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    Cadets Visit Fly Fishing Convention in NJThree cadets and one officer visited The Fly Fishing Show convention in New Jersey. The cadets casted with certified casting instructors, networked with clubs and guides in the northeast area, planned future collaboration with those contacts, and spent some time with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) leadership.

    Photo: Cadets with David Folkerts (tallest center), the Chief Operations Officer for PHWFF and Bill Hayes (dark sweatshirt), the New Jersey coordinator for PHWFF


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    Drill Team Members Support the Quadrille BallCadets from the Drill Team supported the Quadrille Ball at The Pierre Hotel. The West Point German club and liaison, LTC Breuer were also in attendance. The Drill Team was listed in the official program for the event and performed with precision and with attention to detail. Here is a link to the Quadrille Ball: https://quadrilleball.org/.


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    Cub Scout Pack Visits West Point ObservatoryA den of fifteen young Cub Scouts visited the West Point Observatory and Planetarium in the hope of earning their space badge. The scouts participated in an interactive space show presentation by Dr. Paula Fekete in the inflatable planetarium followed by the viewing of the full-dome feature, Back to the Moon for Good. The show presents the "space race" to return to the Moon after 40 years, spurned by the Google Lunar XPRIZE. In the latter part of the visit, the den proceeded to the 6th floor Observatory. Scouts took a peek at the Moon although observation conditions were less than ideal. The young scouts' behavior was exemplary, thus they more-than deserved earning their coveted space badge.


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    HPC Brown Bag Lunch TalkDr. Dave Kashinski of PNE gave the third monthly High-Performance Computing (HPC) brown bag talk that takes place in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME). The title of Dr. Kashinski's talk was "Using Supercomputers to Solve Problems in Quantum Chemistry: Determining Global Harmonic Scaling Factors for TPSS, M06, and M11 Functional Families". This talk summarized an article Dr. Kashinski and his collaborators at ARL published in 2017 and gave a preview of where the project is going. DoD-HPCMP has been a strong supporter of Dr. Kashinski's collaboration with ARL since 2014.


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    Intercollegiate Rock Climb CompetitionArmy competitive climbing team competed in an intercollegiate climbing competition at Rock Climb Fairfield. CDT Charlie Barron placed first in Bouldering, Sport and Speed. CDT Morgan Hall placed 4th in Speed and 5th in Bouldering. CDT Natalie Dent took 3rd in Speed and 8th in bouldering. CDT Jackie Orr took 8th in Sport. CDT Anthony Thompson placed 5th in Speed. CDT Trevaun Turner took 8th in Speed. CDT Joseph Hynes placed 8th in Sport Sustains. The team had a strong showing with a first place finisher in all events and multiple people in top 10 in various disciplines.


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    Debate at the McGill Model UN AssemblyTwelve cadets of the West Point Model United Nations (MUN) team traveled to Montreal, Canada to participate in the McGill Model United Nations Assembly hosted by McGill University. This conference is one of the largest on the MUN circuit, with over 1,600 delegates competing. The McMUN conference presents the West Point MUN team with the opportunity to present the United States Army and the Academy in a very positive and professional way to an international audience. Schools in attendance included Harvard, Georgetown, University of Chicago, University of Toronto, and Université de Montréal.

    The conference ended with multiple individual awards given to cadets, with the entire team performing well and exercising extemporaneous speaking skills, negotiation, and cooperative problem solving with hundreds of other students. The following cadets were individually recognized for their outstanding performances: Derrick Siebman '18, Jackson Armstrong '18, Amanda Horsey '19, Dana Cody '20. The following cadets were also integral to the team's success: Rokas Dubinas '18, Cameron Hay '21, John Govern '19, Jake Stoffel '19, Jon Lowe '20, John Lorenz '19, Katarina Christianson '21, Hunter Arnold '21.


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    Swimming and Diving 2018Two Academy records were broken on the second day of the Patriot League Championships and the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team remained in second place. Navy continues to lead the field with 371.5 points with Army trailing at 263 points. Boston U. (153.5), Bucknell (148) and Loyola (111.5) round out the top-five with Lehigh (107.5), Colgate (92), Lafayette (66), American (61) and Holy Cross (50) right behind. Tom Ottman broke an Academy record, which he set at last year's championships in the 500 free after he hit the wall at 4:21.71. Ottman's time was good for third in the field of eight. In the ensuing men's event, Peter Mikheyev set an Academy record in the 200 IM after he won with a time of 1:46.09. Brandon McCredie defended his title in the 50 free, hitting the wall at 20.15. Evin Rude finished right behind and was part of a three-way tie for second with a time of 20.25. Hogan Harper also scored for Army in the event, winning the B-Final with his time of 20.63. To close out the night, the foursome of Josh Sembrano, Brady Almand, Kevin Doo and Rude took second at 3:15.01 in the 400 medley relay.

