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  • 02/16/18--07:13: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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    Cadets Visit Fly Fishing Convention in NJThree cadets and one officer visited The Fly Fishing Show convention in New Jersey. The cadets casted with certified casting instructors, networked with clubs and guides in the northeast area, planned future collaboration with those contacts, and spent some time with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) leadership.

    Photo: Cadets with David Folkerts (tallest center), the Chief Operations Officer for PHWFF and Bill Hayes (dark sweatshirt), the New Jersey coordinator for PHWFF


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    Drill Team Members Support the Quadrille BallCadets from the Drill Team supported the Quadrille Ball at The Pierre Hotel. The West Point German club and liaison, LTC Breuer were also in attendance. The Drill Team was listed in the official program for the event and performed with precision and with attention to detail. Here is a link to the Quadrille Ball: https://quadrilleball.org/.


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    Cub Scout Pack Visits West Point ObservatoryA den of fifteen young Cub Scouts visited the West Point Observatory and Planetarium in the hope of earning their space badge. The scouts participated in an interactive space show presentation by Dr. Paula Fekete in the inflatable planetarium followed by the viewing of the full-dome feature, Back to the Moon for Good. The show presents the "space race" to return to the Moon after 40 years, spurned by the Google Lunar XPRIZE. In the latter part of the visit, the den proceeded to the 6th floor Observatory. Scouts took a peek at the Moon although observation conditions were less than ideal. The young scouts' behavior was exemplary, thus they more-than deserved earning their coveted space badge.


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    HPC Brown Bag Lunch TalkDr. Dave Kashinski of PNE gave the third monthly High-Performance Computing (HPC) brown bag talk that takes place in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME). The title of Dr. Kashinski's talk was "Using Supercomputers to Solve Problems in Quantum Chemistry: Determining Global Harmonic Scaling Factors for TPSS, M06, and M11 Functional Families". This talk summarized an article Dr. Kashinski and his collaborators at ARL published in 2017 and gave a preview of where the project is going. DoD-HPCMP has been a strong supporter of Dr. Kashinski's collaboration with ARL since 2014.


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    Intercollegiate Rock Climb CompetitionArmy competitive climbing team competed in an intercollegiate climbing competition at Rock Climb Fairfield. CDT Charlie Barron placed first in Bouldering, Sport and Speed. CDT Morgan Hall placed 4th in Speed and 5th in Bouldering. CDT Natalie Dent took 3rd in Speed and 8th in bouldering. CDT Jackie Orr took 8th in Sport. CDT Anthony Thompson placed 5th in Speed. CDT Trevaun Turner took 8th in Speed. CDT Joseph Hynes placed 8th in Sport Sustains. The team had a strong showing with a first place finisher in all events and multiple people in top 10 in various disciplines.


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    Debate at the McGill Model UN AssemblyTwelve cadets of the West Point Model United Nations (MUN) team traveled to Montreal, Canada to participate in the McGill Model United Nations Assembly hosted by McGill University. This conference is one of the largest on the MUN circuit, with over 1,600 delegates competing. The McMUN conference presents the West Point MUN team with the opportunity to present the United States Army and the Academy in a very positive and professional way to an international audience. Schools in attendance included Harvard, Georgetown, University of Chicago, University of Toronto, and Université de Montréal.

    The conference ended with multiple individual awards given to cadets, with the entire team performing well and exercising extemporaneous speaking skills, negotiation, and cooperative problem solving with hundreds of other students. The following cadets were individually recognized for their outstanding performances: Derrick Siebman '18, Jackson Armstrong '18, Amanda Horsey '19, Dana Cody '20. The following cadets were also integral to the team's success: Rokas Dubinas '18, Cameron Hay '21, John Govern '19, Jake Stoffel '19, Jon Lowe '20, John Lorenz '19, Katarina Christianson '21, Hunter Arnold '21.


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    Swimming and Diving 2018Two Academy records were broken on the second day of the Patriot League Championships and the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team remained in second place. Navy continues to lead the field with 371.5 points with Army trailing at 263 points. Boston U. (153.5), Bucknell (148) and Loyola (111.5) round out the top-five with Lehigh (107.5), Colgate (92), Lafayette (66), American (61) and Holy Cross (50) right behind. Tom Ottman broke an Academy record, which he set at last year's championships in the 500 free after he hit the wall at 4:21.71. Ottman's time was good for third in the field of eight. In the ensuing men's event, Peter Mikheyev set an Academy record in the 200 IM after he won with a time of 1:46.09. Brandon McCredie defended his title in the 50 free, hitting the wall at 20.15. Evin Rude finished right behind and was part of a three-way tie for second with a time of 20.25. Hogan Harper also scored for Army in the event, winning the B-Final with his time of 20.63. To close out the night, the foursome of Josh Sembrano, Brady Almand, Kevin Doo and Rude took second at 3:15.01 in the 400 medley relay.

