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    COL(R) Howlett Speaks with Cadets about NEPACOL(R) David Howlett, a New York native and member of the New York bar, gave a guest lecture to law and environmental science majors enrolled in Environmental Law on the challenges that the Army has faced in meeting its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA Case studies discussed included the challenges at Makua and Pohakoloa Training Areas in Hawaii, as well as in the Army's Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Army Transformation, a process that continues. Colonel Howlett has been an Army environmental law practitioner since 1995, to include serving as Chief of the Litigation Section at the Army's Environmental Law Division, part of the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency. Colonel Howlett's presentation and the ensuing discussion brought to life for cadets the abstract challenges of the NEPA statute, its attendant regulations, as well as litigation risks for commands taking significant actions that require NEPA documentation and analysis.


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    CDT August Cook '21Rookie August Cook of the Army West Point track and field team qualified for the NCAA Championships with a top-five performance in the javelin throw on the final day of the NCAA East Regionals at the USF Track and Field Stadium on Saturday. August Cook had throws of 64.86 meters (212 ft., 9 in.), 64.78 meters (212 ft., 6 in.) and 65.85 meters (216 ft. 0 in.). He ranked fifth out of 48 competitors in the javelin throw and was one of 12 who qualified for NCAAs. Cook was nearly within half a meter of his personal best of 66.36 meters, which he set at the Patriot League Championships. It was the sixth-best javelin throw in program history. Cook qualified for the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place showing in the javelin with a toss of 65.85 meters. Grayson Hill finished 42nd in the event with a throw of 55.67 meters. Jeff Giannettino tied for 16th in the high jump, clearing the bar at 2.06 meters. Cook will compete at the NCAA Championships on June 6 at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Read More


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    Cadet Research with NY Dept of Environmental ConservationOver the course of the spring semester, cadets and faculty from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering participated in the annual survey of glass eels arriving in the Hudson River. Glass eels are young-of-the-year American Eels (Anguilla rostrata), that were born in the Sargasso Sea and carried by currents to coastal waters of the eastern United States. In March, April, and May the tiny, translucent glass eels are caught and counted by volunteers in a citizen science program coordinated by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Eels grow and mature in freshwater lakes and streams for 20 to 40 years before making the return trip to the Sargasso Sea to spawn. Data from this program are used to track the recovery of eel populations in the Hudson and its tributaries.

    Photo: CDTs Michael Bruce, Nick Lake, and Arran Rounds remove glass eels from a fyke net in Quassaick Creek, Newburgh, NY


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    CDT Trey Martin '19Trey Martin's solo blast in the seventh inning broke a 7-7 tie and gave the Army West Point baseball team an 8-7 win over Columbia on Sunday night at Doubleday Field. The Black Knights (36-22) saw their first three players in the lineup record multi-hit games with Jacob Hurtubise leading the way with four hits in five plate appearances. Columbia (20-28) had five players with two or more hits, including Liam McGill's three hits and two runs scored. Army got on the board first with a three-run third inning. The first run came on an opposite field solo home run from Anfernee Crompton for his first collegiate homer. The Black Knights added two more with a triple off the bat of Josh White. He lined a 2-0 pitch into the gap in left center, scoring Hurtubise and Jon Rosoff to give Army a 3-0 lead at the end of three. The Black Knights plated their third run of the game in the following inning as Drake Titus drove the ball to the gap in left center for a double and then he scored on a looping single by Hurtubise to left field to give Army a 4-0 lead. Read More


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  • 05/30/18--08:12: Summer Training Begins
  • Summer Training BeginsSgt. Burdette from "Renegade" company of the Cadet Summer Training Task Force, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) coaches rising firstie, CDT Peffers on zeroing a M4 at the range.

    Photo by 2nd Lt. Cora Moody


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    Ticket Info for Baseball NCAA Raleigh RegionalTickets for the NCAA Raleigh Regional are extremely limited, if available, on sale now. In addition, single session tickets, if available, will go on sale Friday, June 1st at 8:00 a.m. Prices, Tournament Books: $60.00 - Adult, $30.00 - Youth | Single Sessions (only available game day) $15.00 - Adult, $10.00 - Youth.

