CHARLESTON, W.Va. Security has now been improved at the 130th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard.
It makes it much easier for our men and women and security forces to be able to maintain this base and do their job, said state Adjutant General James Hoyer.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday for the new entrance at the McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston. U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) was on hand to celebrate the completion of the $3.75 million project.
It s much more secure. Much more professional. I think it is a nice completion of the base that we have here that we re very proud of, she said. Capito worked to secure funding for the project after the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission highlighted security concerns at the base. In 2005, the BRAC Commission recommended the shutdown of the airlift wing, but local and state leaders made sure that did not happen.
I was glad to be on the Appropriations Committee to that was very critical in getting the federal dollars for this, but it was a whole joint community project, Capito said.
Coonskin Drive, where the base is located, used to serve as the only way into Coonskin Park. Security gates were installed on the road, so the public could longer drive right past the military facilities. A new bridge to the park opened in Oct. 2015.
It s going to be much easier to turn people around and direct them in the right direction. I think the bridge has made a significant impact on the growth of the park on that side, so it s been a win for every body, Hoyer said. The project is part of what Hoyer called Joint Base West Virginia.
With the term Joint Base West Virginia, we ve created a vision that we, the Guard, can be the key catalysts for this state to be a national security and homeland security asset, he said. Members of the Kanawha County Commission were also on hand to applaud the efforts made in the last decade.
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* Australia and Sri Lanka to enhance cooperation in maritime security
Fri, May 26, 2017, 08:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
May 26, Sydney: President Maithripala Sirisena assured that his government is totally committed to support the campaign against human smuggling and sea piracy. He said that Sri Lanka would extend fullest cooperation to the efforts taken to enhance maritime security.
The President made this statement when the Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne called on him at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, on Thursday (May 25).
Ms Payne thanked the President for excellent cooperation extended to Australia for curbing human smuggling and added that the cooperation could be further extended. President Sirisena said that drug smuggling has also become a major threat to many countries and emphasized the need for broad international cooperation to eliminate that menace. Defense Minister, explaining the experience gained by the Australian Navy over the years to prevent drug smuggling, said the drug smugglers use the profits to fund terrorist organizations and it is a major problem to law and order in many countries. Hence Australia is willing to closely cooperate with Sri Lanka in this field and provide every possible assistance to Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard, Ms Payne assured the President.
Australia currently provides training to military cadets from Sri Lanka, and the Defense Minister acceded to the President’s request to expand training facilities to include middle-level and senior military officers.
Minister John Amaratunga, Deputy Ministers Harsha de Silva, Ajith P. Perera, and the High Commissioner Somasundaram Skandakumar participated on this occasion.
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The Eufaula Coast Guard station has a new Officer in Charge by way of Hawaii and Mississippi, and BMC E. William Will Rucker III says he feels at home.
Eufaula kinda reminds me of where I grew up, said Rucker, a native of Oxford, Mississippi. It s a small southern town that s holding on to its roots. Rucker replaces BMC Holly N. Burgrabe, who reported to the Eufaula Aids to Navigation Team Eufaula in March 2016. She will now reports as the Officer in Charge of Aids to Navigation Team Fort Lauderdale in Dania, Flroida. Rucker reported to work in Eufaula on Tuesday.
I don t plan on changing a whole lot, Rucker said of taking over in Eufaula. I am looking forward to continuing the Coast Guard legacy that we have in Eufaula and continuing to support the community as Holly had done.
Rucker enlisted in the Coast Guard in 2001, completing basic training in New Jersey. His assignments include the Coast Guard Cutter STINGRAY home ported in Mobile and Coast Guard stations in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Sandy Point, New Jersey, southwest Asia, Burlington, Vermont, Galveston, Texas, Baltimore, Maryland, and most recently as the Officer in Charge of Aids to Navigation Team Honolulu, Hawaii. Rucker s awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal (5), Commandments Letter of Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Global war on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Award Ribbon, and Sea Service Ribbon.
Rucker holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cyber Security from the University of Maryland.