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Police ask for help in soldier's murder
RE: USMA 2012 Graduate CPT Daniel C. Lehman
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. 
Police are requesting the public help investigating the murder of a Fort Carson soldier.

Captain Daniel Chamberlain Lehman, 28, was shot near South Nevada Avenue and Costilla Street. He was a graduate of West Point Academy and stationed at Fort Carson.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department.
 
Detectives say a man found dead in downtown Colorado Springs Saturday morning was a homicide victim.
 
Texas Hosts Intense US Army Best Medic Competition
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO (KNWA) -- The 2018 U.S. Army Best Medic Competition will be conducted Sept. 16-20, at Joint Base San Antonio (Camp Bullis), Texas. 

The event will be hosted by MEDCOM and conducted by the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School. It is a two-soldier team competition that physically and intellectually challenges the Army's best medics in a 72-hour demanding, continuous and realistic simulated operational environment, according to the news release. 

There are nearly 34,000 combat medic soldiers in the entire U.S. Army. Of those medics, only 42 soldiers have made it to the finals, according to the U.S. Army Medical Command. 

This event is open to all Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard medical soldiers who have earned the Expert Field Medical Badge or the Combat Medical Badge. 

Medical Soldiers are assigned to every type of command in the Army’s Active Component, U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard.

The start of the competition will begin with the much-talked-about Army Combat Fitness Test. The Army announced earlier this year they will implement a new fitness test for soldiers beginning in 2020. 
 
Virginia National Guard Ready for Hurricane Florence Support
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- The Virginia National Guard has more than 1,300 personnel staged and ready to support local and state emergency management officials with response to Hurricane Florence Sept. 12, 2018. VNG Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are staged at key locations across the commonwealth in order to rapidly respond if needed.

"I am incredibly proud at how quickly and safely our personnel were able to get in place and be ready to provide support to Hurricane Florence if needed," said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. "Our state agency partners count on us to be able to rapidly respond and provide the capabilities they need, and we have done that extremely well. We also owe a special thanks to our families and employers because we couldn't accomplish our mission without their critical support."

The VNG is closely monitoring the weather situation, so personnel, vehicles and equipment can be repositioned to different locations if needed.

Potential missions for the VNG include high water transportation, debris reduction, commodity distribution, shelter management assistance and rotary wing aviation search and rescue.
 
No shutdown at VA

Congress passes department’s budget on time


 
WASHINGTON — House lawmakers finalized the fiscal 2019 Veterans Affairs and military construction budgets on Thursday, sending the full-year spending plan to the president ahead of the new fiscal year deadline for only the second time in nine years.

The plan contains a funding boost of more than 6 percent for VA next year, pushing the department’s total budget over $200 billion for the first time. At $209 billion in total spending, the department’s budget has nearly quadrupled over the last 17 years.

The House vote — 377 to 20 — came a day after Senate lawmakers offered similar overwhelming support for the measure, and just a few hours after congressional leaders announced a plan to finalize the fiscal 2019 budgets for the Defense Department and several other non-military agencies by the end of this month, avoiding a government shutdown.

 
WPAOG Welcomes Patrick Ortland ’82 as COO

WPAOG is pleased to announce that Patrick Ortland ‘82 has joined us as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining WPAOG, Ortland worked for over 27 years at IBM, most recently as the Senior Real Estate Program Manager for the Northeast Region, where he managed the acquisition, disposition and build out of IBM leased properties, including negotiating real estate leases and managing construction.

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More Than 60 Year History in Seoul Comes To A Close

FED relocates to Camp Humphreys 

 
Seoul, South Korea- After a week of cloudy days and rain, the sun shined bright over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District (FED) compound as many employees, guests, and friends of the district gathered to commemorate a monumental event in the district's history.
 
The FED held a colors casing ceremony Aug. 31 to mark the closing of the district's headquarters in Seoul (Dongdaemun) and its relocation 40 miles south to Camp Humphreys. 
 
A casing of the colors is a traditional ceremony when a unit is deactivated or relocates, and is held to commemorate the unit and its history.
 
