Match Days 4 & 5

Air Force Falcons (1-1-1) at George Mason Patriots (0-6)

Thursday, Sept. 9, 5 pm MT

George Mason Stadium – Fairfax, VA

Broadcast Information

Video Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)

Live Statistics: SIDEARM Live Stats

Twitter updates: @AF_WSOC

Air Force Falcons (1-1-1) at Navy Midshipmen (3-2-1)

Sunday, Sept. 12, 3 pm MT

Glenn Warner Soccer Facility – Annapolis, MD

Broadcast Information

Video Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)

Live Statistics: StatBroadcast

Twitter updates: @AF_WSOC

COVID-19 Update

-Current Department of Defense and Air Force Academy policies require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask when indoors in all Academy facilities, including the press box, Blue and Silver Club, suites, elevators and restrooms. All individuals who have not been fully vaccinated must also wear masks outdoors at all times while on the installation. Fans who are fully vaccinated and are not required to wear a mask when outdoors. Anyone with a COVID-19 diagnosis within the previous 10 days, or any symptoms suggestive of possible COVID-19, or a recent close contact with an individual known to be positive for COVID-19 should not come to the stadium. These policies will be constantly evaluated and any changes will be communicated.

Series History vs. Opponents

-The Falcons lone matchup with the Patriots took place in 1997, a 2-1 home defeat.

-Air Force’s next three matches are versus Patriot League opponents, where the Falcons are 9-12-4 against current conference members.

-Air Force has not played the Naval Academy since 2002, a 2-1 neutral site loss in St. Louis, Mo.

-In service academy matchups, Air Force is 9-12-2 against both Navy and Army, including records of 2-4 against the Midshipmen and 7-8-2 against the Black Knights.

-As well, on September 16, the Falcons will travel to West Point, N.Y. to play Army.

 

Attacking Defense

The Falcons grabbed their first win of the 2021 season on Sept. 2 against Cal-Poly, erasing a one-goal deficit to win 2-1 at home.

-Defenders Kayla Milford and Ashlie Van Cleave found the back of the net for the first time this season, with Milford scoring her second career goal and Van Cleave notching her first collegiate finish.

– Freshman defender Hannah Johnson, whose free kick paved the way for Milford’s headed goal, entered the stat sheet for first time in her career as well.

Conference Comparison

– Junior Faith Lee, is fourth in the Mountain West in shots per game (2.67)

– Sophomore keeper Cammi Bych is tied for sixth in the conference in saves (12), averaging exactly 4.00 saves per match, tying her for fourth-best in the MWC.

Two This Week, One Next Week

-Following matchups with George Mason and Navy, the Falcons will again return east for a trip to Army on September 16, scheduled

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, known as America’s Tall Ship, will be in Portland, Maine in August as part of Maine’s bicentennial celebration.

The 295-foot ship will be at the Ocean Gateway from Aug. 6-9 for a weekend of public tours and other events, the Maine Bicentennial Commission, city of Portland and Coast Guard announced Tuesday.

“What an exciting occasion it is for Eagle to arrive in Portland to help celebrate our state’s 200th birthday,” Sen. Bill Diamond, chairman of the bicentennial commission, said in a statement. “We are so honored to be the hosting organization for this visit and to work closely with the city and our local Coast Guard command. We want everyone to come and tour this piece of maritime history.”

Maine marked its 200th anniversary of statehood in 2020. A tall ship festival was among the events that were originally planned as part of the bicentennial celebration last summer but were canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The nonprofit Maine Bicentennial Commission is aiming to honor the state’s shipbuilding and seafaring history.

“Maine is renowned for the quality of the ships built here, the value of the wood that was used to construct these vessels, and for the variety of activities — from fishing to transportation, recreation to rescue, research to defense. The Eagle is a magnificent reminder of the majesty of sail,” Diamond said.

The ship is based at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, and has a crew of about 60. More than 100 academy cadets will be on board. The Eagle is a three-masted barque that tours the world as a goodwill ambassador while training cadets and officer candidates.

