IntroductionWelcome to Fort Benning – the Maneuver Center of Excellence and home of the Infantry and Armor! Whether this is your first big military move or one of many, it’s never easy. Although, when you know what to expect when you arrive, it’s a whole lot easier. And it doesn’t hurt to be PCSing to a place known for its Southern hospitality and great food (give me all the fried chicken, shrimp and grits, pecan pie and sweet tea).More than half of all new soldiers who enter the Army this year will come through Fort Benning. The installation also trains all new paratroopers, Army Rangers, officer candidates, Infantry and Armor lieutenants, captains, and noncommissioned officers.Fort Benning is the sixth-largest military installation in the U.S. with the third-greatest troop density. You will find approximately 80,000 soldiers training at Fort Benning every year, and over 100,000 soldiers, their family members, veterans, civilians, and contract employees live, work, play and use services on the installation each and every day. The post covers over 182,000 acres, most of them in Georgia, with about 12,000 acres across the Chattahoochee River in Alabama.The installation has served as the Home of the Infantry since 1909 and during the 2005 Post Realignment and Closure, it was transformed into the Maneuver Center of Excellence. This transformation also included the move of the Armor School from Fort Knox to Fort Benning.Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Fort Benning to help aid you in your transition to your new home.1. Where Is Fort Benning?2. Google Map View3. Getting There – Directions to the Post4. Entering Fort Benning and Post AmenitiesCheck-in Procedures for Incoming PersonnelFort Benning Visitor CenterFort Benning DEERS OfficeFort Benning Gate HoursFort Benning CommissaryFort Benning Barber ShopsFort Benning Post OfficeFort Benning Finance OfficeFort Benning Legal OfficeFort Benning LibraryFort Benning Hotels5. Where Should I Live Near Fort Benning?6. What Schools are Near Fort Benning?7. What’s the Weather Like in Fort Benning?8. Things to Do Near Fort BenningWhere Is Fort Benning?Fort Benning Army Community Service7117 Baltzell Ave.Building 7Fort Benning, GA 31905Phone: 1 (706) 545-4043Fort Benning is a U.S. Army post straddling the Alabama-Georgia border, right next to Columbus, GA.Fort Benning Georgia MapDirections to Fort Benning GeorgiaGetting to Fort Benning is a pretty easy trip, no matter where you’re coming from. I-185 runs right by the post and plenty of other major highways in the area make any trip here or away a simple drive.Driving Directions to Fort Benning GAFrom Atlanta (North):Take Interstate 85 South toward Montgomery.Merge onto I-85 South/Columbus/Montgomery.Take exit 21 to merge onto I-185 South toward Columbus.Fort Benning is directly at the end of I-185 South.From Savannah (West):Get on Interstate 95 South toward Savannah.Take exit 99B to merge onto I-16 West toward Macon.Exit left to merge onto I-75 South toward Valdosta.Take exit 149 onto GA-49 toward Byron, Fort Valley, and keep right toward Byron, Fort Valley.Turn right onto GA-49 and continue onto Highway 96 before continuing onto Columbus Highway.Keep going to follow I-185 South where you’ll reach Fort Benning at the end.From Montgomery (East):Turn onto the Selma-Mobile Highway and merge onto I-65 North.Take exit 171 to merge onto I-85 North toward Atlanta.Take exit 62 on US-431/US-280 toward Phenix City.Turn right onto Columbus Parkway toward Phenix City.Turn left to merge onto US-80 East toward I-185.Take the ramp for I-185 South and follow that until the end where you’ll reach Fort Benning.Amtrak Near Fort Benning GAThe nearest Amtrak stop to Fort Benning is 120 miles away in Atlanta, GA. The best way to get to Fort Benning from the Atlanta or Columbus area is to use Groome Transportation. The shuttle service connects you to Fort Benning seven days a week for a reasonable price. Alternatively, you could take a Greyhound bus to Columbus.Flights to Fort Benning, GAThere are a number of small and regional airports near Fort Benning, but the nearest major hub is the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s about a two-hour