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Suspicious vehicle stopped near TCU

first_imgThe 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ printTCU police stopped a suspicious white Isuzu box truck in a nearby neighborhood early this morning, according to a crime alert emailed to students, faculty and staff.George FloresGeorge Flores, former Paschal High School assistant band director, was driving the vehicle.Several residents reported Flores wandering the streets around 2 a.m., said Sgt. Kelly Ham.Flores was not arrested, but the crime alert was sent as a precaution because of his previous felonies, Ham said.Flores was previously arrested in the TCU area for improper photography and video in December 2010. He was later convicted and sentenced to 445 days in prison, Ham said.Flores was arrested outside a TCU-area bedroom window and was accused of taking photos of a woman undressing inside, according to a Star-Telegram article.The article also states that Flores had hundreds of inappropriate photos of females on his cellphone.Ham said he wants TCU sudents to call the TCU Police Department if Flores or the vehicle is spotted near campus.“We were in fear of our students safety,” Ham said. “He was asked to depart and not come back.” Previous articleTexas Smartscape offers resources for sustainable landscapingNext articleSecond wave of winter expected to hit Fort Worth The 109 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter ReddIt TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ The Lady Frogs were upended by Oral Roberts, 78-74, in the opening round of the Women’s NIT at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Thursday night, but seniors Helena Sverrisdottir and Emily Carter both made marks in the school’s record books during their final game in TCU uniforms. With the loss, the Horned Frogs closed the year with a 22-11 record, while Oral Roberts improved to 22-10 and advanced to the second round of the WNIT. Overall, the Lady Frogs hoisted 33 triples Thursday night, which ranks No. 3 all-time in a single-game in program history, connecting on 12 of them. The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ ReddIt Linkedincenter_img Stories from the polls: Election Day in The109! Twitter Facebook Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store The 109 The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ Facebook Linkedin Fort Worth braces for more severe weather + posts Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

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Got Talent? Ocean City’s Got Show

first_imgGot talent?If so, the organizers of the Ocean City Talent Show at the historic Ocean City Music Pier want you to be a part of their competition, which puts the spotlight on performers from across the Delaware Valley.The search is on for talented people with backgrounds in vocal, dance, instrumental, drama, comedy, etc. Contestants of all ages in either solo or groups are welcome. 
Those wanting to participate in the talent show must first complete an application, which is available at www.oceancitytheatreccompany.com or by calling 609-398-1118.Applications must be completed and returned by April 28, and with a limited number of contestant spaces, those that are interested should act today.A panel of judges with an impressive background in the entertainment industry will award prizes, trophies and cash.The OC’s Got Talent competition is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $10 per person with the proceeds benefiting the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company.For tickets, call 609-399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.— News release from the Ocean City Theatre Companylast_img read more

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Speech: Foreign Secretary remarks on the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

first_imgGood afternoon,It’s a pleasure to welcome my friend, His Excellency Adel Al-Jubeir, and I’m delighted that His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has chosen to come to Britain during his first official visit overseas.This is a moment of huge significance in Saudi Arabia when ambitious reforms designed to achieve economic and social renewal are taking place.In the nine months since His Royal Highness became Crown Prince, we have witnessed changes that would have been hard to imagine just a few years ago, and as a longstanding partner of Saudi Arabia, Britain will do everything in our power to support those reforms and help advance the ambitions contained in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.Adel and I have just come from Downing Street and an afternoon of excellent meetings that we had with the Prime Minister and His Royal Highness and I believe this occasion marks the beginning of a new era in our friendship because the very breadth and ambition of Vision 2030 allows our relationship to move forwards to include cooperation in education, health, culture, sport and technology, with it creating new opportunities for British companies and delivering jobs and growth here in Britain.And I’m delighted that we’ve reached an agreement that should lead to new Saudi investment in and through Britain, and procurement in companies worth up to £65bn, virtually $100bn, over the next 10 years. Providing a vote of confidence in London as the leading financial centre in the world.Today, our talks have focused on how the UK can use its world-beating expertise to support Saudi Arabia’s reforms and how we can work together to end the tragic conflict in Yemen.It is vital that we bring this appalling conflict which has inflicted so much humanitarian suffering to an end. Britain supports Saudi Arabia’s right to defend its national security against missile attacks from Yemen, many of which have targeted the Kingdom’s cities, including Riyadh.Any solution to the conflict must ensure that Saudi Arabia no longer faces this cross-border security threat.Today we have agreed to strengthen the UN inspection of shipping in order to ensure that all Yemeni ports remain open to the humanitarian and commercial supplies that Yemen’s people so desperately need.We also call on the Houthis to do what they must and allow unimpeded humanitarian access in the areas that they control.We will redouble, we in the UK will redouble, our efforts to support the UN political process and we hope to convene our counterparts from the US and the United Arab Emirates before Easter in order – that’s to say, Adel and I will do that, in order to make more progress towards a political solution which we believe to be absolutely vital.I’m delighted that Saudi Arabia will also develop a plan for the reconstruction of Yemen after any settlement of the conflict.Saudi Arabia is changing and so is Britain’s partnership with the Kingdom in order to benefit the security and the prosperity of both our Kingdoms for many years to come.Thank you.last_img read more

