USA: BA12 Exercise Takes Fight to Shore

first_img View post tag: Navy Four months to the day before the 68th anniversary of the landing at Normandy, the Navy and Marine Corps team conducted another historic amphibious operation.Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, culminated Feb. 6 with a D-Day landing on the beaches of Camp Lejeune, N.C.Amphibious craft and thousands of U.S. Marines and British and Canadian commandos deployed from multiple ships to the shores of North Carolina following a week at sea practicing all facets of amphibious operations. The exercise’s scope and scale were last seen during the opening days of Operation Iraqi Freedom. “This type of an amphibious operation occurred at the start of the war as we brought forces over into the [Arabian] Gulf off the coast of Kuwait, in about this size of a task force,” said Marine Col. Scott S. Jensen, commanding officer of Marine Air Group (MAG) 29. “The difference being, is once we got there we offloaded onto the shore and our command and control shifted into a friendly country, and we reset ourselves land-based and were ready to support the combatant commander.”Landing craft air cushions and amphibious assault vehicles delivered Marines and coalition forces from the United Kingdom and Canada from amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to the beach in a mock amphibious landing. The exercise is a revitalization of amphibious capabilities and re-investment in the Navy-Marine Corps team.Marines from Regimental Landing Team 2, MAG 29, 2nd Marine Regiment, and British and Canadian commandos embarked Kearsarge Jan. 23 through Feb. 3 in preparation for the landing. The combined nature of the exercise allowed the U.S. and its partners to share amphibious tactics.“A lot of times we say, ‘oh they’re coming to learn our tactics, techniques and procedures,’” said Jensen. “But I think these are smart people from great countries who bring a lot to the table from what they’ve learned, and we’re seeing a lot of that sharing.”While the exercise is the largest in 10 years, the ability to launch an aggressive amphibious assault has always been a capability the Navy and Marine Corps have maintained. “What a lot of people don’t realize, is that the assault on Afghanistan was launched from the sea, to 700 miles inland,” said Capt. Peter Pagano, commander, Amphibious Squadron 4. “Those initial forces from amphibious ships and aircraft carriers, kicked off OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom).”The importance of amphibious capability lies not only with a tactical edge, but also a logistical need to provide from the sea. Sea basing, the maritime services’ revolutionary power projection doctrine, provides American and coalition forces the ability to sustain a fighting force anywhere in the world. “There are a lot of places around the world that just don’t have the infrastructure or the political position to allow a huge American force to fly in and operate,” Jensen said. “There aren’t many places with capabilities in the world that can match what we see in this team.”Bold Alligator began Jan. 30 and will continue until Feb. 12 afloat and ashore, in and around North Carolina and Virginia.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 08, 2012; Image: navy February 8, 2012 View post tag: Shore View post tag: Naval View post tag: usa Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: BA12 Exercise Takes Fight to Shore Share this article View post tag: takes USA: BA12 Exercise Takes Fight to Shore View post tag: Exercise View post tag: News by topic View post tag: BA12 Training & Education View post tag: fightlast_img read more

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NZ criticised for sex-trafficking and slavery

first_imgNZ Herald 20 June 2012New Zealand has been named as a “source country” for sex trafficking of underage girls and a destination country for forced labour in a sharply critical report released by the US State Department. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the annual Trafficking in Persons report in Washington DC this morning. It accuses New Zealand of having a small number of girls and boys, often of Maori or Pacific Island descent, who are trafficked domestically as street prostitutes. They can be the victim of gang trafficking rings, the report said. Foreign women from China and Southeast Asia are sometimes recruited to become prostitutes in New Zealand and may be at risk of coercive practices, it said. The report also takes aim at the violent and abusive conditions allegedly in place on some foreign-flagged fishing vessels in New Zealand waters.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10814256last_img read more

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Family First: Discharge without conviction for domestic violence sends ‘dangerous message’

first_imgStuff co.nz 11 June 2018Family First Comment: If we’re saying “It’s not OK”, then serious violence like this should not be ignored or decriminalised! A families advocate and an anti-violence campaigner have spoken out against a court’s refusal to review a decision to grant a man who seriously injured his wife a discharge without conviction.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie and Taranaki Safe Families Trust acting co-ordinator Mary Beaumont are speaking out after last week’s High Court ruling to refuse to grant leave for police to appeal against a district court decision to grant Wilfred Lawrence DSouza a discharge without conviction for a violent assault he meted out to his wife with an electrical cord.The victim was left with serious welts and bruising to her legs. “The discharge without any conviction being recorded for such a serious attack sends a dangerous message and sets a disturbing precedent,” McCoskrie said in a written statement.​He said the law had to reinforce the “It’s Not OK”  message given to communities around the country and judicial decisions like this sent the “wrong message” to society.“The finger is often pointed at communities to do more and speak up, but politicians and the legal system must also reflect the revulsion that NZ families have towards family violence of this nature,” he said.In DSouza’s case, he had pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting his wife with a blunt instrument after an incident at their home in April 2017, which began when he arrived home after a day out drinking and fishing with friends.After he discovered his wife had locked herself in the bedroom, he  banged on the door – which broke the lock –  and then threatened to harm himself.When his wife called him a “zero” he hit her with an open hand before picking up an electrical cord and striking the victim around the legs and hands.At DSouza’s sentencing in March, he was discharged without conviction by New Plymouth District Court Judge Chris Sygrove.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/104604904/family-first-discharge-without-conviction-for-domestic-violence-sends-dangerous-messagelast_img read more