    2018 NCAA Baseball Raleigh Regional, Doak Field at Dail Park – Raleigh, N.C. (All Times Eastern)Friday, June 1
    Game 1 – #3 Northeastern vs. #2 Auburn – 2 p.m. – ESPN3
    Game 2 – #4 Army vs. #1 NC State – 7 p.m. – ESPN3

    Saturday, June 2: Game 3 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 2 p.m. – ESPN3 | Game 4 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 7 p.m. – ESPN3

    Sunday, June 3: Game 5 – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – 2 p.m. – ESPN3 | Game 6 – Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 – 7 p.m. – ESPN3

    Monday, June 4 (If Necessary): Game 7 – Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 – 7 p.m. – ESPN3


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    Drone Swarm Maps Radiation ContaminationAn interdisciplinary team of twelve cadets from the Radiological and Imaging Data (RAID) Swarm capstone participated in a Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) field demonstration named the ‘Huckleberry Hustle,’ which included cross-DoD, interagency, and international partners. This event took place at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Radiological Response Training Range (RRTR), and enabled cadets to demonstrate their drone swarm technology in an operationally representative environment. The team operated an autonomous swarm of six quadrotors with onboard radiation detectors over a radioactive contamination site, and fused data collected, in real-time, into an activity heat map. Cadets also demonstrated the ability to use fixed-wing drones with an onboard camera to provide over-watch situational awareness of ground CBRNE teams. A total of 44 drone sorties were conducted over the week-long exercise. The team consists of two nuclear engineering, two computer science, three mechanical engineering, three systems engineering, and two electrical engineering majors.


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    Bryce Holland '18Army West Point center Bryce Holland was named to the spring watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the top center in college football. In order to create this list, the committee accepted nominations from programs across the country that submitted their current starting centers for consideration. This preseason, centers were nominated from every conference, with 57 total nominees and 27 past watch listers. The Pac-12 leads the list with 10 nominations followed by the ACC with eight. Holland was one of two independent centers to be named to the list, joining Notre Dame's Sam Mustipher. He is also the only service-academy center on the watch list. The Arizona native has played in all 26 games the last two seasons and has won a total of 18 games as the starting center for the Black Knights. He anchored an offensive line that led the nation in rushing yards per game at 362.3 and in total rushing yards with 4,710 in 2017. He also guided the line to block for 50 rushing touchdowns, which was second in the nation and an academy record. Read More


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    LTC Armstrong's Article Cited Among the Most Influential LTC Matthew Armstrong’s article entitled “Dynamic shear rheology of a thixotropic suspension: Comparison of an improved structure-based model with large amplitude oscillatory shear experiments,” was cited as one of most influential articles from the last two years in the Journal of Rheology (https://aip-info.org/37VU-P4A8-884HBL6A6C/cr.aspx). The article, published in March of 2016, ranked among the top 20 articles published since that time. Because of its impact, this article is available to download for a limited amount of time.

    Article available here: https://sor.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1122/1.4943986?Track=JORMCAPR2018&dm_i=37VU%2CP4A8%2C4HBL6A%2C2KJ6B%2C1


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    Game Times Announced for 2018 Home SlateThe Army West Point football team will play six home games this season at historic Michie Stadium and all games are set to kick off at 12 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Following the season opener on the road at Duke on Aug. 31, the Black Knights are home for the next two Saturday's with Liberty and Hawai'i and then Army returns on Oct. 20 for a tilt against Miami (OH). The Black Knights finish out the rest of their schedule with three-straight home games prior to the Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA. Army welcomes Air Force on Nov. 3 and the FCS foes Lafayette (Nov. 10) and Colgate (Nov. 17).

    Season tickets, group tickets and mini plans are all on sale now for the 2018 season. To purchase a mini plan online for the upcoming season, Click Here. For purchasing season ticket memberships online, Click Here. For group tickets, Click Here. Fans can also call the ticket office at 877-TIX-ARMY (849-2769) or the Army A Club at 845-938-2322.


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    Tour of the Capital and Meeting with SOLAMAJ Zach Griffiths and Cadet Bryce Johnston traveled to D.C. to tour the Capitol and meet with the Special Operations Legislative Affairs (SOLA) office. This trip furthered an on-going Faculty Research Funded project into how Special Operations Command interacts with Congress. The visit provided the USMA guests with an overview of SOLA’s daily operations and their mechanisms for assessing effectiveness. The trip also afforded Cadet Johnston the opportunity to meet with members of the office in preparation for his upcoming SOLA Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) this summer. Research into SOLA’s Congressional engagement will continue through the fall. MAJ Griffiths and CDT Johnston plan to submit their first product, an overview of SOLA’s contributions to the Special Operations community, to Special Warfare magazine this summer, and ultimately intend to pursue publication in the Special Operations Journal.


