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Space Force Training at West Point

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Space Force Training at West PointThe Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering hosted two instructors from Space & Missile Defense Command for Phase II of the 3rd Annual Army Space Cadre Basic Course conducted as a MIAD at West Point.

Forty-one cadets and four faculty, including the PaNE Department Head and Deputy Department Head, were immersed in training focused on the operational aspects of the Army’s Space Forces by attending briefings, conducting practical exercises, and completing exams on the fundamental knowledge associated with the application of Space-based capabilities across the warfighting domains.

We are grateful for such a rewarding partnership with SMDC’s Directorate of Training & Doctrine, Space & Missile Defense Center of Excellence (SMD-COE), out of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Learn more about the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering.


CDT Johantges ’22 Collaborates with CABCS at Tufts

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This summer, Adam Johantges (a GIS Major and Space Science Minor) collaborated with the Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CABCS) at Tufts University. For the last two years, Adam taught himself how to integrate satellite images from cloud point data systems into a RIDE, a mixed reality development system that turns satellite images into immersive map experiences. The research team at CABCS develops virtual training simulations using immersive technology to create battle scenarios that test soldiers’ skills in highly intensive environments. The CABCS lab recruited Adam to improve their simulations, and Adam was thrilled at the opportunity to apply his self-taught techniques. In two days of work, Adam created data analysis maps that a team of senior researchers had struggled for two years to resolve. Dr. Aaron Gardony, the lead scientist on the project, described Adam as bringing a “level of enthusiasm to this work that has re-kindled my love for virtual reality.”

Learn more about the GIS Program. Learn more about the Space Science Program. Learn more about the graduate scholarship program.

West Point Biomechanics Fort Devens Field Study

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West Point Biomechanics Fort Devens Field StudyThe West Point Biomechanics Team supported a 72-hour field study in Fort Devens, MA. Drs. Zifchock, Freisinger, and Steckenrider traveled to Fort Devens, MA for a week to participate in a 72-hour field study hosted by the US Army Development Command Soldier Center. The CME team serve as Associate Investigators in the Army’s flagship human performance study, Measuring and Advancing Soldier Tactical Readiness and Effectiveness (MASTR-E), an expansive multi-year research effort consisting of over twenty different Army, academia, and industry partners. This field study was a central part of this program in which the CME team was involved by monitoring the biomechanics of 70 soldiers using wearable sensors during loaded ruck marches.

Class of 2024 Graduates CFT and Receives their Flag

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On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, the United States Military Academy held a Cadet Field Training Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2024 at Camp Buckner. During the ceremony, plebes were promoted to yearlings and individual Cadets were recognized for outstanding achievements during the training process. Representatives of the 50-Year-Affiliation Class of 1974 attended the ceremony and gifted the new Yearling Class of 2024, “Like None Before”, with a beautiful Class Flag mounted on a brass-tipped staff that will remain with the class for a lifetime. From this day forward, the flag will be displayed at class events at West Point. Mr. Tim Tyson ’74 presented the flag to the Chair of the 2024 Ring and Crest Committee Cadet Sayana Lopes ’24. Tyson was also accompanied by his classmates, Father MAJ (R) Jerry Deponai ’74, Dr. Jim Loy ’74, COL (R) John Martin ’74, Mr. Lou Vozzo ’74. The following day concluded with an eight-mile ruck march from Camp Buckner to West Point. Photos.

Cadets Produce & Design a Special Edition Book

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In its third iteration this summer, the Department of English and Philosophy’s Thornwillow Fellowship Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) again offered students from diverse majors the unique opportunity to work with a renowned fine press that uses letterpress, bookbinding, and paper-making techniques that date back to the very first printed books.

Over the course of two weeks in June, three cadets worked with the acclaimed Thornwillow Press to design and produce a special edition of veteran author Phil Klay’s short story “Ten Kliks South” to commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Cadets worked with the USMA Library and West Point Museum as they considered design feature. They hosted the author at Thornwillow to record a podcast reflecting on war literature and 20 years of war. Additionally, Cadets traveled to New York City to learn about the history of typography and discover the treasures of the Grolier Club before participating in a letterpress workshop at the Center for Book Arts. They also helped produce a podcast featuring New Yorker Cartoonist Roz Chast and interviewed a local antiquarian bookseller at the nearby Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints.

Experiences like this bridge disciplines and introduce our students to people, places, ideas, and ways of thinking that they might not otherwise encounter.

Cadet Summer Training Update

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Cadet Summer Training UpdateCheck out what is happening with Cadet Summer Training over the past week. United States Military Academy (USMA) continues to conduct its annual Cadet Summer Training as part of the West Point core curriculum. It encompasses mandatory and required training events for each Cadet’s 47-month West Point experience and multiple graduation requirements. Please take one minute to watch this video which includes clips from Cadet Basic Training for the Class of 2025.

