USS Arlington Crewmembers Visit Namesake City

first_img View post tag: Crewmembers September 13, 2011 Training & Education View post tag: Visit Twenty-eight Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Arlington (LPD 24) spent the weekend of Sept. 10-11 in the national capital region for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11.“To be able to come here and represent the ship and the Navy to the people of Arlington – because in a sense it is their ship, too – is a huge privilege,” said Arlington’s Prospective Executive Officer Cmdr. Brett Hershman.Crew members spent part of the afternoon Sept. 10 with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and his wife Joyce, the sponsor of the Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock ship.“It’s a very special treat to have these Sailors with us here today,” Mr. Rumsfeld said. “I know that all of the people in the Pentagon [on 9/11] and are alive today are very appreciative that the Navy decided to name a ship ‘Arlington.’ We look forward to following the crew and the ship and its service life over the coming decades.”Under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard, Arlington combines 21st century amphibious shipbuilding and warfighting technologies to support current and future Marine Corps aircraft and landing craft, and will be capable of taking nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines into harm’s way. The ship, which will be commissioned in 2012, is named for Arlington County, Va. in commemoration of the 184 victims and heroes who lost their lives in the Sept.11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon.Mrs. Rumsfeld christened the ship in Pascagoula, Miss. March 26, and said she is thrilled to have that connection with the ship.“Naming a ship ‘Arlington’ says a lot about our country and the people who volunteer to serve in the Navy,” she explained. “It’s an honor, and for now and forever.“‘Arlington’ is our country’s way of saying ‘we have not forgotten,’” she continued. “It also means going forward with strength, honor and fortitude, and I feel lucky that we were able to have her Sailors in our home.”Arlington Sailors also visited the Pentagon Memorial.“The memorial is a quiet place for me to reflect, to remember what we are doing all this for,” Hershman noted.The Sailors also joined approximately 5,000 other runners in the 10th Annual Arlington 9/11 5K Sept. 10, and won second place in the “military teams” category.Arlington County Police Capt. Kevin Reardon, who attended the ship’s christening, welcomed the ship’s crew to Washington, D.C., a decade after the terrorist attack.“I think it is very appropriate that the ship is named after what took place at the Pentagon 10 years ago, and that some of her Sailors are here now to meet some of the victims’ family members, and the police officers who responded,” he added.Arlington Chaplain Lt. Victoria Chappell felt the trip to Washington D.C. was especially important for personal reasons.“When those atrocities were committed on 9/11, I was a math teacher in New York,” she recalled. “I knew a door in my life had closed and another one opened, and I went to a recruiter the next day to join the Navy. There is no better way to serve my country than aboard a ship named ‘Arlington.’”[mappress]Source: navy, September 13, 2011; View post tag: Namesake View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Arlington Crewmembers Visit Namesake City Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: usa View post tag: Arlington USS Arlington Crewmembers Visit Namesake City View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: Citylast_img read more

