By Marcos Ommati/Diálogo March 04, 2019 The Tonelero Battalion is the Brazilian Marine Corps special operations unit. Its troops are specifically trained to execute and plan special operations. Diálogo talked to Marine Corps Colonel Stewart da Paixão Gomes, Tonelero Battalion commander, about the Brazilian military elite squad’s participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and addressed its similarities and differences with special forces of the region, among other topics. Diálogo: How does the training of a Tonelero Battalion special operator differ from that of their counterparts in the region and the United States? Brazilian Marine Corps Colonel Stewart da Paixão Gomes, Tonelero Battalion commander: I will share my experience. I had the opportunity to serve as an exchange officer in the Paraguayan Navy’s Marine Corps in 2006, and the U.S. Marine Corps in 2014. I noticed several similarities between the special operations units, particularly regarding selection and training, which promote motivation and readiness among units. Combat experiences are the main difference, but the techniques, tactics, and procedures are very similar. The countries of the Americas carry out frequent exchanges such as combined exercises and training, and service member academic exchanges. Naturally, depending on financial and technological resources available to each country, the equipment and means employed vary greatly, as well as the material available, which directly impacts training. Diálogo: Regarding activities for law and order guarantee (GLO, in Portuguese), such as those of 2018 in which Tonelero participated in Rio de Janeiro, are they important because they are real-life situations? Col. Stewart: Yes, all real life situations contribute to personnel development. Particularly in GLO activities, I noticed that operators and planners require specific preparation to align activities with rules of engagement stricter than what is typically expected during conflict situations. Diálogo: Why? Col. Stewart: Rules of engagement in a GLO operation comply with Brazilian law and not with international humanitarian law. Military needs should not determine actions, just as they don’t differentiate between criminals and law-abiding citizens. We can’t think in terms of the enemy or plan actions to undermine or destroy. We must adjust our capabilities toward repressive and overt activities to fight social conflict situations, where the main goal is to protect our forces and arrest criminals. Diálogo: Can you describe the responsibilities as far as safety during major events, such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games? Col. Stewart: At the time, there was a need for collaboration and integration between the ministries of Defense and Justice, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, with the creation of the Integrated Counterterrorism Committee. The military, federal, state, and municipal public security agencies coordinated activities, as well as agencies associated with public planning, transportation, and the organization of these events. In addition, the Ministry of Defense integrated the capabilities of the three forces (Navy, Army, and Air Force), and coordinated the special operations troops, deploying them in regions where events were scheduled. This way, they could assign skilled personnel to carry out counterterrorism operations in each event’s host city. To that extent, the Tonelero Battalion participated in activities with general staff representatives responsible for planning and carrying out regional activities, as well as establishing amphibious command groups (GRUCANF, in Portuguese) in the cities of Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. Diálogo: What was the focus of the mission? Col. Stewart: Well, our country doesn’t have a history of terror attacks, but the Olympic games do. For this reason, GRUCANF and other groups (service members and police officers) brought special operations capabilities to the area’s defense coordinators, such as facility recovery or hostage rescue. As such, prior to those major events, units conducted simulations and trainings, combining activities in three areas: defense, public safety, and intelligence. They carried out various anti-terrorism activities (defense maneuvers) locally, providing counterterrorism-capable troops. The forces’ deployment and their activities mitigated the risks and increased responsiveness across the Brazilian territory. Diálogo: Do you think that this interoperability was the main lesson learned? Col. Stewart: Absolutely. In addition to integrated planning, which participating departments and agencies developed jointly, there were many joint training and exchange activities among those involved. They were aware of the importance of safety and our responsibility for a safe outcome in our country. The interaction between people and systems was a unique opportunity for mutual knowledge exchange and improved communication between various sectors. Exchange activities intensified. For instance, this battalion developed phases and trainings for some of the states’ civil and military police. Additionally, we provided continuous support to longstanding partners, such as the Special Operations Battalion, BOPE, and Special Resources Coordination, CORE, in Rio de Janeiro, to whom we offered firearms training, inflatable boat use, swimming, climbing, and fast-rope techniques (from helicopters).
