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Firefighter Warren Douglas extinguishes a fire set in the Mobile Aircraft
Firefighting Training Device (MAFTD) Oct. 7. Photo by MC3 Jesse Sharpe.

Fire Prevention Week Lights Up GTMO

By Mass Communication Specialist
3rd Class Leona Mynes, Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs

Guantanamo Bay residents witnessed
a portion of fire fighting training Oct. 7
between the MWR Library and Sherman
A Mobile Aircraft Firefighting
Training Device (MAFTD) was set
ablaze for firefighter recruits to
extinguish. The event coincided with
National Fire Prevention Week, held
in Guantanamo Bay Oct. 4-10.
"We're required to provide sched-
uled aircraft firefighting training and
we combined it with Fire Prevention
Week to involve the public and show
them why this type of training is im-
portant," said Fire Chief Eric Tucker.
The Fire Prevention Week pro-
claimation, released Oct. 2 by the
office of the President of the United

States, states that "as powerful
as any force in the natural world,
fire deserves our utmost attention.
Unchecked, fire can destroy homes,
devastate our environment, and, at its
worst, injure or fatally harm individ-
uals. Fire Prevention Week is a time
to learn about important fire safety
issues and empower our communi-
ties to stay 'Fire Smart.'"
Tucker said his firefighters fight
several different types of fires, some-
times caused by nature, but most
were caused by people.
"The majority of the fires we see
are kitchen fires," said Tucker.
According to the National Fire
Prevention Association, cooking is the
leading cause of home fires. It accounts
for 40 percent of reported home fires
and 36 percent of related injuries.
For more information on fire pre-
vention, call 4598 or visit NFPA.org.

CNRSE Establishes
Energy Policy that
Favors Conservation

By Sue Brink, Naval Facilities
Engineering Command Southeast
Public Affairs

-Commander, Navy Region
Southeast (CNRSE) signed the
new energy instruction that
establishes the energy policy
for installations during his first
Energy Council meeting Aug.
Rear Adm. Townsend G.
Alexander, CNRSE, set forth
a comprehensive and robust
energy strategy to meet all new
laws and policies set forth for
energy and water conservation
with the issuance of this new
"Leadership in conservation
will be achieved and sustained
with awareness, training and
implementation of suitable
technologies in energy and wa-
ter conservation," said Alexan-
der. "As a culture, our behavior
will have to change."
Legislation passed in the
Energy Independence and Se-
curity Act of 2007 (EISA 2007)
requires a 30 percent reduction
in energy intensity by 2015, a
20 percent reduction in water
intensity by 2015, and an audit
each year of one quarter of the
facilities identified as the top 75
percent of energy consuming
The National Defense Au-
thorization Act of 2007 (NDAA
2007) states that 25 percent
of electric consumption must
come from renewable sources.
Executive Order (E.O. 13423)
for Strengthening Federal
See CNRSE, page 5

The Guantanamo Bay Gazette

VOL. 66 No. 40


Commanding Officer

Executive Officer

Command Master Chief

Public Affairs Officer

Leading Chief
Petty Officer

Gazette Editor

The Guantanamo Bay Gazette is an
authorized publication for members
of the military services and their
families stationed at U.S. Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay.
The contents do not necessarily
reflect the official views of the U.S.
Government, the Department of
Defense, or the U.S. Navy, and do
not imply endorsement thereof.
The editorial content is prepared,
edited and provided by the Public
Affairs Office of U.S. Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay. Questions or
comments can be directed to the
The Gazette staff can be reached
by phone at ext. 4623, fax at ext.
4819 or by emailing pao@usnb-
Get the Gazette online at
For classified ad submissions:
please limit word count to 20
words or less. Ads must be submit-
ted, via email ONLY, no later than
noon every Tuesday to

ND3 Chad McBride


ND3 qualified as a Quality Assurance
Craftsman, a Dive Life Support System
maintenance technician, and wrote
the Re-entry Control Package.

