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    Cadets Host Lunch with MG(R) CastroThe Civil Engineering Club hosted MG(R) Randall Castro, a retired engineer officer now working as a senior vice president at AECOM for a professional development lunch. General Castro spoke to a packed conference room of mostly firstie civil engineering majors about the lessons he's learned over a 30+ year career. He shared stories from his time as a battalion commander, Commandant of the Engineer School and Pacific Ocean Division commander. He offered practical advice to these soon-to-be second lieutenants about a balanced life and taking care of soldiers.


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    Army-Navy Set For Epic Three-Game Series ShowdownArmy West Point baseball and Navy will meet this weekend for three critical Patriot League games and their much-anticipated Star series. The two academies will meet Friday night under the lights of Fenway Park in Boston, Mass., before closing out the weekend with a doubleheader at West Point on Saturday. The baseball "Star" will be on the line during this series and will go to the overall winner of the three-game set. First pitch for Friday's game is slated for 6 p.m., while Saturday's twin bill kicks off at 3 p.m. Rich DeMarco and Bryan Price will be on each of the calls for the Patriot League Network. These two adversaries will meet for the 232nd time in their historic rivalry on Friday. The Mids currently hold a 120-111 edge on the all-time series but Army has already taken two of the team's five meetings this year with a doubleheader sweep at Camden Yards back on March 25. Army sits atop the conference standings but Navy follows closing behind in second. The Black Knights are currently riding a 10-game winning streak, with eight of those coming during league play. Jon Rosoff was recently tabbed the Patriot League Player of the Week after his impressive performances against Lafayette over the weekend. Read More


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    USMA Gets First Invite to Stock Pitch CompetitionMore than fifty women from sixteen top universities participated in the College of William & Mary's Mason School of Business Stock Pitch Competition. For the undergraduate women who came to compete, the event provided the direct, hands-on experience that will help them launch a career in an industry that is typically dominated by men. Sponsored by the Corbin Leadership Forum, West Point was represented by CDT Ellie Petersen '18 and CDT Eva Gould '19 with the coaching of MAJ Isaac Wisniewski and MAJ Yoonie Dunham. This was the first time that a service academy has been included in this highly selective by invitation only event.


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  • 04/20/18--08:15: On Point: A Baseball Bond
  • CDT Cam Opp '19A young boy sits on his bed in his dorm room at Christ School in North Carolina trying to comprehend the devastating news his mother had just told him. His father, who was just 46 years old, had passed away. Army West Point left-handed pitcher Cam Opp was that young boy.

    Losing a parent is never easy, especially when you're young. His father, Stuart, had just lost his battle with stage-4 stomach cancer. He fought for close to two years despite being misdiagnosed and given only six months to live.

    To read more on Opp's bond with his father and the journey to West Point, Click Here.


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  • 04/24/18--08:05: Cadet Brief to PEO-Ammo
  • Cadet Brief to PEO-AmmoCadets Cari Jenkins and Tanner Andrews briefed their capstone project to Mr. John McFassel from PEO-Ammo. The project is to develop a comprehensive maintenance program for the APE 1236 incinerator. The APE 1236 incinerator is the Army's only demilitarization method for several types of munitions. The team was tasked to develop a maintenance program to assist PEO-Ammo in accurately logging and assessing maintenance to determine when major components of the incinerator need to be taken off line to repair and replace parts. There are five of these incinerators located throughout the US and Japan which makes the maintenance program very difficult to implement. The cadets developed a comprehensive excel based maintenance program which logs, assess and archives PMCS, maintenance and usage called the Incinerator Maintenance Program (IMP) model. In addition, they developed a user's manual for the operators.


