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  • After 20 years, grad still enjoys marching with new cadets

    In 20 years of March Backs, Wallace Ward has seen it all.
    In the beginning, the march was 15 miles, now 20 years later it is only 12. Over the years it has moved from taking place in the middle of the night to starting in the morning. There has been rain and thunderstorms that soaked and threatened the marchers. There was a hamstring injury that slowed him down but couldn’t stop him.
    No matter the obstacle, the distance or the weather, since members of the Long Gray Line were invited to the March Back 20 years ago Wallace Ward has completed every single one.
    This year as he stepped off from Camp Buckner before dawn with India Company, Ward, who graduated from the U.S. Read More

  • Eleven more 2019 graduates added to the Long Gray Line

    Eleven cadets became second lieutenants and joined the Long Gray Line during the August Graduation ceremony Aug. 9 at the Haig Room. Members of the USMA Class of 1969, the 50-year class affiliate, were present to offer support and participate in the ceremony. Read More

  • New cadets settle in during Reorgy Week

    New Cadets in the Class of 2023 go through Reorganization Week, which includes multiple briefings and the distribution of their books and computers for the academic year. The week ends with the Acceptance Day parade when the new cadets officially join the U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets. Read More

  • Workplace violence—It’s real … know what to do?

    Many people who have never experienced workplace violence believe it will never happen in their office. Violent incidents are relatively rare, but they do occur, and lives can be lost. A little preparation and investment in prevention could save a life.
    There is no strategy that works for every situation, yet the likelihood of a successful resolution is much greater if there are preparations.
    Workplace violence is defined as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site.
    With this definition, workplace violence incidents can range anywhere from a theft or a robbery to a full-blown terrorist attack that impacts your organization.
    It’s important that you understand exactly what workplace violence entails. Read More

  • West Point Band presents annual Labor Day celebration

    The West Point Band will conclude the “Music Under the Stars” concert series with its annual Labor Day celebration at 7:30 p.m.  Sept. 1 at Trophy Point Amphitheater. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place Sept. 2.
    This popular performance concludes with cannon blasts and a spectacular fireworks show over the Hudson River.
    This concert is free and open to all. Please RSVP by visiting westpointband.eventbrite.com. Registering for this event allows us to send you up-to-date concert information, including cancellations.
    Summer may be coming to an end, so send it out with a bang at one of the Hudson Valley’s favorite annual traditions. Culminating in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannon fire and a fantastic fireworks display, this concert will feature classics of the band repertoire; the martial airs of the band’s field music group, the Hellcats; and a lively set from the Benny Havens Band. Read More

  • Less than a week to go

    The U.S. Military Academy Class of 2023 new cadets go through Cadet Basic Training and have less than a week left in training. CBT is a complex, demanding progression of sequenced training requirements and events, which form the foundation for all future instruction at the academy. Read More

  • CPAC in pilot program to improve hiring practices

    West Point is currently taking part in a pilot program aimed at improving hiring times within the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.
    The pilot program, which was directed by former Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, encompasses all entities at West Point including the U.S. Military Academy, West Point Garrison and Keller Army Community Hospital.
    The pilot started April 1 and will officially run through Sept. 30. Under the pilot, control of West Point’s CPAC office has been moved from the Civilian Human Resources Agency to being directly under the control of Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, who delegated it to the academy’s G-1.
    “The Army will make a determination, looking at the results of the pilot, on if they believe putting all CPACs under senior commanders at the installation where they reside is a better methodology than the current methodology where they all report up to a higher human resources agency,” Bryan DeCoster, human capital plans specialist in West Point G-1, said. Read More

  • “Leading from the Front”: Seven new SAMC members

    “You lead from the front,” is the motto of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club, and seven non commissioned officers at the U.S. Military Academy were inducted into the club during a ceremony Aug. 2 in the Haig Room. SAMC recognizes those NCOs who have contributed significantly to the development of a professional NCO Corps and combat ready Army. Members exemplify leadership characterized by personal concern for the needs, training, development and welfare of Soldiers and concern for families of Soldiers. Read More

  • Next Army Chief of Staff McConville visits West Point, views training

    U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams and staff brief the next Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville during his visit to West Point July 30. McConville spent time in the field to view USMA Class of 2023 during Cadet Basic Training. Read More

  • Active Shooter “Stop the Bleed” Program begins at West Point : West Point is beginning a new initiative in support of the installation’s Emergency Management Program

    Active Shooter incidents have become all too common in our country and are now a large focus of West Point’s annual Full Scale Exercise program.
    A presidential policy directive has directed the development of measures to increase the survival of active shooter incident victims.
    A response to this call was developed in a series of joint DOJ/DOD conferences known as the Hartford Consensus.
    The third Hartford Consensus focused on increasing the survivability of shooting victims at the scene of these shootings.
    The solution is to begin training and equipping bystanders and minimally injured victims to provide buddy-aid and self-aid prior to the arrival of emergency medical first responders.
    As a result, the West Point Fire Department is implementing an active shooter bleeding control training program by offering voluntary bleeding control classes from the Trauma Committee of the American College of Surgeons in conjunction with their routine CPR/AED classes, and employee first aid classes provided by the West Point Safety Office. Read More

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