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Army Is Seeking a Few Good Tech Partners

Lt. Gen Bruce T. Crawford, the Army's CIO, came to AFCEA and asked for our assistance organizing key industry participants in a conversation with his top leaders. This is in keeping with the Army's sincere interest to involve industry early and often in the modernization of its network. We have done this in the coming event. There is much to discuss. For the last year, the Army has been intensely reviewing the network and communication systems it has and the one it truly needs to meet the demands of a new Army strategy. This strategy moves the Army away from fixed forward bases and returns to austere environments, expeditionary operations, and near peer threats.

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Potential dangers of swarming toy drones on US soldiers
US warplanners are going to have to deal with an increasing drone threat, both from off-the-shelf hardware today to possibly more intelligent dangers.

The increasing power and sophistication of "hobby drones" is making them attractive to insurgents, according to a report drafted by the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, for the US Army. In the future swarming technologies for such drones could arrive much sooner for warfare and will pose a dangerous threat to infantry units.

“Hobby drones are easy to buy, their performance is improving dramatically, and their cost has dropped significantly; now with millions of them around the world, they pose a growing threat to the U.S. warfighting forces if used for nefarious intents,” said Albert Sciarretta, chair of the committee, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, and president of CNS Technologies, an independent consultancy company based in Virginia

“The threats could be consumer items like hobby drones, modified consumer items such as could be assembled with online components, and customized ones, like built-from-scratch aircraft."
 
Army tanks get futuristic shields
U.S. Army M1 Abrams tanks are being upgraded with a sort of invisible shield that will destroy incoming antitank missiles and other threats before reaching the tank.

Known as Trophy, this cutting-edge technology will provide M1 Abrams tanks with 360 degree protection from threats.

Since the 1950s, the Army has been determined to give tanks something called “active protection systems.” The goal of these sorts of systems is to stop incoming projectiles before they reach the tank – creating a sort of invisible shield around them.
 
Premiere Notice!
Tom Berens (‘75) recently completed his documentary about the making of the 2007 first ever West Point Glee Club Reunion Concert. He will be premiering the movie at the Cinema Arts Theater in Fairfax, VA, on April 8 of this year. Seating is limited, so everyone needs to make their reservations on the movie web site at:

https://returntotrophypoint.com/

This is a BLACK TIE EVENT, with a red carpet and everything (within budget).

The price of admission is $10 per person, cash only, exact change only (buying tickets at the ticket counter detracts from the red carpet experience). See web site for details.

Any proceeds will be donated to the West Point Cadet Glee Club.

If you like good music and a lot of old grads, this movie is for you!
 
First female general in U.S. armed forces, dies at 97
As a small child, Anna Mae V. McCabe Hays bandaged legs of tables and chairs. Later, in seventh grade, she wrote that she was going to be the best nurse.

“I was always talking about smiling a great deal, of being happy and doing the very best that I could,” she said many years later.
 
With that drive and sense of purpose, the Allentown High School graduate worked as an Army nurse overseas during World War II, led the Army Nurse Corps at the height of the Vietnam War and in 1970 became the first woman in the U.S. armed forces to wear the star of a general.
 
If I had it to do over again,” the retired brigadier general said of her three decades in the Army, “I would do it longer.”

Hays, who came to Allentown as a youngster with her Salvation Army parents and always identified with the city, died Sunday at Knollwood Nursing Home in Washington, D.C., according to her niece, Doris Kressly of Danielsville. Hays was 97.

Prior to moving to Knollwood, Hays had lived in Arlington, Va., for more than 50 years.

“She was an amazing woman who accomplished some great things and lived life on her terms,” Kressly said Sunday. “In the sense of feeling a loss, I don’t. She lived a magnificent life and I’m glad she got to live it the way she did.”
 
Item for sale that may be of interest to graduates:
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Letter from a cadet Louis Welch USMA 1845 in which he 'explains the injustice and arbitrary nature of the Military Academy's demerit system to his father who perhaps had received a report of his son's "spirit of insubordination." Welch points out that his "conduct [which] was so awfully subversive of military discipline" included a having a rusty musket, unbuttoned coat, improper forage cap, inattention at parade and drill, and smoking (which "is so common that no importance is attached to it".) In a further effort to trivialize his infractions, Louis reports that the father of one of the academy's most honorable cadets, was "nearly made sick" by an unfounded report that his son was "in the habit of visiting dirty grog shops."'

 
2017 Army-Navy Uniform Honors10th Mountain Division
ARMY, NIKE TEAM UP FOR 2017 ARMY-NAVY GAME UNIFORM TO HONOR THE SOLDIERS OF THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION
 
 The 2017 Army-Navy Uniform tells the story of the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division and their birth in the winter warfare of World War II. The specialty of the 10th Mountain Division is to conquer the land. They fight on the harshest terrain, in any climate, anywhere in the world, to protect and defend the United States of America. We honor the past by re-telling the story of the “Climb to Glory.” A story of valor, courage, and sacrifice. Inspired, humbled, and motivated by the soldiers that came before us, we don their patches, adopt their mottos, and hold their deeds close to our hearts.  
 
 
Army Beats Navy - Wins Commander-in-Chief's Trophy
Bennett Moehring's last-second 48-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide to the left to give the Army Black Knights a 14-13 win over the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

With the victory, Army claims the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the first time since 1996.

In 2016, Ahmad Bradshaw delivered the decisive score to help Army break Navy's 14-game winning streak. The senior quarterback was the difference once again, as he scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 5:10 remaining to help put Army ahead by a point.

Bradshaw finished with 94 rushing yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. He also completed his only pass attempt for 20 yards
 
1776 war hero not in her West Point grave
Remains believed to be of a Revolutionary War hero buried at West Point don't belong to a woman known as Captain Molly after all but to an unknown man.

The U.S. Military Academy said Tuesday the discovery stems from a study of skeletal remains conducted after Margaret Corbin's grave was accidentally disturbed last year by excavators building a retaining wall by her monument in the West Point Cemetery. Tests by a forensic anthropologist revealed the remains were likely those of a middle-aged man who lived between the Colonial period and 19th century.

Corbin was known for bravely stepping in to fire a cannon in 1776 during a battle in New York City after her husband was killed. She was severely wounded during the Battle of Fort Washington, but lived another 24 years. She became the nation's first woman to receive a pension for military service.
 
Honorably discharged veterans can shop tax-free online
Honorably discharged veterans can now shop tax-free at the online military exchanges. The lifetime benefit is due to a change in Department of Defense policy. Provided.

Just this month, an estimated 18.5 million honorably discharged U.S. military veterans became eligible for a tax-free shopping option that should give them an opportunity to save some money.

A change in Department of Defense policy allows those veterans to shop online at military exchanges. The websites are a modern version of the Post Exchange and Base Exchange stores that military veterans are sure to remember.

Thousands of on-base stores still exist, but most veterans can only shop the exchanges online. Different rules apply for 100 percent service-disabled veterans, who already had shopping access.

 
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