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    Director of Cyber Visits the W2KGY Ground StationMG Patricia Frost, Director of Cyber, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 visited the W2KGY Ground Station to learn how the station and the Cadet Amateur Radio Club conducts activities to broaden cadets' understanding of HF radio communications. The Cadet-in-Charge, Cadet Jonathan Morton '18 – KE8EBT along with Cadet Logan Leahy '18 – KD2MWT and Cadet Connor Eckert '18 discussed with MG Frost how earning their amateur radio license and participating in military communications exercises on HF have provided them with critical skills they can carry with them to the Army upon commissioning. Club OIC CPT(P) Matthew Sherburne – KF4WZB and LTC Stephen Hamilton – KJ5HY briefed the history of the station's establishment and continued improvement. MG Frost indicated that HF radio education and usage will be important for the Army when encountering cyber contested and denied environments.


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    CDT Weierbach-Chainey Receives the 2018 Flipper AwardIn 1877, Henry Ossian Flipper became the first African American to graduate from USMA. Despite being ostracized from the entire Corps of Cadets, Flipper persevered and since 1977, the academy has honored him with the annual Flipper Dinner.

    Each year, the Flipper Award is given to a graduating cadet who demonstrates the highest qualities of leadership, self-discipline and perseverance in the face of unusual difficulties. This year's recipient is Cadet Luis Weierbach-Chainey who has wrestled with homelessness among other hardships throughout his life to get to where he is today.

    Retired Major General Roger R. Blunt ‘56 was the guest speaker for the night.

    Photo: courtesy of Michael Lopez


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    CDT Michael Wilson '20Army's special teams shined in its 3-2 win over top-ranked Canisius on Saturday. The Black Knights took an early 2-0 lead and never trailed the Golden Griffins. The Black Knights gained two points with the win over Canisius who leads Atlantic Hockey. The Cadets now boast 24 points and now ranks fifth in league standings. Michael Wilson scored two power play goals for Army. It was the yearling's third multi-goal game this season, and the second in which he has netted two power play goals for Army in one game. Wilson now has 17 goals on the season with nine coming on the man-advantage. After tonight's game, he will rank atop Atlantic Hockey players with 0.31 per game. Wilson leads Army with 26 points. Trevor Fidler joined in on the special teams scoring with the first shorthanded goal of his career. The goal marked Fidler's fifth of the season and 19th in his three years in an Army sweater. Cole Bruns finished the game with 17 saves. Army outshot Canisius 30-19. It is just the first time this season that Army has topped an opponent when outshooting them. The Black Knights were 2-for-5 on the power play, while holding the Griffs to 0-for-4 on theirs. Army improves to 10-3-3 when scoring first and 7-6-2 on Saturdays. Read More


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    Women's Lacrosse Fights for Season-Opening Road WinThe Army West Point women's lacrosse team battled to a 12-9 season-opening victory on the road Saturday afternoon at Monmouth's Kessler Stadium. After allowing the first goal of the contest, Army netted four-straight goals to go up 4-1 with 15:50 remaining in the first half. That run was fueled by a pair of tallies by Amy Johnston, separated by just 44 seconds. Rachel Hornick assisted the firstie co-captain on both tallies. After trading free position goals, the home side scored two goals in the final 2:40 of the opening period to cut Army's lead to 5-4 at the break. Army won the opening draw of the second half and picked up the offensive ground ball, a turnover led to the game-tying goal for the Hawks. Army countered with a go-ahead, man-up goal at the 27:10 remaining in the game. That edge would stand for the rest of the game as the Black Knights did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the contest. Monmouth worked the score to 7-6 before a 4-1 scoring streak from the Cadets put the game out of reach. Read More


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    Catholic Chapel Attends National Prayer VigilCadet in Charge (CIC) Evan Delvaux led cadets of the West Point Catholic Chapel to the Opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life in Washington D.C. and toured the National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. Cardinal Dolan the Archbishop of New York celebrated the annual Mass for Life at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. The cadets also got a tour of the Archdiocese of Military Services (AMS) offices at the Cardinal O'Brien Pastoral center and celebrated Mass with Timothy P. Broglio, the Archbishop for the Military Services. This trip-section gave all cadets the opportunity to reflect on two principles that are fundamental to the military profession: the intrinsic value of all human beings and the defense of human life.


