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STOP SENDING $$! WP-ORG Fund Drive 42 COMPLETE. THANK YOU!
To all members of WP-ORG,

On behalf of WP-ORG's advisors, moderators, and tireless volunteers, I am delighted to announce that FD42 is successfully completed. WP-ORG's operations are fully funded through March. Thank you!

The final Donation Report may be seen at: https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

I'd like to thank everyone who made the effort to contribute. In addition, we are grateful to those who continue to donate countless hours of their valuable time. These long hours are a donation equally as important and valuable as money. Without either, WP-ORG would not exist.

Special kudos go to the Class of 1979 for line honors in both number of donations and total donation amount.

The fund drive is complete, the donation site has been shut down. Any donations that continue to be received by mail will be credited toward jump starting FD43.

In addition to donation reports, we archive for each fund drive daily tallies, charts and tables comparing performance measures of current and past drives, and additional data which you may find of interest:  http://www.west-point.org/service/fd42/program/

FD42 has been a great success. Once again, thank you!

Warren Hearnes
USMA 1989
on behalf of WP-ORG Advisors
 
FD42 down to the wire, closing this week
Thanks to the generosity of 1,250 WP-ORG members, we've received 94% of the $92,344 needed to fund WP-ORG operations for the next six months. Thank you to all who have contributed!

Now we're only $5,000 short of FD42 goal. This chart shows progress of FD42 through Saturday, compared to FD38-FD41: http://www.west-point.org/service/fd42/program/42-34.gif

FD42 receipts are well ahead of recent average, and it looks to be our shortest fund drive in years. You can look it up: http://www.west-point.org/service/fd42/program/

If you value WP-ORG services, but haven't yet donated, we need your help to close out FD42. If you intend to make a donation, please make it now.

You can donate to FD42 by credit card, check, or PayPal: http://www.west-point.org/donate/

Your donations make WP-ORG services possible.

Thank you,

Bill MacLean
WP-ORG Advisor
_______________________________________________________________

FD42 Donation Report, sorted by WP-ORG member group:
https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

WP-ORG Budget October 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018:
http://www.west-point.org/budget

What is WP-ORG & Why Donate?:
http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=66



 
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin to be grand marshal in NYC Veteran’s Day Parade

 Space pioneer Buzz Aldrin will elevate NYC Veteran’s Day Parade as Air Force turns 70

 His mom’s maiden name was Moon.

That probably wouldn’t have mattered if Buzz Aldrin had become a landscaper or a used car salesman. But he became an astronaut, a history-making man of space, whose course may have been charted long before he was born.

And even now, 48 years after becoming the second person to set foot on the moon, Aldrin is blazing new trails.

The West Point graduate, MIT scholar, Air Force pilot, Korean War veteran, NASA hero, foundation founder and children’s book author will be the grand marshal for the 2017 New York City Veterans Day Parade on Saturday.

 READ MORE...

 
A community of grads, parents, and friends

WP-ORG Members:

Once again, we're in the midst of our semi-annual fund drive. Please donate to FD42: http://www.west-point.org/donate/

At this moment, we're almost 80% to our goal. Thanks to each and every one of you who have donated! You're getting this message because you are on one of our e-mail lists that serve classes, societies, parent clubs, and friends of West Point or other military-related organizations. You do not have to donate in order to use any of our services, but we exist because of those who do find value and have the means to contribute.

Each time I write one of these fund-raising messages, I think of the ways that helping WP-ORG for the past 20 years has returned more to me than I had ever anticipated. Being part of this 30,000+ community of people who are connected to West Point and our military is a source of inspiration. I've met grads from a wide range of classes, become more involved in the Leaders' Conference at West Point, and have re-established relationships with classmates and friends. It's my experience and belief that reaffirming these connections with grads and parents who share a love of West Point and the military plays an vital part of reaffirming our connections with our alma mater.

Continue to use WP-ORG to reconnect with friends and classmates, and please donate if you can -- your donation to FD42 supports WP-ORG operations through March 2018. To donate via credit card or PayPal, learn more about the budget and see the donation report:

* Donation Link: http://www.west-point.org/donate/
* Budget: http://www.west-point.org/budget/
* Donation Report: https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

To donate via check, please send to:

  WP-ORG INC
  3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
  Willis, VA 24380

Thank you for helping us continue to serve you.

 Sincerely,
Warren Hearnes '89
WP-ORG Advisor

 
WP-ORG: Service
Bottom Line Up Front: It's that time of year again - the twice annual justification for the existence of WP-ORG through your continued support. Please donate to FD42: http://www.west-point.org/donate/ 

WP-ORG is, at it's very core, the ultimate service organization.  At it's inception, it was the only internet based communication tool bringing grads together, and allowing parents a peek inside the window of life for the cadets.  

While many other social media platforms have sprung up in the past two decades, WP-ORG remains alone in the standard of service it has established for itself.

Real people...

People who care about West Point volunteer their time to moderate Class forums.  Real people work to set up the credit card sites so Class reunions can run efficiently, so Society and Parent Club events can occur seamlessly, so the cadets can purchase tickets to take the bus to the airports for leave / pass.  

Real people answer the call - be it a technical issue to the solved, or, as is often the case with me, a reminder of where I can find something within the system.

