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WPS of Tallahassee Welcomes Local Students

The West Point Society of Tallahassee held it's annual Founder's Day at the FSU University Club this evening. It's an event they hold each year to celebration the founding of West Point in 1802. Among the guest invited were Congressman Steve Southerland and West Point Chief of Staff Colonel Wayne Green. Many graduates of West Point were able to meet the cadets currently enrolled as well as two local students who will be attending in the fall. "I'm very excited and I feel very blessed to be able to be offered this opportunity to serve our country and by being a commissioned officer United States Army after west point," said Zach Yopp.

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Back in the ring with Ring Weekend

When Wall Street executive Vincent Viola and his wife, Teresa, decided to get back into Thoroughbred racing in 2011, they turned to Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds, for help. Both Finley and Vinny Viola are graduates of the United States Military Academy, and, during a 10-year hiatus from horse racing after dabbling in the game in the late 1990s, Viola had observed Finley’s series of Grade 1 winners that raced in the West Point Thoroughbreds silks. The Violas’ ultimate goal was to build a small, high-quality broodmare band, so Finley asked the author to consult with the Violas on pedigrees, since I had done some past pedigree work for West Point.

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WP grad finds passion in craft beer

Little did Brian Chapin know in 1998 when he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he studied engineering, that his job 16 years later would be staging a monster beer festival in downtown Las Vegas. But as founder and owner of Las Vegas-based Motley Brews, Chapin has retired his West Point grays and is focusing on assembling more than 80 craft beer companies, lining up sponsors and forging business alliances to put on the Great Vegas Festival of Beer on East Fremont, Sixth and Seventh streets. Throwing a downtown Las Vegas beer bash on April 26 is a long way from his five-year Army hitch that took him from West Point on the Hudson River 50 miles north of New York City to military bases in South Korea, central Missouri and Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Military Author Speaks on School Violence

Former West Point psychology teacher and noted author Lt. Col. Dave Grossman spoke to a crowd at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Thursday. From a tipline for students to armed cops at school, Grossman told a Reno audience about some measures he feels could curb school shootings. "There should be two layers of locked doors between your kid and the bad guy and the bad guy should not be able to shoot out the glass, reach in and open the door," he said. He also said he supports armed officers at schools. Grossman travels throughout the country talking about the psychology of killing. He was brought here by the Nevada Military Support Alliance.

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Veterans' Disability Programs Need Reform

Daniel Gade lost his right leg in Iraq. But Gade, an assistant professor of political science at the U.S. Military Academy, does not consider himself disabled. Instead, he uses himself as an example of how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs often inaccurately assesses disability. “I have a Ph.D. in public policy, I do Ironman triathlons, I rode my bike across the country in 2012. But according to the VA, when I leave the army, I will be 100 percent disabled, unable to work, completely disabled. That’s an illustration of the fact that this is a really broken system.” According to Gade, the VA currently uses a “medical model” to determine disability, rather than a “social model.”

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42nd Fires Brigade challenges its leaders

Soldiers and leaders of the 42nd Fires Brigade “Wheel Horses,” 3rd Infantry Division, participated in a day of Leadership Challenge exercises and learned how to better share lessons learned at Club Stewart, March 6. Lt. Col. Pete Kilner and Maj. Jon Silk, instructors from the Center for the Development of Leader and Organizational Learning at West Point, were personally invited to Fort Stewart by Col. John O’Grady, commander of the 42nd Fires Brigade, 3rd ID, to teach the Wheel Horse soldiers how to approach leader challenges with new perspectives. O’Grady’s intent was adding what CALDOL had to offer to the Leadership Development program of the Wheel Horse Brigade.

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Two ideas of Israeli policy, kept simple

JERUSALEM–On a visit to lecture at the US Military Academy at West Point, I heard from the Professor and Colonel who was my host that one of the important lessons being taught was given the acronym of KISS. Keep it simple, stupid. As I’ve reflect on that since then, it tells me that the US military viewed the officers being trained at the Military Academy as a cut above the men they were destined to command. From all that I know about the US military, it’s a fair assessment. The raw material recruited to West Point differs from that which walks into the local recruiting office, especially during an era when military service is far from universal.

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WP cadets visit post as part of project

Two U.S. Military Academy senior cadets visited Fort Benning last week as part of a capstone project in which they are developing alternative controllers for unmanned aerial systems. Cadets Matthew Strack and John Delano are two members of a four-cadet team that also includes Cadets Jasmine Morgan and Asika Isoh. Strack and Delano were here to view a weapons demonstration and brief Lt. Col. Nick Kioutas, the product manager for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Program Executive Office Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., on the progress of their project. The team is working on a project to reduce the cognitive load on UAS operators. Current UAS controllers require operators to divert their attention to handheld or laptop computer screens.

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Wolf Pack sends five into regionals today

Nevada will have five boxers vying for the opportunity to box at nationals on April 3-5. This year, nationals are being held at West Point Military Academy in New York.  Reno was going to bid to host nationals this year, but a benefactor stepped in. Vincent Viola, owner of the Florida Panthers and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (1977), is paying all costs — travel, lodging, food and expenses — for all Western boxers and coaches who qualify for nationals. Next year, the nationals will be held at the Panthers’ facility in Miami, Fla.

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WP Historian Tells ‘The Real Philadelphia Story’

Antipodean Books of Garrison hosted an engrossing and entertaining discussion on the evening of Sunday, March 9, focusing on the events leading to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The presentation, which was sponsored by the Outreach Committee of the Philipstown Democrats, followed the Depot Theatre’s late afternoon performance of 1776, and was given by West Point Command Historian Sherman L. Fleek. Speaking to a standing-room-only audience, the retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel brought a unique and often humorous perspective to the early days of the American Revolution, pointing out the various ways that — except for victories at the beginning and end — 1776 was a disastrous year militarily for the Patriots. “But,” he added, “it was the year in which we codified and ratified our official Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.”

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