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  • 03/29/18--08:21: Water Plant Treatment Tour
  • Water Plant Treatment TourDepartment of Chemistry and Life Science faculty led cadets on tours of the water treatment plant near Lusk Reservoir. The water treatment plant shows a real-life application of concepts discussed in the classroom and labs. Water hardness, chlorine degradation, filtration, and turbidity were all discussed. The cadets were very appreciative of the water treatment plant operators who shoveled a path through the snow for them and demonstrated back-flushing the sand and gravel filters.


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  • 03/29/18--08:30: Spring Break Immersion Trips
  • Spring Immersion Trips The Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) led cadets to more than a half dozen countries over Spring Break for Language and Cultural Immersion Trips as well as research activities. Cadets and faculty traveled to Morocco, Jordan, China, Germany, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Costa Rica. The Arabic section led eight Cadets on two trips, Jordan and Morocco. Cadets practiced their Arabic with the local population, sampled local cuisine, and learned about ancient civilizations with roots going back to the Ancient Romans and earlier.

    Highlights from the Chinese section's trip include visits to the Nanjing Massacre museum as well as the Purple Mountain and buildings that reflect both China's long imperial legacy and Nanjing's recent status as China's capital while it was governed by the Nationalist government prior to 1949.

    The German section's trip included an official visit to the Offizierschule des Heeres, where cadets received a short briefing on the functioning of the German Bundeswehr Officer Commissioning process. Cadets also went on a joint climb in the Saxon Alps. The group visited the Goethe Institut, the Federal Republic of Germany's cultural institute, and learned about the educational opportunities available in conjunction with DFL.

    Photo: CPT Daniel with Cadets in front of the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial in Nanjing, China


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    CDT Courtney Springman '21History was made at the Army West Point Softball Complex when the softball team claimed a 5-1 victory in the second game of a doubleheader series with Syracuse on Wednesday afternoon. The win against the Orange (16-12) marked the program's first-ever victory against an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponent. In the second game, Courtney Springman had herself a day, allowing just one earned run, four hits and striking out nine in a complete game effort for Army (11-17). At the plate, Amelia Trotter compiled three hits in the two games combined, including a solo home run in the series opener. Taylor Livingston also recorded a hit in each of the contests. Madison Bryant came on in relief and allowed just one hit in four scoreless frames. Trotter blasted her second career homer. Three different Cadets recorded a base hit in the contest. Read More


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    Cadets Visit ARDEC at Picatinny ArsenalCadets from Weapons Engineering traveled to Picatinny Arsenal, NJ to visit with scientists and engineers from the Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC). While there, the cadets received technical briefings and visited ballistic lab and test facilities. The agenda, developed by Ms. Tanya Fogg, an ARDEC Executive Fellow, complemented the syllabus and learning objectives. Cadets were exposed to research and development efforts in terminal ballistics, exterior ballistics, interior ballistics, energetics, and Test and Evaluation (T&E). The event was hosted by Dr. Don Carlucci, Chief Scientist at ARDEC and the author of the ME490 textbook, Ballistics. The cadets could see how the fundamental procedures done during labs and the Engineering Design Project (EDP) are performed for lethality capability enhancement pursuits by renowned experts in armaments.


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    Baseball Improves Win Streak to Five StraightThe Army West Point Baseball team defeated Siena, 9-6, here Wednesday afternoon in its home opener. The victory marked Army's fifth-straight win and gives the Cadets momentum heading into their home-opening weekend, which begins with a doubleheader against Bucknell on Saturday. The Black Knights broke the scoreless deadlock with three runs in the bottom of the third. Anfernee Crompton led-off the inning with a single to right field. Brendan Siriani shifted him to second following a sacrifice bunt before Jacob Hurtubise placed runners on the corners after his bunt single. Drake Titus then singled through the right side to score Army's first run of the game. During the ensuing at bat, Hurtubise touched home plate after the Saints failed to pick off Titus at first. On the play Titus advanced to third. Siena answered notching the second out of the inning via a strikeout but John McKenna followed that up singling up the middle to score Titus. During the next inning, Army combined for four runs on five hits to break the game open at 7-0. Trey Martin, Josh White and Crompton recorded back-to-back-to-back hits to lead off the frame, highlighted by a double from White. Hurtubise and Titus both registered hits later on in the inning. Read More


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    Enhanced Terramechanics Lab on Loam & SandCadets from Powertrains and Vehicle Dynamics conducted an enhanced terramechanics lab vicinity south dock and Blaik Field. New this year, cadets operated both a wheeled and tracked platform in two soil types: loam and sand. The Polaris M-RZR was outfitted with a track conversion kit to provide off-road vehicle performance values to compare and contrast the advantages and challenges associated with wheels and tracks on militarily relevant surfaces. The conversion kit replaces the standard pneumatic tires with a track system that greatly enhances traction and mobility in sand, mud, and snow. The results of the lab are of interest to both industry and Special Operations mobility experts that are exploring enhancements to the Ultralight Tactical Vehicle (UTV) platforms.


