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CIA and USArmy Garrison West Point Sign New Document PDF Print E-mail

Col. Dane D. Rideout, commander of the USAG-WP, and Frederick H. Osborn III, chairman of the executive committee of the Constitution Island Association (CIA), jointly executed a memorandum of understanding last week. The memorandum replaces an arrangement that had expired in 2012 and had not been renewed during a period of transition. “This is another firm step forward in our renewing a healthy relationship with West Point,” said Osborn, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. “I am glad to have the CIA working with us,” Rideout said. “We’re all anxious to improve access to beautiful Constitution Island, and to restore the Warner House, a place steeped in history and meaning.”


Modern cadets train behind computer screens PDF Print E-mail

If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might test their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen. Teams of caffeine-fueled cadets from five U.S. military academies spent long days in computer labs last week trying to fend off threats cooked up by experts at the National Security Agency (NSA). In the end, the West Point team won the annual Cyber Defense Exercise, beating out the Air Force, Naval, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine academies in creating the best computer networks to withstand the four-day barrage. The 14-year-old exercise lacks the lore of Army-Navy football, but not the intensity. Not only does the exercise practice the military’s broader strategy of staying ahead of the curve in cyberoperations, but the cadets also relish the chance to test their computer skills against their peers.


USAFA hosts Conference of Service Academy Supes PDF Print E-mail

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Superintendents, deans of faculty, athletic directors and admission directors from all U.S. service academies gathered here for the annual Conference of Service Academy Superintendents April 9-11 to discuss issues of concern and share best practices. During the plenary session, representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Air Force Academy and Naval Academy (via video teleconference) discussed similar challenges the academies are facing, from budget cuts to sexual assault elimination and character development. "This is a historic inflection point, our academies are extremely similar," said Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson. "USAFA's essence easily translates across land, sea, and air."


WP awarded top honors in Weapons Competition PDF Print E-mail

The U.S. Military Academy was awarded top honors in the Smith & Wesson hosted 2014 Joint Service Academy Combat Weapons Competition. The event took place at the Smith & Wesson Employee Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, and pitted cadets from top ranking military academies from around the country in a head-to-head competition of shooting skills. But at the end of the day it was the West Point cadets that came in with the highest score. Cadets competed individually and in four-man teams and used a combination of pistols, rifles and shotguns to shoot their way through nine stages, including low-light and no-light scenarios and various physical challenges. While the West Points cadets won overall, it was Andrew Zecha who received the highest individual score.


Little Known Characters in America: George Crook PDF Print E-mail

Once again, a graduate of the United States Military Academy graduating near the bottom of his class, proved to be one of the better Civil War generals and leader of cavalry forces facing numerous Indian enemies in our Western Frontier. As you may remember, General U.S. Grant also graduated at the bottom of his class. George Crook was commissioned as a second lieutenant after graduation in 1852, long before the beginning of the Civil War. Therefore, his first assignment was to serve in California, fighting against several Native American tribes. At the beginning of the Civil War, President Lincoln brought Crook back from his duties in the West to fight for the Union. By this time, Crook had advanced to Colonel and took command of Ohio’s 36th Regiment.


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