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New cadets march back to West Point PDF Print E-mail
The new cadets at West Point have ended six weeks of intense training at Buckner, with a 12-mile ruck march. More than 1,100 new cadets marched Monday morning (8/13/18). 

Members of West Point’s Class of 2022 will be officially accepted into the corps on Aug. 18.
 
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Final Heroic Moments of John Chapman - VIDEO PDF Print E-mail

The U.S. Air Force has released video highlights from an overhead intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft taken on March 4, 2002 that shows the final heroic moments of Tech Sgt. John Chapman, who will receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery later this month.

 Chapman charged multiple machine-gun nests and engaged in hand-to-hand combat on the 10,000-foot peak known as Takur Ghar in Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda.

Chapman, an Air Force combat controller, and six members of Navy SEAL Team 6 -- callsign Mako 30 -- were tasked with helicopter-inserting high above the valley so they could direct air strikes and provide intelligence for conventional troops below, who were attempting to flush out an estimated 200 to 300 lightly-armed Al Qaeda fighters, just five months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

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Soldiers Are Deploying To Help Fight Wildfires PDF Print E-mail
About 200 soldiers from the Army’s 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division are being mobilized this week to help fight historical wildfires currently ravaging America’s northwest, officials said Tuesday.

The soldiers hail from across the brigade and will be working with civilian firefighters and the National Interagency Fire Center to prepare for the mission, which could begin within a week, according to an Army release.

As the Mendocino Complex fire continues to ravage northern California with an historic inferno, Army officials said it was not clear whether the soldiers would be sent there or if they were needed to battle fires elsewhere.

Fire center officials did not immediately respond to questions about where the soldiers are headed.
 
Domestic Violence Will Be a Crime Under Military Law PDF Print E-mail
omestic violence will officially become a separate crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice when President Donald Trump signs the annual defense authorization act into law next week.

Military officials have prosecuted such crimes in the past, but under more general justice categories such as assault. They carry severe penalties including jail time and dismissal from the armed forces. But analysts say that doesn’t always convey the seriousness of the offense.

The change was included in the massive military policy measure after outside advocates noted the lack of domestic violence as a specific crime under military law has ramifications for how outside law enforcement can keep track of those troops after they leave the ranks.

Those types of convictions in the civilian world can trigger restrictions on future firearms purchases and ease the path to protection from abuse orders. But since military officials don’t separate domestic abuse crimes separately from other assaults in their record keeping, reporting those crimes to outside agencies is often incomplete.
 
U.S. Military Academy Among Best Colleges PDF Print E-mail
The U.S. Military Academy is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, and is ranked No. 1 for Most Accessible Professors according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features West Point in the new 2019 edition of its college guide, “The Best 384 Colleges.”
 
West Point also is on the following ranking lists in “The Best 384 Colleges:” No. 2 for Best Classroom Experience, No. 2 for Don’t Inhale, No. 3 for Lots of Race/Class Interaction, No. 3 for Best Health Services, No. 3 in Best College Library. No. 6 for Best Science Lab Facilities, No. 8 for Everyone Plays Intramural Sports, No. 8 for Students Most Engaged in Community Service and No. 10 for Is That a Dorm.
 
“The U.S. Military Academy is dedicated to educating, training, and inspiring the Corps of Cadets, and the Princeton Review rankings reflect our institution's commitment to developing leaders of character,” said Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, Dean of the Academic board. “Our faculty and staff are world-class teachers, mentors, scholars, and most importantly, role models who work tirelessly to support our cadets in all of their endeavors whether they be in the classroom, on the athletic fields, on field exercises, in the library, and in our laboratories.”

 
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