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Army identifies pilots killed in Kentucky helicopter crash
The U.S. Army on Sunday identified two pilots killed in a helicopter crash during training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in the fourth American military aircraft mishap in less than a week.

The soldiers - identified as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly, 37, and Warrant Officer James Casadona, 28 - died when their AH-64E Apache helicopter went down at Fort Campbell’s local training area late on Friday, the 101st Airborne Division said in a statement.

Connolly was an instructor pilot with the 101st Combat Aviation “Destiny” Brigade and joined the Army in 2001. He had been awarded the Air Medal twice and was a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, the statement said.

Casadona, also a pilot with the brigade, had joined the Army in 2012 and arrived at Fort Campbell in 2016.
 
To become a soldier at Fort Jackson

U.S. Army recruits face grueling new four-day training test

It’s pitch black, the darkness pierced only by the glare of exploding bombs and the streaks of red-hot light that won’t stop bursting from the ends of three M240 machine guns. On the ground, Eric Shepherd lies prone, afraid to lift his head.

Shepherd wants to be a soldier. But to cap his 10 weeks of basic training at Fort Jackson, he and his fellow Army trainees must pass this part of a final test — a simulation of a nighttime invasion staged in the woods of the 52,000-acre base.

It’s one leg of a new course that all Army trainees must complete. Over four days, the course tests recruits on virtually every aspect of their training — including patrols, obstacle courses, hand-to-hand combat and more than 45 miles of marching.

The course is part of the Army's response to a call from leadership for tougher, more physically fit soldiers prepared for a future that's likely to include large-scale conflicts requiring constant movement.

It's also intended to address the Army's concern that an emerging generation of trainees grew up with less exercise and are less attuned to discipline.

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April is #MonthoftheMilitaryChild!
Military children make up a very special part of our nation's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents. As they face circumstances unique to their lives—such as navigating multiple moves and schools to shouldering repeated deployments of a parent, these children are examples of resilience in the military community. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child.
 
Civil War historian turns 100

His first lessons were from battlefield veterans.

Historian Charles P. Roland is one of the most recognized authorities on the Civil War, and he may be the last who grew up hearing firsthand accounts from battlefield veterans.

He also is an expert on American military history, and his lessons to students at West Point, Tulane and the University of Kentucky included his own experiences as an infantry captain during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

Roland’s family, friends, former students and colleagues at the University of Kentucky threw a surprise party on Sunday to celebrate his 100th birthday. Festivities included a military honor guard and singing of “Happy Birthday” and the U.S. Army Song by the UK History Department’s faculty.

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West Point honors Charles W. Zipp
Just hours after throwing his cap in the air at the conclusion of June 2, 1953, graduation ceremonies at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, Charles W. Zipp moved across the historic campus to wed Beaumont native Margaret Ann Akers in the Cadet Chapel, beginning a partnership that would last more than 50 years.

Over the years, they shared four things: love for each other, love for their three sons and their families, love for their church and love for West Point.

Now, that love for the Military Academy has been immortalized in a new visitors center that opened in December.

Charles and Margaret Ann met in 1947 when both were students at Lamar University in Beaumont. As a member of the Texas National Guard, Charles earned a competitive appointment to West Point in 1949. When he went to the Academy, Margaret Ann moved to New York to be close. There, she worked for Life magazine.

During his 23-year career in the Army, Charles served three times in Nuremberg, Germany, as well as in Vietnam; at Fort Benning, Georgia; at Fort Knox, Kentucky; at the Pentagon; and in Schweinfurt, Germany. From 1964 to 1967, Charles was an assistant professor of military science at Texas A&M, where he and Margaret Ann fell in love with the community.
 
Lawmaker says 'readiness of the military is at crisis point'
Seven US service members died in four noncombat-related air crashes in just four days, prompting concern over readiness in the US military.

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, released a statement Saturday saying the "readiness of the military is at a crisis point."