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    Ethics of War Conference in Warsaw, PolandOver spring break, the Department of English and Philosophy co-sponsored an Ethics of War Conference at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland. The conference, which focused on contemporary issues related to the study of ethics in war, featured speakers from all over the world. Colonel David Barnes gave opening remarks. Cadets and faculty had the opportunity to hear keynote addresses from both Helen Frowe and Brian Orend, from the University of Stockholm and the University of Waterloo respectively. When not at the conference, they were graciously escorted around Warsaw by the faculty of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University. While there, USMA personnel visited the Polish Army Museum, the Polish National Gallery, the Warsaw Uprising Museum, the Polish Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Kashmir Pulaski Museum, and the site of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, where the army of the newly liberated Poland repelled an invasion by the USSR.


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    Army West Point FootballThe Army West Point Football team finished up its second week of spring practice on Thursday evening on Howze and Goldstein Fields. The Black Knights started practice with special teams and then individual drills under cloudy and misty skies. The team spent a lot of time in its 7-on-7 drills and team drills at the end of practice. Army is off this weekend and is back on the practice field next Tuesday and then will finish up the third week next Thursday, Friday and is set to scrimmage on Saturday.


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    Cadets Engage ALLIES at Tufts EPIIC SymposiumThe Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CMO) at West Point and its Cadet Community on CMO Club (C3MO) recently participated in the Tufts University Fletcher School's Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) Symposium to address the question: "Is the Liberal World Order Ending?" The attendees listened to panels on issues regarding human migration across borders, globalization and technology, responsibility to protect doctrine, nuclear proliferation, populism and nationalism, alternative forms of governance, as well as the culminating topic of America's future in the world order. Keynote speakers included Allan Rock, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, as well as Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and former Minister of Environment of Nigeria. Through this event, the cadets gained new perspective into the discussion of the liberal world order and the role of the United States in international issues. In breakout sessions, cadets asked questions that pertained to the ever-changing defense and security of the nation in light of the examined issues. Attendance at this event is brokered through the C3MO participation in the Tufts Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES), an undergraduate organization dedicated to improving civil-military relations. The ALLIES bring together students of Tufts University, USMA, USNA, Wesleyan University, VMI, University of North Georgia, and other schools for quarterly engagements in an academic setting.


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    Cadets in Tajikistan Participate in NowruzCadets Katie McCury and Trisitan Adamson, currently studying Persian for a semester in Tajikistan, participated in Nowruz celebrations in Dushanbe. Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian Calendar on the day of the astronomical Northward equinox. Cadets wore traditional Tajik clothing and embraced the culture.


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    CDTs Johnny Surdick '19 and AJ Barretto '19Army West Point men's lacrosse duo Johnny Surdick and AJ Barretto were named to the Inside Lacrosse Midseason Media All-America list, announced Thursday. Surdick, a 2017 All-America Honorable Mention pick, was voted to the first team for the midseason list. He leads the Black Knights with 14 caused turnovers this year and sits tied for 12th nationally with 2.0 caused turnovers per game. The cow from Odenton, Md., has assisted on a goal in four of the last five games for Army. He totals 97 career groundballs and 58 caused turnovers. The Black Knights' goalie, Barretto, landed on honorable mention. The cow's 6.61 goals against average is good for second in college lacrosse. He has allowed seven or less goals in all of his wins this season. Barretto, who hails from Darlington, Md., posted a career-high 14 saves earlier this month in the team's win over Holy Cross. He added three groundballs, two caused turnovers and an assist in the effort. He is one groundball shy of the 100 mark in his career. Read More


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    Cadets Complete SANS Cyber Security TrainingTen cadets from the Cyber Leadership Development Program (CLDP) attended cyber security training in San Francisco, CA during Spring Break. Gifted by the SANS Institute and margin of excellence funds, the cadets attended six-days of training focused on both offensive and defensive cyber operations. The training is like training offered at the Army Cyber School and taught by some of the same instructors. Cadets will use what they learned to help win events such as the annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX) and various cyber security capture the flag competitions (CTFs). Cadets attending their first SANS training took "SEC 504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling" to learn attacker's tactics and strategies. This knowledge prepares cadets to better defend networks and systems from attacks while also begin to understand penetration testing and offensive cyber operations.

    The more experienced cadets either took "SEC 560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking" to gain advanced understanding of offensive cyber operations or "SEC508: Advanced Digital Forensics, Incident Response, and Threat Hunting" to gain advanced understanding of defensive cyber operations. Industry professionals taught both courses to include former military and NSA cyber operators. The real-world experience passed down from the instructors in combination with the course curriculum will help develop our future leaders and ensure continued dominance in the cyber domain.


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    Engineering Design Paintball Gun ProjectileCadets from Weapons Engineering presented the results and demonstrated the performance of their Engineering Design Project (EDP). This year cadets were challenged to design, fabricate, and test a novel projectile that could be fired from a paintball gun. Specifically, the projectile had to achieve threshold performance values for interior, exterior, and terminal ballistics. Teams were required to use Computer Aided Design (CAD), theoretical models, and Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing, to create and test fire a novel projectile. The final presentations were delivered to Dr. Don Carlucci, Chief Scientist at the Armament, Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC).


