In Focus

  • Task Force Ramrod ready to impact summer training at West Point

    Cadet Summer Training at the U.S. Military Academy will be conducted differently than in previous years in many ways this summer, but one thing remains the same. More than 1,000 active duty Soldiers will be at West Point, taking responsibility for developing and training cadets.
    This summer’s task force comes from 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Polk, Louisiana, with the main force of Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ramrod. There are currently 785 Soldiers on the installation preparing to run summer training, and that number will swell to more than 1,000 once all auxiliary units arrive.
    The task force members underwent COVID-19 testing before leaving Louisiana and heading to New York for the deployment. Read More

  • Class of 2020 ‘Dismissed’: Class of 2020 graduates in historic ceremony on the Plain

    A few minutes after 10 a.m. Saturday morning, the West Point Band began to play and 1,107 members of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2020 stepped off from the sally ports along Washington Hall and began to march onto the Plain that serves as the centerpiece of the academy.
    It was a full-circle moment for the members of the class, for it was on the Plain almost four years ago where they had officially joined the Corps of Cadets during the Acceptance Day parade. It also marked the first time since 1977 that a commencement ceremony was held on the Plain instead of in Michie Stadium.
    The sun glistened off the brass buttons decorating the front of their full-dress gray coats as the members of the class marched onto the Plain from opposite sides in twin columns. Read More

  • USMA Class of 2020: ‟With Vision We Lead” in their own words

    The U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 graduated 1,113 members Saturday on the Plain. Those graduating represented 85% of the 1,302 cadets who entered West Point nearly four years ago.
    Due to COVID-19 delaying graduation, members of the class commissioned May 23 during an oath of commissioning ceremony from remote locations. It marked another unique venture for the new second lieutenants of the Class of 2020 within their 47-month, technically 48-month, journey.
    Over the last four weeks, The Pointer View series titled, “With Vision We Lead,” named after the class motto, involved various members of the class telling stories of their West Point experience.
    In honor of the members of the 222nd graduating class of West Point, here is the fourth and final installment of a four-part series of their journey in their own words … Read More

  • Class of 2020 member Ashley Lasiter

    Pointer View: When it comes to your Class of 2020 motto, “With Vision We Lead,” what do those words mean to you?
    Ashley Lasiter: “I think ‘With Vision We Lead’ entails a sense of hope and optimism. Knowing my classmates, many of us aspire to create positive change and this drives how we will lead and serve others.”

    PV: What does service and leadership mean to you as you start your career as an Army officer?
    AL: “West Point has made me realize that being a leader of character relies on having a foundation of humility, selflessness and empathy. Being a leader of character involves transforming your vulnerabilities and weaknesses into strengths and reflecting on how you—personally, uniquely and genuinely—can support and motivate others. Read More

  • Class of 2020 member Nicholas Cunningham

    Pointer View: When it comes to your Class of 2020 motto, “With Vision We Lead,” what do those words mean to you?
    Nicholas Cunningham: “Our class motto is a great reminder to not take yourself too seriously. I know some of my classmates wished our motto did not include a pun, but I appreciate the humor. There will be plenty of opportunities to be serious throughout our careers in the Army and I think there is tremendous value in keeping a bit of levity.”

    PV: What does service and leadership mean to you as you start your career as an Army officer?
    NC: “Service and leadership are two points of emphasis for the servant-leader model—a paradigm that I want to follow throughout my Army career. Read More

  • Class of 2020 member Mary Cerbone

    PV: What does service and leadership mean to you as you start your career as an Army officer?
    Mary Cerbone: “Service and leadership mean a dedication to the values of the United States. To me, it means striving to be a better person every day and knowing that I owe it to my subordinates, my peers and this country, to be the best possible version of myself.”

    PV: Any one person you’d like to mention who helped your success/guided you the most at West Point?
    MC: “Dr. Robert Person, my academic mentor and first SOSH instructor, has been the biggest motivating presence during my cadet career.
    “He believed that I could accomplish more than I thought possible and encouraged me to apply for broadening experiences and internships. Read More

  • “My West Point Experience” In her own words … by Mary Cerbone

    As graduation draws closer, reflecting on the journey that will end in stepping out of cadet shoes and joining the ranks of Army officers has left me thankful and humbled.
    Our class motto, “With Vision We Lead,” represents a class that has equal appreciation for subtle amusement and the serious path ahead. To have a vision means to picture the future, whether as a concrete achievement or abstract idea, and to lead with a vision means to take the steps necessary to make it a reality.
    At West Point, I learned that merely having a vision is not enough. When I first started as president of the Chinese Language Forum, I wanted to expand the scope of the club to include more language and cultural activities, in addition to academic discussions on the politics of China. Read More

  • “My West Point Experience” In her own words … by Deanna Edgar

    My name is Deanna Edgar and I grew up in the small town of Griswold, Connecticut. I’ve never been known to take the easy route. While my mother was sick and my older brother was immature throughout most of my high school career, I often found myself seeking refuge in my community.
    In high school I had amazing role models and friends who took me in and showed me tremendous kindness. Their selflessness showed me the importance of success and motivated me to pay it forward. When I was 17, I joined the National Guard as an X-ray tech to pay for college and after three years I found myself applying to West Point.
    What I thought graduating from West Point would mean to me when I got in has not changed significantly since I arrived in 2016—I wanted to be the best leader I could for my future Soldiers. Read More

  • Class of 2020 member Ruth Talbott

    Pointer View: When it comes to your Class of 2020 motto, “With Vision We Lead,” what do those words mean to you?
    Ruth Talbott: “For me, ‘With Vision We Lead’ means leading with the bigger picture in mind, leading with the future of my Soldiers, my family and my country at the forefront.

    PV: What does service and leadership mean to you as you start your career as an Army officer?
    RT: “Service to me means putting the needs of others before myself, always. As a leader, this means putting in the effort to understand people as individuals and what they can contribute to the organization. This means putting my own needs aside to help another, regardless of status or rank. Read More

  • Close bonds forged, forever linking Class of 1970 and 2020

    As 1,107 members of the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 rocketed their hats into the air at the graduation ceremony Saturday on the Plain, their journey as cadets was instantly complete and they joined the 221 classes that preceded them in the Long Gray Line.
    Prior to their graduating moment in the sun, the process of being woven into the Long Gray Line started with a close relationship forged with their 50-year affiliate class, the USMA Class of 1970.
    The linking of the two classes began at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School in 2015-16 before the full class arrived at West Point. Class of 1970 members Frank Monaco and RC Rutler were engaged in the class’ events, including the USMAPS graduation in May 2016. Read More

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