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As of now, 1064 donations have been made, raising $68677.57 towards our goal of $98667.00.
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FUND DRIVE 36: FD36 back on track -- thanks for your support!
WP-ORG Members:

We're heading into week 5 of our current fund drive and find ourselves a little behind our normal rate.  But we're confident that we'll pick up the pace this week and get back on track.  Why are we confident?  It's not because of my words here, but rather because we've identified an issue that was preventing a significant number of our users from receiving our previous messages asking for donations.  This is our 36th semi-annual fund drive and, quite frankly, it's the first one that has behaved differently than the others.  As long as we provide a valuable service to grads and parents, we'll be funded -- so it's good to know that the issue was technical rather than an issue regarding value.  This technical glitch was easily fixed. Now we're asking all of you who have not yet donated to show your support for WP-ORG services by making a donation to FD36.

In just a few days, my USMA class will hold its 25th reunion.  My family and I are excited to go back to West Point, see old friends, tour the grounds, and catch a football game -- beat Air Force!  Keeping in touch with my classmates has always been important to me...and that's how I got involved with WP-ORG over 18 years ago.  West Point played such an important role in my development that I've wanted to give back to the community of grads and parents in any way I could.  Since the mid-90's I've volunteered my time and programming skills to my class, my local society, and to WP-ORG in order to, quoting WP-ORG's mission statement, "provide an online communications infrastructure that enables graduates, parents, and friends of the military academy to maintain and strengthen the associations that bind us together. We will provide this community any requested support, consistent with this purpose, as quickly and efficiently as possible. WP-ORG is funded by the generosity of member contributions."  Along the way I've developed friendships with members from all parts of the Long Gray Line that I would never have met had it not been for my work with WP-ORG.  Thanks for supporting us all these years!

I am just one of 100's of volunteers that help WP-ORG run every day.  We couldn't do it without all of their hard work.  And we can't do it without the donations of people like you who find value in keeping connected through our services.  If you're one who has, please consider donating today.

Warren Hearnes '89
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Army used alcohol & women to recruit football players

The U.S. Military Academy self reported a recruiting violation to the NCAA that was revealed publicly Saturday in a report by The Gazette (Colorado Springs) that detailed the Army football team using alcohol, dinner dates with cheerleaders and female athletes and cash from boosters to lure high school football recruits to the program. The Gazette reported the Academy in West Point, N.Y., disciplined 20 cadets for promoting underage drinking and other improper benefits, while the coaches involved were also punished. Two police officers, who provided a police escort on a party bus full of cheerleaders, were also reprimanded following an internal investigation by Lt. Col. Shannon Miller in March, one month following the incident.

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USMA wins overall at boxing event

Three boxing teams squared off with a total of 14 bouts at a USA Boxing sanctioned event during a Golden Age-themed Ballroom Boxing extravaganza Oct. 18 at the Uchee Creek Activity Center. The event featured bouts between the Fort Benning Boxing Club, U.S. Military Academy men's boxing team and Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Boxing Club to see who is the best boxing team in the Army, said Spencer Folds, sports specialist and event coordinator. This tournament provided "camaraderie between the Soldiers from different installations," and gave the Benning Boxing Club the opportunity to settle a dispute with the Fort Jackson Boxing Club from January Boxing Smoker at Fort Jackson, Folds said.  The Benning Boxing Club took their belt back, while the USMA men's boxing team walked away with the overall win.


Rapid Micro Biosystems Announces New CEO

Rapid Micro Biosystems, a leading provider of automated, non-destructive, rapid microbial detection, announced today that its Board of Directors has named seasoned industry veteran Robert Spignesi as the company's next chief executive officer. As the new CEO of Rapid Micro Biosystems, Rob's priorities will be leading the Company to support the business expansion and widespread adoption of the Growth Direct™ System. Rob has more than 20 years of leadership experience. Rob holds a B.S. in economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Columbia University where he was the Dr. Donald Bibeault Scholar.


Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Gen. Petraeus

Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus jumped into civilian life with the same determination and drive that helped him build a formidable military career. The former director of the CIA is now chairman of the KKR Global Institute and teaching at Harvard, the University of Southern California and Macaulay Honors College at CUNY. His nearly four decades in the Army included a post as commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and commander of the U.S. Central Command. He is the guest speaker at the American Middle East Institute’s seventh annual lecture Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland.


Wave Systems Names Gary Patton as EVP

Wave Systems Corp. (NASDAQ: WAVX) announced it has appointed retired U.S. Army Major General Gary Patton as the company's Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff. Prior to joining Wave, Major General Patton served over 35 years on active duty with extensive senior executive experience leading large organizations and managing complex programs. His senior command and staff assignments include: Chief of Staff for the 23,000-member 25th Infantry Division Task Force in Iraq; Director for Manpower and Personnel (J1) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Deputy Commanding General of the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan; Director for the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office; and Principal Director for Military Personnel Policy on the Staff of the Secretary of Defense. Major General (Retired) Patton began his Army career with a commissioning in 1979 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.


Johnson named Capital District Veteran of the Year

Retired Col. Charles R. Johnson, a Vietnam War veteran, will be honored as Veteran of the Year during ceremonies scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 15 at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs. The annual award is co-sponsored by Friends of the New York State Military Museum and the Capital District of New York Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army. The guest speaker will be Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, the adjutant general of New York. Johnson, a 1955 U.S. Military Academy graduate, spent 26 years in the Army. In Vietnam, he was a Vietnamese ranger adviser, an operations officer in a U.S. special operations group and a battalion commander in the ninth and 25th Infantry Divisions.


Miami WP graduate to speak at Veterans Day program

Preparing to speak on Nov. 11 at Veterans Day programs about life in the military has become an annual practice for retired Army Lt. Col. Valarie R. Austin. In 2011, Austin was a panelist on a television special about veterans for the PBS NewsHour hosted by broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff. The topic was, “After Draftless Decade of War, Gap Seen Between Military, Civilians.” The next year, she spoke at the University of Maryland’s Veterans Day Program at College Park. Austin, a West Point graduate, spent her formative years in Miami’s Colored Town/Overtown at the home of her maternal great-grandparents, David Colebrook Sr. and Sylvia Styles Colebrook. Her grandfather was a pioneer carpenter.


642nd ASB Conducts Change of Command

New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Michael Charnley, an Ogden resident takes command of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion Saturday afternoon, October 25 in Rochester. The battalion is headquartered in Rochester and has elements in Olean, Dunkirk and Ronkonkoma. The battalion provides logistics and maintenance support to the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, and returned from deployment in Kuwait in August. Charnley takes command from LTC Jack James, who led the battalion since November 2011. James is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point who began his military career in 1992. He attended the Aviation Officer Basic Course and flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he qualified in the AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter.


2014 Crown Leadership Awards - J. Bryan Cooksey III

For J. Bryan Cooksey III, duty and service are as much a part of his life as sunrises and sunsets along Florida’s Atlantic Coast where this second-generation PMP lives, works and contributes so much to his community. Cooksey, a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, didn’t have his mind set on running the family pest control and lawn care business, McCall Service in Jacksonville, Florida, while growing up. But as is the case with many second- and third-generation industry professionals, fate and circumstances led him back to where it all started. It was his father’s influence that led Cooksey and his two brothers, David and John, to enter and eventually take over the family business, which has earned a stellar reputation with clients in the competitive Jacksonville/Northern Florida/Southern Georgia market. (Sisters Beverly and Cathy serve on the company’s board of directors.)


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