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- 04/13/18--06:28: Climbing in the Gunks
- 04/13/18--07:13: Cadets Visit Mohegan Lake Islamic Center
- 04/13/18--07:17: DEP and Physics Instructors Recruiting Trip
- 04/13/18--07:23: Cycling at UCONN for the ECCC
- 04/13/18--07:26: Facilitated Reparations Discussion Among Cadets
- 04/13/18--07:37: Fall Library Celebration of West Point Authors
- 04/13/18--07:40: On Point: An American Dream
- 04/13/18--07:45: International Red Cross Moot Court Competition
- 04/16/18--07:00: Glee Club Performs for a Packed House
- 04/16/18--07:04: Cadets Tour the Hagley Museum
- 04/16/18--07:11: Kendo at the Rutgers Tournament
- 04/16/18--07:21: Dr. Mattox Conducts Three-hour Exercise with Cadets
- 04/16/18--08:06: Cadets Visit Indian Point Energy Center
- 04/16/18--08:37: Allen’s Heroics Lift Women's Tennis Past BU
- 04/16/18--08:43: "Me Too" Domestic Affairs Forum
- 04/16/18--08:48: Screening of the Documentary "Égalité for All"
- 04/16/18--08:50: First-Place Baseball Continues to Roll
- 04/16/18--08:56: DSE Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
- 04/16/18--09:03: Cadets Visit Sikorsky Aviation in Stratford
- 04/16/18--09:07: Cadets Dig Deep to Finish Sandhurst
- 04/17/18--10:36: Trophy Point Easter Egg Hunt
- 04/17/18--10:38: RRC Faculty Serve on Sandhurst Panel
- 04/17/18--10:43: Cadets Host Dinner with BG(R) Galloway '57
- 04/17/18--10:44: Rosoff Garners Player of the Week Nods
- 04/17/18--10:46: Cadets Shadow Physicians at Walter Reed Medical Center
- 04/17/18--10:48: Cadets Trek Through the Sahara Desert
- 04/17/18--10:50: Cadets Earn Distinguished Delegate Honors at NUMAL
- 04/18/18--08:44: West Point Hosts Duathlon at Buckner
- 04/18/18--08:51: COL Meyer Receives American Concrete Institute Award
- 04/18/18--09:00: Cadets Brief Capstone Results to SOCOM
- 04/18/18--09:03: Hockey Celebrates 2017-18 Team at Year End Banquet
- 04/18/18--09:18: BS&L Cadets Host S&P Executives
- 04/18/18--09:26: Allen Collects Patriot League Accolades
- 04/18/18--09:44: Black and Gold Leadership Forum Visits Washington D.C.
- 04/18/18--09:46: Trotter Tabbed AWPAA Athlete of the Week
- 04/18/18--09:49: Cadets Present at Annual UCONN Conference
- 04/19/18--06:44: Dr. Salyer Reads at The Inferno of Dante Alighieri
- 04/19/18--06:53: Women's Lacrosse Makes Program History with Win
- 04/19/18--06:59: Battle of Antietam Near Sharpsburg Staff Ride
- 04/19/18--07:08: Softball Sweeps Albany in Midweek Doubleheader
- 04/19/18--07:12: Astronomy Lecture at the American Museum of Natural History
- 04/19/18--07:18: Gagliano '87 Speaks to Leadership in Combat Cadets
- 04/19/18--07:22: Galyean, Miller Named to CSFL All-Academic Team
- 04/19/18--07:31: West Point Shares Civ-Mil Event with Princeton
- 04/19/18--07:39: Army Baseball Streak Hits 10 Straight
- 04/19/18--07:44: Cadets Attend Rochester Symposium for Physics Students
- 04/19/18--10:23: Allbritton Selected as New ODIEO Chief
For the third year in a row, nine members of the Army West Point gymnastics team have solidified their spots as individual qualifiers for the 2018 NCAA Championships April 20-21. The NCAA Championships will kick off with the annual awards banquet on Thursday night. Individual qualifying rounds begin on Friday, April 20, with the first beginning at 1 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. from the University of Chicago Pavilion. The top-three individual finishers in all-around and on each event during each session, who are not already qualified on the team (top three teams qualify) or as an all-around competitor, will advance to Saturday's finals round to begin at 6 p.m. This is the fifth time in the last seven years that the No. 15 Black Knights have sent nine qualifiers to the championships. The Black Knights return a wealth of their roster to the NCAA Championships with Seth Cannon and Nathan Goff leading the way. The pair advanced to the finals round on Saturday a year ago. Cole Casanova makes his return to NCAAs as an All-Around qualifier. Read More
Law and Legal Studies Majors Compete Against International Military Academies in Law of Armed Conflict Competition. Cadets Joshua Ramsdell, Luis Weierbach-Chainey, and Seth Gonzales with their Team Leader, LTC Christopher Jacobs participated in the 17th Annual Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) Competition for Military Academies. The competition took place at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy, and included teams representing military academies from France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Malawi, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.
