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    Black and Gold Leadership Forum Hosts Tom Shull '73Firsties and faculty from West Point's Black and Gold Leadership Forum hosted Mr. Tom Shull '73, the CEO and Director of the Army & Air Force Exchange and former Behavioral Sciences and Leadership (BS&L) instructor. With over $8 Billion in sales AAFES is presently the 53rd largest retailer in the United States. As the first civilian to serve as AAFES CEO Mr. Shull has been instrumental in improving AAFES profitability and operations. Additionally, Mr. Shull has focused extensively on the hiring of wounded warriors and military spouses – all lessons he shared with cadets.


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    CDT Janae McNeal '18Firstie Janae McNeal of the Army West Point women's basketball team was tabbed the Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday afternoon. McNeal received her first career weekly honor after shining against American, the Patriot League's top team, scoring a career and game-high 28 points on 11-of-21 (52%) shooting. The 28 points was the most scored by a Cadet in a game since Feb. 4, 2017 and was the second 20-point performance in her career. The firstie guard also corralled a season-best nine rebounds and dished out six assists. The Spotsylvania, Va., native has reached double-figure scoring in each of her previous three outings, while shooting the ball at a 48-percent clip. On the season, she is averaging 8.1 points, 4.3 boards and a team-best 2.9 assists per contest. McNeal and the Black Knights return to the court on Wednesday night when they welcome Lafayette to Christl Arena for a 7 p.m. league tilt. Read More


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    CDTs Renee Poirier '19 and Lacey Swafford '20Cow Renee Poirier and yearling Lacey Swafford of the Army West Point softball team earned Preseason All-Patriot League honors, while the Black Knights were picked to finish third on Wednesday afternoon. For Poirier, this is her second preseason all-league honor after receiving the recognition last year, while Swafford picks up her first preseason accolade. "It's great to see our team represented by Lacey and Renee on the league level," head coach Michelle DePolo said. "Both of them have proven to be among the top in the Patriot League so it's humbling to have them recognized." Poirier posted a team-best 2.19 earned run average a season ago in 150.1 innings of work. That ERA was the third-lowest in the Patriot League among pitchers who made more than 30 appearances on the season. In 32 appearances, she tallied 14 wins and 15 complete games with four shutouts. She fanned 78 batters and totaled five saves during her time in the circle. Her standout season led her to being named NFCA Third Team All-Region. Read More


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  • 02/08/18--06:39: International Cadet Reunion
  • International Cadet Reunion Officers from Taiwan came to West Point to support one of their International cadets and enjoy a dinner with the cadet's sponsor family, LTC(s) Ray and Mindy Kimball. At dinner, Major Ching '08 (now serving in DC for the Taiwan Army) reminisced about classes and remembered that he had LTC Mindy Kimball as his "Dirt P" for EV203. LTC Kimball checked some old files and found a wonderful photo of CDT Ching's whole section, which happened to be her first semester as a cow rotator at West Point. It was a delightful coincidence that the Kimball family now sponsors a cadet from Taiwan, and the heart-felt appreciation was even more meaningful with the "Dirt" memories. Now Major Ching, and now LTC Kimball took a photo together for old time's sake as they enjoyed a meal in Highland Falls. It just so happens that the EV203 photo occurred the morning after a large boulder destroyed the stairs behind the "lost 50s" barracks.


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    CDT Margaret Anne Hubbell '18The Army West Point women's basketball team defeated Lafayette 48-39 in a Patriot League tilt on Wednesday night at Christl Arena. Madison Hovren and Janae McNeal both extended their double-digit scoring streaks to four games in the win over the Leopards (8-14, 4-8 Patriot League). Hovren posted a game-high 15 points to go with a game-high 16 rebounds and two steals, while McNeal added 11 in the scoring column and a pair of steals. Margaret Anne Hubbell started her second career game for Army (12-11, 5-7 Patriot League) and chipped in with seven points and 10 rebounds. Read More


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  • 02/08/18--06:51: Pipes and Drums at RMC
  • Pipes and Drums at RMC West Point Pipes & Drums and Celtic Dancers traveled to the Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston, Canada to conduct a joint workshop and performance. Both bands and dance troupes performed between the intermissions at the annual hockey game in Tate Rink between both schools. The performance was excellent and a great joy for the crowd at the game.


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    CDTs Johnny Surdick '19 and David Symmes '18Johnny Surdick and David Symmes of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team have been recognized as Inside Lacrosse Preseason DI Media All-Americans. Surdick was voted to the second team, while Symmes was given an Honorable Mention nod. Surdick, a cow defender, earns the honor after being named the Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Last season, the Odenton, Md., native led the Black Knights with 1.93 caused turnovers per game to rank him 16th nationally. Symmes, a midfielder from Fairfax Station, Va., will be back for his firstie season after leading the Black Knights with three game-winning goals. He was second on the team in points with 35 on 25 goals and 10 assists. The Black Knights kick off their season with a three-game home stand at Michie Stadium. Tickets are now available for the upcoming season and can be purchased through the Army Ticket Office.


