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    Cadets Tour Verizon's Digital Ecosystems LabCOL Bennett, LTC Hamilton, MAJ Sherburne, and CPT Groen, led Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) cadets to Verizon's Digital Ecosystems Lab in New York City to supplement the course material they have received in their Digital Communications and Wireless Communications classes. The cadets toured the facility and received an overview of the 5G Ecosystem Program. They also had demos on 5G, Augmented Reality Remote Expertise and Intelligent Video Analytics.


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    CDT Maddie Miller '20The Army West Point women's lacrosse team closed out its 2018 regular season by outlasting Bucknell on the road, 10-9, Friday afternoon. With the win, the Black Knights earned their first 10-win season, owning a 10-7 mark overall and 4-5 in Patriot League play. Army got its offense going early by scoring three goals over the span of 1:20. Rookie Cameron Manor netted the initial goal on an 8-meter shot. The insurance came 30 seconds later when Rilee Scott took a pass from Rachel Hornick and dodged multiple defenders before juking the Bison goalkeeper and finding the back of the cage. Hornick then found classmate Amy Johnston who capped the early run. While the Black Knights maintained the lead throughout the entirety of the opening period, four of the final six goals in the first half belonged to Bucknell trimmed the visitors' lead to just one at the break, 5-4. Feeding off of the energy of scoring with 14 seconds left in the first stanza, the Bison added three more goals to kick off the final 30 minutes and lead 7-5 with 16-and-a-half-minutes remaining. Read More


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    Drone Swarm Ships to Idaho for Capstone DemonstrationThe Radiological and Imaging Data Swarm (RAID) Capstone interdisciplinary team packed and shipped a fleet of 33 small unmanned aircraft and support gear to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The firsties will demonstrate the ability of the swarm to map out active radiation sites and provide real-time imagery at INL in a large Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) sponsored field exercise. Final equipment preparations, accountability, and movement cross-country is a major milestone in preparation for this event.


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    Golf Finishes 2nd at Patriot League ChampionshipThe Army West Point golf team rallied on the final day of the Patriot League Championship to secure itself a share of the runner-up crown. The Black Knights tied with Navy during the final round with a league-low 9-over par 297. Army held the lead a few times on the final day but eventually saw the Mids hold on down the stretch to claim the title. The Cadets finished the two-day tournament tied with Loyola for second after posting marks of 305-296-297—898 (+34). Navy shot an impressive opening round which ultimately helped it earn the victory. The Mids carded scores of 290-308-297—895 to shoot 31-over par. Loyola tied with Army for the second spot after firing 296-300-302—898 (+34). Host Lehigh placed fourth with marks of 295-304-308—907 (+43). Read More


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  • 04/30/18--09:08: Cadets Work with FDNY
  • Cadets Work with FDNYThe Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) marked the 10th Annual FDNY (New York City Fire Department) - CTC Crisis Simulation Exercise held at FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Cadets worked alongside members of FDNY to react to a simulated cyber-attack with physical effects. Run by Chief Joe Pfeifer, CTC Senior Fellow and Chief of FDNY's Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness, and CTC Deputy Director Brian Dodwell, this event serves as the capstone exercise for the Homeland Security course. The cadets also got to hear from FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, FDNY Chief James Leonard, and Department of Social Sciences head COL Suzanne Nielsen.


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    CDT Daniel Burggraaf '19The Army West Point baseball team split its doubleheader with Holy Cross here Sunday afternoon but still secured itself home field advantage for the upcoming Patriot League semifinals. The Black Knights posted a 4-0 seven-inning, shutout victory in the opener before dropping the series final 5-3. Overall, the Cadets won their regular season series with the Crusaders, 4-1. Heading into the final weekend of the league regular season, Army can finish no worse than second place. If the Cadets lose their last four games and Bucknell wins its final two games, the two would be tied at 15-10. However, since the Black Knights took the regular season series against the Bison, 3-2, Army would secure the second seed and home field advantage. Now, achieving the regular season title is not out of the question for the Black Knights. Read More


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    Electronic Experimenters Group Judge Robotics RegionalsThree members of the Electronics Experimenters Club (ELEX) volunteered as judges at the New York City FIRST Robotics Regional Championships, in Washington Heights, NY. Cadets Rachelle David '19, Jared Fritz '19, Adam Patula '19, and MAJ Shaha partnered with the NYC Recruiting Battalion (USAREC) to support the Army's recruiting efforts and the Academy's outreach mission in New York City. The competition included over 50 teams, including teams from Turkey, China, Brazil, and the UK. The cadets applied their technical skills in evaluating the robots' design and performance, and in suggesting improvements to the teams. Duties included interviewing the high schoolers and discussing how the students built their robots to solve a specific challenge. The cadets' understanding of robotic drive systems, coding, operation, and power delivery systems were invaluable in providing informed assessments. In addition, the cadets talked with students about their future plans, and made many aware of opportunities at West Point and in the Army. Cadets demonstrated a high level of professionalism, competence, and energy, and were major contributors to the success of the event. FIRST founder and inventor Dean Kamen visited the competition and was impressed with the cadets'.


