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More Than 60 Year History in Seoul Comes To A Close

FED relocates to Camp Humphreys 

 
Seoul, South Korea- After a week of cloudy days and rain, the sun shined bright over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District (FED) compound as many employees, guests, and friends of the district gathered to commemorate a monumental event in the district's history.
 
The FED held a colors casing ceremony Aug. 31 to mark the closing of the district's headquarters in Seoul (Dongdaemun) and its relocation 40 miles south to Camp Humphreys. 
 
A casing of the colors is a traditional ceremony when a unit is deactivated or relocates, and is held to commemorate the unit and its history.
 
After more than 60 years of being nestled in the heart of Seoul, the district has reached its milestone of relocating as a part of the Yongsan Relocation Program which relocates U.S. forces to Camp Humphreys. 
Col Teresa Schlosser, FED commander, opened the ceremony by thanking everyone for joining the district for its color casing ceremony.
 
"The unit's colors represent people, though you can't see all of them today the colors represents all the civilians and Soldiers who have served in the Republic of Korea (ROK)," said Schlosser. "All volunteers determined, tough, and intelligent. 
Schlosser went on to thank the local community for its openness and generosity to FED and the bond they have created throughout its history near the East Gate. 

"We have enjoyed being a part of the Dongdameun community and making kimchi with our neighbors in the fall," said Schlosser. "Although we are officially moving our headquarters and we are preparing to close our gates in the coming month, Dongdameun and the East Gate will always be a part of our history and we'll be forever grateful for the friendship and experiences we've had here"
 
Army Is Getting Back To Its Big Guns
...as it prepares for the near-peer fight
 
After nearly two decades of counterinsurgency warfare, the Army’s artillery and missiles — once the core of the modern Army’s way of land warfare — withered in quantity, quality and manpower.

During that decline, voices within the Army called for a shift in priorities, training and technology.

And while those calls were in some ways heeded, they also were, in other ways, ignored.

Until now.

Last year, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley established Cross Functional Teams centered around key Army priorities as the service prepares for near-peer threats such as China and Russia.

While they all play an important role in modernizing the Army, one that has emerged as a top priority, given current competitors and real-world readiness, is near and dear to the hearts of old soldiers: fires.
 
USMA Named to Forbes' Top Colleges

U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY NAMED TO FORBES’ TOP COLLEGES– August 23, 2018 WEST POINT, N.Y. –

The U.S. Military Academy was named #27 of 650 ranked schools on the Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges List, and #3 on Forbes’ Top 25 Public Colleges list. USMA also ranks #16 of Top Colleges in the Northeastern Region of the United States. 

https://www.forbes.com/colleges/united-states-military-academy/

 
CDT David Bindon Selected As First Captain
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DAVID BINDON SELECTED FIRST CAPTAIN – Aug. 8, 2018
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet David Bindon of Canton, Michigan, has been selected First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets for the 2018-2019 academic year, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain of command. He will assume his duties on Aug.13.
 
Bindon, a Mechanical Engineering major, recently led 1,408 cadets as the Commander of Cadet Field Training II.
 
Now as First Captain, he carries the responsibility for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400-member Corps of Cadets. His duties include implementing a class agendaand acting as a liaison between the Corps and the administration.
 
“David’s selection is a direct result of his hard work, dedication and commitment to the Corps over the last three years,” said Brig. Gen. Steve Gilland, commandant of cadets. “I know David and the rest of our incredibly talented leaders within the Class of 2019 will provide exceptional leadership to the Corps of Cadets in the upcoming academic year.”

 
VIDEO: David Bindon Interview 

 
Early Draft - Army’s New Fitness Test Standards
A year-long field test of the Army’s new fitness test kicks off in October, and on Tuesday, a copy of the preliminary scoring system leaked online.

For now, Training and Doctrine Command is working on a gender- and age-neutral, 100-point system for each of the six events, with a 60-point minimum that will be familiar to anyone who’s ever taken the current Army Physical Fitness Test.

“The chart represents the standards we intend to use for the Army Combat Fitness Test during the Initial Operational Capability field testing phase," Lt. Col. Jeffrey Pray, a spokesman for the Center for Initial Military Training, told Army Times on Wednesday.

To start, standards will be divided by “heavy,” “significant" and “moderate” physical demand, similar to the Occupational Physical Assessment Test. One of the goals of the field study is to decide whether the final test will be scored according to military occupational specialty or unit type ― so, for example, an infantryman would fall into the “heavy” category, but so might everyone who serves in an infantry brigade combat team as well.
 
New cadets march back to West Point
The new cadets at West Point have ended six weeks of intense training at Buckner, with a 12-mile ruck march. More than 1,100 new cadets marched Monday morning (8/13/18). 

Members of West Point’s Class of 2022 will be officially accepted into the corps on Aug. 18.
 
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Cadet Thomas Surdyke Foundation Raffle
The following is from the Father of Thomas Surdyke (2019) who died in 2016, in an accident explained below. He is also the President of the Cadet Thomas Surdyke Foundation. The foundation is concluding a very special raffle on Sept 1, so it is time for a last push, and he asked WP-ORG for some assistance. We're happy to help. 