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients Col. (Ret.) Don Ballard, Kenneth
Stumpf and Harold A. Fritz visit the Naval Station (NAVSTA) Air Opera-
tions department Oct. 5 Photo by Terence Peck.


October 9, 2009


Emergency Savings Account

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he a e endm 6t-rr)if they had their car repossessed. More than ha e
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the,! is to be a t1T ay for all of your family's ilslfor at least two Ai
sources me become unavailable. '
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These tips.are only the beginning-there are many ways to save enough money
to kepardfor your financial future, so think of creative ways to find extra moni
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Sleqiat emergency sav focus on how to best ety .
family's eeds, rather than worrying about finding the money to han -diff
financial itiatiqn Onean ESA is established, your family can app those *ae
safift btbs towvad longer-term investments or Thrift Savings Plan ,.a rt
doiy 'ne \od t6oqanciaIsuccess.
I-Qor i zfojrmation. visit waw.militaryconnection.com., .. :.

Daily Catholic Mass
Mon.- Fri. 5:30 p.m. (Main Chapel)
Vigil Mass
Sat. 5 p.m. (Main Chapel)
Sunday 9 a.m. (Main Chapel)
Seventh Day Adventist Service
Sat. 11a.m. (Room B)
Iglesia Ni Christo
Sun. 5:30 a.m. (Room A)
Pentecostal Gospel Temple
Sun. 8 a.m. (Room D)
LDS Service
Sun. 9 a.m. (Room A)
Liturgical Service
Sun. 10 a.m. (Room B)
General Protestant Service
Sun. 11 a.m. (Main Chapel)
United Jamaican Fellowship
Sun. 11 a.m. (Bldg. 1036)
Gospel Service
Sun. 1 p.m. (Main Chapel)
LORIMI Gospel Service
Sun. 1 p.m. (Room D)
GTMO Bay Christian Fellowship
Sun. 6 p.m. (Main Chapel)
GTMO Christian Fellowship
Sun. 8 p.m. (Main Chapel)
Islamic Service
1:15 p.m. (Room C)
Jewish Service
7 p.m. (FMI call 2628)
Spanish Mass
Wed. 11 a.m.
Vigil Mass
Sat. 6:30 p.m. (PPI Chapel)
Sunday Mass
Sun. 7:30 a.m.

Connie Schiltz
Call 84792 or 78519.

Marjorie True
(757) 705-3538

Jennifer Mangum
Call 5048.

L II _____________________

The Guantanamo Bay Gazette

Tracy Lawrence Performs for GTMO Residents

Photos and story by Terence Peck,
Public Affairs Officer, Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs

Servicemembers stationed in
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba attend-
ed a weekend event that ended
with a concert featuring country
singer Tracy Lawrence Oct. 4.
The Navy Exchange/Morale,
Welfare and Recreation's 8th
Annual Customer Appreciation
Weekend was a two-day celebra-
tion designed to recognize the
sacrifices and contributions that
service members provide at over-
seas locations.
"I have never served in our
armed forces, but I'm a huge
supporter of our country and our
troops," Lawrence said. "I re-
ally appreciate the sacrifices they
Lawrence said he knows it can
be difficult for service members to
be away from their families.
"I know how tough it is on me
to be away from my kids for a
few weeks at a time," he said. "I
can't imagine what it is like being
away from my kids for one or two
years at a time. It's pretty tough,

GTMO 5th-grader Marcus Fulk of Washington, Ind. talks with country
singer Tracy Lawrence at a special autograph-signing session before the
his performance, Oct. 4. Lawrence said he felt empathy for servicemembers
who sacrificed time with their family for the military because he also
spends time away from his family for his career.

