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Maj. Gen. Scott Miller takes command of Fort Benning

Maj. Gen. Scott Miller did not take the traditional Army path to the top leadership position at Fort Benning. But Friday morning on a Parade Field behind the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, Miller assumed command of the Maneuver Center of Excellence from Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster. While he is an Infantryman, Miller has spent much of his 31-year career in Special Operations, a group of military personnel who carry out mostly covert operations in hostile or politically sensitive areas. Miller commanded Delta Force, the Army’s elite and secretive counter-terrorism unit. In October 1993 as captain, he was the Delta ground commander during the Battle of Mogadishu, the subject of a book and movie entitled “Black Hawk Down.” He has served combat tours in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan.


Top 10 Fittest American Universities

The United States Military Academy, West Point, has topped the list of fittest American Universities by "The Active Times". Only academically good and physically fit individuals can secure admission at USMA. West Point applicants must also pass the Candidate Fitness Assessment, which comprises of six tasks including a basketball throw, cadence pull-ups, a 40-yard shuttle run for time, abdominal crunches, push-ups and a one-mile run for time. USMA students are required to participate in a sport and mandatory classes include "Military Movement", Boxing, Combatives, Fitness Leadership, Survival Swimming and Lifetime Sport among others.


Army football working to establish winning culture?

For the first time in a long time, it seems there is hope for Army football. Hope and anticipation. The Black Knights have a new coach and, the academy vows, a new attitude. Twelve straight losses to Navy will do that. In some ways, football never looks better than it does at West Point, which is frequently cited as one of the most beautiful places in the country to watch a game. In others, football never looks worse, as Army has lost ugly and often. Since the Black Knights went 10-2 and were ranked 25th in 1996, they have gone 50-149. Only four of those victories were over Navy and Air Force, against which Army has identical 2-15 records. In the last 18 years, the Black Knights have gone from the triple-option to the spread and back again. They have run through six coaches, most recently Rich Ellerson, who led them to a 7-6 record and an Armed Forces Bowl victory in 2010, but who could never beat the Midshipmen and whose teams were some of the most butterfingered in college football.


West Point grad pleads guilty to arms export violations

A former U.S. Army officer who operated a business in Portland selling military-grade weapons parts and accessories pleaded guilty Friday to arms export violations and mishandling classified documents. The pleas by Justin Gage Jangraw in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia involved violating the Arms Export Control Act by selling restricted parts overseas via a website and on eBay. Regulations require people selling weapons items that are on a U.S. munitions list to obtain a license from the U.S. Department of State. Jangraw did not apply for such a license, prosecutors said, though he was aware of the requirements and even posted them on his website.


Celebrate the general’s history at Pond Spring

There is going to be a birthday party at Pond Spring, the home of Gen. Joseph Wheeler, on Saturday. Sept. 6. The public is invited to come join in the celebration of Gen. Wheeler’s 178th birthday. He was born Sept. 10, 1836. The day is more than just a birthday. It is a step back in history and a chance to learn something about Gen. Wheeler, his children and the contributions the Wheeler family made to Lawrence County. No party of a military hero would be complete without re-enactors being on hand for demonstrations. Civil War re-enactors will be firing a cannon throughout the event. In addition, folk artists will be demonstrating their skills in blacksmithing and chair- caning. Gen. Wheeler is one of Lawrence County’s most famous residents. A native of Georgia, Wheeler graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1854. When the Civil War began, Wheeler joined the Confederate forces and became one of the youngest generals in the Confederate Army.


WHINSEC course builds international friendships

Cadets in ROTC and at the U.S. Military Academy have a great opportunity to work on their leadership skills and develop international relationships at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. The Cadet Leadership Development Course includes U.S. ROTC cadets and West Point cadets during its sessions in summer. In June, one class had 30 ROTC students and a Military Academy cadet. Colombia provided 93 students for that course, 87 military cadets and six police lieutenants.  Another 28 ROTC students recently completed the course along with 78 Colombian army cadets. The four-week course is an orientation to the basics of U.S. military life focused on giving cadets an opportunity to practice their leadership skills.


Beacon Art Creates Bronze for West Point

Beacon Art Shortwave Gallery, located in the bucolic seaside hamlet of Stone Harbor, NJ, is home to a diverse array of contemporary artwork. Gary Jacketti, a classically trained sculptor, founded Beacon Art in 2009. His latest masterpiece, Goodbye, is a tribute to US military families. Goodbye is scheduled to be unveiled on Veteran's Day 2014 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. Goodbye is a life-sized two figure group depicting a military father bidding farewell to his curly haired daughter.


West Point grad, Ukrainian private, dies in battle

A U.S. Military Academy graduate who became a private in an all-volunteer Ukrainian army unit died Tuesday during a “street battle” with pro-Russian forces, Ukraine’s interior minister wrote in a Facebook message Wednesday. The post, first reported by BuzzFeed, identifies the man only as “Franko,” but the New York Times, Vice News and other media outlets identify him as Mark Paslawsky, 55, who graduated from West Point in 1981. The battle took place near Donetsk, according to multiple media reports — a city in eastern Ukraine held by separatist forces, though the fighting has picked up.

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No combat Patch? That's no problem!

An article in the New York Times the other day examined the West Point class of 2014, which faces the dubious distinction of being the first class in nearly a dozen years to enter a peacetime army. It's a daunting experience for a new lieutenant to lead soldiers twice their age, even more so to do it as a as a "slick sleeve" -- the derogatory term given to soldiers who lack the distinctive "combat patch" on their right shoulder. Let me offer the Class of 2014 two pieces of advice. First, take a few lessons from West Point's Class of 1976. Believe it or not, I bet that even brand-new 2nd Lt. Ray Odierno probably had the same fears that you did. His class joined their platoons shortly after the nation had concluded what was, at that time, the longest war in its history. They survived their time as platoon leader -- just as you all will -- and they all went on to serve our country well when we inevitably found ourselves in wars again in Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, the Balkans, Iraq, and even today in Afghanistan.


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