Lt. Col. Christopher Ophardt, a spokesman for the academy, told Military.com that the cadet was getting ready for a military skills event in order to be selected for next year's Sandhurst Military Skills Competition, adding that the cadet "left his rucksack, Kevlar helmet, and all of his magazines."
The cadets "had drawn their weapons to start going out," Ophardt told Military.com. "He was right outside the barracks, which is where the arms rooms are."
The newly-arrived soldiers, assigned to the 23rd Military Police company, and helicopters from the 2nd Aviation Detachment are working alongside New York State Police helicopters and drones to comb the grounds around the academy.
More than 2,000 acres have already been searched, per the press release,
New York State Police dive teams are also assisting in searching the Hudson River, as well as bodies of water on West Point grounds.
Working dogs from the CSX Railroad Police are on loan to authorities for the search along railroad tracks near West Point.
Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, superintendent of West Point, said in a previous statement that the search will continue "with all means possible, on and off West Point. Safely locating the Cadet remains our focus and number one priority."
ROCKFORD — Delta Force sniper Sgt. First Class James P. McMahon's face was so badly battered and cut, "he looked like he was wearing a fright mask" as he stood atop a downed Black Hawk helicopter and pulled free the body of a fellow soldier from the wreckage.
That's the first description of McMahon in the book by journalist Mark Bowden called "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War." It is a detailed account of the horrific Battle of the Black Sea fought in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993. It claimed the lives of 18 elite American soldiers.
Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher will retire as a chief petty officer now that President Donald Trump has restored his rank.
"Before the prosecution of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward Gallagher, he had been selected for promotion to Senior Chief, awarded a Bronze Star with a "V" for valor, and assigned to an important position in the Navy as an instructor," a White House statement said.
"Though ultimately acquitted on all of the most serious charges, he was stripped of these honors as he awaited his trial and its outcome. Given his service to our Nation, a promotion back to the rank and pay grade of Chief Petty Officer is justified."
The announcement that Gallagher is once again an E-7 effectively nullifies the Navy's entire effort to prosecute Gallagher for allegedly committing war crimes. It is also the culmination of Trump's support for the SEAL throughout the legal process.