Coast Guard, USS Whidbey Island Team Up To Fight Piracy

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Island View post tag: Whidbey View post tag: to View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Coast Guard, USS Whidbey Island Team Up To Fight Piracy View post tag: Navy An elite U.S. Coast Guard unit joined the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team on amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) to conduct counter-piracy and maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden.Members of a maritime safety and security team, based out of Seattle, Wash., and an advanced interdiction team from San Diego, Calif., came together in February, forming the eight-man team.“Our team specializes in boardings,” said Lt. j.g. Michael Holt, officer in charge of the Coast Guard team. “Back home, our focus is mainly on counter-drug operations, but it’s fairly easy for us to put our training to use for counter-piracy missions.”Prior to joining Whidbey Island, Holt’s team attended three weeks of additional training to prepare them for the unique overseas environment.“It’s a very similar mission, but out here we’re not just enforcing U.S. laws, and of course the threat level is inherently higher,” said Holt.The Coast Guard team provides training, experience, and the perspective of full-time boarding team experts.“For our team, VBSS is a collateral duty that’s incorporated when our schedule permits,” said Chief Master-at-Arms Gil Hurtado, Whidbey Island assistant boarding team officer. “The Coast Guard team is rated and billeted for this mission, making them a more fluid unit. Combining the two forces will sharpen our team’s movements and enhance their tactics.”The Coast Guard unit trains with the ship’s VBSS team twice a week. They cover topics such as mission planning, team integration, boarding fundamentals and detainee processing.“The teams work well together, and we definitely benefit from the merger,” said Hurtado.“This is a unique opportunity, and one of the best Navy ships I’ve been on,” said Holt. “Everyone has been very welcoming, hospitable, and gone out of their way to help us out any time we’ve needed anything.”Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG), supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Source: navy, September 13, 2011; View post tag: fight View post tag: Guardcenter_img View post tag: coast View post tag: piracy Share this article View post tag: USS View post tag: up View post tag: team September 13, 2011 Coast Guard, USS Whidbey Island Team Up To Fight Piracylast_img read more

HKS Appoints Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp as director of National Security Fellows program

first_img Read Full Story Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp has been named military affairs lecturer and director of the National Security Fellows (NSF) program at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).Rapp is currently Commandant of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a position he assumed in 2014. Prior to that appointment, Rapp served as Commanding General for National Support Element for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, as Commander of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, and as Commander of the northwestern division of the Army Corps of Engineers.“General Rapp is an accomplished and respected career military officer, whose addition to our faculty indicates the strong commitment we have as a school to our U.S. military students, their education, and our national security. HKS will benefit greatly from his deep and rich experience as a professional military educator and leader,” said Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and HKS Academic Dean.As director of the National Security Fellows program, Rapp will set the strategic direction for the program, which offers a 10-month postgraduate research fellowship for U.S. military officers and U.S. government civilian officials from the Intelligence Community who show promise of rising to the most challenging leadership positions in their organizations. Selection for this program is done by the respective military services and agencies.last_img read more

