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    CDT Gloria Son '21The Army West Point Women's Tennis team rebounded after its seven-game winning streak was snapped with a 6-1 win over Bryant on Tuesday afternoon at the IMG Academy. The Black Knights got back into the win column and finish the non-league slate at 12-5, while Bryant falls to 4-5. Army remains a perfect 6-0 all-time against Bryant. Alana Larcombe pushes her singles dual winning streak to seven matches. Gloria Son won her 15th singles match of the season. Ana Joyner def. Ashanti Campfield, 7-5, 6-3. Kirby Einck def. Nina Liuggi, 6-2, 6-2. Arianna Oropeza def. Sasha Inchauste, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 4. Danna Funaro def. Aleksi Gottlieb, 6-2, 6-3. Gloria Son def. Megan Tan, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. Alana Larcombe def. Caterina Luisa Rokke, 6-3, 6-1. Read More


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    CDT Dismukes Explores Soviet WeaponryCadet Tanner Dismukes visited the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in WWII, in Kiev, Ukraine. The visit supported one of his written assignments for Advanced Language and Culture in Context. Cadet Dismukes explored the weaponry and history of Soviet and Independent Ukrainian militias during and since World War II.


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    Men's Rugby Defeats Cal Maritime in West Coast FinaleThe Army West Point Men's Rugby team capped off their trip to the West Coast with a 27-13 victory over the Cal Maritime Academy Tuesday night. Army now improves to 9-3 in 15s play, while the Keelhaulers drop to 5-3 on the season. Plebe Thomas Gates earned his first career start for the Black and Gold. Yearling Nathan Brooks posted five points on one try. Firstie Hayden Cross notched two tries for the Black Knights in his first start of the 15s season. Jareth Long-Garett and Gannon Conrad both added one try each. Read More


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    AeroVironment Visits West PointThe Center for Innovation and Engineering hosted LTC (R) David Henderson '85, Mr. Scott Newburn, and Mr. Steven Chambers engineers from AeroVironment's Macready works to discuss future collaboration opportunities. LTC Brian Novoselich facilitated the visit which spanned seven academic departments, DMI (Department of Military Instruction), and IID (Institute for Innovation and Development). The visit allowed the AeroVironment to better understand the various ways unmanned aerial systems are currently being employed for both research and training. AeroVironment has expressed interest in developing a stronger relationship with the academy, beyond their current Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) sponsorship.


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    CDT David Mitchell '19The Army West Point Men's Tennis team closed out their three-match slate from the West Coast with an impressive 4-3 win over the University of San Francisco on Tuesday night. The Cadets were successful in singles play, taking three out of six matches against the Dons. Juniors David Mitchell and Grant Patterson clinched the doubles point for the Black Knights, with a 6-4 victory over Ryan Marker and Marco Barretto. Army now improves to 8-9 on the season, while the Dons fall to 3-9 overall. 1. Michael Nguyen def. Johan Joenhagen - 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 2. Mert Zincirli def. Gregory Shannon - 6-1, 7-5 3. Myles Conlin def. Oliver Poysti - 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 4. Ryan Marker def. David Mitchell - 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 5. Paul Giraud def. Michael Sienko - 6-1, 6-2 6. Anant Mundra def. Marco Barretto - 6-3, 6-0. Read More


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    Ethics Debate Team Competes in National ChampionshipWest Point's Ethics Debate Team competed in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Chicago, IL. The team, consisting of five debaters, Carolyn Kehn '18 (Sociology), Jessica Boerner'18 (Philosophy), Reed Johnson '19 (Philosophy), Brett Yelverton '18 (Philosophy), and Viviana Gonzalez '20 (Sociology), competed in four rounds against Whitman College, Youngstown State, St. Mary's, and Central Arkansas. The team debated cases about the rights of transgender athletes, the medical treatment of newborns with terminal illnesses, the replacement of workers with robots, the responsibility of pharmaceutical companies for the opioid crisis, and the ethics of political expression in publicly funded art, among other things. The team performed well overall, finishing well above the team from the Naval Academy.

    They did this despite the fact that most of the members of the team were competing for the first time this year and after an exhausting couple of days of travel involving flight cancellations and long layovers. The competition gave the new cadets valuable experience that will help make the team even stronger next year. The tournament brought together 37 of the nation's most talented teams to compete for the national title. West Point won the tournament in 2017. This year, the team qualified for the tournament after placing 2nd among 24 teams at the Northeast Regional Competition. This is another example of the department's commitment to developing cadet's ethical reasoning, civic responsibility, and effective communication.


