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UNPLANNED OUTAGE  -- [30 AUG 2015 2225 HRS ET] We are continuing progress on the recovery from the server failure.  Status report follows:
  • Listserve traffic -- UP.  All seems to be fine with listserve traffic.
  • Personal email --  UP.  Personal email seems to be flowing well today
  • Main web page, class/society/parent club web pages -- UP.  Sites are rendering significantly faster on the new hardware.  We monitored the logs and turned off a few of the older sites that hadn't been updated but were exhausting our processing/memory resources and removed any software on sites that were causing issues.  If you have issues uploading files via your CMS, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Sites will not have FTP access yet (final bullet below) and may have some permission issues with Joomla or Wordpress until secure FTP is restored.
  • Virtual sites -- UP.  The virtual sites are up.  Email should also be flowing to these sites as well. If you're still not receiving email addressed to your domain, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Sites will not have FTP access yet (final bullet below) and may have some permission issues with Joomla or Wordpress until secure FTP is restored.
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  • SFTP access -- IN TESTING.  We're reconfiguring our firewall to give FTP access to the new file server.  Testing by users will commence on 31 AUG.
 
EMAIL MIGRATION  -- The SSL certificate has been updated on the new server. You should no longer get a warning about an untrusted certificate.  We are in the midst of migrating our email in both hardware and software.  We have migrated over 7,000 of our mail users and have about 1,500 to go.  If you would like to know your status, please use https://tools.west-point.org/users/checkmystatus.mhtml  to check.  If you have *not* been migrated, you cannot use SquirrelMail or IMAP.  If you have been migrated, all services are working.

 

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US military to train Kiev troops fighting in E. Ukraine

Previously, the Pentagon said that the US military training would be provided to 600 members of the Ukrainian National Guard, The Washington Post reported.

The officers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in northeast Italy will be deployed to Ukraine as part of the plan, said Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman.

According to Hillman, the military aid requested by the Kiev authorities was to help the formation and strengthening of the National Guard, which Kiev launched shortly after the coup in February 2014.

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McHugh visits Service members at Joint Task Force Guantanamo

Describing their unique mission as often misunderstood and certainly under-appreciated, Secretary of the Army John McHugh met with Soldiers who comprise the guard force at the detention facilities at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Cuba, or JTF-GTMO, Feb. 9.

This was McHugh's second trip to GTMO, although it was his first as Army secretary. McHugh said the last time he was on the island -- located just 90 miles from the U.S. mainland -- was more than 20 years ago when he was a U.S. Congressman from New York. That was long before the JTF was established.

While much has changed in two decades, "The one constant over that whole time is our Soldiers' willingness to serve," McHugh said.

McHugh said he was honored to meet the Soldiers and Service men and women who perform a vital security mission for the United States. Their hard work and dedication help to make America and the world a safer place, he said.

"I'm here today as your secretary," McHugh said during a town hall meeting, "greatly humbled by what you do each and every day."

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CBS Local Department of Defense Spent $504816 on Viagra in 2014

Cardinal Health Inc., a pharmaceutical company in Dublin, Ohio  generated more than half a million dollars in revenue from orders made by the Department of Defense for the erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra.

According to Fox News, $504,816 was spent for the drug in 2014, in addition to almost $20,000 being spent on other erectile dysfunction drugs, including Levitra and Cialis. Viagra relaxes muscles and increases blood flow to areas of the body to treat erectile dysfunction.

The DOD agreed to 60 contracts with the company for these drugs, filing them under “Troop Support.”

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Defense contractor gets prison time for selling defective machine gun parts

A former defense contractor in Southwest Michigan has been sent to prison for a scheme to sell faulty machine gun parts to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Howard Cahn, 55, of Colorado, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 30 months in prison, according to court documents. Cahn was convicted of four felony charges -- three counts of making materially false statements and one count of wire fraud -- after a four-day jury trial in Kalamazoo in October.

 

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Email POP users at west-point.org:
Each of you has used the POP service to pull your email to your PCs, laptops, or mobile devices in the past month so we wanted to give you a warning order of the upcoming changes.  We're upgrading our mail services at WP-ORG and wanted to let you know that there may be some configuration changes that you'll need to make in the near future.  All of the information will soon be on our main web page at http://www.west-point.org so if your mail stops working, please look there first.  The changes aren't required (or even valid) yet so we'll only post it when you need it.

