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HR: Positive Resignation – How to hand in your notice

first_imgHR: Positive Resignation – How to hand in your noticeShared from missc on 8 Jan 2015 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.center_img Read full article A question that all HR/recruitment professionals get asked on at least a semi regular basis is: “How should I resign?”. The real answer is, there is no textbook answer as there are so many variables and moving parts involved relevant to e.g. company, manager, your professional style etc. but there are definitely a whole lot of wrong ways to do it. Here’s my 4 small tips that hopefully will offer some piece of mind during what in most cases is an awkward conversation (at best), and help it flow with a little more ease and hopefully avoid friction or burned bridges.Tip 1: No matter how much you might feel like it, don’t use the flaws of the company/manager as your reason for leaving. This is not the time or the place to have this conversation. My advice would be that if there is a burning desire inside you to offer some constructive criticism, do so at an exit interview in a rational and balanced manner. Instead use the positive points of why you have chosen to accept the new role as the reason for your departure.Tip 2: I’m firmly of the belief that we never stop learning and thus regardless of if you feel it has been the most fulfilling role or not, think of the lessons you’ve learned and thank your manager/company for the opportunity to have learned and grown as a professional.Tip 3: Unless extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise, wherever possible be willing to work your full contractual notice period. Make arrangements as such so as to make your transition out of the company as smooth as possible.Tip 4: If not already part of process, offer your time to have an “exit meeting/interview” with your line manager with the aim of trying to shed light on where in your opinion, the organisation could improve. This is where you can offer your CONSTRUCTIVE feedback and show that you are not harbouring any ill feelings due to some negative experiences but instead are aiming to offer your opinion to ensure other employees don’t feel the same thing.These are by no means complicated steps and is relatively “back to basics” kind of stuff but I hope it will give some piece of mind to anyone who may be looking for a little direction on ways to part ways in a positive light.last_img read more

Analysis of acoustic dot echo signature over an Antarctic ice shelf: the possible remote sensing of Antarctic petrels

first_imgData from a monostatic acoustic radar operating at British Antarctic Survey’s Halley station on a coastal Antarctic ice shelf show a band of small target echoes at an altitude of 700-1000 m during spring 1991. Statistical analysis of the echo signature show that the targets are spread more evenly in the horizontal than would be expected for a random signature, whilst the local distribution in the vertical is Gaussian. Similar echo signatures have been observed previously, and are attributed to birds, bats or insects: the Antarctic data are also consistent with bird targets, but the case is not proven. No birds have been observed directly, but at 700 in they would be barely visible to the naked eye. The nearest nesting area with suitably large numbers of birds (Antarctic petrels, Thalassoica antarctica) is a few hundred kilometres away. Estimates of velocity and target density imply that the Halley site would need to be specially favoured by the colony for their acoustic signature to be observed in such numbers, but such might be the case due to the presence of perennial coastal open water to the west of the station.last_img read more

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor – Vascular Surgery and VAMC (65053)

first_imgMD degree or equivalentBoard certification or eligibility in vascular surgeryCompetence in both open and endovascular techniques. The Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery at theUniversity of Florida is currently recruiting an academic vascularsurgeon to join the faculty and work at the Malcolm RandallVeterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida. Theacademic medical center at the University of Florida College ofMedicine and UF Health Shands Hospital is the state’s tertiary carereferral center.The vascular surgeon will practice at the Malcolm Randall VAMedical Center (VAMC), located adjacent to UF Health ShandsHospital. The VAMC is a 239-bed hospital that serves veteransthroughout North Florida and South Georgia. The facility has astate-of-the-art fixed imaging hybrid endovascular operating suiteand serves as the second largest VA system in the country.The UF Division of Vascular Surgery is comprised of eightboard-certified surgeons that provide all the clinical care at UFHealth and the Malcolm Randall VAMC. The group is bothcollaborative and collegial while committed to the development ofthe junior faculty and surgical trainees. The Division has a verycompetitive Vascular Fellowship (5+2) with two trainees peryear.The Division has a solid infrastructure for clinical and basicscience research. The research efforts have paralleled the clinicalpractice, focusing on treatment paradigms and outcomes after aorticinterventions, lower extremity occlusive disease, dialysis access,mesenteric ischemia and “tertiary care”. The infrastructureincludes four research coordinators dedicated to clinical trials,quality improvement, and translational research. The group has beenan active participant in a number of device-related industrytrials, and maintains a nice working relationship with the majordevice companies. The Division has also been an active participantin the Vascular Quality Initiative and has taken a leadership rolein the region.This position represents a wonderful opportunity for the rightindividual given the clinical volume, research infrastructure,training program, and overall strength of the Division. The targetcandidate should have a strong clinical skill set and a passion foracademic vascular surgery. It is the expectation that they willcontinue to expand the clinical practice and foster the Division’snational reputation for patient care and clinical research.Minimum Qualifications: All applicants must apply for position at of interest, curriculum vitae, and a list of three to fiveprofessional references are required with submission ofapplication.The Search Committee will accept applications until the position isfilled. Applications will be reviewed starting as soon as possibleafter the posting date.Primary (8/8th) appointment will be at Malcolm Randall VA MedicalCenter in Gainesville, Florida. Academic rank will be awarded basedupon the career stage and development of the candidate.Selected candidate will be required to provide three letters ofrecommendation and an official transcript to the hiring departmentupon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if adesignation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned froman education institution outside of the United States are requiredto be evaluated by a professional credentialing service providerapproval by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services(NACES), which can be found at .If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

