View post tag: Amphibious View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: Denver Amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Darwin, Australia, Sept. 3, for the second time in less than two weeks.Denver’s first visit to Darwin was a working port visit where the crew conducted an offload of a large part of the 31st MEU and their equipment as they prepared to start Exercise Koolendong at the Bradshaw Field Training Area (BFTA).This visit follows another working port visit in Dili, Timor-Leste, but this time Darwin will be primarily a liberty port for the crew. Sailors and Marines will have an opportunity to participate in community service projects and enjoy some much earned personal time.“It’s going to be good. I’m excited.” said Lance Cpl. Dillon Nichols, assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, attached to the 31st MEU. “I want to eat something that’s not ship food, hang out and walk around on dry land.”Denver is on patrol with the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, commanded by Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11, and is currently participating in Exercise Koolendong with the 31st MEU.[mappress]Press Release, September 03, 2013 View post tag: Australia Amphibious Transport Dock Ship USS Denver Arrives in Darwin, Australia View post tag: Defence View post tag: Dock View post tag: Arrives Back to overview,Home naval-today Amphibious Transport Dock Ship USS Denver Arrives in Darwin, Australia September 3, 2013 View post tag: Darwin View post tag: USS View post tag: ship View post tag: Transport View post tag: Defense Share this article
Read Full Story Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor Joseph S. Nye Jr. has received an honorary doctorate from Keio University, the oldest institute of higher education in Japan, in recognition of what the university described as his central his role in redefining U.S.-Japanese relations, both as a U.S. government official and as a leading academic thinker on political power in Asia.Nye, the former dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, has held numerous senior positions in the U.S. State Department, the Pentagon, and the National Security Council. He is a member of the board of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and chair of the Pacific Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.In announcing Nye’s award, Keio University said it was conferring the degree “in appreciation of his significant contributions to the advancement of Japan-U.S. relations, and his outstanding achievements in academics and education.”The announcement said: “Professor Nye led the rebuilding effort of Japan-U.S. relations under a new international security environment in the post-Cold War era, and has contributed to the advancement of Japan-U.S. relations as a U.S. government official. Such movement of the U.S. made an important impact on Japan’s ‘National Defense Program Outline’ and ‘Japan-U.S. Joint Declaration on Security’ between the leaders of the two countries, and accelerated the redefinition of the Japan-U.S. alliance. Even after retiring from government service, Professor Nye has been strongly involved in Japan-U.S. relations through testifying at a congressional hearing and writing articles for Japanese and U.S. newspapers and magazines, and has contributed largely to its advancement.”The award was presented to Nye in a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at the Mita Campus of the university. Keio University has 11 campuses in Japan and is frequently described as one of the best universities in Asia. Its alumni include three recent Japanese prime ministers and numerous Cabinet members.
Northstar Vermont Yankee,Citing potentially adverse economic impact throughout New England, an ad hoc group of the region’s energy industry stakeholders and public policy officials has requested ISO-New England (ISO-NE) to conduct a formal study on regional power pricing impact if Vermont Yankee and other nuclear power plants, are forced to close. Vermont Yankee 628 MW 4,782,473 MWhPilgrim 685 MW 5,917,813 MWhMillstone Unit #2 879 MW 7,414,566 MWhMillstone Unit #3 1,235 MW 9,335,738 MWhSeabrook 1,247 MW 10,910,055 MWh4,674 MW 38,360,645 MWh Source: ISO-NE 2011 CELT Report. Peak output. Source: NEPOOL Generation Information System. Annual production.The End User Alliance (EUA) members, many active in the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL), requested that ISO-NE, the non-profit entity operating the six-state power grid, undertake the study.‘The Alliance feels that the costs of power plant shutdowns should be researched and disseminated to public policy makers in Vermont and New England. It’s important that we all understand current reference points for such a dramatic event and are aware of the broader outcomes,’ says August Fromuth, chair of the End User Alliance.