USNH GTMO sustains major
Staff rallies to keep doors open
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The U.S. Naval Hospital Guan-
tanamo Bay, Cuba sustained of
water damage to most of its clin-
ics at approximately 4 p.m. Jan. 25.
According to the USNH GTMO
safety manager, early estimates indi-
cate that the facility sustained from
$6-9 million in damage when a 6-foot
portion of a 4-inch thick fire valve
burst on the hospital's second floor.
Approximately 50 percent of the fa-
cility was affected by the incident.
"A defective valve burst in the fire
main, pouring large amounts of wa-
ter on both floor of the hospital," said
Lt. Tawanda Moore, USNH GTMO
spokesperson. "Most of the damage
occurred in the orthopedic, general
surgery and primary care clinics.
These are our highest traffic areas.
We are looking at them not being
fully back online for a minimum
of six months or so," said Moore.
To alleviate the concerns and fulfill
the demand for service, officials have
implemented contingency plans in
which they are scouting for other fa-
cilities outside of the hospital to use
in lieu of the compromised spaces.
"We have limited services in our den-
tal facilities and our ER is only open
for emergencies, so if it's a cough,
cold or runny nose, please wait," said
Capt. Linda Ireland, USNH GTMO
executive officer. "Our 911 is still
operable and we are still running
ambulances. Residents can continue
to use this service," said Ireland.
All hands at USNH have pulled to-
gether in this time of emergency to
secure, strip and clean the hospital in
hopes of lessening the impact of the
busted valve on the overall opera-
tions and structure of the building.
"All USNH personnel were recalled
yesterday at 4 p.m. to assist with the
clean up of the building," said Moore.
"We have been pulling carpets, mov-
ing furniture, disinfecting areas and
just trying to salvage what we can."
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Navy Allowed To Retain
MILLINGTON, Tenn. The Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) announced
the establishment of senior enlisted continuation boards Jan. 24 as a means
to help shape the force.
"In an effort to stabilize and shape the force, ensure continued advance-
ment opportunity, and retain our top performers, a continuation board for
enlisted Sailors with over 20 years of active service will be held for active
and FTS (full time support). The board will be focused on retaining our
top performers serving in our most demanding billets while also ensur-
ing continued advancement opportunity," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson,
The annual board, along with several other force-shaping measures, has
been introduced as the Navy strives to meet its congressionally mandated
end strength of 329,000 active duty Sailors.
"Our intention is to stabilize our personnel end strength at 329,000 from
our current level of 331,000," said Ferguson.
According to the message, the fiscal year (FY) 2010 E7-E9 Senior Enlist-
ed Continuation Board convenes Sept. 21 at Navy Personnel Command.
Members not selected for continuation will transfer to the fleet reserve or
retire no later than June 30, 2010.
The board will review the records of active-duty and FTS E7 through E9
personnel with at least 20 years of active service and three years time-in-
rate as of Sept. 1, 2009.
Exemptions to the FY-10 Senior Enlisted Continuation Board include
Sailors with approved fleet Reserve/retirement dates effective on or before
June 30, 2010, those with high-year tenure dates on or before June 30,
2010, frocked personnel, those selected for advancement in FY-10 boards,
personnel selected for command senior chief/master chief programs from
the FY-10 board, personnel with orders to or serving in the first two years
of an overseas or DoD area tours at the time of the board convening date,
and Safe Harbor participants. Additionally, personnel holding a nuclear,
SEAL (special warfare boat operator, special warfare operator), explosive
ordnance disposal technician or diver enlisted classification code, plus
fleet, force and command master chiefs are exempt from the board.
Each eligible member is responsible for ensuring their record is correct
and up to date with latest evaluations, awards and other appropriate in-
formation. Candidates may communicate with the continuation board by
submitting a board package. Selection board packages provide candidates
the opportunity to submit any missing documents from the sections of
their records that are viewed by the continuation boards. Packages must
be post marked not later than Aug. 17, 2009. Packages submitted to the
E7 through E9 advancement selection boards will not be presented to the
continuation board. Further guidance on submitting a board package can
be found in the NAVADMIN.
Commanding officers with personnel not selected for continuation will be
notified so they may personally and confidentially notify the members.
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
4 Friday, Jan. 30, 2009
USNH, from page 1
"For safety reasons, we are not allowed to work in
the building. We do not have any fire proofing equip-
ment and there are doubtful electrical areas," said
Randell Perry, USNH GTMO safety manager. We
are vigorously cleaning to limit mold growth."
USNH officials have set up a manpower pool in the
hospital's galley where a point person has been des-
ignated to communicate with the staff waiting there
for directions for where their assistance is needed.
"We are doing most of our communication using ra- i
dios," said Moore. "The facility manager is coordinat-
ing where help is needed all over the hospital and tells
the central person over the radio where to send teams of
five or more people to assist. We hold meetings every
couple of hours to determine our schedule for that day."
