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    Cadets Serve the Homeless in AlbanyMembers of the West Point Church of Christ traveled to Albany, NY to provide support to the Capital City Rescue Missions and serve homeless in the area. Cadets led chapel service prior to serving meals to the homeless. Homeless Veterans in the area were recognized and honored with a special meal and gifts. Cadets and Church Family members also assisted the Rescue Mission with various tasks in housekeeping, construction, and administration. They also went to New Hope Ministries "Rebuilding the City" to help set up for a banquet honoring homeless Veterans in the Albany, NY region.


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    Equestrian Region 3 Intercollegiate ShowThe Army West Point Equestrian Team travelled to Centenary Equestrian Center in Long Valley, NJ for a Zone 3, Region 3 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) English Hunter Seat competition hosted by the Stevens Institute of Technology. Also competing were riders from Centenary University, Drew University, Marist College, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY New Paltz, Vassar College, and William Paterson University. Cadets represented USMA well with excellent performances in individual classes. Vinson ’17 placed third in her very first Novice Fences class and Brady also placed third in her Novice Fences class. Hereford ’20 placed third in Novice Flat. In Beginner Walk-Trot-Canter, Grundy ’18, the team’s resident midshipman for the semester, placed second and Suba ’19 placed first. In addition, both Murray ’17 and Mayes ’20 placed first in their Walk-Trot classes. This shot was the last race for our two exchange students, Kreye (Germany) and Grundy (Navy), who will be sorely missed. The team in currently ranked fourth in the region. This was the final IHSA show of the season, but the team will continue to practice throughout the winter in order to prepare for when competitions resume early next semester.


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    76th Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner DanceFaculty from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and Systems Engineering took eight Cadets from seven different departments to the 76th Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner Dance sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) – New York City Post. The event was held in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC. The USMA SAME student chapter is a multidisciplinary academic club which exposes Cadets to public/private engineering partnerships which are instrumental to the infrastructure of our nation in times of peace and war. SAME is dedicated to STEM initiatives and awarded over 180 academic scholarships (over 30 presented at the banquet) to students from over 75 universities from across the country. Five of the eight Cadets were each awarded a $500 scholarship for their exemplary character, academic, military and physical performance as the top Cadet (ranked by CQPA) in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management, Computer Science, and Civil Engineering. The other three Cadets included the SAME Club Cadet-in-Charge and two new club members. Guest speakers for the evening included LTG Semonite, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chief of Engineers; MG Green, Air Force Director of Civil Engineers; Rear Admiral Randall Gardner, Chief Engineer Officer of the United States Public Health Services, and other military and civilian leaders from academia, industry, and government agencies. Participation in this event enabled enrichment of West Point’s interaction with New York City as well demonstrates the variety of academic programs available at USMA.


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    The Army West Point men's basketball team controlled much of Wednesday night's contest against service-academy rival Air Force, defeating the Falcons 79-71. Army's third-straight win also marked its third consecutive victory over Air Force. The Falcons led 9-7 just five minutes into the game but that would be the only time the visitors would hold the advantage. Army answered with 11-straight to pull in front, 18-9, at the 11:48 mark of the opening period. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/tKmQWNURpY0. Over the next seven-and-a-half minutes, the Black Knights used another 18-4 run to increase their edge to the largest of the game at 36-13. Army maintained that double-digit lead until the Falcons sparked a small rally with 3:44 remaining in the contest. A good free throw from Air Force's Zach Kocur cut the Black Knights' margin down to 71-64 but the Falcons wouldn't get any closer than that, as Army held on down the stretch for the eight-point victory. Read More


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    Civil-Military Relations Conference at Tufts UniversityThe Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO) attended the Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES) Civil-Military Relations Conference at Tufts University. Students from Wellesley College, the University of North Georgia, and the Naval Academy joined USMA cadets and Tufts University students in a weekend geared toward narrowing the civ-mil divide. Cadets attended panels and breakout sessions on two topics: “Defining War in the Twenty-First Century” and the “New Front Lines: America’s Military and the Fight Against Disease”. The conference culminated in a Crisis Simulation. During the Crisis Simulation cadets worked with midshipmen and civilians to manage and solve a crisis modeled after a South China Sea scenario. This conference improved cadet understanding of the nature of modern warfare. It also helped build relationships between the United States Military Academy and the other attending schools. Cadets were able to practice communicating with their civilian counterparts and furthered their knowledge of international relations, Civil-Military Operations, and their role as future military leaders in our increasingly complex world.