Environmental Commission Plans Nature-Book Walk at Bird Sanctuary

first_imgThe Ocean City Environmental Commission will begin offering nature-book tours to highlight the bird sanctuary. By MADDY VITALETo showcase a natural wonder and gem in Ocean City, the Environmental Commission is planning to host a nature-book tour of the bird sanctuary in the fall.While the commission is still working out the details, and needs city approval, the plan would be to draw attention to the sanctuary.Like the Ocean City Free Public Library’s popular StoryWalk held in Lake Memorial Park, families could go to the bird sanctuary at Stainton Wildlife Refuge at Bay Avenue and 26th Street. There, they could read laminated pages of a book attached to posts while strolling in nature.“We will focus on the wetlands and maybe spruce up the sanctuary,” explained Commissioner Betsy Lehman during a Zoom meeting of the Environmental Commission Tuesday night. “We are waiting on approval. We could do it on the bike path.”Lehman said the commission still has to select a book to feature and although the commission is partnering with the library, it is their event and they are requesting the city’s permission to hold the nature-book tours.Specifically, Lehman noted that Jessica Fenton, city liaison on the commission, would have to get the approval and then the commission could move forward and pick a book. Like the library’s StoryWalk, the commission would also engage families with a scavenger hunt during the nature-book tour.Commissioner Jim Edwards asked, “What do you need from the rest of us?”Lehman explained that the commission would probably need a day to train the commissioners on how the event runs.Grass and other vegetation are critical for the natural formation of protective sand dunes at the New Jersey shore. (Photo courtesy of Pinelands Preservation Alliance)Another Environmental Commission event in the planning stages is a beach plum planting on the sand dunes.The plantings would be along the dunes at 57th Street and Central Avenue. Beach plums are a low-growing fruiting shrub or small tree that can be planted along dunes for added protection.“We are all set up and have the materials,” explained Environmental Commission Chairman Rick Bernardini. “We just need clearance from the city. I am hopeful that we can be socially distant to do the plantings in March.”He said the hope is to have the plantings on March 1, but the latest it would occur is on April 15. It depends on when the commission receives city approval to do the plantings.“It is something to look forward to outside,” Bernardini said. “I think that it would be good.”Bernardini also opened up discussion about the proposed wind energy farm that would be constructed by Danish company Orsted and equipped with nearly 100 gigantic turbines anchored 15 miles off the coast.He said that although the commission does not vote and merely acts in the role of an advisory board, it would be a good idea for all of the members to do some research about the project since it could have far-reaching impacts to the area.“As a commission, we need a lot more information and a lot more research. You have the visual aspect, the wildlife, fishermen, all kinds of aspects,” Bernardini said. “I will put together a bunch of thoughts.”The wind farm turbines would be installed 15 miles off the coast.Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Orsted representatives held meetings in Ocean City and other communities to explain the project and hear from the public.Since then, Orsted has held some virtual meetings.“When it comes time to have public forums again in the summer, we will have more targeted conversations about it. I think when they schedule the public meetings we can at least have some information,” Bernardini pointed out. “As part of our educational mission, we at least enlighten.”While he emphasized that the discussion of the proposed wind farm was for anyone to speak individually and not as a commission, he believes that the commission should come together after doing some research to take a position in the future.“You are thinking at some point the Environmental Commission will have a position and issue a statement?” Commissioner Bradford Jungles asked.Commissioner John Aiken said the commission could act solely as an advisory group to give information to City Council and Mayor Jay Gillian.The next virtual Environmental Commission meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 9.last_img read more

