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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.
 
US Army Developing Artillery That Has GPS Precision—Without GPS PDF Print E-mail
The U.S. Army’s artillery is set to receive a new round of upgrades that will allow artillerymen to conduct precision fire missions without the use of GPS. The Army working to head off the day when enemies could jam the worldwide satellite-based navigation network, degrading the service’s ability to operate on modern battlefields.

Back in the 1980s, few if any understood the impact the upcoming Global Positioning System would have on the U.S. military. Originally designed to give U.S. forces the ability to orient themselves on and navigate across far-flung battlefields, GPS and the miniaturization of electronics quickly led to GPS-guided weapons. From bombs to artillery shells, GPS allows for a single munition to do the work of multiple munitions.

The U.S. Army currently fields three major GPS-guided artillery weapons and guidance systems: the M982 Excalibur 155-millimeter round, the XM1156 Precision Guided Kit GPS add-on that screws onto existing “dumb” 155-millimeter artillery rounds, and the 227-millimeter GMLR guided rocket.
 
Scaparrotti receives distinguished military leadership award PDF Print E-mail

US Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti assumed duties as commander of European Command and as supreme allied commander, Europe in late spring of 2016.

General Curtis M. Scaparrotti is a native of Logan, Ohio, graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, in 1978, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army.

 A career infantry officer, General Scaparrotti was previously assigned as the commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea. He also served as the director, Joint Staff. Prior to his tour with the Joint Staff, General Scaparrotti served as commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command; deputy commander, US forces in Afghanistan; commanding general of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord; and commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division.

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Can Do - Will Do - For You PDF Print E-mail
WP-ORG is a unique community - a family, really.  Started in the mid 90s by some very forward thinking and inventive grads, the initial intent of WP-ORG was to link the West Point graduate community within that new infrastructure called "the internet" so they could continue those strong bonds they had forged during their cadet days, and to expand their knowledge of and support for the Academy.  Truly a unique concept at the time - and despite the social media explosion over the past 25 years,  one aspect of that concept keeps WP-ORG unique in the on-line world - security.  While perhaps not as jazzy as online message boards, and devoid of the bells and whistles of Facebook, the WP-ORG email lists are also devoid of the hackers, or the intrusion of ads and the daily onslaught of unwanted information gathering so rampant in other social media platforms.  

Communication by and between West Point grads, expanded years ago to West Point Parents as well - still going strong in a safe and secure environment = success.

Another hallmark of WP-ORG is the concept of service.  Obviously, all grads live that life of service - going above and beyond ... and WP-ORG is no different.  Three areas of the services provided by WP-ORG bear noting: the eulogy sites, the credit card sites and the level and consistency of service offered.  

WP-ORG created Taps and Eulogy pages for the West Point community - first of it's kind - and still the most comprehensive offered.  What better memorial to a person than to offer an on-going living site, dedicated to allowing all to remember their fallen comrade, to share stories of experiences from long ago, to offer a word of comfort to families?  The Class and the family help create the site, sending in whatever pictures they wish and can add pictures at any time.  A service offered at no charge - whatsoever.

WP-ORG was also the first organization to help Classes, Societies and Parents' Groups host functions and handle the money aspect more easily by creating / maintaining the payment sites.  Customized payment sites.  My husband's Class is gearing up for their 50th reunion, and over the past three months, WP-ORG has created three separate credit card sites for their use in conjunction with the reunion. While that doesn't really sound spectacular, what is spectacular is the time within which those sites are created, and the attention to detail on each.  Ten years ago, while helping my husband coordinate another Class reunion, I somehow lost touch with reality for awhile - or as my husband might say - someone accidentally let me out of my padded cell too long, and I contracted for 68 different memorabilia items (with various color and size choices within those 68 items) for the Class to select.  I thought it was brilliant - something for everyone, at various price points.  My husband, of course, thought I was absolutely nuts. When I asked Megan Klein to create the site  - 68 separate drop down boxes with boxes within boxes, I didn't get a "are you kidding me?" - the response was "let me get back to you on how we can do this" and within two days, this work of art was sent to me for testing.  Service - with a smile!  Dutch thinks he has reigned me in over the last ten years, but the reality is that I have come to develop a greater appreciation for the magnitude of what I had innocently requested.  What's truly impressive is that there was a "Can Do" attitude, not an "Are You NUTS?" attitude.  Realizing NOW the magnitude of work I created (not only for Megan on the back end, but myself on the sorting and packaging end, I would definitely say not only an emphatic "NO!" but a "HELL, NO!" to any similar request, but I doubt there is anyone "out there" as nutty as I (was).

Service - 24/7.  There's no such thing as "normal business hours" for the two employees of WP-ORG, nor for the hundreds of volunteers that help keep the wheels turning.  If you have a question or concern, it's addressed - live time, not three days from now.  

WP-ORG - a unique concept when created; a unique concept still in what it offers and how it is offered.

Please help us continue to serve the West Point Community by donating to our semi-annual fund drive - no amount is too small, and every contribution reinforces the value of the organization.

The donation links are below my signature.

Many thanks for your support of WP-ORG and allowing us to continue to serve you.

Megan Hostler
WP-ORG Advisor
Moderator, Parent Forum
Moderator, Plebe-Net
Moderator, USMAPS Net
Moderator, Prospective-Net

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