USS Makin Island Wins Golden Anchor

first_img View post tag: Naval USS Makin Island Wins Golden Anchor Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Makin Island Wins Golden Anchor Share this article View post tag: wins View post tag: Excellence The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) earned the Retention Excellence Award for fiscal year 2014 by Naval Surfaces Force Pacific in a message received Jan. 15. This year marks the eighth consecutive year Makin Island earned the Retention Excellence Award.The Retention Excellence Award, also known as the Golden Anchor, recognizes commands that meet or exceed retention goals for the year. Makin Island exceeded the established minimum goals with retention rates of 51 percent for Sailors in the first six years of service, 83 percent for Sailors with six to 10 years of service, and 78 percent for Sailors with more than 10 years of service.As a Retention Excellence Award winner, the command’s personnel are given permission to paint the ship’s anchor gold as a symbol of their achievement. The golden anchor speaks volumes to the command and surrounding ships.Makin Island, the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is on a deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to promote peace and freedom of the seas by providing security and stability in the 7th Fleet area of operations.Image: US Navy View post tag: Retention View post tag: awardcenter_img Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS Makin Island View post tag: Golden Anchor View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topic February 13, 2015last_img read more

Spanish Navy’s Vessel Makes 70 Friendly Approaches off Somalia

first_img During her 4 month deployment with Operation Atalanta, Spanish warship, ESPS Infanta Cristina, performed more than 70 friendly approaches along the coast of Somalia and the Indian Ocean.Spanish sailors and marines met local seafarers and spoke about the role of the EU Naval Force to protect vessels and their crews from pirates. The sailors and marines also learned about the seafarers’ daily lives and challenges that they face at sea.The leader of the Spanish Marine team stated:During our deployment we met many locals at sea. They told us about their culture and traditions and we were able to explain how we have helped to keep the seas off the coast of Somalia safer.Image: EUNAVFOR View post tag: friendly July 7, 2015 View post tag: Spanish Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish Navy’s Vessel Makes 70 Friendly Approaches off Somalia Spanish Navy’s Vessel Makes 70 Friendly Approaches off Somalia View post tag: africa View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: vessel View post tag: 70 View post tag: Approaches Authorities View post tag: Somalia Share this articlelast_img read more

USCYBERCOM speaks at U.S. Naval Academy on future of cyber operations

first_img April 29, 2016 Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), spoke at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, April 26th, as part of the Cyber Lecture Series.Rogers addressed more than 600 midshipmen about the critical role cyber operations will play throughout their naval careers.“Not everyone is going to be a hardcore cyber professional, but I believe increasingly that in the world we live in, there is a fundamental level of knowledge that we all must have of cyber operations,” said Rogers. “[Cyber] is that pervasive, it’s that foundational.” Rogers, an Auburn University graduate, received his commission in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. Originally a surface warfare officer, he was later selected for redesignation to cryptology, now information warfare. Rogers emphasized that cyber operations, at its core, is a mission set that is powered by men and women – that USCYBERCOM’s greatest edge is not its technology but the intellectual power of the highly skilled and trained people who make up the cyber community. Rogers underscored the critical role of leadership in cyberspace, posing “… how do you train commanders at the unit level and above to understand both the implications of cyber threats to their ability to execute their mission as well as how do you apply cyber capability?” The future success of the U.S. military’s cyber operations relies on recruiting well-trained, adept individuals to stay on the cutting edge of this ever evolving field, said Rogers.27 midshipmen in the Class of 2016 will be the first to graduate from USNA with degrees in cyber operations. Rogers reminded these midshipmen that because their field is still in the development stage, they will be shaping the future for USCYBERCOM.“As cyber operations officers, you will be building the future for the nation and our entire workforce,” he said. “You will be creating something new every day and developing a skill set that no one has ever seen before.”According to Rogers, most people spend their naval career in fields that have been fully developed by the hard work of men and women who came before them. But for those who work in the cyber operations field, they are trailblazing a new path and molding the future for the Navy and the nation.“The midshipmen at USNA are at the forefront of this developing field,” said Rogers. “They are the future of the Navy and will be the minds developing new technologies for the fleet that will keep our nation and our citizens safe.”USNA immediately recognized the critical role that cyber operations would serve in support of DoD missions, and has led the way with a series of projects, including the development of the new cyber operations major, adding required cyber classes to the overall curriculum for all midshipmen and, ultimately, the construction of the academy’s Center for Cyber Security Studies, scheduled to begin later this year. The building will be a multistory academic mission facility including classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, lecture halls, offices, multipurpose space, an observatory, loading dock, and research and testing tank in support of the engineering and weapons labs. This facility will allow midshipmen to develop cutting-edge skills cyber skills and knowledge before joining the fleet. Image: US Navy Share this article USCYBERCOM speaks at U.S. Naval Academy on future of cyber operations Authorities View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USCYBERCOM speaks at U.S. Naval Academy on future of cyber operations last_img read more

