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Major milestones ahead for WP grad's brewery

After a successful summer launch party netted nearly $5,000 for charity, the former Army officer behind the Service Brewing Co. has two more big events on his calendar. First, the grand opening of the Savannah, Georgia-based brewery for tasting and tours, set for Sept. 13. Then, a development that’s better news for Kevin Ryan’s many far-flung investors, battle buddies and well-wishers who aren’t exactly within walking distance. Ground Pounder Pale Ale and Compass Rose IPA will be available without a tap for the first time in October, said Ryan, a 1996 U.S. Military Academy graduate who left service as a captain and has two former soldiers on his payroll — brewmaster and fellow West Point alum Dale Sartin, and former helicopter pilot and assistant brewer Jeff Hyatt.

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Edgar Allan Poe makes return to West Point

Edgar Allan Poe is back at West Point.  And this time, he can catch. In a nice find by The Washington Post’s Scott Allen, Army sophomore receiver Edgar Poe shares the same name as the legendary American author and poet. Poe, who had one catch for 29 yards in the Cadets’ 47-39 win against Buffalo, does have the same middle name as the literary legend. So does his father. The Tuscon, Arizona, native even picked up the nickname “The Raven” in high school.

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Climate Activists Launch 30' Inflatable Bomb Near WP

Canoers from SeaChange 2014, activists from Veterans For Peace, and inflatable art creators Tools for Action launched a 30-foot inflatable bomb over the Hudson River in Garrison, NY, across from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Lettering on the side of the blimp read "U.S. Military: Largest Consumer of Oil, Largest Emitter of CO2." The blimp was created for the Sept. 21, 2014, People's Climate March in New York City with the intention of drawing attention to the role of war and the military in contributing to climate change and other environmental problems. While the Pentagon refuses to release fuel usage data, it's been estimated that the U.S. military is responsible for five percent of total global greenhouse emissions, making it the largest institutional polluter in the world.

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White men lead a diverse force

ommand of the Army's main combat units — its pipeline to top leadership — is virtually devoid of black officers, according to interviews, documents and data obtained by USA TODAY. The lack of black officers who lead infantry, armor and field artillery battalions and brigades — there are no black colonels at the brigade level this year — threatens the Army's effectiveness, disconnects it from American society and deprives black officers of the principal route to top Army posts, according to officers and military sociologists. Fewer than 10% of the active-duty Army's officers are black compared with 18% of its enlisted men, according to the Army. The concern, however, is for Army's seed bed for four-star officers — the combat commands from which two-thirds of its generals are grown. They're unlikely to produce a diverse officer corps if candidates remain mostly white. "It certainly is a problem for several reasons," says Col. Irving Smith, director of sociology at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Smith is also an African-American infantry officer who has served in Afghanistan. "First we are a public institution. And as a public institution we certainly have more of a responsibility to our nation than a private company to reflect it. In order to maintain their trust and confidence, the people of America need to know that the Army is not only effective but representative of them."

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Colleges with the Highest Starting Salaries

If starting salaries were the sole measure of elite universities, U.S. News's most recent college rankings would look very different. The top of the list would instead be reserved for elite military and tech schools, which send graduates out into the workforce with some of the country's highest early-career salaries, according to a new report by PayScale, which collected salary data from nearly 1.5 million employees with degrees from over 1,000 different colleges. Graduates of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis earn a median annual salary of more than $80,000 over their first five years, the most of any school included in PayScale's report; graduates of Harvey Mudd, a liberal arts college that specializes in mathematics and the physical sciences, earn just under $76,000, the second most; graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, earn just over $75,000.

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WP grad dedicates his walk to fallen troops

Mike Viti is on a long walk to honor fallen service members. The 28-year-old West Point graduate and Army combat veteran started on a cross-country trek April 26 just outside Seattle. This week it brought him to Dallas-Fort Worth, and today he plans to walk for 24 hours straight to mark the anniversary of 9-11. His goal today: cover 68.26 miles, starting in Arlington and ending in Dallas, in honor of the members of the military who have died in action during the war on terror. “I got out of the military last year, and one of the things you reflect on is your service and the people that have impacted you,” he said. “The one thing that comes to the front of your mind are those that you lost, your friends, your classmates — the guys you served with and their families.”

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Annual Buffalo Soldier Memorial Ceremony

Each Labor Day weekend, hundreds of people gather near a tree, not too far from the main entrance of the United States Military Academy at West Point to pay honor to the brave men of the all black 9th and 10th Calvary units, better known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Nestled under the tree sits a large boulder, with a plaque, dedicated to the Buffalo Soldiers. The Buffalo Soldier units were assigned to West Point in 1907 and served there until they were deactivated in 1946. Col. Landy Dunham, Garrison Commander at West Point, Dr. Donald Outing, Chief of Diversity & Equal Opportunity at West Point and Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, Superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point were among the dignitaries present for the memorial ceremony.

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Army-Stanford: great tradition from a bygone era

In the beginning, the U.S. Military Academy helped create the mythology of college football. That was Army losing to Notre Dame in 1924 when sports writer Grantland Rice penned the famous "Four Horsemen" line to describe the Irish backfield. It was Army again four years later in Notre Dame's "Win one for the Gipper" game. In the mid-1940s, the Black Knights won three consecutive national championships and produced Heisman Trophy winners Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis. Yet, the rich legacy of bygone eras continues to fuel the hopes and dreams of the cadets who suit up each week, vowing to restore Army's place among college's football elite.

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John West will play world's largest chapel pipe organ

The West Point Cadet Chapel will open this year of Class of 1936 organ recitals on Sunday, Sept. 28, with the appearance of the young organist, John West. The recital of masterworks begins at 3 p.m. West’s performance credits include solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony and with the inimitable Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. He has been a featured artist of the American Guild of Organists Region X Convention, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and has performed at all of the major houses and instruments in Southern California including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Spreckles Organ Pavilion, the Hollywood Bowl and Ambassador Auditorium, the Hazel Wright Organ at the Crystal Cathedral and the Great Organs of the First Congregational Church Los Angeles.

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Hellcats in Edinburgh Scotland

The West Point Band's Hellcats are visiting Edinburgh, Scotland, to headline the Highland Tattoo. Other groups in the band will visit Sandhurst, the British equivalent of West Point, and play a Sept. 11 memorial concert in London. Other bandmates are in Japan for several concerts, including one with the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force in Tokyo.

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