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    Hockey 2017The Army West Point hockey team will be featured on TSN Hockey three times this winter with additional coverage yet to be added after the new year. Formed in 2009 in partnership with USA Hockey, College Hockey, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Division I men's college hockey to prospective players and fans through extensive marketing and informational efforts. The entity is operated under the auspices of a 12-member Board of Directors and works closely with the commissioners, coaching staffs and administrators of the 60 programs and six conferences that sponsor Division I hockey. "Our comprehensive broadcast partnership with TSN will once again make it possible for NCAA hockey fans in Canada to follow their favorite teams and players throughout the season," said College Hockey Inc. Executive Director Mike Snee. "Close to 30% of NCAA players are Canadian, many of whom will be playing in the NHL in the future or representing Canada in the Olympics, World Juniors or other international tournaments." TSN's expanded coverage of NCAA hockey is available for live streaming and on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers through TSN GO. Nine games this season have already been made available on TSN GO. Read More


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  • 11/16/17--07:28: Senior Seminar Trip to DC
  • Senior Seminar Trip to DCCadets taking Dr. McGowan's Senior Seminar in Advanced Literary Studies, traveled to Washington D.C. where they explored "Migration Arts" at three primary sites: the National Museum of the American Indian, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Museum of African-American History & Culture. Cadets presented their work at the museums, and in the evening conducted primary research at one Indian and one Ethiopian restaurant.


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    Fire Science Independent StudyCadet Danny Gray ’18 conducted baseline fire science experiments at the West Point Fire Department (WPFD) Draeger Training Site. Danny is completing an Independent Study project on novel fire suppressant chemical formulations intended for deployment in a developmental canister round that would allow warfighters and fire fighters to extinguish small fires with standoff distances approaching 100 meters. Chief Keith Thomas of the WPFD assisted Danny in the design and initiation of a small, controlled, enclosure fire. The data collected (mass, temperature, flame height) will be used as a baseline for subsequent tests. Danny is working with a Mechanical Engineering Capstone Team that is focused on developing the deployment system and cargo round that would disperse the suppressant on a small, early development, enclosure fire. The team is being supported by Dr. Weinschenk, a renowned fire scientist at Underwriter Laboratories.


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    Convection Heat Transfer LaboratoryCadets enrolled in Heat Transfer conducted a convection laboratory. In the laboratory, cadets were provided thermocouples and other associated laboratory measurement equipment and had to determine the length of four different tubes – 2 made from copper piping and 2 from polyethylene. Hot water was pumped through the tubing which was within an ice bath and exited at a cooler temperature, posing the boundary conditions for this convection heat transfer problem. COL Van Poppel served as a guest lead for the event which is popular amongst the students for increasing their understanding of this important category of heat flows.


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  • 11/16/17--11:02: Branch Night Class of 2018
  • Branch Night Class of 2018The calendar shows that it is a week from Thanksgiving, but Branch Night for the Class of 2018, held on Wednesday evening in Eisenhower Hall, rather had the vibe of Christmas. Approximately 1,000 firsties nervously packed the lower auditorium by cadet company, hoping that the envelopes they were about to receive from their “Old St. TAC” contained the branch insignia they had placed on their wish list. View Photos

    “Everyone in E-4 is anxious,” said CDT Jack Wedholm ’18 of Company E-4. “Personally, I can’t wait.” Click to see branch allocation numbers and Full Story»


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  • 11/17/17--08:32: Dean's Hour WWI Discussion
  • Dean's Hour WWI DiscussionThe History Department hosted Dr. Monique Seefried and Mr. Rod Frazer for lunch and a Dean's Hour discussion about WWI with cadets participating in the World War One in Literature and Memory Staff ride. Dr. Seefried is a commissioner on the WWI Centennial Commission, and discussed her views on fading American memory of the Great War and the forthcoming National WWI Memorial in Washington, DC. Mr. Frazer, who received a Silver Star as a tank platoon leader in Korea, discussed not only his experiences in Korea, but also elaborated why he had a memorial built near the Croix Rouge Farm in France, where his father was wounded fighting as a member of the 42nd Division. The cadets present for this discussion took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the National WWI Memorial in Washington, DC.


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    Branch Night 2018The waiting is finally over.

    One night to find out my path for the next five to eight years.

    Will it be infantry, ordnance, signal corps, or one of the other 14 options.

    How will I feel? Happy, disappointed, emotional.

    Will all of my 41 months' worth of intense academic, physical and military training be worth it?

    These are the thoughts that run through a firsties' mind walking into Eisenhower Hall in mid-November for one of the most anticipated night while at the United States Military Academy.