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  • 03/15/18--08:45: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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  • 03/15/18--08:50: SAIS Crisis Simulation Event
  • SAIS Crisis Simulation EventFour cadets traveled to the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. to execute the crisis simulation event. The cadets joined graduate students on the People's Republic of China, Russian Federation, Republic of Korea, and Japan teams. This year, the simulation focused on escalatory behavior: specifically, under what conditions do states choose to escalate crises? The simulation is a fast-paced environment in which to test students understanding of policy, political and military organizations, history, current events, and international relations.


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    DLAW Mock Trial Team Competes at PrincetonThe Department of Law (DLAW) Mock Trial Team travelled to Princeton University to take part in the Regional Competition. Prior to the event, team Officer in Charge (OIC) CPT Strang, worked with the team to help them develop their arguments, objections and evidentiary foundations. The team competed against twenty-seven other teams from universities throughout the northeast. Each team competed in four separate trials against a randomly selected opponent with the team representing the prosecution twice and the defense twice. Participants were judged on the effectiveness of opening/closing statements, direct and cross examination, and grasp of the rules of evidence through objections and responses. The team significantly improved on last years' showing and won several ballots, but they did not score enough points to qualify for the Nationals competition.


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    Women's Handball Fights Hard in BostonWomen's Handball Black and Gold teams traveled to Boston to compete against New York City and Boston Handball clubs. Both teams played well and fought hard. Gabby Purnell '19 and Kaley Rose '19 had outstanding games leading the teams in defense and scoring.


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    Prominent Death Penalty Attorney Speaks to Law MajorsThe Department of Law held its Salvatore Lecture Series, hosting Professor David Bruck, renowned defense attorney and death penalty expert. Professor Bruck has argued seven death penalty cases before the Supreme Court including Skipper v. South Carolina (1986) and Simmons v. South Carolina (1994), and over 70 capital appeals in state and lower federal courts. He has represented dozens of clients in death penalty cases, including Susan Smith, Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Charleston church shooting suspect Dylan Roof. Professor Bruck currently serves as a clinical professor of law and director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at Washington and Lee University School of Law. In his talk, he spoke on his view that the death penalty should be abolished and then engaged in a thoughtful discussion time with cadets about the death penalty.


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  • 03/15/18--10:37: Fencing Beats Navy at NJIT
  • Fencing Beats Navy at NJITThe Fencing Team traveled to NJIT to compete against conference match opponents in the last dual meets of the regular season. Army beat Navy for the 15th consecutive year in head to head competition. The #1 Ranked Sabre Fencer of the day was Chris Papa going 8-4 in his weapon against a field of all MAAC and NCAA ranked fencers. In the weapon of Foil, Caleb Kifer finished the day at 5-5 – giving Army the two wins they needed in foil against Navy for the close tied win and contributing wins against William and Mary.

    Army takes home its Foil Champion in Claudia Sun who was the only athlete to go undefeated on the day at 9-0 – the best finish for any athlete in this competition. The Weapon of Epee finished at 2-1, with cadets Amy Yang (7-2), Claire Sirna (6-3) and Brigit Duffy (5-4) finishing above all other opponents with a first-place finish. In Women's Sabre Helen Schroeder went 5-4, one of her strongest finishes in any competition.

    Photo: CDT Claudia Sun-Undefeated Foil Champion


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    Cadets Tour the National Capital RegionA Cadet history thesis seminar on Intelligence and Cyber operations, led by Dr. David Gioe and MAJ Jason LeVay, took a trip section to the National Capital Region, where they toured the National Cryptologic Museum, met with U.S. Cyber Command Historian Dr. Michael Warner, and received National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command mission briefings. They toured the CIA's internal museum and headquarters with the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and were received at the Institute for World Politics where they met Mr. Burton Gerber former CIA Chief of Station Moscow and former Chief of Central Eurasia Division, Mr. Dick Holm former paramilitary officer in Laos during the Vietnam War and former CoS Paris, and Mr. John Sano retired Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service. This opportunity provided by the Army Cyber Institute and the Department of History enriched the cadet learning experience, allowing them to interact with artifacts, and engage with intelligence and cyber historians and senior intelligence officers.


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    Baseball Halts #28 Stetson’s Nine-Game Winning StreakThe Army West Point baseball team earned an 8-4 victory over No. 28 Stetson here Wednesday night. The Hatters, who were voted 12th in the Collegiate Baseball poll and 28th in the NCBWA poll, saw their nine-game winning streak halted in the contest. The Cadets jumped on things early, notching five big runs in the second inning to break to game open. Anthony Giachin and Anfernee Crompton started the frame by notching back-to-back singles. Rob Regine then reached on an error following a sacrifice bunt to load the bases. Josh White was hit by a pitch during the next at bat, which brought home Army's first run of the inning. The Hatters tallied the first out on a fielder's choice but still had to deal with the bases being loaded when Jacob Hurtubise stepped up to the plate. The yearling kept the wheels moving by drilling a long fly ball out to center field to bring home another Black Knights' run. Read More


