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    Cadets Ring the Opening Bell at NYSECadets Claudia Hess, Russell Kraus, and Jungmin Lee had the opportunity to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on 27 June. These cadets are currently conducting an internship with IBM as part of the Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program. A livestream of the clip can be viewed at: https://livestream.com/NYSE/IBMWestPointadetsOB/videos/176942475


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    USMA Debate Honored at French Embassy2LT Matlack and Cadet Kilcullen won the "Best Speaker" awards at the 2018 Lafayette Debates hosted by the French Embassy, which qualified them to participate in the Young Ambassadors Study Tour in Paris sponsored by the French Foreign Ministry. The tour focused on the 1968 Student Revolts in France.


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    Australia Defense Force MIDI Research AIADMAJ Ryan Rodriguez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, is leading a group of four Life Science cadets on an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) at the Australia Defense Force (ADF) Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute (MIDI) in Brisbane, Australia. The cadets are actively learning about infectious disease research on parasitic organisms of concern to the Australian military, such as the malaria protozoa, Plasmodium falciparum. During their first week of the AIAD, cadets participated in a day-long course on Plasmodium’s lifecycle and morphology, as well as hematology. Cadets have also learned about model organisms for studying these infectious diseases, such as the Aotus monkey for malaria drug studies, and are doing morning PT with ADF service members stationed at MIDI.


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    USMA Receives Award for Outstanding ContributionsOn behalf of all staff, faculty, and cadets who served as judges for the 2018 eCybermission competition, LTC Corey James from the Department of Chemistry and Life Science accepted a plaque in recognition of USMA’s contributions at the 2018 National Judging and Educational Event in Reston, VA. The award highlights the 499 staff, faculty, and cadets who served to judge 1,853 mission folders in support of the competition. The annual web-based STEM competition sponsored by RDECOM provides an opportunity for students in grades six through nine to compete at the state, region, and national level. 5,683 teams comprised of 22,391 students from 52 states and territories competed in this year’s competition. This award clearly demonstrates the ability and desire of USMA’s staff, faculty, and cadets to inspire future generations to engage in STEM fields.


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  • 07/18/18--07:20: Cold War Staff Ride
  • Cold War Staff RideThis year the History Department's Cold War Staff Ride gave seven cadets an in-depth look at the causes, course, and consequences of the Cold War in Europe. These cadets spent two weeks of intensive preparation at West Point, participating in seminar-style classes debating the History of the Cold War and writing original research papers on diverse and interesting topics. They then traveled across Central and Eastern Europe for thirteen days, visiting some of the most important hot-spots of the Cold War and examining the role of individuals, ideologies, and culture in shaping history. Visiting Berlin, Potsdam, Prague, Budapest, Krakow, and Warsaw, the cadets saw some of the great cities of Europe, experienced the physical and human terrain that defined the Cold War, and practice language and historical skills in an immersive and immensely rewarding experience.

    Photo: Cadets at the History Statue Warsaw


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    USMA & RMAS Training in BavariaOfficer cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) and cadets from USMA trained side-by-side during Exercise Dynamic Victory at the Grafenwoer/Hohenfels Training area in Bavaria.

    Exercise Dynamic Victory is the final confirmation exercise of the 44-week commissioning course for RMAS officer cadets. It tests the cadets' suitability to become junior officers in the field army.

    The officer cadets undergo a live firing package, which gives valuable training in situational awareness and command and control, then deploy to a tactical phase where they operate in urban and rural environments, testing them on their personal administration, field craft and ability to make decisions under pressure

    The 40 officer cadets were joined by #USMA cadets to share and understand training and foster relations between the U.K. and the U.S.

    Photo by Bombardier Murray Kerr/RA Sandhurst Group


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    CDT Gilliland Experiencing Real-World OperationsCadet Zachary Gilliland has been working as an intern for Duke Energy Progress at their Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant near Southport, North Carolina. Two General Electric boiling water reactors (BWRs) have been operating on the site since the late 1970’s. Zach is learning to inspect reactor maintenance plans for errors, generating predictive analyses for adjustments to the control rod configuration, and familiarizing himself with daily reactor operations while assigned to the reactor-engineering group within the Technical and Administration Center (TAC) of the plant. Additionally, he had the opportunity to tour a pressurize water reactor (PWR) at the Harris Nuclear Power Plant in Raleigh and observe the differences in the construction and operation of a PWR versus a BWR, which are by far the two most common reactor designs worldwide. Remarkably, Zach was also able to participate in a sea turtle release with the environmental department from BNP. The plant gets it cooling water directly from the Cape Fear River, which is very brackish, and has a large diversion system in place to protect fish, shrimp, crabs, and debris from entering the intake canal. However, unusual tides or storms push fish and other wildlife past barriers and into the canal system. Great care is taken to maintain the health of those creatures and return them back to their habitat unharmed. During Zach’s tenure, a sea turtle named “Southport” was released back to the ocean at Topsail Beach, amidst a crowd of several hundred cheering onlookers.


