• The Long Gray Journey: The demanding transformation

     Spc. Cory Pinkley (seated second from the right), while stationed with the 82nd Airborne Division, deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.   Courtesy Photo

    The transformation from civilian to U.S. Army officer is long, demanding, and may take different forms. Routes to commissioning are diverse: some future officers begin the 47-month West Point experience following high school graduation, while others commission from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and others through Officer Candidate School.

    Then there is the unique path taken by Class of 2018 Cadet Cory Pinkley in his journey from enlisted Soldier to Firstie at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

    In 2009, inspired by his father, Pinkley enlisted in the Army to become a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

    During his time in at Bragg, he deployed with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, before becoming a non-commisioned officer and a scout squad leader with the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Read More


  • Aukerman placed on Nagurski Watch List

    Senior linebacker Alex Aukerman was one of 103 defensive players to be named to the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List July 14.

    During his junior campaign, the linebacker played an integral role in the team’s defensive unit that was ranked second nationally. Aukerman appeared in all 13 contests and totaled 35 solo tackles, the most of any returner, and 24 assisted tackles, second amongst returners, on the year.

    The rising senior led the Black Knights with 15.0 tackles for loss. Aukerman boasted a team-best 7.5 sacks, in which Army ranked 11th nationally, and recorded 45 yards from sacks.

    Last season against Duke, Aukerman totaled 13 tackles, seven solo and six assisted, while then recording six solo and two assisted tackles against North Texas in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. Read More



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