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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.
 
Gen. Darryl Williams Nominated as Superintendent

PUBLIC AFFAIRS NEWS RELEASE RELEASE NO. 17-18

 WEST POINT WELCOMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT – June 29, 2018 WEST POINT, N.Y. – Lieutenant Gen. Darryl A. Williams will officially take charge of the U.S. Military Academy as the 60th Superintendent during an assumption of command ceremony at 9 a.m. on Monday July 2, in the Haig Room, Jefferson Hall.

Williams graduated from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 1983. He holds masters’ degrees in Leadership Development, Military Art and Science, and National Security and Strategic Studies.

He has served as the Deputy Chief of Staff G3/5/7 of United States Army in Europe, located in Wiesbaden, Germany; the Deputy Commanding General for Support for the 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; and Commanding General for the United States Army Warrior Transition Command and Assistant Surgeon General for Warrior Care and Transition and most recently served as the Commander, Allied Land Command, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Turkey.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Parachutist Badge, Presidential Service Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and continues today as the world’s premier leader-development institution, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country. Its mission remains constant—to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu. 

 

 
LT GEN Caslen Jr. retiring after 43-year Army career
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy is retiring after more than 40 years in the Army.

West Point officials say Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. will relinquish command of the academy during a Friday morning ceremony being held in the Eisenhower Hall Ballroom.

Caslen has spent the past five years as West Point's commanding officer. He previously held the position of commandant of cadets from 2006 to 2008.

Caslen, a 1975 West Point graduate, is retiring after a 43-year military career that included numerous command assignments, including in Iraq. He earned masters' degrees from Long Island University and Kansas State University.

A successor as West Point superintendent hasn't been officially announced yet.
 
June Is PTSD Awareness Month
June is PTSD awareness month, and we thought we'd share a quick PTSD self-screen from the VA to help you if you think you may have some PTSD symptoms.

Remember, the only way to know for sure if you have PTSD is to talk to a mental health care provider, a simple internet test isn't the same thing as talking to somebody who knows what they are doing.
 
This is only one of many tools designed to increase awareness of PTSD and let people find the assistance they may need.

TAKE A SELF-SCREEN FOR PTSD
A screen is a brief set of questions to tell you if it is likely you might have PTSD. Below is the Primary Care PTSD Checklist for DSM-5, or the PC-PTSD-5 screen.
 
Military Will House Immigrant Children If Asked
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis weighed in on the controversial decision to separate immigrant children from their parents, saying the military would provide housing at bases if asked.

In recent weeks, Congress and President Donald Trump have faced a groundswell of criticism for the administration’s decision to separate immigrant children from parents along the southern U.S. border with Mexico who have crossed into the country illegally. Images and sound recordings of traumatized children, some as young as 2 years old, have become a lightning rod for the divisive issue. Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end the practice. 

The order, according to a White House email sent to reporters Wednesday, calls for Mattis to “take all legally available measures to provide to the [DHS Secretary,] upon request, any existing facilities available for the housing and care of alien families, and shall construct such facilities if necessary and consistent with law. The Secretary, to the extent permitted by law, shall be responsible for reimbursement for the use of these facilities.”
 
Be a Cadet for a Day

The U.S. Military Academy will conduct a rehearsal for Reception Day from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 29 on the academy grounds. If you are interested, sign up to​ Be a Cadet for a Day.

 VOLUNTEER HERE

 
President Announces Space Force as 6th Military Branch
President Donald Trump has directed the Pentagon to create a "space force" as a new, sixth military branch to oversee missions and operations in the space domain.

"We must have American dominance in space," Trump said during a speech at the National Space Council meeting, held at the White House on Monday. "I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense to immediately begin the process to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces."
 
"We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the space force," Trump said. "Separate, but equal. It is going to be something so important."

Trump then directed Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, to "carry that assignment out."
 
South Korea and U.S. Military Exercises Cancelled

South Korea, US cancel Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise for 2018:

South Korea and the U.S. have canceled a major military exercise planned for August to fulfill one of President Donald Trump’s promises to North Korea from last week’s summit.

“Following close cooperation, South Korea and the U.S. decided to suspend all planning activities for the [Ulchi Freedom Guardian] defensive exercise slated for August,” Yonhap News Agency reported, citing a text sent to South Korean news services.

“The South and the U.S. plan to continue consultations over additional measures,” Yonhap reported, citing the text.

Last week in Singapore, Trump announced he was canceling the exercises, which he said were provocative, as one of the exchanges in order to have North Korea denuclearize.

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Calling all retirees:

The Army is looking for recruiters and instructors to go back on active duty.


The Army is short on recruiters, and as hundreds of thousands of American teenagers graduate high school in June and ― perhaps ― turn their attention to enlisting, the service is pulling out all the stops to man those recruiting stations.

Specifically, the service is looking for 150 retired staff sergeants and sergeants first class, who have either been recruiters or instructors, to come back on active duty.

The Army also is looking for a handful of officers and warrants.

“This opportunity is a normal strength management tool used by the Army to meet critical skill requirements, while preserving unit readiness in the operational Army,” according to a Thursday release from Training and Doctrine Command.

This kind of measure has been used before in the Army, according to a spokeswoman, though she did not elaborate on how often or when it was last used.
 
“The policy of retired soldiers returning to active duty on a voluntary basis is used frequently to assist Army commands across the force and is used by commanders at their discretion,” Megan Reed told Army Times.
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No. Korea returning remains of missing US troops from Korean War
In a statement signed by both Trump and Kim during the historic summit in Singapore, the two countries agreed to the “immediate repatriation” of those fallen service members who are already identified, the Associated Press reported.

Roughly 7,800 Americans remain unaccounted for from the 1950-1953 war. The Korean military conflict technically lasted from 1950 to 1953 but was ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

Of those 7,800 Americans, 5,300 are believed to have been lost in battles in North Korea or prisoner-of-war camps.

 
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