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    CDT Johnny Surdick '19Cow defenseman Johnny Surdick of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team earned Inside Lacrosse Media All-America honors, announced on Sunday night. Surdick, who garnered First Team All-Patriot League accolades, was voted to the second team for his junior campaign. "It is a tremendous and deserved honor for John to be recognized as one of the very best at his position in the country," said head coach Joe Alberici. "We asked so much of him this season and he consistently delivered. In addition to defending every opponent's top scoring threat, he was a dominant force in the clearing and transition game. "He also bumped up to the wings for nearly every faceoff. John is a humble person and will be the first to point to his teammates as the reason for his success. We are looking forward to even bigger things from him next season as a leader on the team." For the second straight year, Surdick led the Black Knights' defense in caused turnovers. He averaged 1.92 per game in to rank third in the Patriot League. Read More


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    Cadets Teach Cyber Security at WPMSAs part of their independent study work, CDTs Ovidiu-Gabriel Baciu-Ureche and Carlie Sleeman along with LTC William "Clay" Moody and Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews travelled to West Point Middle School (WPMS) to teach cyber security concepts on the Raspberry Pi single board computer. CDT Karlee Scott (who is also on the project) could not attend. The event, coordinated by Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews (UMSA) and Ms. Wonee Aversa (WPMS), was designed for members of the WPMS coding club to learn about "cyber hygiene" and basic cyber security concepts using novel educational material developed by the cadet and faculty team. During the activity, 25 coding club members were introduced to the "Adventures of ScriptKitty", a comic-based introduction to cyber security concepts targeted toward middle school students. The "Adventures of ScriptKitty" follows the journey of Ruby (a cat) and her friends Ed and Pixel as she attempts unlock the mystery of her human's activities on the web. During the exercise, students read the comic and instructions, and completed a packet sniffing exercise using the Raspberry Pi and Kali Linux. The exercise reinforces the dangers of using openly accessible wireless networks for surfing the web. The storyline and illustrations of the "Adventures of ScriptKitty" were created by Sleeman and Scott, while the exercise component were developed by Baciu-Ureche. The current version of "The Adventures of ScriptKitty" can be accessed through GitBook: https://legacy.gitbook.com/book/suzannejmatthews/aosk/details Students seemed intrigued by the story line, and have asked that the cadet and faculty team return in the future to cover the rest of Ruby's journey.


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    The Army West Point baseball team is heading to the Patriot League tournament championship series following its 4-3 victory over Bucknell here Sunday afternoon. The Black Knights advance to the championship series for the first time since the 2013 season. Army will meet its rival Navy in a best-of-three showdown beginning Friday. The two teams will then play one additional game on Saturday before wrapping things up with a single game on Sunday, if necessary. All contests will be a 1 p.m. first pitch and will be played at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. Army bounced back for two-straight wins against Bucknell, after dropping the opening game of the semifinal series. Sunday's victory handed the Black Knights their 34th win of the year, which is the fifth-most all-time in program history. Six different cadet-athletes finished with one hit each, while Jon Rosoff, Josh White, and John McKenna registered one RBI apiece. Rosoff, Trey Martin and Jacob Hurtubise extended their hitting streak to six- and four-straight games, respectively. Read More


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    USMA at the ShepRobo Fest 2018The Robotics Research Center (RRC) teamed up with LTC James Finocchiaro to develop a custom robot to compete in ShepRobo Fest 2018. LTC James Finocchiaro is currently completing his Advanced Civil Schooling as a graduate student at Columbia University and he will soon be USMA faculty. With assistance from the RRC, he designed and built a robot called Captain CURC that competed in the Mech-Warfare Robot contest. In this contest, Mechs are four legged walkers who shoot each other with airsoft rounds. It can be a violent display of force and the arena is physically blocked off from spectators. Six robots were present to compete in this competition, but only two were fully operational and able to enter the arena. Of the two, the joint Columbia-USMA team emerged victorious. At one-point Captain CURC was dragging its battery behind it, but it successfully defeated the Penn State team with a heavy barrage of fire and one well-placed round that disabled the camera of the Penn team, thereby blinding it. Overall the judges declared that Captain CURC was less damaged and awarded first place to the joint Columbia-USMA team. The robot's success was due in large part to the efforts of Pratheek Manjunath a robotics engineer working for the RRC.


