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Public Invited to Attend West Point Graduation PDF Print E-mail
The public is invited to attend the West Point Class of 2015 graduation at 10 a.m. on Saturday May 26, 2018.
 
More than 950 cadets will receive their bachelor of science degrees and be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a member of West Point’s class of 1974, is the commencement speaker. He’s also a 1970 graduate of John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen.
 
Tickets for general admission can be picked up at the Army Ticket Office at Gate 3 at Michie Stadium from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day through Friday. Tickets are free of charge.
 
Those attending should enter through either the Thayer or Stony Lonesome gates. Photo identification is required for everyone age 16 or older attending, and all vehicles are subject to search. Parking will be available in many locations and free shuttle bus service will be provided to Michie Stadium. Guests should plan to arrive early.
 
Those who can’t attend in person can watch the graduation exercises streamed live beginning at 9:30 a.m. at http://dvidshub.net/r/wervqu .
 
Apache Helicopters Critical Flaw​​ PDF Print E-mail

The U.S. Army Is Inspecting Its Entire Fleet of Apache Helicopters for a Critical Flaw​​

The faulty part could cause the helicopter rotors to separate in flight.

 
The U.S. Army is inspecting its entire fleet of attack helicopters in an attempt to detect a “critical safety issue.”

The service has detected a number of defective nuts that keep the main rotors attached to the helicopter. The issue has already caused at least one recent accident, which resulted in the death of two pilots.

According to Task & Purpose, the part in question is the strap pack nut, which is “the component that keeps the rotor blades from separating from the airframe.” If you think that sounds extremely important to keeping a helicopter in the air, you’d be right. In December 2016, a strap pack nut on a Texas National Guard AH-64D Apache helicopter failed catastrophically, leading to rotor blade separation. Both aviators onboard died.

The AH-64 Apache helicopter has been the U.S. Army’s main attack chopper for going on four decades now. The Apache has evolved from a dedicated tank killer to a versatile and lethal opponent, providing close air support in Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere. The latest version, the AH-64E Apache Guardian, fields improvements including more powerful General Electric T700 engines, an upgraded transmission, new composite rotor blades, and the Longbow fire control radar.
 
Army future attack-recon helicopter PDF Print E-mail
The Army is now crafting early requirements for what is expected to be a new attack helicopter -- beyond the Apache -- with superior weapons, speed, maneuverability, sensor technology and vastly-improved close-combat attack capability.

“We know that in the future we are going to need to have a lethal capability, which drives us to a future attack reconnaissance platform. The Apache is the world’s greatest but there will come a time when we look at leap ahead technology,“ Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville told a small group of reporters.
 
 A future attack-reconnaissance helicopter, now in its conceptual phase, is a key part of a wide-spanning, multi-aircraft Army Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. FVL seeks a family of next-generation aircraft to begin emerging in the 2030s, consisting of attack, utility and heavy-class air assets. Ultimately, the FVL effort seeks to replace the Apache, Black Hawk and Chinook.

Current areas of exploration, McConville elaborated, include examinations of aerodynamics, aircraft configurations, new sensor technology and the physics of advanced attack helicopter flight.

The Army is now working on two Initial Capabilities Documents (ICDs) to lay the conceptual groundwork for new weapons, munitions and a supplemental next-generation drone.
 
Memorial Day salute to Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf PDF Print E-mail
1st Gulf War vets’ “Bear”: Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf!

Reportedly, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf (1934-2012), “Saw himself as a successor to Alexander the Great, and we didn’t laugh when he said it!” recalled a former West Point roommate of the cadet they called “The Bear.”

Added retired Gen. Leroy Suddath of the man who met the mission in America’s first Persian Gulf War in 1990-91, “Norman would predict not only that he would lead a major American army into combat, but that it would be a battle decisive to the nation.”

Indeed, he did, as commander-in-chief of the United States Central Command in charge of both domestic and foreign Allied troops in that war, the first US commander ever to lead Middle Eastern forces into conflict.

Another roommate, Ward Le Hardy, was quoted in the Feb. 4, 1991 edition of Time as saying, “He’s got the tactical brilliance of Patton, the strategic insight of Eisenhower, and the modesty of Bradley.”

As a veteran warrior of Vietnam, Grenada, and the Gulf Wars, Schwarzkopf (the last name means “black head” in German), in 1994 was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Graduate Award by the United States Military Academy’s Association of Graduates/AOG.

Stated the citation as published in the AOG’s July 1994 Assembly magazine, “As military commander, staff officer, soldier-statesman, and peerless combat leader…Schwarzkopf has rendered extraordinary service to his country, to the US Army, and to his fellow soldiers.”

Over the course of 35 years of service, the four-star general served in nine months of combat in seven military operations, earning two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars, two Air Medals, a Commendation for Valor, and the Purple Heart for wounds received in action under enemy fire.
 
Kentucky is last stop in POW/MIA flag's 50-state journey PDF Print E-mail
A flag that has made its way through 50 states passed through Frankfort on Monday in the last stretch of its journey.

With a Prisoners of War/Missing in Action flag in tow, members of Rolling Thunder Chapter Five drove into Frankfort to recognize Maj. Cal Berg Mitchell at the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Mitchell went missing on Jan. 19, 1964, during the Vietnam War. The group, which began its journey across Kentucky on Sunday, will wind up at the Somerset American Legion on Wednesday. The POW/MIA flag set out from Grundy, Virginia, in September.

Rolling Thunder is a non-profit organization that educates the public about Prisoners of War and Missing in Action issues.
 
Mitchell, of Mount Sterling, was born in 1928. In 1950, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was in the Air Force from 1951 until 1964. From 1952 until 1959, Mitchell served in the 9th Bomb Wing and 5th Bombardment Squadron. From 1962 until 1963, he was in the 1st Air Commando Squadron and the 34th Tactical Group. He was last seen at age 35 in Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam. He has a headstone placed in his honor at West Point Cemetery.
 
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