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Celebrity chef cooks up Marylebone treat

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Manchester City furious with ‘shambolic’ Arsenal over Mikel Arteta move

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Dec 2019 11:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link431Shares Arteta is expected to sign a three-and-a-half year deal (Picture: Getty)City will not hold Arsenal’s conduct against Arteta and will allow the Spaniard to move to the Emirates once a compensation package is agreed.AdvertisementAdvertisementNevertheless, the Daily Mail claim City feel Arsenal have acted in a ‘shambolic’ fashion and their attitude has been ‘disrespectful’.‘It’s surprising to hear that plans are being made by Arsenal to unveil our coach as their head coach on Friday on the basis that no contact has been made by the club to discuss this matter,’ a source told the Daily Mail.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalIt is believed that Arteta has already agreed a £5m-a-year deal to move to Arsenal in a contract that’s expected to run until 2023.Arsenal feel the deal is as good as done – barring an agreement on a reported £2m compensation package – and had hoped to have Arteta in place before Saturday’s clash against Everton.Arteta was on City’s bench for the side’s 3-1 win against Oxford United in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.City will face Manchester United in the semi-finals, though it’s unlikely that Arteta will still be at the club.MORE: Marcus Rashford reacts as Manchester United draw Manchester City in Carabao Cup semi-finals Advertisement Mikel Arteta is set to take charge at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Manchester City are furious with Arsenal’s conduct in their pursuit of Mikel Arteta and claim the Gunners are still to make an official approach for the Spaniard.Arteta has held three round of talks with the Gunners in the last week and he’s been clear with Pep Guardiola about Arsenal’s interest.However, Arsenal are yet to speak directly to City about Arteta’s availability and it’s common courtesy to make an official approach given he’s contracted at the Etihad.In any case, the Gunners would have to pay a compensation fee to hire Arteta and it’s simply impossible not to open dialogue if they wish to appoint the 37-year-old.ADVERTISEMENT Manchester City furious with ‘shambolic’ Arsenal over Mikel Arteta move Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Wimbledon 2016: Serena Williams beats Angelique Kerber to win 22nd Grand Slam

