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  • Expanded hours at VCC to meet requirements for unescorted access to West Point for non-DOD visitors

    Starting July 22, non-DOD visitors will be required to check in at the Visitor Control Center daily from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. to be issued Local Access Credentials in order to gain entry onto the military installation. These changes will bring West Point into compliance with Department of the Army access control requirements and provide a safe and secure community to study, work and live.
    “We expect delays at the gates as people learn about the new requirements,” Lt. Col. Brian Heverly, director of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison, West Point, said. “We ask for patience and assistance in passing this new information along to members of the community, visiting family members, alumni and friends of West Point.”
    This change impacts non-DOD card holders who desire unescorted access to visit cadets, friends, family, the hospital, sporting events, concerts and other programs not deemed special events. Read More

  • Cadets travel to Israel, Poland for educational journey

    TEL AVIV, ISRAEL—A group of 40 cadets and their officers landed at Ben Gurion Airport May 30 for the last phase of a two-week strategic tour of Poland and Israel organized by Our Soldiers Speak (OSS), an American-based nonprofit dedicated to educating students and academics from around the world about Israel and its security realities.
    After visiting significant sites in Holocaust history during their time in Poland, the cadets embarked on an immersive journey into Israeli society through June 11.
    The visiting delegation received high-level briefings from current and former policymakers and commentators from across the political spectrum in the security, strategy, international relations, law, politics, media, religion and technology arenas.
    One of the highlights of the Israeli leg of the servicemembers’ trip, officially called the Israel Strategy and Policy Tour (I-SAP), was a meeting with U.S. Read More

  • Facing fears, pain in the House of Tears

    The first group of Class of 2023 new cadets experienced the gas chamber during Cadet Basic Training Tuesday. While in the chamber, new cadets are subjected to CS Gas to teach them how to properly seal their protective masks and to trust the equipment. Read More

  • West Point Cadet supports DPAA mission in Vietnam

    His alarm screams at 5:30 a.m. prompt and wakes him from a heavy, much-needed sleep. He takes note of his sore muscles and stretches the stiffness out of his legs and arms. When he finally opens his eyes, he realizes he’s in an unfamiliar place. The cracked walls in the tiny room remind him where he is and why he’s there. It feels like Groundhog’s Day, but he’s used to that.
    Class of 2020 Cadet Joshua Smoak is no stranger to long days with strict timelines and an overwhelming amount of work. He just finished his junior year at the U.S. Military Academy and was planning to take a few weeks of vacation when an unexpected opportunity came his way.
    “I was going to go home for five weeks, which does not happen,” Smoak said. Read More

  • West Point Spouses’ Club awards 10 scholarships

    Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of the West Point Spouses’ Club Scholarship. This year, a total of $18,000 in scholarships were awarded to 10 recipients. Eight of the recipients was high school students who will be entering college this fall as freshman. The other two recipients are members of the West Point Spouses Club who are actively engaged in their continuing education. The 2019 scholarship recipients are Mitchell Browne, Finley Corrigan, Faith East, Allison Hanus, Story Miraldi, Megan Van Sweringen, Evan Van Meter, Samantha Wender, Jennifer Wlasniewski and Eric Wooten. All are pictured except Wlasniewski. Also pictured are Scholarship Chair Deb Haley, WPSC President Stephanie Flores and West Point Garrison Commander Col. Cecil Marson. Read More

  • Girl Scout Troop 186 making community better, working with HV SPCA

    For the past year, Girl Scout Troop 186 of West Point has been working toward its Silver Award at the Hudson Valley SPCA. The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn and this award allows Girl Scouts to do big things and make their community better in the process.
    Girl Scout Troop 186 has dedicated its time and energy into organizing the shelters supplies and donations to help limit waste. The girls have dedicated more than 200 hours placing donation boxes around West Point, conducting learning opportunities, hand making dog toys out of fleece blankets, walking the dogs and socializing many of the dogs awaiting forever homes.
    While organization may seem like a small impact, it is time consuming and the thing the staff and volunteers think about is putting their time and energy toward the dogs. Read More

  • USMA Leaders recognize hero at Proclamation Ceremony

    Staff Sgt. Dave Bellavia, Medal of Honor recipient, was honored during a Proclamation Ceremony in front of New York City Town Hall July 2. Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, introduced Bellavia and spoke about his accomplishments during the ceremony. Command Sgt. Maj. Jack Love, USMA command sergeant major, also represented the academy at the event. Bellavia was recognized last month with the Medal of Honor for his actions on Nov. 10, 2004, as a squad leader in support of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq. Read More

  • USMA Library earns Federal Large Library of the Year for FY2018

    The U.S. Military Academy Library at West Point won the Federal Library of Congress’ Large Library of the Year category award, which involves a library with more than 11 employees. The purpose of the award is to recognize the outstanding, innovative and sustained achievements during Fiscal Year 2018 by a federal library or information center. This recognizes all staff and functions of the library. Among the many functions it does well, in Fiscal Year 2018, the USMA Library introduced the USMA Digital Commons, an institutional repository with contributions from 15 USMA departments and other research-producing institutions within the academy, to share the scholarly output of USMA with the world. The USMA Library is recognized for empowering more than 4,400 cadets and 650 staff and faculty to be leaders of distinction in scholarship and research. Read More

  • Parade, concert highlight West Point’s Independence Day celebration

    On an unusually cool first week of July in the Hudson Valley, the Village of Highland Falls hosted their 51st annual Independence Day Parade and various festivities.
    “When we walk out the gate, there will be thousands (of attendees). People in town don’t go on vacation until after the Fourth. All of their families come back,” Highland Falls Mayor Joseph D’Onofrio said.
    Highland Falls, a small village adjacent to West Point, has remained a supportive and welcoming community attracting thousands of visitors every day.
    According to D’Onofrio, the celebrations each year continue to transform and evolve. What was once a one-day event has become a four-day event.
    Each year, various organizations, schools, marching bands and the West Point community provide participants to march in the parade. Read More

  • West Point Band presents “Sunset with a Soundtrack”

    The West Point Band will continue its Music Under the Stars concert series with a performance titled “Sunset with a Soundtrack” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Trophy Point Amphitheater.
    This eclectic concert will include military marches, concert band classics and top 40 hits. This performance is free and open to all. Please RSVP by visiting westpointband.eventbrite.com.
    Registering for this event allows us to send you up-to-date concert information, including cancellations.
    How do you make a Hudson Valley sunset even more stunning? Throw in a performance by the world-class musicians of the West Point Band, of course.
    Join the band on the historic campus of the U.S. Military Academy for an evening of beautiful music and exquisite views as they set Trophy Point’s famous sunset over the Hudson River to a soundtrack of iconic classics and energetic pop hits. Read More

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