News and Features

  • ROTC cadets teach middle school students in JCORP

    The U.S. Military Academy is about training leaders of character, and that idea has filtered down from training West Point cadets to West Point Middle School and Highland Falls Intermediate School with the JCORP or Junior Corps program, an offshoot of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
    The idea was the brain child of the West Point youth who participated in the Army community service teen Army Family Action Plan conference in 2014.
    AFAP prioritized the need for a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps club at the WPMS.
    The idea was supported by the garrison leadership, schools and retired Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., who was USMA superintendent at the time. After extensive research and collaboration, it was determined that JCORPS would be implemented and the program kicked off Jan. Read More

  • Boys Scouts repair redoubt

    On Saturday, Nov. 17, 30 intrepid Boy Scouts, their adult leaders and the Garrison’s Cultural Resources staff convened at Stony Lonesome Housing, as part of a day-long event organized by Matthew Kleczynski, of Troop 145, of Clark, New Jersey, as his Eagle Scout Service Project.
    The Eagle Scout Project is an opportunity for a Scout to demonstrate leadership skills through planning, organizing and carrying out a public-service project. The project is a requirement for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
    In spite of the half-foot of snow that fell two days earlier and the blustery cold that prevailed throughout the day, the party marched the quarter-mile to Redoubt No. 1, and spent the day carefully reconstructing an approximately 30-foot portion of one of the redoubt’s exterior batteries. Read More

  • DMI hosts British Military Attaché on visit to West Point

    On Friday, Nov. 16, the Department of Military Instruction hosted Brig.James Carr-Smith, the British Military Attaché and Head of the British Army Staff in the United States.
    Carr-Smith visited West Point to deliver a presentation entitled “Interoperability – Why we have no choice.”
    While primarily an opportunity for staff and faculty development, the visit also served as an opportunity to help broaden Carr-Smith’s understanding of how West Point cadets are trained and educated before he takes over as Commander Sandhurst Group, the UK equivalent of the Commandant of Cadets.
    Having endured a torrid journey through inclement weather, Carr-Smith was briefed on the military training progression that cadets receive during their 47-month West Point experience with a focus on Cadet Summer Training. Read More

  • Cadets honored as Marshall and Schwarzman Scholars

    Five First Class cadets at the U.S. Military Academy have been honored as either a Marshall or Schwarzman scholar.
    Recipients of the Marshall Scholarship may study for graduate degrees in any field of study at a university in the United Kingdom. Schwarzman Scholars attend Tsinghua University in Beijing where they study for a Masters of Global Affairs.
    This year’s Marshall Scholars from West Point are Class of 2019 Cadets David Bindon, Robert Drummond and Madeleine Schneider.
    Class of 2019 Cadets Kevin Colton and Eva Gould received the Schwarzman Scholarship.
    Hailing from Canton, Michigan, Bindon is the Brigade Commander, or First Captain, of 4,400 cadets at West Point. While studying mechanical engineering, Bindon has completed a number of technical projects including a fluid dynamics analysis in urban and rural landscapes. Read More

  • Army-Navy spirit luncheon

    The West Point Community got hyped for Saturday’s Army-Navy game during the spirit luncheon Tuesday afternoon at the West Point Club. The event included performances by the Benny Havens Band, Cadet Spirit Band and the Rabble Rousers. Read More

  • West Point Cemetery participates in Wreaths across America

    The West Point community took part in Wreaths across America, a non-profit 501-C3 volunteer organization that relies on donations to bring Christmas wreaths to national, state and military cemeteries around the country and honoring our veterans, Dec. 1 at the West Point Cemetery.
    The tradition was originally inspired when founder Morrill Worcester saw Arlington Cemetery as a young boy and that scene, especially the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, left quite an impression on him.
    Worcester owned Worcester Wreaths and one day in 1995, the wreath company found themselves with a surplus of wreaths as they were nearing the end of the season.
    Worcester remembered the time he visited Arlington Cemetery and realized he had an opportunity to honor our country’s veterans. Read More

  • Cadets take part in MIAD assessments to qualify for summer training

    On Sept. 25, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26, cadets conducted competitive Military Individual Advanced Development (MIAD) assessments across West Point. This year was the pilot of a new assessment and selection program run by the Department of Military Instruction (DMI) in which cadets compete for the opportunity to join the training populations for the Sapper Leader Course (SLC); the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape course (SERE); and the Combat Diver Qualification Course.
    Cadets endured up to seven hours of grueling mental and physical tests designed to challenge their physical and mental strength, dexterity and endurance.  These events provided the data needed to identify the most capable, qualified and motivated cadets to join the MIAD training populations.
    The SLC assessment occurred on Sept. Read More

  • Watch out for bats during winter

    Fall is upon us in the Hudson Valley and despite our best controls, unwelcome animals, to include bats, will seek refuge in your home as the cooler weather arrives.
    Why do bats want to inhabit your home? Bats hibernate from late fall (October/November) through early spring (March/April). It was previously believed that bats solely migrated to caves or mines for winter hibernation, but we now know that many will hibernate inside homes and other structures where there is an opening in the exterior and when temperatures are above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Unlike rodents and other animals looking to enter your home, bats do not chew their way into homes or attics. They use small openings and holes that already exist, such as attic vents, which they locate by sensing air currents and differences in temperature, to enter. Read More

  • Cadets gain experience during radiation detection exercise

    Thirty nuclear engineering majors and minors from the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering participated in an Applied Radiation Detection Exercise at the Aachen MOUT site on Nov. 1.
    Cadets in NE452, the nuclear instrumentation and shielding course, were required to participate in the exercise as part of a laboratory requirement for the course.
    They organized themselves into search elements and volunteer leaders developed hasty plans for four scenarios.
    Teams had to choose the proper detection gear for the scenario, conduct pre-mission equipment and radio checks and develop a plan for the actions they would take on each objective.
    The detachment commander, Class of 2019 Cadet Andrew Solomonides, and his team chiefs, Class of 2019 Cadets Hollis Shoptaw and Mitchell Brown, briefed their plans to Col. Read More

  • From the Foxhole…Meeting the needs of the Army for the Class of 2019 and beyond

    From its founding in 1802, graduates from the United States Military Academy have earned a reputation as the core of the Army’s Officer Corps. The quality of USMA graduates, as a result of the resources committed to this institution and the extensive training and education cadets receive during their 47-month immersive experience, is unparalleled. The Army’s recent experience across the greater Middle East and Southwest Asia has reinforced this hard-won reputation, with USMA graduates leading formations—large and small—with distinction in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and surrounding countries.
    The character and professionalism of recent graduates is not lost on Gen. Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army. Milley, like Chiefs of Staff before him, sees West Point as central to the Army’s leadership core. Read More

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