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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.


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    Women’s Swimming & Diving Earns Academic HonorsThe Army West Point women's swimming and diving team was honored for its work in the classroom during the spring semester by being named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America list on Tuesday afternoon.

    The CSCAA recognizes teams with the Scholar All-America Award for achieving a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. With a combined GPA of 3.22, Army was one of eight Patriot League schools to be recognized with the award and received the honor for the second consecutive semester.

    Marie Docken (4.1), Serica Hallstead (4.1) and Kim Caccamo (4.0) held the top GPAs on a Black Knight squad that had over 20 Cadets carry a GPA over 3.2.

    To view the full list of schools named Scholar All-America, Click Here.


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    Meet the Newest Members of the Long Gray LineOn June 15, 2018, 12 cadets became second lieutenants in the U.S. Army upon graduating from West Point - The U.S. Military Academy. After receiving their diploma, Three members of the 50 Year affiliate class of 1968 handed each graduate their 2LT bars.

    Hats off to the June graduates of the Class of 2018. Well done!

    Class of 2018 June Graduates: Megan A. Bryn, Sara K. Emsley, Ruby G. Garcia, Denis D. Glinski, Spencer D. Goldstein, Kameron E. Grubaugh, Caroline A. Harris, Leslie Mitlassou, Said A. Ruelas-Outlaw, Mitchell A. Sanderson, Vanessa A. Wesley and Chelsea N. Zerman.

    The 50 Year affiliates: Dr. Thomas K. Jewell '68, COL(R) Patrick A. Toffler Sr. '68 and Mr. John A. Dodson '62.


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  • 06/21/18--08:05: Cadets Earn Recondo Badges
  • Congratulations to the following cadets on earning their Recondo badges this summer!

    CDT O'brien, Charles; CDT Lowery, Jeremiah C; CDT Wallace, Noah R, CDT Bayles, Wesley R; CDT Leisle, Michael C; CDT Mazzanti, Luca C; CDT Morgan, Jacob E; CDT Haug, Luke F; CDT Abercrombie, Bailey R; and CDT Daines, Zachary K

    The events to earn this badge included Land Navigation, a 6-mile Ruck March, completing the Anzio Obstacle Course, earning 30/40 on M4 Rifle qualifications, completing the APFT, a 5-mile run, the Marne Obstacle Course, the Water Obstacle Course, and disassembly and reassembly of the M4 and M240B Squad Automatic Weapon.


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  • 06/21/18--08:50: Be a Cadet for a Day
  • Be a Cadet for a DayCan you meet the challenge of West Point?  The U.S. Military Academy will conduct a rehearsal for Reception Day from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 29 on the academy grounds. If you are interested, sign up to be a cadet for a day online.

    Up to 300 members of the community are invited to assist the Corps of Cadets in preparation for the incoming Class of 2022. Participants will be given the opportunity to experience the initial transformation process from civilian to the military life of a new cadet. Volunteers must register online at www.usma.edu, on the R-Day volunteer sign-up link at the bottom of the page. Participants should dress comfortably in proper seasonal attire and bring one piece of luggage or a duffel bag marked with your first and last name. Should you have questions after you register, call 845-938-8686.

    Participants must be 12 and older, in good health and not be a candidate for the Class of 2022. Those attending should enter Thayer or Stony Lonesome Gate. Volunteers should be at Eisenhower Hall no later than 8:30 a.m.  Primary parking is at North Dock (within walking distance of Eisenhower Hall). The rehearsal begins promptly at 9 a.m. and concludes with lunch in the Cadet Mess Hall from noon-1 p.m. Pointer View


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    NJ Field Force JROTC Conference at Seton Hall UniversityThe New Jersey Field Force in conjunction with Seton Hall University hosted an Ethics and Leadership Conference at Seton Hall University for local JROTC and Civil Air Patrol students earlier this month. The purpose of the conference was to help high school students confront the ethical challenges of honesty, integrity, giving and receiving respect, leadership and decision making. There were three seminars, honesty/integrity, respect and leadership. The instructors were Civil Air Patrol officers and New Jersey Field Force members.

