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- 07/18/18--07:20: _Cold War Staff Ride
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- 07/27/18--07:19: _Walker Added to Hor...
- 07/27/18--07:25: _Erskine '20 Publish...
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- 07/31/18--07:23: _Life Science Cadets...
- 07/31/18--07:32: _Woolfolk Adds to Pr...
- 07/31/18--07:41: _The Class of 2021 C...
- 08/01/18--06:51: _Come Enjoy the Benn...
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- 07/18/18--07:16: USMA Receives Award for Outstanding Contributions
- 07/18/18--07:20: Cold War Staff Ride
- 07/18/18--07:24: USMA & RMAS Training in Bavaria
- 07/19/18--05:41: CDT Gilliland Experiencing Real-World Operations
- 07/19/18--05:54: CALDOL Supports Operation Atlantic Resolve
- 07/19/18--05:58: CDT McDonough Shadows Organ Procurement
- 07/19/18--06:03: Japanese Chief of Staff Visits USMA
- 07/20/18--08:04: Cadets Gain Clinical Laboratory Experience
- 07/20/18--08:05: Faculty Featured in "Hallowed Ground" Magazine
- 07/20/18--08:09: Modern Japan Staff Ride
- 07/25/18--06:40: Conducting Cutting-Edge Research in South Korea
- 07/25/18--06:45: Ethics and Literature in Prague AIAD
- 07/25/18--06:50: Chemistry & Life Science Faculty Presentation and Publication
- 07/25/18--06:58: Nachtigal Added to Nagurski Trophy Watch List
- 07/25/18--07:34: Army-Navy Cup Tickets Available for Purchase
- 07/25/18--07:35: New Cadets Begin the Home Stretch
- 07/26/18--11:37: Cadets Meet with NYC DEP
- 07/26/18--11:40: USMA New Instructor Orientation Activities
- 07/26/18--11:45: CDT Okazaki Working on Unmanned Ground Vehicle
- 07/26/18--11:52: Sakata/Turner Named to All-America Scholars List
- 07/27/18--07:07: Grand Strategy Program AIAD
- 07/27/18--07:11: Faculty Research Presented ASEE Conference
- 07/27/18--07:19: Walker Added to Hornung Award Watch List
- 07/27/18--07:25: Erskine '20 Publishes Article in the CCEIA
- 07/31/18--06:32: Academic Flight Program Orientation
- 07/31/18--06:41: Faculty Present Research at Annual NEMPET Meeting
- 07/31/18--06:51: SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science
- 07/31/18--07:23: Life Science Cadets Develop Antibody Therapeutics
- 07/31/18--07:32: Woolfolk Adds to Preseason Watch List Accolades
- 07/31/18--07:41: The Class of 2021 Completes CFT
- 08/01/18--06:51: Come Enjoy the Benny Havens Band at Trophy Point
- 08/01/18--07:04: Fall Camp Starts for Army Football
- 08/01/18--07:17: CDT Sutherland Graduates Sapper
- 08/01/18--07:25: McCarty, Polhamus Honored by IWLCA
- 08/02/18--12:04: The Parachute Team is Back Home
- 08/03/18--09:35: Football is Back in Action After Day 1 of Fall Camp
- 08/07/18--09:26: Faculty Recruiting Trip to Ft. Benning & Atlanta
- 08/07/18--09:30: Football Closes Out Week 1 of Fall Camp
- 08/07/18--09:34: USMA No. 1 Most Accessible Professors in Princeton Review
- 08/07/18--09:41: CDT Henry '20 Awarded an ARCOM
- 08/08/18--11:37: D‐CME Hosts Teaching Workshop
- 08/08/18--11:42: Malaysian AIAD with NDUM
- 08/09/18--08:32: Dr. Allen 10th out of 288 at Ironman 70.3
- 08/09/18--08:45: Bravo Company New Cadets Having a Gas
- 08/09/18--08:56: Cadet AIAD to Belgium, Germany & Estonia
- 08/10/18--10:27: LTC Wright & LTC Oxendine Present at IEEE IGARSS
- 08/10/18--10:31: Faculty Attend the Future is Urban Meeting
- 08/14/18--10:57: Two Cadets Receive Preseason All-League Honors
- 08/14/18--11:03: McGraw Named to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
- 08/16/18--08:24: Football Edges Closer to Game Day
On 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.