Portland will be the sixth stop of a tour that also includes the Azores, Iceland and Bermuda. The Eagle will arrive in Portland at about 8 a.m. Aug. 6. It will be open for free public tours on Saturday and Sunday. Exact times for tours will be announced closer to the ship’s arrival.

“A visit from Eagle brings many great things to the Portland waterfront,” Coast Guard Capt. Amy Florentino, who commands Coast Guard forces in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont from Sector Northern New England, said in a statement. “It puts the spotlight on the tireless work the men and women of the Coast Guard do year-round on our coast and on Lake Champlain. They act as the constant guardian for those who earn their living or just enjoy being on the water. It’s nice to see them recognized.”

The commission and Sailing Ships Maine will coordinate a weeklong “Bicentennial Sailors Voyage” for Maine teens to coincide with the Eagle’s visit. The voyage, during the first week of August, will be aboard the 131-foot Maine-built Schooner Harvey Gamage.

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By Ange Aboa

JACQUEVILLE, Ivory Coast (Reuters) – Ivory Coast and France inaugurated a new counter-terrorism academy in the West African country on Thursday, intended to boost regional capacity to combat a growing Islamist threat.

The International Academy for the Fight Against Terrorism (AILCT), in the outskirts of Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan, will include a school for government officials, a training centre for special forces, and a research institute.

It comes as Ivory Coast faces increasing attacks from jihadist groups based to the north in Mali and Burkina Faso, who are trying to expand their reach toward the Gulf of Guinea. One soldier was killed in an attack in northern Ivory Coast this week.

“The questions before us are clear: how to fight effectively against terrorist groups that are more mobile than ever… how to prevent them from importing their strategy here,” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the academy’s opening.

“Regional states must step up their military cooperation, their security cooperation, and their judicial cooperation,” he said, adding that AILCT will help with this goal.

France has a 5,100-strong counter-terrorism force in the Sahel region, but according to two sources French President Emmanuel Macron is due to announce a troop reduction on Thursday.

Le Drian will travel on Friday to Burkina Faso, where at least 132 civilians were killed last week in the deadliest attack in years, pushing the number of people killed by suspected Islamists in the Sahel to over 500 since January.

(Writing by Nellie Peyton; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

By Ange Aboa

JACQUEVILLE, Ivory Coast (Reuters) – Ivory Coast and France inaugurated a new counter-terrorism academy in the West African country on Thursday, intended to boost regional capacity to combat a growing Islamist threat.

The International Academy for the Fight Against Terrorism (AILCT), in the outskirts of Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan, will include a school for government officials, a training centre for special forces, and a research institute.

It comes as Ivory Coast faces increasing attacks from jihadist groups based to the north in Mali and Burkina Faso, who are trying to expand their reach toward the Gulf of Guinea. One soldier was killed in an attack in northern Ivory Coast this week.

“The questions before us are clear: how to fight effectively against terrorist groups that are more mobile than ever… how to prevent them from importing their strategy here,” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the academy’s opening.

“Regional states must step up their military cooperation, their security cooperation, and their judicial cooperation,” he said, adding that AILCT will help with this goal.

France has a 5,100-strong counter-terrorism force in the Sahel region, but according to two sources French President Emmanuel Macron is due to announce a troop reduction on Thursday.

Le Drian will travel on Friday to Burkina Faso, where at least 132 civilians were killed last week in the deadliest attack in years, pushing the number of people killed by suspected Islamists in the Sahel to over 500 since January.

(Writing by Nellie Peyton; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

By Ange Aboa

JACQUEVILLE, Ivory Coast (Reuters) – Ivory Coast and France inaugurated a new counter-terrorism academy in the West African country on Thursday, intended to boost regional capacity to combat a growing Islamist threat.

The International Academy for the Fight Against Terrorism (AILCT), in the outskirts of Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan, will include a school for government officials, a training centre for special forces, and a research institute.

It comes as Ivory Coast faces increasing attacks from jihadist groups based to the north in Mali and Burkina Faso, who are trying to expand their reach toward the Gulf of Guinea. One soldier was killed in an attack in northern Ivory Coast this week.

“The questions before us are clear: how to fight effectively against terrorist groups that are more mobile than ever… how to prevent them from importing their strategy here,” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the academy’s opening.

