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The West Point Society of Central Florida exists to serve alumni, ex-cadets and friends of The United States Military Academy living in Central Florida as well as those visiting the area. The purpose of the society is to provide a networking platform for those associated with the Academy, provide news, information, and to further the ideals and promote the welfare of the USMA.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is introducing a uniformed disability claims form to better serve Veterans, families and survivors. Standardizing the process by which Veterans file claims and initiate appeals will make it easier for Veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they are seeking from VA and provide information that is necessary to process their claims and appeals. The new forms eliminate applicant guesswork, which often leads to delays in decisions and ultimately delays in receiving benefits. The new regulations go into effect in late March 2015.
“We must do everything that we can to make it as fast and easy as possible for Veterans and their survivors to file for and receive an accurate decision on their claim,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. “Our Veterans and survivors will know, at the outset of the claims process, what is needed, which removes subjective interpretation from the process. We want to eliminate any barriers that make it difficult for our Veterans or survivors to receive benefits to which they are entitled.”
Like thousands of graduates before him, CPT Kevin W. Mott ’07 accepted an offer to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point because he “wanted to make a difference.” What a difference he has made, especially while fighting in Afghanistan as a platoon leader with the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment (“No Slack”), 101st Airborne Division during Operation Strong Eagle III. Anticipated to last just a few days, this mission to clear an insurgent stronghold in the Kunar Province turned into a nine-day battle against a well-fortified enemy. “Their command and control ability was amazing,” said Mott. “Before we moved down the mountain to clear the Kalats, they mobilized unseen into the hills and spread out across 10-15 kilometers worth of terrain.”
On the first day of the mission, March 27, 2011, his unit was ambushed as soon as it lost its air support after a storm moved into the valley. Eleven soldiers in his platoon’s lead section were cut off and under heavy fire from all directions. Three were shot. Mott radioed in the casualties. He then put himself in the line of enemy fire so that his pinned fire team could move to a better position. Finally, getting to a position where he could see the enemy (less than 50 meters away), he called in indirect fire, effectively suppressing the enemy. “This went on for nine days,” said Mott, “with something bad happening in the mission every day."
This article is reposted from NBCNews.com (http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/darryl-williams-man-who-will-lead-war-ebola-n204951)
The man tapped by President Obama to lead the war on Ebola is a long-time Army leader who has experience on the battlefield, in Africa, and the medical arena. Major General Darryl A. Williams just took over command of U.S. Army Africa, in June, and on Tuesday it was announced that he would set up a command center in Monrovia, Liberia, and oversee as many as 3,000 military personnel who will help with training new health workers and setting up new facilities. "He just arrived today and is now on the ground in Liberia," Obama said of Williams and "Operation Unified Assistance" on Tuesday. "And our forces are going to bring their expertise in command and control, in logistics, in engineering." After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1983, Williams became a field artillery officer and platoon leader based in Scheinfurt, Germany, according to his Army bio.
Many of you might remember last year on September 14, 2013 when 5th ranked Stanford visited Michie Stadium and was a 30 point favorite to beat Army. On that day Stanford went into the locker room at the half only leading by 7. "The Black Knights led 6-0 early and kept the game close most of the way before Stanford pulled ahead for a 34-20 victory [ESPN Sports ]" . It was quite a game to watch. This year we had expectations but knew it would be a difficult day. Army defense played well early on but Stanford was too much for us on this day as we were shut out 35-0.
Below is the Postgame Quotes from goARMYsports.com. More pictures are posted at the bottom. You can click on the pictures to see a larger view. Come join us at Gator's Dockside in Baldwin Park for the next game!
Head Coach Jeff Monken
(ref.: great effort, just the wrong side of the scoreboard)
"I don't know. Effort will be something that we'll have to see when we watch the film. I hope our guys played hard. But bottom line, they were more physical than we were when we were trying to block them. We had a difficult time, and they were blocking us, we weren't doing a great job getting off blocks all the time."
(ref.: they do anything that surprised you that you didn't expect)
"Nope. It's exactly what we expected. It's what we practice for all week, but they were just better."
Another well deserved award for Conrad Taylor. The following comment from Conrad was posted on our Facebook page.
Every time I forget about PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance, convinced that there is nothing more worth sharing, a surprise happens! Yesterday, I learned that Readers' Favorite - reviewer of books for the likes of James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, Random House, Harper Collins, etc. - has awarded its highest 5-Star rating to PATH to FREEDOM.
Their high recommendation helps to signal that your encouragement and support has not been in vain! Appreciate the "assist" very much. Thanks!
It was on March 29, 1973, when American combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. However, by the war’s end in 1975, more than three million American men and women would...
The following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1950 | 1956 | 1959 | 1961 | 1969 | 1987 | 1992 | 1993. Class...
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Tyrese Bender and Hannah Blakey of Army West Point track & field, Maddie Burns of women's lacrosse and Bennett Taylor of men's lacrosse were all named the Corps Squad Athletes of the Month...
This weekend the West Point Band would like to give back to you and offer a bit of respite during these difficult times.
In lieu of an in-person concert, please join them this Saturday,...