Brazilian Navy Conducts Simulation Exercise to Contain Civil Unrest During the Olympic Games

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo August 17, 2016 As part of the defense and security preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games, the Brazilian Navy simulated a riot control operation at Flamengo Beach in Rio de Janeiro. The goal of the exercise was to prepare military personnel to combat the actions of those who disturb the peace during the sports event, which has brought together over 10,000 athletes from 206 countries. During the simulation, the troops used three boats to contain a mock violent demonstration near the Monument to the Dead of WWII, situated in Flamengo Park – a recreational area built on an embankment at Guanabara Bay, in the south of Rio. The training also included the rescue of an individual supposedly injured during the riots using an air medical evacuation (Medevac) aircraft, which took off from the Santos Dumont airport, located near the activity site. “A thousand service members participated in the exercise as one,” reported Rear Admiral Ricardo Henrique Santos do Pilar, Commander of the Ground Task Force of the Copacabana Regional Defense Command (CDS), a Navy entity providing support to security forces during the Games. “In addition to the ships positioned in Guanabara Bay, there were military members involved in isolating the Santos Dumont Airport, others that were positioned at the Monument to the Dead, and others involved in the debarking,” concluded Rear Adm. Santos do Pilar. Marines Neutralize the Riot An essential part of the exercise was the disembarkation of 80 Marines at Flamengo Beach. “Their mission was to control the riot and reestablish security in the area,” according to a report from the Brazilian Navy. During the first stage of the simulation, “Guarapari” General Cargo Landing Craft (EDCG) unloaded military vehicles at the embankment. Later, troops arrived by sea using “Cataguases” Vehicles and Materials Landing Craft (EDVM). The military personnel also used the “APA” Oceanic Patrol Vessel in support of the operation. Equipped with radars, three machine guns, and the capacity to transport 120 troops, the “APA” is one of 19 vessels and 40 motorboats being used to guarantee security during the Olympic Games, according to a report from the Brazilian Ministry of Defense. Finally, an Esquilo Helicopter belonging to the Brazilian Navy simulated a medical evacuation of the mock victim. “Today we had a demonstration of the Navy’s flexibility,” said Admiral Ademir Sobrinho, Chief of the Joint General Staff of the Armed Forces (EMCFA) of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, who was present during the exercise tasks. “We have been training [for the Games] for almost two years. And we see here today, with satisfaction, the crowning achievement of all that preparation and planning. We are ready.” General Fernando Azevedo e Silva, Chief of Air Defense General Coordination (CGDA) and of the East Military Command (CML), said that the exercise demonstrated the ability of these military personnel to overcome any protests and road obstructions. “[We demonstrated] the full capacity of the Navy to use its maritime resources to position troops and vehicles for the security of the Games.” The exercise allowed for the testing of sea routes as an option to mobilize troops and the use of air resources for possible rescues, reported the Navy. Exercise Simulates Boat Hijacking On July 21st, during another training session for the Olympics, the Copacabana CDS simulated the hijacking of a passenger boat belonging to the company CCR Barcas. During the simulation, mock terrorists hijacked a vessel traveling between Rio de Janeiro and the neighboring city of Niterói. Almost 250 Navy sailors pretended to be passengers, while others made believe they were negotiators. As the negotiation was unproductive, the Marines took the ship with a go-fast boat in Guanabara Bay, near Boa Viagem Beach in Niterói. The operation was supported by helicopters, divers, and amphibious vehicles. “The goal of the exercise was to practice rapid response and the protocols established by the Brazilian Navy and CCR Barcas to guarantee the public’s safety during the Games,” the Brazilian Navy reported. Captain José Augusto Ferreira, Chief of the Maritime Task Force responsible for coastal security, told the press that the results were “extremely positive.” “It was a complex exercise that involved the coordination of many teams: aerial teams, negotiating teams, rescue teams, and interdiction teams – in addition to the support of public safety organs and the Fire Department,” said Capt. Ferreira. “If the Navy is called to respond to this type of occurrence, we are ready.” According to the Ministry of Defense, close to 38,000 members of the Brazilian Armed Forces have been mobilized to guarantee security at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The military is working in coordination with the Ministry of Justice, the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, and state and municipal security organs. Of that total, 20,000 are active in Rio de Janeiro’s four Olympic regions: Copacabana, Maracanã, Barra da Tijuca, and Deodoro. The rest are deployed in the cities of Brasília, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, and Manaus, where soccer matches are also being held.last_img read more