This 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
Officer 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
Cadet Zachary Gilliland has been working as an intern for Duke Energy Progress at their Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant near Southport, North Carolina. Two General Electric boiling water reactors (BWRs) have been operating on the site since the late 1970’s. Zach is learning to inspect reactor maintenance plans for errors, generating predictive analyses for adjustments to the control rod configuration, and familiarizing himself with daily reactor operations while assigned to the reactor-engineering group within the Technical and Administration Center (TAC) of the plant. Additionally, he had the opportunity to tour a pressurize water reactor (PWR) at the Harris Nuclear Power Plant in Raleigh and observe the differences in the construction and operation of a PWR versus a BWR, which are by far the two most common reactor designs worldwide. Remarkably, Zach was also able to participate in a sea turtle release with the environmental department from BNP. The plant gets it cooling water directly from the Cape Fear River, which is very brackish, and has a large diversion system in place to protect fish, shrimp, crabs, and debris from entering the intake canal. However, unusual tides or storms push fish and other wildlife past barriers and into the canal system. Great care is taken to maintain the health of those creatures and return them back to their habitat unharmed. During Zach’s tenure, a sea turtle named “Southport” was released back to the ocean at Topsail Beach, amidst a crowd of several hundred cheering onlookers.
The Center for the Advancement of Leader Development and Organizational Learning (CALDOL) spent some time earlier this month with U.S. Army units in Poland supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve, America's ongoing demonstration of its commitment to European security. CALDOL led Leader Professional Development (LPD) seminars in three locations with members of seven different units, including maneuver, support, and Reserve Component units. These seminars focused on the power of compelling stories for furthering individual and collective leader development. CALDOL also conducted interviews with participants who wanted to share their own stories of leadership in action. These stories will be integrated into the Cadet Character Development Program, the Junior Officer online forum (https://juniorofficer.army.mil/), and/or future LPDs. At each location, CALDOL discussed opportunities for officers and NCOs to serve on the USMA staff and faculty.
This past week, CDT Matthew McDonough ’20, a Life Science major on the pre-medical track, had the incredible experience of shadowing a donor procurement team from the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center. McDonough and the team traveled at midnight via helicopter from Baltimore, MD to Newark, NJ. At the hospital in Newark, McDonough shadowed the 5-6-hour organ procurement. The team promptly delivered the liver to the operating room (OR), where a transplant surgeon and resident prepared the liver for donation, while another team operated on the recipient patient.
The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff Koji Yamazaki visited and toured the United States Military Academy at West Point recently.
He and his delegation spent two days meeting with the academy’s chain of command, received a historical tour of the academy, and observed and engaged with cadets at Cadet Field Training (CFT).
Photo by Bryan Ilyankoff - USMA PAO
Life Science Cadets Gain Clinical Laboratory Experience during the Madigan Army Medical Center Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD). Over the past few weeks, Cadets Gartrell Bowling ’20 and Elizabeth Huuki ’20, Life Science majors on the pre-medical track, worked in the Department of Clinical Investigation at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. Under the supervision of the Department Chief, COL Richard Burney, and Drs. Nicholas Leronimakis and Christine Nadeau, the cadets were introduced to placenta perfusions, chlamydia research, and drawing blood and injecting mice in the animal facility. For the clinical portion of the AIAD, the cadets shadowed surgeons in the operating room and in clinics, and used robotic surgery instruments in the simulation lab.
COL Jason Musteen and LTC Dave Siry were featured in the summer issue of Hallowed Ground, the magazine of the American Battlefield Trust (formerly the Civil War Trust), the leading battlefield preservation organization in the United States, in an article written by LTC Siry on the use of battlefield staff rides by West Point.
Nine cadets and two Department of History faculty members on the Modern Japan Staff Ride explored the nature of Japanese identity from the Tokugawa Era to present day. The ride began in Hawaii where they visited Pearl Harbor, the USS Missouri, and later hiked Koko Head to survey the topography of Oahu. Next, they went to Japan and visited the three major cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. In Japan the cadets explored firsthand how Japan has changed since the Meiji restoration by traveling on high speed "bullet trains," visiting Buddhist temples, travelling to Mount Fuji and visiting a military museum and shrine. The trip was enlightening and challenging personally and academically as cadets confronted a World War II "enemy" in Hawaii and in a military museum, but also interacted personally with a nation that has been a close ally since post War. The cadets were grateful for the experience to answer historical questions firsthand and wrote powerful essays about Japanese identity at the conclusion of the staff ride.