The aim of the competition is to teach cadets the LOAC and its application within the context of contemporary armed conflict. The competition complements the national training of LOAC and ensures that military cadets develop an early appreciation of the critical importance of LOAC in multinational military operations. The competition also offers a unique international forum where cadets from various countries with different cultural and linguistic backgrounds learn to work together in mixed teams to solve challenging LOAC issues - just as they might one day experience in a coalition-based military operation. Joshua, Luis, and Seth represented the United States Military Academy in excellent fashion. Various team leaders, Joint Operations Cell leaders, and competition judges remarked on the professionalism, teamwork, and military bearing of the West Point cadets. Cadet Joshua Ramsdell took 5th place overall in the competition.
CPT Huxel led cadets studying abroad to the Palácio Itamaraty, the headquarters of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil. While there they discussed the intersection of architecture and political messaging in the capital city. The Palácio Itamaraty stands as the site where Brazil receives foreign heads of state and dignitaries.
The Army West Point Climbing Team recently headed to their favorite local climbing area, the Shawagunks Mountain Range in New Paltz, NY., "The Gunks", to participate in a day of out-door rock climbing. It was cold, there was snow, and the conditions were not ideal. They persevered, practiced systems and set up some climbs. Although they were unable to meet their goal of summiting the higher cliffs, they will try again on their upcoming practice.
Eight cadets from the Arabic Language Forum had the opportunity to visit the Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center located in Mohegan Lake, NY. This is their second visit to this Islamic Center. Cadets had the opportunity to foster civil-military relations between USMA and the Hudson Valley's Islamic community. While at the Center, cadets practiced their Arabic, observed a prayer session, and ate dinner with the local worshippers. The cultural experience will help build a mutual understanding between this Islamic community, the cadets, and the Academy.
MAJ Caldwell and MAJ Capps (Physics) toured six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to increase the faculty applicant pool at West Point. Approximately 200 cadets from various ROTC programs learned about opportunities to teach, coach, and mentor at West Point. While there, they participated in a branch panel to promote the Combat Arms branches, dispel common myths about the profession of arms, and encourage ROTC cadets to explore bigger opportunities. They returned to West Point with over 100 ROTC cadet prospective faculty names and contact information to ensure continuity for years to come.
The Army West Point Cycling Team traveled to the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC) sanctioned races hosted by the University of Connecticut (UCONN). The racing consisted of team time trials (TTT), road races (RR) and criterium racing (CRIT). The team competed in all three events. The team led captain, Aiden Doyle who served as Cadet in Charge (CIC) for the trip. Army women placed 4th in the Women-A TTT, while the men placed 2nd in the Men-C and 6th in the Men-B TTTs. In the Women-A RR, Liz Huuki and Monte Ho captured 2nd and 11th place respectively. On the men's side, Andrew Mergen took 9th place in the Men-B RR. Some of the notable performances in the CRIT were Monte Ho placing 4th in Women-A, Andrew Mergen placing 5th in Men-B, cadets Keller Balsam and Jacob Murdock placing 7th and 8th respectively in Men-C, Sarah Morrow placing 5th in Women-C and Phoebe Lee placing 7th in Women-D. They placed fifth amongst the teams racing. For the road-racing season, the cycling team is now ranked 7th.
MAJ Trivius Caldwell (English) and CPT(P) Thomas Carnes (Philosophy) facilitated a discussion among cadets and faculty about the issue of whether reparations ought to be paid to the descendants of slaves as compensation for the injustice of slavery. MAJ Caldwell and CPT(P) Carnes presented what the philosophical question is and what each side of the debate has offered as reasons for or against the idea that reparations should be paid for slavery. The discussion that followed was lively and covered several important related topics such as what could constitute reparations, what the practical obstacles to paying reparations are, what our divergent personal perspectives mean for our prospects for reaching a consensus, and why it is so important to think about this question today despite the injustice of slavery formally ending over 150 years ago. This event takes its place in a long line of exceedingly important conversations the Department of English and Philosophy is asking cadets and faculty to engage in for the purposes of individual, community, and institutional moral development.
On behalf of the Dean, the library hosted the third Celebration of West Point Authors. Covering the period between July – December 2017, they collected 254 citations from thirteen academic departments, as well as the Military Instruction, Combatting Terrorism Center, Army Cyber Institute, Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis, USMAPS, and the Library. Scholarship included journal articles, conference presentations, book chapters, and book authorship. At the event, the featured theme was the intersection of civilian and military technology, policy, and innovation. The moderator was LTC Heidi Demarest, Academy Professor. The library is continuing to collect published scholarship by USMA authors, and will host the event again next fall. Submit your citation information to your department’s library liaison, available at http://www.usma.edu/library/SitePages/DeptLiaisons.aspx.
