No aircraft takes off by itself to fight in CRUZEX V. Twice a day, up to forty airplanes arrive together at the start of the Natal Air Base runway for one more mission in this simulated war. These are the so-called “packs,” groups of aircraft that will combine their capabilities to defeat hostile forces. “A pack makes it possible to optimize resources and maximize results,” summarized Lt. Col. Sérgio Bastos, commander of the 1st/16th Aviation Group (GAV), the Adelphi Squadron. According to him, at the same time that attack aircraft take off to destroy targets on the ground, high-performance fighter planes confront possible enemies in the air, while others act to destroy radars and anti-aircraft defenses. A pack may bring together aircraft ranging, for example, from planes that reach twice the speed of sound, like the Mirage 2000, to the turboprop Super Toucan, more suitable for combat close to the ground. In one of these fighter planes, a pilot will have the task of commanding all the aircraft. He is the so-called pack leader, responsible for fulfilling the entire mission and also for maintaining the safety of each aircraft. “We dream of having this responsibility,” Lt. Col. Sérgio Bastos confessed. For him, this is one of the greatest experiences that a fighter pilot can have during an exercise like CRUZEX V. “There’s no such thing as the worst or the best plan: there’s the suitable plan,” he explained. With the experience of someone who has participated in three prior CRUZEX exercises and one Red Flag exercise in the United States, Lt. Col. Sérgio Bastos highlighted the fact that each year the pilot’s challenge increases, and so does the knowledge he gains. “With aircraft capable of carrying better weapons, mission preparation has evolved a great deal,” he states. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the air force. We can interact with other countries, obtain knowledge, and exchange experiences,” he concluded. By Dialogo November 19, 2010 And the Argentine airplanes???? Like they were telling me in a forum that they were the best and they werenâ€™t even able to launch. How embarrassingâ€¦
Published on December 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ HOUSTON — For the first time all season, Scott Shafer seemed at ease behind the podium in the Westin Galleria Houston on Thursday morning.He enthusiastically posed for photos with the team captains and his wife, Missy. He opened up about his sister, Heidi’s, epilepsy. He even joked subtly about Marquis Spruill’s arrest last season.Shafer was in victory form, and deservedly so. While the Orange still has one game left, facing Minnesota in the Texas Bowl at 6 p.m. on Friday, there’s nothing left to prove. The season has been a success. This is just an extra gift.“We want to try to get out and go and try to get a victory, as does Coach (Jerry) Kill and his boys,” Shafer said, “but at the end of the day just playing a college football game just after Christmas is just an exciting time for us at Syracuse.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 46-year-old Shafer inherited a team without a starting quarterback entering a more competitive Atlantic Coast Conference. He plowed forward through crippling injuries to the secondary and receiving corps, and balanced a hard-nosed on-field effort with equally strenuous efforts in the recruiting realm.The first-year Orange head coach not only propelled his program to exceed expectations this season, but firmly planted the team to succeed in the future. “We do everything Coach asks us to do,” running back Jerome Smith said. “We give a little bit more effort. On both sides of the ball we always figure out a way to get it done.”When Shafer was hired on Jan. 9, program-changing QB Ryan Nassib was headed to the NFL. So too were his stud wide receivers Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales, and arguably the Orange’s best defensive player in safety Shamarko Thomas. Doug Marrone had taken most of his offensive staff to Buffalo, and the future image of SU football was unclear. Shafer enlisted recruiting stud George McDonald as his offensive coordinator and built a close-knit staff around him. One he didn’t micromanage — even as the outgoing defensive coordinator. He stood for toughness and grittiness, the do-it-the-right-way kind of guy who backs up his hard-nosed coach speak with a very real personality.Players followed. In short, Shafer built a football family. “He really has a good connection with all the players,” center Macky MacPherson said, “especially on the defensive side of the ball last year. He had a real strong connection with those guys, and I think that’s really grown to everyone on the team. “Guys love him, and that’s why they play their butts off for him.”They stood by him even in the most daunting moments of adversity.When golden boy Oklahoma transfer Drew Allen fell through in the early weeks, Shafer turned to sophomore Terrel Hunt. When Adrian Flemming and Ross Krautman started a long trickle of season-ending injuries, Shafer preached the “next guy up” mentality, and so did his team. And when a team predicted by many to finish second-to-last in the ACC — and 5-7 by yours truly — seemed bound for failure, Shafer urged it not to give up.His infectious, hard-nosed personality seeped into his team. The players bought in and fought, upending North Carolina State and Maryland before winning what MacPherson called one of the five greatest football games in Carrier Dome history against Boston College.