    The Army West Point women's swimming and diving team had a solid showing on the second day of the Patriot League Championships, winning one event and breaking a plebe record. Sabrina Mortell was the first Army swimmer in the water and she swam to a sixth-place finish in the 500 free at 4:53.81. Whitney Chang broke a plebe record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.31. In the 50 free, it was Bailey Smith who topped the competition after she hit the wall at 23.08. That win came right after Madison Berg (23.53) and Nicole Parry (23.61) took the top-two spots in the B-Final. On the 1-meter board, Serica Hallstead came from behind to take second with a score of 267.55. Heather Yoshii placed eighth with her score of 227.30. In the final event of the night, the group of Cecelia Croman, Kara Wineinger, Whitney Chang and Bailey Smith finished third at 3:41.97.


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    Coach Mike Viti-Louisiana linebacker John Bailey Gullatt and Coach Jeff Monken 2018Louisiana linebacker John Bailey Gullatt had trouble late last year deciding between playing football for Army or Harvard. Harvard was pushing for the West Monroe High senior to commit but Gullatt was highly interested in West Point following a summer visit.

    One mid-January night changed Gullatt's mind. Army head coach Jeff Monken and fullbacks coach Mike Viti, assigned to Gullatt's recruitment, were expected for a home visit but a snow and ice storm delayed their arrival. Monken's plane couldn't land in Monroe, La., so his flight was diverted and he had to drive 100 miles from Shreveport to Monroe. Viti had an even longer drive from Texas through the treacherous conditions. Gullatt was so impressed he decided to commit that evening.

    "That showed how bad they wanted me," said Gullatt, who signed his letter of commitment with Army on Wednesday. "They always told me that they did. I guess that was action behind their words. I had some other schools recruiting me hard, some in-state and some Ivy League, but nobody was going out of their way like that. They had to fly 26 hours and drive through an ice storm to see me. That was definitely the turning point of them recruiting me." Full Story


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    CDT John McKenna '20The Patriot League announced Monday that John McKenna of Army West Point baseball was named the Player of the Week following his strong weekend performance. The yearling first baseman earned his first career weekly praise after batting .462 to help Army take one of three games against Michigan. McKenna finished 6-for-13 with two runs and one RBI to help the Black Knights over the weekend. The Parkland, Fla., native had multi-hit games in each of Army's three outings against the Wolverines. He posted a .500 on-base percentage, while slugging .692, with a double and his first career triple. He also had a stolen base. McKenna went 2-for-5 and drove in a run in the Black Knights win over Michigan on Saturday. He also went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in a 12-6 loss on Friday. Army West Point plays a midweek game at Fordham on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Black Knights head to College Park, Md. to a play a three-game weekend series at Maryland, beginning on Friday.


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    CDT Madison Cole '20After dropping the opening game of the day to Stanford, 12-0, the Army West Point softball team bounced back and closed out the night with a 7-4 victory over Sacramento State on Sunday at the Mary Nutter Classic. Army claimed its second victory of the season and moved to 2-7, while Sacramento State fell to 3-5. Three Cadets recorded a multi-hit game against the Hornets, including Madison Cole who went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI. It was Cole's first career multi-hit game. Emily Ballesteros drove in two with a pair of hits and a run scored in three at-bats. Snelling posted her second career two-hit game and added a run scored with an RBI. In her first collegiate start, Madison Bryant went 4.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs and fanning three batters en route to her first career win. Renee Poirier recorded her 17th career save The seven Army runs tied a season-best for the Black Knights. Army's 11 hits was the second most in a game this season. Read More


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    Glee Club Community Public ConcertThe West Point Glee Club traveled to the town of Westport, Connecticut to give the community a public concert on the theme of World War I. The concert, which was held at the Saugatuck Congregational Church and Westport Public Library, entertained an audience of about 200 people. As a frequent commuter town, located only about 50 miles northeast of New York City, Westport is a city known for its diversity and history. The program of the concert not only focused on the historical importance of WWI, but it also paid tribute to the 27 young men and women from Westport, Stamford, and Fairfield who volunteered and gave their lives for the cause of freedom during the Great War. Upon conclusion of the concert, the members of the Glee Club attended a reception where they socialized, conversed with, and received high praise from many members of the community who were in attendance.


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    CDT Briyah Brown '18Firstie Briyah Brown of Army West Point women's track and field team earned Female Field Athlete of the Meet honors. She earned these honors after an impressive performance at the Indoor Patriot League Championships. On the first day, Brown set a new school record in the weight throw, taking first place in that event with a distance of 19.16m. The final day, Brown finished first in shot put, throwing for a distance of 14.82m.