drive from the Atlanta airport to Fort Benning on a good day. Traffic can get pretty crazy in the Atlanta area so plan ahead if you are short on time. The Columbus Metropolitan Airport is just under 20 miles from the post. It’s a fairly quick trip from the airport to Fort Benning but options for direct flights are limited. Other nearby airports include Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (175 miles away) and Montgomery Regional Airport (115 miles away).Fort Benning Transportation OfficeWhen it’s time for your next big move, the Fort Benning Transportation and Personal Property Shipment Office is here to help. As soon as you get your next PCS orders, let them know and they’ll help get you set.Fort Benning Transportation OfficeBldg 6 Rm 105, Meloy DriveFort Benning, GA 31905Phone: 1 (706) 545-4900Fort Benning Transportation Office HoursMonday through Friday – 0800-1630 The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. Entering Fort Benning and Post AmenitiesIf it’s your first time on post, or you don’t yet have a valid military ID or tags for your car, you may have to stop at the Visitor Center to check in before you’re allowed in the post. Click here to learn more about where to go.Check-in Procedures For Incoming PersonnelAll new soldiers or service members in transit to Fort Benning on PCS orders should report to the Installation Replacement Operations Center in Ridgway Hall (Building 35), Room 239 on the second floor, during duty hours (0600 to 1600 Monday through Friday). If you are arriving after duty hours, on a weekend or holiday, report to the post staff duty NCOIC or OIC at McGinnis-Wickam Hall, 1 Karker St., Building 4.For any questions prior to reporting, call 1 (706) 545-4577 or 1 (706) 545-5686 during normal duty hours.Installation Replacement Operations CenterRidgway Hall (Building 35), Room 239 (2nd floor)Fort Benning, GA 31905Phone: 1 (706) 545-4577/5686Fort Benning Visitor CenterThe Visitor Center processes visitors who have been pre-sponsored by post personnel. Those who haven’t been pre-sponsored should expect lengthy delays or should arrange to have their sponsor meet them at the gate. The Lindsey Creek Visitor Control Center is open 24/7, including holidays, and is on Lindsey Creek Parkway. The Contractor Visitor Control Center (CVCC) is on 8th Division Road in Harmony Church and is open 0600 to 1400 Monday through Friday. The CVCC is closed nights, weekends, and holidays. If you have any specific questions about visiting, you can reach the MP Desk at 1 (706) 545-5223 or Contractor Badge Office at 1 (706) 545-3215.Fort Benning Visitor CenterColumbus, GA 31905Phone: 1 (706) 544-1033DEERS Fort BenningNeed a new ID card or to get your admin file updated? The Fort Benning DEERS office handles all such matters for service members, their families, and retirees. Set up an online appointment and avoid the wait.Fort Benning DEERS OfficeSoldier for Life Center, Building 9230Fort Benning, GA 31905Phone: 1 (706) 545-9085Fort Benning Gate HoursThe Main Gate, where you’ll find the Lindsey Creek Visitor Center, is open 24/7. Hours for the other post entrances are as follows:Camp Merrill (Dahlonega, GA) – 24/7Benning Boulevard – 0600 to 1800Custer Road/Route 27 – 0500-1700 Monday through Friday8th Division Road – 24/78th Division Road Truck Stop – 0600 to 1400Eddy Bridge (Lawson) – 24/7Fort Benning CommissaryThe Fort Benning Commissary is the perfect stop for low prices on food, groceries, home goods, and more.Fort Benning Commissary8150 Marne RdFort Benning, GA 31905Phone: 1 (706) 544-3965Fort Benning Commissary HoursMonday through Saturday– 0900-1900Sunday – 1000-1900Fort Benning ExchangeFort Benning ExchangeBldg 9220 Marne RoadFt Benning, GA 31905Phone: 1 (706) 685-3257Fort Benning Exchange HoursMonday through Friday – 1000-1800Saturday & Sunday – 1000-1800Fort Benning Barber ShopsKeep your haircut regulation fresh and trim at any of the fine barber shops located on Fort Benning.Barber Shop Locations & HoursHarmony Church Express, Bldg. 4109Phone: 1 (706) 685-4837Hours: Monday through Friday – 0900-1700Saturday through Sunday – 1000-1600MCOE, Bldg. 4Phone: 1 (706) 689-0044Hours: Currently ClosedMain Post