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Livermore Couple Starts Coast to Coast Bike Ride PDF Print E-mail

A Livermore couple left the Presidio of San Francisco by bicycle Sunday in a ride that is expected to end at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, in early October. With some 4,300 miles of mountains, deserts, narrow roads and variable weather ahead of them, Tom and Rose Ramos are part of a national effort to raise funds for wounded military veterans through CAUSE, Comfort For America’s Uniformed Services. They are also en route to Tom Ramos’s 45th class reunion at West Point. Ramos, 67, graduated in the Class of 1969. He has served in the U.S., Germany and Korea. Today, he is a physicist working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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West Point BOV discusses sexual harassment PDF Print E-mail

WEST POINT – Sexual harassment/abuse response and prevention (SHARP) was one of the top priorities identified by West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr. in his update to the Board of Visitors at West Point met Monday in their second of three yearly meetings.  The board made up of presidentially appointed elected official and members of the public who are charged with overseeing morale and discipline, curriculum, instruction, and other matters relating to the academy that the board decides to consider. Caslen discussed his priorities and the possible effects of the military drawdown and sequester at the meeting.  Since taking over command of academy one year ago, Caslen’s vision for the academy hasn’t changed; it remains to educate, train, and inspire leaders of character who are committed to the values of duty, honor, and country.

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Clear Fork man honors brother killed in war PDF Print E-mail

Johnny Smith, of Clear Fork, fulfilled a long-time dream this summer, traveling to Vietnam to visit the site of his brother’s Feb. 15, 1971, death. First Lt. James L. Smith, a 1969 graduate of West Point Military Academy, was among the victims of a helicopter crash, following a dangerous rescue mission in a driving rain storm. The rescue team took a McGuire rig down through the Vietnamese jungle canopy to extract a wounded soldier, Smith said of his brother’s last hours.

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Vets honored at West Point ceremony PDF Print E-mail

WEST POINT – Two Hudson Valley veterans were honored for their military service in a private ceremony Friday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. PV2 David Michael Barry was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star Medal, as well as other medals, he earned, but inexplicably never received, during the Vietnam Conflict. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY-18) presented the medals to Barry’s sister, nephew, and brother-in-law who were at the ceremony to accept the military honors on his behalf. The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to members of all branches of military service and may be awarded either for combat heroism or for meritorious service.

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Picatinny's senior commander steps down PDF Print E-mail

Picatinny Arsenal's senior commander has stepped down, completing 31 years of military service and his second tour at the arsenal. Brig. Gen. John J. McGuiness both leaves behind his role as the arsenal's top official and as its program officer for ammunition, also known as the PEO Ammo. According to an announcement from the arsenal, he officially retired from active duty and relinquished command of the PEO Ammo post to James Shields Wednesday. McGuiness received several awards including the Humanitarian Service Medal for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and the Distinguished Service Medal, the announcement said. Prior to taking Picatinny's top post in 2012, McGuiness, a U.S. Military Academy graduate who served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was deputy commanding general for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

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