Guantánamo Bay gazette
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Title: Guantánamo Bay gazette
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: U.S. Naval Base
Place of Publication: Guantánamo Bay Cuba
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
Publication Date: 1/11/2008
Frequency: weekly
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Spatial Coverage: Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base
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General Note: Description based on: Vol. 60, no. 40 (Oct. 3, 2003); title from title screen (viewed Dec. 10, 2004).
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 64, no. 33 (Aug. 31, 2007).
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Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 Vol. 65 No. 02Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, is scheduled to visit Naval Station (NAVSTA) Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba Jan. 13. Mullen will conduct an all hands call at the Windjammer Ballroom on NAVSTA GTMO as part of his tour of the base. The all-hands call is mandatory for all NAVSTA personnel. Deborah Mullen, will host a spouses call at the home of NAVSTA Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Leary at 12:25 p.m., before to the all hands event. His visit is to observe the operations in the GTMO joint service environment and to thank the troops and their families for their service. Mullen became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2007 following the retirement of Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace.Story by MC2 Kimberly Williams Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs photo by MC1 Chad J. McNeeley Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman to visit GTMOChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, speaks with students assigned to the U.S. Army War College. Mullen will conduct two all hands call with GTMO servicemembers and their families during his visit set for Jan. 13. The Windjammer all-hands call begins at 1:40 p.m.


Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 2 Command Master Chief...............................................................CMDCM(SW/AW) Keith Carlson Mass Communication Specialist/LPO...................................................................MC1 Robert lamb Mass Communication Specialist/Editor......................................................MC2 Kimberly WilliamsThe Guantanamo Bay Gazette is an authorized publication for members of the military services and their families stationed at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo 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 or comments can be directed to the PAO. The Gazette staff can be reached by phone at ext. 4502; fax 4819; by email at pao@usnbgtmo.navy.mil Get the Gazette online at www.cnic.navy.mil/guantanamoG azetteGuantanamo BayVol. 65 No. 02Adm. William James Crowe Jr. President of the United States George W. If you were given $10 million dollars to have one job forever, what would it be and why?"Teaching children because I was born to teach" Kanisha Stewart Library Assistant "A youth program volunteer. It may sound very cliched, but I believe the children are our future." YN3 Dominic Cottrell NAVSTA Admin "A counselor. I do not need to get paid to help others-I'd do it for free." CE1 (SCW) Jean Guerrier NAVFAC SE GTMO PWD "I would work at an orphanage with street children because children are the future of this country." CSC (SW) Albino Palomo Seaside GalleyNews From the Fleet The Office of Diversity Management & Equal Oppor tunity is currently planning an outreach observance program for Womens History Month. A part of the program will include the recognition of military trailblazers in this case, women (officer or enlisted) their Military Service. We are requesting your support to identify candidates for this special recognition. Members from each service will be recognized. Application Requirements One page (single-spaced) description of trailblazing accomplishment. Times New Roman, 12pitch font. Nomination Submission: Electronic submissions only. Documents should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. Email submissions or questions to Lt. Matt Hooker, matt. hooker@navy.mi l 703-6956203. Deadline: Feb. 13, 2008 Award Presentation/Confer ence Information: TBD March 2008 Additional Information: www.npc.navy.mil/CommandSupport/Diversity / DoD Recognizes Womens History Month The GTMO community is invited to participate in A MLK Day Celebration sponsored by GAAA Jan. 21, 6 p.m. starting at the Windjammer There will be a march from the Windjammer to the Base Chapel FMI call 4855


Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 3Catholic 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. (JTFTroopers Chapel) Sun. 9 a.m. Mass (Main Chapel) Protestant (GTMO Chapel) Sat. 11 a.m. Seventh Day Adventist Service (Room B) Sun. 7 p.m. Filipino Chris tian Fellowship (Room A) 8 a.m. Pentecostal Gospel Temple (Room D) 9 a.m. LDS Service (Room A) 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 7 p.m. Iglesia Ni Cristo (Fel lowship Hall) Friday Religious Services 1:15 p.m. Islamic Service (Room C) 7 p.m. Jewish Service (FMI call 2628) Religious Services/ JTF Troopers Chapel Catholic Services Wed. 11 a.m. Spanish Mass (New) Sat. 6:30 p.m. Vigil Mass (PPI Chapel) Sun. 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass (New) Protestant (GTMO Chapel) Sat. 11 a.m. Seventh Day Adventist Service (Room B) Sun. 5:30 Filipino Christian Fellowship (Room A) 8 a.m. Pentecostal Gospel Temple (Room D) 9 a.m. LDS Service (Room A) 10 a.m. Liturgical Service (Room B0 11 a.m. General Prot. Service 11 a.m. United Jamaican Fellowship (Bldg 1036) 1 p.m. Gospel service 8 p.m. Iglesia Ni Cristo (Room B) Religious Services/ Base ChapelLocal News Base library offers language enhancement support Story, photo by MC2 Kimberly Williams Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs Each new year brings change and growth. People make resolutions annually to kick an old habit, unload a few extra pounds or in some cases, to learn something new. If you are one of the many GTMO residents that participate in this yearly ritual, and your resolution includes learning a new language, the Guantanamo Bay library has everything you'll need to get started. The Community Library boasts a diverse collection of language development text and audio books. With more than six shelves of material, even those who are unfamiliar with the language they want to learn can find what they need. "[Having diverse]language skills [can]support the career goals of servicemembers," said Maxine Becker, Community Library director. "I want everyone to be aware that they can work on language skills-even here in GTMO," said Becker. The library has several learning audio lessons including the Pimsluer collection, which is used by The State Department and the FBI to train their employees. Additions to the audio book collection include the Georgian, Urdu and Pashto languages. Of the entire collection in GTMO, Becker states that Spanish is the most popular language and reference material requested. "If someone comes to the library and does not see what he is looking for, please ask and if it is checked out, we can put a hold on it when it's returned," said Becker. Becker notes several different ways the language material can be beneficial to the novice 'linguist.' If you want to research your next assignment, we have a book for you. We can help you research the culture and community of your next home, said Becker. "If your ear is atuned to the [native] language on the street, it's going to help you immeasurably," said Becker. The library has a userfriendly card catalog system in which residents can locate a number of books about a specified topic. The library is open Monday through Saturday from 8-9 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 9 p.m. In order to check out material from the library you must present a valid form of identification to the staff member at the front desk. Community Library director Maxine Becker and her staff are ready to assist with your language development needs. The Community Library has six shelves stocked with books in every language including Georgian, Arabic and Kanji to name a few.


4 Friday, Jan. 11, 2008Feature If you walk the streets of Sherman Ave., you might encounter tales of mystery and deception. Unbelievable tales that whisper about underground tunnels that lead to hidden laboratories or hidden trails that travel to secret beaches. Beaches that can only be found in movies with soft sand, crystal water and a view of a picture perfect sunset. The truth is that there are hidden beaches in GTMO that are designated as the Conservation / No take zone. To a few, they are called the CO and XO beaches while others know them as Blue and Cuzco beach. They are the two beaches that divers and snorkelers only dream about but never experience. A select few were tired of dreams and rumors and wanted to experience the real truth. After more research, the Security Department requested permission to use the beach from the a day of water activities. Upon approval, all personnel were invited to the trails leading to Blue beach which are guarded by gates and security personnel. is nothing different than what you would see if you traveled to Pebble Beach. Ther is no white sand with a picture perfect palm tree providing enormous amount of shade. What the beach does provide is a cabana that supported all those that took the challenge and attended the adventure and perfect blue water that was calm as can be. Divers and snorkelers entered and exited the water with ease without the hassle of jagged rocks and coral. Most of the personnel that participated were divers that wanted to experience water that most people never see. The first view underwater gave everyone a hint of the excitement of what was to come. Hidden underwater at Blue Beach is an array of aquatic life ranging from sea sponges and conch to many grouper and barracuda. The tall tales of massive grouTo help maintain the Conser vation / No Take Zone, all mem bers of the party participated in a beach cleanup. The beaches have been littered by the numerous tropical storms and heavy winds