Vol. 66 No. 02 Friday, Jan. 16, 2009
U.S. presidential inauguration seen
as enduring symbol of democracy
Washington D. C.
Barack Obama will be in-
augurated as the nation's 44th
president Jan. 20, continuing the
tradition of a peaceful transfer
of power from one leader to
another that began with George
Washington's first inauguration
Modem-day presidential in-
augurations are elaborate affairs,
with a large crowd gathered in
front of the U.S. Capitol building
in Washington, followed by a
parade and inaugural balls.
The inaugural tradition has
pretty humble roots. The nation's
first president, George Washing-
ton, took the oath of office on
a balcony in New York City in
1789. New York was the nation's
The inauguration of a new
president is required by the
U.S. Constitution, and the oath
is traditionally administered by
the Chief Justice of the United
States. The oath itself binds
the new president to faithfully
execute his office and preserve,
protect and defend the Constitu-
also have become powerful sym-
bols of American democracy.
Marvin Kranz is an expert on
inaugurations, now retired from
the Library of Congress.
"I would say that this is one
of the great events in what we
might call civil religion in this
country. Even though most
of the presidents have talked
about being inaugurated under
the auspices of Almighty God,
nevertheless it is basically a very
civil ceremony and it is some-
thing that takes place every four
years, war or peace, no matter
what," he said.
Another important part of the
ceremony is the inaugural ad-
dress in which the new president
talks about where he would like
to take the country during the
next four years.
Relatively few inaugural ad-
dresses have stood out over the
years, and those that did gener-
ally were delivered at times of
Stephen Hess is a political
scholar at the Brookings Institu-
tion in Washington.
"Abraham Lincoln, both on
the eve of the Civil War trying to
hold the nation together, and then
Lincoln again toward the end of
the Civil War about what peace
could be. Franklin Roosevelt in
the Great Depression of 1933.
The only really great address
which was not, in a sense, about
a moment like this, but really
about grand rhetoric, was John
Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the nation's 44th
president Jan. 20.
Kennedy's address in 1961,"
Franklin Roosevelt's first in-
augural in 1933 is remembered
because of the new president's
efforts to reassure the public
that all would be well despite the
economic depression. His most
famous line from that speech
was, "We have nothing to fear
but fear itself."
"This great nation will en-
dure as it has endured. We will
revive and we will prosper." said
Presidential inaugurations are
often symbolic of political and
sometimes generational change
in the United States.
Mr. Obama will honor Lin-
coln by taking the oath of office
with his hand placed on the same
Bible that Lincoln used during
his first inauguration in 1861.
Friday, Jan. 16, 2009
Vol.66 No. 02
"I like to work out be- "I like to go to the pool
cause I always feel good I'm blonde so I guess
afterwards." people expect that."
-MA2(AW) Sergio Sanchez -Jennifer Edwards
"I like to go to the beach
and pick up glass or go
-MA2 Sarah Carter
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Capt. Steven H. Blaisdell
Cmdr. Paul Mitchell
Command Master Chief
CMDCM(SW/AW) Keith Carlson
MCC Lewis Mesta
MC2 Kimberly WIlliams
MC3(SW) Tracey Whitley
MC3 Benjamin Dennis
MC3 Brian May
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Friday, Jan. 16, 2009
NMCB 4 personnel cut the ribbon on the K-SPAN project Jan. 8.
NMCB 4 unveils K-SPAN project
MC3 Ace Rheaume
After five months of labor and with the
efforts of two Naval Mobile Construction Bat-
talions (NMCB), Port hueneme based NMCB
4 completed the GTMO K-SPAN construction
project Jan 8.
The two identical Quonset Hut's, also
known as K-SPANS, will provide Naval Sta-
tion (NAVSTA) Guantanamo Bay (GTMO)
with additional storage units for equipment and
The buildings are designed like warehouses
with a large metal shell to protect the contents
inside fromthe elements. NMCB 4 took overthe
construction project after relieving NMCB 74.
The previous batallion laid the cement founda-
tion which was 30 percent of the total project.
"It felt pretty good that the project is done,"
said Builder 1st Class Jeffrey Wyttenbach crew
leader. "We completedagood solidproject here,"
Wyttenbach and his crew of nine are grateful to
see the outcome of five months of hard work.
"I'mkindaproud," said ConstructionElectri-
cian2nd Class DavidDooley, the lead electrician
fortheproject. "We allworkedpretty hard onthis
and we're all excited to see it finished."