September 17, 2020
It’s 3:30 p.m., and Kevin Donahue is already running late to practice. With a game against Rutgers only three days away, the assistant coach of the men’s lacrosse team should have already started strategizing with his fellow coaches. So far, he’s nowhere to be found. Finally, 15 minutes into practice, Donahue saunters down the stairs of Hookway Field and nonchalantly takes his place on the sidelines with a lacrosse stick in hand.For the last 22 years, this has been Donahue’s life. Despite playing an integral role in nine of the program’s 11 championships, the assistant coach has never received a single paycheck from Syracuse University. None. He works for free.To make ends meet, Donahue has spent the last 31 years working as an earth science teacher in the West Genesee Central School District, primarily teaching eighth-graders at West Genesee Middle School.The double duty has left Donahue to shoulder the burden of a hectic schedule. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I’m up at 6, work by 7,’ Donahue said. ‘I work until 3 teaching at school. Then I change and drive to practice at 3:30. I get home around 7. Watch tape for a couple hours. Say hi to my wife at 10 o’clock and go to bed around 10:30.’So the occasional tardiness should be expected. But when does it become too much? Doesn’t he ever question his ability to juggle both?‘Just a couple hours ago,’ Donahue said with a slight hint of sarcasm.Mr. DonahueMost of Donahue’s students at West Genesee don’t know about their professor’s alter ego. In the classroom, he is recognized as Mr. Donahue, an expert on potential and kinetic energy. The students, however, aren’t aware that Mr. Donahue once emitted kinetic energy as a lacrosse player and now enacts potential energy on the sidelines. It took Jovan Miller, a junior midfielder and one of Donahue’s former middle school pupils, until high school to discover his former teacher’s other identity. During eighth grade, he had absolutely no clue.And Donahue wants to keep it that way. ‘I’d rather not tell (my students),’ Donahue said. ‘I don’t want them to see me in that light, to be honest with you. I don’t think they need to know. I’m their science teacher and that’s what I do.’Of course, every once in a while his cover is blown. About two weeks ago, a student caught a glimpse of Donahue on television and burst into class the following day to reveal the news.‘I saw you on TV yesterday,’ the student said to Donahue. ‘I hope I wasn’t picking my nose,’ he responded to deflect the attention.That’s simply Donahue’s personality. When his colleagues at West Genesee congratulate him on a victory, he politely accepts the praise and initiates a new conversation. Boasting isn’t a part of his repertoire. His brother, Tom, understands that better than anyone. Just ask him where his brother keeps his nine championship rings.‘They’re somewhere in a sock drawer at his house,’ Tom said. ‘He doesn’t display them because he doesn’t like the attention.’With his coaching pedigree, Donahue could have easily landed a paid coaching position at another Division I university. But he said he’d rather stay behind the scenes. He loves teaching at West Genesee way too much.‘I think if he wasn’t working up (at Syracuse), I think he’d still be right over at West Genny,’ said Bob Deegan, a former colleague of Donahue’s at Camillus Middle School. The Golden BoySyracuse head coach John Desko first noticed Donahue’s knack for teaching and leading in high school. During their time on the West Genesee High School lacrosse team in the early 1970s, Desko constantly teased Donahue for being the brainiac of the bunch. Each time the coaches praised Donahue in front of his teammates, it gave Desko more ammunition to fire off another joke.‘We used to call him the Golden Boy when he played in high school because he was the guy that was always doing the right things and the one coaches used as an example to the rest of the team,’ Desko said. ‘He was always a serious student and a committed athlete.’The Golden Boy eventually brought his Midas touch to Syracuse, where he co-captained the Orangemen alongside Desko to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1979 and collected All-American honors for manning the team’s midfield three times, making first team in his final season. Meanwhile, off the lacrosse field, Donahue assembled his own collection of academic awards. In true Golden Boy form, he claimed dean’s list honors as he pursued a bachelor’s degree in biology.‘When I had time to watch TV, I ended up gravitating to the science shows or doing my own readings on science,’ Donahue said. ‘The material was just naturally interesting to me.’That passion for science paid off. Upon graduating from SU, Donahue immediately landed a job as a science teacher at Camillus Middle School. But in the process, he never once abandoned his passion for lacrosse. He needed athletics to complement his academic obligations. For the following seven years, Donahue served as the middle school lacrosse coach and as the JV assistant coach at West Genesee High School.That was until he got the call.The coachBob Deegan remembers when Donahue was offered a voluntary position on Roy Simmons Jr.’s coaching staff. Deegan, then a colleague at Camillus Middle School and the JV coach at West Genesee High School, said both he and Donahue were torn over the circumstances. The opportunity to reunite with Desko and Simmons was appealing. The opportunity to leave a successful high school program that he established wasn’t. ‘It was a big decision,’ Deegan said. ‘He was a big part of