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  • 09/29/16--06:11: Skeet and Trap Near Sweep
  • Skeet and Trap Near SweepThe Army West Point Skeet & Trap Team stunned Navy and other collegiate rivals by nearly sweeping the competition at the first annual Blue & Gold Back to School Shoot, hosted by the University of Delaware. The competition consisted of 100 skeet targets and 100 trap targets, and the cadets resolute-ly asserted their dominance in each event. Army took first place in the combined team competition, breaking an impressive 933 out of 1,000 targets. They also took first place in the team skeet competition as well as the team trap competition. The cadets also took home several individual awards. In the individual trap competition, CIC emeritus Mitch Koellner ’17 took first place, while Carolee Schwarzer ’17 and Alejandro Alderete ’17 tied for third place. On the skeet fields, Koellner took second place, with Schwarzer close behind in third place. When all the individual scores were tallied for both events, Koellner stood on top as the tournament champion, with Schwarzer taking the trophy for third place overall. In addition to Navy, the competition included teams from the Univ. of Delaware, Univ. of Maryland, George Mason University, VMI, and Washington College.


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    CDT Justin Stoll '20Freshman goalkeeper Justin Stoll received Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honors this week after posting a shutout in Army's Star win over Navy. The honor is the first of Stoll's collegiate career. Stoll made three saves to record his first career shutout and help the Black Knights to 1-0 shutout victory over the Mids on Sept. 23 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. He stopped a point-blank shot in the 33rd minute to keep the game scoreless before reaching out to push away a shot in the 77th minute to preserve Army's 1-0 lead. Stoll has appeared in three games with two starts this season and leads the Cadets with a .900 save percentage and a .500 goals against average. Read More


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    Aviation Training in MontgomeryThe Cadet Flying Team was able to conduct training at Orange County Airport (KMGJ) in Montgomery, NY. Assistant CIC, Kurt Klinkmueller, passed a check ride permitting him to fly as pilot-in-command of the Tecnam Eaglet Light Sport Aircraft. Team CIC, Alaina Kappner, continued her transition into the Piper J-3 Cub, a classic airplane which has been used as a trainer since the 1930s. CDT Mike Herbert trained in the Red-bird simulator, while Assistant OIC CW2 Mark Vester checked out in the Diamond DA-40 aircraft. The team will continue to train in preparation for our Regional competition which will be held at Schenectady County Airport, 13-17 OCT 16.


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    Amateur Radio Supports Toughman Half IronmanThe Cadet Amateur Radio Club’s support of the Toughman Half-Triathlon (Half Ironman) at Harriman State Park was a success. The event coordinator was severely short volunteers to assist with directing race participants through the course. Without the assistance from the seven Cadets, the event of 500 race participants would have failed. The Cadets were able to make use of the amateur radios purchased from last year’s operating funds and the safety vests purchased with mid-year funds over the summer. The Cadets were paired with experienced Amateur Radio operators from the Orange County Amateur Radio Club in order to learn more about how to operate their radios and manage a race. Our club executed our planned timeline according to schedule including formation at 0400 and SP’ing NLT 0430 in order to drive to Harriman State Park by 0500 and link-up with event coordinators by 0515. Our adherence to the event coordinators’ schedule reflected well upon the Cadets, the Club, and USMA. Due to the close proximity in timing of the Toughman Half-Triathlon to the bombings in NJ and NY, many race participants thanked us for making them feel safe. In fact, most thought we were there as a direct result of the bombings. Our participation and presence during this event promoted the DoD, the US Army, and USMA in a very positive light.


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    Army West Point Orienteering Team VictoryThe Army West Point Orienteering Team traveled to Pound Ridge, New York, to compete in the United States Orienteering Championships on September 17th and 18th. This event consisted of two classic races on Saturday and Sunday. Competitors flew from around the world to compete on the challenging terrain of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and test their technical navigation skills. Leading up to the event, the team studied maps of the area and adjusted practices to fit the level of intensity that would be required from the terrain and the increased level of competition. The team’s hard work paid off with outstanding performances across the board. CDTs Arelena Shala ’20, Riley Eck ’20, and Jessica Johnson ’18 all took 1st place in their respective categories. Several of the newest members of the team performed well enough to graduate from Orange and move up to Green, a much more physically and mentally challenging race.


