USS Mount Whitney Participates in BALTOPS 2014

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Mount Whitney Participates in BALTOPS 2014 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS Mount Whitney View post tag: BALTOPS View post tag: 2014 For three reservists in particular, Cmdr. William “Russ” Lewis, Electronics Technician 1st Class Steven Lamont, and Lt. Don Collins, the experience of serving their Annual Training (AT) duty during BALTOPS proves a unique and rewarding experience.This is the second BALTOPS exercise that Lewis has participated in. His first was in 2012, where he served in the Civil Military Affairs directorate for Strike Force NATO.“… every job is unique,” said Lewis, a Navy reservist from Chattanooga, Tennessee, who is the submarine syndicate lead for BALTOPS 2014. “You need to be flexible and figure out where you can be of the most benefit to that operation.”Lewis serves as the liaison to the German submarine operations authority to manage the undersea warfare aspect of the exercise, ensuring 22 safe and effective training evolutions.“As a submarine syndicate lead I’m kind of in a planning role, it’s all about water space management,” said Lewis.Training events span across the full range of capabilities beginning with familiarization serials before graduating to more complex maneuvers that involve undersea, surface and air assets practicing location techniques, sonar buoy drops and acquiring targeting solutions.Behind the scenes, ensuring successful training evolutions are supported by steady communications is Electronics Technician 1st Class Steven Lamont, who serves as a high frequency (HF) transmitter expert for BALTOPS 2014. For Lamont, the exercise was a novel experience.“This is my first time serving aboard a ship,” said Lamont, a reservist from Greenville, South Carolina, whose Navy career spans 16 years. “Overall the experience of seeing other countries, seeing other ships, pulling up beside them has been great.”Lamont, like Lewis, achieved success by remaining flexible.“When I first arrived onboard, I wasn’t really sure where I would be working or what I would be doing… it wasn’t long before I learned exactly where I was needed and started putting my skills to good use,” said Lamont, who works to repair HF transmitters to aid in ship-to-ship communications with the 30 naval vessels participating in BALTOPS this year.“We’re working on the HF transmitters that are being used by the different countries involved to stay connected to each other… I’ve been having a good time jumping in and seeing what I can fix while we’re here,” he added.Lamont is not the only reservist who was exposed to shipboard life for the first time.“The biggest thing for me was the opportunity to get on a ship. In my entire naval career I have yet to be on a ship until now,” said Lt. Don Collins of Knoxville, Tennessee, who serves as assistant communications officer for the exercise. “I’ve wanted the chance to serve on Mount Whitney specifically, so I jumped at the opportunity to finally do that… now I collect information and update reports regarding communications between Mount Whitney and other elements involved with BALTOPS,” said Collins.Those communications span across the BALTOPS force which consists of surface, subsurface and aviation assets from 14 nations that are training together to enhance interoperability and collective capabilities to foster regional stability.Collins believes it is the differences among the force that make it great.Until the exercise concludes, Lewis, Lamont and Collins continue to focus on the mission.“When I go on an exercise, I’m all Navy -24 hours a day- whatever it takes,” said Lewis.The three also agree that part of every reservist’s duty while serving their AT is representing the reserves.“I think every time we go on orders, we’re a walking advertisement… I introduce myself as a reservist, I’m proud of that,” said Lewis.Not far from a whiteboard where Lamont drafted a to-do list and was leading the repair of several radios and parts, Lamont echoed Lewis’ sentiments and made it a point to showcase leadership and Navy values to junior enlisted active duty Sailors he serves with aboard Mount Whitney.Now in its 42nd year, BALTOPS is an annual, multinational exercise with the goal of enhancing maritime capabilities across the full spectrum of military operations to support stability in the Baltic Sea.[mappress]Press Release, June 18, 2014; Image: MSC US Navy Authorities View post tag: Naval Several U.S. Navy reservists are underway onboard 6th Fleet’s flagship, USS Mount Whitney (LCC20) to conduct Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2014, a multinational maritime exercise which takes place June 6 -21. View post tag: americas View post tag: Participates View post tag: Navy USS Mount Whitney Participates in BALTOPS 2014 June 18, 2014 Share this articlelast_img read more

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Belle Plaine ends emotional week with a football game