USMA 2024 Cadets Culminate CFT

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USMA 2024 Cadets Culminate CFTAfter receiving weeks of instruction on the basics of strategy and warfare, Cadet Field Training finally culminated with the Class of 2024 cadets performing numerous military procedures during the Field Training Exercise event between June 19-23 at Camp Buckner. The cadets applied everything they learned during CFT to perform various exercises such as react to contact, squad assault, squad defense, multiple forms of tactical training and nighttime patrolling, among other training events.

With the combination of pouring rain, lugging 40 pounds of gear, and executing missions designed to emulate real-life combat scenarios, the cadets came away from the experience more resolute.

Class of 2024 Cadet Ethan Fuhrman thoroughly enjoyed his training experience despite the onerous obstacles that came with it. The mental and physical challenges of the FTX made him stronger and more mentally equipped to deal with future challenges that may seem difficult at first glance, he said.

“The training was enjoyable — I like my squads, and it’s nice to spend more time with them. The people around me definitely made the experience better because last night (while performing nighttime exercises), we were really cold and we were all wet from the rain,” Fuhrman said. “We got rained on a lot more than we expected to, so dealing with wet clothes while performing these tactical maneuvers made it more complex for me. The weather played a psychological role in executing the mission.”

Regardless of the hardships the training presented, Fuhrman still enjoyed most of the exercises he performed, most notably, the nighttime operations. Read more.

Cadets Take Advantage of Performance Psychology

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Cadets Take Advantage of Performance PsychologyPerformance psychology is an important tool for high performance. Our cadets are fortunate to take advantage of our Center of Enhanced Performance visits as they prep for graded events like the water confidence course and basic rifle marksmanship. For example, after only one session, a CFT company hit a record score for marksmanship with a 91% pass rate.

The mission of the Performance Psychology Program is to educate and train cadets in performance enhancement techniques that foster their full development as leaders of character. The West Point Performance Psychology Program integrates five mental skills around a unifying conceptual understanding of the psychology of improvement and success. This educational model provides a systematic approach to empowering individuals and organizations. Learn more.


Air Assault 2 Graduation

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Air Assault 2 GraduationCongratulations to the 174 graduates of Air Assault 2. We are so proud of you! U.S. Army Air Assault School is a 10-day course designed to prepare Soldiers for insertion, evacuation, and pathfinder missions that call for the use of multipurpose transportation and assault helicopters. Keep up the great work this summer. Instructors from the The Sabalauski Air Assault School, located in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, continue to train soldiers, West Point, and ROTC cadets from around the country. Thank you for all you do.

Photo: by Elizabeth Woodruff/USMA PAO

Single Game Football Tickets Available Now

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Single Game Football Tickets Available NowSeptember 11, 2021 vs. Western Kentucky

September 18, 2021 vs. UConn

September 25, 2021 vs. Miami (OH)

October 23, 2021 vs. Wake Forest

November 13, 2021 vs. Bucknell

November 20, 2021 vs. UMass

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Cadet Summer Training Update

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Cadet Summer Training UpdateCST 2021 is in full swing and cadets, staff/faculty, and supporting units continue to train hard! Between issue points and knowledge memorization, CBT 1 cadre and their new cadets also spent a lot of time out in the woods this past week instructing and conducting Land Navigation. CBT 2 cadre continue their LTP- they have completed the First 100 Yards event, conducted their own SAMI (Saturday Morning Inspection), and consistently conducted physical training. Last, CLDT has been conducting hot and cold load training with support from our aviation enablers and has begun STX lanes for Warrior Week. Continue to follow the cadets, cadre, and our enablers.

Robotics Team Presents Research on Unmanned Aircraft

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Robotics Team Presents Research on Unmanned AircraftDr. Jinho Kim, CDT Kevin Lin, Mr. Dominic Larkin, and COL Christopher M. Korpela from the Robotics Research Center (RRC) presented their research, “Detecting and Localizing Objects on an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Integrated with a Mobile Device,” at the 2021 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS). They developed a quadrotor UAS capable of autonomous flight in a GPS-denied environment that can detect objects of interest and localize them in three-dimensional (3D) space using vision-based sensors. Additionally, the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) user interface is integrated with the quadrotor UAS for real-time monitoring.

Cadets Earn Preseason Offensive Accolades

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Cadets Earn Preseason Offensive AccoladesThe Army West Point Football Team saw two members of the offensive unit earn 2021 Preseason All-Independent Team honors from Phil Steele Publications recently.

Running back Jakobi Buchanan and lineman Connor Finucane were recognized as second team honorees by the publication.

Buchanan returns for his cow season as one of the top running backs on the team after playing in 11 games during the 2020 season. He ran for over 560 yards on 111 attempts and six touchdowns. He ran for a career high 106 yards and two touchdowns, including a 40-yard scamper against Louisiana-Monroe to help Army move to 2-0 on the season. Buchanan also had touchdowns in games against Abilene Christian, UTSA and Georgia Southern.

The St. Charles, MO, native had one of the biggest touchdowns of the season in 2020. He scored from 1-yard out on 4th-and-goal against Air Force to take a 10-7 lead and clinch the Commander in Chief Trophy title at Michie Stadium.