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    Cycling Collegiate Track Nationals at Giordana VelodromeThe Army West Point Cycling Team participated in Collegiate Track Nationals at Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, SC. Eighteen Army Cyclists competed in a total of 12 different events of varying distances and styles, ranging from 200 meter sprints to 4 km time trials and Team Time Trials. The team had a wide range of experience going into Nationals, with some riders participating in their first ever national competition. Despite the limited experience of our new riders, their contributions greatly enhanced the overall team performance. Likewise, our veteran riders put out peak performances, with many individuals improving their times from last year. Ultimately, the combined team effort resulted in winning the first Club Track Cycling National Championship in recent years, improving from last year's second place performance. The cycling team is excited to have won a National Championship and is looking forward to continuing its high level of performance into both Cyclocross and Mountain seasons.


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    Capstone Team Visit to the Center for Army AnalysisFirstie cadets Angel Reyes, Kieran Howard, Cori Lemere, and Jack Martin, along with advisor Dr. Roger Chapman Burk, visited the Center for Army Analysis (CAA) at Ft. Belvoir, VA, on 13 September for their initial client visit. The purpose of the visit was to develop system requirements for their capstone research project. Their project will develop a method of forecasting Army unit personnel readiness for computer simulations that CAA runs in support of the Total Army Analysis (TAA) process. The TAA analyzes Army-level requirements against possible future deployment requirements over a 10- to 20-year period. Currently CAA models unit readiness as a simple function of time since return from deployment, and they require a more realistic and detailed model.

     


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    Cadets attend Powwow and Native American FestivalCadets in the USMA Native American Heritage Forum attended the FDR Powwow and Native American Festival at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights, NY. The event, sponsored by the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, is one of the region’s largest powwows and also one of the last in the summer season. The powwow provided cadets the opportunity to understand the culture and traditions of the participating Native American tribes, specifically in food, music, and dance. Cadets Hollis Shoptaw, Nicholas Ges, and Gray Sasser participated in the intertribal dance and were also honored during the ceremony for their service to the Nation. LTC Jay Ware, Forum OIC, and Cadet Shoptaw were honored in a musical tribute to veterans along with other veterans attending the powwow.


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  • 09/30/16--06:13: Cadet Competitive Cyber Team
  • Cadet Competitive Cyber Team C3T was able to successfully complete this local home event trip section. C3T placed 47th in the world (out of 1274 teams) and 14th in the Undergraduate North American Teams. This will advance USMA C3T to the collegiate finals in November held in NYC. Thanks to DCA, Dean staff, and BTD for approval of ETP during SAMI to participate. The time allocated to cadets allowed them to compete with world class cybersecurity teams and represent USMA at a world class event


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  • 09/30/16--06:49: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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    In the spring of 2016, the Army West Point women's soccer team met someone who would change their lives forever. That person was Mya Bonilla. Mya was introduced to the Black Knights through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation and since then has been a devoted teammate, friend and fan to the team. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/EcHgFU3nSSE. If it weren't for her occasional "bad" days, one wouldn't know this beautiful and youthful "princess", as the team refers to her as, is living with cancer. The cadet-athletes go through long and hard days of rigorous coursework, tough practice schedules and demanding military training. Since joining the team, Mya has opened the Black Knights' eyes forcing them to appreciate and enjoy all of what life has to offer. Read More


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    Debate Wins 2 Speaker Awards Rutgers TournamentThis weekend the West Point Debate Team traveled to Rutgers University Newark in Newark, NJ for the second tournament of the year. In mid-October, the team will be hosting the 50th Annual West Point Debate Tournament, on post at USMA. Army Debate participated in its second tournament of the season, competing in the Novice, Junior Varsity, and Open brackets. Army Debate walked away with two speaker awards, and four teams breaking into out-rounds, and a tournament runner-up in the Open Division. Army Copeland-Phillips broke into the Octofinal Round of the Novice Division. Army Ruckman-Gallegos broke into the Octofinal Round of the Novice Division. Army Kimmey-McGerty broke into the Quarterfinal Round of the Novice Division. Army Caston-Minter broke into the Final Round of the Open Division. Cadet Caston ’17 and Minter ’19 won the 1st and 5th Place Speaker awards in the Open Division, respectively.


