HMS St Albans contributes to security patrols in the Gulf

first_img View post tag: CTF-152 Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS St Albans contributes to security patrols in the Gulf HMS St Albans contributes to security patrols in the Gulf View post tag: HMS St Albans February 16, 2016 View post tag: combined Authorities Share this article HMS St Albans, the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate worked with Royal Saudi Navy minehunter HMS Al Jawf to support Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Persian Gulf.The Kuwaiti-led Combine Task Force 152 (CTF), headquartered in Bahrain, is in charge of Maritime Security in the Gulf for the 31 member nations of CMF.During the time that she spent working in support of CTF152, ‘The Saint’, as the ship is affectionately known, and her Merlin Mk2 picked up members of the Task Force and an interpreter before sailing out to join coalition partners in CTF152’s operating area.HMS St Albans met up with Royal Saudi Naval Force ship HMS Al Jawf. The two ships conducted communications checks and exchanged valuable information on maritime security operations in the area. This increased understanding means that the ships can operate more effectively together to ensure the freedom of navigation within the Gulf.CTF152 officers, Lieutenant Commander Eric Gomez of the US Navy and Lieutenant Ibrahim Alhuthaily of the Royal Saudi Naval Force, sailed with HMS St Albans for the period to offer local knowledge and expertise.Without its own dedicated ships, CTF152 relies on CMF partners providing ships to support its effort in the Joint Operating Area. The Task Force is truly ‘combined’ with officers from Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States.Lieutenant Jon Maumy RN, lead planner for the task force who used to be one of HMS St Albans’ helicopter pilots, said: “Having such a capable ship working directly for the Task Force was fantastic and it was exciting to see what she would be able to achieve for us.”As well as providing a visible presence and deterring any potential terrorist threats in the Gulf, HMS St Albans’ sea boat conducted multiple visits to dhows in the area to provide any assistance they required.Lieutenant Commander Eric Gomez said: “HMS St Albans welcomed us from the moment we stepped on board the Merlin Mk2 helicopter. Aboard the Ship, the Captain and crew were no different, and the professionalism and focus of the crew was clear to see from the outset. We conducted 15 Approach and Assists (AAs) in two days before the sea state worsened.”“We sailed alongside HMS Al Jawf for about 30 minutes during the ship manoeuvres with crystal clear communications. This was the first time HMS St Albans was in direct support to CTF152 since deploying and, despite the declining weather on the second day; I would consider it a great success.”last_img read more