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    Reed Johnson spoke to the students at New England High School about what it is like to be a cadet at USMA. Johnson spoke to the students as part of a program called the Cadet Public Relations Council. Johnson talked about what it is like attending West Point, and the traditions of the elite academy. He spoke about his daily routine and how he attends school seven months out of the year along with military training the rest of the year. During high school, Johnson set out to become a leader and always had an intention to go to the military. His leadership experience included Student Council, and Future Business Leaders of America. He also was the North Dakota Boys State Governor, and attended Boys Nation while in high school. “West Point cares a lot about your character. [The] biggest thing to do is focus on being a good person and not having any discipline issues, working hard. Having your teachers seeing you as a leader within the school, that cares about people and legitimately wants to help them,” he said. “Academics are important as well,” Johnson said. “You want to make sure you are preparing for the ACT and SAT. They also want you to stay in shape as well and they measure that through a fitness test.” Read More


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    Cadet Andrew King is the recipient of the inaugural Defender of the Nation Award. The recipient of The Defender of the Nation Award is selected from one of the nation’s military academies including Air Force Academy, The Citadel, Coast Guard Academy, Naval Academy, Norwich University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, VMI and West Point. The recipient is awarded based on exceptional leadership qualities on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The recipient must also exhibit a high standard of integrity by leading through example. Read More


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  • 12/09/16--07:00: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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    Obstacle Course Racing Team at the F.I.T. VII ChallengeThe Obstacle Course Racing Team participated in the F.I.T VII Challenge in Cumberland, RI. The race was 3.55 miles with over 1000ft in elevation change and 30 obstacles. The team competed extremely well placing at the top of both the men's and women's divisions. At the top of the men’s division were CDTs Zenger ’17, Hansen ’18 and Hill ’19 placing 3rd, 5th, and 9th respectively. At the top of the women’s division were CDTs Dodaro ’19 and Head ’17 placing 2nd and 3rd respectively for the women’s overall division. The team has grown much in strength, audacity, and cohesion this semester.


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    Fencing at the Annual Vassar Dual MeetThe Army West Point Fencing Team travelled to Vassar College to take part in the annual dual meet season opener and was the only club team invited to this all varsity team event. The Men split the day with a record of 3-5 defeating Hunter, Yeshiva and Lafayette by very close scores (14-13, 16-11, 14-13). CDT Papa ranked high for the Men in the weapon of Sabre with a record of 15-9, with cadets Pleake and Gastello rounding out the squad, which also went on to defeat Sacred Heart by a score of 7-2 (the first time West Point defeated Sacred Heart in Sabre). CDT Johnson finished at 0.500 for the Men in the weapon of Epee. The Women had one of their best days at the season opener finishing 4-2, defeating Incarnate Word, Queens College, Yeshiva and City College of NY by scores of 14-13, 18-9, 24-3, and 20-7. CDT Sun won first place as the highest finish for a woman at the competition with a record of 17-1. CDT Yang in the weapon of epee had a record of 13-4, and CDT Wiegel at 9-7 for the day. The Women’s Sabre Squad completed the day at 4-2, one of the highest finishes for a weapon, with CDT Sharpsten coming in at 15-3, CDT Peace at 11-7 and CDT Schroeder garnering a record of 9-9.


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    Visit to the West Point Recycling CenterCadets taking EV300 (Environmental Science) traveled to the West Point Recycling Center. While there, the Cadets learned from West Point Recycling Center personnel, Marvin and Roberto, about recycle operations and power generation from solar panels and a wind turbine. The Cadets gained an appreciation for what the Corps of Cadets can do to improve recycle operations which in turn may enable more MWR support to the variety of activities available on West Point.


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    CDTs Brinson '19 and Hamilton '17The Center for Enhanced Performance has named football's Kenneth Brinson and swimming and diving's Kelly Hamilton as its Corps Squad Scholars for the month of November. Kenneth Brinson consistently performs at a high level academically. So far after his plebe year he carries a 4.046 CQPA. As of today for AY17-1, CDT Brinson has a 3.90 for his grades nearing the 15-week mark. He continues to perform at the highest level while also devoting a significant time to athletics as a starter for the Army Defense at Outside Linebacker. Even though, Brinson is not required to attend the Army Football team's evening study halls, he attends every night they are offered and offers his expertise as a tutor for other players. Undoubtedly, his hard work and academic success has helped others on the team to succeed. Brinson is a defensive impact player for Army and Brinson currently has good military standing and he received a B for his MD grade at 15-week grades. Read More


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    CLD STEM Motivates Middle School StudentsThe Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM traveled to Mulberry and Largo, FL to conduct two STEM Workshops for the College for Every Student Program. In all, 79 middle school students attended the workshops to design and program “portable unmanned ground vehicles.” The students first received a presentation on the benefits of pursuing STEM education and how USMA, the Nation’s first school of engineering, teaches those skills to cadets. CDTs Horne and Chick spent the remainder of the morning assisting the students in building their “unmanned ground vehicles.” The afternoon witnessed the students attempting to navigate an obstacle course. Small prizes were awarded to the most exceptional students.


