Joint Interagency Task Force-South Gets New Commander

first_img Rear Adm. Mehling is the thirteenth Director of the Joint Task Force, originally established as Joint Task Force Four on February 22, 1989. Rear Adm. Steve Mehling comes to JIATF-South from Norfolk, Virginia where he served as Commander, Force Readiness Command, United States Coast Guard. Adm. Mehling’s previous Flag assignments include Commander of the Fourteenth District. He is a career aviator with 17 years of operational flying experience at air stations on the East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf Coast. A native of Brandon, Florida, he graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in marine engineering (with high honors) in 1985. In 1992, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law as the salutatorian, receiving membership in the Order of the Coif. Rear Adm. Michel will report next to Portsmouth, Virginia as Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area. His previous flag officer tours included Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security and Director for Governmental and Public Affairs, U.S. Coast Guard. Under the leadership of Rear Adm. Michel, JIATF-S commenced Operation Martillo, the United States whole-of-government approach to countering the use of the Central American littorals as transshipment routes for illicit, drugs, weapons, and cash. Since January 2012, in conjunction with partner nations in Central and South American countries, and several other international allies, Operation Martillo has resulted in the seizure of more than 197 metric tons of cocaine, 35,000 lbs. of marijuana, $7.4 million in cash, 140 vessels and aircraft, and 440 arrests. U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Charles D. Michel, relinquished Command to U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Steve Mehling, in a Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) change of command ceremony at The Tennessee Williams Theatre, Key West, Florida, on June 14. U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Joseph D. Kernan, Deputy Commander of United States Southern Command, presided at the ceremony. Rear Adm. Mehling holds a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in Mathematics from the Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science degree in Management from the University of Maryland. JIATF-S is just one of three primary U.S. Centers responsible for detection, monitoring, tracking, and hand-off of suspect drug trafficking and illicit air and maritime trafficking events to law enforcement agencies and regional partner nations. Rear Adm. Michel was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal and recognized for his superb leadership and operational acumen that improved partner nation relationships and increased support to the interdiction of illicit drug trafficking. Rear Adm. Michel recognized the JIATF-S staff for their commitment, “Through their exceptional performance and dedication, the entire JIATF-S team has positively affected cooperation with our international partners, improved conditions throughout the region, and made it increasingly difficult for illicit drugs to reach American soil.” Rear Adm. Michel’s awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Coast Guard Letter of Commendation Ribbon, and the Colombian “Distinguished Service to the Colombian Navy” Medal. Rear Adm. Michel was the American Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year for the Coast Guard in 1995, the Judge Advocate’s Association Career Armed Services Attorney of the Year for the Coast Guard in 2000, and is currently a member of the Florida Bar. By Dialogo June 17, 2013last_img read more

Hicksville Pedestrian Fatally Hit by SUV

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 78-year-old man was fatally hit by an SUV while he was crossing a road in Hicksville early Monday morning.Nassau County police said the pedestrian was walking across Newbridge Road at the corner of West John Street when he was struck by a Ford Suburban at 6:29 a.m.The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a half hour later. His name was not immediately available.The driver, who remained at the scene, was not charged.last_img

The end of banking at credit unions?

first_imgSince their inception, I suspect, credit unions have been trying to come up with a clever word to replace the noun, verb, and adjective that so succinctly describes financial institutions and the transfer of money within and between them. I’m referring of course to the B word. It’s a word some credit unions embrace and even use to describe themselves, while others steer clear of it to differentiate themselves from their FI counterparts. I recall speaking with a credit union executive who avoided the B word like the plague, even rejecting the notion of piggybanks. I asked him for an alternate phrase to describe the change holders and he lightheartedly replied “piggy credit unions.”Alas, there is a solution, for credit unions that choose to put it into play, that will bring an end to banking at member-owned cooperatives. The question challenge is, which credit unions will be the first to adopt this solution? We’re talking about semantics, so let’s consider what is involved.As difficult as it is to create a term to replace “banking,” the larger challenge is getting it to stick. It would take an extremely innovative marketing campaign to capture attention and create stickiness. Moreover, like a cheerleading squad, every employee from the front line to the back office and up and down across all disciplines would have to be onboard. Buy-in from within is essential to the success of any campaign.Traditionally, credit unions have not been known as trendsetters, but as they continue to outpace small banks in market share (DiSalvo J. a., 2017), so too have they grown in popularity. The image that credit unions are “your grandfather’s financial institution” is dissipating.While discussing with another credit union executive the benefits of engaging the community through financial education and simultaneously promoting credit union membership, he quipped about neither having the time nor budget to teach the masses what a credit union is. He understood my reasoning and I understood his, and after our brief meeting, I understood why he branded his CU as a bank. Thousands of other CUs, however, prefer to differentiate themselves from banks especially given the current climate that is a distaste for big banking.The terminology I am about to suggest will not change the financial industry overnight. If employed successfully, it will happen slowly over time as one-by-one credit unions adopt the nomenclature. Nor am I offering the ultimate panacea. Perhaps my suggestion will prompt more synonyms for the B word that can be used in various parts of speech. The key is to find a word or phrase that needs no explanation, no tag line. It just needs to be used, and like the dozens of new words and phrases that enter the English language year after year, it needs to be repeated to the point it sticks.Whether making a deposit or a withdraw, applying for a loan or checking balances, or settling account disputes, when we visit our financial institution, we conduct either a personal or business Financial Transaction. FT or Efty. That’s it! It’s that simple.As a noun:Your FTs are safe and secure with our online system.Your efties are safe and secure with our online system.As a verb:FT with us and rest easy, knowing your hard-earned money is protected.Efty with us and rest easy, knowing your hard-earned money is protected.As an adjective:As your FT partners, we’re always here to offer sound solutions.As your efty partners, we’re always here to offer sound solutions.Before you discard FT or efty as nonsense, think about the first time you heard the word Google, or the abbreviations OMG and LOL, or the acronym MAGA. Politics, texting, and search engine preferences aside, the first time you heard any of these you likely said, “Huh?”Now, about that cute, little, hollowed out, porcelain coin container…. We could call it a coin hog but piggybank is simply classic! 101SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Detailslast_img read more