• Five former Superintendents return, interact during panel discussion

    The U.S. Military Academy saw the return of five men who helped shape West Point and overseen its role in producing leaders for a 21st century Army Nov. 2-3.
    Five former superintendents—retired Lt. Gen. Daniel W. Christman, retired Lt. Gen. William J. Lennox Jr., retired Lt. Gen. Buster L. Hagenbeck, retired Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon and retired Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr.—spent the two days at West Point meeting with current superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, interacting with cadets and then watching Army beat Air Force in football to retain the Commander in Chief’s Trophy.
    “These people have done more to shape the modern U.S. Military Academy than any other group that could be assembled,” Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Read More

  • The Great War’s affect on West Point still permeates today

    Engraved on pieces of brass, 43 names stand as permanent testaments to the graduates of the U.S. Military Academy who gave their lives fighting for America in World War I.
    One-hundred years after the conclusion of the Great War, the shockwaves that rippled across the Atlantic Ocean from the battlefields in Europe and lapped against the banks of the Hudson River where USMA stands can still be felt permeating throughout West Point.
    Officers at the Academy were sent to war, classes were graduated early and the battle in Europe laid the groundwork for massive changes to the curriculum and atmosphere at West Point that enabled it to become the school it is today.
    From the time Sylvanus Thayer served as superintendent in the early 1800s, except for a blip during the Civil War, West Point had been a four-year experience for the cadets. Read More

  • Air Force captures Flag, takes first head-to-head Cyber competition

    The cyber world isn’t dark and foreboding, or an alternate reality, as in the movie, “The Matrix,” but with the perpetual fights against cyberattacks, the challenge is being adaptable enough in an ever-changing environment to keep sensitive materials safe from getting into the hands of the enemy.
    With cyber developing into a high priority in the future of Army and military operations, the importance of having great young minds at the forefront of the fight is a critical piece to future success.
    At the U.S. Military Academy, the Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) gets into the inner workings of the cyber domain and participates in about 10 competitions a year. During Army-Air Force Week, the team hosted its first head-to-head competition with the U.S. Read More

  • Many sports activities between academies on Army-Air Force Weekend

  • Halloween fun, festivities at West Point

  • Admissions employee creates unique Halloween village

    Halloween is the holiday noted for dressing up in scary costumes and going from house to house begging for candy or being  met with, well, some trick. It has morphed since it began in Europe and was both a pagan and Christian holiday coming on the eve of All Saints Day, Nov. 1, and All Souls Day, Nov. 2.
    Monica Trevino, computer officer in the Directorate of Admissions, prefers the American custom and isn’t your typical Halloween aficionado. She’s not a child or teen, but an adult working in the DAD. But, she does have a special talent, creating Halloween villages and does so every year in her office, which takes up one of her walls.
    Trevino said that Halloween has always been her favorite holiday. Read More

  • From the Foxhole…American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes

    Select cadets from the Corps attended the American Veterans Center’s 21st annual Veterans Day Conference and National Youth Leadership Summit Oct. 25-27 in Washington D.C.
    The three-day conference honored wounded warriors, female trailblazers and some of our nation’s most valorous heroes, including the Tuskegee Airmen. The cadets also had the opportunity to visit the National Archives, the Norwegian Ambassador’s Residence and attend a televised Gala hosted by Rob Riggle with celebrity presenters including Sarah Drew, Omar Epps, Maria Menounos, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Kellie Pickler.
    The conference opened with a televised event hosted by Jennifer Griffin, National Security Correspondent, Fox News Channel.
    The event focused on “The Wounded Warrior Experience” and featured service members wounded in the line of duty, sharing their inspiring stories of recovery and determination, along with resources available to service members transitioning from the military to the private sector. Read More


    The “Beat Air Force Bonfire” began last weekend’s festivities and is a West Point cadet favorite, but support from other team members is crucial to make the fire roar.
    Members of DPW’s  Electrics Shop installed a temporary electric panel to provide power to the sound system and the Roads and Grounds crew worked together to support this long standing tradition by creating a gravel pad for the pallets. Go Army! Beat Air Force! Read More

  • SCUSA Conference is a hit :SCUSA 70 topic: Reimaging America’s influence in the world

    Seated around roundtables like the knights from Camelot, students from throughout the world came together at the U.S. Military Academy Oct. 25-27 to work together to tackle some of the biggest issues of present times.
    West Point cadets were joined by peers from colleges and universities throughout America as well as students from countries including China, Spain and South Africa during the 70th annual Student Conference on U.S. Affairs.
    Students were divided into 15 roundtables throughout the conference where they worked to develop policy proposals centered on the conference theme of “Cooperation Reimagened: American Influence in a Complex World.”
    The roundtables included discussions on terrorism, refugees, nuclear weapons, each region of the globe, Russia and more. Each table included cadets, America students and foreign delegates as people with different opinions, experiences and cultures discussed their assigned topics and looked for ways to address problems related to them. Read More

  • Range Operations prepares range for second phase of CALFEX training prep

    West Point cadets received their first Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise training this past summer with a demonstration by the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and staff and faculty of the U.S. Military Academy that gave cadets a firsthand look at live battlefield conditions.
    The purpose of the CALFEX training is to demonstrate the effects of synchronized and coordinated surface-to-surface and air-to-ground fires and direct engagement within the impact area. The goal is to expand the West Point military education and training environment for future live-fire exercises for Cadet Leader Development Training and Cadet Field Training.
    To support the CALFEX exercises, West Point Range Operations prepared the surrounding training areas by conducting surveys, verifying surface danger zones and accessing the capability of stationary targets to absorb ammunition like the A-10 fixed wing aircraft and AH-64 Apache ammunition in the first iteration of Operation Frozen Armor. Read More

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