Vol. 66 No. 03 Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
GTMO residents honor Dr. King's
legacy, welcome new president
MC2 Kim Williams
NA VS TA PA 0O
Guantanamo Bay (GTMO)
residents gathered Jan. 19 and
20 at the Windjammer Ballroom
and base community center to
commemorate the birthday of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and
the inauguration of the nation's
first black president.
Both the legacy of King and
election of President Barack
Obama are significant to Ameri-
can history and are pivotal to the
future of the world and how it
accepts and embraces change.
On the eve of the presidential
inauguration, individuals spoke
about the impact of King's
accomplishments with regard
to the military and the world,
and how he was instrumental
in launching civil rights' initia-
tives making the historic Jan. 20
"This is truly an exciting
time for us as a people and us
as a nation," said master of
ceremonies Theresa Moses.
"I recall when my elementary
school was segregated and the
sit-ins in North Carolina like
it was yesterday, so I person-
ally feel the energy [from the
change of presidency]," Moses
added. "You cannot help but to
celebrate where we've come [as
a society that elected a black
president] and my God, where
See "HISTORY", page
"Going to Iraq. As a K-9 "Meeting my husband.
handler, I was responsible We were participating
for 16 Airmen, Marines, in a survey. I asked him
Soldiers and Sailors." to be my partner not
knowing I was getting a
partner for life!"
"Hearing my daughter cry
shortly after she was born."
-MA1(SW/AW) Chris Siford -Ophelia Mays Chigumira-Gardner
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
Vol. 66 No. 03
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Capt. Steven H. Blaisdell
Cmdr. Paul Mitchell
Command Master Chief
CMDCM(SW/AW) Keith Carson
MCC Lewis Mesta
MC2 Kimberly Williams
MC3(SW) Tracey Whitley
MC3 Benjamin Dennis
MC3 Brian May
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Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
Navy expands PTS to
From NPC Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The
Chief of Naval Personnel announced plans
Jan. 20, to expand the Navy's Perform to
Serve (PTS) program from first-term Sail-
ors, to all E-6 and below with 10 years or
less of service.
"The Perform to Serve program is a vital
element of our Navy's total force strategy
providing an opportunity to keep our best
and brightest Sailors in order to meet future
fleet and manpower requirements," said
Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, Chief of Naval
Personnel. "The program that empowers
our Sailors to perform to serve is now be-
ing expanded to include both Zone A and
Zone B Sailors."
PTS is a centralized reservation system
that helps the Navy manage reenlistments
of Sailors with less than six years of service,
or Zone A. While most Sailors are permitted
to reenlist in their current rate, Sailors in
overmanned ratings may be offered reenlist-
ment in an undermanned rating and Sailors
with a poor performance history may not be
granted permission to reenlist. According to
NAVADMIN 017/09 PTS will expand Feb. 1
to include Zone B, which is Sailors with six
to 10 years of service.
Additionally, beginning Feb. 1 all Sailors
with an approved PTS application must sign
a page 13 within 30 days of message receipt
to accept or decline their PTS reservation.
According to statistics from the Center
for Career Development, in 2008 almost
90 percent of Sailors who applied for PTS
remained in their current rating.
Controlling the number of Sailors in
specific ratings provides better advancement
opportunities for Sailors, while helping the
Navy manage manpower requirements.
"When we started PTS in 2003, there
were a lot of Sailors whose promotion op-
portunities were severely degraded because
their rating was overmanned. PTS has
helped the Navy to balance its ratings and
where there is more balance, there are bet-
ter promotion opportunities," said Senior
Chief Personnel Specialist Ron Miller, PTS
Branch, Enlisted Community Management
Branch, Navy Personnel Command.
Sailors should consult their career coun-
selors about 15 months before their end of
active obligated service (EAOS) to fill out
the paperwork to have the command submit
a PTS application, regardless of their inten-
tions to re-enlist.
Sailors should read NAVADMIN 017/09
available at the NPC Website for complete
For more information regarding the sub-
mission process, application format or other
PTS issues, please visit the NPC website
or contact NPC's Customer Service Center
by calling 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-
For more news from Navy Personnel
Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/npc/.
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
Notest Gat u u
at 'ei y
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
Philadelphia native CarolLeaphart and HM2(FMF) Nigel
Kisson stand at attention during the a recorded rendition
of the Star Spangled Banner Jan. 20 during the GTMO
community inauguration dinner
HISTORY, from page
we are on our way to."
