Pacific Air Forces Commander Visits US Naval War College

first_img View post tag: Commander View post tag: air View post tag: forces Commander, Pacific Air Forces, visited the U.S. Naval War College Dec. 15, to address students and faculty on leadership and joint cooperation.During his visit, Gen. Gary L. North shared his views of leadership developed over two decades in the U.S. Air Force.Lectures such as this underscore the core responsibilities of the Navy’s mission outlined in the chief of naval operations’ Sailing Directions to assure joint operational access and sustain cooperative relationships.“My challenge to you is to ask yourself every day how you can make a difference and how you can contribute more,” said North, who is responsible for Air Force activities supporting 45,000 personnel serving in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Korea and Japan.Whether serving in a joint or a service command, North said there are three things that are key for a leader to succeed: understand the purpose for which the organization exists, be the expert in the workplace and be a team player.“In the military we have Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines who know their mission, but might not know everyone else’s,” said North. “It is easy for thinking to stovepipe and for leaders to only see what’s in their lane, but we all need to understand ‘jointness.’ You’ve got to know your own service, and know the other services better. That’s what’s great about being here in a joint, educational environment.”There are currently 54 Air Force officers enrolled in NWC’s ten-month tour of academic and strategic study as part of their professional military development.“The Naval War College provides an outstanding opportunity for Air Force officers to prepare for the next level of leadership by broadening their understanding of strategy, policy and war, of national security affairs, and of joint-military operations,” said Col. Phil Haun, NWC senior Air Force advisor, and one of 13 Air Force faculty and staff members. “Our officers leave here with not only a Masters of Art in national security and strategic studies, but more importantly having formed lasting professional and personal relationships across services and around the globe.”The U.S. Naval War College is accredited by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff to award JPME Phase I credit for the intermediate program and Phase II credit for the senior program.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 19, 2011; Image: navalwarcollegemuseum View post tag: visits View post tag: US Back to overview,Home naval-today Pacific Air Forces Commander Visits US Naval War College December 19, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: War View post tag: Navy Pacific Air Forces Commander Visits US Naval War College View post tag: College View post tag: Pacific Training & Education View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 in Egypt and Hong Kong, anthrax vaccine complaint, meningitis epidemic, MRSA in an elephant

first_imgMar 5, 2009Egypt reports H5N1 in another toddlerEgypt’s health ministry announced yesterday that a 2-year-old boy from Alexandria governorate was hospitalized with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, according to a report posted on Egypt’s Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) Web site. He became ill on Mar 3 and was admitted the same day to the Alexandria Fever Hospital, where he received oseltamivir (Tamiflu). The ministry said his family had had contact with sick and dead poultry. The case will be listed as Egypt’s 57th if it is confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is the second H5N1 case in an Egyptian toddler this week.Report says wild birds likely caused Hong Kong outbreakThe source of an H5N1 outbreak at a Hong Kong chicken farm in December 2008, Hong Kong’s first farm outbreak since 2003, was probably wild birds, according to findings released by the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD) today. Genetic analysis indicated that the H5N1 virus belonged to clade 2.3.4, which is commonly found in southern China. It closely resembled isolates obtained from Hong Kong poultry markets in June 2008 and from a wild bird found in March 2008. Scientists found no mutations that would make the virus more transmissible in mammals, the report said.[Hong Kong AFCD press release]Israel answers soldiers’ complaint about anthrax vaccineThe Israeli government, responding to complaints from two Israeli soldiers, said yesterday it took “full responsibility” for side effects suffered by participants in a trial of two anthrax vaccines from 1998 to 2006, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post. The trial compared Israeli and American vaccines and involved 716 soldiers, 11 of whom, representing both vaccine groups, later required treatment. Two soldiers submitted petitions claiming that the medical monitoring and care of participants were inadequate. The government said all the volunteers were educated about the vaccine in advance and that all who requested medical care received it.Thousands of suspected meningitis cases reported in NigeriaThe Nigerian government reported that the country had 5,323 suspected cases of meningococcal disease with 333 deaths between Jan 1 and Feb 22, the WHO said today. Suspected cases have been reported in 22 of 37 states. The WHO said the International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision for Epidemic Meningitis has approved the release of about 1 million doses of vaccine for mass vaccination campaigns in affected parts of Jigawa and Katsina states. A sound vaccination strategy is important given the large population at risk and moderate global vaccine levels, the WHO said.[Mar 4 WHO statement]MRSA spread from zoo elephant to caretakersIn the first reported transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from a zoo animal to human caretakers, a baby elephant at a San Diego zoo passed the skin infection to at least five zoo workers last year, according to an article published today by Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The report also documents the first known case of MRSA in an elephant. Analysis showed that the strain was USA300, the type most commonly involved in community-associated MRSA outbreaks in the United States. Investigators said the elephant calf probably acquired the skin infection from a colonized human caretaker. Three of the caretakers received oral antibiotics for their mild skin infections, but the prematurely born elephant was euthanized because it failed to thrive.[Mar 6 MMWR article]last_img read more