US SECNAV Visits Poland During BALTOPS 2015

first_img View post tag: SECNAV Back to overview,Home naval-today US SECNAV Visits Poland During BALTOPS 2015 Authorities View post tag: Naval US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus concluded a two-day visit to Poland June 16 with a stop aboard USS San Antonio (LPD 17) as the ship continues its participation in Exercise BALTOPS 2015.The shared commitment to regional security demonstrated by the 17 nations participating in this, the 43rd iteration of BALTOPS, was a theme Mabus emphasized during meetings with Polish military officials in the exercise’s host nation’s capital of Warsaw.During meetings with, among other officials, Poland’s Minister of Defense Tomasz Siemoniak, Mabus applauded Poland’s demonstrated commitment to regional security while reinforcing the importance of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps partnerships with the Polish military. The leaders also discussed the importance of a strong naval presence and Poland’s efforts to modernize its navy.While aboard San Antonio, Mabus once again underscored the critical need for presence and strong international partnerships in the dynamic security environment of the Baltics and Eastern Europe.He also took the time to address some U.S. Navy and Marine Corps specific concerns from Sailors and Marines during an all-hands call.Mabus’ stop in Poland is part of a multi-nation visit to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility to meet with military and civilian leaders and Sailors and Marines.BALTOPS 2015 is a joint, multinational, maritime-focused exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region.[mappress mapid=”16249″]Image: US Navy View post tag: europe View post tag: News by topic US SECNAV Visits Poland During BALTOPS 2015center_img View post tag: US View post tag: poland View post tag: Navy View post tag: BALTOPS June 17, 2015 Share this articlelast_img read more

New trial date set for September in Tibbetts murder case

first_imgMONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — A new trial date has been set for a former farmhand charged with first-degree murder in the abduction and stabbing death of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts.A judge on Friday set trial for 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera on Sept. 3 in the Poweshiek County courthouse in Montezuma. Trial had been set for April 16. Defense attorneys said they needed more time to go through a massive investigation file from prosecutors.Rivera is charged in the killing of Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who disappeared while out for a run July 18 in Brooklyn, Iowa. Investigators recovered her body a month later in a cornfield. A medical examiner has said Tibbetts was stabbed to death.Rivera is a Mexican national who has been accused of being in the country illegally. He worked at a dairy farm a few miles from where Tibbetts disappeared.last_img read more

Environmental group calls for overhaul of Iowa ag economy, better race relations

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa chapter of the Sierra Club is calling for a climate adaptation plan and other policies to overhaul the state’s agricultural economy.The group calls for changes to make farming more environmentally sustainable while still being profitable.Iowa Chapter director Pam Mackey-Taylor says to create a climate adaptation plan, they want farmers, state officials, consumers and environmentalists to meet and address key questions.“How do you sustain farm incomes in the future?” Mackey-Taylor says. “What kinds of things do we need to do to adapt? and how do we make sure that agriculture remains a part of our economy for the future?”Mackey-Taylor says the state could invest economic development dollars in small meat processors and in creating new markets so farmers can expand beyond the standard two-crop rotation.The chapter is also backing the national organization in distancing itself from founder John Muir. In recent weeks, Muir’s ties to eugenics and white supremacy have prompted the nation’s oldest environmental organization to call for a reckoning with its founders and past attitudes.She says many people and groups are reconsidering their actions and language around race.Mackey-Taylor says, “It makes sense for Sierra Club to do that close look and to mend the hurts and the harms that we’ve done and to move forward after that.”Across the country, the environmental movement is confronting its lack of diversity as some of the few activists and staffers who are not white have quit or called for organizational overhauls.The Planned Parenthood affiliate that includes Iowa issued a statement last week denouncing what it called the “problematic positions” of the organization’s founder. The group said Margaret Sanger’s advocacy of racist ideas was wrong and repugnant.last_img read more