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    CDT David Symmes '18The 16th-ranked Army West Point men's lacrosse started the season off on a great note, defeating UMass, 18-6, on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium. Army (1-0) was lead by David Symmes, Conor Glancy, Ted Glesener and Nate Jones. All four of them recorded hat tricks, while Symmes was the game's highest scorer with four points. Goalie AJ Barretto made nine saves in his 2018 debut. Noak Rak was UMass' best player on the field with two goals and he won 12-of-19 faceoffs. Army and Massachusetts kicked off the lacrosse season for the eighth straight season. This was the 27th all-time meeting between the Black Knights and Minutemen. Army has cut the all-time series to 14-13 in favor of the Minutemen. The 18 goals were the most in the series for the Black Knights. The Black Knights have won four in a row versus UMass for the first time in the series. The 18 goals scored were the most in a season opener since 1993 when Army beat Cornell 18-5. Read More


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    Studio Arts Forum Study at the MetTen cadets from Studio Arts and the Elsie Sannes-Pinnell Art Appreciation Forum traveled to New York City to tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cadets studied sculptures from Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia; Islamic art; medieval illuminated manuscripts; musical instruments; arms and armor from around the world; and modern and contemporary works. The highlight of the trip was a special exhibition on Michelangelo's work, which included dozens of his drawings and three of his marble sculptures.


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    Gymnastics Posts Season-High Score at All-AcademiesThe Army West Point gymnastics team posted a season-high 399.550 in its third-place showing at the All-Academy Championships Saturday. Nick McAfee and Nathan Goff championed events in the effort, while Cole Casanova won the All-Around. The 399.550 team mark ranks second on Army's top performance list. McAfee won on the parallel bars with a 13.300. Goff tied for first on high bar after turning in a season-high 14.100. Casanova excelled in the All-Around with a first-place and career-high 80.050 score. The Black Knights produced season-high marks on floor exercise (67.750), pommel horse (66.800), still rings (66.350) and vault (69.800). Army's 69.800 ono vault was a program record. The floor, pommel horse and vault marks were the second-best in program history under the new scoring format. Seth Cannon led the Black Knights on floor with a season best 14.000. He was followed by Ellioitt Herman (13.750) and Cole Casanova (13.500). McAfee had a career-high 13.350. Goff posted a 13.800 on pommel horse for a season-high, while Brandon Shively and Matthew Martin also turned in their best scores of the year at 13.500 and 13.400 respectively. On still rings Herman was first for Army with another season-high 13.700. Taka Giese and McAfee both produced 13.300 scores which were also season-highs. Casanova's 14.300 on vault was the team's best mark on the apparatus all year. Read More


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  • 02/12/18--08:46: RMC Cadets Visit West Point
  • RMC Cadets Visit West PointThe Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering hosted approximately 100 cadets from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). As part of a broader tour of the Academy, the RMC cadets were escorted through the Bartlett Hall Science Center and saw many of the facilities to include laboratories, the subcritical assembly and the particle accelerator.


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    CDT Hannah Boubel '21The Army West Point women's tennis team extended its winning streak to four matches with a 6-1 victory over Stony Brook on Saturday at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights improved to 4-3 on the season, while the Seawolves dropped to 0-1. Army jumped to 13-4 in the all-time series with Stony Brook. The Black Knights snapped a two-game losing skid against the Seawolves. Army won all three doubles matches for the first time this season. Elizabeth Tsvetkov def. Ana Joyner, 6-2, 6-4. Melanie Allen def. Ester Chikvashvili, 6-1, 6-3. Genevieve McCormick def. Maria Pinto Ribeiro, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Kirby Einck def. Ana Carrion, 6-0, 6-1. Hannah Boubel def. Nolwenn Cardoso, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Sasha Inchauste def. Amanda Foo, 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-0. Ana Joyner/Melanie Allen def. Elizabeth Tsvetkov/Maria Pinto Ribeiro, 6-0. Genevieve McCormick/Danna Funaro def. Ester Chikvashvili/Nolween Cardoso, 6-1. Kirby Einck/Gloria Son def. Ana Carrion/Amanda Foo, 6-3. The Black Knights return to the court on Saturday when they welcome UMass, St. Bonaventure and Vassar. Read More


