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  • Modernization, people needed to drive Army’s cyber capabilities

    WASHINGTON — With an increase in digital connectivity and a rapid development of technologies, such as advanced computing, big data analytics and artificial intelligence, the character of war has changed, making cyberspace a critical battlefield of the 21st century and beyond, U.S. Military Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams said last week.
    Near-peer strategic competition — not terrorism — has become a threat to national security, said Williams.
    Army senior leaders must continue to prioritize efforts, he said, that directly support readiness, modernization and lethality in line with the Defense Department’s National Defense Strategy.
    “For us old-timers … when we talked readiness and modernization, it is typically in conventional terms — better tanks and weapons, improved precision fires and missile defense, and aircraft,” Williams said. Read More

  • Weathering Winter: Preparedness is key

    Diego, Eboni, Jayden, Taylor and Zachary are among this season’s 26 winter storm names selected by the Weather Channel. There were 24 named storms last season.
    Winter is on its way, and the Hudson Valley will soon experience the season’s harsh conditions. Accumulated snow and ice can create treacherous conditions and generate concern for the health and safety of all persons who work and live on West Point.
    So it’s instructive to know how decisions are made that may impact installation operations, what impact these decisions have on the workforce and the West Point community and where to find information on our local road conditions and closures or delays.
    The Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security has the responsibility to monitor weather conditions and, with the assistance of other support organizations, provide the garrison commander information and advice to help keep you and the entire West Point community informed and safe. Read More

  • Current cadets follow the sacrifices made by their grandparents in World War I

    The wooden grip is slightly worn and the metal barrel shows signs of tarnish, but every mark and stain tells the story of the pistol’s journey.
    The German Mauser 6.35 pistol was brought home from World War I by American Soldier Manes Novello. Encased in glass, 100 years after he brought the weapon home, it sits in his daughter’s house as a permanent testament to his time of service during which he was awarded two Purple Hearts.
    Almost a century after Novello’s service ended, his story and the weapon he brought home inspired his great-granddaughter, Class of 2019 Cadet Amelia Grabrovic, to follow in his footsteps and attend the U.S. Military Academy as the first step in her own journey of service. Read More

  • Branch Night: Class of 2019 receive their notifications

    The past 42 months at the U.S. Military Academy have led to this moment for the Class of 2019. Last night, the 1,020 members of the class received their branch notifications of where they will start their careers in the Army.
    The cadets have spent more than three years learning about the branches from mentors, four different Branch Weeks and through the various activities at West Point. In September, they made their preferences known ranking the 17 branches, 15 for women who didn’t opt into infantry and armor. Now, nestled in a plain white envelope were a card and pin announcing their branch designations.
    When she ripped open the envelope and pulled out the card, Class of 2019 Cadet Madeleine Schneider said in advance of Branch Night she was hoping to see a golden pin with crossed lightning bolts behind a sword marking her placement in the cyber branch. Read More

  • USMA participates in Veterans Day events

    Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams was a part of NASDAQ’s annual Veterans Day event Monday. Williams said during the event that being a veteran is about “discipline and teamwork … being a part of something bigger than yourself.”  Members of the Corps of Cadets and the U.S. Military Academy Band participated in the Veterans Day Parade in New York City Sunday. Read More

  • Five former Superintendents return, interact during panel discussion

    The U.S. Military Academy saw the return of five men who helped shape West Point and overseen its role in producing leaders for a 21st century Army Nov. 2-3.
    Five former superintendents—retired Lt. Gen. Daniel W. Christman, retired Lt. Gen. William J. Lennox Jr., retired Lt. Gen. Buster L. Hagenbeck, retired Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon and retired Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr.—spent the two days at West Point meeting with current superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, interacting with cadets and then watching Army beat Air Force in football to retain the Commander in Chief’s Trophy.
    “These people have done more to shape the modern U.S. Military Academy than any other group that could be assembled,” Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Read More

  • Air Force captures Flag, takes first head-to-head Cyber competition

    The cyber world isn’t dark and foreboding, or an alternate reality, as in the movie, “The Matrix,” but with the perpetual fights against cyberattacks, the challenge is being adaptable enough in an ever-changing environment to keep sensitive materials safe from getting into the hands of the enemy.
    With cyber developing into a high priority in the future of Army and military operations, the importance of having great young minds at the forefront of the fight is a critical piece to future success.
    At the U.S. Military Academy, the Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) gets into the inner workings of the cyber domain and participates in about 10 competitions a year. During Army-Air Force Week, the team hosted its first head-to-head competition with the U.S. Read More


    The “Beat Air Force Bonfire” began last weekend’s festivities and is a West Point cadet favorite, but support from other team members is crucial to make the fire roar.
    Members of DPW’s  Electrics Shop installed a temporary electric panel to provide power to the sound system and the Roads and Grounds crew worked together to support this long standing tradition by creating a gravel pad for the pallets. Go Army! Beat Air Force! Read More

  • Range Operations prepares range for second phase of CALFEX training prep

    West Point cadets received their first Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise training this past summer with a demonstration by the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and staff and faculty of the U.S. Military Academy that gave cadets a firsthand look at live battlefield conditions.
    The purpose of the CALFEX training is to demonstrate the effects of synchronized and coordinated surface-to-surface and air-to-ground fires and direct engagement within the impact area. The goal is to expand the West Point military education and training environment for future live-fire exercises for Cadet Leader Development Training and Cadet Field Training.
    To support the CALFEX exercises, West Point Range Operations prepared the surrounding training areas by conducting surveys, verifying surface danger zones and accessing the capability of stationary targets to absorb ammunition like the A-10 fixed wing aircraft and AH-64 Apache ammunition in the first iteration of Operation Frozen Armor. Read More

  • LEADS a way for Cadets to lead STEM development of kids

    Upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, the members of the Corps of the Cadets will step into leadership positions in the Army. Before that happens, they must first learn what it means to be a leader.
    Members of the Corps had the opportunity to do just that last week when they represented West Point at the Leadership, Ethics and Diversity in STEM Workshop in Michigan. Local area cadets from Michigan had the chance to work with middle and high school students on various STEM activities while also teaching them about the character traits necessary to be become a leader.
    “I have led the Detroit LEADS workshop ever since I was in high school. I see a lot of the same kids every year, because they love to come back,” Class of 2019 Cadet Alexandra Davis said. Read More

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