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2020 Army-Navy Game to be Played at West Point

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2020 Army-Navy Game Presented by USAA to be Played at West PointArmy Director of Athletics Mike Buddie and Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that the 121st playing of the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA will be played at West Point, Dec. 12.

The game is being moved from Philadelphia due to attendance limits placed on outdoor events in the state of Pennsylvania that would not allow the entire Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen to attend. As the designated home team in 2020, Army West Point will host the 121st iteration at historic Michie Stadium.

“We want to thank the City of Philadelphia, the Eagles and all involved in the planning for their efforts to navigate this historic game in the current COVID-19 climate," said Buddie. We are excited about this historic opportunity to host Navy and the Brigade inside the gates of West Point for the first time since 1943.”

It marks the first time the Army-Navy Game has been played at a home site since World War II when Annapolis hosted the 1942 game and West Point the 1943 game. The two schools also rotated hosting the first four games from 1890-1893.

“The health and welfare of the Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen is the number one priority," said Lieutenant General Darryl A. Williams, 60th Superintendent of the USMA. "Hosting the Army-Navy Game on West Point will be the safest way for the Cadets and Midshipmen to experience the game.” Read more.

Feinstein's Findings: On to Phase Three

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Feinstein's Findings: On to Phase ThreeOn to phase three.

Phase one of the 2020 football season was to have a football season. After Army athletic director Mike Buddie gave him free reign to schedule anyone he could find, Army senior associate director Bob Beretta took care of that, building a 12-game schedule from the ashes of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phase two began on September 5th, when Middle Tennessee State came to Michie Stadium. Playing in front of the Corps of Cadets and the ghosts of Blanchard and Davis; Blaik and Thayer—all of them social-distancing—the Black Knights crushed the Blue Raiders 42-0 and life on post had something approaching normalcy: September and football had both arrived.

Since then, Army's had one game cancelled—Brigham Young--and has lost once—at  Cincinnati, which is now 4-0 and ranked No. 9 with a bullet after trouncing previously-unbeaten SMU on Saturday.

Saturday's 49-3 rout of Mercer, also in front of the corps and the ghosts inside Michie, pushed Army's phase two record to 6-1. It also wrapped up a bowl bid for Coach Jeff Monken's team for the fourth time in five years. The Black Knights will travel to Shreveport to play in the Independence Bowl—their first appearance in that game since a dramatic 32-29 loss to Auburn in 1996.

Army became the first team to accept a bowl bid in college football's strangest season. How strange? Consider this: Army's opponent in Shreveport will be a to-be-named Pac-12 team that has NOT YET PLAYED A GAME. The conference, after cancelling its season in August said, 'never mind,' last month and will begin play in two weeks. Army will play its eighth game of the season on the same weekend that its bowl opponent will play its first.

Wait, there's more news from the Year of Covid-19. On Friday, the two schools announced that the Army-Navy game will take place as planned on December 12th, but will be played at Michie, not at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field. The reason for this is simple: By playing at West Point the entire corps and the entire brigade of midshipmen (and the ghosts) will be able to attend. Read more.

Sprint Football Set for Star Matchup Against Navy

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Sprint Football Set for Star Matchup Against NavyThe Army West Point Sprint Football team travels down to Annapolis, Md., to take on archrival Navy at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 25, at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The two teams will fight for the star, as part of the Star Series presented by USAA.
 
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This will be the 83rd all-time meeting between the two schools. Navy owns the 44-37-1 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to 1957. Since the start of the 2012 season, Army owns a record of 6-4 over the Mids. During that span neither team has won more than two consecutive games. Of the 82 games that have been played in the rivalry, 37 have been decided by a single possession. The Mids have the slight 33-30-1 advantage in star series games. In the last meeting between the two squads, Army blanked the Mids 13-0 to claim its 36th CSFL title. It marked the Black Knights' first shutout over Navy since 1984.