The ceremony's guest speaker
Army Lt. Col. Alexander Cony-
ers compared King to a military
general in his reflection on his
life to the audience.
"Like a general, King under-
stood that to change a country
you must win the hearts and
minds of her people and change
the minds of those resistant to
change. And like a true general,
King was willing to and [eventu-
ally] gave the ultimate sacrifice
for his country," said Conyers.
King was a figure of change
that met much opposition, but
his adversity proved to be the
victory in another man's mission
On Jan. 20, the nation's 44th
president, whose father was
born in Kenya and mother in
Kansas, was sworn into the na-
tion's highest office.
Barack Hussein Obama, a
man who during King's time
would have faced problems just
placing his vote, now represents
the U.S. to the world. GTMO
residents gathered on the night
of the inauguration to mark that
day in history.
"The whole world was wait-
ing for Dr. King's vision to be
fulfilled, and it was today,"
said Philadelphia native Carol
"This is the stuff that will go
into to history. It is a moment
that we will never again live, so
we must cherish it and remind
our children so that they can
pass it onto their children," said
Navy Lt. Karine Pierre, U.S. Na-
val Hospital Guantanamo Bay.
Pierre organized the event in
which members of the GTMO
community ushered in their new
commander in chief.
"The Lord moved me to or-
ganize this event, to open this
opportunity to everyone [in
GTMO who wanted to attend]
so that we all could celebrate
a new beginning. I was moved
tonight by everyone's speeches
and reflections on what this
presidency means to them and
I believe that this is democracy
and freedom at its finest."
GTMO residents march down Recreation Road singing We Shall Overcome" en route to
the base chapel Jan. 19. The GAAA, which sponsored the event, will also host it's annual
gala Feb. 28 at the Windjammer Ballroom
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 5
W.T. Sampson Photography Club
This week's featured artist: Our WT Sampson Photography Club has
Carlos Galarza, 4th Grade been designed to promote student's creativity
through the eyes of a young artist. 4th-
6th grade students learn about different
strategies to be able to take the best pictures
in different environments.
Selected pictures will be published in the
Gazette to recognize their best effort in a
positive way. Picture categories will include
school activities, objects in motion, & nature.
The following picture is a great example
of how our children learn to discover the
beauty of nature. It was taken by Carlos
Galarza (fourth grade student). He really
enjoyed taking pictures of the GTMO sunset
at Phillips Park.
Photography Club Sponsor
Jan. 27, 6 p.m.,
in the High School
This event is open to
Baby sitting will be
Born 11/14/2008 provided for dona-
7lbs 14 oz., 20 tion by the National
Parents: Tinashe Chigumira-Ga Honor Society in the
Ronald Garder High School gym.
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
Infamous vigilante and anti-hero
Frank Castle (Ray Stevenson)
is six years into his vengeance-
driven zeal as the Punisher.
When he brutally assaults a "beat
the rap party for notorious
mob boss Gaitano Cesare, he
is alerted to the fact that Billy
Russoti (Dominic West) has
escaped to his recycling plant
hideout by Detective Saffiotti
(Tony Calabretta) who along with
Detective Martin Soap (Dash
Mihok) were staking out the party.
Friday. Jan. 23
The Boy in
the Striped Pajamas
7 p.m., PG, 115 min.
Quantum of Solace
9 p.m., R, 109 min.
Punisher: War Zone
PG-13, 122 min.
Saturday. Jan. 24
Nothing Like the Holidays
7 p.m., PG-13, 122 min.
9 p.m., R, 117 min.
Sunday. Jan. 25
7 p.m., PG, 115 min.
Monday, Jan. 26
7 p.m., PG-13, 165 min.
Tuesday. Jan. 27
7 p.m., PG-13, 90 min.
Wednesday, Jan. 28
Punisher: War Zone
7 p.m., PG-13, 121 min.
Thursday. Jan. 29
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
Season starts Jan. 24
Age groups include: 4-6,
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 7
(2) 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.
(2) Looking for used PS2 with
memory card (worth $100 or less
or OBO) FMI please call 2400-
DWH or 78592-AWH.
(2) 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.
(2) MUST SELL!!! Dining chairs
$25 each. FMI call 84149
(2) 27 inch (Zenith) TV For sale
$150 or OBO, FMI call 77541.
