Australian Navy Commodore Visits US Navy’s Only Boot Camp

first_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy Commodore Visits US Navy’s Only Boot Camp Australian Navy Commodore Visits US Navy’s Only Boot Camp The Royal Australian Navy attaché to the United States visited the US Navy’s Recruit Training Command (RTC) at Great Lakes, Illinois, from October 31 – November 1.Commodore Steve R. W. McDowell toured RTC’s state-of-the art facilities and served as the reviewing officer for the weekly Pass-In-Review graduation in RTC’s Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall, during which 1,001 recruits, after completing all recruit training requirements, officially became Sailors.“I was really looking forward to this visit on so many levels. It’s a great honor and privilege to be not only the reviewing officer but to also be able to see so many fine young United States men and women and their families,” said McDowell. “They have really achieved something in their lives and it’s really terrific to see.”McDowell congratulated the RTC staff and leadership, and told the recruits to feel proud of their training, proud of the petty officers, chief petty officers and officers that mentored and trained them and to continue to feel the pride of service as they move on in their Navy careers.“Each of you, like our Australian men and women that join our respective navies have selflessly answered the call to duty, to serve a cause greater than yourselves. There is no finer calling and you should all feel proud, as I do, of your service.”McDowell had the opportunity to sit and talk with many of the graduating recruits at a Pizza Night the night before graduation in the USS Arizona recruit barracks dinning facility. Pizza Night is a congratulatory and more relaxed dinner where recruits can unwind with each other, knowing in less than 24 hours, they will be graduating from the Navy’s only boot camp.“I was interested in what they thought of the process of (going through recruit training) and what they thought were the highlights and lowlights. I was staggered by the responses I received as every answer began with “we” rather than “me”. And that really said volumes for how they all really rose to the challenge of becoming part of the Navy team,” said McDowell.McDowell also had the chance to tour some of RTC’s most distinctive structures including the 173,000 square-foot, three-story physical fitness training facility, Freedom Hall. He also toured other RTC facilities, including the USS Arizona recruit barracks and the USS Trayer (BST 21), the Navy’s largest simulator. The 210-foot-long Arleigh Burke-class destroyer replica Trayer is home of Battle Stations 21, which is the culmination of eight weeks of training by recruits. Battle Stations 21 is a grueling 12-hour test of a recruit’s skills in several shipboard scenarios, including firefighting, combatting flooding and transporting casualties.“I loved the whole experience,” he said. “I saw the combination of the recruits graduating, their families and the staff and the genuine commitment to one another and the team. It was really emotional to see that and was terrific.”RTC is primarily responsible for conducting the initial orientation and training of new recruits. The command is commonly is referred to as “boot camp” or “recruit training” and has been in operation at Great Lakes since 1911. Boot camp is approximately eight weeks, and all enlistees into the United States Navy begin their careers at the command. Training includes physical fitness, seamanship, firearms, firefighting and shipboard damage control and lessons in Navy heritage and core values, teamwork and discipline. Since the closure of RTCs in Orlando and San Diego in 1994, RTC Great Lakes is now the Navy’s only basic training location, and is known as “The Quarterdeck of the Navy.” Today, more than 40,000 recruits graduate annually from RTC and begin their Navy careers.RTC is overseen by Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), headquartered in Building 1; the historic clock tower building on Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill. NSTC oversees 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy. NSTC also includes the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at more than 160 colleges and universities, OTC Newport, and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.[mappress]Press Release, November 14, 2013; Image: Australian Navycenter_img Training & Education November 14, 2013last_img read more