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    CDT Sophia Suri '21The Army West Point women's tennis team picked up 7-0 wins over St. Bonaventure and Vassar after dropping a 4-0 decision to Massachusetts on Saturday at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights improved to 6-4, while the Minutemen moved to 4-3. Additionally, the Bonnies are now 1-7 and the Brewers fell to 2-1. Army remains perfect against St. Bonaventure at 11-0 in the all-time series. The Black Knights have earned three shutouts this season. Plebes Sophia Suri improved to 2-0 in singles duals and Bridget Mayfield notched her first-career singles dual win. Read More


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    CDT Kaitlyn Kutz '21The Army West Point rifle team defeated MIT for the second time this year in an NCAA Qualification match. Army had a strong showing with Payne Nunn matching a team season best score in air rifle and Clayton Hanson tying the top Army aggregate score for the season. Aggregate (4656) - Army defeated the Engineers at home, 4656-4349. Clayton Hanson had an impressive performance gathering an aggregate score of 1172. He was followed by Payne Nunn who tallied a score of 1167, and Kaitlyn Kutz who scored 1159. Also in the top five scorers were Nathan Brewer and Emiliano Concha-Toro who both scored 1151. Smallbore (2299) - The team garnered a collective score of 2299 in smallbore over MIT's score of 2145. Hanson also led the team in smallbore, earning 580 points. He was followed by Kutz and Concha-Toro who both shot a score of 576. Nunn shot 574 in this discipline, with Brewer and Lovre both shooting 569 to close out the scoring squad. Read More


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  • 02/20/18--08:30: ASEM Hosts USMA DSE Cadets
  • ASEM Hosts USMA DSE CadetsThe American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Club hosted approximately thirty cadets for its continuing lunch speaker series, “So I’m graduating with a degree from the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE), now what?” Mr. Jon Belmont ’99 with a wealth of experience in the military, governmental, and civilian arenas spoke on his experiences and lessons learned from the Army, working as an engineer on process improvement projects for Kellogg’s Pop-Tart manufacturing and as a DA civilian. He also provided insight and lessons learned from his military to civilian governmental and corporate transitions. The ASEM Cadets engaged in an excellent question and answer session following.


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    CDT Tyrell Maddox '20The Army West Point men's track and field team placed second at the Patriot League Indoor Championships with a score of 197. This was the team's highest score since 2002 when the team placed first with a score of 210.5. Track - Keagan Smith won the title in the mile run, clocking in at 4:10.14. Ross Puritty placed third in the 60m hurdles, clocking in at 8.27 seconds. Army took second and third in the 60m dash. Tyler Davis clocked in at 6.88, while Kevin Dyer timed in at 6.89. Tyrell Maddox finished first in the 500m, claiming the title with a time of 1:04.68. Christian Wright followed in seventh with a time of 1:06.80. Nick Causey took third place in the 800m, clocking in at 1:55.96. Jackson Sullivan finished in seventh with a time of 1:57.25. Field - Jeff Giannettino won the high jump with a height of 2.09m. Bernard Jenkins followed in third with a height of 2.04m, and Bryce Samuel was close behind in fifth with a height of 194m. Jaeden Watson (1.89m) closed out in a tie for seventh. Geoff Kirk took third place in the shot put with a distance of 15.95m. Kenneth Brinson finished fifth, throwing for 15.35m. Read More


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    CDT Ben Petrella '20Yearling Ben Petrella of Army West Point men's track and field team earned Male Track Athlete of the Meet honors. He earned these honors after a strong showing at the Indoor Patriot League Championships. On the first day, Petrella set a new personal record and season best for the team in the 5000m. He won this event clocking in at 14:28.96. On the second day of events, Petrella won the 3000m clocking in at 8:18.74 to take first place.


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    Swimming & Diving Takes Second at League ChampionshipsThe Army West Point men's swimming and diving team claimed its sixth straight second-place finish at the Patriot League Championships after wrapping up the competition with 780.5 points. Navy finished on top with 990.5 points. Bucknell (411), Boston U. (406.5) and Loyola (286.5) rounded out the top five behind Army, with Lehigh (282.5), Colgate (167.5), American (118), Lafayette (114) and Holy Cross (108) finishing right behind. 780.5 points were the second-most in the league championships by an Army team in the last 16 seasons. Tom Ottman finished in second and set an Academy record in the 1650 free with his time of 15:07.22. He was the previous recorder holder in the event when he finished at 15:16.32 at last season's league championships.

