Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Events Same-Sex Marriage Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Martinsville, VA By Matt GardnerPosted Jul 15, 2019 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service Rector Bath, NC Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Anglican Communion, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags Submit a Job Listing Primate Fred Hiltz and officers of General Synod share a tense moment of silence before results are revealed. Photo: Matthew Townsend[Anglican Journal] The Anglican Church of Canada will maintain its traditional definition of marriage after a vote to amend the marriage canon failed to pass at General Synod 2019.The 42nd General Synod voted against Resolution A052-R2, which would have amended the marriage canon to allow for same-sex marriage, after the resolution failed to pass by a two-thirds majority in all three orders. While two-thirds of the Order of Laity (80.9 percent) and Order of Clergy (73.2 percent) voted in favor, less than the required two-thirds (62.2 percent) voted in favor of the resolution in the Order of Bishops.Read the full article here. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Marriage Equality, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Marriage canon amendment fails to pass Canada’s General Synod Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA
About Author: Staff Writer Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago October 25, 2018 2,191 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago FirstBank Puerto Rico Brings RES.NET Onboard to Streamline Operations Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Bianca Torres Roman First Bank Puerto Rico firstbank puertorico Housing Market Kieth Guenther Mortgage Industry Originations RES.NET Related Articles FirstBank Puerto Rico has announced that it has enlisted RES.NET—a technology platform allowing mortgage bankers, investors, vendors, consumers, and other parties to communicate around a real estate transaction—to develop and deploy a new online marketplace showcasing the bank’s diverse portfolio of available assets. The new digital marketplace is also meant to engage a broader audience of potential buyers and investors than currently available. The platform was built in Spanish so as to accommodate the widest range of buyers.Shortly after FirstBank Puerto Rico selected RES.NET as the operating platform to assist with the disposition of its Other Real Estate Owned (OREO) properties, the devastation from Hurricane Maria presented a new set of unforeseen challenges. In response, the bank and RES.NET issued a joint call to action, expediting the development and deployment of their new marketplace so as to quickly adapt to the new situation.“Following Hurricane Maria, it became urgently important to streamline the bank’s OREO process and workflow while simultaneously enhancing the visibility of the bank’s available assets to a broader audience,” said Bianca Torres Román, VP of FirstBank Puerto Rico. “Within just one month of launching the new Buyer’s Marketplace, the unique number of visitors seeking information on our available properties more than tripled. Today, we are now reaching prospective buyers not just in Puerto Rico and the immediate region, but across the United States.”In addition to the Buyer’s Marketplace, the bank has implemented RES.NET’s Real-Estate-Owned (REO), Agent, Vendor, and Property Preservation portals to automatically track and manage its portfolio. Bank employees can now manage the entire process from the time a foreclosure has been conducted through the sale and closing. The new process is meant to herald the automation of multiple workflows, work cues, offer-management tools, and notification features.“With RES.NET, the complete portfolio can be viewed via the dashboard, providing real-time data and a more holistic view of our assets,” Torres continued. “Having access to this data is invaluable and helps ensure we are positioned for success in the future. Launching the Buyer’s Marketplace in combination with deploying our operating platforms is a pivotal moment for the bank’s OREO success.”“I am very pleased with the work we’ve accomplished together with the team at FirstBank Puerto Rico,” said Keith Guenther, Found and CEO of RES.NET. “It is the combined dedication of both our teams that allowed this large-scale development and implementation to occur in less than six months. We worked closely with the bank’s staff to scope and develop this customized marketplace to assist in connecting with potential buyers within Puerto Rico, as well as outside of the territory.” Home / Featured / FirstBank Puerto Rico Brings RES.NET Onboard to Streamline Operations Print This Post Previous: Citadel Launches New Product Next: US Bank: The Legal Challenges of Default Servicing The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Featured, Headlines Bianca Torres Roman First Bank Puerto Rico firstbank puertorico Housing Market Kieth Guenther Mortgage Industry Originations RES.NET 2018-10-25 Staff Writer Subscribe Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago
Rapid reaction leadershipOn 1 Mar 2002 in Military, Personnel Today Comments are closed. The hours are long, and time off is often unpredictable. In a year, as manyas 120 days could be spent on assignment away from home, and in 2002 thatfigure will probably rise. The work itself is tough, so the training is gearedto produce mentally and physically tough, disciplined and skilled air commandoswho can operate in the most chaotic and hostile conditions. DeeDee Doke reportson leadership within one of the US’s elite warfighting groupsWhen hostilities break out in an area of US interest, such as Afghanistan,among the first, if not the first, to arrive on the scene will be rapidreaction teams of Special Operations forces from the air force, army and navywith highly specialised combat skills. In the air force, such skills willinclude flying in adverse conditions, combat search and rescue, establishingand operating air assault zones, target designation, evacuation co-ordinationand more. As a result, it takes ‘a special breed’ that chooses to stay in the US AirForce Special Operations Command (AFSOC) beyond an initial three- or four-yeartour of duty, says Col James Connors, the command’s director of operations (DO)who has served nearly 19 years in the special operations arena. “I’ve stuck with it because I get up every morning to come in here, andI know that no matter how I plan my day, there’s going to be somethingdifferent that’s happened. I’m going to be challenged, and I enjoy that,”says Connors. “It’s an honour to come in every day and work with the kindof folks who also expect to come in, find a new challenge that they weren’texpecting and not only be able to handle that situation, but get ready for thenext day. There’s never a dull moment.” Compared to the board line-up of a commercial company, a military commandstaff has many of the same functions. At AFSOC, the ‘CEO’ is a three-star airforce general, whose ‘board’ includes a lawyer, flight surgeon, a financialwizard, a safety expert, chief engineer, senior enlisted force adviser andother top advisers. As the DO, which is arguably the hot seat on any command staff, Connors hasmultiple responsibilities: to organise, train and equip Afsoc’s forces,wherever they are based around the world. As such, he faces the full gamut ofHR issues daily, from ensuring the right combat forces are in the rightpositions, through training and leadership development, to overseeinginternational deployments and dealing with the families left behind. Since the beginning of Operation Enduring Force, the anti-terrorism campaignthat followed the New York and Washington bombings on 11 September, life inAfsoc has further intensified with global deployments and well-publicisedmilitary action. Its deadly AC-130 Spectre gunships vie for combat headlinesfrom Afghanistan with the more cumbersome B-52 bombers. Clearly, growing and maintaining as special a breed as Special Ops forcesrequires definitive command that leads by example. “They need to be ledbut not stifled,” says Connors. “They need to have a chance to learnby doing, as opposed to being ordered to do every single thing. We need to givethem a chance to try things, to plan, to exercise, and to see how things workout in training in peacetime so that when they have a chance to do the samething, only a little different, in combat, they understand how to do it. “I need to be able to give them an environment where they can think ontheir feet, where they’re not afraid to act. This is not a one-mistake commandwhere you’re out of here if you make a mistake. But we want people who arewilling to act on their best judgement, to act on what we’ve taught them –people who are not stopped by the fear that something will happen to them ifthey do something or make a mistake. “The ability to make mistakes is valuable. Letting people try things isvaluable. I think we do that in Afsoc more than the regular air forcedoes,” Connors says. Whereas many air force career fields involveconsiderable regulatory requirements and tried-and-tested formats forconducting business, Special Operations has a different focus. He adds:”We have regulatory guidance, but we also teach our people that there’s nosubstitute for common sense. And the guidance that we give folks never fits thenext situation they’re going to run into 100 per cent.” Connors’ original life plan did not include a military career, much lessSpecial Operations. In his youth, his only ambition was to live in New York,but the military draft system in place in the US then forced him to abandoneven that one goal. From 1969 until the end of the draft, which paralleled theend of the Vietnam War, a lottery system based on birth date determined whowould go. Connors’ number came up as 11. He completed his university studieswith a bachelor’s degree in urban studies in 1971, entered the air force and becamea billeting officer in his first assignment. He switched gears two years later by undergoing aircraft navigator training.For a few years, he served as an instructor navigator on two different aircrafttypes. In 1983, his course altered again, joining the special operations fieldfirst as a United Nations military observer for the UN Truce SupervisionOrganization in the Middle East. Business then heated up in the specialoperations world. The US has increasingly relied on its forces, somewhat toConnors’ chagrin, to take on more and more diverse missions from Grenada andPanama to Bosnia and various points in Africa. “Since the early 1990s,” Connors says, “there have never beenenough Special Operations forces to do what everybody wants us to do.” Asa result, his toughest challenge is prioritising resource requests from Afsoc’sfield operations, from aircraft and bullets to people and money “becauseyou never have enough”. Today, Afsoc forces tend to be “a little older, a little moreexperienced” than many airmen in the regular air force, Connors says,although “they really don’t know what they volunteered for until they getinto it. But the ones who are willing to accept the challenge, who are willingto learn new things and who are willing to continue to learn are the volunteersthat stay. They become a special breed. It amazes me every day the calibre ofpeople we get to do this job”. Motivating his forces on the front line is not difficult, Connors says, asthe objective and the means of executing it are clear. It’s tougher to keep thefocus on the mission outside the combat environment because of dailydistractions and competing priorities. “But everything we do needs to bedirected toward supporting those folks on the front line, and everybody herehas an important job doing that,” he says. “If there’s somethinggoing on in your job that you can’t control and it’s stopping you fromsupporting those guys out on the front line, you need to come see me, and we’llfix that.” Not only do his airmen and civilian employees need special leadership,however. Their spouses and children also form part of the “Afsocfamily” and require attention, especially when a mystery deployment isunder way. Often, families cannot know where their special operators have goneor when they’ll return. “It’s interesting. We recruit people to come here,but we keep families. We have more people leave Special Operations becausetheir family does not like the lifestyle rather than the individual member notliking the lifestyle,” Connors says. “It’s very hard on them. We aska lot of the people in the service, and we ask a lot of the families.” But his leadership philosophy for dealing with both is the same: “Tellthe truth. It’s easier. You have less to remember.” In Special Operations,truth is particularly crucial. The truth can alert forces to a potentialproblem – how to avoid it, or perhaps, how it cannot be avoided. For families,telling them you can’t tell them where their units have gone or when they’ll beback is better than passing on a lie. “When I deal with people, that’s my leadership philosophy. As DO,”Connors continues, “my philosophy is to fly, fly, fly. The only way I geta pilot with 3,000 hours flying experience is to have him fly 3,000 hours. Ican’t go out into the street and hire a guy that’s flown 3,000 hours incivilian life and bring him into the military and say, ‘OK, that’s going totransfer exactly over to what we do here’ because it doesn’t. The job of thiscommand is to produce combat-ready aircrews. That’s it. That’s what wedo.” But keeping that focus is difficult. When VIPs visit, there are staticdisplays to develop; aircraft need maintenance or modifications that keep themout of the available fleet; perhaps an aircraft must be on standby. Then there’sthe question of money. “Resources to fly aeroplanes are very expensive.There’s never enough money. Everyone understands that producing combat-readyaircrews is the goal, but there are a lot of impediments to doing that,”he says. At 52, Connors will soon retire from the military, believing that it is agame for younger folks who can better handle sleeping in tents out in thefield. But he easily and fondly remembers his own proudest moment as a SpecialOperations leader. In June 1993, he deployed to the African country of Djibouti for 30 dayswith four aircraft under his command, dispatched by the UN and then-PresidentBill Clinton following the killing of 24 Pakistani UN troops by Somalianwarlord Mohammed Aidid’s forces. He was the senior US military man in Djibouti,and oversaw the establishment of a full-up military encampment to support hisand other forces that were in pursuit of Aidid. When his group returned to homebase, all went home alive. Says Connors: “I sat back and said, ‘Well, it all worked, if I’d had toretire right after that, I would have felt complete’.” US air force special operations command12,000 people include: 9,000 active-dutyairmen 1,200 reservists 1,000 Air NationalGuard 500 civiliansPermanent bases:Hurlburt Field, Florida, USKadena Air Base, Okinawa, JapanRAF Mildenhall, UK130 aircraft:AC-130H/U gunshipsMH-53M Pave Low helicoptersMC-130E/H Combat Talon transport MC-130P Combat Shadow aerial tankers Related posts: Previous Article Next Article Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a…
Last night, beloved Americana group The Avett Brothers took a moment to pay tribute to the late great musician Prince. There’s no denying that the Purple One’s legacy stretches far and wide, with bands from practically every genre coming forth and paying their respects through music, reflections, and more.The Avetts performed their staple “Pretty Girl From Annapolis,” when they suddenly worked in an interlude of the Prince classic “When Doves Cry” in the middle of the song. The emotional moment was brief, but powerful all the same.Watch fan-shot footage below, courtesy of YouTube user DCRANGERFAN:RIP Prince. We miss you already.[H/t JamBase]
The Africa Union (AU) will meet in Zambia this week to hold its first conference on Ending Child Marriage in Africa, a move aimed at protecting African girls from the vice.The AU says that about 14 million under-age girls are married on the continent annually, almost all of them forced off by their parents, often in violation of laws within those countries, even though the laws themselves are rarely enforced.“Child marriage is a human rights violation that robs girls of their rights to health, to live in security, and to choose if, when and whom to marry,” the AU said ahead of the meeting on Thursday and Friday in Lusaka.“It is a harmful practice which severely affects the rights of a child.”The conference will bring together representatives from member states, African First Ladies, United Nations officials and civil society groups to discuss how to change the long-established cultural norms and how to eventually end child marriage altogether.