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  • Welcome to Mi CASA: Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army holds conference at West Point

    United States Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. hosted the Secretary of the Army’s 62nd annual Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army Conference (CASA) March 3 through today, the first CASA Conference held at West Point since 2006.
    CASA’s are business and community leaders appointed by the Secretary of the Army to provide advice and support to Army leaders across the nation. CASA’s generally serve for two years, however, they can serve up to 10 years. The appointments are honorary and voluntary.
    The attendees toured West Point, lunched with cadets at the mess hall, and attended cadet panels to talk to cadets representing the Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD), NCAA athletics, cadet military experience and scholarship cadets. Read More

  • Dear West Point community,

    On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the United States Military Academy along the banks of the Hudson River at West Point. Although originally established as a school of engineering—our nation’s first, over the years, the curriculum expanded to encompass a more well-rounded education, while adding programs that focused on physical, athletic and military training and discipline.
    But always at the heart of what we did was developing leaders of character, committed to the values of Duty, Honor and Country who will serve our nation and lead America’s Army.
    There’s a popular phrase at West Point that “much of the history we teach was made by the people we taught,” and since the academy’s founding, members of the Long Gray Line have made significant contributions to our Army and the nation in a variety of ways. Read More

  • Daylight Saving Time: Did you know?

    Although the first use of Daylight Saving Time (DST) is credited to the Canadians in 1908, the first country to adopt DST was Germany in 1916 as an effort to save fuel to benefit the war effort.
    The U.S. adopted DST in 1918, but contrary to popular belief, it was not enacted for the benefit of farmers.
    DST springs forward this Sunday at 2 a.m., which means we lose an hour of sleep.
    The clock change is a good time for you to take a few, easy steps to ensure your household is better prepared for emergencies.
    • Check smoke alarm batteries. When turning the clocks ahead, take a few minutes to replace the smoke alarm batteries; push the test button to make sure the alarms are working. Read More

  • BBC Foundation accepting applications for annual academic scholarship program

    Applications are now being accepted for the Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation Scholarship Program for the 2018-19 academic year. All residents living in Balfour Beatty Communities housing—including spouses and children—who are pursuing a degree are eligible to apply.
    The Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation Scholarship Program recognizes those residents who are students or aspiring students excelling academically and looking to make a difference both in and out of the classroom.
    Scholarship applicants must currently reside in Balfour Beatty Communities housing and plan to attend or already attend an accredited college or university on a full-time basis in the fall of 2018, or be enrolled in a program of study designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.
    The Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the post-secondary educational goals of residents who live in a Balfour Beatty community. Read More

  • Celebrating the tradition, the academy’s history with Founders Day

    In March of 1902, USMA graduates deployed to the Philippines gathered to celebrate the academy’s Centennial around the date which Thomas Jefferson founded the military academy. Several years later, the West Point Society of New York began hosting annual banquets to allow an opportunity for graduates across the northeast to reunite and celebrate the founding of the academy.
    This tradition has spread across the world since and every year West Point Societies host Founders Day celebrations open to all graduates, their families and friends regardless of graduation year.
    To introduce cadets to Founders Day, USCC also hosts a Founders Day Dinner every year in the Mess Hall.
    This year’s celebration took place on March 1 and featured several activities to increase spirit throughout the night already set in a spirited tone with spirit gear worn as the uniform. Read More

  • Female Ranger School grad speaks to cadets at MWI event

    U.S. Army Capt. Shaye Haver spoke recently at an event sponsored by the Modern War Institute at West Point. In 2015, Haver and Capt. Kristen Greist became the first women ever to graduate from the U.S. Army’s grueling Ranger School. They also later became the Army’s first female infantry officers.
    During the event, Haver recounted her experiences in Ranger School and as an infantry officer, offering advice to nearly 200 cadets, many of whom will soon graduate and follow her into the infantry.
    She discussed her preparation for Ranger School and encouraged cadets to make the most of their time at the academy by working hard to develop the physical fitness they would need not just to complete Ranger School successfully, but to succeed in the Army more generally. Read More

  • Alan Alda teaches cadets how to communicate effectively

    To a certain generation he is simply known as “Hawkeye.” The celebrated M*A*S*H actor and author Alan Alda delivered a talk organized by the Modern War Institute to a packed house of roughly 150 cadets and faculty Feb. 27. He discussed the importance of communication and emphasized the role of empathizing with your audience and humans’ innate ability to read others’ minds. These are improvisational skills he learned and honed decades ago as a stage actor.
    “We have a better sense than any other animal to read others’ minds and have an acute sense of communication,” Alda said. “With Neanderthals, what happened in cave 12 stayed in cave 12.”
    An important part of communicating, he added, is telling a story, which raises the stakes of one’s point. Read More

  • Ryan talks 160th SOAR to plebes

    Col. Phil Ryan, U.S. Military Academy Class of 1992 and commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), spoke to plebes about the work of the “Night Stalkers,” Tuesday in Arnold Auditorium. Ryan showed a short video of their operations and talked about the “What we do is secret, what we are is not,” motto. The unit from Fort Campbell, Ky., provides helicopter aviation support for general purpose forces and special operations forces. Its missions have included attack, assault and reconnaissance, and are usually conducted at night, at high speeds, low altitudes and on short notice. Read More

  • NCOs graduate at annual Benavidez Leadership Development Program

    A graduation ceremony for 23 noncommissioned officers took place Feb. 22 in the Thayer Award Room celebrating the graduates as they received certificates from the Benavidez Leadership Development Program.
    The BLDP is an executive education leader development program hosted by the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and designed to prepare the U.S. Military Academy cadet company tactical NCOs for the academic rigors associated with training cadets.
    For the past 13 years, USMA has partnered with Teachers College, Columbia University, for the Eisenhower Leader Development Program (ELDP), which prepares company tactical commissioned officers for assignment within the Corps of Cadets. The BLDP prepares TAC NCOs with the education experience comparable to that of their commissioned counterparts.
    The program is three weeks long and includes one week at USMA with graduates from the ELDP administering a course on leadership and history. Read More

  • Jazz trumpeter lectures on black heritage through music

    Etienne Charles, a jazz trumpeter from the island of Trinidad, spoke to cadets and faculty Monday before performing with the West Point Jazz ensemble in “Diaspora” on Tuesday at Eisenhower Hall in celebration of African-American music.
    During his lecture, Charles spoke about migration, his own country of Trinidad and how music and culture changes through immigration.
    “This country is made up of people from other countries,” Charles said. “This is the land of immigrants and for this reason you should always try to figure out where people come from. Once you get to know other cultures, you can understand that we are all connected. The music culture in the U.S. in the 1940s was the big band era, with Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, etc. Read More

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