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  • 06/01/18--09:21: Athletic Director's Update
  • Click the Cover to read the entire update.

    Athletic Director's Update


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    Installation of a Flight SimulatorThe 2nd Aviation Detachment recently installed a Redbird motion flight simulator in their hangar facility at Stewart Airport. In addition to supporting the detachment, the simulator will support training for the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering's (CME) fixed-wing pilots as well as cadets on the Flying Team; a club now sponsored by CME. The simulator can be configured to replicate different aircraft, and its use for additional engineering research is being explored.


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    Chemistry Capstone Poster PresentationsTwo-hundred-twenty cadets in General Chemistry II presented posters describing the work from their water chemistry projects. In groups of four, cadets sampled water from locations of their choosing and analyzed the water to compare and contrast their locations. The cadets then created a poster outlining their experimental design, results, and data interpretation. Staff and faculty from around the Academy came to listen to cadets explain their research.


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    CDTs Kenneth Brinson '19 and Ben Petrella '20Kenneth Brinson and Ben Petrella were named to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic Division I All-District® Track and Field/Cross Country Teams, when it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Brinson, a chemical engineering major with a 4.03 grade point average (GPA), was recently named to the 2018 Outdoor Track & Field Academic All-Patriot League team and was the 2017 Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. At the 2018 Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championships, Brinson struck gold in the weight throw, earning First-Team All-Patriot League honors.

    Petrella, a physics major carrying a 3.98 GPA, earns his first selection to the All-District Team. During the 2017-18 Patriot League Indoor track & field season, Petrella was honored with the Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor while also being selected to the Academic All-League team. He earned two gold medals at the Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championships; winning both the 3000-meter and 5000-meter runs and was named the Male Track Athlete of the Meet. Last fall, he was named to the Patriot League Cross Country Academic All-League team, while also earning Second Team All-League honors. Read More


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    CDT Lynne Mooradian '20Lynne Mooradian was selected to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic Division I All-District® Track and Field/Cross Country Teams, when it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Mooradian, a mechanical engineering major carrying a 4.230 GPA, was named the 2018 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned a spot on the Academic All-League team. She earned gold, silver and bronze medals at the recent Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships as a member of the winning 4x100-meter relay team, placing second in the 400-meter hurdles and by finishing third in the 100-meter hurdles, respectively. During the 2017-18 indoor track & field season, she was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team, along with earning Second Team All-League honors. Mooradian was one of three athletes to be selected from the Patriot League. Read More


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    Society For The Condemnation Of Fraud (SCOF)SOSH held its annual SCOF at the 49er lodge. In keeping with this year’s appointed theme, the Department donned their best Eighties attire and enjoyed a night of camaraderie and laughter as they bid farewell to departing faculty. It was a great opportunity for them celebrate the end of the semester and thank the outgoing educators for their many contributions to the Department and Academy.


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    Harrison Farrell '18The Army West Point men's rugby team fell to Virginia Tech, 17-12, in the 2018 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby 7s Championship Plate finals on Sunday afternoon at Talen Energy Stadium. The Black Knights won their second plate title in the last three years and closed out the tournament with a 3-3 record. They finish the spring 7s season at 6-8. Jake Lachina capped his collegiate career with four more tries, giving him eight four the tournament. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native recorded three-straight multi-try efforts against Maryland, Central Washington and St. Joseph's. Harrison Farrell scored his first try to open the pate finals against Virginia Tech. The Des Moines, Iowa, native finished with 15 points with one try and 10 conversions. James Mbony and Angelo Matz dotted down for their second tries of the weekend. Jacob Ericksen posted his first-career try at the Collegiate Rugby Championships. Sam Sutera also scored his first try of the tournament. Read More


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    Military Chemistry EnrichmentLesson 40 in General Chemistry I is an exciting time. For the third year in a row, CH101 cadets were exposed to cutting edge science and engineering during the Military Chemistry (MILCHEM) enrichment presented by personnel from Picatinny Arsenal in Wharton, NJ; Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet, NY; and the 2nd Civil Support Team from the NY National Guard in Schenectady, NY. Cadets witnessed applications of the concepts they learned about over the course of the semester. MILCHEM provides a direct connection between the intellectual capital at USMA and premier Army Research Laboratories. Cadets routinely discover aspects of chemistry that they are interested in during the MILCHEM enrichment that translate to Academic Individual Advanced Development’s (AIAD) over the summer and develop into projects they pursue for their entire cadet careers and beyond.


