USS Theodore Roosevelt Commemorates 72nd Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor

first_imgSailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) held a ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay Dec. 7 to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.During the solemn ceremony, Rear Adm. Kevin Kovacich, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 commander, Capt. Daniel Grieco, Theodore Roosevelt’s commanding officer, Command Master Chief Bill Smalts, Theodore Roosevelt’s command master chief, and Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Alexis Russell, Theodore Roosevelt’s Blue Jacket of the Year, committed a wreath to the sea, honoring the men and women who lost their lives during the Japanese attack Dec. 7, 1941.Russell said that she was personally honored to be a part of the ceremony, which included a 21-gun salute.“I was actually born in Honolulu,” said Russell. “For me, personally, being given this opportunity not only highlights the Sailors who are remembered, but also highlights the unsettling grief that my home is reminded of every year on this date.”During the ceremony, Grieco said today’s Sailors are eternally connected to those who perished at Pearl Harbor as the Navy continues to defend freedom and democracy around the world.“We are the legacy of the unbound determination of people, such as the men on the deckplates, who fought to save their ships and shipmates,” said Grieco. “We owe it to them and the people we serve, not only to remember, but to be ready to forward deploy when our nation calls.”The ceremony started onboard Theodore Roosevelt at 7:55 a.m., the same time the Imperial Japanese Navy began bombarding Pearl Harbor. The attack killed 2,403, wounded 1,178 people and sunk or severely damaged eight battleships. The U.S. declared war on Japan the next day, officially entering World War II.Chief Information Systems Technician Joseph Wert was the lead coordinator for the commemoration.“The wreath laying is symbolic in that it draws much of its meaning from the burial at sea ceremony,” said Wert. “The ceremony allowed the crew to symbolically remember the deaths of those who perished at Pearl Harbor and honor their sacrifice by committing a symbol of that courage to the deep.”Wreath-laying ceremonies are a time-honored tradition, usually commemorating loss of life during battle. The wreath represents the honor, courage and commitment displayed by our fallen Sailors at Pearl Harbor.“The wreath itself is round and made of evergreen, symbolizing the eternal nature of our souls,” said Wert. “The red poinsettias symbolize the blood spilled and the courage displayed. The sash compels us to remember Pearl Harbor forever and to teach our children its hard-learned lessons.”The Sailors of Theodore Roosevelt continue to honor those killed or wounded at Pearl Harbor with their dedication to duty as they continue conducting carrier qualifications and prepare for future deployments.[mappress]Press Release, December 09, 2013; Image: US Navy Training & Education December 9, 2013 Share this articlecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Theodore Roosevelt Commemorates 72nd Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor USS Theodore Roosevelt Commemorates 72nd Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harborlast_img read more