After more than 60 years of being nestled in the heart of Seoul, the district has reached its milestone of relocating as a part of the Yongsan Relocation Program which relocates U.S. forces to Camp Humphreys. 
Col Teresa Schlosser, FED commander, opened the ceremony by thanking everyone for joining the district for its color casing ceremony.
 
"The unit's colors represent people, though you can't see all of them today the colors represents all the civilians and Soldiers who have served in the Republic of Korea (ROK)," said Schlosser. "All volunteers determined, tough, and intelligent. 
Schlosser went on to thank the local community for its openness and generosity to FED and the bond they have created throughout its history near the East Gate. 

"We have enjoyed being a part of the Dongdameun community and making kimchi with our neighbors in the fall," said Schlosser. "Although we are officially moving our headquarters and we are preparing to close our gates in the coming month, Dongdameun and the East Gate will always be a part of our history and we'll be forever grateful for the friendship and experiences we've had here"
 
Army Is Getting Back To Its Big Guns
...as it prepares for the near-peer fight
 
After nearly two decades of counterinsurgency warfare, the Army’s artillery and missiles — once the core of the modern Army’s way of land warfare — withered in quantity, quality and manpower.

During that decline, voices within the Army called for a shift in priorities, training and technology.

And while those calls were in some ways heeded, they also were, in other ways, ignored.

Until now.

Last year, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley established Cross Functional Teams centered around key Army priorities as the service prepares for near-peer threats such as China and Russia.

While they all play an important role in modernizing the Army, one that has emerged as a top priority, given current competitors and real-world readiness, is near and dear to the hearts of old soldiers: fires.
 
USMA Named to Forbes' Top Colleges

U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY NAMED TO FORBES’ TOP COLLEGES– August 23, 2018 WEST POINT, N.Y. –

The U.S. Military Academy was named #27 of 650 ranked schools on the Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges List, and #3 on Forbes’ Top 25 Public Colleges list. USMA also ranks #16 of Top Colleges in the Northeastern Region of the United States. 

https://www.forbes.com/colleges/united-states-military-academy/

 
CDT David Bindon Selected As First Captain
Public Affairs Office
 West Point, NY 10996
845-938-2006/3808
NEWS RELEASE
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RELEASE NO. 21-18
 
DAVID BINDON SELECTED FIRST CAPTAIN – Aug. 8, 2018
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet David Bindon of Canton, Michigan, has been selected First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets for the 2018-2019 academic year, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain of command. He will assume his duties on Aug.13.
 
Bindon, a Mechanical Engineering major, recently led 1,408 cadets as the Commander of Cadet Field Training II.
 
Now as First Captain, he carries the responsibility for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400-member Corps of Cadets. His duties include implementing a class agendaand acting as a liaison between the Corps and the administration.
 
“David’s selection is a direct result of his hard work, dedication and commitment to the Corps over the last three years,” said Brig. Gen. Steve Gilland, commandant of cadets. “I know David and the rest of our incredibly talented leaders within the Class of 2019 will provide exceptional leadership to the Corps of Cadets in the upcoming academic year.”

 
VIDEO: David Bindon Interview 

 
Early Draft - Army’s New Fitness Test Standards
A year-long field test of the Army’s new fitness test kicks off in October, and on Tuesday, a copy of the preliminary scoring system leaked online.

For now, Training and Doctrine Command is working on a gender- and age-neutral, 100-point system for each of the six events, with a 60-point minimum that will be familiar to anyone who’s ever taken the current Army Physical Fitness Test.

“The chart represents the standards we intend to use for the Army Combat Fitness Test during the Initial Operational Capability field testing phase," Lt. Col. Jeffrey Pray, a spokesman for the Center for Initial Military Training, told Army Times on Wednesday.

To start, standards will be divided by “heavy,” “significant" and “moderate” physical demand, similar to the Occupational Physical Assessment Test. One of the goals of the field study is to decide whether the final test will be scored according to military occupational specialty or unit type ― so, for example, an infantryman would fall into the “heavy” category, but so might everyone who serves in an infantry brigade combat team as well.
 
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