especially with the danger at-
tached to it."
Lawrence was one of many art-
ists in the music industry to have
performed at overseas military
installations in 2009.
"I'm proud to be in an industry
where a lot of artists take pride in
doing things for the military and
I think it's great for the morale,"
Lawrence said.
Lawrence said it is important to
bring a little piece of home to the
troops regardless of where they
are stationed.
"I think everybody tends to be
a little homesick," he said. "Just
hearing a familiar voice you've
heard on the radio or being able to
hear some music that you grew up
with can boost morale."
Hundreds of GTMO residents
flooded the venue to enjoy the
singer's performance regardless of

a sore throat.
"Tracy Lawrence and his band
gave an outstanding concert for
GTMO," said Navy Ens. Karl J.
Rosenkranz, Naval Station GTMO
Administrative Officer. "He was
able to make the large audience
feel like a small family."
Rosenkranz said concert-goers
could feel the compassion and
admiration Lawrence felt toward
servicemembers as he performed.
"He and his band truly do care
and support the troops ... evident
in the fact that he came out to
deliver and encore performance, to
the delight and cheers of the entire
crowd. I certainly look forward to
seeing if return again to GTMO."
For more information on con-
certs or performances in GTMO,
contact the MWR Liberty office at
2110, watch the base roller channel
four or look for ads in the Gazette.

S(Left) Country singer Tracy Lawrence performs for hundreds of base
residents, Oct. 4. Lawrence's appearance concluded the NEX/MWR 8th
Annual Customer Appreciaion Weekend, where the NEX gave away more
than $75,000 in prizes, trips and gift cards.

October 9, 2009


Environmental, Energy, and Trans-
portation Management mandates
that 15 percent of the existing Fed-
eral buildings incorporate sustain-
able practices by 2015.
Additional policies detail guiding
principles for sustainable design and
establish a LEED Green Building
Rating System for incorporating sus-
tainable principles into new facilities
and major renovations on existing
The strategy precepts vital to this
effort are to raise personnel aware-
ness and participation, train energy
and utility personnel, implement
new conservation based technology,
implement life cycle cost effective
projects, establish Energy Star rated
buildings, integrate energy efficiency
into leases and base operations ser-
vices contracts, increase renewable
energy use, and reduce petroleum
Naval Facilities Engineering
Command (NAVFAC) Southeast
developed a tool kit for conserva-
tion that incorporates technology,
identification and training of piv-
otal personnel, high performance
building tools, communication and
recognition programs, measurement
mechanisms and planning for instal-
lation commanding officers in the

'Energy Star' certification will
be required on all small and large
appliances. Diligence will be paid
on addressing and implementing
alternative fuels for vehicles and
Personnel will be trained and
certified annually on strategies, con-
struction and sustainment of energy
and water conservation best prac-
tices. NAVFAC will ensure that new
construction and major renovation
plans will be reviewed to ensure that
leading technology for conservation
are implemented. To further publi-
cize these efforts, existing buildings
re-commissioned as 'Energy Star' or
'LEED' certified will be recognized
with a 'ribbon cutting' ceremony.
NAVFAC will be monitoring
progress closely with a comprehen-
sive web-based metrics program
established, maintained, and avail-
able for review by leadership on the
CNRSE portal.
Measurements for success com-
menced with fiscal year (FY) 2008.
The metrics for reporting establish a
cumulative target that the fiscal year
actual is evaluated against.
"We are on our way," said NAV-
FAC Southeast Commanding Officer
Capt. Doug Morton.
Financed Energy Projects award-
ed during FY 2008 included seven

Utility Energy Services Contracts
(UESC) at four installations and one
Energy Savings Performance Con-
tract (ESPC).
FY2009 continues the trend of
energy projects with six UESCs at
four installations; three ESPCs at
three installations; and three Energy
Conservation Investment Programs
(ECIP) at Kingsville, Meridian, and
Future plans are on track for FY
2010 calls for 19 projects at eight dif-
ferent installations totaling $64 mil-
lion. Region Southeast will see over
$100 million in ARRA Energy fund-
ing. ARRA Energy Projects to install
Photovoltaic Systems and Advanced
Metering are set for Florida, Texas
and Mississippi. "It will take the
collaborative effort of sailors, family
members, personnel and contractors
at each of our installations to reach
the goals outlined by the President,"
said Rear Admiral. Alexander. "We
all share the responsibility of envi-
ronmental stewardship do your
part, think smart, conserve energy,
and save our precious resources.
For more news from Commander
Navy Region Southeast, visit www.
For more information on what
Guantanamo Bay is doing to con-
serve energy, call the public works
department at 4403.