“It’s just a dream come true to be part of something like this and to see Syracuse excel,” MacPherson said. “I can’t wait to see what they do in the future.”As long as Shafer is around, the future will be bright. Now, that’s not to say Syracuse is going to jump up with the likes of Florida State and Clemson any time soon, but a winning mark in conference play and continually improving recruiting classes can be expected.Four-star wide receiver K.J. Williams and three-star wide receiver Corey Cooper could be joined by highly touted three-star wideout Steve Ishmael in next year’s class.That, combined with a bowl game in his first season, is plenty of reason for Scott Shafer to loosen up this week. He’s earned it.Stephen Bailey is an asst. sports editor for The Daily Orange, where his columns appear occasionally. You can contact him at [email protected] and @Stephen_Bailey1. Comments
Stat that mattersThe Saints are only 3-2 in home games with Brees this season but he’s been off the charts good in the Superdome as usual. In those 5 games, he’s completed nearly 75 percent of his passes, thrown for 13 TDs to only 3 INTs at 8.0 yards per attempt, 338 yards per game and a 112.6 passer rating.Saints vs. Colts predictionThe Saints’ offense will make some big plays but it will be stalled a few times because of the bend-but-don’t-break nature of the Colts’ defense, which is still playing hard despite a few key injuries. That means a lot of red zone opportunities and moving the ball well but field goals to match the touchdowns. The Colts will work to run effectively to help Brissett keep in the game, but ultimately, they don’t score quite enough in another one-possession loss.Saints 30, Colts 23 New Orleans has at times dominated teams with defense and special teams, other times rolling offensively with quarterback Drew Brees. Indianapolis has struggled to find an identity around quarterback Jacoby Brissett. The Saints and Colts both like slowing down games with efficient scoring and good running games.Here’s everything to know about betting on Saints vs. Colts in Week 15, including updated odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for “Monday Night Football.”MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderSaints vs. Colts odds for ‘Monday Night Football’Spread: Saints by 9Point total: 47.5Odds: Colts -115, Saints -105The line has been just short of double digits all week. The Saints are coming off a 2-point home loss in Week 14 to the 49ers. The Colts lost a road shootout to the Buccaneers by only 3 points.Saints vs. Colts all-time seriesThe Saints lead the series 8-5. They have that edge by winning three in a row. The last time the teams played in New Orleans, the Saints rolled to a 62-7 win on a Sunday night in 2011. The Saints beat the Colts in Super Bowl 44, 31-17.Three trends to know— 60 percent of spread bettors are siding with the Saints. 60 percent of moneyline bettors also like the Saints.— 68 percent of bettors like the game to go over the moderately high point total. The Colts have gone over in 8 of 13 games. The Saints have gone over in 7 of 13 games.— The Saints have failed to cover in three of their past five games. The Colts have pushed and failed to cover in their previous two games.Three things to watchNo Rankins or DavenportThe Saints usually have a stout front but now are playing without two key pieces in tackle Sheldon Rankins and end Marcus Davenport, who are both on season-ending injured reserve. That should help Brissett feel a little more comfortable, especially with end Cameron Jordan playing through an abdomen injury. Rankins’ absence in the middle on top of linebacker Kiko Alonso missing another game will help the Colts’ plan of power rushing a healthy Marlon Mack.Yes HiltonThe Colts are set to have wide receiver T.Y. Hilton give it a go and play for the first time since Week 12. He likely will step into a tough matchup against cornerback Marshon Lattimore, but they have missed his field-stretching ability to open up the running game for Mack and the short passing game for Brissett.Candid KamaraAlvin Kamara has had a weird season for the Saints. The running back has scored only two touchdowns all season, both coming in Week 3. He has yet to record either 100 yards rushing or 100 yards receiving in a game in 2019. He doesn’t seem to be the same explosive, decisive player after his midseason ankle injury. The Saints need to get him going before going into the playoffs. When the Saints (10-3) host the Colts (6-7) on “Monday Night Football” (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN), it will be one NFC team trying to improve its playoff standing while one AFC team tries to keep its slim playoff hopes alive.The Saints have some defensive injuries going into the game, while the Colts are getting a little healthier on offense. Indianapolis typically plays better at home, but has played unpredictable mostly close games everywhere this season.