The incidents coincided with President Donald Trump's decision to deploy up to four thousand National Guard troops to several Southwestern states. The Pentagon has been working with state and federal agencies on the logistics to execute the President's stated goal.

However, with few specifics coming from the administration, defense officials have been left to grapple with questions on how the military plans to balance its priorities -- a challenge that is only amplified by the fact that 16 US service members have been killed in noncombat aircraft crashes in recent weeks.

 
Soldiers killed in helicopter crash at Fort Campbell
Two soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed during a training mission at Fort Campbell, officials at the Army post said Saturday.

The AH-64E Apache helicopter crashed Friday night in a training area at the sprawling Army post that straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee line, Fort Campbell officials said.
 
National Guard Troops Deploy to Southern U.S. Border

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis last night authorized up to 4,000 National Guard troops to deploy to the U.S. border with Mexico to support the Department of Homeland Security border security mission there.

National Guard troops began deploying after the announcement of the authorization.

In a joint statement, Mattis and DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen said DHS worked closely with border-state governors and identified security vulnerabilities the National Guard could address.

“We appreciate the governors' support and are dedicated to working with them to secure the national borders,” Mattis and Nielsen said.

DoD and DHS are committed to “using every lever of power to support the men and women of law enforcement defending our nation's sovereignty and protecting the American people,” they said, adding that they will continue to work with the governors to deploy the necessary resources until the nation's borders are secure.

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WP-ORG: Fund Drive 43 Starts Today!
As we launch Fund Drive 43 we say, "Hail and farewell," to John Stalker Price '64, who died April 4. Warren Hearnes '89 wrote:

    It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we relay the news that 
    Jack Price USMA '64, one of the founding advisors of WP-ORG and a guiding 
    force in everything that WP-ORG has accomplished for grads, parents, and 
    friends of West Point over the past 22 years, passed away this morning 
    surrounded by his family.

    This is truly a sad day. Jack Price was larger-than-life for all that had 
    the privilege of knowing him. Jack has left us, but he left us -- his 
    friends, his classmates, his country, his family, and all of WP-ORG -- 
    better than we were when he met us. He challenged us and made us want to 
    be better. He had such a positive impact on this world that the stories of 
    Jack will be told for years to come.

    We're in the process of building a fitting eulogy page for Jack. In the 
    meantime, please add your personal thoughts and remembrances at 

    Please keep his wife Sam, son Cameron USMA '96, and daughter Megan in your 
    thoughts and prayers. 

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It's again early spring, and again time to ask for your support to fund WP-ORG services for the next six months. Fund Drive 43 begins today. Our goal is $96,226.

The donation link above will accommodate checks, credit cards, PayPal, and stock donations. If you plan to make a donation, we encourage you to make it early to help us close out FD43 in just a month.

All donations are 100% tax deductible. Our very frugal budget: http://www.west-point.org/budget/


In addition to your donations, WP-ORG is backed by over a hundred volunteers who donate magnificent efforts as listserve moderators and as webmasters. We especially thank them, without whom we could not function. There is no other venue where a dollar donated does more for our West Point community than these fund drives.

From its inception over 20 years ago, WP-ORG's services have been wholly funded by its members' donations. Your donations make WP-ORG services possible. Please donate to Fund Drive 43 by credit card, check, or PayPal:


On behalf of the Board of Advisors, WP-ORG's volunteers, and our two employees, thank you!

Bill MacLean
Advisor, WP-ORG, Inc.
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West Point Taekwondo team visits South Korea
Taekwondo: During spring break from March 10-19, 10 members of the Army West Point Taekwondo team visited South Korea to learn more about South Korean culture, the sport of taekwondo and build relations with cadets at the Korean Military Academy.

The first two days were spent in Seoul, learning about South Korean culture.

The team took a tour of the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, Gyeongbokgung Palace and attended a martial arts theatrical performance.
 
The team also went to Insadong, which is a district in Seoul known for their traditional tea houses and handcrafted goods. The next two days were spent at the Korean Military Academy.
 
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