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FD43: Pick up the flag. Move out.
Our WP-ORG fund drive messages are written during our fund drives, to inform you about WP-ORG, where we are going, how we have engaged and served our users in the past, and to secure funding to move us in the future. This fund drive, like all others, is our report card on how WP-ORG is doing to serve the greater Academy community. Since 2001, I have written fund drive messages every six months. Serving our members is one of my greatest joys, and writing about that has always been effortless.  This time is different.  I sit here looking at this blank document, unable to find words, because we have lost the heart of our organization - Jack Price '64.  Jack has many biological family members who have experienced a devastating loss, but we were in a real sense, his extended family. We are grieving, and yet tasked to do the one thing he would absolutely demand we do, by keeping WP-ORG going. He was our CFO. We delayed the fund drive when he unexpectedly became ill. He would have chastised us for waiting, but we knew Jack. If anyone could rally back to health, it was him, so we waited.

Here I am, unable to find words, and I wondered what "Ranger Jack" would tell me to say. I think he would tell me that I am the color bearer holding the regimental flag this week. The regimental flag was critical in Civil War battles as they marked the position of the regiment on the battlefield. It was carried along side the national flag. They were essential rallying points. The regimental flag represented home, pride, and unity, and were used to guide soldiers in battle. Wherever the flags went, the soldiers followed. As I sit here, I can almost hear the words “Pick up the flag. Pick up the flag. Move out."

I came to WP-ORG in 1998. I came, because WP-ORG was the only place a cadet parent could come to learn about the Academy. The Internet was new. That's hard to imagine today, when the Web now, provides more knowledge than any individual can take in. While graduates had been using WP-ORG for communication, and community, parents were learning about West Point. I knew virtually nothing about the Academy, and when our new cadets were marched out of view, and the doors closed, there was a void where information could have been. That's where WP-ORG came in. Through WP-ORG, we learned about the history, what our new cadets were learning, what they were doing. WP-ORG fostered pride and a true love for the Academy. WP-ORG grew, and brought in Navy parents, who had no "home".  We expanded to give a home to other military interests, because it has always been our duty to serve military interests. Doing that requires funding, and if we do not have this fund drive, we can not move forward. Our task now, is to move forward to serve you, though we will carry our wounds of grief indefinitely, we must continue to carry this flag forward.

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US Army expanding research hub
The U.S. Army plans to increase its research presence in Massachusetts after choosing to partner with Northeastern University as part of nationwide effort to work with academic institutions to advance soldier and battlefield technology capabilities.

Military, political and academic leaders gathered in Burlington on Monday morning to celebrate the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) selection of Northeastern's George J. Kostas Research Institute as the regional hub for the ARL's research expansion.

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton were all on hand to tout the partnership that will they said will keep Massachusetts at the forefront of the research and innovation needed to keep the country protected.

"If you take a look at the arc of all the work that's been done, which has been spoken about already, on the next generation of supporting more fighters and our military and our national security, nobody plays out of their weight class the way Massachusetts does," Baker said.

The ARL, which is headquartered in Maryland, has already expanded with campus partnerships at the University of Chicago, the University of Texas in Austin and the University of Southern California. The partnership with Northeastern at its Burlington research campus is the fourth and final regional expansion.
 
Conference on Sport-Related Concussions
The Patriot League, the NCAA and the United States Military Academy will host the Second Annual NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense Grand Alliance Concussion Conference on Friday, April 20 in West Point, N.Y. The conference attendees will explore the development of the alliance, identify emerging information from the latest research and discuss the role that science plays in transforming policy and societal views on the topic of concussions.
 
The conference will aim to build on the discussions and findings from the first annual sport-related concussion conference, held in Los Angeles in January 2017. Concussion scientists, researchers and practitioners will present to athletic trainers, team physicians, sports medicine clinicians and athletic health care administrators from NCAA member schools about preliminary and recently publicized information regarding diagnosing and treating concussions.
 
“The Patriot League is excited to be partnering with the NCAA and the United States Military Academy to advance the dialogue surrounding the important research being conducted through the Grand Alliance in the area of sport-related concussion,” Patriot League Commissioner Jennifer Heppel said. “The values of safety and physical and mental well-being for student-athletes are paramount to all involved in intercollegiate athletics, and this Conference is evidence of the continuing collaborative effort between our institutions and the medical community to provide the best care possible for our student-athletes.”
 
Cadets from other countries to compete at West Point
Military cadets from around the world will be competing against each other at West Point later this week.