The American Dream is a force that drives people from around the world. Millions of people have immigrated to the United States in pursuit of that dream, including the parents of Army West Point men's tennis Firstie Michael Nguyen. Nguyen's parents came from Vietnam in the early 1980s in pursuit of a better life and more opportunities for their family. Now Nguyen, a first generation American, is chasing his version of the American Dream as a Division I athlete and a future Army officer.
Law and Legal Studies Majors Compete in International Red Cross Moot Court Competition. James Palmer, Morgan Aiken, and Hunter Sperry, competed in the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition at the Georgetown School of Law. The Clara Barton Competition is a simulation-based competition that required the cadets to assume the roles of legal advisors in a non-international armed conflict. This unique experiential learning opportunity strengthened the cadets' understanding of the law of armed conflict by enabling them to identify and resolve the complex legal issues that arise in the field of international humanitarian law. Throughout the two-day competition, cadets briefed senior legal advisors from the Department of Defense, Department of the Army, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. In addition, the competition provided a platform for our cadets to interact with the greater civilian legal community and share their experiences at West Point.
The West Point Glee Club traveled to the 180-year-old First Presbyterian Church in Freehold, New Jersey to perform a diverse concert for the community. The church was packed with about 600 guests in attendance, to include the Mayor of Freehold, many West Point graduates, and several veterans from all branches of the service. The concert featured numerous pieces from the World War I era, several other patriotic tunes, and a handful of West Point favorites. After the concert, the town of Freehold presented the Glee Club with several awards. Congressman Christopher H. Smith of New Jersey's 4th District offered his sincerest greetings to the members of the Glee Club with a framed and signed letter. Moreover, the Senate and General Assembly of New Jersey and the Borough of Freehold also declared Saturday, February 24, 2018 as "West Point Glee Club Day." The concert provided cadets with the opportunities to socialize with members of the community and represent the Academy well in a professional, musical way.
Major David Lambert and Professor Samuel Watson took six cadets to tour the Hagley Museum, Eleutherian Gunpowder Mills, and the Winterthur Manor in Wilmington, Delaware. This trip allowed cadets to trace the history of the DuPont family and chemical company in America, and provided cadets a deeper understanding of relationships between wealth, power, politics, and warfare in 19th century America.
Eight members of the West Point Kendo Club traveled to Rutgers Tournament at New Brunswick, NJ, to compete against Eastern Kendo Federation clubs. Cadets Jackson Szczerbik '20, Grace Ko '21, and Bryan Kim '21 competed for the first time and fought well against more experienced opponents. The highest-ranking Cadets Kenny Lee '19 and Thomas Koizumi '20, both Dans (black belt equivalent in Kendo) competed in the upper echelon brackets. Lee went 1-1 being eliminated in the 2nd round of a highly competitive bracket, while Koizumi swept 3rd place. During team matches, West Point Team Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie represented the Academy in a 3 vs. 3 tournament. It was an educational and invigorating experience for all.
Dr. John Mattox from the National Defense University conducted a three-hour interactive exercise entitled "Making Sense of Deterrence" for 55 cadets enrolled in Nuclear Engineering Seminar. During the exercise, the cadets were presented with multiple academic points of view on deterrence theory before engaging in small group discussion on how to best solve the strategic and international issues related to a nuclear armed North Korea. At the end of the exercise, cadets gained a better appreciation of the purpose and strategic importance of our nation's nuclear weapon complex and stockpile.
Cadets enrolled in Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering went to Indian Point Energy Center to enrich their knowledge of nuclear reactor operations. They began the day with a briefing by Pat Falciano who has worked at Indian Point for 48 years. He covered three important topics with the cadets: radiation dose rates, nuclear reactor operations, and nuclear security. After lunch, the cadets took a tour of the power generation side of the plant. Currently, IPEC utilizes two nuclear reactors to produce over 2000 MW of electricity accounting for over 10% of the electricity consumed by New York State. Due to political conditions creating an unfavorable economic environment, IPEC'rsquo;s unit two reactor will close in 2020 followed by unit three in 2021.