    There were two keynote speakers. Mr. Jerry Walker, a Seton Hall graduate and three-time NCAA basketball and Big East tournament starter. Today he helps thousands of inner city children through "Team Walker. The other speaker was Ms. Mikie Sherrill a Naval Academy graduate and former helicopter pilot. She spent 10 years in the Navy not only flying helicopters but also as the flag aide to the Deputy Commander US Fleet.

    The conference started with presentation from all the Academies to include a presentation on West Point by CPT Reed Caradine, USMA Diversity South West Outreach Officer and 1LT Raphael Waruinge, USMA Diversity Outreach Officer, North East Region. Here are some comments from the students: "I learned the value of respecting each other even if people are strangers to me"; "I learned the pillars of what make a good leader"; "I learned about unconscious biases and how I must be more aware in the future of my judgement of people"; "How to make the right choice no matter how hard it is.". Thank you Henry Schwartzstein '71 for all of your efforts in organizing this event.


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    CDT Lynne Mooradian '20Yearling Lynne Mooradian headlined the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Women's Cross Country/Track & Field Teams by being voted as the top student-athlete among the first team selections on Thursday. The official title of the honor for Mooradian is the Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year. She becomes only the second cadet from the U.S. Military Academy to earn this recognition, joining former men's lacrosse player Brendan Buckley who earned the honor in 2012. She is the first female cadet-athlete to take home this great honor.

    "This is a tremendous honor for Lynne, our track and field program and the United States Military Academy at West Point and is well deserved," director of track and field and cross country Mike Smith said. "Lynne works hard at everything she does and is a great example of what is possible when you don't cut corners. West Point is a crucible of challenges designed to test the limits of its students and ultimately bring out the best in them." Mooradian is the lone sophomore on the Google Cloud Division I Women's Cross Country/Track & Field Academic All-America® first team this year. She was named the Patriot League's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Mooradian is a 10-time Patriot League place-winner at a pair of league indoor and outdoor track & field championships. She was a member of the 2018 Patriot League outdoor champion 400-meter relay team and runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles. Read More


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    CFT Integrates Computer SimulatorsFor the first time in Cadet Summer Training history, cadets trained with the Army's virtual Call for Fire computer simulator within a field environment. CST provides the opportunity to call for and adjust live indirect fire rounds from various indirect fire platforms. However, before they call for live rounds, cadets are spending time in a fully immersive call for fire simulator.

    This system is the same one used by Soldiers in the force to train and certify forward observers. Sgt. 1st Class Cesilio Martinez and Captain Ryan Scott, both instructors in DMI, installed the simulator in an existing range building, but added to the realism by equipping the room with features of an actual observation post—camouflage netting, sand bags and bunkers, which provide the feel of a real observation post overlooking a target area. "The Call for Fire trainer gave the cadets a hands-on first-person experience with Soldier tasks related to field artillery," Class of 2019 Cadet Rachel Dodaro, 3rd platoon leader, said. The simulator itself consists of computers that replicate every indirect fire and air-delivered asset owned by the Department of Defense. Realistic details such as weather, environmental conditions and other tactical considerations are reproduced and projected onto a six-foot screen displaying the tactical environment. The simulator was designed according to a cognitive task analysis of the call for fire procedures, and provides cadets with real-time performance feedback based on the call for artillery fire standards. Read More


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  • 06/22/18--07:31: Well Done General Caslen '75
  • Today, USMA officially says farewell and thank you to Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., and Mrs. Shelly Caslen. Thank you for 43 years of service to the nation, for leading us to two ArmyNavy victories, for your selfless commitment to the Corps and for epitomizing the values of Duty, Honor, Country.


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    Faculty Meets with Bloomberg to Discuss Cadet AIADsLTC (P) Chris Oxendine from the Geospatial Information Science (GIS) program (Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering) met with Mr. Dmitriy Sheykman '08 and Mr. Bobby Shackelton (Director Mapping at Bloomberg). During the visit, they discussed opportunities for Cadet Academic Individual Advanced Development's (AIAD), Cadet and Faculty research, and how USMA could contribute to the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures.