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    ELEX Cadets Visit NSA HeadquartersEleven members of the Electronics Experimenters Club (ELEX) visited the headquarters of the National Security Agency (NSA) at Ft. Meade, Maryland. All had a chance to see how electrical and mechanical engineering skills are utilized by the nation's intelligence community, in pursuit of national security objectives. The NSA tour began with a visit to R2, NSA's Information Assurance research organization. R2 personnel briefed the cadets on current research efforts to defend information and technical infrastructure, as well as efforts to improve the science of information security. Next, the cadets visited the NSA's "supervisory control and data acquisition" (SCADA) simulation facility. SCADA is a system often used for controlling public works infrastructure such as water, sewer and electrical systems. In this facility, domestic and foreign allied SCADA infrastructures are simulated to develop defensive measures. Finally, the cadets received a technical demonstration from the NSA's Technical Vulnerabilities group, who demonstrated "bug sweeping" techniques to detect and defeat surveillance devices; the group then had the cadets hunt for bugs in a live test range using state-of-the-art NSA detection equipment. CDT Patula gave a custom-made ELEX challenge coin to leaders at each NSA organization.


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    CDT Amelia Trotter '20The Army West Point softball team claimed a pair of victories over Manhattan in a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex. The Black Knights (5-12) had plenty of success at the plate, scoring 11 runs on 19 hits in the two games combined. Amelia Trotter went 3-for-6 with a run scored and two RBI, while Lacey Swafford was the primary run producer, driving in four runs on three hits. On the mound, Courtney Springman and Macey Newbary both posted stellar outings. In the first game, Springman got the nod and went the distance. She did not allow a single earned run, while fanning five Jasper (7-7) batters. Newbary started inside the circle in the second tilt and threw a complete game shutout. The yearling allowed four hits and struck out six, while issuing just one walk. Read More


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    Systems Capstone Team visited HQUSACESystems Capstone Team visited Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (HQUSACE) to brief MG Michael Wehr, Deputy Commanding General USACE on a Business Intelligence Framework, and conduct a working session with senior planners in order to refine current products. CDT's Browning, Coleman, Roman, and Frieberg are working with their capstone advisor, LTC Schreiner who is serving one-year with HQUSACE Strategy and Integration Office as a Strategic Planner. The nature of the Cadet Teams work is captured in their abstract which has been submitted for peer review in the Engineering Management Journal of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM).


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    Model UN Debate at Havard UN ConferenceTen cadets of the USMA Model United Nations team traveled to Boston, Mass. to participate in the Harvard National Model United Nations conference hosted by Harvard University. This conference is the largest on the Model UN circuit in the U.S., with over 3,000 delegates from several countries competing.

    The conference ended with multiple individual awards given to cadets, with the entire team performing well and exercising improvisational speaking skills, negotiation, and cooperative problem solving.

    The following cadets were individually recognized for their outstanding performances: Jake Stoffel '19, John Govern '19, John Lorenz '20, Katarina Christianson '21 and Justin Jang '20. The following cadets were also integral to the team's success: George Pavlakis '21, Amanda Horsey '19, Kenny Castillo '21, Hunter Hill '20 and Jeronne Carter '20.


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  • 03/16/18--08:35: Cadets in Jordan Visit Aqaba
  • Cadets in Jordan Visit AqabaCadets studying abroad in Jordan visited the coastal city of Aqaba in southern Jordan. The visit to Aqaba presented the cadets with a valuable opportunity to exercise their language skills and cultural awareness. Situated in the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea, Aqaba is Jordan's only seaport and it is nestled next to Israel and within close range of Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The visit exposed cadets to an array of Arabic dialects and placed them in situations where they were required to navigate everyday situations in a diverse population comprised of Jordanians, Saudis, Egyptians, Palestinians and Israelis.


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    Water Polo at University of California TournamentTwelve members of the Army Water Polo Team traveled across country for a tournament at the University of California – Davis. This tournament had many top teams showing up. Strong performances from yearling Kyle Garwick and firstie Colin Stone helped Army win their first game 12-6. Goals from almost every player on the team led to a 12-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara. Standouts in this game were firstie Shelby Lee and cows, Pat Cowley and Matt Kim all with goals and assists and playing well on both defense and offense.

    The following weekend Army Polo hosted thirteen teams in Arvin Gym. Army beat Lehigh 12 - 1. In the Army vs Navy star match, Army took Navy to task with a final score of 27-7. During the final two games the Army team was supplemented and the team played with Jesse Smith, three-time Olympian and former professional player, a great experience.


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