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ASSIGNMENTS / APPOINTMENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOURCE:  Office of Senator Mitch McConnell / Face the Nation

Bob Schieffer: Congress finally doing things again

In his weekly commentary, “Face The Nation” host Bob Schieffer lauds the progress made in recent weeks by lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who recently reached bipartisan deals on trade, the Iran nuclear talks and Medicare reform.

Partnership between Laureus and Mercedes-Benz Lays Foundation for Development of Young People Through Sport in China

SOURCE:  LAUREUS 

  • Laureus aims to support 150,000 children and young people in China
  • ‘We are very confident that, with the support of Mercedes-Benz, this Foundation will be a great success in this great nation’ – says Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses

SHANGHAI – A partnership between Laureus and Mercedes-Benz will bring about the development of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in China, benefitting hundreds of thousands of young people throughout the country.

On the eve of the 16th annual Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai, the announcement lays the foundations for the development of young people through sport in China. This will mark the first steps towards the creation of the first national Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in Asia.

With the support of Mercedes-Benz, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in China will target the improvement of the quality of physical education for young people across the nation. Through the core projects such as the Laureus Leaders Programme and the Hope School Sports Training Inititaive, the Foundation will reach out to 150,000 young people. We will train over 1,000 PE teachers at Hope Schools nationwide by late 2016, covering 129 schools, thereby improving the quality of physical education for young students.

Dr. Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, welcomed the announcement ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards. He said: “As Laureus’ global partner, Mercedes-Benz has been supporting us in our Sport for Good programmes around the world. China has a long history in sport. We expect to employ our unique expertise as an international sport charity to contribute to China’s use of sports for youth development. We are very confident that, with the support of Mercedes-Benz, this Foundation will be a great success in this great nation. And will contribute much to our international work.”

Mr. Hubertus Troska, Chairman and CEO of Daimler Greater China, said: “As a founding partner of Laureus, Daimler fully recognizes and supports its practice of promoting social development, addressing social problems and giving teenagers in trouble the opportunity to change their lives through a range of sports charity programmes. Over the past 15 years, our 150 sports charity programmes worldwide have benefited over millions of juveniles and children.”

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation uses the positive power of sport to tackle society’s most pressing challenges around the globe, supporting projects on every continent. Laureus currently supports more than 150 projects around the world which have helped to improve the lives of millions of young people.

Projects worldwide striving to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals are supported by the Global Foundation and a growing network of subsidiary National Foundations. Laureus in China will join a growing family of Laureus National Foundations in Argentina, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United States.

General Officer Assignments

SOURCE:  DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The chief of staff, Army announced the following assignments:

Maj. Gen. Duane A. Gamble, assistant deputy chief of staff, G-4, U.S. Army, Washington, District of Columbia, to commanding general, 21st Theater SustainmentDepartment of the Army Command, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany.

Brig. Gen. (promotable) Steven A. Shapiro, commander, Defense Logistics Agency troop support, Defense Logistics Agency, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to assistant deputy chief of staff, G-4, U.S. Army, Washington, District of Columbia.

Brig. Gen. (promotable) Flem B. Walker Jr., commanding general, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Knox, Kentucky, to director for logistics operations and readiness, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, U.S. Army, Washington, District of Columbia.

Brig. Gen. John F. Haley, commandant, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Sustainment Center of Excellence, Fort Lee, Virginia, to commanding general, 593d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Brig. Gen. Robert P. Walters Jr., director, intelligence and information, North American Aerospace Defense Command/U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, to director of intelligence, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

Col. (promotable) Christopher J. Sharpsten, director for logistics operations and readiness, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, U.S. Army, Washington, District of Columbia, to commanding general, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Knox, Kentucky.

The chief of staff, Air Force announced the following assignments:

356px-Seal_of_the_US_Air_Force.svgBrig. Gen. Darren E. Hartford, commander, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Southwest Asia, to commandant, National War College, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, District of Columbia.

Brig. Gen. Giovanni K. Tuck, who has been selected for the grade of major-general, from director, operations and readiness, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia, to director, operations and plans, Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

Flag Officer Assignments

SOURCE:  DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert announced the following assignments:

Rear Adm. (lower half) Richard P. Snyder, selected for the rank of rear-admiral, will be assigned as director for plans, policy and strategy, J-5, Headquarters U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Snyder is currently serving as600px-US-DeptOfNavy-Seal.svg director, 21st Century Sailor Office, N17, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Arlington, Virginia.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Richard L. Williams Jr., will be assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group Fifteen, North Island, California. Williams is currently serving as commander, Navy Region Hawaii; and commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

PHOTO(s) OF THE DAY

SOURCE:  Department of Defense /Defense News Lead Photo

U.S. Marines refuel a UH-1Y Venom at the end of Final Exercise 3 during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) Course 2-15 near Yuma, Ariz., April 25, 2015. WTI is a seven-week event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves, 2nd MAW Combat Camera/Released)

U.S. Marines refuel a UH-1Y Venom at the end of Final Exercise 3 during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) Course 2-15 near Yuma, Ariz., April 25, 2015. WTI is a seven-week event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves, 2nd MAW Combat Camera/Released)

Marines from Marine Barracks Washington (8th and I), “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and attendees of the graveside service for U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Elizabeth Kealey approach Section 71 in Arlington National Cemetery, April 27, 2015, in Arlington, Va. Kealey died in a helicopter crash while conducting training at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 23, according to a Marine Corps Air Station Miramar press release. (U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue/released)

Marines from Marine Barracks Washington (8th and I), “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and attendees of the graveside service for U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Elizabeth Kealey approach Section 71 in Arlington National Cemetery, April 27, 2015, in Arlington, Va. Kealey died in a helicopter crash while conducting training at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 23, according to a Marine Corps Air Station Miramar press release. (U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue/released)

SAN PEDRO, Calif. - A Coast Guard Diver (DV) assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West, prepares to enter for the water from the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in the waters off San Pedro, April 22, 2015.  The training evolution was the Coast Guard's first ever decompression dive, which recently stood up a job rating specifically for diving.  (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers)

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – A Coast Guard Diver (DV) assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West, prepares to enter for the water from the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in the waters off San Pedro, April 22, 2015. The training evolution was the Coast Guard’s first ever decompression dive, which recently stood up a job rating specifically for diving. (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers)

50424-N-SD120-065 OKINAWA, Japan (April 24, 2015) Utilitiesman 2nd Class Elmer Agonias, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5,  secures the rear of his patrol while the other Seabees carry a simulated injured team member on an improvised stretcher down a steep hill at Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa. More than 60 Seabees from NMCB 5 attended the week long course taught by Marine instructors. The course is designed to prepare Marines and joint forces for the rigors of combat in a dense jungle environment. NMCB 5 is currently deployed to Japan and several countries in the Pacific area of operations conducting construction operations and humanitarian assistance projects. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John P. Curtis/Released)

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OKINAWA, Japan (April 24, 2015) Utilitiesman 2nd Class Elmer Agonias, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, secures the rear of his patrol while the other Seabees carry a simulated injured team member on an improvised stretcher down a steep hill at Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa. More than 60 Seabees from NMCB 5 attended the week-long course taught by Marine instructors. The course is designed to prepare Marines and joint forces for the rigors of combat in a dense jungle environment. NMCB 5 is currently deployed to Japan and several countries in the Pacific area of operations conducting construction operations and humanitarian assistance projects. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John P. Curtis/Released)

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