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    Fly Fishing Club Manchester, VT TripTwelve cadets went on a Fly Fishing Club trip to Manchester, VT, highlighted with some academic activity. They had opportunity to fish on the Battenkill, the Roaring Branch, and several ponds, many caught their first fish on a fly rod. Experienced fishers trained and inspired newer members, all enjoyed wonderful scenery and weather. Leigh and Julie Oliva, longtime supporters of the club, hosted the group. Mr. Oliva coordinated a private tour of the Orvis Rod Factory, where the cadets saw many Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) applications in use. The factory’s lead systems and mechanical engineers gave the tour, focusing on the engineering design process, such as; fiber selection, resins and curing, component shapes, and numerical control machines. Cadets learned the Orvis factory contributed to the WWII effort by making bamboo ski poles for the 10th Mountain Division.


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    CDT Abby Halbrook '19Cow Abby Halbrook of the Army West Point women's cross country team was named Patriot League Runner of the Week following her performance at the Army-Navy Star Meet presented by USAA on Saturday morning. Halbrook was the overall champion of the meet, completing the course with a time of 19:33.8. The Tyler, Texas native helped the team to break Navy's six-meet winning streak. Her winning time, following Bethany Nunnery's individual victory last season, marked the first time since 2003-2004 that Army has had back-to-back individual star wins. Army returns to action Oct. 28, as the team heads to Bethlehem, Pa., for the Patriot League Championships.


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    Head of the British Staff visits USMABG James Carr-Smith, British Military Attaché and Head of the British Staff in the US, visited USMA. During his visit, he ate with cadets in the mess hall, toured the campus, and gave a lecture on the future of NATO and Brexit to a group of 50 cadets. BG Carr-Smith spoke in depth about the importance of the British-American Alliance and the reemerging threat Russia poses to NATO. Following his lecture, he had dinner at the Thayer hotel with a small group of SOSH faculty. BG Carr-Smith enjoyed his visit and the cadets who interacted with him benefited from his perspective.


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    CDT Jake Gigliotti '20Yearling running back Jake Gigliotti of the Army West Point sprint football team was named the Collegiate Sprint Football League Offensive Player of the Week, the organization announced Tuesday. Gigliotti led the Black Knights to a 52-12 victory over Chestnut Hill on senior night, posting his first-career 100-yard rushing game. The Yorba Linda, Calif., native amassed a season-high 182 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns. He totaled 216 all-purpose yards, becoming the first Cadet in 2017 to eclipse the 200-yard mark in a single game. The Black Knights return to action Saturday for a noon kickoff at Mansfield.


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    Cadets Visit Museum Village in MonroeCPT Salinas, CPT Villanueva and five cadets from Phi Alpha Theta conducted a trip to Museum Village in Monroe, NY to restore and refinish a log cabin dating from the 1770s. The log cabin had previously been used by a soldier at West Point and was later moved to Monroe and rebuilt. Miss Dawn Elliot, a local reenactor, guided the cadets through applying insecticide and wax sealant to preserve the structure's original wood.


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    Firstie John Valeri of the Army West Point men's cross country team and firstie middle blocker Carolyn Bockrath of the Army West Point volleyball team were named the Army West Point Athletic Association Co-Athletes of the Week following their outstanding performances against Navy on Saturday. Valeri was the overall champion of the meet, completing the course with a time of 23:11.20, averaging just under five minutes per mile. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/L5QrNdznuM4. He has led the way for the Black Knights all season as the top finisher in their meets to date. The Pembroke, Mass., native was the first Army runner to take the top overall spot in the race since 2013, leading the team to break a three-meet Navy winning streak. Bockrath posted 4.60 kills per set on the weekend with 23 kills in both matches leading Army to two thrilling five-set victories against Lehigh and Navy. She recorded just three errors across 10 sets for a .462 hitting percentage. She produced a career-high eight blocks against Navy. Read More


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    Parliamentary Debate Tournament at BUThe Parliamentary Debate Tournament at Boston University marked the second competition of the season for the USMA Speech and Parliamentary Debate team. The tournament was hosted on an invitational basis by Boston University, USMA entered two teams into the tournament. After four rounds of debate, both teams managed to achieve winning records of 3-1, defeating teams from Yale, Harvard, Tufts, Smith College and other elite institutions. After the competition, they enjoyed an educational trip through downtown Boston, visiting Boston Harbor and other historical sites of early American History. The tournament provided vital experience for the novice teams, helped the varsity team members develop mentorship and coaching abilities, and proved to be an overall great team bonding experience.

