• Happy 243rd Birthday, Army: America celebrates Army’s 243rd birthday

    In celebration of U.S. Army’s 243rd birthday June 14, members of the West Point community, U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., the West Point Band, the Military Police Honor Guard and cadets, went to several locations from Yankee Stadium (June 16) to Times Square with Fox and Friends (June 14) to the Belmont Stakes (June 9) to be honored for their service. See Page 3 for a photo page of Army Birthday celebrations. Read More

  • West Point Schools close for summer, children rejoice

    The last day of school for the West Point Elementary and Middle School children was June 14. Although the children had a full day of school, the tradition of school buses circling the parking lot with children waving continued, and for the last time for children who will be attending another school somewhere else in the fall. Read More

  • From the Foxhole…‘From the Back 40’: Historic Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at USMA during CLDT

    WEST POINT, New York—Members of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and staff and faculty of the U.S. Military Academy conducted the historic first Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise during Cadet Summer Training  June 13-14.
    The 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is currently serving as the 2018 task force for CST.
    The officers, noncommissioned officers and Soldiers of 2-502nd Inf. Regt. are leading and resourcing the training for all four classes of cadets until the end of CST, scheduled to conclude Aug. 13.
    Task Force Falcon was focused on training newly promoted senior and junior class cadets in Cadet Leader Development Training. Read More

  • Train like you fight—CFT integrates computer simulators, live-fire field craft with the Call for Fire trainer

    For the first time in Cadet Summer Training history, cadets trained with the Army’s virtual Call for Fire computer simulator within a field environment.
    CST provides the opportunity to call for and adjust live indirect fire rounds from various indirect fire platforms. However, before they call for live rounds, cadets are spending time in a fully immersive call for fire simulator.
    This system is the same one used by Soldiers in the force to train and certify forward observers.
    Sgt. 1st Class Cesilio Martinez and Capt. Ryan Scott, both instructors in DMI, installed the simulator in an existing range building, but added to the realism by equipping the room with features of an actual observation post—camouflage netting, sand bags and bunkers, which provide the feel of a real observation post overlooking a target area. Read More

  • Cadet Summer Training: Heroes of the Week for June 21

  • Be a cadet for a day

    WEST POINT, New York—Can you meet the challenge of West Point?  The U.S. Military Academy will conduct a rehearsal for Reception Day from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 29 on the academy grounds. If you are interested, sign up to be a cadet for a day online.
    Up to 300 members of the community are invited to assist the Corps of Cadets in preparation for the incoming Class of 2022.  Participants will be given the opportunity to experience the initial transformation process from civilian to the military life of a new cadet.
    Volunteers must register online at, on the R-Day volunteer sign-up link at the bottom of the page.
    Participants should dress comfortably in proper seasonal attire and bring one piece of luggage or a duffel bag marked with your first and last name. Read More

  • ICYMI: Summer Training in full swing:Air Assault training, Summer Leaders Experience, Task Force Runkle (CLDT) graduation—Summer in photos

  • West Point Band presents “American Soundscapes”

    The West Point Band will continue its Music Under the Stars concert series with “American Soundscapes” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Trophy Point Amphitheater.
    This evening of American music will include military marches, patriotic selections and classical favorites.
    In the event of inclement weather, the performance will take place at Eisenhower Hall Ballroom. This event is free and open to all. You may RSVP at
    The West Point Band and band alumni return to Trophy Point Amphitheater to celebrate the majesty of America through sound. Set atop a stunning Hudson Valley vista, the concert will feature works showcasing the beauty and diversity of the American landscape, from sea to shining sea.
    Program highlights include James Kessler’s atmospheric oboe concerto, “Hudson River Rhapsody,” featuring Staff Sgt. Read More

  • Children graduate from Strong Beginnings program

  • SLE—rising HS seniors look into academy experience

    The U.S. Military Academy Summer Leaders Experience accepts the cream of the crop of rising high school seniors. Out of 6,000 who applied, roughly 1,100 were chosen, and that is the amount of participants in the 2018 SLE from June 2-8 and 9-15 given in two iterations of one week each.
    The students—referred to as cadet candidates—enjoyed rising at o’dark 30, (5:30 a.m.) to attend formation, stay in the barracks, eat at the mess hall, attend classes, physical training and marching cadence, and they get to eat Meals Ready to Eat, or MRE, for lunch once—without using the included heaters for safety reasons.
    The SLE program provides rising high school seniors interested in an Army career exposure to life as a cadet, which includes academic, military, physical and character development programs, so they can make an informed decision to accept a potential appointment to attend West Point. Read More

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