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    OCR Sweeps at the Tri-State Spartan BeastThe WP Obstacle Course Racing Team  (Black and Gold) finished the year competing in the Tri-State Spartan Beast - a race consisting of 30+ obstacles and 15+ miles. In their tradition of excellence, they conquered the course. In the Men's 20-24 age group, OCR swept the podium with CDT Ryan Rocca '20 (1st), CDT Richard Iwuagwu '19 (2nd), and CDT Ben Jones '20 (3rd). In addition, Cadet Eva Gould '19 finished first in Women's 20-24, and was the third female overall. The performance of all seven OCR racers reflected well on the Academy and the Army. The team continued to build relationships with Spartan and other racers through competition.


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    Special Operations Resuscitation Team VisitThe Life Science Program was pleased to welcome CPT Rebecca Kent as she delivered a series of lectures to cadets enrolled in core biology. CPT Kent, sister of CLS Faculty MAJ Elizabeth Kent, is an active duty Army Critical Care Nurse who gave a talk entitiled "Army Battle Field Care". CPT Kent described her experiences as a Special Operations Resuscitation Team (SORT) team leader in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). She returned from leading her eight-person deployment support team downrange in late 2017. During her talk she related the topics of human physiology, hemorrhagic bleeding, and efforts with the "walking blood banks" pioneered by the 75th Ranger Regiment. CPT Kent provided practical examples of how officers, of all specialties, must be trained for kinetic operations and the importance of rapport building and cross training with local forces during stability missions. Together, CPT Kent illustrated how concepts learned in core biology directly translate to current experiences within the Army, at all echelons.


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    CDT Melanie Allen '19

    Melanie Allen of the Army West Point women's tennis team garnered Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for her accomplishments both on the court and in the classroom, the league announced Wednesday morning. With the award, the Black Knights became the first team to win player of the year, rookie of the year, doubles team of the year, coach of the year, scholar-athlete of the year and the John "Pat" Rooney Award since doubles team of the year was established in 2015. Additionally, it is the first time a team swept the Patriot League's major awards since the 2008 Army squad. Boasting a 3.653 grade-point average as a Psychology major, Allen was named to the academic all-league team for the second straight season, while being recognized as the scholar-athlete of the year for the first time. The Cape Coral, Fla., native is Army's sixth recipient of the scholar-athlete of the year award and the first since Jamila Paul in 2013. She is also just the third cadet-athlete to earn multiple academic all-league selections, joining Paul (2012-14) and Elle Taylor (2013, '15). Read More


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    PaNE Spring Courtyard LuncheonThe Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering took advantage of beautiful spring weather by hosting a luncheon in the outdoor courtyard of the Bartlett Hall Science Center recently. Members of the Class of 2021 who chose to major in physics, nuclear engineering, or space science were formally welcomed to the House of PaNE by the Department Head, Colonel Ed Naessens, as they enjoyed burrito melts, chips and salsa, and cold drinks for lunch. They were also issued their coveted yellow hardhat and had a chance to mingle with faculty and fellow cadets in the department before many had to head off to afternoon laboratory elsewhere in the building.


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    LTC Pfluger Receives W. Wesley Eckenfelder AwardLTC Andrew Pfluger, incoming faculty to the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, was awarded the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Award for Graduate Research by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists at their annual luncheon held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The award is given annually to recognize an environmental engineering or environmental science graduate student whose research provides a significant contribution to the knowledge pool of wastewater management. The award selection is based on original, innovative research of publishable quality. LTC Pfluger’s research centers on the anaerobic treatment of domestic wastewater using baffled bioreactors, with a specific emphasis on characterizing methane generation for energy and the microbial communities that develop over time and space within his reactor system. Additional information can be found in the Colorado School of Mines announcement: http://www.minesnewsroom.com/news/phd-candidate-wins-aaees-graduate-research-award.


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    Fly Fishing Trip to BeaverkillFour cadets and two faculty fished the Beaverkill near Roscoe, NY. They were fortunate to have Ms. Alison Manges, daughter of COL(R) Duff Manges '58, guide us on a section of the river she knows well. Fishing was near the Covered Bridge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Weather was nice, streamside lunch courtesy of Ms. Manges, was wonderful and the beautiful setting was great for cadets to work on their skills.


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    Lynn Novick Speaks with CadetsThe Department of History hosted Emmy-winning documentarian Lynn Novick for viewings and discussions of her recent PBS series on the Vietnam War she co-directed with Ken Burns. First, Ms. Novick met with cadets and faculty to screen and discuss a segment on the Kent State Massacre in 1970. Then she conducted a screening with cadets enrolled in History of the Military Art, of her series’ treatment of atrocity in Vietnam and the My Lai Massacre, which occurred 50 years ago.