Troop Store, Bldg. 103Phone: 1 (706) 682-0011Hours: Monday through Sunday 1000-1700Sand Hill Troop Store/Services, Bldg. 3218Phone: 1 (706) 687-8618Hours: Appointment OnlyChaffee Troop Store/Barber, Bldg. 4308Phone: 1 (706) 685-0027Hours: Appointment OnlyFt Benning Main Exchange, Bldg 9220, Marne RoadPhone: 1 (706) 687-2436Hours: Monday through Sunday 1000-1700Fort Benning Post OfficeWhether it’s a letter or a big box, the US Post Office on Fort Benning can help you send whatever you need wherever it needs to go.Fort Benning Post Office110 Vibbert AveFort Benning, GA 31905Phone: 1 (706) 689-1696Fort Benning Finance OfficeFrom pay issues to saving plans, the Fort Benning Defense Military Pay Office is open to all members of the military community who need help with financial matters.Fort Benning Finance OfficeBldg 35 (3rd Floor)Fort Benning, GA 31905Phone: 1 (706) 545-7880Fort Benning Finance Office HoursMonday through Wednesday – 0730-1600Thursday – 0730-1400 Friday – 0730-1600Fort Benning Legal OfficeThe Fort Benning JAG office offers legal assistance of all kinds to members of the post military community. From representation to help with paperwork, they have you covered.Fort Benning Legal Office6930 Morrison Avenue, Building 130Fort Benning, GA 31905Phone: 1 (706) 545-3281Fort Benning Legal Office HoursMonday through Wednesday – 0830-1630Thursday – 1300-1630Friday – 0830-1630Fort Benning LibraryFrom their huge print material collection to the 77 desktops in their computer lab, the Milton E. Long Library is a great place to pick a new read, do some research, or get some work done. Plus book clubs and story hours are wonderful ways to get your kids interested in reading.Fort Benning Library6529 Eckel AvenueBldg 2783Fort Benning, GA 31905Phone: 1 (706) 545-4911Hours: Monday through Friday 1000-1500, 1000-1415 for Computer LabFort Benning HotelsThere are plenty of hotels near Fort Benning to fit your budget, many of them within just a couple of miles from the installation.Candlewood Suites Columbus-Fort Benning3389 Victory DriveColumbus, GA 31903Phone: 1 (706) 683-9900Comfort Suites5236 Armour RoadColumbus, GA 31904Phone: 1 (706) 748-7140Econo Lodge Inn & Suites at Fort Benning4483 Victory DriveColumbus, GA 31903Phone: 1 (706) 682-3803Hampton Inn & Suites Phenix City-Columbus Area620 Martin Luther King Jr. ParkwayPhenix City, AL 36869Phone: 1 (334) 664-0776Hampton Inn Columbus/South-Fort Benning2870 S. Lumpkin RoadColumbus, GA 31903Phone: 1 (706) 660-5550Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus-Fort Benning3901 Victory DriveColumbus, GA 31903Phone: 1 (706) 507-7080Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Columbus3930 St. Marys RoadColumbus, GA 31907Phone: 1 (706) 389-4726Hot Tip: Download MyBaseGuide’s Fort Benning Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels near Fort Benning.Where Should I Live Near Fort Benning?While the on-post housing options are nice, you might be more interested in living off-post while stationed here. Luckily, there are plenty of great places to call your home within easy commuting distance of Fort Benning.Major Cities Near Fort BenningFort Benning sits in the heart of the South, near popular destinations like Atlanta, Savannah, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The post is found in an area commonly known as the Tri-Community, comprising Columbus and Fort Benning, Georgia, and Phenix City, Alabama. And people looking to live off-post can’t go wrong choosing either of those other two cities as your next home.If you’re considering living on post, check out the available on-post housing options. