View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: Commences View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), along with members of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, began exercise Red Reef 15 Dec. 7 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.Red Reef is a biennial, bilateral exercise between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, set to increase proficiency, expand levels of military-to-military cooperation, promote long-term regional stability, interoperability and freedom of navigation.Personnel from 11th MEU spent a week conducting the exercise alongside Saudi Marines from the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saudi Marine Battalions and the Saudi Naval Special Forces.Included in the exercise are U.S. Navy assets with amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) and dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45), both providing ship-to-shore connectors and landing platforms for aircraft in support of the training.Marines and Sailors of the 11th MEU and their Saudi Marine counterparts have already conducted a multitude of ranges throughout exercise Red Reef 15, to include joint machine gun and mortar ranges, call for fire operations with close-air support from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th MEU, fire and movement ranges, live-fire obstacle courses, and a helicopter vertical assault.During each of these joint training events, both forces have greatly benefited from the unique training environment.By participating in Red Reef 15, the 11th MEU and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) help to ensure that the U.S. maintains a forward operating presence in the region and are able to respond to any crisis.[mappress mapid=”14724″]Press release, Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Red Reef 15 Commences View post tag: 15 December 16, 2014 Red Reef 15 Commences View post tag: Red Reef Share this article
On August 7th at the Dutchess County Airport in Wappingers Falls, NY, The Speed of Sound Festival will hold its second annual event. This years headliners, The Lumineers, will be joined by artists such as Simone Felice, Rayland Baxter, Swear & Shake, Nicole Atkins, and Fiction of the Future. The event is being put on by Radio Woodstock and Friendly Auto Group, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Radio Woodstock Cares Foundation, an organization that supports various non-profit groups and those in need in the Hudson Valley community.Check out the full lineup below. Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday at 10am EST, and can be purchased HERE.
West Virginia Leaders Call for a Future Past Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Taylor Kuykendall for SNL:West Virginia University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joyce McConnell says the university has a moral obligation to investigate the potential for an economic future in West Virginia that could include less coal.McConnell spoke April 8 at the fifth annual National Energy Conference, hosted by the West Virginia University College of Law, which examined the downward trends in the state’s beleaguered coal industry and looked to the future of what could be done.McConnell said the writing that West Virginia’s economy needs diversification have been on the wall for a while. “We are witness to a collapse of an economy,” McConnell said.John Deskins, director of WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, said, “We have some counties that are in a Great Depression,” noting some counties have lost one-third of their jobs.He said pinning hopes on abolishing U.S. EPA rules is an ineffective solution to the problem of southern West Virginia’s coal demand due to a storm of factors including low natural gas prices, anemic international demand and geologic challenges in the region.Charles Patton, president and COO of Appalachian Power Co., a subsidiary of American Electric Power Co. Inc., said he thinks it is essentially a given there will be carbon dioxide regulations of some sort in the future.Showing a slide that projects a rapid expansion into renewables, Patton said five or six years ago he would not believe that was the sort of direction the company would move toward as quickly as it has.“We’ll continue to operate our coal fleet until about 2040,” Patton said. “The output from those plants is going to be significantly less.”Full article ($): WVU: School has moral obligation to aid state in moving beyond coal