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  • Corps, community mourn, honor fallen Firstie

    U.S. Military Academy cadets, staff, faculty and community members continued to mourn and honor Class of 2019 Cadet Peter L. Zhu in the weeks after his passing on Feb. 27 in Valhalla, New York.
    The Zhu family and more than 1,000 cadets and community members gathered for a military memorial ceremony at the Cadet Chapel on March 5, with others observing the ceremony remotely in Eisenhower Hall.
    Speakers shared personal stories of Zhu, emphasizing his concern and care for others in assorted informal and formal capacities, including as President of the West Point Pre-Medical Society, lead for the Cadet Counselor Unit, Academic Officer for his company (E-1) and as a Senior Cadet Writing Fellow, among other positions.
    One speaker, Class of 2019 Cadet Grace Yu, commented that Zhu was “brilliant, adventurous, genuine, selfless, infectiously encouraging and never too serious,” that he was “relentless in pursuing everything he set his heart on,” and “yet, he somehow always found ways to share his time, kindness and talents with those around him.”
    It was also noted at the ceremony that Zhu had been accepted to the MD-PhD program at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Read More

  • Grant: Chattanooga and Drinking

    The war was far from over in July 1863 after the surrender of Vicksburg. There were several Confederate field armies still operating in the Mississippi valley.
    The Confederates under Gen. Braxton Bragg won an unexpected victory at Chickamauga, Georgia in September. Gen. William Rosecrans was relieved and Virginia-born George Thomas, who gained the name of “the Rock of Chickamauga,” took command of the Army of the Cumberland.
    On Oct. 16, 1863, Grant assumed command of the Division of the Mississippi and three Union armies—his old Army of the Tennessee, the Ohio and the Cumberland. Grant was the senior officer and commander in the entire West.
    Grant still reported to General-in-Chief Henry Halleck in Washington, but after all Grant’s success Halleck learned to respect Grant. Read More

  • Rapid Equipping Force prepares West Point for competition against Navy

    The U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) has partnered with the U.S. Military Academy to provide equipment and training on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and counter unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) in support of a bi-annual Army-Navy competition sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.
    In December 2018, West Point competed with the U.S. Naval Academy in a three-day, force-on-force exercise using weapon simulators to capture the opponent’s flag.
    The goal of this research project is to develop squad-level tactics that are augmented with unmanned ground and aerial systems.
    The Robotics Research Center has teamed with the Modern War Institute to field the best squad from members of the Close Combat Team and the Irregular Warfare Group.
    The next event will be held at Marine Corps Base Quantico during the weekend of April 26. Read More

  • Touching base with Antarctica

    West Point cadets were given the chance to teleconference with Spanish researchers at Gabriel De Castilla Antarctica Base March 4. Cadets were able to talk to the researchers about their work and life on Antarctica. Read More

  • West Point Tax Center is operating to help file your taxes

    The West Point Tax Center is currently operating on the fourth floor of Building 606. Hours of operations are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    Additionally, instead of scheduling appointments, all patrons (except for cadet candidates) will come in person to pick up paperwork to complete.
    This paperwork will be available in Building 606 in the hallway outside of regular hours of operations for those who need this flexibility.
    After filling out the forms, patrons will meet with a tax preparer, who will review the paperwork for completeness before accepting it.
    Clients will leave the paperwork with the preparer and when the tax return is complete, they will be notified to return a second time to sign their tax return and receive a copy of the return for their records. Read More

  • Cadet passes following ski slope injury at West Point

    Cadet Peter L. Zhu, a member of the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2019, passed Feb. 28 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, with his family by his side, after succumbing to injuries sustained on Feb. 23 while skiing at Victor Constant Ski Area located on the academy grounds.
    “I wish to extend to his family the sincere and profound sympathy of the U. S. Military Academy and all members of this command. We lost a brother today, and the pain will be felt for a long time,” Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams said.
    Zhu, 21, of Concord, California, was found unresponsive by a fellow skier on the slope. Ski Patrol conducted life-saving measures as he was transported to Keller Army Community Hospital and then airlifted to Westchester. Read More

  • West Point community celebrates Spiritual Warrior Week

    The West Point community celebrated Spiritual Warrior Week Feb. 19-24 with 16 events across multiple religions.
    The week’s worth of events was centered on the annual National Prayer Breakfast, which traditionally takes place the Thursday after Presidents Day at West Point.
    “What we have done with the blessing of the garrison commander and leadership here at West Point, I proposed having one week where we focus on the spiritual aspects,” Lt. Col. Robert Marsi, garrison chaplain, said. “We do so much here at West Point already, but we do this to consolidate and get some visibility on the great programs we have. We took that event (the prayer breakfast) and built around it with other events at the various chapels. We put together a whole week that the West Point community, cadets, family members and staff and faculty can join in.”
    The events throughout the week included Catholic, Muslim and Jewish prayer services and open houses, which were all open to the entire community and not just those who practice those faiths. Read More

  • Vicksburg: Grant’s Greatest Campaign

    President Abraham Lincoln famously declared in November 1861, that “Vicksburg is the key! The war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket. We can take all the northern ports of the Confederacy, and they can defy us from Vicksburg.”
    Early in the war, President Lincoln realized the importance of Vicksburg, a sleepy hamlet on the east side of the Mississippi River, which by 1863 was the most formidable bastion in the Confederacy and was Gen. Grant’s objective for nearly a year, which almost became an obsession with him.
    Years later in his memoirs, Grant recalled, “Vicksburg was important to the enemy… So long as it (Vicksburg garrison) was held by the enemy, the free navigation of the (Mississippi) river was prevented. Read More

  • West Point Band continues Masterworks Concert Series with “Glass Bead Game”

    The West Point Concert Band continues its Masterworks concert series with “Glass Bead Game” at 2 p.m. March 16 at Eisenhower Hall Theatre.
    In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move to 2 p.m. March 17. This concert is free and open to all. Please note however, that starting in 2019, all West Point Band concerts at Eisenhower Hall will be ticketed through Eventbrite. Reserve your free tickets in advance by visiting westpointband.eventbrite.com.
    The West Point Band’s Masterworks series continues with this dynamic performance featuring powerhouse soloist Staff Sgt. Nicole Caluori in James Beckel’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated work “The Glass Bead Game: Concerto for Horn and Orchestra.”
    This program is a true wind band-lover’s delight, showcasing works by contemporary American composers including “Courage for Winds” by Adrienne Albert, “Poetic Structures” by Errol Weiss Schlabach, and “With Each Sunset” by Richard Saucedo. Read More

  • West Point Tax Center is operating to help file your taxes

    The West Point Tax Center is currently operating on the fourth floor of Building 606. Hours of operations are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    Additionally, instead of scheduling appointments, all patrons (except for cadet candidates) will come in person to pick up paperwork to complete.
    This paperwork will be available in Building 606 in the hallway outside of regular hours of operations for those who need this flexibility.
    After filling out the forms, patrons will meet with a tax preparer, who will review the paperwork for completeness before accepting it.
    Clients will leave the paperwork with the preparer and when the tax return is complete, they will be notified to return a second time to sign their tax return and receive a copy of the return for their records. Read More

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