Leading your credit union through a technical revolution

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jason O’Brien As Director of Technology Strategies for SWBC’s Financial Institution Group, Jason is responsible for developing and launching new products and services that address financial institution needs and provide a … Web: Details When was the last time you heard about a credit union innovation on the national news?  Now, when did you last hear about a technology company offering innovative financial services, through the same national media?  Likely, the answers are, respectively, “I don’t know” and “about five minutes ago.” While media coverage is not indicative of an imminent threat, the increased rate of consumer adoption of these new programs should be a wake-up call that these non-traditional programs could affect relationships between credit unions and their members. We will have two follow-up articles in which we will provide a comparison of the strengths and weaknesses that exist between traditional financial institutions and these companies that are delivering similar services through consumer tech initiatives, and specific management techniques that can be deployed within your organization that are used to help maintain agility in tech companies.Follow the Money TrailFirst, let’s explore the simple figure of dollars invested as an indication of the magnitude of what’s happening in the market. In 2015, global investments in Fintech are anticipated to double from 2014’s $12 billion, which had already tripled from 2013’s $4 billion. Stunning figures for sure; however, what should be more concerning is the consumer’s receptiveness to using technology to perform services which were historically trusted only to traditional financial institutions. Apparently, venture capitalists and angel investors see this consumer trend with 20/20 vision, explaining their influx of cash to eager FinTech startups. By 2020, this figure is expected to top $46 billion globally.So, do these trends mean that credit unions should go out and collaborate with other credit unions to build the best technology available? Perhaps. Or, does it mean that huge investments should be made on the latest desktop, mobile, tablet, watch, and augmented reality-based technologies? Maybe. However, since these companies can be so disruptive to tried and true business models, it is clear that credit unions cannot get away with not being laser-focused on the consumer’s needs since the user is generally the sole focus of most technology companies. For example, Netflix and Redbox® essentially killed the video store, and are now doing their best to take business away from movie theaters. Uber, with all of its controversy, is crushing taxi services with their simple car ordering, user-rated drivers, and hassle-free payment methods.Meanwhile, financial services are not immune to competition from non-traditional providers. Paypal, Venmo, LendingClub, and the myriad array of crowdfunding sources are directly competing with financial service providers by offering consumers alternative ways to make payments, conduct peer-to-peer transactions, and get small business lending and funding.The Threat is Real, But What Is It?I believe that startup and tech companies are threatening traditional financial business methods in such a significant way that it is eroding at financial transactions that consumers have typically only associated with their financial institution. While tech companies still have a large hurdle in gaining trust and security, they are gaining more and more trust with consumers in handling previously bank-only transactions. In addition, tech companies are more competitive when it comes to their capabilities and speed to market. They can adjust much faster than the large human capital investments and slower/risk adverse management often found in financial institutions.The idea of a revolution, by nature, sounds unnerving and can elicit nervousness. After all, the status quo can be so much more “comfortable.” However, as the industry continues to evolve, it’s clear that all businesses, credit unions included, will have to adapt to customer needs in order to stay competitive.Stay tuned for our next article where we will continue to explore this topic. Additionally, we’ll be hosting a free webinar on August 26, 2015 where we’ll delve further into industry trends, and provide you with a powerful set of tools to help you leverage your benefits as a financial institution and protect you from the hindrances that could potentially impact your credit union. Click here to register for the webinar.last_img read more

Between the lines: SU’s offensive line prepares for Bulls’ pressure-filled front four

