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  • Emergency Preparedness assessments continue until full-scale event

    In today’s world, violence in locations once thought of as safe places—the workplace, on college campuses, military installations and in houses of worship—are more frequent and unpredictable. Yet, in the midst of such uncertainty and brutality, what you do—or fail to do—ahead of a violent act can mean the difference between walking away or being carried away. The choice and the responsibility are yours. Will you be a responder or a victim? Will you add strength to the community response, or will you be a spectator?
    Since the beginning of April, West Point has been undergoing emergency preparedness assessments that include Random Antiterrorism Measure compliance surveys, a See-Something-Say-Something assessment and tests of the mass warning and notification system.
    This exercise will culminate with a full-scale active shooter response event on April 24. Read More

  • Balloon Satellite Launch: Up, Up and Away

    The West Point Astronomy and Amateur Radio clubs joined forces for their annual balloon satellite launch, April 6. Three faculty members, Lt. Col. Diana Loucks and Dr. Paula Fekete, Officers-in-Charge of the Astronomy club, and Lt. Col. Stephen Hamilton, officer-in-charge for the HAM Radio club, took 13 cadets from across the academic spectrum as well as other HAM operators within the community for an adventure.
    “Last year, we had a great mission as we reached the highest altitude, but so many things and instruments didn’t work,” Loucks explained. “This year, the cadets took last year’s AAR to heart and implemented 90 percent of what they said they would do, and it worked. The cadets came up with a lot of the lessons learned on their own: a self-perpetuating machine.”
    The official launch time was 13:59:00 EDT from Salt Springs State Park in Pennsylvania, and the last official transmission prior to landing was at 17:27:30 EDT on Limeridge Road, Poughquag, NY, for a total flight time of three hours and 28.5 minutes. Read More

  • This year’s Sandhurst adds more wrinkles, stress

    Friday, just as the sun finishes rising on the horizon, the first four of 49 teams will set off in the 51st annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition.
    The teams have traveled from far and wide, including crossing the globe from Australia, to put themselves to the ultimate test. Laden with packs weighing in excess of 40 pounds, the nine-member teams, including two alternates, will push themselves to the limit as they navigate from obstacle to obstacle throughout the two-day competition.
    Unlike past years when teams were at the minimum given a map to their first few challenges, this year they won’t be told their next destination until they have finished the challenge at their current one.
    With more than one route, teams unsure of where to go won’t even be able to try and follow teams ahead of them. Read More

  • Tronsrue Marksmanship Center now open to authorized users

    U.S. Military Academy staff and faculty looking for an indoor range to shoot firearms now have a place on post.
    Since the beginning of March, Tronsrue Marksmanship Center, which is located next to Gillis Fieldhouse, is open to authorized users, which include current and former military service members and DOD ID card holders. The center has three ranges including a small-bore range, an air range and large-bore range. The small-bore range is exclusively designed for three position Olympic style shooting whereas everything from pistols to long guns can be shot on the large-bore range.
    Opening the center to the public was possible following upgrades to all three ranges including new HVAC systems, painted floors and electronic targeting systems that enable shooters to customize their shooting experience. Read More

  • Cadet Club activities

    Glee: On April 1-2, 25 members of the Glee Club traveled to Washington D.C. to support the funeral of Fredrick V. Malek, USMA Class of 1959. At the funeral, the Club represented West Point with professionalism before a highly distinguished group. At the reception in the historic Anderson House on Embassy Row, the Club performed from a majestic staircase and then mingled with guests of the Malek family. Read More

  • Company Athletics

    This week in Company Athletics in photos: Grappling.
    Photo by Class of 2021 Cadet Rebekah Cutler Read More

  • HKN-UPE induct newest members

    The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) hosted induction ceremonies for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), the honor society for electrical engineering, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the honor society for computer science and information technology, April 5 in the Black, Gold and Grey Room of the Cadet Mess Hall. Retired Lt. Col. Dale Henderson was the guest speaker for the joint ceremony. Henderson is a West Point graduate and principal research scientist at Amazon, where his focus is strategic supply chain modeling and analysis. Cadets inducted into the honor societies rank in the top third of their Class for 2019 graduates, top quarter of their class for 2020 graduates and the top fifth of their class for 2021 graduates. Read More

  • From the Foxhole: DMI sponsors Spring academic internship to Germany

    The Department of Military Instruction sponsored 10 cadets as they traveled to Germany during their Spring Break. Led by Maj. Emmanuel Sioson and German liaison Sgt. Maj. Stephen Engel, these 10 cadets visited numerous sites that reflected what Germany was, what it is now and what the country will be.
    While many Americans tend to associate Germany for the horrors of World War II, this trip challenged many of these underlying stigmas and provided cadets with a new lens with which to view their ally.
    The purpose of this trip was to provide cadets with a broad survey of Germany’s previous strategic context and historical experience to better understand how such context and experiences shapes the current strategic outlook and worldview of the modern Federal Republic of Germany, its defense policies and its military. Read More

  • West Point Spring Yard Sale

    WEST POINT, N.Y.—The West Point community will hold its annual spring yard sale from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
    Shoppers from neighboring communities are welcome to visit the yard sale throughout the designated housing areas on post.
    While visitors are welcome, only military residents are permitted to offer items for sale.
    Attendees should enter through Thayer or Stony Lonesome gates.
    Proper identification is required upon entering academy grounds and all vehicles are subject to search.
    Visitors are reminded that all housing areas enforce a 10 mph speed limit—please drive safely.
    There is no rain date scheduled. Read More

  • West Point participates in Opening Day at Yankee Stadium

    The U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets and Cadet Color Guard presented the colors prior to the New York Yankees’ Opening Day game against the Baltimore Orioles March 28 at Yankee Stadium. (Not shown) USMA Band vocalist/section leader MaryKay Messenger sang “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch. Read More

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