COL Hartke serves as the DE-JTO chairman for the Advanced Concepts Technical Area Working Group (AC-TAWG). At the Annual Review COL Hartke presented two briefs. One summarized the high energy laser research efforts at USMA funded by DE-JTO; the other was a summary of AC-TAWG's work over the last year. He also took part in DE-JTO leader's meeting where he represented AC-TAWG and the Army during the discussions about the research and development strategy for FY19.

SAME Annual Joint Engineer Training Conference

SAME Annual Joint Engineer Training ConferenceCPT Nathaniel Sheehan attended The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Joint Engineer Training Conference (JETC) in Kansas City, MO recently. The JETC features education and training opportunities designed for professional growth and collaboration to find solutions to national security needs. CPT Sheehan attended JETC as an award recipient of a Young Member Stipend from the SAME Young Member national council as well as a representative of the USMA SAME Student Chapter. He utilized this opportunity to increase knowledge of and impact of the USMA SAME Student chapter initiatives and grow the bench professional USMA instructors and cadets can utilize for future mentorship and service. The culminating events of the conference included an Engineering Service Chiefs Panel, Joint Engineer Table Top Exercise and the SAME Society Ball & Awards Gala.

Zheng Receives the LTG Leslie R. Groves Award

Zheng Receives the LTG Leslie R. Groves Award The Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering held an award ceremony recognizing the department’s top performers. The LTG Leslie R. Groves Award for the most outstanding performance in the Nuclear Engineering major was presented to Cadet Daniel Zheng. The Gerald Counts award for the outstanding cadet majoring in Physics, and the Sewell Tappan Tyng Award for the most outstanding performance in the Nuclear Engineering core engineering sequence, were presented to Cadet Garret Simon. Goeppert-Mayer Awards for the most outstanding cadets majoring in Interdisciplinary Science were presented to Cadets Haley Duke and Nicholas McNiffe. The Jackson Space Science Award for the outstanding cadet majoring in Space or Interdisciplinary Science was presented to Cadet Blake Hansen. Lincoln Laboratory Military Fellowships were presented to Cadets Nolan Hedglin and Garrett Simon.

Ball Tabbed Google Cloud Academic All-America

Matt Ball '18Matt Ball of Army West Point baseball was named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Baseball Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The newly commissioned 2LT finished his final season with an overall mark of 7-3 and a 3.52 ERA. The electrical engineering major with a focus in Information Assurance also earned a minor in Cybersecurity, while graduating with a 3.99 GPA. He was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-Patriot League Team as well.

The Charlotte, N.C., native worked 84.1 innings on the mound, striking out a team-best 93 batters. Ball was recognized on the Dean's List every semester he was at the Academy. He was one of 33 athletes nationwide to be named to the team, and one of three from the Patriot League.

The Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Baseball Team produced an average GPA of 3.90 with the first team combining for an average GPA of 3.97. The team includes 11 student-athletes with 4.0 GPA and two graduate students. Read More

SFC Carla Loy Song Sings on The Tonight Show

SFC Carla Loy Song Sings on The Tonight ShowFour members of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering and SFC Carla Loy Song  from the West Point Band represented USMA as part of a PAO engagement in New York City. CPT Boone Gilbreath and LTC Corey Gerving attended a luncheon at the University Club in New York City, considered the most prestigious social club in New York City. The luncheon included a tour of their historic building, constructed in 1899. MAJs Jake Capps and Jill Rahon attended the monologue rehearsal for the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, where Mr. Fallon practices jokes and other material for the opening portion of that night's show. SFC Carla Loy Song got to sing with the Tonight Show band! Click here to watch her sing. Then, CPT Gilbreath, MAJs Capps and Rahon, and LTC Gerving stayed for the taping of the Fleet Week special edition of the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, which aired on May 24, 2018. The audience for the show was made up entirely of active duty service members representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Guests for the show were Cate Blanchet, Guy Fieri, and Darius Rucker.

Summer Air Assault Training

Summer Air Assault Training 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, "Strike Force" and The Sabalauski Air Assault School are keeping busy this summer at West Point - The U.S. Military Academy, training our U.S. Army's future leaders. 2-502 IN medics are providing medical support to the four classes of Sabalauski Air Assault school going on at USMA during June. These photo shows the medics covering for sling load operations.

Giachin Named Freshman All-American

CDT Anthony Giachin '21Army West Point baseball's Anthony Giachin has been selected a Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American announced Wednesday by the publication.

The Black Knights' third baseman hit .286 with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and 33 runs batted in. The Livingston, N.J. native compiled 13 multi-hit games, including a 4-for-5 performance against Bryant and a 3-for-5 outing against service-academy rival Navy.

Giachin, who was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and was a member of the All-Patriot League First Team, finished 4-for-8 in the conference championship series with five RBI to garner tournament MVP honors.

The complete release can be found Here.