The Guantanamo Bay Gazette

Captain's Cup Schedule


Iaval Hospital
vs. NEGB Wolfpack
vs. Pirates
vs. MCSFCo.

Saturday Oct. 10 2200
District 9
R 112 min

Sunday Oct. 11 2000
PG 107 min

Monday Oct. 12 2000
The Time Travelers Wife
PG13 108 min

Tuesday Oct. 13 2000
The Perfect Getaway
R 98 min

Wednesday Oct. 14 2000
R 101 min

Thursday Oct. 15 2000
Post Grad
PG13 89 min

4. Naval Hospital 4 6
5. Puerto Rico 480th MP'S 2 8
6. Hawgs 1 9

1. Hospital Hitters 5 0
2. Latinos 5 1
3. P.I. Ballaz 4 1
4. Assassins 2 3
5. Hawgs I 2 4
6. Pirates 0 4
7. Iguanas 0 5

1. Sparkle Monkeys 5 0
2. 525th MP BN 2 4
3. Lady Pirates 1 4

1. Security 7 0
2. Wolfpack 7 1
3. Coast Guard | 5 | 2
4. 525 Enforcers 5 3
5. Pirates 4 4
6. USNH 3 4
7. MCSFCo. 2 5
8. NAVSTA 1 7
9. CSG 0 8

1. Naval Hospital 7 1
2. Pirates 4 3
3. Island Flavor 0 7

Registration for YOUTHI FLAG FOOTBALL Oct. 9-30
(Season starts Nov. 7)

Age groups include:
*4 to 6 yr olds
*7 to 10 yr olds
*11 to 14 yr olds
Please sign up
at the Youth Center

Javal Hospital
SCoast Guard
OCT. 15

Flag Football
7 p.m.

U.S. Naval Hospital
vs. Island Flavor

6 p.m. W.T. Sampson Lady Pirates
vs. 525th MP BN
7 p.m. W.T. Sampson Pirates
vs. GTMO Assassins
7:50 p.m. P.I. Ballaz
vs. JTF Iguanas
8:40 p.m. GTMO Hawgs
vs. GTMO Latinos
OCT. 16
Flag Football
7 p.m. Island Flavor
vs. Pirates of the Caribbean
8 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard
vs. 525 Enforcers
9 p.m. NEGB Wolfpack
vs. CSG

$35 Registration Fee
(Uniform is included)
For more information, please
contact Ms. Rachel or Ms.
Nadine at the Youth Center by
calling 74658.

October 9, 2009

All classified ads must be submitted by noon the Tuesday before
publication. Only electronic submissions will be accepted and only those
e-mailed to pao-ClassifiedAds@usnbgtmo.navy.mil. Classified ads
sent to any other e-mail address may not be published. FMI, call 4520.