Dooley added that he ran into a small elec-
trical problem along the way. "We have an
automatic building machine," saidDooley. "The
wiring went bad on it, and me and my fellow
petty officer got together, figured out what the
problem was, rewired it and got it back up and
running so we can finish setting up the metal for
the K-SPANS," the problem took three days to
repair said Dooley.
"This is my first project since Ive been in the
Navy," said Builder 3rd Class Reynaldo Castro,
one of the Seabees who assistedinthe project. "I
thought it was a good accomplishment," Castro
added that he worked on a little bit of everything
for the project. Although he encountered a few
problems on the way to finishing the job, with
the help of fellow Seabees, he was able to ac-
complish his tasks.
The Seabees of NMCB 4 have beenworking
on other projects around base while waiting for
the next Seabee Battalion to arrive.
"Currently we're working on Joint Task
Force side," said Wyttenbach "We're putting
up some fencing and a couple OIC discretionary
projects," Acouple of us are also working onthe
firehouse adding a couple walls here and there.
Each Seabee Battalion deployed here rotates off
island every six months.
The K-SPANS cost the Navy about $250,000
to complete and NAVSTA will be using them to
store different types of mobile equipment.
"I'm glad it's over," said Wyttenbach. He is
proud of his crew looks forward to future proj-
ects after finishing the K-SPANS. It was a lot of
hard work and a lot of people did a lot of good
things out here."
Daily Catholic Mass Mon. Fri. 5:30
p.m. (Main Chapel) Vigil Mass, Sat.
5 p.m. (Main Chapel) Sun. Mass,
7:30 a.m. (JTF-Troopers Chapel)
Sun. 9 a.m. Mass (Main Chapel)
Protestant (GTMO Chapel)
Sat. 11 a.m. Seventh Day Adventist
Service (Room B) Sun. 5:30 a.m.
Iglesia Ni Christo (RoomA) 8 a.m.
Pentecostal Gospel Temple (Room
D) 9 a.m. LDS Service (RoomA) 10
a.m. Liturgical Service (Room B) 11
a.m. General Prot. Service 11 a.m.
United Jamaican Fellowship (Bldg
1036) 1 p.m. Gospel Service 1 p.m.
LORIMI Gospel Service
(Room D) 6 p.m. GTMO Bay Chris-
tian Fellowship (Fellowship Hall)
Friday Religious Services
1:15 p.m. Islamic Service (Room C)
7 p.m. Jewish Service (FMI call 2628)
JTF Troopers Chapel
Wed. 11 a.m. Spanish Mass (New)
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Vigil Mass (PPI Cha-
pel) Sun. 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass
Friday, Jan. 16, 2009
Sports ^35 be
ors toc ab
ing. Naval Sttion
Guantanamo Bay (GTMO)
Master at Arms 2nd Class Kendy
Peguero took advantage of this
opportunity in 2007 when he ap-
plied for and made the All-Navy
"I made the All-Navy Boxing
team in 2007. I had been boxing
in several gyms since 2001 and
decided to tryout for the team
after winning several smokers
hI2007 legroiNislaned the
While an injury to his ribs kept
him from competing during the
2007-08 season, Pegero is look-
ing forward to competing with
the team in the near future.
"While I am here in GTMO,
I am going to continue to train.
We cannot spar here, but I can
work on my technique. I am also
open to helping anyone else that
would like to train for or are
interested in trying oi
All-Navy Boxing tea
Pegero. "They can conta
a11-Navy boxing, as with
d athletes must
1 I to applying for
il tear rpply for partici-
tion bmo ase Athletic Di-
rector o m the Navy Sports
*Fill out the application com-
*Fax the completed applica-
tion to Navy Sports Office at
901-874-6831 or mail to Navy
Sports Office, Pers-651E, 5720
Integrity Drive, Bldg 457, Mil-
lington TN 38054-6510.
All applications must be en-
td \ mmanding of-
d are due 30 days before
training camp begins.
A good place to start locally is
the MWR Athletic Department.
While there are many sports
to chose from, All-Navy teams
are not for everyone.
According to the frequently
asked questions portion of the
Navy Sports bs lets
must c already
con on onal or
intertionwal l. There are
a limited number of positions
available for each sport. The
Sports Office uses the height/
weight standards set forth by the
Navy along with other criterion
to make its selections.
