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West Point to host diversity conference

The U.S. Military Academy is hosting a two-day conference that it says will explore best practices and approaches for harnessing "the talent that exists in culturally diverse organizations." The USMA's Diversity Leadership Council, along with the Association of Graduates, will host the 13th annual Diversity Leadership Conference from Oct. 3-4 at Eisenhower Hall. This year's theme is "Diversity: Your Road to Readiness."


Wall memorializes Bitnerís service and sacrifice

A wall was dedicated in memory of Master Sgt. Benjamin F. Bitner during Memorial Day ceremonies in Greencastle. A section of VFW Post 6319 was set aside for Greencastle son Ben Bitner, who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan on April 23, 2011. Army Major Kyle Davis, a 1995 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School, was the featured speaker. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 2000. Now 33, he has served in Iraq and Korea, and will return to Baghdad in December as Assistant Army Attache' at the U.S. Embassy.

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Fund Drive 31 - CEASE WORK!
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On behalf of all WP-ORG volunteers and the Board of Advisors I am happy to report that FD31 has been successfully completed and WP-ORG's operations are now funded for the next six months.

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USMA New Cadet Barracks, Industry Day

The New Cadet Barracks is currently budgeted in Fiscal Year 2013 at a Programmed Amount of $192M.  The project will provide barracks space for 650 Cadets.  The project is critical to the United States Military Academy (USMA) to eliminate overcrowding.  The Academy's goal is to occupy the New Cadet Barracks as early as possible, preferably moving Cadets into the new facility at the beginning of an academic year.


West Point competes in Cyber Defense Competition

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- During a time of war, a defense tactic that's becoming increasingly important is being learned inside a classroom. West Point cadets being challenged on defending a country stationed at a computer. The Academy takes part in a Cyber Defense Competition. It's aimed at keeping information systems secure. "We should under estimate a terrorist or any other organization who wants to do harm to us using computer network," said Colonel David Raymond. West Point is competing along with other military academies, including Army's number one rival, Navy. The exercise is run by the National Security Agency.

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Halstead to speak at 2012 Tribute to Women dinner

Ginny Rizzo, Chairperson of the 2012 Orange County Tribute to Women of Achievement event committee, is proud to announce that Retired Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead will be the keynote speaker for the 2012 Tribute to Women annual awards dinner on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. General Halstead is a 1981 graduate of the United States Military Academy.


Delbarton getting involved with the Wounded Warrior

Former West Point lacrosse captain and 1st Lt. John Fernandez addressed the Delbarton school community in the Fine Arts Center on March 27, 2012. Fernandez represents the Wounded Warrior Project in its efforts to secure care, support and recognition for wounded soldiers in all branches of the US military.


Broker bankrupted in kangaroo court

He’s turning 50. He’s got a wife and three kids. And this is where he’s landed after losing an arbitration with his former employer before his industry’s self-regulating body, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.Mensack claimed he was forced to leave Morgan Stanley MS -0.27%    after he accused the firm of taking hidden fees from its retirement-account customers. In July, a Finra panel ruled against this would-be whistleblower and ordered him to pay Morgan Stanley $1.2 million, essentially demanding most of his bonus back after quitting, plus interest and legal fees.Unfortunately, he can’t stop taking the word “fiduciary” literally. A commissioned U.S. Army officer, he taught philosophy and ethics at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point.



Learn To Be Alone With Your Thoughts

What makes a great leader? Solitude, says William Deresiewicz. Speaking to a plebe class at West Point, he said that without solitude, it’s hard to arrive at thoughts that are your own, and hard to develop the moral compass and moral courage necessary to act on those thoughts.

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