Schwinn Coronado moun-
tain bike. In good condition.
$180 w/ helmet FMI call
Large Weber BBQ Grill -
$40. FMI 9794/77003.
FREE computer cabinet
FMI, 77104.
Medium Weber BBQ Grill -
$35- FMI 9794/77003
Whirlpool Washer/Dryer
In good shape. $100. Call
G.E. Microwave Clean/
White1.0. cu/ft/works great!
- $35. FMI 9794/77003.
Purses, shoes, bath towels &
rugs, inflatable bed (full size),
African art work FMI call
9830 or 77792.
ASDL modem. Works with
Phoenix $50. FMI call
Gowns for sale. Various sizes
and styles. $60 each FMI
call 78197.
36" rear proj flat screen -
JVC. $300 obo, 30G Black
IPOD, $200. DVDs $3. Call
High performance paintball
gun: 08 ETEK EGO with
TRALITE Barrel, Crossfire
Airtank, B2 Hopper, $700.
Pool Table Slate Top, new
redfelt with cues, racks, balls,
matching red cover $700
OBO. FMI 84261/79556.
Large rug Perfect for liv-
ing room or under bed $60.
FMI 84261/79556.
COOLERS! Up to 60qt
wheeled cube. $15-$29.
Most used once. Call 2882.
Young Jamaican guavatree
$100. Sweetsop seedlings
$20. Call 2882.
80 cu. ft. steel scuba tank. <
15 dives. w/VIP. $150/obo.
FMI call 90918.
Ipod Nano Green 16GB,
earphones. $145 Firm.
FMI: 77201.
PIANO Kawai w/stool.
$1500 OBO. FMI- 74233.
Badcock Sage King Sofa
w/fabric protection 2 y/o.
$200 OBO. Call Crystal at
SCSI modem $50. FMI

Free to a good home:
4-month old male Basset
Hound puppy, all shots up
to date. FMI call 77104.
Wanted: A sturdy computer
desk and chair Call 79404
or 84073.
Lost: Straight out from the
old dock at Phillips Dive
Park Mask and snorkel,
clear color, snorkel still
had sticker on it! If found
please call 2882.

'07 Ford Focus 2 door
hatchback- blue, 13,000
miles, $7,500 OBO. FMI
call 73948/ 84910.
'98 Nissan PathFinder LE
4X4, $5,500 firm. FMI call
'90 Dodge 350 Van for sale.
$1000 obo. Call 72205 or
'92 Ford Ranger 3.0L V6
Brown and Black $2,000.
OBO. FMI79321.
'95 Ford Windstar Van,
$3,500 OBO. FMI 72117,
72058, 75597.
'00 Chevy Blazer 4X4 SUV
$6000 OBO. FMI 77361/
'93 Ford 350XL diesel Am-
bulance for sale. $2000.
Call 72205 or 77925.
'08 Hyosung GT250 R
Helmet & Gloves Included.
$2700. FMI Call 75588.
'99: 300M, 94K miles, runs
great, new tires, $6500 Call
77192 or 4772.
'03 Kawa Ninja 500r,
$3000 obo. FMI-77158.
'06 Harley Davison 883R
$7000. FMI: 78432.
Nissan Frontier, 136K,
2WD, A/C, CD. $6000.
'07 Chrysler Sebring, 6800
mi. PW/PL, Sun Roof
$17,000. FMI 79347/8258.
Cobia 19' Speedboat.
$7,000 OBO. FMI 74466
'02 Pontiac Grand Am 44K
mi. w/hitch / remote starter/
tinting/ $6,000 OBO. FMI
18' Center Console Great
Bay Boat. GPS/Fish finder/
Depth Finder. FMI call-

The Veterinary Office has
two wonderful young fe-
male adult cats who need
a loving home. One is a
beautiful black and grey
striped female who needs a
quiet home with adults due
to her blindness. She has
adjusted very well and dif-
ficult to realize that she has
sight impairment. Her sister
is a pretty beige and brown
striped female who is super
intelligent and very inquisi-
tive. She leads and supports
her sister when faced with a
new environment and expe-
riences. Both are declawed,
healthy and happy loving
cats who love to be pet-
ted and cuddled. They are
comical and will bring a lot
ofjoy into your household.
Would be nice for both to
go to the same home, they
have never been separated.
However, two homes may
be necessary. Call their
Foster Mom at 2623.
The Post Office will be
closed Oct. 12 in obser-
vance of Columbus Day.