Cadets at the 2018 ASCE Student Conference

Cadets at the 2018 ASCE Student ConferenceFourteen civil engineering cadets traveled to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York to compete in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Student Conference. The annual event serves as the regional qualifier for the ASCE national competition for the concrete canoe team and the steel bridge team. The cadet teams designed, built, and competed against students from the other universities across Upstate New York and Canada. The competition was fierce and both West Point teams were pleased to place in the top ten. The concrete canoe team won the “Spirit of the Competition” award for their perseverance in continuing to compete after their canoe capsized and suffered significant damage in one of the early races. Two cadets also competed in the Mead Ethics Essay contest which included a written submission and an oral presentation. Cadet Grayson Sprouse placed third with his investigation into the ethical implications of social media use by professionals.

Cook Finishes Season at NCAA Championships

CDT August Cook '21Rookie August Cook competed at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field on Wednesday evening in the javelin throw. Cook finished an amazing outdoor season for the Black Knights. He placed fifth at the NCAA East Preliminary Round to advance to the NCAA Championships. Cook became the first Black Knight since 2011 to make the NCAAs and the first javelin competitor since 2004. After his performance at the NCAA Regionals a couple of weeks ago, he earned the honor as the Northeast Region's Men's Track Athlete of the Year, which was awarded by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

  • Cook recorded his best throw on his second opportunity of the evening  with a mark of 61.10 meters (200-5), so he was able to claim his second throw as his best during the second flight and placed 23rd at the NCAA Championships.
  • Cook was one of three freshmen in the country to throw the javelin at the NCAA Championships.
  • He was the fifth Army athlete that has thrown the javelin at the championships in the history of the program.
LTC Novoselich Has Research Published

LTC Brian J. Novoselich from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering and Dr. David B. Knight of Virginia Tech recently co-authored published research entitled, “Shared Leadership in Capstone Design Teams: Social Network Analysis” in the Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. This study examined the extent to which leadership is shared within undergraduate, senior-level mechanical engineering capstone design teams and classified teams based on their level of leadership sharing. Results indicated that leadership is more shared than vertical within capstone design teams, and a quadrant classification of shared leadership may be appropriate for describing leadership processes therein. The results developed a student design team leadership taxonomy and suggests that shared leadership models may be more consistent with student design experiences than historical, vertical leadership models.

Rosoff Adds ECAC All-Star Accolades to Resume

Rosoff Adds ECAC All-Star Accolades to ResumeThe Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its 2018 Division I Baseball Awards and All-ECAC selections and Jon Rosoff was among the honorees.

Rosoff became Army's first ECAC All-Star since Chris Rowley, J.T. Watkins, and Kevin McKague were tabbed with the honor in 2012.

Rosoff, who was named the Patriot League Player of the Year, while also garnering his second-straight All-Patriot League First Team praise, led the conference with 47 runs batted in. He also finished tied for first with 73 hits, second with 95 total bases, third with a batting average of .340, fourth with 15 doubles and an on-base percentage of .430.

The Durham, N.C., native also helped the Black Knights' pitching staff post the second-best earned run average in the conference (4.08), while throwing out a league-best 18 runners trying to steal. Read More

Guest Lecture from Dr. Nikolay Shkolnik

Guest Lecture from Dr. Nikolay ShkolnikDr. Nikolay Shkolnik, CTO for LiquidPiston, a novel engine company based out of Bloomfield, CT, visited cadets in Mechanical Power Plants to discuss his uniquely designed engine, the X engine as well as how his company uses the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) to solve real problems. Cadets were exposed to a novel problem-solving process as well as LPIs novel rotary engine.

American Politics Course Director’s Course

The American Politics Stem hosted its second-annual Course Director's Conference. The course introduced incoming first-time course directors to the administrative requirements involved and served as a refresher for all course directors on the art of crafting course objectives which nest with the program's goals. Rachel Sondheimer and Russ Lachance led a workshop on assessment, which was followed by small group breakout sessions so course directors could develop assessment plans for their courses next academic year. The conference also included several panel discussions where participants asked senior faculty questions on topics such as student evaluation, course flow, classroom activities, and syllabus design. In all, this course ensured next year's course directors were equipped with the tools they need to provide the best instruction possible to students in AP courses and that all courses were aligned with the AP program's overall goals.

Wrestling Recruiting Class Ranked by WIN Magazine

Wrestling Recruiting Class Ranked by WIN MagazineHead Coach Kevin Ward and the Army West Point wrestling team's incoming recruiting class was recognized by WIN Magazine as one of the top-25 best in the nation. The class was voted the 18th-best according to WIN Magazine, after being tabbed 18th by The Open Mat and 21st by InterMat. Additionally, the group received 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."

Army sent three wrestlers to NCAAs in Cleveland last season with all three returning for the first time in Ward's tenure at West Point. The Black Knights placed eighth at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships, while six cadet-athletes earned podium finishes. Additionally, Army earned runner-up honors at the All-Academy Championships and defeated service-academy rival Navy, 18-15, in the annual Star Match in Annapolis, Md., for the first time since 1961. Read More

Econ Stem Offsite Team Builder

Econ Stem Offsite Team BuilderThe Economics Stem held a faculty offsite at the Victor Constant Ski Lodge to discuss the previous semester, prepare for the summer, and foster stem cohesion. After lunch and the discussion, the faculty played in a golf tournament at the West Point golf course.

