Kentucky National Guard Maintenance Team visits Ecuadorean Military

first_imgBy Story by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Alexa Becerra, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment June 29, 2018 The Ecuadorean military hosted a team of soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard, June 3-9, 2018, during a military-to-military event through the State Partnership Program (SPP). The event focused on vehicle maintenance procedures, involved a visit to maintenance shops at an Army base in the capital, Quito, and also a marine base in Guayaquil. The Kentucky National Guard has been partnered with Ecuador since 1996, and has collaborated in more than 70 missions in both countries. The partnership is enhanced by conducting exchanges focusing on military and civilian best practices in areas which include: air and land forces interoperability, disaster management, professional development, engineering, aviation, medical support, and communications. “This trip re-establishes the partnership with the Ecuadorean military,” said Capt. Eric Green, operations officer at the 149th Brigade Support Battalion and assistant superintendent for the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site. “Our focus was to assess the status of the Army and Marine Corps maintenance and supply programs, while introducing them to new equipment and systems.” “This visit means to revive cooperative relations between the military institutions of both countries regarding the aspects of doctrine, techniques, in the determination of needs and processes of obtaining the necessary spare parts, and also the execution of the maintenance plan for the HMMWV vehicles,” said Ecuadorean Army Lt. Col. Milton Sanchez, commander of the Maintenance Battalion. The Kentucky Guard maintenance team conducted training on preventative maintenance, plans, and shop procedures with the mechanics and leadership of the Logistics Command Reino de Quit” No. 25. With SPP, the Ecuadorean military has the ability to purchase U.S. products through a Letter of Request. “The support we receive when it comes to technical knowledge is extremely beneficial,” said Ecuadorean Army Staff Sgt. Manuel Calvopina Soto, mechanic for the Logistics Command. “For example, knowing we have the ability to restore several vehicles we thought were dead-lined assists us greatly, thanks to the team’s expertise.” According to U.S. Army Maj. Jamie Carta, coordinator of SPP in Kentucky, cooperative training exercises such as this and key leadership engagements help service members learn from each other and build lasting relationships that will continue to build forces for the future. “This visit was very productive because it allowed both our militaries to come together and determine a proper form of executing the maintenance and operability of our vehicles,” said Lt. Col. Sanchez. “The vision we have for this partnership is to become a model of cooperation between our military technical institutions that will allow the successful recovery of American tactical vehicles.” The guardsmen left confident in meeting the intent of their leadership to assess the Ecuadorean vehicle fleet and supply systems. “I believe this trip helped to establish a sense of trust in our abilities and dedication to helping the Ecuadorean military,” said Capt. Green. “They were wonderful hosts and treated us as distinguished guests. Moving forward we hope to further strengthen the partnership with training opportunities in Ecuador and in Kentucky,” he said.last_img read more

Liverpool hoping to add to summer signings

first_imgThe attacking midfielder is currently playing in the Copa America in Chile.Liverpool have already signed striker Danny Ings and midfielder James Milner, as well as young defender Joe Gomez and goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.last_img

Warriors let minority owner who shoved Kyle Lowry in NBA Finals return to executive role

first_imgThe Warriors will allow the minority owner who shoved and berated Raptors guard Kyle Lowry in the 2019 NBA Finals to return to his full role after serving a one-year suspension and paying a $500,000 fine.Mark Stevens went after Lowry in Game 3 of the series after Lowry tumbled into the Oracle Arena crowd pursuing a loose ball. Stevens owns about 2 to 10 percent of the team, according to The Athletic. View this post on Instagram The incident led to calls for Stevens to be forced out of his role and prompted sharp criticism from around the NBA. Lowry said he was in favor of a ban.”A guy like that, showing his true class, he shouldn’t be a part of our league,” Lowry told reporters. “There’s just no place for that.”MORE: What UFC’s pandemic success means for NBA returnLeBron James on Instagram wrote there was “absolutely no place in our BEAUTIFUL game for that AT ALL.” Even Warriors players were unflinching in their assessments of Stevens.”In a situation where (players) are essentially helpless, you’re always going to be vulnerable,” Draymond Green said. “Definitely not something you want out of someone in the ownership group.”center_img 🗣There’s absolutely no place in our BEAUTIFUL game for that AT ALL. There’s so many issues here. When you sit courtside you absolutely know what comes with being on the floor and if you don’t know it’s on the back on the ticket itself that states the guidelines. But he himself being a fan but more importantly PART-OWNER of the Warriors knew exactly what he was doing which was so uncalled for. He knew the rules more than just the average person sitting watching the game courtside so for that Something needs to be done ASAP! A swift action for his actions. Just think to yourself, what if @kyle_lowry7 would have reacted and put his hands back on him. You guys would be going CRAZY!! Calling for him to damn near be put in jail let alone being suspended for the rest of the Finals all because he was protected himself. I’ve been quite throughout the whole NBA playoffs watching every game (haven’t missed one) but after I saw what I saw last night, took time to let it manifest into my thinking 🧢 I couldn’t and wouldn’t be quiet on this! #ProtectThePlayers #PrivilegeAintWelcomeHereA post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Jun 6, 2019 at 9:42am PDTStevens apologized through a statement shortly after Game 3, writing, “the behavior I demonstrated last night does not reflect the person I am or have been throughout my life.”Golden State has apparently taken his word for it and not considered his actions disqualifying for a key organizational figure.Stevens won’t be allowed at Chase Center if the 2019-20 season resumes, as his suspension applies through the completion of the campaign, but he will be permitted to return for the 2020-21 season.last_img read more

WWE: New Title match confirmed for WWE Evolution; possible match of the night?

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementWe are just a month away from the first ever all Women’s PPV WWE Evolution. The card already looks stacked as Alexa Bliss will take on seven-time Women’s Champion Trish Stratus while Lita and Mickie James will renew their historic rivalry and square up for the first time in 12 years.The lineup only keeps getting better as another match was made official on NXT last night. The current NXT Women’s titleholder Kairi Sane will defend her crown against former Champ Shayna Baszler on October 28 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.Meanwhile, Sane defeated Vanessa Borne on the latest episode of NXT this Wednesday night before her celebration was cut short by the former Champion, who decided to invoke the rematch clause and the Japanese Superstar had no hesitation in obliging to her opponent’s demand.Sane dethroned Baszler at Takeover Brooklyn IV last month to claim her first Women’s Championship and in the process, handed the Queen of Spades her first loss in NXT. The Pirate Princess currently holds a 2-1 advantage against her challenger in singles competition, with her first win being in the finals of the 2017 Mae Young Classic.Similarly, the RAW and Smackdown Women’s Championship are set to be defended at Evolution while the NXT UK Women’s Championship match and the finals of the 2018 Mae Young Classic will also take centre stage at this ground-breaking event.Here’s a clip of the confrontation between the Champ and the Challenger on NXT this week:#WWENXT #WomensChampion @KairiSaneWWE will give @QoSBaszler her rematch……but The 👑 of ♠️ will need to wait until #WWEEvolution! pic.twitter.com/iFUoiYiYYV— WWE (@WWE) September 27, 2018last_img read more