Finucane is back at West Point following a productive plebe season as an integral part of the offensive line. He saw action in 10 games for the Black Knights and made a start on the line against Tulane on October 24 for his first career start. The Baton Rouge, LA, native helped Army rush for 273 yards per game and 36 touchdowns on the ground.

The Black Knights kickoff the 2021 season on the road against Georgia State on Saturday, September 4, with a 12pm start on ESPNU. Read more.

Cadets Explore Ethics of Emerging Technologies

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Cadets Explore Ethics of Emerging TechnologiesFour cadets spent two weeks exploring the nature of ethics and the ethics of emerging technologies in DEP's “Ethics of Emerging Technology” Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD). The cadets engaged entrepreneurs on the cutting edge of innovative efforts and with scholars examining such efforts with an eye toward their social, legal, and political implications. They began this research in the vicinity of West Point, then spent a week with the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College. This is how USMA, the West Point Association of Graduates and external organizations enrich cadet education and to develop greater expertise in dealing with the ethical complexities of the future operating environment.

Photo: Back Row: Dr. Tom Creely, USNWC, CDT Joshua DeGuzman ’23, CDT Cameron Geoppinger ’23, LTC Kevin Cutright, OIC. Front Row: CDT Alamni Sailor ’23, CDT Chloe Tran ’22

Cadets Complete Final Fundamentals of Electrical Design Lab

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Cadets Complete Final Fundamentals of Electrical Design LabCadets completed their final lab for The Fundamentals of Electrical Design, an introductory course in electrical engineering for the non-electrical engineering majors. The course provides a foundation in basic circuit theory and analysis, power in circuits and electric power systems, analog and digital electronics, and information technology systems. Lectures, laboratory work, practical applications, and classroom demonstrations emphasize and illustrate the fundamental theories and concepts presented in the course. Engineering design is reflected in laboratory work and minor design problems. At West Point, every cadet studies engineering as part of the core curriculum. Read more about our curriculum. Learn more about our Department of Electrical Engineering. West Point is currently finishing the first of three summer academic terms. We have 86 instructors supporting over 800 cadets enrolled in summer courses.


CDT CSM Erickson ’22 Explains CLDT

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CDT CSM Erickson ’22 Explains CLDTCadet Command Sergeant Major Layne Erickson, Class of 2022, explains Cadet Leader Development Training this summer. CLDT trains, mentors, and assesses basic leadership skills focusing on troop leading procedures, effective communication, and tactical decision making to develop competent and confident small unit leaders capable of operating in an uncertain and rapidly changing environment. In a series of tactical scenarios that reflect the decisive action training environment, cadets experience a minimum of two assessed leadership positions that provide the cadet with a common experience to further enhance his/her leadership ability to solve difficult tactical problems.

Video by Spec. Laura Hardin, 27th PAD Uni

Gas! Gas! Gas!

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Gas! Gas! Gas!Some cadets just can’t get enough of the gas chamber. CDT Vishnu Kumar ’23 participated in CBRN training while on the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) at Fort Bragg, NC. Cadets on this AIAD learn the role of Civil Affairs units in today’s military engagements and contribute to innovation within the branch. Learn more about the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.

Cadet Cadre Learn to Lead from the Front During CBT

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Cadet Cadre Learn to Lead from the Front During CBTWhat does it take to feel steadfast in knowing you are ready to lead young Soldiers? For Class of 2022 Cadets Quinton Marmo and Jack Brown, the answer lies in the energetic and regimented atmosphere of Cadet Basic Training (Beast Barracks). 

With the COVID-19 pandemic preventing the two cadets from doing any training leadership details during last year’s Cadet Summer Training, this summer the duo were given the opportunity to serve as platoon leaders for the new cadets during CBT detail I between June 26-July 18 at Camp Buckner.

It’s been over two weeks since “Beast” began, with Brown and Marmo receiving what they consider a first-class education on effectively and adequately leading subordinates. 

“I’d say, for the most part, it’s gone pretty smoothly. We have really capable and competent squad leaders like the juniors (Cows) here who help us out with everything. So, we definitely don’t do everything on our own. It takes a collaborative effort to make this happen,” Brown said. “We’re also trying to do things a little bit differently than they were done when we went through “Beast” three years ago.”

One of the primary objectives for the duo was to evolve the training environment to a better, more refined military milieu. 

Essentially, it is not about belittling or berating new cadets when they do something wrong. Brown added that there have to be realistic expectations set to lead the cadets properly. In attempting to do anything of worth and merit, a cadet is bound to make mistakes in the process, and an effective leader needs to bear that in mind. Read more.

Cheatham Named Associate Athletic Director of Administration

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Cheatham Named Associate Athletic Director of AdministrationArmy West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie announced the addition of Tangela Cheatham to his executive staff on Sunday afternoon. Cheatham will join the Black Knights in a newly created role, serving as the Associate Athletic Director of Administration.

