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Real Customer Service and Privacy PDF Print E-mail
Bottom Line Up Front:  It's that time of year again - the twice annual justification for the existence of WP-ORG through your continued support. Donation Link: http://www.west-point.org/donate/

WP-ORG was created when the internet was in its infancy.  It was, for many years, the only internet based resource connecting grads, and subsequently parents.  There are obviously many internet modes of communication now - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Message Boards ... and the list goes on and on.

How does WP-ORG continue to exist and what does it provide that other avenues do not?  Simply put - real people. WP-ORG is unique in that the majority of "work" is done by scores of wonderful volunteer moderators, who manage their various listserves.  Our volunteers are backed up by other "real people" - real people who provide customer service and ensure that your privacy is maintained while using the services of WP-ORG.  
 
Real people - dedicated people who are immediately responsive to requests, who are innovative problem solvers, who are do-ers.

WP-ORG operates its daily business with only 2.5 paid employees - two IT gurus and our financial officer.  There have been many times - admittedly, all too many times, that I have contacted Megan Klein, asking for assistance on something I needed - yesterday.  My phone calls and pleas for assistance do not roll to an answering machine - they are responded to by a live, caring, professional.  All too many nights, Megan toils far in to the night, working on projects for Classes, Societies and Parent Clubs.  Similarly, Dian Welle is there to answer the call when the request is in her area of expertise. Jack Price, our very under paid "half time" employee spends countless hours doing all things financial - including handling all the Federal Firearms License (FFL) issues attendant to getting the Class pistols to the many customers of the USMA Pistol Team - cadets, parents and grads alike.

Another facet of WP-ORG that distinguishes it from other internet based enterprises is emphasis on ensuring your privacy. WP-ORG is run by grads and parents and a West Point community who believe in the importance of privacy. Our servers are under the complete control of graduates. WP-ORG does not mine data or email stored on our servers. WP-ORG does not sell information to anyone. Data collected on our registration sites is passed directly to the parent or graduate organization represented for a clearly identified purpose. WP-ORG lists are run by graduates or parents who tightly control the membership on their lists - parent lists have cadet parents as members and class lists have classmates.  

YOUR reason for being a member of West-Point.Org is the value you see in the various forums you participate in.  Your seamless access to safe, secure communication is insured by these same real people - customer service at its best with an eye toward ensuring your privacy and internet security.

To donate via credit card or PayPal, learn more about the budget and see the donation report:

To donate via check:
WP-ORG INC
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, VA 24380

Thank you for helping us continue to serve you.

Megan Hostler
West-Point.Org Advisor
Parent Forum CoModerator
Plebe Net CoModerator
Prospective-Net CoModerator
USMAPS-Net CoModerator

 
Fund Drive 41 PDF Print E-mail
WP-ORG is currently raising money in its 41st semi-annual fund drive. Please do donate. 
http://www.west-point.org/donate/
And consider the following other ways to support WP-ORG:

West Point Society and Parent Club Online Registration and Payment: Take registration for your events online. WP-ORG does the work for 2.5%. Authorize Net clears the cards for 2.5%. You have stress-free registration and the money is in your hands at the beginning of every month. Take a look at the income section of WP-ORG's budget: http://www.west-point.org/budget/  and note that the $14,600 for "CC Sites" is 0.025% of the half million dollars we collect for societies and parent clubs every six months. Using WP-ORG for your event registration is a great way to simplify your life AND support WP-ORG. Ping me to get started:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

AmazonSmile: I don't know about you but my garage is littered with Amazon boxes. If UPS and FedEx are always walking up your steps with another smiley-faced brown box, you could help WP-ORG through the AmazonSmile program. From a buying standpoint, AmazonSmile is identical to Amazon - same prices, same products. From a giving standpoint, eligible purchases at AmazonSmile result in a 0.5% donation to your selected charity. Click on this link (http://smile.amazon.com/ch/51-0387132 ) to set WP-ORG as your selected charity and remember to shop at smile.amazon.com .
 
New Photos From 9/11 Attack at Pentagon PDF Print E-mail

The FBI released an archive of photos showing the devastation at the Pentagon in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.

A total of 27 photos were uploaded to the FBI website "FBI Records: The Vault" under the page name "9/11 Attacks and Investigation Images."

The photos show fragments of American Airlines flight 77, which left Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C., around 8:51 a.m. ET that morning. While on its way to Los Angeles, the plane was hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists and crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. ET.

Efforts by firefighters to combat the ensuing blaze and emergency responders rushing to the scene are included in the collection.

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12 Military Awards Eligible For New 'C' and 'R' Devices PDF Print E-mail
The Pentagon has quietly implemented a series of changes to its awards policy for troops involved in combat, establishing new criteria for recognizing contributions both on and off the battlefield. 

Commanders may now recommend their troops for 12 types of awards affixed with new "C" or "R" devices, products of an internal review focused on honoring drone operators, cyber warfare specialists and others who use emerging technology to influence the battlefield in unconventional ways. The former, which stands for "combat," signifies meritorious performance "under combat conditions" while the latter, which stands for "remote," is reserved for those “not directly exposed to hostile action or significant risk."  

Equally noteworthy,  the Pentagon's guidance establishes new eligibility rules for awarding medals with the coveted "V" device intended to recognize valorous combat actions taken at great risk and under duress. Service specific Achievement Medals are no longer eligible for a "V," only a "C" or "R," a decision some may call controversial. That's true now, too, for the Legion of Merit, heretofore awarded with a "V" only by the Navy and Marine Corps. However, each of the services is clear to award the Distinguished Flying Cross with "V," as the Air Force has since for heroism dating to the Korean War.

 
The Army's new combat helmet Up to 24 Percent Lighter PDF Print E-mail
Soldiers will soon be wearing a helmet that’s up to 24 percent lighter than the current 15-year-old model, according to the Army. 

The Advanced Combat Helmet Generation II looks the same as the legacy ACH, but the new helmet is made from polyethylene instead of Kevlar, PEO Soldier experts told reporters during a media roundtable Thursday at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. 
 
“The goal is to achieve a lighter-weight helmet with equal to or greater protection [than the legacy ACH],” said Maj. Brandon Motte, assistant project manager at Soldier Protective Equipment. 

An extra-large legacy helmet weighs 3.88 pounds, he said, but an extra-large Gen II helmet weighs 2.94 pounds, which equals a 24 percent reduction in weight. The small and medium helmets see a 21 percent reduction in weight. 
 
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