III CORPSIII Corps and its Subordinate Units are prepared to rapidly deploy and conduct the full range of military operations to seize, retain and exploit the initiative, in order to defeat any adversary. The Corps is prepared to exercise mission command of Army, Joint, and Multi-National Forces, as a Corps, Joint Task force, or Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command (CJFLCC).1ST CAVALRY DIVISIONWith more than 20,000 soldiers, the 1st Cavalry Division is the premier heavy-armored division in today’s Army. It is organized in brigade combat teams, composed of maneuver elements, artillery and support. The division also has an air cavalry brigade, horse cavalry detachment and division band.DIVISION WEST – FIRST ARMYThe First Army’s Division West primary mission is the training of Reserve Component service members.3RD CAVALRY REGIMENTThe 3rd Cavalry Regiment, known as the “Brave Rifles,” is a combined arms unit composed of three cavalry squadrons, an aviation squadron and a support squadron.U.S. ARMY GARRISON FORT HOODFort Hood’s garrison provides support to soldiers and families through services and facilities while optimizing resources, sustaining the environment and enhancing the well-being of the Fort Hood community. The garrison is composed of directorates such as Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Emergency Services; Public Works and others.13TH SUSTAINMENT COMMAND (EXPEDITIONARY)The 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command provides mission command assigned, attached and operational control units. Plans, prepares, executes and assesses sustainment, distribution, theater opening and reception, staging, and onward movement for forces in theater of operation in support of unified land operations. Continues to build relationships with all sustainment brigades.It shapes sustainment readiness in the CONUS-West area of influence by serving as the primary sustainment advisor to senior commanders of United States Army Forces Command installations; assisting, advocating for, and mentoring echelons above brigade sustainment units in order to improve efficiency of installation support and prepare units for deployment.1ST MEDICAL BRIGADEThe 1st Medical Brigade is providing health care and medical services to the Fort Hood community, and continuing training in its combat support mission.11TH SIGNAL BRIGADEThe 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade deploys and executes Mission Command and Network Operations (NETOPS) of Expeditionary Communication Systems for III Corps, ACF or designated land component commander conducting Unified Land Operations and current missions.36TH ENGINEER BRIGADEThe unit deploys to provide route clearing, assault gap-crossing, horizontal and vertical engineering projects.89TH MILITARY POLICE BRIGADEThe brigade consists of several MP battalions (including the Fort Hood-based 720th MP battalion and the 178th and 126th MP detachments), which deploy to provide military police combat support, area security, internment and resettlement operations, law and order and police intelligence. When not deployed, the brigade provides law enforcement and force protection to Fort Hood.504TH BATTLEFIELD SURVEILLANCE BRIGADEThe brigade regularly deploys to provide intelligence, counterintelligence, operational security and electronic warfare.3RD SECURITY FORCE ASSISTANCE BRIGADEThe 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade deploys in support of a combatant commander, integrates with foreign partner forces, assists and advises local security operations to build partner security capacity and capability to achieve regional security in support of U.S. national interests.48TH CHEMICAL BRIGADEThis brigade consists of about 3,000 CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive) soldiers in five battalions spread across nine military installations.69TH AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERYThe unit has Avenger and Stinger missiles and Patriot batteries. The unit is composed of 2-1 ADA, 4-5 ADA and 1-44th ADA.U.S. ARMY OPERATIONAL TEST COMMANDThis command helps spearhead the testing of future Army equipment.
