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Air Advisors Partner with Colombian Air Force to Build Capacities

Air Advisors Partner with Colombian Air Force to Build Capacities

first_imgBy By Tech. Sgt. Darlene Byers, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron October 16, 2018 The 17-member mobile training team (MTT), including members of the Wyoming Air National Guard and the Colorado Air Force Reserves, executed a four-week joint training mission with the Colombian Air Force (FAC in Spanish), designed to promote regional stability by fostering key relationships and enhancing partner nation capabilities. Organizations like the 571st MSAS have provided critical instruction that have allowed FAC to become more capable and self-sufficient. Since 2012, air advisors have worked hand-in-hand with FAC to increase their medical and airlift capabilities. This particular mission also included firefighting and combat search and rescue skills. “This MTT is the epitome of what the MSAS stands for, and what they are capable of,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Noelle Deruyter, 571st MSAS air advisor. “Our air advisors and the Colombian Air Force have worked hard together to build a solid foundation of interoperability between our countries.” During the four-week mission, more than 204 hours of instruction took place at four geographically separated locations across Colombia, graduating 87 Colombian military personnel from several career specialties. “With seven courses taking place at four separate locations, this MTT had such a broad scope, with many moving pieces,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Giancarlo Reyes, 571st MSAS air advisor. “It is a testament to how advanced and eager to learn the students here are. Every trip [to Colombia] we find that we learn as much from them as we hope they learn from us.” U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Adams and Master Sgt. Jacqueline Carlson, from the 187th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron of the Wyoming Air National Guard, instructed courses on medical logistics and medical planning. “Medical planning and logistics is a critical step in any deployment,” Maj. Adams said. “This course has helped prepare the students for upcoming deployments to Africa where they will be using what they have learned firsthand. You can see how seriously they are taking this class, knowing that this information could help them save lives.” Additionally, Colombian students were able to practice their language skills, giving their final presentation in both English and Spanish. “These students already have a high level of fluency in English and their language skills will be imperative for their upcoming deployments,” Master Sgt. Carlson said. “Their command felt it was an important part of the instruction that they be able to communicate and understand the medical terminology, not only in their native language but in English as well. It just shows you how highly capable our counterparts here are.” U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Richard Pantusa, 302nd Operations Group commander, and U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Freeman, 731st Airlift Squadron, both from the Colorado Air Force Reserves, led the MTT seminar on modular airborne firefighting system (MAFFS). This critical course helped to bridge the gap between FAC aircrew personnel and the Bogota Fire Department personnel on the ground. “Pilots and fire department personnel don’t typically train together, so this exposure opened the dialogue towards creating joint doctrine to be used for future engagements,” explained Lt. Col. Pantusa. “Through this training, personnel from both sections were able to better understand the part the other plays during MAFFS operations. This course, in particular, addressed a future capability that is in its infancy, and one that the U.S. Air Force will use to help the Colombian Air Force grow.” Through the effective work put in by MSAS air advisors, the United States is strengthening relations and cooperation that will meet the challenges of crisis and contingency situations by providing the ability to respond together. “Missions like this one in Colombia are a small example of the hard work that 571st air advisors are conducting to sustain U.S. and Colombia relations,” Maj. DeRuyter said. “More importantly, it builds confidence and capability for the Colombian Air Force which can now conduct certain operations without any U.S. assistance and gives them the ability to ‘pay it forward’ and instruct other nations in Latin America.”last_img read more

Dodgers’ Edwin Rios says big-league friends helped him get to the big leagues himself

