SPMAGTF-SC Ends Multinational Deployment on a High Note

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo October 30, 2018 For the first time since its inception, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) conducted a multinational mission in Central America. The participation of partner nations, in the most recent deployment of SPMAGTF-SC, marked the first step in the creation of a multinational maritime task force to build capabilities and respond jointly to any crisis that demands humanitarian aid and disaster response. Three Latin American officers joined SPMAGTF-SC’s six-month mission that ends November 2018. Colombian Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Erick Del Rio assumed the duty of deputy commander of SPMAGTF-SC, while Honduran Naval Force Lieutenant Milton Roldán Meza Sánchez serves as a liaison officer between SPMAGTF-SC and the Honduran Naval Force. Chilean Navy Captain Jorge Keitel also assisted as executive advisor to the initial task force. “This is something we are very excited about,” U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Michael Oppenheim, commander of SPMAGTF-SC 2018, told Diálogo. “This year is our first time as a multinational special purpose force. Our partner nations join our formation as we are trying to build a multinational maritime task force together. We all recognize that we have problems and we know that we want to share our resources to address those challenges and get the benefits.” The participation of Latin American nations benefited the special purpose task force thanks to experience exchanges. United under the same structure and a common goal—to develop the capabilities of security forces in the region and respond to natural disasters and crisis situations—participants forged bonds of friendship and learned from one another. “This opportunity I have is very important, because it’s a regional experience. I have the chance to interact and share with service members of Central America and other countries, and share my experiences and find similarities,” Lt. Col. Del Rio said. “They [SPMAGTF-SC units] are receiving orders from a foreign officer; I’m leading troops from a different nation, but the relationship has been very professional. […] This assignment also gives me the chance to have a better understanding of something as complex as the region, and it makes me think about ways to create a joint response to face the future.” Humanitarian mission and training More than 300 marines and sailors from 43 units, mostly of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve, combined to form SPMAGTF-SC 2018. The troops deployed in early June to Soto Cano Air Base, headquarters of SOUTHCOM’s Joint Task Force-Bravo in Comayagua, Honduras. From their camp—recently renamed after U.S. Marine Corps hero First Lieutenant Travis Manion—the force’s command planned humanitarian aid projects, engineering works, and exercises in the region. In early July, about 40 units of SPMAGTF-SC worked with the Guatemalan Army Corps of Engineers on a temporary housing construction project for victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption. Together, service members built more than 200 shelters to house hundreds of people from areas most affected by the volcano’s eruption. “This is exactly the type of mission we’re designed to do,” said Col. Oppenheim. “In this case we helped the Guatemalan engineers build shelters, bathrooms, and other facilities for the victims. The lesson we learned in working with Guatemala is that we need to cooperate. Our trust has been developed and we are now very efficient together.” Other engineering projects in Guatemala consisted of refurbishing and modernizing schools and medical clinics in Escuintla and Sacatepéquez departments, where service members installed doors, windows, roofs, floors, and electric wiring, while community members helped paint walls. In Honduras, U.S. marines carried out a water supply project in Puerto Castilla Naval Base, in the Caribbean coast of Honduras. They also repaired a faulty reservoir that affected the neighboring town. In Belize, marines worked on two schools and solved issues with the sewage systems. In addition to humanitarian projects, SPMAGTF-SC conducted several exercises with partner nation forces, as well as subject matter expert exchanges, so as to reinforce the capabilities of Latin American institutions and guarantee regional security. Units of SPMAGTF-SC trained Guatemalan police forces, conducted mobile training with Honduran and Salvadoran marines, and carried out subject matter expert exchanges in Chile, Brazil, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. In Belize, SPMAGTF-SC also conducted an exercise simulating the landing of a hurricane, putting to the test response capabilities and evacuation procedures in case of a natural disaster. Developing concept With the addition of officers fromColombia, Chile, and Honduras, SPMAGTF-SC demonstrated that the concept of a multipurpose and multinational force can be a reality. The developing concept of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South seeks to create a multinational maritime force to provide common capabilities—troops, ships, aircraft, and equipment—during the hurricane season, to provide humanitarian aid and respond to potential crises in the region. According to Capt. Keitel, a force consisting of Latin American service members would facilitate operations in the region, as the countries share cultural and social aspects. Its multinational character, he added, would also help legitimize operations worldwide. “None of us has unlimited military resources. A multinational force with the contribution of each partner nation enables us to confront problems together,” Capt. Keitel said. “When multiple nations work together and contribute their experience, knowledge, and capabilities, the force grows stronger and more effective.” Col. Oppenheim hopes the 2019 deployment of SPMAGTF-SC will have more guest officers from partner nations. The goal: demonstrate that the concept is good and that it works. “That is exactly our plan; of course arrangements and agreements have to be made at the government level,” said Col. Oppenheim. “We are trying really hard at the tactical level to demonstrate why it’s such a good idea and how it could benefit all the citizens of the Americas.”last_img read more

