In Focus

  • CSM Love assumes responsibility

    Command Sgt. Maj. Jack H. Love assumed responsibilities as the new U.S. Military Academy command sergeant major during an assumption of responsibility ceremony Monday.
    Love enlisted in the U.S. Army January 1989 and received his Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. During his 29 years of service, Love has held numerous leadership positions including 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry (Mech), Fort Carson, Colorado.
    He recently served as the senior enlisted leader of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.  Love has served five combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
    Love’s awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal (5th award); Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award); Army Commendation Medal (7th award); Expert Infantry Badge; Egyptian Parachute Badge and Ranger Tab. Read More

  • ACFT set to become new PT test in 2020

    FORT EUSTIS, Va.—Army senior leaders on Monday approved a new strenuous fitness test designed to better prepare Soldiers for combat tasks, reduce injuries and lead to ample cost savings across the service.
    The six-event readiness assessment, called the Army Combat Fitness Test, is intended to replace the current three-event Army Physical Fitness Test, which has been around since 1980.
    Beginning in October 2020, all Soldiers will be required to take the new gender- and age-neutral test. Before that, field testing set to begin this October will allow the Army to refine the test, with initial plans for up to 40,000 Soldiers from all three components to see it.
    “The Army Combat Fitness Test will ignite a generational, cultural change in Army fitness and become a cornerstone of individual Soldier combat readiness,” Maj. Read More

  • From the Foxhole…‘From the RETRANS Site!’:Enabling Mission Command: CFT II leaders seek innovative solutions to support CST

    During the Leader Training Program, the cadet communications section worked diligently throughout the West Point training area, Camp Buckner and West Point Garrison to ensure that cadre and support staff had any and all communications capability they need to conduct training. Class of 2019 Cadets Jason Pulido and Collin Cooley were tasked with the cumbersome job of building, testing and maintaining the network architecture of tactical communications to support ongoing training throughout the summer.
    Pulido and Cooley comprise the Cadet Field Training Signal Section this summer, and they are responsible for all things communications and information technology. The CFT cadet leadership put a special emphasis on tactical communications during training, placing significant responsibility on the cadet S6 staff to ensure the cadet companies and other staff sections possess the technical training and equipment they need to meet overall training objectives. Read More

  • IMCOM Soldier advances to final level of Best Warrior Competition

    SAN ANTONIO—U.S. Army Garrison West Point Soldier, Spc. Bryce Falgiani, was the Soldier category winner of the 2018 Joint Base San Antonio Best Warrior Competition June 29.
    Falgiani will head to Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, this October, where he will test his mettle against the toughest Soldiers (E-4 and below) in the U.S. Army while representing the U.S. Army Installation Management Command.
    At the JBSA level, he and his peers competed in a series of events over six days, including a 19-mile ruck, stress shooting, building a Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINGARS) from scratch, and a reconnaissance mission to name a few.
    Fifteen Soldiers and NCOs attempted the grueling tasks.
    Falgiani attributes this win to his military training and the honor of facing increasingly tougher competitors in the preliminary rounds of Best Warrior Competition. Read More

  • A farewell to the community from the Garrison Commander

    To the West Point Garrison and Community,

    As the change of command ceremony for U.S. Army Garrison West Point happens today, I want to thank all the Soldiers and civilians who serve here; I wish you all continued success.  Serving as your Garrison Commander has been a wonderful honor.
    Over the past two years it has been my pleasure to serve with and for the best Soldiers, future officers, civilians, families and citizens of our neighboring communities. You all have made it a joy to come to work every day. I will continue to cherish the relationships and friendships we have built.
    The West Point Garrison has lived up to the responsibility to support the pre-eminent leadership development institution in the world, sustain a community of excellence and preserve the national treasure of West Point; I believe we have done that to an exceptional level. Read More

  • Cadet Summer Training: Heroes of the Week for July 12: Class of 2019 Cadet Hollis Shoptaw, CBT I

    Class of 2019 Cadet Hollis Shoptaw has coordinated three morale-focused team building events since the start of the detail and worked during the academic year to design our T-shirts. He worked through AAFES to show “The Incredibles 2” to the cadre during LTP, and put together the Regiment barbecue after the full-dress R-Day rehearsal. He also worked with the chaplains to get approval to show, “We Were Soldiers,” on the July 4, which allowed for nearly 50 new cadets to enjoy a patriotic, leadership-focused film, rather than sitting in their rooms alone on Independence Day. Shoptaw is a force multiplier, and works tirelessly to lift the morale of every individual he meets, as well as the organization as a whole. We are a better team because Shoptaw is on our team. Read More

  • ICYMI: Celebrating the Fourth of July in several places

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  • West Point Band presents “Kids Night: Story time with Quintette 7”

    The West Point Band will continue its Music Under the Stars concert series with “Kids Night,” featuring Quintette 7. This interactive performance for children of all ages will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Trophy Point Amphitheater.
    The concert will be preceded by an “instrument petting zoo” at 6 p.m. and followed by a screening of the Disney film, “Coco.”
    In case of inclement weather, the performance will move inside to Eisenhower Hall Ballroom. As always, this event is free and open to everyone.
    Calling all children and children-at-heart: come on down to Trophy Point for a story time like no other. Join the West Point Band’s quirky Quintette 7 and marvelous emcee, Sgt. 1st Class Josh Economy, as they set your favorite children’s stories to lively music. Read More

  • Prior service cadet selected as CBT I regimental commander

    Class of 2019 Cadet Jessica Maddox was selected as regimental commander of Cadet Basic Training I, a leadership detail that will have peers, new cadets and command scrutinizing the ability and leadership styles of the cadet cadre of CBT I and CBT II, which may lead to the selection of Cadet First Captain, and Maddox is well-prepared.
    Maddox began her an Army career as an enlisted soldier with a Military Operational Specialty of cryptologic linguist after attending 64 weeks at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, California, after she completed basic training. Maddox studied Pashto, one of the languages spoken in Afghanistan.
    “The job of cryptologic linguist requires that you obtain some sort of communication from a particular area and you have the language ability to interpret, by either writing or speaking in the target language,” Maddox said. Read More

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