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    CDT August Cook '21Rookie August Cook is set to join the big stage as he competes in the javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Cook is concluding an amazing outdoor season for the Black Knights. He placed fifth at the NCAA East Preliminary Round and can become the first Black Knight to score in the event at NCAAs since 1970. The javelin competition starts at 8:30 p.m. EST and Cook is set to throw around 9:30 p.m.

    Cook, from Bedford, Pa., is ranked 54th nationally in the javelin with a mark of 66.36m (217-8), which he threw at the Patriot League Championships. Due to his performance at the NCAA Regionals, he earned the honor as the Northeast Region's Men's Track Athlete of the Year, which was awarded by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Read More


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    Econ Stem Offsite Team BuilderThe Economics Stem held a faculty offsite at the Victor Constant Ski Lodge to discuss the previous semester, prepare for the summer, and foster stem cohesion. After lunch and the discussion, the faculty played in a golf tournament at the West Point golf course.


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    Wrestling Recruiting Class Ranked by WIN MagazineHead Coach Kevin Ward and the Army West Point wrestling team's incoming recruiting class was recognized by WIN Magazine as one of the top-25 best in the nation. The class was voted the 18th-best according to WIN Magazine, after being tabbed 18th by The Open Mat and 21st by InterMat. Additionally, the group received an honorable mention in FloWrestling's top-20.

    "This is an impressive class of young men who will continue to do great things during their time at West Point," Ward said. "Every one of these guys has strong character and a proven record of success in all that they do. I look forward to working with them to help them achieve their goals of being NCAA Champions. They have an incredible opportunity to leave a lasting legacy on this program, and we can't wait to have these young men on campus."

    Army sent three wrestlers to NCAAs in Cleveland last season with all three returning for the first time in Ward's tenure at West Point. The Black Knights placed eighth at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships, while six cadet-athletes earned podium finishes. Additionally, Army earned runner-up honors at the All-Academy Championships and defeated service-academy rival Navy, 18-15, in the annual Star Match in Annapolis, Md., for the first time since 1961. Read More


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    The American Politics Stem hosted its second-annual Course Director's Conference. The course introduced incoming first-time course directors to the administrative requirements involved and served as a refresher for all course directors on the art of crafting course objectives which nest with the program's goals. Rachel Sondheimer and Russ Lachance led a workshop on assessment, which was followed by small group breakout sessions so course directors could develop assessment plans for their courses next academic year. The conference also included several panel discussions where participants asked senior faculty questions on topics such as student evaluation, course flow, classroom activities, and syllabus design. In all, this course ensured next year's course directors were equipped with the tools they need to provide the best instruction possible to students in AP courses and that all courses were aligned with the AP program's overall goals.


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    Guest Lecture from Dr. Nikolay ShkolnikDr. Nikolay Shkolnik, CTO for LiquidPiston, a novel engine company based out of Bloomfield, CT, visited cadets in Mechanical Power Plants to discuss his uniquely designed engine, the X engine as well as how his company uses the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) to solve real problems. Cadets were exposed to a novel problem-solving process as well as LPIs novel rotary engine.


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    Rosoff Adds ECAC All-Star Accolades to ResumeThe Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its 2018 Division I Baseball Awards and All-ECAC selections and Jon Rosoff was among the honorees.
     
    Rosoff became Army's first ECAC All-Star since Chris Rowley, J.T. Watkins, and Kevin McKague were tabbed with the honor in 2012.

    Rosoff, who was named the Patriot League Player of the Year, while also garnering his second-straight All-Patriot League First Team praise, led the conference with 47 runs batted in. He also finished tied for first with 73 hits, second with 95 total bases, third with a batting average of .340, fourth with 15 doubles and an on-base percentage of .430.