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living off post.Best Places to Live Near Fort BenningColumbus, GAColumbus sits along the Chattahoochee River (yes, the one Alan Jackson sang about), just 12 miles from Fort Benning. The Fountain City, as it’s affectionately known, has a lot to offer its 196,000 residents, from outdoor activities like the Chattahoochee RiverWalk and Dragonfly Trail or indoor delights like the Coca-Cola Space Science Center or Columbus Aquatic Center. Many military families opt to live here because the cost of living in the city is low compared to the rest of the nation, the schools are above average, there’s tons to do and it’s a quick commute to Fort Benning.Phenix City, ALJust across the Chattahoochee from Columbus, Phenix City is a desirable and affordable Alabama suburb where many Fort Benning families choose to live. The nearly 37,000 residents of the city benefit from being connected to the Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area. The area suits a variety of outdoor enthusiasts – from golfers to rafters to spectators. Folks living here enjoy a variety of parks, playgrounds, tennis courts, swimming pools, golf courses, lakes, and more throughout the year.Hot Tip: Look for Fort Benning homes and apartments for rent or sale, and find BAH, PCS, TLA & ETS military housing information at AHRN.com.Best Fort Benning SchoolsThere are plenty of education options for your children in the Fort Benning area, from elementary, intermediate, and high schools to public and private schools in the surrounding area. Not to mention preschools and daycare facilities for the younger kids.Whether you decide to enroll your kids in one of the on-post schools, one of the Columbus schools, or one of the Phenix City schools, rest assured that they’ll have access to the finest education possible. And if your child requires extra help, there are a number of programs available. The on-post school liaison officer will be there to help make the tough transition to a new school easier.Find more local school information at The Best Fort Benning Schools: Daycare – High School.Fort Benning WeatherLook forward to lots of sunny days when you live and work in Fort Benning. The area also gets lots of rain, but that’s what makes flowers grow in the 50 or so parks in the surrounding areas.SpringRain falls throughout the year but spring (and specifically March) is when it’s the wettest. The average total rainfall for the Fort Benning region is just under 5 inches during the spring. When it’s not raining, the temperatures are pleasant and ideal for tourist activities.SummerThe summer months are hot and humid in Georgia and across the river in Alabama. Daytime temps in the summer months peak around the mid-90s which results in muggy and miserable days. The warmest months in the area are July and August where it’s been known to creep up to 100 degrees.FallHumidity is lower in the fall months but temps are still fairly high. Rain is occasional during this season, with few rainy days. This is the ideal time of year to get out and take advantage of all of the outdoor activities.WinterAs you would expect, the lowest temperatures of the year are during the winter months. Lows are found in the 40s and the highs are usually creeping toward the mid-60s. Columbus is considered the “natural snowline” of the southeast; some northern parts of the city get snow and most southern parts never do.To find out more in-depth information on the weather in the area, visit Fort Benning Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here.Things to Do Near Fort Benning, GAThe area surrounding Fort Benning is bustling with things to do and there’s something for everyone. It’s just a matter of finding the time to do them. Locals gravitate toward the river, whether they’re whitewater rafting down the Chattahoochee or strolling beside it at the RiverWalk. History and art buffs flock to the area to visit the National Infantry Museum, Columbus Museum, and the National Civil War Naval Museum or to engage in historical re-enactments. Restaurants, free concerts, and special events are prevalent in Columbus’ Uptown and Downtown. Not to mention the recreation and entertainment options available on post thanks to Fort Benning Family and MWR.Suggested Read: 24 Of the Best Things to Do in Fort Benning GA. ConclusionFort Benning is an installation like no other. The post is like a city unto itself; if you’re lucky to live in one of the newly renovated homes on post or in the barracks, you will likely find everything you need right outside your doorstep. But rest assured that there is so much to see and do once you leave the installation’s gates as well. Moving to a new place has its challenges but you’ll be glad to be here.