The customer is king

first_imgCuisine de France’s national account manager, Sharon Carney, says that winning the Customer Focus Award, sponsored by BakeMark, at last year’s Baking Industry Awards was a triumph for the business – not to mention a great opportunity to meet Joanna Lumley!Established in 1989, the in-store bakery and food-to-go supplier, a subsidiary of IAWS Group, supplies over 4,000 outlets across the UK including Budgens and Spar. The company had won the very same award in the past, so the pressure was on to keep standards high.The judges crowned Cuisine de France winner last year due to the company’s success in building relationships with its customers. “It’s about working closer with customers and improving the relationship, so that it’s a win-win situation,” says marketing director David Girdler. “It’s more of a consultancy and a relationship, than just manufacturer and customer.”There were key elements we needed to address as part of the working relationship with one of our customers,” says Carney of the time leading up to the application. “So we tried to get across what we’d done to overcome some major hurdles that the customer had at the time.”The company’s ability to overcome customers’ problems is just one of the things which prompted the company to apply for the Baking Industry Awards; so what other areas of the business did they highlight?”We mainly looked at the category side of what we could do for bakery and food-to-go by understanding what issues the customer had internally and then looking at what we had to do to overcome them,” explains Carney. “By looking at range rationalisation and understanding the customer profile, we can build a plan to go forward to help build their business and make it more profitable for them.”The company supplies the convenience market with products produced at its factory and head office in Tallaght, Dublin; its UK office is in Stone, Staffordshire. Its products, including French breads, pastries and baked confectionery, are baked off in in-store bakeries daily.Before the awards, the company relaunched its food-to-go business with the Cuisine-to-Go brand. “The Cuisine de France in-store bakery brand and the Cuisine-to-Go food-to-go brand has really been our focus,” says Girdler. “One of the things we highlighted in the application was that a big part of our customers’ business is food-to-go so it was a timely opportunity to link the two in and use our new concept to help them improve their offer,” adds Carney. “We were also focused on improving the performance of our customer groups and ensuring they were making profit as well as looking at the range we had.”Looking back we worked really closely together to understand what we needed to do to drive the category with the processes we had. The key issues that we overcame were critical to our customers’ businesses.”Since winning, the company’s focus has mainly been on increasing the presence of its Cuisine-to-Go in-store offer and on working with its customers to drive their sales forward. “We’ve continued to roll out Cuisine de France’s in-store bakery model and, where appropriate, the Cuisine-to-Go model,” explains Girdler. “I think given the difficult times bakery has had with rising commodity prices an in-store bakery offer complemented with food-to-go offer better places customers to manage themselves through a recession.” On the challenges of rising prices Girdler says the company has noticed changes in customers’ shopping habits.”We are monitoring this all the time and making sure our business model addresses those needs,” he explains. “It’s also important for businesses to make sure the offer is still relevant in these difficult times. Availability is key at all times of the day, especially in the convenience part of the market.”Winning the award has had several benefits, explains Carney. “We’ve been able to use it as a testimony to other customers,” she says, before offering some useful tips for top customer relations: “Get under the skin of the account and get to understand what the customers’ needs are. Then transfer what you’ve found into a policy to help them drive their business and take their sales forward.”—-=== View from the awards night ===”It was a good night and great fun. It was the first time I’d had the opportunity to go to the event and as one of the nominees it was especially exciting. Winning was just fantastic,” says Sharon Carney.”We are delighted to support the Baking Industry Awards. Anybody can win these awards and not always the biggest players,” adds David Girdler.last_img read more