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Mrs. Evelina Mae “Evie” (Sebree) Rassman

first_imgInterment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Madison, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Sunday, June 19, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Shelby Christian Church. Cards are available at the funeral home. Mrs. Evelina Mae “Evie” (Sebree) Rassman, age 68, of Rexville, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on June 2, 1948, in Milan, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, William and Mandy (Beach) Sebree. She was raised in Vevay, Indiana, where she attended the Vevay High School. Evie was united in marriage on December 1, 1986 in Warsaw, Kentucky to Donald Rassman. Evie and Donald shared nearly 30 years of marriage together until her death. Evie was employed as a heat sealer for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana for 12 years. She was a former waitress and bartender for the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and for Randy’s Tavern in Vevay, Indiana. She was a member of the Shelby Christian Church in Ripley County, Indiana. Evie enjoyed collecting everything from ink pens to porcelain dolls and Avon, which her family so dearly loved dusting for her! Evie also enjoyed writing, bowling and playing softball, but most of all, spending time with her family. For the past several years Evie’s health declined and Donald faithfully catered to Evie’s every need. Evie will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends. Evie passed away at 3:30 am, Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.Evie will be dearly missed by her loving husband of nearly 30 years: Donald Rassman of Rexville, IN; her daughter: Lisa Lynn Burk and her husband: Brad of Vevay, IN; her sons: Keith Minch and his wife: Siobhan of Indianapolis, IN and Terry Minch of Vevay, IN; her step-sons: Donald Allen Rassman, Jr. and his wife: Tonya, Norman Rassman and Joey Rassman all of Carrollton, KY; her grandchildren: Bradlee, Braden, Ciaran, Aidan, Malread, Eamonn, Shauna, Kendra, Heather, Zack, Austin and Kayla; her 8-great-grandchildren; her brothers: Curtis Sebree and his wife: Mary of Rexville, IN, Earl “Doc” Sebree and his wife: Freda of Rexville, IN and Junior Sebree and his wife: Barb of Kearney, NE; her sisters-in-law: Patty Baatz-Sebree of Hanover, IN, Jean Sebree of Jacksonville, FL and Doris Sebree of Vevay, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: William and Mandy (Beach) Sebree; her brothers: Charles, Bobby, James, Albert “Abe”, Jack, Frank and Joseph Paul “Joe” Sebree; her sisters: Bertha Carter, Carolyn Sebree, Ressie Virginia Sebree and Betty Lou Wood.Funeral services will be conducted Monday, June 20, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Bro. Tim Heim and Bro. Seth Adamson, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.last_img read more

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Spurs suffer blow as ‘Kane ruled out of Everton clash with illness’

first_imgHARRY KANE has been ruled out of Tottenham’s trip to Everton on Sunday afternoon through illness.The England striker scored at Liverpool last weekend but is unavailable to Mauricio Pochettino for the 4.30pm kick off today.2 Harry Kane has been ruled out of Tottenham’s trip to Everton with illnessThere is also concern Kane could miss Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Red Star Belgrade.Lucas Moura is expected to take Kane’s place in the team today and either him or Son Heung-Min will likely play through the middle.Despite the blow to the North Londoners, in more positive news, Ryan Sessegnon is part of the squad for the first time since he signed from Fulham in the summer.The left-back had been out with a hamstring injury but has finally recovered and could challenge Danny Rose for a spot in the team.England boss Gareth Southgate is expected at Goodison today which will give Sessegnon a chance to impress if he makes an appearance.Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Everton’s Michael Keane will also be keen to perform well in front of their international boss.Alli was heavily criticised after another disappointing showing during Spurs’s 2-1 defeat to at Anfield last weekend.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himAnd Poch was forced to come out and defend the midfielder after Roy Keane said he’d been ineffective for “a year or two”.Poch said: “We need to remember that Dele is still so young and the demand and the pressure on him is massive.”Everyone expects big things from him but he’s only 23 years old.”OK, he’s now dropped a little bit but we need to help and back him.”2Unai Emery addresses fan dissatisfaction after Wolves drawlast_img read more

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