Cook Set for NCAA T&F Championships in Oregon

CDT August Cook '21Rookie August Cook is set to join the big stage as he competes in the javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Cook is concluding an amazing outdoor season for the Black Knights. He placed fifth at the NCAA East Preliminary Round and can become the first Black Knight to score in the event at NCAAs since 1970. The javelin competition starts at 8:30 p.m. EST and Cook is set to throw around 9:30 p.m.

Cook, from Bedford, Pa., is ranked 54th nationally in the javelin with a mark of 66.36m (217-8), which he threw at the Patriot League Championships. Due to his performance at the NCAA Regionals, he earned the honor as the Northeast Region's Men's Track Athlete of the Year, which was awarded by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Read More

Military Chemistry Enrichment

Military Chemistry EnrichmentLesson 40 in General Chemistry I is an exciting time. For the third year in a row, CH101 cadets were exposed to cutting edge science and engineering during the Military Chemistry (MILCHEM) enrichment presented by personnel from Picatinny Arsenal in Wharton, NJ; Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet, NY; and the 2nd Civil Support Team from the NY National Guard in Schenectady, NY. Cadets witnessed applications of the concepts they learned about over the course of the semester. MILCHEM provides a direct connection between the intellectual capital at USMA and premier Army Research Laboratories. Cadets routinely discover aspects of chemistry that they are interested in during the MILCHEM enrichment that translate to Academic Individual Advanced Development’s (AIAD) over the summer and develop into projects they pursue for their entire cadet careers and beyond.

Black Knights Finish as CRC Plate Runner-Ups

Harrison Farrell '18The Army West Point men's rugby team fell to Virginia Tech, 17-12, in the 2018 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby 7s Championship Plate finals on Sunday afternoon at Talen Energy Stadium. The Black Knights won their second plate title in the last three years and closed out the tournament with a 3-3 record. They finish the spring 7s season at 6-8. Jake Lachina capped his collegiate career with four more tries, giving him eight four the tournament. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native recorded three-straight multi-try efforts against Maryland, Central Washington and St. Joseph's. Harrison Farrell scored his first try to open the pate finals against Virginia Tech. The Des Moines, Iowa, native finished with 15 points with one try and 10 conversions. James Mbony and Angelo Matz dotted down for their second tries of the weekend. Jacob Ericksen posted his first-career try at the Collegiate Rugby Championships. Sam Sutera also scored his first try of the tournament. Read More

Society For The Condemnation Of Fraud (SCOF)

Society For The Condemnation Of Fraud (SCOF)SOSH held its annual SCOF at the 49er lodge. In keeping with this year’s appointed theme, the Department donned their best Eighties attire and enjoyed a night of camaraderie and laughter as they bid farewell to departing faculty. It was a great opportunity for them celebrate the end of the semester and thank the outgoing educators for their many contributions to the Department and Academy.

Mooradian Named Academic All-District

CDT Lynne Mooradian '20Lynne Mooradian was selected to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic Division I All-District® Track and Field/Cross Country Teams, when it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Mooradian, a mechanical engineering major carrying a 4.230 GPA, was named the 2018 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned a spot on the Academic All-League team. She earned gold, silver and bronze medals at the recent Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships as a member of the winning 4x100-meter relay team, placing second in the 400-meter hurdles and by finishing third in the 100-meter hurdles, respectively. 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. Mooradian was one of three athletes to be selected from the Patriot League. Read More

Brinson, Petrella Earn Academic Accolades

CDTs Kenneth Brinson '19 and Ben Petrella '20Kenneth Brinson and Ben Petrella were named to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic Division I All-District® Track and Field/Cross Country Teams, when it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Brinson, a chemical engineering major with a 4.03 grade point average (GPA), was recently named to the 2018 Outdoor Track & Field Academic All-Patriot League team and was the 2017 Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. At the 2018 Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championships, Brinson struck gold in the weight throw, earning First-Team All-Patriot League honors.

Petrella, a physics major carrying a 3.98 GPA, earns his first selection to the All-District Team. During the 2017-18 Patriot League Indoor track & field season, Petrella was honored with the Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor while also being selected to the Academic All-League team. He earned two gold medals at the Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championships; winning both the 3000-meter and 5000-meter runs and was named the Male Track Athlete of the Meet. Last fall, he was named to the Patriot League Cross Country Academic All-League team, while also earning Second Team All-League honors. Read More

Chemistry Capstone Poster Presentations

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

Installation of a Flight Simulator

Installation of a Flight SimulatorThe 2nd Aviation Detachment recently installed a Redbird motion flight simulator in their hangar facility at Stewart Airport. In addition to supporting the detachment, the simulator will support training for the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering's (CME) fixed-wing pilots as well as cadets on the Flying Team; a club now sponsored by CME. The simulator can be configured to replicate different aircraft, and its use for additional engineering research is being explored.

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