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  • A slice of Army life

    West Point celebrated the Army’s 242nd birthday June 14 with a cake cutting ceremony at Washington Hall. (From left to right) Class of 2020 Cadets Seth Gonzalez and Breana McDonald, U.S. Corps of Cadets Command Sgt. Maj. Dawn Rippelmeyer and Class of 2020 Cadet Calvin Nguyen cut the U.S. Military Academy Army Birthday cake with a saber. Read More

  • At West Point, beware of the Bears

    WEST POINT, NY—It is that time of year again at West Point: bears patrolling the grounds. The location of West Point is beautiful, natural and wild and bears are an integral part of our surroundings.

    At West Point, Chris Pray, West Point’s Directorate of Public Works’ Natural Resources Branch Chief, estimates that there are between 10 to 15 bears on or near the reservation.

    “Some of these are old, wise residents who stick to the woods and others are juveniles passing through looking for a permanent home,” Pray said. “The inexperienced youngster is most likely to be tempted by trash, but either bear can become a nuisance if easy food resources bring them into close contact with humans. For those unaccustomed to seeing a bear outside of a zoo, finding one in their backyard can be a bit startling.”

    West Point is located in bear territory and in spite of all of the installation’s efforts, they will wander onto the cantonment area. Read More

  • Cadets develop their leadership at CLDT

    Can you lead? Can you make decisions under stress? From May 28-June 17, cadets from the Classes of 2018 and 2019 underwent one of the most intensive field trainings that the U.S. Military Academy offers in order to answer those questions.

    Cadet Leader Development Training (CLDT) is the culmination of West Point’s tactical and leader development training in the field. The mandatory field exercise was designed primarily for firsties as a capstone military training event to offer them a variety of leadership positions before commissioning as second lieutenants the following year.

    Throughout the two-plus week experience, cadets are tested through a variety of lanes, allowing them to employ tactical problem-solving skills in an ever-changing battlefield environment.

    Class of 2019 Cadet Grace Gomez took on the challenge a year earlier than most of her same-aged peers. Read More

  • CLDT II, CFT I graduates

  • USMA hosts its first resident Lean Six Sigma course

    The West Point Continuous Process Improvement Team was excited to announce 19 new Lean Six Sigma Green Belt(s) Candidates across 11 local organizations June 15. The two-week course was an arduous series of training events that combined traditional lecture-style instructional techniques with practical application and interactive simulations and scenarios.

    Lean Six Sigma combines two process improvement methods—Lean, focusing on reducing waste, and Six Sigma, reducing variation to improve quality.

    The goal: Equip each student with advanced practical tools to improve efficiency and effectiveness, and knowledge of when to use them.

    Capt. John Goodwill, Department of Military Instruction instructor, commented on the wide application of Lean Six Sigma across West Point.

    “Not one project was the same and each person was addressing a real world need from within the unique organization from which they came,” he said. Read More

  • A bond to save lives of suffering veterans

    Class of 2019 Cadet Nathan Zavanelli (right) founded a charity, A Bond of Iron, in January to help raise awareness for PTSD issues and veteran suicide. In 2010, his cousin, Michael, committed suicide after a long struggle with PSTD issues stemming from a deployment. His goal was to have a platform to help combat this stigma by raising awareness and funds. The goal of the charity was to compete in an Ironman Triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run) while having never competed in swimming or biking before. When he started training, Zavanelli barely knew how to swim. However, after several months of ambitious training, he competed in the Ironman Boulder in Boulder, Colo. June 11. All told he raised $3,100 for the cause and finished the Ironman Boulder in 14 hours, 14 minutes. Read More

  • Newly commissioned Lt. interested in ordnance disposal

    Recently commissioned 2nd Lt. Travis Chewning-Kulick from Liverpool, New York is a mechanical engineering degree holder who branched Ordnance from the USMA Class of 2017. Chewning-Kulick was a stellar cadet earning numerous honors, including Distinguished Cadet and Honor Graduate, received the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence, and is a National Science Foundation scholarship recipient.

    Chewning-Kulick has interned in the Mechanical Engineering Department since graduation through June 15. He worked on finishing a paper the Mechanical Engineering Department wanted to submit for publishing, as well as going to Picatinny Arsenal to go through the vetting process for next year’s capstone projects for West Point.

    Chewning-Kulick will be attending graduate school at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey in August and will again be working with Picatinny Arsenal. Read More

  • Read takes first at WPMS Speech Contest

    Daniel Read from West Point Middle School was awarded first place in the second annual West Point Middle School Speech Contest, June 2.

    The contest was open to all students in West Point Middle School and the theme of the contest was “A Volunteer Who Made a Difference.”

    The speech contest was founded by Maggie Haley, an 11th grader at James I. O’Neill High School in the Village of Highland Falls, New York.

    Haley was a state speech contest champion when she was in middle school in North Carolina. Upon realizing that there was no similar program here at West Point, she decided to share her love of public speaking with the students of West Point Middle School by starting a school-wide speech contest with the support of West Point Middle School’s Principal Miles Shea and their English teachers. Read More

  • Black and Gold Volunteers

    The Black and Gold Volunteer Recognition Ceremony for 3rd Quarter was held June 1 at Army Community Service building. The event was hosted by the Garrison Commander, Col. Andrew Hanson, and Command Sgt. Maj. Roderick Taylor, Garrison CSM. The Volunteer for the Quarter was Col. Michael Yankovich, the West Point Community Liaison to the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District Board of Education. Volunteers who received the 3rd Quarter Black and Gold Awards were front row (left to right): Col. Yankovich, Diane Moore, Jessica Oxendine, Kathy Schuck, Crystal Luhar, Sgt. Nicholas Smith, Sallyann Silk, Jane Kimbrell, Amy Book, Kerri Schools, Edward Schuck and Bekau Siau. Second row (left to right): Col. Hanson, Clare Miller, CSM Taylor, Charles Oxendine, Daniel Keating, Jill Boucher, Amy Gatzmeyer, Heather Smith, Rita Ann Jana, Fred Dahl, Chaplain David Jacob (for his spouse Nancy), Spc. Read More

  • Soldiers wise to learn from MacArthur, says CSA

    Gen. Douglas MacArthur “was a brilliant general, make no mistake about it,” said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, adding that MacArthur’s performance as a younger officer in World War I was “nothing short of amazing.”

    Milley spoke about MacArthur and the lessons that can be learned from him at the 30th annual General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award Ceremony at the Pentagon Thursday. He spoke to 28 captains and warrant officers who were there to be honored for their leadership, epitomized by MacArthur’s own creed: “duty, honor, country.”

    Milley said MacArthur was “one of the most highly decorated officers for personal bravery in the history of the United States Army. … This is a guy who walked across no-man’s land in World War I multiple times as a member of the great 42nd Division, the ‘Rainbow Division.’”

    In World War II, MacArthur was brilliant in the South Pacific. Read More

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