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    The Army West Point sprint football team notched its 300th win in program history after defeating the Cornell Big Red, 43-12, on Friday night at Shea Stadium. "I've said it before and I'll say it again: this program means the world to me," said head coach Mark West. "I tell folks I wouldn't have made it through West Point without sprint football because it helped me get through some tough times as a cadet. Now that I'm the head coach, I'm just so honored and privileged to represent all of the alumni who have played before me and all the coaches who have coached before me. To get 300 wins for the program tonight is a special honor."


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    Academic Flight Program Featured in Army Aviation Magazine The most recent article of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) magazine featured an article on the department’s academic flight program. The article, written by current faculty members LTC(P) Rich Melnyk and CPT(P) Drew Curriston, along with former faculty members MAJ Brent Pafford and CPT Dan Brown showcased the department’s use of their Cessna 182 aircraft and the Lakota helicopter as flying laboratories. The article also briefly discussed the rich connection between Aviation and Aeronautical engineering, and West Point. The magazine is widely read in the Army Aviation community. The flight section was also featured in the magazine’s ‘Blue Book’ directory of all Aviation units in the Army for the first time.


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    CDT Allie Strong '20The Army West Point volleyball team swept Lafayette in convincing fashion Saturday evening on the road. The Black Knights earned their largest margin of victory in a set when they dominated with a 25-9 decision in the first set of the match. Army downed the Leopards to improve to 12-8 overall and 4-2 in the league. Allie Strong stepped up for the Black Knights with 11 kills and a .556 hitting percentage. Olivia Fairfield notched nine kills and Carolyn Bockrath tallied eight as the pair each posted a .400 percentage. Vanessa Wesley and Sydney Morriss also chipped in offensively with six kills apiece. Haven Bethune dished out 36 assists in the effort as Shannel Chong earned a team-leading 11 digs and Ellie Petersen had 10. Read More


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    Cadets Take First Place Second Straight YearUSMA math majors CDT Matthew Yuan ’19, Abby Vorhaus ’18, Kameron Grubaugh, Zachary Riggenbach, Zachary Zimmerman, and Samuel Crump competed in the eighth annual Cumberland Valley Math Modeling Challenge held at Shippensburg University from 24 to 25 September. For the second straight year, CDTs Zachary Riggenbach, Zachary Zimmerman, and Samuel Crump took 1st Place besting ten other teams from four different universities. This year’s competition challenged teams to formulate a mathematical model and prepare a presentation that addresses the economic impact of legalizing marijuana, an extremely pertinent and polarizing issue in today’s political landscape. Teams received scores based on the validity and feasibility of their assumptions, the completeness of their model, and their ability to communicate and defend their approach. Cadet Zimmerman remarked, "The modeling competition allowed me to apply macroeconomic concepts to a mathematical challenge. This interdisciplinary experience served to break down the barriers between academic subjects in order to contextualize a real-world issue," while CDT Crump offered, "the CVMMC is one of the few opportunities cadets have to apply the knowledge they gained inside a classroom to a real world situation. After comparing our results to results of experts in the field of the problem, we are all pretty surprised as to how close we are to their results."


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    CDT Melanie Allen '19The Army West Point women's tennis team had a strong performance at the first day of the URI Invitational on Saturday. The Black Knights won 14 of their 15 matches. Army only lost four sets on the day. Allyson Hayley def. Risa Takenakin (6-0, 6-1) Nancy Porter def. Nicole Lyterski (6-2, 6-0) Gloria Son def. Amanda Pitocca (4-6, 6-1, 10-5) Steph Johnson def. Katherine DeNucci (6-0, 6-0). Rugile Valiunaite/Stella Fedele def. Aidan Epstein/Natalie Pitocca (8-3). Read More


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    Environmental Science Tours Davis Barracks Construction161 Cadets taking EV300 (Environmental Science - the first course of the Environmental Engineering Sequence) capitalized on a great, synergistic opportunity to combine learning about renewable energy and learn about specific energy saving and renewable energy use associated with Davis Barracks construction. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Deputy Area Engineer, CPT Eddie Major ’07, provided a focused site visit for each section of EV300 in order to enable personalized learning regarding the application of course material with current construction on West Point.


