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USS George Washington’s Biggest RAS

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS George Washington’s Biggest RAS The U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) completed its largest replenishment-at-sea (RAS) for the 2013 patrol with Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), Nov. 30.While RAS’s are nothing new to the Sailors aboard George Washington, the ship received nearly 700 pallets of supplies at once, three times the amount of a standard RAS. This produced a unique and rare challenge for the Sailors of the ship’s supply department.“The biggest challenge was trying to move all these supplies around as quickly and safely as we could.” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Damon Candelarie, from San Leandro, Calif. “It involved a lot of cooperation and effort from everyone. For most RASs we normally have around 200 Sailors helping, however, we needed more than 300 for this one.”George Washington conducts approximately three to four RASs over the course of a month while on patrol under normal operating conditions. Due to certain circumstances, the ship was forced to skip some of them.“Since we were busy operating in the Philippine area to help with [Operation Damayan], we weren’t able to get supplies for the ship regularly,” said Senior Chief Logistics Specialist Hai Tran, George Washington’s shipping and receiving leading chief petty officer. “The supplies we would’ve got piled up, so once we could do a RAS we ended up taking everything all at once.”In order to move the supplies to where they belong, each pallet had to be air lifted from Charles Drew’s flight deck to the drop zone on the fantail of George Washington, taken from the drop zone to the hangar bay via aircraft elevator where they were processed and sorted to be sent to various storerooms.“Once the pallets get to the hangar bay we have to sort and catalogue each one,” said Candelarie. “After that, we have to take them down to the proper storage place, which takes about another day or so to finish.”Safety plays a huge role in large ship evolutions like replenishments-at-sea. In order to finish the mission without incident, like any other mission, every Sailor must keep their head on a swivel and maintain good safety practices.“To safely execute a large evolution like a RAS, training and planning play crucial roles,” said Cmdr. Richard Morrison, the ship’s safety officer. “Our procedures are written in blood, knowing and following them is essential. Planning helps anticipate and prevent problems before they occur. But above all else, everyone must be alert and keep searching for hidden dangers.”George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.[mappress]Press Release, December 04, 2013; Image: US Navy Share this article December 4, 2013center_img USS George Washington’s Biggest RAS Training & Educationlast_img read more

Public ‘healthonomics’

first_img Read Full Story Assistant Professor Jessica Cohen is bringing a behavioral economics perspective to public health interventions in Africa.“Here’s the thing,” says Jessica Cohen. “You can design a public health program or product that works wonderfully, that will spare suffering and save lives. And you could tell people all about it, when and why they should use it, and all the benefits.“But, if you don’t think about the barriers to change, how the intervention actually fits into people’s lives and the human response to what you are doing, then all that work you have done, this incredible public health tool you’ve created – it could be all for naught.”An assistant professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Cohen is a behavioral economist who is pushing to bring the methods and insights of her field to international health projects, especially those in Africa. Rather than banish to the sidelines the messy aspects of human psychology such as procrastination, behavioral economics directly draws on them to explain economic and other aspects of human behavior.Most of Cohen’s research has involved malaria, a devastating infection that kills 600,000 people annually, most of them children.last_img read more

Start Your Journey off on the Right Foot in Morehead-Rowan County

first_img Step into your next adventure in Morehead-Rowan County today.  Fishing, water sports and days at the lake are part of the Morehead-Rowan County experience as well. The largest in northeastern Kentucky, Cave Run Lake offers more than 8,000 acres of open water, 200 miles of shoreline and more than 150 species of fish to catch. This fisherman’s paradise boasts a few challenging fish like the notorious musky, but it is also home to the largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, black crappie and white crappie. Chances are you’ll reel in something you want to take home after a day on the water. Cave Run Lake and the adjoining Licking River provide paddle boating and kayaking opportunities year-round. Daily pontoon or houseboat rentals make it easy for friends and families to set out for adventures of all kinds. Whether you’re interested in fast-paced fun like boating and jet-skiing or simply soaking up the sun, there’s always a good time waiting for you beyond the shoreline.  Morehead, an official Kentucky Trail Town, is an ideal destination for outdoor lovers of all kinds. Nestled in the Daniel Boone National Forest, with Cave Run Lake nearby, outdoor adventures can be found on and off the water. Morehead-Rowan County is home to more than 100 miles of multi-use trails, making it the perfect place to experience the beauty of northeastern Kentucky on foot, bike or horseback. “By far my favorite thing about Morehead, and hardly any other community has it, is you literally wake up, you open your door, and you are in the forest,” said Jordan, a local avid hiker. Local hikers love Morehead because a trail is always close by. The Sheltowee Trace NRT runs right down Main Street! Sign up to receive our adventure planning pack! Here, you can wake up, open your door and walk into the forest. Follow the sound of the waves to the lake. Spend a day or two completely immersed in the beautiful mountains and lakes here in the Daniel Boone National Forest, the gateway to Eastern Kentucky. Warm up with an uphill trek to Lockegee Rock and take in the beautiful, scenic view. Grab your pack or walking stick and head to the Sheltowee Trace northern terminus for a day-hike with Mother Nature. Head out to Cave Run or stroll along the Eagle Lake Loop Trail and enjoy where land meets the waves. Regardless of preference or skill level, spring is the best time to start your journey in Morehead-Rowan County.  Outdoor exploration season is here, folks. These Appalachian mountains are breathing, blooming and well on their way to growing into that lush, green forest everyone loves to explore. When you visit Morehead-Rowan County, you’re one step closer to adventure. last_img read more

