News and Features

  • Five former Superintendents return, interact during panel discussion

    The U.S. Military Academy saw the return of five men who helped shape West Point and overseen its role in producing leaders for a 21st century Army Nov. 2-3.
    Five former superintendents—retired Lt. Gen. Daniel W. Christman, retired Lt. Gen. William J. Lennox Jr., retired Lt. Gen. Buster L. Hagenbeck, retired Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon and retired Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr.—spent the two days at West Point meeting with current superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, interacting with cadets and then watching Army beat Air Force in football to retain the Commander in Chief’s Trophy.
    “These people have done more to shape the modern U.S. Military Academy than any other group that could be assembled,” Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Read More

  • Air Force captures Flag, takes first head-to-head Cyber competition

    The cyber world isn’t dark and foreboding, or an alternate reality, as in the movie, “The Matrix,” but with the perpetual fights against cyberattacks, the challenge is being adaptable enough in an ever-changing environment to keep sensitive materials safe from getting into the hands of the enemy.
    With cyber developing into a high priority in the future of Army and military operations, the importance of having great young minds at the forefront of the fight is a critical piece to future success.
    At the U.S. Military Academy, the Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) gets into the inner workings of the cyber domain and participates in about 10 competitions a year. During Army-Air Force Week, the team hosted its first head-to-head competition with the U.S. Read More

  • THE DPW DISPATCH WORK IN PROGRESS : Beat Airforce Bonfire

    The “Beat Air Force Bonfire” began last weekend’s festivities and is a West Point cadet favorite, but support from other team members is crucial to make the fire roar.
    Members of DPW’s  Electrics Shop installed a temporary electric panel to provide power to the sound system and the Roads and Grounds crew worked together to support this long standing tradition by creating a gravel pad for the pallets. Go Army! Beat Air Force! Read More

  • Range Operations prepares range for second phase of CALFEX training prep

    West Point cadets received their first Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise training this past summer with a demonstration by the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and staff and faculty of the U.S. Military Academy that gave cadets a firsthand look at live battlefield conditions.
    The purpose of the CALFEX training is to demonstrate the effects of synchronized and coordinated surface-to-surface and air-to-ground fires and direct engagement within the impact area. The goal is to expand the West Point military education and training environment for future live-fire exercises for Cadet Leader Development Training and Cadet Field Training.
    To support the CALFEX exercises, West Point Range Operations prepared the surrounding training areas by conducting surveys, verifying surface danger zones and accessing the capability of stationary targets to absorb ammunition like the A-10 fixed wing aircraft and AH-64 Apache ammunition in the first iteration of Operation Frozen Armor. Read More

  • LEADS a way for Cadets to lead STEM development of kids

    Upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, the members of the Corps of the Cadets will step into leadership positions in the Army. Before that happens, they must first learn what it means to be a leader.
    Members of the Corps had the opportunity to do just that last week when they represented West Point at the Leadership, Ethics and Diversity in STEM Workshop in Michigan. Local area cadets from Michigan had the chance to work with middle and high school students on various STEM activities while also teaching them about the character traits necessary to be become a leader.
    “I have led the Detroit LEADS workshop ever since I was in high school. I see a lot of the same kids every year, because they love to come back,” Class of 2019 Cadet Alexandra Davis said. Read More

  • Safety reminders during Halloween evening

    It’s that time of year again! Halloween is a tradition that has been around for ages, but for as much fun as it is, we’d like to keep residents informed of some of the trouble that comes with it.
    The night before Halloween, Devil’s Night, or more commonly known as Mischief Night, is the night that teenagers like to find mischief. Most of the time it is innocent fun.
    However, there are times when the mischief goes a little too far and strays into the juvenile crime area.
    Common mischief behaviors we have seen in the past are smashing pumpkins, egging houses or covering an entire yard in toilet paper. Sometimes, this mischief gets out of control and escalates to criminal behavior by egging people, vehicles and breaking windows. Read More

  • Relationships 101: Learning the basics for healthy dating relations

    Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy are used to attending classes on topics such as physics, math and military science, but Monday and Tuesday they had a new instruction topic introduced to the curriculum—relationships.
    During the Relationships 101 Symposium hosted by the SHARP program, cadets learned the basics of how to be in healthy dating and sexual relationships through a series of seminars on topics including how to talk about sex, asking for consent and the ethics of dating.
    This is the sixth year the symposium has been hosted and during the two-day event each of the four classes of cadets had one talk they were required to attend that discussed a topic key to healthy relationships.
    “I think what we are really hoping to do is open cadets’ eyes and awareness of how simple it is to be healthy in a relationship and how simple it is to be unhealthy,” Samantha Ross, the Sharp Program manager, said. Read More

  • From the Foxhole…DMI’s international partnerships play major role in cadets’ development

    It was Jan. 23, in a remote area of northern Afghanistan. Despite strong winds, the weather was good enough for the German helicopter to infiltrate an American Special Operations team into the planned area.
    After several hours on the objective, the operation was going well; the enemy element had been reduced and their leader captured. Unfortunately, at the very last second, the unit came under fire and a Soldier was shot in the chest. The medic rendered immediate lifesaving aid, but lacked the ability to stabilize him for an extended period.
    Making matters worse, the weather had deteriorated and the helicopters were unable to access the casualty. Suddenly, the Spanish QRF, a platoon from the Mountain Unit in Moqur, arrived in their tactical vehicle Bv106s with an advanced medical team, which included a doctor with light surgery capabilities. Read More

  • The Truth about Female Tobacco use

    Since the 1960s, tobacco ads have targeted women, promoting weight loss, glamour and freedom. Today, women are just as likely as men to suffer from serious diseases or die early from tobacco use.
    In fact, lung cancer causes more deaths than breast cancer among women in the United States.
    During October’s Women’s Health Month, Keller Army Community Hospital wants to make sure female cadets, cadet candidates, service members and dependents know that using tobacco can impact their readiness and overall health in the following ways:
    • Tobacco use can cause women to gain weight. Heavy smokers are often less active and eat a poor diet.
    • Women who smoke cigarettes may have a harder time getting pregnant. If a woman does become pregnant, any type of tobacco product increases her chance of having a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Read More

  • Firsties take on new ACFT: Class of 2019 gets first crack at new Army Combat Fitness Test

    Soon, the days of a simple Army physical Fitness Test consisting of just pushups, sit-ups and a two-mile run will be a thing of the past.
    Monday and Tuesday, cadets in the Class of 2019 got their first look at the new Army Combat Fitness Test, which is in phase one of implementation and will become the fitness test of record throughout the Army in October 2020. The new test consists of six events including a deadlift, medicine ball toss, hand-release pushups, a sprint, drag, carry event, leg tuck and a two-mile run. The new test is geared toward testing the full scope of a Soldier’s fitness and not just his or her upper body and core strength and aerobic endurance. Read More

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