U.S., South American NCOs Gather in Buenos Aires to Discuss Common Challenges

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo September 09, 2018 Argentina hosted the Senior Enlisted Leader Seminar 2018, bringing together service members of 11 countries in Buenos Aires, August 27th-29th. The event, held during the South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC) 2018, took place in the Argentine capital for the first time. Leaders gathered under the theme, South American Military Contributions to Global Peace. U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) sponsored both initiatives. Noncommissioned officers (NCO) from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, and Peru, in addition to Argentina and the United States, attended the event. Canada and Spain were present as observers. “This seminar is very important to strengthen relations among our nations. It also shows us what NCOs can do for their countries and armed forces,” U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Major Bryan Zickefoose, SOUTHCOM’s senior enlisted leader, told Diálogo. “We gathered all over the Americas, and this event continues to grow with every edition. Argentina is one of our strongest partners, and the fact that it’s the host this year strengthens the seminar even more.” Sgt. Maj. Zickefoose was pleased with the dynamic of the presentations. “The experience was wonderful. All participants were very outgoing about asking questions,” he said. “Everybody wants to know more about the reality of other countries.” Social networks Argentine Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Enzo Cornacchini highlighted that the seminar was held in conjunction with SOUTHDEC 2018, which gathered officers from participating nations. “The conference has been around for years, but was always dedicated to Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 2017, when Peru hosted the event, we had the opportunity to work with a parallel schedule for NCOs,” Master Chief Petty Officer Cornacchini said. “This space for debate is good, because we definitely all have similar problems and challenges. It’s important to know how each of us tries to solve them.” One of the challenges addressed was social networks. Service members from different countries shared their way to handle new technologies. “Our youth has a very different mindset than ours. We entered [the force] at least 35 years ago, when we had to go around the block to a phone booth to make a call. Now any young person can take a photo, and at times isn’t conscious of the risk an innocent image can cause,” Master Chief Petty Officer Cornacchini said. “A man who takes an innocent photo posing near a boat might reveal features of a military unit. As such, the idea is to raise people’s awareness about the risks of exposing photographic material in social media, which might compromise the armed forces.” Peacekeeping operations On the first day of presentations, participants addressed South American military contributions to peacekeeping operations. “We presented the facilities we have, our team of instructors, how training is structured for peacekeeping missions, and what were the most important missions in which we participated,” Master Chief Petty Officer Cornacchini said. “Argentina has a lot of experience in the field. For instance, we currently have personnel deployed in Cyprus. And we had NCOs working in the FARC’s [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia] disarmament process in Colombia.” Sgt. Maj. Zickefoose stressed the outstanding collaboration between South American countries and the United Nations. “NCOs are important to help carry out peacekeeping operations and mentor other service members. They are the basis, the forces’ backbone. Without them, it’s impossible to develop a professional military force,” he said. “With NCOs such as Argentina’s, the country has a professional military force to help fix things and cooperate with other partners in peacekeeping operations.” The second day focused on NCOs’ studies in schools of Argentina and the United States. “In Argentina, the three forces have different academies, with different curricula as well. So we showed how each of the three forces deals with education and our projects to improve the curriculum and optimize military education.” Master Chief Petty Officer Cornacchini said. NCOs: the forces’ backbone Colombian Army Command Sergeant Major Argemiro Posso, senior enlisted leader at the Joint Command, stressed the importance of South American NCOs’ professional development for SOUTHCOM. “This helps raise awareness about proper training and education for the NCO corps, so we can fulfill our missions under the leadership of our officers,” Command Sgt. Maj. Posso said, adding that the seminar serves as a platform to remind partner nations about NCOs’ professional training. “In Colombia, NCOs are part of the backbone of our institution. We see ourselves like a biological body: Our officers are the brain; we are the backbone; our soldiers are the upper and lower limbs,” Command Sgt. Maj. Posso said. “Under their leadership, our officers tell us what they want, so that with our limbs, we can fulfill the mission.”​​​​​​​ “Jointness”: Coordinated action According to Command Sgt. Maj. Posso, the 2018 edition of the seminar stressed the importance of integrating forces to confront common, transnational threats. “What I emphasize is that ‘jointness’; to make the Army, Navy, and Air Force understand that if we come together, we can be successful in fulfilling our duties against these threats,” he said. To illustrate the concept, Command Sgt. Maj. Posso used an example U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major John W. Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, taught him. “He used to say it was very difficult to fight with one finger. One finger is the Army. Another finger is the Navy. And another finger is the Air Force. The fourth finger, in some countries, is the Police or National Guard. If we join those fingers, we have a fist. And with the fist we can hit [the threat] hard,” he said. “That ‘jointness’ is what allowed us, in Colombia, to be successful in confronting the FARC. We understood that if we integrated our capabilities jointly, without losing the identity of each force, we could be the right fist.” Human rights Chilean Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Sady Tarque Vega, senior enlisted leader of the Chilean Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the seminar delved on human rights based on the different armed forces’ perspectives. He also pointed to discussions on the impact information and communications technology (ICT) has on the security of military operations. “Nowadays everything is computerized: ICT, social media, cyberattacks. This subject was addressed here, so we could figure out ways to improve security,” Chief Master Sgt. Vega told Diálogo. “We also discussed leadership, technical military careers, gender equality, and how to strengthen joint culture in the lower ranks,” Chief Master Sgt. Vega said. “In other words, the person being trained should know that their actions, whether in the Navy, Army, or Air Force, converge in joint action at the national level, and in combined action at the international level—that’s joint culture.” For Brazilian Navy Master Chief Petty Officer José Nascimento, the conference served as a platform to exchange experiences about NCOs’ leadership. “Based on their experience, NCOs need to be leaders by example. They should carry out their role based on what officers indicate and set the example for their subordinates,” Master Chief Petty Officer Nascimento said.last_img read more