Let’s taco-bout Burger King

first_img continue reading » Burger King tacos ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img Burger King (BK) announced it is adding tacos to its menu. The second largest fast food chain in the world, with a menu that consists primarily of burgers and chicken sandwiches, is going rogue and adding something completely outside of its wheelhouse to its menu.Things that make you go hmm.We’re not necessarily surprised by anything BK does. It has a reputation for its sometimes off-color television commercials. BK also tends to chase the latest and greatest temporary fad instead of focusing on the quality and stability of its main menu.There are pros and cons to this approach, but this is somewhat akin to your financial institution having tellers or financial service representatives start selling mutual funds. It’s a financial product, just like tacos are a food item, but it’s far enough off the beaten path to take attention away from the core offerings which bolster your bottom line.In other words, just because you can offer something doesn’t mean you should.last_img read more

Culvert replacements to close S.R. 101 in Ripley County Tuesday and Wednesday

first_imgMilan, IN— INDOT maintenance crews will close two sections of S.R. 101 in Ripley County next week for culvert replacements. S.R. 101 will close on Tuesday, October 29, between C.R. 50 S. and C.R. 50 N., south of Milan, and on Wednesday, October 30, between C.R. 1000 N. and C.R. 1100 N. near Sunman, weather permitting. Work is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.Access to homes within the closure will be maintained. Thru traffic should utilize the official detour routes listed below.Tuesday, October 29 (S.R. 101 closed between C.R. 50 S. and C.R. 50 N.): U.S. 50 to S.R. 129 to S.R. 350Wednesday, October 30 (S.R. 101 closed between C.R. 1000 N. and C.R. 1100 N.): S.R. 46 to S.R. 129 to S.R. 48last_img read more


first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Saturday, March 1, and Tuesday, March 4. Crimes against a personat 8:27 p.m. on March 3, a non-USC female reported that an EMT pushed her to prevent her from entering an elevator inside the Keck Hospital of USC. The woman did not report the incident at the time it occurred so DPS officers were not able to question the EMT.at 9:46 p.m. on March 3, a student reported that he was shot twice in the hand with a possible BB gun as he rode his bicycle past a vehicle on Adams Boulevard and Hoover Street. The student said he saw three people in the vehicle but did not see who shot him. The student sustained bruises on the palm of his hand.Crimes against propertyat 11:32 P.m. on March 1, a suspect shattered a garage door window at Alpha Rho Chi by throwing a brick at it.at 8:49 p.m. on March 2, it was reported to DPS that a student found his bicycle to be missing at the Delta Chi fraternity house. The student watched video surveillance and discovered that another student had taken his bicycle. The student pressed no charges and had his bike returned.at 12:10 a.m. on March 4, a suspect cut a hole in the convertible top of a vehicle to remove a pair of sunglasses. The vehicle was parked at 3110 Walton Ave.at 1:44 p.m. on March 4, DPS responded to a student who had injured his ankle while walking down a flight of stairs at the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center. He was then transported to the Student Health Center for treatment.Miscellaneous incidentsat 8:36 a.m. on March 3, DPS officers responded to Mardi Gras Apartments to speak with a student at his parents’ request. The parents reported that the student was refusing to submit to medical tests recommended by his doctor. The officers cleared the scene after they were unable to transport the student for the tests.at 1:59 a.m. on March 4, DPS officers detained a suspect loitering at the intersection of 28th Street and University Avenue. Officers found that the suspect was in possession of a pipe containing possible methamphetamine and a debit card which a student had reported stolen. The suspect was transported to Metropolitan Detention Center for booking.last_img read more

Prep football Friday preview

first_imgThree Big 5 Conference teams, Eureka, Del Norte and Fortuna, look to continue their strong starts to the 2018 season while Hoopa hopes to rebound from a lopsided loss last week as week five of the prep football season gets underway tonight.Eureka (4-0) At Shasta (1-1)Eureka will put its undefeated record on the line tonight when it travels to Redding to face Shasta, a match up which has seen the Loggers come out on the losing side three consecutive times. The game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. …last_img read more

Sports stars who shone in 2004