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    Race to Zero Competition in Golden, COCDTs Ander Thompson, Nick Decenzo, Emma Hanna and Hunter Purvis (Team 3D) traveled to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado to compete in the Race to Zero Competition, an international competition sponsored by the Department of Energy to design a net zero energy structure. The interdisciplinary capstone team was named national finalists in March and asked to present their project to scientists and industry experts. Team 3D printed their home and rendered it in virtual reality, inviting judges and competitors to virtually "step inside" and explore their design. Presentations were open-format; other teams were encouraged to observe each other brief. This team presented to a packed conference room and did an outstanding job.


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    Dice '89 Speaks with ASEM CadetsThe American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Club hosted approximately twenty cadets for its continuing lunch speaker series, “So I’m graduating with a degree from the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) , now what?” Mr. Kevin Dice '89, (former DSE Faculty), a senior Vice President for the Northeast Region for Iron Mountain spoke on his experiences and lessons learned from the Army, working as an engineer on process improvement, operations management, and supply chain management. He also provided insight and lessons learned from his military to civilian governmental and corporate transition. The ASEM Cadets engaged in an excellent question and answer session following Mr. Dice’s remarks.


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    PaNE Awards Banquet Recognizing CadetsThe Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering is hosting an awards banquet to recognize students’ outstanding academic achievement. The Sturm-Liouville, Einstein, Euler-Lagrange, Maxwell, Brahe’s Observatory, Maiman, Kepler, Faraday, Snow, and Dirac Awards were being presented for excellence in Physics, and the Szilard, Compton, and Lawrence Awards were being presented for excellence in Nuclear Engineering.

    Photo: COL Ed Naessens with Advanced Physics award recipients


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    CDT Bahl Wins World Series QuizCadet Carsten Bahl was the winner of the Book Store World Series Quiz. Coke supplied the Long Board prize. Along with Cadet Carsten Bahl is Nina Dougherty and John Nash, Book Store employees.


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    CDT Marchillo Wins Student Poster at GEOINTGIS Major, Cadet Jacob "Jake" Marchillo, won the student poster session at the world's premier Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) conference. Jake competed against undergraduate, masters and doctoral students from U.S. and international universities. Jake's research poster "Using Augmented Reality for Terrain Visualization in Support of Mission Planning and Professional Development" was based on his capstone research project conducted in the newly created Geospatial Visualization Laboratory. The second-place winner was Molly Phillips from the U.S. Air Force Academy. As the winner, Jake received complimentary registration to the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation's (USGIF) 2019 GEOINT conference in San Antonio, Texas; plus, a one-year USGIF individual membership, and the opportunity to present his research on stage at the conference in 2019.


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    Marathon at the Big Sur InternationalThe Army Marathon team travelled to California to compete at the Big Sur Collegiate International Marathon. The team had five of the top-ten finishes, multiple age group winners, and active division military winners. This was the first time the team has competed in this race in lieu of running in the Boston Marathon. Top runners, Aaqib Syed and Stephanie McDermott.


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    Cadets Present at the IEEE Systems ConferenceCadets Alex Aukerman, Sai Kumar, Chris Raymond, and Kyle Werner presented their research on Cost Estimation for US Army Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) Engineered Resilient Systems (ERS) at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Systems Conference (IEEESYSCON) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The cadets’ research focused on providing decision makers with a lifecycle cost estimate for prospective systems early in the acquisition process and thereby allowing them to make more informed decisions. The cadets were the only undergraduate team represented at the conference which focused on how systems engineering could enhance the understanding and solution realization in a world growing ever more complex. Additionally, Majors Stephen Gillespie and Thomas Ryan presented their case study completed with contributing author LTC James Schreiner on teaching systems thinking. The focus of the faculty research is on how to teach systems thinking, how much time should be allocated to systems thinking in the curriculum and what specific tools and techniques should be included.