that GTMO has received over the last several months. With the day coming to an end, Operation Blue was deemed a success; the Security Department removed more than 200 pounds of trash and debris that ranged from plastic bags to medical waste. The beach cleanup helps beautify the facility and maintain a safe environment for all those that may have the privilege of gracing this remote beach with their presence. To all those that attended, this outing was well worth the couple of hours needed to cleanup and all would gladly attend again. Thank you Capt. Leary for allowing us the chance to walk the sand or rocks of Blue Beach.Members of the NAVSTA security department conducted a beach cleanup called 'Operation Blue' Dec. 20 at Blue Beach. Photo by: MA3 Curtis Berryman 'Operation Blue'Story by: MA2 Matt Vollmer


5 Friday, Jan. 11, 2008Feature Story by Patrick McSherry As the USS MONONGAHELA sailed into Guantanamo Bay in May of 1904, there were few doubts that this was where she would spend her final days. Once known for her wartime exploits, the vessel was now just a relic of an earlier time, before wooden hulls and sails had given way to harveyized steel armor and triple-expansion steam engines. While she would end her days in the bay, no one knew it would be in a rapid, MONONGAHELA, a wooden screw steam er, was launched during the Civil War, being commissioned on January 15, 1863. Built at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, she was rated at 1,378 tons, being 227 feet long, with a 38 foot beam and a 15 foot draft. In addition to her sails, she was powered by two horizontal backaction engines. MONONGAHELA punched a wallop with her nine guns, including a 200-pound Parrott power to Rear Admiral David Farraguts West Gulf Blockading Squadron. Only three months after being commissioned, MONONGAHELA found herself in the thick of the fight, seeing action at Port Hudson on several occasions, as well as at Donaldsville, and most notably at Mobile Bay. The vessels service was also notable in that she served as Farraguts flagship on occasion, and also found herself being commanded briefly by future Spanish American War heroes George Dewey and The end of the Civil War did not bring an end to MONONGAHELAs adventures. In November of 1867, she arrived in Frederiksted, St. Croix, to provide relief following a hurricane. On the morning of November 18, in the ocean between St. Thomas and St. Croix, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake resulting tsunami sent MONONGAHELA on the wildest cruise of her career. It swept her clear over rows of sheds and one of the major warehouses in the town, eventually depositing her on a coral ledge, in one piece, 250 feet from deep water. The U.S. Navy decided it was worth the cost and effort that took six months to accomplish. After a lengthy pe ting, MONONGAHELA served as a training vessel and later as a storeship, with her machinery being removed to allow for more stor age space. In 1891 she went back to being a training vessel, eventu ally serving as a practice ship at the Naval Academy at Annapolis. Prior to her arrival at Guantanamo in May of 1904, she had most recently served as an apprentice training vessel at Newport, Rhode Island,. Her arrival at Guantanamo Bays fledging naval station found her returning to her former critical, if unglamorous, role as a storeship, though still mounting six guns. She joined the monitor AMPHITRITE the Guantanamo Bay station ship and the converted yacht VIXEN, moored in the area between South Toro Cay, where the base was then centered, and Granadillo Point. The base was still new with the treaty granting the land for the base being inked the previous year. The arrival of MONONGAHELA raised the concerns of the naval stations commandant, Commander Charles Rogers. He noted that the ship was a greater source of anxiety to the Commandantthan any other Government property on the Station, with the exception of perhaps the wireless telegraph station where there [were] several portable materials. Rogers realized that MONONGAHELA consisted of a large amount of wellseasoned wood, covered with years of oil-based paint. It was not a good combination in the hot, dry Guantanamo Bay environment. Rogers requested a tug with powerful pumps be sent to the naval station. Presumably the tug USS SEBAGO was sent as a result. As a storeship, MONONGAHELA had a reduced crew living aboard her. She held supplies such as beef, pork, pickles and vinegar, in addition to medical supplies, cordage, coal, and ammunition for the base, a distillation plant and an electrical plant as well as her own sails. She was commanded by Lt. William Adger Moffett, who lived aboard her. Moffett, however, was officially listed only as the ships executive base commandant, beher commander. On the evening of May 21, 1905, Lt. Moffett had left MONON GAHELA to visit AMPHITRITE, where the base commandant was quartered, several hundred yards away. At ter 3rd Class V. S. Coleman was making his rounds, andSee 'SHIP', page 6USS Monongahela at Guantanamo Bay Monongahela, a wooden screw steamer, was launched during the Civil War, being commis sioned Jan. 15, 1863.


Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 6Feature smelled smoke on the berth deck, tracing it to the hatch of the main hold. His cry of fire brought several men to the scene, including Acting Boatswain A. Madsen. Within two minutes, four hoses, powered by the ships pumps, were placed on the fire. Madsen de scended into the smoke-choked hold, and aimed a din of the ships alarms carried through the night air. Aboard AMPHITRITE, VIXEN and SEBAGO, the crews were brought to quarters. Moffett and Rogers and 72 crewmen from the AMPHITRITE who sped to MONONGAHELA with three hundred feet of fire hose. The SEBAGO was soon alongside the burning vessel also. They were shortly followed by men from VIXEN and a detail from OLYMPIA, which happened to be in the harbor. rectly below the deck, in a mass of cordage, running gear and studfight, spreading under the deck toward the main hold bulkhead. Beyond this bulkhead were medical supply and sail rooms, both mable material. If the fire spread to these spaces, there was a distinct possibility that the aft magazines would soon be engulfed which would be the ships demise. Soon, ten hoses were being played medical supplies and sails were being removed to the main deck. Three holes were broken into the deck to bring the fire hoses to bear, and the main hold was it was not water tight. The nighttime it was not until 3 a.m. four hours after the fire was found that it was could be arrested and the ship saved. later, the flames were out and the to use pumping out the water. The result was not as tragic as it initially appeared. Only six men including Moffett and Madsen suffered from smoke inhalation. The ship was not weakened to a dangerous extent and could continue to oper ate as a storeship even without repairs. The origin of For a lack of a better explanation, it was concluded that rats or even roaches must have created a nest that spontaneously combusted. The newspapers simply reported that the fire was caused by roaches. Following her escape from destruction in the roach Rogers turned over command of the navy base and the tinderbox MONONGAHELA to Lieutenant Commander Albert Ackerman on September 8, 1906. After his arrival at his new command, Ackerman lived aboard the AMPHITRITE as had his predecessor. Monitors were known for their poor living condi tions, a problem accentuated in the ceaseless blazing heat of the Cuban sun. However well the new commandant accepted his living conditions, the commandants wife was scheduled to join her husband on the base, and the quarters on the aging monitor simply would not have been acceptable for the cou ple. Therefore, the main cabin on the MONONGAHELA was renovated to serve as the home for the Ackermans. When the day came for him to move into his new abode, the lieutenant commander noted that the change from the cramped, hot, underwater cabin of the AMPHITRITE was as good as a promotion, a possible comment on his rank not being equal to that of the man he replaced. It was possibly during Ackermans tenure that the MONONGAHELA was relocated, being moved from the waters off Granadillo Point to the inlet just south of Deer Point, reflecting the general reloca tion of the base that was occurring. The MONONGAHELA was placed in a per manent mooring in about sixteen feet of water. A dock and gangway connected her with the shore, and she was also connected to the Deer Point tele phone and water systems. In July, 1907, Ackerman was succeeded by the man who had been serving as his range Commander Clark Stearns. Stearns, however, had been living at the Range See SHIP, page 7


Friday, Jan. 11, 2008Feature Story By MC2 Trevor Anderson Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs 7MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -Help is available for Sailors and their families who have resolved to get debt free in the New Year. The Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter recently released a new instruction that further promotes training for our Sailors. SECNAVINST 1740.4, Department of the Navy Per sonal Financial Management (PFM) Education, Training, and Counseling Program outlines new PFM outreach efforts required of commanders, leaders and Sailors. This policy was released just in time for the holidays when Sailors and their families can be inclined to overspend and also in time for Sailors to invest their new pay raises approved by congress. The 23-page instruction covers four major topics: now required to designate a cialist. training from the beginning of their career to the