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    Football Closes Out Week 1 of Fall Camp The Army West Point football team wrapped up its first week of fall camp on this past Sunday afternoon under sunny skies at West Point.

    The Black Knights did multiple team and individual drills as well as its traditional fourth-quarter drill at Howze and Goldstein Fields.

    Click here to watch the practice report.


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    USMA No. 1 Most Accessible Professors in Princeton ReviewThe United States Military Academy at West Point has been named No. 1 Most Accessible Professors in this year's edition of The Best 384 Colleges by The Princeton Review. The Academy is one of 46 New York institutions that made the Best Colleges list. In fact, the Academy is on many rankings lists resulting from the survey that asked 138,000 students from across the country to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report their experiences.

    Top USMA rankings include:
    Most Accessible Professors #1
    Best Classroom Experience #2
    Best College Library #3
    Best Health Services #3
    Best Science Lab Facilities #6
    Lots of Race/ Class Interaction #3
    Everyone Plays Intramural Sports #8
    Students Most Engaged in Community Service #8

    Cadets say their professors are “amazing,” and “very accessible and devoted” and praise USMA for “helping them succeed not only in the classroom, but also outside in our daily lives as people and as leaders.”


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    CDT Henry '20 Awarded an ARCOMCDT Joseph Henry '20, Engineering Management major, Company I1, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) by Brigadier General Sloane, Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (STRI), for his response to a gunshot victim. CDT Henry is on Temporary Duty (TDY) on a Systems Engineering Department Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) in Orlando, FL at PEO STRI, at the Medical Simulation Training Center and was a first responder to a shooting that took place just off campus as he and a civilian co-worker returned from lunch. CDT Henry responded with the other PEO STRI employee to help revive the shooting victim until EMT and Police responded. Cadet Joseph Henry responded without hesitation or concern for his own well-being in an attempt to stop the bleeding. Cadet Henry performed exceptionally well in a very stressful situation while attempting to save the individual's life.


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    D‐CME Hosts Teaching WorkshopThe Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering hosted the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop recently. The ExCEEd Teaching Workshop is an annual one-week workshop that provides 24 engineering educators from across the Nation with an opportunity to improve their teaching. The workshop is a major component of ASCE’s ongoing faculty development initiative, called Project ExCEEd, and has been annually held at West Point since 1999. This week-long intensive workshop includes seminars on the theory and application of teaching/learning, demonstration classes from exemplary teachers, and multiple opportunities for participants to practice what they are learning. Participants also have the opportunity to see portions of West Point and learn a little about the Academy's mission to educate, train, and inspire. The workshop has been highly successful, as measured by positive feedback from its over 1,000 graduates, assessments by ASCE observers, and very favorable coverage in professional publications. During this year’s workshop, LTC Aaron Hill served as the Workshop Coordinator and COL Brad Wambeke served as a Mentor.


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  • 08/08/18--11:42: Malaysian AIAD with NDUM
  • Malaysian AIAD with NDUMCadets Peter Elmlinger '19, Silas Martinez '19, Joy Orr '20 and LTC Jordon Swain (BS&L) travelled to Malaysia for an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) with the National Military University of Malaysia (NDUM). The AIAD included a visit with US embassy personnel in Kuala Lumpur, survival training in the Malaysian jungle school, and a visit to the U.N. Peace Keeping Center. The West Point Cadets interacted with their Malaysian counterparts in all three branches of service, provided a briefing on the West Point Leader Development System (WPLDS), and even taught blocks of instruction on combatives and survival swimming. The schedule also allowed for experiences in downtown Kuala Lumpur and an excursion to the UNESCO world heritage site in Melaka where cadets learned about the history of the region. The AIAD not only improved cadets' cross-cultural competence but gave them insights into the nature of non-combat missions military leaders face in today's Army. Senior NDUM personnel requested information on PL300: Military Leadership. As they continue to improve their leader development practices at NDUM and expressed their excitement about further involvement in the annual West Point McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character (MCLC). Future AIADs to NDUM will be synched with USAFA and USNA in an attempt to improve the experience even more.


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    Dr. Ken Allen '93, Associate Professor with the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering competed in Ironman 70.3 Ohio recently. He finished 10th out of the 288 athletes in his division, and 102 out of 1,957 total finishers with a time of 4 hours and 49 minutes. He had the second-fastest bike split in the division, completing the 56-mile bike leg with an average speed of over 24 MPH, and finished the half-marathon in 1 hour and 43 minutes.


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    New cadets from Bravo Company practice Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Training (CBRN) training by donning their protective masks in their crucible training at Camp Buckner.


