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Kentucky is last stop in POW/MIA flag's 50-state journey
A flag that has made its way through 50 states passed through Frankfort on Monday in the last stretch of its journey.

With a Prisoners of War/Missing in Action flag in tow, members of Rolling Thunder Chapter Five drove into Frankfort to recognize Maj. Cal Berg Mitchell at the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Mitchell went missing on Jan. 19, 1964, during the Vietnam War. The group, which began its journey across Kentucky on Sunday, will wind up at the Somerset American Legion on Wednesday. The POW/MIA flag set out from Grundy, Virginia, in September.

Rolling Thunder is a non-profit organization that educates the public about Prisoners of War and Missing in Action issues.
 
Mitchell, of Mount Sterling, was born in 1928. In 1950, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was in the Air Force from 1951 until 1964. From 1952 until 1959, Mitchell served in the 9th Bomb Wing and 5th Bombardment Squadron. From 1962 until 1963, he was in the 1st Air Commando Squadron and the 34th Tactical Group. He was last seen at age 35 in Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam. He has a headstone placed in his honor at West Point Cemetery.
 
Leon Panetta Announced As Thayer Award Recipient

The West Point Association of Graduates announced today that former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will receive the prestigious Thayer Award in a ceremony scheduled for October 4.

Panetta, was the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Defense, he also held positions as 3rd Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, 18th White House Chief of Staff, and Chairman of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.

Panetta currently serves on the boards of directors for Oracle and Blue Shield of California. He also serves as co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Defense Personnel Task Force and the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Countering Violent Extremism.

The Thayer Award, established in honor of Col. Sylvanus Thayer, “Father of the Military Academy,” is presented to an outstanding citizen whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify the military academy’s motto, “Duty, Honor, Country.” The Association of Graduates has presented the award annually since 1958.

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Can Do - Will Do - For You
WP-ORG is a unique community - a family, really.  Started in the mid 90s by some very forward thinking and inventive grads, the initial intent of WP-ORG was to link the West Point graduate community within that new infrastructure called "the internet" so they could continue those strong bonds they had forged during their cadet days, and to expand their knowledge of and support for the Academy.  Truly a unique concept at the time - and despite the social media explosion over the past 25 years,  one aspect of that concept keeps WP-ORG unique in the on-line world - security.  While perhaps not as jazzy as online message boards, and devoid of the bells and whistles of Facebook, the WP-ORG email lists are also devoid of the hackers, or the intrusion of ads and the daily onslaught of unwanted information gathering so rampant in other social media platforms.  

Communication by and between West Point grads, expanded years ago to West Point Parents as well - still going strong in a safe and secure environment = success.

Another hallmark of WP-ORG is the concept of service.  Obviously, all grads live that life of service - going above and beyond ... and WP-ORG is no different.  Three areas of the services provided by WP-ORG bear noting: the eulogy sites, the credit card sites and the level and consistency of service offered.  

WP-ORG created Taps and Eulogy pages for the West Point community - first of it's kind - and still the most comprehensive offered.  What better memorial to a person than to offer an on-going living site, dedicated to allowing all to remember their fallen comrade, to share stories of experiences from long ago, to offer a word of comfort to families?  The Class and the family help create the site, sending in whatever pictures they wish and can add pictures at any time.  A service offered at no charge - whatsoever.

WP-ORG was also the first organization to help Classes, Societies and Parents' Groups host functions and handle the money aspect more easily by creating / maintaining the payment sites.  Customized payment sites.  My husband's Class is gearing up for their 50th reunion, and over the past three months, WP-ORG has created three separate credit card sites for their use in conjunction with the reunion. While that doesn't really sound spectacular, what is spectacular is the time within which those sites are created, and the attention to detail on each.  Ten years ago, while helping my husband coordinate another Class reunion, I somehow lost touch with reality for awhile - or as my husband might say - someone accidentally let me out of my padded cell too long, and I contracted for 68 different memorabilia items (with various color and size choices within those 68 items) for the Class to select.  I thought it was brilliant - something for everyone, at various price points.  My husband, of course, thought I was absolutely nuts. When I asked Megan Klein to create the site  - 68 separate drop down boxes with boxes within boxes, I didn't get a "are you kidding me?" - the response was "let me get back to you on how we can do this" and within two days, this work of art was sent to me for testing.  Service - with a smile!  Dutch thinks he has reigned me in over the last ten years, but the reality is that I have come to develop a greater appreciation for the magnitude of what I had innocently requested.  What's truly impressive is that there was a "Can Do" attitude, not an "Are You NUTS?" attitude.  Realizing NOW the magnitude of work I created (not only for Megan on the back end, but myself on the sorting and packaging end, I would definitely say not only an emphatic "NO!" but a "HELL, NO!" to any similar request, but I doubt there is anyone "out there" as nutty as I (was).