first_img11 January 2005As 2005 kicks off, we take a quick glance at some of the South African sports men and women who stood out in the year that was 2004.It was, in many ways, a better sporting year than 2003, and this small list includes some repeaters from last year’s selection – proof of their world-class consistency – and a few new stars who made waves around the world.The SA men’s 4x100m freestyle relay teamAustralia and the USA were supposed to dominate in the swimming pool at the Athens Olympics, but in one of the most glamorous events, the men’s 4×100 metres freestyle relay, South Africa shocked the world.The first hint that South Africa might have a shot at a medal came in the semi-finals, where SA qualified first with some ease in the fastest time, which wasn’t that far off the world record. Most people, however, expected the favoured traditional swimming powers to come through in the final.It never happened. South Africa dominated in the final as Roland Schoeman got the team off to a sensationally fast start. Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend and Ryk Neethling kept the domination going in the three legs that followed, and when Neethling touched home South Africa had won not just convincingly, but in world record time.Schoeman also shone in the individual freestyle sprint events, grabbing silver in the 100m (Neethling was fourth) and bronze in the 50m. He was the biggest star of the Olympics for South Africa. SA swimmers stun the worldSchoeman bags another medal Mbulaeni MulaudziFor much of 2004, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was the top-ranked 800 metres runner in the world. In a very competitive event, he was the most consistent of all the top athletes.After winning silver at the World Championships in Paris in 2003, he wanted gold at the Olympics in Athens in 2004. A medal of any kind suddenly became a very distant dream, however, as he struggled with injury and illness in the lead-up to the Games. His form suffered as he fought to overcome those setbacks.In the Greek capital, though, Mulaudzi, somewhat unexpectedly given his less than ideal preparations, put all his problems behind him to run a great race in the final to finish second behind Yuri Borzakovsky, and just in front of world record holder Wilson Kipketer, whom he out-kicked in the sprint for the finish line.In many ways it was just reward for the consistency that had lifted Mulaudzi to the top of the world 800 metres rankings. Olympic Team SA takes six Ernie ElsGolf ace Ernie Els had a very good year that was very nearly a great year. He put himself in position to challenge for all four major titles, but narrowly missed out on adding to the three he has already won.He took second in the US Masters, ninth in the US Open, second in the British Open, and fourth in the US PGA.The Big Easy also claimed five victories, including a record-breaking sixth World Matchplay title. In a very consistent year, he finished in the top ten 16 times. Superstar Ernie to play more in SAErnie’s a winner despite lossErnie’s Heineken Classic hat-trick Retief GoosenGolf’s quietest superstar added another major title to his list of honours in 2004. For the second time he captured the US Open, producing what many observers regarded as one of the greatest putting displays of all time to win on the treacherous greens of Shinnecock Hills.He also added the European Open title, and the big season-ending Tour Championship in the USA. Those victories proved, once again, that when the going gets tough the Goose gets going.Goosen’s superb performances lifted him to a career high fourth-place in the world rankings. Many experts believe he could move up even higher in 2005. Retief toughs it out at Sun CityGolden ‘Goose’ takes US OpenGoosen: superb when it counts Hestrie CloeteHigh jumper Hestrie Cloete enjoyed another superb year. The IAAF’s athlete of the year for 2003, she was once again in great form, going through the benchmark Golden League Series unbeaten, and seemingly always able to pull out that little bit extra when needed to top the opposition.She cleared the two-metre barrier a stunning nine times.Cloete’s primary aim, though, was the Olympic Games. She won silver in Sydney in 2000; in 2004 she wanted gold.In the final, Cloete jumped beautifully, clearing every height without failure, from 1.89 metres to 2.02 metres. Russia’s Yelena Slesarenko matched her all the way, however. Cloete then failed at 2.04m, while Slesarenko cleared.After another failure at 2.04m, Cloete upped the bar to 2.06 metres. She missed out again and was left with silver once more.The fact that she didn’t win gold should not detract, however, from a brilliant year for the South African star. Olympic Team SA takes six Greg Minnaar2003 World Downhill Mountain Bike champion Greg Minnaar signed with Honda for the 2004 season, riding for the first time on a bike designed specifically with his needs in mind. It took some getting used to, but the results were again excellent for the humble man from Pietermaritzburg.In the US, he successfully defended his Norba Downhill Series title, and also starred in the World Cup Series.Minnaar recorded wins in the Mexican Nationals, in the World Cup in Fort William, and in Norba Downhill events in Durango, Sandpoint, Mount Snow, and Snowshoe Mountain.It was another outstandingly consistent set of results for the South African superstar. Adrenaline rush: Greg Minnaar Hendrick RamaalaFor a long time, Hendrick Ramaala was one of the world’s best half-marathon athletes. Then he took the step up to the standard marathon.His results were good, top 10 finishes in big races, but he never made the breakthrough to win one of them – until 