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GTMO Kicks off Holidays with Safety Fair

By MCC(SW) Bill Mesta, Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs

It's that exciting time of year again.
With the holidays upon us, our
thoughts turn to celebrations, gifts,
travel and decorations. With so
much going on, it is very easy to
forget about safety. To help engrain
a culture of safety for GTMO,
the NAVSTA Safety Department
organized a Holiday Safety Fair.
"Safety is paramount in
everything we do,"said Bill Minnie,
the Naval Station GTMO Safety
Manager stated," This is especially
true during the holidays when we
have so much chaos in our lives."
"Too often people tend to put safety
on the back burner and focus on
other things."
The annual Safety Fair is required
for all military personnel and
civilian government employees.
Additionally, the entire GTMO
community was invited to attend.
Minnie said that he hopes that
GTMO will make Safety it's number
one holiday topic.
The Holiday Safety Fair consisted
of numerous booths. Each booth

focused on various safety issues
that are important to the GTMO
community. Some of the topics
included were Christmas safety,
holiday food preparation, motor
vehicle and motor cycle safety,
water safety and safety for children
According to the NAVSTA
GTMO Safety Department, three
safety topics needs to be focused on
in our community. "Motor vehicle
and motorcycle safety is our number
one issue nationally and especially
in the Department of Defense,"
Minnie said,"we lose more people
to motor vehicle accidents than to
any other activity."
One contributing factor to motor
vehicle safety mishaps is driving
while under the influence of alcohol.
"Safety is paramount during the
holiday season,"said MA1, Henry
Alderete of the NAVSTA GTMO
Security department,"There is a lot
of stuff going on from Thanksgiving
to Christmas thru New Years. Our
biggest crime during this season
is Driving Under the Influence of
Alcohol (DUI)."
Alderete encourages the GTMO
community to make smart decisions
when it comes to drinking and

Students from W. T. Sampson were in attendence at the Holiday Safety Fair. The
event was an opportuning for all of GTMO to become better educated on the base's
various safety issues.

CDMCM Keith Carlson walks the striaght line
with direction from MA2 Angel Rodriguez. This
display allowed participants to see how difficult
performing feild sorbriety test while under the
influence of alcohol.
The second safety issue to concerns
on duty and off duty recreation.
"We don't lose a lot of lives in this
area," Minnie said,"but this is our
number one area in regards to mishaps
and accidents." According to MA1
Alderete, beach safety is a big topic for
the holidays.
"Lots of people will be visiting our
beaches this time of year because this is
after all Cuba," he said. Even though
the holidays are typically thought of
as a winter wonderland, the sun is still
very intense in GTMO throughout the
"It would be a good idea to use sun-
block when outdoors or at the beaches,"
Alderete said. Other beach going safety
tips Alderete presented included not
mixing alcohol consumption with
swiming. and not diving into the ocean
head first. Alderete also discussed
some of the recreational concerns when
Contiued pg. 5

The Guantanamo Bay Gazette

Vol. 66 No.
Vol. 66 No. 46

U.S. Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Capt. Steven H. Blaisdell

Cmdr. Paul Mitchell

Keith Carlson

Mr. Terence Peck

MCC(SW) Bill Mesta

MC3 Leona Mynes

Contact the Public Affairs Office by
calling 4520/4623 or by e-mailing
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 Gazette is printed by Document
Automation & Production Service
(DAPS) with a circulation of 1000.
The contents do not necessarily
reflect the official views of the U.S.
Government, the Department of De-
fense, 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.

GTMO Holds Holiday Craft Fair

The GTMO Community held a craft fair at the Windjammer Ballroom on Sat. Nov 21. Mark Halsey
(pictured above) was one of many crafters at the event. The craft fair provided an opportunity
for artist and crafters to display their talents. Additionaly, the GTMO community was able to take
advantage of some early holiday shopping.

-' 0' 0 "1B~*

MASN Cheryl Lind
Ridgecrest, CA

NAVSTA GTMO Security Department

"The best way to protect your future is by the
choices you make.