This will be the third star series matchup of the 2020-21 season. The series is currently split 1-1. On Oct. 17 the Army women's cross country team edged Navy 27-29. On the men's side, the Mids took the meet 23-34.

Wargames Club Learning by Playing Pandemic

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Wargames Club Learning by Playing PandemicCadets from the Wargames club met up to play games such as Flames of War, 7 Wonders, Band of Brothers, and Pandemic. The Wargames Club is dedicated to helping cadets become successful Army officers by giving cadets practical experience thinking strategically through wargames. Cadets use a variety of wargames to study military history, to investigate strategic, operational and tactical problems encountered by nations and armies throughout history, and to promote camaraderie and have fun. The cadets use historical miniatures and terrain tables as well as board games to investigate the complexity of war.

Football Accepts Bid to Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl

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Football Accepts Bid to Radiance Technologies Independence BowlArmy West Point Football is the first team in the country to be offered and accept a spot in a 2020-2021 bowl game, as it will be headed to the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., it was announced today after a victory over Mercer to improve to 6-1 on the season.

“We want to thank the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, Chairman Frank Auer and the entire bowl committee for this incredible opportunity to play in this outstanding bowl game,” said Director of Athletics Mike Buddie. “We are very excited to accept the first bowl invitation of the 2020-2021 season and to make our first trip to Shreveport since 1996.”

Army has only one previous Independence Bowl appearance in their program's history – a 32-29 loss to the Auburn Tigers in 1996. The Black Knights are off to their best start since they began that historic 1996 season with nine-consecutive victories.

“We are absolutely delighted to extend a bowl invitation to the Army West Point Black Knights football team,” remarked 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Chairman Frank Auer. “The Independence Bowl celebrates the independence and freedoms we enjoy in America, and we are well aware that those freedoms are protected by our Army and the other armed forces. We deeply appreciate the role they play in our national landscape and will roll out the red carpet for them for their trip to Shreveport.”

The Black Knights are slated to face an opponent from the Pac-12 Conference in the bowl, who will begin their truncated football season on Saturday, November 7. Read more.

Football Takes Care of Mercer, 49-3

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Football Takes Care of Mercer, 49-3The Army Black Knights took care of business this past Saturday afternoon, improving to 6-1 on the season after a 49-3 victory over the Mercer Bears at Michie Stadium.

Running back Sandon McCoy led the way, finishing with a team-high three touchdowns on eight carries, while Tyrell Robinson scored his first-career touchdown on a 53-yard reception.

Defensively, the Black Knights held Mercer to 221 total yards of offense and just one field goal and no touchdowns on the day. Linebackers Jon Rhattigan and Spencer Jones led the way with seven tackles apiece. The defensive unit had three interceptions, including a pick-six by Jabari Moore. Rhattigan and Cameron Jones also tallied interceptions on the day.

The Bears got on the board first, jumping out to a 3-0 lead on a 36-yard field goal by Caleb Dowden.

However, Army answered with 49 unanswered points of their own, as they took full control of the game and the clock, possessing the ball for 35 minutes and 10 seconds of the game.

Robinson got the Black Knights on the board first with a 53-yard reception, his first-career touchdown. McCoy followed with back-to-back touchdowns, followed by a fellow b-back reaching the end zone as Cade Barnard rumbled home on a three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, making it 28-3, Army. Read more.

CDT Gopalakrishna ’23 Nominated for the Dean's “Brain Gainz”

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CDT Gopalakrishna ’23 Nominated for the Dean's “Brain Gainz”Cadet Dhyuti Gopalakrishna, Class of ’23, Company E-2, was nominated by her company for the most recent Dean’s “Brain Gainz” recognition. CDT Gopalakrishna tutored peers during a Teams study session to help them prepare for the CY105 WPR. During this time, she answered questions, discussed course concepts, and selflessly sacrificed personal study time to assist others. Excellent academic mentorship and leadership, Dhyuti!