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    Cadets and CLD Host 118 Middle School Students from 34 StatesThe Center for Leadership and Diversity (CLD) in STEM along with a cadre of cadets and several departments and directorates hosted 118 middle school students from 34 states and presented a series of STEM workshops. Instructors from the Department of Physical Education, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Kinesiology, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Physics and Nuclear Engineering, and Mathematical Sciences volunteered their time and resources to lead captivating hands-on sessions for these students. Some activities included soldering a light sensing micro-bot, shooting pressurized cannons, and developing a virtual reality tank. Dr. Debbie Conn from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) was also on site to introduce students to 3D pen technology and 3D printing. The students were organized into four platoons, each containing two squads, during their four days at West Point. Cadet platoon leaders and squad leaders took the role of mentor as they marched the students to workshops, ate meals, engaged in outdoor games such as the annual kickball tournament, and facilitated discussions on leadership and ethics in today's society.


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    Hockey Places 15 on AHA All-Academic TeamFifteen members of the Army West Point hockey team have been named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team announced by the league on Monday.

    To qualify for the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team, an individual must post a 3.0 GPA or better in all academic semesters in which his team was actively competing.

    The Black Knights were represented by recently graduated firsties Conor Andrle, Blake Box, Cole Bruns, Nick DeCenzo, Tyler Pham, Mike Preston and Joe Shecter, cows Taylor Maruya, Tipper Higgins and Ian Mansfield, yearlings Bryan Gerstenfeld and Alex Wilkinson as well as plebes Mason Krueger, Jared Dempsey and John Zimmerman.

    For more news and information about Army hockey, please follow @ArmyWP_Hockey on Twitter and Instagram.


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    Cadets on Russian Hybrid Warfare AIADDr. Rob Person accompanied cadets and faculty on an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) to the three Baltic States and Ukraine devoted to studying Russian hybrid warfare. Following a week of classes and guest lectures at West Point to prepare, the group spent an intensive two weeks abroad meeting with military and government officials, academics, journalists, NGO representatives, and civil society representatives. By studying Russian "new generation" warfare, including its conventional, nonconventional, asymmetric, informational, and cyber forms, West Point cadets and faculty gained a multifaceted understanding of the challenges posed to United States and our partners by Russia's revisionist strategy and aggressive tactics. Dr. Person was one of several subject matter experts able to offer in-depth expertise on the theme of the AIAD.


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    Cadets Immersed in a Space MIADThe Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering two instructors from Space & Missile Defense Command (SMDC) for the Army Space Cadre Basic Course conducted as a Military Individual Advanced Development (MIAD) for the first time ever at West Point. Twenty-seven cadets were immersed in training focused on the operational aspects of Army's Space Forces by attending briefings, conducting practical exercises, and completing exams on the fundamental knowledge associated with the application of Space-based capabilities across the warfighting domains. Coordination for the MIAD was initiated by LTC Stacy Godshall during AY18-1, and execution support was completed by LTC Diana Loucks. Course Director Brett Wetherill '03 and Instructor Charles Ogden '92 were provided by SMDCs Directorate of Training & Doctrine, Future Warfare Center.


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    Dr. David Frey spoke at the 26th anniversary breakfast of Congregation Bais Naftoli on June 10. The congregation, located in Los Angeles and founded by survivors of the Holocaust, honored Dr. Frey by selecting him as Man of the Year for his contributions to Holocaust education and atrocity prevention. Past honorees Congressman Ed Royce, and others. Attendees included the Consuls General from Hungary and Germany, the Fire Chief of LA, the Sheriff of LA County, multiple city officials and commanders of the LA Police Department.


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  • 06/28/18--10:49: Cadets on AIAD in Thailand
  • Cadets on AIAD in ThailandAssociate Professor of Economics, Dr. Susan Carter, is leading a group of cadets on an AIAD in Nan Province, Thailand, as part of a three-week long excursion with Cross Cultural Solutions. Nan is the northernmost province of Thailand and remains relatively isolated to westerners. During their stay, the AIAD participants have an opportunity to volunteer in the local community, serving as English teachers at a grade school. Dr. Carter and the cadets also have a chance to learn more about Thai culture; they recently participated in a Muay Thai boxing demonstration and met with a Buddhist monk.