Cheatham will primarily oversee multiple sport programs and work with the Executive Associate Athletics Director in coordinating sport administration initiatives. She will also oversee cadet-athlete welfare and development initiatives and provide guidance and vision for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Army West Point Athletics staff and cadet-athletes. She will serve as a member of Buddie's Executive Staff.

“We are excited to add Tangela Cheatham to our Army West Point family,” Buddie said. “She is a tremendous athletics administrator that has shown she is a rising star in our industry.”

Cheatham comes to West Point from West Virginia University, where she was the Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Enhancement and Inclusive Excellence. During her time with the Mountaineers, she was responsible for organizing and implementing Life Skills programs for all student-athletes including career services, personal health and well-being, financial management, leadership and diversity and inclusion. Along with having oversight of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, she served as the sport administrator for women's tennis and was the department's equity Title IX liaison.

“I am beyond thankful to take this next step in my career to serve the cadet-athletes, coaches and staff at Army,” Cheatham said. “I am excited to join a well-respected leadership team and add to the impressive and innovative work Army is known for.” Read more.

Cadets Put a Cap on CBT I

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Cadets Put a Cap on CBT IThe Class of 2025 enjoyed a relaxing afternoon with West Point families, faculty, and staff on Cadet Visitation Day which officially completes Cadet Basic Training I. New cadets reconnected with family and friends on cell phones and spent time learning more about their host, West Point, and the Army family. Stay tuned for more photos as the new cadets kick-start Cadet Basic Training II with their new cadre. Thanks to all the families who welcomed the Class of 2025 into their homes.

Four More from Army Football Earn Preseason Accolades

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Four More from Army Football Earn Preseason AccoladesThe Army West Point Football Team had multiple defensive players named to the Preseason All-Independent Team by Phil Steele Publications recently. The Black Knights were represented on the squad with four first team honorees and one on the second team. Nolan Cockrill, Arik Smith, Jabari Moore and Cedrick Cunningham Jr., were all named to the first team, while Andre Carter was selected to the second team.

Cockrill returns to West Point for his final season as one of four team captains. The defensive lineman was key to the success of the defense in 2020 and made an impact on special teams with two block kicks. He posted a career high with 2.5 sacks and a total of 28 tackles in 12 games played.

Smith, also among the team captains for the upcoming season, finished his third season with the Black Knights in 2020 with 78 total tackles, which tied for the team lead. He also led Army with 3.5 sacks during the campaign and his nine tackles for loss were tied for tops among the Black Knights as well. One of Smith's highlights from the 2020 season was his interception to seal the win over Air Force in Army's 10-7 victory to capture its fourth Commander in Chief's Trophy in five years.

Moore played in 10 games for the Black Knights in his second season at Army. He registered a career-best 36 tackles and his three interceptions were the most among his defensive unit. He scored his first career touchdown against Mercer with a pick-6 and then had a key interception against Air Force to help claim the CIC Trophy for the Black Knights.

Cunningham enters his final season for Army after appearing in double digit games in the previous three seasons. He added a career high 70 total tackles and posted an interception in 2020. Cunningham, who is also a team captain, was named the Chuck Bednarik Award National Player of the Week after recording seven tackles, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the season opener against Middle Tennessee State. Read more.

Professor Watts Leading the Way in Cyber Law

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Professor Watts Leading the Way in Cyber LawProfessor Sean Watts lead the way in the CCDCOE International Law of Cyber Operations Course. Sean’s extensive experience and knowledge provided the students with invaluable advice during the classes and in the follow-on debates. He was the highest rated speaker in the students’ feedback. The participants particularly enjoyed his methodical approach, clear explanations, and inspiring way of guiding discussions. This is just one of the many examples of the world class faculty teaching here at West Point. Our faculty is committed to both education and leader development. Job well done! Sean Watts is a Professor in the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point where he co-directs the Lieber Institute for the Law of Land Warfare. Learn more about the Department of Law’s Lieber Institute. Learn more about Professor Watts. Learn about Professor Watts’s most recent publication on the US Defend Forward cyber strategy.


West Point Air Assault 2021

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West Point Air Assault 2021Over the course of the summer, a total of six classes of Air Assault will be conducted at the United States Military Academy at West Point. A combination of active-duty soldiers, U.S. Army Cadet Command (ROTC) cadets and West Point Cadets will earn their wings after a challenging 10 days of training. Please enjoy this CST60 video showing the tasks and training experienced by the trainees. The upcoming Air Assault graduation ceremonies planned for July 26, August 3 and August 7 will be live streamed. Time of the ceremonies is 10:30am eastern time.

Cadet Leader Development Training (CLDT) is in Full Swing!

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Cadet Leader Development Training (CLDT) is in Full Swing!The Leadership Training Program (LTP) begins one week before trainees arrive and is designed to prepare the cadre for the rest of the detail. During the week, cadre set up the tactical operations center, conduct drivers training, draw gear from the Logistics Readiness Center and coordinate with the task force to make Class I delivery schedules, and ensure the lanes are ready and validated prior to the field training exercise.