    The Army West Point women's swimming and diving team picked up its third straight second-place finish at the Patriot League Championships after ending the competition with 568 points. Navy went on to win the meet with 904.5 points. Lehigh (543) fell right behind Army, while Bucknell (423) and Boston U. (385) rounded out the top five. Loyola (250.5), Colgate (191), American (172), Holy Cross (107) and Lafayette (93) placed in the final five spots. The 568 points was the second-most at the league championships by an Army team in the last 16 years. Sabrina Mortell was the first Cadet in the pool on the final night of competition and she swam to a third-place finish in the 1650 free with her time of 16:42.64. Sidney Evans followed in sixth at 16:55.21. After Bailey Smith won the B-Final in the 200 back at 2:00.06 and Kim Sembrano took third at 2:01.23, Josephine Marsh (2:00.25) and Cecelia Croman (2:00.43) finished in seventh and eighth, respectively, in the finals.


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  • 02/20/18--08:52: CTC Launches New Website
  • CTC Launches New WebsiteThe Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) was pleased to launch its newly designed website, a project over a year in the making. The more modern site allows visitors to better search and access the vast amount of research and information the CTC has published since its founding 15 years ago, including reports, analyses, CTC Sentinel issues, databases, and original documentation. Visit www.ctc.usma.edu to see the results of the Center’s efforts, together with the technology company Murmur, to improve and expand its online presence.


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    CDT Calli McMullen '20The Army West Point women's track and field team placed second at the Patriot League Indoor Championships, the team's best finish since 2006. At the end of the 2018 Patriot League Indoor Championships, Army placed second overall with a score of 154, just four and a half points behind the leader, Bucknell. This score was Army's highest since 1995 when the team finished first with a score of 169. Abby Halbrook clocked in at 4:58.06 in the mile run which was good for second place. Followed by teammate Samantha Coletti in fifth with a time of 5:02.51. Lynne Mooradian claimed third in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.95, and was followed by Asia Chen in eighth with a time of 10.36. Calli McMullen won the title in the 60m dash, clocking in at 7.58 seconds. Yasheika Beckaroo clocked in at 7.76 seconds which was good for sixth place, and Bonvie Fosam closed out in eighth place with a time of 7.88. Haley Watson placed fifth in the 500m with a time of 1:15.60. In the 800m, Hannah Deines finished in sixth place with a time of 2:14.86. Cassie Mundekis placed eighth with a time of 2:15.26. Read More


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    American Politics President PanelThe American Politics Stem and the Domestic Affairs Forum hosted a panel to assess the first year of President Trump’s administration. CPT Sorenson, CPT Verardo, MAJ Brown, and CDT Matthew Herrera all contributed to the dialogue addressing the policy achievements of the first 365 days in the areas of foreign policy, regulation, and tax policy. Fifteen cadets attended the event.


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    Wrestling Stuns Navy to Claim Star in AnnapolisThe Army West Point wrestling team picked up a thrilling 18-15 victory over service-academy rival Navy in the Star Match on Saturday evening at Alumni Hall. The Black Knights close out the regular season at 3-6 overall and 2-3 in EIWA matches, while the Midshipmen dropped to 8-3 overall and 3-2 in conference duals. Additionally, Army improved to 9-6-2 in the 2017-18 Star Series presented by USAA. Trey Chalifoux opened the match with a comeback 6-5 win at 125 pounds after trailing 3-1 at the start of the third period. The Mids won the next three matches, capped by a Corey Wilding pin at 149 pounds to send the home squad to a 12-3 advantage. The Cadets had the heart of their lineup show up in a major way at that point, pulling three upsets to draw even in the dual. Yearling Lucas Weiland, who picked up his first-career dual win last week at Bucknell, earned a 5-1 upset victory over No. 26 Zack Davis at 157 pounds to get the rally started for Army. Firstie co-captain Andrew Mendel followed that with a 6-3 win over 19th-ranked Drew Daniels at 165 to set up Ben Harvey for the match of the year. Read More


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  • 02/20/18--09:30: On Point: An Unexpected Path
  • CDT Jorie Mason '21Army West Point head diving coach PJ Hughes was sitting in his office chair on a mid-April afternoon when he got an unexpected email. It was from a plebe who was asking to try out for the team.

    The rookie was Jorie Mason, and her diving background wasn't exactly something that would excite many Division I coaches. In fact, Mason had no experience with diving outside a month during her junior year of high school at Northern Lebanon in Fredericksburg, Pa.

    What she had to lean on though was nearly 10 years of being a power gymnast. That is someone who has the strength to do the harder and more difficult skills and tricks, but does not always look the cleanest or most graceful. Unfortunately for Mason, being clean and graceful means a lot in diving. Divers are not only judged on difficulty, but also the execution of the dive, and that requires great technique to create as small of a splash as possible when impacting the water.

