For the first time in Colombian history, the combat pilots of the Colombian Air Force will participate in Red Flag, the world’s most important military aviation competition, held at the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their participation represents the recognition of the professionalism and expertise that characterize the members of Latin America’s most operationally active Air Force. This unprecedented achievement will allow Colombia to demonstrate its capabilities in the field of combat aviation at an event attended only by the Air Forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization member countries. Red Flag 2012 will test the skills and endurance in flight of pilots and aircraft, including the Kfir C-10 fighter-bomber, which will face complex simulated missions in a highly demanding environment. This fact merited the recognition of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who said in his speech at the Military ceremony commemorating the 92nd anniversary of the Air Force, “For the first time in history, the Air Force was invited to compete in this international competition, but it had to undergo testing first. (…) We’re going in to compete with the big boys, we’re going in through the front door, as a respected and respectable Air Force, as an Air Force admired by the entire hemisphere, as is made clear to me every time I travel to any country.” On the Road to Victory Everything began in February 2011, when the best pilots, maintenance technicians, and specialists in air safety, among other Air Force specialties, arrived at the 3rd Combat Air Command in Malambo, Atlántico department. There, they began exhausting days of training and checking the aircraft that would enable them to have the opportunity to compete in the big leagues of military aviation. “We start at 6 a.m. and finish late, but this effort is worth it, because we’ve seen the squadron’s progress,” said Major Edwin Vargas, commander of the 111th Combat Squadron, which flies Kfirs. All the activities were conducted in English, using a specialized aeronautical language that was evaluated by USAF personnel. Every day, starting at 5 a.m., there were inspections, mission reviews, combat and air-refueling exercises, and surveillance and threat-identification-assistance missions, all under the observation of evaluators, who paid attention above all to the criterion of safety. As the exercises progressed, so did the demands and the pressure, until the final evaluation day arrived, in November. Gathered at CACOM 3’s Awatawa Auditorium, the group of U.S. Air Force (USAF) personnel began evaluating each aspect. All the Colombian pilots and crew members waited for the overall evaluation, until one of the officers on the delegation expressed it in a special way: “Welcome to Las Vegas!” was the welcome phrase to the big leagues of military aviation. The members of the Colombian Air Force burst into loud applause in recognition of several months of demanding preparation and sacrifice, reflected in the satisfaction of a duty fulfilled. The pilots of the 111th Kfir Squadron, the Boeing KC 767 Jupiter, and the CACOM 1 Technical Group were especially involved in this exercise. “As a combat pilot, you always aspire to be among the best and command a plane like the Kfir, which is so strategic for the country; it will always be a source of pride, still more if you get to be part of such an important event,” said Major Óscar Sánchez Velandia, a Kfir pilot instructor. Lieutenant Colonel David Keessey, commander of the USAF Air Support Squadron, was one of the first officers to recognize the locals’ capabilities. “They’re the best combat pilots in Colombia and, I’m sure, in Latin America.” By Dialogo June 12, 2012
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Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday April 19, 2018 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery with full military rites by the Northcutt Laaker Post #292. Visitation will also be Wednesday 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Heart Association or Cancer Society. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 12887 Lenover Street Box 146 Dillsboro, In 47018. Go to filterdevriesmoore to leave an online condolence message for the family. Norman Wesley Whaley 85 of Lawrenceburg passed away passed away April 16, 2018 at High Point Health in Lawrenceburg. Norman was born April 15, 1933 in Clay Township, IN; the son of Russel and Alice (Hornbeck) Whaley. Lifelong companion for over 60 plus years, Eleanor Mary Jackson. Norman served his country have been in the US Army. He worked for Jack Groh as a subcontractor out of P&G and was a painter. He was a member of the Northcutt Laaker Post # 292 for over 63 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, fan of the Reds, country music lover, in his younger years he belonged to a Band called Dillsboro Playboys in 1949.Norman is survived by Lifelong companion: Mary Jackson of Lawrenceburg; her children and grandchildren. Half-brother: Jim Whaley of West Carrolton, Ohio. One nephew and six nieces. He was preceded in death by brother: Ivan “Dudge” Whaley and one sister Catherine Whaley Stambaugh.