Indiana high school sports are on as planned for fall

first_img Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSports Previous articleHoward Park school backpack event planned for SaturdayNext articleBSU Study: 68,000 Indiana students don’t have internet at home Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook Google+ Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Indiana high school sports are on as planned for fall Twitter Twitter Google+ (Photo Supplied/IHSAA) High school sports are on as planned for the fall season.The administrators with the IHSAA met Wednesday morning to discuss it and have decided all fall sports at Indiana’s high schools are on track to start as scheduled, with no delays and no cancellations. Girls’ golf practice starts this Friday as planned. All other sports, including contact sports, can start practicing Monday, August 3rd.Volleyball matches will start on August 15th. Football on the 21st. The association has not said anything as to what the rules will be regarding fans attending high school sporting events.Though the IHSAA has said that fall sports are still on track to start, it will still be up to individual schools on whether or not they choose to have an athletic season. North Central High School in Indianapolis, for example, has already decided to suspend sports and extracurricular activities for the fall semester.The IHSAA suspended all winter sports back in early March and canceled the spring sports season soon after when the coronavirus pandemic first hit the state. WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – July 29, 2020 2 249 last_img read more

Professor discusses President’s speech

first_imgPolitical Science professor David Campbell said President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday was clear evidence the president is “moving into campaign mode.” “This is not what we saw in the first year or two of the Obama administration,” Campbell said. “This is Obama making an argument for his reelection and for his Democratic view of the way government ought to be involved in the economy.” Campbell, who is also the founding director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy,said the speech had the usual constraints of a State of the Union address. Obama had to cite major issues, remain optimistic and appeal to his constituencies. “This was a pretty sprawling and expansive speech. It was also a fairly long speech,” he said. “I do think his speech can be contrasted with last year’s speech, in that this one really marks the beginning of the 2012 presidential campaign.” Campbell said that unlike past years, Obama took a clear stance on issues and pointed out the congressional obstruction of governmental goals. “Barack Obama was elected on the terms that he would be a post-partisan president. He tried … but he’s not going to do that anymore. He’s going to [draw] sharp distinctions,” Campbell said. Obama was also more direct in this speech than he had been in the past, Campbell said. “He’s definitely beginning to lay out his argument. He was quite explicit. [For example] he did want to see government investing in clean energy,” Campbell said. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana delivered the GOP rebuttal to the State of the Union on Tuesday, responding specifically to Obama’s position on the income gap and criticizing the president for being overly optimistic in his assessment of the country’s economic well-being. “When President Obama claims that the state of our union is anything but grave,” Daniels said, “he must know in his heart that this is not true.” Campbell said Obama and Daniels’ speeches plainly put issues on the table and gave voters the opportunity to decide on those issues for themselves. “I thought the State of the Union address and the response from Mitch Daniels was politics the way it ought to be done,” Campbell said. “Voters heard two different perspectives on what government should be doing. In all seriousness, I thought voters could walk away from those two speeches having learned something.” Campbell said the annual addresses are challenging for presidents because they must hold firmly to some key American ideas. “Presidents have to pick their language carefully. They all have to say the state of the union is fundamentally strong, moving forward,” Campbell said. “[President Obama] struck a tone of, ‘Things have been bad, they’re getting better and they’re better than most people think.’” Campbell also said the U.S. president is in a unique position since he is both the head of state and the head of government — a tension that comes to the surface in the State of the Union. He said in some ways, the president plays a similar role to a figure like the Queen of England since he is the face of the American people. And Americans are an “optimistic people” who don’t like “doom and gloom,” Campbell said. Still, Republican candidate Mitt Romney used Obama’s optimism as ammunition when he told voters in Florida on Wednesday the speech was “detached from reality.” Campbell said such statements are not unusual from the Republican opposition. “That’s a common argument not just from Romney, but from other Republicans, that [Obama’s] is an administration that doesn’t understand the way America works,” Campbell said. “There’s [always] this undercurrent … in the Republican criticism of Obama.” Campbell said Obama’s call to narrow the income gap is another major dividing point between the two parties. “What the Republicans want to emphasize is a nation where everyone feels like they can get ahead,” Campbell said. “The Democrats will want to emphasize this is a country where we help those who have been left behind … [They] want to equalize things, make sure everyone has a fair shot.” If the Republican Party nominates Romney as its presidential candidate, Campbell said the issue of America’s income gap will play a dominant role. As Obama enters the election year, Campbell said the country’s unemployment rate will be his biggest challenge to reelection. “The very top of the list is the economy … The president is facing a very high unemployment rate that doesn’t want to budge,” Campbell said. “Jobs are coming back, but it’s still very high and, frankly, everything else will be subsumed under a debate on the economy.”last_img read more

