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Soldier's death among top stories in Schuylkill

Capt. Jason B. Jones, who previously lived in Orwigsburg, died June 2 in a small-arms fight near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. He was 29. A 2003 graduate of Blue Mountain High School, Jones earned a degree in nuclear engineering from the United States Military Academy in 2007 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his deployment in Iraq from 2008 to 2009 and received various other military degrees and honors. He joined the Green Berets in May 2013 and was deployed to Afghanistan in April 2014. He was the commander of a 12-man Special Forces A-Team with the Army Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets.

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West Point grad’s brewery named Savannah’s best new business

First came a successful summer tasting. Then came the cans. Now, the former soldiers behind a Savannah, Georgia-based craft brewery have another reason to raise their glasses. Service Brewing Co., owned by West Point graduate and former Army Capt. Kevin Ryan, was named 2014’s business “Newcomer of the Year” by Business in Savannah, which profiled the brewery’s four-person team: Ryan, former captain and master brewer Dan Sartin, retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 and assistant brewer Jeff Hyatt, and Meredith Sutton, the creative marketing director and the only staffer without a military background.

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West Point cadet hikes to raise playground funds

As a West Point cadet, Andrew Wolgemuth is required to maintain peak physical fitness. But even a six-days-per-week workout schedule didn't quite prepare him for the challenge he embarked on last week: trekking 50 miles on the Appalachian Trail in 24 hours. "I was working different muscles than I'm used to. ... I left the trail feeling that I had done all that my body would physically allow," he said. Starting at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 26, and fighting through many cold and dark hours, the 2012 Manheim Central graduate surpassed his goal by seven miles. Wolgemuth, 22, wasn't testing his limits for the bravado, though. He took on the challenge as a way to raise money for Kids Joy Land, a playground in Mount Joy Borough Park that was destroyed by arson in 2012.

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West Point Literary Club Continues 120-Year Legacy

Few literary clubs in the U.S. can boast of a 120-year history as rich and diverse as the one at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The West Point Ladies’ Reading Club (LRC) was founded by Mrs. Lusk in 1894, a time when women were only referred to by their husbands’ titles and typically didn’t have access to a formal education like most men did. Despite the confines society placed on them, 16 women from West Point came together to form one of the oldest continuous literary clubs in America. With a strong desire to educate themselves on everything from Greek mythology to world politics, these women came together to empower and teach one another in the comforts of their own homes. Like much of West Point, the LRC is steeped in tradition and still functions in many ways as it did over a century ago. A new theme is still agreed upon every year, and members select a book of their choosing and take turns presenting their selection to the group.

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Army veteran celebrates 103rd birthday

LTG William Ely graduated from West Point, joined the Army Corps of Engineers and helped pave the way for strategic American advances in World War II. Delray resident Lt. General William J. Ely will celebrate his 103 birthday on Dec. 29. He is the oldest living veteran in Palm Beach County and the oldest living West Point graduate. It will be his first birthday in 74 years without her. The big day is on Monday, but the Delray resident and three-star general said he doesn't have much planned other than receiving a phone call from his three sons and six grandchildren. He said he may indulge in some Angel food cake if the cafeteria at his complex, Abbey Delray South, is serving it. Ely credits his long life to two things. He suspects there are some good genes in his family: He said his mother lived until 87 and his father until 89. And, he said, most of his life he owes to luck. One of those lucky instances he said happened while he was assigned to dredge the harbor of the Midway Islands from 1938 until 1940. He said he was on a boat and it was a picture-perfect day. Then all of a sudden a wave came out of nowhere and capsized the boat. He said he was a poor swimmer, but he managed to climb up on the hull of a boat and help his colleagues while a rescue boat came to their aid. Within three minutes, their boat sank, he said. While on a 12-day Army-ordered rest and recuperation in 1940, he met his soon-to-be wife, he said. They met on the second day of his break and by the end of it they were engaged, he said. In Ely's proclamation from the city, officials recognize him as the oldest living graduate of West Point.

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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
 
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:
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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

 
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