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    Womens BasketballIn a Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals game that came down to the wire, it was the Army West Point women's basketball team that erupted into a celebration after claiming a nail-biting 62-60 overtime victory over Lehigh on Monday night at Stabler Arena. The Black Knights (17-13, 9-9 Patriot League) will head to the semifinal round of the league tournament for the fifth consecutive season after picking up their win over the Mountain Hawks (15-15, 9-9 Patriot League). Madison Hovren paced the Cadets with her 18th double-double of the season after scoring a team-best 17 points and reeling in 12 boards. Aliyah Murray added nine in the scoring column, while Margaret Anne Hubbell chipped in with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting to pair with seven rebounds. Read More


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    Cadets Hold Cyber Operations Planning WorkshopThe West Point NSA Cyber Exercise (NCX) Team hosted Mr. David Blair from the Air Force Research Lab for a learning workshop. During this three-hour event, Mr. Blair taught the cadets the cyber operations planning model of Plan / Brief / Execute / Debrief. The twelve cadets, as part of an Independent Study, are preparing to compete as three teams of four during the Concord Dawn module of the NCX. Cadets will plan and execute a mission to disrupt the adversary's use of satellite communications while protecting their own communication systems.

    "The Blue Edge workshop was vital in outlining the cyber planning process, how it applies to our future careers in the Army, and how to implement it in creating plans for cyber operations." Said Gabe Glazer '18, overall class lead. The NSA Cyber Exercise is the evolution of the long running Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX). This year's event will be like none other. Each service academy will field multiple teams to compete. NCX 2018 will coincide with the Joint Service Academy Cyber Security Summit at the United States Naval Academy from 19-21 March.


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  • 03/09/18--07:45: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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    CDT Jon Rosoff '18The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced that Army West Point catcher Jon Rosoff was named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list presented by BaseballSavings.com. The award is given annually to the top division one collegiate catcher. The list will be updated up until April 30. It will then be narrowed down to the semifinalists on May 16. The finalists will be named June 4. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 21st Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 28. Rosoff, a 2017 All-Patriot League First Teamer, was one of two players to have started in all 56 games for the Black Knights last season. He led the team in numerous categories, including a .362 batting average (tops in the Patriot League as well). He was first on the team in hits (71 – second in the conference), runs (43 – fourth in the league), slugging percentage (.454), and on-base percentage (.464 – first in the conference). Rosoff 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. Read More


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    Cadets Lead Middle School Robotics WorkshopsWest Point’s Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM (CLD-STEM) led two VEX Robotics Workshops for middle school students at CFES Brilliant Pathways in Essex, NY. West. Cadets Sophia Grohs, Donia Nichols, and Brody Rocque from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) served as student mentors. Department of Systems Engineering faculty members LTC(P) Hise Gibson and MAJ Jasmine Motupalli (Associate Director, CLD STEM) served as advisors. Students first received a presentation on the benefits of pursuing STEM education, and how USMA, the Nation’s first school of engineering, teaches those skills to cadets. As part of the robotics workshop, students competed in a scenario to build and program robots to deliver supplies to a village in need. Cadet Rocque is from the local community, The Sun Community News covered the event. Read the article here.


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    CDTs Alex Wilkinson '20 and Michael Wilson '20Yearlings Alex Wilkinson and Michael Wilson were voted to represent the Army West Point hockey team on the Atlantic Hockey Association All-Conference teams. "We are extremely proud of both Alex and Michael," said head Brian Riley. "They have worked extremely hard this year and have had a tremendous impact on our season so far. To be recognized by the coaches in the league is quite an honor for each of them." Wilkinson, a defender from Raleigh, N.C., made his debut on the first team after leading Army's defense that finished with the league's best penalty kill (.878) and the second-best scoring defense. Wilkinson ranked second in the league with 14 power play points including four goals on the man advantage. He was second on the team in game-winning goals with four in addition to finishing the regular season with 30 blocks and a +4 rating and tallied four multi-point games on the year, while setting a career-high in points (3) at Bentley on Feb. 16. Wilson, a forward from Fond du Lac, Wisc., was voted to the second team for the first postseason honor of his career. He leads the Black Knights for the 2017-18 season with 29 points on 17 goals and 12 assists. Wilson is one of two players with double-digit numbers in both categories. Read More


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  • 03/09/18--08:36: Girl Scout STEM Event
  • Girl Scout STEM EventDozens of Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (PaNE) faculty, staff, and cadet volunteers executed another Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) workshop for the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson (GSHH). More than 80 girls were treated to an assortment of exciting exercises, demos, and experiments, and received coins and a photographic memento of their visit. The event was spearheaded by NSRC Director, COL Chad Schools.


