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Cav Trooper remembers fallen Soldier

After 25 years, one soldier was afforded the opportunity of a lifetime as he flew among clouds above a vast desert in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, looking out the window for something near to his heart at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., March 2. During his unit’s rotation to NTC, 1st Lt. Robert Wilson III searched an area known as Refrigerator Gap for the site of a 25 year-old helicopter crash. The goal of the search wasn’t simply to locate the site of a training accident involving the same type of helicopter carrying him over the windy desert that day, but to find the memorial to someone the Austin, Texas, native barely knew – his father.

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The Meaning of True Grit

Can running a marathon be considered predictor of success in other areas of that person’s life? Are there unique characteristics that a marathon runner exhibits that can be definitively correlated as to whether they will be successful in other pursuits? Angela Duckworth who started her career as a public school math teacher and just won a 2013 MacArthur "genius grant". In recent years, she has studied spelling bee champs, Ivy League undergrads and cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.—all together, over 2,800 subjects, all with the simple goal of understanding and predicting who will be successful and why. In the case of West Point, she looked to understand the factors that would likely lead to someone dropping out of the school's notoriously brutal summer boot camp known as "Beast Barracks." What she found was that West Point’s own measure—an index that includes SAT scores, class rank, leadership and physical aptitude—wasn't able to predict retention or success.

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“Four-star” hotel planned near West Point

HIGHLAND FALLS – A group of local West Point graduates is proposing a high quality 120-room hotel on Route 9W near the US Military Academy. On Thursday the Orange County Industrial Development Agency approved a package of financial incentives for it. The IDA will grant it a 10 year payment in lieu of taxes, sales tax exemption and other financial benefits. The $20 million project by Churchill Properties will be geared toward the tourist trade, said IDA Associate Executive Director Laurie Villasuso.

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NCWPS celebrates Founder's Day

On March 14, the Northern Chesapeake West Point Society (NCWPS) held its Annual Founders Day Celebration at the Maryland Golf and Country Club in Bel Air. The society fosters comradeship among graduates and friends of the United States Military Academy at West Point, who live in northern Maryland and nearby states. The society also promotes a better understanding of West Point and its traditions, fosters the academy’s wellbeing and undertakes activities that serve the community, the country and the cadets and graduates of West Point. Nearly 100 people representing graduates, parents of cadets, former professors and friends of the academy were in attendance for this celebration of the 212th anniversary of the founding of West Point. Congress approved legislation establishing the academy on March 16, 1802. West Point is one of the oldest military academies in the world and is the oldest continuously run military post in America. West Point Societies around the globe gather annually in March to celebrate this anniversary.

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Life at West Point

The eighth-graders at Schlarman Academy peppered John Rogers Jr. with questions about his life at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. “Do you have to jump out of a plane?” one asked. “I’m trying to avoid it,” Rogers said with a smile. “Do you fly jets?” No, that’s the Air Force Academy. “Have you been in a submarine?” No, that’s the Navy. “Do you get to fire weapons?” Yes, Rogers said he gets a lot of training in weapons and marksmanship. Standing ram-rod straight and wearing his dress gray uniform, Rogers spent a morning recently talking to different classes about his life as a freshman at the Army academy. Rogers was salutatorian when he graduated from Schlarman in 2012.

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The truth about Spring Break

Each year, around this time, US students descend in hordes on chosen sunspots, seeking good times and self-discovery. This year, David Usborne went along, too, to see what Spring Break actually entails. For Michael Gee, 21, staying at the Krystal, one of eight Cancun hotels that cater specifically to Spring Breakers, it meant taking a formal vow of good behaviour. In his third year at the Army’s West Point, he and roughly 40 other cadets here had to sign an overseas travel clearance form promising not to dishonour their country while away. Among its requirements: keep alcohol consumption to a minimum and never be alone. “We have to make sure we have a buddy with us wherever we go and if we are separated, we have a pre-agreed place where we are going to meet,” he explains, perched at one of the Krystal’s pool-side bars. (Some drinking is allowed.) Mostly that has meant staying close to Buddy Wendel, 20, in training to become an under-water diving combat specialist. It can be tricky. If one of the pair meets a girl and needs privacy, the other will take care of the other girl who may be with her. “He’s my wingman,” Mr Wendel says. “Actually, he’s a good wingman!”

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The Cudia Affair

The Cudia case continues to fascinate the public. This is perhaps because the people sees what happened to him as a complete waste of talent of a cadet who would have graduated as a class salutatorian had he not violated the Honor Code of the Philippine Military Academy. What could have been a bright future, suddenly turned into dust. It may also be because the offense appears to be so trivial that it is unconscionable for him to get the equivalent of a death sentence. But Cudia knew and understood the system very well. He lived by its rules for four years and knew the consequences of any violation of the Honor Code. It is unfortunate that this thing happened to a young man with a bright future but this actually happened before to a top graduating cadet. Like many things in our Military Academy, the Honor Code was copied from United States Military Academy at West Point. Until 1922, there was no formal Cadet Honor Committe. There were regulations about cheating and other forms of behavior but cases were investigated in accordance to Army Regulations.

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WP rugby spends spring break touring Ft Hood

When the U.S. Military Academy rugby team planned its spring break, First Army Division West reached out to arrange a tour at Fort Hood, including some exhibition games at local universities. The team also soaked up valuable leadership experience from Fort Hood officers and noncommissioned officers, who provided insight on leadership as it relates to both rugby and real-life situations. While visiting the motor pool at 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, the rugby team was shown Abrams main battle tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles. “We have some armor guys and infantry guys who split off to their respective vehicles,” said Cadet Jeff Ferebee, the rugby team captain. “We have been around these vehicles before, but they took us through the maintenance and the nitty-gritty.”

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Spring Football Practice Begins Tuesday

New Army football coach Jeff Monken will lead the Black Knights onto the field when spring practice gets underway Tuesday at Michie Stadium. Monken was hired on Dec. 24, 2014 and immediately went to work recruiting and building a coach staff. With conditioning complete, Monken and the Black Knights take to the field. The NCAA allows teams 15 practices during the spring and Army will utilize Michie Stadium, Howze Field, Foley Center and the United States Military Academy Preparatory School for its workouts.

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Rapp to take over as U.S. AWC commandant

Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp will become the 50th commandant of the U.S. Army War College in June, the U.S. Army War College announced Monday on its Facebook page. Rapp is the legislative liaison of the Office of the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon. He is also a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West point and a 2004 graduate of the U.S. Army War College. Rapp has served in command of the 555th Combat Engineer Group at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington and in combat in Iraq, command of the Northwest Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, Ore., and deputy commanding general-support for U.S. Forces Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo will pass responsibility for the U.S. Army War College to Rapp in June.

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