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West Point Goes Culinary PDF Print E-mail

West Point Cadet Christer Horstman was on a mission — to cut pork chops. He and nine other U.S. Military Academy cadets crossed the Hudson River this week to pair with Culinary Institute of America students for a day under a novel exchange program. The future chefs and Army officers found common ground by cooking a dinner for themselves as a team. But Horstman — who joked he'd been in a kitchen four times before — needed some tips on slicing pork chops from a slab of meat. "Try to use long strokes," said Tyler McGinnis, his culinary student guide. "If you saw it, it will have these little cuts." West Point and the Culinary Institute are only about 25 miles apart as the chopper flies, but the two Hudson Valley schools seem worlds apart.

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WP-ORG Fund Drive 34 PDF Print E-mail
To all members and friends of WP-ORG,

On behalf of all WP-ORG volunteers and the Board of Advisors I am happy to report that FD34 has been successfully completed and WP-ORG's operations are now funded for the next six months.

Thank you, and, as is said at West Point, "cease work!"

The on-line donation gate has been closed and any donations that continue to be received by mail will be credited toward FD35. The final Donation Report may be viewed at:

WP-ORG could not exist without your donations and the tireless efforts of those who continue to contribute their valuable time.

Please stay tuned to changes forthcoming which will be announced on the CEO blog and the WP-ORG home page.

Again, thank you!

Paul Werner
USMA 1983 'Proud To Be!'

Head of USO tapped for No. 2 VA position PDF Print E-mail

The White House on Tuesday nominated the head of the USO to take over the No. 2 spot in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sloan Gibson, who has served as president of the charity since 2008, replaces departed VA Deputy Secretary Scott Gould, who retired from the post in May. Gibson is a 1975 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who later served as an infantry officer. Following his military career, he spent 20 years in the banking sector, before joining the USO.

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Marking History: Adam Empie PDF Print E-mail

Adam Empie was a man of faith that mattered much to the Port City, and to our military. He was born in Schenectady, NY, in 1785, but moved to Wilmington in 1811 to become rector of the St. James Episcopal Parish on 3rd St. He accepeted a position at the US Military Academy at West Point. The academy was still fairly young at this point and wanted to establish a system of chaplains to serve its cadets, Empie became the first. A chaplain provides spiritual and emotional support to military personnel. Emebedded chaplains within the ranks overseas conduct religious services as needed in the field.

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‘Beast Barracks’ nears completion for new cadets PDF Print E-mail

New cadets from the Class of 2017 will conclude their cadet basic training with a 12-mile road march from Camp Buckner to West Point next Monday, August 12. The March Back begins before sunrise when the new cadets leave Camp Buckner in tactical formation and travel along Routes 293 and 9W on their way to the academy where they will march in review in front of the superintendent’s residence at around 11:30 a.m.


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