Shehu Bamidale wins 2013 National Pool tournament

first_imgShehu Bamidale defied the odds and defeated all in his way to emerge the 2013 National Pool tournament winner at the grand finale last Thursday, Boxing Day December 26 at the Accra Sports Stadium.Bamidale took home a pool table set, a trophy and Hunter’s Gold souvenirs as his prize for emerging the Ghana Pool champion. Runner-up was Victor Myers who received a 32″ flat screen TV and souvenirs from Hunter’s Gold whilst Samuel Noah got a table-top refrigerator and Hunter’s Gold souvenirs for finishing 3rd.For Nudzor Agbanu, CEO of the Afrodigital Productions organisers of the annual event, staging the final at the nation’s number one sports facility was a clear indication that the sport overseen by the 2009 founded Ghana Snooker Players Association, is finally gaining grounds and national recognition.He confirmed that the finalists will form the core of the national team that would be selected via justify-your-inclusion exercise for international competitions in Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya next year.“It’s been very successful I can say that 99.9% of our targets have been met. It’s great especially today that for the first time we are playing at the Accra Sports Stadium which gives the tournament a truly national character,” Mr. Agbanu said in his closing remarks.He added: “This is the beginning of real development of pool as a big sport in Ghana. It’s going to be held every year thanks to the continued support of companies like Pitsea Ways, Hunter’s Gold and Citizens Concepts who have found it useful to sponsor us. Kwabena Appiah, Managing Director of Pitsea Ways, your number one cash emergency service, assured the National Pool tournament organisers of their commitment to the sport and has further pledged extending such benevolence to other sporting disciplines.“We are here to help, support and promote pool playing in Ghana, it’s good to give pool players a competition. Every now and then we help out with sports programmes and pool is one of them. Hopefully next year it will be even bigget than this and we promise to come and help again,” Mr. Appiah told exclusively.last_img read more

Stream Team Offers Incentives for Motorists to Fix Leaks in “Don’t…

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Stream TeamDid you know 1.7 million vehicles in the Puget Sound region leak seven million quarts of oil per year? That’s equal to a tanker truck per day! Vehicle leaks cause havoc for drivers and the environment. Fixing the problem can help drivers keep their cars on the road, while keeping toxic pollutants such as oil from traveling into our local waterways and Puget Sound.During 2017, Puget Sound motorists can find an affordable fix and keep pollutants out of Puget Sound, thanks to the “Don’t Drip & Drive” campaign.Thurston County area automotive repair businesses are offering discounts to incent drivers to repair leaking cars. Photo courtesy: Stream TeamAs part of the campaign, participating local auto repair shops will conduct a FREE visual leak inspection, a diagnostic service valued at up to $80. If there is a problem, the driver will receive a coupon for 10% off service (up to $50) to fix the problem – a total savings of up to $130.Auto leaks can be expensive. Don’t Drip & Drive helps drivers find out if their car has a leak, and it gives them a discount to fix it. Studies show that 67 percent of drivers who find a leak will fix it within three months. In an effort to make that closer to 100% of drivers, Don’t Drip & Drive encourages you to go out and get your car checked.Don’t Drip & Drive was designed to build awareness and educate people throughout Washington that it is important to check for vehicle leaks regularly to keep their car in proper working order and to protect local waters.Leaking cars pollute the environment. Put a piece of cardboard below your car at night and check for drips in the morning. Photo courtesy: Stream Team.By regularly checking for vehicle leaks, you improve your car’s safety and reliability. To check your vehicle for leaks at home, all you need is cardboard or newspaper. Place one of these under your car overnight. This will allow time for any leaks that may be present to drip onto your material. The next morning, examine the material you placed beneath the car for any stains. Take note of the consistency and color of the stains, then use the Don’t Drip & Drive Leak Diagnostic Tool online to determine what kind of leak you have.If you notice a leak, take your car to a participating mechanic to get it fixed. Don’t miss your chance for a discounted leak repair. To take advantage of the free visual inspection for vehicle leaks, and 10% off repairs, visit one of these participating mechanic shops:Lacey:Automotive Artistry – 5711 Lacey Blvd SE Suite 308, Phone: (360) 412-8023Hawks Prairie Automotive – 8045 Martin Way E, Phone: (360) 456-8000Jimmy’s Automotive and Discount Muffler – 4524 Pacific Ave SE, Phone: (360) 459-7113Meineke Car Care – 5916 Pacific Avenue SE, Phone: (360) 542-6000Midas Auto Service Lacey – 3935 Pacific Ave SE, Phone: (360) 456-5880Olympia:Andy’s Automotive & Off Road – 7292 Martin Way, Phone: 360-456-1776Bron’s Automotive – 1025 Black Lake Blvd SW #2B, Phone: 360-943-5993Champion Automotive Repair – 7013 Martin Way E, Phone: 360-438-3839Lloyd’s Automotive and Transmission – 425 State Ave NE, Phone: 360-357-7422Meineke Car Care – 517 4th Avenue E, Phone: (360) 357-8995Midas Auto Service Olympia – 108 NW Kenyon St, Phone: (360) 357-4544Nisqually Automotive & Towing – 10246 Martin Way E, Phone: 360-491-4357Terry’s Automotive – 2021 W Harrison, Phone: 360-943-0410Ben’s Automotive – 1041 Southbay Rd NE, Phone: (360) 325-9414Bryan’s Automotive – 6940 Martin Way E, Phone: (360) 493-8300Integrity Automotive – 2202 4th Ave East, Phone: (360) 915-8216Olympic Transmissions & Auto Care – 7011 Martin Way E, Suite A, Phone: (360) 456-2266Tumwater:Tumwater Automotive – 6020 Capitol Blvd S, Phone: (360) 943-9097Get your leaking car repaired at a shop in Olympia, Lacey or Tumwater. Photo courtesy: Stream Team.This article was brought to you by the storm and surface water utilities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and Thurston County. Stream Team participates in regional pollution prevention campaigns, such as Don’t Drip & Drive, with jurisdictions and organizations across the Puget Sound region.Stream Team offers FREE community events that are open to everyone. You can participate individually, or bring your family, friends or members of your community group. For more information, please visit or like us on Facebook at read more

