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  • Finding the right branch as Army transitions

    The Army is changing, but as the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy prepare to become the next generation of Army leaders, they are getting ready to face that challenge head on.
    During the annual Branch Week at West Point from Sept. 10-14, the cadets had the chance to learn about each of the branches open to them upon graduation and how they are adapting to the changes currently facing the Army.
    After 16 years of warfare in the Middle East and with the constantly growing importance of electronics in the Army, the challenges facing this generation of cadets are different than any before.
    “The Army is in a transition right now. We have fought wars in a certain way for the last 16 years and we are facing threats that are near-peer,” Capt. Read More

  • Free Disaster Preparedness Kit—Don’t procrastinate, participate

    What if tomorrow happened today? Hurricane Florence is a stark reminder that we are all susceptible to dangerous situations. The likelihood that you and those you care for will be involved in a potentially life-threatening incident is 100 percent, but you can control the likelihood that the threat you face will cause you and others great harm. The choice is yours.
    The West Point garrison commander has invited officials from the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps (CPC) to present a highly informative emergency preparedness seminar from 9:30-11 a.m. Sept. 27 at Eisenhower Hall Auditorium.
    Those that register for and attend this event (https://prepare.ny.gov/training-events), they will receive a free CPC Response Starter Kit, and qualify for a free multi-function emergency radio. Read More

  • USMAPS Cadet Candidates reflect on 9/11 with Memorial visit

    On Sept. 10, the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School cadet candidates traveled  to Manhattan and visited the One World Trade Center, 9/11 Memorial and the 9/11 Museum.
    The purpose of this visit was for the cadet candidates to pay respect to all who lost their lives on that fateful day.
    The trip was set just a day before the 17th anniversary of the attack that changed our nation forever. The memorial is a constant reminder of the destruction that took place and America’s unwillingness to stop fighting.
    After arriving early Monday morning, the companies within the battalion split up. Cadet candidates spent several hours walking through the museum, viewing the memorial pools, and traveling to the observation deck of the Freedom Tower. Read More

  • Army educational opportunities for active duty in field of law

    The U.S. Military Academy has many postgraduate opportunities for cadets to further their education, such as funded education for medical school and a variety of scholarships.
    The Army also has postgraduate funded education programs for active-duty service members. One of them is the Judge Advocate General’s Funded Legal Education Program.
    “The Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP) is based on statute and applies to all branches of the military as well,” Maj. Matthew Gallagher, chief of administrative and civil law, said. “The Army can select up to 25 Army officers each fiscal year on a competitive basis to attend law school leading to a Juris Doctor or a bachelor of law degree at an approved civilian law school.
    “The Army finds value in bringing in young officers who have usually between two and six years of active duty,” Gallagher added. Read More

  • Never Forget: Honoring the Fallen of 9/11

    The West Point community remembered and honored the nearly 3,000 souls who lost their lives on another Tuesday, 17 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. Due to the weather, the West Point community packed Eisenhower Hall for the annual Remembrance Ceremony.
    The event that occurred 17 years ago was the worst terrorist attack, in terms of the death toll in history. Since that day, the words “Never Forget” have become a rallying cry.
    “Sept. 11, 2001 started as just another ordinary Tuesday,” U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams said. “News headlines focused on the defense department’s plan to eliminate wasteful spending, the United Nations was certifying the results of East Timor’s first democratic election and Michael Jordan possibly coming out of retirement. Read More

  • Branch Week: Gathering information for right career choice

    For three years, the Class of 2019 has been working to learn about all the branching options open to them upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy. Now, it is time to make their final rankings and express their preferences.
    This week marks the annual Branch Week at West Point where representatives from each of the branches open to cadets after they graduate from USMA set up displays to talk about their branches and answer questions. For Plebes and Yearlings, the week is geared toward educating them on what their options are. Cows, on the other hand, are expected to spend the week talking to branches that interest them and start narrowing down their preferences.
    The real pressure falls on the Firsties who have until Monday at 11 p.m. Read More

  • Cadet Spirit Band: Bringing the spirit with enthusiasm

    Tucked in the midst of the Corps of Cadets section at Michie Stadium, a small group of cadets refuses to be dampened no matter the score or weather.
    With instruments in hand, the members of the Cadet Spirit Band are dancing, cheering and, of course, playing music as they do everything they can to spur the cadets on as they cheer for the Army West Point Football team.
    “I think we bring the spirit,” Class of 2019 Cadet Abby Greco, the band president, said. “We are standing the whole time, we are jumping and we are yelling. We are upfront, so we kind of steer the corps and have fun. We try to play music that is newer or popular so people really invest in it and get excited.”
    The spirit band practices two nights a week and attends every football game–home and away–as well as tailgates, spirit luncheons and select basketball games. Read More

  • Centurion Pin ceremony honors cadet club captains

    Sixteen cadet captains of their respective competitive club sport, and U.S. Military Academy Class of 2019 Thomas Durst, the student athletic club coordinator, received the Centurion Pin in the annual Centurion Award Ceremony Sept. 5. The pins are presented to recognize the accomplishments and dedication of the 2019 competitive club team captains and the SACC.
    Competitive clubs represented were men’s and women’s boxing, climbing, crew, cycling, equestrian, fencing, judo, marathon, orienteering, power lifting, men’s and women’s team handball, triathlon, volleyball and water polo.
    The Department of Physical Education supervises 16 competitive club athletic teams.
    “Club members select their team captains based on their physical prowess, dedication to the team and leadership abilities,” Capt. Brian Kavanagh, boxing instructor and competitive clubs athletics coordinator for the Department of Physical Education said. Read More

  • Double tab female talks to cadets

    Capt. Erin McShane, U.S. Military Academy Class of 2013 (speaking to cadets in right photo), and Capt. Jozlyn Mccaw, USMA Class of 2014, diversity outreach officer, presented a fireside chat to cadets Sept. 6 in Thayer Hall. McShane is the ninth female graduate of Ranger School and the second double tabbed woman as she also has a Sapper tab. McShane spoke about her experiences and that she hopes her next challenge is as a member of the Cultural Support Team in Afghanistan. Read More

  • Cadets unfurl flag at U.S. Open men’s, women’s finals

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