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    Cadet Chapel Choirs Community OutreachThe Protestant Cadet Chapel Choir performed with the Catholic Cadet Chapel Choir for Saturday evening Mass at St. Brendan the Navigator parish. Led in the Sunday morning services for the First United Methodist Church of Avalon. A wonderful time of fellowship, spiritual growth, leadership training, and community outreach was accomplished by the Cadet Chapel Choir as a group, and by each individual cadet who participated in the event.


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  • 10/17/18--09:01: West, Dean Honored by CSFL
  • CDTs Keegan West '19 NaVonte Dean '21Firstie quarterback Keegan West and yearling defensive lineman NaVonte Dean of the Army West Point sprint football team were honored by the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) for their accomplishments in Friday's 28-6 victory over Penn. West was named the league's offensive player of the week for the second time this season, while Dean collected the defensive player of the week nod for the first time in his career.

    West went 38-for-59 from under center for 374 yards and four touchdowns, setting new single-game career highs in completions, pass attempts and passing yards. It was the West Point, N.Y., native's firstcareer 300-yard game and the third time in four games this season with at least 250 yards and four touchdowns. He currently leads the CSFL in passing yards (1,130), passing yards per game (282.5), completions (104), pass attempts (156), completion percentage (66.7) and passing touchdowns (15).

    Dean guided the Black Knights' defensive unit in limiting the Quakers to just six points after they entered the game averaging 32.0 points per game. The Fairfax, Va., native totaled eight tackles, four tackles for a loss of 13 yards, three sacks for a loss of 12 yards and forced two fumbles on strip sacks. He currently leads the CSFL in tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (7.0), while tying for the league-lead in forced fumbles (2).

    The Black Knights return to action on Saturday when they travel to Post for a 7 p.m. kickoff.


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  • 10/17/18--09:02: Cadet Media Day Trip
  • Cadet Media Day TripCadets from the Domestic Affairs Forum at West Point traveled to New York City for its annual Media Day trip to learn about the role of media in local and national domestic politics. In the morning, cadets sat through The New York Times news meeting and met with national correspondent Trip Gabriel, Pulitzer Prize-winning national security reporter Matthew Rosenberg, and foreign/terrorism correspondent Rukmini Callimachi. In the afternoon, cadets toured NBC studios, meeting with Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.

    Photo: Cadets experience the thrill of receiving an Emmy


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    CDTs Roman Ollar '20 and Keenan OShea '20After two stars in the annual Star Series presented by USAA were claimed over the weekend by the Army West Point men's cross country and men's soccer teams, cows Roman Ollar and Keenan O'Shea were named AWPAA Co-Athletes of the Week. Ollar led the field opposite Navy with a time of 23:58.2, the fastest mark ever recorded by an Army runner at the Naval Academy course. He helped the Black Knights claim their second straight win over the Midshipmen, a feat that has only been accomplished three times before. It also marked the program's seventh win at the Navy since 1960. In four meets this season, the West Linn., Ore., native has three top-five finishes. Earlier this season, he placed inside the top-25 in a field of over 350 runners at the highly competitive Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh. 

    O'Shea played a pivotal role in Army's 4-1 victory over service-academy rival Navy in the seventh installment of the Army-Navy Cup at Talen Energy Stadium. In a crowd of over 8,500, he tied the game up at 1-1 late in the first half, before sending another strike into the back of the net for an insurance score in the 66th minute. It was his first collegiate multi-goal performance and now has three career scores in Army-Navy Cup contests, the most by any Cadet or Mid in the game's seven-year history. The Chesterfield, Va., native is in the midst of a standout junior campaign and currently sits atop the league in goals (7) and points (18), while ranking second in assists (4).


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    Marshall Beatty '22Army West Point plebe Marshall Beatty was chosen as Patriot League Male Rookie of the Week for the second time this season Tuesday. Beatty finished sixth with a time of 24:58.26 at this weekend's Star Meet against rival Navy. Beatty was the only freshman to finish the race inside the top-10. Army's ten-point victory was its largest over its rival since 1996.

    "Marshall has had a nice rookie campaign for us thus far and has a lot more in the tank than what he has shown," Army head coach Mike Smith said. "He is a raw talent with relentless will that serves him well in challenging environments." Beatty also won Rookie of the Week after his opening weekend victory at the Maine Dual on September 2.