The Army West Point women's tennis team concluded its 2018 regular season with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Boston University on Sunday afternoon (Senior Day) at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. Prior to the match, Army honored firstie Leslie Frankland for her contributions to the program over the last four seasons. With the win, the Black Knights improved to 18-6 and 6-1 in Patriot League play, while the Terriers dropped to 8-12 overall and 3-1 in league play. Army defeated Boston University in the final match of the regular season for the second year in a row. Melanie Allen clinched the victory with a win in the No. 2 singles position. Allen, Ana Joyner and Kirby Einck all went 2-0 in singles action this weekend. Einck finished a perfect 4-0 overall between the two matches. Einck and Gloria Son won their 15th doubles match of the season. Read More
The Domestic Affairs Forum and American Politics Faculty had a roundtable on "The Politics of Me Too and Time's Up." Cadets and faculty had a candid discussion about the movements' potential effects on political participation, the media, and future campaigns, as well as potential implications for the Army.
CPT(P) Liliane Delva provided historical context for thirty-six cadets and faculty prior to the screening of the documentary Égalité for All. Following the viewing, cadets participated in a discussion which addressed the impact of foreign aid and intervention, Haitian Vodou and the American origins of its caricature otherwise known as Voodoo, white supremacy, and dependency theory. CPT(P) Delva also prepared several Haitian dishes for the students to enjoy.
Army West Point baseball extended its winning streak to nine-straight games after its second consecutive weekend sweep. The Black Knights controlled nearly all of Sunday's weekend finale at Lafayette, registering a 22-1 victory at Kamine Stadium. The outcome handed Army its first 20-plus run win since a 21-8 victory over Lehigh during the 2009 season. It was also the most runs scored by the Cadets since a 27-12 win against Sacred Heart in 2008. Starting pitcher Daniel Burggraaf got things started early for the Black Knights, sitting six-straight batters down via a strikeout to begin the game. Army broke the scoreless deadlock in the third with four runs on three hits. Josh White, Drake Titus and Trey Martin each registered a hit in the frame with Martin's single to center field bringing home two runs batted in. The Black Knights added an additional run in the fourth after a small two-out rally. Titus earned a walk before Jon Rosoff doubled down the left field line to score the yearling. Read More
The Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open its newly renovated space in Mahan Hall. COL Kewley was joined by architect Roy Pachecano who had gifted the plans for the renovation, Ms. Toni Lewis from AOG and Dr. Jim Dalton, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The renovations resulted in a modern space with collaboration rooms dedicated to facilitating cadet group work as well as new meeting rooms for the faculty. These rooms greatly enhanced the Department’s ability to fulfill its mission to educate cadets as well as solve real world problems for capstone clients.
Cadets in the Core Engineering Sequence Capstone Project Course conducted a site visit to Sikorsky Aviation in Stratford, CT. The Cadets are doing research on the integration of Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) to improve point-of-use sustainment. The trip included a series of briefings from technical experts as well as a factory tour.
Before the more than 60 squads of cadets could finish the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition here Saturday, one last grueling event stood in their way. In the run up to this event -- dubbed the "Burden" -- cadets had spent roughly 36 hours traversing 30-plus miles through training areas to conduct 10 other events on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy. Events in the competition included a squad assault, rifle marksmanship, land navigation, an obstacle course and many other strenuous activities designed to measure the grit and competence of cadets in the skills they may one day use to lead others in combat. "It teaches you to excel with excellence in everything you do," Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, the Academy's superintendent, said of the two-day competition. "It also teaches you the mental and physical toughness, the relentlessness and the discipline that's necessary to work as a team to accomplish the mission." Click here to see photos: Day 1 | Day 2.
This year, the 3rd Regiment received the Sandhurst Sword, which is given to the Academy regiment with the best aggregate company performance. The sword was originally presented in 1967 to the Academy by the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England to begin the annual competition.
An Air Force squad earned the top overall score to receive the Reginald E. Johnson Memorial Saber. It was the service's first squad to win the competition. "We're just a weird group of Air Force guys who wanted to go Air Force but wanted to play Army," said Air Force Academy Cadet Nathan Ziegler. "We have a lot of us who are interested in doing more ground force work instead of being directly in aviation." Full Story»
The Department of History conducted an Easter Egg Hunt at historic Trophy Point. Department children got a visit from the Easter Bunny and searched for eggs hidden in cannons ranging from the American Revolution to the Spanish American War. The weather was fantastic and the company even better. Congratulations to Theodore Gatzemeyer for finding the most eggs and winning a large chocolate bunny!
MAJ Dominic Larkin and LTC Christopher Lowrance from the Robotics Research Center (RRC) served as panelists in a breakout session of the Sandhurst Conference on Monday, 9 April 2018. In line with the conference theme of “Training to Win Tomorrow’s Wars”, the pair of officers led an interactive discussion about the possibilities and challenges of integrating unmanned systems into military units. Some of the topics included the current and projected use of autonomous systems in the military, their strengths and limitations, and some considerations when training with these systems. The panel consisted of two one-hour sessions with roughly thirty participants each. The participants included ROTC cadets and international students.