    The Durham, N.C., native also helped the Black Knights' pitching staff post the second-best earned run average in the conference (4.08), while throwing out a league-best 18 runners trying to steal. Read More


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    LTC Brian J. Novoselich from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering and Dr. David B. Knight of Virginia Tech recently co-authored published research entitled, “Shared Leadership in Capstone Design Teams: Social Network Analysis” in the Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. This study examined the extent to which leadership is shared within undergraduate, senior-level mechanical engineering capstone design teams and classified teams based on their level of leadership sharing. Results indicated that leadership is more shared than vertical within capstone design teams, and a quadrant classification of shared leadership may be appropriate for describing leadership processes therein. The results developed a student design team leadership taxonomy and suggests that shared leadership models may be more consistent with student design experiences than historical, vertical leadership models. The article may be found here: https://ascelibrary.org/doi/full/10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000376


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    CDT August Cook '21Rookie August Cook competed at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field on Wednesday evening in the javelin throw. Cook finished an amazing outdoor season for the Black Knights. He placed fifth at the NCAA East Preliminary Round to advance to the NCAA Championships. Cook became the first Black Knight since 2011 to make the NCAAs and the first javelin competitor since 2004. After his performance at the NCAA Regionals a couple of weeks ago, he earned the honor as the Northeast Region's Men's Track Athlete of the Year, which was awarded by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

    • Cook recorded his best throw on his second opportunity of the evening  with a mark of 61.10 meters (200-5), so he was able to claim his second throw as his best during the second flight and placed 23rd at the NCAA Championships.
    • Cook was one of three freshmen in the country to throw the javelin at the NCAA Championships.
    • He was the fifth Army athlete that has thrown the javelin at the championships in the history of the program.

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    Cadets at the 2018 ASCE Student ConferenceFourteen civil engineering cadets traveled to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York to compete in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Student Conference. The annual event serves as the regional qualifier for the ASCE national competition for the concrete canoe team and the steel bridge team. The cadet teams designed, built, and competed against students from the other universities across Upstate New York and Canada. The competition was fierce and both West Point teams were pleased to place in the top ten. The concrete canoe team won the “Spirit of the Competition” award for their perseverance in continuing to compete after their canoe capsized and suffered significant damage in one of the early races. Two cadets also competed in the Mead Ethics Essay contest which included a written submission and an oral presentation. Cadet Grayson Sprouse placed third with his investigation into the ethical implications of social media use by professionals.


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    CDT Anthony Giachin '21Army West Point baseball's Anthony Giachin has been selected a Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American announced Wednesday by the publication.
     
    The Black Knights' third baseman hit .286 with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and 33 runs batted in. The Livingston, N.J. native compiled 13 multi-hit games, including a 4-for-5 performance against Bryant and a 3-for-5 outing against service-academy rival Navy.
     
    Giachin, who was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and was a member of the All-Patriot League First Team, finished 4-for-8 in the conference championship series with five RBI to garner tournament MVP honors.

    The complete release can be found Here.


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  • 06/07/18--08:33: Summer Air Assault Training
  • 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, "Strike Force" and The Sabalauski Air Assault School are keeping busy this summer at West Point - The U.S. Military Academy, training our U.S. Army's future leaders. 2-502 IN medics are providing medical support to the four classes of Sabalauski Air Assault school going on at USMA during June. These photo shows the medics covering for sling load operations.


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    SFC Carla Loy Song Sings on The Tonight ShowFour members of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering and SFC Carla Loy Song  from the West Point Band represented USMA as part of a PAO engagement in New York City. CPT Boone Gilbreath and LTC Corey Gerving attended a luncheon at the University Club in New York City, considered the most prestigious social club in New York City. The luncheon included a tour of their historic building, constructed in 1899. MAJs Jake Capps and Jill Rahon attended the monologue rehearsal for the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, where Mr. Fallon practices jokes and other material for the opening portion of that night's show. SFC Carla Loy Song got to sing with the Tonight Show band! Click here to watch her sing. Then, CPT Gilbreath, MAJs Capps and Rahon, and LTC Gerving stayed for the taping of the Fleet Week special edition of the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, which aired on May 24, 2018. The audience for the show was made up entirely of active duty service members representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Guests for the show were Cate Blanchet, Guy Fieri, and Darius Rucker.


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    Matt Ball '18Matt Ball of Army West Point baseball was named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Baseball Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

    The newly commissioned 2LT finished his final season with an overall mark of 7-3 and a 3.52 ERA. The electrical engineering major with a focus in Information Assurance also earned a minor in Cybersecurity, while graduating with a 3.99 GPA. He was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-Patriot League Team as well.

