USS Boxer Promotes Sailors

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS Training & Education View post tag: Boxer USS Boxer Promotes Sailors View post tag: News by topic View post tag: sailors One hundred and seventy seven Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) were advanced to the next highest pay grade during a ceremony held in the ship’s hangar bay Dec. 6.For the last three advancement cycles, Boxer has been consistently above the Fleet average in the E-4 through 6 paygrades.For some, this milestone proves the virtue in studying hard while marking the start of new expectations and responsibilities in their Navy careers.The way Aviation Support and Equipment Technician 3rd class Daniel Pinanunez sees it, motivation is key in the advancement process.“My LPO and Chief really encouraged me to study for my 3rd Class exam as soon as I came onboard a few months ago,” said Pinanunez. “They gave me a lot of advice about the exam and printed out all the bibliographies for me, which helped me a lot.”Navy Career Counselor 1st Class (SW/AW) Derek L. Reynolds, one of the ships command career counselors, explained the significance of bibliographies.“The biggest thing for Sailors in advancing is preparation,” said Reynolds. “Study those bibliographies for your respective rate because the answers are in those references.”Master Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Jay L. McNuckle, Executive Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, said those who passed but did not advance should not become discouraged.“Those who didn’t pass should keep studying,” said McNuckle. “Not everyone can advance everytime they take the test.”McNuckle said it is important for the petty officers that did advance to never forget about the Sailors who are now below them inrank.“Sailors should never forget the people they left behind in their workspaces,” said McNuckle. “It is their job to bring those Sailors up to where they’re at today.”McNuckle explained how the advanced Sailors must take the time to train others what they know to make the advancement system more effective.Reynolds added Sailors could succeed by studying in groups.“Make study groups,” said Reynolds. “Take advantage of your peers because chances are, you can teach one another things that you may have overlooked.”Pinanunez agreed studying is essential because the exam covered beyond what he was taught in “A” school.McNuckle also explained the importance of financial management as Sailors advance.“I would advise Sailors in each pay grade to use the extra money for saving and continue the $100 deduction that the Montgomery G.I. Bill starts for you,” said McNuckle.Pinanunez, a native of Phoenix, said the advancement will now give him the chance to save his money for a car and other personal needs.“One of the reasons I joined the Navy was to help out my parents financially,” said Pinanunez. “Right now I’m all about getting my job qualifications and saving up as much as I could just in case I need it in the future.”Pinanunez said his next challenge is pursuing his Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist pin.“I feel I’m in a good position in my career,” said Pinanunez. “But, I’m still learning.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 11, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: promotes December 11, 2012 Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Boxer Promotes Sailors last_img read more