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    CPT(P) Turner Participates in the NATO STO MeetingCPT(P) Dusty Turner from the Department of Mathematical Sciences participated in the NATO Science and Technology Organization Specialists meeting on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Military Decision Making in Bordeaux, France. Approximately 290 technology professionals from 21 NATO countries attended, and discussed topics to include:

    • Emerging technologies in the field of Artificial Intelligence and how they will impact the future of warfare regarding information dominance, defense against cyber-attacks, and real-time decision making on the battlefield;
    • Educating military leadership to understand Artificial Intelligence to be comfortable with its limitations;
    • Public acceptance of Artificial Intelligence and the backlash organizations must be able to withstand when AI is responsible for catastrophic failures causing death and/or destruction (even when the aggregate damage is less than what a human could do);
    • Potential legal issues that NATO countries must navigate as Artificial Intelligence grows to inform decisions and actions in military domains.

    CPT(P) Turner presented a talk to the panel titled Sentiment Analysis in Restricted Environments stemming from the work of COL Joe Lindquist, MAJ Karoline Hood, and CPT(P) Patrick Kuiper for USARNORTH to analyze public sentiment in the wake of Hurricane Maria. His talk was unique and of interest to many conference attendees as it was the only presentation that demonstrated research that informed decision-making in real-time in an operational environment. He returned with valuable information to improve their methodology including implementing ways to limit the impact of malicious actors and implementing the three tenant user interface principals of overview first, zoom and filter, details on demand.


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    Cadets in Thailand on SOSH AIADAlex Yanez '21, Pierre Groenewald '19 (Econ major), Lauren McNevin '21, and Tyler Skidmore '21 and Dr. Susan Carter work with children in Thailand as part of their Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD).


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    COL F. John Burpo, Dr. Alexander Mitropoulos, Dr. Kamil Woronowicz, and Dr. Enoch Nagelli, all faculty members from the Multi-Functional Materials Lab (MFML) in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science presented posters on their collaborative cadet driven projects in the Nanomaterial: Synthesis, Functionalization & Chemical Applications Session at the Northeast Nanomaterials Meeting (NENM) in Lake Placid, NY. The conference was focused on Nanomaterials: Applications & Environmental Impacts featuring three keynote addresses, oral talks by faculty from academia and researchers from national labs across the northeast, and poster presentations.


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    Sign Up for the 19th Annual West Point TriathlonHow is your race season going? Have a race planned for August yet? Join us on 19 August for the 29th Annual West Point Triathlon. Race in the beautiful Hudson Valley cheered on by our own cadets and support our Triathlon Team! New this year- a novice wave for athletes trying out this great sport for the first time or experienced athletes who prefer a more relaxed swim wave. Check us out at: https://www.active.com/cornwall-ny/triathlon/29th-annual-west-point-triathlon-2018


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    CDT Korpinen Trains with Delta TroopFor some college students, the summer between their junior and senior years, is spent gaining on-the-job experience through internships or studying abroad. For San Diego native Mekayla Korpinen, studying abroad takes on a whole new meaning. Korpinen spent 28 days, from May 29 through June 23, 2018, in Germany, Czech Republic, Poland and Lithuania, training with Delta Troop, Regimental Engineering Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment. The engineering squadron's primary responsibility is to operate the unmanned aerial system in support of Saber Strike 18, a longstanding U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative exercise designed to enhance interoperability among allies and regional partners.

    Korpinen's continued success with Delta Troop at Saber Strike 18, is a testament to her commitment to the U.S. Army and West Point's values of duty, honor, and country, as well as to West Point's trying curriculum for the cadets who make it this far through a challenging journey. Read More


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    AIAD to the Republic of GabonDr. Julia Praud traveled with Cadets Charles O'Brien, Jade Adler, Joseph Alcorn, Finn Peterson and Angeline Tritschler to the Republic of Gabon for a 3-week Summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD). Students experienced an intensive French language immersion during their stay and engaged in both military and cultural activities. Highlights of the trip included meeting the American Ambassador to Gabon, the Gabonese Minister of Defense, a three-day excursion with the Gabonese Armed Forces, five days with the French Army, and a meet and greet with Gabonese students.


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    Cadets learn firsthand about the agricultural industry and local economy in the Mai Chau village of northern Vietnam. Cadets learned about the rice planting and harvesting process as well as social enterprises established in the village to help local residents.


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    Football Welcomes Class of 2022Army West Point football head coach Jeff Monken has announced a recruiting class of 79 athletes participating in Reception Day at West Point.