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    Semester Abroad in Amman JordanCadets studying in Jordan had a busy first few weeks, settling in and getting the lay of the land. AMIDEAST provided the cadets with a tour of the city Amman learning about its geography and the city's rich culture and history. One of the highlights was the Citadel in Jabal Amman, where cadets visited the ancient Roman ruins. This first tour was politically and culturally rewarding, as cadets experienced the city from the perspective of a local tour guide and see the layers of civilizations that previously occupied the area of modern-day Jordan.


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    Wrestling Battles Back to Defeat Bucknell, 22-19The Army West Point wrestling team erased a 13-point deficit to complete the come-from-behind victory in thrilling fashion over Bucknell on Sunday afternoon, 22-19. The Black Knights halted their six-match losing skid to improve to 2-6 on the season, while the Bison dropped to 3-13 on the year. After a back-and-forth battle through the first two rounds of the lightweight bout, Mike Macklin caught Trey Chalifoux out of position and collected six points on a pin for the home squad. Rookie Lane Peters cut that deficit in half with a 6-3 decision over David Campbell, but two bonus point wins at 141 and 149 pounds lifted Bucknell to a 16-3 edge through the first four matches. The tides turned from there, however, as Lucas Weiland put Army back in the fight in a big way with a 9-0 major decision over Christian Basolino for his first-career dual victory. The yearling 157-pounder's win cut the deficit to 16-7, allowing a 16-0 technical fall by firstie co-captain Andrew Mendel and a 10-3 decision by the 27th-ranked 174-pound wrestler in the nation, Ben Harvey, to bring the visitors within one at 16-15. Read More


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    CFAF Clubs Team Up for Annual Trip to NYCCadets in the Elsie Sannes-Pinnell Art Appreciation Forum and the Studio Arts Forum traveled to New York City for the clubs' annual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With over two million works, the Met is one of the world's largest art galleries and the largest art museum in the United States. Cadets studied sculptures from Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia; Islamic art; medieval illuminated manuscripts; modern and contemporary works; musical instruments; and an entire wing devoted to arms and armor from around the world. The highlight of this year's trip, though, was a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of Michelangelo's works, which included dozens of his drawings and three of his marble sculptures.


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    CDT Luke Morrison '18Army West Point men's basketball firstie captain Luke Morrison was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The finalists, who excel both on and off the court, were chosen by national media from the list of 30 candidates. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through March 19. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award recipient will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four. Morrison has started every game this season for the Black Knights and is chipping 8.0 points per game. He sits second on the team in made 3-pointers with 49, and is averaging 3.3 rebounds per outing. Read More


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  • 02/13/18--08:04: Alpine Ski at the 2018 USCSA
  • Alpine Ski at the 2018 USCSAThe West Point Alpine Team traveled to Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Pennsylvania to compete in races five and six for the 2018 the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA). Event Day 1 Day one was the Giant Slalom (GS) for snowboard and alpine. The results were: Females (7th Overall), DeAdre Harvey 24th Males (3rd Overall), Sawyer Harkins 2nd, Yale Flanagan 11th, Drew Pieringer 18th, Gavin Felch 26th, Andrew Carter 29th, Luke Argueta 30th, Jack Young 32nd, Male Snowboard GS (5th Overall), and Walter Wecker 5th. Event Day 2 Day two was the Slalom (SL) and freestyle. The results were: Female (8th Overall), DeAdre Harvey 15th Males (4th Overall), Sawyer Harkins 2nd, Yale Flanagan 7th, Gavin Felch 18th, and Luke Argueta 19th.