Oxford coronavirus vaccine safe and trains immune system

first_imgIn the first stage of trials, the vaccine was tested on morethan 1,000 healthy adult volunteers aged between 18 and 55 years. Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “Today’s results areextremely encouraging, taking us one step closer to finding a successfulvaccine to protect millions in the UK and across the world. Researchers will now focus on confirming that the virus can effectively protect against SARs-CoV-2 infection. This trial drew from young, healthy, British volunteers. The authors of the study have stated that “Phase 3 trials are now underway in Brazil, South Africa, and the UK and will evaluate vaccine efficacy in diverse populations”. Additionally, “Older age groups with comorbidities, health-care workers, and those with higher risk for SARS-CoV-2 exposure are being recruited and assessed.” Image attribution: https://pixabay.com/photos/laboratory-medical-medicine-hand-3827745/ The University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine appears totrain the immune system without safety concerns, theUniversity has announced. “We saw the strongest immune response in the 10 participantswho received two doses of the vaccine, indicating that this might be a goodstrategy for vaccination.”  Tests show the vaccine produced white blood cells within 14 days of vaccination and an antibody response within 28 days. The strongest immune responses occurred in the ten participants who received two doses of the vaccine. center_img “The immune responses observed following vaccination are inline with what previous animal studies have shown are associated withprotection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, although we must continue with ourrigorous clinical trial programme to confirm this in humans.” “Backed by £84 million Government investment for the vaccine’s development and manufacture, the agility and speed with which the University of Oxford have been working is outstanding. I am very proud of what they have achieved so far.” Participants had detectable neutralising antibodies, which researchers believe is important for protection. 100% of participants showed neutralising activity against the virus. The strength of response ranged, but vaccine antibody levels were in the same range as those of people who had previously had COVID-19. The Chief investigator of the trial, Professor Andrew Pollard, said: “The Phase I/II data for our coronavirus vaccine shows that the vaccine did not lead to any unexpected reactions and had a similar safety profile to previous vaccines of this type. The University is working with the biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for further development. last_img read more

Finnerty Wins Gold on Second Day of World University Games

first_imgFinnerty Wins Gold on Second Day of World University Games NAPLES, Italy – Indiana University postgraduate swimmer Ian Finnerty continued to break records on the second day of the 2019 World University Games in Naples, Italy on Friday.Finnerty took home the gold in the 100 breaststroke for Team USA, breaking his own meet record he set on Thursday with a time of 59.49. Finnerty’s mark is the 14th-best in the world this year and he remains the second-fastest American in the event in 2019.In the Championship Final of the men’s 100 backstroke, Team Brazil’s and current Hoosier Gabriel Fantoni placed eighth overall with a time of 54.83.Postgrad Team Canada swimmer Kennedy Goss placed seventh in the Championship Final of the women’s 200 backstroke, touching with a time of 2:12.00.Zach Apple, another Hoosier postgrad, continued his great start in Naples, qualifying second overall for Saturday’s Championship Final of the men’s 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.76. Apple won gold with Team USA on Thursday in the 4×100 free relay.Incoming Hoosier freshman Emily Weiss had a great showing in the semifinals of the women’s 100 breast, qualifying fourth overall for Saturday’s Championship Final with a time of 1:07.78.Be sure to keep up with all the latest news on the Indiana men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams on social media – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

PIRKOWSKI, MARION (nee: Sowinski)

first_imgMarion passed away at home on March 8, 2017. Born in Bayonne, she was lifelong resident. Marion was a cargo expediter at the Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne where she worked for 30 years. She was active years ago with the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel PTA and the women’s bowling league. She was predeceased by her husband Frank Pirkowski, her parents Stanley and Mary (Fiolek) Sowinski, her siblings Joseph Sowinski (Dorothy), Eleanor Jakubik (Henry) and Dorothy Lesiak (William) and her son-in-law Frank Sweeney. Mother of Joan Borinski and her husband John and Denise Sweeney and her partner Jack Thompson. Grandmother of Michael, Colleen and Erin Sweeney. Sister of Evelyn Gniazdowski and her late husband Stanley. Also survived by her brother-in-law Stephen Pirkowski and his wife Gisela and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. John Paul II Parish, 39 East 22nd St., Bayonne N.J. 07002. Funeral arrangements by S. FRYCZYNSKI & SON Funeral Home, 32-34 E. 22nd St.last_img read more