During Reception, Staging, Onward-Movement, and Integration (RSOI), trainees arrive from their previous detail are received by the cadre. After checking in and being accounted for, they board transportation to Camp Buckner and are issued a weapon and a bunk before settling in for the night.

During Warrior Week and Cold Load training trainees review their basic warrior tasks and drills within their platoons in preparation for the upcoming 10-day field training exercise. Skills put to test include battle drills, weapon disassembly and cleaning, operation order planning and briefs, and patrol base operations. During Cold Load training, cadets do dry runs boarding and unloading from Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters to prepare for upcoming Air Assault operations in the field.

During a Situational Training Exercise (STX), platoons conduct Air Assault operations and a road march to their area of operations. Along the way, platoon mentors introduce various hazards such as direct and indirect fires to probe their platoon’s ability to react and respond to contact. Platoons spend the night in the field conducting patrol base operations and lanes before marching back the following day.

Photo: Cadet Marco Copat ’22

Hockey Lands Three on AHCA All-American Scholar List

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Hockey Lands Three on AHCA All-American Scholar ListArmy Hockey placed three members of the 2020-21 team on the AHCA - Krampade All-American Scholar list yesterday. To be included, a student-athlete must record a GPA of 3.6 or higher in each semester. This season, 532 D1 men’s hockey players earned the honor.

The three Black Knights represented on the list included:

John Zimmerman - Sr. - Systems Engineering
Marshal Plunkett - Jr. - Law & Legal Studies
Jake Felker - Fr. - Undeclared

The American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) recognizes varsity ice hockey players who compiled exceptional results in the classroom during the 2020-21 season with the announcement of the fifth annual “Krampade All-American Scholars.” Due to the effects of Covid-19, the AHCA adopted revised criteria for this year’s honorees. To qualify, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.6 GPA for each semester, regardless of whether the school's hockey team was able to play this season or not. Read more.

235 Cadet-Athletes Land on Patriot League Honor Roll

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235 Cadet-Athletes Land on Patriot League Honor RollArmy West Point Athletics was well-represented among the Patriot League's 2020-21 Academic Honor Roll, as 235 cadet-athletes were tabbed to the list that was put out by the league office on July 19.

Each of the department's 18 teams that compete in the Patriot League tabbed cadet-athletes to the list, which celebrates students for their outstanding dedication to academic excellence. To be eligible, students must have a minimum 3.20 GPA from the spring 2021 semester. For the fourth-consecutive year, over 3,000 student-athletes met the qualifications as a total of 3,736 were celebrated. That number is second in league history, falling behind only the 3,960 from 3029-30.

Women’s track & field paced the Black Knights for the second-straight year, landing 29 total on the list. The team was followed closely by the men’s program, which earned 25 selections. Eleven squads posted double-digit honorees, while the trio of men’s basketball, golf and women’s tennis improved their totals from 2019-20. Read more.

This Week in Army Football

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Fans are invited to tune in to a virtual edition of “This Week in Army Football” with head coach Jeff Monken on Thursday, July 22 at 7pm.

The show, which will be hosted on the athletic department's Facebook page, will cover topics such as the offseason and will preview the 2021 campaign. Fans can also drop questions into the comments section of the video.

The Black Knights are eager for a return of fans to Army West Point Football this September for the greatest game day experience and hope to see supporters there.

Visit the Army West Point Athletics’ Facebook page on Thursday July 22 at 7pm.

Overland Campaign Staff Ride

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Overland Campaign Staff RideThe 124th New York Infantry Regiment Civil War re-enactors teach cadets how to properly wield black powder muskets during the Overland Campaign Staff Ride, which is a hands-on Civil War Drill, July 20 on The Plain. The cadets are conducting a week-long intensive study of Civil War campaigns, including the Overland Campaign, Petersburg Campaign, and the Appomattox Campaign, which ended the Civil War.

Photo: Jorge Garcia/PV

Football Introduces the Class of 2025

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Football Introduces the Class of 2025Army West Point football head coach Jeff Monken officially announced the team's Class of 2025 on July 20, 2021.

“We are so excited to welcome these future leaders into the Army Football Brotherhood” Monken said. “The Class of 2025 will certainly add to our program's success both this year and seasons to come. They are an extremely athletic group but are also high achievers in the classroom and are committed to leadership and serving their nation as Army officers. Our staff did a tremendous job recruiting young men of high character from all across the country who are also high-level competitors, and I am very proud to officially add them to this year’s team.”

Following Reception Day, the Black Knights added 75 newcomers to the roster. The incoming squad, highlighted by a 12-man group from the state of Florida and 11 from Texas, will look to bolster a team that posted a dominant 9-3 mark in its 2020 campaign and captured its third Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in four seasons.

The 2021 Army football team will kick off its season on the road at Georgia State on Saturday, September 4 at Noon. For up-to-date information please follow Army football on Twitter and Instagram @ArmyWP_Football. Read more.


