News and Features

  • George W. Bush to receive Thayer Award

    Former President of the United States George W. Bush will receive the prestigious Thayer Award in a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Military Academy’s Association of Graduates today.

    The Corps of Cadets will conduct a parade in his honor at 5 p.m. on the Plain, prior to the award presentation dinner.

    The parade is open to the public.

    Bush, the 43rd president of the United States and former governor of Texas, holds an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Harvard University.

    He is the son of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the 1994 Thayer Award recipient, which makes this the first time a father and son have been awarded this prestigious honor. Read More

  • West Point Band celebrating 200 years

    Join the West Point Band at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall in New York City Oct. 29, as it celebrates 200 years of continuous service to the U.S. Military Academy, the Army and the nation.

    The band traces its history to the American Revolution, when in 1778, Gen. George Washington appointed musicians to West Point on the Hudson River after Gen. Samuel Holden Parsons’ 1st Connecticut Brigade crossed the Hudson River and established West Point as a permanent military post.

    During the last 200 years, the band has evolved into one of the most capable and professional performing ensembles in the nation, comprising musicians drawn from the nation’s top music schools and performing groups.

    Be immersed in two centuries of music with a multimedia experience that explores the band’s storied history from the birth of the nation to today. Read More

  • Halloween reminders to keep safe, stay out of trouble

    It’s that time of year again! Halloween is a tradition that has been around for ages, but as much fun as it is, we’d like to keep residents informed of some of the trouble that comes with it. The night before Halloween, Devil’s Night, or more commonly known as Mischief Night, is the night that teenagers like to find mischief.

    Most of the time it is innocent fun. However, there are times when the mischief goes a little too far and strays into the juvenile crime area. Some of the common mischief we have seen is: smashing pumpkins, egging houses or covering an entire yard in toilet paper.

    This mischief gets out of control and escalates to criminal behavior by egging people, vehicles and breaking windows. Read More

  • Relationships 101 Symposium: “Unlocking the Mystery of Relationships”

    The U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention and Cadets Against Sexual Harassment/Assault programs hosted the Relationships 101 Symposium, “Unlocking the Mystery of Relationships,” Oct. 10-12.

    Participants for the three-day event included cadets, staff and faculty, as well as members of the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Norwich, and the Department of the Navy and Army SAPRO and members of the West Point community.

    Participants were given the opportunity to learn from a variety of speakers educated in healthy relationships and the prevention of sexual harassment and assault. The symposium also allowed for open discussion amongst participants through activities, lectures and networking.

    CASH/A captain, Class of 2018 Cadet Theresa Hinman, says the event helps educate people on what ‘right’ looks like, and how cadets can build healthy relationships. Read More

  • CCDP engages participants on difficult leadership decisions

    Thirty West Point graduates from the classes of 1968 through 1970 joined cadets in the Cadet Character Development Program Leader Challenge on Monday.

    Developed at West Point, the Leader Challenge method of developing leaders is part of a profession-wide effort to improve learning and leader development.

    Each Leader Challenge session engaged participants in a difficult leadership decision. This session was about the officer and non-commissioned officer relationship.

    To make the challenge more context-based, collaborative and problem-centered, the scenario was described via recorded video by the officer who actually experienced it.

    Class of 2018 Cadet Amber Clay led a class through platoon leader and platoon sergeant relationships in a session called “Butting Heads.” She noted the value in this discussion was the real life account from an actual lieutenant. Read More

  • USMAPS Cadet Candidates remember 9/11, honor fallen

    On Sept. 12, more than 250 cadet candidates, staff and faculty from the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School took the nearly two-hour trip to visit the 9/11 Museum and Memorial in New York City.

    For the older generation, each individual can recall the exact moment and setting they were in when they saw or heard about the attack on the United States.

    “I was in my sophomore year of high school and all classes ceased when they heard of the attack,” Capt. William Allsup, the Bravo Company tactical officer, said. “All the students rushed to televisions to watch the events unfold. I thought that I was watching footage of another country being attacked until I realized that it was the Twin Towers that had been struck,”

    For many of the officers and noncommissioned officers, the events of that day solidified their decisions to join the armed forces and serve their country. Read More

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  • WPES, WPMS raise $25,000 through PTO Read-a-Thon

    The top readers, all in the fourth grade, won top awards from the Parent-Teacher Organization. Standing between a teacher and the Dean of the Academic Board, Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, are (left-to-right) Kameron Kaylor, Caitlyn Davis, Joseph Chung, Shannon Faint and Francisco Gonzalez Marquez. The West Point Elementary and Middle schools participated in the annual read-a-thon for two weeks. Students logged reading minutes and gather sponsors to make pledges. The minutes read was tracked to traveling the 136-mile route from Michie Stadium to Lincoln Field in Philadelphia. Each minute read equaled to three yards. Students read a total of 106,886 minutes at the elementary school and 69,326 at the middle school and both schools raised a total of $25,000. Read More

  • USMA Exchange Cadets perform air assualt, mountain training in Spain

    Currently, 10 West Point 3rd class cadets serve as exchange students with the Spanish Military Academy in Zaragoza, Spain.

    The USMA cadets are taking on the challenging training opportunities with their Spanish counterparts.

    A month since their arrival, the cadets have served as instructors for the Spanish “Nuevos” (a term used for their newest cadets like plebes) working hand-in-hand with other peer year group Spanish cadets.

    Training is held in the vast and difficult training areas near the Spanish Military Academy; their training land is approximately 20 times the size of the West Point training area and similar in ruggedness to Afghanistan. The area is one of the largest across Europe.

    After working with the Spanish “Nuevos” for a week and a half, the cadets transitioned to a phase of training with emphasis on Air Assault School style operations. Read More

  • Changes are coming to TRICARE—are you ready?

    Changes are coming to your TRICARE benefit beginning Jan. 1, 2018. These changes will give you more benefit choices, improving your access to care, simplifying cost shares and allowing you to take command of your health.

    “Taking command of your health means empowering you to make the right health care and coverage choices for you and your family,” said Jason Medford, health benefits supervisor, Keller Army Community Hospital. “Leading up to Jan. 1, 2018, we will connect you with TRICARE resources to navigate your benefit questions.”

    The best way for you to prepare now is to update your information in DEERS, sign up for TRICARE benefit updates, and visit

    TRICARE is changing. Here is what you need to know:

    Region Consolidation

    Currently, there are three TRICARE regions in the U.S.: North, South and West. Read More

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