Colombian Army Destroys Three Cocaine Mega-labs

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo August 11, 2017 From June 21st to 28th, Colombian Army 4th Brigade troops located and destroyed three mega-labs in three municipalities of eastern Antioquia: El Carmen de Viboral, La Unión, and Concepción. The clandestine facilities were devoted to the production of crystallized cocaine hydrochloride, which transforms coca paste into pure cocaine ready for distribution. “The destruction of these laboratories represents a resounding blow to the Gulf Clan’s financial structure,” Brigadier General Jorge Horacio Romero Pinzón, the commander of the Colombian Army 4th Brigade, told Diálogo. “That’s why destroying their crystallization laboratories, where they produce cocaine that’s ready for the market, means that their production chain has been fractured, their resources to pay for their criminal structure have been halted, and they have, among other things, lost their investment, the coca crop, their harvest, the coca paste production, and the supplies for processing.” After careful intelligence and management work in the territory, the 4th Brigade’s 4th Mechanized Cavalry Group, Juan del Corral, dealt its heavy blows. The discovery and destruction of the three laboratories were done within the framework of Agamenón II, a Ministry of Defense military and police operation. This operation brings all of the state’s forces and capacities together for the mission of dismantling and eliminating the criminal structure of the Gulf Clan — the largest drug trafficking organization in Colombia — once and for all. Heavy blow to criminals’ finances According to information provided by the 4th Brigade, two laboratories were veritable drug factories. Between the three, they had the capacity to produce two and a half tons of narcotics per month. Even though the brigade members’ effectiveness against drug trafficking groups is increasingly improving, the size of the laboratories and the number of narcotics produced in the area are causing great concern throughout the country and in the international community. “Gulf Clan criminals are drug traffickers who take advantage of rural people’s needs, make use of transit corridors used earlier by other groups, and exploit various situations, such as the isolation and the distance from urban centers. In the case of eastern Antioquia, we must remember that it is a region where FARC committed crimes and engaged in terrorism,” Brig. Gen. Romero stated. “It’s a territory that can have roads that connect with strategic corridors for getting the illegal product out.” The operation was the result of five months of military searches and intelligence work in extremely hard-to-reach areas. In El Carmen de Viboral, search-and-patrol duties in a jungle sector of the municipality yielded the location of the laboratory. “Upon arrival, we found a well-equipped infrastructure made up of nine structures that were rustic in appearance but with an interior housing machinery that enabled the criminals to work efficiently, like a true industrial manufacturing plant,” Colombian Army Lieutenant Colonel Miguel Ángel Blanco, the commander of the 4th Mechanized Cavalry Group, told Diálogo. “They had separate zones for different processes, each one in a separate structure.” Found at the site were 10 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride that had already undergone the production process, and were ready to go to market. Another 70 kilograms of coca paste, 40 gallons of liquid coca paste, 4,000 liters of solvents, and 200 kilograms of lye were also found. Another source of illegal enrichment was found “Hours later, the troops discovered 180 kilograms of sodium permanganate, an ingredient needed to process coca paste and turn it into cocaine hydrochloride, which is hard to pull off,” Lt. Col. Blanco explained. “We have information that its commercialization by outlaws has become another source of enrichment for criminal groups.” Another raided laboratory was located in the municipality of La Unión. That structure had five rustic wooden and plastic buildings that separated the production process, and resulted in the seizure of 925 kilograms of solid consumables and 175 gallons of liquid consumables as well as elements, materials, tools, and equipment. A third laboratory was found in the municipality of Concepción, where 675 kilograms of sodium bisulfate, 74 kilograms of coca paste packaged for sale, and plenty of supplies were seized. Community collaboration In the dismantling of the three laboratories, citizen collaboration was definitive. Thanks to them, the authorities received information that helped locate the processing centers. The Colombian Army has an “Ally Network,” and a secure information hotline – 146. Both guarantee the community complete confidentiality and protection. For Brig. Gen. Romero, having the trust of the community that they are supporting through productive projects and ongoing development aid days is very important. “We know they don’t want these illegal economies in their territories,” he said. “We expect to continue making an impact on the Gulf Clan’s financial structure, which uses dirty money to buy weapons, forces rural people to plant coca, buys loyalty, and terrorizes communities,” he concluded.last_img read more

Spieth scoops Masters title

first_img A lapse in concentration saw Spieth three-putt the 12th as Mickelson birdied the 13th and the six-shot lead was suddenly down to four. But Spieth responded with a superb long-iron approach on the 13th and although he missed from 14 feet for eagle, the resulting birdie took him five clear with five holes to play. Rose closed the gap once more with a birdie on the 14th seconds before Mickelson joined him on 14 under by holing out from a bunker on the 15th for an eagle, the roar causing Spieth to back off his par putt on 14. However, Spieth responded once more with a birdie on the 15th to become the first player ever to reach 19 under par in the Masters and that effectively made certain of the win. The star pairing of McIlroy and Woods had failed to produce the early fireworks they needed to get into contention and Woods had more pressing concerns after appearing to hit a hidden tree root when playing his second shot out of the pine straw on the ninth. “A bone kind of popped out and a joint went out of place but I put it back in,” Woods told CBS after just this third appearance of 2015. “Considering where I was after Torrey Pines and Phoenix, to make the complete swing change and rectify all the faults and then come here and contend, I am proud of that.” Woods hit just two fairways in his closing 73, but finishing joint 17th was still a vast improvement on his 82 in Phoenix and withdrawing injured after 11 holes at Torrey Pines. The 21-year-old is the first player since Ray Floyd in 1976 to lead outright from start to finish, as well as becoming the second youngest champion ever behind Woods. Now ranked second in the world, Spieth is just five months older than Woods was in 1997, having almost become the youngest ever champion when he led by two shots after seven holes of the final round on his debut last year. World number one Rory McIlroy, needing to win to complete the career grand slam, had to settle for fourth place on 12 under par after a flawless closing 66, with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama fifth and Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson sharing sixth. “If someone had told me I would finish 12 under at the start of the week I would have taken it and sat back and seen where I finished,” McIlroy admitted. “Jordan started fantastically well and has kept his foot down and been really impressive.” Rose twice got within three shots of Spieth on the front nine thanks to birdies on the first and second and bogeys from Spieth on the fifth and seventh, the latter coming after Rose conjured up a remarkable pair after twice tangling with the trees. Spieth had said after his third round he could not rely on his short game to secure a first green jacket, but an excellent pitch from just short of the eighth green set up a birdie that Rose could not match. And when Rose three-putted the ninth Spieth had the comfort of a five-shot lead with nine holes to play, with Mickelson another shot back having also bogeyed the ninth. Spieth took another massive step towards the title with a birdie from 20 feet on the 10th and saved par after a wild tee shot on the 11th to maintain a six-shot lead over Rose and Mickelson – who had also birdied the 10th – with seven holes to play. Having already set new 36 and 54-hole scoring records, Spieth also equalled the 72-hole record of 18-under set by Tiger Woods in 1997 after a bogey on the 18th, finishing four shots clear of Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson . Spieth’s total of 28 birdies beat the previous best of 25 set by Mickelson in 2001, his last of the week on the 15th also making him the first player ever to reach 19 under par in the Masters. Press Association American Jordan Spieth claimed his first major title in historic fashion with a commanding wire-to-wire victory in the 79th Masters at Augusta National on Sunday.last_img read more