For more information about
All-Navy boxing or any other
sport, visit http://mwr.navy.mil/
Photo by MC2 Kim Williams
Friday, Jan. 16, 2009
A DAY AT T
Mc3 BENJAMIN DENNIS
Strategically located in the Caribbean Sea, U.S. Naval
Station (NAVSTA) Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) Cuba is
America's oldest overseas naval base. The Marine Corps
Security Force Company Guantanamo Bay (MCSFCO) has
been in GTMO guarding the boarder that separates the base
from Cuba since 1898.
"I see things] other people don't," says Lance Cpl., Billy
Barnes of Valley View, Texas, referring to events he has wit-
nessed while working on the fence line, "Things like the
50th anniversary celebration of Fidel Castro's take over and
different cultural parties of the Cubans."
MCSFCO's job is to conduct security operations along the
shore side perimeter and directed water side approaches
between NAVSTA GTMO and Cuba.
These Marines stand vigilant in a place most Americans
will never see. Despite the warm weather and sometimes
beautiful landscapes and wildlife some might find a job
watching the Cuban military, watching us, watching them, a
"I thought it would be worse than it is [working on the
fence line], said Lance Cpl. Nathan Tafel.
Like many of the Marines attached to the MCSFCO GTMO,
both Tafel and Barnes are infantryman on their first deploy-
ment so the training they went through prior to coming to
GTMO may not have fully prepared them for the long
"It was a big learning curve," said Tafel. "For me
the night shift was the hardest part. The job gets
easier once you're used to the hours, and the proce-
dures and situational awareness can help me in the
Though the basics of these Marines' job haven't changed
much in GTMOs' history, the young men guarding the
fence line have, but you can rest easier knowing they
have, and continue to stand that post.
6 Friday, Jan. 16, 2009
Frank Martin has been pressured into
transporting Valentina, through the
use of a device attached to his wrist
which will explode ifFrank goes more
than 75feet from his car. Vasilev is the
head of the Environmental Protection
Agency for Ukraine. He must travel
from Marseille through Munich and
Budapest until he ends up in Odessa
on the Black Sea With the help
ofInspector Tarconi, Frank must
contend with thepeople who strong-
armed him into taking the job, agents
sent by the Ukraine government to
intercept him, and the general non-
cooperation of his passenger.
Friday. Jan. 16
Marley and Me
7 p.m., PG, 115 min.
9 p.m., R, 109 min.
PG-13, 122 min.
Saturday. Jan. 17
7 p.m., PG-13, 122 min.
9 p.m., R, 117 min.
Sunday. Jan. 18
Marley and Me
7 p.m., PG, 115 min.
7 p.m., PG-13, 100 min.
Monday, Jan. 19
7 p.m., PG-13, 165 min.
Tuesday. Jan. 20
7 p.m., PG-13, 90 min.
Wednesday. Jan. 21
7 p.m., PG-13, 121 min.
Thursday. Jan. 22
7 p.m., R, 95 min.
Experience the exotic art of
belly dancing and let the an-
cient rhythmic beats transport
you to Arabia.
Bring your scarf
and your hips!!
FMI Karissa 77262
or instructor 78469
Class will be held at Marine
Hill Fitness Center
Sundays @ 3 p.m.
Mandatory meeting Jan. 28 in
Denich Gymnasium @ 8 p.m.
(Everyone must be present!).
Pick up your team form at
Teams will not be accepted
after 5 p.m. Jan. 23.
FMI Ryan Rollison 75576
Season start Jan. 24
Age groups include: 4-6,
Sign up @ Denich Gym by
$35 registration fee
FMI Robert Neuman 2113
ES NEEDED FOR UP-
COMINX yOUIT BAS-
Season starts Jan. 24
Age groups include: 4-6,
Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 7
(2) Two end tables for $15 each
and a glass top breakfast table,
$15. FMI call 77148.
(2) Glass dinette set, $80. 24 inch
TV, $30. Large Scuba Pro QD
BCD with air II, $250. Mars proton
2 regulator, $250.
(2) One seater kayak for $2,000.
FMI call 75694.
(2) Complete Scuba Gear set for
$1,100/OBO; regulator, BCD,
flippers, tank, mask, goggles, etc.
Willing to sell items individually
as well. FMI call 78742.
(2) Elliptical Trainer, $150, Chuck
Norris Gym for $150 or both for
$250. 6ft. Satellite Dish with two
receivers, one of them records:
$900. FMI call 77716.