Sprint Football Wins Defensive Battle Over Navy, 7-3

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Sprint Football Wins Defensive Battle Over Navy, 7-3The Army West Point Sprint Football team defeated Navy, 7-3, in a defensive battle to claim the star as part of the Star Series presented by USAA this past Sunday Sunday afternoon at Navy-Marine Memorial Stadium.

With consistent rainfall and the temperature in the 40s throughout the game, field position was crucial. Both teams' scoring drives occurred after taking over in their opponent's territory.

The lone score of the first half came with Navy starting its drive on the Army 20 yard line. The Cadets' defense held strong, only surrendering two yards before Navy's Mychal Golden made a 35-yard field goal attempt to give the Mids the 3-0 lead with 6:54 left in the first quarter.

In the second half, it was the Black Knights that benefited from favorable field position. David Dickerson soared in to record an interception at the Navy 32 yard line. On the second play of Army's ensuing drive, JC Watson connected with Justin Charette on a 29-yard pass play that move the ball down to the Navy one yard line. Two plays later, Watson scooped up a low snap out of the shotgun and rushed forward into the end zone on the keeper to give Army the 7-3 lead with 9:05 left in the third quarter.

The sequence helped jumpstart Army's offense, which was limited to just 36 yards of total offense and one first down in the first half. The Cadets went on to gain 150 yards of total offense in the second half. Read more.

Army To Host Navy, Air Force In 'America's Race' On Historic Plain

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Army To Host Navy, Air Force In 'America's Race' On Historic PlainThe Army West Point cross country program has announced that the United States Military Academy will host the inaugural 'America's Race' service academy cross country championships on the historic West Point Plain on Wednesday, November 11.

America's Race presented by USAA will be the first major athletic event to take place on the parade grounds of The Plain since the opening of Michie Stadium in 1924 and the first ever tri-meet contest between Army, Navy and Air Force. The competition will be streamed live on ESPN Plus.

“This event is special on several levels,” Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Mike Smith said. “It is a salute to service and a celebration of the commitment to serve our country made by young men and women at the three service academies that sponsor Division I cross country on a day that we as a country come together to recognize and honor military service. It is also an opportunity to showcase one of the most iconic settings in the world - the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point.”

The Veterans Day competition will begin with the women’s 6K race at 2:30 p.m. followed by the men's 8k race at 3:30 p.m. The entirety of the competition will take place on The Plain and attendance will be limited to the Corps of Cadets.

The grounds of The Plain are entrenched in the long history of the United States Military Academy. As the original grounds of the Academy in 1778, it remains the site of the longest continually occupied U.S. Army Garrison in America. The land was the site for the first Army-Navy Football Game in 1890 and was the home field for the Army football team until Michie Stadium opened in 1924. Earlier this year, The Plain hosted the United States Military Academy graduation ceremony for the first time since 1977. Read more.

Capstone Team Joins the Cannon Crew

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Capstone Team Joins the Cannon CrewFall foliage, an Army victory, and a capstone project! Cadets Nate Batta, Shane Murphy, Andrew Quantz, and Grant Williams from the ME404 Drone Assisted Targeting capstone team joined the cannon crew this past Saturday to gather data on the blast overpressure from their 75mm “Pack Guns.” Also, to see if various flying objects such a small drone can survive in the vicinity of cannon blasts. The cannon crew was very hospitable and fully prepared to help.

Cadets Published in Applied Sciences Journal

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Cadets Published in Applied Sciences JournalCongratulations to Cadets Nathaniel J. Olsavsky ’21, Victoria M. Kearns ’22 and Connor P. Beckman ’22, and faculty, COL John Burpo, LTC Daniel Bahaghighat, and Dr. Enoch Nagelli; and their collaborator, Dr. Pamela Sheehan, CCDC-AC, for their published research titled “Research and Regulatory Advancements on Remediation and Degradation of Fluorinated Polymer Compounds," in the journal Applied Sciences. The publication is an extensive review of the remediation and degradation of a class of chemicals that is prevalent in industrial products and applications found in both military and civilian sectors. Although versatile, the chemicals are hazardous to the environment. This publication serves to inform future remediation processes and techniques. (Olsavsky, N.J.; Kearns, V.M.; Beckman, C.P.; Sheehan, P.L.; Burpo, F.J.; Bahaghighat, H.D.; Nagelli, E.A. Research and Regulatory Advancements on Remediation and Degradation of Fluorinated Polymer Compounds. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 6921.

