Salvadoran Troops Ready to Deploy to Afghanistan

December 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_img “The training has been comprehensive and complex, introducing us to the latest technology and equipment available. Standard operating procedure instruction on vehicles, weapons and radio communication will make us more successful at accomplishing our mission in Afghanistan,” said Lt. Col. Jose Gonzalez, Salvadoran troop commander. Staff Sgt. Christian Nooney, urban operations instructor, said the techniques used during the exercise were different from what the El Salvadorans were used to. The course model is progressive, starting with individual skills including medical knowledge and weapons, moving on to Afghan culture and language, and wrapping up with tactical lane training. Training isn’t the only thing the Salvadoran Soldiers will take with them. Sometimes something special transpires when you have two groups of people with a base of things in common, like the army. This U.S. Southern Command Commander, United States Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, visited Fort Polk June 24 to observe the Salvadorans training in the Joint Security Forces Assistant Course. He is the first combatant commander to visit Fort Polk in a decade. It is important that the training is as close to what the soldiers will encounter in Afghanistan as possible. “I am most grateful for the friendships we’ve developed with 162nd Infantry Brigade during this training,” said Gonzalez. These are the first foreign soldiers to go through the Joint Security Force Assistance Course and mobilize to Afghanistan immediately after. Kelly already had a relationship with the Salvadoran troops dating back to 2003 when he was a commander in Iraq. In fact, two of the Salvadoran Soldiers in the course served with him in Iraq. Kelly recalled their warrior spirit and sense of duty. “The fight in Afghanistan isn’t an American fight; it’s a fight for the Afghani people and it’s a global fight … what’s so remarkable about small countries like El Salvador is they have nothing really to fear from terrorism. They are good, decent people who stepped forward to be in a fight with other good and decent people,” said Kelly. Training in a foreign land can present some challenges. West Louisiana weather is quite different from El Salvador. Climate can also prove to be a bitter antagonist during the winter months in Afghanistan, which the Salvadoran Soldiers will have to endure. Being physically fit and mentally tough are foundations the Salvadoran Soldiers already have and will allow for rapid acclimatization in extreme conditions, said Kelly. Salvadoran Soldiers spent eight weeks in the Joint Security Forces Assistant Course, administered by the 162nd Infantry Brigade and held at the Joint Readiness Training Center, in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, El Salvador stood by the U.S. to become a part of Coalition Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. By Dialogo July 11, 2013 “This is the dirtiest, toughest kind of war there is. Terrorists have the advantage to act whenever they want to … we always have to remain vigilant,” said Kelly. The U.S.-Salvadoran relationship dates back to the 1980s, when the U.S. provided the country with military aid to assist in suppressing an insurgency. In 1992, peace accords were signed and U.S. assistance shifted to rebuilding the small nation. “This has a little more structure and different tactics but the fundamentals are the same (as what U.S. Soldiers learn).” Along with adjusting to the climate of Louisiana, the Salvadoran Soldiers interacted with role players from Afghanistan as part of their training at Fort Polk. After training on Afghani culture, their knowledge was tested in a situational training exercise. During the 80’s, El Salvador’s president, Napoleon Duarte, had no other than president Reagan as a friend. I remember living in that small Central American Country in 1985, near the tragic days of a group of Marines within Zona Rosa; days later, Ines Guadalupe Duarte would be kidnapped by a Guerrilla Commando of Farabundo Martí; she was the daughter of President Duarte.Some time later Duarte got sick and in many occasions his loyal friend President Reagan sent him a plane to be treated at Base Andrews, and that’s how it was until his last days. Those who lived in San Salvador saw that gesture of brotherhood and humanity in a very good light. President Reagan was, without a doubt, a very high-profile man. I was in Colorado and later in Oklahoma, and I learned of the death of President Reagan and thanks to circumstances I was able to see in Oklahoma all the honors and good moments of President Reagan’s life, which is something I remember dearly, it was June 2004 when he passed away.last_img read more

