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  • Post excitement: Excitement in the air as cadets receive posts

    Under the U.S. Military Academy’s draft-style Post Night format things can change in an instant, something Class of 2019 Cadet Nikiay Comer found out the hard way.
    During Post Night, Firstie cadets are divided by the branches they received in November and are given the chance to select their first duty assignments in order of class rank.
    Each post has a finite number of spots, and the lower the cadet’s rank, the greater the chance the post he or she was hoping for will be off the board.
    Comer, a member of the Quartermasters branch, entered the night hoping to start her Army career in South Korea. She was forced to change those plans on the spot when just before her turn to choose a post the last placement in South Korea was selected. Read More

  • ‘We are the Infantry, follow me’

    The West Point Chapter of the National Infantry Association hosted the annual Infantry Ball Feb. 1 at Eisenhower Hall.
    More than 200 infantry-branched cadets participated in this year’s event, which offers the opportunity for the future officers to learn about the history of the branch and spend an evening with past and present infantry leaders.
    “For me, being an infantryman means putting others before yourself and leading by example,” Class of 2019 Cadet Drew Zagula said.  “In order for this example to be a good one, you must care for your Soldiers more than you care about yourself.”
    When asked about what it means to now be a part of the infantry lineage, Class of 2019 Cadet Nik Patterson said, “Shared hardship. Read More

  • ‘Unconditional Surrender Grant’: The Civil War rolls on

    The political loyalties of Ulysses S. Grant prior to the Civil War best describe him as an independent. He was attached to the different parties at times—Whig, Democrat and then he became a true Republican once the war commenced.
    He was not an abolitionist like his father Jesse Grant, but he detested slavery. His father-in-law, Frederick Dent was a militant Democrat and pro-slavery. So, Ulysses Grant was torn by the growing debate and dissension dividing the country.
    Wasting away in the leather goods store in Galena, along the Mississippi River in far northern Illinois, most of the people were staunch Unionists, including all his siblings and friends.
    Grant’s basic loyalty was to the Constitution and the nation, right or wrong. When national events rose to political strife during the 1860 election year, Grant did not participate. Read More

  • Kiernan receives SecArmy Award for heroic actions

    Lieutenant William S. Kiernan, lead firefighter (Hazardous Materials/Basic Life Support), West Point Fire Department, receives the Secretary of the Army Award for Valor for heroic actions on June 14, 2018 from Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams and Command Sgt. Maj. Jack H. Love Feb. 6 in the Thayer Award Room. Kiernan encountered a car accident with the vehicle upright but mostly submerged in pond off of Route 293. The car’s occupant was unconscious with his head underwater and severely bleeding from the head and facial trauma. Kiernan immediately waded through brush and chest-deep water to the car and entered through its sun roof. He quickly raised the victim’s head from the water, cleared his airway and began medical treatment. When aid arrived, he helped stabilize and remove the patient. Read More

  • Tax Season has arrived at West Point, what you should know before you arrive

    West Point has seen a great deal of change in the past year. The West Point Tax Center will also include some much needed renovations.  One of the biggest changes will be the location of the center.
    The West Point Tax Center is currently operating on the fourth floor of Building 606. Hours of operations are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    Additionally, instead of scheduling appointments, all patrons (except for cadet candidates) will come in person to pick up paperwork to complete.
    This paperwork will be available in Building 606 in the hallway outside of regular hours of operations for those who need this flexibility.
    After filling out the forms, patrons will meet with a tax preparer, who will review the paperwork for completeness before accepting it. Read More

  • Yearlings celebrate:Yearlings reflect on good times, Ostlund speaks about setting foundation to lead

    As they near the midpoint of their time at the U.S. Military Academy, cadets in the Class of 2021 took some time to celebrate all they have achieved so far.
    The class hosted the annual Yearling Winter Weekend this past weekend, which included a banquet and hop in the Cadet Mess Hall. The banquet is one of four that will be held this term as each class is given a chance to celebrate. The Class of 2020’s 500th Night banquet was held the weekend before and the Class of 2019’s 100th Night and Class of 2022’s Plebe Parent Weekend banquets will be held in the coming weeks.
    “Although it seems a long way off, the day is fast approaching when the time to learn has passed and we will be called upon to lead the young men and women of this nation. Read More

  • Army offers more flexibility with new parental leave policy

    FORT MEADE, Md.—The Army has doubled the amount of parental leave available to fathers and other secondary caregivers of newborn infants with a policy that also provides more leave flexibility for mothers.
    Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper signed a directive Jan. 23 that increases parental leave from 10 to 21 days for Soldiers who are designated secondary caregivers of infants. The new policy makes the Army’s parental leave comparable to that of other services and in compliance with the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
    Mothers will now be granted six weeks of convalescent leave directly after giving birth and can be granted another six weeks of leave as primary caregiver to bond with their infant anytime up to a year after birth. Read More

  • Turnstiles are next in the security of CPRA

    The next step in securing the Central Post Restricted Area is underway.
    The CPRA was instituted under former Superintendent retired Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. to help protect the main cadet areas including most of the academic buildings, the barracks, the Cadet Mess Hall and Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center. The CPRA restricts vehicle access to two gates that require passes to get through and is supposed to limit pedestrian access to those with Common Access Cards or permanent Local Access Cards.
    The multiple access points to the area has made it difficult to limit pedestrian access, but that will soon be changing. The West Point Directorate of Emergency Services is in the process of installing five turnstiles around the perimeter of the CPRA that will enable them to control pedestrian access to the area. Read More

  • With Grant Hall closed, DCA offers food truck behind Pershing Barracks

    Due to Grant Hall closing for renovations, the Directorate of Cadet Activities has set up a food truck in the courtyard behind Pershing Baracks. The truck is open from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. It is open from noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The food truck offers a wide variety of items from a breakfast and lunch menu and it is open to all staff, faculty and cadets. Read More

  • DES conducting random safety check points on West Point

    As part of the Directorate of Emergency Services’ Safety Compliance Campaign, Military Police and firefighters will be conducting random courtesy safety checkpoints at various locations across West Point  from 3-5 p.m. March 4-5, this is the second iteration after Monday and Tuesday’s checkpoints.
    These checkpoints are designed to identify any faulty safety equipment in personal vehicles. This will provide the West Point community with greater awareness of faulty safety equipment in preparation for long weekends and academy breaks.
    At these checkpoints, MPs and firefighters will be asking drivers to assist as the courtesy inspections are conducted by quickly running through a short checklist.
    Any faults found will be annotated on the checklist that will be provided to the driver.
    The driver will then have 72 hours to correct any deficiencies before a ticket could be issued for the faulty equipment. Read More

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