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    Civil & Military Operations KLE TrainingThe Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO) conducted a Key Leader Engagement (KLE) training exercise on Constitution Island. The event introduced cadets to the concept of a KLE through morning classes on conducting a meeting and negotiations, followed by an afternoon simulation exercise. The exercise tested the cadets’ previously learned skills in a scenario where they had to figure out the allocation of supplies for a village hospital while working with a variety of interagency and Host Nation partners, then respond to a hostile reaction from villagers. The event involved cadets, a midshipman, and 5 civilian students from Tufts and Wellesley Universities, linked through the ALLIES program. All present learned valuable skills for conducting meetings, negotiations, and interacting with interagency and host nation personnel.


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    Men’s Rugby Routes Delaware on the RoadThe Army West Point men's rugby team dominated Delaware from start to finish in its record-breaking 81-5 victory on Saturday. Army improved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in Rugby East play, while the Blue Hens fell to 0-4 on the season with three of those losses coming in conference action. The Black Knights improve to 1-0 all-time against the Blue Hens. The 81 points in the game is a new program record for Army. Eight Black Knights recorded tries in the match with four of them dotting down twice. Freshman Bailey Abercrombie scored his first collegiate points in today's match with his first-ever three-try effort. Junior Jon Kim broke the program record for conversions in a single game with eight, surpassing his own mark of seven from the season-opener against Stony Brook. He also tied the single-season conversion record with 25, held by Thomas Del Pino from the 2015-16 season. Junior Jake Lachina scored two tries in the match, bringing his career total to 16, a mark that ranks second on the career-scoring chart behind David Huff's 18 tries. Read More


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    Mgmt Prgm Hosts IESE Global Executive MBA Students13 cadets and 3 management instructors hosted Global Executive MBA Students from IESE (16th ranked business school globally) as a part of the two institutions’ leadership exchange. During their visit to USMA, faculty led interactive discussions on decision making in crises, character, ethics, and transformational leadership. Cadets attended these classes and also shared with the GEMBA students their observations on leadership. The reciprocating visit occurs in July, when IESE sponsors and hosts cadets at a pre-MBA summer school that immerses cadets in a rigorous academic environment amongst international peers in Barcelona, Spain.


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    West Point Bioengineers Brief at the PentagonDr. J. Kenneth Wickiser, LTC Alvarez, and Cadets Barthel, Matsas, and Yu (’17) briefed Dr. Melissa Flagg, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research), and her team at OSD on Synthetic Biology research projects and the development of a West Point Bioengineering Core Engineering Sequence at the Pentagon. The cadets are engaging in DTRA-funded Synthetic Biology science and engineering projects within the iGEM (international Genetically Enhanced Machine) student competition. The iGEM competition has its origins at MIT but has evolved into an annual event where several thousand undergraduates from over 40 countries compete for prizes in the fields of genetic engineering and synthetic biology. The cadets spoke about engineering microbes to serve as Carbon Monoxide sensors, to produce wound-healing natural products for the warfighter, and to engineer an electronic nose using bio-inspired materials from animals with superior olfactory capabilities. The attendees, including many representatives from OSD, DTRA, and MIT's Lincoln Lab applauded the cadets for their accomplishments in their research, coursework, and military development opportunities and offered their support of expanding the bioengineering opportunities at West Point.


