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New Cadets March Back from 'Beast Barracks' at West Point PDF Print E-mail
They survived the initial test.

Now it's on to four more years of learning how to be a soldier in today's Army.

Members of the West Point Class of 2020 took part Monday in the traditional 12-mile march from Camp Buckner on the military reservation's outskirts that marks the end of cadet basic training.

And when they came into view along Washington Road, a cheer arose from the family members who had lined up on both sides.

Cadets at the head of the group carried a banner with the class motto: With Vision We Lead.

Known as Beast Barracks, the initial training faced by cadets is so intense that not everyone who comes to West Point is able to handle it.

Of the 1,308 who showed up for Reception Day on June 27, 1,276 made the march back -- an attrition rate of nearly 2.5 percent.
 
Col. Guy Troy went from West Point to the Olympics PDF Print E-mail

Although Col. Guy Troy, U.S. Army (retired), was a late bloomer as a modern pentathlon athlete, it did not keep him from winning a gold medal in the very first Pan American Games in 1951 in Buenos Aires. It wasn’t lost on Troy that another Armored Army officer finished fifth overall in the same sport in the 1912 Olympics at Stockholm. That soldier’s name was George S. Patton.

“Having served as a Cavalry Platoon Leader in Europe, I would have been happy if the Army had sent me directly to the Korean War from Buenos Aires after the Pan-Am Games. Instead, they sent me to West Point to form and recruit a modern pentathlon team and start training for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki,” Troy said.

Here are the Pentathlon events: Fencing, pistol shooting, 200-meter freestyle swim, 4,000-meter horseback ride with 25 jumps and 4,000-meter cross country run.

During Olympic tryouts, player/coach Troy did well his first two days. “I was first in fencing, second in shooting and sixth in swimming. I was about six years older than most of the runners and came in eighth. My wheels did not run off in the horseback competition, but my horse did — she fell about halfway to the finish line.”

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Army Explores Stronger, Lighter, Cheaper Protection PDF Print E-mail
Rocky Research didn’t set out to create a new type of armor—far from it. When the new material first slid out of the company’s production oven, it caused considerable consternation. A worker responsible for cutting the material into usable shapes for a high-tech heat dissipation system found that it couldn’t be cut with ordinary tools.

Wondering just how strong this new material was, he took it to a shooting range and discovered that bullets couldn’t pierce it, either. The material proved so durable that “we had to laser-cut it,” said Uwe Rockenfeller, president and CEO of Nevada-based Rocky Research. “That’s when the concept of using it as armor came about.”

The company called the material COMBAM, for Coordinative Molecular Bond Armor Material. Using a high-temperature process to grow metal inorganic crystals on the fibers in a woven fabric, Rocky Research scientists invented an exceedingly tough textile. They had set out to make material tough enough to prevent heat from deforming the heat exchangers in special refrigeration systems. Difficulty in processing the material led to the serendipitous creation of COMBAM as a ballistic material.

 
Incoming Commanding General of SMDC at Redstone Dies PDF Print E-mail
The man set to take over as commanding general for the Army Space and Missile Defense Command has passed away. The SMDC Change of Command ceremony was to take place Tuesday.

Maj. Gen. John Rossi, 55, was also set to be promoted to the rank of Lt. Gen. before taking the helm of SMDC.  An article on Army.mil addresses said promotion.

WHNT News 19 has learned Rossi’s death is the death reported by Redstone Arsenal officials over the weekend. Information on his death was, and still is, very limited.

Eulogies for Maj. Gen Rossi  

 
Ranger School Death Possibly Linked to Low Sodium Levels PDF Print E-mail
A West Point graduate died Wednesday after being hospitalized during his first day at Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
 
Second Lt. Michael R. Parros, 21, of Walnut Creek, California, "fell ill" on July 25 during day one of the grueling infantry leader course and was transported for medical treatment, according to a Fort Benning press release.
 
Parros was being treated for hyponatremia, a condition that occurs when the level of sodium in the blood is abnormally low, according the release. Sodium is an electrolyte that helps regulate the amount of water that's in and around cells.

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Eulogy page for 2LT Parros 
 

 
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