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  • Fox NFL salutes veterans at West Point: Fox NFL Sunday ventured to West Point for Veterans Day salute

    Fox NFL Sunday looked a little different when viewers tuned in this past weekend to see Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan, Howie Long, Curt Menefee and Jay Glazer preview the upcoming NFL action.
    Viewers who tuned in Sunday got an up-close look at the U.S. Military Academy and the old granite halls that have formed generations of leaders for the Army as Fox NFL Sunday continued its annual tradition of hitting the road for Veterans Day by hosting the show from West Point this year.
    “Today, America saw firsthand the leaders of character we have here at West Point,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, superintendent of West Point. “It was an amazing few days with Terry, Michael, Jimmy and the rest of the crew on campus.”
    Whereas the usual Sunday show focuses almost entirely on the games occurring that day, this week’s show spent nearly as much time telling the story of West Point. Read More

  • Nasdaq honors veterans during closing bell Monday

    Secretary of Defense Honorable Mark Esper, U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams and U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean S. Buck visited the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square Monday in honor of Veterans Day to ring the closing bell. The Nasdaq team hosted veterans for the ceremony. Read More

  • Cadets receive ARCOMs for saving man’s life

    Leaving the garrison commander’s office following a briefing about his capstone project, Class of 2020 Cadet Zachary Aloma had two choices of how to walk back to central area at the U.S. Military Academy.
    He could have walked along the street by  Eisenhower Hall and gone through the Beat Navy tunnel before crossing the road near the commandant’s house. The other option was to take the historic trail with its “Use at your own risk” sign.
    On Oct. 19, Aloma decided to go off the beaten path and take a trail he had never walked in his more than three years at West Point.
    Looking back at that day, he says it was fate and God that had him take the historic trail that day because as he emerged from the path near the Beat Navy House, he was needed to help save the life of a visitor who had suffered a heart attack. Read More

  • WPMS honors veterans during WWII-themed play

    Students, faculty and staff of West Point Middle School participated in their 13th annual Veterans Day assembly Nov. 7, which featured over 20 songs and scenes related to World War II in honor of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Veterans in the extended community and wartime United Service Organization members were invited to attend.
    The event began with a flag ceremony performed by scouts and the color guard just before the advanced band class played the national anthem. Students recited a poem called, “I am the Flag,” and a monologue called “What is a veteran/what is Veterans Day?” These skits highlighted the patriotism, sense of duty and pride behind what it means to protect and defend the United States.
    Once guests from veteran organizations in the local community were introduced and welcomed, two students presented a historical overview of World War II. Read More

  • Class of 1970 USMA graduate looks back on career, offers advice to cadets

    Retired Maj. Gen. James Snider graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1970 and served 32 years as an officer in the Army. As a 50-Year Affiliate graduate, he joined cadets during their Branch Night Wednesday alongside other graduates.
    He took some time to share with the Pointer View details about his career as well as provided advice for graduating cadets as they embark on their new journey.

    PV: What do you consider the highlight of your career?
    JS: “There were several. The Army gave me the opportunity to get a Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering. After that, I worked at a joint project office to build simulations for Star Wars, a strategic defense initiative by President (Ronald) Reagan to be able to shoot down any type of nuclear missile coming down. Read More

  • Exchange debuts Army-Navy game truck with special message for veterans

    DALLAS—As America gears up for 120th Army-Navy Game, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is delivering a special message to service members, military families and veterans with the help of a 53-foot rolling billboard.
    The Exchange’s custom tractor-trailer reminds shoppers that the Department of Defense’s largest retailer and the annual clash between the Black Knights and Midshipmen are “Where Heroes Win.”
    This is the second year the Exchange is a participating partner in the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA.
    The thousands of Cadets, Midshipmen and fans at Lincoln Financial Field and the millions who will tune in at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 on CBS will hear the Exchange’s relevancy message of supporting Warfighters wherever they go.
    The new Exchange truck wrap, designed by Exchange Creative Director Johnny Olson, a Marine Corps veteran, highlights not only the big game but also big news for veterans—all who served with honor can shop tax-free for life. Read More

  • Army-Air Force Weekend, honoring Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

    The U.S. Air Force Academy held a ceremony Friday to rename the academy’s airfield in honor of Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr., U.S. Military Academy 1936 graduate. The Army West Point Spirit Group pumps up Soldiers and Army fans at the 4th Infantry Division’s pep rally and bonfire at the Hub at Fort Carson, Colorado. Read More

  • Fallen graduates honored at Retreat, Ruck 2 Remember

    Thirteen active duty Special Forces Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, are marching from Washington D.C. to Connecticut to raise awareness about Gold Star families and to memorialize the fallen during the Ruck 2 Remember. Ruck 2 Remember is an annual event that gives Gold Star families, active duty servicemembers and veterans a venue to honor fallen heroes. They stopped at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point along the way to participate in a flag retreat. Gold Star moms and six Class of 2006 West Point graduates attended the ceremony Oct. 30 and hiked the Trail of the Fallen on Oct. 31. “It’s an emotional ceremony. My son died protecting that flag. My boy was class of ‘06 and this is an effort by his groups to recognize and remember all of the fallen from 3rd group and others,” Helen Kaiser Pederson said. Read More

  • Airfield dedication, sporting events highlight Army-Air Force Weekend

    The U.S. Military Academy’s weekend at the U.S. Air Force Academy started with a celebration and ended with heartbreak.
    On Friday morning, the leadership of West Point and USAFA gathered along with the top leadership of the Air Force to honor a trailblazer who touched both institutions, Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. who graduated from West Point in 1936 with dreams of flying.
    He got his chance in 1942 when he joined the Army Air Corps, the predecessor of the Air Force, as a Tuskegee Airman and started a lengthy career in the Air Force. His contributions to the Air Force and the nation as a whole were honored permanently during the ceremony with the renaming of the Air Force Academy’s airfield as Davis Airfield. Read More

  • National, foreign policy challenges at forefront of SCUSA

    The U.S. Military Academy hosted the 71st annual Student Conference on U.S. Affairs conference Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.
    This year’s theme was, “Advancing the National Interest: The Intersection of Domestic Politics and American Foreign Policy.” More than 180 foreign and national student delegates alongside 90 West Point cadets discussed challenging and thought-provoking issues surrounding national and foreign policy.
    Thirty former U.S. Ambassadors, diplomats in the state department, Department of Defense officials, congressional staff and members of several think tanks attended SCUSA this year. They served as keynote speakers as well as discussion facilitators during the conference.
    “Each roundtable has two senior practitioners to add their perspective from the real world. They have experience and knowledge based on these different roundtable topics we developed regarding foreign and national policy,” SCUSA Executive Secretary Maj. Read More

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