What's happening?
  • We're moving to a faster server. 
  • We're also moving from one style of mailbox (called an mbox) to another (maildir).  The benefit is that the newer style will work better in today's environment where many devices are reading email at the same time.  Some of you may've experienced corrupted inboxes in the past -- but with this new style, that will be much less likely.
  • We're now making our connections more secure.  Until now, we've only supported the original protocols for email, which were in plain text.  We're now requiring a secure connection (either TLS or SSL), which is why this transition will not be completely seamless to each of you.  At some point, your existing settings for POP'ing your email off of our servers will need to be changed.  We will give you those settings on our web site in the coming days.
  • If you also use our webmail client (SquirrelMail) then be assured that those folders will also be migrated and will be available to you in the future as well.
Thanks for your patience in this migration.  If you have any questions, please direct them to me or to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sincerely,
Warren Hearnes '89 (pop-users) Posted By: HEARNES Warren 1989 B1
 
DoD Authorization:

The Department of Defense announced today that effective immediately, service members are authorized to wear Service Stars on their Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medals (GWOT-EM) to represent deployments in support of approved GWOT operations.

Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright signed a memorandum authorizing the new policy change retroactive to Sept. 11, 2001.

Only one GWOT-EM is awarded for each approved operation. For example, a service member who was awarded the medal for an Operation Enduring Freedom deployment, and is subsequently authorized a second award for an Operation Inherent Resolve deployment would wear a single Service Star on the GWOT-EM to denote both awards.

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Soldier killed, 6 hurt in training accident on U.S. Army base
A late night training accident turned deadly, with one Fort Carson soldier dying and six others suffering injuries in a vehicle rollover accident on the Colorado base, the U.S. military said Saturday.

The accident -- which is still under investigation -- happened around 10 p.m. Friday (midnight ET), according to a military statement.

All of the injured, including one in critical condition, were medically evacuated. The military hasn't identified them or the soldier killed, waiting on next-of-kin notification.

 
Couple accidently buys $20K Lombardi sweater at thrift store
he thrift stores in Asheville, N.C., are chock full of hidden hipster gems. But nothing is quite as valuable as the 58-cent sweater purchased by an elderly couple that they later learned was owned by legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi.

Sean McEvoy and his wife, Rikki, bought a vintage West Point sweater at a Goodwill store in Asheville for $0.58, took it home and, while watching a Lombardi documentary, suddenly realized they'd just purchased a very similar sweater.

"I was watching a Vince Lombardi documentary and I said to my wife, we have a sweater just like that," McEvoy said. "Wouldn't it be great if it was actually Vince Lombardi's?"

At this point, Rikki tells him she saw a name tag, which is just about the craziest part of this whole story, because it means someone had the sweater, could've easily discerned Lombardi was a previous owner, and still gave it to Goodwill.

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Congressman pushes Army Regarding Revoked Green Beret's Silver Star

The Army, citing an investigation but little else, has revoked a Green Beret's Silver Star and rescinded a previous decision to upgrade his award to the Distinguished Service Cross. The service also stripped the officer's Special Forces tab.

While the Army has remained mum on details of the allegation against Maj. Matt Golsteyn, Rep. Duncan Hunter claims the Army could not find one piece of corroborating evidence after a year-and-a-half-long investigation. He also said, in an article published by The Daily Beast, that Golsteyn's men have been threatened and repeatedly promised immunity in order to get them to incriminate the officer, to no avail.

In Februrary 2010, Forward Operating Base McQueary in Marjah, Afghanistan, came under attack. Then-Capt. Golsteyn ran alone through an open field and enemy gunfire as dozens of coalition soldiers were pinned down, according to the Army's account, as relayed by the Washington Post.

After receiving a Silver Star for his actions in 2011, he was later nominated for an upgrade to a DSC.

Golsteyn was subsequently investigated in the unrelated death of an Afghan bomb-maker, according to Hunter's editorial.

"The allegation was presented through informal channels to the Army, which went to extraordinary lengths to investigate Golsteyn. The Army tried to turn up anything it could, but was unable to find one piece of evidence to corroborate the allegation," Hunter wrote.

The Army has not cited what particular rules of engagement Golsteyn broke, or even publicly confirmed the accusation. No charges have been filed against Golsteyn. Golsteyn's attorney Phil Stackhouse told Army Times Golsteyn is not available for an interview.

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‘Iron Man’ Suit’s Process Important to U.S. Department of Defense
MacDill Air Force Base, FL – The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit is being designed to give protection and capabilities to U.S. special operators, but the process of designing it may be as revolutionary as the suit itself, said U.S. Special Operations Command officials.

TALOS started 18 months ago, after incidents downrange caused SOCOM to take a hard look at how special operators are outfitted.

“We’ve put a lot of great technology on the battlefield, but have we really taken a step back and taken a clean sheet and said for the next five, 10, 15 years do we need what we’ve got now, or do are there other game-changing technologies we can incorporate?” James Geurts, Socom’s acquisition executive, said during a recent interview.

Geurts said there are two fundamental reasons for the TALOS program. The first is the most obvious — DoD needs to examine new ways to protect and enable special operations service members.

“It’s not just body armor; it’s all the things that go into that,” he said.

This includes sensors, heads-up displays, an exoskeleton to reduce the load special operators carry, medical sensors, and much, much more.

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