By Sergeant Ashley Dotson/U.S. Army South /Edited by the Diálogo Staff November 30, 2020 U.S. Army South held an opening ceremony for the first virtual iteration of the semi-annual military-to-military engagement, Senior Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) Integral Program (PISAJ, in Spanish), on November 9 at the Army South Headquarters.PISAJ is a U.S. Army South-hosted engagement between the U.S. and Colombian armies. This year, senior enlisted service members from Brazil and México were also invited to participate.“We are here to enhance essential leadership skills of the Colombian senior noncommissioned officers,” said Command Sergeant Major Trevor C. Walker, U.S. Army South command sergeant major during the 14th iteration of PISAJ. “We are fully committed to assisting our partners in designing and developing a course map for the future sergeant major academy that reinforces the Colombian commitment and goal to professionalize their NCO corps. The U.S. NCO corps is an integral part of what has made the U.S. Army so successful throughout 245 years of service to our nation.”The PISAJ series focuses on increasing NCOs’ capabilities in the Colombian Army and reinforcing the professional development program of NCOs serving in our military forces. In addition, PISAJ 14 will allow participants to conduct a professional lecture with various command sergeants major from various U.S. military components virtually to maintain the COVID-19 guidelines of social distancing.“I am very grateful for this opportunity and this chance that you have given us,” said Sergeant Major Luis Alfredo Bueno Márquez, senior enlisted advisor for the Colombian Military Forces’ General Command. “We have a variety of students participating who are sergeants major and up from the Colombian, Brazilian, and Mexican armies.”Sgt. Maj. Bueno said he is looking forward to strengthening the partnerships between the armies’ NCO corps and discussed how the PISAJ 14 seminar objectives would assist in Colombia joining different doctrines. This capability will allow the various militaries to participate in operational, strategic planning, and integrate human rights into their plan as they share their experiences from across the participating armies.“This iteration has a strategic leadership approach,” said Sergeant Major Alejandro Pereyra Alaniz, U.S. Army South PISAJ 14 coordinator, “We also want to give you the necessary tools to create a curricular template for the future Academy of Sergeants Mayors in Colombia. Instructors from the U.S. Army NCO Leadership Center of Excellence will facilitate the creation and development of a curricular plan consistent with the needs of the future academy of sergeants major for the Colombian Armed Forces.”
1 Heidelberg Circuit, Robina sold for $1 million under the hammer.THE weather may have cooled but real estate is still running hot on the Gold Coast with a Robina house selling for $1 million under the hammer on the weekend.The property, at 1 Heidelberg Circuit, attracted a crowd when it was offered to the market on Saturday. 1 Heidelberg Circuit, Robina.CoreLogic data showed the Gold Coast had an auction clearance rate of 38.2 per cent over the weekend with 13 out of 34 homes selling under the hammer.Brisbane recorded a 50 per cent clearance rate. 1 Heidelberg Circuit, Robina.Bidding kicked off at $850,000 and went up in $25,000 and $10,000 increments before it stalled at $950,000.“We then negotiated with the buyer,” Ray White Broadbeach-Mermaid Waters agent Sabrina Chen said.“It ended up selling to a local Gold Coast family.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe six-bedroom house offers dual living arrangements with separate upstairs and downstairs quarters.“It’s great for families but it’s also good for investment as you can rent a whole level out,” Ms Chen said. 1 Heidelberg Circuit, Robina.Other standout features include a resort-style pool, media room and LED lighting throughout.Ms Chen said the vendors chose to go to auction after successful auction experiences in both Sydney and Melbourne.“People do have perceptions about selling via auction but this seller was comfortable dealing with auctions,” she said. “It was a great result.”She said 22 groups inspected the property over its marketing campaign.“The market, Id say, is stable at the moment,” she said.