end and dur ing transition to civilian life. program participants will be included in PFM training. tors and counselors are now required at each Fleet and Family Support Center. edge of PFM programs and step in protecting our Sailors and their families from unscrupulous predatory lending practices and mismanagement Adm. John C. Harvey, Chief of Naval Personnel. According to professional manage their finances and benefits properly, the skys the limit. Between the money that you accumulate in your Thrift Savings Plan and the equity from your condominium or home, when you leave the military, again, lets say thats 15 or 20 years from now, you can become a millionaire, Boston. Boston, host of Public Broadcasting Services Moneywise and author of the bestselling book Whos Afraid to be a Millionaire, visited Fleet Activities Yokosuka in October. Also, the Military Lending Act provides Sailors and their families new legal protection against predatory lenders including limiting payday loans, vehicle title loans and tax refund anticipation loans to a maximum annual interest rate of 36 percent. For more information on PFM, visit www.npc.navy. mil and read SECNAVINST 1740.04. Or visit Fleet and Family support center Web site at https://www.nffsp.org/ and For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/ npc/. Navy Policy Helps Sailors Plan for Financial Freedom SHIP, from page 6on Evans Point, and chose to continue living there rather than moving to the MONONGAHELAs cabin. On March 17, 1908 Stearns was seated on the porch of his quar ters, about 350 yards from the MONONGA HELA, with several 8:45 PM, the group was startled by an explosion emanating from the MONONGAHELA, followed by the appear ance of smoke. Moments earlier Yeoman 2nd Class F. E. McGowan was at equipment room on the MONONGEHELAs gun deck. Just aft of his side of the gun deck was the ships writers office, the commandants file room, the pay yeomans office and the commandants private office. Farther aft was the cabin that had been occupied by the Ackermans. On the port side was the cabin pantry and the comIn the center of these spaces, just aft of the equipment room, was a wardroom. Against the wardrooms tinder-dry overhead were stored the ships Very Rockets red and green paper-covered nighttime were very dry and unmoved in at least eight years. Smelling smoke, McGowan leapt into the corridor leading aft. What he saw must have been terrifying. The wardroom was filled ing helter skelter, ricocheting off bulkheads, the deck and the over head, spreading smoke rockets. Pay Clerk A. R. Hunter was sitting one deck below, reading. He suddenly heard sputtering of rockets and sparks hatch from the deck above and onto the table in front of him. Peering up, Hunter saw the gun deck engulfed in a sheet Gunners Mate 3rd Class J. J. Gaskin, the acting quartermaster on duty, spotted smoke rising from the hatch leading ...*To be continued in Jan. 18 issue.


Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 8News Steve Doherty (Retired Steve) NAVSTA Ombudsman Ph: 77239 or 84882 gtmo ombudsman@aol.comMILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -With the Active Duty O-6 Line, Reserve O-6 Line, and Full Time Support O-6 Line selection boards scheduled to begin Jan. 15, Navy Personnel Command (NPC) is retheir records before selection boards, using NPCs early warning system that can rescue a promotion opportunity. The early warning system can be used one week before the selection boards convening date. However, candidates should be reviewing their records at least six months prior to this date. Board recorders arrive to review the records of one week before the selection board convenes. Its not the responsibility of the recorders to interpret records; they only verify continuity and completeness of records. BUPERS Online (BOL), https://www.bol. navy.mil, is the main tool for board preparation and helps members to be proactive in making the most of a promotion opportunity. It has always been good career management to maintain ones record, said Cmdr. Steve Lepp, progression at NPC. The web-based tools make it and correct your record. No one has a more vested interest in your career than you do. An additional requirement for this year an nounced in NAVADMIN 103/07 reinstated the requirement for a photograph Boards this year will be looking for a photograph, having a current color photo in your record indicates to members that you are serious about maintaining your record properly, Lepp said. Six months out, offi cers should visit