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    CDT Jacob Fong '17Senior Jacob Fong of the Army West Point men's cross country team has been named to the Patriot League All-Academic team, announced by the organization on Wednesday. Voting was conducted by the league's 10 cross country sports information contacts who could not vote for their own student-athletes. The Saginaw, MI native is an International Relations and Chinese major at the academy and holds a 3.637 grade-point average. This year he helped the Black Knights earn second place at the Patriot League Championships, where he finished eighth (25:08.0) in a field of 106 runners. This is the highest Army has scored since 2008. Read More


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    I play football at Army. I am part of a brotherhood. A family. I am brothers not only with my teammates, but also with every Army player who came before me. We are playing for them at the same time we are playing for each other. We bleed together on the football field before we bleed together on the battlefield. That’s not just talk. That’s very real. A West Point graduate, Maj. Andrew D. Byers, was killed in action last month in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Everybody who goes to a service academy knows the stakes. But I never thought I would lose one of my brothers while we were still at school together — while we were still teammates. West Point prepares you for many things, but not for something like that. It was Sunday morning, September 11. It was sunny and warm and I was feeling good. No, scratch that. We were feeling good. We had just beaten Rice 31–14 the day before in our home-opener. Army was 2–0 for the first time in 20 years. And as I walked up the hill to Michie Stadium for practice that morning, my mind was already turning to UTEP, our next opponent. Practices the day after a game are normally pretty intense. Our day off is Monday, so we try to go hard on Sunday. We’re only in helmets, but we get after it. Something was different this time, though. Instead of going straight to lift before our team meeting, our coaches told us to go to the auditorium — Coach Monken wanted to talk to us. I took my seat in the meeting room along with the rest of the guys. Something was up, but we had no idea what. Read More


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    "I was a child and she was a child, in this kingdom by the sea, but we loved with a love that was more than love, I and my Annabel Lee." Those are words from a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. It's also the favorite poem of Edgar Allen Poe – Army West Point's wide receiver of the same name as the famous poet. There are a few similarities between these two men. Both have showcased their creative side, both have written impressive poems and probably the biggest similarity is that both attended the United States Military Academy. Poe the poet never graduated. But one of Army's best receivers in recent years will graduate with a degree in law and legal studies. The past Poe is the current Poe's favorite poet, and those poems have truly inspired the senior in his own works of art. "The beauty of how poetic Annabel Lee is and the underlying message behind it is absolutely genius," Poe said. "That's kind of why I like Edgar Allan Poe. He has all these abstract kind of ideas and it makes you think a little bit more than just what may be seen at face value." Read More


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    Army Navy Spirit Lunch - Sub Smashing 2016The Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA, is ready to kickoff at 3 p.m. on CBS as the Black Knights take on the Midshipmen in Baltimore on Saturday. Click here to see photos from the Spirit Lunch.

    In addition to the national broadcast, the game can be heard on the Army Sports Network and on the TuneIn App. Read More


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    Cadet Austin Lachance '17Prior to his sophomore year Austin Lachance had no knowledge of videography, had never edited film and had zero experience with production. Fast forward two years and Lachance is the Corps’ first-ever Brigade Video Captain, a leadership position he helped create, and has taken the Army-Navy spirit season to the next level. Lachance is determined to inspire his peers and other Army fans through video, ultimately spearheading the day when, not if, Army beats Navy.

    It all started with a good idea - Prior to the Army-Navy game of 2014, Lachance came up with an idea for a spirit video. Problem was, all he had was an idea. After talking to Cadets (now graduates) Cameron Novak and Tessa Knight, Lachance was able to put his idea into action. Novak had the equipment and editing know-how while Knight had the creativity and production capabilities to facilitate Lachance’s proposal. After coordinating multiple entities, trial and error, and numerous man hours, “A Secret and Dangerous Spirit Mission” was born. Full Story»


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    Attorney General Lynch Speaks with Cadets“At a time when rhetoric and ideology divide us, and bitterness and mistrust tear at the fabric of our democracy, we need you to model service to a larger cause. We need you to remind us that our responsibility as Americans is to promote the welfare of all our people; to protect the vulnerable and the weak; and to ensure that the nation we leave for our children is better than the one our parents inherited. We need you to bring us back to the heart of our greatness, the beauty of our different voices, paths and faces coming together as one people. We need you to remind us of what we have achieved together, in the early motto of this great country: E pluribus unum. Out of many, one.”—Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch speaking at West Point. Read More


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    CDT Brendan Soucie '20Led by freshman forward Brendan Soucie, the Army West Point hockey team dominated Holy Cross 8-1 on Saturday. Soucie recorded his first career hat trick as the Black Knights scored the most goals since the 2010 season. Army improved to 9-6-1 on the year and 9-4-0 in Atlantic Hockey. The Black Knights completed the sweep on the weekend which gave them sole possession of the top spot in the league with 18 points. The eight goals scored tonight, was the most by the Cadets since defeating AIC 8-6 in 2010. Soucie's hat trick was Army's first since the 2013 season by Maurice Alvarez. Conor Andrle, Tipper Higgins, Ryan Nick, Zach Evancho and Dalton MacAfee were the Black Knight's goal scorers in game two of the series against the Crusaders. Apart from Soucie, MacAfee also netted multiple goals in the contest. Brendan McGuire had a team-high two assists on the night as 14 Cadets contributed in tonight's scoring efforts. Parker Gahagen made 31 saves in the contest and allowed just one. Read More


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