Oct. 17, 5:30 a.m. Meet at Marine Hill

19-mile run/bike or 8-mile run/bike/walk

Sign up Monday-Friday until Oct 16 from 11:30
a.m. 1 p.m. at the MCSFCo. White House

$20 per person
First 150 to sign up will receive an event T-Shirt.
Bikes are available at the MWR Marina.

FMI call Cpl. Camilo

at 2008 / 2642 / 84044.

NFPA.org National Fire Prevention Association
FireSafety.gov Fire Safety Info & Tips
SafeKids.org Fire Safety for Kids
www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/focus/ Focus on Fire Safety

Anchors Aweigh Crossword Puzzle
Courtesy of http.//ww.history.navy.mil.
St1 1. The front of a ship.
3. A paddlewheel ship that uses sail or
steam power.
6. The long pole rising from the keel
through the deck of a ship.
7 7. A group of ships traveling together for
protection is called a
9. Rope.
11. The frame of a ship.
12. A fast ship that has many uses.
> 14. Left.
17. See 10 down.
19. The back of a ship.
20. Where the commode is used.
3 2 3 22. A person who prefers the land to the sea.

1. A ship with the heaviest guns and armor.
2. Stairs.
3. Right.
4. "Swab the
5. Standing
S8. Military force at sea
10. Launched by the largest ships &hibs.
13. Used to change a ship's direction
15. The revolving structure on a warship
--0 that holds guns mounted inside.
16. A large group of ships.
18. Goes Aweigh.
4- 19. Before Nuclear, a ship was a
21. Rack.

'A 3r" Answers on page 8

Marines, Sailors Bring Aid to Philippines

Storm Ketsana wait in
embers of the Armed
I /kids 1 g Forces
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State Department and U.S. onal
Development Office of Foreign
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl.

From American Forces Press

(NNS) -- The U.S. military
is providing critically
needed disaster-relief sup-
plies to mitigate suffering
and prevent further loss of
life in the wake of Tropi-
cal Storm Ketsana, which
struck the Philippines
Sept. 25.
"Marines and sailors
are working with the
Philippine government
to rapidly deliver hu-
manitarian assistance and
disaster relief to the areas
the Philippine govern-
ment deems most in
need," said Marine Corps
Lt. Col. Douglas Powell,
spokesman for the 3rd
Marine Expeditionary
Force (MEF).
U.S. military person-
nel are delivering relief
supplies to remote areas
by way of air and ground,
providing limited medical
and dental care and estab-
lishing long-range com-
munication capabilities for
relief efforts.
A team of about 100
3rd MEF Marines flew
from Okinawa to the
Philippines Sept. 29 to
assess the situation. The
next day, U.S. Navy ships
USS Denver (LPD 9),
USS Tortuga (LSD 46)
and USS Harpers Ferry
(LSD 49), with embarked
Marines and Sailors of the
31st Marine Expedition-
ar Unit (MEU), set sail

from Okinawa toward the
Marine Corps Brig.
Gen. Mark A. Brilakis,
commander of the 3rd
Marine Expeditionary Bri-
gade, flew to the Philip-
pines from Okinawa Oct.
1 to lead planning and
humanitarian assistance
Medical personnel
attached to the MEU set
up a medical civil affairs
program at an elementary
school in Marikina City
Oct. 1 that provided care
for more than 760 medical
and dental patients.
A food-distribution
mission Oct. 1 provided
more than 2,400 meals for
Quezon City residents.
C-130 transport aircraft
from the 1st Marine Air-
craft Wing already have
delivered humanitarian
relief aid to the region.
U.S. forces temporarily
deployed in Zamboanga
provided 20 personnel,
a helicopter and four
Zodiac inflatable boats
to move food and medi-
cal supplies and conduct
initial rescue operations in
the Manila area.
A 3rd MEF humanitar-
ian assistance support
team will arrive Oct. 2 to
assess the operation and
request additional support
the areas hardest hit by the
storm may need.
For more news from
Joint Special Operations
Task Force-Philippines
visit www.navy.mil/

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