The Grinch who Stole Your Identity

By MCC(SW) Bill Mesta, Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs
part of the holidays at GTMO is finding
the perfect gifts for those special people on
your list. Another big part of the holiday
season is criminals who are out to steal
your identity. If you have your identity
stolen, your finances can be ruined and it
could take years to have credit repaired.
"During the holiday season lot's people
use their credit cards to purchase gifts both
locally and on the internet," said MA1 James
Corson of the NAVSTA GTMO Security's
Criminal Investigative Department.
According to Corson there are some
things that we can all do to help insure that
our identities are not stolen.
"The main thing is that you always
want to make sure to safe-guard all of
your personal information. People should
always make purchases from a reputable
source. This is especially true on the
internet." Corson said, "make sure that you
make purchases on secure web-sites and
that they have current anti-virus software
with firewalls in place. These measures
can help to insure that malicious software
isn't downloaded onto your computer
allowing thieves to gather your passwords
and credit card numbers," he said.
If you believe that your identity has

been compromised or that you are victim
of credit fraud, there are a number of steps
that you should take immediately.
"The first thing you should do is
contact your financial institution," said
Corson,"let them know that you belive
there was a compromise. Have them
cancel your account and issue you a new
credit card.
The next step is to contact the Security
Department so that a report can be
generated and an investigation can
egin,"according to Corson.
"Monitoring your finances and credit
report are two addional measures that are
vital to protecting your identity.

GTMO CPOA Holds Officer Elections
By MCC(SW) Bill Mesta,
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba--On Wed November 18, the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Chief
Petty Officer Association held their annual elections. Each year the association is required
to hold elections for their officers.

The results for this years election are:
President: LSC Rich Vargas (FISC JAX DET GTMO)
Vice Pres: HMC Jason Reed (USNH)
Secretary: BUCS Tony Williams (PW SELF HELP)
Treasurer: ICC Demetrius Chuck" Norris (AFRTS)
Master-At-Arms: CSC Eric Peters (NAVSTA GALLEY)

The new CPOA Officers would like to thank the
CPOA for the trust that is placed on them to carry
the Association into the New Year. The incoming
officers have tremendous plans for events in the
GTMO Community promoting Good Will and
strengthening partnership. The CPOA's purpose
is to support and maintain the goals and aims of
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay as well at the espriit
de corps of the Chief Petty Officer Community.
Memebership is open to all E-7 to E-9 active duty,
reserve or retired personnel. For more information
about the CPOA contact LSC Vargas at LSC Rich
Vargas at richard.vargas@usnbgtmo.navy.mil.

November 27. 2009

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. 11 a.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.

The Guantanamo Bay Gazette

Obama, Mullen Send Thanksgiving Day Messages

WASHINGTON (NNS)--Obama recalled that
President George Washington proclaimed the first
public thanksgiving, and President Abraham Lincoln
established the annual Thanksgiving Day holiday to
mend the nation during the Civil War.
"It is Thanksgiving as a unique American tradition
that "binds us together as one people, each of us
thankful for our common blessings," the president
Obama added, "As we gather once again among
loved ones, let us also reach out to our neighbors and
fellow citizens in need of a helping hand. This is a time
for us to renew our bonds with one another, and we can
fulfill that commitment by serving our communities
and our nation throughout the year. "In doing so,
we pay tribute to our country's men and women in
uniform who set an example of service that inspires us
all. Let us be guided by the legacy of those who have
fought for the freedoms for which we give thanks, and

be worthy heirs to the noble tradition of goodwill shown
on this day."
Mullen's Thanksgiving Day message follows in its
entirety. "On behalf of the Mullen family, I wish all of
you serving in uniform today -- as well as your families
-- a very safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.
"We certainly have much for which to be grateful.
Today, due in no small measure to your dedication, our
nation -- indeed the world -- is a safer place to live. All
around the globe and in all manner of ways, you stand a
vigilant watch. From Afghanistan to Iraq and a thousand
places in between, you help ensure peace and stability in
places that have historically known neither. Giving hope
to those in need and pause to those who threaten us, you
make sure the fight remains on the enemy's doorstep and
that lives torn asunder by war and natural disaster are
restored and renewed. "The people you have helped are
grateful... Americans everywhere are grateful... and I am
grateful for your service.

