Vol. 66 No. 01
Friday. Feb. 6. 2009
Friday, Feb. 6, 2009
W.T. Sampson Photography Club
This week's featured artist:
Marcus Fulk, 4th Grade
Our W.T. Sampson Photography Club has 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.
Thefollowing picture is a great example of how our
children learn to capture a moment. It was taken
by Marcus Fulk (fourth grade student). He really
enjoyed taking pictures ofthe Trevor Romain during
his visit to W.T. Sampson.
Photography Club Sponsor
W. T Sampson Elementary School
Mr. Rafael Arias, a Cuban Special Category Resident, passed away on Thursday,
January 29 at the Naval Station Hospital Guantanamo Bay. Born February 27, 1933, in Cai-
manera, Cuba, he lived a full life, passing away at the age of 74.
Mr. Arias first came to work on the Naval Station in 1951 at the age of 18. He started
as a bartender for the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office known as the Special Service
Department in Guantanamo Bay. His cheerful personality gave service members throughout
the years a sense of "home away from home" while serving here.
Machicho, as his friends called him, will be remembered by his friends as one of
the kindest, funniest, and most charitable persons. People also remember him for his love
towards children, with whom he used to play at the Navy exchange on his free time. He also
supported many community causes here on base that was his way of improving quality of
life that we enjoy today.
The community in general will remember him as a kind, helpful, gentle, humble and
smiling person. But above all, he will be remembered as a guy who helped those in need here
on base. On one occasion, a lady who is part of the Cuban Community woke up early one
morning and found Mr. Arias mowing her lawn for her. Surprised she asked him, "Machicho
why are you mowing my lawn?" and smiling he said "Why wouldn't I help if I can?" That
is the type of person he was.
Mr. Arias is survived by his siblings Nilsa, Luis, Adolfo, and Clara Luz, and his
nieces and nephews who live in Caimanera, Cuba.
Que en paz descanse.
Vol.66 No. 01
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Capt. Steven H. Blaisdell
Cmdr. Paul Mitchell
Command Master Chief
CMDCM(SW/AW) Keith Cardson
MCC Lewis Mesta
MC2 Kimberly WIlliams
MC3(SW) Tracey Whitley
MC3 Benjamin Dennis
MC3 Brian May
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Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 3
Program Kicks Off
By Bill Minnie,
NAVSTA Safety Manager
get a spot
going out of
their way to
be safe. Safety
and MWR re-
pose of the
safety awareness throughout Navy
Region Southeast installations by
rewarding safe acts that go beyond
normal day-to-day operations. It
uses an immediate reward as the
incentive to good safety deeds.
It helps both MWR and Safety and
it is a positive program rewarding
the good instead of punishing the
negative. It will be a good motivator
for personnel on base. The motiva-
tion should increase awareness of
their surroundings. It will hope-
fully help them to see things they
normally overlook because safety is
now part of their thought process."
All base employees should apply
safe work practices in their daily
operations. Recognition should be
given to individuals and departments
for attaining an excellent safety
record and providing and support-
ing the installation safety Program.
Behaviors that are acceptable for
an award of an MWR Safety Buck
include: identification of unknown
hazards in the workplace, providing
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
additional safety guards that enhance
a job, taking initiatives to correct a
known hazard such as a broken guard
or any other good deed is determined
by the Safety Buck distributors.
All Safety Bucks are serialized to
determine their authenticity along
with a signature of an authorized
party. The commanding officer, ex-
ecutive officer and command master
chief can also sign Safety Bucks.
Each Safety Buck is worth ten dol-
lars and is redeemable at any MWR
facility. It can be used to buy foods and
non-alcoholic beverages and other rec-
reational goods and services. Each buck
must be signed and no change is given
on items under the ten-dollar limit.
This program helps publicize our
facilities to personnel that normally
wouldn't use them and anything that
gets people in our facilities is a bonus.
It is a winning situation for both the
MWR and Safety Departments and will
hopefully make the base a safer place.
For more information on the
Safety Bucks Program, contact
the Safety Department at 4526.
