US Navy Assistant Secretary Backs NPS Community Outreach Initiative

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Assistant Secretary Backs NPS Community Outreach Initiative View post tag: community View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Backs Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan M. Garcia returned to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) for his second round of meetings with local community business and education leaders, Jan. 9.“It has been a great couple of days for the NPS community. Secretary Garcia’s presence and participation in our community outreach initiative is critical to its success,” said NPS Interim President Rear Adm. Jan E. Tighe. “His interactions with our students, faculty and staff have been very beneficial in highlighting our unique value to the Navy and the nation. The high-quality of our students and workforce showed prominently throughout the visit.”The community outreach initiatives are intended to strengthen community ties, ensuring both the institution and the community maintain constant dialogue as NPS moves forward into 2013.“I am pleased to return to Monterey to continue our efforts of engagement with regional leadership through these outreach initiatives,” said Garcia. “The input we have received in the early stages of this effort has been invaluable, and I am very confident this outreach will only continue to provide critical input to the future of this prestigious university.”In addition to meeting with community leaders, Garcia also held a meeting with current NPS students as well. Garcia posed a series of questions on a wide range of subjects, with the students offering their own opinions on everything from NPS research opportunities and faculty to future assignments and quality of life issues.“During this visit to campus, I took the opportunity to meet with several students and faculty to gain a deeper understanding of their perspectives of the institution,” said Garcia. “The men and women studying here are the future leaders of the Navy … As we move forward, we must keep a vigilant eye toward the true value of NPS.”“The instruction at NPS, compared to the training we normally receive, is extraordinary … The people in front of the podium are incredible and what they teach is in line with the needs of my service,” said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Brent Molaski in response to a question about the quality of an NPS education.“They are recognized experts in the field, particularly in my field of tropical cyclone research,” added U.S. Navy Lt. Travis Wendt.NASA employee Marissa Herron agreed with her fellow students, and commented on her plans after graduation.“I plan on going back to Houston and applying my remote sensing experience to a NASA problem, perhaps the Mars Rover Project,” said Herron.In addition to his meetings with regional leaders, students and faculty, Garcia also spent an afternoon touring various NPS educational and research facilities.“I was impressed with the research facilities and labs I had the chance to explore this afternoon,” said Garcia. “Certainly, any graduate education requires a fundamental effort in research, and NPS clearly has the talent and facilities to support the explorations of its students.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 11, 2013 US Navy Assistant Secretary Backs NPS Community Outreach Initiative View post tag: Outreach View post tag: Initiative January 11, 2013 View post tag: NPS View post tag: US Share this article View post tag: Secretary View post tag: Naval View post tag: Assistant Authoritieslast_img read more

Clippers’ Lou Williams goes from on the bubble to in the ‘bubble’ in Orlando

first_imgWith so much movement happening on the social justice front, last month Lou Williams said he wasn’t sure whether playing basketball this summer would distract from those issues. And, he said, he didn’t know whether he should join the Clippers in Orlando as they seek to finish off what they hope is the organization’s first championship season.“This is a whirlwind of a time we don’t know what’s the right decision now, we’re trying to figure out on the fly like everybody else,” Williams said in June in an illuminating virtual chat hosted by CoStar. “We have a job to do, we have livelihoods, we have families to feed and we’re also majority Black men at the same time.“And so we’re trying to find that balance where, you know, if we do suit up … how much of this platform can we really use? Can we get a Black Lives Matter patch on our jerseys. Can our jerseys say Black Lives Matter? Can the courts say Black Lives Matter?“Honestly, it’s hard to call. I’m 50/50 right now to be honest with you.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Now that he’s in Orlando, Williams – a veteran leader and an 18.7 point-per-game scorer for the Clippers this season – and others will have to navigage how best to compete while also advocating for equality.“It’s going to be a challenge; I think we’re up for it,” said Williams, who said he’ll also spend some free time in his room working on a musical project that he’d intended to release July 4 if there hadn’t been more important issues at hand.“Obviously, we’re here in Orlando. This is Day 2 for us outside of quarantine, so at this point we have to focus on basketball,” he said. “We have to focus on getting ourselves in shape, understanding the environment that we are in, getting used to the environment and trying to compete at a high level … Once I realize that everything is OK, I can do this, and then I start focus on other issues that I want to involve in.”Clippers coach Doc Rivers said players and personnel will have to compartmentalize their priorities.“We made the choice that we can do our jobs and do our jobs well, and then, also, have the ability to talk,” Rivers said. “Let’s say if we hadn’t decided to play, I wouldn’t be here talking about it right now. So we have the opportunity to speak our truths, and we are not going to stop doing it.”Indeed not.Over Zoom on Saturday, Rivers expressed clearly that they’ll dribble, but they won’t shush, speaking his mind about a dispute between Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and Adrian Wojnarowski.ESPN’s top basketball insider issued an apology for responding with an obscenity to a news release from Hawley’s office that criticized the NBA for allowing social justice messages on jerseys. Hawley tweeted a screenshot of Wojnarowski’s emailed reply and added the message: “Don’t criticize #China or express support for law enforcement to @espn. It makes them real mad.”Related Articles After a discussion and a vote with his teammates – “we decided that our decision, it was going to be everybody or nobody,” he said – Lou Will was no longer on the bubble. Now he’s in it.The three-time Sixth Man of the Year is getting adjusted to life on the closed campus at the Walt Disney World Resort. He’s practicing again with most of his teammates. Star wing Kawhi Leonard arrived a couple days after most of the Clippers and on Saturday was undergoing the quarantine and testing protocol before joining his teammates.And, Williams said, he’s happy the NBA heard him and his colleagues.The league agreed to give players the option of wearing a messages on their jerseys and to display Black Lives Matter in prominent locations on the courts.“That’s progression,” the guard said before Saturday’s practice. “I’m happy to know that I work for a company that stands alongside of the minorities in this country and wants to make a bold statement like that. Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “Obviously they have a lot of sponsors and everything … and some people may not feel that way. But I thought it was important for the NBA to listen to the players and listen to our voices and put the things in motion that we felt strongly about and stand next to us with those issues.” Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rivers was irked, saying Hawley’s tweet sought to turn the conversation away from Black Lives Matter.“It’s funny, whenever we talk about justice, people try to change the message,” Rivers said. “Colin Kaepernick kneels; it had nothing to do with troops. It had to do with social injustice, and everyone tried to change the narrative. How about staying on what we are talking about and dealing with that, instead of trying to trick us or … trick your constituents?“I guarantee you,” the coach continued, “we’ve done more for the military than probably that senator. And I guarantee you this: We also are going to do things for #BlackLivesMatter. How about him? Maybe he should join into that.”last_img read more