Congressional Delegation Visits USS Abraham Lincoln

first_imgThe Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) welcomed six members of the U.S. House of Representatives aboard the ship to observe underway operations and to meet with Sailors, June 13.The group of delegates included U.S. Reps. John C. Fleming, Jack Kingston, Stephen Lynch, Tom Marino, Todd Platts and Glenn Thompson.While aboard, the representatives spoke with Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, about challenges the Navy faces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), the importance of maritime security around the world, carrier operations and future budgets for the Departments of Defense and the Navy.“We get a lot of briefings in Washington, but none of them ever match up with being out here with a carrier strike group,” said Platts, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “You get a lot more feedback when you’re closer to the point of the spear.”The group also observed daily operations around the ship.“I’m so impressed with our military personnel,” said Marino. “Our young people have stepped up voluntarily to protect not only the U.S. but the world, and they do it so efficiently and effectively. They are experts at everything.”During the visit, the congressmen also took time to sit with Sailors and answer questions about a variety of topics, including domestic issues and legislation up for debate in Washington.Before visiting the ship, the delegation visited troops on the ground in and around Afghanistan.Lincoln is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked Destroyer Squadron 9 and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71). CSG-9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 18, 2012; Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: Lincoln View post tag: visits Back to overview,Home naval-today Congressional Delegation Visits USS Abraham Lincoln View post tag: delegation View post tag: Congressionalcenter_img Authorities View post tag: Abraham June 18, 2012 View post tag: USS Congressional Delegation Visits USS Abraham Lincolnlast_img read more

Syracuse’s bracket features sharpshooters, historic program

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Team: Oral RobertsNickname: Golden EaglesRecord: 18-12 (13-5)Conference: SouthlandPlayer to watch: Kevi LuperSynopsis: ORU heads to the NCAA tournament after winning the Southland Conference tournament. Oral Roberts really struggled in nonconference play, at one point losing 8-of-10, including a 38-point loss to Baylor, but ends the season having won eight of its last nine.The Golden Eagles split the Southland regular-season title with Sam Houston State before beating the Bearkats in the conference championship game. Luper scored 26 points in that game and leads the team with 19 points per game.What Hillsman said: “They’re a very good basketball team. When you’re in the tournament, there are no bad teams, so you’re not going to get a walkover — it’s just not going to happen. So you just have to prepare yourself to play good basketball for two days at a time and move on.” Comments Team: TennesseeNickname: Lady VolunteersRecord: 24-7 (14-2)Conference: SoutheasternPlayer to watch: Meighan SimmonsSynopsis: UT has long been one of the premier programs in women’s basketball. The Lady Vols won eight national championships under Pat Summit, but the legendary head coach retired in the offseason for medical reasons, handing the program to Holly Warlick.The new head coach hasn’t missed a beat. Tennessee won yet another Southeastern Conference regular-season championship, going 14-2 in the league before falling to Texas A&M in the conference semifinals.Simmons leads the way for the Lady Volunteers, averaging 17.5 points per game while also thriving as a perimeter defender and leading the team in steals.What Hillsman said: “Seeing Tennessee a lot on TV, they’re a very explosive team. So is Oral Roberts. … Our region, just in general, is a tough region, so there’s going to be some tough games in there.” Published on March 19, 2013 at 12:29 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Syracuse is returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008 after earning the No. 7 seed in the Oklahoma City region in this year’s draw. After falling to Connecticut in the Big East tournament semifinals, the Orange will face No. 10-seed Creighton in the first round in Knoxville, Tenn.Should SU advance, it will likely face No. 2-seed Tennessee, assuming the Volunteers stave off an upset attempt from No. 15-seed Oral Roberts. A pair of wins would send Syracuse to Oklahoma City and the first Sweet 16 in program history.Here’s a small breakdown of the teams the Orange could face in the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament:Team: CreightonNickname: BluejaysAdvertisementThis is placeholder textRecord: 24-7 (15-3)Conference: Missouri ValleyPlayer to watch: Marissa JanningSynopsis: The Jays live and die from the 3-point line. Creighton knocks down more than nine 3s per game and ranks 12th in the nation in 3-point percentage. Its marquee win this year came against then-No. 25 Nebraska back in December.Janning is one of two players on the team that shoot better than 40 percent from beyond the arc. She started just nine games this season, but is one of the top sixth men in the nation. She led the team in scoring, and her 71 made 3-pointers paced the team.Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman likened the Bluejays to Villanova, a team the Orange struggled with this season. SU fell to the Wildcats twice in the regular season before besting them in the Big East tournament. Both teams are reliant on 3-point shooting, and Syracuse’s experience going up against a team like VU should prepare it for the Jays.What Hillsman said: “Creighton’s a very good 3-point shooting team, they’re No. 2 in the country in makes and they make nine 3s a game, and it’s one of those teams that you know they take a lot of them and you make a lot. So we just got to be able to guard them. It’s going to be one of those games that we just got to get up and down the floor, play our game and guard the 3-point line.”last_img read more

Hearts GM Gerald Ankrah: “Be patient with Kenichi”

first_imgHearts of Oak general manager Gerald Ankrah has urged patience for new coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi.The Phobians’ performance in all competitions last season was woeful as they risked were nearly relegated from the First Capital Plus Premier League. In their quest to do well next season, the Accra-based side have moved for the Japanese-American trainer who they have tasked to win the title.The fans cannot wait for things to improve but Gerald Ankrah has warned they need patience for the new coach“In our corperate establishment decisions are taken and they are reviewed at the end of everyone’s tenure,” he told Asempa fm.“We have had meetings and assess our performance both on and off the field and I can assure you that the realisation has come and there are certain basic weaknesses we have identified and again the board is decided to look forward than to take short term decisions.“We just have to take things cool and support the coach in every aspect of the game for him to bring us to the level we have all been looking for.” –last_img read more