first_img A Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group (MCTAG) participated in a joint combat training subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) with members of the Nicaraguan military in support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2011 at the Corinto Naval Base in Corinto, Nicaragua, 24 March. Five Marines and a Sailor assigned to the SMEE are part of a five-day cross training evolution with members of the Nicaraguan army and navy special forces units, designed to improve proficiency in hand-to-hand combat, tactical procedures and bayonet maneuvers. “This SMEE is essential for all service members who may possibly engage in combat, because we’re focusing on the truest essence of combat, which is hand-to-hand combat for survival,” said Marine Staff Sgt. Daniel Monteiro. MCTAG, operating under U.S. Marine Corps Forces Southern Command, is one of a complement of military teams embarked aboard High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) conducting SMEEs with the Nicaraguan government. The other SMEEs are related to physical security, medicine, civil affairs, construction, engineering and counter terrorism techniques. MCTAG’s mission is to build partner nation capacity in support of combatant commanders’ theater security force assistance and security cooperation objectives as designated by respective regional Marine force component commands. During the engagement, scenarios are presented and the service members must react quickly to access the best course of action for countering an attack from an enemy. “Everyone is benefiting from this training, because regardless of what uniform you wear, you want to be the one to walk away safe if you ever have to apply these tactics,” said Infante Oscar David Lopez, a member of the Nicaraguan navy special forces. “It’s also a good opportunity for us to learn and share information with our American counterparts and continue to build a strong working relationship.” “The success we’ve experienced with our Nicaraguan counterparts this week is a testament to the commitment these men have to service and country, and it has helped us foster an enduring bond with each other,” said Marine Capt. Raul Melano, SPS 2011 MCTAG officer-in-charge. U.S. Marine Corps Forces Southern Command commands all Marine forces assigned to U.S. Southern Command; advises the commander on the proper employment and support of Marine forces; conducts deployment/redeployment planning and execution of assigned/attached Marine forces; and accomplishes other operational missions as assigned. SPS 11 is an annual deployment of U.S. ships to Latin America and the Caribbean. The mission’s primary goal is information-sharing with navies, coast guards and civilian services throughout the region. Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (COMUSNAVSO) is the naval component command for U.S. Southern Command and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the area of responsibility. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.S. maritime strategy, including theater security cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, community relations and counter-illicit trafficking operations. By Dialogo March 30, 2011last_img read more

first_imgStill growing! Candace Cameron Bure opened up about how her relationship with husband Valeri Bure evolved during the quarantine caused by the coronavirus pandemic.“It totally tested us but in the best of ways,” the actress, 44, exclusively told Us Weekly on Wednesday, November 4, while discussing her partnership with The Salvation Army. “I’ll be honest because we try. We both travel so much. So we were like, ‘This might be the most amount of time we’ve actually spent together in years. This is either going to make us or break us.’ And you know what? It’s made us.”Candace Cameron Bure: Quarantine ‘Tested’ My Marriage in the ‘Best of Ways’Valeri Bure and Candace Cameron Bure. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock- Advertisement – Candace noted how thankful she was for the extra time with Valeri, 46. “So many things are put in perspective just being at home, and then you talk through a lot of things and you realize, ‘What are the things we have to work on? What are the things that are working well?’” she explained. “I’m really grateful that it’s the one thing that I can look at 2020 — as crazy as this year has been and difficult — and I’m so grateful for my family time because I’ve reevaluated my work schedule, the time that I’m away from my family, and realized that that was not a good balance for me. So I’m thankful that it happened in that way because it’s made our relationship stronger.”The couple tied the knot in June 1996 and are parents of daughter Natasha, 22, and sons Lev, 20, and Maksim, 18.The Let It Snow actress got real earlier this year about how her family dynamic shifted during the quarantine. “I started 2019 off as an empty nester and now I’ve got a full house again,” she told Us in April. “I am very happy that I have my kids home and spending time with my husband too. Because a lot of times we’re like two ships passing in the night with our work schedule. So that part has been the biggest blessing for me.”- Advertisement – “They do so much good work throughout the year, and this year, because of the pandemic and COVID, things are different,” she told Us on Wednesday. “You always see around the holidays the red kettles and the Red Kettle Campaign supports so much of Salvation Army’s work that they do through the year — helping families in need through shelter and food and job training and daycare. And this year, because we’re not out as much, we’re not out and about, those kettles are gonna suffer. So we’re asking everyone to go to and donate there or drop a few dollars in when you do see the red kettle or set up a monthly donation. They’re expecting 155 percent more families will be in need this holiday season.”With reporting by Christina GaribaldiListen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! The Fuller House alum emphasized that she had “incredible” conservations with her brood while detailing other activities they did to pass the time at home. “We’ve been taking lots of walks and playing lots of board games and we’re in sunny California. We have a pool and we’ve been enjoying that too because the weather’s been nice,” she said. “It’s just been concentrated family time [with] lots of cooking and eating.”Now, Candace has partnered up with The Salvation Army for the third consecutive year to help millions in need during the holiday season.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more