7 November 2004. Contesting the New York City Marathon, he faced a world-class field, but on that day Ramaala proved to be the class of the field.He emulated Willie Mtolo’s win of 12 years earlier in 2:09:28, beating Olympic silver medal winner Meb Keflezighi into second place and Boston Marathon champion Timothy Cherigat into third.Ramaala’s victory put an end to talk of unfulfilled promises in emphatic fashion. Ramaala conquers New York Benni McCarthyBafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy made his mark with Portuguese soccer giants Porto in a superb year for the club.They won the Portuguese league title with McCarthy to the fore, leading the league in scoring. However, it was in Europe where Porto and McCarthy truly made their mark.The Portuguese champions stunned the soccer world by winning the European Champions League, and the South African striker played a vital role in their success, which was crowned by a three-nil victory over Monaco in the title decider.His performances included two stunners against Manchester United in the first round of the first-leg knockout stage; even a superb free kick in the second leg that struck the crossbar led to a goal.McCarthy has started the new season in strong fashion; recently he scored against Chelsea to inflict the first loss of the Champions League campaign on the English powerhouse. Porto needed a win to advance, and once again McCarthy came through. His goal was Porto’s one-hundredth in European competition. Of those, he has scored 26!He is deservedly in the running for the title of African Footballer of the Year.Schalk BurgerSpringbok Schalk Burger tore through the rugby world like a colossus in 2004, with one brilliant performance after another. From relative obscurity, he made the rugby world sit up and take notice, and by the end of the season he had won an amazing five big awards.His fellow players recognised just how outstanding his contribution to the Springboks’ revival had been by voting him the International Rugby Players’ Association Players’ Player of the Year. He was also named, not surprisingly, International Newcomer of the Year.The International Rugby Board named him its Player of the Year. He was also named South African Player of the Year.France’s authoritative Midi Olympique organised a vote amongst 46 journalists from 10 different countries, and they, also, went with the “Incredible Schalk” as their player of the year.It was a stunning year for Schalk Burger, a year in which the Springboks’ fortunes, not coincidentally, underwent a stunning turnaround. With Burger to the fore, the future of SA Rugby looks bright again. The Springboks are tops!Rugby’s best rate Schalk topsBurger named Player of the Year The SA Paralympic TeamThe South African Paralympic team tore up Athens with a string of sensational performances. Their enthusiasm and humility captured the hearts of the rainbow nation.Overall, SA finished thirteenth on the medal table, picking up 35 medals in all, including 15 golds.The inspirational Natalie du Toit was the star of the show, winning five events in the swimming pool, four of them in world record time.Teboho Mokgalagadi claimed a sprint double for athletes with cerebral palsy, winning the 100 metres and 200 metres, while Fanie Lombaard also celebrated a double in the shot put and discus.Double amputee Oscar Pistorius roared into the record books with brilliant results in the sprints; he won bronze in the 100 metres and gold in the 200 metres, and both his victories came in world record time.Malcolm Pringle showed his cliss by winning the 800 metres for the third Paralympic Games in succession, also in world record time.Zanele Situ, the first black South African to win Paralympic gold, repeated the success she enjoyed in Sydney in 2000, again claiming victory in the javelin. Paralympic Team SA rocks! The SA Women’s Bowls TeamThe triples combination of Trish Steyn, Jill Hackland and Loraine Victor won gold at the 10th Women’s World Bowls 2004 with a solid 21-11 victory over Australia in the final. Lorna Trigwell picked up silver in the singles, falling at the final hurdle to three-time champion Margaret Johnson.The fours combination came in sixth, and the pairs took thirteenth place.The excellent performance confirmed South Africa’s place as one of the world’s leaders in bowls. It also helped make the centenary year of South African bowls a very successful one. World title for SA women bowlers Herman ChalupskyHerman Chalupsky showed that he remains one of the world’s greatest surfski paddlers by winning the world title in Perth. In a battle with Australian star Nathan Baggaley, Chalupsky had something left in the tank when it came to a sprint for the finish line, taking victory by 30 seconds.He followed that result with a second place in the double-ski event.In addition, Chalupsky won the Molokai World Surf Ski Championship, emulating his brother Oscar, who has won the race a record 10 times. He also teamed with Oscar to win the 55-kilometre Kauai Relay, defeating Aussie legend Dean Gardiner and Dave Kissane by over 13 minutes. 