In Focus

  • A sibling Army-Navy rivalry at West Point

    Twenty-one years ago, retired Col. Tim Whalen and retired Lt. Col. Cathie Whalen, both graduates of the U.S. Military Academy and instructors at the time, became parents of triplets in 1996 to Frankie, Jack and Nicholas. Two brothers from that set are here at West Point.
    Class of 2019 Midshipman Jack Whalen is an exchange student at West Point and Class of 2019 Frankie Whalen is a West Point cadet following in his parents footsteps, and it’s been a long time that the two have been able to see each other for any length of time in the past three years, other than at the Army-Navy Football games. The Whalens’ hail from the state of Ohio.
    The brothers grew up surrounded by West Point and the Army and yet each had different ideas on how to serve. Read More

  • 2017-18 cadet club activities

    Taekwondo: The Army Martial Arts team (right) did an incredible job Nov. 18-19 at the third ECTC tournament of season at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
    Most notably the men’s A1 team consisting of Class of 2019 Cadet Matthew Galea, Class of 2018 Cadet Jordan Nettles and Class of 2021 Cadet Christopher Bang outclassed the competition and secured the gold medal in the men’s black belt division.
    Galea demonstrated his ability to perform well under pressure by winning the match with a powerful punch to the chest in a tie breaker.
    The A1 middleweight, Nettles, secured the team’s victory by landing a power sidekick in the last seconds of the fight crushing the other team’s hope for a gold medal. Read More

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    Equestrian: The Army West Point Equestrian team had a strong showing at its third IHSA horseshow of the season Nov. 5 at the Crosswinds Equestrian Center in Lagrangeville, New York. The team competed against 10 highly competitive colleges in the Northeast region. With five top-three finishes in multiple categories of competition, the team represented the Academy well.

    Some of the most notable placings at the competition were team captain Class of 2019 Cadet Matilda Brady who placed second in her Novice Fences class, qualifying her for the Zone 3 Regional 3 Championship in both Novice Flat and Novice Fences. Brady will now move up a division and compete in Intermediate Flat and Fences.

    Class of 2021 Cadet Madyson Paul won first place in her walk-trot-canter class, earning enough points to move into advanced walk-trot-canter at the next show. Read More

  • Cadets, faculty present at AICHE conference

    Eight cadets and four faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Life Science presented their research on various chemical engineering topics at the annual American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AICHE) 2017 conference Oct. 28-30 in Minneapolis. (Above) Class of 2018 Cadets Dan Rabbia, Hugh Mahr and Madison Turner presented a poster on platinum nanotube/carbon composites for fuel cells. Class of 2018 Cadet Dennis Gilinski and Class of 2019 Cadets Jesse Hudgins and Evan Ousley presented a poster on the science, design and optimization of beer brewing. Class of 2020 Cadet Jenny Wang presented a poster on the self-assembly of graphene/platinum nanotube electrodes for electrocatalysis. Class of 2020 Cadet Dade Mortimer presented a poster on the self-assembly of polymer/carbon nanotube/platinum nanotube composites for energy storage. Read More

  • Cadets, civilian students discuss foreign affairs at SCUSA

    West Point hosted the 69th Student Conference on U.S. Affairs, an exclusively cadet-led event, from Nov. 1-5 at Jefferson Hall and various other venues at West Point. The theme for this year’s SCUSA Conference was “The Politics of the Forgotten and the Aggrieved: Remaking the New World Order?”

    Sixty cadets, 197 student delegates from civilian universities and colleges and 25 One to World international students from New York City attended the conference.

    One to World is a private not-for-profit organization that brings international students and scholars to study at New York-area institutions. Also attending were students from the Hellenic Academy in Greece.

    Class of 2018 Cadet Taylor Chambers, commander of SCUSA, said she has been involved in SCUSA since her plebe year and enjoys the event because of the scope of interaction between other students. Read More

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  • DEP presented multi-media art experience

    The U.S. Military Academy and the Department of English and Philosophy hosted the “Coming Home: Journey and Community Dialogue” multi-media art experience at Cullum Hall Oct. 4-7.

    Normally located in New York City, the project is designed to bring together military and civilian communities through art and effective dialogue to help heal the wounds of war.

    The exhibit featured the works of New York City artist, the late Brookie Maxwell; photography from retired Col. Greg Gadson, USMA Class of 1989; and original music from the West Point Band.

    The exhibit opened Oct. 4 with a reception with more than 70 cadets, faculty, staff and guests in attendance.

    The distinguished military guests included the entire USMA leadership team with Superintendent Lt. Gen. Read More

  • The Dean’s Book Club: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

    The U.S. Military Academy’s Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb hosted her first session of the “Dean’s Book Club” at the West Point Club, Oct. 6.

    From Oct. 6-23, participants have the opportunity to read and discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

    The book delves into the impact that Henrietta Lacks’ cells, known around the world as “HeLa cells,” have had in science throughout the last 60-plus years, as well as the ethical and scientific implications of human cell research.

    “The history of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells raises important issues regarding science, ethics, race and class,” Skloot says in the introduction of her book. “I’ve done my best to present them clearly within the narrative of the Lacks story… There is much more to say on all the issues, but that is beyond the scope of this book, so I will leave it for the scholars and experts in the field to address.”

    The Dean’s Book Club consists of three sessions—each of which highlights a different interdisciplinary topic that is discussed in the book. Read More

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  • Dockery receives Nininger Award: Heroic actions in battle lead to Nininger Award

    U.S. Military Academy at West Point Class of 2011 graduate Capt. Nicholas Dockery was presented The Alexander R. Nininger Award for Valor at Arms, Sept. 28 at Washington Hall.

    Each year, the West Point Association of Graduates presents the Nininger Award to a recent graduate on active duty who has shown tremendous heroic action in battle.

     The Alexander R. Nininger Award for Valor at Arms

    The award is named after USMA Class of 1941 graduate Alexander R. Nininger who, after commissioning, was sent to the Philippines attached to the 57th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Scouts. During the first month of the Japanese invasion, Nininger voluntarily joined another company because his unit was not yet engaged in combat. He was posthumously awarded the first Medal of Honor in World War II for his actions near Abucay, Bataan on Jan. Read More

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