By U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Anna Liesa Hussey January 10, 2020 U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/4th Fleet (NAVSO), hosted partner nation fleet commanders for a round table leadership discussion and luncheon, December 9.For the second time this year NAVSO has hosted these commanders to support strengthening partnerships among the U.S. and partner nations by building trust through face-to-face meetings.“The primary purpose of being able to bring people together and collaborate to solve problems is indicative of the partnerships we share. Every navy has similar goals, common regional interests and threats that bring us together as a team, said Rear Adm. Gabrielson. “Our navies need to remember why we exist to maximize how we work together.”Senior leadership from Argentina; Brazil; Canada; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru; U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South; and Joint Interagency Task Force South all participated in the leadership discussion. Throughout the day, leaders discussed topics influencing the region such as various regional threats, exercises, interoperability, and maritime domain awareness.“The roundtable was very successful,” said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Windsor Frinell, Strategy and Policy officer and Regional Engagement desk officer. “The main objective was an open discussion on interoperability challenges, and how we can approach common threats throughout the region. Secondly, it was a unique opportunity for partner fleet-level commanders to meet their peers and have an open dialogue. Establishing common ground and developing trust is vital to maintaining and strengthening partnerships.”Participants were able to provide insight into their countries’ maritime issues while also highlighting best practices and new ways to further collaborate in future exercises.The capstone of the day was a tour of the USS Billings (LCS-15). While onboard, the leaders were able to see firsthand the capabilities of the LCS and talk to sailors.NAVSO employs maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, fortify the ability of U.S. forces to work together with partner nations, and build enduring partnerships with the ultimate goal of enhancing regional security and promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.
The Fort St. John RCMP’s Jail’n’Bail is taking place on Friday, September 8th at the Totem Mall beginning at 9:30 a.m. Full details can be found here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Two members of the Fort St. John RCMP Detachment are all geared up and ready to ride more than 800 kilometres next week to support cancer research.Cst. Tristan Williams and Cst. Rebecca Bojczuk will form the detachment’s contingency of riders in this year’s Cops for Cancer – Tour de North. The two officers will be getting some extra time off from work starting September 12th, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t be working hard. The pair will be starting off in Williams Lake, and for six days will cover roughly 840 kilometres by bike to finish the Tour de North in Dawson Creek on September 18th.Cst. Bojczuk has some personal experience with the disease, after her friend beat breast cancer a number of years ago. For Cst. Williams in particular, participating in Tour de North this year is especially poignant. Both of his grandparents have battled cancer, and his aunt lost her fight against breast cancer earlier this year.- Advertisement -The two officers have been training hard since getting their road bikes back in May. Both officers say their toughest training ride so far in the Peace has been a ride from Fort St. John to Cache Creek near Bear Flats and back. “It was tough,” said Cst. Williams. “It was super fun to go down, but you’re really just one foot in front of the other on that one.”So far, Cst. Williams has individually raised close to $2,000 out of his $3,000 goal, while Cst. Bojczuk has raised $534 on her own, though the two officers both raised an additional $1,500 during a donation drive at Save-on-Foods in July.The two officers are hoping that Fort St. John can once again raise the most money in Northern B.C. during their Jail’n’Bail on Friday. Both the Dawson Creek and Chetwynd RCMP detachments raised $15,000 and $10,000 respectively during their Jail’n’Bail events, and the two officers are hoping to beat that this year.Advertisement
Energeticcity.ca has obtained photos from the Hasler area. These photos are courtesy of Braden Fox.Currently crews have not made it into the avalanche area. A rescue helicopter has been called off because of bad weather.The RCMP are still awaiting the arrival of an avalanche expert. Once that expert gives the all clear, crews will try and get into the area where the avalanche happened.- Advertisement -If you have any information or photos about the avalanche near Chetwynd call our news department at 250-787-7100 or e-mail [email protected]