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    Judge Raggi Visits Department of Law CadetsUS Circuit Court Judge Renna Raggi visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by Department of Law Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro. Judge Raggi was appointed to the federal appeals court by President George W. Bush in 2002 and serves on the Second Circuit, located in Manhattan. Prior to that, she was a federal district court judge, having been appointed by President Reagan in 1987. She also served as the US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. Judge Raggi had a lively discussion with the cadets about the Establishment Clause and two decisions she authored regarding that constitutional provision. The first concerned New York City’s Holiday Display Policy applicable to public schools, while the second related to the placement of the historic artifact called The Cross at Ground Zero in the National September 11 Museum in downtown Manhattan.


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    The Army West Point Equestrian TeamThe Army West Point Equestrian Team made their first Intercollegiate Horse Show Association appearance of the season at Lagrangeville, NY. Crosswinds Equestrian Center Cadets represented USMA at each level of the day’s competition, earning high placings in many of their classes. Early in the day, Rachael Schloo ’20 and Holly Rodeo ’17 each placed third in Open Equitation over Fences and Novice Equitation over Fences, respectively. The Open and Intermediate Equitation over Fences courses on which Rachael Schloo and Merle Kreye ’16 competed were exceptionally challenging and included several roll backs and a stride combination. Merle Kreye went on to place third in Intermediate Equitation on the Flat. In the afternoon classes, Charlotte Hereford ’20 and Robert Seals ’20 each placed first in Walk-Trot-Canter Equitation and Madeline Suba ’19 placed first in Walk-Trot Equitation. The combined successes of all cadets led the team to place fourth out of the nine schools present, finishing only a few points behind the region’s leading team, Centenary College. Not only was this an excellent start for the team’s season, it was also many new team members’ first opportunity to compete in an IHSA show. For several other team members, this marked their advancement to the next division of competition. Charlotte Hereford ’20, Kathryn Sileccia ’19, and Madeline Suba each attained the maximum point earnings in their current divisions and will now move on to higher divisions. The Equestrian Team will be featured in Practical Horseman, a well-read magazine with international circulation. The story will focus on training methods to improve a rider’s base of support while in the saddle. The article will appear in the publication later this year. In addition to the challenges and triumphs of the practice, the afternoon was also highlighted by fun. The Equestrian Team offered well-received pony rides to the visiting officers’ children. Buttons was a willing participant, and everyone enjoyed a ride on this adorable chestnut pony. The Equestrian Team hopes that the storied Long Gray Line of riders will continue with these future Army West Point Equestrian Team members in the making!


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    Cadets Host 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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    Army West Point Cycling TeamThe team as a whole worked to improve upon technical mountain skills in the rocky hills of Vermont as they navigated technical and steep terrain. CDT Sarah Morrow revealed her grit as she took to the trails for her first mountain bike race. CDT Preston Pritchard showed his fortitude and progress for the upcoming Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals in October. CDT Alex Dietrich and CDT Sarah LaRue finally joined the team on mountain for the first time this year, showing true promise for coming races, to include the first Army West Point Cycling Team hosted mountain bike race. Cycling shined hosting their 1st mountain bike race at Port Jervis, NY and Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, NJ. 20 collegiate schools and over 100 riders participated over the weekend. The Mayor, city council members, legislators and many significant community leaders came out to cheer and assist. The team showed exceptional character, professionalism and resilience when hosting the race. Everyone on the team contributed greatly to the overall success of the weekend by facilitating race courses and providing support for racers. The mountain riders on the team displayed their tenacity to push their limits both physically and mentally. The team finished 2nd in team omnium for the weekend. Top finishers for the team include Tristan Manderfeld ’17 placing 4th in STXC, Jacob Murdock ’20 3rd in XC, Preston Pritchard ’18 2nd in Enduro, and Dan Forquer ’17 placed 4th in Enduro and Downhill racing.


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    Chinese Section in Taiwan Teaching Middle School ChildrenCadets studying abroad in Taiwan spent several days teaching English and Physical Fitness to Middle School children at a school that is sponsored by their host university. The cadets were responsible for a Physical Education class, as well as several hours of English class for which they had to produce the materials.


