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Malfunction has the Army inspecting M4s and M16s
he Army is investigating after an unintentional firing of an M4A1 carbine while its selector switch was moved between “semi” and “auto.”

The problem has affected at least 881 carbines, and it requires adding a function check on all converted M4A1s and modifying shooter immediate action drills.

The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command sent out its first safety message on March 26, noting the selector switch firing.

“The M4A1 was charged and the weapon’s selector was positioned between ‘semi’ and ‘auto.’ When the weapon’s trigger was pulled, the weapon did not fire. When the selector was then moved into either ’semi’ or ’auto,’ the weapon fired without a trigger pull.”

The malfunction was found on three weapons during on-site testing at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
 
Then, a second message, sent out on April 16, noted that the malfunction issue “is now believed to go beyond just the M4A1 PIP [product improvement program] weapons.

The new order expanded weapons testing to M16 series rifles.

The second message also noted that 881 M4A1 carbines exhibited the unintended discharge problem.
 
Why the Pentagon is taking over security clearance checks
he Defense Department is poised to take over background investigations for the federal government, using increased automation and high-tech analysis to tighten controls and tackle an enormous backlog of workers waiting for security clearances, according to U.S. officials.

The change aims to fix a system whose weaknesses were exposed by the case of a Navy contractor who gunned down a dozen people at Washington’s Navy Yard in 2013. He was able to maintain a security clearance despite concerns about his mental health and an arrest that investigators never reviewed.
 
Problems had earlier surfaced with former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who now lives in Russia to avoid charges for disclosing classified material, and Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who went to prison for leaking classified documents, triggering calls to update the antiquated system to include more frequent criminal and financial checks of workers who have security clearances.
 
Militants Killed in Kabul Attack Were Wearing US Army Uniforms
The suspected Taliban fighters who attacked the Afghan interior ministry Wednesday were wearing old U.S. Army Universal Camouflage Pattern Uniforms and driving a captured Humvee, a tactic the enemy has used in the past, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said today.

"Eight terrorists in a captured Humvee attempted to penetrate the Minister of Interior headquarters in downtown Kabul," Army Gen. John Nicholson, Operation Resolute Support mission commander, told reporters at the Pentagon.
 
 The attackers were attempting to drive through a checkpoint into the government complex when they were stopped by Afghan security, he said.

"They were wearing old-style Army uniforms," Nicholson said. "The good news is that the guards at the gate, the Afghan guards, immediately recognized these as old uniforms, called on them to exit the vehicle so they could be checked out and, at that point, the fighting started."
 
STOP SENDING $$! WP-ORG Fund Drive 43 COMPLETE. THANK YOU!
o all members of WP-ORG,

On behalf of WP-ORG's advisors, moderators, and tireless volunteers, I am delighted to announce that FD43 is successfully completed. WP-ORG's operations are fully funded through September. Thank you!

The final Donation Report may be seen at: https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/
 
I'd like to thank everyone who made the effort to contribute. In addition, we are grateful to those who continue to donate countless hours of their valuable time. These long hours are a donation equally as important and valuable as money. Without either, WP-ORG would not exist.

Special kudos go to the Class of 1964 for line honors in both number of donations and total donation amount.

The fund drive is complete, the donation site has been shut down. Any donations that continue to be received by mail will be credited toward jump starting FD44.

In addition to donation reports, we archive for each fund drive daily tallies, charts and tables comparing performance measures of current and past drives, and additional data which you may find of interest: http://www.west-point.org/service/fd43/program/
 
 FD43 has been a great success. Once again, thank you!

Warren Hearnes
USMA 1989, on behalf of WP-ORG Advisors

 
 
Don Peterson '55, First Shuttle Spacewalker, Dies Aged 84

Veteran astronaut Don Peterson, who flew aboard STS-6, the maiden voyage of orbiter Challenger, performed the first-ever spacewalk from the shuttle airlock and might—had the hands of fate turned differently—have launched to the Air Force’s classified Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), died Sunday (27 May). He was 84. Coming only days after the passing of Apollo Moonwalker and Skylab veteran Alan Bean, Peterson’s death deprives the world of yet another member of the “old guard” of pioneering U.S. astronauts. “So sad to report that we have lost another member of the astronaut family,” the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) noted Monday on its Facebook page. “Fair skies and tailwinds, Don.”