    The Charlotte, N.C., native worked 84.1 innings on the mound, striking out a team-best 93 batters. Ball was recognized on the Dean's List every semester he was at the Academy. He was one of 33 athletes nationwide to be named to the team, and one of three from the Patriot League.

    The Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Baseball Team produced an average GPA of 3.90 with the first team combining for an average GPA of 3.97. The team includes 11 student-athletes with 4.0 GPA and two graduate students. Read More


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    Zheng Receives the LTG Leslie R. Groves Award The Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering held an award ceremony recognizing the department’s top performers. The LTG Leslie R. Groves Award for the most outstanding performance in the Nuclear Engineering major was presented to Cadet Daniel Zheng. The Gerald Counts award for the outstanding cadet majoring in Physics, and the Sewell Tappan Tyng Award for the most outstanding performance in the Nuclear Engineering core engineering sequence, were presented to Cadet Garret Simon. Goeppert-Mayer Awards for the most outstanding cadets majoring in Interdisciplinary Science were presented to Cadets Haley Duke and Nicholas McNiffe. The Jackson Space Science Award for the outstanding cadet majoring in Space or Interdisciplinary Science was presented to Cadet Blake Hansen. Lincoln Laboratory Military Fellowships were presented to Cadets Nolan Hedglin and Garrett Simon.


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    SAME Annual Joint Engineer Training ConferenceCPT Nathaniel Sheehan attended The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Joint Engineer Training Conference (JETC) in Kansas City, MO recently. The JETC features education and training opportunities designed for professional growth and collaboration to find solutions to national security needs. CPT Sheehan attended JETC as an award recipient of a Young Member Stipend from the SAME Young Member national council as well as a representative of the USMA SAME Student Chapter. He utilized this opportunity to increase knowledge of and impact of the USMA SAME Student chapter initiatives and grow the bench professional USMA instructors and cadets can utilize for future mentorship and service. The culminating events of the conference included an Engineering Service Chiefs Panel, Joint Engineer Table Top Exercise and the SAME Society Ball & Awards Gala.


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  • 06/12/18--11:58: DE-JTO 2018 Annual Review
  • COL John Hartke '88COL John Hartke '88 traveled to Albuquerque, NM to participate in the Joint Directed Energy Transition Office (DE-JTO) Annual Review. COL Hartke serves as the DE-JTO chairman for the Advanced Concepts Technical Area Working Group (AC-TAWG). At the Annual Review COL Hartke presented two briefs. One summarized the high energy laser research efforts at USMA funded by DE-JTO; the other was a summary of AC-TAWG's work over the last year. He also took part in DE-JTO leader's meeting where he represented AC-TAWG and the Army during the discussions about the research and development strategy for FY19.


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  • 06/12/18--12:03: SOSH Graduation Awards
  • SOSH Grad AwardsThe Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) recently hosted its annual Graduation Awards Ceremony. The event recognized academic and extracurricular excellence among cadets and featured award presentations from more than a half-dozen distinguished guests. During the reception immediately following the ceremony, faculty enjoyed the chance to congratulate cadets and socialize with their families.

    Photo: Danny Nguyen receives the CPT John Ryan Dennison Iron Legacy Award from CPT Dennison’s parents, Jack and Shannon Dennison


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    Winant Scholars Start their AIADThis year's Winant Scholars started their summer course examining U.S. and U.K. grand strategy during WWII and the "special relationship" that developed between the two countries. They traveled to the FDR library to learn about conducting archival research and begin primary source research for their first paper. This orientation and familiarization is in preparation for more extensive research at the National Archives in College Park, MD for their final paper this summer. The cadets officially begin their Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) flying to London for two weeks before spending a week in D.C.


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    West Point History of Warfare 2018 AwardThe West Point History of the American Revolution, a print volume based on chapters from the digital West Point History of Warfare used by cadets in HI301, received a Distinguished Writing Award from the Army Historical Foundation. The previously published West Point History of the Civil War and The West Point History of World War II received the same award in 2014 and 2016. As with those previous awards, the editors (Prof. Cliff Rogers, Col. Ty Seidule, and Prof. Sam Watson) are donating the $1,000 prize to the Association of Graduates.