Void left by Johnson’s injury is easily filled

first_imgJunior receiver Ronald Johnson broke his collarbone in the mock game at the Coliseum Saturday, leading to what could only be termed a vast sense of uneasiness within the Trojan faithful.I’m here to settle that apprehension.Yes, Johnson was lined up to start opposite redshirt junior Damian Williams this season, replacing the gone-to-the-NFL Patrick Turner.Yes, Johnson — the 6-foot, 190-pound speedster — was the Trojans’ primary big-play threat last year, leading the team with 17.3 yards per catch and hauling in an impressive eight touchdowns on only 33 catches.And yes, freshman Matt Barkley will need all the help he can get with USC’s tough slate of road games that begins with a contest in the Horseshoe on Sept. 12.Nevertheless, I’d argue that RoJo will hardly be missed.Thirty-three catches is only 33 catches, no matter how you look at it.And Williams should improve on his 58-catch, 869-yard performance of 2008 while making waves in the Heisman race. And senior tight end Anthony McCoy should display a better grasp of the offense in his second year as the starter and nearly double his 22 catches. And the carries handed to the star-studded quartet of running backs should increase even more.But most importantly, the young receivers waiting in the wings should finally break out.Redshirt junior David Ausberry will finally make good on his long-lofty expectations. Coming out of high school in Lemoore, Calif., Ausberry was a nearly unanimous first-team All-American. Since then, he’s caught just 30 balls in two full seasons. He’ll be expected to be Barkley’s No. 2 target until at least mid-October, when Johnson could return.Freshman Brice Butler will get his first game action after redshirting in 2008. At 6-foot-3, he’s taller than Johnson and not as much of a burner, but the Georgia native possesses lightning-quick speed in his own right with gazelle-like legs.“I’m ready for it,” Butler said after he learned of Johnson’s injury. “Last year I wasn’t ready. I thought I was, but I wasn’t. But now I feel like I’m ready and more mature.”And freshman wide receiver De’Von Flournoy — the closest thing to RoJo on the USC roster — will follow in the path of Johnson and Steve Smith before him and see significant snaps as a true freshman.“Flournoy has been special at times, and you can see it when he gets the ball in his hands,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He has really good quickness and explosiveness and has no problem catching the football.“He’s behind in the learning process, but we’re going to have to accelerate that to fill the void here.”Redshirt junior Jordan Cameron is the possession receiver of the reserve group. At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, he brings a tight end’s frame but a wideout’s hands to the split end spot. Sophomore Brandon Carswell and junior Travon Patterson each bring versatility and return skills to boot.It adds up to what Williams says is a more-than-capable bunch.“Ronald’s one of our faster guys, but Brice is fast, De’Von’s fast,” Williams said. “And Jordan Cameron’s got great hands, so each guy brings different assets that are vital parts of the game that we all need. The guys just have to be ready to step up and fill in the spots.”The three, despite their ages — Flournoy is 18, Butler is 19, and Cameron turned 21 last month — are among the most poised Trojans. Butler could very well be the most confident player on the team. And that’s exactly what Barkley needs — a confident, ready-to-learn receiving corps.“RoJo was a gym rat,” Williams said. “He wanted to be the best and he worked maybe the hardest of anybody on the team, but the best thing about each of our guys is that they’re all willing to learn.”As for Williams himself, he spent all of spring and fall practice preparing to play split end — a spot usually reserved for the bigger and stronger of the two receivers — because of Johnson’s presence at flanker. But when Johnson went down and the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Ausberry took his place in the offense, Williams moved back to flanker, where he set up shop across from Turner in 2008.“It’s not really a difference for me because that’s what I played last year,” Williams said. “I know all the positions, I move around a lot, so it’s really more of switching my mentality from one spot to the other.”And that’s exactly what the receiving corps, as a whole, must do: switch its mentality.Ausberry must become Barkley’s short-route outlet opposite the tight end. Butler must become a deep threat out of the slot. And at least one out of Flournoy, Cameron, Carswell or Patterson must show consistent flashes of their wide-ranging skill sets.All three are easily doable. If done in conjunction, the three will mean easy pickings for Barkley and consistent success for USC.“Looking Past the X’s & O’s” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit or email Pedro at [email protected]last_img read more