Deployment of USS Harry S. Truman, USS Gettysburg Put Off

first_img View post tag: USS February 7, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Deployment Deployment of USS Harry S. Truman, USS Gettysburg Put Off View post tag: usa View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Deployment of USS Harry S. Truman, USS Gettysburg Put Off View post tag: Harry View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: off View post tag: put View post tag: S View post tag: Gettysburg View post tag: Truman The Secretary of Defense delayed the deployment of USS Harry S. Truman and USS Gettysburg Feb. 6. The deployment was originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8.The affected ships have begun formally notifying the men and women of the Harry S. Truman Strike Group (HST CSG) that they will not be deploying. “Facing budget uncertainty — including a Continuing Resolution and the looming potential for across-the-board sequestration cuts — the U.S. Navy made this request to the Secretary and he approved,” said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little in a released statement. “This prudent decision enables the U.S. Navy to maintain these ships to deploy on short notice in the event they are needed to respond to national security contingencies,” said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little in a released statement.In order to remain ready and capable to deploy, HST CSG will conduct underway evolutions and maintain proficiency until a future deployment date is announced. “The United States will continue to maintain a robust military presence in the CENTCOM region, including the current carrier presence and a mix of other assets, to fulfill enduring commitments to our partners. The U.S. military continues to stand ready to respond to any contingency and to confront any threat in the region,” said Little.HST CSG consists of approximately 5,000 Sailors and Marines, including coalition Sailors. Deploying units include Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 10; USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75); German frigate FGS Hamburg (F220); guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), and 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron.Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 is embarked on board USS Harry S. Truman with its associated squadrons: Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 “Swordsmen,” VFA-37 “Ragin’ Bulls,” and VFA-105 “Gunslingers,” Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 “Checkerboards,” Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 “Seahawks,” Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 “Zappers,” Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 “Dusty Dogs,” and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 “Swamp Foxes.”USS Harry S. Truman returned from its last deployment Dec. 2010.Following its last deployment, USS Harry S. Truman conducted a 16-month docking planned incremental availability from March – July 2011 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 7, 2013; Image: US Navy Training & Education Share this articlelast_img read more