    The Class of 2022 marks Monken's fourth full recruiting class and includes players from 23 states.

    West Point officially welcomed its newest freshman class on Monday for the start of Cadet Basic Training.

    Monken praised his staff for the hard work they put in to get the Class of 2022 to West Point. The State of Georgia has the most incoming members of the Class of 2022 with 13 joining the brotherhood. Army welcomed 12 players from Texas and 10 from Virginia. Six recruits are from Florida and five are coming to campus from Louisiana. There are four rookies hailing from North Carolina and Maryland, while three hail from Pennsylvania and California. The Black Knights also welcomed players from Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee.

    The Black Knights open the 2018 slate on Aug. 31 at Duke with a 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPNU. Army is scheduled for six home games this year, all on CBS Sports Network. The Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA is set for Dec. 8 on CBS with a 3 p.m. start in Philadelphia.

    For tickets, call the ticket office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY or in-person at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium. Fans can also get information and purchase tickets at ArmyGameday.com. Read More


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    Black Knights Land 144 on Patriot Honor RollArmy West Point placed 144 student-athletes from 13 teams on the 2017-18 Patriot League Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll for strong performances in the classroom.

    Women's track and field led the way with 22 honorees apiece, followed closely by men's track and field with 21 and men's lacrosse and women's swimming and diving with 20, respectively.

    To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports.

    In total for the year, the conference placed a league-record 2,984 student-athletes on the 2017-18 Academic Honor Roll, assisted by an all-time high 1,982 members on the Patriot League Winter-Spring Academic Honor Roll. The Black Knights for the year had 45 cadet-athletes named to this honor during the fall and 144 cadet-athletes acknowledged during the winter/spring for a total of 189. Read More


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    Alaska Creative Writing Road Trip LTC Alan Brown led four cadets to south-central Alaska on a 15-day creative writing Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) spanning 1,100 miles. The group included: Taylor Graham '20; Hope Hack '20; Mia Padon '21; and Brenden Shutt '21. Stops in Denali National Park, Anchorage, Seward, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Fjords National Park, Homer, and Kechemak Bay State Park revealed Alaska's surreal geographic diversity, the close-knit Alaskan community and its intimately interwoven connection to nature. Excursions included multiple hikes, a flight through the Alaska Range (and subsequent glacier landing) after soaring around the vast range in a DeHavilland Otter the group landed on a glacier, keeping up with a sub theme of the trip: feeling really small in Alaska's grandeur, a full-day kayak trip in Resurrection Bay and water taxi ride across the bay to Kechemak State Park (to name a few). Cadets stayed in a variety of accommodations including two "dry" cabins without running water and limited amenities, something very common in the Last Frontier. Cadets received daily writing prompts (both poetry and prose) and engaged critically with the work of writers such as Robert Service, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, Jon Krakauer and others.


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    Faculty Featured in "War Room"Assistant Professors Jan Kallberg and Patrick Bell were featured in War Room, the United States Army War College online journal. Their article, The Death of the Cyber Generalist, argues that the United States risks losing its competitive edge in cyber due to outdated personnel manning practices. Instead, the authors advocate for the “regimental model, which empowers unit leaders to choose the best team for the mission. Read the full article here.


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    Cadets on the “Culture, Narrative, and Civil-Military Operations” Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) had a unique opportunity to participate in NATO Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) training while engaging the rich history, architecture, and culture of Italy's Venito region. As observers at the CIMIC Field Workers Course, Cadets participated in CIMIC planning and Civil Engagement exercises at the tactical and staff levels, working in small groups alongside Officers (O2-O5) from Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, Greece, Slovakia, and Jordan. Cadets were awarded certificate credit for the CIMIC Awareness Course in consideration of their exceptional efforts. The Officers, Warrant Officers, and staff at NATO MN CIMIC Group (South) also provided Cadets the opportunity for cultural immersion in Italian unit, family, and community life.

    Following the conclusion of the course, Cadets visited the USARAF G9 at Vicenza, ITA, where they learned about Civil Affairs, Civil-Military Operations Centers (CMOCs), Civil Information Management (CIM). Cadets were then able to practice critical thinking about culture through visits to significant UNESCO World Heritage sites at Vicenza, Treviso, and Venice. In Venice, Cadets also had the opportunity to see events and exhibits associated with the famous Venice Biennale.