“Regional states must step up their military cooperation, their security cooperation, and their judicial cooperation,” he said, adding that AILCT will help with this goal.

France has a 5,100-strong counter-terrorism force in the Sahel region, but according to two sources French President Emmanuel Macron is due to announce a troop reduction on Thursday.

Le Drian will travel on Friday to Burkina Faso, where at least 132 civilians were killed last week in the deadliest attack in years, pushing the number of people killed by suspected Islamists in the Sahel to over 500 since January.

(Writing by Nellie Peyton; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

By Ange Aboa

JACQUEVILLE, Ivory Coast, June 10 (Reuters) – Ivory Coast and France inaugurated a new counter-terrorism academy in the West African country on Thursday, intended to boost regional capacity to combat a growing Islamist threat.

The International Academy for the Fight Against Terrorism (AILCT), in the outskirts of Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan, will include a school for government officials, a training centre for special forces, and a research institute.

It comes as Ivory Coast faces increasing attacks from jihadist groups based to the north in Mali and Burkina Faso, who are trying to expand their reach toward the Gulf of Guinea. One soldier was killed in an attack in northern Ivory Coast this week.

“The questions before us are clear: how to fight effectively against terrorist groups that are more mobile than ever… how to prevent them from importing their strategy here,” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the academy’s opening.

“Regional states must step up their military cooperation, their security cooperation, and their judicial cooperation,” he said, adding that AILCT will help with this goal.

France has a 5,100-strong counter-terrorism force in the Sahel region, but according to two sources French President Emmanuel Macron is due to announce a troop reduction on Thursday.

Le Drian will travel on Friday to Burkina Faso, where at least 132 civilians were killed last week in the deadliest attack in years, pushing the number of people killed by suspected Islamists in the Sahel to over 500 since January. (Writing by Nellie Peyton; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

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The 49ers are copying a similar strategy to cope with their two-game start to the 2021 NFL schedule, staying back east to avoid extra travel.

It’s looking like the San Francisco 49ers won’t be earning quite as many travel points as they might have gained early in the season.

One of the Niners’ wrinkles in the 2021 NFL schedule was seeing back-to-back road games to open up the year, Week 1 against the Detroit Lions and Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Frequently, ever since San Francisco moved to Levi’s Stadium in 2014, the team has asked either for night games in early September or road games to account for the notable heat, especially on the eastern concourse.

But when back-to-back trips east have hit the calendar, the 49ers have frequently found themselves staying back east in between games.

It looks like that’ll be the case again in 2021.

NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco reported, citing a source, “players, coaches and some other staff members will remain on the East Coast between their first two games of the season.”

According to Maiocco, The Greenbrier in West Virginia will play hosts to the Niners again after serving the same role a year ago when they visited the New York Jets and New York Giants in Weeks 2 and 3 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Previously, San Francisco had stayed back east at Youngstown State University in Ohio, as well as IMG Academy in Florida.

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Without the slight diversion now on the calendar, the 49ers were scheduled to travel over 28,000 miles, the most out of any team in the league this season.

The Niners won both road games they had last year with the stay at The Greenbrier in between, although Week 2 saw a tremendous amount of injuries that would ultimately play into their 6-10 finish.

Hopefully, this year’s road trip will end up being a bit more pleasant.

The 49ers will eliminate one cross-country trip from their itinerary again this season.

The players, coaches and some other staff members will remain on the East Coast between their first two games of the season, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

The 49ers decided to return to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to avoid the long travel after their Week 1 game at the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Sept. 12. The team will practice at the resort leading up to their game at the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 19.

When the NFL schedule was released last month, the 49ers’ 28,000 miles of scheduled travel was most in the league, according to ESPN.

The 49ers stayed at The Greenbrier last year between Weeks 2 and 3. After beating the New York Jets, 31-13, the 49ers made the short flight to West Virginia before returning to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where they were 36-9 winners over the New York Giants.

The accommodations, practice fields and meeting space at the Greenbrier were up to 49ers’ specifications, which are the reasons the organization choose that location over some of the other venues at which they practiced in recent years.