Trinity Hall to Proceed; Litigation May Continue

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Trinity Hall girls school is preparing to move forward with its permanent campus with the latest approval of the planning board in hand, over the continuing objections of area residents and possibly more litigation.After a six-hour public hearing last week, filled to a standing-room only capacity for much of the hearing, the planning board reaffirmed its prior approval of the all girls religious school proposed for Chapel Hill Road. Following the school’s approval – coming after 1 a.m. on Thursday – with a 4-2 vote, the school’s co-founder, Victoria Gmelich said, “We’re ready to break ground.”No date, however, has been set to commence construction.Ron Gasiorowski, the Red Bank lawyer representing an area resident opposed to the project, said this week, “I was obviously disappointed with the decision. I think there are a multitude of issues that remain open and my client and I will be meeting and discussing options and making a determination of what to do next.”Previously, Gasiorowski has said his client of record, Linda Glowzenski, would continue the legal battle opposing the project.In addition, there are two other lawsuits stemming from the project, involving similar objections, said Gasiorowski, who is representing those plaintiffs as well.Last Wednesday’s hearing was the third separate time the planning board addressed this application. Last August, the board initially denied the application, citing traffic safety and other concerns. A Superior Court judge remanded it back to the board after the judge invalidated a portion of a township ordinance. On the second occasion the board approved it but the judge again remanded it, ruling the board acted incorrectly by not allowing public comment for the second-round hearing. That precipitated last week’s hearing and this approval.Trinity Hall is a private all-girls secondary education, Roman Catholic-based school, that is planning on constructing its permanent campus on about 37 acres of an approximately 60-acre undeveloped and largely wooded property on Chapel Hill Road at the Kings Highway intersection that could eventually accommodate as many as 500 students. The project has been a local hot button for area homeowners who continued to voice objections to the proposal, saying a large intense use for the residential area is out of place and would increase traffic creating a public safety concern, and negatively impacts the area’s environment and the homeowner’s quality of life.Gasiorowski at last week’s hearing argued there continues to be environmental and traffic safety concerns involving the project. He presented an engineer, who alleged the school project’s storm water management plan did not meet state Department of Environmental Protection’s or the township’s requirements under its ordinance and would pose a flooding threat given the area’s high water table.Gasiorowski told the board it should have its engineer take another look at the storm water plan before rendering its decision.John Giunco, Trinity Hall’s lawyer, called those assertions “incredible,” telling the board the project has received permits from the Department of Environmental Protection. Giunco also reminded the board in his closing the project is a conditional permitted use in the zone and required no variances. “I think you have more than a substantial reason to approve it,” Giunco told the board.The project continued to have its detractors, with Farm Road resident Peter Tommaso calling it “A square peg in a round hole.”“It doesn’t fit here. It doesn’t belong here,” Tommaso added. “In essence this will destroy the way of life as we know it.”But township resident Susan Meehan offered her support for the school saying “It has proven to be a good neighbor,” by revising its construction plans to make improvements to Chapel Hill Road and other accommodations.
 Trinity Hall issued a release on its victory, in which Gmelich stated, “We have prevailed after a long, arduous and often contentious process in which we maintained grace under pressure. We have kept our heads up and behaved aboveboard and I am proud of that.”Trinity Hall currently leases space from the township’s Croydon Hall facility, located in the Leonardo section.last_img read more

