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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.
 
WP-ORG: STOP SENDING MONEY! FUND DRIVE 38 CLOSES SUCCESSFULLY
o all members of WP-ORG,

On behalf of all the WP-ORG advisors, moderators, and tireless volunteers, I am delighted to announce that FD38 has been successfully completed and WP-ORG's operations are fully funded through this coming April. Thank you!

The final Donation Report may be seen at:


I'd like to thank everyone who made the effort to contribute. In addition, we are grateful to those who continue to donate countless hours of their valuable time. These long hours are a donation equally as important and valuable as money. Without either, WP-ORG would not exist.

I especially want to recognize the Class of 1964 for their continuing support, far more than the next closest class!  You guys are champs!

The fund drive is complete, the donation site has been shut down. Any donations that continue to be received by mail will be credited toward FD39.

In addition to donation reports, we archive for each fund drive daily tallies, charts and tables comparing performance measures of current and past drives, and additional data which you may find of interest:


FD38 has been a great success. Once again, thank you!

Jack Price
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Vietnam vet's USMA ring returned after decades

WP-ORG is proud that our Ring Recovery list was central to the return of this ring.

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Veterans Day is taking on a whole new meaning for a New Tampa man. The Vietnam vet will be reunited with his original West Point class ring. It was lost during the war.

But 49 years and thousands of miles later, Rolfe Arnhym's original class of 1953 ring will finally be back on his finger.
 
 "At the age of 9, I decided I wanted to go to West Point. Ten years later, I was there," said Arnhym
 
 Arnhym's home office looks more like a museum.

"This is a picture when I took over in infantry battalion in Vietnam," he said pointing to a photo.

The retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel has done a lot in 85 years. But for 49 of them, he's wondered where his West Point class ring went.

"I never saw it again," Arnhym said.
 
 Arnhym graduated from the West Point military academy in 1953. He never took that ring off, wearing it as he got married, and even while serving in Vietnam.

"When I was on a combat operation, something made me look down at my class ring, and I noticed that the stone was gone from the ring," Arnhym said. "I said something to my radio operator, who was right next to me. Here we are in triple canopy jungle and stuff going on and we couldn't see that far in front of us. We looked down and that stone was at his feet."
 
 
 
 
 
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Army Denies that Ranger School was Fixed
The U.S. Army issued a blistering denial late Friday that the recent Ranger school course was “fixed” to allow women to pass and earn the coveted Ranger tab.
In a statement, Brig. Gen. Malcom B. Frost, the Army’s chief of public affairs, said that a People Magazine article charging that Army Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver were given special treatment was “flat-out wrong” and “pure fiction.”
The article by Susan Katz Keating was headlined: “Was It Fixed? Army General Told Subordinates: 'A Woman Will Graduate Ranger School,' Sources Say.”
 
The magazine’s report went on to cite the repercussions of the unnamed general’s influence on subordinates at Fort Benning, Ga., involved in conducting the first Ranger school course open to women that began earlier this year.
‘”It had a ripple effect’" at Fort Benning, where Ranger School is based, says a source with knowledge of events at the sprawling Georgia Army post,” the magazine article said.
 
"Even though this was supposed to be just an assessment, everyone knew. The results were planned in advance," the article quoted the source as saying.
 
In his statement for the Army, Frost ran through a list of allegations in the article that he said were untrue.
 
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