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WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials from a village in New York’s Orange County are proposing joint operation of a wastewater facility with their neighbor — the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Highland Falls officials say a shared-service approach would save millions of dollars and protect the environment, namely the Hudson River.

Summer Training Exercises Begin For West Point Cadets

May 26, 2016
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Summer training exercises for cadets are beginning at West Point in Orange County.

VP Biden To Deliver Commencement Address At West Point

Apr 12, 2016
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Vice President Joe Biden will return to West Point next month to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy.

Defense Secretary To Visit West Point

Mar 22, 2016
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is planning to visit the U.S. Military Academy to meet with cadets and discuss the challenges the Army's future leaders will face.

Middle school student tests robot
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Dozens of middle school students gathered in Essex, New York recently for a science, technology, engineering and math workshop.  The students were guided in building robots by instructors and cadets from the Military Academy at West Point.

West Point Cadet Is Acquitted Of Sexual Assault

Jan 23, 2016
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A West Point cadet has been acquitted of sexually assaulting a fellow cadet he was dating.

An annual pillow fight by freshmen cadets at the U.S. Military Academy turned bloody this year when cadets swung pillowcases packed with hard objects, injuring 30 cadets.

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.

West Point Cadets To Partake In Cyber Defense Exercise

Apr 10, 2015
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A team of West Point cadets will take part in an annual cyber-defense exercise with other service academies this month. 

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A 1980 West Point graduate active in the fight for gay rights in the military has been named chairwoman of the board that reviews programs at the U.S. Military Academy.

Boscobel Donates Painting to West Point

Mar 24, 2015
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A Federal-period house museum in Putnam County is donating an historic painting across the Hudson River, to West Point.

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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.

NYS Assembly, Senate Pass West Point Bills

Jun 15, 2014
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Two bills concerning West Point have passed the New York state Assembly and Senate. They now await the governor’s signature.

HV Congressmen Size Up Obama's Foreign Policy Shift

May 29, 2014
Kellie McGuire

President Obama delivered the graduation speech at West Point Wednesday, and with it, a foreign policy change of direction. Now, two Congressmen from the Hudson Valley from different sides of the aisle are weighing in.

President Obama’s speech outlined a shift to more collaboration and less combat on the international stage. He says the U.S. must lead on this stage, and the military is the backbone of this leadership.

“But U.S. military action cannot be the only, or even primary, component of our leadership in every instance,” President Obama said.

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.

Civilian Workers Picket At West Point Gate

Oct 16, 2013

WEST POINT – Civilian employees at West Point who have been furloughed because of the federal government shutdown, gathered outside Thayer Gate on Tuesday to call for an end to the “irresponsibility displayed by Republicans in Congress.”

Donald Hale, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 2367, called for an end to the gridlock in Washington.

Civilians Back To Work At Fort Drum, West Point

Oct 8, 2013
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Civilian employees are back to work at Fort Drum and West Point after a week of furloughs stemming from the government shutdown.

U.S. Military Academy spokesman Lt. Col. Webster Wright said most of the academy's 1,422 furloughed civilian employees returned to work on Monday.

The American Federation of Government Employees Local 400 told the Watertown Daily Times that about 325 furloughed medical workers were called back in at Fort Drum. The northern New York post on Sunday night said that all 250 garrison employees were called to return to their work Monday as well.

West Point Combines Classes Amid Gov't Shutdown

Oct 4, 2013
Robert S. Donovan

Some classes at West Point are being combined or canceled and military faculty members are being forced to fill in for civilian instructors furloughed because of the government shutdown.

U.S. Military Academy officials said Thursday they furloughed 1,422 civilian employees this week, including 132 faculty members.

The academy's faculty is about 70 percent military personnel who are unaffected by the shutdown. But spokesman Lt. Col. Webster Wright says the furloughs are challenging West Point's ability to provide a top-level education to cadets.

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.

A two-week delay in the first furlough warnings to civilian employees at West Point and other federal installations will harm the workers even more, according to American Federation of Government Employees Local 2367 Vice President James McCabe.

He said cutting two weeks off the furlough time at the US Military Academy and elsewhere will hurt workers even more than the original plan.

WEST POINT – The war hero known as “Stormin’ Norman” was remembered with tributes, humor and emotion during an hour-long memorial service at the United States Military Academy Thursday afternoon.

General Norman Schwarzkopf graduated from the academy as a member of the Class of 1956, and went on to legendary leadership during an illustrious military career.

The highlight was his role as commander of the coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, which ended 22 years ago, to the day, of the memorial service yesterday.. 

The Letters to West Point Focus on Prayer

Jan 17, 2013
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A national watchdog group that espouses the importance of the separation of church and state is calling upon the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to stop including prayers during official events. In response, a Chaplain Alliance is asking West Point officials to allow such prayers to continue.

We welcome bestselling author and award-winning sports reporter, Joe Drape, and speak with him about his latest book, Soldiers First: Duty, Honor, Country, and Football at West Point.