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    Water Polo Final Spring TournamentThe Army water polo finished up their spring season with a tournament in beautiful San Diego. The evening before the tournament, the team, coaches and parents were treated to dinner provided by an old grad. Saturday consisted of two games the first against UC Davis and the second against Sunset, a master's team consisting of former division 1 water polo players. In a hard-fought game against Davis, Army water polo started out strong on both offense and defense. Firstie Colin Stone played exceptional in the first half, contributing three goals. Defensively, goalie Jeff Stark was unstoppable with several key blocks as the game went into its final minutes. In the end Army won 10-9 against Davis, a team they had previously lost to earlier in the season. The following games were hard-fought against skilled competitors, with great efforts from everyone, the team was not able to come out on top. All in all, it was a great learning experience and the Army team had the opportunity to play against some very competitive teams.


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    Mr. Pillsworth Provides Insight on ConstructionMr. Tim Pillsworth of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New York District gave a guest lecture on project management to cadets enrolled in the environmental engineering capstone design course. Specifically, he discussed the Davis Barracks and West Point Elementary School projects, and provided insight on the challenges associated with the design and construction of large projects.


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    Cadet White Glove 2018Four Army West Point athletics teams were recognized by the NCAA with Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards for their work in the classroom. The awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in their respective sport with their APR. The four teams honored by the NCAA were women's cross country, men's golf, men's tennis and wrestling. The Patriot League ranked second in both the number of teams and percentage of teams recognized, trailing only the Ivy League. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years. The 1,284 Division I teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 827 women's teams and 457 men's or mixed squads. The scores required to be in the top 10 ranged from 985 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with 1,188 teams earning a perfect APR score. A total of 312 schools placed at least one team on the top APR list. All Division I teams' APR scores will be released on May 23. All teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance. To view the searchable database of Public Recognition Awards, Click Here.


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    EXCEL Scholars Visit Los Alamos Nat'l LabWest Point Excel Scholars visited the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. The mission of LANL is to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence as they work "to deliver science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability." Cadets Echeveste, Hamilton, Perinon, Scolavino, Rosa, Schauer, and Nash (representing different academic departments) and COL Rich Morales from the Department of Systems and Engineering (DSE) gained insights through fascinating discussions with leaders from the laboratory's Intelligence & Systems Analysis, Weapons Engineering & Experiments, Modeling and Simulation, Nuclear and High-Hazard Operations, Space Research, and Chemistry and Earth Science divisions. Cadets saw cutting-edge demos and learned about innovative approaches to security problems through hands-on experience with a Mars rover, bioengineered organs, super computer, and one-of-a-kind particle accelerators. Dr Terry Wallace, the lab director, shared his unique strategic perspectives. The scholars also met with visiting DOE leadership from DC and USMA graduates from a variety of backgrounds to discuss their roles in science and security at LANL. Cadets enjoyed a walking tour and detailed description of the history and science underpinning the Manhattan Project. Several cadets will return to the lab on an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) or engage in individual thesis-level research based on their positive engagements with experts in the field who offered to serve as mentors.


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    Crew Wins the 27th NYS Championship RegattaWith a complete team effort, Army Crew won the 27th New York State Collegiate Championship Regatta. The Sanford Cup Trophy is given to the team that earns the most overall points. Varsity Men, Varsity Women, and Novice events all count toward earning the trophy. This marks only the third time Army has won the Regatta and is a testament to the depth and ability of this year's team. The Varsity Men won gold in the varsity 8, second varsity 8, and varsity 4 events. The Varsity Women won gold in the pair and finished 5th in the varsity 8 and varsity 4 events. The Novice Women won gold in the novice 8 and bronze in the open 4. The Novice Men won bronze in the novice 8 and 6th in the novice 4.

    At the following competition, Dad Vail Regatta, all boats peaked at the right time and had the best races of their season against the toughest competition of the year. The women's novice 8 took first place in the Grand Finals, wining Gold and successfully completing the Schuylkill River hat trick for an undefeated season. In addition, three boats qualified for the Petite Finals. The MV4 and MV8 finished 7th and the M2V8 finished 8th. Overall the team performed well and can be proud of the efforts necessary to be competitive at the Dad Vail Regatta.