    After spending nearly an entire year as a manager for the men's gymnastics team at West Point, Mason was starting to feel down. She spent most of her life training as a gymnast, and when she arrived at the Academy, she was only able to watch others compete in the sport she loved.

    To read the full story, please Click Here.


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    CDT Michael Nguyen '18Firstie Michael Nguyen of the Army West Point men's tennis team earned Patriot League Player of the Week accolades after a successful weekend of matches on the road. The San Jose, Calif. native defeated Portland State's Nathan Boniel, 7-6, 6-3, in the first flight, and put Army on track to sweep the Vikings in singles play. Nguyen also claimed his third doubles victory of the spring season with partner Gregory Shannon after a 6-4 win over Avery West and Tommy Edwards. Portland State is currently ranked first in the Big Sky conference, with its only loss at home coming from the Black Knights. Read More


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    CDT Janae McNeal '18Firstie Janae McNeal of the Army West Point women's basketball team was tabbed a Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) Division I Co-Player of the Week on Tuesday morning. McNeal joins Tyler Scaife of Rutgers as a co-winner of the weekly award and is the first Cadet this season to earn the honor. The Spotsylvania, Va., native paced the Black Knights on both ends of the court this past week, helping Army capture a pair of Patriot League wins over Holy Cross and Lehigh. In a 66-57 victory against the Crusaders last Wednesday, she posted her first double-double of the season and third in her career, putting up a game-high 25 points on 10-of-17 (59 percent) shooting with a season-best 12 rebounds. It was the second time in her career that she made 10 or more shots in a single game. She also played her part on the defensive end, tallying a season-high five steals in 28 minutes of action. McNeal followed up that performance by scoring a team-high 16 points on 7-of-12 (58 percent) shooting, whiling bringing down five boards against Lehigh this past Saturday. For the week, she averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while connecting on 59 percent of her shots from the field. Read More


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    Robotics Research Center Attends ThunderDroneSOFWERX in collaboration with the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), began the second ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Event (RPE) with a Technology Expo at the SOFWERX facility in Ybor City, Florida. More than 220 industrial and 240 government personnel attended. 91 vendors presented their technologies in hopes of forming design and build teams, which will present their prototypes during the experimentation and outdoor demonstrations. ThunderDrone focuses on Counter Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-SUAS). The expo welcomes participants to showcase their capabilities that address any of the following C-SUAS phases: detect, locate, identify, track, exploit, defeat, assess. ThunderDrone’s main focus is solutions that permanently defeat drones and drone capabilities, but will also evaluate all new technologies. Key technologies of interest include autonomous functionality, mobility, discrimination, and multiple target engagement. Multiple departments and centers across USMA are developing C-UAS technologies through capstones, independent studies, and faculty research.


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    CDT Alex Wilkinson '20Following a four-point weekend, Alex Wilkinson of the Army West Point hockey team was named the Atlantic Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week. Wilkinson scored Army's first two goals in Friday's 5-1 win over Bentley on Friday and recorded an assist. The yearling finished the weekend with two power play points. He scored the game-winner on Friday to mark the fourth of the season. With his two goals on Friday, the Raleigh, N.C., native posted his first multi-goal game and eighth multi-point game in his career. He now boasts 14 power play points to rank tied for sixth. The Black Knights host Sacred Heart this Friday and Saturday for the season finale. Both games will begin at 7:05 p.m. Read More


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    BS&L Holds Their Biennial GatheRINGThe Department of Behavior Science and Leadership (BS&L) held their biennial GatheRING (Return, Innovate, Network, Grow) event. This night serves to connect past, present, and future members and friends of BS&L…a human, cadet centric organization that fosters innovation and teamwork through collaborations. BS&L is a global leader in teaching and creating of knowledge for the practical application of leadership through behavioral, organizational, and sociological sciences to enhance leader effectiveness across the human dimension. No former faculty member has been more instrumental in those efforts than COL(R) Paul Bartone, the recipient of the Distinguished Former Faculty for Excellence in Support of the Department Award.


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    CDT Bobby Heald '21Rookie Bobby Heald and sophomore Ben Harvey of the Army West Point wrestling team were named co-Athletes of the Week by the Army West Point Athletic Association on Tuesday. The duo earned key victories in the team's 18-15 come-from-behind win over service-academy rival Navy on Saturday in Annapolis, Md. Harvey defeated No. 8 Jadaen Bernstein, 7-6, to tie the match at 12 apiece at 174 pounds, while Heald topped Austin Faunce, 2-1, in TB-2 at heavyweight in the match-deciding bout. It was Army's first time winning back-to-back duals over Navy since taking three straight from 1960-62. Additionally, the win was just the second for the Black Knights in Annapolis and first since 1961. Harvey improved to 15-7 on the year after defeating Bernstein for the first time in his career. The New Palestine, Ind., native documented his third win over a ranked opponent this season while setting a new personal best with six dual victories. Read More


