• Parents experience West Point during Plebe Parent Weekend; Parents explore cadet life during PPW

    In their first year at the U.S. Military Academy, cadets learn how to be followers.
    With cupped hands and no leadership roles, Plebes must first learn to follow before being given their first responsibilities as leaders during Yearling year. The system is turned on its head for one weekend each year as the upper three classes leave the first weekend of spring break and the Plebe class is left in charge.
    The Class of 2022 had its first chance to be leaders March 8-10 during the annual Plebe Parent Weekend.
    Starting at 12:50 p.m. on Friday, the upper three classes were released for break, the Plebes changed into dress grays and Class of 2022 cadets took command.
    “It is a little daunting, but I have a newfound ownership of the corps that I didn’t have before,” Class of 2022 Cadet Seth Bolden, who served as regimental command sergeant major during Plebe Parent Weekend, said. Read More

  • Corps, community mourn, honor fallen Firstie

    U.S. Military Academy cadets, staff, faculty and community members continued to mourn and honor Class of 2019 Cadet Peter L. Zhu in the weeks after his passing on Feb. 27 in Valhalla, New York.
    The Zhu family and more than 1,000 cadets and community members gathered for a military memorial ceremony at the Cadet Chapel on March 5, with others observing the ceremony remotely in Eisenhower Hall.
    Speakers shared personal stories of Zhu, emphasizing his concern and care for others in assorted informal and formal capacities, including as President of the West Point Pre-Medical Society, lead for the Cadet Counselor Unit, Academic Officer for his company (E-1) and as a Senior Cadet Writing Fellow, among other positions.
    One speaker, Class of 2019 Cadet Grace Yu, commented that Zhu was “brilliant, adventurous, genuine, selfless, infectiously encouraging and never too serious,” that he was “relentless in pursuing everything he set his heart on,” and “yet, he somehow always found ways to share his time, kindness and talents with those around him.”
    It was also noted at the ceremony that Zhu had been accepted to the MD-PhD program at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Read More

  • Roosevelt lecturer talks partnership, history of U.S., Britain

    The U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 had the chance to listen to and learn from Gen. Sir Mark Alexander Carleton-Smith, British Army chief of the General Staff, during the annual Kermit Roosevelt Lecture March 5.
    This year’s talk marked the 73rd year the lecture series has been held. The series brings a British Army senior leader to speak to cadets and Army Soldiers about the partnership between the United States and Britain at locations including West Point and the Army War College.
    Carleton-Smith has served as the British Army Chief of the General Staff since June 2018. Serving as the speaker during this year’s lecture series was a special honor for him, he said, because he is a descendant of Gen. Read More

  • Cadet Club activities

  • Grant: Chattanooga and Drinking

    The war was far from over in July 1863 after the surrender of Vicksburg. There were several Confederate field armies still operating in the Mississippi valley.
    The Confederates under Gen. Braxton Bragg won an unexpected victory at Chickamauga, Georgia in September. Gen. William Rosecrans was relieved and Virginia-born George Thomas, who gained the name of “the Rock of Chickamauga,” took command of the Army of the Cumberland.
    On Oct. 16, 1863, Grant assumed command of the Division of the Mississippi and three Union armies—his old Army of the Tennessee, the Ohio and the Cumberland. Grant was the senior officer and commander in the entire West.
    Grant still reported to General-in-Chief Henry Halleck in Washington, but after all Grant’s success Halleck learned to respect Grant. Read More

  • Rapid Equipping Force prepares West Point for competition against Navy

    The U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) has partnered with the U.S. Military Academy to provide equipment and training on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and counter unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) in support of a bi-annual Army-Navy competition sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.
    In December 2018, West Point competed with the U.S. Naval Academy in a three-day, force-on-force exercise using weapon simulators to capture the opponent’s flag.
    The goal of this research project is to develop squad-level tactics that are augmented with unmanned ground and aerial systems.
    The Robotics Research Center has teamed with the Modern War Institute to field the best squad from members of the Close Combat Team and the Irregular Warfare Group.
    The next event will be held at Marine Corps Base Quantico during the weekend of April 26. Read More

  • Touching base with Antarctica

    West Point cadets were given the chance to teleconference with Spanish researchers at Gabriel De Castilla Antarctica Base March 4. Cadets were able to talk to the researchers about their work and life on Antarctica. Read More

  • West Point Tax Center is operating to help file your taxes

    The West Point Tax Center is currently operating on the fourth floor of Building 606. Hours of operations are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    Additionally, instead of scheduling appointments, all patrons (except for cadet candidates) will come in person to pick up paperwork to complete.
    This paperwork will be available in Building 606 in the hallway outside of regular hours of operations for those who need this flexibility.
    After filling out the forms, patrons will meet with a tax preparer, who will review the paperwork for completeness before accepting it.
    Clients will leave the paperwork with the preparer and when the tax return is complete, they will be notified to return a second time to sign their tax return and receive a copy of the return for their records. Read More

  • Teaching LEADers: Branching out to grow future leaders with LEADS

    The U.S. Military Academy is the pre-eminent leadership development institution in the world and its mission of developing the next generation of leaders doesn’t start and finish at the gates of the academy.
    Through its office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity, West Point hosts Leadership, Ethics, Diversity and STEM workshops throughout the country to teach leadership, ethics and morality to students and educators in underserved areas.
    The office hosted its fourth annual LEADS event at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi March 1.
    The daylong event brought together JROTC cadets from throughout the Jackson Public School System and surrounding areas to learn about what it means to be a leader. There were STEM demonstrations where students could try out virtual reality headsets and participate in small experiments. Read More

  • Cadet passes following ski slope injury at West Point

    Cadet Peter L. Zhu, a member of the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2019, passed Feb. 28 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, with his family by his side, after succumbing to injuries sustained on Feb. 23 while skiing at Victor Constant Ski Area located on the academy grounds.
    “I wish to extend to his family the sincere and profound sympathy of the U. S. Military Academy and all members of this command. We lost a brother today, and the pain will be felt for a long time,” Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams said.
    Zhu, 21, of Concord, California, was found unresponsive by a fellow skier on the slope. Ski Patrol conducted life-saving measures as he was transported to Keller Army Community Hospital and then airlifted to Westchester. Read More

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