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    CDT Gio Ferguson-Lewis '20The Army West Point women's rugby team finished their weekend slate at the All-Academy 7s tournament undefeated on Saturday afternoon at the Anderson Rugby Complex.

    The Cadets earned a 53-0 win over Mount Saint Mary College, followed by a 43-7 victory over the Harvard Crimson, and a 28-5 win over AIC in the semifinals match. In their final match of the day against Dartmouth, they clinched a 43-7 victory for their fourth 7s tournament title this season. 


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    Cadets Present at the 2018 HotSOS ConferenceSeven cadets along with MAJ Hutchison attended the 2018 Hot Topics on the Science of Security (HotSOS'18) in Raleigh, NC. HotSOS is research event, symposium, and boot camp that is sponsored by the National Security Agency in cooperation with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group for Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC). All attendees are co-authors on posters that they presented at the event which appear in the conference proceedings. Together, the posters had a total of 15 cadet co-authors, three junior faculty, and six senior faculty. All poster abstracts are one page long, and appear in the conference proceedings, which is published by the ACM. The cadets who attended HotSOS'18 are: Evin Rude, Spencer Drakontaidis, Michael Stanchi, Gabriel Glazer, Andrés Alejos, Michael Ma, and Hayden Ward. The trip was co-led by Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews, who was a faculty advisor for all three projects.


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    Domestic Affairs Forum Visits the PentagonDomestic Affairs Forum (DAF) went to Washington D.C. to meet with congressional staffers and the Army's congressional liaison office to learn more about how the Army interacts with the rest of the federal government. Cadets also went to the Pentagon where they took a tour and met with representatives from the G1 and G 3/5/7 War Plans to discuss how the military creates policy and reacts to congressional and executive mandates.


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    MAJ Banks Philosophy Forum Guest Lecture SeriesThe Department of English and Philosophy’s (DEP) Philosophy Forum hosted its fifth lecture in its Guest Lecture Series on in the Haig Room. The guest was Chaplain (Major) Kevin Banks. Chaplain Banks is the Military Police Corps Regimental Chaplain & US Army Military Police School Ethics Instructor and Writer at Fort Leonard Wood. Chaplain Banks gave a talk titled: "Caught, Taught, & Sought: The Character Development Framework of the U.S. Army Military Police School." Chaplain Banks discussed the need for military officers with a virtuous character, a lifetime commitment to their character development, and a passion to influence the character of those within their sphere of responsibility.


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    CDTs Amy Johnston '18 and Samantha Stewart '20Army West Point women's lacrosse firstie Amy Johnston and yearling Samantha Stewart were recognized by the Patriot League for their efforts throughout the 2018 season on Monday afternoon. Johnston was named to the All-Patriot League First Team as an attacker, while Stewart earned All-Patriot League Second Team accolades as a midfielder. Both players collected their first postseason honors from the league, while Johnston became the first cadet-athlete to be named to the first team.

    Johnston was a dominant force both in the offensive zone and on the draw for the Black Knights. Her single-season program record of 85 draw controls was the third-highest total in the Patriot League, while her average of 5.0 draws per game placed her third in the league and 33rd nationally. The Salt Lake City, Utah, native scored a season-high five goals against Siena as one of three 30-point scorers for Army and one of six players with at least 20 goals.

    Stewart produced her best offensive season on the banks of the Hudson, setting personal bests in points (28), goals (24) and game-winning goals (two). The New Canaan, Conn., native finished second on the team with 47 draw controls and tied for the second-most goals. She was Army's most efficient free position shooter, going 12-for-19 (.632 percent) and ranking tied for 22nd in the country in free position percentage. Stewart's 12 free position strikes also tied the program's single-season record. Read More


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    The Human Security Concerns of MigrationThe Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and the Center for the study of Civil-Military Operations hosted the fifth Africa Symposium. The theme was: "The Human Security Concerns of Migration." The symposium is a Multi-disciplinary event focused on cadet and faculty development. Participants included students and faculty from Bard College and Coast Guard Cadets. Select guests and dignitaries were invited to provide valuable insights based on their expertise and experiences.