Donald Herod Peterson was born in Winona, Miss., on 22 October 1933, and grew up loving adventure stories and science fiction. His next-door neighbor, Joe Glenn, a Second World War II fighter ace and veteran pilot of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, offered Peterson his first glimpse of the aviation world. “He was kind of a town hero,” Peterson later recalled in his NASA oral history. “Since he lived next door, I could go visit with him and he used to talk about flying.” At high school, the young boy gravitated towards mathematics and physics and entered the Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., to study science. He earned his degree in 1955 and spent the next four years as an instructor pilot in the Air Training Command, performing formation and instrument flying and aerobatics. Years later, Peterson credited those years as pivotal in enabling him to enter test-pilot school.

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 COL Donald H. Peterson USAF Eulogy Page

 

 
FD43 down to the wire, closing this week
Thanks to the generosity of 1,370 WP-ORG members, we've received almost 94% of the $96,226 needed to fund WP-ORG operations for the next six months. Thank you to all who have contributed!

Now we're just $6,100 short of FD43 goal. This chart shows progress of FD43 through Sunday, compared to FD39-FD42: http://www.west-point.org/service/fd43/program/43-49.gif

If you value WP-ORG services, but haven't yet donated, we need your help to close out FD43. If you intend to make a donation, please make it now.

You can donate to FD43 by credit card, check, or PayPal: http://www.west-point.org/donate/

Your donations make WP-ORG services possible.

Thank you,

Bill MacLean
WP-ORG Advisor
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Information about FD8-FD43: http://www.west-point.org/service/fd43/program/

FD43 Donation Report, sorted by WP-ORG member group:
https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

WP-ORG Budget April 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018:
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What is WP-ORG & Why Donate?:
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Dunford Speaks Urges West Point Graduates to Embrace Change
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff urged graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday to "embrace the constant changes" facing the military as the best route to success.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the nation's highest-ranking military officer, said armies that are slow to adapt to changes often find themselves on the wrong side of history.

"There's no substitute for taking a clear-eyed look at the threats we'll face and asking how our force will adapt to meet those threats," said Dunford, who became chairman in October 2015. "To be successful, you have to anticipate and embrace the constant changes."

He urged the almost 950 West Point cadets who were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during the ceremony at the academy's football stadium to challenge themselves to be the kind of leaders who continually thinks about change, especially in a world where "the pace of change and the speed of war has greatly accelerated."
 
Memorial Day

Families of Fallen Carry On Tradition of Resilience 

 Each Memorial Day, Americans honor those whom we cannot personally thank: the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

History suggests that Memorial Day had its beginnings in Mississippi, where women decorated the graves of Confederate and Union soldiers killed during the Civil War.
 
 Ever since, Memorial Day commemorations across the United States have honored men and women lost in battle -- and those who are still missing -- while wearing the uniforms of the United States military. While the deceased cannot hear our thanks, their living legacies are here among us to accept that gratitude, and it is appropriate that we honor them as well.

Imagine a Memorial Day ceremony at which many of these families sit in reflection. They are poignant connections to the pages of American history.

As you acknowledge them, take a close look at who they are and the stories they tell about becoming the families of America's fallen heroes.

 
Grad Week Photographs from Record Online
Cadets line the path for the oldest living graduate, retired Col. Kermit Dyke during laying of the wreath at the statue of Sylvanus Thayer at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Sylvanus Thayer was the fifth superintendent of West Point and known as “The Father of the Military Academy.”
 
WPAOG presented the 2018 Distinguished Graduate Awards during the Alumni Review. The recipients were: COL(R) Dana G. Mead ’57, Mr. Thomas C. Barron ’65, LTG(R) Larry R. Jordan ’68, GEN(R) William C. Wallace ’69, HON Sloan D. Gibson ’75, and HON Douglas E. Lute ’75. 
 
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