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    CDT Payne Nunn '19Payne Nunn from the Army West Point Rifle team will head to the NCAA Rifle Championships to compete in the air rifle discipline in Charleston, S.C. How to Follow: Live Stats | Twitter

    "His average has really been coming up toward the end of the season, so we are looking for a good performance from him. On the national level, if he could squeeze in there it would be good for him, good for the program, and maybe we will bring back some bling." said head coach Web Wright.

    Hosted by The Citadel, the championships will be held March 9-10 at the McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus in Charleston, South Carolina. Smallbore will shoot on Friday, while air rifle will begin on Saturday.


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    Department of Law (DLAW) Professor Amy McCarthy published an article, "Erosion of the Rule of Law as a Basis for Command Responsibility under International Humanitarian Law" in the University of Chicago Journal of International Law. In this article, Professor McCarthy reviews the adequacy of U.S. command responsibility laws when viewed from context of modern war crimes tribunals’ recent decisions. A digital version of the article can be downloaded here: https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cjil/vol18/iss2/4/


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    Cadets Interact with Visiting German OfficersVisiting lieutenants of the German Army (2Lt. Finn Kobza, Co. E4, and 2Lt. Konstantin Ohmer, Co. D4) and officer candidates of the German Air Force (Johanna Kratze, Co. B2, and Pia Oberhuber, Co. C3) visited all the sections of LG204, Standard German II (course director, Dr. Diane Richardson). Cadets prepared questions, in German, to ask the visitors about their childhood, studies, and general interests, as well as their time at West Point and in the United States. The event provided cadets the opportunity to apply what they have learned in class and discuss various topics with native speakers outside of normal interaction circles of faculty and fellow cadets.


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    The Army West Point men's swimming and diving team took down a pair of Academy records and picked up 133 points on the first day of the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Invitational at Lejeune Hall. With 133 points, Army currently sits in third behind George Washington (226.5) and Grand Canyon (145), while holding a slight lead over Denver (129) and South Carolina (123). Tom Ottman was the first Cadet to break an Academy record at the meet after he hit the wall at 4:20.66 in the 500 free for a second-place finish. The record was previously set by Ottman at the Patriot League Championships two weeks ago. It was then Peter Mikheyev's turn to get into the water and he showed out in the 200 IM. The yearling won the event with a time of 1:45.48, breaking the Academy record that he set at this year's league championships. Brian McKenrick also scored for Army in the 200 IM, placing seventh after posting a time of 1:50.71. In the 50 free, Josh Zock (20.78) and Billy Webber (20.12) finished third and eighth, respectively, scoring for the Black Knights in the B-Final. The squad of Webber, Zock, McKenrick and Sean Martin placed seventh in the 200 free relay at 1:22.44. Read More


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    Model Arab League Dines at TorosEight Cadets of the Model Arab League and MAJ Zapf, dined at Toros Restaurant in Clifton, NJ. The restaurant serves traditional Turkish cuisine and beverages. The cadets enjoyed köfteler, iskender kebab, hummos, lebni, backlava, mercimek çorbası, lahana dolması with Turkish Ayran (a yogurt drink), Turkish coffee, and Turkish tea. Annually, cadets from the Model Arab League gather to experience the sights, tastes, and sounds of northern New Jersey’s Arab and Turkish communities and mark the beginning of their preparation for the National Model Arab League Competition in April. The event is a great opportunity for faculty and cadets to interact with some of the diverse cultural and linguistic communities near West Point.


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    CDT Rachel Hornick '18Firstie Rachel Hornick of the Army West Point women's lacrosse team became the first player in program history to reach 100 career points in the team's 19-4 victory over Wofford Thursday afternoon at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights improved to 5-2 on the year, while Wofford fell to 0-3. Army scored early and often in the first half with the first tally coming 2:24 into the contest. Second-year Emma Roerty got the ball rolling for the Black Knights on a feed from Hornick before rookie Jackie Brattan doubled the home team's score 35 seconds later with a free position score. The Garden City, N.Y., native added her second consecutive strike before a pair of goals separated by 21 seconds from Maddie Miller and Manuela Cortes pushed the advantage to five goals less than seven minutes into the game. Read More


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    Joint Academies Native American Diversity EventCadets from the Native American Heritage Forum joined midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy and cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy for a visit to the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington D.C. The Joint Academies Native American diversity event at the museum allowed cadets and midshipmen an opportunity to learn about Native American culture, history, and social norms as well as engage in a professional develop opportunity. Mr. Martin Earring from the NMAI Executive Office led the morning tour where he discussed the Nation-to-Nation Treaty exhibit and the Native Americans in popular culture exhibit. Mr. Dan Cole led the afternoon tour, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator for the Smithsonian Institute. Mr. Cole discussed the maps he created for various exhibits in NMAI and maps in the National Museum of American History. NMAI presented LTC Jared Ware, OIC for the Native American Heritage Forum, the new book “Officially Indian: Symbols that Define the United States” to add to the Native American collection at the USMA Library. This book is a wide-ranging exploration of the symbolic importance of American Indians in the visual language of U.S. democracy and related to the current exhibit in the museum.