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    Military Spouses Visit Cadets in Armed Forces & SocietyMrs. Elizabeth Woodruff, Mrs. Christina Thomas, Mrs. Shelisa Baskerville and Mrs. Jamie Enos gave their time to visit the Armed Forces & Society class for a military families and spouses panel. The spouses fielded questions from firstie cadets about a variety of relevant, timely topics, including: spouses balancing careers while being part of military families, Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves, being a part of family readiness groups in general and also during unit combat deployments, how to find help for younger soldiers' families who experience troubles, unique features of life in military neighborhoods and on military posts, social events and special protocols, advice about getting married to military officers, and other important topics. Their insights contributed to cadet learning and development, and helped provide real world experiences to ground students' learning.


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    CDT Ben Boswell '19Eleven members of the Army West Point men's track and field team earned All-Patriot League honors after their performance at the Patriot League Championships on last weekend. At this meet, Army placed second overall with a final score of 197. First team honors were awarded to athletes who placed first in their events, and second team honors were awarded to athletes who placed second in their events. First Team - Lee Bares (Pole Vault), Kenneth Brinson (Weight Throw), Tyrell Maddox (500m), Ben Petrella (3000m, 5000m), Keagan Smith (1-Mile, DMR), Nick Causey (DMR), Christian Wright (DMR), Ben Boswell (DMR), Jeff Giannettino (High Jump). Second Team - Kevin Dyer (200m), Tyler Davis (60m). Read More


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    “Writing for Love” at the Mounger Writing CenterCDT Writing Fellows Sam Reichenthal '20 and Hope Hack '20 led "Writing for Love," part of the Mounger Writing Center's (MRC) Wednesday Night Workshop series. CDTs Hack and Reichenthal led a discussion on love letters that offered advice on what to do and not to do when crafting letters to that special someone. The workshop included examinations of historical examples, a mad-libs exercise, and a focused free write toward the end where cadets drew prompts to produce letters addressed to specific purposes (e.g. adoration, declaration, invitation, and so forth).

    The MWC holds Wednesday Night Workshops virtually every Wednesday, 2000-2045, in JH301; most are designed for cadets, but anyone is welcome to attend. A full schedule is available at usma.edu/wpwp.


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    CDT Abby Halbrook '19Eleven members of the Army West Point women's track and field team earned All-Patriot League honors after their performance at the Patriot League Championships on last weekend. At this meet, Army placed second overall with a final score of 154. First team honors were awarded to athletes who placed first in their events, and second team honors were awarded to athletes who placed second in their events. First Team - Abby Halbrook (1000m), Briyah Brown (Weight Throw, Shot Put), Calli McMullen (60m, 200m), Bonvie Fosam (Triple Jump) Second Team - Abby Halbrook (1-mile), Kamryn Brinson (Weight Throw), Lynne Mooradian (Pentathlon), Samantha Coletti (1000m), Morgan Chewning-Kulick (DMR), Emma Record (DMR), Cassie Mundekis (DMR), Andrea Karlen (DMR). Read More


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    Fenway ParkTickets are now available for the Army West Point baseball game against service-academy rival Navy at Fenway Park. The contest is slated for April 20 at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Home Base Program, a partnership between Massachusetts General Hospital and the Red Sox Foundation that helps veterans suffering from PTSD and other "invisible wounds of war." Tickets are general admission only and can be purchased at redsox.com/armynavy. All members of the military who attend the game in uniform will be granted free entry.


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    Cadets in Latvia Tour WWII MonumentsCadets on a semester abroad in Latvia toured the Daugavpils (Dinaburg) Fortress and several Soviet World War II monuments. Daugavpils Fortress is the only early nineteenth century military fortification of its kind in Northern Europe that has been preserved without significant alterations. The construction of the fortress began in 1810 by decree of Tsar Alexander I of Russia. In this timeframe, there was an atmosphere of increased tension before Napoleon's invasion of the Russian Empire in 1812.


