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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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Tour of the Capital and Meeting with SOLA

Tour of the Capital and Meeting with SOLAMAJ Zach Griffiths and Cadet Bryce Johnston traveled to D.C. to tour the Capitol and meet with the Special Operations Legislative Affairs (SOLA) office. This trip furthered an on-going Faculty Research Funded project into how Special Operations Command interacts with Congress. The visit provided the USMA guests with an overview of SOLA’s daily operations and their mechanisms for assessing effectiveness. The trip also afforded Cadet Johnston the opportunity to meet with members of the office in preparation for his upcoming SOLA Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) this summer. Research into SOLA’s Congressional engagement will continue through the fall. MAJ Griffiths and CDT Johnston plan to submit their first product, an overview of SOLA’s contributions to the Special Operations community, to Special Warfare magazine this summer, and ultimately intend to pursue publication in the Special Operations Journal.

Game Times Announced for 2018 Home Slate

Game Times Announced for 2018 Home SlateThe Army West Point football team will play six home games this season at historic Michie Stadium and all games are set to kick off at 12 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Following the season opener on the road at Duke on Aug. 31, the Black Knights are home for the next two Saturday's with Liberty and Hawai'i and then Army returns on Oct. 20 for a tilt against Miami (OH). The Black Knights finish out the rest of their schedule with three-straight home games prior to the Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA. Army welcomes Air Force on Nov. 3 and the FCS foes Lafayette (Nov. 10) and Colgate (Nov. 17).

Season tickets, group tickets and mini plans are all on sale now for the 2018 season. To purchase a mini plan online for the upcoming season, Click Here. For purchasing season ticket memberships online, Click Here. For group tickets, Click Here. Fans can also call the ticket office at 877-TIX-ARMY (849-2769) or the Army A Club at 845-938-2322.

LTC Armstrong's Article Cited Among the Most Influential

LTC Armstrong's Article Cited Among the Most Influential LTC Matthew Armstrong’s article entitled “Dynamic shear rheology of a thixotropic suspension: Comparison of an improved structure-based model with large amplitude oscillatory shear experiments,” was cited as one of most influential articles from the last two years in the Journal of Rheology (https://aip-info.org/37VU-P4A8-884HBL6A6C/cr.aspx). The article, published in March of 2016, ranked among the top 20 articles published since that time. Because of its impact, this article is available to download for a limited amount of time.

Article available here: https://sor.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1122/1.4943986?Track=JORMCAPR2018&dm_i=37VU%2CP4A8%2C4HBL6A%2C2KJ6B%2C1

Holland Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List

Bryce Holland '18Army West Point center Bryce Holland was named to the spring watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the top center in college football. In order to create this list, the committee accepted nominations from programs across the country that submitted their current starting centers for consideration. This preseason, centers were nominated from every conference, with 57 total nominees and 27 past watch listers. The Pac-12 leads the list with 10 nominations followed by the ACC with eight. Holland was one of two independent centers to be named to the list, joining Notre Dame's Sam Mustipher. He is also the only service-academy center on the watch list. The Arizona native has played in all 26 games the last two seasons and has won a total of 18 games as the starting center for the Black Knights. He anchored an offensive line that led the nation in rushing yards per game at 362.3 and in total rushing yards with 4,710 in 2017. He also guided the line to block for 50 rushing touchdowns, which was second in the nation and an academy record. Read More

Drone Swarm Maps Radiation Contamination

Drone Swarm Maps Radiation ContaminationAn interdisciplinary team of twelve cadets from the Radiological and Imaging Data (RAID) Swarm capstone participated in a Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) field demonstration named the ‘Huckleberry Hustle,’ which included cross-DoD, interagency, and international partners. This event took place at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Radiological Response Training Range (RRTR), and enabled cadets to demonstrate their drone swarm technology in an operationally representative environment. The team operated an autonomous swarm of six quadrotors with onboard radiation detectors over a radioactive contamination site, and fused data collected, in real-time, into an activity heat map. Cadets also demonstrated the ability to use fixed-wing drones with an onboard camera to provide over-watch situational awareness of ground CBRNE teams. A total of 44 drone sorties were conducted over the week-long exercise. The team consists of two nuclear engineering, two computer science, three mechanical engineering, three systems engineering, and two electrical engineering majors.