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    Sixty-Five Soldiers from Charger Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) participated in Survival Gate 3, one of the four survival swim tests as part of the PE320-322 Survival Swimming curriculum. Cadets at West Point primarily take PE320-322 during their second year. The Department of Physical Education  at USMA led 65 Soldiers from Charger Company, part of Task Force Falcon, through several periods of instruction on inflating their uniform to use as a life vest, swimming techniques and proper entry into the water while in uniform. This survival swimming test included stepping off the 6.5-meter tower, staying subsurface and swimming through a series of submerged hoops, a 50-meter swim and a uniform inflation. Upon completion, Soldiers eagerly grasped the opportunity to step off the 10-meter tower. The Charger Company commander, Captain Charles Christensen '12, described the training as valuable and applicable to the real world. Read More


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    The team from the "Shakespeare's Plays" Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) explored Shakespeare's Globe, other historic London sites, the Royal Military Academy, and the Windsor Castle. On this trip, Cadets completed an immersive study of a play that they read, watched, and researched.


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  • 07/10/18--08:12: ARPA-E Grant Award
  • Nuclear Engineering Program Director, Dr. Ken Allen, is a primary consultant for HolosGen Corporation, responsible for oversight of the neutronic calculations and design of the HOLOS micro- modular reactor. His team was just awarded a 2.3-million-dollar grant as part of the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) initiative. The grant was provided to develop a gas-cooled nuclear reactor with load following ability that can be packaged in a standard shipping container. By using a closed Brayton cycle engine with components connected directly to the reactor core, the team expects to simplify plant construction, leading to lower costs and shorter commissioning times. The team aims to demonstrate the viability of this concept using multi-physics modelling and simulation tools validated by testing a non-nuclear prototype.


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    Army Collects 89 ECAC Honor Roll SelectionsArmy West Point earned 89 honors from 10 teams on the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for the Academic and President's Honor Rolls for strong performances in the classroom during the Spring 2018 semester. The Black Knights were represented by 35 President's Honor Roll members, boasting a 3.6 grade-point average or better for the term. Another 54 Cadets garnered Academic Honor Roll accolades, achieving a GPA of 3.20-3.59.

    Men's Lacrosse led the way with 16 combined honors, followed by women's track and field with 15 and women's swimming and diving with 14. Women's track and field had the most President's Honor Roll members for Army with 11 athletes listed, while men's lacrosse's 12 Academic Honor Roll selections was the most of any Army team. A total of 8,026 student-athletes were recognized by the organization, including 4,267 President's Honor Roll members and 3,378 Academic Honor Roll honorees. Read More


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    PaNE Summer Leadership ExperienceThe Department of Physics & Nuclear Engineering had approximately 106 candidates go through the Summer Leadership Experience (SLE) program so far this summer. While in the department, they levitated a magnet over a small sample of superconducting material cooled with liquid nitrogen, fired a vacuum gun, fired projectiles at Navy targets, and used different radiation detectors to identify an unknown radioactive isotope and measure the effectiveness of shielding materials. In addition, they learned how the accelerator works and about research opportunities for cadets at the academy.


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    Winant Scholarship AIAD CompletedCadets concluded the final week of their for-credit Winant Scholarship Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) with a tour around London. Their visit coincided with the 78th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation (codenamed Operation Dynamo), offering cadets an opportunity to interact with several Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots and tour the underground tunnels which served as the planning site for the historic evacuation. Cadets also spent a rainy day in Grosvenor Square, visiting the site of the U.S. Embassy during WWII and Ambassador Winant's home.


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    Integrating GIS Technologies Into Global SecurityLTC (P) Chris Oxendine and LTC William Wright from the Geospatial Information Science (GIS) program (Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering) met with the leadership of the Global Crisis Management and Command Centers Division of JPMorgan Chase. During the visit, they discussed opportunities for Cadet Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) opportunities, Cadet and Faculty research, and how USMA could contribute to integrating Geospatial technologies and techniques into their problem-solving processes.