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  • 05/18/18--07:28: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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  • 05/18/18--07:38: JSHA Hall of Fame Inductions
  • JSHA Hall of Fame InductionsMembers of the Jewish Chapel Choir opened the official portion of the Jewish Sports Heritage Association Hall of Fame 2018 induction ceremonies with renditions of Hatikva, the Israeli National Anthem and with the Star Spangled Banner. This year's Hall of Fame class included Olympian fencer Cliff Bayer (1996 & 2000), three-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, and the Academy's own Boyd Melson '03. Boyd is a three-time All-American, four-time Gold medalist at the all Army boxing championships, three-time Armed-Forces boxing champion, Bronze medalist at the 2005 Nationals, Silver medalist at the 2006 Nationals, alternate for the 2008 U.S. Olympic boxing team before becoming a professional boxer in 2010. A Major in the U.S. Army Reserves, Melson is currently deployed in Iraq. Immediately following Melson's induction into the Hall of Fame the Choir sang the Alma Mater. Prior to the program Choir members met Boyd Melson's mother and other event attendees. As an added note of interest, the ceremony was held at Temple Israel, founded in 1908 one of Long Island's oldest Reform Synagogues.


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  • 05/18/18--07:50: Fencing at the Nationals
  • Fencing at the NationalsThe Army West Point Fencing Team completed their Nationals and captured titles in the weapons of Women's Foil and Men's Sabre, along with Men's Team Overall. Two Cadets were named All Americans – Claudia Sun and Chris Papa.


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    Strings Ensemble Enjoys PhantomThe USMA String Ensemble had an outstanding time seeing Phantom of the Opera in New York City. Cadets saw the sights in Times Square and ate some great local food. The show was great; for some cadets and the Officer in Charge (OIC) it was the first time seeing it, and for others the second or third time, but after 30 years it still has an impact, and the pit orchestra and sound effects were great.


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    Army-Navy Battle For Patriot League CrownThe Army West Point baseball team has advanced to the Patriot League Tournament Championship Series for the first time since 2013. The second-seeded Black Knights will meet their rival and the top-seeded Midshipmen of Navy in a best-of-three series this weekend. Army and Navy both finished atop the Patriot League standing with a conference mark of 18-7, forcing a share of the regular season title. The Mids, however, held the 3-2 edge on the regular season series to secure themselves hosting rights throughout the postseason. The series will feature with a single game Saturday (12 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.) and Monday (1 p.m.), if necessary at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. All games will be carried live on the Patriot League Network with Ben Gordon-Goldstein on the call. The Black Knights defeated Bucknell two games to one in the semifinal series at Doubleday Field last weekend. The Cadets dropped the opener 4-1 but rebounded to take the next two games, 11-7 and 4-3. Read More


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    Firstie cadets Macauley Hoyt, Brandon Lee, Taylor Rodenhuis, and John Trainor, along with advisor Dr. Roger Chapman Burk, traveled to Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, AL to present their proposed concept of operations for an automated log book to record flight hours for Army UAS operators. The CONOPS development was requested by the client, the Army Program Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, as a proposed part of the new Universal Ground Control Station now in development. The Integrated Electronic Log Book would run as software aps in the UGCS and on the aircraft. It would replace the current time-consuming and error-prone logging process, which requires two manual entries, first into a spreadsheet and then into the Army's Centralized Aviation Flight Records System (CAFRS).


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    CPT DiLorenzo Presents at DEP Works in ProgressCaptain Stephen DiLorenzo presented his current work to the Department of English and Philosophy's monthly Works in Progress meeting. His topic was “Moral Injury's Normativity Paradox,” and he argued that while the concept of moral injury seems to “pick out a distinct and important phenomenon prevalent among Veterans,” it remains philosophically difficult to define. Typical examples of it, he argued, are hard to distinguish from cases of PTSD or “symptomatic cognitive dissonance,” and we are pulled in different directions when analyzing cases. A lively, rich, and engaging discussion followed among the faculty and cadets in attendance.


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    CDT Ben Harvey 20Yearling Ben Harvey of the Army West Point wrestling team collected his second EIWA Academic Achievement Award when the conference released the list on Wednesday. To be eligible for the award, the student-athletes needed to achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 and participate in the EIWA Championships or achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and qualify for the NCAA Championships through the EIWA. Harvey was one of 75 wrestlers recognized by the conference. American, Brown, Columbia and Harvard led the way with seven representatives each. As an American Politics major, he sports a 3.774 grade-point average through his three semesters at West Point, including a 3.884 GPA in the fall. "Ben continues to impress us with his talents both on and off the mat," head coach Kevin Ward said. "Being in the top 20 in his class here at West Point and advancing to the top-12 at NCAAs is truly remarkable. He continues to raise the bar not only for himself but the wrestling program as a whole. We're excited to see what he will accomplish in the future." In his second season at Army, Harvey competed to a 22-11 record at 174 pounds while going 6-2 in duals. The New Palestine, Ind., native posted nine wins over ranked opponents on the year, including three against top-10 foes. Read More


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