the BOL website and order their summary record (PSR) and officer data card (ODC) should be checked and ver tions to these can be made by following the directions on BOL. When checking cers should submit corrections to PERS-312. For the mailing address visit www. npc.navy.mil/CareerInfo/ RecordsManagement/. If a selection board is about to convene, officers must send missing information via letter to the board president. Letters should be sent by mail or fax to the NPC Customer Service Center (CSC). This information must be received at least one day prior to the starting date of the board. Only those being considered may submit infor mation directly to a board. Information sent to the board will only be used during the board and will not be changed in the ofOfficers who served as individual augmentees (IA) should also ensure this service. NAVADMIN 298/07 outlines information. Boards are giving additional consideration for personnel who serve on arduous IA missions in support of the global war on terrorism, so it is very important that eligible members make sure the board knows about their accomplishments, said Lepp. Officers are strongly encouraged to call the NPC CSC at 1-866-U ASK NPC (1-866-827-5672) or DSN 882-5672 to confirm receipt of their package for statutory promotion selection boards. They may also check the Customer Service Web site online using the CSC link on the NPC homepage: https://ahdsedstws16. ahf.nmci.navy.mil/OA_ For a additional infor mation regarding promotion boards visit www.npc. navy.mil For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit www.navy. mil/local/npc/. update records before boardFrom Navy Personnel Command Communications Jennifer Amaio US Naval Hospital Ombudsman Pager 72090 #493 Jennifer.Amaio@med. navy.mil Machele Friend Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion Ombudsman State-side Liaison ladysgotshuz@cox.net


9 GTMO unclaimed vehicle listingPer NAVSTAGTMO 11200.1, the security department can only hold vehicles for 120 days. The cars listed below are approaching or past this deadline. Unclaimed vehicles will be turned over to Bremcor per NAVBASEGTMO 4500.3F. Only the registered owner or his agent may claim a vehicle. These are not for sale. For more information, contact Chief Craig Thomas at 4325, Monday Friday, 7:30 a.m. 4 p.m. or email thomascs@usnbgtmo.navy.mil. NewsFriday, Jan. 11, 2008 NORFOLK (NNS) -For Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Sailors who deploy on missions throughout the world, cultural awareness and language training is essential to the success of those duties. When the Chief of Naval Operations presented his Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Sea Power, he called on naval forces to develop and sustain cooperative relationships with more international partners in order to improve regional security and stability. NECC forces will cer tainly play a critical role in this effort, said Capt. Robert McKenna, NECCs training officer. A key to fostering such relationships is development of sufficient cultural, historical and linguistic expertise among our Sailors. Lessons learned from missions conducted in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq have shown a consistent lack of cultural awareness that is a chief barrier to mission success. The need for this sort of training is mentioned in several documents, including the CNOs Guidance and the Navys Strategic Plan. Both call for developing practical cross-cultural skills to further promote relations with emerging partners. Last year, Sailors attached to Expeditionary Training Command (ETC) participated in an intensive four-day regional orientation course taught by Old Dominion Universitys Military Distance Learning Program, in conjunction with security and stability defense contractor I.T.A, in preparation for their deployment aboard USS McHenry (LSD-43) to western Africa. Prior to that, ETC Sailors attached to High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV-2) participated in similar training that prepared them for a deployment to countries in the Caribbean and Central America. NECCs training department recently worked with the U.S. Army to make training available to Navy personnel at the Peace Operations Training Center (POTC) in Jordan. The center provides training to familiarize deploying U.S. forces with the cultural aspects of Iraqi society. The training our Sailors receive there is considered the best in theater, and will certainly provide invaluable benefits to each service member that