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    The Army West Point sprint football team scored 35 points in the second half to cruise to a 58-0 victory over Mansfield on Saturday from Shea Stadium. The Black Knights improve to 2-1, while the Mountaineers dropped to 0-3. The Black Knights improved to 8-0 all-time against Mansfield after recording their third shutout in the series. Army has won its last six games following a loss. The Black Knights' defense forced a season-high five turnovers with four interceptions and a fumble recovery. This was Army's second shutout of the season and seventh in its last 10 games. Click here to watch the recap: https://youtu.be/NLa5aQbgH4Q. The Cadets scored two special teams touchdowns in the game with Seth Wills' 63-yard punt return and Christian Hess's 14-yard interception return. Sophomore quarterback Keegan West led the Black Knights' offense with a 6-for-10 performance through the air for 85 yards and a 41-yard touchdown pass to Austin Breed. He also totaled 101 yards on nine carries, including two touchdowns. Five Black Knights scored touchdowns on the day: West – 3 (2 rush, 1 pass); Marqus Burrell – 1; Jaylen Collier – 1; Nate Schlosser – 1; Austin Breed – 1. Defensively, Jake Marchillo and Matthew Tamburri led the team with eight tackles apiece. Marchillo added 5.5 tackles for a loss of 23 yards, including 1.5 sacks for 16 yards, while Tamburri recorded his first interception of the season. Read More


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    Four Triathlon Team Members at SuperfrogFour cadets from the Army West Point Triathlon Team traveled to San Diego to compete in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog triathlon in Coronado. Superfrog is the oldest half-ironman event in the world and was developed by Navy Seals to prepare them for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI. It serves as the military world championship qualifier with qualification spots to both the Ironman and Ironman 70.2 World Championships for military competitors from all branches of services from all countries. The team endured the 10 foot waves, soft sand run and heat on the beaches of Coronado to complete the 1.2-mile open water swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run (half of which was on the beach). The team members posted good showings with CDT’s Annah DeVries ’19 and Hailey Conger ’19 placing 3rd and 4th respectively in the female service academy division and 4th and 5th in the female 18-24 age-group division. For each, it was their second 70.3-mile event and they both set personal records dropping over 30 minutes from their previous race. On the male side, CDT Dylan Varrato ’17 placed 5th in the service academy and the 18-24 age-group male division. Also competing was the OIC of the team, LTC Ken Allen, who finished 7th in the 45-49 age-group division and earned a spot at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship on 9 Sept 2017 in Chattanooga, TN.


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    Culture Forum Tour Olana and Vanderbilt MansionsMembers of the Hudson Valley Culture Forum travelled to Hudson and Hyde Park, New York to tour the Olana and Vanderbilt Mansions. Olana Mansion, a New York State Historic Site, was the home of Frederic Church, the premier American landscape painter of his era. Cadets received a private tour that included viewing many of Church’s paintings, and his extensive collection of artwork and cultural items from his many travels abroad. The tour culminated with a viewing of “Capturing the Cosmos,” the 2016 exhibition in the Sharp Family Gallery, which explores the influence that the great German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt had on Church. After lunch, Cadets then traveled to Hyde Park for a US Park Ranger-led tour of the Vanderbilt Mansion at Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. One of the region's oldest Hudson River estates, the mansion showcases the lifestyle of the American Elite during the “Gilded Age,” and provides insight into the period’s social stratification. At each location, Cadets saw the contrast between the main and servants’ areas of the mansion.


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    Mountaineering Assists the Adaptive Climbing Group4 members of the Army West Point Climbing Team volunteered their time and skills to assist the Adaptive Climbing Group from Brooklyn Boulders. The team coaches for this adventure were Dr. Mark Evans and Sue Kligerman This was an outdoor climbing event held at the Shawagunk Mountain Range in New Paltz, NY. Some participants were visually impaired, others were amputees. The team assisted the athletes to the cliff, set up climbing systems and facilitated an amazing rock climbing experience. Brian Hazen ’17 was paired with a visually impaired athlete and was able to climb side by side describing the features of the rock and the movements needed to successfully ascend. Seniors Micah Gahagen and Daniel Santana were also critical to the mission, setting up ropes belaying climbers and offering guidance and encouragement. Unable to climb because of injury, our MVP of the day, was Annalee Tokarsky ’18. She insured that every adapted athlete had the opportunity to climb. She belayed them, she belayed members of the local climbing community and she belayed her class-mates. Belaying is the system of pulling up rope to keep a climber from falling. It is incredible that we have the opportunity to work with this population. The Climbing team will continue to learn and grow with the adaptive community from NYC. We are looking forward to next year’s event!


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