Heading the cast will be Nicole Vanessa Ortiz (Smokey Joe’s Cafe) as Deloris Van Cartier, Tony nominee Nancy Opel (Wicked) as Mother Superior, Christian Dante White (My Fair Lady) as Eddie Souther and Blake Hammond (Something Rotten!) as Monsignor, with Jarran Muse as Curtis, Lael Van Keuren as Sister Mary Robert, Anthony Alfaro as Pablo, Diane J. Findlay as Sister Mary Lazarus, Kara Mikula as Sister Mary Patrick, Ryan Gregory Thurman as TJ and Jacob Keith Watson as Joey.Rounding out the cast will be Michael Andreaus, Jared Bradshaw, Rachelle Rose Clark, Madeleine Doherty, Denzel Edmondson, Dion Simmons Grier, Ashley Masula, Stephanie Miller, Alaina Mills, Chandler Reeves, Michael Schimmele, Alyson Snyder, Anne Fraser Thomas, Ariana Valdes, Zuri Washington and Kristen Beth Williams.Based on the 1992 Golden Globe-nominated film, Sister Act is set in motion when disco diva Deloris Van Cartier (Ortiz) witnesses a murder and must go into hiding in a convent—where she clashes, hilariously, with cloistered life. Deloris inspires the sisters with her soulful style, but the church choir’s newfound fame attracts the attention of the bad guys.Sister Act features a book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner, additional material by Douglas Carter Beane and an original score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater.The Paper Mill production will feature the original direction of Jerry Zaks and choreography of Anthony Van Laast, re-created by Steven Beckler and Janet Rothermel. The design team will include scenic designer Klara Zieglerova, costume designer Lez Brotherston, lighting designer Charlie Morrison and sound designer Matt Kraus. Nicole Vanessa Ortiz & Nancy Opel(Photos by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Nancy Opel Christian Dante White Blake Hammond Star Files Raise your voice! Paper Mill Playhouse has announced full casting for its upcoming staging of the 2011 Tony-nominated musical comedy Sister Act. The previously announced production will run from April 1-26 at the Millburn, NJ theater. Christian Dante White View Comments
TEAM Unlimited, LLC, owner of the XTERRA brand of events, media and licensed products, has entered into an agreement with the Daden Group to design, produce, distribute and market the full line of XTERRA branded apparel and accessories.“We are excited to form this partnership with the Daden Group, especially considering the outstanding track record of success and their enthusiasm and plans for the XTERRA brand,” said Tom Kiely, CEO of TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA. “We are also appreciative of the efforts of David Howitt of the Meriwether Group to bring about this alliance.”“I have had the great pleasure of working with Daden at adidas and was impressed at their ability to drive the growth of adidas’ licensed apparel business,” said David Howitt, CEO of the Meriwether Group, which assisted in forging the partnership between XTERRA and Daden. “XTERRA is among the most authentic and cool sport brands out there – that, combined with Daden’s expertise at driving winning apparel and accessories businesses, makes this a very powerful partnership.”“We find the world of triathlon and off-road racing a sport poised for explosive growth,” added Dana Rupe, Daden Group President and founder. “We are pleased to be able to work in such an exciting industry and with a world class organization like XTERRA. The passion of the brand and its’ participants is unsurpassed.”Rupe continued, “We look forward to expanding XTERRA’s product reach to include more technical performance gear and updated lifestyle merchandise. These new products can be found on XTERRAShop.com.”TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988. It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2011 produced more than 200 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 15 countries worldwide. There are 40,000+ competitors from all 50 US states and more than 40 countries competing in XTERRA. In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence.Daden Group was formed in 2005 by the former President and Vice President of adidas Team Inc. Daden currently partners with top sporting goods brands through license and supplier agreements; and the company’s products are sold to major retailers and team dealers throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.The Meriwether Group Inc, which brokered the deal between XTERRA and Daden Group is a private equity investment and business acceleration firm headed by seasoned senior executives with decades of operational experience with some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Nike and adidas.www.xterraplanet.com www.xterra.tv www.dadengroup.com www.meriwethergroup.com Related
