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    Glee Club Sings with Trace AdkinsLast night, Sunday March 25, the West Point Glee Club was invited to sing "Still a Soldier" with Trace Adkins at Eisenhower Hall. The Glee Club was honored with the opportunity and sounded great!


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    Women's Rugby Wins Crimson 7s Championship TitleThe Army West Point Women's Rugby team defeated Harvard, 34-10, Saturday evening from Robert A. Mingione Field to clinch the Crimson 7s Tournament Championship title. The Cadets dropped their first match 36-0 to Harvard, but later bounced back with a 32-0 victory over Northeastern. Army then defeated Brown, 26-19, in their third match of the day. The Blacks Knights advanced to the Semi-finals, defeating AIC 31-19, before heading to the Championship match facing the Crimson for a second time. Firstie Rebecca Stipp led the Black Knights offensively with nine tries. Yearling Bayleigh Gable added two conversions on four points. Gable also posted one try on five points for the Black Knights. Read More


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    Eighth Annual Fallen Comrades RunThe West Point Marathon team hosted the eighth Fallen Comrades Run. Participants throughout the academy and local communities joined in during the partly sunny, 35-degree, 13.1-mile half marathon morning race showing their dedication to honoring the fallen. Congratulations to the six members of the team that competed in the race and Beat Navy, led by the new course record holder, Aaqib Syed.


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    CDT Ross Puritty '18The Army West Point Men's Track and Field team finished big in Philadelphia, placing first of seven teams. Army won the Penn Challenge, beating out the meet host University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Villanova, La Salle, Rider and Cornell for the top spot. The team scored 196.5 points. Last year at this meet, the Black Knights placed second. This is the Cadet's second consecutive first-place finish. Army placed 1-3 in the 100m dash. Tyler Davis finished first with a time of 10.86, Andre Vaughn took second place with 11.03, and Jaylin Davis clocked in at 11.19 which was good for third. Ross Puritty claimed second in the 110m hurtles with a time of 14.97. Conner Russell took fourth, clocking in at 16.15. Naquore Davis's time of 16.28 was good for fifth and Jaeden Watson finished in sixth with a time of 16.29. In the 200m, Jaylin Davis placed second with a time of 22.78. Tyrell Maddox timed in at 48.67, finishing in second in the 400-meter dash. Marcus Denham finished seventh with a time of 50.51. Puritty finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.70. Russell took seventh with a time of 57.82. Read More


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    History Dept. Commitment to Developing LeadersThe Department of History took advantage of its Plebe Parent Weekend open house to communicate to visiting parents its commitment to developing commissioned leaders of character. In addition to great conversations and sharing positive stories about each cadet who visited, the department displayed its recent publications and digital initiatives, the weapons carts, and representatives from both the Center for Oral History and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies explained how their engagement with the wider public instills "wisdom through history."


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    CDT Rieping '19 Army Navy MRZR MissionOn December 7, 2017, The Army West Point Football Team was led out through the Brigade Sendoff Cordon by members of the Spirit Tank Crew operating the MRZR2T tracked vehicle. Immediately following the cordon, the MRZR2T was loaded and transported to Philadelphia where it served as a fitting vehicle for the snow-draped rivalry that was the Army Navy football game of 2017. The tracked MRZR was used to tow and transport equipment with ease despite the slick conditions. Cadet Chris Rieping ’19, the Spirit Tank Crew Cadet in Charge (CIC), did a terrific job of preparing for the mission and leading the team in support. Of note, he worked with stadium technicians to perform a field expedient repair to the air cannon. His efforts ensured that the t-shirt launcher was operational for the game, and his actions demonstrated both resourcefulness and doggedness while using problem solving techniques in a field environment.


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    Samantha Stewart '20 and Lauren Bredenburg '21Yearling Samantha Stewart and plebe Lauren Bredenburg of the Army West Point women's lacrosse team were recognized as this week's Patriot League Midfielder and Rookie of the Week. It was Stewart's first midfielder of the week recognition and second career weekly award after being tabbed the rookie of the week last season. Bredenburg picked up her first career honor from the league and Army's second rookie of the week following when Megan Raftery was named it on Feb. 12. Stewart scored a game-high five points and four goals in the Black Knights' 17-8 win over American on Saturday, marking the first home win over a Patriot League opponent in program history. Both her points and goals were career highs for the New Canaan, Conn., native, while she tied her previous personal best of seven draw controls. Bredenburg recorded a game-high six ground balls and caused three turnovers in the historic victory, marking the third time this year that the Hampstead, Md., native notched at least three of each. The rookie defender set a new single game high for the team with her six ground balls, while her three caused turnovers marked just the fourth time this season an Army player has reached that mark. Read More