    Branch Night. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/3jwi5mOhzmI.

    Every year the senior class assembles in the auditorium, where the class president and military personnel briefly speak about the importance of the evening in relation to the future officers' chosen profession in the Army.


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    Cadets Visit Fort Ticonderoga and the Saratoga National BattlefieldCadets and faculty participated in the History Department’s annual staff ride to Fort Ticonderoga and the Saratoga National Battlefield. Forty cadets, many of them prospective history majors, toured Fort Ticonderoga and Saratoga to learn about the decisive 1777 Saratoga Campaign during which the Continental Army and militia defeated a British expedition in northern New York. After flying to Fort Ticonderoga on NJ Army National Guard UH-60s, the cadets and accompanying faculty explored the fort and discussed military aspects of the campaign, including battlefield leadership, logistics, and the effects of terrain on operations. The following day, the group drove to the Saratoga Battlefield to analyze the September 19 and October 7, 1777 battles.


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    LTC(P) Oxendine, Associate Professor, and LTC Wright, Academy Professor, both from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering Department’s Geospatial Information Science (GIS) Program, won the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF) Essay Challenge for 2017. The challenge was open to all universities accredited by USGIF and posed the question “If you were given dedicated access to an NVIDIA GPU-powered supercomputer, what problems could you solve?” The essay challenge attracts thought leaders from USGIF’s accredited programs to address issues that strengthen national and global security.


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    77th Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner DanceFaculty from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering took three Cadets to the 77th Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner Dance sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) – New York City Post at the Grand Hyatt. 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 awarded over 200 academic scholarships (over 25 presented at the banquet) to students from over 75 universities from across the country. The three Cadets attending the event were each awarded a $500 scholarship for their exemplary character, academic, military and physical performance as the top cadet ranked by Quality Process Analyst Certification (CQPA) in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Systems Engineering.


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    Coach MonkenArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken was announced as a 2017 semifinalist for the George Munger Award by the Maxwell Football Club for national coach of the year. The list includes a field of 16 candidates for the award who have been selected by the MFC National Selection Committee. Monken has led the Black Knights to an 8-2 record this season and Army is currently riding a six-game winning streak heading into its clash with North Texas on Saturday. It is the longest winning streak for the Cadets since the 1996 season. The Black Knights have won eight games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1984 and 1985. Monken has guided Army to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in more than 30 years. The Black Knights went 2-10 in 2015 and since that season, Army has won 16-of-23 games, and has beaten Air Force and Navy during that stretch. Semifinalist voting for the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year award will begin on Friday, Nov. 17 and close on Monday, Dec. 11. The finalist round will include the top three coaches as selected in the semifinalist round. Finalist voting will open Dec. 12 and run until Dec. 26. The winner will be announced Dec. 27. Read More


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    Cadets Help Remodel Veteran HomesThe Society of American Military Engineers Cadet Club traveled to Yonkers, NY to participate and support the Habitat for Humanity efforts towards remodeling a multi-family home for veterans. Club members helped moving appliances into the upstairs unit, painted the entry hallway, removed an old electrical panel, and completed some masonry work. Participation in this event enabled enrichment of West Point’s interaction with the greater New York City area as well demonstrates the close relationship between West Point and local communities in support of our veterans.


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    Novogratz, Galaxy IP CEO Lectures CadetsThe Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations hosted Mr. Michael Novogratz, the CEO of Galaxy IP. Galaxy is in the ground stages of a $500M capital raise to open the world’s largest investment fund in crypto-currencies. Mr. Novogratz lectured to the students of, the Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa. He talked about the competing sides of macro/micro investments in the economies of African countries. He also explained how a crypto-currency protected by the power of Blockchaining could help to alleviate the rampant destructive effects of corruption and bad-governance in many of the Africa countries. He also spoke of his recent travels to the African continent and experiences on the board of his sister’s Acumen Fund. Acumen’s “Patient Capital” approach invests heavily in African small business and has great success in promoting economic and political reform in its target countries.


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    Cadets attend Our Soldiers Speak GalaCadets who participated in the Israel through the Lens of Law and Policy Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) were invited to the first annual Our Soldiers Speak Gala in New York City. The cadets interacted and listened to keynote talks given by Mr. Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Major General Peled, Commander of the Israeli National Police Counter Terror Unit and Academy, Colonel Kemp, Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, and Mr. Anthony, Founder of Our Soldiers Speak & The Miryam Institute. This event focused on discussing the unique and complex policy issues confronting Israel from a regional and global perspective. Cadets Emmanuel Arellano, Mackenzie Clark, Austin Neal, Carlos Rodriguez, Hannah Fairfield, Amber Withrow, Jacob Albrecht, and Gene Maslink were accompanied by CPT Leydet to the event.


