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Fund Drive 37 is underway!  Please help WP-ORG through a voluntary donation to the current fund drive.
   
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As of now, 794 donations have been made, raising $56725.50 towards our goal of $98667.00.
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FD: 37 -April Showers bring fundraiser donations
Please donate to FD37 by credit card, check or PayPal:  http://www.west-point.org/donate

April - a season for renewal and new growth.  And, this week, the WP-ORG semiannual fundraising effort.  We know why spring occurs: the Earth's axis tilts away from perpendicular, and as we rotate the sun, we move from winter into summer (below the equator, the move is from summer into winter, as those stationed there well know).  WP-ORG's fundraiser occurs because we have forsaken an attempt to build an endowment or other means of sustaining support and coast on that.  Rather, we live (or die) by our relevance to the needs of our subscribers and the value we provide.

Why give?  Myriad reasons exist; if you are reading this, you benefit from them.  USMA graduates benefit from their class activities WP-ORG hosts or furthers, including class pages, reunion assistance, discussion forums, general publications, and memorial pages for fallen classmates.  Parents benefit from discussion lists for plebe and cadet parents, parent clubs, and other services mentioned above; society members benefit from society pages and discussions, as do specific groups like as survivors of Japanese prisoners of war in WWII and USNA parents, among others.  The Ring Recovery forum allows members to help return lost or stolen class rings to their rightful owners, and other forums such as the law forum, women's network, cadet club and activity forums, prayer forums, financial forums, firearms forums, and others allow members to discuss shared interests.  Couple all of the above with a personal web page, a personal email, a job bank, and discounted shopping opportunities, and there's something for every subscriber.  The organization is transparent, with financial statements, mission statement, and history open to all.

For me, it is the connection to my classmates, those others with whom I shared classes or cadet activities as a cadet, and the classes I taught when I was assigned on the faculty.  And, as time goes by, it is the memorial pages of those who have left us far too early that inspire me to seek out new opportunities to make a difference in the world as they did in their often-brief time here with us.  The living history on the various discussion forums is an irreplaceable asset, and many members are more than willing to mentor and share with us their lifetimes of learning.  I cannot put a price tag on such services, but I can tell you that their value is incredible.

If you benefit from any of these, there is absolutely no obligation to send any money, and many members do not; there are no dues or subscription required.  However, as a volunteer organization, we do need funds to continue, and out budget is available at http://www.west-point.org/budget /.  Those who can, I ask to contribute what you think is fair to keep us running.  Thus far, since 1994, enough members have that we continue to operate.  As a member of the Board of Advisors, I contribute time and money, because I find the organization of great value.  I hope this message reminds each of you why you continue to belong, what you gain from it, and how you can help keep that going.

Please send your donation NOW -- by credit card, check or PayPal -- and help bring this Fund Drive to a successful conclusion quickly:
 
 Thank you,

Doug Dribben, '83
Advisor, WP-ORG

 
USMA: New logo highlights sports rebrand
WEST POINT — "Black Knights" stays, but the Black Knight goes when it comes to Army athletics.

Make that "Army West Point" athletics.

Both moves are part of a rebranding effort announced here Monday night at Eisenhower Hall in a ceremony that was part press conference, part laser show (complete with fog machines) and part "Project Runway," with representatives from some of the school's athletic teams modeling new uniforms.

Before the uniforms came the big reveal: The "Athena Shield," which will take the place of the sword-wielding Black Knight-behind-the-"A" logo that still adorned Michie Stadium's midfield stripe as of Monday night.

It features a helmet, sword and star on a shield background in traditional gold and black colors, a design meant to be "evocative" of the history of West Point, said Col. Ty Seidule, head of West Point's history department, who worked closely with Nike marketing and design staffers during the 18-month rebranding process.
 
Ranger Neal on the Objective!

In the first message sent in this fund drive, Jack Price made the following Challenge:

"Now, as an inducement to get this fund drive jump started, I will give a honey bear, of my World famous sourwood honey, to anyone who shows up with a minimum $50 donation, by April 10 at  34 46 34.19 N   80 29 06.76 W .  This location is close to Mabry Mill, mile post 176, on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, just north of the NC/VA border.  Just a test to see if any of those dusty Ranger Tabs are still valid!"

The challenge was accepted and the prize claimed:

 Ranger Larry Neal '65 succeeding in deciphering the coded grids to make his way to Buffalo Mountain and claim his fund drive prize!  The actual location was 120 miles north of the posted grid, and Larry figured it all out!

Well done, Ranger Neal!

CFO Jack

 

 
Brig. Gen. Courtney Carr named adjutant general of Indiana
Governor Mike Pence has chosen Brigadier General Courtney P. Carr to become the Adjutant General of Indiana. Carr will take over from Major General R. Martin Umbarger, who is retiring on May 31, 2015. 
 
Gen. Carr began his career in 1983 upon commissioning as a Regular Army officer from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

From 1991 to 2011, Gen. Carr was active in a variety of roles around Indiana as a member of the Indiana National Guard. His service included serving as commander of the 1st Battalion of the 151st Infantry, where he led several hundred soldiers and deployed with them to Bosnia just after 9/11 in February 2002. He also served as Commander of the 138th Regiment Combat Arms in Edinburgh, a training organization for officers and sergeants. In 2007, Carr was chosen as Commander of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, comprised of approximately 4,500 Indiana Guardsmen, and he deployed with them to Iraq. 
 
