USS Nitze Hosts ROTC Future Officers as Part of CORTRAMID

first_img USS Nitze Hosts ROTC Future Officers as Part of CORTRAMID View post tag: News by topic View post tag: future View post tag: Nitze The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) hosted ROTC future officers as part of Career Oriented Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) July 25-28.Twenty-five ROTC midshipmen embarked aboard the Norfolk-based ship as part of an effort to help the future leaders determine the specialty in which to begin their naval career.The group, made up of college students who just finished their freshman year at schools across the country, were treated by Nitze’s crew to a display of life as a surface warfare officer, or SWO. It was most of the midshipmen’s first time ever getting underway or even being on a ship.“By the second or third day, if you don’t know your way around the ship, if you don’t think about it, usually you’ll end up there,” said Midshipman 3rd Class Cole Gray, an aerospace engineering student at the University of Oklahoma.Before coming aboard USS Nitze, the future officers were introduced to career fields in aviation and the Marine Corps.“I liked my experience here a lot,” said Midshipman 3rd Class Trevor Devisser, a technical engineering student at the University of Rochester. “It’s very interesting and eye-opening. I’ve never been on a destroyer before so I never had any ‘first-hand’ experience with how a ship really operates.”The midshipmen practiced different training exercises while aboard, such as donning the self-containing breathing apparatus and firefighting ensembles and manning the water hoses.“As an officer, I hone my own abilities to train young people to do great things,” said Cmdr. Christopher A. Nerad, Nitze commanding officer. “I view it as my responsibility to pass on to them so that they can have value later in life.”The midshipmen will now move on from the surface ship to spend time with submarines.[mappress]Source: navy, July 29, 2011; View post tag: part View post tag: CORTRAMID July 29, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: ROTC View post tag: hosts View post tag: Officers View post tag: USS Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nitze Hosts ROTC Future Officers as Part of CORTRAMID Share this articlelast_img read more

“Sarajevo“ and “Zeljeznicar“ shared Points in the Eternal Derby

first_imgIn the biggest football derby of the BiH Premier League, FK Sarajevo, as the first-place team, hosted FK Zeljeznicar, that has one pointe less than Sarajevo before the last two rounds of the BiH Premier League. After 90 minutes, the match at the stadium Asim Ferhatovic Hase finished without goals, 0:0.The eternal rivals played their 105th league derby in front of more than 20.000 fans. Sarajevo started offensive in opening minutes, and Nemanja Bilbija had the first half-chance but shot outside the goal from 18 meters.On the other side, the top scorer of the BiH Premier League, Rijad Bajic, tried to threaten the goal of Sarajevo, but his shot has been blocked.Sarajevo had the biggest chance in 27th minute when Benko tried with the bicycle shot, but Antolovic defended great.There were several opportunities for both teams, but the result remained unchanged. The match was finished with the result of unpopular 0:0 with which Sarajevo remained at the first place.There two more rounds until the end of the championship. In the next round, Sarajevo will be guest to Vitez, after which it will host Sloboda from Tuzla.In the 28th round, Zeljeznicar will host Travnik, and in the last round will play against Celik at Bilino Polje.(Source: Photo: read more

Strahan goes from DE to TV to HOF

first_imgIn this Sept. 22, 2002, file photo, New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan celebrates after sacking Seattle Seahawks quarterback Trent Dilfer during an NFL football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Playing for one team, joining former teammates Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, means plenty to the 42-year-old Strahan. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)Michael Strahan had one objective in mind when he came to the New York Giants as a second-round draft pick in 1993 out of Texas Southern.“My goal when I first started was just to make a little money so I didn’t have to move back to my parents’ house,” he says. “I didn’t want to disappoint my parents. So that was my goal, to kind of just make my parents proud, make them happy, play as hard and just do the best I could do.”The best he could do was pretty good: Strahan will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.Strahan was the leader of a defense that stunned the undefeated Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl. He holds the single-season mark for sacks with 22 1-2 in 2001 — yeah, we know all about Brett Favre’s “dive” for the record-setting sack. He retired with 141 1-2 sacks, seven Pro Bowl appearances and four All-Pro team selections.And while he was a game-changer on the field, he was making his mark elsewhere with his gregarious personality, gap-toothed smile and willingness to step out of his comfort zone. He became a regular in commercials, most notably for Subway.Strahan easily moved from the field to the television studio after retirement, and now is co-host of the “Live! With Kelly and Michael” morning show.But he’s going into the Canton shrine because of his on-field achievements in 15 seasons, all with the Giants.Playing for one team, joining former teammates Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor in the hall, means plenty to the 42-year-old Strahan.“Just so much history on the side of the Giants,” Strahan says, “and the fact that you can see we all spent our career all in one place, which just goes to show that it’s a family.”Not that a spot in Canton was on Strahan’s mind when he wore No. 92 for the Giants.“I think, when you once start thinking like that, you’re setting yourself for failure,” he says. “So I just went out and played every year for 15 as hard as I could and just — at the end of it all, it took me years before I looked back on my career and said, ‘Man, I did have a pretty good career.’ Other than that, I just look at myself as a football player who happens to play as hard as I could and ended up by going out on the right note on a team that got hot at the right time and won a Super Bowl, and one of the most memorable ones going against an undefeated team.”Strahan had a sack in that game, the final one of his career. He became eligible for the hall in 2013 and was elected this year.Seeing his former teammate and mentor selected for the hall reminds current Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka of Strahan’s refusal to come off the field. Strahan started 205 of his 216 career games, and was no situational player.“I remember him specifically saying, That’s just a chance for somebody to take your spot,’ ” Kiwanuka says. “He’d say, ‘I’m never going to come off the field, they’re going to have to drag me off the field.’ You have to have that mentality of a warrior, somebody who’s going to be out there and be accountable every single play.”It takes more than determination, good health and some good fortune to achieve that. Giants general manager Jerry Reese recognizes that.“Michael would get recognized most of the time as a pass rusher, and he was a great one,” Reese says. “But he could also play the run as well as anybody at that position. He was great against the run.”He also was a teacher. Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants’ main sacks threat these days, notes that Strahan taught Osi Umenyiora the tricks of the trade. Umenyiora passed them along to Kiwanuka, who did the same for Pierre-Paul.Reese took over for Ernie Accorsi as Giants GM in 2007, and his first task directly involved his star defensive end. Strahan held out of training camp, immediately setting up a challenge the new general manager had to overcome.Obviously, the sides reached a deal, and six months later, the Giants were champions.“Coach (Tom) Coughlin said when Chris Snee retired, ‘Give me 100 Chris Snees on my team,’ ” Reese says. “Well, you can give me 200 Michael Strahans.”___AP NFL website: and read more

