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West Point football was all-White until 1966. So why does this 1920s photo show an all-Black squad?

National Archives scans reveal rare images of a Black team at the then-segregated military academy.

Richard Schneider had just scanned the old negative of a West Point football team into his computer. It was a classic black-and-white shot from the 1920s — linemen posed in formation, the center about to snap the ball.

It was one of thousands of fragile West Point nitrate images he had retrieved from a refrigerated vault at the National Archives’ site in College Park, Md. He opened a program to flip the negative to positive and clicked invert.

To his surprise, the image that popped up showed a team of all African American players. But the U.S. Military Academy did not have its first varsity Black football player until 1966, 40 years later.

“Who are these guys?” he said he wondered.

Schneider had opened a fascinating window into West Point’s past — a time when, amid entrenched racial segregation, units of the famous African American troops known as Buffalo Soldiers were brought to West Point to teach horsemanship.

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U.S. Army researchers takes new steps to create robotic mini-tank

The U.S. Army Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team, or NGCV CFT, has announced that it has received the new Robotic Combat Vehicle in M (Medium) variant.

The NGCV CFT post states: “Robotic Combat Vehicle (M) arrived today. Forge the Future? You better believe it!”

The new RCV-Medium, commonly known as the robotic mini-tank, is developing as part of Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle program, which in turn part of the ‘big six’ priorities of the service that also includes long-range precision fires, Future Vertical Lift, the network, air and missile defense, and Soldier lethality.

The main goal of the RCV project – the creation of the next generation of vehicles that are not only more lethal and survivable than current combat platforms but much smaller, lighter, and more fuel-efficient.

The RCV-Medium is a light, unmanned combat vehicle that would be transportable by C-130 aircraft or a rotary wing.

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Less Combat Center Focus, More Small-Unit Skills: Army to Release New Training Manual

The Army will soon release a new training manual as it scales back its strategy of high-intensity training cycles to prepare for combat training center rotations — and instead focuses on small-unit readiness.

Scheduled for release this spring, the updated version of FM 7-0 seeks to simplify leaders’ approach to training. It comes on the heels of an action plan Army leaders introduced in October that puts fewer training demands on units preparing for rotations at combat training centers, such as the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, and the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Army leaders acknowledged that transitioning from a long string of combat rotations in Iraq and Afghanistan to intense training cycle rotations wore down the force and neglected small-unit training.

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Former soldier charged for firing weapon outside Fort Hood barracks

AUSTIN, Texas — A former soldier visiting Fort Hood over the weekend was charged Tuesday for firing a handgun at a soldier after a drunken argument, according to court documents.

Ricardo Manuele Davila-DeJesus, 28, was arrested Saturday at about 12:50 a.m. by Fort Hood military police following the incident. He was indicted for a federal charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to court documents in the Western District of Texas.

Hours after the incident, base officials increased security measures for civilians wanting to access the Army base.

On Saturday night, Davila-DeJesus was inside barracks building 9421, part of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, where he was drinking and became argumentative, according to court documents. Davila-DeJesus lives in Killeen, the town just outside Fort Hood, and soldiers in the barracks attempted to arrange a ride home for him.

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