By Dialogo February 13, 2012 February 10 marked the culmination to their assignments as Military Liaison Officers to the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) for Brazilian Navy Commander Paulo Petró, Peruvian Army Colonel Juan Carlos Liendo and Chilean Navy Captain Luis Felipe Bravo. SOUTHCOM honored the country representatives in a ceremony to thank them for their service and bid them farewell. U.S. Air Force General Douglas Fraser, USSOUTHCOM Commander also recognized their distinguished service by awarding Cmdr. Petró and Capt. Bravo with a Joint Service Commendation Medal on behalf of the Secretary of Defense. In his opening remarks, Gen. Fraser said, “This program is very important to the United States…the benefit we gain mutually will pay us dividends in the future,” and was quick to add that the relationships established with the liaison officers and the work achieved together have already paid both sides important dividends. “We have learned a great deal from each other as we worked with the Armed Forces of their countries.” The same medal was presented to Col. Liendo in a previous ceremony on February 3, by U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Steven Shepro, Director of SOUTHCOM’s Strategy, Policy and Plans directorate, according to a press release published by the command’s Public Affairs Office. The Partner Nation Liaison Officer (PNLO) Program began in 1998 with a focus on fostering a better understanding among partner nations and facilitating the ability to integrate and synchronize operations among them by assisting in the transfer of vital information, enhancing mutual trust and developing an increased level of teamwork among the countries. Since then, according to the press release, seven South American countries, in addition to Canada have assigned military liaison officers to the command. Cmdr. Petró, a Marine officer and naval aviator (helicopter) who celebrated 28 years in the Brazilian Military on the same day, was assigned to SOUTHCOM on February 7, 2011, and will head back to his home country as Commander of the Amphibious Assault Vehicular Battalion in Rio de Janeiro. “As an aviator I have flown across open seas, over the Amazon jungle and over the snowy southern Andes, but if I have to mention one highlight in my career, it would have to be my time in Miami as part of the SOUTHCOM family,” said the Brazilian helicopter pilot, while stressing his admiration for “the U.S. for the bravery of the American people.” Chilean Submariner, Capt. Bravo, served as PNLO to SOUTHCOM since February 13, 2010, providing invaluable service as the primary link to the Chilean Command Authorities during the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck his country only 10 days after his arrival to Miami. Capt. Bravo thanked his family and the command staff, expressing, “All of you [the U.S.] bring hope to many nations; you really, truly foster regional stability with your efforts in the region.” “You make this world a better place in which to live and I feel honored to walk alongside you,” he concluded. Capt. Bravo’s next assignment will be as member of the Staff to the Chilean Commander of Naval Operations in Valparaiso, Chile. Col. Liendo, a fully qualified Military Intelligence Officer and Professor at the Peruvian Army’s Command and General Staff College, Military Academy and Intelligence and Analysis School in Military Intelligence, History and Strategy, served SOUTHCOM since February 8, 2010 and retired from his military career on December 31, 2011. In addition to serving as advisor to various directorates within the command, Col. Liendo also contributed greatly to a CHDS Seminar on Security and Defense during his assignment to SOUTHCOM.
And they were tied, 58-58, when Amica made his biggest play of the night, a block on a Warriors breakaway to prevent Liverpool from going back in front with 1:30 to play.They exchanged free throws before Adam Dudzinski, with 30 seconds left, hit a driving layup to put WG front for good. Trying to answer, the Warriors instead turned it over when Jack Pento stepped on the baseline.Amica took it from there, hitting on five of six free throws in the waning seconds to give him 22 points for the night as eight of Dudzinski’s 13 points came in the fourth quarter, John Benson adding 11 points.Aside from Young, three other Warriors reached double figures, Kyle Caves getting 13 points as Jacob Works had 12 points and Romeo Clarke had 11 points.Before all this, Cicero-North Syracuse, after yet another close call in a defeat to Baldwinsville Jan. 17, rebounded a day later to defeat Rochester’s Edison Tech 64-59.Dominating the first half, the Northstars led 36-16, and then held on behind Luke Paragon’s career-best 32 points. Tavores Flournory earned eight points, with Jerrod Hills adding seven points.But C-NS lost 64-48 to Bishop Ludden last Monday night, unable to recover from a first half where the Gaelic Knights steadily built a 38-22 advantage.Paragon, despite 11 rebounds, was held to just two points. Kevin Felasco led with 15 points, while Hills had 11 points. Brian Bonin and Grant Sennett had nine points apiece as Grant Baker (18 points) and Mykell Kaigler (15 points) set the pace for Ludden.Then, on Friday night, C-NS fell 68-50 to Nottingham, outscored 38-21 following a close first half as Mazi Jackson had 20 points for the Bulldogs, just ahead of Jaden Ezomo’s 19 points and Marlen Peters’ 16 points.Paragon and Bonin both finished with 14 points, but no one else on the Northstars hit double figures, Sennett and Joe Penizotto each gaining seven points.Among this week’s action is a second head-to-head meeting between C-NS and Liverpool, nearly two months after the Warriors won the first encounter in the Peppino’s Invitational at OCC.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Again, it matched up the last two state Class AA champions. Liverpool had won 66-53 back in that initial meeting, but was in catch-up mode through most of the rematch.Sparked by six straight points from Will Amica, WG went on an 8-0 run to close the first quarter, and maintained that lead through a foul-filled first half, only to have Liverpool storm back and go in front 40-38 late in the third period before Anthony Dattellas hit six straight points to return the lead to the Wildcats.After that, no one could get away. Josh Young, with a career-high 22 points, paced a Warriors team that stayed in front for most of the fourth quarter yet never by more than a basket. Now that it had finally broken its mid-season six-game skid by completing a regular-season sweep of Corcoran, the Liverpool boys basketball team wanted to do the same to the reigning state champions.Doing so would mean trying to upend West Genesee’s six-game win streak in last Saturday night’s Pathfinder Bank Classic on the same Allyn Hall floor at Onondaga Community College where it beat the Wildcats on Dec. 10.Liverpool nearly did so, the game swinging back and forth until the final seconds when WG’s strong free-throw shooting proved a difference-maker, the Warriors taking a 67-62 defeat. Tags: boys basketballC-NSliverpool