DSE Fallen Grad Memorial Hike to Torne Monument

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The new faculty and staff from the Department of Systems and Engineering (DSE) hiked to Torne Monument. This site is only accessible via steep trails off Mine Torne Road, and began as an unofficial memorial for fallen West Point grads, as well as other service members connected to the Academy. Through the work of local Boy Scout Troops, it became a formal memorial a few years ago. The DSE faculty visits Torne Monument every summer to reflect on the Academy’s mission of training & educating leaders of character, who may be called to make the ultimate sacrifice.

CDT Zheng Describes CLDT

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CDT Zheng Describes CLDTCadet Yusen Zheng, E Company, 2nd Platoon Leader, describes Cadet Leader Development Training. CLDT trains, mentors, and assesses basic leadership skills focusing on Troop Leading Procedures (TLPs), effective communication, and tactical decision-making in order to develop competent and confident small unit leaders capable of operating in an uncertain and rapidly changing environment.

History Staff’ Strong Dedication to Cadets

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History Staff’ Strong Dedication to CadetsSince the end of the academic year, Department of History faculty have been staying engaged with cadets by applying their skills outside of the classroom. One group of faculty served as mentors for Cadet Leadership Development Training (CLDT), the culminating summer cadet military training at West Point for Cows and Firsties. CLDT includes a 10-day field exercise, culminating in “Crucible” events, which honor the memory of a fallen comrade, CDT CJ Morgan, USMA class of 2020. LTC Andy Whitford, MAJ Phil Murray, and CPT Wyatt Brown were all Platoon Mentors, working directly with the cadre and trainees throughout the detail to synthesize their military education and directly apply it through the field training, including combatives. CPT Mandi Rollinson was a Staff Mentor, working with cadets across Regimental Staff positions to increase their knowledge of battalion-level staff operations, as well as how to synchronize across each staff specialty to support the Company-level efforts. Well done!

Cadets Experience the “House of Tears”

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 Cadets Experience the “House of Tears” “Conquer Your Fears, Don’t Let Your Fears Conquer You.”

New Cadets from G Company receive classes and equipment familiarization on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) training. They experience the “House of Tears” gas chamber to understand what it would feel like if not correctly protected during a chemical attack.

Photo: Cadet Carter Davis, Class of 2022

West Point NCO’s Inducted in the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club

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West Point NCO’s Inducted in the Sergeant Audie Murphy ClubCSM Michael Coffey and MSG Eric Engstrom presented Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, with powder blue medallions during the Sergeant Audie Murphy Induction Ceremony on July 23. Staff members at the U.S. Military Academy gathered at the Cadet Fine Arts Center to recognize Soldiers for their achievement.

“CSM John Farlow, SFC Brandon George and Tony Giannone, and SSG Ronnie Castro and Adam Cayton received powder blue ribbon medallions for displaying integrity beyond reproach and the utmost professionalism,” Engstrom said. “Their leadership qualities can be characterized by personal concern for the needs training, development, and welfare of Soldiers.”

Engstrom added the inductees were challenged with a multi-level boarding process composed of a mixture of hands-on events and oral boards. The West Point selection process is held semi-annually, culminating with the selection of top-tier noncommissioned officers to be inducted into the club. When an NCO is inducted, he or she is presented with a medallion suspended by a broad powder Blue Ribbon, representing the traditional color of the infantry.

Induction and membership in the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is an esteemed honor for Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) whose leadership achievements and performance merit special recognition. The SAMC is a means of recognizing those NCOs who have contributed significantly to the development of a professional NCO Corps and a combat ready Army. Members exemplify leadership characterized by personal concern for the needs, training, development and welfare of Soldiers and concern for families of soldiers.

Strong Finish for Golfs Marshall Daniel at Memphis Amateur Championship

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Strong Finish for Golfs Marshall Daniel at Memphis Amateur ChampionshipMarshall Daniel of Army West Point Golf had an impressive week at the 2021 Memphis Amateur Championship and finished in a tie for ninth on the leaderboard at 2-over par in the Championship flight.

The tournament is three days at three different course throughout Memphis. Daniel made the Championship Flight after his first two rounds.

Daniel had under par rounds at the Links at Fox Meadows and the Links at Galloway on the first two days to compete for the championship. The second round at Galloway was his most consistent round with two birdies and 16 pars for the 2-under score. He also shot a 2-under par 69 on day one of the tournament.

He finished with a score of 209 after a round of 72 (+2) on the final day. Daniel finished with 10 birdies over the three rounds.

USMA 2022 Leadership Announced

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First Captain/Brigade Commander: Holland PrattThe U.S. Military Academy announced the names of the cadets from the Class of 2022 selected to lead the Corps of Cadets during the academic year. These cadets will assume their leadership duties on Aug 15 prior to the start of the fall academic session at the academy.

“These Cadet-leaders have been challenged, tested, and assessed throughout their time at the Academy and have consistently prevailed, demonstrating excellence across all four pillars. They are leaders of character who have planned, coordinated, and led a rigorous and effective summer training cycle for the Corps of Cadets. It is abundantly clear that these leaders embody the values of Duty, Honor, and Country and have committed themselves to serving a higher cause,” said Commandant of Cadets, Brig. Gen. Mark Quander.

