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Supporting and Developing Veterans
The Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point (TLDG) is leading an extraordinary Veterans' Initiatives program, which kicked off this week with a special supplement of the September issue of TD Magazine.

We are asking your help to spread the word about this initiative in support of veterans and for you to take some simple actions that will be a force multiplier.

This 32-page publication was developed in partnership with the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the world's largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. TD Magazine is their award-winning flagship magazine. This was distributed this morning to 40,000 talent development professionals across America, and is available for free at www.td.org/veterans .
 
 
George S. Patton Diaries 1910-1945 Available Online

The diaries of U.S. army officer George S. Patton (1885-1945) are part of a larger collection of Patton papers available for research use onsite in the Manuscript Reading Room of the Library of Congress. The entire collection spans the years 1807-1979, with the bulk of the papers concentrated from 1904 to 1945.

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Buffalo Soldier Memorial Ceremony
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Buffalo Soldiers Association of West Point will hold its 55th annual memorial ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 4 from 12:15-1 p.m. at Buffalo Soldier Field.
 
The annual ceremony honors the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments. These African American Soldiers served in the Indian Wars; Spanish-American War; both World Wars, and the Korean Conflict. Additionally, these Calvary regiments were assigned to West Point in the early 1900’s to support riding instruction and mounted drill for the Corps of Cadets until 1946.
 
Today, they are celebrated with an annual ceremony to pay tribute to the devotion and exemplary service they provided to the nation as a Buffalo Soldier.
 
The public is cordially invited to attend the ceremony where Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, academy superintendent, will serve as guest speaker for the event. 
 
Valid identification is required for those 17 and older upon entering academy grounds and all vehicles are
subject to search.
 
Rapid Capabilities Office to keep Army ahead of tech. change
Modernization in the Russian military has resulted in exceptional cyber, electronic warfare, and anti-access/area-denial capabilities that have raised concerns in the U.S. Army, particularly in the wake of Russia's 2014 invasion of Crimea and subsequent involvement in Syria.

"What we saw is that even though we are the best trained and best equipped Army in the world, our adversaries and technology don't wait on our timetable," said Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, director for operations of the newly created Army Rapid Capabilities Office.

"Things keep moving. And we saw that very clearly with Russia's efforts in Crimea and Ukraine."

In an effort to ensure a rapid boost to the U.S. Army's own similar capabilities and prevent capability gaps from developing in the future, Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning has directed the creation of the Army Rapid Capabilities Office. That office stood up on Aug. 11.
 
 
Female NCO tries out for Army's elite 75th Ranger Regiment
As the Army continues to integrate women into combat arms jobs, the 75th Ranger Regiment has seen its first female soldier attempt to join its ranks. 

The staff sergeant attended the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 2 in June, officials said. 
 
 RASP 2 is designed for soldiers in the rank of staff sergeant and above and all officers volunteering for assignment to the elite regiment. 
 
“The female soldier did not meet performance objectives required for assignment to the 75th Ranger Regiment,” said Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt, a spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command. “The female soldier has been afforded the opportunity to reapply for RASP 2 beginning December 2016.” 

 
Princeton Review Ranks West Point On Top 10 Lists
For the sixth year in a row, the U.S. Military Academy ranks No. 1 on the Princeton Review’s list of “Most Accessible Professors.” “The Princeton Review’s ranking of our faculty accessibility shows our deep commitment at the U.S. Military Academy to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets,” said Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, dean of the academic board. “I speak on behalf of the entire faculty when I say that it's an honor to serve and to help prepare our cadets to become leaders of character who are critical thinkers, internalize their professional identity and employ their education to help build the Army and the Nation’s future.”
 
The report released Monday ranked West Point in its Top 10 schools in several categories, including No. 1 for “Students Study the Most.” Other notable rankings include No. 2 in “Best College Library,” No. 2 in “Everyone Plays Intramural Sports,” No. 3 in “Best Health Services”
and No. 3 in “Most Active Student Government.”
 
New Cadets March Back from 'Beast Barracks' at West Point
They survived the initial test.

Now it's on to four more years of learning how to be a soldier in today's Army.

Members of the West Point Class of 2020 took part Monday in the traditional 12-mile march from Camp Buckner on the military reservation's outskirts that marks the end of cadet basic training.

And when they came into view along Washington Road, a cheer arose from the family members who had lined up on both sides.

Cadets at the head of the group carried a banner with the class motto: With Vision We Lead.

Known as Beast Barracks, the initial training faced by cadets is so intense that not everyone who comes to West Point is able to handle it.

Of the 1,308 who showed up for Reception Day on June 27, 1,276 made the march back -- an attrition rate of nearly 2.5 percent.
 
Col. Guy Troy went from West Point to the Olympics

Although Col. Guy Troy, U.S. Army (retired), was a late bloomer as a modern pentathlon athlete, it did not keep him from winning a gold medal in the very first Pan American Games in 1951 in Buenos Aires. It wasn’t lost on Troy that another Armored Army officer finished fifth overall in the same sport in the 1912 Olympics at Stockholm. That soldier’s name was George S. Patton.

“Having served as a Cavalry Platoon Leader in Europe, I would have been happy if the Army had sent me directly to the Korean War from Buenos Aires after the Pan-Am Games. Instead, they sent me to West Point to form and recruit a modern pentathlon team and start training for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki,” Troy said.

Here are the Pentathlon events: Fencing, pistol shooting, 200-meter freestyle swim, 4,000-meter horseback ride with 25 jumps and 4,000-meter cross country run.

During Olympic tryouts, player/coach Troy did well his first two days. “I was first in fencing, second in shooting and sixth in swimming. I was about six years older than most of the runners and came in eighth. My wheels did not run off in the horseback competition, but my horse did — she fell about halfway to the finish line.”

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Army Explores Stronger, Lighter, Cheaper Protection
Rocky Research didn’t set out to create a new type of armor—far from it. When the new material first slid out of the company’s production oven, it caused considerable consternation. A worker responsible for cutting the material into usable shapes for a high-tech heat dissipation system found that it couldn’t be cut with ordinary tools.

Wondering just how strong this new material was, he took it to a shooting range and discovered that bullets couldn’t pierce it, either. The material proved so durable that “we had to laser-cut it,” said Uwe Rockenfeller, president and CEO of Nevada-based Rocky Research. “That’s when the concept of using it as armor came about.”

The company called the material COMBAM, for Coordinative Molecular Bond Armor Material. Using a high-temperature process to grow metal inorganic crystals on the fibers in a woven fabric, Rocky Research scientists invented an exceedingly tough textile. They had set out to make material tough enough to prevent heat from deforming the heat exchangers in special refrigeration systems. Difficulty in processing the material led to the serendipitous creation of COMBAM as a ballistic material.

 
Incoming Commanding General of SMDC at Redstone Dies
The man set to take over as commanding general for the Army Space and Missile Defense Command has passed away. The SMDC Change of Command ceremony was to take place Tuesday.

Maj. Gen. John Rossi, 55, was also set to be promoted to the rank of Lt. Gen. before taking the helm of SMDC.  An article on Army.mil addresses said promotion.

WHNT News 19 has learned Rossi’s death is the death reported by Redstone Arsenal officials over the weekend. Information on his death was, and still is, very limited.

Eulogies for Maj. Gen Rossi  

 
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