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    CALDOL Supports Operation Atlantic ResolveThe Center for the Advancement of Leader Development and Organizational Learning (CALDOL) spent some time earlier this month with U.S. Army units in Poland supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve, America's ongoing demonstration of its commitment to European security. CALDOL led Leader Professional Development (LPD) seminars in three locations with members of seven different units, including maneuver, support, and Reserve Component units. These seminars focused on the power of compelling stories for furthering individual and collective leader development. CALDOL also conducted interviews with participants who wanted to share their own stories of leadership in action. These stories will be integrated into the Cadet Character Development Program, the Junior Officer online forum (https://juniorofficer.army.mil/), and/or future LPDs. At each location, CALDOL discussed opportunities for officers and NCOs to serve on the USMA staff and faculty.


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    CDT McDonough Shadows Organ ProcurementThis past week, CDT Matthew McDonough ’20, a Life Science major on the pre-medical track, had the incredible experience of shadowing a donor procurement team from the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center. McDonough and the team traveled at midnight via helicopter from Baltimore, MD to Newark, NJ. At the hospital in Newark, McDonough shadowed the 5-6-hour organ procurement. The team promptly delivered the liver to the operating room (OR), where a transplant surgeon and resident prepared the liver for donation, while another team operated on the recipient patient.


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    Japanese Chief of Staff Visits USMAThe Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff Koji Yamazaki visited and toured the United States Military Academy at West Point recently.

    He and his delegation spent two days meeting with the academy’s chain of command, received a historical tour of the academy, and observed and engaged with cadets at Cadet Field Training (CFT).

    Photo by Bryan Ilyankoff - USMA PAO


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    Cadets Gain Clinical Laboratory ExperienceLife Science Cadets Gain Clinical Laboratory Experience during the Madigan Army Medical Center Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD). Over the past few weeks, Cadets Gartrell Bowling ’20 and Elizabeth Huuki ’20, Life Science majors on the pre-medical track, worked in the Department of Clinical Investigation at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. Under the supervision of the Department Chief, COL Richard Burney, and Drs. Nicholas Leronimakis and Christine Nadeau, the cadets were introduced to placenta perfusions, chlamydia research, and drawing blood and injecting mice in the animal facility. For the clinical portion of the AIAD, the cadets shadowed surgeons in the operating room and in clinics, and used robotic surgery instruments in the simulation lab.


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    Faculty Featured in "Hallowed Ground" MagazineCOL Jason Musteen and LTC Dave Siry were featured in the summer issue of Hallowed Ground, the magazine of the American Battlefield Trust (formerly the Civil War Trust), the leading battlefield preservation organization in the United States, in an article written by LTC Siry on the use of battlefield staff rides by West Point.


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  • 07/20/18--08:09: Modern Japan Staff Ride
  • Modern Japan Staff RideNine cadets and two Department of History faculty members on the Modern Japan Staff Ride explored the nature of Japanese identity from the Tokugawa Era to present day. The ride began in Hawaii where they visited Pearl Harbor, the USS Missouri, and later hiked Koko Head to survey the topography of Oahu. Next, they went to Japan and visited the three major cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. In Japan the cadets explored firsthand how Japan has changed since the Meiji restoration by traveling on high speed "bullet trains," visiting Buddhist temples, travelling to Mount Fuji and visiting a military museum and shrine. The trip was enlightening and challenging personally and academically as cadets confronted a World War II "enemy" in Hawaii and in a military museum, but also interacted personally with a nation that has been a close ally since post War. The cadets were grateful for the experience to answer historical questions firsthand and wrote powerful essays about Japanese identity at the conclusion of the staff ride.