(2) HP all in one printer, $60 /OBO,
Snorkeling Gear from Dive shop,
all for $200/OBO, JVC Surround
Theater SystemNewinBox, $390/
OBO, Sharp Microwave Oven,
$50 /OBO. Men's MountainBike,
$50 /OBO, Women's Bike, $40/
OBO. FMI call 78459.
(2)Trampoline with safety
Eliptical:$60. FMI call 75692.
(2) JVC 54" Flat Screen TV for
$600. FMI call 3797/77380.
(1) HP All in one printer, perfect
condition $60 OBO, Snorkeling
Gear from Dive shop, all for
$200 OBO, JVC surround theater
system new in box $390 OBO.
Sharp microwave oven, in good
cleanworking condition$50 OBO.
Men's mountain bike $50 OBO,
women's bike $40 OBO FMI call
78459 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
(1) Looking for used PS2 with
memory card (worth $100 or less
or OBO ) FMI please call 2400-
DWH or 78592-AWH.
(1) Diving gear Oceanic Delta 3
BC's, Oceanic Chute 2, Regulator
XS scuba page, Mare's fins Scuba
pro twin jet Wight, knife and a lot
more All for $700 or OBO.
(1) MUST SELL!!! Dining chairs
$25 each. FMI call 84149
(1) Dark Wood DR Table w/6
chairs, $550; Glass Patio Table w/6
chairs, foot stool & endtable, $100;
Whirlpool Washer/Dryer, $125/ea;
Sharp Microwave, $25; 27" Color
TV, $35 FMI call 74878.
VEHICLES & BOATS
2) 1999 white Pontiac Grand AM
V6, A/C, no scratches, good on
gas; Asking $4,500/OBO. FMI
(2)1997 Honda Accord w/new
tires, 18 inch rims, new catback
exhaust, A/C, CD player, cold
air intake, new head gasket, new
water pump. Asking $6,000. FMI
call 75592 or 6115.
(2)1995 Honda Civic 155K,
Alpine Stereo, Audio bahn and
California Amps, 17 inch Low
Profile rims. Asking $3,500/OBO.
FMI call 74844 or 84261.
(2)1992 EZGO Golf Cart, newly
replaced shocks, brakes, batteries,
wires, controller, and tires with lift
kit installed, brand new charger.
Asking $1,500/OBO. FMI call
(2) 2004 Chevy Suburban, $18,000,
FMI call 75694.
(2) Pontoon Boat, 90 HP Johnson
Motor, Freshly Painted, AM-FM
cassette player, Fishfinder, electric
wench, chairs and bathroom,
$6,000/OBO. FMI 74227 or
(1)1991 reliable smooth riding
VOLVO-740 4-Dr Car, automatic,
clean interior/exterior, am/fm
radio, and coldA/C. $3899 (OBO)
FMI call 8-4149.
(1)PinkACERAspire One Laptop
(1)Job announcement please for
more information, please contact
CNRSE Forward Deployed
Detachment Office @ 4441 to
(1)Pre Inventory Sidewalk Sale
Saturday Jan. 17 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
atNEXAtrium FMI contactLydia
(1) 27 inch (Zenith) TV For sale
$150 or OBO, FMI call 77541.
(1)LOST: Italian gold bracelet.
FMI call 74300.
(1) I lost my watch a few weeks
ago while scuba diving from
Windmill Beach. I noticed that
someone put an ad in the gazette
announcing that they had found
an old watch on Windmill Beach.
The ad appeared in the Dec. 19
issue. The ad said to call 75830.
I've been calling that number for
two days now with no response.
Model ZG5, $425 Assorted old
Cuban Coke, Beer bottles found
in GTMO. FMI call 75724.
(1)1985 Plymouth voyager,
excellent running condition W/
only 53K miles for $1800 OBO.
FMI call 75228/75227 look for
Rene or Jr.
(1)NISSAN Stanza 1989 AC
working $1400 OBO Call Omar
(1)Hyundai Excel 1990 AC
working $1300 OBO call Omar
(1) P/U Dodge Dakota 1997 Cold
A/C Excellent running condition
$3200 OBO, 1987 Chevy P/U
Good running condition $2500
OBO. FMI call 75210.
Please contact me if you are the
person who found my watch at
72646 or Sherman.F.Morgan@
Jan. 16 & 17: Caribbean Circle
41D, 5 7 p.m. and Saturday 8
to 11 a.m.
Jan. 17: Nob Hill 1B, Two family
PCS/yard sale. 9 a.m.
MLK birthday celebration
'I Jan. 19,
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