Shadowbrook To Auction Off Furnishings, Décor, Mirrors and More

first_imgFor information and photos visit or call Peter Costanzo at 732.776.7222 for additional details. SHREWSBURY – A portion of the contents of TheShadowbrook will be sold on-site in a public auction on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10a.m. The auction and preview will be on-site at Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury, 1 Obre Place, Shrewsbury. In 2015, the owners of The Venetian inGarfield and Seasons in Washington Township purchased Shadowbrook. The buildingclosed on January 1 to undergo a multi-million dollar renovation to add anaddition. Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury wasestablished in 1908 as the summer home of Dr. Ernest Fahnestock and remained inhis family until 1942, when the home was sold and transitioned into anestablished restaurant and later well known catering venue that has hostedthousands of weddings and special events throughout its successful tenure. center_img The live auction will begin on Saturday, Jan 26th at 10 a.m. The preview will be available on Friday, Jan 25th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday morning from 8-10 a.m. Antique furnishings, classic décor,decorative mirrors, artwork, architectural features, collectibles and lightingfixtures, including a famous gold chandelier with hand carved horses from theBaltimore Hotel from the foyer, will be featured. Also included will be banquetfurniture, supplies, and equipment.last_img read more


first_img“It was very difficult to select these two to audition from the many contenders,” Morris continued, “but both Craig and David bring something unique to their craft, in addition to being well regarded and highly recommended. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the Santa Anita Announcer Booth as we finalize this process.” Both will call two full days each and will contend with Michael Wrona and Frank Mirahmadi who have been calling at Santa Anita on a rotational schedule with Golden Gate Fields since the Santa Anita meeting opened on Dec. 26. # # # David Fitzgerald, 31, a Racing UK presenter and commentator since 2010, including the 2014 and 2015 Royal Ascot meetings, will call at Santa Anita over the weekend of Feb. 27 and Feb. 28. “Michael and Frank have both done an excellent job,” said Joe Morris, SVP of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “Even though the feedback for both has been very positive, we owe it to our fans to make sure we have explored every option. The quality of announcer submissions was overwhelming and included many well-known and well-respected announcers currently working at other tracks. We also have heard a few young stars in the making. Craig Evans, 48, the Senior Race Broadcaster for the Singapore Turf Club since 2010, will call at Santa Anita over the weekend of Feb. 20 and Feb. 21. Arcadia, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2016) – After a world-wide search resulted in nearly three dozen applications from nearly every continent, the management of Santa Anita Park has invited two international race callers to join the audition process later this month to become the permanent track announcer at The Great Race Place.last_img read more

AT&T launches IoT starter kits for AWS and Raspberry Pi

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces AT&T announced two new Internet of Things (IoT) starter kits at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, one for Amazon Web Services (AWS) developers, the other for developers that use Raspberry Pi.It comes six months after the launch of the wireless giant’s first starter kit. The two new kits look to bring more functionality into a single package, to avoid developers searching far and wide for third-party solutions that are compatible.See also: Israel telco giant Bezeq dives into smart city marketAT&T has packed an LTE Cat-1 modem, two antennas, a U.S. and Mexico SIM card with six months of 300MB prepaid data, a USB plug, a microSD card, and an NXP K64F development board into the starter kit.Both kits support PubNub Data stream network and associated APIs, which enable low latency and encrypted two-way messaging, according to a press release.Focusing on the two biggest IoT platformsInstead of making them open to any platform, AT&T has focused on two of the largest IoT platforms for beginners, AWS and Raspberry Pi. This allows developers to quickly build functions without having to learn new code or switch platforms.AT&T is competing heavily with Verizon to make the IoT market a new moneymaker, as the wireless industry starts to slow. Verizon has spent more to burst into the market so far, but AT&T appears to be taking a more collaborative approach, which might win over developers.And those two US-based wireless carriers are not the only ones looking to dominate the space. European communications like Vodafone and Orange, as well as other US firms, like Sprint, all want a piece of the IoT pie in the coming years, though not all have worked on their own devkit offering. David Curry Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puckcenter_img Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Amazon#AT&T#AWS#CES2017#Internet of Things#IoT#Raspberry Pi last_img read more

