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  • Marchillo, GIS honors major, works Augmented Reality Sand Table

    Class of 2018 Cadet Jacob Marchillo, a geospatial information science honors major, constructed an Augmented Reality Sand Table (ARES) as part of his capstone project. Marchillo is working closely with Capt. William Gabe Powell, independent study advisor and course director of Remote Sensing (EV377) and Advanced Remote Sensing (EV477) in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, to build a sand table as a teaching tool for students and cadet development.
    Marchillo is attempting to construct and apply an augmented reality system for the display of geospatial data, or the elevation data and aerial imagery of Pointe du Hoc, the 100-foot cliff overlooking the English Channel on the coast of Normandy in France.
    ARES will be utilized to visualize the physical terrain of Pointe du Hoc to better understand the terrain’s impact on this portion of the D-Day invasion. Read More

  • Army-Navy Week: 3 sisters, 3 academies, 4 generations of service

    The three Easter sisters, like many young people with a family history of military service, each decided to answer their nation’s call. Saturday (Dec. 9), sibling rivalry and service rivalry will intersect when the youngest sister, Madeleine, joins fellow Army cadets in the stands opposite middle sister Adrienne and her fellow midshipmen.
    Older sister, Corinne, who graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2015 and now pilots MQ-9 Reapers, can only watch as her siblings’ schools fight for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
    The Easters have a family tree full of veterans, but unlike some military families, the girls’ parents rarely promoted their relatives’ legacies, and certainly never pushed their daughters in that direction.
    “Our parents never pressured us,” Corinne Easter said, adding that her father “wanted us to make sure that it was a personal decision of our own.”
    Luke Easter flew F-4 Phantoms and F-15 Strike Eagles in the Air Force over the course of two tours in the Middle East, but he never imagined any of his daughters would follow in his footsteps. Read More

  • Marathon ball run: A long-running tradition

    One night after dinner, around early October of 1984, two first class cadets had a question: what could the First Regiment do to support the football team for Army-Navy? Tim Grammel and Doug Frank, both members of USMA Class of 1985, decided that Army could run a game ball from West Point to the game, which that year was in Philadelphia.
    This wasn’t an entirely new idea: the Naval Academy had been doing it for years. It was about time, the two cadets thought, that the Corps did the same thing. After receiving approval from the Commandant, General “Pistol Pete” Boylan, they created and executed the first Army-Navy ball run, using members from all four regiments, as the commandant dictated.
    Thirty-three years later, that spirit mission still continues, now carried out annually by the Army West Point Marathon team. Read More

  • 2017-18 cadet club activities

    Powerlifting: The Army Powerlifting team competed against Navy in the Army-Navy Championship Dec. 2 in the Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center, Class of ’62 Room.
    Both the men’s and women’s team came away with a victory, extending the Men’s winning streak to 16 consecutive meets.
    The newly formed women’s team earned its first victory since the late ‘90s. The men’s team outperformed Navy 415- 379, while the women’s team (below) edged out Navy 335-333.
    Top performers for the team were Class of 2019 Cadet Stephen Porada (480 Wilks), Class of 2018 Cadet Morgan Willcox (436 Wilks), Class of 2020 Cadet Brenden Brown (428 Wilks), Class of 2018 Cadet Denny Chung (421 Wilks), Class of 2019 Cadet Omotoysi Oyeideiji (420 Wilks), Class of 2019 Cadet Elaine Haggard (353 Wilks) and Class of 2018 Cadet Annette Yoon (358 Wilks). Read More

  • Cadets visit Google

    Cadets and faculty from MA205 (Multivariable Calculus) and DS345 (Military Innovation) visited the Google headquarters in Chelsea, New York City, Nov. 17. They received a tour of the building, participated in an innovation exercise, hosted by Google, and participated in Google panel discussions. The panel included USMA Class of 1999 graduate Keith Weinstein and USMA’s former Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Head, Brig. Gen. Gene Ressler, along with a USAFA graduate and a civilian engineer. Topics of discussion focused on Google’s model of innovation, accountability and technical leadership, and the shared lessons for military leaders. In a collaborative exercise, cadets learned about Google’s principles of innovation, and participated in a hands-on project to develop, test and deploy an innovative design for a paper airplane. Read More

  • WPES achieves Blue Ribbon

    The West Point Elementary School celebrated receiving the National Blue Ribbon School Award Tuesday. The award was given in November. This is the first time the elementary school received the award, but the West Point Middle School has received the award twice in 1996 and 2011. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools in 35 years. The program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. See the next Pointer View edition on Jan. Read More

  • ‘Tis the Season

    Members of different cadet choirs and the West Point Band provided music during the annual community Christmas tree lighting at Daly Field Monday.  Santa arrived with his elf to help light the Christmas tree. Afterward, Santa invited everyone to meet him at the West Point Club for hot chocolate, cookies and to listen to gift requests from the children. Photos by Kathy Eastwood/PV Read More

  • History, pride at forefront of Army-Navy Game

    Dear West Point Community,

    Thank you to everyone from the Corps of Cadets, staff and faculty and the West Point community who came out this morning to send off our football team as they head to Philadelphia to Beat Navy for the second year in a row.
    Excitement has been filling the air for weeks in anticipation of “America’s Game,” one of the most famous rivalries in college athletics.  Coach Jeff Monken and the team have done an incredible job this season, and thanks to their huge shutout of Air Force last month, we are on track to bring the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy back to West Point for the first time since 1996.
    We certainly have the team to do it—they are tough, determined, and, most importantly, have the support of the Corps of Cadets and the entire West Point community behind them. Read More

  • West Point participates in annual Wreaths Across America

    The eighth annual West Point Wreaths Across America honored fallen Soldiers Dec. 2 with enough donated wreaths to cover the gravesites at the West Point Cemetery, more than 7,000. Gold Star Parents were honored guests, some with loved ones buried at West Point and others whose loved ones are buried elsewhere, but participate in the wreath ceremony to place on graves of Soldiers buried at West Point.
    The Gold Star Parents were personally handed wreaths while the rest of the participants took their wreaths from those laid out at the beginning rows of gravesites.
    “We had enough donations to cover the graves, which came on two trucks, and because of the amount of volunteers we had, we unloaded the wreaths in 27 minutes,” Jennifer Partridge, Army Volunteer Corps coordinator said. Read More

  • West Point hosts second CodeWarz programming competition

    The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, in coordination with the CodeWarz team hosted the second CodeWarz programming competition since January, and the first live competition at West Point for cadets, staff and faculty Nov. 18.
    Roughly 100 cadets participated, up from 45 who participated in January.
    The competition included about 400 others participating including universities, enlisted personnel and officers, and for the first time, civilians were invited to participate for this round only.
    Cadets came from a variety of backgrounds and ranged in experience from firsties studying computer science to plebes in their first semester with almost no programming experience.
    “The programing challenges begin with relatively easy programming problems and then progressed in difficulty as they move forward,” Lt. Read More

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