Click here to see the positions.


USMA Salutes Buffalo Soldiers

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Since 1992, America honors Buffalo Soldiers on July 28 to commemorate the first Army regiments comprised of African American Soldiers. The U.S. Military Academy salutes Buffalo Soldiers who served their country with pride and distinction at West Point. In September, the Buffalo Soldier Association of West Point will unveil a new monument to be dedicated to the legacy of these elite horsemen. For more information about the project, visit here.

Interview with Head Women’s Soccer Coach

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Interview with Head Women’s Soccer CoachZac Daly caught up this week with head Women’s Soccer coach Tracy Chao, who will be entering her first preseason at West Point next month.

GVSC and West Point Advance Ground Vehicle Autonomy

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GVSC and West Point Advance Ground Vehicle AutonomyThe United States Military Academy at West Point has a long-standing collaborative relationship with Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) to develop autonomous capabilities for ground vehicles. Some projects include Ground Vehicle Robotics GVRBot, Autonomous Tunnel Exploration (ATE), Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV), Project Convergence, and Robot Operating System (ROS) migration to 2.0. These collaborations are made possible by many partners across the Department of Defense to include the Defense Thread Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The overall goal of these partnerships is to enhance the capabilities of the Joint Warfighter to achieve overmatch against adversaries of the United States. Read more.

2021 Cadet Leader Development Training Graduation

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2021 Cadet Leader Development Training GraduationCongratulations to the Cadets that their 2021 Cadet Leader Development Training (CLDT) graduation. CLDT, is one of the most notable summer training exercises that West Point offers. Over the course of two summer weeks, Firsties and Cows expand their leadership competency with capstone military and leadership training. In fact, CLDT is the best the United States Military Academy has to offer for cadets to train their tactical, leadership, and decision making skills under stress, and under real life training scenarios.

Overland/Petersburg/Appomattox Campaigns Staff Ride

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Overland/Petersburg/Appomattox Campaigns Staff RideCadets and faculty hit the ground running on the first full day of the Field Study phase of the Overland/Petersburg/Appomattox Campaigns Staff Ride. Day 1 began with the crossing of the Germanna Ford on 4 May 1864 and continued with the brutal fighting of the Battle of the Wilderness on 5 and 6 May 1864. The Cadets led stands covering engagements across the battlefield and witnessed the exceptional difficulty Civil War soldiers had fighting in the Wilderness. They also grappled with the complexities of commanding forces in some of the most adverse conditions of the war.

Army Men’s Soccer Adds Jonathan Delano as Assistant Coach

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Army Men’s Soccer Adds Jonathan Delano as Assistant CoachArmy West Point Men’s Soccer head coach Brian Plotkin has announced Jonathan Delano as the newest addition to his coaching staff. Delano joins the Black Knights in an assistant coaching role after stops at Penn, Harvard and Dominican (Calif.). Coach Plotkin is excited with the amount of experience and soccer knowledge that Delano will bring with him to West Point.

“We are thrilled for Jon to join our program. His addition to our staff will help our program make a big step forward.” said Plotkin. “Our cadet athletes have someone who will help make them a better person, soccer player and cadet.”

Delano is ready to begin his new chapter at West Point and eager to begin working with the Cadet-athletes this Fall.

“I want to thank Brian Plotkin for giving me the chance to work at such an elite institution alongside the best and brightest that our Country has to offer." said Delano. "I am excited to begin my time on post and I look forward to making Army Soccer an even stronger program.”

Delano's most recent stop was with the University of Pennsylvania, where he spent two seasons as an assistant coach. While in University City, the California native coached seven All-Ivy honorees including the 2019 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. In his second year with the team, Delano helped lead the Quakers to a 7-5-4 record, the team's best mark since the 2011 season. In addition to his work on the field, he played a major part in bringing in back-to-back top-25 recruiting classes to Penn. Read more.

USMA Cadets Collaborate to Enhance Soldier-Robot Teaming

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USMA Cadets Collaborate to Enhance Soldier-Robot TeamingU.S. Military Academy cadets conducted joint field experiments with Army researchers on the development of enhanced Soldier-robot teaming. The academy’s Robotics Research Center, with support from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, conducted experiments at the lab’s robotics research area, an approximately 700-acre site just north of Baltimore. The Robotics Research Collaborative Campus, known as R2C2, is a unique space the lab leases for experimentation and research operations. The center is the U.S. Military Academy’s premier resource for expertise and academic scholarship in the field of robotics. Cadets have been working with the laboratory as part of the Distributed Collaborative Intelligent Systems and Technology, or DCIST, Collaborative Research Alliance on incorporating multi-Soldier-multi-robot teaming capabilities to the ARL ground and aerial autonomy software stacks. Read more.


