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US and Argentine Marines Exchange Knowledge

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo January 23, 2019 On the beaches of Punta Alta, in Buenos Aires province, Argentina, units of the Argentine Navy’s Marine Corps Command practice hand-to-hand combat techniques. They work on blows, kicks, strangling, and other techniques to stop a possible aggressor, as well as cushion falls or minimize injuries. With helmets and boxing gloves on, they improve their punches. They also practice using knives with the proper force. Their physical training regimen is rigorous and includes push-ups on the seashore and on the sand, until exhaustion. The week-long training was part of a knowledge exchange between instructors of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South (MARFORSOUTH) and their Argentine counterparts. Three MARFORSOUTH instructors led the training at the Instruction and Assessment Command (COIE, in Spanish) of Baterías Marine Corps Naval Base from November 26 to December 1, 2018. “The training consisted of exchanging techniques and procedures in hand-to-hand combat through the implementation of different theoretical, but mainly hands-on, activities,” Argentine Navy Captain Javier Pedro López, commander of COIE, told Diálogo. “It was conducted with a significant component in terms of improving leadership skills, considering that the participants comprised personnel already trained as instructors in the field.” Solving conflict situations The objective of the training was to improve hand-to-hand combat efficiency, based on tactical procedures and maneuvers used in different disciplines, such as martial arts, boxing, and wrestling, among others. The program focused on conflict analysis, planning, and resolution, and sought to reinforce participants’ knowledge of combat physiology and psychology, key tenets of security. Service members trained in techniques and procedures for knife combat, different types of cuts, and weapons of opportunity. Participants also benefited from theoretical instruction about mental discipline and the fundamental values marines share. For Capt. López, the MARFORSOUTH training is important because it helps maximize Argentinean marines’ knowledge in combat situations in the style of the U.S. Marine Corps. “In the modern operational environment, characterized by very close-quarters combat and contact, the need to intervene against combatants and non-combatants, in addition to respecting specific rules of engagement [for the use of force], demands giving our marines the tools to fulfill the mission effectively,” said Capt. López. U.S. marines have a unique combat system, developed in the early 2000s. The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program combines existing and new hand-to-hand and close-quarters combat techniques with honor, courage, and commitment values. The program emphasizes character development, including the responsible use of force, leadership, and teamwork. Mutual advantage The training was equally advantageous for MARFORSOUTH instructors, who learned from their Argentinean counterparts during their week-long stay at Baterías Base. The exchange also allowed participants to strengthen the sense of fraternity and camaraderie, as well as interoperability, an essential element when conducting combined exercises or operations. “I am convinced that these activities enable us to work side-by-side,” said Capt. López. “I believe that there is mutual benefit in conducting these activities, as it helps forge bonds of professional trust among marine corps units.” The Argentine Navy, and particularly the Marine Corps Command, has a long-standing friendship with the United States, including several exchange programs between marines. Exchanges and other support programs allow participants to share knowledge and skills, as well as history and culture, which strengthen cooperation between both countries. “The combined exercises we conducted throughout the years are countless,” said Admiral José Luis Villán, chairman of the Argentine Navy General Staff, who trained at the Expeditionary Warfare School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, in Virginia. “Currently, our relationship is at its best in terms of cooperative exchanges of all kinds, which contribute to better understanding and institutional interoperability.”last_img read more

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Bulldogs Strong Showing At EIAC Track Meet