    The Army West Point women's swimming and diving team had a solid showing on the second day of the Patriot League Championships, winning one event and breaking a plebe record. Sabrina Mortell was the first Army swimmer in the water and she swam to a sixth-place finish in the 500 free at 4:53.81. Whitney Chang broke a plebe record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.31. In the 50 free, it was Bailey Smith who topped the competition after she hit the wall at 23.08. That win came right after Madison Berg (23.53) and Nicole Parry (23.61) took the top-two spots in the B-Final. On the 1-meter board, Serica Hallstead came from behind to take second with a score of 267.55. Heather Yoshii placed eighth with her score of 227.30. In the final event of the night, the group of Cecelia Croman, Kara Wineinger, Whitney Chang and Bailey Smith finished third at 3:41.97.


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    Coach Mike Viti-Louisiana linebacker John Bailey Gullatt and Coach Jeff Monken 2018Louisiana linebacker John Bailey Gullatt had trouble late last year deciding between playing football for Army or Harvard. Harvard was pushing for the West Monroe High senior to commit but Gullatt was highly interested in West Point following a summer visit.

    One mid-January night changed Gullatt's mind. Army head coach Jeff Monken and fullbacks coach Mike Viti, assigned to Gullatt's recruitment, were expected for a home visit but a snow and ice storm delayed their arrival. Monken's plane couldn't land in Monroe, La., so his flight was diverted and he had to drive 100 miles from Shreveport to Monroe. Viti had an even longer drive from Texas through the treacherous conditions. Gullatt was so impressed he decided to commit that evening.

    "That showed how bad they wanted me," said Gullatt, who signed his letter of commitment with Army on Wednesday. "They always told me that they did. I guess that was action behind their words. I had some other schools recruiting me hard, some in-state and some Ivy League, but nobody was going out of their way like that. They had to fly 26 hours and drive through an ice storm to see me. That was definitely the turning point of them recruiting me." Full Story


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    CDT John McKenna '20The Patriot League announced Monday that John McKenna of Army West Point baseball was named the Player of the Week following his strong weekend performance. The yearling first baseman earned his first career weekly praise after batting .462 to help Army take one of three games against Michigan. McKenna finished 6-for-13 with two runs and one RBI to help the Black Knights over the weekend. The Parkland, Fla., native had multi-hit games in each of Army's three outings against the Wolverines. He posted a .500 on-base percentage, while slugging .692, with a double and his first career triple. He also had a stolen base. McKenna went 2-for-5 and drove in a run in the Black Knights win over Michigan on Saturday. He also went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in a 12-6 loss on Friday. Army West Point plays a midweek game at Fordham on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Black Knights head to College Park, Md. to a play a three-game weekend series at Maryland, beginning on Friday.


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    CDT Madison Cole '20After dropping the opening game of the day to Stanford, 12-0, the Army West Point softball team bounced back and closed out the night with a 7-4 victory over Sacramento State on Sunday at the Mary Nutter Classic. Army claimed its second victory of the season and moved to 2-7, while Sacramento State fell to 3-5. Three Cadets recorded a multi-hit game against the Hornets, including Madison Cole who went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI. It was Cole's first career multi-hit game. Emily Ballesteros drove in two with a pair of hits and a run scored in three at-bats. Snelling posted her second career two-hit game and added a run scored with an RBI. In her first collegiate start, Madison Bryant went 4.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs and fanning three batters en route to her first career win. Renee Poirier recorded her 17th career save The seven Army runs tied a season-best for the Black Knights. Army's 11 hits was the second most in a game this season. Read More


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    Glee Club Community Public ConcertThe West Point Glee Club traveled to the town of Westport, Connecticut to give the community a public concert on the theme of World War I. The concert, which was held at the Saugatuck Congregational Church and Westport Public Library, entertained an audience of about 200 people. As a frequent commuter town, located only about 50 miles northeast of New York City, Westport is a city known for its diversity and history. The program of the concert not only focused on the historical importance of WWI, but it also paid tribute to the 27 young men and women from Westport, Stamford, and Fairfield who volunteered and gave their lives for the cause of freedom during the Great War. Upon conclusion of the concert, the members of the Glee Club attended a reception where they socialized, conversed with, and received high praise from many members of the community who were in attendance.


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    CDT Briyah Brown '18Firstie Briyah Brown of Army West Point women's track and field team earned Female Field Athlete of the Meet honors. She earned these honors after an impressive performance at the Indoor Patriot League Championships. On the first day, Brown set a new school record in the weight throw, taking first place in that event with a distance of 19.16m. The final day, Brown finished first in shot put, throwing for a distance of 14.82m.


