News and Features

  • Gen. Brown speaks on mentorship

    U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Robert B. Brown, addresses U.S. Military Academy staff and faculty during a Leader Professional Development session March 2 at the West Point Club. Brown, USMA Class of 1981, spoke on the opportunities and challenges the U.S. Army faces in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the importance of empowering and mentoring Soldiers. Read More

  • Celebrating Founders Day, successes at West Point

    Dear West Point community,

    On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the United States Military Academy along the banks of the Hudson River at West Point. Although originally established as a school of engineering—our nation’s first—over the years, the curriculum expanded to encompass a more well-rounded education, while adding programs that focused on physical, athletic and military training and discipline. Always at the heart of what we did was to educate and train officers who would lead our nation’s Army.

    For the past 215 years, we have had the honored duty and privilege of preparing the leaders who will lead America’s Army.

    While much has changed over the course of more than two centuries, what hasn’t changed is our product—leaders of character, committed to the values of Duty, Honor and Country who will serve our nation as officers in our Army. Read More

  • Black and Gold Volunteer Recognition

    The Black and Gold Volunteer Recognition Ceremony for the 2nd Quarter was held March 2 at Army Community Service. The event was hosted by the Garrison Commander, Col. Andrew Hanson, and Garrison CSM, Command Sgt. Maj. Roderick Taylor. The Volunteer for the Quarter was Richard Walls, a longstanding volunteer for Army Community Service. Read More

  • Inaugural celebration of West Point authors’ works

    West Point staff and faculty gathered in the Haig Room at Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center Feb. 27 for the inaugural celebration of more than 100 works of West Point authors during the months of July through December 2016. The works could be in the form of a scientific paper, capstone project or a publication.

    Four authors were selected to present short excerpts of publications or presentations around the topic of security.

    Lt. Col. Remi M. Hajjar, Academy professor in the Behavioral Science and Leadership department, spoke on his project, “Effectively Working with Military Linguists: Vital Intercultural Intermediaries.”

    Hajjar conducted a survey, went through over a 100 documents, reducing it to 20 that were relevant to his project and conducted 11 interviews that lasted an hour each for the linguist project. Read More

  • USMA Ethics Debate team wins National title

    West Point’s Ethics Debate team beat out 36 teams across the country to win the 21st annual Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Feb. 26 in Dallas.

    Dr. Graham Parsons, team assistant coach from the Department of English and Philosophy, said the team performed consistently well through competition, but definitely peaked in the final round.

    “The case they presented to win the championship was superb. As luck would have it, the case we got for the final was on targeted killing and drones. As the United States Military Academy, the bar for us on this one was especially high,” Parsons said. “The team stepped up and nailed it. One of the judges awarded them a near perfect score.”

    Class of 2017 Cadet Robert Laval-Leyva echoed the irony of the team’s final round subject. Read More

  • Art of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps on exhibit at West Point

    The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools in Detroit the U.S. Military Academy Class of 1965, and the Sehn family sponsored the Forbidden Art exhibition Feb. 9 at Jefferson Hall. The event was hosted by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide studies at West Point, and the Jefferson Library.

    The Forbidden Art exhibition is a collection of 20 examples of artwork created by concentration/death camp inmates.

    The collection is on loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum of Poland and coincides with the commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz (Jan. 27, 1945).

    “Focusing on camp art as a part of the greater study of the Holocaust is a relatively new field of research,” J.J. Przewozniak, curator at the Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools, said. Read More

  • 2016-17 Cadet Club Activities

    Triathlon: Four cadets from the West Point Triathlon team traveled to Clermont, Florida, to compete in the Draft Legal Challenge March 4-Sunday. This is an Elite Development Race, allowing for athletes to develop their draft legal racing skills and potentially earn their elite license, becoming professional athletes.

    There were races on both Saturday and Sunday. Class of 2018 Cadet Teresa Groton led the team with a 10th-place finish on Saturday and a seventh-place finish on Sunday.

    She raced against a field of 75 women, which included three pro athletes.

    Groton missed earning her elite license by only one spot.

    Additionally, Navy had a strong showing at this event and on Sunday, Groton beat all the women representing Navy.

    Class of 2018 Cadet Jacob Slife had a strong race on both days, finishing 10th on Saturday and eighth on Sunday. Read More

  • DPE offers Survival Swimming to staff and faculty

    Survival Swimming is one of the more novel course offerings to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy. By learning to endure extreme conditions in full uniform in a pitch-black wave pool, the course simulates a real-life scenario that some cadets may face as officers.

    While the Survival Swimming course is normally exclusive to cadets, the Department of Physical Education invited staff and faculty to get a taste of the unique class, Feb. 21.

    Although DPE hosts a different staff and faculty fitness outreach session each month, Aquatics Instructor, Capt. Matthew Lensing, said that this specific session covered unfamiliar territory.

    “This course in particular has a lot of myths about it and we wanted to dispel any rumors about what we do here and show people a little portion of our curriculum,” Lensing noted. Read More

  • Army Brazilian Jiu Jitsu defeats Navy

  • Korean peninsula crisis: Cadets generate strategic options

    North Korea’s ballistic missile test on Feb. 12 and the murder of dictator Kim Jong-un’s estranged half-brother a day later by assassins wielding a VX nerve agent demonstrate the volatility of the Korean conflict. With about 28,000 U.S. troops still stationed in the Republic of Korea, stability on the peninsula remains a vital national interest in the region.

    Against this backdrop, cadets enrolled in the Defense and Strategic Studies Program joined graduate students at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs on Feb. 19 to participate in their 2017 Crisis Simulation Exercise—“Escalation on the Korean Peninsula.”

    This was the second time that DSS contributed to SIPA’s annual crisis simulation, the leading event of SIPA’s International Security Policy graduate degree program. Read More

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