‘Right now, nuclear power supplies 15% of New England’s capacity and nearly 30% of New England’s energy. The New England Power Grid represents a symbiotic relationship. Closing a power plant–nuclear, oil-fired or otherwise–affects people and businesses beyond its neighborhood and beyond its state.’The need for such a study has become more urgent since December 21, when the Environmental Protection Agency ordered certain U.S. power plants to make profound cuts in emissions over the next three years. Fearful of vastly more expensive power costs to ratepayers that will reverberate throughout the region’s economy just when there are signs of a recovery, the EUA stresses that nuclear has become one of the least expensive forms of electricity to generate.‘As we say in our request,’ Fromuth continues, ‘simple math shows that if you remove a nuclear power plant that contributes substantial kilowatt hours of electricity to New England’s grid, you can expect an adverse impact on electricity prices. ‘Ratepayers throughout the region deserve to be fully informed of the effects of plant closure. A thorough study of such scenarios by the ISO is warranted.’ In last February’s ISO-NE Strategic Planning Problem Statement Changes to New England Power System, the nonprofit corporation that oversees the New England power grid researched the effects on regional electricity capacity if Vermont Yankee and other power plants are forced into retirement. It concluded that any sudden removal of power plants can negatively affect the ability of the Power Grid to offer reliable electricity, especially at times of high stress in the system, such as during abnormal peak usage or adverse weather events when ‘normal’ power transmission can be disrupted for protracted periods.The economic study requested by EUA would be a natural extension of that completed study, says Fromuth. Supporters of‘End User Alliance Request for an Attachment K Study of the Impacts on the Wholesale Market Price Levels of the Forced Retirement of Vermont Yankee and other New England Nuclear Power Plants’ The Honorable Charles Bass (NH)Jack Cashman, former chair, Maine Public Utilities CommissionKenneth C. Fletcher, State of Maine, Office of Energy Independence & SecurityAugust Fromuth, Freedom Energy Logistics and Chair, NEPOOL End User SectorThe Honorable Frank Guinta (NH)W. Robert Keating, Principal, Keating Strategies; Commissioner ‘ Emeritus, Massachusetts Department of Utilities Bill Short, Participant, NEPOOL End User SectorDonald Sipe, Attorney with Preti-Flaherty, Portland, Maine, and past Chair, NEPOOL Participants Committee EUA. 1.5.2012
Coalition embedded partnering teams in Helmand province continue to mentor and train Afghan National Army soldiers to operate independently. A logistics partnering team at Camp Leatherneck was recently tasked with training, advising and mentoring the 5th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps – a national army logistics battalion – on the functions of tactical logistics support, while preparing the Afghan soldiers for unilateral operations, according to Marine Capt. Victor Kamantauskas, a partnering team member. “We have definitely seen a paradigm shift in the [Afghan National Army] where they are more willing to take on their own tasks,” said Kamantauskas. “They are building their confidence and ability to conduct independent operations day by day.” The Kandak soldiers are responsible for providing logistics support to three national army infantry battalions throughout Helmand province. The embedded partnering team conducts daily mentoring sessions spanning a wide-range of logistics and military topics. They also go on partnered combat logistic patrols to provide the soldiers the skills to become a self-sufficient logistics battalion. “We’re taking a ‘back-seat’ approach right now, letting the [Afghan National Army] lead, but eventually we’ll wean off of that,” said Marine Capt. Redmond B. Gautier IV, embedded partnering team executive officer. “That’s not to say our replacing unit won’t have a job, there’s still work to be done. The [Afghan National Army is] definitely taking the lead – more than we expected – and that’s a positive thing.” Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Amanullah Kohbandi, the Kandak’s commanding officer, believes the joint efforts of Afghan and coalition forces will help make a better country for his people. “I’m thankful the Marines are here to help,” said Kohbandi, speaking through an interpreter. “[As a logistics battalion] we’re the heart of the brigade. If the heart stops pumping, the blood stops flowing.” A passion for success is apparent in Kohbandi’s parting words: “As long as there is one drop of blood left in my veins … I will continue to stand and defend my country.” By Dialogo November 29, 2010