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    Danny Nelson Pro Racer Instructs CadetsCadets from Powertrains and Vehicle Dynamics traveled to Poughkeepsie, NY to meet with a professional race car driver at K1 Speed, an electric go-kart racing facility. The cadets received expert instruction from Mr. Danny Nelson on safe, effective, and competitive driving techniques. Mr. Nelson has over 30 years of experience in motorsports on a wide range of vehicles and classes including Formula 1. His instruction was directly linked to course automotive engineering concepts including braking, acceleration, and cornering/steering. The cadets applied newfound insights on vehicle dynamics during three race events, preceded by lecture from Mr. Nelson and succeeded with after-action reviews. Feedback from the cadets was overwhelmingly positive, and on average race lap times dropped by 15% because of the expert instruction afforded by Mr. Nelson.

    Photo: CDT Zach Hobson ’18 prepares to enter a turn during a circuit race conducted after instruction on racecar driving techniques


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    Josh White '19 and Anthony Giachin '21For the second time this season, Army West Point baseball saw two of its own tabbed with Patriot League weekly awards. Josh White garnered his first player of the week acknowledgment, while first-year infielder Anthony Giachin earned his second rookie of the week honor. White batted .462 (6-for-13) with three runs scored and three runs batted in to help Army start 4-0 in conference play. The second baseman hit safely in all four games, while slugging .462 and posting a .500 on-base percentage. White went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader with Bucknell. He went 2-for-4 with one run and one driven in, in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against Navy. He also had six putouts and five assists in the field during the week. For his efforts this weekend, White was also tabbed the College Sports Madness Patriot League Player of the Week. Giachin averaged .308 (4-for-13) throughout the Cadet's four-game weekend, while reaching base at a .400 clip. The rookie went 1-for-3 with a run scored in Army's Game 2 win over Bucknell. He drove in one run in the first game against Navy, before going a career-best 3-for-4 with three runs in the second game. Giachin also had five putouts and four assists during the week. Read More


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    Fallen Comrades Run Trophy CreationCadets and members of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering designed and created a fitting perpetual trophy for the half-marathon. Inspired by elements of the mythical Hermes, the trophy sits atop a base of oak and features four gold painted, steel winged feet and an inspiring acrylic triangular obelisk or 'trianglisk'. The paired feet represent both service academies shadowing their respective services. The trianglisk signifies the tip of the spear that commissioned leaders will serve at. The winged foot element was also used to create artistic upgrades for new oak doors at Gillis Field House.


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    Cadets Explore the Cadet MicrobiomeCadets enrolled in Introduction to Biology (CH275) are exploring the microbial world found within West Point. As part of a newly implemented Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE), cadets collect environmental samples from three locations within the cadet area. Students selections range from athletic equipment, electronic devices, or shower and recreational facilities. Cadets made predictions prior to microbial isolation on nutrient plates. Additionally, cadets prepare isolates on antibiotic containing plates to determine whether specific resistance exists within their samples. To further characterize the microbiome, these samples provide source materials for students to identify isolates using advanced analytical techniques. “CURE Biology: Analyzing Microbes Using a Collaborative STEM Approach,” authored by LTC Melissa Eslinger, MAJ Elizabeth Kent, and Dr. Elizabeth Mentis has been accepted for publication and presentation at the upcoming STEM Educators’ Conference later this year.


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    DFL Faculty Ruck March Toward German BadgeDespite Winter Storm Quinn, faculty from the Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) continued their pursuit of the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge with a 12-kilometer ruck march through West Point. The ruck march is one of six events that comprise the German Proficiency Badge requirements, supported by the German Liaison Officer, LTC Michael Breuer.

    Photo: (L-R) LTC Miller (DFL-Portuguese), MAJ Medford (Russian), LTC Serrazes (Portuguses Exchange Officer), and MAJ Zapf (Arabic) following the ruck march completion


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    Thirteenth Normandy Staff RideOver Spring Break, the Department of History conducted its thirteenth staff ride to Normandy since the year 2000. This year's trip carried on a few new traditions to make it more personal. A mock storming of Omaha Beach at Vierville was done to give the cadets an authentic experience while in Normandy. Cadets wore their army combat uniforms, waded chest deep into the surf at low tide, and covered the 300-meters to the seawall. Furthermore, the experience was combined with oral histories from French citizens that experienced the invasion first hand. This year's trip consisted of six days on the battlefield, followed by two days in Paris where they visited the French Second Armored Division. The bonds that were formed on this trip are a testament to the Long Gray Line, and the passion that exists for history here at West Point.