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    Women's Swimming and DivingFive Cadets from the Army West Point women's swimming and diving team received postseason all-league honors after finishing second at last week's Patriot League Championships. "We had a very good conference meet and I'm proud of all our swimmers and divers," head coach Mickey Wender said. "We Worked hard, executed well, stayed tough and accomplished most of our goals. We stayed together as a team and had a lot of fun, while representing West Point well. Everyone learned a lot and will build on this as we move ahead." Individuals who win events at the Patriot League Swimming & Diving Championships automatically qualify for the All-League first team, while runner-up finishers are guaranteed a second-team spot. Both teams are back-filled by points, meaning a second-team member can move up to the first team if they accumulated enough points during the meet. Only individual points count. Sabrina Mortell makes her third consecutive appearance on an all-league team, previously being named to the first and second team. Serica Hallstead garnered second team all-league recognition for the second straight season. Read More


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    Dr. Ann Fisher-Wirth Visiting Poet from U of MississippiDr. Ann Fisher-Wirth from the University of Mississippi visited West and guest lectured in Literature: The Arts of Love classrooms, conducted a poetry workshop with aspiring writers, and gave a poetry reading at the CFAF building on Trophy Point. Ann’s reading kicks off what the Creative Writing Forum and the West Point Humanities Center hopes to be a monthly reading series that invites writers to West Point as a way of inspiring cadets to pursue their creative talents. Dr. Fisher-Wirth’s new book of poetry, Mississippi, is a project she undertook with Maude Schuyler Clay, a Mississippi photographer from the Delta, and Ann read exclusively from this book, which is her fifth book of poetry. Ann teaches poetry in the MFA program at Ole Miss, and she also directs the Environmental Studies minor.


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    Women's LacrosseThe Army West Point women's lacrosse team set new program records for scoring in its 21-4 victory over Central Connecticut State on Wednesday afternoon at Michie Stadium. In addition to breaking the programs single-game goals record of 20 versus Howard on March 22, 2016, the Black Knights' 15 scores in the first half were also a program-high. The previous best also came against the Bison as the Cadet potted 12 in the first half. The first 30 minutes of the contest were dominated by the Black Knights, who outshot their opponent 23-5, collected 15-of-17 draw controls and were a perfect 3-for-3 in free position shots. Today marked just the third-time Army has broken the 15-goal threshold, having also accomplished this feat at Presbyterian with a 16-3 road win on March 14, 2016, and with a 20-8 victory over the Bison of Howard. Army scored game's first 11 goals through 17:35. This offensive showcase was highlighted by the Black Knights netting four goals over a span of 1:21. Rookie Megan Raftery began the run by weaving through the Blue Devils' defense and beating the goalkeeper at the 16:23 mark in the first half. Read More


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    Cadets Visit Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc. Fourteen cadets enrolled in Photogrammetry along with 3 faculty from the Geospatial Information Science (GIS) program (Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering) participated in a trip section to Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc. located in Philadelphia, PA. During the visit, cadets gained exposure to the tools and workflows required for acquisition and processing of aerial photographs and airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data. Keystone has flown millions of survey miles throughout the United States and conducts several different geospatial missions including conventional and digital photogrammetry, aerial photo processing, Li- DAR, and photograph-based 3D point cloud development. Keystone operates with a fleet of 21 aircraft and has worked for a variety of government agencies including the USDA (NRI, WRP, and NAIP, Forest Service) USGS, BLM, FEMA, US Army Corps of Engineers and NOAA. During the visit, cadets broke up into small groups, which rotated through numerous educational stations focusing on aerial survey planning and coordination, photogrammetric image processing, film scanning, mission flight planning, film and digital aerial cameras, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and manned collection aircraft. The visit put several concepts taught in class into perspective for the cadets and sparked further interest into the fields of photogrammetry and remote sensing. In addition, cadets got to witness the Keystone staff actively processing high-resolution aerial imagery of the recent Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl parade, where approximately 2 million fans gathered in the streets of downtown Philadelphia.


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    CDT Janae McNeal '18Behind one of its best shooting performances of the season, the Army West Point women's basketball team won its third consecutive Patriot League game after defeating Colgate, 69-49, on Wednesday morning at Christl Arena. Madison Hovren and Janae McNeal led the Black Knights (15-12, 8-8 Patriot League) on the offensive end against the Raiders (6-21, 2-14 Patriot League). The duo combined for 32 of the team's 69 points. Hovren came one rebound shy of a double-double and finished the contest with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting and nine boards. McNeal tallied 14 points while connecting on six of her 11 tries from the field and added three assists. Morgann Yancey and Libby Tacka provided a spark off the bench, with a combined 17 points. Read More


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    Debate Leaves The New School UnscathedThe West Point Policy Debate team traveled to The New School in New York City to compete in the third tournament of the semester. CDTs Isabella Minter '19 & Henry Smith '20 faced fierce competitors in the Varsity Division, including New York University, Binghamton University, Liberty University, and Boston College. Despite the challenges, the team finished the tournament as the Varsity Division Champion with an undefeated record. Minter took home the Top Speaker award for the tournament, while Smith won the 9th Speaker Award.


