• Finding a Branch Fit: Cadets experience military professions during Branch Week

    From Monday through Friday, cadets have the opportunity to participate in Branch Week. Throughout the week, cadets from all class years, as well as U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School cadet candidates and ROTC cadets from other colleges, have the chance to speak with branch representatives to help them decide which of the 17 U.S. Army branches interests them for a future career.

    Military Police Branch Representative, Capt. Jannelle Allong-Diakabana, said that the week is a great opportunity for both staff and cadets.

    “Cadets can take the time to meet potential mentors in the branches of interest to them,” she explained. “It’s important that these cadets get candid and professional insight into the varying branches of the Army before making their selection.”

    Learning about each branch, Allong-Diakabana emphasizes, is key. Read More

  • Suicide Prevention: “Be There” for your teammates

    Dear West Point Community,

    September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, an opportunity to promote the available resources, increase awareness and focus on how we can help and talk to others about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.

    With the beginning of a new academic year, this is an appropriate time to have the conversation with our teammates about stress and mental wellness, as well as being aware of the signs and behaviors that could escalate into a situation where a teammate considers taking his or her own life.

    We generally don’t like to talk about mental health, because we may think it’s a sign of weakness. But it’s important that we do address it, whether it affects us, or someone around us. Read More

  • Fall Yard Sale force protection message

    The West Point Fall Yard Sale is scheduled from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and will occur rain or shine without a makeup date.

    Due to the increased amount of vehicle and foot traffic on the installation, the Military Police will increase its patrols throughout the installation with particular attention paid to the housing areas.

    Residents and guests must be cautious while driving in the housing areas and comply with all posted West Point traffic restrictions. Please be aware that the general public attending the yard sale is allowed to enter through all three gates.

    West Point will enforce our force protection directives that require all vehicles entering the installation without proper identification to be stopped and searched.

    Residents are encouraged to be vigilant and contact the Military Police desk at 938-3333 when observing any suspicious individuals or acts such as persons taking atypical photographs or asking abnormal questions about the installation. Read More

  • West Point ranked top public college by U.S. News

    The 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings released Monday places the U.S. Military Academy as the top public college, ahead of sister service academies U.S. Naval Academy, No. 2, and U.S. Air Force Academy, No. 3.

    West Point also ranks No. 4 on the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs list, and takes the top spot in the Best in the Specialties category for civil engineering, fourth for electrical/electronic/communications and fifth for mechanical engineering.

    West Point tied with the U.S. Air Force Academy for No. 2 on High School Counselors’ Top Picks List for National Liberal Arts Colleges. This is the fifth consecutive year West Point was ranked as a top pick by high school counselors.

    “Recognition as the top public college is a reflection of our staff and faculty’s commitment to West Point’s mission to educate, train and inspire our Corps of Cadets. Read More

  • West Point honors the fallen on 9/11

    The West Point community honored those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 with its annual ceremony at Trophy Point Monday.

    The ceremony reflects back to the fateful day where four passenger airliners hijacked by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

    The events occurred 16 years ago on the clear Tuesday morning of 9/11/2001. Nearly 3,000 people perished in the worst terrorist attacks, in terms of death toll, in history, and more devastating than the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. Since 9/11, the words “Never Forget” became a rallying cry.

    “We will never forget the heroes of that day … ordinary people, rising up to do extraordinary things in the face of danger,” West Point Superintendent Lt. Read More

  • Superintendent, Commandant motivate cadets at IOCT

    As cadets prepare for their first crack at the Indoor Obstacle Course Test this semester, the Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. (left), USMA Class of 1975, and the Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Stephen Gilland (right), U.S. Military Academy Class of 1990, compete against each other in the IOCT to motivate the cadets Sept. 8 at Hayes Gym. Read More

  • Manni earns ARCOM for heroism

    Class of 2018 Cadet James Manni (right) received an Army Commendation medal from Brigade Tactical Officer Col. Brian Reed Sept. 8 for distinguishing himself by heroically pulling a fallen civilian from the subway tracks to safety. The action took place Dec. 10, 2015, in Philadelphia on the morning of the Army-Navy Game after noticing a man had fallen four to five feet off of the platform onto the tracks; and with the lack of action from onlookers, Manni disregarded his own safety and jumped three tracks to reach him. Manni confirmed that the man was in no position to help himself off the tracks and assisted the man to his feet. Manni lifted the man back onto the train platform and to safety. Read More

  • Ebner works Eagle Project at Lusk Reservoir

    Chris Pray, natural resources manager of the U.S. Army Garrison at West Point, recently dedicated an Eagle Scout project at Lusk Reservoir. Jonas Ebner of West Point’s Boy Scout Troop 23 and a team of volunteers (left photo) completed work that included planting scotch pine seedlings, clearing the reservoir shoreline of litter, establishing seating areas and installing an inground outdoor messaging center to promote fishing and the protection of West Point’s natural resources. “We encourage the community to appreciate the outdoors and this project enhances the Lusk Reservoir area,” Pray said. “It is a great fishing spot that we stock for people of all ages to enjoy. This project also ties in ideally with the scout mission to protect our natural resources. Read More

  • Rippelmeyer retires

    Former U.S. Corps of Cadets Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Dawn Rippelmeyer, receives a certificate and flag flown over Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan from Commandant Brig. Gen. Stephen Gilland Sept. 8 at Michie Stadium during her retirement ceremony after 30-plus years of service to the Army. Read More

  • Out of the Darkness

    The West Point Garrison and community, in cooperation with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP,) will host the fourth annual “Out of the Darkness” Walk at 10 a.m. Saturday Sept. 16 to increase suicide awareness and prevention.

    AFSP is the leader in the fight against suicide, funding research, creating educational programs, advocating for public policy and supporting survivors of suicide loss. Every year, suicide claims more lives than war, murder and natural disasters combined. Yet, suicide prevention doesn’t get anywhere near the funding given to other leading causes of death.

    These community walks provide an opportunity to raise awareness, remember loved ones and change the conversation about mental health to prevent this tragic loss of life. movement.

    The walk route begins and ends at Daly Field across from Trophy Point. Read More

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