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April is #MonthoftheMilitaryChild! PDF Print E-mail
Military children make up a very special part of our nation's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents. As they face circumstances unique to their lives—such as navigating multiple moves and schools to shouldering repeated deployments of a parent, these children are examples of resilience in the military community. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child.
Civil War historian turns 100 PDF Print E-mail

His first lessons were from battlefield veterans.

Historian Charles P. Roland is one of the most recognized authorities on the Civil War, and he may be the last who grew up hearing firsthand accounts from battlefield veterans.

He also is an expert on American military history, and his lessons to students at West Point, Tulane and the University of Kentucky included his own experiences as an infantry captain during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

Roland’s family, friends, former students and colleagues at the University of Kentucky threw a surprise party on Sunday to celebrate his 100th birthday. Festivities included a military honor guard and singing of “Happy Birthday” and the U.S. Army Song by the UK History Department’s faculty.

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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.
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