Fearing scary diagnosis, man drops 175 pounds

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Will Nevin had been dreading the doctor for years.Nevin knew he was obese, maybe even a likely target for diabetes. At 5 feet 10, Nevin estimates he weighed 350 pounds.“When I was that size, I (thought), what do I need a scale for?” he said.An Internet search added to the 25-year-old’s suspicions. He had symptoms such as a tingling in his feet, which he though was probably a symptom of pre-diabetes at the very least. But it was easier to ignore his size than face the possibility of a complicated diagnosis.For Nevin, the ultimate evidence of his denial came on a road trip from Alabama to California in January 2010 with a few friends. At the wheel, Nevin abruptly began to feel a tightening in his chest, and his heart started racing.“What is this? Am I having a heart attack?” he thought, assuming the worst.Now, Nevin believes he was foolish not to stop or alert his friends, but the feeling passed, the trip continued and he remained determined to not have his fears confirmed by a doctor. He hadn’t seen one since April 2006.When he returned to school in Alabama, Nevin kept mentally reliving his scare and wallowing in self-pity; shortly after coming back, he had lost his job, which had consumed all his time.Now, his evenings consisted of eating and watching TV until bed.After about a month, Nevin realized that something had to change. He’s still not sure where the spark came from, but he headed to his university’s gym.“I was 24. That was supposed to be the peak of my health, my energy — really everything,” he said. “If I’m not going to be fit, strong and healthy at 24, then when am I going to be?”The idea to go to the gym was strange, but Nevin says he wasn’t scared, because he didn’t know what he was getting into. The intimidating part came when he actually got to the gym — even the layout was unfamiliar, with the exception of the smoothie counter.Despite his misgivings, he hopped on the treadmill and walked for three miles that night.Besides committing to the gym every single day, he did his own research and changed his diet to exclude red meat and fried food, but added in fruits and vegetables.“I will be the first to admit I did not do this ideally,” he said. “If I had to do it over again, I would have seen a doctor and a nutritionist from the start, at the very beginning. But it just happened to work out for me.”The gym sometimes proved to be a lonely experience as he dragged himself on the treadmill and observed the chiseled and ripped bodies surrounding him, knowing how unlikely it was that he could ever look like that.“The toughest moments were when you stepped on the scale and you weren’t satisfied for whatever reason,” he said.But eventually, his hard work paid off. People’s comments of, “You look different,” turned into, “I don’t even recognize you anymore.” There were small victories in tightening his belt to the next hole and getting rid of the 4-XL T-shirts.“(The result) doesn’t happen the first day, but the clothes start to fit a little better, then they start to fit a little worse — when they fall off.”For Nevin, one of the biggest benefits of exercising and losing weight was being able to walk up the flight of stairs to his law class and reach the top without feeling winded.“I can run up a flight of stairs now, and it doesn’t bother me,” he said.About 11 months later, in January 2011, Nevin sprinted across the finish line — he had met his goal of 175 pounds, half his starting weight. He said there was a relief at finally seeing that number he had been imagining on the scale. “You look in the mirror at yourself sometimes. Who is that staring back at you?” he said. “It’s almost a sort of disconnected feeling. Your mind is picturing one thing, but you look in the mirror and it’s something completely different.”Nevin also finally faced his doctor, confident that he could handle the truth.“(The anxiety) went away as soon as the blood tests came back — my sugars were fine, my blood pressure was fine,” he said.Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNNHealth’s Diet and Fitness expert who is a physician nutrition specialist in California, said research shows losing even 5-10% of one’s body weight can lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol“I see it regularly, and certainly for that dramatic of a weight loss in somebody so young, I would be surprised if he didn’t normalize,” she said.However, Jampolis said that if a person is pre-diabetic, that genetic predisposition never goes away and will likely come back if the person regains weight. This is why it’s crucial for the changes to turn into a lifestyle.“Type 2 diabetes is clearly associated with being overweight and (is) responsive in most cases to weight loss,” she said. “If you are concerned that you have symptoms of diabetes, you should absolutely see a doctor and not try to self-treat yourself. It worked out for him, but it might not work out for everybody.”The most difficult part of Nevin’s journey was powering through the mental setbacks and persevering even when the scale wasn’t showing him the results he wanted to see. He had been overweight since kindergarten, always opting for TV and computer games rather than the outdoors and athletics.“You have to find a reason you want to do this. It can’t be to please other people and it can’t be purely for cosmetic reasons,” he said. “It has to be because you want to make a serious long-lasting change in your life. … You have to find that inner motivation.”Now that he knows he’s pursuing a healthy lifestyle, his constant nervousness has turned to peace. His calorie-conscious eating hasn’t ruled out fast food, but while a typical order used to include at least three cheeseburgers and a large order of fries, now it’s a low-fat chicken salad. He still uses the treadmill daily, but his speed and resistance levels have increased.One unconventional reminder of Nevin’s journey is his wedding band, which is too wide for his finger. To keep it from falling off, he wrapped layers of duct tape around the ring in what he describes as an “inelegant solution.”It’s also what inspired the name of his blog, Duct Tape Wedding Ring, where he writes about his continuing journey.“It’s about finding the little solutions that work for you,” he said. “(Even though) they might not be what other people would do. … If I can change my entire life in 11 months, what can’t I accomplish?”CNN News HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Fearing scary diagnosis, man drops 175 pounds by: – July 29, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share 33 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

