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Romanian Navy Pilots Conduct Training aboard USS Whidbey Island

first_img View post tag: USS Sailors aboard USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) conducted deck landing qualification (DLQ) training with Romanian navy pilots July 31-Aug. 1 as part of the bilateral exercise Summer Storm 2011.The eight Romanian pilots, the only aviators in that country’s navy, are members of “Black Sea Knights” and fly the IAR-330 Puma helicopter.“There are over 400 pilots in Romania’s air force,” said Lt. Cmdr. Marius Metric, the Black Sea Knights commander. “Our naval aviation program is five years old and there are eight of us.”Metric flew Pumas for 10 years in the Romanian Air Force before transferring to the navy and taking command of the squadron in 2010. The three Pumas assigned to his squadron primarily operate with Romanian frigates and perform a wide range of missions, including search and rescue, medical evacuations, vertical replenishments and insertions and extractions.“It was very inspiring working with them,” said Lt.j.g. Jason Canonigo, Whidbey Island’s helicopter control officer. “They are extremely professional and it was one of the top training exercises we’ve been through. From their procedures to their communication, everything they did is exactly the way you see it in the book.”The Whidbey Island helicopter control officers met the Romanian pilots for a face-to-face discussion the day before the DLQs commenced. This allowed them to go over the details in depth and establish a rapport, said Canonigo.“Whether your program is 100 years old or five, you’re always looking for ways to improve the way you work,” said Canonigo. “You’re always trying to get better, and one of the ways we do that is through exercises like these.”“This was great training for us, particularly the junior guys who are on their first deployment,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class (SW) Desmond Charles, who served as one of the Landing Signalmen Enlisted (LSE) during the DLQs. “It’s good for them to gain familiarity with different types of aircraft and to work with pilots from different navies.”The Romanian pilots expressed their excitement at working together as well as a strong belief in the future of Romanian naval aviation.“One of my goals during this exercise is to learn your procedures and see how you operate,” said Lt. Petre Pavlov, the Black Sea Knights commander of patrols and liaison officer on board Whidbey Island. “I want to remain in naval aviation and train future aviators as an instructor.”The Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Source: navy, August 2, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today Romanian Navy Pilots Conduct Training aboard USS Whidbey Island View post tag: Training View post tag: Whidbey View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Island Romanian Navy Pilots Conduct Training aboard USS Whidbey Islandcenter_img Training & Education August 2, 2011 View post tag: Romanian View post tag: News by topic View post tag: conduct View post tag: Pilots Share this articlelast_img read more

Lakers’ Steve Nash suffers more back spasms

first_imgMeeting of the mindsScott reported that he and Kobe Bryant have recently agreed on his playing time for the 2014-15 season, both to maximize Bryant’s skill and conserve his 36-year-old body that’s only a season removed from having two major injuries.“His number was lower than mine,” Scott said. “That surprised me. It helped me as well.”Scott would not divulge specifics other than Bryant will play “between 30 and 40 minutes per game.” But it’s safe to assume Scott will strive for Bryant to play fewer than the 38 minutes he averaged in the two previous seasons before tearing his left Achilles more than 18 months ago.Scott said he and Bryant have not discussed whether he would sit out any games, including on back-to-back nights, after playing in only six games last season because of overlapping left Achilles and left knee injuries. Bryant has averaged 11.3 points on 36.1 percent shooting in 22.3 minutes through three exhibitions.“He wants to play every game,” Scott said. “He wants to play every preseason game and every regular-season game.”Bryant did not speak to reporters following Wednesday’s practice. But he has publicly said he is fine with any minute restriction. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers somewhat anticipated Nash experiencing injury issues. They acquired Lin in a trade from Houston, drafted guard Jordan Clarkson and signed Price to bolster their point guard depth. Scott has recently conceded the possibility Nash would come off the bench, while Lin would likely start. Both Nash and Lin have said they are fine with any role.“You don’t want to feel you’re stepping on anyone’s toes,” Lin said. “But he’s a professional. I try my best to be as well.”Part of that affection also stems from Nash’s credentials (two NBA MVPs, third overall on the league’s all-time assists list), work ethic and positive attitude.“He’s always in the training room,” Lin said. “It stinks to watch it, and it’s tougher to go through it. He’s positive. Through it, he’s still a good influence and person to be around. He’s not moping around. He’s trying to help out anyway he can.”center_img The Lakers have barely played any games yet, but they are already witnessing Steve Nash suffer more injuries. Lakers coach Byron Scott said on Wednesday Nash experienced additional back spasms after carrying bags. It seems unlikely Nash would play today’s exhibition against the Utah Jazz in Anaheim.Lakers guard Jeremy Lin completed shooting and conditioning drills on Wednesday, but said he will sit out today’s game as well because of a sprained left ankle that has limited him in the past week. That likely thrusts NBA veteran guard Ronnie Price into the Lakers’ starting lineup.As for Nash, he played only the first quarter of the Lakers’ preseason loss on Sunday against Golden State after asking out of the game. On Monday, Nash reported having a “sciatica problem,” which is related to nerve issues causing discomfort in his lower back. The 40-year-old Nash played only 15 games last season because of recurring nerve issues in his back and hamstrings. He has one season left on his contract worth $9.8 million.“It’s a concern,” Scott said. “I have to figure out if he will play every day or not or play every other game. How many games can he play and which games can he play? In the next couple of weeks, we have some time to come to a conclusion how we will handle this situation.”last_img read more

Help wanted: Field Appraiser 1 – appraiser’s office

first_imgHelp wanted: Field Appraiser  I, -Appraiser’s Office$7.96 – $13.06 per Hour Full time/non exemptJob duties: Performs duties relating to the maintenance and gathering of statistical data utilized in arriving at real property values.  Position would be responsible for the accurate gathering of necessary information and for becoming familiar with and understanding Kansas’ property guidelines.  Strong analytical, documentation, organizational and mathematical skills, be able to work outdoors in varying weather conditions.  General office skills are a plus.  Must have valid Kansas Drivers License.Apply online at www.HRePartners.com  Applications close 07/19/2016. If any questions, contact the Sumner Co. Clerk’s Office, ph 620-326-3395 Job description available. EOElast_img read more