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    Cadets Visit Site Survey of Sichuan EarthquakeCPT Daniel led a section of four firsties and one yearling on a site survey of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake site. Cadets interacted with locals and surveyed the ground to develop situational awareness of how the People's Liberation Army (PLA) responded in a disaster management/humanitarian assistance role, information that will be useful in their capstone project. Cadets also had the opportunity to engage in cultural and linguistic immersion.


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    Nordic Ski at the Clarkson Carnival Nordic RacesNine members of the Army West Point Nordic Ski Team participated in the Clarkson Carnival Nordic Races at the Olympic Sports Complex Cross-Country & Biathlon Center in Lake Placid NY. The event, part of the ECSC (Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference) season, was scheduled to include two days of Nordic racing: Saturday's races were 15K Mass Start Skiathlon competitions (2 laps classic, 2 laps skate), and Sunday's race would be a Mass Start Skate Sprint Relay. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate, and due to rain Saturday night, the snow on the course melted, so Sunday's race was cancelled. Peter Elmlinger '19 secured the highest finish for the team in the men's race on Saturday, completing the 15k in 1:47:35. Finishing close behind were his 4 teammates Tyler Stansbury '19 (2:00:09); Lucas Purdy '21 (2:13:27); Matthew Hopwood '20 (2:52:24; and John Erskine '20 (2: 52:40). These times gave Army finishes at 51st, 53rd, 54th, 55th, and 56th places respectively. In the women's race, Dorothy Dennis '20 was Army's standout finisher, with a time of 2:19:46 for the 15k distance. Following Dennis were Kathryn Hilbert '20 (2:48:00) and Birgit-ta Anderson '19 (2:52:00). Tina Le '19 did not complete the race due to a fall, but was not injured. This was the first event of the season for the team consisting of many novice skiers. They showed grit and determination, and look to build on this performance.


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    CDTs Calli McMullen '20 and Bonvie Fosam '21The Army West Point women's track and field team has earned two Patriot League Athlete of the Week honors. Yearling Calli McMullen earned the female track athlete of the week for her League-leading finishes in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes, while plebe Bonvie Fosam was selected as the female field athlete of the week, after posting the best triple jump in the Patriot League this season. These honors come after an incredible performance by the team at the annual Army-Navy Star Series meet on Saturday, Feb.3, where the Cadets defeated the Midshipmen, 94.5-86.5. Competing at the Army-Navy Star Meet, McMullen won the 60-meter dash with personal-best and an ECAC qualifying time of 7.59 seconds. She also won the 200-meter dash with another ECAC qualifying time of 24.68 seconds. She leads the Patriot League in both events this season. This marks McMullen's second M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week honor this season. Read More


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    NYPD Trains Law Enforcement Tactics ClubThe NYPD’s Disorder Control Unit (DSU) and Strategic Response Group (SRG) hosted a training event for 22 Law Enforcement Tactics Club (LETC) members and newly branched Military Police (MP) firsties at their training center in the Bronx. Cadets received instruction and went through rifle drills leading up to scenario-based training using simunition rounds. Upon completion of training, the NYPD trainers allowed the cadets to create scenarios and had their officers run through them. The cadets were motivated and many expressed that this was the best trip section they had been on. Captain Miller and his crew from the NYPD went above and beyond what was expected, providing world-class training and an experience the cadets will never forget.


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  • 02/09/18--07:39: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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    Women's Handball Competes in San FranciscoThe Army-West Point Women’s Team Handball traveled to San Francisco California to compete against teams from around the country and Canada. The Army-West Point Black team beat the Vancouver team, and overall took 5th in the tournament. The entire team played well over the weekend, with Army Black players KiAnna Duncan and Morgan Morris leading in goals.


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    Army Baseball 2018The Patriot League announced Thursday that the Army West Point baseball team was projected fifth in the 2018 preseason poll. Bucknell was tabbed first with six-first place votes and 43 overall points. Navy came in second with four first-place nods and 38 points. The reigning conference champions, Holy Cross, took the third spot with two first-place votes and 29 points. Lehigh (27 points), Army (25 points) and Lafayette (18 points) closed out the poll in the fourth, fifth and six positions, respectively. The Black Knights also saw firstie Jon Rosoff voted to the Preseason All-Patriot League team. Last year, he led the team with 19 multi-hit games, including a career-best 5-for-6 performance at Bucknell on April 9, where he accounted for three runs and two RBI. Rosoff, a 2017 All-Patriot League First Team honoree, was one of just two players to have started in all 56 games for the Black Knights a season ago. He led the team in numerous categories, including a .362 batting average, which was tops of the Patriot League. Read More


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    Cadets Visit UN High Commissioner for RefugeesCadets enrolled in Senior Seminar and Topics in Ethics travelled to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for a briefing and to tour the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. At the UN, cadets met with Firas Kayal, UNHCR Senior Policy Advisor, and Grainne O'Hara, UNHCR Deputy Director, to learn about the Refugee Crisis that caught the Western world's attention in 2015 and continues to unfold. Mr. Kayal and Ms. O'Hara discussed the enormity of the problem and some misconceptions about it. Cadets travelled to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum for a tour that brought to life the immigrant history of New York City and the United States.


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    Crew Wins Indoor Rowing Competition at RMCThursday morning, the Army Crew Team drove up to Kingston, Canada to compete in their annual indoor rowing competition against the Royal Military College. Each year, the teams switch off hosting the competition as well as an exchange in which members of the visiting school shadow a host cadet for the day. This year, the team sent members to compete in six events: Novice Men, Coxswains, Varsity Women, Varsity Men (2 heats), and a mixed relay. While RMC narrowed the margin to less than three minutes, the Army Crew team once again won the competition with the fastest times overall.


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    Cadets Place 2nd & 3rd in Society Design CompetitionCadets Jacob Thompson, Greg Zogby, Brian Savidge, Hanna White, and Kalen Khan competed in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-sponsored Engineering Innovation for Society design competition. This competition required randomly-assigned teams of undergraduate engineering students to design and prototype a solution for a client problem described by the Center for Disability Services for Albany, NY. A unique design challenge was randomly assigned to each team. Cadet Greg Zogby's team won second place for their input isolating chair design while Cadet Kalen Khan's team won third place for their inflatable wheelchair-bed system concept. Participants were selected to compete via an application process, coming from multiple northeast colleges and universities to include MIT, UPenn, Yale among others. All cadet competitors completed the new Introduction to Mechanical Engineering course in the fall semester and reported being well prepared for the design challenge as a result.


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    Fencing Annual Home InvitationalThe Army West Point Fencing Team hosted their annual home invitational in Arvin Gym and came out with winning records for both the Women's and Men's Teams – posting a win-loss of 4-1 for the women and 3-2 for the men. The annual event hosts varsity-only teams from all over the USA, and this season the team was honored to have Cal Tech fly out from California just to compete in the event at West Point. The women defeated Cal Tech (24-3), Lafayette College (20-7), City College of NY (22-5) and Hunter College (24-3) while dropping only one loss to NCAA Division III nationally ranked Stevens Institute of Technology (5-22). All Three Weapon Squads for the Women – Sabre, Epee, Foil – all went 4-1 in win-loss and squad ranking. Top Women Competitors from Army included: Cadets Helen Schroeder in Sabre at 12-3; Amy Yang in Epee finishing 13-2, with team mate Claire Sirna at 9-4; In Foil Claudia Sun finished First Place undefeated at 14-1 (the loss was a dual defeat for both), with team mate Rachel Pennington coming in at 11-4, and Mia Melgoza 9-6. The men also defeated Cal Tech, by a score of 17-10, while also defeating Conference Rivals Lafayette College (14-13) and Hunter College (25-2). The Top-Ranking Weapon Squad for the Men was in the weapon of Epee with 3 Wins and 2 Losses. The Men's Team had several strong finishers from cadets Chris Papa and Noah Kambili, both at 9-6 and also both in the weapon of sabre; Vaughn Johnson and Mike Matthews in Epee (7-7 and 8-7 respectively).


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    Active Flow Control Capstone Presents at SciTechCPT(P) Tim Ashcraft from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) presented at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Science and Technology Forum in Orlando, Fl. The paper presented, entitled "Delaying Separation through Sweeping Jet Flow Control," was the culmination of the Active Flow Control (AFC) Capstone Team's year-long senior mechanical engineering design project. The team consisted of cadets Maximiliano Salinas, Marvin Lewis, Brandon Werling, and Jameson Wojewodka, with advisement from LTC Seth Norberg (CME) and CPT(P) Tim Ashcraft (CME), sponsored by Dr. David Schatzman and Mr. Jacob Wilson at the US Army Aviation Development Directorate at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. The team successfully demonstrated the ability to control separation (and effectively reduce drag) with their design through a week-long test in the 7x10 foot wind tunnel at NASA Ames. As a result of this success, future testing is being conducted by this year's AFC team on the UH-60 Extended Stores Support System in an effort to reduce drag on Army Aviation platforms.


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  • 02/09/18--09:08: On Point: Blessed To Play
  • CDT Jess Lewis '19You've suffered a season-ending injury. For Army women's basketball guard Jess Lewis, that nightmare became a reality in January 2017.

    Now, just over a year after her second major knee injury during her collegiate career, Lewis has returned to the starting lineup. Lewis' journey back to the hardwood has had its ups and downs, but throughout she has been resilient and realizes she's blessed to play the game she loves once again.


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