1-2-3 for SA ski paddlers in OzChalupskys blitz Kauai relay2004 SA Single Ski title sharedOscar Chalupsky: best of the best Donovan Cech and Ramon Di ClementeDonovan Cech and Ramon Di Clemente took an impressive record into the Athens Olympics: sixth in the Sydney Olympics, gold in the World Championships in 2001, silver in 2002, bronze in 2003.No other combination could match that consistency heading into the Olympics; but medals are won in the water, not on paper.In the heats, Cech and Di Clemente reached the final only after Canada was disqualified for rowing across the South African boat, but they made the most of their opportunity in the medal decider.In the final, as the race progressed towards its final quarter, the South African duo were out of the medals in fifth place, but the fastest finishing effort of any of the crews over the final 500 metres lifted the SA stars into third spot and a well-deserved bronze medal. It was a great reward for years of perseverance and hard work. SA’s first rowing Olympic medal Ant StottCanoeing strongman Ant Stott showed just what he was made of with a very successful stint of racing overseas.He teamed with Gary Mawer to take a dominating victory in the prestigious Liffey Descent in Ireland. In addition he scored back-to-back top 10 finishes in the World Marathon Championships, snatched victory in the world famous Sella Descent, and overall went four out of five in Spain.In South Africa, Stott won the Dusi with Martin Dreyer, took another win in the Fish Marathon, added the Croc title and the Land Rover 50 Miler. In anybody’s book it was a great year. Stott, Lombard win tight 50-MilerAnt Stott, King of the Croc 2004Records tumble in Fish 2004Great Stott! A great month!Ant Stott on fire in Spain  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio groups make last push for a national food labeling law

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A deadline is looming for the U.S. Congress to pass a national, uniform food labeling standard before Vermont’s GMO labeling mandate is implemented on July 1. If Congress fails to act before the clock runs out, Ohio’s food and agricultural industry, which supports $105 billion in economic activity, will face tremendous uncertainty.Agricultural biotechnology may be in jeopardy too. If Congress doesn’t act, these safe, proven technologies Ohio farmers rely on could be driven from the marketplace.Many Ohio food and agribusiness groups, along with the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, are weighing in on how the Vermont law would impact the Buckeye State, including the Ohio Manufacturers Association (OMA), Shearer’s Foods, Inc., Lancaster Colony Corporation and Axis Seed.“We have a large food manufacturing sub-sector and Ohio is in the top 10 for food processing and for product manufacturing used in agriculture,” said Ryan Augsburger, Vice President and Managing Director of Public Policy Services for the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association. “Large and small food processing companies with production operations in Ohio employed 60,000 last year.”Ohio boasts a remarkable concentration of companies that process high quality food and drink supplies and products, including Kraft/Heinz, Nestle, Anheuser-Busch, General Mills, Dean Foods and Cargill.“The OMA is proud to stand with all of these companies in asking our elected representative in Congress to act promptly to enact a national uniform food labeling standard,” Augsburger said.The affects will be felt on the consumer level as well, as families in Ohio could see their food bills spike by $1,383 a year.“If the GMO labeling issue develops on a state-by-state basis we will wind up with nationally distributed products that are subject to conflicting state mandates,” said Matthew Shurte, General Counsel for Lancaster Colony Corporation. “Inevitably that is going to add cost and complexity to producing and distributing our products, which will lead to higher prices and inconsistent information for consumers.”That is one of the reasons that Shurte, along with others in his industry, believe a national food labeling standard is in everyone’s best interest and that the FDA would be the most qualified agency to develop such a system.“We are actually at the point where we have customers that do not want to ship to Vermont,” said Mark Schwerdtfeger, VP of Communications and Government Affairs for Shearer’s Foods, Inc. “Our stance is that we are okay with mandatory disclosure with multiple options, like QR codes or 1-800 numbers.”The goal for many of these Ohio-based companies is to educate consumers about how safe there food is, and has been, which the use of genetically modified ingredients.“GMOs are safe and they help make crops that are efficient that can resist draught and resistance and these are all good things,” Schwerdtfeger said. “If GMOs were to start going away, it would be a real travesty. One of the worst things that I hear is when a customer of ours asks us to reformulate because of the Vermont law because that would be a logistical nightmare for us.”Not to mention the logistics to the majority of Ohio growers, who have adopted GMO technology on their farms.“Currently over 80% of corn grown in Ohio is GMO and over 90% of our soybeans are GMO as well,” said Nathan Louiso, Local Owner with Axis Seed. “The main reason for that is that GMOs help increase yield and in order to feed our growing population, bigger yields are the most important factor.”And if those GMOs are labeled, it may send the wrong message to consumers.