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Bradshaw officially completes Army football career
Army will officially have a new starting quarterback under center this fall.

Ahmad Bradshaw, who set a service-academy record with 1,746 rushing yards last season, will graduate from West Point Friday, coach Jeff Monken said.

Bradshaw, a three-year starter who helped Army to 18 wins, two bowl victories and the return of the Commander in Chief’s trophy in December over the past two seasons, was working to complete his requirements this summer. If Bradshaw’s graduation was pushed to December, Army could have petitioned the NCAA for another season this fall.
How Freeze-Dried Plasma Saves Soldiers’ Lives

The U.S. Army has received the go-ahead from the FDA to move forward with plans to develop a new type of plasma that will be easier to use on the battlefield.

A dependable, portable emergency blood supply is key to ensuring the military’s ability to treat battlefield injuries immediately.

With that in mind, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has broadened military access to freeze-dried plasma (FDP).

Last month, the FDA granted an emergency use authorization to the Department of Defense (DoD) while the agency works toward approval for the new type of plasma.

Currently, the Army uses a substance officially known as Pathogen-Reduced Leukocyte-Depleted Freeze-Dried Plasma. It’s manufactured in France by the Centre de Transfusion Sanguine des Armées (Blood Transfusion Center of the Armies).


VA Secretary Pledges Cleanup Of Scandal-Plagued DC Hospital By Richard Sisk
In his second week on the job, new VA Secretary Robert Wilkie pledged a cleanup of the scandal-plagued Washington, D.C., Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center where inspectors found doctors using rusty surgical tools and identified a sense of "complacency" in the facility's leadership.

Wilkie went to VAMC Monday, where he was told that plans were in place for "assuring reliable availability and sterilization of instruments for surgical procedures," the VA said in a release.
LTC Myer '01 to Receive the 2018 Nininger Award
West Point, NY: The West Point Association of Graduates is pleased to announce that Lieutenant Colonel Matthew R. Myer, Class of 2001, has been selected to receive the 2018 Alexander Nininger Award for Valor at Arms. The award will be presented on September 27, 2018, at West Point, New York. Myer is a third-generation West Point graduate. He is currently the Commander of the 1st Battalion-501st Infantry (Airborne) Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

Myer has deployed several times to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve from 2003 to today. While serving as a Captain and Company Commander in 2007-08, he commanded Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne) 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, known under his command as the most decorated company in the Global War on Terrorism. His command included a 15-month deployment to Kunar and Nuristan Provinces, Afghanistan. During this tour, Chosen Company earned a Presidential Unit Citation Award and a Valorous Unit Award. In addition, 87 individual valor awards were earned by Chosen Company, including two Medals of Honor, two Distinguished Service Crosses, and 13 Silver Stars. Myer earned one of the 13 Silver Stars on July 13, 2008 for his command at the Battle of Wanat, the most documented battle of the war. During the Battle of Wanat, Myer commanded the force during a ferocious battle with a superior enemy force. He lost nine soldiers and exacted at least 50 enemy KIA while calling in Close Air Support, Close Combat Attack, Artillery, Mortars and multiple MEDEVACs. In addition, he personally risked his life on several occasions. Myer also earned an Army Commendation for Valor in 2007 for his actions in an ambush outside of Wanat.
N. Korea Returning Remains of US Missing
North Korea has accepted two truckloads of wooden transfer caskets from the U.S. for the repatriation of the remains of about 50 U.S. troops missing from the 1950-53 Korean War, and the repatriation process could begin Friday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

A representative of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reportedly is in South Korea for the possible transfer, but there was no immediate confirmation from the DPAA.

"North Korea recently took two truckloads of wooden boxes to be used for the remains repatriation. It's expected to hand over the remains on July 27 as agreed upon," Yonhap said, citing a diplomatic source.

In the past, North Korea has chosen significant dates for major policy moves or statements. Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.

U.S. Forces Korea earlier this month moved about 100 transfer caskets near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in anticipation of repatriations.

Last week, a U.S. military team led by Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Minihan, chief of staff of the United Nations Command, held two days of talks on remains recovery with North Korean counterparts at the Panmunjom peace village on the DMZ.

