Brazilian Marines’ Reinforcement Squad Provides Paramount Support to the Brazilian Navy

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo March 16, 2017 The Reinforcement Squad, the command responsible for providing reinforcement detachments to Brazil’s Marine Corps (CFN, per its Portuguese acronym), is located in the peaceful seashore area of São Gonçalo, with a beautiful view over the city of Rio de Janeiro. The daily life of the troops serving there, however, is anything but tranquil, since their main duty is to provide specialized detachments to the operational groups under CFN. To learn more about this force and its logistics focus, Diálogo interviewed Major General José Luiz Corrêa da Silva, the Reinforcement Squad commander, during the 60th anniversary of the Fleet Marine Force.Diálogo: What is the importance of the Fleet Marine Force celebrating its 60th anniversary?Major General José Luiz Corrêa da Silva: The 60th anniversary of the Fleet Marine Force reflects the maturity of a process started in 1957, which provided restructuring promoted by the Marine Corps. Now, we have gone through six decades of reorganization and restructuring to comply with the basic principle for employing this force, which is to allow an administrative organization to be quickly converted into a combat organization. What does that mean? You have an infantry battalion that quickly becomes a ground combat component. You have an artillery battalion that quickly becomes a corps support component, and that is how they go on and create components. In our case, all this took place during the maturity process and then, in 2001, when the Third Millennium Workshop took place, the Marine Corps’ operational organization was restructured. So, now you have operational groups of marines, which are task-based organizations that are only equipped with whatever they need for the particular mission to be carried out. You will always have a ground combat component, and there will always be a component of combat support services, i.e., logistics, and that is exactly what the Reinforcement Squad’s vocation is.Diálogo: What is your biggest challenge as the Reinforcement Squad’s commander?Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa: Presently, the greatest challenge is to be able to maintain this working structure. I regularly speak to my subordinate commanders about new proposals to submit to the commander of the Fleet Marine Force, that reach the general commander of the Marine Corps, so this structure can be further improved.Diálogo: In what sense do you mean “maintain?”Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa: In terms of training and materials, and compliance with the doctrine. We are always reviewing, studying, and experimenting with the doctrine, jointly with the recently created Doctrine Development Command.Diálogo: The country is going through a severe financial crisis. How does this impact the Reinforcement Squad?Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa:It has a direct impact on how promptly we receive funds. But regardless of the country’s financial situation, we were subjected to budget cuts, to which we had to adapt without compromising those structures. We never stopped doing things; we continued with our daily routine throughout this period, paying the bills required by the operations.Diálogo: In this sense, did the Brazilian Navy’s participation in ensuring the security of the so-called major events and UN peacekeeping missions help? Is it still helping with financial support?Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa: Yes. The Marine Corps received a good portion of the funds due to the Olympic and Paralympic Games (2016), the Confederations Cup (2015), the World Cup (2014), and the World Military Games (2011). We also receive funds due to our presence in Haiti [MINUSTAH] and in Lebanon [UNIFIL]. So the Ministry of Defense has transferred and continues to transfer funds to the Navy. These transfers were very instrumental, as they allowed us to purchase a considerable amount of materials. Even though it coincided with budget restrictions for our day-to-day upkeep, we were able to overcome these unfavorable circumstances, and still had more than enough materials to use in the major events, which are now left as a legacy to the force.Diálogo: What kinds of materials?Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa: I am referring to vehicles, police equipment, and healthcare materials since we have a medical unit that is under the Reinforcement Squad’s command. We have never received so much in material resources as we received in the last three or four years and, especially last year, we received plenty of materials, such as arms and communication equipment, so we have made great progress on that front.Diálogo: So you consider that over the last few years, these were the most important advances of the Reinforcement Squad?Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa: That’s what I think. We have moved forward considerably in terms of materials.Diálogo: Now that there are no more major events scheduled, what does the future look like?Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa: We will continue to carry out our daily routine, which consists of our regular preparations to carry out amphibious operations, as we continue to face challenges in our exercises. Our challenge has always been to conduct our exercises in a responsible and thoughtful manner without causing any accidents and always having the troops ready to engage in amphibious operations, which is our primary responsibility. It is true we have no more major events scheduled, but we were never just motivated by these great events. Our motivation is that the country needs to have troops prepared to conduct amphibious operations. This is truly what motivates us, and we depend on the Navy providing us with ammunition, ships for us to embark on and disembark from, and being able to operate offshore. We are always ready, and we respond promptly to any calls; this is our motivation. It does not come from being deployed to the streets or being called to maintain law and order. This is a consequence, but a positive one, of being a highly prepared troop. This is the main aspect that has to be clear to all. The Brazilian Marines Corps are an expeditionary force, and the definition of “expeditionary” is to be ready for any type of deployment, as far as amphibious operations are concerned. Last year, we returned to amphibious operations with Operation Dragão (Dragon) XXXVII, and this year we will again have what we always had, which are the Sinal Vermelho (Red Alert) operations. If a Sinal Vermelho Operation is launched, we have 48 hours to be fully on board and ready to depart for a mission. Our motivation is the number of shots we fire every year, the number of kilometers we travel on the roads to conduct our exercises, as well as the number of days we spend on maneuvers and exercises.Diálogo: Can you tell us about the force’s and the Brazilian Navy’s joint participation in activities with other countries, such as humanitarian aid?Maj. Gen. Luiz Corrêa: You touched on a very important aspect when you mentioned other countries because this is also a very strong element of motivation for our troops. Each time we have contact with another country’s armed forces, this also strongly motivates us to show them what we are capable of. When some operation abroad is announced that will promote contact with other countries’ navies, or when a major training event is announced, such as the Americas Exchange, or when we are informed that marines from other countries are coming to do their training with us, this is all extremely motivating. When I talked about funds and new resources, I did not mention the recent purchase made by the Marine Corps General Command of new tracked vehicles, the so-called amphibious vehicles, or CLAnfs, which will be arriving soon, in March. The battalion which will hold and use these assets is actually the Amphibious Vehicles Battalion that is under the command of the Reinforcement Squad. So our assets are now going to include 23 new tanks, which have been refurbished from the hulls of our existing tanks by the United States. In effect, our troops are really motivated to take part in this process, which includes receiving, preparing and deploying these new tanks. Then, regarding the other operations like humanitarian aid, as you mentioned, or the searches we have been conducting in penitentiaries around the country, these are specific tasks of the Reinforcement Squad, the so-called benign operations which, in accordance with the Navy’s basic doctrine, are actions conducted on behalf of the public. In the Reinforcement Squad, we have an expeditionary medical unit, and this unit is permanently ready with materials already packed so we may promptly handle any disaster. Normally, together with the medical unit, a nuclear-biological-chemical-radiological defense company comes along to do the assessment in these areas, as well as the police to help control disturbances, as the need arises, or to ensure the security of the engineering work site, or the security of the field hospitals used by the expeditionary medical unit. All of this is supported by our logistics battalion that is part of the supply, provisioning, transportation, and maintenance system. The Reinforcement Squad is a major logistics command, where some units handle specific tasks dealing with amphibious operations, and where no two units are exactly the same. We actually have seven units, each with their own specific tasks, completely different from the other units. Since we are talking about challenges, one of my great challenges is to make sure that all this training is integrated, and that each one also corresponds to the demands of the other. We have been putting this into practice over the last two years, based on relevant experience I acquired as commander of the Logistics Battalion. This is what I call cross-training, where the training of one unit also benefits the others. Take for example the medical unit. It receives training as a medical unit, but it also provides training to all the other units in what we call basic life support. This means it prepares all others for a possible future need in the healthcare area. The police train not only themselves but also the other units in first combat, for example, to control disturbances and so on and so forth. In the end, we are doing all this training so that all units are aware of each other’s importance, and know how to help each other, especially in the case of real need.last_img read more

