• IDF officers participate in Taglit-Birthright Israel visit to West Point

    The U.S. Military Academy had the honor and privilege of hosting nine Israeli Defense Forces officers during their first visit to North America Monday with Taglit-Birthright Israel. The visit was facilitated by the United Church of Christ Chaplains at West Point.
    Taglit is the Hebrew word for discovery, and it was a day of many new experiences for the IDF officers. Cadets from West Point have visited Israel through Taglit-Birthright Israel’s program, but it was the first time in the nonprofit’s history IDF officers have visited North America in what they call a reverse-encounter.
    Taglit-Birthright Israel is an international nonprofit that started in 1999 and hosts Jewish students from all throughout the world. The goal of the organization is to immerse people into the Israeli culture and way of life while building friendships throughout the world. Read More

  • Branching Out: Cadets gather knowledge on career opportunities during Branch Week

    Spread throughout the apron of The Plain at the U.S. Military Academy, the Army’s 17 branches worked to recruit their future officers.
    Branch Week at West Point brings together representatives from each of the branches to enable cadets to learn more about their postgraduation options and for the branches to sell themselves to future officers.
    The heavy equipment began rolling in over the weekend and will stay in place through Saturday, giving cadets the opportunity to visit the displays and learn more about the roles of each branch and what life is like for their officers.
    Upper-class cadets have the ability to tour the displays at their leisure and while plebes and yearlings have the same freedom, they also have designated rotations through each station in order to give them an initial understanding of every option available. Read More

  • West Point Parachute Team: Where astronauts learn to fly: ASTRONAUTS

    On the precipice 240 miles above the earth, Jeff Williams was ready to enter into the void.
    It was a feeling he’d become used to over the years. Solid ground beneath your feet, nothing but empty air across the ledge, but this time it was different. This was no helicopter flying over the U.S. Military Academy’s Camp Buckner where he had jumped countless times as a member of the West Point Parachute Team.
    It was a step off the space shuttle for a seven-hour spacewalk to continue the process of constructing the International Space Station.
    “The sensation of being outside the spacecraft, orbiting the earth every 90 minutes, controlling yourself with just fingertip control and seeing the earth below, that is why I call it the ultimate skydive,” Williams, a retired Army colonel, NASA astronaut and a member of USMA Class of 1980, said. Read More

  • Fair engages community to promote empowered responders

    The annual Emergency Preparedness Fair was hosted at West Point Saturday. Agencies that attended included local, state and federal organizations such as Homeland Security, National Weather Service, Red Cross, Orange County Sheriff Office and the West Point Fire Department, amongst others.
    The event was inspired by what the Federal Emergency Agency refers to as an all-hazard basis, which is made up of various aspects of what can fall under the category of emergency territory.
    The event promotes objectives by the Federal Emergency Agency to educate the public to have a broader perspective of what is considered a hazardous situation and emergency. Booths were set up to showcase what to do during a fire, severe weather storm, emergencies that are technological in nature, and human-caused emergencies like active shooters. Read More

  • WPES honors 9/11 with Red, White, Blue event

    The West Point Elementary School participated in the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance Sept. 11 at WPES.  Students, faculty and staff wore red, white and blue in support of the event. Students waved American Flags while jogging or walking the bus loop in front of the school. Read More

  • USMA honors those who died on 9/11 with ceremony

    At 8:26 a.m. on Sept. 11, a West Point firefighter rang the bell on the front of the fire truck.
    The clanging of the bell marked the moment when 18 years earlier American Airline Flight 11 had crashed into the upper floors of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
    Honoring that moment has become an annual part of the U.S. Military Academy’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, which was held on Trophy Point on the morning of the anniversary.
    This year’s ceremony featured retired Sgt. 1st Class Tarnish Pride, who currently works in West Point’s visual information department.
    On 9/11, Pride was working in the Pentagon where he was assigned to United States Army Visual Information Center’s photo service division.
    His morning that day started like any other work day with a trip to the main concourse to get coffee. Read More

  • By Nick Lovera Army Athletic Communications

    By Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

    Military shoppers have a chance to cheer on the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen in person at the 2019 Army-Navy Game just by shopping their military exchange or commissary with their MILITARY STAR® card.
    Shoppers will automatically be entered to win two tickets to the game when they use their MILITARY STAR card through Oct. 17.
    Qualifying purchases can be made anywhere MILITARY STAR is accepted, including Honorably discharged Veterans can win, too.
    The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, which administers the MILITARY STAR program, is a participating partner of the 2019 Army-Navy Game.
    “The Army-Navy Game is where heroes win,” Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange senior enlisted advisor, said. Read More

  • Learning to Live Honorably: Cadets develop leadership potential at Honorable Living Stand-Down Day

    Business and curricular activities on post were shut down Monday as more than 4,400 cadets and military and civilian personnel started their day by listening to a panel of speakers who shared multiple perspectives of the issues surrounding sexual assault and harassment.
    Honorable Living Stand-Down Day was a massive, full-day operational pause that served to enhance the serious messages presented to cadets. It allowed them to focus on intervention, prevention and elimination strategies for these nationwide concerns.
    Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams addressed the cadets and staff at Trophy Point, an outdoor location rich in military history that overlooks the Hudson River.
    “As we settle into another great academic year, we refocus on the issue of preventing sexual assault and harassment. Read More

  • Branching System takes on new look

    The members of the Class of 2020 will receive their branches in November, but the process of assigning them will be different than ever before.
    The U.S. Military Academy is serving as phase one of implementation for the Army’s new Market Model branching system, which will roll out to ROTC programs throughout the country next year. For the first time, commandants of each of the 17 branches will have not only a voice in the process, but an actual vote in which cadets receive their branch.
    Under the old system, cadets ranked their branches one through 17, or one through 15 for female cadets who didn’t opt into infantry and armor. They were then assigned their branches based almost entirely on their ranking in the Order of Merit List. Read More

  • Cadet Candidates reflect on 9/11 at NYC Memorial

    Walking along the memorial wall surrounding the reflection pool where the North Tower once stood, Cadet Candidate William Sutton slowly read the names.
    He knew the name he was looking for, but not where it was amongst the hundreds of names engraved on the wall. His dad’s cousin had died on Sept. 11, 2001 after being trapped on one of the top floors of the North Tower when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the building.
    Sutton, 18, never met her, but he grew up hearing about her from his dad. Now, as he visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum with his fellow cadet candidates from the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School he wanted to pay his respects.
    He read and searched, slowly walking around the reflective pool before finding the name he’d been looking for engraved in the black wall surrounding the area where the tower once stood. Read More

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