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Cadet dies during training accident PDF Print E-mail
 
 
From the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy:
 
It is with great sadness I announce the death of Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey, a member of the Class of 2018, B Company, First Regiment. His untimely death occurred at Fort Hood, Texas on June 2, 2016 while he was participating in Cadet Troop Leader Training.
 
The late Cadet Winey was born on May 5, 1995, in Valparaiso, Indiana and attended Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana.
 
Throughout his time here at the U.S. Military Academy, Cadet Winey was enormously proud to be a cadet. Mitchell was an exemplary cadet in academics, as an Engineering Management major, during company athletics, and as a member of the Ski Patrol. He was clearly a rising leader in his class and a friend to everyone who knew him. He internalized the ideals and values of West Point and exemplified them in all that he set out to do. Duty, Honor, Country were his touchstones.
 
I wish to extend to his family the sincere and profound sympathy of the Corps of Cadets and all members of West Point. His death will be mourned by all who have known him.
 
Sincerely,
Robert L. Caslen, Jr.
Lieutenant General, US Army
Superintendent
 
WP-ORG has created a eulogy page for him.  
 
4 Fort Hood soldiers' bodies found; total of 9 dead PDF Print E-mail
The Army says the bodies of four missing Fort Hood soldiers whose truck was swept away in a rain-swollen creek during training have been found, bringing the total dead to nine.

Maj. Gen. John Uberti says the last bodies were found Friday, a day after the 2½-ton truck overturned in Owl Creek at Fort Hood. Three more soldiers were injured in the training exercise at the sprawling Army base in Central Texas.

Fort Hood spokesman John Miller has said a crossing was flooded after two days of heavy rains and that the swift floodwaters swept the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle from the road.

Central and Southeast Texas have been inundated with rain in recent days, and more than half of the state is under flood watches or warnings

At least six other people have died in recent floods in the state.
 
3 soldiers dead, 6 missing in flood near Ft. Hood, Texas PDF Print E-mail
hree soldiers died after their tactical vehicle overturned at a flooded crossing near Fort Hood, Texas, US Army officials have confirmed.
Three soldiers were rescued and are in stable condition, according to KXXV News. They are being transported from Coryell Memorial Healthcare System in Gatesville, Texas to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center on the base.

“The search is ongoing for six soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division,” Fort Hood officials said in a statement. 

"Three confirmed deceased soldiers were recovered from the water downstream from the vehicle,” the statement added.

The unit's Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) truck apparently overturned at the Owl Creek Tactical low-water crossing and East Range Road near Lake Belton on Thursday.
 
From Combat To Conquest PDF Print E-mail
Serving in combat is no easy feat, but neither is scaling a 30,000-foot mountain.
 
Every year, around 800 people try to climb Mount Everest. And nearly 25,000 attempt Mount Kilimanjaro, while thousands of others seek glory atop mounts McKinley, Lobuche, Aconcagua, and Denali in epic feats of man versus mountain.

Recently, however, those numbers have begun to include U.S. military veteran climbers, who summit these incredible peaks to honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice, or to prove that even combat injuries like loss of limb can’t keep them down.
 
Here are eight inspiring veterans who have successfully climbed epic summits.
 
West Point grads on cross-country bus trip PDF Print E-mail
Myrtle the Turtle, at a crawling pace, made its way down the long gravel driveway in Union last week headed for the fast-moving interstate and a wedding in sunny California.

Myrtle, whose fastest speed is 60 miles per hour going downhill, was passed often. She was not sluggish in spirit.

A 1990 GMC B-6000 and former school bus, Myrtle was filled with five new graduates from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Jeremy Matsumoto, 22, of Union, was among the optimistic crew.

“I’m not worried,” said Matsumoto’s mom, Doreen Beatrice. “They are a resourceful group.”

Matsumoto is a former Ryle High School student who attended Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia after his sophomore year. That led to four years at West Point where he graduated May 21 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

“Myrtle is really the culmination of a year of hard work. It’s really a culmination of our senior year,” Matsumoto said.

On a summer break in Union last year, Matsumoto discovered Myrtle on Craigslist. The Union native knew the bus would need a little work, so he asked five of his classmates if they’d like to fix up Myrtle and travel the country.

“He didn’t have to do a whole lot of convincing,” said Dan Polanowicz, of Northborough, Massachusetts.

With four mechanical engineering graduates, one electrical engineering graduate and Polanowicz, a political science graduate, on board, there were plenty of ideas how to transform the old bus. Each chipped in $233 and manpower.
 
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