Northern California events company Project Sport has forged a partnership with VO2MAX SPORTS, a health and wellness company that caters to different markets in the sports community. VO2MAX SPORTS will provide specialist, complimentary training plans for Project Sport event participants, along with roadside cycling assistance on all 2014 rides and information at all 2014 Project Sport event expos.“We know that training and preparation for a run or ride is equally as important as the event day experience,” said Ryan Dawkins, President of Project Sport. “Thanks to VO2MAX SPORTS, our participants can expect to be fully equipped with resources to succeed before, during and after they embark on a Project Sport production.”VO2MAX SPORTS develops individualized training programs based on an athlete’s heart rate and metabolism. This approach ultimately enables ‘athletes to run, cycle and swim more efficiently and with less pain.’Athletes participating in Echelon Ride to Revel Cycling Series; The Town’s Half Marathon in Oakland, California; The US Half Marathon in San Francisco and The San Francisco Turkey Trot will have access to complimentary VO2MAX Sports training programs via each event’s website.“We at VO2MAX Sports are extremely excited about our partnership with Project Sport,” said Michael Tatum, Managing Director at VO2MAX Sports.“We believe Project Sport is the industry’s best production company for providing participants and the community with a truly authentic and world-class experience. We love that they have the community in mind like we do and know this partnership will enable more athletes to understand their own biochemical makeup enabling them to reach their goals and ultimately live a healthier lifestyle,” Tatum added.Project Sport is a business unit of OmniForce and its RaceForce subsidiary.The partnership between Project Sport and VO2MAX Sports is the latest in a series of strategic investments powered by RaceForce, a leading endurance and athletic event production company based in Los Angeles.RaceForce leverages a world-wide network of events and resources to support the active lifestyle industry in areas such as strategic marketing, sponsorship acquisition and production support. RaceForce also invests in events, creates new events and collaborates with event owners to deploy support where needed while maintaining the event’s grassroots identity.www.projectsport.comwww.vo2maxsports.comwww.raceforce.com Related
SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla. — On Tuesday, Aug. 25, Virginia “Honey” Eckardt, 56, died after a nearly two-year struggle with cancer. Honey had served as the executive director of the Chesapeake Automotive Business Association (CABA) from 1992 through 2004, when she moved from Maryland to be near her children in Northeast Florida. Concurrently, she had been the CEO of the CAWA Federal Credit Union (now the Automotive Aftermarket Employee Federal Credit Union) from 1985 through 2004.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Honey grew up in the automotive aftermarket working closely with her father, Dominick Amantea, who preceded her as the CEO of the Chesapeake Automotive Wholesalers Association, which became CABA in their merger with the Maryland Tire Dealers Association in 2001. She was a graduate of the University of Maryland with a B.S in Business Administration. “Hon loved the small business aftermarket and the people in it,” said Skip Potter, current executive director and CEO of both CABA and Automotive Aftermarket Employee Federal Credit Union. “She was their advocate and took her passion for them across the country as a member herself of both the Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Association Executives and the Tire Industry Association Executives. A memorial service for Honey will be held by the family on Thursday, Sept. 3, 5 p.m., at the Craig Funeral Home, 1475 Old Dixie Hwy, Saint Augustine, FL, 32084.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.
