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Jack's Legacy PDF Print E-mail
During the semi annual fund drives, members of the West-Point.Org community send messages to the entire community, often relating what they do within the WP-ORG community, or why WP-Org is important to all of us ... and seeking your support.

Over the past several years, I have penned several such letters. This cycle is different.  We have just lost our CFO, our guiding light - and in my mind, this fund drive is a memorial to him - our way of showing him that we WILL carry on the work he started so many years ago - that we WILL pick up the flag and move out.

Jack Price embodied duty, honor, country.  As a young Army officer, Jack took care of his men. Many years later, Jack was still taking care of his men and women, being one of the founders of West-Point.Org, so grads could communicate and continue to serve their alma mater and their county.

While Jack's role in founding WP-ORG and keeping it running smoothly is a wonderful legacy, his service in Vietnam - and his dedication to his men - is the focal point of this message.  Indeed, this message isn't even told by me, but by others who recognized how young LT Jack Price took care of his men - with a twinkle in his eye, a daredevil spirit and the determination to see the job done.

The spirit and determination that led Jack to wrangle the presence of the Playboy Bunny of the Year in Vietnam - ponder that one a minute - is the same spirit and determination that brought West-Point.Org to where it is today.

Before you click on the links to enjoy a tiny view into the life of young Jack Price, please donate to keep the fires burning.  The donation links are below - click on them and then come back and enjoy the true story of a man dedicated to DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY - and lots of fun along the way.



Jack has left us - but it's our responsibility now to keep his legacy going - and we need your help.

Immediately below my signature are the links to donate.

Many thanks for your support!
Megan

To donate by credit card:

To donate by check, please indicate class year and affiliation and mail to:
WP-ORG
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, VA 24380-5082

To donate by PayPal:
After entering Donation Amount, login to PayPal account. On next screen, please click on "Add special instructions to the seller"; enter class year and affiliation, and comment if you wish.

WP-ORG Budget: April 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019

What is WP-ORG & Why Donate?
 
FD43: Pick up the flag. Move out. PDF Print E-mail
Our WP-ORG fund drive messages are written during our fund drives, to inform you about WP-ORG, where we are going, how we have engaged and served our users in the past, and to secure funding to move us in the future. This fund drive, like all others, is our report card on how WP-ORG is doing to serve the greater Academy community. Since 2001, I have written fund drive messages every six months. Serving our members is one of my greatest joys, and writing about that has always been effortless.  This time is different.  I sit here looking at this blank document, unable to find words, because we have lost the heart of our organization - Jack Price '64.  Jack has many biological family members who have experienced a devastating loss, but we were in a real sense, his extended family. We are grieving, and yet tasked to do the one thing he would absolutely demand we do, by keeping WP-ORG going. He was our CFO. We delayed the fund drive when he unexpectedly became ill. He would have chastised us for waiting, but we knew Jack. If anyone could rally back to health, it was him, so we waited.

Here I am, unable to find words, and I wondered what "Ranger Jack" would tell me to say. I think he would tell me that I am the color bearer holding the regimental flag this week. The regimental flag was critical in Civil War battles as they marked the position of the regiment on the battlefield. It was carried along side the national flag. They were essential rallying points. The regimental flag represented home, pride, and unity, and were used to guide soldiers in battle. Wherever the flags went, the soldiers followed. As I sit here, I can almost hear the words “Pick up the flag. Pick up the flag. Move out."

I came to WP-ORG in 1998. I came, because WP-ORG was the only place a cadet parent could come to learn about the Academy. The Internet was new. That's hard to imagine today, when the Web now, provides more knowledge than any individual can take in. While graduates had been using WP-ORG for communication, and community, parents were learning about West Point. I knew virtually nothing about the Academy, and when our new cadets were marched out of view, and the doors closed, there was a void where information could have been. That's where WP-ORG came in. Through WP-ORG, we learned about the history, what our new cadets were learning, what they were doing. WP-ORG fostered pride and a true love for the Academy. WP-ORG grew, and brought in Navy parents, who had no "home".  We expanded to give a home to other military interests, because it has always been our duty to serve military interests. Doing that requires funding, and if we do not have this fund drive, we can not move forward. Our task now, is to move forward to serve you, though we will carry our wounds of grief indefinitely, we must continue to carry this flag forward.

I believe in WP-ORG.  I donate to the fund drives myself, because I believe in this organization's history and future.

Please consider the value you receive from WP-ORG.  This page tells you some of the things we do for you personally:
http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=38

WP-ORG is funded by the generosity of member contributions, and is operated by volunteers serving the Long Gray Line:
http://www.west-point.org/donate/

US mail:
WP-ORG INC c/o
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, VA 24380

FD43 Donation Report, sorted by WP-ORG member group:
https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

WP-ORG Budget April 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018:
http://www.west-point.org/budget

What is WP-ORG & Why Donate?:
http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=66

WP-ORG Member Information Privacy Policy
http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=32

IRS Letter Confirming WP-ORG 501(c)(3) Status
http://www.west-point.org/publications/501SUMMARY.PDF

WP-ORG Board of Advisors
http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12


Dian Welle
WP-ORG, Inc.
 
Cadets from other countries to compete at West Point PDF Print E-mail
Military cadets from around the world will be competing against each other at West Point later this week.

The U.S. Military Academy expects more than 500 cadets from service academies and universities to take part in the annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition on Friday and Saturday.
 
Army identifies pilots killed in Kentucky helicopter crash PDF Print E-mail
The U.S. Army on Sunday identified two pilots killed in a helicopter crash during training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in the fourth American military aircraft mishap in less than a week.

The soldiers - identified as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly, 37, and Warrant Officer James Casadona, 28 - died when their AH-64E Apache helicopter went down at Fort Campbell’s local training area late on Friday, the 101st Airborne Division said in a statement.

Connolly was an instructor pilot with the 101st Combat Aviation “Destiny” Brigade and joined the Army in 2001. He had been awarded the Air Medal twice and was a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, the statement said.

Casadona, also a pilot with the brigade, had joined the Army in 2012 and arrived at Fort Campbell in 2016.
 
To become a soldier at Fort Jackson PDF Print E-mail

U.S. Army recruits face grueling new four-day training test

It’s pitch black, the darkness pierced only by the glare of exploding bombs and the streaks of red-hot light that won’t stop bursting from the ends of three M240 machine guns. On the ground, Eric Shepherd lies prone, afraid to lift his head.

Shepherd wants to be a soldier. But to cap his 10 weeks of basic training at Fort Jackson, he and his fellow Army trainees must pass this part of a final test — a simulation of a nighttime invasion staged in the woods of the 52,000-acre base.

It’s one leg of a new course that all Army trainees must complete. Over four days, the course tests recruits on virtually every aspect of their training — including patrols, obstacle courses, hand-to-hand combat and more than 45 miles of marching.

The course is part of the Army's response to a call from leadership for tougher, more physically fit soldiers prepared for a future that's likely to include large-scale conflicts requiring constant movement.

It's also intended to address the Army's concern that an emerging generation of trainees grew up with less exercise and are less attuned to discipline.

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