Service - 24/7.  There's no such thing as "normal business hours" for the two employees of WP-ORG, nor for the hundreds of volunteers that help keep the wheels turning.  If you have a question or concern, it's addressed - live time, not three days from now.  

WP-ORG - a unique concept when created; a unique concept still in what it offers and how it is offered.

Please help us continue to serve the West Point Community by donating to our semi-annual fund drive - no amount is too small, and every contribution reinforces the value of the organization.

The donation links are below my signature.

Many thanks for your support of WP-ORG and allowing us to continue to serve you.

Megan Hostler
WP-ORG Advisor
Moderator, Parent Forum
Moderator, Plebe-Net
Moderator, USMAPS Net
Moderator, Prospective-Net

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Donation page linking to all payment methods (credit card, check or PayPal):

By check, please indicate class year and affiliation:
WP-ORG
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, VA 24380-5082

FD43 Donation Report, sorted by WP-ORG member group, etc.:

WP-ORG Budget April 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018:
 
My WP-ORG odyssey
At this time WP-ORG is having its semi-annual fund drive. If you haven’t had the time or opportunity to make your donation please feel free to do so at:
https://secure.west-point.org/donate/

I’m Dan Welle, husband of Dian Welle (one of WP-ORG’s employees) and father of a 2002 West Point Grad. In a few weeks my daughter will celebrate her sixteenth anniversary of selfless service to our country. At the same time WP-ORG is celebrating just over twenty-two years of service to you, the West Point community.

At the Celebration of Life for Jack Price ‘64, I was reminded of the things that I had experienced because of my association with WP-ORG. I want to share my experiences and thoughts I have had in my twenty year odyssey with WP-ORG.  Because of WP-ORG and my association with it, I share with Dian a coin given to us by Superintendent Lt. General Lennox for our assistance with the Cadet participation in the 2002 Rose Parade in Pasadena. While visiting USMA for a WP-ORG function, a Sociology Professor heard that I was a Police Detective and asked me to speak to a class regarding the rigors of urban police work.  On another visit, because I was an older Detective who wore a coat and tie when appearing officially, I was surprised when I received a salute from Secretary of State Alexander Haig and his entourage as we passed each other on Diagonal Walk. Yes, I returned the salute as crisply and smartly as I could. The association with WP-ORG has allowed me to accompany my wife as we toured the attic of the First Division and saw first-hand what Cadets did for entertainment in years past. If my close association with WP-ORG has enriched my life this much, what can it do for you?

I remember when Dian was brought on board by the Board of Advisors. I remember the people I have come to know because of that association, Ditus Bolanos '90, Dick Breakiron '51, Jack Price '64, Dempsey Darrow '75, Mike McGurk '85, and Warren Hearnes '89 to name a few. The entire body of Advisors have taken an idea, made it a reality and with your help kept it running for 22 years. I have seen Dian and Megan work together seamlessly to provide you with service that you cannot get from other social media.

WP-ORG is a unique platform. Its span is not that of social media. What it does for the West Point community is limited only by imagination. At WP-ORG there is no telephone tree. There is a human being at the other end of that phone call, no matter where you call from or the time of day. Dian’s office is at home, but we never travel without her cell and laptop. I cannot count the times, that while driving down the road she has received a call from someone within the WP-ORG community. The moment I became aware the call was a WP-ORG call I knew the answer was going to be, "Yes." or "I’ll find out." With that she would break out the laptop to assist a grad, parent or other member of the WP-ORG community.  Requests are answered and the need fulfilled. WP-ORG is private; its email lists are not open to the World Wide Web. It is safe, secure, and none of your information or posts are shared with anyone. WP-ORG not only connects Grads, classmates and families, it provides a private forum for the West Point and USNA community.