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Belle Plaine’s Caleb Stover takes off for big yardage in the Dragon’s game vs. Douglass.by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Belle Plaine came close, but lost to Douglass 14-6 Friday night at the Dragons home stadium. The game was overshadowed by a car accident earlier in the week where two teachers and para-educator were hurt.Jacie Seba and Jacob Mansch were seriously injured and are still in the hospital at Via Christi – Saint Francis, while Brian Seba was not seriously injured.After an emotional week, the school had a moment of silence before the game started. After the game a prayer vigil was held in the school parking lot. With candles lit about 40 people sang a verse of Amazing Grace and prayers were held for those injured.On the gridiron, Belle Plaine was eager to end this sad week, with a victory. The Dragons last won a game in 2012 against this same team Douglass when Brian Seba was the coach. Douglass was 0-4 coming in. Taylor Douglas with the throw against Douglass.The Dragons had their moments Friday, but four turnovers and a rash of penalties kept drives from turning into scores for most of the night.Both Douglass touchdowns came in the first half, and both came after Belle Plaine fumbles.The first one came after a fumble at midfield led to a 18-yard scoring pass on fourth down from Hunter Chadic to Dashon Arnold. A run for two failed.The second touchdown came after a fumble that gave Douglass the ball at the Dragons’ 18. Two plays later Chadic ran in from seven yards out for the score. Kye Wright ran for two and Douglass led 14-0 halfway through the second quarter.Belle Plaine drove the field late in the second and got to the Douglass 24 before penalties and a sack ended the drive.Later in the quarter, Belle Plaine drove to the Douglass 15 but the drive ended with an interception in the end zone.Belle Plaine got its touchdown in the third when quarterback Caleb Stover ran up the middle and scored from 71 yards out. The run for two failed and the score remained 14-6.Stover had another big run in the fourth, 43 yards from the Dragon seven to midfield, but the drive was backed up by penalties and a fourth and long pass fell incomplete.Belle Plaine suffered four interceptions and two fumbles, and added nine penalties for 95 yards.Douglass had three turnovers and 50 yards of penalties.For Belle Plaine Stover had 192 yards rushing on 18 carries, and 152 of that was in the second half. Belle Plaine had 214 yards of rushing offense and 51 passing.Belle Plaine played better defense in the second half, holding Douglass to 36 yards after intermission. The Bulldogs had 150 total yards in the first half.Kye Wright finished with 110 yards rushing  and Chadick had 4.Douglass is now 1-4 and Belle Plaine falls to 0-5.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Uganda Cranes draw Rwanda, Kenya in World Cup qualifiers

first_imgIn other highlights from the draw, African football champions Algeria, led by Riyad Mahrez, will take on Burkina Faso, Djibouti and Niger in the second round of qualifying.Other heavyweights such as Senegal, relying on 2020 African Footballer of the Year Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah’s Egypt will take on less-fancied nations.Madagascar, surprise quarter-finalists in last year’s Africa Cup of Nations, will face the Democratic Republic of Congo.All five African teams failed to reach the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup, the first time that had happened since 1982. Uganda Cranes starting XI vs Malawi in their last game, a African Cup of Nations qualifier, at Namboole last year. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAGroup AAlgeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, DjiboutiGroup BTunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial GuineaGroup CNigeria, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, LiberiaGroup DCameroon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, MalawiGroup EMali, Uganda, Kenya, RwandaGroup FEgypt, Gabon, Libya, AngolaGroup GGhana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, EthiopiaGroup HSenegal, Congo Brazzaville, Namibia, TogoGroup IMorocco, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, SudanGroup JDR Congo, Benin, Madagascar, TanzaniaAfrican champions Algeria to face Burkina Faso in World Cup qualifyingCairo, Egypt | AFP |  Uganda Cranes will face Rwanda, Kenya and Mali for a place in the final round of African qualifiers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.Uganda were placed in Group E, one of 40 teams that will compete in 10 groups after the draw in Cairo.“It is a group that presents great opportunity, but also intriguing challenges. We look forward to the journey,” said Uganda Cranes coach Johnny Mckinstry. The group will be a tough one, as Uganda will have four East African derby matches to overcome. It will also be interesting for the reason that Coach McKinstry was Rwanda coach before.“On the footballing level, obviously, Uganda has done better than Kenya and Rwanda in recent years. Derby games can throw up surprising results and are so unpredictable but we will play them with high perfection and a lot of focus. We shall be fully focused and professional to make sure we get the results we need” said McKinstry.The matches will take place from March 2020 until October 2021. Group winners will advance to the third round which will be played in November 2021. The five winners of the final round will secure berths in the 2022 World Cup.Uganda Cranes have never made it to the World Cup before.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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