Mission Accomplished at Naval Pentathlon

first_img For four days, they ran with a replica 3kg rifle on their back, fired at targets, hurling grenades under the sun for more than 30°C, executing naval skills and rowing – all against the clock. After testing their endurance and speed, finally on July 21st, 24 of the 67 athletes from 11 countries who competed in the Naval Pentathlon arrived at the podium of the 5th Military World Games. Among the athletes, the women’s individual gold went to Warrant Officer Caroline Buunk, of Norway. Sweden placed first in the women’s team category. Matthias Wesemann of Germany, injured on the last day of competition, went to the podium on crutches to receive the men’s individual gold, and Poland won the gold men’s team category. The host country made it to the winners’ podium four times. Brazil won the bronze medal in the individual male category with Sergeant Max dos Santos, the individual female category with Simone Lima, and the male and female team categories. After competing alongside traditional powerhouses like the Norwegians, Germans and Polish in Naval Pentathlon, Argentina will come home with much more motivation. “Now I will train very hard for the next competition,” said Corporal Sergio Martinez, 29. Despite six years in the Argentine Navy, he acknowledges that his greatest weakness is in the water events. For Navy Petty Officer Jaime Luis Claudio his greatest challenge was training five athletes in only four months, three of whom had never participated at the international level. “So our goal was to finish the competition to accumulate points for Argentina. And we did that,” added the coach. By Dialogo July 22, 2011last_img read more

Brazilian Service Members Combat COVID-19

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo May 27, 2020 The Brazilian Armed Forces are employing their logistics structure to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The work of service member has been crucial in fighting problems in the vast national territory with 8.5 million square kilometers. Ten joint commands, strategically activated across the country, carry out these operations.An example of these activities is the distribution by Northeastern Joint Command of 45,000 basic food basket items to socially vulnerable people in the state of Pernambuco. Local business owners donated the supplies — more than 150 tons — that  have been delivered weekly, since April 15.Service members provide support to socially vulnerable people. (Photo: Brazilian Armed Forces Northeastern Joint Command)The Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) deployed 30 vehicles and 350 service members from the 14th Motorized Infantry Battalion, and the 7th Field Artillery Group, in Pernambuco. “The logistics support included security, embarkation, transportation, and delivery of supplies to locations selected by the group of local business owners responsible for the donation,” said the Northeastern Joint Command’s Public Affairs Office.EB Lieutenant General Pedro Paulo de Mello Braga, commander of Northeastern Joint Command, told Diálogo that the activity planning was a result of teamwork between service members from EB, the Brazilian Navy, and the Air Force, which are part of the joint command, as well as other sectors of the government and civil society. “The EB, our ground force, was responsible for executing the distribution,” he said.Northeastern Joint Command is also setting up tents as screening stations at hospitals, emergency, and urgent care facilities; carrying out vaccination campaigns; distributing water to those experiencing drought; and donating blood. Service members trained in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense are also disinfecting public spaces. “We are deployed to fight the pandemic and provide support to the population,” said Lt. Gen. Braga.Solidarity in the South as wellAt Southern Joint Command, EB service members of the 3rd Supply Battalion participated in the manufacture of face shields to protect health care professionals who provide services to patients infected with COVID-19. A partnership between the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul’s Engineering Department, which was responsible for the project, arms manufacturer Taurus, which provided its headquarters in São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul for work to take place, and EB, which provided the manpower for production, made the operation possibleThe production of the protective equipment, initially manufactured with a 3D printer, was considerably increased at the Taurus factory. According to Southern Joint Command, service members put in extra effort to produce as many shields in the shortest time possible. About 30 service members worked in the assembly process on three shifts — morning, afternoon, and night — making 3,000 face shields daily.In total, they manufactured 60,000 face shields. The production went to health care professionals who worked at hospitals in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Armed Forces hospitals, and public safety professionals.last_img read more

LA Dodgers sign LHP Scott Kazmir to 3-year, $48M deal

first_imgWhen Scott Kazmir signed a two-year contract with the Oakland A’s in December 2013, it was a high-risk baseball decision for a small-market franchise that needed to take risks.Before spending 2013 pitching for the Cleveland Indians, Kazmir had spent the 2012 season racking up a 5.34 ERA for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent league team that employed a 49-year-old Roger Clemens and averaged 6,650 fans per game.“He made us look very smart for making that deal in retrospect,” said Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi, an executive with the A’s at the time.Zaidi can only hope the three-year, $48 million contract Kazmir signed with the Dodgers on Wednesday proves just as wise. Kazmir can opt out of the contract after next season — a risk the Dodgers were willing to take because of their faith in their young starters. According to the New York Post, the Dodgers will defer contract payouts to Kazmir over the next six years.After one and a half years in Oakland, the A’s traded Kazmir to the Houston Astros in July. His combined 2015 statistics: a 7-11 record, 3.10 ERA, 155 strikeouts and 59 walks in 183 innings pitched.If Kazmir made the A’s front office look smart, maybe the best he can do is make the Dodgers look lucky.Their first priority was to re-sign Zack Greinke, who was quickly swept away by a record-setting contract offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers actually agreed to terms with pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, but Iwakuma’s physical caused enough of a concern that the Dodgers backed off. The right-hander then re-signed with the Seattle Mariners.The Dodgers also backed off a trade that would have sent All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman to Los Angeles for prospects when Chapman became the focus of domestic violence allegations. “Once the details that emerged came to light, we weren’t comfortable making the move,” Zaidi said. “We made a decision and moved on.”When Chapman was ultimately traded to the New York Yankees, the Dodgers were left with an urgency to upgrade their pitching staff another way.Kazmir, who was out of the country Wednesday, has never pitched in the National League. He has a career record of 98-90 and a 3.96 ERA for Tampa Bay, Oakland, Cleveland, Houston and the Angels.Not long ago, Kazmir’s promising major league career appeared finished. He went 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA for the Angels in 2010, then pitched just one game the following year. That prompted his move to indy ball in 2012.“There were games he had (with the Angels) where it would have been hard to conclude (that his career wasn’t over),” Zaidi said. “I think he’d be the first person to say that. I think that’s a testament to his will and resolve to get back to performing at a high level.“There was a certain maturity and appreciation for the game leading up to (Kazmir) coming back in 2013,” Zaidi said. “The guy I saw in Oakland was a great teammate, a guy who I think really appreciated the chance to put the big league uniform on every day. I really felt based in my interaction with him in Oakland, he’d be an additive guy to our clubhouse.” Kazmir, who turns 32 in January, makes it possible for the Dodgers to roll an all-left-handed rotation in 2016, joining Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, Brett Anderson and Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Dodgers have right-handed depth in Mike Bolsinger, Zach Lee and Joe Wieland, as well as prospects Jose De Leon, Frankie Montas and Jharel Cotton. Veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who had Tommy John surgery in April, is a possibility to rejoin the rotation in the second half.The Dodgers have also been speaking with free agent right-hander Kenta Maeda, and Zaidi did not rule out adding another starting pitcher. Maeda was posted by his Japanese club earlier this month and would probably cost the Dodgers a $20 million posting fee on top of his salary.As Zaidi pointed out, Kazmir is unlike the Dodgers’ other lefties. His fastball/changeup combination limited right-handed hitters to a .219 batting average in 2015, compared to .275 for left-handers. “That’s something we’ve discussed over the course of the off-season,” Zaidi said of the all-lefty rotation. “It sets you up for a situation where having some balance in the bullpen makes some sense, because you’re going to see a certain type of lineup day-in, day-out when you have an extreme rotation one way or another.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more