4 Friday, Feb. 6, 2009
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Friday, Feb. 6, 2009
Commander, Navy Installations
Command Holds Change of Command
By CNIC Public Affairs
Vice Adm. Michael C.
Vitale relieved Vice Adm.
Bob Conway, Jr., as Com-
mander, Navy Installations
Command (CNIC) Jan. 30
during a ceremony at the
Washington Navy Yard,
The guest speaker for
the change of command
was Chief of Naval Op-
erations (CNO) Adm. Gary
Roughead. Roughead spoke
of what Conway and CNIC
meant to the Navy. He said
"They were the integra-
tor for all things related to
our fleet. While the fleet is
in port and our sailors are
ashore. Bob knew what to,
how to do it, how to explain
it, and how to get the most
out of every dollar."
Conway said of his time
at CNIC "I do consider
myself blessed, to be af-
forded both the opportunity
and the challenge to once
again command; the op-
portunity to work alongside
many talented professionals
both military and civilian
throughout the world; the
challenge to change the
shore establishment into an
adaptive enterprise support-
ing the maritime strategy,
the fleet, our Sailors, and
their families; and I enjoyed
every minute of it. Conway
was awarded the Distin-
guished Service Medal dur-
ing the ceremony.
Vitale said he looked for-
ward to the challenges of
taking over CNIC. "Today
as I proudly take the helm
of CNIC, I can tell you
several things about the way
we will do business. We
will always do our best and
we will do it with class and
style. We will always do the
Reef Raider's Make Donation
right thing no matter how
hard it is, no matter how
long it takes or no matter
how much it costs. We will
treat everyone with dignity
and respect. We will al-
ways look for a better way,
always trying to improve.
Lastly we will remember to
enjoy ourselves while we
are meeting those challeng-
es because we belong to the
worlds greatest Navy."
CNIC Is an Echelon II com-
mand responsible for the
providing base and operat-
ing services to the Navy's
13 Regions and 73 Instal-
lations. CNIC oversees a
nine Billion budget, more
than 52,000 facilities and
more than 53,000 person-
nel, managed from a single
Conway will retire after
more than 35 years of dis-
Members of the
Reef Raiders dive
organization make an
donation to the W.T
Sampson ES yearbook
fund. The club's
generosity will defray
printing costs making
the yearbook more
affordable to all families
at the elementary school.
Making the presentation
are Shane Lauritzen
(left) and club president
Sarah Cleveland while
members James Swope
and the yearbook
sponsor give the OK.
Students With Its
The Navy Exchange wants
to help its customers pay for
their children's college edu-
cation through its A-OK Stu-
dent Reward Program. Four
times per school year, four
students will be the recipients
of a $5,000, $3,000 $2,000 or
$1,000 U.S. savings bond, de-
nominations at maturity. The
next drawing will be held at the
end of February 2009.
Any eligible full-time stu-
dent that has a B-grade point
average equivalent or better,
as determined by their school
system, may enter the draw-
ing. Eligible students include
dependent children of active
duty military members, re-
servists and military retirees
enrolled in first through 12th
grade. Dependent children
without an individual Depen-
dent Identification Card must
be accompanied by their spon-
sor to submit their entry. Each
student may enter only once
each grading period and must
re-enter with each qualifying
To enter the drawing, stop
by any NEX with a current
report card and have a NEX
associate verify the minimum
grade average. Then fill out an
entry card and obtain an A-OK
ID, which entitles the student
to discount coupons for NEX
products and services.
The Navy Exchange Ser-
vice Command (NEXCOM)
has been offering students
a chance to win a savings
bond through its A-OK Stu-
dent Reward Program since
1998. Since the program be-
gan, NEXCOM has awarded
$460,000 in savings bonds to
152 students with the help of
its generous vendor partners.
