New Marine Task Force to Use New Platform in Central America

first_imgLt. Col. Soria said the task force, which will send small detachments of Marines to locations throughout Central America, highlights the primary purpose of the JHSV: intra-theater lift. According to current planning, the task force will be active between June and November before redeploying to the United States until the following spring. Its work will augment that of small Marine detachments already in the region, including a civil affairs team in Belize, and security cooperation teams in Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, and Guatemala. It’s good that there is still staff in our country who feel the pain of other people Paxton said the demand for SPMAGTF-South was tied to the successful creation of Marine crisis response task forces for Africa and the Middle East in recent years, joking that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Because of finite resources, he said, the task force would be different and smaller than the other response units, but fine-tuned to the needs of the region. Paxton said the demand for SPMAGTF-South was tied to the successful creation of Marine crisis response task forces for Africa and the Middle East in recent years, joking that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Because of finite resources, he said, the task force would be different and smaller than the other response units, but fine-tuned to the needs of the region. At a Washington, D.C. event in late February, Assistant Commandant Gen. John “Jay” Paxton said the new land-based unit may also make use of new Navy platforms designed to fill gaps in amphibious shipping. Lt. Col. Ignacio Soria, chief plans officer, G-5 for Marine Forces South, confirmed that task force Marines were set to be transported on the JHSV Spearhead, the first in its class. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-South (SPMAGTF South), a unit comprising about 250 Marines to be headquartered at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, will answer a range of needs ranging from partner nation training to humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. It’s set to become active in June. “We are committed to tailoring some type of task force, and they are training right now, that would be able to do those missions that Gen. Kelly needs, primarily building partnership capacity … and some counter-narcotics, counter drug mission capability,” Paxton said. “We’re committed to provide that to him.” A new Marine task force set to become active in Central America in time for hurricane season will use a new seabasing platform — the joint high-speed vessel (JHSV) — to transport troops around the region. It’s not the first time Marines will make use of the JHSV in theater. The Spearhead provided transportation to Marines from Camp Lejeune’s 8th Engineer Support Battalion from May to October of last year in support of Southern Partnership Station 2014, according to a March report from the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned. The vessel, which divides its time between SOUTHCOM, Europe, and Africa, has also been used by other Marine detachments in the region. “We are committed to tailoring some type of task force, and they are training right now, that would be able to do those missions that Gen. Kelly needs, primarily building partnership capacity … and some counter-narcotics, counter drug mission capability,” Paxton said. “We’re committed to provide that to him.” While plans now call for use of just the Spearhead, another vessel — the Burlington — could also be stationed in the 4th Fleet region sometime prior to fiscal year 2017, pending a final decision, Soria said. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-South (SPMAGTF South), a unit comprising about 250 Marines to be headquartered at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, will answer a range of needs ranging from partner nation training to humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. It’s set to become active in June. According to current planning, the task force will be active between June and November before redeploying to the United States until the following spring. Its work will augment that of small Marine detachments already in the region, including a civil affairs team in Belize, and security cooperation teams in Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, and Guatemala. While plans now call for use of just the Spearhead, another vessel — the Burlington — could also be stationed in the 4th Fleet region sometime prior to fiscal year 2017, pending a