Vermont Business Magazine A number of Vermont education leaders have released the following statement, which has also been signed by Governor Peter Shumlin and Governor-elect Phil Scott. A full list of signers is copied below.It states that Vermont will continue to support all Vermonters and welcome people of all backgrounds.“Vermont has fought for centuries for freedom and unity, equity and openness. Vermont remains a beacon of hope and opportunity, community and shared humanity. Vermont was the first to commit to the abolition of slavery in our state constitution and a leader in the fight for marriage equality. We will continue to support all Vermonters and welcome people of all backgrounds to the Green Mountain state.“We, the undersigned, condemn any acts of unlawful discrimination, violence, and intimidation that target differences in national origin, race, sex, gender, religion, disability, or political viewpoint across our nation. Such acts run counter to the rights and freedoms upon which our country was founded and to the core values of the state of Vermont.“Vermont is committed to fostering welcoming communities and an equitable, diverse, and inclusive society.”Lisa Ventriss, president of the Vermont Business Roundtable, said: “The Board of Directors believe that it is important to clearly articulate, on behalf of the full membership, a commitment to those principles that shape a representative democracy and that embrace all communities as equally deserving of those rights and freedoms.”SIGNED:Governor Peter Shumlin Governor-elect Phil ScottLisa M. Ventriss, PresidentVermont Business RoundtableT. Gregory Dewey, PresidentAlbany College of PharmacyMariko Silver, PresidentBennington CollegeDavid Wolk, PresidentCastleton UniversityMichelle Ollie, PresidentCenter for Cartoon StudiesDon Laackman, PresidentChamplain CollegeLawrence Jensen, Interim PresidentCollege of Saint JosephJoyce Judy, PresidentCommunity College of VermontRobert Kenny, PresidentGoddard CollegeRobert Allen, PresidentGreen Mountain CollegeElaine Collins, PresidentJohnson State CollegePeter Eden, PresidentLandmark CollegeNolan Atkins, Interim PresidentLyndon State CollegeKevin Quigley, PresidentMarlboro CollegeLaurie Patton, PresidentMiddlebury CollegeRichard Schneider, PresidentNorwich UniversityDonald Steinberg, PresidentSchool for International Training Graduate InstituteDavid Rees Evans, PresidentSouthern Vermont CollegeMatthew Derr, PresidentSterling CollegeJohn Neuhauser, PresidentSaint Michael’s CollegeTom Sullivan, PresidentUniversity of VermontRoger H. Sublett, PresidentUnion Institute and UniversityMarc B. Mihaly, President and DeanVermont Law SchoolThomas Greene, PresidentVermont College of Fine ArtsJeb Spaulding, Chancellor Vermont State Colleges Pat Moulton, Interim PresidentVermont Technical CollegeScott Giles, President & CEOVermont Student Assistance CorporationSource: Governor’s office 11.18.2016
Enhanced UK MERS surveillance found 2 imported cases in 2012-13An enhanced system of surveillance for MERS-CoV in England turned up 2 cases of the disease among 77 potential candidates meeting case definitions in its first year of operation, according to a dispatch yesteday in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The numbers are small, say the authors, but in the context of emerging pathogens, reporting data like theirs can help optimize case detection and surveillance systems.The surveillance system was instituted by England’s Health Protection Agency, now called Public Health England (PHE), in September 2012 after isolates from an ill Qatari patient who was transferred to an English hospital showed a virtual match to the virus identified in the first MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) patient in Saudi Arabia earlier in the year.PHE defined a possible MERS case as acute respiratory syndrome (fever of at least 38°C [100.4°F] or history of fever and cough) requiring hospitalization as well as clinical or radiologic evidence suggesting lower airway involvement not explained by another cause in a patient who had traveled to or resided in Saudi Arabia or Qatar (the only places with MERS at the time) within 10 days of illness onset.Of 77 individuals meeting the case definition from Sep 24, 2012, to Oct 15, 2013, 2 cases were confirmed, as were cases in 2 contacts of the second case-patient. The positive predictive value of clinical manifestations increased as the severity of disease increased.The authors write, “We encourage other countries to similarly report the characteristics of all patients tested for MERS-CoV to improve understanding of the predictive value of different clinical and epidemiologic manifestations in various populations at different times. This will help inform the evolving international public health response to this novel pathogen.”Aug 4 Emerg Infect Dis dispatch CDC study: Reclassification affected foodborne outbreak data since 2009At least some of the substantial decline in reports of foodborne disease outbreaks since 2009, when the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) began reporting all enteric disease outbreaks rather than only foodborne outbreaks, is accounted for by workers giving different classifications to outbreaks that would previously have been categorized as foodborne, say the authors of a study yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.In addition, a shortage of resources during the 2009 pandemic influenza outbreak may have played a role, they found.With the enhanced reporting platform, enteric outbreaks that are transmitted by person-to-person contact, animal contact, environmental contamination, and indeterminate source are reported in addition to those classified as foodborne and waterborne.The researchers, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducted a voluntary survey of state and territory health department workers who enter enteric disease outbreak data into NORS.Workers