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  • U.S. Army Garrison West Point celebrates change of command

    By Dave Conrad
    USAG West Point Public Affairs

    U.S. Army Garrison West Point welcomed a new garrison commander July 23 during a ceremony at West Point’s Buffalo Soldier Field.
    Col. Evangeline G. Rosel became the garrison’s 14th commander, assuming command from outgoing commander Col. Harry C. Marson.
    “As we stand here on Buffalo Soldier Field, I feel it quite befitting to mention that we must continue to evolve, to diversify, to keep shifting,” Rosel said. “Not just to tolerate, but to respect, learn and grow. We play a part in shaping the future. We can all lead the change.”
    The ceremony was hosted by Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the U.S. Military Academy superintendent, who described the challenges ahead for Rosel as she assumed command. Read More

  • Splash Down

    Class of 2023 cadets participate in the Water Obstacle Course at Lake Popolopen during Cadet Field Training, July 20, to test their balance, swimming skills and ability to conquer heights. The confidence course includes a beam walk and rope drop before culminating with cadets conducting the Slide for Life, a 150-foot zipline with a 25-foot drop into the lake at the end.
    Photos by Matthew Moeller and Michelle Eberhart/USMA PAO Read More

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  • Army senior leaders discuss lessons learned from COVID-19

    By Devon Suits
    Army News Service

    WASHINGTON—The Army is considering adjustments to its fiscal year 2022 budget request, as senior leaders look to invest in the service’s ability to fight against infectious diseases or other chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats.
    The rapid spread of COVID-19 across the globe has spurred many internal discussions concerning the Army’s future operating budget, said Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy Thursday during the NatSec 2020: Coronavirus and Beyond webinar.
    “Over the course of most of our careers, we have seen swine flu, Zika and Ebola. In many cases, they were isolated in certain areas of the world,” McCarthy said. “Nothing has had the contagion and the proliferation like we have seen with COVID-19 since the Spanish flu of 1918.”
    McCarthy was joined by other leaders during the online event to discuss lessons learned from the ongoing outbreak. Read More

  • Recognizing DES efforts

    Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, U.S. Military Academy superintendent, recognized the tremendous efforts of Military Police Soldiers, firefighters and Criminal Investigations Command agents from the U.S. Army Garrison West Point Directorate of Emergency Services in the Thayer Award Room, July 24. The superintendent honored their work managing and leading in the complex environment here at the academy by presenting each with a superintendent’s coin. As he thanked them, Williams said, “Their dedication and hard work standing watch and protecting us every day should let us all sleep a little easier. Even though some of their efforts go unseen they contribute greatly in keeping West Point the pre-eminent leadership institute in the world as they assist, protect and defend.”
    Photo by Tarnish Pride/USMA  PAO Read More

  • ‘Contact, contact’

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  • Army North ready to battle COVID-19 after busy spring

    By Sean Kimmons Army News Service

    ARLINGTON, Va.—The head of U.S. Northern Command’s land forces spoke July 14 of the lessons learned from its ongoing battle against COVID-19, as the command prepares to send more troops to hotspots in Texas and California.
    At the height of its response in April, the command had more than 9,000 service members deployed across the country and has supported over 130 Federal Emergency Management Agency missions throughout it.
    About one-third of those troops were medical providers who helped reduce the burden on civilian hospitals.
    “It was the largest response we have commanded and controlled,” said Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, the commander of U.S. Army North.
    Emergency responses normally have one or two FEMA regions activated, which cover about 10 states. Read More

  • SFAB team at West Point to learn and train cadets

    By Brandon O’Connor
    PV Assistant Editor

    The sound of gunfire echoed through the woods at Camp Buckner as cadets worked together to neutralize an enemy.
    The bullets may have been blanks and the enemy’s weapon fake, but for this drill what was important was the cadets’ movements and correct response to contact. As they moved through the woods and worked to flank the enemy from the left side, Staff Sgt. Seth Glover, senior operations advisor for Combat Advisor Team 2131, 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade, followed closely behind.
    The SFAB team’s mission is to train, advise and assist foreign partners, but throughout the summer it will be using its skills to train U.S. Military Academy cadets taking part in Cadet Summer Training. Read More

  • SFAB team at West Point to learn and train cadets

    Story and photos by Brandon O’Connor
    PV Assistant Editor

    Huddled around an easel in Barth Hall at the U.S. Military Academy’s Camp Buckner, Staff Sgts. Patrick Jenkins and Seth Glover worked to make changes to a negotiated plan that would allow an Afghan election to be conducted safely.
    They had to decide the right number of polling places, how much security would be present at each one, what media would be allowed to cover the elections and whether women would be allowed to vote. It was a delicate negotiation that required them to consider the varied interests and agendas of all the parties involved.
    After making their final adjustments, the duo walked back into a side room and pitched their plan to their fellow Soldiers portraying an American company commander, an Afghan company commander, an Afghan national police chief, the Afghan sub-district governor, the Afghan women’s affairs director and a local mullah who were negotiating to plan the election. Read More

  • West Point Department of Public Health at forefront of protecting community from COVID-19, illness

    Photo and story by Eric S. Bartelt
    PV Managing Editor

    “We’re the first line of defense,” is the motto that the West Point Department of Public Health lives by to protect West Point and six other installations in the Northeast it serves in public, environmental, industrial hygiene and occupational health. The job they do in general over the years may have gone under the radar, but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the frontal lobe of everyone’s minds, it powered public health to the spotlight.
    “Before COVID-19, nobody knew who we were,” Lt. Col. Michael Greifenstein, former chief of the West Point Department of Public Health and currently an assistant public health emergency officer to the U.S. Military Academy, said. “We were working behind the scenes. Read More

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