(Updated Feb. 12, 2015; 3:35 PM)
The West Point Cadet Soccer Club participated in the 2015 Philadelphia Flames SC 17th annual Indoor Soccer Tournament Feb. 8 in Warminster, Pennsylvania.
The team traveled with a mixed squad of returning and new players, preparing for the tourney with volunteer Robert Partridge. The team finished third in the competition out of 10 teams after playing five matches with 16 goals for and 8 goals against (3-1-1 record).
The club soccer team had the opportunity to play the U.S. Naval Academy club team, winning with a 6- 2 score. Class of 2018 Cadet Macauley Hoyt was the leading scorer with eight goals including three for a hat-trick against the Navy. Other top scorers were Class of 2016 Cadet Samuel Dowd with four goals and Class of 2016 Cadet Kyle Morris with two goals.
Cadet Competitive Cyber Team:
The Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) recently competed head-to-head with the other service academies at CyberStakes Live Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at the Soldier and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh. Cadets and midshipmen participated as teams and individuals in a variety of security challenges in this DARPA-sponsored competition, with highlights including the new Joint Capture the Flag (CTF) event in which mixed participants from each of the academies into new groups.
This year also introduced a complex and challenging Cold Boot challenge. A fully encrypted storage device provides a high level of confidentiality while a system is off, but when it is powered on encryption keys may be stored directly in a protected area of the computer’s memory. This event gave participants the task of extracting these keys directly from memory by chilling the memory to help preserve its state and then transferring it to another system in order to bypass memory protections.
CyberStakes is an Olympic style event with awards for each event, but no overall ranking. Members of C3T won awards in the Cold Boot, Live CTF, Joint CTF and Lock picking events. This event was designed to give students from each of the academies an opportunity to network, engage in friendly competition, learn new skills, and sow the seeds for future joint cyber operations. To learn more, read the DOD story at: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128162
Twenty-seven members of the Close Combat team attended MSATO’s Operation DEFCON Jan. 23-25 in East Shoreham, New Jersey, to practice and validate MOUT and woodland training acquired during the summer and academic year.
It was a two-day military simulation event in which the West Point team participated as coalition forces. The area of operation was an abandoned nuclear power plant full of large and complex rooms and hallways, and the event was honored to have as one of its commanders, former Delta Force operator Dale Comstock.
Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy's Gay-Straight Alliance, "Spectrum," attended the Harvard University LGBTQ Student Conference Feb. 6-8, planned and executed by a team of Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School students, many of whom are West Point graduates.
Two conference chairmen, Dan Lennox (USMA Class of 2007) and Larry Choate III (USMA Class of 2009), were the first same-sex couple (and USMA graduates) to wed in the Cadet Chapel at West Point. The conference theme this year was "Connect and Catalyze." featuring an inspirational lineup of notable leaders across a variety of industries in America. The conference opened with the 12th Dean of Harvard Law School, Martha Minnow, who welcomed the cadets to the 2nd annual conference.
Cadets also were given the chance to interact and socialize with students from all of the schools at Harvard University and learn about the politics of social justice movements, and the importance of authentic leadership and courage in leading or participating in movements focused on aligning the nation's laws with the nation's values.