Cadet Reniel dela Cruz was selected for the Nuclear and Quantum Engineering (NQe) internship at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea. He is there with nine other undergraduate students and his working with Professor Yonghee Kim in the Nuclear Reactor Physics and Transmutation Laboratory. He is analyzing Accident Tolerant Fuel (ATF) designs that utilize uranium disilicide (U3Si2) fuel and various claddings and coatings. Specifically, he will employ high-fidelity Monte Carlo modeling and simulation codes to determine the equilibrium cycle performance of the different ATF designs in a small modular reactor designed by Professor Kim’s research group.
Department of English and Philosophy (DEP) faculty led cadets from various departments to study and focus on ethical questions posed by momentous events that occurred in Prague during WWII, specifically the assassination of high ranking Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich by Czech and Slovak resistance fighters and the retaliatory murder of thousands of civilians with no ties to the resistance. In Prague, cadets on the Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) retraced the path of Heydrich's car and visited the monument marking the ambush site. They later visited the crypt which now acts as both a monument and a museum to remember the partisan fighters who assassinated Heydrich. After the ensuing manhunt, the two partisans that killed Heydrich joined with five other resistance members and concealed themselves in a cathedral to avoid capture. After weeks of concealment in a dark crypt, the men were betrayed. The partisans resisted a nine-hour long siege against 750 Nazis but saved the last bullets for themselves. The group also visited the site of the Lidice massacre. The Czechs revere this part of their history and remember the partisans as heroes. These events are foundational to the Czech national identity. During the AIAD, the group walked amongst the history and contemplated the permissibility of the various actions that constitute this saga.
LTC Andrew Pfluger, along with colleagues Dr. Junko Munakata-Marr, Dr. Bob Siegrist, and Dr. Gary Vanzin from the Colorado School of Mines, published a peer-reviewed conference proceedings paper titled “Learning benefits of integrating socio-economic and cultural considerations into an onsite water reclamation course project” at the 2018 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Junko Munakata-Marr presented their work in the Environmental Engineering Division on. The publication is available: https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/106/papers/21960/view (Paper ID #21960)
Firstie linebacker James Nachtigal was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List on Tuesday and the award is given to the defensive player of the year in college football. The Football Writers Association of America chose 97 defensive standouts from 61 schools in all 10 Division I FBS conferences. Nachtigal is one of 26 linebackers on the list and is the lone representative on the watch list from the service academies. The senior from Fort Atkinson, Wis., lead Army in tackles last season with 103 total stops in his first season as a starter on the defense. He had double-digit stops in five games last season, including a career high 13 tackles opposite Eastern Michigan and Temple. He had a stretch of six games where he totaled 63 tackles. Nachtigal also added eight tackles for loss and five sacks.
Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. As in previous years, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday this season. If not already on the watch list, each week's honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 14. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association's full membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski Trophy finalists. Committee members, by individual ballot, select the winner they regard as the best defensive player in college football. Read More
Tickets for the seventh installment of Army-Navy Cup at Talen Energy Stadium on Oct. 12 are now available for purchase.
Tickets for this year's match can be found at this link.
This year's Army-Navy Cup gives each of the service academies an opportunity to take sole possession of the series at Talen Energy Stadium. The series is currently deadlocked at 2-2-2. Army-Navy Cup debuted in 2012 and ended in a draw. Navy won in both 2013 and 2014, while Army was victorious in 2015 and 2016 before a second draw in last season's match.
New Cadet Visitation Day was a success. A great day to relax for the new cadets, but now it's back to work during the second half of Cadet Basic Training (CBT) a.k.a. Beast Barracks. New Cadet Visitation Day officially completes CBTI. This is a day where new cadets meet West Point community members in a non-training location and spend four hours relaxing, eating, playing games, learning a little more about West Point and the Army, calling family and friends. While at the same time, the new cadets kick start CBTII with their new cadre.
CDT Matthew Volpe, summer intern Jack Wallen, and Dr. Patrick Baker visited the Ashokan Reservoir in West Hurley, NY and the field office of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Kingston, NY. The group received a tour of the DEP laboratories and was briefed on the history and scale of New York City’s water supply. They discussed the Long-Term Watershed Protection program the DEP implements to preserve water quality in accordance with filtration avoidance criteria set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).
The Social Sciences Department (SOSH) conducted their annual New Instructor Orientation Boat Ride. The two-hour ride on the Superintendent's boat gave the new instructors and their families time to mingle with senior faculty while enjoying the sights and history of the Hudson Highlands. More than seventy faculty members and their families attended! The boat ride capped off a week of team-building activities, as new instructors also hiked up the Trail of the Fallen on Tuesday morning.
