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  • Class of 2021 March Back: New Cadets end one journey, begin another

    The Class of 2021 completed their 12-mile March Back from Camp Buckner to the U.S. Military Academy Aug. 14. The March Back is the culminating event for the six weeks of Cadet Basic Training, or “Beast,” for the incoming class of West Point’s newest cadets.

    In addition to new cadets, USMA leadership, cadet cadre, staff, faculty and alumni, all participate in the annual tradition, celebrating the end of summer training and the beginning of the academic year.

    “At the end of the new cadets’ six weeks of Cadet Basic Training, they have a 12-mile ruck, which is the TRADOC standard for the completion of Basic Training,” Class of 2018 Cadet 1st Sgt. Kevin Talty explained. “They do the 12 miles and after that, they’re released and they immediately start the academic year.”

    Throughout Cadet Basic Training, Talty acted as a cadet leader who had the opportunity to watch the new cadets’ transition. Read More

  • Incoming U.S. Corps of Cadets command sgt. maj. assumes duties

    Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Kenny assumed responsibilities as the 24th U.S. Corps of Cadets Command Sgt. Maj. Monday in a ceremony at Trophy Point. Kenny is replacing Command Sgt. Maj. Dawn Rippelmeyer who is retiring from the Army.

    Kenny’s former assignments include Command Sgt. Maj. for Area Support Group Kuwait, Third Army, U.S. Army Central, Senior Military Science Instructor New Mexico Military Institute, United States Army Cadet Command Roswell, New Mexico; interim Command Sgt. Maj. for 1st Brigade 1st Infantry Division Fort Riley, Kansas, and recently he was Command Sgt. Maj. for 189th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division West, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

    Kenny’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Bronze Service Stars), and he is a recipient of the Draper Armor Leadership Award, the Order of Saint Maurice and the Bronze Medallion of the Order of Saint George. Read More

  • Meet Simone Askew, West Point’s newest First Captain

    Simone Askew was in elementary school when she attended her first Navy football game. As the Naval Academy midshipmen marched onto the field, Askew asked her mother what it took to lead a formation like that. Little did she know back then, she’d proudly be leading a similar, yet rival contingent just a few years down the line.

    While the once self-proclaimed “diehard Navy fan” has since changed her Academy allegiance, it’s clear that Askew’s dedication to service has been embedded since childhood.

     

    A LEADER OF FUTURE LEADERS

    On Aug. 1, the Fairfax, Virginia native was selected as the brigade commander, or the “First Captain,” at the U.S. Military Academy, the highest ranked cadet at West Point. Askew is the fifth female and fifth African-American to ever receive the title and the first African-American female to hold the rank. Read More

  • Back to School Traffic Campaign

    The 2017-2018 school year is right around the corner and the West Point Provost Marshal’s Office would like to remind our garrison and community about school zone speed limits and parking on West Point.

    The school year begins at West Point Aug. 28 and 29. A few days before the start of the school year, the West Point Provost Marshal’s Office will begin its “Back to School Traffic Campaign” and increase the presence of military police in the school zone.

    During the 2016-2017 school year, the West Point Provost Marshal’s Office issued 29 Armed Forces Traffic Tickets and 34 District Court Violation Notices (DCVN) for traffic violations in our school zones. The fines for violations in a school zone begin at $90 and can go as high as $360 and court costs around $30. Read More

  • Sesame Street comes to West Point

    Sesame Street Muppets visited West Point Aug. 9-10 for documentary photographs with Army families with children ages 0-6 interacting with the muppet family. (Left) The Jenkins family interacts with Grover at Trophy Point Aug. 9. The Sesame Street photos will be used primarily for the sesamestreetformilitaryfamilies.org. Read More

  • SMDC welcomes USMA cadets during summer break

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.—As they prepare to lead future Soldiers tomorrow, two West Point cadets learned how the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command is building future space and missile defense forces today.

    U.S. Military Academy Class of 2018 Cadet Haley Duke and Class of 2019 Cadet Caleb Shifrin spent part of the summer in the Concepts Analysis Laboratory, or CAL, as part of an internship before heading back to “The Long Gray Line.”

    The CAL was founded in 2004 to bring in high school and college students to perform hands-on tasks for government projects and to start an in-house technical capability for some of SMDC’s research, such as concepts analysis, radar technology, ground station development for the new generation of small Army satellites, and more. Read More

  • McCarthy confirmed as under secretary of the Army

    The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Aug. 1 to confirm former Army Ranger Ryan McCarthy as the next under secretary of the Army.

    President Donald J. Trump nominated McCarthy in June for the position. He will succeed Karl Schneider, senior official performing the duties of the under secretary of the Army.

    Responsibilities of the under secretary include managing the Army’s budget, business transformation, acquisition modernization and energy-efficiency initiatives.

     

    Background

    McCarthy graduated from the Virginia Military Institute. He also earned a master’s in business administration from the University of Maryland.

    He served in the 75th Ranger Regiment during the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

    Early in McCarthy’s career, he worked at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. He later became a staff member at the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Read More

  • Soldiers, Sailors combine essential training with community service

    BROWNING, Mont.—Army Reserve Soldiers from the 317th Engineer Construction Company and Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 wake up early to build a road in a place far from home. It is 8 a.m., and it is already uncomfortably warm as the Soldiers and Sailors start up their construction equipment. As the diesel engines on their vehicles roar to life and the machines push through the sand, dust billows up and makes the landscape look unearthly.

    The land the service members are in is far from foreign; they are in the northwest corner of Montana. Here, within the borders of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, is a small but growing town called Browning.

    “The purpose of the project here is to build roads to create more housing,” said Craig Falcon, a community leader. Read More

  • Give the Gift of Life—Give Blood

    The New York Blood Center (NYBC), with support from Keller Army Community Hospital, will host the West Point Blood Drive from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.on Aug. 28-31, at the fourth floor of Eisenhower Hall.

    NYBC is expecting emergency inventory levels to continue through September, and all donations will assist greatly in replenishing the ongoing blood inventory for all types of blood.

    “We need to maintain an ample level of all types of blood,” NYBC’s Debra G. Kleinman said. “Donors with O-negative blood type, or ‘universal donors,’ are especially encouraged to donate, as their blood can be used in emergencies.”

    The need for blood (whole blood), platelets, plasma and power red is constant; and summer is an especially challenging time to maintain ample inventories due to the long school vacation period and series of holidays (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day). Read More

  • Prepare for the eclipse

    There will be an eclipse Aug. 21. The eclipse will begin in our area at 1:23 p.m., eclipse maximum at 2:44 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. For West Point and the surrounding area, it is only a partial eclipse, about 77% totality.

     

    If you want to view the eclipse safely, you have three options:

    1. Obtain or build a pinhole viewer.

    2. Get a pair of ISO and CE Certified Solar Eclipse glasses. Some may be found online.

    3. View the eclipse through a telescope with an appropriate solar-viewing capable filter.

     

    The Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering will be located on the West Point Plain to share a small number of pinhole viewers. D/PaNE is streaming the eclipse live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/USMA.PANE. Read More

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