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Mickey Mouse in the Engine PDF Print E-mail


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

 
Simone Askew Selected First Captain PDF Print E-mail

 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.

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McCarthy confirmed as Army under secretary PDF Print E-mail
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.
 
CFT cadets learn ‘impact’ of field artillery PDF Print E-mail

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 PDF Print E-mail
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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