MAJ Lagasse Published in the Astrobiology Journal

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MAJ Lagasse Published in the Astrobiology JournalCongratulations to MAJ Bryan Lagasse and co-authors from Clemson University for their published research titled “Fast Degradation of Hydrogen Peroxide by Immobilized Catalase to Enable the Use of Biosensors in Extraterrestrial Bodies,” in the journal Astrobiology. Although hydrogen peroxide serves as a potential source of energy in living systems, it may interfere with biosensors used in the detection of extraterrestrial bodies. Hence, the significance of this published work in presenting a technique to degrade hydrogen peroxide in order to facilitate identification of biologically relevant molecules in advancing research on extraterrestrial systems.

ACS West Point Student Section Decorate 168+ Cupcakes

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ACS West Point Student Section Decorate 168+ CupcakesIn celebration of Mole Day (October 23), the American Chemical Society West Point Student Section decorated 168+ cupcakes to share with fellow Cadets. Many thanks to Cadets Felita Zhang, Ryan Kreiser, Aidan Wright, Uta Givens, Minseo Yang, and Victoria Engel for their time and skills in decorating the mole themed treats. In recent years, this has been an annual event that celebrates the significance of Avogadro’s number, 6.022 x 1023 entities per mole, which Cadets learn from their general chemistry course.

Dennis Mahan Michie

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Dennis Mahan MichieThe original stadium structure was formally dedicated to the memory of Dennis Mahan Michie, who was instrumental in starting the game of football at the U.S. Military Academy in 1890. It was Michie who organized, managed, and coached the first football team in history at West Point.

What Cadets Love About DSE

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What Cadets Love About DSEWhat do cadet majors love about the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE)?

The “Real World” applicability of the curriculum. The “Balance” between management skills and math/technology. The “World” Class facilities. The “Culture” created by our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Check out the video for more.

Women of West Point: Margaret Corbin

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Women of West Point: Margaret CorbinCheck out the latest Women of West Point video on Margaret Corbin, courtesy of MAJ Justine Meberg and the Theater Arts Guild. In this video, get to know Margaret Corbin as she was: a brave woman who lived a hard life, like many other Revolutionary camp followers, and who gave much in the service of her country. When British fire killed her husband John, Margaret took over his cannon and continued loading and firing it alone. Grapeshot from a British cannon struck her shoulder, chest, and jaw, and she collapsed. As a result, she permanently lost the use of her left arm because of her wounds. She made her way to the invalid regiment at West Point, where Congress granted her a veteran’s pension in recognition of her service and sacrifice. Margaret remained a poor woman, known for little more than swearing and drinking, a forgotten heroine of the Revolution. Yet Margaret’s day would come. In 1926, the Daughters of the American Revolution in New York State erected this monument on West Point, and today, many West Pointers—female and male—have participated in the academy’s Corbin Forum.

Men's Tennis to Host Coast Guard Academy

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Men's Tennis to Host Coast Guard AcademyThe Army West Point Men's Tennis team will welcome the United States Coast Guard Academy to the Lichtenberg Tennis Center Saturday afternoon for the first time in program history. The Black Knights and the Bears will play a pair of matches starting with the first round of doubles play at 11 a.m. followed by an additional round at 3 p.m.

Army competed to a 9-6 dual record last spring before having their season halted. After opening the new year with a tough 0-4 loss to St. John's, the Black Knights went on a six-match win streak from January 26 to February 9, including wins over UCONN, Binghamton, Georgetown, Morgan State, St. Bonaventure and Bryant. The team then ventured to the west coast to meet two tough rivals in USC and Air Force, coming up just short against the Falcons in a 2-4 loss before returning to home court. The Black Knights then recorded three straight wins against NJIT, Fairfield and Monmouth in what would be their final matchups of the year.