Dodgers’ Edwin Rios says big-league friends helped him get to the big leagues himself

first_imgRios is even part of a group chat with Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, former Dodger Dee Gordon and his brother, Nick, and other big-leaguers.“It’s unbelievable,” Rios said. “We just support each other.”One connection could go a long way toward helping Rios’ big-league future. He met Hall of Famer Barry Larkin at the training facility and the 12-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner began helping Rios with his defense.“Barry just took me under his wing and we got after it,” Rios said. “I told him I wanted to work on my defense. He just said, ‘Say no more.’“It was honestly a blessing to have him. Not just the physical but the mental attitude – being a ‘dawg’ and having that confidence. That’s what he kind of instilled in me.” Roberts remains a believer, however.“He’s going to get going,” Roberts said, saying he thought Barnes’ at-bats have been better recently. “But his main value is his relationship with the pitchers and what he does behind the plate. But we’ve seen him be offensive and that’s going to come. I really believe it.”UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 7-1, 3.07 ERA) at Rockies (RHP Jon Gray, 8-5, 3.92 ERA), Saturday, 5:15 p.m., Fox/Ch.11, 570 AM Rios, 25, has hit at every level of the minor leagues – a .293 average, 78 home runs and an .862 OPS over parts of five seasons. But there were questions about his defense at the corner infield spots. He attacked that criticism this offseason.“They’re always going to find something,” Rios said. “If it’s not one thing, it’s the other. For me, if it was going to be my defense I was going to work my tail off until it’s what they want and what they need.”Rios arrived on a hot streak offensively. He hit .321 with eight home runs and a 1.066 OPS in June at Oklahoma City. He got his first major-league at-bat in Thursday’s game, grounding out as a pinch-hitter – “to be honest with you, I was numb. … when I got to that on-deck circle, I forgot how to hold the freakin’ bat.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he will likely give Rios his first major-league start this weekend, either at first or third base.FUTURES GAMEThree of the Dodgers’ top prospects – right-hander Dustin May, infielder Gavin Lux and outfielder D.J. Peters – were promoted from Double-A to Triple-A this week.Two of them – May and Lux – were named Friday to the National League team for the All-Star Futures Game in Cleveland. The exhibition has been shortened to seven innings and will take place July 7 at Progressive Field, starting at 4 p.m. It will be broadcast on MLB Network.Lux hit .313 with 13 home runs and an .896 OPS at Double-A Tulsa then went 3 for 5 in his first game at Oklahoma City. May was 3-5 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 15 starts with Tulsa.ALSORoberts said David Freese has been making progress in his workouts and could return “sometime next week” before the All-Star break. Freese is on the Injured List with a hamstring injury.NO OFFENSEGoing into Friday’s game, Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes was hitless in his last 15 at-bats, dropping his average for the season to .208 with a .658 OPS. Those numbers are alarmingly close to his totals last season (.205 and .619) and a long way from his .289 average and .895 OPS in 2017.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire DENVER — Edwin Rios has friends in high places.The newest rookie in the Dodgers’ clubhouse, Rios works out during the offseason at the Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando. That has allowed him to make some major-league connections.“I went to train there my first offseason and Martin Prado, Luis Valbuena, Carlos Gonzalez – all these guys were there,” says Rios, a native of Puerto Rico who grew up in Florida and was drafted out of Florida International by the Dodgers in 2015.Gonzalez and Rios, in particular, became good friends. When Rios got the call to the major leagues on Thursday, he texted “CarGo” and told the former Rockie “I’m in your town.” Gonzalez texted back with his congratulations.last_img read more

South Florida dads participate in ‘take your child to school day’

South Florida dads participate in ‘take your child to school day’

first_imgFathers across South Florida took their kids to school on Wednesday.It has become a tradition in Florida, with local law enforcement officials who are also dads joining the party!Dads, deputies, firefighters, and safety patrol guards at Pinewood Elementary School in Martin County reportedly danced to music with their kids in the school’s car line.Police officers in Riviera Beach also joined their students at school.The department shared a series of heartwarming photos to Facebook.last_img