Connolly hangs up boots

first_img The 37-year-old made over 400 senior club appearances during his career, with Watford, Wimbledon, Feyenoord, Leicester and Southampton among a host of clubs he played for, while he won 41 international caps. Connolly joined Sky Bet League Two side AFC Wimbledon in January after his contract with Portsmouth was cancelled by mutual consent but, after managing one goal in eight appearances, he has decided to hang up his boots following discussions with his manager and former team-mate Neal Ardley. Press Association Former Republic of Ireland striker David Connolly has announced his retirement from football with immediate effect.center_img Connolly told the Dons’ official website: “I pulled Neal aside for a heart-to-heart chat and I felt that now was the time to call it a day. “As time has gone on I felt that starting games was difficult and so too was travelling up and down the country to come off the bench for 10 minutes or so. Neal needed a striker that could play off (Adebayo) Akinfenwa and start games and that wasn’t me.” Ardley told Dons Player: ” I tried to talk him around, but his mind was made up. I have invited David to come back and do coaching at the club whenever he is ready.” last_img read more

Powers explodes for 32 points, leads No. 18 Michigan State past Syracuse in 89-76 win

first_imgWINTER PARK, Fla. – Aerial Powers stood with her right arm frozen in the air and her right hand curled toward the basket – a picturesque follow-through on a fundamentally sound 3-point basket.Powers’ triple with 4:45 left in regulation gave No. 18 Michigan State an eight-point lead, all-but securing a victory over No. 19 Syracuse. The only thing Powers didn’t do at Warden Arena on Sunday was sell concessions. In the first half alone, the first-team All-Big Ten selection from a year ago scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds – three offensive – and picked up three steals. “Aerial is a very good player in transition, is very good in the mid-range, and does a very good job at getting into the killer spots on the floor,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She did a good job at getting to the spots where she can score and she did a very good job rebounding.” Powers finished with a career-high 32 points, 17 rebounds, four steals and three blocks, leading the Spartans (8-3) to an 89-76 victory over SU (8-3) in the final game of the Florida Sunshine Classic on the campus of Rollins College. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the second time in three days, the Orange went down to the wire with a Top-25 team, and for the third time this season, lost against a Top-25 team in the final minutes. “It’s encouraging because you know you’re just as good, but it’s also discouraging because you know you probably should have come out with the ‘W’,” Syracuse guard Diamond Henderson said. “For however many minutes we didn’t go hard for or a situation that happened in the game, that’s what’s discouraging about it.” With Michigan State leading 31-27 with 2:27 to go in the first half, Powers flew through the lane and intercepted an inbounds pass, then threw a slick pass to a cutting Tori Jankoska underneath. Jankoska made the layup, but missed the free throw after being fouled by SU’s Cornelia Fondren. Powers, backpedaling toward half court, let out a scream while raising her right hand for a high-five with Jankoska. Moments later, Powers blocked a Henderson jump shot and made one of her own on the other end, giving the Spartans a 39-35 lead heading into the half. “We just didn’t do a good enough job of containing her,” Syracuse’s Brianna Butler said. “She’s a good player all-around and we knew that coming into the game. We just made her a better player today.” With the score knotted at 43 six minutes into the second half, Powers drove coast-to-coast with Butler in front of her. Butler hacked Powers, who made the shot and the ensuing free throw. With Syracuse trailing and Butler still mired in her season-long shooting woes, it was forward Taylor Ford who answered time and time again for the Orange down the stretch. The junior scored a season-high 14 points, with nine of them coming in the second half. Ford made a layup with 9:03 left in regulation to cut a five-point deficit to three at 59-56. Twenty seconds later, she made a top-of-the-key jumper, once again, bringing the Orange to within three. Two minutes later, the forward hit another jump shot to bring the Orange to within two, at 65-63. “We were down by a couple of points, so I was just trying to do what I could do so we could get back up,” Ford said. But from there, Michigan State went on a 7-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Jankoska to extend Michigan State’s lead to 72-65. Fittingly, Powers made four free throws in the final 37 seconds to put the game away, handing the Orange its second consecutive loss and third overall against a ranked opponent.“To lose by a little bit in the last minutes of the game, it’s kind of hard on us,” Butler said. “The good thing is that we’re able to compete with these big-time schools. But we have high expectations to do better.” Comments Published on December 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm Contact Josh: [email protected]u Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more