News and Features

  • Drone data collection

    The West Point Military Police works with cadet majors from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering in collecting pressure data via a drone while 75mm cannons fire blanks Nov. 4 at Range 11. The Drone Assisted Targeting Cadet Capstone team used netting to ensure that the cannon crew is physically separated from the drone. This project is supported by Army Futures Command, U.S. Combat Capabilities Development Center Armaments Center at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. The project aims to design a small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) that can fly near friendly tanks to help them with targeting. Read More

  • MP Company helps Cadet Capstone Project focused on drones flying near cannons

    By Katie Fraine
    Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

    Cade majors in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department at the U.S. Military Academy are being challenged to solve problems beyond the simple ones they come across in their textbooks. The capstone experience presents cadets with real-world problems that could impact how the Army fights and wins in the future.
    The specific project the CME cadets tackled  is supported by Army Futures Command, U.S. Combat Capabilities Development Center Armaments Center (CCDC AC) at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. The purpose of the project is to design a small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) that can fly near friendly tanks to help them with targeting.
    The cadets are responsible for designing, building and testing the drone, a housing on the tank where the drone will land and takeoff, as well the communications between the drone and the tank. Read More

  • West Point honors Native American Indian heritage with virtual observance

    Story and photos by Eric S. Bartelt
    PV Managing Editor

    The West Point Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity hosted a National American Indian Heritage Month virtual observance Nov. 19 to recognize American Indians for their respect for natural resources and the Earth, and for their many distinct and important contributions to the United States.
    The observance has been recognized in the month of November since 1990 through Public Law 101-343, and it allows Americans a chance to honor and celebrate the role the American Indian culture has played in American society, government, industry and the military.
    This year’s virtual observance guest speakers were Dr. Sara Jager, chief medical officer at a Navajo National tribal hospital in Tuba City, Arizona, and U.S. Read More

  • The Power of Awareness, the Strength to Lead the Future: Willink lectures cadets through virtual interview

    Story and photo by Jorge Garcia
    PV Staff Writer

    How do a leaders know when they’ve made the right choice before the results prove them right? What does it take to effectively lead Soldiers, or to make a decision you know is right even when detractors say otherwise? For cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, these are questions that typically arise as the years go by and as cadets steadily reach the end of their tenure at the academy and prepare for big Army.
    Luckily for these cadets, experienced leader, retired Navy SEAL officer and author of the New York Times bestseller, “Extreme Ownership,” Jocko Willink sat down for a virtual Microsoft TEAMS interview with the Director of the Modern War Institute, Col. Read More

  • One Stop Shop: Consolidating in/outprocessing to Bldg. 626

    Cadets and faculty will now visit Building 626 for in/outprocessing that houses G1, HHC, CPAC (civilian personnel), AMPO (military pay), G-8 (budget, travel), Transportation and SJA, which is located on the second floor. When entering the main door, turn to your right and down the hall. The first offices to the right are HHC (reception, first sergeant and commander); then when you move into the large open space, that now belongs to the G-1 (formerly was LRC transportation). the LRC transportation staff has shifted back to the northwest  corner of Building 626.                   Photos by Jorge Garcia/PV Read More


    Keller Army Community Hospital would like to welcome Capt. Grant Adams, D.O. — Internal Medicine/Primary Care. To schedule an appointment with Capt. Grant:
    • Call the Appointment Center at 845-938-7992 or 800-552-2907.
    • Scheduled an appointment via the TRICARE Patient Portal at
    We thnak you for putting your trust in Army Medicine and Keller Army Community Hospital … where Army Medicine is Army Strong.
    Courtesy Graphic from Keller Army Community Hospital Read More

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  • TRICARE, FEDVIP Open Season deadline is Dec. 14

    TRICARE Open Season is the annual period when you can enroll in or change your health care coverage for the next year. This year, TRICARE Open Season began Nov. 9 and ends Dec. 14. Any enrollment changes you make will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.
    Open season applies to anyone enrolled in or eligible for a TRICARE Prime option or TRICARE Select.
    Additionally, it is Open Season to enroll in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) or make changes to your existing FEDVIP plan.
    If you’re eligible to participate in TRICARE Open Season or FEDVIP Open Season, you have three options:
    •    Stay in your plan;
    •    Enroll in a plan;
    •    Change plans.
    For more information on TRICARE Open Season, go to Read More

  • Weathering winter: Preparedness is key

    By Thomas Slater
    Emergency Preparedness Specialist, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security

    Peggy, Quade, Roland and Shirley are among this season’s 26 winter storm names selected by the Weather Channel. There were 24 named storms last season. Winter is on its way, and the Hudson Valley will soon experience the season’s harsh conditions.
    Accumulated snow and ice can create treacherous conditions and generate concern for the health and safety of all persons on West Point. So it’s instructive to know how decisions are made that may impact installation operations, what impact these decisions have on the workforce and the West Point community, and where to find information on our local road conditions and closures or delays.
    The Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security has the responsibility to monitor weather conditions and, with the assistance of other support organizations, provide the garrison commander information and advice to help keep you and the entire West Point community safe. Read More

  • Virtual Benefits Fair

    Health Benefits Week, Season is ongoing

    The West Point Virtual Health Benefits Week is ongoing through Friday. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual in-person Health Benefits Fair at Eisenhower Hall for civilians during the benefits open season is not being held this year. Instead, in coordination with health providers, individuals can attend webinars, virtual seminars and one-on-one virtual meetings by appointment available to the West Point workforce during open season. The Health Benefits Open Season runs through Dec. 14 Read More

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