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    Cadets Visit the Yucatan PeninsulaCadets Chandler Gach and Gabby Young visited the Yucatan Peninsula located east of Mexico City. They are finalizing their semester abroad activities and completing their studies on the civilization and culture of Mexico through Mayan influence. The excursion featured trips to the Mayan Museum in Merida, the archeological ruins in Tulum, and Chichen Itza. Cadets had the opportunity to try the local cuisine, mingle in nearby markets, and climb ancient pyramids from both sites.


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    Fencing On Top at the SAC Nat'l ConferenceTop Athletes from the Army West Point Fencing Team qualified to compete in the SAC National Conference Championships in Pennsylvania. Cadets came out on top capturing all three weapon squad titles – Foil, Epee, and Sabre. The Team won First Place overall in a very intense hard-fought victory, coming home with the Conference Championship Title as well. Qualifying and winning Gold Medals, while leading each weapon squad included: CDT Dan Kurtzahn in the weapon of foil, CDT Vaughn Johnson in Epee, and CDT Chris Papa in Sabre.


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    USMA 1st at Flightline of the Future CompetitionCadets in the Core Engineering Sequence Capstone Project Course distinguished themselves in the 6th Annual Flightline of the Future Competition at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation (The Lighthouse) in Suffolk, VA. This inter-service academy competition brought together three teams each from USMA, USAFA, and USNA. The three West Point teams presented their research, each sponsored by unique clients from Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky. One team explored the viability of using Augmented Reality technology to improve AH-64 maintenance; a second team examined how the integration of Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) could improve point-of-use sustainment for the UH-60; and the third team sought to optimize personnel staffing at the Global Logistics Services special operations manufacturing plant in Lexington, KY. The Augmented Reality team took 1st Place, and USMA won the Best Team award for the first time in the history of the competition. The victory was especially meaningful, as DSE’s non-engineering majors conducting one-semester projects beat Operations Research students from Air Force and Navy who had full-year capstones.

    Photo: L-R CAPT Robert Brooks, COL Walter Isenhour, Mr. Jeff Napoliellio, Mr. Jorge Aguilar; Cadets Bryan Dude, Gabrielle Carpenito, Samuel Braunseis, David Lee, Dashawn Davis, Colin Laird, Jackson Luff, Bailey Bowlin, Jake Lee, Joseph Snider, Mackenzie Lysek, Nicholas Tobin, Timothy Mills; MAJ James Comstock, CPT Daniel Newell; Dr. Marilyn Gaska, Lockheed Martin event coordinator


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  • 05/16/18--08:11: Annual Historic Weapon Shoot
  • Annual Historic Weapon ShootThe Department of History conducted its annual Historic Weapon Shoot. The Department invited almost one hundred history majors and other cadets to attend and oversee the event. Upon arrival, the cadets received their safety brief before enjoying a demonstration of firepower put on by re-enactors representing soldiers from the Colonial Era to Vietnam. Following this, the cadets cycled between several stations. They engaged with the re-enactors and learned about the day-to-day life of soldiers in their respective eras. Reenactors from the 124th New York graciously offered the cadets the use of their rifled muskets, allowing them to fire Civil War era volleys downrange. The cadets also learned about artillery drill from the 6th New York Artillery, who brought their functioning Napoleon cannon and allowed cadets to practice artillery drills. Finally, the cadets fired live ammunition from ten different twentieth-century weapons systems, including the AK-47, M1 Garand, and a M1919 .30 caliber machine gun, just to name a few.


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  • 05/16/18--08:17: Dr. Desai Speaks with Cadets
  • Dr. Desai Speaks with CadetsDr. Mihir Desai, the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School and a professor of law at Harvard Law School, visited West Point to meet with faculty and cadets. With faculty, Dr. Desai discussed curricular changes in undergraduate programs, the importance of storytelling in conveying meaning to students, and provided encouragement to the Econ faculty on their endeavor to explain leadership principles in economic terms through real world examples. After eating lunch in the mess hall, Dr. Desai gave a presentation to Econ majors enrolled in finance electives on his new book "The Wisdom of Finance." His presentation was well-received, and he left the cadets with many thought-provoking anecdotes and parallels to their own lives.


