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FD 36: WP-ORG: Communication
To all members and friends of WP-ORG,

On behalf of all WP-ORG volunteers and the Board of Advisors I am happy to report that FD36 has been successfully completed and WP-ORG's operations are now funded for the next six months.

Thank you, and as is said at West Point, "cease work!"

The on-line donation gate has been closed and any donations that continue to be received by mail will be credited toward FD37. The final Donation Report may be viewed at:


WP-ORG could not exist without your donations and the tireless efforts of those who continue to contribute their valuable time.

We acknowledge that FD36 took longer than usual to raise funds.  We understand that this was due largely to our outage in April. Please stay tuned to changes forthcoming which will be announced on the CEO blog and the WP-ORG home page regarding our path ahead.

Again, thank you!

Paul Werner
USMA 1983 'Proud To Be!'
WP-ORG, Inc. CEO
 
150th anniversary of the death of Gen Ramseur

Descendants, historians and war re-enactors gathered together in Middletown, Virginia on Oct. 20 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death near there of Lincoln County native and Confederate Major General Stephen Dodson Ramseur. Erected in 1920, the monument to Ramseur was placed by the North Carolina United Daughters of the Confederacy, the North Carolina Historical Commission and the United Confederate Veterans. The National Park Service recently preserved the monument and its re-dedication was attended by 120 people, 45 who were Ramseur descendants and several from the general’s hometown of Lincolnton. Ramseur was born in Lincoln County in 1837 and was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Ramseur ordered the 100-gun salute when North Carolina seceded from the Union. Ramseur sustained life-threatening wounds during the hard-fought Battle of Cedar Creek, a Union victory. He was taken to the nearby Belle Grove Plantation where he died on Oct. 20, 1864.

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Fund Drive 35: Roses are Red. Violets are Blue.
Sincere thanks to all who have contributed to Fund Drive 35.
Donations now exceed 90% of FD35 goal, $99,462.  You may donate to
FD35 by credit card, PayPal, or check:
_________________________________________________

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
All weekend long...
We didn't think of you.

When I was about 16 years old we lived in California and my parents took off for a weekend without kids in Palm Springs.  My dad, Jack Price '64, sent a postcard home to me.  All that was written on it was the poetry above.

He's up at West Point right now celebrating his 50th reunion.  And the poem is once again appropriate because he is supposed to be writing to you this week but...  he is not thinking about WP-ORG at all.  It's all "Stars in Store for '64!"

So I've been asked to step in.

You may be aware that WP-ORG recently endured an extended service outage caused by a hardware failure which resulted in widespread data corruption.  Untangling the problem required that we restore just about everything from backup.

When I was a kid my parents owned a jewelry store and one weekend my dad brought home a "project" in the form of a huge tangled mess of gold chain.  In many ways our recovery was that tangled ball of chain. It seemed that every time we identified the next string that had to be pulled, we encountered another knot.  Each knot had to be painstakingly unraveled and gently tugged loose.  Unraveling those shiny golden strands 35 years ago took about as long as untangling our bits and bytes did just two weeks ago.

But we did untangle them!  GO ARMY!!  And along the way we learned a few things.  And we're stronger now.  And we're also more aware of our shortcomings, things we could have done better and will do differently in the future.

We received notes of encouragement throughout the week and they were very much appreciated.  Thanks for all the positive thoughts.  It was an exhausting recovery.

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
All week long...
We thought only of you.

Please help us finish off this fund drive.  You may donate to FD35 by credit card, check, or PayPal:



- by check made payable to WP-ORG and sent to:

WP-ORG
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, Virginia 24380-5082

Please be sure to indicate your affiliation and/or year group on your check or PayPal donation.

Thank you,

Megan Klein
'64 Daughter
'96 Sister
WP-ORG, Inc.

 
WP-ORG System Status

Members of WP-ORG,

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that we have finally restored our services.

Static web pages and individual e-mail capability have been operational since the outage occurred.

Initially our systems went down on the morning of 3 May and then came back up partially for approximately four hours.  The systems then went offline and stayed offline until today.

Our initial indications are that a massive failure occurred with our principal network devices.  We will work in the days ahead to determine the exact cause of the fault.  Additionally, I have drawn up a series of steps for an after action review (AAR)  that I will present to the board of advisors for preventing such an occurrence in the future.  This will likely entail changing how we operate, the equipment that we use and most importantly, how we communicate with all of you when an outage occurs.