Cadet Ammon Okazaki has been working to repurpose an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robot into a system that can autonomously detect and map gamma radiation fields. He is working with scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and U.S. Army officers pursuing graduate degrees in nuclear engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. The project is sponsored by USMA's Robotics Research Center (RRC) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's (DTRA) Nuclear Science and Engineering Research Center (NSERC). Ammon started working on it this past semester as part of an independent research course. During the past spring semester, he designed an adjustable mounting assembly for the array of sensors and explored alternate detector configurations to optimize the directional sensitivity of the system.
As part of his Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) experience, Ammon has adjusted his mounting scheme and 3-D printed his design for use on the unmanned ground vehicle. Additionally, he has been using UC Berkeley's high-performance computing cluster to run high-fidelity stochastic models of the detector systems and writing code to efficiently extract data from the output. He has also had the opportunity to see some of the other innovative radiation detection research that is going on at LBNL in the Applied Nuclear Physics program as well as explore the food, culture, and attractions of the Bay area.
Army West Point Golfers Dean Sakata and Nick Turner were tabbed Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of American (GCAA) on Wednesday. Sakata wrapped up his Black Knights career tied for 10th-place at the 2018 Patriot League Championships after he carded a 228 (+12). He finished as an All-Patriot League Second Team selection and graduated with a 3.288 cumulative GPA. Turner was Army's top golfer at the conference championships, taking fifth place after he posted a mark of 223 (+7). The junior garnered All-Patriot League First Team praise for this accomplishment and boasted a 3.752 cumulative GPA. A new record number of student-athletes earned All-America Scholar status including 265 in Division I, 126 in Division II and 23 in NAIA.
To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team's competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 78.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university. Read More
Dr. Scott Silverstone and Cadets Joseph Asemah, Donia Nichols, Natalie Hales, and John Rogacki, are in the Grand Strategy Program Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) focusing on the strategic history of NATO and its current challenges. During the first week they visited NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, where they spent time with Mr. Dave Johnson, a Russia expert with NATO's International Staff, and LTC Kevin Steele, with the US Mission to NATO, right before the NATO summit meeting. The team then travelled to Fulda and Geisa, Germany to spend five days on the former inner-German border to study the Cold War German divide at the Point Alpha Foundation, a research organization supporting the continuing study of the Cold War in Germany and preserving the history of American forces that supported the defense of West Germany. The team held seminars with the foundation's research staff, toured the former border observation posts and garrisons maintained by the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and spent two days touring the Cold War border with LTC(R) Bradley Gavlin, who was on duty with the 11th ACR at Observation Post Alpha the night the Berlin Wall was opened.
LTC Landon Raby, CPT Erick Martinez, CPT Charles Ouellette, CPT Luke Plante, and CPT Nathaniel Sheehan attended the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. LTC Raby presented a paper entitled "Integrating Army Doctrine and Engineering Design: Preparing Millennials to Become Future Officers" and authored by LTC Raby, CPT Martinez, and COL(R) Jeffrey Starke, and Dr. Patrick Baker. LTC Raby also moderated a panel discussion entitled "Veteran Identity and Inclusion." CPT Ouellette presented a paper entitled "Informing an Environmental Ethic in Future Leaders Through an Environmental Engineering Sequence" and authored by CPT Ouellette, CPT Plante, CPT Martinez, LTC Benjamin Wallen, and COL(R) Starke. CPT Sheehan presented a paper entitled "Collaboration in Assessment and Individual Validation for the 'Digital Native'" and authored by CPT Sheehan, COL(R) Starke, and MAJ David Zgonc, and he received the award for best paper in the Environmental Engineering Division. In addition to providing the Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering (GENE) attendees an opportunity to present research, the conference attendance helped GENE's faculty gain exposure to research from and network with industry leaders and faculty members from other universities.
Cow running back Kell Walker was selected to the Watch List for the 2018 Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse. The Paul Hornung Award, now in its ninth season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner presented by Jewish Hospital Sports Medicine, to be held at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville in March 2019. This will be The Paul Hornung Award's third year as an associate member of the National College Football Awards Association.
