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The West Point Society of Central Florida exists to serve alumni, ex-cadets and friends of The United States Military Academy living in Central Florida as well as those visiting the area. The purpose of the society is to provide a networking platform for those associated with the Academy, provide news, information, and to further the ideals and promote the welfare of the USMA.
Howi Kussoy, The New York Post
Just over five years ago, Zach Spiker took a position both deeply respected and unenviable, simultaneously joining the lineage of Hall of Fame coaches given the unique opportunity to coach at Army, while also taking over a team without a winning season in a quarter-century.
Coming southeast after a successful stint as an assistant at Cornell, Spiker had received his first head coaching job, and like any person in any new position, was uncertain what was to come.
But less than a week into his tenure, the 33-year-old received a visit from a coach whose career began before he was born, a coach with more advice and insight than could fit into a visit — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, a West Point graduate and Army’s coach from 1975-80.
“He was on campus and we just sat and talked for awhile,” Spiker said. “He’s been very supportive and he’s been very, very open and willing to share his time. He’s been terrific.”
Despite their demanding schedules, the coaches have developed a friendship, communicating a few times during the season, via text or phone, with the NCAA’s all-time winningest coach still coming back to West Point at least once each year.
Since last fall, Krzyzewski brought Team USA and his Duke team with him to West Point on separate trips, never forgetting that four national championships, 11 Final Fours and 916 wins all started with four years as a cadet.
By Kevin Lilley, Staff writer (ARMY TIMES)
"We really want to make sure we have something that identifies regionally, nationally and internationally," Army athletic director Boo Corrigan told the (Middletown, New York) Times Herald-Record last week. He didn't speculate on possible alternatives.
An Army athletics spokesman said Corrigan had nothing to add to his published remarks, but confirmed an announcement on rebranding, which could include a name change, could come in March or April, as the spring intercollegiate athletics season comes to a close.
"Black Knights" has been the official nickname of all Army teams since 1999, but its roots go far deeper, with New York sportswriters calling the football club "The Black Knights of the Hudson" as early as the 1920s. That name would go along with the traditional "Cadets" moniker for most of Army football's history.
Honor, loyalty, leadership and service were celebrated as the Central Florida business community came together to recognize the achievements and sacrifices of its armed forces veterans during Orlando Business Journal's Veterans of Influence awards event at the Hilton Orlando.
Business leaders from every branch of service were honored in a ceremony that embodied the dedication of those who served and the pride of those who enjoy the freedom they helped provide. Pre-recorded interviews with each honoree were played, giving insight into how the military has helped in their path to success and sharing stories of their service. A total of 23 local businessleaders were honored with award plaques and two were given the Spirit of America award in recognition of outstanding service and achievement.
See the slideshow highlights of the event, and read OBJ's Sept. 26 print edition for more on the 2014 Veterans of Influence. Click Here
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is introducing a uniformed disability claims form to better serve Veterans, families and survivors. Standardizing the process by which Veterans file claims and initiate appeals will make it easier for Veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they are seeking from VA and provide information that is necessary to process their claims and appeals. The new forms eliminate applicant guesswork, which often leads to delays in decisions and ultimately delays in receiving benefits. The new regulations go into effect in late March 2015.
“We must do everything that we can to make it as fast and easy as possible for Veterans and their survivors to file for and receive an accurate decision on their claim,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. “Our Veterans and survivors will know, at the outset of the claims process, what is needed, which removes subjective interpretation from the process. We want to eliminate any barriers that make it difficult for our Veterans or survivors to receive benefits to which they are entitled.”
Like thousands of graduates before him, CPT Kevin W. Mott ’07 accepted an offer to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point because he “wanted to make a difference.” What a difference he has made, especially while fighting in Afghanistan as a platoon leader with the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment (“No Slack”), 101st Airborne Division during Operation Strong Eagle III. Anticipated to last just a few days, this mission to clear an insurgent stronghold in the Kunar Province turned into a nine-day battle against a well-fortified enemy. “Their command and control ability was amazing,” said Mott. “Before we moved down the mountain to clear the Kalats, they mobilized unseen into the hills and spread out across 10-15 kilometers worth of terrain.”
On the first day of the mission, March 27, 2011, his unit was ambushed as soon as it lost its air support after a storm moved into the valley. Eleven soldiers in his platoon’s lead section were cut off and under heavy fire from all directions. Three were shot. Mott radioed in the casualties. He then put himself in the line of enemy fire so that his pinned fire team could move to a better position. Finally, getting to a position where he could see the enemy (less than 50 meters away), he called in indirect fire, effectively suppressing the enemy. “This went on for nine days,” said Mott, “with something bad happening in the mission every day."
The following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1956 | 1978 | 1983 | 1989. Class Notes
Colonel R. Taft Blackburn has joined the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) as a Research Staff Member in IDA’s Intelligence Analyses Division. Blackburn is a member of the Foreign Area...
Darcy Anderson has been appointed as a new Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army during an investiture ceremony in the Perot Building January 8. The Honorable Ryan D. McCarthy, Secretary of...
Department of History Assistant Professor Laura Hooton and CPT(P) Jessica Cook travelled with West Point - The U.S. Military Academy cadets to Ellis Island and southern Manhattan to study the...
COL Musteen gave an evening lecture summarizing the major challenges of the 1777 Saratoga Campaign before four instructors led different tours of the battlefield itself. Cadets participated in...
Army head coach Jeff Monken has announced the addition of Shiel Wood to the coaching staff. Wood will work with Nate Woody on the defensive side of the ball.
Wood, a former assistant coach...