USSOUTHCOM Honors Partner Nation Liaison Officers

first_imgBy 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.last_img read more

Area Middle School Basketball Games

first_imgBatesville 7th Grade defeated Brookville Middle School 33-25.Trey Heidlage led all scores with 11 points while Sam Haskamp and Cooper Williams addd 4, and 6 others added 2 points.  Austin Siefert was the team leader with 2 assists.  Tyler Myers and Cooper Williams led the team with 5 rebounds while Sam Haskamp added 4.  Lane Oesterling led the team with 4 steals with Heidlage and Williams adding 3 each.  Oesterling also led the team with 2 deflections while Alex Westerfeld also added 2.BMS will be in action Monday night @ Greensburg.The 8th grade Bulldogs lost a very close game last night against the Franklin County Travel Team by a score of 41-39.1st Q – 16-8 FC; 2nd Q – 25-18 FC; 3rd Q. – 33-33.Isaac Barker led the team with 23 points. Lane Westerfeld had a solid game with 7 points and Luke Schroeder did well with 6 points.The Dogs had good effort and considering the (3) missed practices due to bad weather, we were competitive against a more physical, stronger Franklin County team.Submitted by Batesville Coaches Eric Feller and Terry Giesting.The Saint Louis 7th Grade Basketball team was defeated by Sunman Dearborn by the score of 37-17. The Cardinals played well but were simply over-matched by the size and strength of Sunman Dearborn.Robert Raver led the Cardinals in scoring, steals, and blocked shots while Kevin Salatin led Saint Louis in rebounding.The St. Louis 8th grade boys basketball team returned to action Thursday night for the first in almost two weeks.  It was 8th Grade Night as the Cardinals played Sunman-Dearborn in their final home game of the season.  The Trojans proved too much for St. Louis, however, defeating the Cardinals 52-21.Stuart Lamping and Chandler Meyers led the team offensively, scoring 11 and 8 points respectively.  Jack Kellerman added some steals and played well defensively.  Gavin Koester came off the bench and hustled defensively, forcing 3 turnovers against S-D.The Cardinals play their final regular season game on Tuesday, 1/14 vs. St. Nicholas (game will be played at Milan Elementary).Submitted by STL Coaches Dale Amrhein and Jon Temple.last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2018, DD vs CSK Match Preview: Will MS Dhoni outshine already eliminated Delhi Daredevils?

first_imgNew Delhi: Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Daredevils will lock horns with MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings on Friday at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.In the last match played at the MCA’s International Stadium in Pune, Chennai Super Kings outshined Delhi Daredevils and won the game by 13 runs.Chennai Super Kings has already qualified for the Play-offs and they are at the number two spot in the Standings while Delhi Daredevils are at the floor of the Points Table with just three wins.On one hand CSK is considered as one of the most consistent team in the Indian Premier League, on the other hand, Delhi Daredevils has struggled in every season of the tournament.Now, the picture of the Play-offs is quite clear and Delhi Daredevils will not be able to make it through the next level this year but it will be interesting to see whether DD manages to clinch win against CSK which will help up building up morale in the coming match against Mumbai Indians.Talking about the batsmen on both sides, Delhi Daredevils has Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw in the squad who have scored on every occasion they come out in the middle while Chennai Super Kings has in-form Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu who are very crucial for the team.In bowling department, DD has Trent Boult as the leading wicket-taker for the team and Amit Mishra as the most economical bowler in the side while CSK has Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo as a huge asset.Match Predictions – Statistically, in the 17 matches played between the two Chennai Super Kings has won 12 times and Delhi has to settle with just five wins.The favourite pick for today’s match will be Chennai Super Kings because of their consistent performance in the tournament and strong batting line-up. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more