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    Sophomore quarterback Keegan West of the Army West Point Sprint Football team was named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week following his performance against Cornell on Friday night. West completed 18 of his 23 passing attempts for 249 yards and four touchdowns in the first half of the program's 300th victory, which came in a 43-12 victory over Cornell. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/PneiuWYBcIc. West led the Black Knights to a 23-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, going 14-for-17 for 204 yards in three scores in the game's first stanza. The West Point, N.Y., native set season highs for Army in completions and passing yards, while tying the league high for passing touchdowns in a game with Navy's Nick Deterding who put up four against the Big Red in week one. Read More


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    Russian Language Brighton Beach Trip11 Cadets from the DFL Russian Language Forum went on a trip section to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY for language and cultural immersion. Cadets were completely immersed in a Russian-speaking environment. Cadets with intermediate and advanced language proficiency were provided a great opportunity to immerse themselves completely in the Russian language. All Cadets developed a greater understanding of the Russian émigré community in the United States and increased the local community's awareness and appreciation for USMA’s mission.


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    Dr. Paul Rahe Lectures Cadets on International RelationsDr. Paul Rahe spoke to “SS386: Political Thought” and many other cadets and faculty in the Thayer Award Room. A political theorist and ancient historian, Dr. Rahe lectured on “The Grand Strategy of Sparta,” using the Spartan case to argue that theories of international relations must consider domestic regimes. After the formal brief, Dr. Rahe took questions from cadets; the day after his lecture he visited two classes, dined in the cadet mess hall, and met with small groups of cadets and faculty.


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    Annual Robotics Workshop Held in Thayer HallThe EECS Department, in collaboration with the CME Department, hosted the annual Robotics Workshop in Thayer Hall. The instruction was led by six staff and faculty members, as well as two roboticists from MIT Lincoln Laboratory. A total of 30 Cadets from different academic year groups participated in the event, along with three CME instructors who desired to broaden their knowledge in the field. Cadets were allowed to choose between two tracks based on their interest and prior exposure to robotics. The more advanced track focused on leveraging the Robot Operating System (ROS) and TurtleBots to learn about sensor integration and autonomous control of robots. The other track introduced beginners to the fundamental concepts of embedded systems programming using the Arduino.


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    SOSH at the World Leadership Forum22 SOSH majors travelled to NYC to attend the World Leadership Forum. The forum was hosted by the Foreign Policy Association, whose President, Mr. Noel Lateef, graciously invited cadets to attend for the second straight year. The cadets were able to hear from numerous experts in the fields of economics and foreign policy, including a key note address by Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon.


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    Women’s Boxing Trains in NYCThe Army West Point Women's Boxing team traveled to NYC to Coach Jenaro Diaz's boxing gym to spar condition, conduct boxing drills, and spar against NY Metro Boxers to gain experience, and create some publicity and exposure for the Army West Point Women's Boxing team in NYC.


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    Spanish Section Training in the Pyrenees MountainsFollowing 4 weeks of military training in the Pyrenees Mountains with their Spanish counterparts, cadets participating in Spain semester abroad began academic classes at the Spanish Military Academy. The military training consisted of land navigation, climbing and rappelling, squad and platoon movements, as well as basic military skills. West Point Cadets served as Cadre and instructors for first-year Spanish Cadets during the training. Before beginning classes, Cadets also participated in the 24th annual International Defense Conference, a joint event between the Spanish Military Academy and the neighboring University of Zaragoza. The topic of this year's conference was "Immigration in the 21st Century: Risks and Opportunities." West Point Cadets had the opportunity to participate in round-table discussions with their Spanish counterparts, local university students, and other international students participating in the conference.


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    Cadet Chapel Choir Preform Saturday MassThe Protestant Cadet Chapel Choir performed with the Catholic Cadet Chapel Choir for Saturday evening Mass at St. Brendan the Navigator parish. Lead in the Sunday morning services for the First United Methodist Church of Avalon and late morning mass again with the Catholic Cadet Chapel Choir. A wonderful time of worship, fellowship, spiritual growth 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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    American Revolution West Point Defense SimulationPhi Alpha Theta Cadets and CPT Antonio Salinas participated in a simulation exercise to plan the defense of West Point during the American Revolution. Cadets received instruction on a number of staff roles to include: Chief of Staff, Intelligence Officer, Engineer Officer, Artillery Officer, and Naval Officer. The Phi Alpha Theta Cadets war-gamed a British invasion and emplaced a number of batteries, forts, redoubts, as well as a chain and a boom to deny them the ability to utilize the Hudson River. The Cadets honed their military skills by presenting their recommendations in a formal brief. Following the staff portion of the simulation, the Cadets walked the fortifications on West Point and discussed their assessments at the shore batteries as well as at Fort Putnam.


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