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US Prepositioning Ship Supports Exercise Trident Juncture 15

first_img US Prepositioning Ship Supports Exercise Trident Juncture 15 View post tag: europe The U.S. Marine and Navy team offloaded equipment capable of enabling crisis response to support Exercise Trident Juncture 15, on October 20.Master Sgt. Michael Guzman, prepositioning chief of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, said:We are using the USNS Button to get the prepositioned equipment on board so 4th [Light Armored Reconnaissance] doesn’t have to embark their gear from all over the United States.Prepositioning ships, like the USNS William R. Button, provide Marines the capability to establish and operate anywhere in the world.The armored vehicles and equipment from the USNS Button will let Marines train in advanced tactics with European Allies during Trident Juncture, the largest NATO exercise in more than 10 years.Providing this equipment allows the NATO team to work with training techniques beyond basic infantry skills and evaluate their ability to respond to threats together, a primary goal of the exercise. Training evolutions like these expand the familiarity of Marines to the NATO Alliance.[mappress mapid=”17247″]Image: US Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today US Prepositioning Ship Supports Exercise Trident Juncture 15 View post tag: Exercisecenter_img View post tag: Trident Juncture Authorities View post tag: US October 22, 2015last_img read more

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Arsenal and City share points

first_img Liverpool host Tottenham on Sunday and now have the championship destiny in their own hands, with key clashes against City and Chelsea at Anfield still to come. City – who had named an unchanged XI following the rampant midweek 3-0 win at Manchester United – started brightly as full-back Pablo Zabaleta had some joy down the right before Jesus Navas curled a 20-yard effort just wide. Arsenal, with Lukas Podolski starting after his goal in the 2-2 draw with Swansea on Tuesday night, just could not sustain any sort of possession as the visitors closed down space quickly. However, the home supporters felt they should have been awarded a penalty on 12 minutes when Tomas Rosicky went down under a challenge from Zabaleta. There looked to be some contact, but referee Mike Dean pointed for a goal kick. The sense of injustice galvanised Arsenal, who started to ask more questions of the City rearguard. Man City, though, were lightning on the break and swept into the lead on 18 minutes. Podolski was dispossessed in midfield, as Silva carried the ball forwards and to the edge of the Arsenal penalty area before feeding Edin Dzeko on the left. His shot cannoned back off the near post, with the ball dropping at Silva’s feet and bouncing into the far corner. Arsenal – thrashed 6-0 at Chelsea to ruin manager Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match last weekend – needed a response to make sure they were not overrun once again in a showdown with a top-four rival. The ball was in the City net after 21 minutes – but Arsenal midfielder Flamini had already been flagged offside from a deep left-wing cross before he looped his shot over Joe Hart. Yaya Toure, who had a trial at Arsenal as a raw youngster, was booked on 30 minutes for tugging back Rosicky on the break. City skipper Vincent Kompany then also saw a yellow card for body-checking Mikel Arteta. To their credit, Arsenal were still very much in the contest as half-time approached – with Rosicky the next man cautioned for another full-blooded challenge on former Gunners full-back Gael Clichy. Silva soon followed after he left a high boot in on Arteta as the Spaniard hacked a clearance away in the Arsenal box. City almost doubled their lead at the start of the second half when Navas’ low cross from the right was spilled by Wojciech Szczesny, and the ball deflected off Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker but just the wrong side of the post. Santi Cazorla’s drive stung the hands of England keeper Hart before Arsenal levelled on 53 minutes. Patient build-up by the home side was rewarded when the ball was worked out to the left for Podolski, and his low centre into the penalty area was swept into the far corner by Flamini as he arrived on cue 12 yards out. Arsenal suddenly found another gear, with Sagna’s cross from the right flying through the six-yard box. Hart then somehow deflected a fierce angled drive from Podolski behind. City boss Manuel Pellegrini made a change on 65 minutes as James Milner came on for Navas. Following their dominant spell, Arsenal started to come under more pressure, but showed great resilience – a trait so often missing this season. With 13 minutes left, Wenger sent on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Podolski, before City substitute Javi Garcia replaced Nasri. Arsenal continued to push on but City, always dangerous on the counter, were not about to throw away what could just turn out to be a crucial point in their title quest. Following Chelsea’s shock 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace earlier on Saturday afternoon, Manuel Pellegrini’s men, who still have matches in hand, would have gone ahead on goal difference with victory over the out-of-form Gunners. However, despite taking an early lead through David Silva, it was Arsenal who showed the greater desire as they recovered to turn in a strong second-half display and level through Mathieu Flamini. Press Association Manchester City missed the chance to usurp Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League as Arsenal battled to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium. last_img read more

