Th Gaet wil not be prite th week of De.2ra.1
By MC3 Leona Mynes, U.S. Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs
Gold Hill Galley staff members
made a special meal for
servicemembers and families Dec.
7 to honor the 68th anniversary
of the Japanese attack on Pearl
More than 2,000 meals
including lobster tail, steak,
king crab legs and shrimp were
served at the Gold Hill, Seaside
and Leeward galleys during the
hour and a half dinner.
Servicemembers at the galley,
including Chief Warrant Officer
4 Kathy Wiseman, Chief Culinary
Specialist Eric Peters, Culinary
Specialist 1st Class Horace
Rodney and Culinary Specialist
2nd Class Victor Silas personally
served the dinner's attendees.
The dinner was held in honor
of the attack on Pearl Harbor,
which claimed the lives of more
than 2,400 Americans.
In 1941, the Japanese lauched
more than 350 fighters, torpedo
bombers, dive bombers and
horizontal bombers from six
carriers positioned in the Pacific
ocean. The planes were launced
in two waves at approxmately
6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., beginning
their attacks on Pearl Harbor just
before 8 a.m.
Of the more than 90 ships
anchored in the harbor, 21 were
See PEARL HARBOR, page 5
What Everybody Ought to Know About
Getting DUIs in GTMO
Investigator Angel Rodriguez waits as a patrolman checks his identification at an
administrative vehicle safety inspection Dec. 3. The inspection trained security on
how to properly determine that drivers were following safety laws.
From U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs
U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's security department held a joint
administrative vehicle safety inspection and mock DUI checkpoint Dec. 3
after a spike in the number of drunken driving violations last month.
Six DUIs were reported in November, which resulted in six people losing
their driving privileges on the Naval Station for 360 days in accordance with the
motor vehicle and traffic regulations instruction (NAVSTAGTMOINST 11200.1A)
for Guantanamo Bay.
"We do these inspections to make sure the people on the road are valid and
legal to be driving on base," said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Henry Alderete, the
security department's Anti-Terrorism Force Protection leading petty officer.
Alderete encouraged residents to choose safe alternatives to driving while
intoxicated or impaired, like walking, taking the naval station bus system or
calling a taxi.
See DUI, page 4
The Guantanamo Bay Gazette
Vol. 66 No. 49
U.S. Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
NAVSTA COMMANDING OFFICER
Capt. Steven H. Blaisdell
NAVSTA EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Cmdr. Paul Mitchell
NAVSTA COMMAND MASTER CHIEF
NAVSTA PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Mr. Terence Peck
LEADING CHIEF PETTY OFFICER
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
MCC(SW) Bill Mesta
EDITOR, WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER
MC3 Leona Mynes
Contact the Public Affairs Office by
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"It feels great to be selected for sailor of the week, especially
during the holiday season. Merry Christmas GTMO!"
PSSN Nathan Yurgaites Midland,
SecurityAwareness-Munitions Magazines on Sherman
From Ralph Densmore, Naval Station Physical Security Officer
The munitions magazines on the south side of Sherman Avenue near Phillips
Park where restricted area signs are posted are off limits to unauthorized
personnel. There are no gates or fencing signs only posted. However, the
signs are the barriers and establish the perimeter of the restricted area.
Personnel on official business requiring access should contact the Weapons
Department at ext. 4847 to obtain authority to access the area.
Anyone not authorized that is discovered beyond the posted restricted
area signs will be apprehended by security forces and processed for breach of
Questions or concerns may be directed to Mr. Densmore, NAVSTA Physical
Security Officer at extension 4603.
FEED the NEED to READ
A reading incentive program began Sept. 15 for middle and high school students.
For every book read, the student fills out a form with book info, new vocabulary,
and a paragraph stating what they liked or disliked about the book. On the
15th of every month, one book form is drawn. The winner gets pizza with some
friends during lunch time at school courtesy of the PTO.
Over 100 forms have been submitted, with middle school students contributing 81 forms.
Ana Hernandez, an 8th grader, has submitted the largest number
of forms: 23!
Please encourage the young people you know to FEED the NEED to READ!
FMI, call Ms. Hernandez at ext. 3188.
Servicemembers' Civil ReliefAct of 2003
From Sam Rayburn, Fleet and Family Support Center Financial Management Specialist
TERMINATION OF RESIDENTIAL LEASES. The SCRA allows individuals to break a
lease when they go on active duty if the lease was entered into before going on active duty.