Tickets On Sale Now for Airline Highway on Broadway

first_imgTickets are now available for the New York premiere of Airline Highway by Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D’Amour. The production, directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello, will play Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre starting April 1, 2015 and open officially on April 23. Airline Highway View Comments Airline Highway is an ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting. In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans’ infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers, and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. The play will premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Downstairs Theatre in Chicago from December 4 through February 8, 2015. Casting and creative team for the Manhattan Theatre Club limited engagement will be announced at a later date. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgMost major college football teams are set to kick off their seasons around Labor Day weekend, with a handful starting as early as Aug. 29.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORFormer Michigan gymnast says doctor assaulted him in 1969DETROIT (AP) — A former gymnast at the University of Michigan said he tried to talk to his coach about being assaulted by a campus doctor during a routine physical in 1969 but was brushed off with a sneering smile that signaled “we’re changing the subject.”Ward Black, a member of the 1970 national championship team, spoke exclusively to The Associated Press about being molested by Robert Anderson. He’s the latest to reveal that university coaches decades ago apparently were aware of allegations about the doctor but didn’t take the complaints higher. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL camps to open July 10 pending deal to resumeUNDATED (AP) — NHL training camps will open July 10 if the league and players’ union can reach an agreement to resume the season. Setting the date gives the 17% of players overseas time to make arrangements to return in light of U.S. and Canada quarantine regulations. The league and NHLPA said the July 10 start of camps is pending medical and safety conditions and agreeing on getting back to games.Camps are expected to run two to three weeks with games taking place in two “hub” cities without fans. If the league and players finalize a deal to return, games could resume in early August.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is committing $250 million over 10 years to social justice initiatives, targeting what it calls “systemic racism” and supporting “the battle against the ongoing and historic injustices faced by African Americans.”The league, which has raised $44 million in donations through its Inspire Change program, announced the additional $206 million commitment Thursday. It plans to “work collaboratively with NFL players to support programs to address criminal justice reform, police reforms, and economic and educational advancement.”There has been increasing distrust of the NFL since San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest social injustice and police brutality. The message was misconstrued by the league and many team owners as anti-military and anti-flag.That distrust was expressed Wednesday by 49ers star cornerback Richard Sherman who says the league needs to do more than “throw money” and should be “calling out bigotry.”NFL-SEAHAWKS-CARROLL Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-COLONIALPGA Tour gets back to businessFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Golf is the second major sport in the U.S., behind motor sports, to resume a schedule shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. The start was even more quiet than usual on the PGA Tour, only the silence never left over the next 12 hours as golf was back to business at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial. Justin Rose and Harold Varner shared the lead at 7-under 63, with Justin Thomas among those a stroke back. Tom Lehman, a 61-year-old former champion at Colonial, got in on the act with a 65.Sung Kang made a hole-in-one on the 13th hole and didn’t realize it until he was 50 yards from the green.Ryan Palmer, a Colonial member who raised money for COVID-19 relief efforts during the shutdown, was chosen to hit the first official shot on the PGA Tour in three months. Colonial came to a standstill at 8:46 a.m. when everyone on the course honored a moment of silence for the death of George Floyd and the outrage it has sparked worldwide on racial injustice.NFL-SOCIAL JUSTICENFL to spend $250 million on social justice initiatives The details of the drive are still in the works, but the 24-year-old quarterback and 28-year-old safety wanted to make sure they were at the forefront of affecting change. And the best way to do that was making sure people had a voice when the November elections come around. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PRESEASON PLANNCAA proposal for extended college football preseason setThe NCAA football oversight committee has finalized a plan for an extended preseason that would include an additional two weeks for teams to hold walk-throughs.The proposal goes to the Division I Council, which meets Tuesday, and is expected to be approve.A proposed schedule permits teams to conduct the maximum six hours of unpadded walk-throughs per week while also requiring two days off for the players. The extra two weeks of walk-throughs, weight training, conditioning and film study will be limited to 20 hours per week total and can begin 14 days prior to the start of normal 29-day preseason practice. Teams are allowed to begin preseason practice 29 days before their scheduled first game. Black, now 68, is suing the university and has been interviewed by a law firm that was hired by the school to investigate complaints, which now exceed 300.Anderson worked at Michigan from the mid-1960s through 2003. He died in 2008. The university has said it believes he assaulted athletes, and it wants to compensate victims outside court. During his time as a gymnast, Black said he was molested during four annual physicals and two visits for toe and ankle injuries. He said Anderson insisted on checking his prostate before addressing injuries.CHIEFS-VOTER REGISTRATIONMahomes, Mathieu leading Chiefs in voter registration driveKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes and Tyrann Mathieu, are putting together a voter registration program in response to the social unrest that has gripped the nation. Pete Carroll expresses regret for not signing KaepernickRENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll revisited the team’s history with Colin Kaepernick on Thursday and expressed regret for not signing Kaepernick when given the opportunity.Seattle brought Kaepernick in for a workout during the 2017 offseason and had another visit a year later canceled. At that time, Carroll said Seattle chose not to bring Kaepernick aboard because he was viewed as a starter, not a backup.Carroll is reiterating that stance but says that in hindsight, he wishes he would have given Kaepernick a shot even if it meant a potentially awkward role as Russell Wilson’s backup. Carroll indicated that he believed Seattle passing on Kaepernick gave him a shot to be a starter elsewhere.Seattle is believed to be the only team to have brought Kaepernick in for meetings and a workout since he last played in the league in 2016. The Astros had to wait a while to make their first selection in this year’s draft after having their first- and second-round picks stripped by Commissioner Rob Manfred as part of the team’s punishment for breaking rules against using electronics to steal signs during games.While Detroit focused on adding offense, Miami went all pitching — already considered the strength in the upper levels of its system — with its six selections.Minnesota right-hander Max Meyer was the No. 3 overall pick to the Marlins. They followed with Oklahoma high school lefty Daxton Fulton (No. 40), Ball State righty Kyle Nicolas (No. 61), Coastal Carolina right-hander Zach McCambley (No. 75), Vanderbilt lefty Jake Eder (No. 104) and USC righty Kyle Hurt (No. 134).The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals took college pitchers with four of their six overall picks, taking Oklahoma right-hander Cade Cavalli at No. 22 overall, and then going with two other righties — LSU’s Cole Henry (second round), and UCLA’s Holden Powell — before selecting San Jacinto College North lefty Mitchell Parker with their final pick.Detroit had the No. 1 overall pick for the second time in three years. NEW YORK (AP) — The Detroit Tigers took a few more big swings at rebuilding their lineup.And, they hope sooner rather than later.After selecting Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson to open the Major League Baseball amateur draft Wednesday night, the Tigers used all five of their picks Thursday on hitters they envision joining him in Detroit.Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler led off the draft’s second day as the No. 38 overall selection. The Tigers then took LSU outfielder Danny Cabrera 62nd overall, and Rice shortstop Trei Cruz 11 picks later. Cruz is the son of former big leaguer Jose Cruz Jr. and grandson of Jose Cruz.Detroit went back to Arizona State in the fourth round, taking Torkelson’s switch-hitting teammate Gage Workman. Both were drafted by the Tigers as third basemen. So was fifth-rounder Colt Keith out of Biloxi High School in Mississippi. His selection ended Detroit’s run on college position players, but the Tigers remained focused solely on hitting talent. June 12, 2020 Associated Press Update on the latest sports — The PGA Tour Champions Boeing Classic scheduled to be held in August outside Seattle has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament director says uncertainty about the ability to hold large public gatherings in Washington state led to the decision. The tournament was scheduled for Aug. 17-23 at The Club at Snoqualmie (snoh-KWALM’-ee) Ridge.— The NFL has extended virtual offseason programs for teams through June 26. Although team facilities have opened for key personnel, coaches and players rehabilitating injuries, healthy players have been barred from those complexes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The remote programs have taken the place of on-site work, and some teams already have announced they are shutting those down. But the league said Thursday it will allow the virtual work for an additional 15 days.— English Premier League players won’t need to wear face masks arriving at stadiums, in dressing rooms or on the substitutes’ bench when the competition’s 100-day coronavirus shutdown ends next week. Clubs agreed Thursday on matchday protocols that include splitting stadiums into red, amber and green zones to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Games will be played without fans so access to stadiums will be limited to around 300 people who will have their temperatures checked on arrival. The season is scheduled to resume on Wednesday with Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United and Arsenal playing at Manchester City.MLB-DRAFT-DAY 2Tigers load up with more college bats on Day 2 of MLB draftlast_img read more