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Patience bears fruit for Imatorbhebhe

first_imgIf patience is a virtue, then USC redshirt freshman tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe is as virtuous as they come.It was a moment 665 days in the making. It was a dream that traveled a total of 2768 miles — from Suwanee, Georgia to Gainesville, Florida to Los Angeles, California — in order to be realized.It was a first-and-10 play on a Saturday afternoon against Colorado at the Coliseum when USC redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold heaved a 32-yard touchdown pass to a diving Imatorbhebhe. On Oct. 8, it was a dream realized; it was Imatorbhebhe’s first collegiate touchdown.“I was so grateful I was able to come down with the catch, and when I got up, I just thought, ‘God, thank you, the glory is yours — yours alone,’” Imatorbhebhe said. “I wasn’t surprised or anything that it happened, but I was mostly happy about the fact that it put us up early in a big game like that.”Imatorbhebhe’s journey to crossing the goal line for the Trojans began on Dec. 16, 2014, when he signed to play college football for the University of Florida. Less than one year later, Imatorbhebhe found himself across the nation at USC after transferring from Florida. After joining the Trojans last fall, Imatorbhebhe patience would begin to be tested, as he was forced to sit out and redshirt his freshman season due to NCAA transfer policies.“There’s a lot of mental gymnastics you have to go through [when sitting out an entire season], because you’re grinding every day and you don’t even get the chance to put pads on on game day,” Imatorbhebhe said. “I felt like I grew so much waiting during that redshirt year … I think it’s like when photos have to develop in that dark room first, because if they don’t then they won’t be ready when that light hits them — that’s kind of how I looked at my freshman year sitting out.”Imatorbhebhe’s allegiance and shift westward to USC goes beyond opportunity on the field — it runs in his blood. Imatorbhebhe’s younger brother, Josh, is a freshman wide receiver for the Trojans.“[Josh’s] such a dynamic athlete, the stuff he can do on the field is baffling. Pretty much everything he can do well, I struggle with,” said Imatorbhebhe regarding the on-field abilities of his younger brother. “It’s been cool watching him grow both on the field, and off of the field as a man. It’s pretty much like just me and him taking care of ourselves out here in college now.”Over its past four games, USC has reaped the benefits of Imatorbhebhe’s toil during his glamor-less redshirt season last fall. Beginning with Colorado, Imatorbhebhe caught a touchdown reception in three consecutive games through Oct. 22 (the others being against Arizona and Cal) for the Trojans. Against Oregon, Imatorbhebhe reeled in a deflected pass to complete a difficult 37-yard reception for the Trojans that preserved what would be a scoring drive for USC in its conference win over the Ducks.“All last year as a redshirt, he was just one of those guys who would be staying and working after practice, always putting in voluntary time in the weight room … he’s a young man who is really maturing and developing into something special,” said USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin. “You couldn’t ask for a better young man. He’s very committed to his faith. He keeps working at his craft.”The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Imatorbhebhe is not difficult to spot during practice at Howard-Jones Field, let alone amongst the general population of USC. While his size — even as a redshirt freshman — may be one of his greatest assets on the field, he credits his successes elsewhere; more specifically, he looks upward.With his personal Instagram account filled with quotations of scripture from the Bible, and with a constant burden on his heart to “give glory where glory is due,” Imatorbhebhe accredits his work both on and off the field to a being which he believes to be more powerful and capable than he is.As USC enters a pivotal three-game sprint to the conclusion of the 2016 season, it will look for continued offensive production from its tight end corps — with Imatorbhebhe as a spark plug.“As a team, I want us to be brothers who would lay down our lives for each other,” he said. “If we have that bond, nobody will be able to tear us apart, and as a result, nobody will be able to beat us … I feel like we’re on our way there right now.”last_img read more

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