Viola M. Zeigler, 86

first_imgViola M. Zeigler, 86, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg.Born June 23, 1929 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of Daniel L. and Eva I. (White) Ogden.Viola graduated from Greensburg High School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Greensburg Country Club. She had worked for over 20 years at Bohn Aluminum, then for several years as a police dispatcher for the Greensburg Police Department, and she then worked for a few years as a receptionist at the Greensburg Multi Specialty Clinic until her retirement.She was married to Robert D. Zeigler on October 4, 1947 and he preceded her in death on August 24, 1994.She is survived by one daughter, Marcia (Arthur J.) Barnes, Greensburg; three brothers, Norman Thomas Ogden, Greensburg, Paul P. Ogden, Greensburg, Gerald Ogden, Polk City, FL; three granddaughters, Kimberly (Jon) Porter, Laura (Andrew) Reiger, Lisa (Charles) Fogg; seven great grandchildren, Mary Kate, Emma, and Rebekah Porter, James Andrew and Grace Elizabeth Reiger, Adam Clinton and Sarah Valentina Fogg,She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; four brothers, Robert, Carl, Charles and Harold “Eddie” Ogden; two sisters, Eva Deloris Voiles and Dorothy Huber.Visitation will be held on Sunday from 1 to 4:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 22, 2016 at the funeral home with Rev. Jon Porter and Rev. Greg Redd officiating.Interment will be held in the Kingston Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the Samaritans Purse.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Dino Babers on Eric Dungey: ‘We’ll see about next week’

first_imgMoments after Eric Dungey was announced as a starter on the Carrier Dome videoboard, Zack Mahoney jogged out with the SU offense for the first series of the game.Dungey, who was listed as questionable for Saturday’s game, did not play Saturday afternoon after sustaining an unspecified right leg/foot injury last week. The junior quarterback has yet to take a snap in a game past Week 9 over his three-year career.After the game, Orange head coach Dino Babers said sitting Dungey was a game-time decision.“Didn’t know until right before game time,” Babers said following Syracuse’s (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) 64-43 loss to Wake Forest (6-4, 3-3). “We all want him to play, but he’s somebody else’s son. You want to make sure he can defend himself out there. Just didn’t feel like he was able to totally defend himself, so we’ll see about next week.”Dungey missed three offensive series last week in SU’s 27-24 loss at Florida State. He threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns, but sat out for parts of the first half. He returned and finished the game 24-for-43, two weeks after he was a season-worst 13-for-41 with four interceptions at No. 7 Miami.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDungey wore a boot on his right foot after the loss to FSU. He walked into the Carrier Dome on Saturday with a boot. On Monday, Babers said Dungey would “be ready to go.”“He’s not going to be able to do all of the reps,” Babers said Monday, “but he’s got a lot of game experience. We’ll just practice the other guys.”But he stood on the sidelines against the Demon Deacons, in uniform and full pads. He looked on as backup QB Zack Mahoney ran the offense, going 33-for-60 with three touchdowns, all in the first half, and two interceptions. He threw for 384 yards and ran for 38 more. Mahoney said he discovered he would start about 14 minutes prior to kickoff.As for Dungey’s future status, Babers said Saturday night: “Same thing. We need to keep getting treatment and keep watching him and seeing if he’s able to go or not.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 11, 2017 at 8:37 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Thunder Bay Theatre creates new dance academy for all ages

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA group of dance enthusiasts are taking their curiosities onto the main floor. Check out the steps they’re making at Thunder Bay Theatre.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Dance Academy, Thunder Bay TheatreContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena is the 27th coldest city in the countryNext Traffic stop leads to meth bust in Roscommon Townshiplast_img