The Paul Hornung Award has an impressive legacy. Saquon Barkley, the 2017 Paul Hornung Award winner, was the second pick in the 2018 NFL Draft; the three 2017 finalists also are currently on NFL rosters. The six most-recent winners, including Barkley, were NFL first round draft picks in their respective years. Kell Walker is one Army's most versatile players on the field. He has played multiple positions in the backfield and has contributed to special teams throughout his Army career. Last season, Walker averaged over 100 all-purpose yards per game and had a 7.3-yards-per-carry average with 629 yards on 86 carries. Walker was also Army's leading receiver with 111 yards on five catches. Read More
Cadet John Erskine’s article “Politics and Cartography: The Power of Deception through Distortion” was published in the online journal Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (CCEIA). The article discusses how maps can portray information in many different ways and that a skilled Cartographer can manipulate the conveyed information in ways to influence a reader. His article can be found at: https://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publications/ethics_online/politics-and-cartography-the-power-of-deception-through-distortion.
COL Rich Melnyk conducted an orientation flight in one of the department’s C-182 aircraft with the Vice Dean for Operations, COL Mike Yankovich. The two discussed the history and overall purpose of the flight lab program and conducted an overview of the aircraft. In flight, COL Melnyk demonstrated many of the aerodynamic principles and procedures that the department uses on all three flight laboratories including high and low G flight, static and dynamic stability, stalls, and control coupling.
Professor Michael Labare and Dr. George Kennedy traveled to Blue Mountain Lake, NY to attend the annual NEMPET (Northeastern Microbiology, Physiology, Ecology and Taxonomy) meeting. They presented two posters covering the research conducted by cadets over the last year. They were accompanied by Samantha Schultz, a summer intern from the University of New England and Michaela Labare, a volunteer summer intern also from UNE. The posters and co-authors were: Protecting the Warfighter from Pathogens, George Kennedy, Michael Min, Michael Nguyen, Jacob Fitzgerald, Samantha Shultz, Michael Butkus, Jeff Starke, Dwight Bowman, and Michael P. Labare. Protecting the Warfighter from Parasites, Megan Gagnon, Sarah Chamberlin, Katherine Iwanyk, Michaela Labare, M. Butkus, D. D. Bowman, and M. P. Labare.
LTC Matthew Armstrong recently attended both the Society of Industrial and Applied Math (SIAM) Annual Meeting and the SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science held concurrently in Portland, Oregon at the Oregon Convention Center. While there he presented the following two talks: Mathematical Aspects of Modeling the Rheology of Complex Material and Comparison of Global, Stochastic Optimization Algorithms with Toy Problems and fitting Multi-Parameter Models to Dynamic Systems.
Life Science cadets Serica Hallstead '20 and Jacob Keith '20 spent the past three weeks working on developing antibody therapeutics for potential use against viruses such as Ebola virus while on their Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, MD. The cadets worked in the lab of Dr. John Dye, one of world's leading researchers on filoviruses whose involvement in the development of the ZMAPP therapeutic proved invaluable during the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2015. In the "cold side" of the Dye lab, where researchers safely study the non-infectious parts of these otherwise deadly viruses, the cadets infected cells with a recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus that is enclosed with an Ebola glycoprotein. In this way, they were able to mimic Ebola infection and then use cell biology and molecular biology assays to evaluate the effectiveness of using antibodies to treat these mock infections.
In addition to conducting experiments in routine laboratory conditions, they were privileged to partake in USAMRIID's containment training lab. Here, the cadets donned the Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) "space suits" to simulate working in a BSL-4 seeing. The Dye team set up Lincoln Logs and dominos for the cadets, as well as the Operation board game. At first, the cadets were only able to set up 5 dominoes before knocking them over by accident, but they improved over time. The cadets also practiced switching air hoses, so they could move around the lab while maintaining their suit's airflow. Working in BSL-4 conditions is extremely valuable to developing ways to detect, treat, and ultimately vaccinate Soldiers against such deadly viruses, and the cadets gained an immense appreciation for the skill and training required for such work.
Firstie fullback Darnell Woolfolk was selected to the 2018 Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List on Friday. In addition to the Camp honor, Woolfolk was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List earlier this month. In all, 41 schools and 11 conferences (including independents) are represented on the list with defending national champion Alabama, Miami (Florida), Clemson, Ohio State and West Virginia each having two players. There are 38 offensive players (17 quarterbacks, 15 running backs and six receivers/tight ends) on the list along with 12 from the defensive side of the ball. "We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation," Foundation president Michael Madera said. "This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football." 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. Read More
The Class of 2021 completed Cadet Field Training (CFT) requirements with a 7.15-mile Run Back from Camp Buckner this past Sunday as the Class of 2022 began its final phase of Cadet Basic Training (CBT) as it marches out to Camp Buckner for its mandatory two-week field training requirement and then anticipation of a 12-mile return (March Back) to West Point August 13 -- the culminating event for Cadet Summer Training. To see more photos click here.