February 5, 2019 Police Blotter

September 23, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgFebruary 5, 2019 Police Blotter020519 Decatur County EMS Report020519 Decatur County Fire Report020519 Decatur County Jail Report020519 Decatur County Law Report020519 Batesville Police Blotterlast_img

Local Sports Results For Tuesday (8-18)

September 23, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Boys and Girls Soccer teams were victorious in their doubleheader battle against The Union County Patriots that was heard on The Sports Voice of Southeastern Indiana, 103.9 WRBI!The boys won 13-1 while the girls were 5-0 shutout winners.The Batesville Boys Soccer team had their first home match of the season against Union County Tuesday evening winning 13-1.The Bulldogs started off aggressive with the first goal just seconds into the match when Ian Powers sent a diagonal through ball into JJ Kuisel for a one time finish. In the next minute Ian Powers dribbled the defense down the left flank and shot one right into the side netting. 33:30 The third goal was assisted by JJ Kuisel and finished inside the box by Eli Pierson. 22:17 JJ Kuisel sent a through ball to freshman Ian Carpenter, who placed it into the back of the net. 18:07 Ian Carpenter played to Eli Pierson for a close finish placed around the keeper. 8:49 Sebbie Trainor took a shot which was deflected off the keepers gloves and followed up with one touch by sophomore Thomas Hartman. Thomas Harttman scored his second goal of the match which was assisted by Eli Pierson soon after cutting away from his defender and shooting to goal. First half ended with Batesville scoring 7 goals.The second half went on with the Bulldogs focused on possessing the ball. 31:09 Kuisel passed to Kent Meyers for a nice lofted shot over the keeper. 26:49 sophomore Willy Sherwood sent a long diagonal ball from the defense for Eli Pierson to run onto scoring a hat trick. 21:33 Kent Meyers laid the ball off to Ian Powers who ripped it low into the goal. 18:44 Kuisel had a breakaway finish assisted by Ian Powers. 13:49 Kent Meyers crossed the ball into freshman Owen Powers who tapped the ball into the net. 8:07 Freshman Ian Carpenter played a ball through the defensive line to Owen Powers who scored his second goal around the keeper. 6:59 on the clock the Bulldogs gave away a free kick outside the box when Union County played a lofted shot into the goal ending the shutout. The final score was 13-1 for the Batesville win.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.The Jac-Cen-Del Boys Varsity Soccer beat Milan 4-1.For JCD, 3 goals 1 assist by Jacob Jines. Jordan Meyer 1 assist, Ryan Wilson 1 goal.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Derek Jones.The Batesville Lady Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season in dual matches at the hand of the 8th ranked Columbus North Bulldogs at The difficult Harrison Lakes CC by a score of 153 to 197.Nathaly Munica was the match medalist with a 3 under par 33. Batesville scores were Emma Weiler 40 Josie Meyer 49 Tori Harpring 55 Rhea Miller 60. Madelyn Pohlman 53 Chloe Murphy 60.The Bulldogs next match is the Connersville invitational on Saturday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.Greensburg Lady Pirates Soccer has started their season off strong. They traveled to Rising Sun to secure their second win 4-1.The defensive line led by Captains Hilary Ernstes and Katie Beam kept the pressure away from Keeper Ella Lowe, who is also a captain. Lowe had 9 saves.At the half, Greensburg led 2-1 and the lead never fell. The final score was Greensburg 4, Rising Sun 1. Captain Emily Rosales led the team in goals securing two. Emilee Ernstes and Natalie Kalinowski both contributed one goal each.The Lady Pirates travel to Oldenburg Thursday. Their record is 2-0.