Beyond the Horizon-Guatemala Important for Trinidad and Tobago Team

first_imgBy USAF Tech. Sgt. Phillip Butterfield 4th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command June 28, 2016 Great article. Informative. Major. Dougan congrats to your team and the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment. An eight-member team home stationed more than 1,900 miles away has been an integral part of U.S. Army South’s Task Force Red Wolf (TFRW) from day number one of exercise Beyond the Horizon 2016-Guatemala (BTH-2016). Service members from Trinidad and Tobago arrived on April 2nd and dove into the deep end of operations, but since this was the first exercise of this nature that Trinidad and Tobago participated in, swimming wasn’t easy. “There were a few obstacles we need to overcome,” Major Sheldon Dougan, Regimental Staff Officer for Operations and Intelligence at the headquarters of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, the main ground-force element of the country’s Defence Force. “First and foremost was the culture shock, Americans do things differently than we do, but it didn’t stop there. We also needed to work with the Guatemalan Army, and they do things differently than the Americans. However, there is no better teacher than experience, and we adapted and overcame this obstacle rather quickly.” Environmental differences comprised the second hurdle to overcome. TFRW has two forward operating bases (FOBs); one is on a mountain and is cool the majority of the time. The other is at a much lower elevation and is typically 20 degrees Fahrenheit warmer. “We split our team between the two FOBs,” said Maj. Dougan. “It didn’t matter where we were, it was either too cold or too humid, but like I said before, there is no better teacher than experience… We received a lot of support and guidance form the task force to overcome these challenges, but once we did, we kicked it into overdrive and never looked back.” The team immersed themselves in as many segments of the exercise as possible with specific focus on food service, logistics, operations, and engineering. There was no stopping the team’s almost insatiable thirst for knowledge and experience. “We watched the task force service members carefully,” said Maj. Dougan. “We went out on as many missions as possible to work alongside the Soldiers, learning from them and taking notes. We also tried to spend as much time as possible at each duty section, they were all fair game and we were here to learn. It was a rush!” Interpersonal conflict management was another aspect of the exercise that the team also paid close attention to. “We watched and learned that everyone has an effect on operations and mission success,” said Maj. Dougan. “We got to see different ways to deal with personality conflicts. This was important, because this happens in all services in every country.” Security was one aspect of BTH 2016-Guatemala that was very rewarding for Trinidad and Tobago. For me [it was rewarding] to assist with the coordination and running of security for the medical readiness exercise and training sites,” said Trinidad and Tobago Staff Sgt. Joel Allen, 1st Battalion Sergeant Major. “We were in charge of the personal security of more than 19,000 Guatemalans and several hundred U.S., Chilean and Canadian service members. This was most educational for me, I know that my fellow service members had their own experiences, and they will bring these lessons back home and teach our security force.” During their 70-day stay in Guatemala, there was one aspect of the exercise that will stay with Maj. Dougan for some time to come and will be at the forefront of his report to his leadership. “It was great to be able to be a part of the exercise instead of just sitting back and watching,” he said. “We are going to take all this information back and add it to our standard operating procedures to help make our Military better and more efficient. I’m speaking for my entire team when I say, this was a great experience and I hope we get invited back.”last_img read more

In the County Courts

first_img June 15, 2003 Regular News It is Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. and already Judge Pauline Drayton-Harris has begun her day at the Bethel Baptist Institutional Church in Jacksonville.Her role: Teach fourth- and fifth-graders who are having problems with reading and to help them prepare for the FCAT exam.The class is not limited to students at the church but is available free of charge to students residing in the Jacksonville area. Why reading? Judge Drayton-Harris was actually a teacher prior to going back to law school. She said her love for children and their achievements has never diminished.Drayton-Harris began teaching at Bethel several years ago and found the experience to be very rewarding. She said the class is very interactive and uses the pretest, teach, and retest method.“The students are stimulated to speak, listen, read, and interact,” Judge Drayton-Harris said. “For example, if you can’t follow directions, then why not read about making pancakes and following the directions?” Drayton-Harris said as an added incentive the students eat the pancakes afterward.Drayton-Harris said the program is proving successful, as students have shown improvement in grades and test scores.Because her class is attended by a large number of minority students, Judge Drayton-Harris often uses materials that teach about black history, and she strongly believes that the reading content can teach and inform.“Children need to acknowledge their heritage and to understand that they are the benefactors of a very rich heritage,” said Judge Drayton-Harris, adding that at first students can’t believe she is a “real” judge because she is there each Saturday teaching. She said this contact with the students also serves as a positive image of judges and service to the community.“If I can motivate students to succeed, then perhaps I can slow the tide of delinquency and prevent them from becoming ‘system dependent,’” she said. “Education liberates and frees one to soar and achieve dreams. Every year I continue to come back because the sparkle must continue through the eyes of children. They are our hope and our future.”Drayton-Harris also conducts a parent workshop to help them work with their children. “Life is a partnership with others. Every time I teach I am also a learner,” she said. Information contained in this story was provided by the Conference of County Court Judges. A judge in the classroomcenter_img In the County Courtslast_img read more