The Civil Engineering club hosted a professional development dinner at Eisenhower Hall for Former USMA Dean ('90 - '95), BG(R) Gerald Galloway and local ASCE chapter. General Gerald Galloway offered his thoughts on Hurricane Harvey, the challenges of climate changes and ethical dilemmas engineers face. Over 70 cadets, faculty and civilians from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and the ASCE Mohawk Hudson Branch attended the event. General Galloway drew on his lifelong experience as an engineer and applied it to the devastating hurricane that struck Texas.
Catcher Jon Rosoff of the Army West Point baseball team was named the Patriot League Player of the Week after his impressive performances. The senior earned his first conference weekly honor after helping the Black Knights go 5-0 this week, including a three-game weekend series sweep of league foe Lafayette. Rosoff batted .611 (11-for-18), while reaching base at a .550 clip and slugging .889. The Durham, N.C., native had four multi-hit games, including three doubles and one triple, while crossing the plate eight times and driving in eight runs. Against the Leopards, Rosoff went 8-for-13 with eight runs and five RBIs. He finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader and 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs in Sunday's victory. Also receiving honorable mention praise was cow pitcher Daniel Burggraaf, who allowed one run on four hits through 5.0 innings to earn a victory against Lafayette on Sunday afternoon. The right-hander struck out a season-high nine and walked two to improve to 5-0 on the season. Read More
Thirty-four cadets from the West Point Pre-Medical Society (WPMMS) traveled to Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, MD to shadow physicians in an array of specialties. This annual opportunity allows cadets to gain invaluable shadowing experience that is required in their future applications to medical school. For two full days cadets directly experience the rigors of the hospital work environment and learn specific skills of various specialties. The third day of the trip consisted of tours, including cadaver labs, and admissions speeches at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences (USUHS) and the Georgetown School of Medicine. Additionally, a select group of cadets attended a reception at Georgetown, where they met MG(R) Joseph Caravalho, former Chief Medical Advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and currently the president of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.
Cadets studying abroad in Morocco ventured into the Sahara Desert on a program-sponsored visit to the village of Merzouga. They experienced first-hand the cultural distinctions between North and South Morocco, Moroccans of Arab descent and those mainly populated by the country's native people, the Amazigh. As part of the cultural excursion, the cadets learned a couple of Tamazight phrases and tasted khobz medfouna, the area's traditional dish.
Photo: A guide leads Cadets and their classmates from AMIDEAST on a trek near Merzouga in the Sahara Desert of southern Morocco
Cadets of the USMA Model Arab League club traveled to Georgetown University in the nation's capital to compete in the National University Model Arab League competition (NUMAL), representing the Republic of the Sudan. Cadets debated in sessions of the Joint Defense Council, Council on Palestinian Affairs, Council on Political Affairs, Council of Arab Social Affairs, Council of Arabic Economic Affairs, Council of Environmental Affairs, and a Special Council on Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons. Cadets Jacqueline Parga '19 and Jordan Lawson '21 earned Distinguished Delegate Honors for their skillful representation in the Joint Defense Council. The club qualified for the National University competition at the Northeast Regional Competition held in Boston, MA. Graduating members from the Class of 2018 include Cadet-in-Charge Joseph Bosse, Kai Kizzie, Macauley Hoyt, Jonathan Lee, Joseph Conroy, and Saud bin Saud – their knowledge and experience will be missed. Cadets Jacqueline Parga '19 and Joel Macklin '19 assume the mantel of leadership of the club as it turns its attention to recruiting new members to replace the Class of 2018 cohort.
The West Point Triathlon Team hosted the annual West Point Duathlon at Camp Buckner. Representing the Department of Systems Engineering were CPT Christine Krueger (Race Director) and CDT Madison Jones. The duathlon consisted of a 2-kilometer run followed by a 22-kilometer bike and concluded with a 5-kilometer run. Over 80 athletes braved the freezing temperatures representing over 10 schools from the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference as well as a few dozen local athletes. By completing this race, the collegiate athletes qualified to compete in USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals held later this month at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
COL Fred Meyer, Head of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME), was awarded the Cedric Willson Lightweight Aggregate Concrete Award at the Spring 2018 American Concrete Institute Conference in Salt Lake City. COL Meyer received the award in recognition for his many contributions to the knowledge base for concrete technology, and the effective transfer of this knowledge to students and others through research, professional papers, presentations, and standards development activities.
Two teams of cadets from the Department of Systems Engineering supported U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) throughout academic year 2018 as their firstie year capstone. They provided systems engineering support and research for the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), a SOCOM project to build a powered exoskeleton for special operators. The two teams briefed their results to the SOCOM Acquisition Executive, Mr. Jim Smith '86 and TALOS Chief Engineer, COL Alex MacCalman '95. Cadets Allie Caudullo, Madison Jones, Josh Owen, and Corey Wilkinson, advised by Dr. Vik Mittal briefed "TALOS Objective Specifications and Technology Market Research." Cadets Fred Kamuzinzi, Shemar McCuller, Brendan McGuire, and Blake Warnock, advised by MAJ Steve Gillespie briefed "TALOS Behavioral Modeling in Support of System Verification." Both briefs were well received and provided TALOS with required systems engineering support.
