News and Features

  • Commissary winner

    On Oct. 31, Michael Lutz, a long-time shopper of the West Point Commissary, was the winner of the Kraft Heinz “Back to School and Labor Day Free Groceries” contest. Lutz was one of the six grand prize winners in the country to win $2,500 in Commissary gift cards. Lutz  was presented with his check by Vincent DiSalvio of Kraft Heinz, along with the West Point Commissary Store Director, Carol Robertin. Read More

  • Fox NFL salutes veterans at West Point: Fox NFL Sunday ventured to West Point for Veterans Day salute

    Fox NFL Sunday looked a little different when viewers tuned in this past weekend to see Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan, Howie Long, Curt Menefee and Jay Glazer preview the upcoming NFL action.
    Viewers who tuned in Sunday got an up-close look at the U.S. Military Academy and the old granite halls that have formed generations of leaders for the Army as Fox NFL Sunday continued its annual tradition of hitting the road for Veterans Day by hosting the show from West Point this year.
    “Today, America saw firsthand the leaders of character we have here at West Point,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, superintendent of West Point. “It was an amazing few days with Terry, Michael, Jimmy and the rest of the crew on campus.”
    Whereas the usual Sunday show focuses almost entirely on the games occurring that day, this week’s show spent nearly as much time telling the story of West Point. Read More

  • Nasdaq honors veterans during closing bell Monday

    Secretary of Defense Honorable Mark Esper, U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams and U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean S. Buck visited the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square Monday in honor of Veterans Day to ring the closing bell. The Nasdaq team hosted veterans for the ceremony. Read More

  • Class of 1970 USMA graduate looks back on career, offers advice to cadets

    Retired Maj. Gen. James Snider graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1970 and served 32 years as an officer in the Army. As a 50-Year Affiliate graduate, he joined cadets during their Branch Night Wednesday alongside other graduates.
    He took some time to share with the Pointer View details about his career as well as provided advice for graduating cadets as they embark on their new journey.

    PV: What do you consider the highlight of your career?
    JS: “There were several. The Army gave me the opportunity to get a Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering. After that, I worked at a joint project office to build simulations for Star Wars, a strategic defense initiative by President (Ronald) Reagan to be able to shoot down any type of nuclear missile coming down. Read More

  • Exchange debuts Army-Navy game truck with special message for veterans

    DALLAS—As America gears up for 120th Army-Navy Game, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is delivering a special message to service members, military families and veterans with the help of a 53-foot rolling billboard.
    The Exchange’s custom tractor-trailer reminds shoppers that the Department of Defense’s largest retailer and the annual clash between the Black Knights and Midshipmen are “Where Heroes Win.”
    This is the second year the Exchange is a participating partner in the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA.
    The thousands of Cadets, Midshipmen and fans at Lincoln Financial Field and the millions who will tune in at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 on CBS will hear the Exchange’s relevancy message of supporting Warfighters wherever they go.
    The new Exchange truck wrap, designed by Exchange Creative Director Johnny Olson, a Marine Corps veteran, highlights not only the big game but also big news for veterans—all who served with honor can shop tax-free for life. Read More

  • Army-Air Force Weekend, honoring Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

    The U.S. Air Force Academy held a ceremony Friday to rename the academy’s airfield in honor of Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr., U.S. Military Academy 1936 graduate. The Army West Point Spirit Group pumps up Soldiers and Army fans at the 4th Infantry Division’s pep rally and bonfire at the Hub at Fort Carson, Colorado. Read More

  • Fallen graduates honored at Retreat, Ruck 2 Remember

    Thirteen active duty Special Forces Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, are marching from Washington D.C. to Connecticut to raise awareness about Gold Star families and to memorialize the fallen during the Ruck 2 Remember. Ruck 2 Remember is an annual event that gives Gold Star families, active duty servicemembers and veterans a venue to honor fallen heroes. They stopped at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point along the way to participate in a flag retreat. Gold Star moms and six Class of 2006 West Point graduates attended the ceremony Oct. 30 and hiked the Trail of the Fallen on Oct. 31. “It’s an emotional ceremony. My son died protecting that flag. My boy was class of ‘06 and this is an effort by his groups to recognize and remember all of the fallen from 3rd group and others,” Helen Kaiser Pederson said. Read More

  • WPES students enjoy a ‘Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary’

    On Oct. 22, Geography and Environmental Engineering faculty Patrick Baker, Lt. Col. Mindy Kimball, Capt. Nathaniel Sheehan, Kim Quell and cadets in EV310 (Aquatic Science) hosted the ‘Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary.’ More than 55 children from the fourth grade at West Point Elementary School as well as 30 Girl Scouts attended with their families and learned about the physical (tides), chemical (salinity) and biologic (fish and crabs) characteristics of the Hudson River. This annual event encourages students to collect data, such as weather, tide, turbidity, water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen and biodiversity, to create snapshots of the river at West Point and share with other collection efforts from New York City to Albany.  Class of 2020 Cadet Nate Buss, Elizabeth Sheehan and Capt. Read More

  • DMI conducts Saratoga staff ride, studies American Revolution campaign

    The 1777 Saratoga Campaign culminated in one of the most significant battles in American history, as American forces trapped an entire British army in the uplands of New York state compelling its surrender and earning the fledgling republic international recognition from France and eventually military assistance from French forces.
    From Oct. 16-18, 50 members of the Department of Military Instruction conducted a staff ride on the same hallowed ground. The staff ride spanned three days and covered the 1777 Saratoga Campaign in depth, connecting one of the most decisive battles during the American Revolution to current conflicts.
    The time spent away from West Point assisted the Department of Military Instruction in the professional development of its faculty and staff and reinforced departmental esprit de corps. Read More

  • Ready West Point: are you ready for winter?

    Be ready and prepared to stay safe this winter. Winter storms and cold temperatures can be extremely hazardous in the northeast. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead.
    Take these steps:

    Winterize your home
    • Install weather stripping, insulation and storm windows.
    • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
    • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.

    Check your heating systems
    • Have your heating system serviced professionally to ensure it is clean, working properly and ventilated to the outside.
    • Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
    • Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
    • Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies. Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of this deadly, odorless and  colorless gas. Read More

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