final decision, Soria said. By Dialogo March 18, 2015 “It is planned right now,” he said. “The only thing that would derail that is if for some reason there was some emergent need that required Fleet Forces Command or Military Sealift Command to divert the mission.” At a Washington, D.C. event in late February, Assistant Commandant Gen. John “Jay” Paxton said the new land-based unit may also make use of new Navy platforms designed to fill gaps in amphibious shipping. “We’re going to work with the Navy to see if there are single ship steamers that are available. We’ll look at alternate platforms … JHSVs and things like that,” Paxton said. “We’re working through not only the demand signal and the mission sets that [U.S. Southern Command Commander Gen. John Kelly] has but their capability and that of the Navy and Marine Corps team.” “It literally lifts the Marines from port to port in the [area],” he said. Lt. Col. Ignacio Soria, chief plans officer, G-5 for Marine Forces South, confirmed that task force Marines were set to be transported on the JHSV Spearhead, the first in its class. “It literally lifts the Marines from port to port in the [area],” he said. Lt. Col. Soria said the task force, which will send small detachments of Marines to locations throughout Central America, highlights the primary purpose of the JHSV: intra-theater lift. SPMAGTF South will also be equipped with four CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopters when activated, said Capt. Armando Daviu, a spokesman for MARFORSOUTH. The Marine units that will send personnel to the task force have not yet been identified, he said, but they are expected to come primarily from II Marine Expeditionary Force, headquartered in North Carolina. A new Marine task force set to become active in Central America in time for hurricane season will use a new seabasing platform — the joint high-speed vessel (JHSV) — to transport troops around the region. SPMAGTF South will also be equipped with four CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopters when activated, said Capt. Armando Daviu, a spokesman for MARFORSOUTH. The Marine units that will send personnel to the task force have not yet been identified, he said, but they are expected to come primarily from II Marine Expeditionary Force, headquartered in North Carolina. “We’re going to work with the Navy to see if there are single ship steamers that are available. We’ll look at alternate platforms … JHSVs and things like that,” Paxton said. “We’re working through not only the demand signal and the mission sets that [U.S. Southern Command Commander Gen. John Kelly] has but their capability and that of the Navy and Marine Corps team.” It’s not the first time Marines will make use of the JHSV in theater. The Spearhead provided transportation to Marines from Camp Lejeune’s 8th Engineer Support Battalion from May to October of last year in support of Southern Partnership Station 2014, according to a March report from the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned. The vessel, which divides its time between SOUTHCOM, Europe, and Africa, has also been used by other Marine detachments in the region. “It is planned right now,” he said. “The only thing that would derail that is if for some reason there was some emergent need that required Fleet Forces Command or Military Sealift Command to divert the mission.” last_img read more

AFN Mourns Veteran Athletics Coach,Tobias Igwe

first_img”This is devastating. We have lost a true transformer of talent.Coach Igwe was linked with many of the athletes who brought honour to Nigeria in the 1980s and 1990s.It is on record he led the first Nigerian team to the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athens,Greece in 1986 to ninth position on the medals table with Nigeria emerging world champions in the women’s 100m (Tina Iheagwan) and 200m (Falilat Ogunkoya),’said George.The AFN acting president revealed the federation has contacted the family of late coach Toblow.‘”Our heartfelt condolences to the family of late coach Igwe during this time of sorrow. You’re in our thoughts and prayers and we are here for whatever you need.”George revealed the board of the federation will meet in the new year to discus the best way to honour the late coach.