In front of the 2017-18 team, coaches, staff, family and friends, the Army West Point hockey team handed out awards at the annual banquet in Washington Hall. In addition to the team awards given out, the Black Knights announced Dalton MacAfee and Taylor Maruya as duo captains for the 2018-19 season. Yearling defender Alex Wilkinson was honored with the Henry "Hal" Beukema Award. The Beukema Award, which was initiated in 1955, is given each year in the memory of Maj. Beukema to the team's most valuable player. Wilkinson is the first defenseman to earn the award since Associate Head Coach Zach McKelvie received the honors in 2010. He is also just the 12th defenseman to garner the "Hal" Beukema Award in its 63 years. This season, Wilkinson was named the Atlantic Hockey Association's Best Defenseman. He led an Army defense that finished with the league's best penalty kill (.878) and the second-best scoring defense. The Raleigh, N.C., native ranked second in the league with 14 power play points including four goals on the man-advantage. The yearling was second on the team in game-winning goals with four and finished the regular season with 30 blocks and a +4 rating. He tallied four multi-point games on the year, while setting a career-high in points (3) at Bentley on Feb. 16. The award honors Henry "Hal" Beukema who died in a plane crash in 1954 after attaining the rank of major. The team MVP award has been given out every year since 1955 and is voted on by team members. Read More
Cadets and faculty from the department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership's (BS&L) Management major hosted executives and leaders from Standard and Poors (S&P) Dow Jones based in New York City. Most attendees were members of S&P's Veterans' affinity group, "Valor". S&P executives and leaders interacted with cadets and faculty through discussions on character, training and developing character, and balancing work/life commitments. All S&P visitors attended a military leadership class on team dynamics, and attended a brief by MAJ Yoonie Dunham.
Melanie Allen of the Army West Point women's tennis team collected Patriot League Female Player of the Week honors after leading the Black Knights to a 2-0 showing in the final week of the 2018 regular season. This the first time Allen has been recognized by the league this season and the second time in her career. The Cape Coral, Fla., native competed to a 2-0 record at the No. 2 singles position and went 1-1 in the top doubles flight against Lehigh and Boston U. She defeated Lehigh's Paula Gonzalez on Friday (7-5, 4-6, 6-4) and Boston's Remi Ramos (4-6, 6-2, 7-6(4)) on Sunday to clinch the match versus the Terriers. It was Allen's first career win over a player from BU and it marked the second year in a row that Army beat the Terriers in the regular season finale after previously being winless in the first 13 meetings. Allen was one of three Cadets to go 2-0 in singles on the weekend, along with plebe Ana Joyner and cow Kirby Einck. She also set personal bests for singles wins in a season at 18, in addition to posting her first 20-win season in doubles action. The Black Knights begin postseason play by hosting the Patriot League tournament as the 2-seed from Thursday through Sunday at the Lichtenberg and Malek Tennis Centers. Army's first match will be on Friday in the quarterfinals against 7-seed Lafayette at 4 p.m.
Cadets and faculty from West Point's Black and Gold Leadership Forum visited Washington D.C. Over the course of the visit the Cadets interacted with LTG Joseph Anderson, LTG West and GEN Milley. LTG Anderson, the Army G-3/5/7, gave a "State of the Army" brief, and led a conversation focused on leadership development, and what young leaders can do to improve their unit's readiness. After the brief from LTG Anderson, the cadets met with LTG Nadja West, the US Army's Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. In addition to completing a tour of the Pentagon, they also met with the US Army Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley. Following the visit to the Pentagon, all Black and Gold members visited the Capitol Building, where they were given a private tour and visited the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency. At the CIA, cadets were given a tour of headquarters, and operations brief, and a tour of the CIA museum. Additionally, cadets met with dozens of USMA grads currently employed at the CIA. The panels with recent USMA graduates focused on leadership development, leading peers in challenging environments, and being a leader of character. The visit was incredibly impactful for all involved – Black and Gold members left D.C. inspired to continue their journey to becoming leaders of character for our Nation.