The specifics of the remains recovery are unclear, but Yonhap said the plan is for a U.S. team from United Nations Command to fly to Kalma airport near Wonsan on North Korea's east coast to take custody of the remains.
Caregivers may get commissary, exchange privileges by 2020
Former prisoners of war, Purple Heart recipients, certain disabled veterans and caregivers for veterans are a step closer to being allowed to shop at commissaries and exchanges, and other retail facilities on military bases, such as military lodging.

House lawmakers voted Thursday to agree to the conference report for the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. A provision in that bill would give shopping and some other privileges to veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart, those who are former prisoners of war and those with service-connected disabilities, as well as to caregivers of veterans. They would be allowed to use these facilities on the same basis as a service member entitled to retired or retainer pay.

It also authorizes access for Medal of Honor recipients, although they have long been authorized to use commissaries, exchanges and MWR facilities.

If it becomes law, the new privileges would be in effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Under the proposal, Defense Department officials will set a user fee for this population, to offset any increase in expenses at commissaries that would be paid by the Treasury Department associated with the use of credit or debit cards. That user fee would be in addition to the current surcharge of 5 percent of the commissary purchase, added at the cash register. Because Medal of Honor recipients already have commissary shopping privileges, the fee would presumably not apply to them.
Army is adding 8 weeks to OSUT
The Army is on a quest to build better soldiers from top to bottom, and the next step might be to extend the amount of time spent making them.

The Army is moving forward with a pilot program to extend infantry one-station unit training by eight weeks, according to the service’s top enlisted soldier.

“We have packed a lot into basic training — we have — and we need to extend it,” Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey told reporters on Monday. “We know we can make a better product.”

Leadership first publicly announced the idea back in March, when infantry school commandant Brig. Gen. Christopher Donahue spoke at the AUSA Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama.

“What we want, ultimately, is we want any soldier who graduates from OSUT, that they can immediately go and join any formation that they need to go to, no matter what phase of the sustained readiness model they’re in,” Donahue told Army Times of what was then an idea to extend to 21 weeks.
Class of 2022 To Enter West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. – More than 1,200 U.S. citizens and 16 international students, including 294 women, 400 minorities and 10 combat veterans will report to West Point July 2, Reception Day, to join the West Point Class of 2022.

The incoming class was selected from a pool of nearly 12,300 applicants. Minority enrollment, roughly 30 percent, includes 186 African-Americans, 104 Hispanic Americans, 99 Asian-Americans and 11 Native Americans.

“The quality and rich diversity of our students entering with the Class of 2022 is exceptional and representative of our nation’s best,” said Col. Deborah McDonald, director of admissions.

“Their strong performances in academics, leadership, athletics, and as respected members of their communities provides the necessary foundation for successful completion of a challenging 47-month West Point experience and for future service to our nation as commissioned leaders of character,” McDonald continued. “And, for the first time, we have over 100 students identified as ‘first generation’ college students – identifying them as the first generation in their family to attend college.

” The Class of 2022 includes cadets from every state in the nation and 16 international cadets entering the class under the sponsorship of their respective countries. The countries represented include Albania, Bhutan, Cambodia, Egypt, Georgia, South Korea, Poland (2), Romania, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand (2), Tunisia (2) and Taiwan. Upon graduation, these cadets will return to their respective countries as officers in their armed forces.

During Reception Day, the new cadets begin the process of becoming West Point cadets and future U.S. Army officers. They undergo administrative processing, are fitted with their initial issue of military clothing, receive haircuts, medical and physical evaluations, and begin their first lessons in marching, military courtesy and discipline. As their first day ends, the Class of 2022 will stand before many of their parents and friends on the Plain to take the Oath of Allegiance from the U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets, Brig. Gen. Steve Gilland.

2018 “Music Under The Stars” concert series at Trophy Point
The West Point Independence Day Celebration will be presented on Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m., with a rain date of July 8. There’s no better way to celebrate America’s independence than with the Army’s oldest band! Grab a blanket, bring a picnic, and enjoy a wide variety of music ranging from traditional field music to today’s popular hits, and everything in between. Guests are advised to arrive early, as this impressive celebration of music and fireworks is one of the best attended events of the year.
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