A lot of what has been done at WP-ORG is the result of someone asking, "Hey, can you do this?" The WP-ORG answer is usually, "Yes." True, there are many forms of social media out there but they are not yours, and they are not private. Your donation will maintain that which no other social media can give you. What connection will you make today?

To those who have already donated, thank you for making WP-ORG services possible.  If you have not donated, please consider helping to continue the work they are doing. WP-ORG needs your support.

By credit card:
https://secure.west-point.org/donate/

By check, please indicate class year and affiliation:
WP-ORG
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, VA 24380-5082

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

WP-ORG Budget: April 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019
http://www.west-point.org/budget

Your donation is tax deductable:
http://www.west-point.org/publications/501SUMMARY.PDF

Daniel Welle
2002 Parent
 
Pompeo '86 Sworn in as 70th Secretary of State

On May 2, Mike Pompeo was sworn in as the 70th U.S. Secretary of State by Vice President Michael Pence in an official ceremony at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, DC.

 President Donald Trump attended and participated in the swearing-in ceremony. In remarks, the President reaffirmed his confidence in Secretary Pompeo to serve as the nation's top diplomat.

 Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks underscoring his commitment to carrying out the mission of the Department. The Secretary also emphasized that he and his team will be relentless in confronting global threats to U.S. national security and to defending the rights and values of Americans.

 

 

 
Connecting this community for 22 years

At this point in Fund Drive 43, we're almost halfway to our goal!

Thanks to everyone who has already donated their time and resources to help keep WP-ORG going for the next 6 months. If you'd like to donate, please go to http://www.west-point.org/donate

WP-ORG has been helping connect grads, parents, and veterans for 22 years and still plays a vital role in a good secure communications strategy.

Even as other social media platforms -- Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, ... and whatever is to come in the future -- have given classes, societies, parents clubs, veterans' organizations, and friends of West Point more ways of getting word out about important activities, having a web site and email list still remains one of the best ways to centrally manage that information. WP-ORG provides that platform.

A good communications strategy uses social media effectively. But a society, parent club, or class cannot control when (or even if) a person sees a Facebook post or a tweet on Twitter. To make sure that the information is available 24x7 and searchable by Google, they can easily create a web site using WordPress on WP-ORG. We have dozens of classes and other groups using this free capability at WP-ORG. Ask This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for help if you'd like to take advantage of this.

Along with a web site to 'pull' information when needed, classes, parents clubs, and societies can use the old standard that everyone has - an email address - using a mailing list hosted by WP-ORG to 'push' information to their members. Over 2,500,000 email messages have been sent through our mailing lists to classes, societies, parents clubs, veteran's organizations, and friends of West Point. Each of those messages likely went to over 100 list members so that expands the total to hundreds of millions of messages. It's simple and very effective. Our active email lists include: http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=109&Itemid=81

If you've found value in our services, please help us get to our fund-raising goal:

To donate by credit card: 
http://www.west-point.org/donate

To donate by check, please indicate class year and affiliation and mail to:
WP-ORG
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, VA 24380-5082

To donate by PayPal:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=7W7EVNJ3NYEG6

After entering Donation Amount, login to PayPal account. On next screen, please click on "Add special instructions to the seller"; enter class year and affiliation, and comment if you wish.

WP-ORG Budget: April 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019

http://www.west-point.org/budget

What is WP-ORG & Why Donate?
http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=66&Itemid=73

 
Sincerely,

Warren Hearnes '89
for WP-ORG Advisors

 
Wounded veteran gets keys to a smart-home
For the first time in a long time - a local wounded veteran, Captain Gavin White, will be able to live a better quality of life thanks to the donation of a new smart-home for him and his wife.

Gavin White, a 2011 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point served in Maiwand, Afghanistan with the 137th Sapper Company Engineering Battalion charged with Route Clearance and Counter IED Operations. 

Life changed forever for Gavin and his wife Karissa on August 24, 2013, while leading combined Afghan U.S. patrol. Gavin stepped on a pressure plate IED which resulted in the amputation of his right leg, the loss of use of his left leg, chronic pain and other injuries.
 