6 Friday, Feb. 6, 2009
Walt Kowalski has just lost his wife
and his children want him to move out
of the old neighborhood and move into
a senior citizens' home. Walt doesn't
want to move even though more Asian
people live in his Detroit neighborhood
than Americans. Walt has a problem
with Asians ever since he fought them
in the Korean War. This prejudice
explodes when Thao, the teenage son
of the Hmong family next door, tries
to steal his mint condition 1972 Grand
Torino car. Thao was pressured by
an Asian gang to steal the car as an
initiation rite. To regain the family's
honor, Thao is forced to work for Walt.
Walt begins to protect Thao from the
gangs and soon he becomes a target.
Friday. Jan. 9
Tale of Despereaux
7 p.m., G, 94 min.
The Day The Earth
9 p.m., PG-13, 104 min.
PG-13, 124 min.
Saturday. Jan. 10
The Boy In The Striped
7 p.m., PG-13, 95 min.
Punisher: War Zone
9 p.m., R, 107 min.
Sunday. Jan. 11
7 p.m., R, 108 min.
Monday, Jan. 12
7 p.m., PG-13, 165 min.
Tuesday. Jan. 13
7 p.m., R, 117 min.
Wednesday, Jan. 14
Nothing Like The
7 p.m., PG-13, 134 min.
Thursday. Jan. 15
7 p.m., PG-13, 90 min.
Experience the art of belly
dancing and let the
ancient rhythmic beats
transport you to Arabia.
Bring your scarf
and your hips!
FMI call 77262 or 78469.
Class will be held at
Marine Hill Fitness Center
Sundays at 3 p.m.
Feb. 13, 7 p.m.
FMI call 2010
KAYAK TO THE CAVES
Feb. 14, 8 a.m.
FMI call 2010
Feb. 19, 7 p.m.
FMI call 2010
FEAR FACTOR NIWHT
Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
FMI call 2010
Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 7
(2)ISPfor$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 call
(2)21 speed mountain bike. New seat,
ahelmetand anairpumpAsking $130.
13 inch Sony TV, like new condition
FMI call 78288.
(2) Kitchen Table seats 4, $50 ;
Charcoal grill approx. 1ft. by 1ft. stands
6in. in height. $15, FMI 77264.
(2)2 dryers for sale: $10 and $50. FMI
(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 84703
(1)MUSTSELL!!! Elegant round glass
top dining table with dining chairs.
(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 FMI 78466
(1) Changing table for sale, light
brown, 2 shelves and a diaper drawer
(1) For sale one seater Kayak
$2,000. FMI 75694
(1) FOUR(4) 15" TIRES WITH
RIMS $180, FMI 4059/79576
(1) Nintendo Wii w/ 4 remotes and
nun chucks, 11 games(Metroid
Prime, Zelda, COD3, Super Smash
Bros and more), 2 remote charging
stations, HD Cables, and aluminum
carry case ONLY $500-77129\(1)
27" Samsung CRT Television w/
remote, 2 RCA input, 2 HD Com-
ponent input, S-Video, Cable $200/
OBO. FMI 77129
(1) 1 XL Black Joe Rocket Mesh
Riding Jacket 1 year old, great con-
dition, $225.00. Black Icon Field
Armor Boots, size 12 brand new,
$130.00. 1 used Silver and Black XL
HJC Helmet like new, $60.00. Black
Sidi Vertigo race style boots like
new $200.00. FMI 84261/ 79556 or
(1) SATELLITE DISH: Dish with
75 feet of cable. $400. FMI 84703
(1) Good Size Corner 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.FMI
(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 Micro-
wave, $25, Washer/Dryer, $125/ea
(1) 21 speed mountain bike, comes
with a comfy seat, a helmet and an
air pump. Asking $135. FMI 78288.
(1)Body Glove wetsuit. Men's
Large-Full body. Brand new, never
been wet. FMI 2646
(1) For Sale- ParaFoil 272 rigged
for para-sailing, ready to go $550/
OBO. FMI 77349.
(1) For Sale: Nintendo DS, $65;
Gameboy, $20; Cannondale Prophet,
Large Frame, well maintained w/
extras, $950; Youth Fencing gear
$40 each set or $75 both; Xbox
games $5 each; Cuisinart coffee pot,
$40; Sportblock adjustable dumb-
bells (2) 3-24 lbs, $35; Husky 1.5
gallon air compressor, $60; Grizzly,
10 table saw, model G1023SL, w/
many extras, $950; Grizzly, 24 Knife
Grinder, model G9960, $175; Fluid-
ity exercise bar w/ 3DVDs $100.