Additionally, the act allows a servicemember to terminate a residential lease entered into
while in the military, if the member receives permanent change of station (PCS) orders or
orders to deploy for a period of not less than 90 days.
This protection covers "lease of premises occupied, or intended to be occupied, by a
servicemember or a servicemember's dependents for a residential, professional, business,
agricultural, or similar purpose."
To break a lease under these provisions, the servicemember must make the request in
writing, and must include a copy of their orders (orders placing them on active duty, PCS
orders, or deployment orders). The member may deliver the notification by hand, by
commercial carrier, or by mail (return receipt requested).
The termination date for a lease that requires monthly rent, the earliest termination
date is 30 days after the first date on which the next payment is due, following proper
notification of termination of lease. For example, if Sgt. John pays his rent on the first of
every month, and he notifies his landlord (and gives the landlord a copy of his orders)
June 18, that he wishes to terminate the lease under the provisions of the SCRA, the
earliest termination date is Aug. 1 (the next rent is due July 1, and 30 days later is Aug. 1).
If it's some other arrangement other than monthly rent, the earliest termination of the
lease is the last day of the month, following the month in which the notice is given.
So, if notice is given on June 20, the earliest termination date would be July 31.
The SCRA gives the military member the right to terminate his/her own portion of the
lease early, but the law does not require the landlord to decrease the amount of total rent
for the property, nor does the law protect remaining non-military room mates (unless, of
course, they are the member's legal dependents).
INSTALLMENT CONTRACTS. The SCRA gives certain protections against
repossessions for installment contracts (including automobile leases). If the contract was
entered into before going on active duty and at least one payment was made before that
time, the creditor cannot repossess the property, while the member is on active duty, nor
can they terminate the contract for breach, without a court order.
ENFORCEMENT OF OBLIGATIONS, LIABILITIES, Taxes. A servicemember
or dependent may apply to a court for relief of any obligation or liability incurred by
the servicemember or dependent at any time during his/her military service 6 months
thereafter. This is whether the obligation falls before or during active-duty service. The
court may grant stays of enforcement during which time no fine or penalty can accrue.
Additionally, the act prevents servicemembers from a form of double taxation that can
occur when they have a spouse who works and is taxed in a state other than the state in
which they maintain their permanent legal residence. The law prevents states from using
the income earned by a servicemember in determining the spouse's tax rate when they do
not maintain their permanent legal residence in that state.
For more information on the SCRA or for anyfinance-related questions, contact Sam
Rayburn at the Fleet and Family Support Center by calling 4050 or e-mailing james.
December 11, 2009
Daily Catholic Mass
Mon.- Fri. 5:30 p.m. (Main Chapel)
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)
Sun. 9 a.m. (Room A)
Sun. 10 a.m. (Room B)
General Protestant Service
Sun. 11 a.m. (Main Chapel)
United Jamaican Fellowship
Sun. 11 a.m. (Bldg. 1036)
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)
1:15 p.m. (Room C)
7 p.m. (FMI call 2628)
JTF TROOPERS CHAPEL
Wed. 11 a.m.
Sat. 6:30 p.m. (PPI Chapel)
Sun. 7:30 a.m.
Call 84792 or 78519.
U.S. NAVAL HOSPITAL
The Guantanamo Bay Gazette
Family of Former GTMO Commander
Receives Medal of Honor Flag
From U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay Public Affairs
The family of a former U.S.
Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay commanding officer was
honored with a Medal of Honor
flag presentation Dec. 4 aboard the
guided-missile destroyer Bulkeley in
Adm. J. C. Harvey, Jr., commander,
U.S. Fleet Forces Command, presented
the flag to Medal of Honor recipient
retired Vice Adm. John Duncan
The ship is named in honor of
Bulkeley, who served on active duty
for more than 55 years.
The Medal of Honor flag has been
given to Medal of Honor heroes since
Congress granted such recognition
in 2002. Congress ordered the
creation of the Medal of Honor flag to
commemorate the sacrifice and blood
shed for freedom.
Bulkeley's son, retired Capt. Peter
Bulkeley, received the flag on behalf
of the family.
