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    Stryker NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle Sensor Suite UpgradeDepartment of Systems Engineering (DSE) Cadets working on the Stryker NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle Sensor Suite Upgrade Capstone Project had a chance to meet Soldiers from the Chemical Corps branch and learn the capabilities of the M1135 Stryker NBC RV. CDTs Weliver, Cascio, Ownes, Hale, and Shafer had a chance to interview the end-users of the project that they are currently completing. They experienced first-hand the different functionalities and components that make up the sensor suite array for the M1135. Branch Week proved to be not only an opportunity to learn about different branches, but also a great opportunity to conduct research for their capstone project.


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  • 09/28/18--09:02: CME USMA HPC Brown Bag
  • The first monthly USMA High Performance Computing (HPC) Brown Bag of AY2019 took place recently. On a monthly basis (at Noon or soon thereafter), faculty, staff, and cadets interested in high performance computing have a forum to highlight their work, exchange ideas, build collaboration, and learn more about HPC. The featured HPC Brown Bag Speaker was Dr. Carolann Koleci from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME). All faculty, staff, and cadets with an interest in HPC are strongly encouraged to attend. Slides from the Brown Bag are archived on the Sharepoint Site. The annual HPC Workshop is scheduled for 22 October 22, from 9:40am to 11:40am, and will be lead by Dr. Suzanne Matthews from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Dr. Carolann Koleci (CME).


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    Baseball to Host Two Fall Ball Games; Scout DayArmy West Point baseball, the reigning Patriot League Champions, will be hosting two fall ball games as well as a scout day. The first fall contest will happen this Saturday when the Black Knights welcome Bryant to Doubleday Field at 2:05 p.m. The Cadets and Bulldogs last faced off during the regular season when Army took home an 11-7 neutral site victory on March 2. The Black Knights will then host a scout day on Oct. 10th at 3 p.m. before closing their fall schedule with one final contest against CAA foe Northeastern on Oct. 21 at 1:05 p.m. on Doubleday Field.

    The Huskies and Cadets were selected to the same NCAA Regional group this past spring but did not face each other during the weekend. Admission for all events are free of charge. The Black Knights lost just two players to graduation, but those two were significant in Jon Rosoff and Matt Ball. Rosoff was named the 2018 Patriot League Player of the Year, while Ball was tabbed with Google Cloud Academic All-America praise. Army returns 32 cadet-athletes from last year's squad, including Anthony Giachin, Tyler Giovinco and Jacob Hurtubise, who all earned postseason Patriot League honors in 2018.


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    Amateur Radio Provides Toughman Competition SupportCadets from the Cadet HAMS Radio club provided communications support along with the Orange County Amateur Radio Club for the Toughman Competition. In addition, 29 cadets from A2, F2, H2, and I2 provided cadet volunteers to direct traffic, cyclists, and distributed water to competitors. A national guard chaplain said he was very impressed with the cadet's performance at the event and thanked them for volunteering. The primary volunteer coordinator said after the event that the cadets were extremely effective in ensuring traffic was properly controlled. Head coordinator quote "This year was the smoothest year yet, in 12 years." Merchant Marine Academy midshipmen also volunteered.


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    Triathlon at the Ironman 70.3 SuperfrogThe Army West Point Triathlon team traveled to San Diego, CA to participate in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog triathlon. The Army team had great success in spite of extreme conditions with six-foot waves in the cold water during the 1.2-mile swim in the Pacific and over six miles of the half-marathon run in the sand on the beach. All four cadets finished on the podium. CDT Thatcher Shepard '20 and CDT Graham King '19 were 4th and 5th in the 18-24 male division and 2nd and 3rd in the Service Academy division. CDT Payton Boylston '20 and CDT Hannah White '20 were 1st and 2nd in both the women’s 18- 24 and the women’s Service Academy divisions. As a result, Thatcher and Payton earned qualification spots to the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI in 2019. Payton also earned a qualification spot to the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2019. Superfrog is the oldest half-ironman race and was created by Navy Seals to test and prepare them for the Ironman race in Kona, HI. The Superfrog event has special World Championship qualification spots for military and cadets and midshipman in service academies. Also competing the race was 1LT Connor Werneke '16, a past member of the Army Tri team, and Dr. Ken Allen, the team’s OIC. Connor finished 3rd in the men’s 18-24 division and Dr. Allen was 14th in the men’s 45-49 division.


