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  • Graduation Week Activities

    WEST POINT, N.Y.—Approximately 1,000 cadets will graduate from the U.S. Military Academy and be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army on May 26. The following are the main events during Graduation Week at West Point.

    • 10:20-10:45 a.m.—Wreath Laying Ceremony at Thayer Statue with the oldest living graduate, retired Col. Kermit Dyke, Class of 1940.
    • 11 a.m.—Alumni Review and Distinguished Graduate Awards Ceremony, honorees are retired Gen. William S. Wallace; retired Lt. Gen. Larry R. Jordan; retired Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute; retired Vice Adm. Sloan D. Gibson; retired Col. Dana G. Mead; and Thomas C. Barron.

    May 24
    • 10:30 a.m.—Superintendent’s Award Streamer Review.

    May 25
    • 11 a.m.—Graduation Parade.

    May 26
    • 10 a.m.—Graduation Exercise, commencement speaker is Gen. Read More

  • Dunford announced as West Point Commencement speaker

    The academy is honored to announce that Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., the 19th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the commencement speaker for the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2018. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 26. Read More

  • 2018 Graduation Week parking and force protection information

    During Graduation Week, Monday-May 26, several traffic revisions and parking restrictions will be enforced.
    Please allow additional travel time when coming to West Point and driving on and around the installation during Graduation Week.
    Parking and traffic information for Graduation Week—towing will be enforced:
    • North Dock Parking Lot is reserved for recreational vehicles only from noon Sunday to noon May 27.
    • Any West Point personnel going on official travel outside the installation during Graduation Week must not park in any/all parking lots. Contact the Military Police at 845-938-3333 for authorized overnight/extended parking areas.

    • Parking for the West Point workforce is authorized within the Central Area throughout the day; however, 30 parking spaces in Clinton Lot will be reserved for handicapped parking. Read More

  • West Point hosted 43rd annual HVRS Special Olympics

    Nearly 1,000 athletes from the Hudson Valley Region attended the 43rd annual Hudson Valley Region Spring Special Olympics May 5 at West Point. The HVRSSO at West Point is hosted by the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department and Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society. Sports events were held at Shea Stadium, Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center, Gillis Field House and the North Athletic Field. Sporting events included swimming, shot put, long and short jump and adaptive sports.
    Roughly 1,000 cadet and community members volunteered for the event, which helped to ensure the large crowd had fun while cheering their favorite athlete, and athletes had a smooth transition from one event to another.
    “We take part in the Special Olympics every year,” Lizzy Nesheiwat, coach of the Green Vipers team from Dutchess County, said. Read More

  • Army West Point AD Corrigan up for AD of the Year

    Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan is a finalist for the “SportsBusiness Journal” Athletic Director of the Year for the 2017-18 season.
    When looking at the credentials for a candidate of this honor, Corrigan has upgraded Army athletics in many of the areas of revenue generating, fundraising, winning percentage and facility upgrades.
    Not only has he accomplished a lot in those areas, he is the humble leader of an athletic department charged with the mission to prepare 1,100 cadet-athletes for a professional life of service to the nation as an officer in the United States Army.
    “Boo is the best athletic director in the country because he knows how to win, how to win honorably in accordance with West Point’s values,” Superintendent Lt. Read More

  • From the Foxhole…‘From the Pentagon’

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier this month, cadets from the Defense and Strategic Studies (DSS) program met with Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan in his office at the Pentagon.
    Class of 2018 Cadets Dakota Jones, Richard Lancaster, Timothy Porter and Jacob Reynolds spent the academic year working on a Defense and Strategic Studies capstone project focused on how to better recruit, develop, promote and retain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) leaders within the Department of Defense.
    The DSS capstone program matches small groups of cadets with real world clients who give the cadets a piece of a strategic problem on which to conduct research, develop innovative solutions and present concrete recommendations over the course of the academic year.
    The Office of the Secretary of Defense is the cadets’ capstone client. Read More

  • Military applications of the biology classroom

    The core biology (CH275) course recently hosted a series of special topics relating science to events within the military and industry. The goal of this lesson was to support faculty to bring their research and field experiences to cadets to illustrate how course concepts are used and applied throughout their respective specialties.
    The day began with Dr. George Kennedy, a first-year faculty member, describing how he uses genetic screens to determine the function of genes in the “making of a Ph.D.”
    The assistant course director, Maj. Ryan Rodriguez, related his research interests in vector-borne disease and how this impacts public health, particularly with mosquito-borne illnesses. Aaron Owens, recently retired Army logistician, addressed the “Science of Deployed Logistics.”
    With the final portion of the course focusing on human physiology, we were fortunate to have Dr. Read More

  • Projects Day: A day of innovation

    The U.S. Military Academy hosted Projects Day at various locations on West Point May 3. Projects Day highlights academic excellence across USMA showcasing leaders of character who think critically, internalize their professional identity and will employ their education to help build the Army and the nation’s future. Class of 2018 Cadets Amy Johnston and Geoffrey Stoker were two of four cadets who worked on an autonomous vehicle designed to be capable of winning the Intelligent Ground Vehicle competition. The vehicle is capable of navigating through an outdoor obstacle course that requires the robot to avoid obstacles, stay within the lanes of the course and reach multiple GPS waypoints. Read More

  • Panetta announced as Thayer Award recipient

    The West Point Association of Graduates announced Monday that former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will receive the prestigious Thayer Award in a ceremony scheduled for Oct. 4.
    Panetta, the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Defense, also held positions as third director of the Central Intelligence Agency, 18th White House chief of staff and chairman of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.
    Panetta currently serves on the boards of directors for Oracle and Blue Shield of California. He also serves as co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Defense Personnel Task Force and the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Countering Violent Extremism.
    The Thayer Award, established in honor of Col. Sylvanus Thayer, “Father of the Military Academy,” is presented to an outstanding citizen whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify the military academy’s motto, “Duty, Honor, Country.” The Association of Graduates has presented the award annually since 1958. Read More

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