"It's a great honor. First of all, the
honor is for my father, Adm. John
Bulkeley he is the one who is the
recipient:' said Capt. Bulkeley. "For
the family to receive the flag that
belongs to him [for the medal he
was awarded] back in 1942 in the
Philippines is something that is a
Bulkeley earned the medal for
his heroic actions during World War
II, when he evacuated Gen. Douglas
MacArthur and Philippine President
Manuel Quezon from Manila Bay to
the southern Philippines in March
The admiral commanded U.S.
Naval Base Operations from Dec.
The Medal of Honor is the
country's highest military honor,
awarded for acts of valor above
and beyond the call of duty. Upon
Bulkeley's retirement, he was
Vice Adm. John D Bulkeley poses for
an official photograph during the 1960s
while wearing the Medal of Honor.
promoted by Congress to vice admiral
on the retired list. Bulkeley died April
6, 1996, and is buried at Arlington
After receiving the flag from Harvey,
Capt. Bulkeley handed it over to the
custody of the ship's commanding
officer, Cmdr. Christopher DeGregory.
"This is a tremendous honor,
and Adm. Bulkeley's spirit lives on
everyday," said DeGregory. "We call
ourselves the 'Wolfpack' because Adm.
Bulkeley's name was the 'Sea Wolf' We
feel a connection with him daily."
Many of the Sailors aboard
Bulkeley felt they gained a new found
appreciation for their ship's namesake.
"It is a major honor to have this
ceremony aboard our ship today,"
said Chief Culinary Specialist (SW/
AW) Albert Shaw. "I think it is a great
experience for our junior Sailors to
witness such an event, and I am very
grateful to serve aboard USS Bulkeley."
For more news from U.S. Fleet Forces
Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/clf/.
For more information on
Guantanamo Bay history, visit http://
"There are taxis, courtesy rides and
designated drivers," Alderete said.
"If you know you're going to be out
drinking, you shouldn't be taking a car."
Intoxication is defined as having a
blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent
or more, while impairment is having a
blood-alcohol content of 0.05 to 0.08
percent. Both result in revokation of
driving privileges for six to 12 months.
The instruction also states that
driving on this base implies consent
to drug and alcohol screening tests
on-site without the presence of an
attorney. Like driving while intoxicated,
refusal to screen for blood alcohol
content results in 360 days revoked
"I've never seen one person bounce
back from a DUI," said Alderete.
Sailors should be especially wary of
driving while intoxicated, as there is
punishment from his or her command.
"A DUI could mean jail time,
but the more likely result will be
punishment at a Captain's mast,"
said Lt. Erin Baxter, the naval
station's Staff Judge Advocate. "For
civilians, they could lose their driving
privileges which could lead to the
loss of a job."
Sailors charged with DUIs
are frequently recommended for
administrative separation from
military service based on prior
alcohol-related offenses or other
recorded behavioral offenses.
"If you have any prior misconduct
in your service record, a DUI can be
seen as a pattern of misconduct and is
possible grounds for an administrative
separation from the Navy," Baxter said.
To prevent the consequences of
DUIs, security remains present and
performs random administrative
vehicle safety inspections to help keep
the base safe and secure.
"The commanding officer of the
base has a duty to look out for the
safety and security of the installation
and its residents, and that safety is
at risk when there are intoxicated
drivers," said Baxter.
"The worst thing is that you can
kill people this way," said Alderete.
December 11, 2009
NCTAMS/SCSI Surveys Aim to Improve Customer Service
By MC3 Leona Mynes, U.S.
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
The base communication
Soffice and the Naval
Computer and Tele-
Master Station Atlantic
at Guantanamo Bay released
a joint NCTAMS/Satellite
Communication Systems, Inc.
customer service survey Dec.
The survey can be found
at any SCSI drop box, at the
BCO and on the Naval Station's
service forms will provide
the best possible
representation of W 'd b(
customer concerns, j l V
issues, likes and it
Gary Markham CU(tslT
of the NCTAMS Thal
Plans and Projects this i
Department in il
Markham said the surveys
will be an annual event in
Guantanamo Bay starting
"[This] is the initial step in
an interactive process between
the NCTAMS detachment
in GTMO and its customers
vrorking services," said
CLU 1 Markham.
out Markham said
once the surveys
r inplit. are turned in,
IWhy NCTAMS will
really analyze them and
anlt report the results
back to the GTMO
community through the U.S.
Naval Station Command
and the Gazette. Once the
information is processed,
NCTAMS will make any
adjustments possible within
the existing contract for the
services currently provided.