Jokowi inaugurates new antiterror agency chief despite criticism

first_imgWhile the antiterror agency had previously been led by police generals, Neta said the police chief only had the authority to recommend a name to the President to fill the position.Boy defended his appointment, saying that some people might have misunderstood the process. He said the National Police chief’s telegram had merely appointed him as a senior officer to the National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad, who would then be assigned to the BNPT.“So, in the telegram, I was not [directly] named as the head [of the BNPT],” Boy said, adding that the appointment and inauguration of the BNPT head was the President’s domain.Boy, who graduated from the National Police Academy in Semarang, Central Java, in 1988, served as the Papua Police chief from April 2017 to August 2018, when he was assigned to the Lemdiklat. Prior to his assignment in Papua, he had served both as a National Police and Jakarta Police spokesperson as well as the Banten Police chief. (asp)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday inaugurated police Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar as the new head of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) despite criticism from police watchdogs over the manner of the appointment.Boy – a veteran police officer who has held various high positions in his 32-year career, including Papua Police chief – was chosen to replace fellow police officer Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius, who had helmed the BNPT since 2016. Prior to the promotion, Boy served as the deputy chief of the police’s education and training institute (Lemdiklat).Around 20 people, including some high-ranking officials, attended the inauguration ceremony, maintaining a distance between one another in the line the health protocol amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “I would like to convey my gratitude to Pak Jokowi for giving me this opportunity. In facing the challenges ahead, the BNPT should be an institution that can incorporate strengths from all elements in the government and society in the fight against terrorism,” Boy said after the ceremony.He added that the focus of the BNPT would be to intensify cooperation with stakeholders from home and abroad. “We know that terrorism is a transnational organized crime. We have to work together; we have to collaborate and incorporate resources from the government and from the people.”The mechanism of Boy’s appointment has been under scrutiny, with Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) chairman Neta S. Pane criticizing the fact that Boy was appointed through a National Police chief telegram.Neta argued it was the President’s prerogative to appoint and inaugurate the BNPT chairman, not the National Police chief’s, as stipulated in a 2010 presidential regulation on the BNPT.last_img read more