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    Dr. Scott Silverstone and Cadets Joseph Asemah, Donia Nichols, Natalie Hales and John Rogacki have returned from a three-week Grand Strategy Program Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) in Belgium, Germany, and Estonia where they studied the strategic history of NATO and the contemporary challenges faced by the alliance. They spent the second week in Berlin focusing on nuclear deterrence and intra-alliance politics during the Cold War, and the third week in Tallinn, Estonia studying cyber warfare, hybrid warfare, and conventional deterrence in the 21st century. In addition to visiting key historical and educational sites during their travels, the cadets worked through a full course syllabus with daily seminars, earning course credit for Field Studies in Grand Strategy.


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    LTC Wright & LTC Oxendine Present at IEEE IGARSSLTC Wright and LTC Oxendine presented their paper “Classifying Terrestrial Based Forest Photography with Geographic Information Systems to Model Signal Loss” at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium in Valencia, Spain. Their paper addressed the challenges of using GPS receivers in forest environments, where GPS L-band signals are attenuated by vegetation. It is problematic to predict the quality of signal reception in forested areas. To predict GPS signal attenuation, they developed a quantitative measure of the local forest structure and density. Terrestrial based hemispherical sky-oriented photographs were used to rapidly and remotely sample the structure and density of forest canopy. This study determined the attenuation of GPS signals in forests, by correlating changes in the signal-to-noise ratio of the received GPS signals under different canopies, using the observed canopy closure at the directed location of individual GPS satellite vehicles derived from terrestrial photography. Their results verified that the loss of signal is strongly correlated with the local structure and density of the forest and demonstrate how the calculated canopy closure can be used to better predict the attenuation of the GPS signals. The results also pertain to satellite communications, cellular signals, and the estimation of biomass from L-band radar.


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    The future is urban, are we ready for it? The Army Vision states that in the coming years we must "focus training on high-intensity conflict, with emphasis on operating in dense urban terrain..." LTC Mindy Kimball and LTC Brian Novoselich attended a meeting of the Subterranean and Dense Urban Environment (SbT/DUE) Materiel Developer Community of Practice (CoP), chaired by U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). The mission of the CoP on SbT/DUE is to inform and provide Army leadership, stakeholders, and customers with relevant, coordinated, and synchronized information, assessments, and recommendations regarding SbT/DUE capabilities. West Point has been engaged in the SbT/DUE CoP since 2016, and the community involves over 20 different organizations from Defense research labs to Joint organizations and Army Centers of Excellence. West Point's involvement so far has been truly interdisciplinary, comprised of faculty and cadets from Geography, Foreign Languages, Social Sciences, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Math, and the Modern War Institute. Look for the Army Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy to be formally published this fall, titled "US Army Dense Urban and Subterranean Environment Capabilities Strategy, 2019-2034."


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    CDTs Zac McGraw '20 and Keenan OShea '21The Army West Point men's soccer team picked up a trio of preseason Patriot League awards and was selected to finish fifth in the preseason poll, as announced by the league office on Tuesday. For the second consecutive year, Army found itself in the fifth spot in the preseason poll with 89 points. Loyola, the defending regular season champion, was chosen as the league favorite and received 162 points with 18 first-place votes. Boston University was picked to finish second right behind the Greyhounds with 129 points while earning the remaining two first-place votes. Colgate and Lehigh each collected 124 points and tied for third. The Black Knights were followed by Bucknell (88) Holy Cross (71), American (55), Navy (30) and Lafayette (28).

    Two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, Zac McGraw, defended his title as the preseason defensive player of the year for the second-straight year. He has served as a key cog on the back line for the Cadets in his first two seasons. He led an Army defense that finished atop the league in fewest goals allowed (14), while limiting the opponents to the fewest amount of shots (132). The Torrance, Calif., native also helped the Black Knights post a league-best eight shutouts a season ago.

    Keenan O'Shea, who locked up All-Patriot League Third Team honors after a solid sophomore campaign, is receiving preseason all-league recognition for the first time in his career. He netted five goals as one of the team's top scoring threats. The Chesterfield, Va., native also handed out four helpers and compiled 14 points on the year. Read More


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    CDT Zac McGraw 2'0 Zac McGraw of the Army West Point men's soccer team was named to the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List as announced by United Soccer Coaches and the Missouri Athletic Club on Thursday. The MAC Hermann Trophy, presented by World Wide Technology, is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer and is presented annually to the most outstanding male and female players of the year. This year's winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. Fifteen semifinalists will be named for both the men's and women's MAC Hermann Trophy near the end of the college season based on voting by NCAA Division I coaches and from those candidates, three finalists will ultimately be placed on the ballot for the coveted award. "Zac is one of the top-10 defenders in the college game," head coach Russell Payne said. "He will have a great opportunity to lead this team forward this fall." The two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year was selected as one of 31 Division I men's soccer student-athletes to join the exclusive watch list. He joins former Black Knights' standout Winston Boldt '15, who received the honor in 2014. Read More


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    Football Edges Closer to Game DayThe Army West Point football team had beautiful weather here yesterday afternoon for another fall camp practice.