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    CDT Genevieve McCormick '19Cadets are provided an endless number of opportunities to pursue their dreams at the U.S. Military Academy, whether it be militarily, professionally, athletically or personally. For cow Army West Point Women's Tennis player Genevieve McCormick, those unique opportunities allowed her to travel to the other side of the world for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As a Chinese major, McCormick elected to go to Taiwan during the fall semester on the Academy's version of a study abroad trip with some of her fellow classmates. Throughout that journey, the Berwyh, Pa., native immersed herself in the eastern Asian culture, while also having the opportunity to expand her horizons on the tennis court.


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    Cadets lead Over 150 JROTC CadetsWest Point's Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM (CLD-STEM) and the Office of Diversity partnered with the West Point Society of Chicago for a Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity in STEM (LEADS) Workshop. Cadets led over a 150 JROTC cadets from across the area through leadership and ethics exercises and STEM Workshops in Chicago, IL. CDTs Brandon Wilson and Ahmad Bradshaw, both from Chicago, were keynote speakers at the event. The cadets also participated in a service project at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital.


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  • 04/02/18--08:15: BG Stoye Speaks with Cadets
  • BG Stoye Speaks with CadetsBrigadier General Karsten Stoye of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe), who commands the E3 Sentry Component at Geilenkirchen, Germany, visited the Modern Europe and Modern Germany classes taught by Dr. Michael Geheran and MAJ Christian Garner, respectively. General Stoye spoke with cadets about a wide array of topics related to the German military’s role in the world wars, the establishment of NATO during the Cold War, and the current threats confronting the alliance. Cadets were particular eager to learn about the challenges new officers should anticipate when serving in a multinational force, and asked numerous questions about General Stoye’s experiences serving with other NATO officers from different countries in operations around the world. As one cadet remarked afterwards, “Having the opportunity to speak with a non-U.S. NATO general really helped me understand the responsibility we have, as U.S. lieutenants, to help maintain and strengthen the alliance. Mutual cooperation is key to tacking the national security threats we face today.”


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    Cadets Participate in Yale Humanist Community MeetingProfessor Jen Kiesling accompanied a group of cadets from the Secular Students Alliance to New Haven, CT to participate in a meeting of the Yale Humanist Community. The group listened to a talk on "Resilience after Sandy Hook" and participated in small group discussions. They then toured the Yale campus to visit the Yale War Memorial, which is a particularly interesting example of war memorialization and provided examples of civilian participation in US military operations over time.


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    CDTs Matt Isnardi '18 Cole Casanova '19Firstie Matt Isnardi of the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team and Cole Casanova of the Gymnastics team were named the Corps Squad Scholar Athletes of the Month for March. As one of goalies of the men's lacrosse team, Isnardi serves as an integral part of the squad on and off the field. Recently, he was named the team's practice player of the week leading up to a decisive victory over a nationally-ranked Rutgers opponent. Off the field, Isnardi was selected over many other qualified candidates to serve as the Company G-1 Company Commander during the fall 2017 semester. During the semester he led the company to superb performance and several recognitions including winning the annual Blood Drive competition for the regiment and leading three community service outreach events. Casanova is key competitor and leader on the Army West Point Gymnastics team. He currently maintains a 2.863 cumulative GPA as an Engineering Management major. In 2018 he was the All-Academy All-around Champion. He has been instrumental in the team's success throughout this season setting career marks nearly every competition. Casanova is ranked 37 in the nation on vaulting, 41 on high bar and holds a top-seven all-around score in the nation. Read More


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  • 04/02/18--08:39: American West Staff Ride
  • American West Staff RideOver Spring Break, seven cadets and two faculty members conducted the American West Staff Ride, visiting locations in Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Cadets grappled with themes of empire, expansion, freedom and opportunity on the frontier. The staff ride also focused heavily on leadership in the Frontier Army, providing cadets the opportunity to think through the challenges associated with leading soldiers in austere and isolated conditions.


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    CDT Hannah Slomkowski '21Rookie goalie Hannah Slomkowski broke the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse program saves record, but it was not enough as the Black Knights fell 15-8 to Lehigh on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium. The rookie from Baltimore, Md., stopped 13 shots in less than 43 minutes of action in relief, breaking the previous mark of 12 held by Kayla Rowley (vs. Lafayette on March 18, 2017) and Maddie Burns (at Colgate on April 19, 2017). The visitors opened the game with a 4-0 run, but a pair of goals by Manuela Cortes provided an answer by Army to cut the deficit in half. Lehigh responded with two goals in the next two minutes, however, including a tally 45 seconds later to push its edge back to four goals. The two sides traded goals over the next four minutes before the Mountain Hawks earned two in a span of 32 seconds around the eight-minute mark to take a 9-4 lead into the break. The deficit could have been much greater for the Black Knights if not for Slomkowski's five free-position stops in the opening period. Read More


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