All square in Dublin

first_img Press Association Ireland shrugged off that blow and roared back but the visitors held out, unconvincingly at times, for the point to go above Germany into second place in Group D. The world champions, however, should restore their advantage later in the evening against Gibraltar, while leaders Poland showed again their qualifying credentials with a 4-0 win over Georgia. It was a better point for Scotland than Ireland who started without two of their most influential players in Robbie Keane and Aiden McGeady. Skipper Keane, whose cousins Alan and Steve Harris died after a work accident earlier this week, was included among the substitutes, as was McGeady after sitting out training on Friday with a hamstring complaint, while striker Murphy and midfielder Jeff Hendrick got the nod to start. Strachan sprang a surprise of his own when he named Derby full-back Craig Forsyth in his team for his first competitive game, after three caps in friendlies. There was a place too for Celtic’s Charlie Mulgrew, just his fourth appearance for club and country after a five-month injury lay-off, as Steven Fletcher was asked to lead the line. Scotland fans had been allocated around 3,500 tickets but there were many more inside the stadium to watch the green and white jerseys ruffle up the visitors, with Forsyth looking especially vulnerable. In the 17th minute Ireland’s Glenn Whelan powered a shot from 30 yards over Marshall’s crossbar to end another decent passage of play from O’Neill’s men, before being booked by Italian referee Nikola Rizzoli for a foul on Steven Fletcher. The Irish dominated an occasionally tetchy game and deservedly took the lead in the 38th minute through forward Jon Walters, after Scots’ keeper David Marshall had saved a Darryl Murphy header. However, Shaun Maloney, who scored in the 1-0 win for Scotland when the two sides met at Celtic Park in November, levelled with a shot which deflected off Irish skipper John O’Shea seconds after the restart. On the half-hour mark Ireland’s Scottish-born midfielder James McCarthy picking up a yellow for leading with his elbow in an aerial challenge on Russell Martin, who required treatment before continuing. Ireland’s goal came after Marshall tipped a header from Murphy over the bar for yet another Irish corner. When Robbie Brady’s cross came in from the right Murphy’s close-range header was blocked by the Scotland keeper but only to Walters who had the easiest task in knocking it over the line, albeit from a suspiciously-looking offside position. However, there was no doubt that the Irish had deserved their interval lead. Ikechi Anya replaced Matt Ritchie for the start of the second-half and within seconds were level when Maloney linked with the Watford winger and from 25 yards out, curled a shot past Irish keeper Shay Given with the aid of a clear deflection off the luckless O’Shea, with the visiting support celebrating regardless. The Irish, though, perhaps should have restored their lead moments later when Murphy found himself up against Marshall but the Scots keeper saved with his legs and Strachan’s side ultimately survived. A scrappy game produced an increasing amount of niggling fouls and unforced errors from both sides but Ireland, who replaced Whelan with James McClean in the 67th minute, remained largely in control with crosses into the box their most potent threat. Keane received a massive roar from the home supporters when he replaced Wes Hoolahan with 20 minutes remaining and almost immediately tested Marshall with a left-footed effort from the edge of the box. Scotland had their backs to the wall in the closing stages but O’Neill’s side, aided by Shane Long who came on for Murphy, could not find the winner which would have made such a difference to their chances of reaching the 2016 finals in France. Scotland stayed two points clear of the Republic of Ireland in their European Championship Qualifying Group D after hanging on for a share the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the Aviva Stadium. last_img read more