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  • West Point Museum’s new exhibition highlights 19th century reality at West Point

    The West Point Museum has opened a new exhibition featuring stereographs that allow visitors to experience West Point and the U.S. Military Academy as it appeared between 1860 and 1900.
    Stereographs and their accompanying hand-held viewers are the 19th century equivalent to the virtual reality viewers such as Google Cardboard and Oculus that we know today.
    Local photographers and large photography shops from New York City produced and reproduced hundreds of stereographs of the academy from the 1860s until the turn of the 20th century.
    In 2014, the West Point Museum received a donation of more than 300 stereographs of West Point. The views in this exhibit highlight this remarkable collection and offer a look into cadet life and the military academy’s historic campus from the mid-19th century until the early 20th century. Read More

  • The Youngest at the West Point Cemetery

    “The West Point Cemetery tells the story of America, not only during wartime but in peacetime as well.”—Lt. Col. David Siry, Department of History professor and director of the Center for Oral History at West Point.

    I gained and lost a child on Nov. 22, 2009. My baby must be the youngest person buried at West Point Cemetery, the only cemetery of veterans from every American war. Our little one was granted burial as the child of a USMA graduate who lived there as a teacher at the time.
    Named Tyler, my middle name, and Kilian from St. Kilian, Patron of Wurzburg, Germany, where my husband Jake and I met as Soldiers stationed there.
    Tyler died in the womb for unknown reasons, his brief life a far cry from legends of the Long Gray Line that surround him, from the American Revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan. Read More

  • West Point seniors forge ahead after final Army-Navy Game

    PHILADELPHIA—As the stadium emptied following the 120th Army-Navy Game, its conclusion marked the last time many of the West Point players would wear their college football uniform. But it also brought them one step closer in their Army journey.
    With his cheeks smeared with eye-block grease, senior linebacker Cole Christiansen spoke with media about the last time he and his fellow seniors would play.
    Christiansen, a soon-to-be field artillery officer from Suffolk, Virginia, was fresh from his team’s 31-7 loss to rival Navy. His 1st Cavalry Division-inspired uniform was visibly damp and coated in grass stains.
    “We’ve learned more as leaders this year than we have in all the past three,” he said, “and we’re both grateful for that and I’m proud of all my brothers in Class of 2020.”
    America’s Game
    Nearly 70,000 energetic gridiron fans packed into the sold-out Lincoln Financial Field to experience the latest edition of one of the most famous rivalries in sports. Read More

  • Duty status, leave during adverse weather situations

    It is the policy of the U.S. Military Academy to remain open during adverse weather conditions and to continue full operations in support of the mission. When roads are closed or treacherous because of adverse weather, the garrison commander or his designee will provide further instruction.
    Employees are encouraged to utilize the West Point Garrison homepage at https://www.westpoint.army.mil/, the West Point Garrison Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usagwestpoint or call 845-938-7000 for accurate and up to date official information regarding the status of West Point.
    In addition, the following radio stations provide unofficial information at regular intervals on or about 5 a.m. when adverse weather conditions develop during non-working hours.
    • WHUD 100.7  FM
    • MIX        87.7 FM
    • WSPK  104.7  FM
    • WOLF    94.3  FM
    • WXPK  107.1  FM
    • FOX        96.7  FM
    • WBPM    92.9  FM
    • FOX     103.1 FM
    • WPDH 101.5  FM
    • WRRV   92.7 FM
    • WRWD 107.3 FM
    • WLNA  1420 AM
    • WBNR 1260 AM
    • WGNY 1220 AM
    • WKIP 1460 AM
    During adverse weather conditions, announcements will be made as follows:
    • Code White
    “West Point is Code White (All Day, Delayed Arrival or Early Departure).” This announcement means employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. Read More

  • WPMS students learn beyond textbooks during Hispanic Author’s Assembly

    “I shall not spare any effort or trouble for the benefit of the colonies.” These bold words demonstrated the courage of Bernardo de Galvez from Spain.
    The history of Galvez was brought back to life by Guillermo Fesser in his children’s book, “Get to know Bernardo de Galvez.” Fesser visited West Point Middle School on Dec. 5 as a guest speaker for the Hispanic Author’s Assembly.
    Spanish and ESL teacher Domenica Conte said that leaders, teachers and parents at West Point are a tight-knit community dedicated to enriching students’ experiences during school. They regularly host assemblies throughout the year to expose students to international perspectives and future career options. The Hispanic Author Assembly was one example of a well-rounded learning opportunity. Read More

  • SWAT-C brings cadets, midshipmen together for greater good

    When the U.S. Military Academy’s close combat team faced off against the U.S. Naval Academy this past weekend in Quantico, Virginia, each team was equipped with a few more tools than they typically carry into a competition.
    Drones flew through the air, unmanned ground vehicles roamed the streets and communication signals were jammed. This was no ordinary small squad combat competition. It was one of two Squad with Autonomous Teammates–Challenges that take place every academic year with one occurring each semester.
    SWAT-C is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and serves as a capstone research project for cadets and midshipmen. A squad from West Point’s close combat team and their Navy counterpart then serve as the beta testers and boots on the ground Soldiers who use the equipment and give feedback. Read More

  • Tree Lighting kicks off West Point holiday season

    The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony took place Monday at the West Point Exchange. Christmas carols were performed by the Protestant and Catholic Cadet Chapel Choirs, West Point Brass Quintet and the West Point Middle School Band and Chorus while the crowds sung with them. Santa Claus arrived by fire truck and visited with the children after the tree was lit. Read More

  • KACH research team is first to enroll subject in MIRROR study

    Congratulations to the Keller Army Community Hospital Division I Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship Project #13 Team.
    The Project #13 Team was the first team within the Musculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation Research for Operational Readiness (MIRROR) group at the Uniformed Services University to enroll a subject in their study.
    The study, which looks at low risk and low-cost pain treatment alternatives following shoulder surgery without potential for opioid addiction, is trying to determine if the addition of ‘battlefield acupuncture,’ compared to a standard rehabilitation protocol is more effective in reducing pain, reducing utilization of prescription pain medication and improving mood when compared to a standard rehabilitation protocol alone after shoulder surgery.
    In a controlled and randomized trial of ‘battlefield acupuncture’ versus usual care following shoulder surgery, the team will compare differences in pain, self-reported mood and opioid medication use between randomized groups at 48 hours, 72 hours, one week, and four weeks post-surgery. Read More

  • Van de Wall named Rhodes Scholar

    WEST POINT, N.Y.—Class of 2020 Cadet Daine Van de Wall of West Friendship, Maryland, was the only U.S. service academy recipient among the 32 U.S. Rhodes Scholarship awardees named Saturday.
    Van de Wall is a systems and decisions science major, the brigade commander, a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Company H-4 Sandhurst team.
    He successfully graduated from Army Airborne School and the U.S. Army Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School, as well as participated in a semester exchange at the U.S. Naval Academy.
    While at Oxford he intends to earn a Master of Philosophy in international relations.
    Van de Wall will commission as an Infantry officer and combine his military background with his interests in conflict studies to help shape U.S. Read More

  • West Point celebrates Native American Heritage Month

    The West Point Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity held its annual Native American Heritage Month observance and luncheon Nov. 19 at the West Point Club. Featured guest speaker Monica Buckle (right and above left) works with the American Indian Heritage House in New York City. Read More

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