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    Equestrian Attends the IHSA National ChampionshipsEquestrian Team members cadets Lucy Harrill and Ashley Merritt attended the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Throughout the four days, Harrill and Merritt worked diligently alongside Centenary University’s IHSA Team. The partnership proved extremely beneficial for both parties, allowing Centenary and other college students to learn about the Army experience while the cadets gained expertise from nationally ranked equestrian teams. Days at the show began with a 4:30am wakeup, followed by preparing horses to enter the show ring by 6:00am. Preparation for the horses included cleaning stalls, grooming horses, feeding, watering, and exercising. The show day for the cadets was not complete without a night check for the horses, ensuring the wellbeing of the Army Equestrian Team horses who took top honors at the show. The four Army Equestrian Team horses were used multiple times throughout each day, requiring continuous preparation. The cadets relied on teamwork and strong communication amongst themselves and the Centenary Team to keep the horses in peak condition. The show was an invaluable experience that Harrill and Merritt are extremely grateful for. The cadets plan to use their newfound knowledge and partnership going into the fall 2018 show season, ultimately striving to improve the Army Equestrian Team as a whole, alongside expert coaches Sherry and Peter Cashman.


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    Lecture on Federal Criminal ProsecutionsMr. Michael Beckwith and Mr. James Ewing conducted a seminar on the federal criminal prosecutions in MAJ Ronald Alcala's Jurisprudence and Legal Theory class. Mr. Beckwith, who is an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Eastern District of California, discussed the prosecution of federal crimes at the trial level. Mr. Beckwith explained various advantages of federal prosecutions, the complexities of the investigative process, and ways of establishing criminal intent in federal cases. Mr. Ewing, who is an AUSA in the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and a Military Judge in the USAR, explained some of the peculiarities of his office. Mr. Ewing explained that because the District of Columbia is not a state and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of Congress, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia is responsible for prosecuting both federal and local crimes in Washington. In essence, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia serves as both the local and the federal prosecutor for the nation's capital, responsible for prosecuting a variety of cases, including misdemeanor drug possession, murder, child pornography, financial fraud, and terrorism. Messrs. Beckwith and Ewing concluded by providing several case examples of recent federal prosecutions.


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    Triathlon in Top-10 at National ChampionshipsThe Army West Point Triathlon Team traveled to Tuscaloosa, AL to compete in the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships. This year's Nationals had 109 schools represented by over 1500 athletes. Due to storms earlier in the week, the swim was cancelled and the event was changed to a duathlon (run-bike-run) format. The Army team had excellent results with Cadets Jacob Slife '18 and Teresa Groton '18 finishing in the top 10 for the Draft Legal races. Teresa was also a top 10 finisher in the Olympic race. For the team events, Army was 4th overall in the mixed-team relay (beating Air Force and Navy in that event). Additionally, West Point finished as the 8th Overall Women's team, 11th overall men's team and 8th overall combined team. This is the third year in a row that Army has finished in the top 10 overall for this event.


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    Cyber and EW Experiment for Counter-UASDepartment of Systems Engineering capstone team of cadets Chris Wagner, Robbie Fenton, Jordan Nettles, and Richie Hernandez conducted a field experiment in USMA training area, Range 11, for the effectiveness of cyber and EW systems to support soldier survivability by defeating enemy drones. The client for this experiment was TRADOC Capabilities Manager, Soldier. A government cyber system and a commercial jamming system participated, while Stevens Institute of Technology provided a data collection and analysis capability. The experiment validated technical performance measures for a candidate system and informed the tradeoff between counter-UAS effectiveness and soldier load. All test participants commended the cadet team for the effective design of the test, their flexibility during execution, and the quick turn for data analysis. Visitors from the Army Cyber Institute and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science viewed parts of this experiment. It also served as a pilot for conducting larger scale experiments and assessments of technologies in the training area.

    Photo: Cadet Robbie Fenton leads counter UAS experiment after action review in Range 11 classroom with exercise participants


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