first_imgWorld number one Serena Williams beat German fourth seed Angelique Kerber to win a seventh Wimbledon and 22nd Grand Slam title.The American, 34, coped with a gusty wind on Centre Court to win 7-5 6-3 and equal Steffi Graf’s Open era record of major titles.Kerber had beaten Williams in the Australian Open final in January but could not produce another shock.Williams ends a losing run at Slams stretching back to Wimbledon last year.This court definitely feels like home – WilliamsFourteen years since she first won Wimbledon, Williams claimed the title for a seventh time after dropping just one set all tournament.The world number one banished memories of last year, when she fell two matches short of a historic calendar Grand Slam, and of losing in the Australian and French Open finals this year. “It’s been incredibly difficult not to think about it,” she said of finally winning number 22.”It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked hard for it.”This court definitely feels like home, I have a match later today in the doubles, so I’ll be back out.”Williams moves alongside German great Graf in the all-time list of Grand Slam singles champions, and just two behind overall leader Margaret Court, the Australian who won 13 of her 24 major titles before tennis turned professional in 1968.Kerber unable to break WilliamsWilliams had tried and failed three times to win her 22nd major title but she finally got over the line with a performance that owed as much to nerve as to skill. Kerber, 28, was the outsider but buoyed by her win over Williams in Melbourne, and the swirling wind added another element of uncertainty to the final.The German’s serve was under pressure immediately but after she saw off three break points in the second game, Kerber managed to contain Williams for the most part with her relentless hitting from corner to corner.A pumped-up Williams roared in celebration after one lunging volley, and again when three serves got her out of trouble at 5-5, and it was Kerber’s resistance which broke first.After a carefully managed 12 games the German made only her fourth and fifth errors of the set to fall 15-40 behind, before Williams converted her second set point with a thumping backhand into the corner.Kerber was not about to fold, however, finally earning her first break point of the match at 3-3 in the second set after one hour and 13 minutes – only to watch as Williams hammered a 117mph ace out wide. And moments later an engrossing final came to a sudden end.Kerber mis-hit a backhand to drop serve and Williams then powered through her final service game, punching away a forehand volley on match point and falling back on to the Centre Court turf.What the experts saidBillie Jean King, six-time Wimbledon champion: “The difference was the serve, because their groundstrokes they matched up so well.”It is the most beautiful serve ever. I remember seeing Serena when she was probably 11 or 12 and her technique was beautiful and she is such a terrific athlete.”Serena hates losing and I think that is what makes her so great. If Serena can keep her motivation and stay healthy I think she can be the greatest ever. I think she is and will be, but she needs to do it.” Lindsay Davenport, 1999 Wimbledon champion: “This has been the goal since Serena left the tournament 12 months ago, to get to 22 and seven Wimbledon titles.”She has been a woman on a mission for two weeks. She had one iffy match against [Christina] McHale and that was it.”John McEnroe, three-time Wimbledon champion: “I do think it is highly likely that will happen [Williams overtaking Court], she has tremendous will and desire. If you want to be the greatest of the great, that is the way you have to play.”I don’t see anyone on the horizon that will mean she doesn’t get at least a couple more quickly.”last_img read more

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Another decent start for Tiger at Firestone

first_imgTiger Woods watches his chip to the fourth hole, during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long)AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational.Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys.Woods bounced back with birdies all three times that he made mistakes, opening with a 2-under 68 on a soft, gentle day for scoring at Firestone. It left him four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, and hopeful that this time he can build on a solid start.Woods opened with a 69 at the British Open two weeks ago, only to plunge down the leaderboard the rest of the week at Royal Liverpool.“I hit a lot of good shots,” Woods said. “I dropped shots at three holes out there today (and) got it right back on the very next hole.”For so many players, the opening round of this World Golf Championship felt like either a warmup or an audition for bigger events to follow. Ryan Moore was among three players at 65, a good start for someone looking for one big week to get him on the Ryder Cup team.Two more Ryder Cup hopefuls — Patrick Reed and Francesco Molinari of Italy — were among those another shot back.British Open champion Rory McIlroy, who next week will chase his second straight major, was among the leaders until not paying attention to packed sand in a bunker that sent him to a double bogey late in his round. He still wound up with a 69.Leishman has quietly gone about his work in reasonable form, with top 10s recently at Congressional and Royal Liverpool. He had the perfect formula for Firestone, a big golf course where good scores are available by keeping the ball in play.“I drove the ball well. It makes this course a lot easier when you’re on the fairway,” Leishman said. “It’s pretty tough when you’re playing from the rough. Then, I hit my irons really well and was rolling the ball awesome. So it’s a pretty good combination for a tough golf course like this, something I can hopefully keep going.”Charl Schwartzel and Justin Rose joined Moore one shot out of the lead.Woods said only a mild breeze and soft conditions from overnight rain allowed for scoring, though he noted that no one went terribly low. The 64 by Leishman seemed like a good score, so maybe Woods was basing that on his own experience at a course where he has won eight times.Woods twice has shot his career-best 61 at Firestone, including last year on his way to a seven-shot victory. That he managed six birdies was a sign that he was making putts, even though two of his birdies were tap-ins.He still had a few wild moments, starting with a three-putt bogey from 10 feet on the opening hole. He hooked his drive so badly on the par-5 second hole that he worried it might not clear the lake on the adjacent third hole. It was far enough left to leave him a good angle with a 5-wood that he put on the green for a two-putt birdie.His only big mistake was a shot into the trees on the ninth hole. It took him two shots to get out, and from behind the green he couldn’t get up-and-down and made double bogey. Just like two other bogeys in his round, he answered with a birdie with a shot into 6 feet on No. 10.“I feel like I made some progress,” Woods said. “As I said, this is only my seventh round back. So it’s just going to take a little time. I’m starting to get in the flow of things. If you look at my iron shots into the holes today, a majority of them were pin-high. So I’m starting to get the feel back in my hands and get my trajectory under control.”Woods missed three months following back surgery, and the six rounds he has played since returning have not been inspiring, except for that opening round at Hoylake. He needs more rounds like that to remind Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson he would be worth selecting, and to try to extend his season beyond the PGA Championship next week by moving up 90 spots in the FedEx Cup standings to qualify for the playoffs.Phil Mickelson’s biggest struggle was with his health. He didn’t arrive in Ohio until Wednesday night because of strep throat, and he opened with a 71.McIlroy appeared to pick up where he left off in England. He wasn’t expecting a hangover from winning his third major and didn’t experience one except for his mistake from the bunker on the eighth hole.“There’s still so much to play for,” he said. “No. 1 spot is up for grabs. Trying to get myself as far up the FedEx Cup points as possible. I haven’t won a World Golf Championship before. Got another major coming up next week. It hasn’t been that hard for me to refocus and get back to work.”last_img read more

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In the Nevada desert, a team elevates a town

first_imgIn this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, Pahranagat Valley Panthers head coach Ken Higbee directs his team during practice in Alamo, Nev. To call Alamo a one stoplight town would be to elevate the status of the small collection of buildings surrounding the high school some 90 miles north of Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)ALAMO, Nev. (AP) — Life follows a familiar pattern in this impossibly green valley straddling a two-lane highway in the middle of the Nevada desert.Locals get in their pickup trucks on weekday mornings and make the hour and a half drive down U.S. 93 to jobs in Las Vegas. Sundays are reserved for church and family, a foundation laid more than a century ago by Mormon settlers and followed faithfully by their descendants.And on Fridays in the fall, they cram the new concrete bleachers of the football field at Pahranagat Valley High School to watch what may be the best little football team in America.Under lights salvaged from another school, they cheer as their sons, grandsons and great grandsons demolish yet another team in the eight-man game. Almost every boy at the school is involved with the team, and none of them have ever known what it is to lose a high school football game.The streak stood at 75 games on a recent Friday night, the longest in the nation. The eight seniors who would be honored before the game were in sixth grade when it started.“We don’t talk a lot about it,” said principal Mike Strong, who also serves as defensive coordinator. “The story we want to think about is how good we can get.”The team started in 1972 when with a young athletic director. Vaughn Higbee and a few others scraped away a cornfield next to the school, creating a place for the team to play.His son, Ken Higbee, now coaches the team. Another son is the offensive coordinator, and three younger Higbees play on the team.Actually, almost everyone plays on the team. There are 102 students in grades 9-12 at Pahranagat Valley. Of the 42 boys, 33 are on the football roster, two others are managers and one is in charge of video.A few players have caught on with college programs over the years, but recruiters don’t come to eight-man games looking for talent. Besides, most of the Panthers are already spoken for by the Mormon church, which will soon send them off on missions around the world.“The lessons we’re able to teach through football are far more important than just football,” coach Ken Higbee said. “We want to try and create great young men and outstanding leaders of tomorrow.”On this night, the team from Sandy Valley arrived for a showdown at would decide home-field advantage in the playoffs. The Sidewinders were also unbeaten, averaging of 54.8 points in the wide-open game of eight-man football, not far behind the 58.7-point average for PVHS.“Seniors, it’s your night,” Higbee told his players in the locker room before the game. “I don’t want to tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of you for the role you’ve had in this program the last 10-12 years.”Yes, 10-12 years. From second grade on many of these kids had been schooled in the same fundamentals.Against Sandy Valley, the experience showed. Pahranagat’s defenders followed their assignments, and protected their lanes. On offense, Panthers backs ran through gaping holes, and sophomore quarterback Tabor Maxwell displayed a nice touch.“The team that blocks the best and the team that tackles the best is usually going to win the game and they’re always the best at that,” Sandy Valley coach Brett Kramer said. “Add in a little skill and they’re deadly.”At the end of the first quarter it was 32-0. At halftime it was 48-6, and players danced to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on the PA before taking a knee around their coaches.“I’m not sure what they’re saying over there across the field,” Higbee told his team. “But what they’re thinking is that they’ve never seen anything like us before.”The game was physically brutal, but at least Sandy Valley didn’t quit. The team from Virginia City did earlier this season, deciding to start their five-hour bus trip back home at halftime after being outscored 60-6.By the time the Panthers came out for the second half, they knew the drill. The first team would go out for one series offensively and defensively. Then the backups and freshman would get their chance.The final score was 64-14, with a running clock helping make the second half mercifully short. Players lined up for traditional ringing of the old school bell, then went back to the field for another tradition — picking up garbage and anything left by players or fans.The ice cream shop where players liked to celebrate after games is now closed, but these Panthers aren’t a team that does much celebrating, anyway. On a team that has won 76 straight, they’re matter-of-fact.Most play their last games when they hang up their high school uniforms. The biggest thing awaiting most of the seniors are the two-year missions they’ll start next summer.By then, juniors will become seniors and the kids in eighth grade will be official members of the team. If all goes according to plan, there will be a seventh straight state championship banner to hang on the bleachers.The familiar pattern of life in the Pahranagat Valley goes on.last_img read more

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KDM Foundation to Hold Annual Fun Run March 9 in Sea…

first_imgThe KDM Founda­tion is preparing for its 12th Annual Fun Run, scheduled for Saturday, March 9, in Sea Bright.As Sea Bright continues to struggle in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, this year’s race will benefit Sea Bright Recreation and the many activities it provides to the community.The participation and generosity of area residents has enabled KDM to complete a wide array of projects throughout the area and this year’s race will be a meaningful opportunity to help neighbors in need.There are several changes that have been made to the event for this year’s edition that aim to improve the race experience for everyone. Similar to other large charitable races, this year preregistration will be required for all participants who wish to receive a racing number and official running time.Participants may preregister online by visiting www.kdmfoundation.com until Feb. 20. Those who do will get their racing number and electronic tracking chip mailed to them.People who do not preregister will still be able to participate on the day of the race and to receive this year’s KDM race shirt. The registration price is $35.The race committee is looking forward to the 2013 KDM Foundation Fun Run for a day filled with fun, friends and entertainment.The KDM Foundation, also known as the Keith McHeffey Foundation, was created to keep alive the spirit of McHeffey and countless other local victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, through a variety of charitable functions.McHeffey was a kind and giving person who will never be forgotten by his family or friends. He spent his life giving of himself to others. Now, the foundation is giving back to the community in his good name. His life was a testament of “how to live.“The foundation has created a permanent memorial to area victims in the newly renovated Memorial Field at Piping Rock Park in Rumson. The foundation also awards annual memorial scholarships in his name to students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and has assisted many of the youth sports programs including Fair Haven, Sea Bright and Rumson.last_img read more

