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A Hundred Cigars for a West Point Cadet!

RUSH LIMBAUGH: Marty in Sanford, Florida, you're next on Open Line Friday.  Hello, sir.

CALLER:  How are you today, Rush?

RUSH LIMBAUGH:  I'm great.  I'm glad you called, sir.  Thank you.

CALLER:  Hey, the reason I'm calling is my daughter is a first-year cadet at West Point.  She's a plebe.  Part of their responsibilities each year, the first-year cadets at their Christmas dinner -- which is for all the cadets when they gather in their lunch hall or the meal hall at the end of the day -- is the plebes have to provide cigars to their entire company.  Now, unfortunately, I know nothing about cigars...

RUSH LIMBAUGH:  This is pretty impressive.  I'll tell you what, here.  You need a hundred cigars.  How about if I send you a hundred cigars, an assortment of stuff from my own collection?  You don't have to tell them.

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Military cadet mistaken for police by Ferguson protesters in NYC

A crowd in New York City protesting a St. Louis County grand jury’s refusal to bring charges against the white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who fatally shot an unarmed African-American teenager confronted a U.S. Military Academy cadet Nov. 25 when it mistook him for a police officer. Nineteen-year-old West Point freshman David Adams, who took classes at ETSU while enrolled at Science Hill High School, was walking down 42nd Street when protesters screamed profanity and threw what he believed to be a bottle at him. “All of a sudden, a wave of people just take over the street,” Adams said. “There’s just hundreds or, it seems like, thousands of people. .... Cars were having to come to a screeching halt. They were pushing on the cars.”

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West Point cadets will run game ball to Army-Navy game

WEST POINT, New York — U.S. Military Academy cadets will run a ceremonial game ball for the upcoming Army-Navy football game 247 miles from West Point to Baltimore.  The annual Army-Navy game is scheduled for Saturday Dec. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

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Former Carmel Valley student thrives in variety of ways at WP

As local West Point senior Katrina Mecklenburg will tell you, the reason someone goes into the U.S. Military Academy and the reason they stay are often different. When the Cathedral Catholic alumna got into West Point, she wanted to go because she knew it was something she might regret if she didn’t — she didn’t want to look back and wonder what kind of person it would’ve made her. “Why I stayed? All of the unknowns were validated. I saw I became a better person, I loved the training that I was doing, and now I’m at a point where I can’t wait to graduate and I can’t wait to be in the Army and start out as an officer. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else,” said Mecklenburg, 21. Mecklenburg’s decision to go to West Point came as a surprise to her family, who didn’t have a history of military service outside of a grandparent Mecklenburg never knew. Her parents were supportive but hesitant and asked multiple times, “Are you sure you want to do this?”

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New Walk of Honor at Frisco’s Veterans Memorial

Crews are putting the final touches this week on the new Walk of Honor at the Veterans Memorial in Frisco in advance of the dedication ceremony on Sunday, which is also Pearl Harbor Day. The ceremony starts at 1 p.m. at Frisco Commons Park, 8000 McKinney Road. Talks first began for a Walk of Honor in 2007. Construction began earlier this year. It includes engraved memorial bricks with the names of veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, plaques honoring those killed in action and pillars detailing each of the U.S. military campaigns since 1902, when Frisco became a city. The keynote speaker is Collin County Judge Keith Self, who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served for 25 years as an Army officer, ranger, Green Beret and master parachutist infantry officer.

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Veterans make good employees — Michelin's Selleck

If Group Michelin needed any convincing that military veterans make good employees, it only needs to look at its North American president. Pete Selleck — president and chairman of Michelin North America Inc. since 2011— joined the firm 32 years ago after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and spending five years of active service in the U.S. Army. “It's part of who I am. I'm very proud of my service and very grateful that I had the opportunity to do that,” Mr. Selleck said. “We have a lot of veterans in this company. We have a large number of senior leaders who have that experience. We find that military experience develops a lot of core skills, particularly leadership, and we certainly appreciate those skills and the veterans we have in our company.”

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LTG Rick Lynch As Special Advisor For Military Robotics Programs

Kairos Autonomi, Inc., a worldwide leader in robotic appliqué kits and developer of the Pronto4 Robotic Appliqué Kit, announced today that Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Rick Lynch will work with the company as a special advisor for military robotics programs, leadership and strategic planning. “Lt. Gen. Lynch will provide unparalleled insight and guidance to Kairos Autonomi’s robotics programs,” said George “Troy” Takach, president and CEO of Kairos Autonomi. “With his extensive command leadership experience, as well as a strong background in military robotics, Lt. Gen. Lynch has a compelling vision for how the military can fully implement robotic appliqué kits.” Lynch began working military applications of robotics in 1985 as the robotics project officer at the Armor Center in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Lynch graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1977, and later graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on robotics.

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Wiers International Trucks 50 Years Strong

Fifty years ago in 1964 a small trucking company, started 7 years earlier by Wayne and Heddy Wiers, was approached about becoming an International Harvester dealership. They saw a great opportunity, sold the trucking company and took the risky entrepreneurial dive into a new side of the trucking business. "As a young married couple, my parents didn't have a lot of capital so the early years were a struggle," said Tom Wiers. "My dad knew trucks through his experience in the trucking industry. However, the truck dealership had other elements like truck sales and parts that were new to him." Wayne and Heddy eventually hired two mechanics and had a very nice small business in Plymouth, Indiana. In 1992, the Wiers were looking at buying a large parcel of land to substantially expand the truck repair and maintenance side of the business. Their son, Tom, had just graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point and was touring out West on motorcycles with fellow classmates when he got the call. His father had suddenly passed away and his mother was thinking of selling the business. Tom convinced his mother to go ahead with the expansion and to give him a shot at running the business - the second entrepreneurial dive. In 1994, with a strong new start, the company changed its' name from Wiers Truck Service and Equipment to Wiers International® Trucks.

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Coach K returns to his roots vs. Army Sunday

Win No. 1 in Mike Krzyzewski’s college coaching career came 39 years ago this weekend when he coached his alma mater, the United States Military Academy. Another milestone win on Krzyzewski’s march toward 1,000 wins is at stake when his Duke team faces Army Sunday (noon, ESPNU) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. No. 4 Duke (6-0) can earn Krzyzewski, already men’s college basketball’s all-time leader in coaching wins, victory No. 990 by taking care of the also unbeaten Black Knights (5-0). Krzyzewski posted a 73-59 record during his five seasons at Army, which ended when he came to Duke in spring 1980. Zach Spiker is doing his best to make Army, which has never played in the NCAA Tournament, a winning program again all these years later. Now in his sixth season, the 38-yearld-old Spiker has a 73-83 overall record. He joined Bob Knight and Krzyzewski as the only Army coaches to win at least 65 games over their first five seasons. His work has caught the eye of the man he’ll face off against Sunday.

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Las Vegas West Point cadets give thanks

Ask a couple of West Point cadets at home in Las Vegas what they’re grateful for on Thanksgiving Day and their answer might be they’re thankful that they’re not doing pushups in snowbound New York state or cramming for finals at the U.S. Military Academy. Or in the case of senior cadet Capt. Krystal Onyema and sophomore cadet Cpl. Taler Brazell, as two young women they ought to be thankful for equal footing in the academy’s mostly male population of soon-to-be Army officers. While those thoughts are on the back of their minds, they said their vision for giving thanks today is focused on being with their families and getting a chance to spread the word to high school students about opportunities at the prestigious West Point academy. At the top of their list is gratitude for U.S. troops on duty around the world today who are fighting to preserve America’s freedoms.

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