Ticket Info for Baseball NCAA Raleigh Regional

Ticket Info for Baseball NCAA Raleigh RegionalTickets for the NCAA Raleigh Regional are extremely limited, if available, on sale now. In addition, single session tickets, if available, will go on sale Friday, June 1st at 8:00 a.m. Prices, Tournament Books: $60.00 - Adult, $30.00 - Youth | Single Sessions (only available game day) $15.00 - Adult, $10.00 - Youth.

2018 NCAA Baseball Raleigh Regional, Doak Field at Dail Park – Raleigh, N.C. (All Times Eastern) Friday, June 1
Game 1 – #3 Northeastern vs. #2 Auburn – 2 p.m. – ESPN3
Game 2 – #4 Army vs. #1 NC State – 7 p.m. – ESPN3

Saturday, June 2: Game 3 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 2 p.m. – ESPN3 | Game 4 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 7 p.m. – ESPN3

Sunday, June 3: Game 5 – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – 2 p.m. – ESPN3 | Game 6 – Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 – 7 p.m. – ESPN3

Monday, June 4 (If Necessary): Game 7 – Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 – 7 p.m. – ESPN3

Summer Training Begins

Summer Training BeginsSgt. Burdette from "Renegade" company of the Cadet Summer Training Task Force, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) coaches rising firstie, CDT Peffers on zeroing a M4 at the range.

Photo by 2nd Lt. Cora Moody

Martin's Blast Sends Baseball Past Columbia

CDT Trey Martin '19Trey Martin's solo blast in the seventh inning broke a 7-7 tie and gave the Army West Point baseball team an 8-7 win over Columbia on Sunday night at Doubleday Field. The Black Knights (36-22) saw their first three players in the lineup record multi-hit games with Jacob Hurtubise leading the way with four hits in five plate appearances. Columbia (20-28) had five players with two or more hits, including Liam McGill's three hits and two runs scored. Army got on the board first with a three-run third inning. The first run came on an opposite field solo home run from Anfernee Crompton for his first collegiate homer. The Black Knights added two more with a triple off the bat of Josh White. He lined a 2-0 pitch into the gap in left center, scoring Hurtubise and Jon Rosoff to give Army a 3-0 lead at the end of three. The Black Knights plated their third run of the game in the following inning as Drake Titus drove the ball to the gap in left center for a double and then he scored on a looping single by Hurtubise to left field to give Army a 4-0 lead. Read More

Cadet Research with NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Cadet Research with NY Dept of Environmental ConservationOver the course of the spring semester, cadets and faculty from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering participated in the annual survey of glass eels arriving in the Hudson River. Glass eels are young-of-the-year American Eels (Anguilla rostrata), that were born in the Sargasso Sea and carried by currents to coastal waters of the eastern United States. In March, April, and May the tiny, translucent glass eels are caught and counted by volunteers in a citizen science program coordinated by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Eels grow and mature in freshwater lakes and streams for 20 to 40 years before making the return trip to the Sargasso Sea to spawn. Data from this program are used to track the recovery of eel populations in the Hudson and its tributaries.

Photo: CDTs Michael Bruce, Nick Lake, and Arran Rounds remove glass eels from a fyke net in Quassaick Creek, Newburgh, NY

Cook Qualifies for NCAA Championships

CDT August Cook '21Rookie August Cook of the Army West Point track and field team qualified for the NCAA Championships with a top-five performance in the javelin throw on the final day of the NCAA East Regionals at the USF Track and Field Stadium on Saturday. August Cook had throws of 64.86 meters (212 ft., 9 in.), 64.78 meters (212 ft., 6 in.) and 65.85 meters (216 ft. 0 in.). He ranked fifth out of 48 competitors in the javelin throw and was one of 12 who qualified for NCAAs. Cook was nearly within half a meter of his personal best of 66.36 meters, which he set at the Patriot League Championships. It was the sixth-best javelin throw in program history. Cook qualified for the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place showing in the javelin with a toss of 65.85 meters. Grayson Hill finished 42nd in the event with a throw of 55.67 meters. Jeff Giannettino tied for 16th in the high jump, clearing the bar at 2.06 meters. Cook will compete at the NCAA Championships on June 6 at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Read More

COL(R) Howlett Speaks with Cadets about NEPA

COL(R) Howlett Speaks with Cadets about NEPACOL(R) David Howlett, a New York native and member of the New York bar, gave a guest lecture to law and environmental science majors enrolled in Environmental Law on the challenges that the Army has faced in meeting its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA Case studies discussed included the challenges at Makua and Pohakoloa Training Areas in Hawaii, as well as in the Army's Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Army Transformation, a process that continues. Colonel Howlett has been an Army environmental law practitioner since 1995, to include serving as Chief of the Litigation Section at the Army's Environmental Law Division, part of the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency. Colonel Howlett's presentation and the ensuing discussion brought to life for cadets the abstract challenges of the NEPA statute, its attendant regulations, as well as litigation risks for commands taking significant actions that require NEPA documentation and analysis.