West Point takes part in cyber-defense exercise this month
A team of West Point cadets will take part in an annual cyber-defense exercise with other service academies this month.

U.S. Military Academy team members will defend their title as they compete against four other service academies beginning April 13. The 15th annual Cyber Defense Exercise runs through April 17.

The academy teams must defend their computer networks against sophisticated attacks orchestrated by employees of the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense. The team that mounts the best defense wins the exercise.
 
Film showcases West Point stained-glass windows

he stained-glass windows, all 178 of them, are the subject of a new documentary by Norman Shaifer.

West Point is known for molding the Army's top brass, not necessarily for its collection of stained glass.

But the stained-glass windows at its landmark Cadet Chapel are widely considered to be among the finest examples of the art form in the United States.

The windows, all 178 of them, are the subject of a new documentary by Norman Shaifer, a Tappan publisher who specializes in church congregation histories. The documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at one of West Point's most hallowed — and unheralded — sights.

"I have never seen anything like it myself," Shaifer, 83, said during a recent interview at his cluttered office on Main Street. "Nothing comes close — they're so unusual."

The film project took six months. Shaifer said he based much of his research on a 1987 book written by West Point graduates.

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US Army Leaders Make Case for AMPV Decision
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — US Army officials shot down the possibility for a wheeled ambulance variant of the armored multipurpose vehicle (AMPV), just the latest chapter in a drama over the vehicle between industry, the Army and Capitol Hill.

In December, the US Army awarded a contract worth $1.2 billion to BAE Systems to begin building the AMPV. BAE was the only contractor still in the running after General Dynamics Land Systems pulled out of the competition in May, complaining that the Army's requirements unfairly favored the tracked Bradley fighting vehicle derivative that BAE was submitting.

BAE is signed to deliver 29 vehicles in five variants in a 52-month engineering, manufacturing and development phase that will lead to a contract to replace all 2,897 M113 vehicles in the Army's armored brigade combat teams (ABCTs). However, GD lobbied the Hill get its eight-wheeled Stryker vehicle in the running for an ambulance variant and another 1,922 M113s in use supporting echelons above brigade (EAB) the service eventually wants to replace.

In a brief at an Association of the US Army convention here, acquisitions officials strove to put the matter to rest, outlining why the BAE's tracked vehicle provided the best mobility, as compared with the Stryker on a variety of terrain, particularly for an ABCT, and defending the program's fairness.
 
3 West Point grads part of upcoming space missions
Retired Navy Capt. Scott Kelly is set to kick off a year in orbit with a March 27 launch to the International Space Station, but beginning in November, the ISS will take a decidedly Army slant.

Three retired colonels, all U.S. Military Academy graduates, will head skyward starting that month, with Tim Kopra (Class of 1985) off to the station for the more standard visit of about six months. Before Kopra returns to Earth in May 2016, Jeff Williams ('80) will launch in March, returning that September.

The same month Williams lands, Shane Kimbrough ('89) will head into orbit, scheduled to be gone until early 2017.
 
Bergdahl Charged With Desertion and Misbehavior
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban and its allies in Afghanistan for five years, has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the Army said Wednesday.
 
The case has been referred for a preliminary hearing that’s equivalent to a grand jury in the military’s court-martial system, according to an Army statement.
While Bergdahl’s years in captivity may mitigate any potential punishment, he could face a maximum penalty of life in a military prison if convicted on the charge of “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.” The charge of “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty” can bring a maximum of five years’ confinement.
 
Both charges also could result in forfeiture of pay and a dishonorable discharge. The Army didn’t disclose details of its case against Bergdahl, and said it won’t answer questions while the case is pending.
 
Bergdahl was released in May in a swap that freed five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after the U.S. said it received warnings that his life was in danger. Since then, the Army has been investigating the circumstances under which he left his unit at a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan.
 
U.S. Army apologizes for treatment of soldiers

U.S. Army apologizes for treatment of soldiers exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq

 The undersecretary of the Army apologized Wednesday for the military’s treatment of U.S. service members exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq, and announced new steps to provide medical support to those with lingering health effects and to recognize veterans who had been denied awards.

Undersecretary Brad R. Carson acknowledged that the military had not followed its own policies for caring for troops exposed to old and abandoned chemical munitions that had been scattered around Iraq, and vowed improvement. He also said that the Army had reversed a previous decision and approved a Purple Heart medal for a soldier burned by sulfur mustard agent, and Carson said he expected that more medals would be issued to other veterans after further review.

“To me, the scandal is that we had protocols in place and the medical community knew what they were, and yet we failed in some cases to implement this across the theater,” he said. “That was a mistake, and I apologize for that. I apologize for past actions and am going to fix it going forward.”

Carson was appointed last fall by Chuck Hagel, then the defense secretary, to lead a Pentagon working group to identify service members who had been exposed to chemical weapons and offer them medical screening and other support. The effort was in response to an investigation in The New York Times that revealed that the U.S. military had secretly recovered thousands of old and often discarded chemical munitions in Iraq.

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