gave high priority to reporting foodborne disease outbreaks. However, 35 of 47 (74%) reported sometimes having difficulties in determining the primary mode of transmission in an outbreak in the enhanced system.Specifically, 20 of 25 respondents (80%) said they had difficulty distinguishing between foodborne and person-to-person transmission. In addition, 26 of 47 (55%) reported they had used the new “indeterminate/other/unknown” category in cases in which the mode of transmission wasn’t clear. Most respondents said they likely or very likely would have reported such outbreaks as foodborne in the pre-2009 system.In answer to questions pertaining to health department resources during the 2009 flu pandemic, 19 of 35 (57%) said there were fewer resources available at that time for foodborne disease outbreak investigations.”The results of this survey provide unique insights into the decline in the number of foodborne outbreak reports submitted in 2009 and thereafter,” say the authors.Aug 4 Emerg Infect Dis study
BEDFORD, TX — Denise Caspersen, research management specialist for the Automotive Service Association since 1997, has been named manager of ASA’s Collision Division. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The division manager works directly with the elected division director and is responsible for the communication and activities of the operations committee. Caspersen will coordinate various projects as directed by the committee, and also develop and maintain relationships with other industry groups to strengthen the association and its role in the collision repair industry. “Speaking on behalf of the operations committee, we’re enthusiastic and optimistic about Denise’s promotion,” said Darrell Amberson, AAM, ASA’s Collision Division director. “She steps into this position with a great deal of expertise and understanding of our industry.” Caspersen has nine years of experience in the automotive service and repair sector conducting market analysis of various industry segments, formulating proprietary industry studies and supplying fact-based research on behalf of ASA. She also managed ASA’s online Information Center containing an archive of industry information to aid automotive business professionals. “I am looking forward to working with the highly professional and dedicated members of ASA’s Collision Division Operations Committee and participating in actions that advance the collision industry, the association and ASA members,” said Caspersen. Caspersen holds two degrees from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, a master of science degree in mass communications and a bachelor of science degree in zoology. Advertisement_______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.
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GAIL India is about to offer US LNG at a lower price from that of currently imported to India from Qatar.According to Press Trust of India, GAIL plans to ressel the LNG it has agreed to buy from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana to customers in India at prices tied to the US Henry Hub as an alternative to contracts linked to oil prices.Price of the delivered gas at the Indian ports will be at $12 to $13 Btu, after the liquefaction process costs and shipping to India prices are added to the price of $4.7 per mmBtu.Apart from the 3.5 million tons of LNG from Sabine Pass, GAIL has booked 2.3 million tons a year capacity in the Cove Point LNG liquefaction terminal at Lusby, Maryland.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, June 9, 2014; Image: GAIL
The two transformers, each weighing 210 tonnes, were loaded onto a barge at Mechelen and delivered to Antwerp, where there were transhipped directly onto Rickmers Singapore. Additionally, oil drums, cases, crates and accessories were loaded onto the Rickmers Line vessel.The cargo was shipped to Oman and discharged at the port of Sohar.Polytra is member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) representing Belgium. www.polytra.be www.wwpc.eu.com
The buoy measures over 20 m in both diameter and height, and weighs approximately 1,200 tonnes.It was delivered to Lerwick from Dubai on board the multipurpose vessel Jumbo Kinetic, which berthed at Mair’s Pier East in mid-June. The mooring system was subsequently lifted from the deck of the vessel and placed onto the water.Two tugboats, Kebister and Knab, then towed the floating buoy to a holding location at Mair’s Pier South.In early July, the harbour vessels moved the buoy to the port’s Brei Wick area where anchor handling vessels picked up the tow, prior to taking it to the Lancaster field.Anchored to the seabed, it will form part of the early production system’s (EPS) turret mooring system.The floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, Aoka Mizu, is currently being upgraded in Dubai. Oil production at the Lancaster site, which is located approximately 150 km west of Lerwick, is expected to begin in the first half of 2019.www.lerwick-harbour.co.ukwww.jumbomaritime.nl
Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. ATHENS, Greece (AP) – President Barack Obama is starting his final day in Greece with a tour of the Acropolis, the nation’s most famous ancient monument.The ancient site will remain closed to the public for the day to accommodate the president’s visit.Obama will also deliver a speech to the Greek people as he winds up the first leg of his final foreign tour as president and heads from Greece to Germany.The president is expected to touch on both the country’s efforts to emerge from its financial crisis, and on its role in dealing with hundreds of thousands of refugees who have crossed Greece’s borders on their way to more prosperous European countries.Obama’s visit to Greece is the first official visit by a sitting U.S. president since Bill Clinton. Author: AP Obama arrives at Greek Acropolis SHARE Published: November 16, 2016 4:38 AM EST