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  • 05/01/18--09:00: Cadets Host COL Blackburn
  • Cadets Host COL BlackburnThe Russian Section hosted the former U.S. Army Attaché to Russia, COL R. Taft Blackburn. COL Blackburn served in Moscow from July 2012 to September 2014 and again in 2016. His time at the Defense Attaché Office - Moscow includes the period immediately after the illegal annexation of Crimea and hostilities in the Donbas region of Ukraine. Asked to return to Moscow as the Army Attaché in August 2016, he completed a one-year assignment there in November 2017 and currently serves as the Division Chief for the Army International Affairs Division on the Army Staff. His lecture entitled "Russia through the Eyes of an Attaché" highlighted the unique responsibilities of Foreign Area Officers and provided a current assessment of Russian politics, society, and culture.


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    German Consul General Visits West PointDavid Gill, the German Consul General in New York, visited West Point. In addition to meeting with the German Liaison Officer and the five German exchange officers and cadets, Mr. Gill toured the Academy grounds and visited Dr. Diane Richardson’s first-year German class. The cadets very much enjoyed an opportunity to interact with a German government official during class.


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    CDT Daniel Burggraaf '19The Patriot League announced Monday that Army West Point' baseball's Daniel Burggraaf was named the conference pitcher of the week. The righty earned his first Patriot League weekly honor of the season and the third of his career. Burggraaf pitched his first career complete-game shutout during Army's seven-inning, 4-0 victory over Holy Cross in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. He gave up just four hits, while striking out nine and not allowing a walk. The cow right-hander faced 24 batters, just three above the minimum. The Belfair, Wash., native improved to 6-1 on the season. He and the rest of the Cadets will play two midweek contests before welcoming Lehigh and Lafayette for a doubleheader over the weekend. Army will host Sacred Heart on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. out-of-conference contest. The following day the Black Knights will head down to Villanova to play the Wildcats in a 3 p.m. road game. Army will then close out its Patriot League regular season schedule with a doubleheader against Lehigh on Saturday and a twin bill against Lafayette on Sunday. First pitch for both days is noon.


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    The Pistol Team traveled to West Union, Ohio to conduct two and a half days of very intensive tactical live-fire training on 6-8 April 2018. Training was conducted with both the M4 Carbine and handguns and included proficiency drills for both carbine and pistol, Close Quarters Battle drills, clearing three different live-fire shoot houses, force-on-force training using airsoft pistols to practice building clearing tactics, shooting on the move by individual and buddy team, a stress shoot that included a medical response component, and building clearing operations in low light conditions using flashlights. The training at Tactical Defense Institute was excellent and all Pistol Team members are much better prepared to handle real world tactical operations.


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    Gospel Choir Visits the Children's VillageThe West Point Cadet Gospel Choir visited Children's village on a service-oriented trip section. Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, NY is a private institution with a mission to provide for the most vulnerable in our society. It has residential programs that are a home for foster children, juvenile delinquents, runaways/homeless, and undocumented children. The cadets sang three songs at both the English and Spanish speaking services. After singing, they shared their testimonies about how they got into West Point; the hardships they have overcome; the lessons they learned; and ended with giving words of encouragement for the congregation. Following the services, the cadets visited the different residential homes. They went to the housing for the youngest foster children, maximum security unit residents, limited security residents, and the youngest juvenile delinquents. At each home, the cadets had the opportunity to converse and create impactful relationships with the residents.


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    Cadets Abroad Visit American Inst. of TaiwanCadets on a semester abroad to Fujen University in Taiwan had the opportunity to visit the American Institute of Taiwan and meet with officials there. By visiting the institute, cadets could see firsthand the complexities of diplomatic relations between Mainland China and authorities in Taiwan.


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    CDT Maddie Burns '20Yearling goalie Maddie Burns of the Army West Point women's lacrosse team was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after her strong showing in the crease in Friday's season finale at Bucknell. This is the second time Burns has been recognized by the league, having also earned rookie of the week honors in 2017. The Ridgefield, Conn., native made 10 saves on 25 shots to propel the Black Knights to a thrilling 10-9 victory over the Bison. She stretched her streak of double-digit saves to five as Army recorded its first-ever 10-win season. Burns capped her second collegiate season by setting single-season program records in wins (10), saves (126), save percentage (.457) and goals-against average (10.65).


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