WP-ORG has an army of volunteers, but only three employees - and one of those is part time.  It takes people to man those phones, keep the servers humming, create credit card sites for reunions, Class/Society/Club functions, process the firearms licenses, etc, etc., etc. - and it's done all so efficiently with the 2.5 employees of WP-ORG - Jack Price, a '64 grad who can, at time, be cantankerous, perhaps only for show, as there's usually with a grin on his face and a twinkle in his eye - and oh, the stories he can tell of the mischievous things he's done; Megan Klein, his daughter, the magician who keeps the wheels of WP-ORG humming smoothly, who builds the numerous websites and credit card sites, feeds the ornery servers, kicking them into submission when needed and cajoling them into remaining operational; and Dian Welle, the "voice" of WP-ORG, the person behind the phone or the computer question line, who has a "can do / I can fix that" attitude and resolves issues quickly and efficiently, or finds out who can.

WP-ORG - real people doing an amazing job serving the West Point community and filling the needed niche of safe, secure communication.

Your donation to FD42 supports WP-ORG operations through March 2018. To donate via credit card or PayPal, learn more about the budget and see the donation report:

To donate via check:
WP-ORG INC
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, VA 24380

Thank you for helping us continue to serve you.

Megan Hostler
WP-ORG Advisor
Parent Forum CoModerator
Plebe Net CoModerator
Prospective-Net CoModerator
USMAPS-Net CoModerator
 
Mickey Mouse in the Engine


Hello! It's WP-ORG fund drive season...  Please help.

http://www.west-point.org/donate

My name is Megan. I'm not a West Point grad. I am just 1 of 2.5
employees in the basement of a small organization underlying so many
big things - just like the Mickey Mouses in an engine.

What?

Years ago my dad and I dismantled the engine of my car. It was a 1977
Mercedes 240D (diesel). It was green, had naugahyde seats, holes in
the floorboard and it was 15 years old and I loved it! I'd blown the
engine in the desert near Vegas and we towed it back to southern CA.
At the time I was living on a chicken farm on campus at Cal Poly where
I was an animal science major. We pushed the car under the rafters of
a barn and hoisted the engine up and out and began tearing it apart.
When we pulled the first piston out of the block, my dad flipped it
over grinning at me, "Look what I found!" There were three overlapping
circular indentations on the head of the piston. Inside the heart of
my engine was a Mickey Mouse! (Technically the indentations are valve
reliefs to prevent the piston head and the valve from hitting during
the compression stroke, but my first thought was Mickey Mouse.) There
were four pistons - four tiny mouses - working tirelessly so I could
wander the country, the wind in my hair, every road a new adventure.

And just like those mouses, is WP-ORG.

After Christmas last year I received pictures from a lady in
Washington state who'd executed what may have been the most epic All
Academy Ball ever. It was a WWII-USO-Hawaiian-Luau-themed affair with
fire dancers and antique cars and WWII vets as special guests. She'd
called months before to map out her vision and ask if WP-ORG could
help. We could, and did, of course. The registration and payment site
we built together matched her theme and removed all worry about guest
lists, gathering checks and tracking numbers.
https://secure.west-point.org/wppcwa/allacademiesball From the
pictures, it seemed the party lived up to its hype in every way and I
only wished I'd been there! But it was enough to quietly know WP-ORG
had once again been a smoothly turning gear underpinning the success
of yet another grand party.

It is but one of the hundreds of examples of WP-ORG enabling great
things to happen by playing a vital role at the core of something
bigger and flashier. On a shoestring budget, a 2.5 person staff and
hundreds of volunteers, we are at the heart of the engine, enabling
you to do big things.

Please feed the mouses!  http://www.west-point.org/donate/

Thank you to all who have already donated to this fund drive.

Sincerely,
Megan Klein
WP-ORG INC

 
McCarthy confirmed as Army under secretary
The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to confirm former Army Ranger Ryan McCarthy as the next under secretary of the Army.

President Donald J. Trump nominated McCarthy in June for the position. He will succeed Karl Schneider, senior official performing the duties of the under secretary of the Army.

Responsibilities of the under secretary include the Army's budget, business transformation, acquisition modernization and energy-efficiency initiatives.
 
Simone Askew Selected First Captain

 Cadet Simone Askew of Fairfax, Virginia, has been selected First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy's Corps of Cadets for the 2017-2018 academic year, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain of command. She will assume her duties on Aug. 14.

Askew, an International History major, currently leads 1,502 cadets as the Regimental Commander of Cadet Basic Training II.

As First Captain she is responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400-member Corps of Cadets. Her duties also include implementing a class agenda and acting as a liaison between the Corps and the administration.

Askew is the first African-American woman to hold this esteemed position.

Read More... 

 
CFT cadets learn ‘impact’ of field artillery

Some U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 cadets got to experience the “sound of artillery” last week during Cadet Field Training. To clarify, that sound is (a very loud) BOOM!

During Field Artillery Day at Camp Buckner, cadets were given the opportunity to explore one of the 17 possible branches they could commission into upon graduating as second lieutenants in the United States Army.

Throughout the course of the day, cadets learned how to plan, called for and executed indirect fires using artillery and mortar fire with live rounds.

“The main thing that we are training out here is the common Soldier task of calling for fire, calling and adjusting indirect fire rounds from both 105mm howitzers and 81mm mortars,” Capt. Ryan Scott explained. “That’s the one event that’s graded and one event that’s common, no matter what your job is, you need to know how to call and adjust indirect fire rounds.”

 

 
Army improperly tracked sarin, other chemical agents
Officials at an Army chemical and biological storage and testing facility did not follow protocols while tracking inventories of sarin, a dangerous nerve agent, according to a recent inspector general report. 

The U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground also at times failed to provide disqualifying information about employees such as drug use and an incident involving alcohol, the report found. 

Dugway Proving Ground was the same Utah location cited in 2015 for protocol failures that allowed live anthrax spores to be shipped to 194 laboratories in 50 states and nine foreign countries. 

Some of the packages were shipped by commercial carriers such as FedEx. 
 
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