News and Features

  • USMA honors newest SAMC NCOs

    The U.S. Military Academy inducted 11 non-commissioned officers (10 are pictured) into the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club during a ceremony Friday in the Haig Room. The ceremony was conducted by Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Curtis A. Buzzard and USMA Command Sgt. Maj. Jack Love. The 11 new SAMC members received their medals and were joined by other West Point SAMC members who all comprise the top 2% of non-commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. They are selected to the club based on demonstrated leadership, professionalism and overall general military knowledge. These NCOs demonstrate excellence on a daily basis. Read More

  • Keller Corner: Update on Coronavirus: KACH ready to test cadets, Soldiers arriving at West Point

    As the U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets return to the academy, each cadet will be tested for COVID-19, starting with members of the Class of 2020 from May 26-30.
    Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Polk, Louisiana, who will be conducting summer training will also be tested as they begin arriving in mid-June.
    The testing process will be handled by medical professionals from Keller Army Community Hospital, which is located on-post at West Point.
    The current plan is for cadets and Soldiers arriving at West Point to be screened and swabbed at Camp Buckner. The samples will then be transported to KACH to be tested.
    “Keller’s mission is to test the Class of 2020 while protecting both the cadets and hospital staff,” said Col. Read More

  • Plans in place to safely welcome Class of 2020 back to West Point

    After Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, announced March 19 that the Corps of Cadets would not be returning from spring break as planned, academy leadership immediately began planning how and when cadets would arrive back at West Point.
    That plan will go into effect Tuesday as the first members of the Class of 2020 return to West Point to begin outprocessing prior to their graduation ceremony June 13.
    The cadets are currently spread throughout the country but they have to return to the academy before beginning their Army careers. At the bare-minimum, cadets need to move out of their rooms in the barracks and pickup their cars if they didn’t take them home for spring break. Read More

  • New emergency leave available to Army civilians affected by COVID-19

    WASHINGTON—Army employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic will have the option of taking up to two weeks of emergency paid sick leave in addition to other paid leave entitlements.
    The new leave option, part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, allows civilians to take the emergency leave from April 1 through Dec. 31, provided that they meet certain conditions. The emergency sick leave will be separate from the normal sick leave civilians accrue and can be taken without using accrued sick leave.
    “This is a new leave category that is provided to employees that may need to use this option to be able to care for family members or themselves, which is critically important as we all navigate our way through COVID-19,” said Thomas Fore, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for civilian personnel. Read More

  • Camp Buckner operations: Preparing Camp Buckner for cadets, task force

    Anthony Curatello and William Lloyd  install a cove base in the barracks at Camp Buckner. Workers from West Point’s Directorate of Public Works have put in more than 2,000 man hours into repairing and cleaning buildings throughout Camp Buckner to prepare for the return of the Corps of Cadets and summer training.  Issues with plumbing and wiring were fixed throughout Camp Buckner and each barracks was cleaned and painted. DPW crews also fixed leaking roofs and repaired broken windows on numerous buildings. Read More

  • COVID-19: MWR facility and program updates

    The following services remain OPEN (until further notice):
    • Dog Parks—Please limit groups and cleanup after yourself.
    • West Point Bowling Center—Open 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Food delivery and pick up only.
    • Round Pond Recreation Area—Permitted fishing and passive recreation only, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. For West Point fishing permits, create an online account at https://westpoint.isportsman.net.

    • Morgan Farm Pet Grooming—Now accepting reservations. You must call ahead for an appointment at 845-938-3926. Also, if you’re PCS’ing away from West Point this summer and will be checking out of your RV Storage site, Morgan Farm would like to hear from you. Contact Trish at Morgan Farm at 845-938-3926.

    The following services are closed or cancelled (until further notice):
    • MWR Administrative Offices. Read More

  • COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

    LRC CIF appointments for retiring, ETSing military personnel
    Due to COVID-19, all military personnel who will be retiring or ETSing and require clearing through the Logistics Readiness Center West Point Central Issue Facility (CIF) will be required to make an appointment by phone.
    To make an appointment, call 845-938-4562 or 845-938-1835.

    Logistics Readiness Center message
    We regret to inform the community that the SMURF buses are indefinitely suspended due to lack of drivers.
    The Transportation and Maintenance Division will continue to provide a bus for handicapped patrons from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. To call for that service, call 938-4468 or 938-2018.
    The taxi service was suspended at the beginning of the current COVID-19 crisis in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus. Read More

  • COMMUNITY FEATURED ITEM

    West Point Tax Center closed and IRS extension
    The West Point Tax Center is officially closed. However, the IRS has extended the federal income tax filing and payment deadlines.
    In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the IRS is automatically extending the federal income tax filing and payment deadlines until July 15. This extensions applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.
    Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief.
    Please note, the extension does not apply to state income tax filings or payments. Check with your state of residence for state income tax filing and payment deadlines. Read More

  • Shakespeare monologues go virtual on Projects Day

     At 2 a.m. in a dark room of her house, Class of 2023 Cadet Hannah Lamb set up a video camera, put on a makeshift costume and began to recite lines from Shakespeare’s “Othello.”
    She played the role of Iago, the play’s villain, as he lays out his scheme to take down Othello, the main protagonist in the play. Her costume consisted of a vest and scarf she pulled out of her closet and a National Honor Society cord left over from her high school graduation. She used a chess set to symbolize the pieces of Iago’s plan and a candle served as the only source of light during the eerie scene.
    The final video was her submission to the Academy Idol Shakespeare monologue competition hosted annually by the U.S. Read More
  • Transient barracks housing cadets during pandemic

    While most of the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy have been home since leaving for spring break in March, 21 cadets remain at the academy in the transient barracks set up to house those who were unable to go home.

    The majority of the cadets staying in the transient barracks are foreign exchange students who were not able to go home during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Capt. Dymitri Dutkanicz, the tactical officer overseeing the transient barracks. Other cadets had already chosen to stay at West Point during spring break and then made the decision to remain at the academy instead of traveling. Some cadets have also returned to the academy if their situations at home were untenable to continue taking online classes. Read More

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