A gala for Dudley at 20

first_img Diversified At a Dudley House panel this summer, GSAS and HMS students discussed diversity issues and their paths to graduate school in front of an audience of undergraduates enrolled in summer research programs at Harvard. Reunited GSAS alumni and former Dudley Fellows Luca Marinelli, Ph.D. ’02, Oliver Dinius, Ph.D. ’04, and Jenny Liu, a former GSAS student who is now Marinelli’s spouse, returned to campus for a fellows reunion in April 2011. Chit-chat Ph.D. students Erin Henry (left) and Jessica Tollette gathered at a meeting of the W.E.B. Du Bois Graduate Society at Dudley House last year. Brushstrokes Students learn acrylic techniques in one of Dudley House’s popular series of art classes. Smiling faces GSAS students and Dudley Fellows Florin Morar (left) and Sun-Hee Bae greet the crowd at DudleyFest on Aug. 24. Harvard’s Dudley House, the center of student life at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), is also a home, complete with a mother, a father, a favorite aunt, a place to eat, and a place to play.The Graduate Student Center at GSAS — its formal name — turns 20 years this month, so a house party is in order: a cocktail reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. President Drew Faust will be on hand.The party will be in the Dudley Café, one of two restaurants in the House. (The other, tucked in the basement like a Beat-era coffee house, is Café Gato Rojo.)Dudley is the first and oldest such House for graduate students in the Ivy League. “This is the Mother House,” said Dudley administrator Susan Zawalich. Yale’s McDougal Center is 14 years old. A similar graduate center at the University of Pennsylvania is even younger, and Columbia has one on the drawing board.Before Dudley opened, Harvard graduate students had only their own departments to fall back on for community — or spent long, isolating hours in libraries or laboratories.“Everyone needs a community; everyone needs a connection,” said Zawalich, who can fairly be described as the favorite aunt of Dudley House. Her third-floor office, which is complete with a sign that reads “Shambles,” is full of toys, dolls, stuffed animals, and zany hats. There is even a life-size cutout of Dr. Who.“We call it the Office of Toy Therapy,” said Harvard Medical School biophysicist James M. Hogle. He and his wife, Doreen, a partner in a Concord law firm, are co-masters of Dudley — what you might call the mother and father in charge.Hogle, who is the Edward S. Harkness Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, looks like the dad. He has gray, mutton-chop whiskers and is burly and affable. “The building is Lehman Hall, but the spirit inside is Dudley House,” said Hogle. “We are relaxed about things. There’s a lot of laughter.”He and his wife have a message for the nearly 4,000 pressed and pressured graduate students in 57 programs, departments, and divisions at GSAS: It’s OK to relax, and to pursue interests and friendships outside your disciplines.GSAS — the only School at Harvard to offer the Ph.D. degree — embraces the interdisciplinary ethos that Dudley signifies. There are 16 interfaculty Ph.D. programs and 15 formal secondary fields for Ph.D. studies, a deliberate academic fusion of the sciences with the arts and humanities.Dudley is “a showcase of scholarly diversity,” agreed GSAS Dean Allan M. Brandt. “But it’s also a place where the global diversity of our student body is fully expressed. GSAS is home to Harvard’s largest population of international students, and they come together at Dudley to share important cultural traditions.”At Dudley House, fruitful collisions across academic boundaries happen informally. During mealtimes, the first-floor café is a stimulating bedlam of faculty, staff, and students.Dudley House fellows, who total 25 to 30 a year, oversee an expansive set of programs, parties, and events. Graduate students can go on arts outings, take planned hikes, perform public service, sit in on a knitting group, join a language table, attend writing boot camps, put on a play, write for a literary magazine, or take in free films. Dudley’s affiliates can join intramural teams that compete with Harvard undergraduate Houses in crew. Or they can join the House jazz band, orchestra, chorus, or World Music Ensemble.Brandt said Dudley “is really a microcosm of the broader opportunities — and the extraordinary resources — of Harvard itself.”Hogle sees Dudley as “a welcoming place for students to be, to enrich their lives whenever they have time.”At the beginning of each school year, there are nearly two weeks of dinners, parties, and other events open to new and returning students. One highlight event is Discover Dudley. This year’s theme was the Roaring ’20s. (Hogle showed up as Babe Ruth.) There also is a winter formal dance, a concert by Dudley’s music groups each spring, and an annual party at Commencement.Dudley has a library, a game room, and a lounge. Students also use the GSAS Housing Services office, the Student Affairs Office, the Student Services Office, and writing tutors.“A lot of what they need is here,” said Hogle. “We make a point about being knowledgeable about resources.”Dudley Hall opened on Dunster Street in 1935 as a center for nonresident students. That building was razed to make room for the Holyoke Center, and operations moved to Lehman Hall in 1967.In 1991, then-President Neil Rudenstine presided over the October opening ceremony for the graduate student center. Dudley was quickly “a tremendous meeting ground,” said Glenn R. Brody Magid, A.M. ’96, who was in the first cohort of Dudley fellows. “It was always a part of the texture of my experience.” Magid is now assistant dean of upperclass and concentration advising. His Holyoke Center office overlooks Lehman Hall. “I can swivel” in my chair, he said, “and see my origins.”Discussions about a graduate student center started 75 years ago, said GSAS Administrative Dean Margot Gill. The first real attempt at a center came in 1950-51, she said, with the construction of the Harkness Center and its seven associated dormitories. The buildings were intended for GSAS graduate students, as well as students in law, design, education, and public administration. But by the late 1960s, said Gill, Harvard Law School assumed control of Harkness and five of the dormitories.In the mid-1980s, then-GSAS Dean Sally Falk Moore and Administrative Dean John Fox revived the idea of a graduate center. “By 1989, the idea of Dudley House was beginning to take shape,” said Gill, and then-GSAS Dean Brendan Maher was soon close to an agreement between Harvard College and GSAS. The Graduate Student Council made a plea to President Derek Bok for “A Place of Our Own,” a sentiment memorialized on buttons.By 1990, GSAS alumni had rallied behind the cause, said Gill, adding that some members of that committee “are still active and fiercely loyal.” One of them is Homer Hagedorn, A.M. ’51, Ph.D. ’55, a former grad student in history who now lives in Lexington. He’s been associated with the Harvard Graduate School Alumni Association Council since the 1970s, and was a chair of the group.“It was worth yelling about,” said Hagedorn, who put an “A Place of Our Own” button on his academic gown one Commencement. “There was really nothing being done that provided any support to socializing among graduate students. Its time had come.”Dudley House makes the GSAS experience different — open and welcoming, he said.  “It provides a social dimension to life that is not otherwise available to graduate students.” Photos by Jonathan Ruel/GSAS Dancing in the moonlight GSAS students dance the night away at the annual winter formal at Dudley House. This year’s formal is set for Dec. 3. Discovering Dudley The Babe Dudley House Master Jim Hogle calls his shot at this year’s Discover Dudley, a costume party and open house that kicks off Dudley’s social year. Harvey Dudley House administrator Susan Zawalich and Harvey, Dudley’s mascot, at DudleyFest, on Aug. 24. An international affair Dudley House coordinates the annual Host-Student Program, which pairs incoming international students with current GSAS students for friendship and advice. Just before the start of each school year, hosts and incoming students meet for a gala dinner. The 2011 dinner, held on Aug. 22, was a typically festive affair. DudleyFest DudleyFest, held each year on Orientation Day, is a chance to learn about resources at the House, the Graduate School, and Harvard. More than 700 GSAS students attended this year.last_img read more

