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  • Summer training continues…

    Yearling cadets familiarize themselves with the M4 carbine and advanced optics ahead of weapons qualification with help from members of Task Force Falcon as part of U.S. Military Academy Cadet Field Training Monday at the training ranges. Visit all the USMA social media platforms and the USMA Flickr site for updated summer training photos. Read More

  • Finnegan, former department Head and Dean of the Academic Board, passes away

    Retired Brig. Gen. Patrick Finnegan, Staff Judge Advocate, professor and head, Department of Law and 12th Dean of the Academic Board, passed away suddenly on July 2. He was 68 years old. Finnegan retired from the Army in 2010 after almost 40 years of distinguished service to assume the position as the 25th president of Longwood University in Virginia.
    “The entire West Point family is saddened by the news of retired Brig. Gen. Pat Finnegan’s passing earlier (last) week,” Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb said. “As a former dean and head of the Law Department, Brig. Gen. Finnegan was utterly devoted to West Point’s mission of developing leaders of character for our Army. He was a man of great intellect and integrity, and he constantly displayed energy, joy and a wonderful sense of humor. Read More

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  • Williams assumes command, becomes 60th USMA Superintendent

    Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams assumed command as the 60th U.S. Military Academy superintendent at an assumption of command ceremony Monday. Williams replaces Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., who retired June 22.
    Williams assumed command during a day when more than 1,200 new cadets came to West Point to begin their 47-month journey.
    Williams is a 1983 graduate of West Point and is a career Field Artillery officer. Williams recently served as commander, NATO Allied Land Command, Izmir, Turkey.
    He has served as commander of United States Army Africa in Vicenza, Italy; deputy chief of staff G3/5/7 of the U.S. Army in Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany; and deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command and assistant surgeon general for Warrior Care and Transition. Read More

  • New cadets experience a grueling R-Day

    Nearly 1,200 new cadets from the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2022 braved temperatures in the 90s, as said a 60-second goodbye to parents, siblings and friends at Eisenhower Hall beginning at 6 a.m. and then boarded buses to Thayer Hall to begin inprocessing Monday on Reception Day.
    The new cadets received military clothing, were measured for a cadet uniform, received duffle bags, gym clothes and personal items and all the while focusing on the upper class cadets who escorted them and corrected them.
    R-Day is not only a wake-up call for new cadets; it is also a leadership opportunity for the upper class cadets who are charged with ensuring the new cadets know how to salute, march and respond to commands culminating in their first parade when they march out to the Plain and take the oath of allegiance from the Commandant of the U.S. Read More

  • Task Force Falcon Soldiers participate in survival swimming instruction

    Sixty-five Soldiers from Charger Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) participated in Survival Gate 3, one of the four survival swim tests as part of the PE320-322 Survival Swimming curriculum, June 29.
    Cadets at West Point primarily take PE320-322 during their second year.
    The Department of Physical Education  at USMA led 65 Soldiers from Charger Company, part of Task Force Falcon, through several periods of instruction on inflating their uniform to use as a life vest, swimming techniques and proper entry into the water while in uniform.
    This survival swimming test included stepping off the 6.5-meter tower, staying subsurface and swimming through a series of submerged hoops, a 50-meter swim and a uniform inflation. Read More

  • Task Force Falcon brings TOW/ITAS Collective Skills Trainer to West Point

    In the midst of running summer training for cadets, Dog and Havoc Companies of 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) were given the opportunity to conduct internal training on the Collective Skills Trainer.
    The CST is a 53-foot, 18-wheeled trailer with built in simulators that operate using the Army’s Virtual Battle Space 3 platform. These simulators focus specifically on the tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missile system (TOW) and the Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS), as well as mounted operations.
    West Point does not have ranges capable of supporting mounted operations, so Dog and Havoc Companies had to get creative in maintaining their combat readiness. The two companies are preparing for mounted gunnery operations that will be conducted in Fort Dix, New Jersey, later this summer. Read More

  • R-Day in Photos: First day at West Point for Class of 2022

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