‘It is the least we can do as a federation.We were discussing about how to honour him for his selfless service to Nigeria about a forthnight ago not knowing death was lurking around to take the great Toblow away from us.”In her reaction,former Nigeria queen of the track,Mary Onyali says she is heartbroken and described Toblow as a super great coach.”Today marks yet another sad day in my life as I lost yet another dear person to my heart. Coach Tobias Igwe alias TOBLOW This is the man who made me what I am today in sports and life in general. My heart is Sooo heavy as I write, but only God knows why you have to go now and we can’t question Him. You’ve ran a great race on earth as an athlete, a SUPER GREAT COACH, and a Sports Administrator. My Love, sleep well in the bosom of the Lord until we meet again to finish what we started,’Onyali,a senior adviser on sports to the Youth and Sports Development Minister wrote on her facebook wall.Toblow was credited with discovering such iconic athletes as double Olympics bronze medallist,Mary Onyali;the Ezinwa brothers,Osmond and Davidson,middle distance runner,Tony Osheku,quartermilers,Airat Bakare and Sunday Uti,the first Nigerian to run a sub-45 seconds in the 400m.He also converted reigning Nigerian 400m hurdles record holder and 1987 IAAF World Championships finalist,Henry Amike from handball to track and field and trained the discovered and groomed Tina Iheagwan to become the first Nigerian world champion in track and field.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has expressed deep shock at the death of veteran athletics coach,Tobias Igwe fondly called Toblow in track and field circle.Coach Toblow,according to his son,Daniel Igwe died after suffering from high blood pressure and partial stroke.”Sad to announce the passing on of great coach Igwe also known as Toblow.He died after suffering from high blood pressure and partial stroke,’read a statement signed by his son,Daniel Igwe.AFN acting president, Olamide George expressed shock at the passing of a man who many have credited with the geometrical successes recorded by Nigeria in the 1980s and 1990s.last_img read more

Crusader preview: No. 4 Ulysses stands in the way of a return to the playoffs

first_imgSkyler Struble #60 Brad McBath (Junior)1 9 #54 Nick Hyde (Senior)13 10 9 5’11 Caleb Fowler 59 88 9 63 o #42 Dylan Ferguson♣ 3 carries for 20 yards 5 ♣ #85 Jack Walton• 1 catch for 26 yards 6’1 ♣ #33 Logan Jones• 2 catches for 5 yards 6’0 Andre Fowler Tyler Murray Sage Ferguson 5’9 Varsity Cheer:  Kelsie Haydon, Faith Wilson, Cassidy Harriger, Tori Winger, Andi Dry #72 Connor Burnett (Junior)22.5 #65 Jason Norris (Senior)33 60 72 Connor Phelps 6’2 22 #25 Chris Kop (Junior)10.5 175 15 6’2 6’0 #7 Dylan Goodman (Junior)5 #58 Gabe Smith4.5 #15 Tristin Witham (Junior)3.5 11 140 9 Eric Kop #74 Andrew Fowler (Sophomore)0.5 Wellington’s roster: 11 230 Lukas Soria Ulysses2-07-124 WT YR 6’1 NAME 5’2 170 Michael Billington 1 5’7 WT Kyle Parsons 5’10 53 130 12 Ian Groom 70 10 200 75 66 220 Brad McBath Cheerleading Advisors: Stephanie Lawrence, Jayme Lowe 5’9 98 160 220 Braiden Buresh 167 5’9 12 #5 Connor Phelps (Senior)38 190 11 12 Cade Phelps 4 5’11 25 6’1 9 11 180 10 52 10 Matthew McComb Nick Hyde 6’1 6’3 Principal: Adam Hatfield   Assistant Prinicpal: John Buckendorff    Athletic Director: Brian Buchanan 10 #21 Colton Glover (Junior)7 190 160 # Bailey Etter 65 ♣ #16 Jared Shields• 5 catch for 71 yards and 1 Touchdown 140 9 9 6’2 5’11 Bryce Gilbreth Chase Pfalzgraf 7 33 9 Nic Reyes For Wellington to get into the playoffs, the Crusaders must win or hope for a Rose Hill upset of Mulvane. But if Wellington does win, it doesn’t guarantee playoffs. It also needs some points. Garrett Wilson, the voice of the Wellington Crusaders, has explained the situation here.Wellington-Ulysses game at a glance:Regular Season finale: Ulysses (8-0) at Wellington (4-4). It is Senior Night. Sage Ferguson, Connor Phelps, Jared Shields, Remington Gilkey, Nick Hyde, Jason Norris, Jace Lowe and Skyler Struble will be honored.Follow the game: Internet: Live twitter blogs on this site, Sumner Newscow. Twitter: Follow us at Cueballnewscow. Radio: Garrett Wilson, play-by-play, KLEY-AM 1130. FM: 100.3.Game night weather: Bring umbrellas. Forecasters are saying there is a 75 percent chance of rain Friday night.Series history: These two teams have played some of the most epic classic playoff battles in WHS history. 