Things from the Desk of the Editor-in-Chief
CONGRATULATIONS USMA 2019
FROM R-DAY TO HAT TOSS a big congratulations are in store for the newest Old Grads - USMA 2019. With so much content produced from that day I am sure you have been satiated. But should you want o relive some of those moments we recommend taking a look at THE IMAGES FROM DANNY WILD.
THIS WEEK ON SOCIAL MEDIA
REMEMBERING CADET TOM on Saturday we posted A PHOTO TO FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM. The photo accompanied an article submitted for VOL III of CADET. The authors were the parents of USMA 2019’s Tom Surdyke. Tim and Janice courageously shared a memorable story of Tom from CBT and the heroic story of his ultimate sacrifice during the summer between plebe and yuk year. Several comments on the posts are very touching. The Surdyke family is an inspiration to us all.
REMEBERING BJACK28 less than 3 months after Tom died, USMA 2019 lost another from it’s ranks, ARMY FOOTBALL’s BRANDON JACKSON. I was in the locker room after the 2016 Army-Navy Game when Brandon’s Mother, Morna, addressed the team. It was a powerful, poignant and impactful moment for all in that room. A moment of reflection amidst the frenzy of snapping the 14-year streak. Additionally, I unknowingly had a few images of Brandon from the 2016 Spring Game, and felt compelled to share them.
FOR EVERY HEART IN GRAY
WE’RE LESS THAN 100 DAYS FROM ARMY FOOTBALL with that in mind, there’s no better way to start getting yourself ready than with @ASFORFOOTBALL’s newest effort. If you want to become a responsible Army Football fan you need to go check out their ARMY FOOTBALL 101 article right now.
AOG TOASTS THEN SETS SIGHTS ON ALL ACADEMY CHALLENGE it’s been a big couple of weeks for AOG. With Graduation comes some big time 50th Class affiliation work, coupled with the Distinguished Grads, all the On this Day knowledge they’ve been dropping everyday, not to mention all the emails they must get every day from someone asking what their cullum number is. Last week we all VIRTUALLY TOASTED TO 150 YEARS (WE GOT A LITTLE ANIMATED FOR OURS) of AOG and now we’re on to the sprint events…THE ALL ACADEMY CHALLENGE.
NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR we got ourselves a new AD! MIKE BUDDIE comes to the helm of Army Athletics from Furman University (where VOL III contributor and author of BEYOND THE POINT, Claire Gibson went to college, bet you didn’t know that) in upstate South Carolina. We’re excited to see what Mr. Buddie brings to Army Athletics.
ARMY BASEBALL AND THE ROAD TO OMAHA GO THROUGH LUBBOCK the next stop for Army Baseball is Lubbock Texas where they will take on Texas Tech in NCAA PLAYOFF BASEBALL.
OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
WE GOT NOSTALGIC once a month we get the wonderful chance to update our email list with all that’s going on over here at CADET. THIS MONTH WE GOT A LITTLE NOSTALGIC, ya know with graduation and all, its hard not to feels those pangs of bittersweet feelings that re-emerge every May/June. So we took a little trip down memory lane with a look back at 2003, 2009 and 2010 graduations. We also have a bunch of updates on collaborations and a couple of modern looks at the timelessness that is West Point. Come check it out and if you’re not already signed-up for our mailing list…DO THAT AS WELL.
RADIO GA GA
BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE this SONG IS AWESOME it has nothing to do with West Point but the video is very, very early 90’s and that can be enjoyable. We heard it on the radio (The Gamut - see last week’s FTED #18) and immediately added it to our 2019 playlist.
ICONIC WEST POINT SOUNDS so, this right here does apply to West Point…I’m curious, very curious…what’s your favorite or most memorable/chills-inducing West Point sound? Let me know in the comments of this blog post or in the comments of the FACEBOOK or TWITTER or INSTAGRAM post.
FOR YOUR EYEBALLS
WE’RE LIVING IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS whether you want to believe it or not, we just might be living in those good old days everyone is always clamoring for. THIS VIDEO OF WWII VET PETE DUPRE, playing a smashing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at a Women’s National Soccer match on Memorial Day, is as good as it gets. Other great things include the pink and blue hair of the players and the Captain Marvel-inspired banner at the end. What a time to be an modern American. U-S-A! U-S-A!
HAT STORIES this story of USMA 2019’s JUNUS SELA is really quite interesting. I wish we could unearth all the stories of kids who grabbed hats that then became grads themselves. Is there a hat that has been tossed multiple times? These are the moments that make West Point so utterly amazing and unique and special. Do you have a hat story??? I want to hear it - Let me know in the comments of this blog post or in the comments of the FACEBOOK or TWITTER or INSTAGRAM post.
HAT STORY #2 Have you heard the tale of my superstitious Army Hat that almost was a Navy Hat??? No, good CHECK IT OUT NOW THEN.
HAT STORY #3 next year I want to make a compelling photo essay documenting the HAT TOSS FROM THIS PERSPECTIVE. Anyone who can help facilitate this please CONTACT ME.
THE DESIGN OF THINGS
ORDINARY HEROES OF WEST POINT this article dropped a little more than a week before graduation. It contains SEVERAL VIGNETTES ABOUT ACADEMY PERSONNEL. You need to read them. Just go read this article, it is remarkable.
WEST POINT 100: CREATORS
#95DAYSOF2019 we’ve mentioned THIS PROJECT a few times. Well, now it is complete and Sammi rounded out her project in excellent fashion. Please go give it some attention - read through the vignettes and comment on a few of your favorite stories and/or photos. Completing a project like this in the wake of firstie year is no small task. Well Done, Sammi, well done.
PODCAST FROM THIS WEEK
FICINT Envisioning Future War + Science Fiction + Intelligence + Podcast + Author of Ghost War = WE’RE SOLD