participates, said McKenna. We have also worked with contractors and Old Dominion University here in Virginia to develop immersion language and targeted regional orientation courses for deploying NECC personnel. Several other organiza tions helped develop other courses intended to improve international relationships between deploying Sailors and the host nations. Some of the things NECC is focusing on are French, Spanish and Portuguese language courses and regional orientation courses covering Southern Command, Africa and southeast Asia. McKenna says NECC is also working on several initiatives that should improve access to quality language training in the future. The first one is the ability for Navy personnel to access commercially produced language training, he said. This effort is going through the final steps in the contracting process and should be available on Navy Knowledge Online in a few weeks. He continued by explaining the second initiative, which is called Integrated System for Language Education and Training (ISLET). Its based on several new language learning technologies and, according to McKenna, will enable students to achieve a foreign language proficiency equal to that of four to six semesters of college-level class work, and it will also provide a way to sustain the training. As the NECC moves forward into its third year, its Sailors will have more opportunities to better themselves as ambassadors to foreign countries and have a higher chance of success in their missions throughout the world.NECC Focuses on Language and Cultural TrainingBy MC1 Jen Smith, NECC Public Affairs


Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 10 MWR HappeningsDowntown Lyceum Friday, Jan. 4 Fred Claus 7 p.m., PG, 116 min. American Gangster 9 p.m., R, 157 min. Saturday, Jan. 5 National Treasure 7 p.m., PG, 135 min. Beowulf 9 p.m., PG-13, 114 min. Sunday, Jan. 6 Charlie Wilson's War 7 p.m., R, 97 min. Monday, Jan. 7 Lions for Lambs 7 p.m., R, 92 min. Tuesday, Jan. 8 Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium 7 p.m., G, 95 min. Wednesday, Jan. 9 Enchanted 7 p.m., PG, 107 min. Thursday, Jan. 10 Bee Movie 7 p.m., PG, 91 min.National Treasure Lions for Lambs Plot: Two determined students at a West Coast Univer sity, Arian and Ernest, follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor, Dr. Malley, and attempt to do something important with their lives. Plot: Treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates looks to discover the truth behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, by uncovering the mystery within the 18 pages missing from assassin John Wilkes Booth's diary


11 Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 For Sale(2) Rattan console and two end tables $100, 2 tourchiere floor lamps, $30/ea, dining room table wooden butcher block w/5 chairs $100, New fat tire bike $20, shredder $20, bissell vacuum cleaner $40. FMI 77398. (2) 55 Gallon Saltwater Tank with filtration system and Stand $300.00; Minnkota Endura 30 electric trolling motor $60.00; Gazelle exercise machine $50.00 Baby Jumparoo $25. Baby Bouncer $15. All items are negotiable. FMI 3661 DWH OR 77788 AWH. (2) Complete bed room set, 5 pieces queen size, mattress and box excellent condition, $500. oo OB. FMI call 79555 (2) BicycleTrek 1500 w/ new puncture resistant Hard Case tires, cat eye, stand-up pump, helmet and size 12 cycling shoes. Comfortable, Lightweight, Handles Well, Great Components. $500 OBO. FMI 79170. (1) Penn 4/0 reel used once. $65.00 FMI: 4380 or 77716. (1) Beautiful evening dress chocolate brown, never worn, with tags, lace strapless bodice, long skirt, can be tailored to fit perfectly. Size 22 paid $360, will take $175 OBO. (1) Dog bed extra large, Mammoth, black canvas fabric removes easily for washing, awesome padding, side bolsters, nearly new $75. Call working hours 72900 evenings 77796. (1) Computer desk never been used still in box, $35. FMI: 77845 or 2286. (1) Whirlpool Washer and Dryer set good condition $150 OBO, FMI 77026. (1) Bow Flex Select Tex weights and bench $200, Abs tower $50. FMI 77326. (1) Washer & dryer both for $200, FMI: 4519 or 78690. (1) GE washer & dryer, good condition both for only $150. Call 77134. (1) VOX 50w Combo Guitar Amp with built in effects, $250; Guitar Effects Pedal Board, diamond plating with Velcro attachments with enough room for all your guitar effects, $60; Gator Effects Pedal Board, Compressor pedal included purchase, $40; 20" Computer Monitor, $40; Microwave, it's also a convection oven, $30. FMI: 