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  • Brigade Finals Held

    The Spring Company Athletics Brigade Finals were held May 6. Company E-4 won ultimate frisbee, Company C-1 won flickerball, Company I-1 won area hockey, Company E-4 won swimming, Company I-4 won team handball and Company D-2 won combat grappling. The Banker’s Trophy, which is awarded to the top company in each regiment, was awarded to Companies D-1, D-2, B-3 and I-4. The Brigade Finals trophies were awarded by U.S. Military Academy Class of 1969 graduate Mike Krzyzewski. Read More

  • Pence to speak at Graduation

    Vice President of the United States Mike Pence will serve as the commencement speaker for the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2019 graduation May 25 at Michie Stadium. This will mark his second visit to West Point and his first time as graduation speaker. Read More

  • Graduation Week Activities from Tuesday-May 25

    WEST POINT, N.Y.—Approximately 985 cadets will graduate from the U.S. Military Academy and be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army on May 25. The following are the main events during Graduation Week at West Point.

    Tuesday
    • 10:20-10:45 a.m.—Wreath Laying Ceremony at Thayer Statue with the oldest living graduate, retired Col. Doniphan Carter, USMA Class of 1944.
    • 11 a.m.—Alumni Review and Distinguished Graduate Awards Ceremony, honorees are retired Gen. David A. Bramlett (USMA Class of 1964), Col. Victor F. Garcia (USMA Class of 1968), Lt. Gen. Robert L. VanAntwerp (USMA Class of 1972), Gen. Walter L. Sharp (USMA Class of 1974) and Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. (USMA Class of 1975).

    Wednesday
    • 9 a.m.—Black Knight Awards Ceremony, Robinson Auditorium. Read More

  • The character of West Point and the heroes amongst us

    The U.S. Military Academy’s Cadet Creed inspires us to “have the courage to choose the harder right over the easier wrong.”
    For those of us entrusted to lead in the crucible of combat, the courage to put one’s life at risk to protect others may be our profession’s most essential virtue. Indeed, the courage to protect others reflects a deep internalization of each of West Point’s five facets of character: moral, social, civic, performance and leadership.
    So, how does West Point develop this courage in our cadets? Kegan’s theory of adult development, one of the foundations of West Point’s Leadership Development System, tells us that if we hope to transform cadets from being self-focused to others-focused, we must set and enforce high standards, make cadets to serve on interdependent teams and provide cadets with selfless role models, namely staff and faculty. Read More

  • New exhibition at the West Point Museum highlights recent acquisitions

    Opening May 24, the West Point Museum will feature an exhibition of artifacts that have recently entered the museum’s collection.
    Highlights from the exhibition include some of the recent and significant acquisitions to the museum’s holdings including Gen. Martin Dempsey’s cadet letter jacket.
    The pieces span the timeline of global, national and local military history.
    The exhibition is only a small sampling of more than 45,000 individual artifacts within the West Point Museum collection, representing the culmination of more than two centuries of military heritage preservation.
    The West Point Museum is the nation’s oldest federal museum.
    Its origins can be traced to the American Revolution.
    Today, visitors can view the actual weapons, uniforms and memorabilia across American history as well as military artifacts from around the world. Read More

  • Irregular Warfare Group holds annual exercise

    From April 23-26, the residents of Hyde Park, Staatsburg and Poughkeepsie had understandable cause for alarm. Young, military-aged males and females carrying assault rifles while wearing woodland camouflage uniforms could be seen at different times and locations. One group could be seen stalking the woods near the Payne Mansion after making landfall from a motorboat near Dinsmore Point, while another could be seen setting up a deployable radio antenna on a hill overlooking a Hopeland Trails footpath.
    Thankfully, these were not Russia’s famed “little green men” or a nutty militia on a mission. Instead, these were cadets from the U.S. Military Academy Irregular Warfare Group. They were conducting their annual Unconventional Warfare Exercise—something they had planned and trained for since last year. Read More

  • Cadet Club activities

    Mixed Martial Arts (Tae Kwon Do): The Army Taekwondo team travelled to Burlington, Vermont April 6 to compete in their fifth and final ECTC tournament of the season. The team performed exceptionally well, taking first place overall for the first time in the Division One league, dethroning Cornell who previously held the title for the past five years. Notable mentions go out to the Women’s A2 and C1 teams, as well as Men’s B1 and C1 teams for winning gold medals in their sparring divisions. The Women’s B1 team and Men’s A1 team also did well, earning bronze in their sparring divisions. Additionally, four members medaled in Poomsae: Class of 2019 Cadet Sarah Juhn and Class of 2021 Cadet Richard Sung earning bronze, and Class of 2019 Cadet Abigail Vickery and Class of 2022 Cadet Joshua Havermale earning silver. Read More
  • West Point cadets showcase senior year engineering projects at Picatinny

    Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy came to Picatinny Arsenal on April 29 to display posters that described their senior year engineering projects, some of them sponsored by organizations at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey.
    The cadet capstone presentations at the Lindner Conference Center served a sort of a warm-up for Projects Day, which was held May 2 at the academy.
    The more than 25 project posters displayed at Picatinny were intended to demonstrate the sustained technical work by graduating academy Firsties.
    This annual event is an opportunity for Picatinny employees to meet the cadets and discuss their work. The capstone projects are examples of how cadets can apply their engineering education to real-world problems.
    Class of 2019 Cadet Megan Jarrell’s project involved the treatment of ammunition waste water and the ability to grow and harvest algae as a biofuel. Read More

  • Scouts endure tough conditions at 57th annual West Point Camporee

    Approximately 250 Scout Troops, scoutmasters and parents, totaling about 6,000 people, attended the 57th West Point Camporee from April 26-28 at Lake Frederick.
    The camporee is run by the academy’s Scoutmasters’ Council, which was established in 1961 as an official cadet club that plans, organizes and runs events for the scouting community. Class of 2019 Cadet Andrew Valkenburg is the SMC commander and provided the overall leadership and guidance to approximately 225 cadets who helped plan and run the camporee.
    This year, the SMC selected the First Infantry Division as the honorary unit for the camporee. The Big Red One is the oldest continuously serving division in the regular Army, and has seen continuous service since its organization began in 1917 during World War I. Read More

  • West Point holds Asian and Pacific Islander observance

    The West Point Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month May 10. The observance included a performance of a traditional Filipino dance known as a Muslim Fan Dance by Capt. Kimberly Kopack and a speech by Lt. Col. Fred Huh . Read More

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