Scene from Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/Kyle MaxwellSFNF News:SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.All SFNF offices will be closed Jan. 20 for the federal holiday, resuming regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 21.Fees will be waived at SFNF sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the recreation.gov system. Since many recreation sites on the SFNF are closed for the winter, visitors are encouraged to contact the appropriate Ranger District Office to determine which sites are open and will waive fees.Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. The remaining fee waiver dates for 2020 are:President’s Day: Feb. 17, 2020National Get Outdoors Day: June 13, 2020National Public Lands Day: Sept. 26, 2020Veterans Day: Nov. 11, 2020
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Op-ed by the Hon. Saboto Caesar, Minister of Agriculture in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Over the past eight (8) years, I had the opportunity as a policy maker to traverse the hemispheric front line of food production. COVID-19 has brought to the fore the paramount importance of food sovereignty. Never again in our lifetime should anyone dream or even imagine to slight the critical role of food producers. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC The following are achievable targets for the Caribbean’s Agriculture Sector that we must seek to achieve when the COVID-19 dust “clears”:1. There must be a virtual market place for food products made in CARICOM so that consumers throughout the region can access;2. Intra-regional trade in agriculture products should be prioritised and increased;3. Strengthening of local food production value chain will reduce national food import bills;4. The decline in tourism employment will shift labour and capital towards food production investment, until we see a revival of the tourism sector;5. Emergence of a modern and competitive food production platform; and6. Establishment of a working cadre of innovative entrepreneurs across the region working to promote regional import substitution. You may be interested in… (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Press Room) A united approach to regional agriculture is the only way the agriculture sector in the Caribbean can be hopeful – even amidst the avalanche of seemingly insurmountable challenges.It is often said that, “God will not give us more than we can bear”. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is currently experiencing one of its worst droughts in over fifty (50) years and the regional forecast for the 2020 Caribbean Hurricane season is not reassuring. It is critical that we restate that there is a consensus among all regional policy makers that food security is vital. This is a clear expression of a political will to creatively advance the cause of food production and productivity. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 15, 2020 Minister of Agriculture of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saboto Caesar. (Photo via IICA) Honourable Saboto S. Caesar is a former Island Scholar and lawyer by profession, with a specialisation in Banking and Finance Law. He is the youngest elected member of Parliament in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and currently serves as the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour. Regional barriers to trade must be removed now! The unfounded belief that our ‘lamb’ is bad, but lamb from distant lands must be better must become a myth of the past. The Way Forward: About the Honourable Saboto S. Caesar: Both the OECS and CARICOM Secretariats are busy today, seeking modern modalities to address the food production sector. For the first time, we have seen such speed to create virtual purchasing platforms for food, utilising website platforms, and social media to engage stakeholders within and across Member States. Firstly, there will be a shift in labour towards the food production sector;Secondly, capital invested in agriculture will have greater projected returns on investment than other sectors; andThirdly, technology will provide greater utility in the expansion of agriculture since a new generation of producers will enter the food production value chain. This will encourage the State to increase its support to agriculture investment. Oct 15, 2020 I anticipate that the aggregated State budget for regional food production will increase significantly in the decade 2020–2030 as a result of three (3) important factors: The aim is that wholesalers, retailers, and consumers can use their cell phones and laptops to make orders of food which will be delivered to their door steps. Currently, logistics and distribution platforms are being designed. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… These challenges are the day to day concerns of farmers and fishers as they continue to follow national advisories on COVID-19 health protocols. However, giving up is not an option! Our resilience as a region can be a global successful showcase if we combine our efforts to effectively grapple with the vagaries resulting from our challenges. Oct 16, 2020 Effective communication among producers, traders and technicians will be critical for the success of our modern agriculture. Man-made self-centered barriers must be removed. We must collectively own this dispensation. In a truly functioning single market, food products must move freely. I have confidence that we can and will achieve success! St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 16, 2020 Enabling agricultural investment in Caribbean for effective response, post-COVID-19 recoveryTop stakeholders in agriculture and economics in the Caribbean are among officials who will participate in a webinar on Thursday 7 May, to discuss agricultural investment during and post-COVID-19. The online discussion is one of several coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations Regional Office…May 5, 2020In “Agriculture”IICA Will Assist Caribbean To Boost Trade in Goods, Agricultural Information Exchange, Strengthen Food SecuritySan Jose, 20 April 2020 (IICA Press Release) Thirteen Caribbean Ministers of Agriculture participated in a videoconference with the Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in which they discussed strategies to bolster agricultural activity and to safeguard the food supply amidst the ongoing health crisis,…April 21, 2020In “Agriculture”Media Advisory – Webinar on Enabling agricultural investment in Caribbean for effective response, post-COVID-19 recoveryThe Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations’ Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean has taken the task to coordinate and carry out a series of discussions, through online conferences, focused on the effects of COVID-19 on the agri-food system. The fifth webinar of the FAO-COVID-19 and…May 6, 2020In “Agriculture”Share this on WhatsApp This advent is a creation of the “social and physical distancing” advisories advanced by COVID-19 health protocol officials. Young people are becoming excited and businessmen who are engaged in the distribution of goods are finding interesting possibilities from the virtual marketing of Agriculture produce. It is the way to go!CARICOM Member States are all urged to create supportive platforms for food production stakeholders through special budget allocations. This is certainly necessary, since farmers and fisher folk will be witnessing significant increases in the cost of production because of climate change and inevitable slowdowns resulting from the pandemic.