first_img Published on October 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm Good thing Andrew Tiller isn’t a stats guy. If the 6-foot-5, 338-pound right guard were a stats guy, the nerves — nerves he swears he and the Syracuse offensive line won’t have heading into its matchup against South Florida’s defensive line Saturday — might just emerge. ‘I haven’t even looked at the stats, to tell you the truth,’ Tiller said. The stats for USF: a school-record seven sacks in its 31-3 win over Florida Atlantic Saturday. Three forced turnovers versus the Owls last week. The No. 1 ranked pass defense in the Big East (161.5 yards allowed per game). An average score for their opposition through four games of just 17 points per game. Daunting. And beyond the stats, there are the words of Tiller’s head coach and offensive line coach. Monday, Doug Marrone said this USF defensive line, in its first year under new head coach Skip Holtz and defensive tackles coach Kevin Patrick, is better than last year’s version. It is better than the line that had current New York Giant Jason Pierre-Paul and former Big East Defensive Player of the Year George Selvie. It is better than the line that entered the Carrier Dome last year, held the Orange to 2.5 yards per rush, forced five Greg Paulus interceptions, sacked Paulus three times and pulled away for the 34-20 win, capped off by an 18-yard interception return for a touchdown by Pierre-Paul himself.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Yes, they are better than that team. Quicker. More polished. But for Tiller and Marrone, the SU offensive line group feels it can stick with, and maybe even dominate, the USF defensive line Saturday in Tampa, Fla., (noon, Big East Network) in what will probably be the most important matchup determining the outcome of the game. ‘This group of defensive linemen really step it up from a standpoint of athleticism,’ Marrone said. ‘I give them a lot of credit. They go 110 percent the whole time.’ This year’s group is a much different group from the NFL-talent led line that dominated the SU offensive line for most stretches in the Dome last year. It starts with the two replacement defensive ends, seniors Craig Marshall and David Bedford, who Marrone said were better than Pierre-Paul and Selvie. Working toward the inside, there is Cory Grissom at defensive tackle. And then there is ‘No. 97.’ Tiller’s ‘No. 97:’ nose tackle Terrell McClain. Every SU lineman has a specific matchup. ‘For me, it is No. 97,’ Tiller said. ‘But we still need to look at them as a whole. It’s not just one person. But 97, he is a pretty good player.’ Tiller’s words on McClain sum up just how the Orange will need to confront the USF line, and also how Marrone himself has been preparing. Facing so much talent, but more importantly, so much speed, each SU offensive lineman will need to keep his head on somewhat of a swivel, matching up against their assignments while trying to keep the USF front four contained as a whole. With his own words, Marrone swiveled back and forth between what exactly his unit needs to do. Yes, there are the individual assignments SU needs to win at each offensive line position. But he added his line is one which plays its best together as a whole, when everyone is clicking and communicating together. ‘We’re going to have to win those one-on-one battles,’ Marrone said. ‘In the run game, we’ll need to make sure we stay on the blocks and keep our feet going in front of them and just cover those players up to give us some opportunities to create some holes.’ Added Marrone: ‘The combination of all five who play well. It is the combination. Offensive line goes hand-in-hand — all five have to play well for there to be production. If one of them doesn’t play well and is getting beat in a one-on-one battle, then that causes a lot of problems for the whole game.’ Simulating a Marshall or Bedford off the end this week for the Orange has been defensive end Brandon Sharpe. Sharpe, a backup at the defensive end position who has made eight tackles and had one sack on the year, has been called upon on the scout team to enact the particular play of the two USF ends Marrone speaks so highly of. His assignment: To attack with a ‘speed to power’ playing style the Bulls defensive ends have played with through the first four games of the season. That is the way Tiller and Sharpe described it. When watching the Bulls on tape, the front four is constantly looking to bat down hands. And they use moves, a lot of moves — and different ones at that. So Sharpe has had to remain creative. And he said the main two linemen he frequented as the USF dummy this week, Tiller and right tackle Michael Hay, performed well. The reason for it is the improvement in technique stemming from the better communication Marrone harped on. With better communication comes less thinking and more reaction time for the technique. Calls are crisp. And less reaction is always good. But at that, it is an even more familiar communication for the duo on SU’s right side, thanks to the fact that they played at Nassau Community College. ‘Their communication is really tight,’ Sharpe said. ‘Their communication is just crazy. The way they are bonding, I’m like, ‘Wow.” Any kind of a ‘wow’ factor Sharpe is seeing in practice is much different than a ‘wow’ coming in SU’s game in Tampa versus this D-line Saturday. Tiller’s ‘No. 97’ is not from NCC. Marshall and Bedford are not Sharpe. They have each registered six more tackles on the season than Sharpe. Tiller might say he expects dominance every week from his unit, but this is still an offensive line with four new starters. This is still an offensive line that failed to supply Delone Carter with regular gaping holes against second-tier opponents like Akron, Maine and Colgate until the second half versus the Raiders. This is the same offensive line that allowed three sacks and constant Ryan Nassib rushes out of the pocket, versus Washington. South Florida isn’t the same as UW. Tiller thinks they are better. At least on film, he said they look better than UW. On the USF-Florida Atlantic tape, he came to that conclusion. He briefed himself on the look of the front four. Even if he didn’t familiarize himself with the stats. And when envisioning how he wants to dominate USF Saturday, Tiller pictured two minutes versus the Huskies. The 2:19 to start the game in which everything seemed to be clicking. Even if the SU protection broke down and Nassib scrambled 28 yards to the end zone. It was two minutes of drilling the Washington defensive line. But this USF front four will be drilling with that ‘speed to power’ right back. Tiller and the line know they need to provide not a two-minute drill, but a 60-minute plow for the Orange to win. Said Tiller: ‘It always comes down to the defensive line and offensive line.’ [email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more