It was regrettable that this failure occurred right in the middle of a fund drive.  To say that we let you down does not begin to describe what has happened.  All we can do is ask for your forgiveness and patience as we forge a path ahead that will ideally make WP-ORG better, stronger, and more reliable than it has been.

We will resume our fund drive activities next week.  We have placed our donation links on the home page so that everyone can see where we are at and what we will need to conclude this fund drive. Our home page is found here:

http://www.west-point.org/

Based upon our AAR and equipment needs identified, we may ask for your continued support in the future for capital investments that will likely be required to give you the level of support you deserve.  These capital investments will be over and above what we normally need every six months and we will clearly show exactly what these expenses entail.

Again, please accept my apology on behalf of WP-ORG.

 

Paul Werner

USMA 1983 'Proud To Be!'

WP-ORG, Inc. CEO

 
Loomis earns varsity letter in first year at WP

Michaela Loomis, Kimball High Class of 2013, was presented with her varsity letter for swimming at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., on March 14. Loomis, a first-year cadet at West Point, swims the breaststroke for the Army Black Knights women’s team, which went 6-6 in the NCAA Patriot League during the 2013-14 season. Her best times, set Dec. 12 in the Army’s meet against the U.S. Naval Academy, include a mark of 1 minute, 5.60 seconds in the 100 breaststroke.

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Fund Drive 35 Begins Today

Members of WP-ORG,

It's time again that we ask you to validate our services by contributing to Fund Drive 35.  Our goal is $99,462.  You may donate to FD35 by credit card, PayPal, or check:

http://www.west-point.org/donate/

Welcome all WP-ORG subscribers who have joined since our last fund drive!  If you've not already done so, go to our home page, click on the links to familiarize yourself with the site; this is who we are and what we do.

http://www.west-point.org 

I want to break away from my traditional opening message and pass on to you what impact WP-ORG has had on me.

My voluntary duties include preparing articles for our home page.  I receive a news feed from various sources and it "pushes" web articles to my inbox.  Once or twice a week I post the articles to the home page for articles of interest to the extended West Point community. 

This past week I saw one web article and it caught my interest. There was something about the picture that caught my eye.  I generally just scan the articles to make sure there was a West Point nexus.  In this case, I read on.  I did a quick search in the Register of Graduates and sure enough, both of these graduates went to West Point during the time I was there.  They were from two classes junior to me and I did not know them personally but I had seen both on multiple occasions while I was there.  Still something was nagging at me.

I noted in the article that both were branched into the Aviation branch. Aviation was also my branch when I graduated.  Still there was more. The article described how Robert Wilson III flew a mission at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California to find the crash site of his father, Robert Wilson II. As you might expect, Darlene Wilson (Robert Wilson III's mother) had a few reservations about her son going to his father's crash site, but she trusted her son and his flight abilities.  I had flown at the NTC during that time and I knew how treacherous night flying could be in the high desert and I wondered whether that was how the mishap happened?  I kept checking.

I then went to the website that nearly every Army Aviator knows to check as the definitive source for all flight mishaps.  Army aircraft mishaps get reported there before all other sources and it is updated frequently.  It is ArmyAircrews.com.  On an odd hunch I opted to search directly in the UH-60 web page:

http://www.armyaircrews.com/blackhawk.html

Sure enough, Robert Wilson was there and as I suspected, it was a night vision goggle flight.  Then it hit me like a blast.  The entry read, "Crash was due to a stabilator failure causing it to lock in the down position." For those who are unfamiliar with the Army UH-60 Blackhawk, that helicopter had a major problem in its early days with an un-commanded nose dive due to problems with the stabilator locking full down.  Nearly all of these mishaps ended badly.

Back in 1984 when I graduated from flight school I was assigned to the 590th Transportation Aircraft Maintenance Company as the Allied Shops Platoon Leader. It was during that time in the Army that we had several significant crashes due to stabilator failures. Using my engineering skills acquired at West Point, I submitted an Army Suggestion Program suggestion (which I still have) that designed a stabilator lock out switch on the pilot and copilot cyclic sticks that are used to control the aircraft.  As it turned out, the Army ultimately modified my design and relocated the switch to the aircraft dash.  It did not fix the underlying problem but it did give the crew a chance at survival. The switch was not installed fleet wide until after Robert Wilson's mishap in 1989.

Fast forward to 2006 - I was then assigned to the Army G-4 (Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics). Part of my duties dealt with tracking aircraft modifications and it was at that time that I discovered the Army had finally fixed all UH-60 stabilators in the fleet and had discovered the source of the stabilator problems. The stabilator was controlled by a black box. Radio magnetic interference from a variety of sources could cause an errant signal to be introduced into the black box and force the stabilator full down and crash the aircraft.