“When there is a mishmash of labeling of food across the country I think that would add to the greater confusion of the consumer,” Louiso said. “GMOs have been proven safe and a national standard will help be another example of that.”The Senate Agriculture Committee is working on reaching an agreement on behalf of Republican chairman Pat Roberts and the committee’s ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow. Less than two weeks of working days remain for Congress to pass a compromise that would supersede the Vermont mandatory GMO labeling law taking effectt. The Coalition for a Safe Affordable Food Supply also noted that a New York state law continues to advance, and that the law was an indication of the danger of more states considering state laws with differences, potentially causing “chaos in the marketplace.”last_img read more

The First 30 Days of Reintegration – Part 1 of 4: The Honeymoon Phase

first_imgWe know that military deployments impact not only Service members, but their families as well.  Deployments are a time of separation, changing roles, sacrifice, missed life experiences and fear.  As Service members return home the reintegration phase can be challenging as families become reacquainted, reset expectations, and renegotiate roles.This 30 Day Reintegration series, originally published as MFLN Family Transitions Facebook posts in the spring of 2015, provides an intimate insight into the reintegration experience of one active duty Air Force couple.  Their story, unique for this family but also probably similar to other military family reintegration stories, reminds us of the joys and challenges military couples and families face.  It is our hope that this four part blog series will help military service providers understand the range of emotions family members experience during reintegration.  These emotions may or may not be visible or communicated outside of the home, but they truly impact the family’s mental and physical health as well as their ability to serve, work, volunteer and function.  Be observant and prepared to ask service members, partners and children specific questions about their reintegration experience to identify how you can help and find needed resources.This 4-part blog features 30 days of post-deployment journaling by what we’ve been calling our “30-Day Couple”.  Their names are not used to provide anonymity.  What is their back story?  He enlisted in the Air Force during his last year of high school because of career and education benefits.  The couple went to high school together but didn’t start dating until he returned from Basic Combat Training and Tech School.  After he was assigned to his first duty station they had a brief long distance relationship.  She dropped out of college so they could get married, but didn’t continue her education due to limited funds.  She quickly learned that the military lifestyle applied to her as a military spouse, stating “It’s become an OUR thing”!  As a Flying Crew Chief he has a fast paced job and is frequently away from home.  They have three children.  She left her job to stay home with the children to avoid childcare due to his frequent absences.  She is active in many groups on base and receives support from other military spouses.  “When you have a military friend you have a friend for life”.  She is a Key Spouse volunteer and works hard to provide support to other military spouses.They believe that their family is stronger because of the military experience.  They feel the kids have gained confidence and have benefited from learning how to adjust and adapt to whatever military life throws at them. They appreciate the steady income the military provides, but agree that being a military family has influenced their life course.  They are hesitant to buy a home in case they have to move.  They haven’t gotten a family pet because they may PCS overseas.  Education has been put on hold for her. Given his job expectations she “assumes” that he is not going to be there.  She know she can rely on his support, but doesn’t rely on him physically being there. They acknowledge that “military transitions happen just as fast as family transitions”.Continue reading to learn about this couples’ first five days of reintegration.  During this ‘honeymoon’ phase observe how the family reconnected and the wide range of emotions felt by each family member.************Day 1 – HerSo here is my first 24hours…. After impatiently waiting for hubby to be done checking in his equipment, it’s finally 1am by the time we get home. Everyone is asleep and it’s wonderful to be with my hubby. Determined to not throw off my kids’ normal day, I get the day started. I have to confess that more than once I was frustrated that things weren’t going the way I wanted them. Trying not to mom block him I just keep trying to keep the kids on time for school. As soon as the kids were at school and hubby made all his calls to work, I just wanted my time. Spent the day doing whatever he wanted to do. Hitting up his favorite restaurants. A lot of “I love you” and “I’ve missed you” was said all day long. I struggled with jealousy a lot today. Jealous that work was on his mind, the kids forgot me a little. Still