Baseball Draws Raleigh Regional for NCAAs

Black Knights Draw Raleigh Regional for NCAAsThe Army West Point baseball team learned it is headed to Raleigh, N.C., for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament and will face the host N.C. State on Friday night. The Black Knights take on the Wolfpack on Friday night, June 1, at 7 p.m. The other two teams at the regional are Auburn and Northeastern and those two squads are playing at 2 p.m. on Friday. The regional format for the DI baseball championship is a double-elimination tournament format with the winning 16 teams advancing to Super Regionals, which will be held from June 8-11. The top eight teams remaining will host the Super Regionals on-campus in a best-of-three series with the eight winners advancing to Omaha. The College World Series will be held from June 16-26/27 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The eight Super Regional winners will compete in two four-team double elimination brackets. The two winning teams from each bracket will play in a best two-of-three championship series to determine the national champion.

Graduation 2018

Grad Week 2018 started off rainy and in the low 60s, almost as if it were an extension of the dreariness of Gloom Period, which is perhaps how the Class of 2018 felt when they entered the Academy as lowly new cadets on a stormy R-Day in July 2014. Flash forward four days to Graduation Saturday, and it was all sun and in the 80s—a glorious day that matched the glorious feelings the 972 new second lieutenants must have been experiencing as they exited the Academy on top of the world after 47 months of hard military, physical, academic and character training.

“I remember you stumbling around on R-Day, wide-eyed and wondering what you got yourself into,” LTG Robert L. Caslen Jr. ’75, in his last official duty as West Point’s 59th Superintendent (there will be a change of command on June 22), told the members of the Class of 2018, the only class he has seen from the very beginning to the very end as Superintendent. “I have had the privilege of watching you grow, both individually and as a class, into amazing young men and women and leaders of character.”

The Class of 2018 includes 193 women (nearly 20 percent of the class, 77 branching combat arms), 105 African Americans, 80 Asian/Pacific Islanders, 78 Hispanics, 16 Native Americans, and 12 combat veterans. Of the class, 92 graduates are sons or daughters of members of the Long Gray Line, 17 of who have parents who are both West Point graduates themselves. Thirty-seven members of the class have earned prestigious scholarships—including five Fulbright Scholars, one National Science Foundation Fellowship, and one Rhodes Scholar—and will continue their academic studies after graduation and commissioning.

The graduation speaker for the Class of 2018 was GEN Joseph F. Dunford Jr. (USMC), the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In a short but impactful speech he addressed two themes that should resonate with a class whose motto is “With Strength We Lead.” First, Dunford spoke about the exponentially evolving nature of the Profession of Arms. “There’s no substitute to taking a clear-eyed look at the threats you’ll face and asking how our force will adapt to meet those threats,” he said. “Challenge yourself to be the kind of leader who continues to think about, write about, and to lead change.” Second, he reminded the soon-to-be second lieutenants that, after graduation, it is no longer about individual capabilities, but rather about the team. “Lead from the front and put soldiers’ interests ahead of your own,” Dunford said. “If you take care of your soldiers, they’ll take care of you.”

After the order of "Class dismissed!" and the traditional hat toss, graduates changed uniforms “from cadet grays to Army blues” and headed to various ceremonies across post to be pinned with second lieutenant bars engraved with the numerals “68-18,” commemorating the bond these graduates have with the Class of 1968. That class, which just celebrated its 50th class reunion, has gripped hands with the Class of 2018 as its 50-Year Affiliation Class since that thunderstorm-filled R-Day back in July 2014.  See Photos

Brown, Voit Earn Prestigious AAA Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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Cadet Leadership Prepares for Summer Training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Athletic Director's Update

Crew Wins the 27th NYS Championship Regatta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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West Point Day Proclamation Ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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Psi Chi Honor Society Inductions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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