GREENSBURG — City Council gave preliminary approval for most city employees to get $500 raises on Monday.Since the budget process is in its early stages the council can still make changes before budget gets approved locally and by state authorities.Greensburg Clerk-Treasurer Bridget Weber told the Greensburg Daily News that the city project proposes a General Fund budget of nearly $6.2 million for next year. This is a $190,000 increase from last year’s budget. This General Fund is the fund that operates basic services throughout the city such as streetlights, police and fire protection.The budget also has a $1,200 raise for elected and appointed officials, including the mayor, police and fire chiefs. Council members will receive $500 as well as most city employees, which is where the bulk of budget increase comes from.Mayor Gary Herbert and Clerk Treasurer Weber said that Greensburg as a whole will operate in the black. Being in the black means spending less than is projected to receive in revenuesCity Council members will have a budget workshop August 18 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
J.J Hardy got his first hit in 30 at-bats Tuesday as he led the offense with a pair of hits and two RBIs in the Brewers\’ 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians.[/media-credit]CLEVELAND (AP) — Yovani Gallardo wanted to throw perfect strikes and suddenly could not throw any.Gallardo (7-3) won for the third time in four starts despite walking a season-high six as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cleveland Indians 7-5 on Tuesday night.“I tried to be too fine against a patient ballclub,” Gallardo said. “Before I knew it, I was throwing, 6, 7, 8 pitches to almost every hitter. But I was able to minimize the damage and our offense came through for a win.”The defense helped, too. Center fielder Mike Cameron made a fine running catch in right-center to take away Mark DeRosa’s bid for extra bases with a runner on second in the eighth. Prince Fielder’s diving stop at first base with a runner on took a hit away from Ryan Garko — just before Travis Hafner hit a two-run homer in the ninth.“Flip a coin as to which play was best,” Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said. “The ball Cam caught had a bunch of runs written all over it. Fielder saved us a run, too.”Gallardo gave up two runs and five hits while striking out eight. He twice worked out of bases-loaded jams.The Indians went hitless in 14 tries with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners stranded overall until Hafner delivered to make it 7-5.That came after Cleveland’s bullpen allowed eight runs Monday in a wild 14-12 loss.“If you look at the last two nights, there are a lot of things you don’t like to see,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said.Milwaukee, leading the NL Central, won for only the third time in nine games. The Indians fell further into last place in the AL Central with their third loss in four games.Gallardo has a 1.44 ERA in five starts since May 25 — but has made 221 pitches in only 10 innings over his past two outings.J.J. Hardy had two hits and two RBIs for Milwaukee. The shortstop entered the game in a 1-for-35 slump. He was hitless in 30 at-bats before singling in the sixth inning Monday.“It was good to see J.J. get a couple of hits, but overall we did a lot of mundane stuff,” Macha said. “I don’t mean to complain about a win, but Yovani was not exactly pitching to contact. We had to get four innings out of the bullpen. The off day on Thursday will be welcome to our relievers.”Hafner drove in three runs, Shin-Soo Choo had three hits, and Mark DeRosa hit a solo homer, his 13th, and had two RBIs for Cleveland.Hafner has hit .310 (9-for-29) with three homers and seven RBIs in eight games since being activated June 5. He missed all of May with a sore shoulder after having surgery on it in October.“It’s doing pretty good,” Hafner said. “It feels a little tired, but overall it feels pretty good. I feel like it’s progressing better than it was two weeks ago.”The Brewers got within 2-1 in the fourth against Jeremy Sowers (1-4). Ryan Braun singled and scored on Fielder’s opposite-field double off the left-field wall.Milwaukee took a 3-2 lead with a two-run fifth. Casey McGehee drove in one run with a bases-loaded fielder’s choice and Bill Hall followed with a sacrifice fly.Mike Cameron snapped an 0-for-16 slide with a run-scoring triple in the Brewers’ three-run eighth. He was the only Brewer without a hit Monday.“Cam needed that,” Macha said. “He got one of the big hits. He’s never given in and kept battling so it was good to see.”Sowers gave up three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings. The left-hander struck out two.NOTES: McGehee left in the seventh with a sore right knee. Macha said McGehee also has an “ugly” ankle after fouling a ball off it and would not play Wednesday. … Hafner drew consecutive intentional walks in the fifth and seventh. He didn’t have any in his first 92 plate appearances. … Hall went 0-for-4 to extend his slump to 7-for-75 (.093). … Indians 3B-SS Jhonny Peralta, in a 5-for-35 slump, didn’t play. Manager Eric Wedge said thinks Peralta is trying to pull the ball too much. “He’s got to get his head straight. He’s not a baby anymore. He’s been up here four or five years. He’s got to figure it out. It’s the big leagues.” … Indians LHP Scott Lewis allowed one run over 3 2-3 innings in an injury rehab outing for Double-A Akron. He’s been sidelined since April 11 by a strained elbow.