It was then that it dawned on me.  Although I never knew Robert Wilson or his son, we had a connection.  We were brothers in Arms and fellow aviators. I had worked diligently during my Army Career, along with many of my fellow aviators, logisticians and engineers to ensure that the Army never lost another Robert Wilson II.  These are the ties that bind us together. My sincerest hope is that other articles that are posted will evoke a similar response for our WP-ORG members who visit the home page.

Please send us a note to let us know how we are doing as an organization, particularly on the home page articles. We also ask for your continued support to keep WP-ORG funded again.

You may make a secure donation to FD35 by

-credit card: https://secure.west-point.org/donate

-PayPal:      http://www.west-point.org/donate/

Or you may donate by check made payable to WP-ORG and sent to:

WP-ORG

3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW

Willis, Virginia 24380-5082

Please be sure to indicate your affiliation and/or year group on your check or PayPal donation.

WP-ORG currently serves and supports members from West Point class yeargroups, parents of current cadets and midshipmen, West Point societies and parents clubs and the extended West Point community. Our past fund drive requirements may be viewed here:

http://www.west-point.org/service/fd35/program/BudgetPlot-FD8-FD35.gif

If you wonder why you should donate, an explanation may be found here:

http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=66&Itemid=73

Our budget for FD35 is found here: http://www.west-point.org/budget/

Brief biographical sketches of the current members of the WP-ORG governing

Board of Advisors may be seen here:

http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=28

WP-ORG is recognized by the IRS as a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Organization. 100% of your donation is tax deductible. For those who may need it, our EIN is: 51-03877132.

All or part of your United Way donations may be earmarked for WP-ORG.

Our 501(c)(3) authorization may be found here:

http://www.west-point.org/publications/501SUMMARY.PDF

WP-ORG's privacy policy:

http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=32

Finally, WP-ORG is an independent volunteer organization not officially affiliated with West Point or the West Point Association of Graduates, although at times we work very closely with both institutions.

Thanks very much for your time, interest, and support.

Very respectfully,

Paul Werner

USMA 1983 'Proud To Be!'

WP-ORG, Inc. CEO

 
WP-ORG Fund Drive 34
To all members and friends of WP-ORG,

On behalf of all WP-ORG volunteers and the Board of Advisors I am happy to report that FD34 has been successfully completed and WP-ORG's operations are now funded for the next six months.

Thank you, and, as is said at West Point, "cease work!"

The on-line donation gate has been closed and any donations that continue to be received by mail will be credited toward FD35. The final Donation Report may be viewed at:

https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

WP-ORG could not exist without your donations and the tireless efforts of those who continue to contribute their valuable time.

Please stay tuned to changes forthcoming which will be announced on the CEO blog and the WP-ORG home page.

Again, thank you!

Paul Werner
USMA 1983 'Proud To Be!'
WP-ORG, Inc. CEO



 
Head of USO tapped for No. 2 VA position

The White House on Tuesday nominated the head of the USO to take over the No. 2 spot in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sloan Gibson, who has served as president of the charity since 2008, replaces departed VA Deputy Secretary Scott Gould, who retired from the post in May. Gibson is a 1975 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who later served as an infantry officer. Following his military career, he spent 20 years in the banking sector, before joining the USO.

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‘Beast Barracks’ nears completion for new cadets

New cadets from the Class of 2017 will conclude their cadet basic training with a 12-mile road march from Camp Buckner to West Point next Monday, August 12. The March Back begins before sunrise when the new cadets leave Camp Buckner in tactical formation and travel along Routes 293 and 9W on their way to the academy where they will march in review in front of the superintendent’s residence at around 11:30 a.m.

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History Comes Alive - The Civil War Remembered

It's a class reunion at West Point and there's an excitement in the air. It's been 40 years since the class of 1843 graduated and former West Point grad and President Ulysses S. Grant is getting ready to speak. Patriotic music plays. He walks in confidently, but with no airs and welcomes those he sees along the way. What we're about to witness is not a schmaltzy eye roll-inducing motivational speech, but a great man reflecting on where he's been in life and what an honor it has been to serve his country. In the stories alone - from growing up with a father insisting he go to West Point, struggling to provide for his family, and fighting in the Civil War, to going head to head with some of the most powerful men in the country at the time (the formidable General Robert E. Lee among them) - there are lessons to be found if you just listen for them.

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