News and Features

  • CBT cadre arrives

    U.S. Military Academy staff sets up stations to receive the Cadet Basic Training cadre Sunday at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School. Arriving cadets checked in , got their temperatures taken , were tested for COVID-19, ate their first meals back at the academy and received a briefing from the superintendent and commandant on how to assimilate during their return to West Point. Read More

  • COVID-19: MWR facility and program updates

    The following services are open:
    • Army Community Service (ACS)—Call ACS at 845-938-4621.
    • Automotive Center—It is open for “Self-Help” patrons and “Fleet Services” only. For complete details, visit https://westpoint.armymwr.com/programs/automotive-center.
    • CYS Parent Central Services—The CYS Parent Central Services is open by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 845-938-4458/0939/3969 between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    • Dog Parks—Please limit groups and cleanup after yourself.
    • MWR Fitness Center—It is now open for active duty only. For complete listing of hours of operation and applicable rules, visit https://westpoint.armymwr.com/programs/mwr-fitness-center.
    • Lake Frederick Recreation Area—It remains open for fishing and passive recreation, but now also open for cabin rentals.
    • West Point Bowling Center— Lanes are now open (pay per hour), but currently available by reservation only. Read More

  • New cellphone tower brings Verizon service to Route 293

    Starting in mid-May, some commuters driving between Monroe and West Point along Route 293 may have noticed a change as their music didn’t stop streaming and their calls didn’t suddenly drop due to a lack of cellphone service.
    The change was the result of a multi-year collaborative effort among West Point, the Army Corps of Engineers and Verizon Wireless to build a new cellphone tower between the U.S. Military Academy’s Camp Buckner and Camp Natural Bridge along Route 293. The construction of the new tower is the first step in the process of providing cell service along the 293 corridor and throughout West Point’s training areas. An AT&T tower is expected to be completed in spring 2021, which will further increase coverage in the area. Read More

  • Rabies: Important facts and information

    As a federal installation and training ground for future Soldiers, West Point is surrounded by rough terrain and lush forests ideal for combat training. Nestled next to the Hudson River, the U.S. Military Academy and the surrounding communities are also home to a myriad of wildlife, birds and protected species including, but not limited to, the northern long-eared bat, the bald eagle and the timber rattlesnake.
    With so many species present in the surroundings, one must be careful of zoonotic illnesses for which the human population may be at risk. One such illness is rabies.
    Rabies is a disease spread by mammals caused by the virus Rabies Lyssavirus.  Though the dog is the most commonly known host that harbors the virus, rabies can also be spread by other animals. Read More

  • CIO/G-6 realigns to improve Army network, cyber capabilities

    WASHINGTON—The Army is realigning its chief information officer/G-6 position into two separate roles to meet current and future multi-domain operational requirements and remain competitive within the information technology and cyber environments.
    About 18 years ago, the Army opted to integrate the CIO and G-6 positions under one organization, said Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, the Army’s current CIO/G-6.
    “A lot has happened in the last 18 years in terms of technological advancements,” Crawford said. In the past 10 to 20 years, the Army has witnessed continual growth in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing, to name a few.
    Leaders serving in his position have provided strategic direction for Army’s enterprise and tactical networks. Further, they maintained oversight of the force’s IT and command, control, communication and computer efforts. Read More

  • Hold on to your hats … Hurricane season is almost here

    Hurricane season has arrived. With the 2019 season’s Andrea, Barry and Dorian still fresh on the minds of many, the question is: What will 2020 bring? Like dark clouds on the distant horizon, forecasters at all the major weather centers—including the Old Farmer’s Almanac—are predicting an above average 2020 Atlantic hurricane season with 13-16 named storms, including five hurricanes, with three of them expected to be major: a Category 3 or higher. A typical year, based on weather records that go back to 1950, has 12 tropical storms, of which six are hurricanes. What will the “big one” be named—Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard or one of the other 16 storm names for 2020?
    Last year, for the season that ran from June 1 to Nov. Read More

  • KACH ‘Returns to Readiness’

    Keller Army Community Hospital continues to reopen its services in order to provide more robust “outpatient” and “specialty” services to its beneficiaries.
    On a weekly basis, KACH is validating its processes to make sure it can provide the highest quality of care in a safe environment.
    In late June, KACH began seeing active duty Soldiers and cadets for non-urgent readiness care. Moving forward, each week it will reassess its ability to open for greater elective face-to-face appointments for all beneficiary categories and anticipate that it will be able to meet all its beneficiaries’ needs shortly.
    During this period, KACH will continue to provide urgent care and emergency care.

    Additionally, it will continue to offer its beneficiaries telephonic and virtual appointments to meet routine care needs and provide concierge services such as its in-car pharmacy dispensing program. Read More
  • KACH Pharamacy Curbside Pick-up

    The Keller Army Community Hospital will continue to provide beneficiaries with ‘in-car’ pharmacy dispensing.
    This service is available during the pharmacy hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    This program allows Keller free up space in our waiting rooms. In doing so, we can maintain social distancing and reduce the possibility of in-hospital COVID-19 transmission
    Beneficiaries will need to call the pharmacy to ensure we have your medications filled prior to coming to the pharmacy.
    Refill prescriptions can still be called into the refill line for pick up after two business days.
    When you arrive at the pharmacy, pull in to one of the numbered pharmacy parking spaces and call the pharmacy for a hospital representative to bring your medications to your car. 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

  • COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

    West Point Commissary hours change for Saturday
    The West Point Commissary is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday for the Fourth of July. As a reminder, customers will not be allowed in the commissary without a face mask.

    West Point-Town of the Highlands Farmers Market
    The West Point-Town of the Highlands Farmers Market is open for the 2020 season. The farmers market takes place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays on Main Street in Highland Falls, across from the West Point Visitors Center. The farmers market is scheduled to run through October.
    This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following policies must be rendered: face masks are required, follow designated paths, social distance by staying six-feet apart, no sampling or handling and no lingering/loitering. Read More

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