Students build, race, sink boats in Fisher Regatta

first_imgBarbeque smoke, dance music and shouts from capsizing vessels filled the skies around St. Mary’s Lake for Fisher Hall’s annual Fisher Regatta on Saturday.Fisher Hall’s president Erik Siegler said the Hall’s signature event not only provides the campus with a viewing spectacle and complimentary burgers but also helps to fund charity.“The food is free, but there is an entry cost of $40 per boat. The money raised during this event goes to the Andre House of Hospitality in Phoenix,” Siegler said.Junior Phillip Gayoso, who served as a commissioner for the Regatta, said some 30 makeshift boats, rafts and not quite sea-worthy vessels participated in the 1-on-1 races, broken up into a men’s and a women’s bracket.The Pangborn team, consisting of Ellen Mather, Katie Brinkman, Anna Busse, Brooke Justus, Tiffani McCormick and Mariel Cuellar, rowed to victory in the women’s bracket. Cuellar said the final race ended in a comeback win.“Both our first and second races went really well but the start of the final race was a little rough. We were definitely worried but we really came together as a team so it was a great feeling when we made a big comeback to win,” Cuellar said.As far as strategy, Cuellar said the Hall’s bright green canoe, named “Fisher? I Barely Know Her!” has a history of winning.“Our boat is a Pangborn family boat that was built a few years ago and has been passed down. It has won in the past so we were really proud that we could carry on the tradition.”Knott Hall’s “Knacht Yott” took first place in the men’s bracket.  Zac Adams, Andrew Weiler, Michael McLean, Michael Hull, Hugo Muñoz Rios and Dan Falkenberg manned the winning vessel.“We’re glad to have won the race this year, since this boat has won several times in past years, most recently in 2012,” Adams said.A team of engineering students entered a LEGO themed concrete canoe into the race. Sophomore Mike Matasci said the canoe had no trouble floating despite its weight.“Getting the canoe in and out of the water was tough, but it moved through the water really well. We put in a solid effort but came up short in our second race,” Matasci said.Michael Lindt, one of Fisher Hall’s three vice presidents, said the signature event turned out well. “Overall, the Regatta was once again a major success,” Lindt said. “The weather seemed to cooperate with us for the most part. It was a little chilly, but definitely warm enough for most people to bring out the bro tanks. “The turnout was also pretty great. We had a lot of people around for the duration of the event.”Tags: boat, dorm, Fisher, race, Regattalast_img read more