Paterson left scratching his head

first_imgStriker Martin Paterson admits Northern Ireland were left dumbfounded by their latest World Cup qualifying defeat, a 2-0 sucker punch in Azerbaijan. Having arrived at Baku’s Bakcell Arena hoping to show last month’s loss to Luxembourg was a blip, Michael O’Neill’s side instead added another depressing result to their Group F hall of shame. Yet at the half-time break, it seemed as though they were well set to claim a positive result. “In the second half I hit the bar – it’s a game of inches – and their second goal was just frustration. “We can’t look to blame anyone else other than who was out there.” After a night that proved a body blow to the team’s hopes of a bright finish to their campaign, Paterson still felt able to tentatively look on the bright side. With two points taken from a possible 12 against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan in the campaign, that might seem a stretch, but the 26-year-old gave it his best. “There are positives to take, as mad as that sounds,” he said. “I don’t think we’re miles away but it’s a fine line. We had four or five good chances, they got one break and scored: that’s international football. “But we are still a young group. We’ve got to learn quickly and turn results around. If we do we have a chance of really pushing in the next campaign, but we have to work harder as a unit.” Manager Michael O’Neill, who cut a frustrated figure in his post-match media duties – witheringly telling one local journalist they had posed “a stupid question” – now faces the unenviable challenge of lifting a depleted squad for Tuesday’s final match in Israel. Joining Evans in being suspended for that match are defensive talisman Gareth McAuley and midfielder Oliver Norwood, who each picked up their second bookings of the campaign. Northern Ireland are unlikely to add to their squad in Tel Aviv, leaving O’Neill to sift through his current group for answers. “We have three players out but we also have men to come in – particularly the likes of Sammy Clingan and Chris Baird,” he said. “We’ll have to look at the centre-back situation because of the players we’ve lost to suspension and that is self inflicted. “But I thought the referee was not strong enough. I’m disappointed with him, he should have been stronger on the night.” Paterson and strike partner Jamie Ward both got on the end of good opportunities but could not provide the killer touch. And although they went in at the interval confident their luck would change, the hosts pounced with a 58th minute goal from Rufat Dadashov and it only got worse from there. Paterson lashed the woodwork with a powerful strike in the 88th minute and as the game entered added time Jonny Evans was sent off for a professional foul, as well as conceding a free-kick which Mahir Shukurov bent into the top corner. Huddersfield forward Paterson revealed the players struggled to get their heads around their fate. “If you watched that game you’re probably scratching your head wondering how have we lost 2-0. We are,” he said. “People might see the result and say ‘Northern Ireland lost 2-0, what a poor result that is’ but they don’t see how we’ve played. “Saying that, we’ve only got ourselves to blame. We dominated the game for 45 minutes but didn’t take our chances and their goalkeeper played very well. “Then we just switched off for a couple of minutes, conceded, and the game changes. Press Associationlast_img read more

Eight-man football takes flight with anticipated showdown at Ellsworth High School

