West Point welcomes new cadets with Class of 2023

WEST POINT, N.Y. — The Class of 2023 is reporting for duty at the U.S. Military Academy.

West Point will welcome almost 1,200 candidates on Monday to begin a rigorous six weeks of Cadet Basic Training. The arrivals on “R-Day,” or reception day, will immediately begin their first lessons in marching, military courtesy and discipline.

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Bill Clinton speaks at funeral for CDT Christopher Morgan

The West Point cadet killed in a horrific training accident was laid to rest over the weekend in a service attended by more than a thousand mourners, including former President Clinton.

Slain cadet Christopher Morgan’s dad was once a member of Clinton’s security detail.

The funeral service was held Saturday at the US Military Academy for Morgan, who was killed earlier this month when the armored personnel transport he and 21 others were riding in flipped and fell several feet down a steep embankment.

Morgan, a 22-year-old West Orange, NJ, native, was “an exemplary classmate and teammate” who was “tremendously proud to be a cadet,” said Maj. Gen. Steve Gilland, West Point’s Commandant of Cadets.

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CADET PASSES FOLLOWING INJURY IN TRAINING ACCIDENT

– June 7, 2019 USMA release

Cadet Christopher J. Morgan, Class of 2020

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet Christopher J. Morgan, Class of 2020, died due to injuries sustained from a military vehicle accident in the U.S. Military Academy’s training area.

“Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all. The entire community is ensuring that our cadets are being cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, 60th Superintendent, U. S. Military Academy. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family.”

Morgan, 22, of West Orange, New Jersey, passed away at the scene of the accident. He was a Law and Legal Studies major, and a recruited athlete who was a standout member of the Army Wrestling Team.

“We are devastated by the news of Chris’ passing. He was a talented, hardworking, and determined athlete who loved his sport,” said Army West Point Wrestling Coach Kevin Ward. “Chris had an infectious personality with a smile big enough to fill any room, and a heart big enough to love everyone around him. He made everyone around him better and he will be greatly missed.”

The Corps of Cadets will hold a vigil to honor Morgan tonight. A memorial ceremony for the West Point community and private funeral service will be held at the academy next week.

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Cadet dead, 22 hurt after cargo truck overturns at West Point

WEST POINT, New York — A 5-ton cargo truck overturned in West Point Thursday morning, killing one cadet and injuring 22 others.

The Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) overturned where Route 293 connects with the Camp Natural Bridge training site around 6:45 a.m.

20 cadets and two active-duty soldiers were injured and taken to three different area hospitals.

There is no word yet on the extent of their injuries.

Route 293 was closed for a short time, but has since reopened.

Governor Cuomo released a statement saying,

“My heart breaks for all those involved in the tragic training accident at West Point this morning. These courageous cadets and soldiers represent the best of New York State and our country, and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their bravery in choosing to serve our country and protect our freedoms. This incident is made all the more heart wrenching as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day today, a day where we remember those who gave their lives for our country.

“I am grateful to the first responders who are on the scene right now and am directing the State Office of Emergency Management to provide any resources necessary to assist.

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Mike Pence: West Point grads should expect to see combat

Vice President Mike Pence told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that the world is “a dangerous place” and they should expect to see combat.

“Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he said.

Pence congratulated the West Point graduates on behalf of President Donald Trump, and told them, “As you accept the mantle of leadership I promise you, your commander in chief will always have your back. President Donald Trump is the best friend the men and women of our armed forces will ever have.”

More than 980 cadets became U.S. Army second lieutenants in the ceremony at West Point’s football stadium.

Pence noted that Trump has proposed a $750 billion defense budget for 2020 and said the United States “is once again embracing our role as the leader of the free world.”

“It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life,” Pence said. “You will lead soldiers in combat. It will happen. Some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere.”

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Vice President Pence to speak at West Point’s graduation

Vice President Mike Pence will be the commencement speaker at West Point’s graduation this month.

Pence will speak at the U.S. Military Academy’s graduation ceremony for the class of 2019 on Saturday, May 25.

It will be Pence’s second visit to the academy, but his first time as graduation speaker, West Point said on Monday.

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International Cadets gather together for a reception with USMA leaders

Story and photos by Brandon O’Connor Assistant Editor
May 2nd, 2019

The U.S. Military Academy is the pre-eminent leader development institution in the world and through a 47-month experience men and women are taught how to be the future leaders of the Army.

In less than a month, nearly 1,000 cadets will graduate from West Point and be commissioned into the Army as second lieutenants. Also graduating with the Class of 2019 will be 12 international cadets who have spent the last four years studying at West Point and then will go home to serve in their country’s Army.

The Class of 2019 includes cadets from countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
“I am a civil engineering major and I think the skills I’ve acquired in my academy major will first of all give me the ability to build structures and the things that help people in their daily lives,” Class of 2019 Cadet John Mugabe, who is from Rwanda, said of what he has gained from his four years at West Point.  “The military education is going to be of extreme importance to the military back home. There are a lot of things the U.S. Army does and teaches to cadets that I think I will be able to bring back home, share and build our Army.”

The four-year immersion is one of multiple programs West Point participates in to develop and build relations with allies and partners throughout the world.

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West Point cadets demonstrate skills at annual Projects Day

By Michael Randall
Times Herald-Record


WEST POINT — Hundreds of West Point cadets took part in the military academy’s annual Projects Day on Thursday.

The event gives cadets a chance to demonstrate their skills in academic pursuits ranging from robotics and computer science to more traditional classroom subjects such as English and philosophy.

Some projects are legacy projects that continue from year to year, with a new group of cadets seeking to improve on what was done the year before.

Tianna Johnson, a cadet from Tampa, Fla., who is going into the Army’s cyber branch, was part of a team of five cadets working on this year’s version of the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition.

That project anticipates that autonomous driving, or unmanned vehicles, could be part of military convoys in the future.

Two projects dealt with augmented reality, including one that takes the user of an iPad to Omaha Beach, one of the D-Day landing points in World War II.

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West Point investigator dies during an Army PT test

An Army Criminal Investigation Command special agent collapsed and died during a physical fitness test on Tuesday, according to a Friday release from the U.S. Military Academy in New York.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Liquat Khan, 51, collapsed during a run at West Point and was pronounced dead at Keller Army Community Hospital, the release said.

“Words cannot express how saddened and deeply affected we are by Special Agent Khan’s death,” Maj. Gen. David Glazer, head of U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the provost marshal general of the Army, said in the release. “He joined the Army after 9/11 because he wanted to serve the country that had given so much to him and his family. He was a patriot, a true professional, an incredible special agent and he will be sorely missed.”

His cause of death is under investigation, the release said, but foul play is not suspected.

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West Point unveils statue of Grant

By Michael Randall
Times Herald-Record

WEST POINT – Only two West Point graduates went on to earn the rank of general and be elected president of the United States.

Now there are statues of both men at their alma mater.

On Thursday afternoon, West Point officials, cadets, graduates and other guests gathered to unveil a statue of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who led the Union army to victory in the Civil War and was later the 18th president.

Grant’s statue is on the perimeter of The Plain, where the corps of cadets holds daily parades. He stands directly across the field from the statue of Dwight D. Eisenhower, which was erected in 1983. Eisenhower made his military mark in World War II and went on to become the 34th president.

Robert A. McDonald, of the class of 1975, and his wife, Diane, who are philanthropists, provided the funds for the Grant statue. McDonald is a former Procter & Gamble chairman and CEO.

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