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    Horace has Career Night in Volleyball's Loss to LehighThe Army West Point volleyball team fell, 3-2, Friday night in a tough matchup against Lehigh. The Black Knights went up 2-1 in the match, but two-straight set wins by the Mountain Hawks helped them prevail over the Cadets. Firstie captain Courtney Horace led Army with a career-high performance of 22 kills and 14 digs. The night marked her first-career double-double. Horace recorded career-highs in two categories tonight. The junior captain notched 22 kills and added 14 digs which also marked her first-career double-double. Morriss hit .364 on the night with 16 kills and was followed by Eckford with 10 kills at .304. Morriss also recorded a team-high five blocks. Lum dished out 34 assists tonight, while Hannah Presley tallied 29. Ana Oglivie produced a team-best three service aces and 21 digs. Multiple Black Knights recorded double-digit digs including Lum (14), Buckingham (13) and Allie Strong (11). Read More


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    Men's Cross Country Places Third At Paul Short RunThe Army West Point men's cross country team placed third out of 41 teams at the Paul Short Run on Friday. The Black Knights were led by junior Robbie Santoyo's 11th place finish (24:41). Senior Mikey Singer (19th, 24:51) and junior Roman Ollar (25th, 24:54) also posted top 25 finishes for Army. The team improved four spots from their previous season's result for the second straight year. Coach Smith said, "I thought the guys ran very well today. It was a warm day and the course was soggy and slippery from the recent rain, so it was a challenge to maneuver out there, but we did a great job of managing the conditions and focusing on the race. A third-place finish in a race of this caliber is a nice way to start the competitive part of the season. Two years ago, we were 11th here and last year we finished seventh. So today was another step forward for us as we try to build a championship caliber team." Read More


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    Spring Football Hands St. Thomas Aquinas First Loss, 56-0The Army West Point sprint football team remained perfect on the 2018 season and handed Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) newcomer Saint Thomas Aquinas its first-ever loss with a 56-0 victory Saturday at Shea Stadium. The Black Knights stretched their winning streak to 11 games while earning their first CSFL North division win of the season.

    Keegan West continued his strong firstie campaign by leading Army to a 35-point lead at halftime and finished the game 22-for-26 for 255 passing yards and five touchdowns. His favorite target was once again cow Tom Williamson, who led the Black Knights' receiving corps with six catches, 70 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Alex Sobeski led the team with seven stops on the afternoon. NeVonte Dean boasted a team-high 2.5 tackles for a loss of nine yards, including two sacks for eight yards. Read More


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  • 10/01/18--07:04: Princeton Writing Program
  • Princeton Writing ProgramThe International Affairs and International Relations teams hosted two faculty members from the Princeton Writing Program. Dr. Alex Davis and Dr. Erin Vearncombe moderated an incredibly valuable writing workshop entitled "How to Teach Writing in Social Science." As a social scientist himself, Dr. Davis contributed valuable subject-matter expertise and a fluency in writing instruction to the workshop. Dr. Davis and Dr. Vearncombe catered the workshop specifically to the SS307 "SOSH Paper," and adapted their 6-step writing model and valuable in-class writing exercises to meet the needs and requests of SS307 and the broader IA faculty. The leadership of the West Point Writing Program also attended to exchange ideas and best practices on how to instruct faculty members in a writing-focused course.


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    Golf Earns Star with 8-3 Victory over Rival NavyThe Army West Point golf team claimed the annual Star match for the second-straight year when it defeated archrival Navy 8-3 yesterday. The Black Knights jumped out to a 3.5-0.5 lead after four-ball play on Saturday and then earned points in the first four singles matches on Sunday to secure victory. The match was decided after Army had taken a 7-1 lead on the final day, making it impossible for the Mids to mount a comeback. Gunnar Doyle earned the first point of the Sunday singles matches by earning a 1-up victory over Thomas Garbee. Matt Plunkett secured the second point of the day with a clutch 50-foot putt to win 2-up over Navy's Charlie Musto. Army claimed the Star when Tom Katsenes finished on the 17th hole by winning 2-and-1 and almost at the exact time, Justin Williamson halved his match with Navy's Griffin Peters. The Black Knights have won the Star in six of the last seven years. Navy claimed wins over Sam Yom and James McKee but Nick Turner rounded out the points for Army when he defeated Ward Wilkinson by 2-up. Read More


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    Men's Rugby Remains UndefeatedThe Army men's rugby team continued its hot start to the fall, as the Black Knights took down Kutztown 24-17 Saturday at the Anderson Rugby Complex. First half was a defensive battle, with both teams playing physically from the start. Army (5-0) opened up the scoring with a scrum try in the 17th minute to take a 7-0 lead. The Golden Bears would add a penalty kick in the 34th minute to make it 7-3 going into the half. The second half saw the brunt of the scoring, with tries from Bailey Abercrombie, Paul Adams, and Will Miller. Kutztown would keep it close with two tries of its own, but a stout Black Knight defense would seal the win down the stretch, with multiple scrum victories. The Black Knights begin the season at least 5-0 for the fourth time in five years. The 2014-15 team began the year 8-0 for the best start since turning varsity. Army moves to 4-1 on 15s play at the varsity level against Kutztown. Read More


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    CDT Abi Waldman '21Rookie Stephanie Dolehide and yearling Abi Waldman of the Army West Point women's tennis team earned singles titles on the final day of the West Point Invite on Sunday. Dolehide won her second-straight tournament after collecting the E Singles crown at Quinnipiac two weeks ago, while Waldman won the first fall tournament of her career.