Medical Train-the-Trainer Program Expands to More Partner Nations

first_imgBy Dialogo November 14, 2015 SHALOM. The program represents a new way of looking at Train-the-Trainer events. Rather than conducting one iteration of training and leaving a given country to develop the rest of their program, this training walks the new instructors through a couple of iterations of training until they demonstrate they can manage on their own. Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), according to the Field Medical Training Batallion’s Combat Lifesaver/Tactical Combat Casualty Care Student Handbook, is an attempt to better prepare medical and non-medical personnel for the unique factors associated with combat trauma casualties. It originated as a U.S. Special Operations research project, but is currently used throughout the U.S. Military and various partner nations. In 2012, Diálogo told the story of a collaborative train-the-trainer program that had recently graduated a new group of combat medics in El Salvador. They received the TCLS trainingfrom Peruvian instructors who had received the training themselves from a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) cadre as part of a 2011 cooperative initiative with Peru. In fact, some of the Salvadoran graduates from 2012 were selected to join some of their Peruvian instructors to multi-laterally train members of the Uruguayan Military who are scheduled to deploy to diverse peacekeeping missions around the world. “Uruguay has a long tradition in peace missions, but within a context where the environment and threats in our mission areas are constantly evolving, so we too must evolve our techniques and training in order to remain current. TCLS is the perfect framework for what we intend to achieve. The training is very important to us; it will allow our Troop to not only provide better care and help to those who need, but also to increase their confidence in doing so,” he said. Col. Frachelle said that having the course taught by Peruvian, Salvadoran, and U.S. personnel is an added value because they not only speak the same language, but also represent the presence of partner nation armies. “We value their presence. For us it’s a privilege and an honor to host them in our country and benefit from their high professionalism. They speak our language and in the case of Peru, represent a partner with whom we comprised a joint battalion in Haiti. As for the Salvadoran personnel, it means working together with them once again. A few months ago, a medical team from our Military Hospital trained with them when the Ebola outbreak took place in Africa.” The program has been so successful that it has not only become a requirement for all Peruvian Military members deploying to the VRAEM, but also kept growing and spreading to other partner nations since then, including Peru, El Salvador, and Uruguay. “Building capacity is not done overnight,” said the program director, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Coote of SOUTHCOM’s Surgeon General’s Office. “But it can be done when: 1. U.S. trainers have confidence in our partners’ abilities to perform the tasks well, 2. Our partners invest themselves in the process, and 3. We provide them with the tools to be successful.” According to Lt. Col. Coote, “By supporting our partners, we empower allies with whom we will work side-by-side.’ center_img SOUTHCOM’s Command Surgeon’s Office originated the program after seeing a need to have more able combat medics for Troops deploying to Peru’s Valley of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM), where the Military is combatting the remnants of the terrorist drug-trafficking organization Shining Path. Colonel Carlos Frachelle, ENOPU’s director, told Diálogo that they requested this medical training in order to augment Uruguay’s enduring medical capacity and better train the approximately 1,500-person contingent who deploys to and from the different UN peace keeping missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Liberia, Kashmir, the Ivory Coast, and the Multinational Force of Observers in the Sinai Peninsula. For its part, the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Life Saver (TCLS) Course is a customized version of TCCC developed to provide students more advanced and relevant combat medic skills for their specific duties in a remote terrain with difficult access. Four Peruvian instructors, two Salvadorans, and two U.S. combat medics from the Special Operations Forces accompanied by a member of SOUTHCOM’s Command Surgeon’s Office comprised the TCLS staff that deployed to the Uruguayan National Peace Operations School (ENOPU, for its Spanish acronym) during the first four weeks in September. Historical data shows that 90% of combat wound fatalities die on the battlefield before reaching a military treatment facility, so first responder care at the point of injury is literally a matter of life and death. There, they collaborated with 27 Uruguayans identified to serve as TCLS instructors. After the first iteration of training, 45 additional Uruguayans and two Brazilians ranging in rank from Soldier to Lieutenant reported to training with the purpose of learning from the newly minted Uruguayan TCLS instructors, who came from both medical and non-medical backgrounds. The third iteration saw another 45 Service Members receive training from a now very competent cadre of TCLS instructors. Since the first course was taught in Peru in 2011, approximately 2,500 more military service members from Peru, El Salvador, Brazil, Panama, and now Uruguay have become trained in and trainers for the TCLS course, with a customized version of the course adapted for the needs of each class. They will keep paying it forward to future generations of trainers to come, attesting to the strength of what true collaboration among partner nations can achieve.last_img read more

USS Pinckney Interdicts Second Drug Vessel

first_imgBy U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet June 02, 2020 The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team seized over 2,700 kilograms of suspected cocaine May 16.After a U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), assigned to the “Tridents” of Patrol Squadron VP 26, first spotted the low profile vessel (LPV), Pinckney was vectored for a long range intercept. Upon interception, Pinckney employed one of her embarked helicopters, assigned to the “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75, to provide over watch and ensure compliance while the embarked LEDET on Pinckney small boats achieved positive control of the LPV.Pinckney and the embarked LEDET recovered a total of 136 bales of suspected cocaine totaling an estimated 2,700 kilograms, with a potential wholesale value worth over $54.3 million.“This bust demonstrated the flexibility of the multiple ships and aircraft conducting counternarcotics operations in the Eastern Pacific,” said U.S. Navy Commander Andrew Roy, Pinckney’s commanding officer. “The entire team executed [the operation] with professionalism and precision to help get drugs on deck.”USS Pinckney is deployed to the U.S. Fourth Fleet area of operations conducting U.S Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and Joint Interagency Task Force South’s enhanced counter drug operations missions in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.The Pinckney conducted their first interdiction on May 14.On April 1, SOUTHCOM began enhanced counternarcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs in support of Presidential National Security Objectives.Numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security cooperated in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-drug operations.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet supports SOUTHCOM’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American region.last_img read more