In the 49ers’ Super Bowl season of 2019, the club spent the week after the opener practicing at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. The 49ers won the back end of that two-game road trip over the Cincinnati Bengals, 41-17.

Later that same season, the 49ers put in a week of preparation at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, between games at Baltimore and New Orleans. After a 20-17 loss to the Ravens, the 49ers bounced back with a memorable 48-46 victory over the Saints.

 

In Jim Harbaugh’s first two seasons, the 49ers practiced at Youngstown State. The 49ers won the second games of both of those trips. They defeated Philadelphia, 24-23, in 2011, and took down the Jets, 34-0, in 2012.

RELATED: Why 49ers trading for Julio would have been complicated

The only time in recent years the 49ers lost a game after a week on the road was in 2016 under Chip Kelly.

After a loss to the Miami Dolphins, the 49ers practiced at University of Central Florida in Orlando. Then, they traveled to Chicago and lost 26-6. Those losses were part of a franchise-record 13-game losing streak in Kelly’s one and only season with the 49ers.

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United States Coast Guard Academy
New London, Connecticut

11:46 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Secretary, thank you.  Hello, Coast Guard Academy.  I tell you what — we’re going to speak for about four hours to see if those white uniforms last longer to keep the heat away than these poor guys in their graduation gowns here.  God, love you.  I thought I was hot in a blue suit.  (Laughter.)

Governor Lamont, it’s good to see you, man.  You’ve been a good friend a long time. 

And I understand the senior senator from this state for a long time, Chris Dodd, is here.  I don’t know where you’re — I don’t — I don’t think you’re in the class, Chris.  But you’re one of the — where is he?  Chris, welcome, pal — one of the finest men I’ve ever served with in my whole career. 

And Mayor — Mayor Passero, I — I want to thank you for being here.  Thanks for the passport into town.

And I want to thank, again, the Secretary Mayorkas for joining me today as well.  He understands — he understands well how vital the Coast Guard is to our economic, our environmental, and national security, and how central you are to our Homeland Security mission.

Admiral Schultz, congratulations on a — an outstanding new corps of officers.

This past year, there can be no doubt the Class of ‘21 is ready for whatever its mission may be. 

I know this day is doubly important to the Admiral because he’s not only the Commandant of the Coast Guard — well, let me say it another way: In 2013, I think, I gave the commencement here, and I was pointing out how the Coast Guard was adapting so rapidly to changing conditions.  And I said, “This is not your father’s Coast Guard.”  I take that back.  (Laughter.)  First-Class Eric Schultz, this is your father’s Coast Guard.  (Laughter and applause.) 

And I know it probably embarrasses you to be — to point you out and say that, but I had a son in the United States military.  He was very proud.  He was a major in the U.S. Army.  He won the Bronze star.  I guess — anyway, when he went to Iraq for a year, he had the — he got the general to agree to change his name from “Biden” to “Hunter,” his mother’s maiden name, because he didn’t want to be viewed as having getting any favor — have gotten any favors.

Admiral Kelly, I want to thank to you and the entire staff of the Academy for your commitment to training the next generation of leaders. 

And I brought with me a former Academy grad, who now serves as my Coast Guard Mil Aide, Lieutenant Commander Jayna — now, I’m going to embarrass her — Jayna McCarron, of the Class of 2007.  As we were coming in on Marine One, I thought she was going to light up like a candle.  She’s so

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island had its first visit by a sitting president in more than six years on Wednesday, but the commander-in-chief didn’t spend much time in the Ocean State.

After departing from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Air Force One landed at Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown around 9:45 a.m.

President Biden then left for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, where he gave a speech at the academy’s commencement ceremony.

Following the ceremony, Biden returned to Rhode Island and boarded Air Force One to return to Washington. He made no unscheduled stops on the trip.

Gov. Dan McKee, a Democrat who was one of Biden’s earliest supporters in Rhode Island, was one of three local officials who welcomed the president on the tarmac at the airport, according to a pool report. The governor was joined by Rhode Island National Guard Commanding Gen. Christopher Callahan and 143rd Airlift Wing Commander Col. Adam Wiggins.

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