City of Olympia Snow and Ice Update Friday, January 20

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Traffic Signals. Come to a 4-way stop at intersections where traffic signals are not working. Important Notice for Step System Users Without Power. When the power is out there is no way for sewage to pump out of your step system holding tank. Minimize flushing and water use during a power outage. When your power returns and your pump reactivates, an alarm may sound. Don’t immediately call the phone number on your pump. Wait an hour. If the alarm continues to ring after one hour, then call the phone number posted on your pump. The alarm rings because the tank is full, and the pump will need time after reactivation to clear the tank. Clear the sidewalk in front of your home or business. Do not drive around road closed signs.  The road is closed for your safety. What You Can Do to Help:As with any emergency, have a minimum three-day supply of food and medicine on hand for yourself, your family, and any family pets. Olympia City Hall is open Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, with limited staff services. City Hall will not be open Saturday and Sunday.  Emergency services will be delivered as usual by police, fire and public works. All Olympia Parks and Trails are CLOSED. Please stay out of City parks and off trails due to hazardous conditions with heavy snow and ice on trees and paths. Olympia Parks classes and activities are cancelled for Friday. Downed Power Lines.  Call 9-1-1 to report downed or hazardous power lines. City crews do not repair downed power lines. Do not call Olympia public works dispatch about downed power lines. Trees and Limbs on Olympia Streets.  Call Public Works Dispatch at 753-8333 to report downed trees and limbs on Olympia streets. Be prepared to provide the street address and whether or not power lines are entangled in the tree. We are keeping a list of downed trees on City streets and will get to them as we can on Friday and over the weekend. City crews cannot remove trees entangled with power lines until PSE crews remove and repair the lines. Debris and trees on private property are the responsibility of the owner to clear. Storm Drains: If physically and safely able to, please help clear snow and debris from the top of storm drains. This will help keep water flowing as the snow begins to melt. Safety Reminders from the Olympia Fire Department:Generator Warning. Do not use outdoor heating or cooking appliances or generators in your home due to the potential build-up of deadly carbon monoxide gas. Awnings/Carports: Please check snow and ice load on awnings and carports and safely remove excess snow and ice, if possible. Check on your neighbors, especially elderly or shut-in neighbors.If physically possible for you, clear the storm drains near your home to keep melting water flowing. No Olympia Residential Garbage Collection on Friday.  Olympia crews will work Saturday and Sunday to pick-up missed collections from this week, depending on weather and road conditions. Please leave carts out until garbage is collected. Roads. Friday and thru the weekend, Olympia’s public works and parks crews are working to remove trees blocking City streets. They are also working to remove snow and ice from the top of catch basins on primary and secondary routes. Buildings with Flat Roofs:  Remove snow and ice from drain scuppers (roof drains) so that thawing water can flow and relieve weight pressure. Only drive if it’s essential, or take the bus if you must go somewhere. For bus routes, check the Intercity Transit website,, or call (360) 786-1881. DO NOT drive around road closed signs – the road is closed for your safety and the safety of others.last_img read more

Structure Fire Investigation Continues

first_imgFacebook34Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of OlympiaAfter the structure fire in the abandoned church at 911 – 4th avenue East on April 20, 2015, cadaver dogs detected signs that suggested there may be human remains in the rubble pile left after the fire was extinguished. To confirm that no such remains were present, a City of Olympia team composed of Olympia Fire, Police, Public Works, Parks and Community Planning & Development departments, along with Advance Environmental as the technical specialists and Quigg Brothers, Inc. managing the heavy equipment, searched the debris. No human remains were found.The pile still remains a potential public safety hazard so the careful removal and disposal of the debris will continue until the site has been completely cleared.The city is bearing the costs at this point but the property owner and or future property owners will ultimately be responsible for the costs incurred.Due to the complete destruction of the building and the potential safety risks, origin and cause of the fire could not be determined, although it is likely that it was started by an unauthorized person or persons in the building as there were no utilities connected to the building at the time of the fire.Clean-up efforts will continue until all fire debris is appropriately disposed.A visual distraction from any equipment involved in the clean-up will be the only impact on traffic along the 900 block of 4th Avenue.Previous stories about the fire can be found here.last_img read more