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.The Batesville High School girls’ varsity and junior varsity volleyball team increased their record to 2-0 Tuesday evening when they hosted the Madison Cubs,.The Junior Varsity team won in 2 sets. The scores were 25-21 and 25-21. Top server was Kaitlyn Sarringhaus. Maggie Wilson helped the team by dominating the backrow. Belle Westerfeld and Kaylie Raver were amazing up front and lead the team in kills.It was a late night for the varsity as they ended up having to play four sets. The score of the first set was 28-26 with Batesville pulling out the win. In game two, Batesville pulled through again with a score of 26-24. The third set ended with Madison on top 20-25. In the final set, Batesville came through with a score of 25-22. Kylie Laker had an amazing night! She was 20 for 20 serving with 2 aces. Kylie was not finished yet though as she led the team in assists and had 10 kills. Katherine Bedel followed with 9 kills.The undefeated Lady Bulldogs will travel to Shelbyville on Saturday for their next game.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Vickie Heil.The 7th grade Batesville Middle School Lady Bulldogs opened the season vs. Greensburg and suffered a 25-12; 25-19 loss despite demonstrating some good offensive play. Serving was inconsistent and prevented the team from gaining any significant momentum on the scoreboard. Highlights included Jade Martin scoring 4 points including 2 aces from the service line. Reesa Zimmerman and Grace Walter were aggressive at the net earning 3 and 2 kills respectively. The team will travel to play Jac-Cen-Del on Thursday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.The BMS 8th grade Volleyball team opened their season with a win against Greensburg 25-23, 25-11. Top servers were Kate Bauer with 18 for 18 serving; earning 17 points including 7 aces. Molly Meer added 6 points with 1 ace. Sophie Gesell added 2 points. From the front line the team was strong. Aly Peters led with 4 kills, Meer added 3 kills. Lydia Haskamp and Kate Bauer contributed 2 kills each. While Ava Williamson, Ava Powner, and Eva Struewing each had a kill. The team plays Thursday at Jac-Cen-Del.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.The Franklin County Lady Wildcats Varsity Volleyball team won in 3 sets against Rushville 26-24, 25-13 and 25-23.Kim Settles had 1 kill and 6 digs. Jenna Bruns had 1 kill, 11 digs and 1 ace serve. Alex Gillman had 3 kills, 13 digs and 3 ace serves. Meredith Hoff had 4 kills, 2 digs and 1 ace serve. Saige Mergenthal had 3 kills. Rae Ertel had 2 kills and 1 dig. Makyah Richardson had 3 kills, 3 blocks and team high 4 ace serves. Kassidy Schell had 13 assists, 1 ace serve, 1 dig and 4 kills. Kacie Williams had 13 assists.Courtesy of Wildcats AD Denny Dorrel.The North Decatur Lady Chargers fought hard in sets 2 and 3 but couldn’t pull together to win the match against Union County 25-6, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8.ND Sophomore setter Sami Luttel led the team with 28 assists of 118 attempts; and hitters So. Caroline Stapp had 13 kills followed by So. Madelyn Bohman with 7 kills and Sr. Haley Gorrell with 5 kills. Stapp led digs with 23 and Seniors Anna Burkhart and Brittany Krieger, So. Luttel tied with 12 of 13 attempts.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.  The JCD Eagles host the Shiners on the pitch in Middle School Soccer action. The Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead at half time but could not hold on to the lead. Shiners came back and took the lead 2-3. In the 50min mark JCD tied up to finish with a 3-3 tie. The Eagles travel to South Ripley on 8-19 for a 4:30 start.Scoring for the Eagles. Lane Carroll 2 Goals, 7 shots, Brody Huff 1 Goal, 3 shots, Kayden Vachet 1 Assist, 1 shot, Grant Rinear 1 assist, 4 shots. Carson Comer 2 shots, Bethany Ortman 1 shot. Defensive : Sam Simon 5 stops, Cole Patrick 2 stops, Berkley Williams 3 stops.PLAYER OF THE GAME BEN SCHOETTMER 15 saves!!Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img read more