I’ve been proposed to three times, accepted twice and married once. So, I know a thing or two about commitment and lack thereof.In the time of COVID-19, commitment takes on whole new meaning. Shacking up is in and hook ups are out.The question is front and center in Italy where a new directive has been issued giving a green light for people to visit certain people. The word they use is “congiuniti” and the edict translates that those allowed to visit are spouses, cohabitating partners, civil union partners, and people who are linked by a stable emotional bond. Hello, explosion on Google as “congiuniti” (not an often-used term) becomes the most frequently searched word by Italians. Could this be your lover, girlfriend, boyfriend, clearly not a friend, but how about a friend with benefits? Would Romeo even be allowed to visit Juliet?Come on, this is the original romantic culture of flirting and trysts and handsome men with pretty girls in flowing dresses riding a Vespa. But stable emotional bonds as a single person? Not sure that is on any Italian’s Bumble profile. One Italian woman felt that the new edict was an intrusion on her privacy with the government asking her to define her relationship. The Rome Bureau Chief for the New York Times weighed in on the confusion saying “Freedom rests between Like and Like like.”Think about translating “a stable emotional bond” in America. We are a disposable culture where our biggest moral victory has been eliminating plastic straws. An article in the New York Times cites a statistic that before this virus hit some 34 percent of American singles had engaged in sex before an “official first date.” Like meaning even before the Vespa ride?While we are all living casual Friday every day, casual sex is (mostly) gone from the landscape. As we are thinking about leaving normal in the dust and creating a new normal that is better for the planet, our health, our mental health, addressing financial inequality, food sources and who we want as our leaders, why not think about a new and healthier way to conduct our love lives? Notches on the bed post (or on Fit Bit) is so 2019. If singles were addicted to a different “snack” every day, how about a more nourishing diet of stable emotional bonds?Some relationship experts say that this imposed distancing is forcing people in the dating world to slow down and get to know each other, often over the phone or a video chat before even meeting in person. Are people willing to reveal their true selves and what is really important to them?It’s not about him picking you up in a fancy car and impressing with an expensive dinner. She can be in a ponytail and in sweats and reveal (quelle horreur) what she looks like without makeup. What are the questions you ask one another? What are the answers you give? What if your give a s**t is broken for tolerating unkind or uncaring people? What if it’s not based on looks and bank accounts? Is someone intellectually curious and able to share meaningful life experiences? I know there is fear of rejection, but with so many other things to fear in the world we live in, why not bury that in the backyard with the skinny jeans and the scale?Is variety the spice of life? Or does the depth of a relationship give life its flavor? For me in my myriad experiences with commitment, the most important thing is someone who has your back, especially now.I am opening up Kiss & Tell to a special edition where I will take readers’ relationship questions, sort of a non-judgmental Dear Abby. I will keep the questioners’ identities anonymous but give my answers, and there may even be a special prize. You can send to email@example.com@gmail.com Share
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