News and Features

  • Army Hall of Fame Class of 2020 announced

    Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie has released the 17th induction class into the Army Sports Hall of Fame June 24.
    The Class of 2020 features nine inductees to include:
    • Rhonda Barush (‘86), rifle.
    • Leamon Hall (‘78), football.
    • Don Kutyna (‘57), men’s swimming and diving.
    • Jack Price (‘33), football.
    • Stewart Sherard (‘62), men’s basketball athlete and assistant coach.
    • Kenny Smith (‘67), baseball and hockey.
    • Gene Ventriglia, women’s soccer head coach.
    • Cardell Williams (‘83), men’s track and field.
    • Ron Zinn (‘62), Olympian.
    The honorees will be officially inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 9.
    A special plaque unveiling ceremony will be held in the Kenna Hall of Army Sports inside Kimsey Athletic Center, with the formal black-tie Hall of Fame Induction Banquet set for Eisenhower Hall later that evening. Read More

  • Class of 2020 celebrates banquet with CSA as guest speaker

    The night before a class graduates from the U.S. Military Academy is a time of celebration.
    The members of the class typically come together along with their families to share one final dinner in the Cadet Mess Hall during the graduation banquet and prepare for the conclusion of their cadet careers the next day. This year, the Class of 2020 was able to hold a banquet Friday evening, but it was in a more subdued form as—much like Saturday’s graduation ceremony—it was closed to families and friends because of social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The few guests at the banquet included Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James C. McConville, USMA Class of 1981, who both also attended Saturday’s graduation ceremony. Read More

  • KACH Immunizations Clinic to schedule appointments

    Keller Army Community Hospital will resume scheduling immunization appointments.
    In an effort to accommodate our population needing vaccines while maintaining the safety of all of our beneficiaries, appointments will be scheduled for:
    1. Any healthy beneficiary 11 years or older (parent must call to make appointment).
    2. Any active duty servicemember who needs updated immunizations for MEDPROS.
    3. Any travel related vaccines after an appointment with one of our providers has taken place.
    To schedule an appointment, call the KACH Appointment Center at 845-938-7992. Read More

  • Keller Corner: Update on Coronavirus:COVID-19 and your mental health

    May was Mental Health Awareness Month, but as the month of May concluded the awareness of your health—specifically mental health during this pandemic—is still paramount.
    We are familiar with viruses like the common cold and flu, but COVID-19 is new and presents a situation that none of us could have imagined a few short months ago. COVID-19 has resulted in business closures, social distancing and quarantine measures which have disrupted our daily lives.
    There are small things everyone can do, while practicing social distancing or self-quarantine, to help reduce the amount of anxiety they are experiencing. This includes, but is not limited to, talking to a friend and asking them to be your support, finding ways to clear your mind, taking a walk or using a meditation application, or using resources like the Crisis Text Line (Text “MHA” to 741741). Read More

  • Women of the Long Gray Line

    At 5:31 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2018, the engines on the Russian Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft roared to life on a launch pad in Kazakhstan. As bright orange flames erupted from the engines, the spacecraft lifted off the ground and began its journey to the International Space Station.
    Dressed in a white and blue spacesuit, Army astronaut Lt. Col. Anne McClain sat in the windowless capsule along with a Russian cosmonaut and a Canadian astronaut. It was her first launch, and she says at first it felt like she was in the simulator where she’d spent countless hours preparing for this moment. Then the spacecraft started to rumble as the engines ignited and it hit her that, “Oh gosh, this is different. Read More

  • “My West Point Experience” In her own words …

    Looking back now and reflecting on what my 47-month experience has been, I couldn’t imagine ending it any other way than celebrating with my classmates.
    The phrase “cooperate to graduate” holds a special place in my heart as I had tons of family, friends, classmates, instructors, coaches and trainers help shove me across the finish line known as graduation and commissioning.
    My first two years at the academy were pretty normal. I focused on school and eventually decided on majoring in systems engineering with a minor in aeronautical engineering. I was on the Army Women’s Swim and Dive team as a diver. It took me a little bit to learn how to balance school and being a corps squad athlete, but I eventually made it work. Read More


    West Point Tax Center closed and IRS extension
    The West Point Tax Center is officially closed. However, the IRS has extended the federal income tax filing and payment deadlines.
    In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the IRS is automatically extending the federal income tax filing and payment deadlines until July 15. This extensions applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.
    Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief.
    Please note, the extension does not apply to state income tax filings or payments. Check with your state of residence for state income tax filing and payment deadlines. Read More

  • USMA honors newest SAMC NCOs

    The U.S. Military Academy inducted 11 non-commissioned officers (10 are pictured) into the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club during a ceremony Friday in the Haig Room. The ceremony was conducted by Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Curtis A. Buzzard and USMA Command Sgt. Maj. Jack Love. The 11 new SAMC members received their medals and were joined by other West Point SAMC members who all comprise the top 2% of non-commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. They are selected to the club based on demonstrated leadership, professionalism and overall general military knowledge. These NCOs demonstrate excellence on a daily basis. Read More

  • Keller Corner: Update on Coronavirus: KACH ready to test cadets, Soldiers arriving at West Point

    As the U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets return to the academy, each cadet will be tested for COVID-19, starting with members of the Class of 2020 from May 26-30.
    Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Polk, Louisiana, who will be conducting summer training will also be tested as they begin arriving in mid-June.
    The testing process will be handled by medical professionals from Keller Army Community Hospital, which is located on-post at West Point.
    The current plan is for cadets and Soldiers arriving at West Point to be screened and swabbed at Camp Buckner. The samples will then be transported to KACH to be tested.
    “Keller’s mission is to test the Class of 2020 while protecting both the cadets and hospital staff,” said Col. Read More

  • Plans in place to safely welcome Class of 2020 back to West Point

    After Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, announced March 19 that the Corps of Cadets would not be returning from spring break as planned, academy leadership immediately began planning how and when cadets would arrive back at West Point.
    That plan will go into effect Tuesday as the first members of the Class of 2020 return to West Point to begin outprocessing prior to their graduation ceremony June 13.
    The cadets are currently spread throughout the country but they have to return to the academy before beginning their Army careers. At the bare-minimum, cadets need to move out of their rooms in the barracks and pickup their cars if they didn’t take them home for spring break. Read More

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