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  • Killingsworth new USCC CSM

    Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth L. Killingsworth (left) took responsibility as the 26th U.S. Corps of Cadets command sergeant major during an assumption of responsibility ceremony Jan. 8 at the Haig Room. He receives the unit guidon from Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Curtis A. Buzzard during the ceremony. “Duty, Honor and Country serve as the cornerstone in a foundation that has created leaders of character for over 200 years. We honor all those who came before us by upholding the reputation of West Point through the tenants of discipline, academic achievement, and integrity,” Killingsworth said. “It’s my deepest privilege to serve as the Corps of Cadets Command Sergeant Major and to continue the history, legacy and tradition of this great institution.” Before assuming responsibility, Killingsworth, native of Chattanooga, Tenn., was the command sergeant major for the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Bragg, N.C. Read More

  • McConville reiterates West Point is ‘gold standard’ for leader development

    Standing on the ice in a white Army West Point hockey jersey with the number 40 representing his designation as the 40th Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. James C. McConville grabbed a microphone and made an announcement to the crowd.
    “The SAMI is cancelled tomorrow,” McConville said before high-fiving U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams and walking off the ice.
    As a USMA graduate in the class of 1981, cancelling the SAMI, or Saturday A.M. inspection of cadets’ rooms, was a huge gift to the future officers studying at West Point, which McConville called the “gold standard” for leader development.
    “Where is the core of the Army going to come from? It’s going to come from here, that’s why it’s so important,” he said. Read More

  • West Point staff, cadets learn about importance of donating blood

    The Armed Services Blood Bank invited U.S. Military Academy graduate and former Black Knights football player retired Col. Gregory Gadson, Class of 1989, to attend the West Point Blood Drive and speak with the Vanguard Battalion at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School. He served as a motivational speaker after attending a luncheon with the cadets.
    “I think today I felt like I was really imparting this journey of life to them and holding yourself accountable to be your best,” Gadson said. “It’s not about competing against other folks, just competing against yourself.”
    Gadson served in every major conflict in the past two decades. During a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq in 2007, he was severely wounded. He lost both legs and required 129 units of blood to survive. Read More

  • West Point Museum’s new exhibition highlights 19th century reality at West Point

    The West Point Museum has opened a new exhibition featuring stereographs that allow visitors to experience West Point and the U.S. Military Academy as it appeared between 1860 and 1900.
    Stereographs and their accompanying hand-held viewers are the 19th century equivalent to the virtual reality viewers such as Google Cardboard and Oculus that we know today.
    Local photographers and large photography shops from New York City produced and reproduced hundreds of stereographs of the academy from the 1860s until the turn of the 20th century.
    In 2014, the West Point Museum received a donation of more than 300 stereographs of West Point. The views in this exhibit highlight this remarkable collection and offer a look into cadet life and the military academy’s historic campus from the mid-19th century until the early 20th century. Read More

  • Supe’s priorities, staff’s accomplishments highlighted at Town Hall

    U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams hosted his semiannual staff and faculty town hall Tuesday.Williams and Command Sgt. Maj. Jack Love recognized staff and faculty from throughout West Point for their years of service and accomplishments during the fall semester.  Williams outlined his priorities for the spring semester and updated those in attendance on Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville’s strategy prior to McConville’s visit to West Point. Read More

  • West Point cadet overcomes trials, earns Foley award

    As Camm Johnson approached the podium to speak at his mother’s funeral, he noticed how the church was filled with people as far as his eyes could see. In the back standing against the wall was a sea of gray; over 60 cadets from the U.S. Military Academy wore their dress uniforms to support him during his time of loss.
    In a letter that recommended Johnson, 24, as a candidate for the Lt. Gen. Robert Foley Scholarship of Honor award, he was described as universally loved and respected by his peers for having an infectiously positive personality by Company C-2 Tactical Officer Maj. Jonathan Leggett.
    Johnson received the award Dec. 19 before graduating the following day, a non-traditional time of year to earn his degree and give his first salute as a commissioned officer. Read More

  • C-2 Flying Circus takes flight with precious cargo

    Over the past few years, extensive barracks renovations and construction across the cadet area couldn’t go unnoticed at the U.S. Military Academy.
    As a result of recent renovations, cadet companies have been shuffled around geographically like a deck of cards. Each cadet company brings with them foosball tables, televisions, furniture, photos, memorials of the fallen and even murals.
    “The murals embody the soul and spirit of the company,” Capt. Carter Bell, Company C-2 Training Advising Counseling (TAC) Officer, said. “They differentiate us from the rest of the Corps and gives us our own unique climate and culture.”
    The Flying Circus, Company C-2, has a special patch that bares the Snoopy trademark, which retired Col. Gus Stafford obtained formal approval to use from Snoopy’s creator, Charles Schulz, when he designed the company patch as a cadet. Read More

  • World War II survivor shares war stories with cadets

    The ground was frozen as a World War II Soldier pounded icy mud and shoveled tree roots away. He was completely exhausted and his stomach growled endlessly, but he kept digging into the night. The fear of what’s to come grew during the four hours it took to dig his shelter against enemy fire.
    As the rising sun burned away the dense fog, his view of the Belgium countryside was cleared just before the war began to surround him. The ground shook as Nazi German tanks drove through, causing a once peaceful morning to erupt with the thunderous sounds of bombs smashing into the earth while deafening machine guns shot off in every direction.
    The Battle of the Bulge made history as one of the deadliest, bloodiest campaigns seen throughout World War II. Read More

  • Support our warfighters during National Blood Donor Month

    January is National Blood Donor Month, and West Point is hosting an Armed Forces Blood Program blood drive Monday-Wednesday to support efforts to ensure our warfighters have the blood and blood products they need to make it home from the battlefield.
    Between holiday travel, cold-and-flu season and bad weather disrupting drives, it is particularly challenging to keep enough blood on the shelves to care for our troops and their families.
    The ASBP’s annual drive here at West Point helps get the year started off right, and relies on the support of our entire community to be a success.
    Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military, according to their website. Read More

  • Don’t be alarmed—be prepared: First Responders to conduct training at old elementary school

    If you see firefighters, police officers, police vehicles and dogs on the grounds of the old West Point Elementary School later this month, don’t be alarmed. Although it could look real, it will be a training opportunity for our first responders.
    The West Point Military Police and Fire Department, the New York State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will conduct training from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Jan. 30, at the old, now vacant West Point Elementary School building.
    On Jan. 27, the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) will extend the training until 9 p.m. in order to use night vision technology.
    The training will not interrupt school activities, but students, teachers and residents near the old elementary school should expect to hear some loud or unusual noises. Read More

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