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  • Dunwoody receives 2019 Thayer Award

    Retired Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody received the West Point Association of Graduates 2019  Thayer Award Oct. 10 during ceremonies hosted by Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams. Dunwoody troops the line with Williams during the Thayer Award Parade to honor Dunwoody.  Dunwoody receives the Thayer Award Medal from Williams and the Chairman of the West Point AOG, Joseph E. DeFrancisco. The Thayer Award, established in honor of Col. Sylvanus Thayer, “Father of the Military Academy,” is presented to an outstanding citizen whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify the military academy’s motto, “Duty, Honor, Country.” The Association of Graduates has presented the award annually since 1958. Read More

  • Force protection, parking for Michie Stadium concert

    The following parking and force protection measures will be in effect in support of the Michie Stadium Concert on Friday:
    • Through 4 p.m. Sunday, there will be NO parking allowed along Mills Road adjacent to the East stands of Michie Stadium.
    • On Friday, there will be NO deliveries allowed of any sort on the installation after noon.
    • The following road closures are in effect on Friday and Saturday:
    * From 2:30 p.m.-1 a.m.—Stony Lonesome Road/Howze Place along the West side of Michie Stadium.
    * From 2:30 p.m.-1 a.m.—Stony Lonesome Road/Mills Road through the East side of Michie Stadium to Herbert Hall.
    • Mills Road will remain open to pedestrian traffic through Friday and will close at noon to all foot traffic. Read More

  • Dierks Bentley set to play Michie Stadium Friday

    Country music will take over Michie Stadium at West Point Friday evening as the Army West Point Football team hits the road to face Georgia State.
    With the stadium vacated by the Black Knights for the weekend, the West Point Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation is hosting country music superstars Dustin Lynch and Dierks Bentley.
    The opening act will take the stage at 7 p.m. with Lynch and Bentley following soon after.
    “Playing at West Point on the field of Michie Stadium, home of the Black Knights, it’s a big deal,” Bentley said. “There’s an added feeling knowing we’re playing for West Point and all the cadets, alum and a lot of folks in the military. It’s a really special night for the guys.”
    The concert at West Point is an added stop on Bentley’s Burning Man tour which crisscrossed the country for months before ending in September. Read More

  • Academics research character development at USMA

    A Celebration of West Point Authors was held at the Haig Room in Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center Oct. 8 at the U.S. Military Academy. This biannual event brings awareness to research currently taking place at the academy.
    Associate Dean Chris Barth shared that some instructors are currently working on research aligned with West Point senior leadership’s interest in developing character within cadets.
    “This event falls in with the superintendent’s priority of character and character development and we’ve invited faculty to discuss their research into some of these topics that we are working through at the academy,” Barth said. “We want to show ourselves as leaders not only in developing leaders of character but understanding what that means and the best way to get there.”
    The guest speakers at A Celebration of West Point Authors shared information about their research to present different angles and perspectives of the topic. Read More

  • Cadets volunteer at Helen Hayes Race

    The United States Corps of Cadets once again supported the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation Classic Race in Haverstraw, N.Y., Sept. 28. While there was a 5K and 10K regular race open to the public, the eight cadets focused on helping the many handicapped runners who were in various types of wheel chairs and hand cycles. It was a rewarding experience for both the cadets and handicapped participants. At the closing ceremony, special recognition was given to West Point for sending volunteer cadets to assist the handicapped runners. Read More

  • Lang speaks at West Point

    The Cadet Film Forum and the Department of English and Philosophy hosted actor Stephen Lang for an evening lecture, discussing his work in Hollywood and on Broadway Oct. 8. Lang held a Q&A session with cadets in the Haig Room of the Jefferson Library as well as giving a brief performance in the character of Col. Miles Quaritch from the movie, “Avatar.”  Class of 2021 Cadet Kade Kurita, cadet in charge of the Cadet Film Forum, presents Lang with a double-sided framed landscape shot of West Point.  The Cadet Film Forum and the Department of English and Philosophy hosted actor Stephen Lang for an evening lecture, discussing his work in Hollywood and on Broadway Oct. 8. Lang held a Q&A session with cadets in the Haig Room of the Jefferson Library as well as giving a brief performance in the character of Col. Read More

  • West Point MWR Team performed well at Army Ten-Miler

    The West Point Morale, Welfare and Recreation team had a solid performance at the Army Ten-Miler in Washington D.C. Sunday.
    The team did not place in the top three of the mixed Division and as of this morning, the team results were not posted online.
    The three winning teams all came in under four hours.
    Results for the West Point team members are as follows:
    • Capt. Byron Critchfield, 0:56:45
    • Maj. David Krueger, 1:00:49
    • Capt. Ross Skilling, 1:07:03
    • Capt. Joshua Wiley, 1:05:21
    • Capt. Tim Justicz-Simmons, 1:05:22
    • Capt. Alexandra Lostetter, 1:09:55
    • Lt. Col. Kathryn Pegues, 1:16:11
    • Lt. Col. Elizabeth Weaver, 1:40:26 (injured knee).
    The two people that I would like to recognize are Critchfield, who placed 86th overall for men, and Lostetter, who placed 109th overall for women. Read More

  • NYBC recognizes KACH blood drive numbers

    The New York Blood Center recognized the West Point Blood Drive chairpersons from Keller Army Community Hospital during the NYBC’s annual Hudson Valley Chairpersons Recognition Luncheon and Awards Ceremony Oct. 10 at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill, Tarrytown, New York. The chairpersons, Capt. Jeffrey Baker, Laboratory officer in charge, Keller Army Community Hospital, and Robert Kristofer Lanier, Public Affairs officer, Keller Army Community Hospital, accepted the “Top NYBC Blood Donor Group”—recognizing the blood drive with the highest amount of donors in the Hudson Valley; and the “Diamond Award” recognizing blood drives that provided more than 1,000 pints of blood. Pictured (from left to right) are Baker with the Top NYBC Blood Donor Group award, Lanier with the Diamond Award and Debra Kleinman, manager of Business Development, New York Blood Center. Read More


    THE LAST FULL MEASURE recounts the true story of William Pitsenbarger, a U.S. Air Force Pararescueman, who continually faced danger throughout more than 250 combat missions in Vietnam.
    During a rescue mission on April 11, 1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone, heavily under fire, but he stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow Soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, and he was killed.
    Thirty-two years later, Pitsenbarger’ s father seeks the help of a Pentagon investigator and other surviving veterans of Operation Abilene to procure the Medal of Honor to honor Pitsenbarger posthumously.

    The writer/director (Todd Robinson) and Executive Producer (Sidney Sherman) will introduce the movie and participate in a Q&A after the screening. Read More

  • Dunwoody, first female 4-Star, to receive Thayer Award

    Retired Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody will receive the West Point Association of Graduates Thayer Award today. The award was established in honor of the “Father of the Military Academy” Col. Sylvanus Thayer and is presented to an outstanding member of society whose accomplishments exemplify the academy’s motto, “Duty, Honor, Country.”
    Dunwoody was the first woman in U.S. history to become a four-star general in November 2008. She passionately dedicated over 37 years of her life to military service in the Army. With this level of commitment, her career was filled with prolific responsibilities and accomplishments.
    One of Dunwoody’s most notable experiences during her career was managing the Army Materiel Command, which equips and supplies Soldiers. AMC is one of the largest global logistics commands in the world and employs more than 69,000 people from all 50 states and 145 countries. Read More

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