Carefree summer fun coming your way! This Saturday, dance the night away with The Benny Havens Band at Trophy Point to the best of pop, hip-hop, rock, R&B, country - you name it!
Click here for more info: Benny Havens Band: Dancing Under the Stars
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The Army West Point football team kicks off its fall camp tomorrow with the first of 14 practices scheduled as head coach Jeff Monken begins his fifth year at the helm.
Tickets are still available for all home games at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights start their home season by hosting Liberty and Hawaii in back-to-back weekends on Sept. 8 and 15, respectively.
Army then welcomes Miami (OH) on Oct. 20, before wrapping up its home slate with three-straight games against Air Force (Nov. 3), Lafayette (Nov. 10) and Colgate (Nov. 17). Army fans interested in purchasing tickets can do so by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY or online by clicking here.
The below dates and times are subject to change. To get behind the scenes coverage, follow football on Twitter at @ArmyWP_Football and for up-to-date information and videos throughout camp visit GoArmyWestPoint.com.
2018 Army West Point Preseason Camp Schedule
Thurs, Aug 2 - 3:30 pm | Fri, Aug 3 - 3:30 pm | Sat, Aug 4 - 3:30 pm (Closed Practice to Media) | Sun, Aug 5 - 3:55 pm | Mon, Aug 6 - 2:40 pm | Wed, Aug 8 - 3:00 pm | Thurs, Aug 9 - 3:00 pm | Fri, Aug 10 - 3:00 pm | Sat, Aug 11 - 3:00 pm | Mon, Aug 13 - 3:00 pm | Tues, Aug 14 - 3:00 pm | Wed, Aug 15 - 3:00 pm | Fri, Aug 17 - 3:55 pm | Sat, Aug 18 - 12:15 pm
Econ major CDT Patrick Sutherland graduated from the US Army’s Sapper Leader Course on Friday July 27. Pat completed 28 days of training on a myriad of combat engineer tasks to include conventional and expedient demolitions, waterborne operations, air operations, mountaineering, and breaching. The course culminates in an intense 12-day field training exercise focused on small unit operations and all aspects of mobility, counter-mobility, and survivability. Pictured with Pat are his fellow graduates and his Political Thought instructor, Major John Chambers, a former commander of the Sapper Leader Course.
Photo: Pat and his Political Thought instructor, Major John Chambers, a former commander of the Sapper Leader Course
Firstie Kristen McCarty and cow Nikki Polhamus of the Army West Point women's lacrosse team were both named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Zag Sports Division I Academic Honor Roll. In total, the IWLCA honored 462 student-athletes from 105 different institutions. To be eligible for this honor, student-athletes must be a junior, senior or graduate student and have earned a cumulative academic grade-point average of 3.50 or higher.
McCarty collected her second academic honor from the IWLCA, being named to the team in 2017. She has also been named to the Patriot League's Academic Honor Roll in each of the past three seasons and earned a spot on the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Academic Honor Roll this year. The Allentown, Pa., native graduated in May with a 3.708 GPA and a degree in Environmental Engineering. McCarty is a member of the Medical Service branch and posted to Fort Rucker, Ala., for Medevac training. Read More
The West Point Parachute team is back in the Hudson Valley. After a long (and hot) summer full of rigorous military training around the world, the teammates have made their way back to the West Point area for summer jump training. On July 31, every Class of 2021 team member made their fifth skydives on their way to graduating to coach level jumps (the firsties are coach rated jumpers). The rest of the team worked hard on honing in their accuracy skills under canopy.
The Army West Point football team began its fall camp yesterday afternoon at West Point.
The Black Knights took their skills back out to the turf on Howze Field and Goldstein Field for their first official day of practice. Due to a brief pop-up thunderstorm, the Cadets shifted their practice to their indoor facility before wrapping things up back outside.
Army is out on the practice field again today at 3:30 p.m.
COL Archie Bates, MAJs John Borland and Jacob Absalon, spent time recruiting students, Officers, and NCOs to join the West Point community. As the department personnel team, they had the opportunity to meet with junior captains, drill sergeants, JROTC instructors, & alumni in the Fort Benning & Atlanta, GA area. It was a productive and rewarding trip.
The Army West Point football team wrapped up its first week of fall camp on this past Sunday afternoon under sunny skies at West Point.
The Black Knights did multiple team and individual drills as well as its traditional fourth-quarter drill at Howze and Goldstein Fields.
Click here to watch the practice report.