1996 and 2004 were the best of the bunch, unfortunately both won by the Tigers.Ulysses (3-4)1979 – Wellington 32 Ulysses 141993 – Wellington 3 Ulysses 101996 – Wellington 19 Ulysses 212000 – Wellington 28 Ulysses 62004 – Wellington 22 Ulysses 282009 – Wellington 21 Ulysses 0 (1st round playoff).2014 – Wellington 0 Ulysses 19.Game’s significance: Playoffs. Wellington has to win and then win by a few points to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.Competing schedules: 2015 SCHEDULEWellington:Wellington 14 Augusta 25Wellington 36 Goddard Eisenhower 26Welllington 58 Circle 8.Wellington 34 Clearwater 12.Wellington 0 Andale 46Wellington 8 Collegiate 35Wellington 44 Rose Hill 20Wellington 30 Mulvane 42Ulysses: Ulysses 38 Liberal 19Ulysses 27 Hugoton 21Ulysses 34 Holcomb 20Ulysses 27 Colby 16Ulysses 49 Goodland 22Ulysses 0 Scott City 35Ulysses 34 Mulvane 21Ulysses 57 Rose Hill 7.Injury situation: Other than Remington Gilkey out for the season, Wellington should be in pretty good health.Intangible fact: Wellington head coach Tyler Ryan is 16-19 overall in his fourth season. He is 5-13 in the month of October, 4-7 in district play with all four wins in the opening game.•••••Season statistics (collected by Garrett Wilson): Wellington: • Scoring 28 ppg (224 on the year)o 43 of 104 on 3rd down (41.3%)• Giving up 26.75 ppg (214 on the year)o 21 of 70 on 3rd down (29.5%)• Passing (31.75 ypg)o #4 Cade Phelps♣ 20 of 48 for 254 yards and 2 Touchdowns• Rushing (284 ypg) Mulvane1-14-49 Tristin Witham 11 Seth Smith 6’0 Gabe Smith 10 10 180 5’11 24 54 12 130 9 9 215 10 Joe Ybarra 6’3″ 99/72 Caleb Reichenberger ♣ #7 Dylan Goodman• 3 catches for 13 yards 114 5’5 Jason Jeffery 5’6 46 9 Chris Kop 5’10 Derek Driskell 190 55 Logan Jones Crusader defensive stats: Deyton Araujo 5’8 12 5’7 26 #3 Sage Ferguson (Senior)9 135 5’11 Grey Hatfield 180 250 10 110 #12 Aaron Schoemann1 64 11 Chi Barton 9 185 165 5’8 o #21 Colton Glover♣ 16 carries for 82 yards (5.13 per carry) Wellington1-14-49 210 WELLINGTON TACKLESTackles 5’7center_img 12 10 Class 4A-1 District 7 3 Michael Ledbetter 11 150 9 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — That 19-year football playoff streak that Wellington once held has been followed by a four-year playoff-less streak. Wellington has its work cut out for itself if it wants to prevent a fifth consecutive year of no playoff football.Wellington hosts Ulysses. The good news is we don’t have to drive out to western Kansas this year. The bad news is Ulysses comes in here as the fourth ranked team in the state sporting a 7-1 record. It also has one of the most potent running back’s in the state.Ulysses senior Ian Rudzik, who has been recruited by schools like the University of Wyoming, has been racking up yards by the dozens. He has rushed for 1,533 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. He also can line up in a Wildcat formation as a quarterback and return kickoffs. The Wellington defense will have to be on its toes this Friday to contain No. 33.The district situation: 5’5 170 155 9 HT Trey Cary 6’1 132 Braden Struble 5’8 10 185 Wellington Crusaders 190 11 Jared Shields #85 Jack Walton (Sophomore)5.5 5’8 Managers:  David Matlock, Arielle Pottier, Kolbi Humphrey, Caitlynn Tingley, De’Andre Washington 10 9 158 Aaron Schoemann 5’8 #9 Derek Driskell (Junior)1 #16 Jared Shields (Senior)13.5 9 57 NAME #88 Skylar Struble (Senior)15.5 Ethan Rowley Colton Glover 6’0 5’11 Head Coach:  Tyler Ryan 10 11 5’9 56 74 210 Dylan Ferguson 294 Auston Trillo 5’6 5’8 HT 5’8 58 9 6’1 5’8 11 225 Brayden Sanders 12 62 Trayson Probst 12 77 #42 Dylan Ferguson (Junior)34 5’8 145 130 Assistant Coaches: Ryan Elder, Zane Aguilar, Rick Phelps, T.D. Buck, Tony Ybarra, Nick Wellington, Ross Foley Jace Lowe o Receiving♣ #5 Connor Phelps• 8 catches for 94 yards and 1 Touchdown Follow us on Twitter. Chance Wilson 78 Drake Alcorn 11 YR 9 Cody Metz 2 6’0 Close Forgot password? 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 6’2 80 9 21 220 185 31 5’9 6’3 150 150 9 Jacob Ewing Jason Norris 71 Julian Jimenez 32 290 20 Connor Burnett 10 84 Rose Hill0-20-8-41x #75 Jace Lowe (Senior)1 #50 Lukas Soria (Junior)18 6’0 11 9 133 #31 Remington Gilkey (Senior)11 Superintendent: Rick Weiss    Assistant Superintendent: Brad Morris 87 Joseph Parson 27 9 o #33 Logan Jones♣ 65 carries for 235 yards and 2 Touchdowns (3.6 per carry) 42 6 5’11 147 18 210 85/69 9 160                      Angela Wyckoff, Kayla Billington, Alexis Tracy, Brooklynn Henton 45 o #31 Remington Gilkey♣ 43 carries for 446 yards (10.3 per carry) and 5 touchdowns 81 9 50 190 5’11 200 5’8 150 9 Zhane Cowdin o #5 Connor Phelps♣ 189 carries for 1,065 yards (5.6 per carry)• 16 Touchdowns and 133 yards/game 155 9 140 # 240 Braden Lassley 16 250 Tyler Jimenez Remington Gilkey 5’11 13 61 5’10 6’1 Christian Clayton 12 PlayerTackles Jack Walton 130 6’1 30 19 175 o #25 Chris Kop♣ 90 carries for 410 yards• 4 Touchdowns and 4.5 yards per carry #33 Logan Jones (Sophomore)7.5 5’10 6’3 5’8 Carley Douglas, MaKenna May, Braedon Norris, Kellie Kemper, Lexi Saffell JV Cheer: Breanna Turner, Elizabeth Brownlee, Tatum Witham, Chloe Easterly, Dylan Goodman 155 230last_img read more