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    Prof. Melkon Represents USMA at ARCENT ConferenceProfessor John Melkon of the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) was a featured presenter representing UMSA at the United States Army Central Command Regional Land Forces Intelligence Symposium (USARCENT) in Tampa, Florida. The focus of the event was to promote greater understanding among partner nations. Thirteen Middle Eastern countries sent representatives to the Symposium ranging from First Lieutenants to Staff Major Generals. Mr. Melkon spoke on The Power of Information Sharing among Public Private Partnerships and urged greater cooperation among the allied nations to overcome operational challenges against hostile and aggressive nations in the region. The Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations is building an educational partnership with USARCENT that will include research contributions, internships and exercise/operational opportunities.


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    CDT Andre Vaughn '19The Army West Point men's track and field team finished day two of the Larry Ellis Invitational with solid performances. "Across the board I was happy with our speed power people. The guys in the high jump, Tyrese in the triple jump, and the sprint hurdle guys all looked good and put up some marks that are at or near the top of the Patriot League," said head coach Mike Smith. Track Events: Andre Vaughn placed second in the 100m dash with a time of 10.66. Kedrin Jefferson followed in sixth with his time of 10.80. Tyler Davis finished eighth clocking in at 10.82, and Ben Sims' time of 10.83 was good for ninth. Jefferson finished third in the 200m, clocking in at 21.53 and was followed by Vaughn in fourth at 21.55. Kevin Dyer placed seventh with his time of 21.80. Field Events: Jeff Giannettino won the high jump clearing a height of 2.04m. Bryce Samuel finished fifth with his height of 2.04m and Bernard Jenkins seventh with 2.00m. Bullen finished eighth in the long jump with a distance of 6.83m. Tyrese Bender took third with 14.40m in the triple jump. Bradley Gibson placed eighth with 13.51m. Geoff Kirk placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 15.7.6m Kirk also placed third in the discus with a 52.01m toss. Kenneth Brinson placed ninth with his throw 46.76m. Read More


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    Project Management in the Real WorldProject Management cadets from the Department of Systems Engineering participated in a Professional Panel discussion titled, "Project Management in the Real World." The three panelists included Mr. Charles Mallory '85 and VP of Quality Operations for Endo Pharmaceuticals); Mr Timothy Leonard '85, USACE and Barracks Upgrade Program), and Ms. Kelsey Bishop (Manager with Secretariat International, consulting of construction projects). Cadets learned from the panelists’ real-world experiences, had a dynamic Q&A period, and then applied concepts from the panel discussion to the course material with a reflection essay.


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    CDT Eleanor Burnett '21The Army West Point women's rugby team capped their weekend slate at the Bowdoin 7s Tournament undefeated, with victories over Harvard, Northeastern, University of Maine, and AIC. The Cadets advanced to the championship match, where they defeated the Crimson 17-12 to earn their third 7s tournament title this season. Yearling Sam Sullivan led Army offensively in the tournament with six tries on 30 points. Firstie Rebecca Stipp also notched four tries for the Black and Gold. Read More


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    CSCMO Hosts Secretary Ray DuBoisThe Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) hosted Raymond DuBois, a senior adviser at CSIS, where he focuses on civil-military relations, the "Force of the Future" Initiative, national security strategy and joint professional military education. He previously served as acting Under Secretary of the Army from February 2005 to February 2006. Mr. DuBois engaged with cadets in multiple forums including an evening dinner discussion with the Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations, lecturing several sections and serving in a panel with Dr. Edward J. Erickson, an Associate Professor of Military History at the Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. Mr. DuBois spoke on a range of Civ-Mil topics including Civilian Control of the Military, the role of Civil-Military Operations in Vietnam and challenges for our current Defense Leadership.


