A team of 30 staff and volunteers from the territory participated this summer in the Miles Paratus Exercise, a five-day training exercise with military and civilian components held at two military venues, Volk Field and Fort McCoy, in Wisconsin. It concentrated on coordination of responding to multiple disaster scenarios with disaster response agencies at the local, state and national levels with over 75 agencies and 3,000 participants. The Salvation Army managed a fixed feeding site, dispatched two canteens and provided hydration service throughout the exercise area. “We rely heavily on non-government agencies, like The Salvation Army, to provide shelter and canteen style feeding to the civilians in the devastated area. We just don’t have the resources to do all of …

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The Salvation Army in Italy is making plans to respond to the earthquake on August 24, 2016, that brought devastation to the area around the towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, about 150 kilometers northeast of Rome. At least 240 people are known to have been killed in the quake, with many more yet to be accounted for. There is not a Salvation Army corps (church) in the vicinity, but consideration is being given as to how best to assist people who have lost everything. Lt. Colonel Massimo Tursi, officer commanding of The Salvation Army’s Italy and Greece Command, says the organization’s status in Italy does not allow them to go in with rescue teams. “We are looking for …

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Territorial Commander Commissioner Paul R. Seiler shares the following changes of appointments: Effective October 1, 2016, Major Evie Diaz, currently serving as Divisional Commander in the Kansas and Western Missouri Division, is appointed as Assistant Chief Secretary (Administration) at International Headquarters (IHQ) with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Effective November 1, 2016, Majors Phillip and Deslea Maxwell, officers of the Australia East Territory currently serving at IHQ, are appointed to the Kansas and Western Missouri Division. Major Phillip Maxwell is appointed as Divisional Commander, and Major Deslea Maxwell is appointed as Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries.