By Steve Roman, Security Cooperation Division, U.S. Southern Command / Edited by Diálogo Staff December 10, 2019 The Colombian Navy Special Forces (COFEN, in Spanish) provided special operations training to their Dominican counterparts at Las Calderas Naval Base, on the southwest coast of the Dominican Republic, August 12-30, 2019.The training was part of the U.S.-Colombia Action Plan (USCAP) — a regional security cooperation agreement between both countries — which objective was to enhance the capabilities of the Dominican Navy’s special forces to counter threats. The U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command had been providing training to the Dominican Navy Commandos before COFEN stepped in.COFEN taught units of the Dominican Navy Commandos special operations processes, techniques, and procedures in counter narcotics operations. Instructors also addressed movement to contact techniques, live fire exercises, combat drills, reconnaissance techniques, first aid, communications, planning, and team organization. Teams also conducted over the beach amphibious assault operations using naval vehicles such as Boston Whaler interceptors and Zodiac inflatable rafts.“This training has been exceptional,” said Lieutenant Commander Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, commander of the Dominican Navy Commandos. “I feel that this has been more valuable than other USCAP training we’ve received to date.”The COFEN training will serve as a springboard for future special operations training for the Dominican Republic and other partner nations. As for the USCAP team, this special operations training represents a boost to capacity building options it offers to the region. Moving forward, future USCAP-sponsored specialized training will seek to enhance counter threat capabilities in the air, land, and sea.
MENTONE, Ind. – Regional standings for Modifieds and Stock Cars and regional standings for the two SportMod divisions determine recipients of Landrum Performance Springs contingency awards.Certificates to buy one spring and get a second of equal value free go to the top three eligible finishers in each of the five IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified regions and both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions.Top three eligible competitors in national Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod standings receive the same awards from the Mentone, Ind., company.In addition to competing with four Landrum-manufactured springs, drivers in all four divisions must display two of the 11-year IMCA marketing partner’s decals on their race car and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1.Awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week.More information about Landrum-manufactured springs is available by calling 800 424-0244, at the www.landrumspring.com website or on Facebook.“Some of the top performers in IMCA racing were using Landrum springs in 2014 and that may duplicate itself in our anniversary season,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder observed. “I encourage all of our members utilizing Landrum springs to let me know through their respective contingency sign-up forms located in their driver’s packet.”