WLAX : Tumolo honored to be finalist for Tewaaraton Award, happy for winner Schwarzmann of Maryland

first_img Comments WASHINGTON – When the winner of the 2012 Tewaaraton Award was announced, Michelle Tumolo was the first person to stand up and cheer.‘From Maryland, Katie Schwarzmann,’ presenter Richie Moran announced to a packed Rasmuson Theater at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Thursday night.It wasn’t her name, but Tumolo was excited to see it go to a familiar face.‘I’m so excited and happy for Katie Schwarzmann,’ Tumolo said. ‘She’s one of my very good friends and I couldn’t be happier.’Tumolo was among five women’s finalists for the award, given to the top college lacrosse player in the country. Florida midfielder Brittany Dashiell, Northwestern defender Taylor Thornton and North Carolina attack Becky Lynch rounded out the group. The Syracuse junior attack helped the Orange reach the national championship game for the first time in program history and finished the season with 52 goals and 43 assists. Colgate attack Peter Baum was honored as the winner on the men’s side.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite her standout campaign, Tumolo didn’t go into the night with high expectations.‘I’m actually not expecting to win – at all,’ Tumolo said before the ceremony. ‘But I mean if I do I would be really shocked and probably get up there and not know what to say. I’m just so happy to be here and really excited for everyone and whoever wins I’m just so happy for them.’Syracuse head coach Gary Gait didn’t necessarily feel the same way.While he was proud to see one of his players honored as a finalist, he said Tumolo was just as deserving as any of the five finalists to win.‘You never know who’s going to win,’ Gait said. ‘It’s hard to predict. We were hoping she would, but Michelle and what she does, I think she’s the best player in the country.’Schwarzmann can also be added to the list of Tumolo’s admirers.The two played each other earlier this season when the Orange defeated Maryland 10-9 in College Park, Md. and are teammates on the U.S. national team. Schwarzmann knows firsthand how dynamic Tumolo is.‘Michelle is a great player, and I know that from playing with her and it’s awesome being able to play with her,’ Schwarzmann said. ‘All the credit to her, she had a great season and so did Syracuse, so it’s awesome that we can all celebrate this accomplishment with each other.’Even without actually winning the award, the Orange’s return to the Tewaaraton ceremony is another important step for the program.In a season full of milestones for SU, even an individual honor is a reflection on the team.‘It really does reflect on them because of how well we’ve done, you don’t get recognized for this award unless your team does well,’ Tumolo said. ‘They are the reason why I’m here today and Alyssa Murray and all the other girls are doing so well and they’re just as deserving.’And for women’s lacrosse as a whole, four junior finalists means that next season could be more exciting than any other as the sport continues to grow.‘Lacrosse is really starting to step up and become a bigger thing and it’s awesome that it’s spreading and becoming more known,’ Schwarzmann said.So Tumolo still has another shot at the award. And with nearly every major contributor on offense, with the exception of Sarah Holden, returning next season, the core that Tumolo credits for her success remains almost entirely intact.Schwarzmann too should be right back in the conversation, too. After being named a finalist in the past two seasons, she will enter the 2013 season as one of the nation’s best once again.And that means that Tumolo can make the final chapter of the friendly rivalry with Schwarzmann hers.‘She still has got another year, so I’ve got another year, too,’ Tumolo said. ‘… I play with her on the U.S. team, too, so it’s an awesome experience.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on May 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more