Rear Adm. Michael T. Franken Visits USS Samuel B. Roberts

first_img Share this article View post tag: Roberts Authorities View post tag: Adm. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: visits View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval July 26, 2011 Commander, Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Rear Adm. Michael T. Franken, visited USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) July 19 during Roberts’ engagement with Africa Partnership Station (APS) East Kenya “Hub”.During his visit Rear Adm. Michael T. Franken presented certificates of achievement to two embarked Kenyan navy officers who participated in APS East’s “Shiprider” program.Franken was ardent in his praise of the Kenyan officers’ efforts, especially in regard to their unaided handling of a replenishment-at-sea (RAS).“I am most impressed with the enthusiasm of our partner Kenyan officers,” said Franken. “It is apparent that they have quickly acclimated themselves to blue water operations and the multi-faceted FFG mission set. Their proven expertise conning the ship alongside is hugely notable.”Equally impressive, said Franken, was the potential these types of milestones held for the future of the APS mission.“This is an enduring opportunity for the U.S. Navy to maintain relationships and share operational best practices with the East African Maritime forces,” he said. “APS is a win-win engagement that gets better with each successive year.”After the award ceremony Franken took time to tour the ship and visit with Roberts’ crew; however, this wasn’t the first time Franken had been aboard Roberts.“I first walked Sammy B.’s decks in the early 1990s,” said an impressed Franken. “It was a great looking and terrific operating ship back then. Usually ships degrade some with age, but I saw none of that aboard Sammy B. today. The ship looks like it is fresh from the building ways at Bath Iron Works, both inside and out.”Franken said he also came away from his visit with an appreciation of the special crew keeping Roberts at the forefront in mission readiness and forward capability.“I saw in the eyes of Sammy B.’s crew a dedication and focus that often brings the highest level of success,” said Franken. “I look forward to reading of the ship’s successes in the months and years to come.”Roberts’ commanding officer, Cmdr. Angel Cruz, said it was a pleasure for him and his crew to host Franken aboard their ship.“It is great anytime we get one of our bosses down here to see all the great work we are doing,” said Cruz. “Our guys have been working extremely hard and it is always nice when the higher ups notice that. We were honored to have Rear Adm. Franken aboard and, like always, he has an open invitation to come back and visit any time.”Roberts is on a regularly scheduled deployment to the 6th Fleet area-of-operations.APS is an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.[mappress]Source: navy, July 26, 2011; Rear Adm. Michael T. Franken Visits USS Samuel B. Roberts View post tag: Rear View post tag: USS View post tag: Samuel View post tag: Michael Back to overview,Home naval-today Rear Adm. Michael T. Franken Visits USS Samuel B. Roberts View post tag: Frankenlast_img read more

2 Owego restaurants look toward the future amid pandemic

first_img“My staff, honestly they are scared,” said Cerretani. Neither eatery has had any thoughts of closing their doors, working through the struggle to create a place to go for the community. “We already wear protective gloves and masks and clothing and we are making a a set up so everyone is distant,” said Lovelass. Both eating establishments have had to deal with changes to their regular work staff. “All my employees are laid off,” said Las Chicas Taqueia’s owner Kim Cerretani. “We have seen our business get back to, not nearly what we normally do but, to get us into a point that it is close,” said Lovelass. “At the end of the day your work force has got to feel comftorable,” said Lovelass. “That’s not who we are to say hey It’s not going to work for us,” said Lovelass. “As a team we are working to make everyone feel comfortable to come back to work and Ike and I both have outdoor seating spaces,” said Cerretani. “We have two other folks who chose to stay on working,” said Lovelass. Both continue to have the same message going forward no matter how they are dishing out business. OWEGO (WBNG) – Both the Owego Kitchen and Las Chicas Taqueria have had to adjust to new conditions over the past month. center_img “Support local, go in to buy a gift card to use later,” said Lovelass. “You don’t want to shut the doors, you don’t want to go away and not be a presence, so we are working on a plan,” said Cerretani. “Just listen to your customers and your staff that is what we really have to be doing right now,” said Cerretani. Both owners agree making their staff feel comfortable is just as important as their customers. With the chance of restaurants reopening in the coming weeks, both Lovelass and Cerretani have put plans in place for when the day comes they have customers eating at their restaurants, again. “It’s myself, my wife and my son who is one of our lead line cooks,” said Owego Kitchen’s owner Ike Lovelass. With take out orders becoming the new normal, the restaurants have become used to their new way of doing business. “It’s my husband and I running the take out Monday through Thursday,” said Cerretani. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. “Having to reduce the menu and the hours has been hard but we are getting through,” said Cerretani.last_img read more

ACP Alves given emotional farewell

first_img…after 34 years of service to GFPServing and retired ranks of the Guyana Police Force on Wednesday evening gathered at the Central Immigration and Passport Office to bid farewell to Assistant Police Commissioner Dale Andrew Alves, who heads into retirement.With an impressive 34 years of service in the Guyana Police Force, Assistant Commissioner Alves functioned in many different areas, among which are the Tactical Services Unit (TSU), Commander of ‘G’ Division, and Deputy Commander of ‘A’ Division.Retiring as Deputy Chief Immigration Officer, Alves, who also served as a drill instructor at the Felix Austin Police College during his earlier years in the Force, has been referred to by many as “the Assistant Commissioner Extraordinaire”, and both senior and junior ranks from the Immigration Office fervently expressed admiration and gratitude to their outgoing Assistant Commissioner.Retired Assistant Police Commissioner Dale Andrew Alves with staff during his farewellWhile addressing the gathering, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud noted that Alves had remarkably transitioned from a background in the tactical field, and was able to adapt and function incredibly well in the area of immigration, which requires exceptional people skills and tolerance.He posited that Alves would be missed, and remarked that Alves was one of the senior officers on whom he could have depended to get the job done.Assistant Commissioner, ‘Law Enforcement,’ Paul Williams; Assistant Commissioner, ‘Operations,’ Nigel Hoppie; Director of Prisons (ag), Gladwin Samuels, and other serving and retired senior officers of the Guyana Police Force also described Alves’s thinking as “critical”, and “out of the box”.However, the most impacting remarks were made by those of the staff of the Central Immigration and Passport Office. Through dance and poetry, the ranks sent emotional waves across the room, using bilingual skills, sharing past experiences, and genuinely signalling goodbye to a great man.In the end, he reciprocated as if he had not done enough; his ‘thank you’ artistically expressed.Assistant Commissioner Dale Andrew Alves proceeded on pre-retirement leave on February 7, and will be officially retired on April 1, 2018.He is succeeded by Senior Superintendent P. Langevine, who served as acting Deputy Chief Immigration Officer and Deputy Commander of ‘C’ Division.last_img read more