Ireland explained that the hospital is in contact with
BUMED and Naval Facilities East for long-term ser-
vices to bring USNH GTMO back up fully functional.
"We triaged two near term obstetrics patients off-island
yesterday and are evaluating additional obstetrics cases to
possibly MEDEVAC others," said Ireland. "Our inpatient
ward has been set-up in our supply warehouse and our ER
is functioning out of a base exercise tent in the hospital
parking lot. Once the fire main is restored, the ER can
move back inside of the hospital. We are working dili-
gently to get the fire alarm and suppression system back L
online. Once we do, the ER, OR and our first priorities." LTMoore removes water damaged carpeting
TI LIJTL MERMAEID
at W.T. SAMPSON Feb. 7 from 4-6 p.m.
All students grades K-12 are encouraged to audition.
The performances are scheduled for
Feb. 12 & 13.
FMI call 2207/2435 or 77079
Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 5
W.T. Sampson Photography Club
Our WT Sampson Photography Club has
This week's featured artist: been designed to promote student's creativity
through the eyes of a young artist 4th 6th
Austin Tapia, 6th Grade grade students learn about different strategies
to be able to take the best pictures in different
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 Austin Tapia (Sixth
Grade grade student). "This picture was
taken at Windmill Beach. It is a picture of an
iguana from a close distance. I enjoy taking
pictures of GTMO's animals."
Photography Club Sponsor
WT Sampson Elementary School
Friday, Jan. 30, 2009
The musical drama Cadillac
Records documents the compelling
true-life story of the Chicago record
label that helped the world discover
such legendary artists as Muddy
Waters, Howlin' Wolf Little Walter,
and Chuck Berry. Founded in 1950
by Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody),
Chess Records quickly gained a
reputation as home to some of the
most talented and influential blues
artists ever to step into a recording
studio. But giving these musicians
an opportunity to bring their music
to the world was no easy task,
because along the way there was
enough sex, drugs, and rock & roll
to ensure that things around Chess
Records never got boring..
Friday. Jan. 30
7 p.m., PG13 90 min
9 p.m., PG13 122 min
R 108 min
Saturday. Jan. 31
The Boy in The
7 p.m., PG13 95 min
9 p.m.,PG13 100 min
Sunday. Feb. 1
Punisher: War Zone
7 p.m., R 107 min
Monday. Feb. 2
7 p.m., R 99 min
Tuesday. Feb. 3
The Day The Earth
7 p.m., PG13 104 min
Wednesday, Feb. 4
7 p.m., R 108 min
Thursday. Feb 5
7 p.m., PG13 165 min.
Experience the exotic art of belly
dancing and let the ancient rhyth-
mic beats transport you to Arabia.
Bring your scarf
and your hips!!
FMI Karissa 77262
or instructor 78469
Class will be held at Marine Hill
Sundays @ 3 p.m.
SUPER BOWL TAILGATE
*Tons of Giveaways, *BBQ Com-
petition, *Drink Special,
* 16ft Screen. Join us Feb. 1st. @
1400 Tiki Bar Patio!
FMI Call 75604
DINNER @ 3AYVIEW
February 14th, 2009.
Reservations available from
Please call 75604 for menu, res-
ervations or more information
Feb 1st Snorkeling 0800 Hicacal
Feb 3rd Guitar Hero Competition
1900 Marine Hill
Feb 5th Night Paintball 1900
All Events Are Free. To Sign up
or FMI Call 2010
Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 7
(2) ISP for $69.99 p/mo. Requires
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
(2) 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.
(2) Kitchen Table seats 4, $50 ;
Charcoal grill approx. Ift. by ift.
stands 6in. in height. $15, FMI
(2) 2 dryers for sale: $10 and $50.
FMI call 74860
(2) LYNX CREDIT: $413 of
transferrable Lynx credit. Must be
used by OCT 2009. Transferring
and will take best offer. Satellite
Dish: 4 ft. dish with 75 ft. of
cable. Gets all channels. $400.
FMI call 84703
(1)MUST SELL!!! Elegant round
glass top dining table with dining
chairs. FMI call 8-4149
(1) For Sale: 16" Television $30
(1) Diving gear:Oceanic
Delta 3 BC's, Oceanic Chute 2
Regulator,XS scuba page,Mare's
fins, Scubapro twin jet Wight
and knife and a lot more .$700
(1) Changing table for sale, light
brown, 2 shelves and a diaper
(1) For sale one seater Kayak
$2,000 call 75694
(1) FOUR(4) 15" TIRES WITH
RIMS $180, 4059 OR 79576
(1) Nintendo Wii w/ 4 re-
motes and nun chucks, 11
games(Metroid Prime, Zelda,
COD3, Super Smash Bros and
more), 2 remote charging sta-
tions, HD Cables, and aluminum
carry case ONLY $500-77129\
(1) 27" Samsung CRT Televi-
sion w/ remote, 2 RCA input, 2
HD Component input, S-Video,
Cable $200 OBO-77129
(1) 1 XL Black Joe Rocket
Mesh Riding Jacket 1 year old,
great condition, $225.00. Black
Icon Field Armor Boots, size
12 brand new, $130.00. 1 used
Silver and Black XL HJC Hel-
met like new, $60.00. Black Sidi
Vertigo race style boots like new
$200.00. FMI at 8-4261, 7-9556
(1) SATELLITE DISH: Dish
with 75 feet of cable. $400.