November 27. 2009

Safety from pg. 1
running or riding bicycles around GTMO. Even with
GTMO's street light system, the roadways can be very dark.
"Bike riders and runners at night wearing dark clothes
are real problems in our community," said Alderete, "Please
wear a safety, reflective belt." Reflective belt are required
when running or riding bikes around the base.
"If you are wearing dark clothes, drivers won't be able
to see you until it is almost too late," Alderete said, "When
traveling around GTMO on a bicycle added caution needs
to be in place. "
In addition to reflective gear, bike riders must wear a
safety helmet.
"In the past we have had residents fall off of bikes and
receive head injuries that could have been prevented with
a proper helmet." Alderete said," We want everyone to be
safe and enjoy the holiday season."
The final area that really needs a heavy focus is with
cooking safety.
"Over the holidays we do a large amount of cooking,"
Minnie said, "sometimes we leave our cooking unattended.
Unattended cooking leads to a serious risk of fires and

at the Bayview
December 3rd at 7 pm
A big thank you to Paperclips, NEX, Ocean
Enterprise, Reef Raiders, Florida Coastal Airlines,
and all others who have supported the PTO and
donated their time or items to the auction.

FMI Stephanie Snedeker 75698 or Michelle
Padilla 77035

Gold Hill Galley
November 26, 2009
Holiday Meal Prices for Thanksgiving
Dinner $7.00

Spouses and dependents of personnel
in pay grades E-1 to E-4 are entitled to
the discounted rate of $5.95

The Guantanamo Bay Gazette




Friday Nov 20 2000 Friday Nov 27 2000
A Disney's Christmas The Twilight Saga:
Carol New Moon
PG 76 min PG13 121 min

Friday Nov 20 -2200 Friday Nov 27 2200
Zombleland Couples Retreat
R 88 min PG13 105 min

Saturday Nov 2 200 Saturday Nov 28- 2000
here he Wild Things Are Planet 51
PG 94 min PG 91 min

Saturday Nov 21 2200 Saturday Nov 28 2200
The Invention of Lying The Stepfather
PG13 100 min PG13 101 min

Sunday Nov 22 2000 Sunday Nov 29- 2000
2012 The Blind Side
PG13 158 min PG13 min

Monday Nov 23 2000 Monday Nov 30- 2000
Michael Jackson's 2012
This Is It PG13 158min
PG 111min

Tuesday Nov 24 2000 Tuesday Dec 01 2000
I Can Do Bad All Zombleland
By Myself R 88 min
PG13 113 min

Wednesday Nov 25 2000 Wednesday Dec 02 2000
Love Happens Whip It
PG13 102 min PG13 111 min

Thursday Nov 26 2000 Thursday Dec 03 2000
Surrogates Jennifers Body
PG13 89 min R 102 min

Seniors Taking a Trip Off Island will be selling bake goods Nov. 25th from
3:00 pm-7:00pm at the NEX Atrium to include pies, cookies, brownies and peanut brittle.

They will also be having a CarWash Dec. 6th and Dec. 13th from 9:00am-5:00pm at
the CarWash bay on base by the Downtown Lycium.

All donations will go to their Senior Class Trip Fund. Thank you for showing them your support.