    Smith believes that Beatty is now starting to show his true potential as he continues to learn how to compete at this level of competition. Read More


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    Cadet Capstone Visits Tobyhanna Army DepotDepartment of Systems Engineering Cadet Capstone Team visited Tobyhanna Army Depot as part of the capstone design experience as they apply Lean Six Sigma tools to a refurbishing process at the depot. During this trip they had the opportunity to observe the process, interact with members of the process, and collect data for future analysis. Over the yearlong capstone experience, cadets will learn lean six sigma tools, apply what they have learned to a real-world problem, and earn their certification as an Army Lean Six Sigma greenbelt.


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    Shelby Piccinic '22For the second time this season, Army West Point plebe Shelby Piccinic has been selected as Patriot League Female Rookie of the Week. Piccnic was Army's top finisher against service academy rival Navy at this year's Star Meet. The rookie finished with a time of 22:06.2, which was good enough for a third-place finish in her first trip to the Naval Academy course.

    "Shelby has been our most consistent performer this fall and this weekend she took a nice step forward," head coach Mike Smith said. "She got right into the race and competed all the way to the line. Her time on that course is the second fastest time by an Army runner in a series that started in 1986, so what she did is pretty remarkable. She is athletic and very strong, so the challenging course at Navy was not a factor for her"

    The Colonia, N.J., native earned her first Rookie of the Week honors following her opening weekend victory at the Maine Dual on September 2. Read More


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  • 10/18/18--11:20: LTC Reeves Attends LACMO
  • LTC Reeves Attends LACMOLTC Shane Reeves, Professor and Deputy Head, Department of Law, attended a conference held by the Law of Armed Conflict and Military Operations (LACMO) International Research Network. The conference was held at the Netherlands Defence Academy in Amsterdam. LTC Reeves participated in two workshops during the conference. First, he provided rebuttal argument during a workshop entitled, Operation Inherent Resolve and the Law Relating to Self-Defense, Russian and Iranian Intervention in Syria and Turkish Intervention against Syrian Kurds and the International law on the Use of Force. Second, he delivered remarks as a panelist in the workshop entitled, Air Power: Uses, Effectiveness and Limitations in the Campaign against ISIS and the Law of Targeting and Its Application in the Aerial Campaign Against ISIS.


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    West Point Fortification ExerciseMAJ Antonio Salinas, CPT Jim Villanueva, and CPT Claudio Innocenti led a group of Phi Alpha Theta Cadets in a simulation exercise to plan the defense of West Point during the American Revolution. Cadets received instruction on several staff roles to include: Chief of Staff, Intelligence Officer, Engineer Officer, Artillery Officer, and Naval Officer. The Phi Alpha Theta Cadets had to effectively wargame and emplace a few batteries, forts, redoubts, as well as a chain and a boom. Following the staff portion of the simulation, they visited some of the fortifications on West Point and discussed their assessments at the shore batteries.


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    COL John Burpo served on the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) Technical Advisory Board (TAB). The TAB reviewed the In-House Laboratory Independent Research (ILIR) and Surface Science Initiative (SSI) basic research programs. ECBC uses the TAB review to obtain unbiased assessment of the content, quality, innovation, accomplishments, and relevance of these programs. Topic areas included: Rational Molecular Synthesis and Novel Materials, Synthetic Biology, Nano Chemical and Biological Sensing, Panomics and Moelcular Toxicology, Aerosol Sciences, Algorithm Design and Development, and Surface Science. COL Burpo and Dr. Ken Wickiser have served as ILIR and SSI grant reviewers for ECBC over the last seven years and have each reviewed nearly 150 proposals.


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    Marathon Takes Top Honors at Annual Army Ten-MilerMembers of the Army West Point Marathon Team traveled to the nation's capital for the 34th annual Army Ten-Miler Race. Once again, the team captured top honors in the Service Academies and ROTC team category. Leading the way for the Army team were Chase Hogeboom '21 with a run time of 59:00 and Kate Sanborn '20 with a run time of 1:01:35.


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    Robotics Research Center hosts Dean’s Book ClubThe Robotics Research Center (RRC) hosted the first discussion of the semester for the Dean’s Book Club. The book club is comprised of staff, faculty, and cadets who read and discuss fiction and nonfiction works. This year the group is reading "I, Robot" by Isaac Asimov, a science fiction novel that explores the relationship between humans and intelligent machines. The focus of this first event was on Asimov’s predictions on the state of technology and the future of robotics. Participants also observed demonstrations in the RRC on the state of art in robotics and autonomous systems.


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    CDT Nikiay Comer '19A 69th-minute tally by yearling Morgan Walsh allowed the Army West Point women's soccer team to pick up a crucial point with a 1-1 tie at Boston University on Wednesday evening. Despite being outshot 27-2 in the contest, the Black Knights halted their season-long three-game losing skid and moved to 6-4-6 and 2-3-2 in league play. The Terriers, who saw their six-game winning streak snapped, move to 7-7-3 overall and 5-0-2 against Patriot League foes. The home side managed to break the scoreless draw in the 23rd minute when Taylor Kofton was the beneficiary of a set play off a corner kick by Anna Heilferty.

