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WP-ORG is currently raising money in its 41st semi-annual fund drive. Please do donate. 
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West Point Society and Parent Club Online Registration and Payment: Take registration for your events online. WP-ORG does the work for 2.5%. Authorize Net clears the cards for 2.5%. You have stress-free registration and the money is in your hands at the beginning of every month. Take a look at the income section of WP-ORG's budget: http://www.west-point.org/budget/  and note that the $14,600 for "CC Sites" is 0.025% of the half million dollars we collect for societies and parent clubs every six months. Using WP-ORG for your event registration is a great way to simplify your life AND support WP-ORG. Ping me to get started:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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New Photos From 9/11 Attack at Pentagon PDF Print E-mail

The FBI released an archive of photos showing the devastation at the Pentagon in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.

A total of 27 photos were uploaded to the FBI website "FBI Records: The Vault" under the page name "9/11 Attacks and Investigation Images."

The photos show fragments of American Airlines flight 77, which left Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C., around 8:51 a.m. ET that morning. While on its way to Los Angeles, the plane was hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists and crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. ET.

Efforts by firefighters to combat the ensuing blaze and emergency responders rushing to the scene are included in the collection.

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12 Military Awards Eligible For New 'C' and 'R' Devices PDF Print E-mail
The Pentagon has quietly implemented a series of changes to its awards policy for troops involved in combat, establishing new criteria for recognizing contributions both on and off the battlefield. 

Commanders may now recommend their troops for 12 types of awards affixed with new "C" or "R" devices, products of an internal review focused on honoring drone operators, cyber warfare specialists and others who use emerging technology to influence the battlefield in unconventional ways. The former, which stands for "combat," signifies meritorious performance "under combat conditions" while the latter, which stands for "remote," is reserved for those “not directly exposed to hostile action or significant risk."  

Equally noteworthy,  the Pentagon's guidance establishes new eligibility rules for awarding medals with the coveted "V" device intended to recognize valorous combat actions taken at great risk and under duress. Service specific Achievement Medals are no longer eligible for a "V," only a "C" or "R," a decision some may call controversial. That's true now, too, for the Legion of Merit, heretofore awarded with a "V" only by the Navy and Marine Corps. However, each of the services is clear to award the Distinguished Flying Cross with "V," as the Air Force has since for heroism dating to the Korean War.

 
The Army's new combat helmet Up to 24 Percent Lighter PDF Print E-mail
Soldiers will soon be wearing a helmet that’s up to 24 percent lighter than the current 15-year-old model, according to the Army. 

The Advanced Combat Helmet Generation II looks the same as the legacy ACH, but the new helmet is made from polyethylene instead of Kevlar, PEO Soldier experts told reporters during a media roundtable Thursday at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. 
 
“The goal is to achieve a lighter-weight helmet with equal to or greater protection [than the legacy ACH],” said Maj. Brandon Motte, assistant project manager at Soldier Protective Equipment. 

An extra-large legacy helmet weighs 3.88 pounds, he said, but an extra-large Gen II helmet weighs 2.94 pounds, which equals a 24 percent reduction in weight. The small and medium helmets see a 21 percent reduction in weight. 
 
Cadets Win Commander-In-Speech-Debate Compteition PDF Print E-mail
Three cadets from U.S. Military Academy’s Debate Team will be awarded the Commander-In-Speech trophy from Speaker of the House, the Honorable Paul Ryan in his office Wednesday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. 
 
The U.S. Military Academy team won the Commander-In-Speech Debate Competition in the fall debating the topic, “The Department of Defense should substantially increase its offensive cyber capabilities” against both the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy.  
 
“We are honored to receive the first ever awarding of the Commander-In-Speech trophy from Speaker Ryan and believe that this presentation not only demonstrates Congress' unrelenting support of the military, but the military's unrelenting dedication to creating informed and impassioned leaders,” said Debate Team Captain Cadet James Hickey.  
 
 
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