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We'd very much like to see these fund drives close out in a month, and I encourage you to make your donations early. The donation link above will accommodate checks, credit cards, PayPal, and stock donations.

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As our long time donors will note, we have decreased our budget by ten percent this cycle. We are backed by over a hundred volunteers who match donated funds with magnificent efforts. There is no other venue where a dollar donated, does more for our West Point community than these fund drives. It enables us to continue to provide exceptional service while reducing expenses. Only WP-ORG!

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Now, as an inducement to get this fund drive jump started, I will once again award a jar of my World famous sourwood honey, to the first donor who shows up with a minimum $50 donation, NLT April 10 at

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2009 West Point Graduate Killed in Tel Aviv

 Taylor Force, 29, a MBA student at Vanderbilt University, was part of a University tour group, when he was stabbed to death in a terror attack that left 10 others wounded in Tel Aviv. He was among 29 students and four staff members who had gone to Israel to study global entrepreneurship. They were in Jaffa by the Mediterranean Sea when they were attacked.

The grandson of a 1947 graduate of West Point, Taylor attained the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. He was a National Honor Society member at New Mexico Military Institute prior to attending West Point. He served in Iraq from September 2010 to August 2011 and in Afghanistan from October 2012 to July 2013.

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Sikh soldier sues Army over religious right to beard, turban

A U.S. Army captain who is a practicing Sikh asked a federal court on Monday to protect his right to wear a turban and sport a beard while on duty, which are both disallowed under military regulations.

Capt. Simratpal Singh asked a federal district court in Washington to protect his constitutional rights while he serves in the Army, where the Ranger School graduate is known as Simmer. He was given temporary waivers to wear a turban and a beard while on duty starting last year, but the last one is set to expire soon. The nonmedical waivers are rare, and Singh’s was just the fourth granted since a ban on beards began in the 1980s.

Singh, a decorated combat veteran and West Point graduate, received the waiver when he reported to a new assignment in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, near Washington. 

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Humans Could Land on Mars by 2040
Humans could land on Mars by 2040, although that would be the "easy part" of the journey, thinks Dr Buzz Aldrin - the second man to set foot on the moon. Dr Aldrin was present at the Science Museum in London on Sunday, and expressed his view about human landing on Mars during in-conversation event with Professor Brian Cox at the Museum.

In 1969, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the second man to set foot on the moon. Born as Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr., he was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11 - the first manned lunar landing in history. Aldrin set foot on the Moon following Neil Armstrong, the commander of the mission.
 
Pentagon Will Relocate Pregnant Family Members From Zika-Affected Areas
The Department of Defense has offered to relocate any pregnant family members of active-duty personnel and civilian employees stationed in regions affected by the Zika virus.

The voluntary relocation program is accompanied by efforts by Defense Department researchers to develop vaccines, tests and treatment for the mosquito-borne disease, the Military Times reports. The prevalence of the disease in Brazil has been linked to a spike in microcephaly, a birth defect causing babies to be born with small heads. Cases of the virus have cropped up throughout North and South America, prompting the World Health Organization to declare an international public health emergency on Monday.
 
U-M and US Department of Defense partner for traumatic brain injury research
The University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to find new research aiming to impact the way severe traumatic brain injury is diagnosed and treated.

MCIRCC and the Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP), a subsidiary of the DoD and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, signed an agreement in November 2015 to begin executing a series of collaborative activities focused on severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The partners will work together to host The Massey Foundation TBI Grand Challenge which invites researchers to engage and partner in groundbreaking research in severe TBI and to submit project proposals for funding. A TBI is a form of brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head (or even a penetrating head injury) that ultimately disrupts the normal function of the brain.
 
Nominee for U.S. Army secretary warns about impact of further troop cuts
The nominee to be the next U.S. Army secretary told lawmakers on Thursday that cutting the size of the force had increased the risk to American security and that further reductions would require a rethinking of the Army's role and priorities.

Eric Fanning, a longtime senior defense official who would be the first openly gay military service secretary, told his confirmation hearing that reducing the Army to 450,000 troops by 2018 from about 490,000 currently, was manageable but would increase the risk to national security.

The Pentagon is in the process of cutting almost $1 trillion in projected defense spending over a decade under a 2011 deal approved by the White House and Congress.

Cutting the active-duty Army to 420,000 soldiers, which could be required if the spending cuts are not reversed, "would require a whole new set of assumptions and guidance on what the Army is supposed to do and what its priorities should be," said Fanning, who would replace Army Secretary John McHugh, who stepped down several months ago.
 
Petraeus faces potential demotion
The Pentagon is re-examining whether retired Army Gen. David Petraeus should be retroactively demoted for giving his biographer unauthorized access to classified information, defense officials say.

While the Army officially determined last year that Petraeus should retain the status — and pension — of a retired four-star officer, that decision is now under review by Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s office, officials said. The story was first reported Monday by The Daily Beast.

Petraeus, who served as the top war commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, pleaded guilty in federal court last April to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information. He was sentenced to two years probation and fined $100,000 after acknowledging he shared his personal notebooks with Paula Broadwell, the biographer with whom the general also had an extramarital affair. Those notebooks included notes from national security meetings and in some cases the identities of covert officers.
 
ROBO-PARACHUTES that could save thousands of lives
The U.S. military is refining an autonomous airdrop system to save thousands of lives and deliver supplies to troops with increased accuracy.
Using imagery data, the system has proven able to determine its location based on terrain features, and navigate to a pre-selected position.
By making this technology more versatile, troops can be supplied with critical provisions even in high-risk locations.
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Army probe blames leadership in anthrax shipment scandal
\A US Army probe blames a general and several other officials for contributing to an anthrax scandal that saw live samples of the deadly bacteria shipped across the United States and overseas, the Pentagon has said.
 
The investigation followed the May 2015 discovery that low levels of live anthrax spores had been discovered in an Army shipment supposed to only contain dead spores. 
The samples originated from the Dugway Proving Ground research center in the Utah desert, and officials later determined live anthrax had, over a period of about a decade, been sent to 194 other research laboratories in all 50 US states as well as nine foreign countries.
 
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