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    Cadets Fair Well at the Combat Diver Qualification CourseFive Cadets continue Army combat diver training after a challenging pool week at Combat Diver Qualification Course 004-18. Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) instructor, MAJ Zachary Griffiths, is simultaneously attending the Combat Dive Supervisor Course and continues to take in valuable lessons to improve the train up for next year. Cadets performed well in one of the Army's most challenging courses that dropped 55% of students. Cadets Benn, Donnan, Hoyes, Morello, and Russell are expected to graduate following their success at the "one-man" event. About 50% of students pass the rigorous test, which pits student breath holds against simulated rough surf and fouled regulators.


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    Faculty Attend the 4th MG Fugh SymposiumLTC Winston Williams and MAJ Ronald Alcala attended the 4th Major General John L. Fugh Symposium. The topic of this year's symposium was "Future Conflict." During this event, LTC Williams presented remarks on the nature of future armed conflicts and the sufficiency of the law to regulate these conflicts. Also, the symposium provided LTC Williams and MAJ Alcala the opportunity to informally meet with head legal advisors from Uganda, Malawi, Nigeria, Colombia, and Mexico. Much of these informal discussions covered the application of human rights law and the law of armed conflict to military operations against non-state actors like Boko Haram and drug cartels in Central America. This symposium is named in honor of MG John L. Fugh who was the Army Judge Advocate General from 1991 to 1993. He was the first Chinese-American to become a general officer in the United State Army.


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    CALDOL Hosts DHS LEAD ProgramThe Center for the Advancement of Leader Development and Organizational Learning (CALDOL) hosted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Investigations New York’s Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) Program. The LEAD program grooms select individuals who have demonstrated a capacity and desire for leadership roles within the DHS. These law enforcement professionals go through a tailored leadership development program, which includes special developmental opportunities from outside organizations, such as CALDOL. DHS Special Agents in attendance received an insider’s tour of West Point and an afternoon of leadership development activities, including a dog tag exercise, leadership in action story telling session, and a discussion on third generation leadership.


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    CDTs Suarez & Stephens Poster Presented at APS-DAMOPDr. David O. Kashinski was TDY in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, attending the 49th annual meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (APS-DAMOP), where he presented a peer-reviewed poster summarizing progress made on col-laborative research during AY2018. The project is titled “DFT Calculation of the Renner Coefficient for the Renner-Teller Splitting in the NCO radical: Assessing the accuracy of functional families and basis sets”, and is a part of an ongoing collaboration with ARL-WMRD. Cadets M. G. Suarez and C. C. Stephens (both CLS, ‘19), as well as Dr. E. F. C. Byrd (ARL-WMRD), are co-authors on the project. The meeting was successful. Dr. Kashinski was able to meet and discuss topics of interest with current collaborators as well as make con-nections with peers doing similar work at AFRL and USAFA. He was also able to advise groups interested in accessing DoD-HPCMP resources for DoD-supported projects. Dr. Kashinski acknowledges and thanks the DoD-HPCMP for continued computer time and travel support and resources.


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  • 06/14/18--11:04: Happy Birthday U.S. Army
  • Happy Birthday U.S. ArmyJune 14, 1775 America's Army was founded when our nation's leaders established the Continental Army. Today, the Army is the strategic land power of the joint force, at its core, selfless soldiers. Never wavering. Never faltering. 243 years of defending our great Nation. Happy Birthday, United States Army!!


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    MAJ Zapf & 2LT Peltier Featured in Small Wars JournalThe online publication Small Wars Journal featured an article by MAJ Andrew Zapf and recent graduate 2LT Joshua Peltier. The article, entitled “Security Sector Reform and the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq” ex-amines some of the implications of Iraq’s transition from a burgeoning nation at war to a functioning nation-state. The article drew on research conducted using the Dean’s Faculty Research Funds (FRF), a related LN490 Language and Culture Capstone project by 2LT Joshua Peltier ’17, and MAJ Zapf’s research trip to the Office of Security Cooperation – Iraq Tribal Engagement Coordination Cell in the Summer of 2017. The article combines Arabic language skills, cultural understanding, and regional expertise – all pillars of the Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) – reflecting on the value of DFL Faculty development and DFL Language major curriculum in addressing multi-faceted problems facing today’s Army. http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/security-sector-reform-and-popular-mobilization-forces-iraq


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    LTC Breuer & SGM Engel Award Gold GAFBLTC Michael Breuer, the German Liaison Officer to the United States Military Academy, and SGM Stefan Engel awarded the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFB), (Gold) to four members of the USMA Faculty, four Columbian exchange Cadets, and two Polish exchange Cadets in front of Washington Statue. The USMA Faculty included LTC Zachary Miller, MAJ Leland Case, and MAJ Andrew Zapf from the Department of Foreign Languages, who received the award after months of training, testing, and camaraderie.


