News and Features

  • Old Grads provide synergy to new cadets during virtual March Back

    By Eric S. Bartelt and Paul Reilly
    PV Managing Editor and USMA 1989 graduate

    As the new cadets of the Class of 2024 completed their Cadet Basic Training with March Back Aug. 10 at West Point, several hundred U.S. Military Academy graduates provided synergy by performing a Virtual March Back in locations across the country to motivate the newest members of the academy.
    Every year, hundreds of USMA graduates, including a heavy dose of 50-year class affiliate members — through the West Point Association of Graduates — return to West Point to do a 12-mile road march on the final day of CBT, also known as March Back. This year, however, with the COVID-19 pandemic still a menace throughout the United States, the old grads were not allowed to participate at West Point with the new cadets on their march. Read More

  • Air Assault

    The U.S. Military Academy hosted Air Assault school July 25-Aug. 10. At the conclusion of the training, 245 cadets earned their Air Assault qualification badges. Read More

  • A March Back like none before

    Members of the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2024 proudly display their motto as they complete the final leg of a nine-mile road march signifying the successful completion of Cadet Basic Training. The annual March Back followed a different route this year as 1,099 new cadets rucked mostly on post before finishing in front of Quarters 100, where they were greeted by the CBT cadet leadership.
    Photo by Tarnish Pride/USMA PAO Read More

  • Awards ceremony recognizes top achievers during CBT

    New cadet Shari-Lee Bennett receives the Best New Cadet for Cadet Basic Training certificate from CBT Command Sgt. Maj. Leighton McAlpin and CBT commander Evan Walker during the CBT awards ceremony on The Plain Sunday. During the CBT awards ceremony, also receiving awards were Class of 2022 Cadet Andrew Kraatz, who received an ARCOM for saving a new cadet’s life.Company G received the best CBT company award. Class of 2022 Cadet Rebecca Syrup was recognized as the best squad leader. Class of 2022 Cadet Naomi Colin earned best platoon sergeant. Class of 2021 Cadet Graham Ungrady took the best platoon leader award and Class of 2021 Cadet Nathan Hagg earned the Capt. Peña Award.
    Photos by Class of 2022 Cadet Crystal Zhang Read More

  • U.S. Army Garrison West Point celebrates change of command

    By Dave Conrad
    USAG West Point Public Affairs

    U.S. Army Garrison West Point welcomed a new garrison commander July 23 during a ceremony at West Point’s Buffalo Soldier Field.
    Col. Evangeline G. Rosel became the garrison’s 14th commander, assuming command from outgoing commander Col. Harry C. Marson.
    “As we stand here on Buffalo Soldier Field, I feel it quite befitting to mention that we must continue to evolve, to diversify, to keep shifting,” Rosel said. “Not just to tolerate, but to respect, learn and grow. We play a part in shaping the future. We can all lead the change.”
    The ceremony was hosted by Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the U.S. Military Academy superintendent, who described the challenges ahead for Rosel as she assumed command. Read More

  • Splash Down

    Class of 2023 cadets participate in the Water Obstacle Course at Lake Popolopen during Cadet Field Training, July 20, to test their balance, swimming skills and ability to conquer heights. The confidence course includes a beam walk and rope drop before culminating with cadets conducting the Slide for Life, a 150-foot zipline with a 25-foot drop into the lake at the end.
    Photos by Matthew Moeller and Michelle Eberhart/USMA PAO Read More

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  • Army senior leaders discuss lessons learned from COVID-19

    By Devon Suits
    Army News Service

    WASHINGTON—The Army is considering adjustments to its fiscal year 2022 budget request, as senior leaders look to invest in the service’s ability to fight against infectious diseases or other chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats.
    The rapid spread of COVID-19 across the globe has spurred many internal discussions concerning the Army’s future operating budget, said Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy Thursday during the NatSec 2020: Coronavirus and Beyond webinar.
    “Over the course of most of our careers, we have seen swine flu, Zika and Ebola. In many cases, they were isolated in certain areas of the world,” McCarthy said. “Nothing has had the contagion and the proliferation like we have seen with COVID-19 since the Spanish flu of 1918.”
    McCarthy was joined by other leaders during the online event to discuss lessons learned from the ongoing outbreak. Read More

  • Recognizing DES efforts

    Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, U.S. Military Academy superintendent, recognized the tremendous efforts of Military Police Soldiers, firefighters and Criminal Investigations Command agents from the U.S. Army Garrison West Point Directorate of Emergency Services in the Thayer Award Room, July 24. The superintendent honored their work managing and leading in the complex environment here at the academy by presenting each with a superintendent’s coin. As he thanked them, Williams said, “Their dedication and hard work standing watch and protecting us every day should let us all sleep a little easier. Even though some of their efforts go unseen they contribute greatly in keeping West Point the pre-eminent leadership institute in the world as they assist, protect and defend.”
    Photo by Tarnish Pride/USMA  PAO Read More

  • ‘Contact, contact’

    See story: SFAB team at West Point to learn and train cadets Read More

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