• SAMI prepped

    Cadets of Company A-2 conduct Saturday AM Inspection, also known as ‘SAMI,’ on Saturday. SAMI is a strict standards-based room inspection that happens every semester, once or multiple times, per company. Cadets rigorously prepare the day before to get ready as the cadet change of command goes from room-to-room to perform a ‘white glove test’ and to make sure everything is up to standard and dress right dress.
    Photos by Class of 2021 Cadet Angeline Tritschler and Class of 2022 Cadets Bria Norman, Kevin Hamilton, Isabel Penales and Crystal Zhang Read More

  • A look back … honoring a woman who fought for equal rights

    By Brandon O’Connor
    Former PV Assistant Editor

    (Editor’s note: This story appeared in the Sept. 27, 2018 issue of The Pointer View. We are republishing it to honor the memory of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away Friday at age 87.)

    The line of cadets stretched from Eisenhower Hall almost to The Plain as they filed into the auditorium for the third annual Zengerle Family Lecture.
    This year’s speaker, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made her first visit to the U.S. Military Academy Sept. 20 for a conversation with Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb about her career in law and lifelong commitment to fighting for equal rights.
    “It is an honor to share the stage with you, to get your inspirational insights and wisdom and perspective,” Jebb said. Read More

  • New USMA senior enlisted leader makes people his first priority

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Josephine Pride
    West Point Public Affairs

    People first. People are everything.
    This is a part of the philosophy Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Coffey, U.S. Military Academy senior enlisted leader, has lived by as a leader in the U.S. Army.
    “I believe in doing the right things the right way,” Coffey said. “If you communicate, if you’re present and you’re a team player, you can get through almost anything and you will be a valued member of the team.”
    As the senior enlisted leader of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Coffey is in charge to extend the influence of Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, USMA Superintendent, and help inform and enforce his priorities and lines of effort all the while taking care of the entirety of the USMA team. Read More


    By Brandon O’Connor
    Former PV Assistant Editor

    (Editor’s note: This is Brandon O’Connor’s final story for The Pointer View. He has moved on the the Department of Agriculture, and I wish him good luck in his future endeavors.)

    It was in the most unexpected moments that Eston Smith’s life changed.
    He answered his phone expecting it to be a casual call between him and his sister before quickly realizing it was anything but.
    A few weeks later, he was sitting at a bar with friends enjoying the evening when he missed one call from his mom, then another before receiving a text that said “Please call now. Not good. Really, really not good.” And when he did, not just his evening but his life as he knew it up until that moment was shattered. Read More

  • Competitive club captains receive Centurion pins

    U.S. Corps of Cadets Commandant Brig. Gen. Curtis A. Buzzard, the head of the Department of Physical Education Col. Nicholas Gist and U.S. Corps of Cadets Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. Ken Killingsworth present Centurion pins to cadet club team captains in a ceremony Sept. 10 at the Cadet Mess Hall. The Centurion pin recognizes the accomplishments and dedication of competitive club team captains. In the ancient Roman army, soldiers were awarded the rank of “Centurion” based on their strength, size and skills, as well as their years of dedicated military service. They would typically command legions of 100 men or more. The Centurion pin ceremony was the brainchild of former U.S. Corps of Cadets Commandant, retired Maj. Gen. William Rapp, in 2009, to honor those leaders in the competitive sports clubs, and to expand on Gen. Read More

  • Building Cohesive Teams

  • September is National Preparedness Month: Preparing for Hurricanes

    By Thomas Slater
    West Point Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, U.S. Army Garrison West Point

    Prepare for Disasters (Hurricanes)
    Know your Hurricane Risk
    With Hurricanes Isaias and Sally as recent memories, preparing for hurricanes should be on the forefront of everyone’s minds. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Find out how rain, wind and water could happen where you live so you can start preparing now. Be sure to consider how COVID-19 may affect your plans.
    Keep in mind that your best protection from the effects of a hurricane may differ from your best protection from diseases, such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
    Make an Emergency Plan
    Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Discuss the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may affect your hurricane planning. Read More


  • ‘Never Forget’

    The Corps of Cadets participate in a 5K run Saturday to commemorate the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
    Photo by Class of 2023 Cadet Hannah Lamb Read More

  • U.S. Military Academy ranked among best colleges

    By West Point Media Relations

    WEST POINT, N.Y.—The U.S. Military Academy is again rated as one of the nation’s best undergraduate education institutions in numerous college rankings sites.
    According to The Princeton Review, the academy was ranked No. 1 for Most Accessible Professors for the third year in a row. The education services company features West Point in the new 2020 edition of its college guide, “The Best 386 Colleges.”
    West Point was also ranked in “The Best 386 Colleges:” No. 1 for Best College Library for the second year in a row, No. 2 for Best Classroom Experience, No. 2 for Lots of Race/Class Interaction and No. 2 Best Science Lab Facilities.
    “The U.S. Military Academy is dedicated to educating, training and inspiring the Corps of Cadets, and these rankings reflect our institution’s commitment to developing leaders of character,” Brig. Read More

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