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    2LT Jon Rosoff '18 and CDT Daniel Burggraaf '19Two cadet-athletes from the Army West Point baseball team have been selected to the 2018 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Region team. The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America Committee. Newly commissioned 2LT Jon Rosoff and rising firstie Daniel Burggraaf were honored after being named to the first and second team, respectively, for the Northeast Region. Rosoff and Burggraaf are the first two Black Knights selected to the all-region teams since the 2015 season when right-handed pitcher Alex Robinett was tabbed to the first team.

    Rosoff, who was named the Patriot League Player of the Year while also garnering his second-straight All-Patriot League First Team praise, led the conference with 47 runs batted in. He also finished tied for first with 73 hits, second with 95 total bases, third with a batting average of .340, fourth with 15 doubles and an on-base percentage of .430. The Durham, N.C., native also helped the Black Knights' pitching staff post the second-best earned run average in the conference (4.08) while throwing out a league-best 18 runners trying to steal.

    Burggraaf was a dominate force for Army on the mound this season, holding the second-lowest ERA on the team at 2.90. He compiled seven wins in 17 appearances. After being converted from a closer position to a starter, the righty made 11 starts, while finishing with 62.0 innings on the mound. He added one complete game and three saves to his cow year accolades. Opponents were batting just .213 against the Belfair, Wash., native. Burggraaf garnered All-Patriot League second team honors after striking out 83 batters on the year, including a team-high 53 during conference play alone. Read More


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    Winant Scholars London StudiesThe Winant Scholars finished the London portion of their studies. They visited the command and control center for the RAF during the Battle of Britain, toured Parliament, visited Winston Churchill’s estate, spent a day at the Imperial War Museum, and visited Bletchley Park where code breakers deciphered Nazi messages. They also met with Dr. Niall Barr, a Senior Lecturer in the Defense Studies Department of King’s College and author of Eisenhower’s Armies: The American-British Alliance During World War II. Throughout the week, cadets continued their rigorous reading and discussions, equivalent to two lessons per day.


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    Assistant Prof Kofoed Feature in Inside Higher EdBuilding on his recent mention in the Wall Street Journal’s economics blog, Assistant Professor Mike Kofoed’s research was also featured in Inside Higher Ed, a digital publication focused on serving the higher education community. The article discusses correlating trends between government assistance and tuition costs.
    “Kofoed, the West Point researcher, noted that about one in three veterans has used the Post-9/11 benefit to attend for-profit colleges, spending about 40 percent of GI Bill dollars at these institutions. He and his fellow researchers say lawmakers should consider the behavior of for-profits when designing future financial aid programs.”
    https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/05/29/study-profits-raise-tuition-post-911-gi-bill-benefit-grows


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    The Department of Physics and Nucklear Engineering (PaNE) had one member of the Nuclear Engineering Program complete ABET Program Evaluator (PEV) training at ABET HQ in Baltimore, MD. The Engineering Accred-itation Commission PEV certification consists of an online portion, a face to face training and then program specific tasks with the American Nuclear Society. Having LTC Ron Hasz become PEV certified facilitates the NE program continuing to stay in compliance with ABET accreditation criterion and facilitates continuous im-provement within the program. As a PEV is selected by ABET to do an accreditation visit, this also gives a chance for our PEV certified members to have an inside look at other NE programs to see their best practices.

    Note: The Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering has 67 cadets on AIADs to 29 locations. Seven cadets are traveling to foreign locations.


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    Prof Rogers Conference to FacultyProf. Cliff Rogers gave a conference paper entitled “How Ancient and Medieval Military History Contribute to Developing Modern Military Officers” at the Estonian War Museum/Estonian National Defence College Con-ference, “The Past: A Soldier’s Guide for the Present? Experience, History and Theory in Military Education,” in Tartu, Estonia. Additionally, Prof. Rogers gave a "Battle Seminar" on the battle of Agincourt (1415) to tactics faculty at the Baltic Defence College. He also hosted a session to introduce interested BDC faculty to the West Point History of Warfare.