Yearling right fielder Amelia Trotter was named the Army West Point Athletic Association (AWPAA) Athlete of the Week on Tuesday afternoon. Trotter excelled in the leadoff spot during a 3-0 week for the Black Knights, compiling a .636 average (7-for-11), .667 on-base and 1.273 slugging percentage. The second-year outfielder belted a pair of homers, drove in four and crossed home six times while going a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases. In a Wednesday tilt against Iona, Trotter batted 3-for-4 with a run scored and tied her career high in stolen bases with three. Over the weekend, the Plano, Texas, native picked up her 30th hit and fifth double of the season in the opening game of a doubleheader against UMass-Lowell. She then erupted offensively in the second game, batting a perfect 3-for-3 with two dingers, a stolen base and a career-best four runs scored and four RBIs. At this point of the season, Trotter ranks third on the team in batting average (.308), hits (33) and doubles (5), while leading the team in home runs (4) and slugging percentage (.505). Read More
As part of the Mounger Writing Center's ongoing effort to develop elite undergraduate scholars, three Cadet Writing Fellows presented papers at the annual UCONN Conference on the Teaching of Writing. Yearling cadets Hope Hack, Sam Reichenthal, and Philippe Sanchez each presented papers as part of a panel chaired by LTC Alan Brown and entitled "Re-Imagining Engagement and Multimodal Innovation in the Writing Center." Fellow conference participants consisted primarily of first-year writing faculty and/or graduate students from across the country; the cadets represented one of only two undergraduate panels at the conference. Each cadet explored ways to re-imagine writing center engagement strategies and enlarge how Writing Fellows see the "big picture" that new media and more varied "composing technologies" present. Following the presentations, the audience engaged the cadets in a thoughtful 30-minute dialogue, allowing the cadets to expand on their papers and exchange ideas.
Matt Salyer of the Department of English and Philosophy was one of several writers invited to read at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (New York City) as part of The Inferno of Dante Alighieri: A Reading. This annual event “takes place in the Crossing of the Cathedral, with selected Cantos read by honored guests, distinguished poets, eminent translators, visiting scholars, and Inferno regular readers.” Other readers featured included Princeton’s David Yezzi, Discovery Award-winner Meghan Maguire Dahn, Kate Tufts Award-winner Doug Anderson, Guggenheim Foundation fellow Rachel Hadas, and the Cathedral’s Poet-in-Residence, Marilyn Nelson. A National Book award finalist, Professor Nelson taught poetry to USMA Cadets in 2001 and looks forward to continued engagement with West Point.
Fueled by a nine-goal second half, the Army West Point women's lacrosse team secured its first winning season in program history with a 15-8 victory over Colgate on Wednesday afternoon at Michie Stadium. With the win, the Black Knights improved to 9-6 with two games remaining in the 2018 season to lock up their first-ever season with a winning record. After conceding the first goal, Army caged six straight in less than 10 minutes to get out to a five-goal advantage. Manuela Cortes got things started for the Black Knights with her team-leading 23rd goal of the year before rookie Cameron Manor put the home side ahead with a man-up tally. Samantha Stewart, Megan Raftery and Rachel Hornick capped the 6-0 run with Hornick scoring the final two goals 1:14 apart. Read More
Nine faculty members and 55 cadets from the Department of History conducted a staff ride to analyze the Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland. The participants not only investigated and scrutinized Union and Confederate tactics and decisions made on the 1862 battlefield, but evaluated the significance of the actions in altering the scope and purpose of the Civil War for the North. Along with stops at places that witnessed catastrophic American casualties such as the Cornfield, the Sunken Road, and Burnside Bridge, cadets and faculty visited Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, home to the infamous nineteenth-century federal arsenal that was captured by the Confederacy in the days leading up to the Battle of Antietam as well as by abolitionist John Brown in 1859.
The Army West Point softball team trailed in a pair of games to Albany, but rallied back in both to secure two wins on Wednesday afternoon at the Army West Point Softball Complex. The Black Knights (20-21) combined for 17 hits in the twin bill against the Great Danes (19-12). Amelia Trotter continued to produce in the leadoff spot, batting 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBIs. Taylor Drayton was the team's primary run producer, driving in five of the Black Knights' nine runs on the day. She also belted a home run and went 4-for-6 at the dish. In the circle, Macey Newbary got the game one start and went a solid six innings, allowing just three runs on five hits. Newbary received a no decision though as the game was tied when she exited. Courtney Springman got the win in one perfect inning of relief. Read More
Space & Astrophysics and the Astronomy Club participated in a joint trip section to the Amateur Astronomy Association's (AAA) of New York evening lecture at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The lecture was titled "The Great American Eclipse of 2017 and Others" and was given by Prof. Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Prof Pasachoff discussed the many nuances of the August 2017 total solar eclipse, and contextualized them in terms of other total and partial eclipses that have or will happen. As luck would have it, Dr. David Kraft, a former faculty member of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering hosted the event for AAA. A total of twenty-four cadets attended and were accompanied by LTC Diana Loucks and Dr. Paula Fekete.