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    Men's Swimming and DivingThe Army West Point men's swimming and diving team placed twelve Cadets on the postseason all-league teams following last week's second-place finish at the Patriot League Championships. "We had a very good conference meet and I'm proud of all our swimmers and divers," head coach Mickey Wender said. "We Worked hard, executed well, stayed tough and accomplished most of our goals. We stayed together as a team and had a lot of fun, while representing West Point well. Everyone learned a lot and will build on this as we move ahead." Individuals who win events at the Patriot League Swimming & Diving Championships automatically qualify for the All-League first team, while runner-up finishers are guaranteed a second-team spot. Both teams are back-filled by points, meaning a second-team member can move up to the first team if they accumulated enough points during the meet. Only individual points count. Read More


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  • 02/23/18--07:12: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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    A Night at the Movies with CPT SalinasDuring the History Department’s most recent “Night at the Movies” CPT(P) Tony Salinas provides historical context for thirty-seven cadets and faculty from various departments prior to the screening of the movie 300. Following the movie, cadets participated in a discussion and learned about Greek warfare.


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    "Jack From the Back" Triumphant on Trivia NightThe second History Department Trivia Night of the semester was held at the First Class Club. The night was sponsored by the Directorate of Cadet Activities, the Association of Graduates, and the Office of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, to include gift cards to the winners, as well as apparel and other items in the raffle, with excellent support from staff, faculty and cadets. Well over 100 cadets competed, on 19 teams, battling over questions supplied by Professor McDonough, CPT Browning, and MAJ Hope. "Jack from the Back" were eventually declared as the winners in a sudden death playoff. The winning question was "How many total medals did the United States win during the Sochi Winter Olympics?" If you think you know the answer to this question come out and join them next time on March 7 at the First Class Club at 8pm. Staff and Faculty are always welcomed to form teams and come compete for bragging rights over their cadets!


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    Cadets Visit the Goethe-Institut in NYCCadets enrolled in Dr. Diane Richardson's LG484 course on "German Civilization Today" visited the Goethe-Institut in New York City for a screening of the documentary film The NSU Complex. The Goethe-Institut is Germany’s worldwide cultural institute that promotes knowledge of the German language and fosters international collaborations. The screening of the film provided the Cadets insight on the ongoing investigations surrounding the National Socialist Underground (NSU), the most lethal German terror organization since World War II. Following the film, cadets also participated in a Q&A with Avi Feldman.


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    CDT Ben Harvey '20Four Army West Point wrestlers were recognized in the final NWCA Coaches' Panel of the regular season with five being named in the RPI rankings, which the NCAA released Thursday afternoon. Additionally, the NCAA released the allocations of automatic bids to the national tournament for each weight class and conference. In the final Coaches' Panel, 174-pounder Ben Harvey jumped to 25th, while firstie co-captain Andrew Mendel entered the rankings at 28th at 165 pounds. Rocco Caywood also moved up one spot to 29th at 197 pounds with Noah Stewart rounding out the group at 32nd in 184 pounds. Harvey was the only Army wrestler to earn a pre-allocation spot for the EIWA towards the total number of automatic bids to the NCAA Championships his weight class receives. Harvey improved to 15-7 on the year after defeating eighth-ranked Jadaen Bernstein, 7-6, to tie the dual in Annapolis on Saturday. It was his first career victory over the Mids and third over a ranked opponent this season. The New Palestine, Ind., native sports a team-best 6-2 dual record this year with two major decisions. He has also won a team-best three matches over ranked opponents, including two against top-10 grapplers. Read More


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    Mr. Kanehara from Japan Speaks with CadetsThe International Affairs Forum (IAF) and Modern War Institute (MWI) hosted Mr. Nobukatsu Kanehara who serves as the Deputy National Security Advisor of Japan. Mr. Kanehara spoke in depth about the history of the alliance between Japan and the United States, the shared norms that solidify the relationship between the two countries.


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    CDT Cole Casanova '19Many athletes time is limited in their sport, especially when you're sidelined for a year with an injury. After winning the ECAC Rookie of the Year, Cole Casanova of the Army West Point gymnastics team missed his entire sophomore season after needing surgery. After being away from gymnastics for eight months, Casanova has battled his way back and recently won his first all-around title at the All-Academy Championships. From now on, he will be enjoying every competition and every moment.


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    Cadet Capstone Visits Lockheed MartinA cadet team from the one-semester capstone course Applied Systems Design and Decision Making, from the Department of Systems Engineering traveled to Arizona to visit a Lockheed Martin Level 2 maintenance repair depot for the Apache helicopter M-TADS/PNVS (Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor) system. Given the wide-ranging and complex nature of repairs that the depot receives, the cadet team is exploring how to incorporate Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) into the repair and training process to improve overall depot efficiencies, better support repair technicians, and establish a technology foundation that could be utilized in other repair applications and platforms in the future.