FMI call 2640.
(1)27 inch Sanyo TV $ 50, and also
1993 Blue Chevorlet Corsica, AC,
CD player, runs great $2000/OBO.
(2) 2 Performance shocks absorber
pro Comp ES 9000. $80/OBO.FMI
(1) HP Desktop Computer, Pentium
4, Dual DVD burners, 128 MB
Video "card", TV tuner, 250 GB
HDD, 1GB of ram, flat panel moni-
tor. $400. FMI 77828.
(1) Mares pneumatic speargun $150,
Zeagle Escape BC Like New $250,
Dive Mask used once $25.FMI
VEHICLES & BOATS
(2) 2001 Silver Nissan Xterra, very
reliable, 115K miles, GreatA/C, newer
off-road tires, ceiling-mounted DVD/
TV, $6,500 OBO. FMI 77325.
(2)Roketa 150cc MOTORSCOOTER
- $1,600. FMI 84049.
(2) 1994 Nissan Presea 4dr. Sedan;
cold a/c; stereo, great shape. $2500;
1996 GMC pick-up truck; a/c; stereo;
standard; great shape. $2500. FMI
(2) 1990 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4-dr,
214k miles, auto, needs some minor
work, $1500 OBO. FMI 77264.
(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.
(1) 1996 OLSMOBILE @ $3000/
OBO Good AC, New tires, Excellent
running condition Please call 79109
(1) 2005 NISSAN TITAN LE KING
CAB, 29,000 MILES, LEATHER,
BED LINER, MULTI DISC PLAY-
ER, TOW PACKAGE, PARKING
SENSOR, $18,000. FMI 75781
(1) "1994 Explorer Sport. Very
sturdy truck. Cold A/C, runs good.
$2500 FMI 84908
(1) 1992 Ford Ranger Good Running
Condition$1,800 OBO. FMI 75229
(1)2004 Chevy Suburban tow pack-
age, fold down seats, $18,000 FMI
(1)2004 Toyota Camry
Leather interior new rims and tires
and batteriyA/C 6 disc cd player
selling for $10,000/OBO.
(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 includ-
ed. Brand new Radio and Charger.
Soft top (removable).
Pole holders. Power outlets and
extra lights. $2,800/OBO FMI
(1) 2005 Jeep Wrangler SE 4x4
Delivered to Gtmo when new,
12,500+ miles, Wht/Blk Top,
6 Cylinder Engine, Automatic Trans-
mission, Trail Rated, 4x4,
A/C, Pwr Steering, Tilt Wheel,
AM/FM, Single CD, Dual Front
Air Bags, Rear Seat. $14,600,FMI
(1) 1977 JEEP CJ-7
Bodyoff Restoration, Original
Engine and Trans Runs Great, Looks
Even Better. $9000 OBO. FMI
(1) Electric Scooter -never buy gas
on GTMO again, GO GREEN! 36
volt, chain driven scooter with a car-
rying capacity of 300 lbs. and max
speed of 20 mph with 22 miles of
distance per 4 hour charge. All safety
features. FMI 79561
(1)Science Applications Interna-
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 Library
10 of the New York Times' current
nonfiction bestsellers and 13 of the
current fiction bestsellers?
70 ofAmazon.com's "100 Best Books
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 leaders. Please
gmail.com or 77200.
(2) The GTMO Fire Department asks
all residents to be mind full of the
extremely High Fire Dangerduring this
very dry spell. We ask all residents to
practice good Fire Safety techniques.
Please reportany 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 yearold home includes 3 bedrooms, 2
full baths (garden tubin 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
(1)Relocating to Norfolk VA? Cape
Cod for sale. 3 BR, 2 Barh, sun
room, large corner lot, quiet neigh-
borhood close to all bases. 179k.
FMI call 77720
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