News and Features

  • Force protection, parking for Michie Stadium concert

    The following parking and force protection measures will be in effect in support of the Michie Stadium Concert on Oct. 18:
    • From 6 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Oct. 20, there will be NO parking allowed along Mills Road adjacent to the East stands of Michie Stadium.
    • On Oct. 18, there will be NO deliveries allowed of any sort on the installation after noon.
    • The following road closures are in effect on Oct. 18-19:
    * From 2:30 p.m.-1 a.m.—Stony Lonesome Road/Howze Place along the West side of Michie Stadium.
    * From 2:30 p.m.-1 a.m.—Stony Lonesome Road/Mills Road through the East side of Michie Stadium to Herbert Hall.
    • Mills Road will remain open to pedestrian traffic through Oct. Read More

  • Buzzard promoted to rank of Brigadier General

    Col. Curtis A. Buzzard, 78th commandant of the Corps of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy and a Class of 1992 graduate, was promoted to Brigadier General during a ceremony in the Haig Room, Jefferson Hall, Friday.
    “In every assignment and in just the short time he’s been part of the West Point team, Curtis has shown a keen force of intellect, tremendous energy, steadiness of purpose as he has led Soldiers, enhanced Army readiness, trained multinational partners and now, developing the next generation of leaders for our Army,” Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, 60th superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, said.
    Buzzard assumed command as the 78th Commandant of Cadets on June 28, 2019.  The leadership objectives during the summer and fall semester have been about observing training and building relationships with more than 4,400 future leaders of this nation. Read More

  • Hispanic cadets show talent as first generation college students

    Walking back to class the three cadets fall into easy conversation discussing where they are from and mutual friends they’ve met throughout the Corps of Cadets.
    Initially, their backgrounds all seem drastically different. Class of 2023 Cadet Leslie Rodriquez-Diaz grew up in California. Class of 2021 Cadet Nathania Nuño grew up in southern Arizona along the border with Mexico. Class of 2022 Cadet Eliana Vargas grew up mostly in Hawaii and most recently lived in Germany and Texas.
    But for each of them, the daily act of putting on their uniform and walking to class at the U.S. Military Academy marks a monumental accomplishment. Each day, class and step brings them closer to accomplishing their goal of being the first members of their families to graduate not just from West Point, one of the top colleges in the United States, but from any college directly out of high school. Read More

  • Tailgating, food part of the Army Football experience

    When his son Cole committed to play football at the U.S. Military Academy, David Christiansen knew he would be joining a close-knit family of players.
    Cole, a starting linebacker and a team captain, is in his final year at West Point. What David wasn’t expecting to find during his son’s three-plus years on the team was a family-like atmosphere among the other parents of Black Knight players.
    The team calls itself “The Brotherhood” and in the years since their sons joined the team, the Class of 2020 dads have deemed themselves “The Fatherhood.” The bond has been formed  in the parking lots behind Michie Stadium where they set up a tailgate for every home.
    Before the game, they’ll have about 100 people hanging out getting ready for kickoff, David Christiansen said, but after the game that number will balloon to upwards of 300 people as the players and additional families make the way over for dinner and to socialize. Read More

  • USAG, KACH sign proclamation Monday recognizing DVAM

    Col. Harry C. Marson, U.S. Army Garrison West Point commander, Col. Brett H. Venable, Keller Army Community Hospital commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Rusty A. Lane, command sergeant major, U.S. Army Garrison West Point, signed a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Monday, at Keller Army Community Hospital.
    The event was organized by West Point Family & MWR’s Army Community Service —Family Advocacy Program.
    The goal of this event is to raise awareness about domestic abuse through technology-facilitated abuse; using technology, such as texting and posting on social media to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner, and the importance of early detection and help-seeking to reduce the risk for serious harm or violence.
    “Everyone plays a role in upholding the Army values and standards that support safe, health relationships in the military community,” Marson said. Read More

  • THE DPW DISPATCH: WORK IN PROGRESS

    West Point has been called on to shed electric load as part of our electric utility (Orange & Rockland) requirements to support a construction project with the New York State Department of Transportation. The work being done by Orange and Rockland involves relocation of the main electric transmission lines that supply electricity to both West Point and Highland Falls, from above ground to below ground.
    The required work severely limits the electrical capacity provided to West Point thus requiring West Point to shed electric load.
    Through Friday, we are asking the members of the West Point Community to assist in the load shedding process by taking some of these simple steps:
    • Turning off lights that are not needed.
    • Turning off coffee pots after the coffee has been brewed. Read More

  • AAFES giving away tickets to Army-Navy Game Dec. 14

    Military shoppers have a chance to cheer on the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen in person at the 2019 Army-Navy Game just by shopping their military exchange or commissary with their MILITARY STAR® card.
    Shoppers will automatically be entered to win two tickets to the game when they use their MILITARY STAR card through Oct. 17.
    Qualifying purchases can be made anywhere MILITARY STAR is accepted, including ShopMyExchange.com. Honorably discharged Veterans can win, too.
    The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, which administers the MILITARY STAR program, is a participating partner of the 2019 Army-Navy Game.
    “The Army-Navy Game is where heroes win,” Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange senior enlisted advisor, said. “The Exchange and MILITARY STAR want the best customers in the world to have a chance to experience this game live.”
    Four winners will be randomly selected and will receive a pair of tickets to the 120th Army-Navy Game, which takes place Dec. Read More

  • HE LAST FULL MEASURE

    THE LAST FULL MEASURE recounts the true story of William Pitsenbarger, a U.S. Air Force Pararescueman, who continually faced danger throughout more than 250 combat missions in Vietnam.
    During a rescue mission on April 11, 1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone, heavily under fire, but he stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow Soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, and he was killed.
    Thirty-two years later, Pitsenbarger’ s father seeks the help of a Pentagon investigator and other surviving veterans of Operation Abilene to procure the Medal of Honor to honor Pitsenbarger posthumously.

    The writer/director (Todd Robinson) and Executive Producer (Sidney Sherman) will introduce the movie and participate in a Q&A after the screening. Read More

  • Tunnel to Towers Run

    (All photos) Nearly 2,000 West Point cadets and U.S. Military Academy leadership members participated in the 18th annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk Sunday in Manhattan. The cadets volunteered to run and be flag bearers alongside 30,000 other participants from the mouth of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the grounds of the One World Trade Center. The route is the same one New York City Firefighter Stephen Siller took on 9/11 after hearing the radio dispatch that a plane had struck the Twin Towers. He gathered nearly 60 pounds of firefighting equipment and ran to join his brethren at Ground Zero. Siller, along with 342 other firefighters, made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11. See Page 7 for a first-person account by Class of 2023 Cadet Trevor Harker. Read More

  • Marsh, USMA Class of 1992, returns as BTO

    Col. Kyle Marsh, USMA Class of 1992, returned to the U.S. Military Academy this summer as the Brigade Tactical Officer. Along with Commandant of Cadets Col. Curtis Buzzard, Marsh is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Corps of Cadets including standards, discipline and military training.
    Marsh brings with him 27 years of Army experience including five deployments, several overseas assignments and bases throughout the country.
    After moving more than 12 times in his career, Marsh jumped at the opportunity to return to West Point for the same reason he chose to attend in the first place—he loves the academy.
    Starting with his experience as a cadet while training in Germany, the importance of habits, standards and discipline have become central to his understanding of what it takes to be successful as an Army officer. Read More

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