 Since that time - he says he's faced more challenges than ever before. For White, even the smallest tasks like even going into his own closet or using the bathroom has been extremely hard to do without help. White explained"Problems that I never considered starting appearing in my home. Not being able to use the kitchen, not being able to do laundry and not being able to get clothes out of my closet to wear for the day. At one point every time I wanted to use the bathroom, I had to get out of my chair on to the floor and walk on my hands to get to the toilet."
 
Jack's Legacy
During the semi annual fund drives, members of the West-Point.Org community send messages to the entire community, often relating what they do within the WP-ORG community, or why WP-Org is important to all of us ... and seeking your support.

Over the past several years, I have penned several such letters. This cycle is different.  We have just lost our CFO, our guiding light - and in my mind, this fund drive is a memorial to him - our way of showing him that we WILL carry on the work he started so many years ago - that we WILL pick up the flag and move out.

Jack Price embodied duty, honor, country.  As a young Army officer, Jack took care of his men. Many years later, Jack was still taking care of his men and women, being one of the founders of West-Point.Org, so grads could communicate and continue to serve their alma mater and their county.

While Jack's role in founding WP-ORG and keeping it running smoothly is a wonderful legacy, his service in Vietnam - and his dedication to his men - is the focal point of this message.  Indeed, this message isn't even told by me, but by others who recognized how young LT Jack Price took care of his men - with a twinkle in his eye, a daredevil spirit and the determination to see the job done.

The spirit and determination that led Jack to wrangle the presence of the Playboy Bunny of the Year in Vietnam - ponder that one a minute - is the same spirit and determination that brought West-Point.Org to where it is today.

Before you click on the links to enjoy a tiny view into the life of young Jack Price, please donate to keep the fires burning.  The donation links are below - click on them and then come back and enjoy the true story of a man dedicated to DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY - and lots of fun along the way.



Jack has left us - but it's our responsibility now to keep his legacy going - and we need your help.

Immediately below my signature are the links to donate.

Many thanks for your support!
Megan

To donate by credit card:

To donate by check, please indicate class year and affiliation and mail to:
WP-ORG
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, VA 24380-5082

To donate by PayPal:
After entering Donation Amount, login to PayPal account. On next screen, please click on "Add special instructions to the seller"; enter class year and affiliation, and comment if you wish.

WP-ORG Budget: April 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019

What is WP-ORG & Why Donate?
 
US Army Developing Artillery That Has GPS Precision—Without GPS
The U.S. Army’s artillery is set to receive a new round of upgrades that will allow artillerymen to conduct precision fire missions without the use of GPS. The Army working to head off the day when enemies could jam the worldwide satellite-based navigation network, degrading the service’s ability to operate on modern battlefields.

Back in the 1980s, few if any understood the impact the upcoming Global Positioning System would have on the U.S. military. Originally designed to give U.S. forces the ability to orient themselves on and navigate across far-flung battlefields, GPS and the miniaturization of electronics quickly led to GPS-guided weapons. From bombs to artillery shells, GPS allows for a single munition to do the work of multiple munitions.

The U.S. Army currently fields three major GPS-guided artillery weapons and guidance systems: the M982 Excalibur 155-millimeter round, the XM1156 Precision Guided Kit GPS add-on that screws onto existing “dumb” 155-millimeter artillery rounds, and the 227-millimeter GMLR guided rocket.
 
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.

I believe in WP-ORG.  I donate to the fund drives myself, because I believe in this organization's history and future.

Please consider the value you receive from WP-ORG.  This page tells you some of the things we do for you personally:
http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=38

WP-ORG is funded by the generosity of member contributions, and is operated by volunteers serving the Long Gray Line:
http://www.west-point.org/donate/

US mail:
WP-ORG INC c/o
3800 Buffalo Mountain Road SW
Willis, VA 24380

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:
http://www.west-point.org/budget

What is WP-ORG & Why Donate?:
http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=66

WP-ORG Member Information Privacy Policy
http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=32

IRS Letter Confirming WP-ORG 501(c)(3) Status
http://www.west-point.org/publications/501SUMMARY.PDF

WP-ORG Board of Advisors
http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12


Dian Welle
WP-ORG, Inc.
 
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