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    CDT Sophia Suri '21The Army West Point women's tennis team picked up 7-0 wins over St. Bonaventure and Vassar after dropping a 4-0 decision to Massachusetts on Saturday at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights improved to 6-4, while the Minutemen moved to 4-3. Additionally, the Bonnies are now 1-7 and the Brewers fell to 2-1. Army remains perfect against St. Bonaventure at 11-0 in the all-time series. The Black Knights have earned three shutouts this season. Plebes Sophia Suri improved to 2-0 in singles duals and Bridget Mayfield notched her first-career singles dual win. Read More


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    CDT Kaitlyn Kutz '21The Army West Point rifle team defeated MIT for the second time this year in an NCAA Qualification match. Army had a strong showing with Payne Nunn matching a team season best score in air rifle and Clayton Hanson tying the top Army aggregate score for the season. Aggregate (4656) - Army defeated the Engineers at home, 4656-4349. Clayton Hanson had an impressive performance gathering an aggregate score of 1172. He was followed by Payne Nunn who tallied a score of 1167, and Kaitlyn Kutz who scored 1159. Also in the top five scorers were Nathan Brewer and Emiliano Concha-Toro who both scored 1151. Smallbore (2299) - The team garnered a collective score of 2299 in smallbore over MIT's score of 2145. Hanson also led the team in smallbore, earning 580 points. He was followed by Kutz and Concha-Toro who both shot a score of 576. Nunn shot 574 in this discipline, with Brewer and Lovre both shooting 569 to close out the scoring squad. Read More


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  • 02/20/18--08:30: ASEM Hosts USMA DSE Cadets
  • ASEM Hosts USMA DSE CadetsThe American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Club hosted approximately thirty cadets for its continuing lunch speaker series, “So I’m graduating with a degree from the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE), now what?” Mr. Jon Belmont ’99 with a wealth of experience in the military, governmental, and civilian arenas spoke on his experiences and lessons learned from the Army, working as an engineer on process improvement projects for Kellogg’s Pop-Tart manufacturing and as a DA civilian. He also provided insight and lessons learned from his military to civilian governmental and corporate transitions. The ASEM Cadets engaged in an excellent question and answer session following.


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    CDT Tyrell Maddox '20The Army West Point men's track and field team placed second at the Patriot League Indoor Championships with a score of 197. This was the team's highest score since 2002 when the team placed first with a score of 210.5. Track - Keagan Smith won the title in the mile run, clocking in at 4:10.14. Ross Puritty placed third in the 60m hurdles, clocking in at 8.27 seconds. Army took second and third in the 60m dash. Tyler Davis clocked in at 6.88, while Kevin Dyer timed in at 6.89. Tyrell Maddox finished first in the 500m, claiming the title with a time of 1:04.68. Christian Wright followed in seventh with a time of 1:06.80. Nick Causey took third place in the 800m, clocking in at 1:55.96. Jackson Sullivan finished in seventh with a time of 1:57.25. Field - Jeff Giannettino won the high jump with a height of 2.09m. Bernard Jenkins followed in third with a height of 2.04m, and Bryce Samuel was close behind in fifth with a height of 194m. Jaeden Watson (1.89m) closed out in a tie for seventh. Geoff Kirk took third place in the shot put with a distance of 15.95m. Kenneth Brinson finished fifth, throwing for 15.35m. Read More


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    CDT Ben Petrella '20Yearling Ben Petrella of Army West Point men's track and field team earned Male Track Athlete of the Meet honors. He earned these honors after a strong showing at the Indoor Patriot League Championships. On the first day, Petrella set a new personal record and season best for the team in the 5000m. He won this event clocking in at 14:28.96. On the second day of events, Petrella won the 3000m clocking in at 8:18.74 to take first place.


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    Swimming & Diving Takes Second at League ChampionshipsThe Army West Point men's swimming and diving team claimed its sixth straight second-place finish at the Patriot League Championships after wrapping up the competition with 780.5 points. Navy finished on top with 990.5 points. Bucknell (411), Boston U. (406.5) and Loyola (286.5) rounded out the top five behind Army, with Lehigh (282.5), Colgate (167.5), American (118), Lafayette (114) and Holy Cross (108) finishing right behind. 780.5 points were the second-most in the league championships by an Army team in the last 16 seasons. Tom Ottman finished in second and set an Academy record in the 1650 free with his time of 15:07.22. He was the previous recorder holder in the event when he finished at 15:16.32 at last season's league championships.

    The Army West Point women's swimming and diving team picked up its third straight second-place finish at the Patriot League Championships after ending the competition with 568 points. Navy went on to win the meet with 904.5 points. Lehigh (543) fell right behind Army, while Bucknell (423) and Boston U. (385) rounded out the top five. Loyola (250.5), Colgate (191), American (172), Holy Cross (107) and Lafayette (93) placed in the final five spots. The 568 points was the second-most at the league championships by an Army team in the last 16 years. Sabrina Mortell was the first Cadet in the pool on the final night of competition and she swam to a third-place finish in the 1650 free with her time of 16:42.64. Sidney Evans followed in sixth at 16:55.21. After Bailey Smith won the B-Final in the 200 back at 2:00.06 and Kim Sembrano took third at 2:01.23, Josephine Marsh (2:00.25) and Cecelia Croman (2:00.43) finished in seventh and eighth, respectively, in the finals.


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  • 02/20/18--08:52: CTC Launches New Website
  • CTC Launches New WebsiteThe Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) was pleased to launch its newly designed website, a project over a year in the making. The more modern site allows visitors to better search and access the vast amount of research and information the CTC has published since its founding 15 years ago, including reports, analyses, CTC Sentinel issues, databases, and original documentation. Visit www.ctc.usma.edu to see the results of the Center’s efforts, together with the technology company Murmur, to improve and expand its online presence.


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