Chilean Officer Stands Out at U.S. Naval War College

first_imgBy Felipe Lagos/Diálogo September 18, 2018 Chilean Navy Commander Sergio Gómez took on the role of instructor through the U.S. Naval War College (USNWC), teaching U.S. military students. The Chilean Navy officer will deliver several courses and participate in humanitarian aid conferences in military and civil institutions until 2019. The Chilean officer began teaching as part of his studies at USNWC’s Naval Command College (NCC), and carries on as a military guest professor of the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response program of USNWC’s College of Maritime Operational Warfare. Cmdr. Gómez is the 39th Chilean Navy officer to graduate from USNWC. The goal of the academic exchange is to generate trust, cooperation, and promote interoperability between foreign and U.S. officers. The program enables officers to acquire a common understanding of global challenges in the defense and security sectors, becoming multiplying forces and sharing the knowledge with counterparts and future experts. “The main goal is to promote a wide range of visions and experiences to enrich academic debate,” said Chilean Navy Commander Alberto Guerrero García, who graduated from NCC in 2017. “As one of my professors said, ‘once students finish the course, they see and understand the world in a different light.’” Strong curriculum Cmdr. Gómez graduated from NCC with honors, after an 11-month course for high-ranking officers from armed forces worldwide. On June 15, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis led the graduation ceremony for 103 international officers and 323 students of U.S. military institutions and security agencies. Along with Cmdr. Gómez, Latin American officers from Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic Haiti, Mexico, and Peru formed the 2018 class. “My experience as a USNWC student, specifically at NCC, was fascinating,” Cmdr. Gómez told Diálogo. “First of all, interacting with and getting to know classmates from 50 different countries is a unique opportunity to make professional and personal friendships for life. Secondly, it’s been a chance to receive a top-notch academic education from world-class professors with a strong and up-to-date curriculum from USNWC.” NCC’s curriculum consists of three main courses in joint military operations, national security decision-making, and strategy and policy development. During the courses, students analyze in depth the operational and strategic levels of war, detailing the role of military forces and focusing on strategic leadership, among other topics. Students also take part in field studies in different U.S. government and academic institutions. “The international USNWC program is a worldwide, unique initiative that combines a demanding academic program with a strong cultural exchange component and professional experiences with officers from all over the world,” Cmdr. Guerrero told Diálogo. “In my opinion, this exchange is purely beneficial to our institution and the country, creating a virtuous cycle that boosts our officers’ professional training while strengthening international relationships at an institutional level.” Close collaboration In mid-April, as part of the exchange, Cmdr. Gómez taught a series of humanitarian response courses at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative program. The course ended with a simulated scenario of a humanitarian operation in a country in conflict, with the officer playing the role of a Chilean military delegation sent on a humanitarian aid mission. In mid-August, the officer took part in USNWC’s Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop, organized by Brown University. More than 100 international experts and officers, as well as dozens of civil organizations and military institutions, participated in the conference, which promoted civil-military cooperation in cases of disaster and crisis. “As a military guest professor in the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response program, I was able to interact with the U.S. academic world by participating in workshops, simulations, and meetings with Harvard, Brown, Yale, and MIT [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] universities, and also the United Nations,” Cmdr. Gómez said. “My hope is to contribute to the training of military and civilian students in different academic organizations from the perspective of a foreign country and my 24-year experience in the Chilean Navy.” The Chilean Navy has a long history of academic exchanges with USNWC. Created in 1884 in Newport, Rhode Island, the U.S. naval academy is the oldest in the world. In 1956, USNWC inaugurated NCC with 23 students, including a Chilean officer—a close exchange with the South American nation ensued. “Close collaboration not only in the operational area, but also in the academic field, allowed both navies to operate and collaborate in multiple occasions and scenarios,” Cmdr. Gómez concluded. “I believe it’s fair to highlight my predecessors’ legacy in terms of their contribution to USNWC activities not only as students, but also as educators, earning prestige for the Chilean Navy and honoring the name of our country.”last_img read more

For the first time in history (we think) 7th grade teams sweep Pioneer League tournaments

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ok, Wellington sports historians may want to set us straight here, if this is wrong. But from all indications, the Wellington seventh grade boys and girls teams are the first to sweep the Pioneer Tournament League Championships for the first time… ever.The Wellington girls defeated Winfield 34-24 in the Pioneer League Division III Championship. The Wellington boys then completed the sweep with a 42-34 win over Circle. Appropriately, Wellington first tournament sweep (allegedly) occurred at the Wellington Middle School Thursday evening in front of a capacity crowd. “I can’t find a time when it has ever happened,” said Brian Aufdengarten, who is an assistant principal and has been at the Wellington Middle School since the 1990s. “A few years ago the Wellington seventh and eighth grade girls swept their tournament in the same year. But never the boys and girls in the same class.”Aufdengarten said he can’t remember a Wellington boys team getting into the finals since his arrival.“It might have happened before me,” Aufdengarten said. “But I know it hasn’t happened since I’ve been here.The girls opened with an 11-6 first quarter lead and led 24-12 at the half. In the third and fourth quarter, Wellington didn’t score too many points, 10 for the half. But Winfield only scored 12 and that wasn’t enough.Wellington completed a sensational season in which if finished 16-1 for the season. Avery Rusk scored 16 points. Shayland French had 10. Zairen Warnock and Mekenna Adams scored 4 apiece.Other players on the team were: Gracie Fink, Valerie Ast, Stormie Jones, Lexi Saffell, Abby Lowe and Kyla Hawks.In the nightcap, Wellington battled Circle in a close-knit affair for three quarters. Wellington would pull away late outscoring Circle 10-2 in the fourth quarter.In the first quarter, Circle eked out a 12-11 first-quarter lead, but Wellington turned the tables 12-11 in the second to make it 23-all at the half. The two teams exchanged baskets in the third quarter. Then Wellington would roar out in front scoring the game’s last 8 points.A.J. Snipes was sensational scoring 20 points.  Cade Phelps had 5, R.J. Lara 4, Logan Jones 6, Jack Walton 5, and Brieden Buresh 2. Other eighth grade players included Derek Reynolds, Jaden Adams, Deyton Araujo, Sam Horn, Trey Cary and Ian Groom. The boys finished 12-3.The eighth grade girls lost in Mulvane in their tournament championship. No score was available.Seventh girls: Wellington 34 Winfield 24Winfield 6 6 4 8 — 24Wellington 11 13 4 6 — 34Wellington scoring: Shayland French 10, Zairen Warnock 4, Avery Rusk 16, Mekenna Adams 4. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you Cueball for all the reporting on these young Lady’s and Men. Report Reply 0 replies · active 391 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Rhonda · 391 weeks ago Congratulations A.J. I am so proud of you and your team!!!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 391 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Seventh boys: Wellington 42 Circle 34Wellington 11 12 9 10 — 42Circle 12 11 9 2 — 34Wellington scoring: A.J. Snipes 20, Cade Phelps 5, R.J. Lara 4, Logan Jones 6, Braiden Buresh 2, Jack Walton 5.Wellington seventh grade girls.Wellington seventh grade boys.last_img read more