“The team and the coaches are excited to have the opportunity to play Coast Guard Academy especially since we have not competed since last March. It will be great fun,” said head coach Jim Poling.

Athletes from both sides have complied with their institutions' and conferences' respective COVID-19 testing guidelines ahead of the competition. The match will be closed to outside spectators but will have a live video stream of the match.

Live Stream Link: https://goarmywestpoint.com/watch/?Live=2198&type=Live

The Black Knights will return to Lichtenberg next weekend for their first home contest against service academy rival Air Force in double header on Friday and Saturday.

Men's Tennis Posts Strong Outing Against Coast Guard Academy

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The Army West Point Men's Tennis had a successful day against Coast Guard Academy this past Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights and the Bears went head to head in 23 individual matches, with the Black Knights finding victories in majority of the sets.

A.J. Woodman and Thomas Lake both had a strong day for the Black Knights in singles and doubles play, securing a win as the No. 1 doubles team and a singles win in the No. 1 and No. 2 slots.

“We had a great day back into tennis. Our team was so excited to get to play matches again,” said head coach Jim Poling. “They played very solid tennis against a good Coast Guard team. Overall the matches went 21-2 for the Black Knights and many were close. We are looking forward to taking on Air Force next weekend. There will be some fired up tennis.” Read more.

Virtual Reality Technology Enhances Small Unit Tactics

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Virtual Reality Technology Enhances Small Unit TacticsIn January of this year, the U.S. Military Academy began working with the Penn State Applied Research Lab to facilitate an event called the Virtual Thunderstorm Technology Demonstration. During the demo, nine vendors provided the Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) with a solution to enhance small unit lethality on the battlefield. Conversations for this event began between November and December of last year with preparations for the culminating event the week of October 5-9.

According to LTC Chris Johnes, the director of the West Point Simulation Center, the solution is the development of a virtual reality simulation rendered by scientific research and development companies. Due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, company representatives could not come to West Point to showcase their products live. The event had to be conducted — webinar style.

The event kick started on October 5 where each company had 10 minutes to give an overview of their virtual reality product. From October 7-9, three companies per-day presented 40-minute deep dives providing in-depth information on what their products were doing.

Furthermore, Johnes explained the Office of the Secretary of Defense identified different issues the Department of Defense wants to explore. For this venue, OSD focused on small unit tactics on the battlefield and reached out to vendors across the nation to solve the problem. In this case, the RRTO wanted to conduct a Rapid Response Mission Rehearsal for small tactical units and wanted to incorporate virtual reality technologies into the rehearsals. Read more.

Army Rifle Sets Program Record in Tri-Match

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Army Rifle Sets Program Record in Tri-MatchFor the second consecutive match the No. 6 Army West Point Rifle team set a program record. The Black Knights posted a score of 4686 to take second place in a virtual tri-match with Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) foes No. 2 West Virginia (4709) and No. 8 Nebraska (4681). Each team shot in its home range.

“I'm really proud of the team for two back-to-back record setting performances,” said head coach Web Wright. “We've got a lot of depth this year and that's where we're seeing the difference.”

The Cadets had four shooters over the 580 threshold in smallbore in Clayton Hanson, Kyle Kutz, Lauren McMahan and Nicholas Cheshire. In air rifle, Army had three members reach the 590-mark in Hanson, Kaitlyn Kutz and McMahan.

“Sling went very well,” said Kyle Kutz, who shot 397/400 in sling. “The positions were solid, trigger pull was good and I just let the shots flow. Standing was a little bit below my average, but overall it was a great match. I definitely have a lot to reflect on and work on in future training sessions.”

“We got one percent better today, so it was a good day” Cheshire said.

The match will count towards Army's GARC record, but will not factor in as an NCAA event. Read more.