The 38-year-old Ibrahimovic could return to the club as a player in the final years of his career.Milan and most of the other Italian league clubs resumed training on an individual basis last week before full team training restarts next Monday.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The Portuguese soccer federation says the league, clubs and players must take responsibility for the consequences of the return to soccer in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.The federation says that is the first condition stipulated by government authorities to allow the Portuguese league and the Portuguese Cup to resume as planned by the end of the month.The federation says the league, clubs and players at all times “assume the risk of infection” and “bear the responsibility” of all possible consequences related to the disease and to “the risk for public health.”The federation says it received a set of conditions from the government on Sunday. Japan is living under a state of emergency that is in effect until May 31.Commissioner Atsushi Saito says “I don’t think anyone can make preparations by setting a specific opening day.”Saito says the All-Star game in July has been canceled for the first time since it was initially held almost 70 years ago. The Japanese season was originally scheduled to open on March 20.Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University professor Mitsuo Kaku says it would be difficult to set a date for the season to start with the state of emergency still in effect.Baseball has begun in Taiwan and South Korea in empty stadiums. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The head of Japanese baseball says the 12-team league is hoping to start play next month but no specific date has been set. The Latest: Baseball in Japan could start in June Associated Press The government recently said it would allow the league and the cup to resume on May 30. The second division was canceled.___Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to Italy to spend two weeks in quarantine ahead of the potential return of the Serie A season with AC Milan.He leaves behind plenty of questions in his native Sweden.Ibrahimovic has been keeping up his fitness by training with Hammarby. He bought a nearly 25% stake in the Stockholm-based club last year in his first move into soccer ownership. The striker practiced with the men’s and women’s teams and played in a training match because Sweden is not under strict lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic. May 11, 2020
The second round featured plenty of drama.It started early with the news that Tiger Woods was not going to play into the weekend, as he withdrew before Friday’s round with an oblique strain.The drama continued with a weather delay that lasted just over 30 minutes, and a penalty. Rory McIlroy was assessed a two-stroke penalty just as he was chipping away at the leaderboard. McIlroy hit his tee shot on the par-3 14th hole into the green-side bunker. Before he took his approach shot, he removed what he thought was a stone or other object but it turned out to be sand. After alerting the rules official, he was given the penalty.Rory McIlroy thought he was removing a loose impediment from a bunker, but then realized it was just sand.He alerted a rules official and was given a two-shot penalty.He was three back of the lead at the time of the penalty. pic.twitter.com/Ayp8zWw9Ei— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 9, 2019However, the drama took another turn when the penalty was ultimately rescinded after play finished. The Northern Trust: Troy Merritt leads the pack after Round 1 Johnson now sits alone in first place (12 under) after carding a 4-under 67 on Friday at the Liberty National Golf Course. Spieth trails in second (11 under) after posting the lowest round of the day, a 7-under 64.The solo [email protected] birdied the last to take the outright lead at @TheNTGolf.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/byhDn0gkjy— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 9, 2019There’s a four-way tie for third place (10 under) between Patrick Reed, Jon Rahm, Troy Merritt and Abraham Ancer. Related News Jordan Spieth enjoyed his spot at the top of the leaderboard for most of the second round. He entered the clubhouse in control as the later groups were finishing play at The Northern Trust.It looked as if Spieth would carry his lead into the weekend of the first FedEx Cup Playoff event until Dustin Johnson stormed up the standings. He birdied the par-4 15th hole to take a share of the lead and then moved one stroke ahead of Spieth with another birdie on the closing par-4 18th hole. Tiger Woods withdraws from Northern Trust with oblique strain A birde on 15 helped McIlroy recover from the blunder and he is currently in a tie for seventh place (9 under) with Andrew Putnam, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen and Wyndham Clark.After speaking with @PGATOURRules at the completion of R2 @TheNTGolf , the two-stroke penalty that @McIlroyRory was assessed for touching what he thought was a rock in a bunker on the par-3 14th hole has been rescinded. He sits 65-68–133 (-9) through 36 holes.— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) August 9, 2019Notable golfers who missed the cut, set at 1 under, were Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson and Sergio Garcia.