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  • 03/09/18--09:12: Go ARMY Beat Air Force
  • Go ARMY Beat Air ForceFollowing first-round byes, Army and Air Force will meet at Tate Rink this weekend for the Atlantic Hockey Association Quarterfinals with all games beginning at 7:05 p.m. It is a best-of-three series between the service academy rivals with the winner advancing to the Atlantic Hockey Semifinals next weekend in Rochester, N.Y.

    The Black Knights and Falcons face each other for the second consecutive year in the playoffs. Tickets are still available to fans and can be purchased at GoArmyWestPoint.com/tickets or by calling the Army ticket office at 1-800-TIX-ARMY.

    How to Follow: Video - AtlanticHockey.TV | Listen - GoArmyWestPoint.com/watch | Tickets - GoArmyWestPoint.com/tickets | Live Stats - sidemarmstats.com/army/mhockey | Twitter - @ArmyWP_Hockey | Game Notes - GoArmyWestPoint.com


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    Engagement Skills Trainer ExperimentDepartment of Systems Engineering (DSE) cadets Tim Young, Peter Jaros, Aaron Gilliam, and Matthew Park, advised by LTC Paul Evangelista, conducted an experiment in the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) with support from the Department of Physical Education (DPE) and Department of Military Instruction (DMI). Dr. Jennifer Hewit (DPE / Kinesiology) provided support with video capture, video analysis, and advice on the experiment protocol. LTC Chris Hartline, Mr. Victor Castro, and Mr. Ed McElvaney from DMI provided training and customization of the EST environment. The project client is Project Manager Soldier Warrior (PM SWAR), PEO Soldier. The purpose of this experiment was to explore the effect of state-of-the art protective equipment and basic load on Soldier weapon employment. The EST provides a unique experimental venue as it allows for accurate simulation of qualification ranges, zeroing, and custom tables and measurements. The EST software, customized for this experiment, provided measures of accuracy and general marksmanship statistics. The purpose of this experiment was not to derive results based on a previously formed hypothesis, but rather to develop experimental methods to measure load effects related to employment of the individual weapon. Eight cadets served as test subjects for the experiment. In support of future acquisition decisions, PM SWAR plans to use project results to develop better measurement methodologies to assess the effect of Soldier load.


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  • 03/09/18--09:32: On Point: A Family Affair
  • CDT Nate Jones '19Choosing to serve in the military isn't an easy decision to make, especially for a high school kid. Nate Jones of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team knew serving his country was something he wanted to do from an early age. Jones grew up in awe of his parents and their own careers. His mother served in the Navy and his father is an active duty Marine. He wanted to follow in their footsteps. However, military life can be tough on children and Jones was no different. He called 11 different places home growing up, including Italy, California and South Carolina. Despite all the moving around, Jones was able to play lacrosse at an elite level thanks to the sacrifices of his parents. Thanks to them, Nate can now follow both his dreams, playing Division I lacrosse and serving his country. Story


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    Structuring Stories: A Novelist’s Perspective About a dozen cadets and faculty attended a Wednesday Night Workshop led by CPT(P) Jessica Dawson to discuss principles for effectively structuring stories, working as editors, and a gamut of issues related to creative writing. CPT Dawson drew on over a decade's experience publishing work in New York Times, PBS POV, and other forums to deliver her presentation and engage in a lengthy question-and-answer session with cadets. Topics included the distinctions between literary and genre fiction, revising through reverse outlining, how to approach publishers, how to make time for writing, the relationship of creative writing processes to academic writing, and much more. The MWC holds Wednesday Night Workshops virtually every Wednesday, 2000-2100, in JH301; most are designed for cadets, but anyone is welcome to attend. A full schedule is available at usma.edu/wpwp.


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    Ben Sheffield visited the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership (BS&L) to present a talk and demonstration of the work he is doing on audiology to the Engineering Psychology program. The cadets learned about how varying levels of hearing loss can affect performance during missions, including topics like communication and lethality. This talk helped inform the cadets about the future design of hearing protection devices, as well as their positive and negative impacts in combat. The talk paved the way for interest in the future Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) in this field.


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    Men's Swimming and Diving 2018With 297 points, the Army West Point men's Swimming and Diving team capped off the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Invitational with a seventh-place finish. Navy closed the meet with the top score of 461, while George Washington (444.5), South Carolina (428), Denver (382) and Incarnate Word (335) rounded out the top five. In the 1650 free, it was Tom Ottman who scored for Army after placing fourth with a time of 15:21.72. Brian McKenrick took eighth in the 200 back after touching the wall at 1:48.82. After Kevin Doo took first in the 200 fly in the B-Final with a time of 1:48.10, Peter Mikheyev placed second in the finals by posting a time of 1:45.65.


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