Total Force Fitness and Military Families Learning Network: Family Transitions

first_imgIn this week’s Friday Field Notes, we will continue our exploration of the resources and programming that Military Families Learning Network provides to support Total Force Fitness with our Family Transitions team.Family Transitions and Total Force FitnessSupporting military families through transitions (e.g., PCSing, retirement) requires a holistic approach like that of Total Force Fitness. Accordingly, the programming offered by the Family Transitions team incorporates all eight domains of total force fitness.Social and Psychological Fitness. Family Transitions is one of the MLFN teams producing the Resilience Series, a three-part webinar series aimed at promoting individual, family, and community resilience. Enhancing factors that promote resilience at multiple levels and reducing barriers to resilience supports both social and psychological fitness for military families.If you would like to gather social and psychological fitness for military families experiencing transitions, check out Family Transitions’ Opportunities and Possibilities: Posttraumatic Growth in Research and Practice (Parts one and two), Working Out Loud: Building Networks for Resilience, and Engaging Across Generations (parts one and two) webinars.Physical, Medical and Dental, and Nutritional Fitness. The diagnosis of a chronic illness and the co-occurring lifestyle changes is an important transition for families. In collaboration with Family Development, Military Caregiving, and Nutrition and Wellness, Family Transition produced Chronic Illness: Empowering Families in the Journal, parts one and two provide tools and resources for learning effective interdisciplinary strategies for supporting military families coping with the diagnosis of a chronic illness.Environmental Fitness. In our previous blog post exploring the ways in which Cooperative Extension can support Total Force Fitness, we explored how Outdoor RX can support environmental fitness. Family Transition produced a webinar, Returning Warriors: Using Outdoor Recreations for Restoration and Resilience, with Dr. Keith Tidball, PI for Community Capacity Building, describing the benefits of outdoor recreation for resilience.Spiritual Fitness. Coming soon, Family Transitions will be releasing a series of podcasts with 2018 Virtual Conference Keynote, Dr. Ann Phibbs. A continuation of the discussions from the 2018 Virtual Conference, the podcast will help educate and include resources for service providers to promote diversity and inclusion, a key piece of spiritual fitness.Additional Resources from Family TransitionsFamily Transitions programming aims to provide education and resources for service providers who are supporting military families through transitions. Programming from Family Transitions includes webinars, timely blog posts, podcasts, and videos. Keep up with news from Family Transitions by signing up for their newsletter and follow them on Twitter.last_img read more

Maoists force tribal family to flee village

first_imgThirteen members of a tribal family were forced to flee their native village in Odisha’s Malkangiri district following “threat and atrocities” by Maoists.Informer suspicionThe Maoists suspected the family from Dabuguda village under Mudulipada police station limits of being police informers. Surendra Sisa, a member of the family, said they have filed a complaint at Mudulipada police station about the threats being faced by them. Mudulipada police station Inspector in-charge Madhab Behera confirmed that an FIR has been registered on October 20.The family members are currently taking shelter in Kudumulguma block. The family has been troubled since August 28, when a top Maoist leader from Chhattisgarh, Rakesh Sodi, who was carrying a reward of ₹8 lakh on his head, was killed in an exchange of fire between the rebels and police near Dabuguda. One security personnel was also killed in the encounter.According to reports, last week, a group of armed Maoists reached Dabuguda and organised a kangaroo court in a nearby jungle, where the members of the family were beaten up and their house was ransacked. The Maoists allegedly barred the family from harvesting crop in their agricultural field.“The Maoists forced us to leave our village. So, we were compelled to take shelter at our relatives’ place,” said Subhas Sisa, another member of the family.Similar threats and atrocities by Maoists have forced six families of Tulasi and Kermeti villages of Mathili block of the district to leave their village and take shelter in Gangarajpali.last_img read more