Provide us the link, and we’ll quickly review the situation!
WP-ORG: How Far We Have Come!
It’s fundraising time at WP-ORG. Please consider making a donation: https://www.west-point.org/donate
As I look back at the 26 years of WP-ORG, I can’t help but smile at how far we’ve come and how much we’ve overcome. WP-ORG has grown from a desk, to bedroom, to a DIY server room, to a co-location facility and now, partially, to a cloud. We used to blink out occasionally when the T1 line would go down, or when a storm would take out a nearby power transformer. We had AC units freeze up and once water came pouring in through the ceiling during a torrential Texas rainstorm. We’ve repaired servers with duct tape. We’ve cannibalized one server to keep another online. We’ve moved WP-ORG in pickup trucks. We’ve thought, a time or two, that WP-ORG was finished – that we’d never be able to bring it back online – but then we did. For years now, in the co-location facility, things have been far more stable. It’s fun to look back at the old days and wonder how the hell we did it. Some of you have been here for the whole ride. We’ve been grateful for your company.
WP-ORG is definitely not the West Point Association of Graduates. For starters, we have only two employees and our budget for the next six months is $51,670.00. But we are enthusiastic and scrappy; we love to help and we have an army of volunteers.
WP-ORG is a 501(c)3. It’s based in Texas, where it was founded in 1996 by a handful of graduates who saw the potential of the internet to bring the Long Gray Line together as never before. They worked tirelessly to build WP-ORG, giving it a mission to foster the connection of graduates online and to support classes, societies and parent clubs across the country with web-based tools.
In pursuit of this mission, WP-ORG believes in freedom, autonomy and privacy.
WP-ORG provided services are controlled and managed by their users, allowing classes, societies and parent clubs to determine how to use these tools to best support their organizations.
WP-ORG does not data-mine anything. WP-ORG does not sell user information. WP-ORG servers are controlled by West Point graduates.
WP-ORG exists to give graduates and parents a choice in private online communication, event registration and payment, personalized eulogy sites, email accounts for graduates, and free web space for West Point affiliated organizations. WP-ORG is home to the Ring Recovery Project and a graduate living history project in the form of WP-ORG’s Ward Book.
Though the leadership of WP-ORG has changed through the years, the mission has been unwavering and the organization remains accountable. Every six months, in semi-annual fund drives, we ask our users if the services provided are useful, relevant and needed. For 51 fund drives, the answer has been a resounding yes!
If you value the services WP-ORG provides, please donate so that we may continue to serve the Long Gray Line.
Donate by credit card, PayPal or check: https://www.west-point.org/donate/
Fund Drive 52 Budget: https://www.west-point.org/budget/
Donation report for Fund Drive 52: https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/
Thank you, always, for your support!
WP-ORG Fall Fund Drive Starts Today!
Fellow graduates and friends of West Point,
It is October again and time for WP-ORG’s semi-annual fund drive. Please donate. Your financial support will keep the wheels turning at WP-ORG.
In return, WP-ORG will help keep our graduate community strong, connected and communicating with each other. As I grow older, I am reminded of the importance of the groups that I belong to. Those groups bring meaning to my life and help define who I am. My friends from West Point are some of my favorites 😊 and really the only ones that have consistently been a part of my life over the last 30 years.
Here in Orange Beach, AL, it is also time to celebrate freedom. My community has come together to host a “Freedom Fest” weekend filled with celebration, music and speakers for the sole purpose of celebrating the freedom that we all enjoy here in Orange Beach, in Alabama, and in the United States of America. I am proud to live in a place that truly values the sacrifices made by so many throughout the history of our great country. Over the years, as my children have grown older, I have attended many memorial day gatherings and veteran’s day celebrations at the elementary, middle and high school level. I am always surprised by how touched I am at the outpouring of love for our military and how connected our community is to its veterans. I feel like this happens in pockets all across America, but I am super proud that it happens where I live.
In today’s polarized world, I love that I can depend on my West Point friends and family for rational, thoughtful, respectful dialogue on so many topics. Many of these discussions happen across WP-ORG’s servers.
Please donate today.
Cameron Price (USMA 1996)
2LT EVAN P. FITZGIBBON USMA 2021 Killed By Falling Tree During Ranger Training
U.S. Army Fort Benning’s Facebook page states: “During a Ranger School weather-induced training held Aug. 9 at Yonah Mountain near Dahlonega, Georgia, five Ranger candidates were struck by a falling tree. Fitzgibbon and Taber were pronounced deceased at the hospital. Three other candidates were injured in the incident. Two were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, and one remains stable under medical care.”
2LT Fitzgibbon was assigned to the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course, 199th Infantry “Leader Brigade” at Fort Benning in Georgia.
Eulogy page for 2LT Fitzgibbon
Link: New York Post Article – Two soldiers killed by falling tree on Georgia mountain range identified
Link: Orange Observer article on 2LT Fitzgibbon’s acceptance to West Point