Customer feedback ultimately
affects a new contract that will
be signed in 2010.
"We don't want to do [the
Request for Information]
without having customer
input," Markham said.
"We'd be working in a
vacuum without having
customer input and could
end up asking industry
to provide something
outside of customer needs.
That's why this is really
MCPON Pushes Social Media Websites to Sailors and Navy Families
By Mass Communication Specialist
Senior Chief Bill Houlihan, Office of the
WASHINGTON (NNS)-One week after
his Facebook page, www.facebook.
com/mcpon, surpassed ten thousand
"fans", Master Chief Petty Officer of
the Navy(SS/SW) Rick D. West used
the Web site to announce his intent
to further leverage social media as a
significant communications device.
West, in a note he posted to Facebook
Dec. 7, said he anticipates another
thousand fans by Christmas, and that
the response he's received from Sailors
and Navy families has been surprising
and encouraging. He also said that
the real value of social media is the
opportunity to share ideas.
"We started out tentatively and that's
fine. But, now that we have momentum,
I believe we should push it even further.
I want to start putting your best ideas
on our page," West wrote. "Is your
command doing something like that?
If so, let us know. We want to introduce
that idea to the fleet and leverage it for
the good of all Sailors."
West unveiled his public Facebook
page June 25 and has been aggressive
in tackling subjects Sailors around the
Navy tell him they are most concerned
"We've discussed the wear policy
for the NWU and your feedback made
its way to our CNO. We've discussed
women aboard submarines and the
debates on that subject have been
enlightening and well-spoken. Almost
See MCPON, page 7
The Guantanamo Bay Gazette
Marines Receive Holiday Gift From State-side Boy Scouts
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A Marine from Marine Corps Security Force Company Guantanamo Bay helps Dylan Boyer, a boy scout from Crofton, Md.,
with boxes of donated popcorn from the Boy Scouts of America's Baltimore Area Council.
By Terence Peck, U.S. Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs
M arines from the Marine Corps
Security Force Company in
Guantanamo Bay received a donation of
popcorn in November from GTMO and
Maryland Boy Scouts.
Two scouts of Boy Scout Troop 115
of Crofton, Md. flew to Guantanamo Bay
to present the gift to the Marines with
GTMO's Troop 435.
"[Marines] got to see first-hand that
there are people out there other than family
and friends that support what they do,"
said Marine Capt Christopher S. Murdock
the MCSFCo. A-4 platoon commander.
'The holidays are coming up and for many
[Marines], this is the first time they will be
away from their loved ones."
The popcorn was donated by the Boy
Scouts ofAmerica's Baltimore Area Council.
"I learned that the Girl Scouts
provided cookies to the troops at
Guantanamo Bay but that they had
never been on the receiving end of Boy
Scout's popcorn," said Air Force Lt.
Col. Denise Boyer, the commander for
474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering
Squadron at Camp Justice.
Each fall, Boy Scouts begin a
popcorn sale campaign to help raise
money for their local chapters. The
organization also runs a program
allows people buy popcorn and donate
it to servicemembers.
"I talked it over with my husband
back home in Maryland," Boyer said. "He
investigated how popcorn shipments to
troops' locations were made."
Boyer's husband learned that
Boy Scouts of America councils were
responsible for making the arrangements
to have the popcorn shipped to remote
military installations or ships. Boyer's
sons traveled to GTMO on behalf of their
Boy Scout troop to hand-deliver the
popcorn to Marines.
"I am very proud of my two boy
scouts," Boyer said. "The presentation
of boy scout popcorn was a proud
moment for me, but more importantly,
a rewarding experience for my sons."
Local boy scouts were also honored
to be part of the presentation.
"It was an honor for Troop 435,"
said Jack Walworth, the Troop 435's
Scout master. "[The boys] said it was
cool being lined up opposite from
the Marines presenting popcorn
with the Baltimore Council Scouts. It
was really awesome."
December 11, 2009
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08) @ the U.S. Naval Hospital. Open to U.S. citizens and foriegn nationals.
Positions close Dec. 21, 2009. For more information call the Human Re-
sources Office at ext. 4441.
Fallout 3, Madden 10,
NFS: Shift, Fight Night 4,
Assasin's Creed 2, Modem
Warfare 2 for PS3. $40-
$50 depending on title.
2mm Short Arm Springsuit
Shorty sz 16 $125. Call
9800 or 75865.