our success at the high school here, too. He questioned the hassle and thought, ‘Am I going to be able to work it out where I can teach here, get up there on time, and still do the same kind of job as a teacher?”But that wasn’t the only stipulation. Donahue needed his wife’s blessing. By accepting the job, he would essentially inherit the burden of two full-time jobs, leaving little time for family life. That meant less time to talk. Less time for romantic outings. And a few more lonely nights. Despite all the detractions, Laurie Donahue encouraged her husband to resurrect the Golden Boy legacy and impart that knowledge to the future of Syracuse lacrosse. And Donahue claims he is forever indebted to her. ‘My wife allows me to do this,’ Donahue said. ‘She takes care of all the bills, the food being on the table, everything being washed. Without all the things she does, I wouldn’t have been able to do this at all. I’m up to here doing everything I do as is, but without her help doing all that, this would be impossible.’Donahue would be rewarded for his bold decision. In his first season on Simmons’ staff, he inherited the opportunity to mentor two talented twins from British Columbia — Paul and Gary Gait.And the Gait brothers flourished under his tutelage, collectively shattering NCAA scoring records and leading the Orangemen to two NCAA titles. They would eventually be inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.But his list of his midfield protégés doesn’t stop there. Charlie Lockwood. Roy Colsey. Steve Vallone. His résumé is overflowing with stars he produced.‘A lot of that success at Syracuse is because of him,’ said Deegan, who still coaches at West Genesee. ‘You can see it right away. He has a knack for saying the right thing at the right time. It’s not an accident. He’s been through it. He’s studied it. He’s confident in what he’s doing and he’s good at what he does.’Once Desko took over in 1999, Donahue’s responsibilities as an assistant coach expanded even more. In addition to working with the midfielders, he was assigned to develop the squad’s faceoff men — an integral aspect of the Syracuse offense.It’s been Donahue’s specialty. Most notably, he molded Danny Brennan — a key cog in the Orange’s 2008 championship run — into a faceoff machine. During his senior year, Brennan etched his name into the record books, leading the nation with a 66.7 faceoff winning percentage.‘If you look at Syracuse lacrosse and the stats of our faceoff guys, Kevin (Donahue) is a huge part of that,’ Desko said. ‘He’s scouting the other team, getting guys ready for different techniques, evaluating our guys as far as which techniques they should be using against the opposing players.‘He’s a very important part of our coaching staff, and (there’s) not a lot of free time in the day for him, but he gets it all done.’And Donahue has nine championship rings to show for it.The family manDespite his success in both realms, Donahue continues to question his ability to juggle his responsibilities. When he first joined the SU coaching staff, Donahue only had his wife to worry about. Along the way, though, he became a father of three children — two boys and one girl.That’s where things get difficult. Donahue makes every effort to spend time with his family. He said he tries to have dinner with them. But it doesn’t usually happen.After practices, Donahue usually allocates time to evaluating game film and organizing his lesson plans for the following morning. The latter has proven to be a challenge, considering West Genesee recently implemented the use of SMART Board technology into its curriculum. ‘He’s actually had to work harder this year and with more passion because he has so much more information to express,’ said Collin, his eldest son and a junior attack for the Orange. ‘He still has a lot to learn.’He’s still learning how to deal with scheduling conflicts, too. Two weeks ago, Donahue’s youngest son, Dylan, played a lacrosse game against Baldwinsville High School — the team coached by his brother. Among family members, it was billed as the battle between the Donahues. Unfortunately for Kevin, he couldn’t attend. He was busy with his coaching commitments.‘It killed me not being there,’ Donahue said with his voice softening. ‘I don’t like missing their games. But I try to make it up to them other ways.’And Collin recognizes that. Growing up, he experienced his share of games without his father in attendance. But Collin said he always atoned for his absences during the school week.‘As hard as he worked, he always seemed to put aside a few minutes here and there to do things he enjoyed with us,’ Collin said. ‘He would have time to come out to the front yard and shoot around with us and do other things.’Those ‘other things’ also included some science talk. In addition to inheriting his father’s love for lacrosse, Collin also gained an affinity for science. And by college, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a degree in earth science education.But that’s what Donahue lives for. Whether it’s his son, his students or his players, he relishes the opportunity to instruct and influence anyone willing to learn.‘He’s the reason I’ve been shooting so well this year,’ said Miller, the SU midfielder. ‘And honestly, he treats me exactly like he treated me in class. He’s always upbeat. He’s a great teacher and listener. I think he’s literally one of the hidden secrets in college lacrosse.’[email protected] Published on April 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
August 14, 2020
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