(2) Dark Wood DR Table w/6
chairs, $550; GlassPatio Table w/6
chairs, foot stool & endtable, $100;
Whirlpool Washer/Dryer, $125/ea;
Sharp Microwave, $25; 27" Color
TV, $35 FMI call 74878.
1.8m SATELLITE Dish, 3 Watt
BUC, LNB, modem, and VOIP
adapter. Purchase all for $2,000-
commercial grade equipment,
1.2m SATELLITE Dish $500,
BIRDOG Satellite Finder $500,
Kenmore DRYER & WASHER -
top loading. $800 for both. FMI
(1)21 speed mountain bike. New
seat, a helmet and an air pump
Asking $130. 13 inch Sony TV,
like new condition $100 OBO
FMI call 78288.
(1) Kitchen Table seats 4, $50 ;
Charcoal grill approx. Ift. by ift.
stands 6in. in height. $15, FMI
(1)2 dryers for sale: $10 and $50.
FMI call 74860
(1) LYNX CREDIT: $413 of
transferrable Lynx credit. Must be
used by OCT 2009. Transferring
and will take best offer. Satellite
Dish: 4 ft. dishwith75 ft. of cable.
Gets all channels. $400. FMI call
VEHICLES & BOATS
(2)1991 reliable smooth riding
VOLVO-740 4-Dr Car, automatic,
clean interior/exterior, am/fm
radio, andcoldA/C. $3899 (OBO)
FMI call 8-4149.
(2)PinkACERAspire One Laptop
Model ZG5, $425 Assorted old
Cuban Coke, Beer bottles found
in GTMO FMI call 75724.
(2)1985 Plymouth voyager,
excellent running condition W/
only 53K miles for $1800 OBO.
FMI call 75228/75227 look for
Rene or Jr.
(2)NISSAN Stanza 1989 AC
working $1400 OBO Call Omar
(2)Hyundai Excel 1990 AC
working $1300 OBO call Omar
(2) 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.
(1) 2001 Silver Nissan Xterra,
very reliable, 115K miles, Great
A/C, newer off-road tires, ceiling-
mounted DVD/TV, $6,500 OBO.
FMI call 77325.
(1 )Roketa 1 50cc
(1) 1994NissanPresea4dr. Sedan;
cold a/c; stereo, great shape.
$2500; 1996 GMC pick-up truck;
a/c; stereo; standard; great shape.
$2500. FMIcall 77586.
(1) 1990 Nissan Pathfinder SE
4-dr, 214kmiles, auto, needs some
minor work, $1500 OBO. FMI
(1) 1997 Chevy Geo Metro.
4-Door. Low Mileage. Good on
gas 40mpg. New battery and CD
player. Runs Great. $1800. FMI
(1) 2000 Land Rover Discovery
II, 4.0L V8, 4x4, leather, dual
pwr front heated seats, dual
sunroofs, many other options,
$11,000, Available end Feb. FMI
(2)NURSE, YH-0610-02. FMI
call CNRSE Forward Deployed
Detachment Office @ 4441 to
(2)Pre Inventory Sidewalk Sale
Saturday Jan. 17 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
atNEXAtriumFMI contact Lydia
(1) Did you know your MWR
10 of the New York Times' current
nonfiction bestsellers and 13 ofthe
current fiction bestsellers?
70 of Amazon.com's "100 Best
Books of 2008"?
and many more are on order!
Stop by for reading suggestions
(1) Guantanamo Bay Girl Scouts
is up and running but we could
use more volunteers to be troop
leaders. Please contact Melissa
(1) The GTMO Fire Department
asks all residents to be mind full
ofthe extremely High Fire Danger
during this very dry spell. We
ask all residents to practice good
Fire Safety techniques. Please
report any potential Fire hazards
immediately to the Fire Prevention
Department at 4178 or 4179.
(1) Relocating to JAX or Mayport
areas? If you prefer quiet country
living, we have a home in
Macclenny available March 1.
3 year old home includes 3
bedrooms, 2 full baths (garden tub
in master suite), 2 car garage and
screened in back porch. 2100 sq.
ft. (including garage) located on a
quiet cul-de-sac. Includes several
appliances (W/D, refrig.)
$1300 a month (plus utilties). Ask
about the special discounted rent
for relocating GTMO residents!
If interested contact JoAnn King:
(2)LOST: Italian gold bracelet.
FMI call 74300.
(2) 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.
Please contact me if you are the
person who found my watch at
72646 or Sherman.F.Morgan@
Jan. 24: Windward Loop AV36A,