Shafer to lead Orange with intensity, put ‘fear of God’ into opponents

first_img Related Stories Shafer hires Chuck Bullough to be Syracuse defensive coordinatorUpon Shafer’s promotion, a reflection on the last 64 years of head coachesSyracuse offensive coordinator Hackett to join Marrone with Buffalo Bills, multiple reports state’To My Players’: Full text of Marrone’s email to SU players Facebook Twitter Google+ With the passion that’s marked his career in football, Scott Shafer stepped behind a podium for the first time as Syracuse’s head coach and gave a glimpse of what his players will see and hear in the locker room. He was reflective at times, but the fiery approach he’s looking to take overshadowed it all.Shafer was introduced as the Orange’s next head coach at a press conference in the Iococlano-Petty Football Wing of Manley Field House on Friday. He spoke with excitement and pride of taking over the program where he’s made his imprint as the team’s defensive coordinator for the past four seasons. Now he has the reins of the team, and he outlined how Syracuse will play under his control.“The thing we will talk about most on a daily basis is just that – attitude, effort and enthusiasm,” Shafer said. “It really is the core of my beliefs of how you develop young men. And we talk about controlling the controllables. It’s the most underrated thing going in my opinion.”Shafer was officially named Syracuse’s head coach on Jan. 9, just two days after former head coach Doug Marrone was introduced as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. When Marrone arrived at Syracuse in December 2008, Shafer was one of the first coaches he hired.Shafer thanked Marrone on Friday for the chance to come to SU, and said Marrone built the foundation for Shafer and his staff to build off.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I appreciate the fact the Doug came in here, along with a good group of staff, and took us from the worst to the first,” Shafer said. “He should be commended and he has been because he’s in a position that I know he’ll do great things in Buffalo. Being a head coach in the NFL is something I know he’s aspired to do and I know he’s a perfect fit.”Continuity was a key for Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross. The Orange is coming off an 8-5 season that ended with a win in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29. Syracuse is headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference with momentum, so finding someone who could continue moving that momentum was priority No. 1.That new coach was already at SU. He helped the program turn around. He transformed the Orange’s defense into one of the best in the country. So when Gross had to find a new coach, Shafer fit the position perfectly.“At the end of the day for the stability, for the job Coach Shafer has done, all the experience that he’s brought to the table for him being our defensive head coach, for the engagement with the kids, for continuity and all those things,” Gross said, “it was the perfect fit to have Coach Shafer.”Shafer said he wants to have an offense that’s inventive and exciting like the one Syracuse had in 2012 that broke program records and ranked at the top of the Big East. Former Orange offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who left to join Marrone and the Bills on Thursday, built that up-tempo, no-huddle attack.His successor has to be able to continue that, Shafer said.“I envision an offense with a lot of juice, a lot of Orange juice. I want an offense that’s fast, that’s fun and inventive,” Shafer said. “I think Coach Hackett did a great job putting that on display, especially the last three quarters of this season. And we want to continue that forward.”But Shafer lit up the room when he talked about the intensity and aggressiveness he wants his team to play with. He said he wants the families of opposing players to cringe when their kid is about to get hit. And he said he wants the Orange to lock its opponents in the Carrier Dome for each game, without letting them “escape.”“We want to put the fear of God into the opposing football player that happens to have the ball underneath his arm,” Shafer said. “That’s what we want to do and we want to continue to play an aggressive style of defense that people love to watch.”Former Syracuse linebacker Derrell Smith, who had 114 total tackles for that dominant 2010 unit, said Shafer is the perfect man for the job. His players feed off Shafer’s passion, Smith said, and it shows on the field.“As far as competition and as far competing on every level and just getting the team hyped up,” Smith said. “You could tell that whenever he comes up with a plan and whenever he sits down in his office, he brings his best every single day.”Shafer will have his work cut out for him as Syracuse heads to the ACC, where it’ll play some of the best teams in the country. But the Orange’s newest head coach is confident his team can compete with them.His intensity will lead the way.Said Shafer: “We’re going to go into the damn ACC, and we’re going to storm that conference and we’re going to do better than people think we can in year one.” Commentscenter_img Published on January 11, 2013 at 5:28 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

Barbados to Ban Importation of Drones

first_imgPotential for misuse “Concerns have been raised here and internationally about the potential for their misuse and the risks posed to safety, security and privacy by their unregulated use,” the government statement noted.It said this prohibition on drones, which took effect on April 1, 2016, was implemented to allow the authorities to complete a legal framework, which is now at an advanced stage, to govern the use of these devices and determine the number in operation in Barbados. The Government of Barbados on Monday announced a continued ban on the importation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), also known as unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones until March 31, next year.In a brief statement, the authorities said a temporary exemption will be considered on a case-by-case basis for drones that are imported and exported immediately after usage.“Over the years, a significant number of RPAS for commercial and recreational use, have been allowed entry into the country. This has contributed to the unregulated increased usage of drones and the inability of the regulatory authorities to ascertain the total in operation.”last_img read more

Man who got Super Bowl tickets with Team Gleason’s help dies in van fire on way to game

first_imgIn 2011, Gleason was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a degenerative neuromuscular disease.Since then he founded the Team Gleason Foundation to advocate for those living with the disease, and to assist in research. Earlier this year, Gleason earned the Congressional Gold Medal for his efforts. The Shelby, N.C., man had contacted Team Gleason for help in obtaining seats that were compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.Cushman and his older brother, Robert, were driving on Interstate 85 in Georgia when smoke began pouring out from beneath the vehicle. When Robert pulled over to check on the source, the van erupted in flames. He was unable to rescue his wheelchair-bound brother.“Words cannot express how shocked we are for Ed and his entire family,” the Gleason Foundation wrote in a statement. “We remain committed to our ALS community and Ed’s family in this time of incredible sadness.”Gleason played seven seasons for the Saints as a safety, and is best remembered for blocking a punt in the team’s first home game after Hurricane Katrina. A statue of Gleason outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Rebirth, commemorates the moment. Former Saints player Steve Gleason’s Team Gleason helped a man with ALS get Super Bowl tickets, but what should have been a heartwarming story ended in tragedy when the man died en route to the game.According to, 39-year-old Ed Cushman was killed Saturday when the van he was riding in caught on fire.last_img read more