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Police: man pushed, spit blood at officers – Odessa American

A man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he reportedly shoved, kicked, threatened and spit blood at officers. At about 11:36 p.m. Monday night officers were called to Hooters, 2660 N.

JBS Parkway, about a disturbance and were told by dispatch that a man was fighting with security guards, according to a probable cause affidavit. The man, later identified as Harold Dean Valdez, 26, was asked to leave the restaurant before he reportedly shoved a security guard. After fighting with security guards Valdez was detained and started spitting blood and saliva at the security guard, according to the affidavit.

Officers then struggled to get Valdez into a police vehicle before transporting him to the Ector County Detention Center, according to the affidavit. While heading to the jail, Valdez told an officer that someone else was going to (expletive) me up for arresting him, according to the affidavit. As Valdez was getting out of the police vehicle at the jail he reportedly kicked a jailer in the stomach.

Valdez was charged with assault on a public servant and obstruction of justice, both third-degree felonies, along with attempted harassment of a public servant, a state jail felony; resisting arrest, search, transportation, a class A misdemeanor; and public intoxication, a class C misdemeanor.

Valdez was being held Tuesday at the Ector County Detention Center and his bonds had not been set.

Contact Jared Wilson at 432-333-7786

419th sk© Security SAVER SALE Forces Squadron simulate war at Camp Williams

HILL AIR FORCE BASE When Air Force reservists are called off to duty, hours of preparation typically precede the call. That preparation can take many forms, sometimes mundane and sometimes exciting, but not often is it as real-life as it was earlier this month for a group of troops from Hill Air Force Base s reserve fighter wing. Last week, more than 50 reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing s Security Forces Squadron spent four days at Utah Army National Guard Camp W.G.

Williams, running a gauntlet of vigorous training exercises designed to simulating real world war scenarios as accurately as possible. During the four-day exercise, members of the 419th SFS hunted for enemy intelligence, cleared buildings, rescuing prisoners of war and apprehending high-profile enemy targets, and worked on communication techniques while under heavy enemy fire. The training was designed to be stressful and physically demanding, preparing the airmen for many of the life-threatening scenarios they could possibly face while on a combat deployment.

This is an opportunity for us to come out here and actually work, train, get tactics down so we can deploy at forward locations anywhere around the world, said Senior Master Sgt. Robert Richards. A lot of the tactics that we learn right here, we can implement some of those similar type of tactics down range.

Richards said deployments may call reservists to work harmoniously with other agencies and units that specialize in a myriad of different areas, so a jack-of-all-trades skill set is often required of reservists. We re not just urban warfare, we re not just security, we re not just law enforcement we re everything, Richards said. We re not necessarily going to be raiding buildings when we go somewhere, but what this does is it gives us an opportunity to have situational awareness.

There may be times where we actually engage with local law enforcement or the Army or Marine Corpse. We ve got to understand how they work and operate as well. The airmen said the field training allows them to a develop a mindset that will be essential when they deploy for real.

It s definitely a good change of pace compared to the usual, said Senior Airman Jared Hughes. This, we actually get to come out here and do what we talk about. Contact reporter Mitch Shaw at 801-625-4233 or [email protected]

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CSA: Budget cuts don’t support global security environment

While the Defense Department contemplates some $500 billion in budget reductions, the global security environment continues to worsen, the Army’s chief of staff said. Ultimately, said Gen. Ray Odierno, there is no parity between what the Army is doing — or may be asked to do — and the resources it will be given to accomplish those tasks. “We’re being asked to reduce a bit quicker than I think we should,” he said, addressing a March 11 meeting of the Baltimore Council of Foreign Affairs Army of the future The general said the increasing “velocity of instability” in a technologically competitive era calls for an Army capable of swift reaction, and possessing a comprehensive, innovative approach to problem solving.

The “Army of the future,” he said, must be able to quickly integrate new technologies and new concepts. He said the Army’s success will result from its ability to adapt, and to solve problems. “We’re about people who operate within organizations and our success is based on how well an organization can solve a problem,” Odierno said. Crisis in the Middle East A current test of the Army’s ability to adapt and solve problems is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a terrorist organization that today serves as one of the largest threats to global security.

Odierno said the group takes advantage of disenfranchised populations and ungoverned territories. The general described ISIL ideology as a deep-seated dissatisfaction with many people in different parts of the world. He said the terrorist group serves as a rallying point for those who join it.

While Odierno said recent military actions have “stopped the advance” of ISIL and are now preventing the group from gaining more territory or improving their position in Iraq or Syria, he balked at a solely military approach to overcome the group. “I don’t think that will defeat ISIL,” he said.

Uncertainty still about armed guards

ENFIELD Uncertainty dominated the discussion at the joint Town Council and Board of Education meeting Wednesday to address residents feedback regarding the town s School Security Program. The meeting, at Town Hall, follows four public comment sessions held by the council and board to give parents, teachers, and neighbors alike a voice in deciding whether the program, now in its second year, will be renewed for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The program which has stationed armed security guards at the schools was recommended by the joint Town Council-Board of Education Security Committee after a lone gunman killed 20 first-graders and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec.

14, 2012. The town’s $119.9 million budget for 2014-15 includes almost $795,000 for program s 23 armed guards, in addition to $150,000 for security improvements to school facilities. The council and the school board have set May 1 as the deadline for a decision whether to continue the program.

The town pays for armed security guards to be stationed at all the public schools, the two parochial schools, and the Enfield Montessori School. Wednesday s meeting began slowly, and it seemed officials were almost reluctant to talk about the issue. It was not until school board member Timothy Neville spoke up that the conversation moved forward.

We have not had enough discussion, Neville said. Has anyone quantified the pros and cons? What s good, what s negative, what changes (the public) recommended?

We haven t talked. Many of the concerns and suggestions voiced at the meeting reflected the immense uncertainty surrounding the program. Board member Raymond Peabody called more than once for a school security road map, a guide of what s to come.

What s your plan with (the program)? What s your plan without (the program)? We don t know what the future is, he argued.

Neville suggested more transparency throughout the rest of the decision-making process, reminding the gathered officials that residents misconceptions and misunderstandings about the security program are born from a lack of knowledge. Other discussion points proposed alternatives to the program. Councilman Tom Arnone provided a written proposal for a greater focus on the treatment of mental illness in the schools, a step he believes will help prevent tragedies.

Arnone began by emphasizing that he supported the program two years ago, but added that it needs to develop and change. I want to see the program evolve, Arnone said. He suggested that the armed guards become a smaller part of the overall security program, lessening the financial burden of the program.

More importantly, he proposed that the town use the savings from the guards to hire three youth counselors and form a School Mental Health Assessment Team.

The team, Arnone explained in his proposal, Is a prevention and early intervention strategy specifically designed to intervene with students who are at risk of or are experiencing first onset of serious psychiatric illness and its multiple issues and risk factors