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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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first_imgLegal Roundup Legal Roundup: Sister Albert Honored: Sister Peggy Albert, Barry University’s executive vice president, was recently honored with the Spirit of the Founders Award at BU’s School of Law black tie gala. The award is presented annually to the person who most exemplifies the guiding vision of the school’s founders. When Barry University began talks to acquire the University of Orlando School of Law in 1998, it was Albert who was tapped to be the administrative liaison between Orlando and the Miami Shores campus. Under Albert’s administration, the law school obtained ABA approval in 2002. Education Program Gets $5,000: Rosenthal & Levy has donated $5,000 to the Glades Tri-City Family Education Program, that will enable the purchase of playground equipment for the program’s new building located at 981 S.E. 1st St., in Belle Glade. The firm’s senior administrator Ingrid M. Rosenthal was moved to make the contribution after a call for donations by the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition. “Our law firm serves a great many migrant families. I know how much learning to read and write English changes the lives of these people,” said Gerald A. Rosenthal. The Glades Tri-County Family Education Program has hosted predominately Haitian and Mexican migrant students and their children as they learn to speak, read, and write English. JWLA Sets Judicial Reception: The Jacksonville Women Lawyers will hold its “An Evening of Judicial Jazz” June 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt in Jacksonville. Call Nicole Habl at (904) 636-7501 for tickets or sponsorship information. Professionalism Awards Presented: The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee recently presented its annual awards. Judge Lucy Chernow Brown received the award in the judicial category, Sidney A. Stubbs, Jr., won the individual award, and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County was honored for its work as an organization. A Community Comes Together for Foster Kids: A community of volunteers came together recently to assist young adults who are aging out of the foster care system. The 11th Judicial Circuit, the Dade County Bar, Legal Aid, Department of Children & Families, CHARLEE, Children’s Home Society, Lawyers for Children America, Educate Tomorrow, University of Miami Children & Youth Law Clinic, the Guardian Ad Litem Program, Suited for Success, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter, partnered together to host “It’s Your Life,” a day-long, hands-on, life skills training program to educate these youth and to provide specific services in the areas of money management, education, employment, consumer issues, and housing. The program was held at the University of Miami School of Law. Approximately 75 foster youth attended the program and learned to prepare a personal budget, participated in mock job interviews, completed an educational plan, including applications for college and financial assistance, learned to read and understand a lease, and learned where to buy discounted items for their new homes. UF Alumni Recognized: Four of the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s most distinguished alumni have been selected for induction into the Heritage of Leadership Recognition Society. The class of 2005 inductees include Charles Bennett, a 1934 graduate, who was Florida’s longest serving congressman and the second longest-tenured member of the House when he retired in 1993 after 44 years; Raymond Ehrlich, a 1942 graduate, who practiced law for 35 years before serving on the Florida Supreme Court for a decade, including as chief justice; Richard Ervin, Jr., a 1928 graduate, who was elected four times as attorney general of Florida, serving with five governors from 1949 to 1964; and Chesterfield Smith, a 1948 graduate, who founded one of the largest law firms in the country, Holland & Knight. As chair for almost three decades, he led the way in hiring women and minorities and encouraging pro bono work. In 1973, he served as president of the American Bar Association. Students Visit the Courts: Participants from the Dade County Bar Young Lawyers eMentoring Program recently spent the morning at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The event included a summary judgment hearing before Judge Adalberto Jordan, followed by questions and answers with Judge Jordan; an overview of federal court by Judge Joan A. Lenard and her staff; a tour of the U.S. marshal’s facility; and a portion of a criminal trial before Judge Patricia A. Seitz. The trip concluded with a sentencing in a fraud case by Judge Lenard, followed by a discussion with the two attorneys involved. NSU Law Center Celebrates Pro Bono Work: The Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University recently honored the Class of 2005 for its participation in the Pro Bono Honor Program. Thirteen graduates completed over 300 hours of service; 25 graduates completed 125 to 299 hours of service; and 36 completed from 50 to 124 hours of service — providing, in total, more than 11,600 hours of pro bono service to the community. The goals of the Pro Bono Honor Program are to educate students in the role of public service attorneys, make students aware of critically unmet needs in their communities, assist agencies in trying to meet these needs, and build a tradition of pro bono work that will accompany students into their professional careers. In-depth Training : The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section held its two annual certification review courses in April. The Real Estate committee, chaired by Homer Duvall and vice-chaired by Robert Stern, presented the Real Estate Certification Review Course while the Wills, Trusts and Estates Committee, chaired by Jim Herb and vice-chaired by David Armstrong, presented the Wills, Trusts and Estates Certification Review Course. Each course offered “expert level” education and analysis to prepare prospective applicants for the certification exams. The RPPTL Section encourages all real estate, probate, trust and estate planning counsel to attend these seminars next year. For information about joining the section contact Chair Laird Lile at (239) 649-7778. May 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

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