Nov 28 at Phillips Dive Park @ 0630
Sign up at the Windjammer Pool with Tony or Bryane.
All participants must pass a swim
test before the event.
FMI call 2205

Dec 5
Parade starts at 1800. Along Sherman Avenue and
ending at the Downtown Lyceum. Commands, Special
Groups, Clubs and Individuals are
encouraged to participate. Enter your
float by phone at 75225 or email:

Dec 7
1900 at the Downtown Lyceum

Dec 6 -14
0900 to 1800 in the Windjammer
Various facials, massages, head to toe luxury treatment.
Daily drawings, free gift bags
Email Liz with your questions or for an appointment

Dec 12 at the MWR Marina
Parade begins at 6pm. Enter your own boat or use
one of the Marina's free of charge (excluding gas).
Power inverters and portable generators available for
lights and music. To sign up call 2345
or email: mwr@usnbgtmo.navy.mil

Nov 28th Paintball 1900 at the Paintball Range
Nov 28th Day Fishing 0800 at the Marina
Nov 29th 8-Ball Tnmt 1300 at Marine Hill
All events are free. To sign up or FMI call 2010

It is not Thanksgiving
in GTMO unless ..

You have one of our pies.
REll3 11 0 committee
Annual Thanksgiving Pie Salea
Pro-order your pie for Deliverr at 4519
Or pick one up 2 NOV 200n
Ia t ther i X Atri

November 27, 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. Ads only run for 2 weeks. If you need to run your ad for longer, just re-
submit it to pao-classifiedads@usnbgtmo.navy.mil. For more information, call 4520.

Brown Microsuede three
seat couch $75 obo, Hose
reel wagon with four wheels
and pull handle $7, (2) Me-
chanical Icon-Z Paintball
Guns, one blue one silver
$40 each, Call 77344

Dell Latitude D830, 15.4"
display, Intel Core2 Duo
2.4Ghz, 4GB RAM,
140M, 120GB HD w/
Vista and accessories.
$1000/obo. FMI x90918

Xbox 360 Elite Go Big
package in original box-
played less than 5 times.
Also included is an extra
wireless controller, bat-
tery pack recharger, Halo
III ODST, and Madden
2010. Asking 400.00 obo.
Please contact Brian at
Work 5355, cell 90639,
home 78038.

US Robotics Wireless
Rooter For Sale-$50-Call
84492 or 77929

Solid Wood table Bom-
bay Company. $40; Louis
Vuitton speedy with key
chain, and wallet $60,
Bebe clothing (sizes 0 and
4) $25, bebe leather shoes
brown size 5 $20; Gu-
cci large black purse $75;
Small leather Gucci purse
$30; NEW IOO110 designer
diaper bag $40-74466

Specialized mountain
bike, Good condition.
$250 Custom Klein Car-
bon Pro Q road bike. Shi-
mano components. $1500
Carbon fiber shifter levers
for 10 speed. $45 Hp DLP
home theater projec-
tor (1080p). Wall mount
screen included. $650
JVC 5:1 home theater re-
ceiver. $50 New rolling
tool box, many new hand
and power tools included.
$300 Spinner exercise
bike. $200 19" LCD com-
puter monitor.$75 FMI
call 84500.

8.9 in 16GB SSD Dell net-
book, new 2GB USB and
pink neoprene case $350
OBO. FMI 9800/75865

Red 18x18 pavers $50 for
all or $1 a piece and scal-
loped landscaping bricks
.50 a piece several 100 to
choose from. Call 77911
or 84202

Electric Golf Cart. Run-
ning and in very good
condtition $800, Golf
Poles, Golf Bag and 200
golf balls $75 Call 77120

Louis Vuitton Speedy 30
in Epi leather, chestnut
brown, almost brand new.
Clothes (size 6), shoes
(sneakers/sandals, size 9
12, 10), bath towels with

matching rugs. FMI call
x9830 or x77792 between
10 AM and 8

SCSI Internet Modem.
$50 Call 77120

Brand new black vinyl
recliner chair. Mint con-
dition! Very comfort-
able. Paid $85 will sell
for $45.00 OBO. FMI
X-9794 day, X-77003 eve

Flip UltraHD Camcorder,
120 Minutes of HD video
on 8 GB of built-in mem-
ory w/built-in FlipShare
software (White) $200
OBO FMI 75865/9800

MARKS open heel pro-
fessional diving fins
$60.00. (2) 14k yel-
low gold vintage pocket
watch, 15 jewel, roman
numeral markers -mint
condition, made by Paul
Jousse $200.00, Original
rebuilt 1946 Hamilton
wristwatch "Brandon"
swing lugs, 10K gold
filled case, 17-jewel with
new brown Speidel leath-
er band, $150.00, Baby
Stroller -very little use
$15.00, Two new Gucci
leather watchbands, one
brown, one black, $20.00
for both, One new 3x5
foot oval fringed rug with
sunflower print pattern
$12.00. 7-7201.