    Andy Davidson and Max Regan took some time after the workout to discuss camp and Army's preparations for its season opener at Duke on Aug. 31.

    The Cadets have off on today for media day but will resume practice on Friday 8/17 at 3:55pm.

    The Black Knights will be hosting their final scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday 8/18 at 12:15pm at Michie Stadium.


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  • 08/17/18--09:16: Re-Orgy Week at USMA
  • Re-Orgy Week at USMAIt's Reorganization Week at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The transition week between the end of summer training and the academic year, it's when cadets receive staple items such as books, computers and printers that are necessary for the first day of class this coming Monday, this academic year or all four years at West Point.


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    Saturday’s Scrimmage Concludes Fall Football CampThe Army West Point football team finished their preseason camp this past Saturday with a scrimmage at Michie Stadium.

    The Black Knights saw multiple offensive and defensive units take on scout teams in game situations.

    Fred Cooper and Connor Slomka both found the end zone for the varsity, while Mike Mbony had some key plays for the scout team.


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    Women's Soccer Forces Tie Versus MarshallThe Army West Point women's soccer team remained undefeated in the 2018 season after earning a 2-2 draw in the home opener against Marshall yesterday at Malek Stadium on Clinton Field. Rookie Trinity Garay provided the heroics for the Black Knights with 1:30 remaining in the second half as she buried her first collegiate goal to tie the game. The Rahway, N.J., native fired a pass from fistie captain Sydney Witham into the twine after she received the ball on a service from yearling Erynn Johns. The Black Knights controlled the pace of play throughout the first 45 minutes, but the Thundering Herd responded with a penalty kick to tie the game in the 53rd minute and potted the go-ahead score in the 76th minute. With six minutes remaining, yearling Sydney Cassalia made the save of the game by leaping up and used her right hand to knock the ball over the crossbar. Read More


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    Acceptance Day Parade for the Class of 2022The United States Military Academy Corps of Cadets took part in the Acceptance Day Parade this past Saturday on The Plain. The members of Class of 2022 officially joined the Corps of Cadets during the parade! First Captain David Bindon lead the cadet leadership team. Family and friends of the Class of 2022 and the Corp were there to watch. The West Point Cadet Parachute team performed at the parade.


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    Cadet Crisis Negotiation Instructions During WPNPNegotiation is an important component for military leaders at all levels. In fact, negotiations are done every day, whether deployed or at home, even within their own organizations. The West Point Negotiation Project was founded in 2009 under the direction of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership in response to feedback from West Point graduates who had taken Negotiation for Leaders (MG390) as cadets and then applied their learning as Army officers.

    As part of the WPNP, 32 cadets and two FBI agents took a 40-hour course in crisis negotiation Aug. 6-10. The course was led by FBI Supervisory Special Agents Mike Yansick and Mark Flores from the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit-New York Office. The cadets learned the importance of negotiation in crisis situations, were introduced to a framework for active listening and techniques to calm a situation. The students analyzed real FBI footage of hostage situations and the Boston Marathon bombing and learned to apply the concepts into role-playing scenarios. Read More


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    ASP at West Point: Arming our Current Soldiers, Future LeadersU.S. Army ammunition operations at the U.S. Military Academy are unique from those conducted in other locations. This uniqueness is due in large part to the fact that all of the ranges for the cadets are conducted during the summer months each year.

    The Ammunition Supply Point at West Point processes the same amount of ammunition in about three months as what most Army divisions process in a year. By the end of the summer training this year, this ASP will have issued more than five million rounds of ammo worth over $10.8 million, ranging from various types of 9mm, 5.56mm and 7.62mm rounds to .50 CAL, AT-4s, grenades, mortars and artillery rounds.

    To ensure that West Point cadets are prepared to fight and win our nation’s wars, the ammunition community at West Point must be forward-thinking and anticipate the needs of each unit at West Point. The ASP at West Point conducts combined ammunition operations including the receipt, storage, transportation, accountability, inventory, surveillance, maintenance, security and issue of U.S. conventional ammunition. Read More


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    CDTs Morgan Walsh '21 and Trinity Garay '22Yearling Morgan Walsh and rookie Trinity Garay collected weekly honors from the Patriot League for their performances against Wagner and Marshall, the organization announced Monday. Walsh was named the Patriot League Midfielder of the Week, while Garay earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week recognition. Both players received weekly honors for the first time in their careers.

    Walsh netted her first-career goal to open the scoring against Marshall in the 12th minute after getting on the end of a through ball from Garay. The Pelham, N.H., native played in 185 of the team's 200 minutes throughout the first two games, earning the starting nod in both contests. Garay produced a game-high three points with a goal and an assist versus the Thundering Herd, including the game-tying score with 90 seconds remaining. Through the first two games, the rookie has started both matches and is tied for the team-lead in shots on goal with three. Read More


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