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  • Academy Meet forms competition, camaraderie between sister academies

    The fourth annual Inter Service Academy Meet for the West Point Parachute team took place on the parade field April 14-16 at the U.S. Military Academy. Parachutists from the West Point Black Knights and the Air Force Academy’s Wings of Blue went head-to-head during the friendly, yet competitive contest.

    The purpose of the dual meet between sister academies is to foster a fun rivalry while gaining skydiving experience.

    “It’s a nice chance for all of us to get together and share our experiences,” Head Coach of the Black Knights, Tom Falzone, said. “And it’s just one way to motivate our members a little bit more throughout the year because we only have a few competitions so it kind of gets that blood boiling a little bit sooner.”

    The weekend-long competition was comprised of the six-way speed formation, the four-way competition and sport accuracy. Read More

  • Army Women’s Boxing team wins first NCBA National Championship

    The Army West Point Women’s Boxing team won the National Championship title at the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) National Championships April 6-9 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

    This was the second year that the Army West Point Women’s Boxing team competed in the NCBA and the women represented the Academy well.

    It is a rigorous journey for Army boxers to qualify to compete at the National Championships.

    First the boxers fight at the West Point Brigade Boxing Open in order to earn a spot to compete at the NCBA Regional Conference Championships. Only the BBO champions may progress.

    In order for individual boxers to qualify for the National Championship competition, they must place first or second in the Regional Championships.

    On March 10, the Army West Point team entered seven fighters at separate weight classes in the NCBA Eastern Conference Regional championships. Read More

  • Author Coates speaks at Zengerle Lecture

    The U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Department of English and Philosophy hosted the second annual Zengerle Lecture in the Arts and Humanities, with guest speaker, author Ta-Nehisi Coates, April 12.

    The lecture, endowed by Joseph (USMA Class of 1964) and Lynda Zengerle, demonstrates the Academy’s enduring commitment to humanities education at West Point. The goal of the lecture is to “counter insularity” and forward equality while bridging the civilian-military divide. Last year’s lecturer was President of Harvard University, Drew Gilpin Faust.

    Coates addressed an audience of more than 800 USMA cadets, staff and faculty members at Robinson Auditorium.

    “I had to come here because I can’t think of a more important place to be for the things that I discuss, the things I’ve spent basically since my childhood perusing,” Coates recalled when he was accepting his invitation to speak at West Point. Read More

  • 2016-17 Cadet Club Activities

    Aviation: The West Point Flying team and other teams demonstrated their precision flying skills in power on and power off landings, attempting to put the aircraft as close as possible to chalk lines placed on the runway and the navigation event, predicting time over target and fuel burn as carefully as possible April 2 in New Windsor, New York.

    The day culminated with an awards dinner. West Point beat Navy and Coast Guard for the fourth time with some outstanding team and individual results.

    In the ground events, Class of 2017 Cadet Derek Powers took first place in preflight, Class of 2018 Cadet Dominic Clark placed first in aircraft recognition with newcomer Class of 2020 Cadet Galen Quiros taking third. Class of 2018 Cadet Kurt Klinkmueller (photo above) took first place in the simulator competition, manual flight computer and the navigation knowledge and planning events. Read More

  • U.S. Naval Academy takes Cyber Security Defense Trophy

    The 17th annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX) hosted by the National Security Agency and Department of Defense security personnel challenged 25 cadets from the U.S. Military Academy, the Naval Academy, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and the Royal Military College of Canada April 10-14. The U.S Air Force did not participate in this year’s exercise.

    The competition involved students in four cells or teams. The Blue Cell team was tasked to build, operate, secure and defend their networks from attacks from the ‘Red Cell.’ The Red Cell consists of NSA specialists conducting simulated real-world adversarial activities against the networks, such as infecting the system with malware.

    The Gray Cell team, also ran by the NSA, acted as the typical network users and mimic the actions of a typical untrained or careless user who may click on an unfamiliar link in an email or message. Read More

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  • Unconventional Warfare on the Hudson: Creative problem-solving in a complex environment

    On the cold, rainy morning of April 1, cadets from West Point’s Irregular Warfare Group (IWG) crossed the Hudson River to infiltrate into denied enemy territory as part of the IWG’s 2017 Unconventional Warfare Exercise. Their mission was to enable indigenous resistance movements to disrupt military and political activities in the breakaway self-proclaimed “People’s Republic of Pineland” in order to facilitate the forcible entry of a conventional task force to liberate occupied eastern “Pineland.”

    While this mission was part of a fictional scenario without any actual shots fired or lives lost, the very nature of Unconventional Warfare was on display.

    This multi-day training event in Esopus and Hyde Park, New York, involved over 60 USMA and Preparatory School cadets along with faculty from the Departments of Social Sciences, Chemistry and Life Science, Military Instruction, and the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic, and external support from the Scenic Hudson environmental and conservation group, the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and former senior leadership from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Read More

  • Geospatial, Simulation Operations at Aachen MOUT site

    On March 29, the crisp spring air over Aachen MOUT site was filled with the sound of whirring propellers and the sight of what would once have been a matter of science fiction.

    Fixed and rotary wing drones of all sizes were buzzing across the sky as strange looking instruments on tripods spun on the ground.

    The activities of the day were the result of months of planning and coordination across seven organizations from the public, private and defense sectors.

    The exercise was initiated by Lt. Col.Christopher Hartline, director of the West Point Simulation Center, and Lt. Col. Ian Irmischer, assistant professor of Geospatial Information Science (GIS) in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.

    The goal was two-fold: Develop Soldier centric capabilities for impromptu 3D mapping using small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) and develop methodologies and proof of concepts for developing simulation terrain from sUAS. Read More

  • Former NFL star speaks out against domestic violence

    WASHINGTON—Troy Vincent is remembered by National Football League fans as a great cornerback who played for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins from 1992 to 2006.

    But Vincent said he also wants to be remembered as someone who speaks out against domestic violence, the majority of which is directed against women.

    He took his message to the Pentagon during a speaking engagement hosted by the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Prevention office April 13.

    Vincent recounted how, as a child, he witnessed the horrors of extreme domestic abuse by his mother’s boyfriend, who regularly beat her.

    That abuse resulted in numerous hospital visits, he said, and one attack proved so violent that every bone in her face was fractured. Read More

  • Easter Hunt

    West Point Family Homes Easter egg hunt April 12 was a huge success thanks to Desray Gibby for providing music and doing the bunny hop before the hunt. Girl Scout Troop 345 helped stuff 1,000 eggs, and helped control the crowd. The Easter Bunny and his small chick gave out bunny ears and candy to all the children. All 100-plus children were allowed to get nine eggs each.  Courtesy Photos Read More

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