It’s gift time

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaThe holidays are known as a time for giving. But giving doesn’t just mean buying a child the most sought-after toy of the season. Sharon Gibson uses the holidays to teach her children how to give back to their community.“We need to be ensuring a season of giving instead of getting,” said Gibson, a multicultural specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “What we want to instill in our children is that service and giving of oneself should be a part of daily life.”She’s passing on her message with more than just words.When Gibson’s children were small, they didn’t spend Thanksgiving Day in front of the television, kitchen stove or dining room table. They spent it behind a steaming pan of turkey or dressing at a soup kitchen, spoons in hands, ready to serve.Gibson says this type of service lets parents talk to their children about things besides Christmas lists and what they’d like to do over the holidays.“The greatest gift that a parent can give a child is time together doing something for others,” she said. “Time spent serving community good provides parents with opportunities to discuss many issues important to the family.”Opportunities to give aren’t limited to soup kitchens. If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community, Gibson offers this list of organizations that tend to have programs for the holidays.• Religious groups: “Churches, mosques, temples, very often those organizations have a network to facilitate giving,” she said. “These are good places to start.”• Department of Family and Children Services offices “are found in each county,” she said. “They often have organizations that come to them for help.”• Civic groups, such as Rotary, Kiwanis and Civitan clubs, often need volunteer help with their holiday programs.• Toys for Tots, Toys for Teens and the Salvation Army: “They tell you to bring a new item or something that’s ‘gently used,’” she said. “When giving used toys, make sure that they’re nice, not missing pieces and not broken. For example, don’t give puzzles that are missing pieces or cars with broken wheels.”• Bill funds: “Sometimes there are funds set up for paying people’s bills,” she said. “These are ideal for making monetary contributions.”• Food banks or homeless shelters: “Ask them what kind of items they need this time of year,” Gibson said. “You don’t want to take perishables, and you want to make sure what you’re giving is what you yourself would use.”The last time she gave to a homeless shelter, Gibson was surprised by the items she didn’t consider. While she did think of blankets and toiletries such as deodorant, soap and toothpaste, she didn’t consider a backpack.She now suggests filling backpacks with “those things that an individual can use throughout the year” like first aid kits, pens and paper, undergarments and personal items.And, remember, homeless people aren’t just adults. Gibson suggests buying diapers and baby food for women’s shelters.“There are approximately 2 million homeless people in the United States,” Gibson said. “It’s men, women and children, and it’s not just an urban issue.”Gibson defines “homeless” as a person or parent and child with no place to live, or a person living temporarily with friends or relatives. “For all purposes, that person is homeless,” she said. “Think about that this time of year.”Giving, she said, shouldn’t be limited to the holidays. “The holiday season is just two months out of the year. There are 10 other months when these people need our care.”last_img read more