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    Women's Tennis Beats Navy; 14th Patriot League TitleThe 2-seeded Army West Point women's tennis team took down top-seeded Navy, 4-2, in the Patriot League Women's Tennis Championship match Sunday at the Malek Tennis Center. The Black Knights improved to 21-6 on the season, while the Midshipmen capped their season at 27-6. After dropping the doubles point, Army clinched its 14th Patriot League title by winning four of the next five matches in singles play. This was the 11th time in league history the host school has won and the seventh time Army has captured the title on its home court in the current format. The Black Knights won their first championship since 2013 with all 14 coming under head coach Paul Peck. Rookie Ana Joyner received the John "Pat" Rooney Award, given to the tournament's most valuable player. The Las Cruces, N.M., native became the 20th Army player to win the award and is the first since Della Taylor in 2013. She finished the tournament 2-1 in singles action, clinching victories over Lafayette and Navy. Genevieve McCormick and Danna Funaro finished 3-0 in doubles matches for the tournament. Read More


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    ANS Student ConferenceNuclear Engineering Majors traveled with Dr. Ken Allen to Gainesville, FL to brief their projects at the 2018 American Nuclear Society student conference at the University of Florida. CDT Reniel Dela Cruz '19 earned best overall paper in the Nuclear Criticality Safety Division for his paper presentation on "Monte-Carlo Criticality and Burn-up Analysis of Accident-Tolerant Fuel Cladding Designs for Pressurized Water Reactors." The conference was attended by over 300 undergraduate and graduate students from universities across the US and some international institutions as well. The papers and sessions were judged by members of academia, the nuclear industry, national laboratories among others. All of the cadets had excellent paper and poster presentations representative of their dedication to the development of their capstone designs and independent research projects.


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    CDTs Johnny Surdick '19 Jon LaMonica '18 and David Symmes '18Three members of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team garnered First Team All-Patriot League honors, announced by the league on Monday. Johnny Surdick, Jon LaMonica and David Symmes were all voted to the first team. The Major Awards and All-League teams were voted on by the nine Patriot League head coaches who could not vote for their student-athletes and selves. Surdick and Symmes were selected to the first team for the second year in a row, while this is LaMonica's first postseason accolade. For the second straight year, Surdick, from Odenton, Md., led the Black Knights' defense in caused turnovers. He averaged 2.13 per game in conference games to rank third in the Patriot League and added 41 groundballs this season while guarding the opponent's biggest offensive threat each week. Surdick tallied four assists in 2018 which was a career-high. LaMonica, who hails from Cazenovia, N.Y., was a standout for the Black Knights this season with a team-leading 32 groundballs and 12 caused turnovers. He was a force on the wings during faceoffs alongside Surdick to help the team to a .522 faceoff percentage. The senior co-captain scored the first goals of his career this season and added an assist for a total of three points. LaMonica ranked tied for seventh in groundballs per game in the Patriot League at 4.00. Read More


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    The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science's (EECS) Black Knight Satellite capstone team in conjunction with the West Point Astronomy Club launched their payload from a high-altitude balloon on April 21, 2018 from General George Clinton Park in Bainbridge, NY. The purpose of the launch was to verify the functionality of both the small satellite equipment payload and the West Point W2KGY Ground Station for use in future small satellite space missions. The payload, consisting of a Geiger Counter and small satellite power and communications subsystems, reached a max altitude of 98,835 feet over Shenandoah, NY before breaking The payload then parachuted back to Earth and travelled south east before landing in the backyard of a residence in Easton, CT for a total distance of 132 miles from the launch point. The fastest recorded balloon speed was 140 MPH while it transited through the jet stream. To track the location, speed, and altitude of the balloon during flight, the team relied on amateur radio technology called Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS) that allowed the balloon to transmit its location on 144.39MHz using the Cadet Amateur Radio Club's callsign W2KGY. The capstone team, using APRS, was then able to chase after the balloon and pinpoint its location to a tree in the backyard of a residence. After securing permission from the land owner to retrieve the balloon, the team recovered the payload and then discussed with the residents and their grandkids the scientific purpose of the balloon launch. The Black Knight Satellite capstone team is an interdisciplinary team consisting of cadets majoring in electrical engineering, computer science, and engineering management.