    Photo: Kalista Schauer leading off the first debate as Prime Minster


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    CIE Support the PMCCS Strategic OffsiteCadets Leo Milman and Joseph Anderson along with LTC Novoselich provided key leaders from Project Manager Close Combat Systems (PMCCS) with a glimpse of how cadet capstone projects within the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) are providing value back to the Army. COL Slater, the project manager for close combat systems started the session by providing the cadets with a brief orientation to the Army’s acquisition process and the PMCCS portfolio. LTC Novoselich reciprocated with a brief overview of the Center for Innovation and Engineering (CIE) and recent weapons related cadet projects. Milman followed with an overview of his team’s ARDEC-sponsored MK47 Abrams tank mount project. Anderson then discussed his team’s SOCOM inspired, ARDEC-sponsored fire-fighting projectile project. COL Slater closed the session by allowing the cadets an opportunity to ask questions of the PMCCS leadership to gain greater insight into Army leadership and the professional life of practicing engineers. The session was a part of PMCCS’s annual strategic offsite. This was the first time that PMCCS has held the event at West Point.


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  • 10/19/17--07:05: Dr. Frey Lectures Cadets
  • Dr. David Frey, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, lectured to cadets in the History of the Military Art, on Operation Barbarossa and Nazi Ideology. Dr. Frey debunked the myth of the “clean Wehrmacht” and the notion that the Nazis’ war against the Jews was separate from the war against the Soviets. He explained how the deaths of tens of millions of Slavs was part of Nazi war planning, and how the German Army had transformed into an organization capable of issuing criminal orders and encouraging patently criminal behavior.


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    Ambassador Laskaris Visits with CadetsAmbassador (AMB) Alexander Laskaris visited MAJ Bergman's Modern Africa class and Mr. Melkon's Sub-Saharan African Geography class. AMB Laskaris has held several diplomatic positions across Africa, including service as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea from 2012-15. Since January 2016, he has worked as the Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, United States Africa Command. AMB Laskaris's discussion with cadets centered around longstanding tensions between agricultural and nomadic interests in Africa, as well as the utility and limitations of American soft and hard power in the region. He also offered personalized feedback and suggestions for each cadet’s respective research paper topic.


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    EECS Cadets attend 2017 Grace Hopper Conference Eight cadets, along with faculty co-OICs Dr. Huang and Dr. Matthews attended the 2017 Grace Hopper Conference in Orlando, FL. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) cadets who attended the conference were CDTs Whisnant, Harris, Johnson, Anderson, Rivera, Ziccarello, Steele, and Ho. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest consortium of women in computing in the world. It is named in honor of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, inventor of the compiler, and an early pioneer in many aspects of computing. This year’s conference had over 18,000 attendees, the largest conference yet. At the conference, you learn about the newest technologies, and attend talks given by famous academics, researchers and CEOs. This year’s keynotes included those by Dr. Fei-Fei Li, Melinda Gates, Debbie Sterling, and Dr. Mary Spio. The conference is presented by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Anita Borg Institute, and is sponsored by many of the giants of the tech world, including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, IBM, Cisco, Intel, DropBox, Yahoo! and LinkedIn.


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    CTC Hosts Special Agent PaarmannThe Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) was honored to host the FBI’s C. Bryan Paarmann for a day of engagements. Paarmann, who is the special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division for the New York field office, received a briefing from the CTC team, ate lunch with cadets in the Mess Hall, and guest lectured to Terrorism Studies cadets.


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    Golf Closes Fall Slate at UTEP InvitationalThe Army West Point golf team is in El Paso, Texas, to participate in the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Invitational, hosted by Texas-El Paso.