today was great. I have him home. I got to talk face to face, and I’m gratefulDay 1 – HimMy first 24 hours back from my latest deployment was primarily one of observation. So many things have changed since I left so many months ago. I could spend all day voicing every change I noticed, but instead I elected to try and focus on the bigger differences that affected my family. Examples of these included my son’s new adult teeth or how tall my oldest daughter had gotten or even how talkative our youngest had become. These, along with so many other changes, were a bit hard for me to really accept. I didn’t really imagine my children any taller when they ran toward me upon my return than their height I remembered them at when I left. I had received my redeployment brief about how important it was to ease back into family life, so I tried to do just that. I pitched in helping with the kids as much as I could, but things like discipline I chose to avoid since I wasn’t sure how my wife had been handling those situations. My time home so far has been filled by elation and euphoria, all while hoping this feeling will last forever. Despite these changes, I’m extremely thankful to be home with my wife and children and look forward to adapting to the changes that inherently await me to discoverDay 2 – HerToday has been a quiet day. Hubby stepped in and took the dad role so effortlessly. Running the kids to their practices, and picking up vegetables from the farmer’s market. He was amazing letting me have plenty of time alone and not having a little one need me. I don’t feel like I struggled with anything today. Just really enjoyed having someone to share the day with and help with the responsibilities.Day 2 – HimToday I decided to jump into taking care of some things on my “Honey Do” list. I saw this as an opportunity to impress my wife, since I felt I had left her to do everything on her own for the past few months. This feeling was magnified by the fact that we have three children, ranging in ages between 2 and 9. I was in awe of how much she had taken care of while I was gone and only wanted to prove to her just how much I appreciated how much she has done. I hope to find my place in this “new norm” and contribute as best I can throughout these next thirty days home.Day 3 – HerToday we felt bored. The excitement of finally having my whole family together again is starting to wear off. I found myself asking my kids what I would normally be doing. The obvious answer was cleaning, cooking or on FaceTime with daddy. There wasn’t as much motivation to finish the to-do list but was still worked on. Preparations were made for hubby to go into work tomorrow. Not ready for the reality check then, but the sooner he gets his in-processing done the sooner we can go on family vacation. The kids have loved playing and jumping around with daddy, and not sure how they will feel about seeing him gone in the morning before they wake up. Our youngest has been wrapped around him this whole time. She may be very cranky tomorrow. Day 3 – HimWe decided today was going to be a lazy day. We’ve gone out shopping and stopped in at a few restaurants these past couple of days in part to celebrate being all together again and partly to indulge in what I had missed over the past few months. Due to these indulgences, we decided to stay in today. We tried to clean the house a bit and I finally tried to tackle unpacking, but the laziness of the day prevailed. I only started a few chores and, instead, lounged while watching a few movies. I played with the kids even more today than I did before I left. Although today was a lazy day, I remembered through the Resiliency courses that I’ve taught others, that even small moment with your loved ones count. It was important to me that my children understood that daddy had each of their undivided attention. Today was less about fitting back in as it was just enjoying the presence of familyDay 4 – HerToday has been a roller coaster. First day back to work. One of the things that helped it work was that hubby went into work late. He was able to see the kids off to school. As soon as my son woke up to see his daddy back in uniform he did his best Charlie Brown impression “ugh!” We made sure the kids knew daddy would not be home when they got home from school but he would be bringing home pizza when he did, they were content with that. A touchy subject that came up was our date night. A babysitter was scheduled three weeks ago for this night. It was important to me. I had asked several times about what would we do. At first I was told hubby wasn’t ready to think about that while he was overseas. Then when hubby got home he made me feel I was nagging him. Today hubby told me that I was making him mad because he felt forced to be romantic. I didn’t speak to him for a few hours. Later he texted me to tell me he made reservations at a waterfront restaurant. We were able to then talk out how we were feeling and what he meant when he misspoke. The kids were surprisingly good today, even my son brought home a note from teachers saying it was a wonderful day. This is great because during the deployment we had gotten several letters saying he was being disruptive and twice sent to the principal’s office. My oldest daughter was crying about