(1) Good Size Comer Desk $55,
Gateway Laptop 17" screen,
Pentium Dual Core processor,
1.5 GB RAM, 100 GB Hard
drive, DVD burner, Windows
Vista $700. 512MB MP3/WMA/
REC/ AM/FM radio/ USB Flash
drive $25. Call Lawrence 78470
(1) JVC VCR, $25; Sharp VCR/
DVD, $40; Small Entertainment
Center, $50; Two Italian in-laid
wood end tables, $35/ea; Lamp,
$10; Small table/chair, $40;
Large DR Table/6 chairs, $500;
Sharp Microwave, $25, Washer/
VEHICLES & BOATS
(2) 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.
(2)Roketa 1 50cc
(2) 1994NissanPresea4dr. Sedan;
cold a/c; stereo, great shape.
$2500; 1996 GMC pick-up truck;
a/c; stereo; standard; great shape.
$2500. FMIcall 77586.
(2) 1990 Nissan Pathfinder SE
4-dr, 214kmiles, auto, needs some
minor work, $1500 OBO. FMI
(2) 1997 Chevy Geo Metro.
4-Door. Low Mileage. Good on
gas 40mpg. New battery and CD
player. Runs Great. $1800. FMI
(2) 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
(1) 1996 OLSMOBILE @
$3000/OBO Good AC, New
tires, Excellent running condi-
tion Please call 79109
(1) 2005 NISSAN TITAN LE
KING CAB, 29,000 MILES,
LEATHER, BED LINER,
MULTI DISC PLAYER, TOW
PACKAGE, PARKING SEN-
SOR, $18,000. CALL JEREMY
(1)Science Applications Intera-
tional Corp (SAIC) is currently
seeking an experienced Help
Desk Technician for its contract
in support of Naval Station
GTMO. Anyone interested in
the position should contact Mike
Dell at 4862
(2) 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
(2) Guantanamo Bay Girl Scouts
is up and running but we could
use more volunteers to be troop
(1) "1994 Explorer Sport. Very
sturdy truck. Cold A/C, runs
good. $2500 Contact 84908
(1) 1992 Ford Ranger Good
Running Condition$1,800 OBO.
(1) 2004 Chevy Suburban
tow package, fold down seats,
$18,000 call 75694
(1) 2004 Toyota Camry
Leather interior new rims and
tires and batteriyA/C 6 disc cd
player selling for $10,000 OBO
call after 1800 78630
(1) 16 ft. Boston Whaler for
sale w/ Trailer! 2004 Mercury
Engine Perfect for fishing!
Fish finder. New wiring and
lights. Just tuned up/oil changed.
Life vests and all accessories
included. Brand new Radio and
Charger. Soft top (removable).
Pole holders. Power outlets and
extra lights. $2,800 OBO CALL
SAM @ W: 8235 -H: 77151
(1) 2005 Jeep Wrangler SE 4x4
Delivered to Gtmo when new,
12,500+ miles, Wht/Blk Top,
6 Cylinder Engine, Automatic
Transmission, Trail Rated, 4x4,
A/C, Pwr Steering, Tilt Wheel,
AM/FM, Single CD, Dual Front
Air Bags, Rear Seat. $14,600,
Hm 77375 Wk 4857
(1) 1977 JEEP CJ-7
Bodyoff Restoration, Original
Engine and Trans Runs Great,
Looks Even Better. $9000 OBO
leaders. Please contact Melissa
(2) The GTMO Fire Department
asks all residents to be mind full
ofthe extremely HighFire 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.
(2) 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:
(1) Lost Camera: Daughter
left Pink Sony Camera, model
number DSC-W55, in Taxi on
Saturday, 1/24/09. Camera is in
a black case and has the charger
with it. Reward for return.
Please call 2593 or 84617 DWH
and 75714 AWH.
(1)Relocating to Norfolk VA?
Cape Cod for sale. 3 BR, 2
Barh, sun room, large comer lot,
quiet neighborhood close to all
bases. 179k. FMI call 77720
(1) Garage Sale 1/31/09 8-10AM
(1) Yard Sale- Date-1 Feb
Location-VL 8A Time: 0900
TIME: 900- 1100
To register call 4141
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