The U.S. Military Academy expects more than 500 cadets from service academies and universities to take part in the annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition on Friday and Saturday.
 
Army identifies pilots killed in Kentucky helicopter crash
The U.S. Army on Sunday identified two pilots killed in a helicopter crash during training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in the fourth American military aircraft mishap in less than a week.

The soldiers - identified as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly, 37, and Warrant Officer James Casadona, 28 - died when their AH-64E Apache helicopter went down at Fort Campbell’s local training area late on Friday, the 101st Airborne Division said in a statement.

Connolly was an instructor pilot with the 101st Combat Aviation “Destiny” Brigade and joined the Army in 2001. He had been awarded the Air Medal twice and was a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, the statement said.

Casadona, also a pilot with the brigade, had joined the Army in 2012 and arrived at Fort Campbell in 2016.
 
To become a soldier at Fort Jackson

U.S. Army recruits face grueling new four-day training test

It’s pitch black, the darkness pierced only by the glare of exploding bombs and the streaks of red-hot light that won’t stop bursting from the ends of three M240 machine guns. On the ground, Eric Shepherd lies prone, afraid to lift his head.

Shepherd wants to be a soldier. But to cap his 10 weeks of basic training at Fort Jackson, he and his fellow Army trainees must pass this part of a final test — a simulation of a nighttime invasion staged in the woods of the 52,000-acre base.

It’s one leg of a new course that all Army trainees must complete. Over four days, the course tests recruits on virtually every aspect of their training — including patrols, obstacle courses, hand-to-hand combat and more than 45 miles of marching.

The course is part of the Army's response to a call from leadership for tougher, more physically fit soldiers prepared for a future that's likely to include large-scale conflicts requiring constant movement.

It's also intended to address the Army's concern that an emerging generation of trainees grew up with less exercise and are less attuned to discipline.

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April is #MonthoftheMilitaryChild!
Military children make up a very special part of our nation's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents. As they face circumstances unique to their lives—such as navigating multiple moves and schools to shouldering repeated deployments of a parent, these children are examples of resilience in the military community. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child.
 
Civil War historian turns 100

His first lessons were from battlefield veterans.

Historian Charles P. Roland is one of the most recognized authorities on the Civil War, and he may be the last who grew up hearing firsthand accounts from battlefield veterans.

He also is an expert on American military history, and his lessons to students at West Point, Tulane and the University of Kentucky included his own experiences as an infantry captain during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

Roland’s family, friends, former students and colleagues at the University of Kentucky threw a surprise party on Sunday to celebrate his 100th birthday. Festivities included a military honor guard and singing of “Happy Birthday” and the U.S. Army Song by the UK History Department’s faculty.

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West Point honors Charles W. Zipp
Just hours after throwing his cap in the air at the conclusion of June 2, 1953, graduation ceremonies at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, Charles W. Zipp moved across the historic campus to wed Beaumont native Margaret Ann Akers in the Cadet Chapel, beginning a partnership that would last more than 50 years.

Over the years, they shared four things: love for each other, love for their three sons and their families, love for their church and love for West Point.

Now, that love for the Military Academy has been immortalized in a new visitors center that opened in December.

Charles and Margaret Ann met in 1947 when both were students at Lamar University in Beaumont. As a member of the Texas National Guard, Charles earned a competitive appointment to West Point in 1949. When he went to the Academy, Margaret Ann moved to New York to be close. There, she worked for Life magazine.

During his 23-year career in the Army, Charles served three times in Nuremberg, Germany, as well as in Vietnam; at Fort Benning, Georgia; at Fort Knox, Kentucky; at the Pentagon; and in Schweinfurt, Germany. From 1964 to 1967, Charles was an assistant professor of military science at Texas A&M, where he and Margaret Ann fell in love with the community.
 
Lawmaker says 'readiness of the military is at crisis point'
Seven US service members died in four noncombat-related air crashes in just four days, prompting concern over readiness in the US military.

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, released a statement Saturday saying the "readiness of the military is at a crisis point."

The incidents coincided with President Donald Trump's decision to deploy up to four thousand National Guard troops to several Southwestern states. The Pentagon has been working with state and federal agencies on the logistics to execute the President's stated goal.

However, with few specifics coming from the administration, defense officials have been left to grapple with questions on how the military plans to balance its priorities -- a challenge that is only amplified by the fact that 16 US service members have been killed in noncombat aircraft crashes in recent weeks.

 
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