78096 or 4217. (1) One 1.2 meter dual LNB satellite dish, receives DirecTV signal well, $300 OBO. FMI 77082. (1) Will TRADE new Washer/ Dryer set for a refrigerator of like condition. FMI 78204. (1) SCUBA gear: XXL Sherwood Avid jacket-style, integrated, weight-pocket system BCD; Six stainless steel D-rings. Like new: $250, FMI:78420. (2) 1993 Toyota 4Runner Fully loaded SR5 V6, A/C. CD player, 5 Speed Manual Transmission, Runs great, good on fuel, $5100 OBO. FMI 77024 or 84040. (2) 14ft Fiberglass boat w/2005 Mercury outboard engine. Great bay boat for inshore fishing and diving. Well maintained. $3200.00 OBO. FMI 3661 DWH OR 77788 AWH.. (2) Fiberglass center console boat custom built for fishing. Fully loaded turn-key w/2006 Yamaha 40 hp OB. $6,500.00 OBO. Call 84040. (2) Yamaha Wave Runner III Jet Ski with Shorelandr Trailer. Runs great and in very good condition. $3000.00. Call 3661 DWH OR 77788 AWH. (2) 1997 Toyota Tacoma king cab 4x4, V6 Auto 136K miles, A/C, CD player, new tires, excellent condition. $8500 OB. FMI cal 79555. (2) 1993 Ford Ranger, Drive Great, Newly Painted and Body worked. $1,800 OBO FMI CALL 4514. (2) EZGO Golf cart, New large all terrain tires and lift kit, new batteries, battery charger, $950. FMI 77979/ 90366 (2) EZGO Golf Cart runs good, complete w/charger $450. FMI 77979/ 74225 office. (1) 2006 Motofino 125cc Scooter Green, very low mileage, spacious storage, street legal, great on gas. FMI 77129. (1) 2002 Ford Ranger 4X4 4-Door AC, 6-Disc CD, Tow Package, Great Condition! $10,000 OBO, 1991 Ford Taurus New AC, CD, Runs Great $3,000 OBO H-75592. (1) 1991 TOYOTA CAMRY W/ NEW A/C, VERY GOOD CLEAN INTERIOR, NEW WATER PUMP, NEW RADIATOR, NEW STARTER, RUNS GREAT WITH MANUAL TRANSMISSION, $2900 OBO FMI 2404 or 79195. (1) 11' Achilles inflatable boat w/ 7.5 Evinrude motor. All accessories included. Great for exploring the bay, $1000; 1998 Ford Windstar van, low mileage, Not a GTMO special. $5000. FMI call 79561. (1)Very Powerful 2006 Jet Skis X 2, $10,500 each, FMI 77153. (1) 2001 Ford Taurus SES. V6, automatic, cold AC, runs very well, 5 disc CD changer, very good condition, low miles. $6,000 OBO FMI 77082. (1) 1997 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer edition. 5.0L V-8, fulltime AWD, automatic, 5-disc CD changer, Runs great, cold AC. Low Miles. $6,000 OBO. (1) 1997 HONDA ACCORD EX, white 4-Door automatic with beige cloth interior all scheduled maintenance up-todate, new Tires, Low Mileage, Air Conditioning, Kenwood CD player with FM/AM stereo, Cruise Control, Rear Window Defroster, Power Windows, Power Driver's Side Seat Control, Tilt Steering, and Power Steering, $5,000 OBO. FMI: 77000. (1) The NEX will have a Pre Inventory sidewalk sale on 1/19-1/20 in the atrium. Discounts up to 75% off regular price. (1) Captains Cup Golf League Organizational Meeting Jan. 22, 3:30 p.m. at the Golf Course. Commands that have personnel desiring to participate in the league are requested to provide a representative to this meeting. FMI: John Tully at 74123 (1) A Spanish speaking female willing to provide young child lessons two times per week. FMI: 77201. (1) Experienced satellite Internet installer. Starband preferred. FMI 77129. (2) Burns & Roe Services Corporation; Port Operation Services is seeking a temporary Senior Maintenance Engineer. This position will be approximately a 9 month term of employment. The successful applicant will be required to coordinate all watercraft and equipment maintenance/ repair of Government supplied watercraft. He/she must be a U.S. citizen and eligible for a Confidential Security Clearance. Interested and qualified applicants please call HR Manager, Carolyn Martinez at 75790 or visit the Burns and Roe Services HR Department located across from the elementary school on Sherman Ave. Jan. 12, Caribbean Circle 36 D at 9 a.m. Please no Early Birds!Vehicles/ boats Vehicles/boats Wanted Announcements Employment Yard SalesAll Gazette Submissions are due NLT noon every Tuesday.


GTMO HAPPENINGSBIG CATCHHMC (SW/ AW) Rich Perez, along with Glenn and Ruby Cubera Snapper they reeled in recently while fishing last weekend in the Guantanamo Bay. This may be a far cry from the world record catch of more than 80lbs, but it is still a great size for this area.Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 12 SAILING INTO THE NEW YEAR-Al and Daphne Walton, along with (left) Ramon Romero, hold up a Sail Fish they recently caught. Sail Fish are rarely captured in Guantanamo Bay so this big fish was indeed the catch of the day!