Mr. James A. Gagliano '87 was a guest speaker in COL Reed's Leadership in Combat class. Mr. Gagliano and he retired from the FBI, after 25 years of service, on December 31, 2015. His vast experiences in the FBI included work in organized crime, gangs, narcotics, and money laundering investigations. He was also a member of the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), the FBI's elite counter-terror unit located in Quantico, VA, participating in numerous overseas deployments and high-risk tactical resolutions. Mr. Gagliano was awarded the FBI's Medal for Bravery, the FBI's second highest award for valor, for actions in June of 1993 while serving on the SWAT Team. He brought these experiences to the classroom as he shared the lessons he learned while operating in "in extremis" environments. This included thoughts on communication, building teams, inspiring others, overcoming adversity, and courage.
Firstie Ty Galyean and cow Brady Miller of the Army West Point sprint football team were named to the inaugural Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) All-Academic team, announced by the league Wednesday afternoon.
Student-athletes on the CSFL All-Academic team must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and are selected by each school's respective coaching staff for displaying exemplary performance in their academic coursework.
Galyean boasts a 3.72 grade-point average as a Civil Engineering major. The Rogers, Ark., native is a three-time All-CSFL honoree, including first team accolades each of the last two seasons. The senior co-captain was one of the top receivers for Army in 2017, posting a team-high 25 receptions for 319 yards and five touchdowns. For his career, Galyean hauled in 52 catches for 803 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Miller sports a 3.93 GPA while majoring in Military History. The Glen Rock, N.J., native split time under center throughout the 2017 season, going 37-for-61 through the air for 294 yards and five touchdowns. He added 30 rushes for 88 yards and a score on the ground.
The Black Knights open the 2018 season on Sept. 14 at Chestnut Hill with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
Eight cadets from the Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations travelled to Princeton University to attend the Defending Democracy Forum. The main issue was "Civil and Military Responses to Weaponized Information." The event was the fourth annual iteration of the Veteran's Invitational that was started with Yale in 2015 and hosted by West Point 2016-17. It is expected that veteran alumni from Harvard will sponsor the event in 2019. The cadets attended panels ranging from foreign policy and military operations, technological challenges, attacks through disinformation and propaganda, to the measures the United States could take to deter adversaries from sowing unrest. Keynote speakers included David Ignatius of the Washington Post and GEN(R) Michael V. Hayden, former CIA and NSA director.
The Army West Point baseball team earned its 10th-consecutive win here Wednesday night thanks to a 6-3 victory over Holy Cross. The Black Knights remain atop the Patriot League standings with a 12-2 mark, while the Crusaders fall to 6-7 for fourth place in the conference. It was a pitcher's duel for much of the early going as the two starting hurlers allowed just two hits in the first three innings. The Cadets finally broke through in the fourth after Jon Rosoff was hit by a pitch with one out. John McKenna shifted him over to second following a single to right field to place two runners on base. The Crusaders registered the second out of the frame but during the ensuing at bat Rosoff advanced over to third on a passed ball. Trey Martin then beat out an infield single, which allowed the senior to score for the game's first run. One inning later the Black Knights tacked on three additional runs thanks to a big one-out double to left field. The Cadets earned three walks in the frame to load the bases for Rosoff, who posted his team-leading ninth double of the year. Read More
Four Cadets attended the Rochester Symposium for Physics Students in Brockport, NY with LTC Corey Gerving to present research to fellow undergraduate physicists. The symposium consisted of three sessions, each with two separate discipline-specific technical sessions. The conference was held on the campus of the State University of New York's Brockport campus. At the conference the cadets gave two presentations, attended the opening session, technical sessions and the conference reception. The presentations were: "Construction of a Magneto-Optical Trap to Cool Rubidium Atoms" by cadets Jafr Kazmi, Samir Streatfield, and Meaghan McGovern and "Establishing a Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) analysis system at the United States Military Academy" by cadet Scott Nieboer. All of the cadet presentations were very well received for both their technical merit and quality of presentation.
Terry L. Allbritton has been selected as the second Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity (ODIEO) chief for the U.S. Military Academy. Allbritton replaces Donald Outing, currently vice president for Equity and Community at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Allbritton comes to USMA with a vast and varied experience in diversity and inclusion, including his 25 years of military service.
Allbritton is a graduate of Howard University, the Command and General Staff College, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and Georgetown University Government Affairs Institute.
In April 2014, he received his certification from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for successful completion in the Diversity and Inclusion Master Game-Changer Course, and in April 2017, became certified as an emotional intelligence coach and trainer. Full Story»
Photo: (From left to right) Amos Maldonado, administrative assistant; Ellen Peterson, program coordinator; Terry L. Allbritton, chief diversity officer; and Lt. Col. Rodlin Doyle, Equal Opportunity Program manager