    Photo: MAJ Sherburne and Cadets Johnson ’18, Kunze ’18, Perry ’18, and Pritchard ’18 pose with their recovered payload 2018 | 3D visualization of flight path of both the Astronomy Club balloon (top) and Black Knight Satellite balloon (bottom)


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    CDT Macey Newbary '20The Army West Point softball team captured a 3-2 Patriot League win over Holy Cross in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Freshman Field. The Black Knights (21-23, 6-6 Patriot League) and Crusaders (11-26, 4-8 Patriot League) were both limited to five hits apiece. For Army, Carrie Reilly had the most success, tallying a pair of base knocks in four at-bats. In the circle, Macey Newbary came on in relief for Courtney Springman in the third and earned the win. She fanned three and gave up just two runs on four hits in five innings of work. Army captured its 70th win all-time against Holy Cross. Newbary picked up her fifth win of the season. Reilly extended her hitting streak to 13 games. She crossed home multiple times in a game for the fourth time this season. Lacey Swafford tallied a hit for the eighth straight game. It was the seventh time this season that the Black Knights stole multiple bases in a single game. Amelia Trotter stole her 11th base of the season and is a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts. Kristen McPeek and Izzy Gates each picked up a hit for the third consecutive game. Read More


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    Miss America's Outstanding Teen Jessica Baeder to Attend USMAMiss America's Outstanding Teen announces that its national titleholder, Jessica Baeder, has accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. "In joining the Long Gray Line, I am honored to continue the military legacy of my father, grandfathers and great-grandfathers, who all served in the military," says Baeder. "This has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl."

    Baeder was especially influenced by her father, Patrick, who was an Army Ranger and was serving with the much-celebrated 10th Mountain Division in New York when she was born. Her grandfather was a career soldier in the U.S. Army Special Forces and a founding member of the elite Delta Force unit, where he served for more than 35 years, with an additional decade of service with the Defense Intelligence Agency.

    Baeder, an 18-year-old honors student at Auburn High School in Auburn, Alabama, will attend the Academy this fall for military leadership training and plans to pursue an engineering degree with an emphasis on biomedical sciences. Full Story»


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    Cadets Present at the SMH MeetingTwenty-two faculty and cadets presented papers and participated in panels at the Society for Military History's (SMH) annual meeting in Louisville, KY. The SMH meeting is the premiere conference for scholars engaged in the study of military history. Faculty and cadet participation highlighted the outstanding scholarship produced by the Department's members, exposed participants to the latest trends in historical research, and built connections across academic institutions and the professional military enterprise.


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    Writing Essays for History CoursesTen cadets attended a Wednesday Night Workshop on writing essays for history courses; MAJ Edward Hoogland led the workshop, covering strategies for organization, enhancing substance and style, documentation, and last-minute tips. MAJ Hoogland also provided a valuable faculty perspective on grading and calibration exercises. All plebes in attendance were preparing for their Signature Writing Events.The MWC holds Wednesday Night Workshops virtually every Wednesday, 8pm – 9pm, 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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  • 04/25/18--08:28: Crew at the Murphy Cup
  • Crew at the Murphy CupThe Army West PointCrew team competed in the Murphy Cup Regatta on the Schuylkill River, inPhiladelphia. The team raced against several top tier Division 1 and Clubteams. Army Crew will face many of the teams again in upcoming Regattas and atNationals. The novice women's eight showed resilience by overcoming a bad startand race in the heats to win Gold in the finals. They had the slowest time thatmade the finals, but rowed extremely well the second time to finish first. Thevarsity woman's pair also won gold. The men's varsity 8 made the Grand Finalsand finished 6th. The men's JV 8 missed making the Grand Final by less than asecond, but won the Petite Final finishing 7th. All boats that competed gainedvaluable rowing experience.


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    Cadets from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering Sophia Schwanebeck, Ryan O’Deens, Kibrom Fliegelman and Ty Galyean accompanied by COL Wambeke and Dr. Klosky attended the annual Award of Excellence dinner (construction industry awards) hosted by Engineering News Record, the top publication in the construction industry. Cadets had an opportunity to interact with leaders in the construction, engineering, research and design communities at this national-level event and were asked from the podium to stand to be recognized during the awards portion of the evening.


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