Share this article USS Constitution Sailors Hold Anti-Terrorism Exercise View post tag: hold February 27, 2014 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Anti-Terrorism Training & Education View post tag: Constitution View post tag: sailors View post tag: Exercise USS CONSTITUTIONUSS Constitution Sailors conducted a multi-agency anti-terrorism training exercise on the morning of Feb. 25 in Charlestown Navy Yard. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS The exercise, conducted in conjunction with the National Park Service, Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police Department and Boston Emergency Medical Services, incorporated scenarios including an active shooter, a hostage situation, mass evacuation and multiple casualties. The drill took place near Constitution’s berth in Charlestown Navy Yard and aboard Constitution itself.“This was a scripted event designed to create a high-stress emergency environment for our crew and draw out secondary and tertiary responses from multiple external agencies,” said Cmdr. Sean Kearns, Constitution’s 73rd commanding officer. “It’s thanks to (Constitution’s) long-standing partnerships with the National Park Service, City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts that we can work together to further refine how we train to handle emergency situations while facilitating these inter-agency responses.”Though considered a stand-alone event, Constitution’s drill was intended to coincide with SOLID CURTAIN-CITADEL SHIELD 2014, an annual U.S. Navy Force Protection exercise developed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security personnel on all Navy installations in the contiguous United States and establish a learning environment for security personnel to exercise functional plans and operational capabilities.All Constitution crew members are required to become qualified security watch standers soon after their arrival to America’s Ship of State, which made Tuesday’s training exercise an all-hands effort. Crew members played the roles of watch standers, civilians, hostages and the active shooter during the exercise, working together with external agencies to grasp a better understanding of how to effectively overcome extreme emergency situations. “The most interesting thing about the drill was seeing how everything came together, and how the agencies worked together with (Sailors) to help bring order to the chaos,” said Seaman Adam LaMantia, a Constitution crew member and drill participant. “As more agencies became involved, the pace slowed down, even as the stakes went up. I realized how much we rely on the other agencies to help complete our mission, and how we need the other agencies to fulfill their roles as much as we must fulfill ours.”Though Constitution Sailors only periodically run drills of such a large scale, they continue to train regularly to effectively handle any future emergency situations that may arise.“We are only as strong as the relationships that we maintain with federal, state and local agencies and the emergency response that comes from those relationships,” said Lt. Julien Geiser, Constitution’s operations officer and drill coordinator. “This exercise allowed us not only to push our limits as individual agencies, but more importantly, it strengthened our ability to coordinate our efforts and work toward better protecting Constitution and ensuring the safety of her Sailors and all her visitors.”USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855. Now a featured destination on Boston’s Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of U.S. Navy Sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship’s history and the importance of naval seapower to more than 500,000 visitors each year.[mappress]Press Release, February 27, 2014, 2014; Image: Wikimedia Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Constitution Sailors Hold Anti-Terrorism Exercise
DUBUQUE, Iowa – The seventh Hawkeye Dirt Tour event of the season takes touring Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds to Dubuque Speedway for the first time Tuesday night.The July 26 feature pays $1,200 to win, a minimum of $150 to start and is a qualifying event for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Spectator admission is free with paid admission ($10 for adults) to the Dubuque County Fair. The grandstand is open all day and pit gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Pit passes are $30.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, BMS North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points, but no local track points will be awarded. Also running are Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for national and state points only.Chris Abelson’s runner-up finish in last Thursday’s series feature at Knoxville put him back on top of the tour point standings. Two-time feature winner Joel Rust is second.More information about the HDT show at Dubuque is available by calling 563 588-1406 and at the www.dbqfair.com website. The event will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.Both the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour are at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton for a Tuesday, Aug. 2 twinbill.Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, 203; 2. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 190; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 186; 4. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 185; 5. Kyle Brown, State Center, 177; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 162; 7. Mark Elliott, Webster City, 125; 8. Brian Irvine, Oelwein, 118; 9. David Brown, Kellogg, 117; 10. Jacob Murray, Hartford, 114; 11. Kurt Kile, Nichols, 98; 12. Tim Ward, Harcourt, 94; 13. Mike Van Genderen, Newton, 91; 14. Todd Shute, Des Moines, 90; 15. Shane DeMey, Denison, 80; 16. Dakota Hayden, Wilton, 78; 17. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, and Ryan Maitland, Waterloo, both 77; 19. Jeremy Mills, Garner, and Nick Roberts, LaCrosse, Wis., both 76.
TORONTO, Canada – President of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) Azeem Karamat Khan is upbeat about the level of cricket in the Masters league, pointing to the introduction of the Memorial Cup as a further testimony to the league’s continued improvement.Khan made the disclosure at last Saturday night’s 19th annual presentation, dinner and dance held at the Qssis Banquet Halls, Scarborough here.According to Khan, the memorial game was introduced to honour “all our loved ones who are watching us from above with Royston 11 emerging as the inaugural winners. We also had our second Over-60 friendly games, sponsored by Naseer Baksh and won by the Littles Sports Club team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.”The long-standing president also paid tribute to all the participating teams, their families and friends and gave due recognition to all trophy winners and championship teams such as Friendship Masters, Hawaiian Sensation and the Toronto Blizzards who won back-to-back championships in the Over-50 category in the New York Softball Cricket League (NYSCL) tournament and at home in Toronto Cup 3.Touching on the staging of the third edition of Toronto Cup 3 during the Labour Day weekend, Khan disclosed that for the first time, the three categories, Open, Over-40 and Over-50, were captured by Canadian teams – Softball Cricket Canada (SCC) in the Open, Our Own in the Over-40 with Toronto Blizzards winning the Over-50 division.Khan also recognised the presence of Deputy Mayor of Toronto, Michael Thompson, and Ward 25 City Councillor Jennifer McKelvie for their attendance at Toronto Cup 3. He also thanked the new sponsors for their contributions. He boasted that the tournament paid for itself.The OMSCC president also acknowledged the contributions of his hard-working board members – Feizal Bacchus, Dickey Singh, Khem Singh, Indira Singh, Jas Mathura and Paul Jaman – and the invaluable support from the several sponsors and looked forward to their continued assistance in 2020.In recognition of their outstanding contributions to the OMSCC, Khan rewarded all his executive members with appreciation plaques while Bacchus was singled out for special mention, receiving a trophy in the process.Khan reserved special thanks for Frederick Halley of the Guyana Chronicle who was described as a “dynamic sportswriter”; supporters Patsy and Banda Jirjhodan; and his wife Indra, “for supporting me as a board member for the past 17 of 19 years since this league was formed”.The Norman Sue Spirit Awards, given annually to worthy individuals who played big roles both on and off the field, were awarded to OMSCC secretary Jas Mathura and registrar/statistician Indira Singh by the late businessman’s daughter Kim Sue. According to Sue, she wanted to recognise two stalwart women this time around, a change from the past when mostly men were given the prestigious awards. (Frederick Halley)