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From Megan Klein - WP-ORG Fund Drive 44 PDF Print E-mail
Hello WP-ORG,
It's Fund Drive time, here's the link: http://www.west-point.org/donate

My name is Megan Klein - I am Jack Price's daughter. Jack was WP-ORG's CFO for 20+ years right up until his death on the 4th of April, 2018.

You didn't hear from me during our last fund drive because I was scrambling to keep my dad's responsibilities from falling through the cracks around here. Proof that we exist on a shoestring budget, just four days after my dad left us, we kicked off the fund drive to carry on his work without him.

Dad and I worked together managing all of WP-ORG's online registration and payment sites. Ours was a well-oiled machine and we were a fantastic team. Suddenly everything fell apart. Dad became sick and was hospitalized while I was on a ski vacation. I bought a plane ticket to Virginia from the top of the mountain at lunch on the first day and caught a flight out of Telluride three hours later. By the time I got to Dad in Virginia he was in ICU and ventilated. My brother was there. Mom has dementia and Dad was her caregiver. Cameron was trying to manage both parents. We were in Virginia for a month. We had a succession of family and friends come stay at Mom and Dad's to look after Mom during the day so we could get to the hospital.

After nearly two weeks Dad came off the ventilator and out of his fog of sedation. His first concern was Mom - was she okay? "Yes," we said. His second question was, "Is WP-ORG still alive?" Oh, for Pete's sake, "Yes, Dad, WP-ORG is still alive." Those two questions answered, he visibly relaxed.

Dad loved West Point; he adored his Class of '64 classmates. He felt blessed to be an American and to be alive. He loved people and easily developed deep, lasting friendships. He loved connecting people and took great pride in WP-ORG and all the personal connections it has fostered over the years.

Since my dad's death, my brother Cameron Price '96 has joined the WP-ORG Board of Advisors. I know this development would make Dad's heart sing if he were here to see it.

Please help us keep this dream alive. We're committed. We need your support.

Fund Drive 44 Donation Link: http://www.west-point.org/donate

Fund Drive 44 Budget: http://www.west-point.org/budget/
Fund Drive 44 Report: https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

Donations by check should be sent to our new address:

WP-ORG
c/o Megan Klein
23802 Oscar Road
Spicewood, TX 78669


Sincerely,
Megan Klein
WP-ORG INC
 
Kona’s Youngest Competitor PDF Print E-mail

USMA 2020 Cadet Wolfgang Drake

Baltimore, Maryland native Wolfgang Drake is the driven—some might say overachieving—type, an asset that serves him well in both triathlon and in his studies at the United States Military Academy.

"In high school, I was very involved in cross-country, track, and swimming," says Drake. "As I was entering West Point, I knew I wanted to join the triathlon team. I’d heard so much about the professionalism and the general culture."

But Drake's first attempt at getting a spot on the team was fruitless. He quickly realized that he wasn't the only one at West Point with a strong fitness base.
 
 "I was surprised to see how incredibly fit they all were!" says Drake. "They were absolute studs." But instead of feeling deterred by not making the cut, Drake doubled down on his desire to become a member of the team. He worked harder, not only on his swim-bike-run, but in building a reputation as a solid team member by joining West Point’s obstacle-course racing team. Within a semester, his hard work had paid off. His initiation into the team was quintessentially triathlon:
 
 The team captain congratulated me on making the team while simultaneously informing me of 5:30 swim practice the next morning!" Drake laughs.
 
 UPDATE:
BIG BITES, CADET DRAKE
Completed Ironman time: 13:02:18
 
Bob Magruder, USMA1964 Be Thou at Peace PDF Print E-mail
Past WP-ORG Chairman, Bob Magruder '64 passed away September 17, 2018. His family wrote the following memorial message:
"The quintessential soldier's soldier, West-Point class of 1964, career soldier, artillery, and three time All-American swimmer, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018. Robert was the son of the late Peyton Magruder and Julia Motley-Magruder. Loving husband to Angie for 50 years; father to Cynthia Magruder, and Scott Magruder (Venus); Brother of Marshall Magruder (Lucy) and the late Douglas Magruder, KIA Vietnam. A kinder man there never was."

Bob was a All-America Swimmer at USMA. Part of his legacy, are his contributions and work for the team throughout the years. He always wished to ensure that the swimming program needs, unfulfilled by the Army budget, were met. He was a career artillery officer, retired as a Colonel, and subsequently worked on Enterprise Transformation and Business Process Re-engineering with the Logistics Management Institute for five years. He served on the AOG's Board of Trustees for four years in the Communications Committee and supported the Alumni Support Committee, when needed. Bob was the first Chairman of WP-ORG Inc.  Later, he took a less active role in WP-ORG  to go back to full time work at the Institute for Defense Analyses where he was an Adjunct Staff Member in the Strategy, Forces & Resources Division. He worked on special projects in support of DoD and loved his work. He actively pursued and supported the quick development of a high energy laser and relay mirror system for warfighters.
 
WP-ORG is indebted to Bob for his steadfast work for this organization, and for the greater West Point community.  WP-ORG is better for having had Bob serve as our first Chairman.  We are saddened by his death, and will always miss his winning smile and endless exuberance.

His eulogy may be found here:  http://defender.west-point.org/service/eulogies.mhtml?u=25392

In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warrior project, or to the B-26 Marauder Historical Association  for that was so dear to Bob's heart- since his Dad designed and built the B-26 bomber.

The WP-ORG Board of Advisors
 
Veterans Month in Palm Beach County, FL PDF Print E-mail
Cpl Burt Richards has November declared Veterans Month in Palm Beach County, FL
 
In Palm Beach County, Florida, Corporal Burt Richards has gained attention for various awards and commendations he has received for his hard work and determination to educate on American War Veterans. On July 7th, 2011, Corporal Burt Richards, Congressman Ted Deutch congratulated Corporal Richards in the House of Representatives in Washington DC.

Ted praised him for being awarded the American Red Cross Community Courage Award for his work in educating the youth about service of Veterans.  Corporal Richards and the local chapter of the Jewish War Veterans spearheaded the campaign to close Palm Beach County schools in remembrance of Veterans Day. 

On November 1st, 2011 at the Headquarters of Palm Beach County Commissioner, Priscilla Taylor, Cpl. Burt Richards was honored for his outstanding service to Palm Beach County, his Veterans Speakers Forum and the School Education Deed to close all Palm Beach schools on Veterans Day. Three Palm Beach County mayors signed the proclamation and let it be known that the entire month of November is called Veterans Month.

In addition to their successful efforts to close schools, The Veterans Speakers Forum was created. American Veterans visit schools and libraries across Palm Beach County to educate students on American War Veterans in a program called Honoring Those Who Served. NOW founded the Veterans Memorabilia Museum and Education Center looking for Memorabilia donation to display at the location - posters, etc - advise if you care to send.

 
Police ask for help in soldier's murder PDF Print E-mail
RE: USMA 2012 Graduate CPT Daniel C. Lehman
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. 
Police are requesting the public help investigating the murder of a Fort Carson soldier.

Captain Daniel Chamberlain Lehman, 28, was shot near South Nevada Avenue and Costilla Street. He was a graduate of West Point Academy and stationed at Fort Carson.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department.
 
Detectives say a man found dead in downtown Colorado Springs Saturday morning was a homicide victim.
 
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