• Branch Night jubilation

    The cadets in the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2021 burst into cheers and celebrate after they unsealed their envelopes during West Point’s annual Branch Night Dec. 2 at Washington Hall. During the ceremony, 992 members of the class learned which of the 17 Army branches they were assigned. During Branch Night, 80% of the cadets received their top branch choice and 96% received one of their top three choices they worked hard for during their first three-and-a-half years at West Point. When meshing both the cadets and branches together, 96% of USMA cadets were Most Perferred or Perferred by the branch proponents. Read More

  • WAA: Honoring those who sacrificed

    Despite the wet, windy conditions, about 80 volunteers showed up to honor and remember the West Point graduates, their family members and others buried at the West Point Cemetery for the 11th annual West Point Wreaths Across America event Saturday. This year, 7,050 wreaths were laid at each headstone through the generosity of several donors who give through the Wreaths Across America. Since 1992, Wreaths Across America has been committed to teaching younger generations about the value of their freedoms, and the importance of honoring those who sacrificed so much to protect those freedoms. Jackie and Dan McNally and Dr. Todd Crowder, Department of Physical Education professor, have been the driving force of the West Point WAA since its inception in 2010. Read More

  • Academy twins: Army-Navy Game fuels sibling rivalry

    By Jorge Garcia
    PV Staff Writer

    Class of 2024 Cadet David Esqueda has many fond memories growing up with his twin brother, Class of 2024 Midshipman Eric Esqueda. Such memories of sitting together with his family as a young boy to watch the Army-Navy Game or attending the same school and classes with Eric growing up. But now, all of that is pushed to the wayside as the Army-Navy Game steadily approaches — fanning the flames for the sibling rivalry taking place 256 miles between the twins.
    Brothers become competitors — steel sharpens steel — as they serve in their respective academies, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.
    “My grandpa was in the Navy, my dad was in the Navy, my uncle was in the Navy and then my older brother Adam — he just graduated out of the Naval Academy so (Eric) felt like the Naval Academy was the best route to take because he always wanted to be a Marine Corps Officer,” David said. Read More

  • Class of 2021 cadets receive results, engage in revelry

    Story and photo by Jorge Garcia
    PV Staff Writer

    After enduring a three-and-a-half year academic journey, coupled with military training, Branch Night finally came and the Class of 2021 Cadets celebrated with thunderous revelry after getting one step closer to joining the Army on Dec. 2 in Washington Hall.
    Brig. Gen. Curtis A. Buzzard,  Commandant of the U.S. Corps of Cadets, took to the podium and praised the Class of 2021 for coming this far in their journey at West Point.
    “Just a couple of quick highlights about the branching process,” Buzzard said. “80% of you received your first choice, and 96% of you received one of your top three choices.”
    Cadets responded with a wave of euphoria as cheering and applause resonated throughout the mess hall. Read More

  • Army-Navy Game force protection awareness for Saturday

    By Ricky A. Calderon
    DPTMS Force Protection Officer

    In order to protect West Point residents, Corps of Cadets and the Brigade of Midshipmen during the Army-Navy Game, no general public access is allowed. The following force protection measures and restrictions will be in effect:
    All of West Point’s access control points will be closed from approximately 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. During that time, employees who require access to the installation for work purposes must provide Kevin Goodwin ( a roster with the individual(s) name, duty position and duty location.
    Non-CAC employees must provide a valid Local Access Credential and COVID-19 screening form before gaining access to West Point.
    Residents who depart the installation after the closure time will not be allowed to re-enter. Read More

  • Public Health places importance on Army-Navy Game COVID-19 risk mitigation measures

    Story and photo by Eric S. Bartelt
    PV Managing Editor

    For the first time since 1943, during the peak of World War II, West Point is hosting the Army-Navy Game Saturday and not the expected location of Philadelphia due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    During home games this season at Michie Stadium, the Corps of Cadets were the only individuals allowed in the stadium seating area. However, for the Army-Navy Game, outside of VIPs, the addition of another 4,000-plus group will occupy the stadium seating as the Brigade of Midshipmen from Annapolis, Maryland, will travel by busloads to the U.S. Military Academy.
    With the circumstance of a big collection of people arriving at West Point, the job of working and maintaining the COVID-19 risk mitigation measures fall on the shoulders of the West Point Public Health team. Read More

  • Keller Corner: Weekly updates, COVID-19 info

    TRICARE Open Season open until Monday
    TRICARE Open Season is the annual period when you can enroll in or change your health care coverage for the next year.
    TRICARE Open Season continues through Monday. Any enrollment changes you make will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.
    Open season applies to anyone enrolled in or eligible for a TRICARE Prime option or TRICARE Select.
    If you’re eligible to participate in TRICARE Open Season, you have three options:
    • Stay in your plan.
    • Enroll in a plan.
    • Change plans.
    For more information on TRICARE Open Season, go to Read More


    Keller Army Community Hospital would like to welcome Capt. Emily J. Hege, MS, RD, LDN. To schedule an appointment with Capt. Hege:
    • See your Primary Care provider for a referral.
    • Active duty service members enrolled in the ABCP can self-refer.
    We thank you for putting your trust in Army Medicine and Keller Army Community Hospital … where Army Medicine is Army Strong. Read More

  • KACH Pharmacy completes its 10,000th in-car dispensary

    Story and photo by Robert Lanier
    Keller Army Community Hospital Public Affairs Specialist

    Keller Army Community Hospital’s Pharmacy accomplished another milestone on Friday, when it provided medication to its 10,000th in-car patient.
    “This is truly amazing,” said Maj. Thomas Lehmann, chief, Pharmacy Department. “I would like to say ‘thank you’ to the Pharmacy team and the runner support for their dedication and diligent work, and ‘thank you’ to the beneficiaries who utilized the in-car dispensary. Your efforts were integral in facilitating social distancing and enhancing patient safety.”
    The 1,000th in-car dispensary occurred on April 21 and the 5,000th on July 21.
    The ‘round-trip’ distance, between the Keller Army Community Hospital Pharmacy and the in-car dispensing location, is approximately 700 feet. When the 5,000th in-car dispensary was delivered, the pharmacy runners completed nearly 663 miles since the first delivery on March 27. Read More


    (NEW) Vehicle Safety Compliance Inspection
    Before you hit the road for your holiday break, the West Point Military Police will conduct vehicle safety compliance inspections at its three ACPS locations.
    Before you exit the installation, an MP will ask if you want to volunteer for this inspection. If you accept, he will direct you to the inspection point area.
    This inspection is NOT MANDATORY. It is voluntary basis only, but all personnel exiting the installation will be asked.
    Vehicle safety compliance inspections will take place 3-5 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 17.
    The locations are Building 616, PMO office, in the vicinity of Thayer Gate; Building 912, Class III facility, in the vicinity near Washington Gate; and the Lichtenberg Tennis Center on Stony Lonesome Road. Read More

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