The Board of Advisors, WP-ORG, Inc.

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Dear esteemed members and friends of the Long Gray Line,

On June 24, 2016, my son, Thomas Surdyke, member of USMA Class of 2019,made a conscious choice which ended in the ultimate sacrifice. Instead of swimming to safety when caught in a rip current on a Southampton beach, he stayed and fought to keep afloat a non-swimmer.

Tom's Soldier's Medal citation, presented posthumously by LTG Robert Caslen states, "Before becoming overcome by exhaustion, Cadet Surdyke managed to push the civilian up, enabling a bystander on a paddle board to pull him out of the water, thereby saving the civilian's life."

Tom, in one year as a plebe, fully internalized the code of "Duty, Honor, and Country". He tried to live by this code not just in his final act, but in every aspect of his life and conduct.

The mission of the Cadet Thomas Surdyke Memorial Foundation is to inspire and support young leaders of character. The Foundation is providing a character and leadership curriculum to local high schools, supporting Boys and Girls State, funding military development, providing scholarships and is gifting a significant percentage of fundraising to the United States Military Academy.

As a fundraising event, the Foundation is raffling off a very special Harley-Davidson donated by my business, Gold Star Harley-Davidson. The motorcycle was customized as a personal patriotic tribute. It became a memorial to Tom, as well as several other cadets and recent grads who died during the summer of 2016. I was honored to bring the Harley to West Point for LTG Caslen to ride onto the football field and kick off the Parents Weekend game. It was an amazing moment. For videos and pictures of this epic event, go to

The Foundation hopes to raise $150,000 and will donate half of the net proceeds back to USMA through various channels. My goal is to see 1000+ members of the Long Gray Line each purchase at least $100 in tickets. If a West Pointer were to win the raffle, I would also encourage him or her to donate the motorcycle back to West Point, as a permanent memorial to Tom and the other cadets.

Raffle donations can be made at http://cadettom.com/Fundraiser.asp . The drawing for this motorcycle is will take place on 1 September at an event called VetFestLive 2019. For more info on this event go to:
We have a long way to reach our fundraising goal by this date, so your help is vital and appreciated.

Also, I invite each of you to visit the website and learn more about Tom. Most importantly, I ask that each West Point Society support our mission by distributing this fundraiser information to each of your members. It is my hope that all 50,000 members of the Long Gray Line are given the opportunity to support the Cadet Thomas Surdyke Foundation in this project.

Respectfully,

Tim Surdyke
President, Cadet Thomas Surdyke Foundation
www.CadetTom.com
314-609-3696

Sam Gladney
President, West Point Society of St. Louis
Class of 2007

Mark Stephenson
President of DELMARVA West Point Society
Class of 1980

Frank Janoski
Former Board Member, WPAOG
Class of 1974
 
Final Heroic Moments of John Chapman - VIDEO

The U.S. Air Force has released video highlights from an overhead intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft taken on March 4, 2002 that shows the final heroic moments of Tech Sgt. John Chapman, who will receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery later this month.

 Chapman charged multiple machine-gun nests and engaged in hand-to-hand combat on the 10,000-foot peak known as Takur Ghar in Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda.

Chapman, an Air Force combat controller, and six members of Navy SEAL Team 6 -- callsign Mako 30 -- were tasked with helicopter-inserting high above the valley so they could direct air strikes and provide intelligence for conventional troops below, who were attempting to flush out an estimated 200 to 300 lightly-armed Al Qaeda fighters, just five months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

READ MORE and VIEW VIDEO...

 
Soldiers Are Deploying To Help Fight Wildfires
About 200 soldiers from the Army’s 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division are being mobilized this week to help fight historical wildfires currently ravaging America’s northwest, officials said Tuesday.

The soldiers hail from across the brigade and will be working with civilian firefighters and the National Interagency Fire Center to prepare for the mission, which could begin within a week, according to an Army release.

As the Mendocino Complex fire continues to ravage northern California with an historic inferno, Army officials said it was not clear whether the soldiers would be sent there or if they were needed to battle fires elsewhere.

Fire center officials did not immediately respond to questions about where the soldiers are headed.
 
Domestic Violence Will Be a Crime Under Military Law
omestic violence will officially become a separate crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice when President Donald Trump signs the annual defense authorization act into law next week.

Military officials have prosecuted such crimes in the past, but under more general justice categories such as assault. They carry severe penalties including jail time and dismissal from the armed forces. But analysts say that doesn’t always convey the seriousness of the offense.

The change was included in the massive military policy measure after outside advocates noted the lack of domestic violence as a specific crime under military law has ramifications for how outside law enforcement can keep track of those troops after they leave the ranks.

Those types of convictions in the civilian world can trigger restrictions on future firearms purchases and ease the path to protection from abuse orders. But since military officials don’t separate domestic abuse crimes separately from other assaults in their record keeping, reporting those crimes to outside agencies is often incomplete.
 
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