    Photo: L-R, Ms. Jennifer Gerschultz '10 (GIS Major), LTC (P) Chris Oxendine, Mr. Travis Tran, and LTC William Wright standing beside the original pistols used in the Hamilton – Burr Duel on July 11, 1804


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  • 07/12/18--07:50: WAKE UP!!
  • An early morning wakeup call for class of 2022 new cadet candidates as they get set for a physical training session, CBT (Cadet Basic Training) Beast Barracks. Can you pick out the Cadet with the full, resonant, but unstrained command voice? Yep, that’s a West Point Glee Club member! Soldiers are professional voice users throughout their careers.

    Video by Cadet Alex Gudenkauf '20


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    Cadets Present Papers at OxfordThis is the Department of English and Philosophy's (DEP) third consecutive year taking a group of cadets to Oxford to study and present papers at the intersection of just war theory, ethics, and emerging technology. The twelve-day traveling Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) began with the Cadets presenting their papers at Pembroke College, Oxford University to cyber, artificial intelligence (AI), legal, and just war experts working at Oxford University and other universities around the UK, USMA, and Boston College.


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    Kids' Night: Story Time with Quintette 7Psst, parents... got a future tubist on your hands? Come on down to Trophy Point and let the kids get up close and personal with the instruments of the band—and even try their favorites!

    Kids' Night: Story Time with Quintette 7 is this Saturday July 14! The instrument petting zoo starts at 6:00 p.m., stories and music begin at 6:30, and Disney's "Coco" will play right after on a huge outdoor screen overlooking the Hudson.

    More info and RSVP: http://westpointband.army.mil/trophy-point/concerts/july-14th.html


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    MAJ Alexander Brussels Research TripMAJ Adam Alexander completed a research trip to Brussels, Belgium where he visited the major institutions of the European Union and spoke with various officials and academics on the future of European defense integration. His time in Brussels provided first-hand information that contributed significantly to a paper he is writing on the subject. He also visited the new "House of European History," a controversial project of the European Parliament that is part of a larger attempt to manufacture a common European identity. This visit was also the genesis of a new paper he is writing on nationalism, national narratives, and European identity.


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    American Nuclear Society Annual MeetingDr. Ken Allen presented his work on "Early Introduction of Computational Methods in Undergraduate Nuclear Engineering" at the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. While at the conference, he also participated as a member of the ANS Accreditation, Policies and Procedures National Committee and the Nuclear Engineering Department Heads Organization meetings.


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  • 07/13/18--09:31: Three-Week Ethiopian AIAD
  • Three-Week Ethiopian AIADCPT(P) Duncan Walker recently concluded a three-week long Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) to Ethiopia. During their travels, cadets learned about the local customs and cultures of the region and participated in development projects, such as providing solar powered irrigation in a rural village.


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  • 07/17/18--11:32: Garrison Change of Command
  • Garrison Change of CommandUnited States Army Garrison West Point held its change of command ceremony at Eisenhower Hall July 12. Colonel Harry C. Marson V replaced Colonel Andrew S. Hanson '94 as the garrison commander during the ceremony. Vincent E. Grewatz, executive service, director of Installation Management Command-Training, presided over the ceremony.

    Photo: by Bryan Ilyankoff


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    Article Publication in Journal of Bioinspiration & BiomimeticsThe journal Bioinspiration & Biomime tics published a study authored by LTC Jamie Bluman (and team) demonstrating the potential for insect-inspired robots to fly in the ultra-low-density atmosphere on Mars, characterized by low Reynolds number aerodynamics. Insects are uniquely suited to create lift in such environments. The paper explores how the proper combination of enlarging the wings, slowing the flapping frequency, and adjusting other kinematic parameters can reduce the power required and make flying robots a feasible option for the exploration of Mars in the future. LTC Bluman's paper, "Achieving bioinspired flapping wing hovering flight solutions on Mars via wing scaling," was published in the latest edition of the journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. This work is an extension of LTC Bluman's research on using insect mimicry to inform the design of flapping wing micro air vehicles, which could fly in the ultra-low density atmosphere on Mars. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-3190/ aac876


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    CDT Darnell Woolfolk '19Firstie fullback Darnell Woolfolk was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, which is awarded to the College Football Player of the Year.