Subway and Euro Garages open 50th store

first_imgSubway and Euro Garages have opened their 50th integrated Subway store as part of growth plans.The store marks the mid-point of Euro Garages plan to open 100 Subway stores by 2016. The shop was opened at Leamore Service station in Walsall, creating 15 new jobs.Mike Charest, assistant regional director for Subway Europe, said: “The Subway brand partnership with Euro Garages is going from strength to strength and the opening of the 50th store is testament to that. The forecourt and convenience sector is a key area of growth for the Subway brand. The simple operations that are involved in running a Subway franchise and the convenience offer make it a perfect fit for these styles of location.“Euro Garages provides ideal forecourt locations for integrated Subway stores and the partnership allows for a collaborative approach that delivers a flexible business model, real partner benefits, including increased footfall, ongoing marketing support, sustainable sales and excellent business growth opportunities.”The company has already bought up and transferred 48 Esso forecourt sites across the Midlands and the East of England, and continues to target the same geographical locations as part of its national expansion plans.Euro Garages already owns and operates over 180 forecourt sites in the north west, north east, Yorkshire, Wales and the Midlands. The opening follows the milestone of Subway’s 1,800th store last week.Ilyas Munshi, commercial director, Euro Garages, said: “Subway is known for its strength in introducing the brand through effective convenience channels, and this partnership offers strong support for our own business. Reaching this milestone is testament to our investment people, capital and systems. We look forward to growing our estate to the 100th Subway store milestone by 2016.”last_img read more

Watch A Drummer And Bassist MonoNeon Cover A Charlie Rant From ‘It’s Always Sunny’

first_imgFans of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia can get behind a new video that’s recently gone viral. In the video, Irish drummer David Dockery plays the drums along to a clip from the show’s classic episode, “Sweet Dee Has A Heart Attack,” highlight the percussive nature of dialog in the show. In the tenth episode of season four, Charlie and Mac pose as mailroom workers at a company to get health insurance, and Charlie potentially stumbles into a conspiracy theory involving an individual named Pepe Silvia and Carol of HR. In Dockery’s video, the drummer perfectly punctuates Charlie’s ravings as he explains his theory to Mac, and the two argue about it. You can check out the video below of the percussive take on the It’s Always Sunny clip below, courtesy of the drummer. Plus for an added bonus, check out the video posted by Prince’s former bassist, MonoNeon, who added some bass to Dockery’s original video, below.(Side note: as a fun fact about the roots of Charlie’s conspiracy, some anonymous geniuses on the Internet have posited that Charlie, who’s known for his difficulties with reading comprehension, is misreading Pennsylvania as Pepe Silvia and the attention line, Care of HR, as Carol of HR, which makes a lot of sense but totally blew my mind.)last_img read more

Jamestown Man Sentenced To Decade In Prison For Drug Trafficking

first_imgStock Image.BUFFALO – A 19-year-old Jamestown man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of possession of methamphetamine and having a gun in furtherance of drug trafficking.U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. said Jacob Graham, 19, of Jamestown, who was convicted of possessing with intent to distribute five grams or more of actual methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who handled the case, disclosed that on May 7, 2019, Jamestown Police officers observed two males fighting with another male in the area of Crescent and Cheney Streets. The suspects quickly got into a silver vehicle and sped away from the scene. Detectives followed the suspect vehicle in an unmarked police car, but also requested the assistance of a marked patrol unit. The marked patrol unit initiated a traffic stop at the driveway of a residence on Lincoln Street in Jamestown.A detective approached the passenger side of the vehicle and opened the front passenger door. Inside, the detective observed two baggies of what appeared to be methamphetamine. The front seat passenger, identified as defendant Graham, exited the vehicle and was placed under arrest. Another officer approached the driver’s side door of the vehicle and had the driver exit the vehicle. The driver was also placed under arrest. A back seat passenger was detained but later released. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, investigators recovered a book bag which contained a loaded 12 gauge shotgun. The book bag also contained a digital scale with white powder residue on it and 16 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun ammunition. A records check determined that the firearm was stolen from a Federal Firearms Licensee in Hamilton, Ohio in March 2017.The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito; and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more