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West Point honors Charles W. Zipp PDF Print E-mail
Just hours after throwing his cap in the air at the conclusion of June 2, 1953, graduation ceremonies at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, Charles W. Zipp moved across the historic campus to wed Beaumont native Margaret Ann Akers in the Cadet Chapel, beginning a partnership that would last more than 50 years.

Over the years, they shared four things: love for each other, love for their three sons and their families, love for their church and love for West Point.

Now, that love for the Military Academy has been immortalized in a new visitors center that opened in December.

Charles and Margaret Ann met in 1947 when both were students at Lamar University in Beaumont. As a member of the Texas National Guard, Charles earned a competitive appointment to West Point in 1949. When he went to the Academy, Margaret Ann moved to New York to be close. There, she worked for Life magazine.

During his 23-year career in the Army, Charles served three times in Nuremberg, Germany, as well as in Vietnam; at Fort Benning, Georgia; at Fort Knox, Kentucky; at the Pentagon; and in Schweinfurt, Germany. From 1964 to 1967, Charles was an assistant professor of military science at Texas A&M, where he and Margaret Ann fell in love with the community.
 
Lawmaker says 'readiness of the military is at crisis point' PDF Print E-mail
Seven US service members died in four noncombat-related air crashes in just four days, prompting concern over readiness in the US military.

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, released a statement Saturday saying the "readiness of the military is at a crisis point."

The incidents coincided with President Donald Trump's decision to deploy up to four thousand National Guard troops to several Southwestern states. The Pentagon has been working with state and federal agencies on the logistics to execute the President's stated goal.

However, with few specifics coming from the administration, defense officials have been left to grapple with questions on how the military plans to balance its priorities -- a challenge that is only amplified by the fact that 16 US service members have been killed in noncombat aircraft crashes in recent weeks.

 
Soldiers killed in helicopter crash at Fort Campbell PDF Print E-mail
Two soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed during a training mission at Fort Campbell, officials at the Army post said Saturday.

The AH-64E Apache helicopter crashed Friday night in a training area at the sprawling Army post that straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee line, Fort Campbell officials said.
 
National Guard Troops Deploy to Southern U.S. Border PDF Print E-mail

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis last night authorized up to 4,000 National Guard troops to deploy to the U.S. border with Mexico to support the Department of Homeland Security border security mission there.

National Guard troops began deploying after the announcement of the authorization.

In a joint statement, Mattis and DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen said DHS worked closely with border-state governors and identified security vulnerabilities the National Guard could address.

“We appreciate the governors' support and are dedicated to working with them to secure the national borders,” Mattis and Nielsen said.

DoD and DHS are committed to “using every lever of power to support the men and women of law enforcement defending our nation's sovereignty and protecting the American people,” they said, adding that they will continue to work with the governors to deploy the necessary resources until the nation's borders are secure.

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US Army expanding research hub PDF Print E-mail
The U.S. Army plans to increase its research presence in Massachusetts after choosing to partner with Northeastern University as part of nationwide effort to work with academic institutions to advance soldier and battlefield technology capabilities.

Military, political and academic leaders gathered in Burlington on Monday morning to celebrate the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) selection of Northeastern's George J. Kostas Research Institute as the regional hub for the ARL's research expansion.

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton were all on hand to tout the partnership that will they said will keep Massachusetts at the forefront of the research and innovation needed to keep the country protected.

"If you take a look at the arc of all the work that's been done, which has been spoken about already, on the next generation of supporting more fighters and our military and our national security, nobody plays out of their weight class the way Massachusetts does," Baker said.

The ARL, which is headquartered in Maryland, has already expanded with campus partnerships at the University of Chicago, the University of Texas in Austin and the University of Southern California. The partnership with Northeastern at its Burlington research campus is the fourth and final regional expansion.
 
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