SToshiba Laptop, Windows
Vista, 2GB Memory,
15'4" Screen, 160 GB The Guantanamo Bay
HD, Intel Celeron, Wire- Spouse's Club and MWR
less Ready-$350 Call are looking for talented mu-
79555 after 3:30pm sicians to sing andor per-
form a song or two in the
Girls clothes: infant 3T Christmas Pageant in the
sizes in various summer NEX atrium on November
and fall/winter wear. FMI 28th at 6PM. If you're inter-
call 77182. ested, please call Lori Parker
J :" ($ I -f --Jl @:{1 at 74314.

Ford Windstar Van A/C
working vehicle in good
condition and running
well call 72117 or 75597 o

Boat for sale: Cobia 19 ft
Speedboat. The perfect
Bay boat. Water sports,
cruising, fishing. Included
is XM radio adapter, CD
player, 4 life vests, ski
boarding equipment, and
trailer. call Steve or Patty
74466 or 2005-$4000

2001 Chevy Blazer Ex-
treme. Good condition.
$5000 MUST SELL. call
Steve or Patty 74466 or

'91 Honda Accord 4
doors, a/c, p/w, p/d, mu-
sic system, new tires and
extra rims w/tires, $3,000
OBO Call 75841

19' Deck Boat/
Trailer,Fast,Evinrude 155
Eng,NEW folding top,at
NEX lot,$3800,Mike-44

26ft GTMO Pontoon. Re-
cent inspection and ready
to go. l00hp motor, GPS,
and fish finder. $1500.00
call 77369

2006 Pontoon
boat,20' with new
player,90HP $3000 OBO.
Call 4735, 77310

Wanted-Good, used ellipti-
cal (cross trainer). Please
call 74314 with your asking

"LOST Large Black Book-
bag w/books, lost near Cuz-
co H Block on 090CT09.
Reward offered. Contact Ju-
lian x77413.

Happy 5th Birthday Jenna
Ann Moriatty, the Native
GTMO girl bor here in the
Pearl of the Antilles Decem-
ber 3rd, 2004

Nov. 28th: 7 am 9 am,
NOB HILL 14A. FMI, call

patmg products and drop
them in the Box Tops bin
at the exit of the Navy
Exchange. Each one is
worth 10 cents when our
school redeems them
from Box Tops for Edu-


The Post Office's reccommended deadlines for
mailing to and from GTMO in light of the holiday
season are listed below. Please mail your items by
the dates specified so they arrive to their destina-
tion before the holiday.

Mail from U.S. to GTMO:
Parcel Post Nov. 13
1st Class Letters/Cards- Dec. 11
Priority Mail Dec. 11

Mail from GTMO to U.S.:
Parcel Post- Nov. 13
1st Class Letters/Cards- Dec. 4
Priority Mail Dec. 4

Full Time Position: Food Service Worker/Driver
needed in Bayview Catering Department. $8.59/
hr (NA-7408-02-01) or $5.09 + $0.33BA (LWG-
7408-02-01). Applications can be submitted to
the MWR Personnel office in building 760.
Permanent contractor position: CALNET Inc. is
looking to hire an Administrative/clerical assis-
tant. Must be U.S. citizen and be able to pass a
background check to obtain a Secret clearance.
Must have high school diploma/GED equivalent
(AA degree preferred.) Must have 2-4 years ex-
perience in administration. Need expertise in
Microsoft Office programs. Must be willing to
work weekends or evenings if necessary. For
more information or to provide your resume, call
Mr. Decker at 5059 or e-mail terry.a.decker@jtf-
Permanent Full Time Administrative Clerk needed
in Bayview Catering Department. Negotiable Sal-
ary (NF-0303-02-00). Applications can be submit-
ted to the MWR Personnel Office in building 760.


