U.S. Military Academy at West Point

West Point Announces Commencement Speaker

Apr 18, 2015
WAMC, Allison Dunne

West Point officials say the top U.S. military officer will speak at its commencement ceremony next month.

The U.S. Military Academy announced Friday that General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the commencement speaker for the Class of 2015 on May 23. Dempsey is a member of the Class of 1974. President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at West Point last year, during which he laid out his foreign policy vision. Obama this May will deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

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Money for new barracks at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in Orange County is included in a federal omnibus spending bill.

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Bard College and U.S. Military Academy at West Point are teaming up for a panel Monday on challenges in the Middle East.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

President Barack Obama today delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He took the opportunity not only to bestow words of wisdom, but to lay out his foreign policy vision. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was at the president’s third visit to New York in as many weeks.

1,064 cadets received diplomas after listening to President Obama deliver the graduation speech.

“You are the first class to graduate since 9/11 who may not be sent into combat in Iraq or Afghanistan,” President Obama said.

5/28/14 Panel

May 28, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and University at Albany Journalism Professor and investigative reporter Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Albany Bear
President Obama’s West Point address
Holder - Reporter Leaks
NY Assembly Backs Use of Marijuana for Illnesses
Joe Bruno returns to public life

Congressional Reps Decry Defense Furloughs

Jul 8, 2013
WAMC/Allison Dunne

U.S. Department of Defense furloughs of civilian employees took effect Monday and are scheduled to run through the end of September. In New York, a few thousand of these employees are affected at West Point and elsewhere in the Hudson Valley. Two of the region’s congressional representatives slammed the furloughs as they headed back to Washington to try and balance the budget.

Federal Union Members Picket Furlough At West Point

May 15, 2013
WAMC/Allison Dunne

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday announced a plan to furlough some 750,000 Department of Defense civilian employees because of across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. In the Hudson Valley, more than a dozen civilian employees at West Point picketed today, saying the impending furlough is already hurting local families and businesses.

Ian Pickus

The New York Yankees are set to open their season against rival Boston today. But before turning their attention to a high-stakes season of adversity, the Bronx Bombers spent Saturday touring the facilities at West Point and holding an exhibition game against the Army cadets. The game rekindled an old tradition for the two storied programs.

Westboro Church Plans Pickets at West Point, Vassar

Feb 28, 2013
Meg Stewart, flickr

Westboro Baptist Church members have two pickets planned for today in the Hudson Valley - one on each side of the Hudson River. The anti-gay Church established by Pastor Fred Phelps is known for its pickets of military funerals and liberal-arts colleges.

Congressman Maloney Talks Spending Cuts at West Point

Feb 27, 2013
Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Republican House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday called on the president to stop using the military as a campaign prop to demand more tax hikes and start working with his own Democratic-controlled Senate to act on a credible plan to avert sequestration. Meanwhile, a Democratic Congressman from the Hudson Valley visited with officials from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and spoke about the impending damage of sequestration on West Point.