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  • Killingsworth new USCC CSM

    Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth L. Killingsworth (left) took responsibility as the 26th U.S. Corps of Cadets command sergeant major during an assumption of responsibility ceremony Jan. 8 at the Haig Room. He receives the unit guidon from Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Curtis A. Buzzard during the ceremony. “Duty, Honor and Country serve as the cornerstone in a foundation that has created leaders of character for over 200 years. We honor all those who came before us by upholding the reputation of West Point through the tenants of discipline, academic achievement, and integrity,” Killingsworth said. “It’s my deepest privilege to serve as the Corps of Cadets Command Sergeant Major and to continue the history, legacy and tradition of this great institution.” Before assuming responsibility, Killingsworth, native of Chattanooga, Tenn., was the command sergeant major for the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Bragg, N.C. Read More

  • McConville reiterates West Point is ‘gold standard’ for leader development

    Standing on the ice in a white Army West Point hockey jersey with the number 40 representing his designation as the 40th Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. James C. McConville grabbed a microphone and made an announcement to the crowd.
    “The SAMI is cancelled tomorrow,” McConville said before high-fiving U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams and walking off the ice.
    As a USMA graduate in the class of 1981, cancelling the SAMI, or Saturday A.M. inspection of cadets’ rooms, was a huge gift to the future officers studying at West Point, which McConville called the “gold standard” for leader development.
    “Where is the core of the Army going to come from? It’s going to come from here, that’s why it’s so important,” he said. Read More

  • Honorable Living in daily life at West Point: West Point takes day to reflect on honorable living

    All classes were cancelled at the U.S. Military Academy Tuesday and work was set aside as the cadets, staff and faculty came together to talk about how to live honorably, build cohesive teams and combat issues related to sexual assault and harassment at the academy.
    This marked the third Honorable Living Day hosted by the academy during the tenure of West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams.
    The first was held last February and brought the West Point community together to discuss the results of the biennial Service Academy Gender Relations survey and begin formulating responses to eliminate sexual assault and harassment at the academy. USMA stood-down again last semester to build upon that discussion and call cadets, staff and faculty to action to combat issues at the academy and improve the culture in order to combat sexual assault. Read More

  • Once defeated, Suri conquers the IOCT with an A-plus

    Partway up the rope that marks the end of the ground-phase of the Indoor Obstacle Course Test, Class of 2021 Cadet Sophia Suri began to feel lightheaded.
    She had slipped on an early apparatus during her run of the course and for the next few stages she felt “spooked,” but kept going. Then, halfway up the rope, a dizzy spell hit, so she climbed down and once her feet hit the ground she fainted.
    Completing the course in a passing time is a graduation requirement at the U.S. Military Academy and that is difficult to do when you are out cold on the floor before the finish line, so, like it or not, Suri was going to have to return and run the course again. Read More

  • West Point staff, cadets learn about importance of donating blood

    The Armed Services Blood Bank invited U.S. Military Academy graduate and former Black Knights football player retired Col. Gregory Gadson, Class of 1989, to attend the West Point Blood Drive and speak with the Vanguard Battalion at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School. He served as a motivational speaker after attending a luncheon with the cadets.
    “I think today I felt like I was really imparting this journey of life to them and holding yourself accountable to be your best,” Gadson said. “It’s not about competing against other folks, just competing against yourself.”
    Gadson served in every major conflict in the past two decades. During a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq in 2007, he was severely wounded. He lost both legs and required 129 units of blood to survive. Read More

  • Army veteran leaves retirement, returns as West Point FMWR director

    This is not the first-time that 84-year-old retired Army Col. Robert Schloesser has been pulled out of retirement for a job. It all starts with a phone call from someone in his international network of friends.
    With over 15 years of experience working throughout Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities, he’s moved around the globe and served abroad in Bosnia, Kosovo, the Balkans and Germany. His latest job as the FMWR Director of West Point marks the 31st move for him and his wife.
    “I’ve basically been a part of the Army all my life and it’s one of the reasons I wanted to come to this job,” Schloesser said. “We wanted to be back and be an integral part of the Army family and the Army team, so how can anyone be luckier than I am right now.”
    Schloesser’s office is decorated with medals and awards that showcase his dedication to those he serves from a leadership position. Read More

  • West Point App undergoing changes as part of capstone project

    Are you trying to figure out what events are happening at the U.S. Military Academy? Are you curious about the menu at the mess hall or what courses are offered at West Point? Thanks to cadets in the systems engineering department, there’s an app for that.
    Available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, the West Point App was created to provide information to cadets, the community and visitors to West Point. The app has been up and running for a couple years but is currently undergoing changes as part of a capstone project for class of 2020 cadets in the systems engineering department.
    “What we’re really focusing on for our group is marketing and usability,” Class of 2020 Cadet Zachary Aloma, an operations research major, said. Read More

  • West Point Museum’s new exhibition highlights 19th century reality at West Point

    The West Point Museum has opened a new exhibition featuring stereographs that allow visitors to experience West Point and the U.S. Military Academy as it appeared between 1860 and 1900.
    Stereographs and their accompanying hand-held viewers are the 19th century equivalent to the virtual reality viewers such as Google Cardboard and Oculus that we know today.
    Local photographers and large photography shops from New York City produced and reproduced hundreds of stereographs of the academy from the 1860s until the turn of the 20th century.
    In 2014, the West Point Museum received a donation of more than 300 stereographs of West Point. The views in this exhibit highlight this remarkable collection and offer a look into cadet life and the military academy’s historic campus from the mid-19th century until the early 20th century. Read More

  • Twenty new graduates:Twenty cadets join the Long Gray Line

    December Graduation at West Point may be a smaller group of cadets than the ceremony in May, but the level of achievement is equal to those graduating on a traditional timeline. Twenty cadets marched into Robinson Auditorium on Dec. 20 to receive their diplomas and were cheered on by friends and family members in the audience.
    “This represents a time of achievement and transition as these cadets become officers. They take the oath, pin on their second lieutenant  bars and give their first salutes as officers. It is a day of reflecting on their educational and developmental journeys and thinking ahead to how they will contribute as leaders of character,” Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb said. “They are a diverse group hailing from many parts of the country and a wide array of majors. Read More

  • Supe’s priorities, staff’s accomplishments highlighted at Town Hall

    U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams hosted his semiannual staff and faculty town hall Tuesday.Williams and Command Sgt. Maj. Jack Love recognized staff and faculty from throughout West Point for their years of service and accomplishments during the fall semester.  Williams outlined his priorities for the spring semester and updated those in attendance on Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville’s strategy prior to McConville’s visit to West Point. Read More

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