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  • SAMI prepped

    Cadets of Company A-2 conduct Saturday AM Inspection, also known as ‘SAMI,’ on Saturday. SAMI is a strict standards-based room inspection that happens every semester, once or multiple times, per company. Cadets rigorously prepare the day before to get ready as the cadet change of command goes from room-to-room to perform a ‘white glove test’ and to make sure everything is up to standard and dress right dress.
    Photos by Class of 2021 Cadet Angeline Tritschler and Class of 2022 Cadets Bria Norman, Kevin Hamilton, Isabel Penales and Crystal Zhang Read More

  • A look back … honoring a woman who fought for equal rights

    By Brandon O’Connor
    Former PV Assistant Editor

    (Editor’s note: This story appeared in the Sept. 27, 2018 issue of The Pointer View. We are republishing it to honor the memory of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away Friday at age 87.)

    The line of cadets stretched from Eisenhower Hall almost to The Plain as they filed into the auditorium for the third annual Zengerle Family Lecture.
    This year’s speaker, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made her first visit to the U.S. Military Academy Sept. 20 for a conversation with Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb about her career in law and lifelong commitment to fighting for equal rights.
    “It is an honor to share the stage with you, to get your inspirational insights and wisdom and perspective,” Jebb said. Read More

  • ‘Never Forget’

    The Corps of Cadets participate in a 5K run Saturday to commemorate the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
    Photo by Class of 2023 Cadet Hannah Lamb Read More

  • U.S. Military Academy ranked among best colleges

    By West Point Media Relations

    WEST POINT, N.Y.—The U.S. Military Academy is again rated as one of the nation’s best undergraduate education institutions in numerous college rankings sites.
    According to The Princeton Review, the academy was ranked No. 1 for Most Accessible Professors for the third year in a row. The education services company features West Point in the new 2020 edition of its college guide, “The Best 386 Colleges.”
    West Point was also ranked in “The Best 386 Colleges:” No. 1 for Best College Library for the second year in a row, No. 2 for Best Classroom Experience, No. 2 for Lots of Race/Class Interaction and No. 2 Best Science Lab Facilities.
    “The U.S. Military Academy is dedicated to educating, training and inspiring the Corps of Cadets, and these rankings reflect our institution’s commitment to developing leaders of character,” Brig. Read More

  • September is National Preparedness Month: “Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today”

    By Thomas Slater
    West Point Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, U.S. Army Garrison West Point

    In keeping with the 2020 National Preparedness Month theme, the first step in the preparedness process is to make a plan. Below are some tips to help you create your plan.

    Make a Plan
    Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. And, don’t forget to think about specific needs in your family. Your family’s needs change over time, so update your plan regularly.
    Who Will We Contact?
    Pick the same person for each family member to contact. Read More

  • Surveillance testing for COVID-19

  • Nielsen speaks to Corps on women’s equality

    By Col. Suzanne Nielsen
    Head of the Department of Social Sciences

    (Editor’s note: This is the transcript of Col. Suzanne Nielsen’s video speech to the Corps of Cadets for the Women’s Equality Day observance Aug. 26 at the Cadet Mess Hall.)

    Men and Women of the Corps:
    I would like to start my remarks to you today with an admission. When I was first asked to speak on the topic of “Women’s Equality Day,” my reaction was one of ambivalence.  The truth is, that as a woman myself, I did not grow up with any doubts about my fundamental equality.  It never occurred to me that my gender made me less than equal to anyone, along any of the dimensions that really matter. Read More

  • West Point cadets lead the country in tackling real issues

    By Class of 2022 Cadet John Cote

    What makes the U.S. Military Academy unique? Is it the past graduates and their great achievements? Is it the quality education and training received? Or is it the beautiful campus and its grand architecture? None of these answers are necessarily wrong, however, I feel there is an answer that embodies all of these — legacy. West Point’s legacy evolves through the actions of the cadets, as we are the continuation of the Long Gray Line that extends back to the first graduates in 1802. We use the wisdom of those who came before to guide us into the future.
    It’s been a tough year, to say the least. There are real problems that need to be solved and emotions that need to be managed. Read More


    The U.S. Military Academy holds its first day of classes Monday. Classes were taught in person, remotely and through a hybrid system. It marked the first time cadets attended classes in person since they left for spring break in March. Read More

  • Grant Barracks, Hall reopen after renovation

    By Dave Conrad
    USAG West Point Public Affairs

    One of West Point’s oldest barracks reopened this week, following the completion of an Army Corps of Engineers project, which began in December 2018.
    Grant Hall and Grant Barracks were both modernized under the ACOE “Barracks Upgrade Program.”
    The project encompasses almost 125,000 square feet and includes the removal of asbestos and all lead-containing materials, roof and window replacements, restoration of historic items, exterior repairs to the existing masonry, new furnishings and, most significantly, new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, according to a media release from the ACOE.
    “After the renovation, the barracks will have a more traditional layout,” Tim Cain, the project engineer, said.
    Although the building will house fewer cadets, the new layout includes collaboration rooms, a more integrated floor plan and upgraded cell reception, improving the quality of life in the building. Read More

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