us leaving her with a babysitter while we go on date. We gave her an iPod that she can use to text us all night long to make her feel better. Over all that day was good but trying at times.Day 4 – HimI had to go in to work today to start my in-processing. Typically, someone who has just come back from a deployment feels sort of out of place, but this time I felt particularly displaced since my entire section had moved while I was gone! I had relatively little issue finding the location, but the new processes therein were a different story. I’m only there long enough to complete due/overdue training as well as making my mandatory post-deployment appointments, but I still felt more out of place than I’ve ever felt with previous deployments. I decided that the best way to tackle this new role/environment was to take things slowly. Only asking questions about that which would affect me now versus trying to solve everything at once. I’ve still got plenty of questions at this present time; however, I decided upon this approach as it would break down an otherwise overwhelming feeling that would eat at me until I felt every question was answered. I pushed through the day and finally made it home to my loving family with whom I can always find solace in during a trying day. Now with the business aspect of the day behind me, my wife and I had plans to go on a date that night. I wish I had poured just as much effort into putting the night together as she had, but I had redeemed myself at the last minute by making a reservation at an upscale waterfront restaurant. This was followed by a bar hop and finally a fudge shop to bring home a few treats. I definitely experienced a gamut of emotions, but I would consider today altogether a win.Day 5 – HerLast night while out with hubby, he decided to tell me some of the things that he could not share with me during the deployment. Most of it had me scared but the worst part was him showing me pictures of bullet holes. I had already known about one instance that made it to the news here but I wasn’t aware of the others. Normally he doesn’t tell me anything about the places he has been; giving me the excuse of what if he goes back he wouldn’t want to worry me. I have gotten very used to that, so no point in asking. But this worried me. More than just because of all the dangers but also because it was out of the norm to share. My first question after he told me was are you going to have an appointment to talk to someone about all of this. He more or less laughed it off….The exciting thing that happened today is we booked a family trip. Looking forward to having fun with my family.Day 5 – HimI woke up this morning just a little before 5 a.m. to start my routine for work. I’m having to train myself again to start functioning this early in the day and find the motivation to make today a great one. I decided that it would be a good time to count my blessings since I hadn’t done it in a while. I usually teach that for every one negative thought, you should always counter it with three positives. I guess I could consider the time in which I had to get up a negative, but nonetheless I proceeded with the positives. First, I was home! I wasn’t separated from my family somewhere ending in “stan.” Second, traffic was a breeze this morning. Third, I haven’t officially started work yet, just in-processing, so I have very little responsibility and can worry about just myself for the time being until I get back from my reconstitution time off (R&R). All this to say that I had a pretty good day, however, my night turned out to be less than stellar. Our two older kids had Taekwondo, and while the oldest was quite disciplined, the middle decided to act out a bit. It was to be expected, but the same behavior reared back to life during dinner as well, but progressively got worse. Once one child gets a laugh from misbehaving, the dominos start to fall and the others play copy-cat until my wife and I had enough. We generally have well-mannered kids, but I guess the day wore on them as it was starting to wear on us. The night may not have ended on a high note, but at least I can always go back to those blessings to remind myself all that I am grateful for.************The first several days of reintegration following a deployment can provide both joys and challenges for military families.  What were your thoughts as you read about this family’s efforts to reconnect and the range of emotions experienced by each family member?  How might these insights impact how you as a military family service professional help families prepare for this honeymoon phase?  Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.Watch for Part 2 of 4 of this reintegration blog series, Establishing New Routines, which will be posted in one week.To learn more about current research related to reintegration, issues military families face during reintegration, as well as how these findings may impact programs and policies check out this archived webinar, “The Experience of Reintegration for Military Families and Implications for DoD” held mid-May.MFLN Family Transitions Development provides education, resources and networking opportunities for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. 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