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    Conducting Cutting-Edge Research in South KoreaCadet Reniel dela Cruz was selected for the Nuclear and Quantum Engineering (NQe) internship at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea. He is there with nine other undergraduate students and his working with Professor Yonghee Kim in the Nuclear Reactor Physics and Transmutation Laboratory. He is analyzing Accident Tolerant Fuel (ATF) designs that utilize uranium disilicide (U3Si2) fuel and various claddings and coatings. Specifically, he will employ high-fidelity Monte Carlo modeling and simulation codes to determine the equilibrium cycle performance of the different ATF designs in a small modular reactor designed by Professor Kim’s research group.


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    Ethics and Literature in Prague AIADDepartment of English and Philosophy (DEP) faculty led cadets from various departments to study and focus on ethical questions posed by momentous events that occurred in Prague during WWII, specifically the assassination of high ranking Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich by Czech and Slovak resistance fighters and the retaliatory murder of thousands of civilians with no ties to the resistance. In Prague, cadets on the Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) retraced the path of Heydrich's car and visited the monument marking the ambush site. They later visited the crypt which now acts as both a monument and a museum to remember the partisan fighters who assassinated Heydrich. After the ensuing manhunt, the two partisans that killed Heydrich joined with five other resistance members and concealed themselves in a cathedral to avoid capture. After weeks of concealment in a dark crypt, the men were betrayed. The partisans resisted a nine-hour long siege against 750 Nazis but saved the last bullets for themselves. The group also visited the site of the Lidice massacre. The Czechs revere this part of their history and remember the partisans as heroes. These events are foundational to the Czech national identity. During the AIAD, the group walked amongst the history and contemplated the permissibility of the various actions that constitute this saga.


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    Chemistry & Life Science Faculty Presentation and PublicationLTC Andrew Pfluger, along with colleagues Dr. Junko Munakata-Marr, Dr. Bob Siegrist, and Dr. Gary Vanzin from the Colorado School of Mines, published a peer-reviewed conference proceedings paper titled “Learning benefits of integrating socio-economic and cultural considerations into an onsite water reclamation course project” at the 2018 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Junko Munakata-Marr presented their work in the Environmental Engineering Division on. The publication is available: https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/106/papers/21960/view (Paper ID #21960)


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    Nachtigal Added to Nagurski Trophy Watch ListFirstie linebacker James Nachtigal was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List on Tuesday and the award is given to the defensive player of the year in college football. The Football Writers Association of America chose 97 defensive standouts from 61 schools in all 10 Division I FBS conferences. Nachtigal is one of 26 linebackers on the list and is the lone representative on the watch list from the service academies. The senior from Fort Atkinson, Wis., lead Army in tackles last season with 103 total stops in his first season as a starter on the defense. He had double-digit stops in five games last season, including a career high 13 tackles opposite Eastern Michigan and Temple. He had a stretch of six games where he totaled 63 tackles. Nachtigal also added eight tackles for loss and five sacks.

    Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. As in previous years, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday this season. If not already on the watch list, each week's honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 14. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association's full membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski Trophy finalists. Committee members, by individual ballot, select the winner they regard as the best defensive player in college football. Read More


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    Army-Navy Cup Tickets Available for PurchaseTickets for the seventh installment of Army-Navy Cup at Talen Energy Stadium on Oct. 12 are now available for purchase.

    Tickets for this year's match can be found at this link.

    This year's Army-Navy Cup gives each of the service academies an opportunity to take sole possession of the series at Talen Energy Stadium. The series is currently deadlocked at 2-2-2. Army-Navy Cup debuted in 2012 and ended in a draw. Navy won in both 2013 and 2014, while Army was victorious in 2015 and 2016 before a second draw in last season's match.


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    New Cadets Begin the Home StretchNew Cadet Visitation Day was a success. A great day to relax for the new cadets, but now it's back to work during the second half of Cadet Basic Training (CBT) a.k.a. Beast Barracks. New Cadet Visitation Day officially completes CBTI. This is a day where new cadets meet West Point community members in a non-training location and spend four hours relaxing, eating, playing games, learning a little more about West Point and the Army, calling family and friends. While at the same time, the new cadets kick start CBTII with their new cadre.


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  • 07/26/18--11:37: Cadets Meet with NYC DEP
  • CDT Matthew Volpe, summer intern Jack Wallen, and Dr. Patrick Baker visited the Ashokan Reservoir in West Hurley, NY and the field office of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Kingston, NY. The group received a tour of the DEP laboratories and was briefed on the history and scale of New York City’s water supply. They discussed the Long-Term Watershed Protection program the DEP implements to preserve water quality in accordance with filtration avoidance criteria set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).


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