Honduran Service Members Conclude Course with Colombia and US

first_imgBy Iris Amador/Diálogo October 26, 2018 The International Comprehensive Action and Development Certification concluded after three weeks of instruction at the Colonel Hernán Acosta Mejía Air Base in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, September 28th. The course falls within the U.S.-Colombia Action Plan for Central America and the Caribbean (USCAP), a cooperation program among the countries of the hemisphere to strengthen regional security. Colombia manages the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored initiative. Colombian Army officers taught the course to 26 students of the Honduran Armed Forces. To put their knowledge to practice, participants carried out a medical brigade in Ojojona municipality, Francisco Morazán department, a day before completing the course. “Through these activities, we can strengthen the institutional image of the Armed Forces while contributing to the progress and development of locations lacking basic necessities,” said Colombian Army Captain Helber Quintero, instructor at the Colombian School of International Missions and Comprehensive Action. Cap. Quintero led the team of four Colombian instructors who taught the course. “The mission was to train Honduran service members to plan, prepare, execute, and evaluate campaigns to benefit communities,” he told Diálogo. The group of 18 Honduran officers and eight recent non-commissioned officer graduates put together a team of doctors, dentists, psychologists, nutritionists, and hairdressers to provide free medical services, medicine, social assistance, and recreational activities to Ojojona inhabitants. Members of the Red Cross, the Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras, the Honduran National Police and fire department, and other volunteers participated in the combined and interagency brigade. Municipal officials and members of the Honduran Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion joined the effort, contributing 500 bags of supplies. “The activity had a large impact with the inhabitants,” Honduran Army Captain Gilberto Aguilar, a course participant, told Diálogo. “[Its success was due to] good instruction, the officers’ commitment, institutional integration, and the support of the community.” Medicine and laughter More than 1,400 people received medical and social assistance. Children enjoyed an afternoon snack and played in inflatable bounce houses. Soldiers, decked in clown outfits, brought laughter and smiles, and added to the fun with animal-shaped balloons. “We had more attendees than expected,” said Capt. Aguilar, whose leadership and organizational skills made him top student in the course. “We brought [local] leaders and parents of local schoolchildren closer. We found that people want to help. Sometimes we only need someone to coordinate and help them get organized.” Colombian instructors packed neon shoes, paint, and red noses in their luggage. According to Capt. Quintero, “The idea is to break with the traditional views civilians have of soldiers. To watch service members carry out such activities with children was something new. People value this, because they weren’t expecting to see soldiers share these experiences.” Advocates and friends Working with children is just one of several operational means to get closer to the population. The course included training activities focused on the elderly, agricultural practices, such as those the Colombian Army uses to substitute illegal crops with legal productive crops, and others. “Raising military awareness means reaching people’s hearts with these activities, so they can see that a soldier is a friend to them,” Capt. Quintero said. “Unified actions impact the security of communities and the country’s stability in general.” The Honduran Armed Forces carry out civil-military activities in different areas of the national territory throughout the year. On this occasion, however, the students of this course executed the Ojojona initiative on their own. In addition to medical services, parents handy with electricity helped repair the school’s power system and implemented a waste recycling system. Thanks to the military students’ actions, the team was able to get about a dozen electrical appliances they raffled off to the population. “People left happy,” Capt. Aguilar said. “Some children stayed with us the whole day. We gave them an afternoon snack and they didn’t want us to leave.” This is the trust-based relationship the course tries to foster among soldiers and their own communities. Upon completing the course, taught in Honduras for the first time, participants said they hope to strengthen ties through sports events, cultural programs, and other recreational activities, such as movies in the park. Senior leaders of the Honduran Armed Forces thanked SOUTHCOM and Colombian representatives. The training, they said, will have a multiplying effect to fulfill one of the Armed Forces’ most important roles: mitigating critical needs of large parts of the population. Colombian Army Staff Sergeant Elkin Contreras, a course instructor, said the initiatives allow people to know that their soldiers “protect them with more than weapons.”last_img read more

City to honor Larry Mangan with retirement reception; no replacement has been found

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Linda Stinnett · 402 weeks ago You can’t replace Larry Mangan! Enjoy your retirement Larry! Report Reply 0 replies · active 402 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Mr. Positive · 402 weeks ago Thanks Larry! Report Reply 0 replies · active 402 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Kacee · 401 weeks ago Congrats Dad … we are so proud of you! Report Reply 0 replies · active 401 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down donkey kong · 401 weeks ago everyone is replaceable. Report Reply 0 replies · active 401 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Engineer Larry Mangan, who announced his retirement earlier this month, will be honored with a “come and go” reception planned Friday, Dec. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall on 317 S. Washington.A presentation in his honor will be held at 3 p.m.Mangan will be retiring after 19 years of service to the city.So what will happen next as far as finding a replacement?Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said the position is currently being advertised.“I’m not sure at this moment how much interest there is for the job, I haven’t looked,” Collins said.The job opening will be advertised until the end of next week.Finding a full-time city engineer to replace Mangan may be a difficult proposition. They are hard to come by, Collins said.“Engineers tend to gravitate toward the private sector for whatever reason,” Collins said.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a civil engineer earns about $6,000 less on average than other types of engineers. The hours are also longer and there is much public scrutiny.Collins said he is exploring the option of hiring a designated engineer out of a professional engineering firm until Wellington finds a fulltime replacement.The city would contract with this firm, who would designate an engineer to work for the city. He/she would attend council meetings and work sessions and conduct civil engineer services while still being employed by the professional firm. Collins said he spoke with an engineering firm on Monday.Mangan’s retirement comes after 19 years at the city of Wellington. He moved his family to Wellington in 1993, and his last day is officially Dec. 14. He would raise his two children who graduated from Wellington High School.Mangan has served through a significant number of city projects during his tenure including the downtown renovation project, the building of the public safety facility, the building of the aquatic center, the implementation of the new water line and water tower from the lake to Worden Park, the roundabout and viaduct intersections on U.S. 160 and 81, and countless road and bridge projects.He told the council he plans to retire and enjoy life in Wellington. He has several grandchildren running around in the community.last_img read more

Ongoing eruptions rain ash on Alaska

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The ash clouds can pose a health risk, especially for people with respiratory problems, and they can damage the engines of aircraft and vehicles on the ground. Alaska Airlines, which canceled 28 flights into Anchorage and Fairbanks on Friday and early Saturday as a safety precaution, resumed its schedule Saturday morning, but officials said they would still keep a cautionary eye on the wind and volcano. Charlie Franz, chief executive officer of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, said his staff was putting extra filters in the hospital’s air handling system. “Just don’t go out if you don’t have to,” he said. “I think that’s probably the best advice people can get. Alaska Volcano Observatory:www.avo.alaska.edu/ HOMER, Alaska – Snowflakes laced with fine, gray ash fell on communities south of Anchorage as a series of volcanic eruptions continued early Saturday on an uninhabited island dozens of miles away. Plumes of ash from the volcano drifted across Cook Inlet and into Homer, 75 miles to the east, halting air travel and closing schools in some Kenai Peninsula communities Friday. The 4,134-foot Augustine Volcano began erupting Wednesday after a 20-year lull. By Saturday morning, it had erupted at least eight times, and scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said they expect more eruptions over the next several days or weeks. “We’re just sitting here waiting for the next event,” said Peter Cervelli, research geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey office in Anchorage. Weather Service: pafc.arh.noaa.gov/augustine.php 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more