Preface: Thomas Paul Gower's dad saw that we were searching for
items related to the Cadet experience at West Point, in any capacity.
He kindly invited Paul to send me an explanation of what he does
for the West Point football team. It certainly does lend a unique
perspective to this newsletter and to those of us who take the shots
at football games for granted.. Many thanks to Paul for his extra
effort in making our newsletter even better!
started filming in high school. I filmed football my 10th and 11th
grade year. I also filmed baseball my 10th grade year. During Beast
we had mass athletics. It was during this time I went to the stadium
and asked to be a manager. At that point they asked if I had any
filming experience. I told them yes and I got a job filming.
am now on the video support staff for the team. What does that mean?
That means that I video each practice and game. During practice
there are three cameras. Two are on the sideline and one in the
end zone. I shoot from the end zone camera. We video special teams
(e.g., punts, kickoffs), one on one drills, and team drills. The
tapes are sent to the coaches so that they can watch and see who
is doing what and what needs to be improved. The team sees the tapes
at lunch. The team goes to lunch from 1140-1200, and then at 1200
when the corps comes in to the mess hall they go to top of Washington
Hall to classrooms and watch the tape of practice.
game day: The night before the game I stay with the team and
set up meeting rooms so they can watch film of the other teams.
Then, I go to the stadium with the team. When the other film guy
and I arrive at the stadium (only two of us for game day), we will
meet up with the film guy from the opposing team. He will show us
where to set our cameras up. After setting up our camera, we then
we go to the press box and get something to eat. At 30 minutes before
game time, I will go back to my end zone camera and make final preparation
for the game. I film the entire game, every play. Our tapes are
sent to the coaches, Conference USA officials, NFL, CBS, as well
as other teams so they can do scouting reports.
film from up high in the end zone Above is a picture from where
I filmed at when we played Rutgers. The red arrow indicates my position
at Rutger's stadium. In the Superdome I was higher; I was basically
in the rafters. At East Carolina, I was directly under the end zone
score board. At Michie stadium, I was filming from the north bleachers
for most of the year until Air Force. During the Air Force game,
I filmed from the Kimsey Athletic Center which is still under construction.
That pretty much sums up everything I do.
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by Paul H. Waldoff
just learned that the government is cutting the Department of Logistics
(DOL) by 20%!
this means is that if the department cannot find a civilian contractor
to bid on them and say they can work with that kind of cut, they
will have to cut many of the services that cadets need.
this while sitting in the barber shop this morning. I had to wait
almost half an hour for a haircut. At one time, I've waited over
an hour. If this cut goes though, I may end up having to wait over
two and a half to three hours for a haircut each week. There are
other issues as well, with Cadet Supply, The Cadet Mess, and many
other parts of the logistics department. The issue is that without
the services that this department provides, the corps just cannot
are taken out of my pay every month at the rate of one haircut a
week. I know that if the barbershop does get cut, I will have to
go elsewhere to get a haircut because I won't be able to get my
hair cut within the restrains of my classes. I just won't have the
time. This will cost me extra money.
a haircut is not the most important things to be worrying about,
but this is just the small tip of the iceberg that sank the Titanic.
DOL has many other small organizations that work within its sphere
of control. If it gets cut, many agencies that operate West Point
will get cut severely. They shouldn't cut DOL on the posts in the
country because it would cause the military posts to run very poorly
and inefficiently. Hopefully, then maybe the government will find
something else to cut.
that it's a difficult thing to think about, and that there are probably
many factors that decide what gets cut and what does not. I just
don't see why a branch of the army that supplies, arms, and takes
care of the army should get cut. They are our support and without
them, we would not be able to operate. That is the bottom line.
Without the people that supply our food and water, our ammunition
and weapons, our communication and transportation, our pens and
paper, and even our haircuts, we would not be able to carry out
hope you all can help us. Please inform your Congressman of any
concern you may have about this possible cut.