3mm Front Zip Shorty Suit
Jacket sz 18 $130. FMI
Dell Precision 370, Penti-
um 4, 3.0GHz, 2.00 GB of
RAM, 80 GB hard drive,
XP Pro / SP2 $175. Call
2 Dell 2001FP 20" LCD
monitor $75 ea Both for
$150. Call 78800.
2 Fishing Polls $20 ea Call
Wheel barrow, $10. Call
75764 or 4501.
Total Gym $150. Call
74764 or 77557.
6 lawn chairs, barely used
- $20 ea/$100 all; Call
Large pinnacle scuba boo-
ties $25 OBO; Call 90918.
Large wooden desk w/
hutch & keyboard tray -
$200 OBO; Call 90918.
Queen-size bed mattress,
box spring & rolling frame
- $200 OBO; Call 90918.
Bedside table $30 OBO;
Clothing cabinet $40
OBO; Call 90918.
2 APC UPS 780 watts -
$75/ea or $100/both; Call
Men's Aero-S rollerblades -
$40 OBO; Call 90918.
32" color TV for $150, call
36'Toshiba flat screen
TV (not panel)$200. Call
32" JVC Tube TV $150.
Call Ed at 77126.
'05 Honda Metropolitan
Cycle with Helmet. $2000.
'02 Volkswagen Passat
GLS Sedan. 4D. 54K mi.
$8500 OBO. Call 4643 or
'96 Dodge Stratus SE.
$2200. Call 77303.
'99 Volvo V70 excellent
car. $5600 OBO. Call
75764 or 4501.
91' Dodge Dynasty. New
Alternator, Starter & Fuses.
NO ISSUES. $2,500 OBO.
03 Ford Taurus SE, 4-door,
V6, 3.0L, PW/PL. $6,100
OBO. Call 77106.
16' tri-hull w/ 90HP en-
gine. GPS/VHE Radio,
life vests. Best Offer. Call
Dec. 12: Nob Hill 14, 7-9
Dec. 13: Villamar 735B,
Free to a good home: 1 yr
old American Short hair
cat, spayed w/ shots, in-
cludes carrier and supplies.
Can't take to Japan.
FREE: Raised Bed 3X6
with good dirt. Call 75764
The GTMO Girl Scouts
need volunteers and
tents for a January ca-
mo-out! For more infor-
mation, call Melissa at
Admin Clerk/HR Rep at the GEO Group, Inc. U.S. citizen, able to pass back-
ground check, drug screen, medical evaluations. Need high school diploma
or GED equivalent, a minimum of 1 yr experience E-mail resume to yla-
caba(a)eogroun.com. Call 76500 for more information.
every decision or new policy released or considered in the
last half-year has been brought up here and discussed. I find
that is immensely gratifying, and I hope it continues."
In the six months since the MCPON Facebook page was
created, the site has averaged approximately two thousand
page views per day with an average of 500 new "fans" per
week. Since then, West has branched out to other areas of
social media, as well.
"I believe we are on the cutting edge of military
communication;' said West. "We are all breaking new ground,
and I appreciate your role in that."
All departments and clinics
at the U.S. Naval Hospital
will be closed Dec. 30 from 9 a.m. to Noon.
Emergency services remains open at all times.
RED & WITE PARTY
Dec. 19 from 10 to midnight
Deerpoint Liberty Center
Prizes and free snacks and refreshments!
For active and unaccompanied servicemembers only.
Friday Dec 11 2000
Friday Dec 11 2200
Cirque Du Freak: The
PG13 109 min
Saturday Dec 12 2000
PG 88 min
Saturday Dec 12 2200
Law Abiding Citizen
R 109 min
Sunday Dec 13 2000
Monday Dec 14 2000
Tuesday Dec 15 2000
PG13 111 min
Wednesday Dec 16 2000
Where the Wild Things Are
PG 94 min
Thursday Dec 17 2000
PG13 120 min
@> LYCEUM^ 4
Dec. 11 at Cooper Field
Women's game begins at 6:30 p.m.
Men's game begins at 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 13 at Noon
Open to the Public at the MWR Marina
FMI or to sign up, call Tom Tuttle at 5009
Santa's lost and we need help finding
him! Begins Dec. 14 ends Dec. 18.
Receive your first clue at the Deer
Point Liberty Center. The first person
information, call 2010.
Photos by Rosella Tomaselli