The United States Military Academy at West Point has been named No. 1 Most Accessible Professors in this year's edition of The Best 384 Colleges by The Princeton Review. The Academy is one of 46 New York institutions that made the Best Colleges list. In fact, the Academy is on many rankings lists resulting from the survey that asked 138,000 students from across the country to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report their experiences.
Top USMA rankings include:
Most Accessible Professors #1
Best Classroom Experience #2
Best College Library #3
Best Health Services #3
Best Science Lab Facilities #6
Lots of Race/ Class Interaction #3
Everyone Plays Intramural Sports #8
Students Most Engaged in Community Service #8
Cadets say their professors are “amazing,” and “very accessible and devoted” and praise USMA for “helping them succeed not only in the classroom, but also outside in our daily lives as people and as leaders.”
CDT Joseph Henry '20, Engineering Management major, Company I1, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) by Brigadier General Sloane, Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (STRI), for his response to a gunshot victim. CDT Henry is on Temporary Duty (TDY) on a Systems Engineering Department Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) in Orlando, FL at PEO STRI, at the Medical Simulation Training Center and was a first responder to a shooting that took place just off campus as he and a civilian co-worker returned from lunch. CDT Henry responded with the other PEO STRI employee to help revive the shooting victim until EMT and Police responded. Cadet Joseph Henry responded without hesitation or concern for his own well-being in an attempt to stop the bleeding. Cadet Henry performed exceptionally well in a very stressful situation while attempting to save the individual's life.
The Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering hosted the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop recently. The ExCEEd Teaching Workshop is an annual one-week workshop that provides 24 engineering educators from across the Nation with an opportunity to improve their teaching. The workshop is a major component of ASCE’s ongoing faculty development initiative, called Project ExCEEd, and has been annually held at West Point since 1999. This week-long intensive workshop includes seminars on the theory and application of teaching/learning, demonstration classes from exemplary teachers, and multiple opportunities for participants to practice what they are learning. Participants also have the opportunity to see portions of West Point and learn a little about the Academy's mission to educate, train, and inspire. The workshop has been highly successful, as measured by positive feedback from its over 1,000 graduates, assessments by ASCE observers, and very favorable coverage in professional publications. During this year’s workshop, LTC Aaron Hill served as the Workshop Coordinator and COL Brad Wambeke served as a Mentor.
Cadets Peter Elmlinger '19, Silas Martinez '19, Joy Orr '20 and LTC Jordon Swain (BS&L) travelled to Malaysia for an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) with the National Military University of Malaysia (NDUM). The AIAD included a visit with US embassy personnel in Kuala Lumpur, survival training in the Malaysian jungle school, and a visit to the U.N. Peace Keeping Center. The West Point Cadets interacted with their Malaysian counterparts in all three branches of service, provided a briefing on the West Point Leader Development System (WPLDS), and even taught blocks of instruction on combatives and survival swimming. The schedule also allowed for experiences in downtown Kuala Lumpur and an excursion to the UNESCO world heritage site in Melaka where cadets learned about the history of the region. The AIAD not only improved cadets' cross-cultural competence but gave them insights into the nature of non-combat missions military leaders face in today's Army. Senior NDUM personnel requested information on PL300: Military Leadership. As they continue to improve their leader development practices at NDUM and expressed their excitement about further involvement in the annual West Point McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character (MCLC). Future AIADs to NDUM will be synched with USAFA and USNA in an attempt to improve the experience even more.
Dr. Ken Allen '93, Associate Professor with the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering competed in Ironman 70.3 Ohio recently. He finished 10th out of the 288 athletes in his division, and 102 out of 1,957 total finishers with a time of 4 hours and 49 minutes. He had the second-fastest bike split in the division, completing the 56-mile bike leg with an average speed of over 24 MPH, and finished the half-marathon in 1 hour and 43 minutes.
New cadets from Bravo Company practice Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Training (CBRN) training by donning their protective masks in their crucible training at Camp Buckner.
Dr. Scott Silverstone and Cadets Joseph Asemah, Donia Nichols, Natalie Hales and John Rogacki have returned from a three-week Grand Strategy Program Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) in Belgium, Germany, and Estonia where they studied the strategic history of NATO and the contemporary challenges faced by the alliance. They spent the second week in Berlin focusing on nuclear deterrence and intra-alliance politics during the Cold War, and the third week in Tallinn, Estonia studying cyber warfare, hybrid warfare, and conventional deterrence in the 21st century. In addition to visiting key historical and educational sites during their travels, the cadets worked through a full course syllabus with daily seminars, earning course credit for Field Studies in Grand Strategy.