    After regrouping at halftime, however, Army worked its way deep into the BU zone in the middle of the second half. Firstie Lauryn Westman dribbled down the left side of the box before slotting a pass to Nikiay Comer in the middle of the area. The Bradenton, Fla., native flicked the ball back to the penalty spot where Walsh rocketed a shot past the BU keeper with 21:42 remaining in the contest.

    Yearling goalkeeper Sydney Cassalia turned in one of her top performances of the season, making nine saves for the third time this season. Read More


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    Cadets Attend Lecture on Cognitive Impacts of ExoskeletonsSeminar with MIT Faculty on the cognitive impacts of exoskeletons. Cadets attended the Mechanical Engineering Seminar on current research in biomechanical engineering and human factors during an evening lecture period with Dr. Leia Stirling, Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prof. Stirling discussed her research in exoskeletons and human-machine fluency so that wearable technologies can better interact with the user and improve performance. Specifically, she discussed the cognitive "fit" of various exoskeletons and how researchers can better define and design exoskeletons to reduce overall cognitive load. The work presented was recently completed in part by 1LT Blake Bequette, a recent Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department graduate, as part of his Draper Fellowship.


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    CDT Noah Stewart '20Four Army West Point wrestlers were named in the InterMat, FloWrestling and The Open Mat preseason polls.

    Firstie Rocco Caywood, along with cows Ben Harvey, Noah Stewart and Lucas Weiland found themselves in the respective polls. Harvey (13th IM, 12th Flo, 13th TOM) and Weiland (17th IM, 13th Flo, 13th TOM) were the only Cadets ranked in all three polls. Caywood saw his name in the InterMat and The Open Mat rankings at 18th in each, while Stewart was recognized as the 20th-best 184-pounder by FloWrestling.

    Harvey advanced to the blood round of the NCAA Championships a season ago (one-win shy of being an All-American), becoming the first Army wrestler to do so after dropping his first match since Patrick Simpson in 2006. His 4-2 record marked just the 15th time an Army wrestler won at least four matches at nationals. The New Palestine, Ind., native ranked second on the team with a 22-11 record. Harvey added a team-best 9-8 record against ranked opponents, including victories over No. 7 Ethan Ramos (North Carolina), No. 8 Jadaen Bernstein (Navy) and No. 9 Keaton Subjeck (Stanford). Read More


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    Mechanical Engineering Cadets Visit TARDECMechanical Engineering Capstone Cadets on Team RDD developing a deployment system for the Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) visited TARDEC at Selfridge Air National Guard Base (ANGB), MI. The SMET will carry modular mission payloads and the cadet team is developing a payload that will contain a MTRS Inc, II Centaur from Endeavor Robotics as well as the deployment system. Cadets viewed the SMET prototype developed by General Dynamics as well as previous ideas for unmanned ground vehicle deployment systems.


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    Woman's Crew Novice Wins GoldThe Army West Point Crew Novice Team, with varsity support, Competed in the Head of Housatonic. It was the first race for the Novice crews and they gain valuable racing experience. - The Crew Team competed in the Men's Single (CDT Grant Hall '19), Men's and Women's Novice 8's and 4's. - The Woman's Novice 4 won their event earning a Gold Medal.


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    LTC Whipple Develops New Heat Transfer LabJason Whipple, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, developed and implemented a new laboratory for the Heat Transfer class to review structured computer programming techniques for the Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering majors enrolled in the course. LTC Whipple's review provided a simple overview of numerical and computational topics required for the class engineering design project using Matlab (Computer Programming Language), basic structured programming fundamentals and advanced plotting and graphing. The laboratory experience included numerous handouts with useful information and an instructor-led practical exercise solving a two-dimensional, steady conduction problem in Matlab, and modeling a second-order partial differential equation formulation of the Heat Diffusion Equation.


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    Cycling Places 4th in the Eastern ConferenceThe Army Cycling Team competed at the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC) in Highland Bike Park in New Hampshire recently. The team placed fourth in the Eastern Conference. Great job.


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  • 10/19/18--07:42: Men's Volleyball Sweeps Navy
  • Men's Volleyball Sweeps NavyThe Men’s Volleyball Team traveled to the Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario, Canada for the annual Military Open. Army lost a close battle with RMC but won an exciting five set match against Air Force and swept Navy in three sets.


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