India footballer Ashalata Devi in the running to be named AFC Women’s player of…

India footballer Ashalata Devi in the running to be named AFC Women’s player of…

first_imgAdvertisement eqcNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1nqreWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eafrz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7d969Would you ever consider trying this?😱57Can your students do this? 🌚89sRoller skating! Powered by Firework Loitongbam Ashalata Devi, captain of the Indian women’s football team, has been nominated for this year’s AFC Player of the Year award. The 26-year-old centre-back had an impressive season; leading India to Round 2 of the Olympic 2020 Qualifiers and a 2019 SAFF Championship title.Advertisement Image: AIFFThe Mizo footballer, played a crucial role helping her club, Sethu FC, win the Indian Women’s League trophy and shortly after, she was rewarded with the Women’s Player of the Year for the 2018-2019 season by the All India Football Federation.Advertisement “This really is like a dream come true for me. You never really think of these milestones when you are growing up but I’m very happy that the hard work that I’ve put in over the years has got recognition on the continental level,” she said.“I would like to thank our coaches Maymol Rocky and Chaoba Devi for giving me the right guidance and motivation over the years. Also, the credit goes to my amazing teammates. It is an absolute privilege to lead them out onto the pitch every single match” the defender added.Meanwhile, Li Ying of China, and Japanese skipper Saki Kumagai are the other two other nominees for the AFC Player of the Year award in women’s category. While Akram Afif , the Villareal and Qatar forward along with Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and defender Tomoaki Makino from Japan are the three players nominated for the AFC’s men’s player of the year.AIFF on the other hand, received a rather surprising nomination after being named among three federations for AFC President Recognition Awards in Grassroots Football (Developing) category.The prestigious Annual Awards event is scheduled to be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on December 2.  Advertisementlast_img read more

Kurtenbach: What we learned in the 49ers’ third preseason game

Kurtenbach: What we learned in the 49ers’ third preseason game

first_imgThe result was a mixed bag.Though, to be fair, that’s likely … Click here if you are having trouble viewing the photos or video on your mobile device.The 49ers treated Saturday’s third preseason game like a dress rehearsal — starters played a full half, we saw some wrinkles in the playbook, and the speed of the game seemed close to the level of the regular season.And while the Niners lost Saturday’s contest 23-17 to the Colts, there were real lessons to be found in the first half.last_img read more

Sehwag, Zaheer set to return for Sri Lanka tour

Sehwag, Zaheer set to return for Sri Lanka tour

first_imgThe fit-again duo of opening batsman Virender Sehwag and pacer Zaheer Khan is all set to return to the Indian squad after missing the Asia Cup when the selectors meet here on Wednesday to choose the side for the upcoming cricket tour of Sri Lanka.The duo, along with Zaheer’s pace understudy Umesh Yadav, sat out of the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March on fitness grounds.They were also not part of the squad for the one-off Twenty 20 International in South Africa on March 30 which was India’s last international engagement.With these three players expected to be available for selection, the squad for the Lanka tour — comprising only One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 ties — is set to see some changes from the side which flopped in the Asia Cup and lost the rain-hit T20 match to the hosts in Johannesburg by D/L method.With Sehwag back in action, one of the other middle order batsmen from the Asia Cup squad will have to be sacrificed and Manoj Tiwary could be the man to make way for the former’s return.It’s not clear whether Tendulkar, who had set the fabulous record of 100 international hundreds in the previous 50-over competition that India took part in, is available for the Lanka tour following his nomination as a member of Upper House of Indian Parliament.According to selection committee sources, things would become clear just before the five-member team sits down to choose the touring squad when the Cricket Board’s convener Sanjay Jagdale apprises them about the availability and fitness concerns, if any, of players in contention.advertisementIf by any chance Tendulkar decides to opt out of what is widely perceived to be a low-key series commencing on July 21, Ajinkya Rahane is the man most likely to be named as the third opener after Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.last_img read more

Plastic bags, LED bulb removed from bulls stomach

Plastic bags, LED bulb removed from bulls stomach

first_imgThanjavur (TN), Apr 20 (PTI) Veterinarians at an institute here have removed 38.4 kg of plastic bags and a LED bulb from the stomach of a bull. The bull, used for jallikattu (bull taming sport), was brought to Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex (TVCC) of Veterinary College and Research Institute here by its owner Ayyappan of Tiruchirappalli district yesterday following anorexia and debility. On examination it was diagnosed that the animal has acute ruminal impaction following which a surgery was performed. The doctors retrieved 38.4 kg of polythene bags, a LED bulb, safety pins, nails and coir rope from the rumen of the animal after the surgery, TVCC sources said. PTI COR RClast_img read more