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    Kosciuszko Squadron Honor LTG Rowny '41Kosciuszko Squadron Polish Culture Forum Cadets participated in funeral services and wake in Washington, D.C. honoring Distinguished USMA Graduate LTG (R) Edward Rowny '41. General Rowny, was founder of the Squadron and an active sponsor since its re-establishment in 2005. Just last spring the Forum helped him celebrate his 100th birthday, an embodiment of the Polish birthday wish, Sto lat! - “may you live to a hundred!” During his long life, LTG Rowny played a significant role in US military and foreign affairs, as well as in US-Polish relations. A decorated veteran of WWII, Korea and Viet Nam, he advised three presidents during the START and SALT talks with the USSR. The General advocated actively for the celebration of Polish Culture his entire life. Most recently, at his instigation, West Point and the military university in Wroclaw, Poland created a cadet exchange. Following funeral services for the General, cadets walked with the official procession. At the General’s wake, cadets interacted with members of the Polish community, including the Polish Defense Attaché, several USMA graduates and war veterans. At the end of solemnities, fulfilling a request the General made before his death, cadets led the hundred or so guests in singing of the Alma Mater.


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    CDT Dean Sakata '18The Army West Point men's golf team saw firstie captain Dean Sakata finish the day's best golfer in a head-to-head with Florida Atlantic here Monday. Sakata notched a score of 70 during the one round, 18-hole competition to finish 1-under par at the beautiful Delray Dunes. The Diamond Bar, Calif., native averaged even on the Par 3's and Par 4's, while playing 1-under on the Par 5's. Despite Sakata's strong performance, the Black Knights ultimately fell to their hosts 293 (+9) - 302 (+18). The teams treated the day like a normal tournament playing five guys, counting only the top four scores. The Cadets selected Sakata, Nick Turner, James McKee, Gunnar Doyle and Justin Williamson as their top group before the start of the day. Doyle shot a 4-over par to finish at 75 and earn Army's second-best finish. The Black Knights' next golfer that had his score count toward the final total was McKee, who fired a 78 (+7). Closing out the Cadets' top four count was Williamson who carded a 79 (+8). Read More


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    History Cadets Tour PhiladelphiaSixty cadets from History of the United States and Advanced History of the United States travelled with the History Department to our nation's birthplace in Philadelphia. The group visited the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the Second Bank of the United States, Franklin Court, and Christ Church. The day was capped with a reception hosted by the West Point Society of Philadelphia. On Sunday, the cadets and faculty made a quick run up the "Rocky steps" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art before touring the newly-opened Museum of the American Revolution.


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    CDT AJ Barretto '19Following a 10-save performance in the season opener, cow goaltender AJ Barretto of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team was named the Patriot League Goalie of the Week, announced by the league on Monday. Barretto backed the Black Knights in its 18-6 win over UMass on Saturday with 10 saves. He faced 26 shots and now boasts an unblemished 3-0 record against the Minutemen. The Darlington, Md., native picked up on ground ball in the effort, while posting a .625 save percentage and 6.51 goals against average in the win. The Black Knights held UMass to 0-for-3 on extra man opportunities. Read More


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    Cadets Learn Through "Fields of Despair"Cadets in LTC Channing Greene's Section 4 of History of the Military Art from 1900 played out the Battles of the Somme and Verdun in a board game called "Fields of Despair: France, 1914-1918" by GMT Games. The game's designer, Mr. Kurt Keckley, teamed up with LTC Greene to develop a lesson plan which incorporated an abbreviated game scenario into lesson objectives. Mr. Keckley is a teacher at Frontier High School in Bakersfield, California. Cadets also roleplayed historic leadership personalities to learn about the conflicts and tensions in the middle of World War I and the difficulties in overcoming the challenges presented by technology and trenches in 1916. For the cadets, the eye-opening moment came when the attacking player had to cede the initiative to the defending player by letting them roll their combat dice first, replicating the historical reality of the strength of established defenses and wide-open engagement areas


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