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    CDT Gregory Shannon '18After finishing the weekend undefeated in both singles and doubles, Gregory Shannon of the Army West Point Men's Tennis team earned Patriot League Player of the Week honors, the league office announced on Tuesday. In his first match of the series, the Longwood, Fla., native defeated Holy Cross' Matthew Slowinski in the first flight, 6-2, 6-1. He also earned another singles victory, 7-6 6-4, over Bucknell's Andrei Vitiuc, and defeated three straight in doubles with partner Michael Nguyen. This is the first weekly league honor for the firstie this year.


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    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Scholarship LuncheonThe Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) USMA Chapter hosted a scholarship luncheon within the Regimental Room of the Cadet Mess Hall open to members of the Corps of Cadets with potential to apply for scholarships. PKP Student VPs, CDTs Claire Wang and Abby Vorhaus, coordinated a panel to discuss the scholarship application process by winners of various scholarships from members of the class of 2018. The panelists included Cadets Joy Schaeffer – Marshall Scholarship, Lexie Johnson – Anna Sobol Levy Fellowship, Megan Bryn – Schwarzman Scholarship, and Garret Simon – (MIT) Lincoln Labs Fellowship. Additionally, MAJ Summers, XH Program Faculty Representative, provided insight regarding the scholarship program and process. The panelists provided insight regarding their scholarship journey and fielded questions from the audience.


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    CDT Danna Funaro '20Yearling Danna Funaro of the Army West Point women's tennis team was named the Patriot League Female Player of the Week following her stellar opening weekend of league play. This is Funaro's first time being recognized by the league in her career. The Fairfield, Conn., native combined to go 5-0 on the weekend with three singles wins and two in doubles. She outscored her opponents in those matches by a combined score of 48-10. Funaro opened the weekend with a 6-1, 6-0, win over Lafayette's Alexa Cooke in the fourth flight before taking down Katya Martin of Holy Cross, 6-0, 6-1, in the second flight. She closed out the weekend with a 6-3, 6-3, victory over Chloe Boustany of Loyola on Sunday. In doubles, she paired with rookie Ana Joyner to defeat Lafayette's Grace Conrad and Meredith Block, 6-2, in the second flight. Funaro also teamed up with Genevieve McCormick to pick up a 6-0 win in the top flight over Holy Cross' Allison Reiling and Morgan McGuire. Funaro posted her personal-best 15th singles win of the season against Loyola with the match-clinching win. Additionally, she improved to 5-0 in her career against Patriot League opponents in singles dual play. Read More


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    Engineering Design Vehicle Extraction ToolCadets from Powertrains and Vehicle Dynamics presented the results and demonstrated the performance of their Engineering Design Project (EDP). This year ME42 cadets were challenged to design, fabricate, and test an extraction tool that would provide a means of extraction from a vehicle. Specifically the device had to cut through a seatbelt and break tempered glass. The teams were given a razor blade and concrete nail, and were required to use Computer Aided Design (CAD), structural analysis, and Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing, to create a novel extraction tool. The final presentations were delivered to members of the West Point Fire Department and West Point Provost Marshal.


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    CDT Josh White '19Army West Point Baseball team saw Josh White named the Army West Point Athlete of the Week following his impressive performance over the weekend. This was his third weekly award since Monday as he was also tabbed the Patriot League and College Sports Madness Player of the Week. White batted .462 (6-for-13) with three runs scored and three runs batted in to help Army start 4-0 in conference play. The second baseman hit safely in all four games, while slugging .462 and posting a .500 on-base percentage. White went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader with Bucknell. He went 2-for-4 with one run and one driven in, in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against Navy. He also had six putouts and five assists in the field during the week.

    The Army squad is back in action this week when it welcomes Siena in its home opener on Wednesday at 3 p.m.


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    North Eastern Regional Cyber Defense CompetitionEight cadets represented West Point and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the North Eastern Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. This annual event pits schools from all over the country against one another in an "inherit and defend" style cyber competition. Teams were tasked with protecting and maintaining services running on over a dozen different physical and cloud based machines while a dedicated "red cell" hacker group attempted to penetrate their infrastructure and disrupt digital services. The mission of the CCDC system is to provide institutions with an information assurance or computer security curriculum a controlled, competitive environment to assess their student's depth of understanding and operational competency in managing the challenges inherent in protecting a corporate network infrastructure and business information systems. The team took eighth place in this highly competitive field, a good result considering this was the first time West Point has competed in the event since 2012.


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  • 03/29/18--06:52: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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