    Plebe Stephanie Dolehide won her second career tournament. Yearling Abi Waldman won the first singles title of her collegiate career. The Black Knights will compete at Lehigh's Patriot League kickoff next Saturday and Sunday. Read More


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    AIAD at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DCFour cadets from a diverse group of majors were on Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC. USIP is an independent national institute dedicated to advancing global security and U.S. interests through means other than violence. Despite this academic diversity, all participants applied their academic knowledge to various missions within the Institute. From writing articles on Iran and Middle East to attending Congressional discussions about Russia, the cadets interacted with governmental and non-governmental experts, developing networks and knowledge beyond the walls of West Point.


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    Football Hands Buffalo First LossBuffalo got out to a quick lead, but the Army West Point Football team scored a decisive 42-13 victory on Saturday afternoon to hand the Bulls their first loss of the season.

    Army scored 21 unanswered points in the first half, including a blocked field goal return for a touchdown by Elijah Riley with Wunmi Oyetuga coming up with the deflection on the kick. Army's defense allowed only six points after the opening drive to shut down a Buffalo offense that hadn't scored less than 35 points in a game this season.

    Kelvin Hopkins Jr. led the Army offense with 89 rushing yards and 91 through the air to go with a passing touchdown. Jordan Asberry hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass, while Darnell Woolfolk, Connor Slomka, Calen Holt and Luke Langdon all found the end zone in the win. The Black Knights outscored Buffalo, 42-6, after the Bulls took a 7-0 lead. Read More


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  • 10/01/18--07:38: Annual Tunnel to Towers 5K
  • Annual Tunnel to Towers 5KYesterday in New York City, members of the Corps of Cadets, staff and faculty and candidates from the U.S. Military Academy prep school volunteered in the annual Tunnel to Towers 5K, a race that commemorates New York firefighter Stephen Siller's heroic run from Brooklyn to the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001.

    On September 11, 2001, Stephen, who was assigned to Brooklyn's Squad 1, had just finished his shift and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got word over his scanner of a plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Upon hearing the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later. He returned to Squad 1 to get his gear. Stephen drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others, "while we have time, let us do good" were words that Stephen lived by.

    More than 30,000 New Yorkers and participants from across the country joined in the race. Following, USMA participants took a moment at the 9/11 Memorial plaza to reflect on their own commitment to duty and selfless service.


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    Cadets Visit Fordham University School of LawCadets in Criminal Law and Special Topics in Law traveled to Fordham University School of Law in Manhattan to hear oral arguments in a case before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Cadets heard oral argument from military attorneys for the U.S. Army Legal Service Agency (USALSA) Government and Defense Appellate Divisions as well as Fordham Law student amici in the case of United States v. Criswell. The case involves the reliability of eyewitness identification in court, and the improper use of photographic lineups by law enforcement. After the court proceedings, Cadets and members of Fordham's Veteran Law Students Society had the opportunity to meet over lunch with the attorneys and judges involved with the case to discuss contemporary issues in military law and careers in military law.


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    Bass Fishing on the Mohawk RiverThe Bass Fishing Club had a great weekend on the Mohawk River catching smallmouth bass and northern pike.


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    CDT Sydney Morriss '20Following an outstanding weekend performance, Sydney Morriss of the Army West Point volleyball team was slated the Patriot League Athlete of the Week on Monday. Morriss captured the honors following back-to-back double-digit kill matches and a .423 hitting percentage on the weekend.

    The cow tallied 16 kills against Lehigh in the five-set thriller and hit .364. On Saturday, Morriss posted 10 kills and had zero errors to lead the Black Knights with a season-high .526 hitting percentage. Morriss, a native of San Antonio, Texas, boasted a 3.25 kills per set average for the weekend.

    The Black Knights travel to Loyola and Navy next weekend. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m.


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    Water Polo Wins All at First Home TournamentThe Army West Point Water Polo held their first home tournament of the year. They hosted nine teams from across the New York Division and played their first four official games of the season, winning all. Notably, all three of the fourth class cadets scored their first Army Water Polo goals. Army closed out the game against Binghamton with a final score of 19-1. Army shut down Hamilton, with a final score of 20-4. Army went up against Cornell ending with a score of 13-8. Army's final game, and the last game of the tournament, was against Syracuse with a final score of 17-4. The weekend was an important stepping stone in the path to nationals at Arizona State University in November. Army will play the other teams in the division at another home tournament this month and fight for the spot to Nationals in Hamilton later that month.


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    Army vs. Oklahoma Watch PartyOver 1000 people attended the Army vs. Oklahoma watch party in the Ike Hall Ballroom and First Class Club, sponsored by USAA, it was a great success. It was standing room only in the First Class Club and Ike Hall as well. Tailgating games were spread out along the promenade to enjoy, and snacks were provided to fuel cadets throughout the game. USAA gave away three great prizes to cadets, during their half time raffle. Though the game did not have a favorable turn out for Army, it was a great game and it was a fun night for all who attended. Everyone would like to thank Greg Dyson and his team at USAA and Eric Luchetti at Fox Sports for making this event possible.


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