LTC Wright and LTC Oxendine presented their paper “Classifying Terrestrial Based Forest Photography with Geographic Information Systems to Model Signal Loss” at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium in Valencia, Spain. Their paper addressed the challenges of using GPS receivers in forest environments, where GPS L-band signals are attenuated by vegetation. It is problematic to predict the quality of signal reception in forested areas. To predict GPS signal attenuation, they developed a quantitative measure of the local forest structure and density. Terrestrial based hemispherical sky-oriented photographs were used to rapidly and remotely sample the structure and density of forest canopy. This study determined the attenuation of GPS signals in forests, by correlating changes in the signal-to-noise ratio of the received GPS signals under different canopies, using the observed canopy closure at the directed location of individual GPS satellite vehicles derived from terrestrial photography. Their results verified that the loss of signal is strongly correlated with the local structure and density of the forest and demonstrate how the calculated canopy closure can be used to better predict the attenuation of the GPS signals. The results also pertain to satellite communications, cellular signals, and the estimation of biomass from L-band radar.
The future is urban, are we ready for it? The Army Vision states that in the coming years we must "focus training on high-intensity conflict, with emphasis on operating in dense urban terrain..." LTC Mindy Kimball and LTC Brian Novoselich attended a meeting of the Subterranean and Dense Urban Environment (SbT/DUE) Materiel Developer Community of Practice (CoP), chaired by U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). The mission of the CoP on SbT/DUE is to inform and provide Army leadership, stakeholders, and customers with relevant, coordinated, and synchronized information, assessments, and recommendations regarding SbT/DUE capabilities. West Point has been engaged in the SbT/DUE CoP since 2016, and the community involves over 20 different organizations from Defense research labs to Joint organizations and Army Centers of Excellence. West Point's involvement so far has been truly interdisciplinary, comprised of faculty and cadets from Geography, Foreign Languages, Social Sciences, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Math, and the Modern War Institute. Look for the Army Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy to be formally published this fall, titled "US Army Dense Urban and Subterranean Environment Capabilities Strategy, 2019-2034."
The Army West Point men's soccer team picked up a trio of preseason Patriot League awards and was selected to finish fifth in the preseason poll, as announced by the league office on Tuesday. For the second consecutive year, Army found itself in the fifth spot in the preseason poll with 89 points. Loyola, the defending regular season champion, was chosen as the league favorite and received 162 points with 18 first-place votes. Boston University was picked to finish second right behind the Greyhounds with 129 points while earning the remaining two first-place votes. Colgate and Lehigh each collected 124 points and tied for third. The Black Knights were followed by Bucknell (88) Holy Cross (71), American (55), Navy (30) and Lafayette (28).
Two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, Zac McGraw, defended his title as the preseason defensive player of the year for the second-straight year. He has served as a key cog on the back line for the Cadets in his first two seasons. He led an Army defense that finished atop the league in fewest goals allowed (14), while limiting the opponents to the fewest amount of shots (132). The Torrance, Calif., native also helped the Black Knights post a league-best eight shutouts a season ago.
Keenan O'Shea, who locked up All-Patriot League Third Team honors after a solid sophomore campaign, is receiving preseason all-league recognition for the first time in his career. He netted five goals as one of the team's top scoring threats. The Chesterfield, Va., native also handed out four helpers and compiled 14 points on the year. Read More
Zac McGraw of the Army West Point men's soccer team was named to the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List as announced by United Soccer Coaches and the Missouri Athletic Club on Thursday. The MAC Hermann Trophy, presented by World Wide Technology, is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer and is presented annually to the most outstanding male and female players of the year. This year's winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. Fifteen semifinalists will be named for both the men's and women's MAC Hermann Trophy near the end of the college season based on voting by NCAA Division I coaches and from those candidates, three finalists will ultimately be placed on the ballot for the coveted award. "Zac is one of the top-10 defenders in the college game," head coach Russell Payne said. "He will have a great opportunity to lead this team forward this fall." The two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year was selected as one of 31 Division I men's soccer student-athletes to join the exclusive watch list. He joins former Black Knights' standout Winston Boldt '15, who received the honor in 2014. Read More
The Army West Point football team had beautiful weather here yesterday afternoon for another fall camp practice.
Andy Davidson and Max Regan took some time after the workout to discuss camp and Army's preparations for its season opener at Duke on Aug. 31.
The Cadets have off on today for media day but will resume practice on Friday 8/17 at 3:55pm.
The Black Knights will be hosting their final scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday 8/18 at 12:15pm at Michie Stadium.