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Not Self, But Country

first_imgC.J. Stratton, a retired command master chief and veteran, hoped that this country will take care of its ill and deceased service members and their families. Photo by Tina ColellaWHILE THE NATION observes Armed Forces Day this Saturday, and Memorial Day next weekend, the heroes who should be receiving accolades and memorial services on both observances must also include the Clyde Jay Strattons of the world who join the military, do their job efficiently, quietly and thoroughly, and never ask for a moment’s praise or thanks for their sacrifices.Stratton, an octogenarian and great grandfather, can tick off dozens of names of what he knows are “real heroes,” the guys who were on battlefields from Korea through Vietnam through Desert Storm and more, the young kids who didn’t come home, the men and women who came home but were broken in mind or body as well as all the military men and women in the nation’s forces during one or both of the world wars.But Stratton – make that retired Command Master Chief C.J. Stratton –whether he likes it or not, is also a hero, the kind of guy who stays till the job is done, does it right, takes care of his sailors, and in the end, simply hopes and prays for an America where we truly take care of our ill, sick, wounded and deceased military and their families.This genial, humble and hardworking man chalked up his life history in an unusual way, but along its route, carved out several different occupations and created several important niches that even today are helping to keep the military the proud and distinguished units that they are.An Ohio native, Stratton was always a flying enthusiast, reveling in the Civil Air Patrol’s work before he was a teenager, signing up himself for the volunteer position as soon as he was 15 and eligible.At the start of the Korean War, he enlisted in the Navy, despite all his friends’ warning him he’d be shipped out soon. By the grace of God and the luck of the draw, he never did see service in Korea, though many of his friends who were later drafted did. Stratton had signed up as an air crewman “not because I was a hero, but because it paid $50 a month more that I would have gotten as a medical equipment repairman,” he said.Though the Navy’s PV2 planes, twin-tailed planes were determined to be too old for battle and hence didn’t go into Korea, he was still part of America’s fighting force that prepared and were ready to go wherever needed on a minute’s notice. Instead, he went to South America; what he recalls is that his brother served eight years in the Navy, five of them in the South Pacific during World War II. “That’s a real hero,” he exclaims, always eager to deflect attention from himself.You don’t have to ask Stratton to name more heroes, he’s got them all on the tip of his tongue: “Here’s another one for you, my good friend, Dick O’Shaughnessy, who died recently. He was an enlisted man and he earned the Distinguished Service Cross … think of that, an enlisted man with that high honor! That’s a hero. And my grandson, a young fella, who picked up something in Kenya and is now medically discharged from the Navy … these are heroes, not me.”When the active duty forces were reduced at the end of the Korean conflict, Stratton opted to stay in the Reserves while still searching for a job to support his new status as husband. He had no desire to go back into the family contracting business in Ohio, so when he heard there was an advertisement for an instructor at the Army’s Signal School at Fort Monmouth, he thought it was the best use he could make of his Navy-training as an electronics technician. At that time all he knew about New Jersey was what he had heard of fouls smells, pig farms and oil refineries. He remembered flying over Lakehurst Naval Station and thinking it was all swampland so he wasn’t holding out any hope for an attractive new home. He still chuckles heartily when he recalls getting off the train at the Little Silver railroad station and thinking it was so beautiful and wonderful he must be in Connecticut instead. And walking from the station to Fort Monmouth, he realized that once again, good for tune was following him. That was in June, 1952 and Stratton began his new position, while still remaining in the Reserves and doing his weekend training at NWS Station Earle in Colts Neck.For the next 35years, Stratton continued as an instructor at the signal school. But that isn’t all he did. Recalling his days and all he had learned in the Civil Air Patrol, he wondered why the Navy didn’t have a similar program. Lakehurst had a Sea Cadet program, the first in the country, so Stratton decided to start the second in the country at Earle. Assisted by another friend and Navy hero, the late Capt. Joseph Azzolina, he started the program which is still active at Earle, teaching teen boys and girls the mission and discipline of the US Navy while at the same time giving them experiences they may not other wise have in travel and education. Three of Stratton’s own children signed up for the Sea Cadet program at Earle over the next few years.At Fort Monmouth, Stratton was the executive officer of the MSE program and received a summary of his status report one day. When he contacted personnel to ask what it was about, and was told it meant he was eligible to retire at any time with a comfortable pension, he laughingly told them to make it official that afternoon. He did retire in 1987 – but the army called him back to serve as a consultant for its reorganization at the Signal Corps School for another six years. And still he remained an active reservist. It wasn’t until 1992 – five years after his official retirement as a civilian – when Command Master Chief Clyde Stratton retired from the US Navy, after a career that spanned 42 years.
 But those years when he was both a reservist and working for the Department of Defense were good years, this veteran recalls. When the Navy needed him for temporary duty –for instance, to step up to be the Command Master Chief at Newport when the CMC there was ill – it was comparatively easy to take leave from his government job to complete his military mission. His Navy experience, education and connections were also helpful when he was called on to help create the MSE, Mobil Subscriber Equipment communication system of linked switching nodes that provide the force with an area common-user system (ACUS). It is one of the major communications systems of an Army force at echelons corps and below (ECB). The system is digital and flexible, providing voice and data communications on an automatic, discrete-addressed, fixed-directory basis, supporting mobile and wire subscribers with a means to exchange command, control communications, computers, and intelligence, making it the system that developed what is today’s cell phone for use in the military.Looking back, it’s been an active, happy, busy–but in his terms, no way a heroic – life for this very proud Command Master Chief. One in which he has been proud and humbled to work for the country and be in the company of men and women who have given their lives to protect it.But for Americans who look to our military for safety, security, and protection, CMC Stratton can certainly be ranked up there with the best of them.last_img read more

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