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Army coach Monken welcomes freshman class

First-year Army coach Jeff Monken has welcomed the freshman class to the West Point campus. Hired in December to replace the fired Rich Ellerson, Monken greeted 60 newcomers from 21 states, including 44 on offense, 11 on defense and five special teams players. They began summer military training on Wednesday. Monken guided Army through spring drills and will have the entire team together in early August to continue preparations for the season.

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Reserve MG Jacobs of Columbia retires at Fort Jackson

U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Jeffrey A. Jacobs has retired after a ceremony at Fort Jackson. A Columbia attorney, Jacobs was commanding general of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. In civilian life, Jacobs is the chief legal counsel for the state Department of Insurance in Columbia. Jacobs graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1979. He served seven years on active duty, in the 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., and in the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Deliv Snags Former Amazon Operations Executive

Same-day delivery start-up, Deliv, today announced the appointment of Jeff Helms as Head of Delivery Operations. The former senior Amazon leader joins the crowdsourced, same-day delivery provider as it plans for rapid expansion across the country. In addition to managing last mile operations in Southern California, he spearheaded the launch of the first Amazon Logistics Delivery Stations in North America.Helms is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and held senior responsibilities around routing optimization, operational logistics and metrics and mitigating delivery barriers.

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1,200 New Cadets Prepare for the Start of Basic Training

Bill Waters of Houston was certain of two things about his first day at West Point Wednesday. One, he would be getting a new wardrobe including his first cadet uniform. And two, "I'm going to get yelled at." The yelling is done mostly by upper-class cadets, seniors and juniors who run many of the activities of West Point's R-Day, short for Reception Day, when the 212-year-old military academy welcomes a new crop of cadet candidates. Of the 1,217 cadet candidates who showed up Wednesday, those who survive the next six weeks of intense training — known as Beast Barracks — will become the Class of 2018. This year's new class includes record numbers of women — 263, or 22 percent of the class — and minorities, 398, about one-third of the class.

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Pure Motivations Produce the Best Results

A new study of West Point cadets finds those driven by purely internal motivations were the most likely to succeed.  What motivates someone to do the best possible job, and ultimately enjoy a successful, satisfying career? Is it an internal pull—a sense that one’s work is significant and satisfying—or a desire for the perks that accompany success, such as money and status? A large body of research points to the first answer. While acknowledging that, it’s easy to assume that adding a few extrinsic motives to your intrinsic ones will only strengthen your ambition and determination. But in fact, the opposite appears to be true. That’s the conclusion of a newly released study that focused on the motivations of more than 10,000 West Point cadets, and then followed them for up to a decade after graduation from the military academy.

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Body found in Hudson River near West Point

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of a body in the Hudson River Tuesday morning. The body was found in the river just south of West Point, in the Town of Highlands. Several agencies initially responded to the scene, including Highland Falls police, the West Point and Highland Falls fire departments and the Town of Highlands Ambulance Corps. The Putnam County Sheriff's Office, which responded with a boat, took custody of the body.

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Arrowhead leaders mentor future officers

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – It’s not always easy in college to decide what you want to be when you “grow up.” For U.S. Military Academy cadets, who are all destined to be military officers, the career choices are little more limited, but not by much. To help these cadets — along with others from reserve officer training course programs around the country — learn about the various Army military branches, 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat, 7th Infantry Division, will host the Cadet Troop Leadership Training program for more than 80 future officers throughout the summer.  The CTLT program lasts nearly three weeks and offers the cadets a glimpse into the daily lives of military officers; particularly platoon leaders — a typical first assignment for newly commissioned officers. The first cadets arrived in June and hope to be commissioned by this time next year.

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Matt Reid Named Head Baseball Coach at Army

Matt Reid, who held the position of interim head baseball coach this past season, has been selected as Army's new head baseball coach, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan announced today. Reid becomes the 17th head coach in the program's 124 year history. "After an exhaustive national search, the search committee and I realized we had the best candidate for our job right here at Army West Point," said Corrigan. "Matt has demonstrated outstanding leadership this past season and continues to put his stamp on the program. As we looked over the very attractive pool, Matt's commitment to the values and standards of West Point made him the ideal candidate. We could not be more excited for Matt, our cadets and the members of the Army Baseball Family."

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MBAs tackle the West Point boot camp

The challenge had the elements of a classic army boot camp drill, requiring physical strength and mental fortitude. In the middle of a deep pit of red-painted woodchips stood two 6ft-high walls connected by narrow wooden beams. The goal: using only a 20ft rope, move a five-person team up and over both walls without touching the woodchips in 15 minutes or less. If not quite resembling the film Full Metal Jacket, the exercise was all the group of 55 NYU Stern MBA students could ask for. They had come to the United States Military Academy at West Point for a lesson on leadership. Through a series of student-led “missions”, their focus, decision-making and management skills were challenged in the same way the academy tests it cadets during officer training.

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Bob McDonald to lead Department of Veterans Affairs

President Obama on Monday will nominate Bob McDonald, a West Point graduate who served as chief executive of Procter & Gamble, to take over as head of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, according to White House officials. The unorthodox pick of a retired corporate executive whose former company makes iconic household products such as Tide detergent and Charmin toilet paper — rather than a former military general — underscores the serious management problems facing the agency charged with serving more than 8 million veterans a year. On Friday, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors submitted a report to the president finding “significant and chronic system failures” and a “corrosive culture” at the Veterans Health Administration, which has come under fire for record-keeping that was skewed in an effort to cover up the long waits imposed on former troops seeking medical care.

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