first_img Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img ELLSWORTH — If this wasn’t football, Jim Hartman doesn’t know what is.Hartman, back for his second stint with the Yarmouth Clippers after seven seasons at Portland, has patrolled the sidelines at many high school football fields throughout the state during his 13 years as a head coach. Doing so in the Clippers’ first-ever eight-man game Friday night at Ellsworth’s Tug White Stadium was a new experience, but for Hartman, it was football all the same.“Did that not feel like football?” Hartman asked after his team’s season-opening win over Ellsworth/Sumner. “We passed the ball, and we ran the ball; they hit us hard, and we hit them hard back. It was great football.”Indeed, this game between Ellsworth/Sumner and Yarmouth was filled with the hard hits, big plays, community camaraderie and general excitement that have long made high school football an American tradition. Whereas those things mattered to the players, coaches and fans present, the number of players on the field did not.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textYarmouth outlasted Ellsworth/Sumner 20-14 on Friday in a game that marked the start of the inaugural season of eight-man football for both programs. The game gave everyone in attendance a taste of what eight-man football is all about, and for both coaches, the initial response was overwhelmingly positive.Ellsworth/Sumner’s Chris Cobb (middle) positions himself to engage a blocker as the Yarmouth offense runs a pitch play during the second half of a high school football game Sept. 6 at Ellsworth High School. With 14 players on its roster, Ellsworth/Sumner has the fewest of any high school team in Maine. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“It’s the same thing,” Ellsworth/Sumner head coach Duane Crawford said. “The fundamentals, the rules, the feeling of the game, none of those things are different.”As the first game played in the new eight-man classification’s large-school division, this encounter was a much-anticipated one from the very beginning. Ellsworth/Sumner fans packed the stadium hill from top to bottom to catch a glimpse of the action, and Yarmouth had a strong contingency of its own with many fans in navy blue making the 150-mile trip.Some of those fans had yet to settle in when Ellsworth/Sumner senior J’Von James took the opening kickoff to the house for the Eagles’ first-ever eight-man touchdown. Even with less room with which to work than usual — eight-man fields are 40 yards wide rather than 53 1/3 — there was no stopping James on his way to the end zone.“He’s pretty elusive,” Crawford said of James, a transfer student from Central High School in Springfield, Mass. “I don’t think a lot of teams are going to be kicking off to him this year.”Yarmouth (1-0) tied the game with 4 minutes, 18 seconds left in the first quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run and took a 14-6 lead early in the second following a touchdown pass on 4th and 20. The Eagles responded by tying the game at 14 early in the second half with a 3-yard run from Connor Crawford and a diving catch from James on the 2-point conversion.Yet Yarmouth took back the lead on a touchdown later in the third quarter, and the Clippers would never relinquish it. Ellsworth/Sumner (0-1) neared the red zone twice in the fourth, but the visitors stood tall on defense on both occasions to preserve the victory.Ellsworth/Sumner entered the game with a roster size of 14, the smallest in the entire state. Bringing such a squad into an 11-man game a year ago would’ve been borderline unmanageable, but the introduction of eight-man, which was approved earlier this year to address declining participation statewide, allowed the Eagles to stay competitive against a Yarmouth team with twice as many players.“We’re very thin, and we’re still working some kids in because there are a couple who have only been with us for two weeks,” Duane Crawford said. “It’s Ironman football for us right now, but our kids really went out there and worked hard.”The sky bursts with shades of pink and purple as the sun sets over Tug White Stadium during halftime of a high school football game between Ellsworth/Sumner and Yarmouth Sept. 6 at Ellsworth High School. The Eagles will be at home once again next Friday, Sept. 13, as they take on Gray-New Gloucester (0-1) at 6 p.m. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLIf there’s one notable difference between the eight-man and 11-man codes, Hartman said, it’s the number of gaps along the offensive line. Yet that difference did nothing to change the intensity or overall atmosphere of Friday’s game.“We’re still smacking pads, still blitzing and still throwing the ball,” Hartman said. “There are some plays we can run in 11-man — some powers, some counters — that we can’t run here, but there’s no difference in the football.”The Eagles will play another home game at 6 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 13, when they face Gray-New Gloucester (0-1). Gray-New Gloucester opened the season Friday with a 56-28 loss to Ellsworth/Sumner’s Week 3 opponent, Mount Ararat.Ellsworth/Sumner will get another crack at Yarmouth when it faces the Clippers on Oct. 18 at Yarmouth High School. Both teams have a lot of work to do before then, but when the time comes, Hartman expects the Eagles to provide another stern test.“You could put as many kids as you want on the field, but the bottom line is their kids played their asses off,” Hartman said. “That’s what the game is all about.”Golden Bucks, Trojans earn Week 1 winsBucksport and Mount Desert Island enjoyed strong starts to their 2019 football seasons Friday night with decisive victories in their respective Week 1 contests.In Lincoln, Bucksport (1-0) scored three first-half touchdowns against Mattanawcook Academy (0-1) to take a 19-0 lead into the break. The Golden Bucks added two more scores in the second half and kept the Mattanawcook offense from making any significant breakthroughs to earn a 35-6 win in a rematch of the 2017 and 2018 Class D North semifinal matchups between the two teams.MDI got off to a slow start at home against Stearns/Schenck (0-1) by conceding a touchdown on the opening kickoff, but the Trojans (1-0) scored the next five touchdowns to take control of the game en route to a 51-28 victory. Mark Arnold’s team had 455 yards of total offense in the win.“We didn’t want to start the football game that way, that’s for sure, but you sometimes have those moments early in the season where you make those errors on special teams,” Arnold said. “I was happy that our kids came out, believed in themselves and turned it right around.”Bucksport will play its first home game of the season next Friday when it faces Dexter (1-0) at 7 p.m. MDI will be back in action at the same time as it hosts Maine Central Institute (1-0). 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Cheltenham ground in fantastic shape for full Festival schedule

first_img Share Submit BHA debuts new Jump technology at Cheltenham Festival March 13, 2019 Share StumbleUpon Sportsbook growth drives Paddy Power Betfair Q1 2017 performance May 3, 2017 Related Articles Cheltenham ‘Clerk of the Course’ Simon Claisse has stated that the racecourse ground conditions are in ‘fantastic shape’ for next week’s full festival 2017 racing schedule.With Cheltenham 2017 beginning next Tuesday, Claisse detailed that the Cheltenham Old Course ground was ‘good to soft’ and that the same conditions could be seen for the Cheltenham New Course ground which will stage Thursday and Friday’s festival racing.Weather dependent the Cheltenham Festival 2017 is currently in perfect conditions for punters backing their horses. Speaking to UK racing new website  Sporting Life,  Claisse detailed :“The forecast remains unsettled, with bits and pieces of rain coming in during the course of the next week amounting to somewhere between nine and 11 millimetres.”“I wouldn’t expect much change in the going between now and the start of the Festival. For Festival week we’re looking at temperatures of around 10C with little bits of rain here and there.“But as I’ve said before, the weather has been so volatile this winter and forecasts change every day, so there is uncertainty, but nothing of concern. I haven’t changed the ground from Sunday, so it’s good to soft on the Old Course and good to soft, good in places on the New Course and the cross-country course.”“We’re very happy with where we are. The course looks in fantastic shape.” Heavy ground at Cheltenham for the first time in 36 years March 13, 2018last_img read more