The GEO Grol
U.S. citizen a
drug screen i
must have a I
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and knowledn
position is pr(

Full time posi
Naval Hospital
fice in Bulkelt

Full time posi
ist, YA-0101-0
Salary range:
# 09-032Aava
Hall; Closes 1

Part-time Passenger Service Agent to work at the Leeward Air Terminalindward
nex. We offer a flexible schedule, excellent salary in a fast paced, pleasant eviro nt
Please send resume to mveditz@yahoo.com or call Mr. Mark Veditz m format

NEXCOM Takes Theft at Navy Exchanges Seriously

Navy Exchange Public Affairs
The Navy Exchange Service
Command's (NEXCOM) Loss
Prevention/Safety Department
takes protecting Sailors' dollars
and preventing theft in its locations
Theft is a big problem for all
retailers, costing $36.3 billion last
year, according to a joint study
recently released by the National
Retail Federation and the University
of Florida.
NEXCOM's aggressive efforts to
deter and catch theft at NEXs have
been paying off. Over the past five
years, NEXCOM has seen inventory
shrink or loss of goods remain below
1.00 percent to sales.
This is a good thing considering
the 2008 University of Florida
National Retail Security Survey
showed the national average at
approximately 1.50 percent to sales.
Shrinkage is the retail industry
term for the difference between the
recorded book inventory and the
actual physical inventory counted
at the end of the year. Shrinkage is
generally attributed to shoplifting,
employee theft, administrative
errors or vendor fraud.
"When merchandise gets stolen
from the NEX, it hurts not only
our customers and command, it
hurts the Navy as a whole," said
Tom Ruane, NEXCOM's Loss

Prevention/Safety, Investigations/
Systems Program Manager.' Seventy
percent of NEX profits are given to
Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation
(MWR) to support quality of life
programs. In 2008, that contribution
totaled over $45 million. When theft
and loss of merchandise occur at the
NEX, profits decline and so do our
contributions to MWR."
Shoplifting losses vary by store
type, but can account for about one-
third of the total inventory shrinkage.
According to the University of
Florida statistics, it is estimated that
stealing by shoppers costs American
retailers a staggering $12.9 billion
over the past year.
During 2008, NEXCOM's Loss
Prevention/Safety associates
investigated and resolved a total of
1,681 shoplifting cases with a total
dollar amount of $310,243.
"The key to preventing theft in
our locations begins with providing
exceptional customer service in our
stores and continuously promoting
our loss prevention awareness
programs to our associates," said
Ruane. "Our associates have the
ability to report internal or external
theft directly to their supervisor, loss
prevention department or through a
confidential Alertline...a third-party
anonymous tip phone line."
In addition to its awareness
programs, NEXCOM Loss

Prevention/Safety uses electronic
article surveillance (EAS) systems
for electronic and high value
merchandise as well as extensive
closed circuit surveillance systems
(CCTV) at all NEXs worldwide.
"Our CCTV systems, coupled
with digital video recorders, give us
the ability to see everything within
our stores and identify incidents
of theft," said Ruane. "Our EAS
systems have been very successful
in preventing unpaid merchandise
from leaving our stores and, at the
same time, allowing our customers
to see and handle merchandise they
are interested in purchasing."
If shoplifting is suspected, NEX
Loss Prevention/Safety associates
turn all incidents over to base police
and /or local law enforcement.
In addition to possible disciplinary
action and criminal prosecution,
the Federal Claims Collection
Act, which began March 1, 2002,
allows NEXCOM to enact a flat
administrative cost or Civil Recovery
of $200 for each incident of theft.
NEXCOM continues to be vigilant
in the pursuit of preventing theft and
reducing inventory shrinkage in all
of is locations throughout the world.
These efforts allow NEXCOM to
give back to Sailors and maximize its
MWR contributions.

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