    The three-day event, which begins today and run through Sunday, will be held at Butterfield Trail Golf Club in El Paso, Texas, and will be played on a Par-72 course. The teams will play 18 holes on each day with tees times beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday's final round will begin in a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. Read More


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    ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Fall 2017 Conference Faculty from the Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering (GEnE) participated in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Mid-Atlantic Section Fall 2017 Conference at Penn State Berks in Reading, PA. The conference began with interactive workshops on preparing students for research and effective peer evaluation of teamwork. Guest speakers of the conference included Dr. Terpenny, Dr. Delattre, and Dr. Hillkirk. CPT Martinez presented GEnE faculty research, titled “An Environmental Engineering Sequence: Deliberately Addressing and Evaluating Environmental Attitudes and Knowledge” which was a collaborative effort between the authors including CPT Martinez, CPT Ouellette, CPT Plante, LTC Wallen, and COL Starke. The paper was accepted by the peer review process for inclusion in the conference proceedings.


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    CDT Myles Conlin '20Members of the Army West Point men's tennis team competed in the main draw of the ITA East Regionals competition at Yale University. Four Black Knights represented Army in today's matches, including firsties Michael Nguyen and Gregory Shannon, along with yearlings Myles Conlin and plebe Dylan Simonsen. Michael Nguyen and Gregory Shannon opened play for Army in the doubles main draw. The pair fought hard against Quinnipiac's Alex Stern and Kyle Alper, but lost in two sets, 6-8, 6-7. Myles Conlin and Dylan Simonsen clinched their first victory as a doubles team in the ITA East Regionals. They won 6-8, 6-7 over St. Peter's John Oxner and Piotr Sowinski. Matches will resume 10/20 with Conlin and Simonsen facing Fairfield's Jeffrey Rodgers and William Font in the second round of doubles. Michael Nguyen will also take part in the singles draw against Lehigh's Harry Wang.


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    Cadets attend Military and Politics ConferenceCadets Samuel Gordner, Justin Jang, Cameran Hymel, Tyler Stansbury, Miranda Bass, Christopher Wilson, and Jonathan Dombrowski attended the Military and Politics conference at the United States Naval Academy. The speaker series included a full day of panels and presentations including addresses from ADM Michael Mullen, Dr. Kori Schake, and GEN Colin L. Powell addressing the contemporary challenges of the military-political relationship.


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  • 10/20/17--08:41: On Point: A Swimmer Inspired
  • CDT Sean Paul Stolarski '21Very few people can claim that they know an Olympian, let alone a gold medalist. However, Sean Paul Stolarski of the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team grew up with one in his family. His grandmother won a gold medal in the 1948 Olympic Games in London and her remarkable story has been used to inspire many young swimmers, including Stolarski.

    For more on Stolarski and his grandmother's story, Click here.


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    NY District Orientation and Harbor Inspection Tour 30 cadets from “Water Resources Planning and Design” went to New York Harbor to learn about the mission, capabilities, and operations of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New York District. COL Asbery (Commander and District Engineer) oriented the cadets to the organization at the district’s facility at Caven Point, NJ, and then led the group on an inspection of New York Harbor aboard one of the district’s drift collection vessels. Throughout the visit, cadets and district representatives discussed USACE support to military construction and civil works projects, particularly those regarding navigation and coastal protection.


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    Men's Rugby 2017The Army West Point men's rugby team defeated Kutztown, 51-32, Saturday afternoon in Pennsylvania to clinch their fourth Rugby East victory of the season. Army improved to 4-1 in conference play, while Kutztown dropped to 6-2 on the season. This marks the third year the Black Knights have posted over 30 points against the Golden Bears. Firstie Jon Kim posted 16 points on 5 conversions, and two penalty kicks. Raaqim Rispress documented his fourth try of the 15s season. Read More


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    Cadets visit the Tuck School of BusinessCadets along with CPT Borland visited The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College to engage with graduate students, USMA Alumni, and the Tuck Veteran’s Group. Cadets attended graduate-level courses and discussed future career opportunities with both active and reserve service members. Furthermore, they gained a better understanding of the relevance their management education has towards their future roles as commissioned leaders of character.


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