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New cadets march back to West Point
The new cadets at West Point have ended six weeks of intense training at Buckner, with a 12-mile ruck march. More than 1,100 new cadets marched Monday morning (8/13/18). 

Members of West Point’s Class of 2022 will be officially accepted into the corps on Aug. 18.
Final Heroic Moments of John Chapman - VIDEO

The U.S. Air Force has released video highlights from an overhead intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft taken on March 4, 2002 that shows the final heroic moments of Tech Sgt. John Chapman, who will receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery later this month.

 Chapman charged multiple machine-gun nests and engaged in hand-to-hand combat on the 10,000-foot peak known as Takur Ghar in Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda.

Chapman, an Air Force combat controller, and six members of Navy SEAL Team 6 -- callsign Mako 30 -- were tasked with helicopter-inserting high above the valley so they could direct air strikes and provide intelligence for conventional troops below, who were attempting to flush out an estimated 200 to 300 lightly-armed Al Qaeda fighters, just five months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.


Soldiers Are Deploying To Help Fight Wildfires
About 200 soldiers from the Army’s 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division are being mobilized this week to help fight historical wildfires currently ravaging America’s northwest, officials said Tuesday.

The soldiers hail from across the brigade and will be working with civilian firefighters and the National Interagency Fire Center to prepare for the mission, which could begin within a week, according to an Army release.

As the Mendocino Complex fire continues to ravage northern California with an historic inferno, Army officials said it was not clear whether the soldiers would be sent there or if they were needed to battle fires elsewhere.

Fire center officials did not immediately respond to questions about where the soldiers are headed.
Domestic Violence Will Be a Crime Under Military Law
omestic violence will officially become a separate crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice when President Donald Trump signs the annual defense authorization act into law next week.

Military officials have prosecuted such crimes in the past, but under more general justice categories such as assault. They carry severe penalties including jail time and dismissal from the armed forces. But analysts say that doesn’t always convey the seriousness of the offense.

The change was included in the massive military policy measure after outside advocates noted the lack of domestic violence as a specific crime under military law has ramifications for how outside law enforcement can keep track of those troops after they leave the ranks.

Those types of convictions in the civilian world can trigger restrictions on future firearms purchases and ease the path to protection from abuse orders. But since military officials don’t separate domestic abuse crimes separately from other assaults in their record keeping, reporting those crimes to outside agencies is often incomplete.
U.S. Military Academy Among Best Colleges
The U.S. Military Academy is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, and is ranked No. 1 for Most Accessible Professors according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features West Point in the new 2019 edition of its college guide, “The Best 384 Colleges.”
West Point also is on the following ranking lists in “The Best 384 Colleges:” No. 2 for Best Classroom Experience, No. 2 for Don’t Inhale, No. 3 for Lots of Race/Class Interaction, No. 3 for Best Health Services, No. 3 in Best College Library. No. 6 for Best Science Lab Facilities, No. 8 for Everyone Plays Intramural Sports, No. 8 for Students Most Engaged in Community Service and No. 10 for Is That a Dorm.
“The U.S. Military Academy is dedicated to educating, training, and inspiring the Corps of Cadets, and the Princeton Review rankings reflect our institution's commitment to developing leaders of character,” said Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, Dean of the Academic board. “Our faculty and staff are world-class teachers, mentors, scholars, and most importantly, role models who work tirelessly to support our cadets in all of their endeavors whether they be in the classroom, on the athletic fields, on field exercises, in the library, and in our laboratories.”

New Cadets Provided With Running Pods For Study
Keller Army Community Hospital physical therapy fellowship and PT clinic staff collaborated on a study called START: Simple Technology Assessing Running Technique, for new cadets at the U.S. Military Academy July 5. The study aims to identify traits in Soldiers’ gait that may be indicative of future lower extremity injuries.
Information-recording pods were provided by the KACH physical therapy research team from a grant—from the Military Operational Medicine Research Program—with no labor requirements or cost from U.S. Military Academy.
Cadets in the Class of 2022 will wear the pods for six weeks during summer training. The pods detect step rate (steps per minute), step length, distance run, foot strike pattern and rate of impact loading.
After the six weeks are complete, the pods will be returned to the research team for data syncing, then be returned to the cadets. Cadets will then be able to use these pods to monitor their physical activities via an app.
The intent of the study is to improve readiness by identifying parameters which promote healthy running and reduce injury, contributing to a reduction in the number of running-related injuries in cadets and Soldiers.
Bradshaw officially completes Army football career
Army will officially have a new starting quarterback under center this fall.

Ahmad Bradshaw, who set a service-academy record with 1,746 rushing yards last season, will graduate from West Point Friday, coach Jeff Monken said.

Bradshaw, a three-year starter who helped Army to 18 wins, two bowl victories and the return of the Commander in Chief’s trophy in December over the past two seasons, was working to complete his requirements this summer. If Bradshaw’s graduation was pushed to December, Army could have petitioned the NCAA for another season this fall.
How Freeze-Dried Plasma Saves Soldiers’ Lives

The U.S. Army has received the go-ahead from the FDA to move forward with plans to develop a new type of plasma that will be easier to use on the battlefield.

A dependable, portable emergency blood supply is key to ensuring the military’s ability to treat battlefield injuries immediately.

With that in mind, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has broadened military access to freeze-dried plasma (FDP).

Last month, the FDA granted an emergency use authorization to the Department of Defense (DoD) while the agency works toward approval for the new type of plasma.

Currently, the Army uses a substance officially known as Pathogen-Reduced Leukocyte-Depleted Freeze-Dried Plasma. It’s manufactured in France by the Centre de Transfusion Sanguine des Armées (Blood Transfusion Center of the Armies).


VA Secretary Pledges Cleanup Of Scandal-Plagued DC Hospital By Richard Sisk
In his second week on the job, new VA Secretary Robert Wilkie pledged a cleanup of the scandal-plagued Washington, D.C., Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center where inspectors found doctors using rusty surgical tools and identified a sense of "complacency" in the facility's leadership.

Wilkie went to VAMC Monday, where he was told that plans were in place for "assuring reliable availability and sterilization of instruments for surgical procedures," the VA said in a release.
LTC Myer '01 to Receive the 2018 Nininger Award
West Point, NY: The West Point Association of Graduates is pleased to announce that Lieutenant Colonel Matthew R. Myer, Class of 2001, has been selected to receive the 2018 Alexander Nininger Award for Valor at Arms. The award will be presented on September 27, 2018, at West Point, New York. Myer is a third-generation West Point graduate. He is currently the Commander of the 1st Battalion-501st Infantry (Airborne) Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

Myer has deployed several times to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve from 2003 to today. While serving as a Captain and Company Commander in 2007-08, he commanded Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne) 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, known under his command as the most decorated company in the Global War on Terrorism. His command included a 15-month deployment to Kunar and Nuristan Provinces, Afghanistan. During this tour, Chosen Company earned a Presidential Unit Citation Award and a Valorous Unit Award. In addition, 87 individual valor awards were earned by Chosen Company, including two Medals of Honor, two Distinguished Service Crosses, and 13 Silver Stars. Myer earned one of the 13 Silver Stars on July 13, 2008 for his command at the Battle of Wanat, the most documented battle of the war. During the Battle of Wanat, Myer commanded the force during a ferocious battle with a superior enemy force. He lost nine soldiers and exacted at least 50 enemy KIA while calling in Close Air Support, Close Combat Attack, Artillery, Mortars and multiple MEDEVACs. In addition, he personally risked his life on several occasions. Myer also earned an Army Commendation for Valor in 2007 for his actions in an ambush outside of Wanat.
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