Our Military Rotators Non-Stop Mentoring

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Our Military Rotators Non-Stop MentoringMAJs Alex Saul and Simmer Singh, ‘10 classmates from the same congressional district who deployed to Afghanistan together in 2012 and teach Economics together in the Department of Social Sciences, served as co-platoon mentors for CLDT.

Here is what they have to say about the experience: “CLDT was an awesome chance to recapture that feeling of being down with Soldiers in a platoon. As Platoon Mentors, we spent weeks training up for and executing the final FTX with cadets from all over the Corps. Seeing how much they had to learn really helped me step back and appreciate how much we have grown since being cadets. It was incredibly rewarding to see how the platoon grew in their leadership abilities and confidence in both planning and decision-making under pressure. Some favorite moments were the small conversations in between the action just talking about anything from tactics, leadership, academics, or just life.”

Interested in developing future officers as one of our over 300 rotating military instructors? Learn more.

CDT Afuso ’22 Explains FTX Fundamentals

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CDT Afuso ’22 Explains FTX FundamentalsCadet Travis Afuso, Class of 2022, and Cadet Leader Development Training Commander, explains the fundamentals of the ten-day intensive Field Training Exercise (FTX), where cadets engage in platoon level operations from attacks, raids, ambushes to defense operations. Well done!

Video by Spc. Osias/27th PAD

Michie Stadium Preservation Project Support Spotlight: Robert Healy

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Michie Stadium Preservation Project Support Spotlight: Robert HealyA consistent supporter of West Point and a member of the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) Douglas MacArthur Lifetime Giving Society, Robert Healy was among the first to make a significant commitment to the Michie Stadium Preservation Project.

Giving back to West Point, he said, “means a great deal to me personally as I feel a sense of obligation to help the Academy as much as possible as West Point helped me in so many ways in life. So, to be able to help build upon the tremendous sports tradition at West Point really gives me a great deal of joy.”

Built in 1924, Michie Stadium has become a West Point icon and serves as the gateway to the Academy for many Americans. The transformational Michie Stadium Preservation Project will help to preserve and protect Michie Stadium’s history, tradition, and “once-in-a-lifetime experience” for generations to come. The project will support reconstruction of the East Stands and introduce all-new premium suite, loge, ledge, and club-level seating areas. Army West Point Football already provides an unparalleled experience, and the proposed upgrades will further enhance the uniqueness of experiencing a game at Michie Stadium.

Healy’s strong personal connection to Army Football inspired him to support this project. He was a quarterback for the team as a cadet and was the MVP of the 1985 Peach Bowl, leading the team to their second Bowl victory in history. Read more.

Class of 2025 will March Back from Lake Frederick

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Class of 2025 will March Back from Lake FrederickNew cadets descend on Lake Frederick for a historical experience that has not been conducted since 2009 that will forever bond the class before they march back to the academy for acceptance into the Corps of Cadets.

“They will wake up early, they will march, they will sweat, they will work as a team, they will persevere, and they will become stronger and more confident,” said Major Travis Taggart, operations officer for Cadet Basic Training. “Throughout our nation’s history, the U.S. Military Academy has educated and trained cadets to lead, fight, and win our nation’s wars. For the Class of 2025, that journey begins now.”

Photo: Tarnish Pride USMA/PAO

CDT Udler AIAD with Special Operations

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CDT Udler AIAD with Special OperationsThis summer, through the West Point Combating Terrorism Center, Cadet Amir Udler worked with Special Operations at Fort Bragg, NC to analyze the evolving threats that the community will be facing in the upcoming years.

During his Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD), he engaged directly with DOD servicemembers and civilians alike to better understand the deliberate process of collaboration for the Special Operations enterprise when creating long-term policies and plans—ones that are nested within broader departmental and national security guidance.

In addition to his exposure to current projects, he was able to research ongoing strategic competition in the cyber domain and its implications, specifically in the developing Latin American region.
Cadets, Staff, and Faculty worked tirelessly this year to set up over 396 summer immersion experiences despite COVID limitations.

Well done, CDT Udler and the CTC! Find out more about the CTC.

CDT Canarie Explains His Summer Training Roll

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CDT Canarie Explains His Summer Training RollCadet Cole Canarie, B4 Platoon Leader, explains his role in cadet Summer Training, how the Field Training Exercise (FTX) provides direct leadership instruction for squad leaders entering their third year at West Point, and how it provides new cadets opportunities to practice their warrior tasks and drills.

Video by: SPC Pierre Osias

2021-22 First Captain Holland Pratt

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2021-22 First Captain Holland PrattCadet Holland Pratt has been named First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets for the 2021-2022 academic year. Pratt is majoring in military history with a minor in Arabic, and most recently led 1,200 cadets as the Regimental Commander of Cadet Field Training.

“The motto I live by and shared with new cadets this past summer during training is ‘Eager to Serve, Willing to Lead.’ This phrase means that your number one priority is always service to others, your leadership position is a tool to accomplish that service and is never the end state,” Pratt said.

As First Captain, Pratt will be responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400-member Corps of Cadets. She will also implement a class agenda and act as a liaison between the Corps and the administration. Story.






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