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  • 2017-18 cadet club activities

  • 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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    Equestrian: The Army West Point Equestrian team achieved an impressive top-three finish at its first IHSA horseshow of the season Sept. 30 at the Crosswinds Equestrian Center in Lagrangeville, New York.

    The team competed against 10 highly competitive colleges in the Northeast region.

    With eight top-three finishes in multiple categories of competition, the team truly rode to excellence.

    Some of the most notable placings were as follows: Class of 2018 Cadet Shawna Moore placed second in open fences and third in open flat; team captain Class of 2019 Cadet Matilda Brady won first place in novice fences; Class of 2021 Cadets Madyson Paul and Haley Middleton both placed second in their respective walk-trot-canter divisions; Class of 2021 Cadet Sydney Campbell placed third in her walk-trot-canter division; Class of 2020 Cadet Cira Wolf took first at walk-trot class, and Class of 2020 Cadet Matthew Golembeski placed second in his walk-trot class. Read More

  • Superintendent, Commandant motivate cadets at IOCT

    As cadets prepare for their first crack at the Indoor Obstacle Course Test this semester, the Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. (left), USMA Class of 1975, and the Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Stephen Gilland (right), U.S. Military Academy Class of 1990, compete against each other in the IOCT to motivate the cadets Sept. 8 at Hayes Gym. Read More

  • Accepted: New cadets morph into plebes during Acceptance Day

    While there were 1,249 new cadets for the Class of 2021who were a part of Reception Day, or “R-Day,” July 3, 1,217 new cadets successfully completed the grueling six and a half weeks of Cadet Basic Training, or “Beast Barracks,” completing one of many milestones waiting for them in their 47-month cadet experience.

    These ‘new cadets’ were formally accepted into the U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets Aug. 19 during the annual Acceptance Day Parade and will lose their new cadet moniker to be known as plebes, at least for the following year. The first time the new cadets paraded on the Plain was during R-Day when they learned how to salute and march in record time and recited the oath, showing friends and family how quickly they could learn parade formation. Read More

  • Army Triathlon team hosts annual event

    Triathlon: The Army West Point Triathlon Team hosted the 28th annual West Point Triathlon at Camp Buckner Aug. 19-Sunday. Approximately 200 children from ages 4 to 14 raced in the kids’ race Aug. 19 (below) and more than 550 adults raced in the sprint triathlon (right) Sunday.

    This year, the race also featured a collegiate division with competitors from across the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference. In addition to planning, organizing and running the race, West Point cadets competed in the event.

    Class of 2018 Cadet Teresa Groton took first, and Class of 2020 Cadet Hannah White finished third in the collegiate women’s division while Class of 2020 Cadet Wolfgang Drake took second and Class of 2018 Cadet Remington Ponce-Pore finished third in the men’s collegiate division. Read More

  • Class of 2021 March Back: New Cadets end one journey, begin another

    The Class of 2021 completed their 12-mile March Back from Camp Buckner to the U.S. Military Academy Aug. 14. The March Back is the culminating event for the six weeks of Cadet Basic Training, or “Beast,” for the incoming class of West Point’s newest cadets.

    In addition to new cadets, USMA leadership, cadet cadre, staff, faculty and alumni, all participate in the annual tradition, celebrating the end of summer training and the beginning of the academic year.

    “At the end of the new cadets’ six weeks of Cadet Basic Training, they have a 12-mile ruck, which is the TRADOC standard for the completion of Basic Training,” Class of 2018 Cadet 1st Sgt. Kevin Talty explained. “They do the 12 miles and after that, they’re released and they immediately start the academic year.”

    Throughout Cadet Basic Training, Talty acted as a cadet leader who had the opportunity to watch the new cadets’ transition. Read More

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