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March 29, 2017
Charles William Chuck Schaefer, Jr., 91, of North Beach passed away March 25, 2017 in Washington, D.C. He was born November 26, 1925 in New York City and was raised in Queens, later moving with his family to Virginia. He attended public schools and worked on the family farm and business, Schaefer s Market. He entered the USMC February 23, 1944, serving during World War II until his discharge July 26, 1946 as a Corporal. Chuck married Virginia Lee Brady on February 20, 1958 and they lived in Virginia and North Beach, moving there permanently in 1958. He was employed as a warehouseman at the American Hospital Supply in Washington, D.C., and later as a security guard at Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant. He was also employed as a supervisor of contract janitorial workers at the Navy Research Lab in Chesapeake Beach. He was a member of North Beach Union Church and Bayside Baptist Church. In his leisure time Chuck enjoyed bowling, attending church activities and animals, especially his dogs Belle and Oliver. Chuck is survived by his wife Virginia Lee Schaefer, a daughter Evelyn Joy Jenkins of Virginia, a grandson David Miller of Virginia, and brothers William J. Schaefer and wife Helen of Ft. Washington, MD and Thomas G. Schaefer and wife Daisy of Florida. Time of Service: 3/31/2017 11:30 AM
Service Location: Rausch Funeral Home Owings
SISD invests $500,000 in security…
EL PASO, Texas – This week a Maryland student’s mass shooting plot at her high school was stopped after her father tipped off police. It is part of a disturbing trend. An ABC news investigation found in the last 17 years there have been at least 79 thwarted school massacre plots.
Just a few years ago Socorro ISD didn’t even have security cameras at schools. That has since changed. SISD Chief Technology Officer Hector Reyna said they can’t predict when an emergency might happen but they can make sure they are ready.
“We are being proactive. We don’t know when it might happen. This is just to make sure that we are doing everything that is possible,” Reyna said. The district is investing half a million dollars in new security cameras at schools.
“We are investing all these funds in the cameras, but we also built a great area where they can be viewed 365 days out of the year. They are monitored 24 hours a day. We have a security officer at the police department. In that area we spent over a million dollars to make sure that they are monitored every single day at every single campus,” Reyna said.
There will now be 25 security cameras at the high schools, 15 at middle schools and 15 at elementary schools. Reyna made a presentation to board members about the additions. The district now has 1,000 security cameras with 3,000 views. School officials say there is no immediate threat, but with stories like the one in Maryland of a teenage girl plotting to attack her own school, gathering explosive materials and detailing the plan in her diary, Reyna wants parents to know SISD working to keep their children safe.
“We’ve also placed a security officer at the high schools and also at the middle schools and at the elementarys, they alternate. But we just want to make sure we do everything possible,” Reyna said.
Security-wise, the biggest challenge the U.S. faces in Central and South America, and in the Caribbean, lies in keeping an eye on the smuggling networks that operate there and have connections to other parts of the word, the U.S. Navy admiral in charge of the region says.
To track them, the country likely would need to add to its reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering abilities in the region, as maintaining situational awareness is very challenging with the ones it has there now, Adm. Kurt Tidd said in a talk at Duke University this week. The good news is that the U.S. has capable allies in Latin America and good relations with them, he said.
It s incumbent on us to find ways to partner, Tidd said during his appearance Monday at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Because, ultimately, the security challenges we face, no single country, not least of which the United States, has the capacity to deal with the security challenges exclusively on our own. We have to work together as a team. Tidd was the latest in the series of current or recent national-security figures the Sanford School and other units at Duke have brought to campus as part of the university s American Grand Strategy program on foreign relations and military affairs.
The admiral, the current head of the Pentagon s Southern Command, shared the stage with his one-time boss, retired Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman and U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. Joining them as moderator was Duke professor Peter Feaver, who worked with Tidd on the White House National Security Council staff of former President George W. Bush. The timing of the event was fraught, coming as it did in the early days of a new federal administration whose head, President Donald Trump, advocates a tougher line on immigration and trade. Duke s advance publicity for it had said Tidd would speak to those initiatives and how they intersect with the U.S. security challenges in Latin America. But Feaver s questioning steered the conversation away from them, likely because they d be sensitive ground for anyone working for Trump. Nor did audience members press them when Feaver opened the floor for questions.
The concern over smuggling comes because the region has what Tidd called transnational threat networks with broad geographic reach. Some are concerned mainly with profiting from crime; ideology motivates others. The worry is to those of the criminal bent, money talks. Either way, they are occupying that same gray space, but the bottom line is that there are people engaged in illicit activities who have said clearly, For the right amount of money, I ll move anything, or anyone, Tidd said. That gives us pause. Beyond reconnaissance needs, Tidd said his headquarters has to deal with the fact that most of the Navy s combat ships are needed elsewhere. It leans heavily on U.S. Coast Guard patrols in the Caribbean, and could find a use for things like the Navy s littoral combat ships, a much-criticized program whose fate is being debated in Washington.
For the watchdog work needed in the area, we don t need billion-dollar Aegis cruisers, said Tidd, who captained a destroyer earlier in his career. If I can put a helicopter on it and I can put a Coast Guard boarding team on it, I ve got the opportunity to go out and conduct the interdiction. And it s just [that] we don t have enough of those platforms. Dempsey, now a Duke research fellow, added that he thinks the U.S. and its allies likely would be safer if they had not U.S.-only standing naval task forces operating in the Gulf of Guinea, off the west coast of Africa, and in the Caribbean. The retired Joint chiefs chairman also noted Trump s proposed 2018 federal budget tickets the Coast Guard for a significant cut. Media accounts indicate that it could lose about $1.3 billion if Congress went along.
The Coast Guard is indispensable wherever they are, and particularly in the Southern Command, Dempsey said.