    Woolfolk has been a work horse for the Black Knights over the last two seasons with a total of 1,412 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground. Last season, he averaged 81 rushing yards per game and gained 5.2 yards per carry as one of Army's leading rushers. He finished second on the team in rushing in 2018 with 812 yards in 10 games after missing three due to injury. He gained over 100 yards in two games in 2018, including a career high 132 against Temple at home which clinched a bowl berth for the Black Knights.

    He joined Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush as the only two representatives from independent institutions. Navy's Malcolm Perry was also on the list among service academies.

    Army opens its season on Aug. 31 on the road against Duke at 7 p.m. on ESPNU before returning home on Sept. 8 to welcome Liberty for the first of six home games at historic Michie Stadium. Read More


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    Cadets Ring the Opening Bell at NYSECadets Claudia Hess, Russell Kraus, and Jungmin Lee had the opportunity to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on 27 June. These cadets are currently conducting an internship with IBM as part of the Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program. A livestream of the clip can be viewed at: https://livestream.com/NYSE/IBMWestPointadetsOB/videos/176942475


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    USMA Debate Honored at French Embassy2LT Matlack and Cadet Kilcullen won the "Best Speaker" awards at the 2018 Lafayette Debates hosted by the French Embassy, which qualified them to participate in the Young Ambassadors Study Tour in Paris sponsored by the French Foreign Ministry. The tour focused on the 1968 Student Revolts in France.


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    Australia Defense Force MIDI Research AIADMAJ Ryan Rodriguez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, is leading a group of four Life Science cadets on an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) at the Australia Defense Force (ADF) Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute (MIDI) in Brisbane, Australia. The cadets are actively learning about infectious disease research on parasitic organisms of concern to the Australian military, such as the malaria protozoa, Plasmodium falciparum. During their first week of the AIAD, cadets participated in a day-long course on Plasmodium’s lifecycle and morphology, as well as hematology. Cadets have also learned about model organisms for studying these infectious diseases, such as the Aotus monkey for malaria drug studies, and are doing morning PT with ADF service members stationed at MIDI.


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    USMA Receives Award for Outstanding ContributionsOn behalf of all staff, faculty, and cadets who served as judges for the 2018 eCybermission competition, LTC Corey James from the Department of Chemistry and Life Science accepted a plaque in recognition of USMA’s contributions at the 2018 National Judging and Educational Event in Reston, VA. The award highlights the 499 staff, faculty, and cadets who served to judge 1,853 mission folders in support of the competition. The annual web-based STEM competition sponsored by RDECOM provides an opportunity for students in grades six through nine to compete at the state, region, and national level. 5,683 teams comprised of 22,391 students from 52 states and territories competed in this year’s competition. This award clearly demonstrates the ability and desire of USMA’s staff, faculty, and cadets to inspire future generations to engage in STEM fields.


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  • 07/18/18--07:20: Cold War Staff Ride
  • Cold War Staff RideThis year the History Department's Cold War Staff Ride gave seven cadets an in-depth look at the causes, course, and consequences of the Cold War in Europe. These cadets spent two weeks of intensive preparation at West Point, participating in seminar-style classes debating the History of the Cold War and writing original research papers on diverse and interesting topics. They then traveled across Central and Eastern Europe for thirteen days, visiting some of the most important hot-spots of the Cold War and examining the role of individuals, ideologies, and culture in shaping history. Visiting Berlin, Potsdam, Prague, Budapest, Krakow, and Warsaw, the cadets saw some of the great cities of Europe, experienced the physical and human terrain that defined the Cold War, and practice language and historical skills in an immersive and immensely rewarding experience.

    Photo: Cadets at the History Statue Warsaw


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    USMA & RMAS Training in BavariaOfficer cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) and cadets from USMA trained side-by-side during Exercise Dynamic Victory at the Grafenwoer/Hohenfels Training area in Bavaria.

    Exercise Dynamic Victory is the final confirmation exercise of the 44-week commissioning course for RMAS officer cadets. It tests the cadets' suitability to become junior officers in the field army.

    The officer cadets undergo a live firing package, which gives valuable training in situational awareness and command and control, then deploy to a tactical phase where they operate in urban and rural environments, testing them on their personal administration, field craft and ability to make decisions under pressure

    The 40 officer cadets were joined by #USMA cadets to share and understand training and foster relations between the U.K. and the U.S.

    Photo by Bombardier Murray Kerr/RA Sandhurst Group