Louis Cross nets 1st goal of season with parents in attendance from England

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Published on October 13, 2015 at 11:09 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus SU Soccer Stadium was empty — save for one player and two adoring fans. Syracuse defender Louis Cross held a cellphone out in front of the three and snapped a picture as the man and woman decked out in Syracuse apparel, including bright orange scarves, smiled widely next to him.Cross’ parents, Tony and Joanne, traveled thousands of miles from England to watch him play — like they do once every year. They’re in the middle of a two-week trip in which they’ll get to watch six of SU’s games.In front of his parents, Cross netted his first goal of the season and shut down Bowling Green forward Pat Flynn, who came into the game tied for fifth in the country in goals and tied for sixth in points.Cross’ play helped the No. 16 Orange (9-3-1, 2-2-1 Atlantic Coast) shut out the Falcons (6-6-1, 0-1-0 Mid-American) and hold them to just four shots — two on goal — in the 3-0 victory at SU Soccer Stadium on Tuesday.“Usually we’re watching these games after midnight so I’m normally watching it in bed,” Tony Cross said. “If he had scored I could see that a cup of coffee would’ve ended up all over the bedding.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We were up and down. We jumped and probably ruined everybody else’s night.”From the start of the game, Cross matched up with Flynn one-on-one. When the forward tried to sneak behind the backline Cross was there to jab out his right foot and stop the pass. And when Flynn’s teammates tried sending long balls into him Cross consistently headed them away.When the Orange offense was maintaining possession of the ball, SU head coach Ian McIntyre constantly yelled to Cross to “squeeze up some.” The result was Cross forcing turnovers in the midfield and sustaining the Syracuse offensive possession.One of Bowling Green’s best chances of the game came in the first half when forward Tate Robertson headed a cross on goal. But Cross was standing just a few feet in front of the goal line and kicked it away.“I don’t think they had any shots that were actually inside the box,” Cross said. “We limited them to just the outside area. They didn’t create anything behind the defense.”When Flynn was substituted out in the first half, Bowling Green head coach Eric Nichols pulled him aside, barking tips into his ear and pointing to where Cross was standing on the field.The second half was much of the same with SU stifling Flynn and the entire Falcons offense. Robertson tried dropping behind SU’s defense more, Cross said, but he and the rest of the back line were able to keep the Bowling Green offense quiet.With 15 minutes left in the game Cross contributed on the offensive end, too. Midfielder Julian Buescher’s shot was blocked by two defenders and Cross crashed into the box to knock the ball out of the air for the goal.“The last couple of days we’ve been giving Louis a hard time,” McIntyre said. “It’s nice for him to chip especially when his mom and dad were here. It was a quality strike from about 2 inches.”After the game, Cross was announced as the man of the match. He signed posters for fans, then greeted his parents — receiving a kiss on the cheek from his mom — before doing interviews with reporters.As Cross was interviewed, his dad stepped onto the field to capture the moment with more pictures, capping the special evening.“To come out here and see him play is extremely special,” Tony Cross said. “And to see him score is fantastic.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USWNT reveals 2019 World Cup kits

August 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe back panel of the home shirt will also feature each of the 50 states in writing. Inspired by the nation… for the nation.Our 2019 World Cup kits are here. pic.twitter.com/YLizN7WI4R— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) March 11, 2019It will mark the 20th anniversary of the WNT’s second World Cup championship and will have hints of that team throughout its uniforms, which are designed by Nike.In the all-white home kit, the shirt will feature a stripped sleeve cuff that is reminiscent of the ones worn by Brandi Chastain, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy. It will also have three stars above the crest for all three of the US’s titles (1991, 1999 and 2015).  Related News USWNT players file gender discrimination suit against U.S. Soccer The team’s away kits will be a red shirt and shorts with blue socks. The shirt will have an abstraction of the American flag and the three shining stars. The saying “One Nation, One Team” will also be on the top. ​center_img The United States Women’s National Team has unveiled its kits for the 2019 FIFA World Cup.The team’s new collection, which will debut in France, honors the 1999 championship team.  Adidas plans bonus for FIFA Women’s World Cup winners equal to men’s team earningslast_img read more

Mr. Peabody and Sherman held over 2nd week at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

August 14, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgWhen: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour 22 minutes. This week at the Regent Theater: “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (Movie trailer is below). Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 75%. Audience review: 80% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater:Son of GodMuppets Most Wanted. Movie Synopsis: Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine – the WABAC – to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes the WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history. (c) Foxlast_img read more