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Sr. Mary Laurel Hautman O.S.F.

first_imgSr. Mary Laurel Hautman, age 80 of the Srs. of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Convent.  Born October 16, 1935 in Cincinnati, she is the daughter of Verena (Nee: Kopp) and Louis Hautman.  She entered the convent September 8, 1952 and made her final vows August 12, 1958.She attended St. Dominic School.  Mary Laurel’s brothers were slightly older than she, and each eventually left to fight in WWII.  The young student recalled, “From the time that I was in the second to the seventh grade, my four brothers were never home together.  There was constant coming and going as they came home on furloughs, and soon we would take them back to the Union Terminal.  When the war was over we were very blessed as they all came home.”Later Mary Laurel attended high school at the Immaculate Conception Academy in Oldenburg where she became familiar with the Sisters of St. Francis.  During her junior year she began to consider a religious vocation.The young novice went on to graduate from both Marian University and Xavier University.  Sr. Mary Laurel started her ministry as an elementary teacher having taught at Holy Family in Richmond, IN, St. Anthony in Streator, IL, Our Lady of Mercy in Dayton, OH, and Our Lady of Victory, St. James, St. Aloysius Gonzaga and Our Lady of Lourdes in Cincinnati, OH.  She served as a Pastoral Associate at St. Bonaventure in Cincinnati, OH, and finally as Co-Director of the Sisters’ Communications office in Oldenburg, IN.During her 30-year teaching career, Sr. Mary Laurel taught grades one, two, three and six, but her favorite was teaching the first grade students as they were so eager to learn and full of energy.  During a sabbatical year she was blessed to travel to visit the convent’s Prayer Lodge in Montana, and returned there years later for another visit. Mary Laurel greatly treasured her memories of the Native Americans she met – and their prayer ceremonies, dances and pow-wows.  In her retirement years she continued to minister in the Office of Congregational Advancement, and later as a Minister of Praise, and appreciated all the care she received from Sr. Judith Werner through the years, and from the caring staff at St. Clare Hall.Sr. Mary Laurel once commented, “As I look back on my years in Community, some years have not been easy, but I learned long ago that the convent and our Community in particular is where I am supposed to be.  God has walked close to me all during these years and I describe my God as holding my hand as we walk this journey of life together.”She is survived by nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by brothers Louis, Thomas, Robert and Jerry Hautman.  Visitation is Thursday, August 4th, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the convent chapel.  Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. James Meade officiating and burial in the convent cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Srs. of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN, 47036 (www.oldenburgfranciscans.org).last_img read more

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Q&A with USC’s Kari LaPlante

first_imgDT: What changes has USC coach Michael Cooper made to the offseason workout program since taking over before the 2009-2010 season?LaPlante: Well, under the old coaching staff, we didn’t have postseason workouts at all. [But] last year, right after spring break, six days after our last loss, we came back and started working out. We were all like, “What?” But I think it helped us a lot. DT: Can you reflect on your four years on the team?LaPlante: It’s been a great four years. I love all the girls — they’re like family to me. I’m going to miss them, especially all the little inside jokes that go on behind closed doors. I’ve been blessed to be able to play at USC, even with the coaching changes. I’ve been able to experience different things each year. The Daily Trojan sat down with senior center Kari LaPlante to discuss her experiences with the team and her plans for after graduation. Daily Trojan:  How does the USC women’s basketball team work out in the off-season?Swan song · Senior center Kari LaPlante helped lead the USC women’s basketball team to the WNIT finals in her last season with the program. – Kelvin Kuo | Daily Trojan Kari LaPlante: We just started up post-season individual workouts. There’s lots of skill-based workouts that we have stations for like shooting, dribbling and post touches. We do some conditioning as well. During the summer, the coaches can’t make us do any individual workouts, but they give us packets with skill sets to work  on. Also, the players usually get together to play five on five pickup games twice a week. DT: What do you plan to do after graduation?LaPlante: I’ve hired an agent, so I’m going to try and play basketball overseas somewhere in Europe.center_img DT: Do you have any regrets from your time on the team?LaPlante: No, not at all. My first three years, I didn’t get to participate in the postseason workouts because of injuries. But those injuries helped me become stronger, mentally and physically. All the ups and downs have helped me grow as a person. DT: What was different about this year?LaPlante: I was a team captain this year, so I played a bigger role for the team. As a captain, you want to push your teammates like a coach does. I tried to lead by example and become more of a vocal leader. I don’t know if that was because I was a captain or because I was a senior, but there was definitely a change in my mentality and how I approached everything. DT: What’s the most memorable game from your time at USC?LaPlante: The WNIT championship [this season]. It was an amazing experience. There was so much energy and excitement, it was unbelievable. It would’ve been nice to win it, but not many people get to experience a championship game. I didn’t get to once in high school. I’ve been very blessed that I was able to play in a championship game.last_img read more

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