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    Cadets Host Project Director Soldier Systems & IntegrationDepartment of Systems Engineering faculty and cadets hosted members of Project Director Soldier Systems and Integration (PD SSI), part of Product Manager Soldier Warrior (PM SWAR), PEO Soldier. PM SWAR has an interest in developing a long-term agreement and capacity at West Point to focus on experimentation, research, and analysis that informs their materiel acquisition programs for Soldier equipment. Cadets Tim Young, Peter Jaros, Aaron Gilliam, and Matthew Park, advised by LTC Evangelista, provided a briefing on “Improved Measures and Methods to Assess the Effects of Soldier Load”. Cadets Jeremy Mortensen, Brook Solheim, Shane Ko, and Seamus Hurley, advised by MAJ Hughes, provided a briefing on a “Total Value Model for Soldier Materiel Solutions”. The PD SSI team also visited DMI’s engagement skills trainer where the load effects team intends to develop measures that examine the impact of load on marksmanship and weapon employment. In support of experimentation and analysis, PD SSI provided DSE with the most current body armor, the modular scalable vest, as well as the improved outer tactical vest with a complete complement of Kevlar plates and fully weighted accessory equipment that replicates the Soldier System Dismounted Baseline load.


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    The American Society of Engineering Management Club hosted its first lunch panel in the series “I’m graduating with a major from the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE), now what?” Over fifty cadets attended as well as several faculty members. SGM Schlegel, from the USM Band provided an overview of the Army’s Lean Six Sigma (LSS) process improvement program as well as the work the West Point LSS team is accomplishing across the Garrison. LTC Richards, the ASEM Club OIC discussed the ASEM Society certification opportunities, the Certified Associate in Engineering Management (CAEM) and Certified Professional in Engineering Management (CPEM). Club CIC Cory Hazelbaker discussed upcoming trip section and lunch opportunities.


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    CTC Cadets Visit New York CityForty-six cadets in the Combating Terrorism Center’s Terrorism Studies minor traveled to New York City. At the first event, they received a personalized tour of the 9/11 Museum and Memorial, followed by a trip to the Freedom Tower and its Observation Deck. After lunch, cadets heard from the Indian police officer in charge of the response to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack by Lashkar-e-Taiba. After lunch, Robert Matticola, head of Homeland Security for the New York/New Jersey Waterway, reserved an entire ferry to give cadets a tour of maritime terror targets on the Hudson River before they departed for West Point.


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    Winant Scholars Visit FDR LibraryThe Winant Scholars continued their study of U.S.-U.K. relations during WWII during their trip to the FDR Library. Cadets spent several hours combing through primary source documents in the archives as they prepare for their Project's Day presentation on the legacy of Ambassador John G. Winant. The cadets also toured President Roosevelt's home and spent time in the museum, learning more about the man that appointed AMB Winant and his approach to U.S.-U.K. relations.


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    CDT Jordan Fox '19Cow Jordan Fox led four cadet-athletes in double-digits for the Army West Point men's basketball team as the Black Knights earned a 94-73 road victory at Marist. Fox finished at 11-of-16 from the floor, 9-of-11 from behind-the-arc and 2-of-2 from the free throw line to register a game and career-high 33 points. Both his field-goals made and 3-point field goals made were career bests. His nine treys also matched the program record, which has now been achieved on four different occasions. It was the first time a Black Knight drained nine since Jarell Brown '08 did so on Jan. 2, 2008 in a game against Brown. Fox closed out his night with five rebounds, five assists and one steal. Fox's 30-point performance was Army's first since Tanner Plomb '16 tallied 31 in a 103-98 overtime victory against Gardner-Webb on Nov. 28, 2015 Also reaching twin figures was Tommy Funk, Luke Morrison and Matt Wilson. Funk matched his career-best effort with 16 points in the game, while Morrison and Wilson chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively. Read More


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    Annual US-Canada Relations TripThe Domestic Affairs Forum traveled to Canada for their annual US-Canada Relations trip, courtesy of the Consulate General of Canada- New York. Cadets received numerous briefings from Global Affairs Canada, NORTHCOM, members of Parliament, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Highlights include a reception hosted by Deputy Ambassador Elizabeth Aubin, meetings with Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrew Leslie, a tour of Parliament, and a day at the Royal Military College in Kingston.


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