first_imgIt was a perfect night for a track meet! Temperature was great, not much wind, and no rain in site! The Batesville Bulldogs took advantage of it and had some incredible performances.The guys captured the Conference Title as they outscored theiropponents by just over 20 points and continue their undefeated season. The Bulldogs put together a score of 155 points to Rushville’s 134.5. East Central was third with 87, followed by Connerville-65, Franklin County 51, Greensburg 46, South Dearborn 43and Lawrenceburg 24.Despite some adversity on the girls side and finding out this week that 3 varsity girls would be out because of injury, the other girls stepped up their game and put together some awesome performances. Seeded to receive 3rd place, the lady Bulldogs were just 3 points shy of a conference championship and proudly accept the runner up honors. Just outscoring the Bulldogs were the East Central Trojans with 134 points to Batesville’s 131. (Batesville was only seeded to score 112 points!) They were followed by Greensburg with 127.5, Connersville 80.5, Franklin County 52.5, Rushville 50.5, South Dearborn 21.5 and Lawrenceburg 8.5.  BBatesville also proudly claimed the guys MVP awardgiven to Peter Heil! Peter had a stellar night winning in all 3 of his individual events, the 110 hurdles with a personal best of 15.43, the 300m hurdles, also with a personal best of 40.21, the long jump with another personal best of 20’9.25″ and was a part of the 4 x 400 relay which ran a personal best of 3:30 and coming in second place by 1/2 a second.Batesville also had some other individual conference champions on the night. They were: Connor Bell in the 800m run (2:03.55),Clare Bruns in the 300m hurdles with a PR (49.10), Kelsey Gausman in the 800m run (2:28.37), the boys 4 x 800 team of Garrett Yorn, Caleb Moster, Cole Nuhring and Connor Bell, both the boys and girls 4 x 100m relay of Jacob Koehne, Tanner Ayette, Garrett Yorn, Michael Tunny and Madeleine Robben, Haylee Harmeyer, Mary Elizabeth Elkins, Clare Bruns, and the girls 4 x 400m relay of Haylee Harmeyer, Madeleine Robben, Mary Elizabeth Elkins and Clare Bruns with a PR (4:13.00).Just missing out as Conference Champions by less than a second, but breaking their own school record by another 3.5 seconds was the girls 4 x 800 team of Mary Poltrack, Maria Wessel, Sarah Poltrack and Kelsey Gausman. (10:07.32).Batesville also had several other runner up awards to hand out and they went to:Clare Bruns-100m hurdlesTanner Ayette-100m dash and 200m dashMichael Tunny-400m dashMary Elizabeth Elkins-400m dash and long jumpMadeleine Robben-200m dashCaleb Moster-3200m runMary Poltrack-3200m runSamantha Heidlage-shot putBoys 4 x 400 team of Garrett Yorn, John Moody, Peter Heil and Michael Tunny3rd place finishers were:Caleb Moster-1600m runJohn Moody-400m dashAlison Muckerheide-long jumpKevin Bedel-high jump4th place went to:Jessica Wagers-pole vaultLuke Forbeck-discusTimothy Tunny-high jump5th place finshers were:Haylee Harmeyer-100m dash and 200m dashGrant Meyers-1600m runKelsey Gausman-1600m runGarrett Wagner-300m hurdlesCole Nuhring-800m runMichael Tunny-200m dashScoring in 6th place:Samantha Heidlage-discusKevin Bedel-discusMaria Wessel-3200m runChris Riffle-3200m runMaddie Pierson-400m dashSarah Poltrack-1600m runJacob Koehne-100m dashGarrett Wagner-110m hurdlesThere were no 7th place finishers for Batesville, but finishing out the scoring in 8th place were:Emma Gausman-800m runRobert Strobel-pole vaultAvni Patel-shot putAgain, as the weather was beautiful for a track meet, there were a plethora of personal records turned in by the Bulldogs and they were:110/100m hurdles-Peter Heil and Clare Bruns100m dash-Tanner Ayette200m dash-Madeleine Robben, Haylee Harmeyer300m hurdles-Peter Heil and Clare Bruns400m dash-Mary Elizabeth Elkins800m run-Emma Gausman1600m run-Caleb Moster and Grant Meyers3200m run-Chris Riffle, Mary Poltrack and Maria WesselLong Jump-Peter Heil, Alison MuckerheideShot Put-Avni PatelDiscus-Luke Forbeck4 x 800 splits of Mary Poltrack and the whole team’s total time4 x 400 splits of Garrett Yorn, Madeleine Robben and Clare Bruns as well as both team’s (boys and girls) total team timeThe Bulldogs are looking strong as both teams now head into Sectional competition next week. The girls compete Tuesday at Franklin County and the boys’ Sectional is Thursday at East Central. Best of luck!The JV Track and Field team will finish out their season this Saturday as they compete in the JV Conference meet at South Dearborn. Action begins at 10am.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

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Just under $19,000 raised at 2014 Bowl for Kids’ Sake

first_imgThe event was held under a “Back to the 80’s” theme with local businesses and children taking part. Five schools participated in the school challenge with Bert Ambrose Elementary raising just under $2,000.Next for Big Brothers Big Sisters is the Rooftop Challenge in September which is their group’s annual recruitment for volunteers. Members of Big Brothers Big Sisters will be camping at the top of the North Peace Leisure Pool for 36 hours or until they receive 25 volunteer inquiries.Anyone wanting to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters can call 250-787-9674. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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