Guantánamo Bay gazette
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Title: Guantánamo Bay gazette
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Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
Publication Date: 2/01/2008
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Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 Vol. 65 No. 05 Leary family sends holiday wishes Leary family sends holiday wishes Leary family sends holiday wishes Leary family sends holiday wishes Leary family sends holiday wishesRead the CO's Holiday Message, Page 2GTMO honors Cuban community In 1969, Rear Adm. J.B. Hildreath, Naval Base Guantanamo Bay Commander, conceived and promulgated the idea of designating a yearly celebration to recognize the contributions of the Cuban workers and our mutual friendship with one another. Keeping with this tradition, GTMO celebrated Cuban-American Friendship Day 2008 at the Windjammer Ballroom Jan. 25. Cuban-American Friendship Association volunteers, W.T. Sampson Elementary and High School students and others were all on hand to support the Cuban population. The celebration, sponsored by the Cuban-American Friendship Association, reflected on the cooperative and supportive behavior between Cubans and Americans who work and live together in peace in GTMO. During the ceremony, many Cuban employees were presented with certificates of faithful service, some for as long as 50 years. “Today’s event is a very exciting event for us Cubans, we are pleased with everything that was prepared and done for us today,” said James Cave. “We look forward to this celebration every year. It’s a good tradition and it unites all base residents. We get to be known by the residents more closely and we become more familiar to others,” he added. Guest speaker Capt. Bob Buehn, NAVSTAGTMO commander from May 2000 – March 2003, spoke of the affection and loyalty that so many Cubans have given to the base throughout the years. “We will always cherish each one of our Cuban brothers and sisters in our hearts as Guantanamo Bay continues its journey into the future,” said Buehn. Throughout the years, change within the confines of the base and outside of the Northeast gate has been constant. Political agendas and beliefs differ, but the feeling of security the base offers to Cuban nationals remains intact. “This is a very interesting place, it has a lot of history and we need to keep the traditions," said Madhya Husta, Cuban “We will always cherish each one of our Cuban brothers and sisters in our hearts as Guantanamo Bay continues its journey into the future,”Capt. Bob Buehn Denise Clark, GTMO American Red Cross Director, receives the 2008 Cuban-American Volunteer of the Year Award from Bev Pavon, president of the Cuban-American Friendship Day Association.Community Program Manager. “The Cubans (living and working here) in the past and now have always been very supportive of the American way. It is very important to recognize this because we still have people who decided to stay here to help the base and to lift the base. So it’s a good opportunity to honor those people who are still here,” Husta added. The positive reflections stated by officials in GTMO about the Cuban community’s contribution to our military are echoed by leadership throughout the Navy.Story, photo by MC1 Robert Lamb NAVSTA Public Affairs


Friday, Feb. 1, 20082 Commanding Officer.....................................................................................Capt. Mark M. Leary Executive Officer..........................................................................................Cmdr. Sylvester Moor e Command Master Chief...............................................................CMDCM(SW/AW) Keith Carlson Public Affairs Officer......................................................................................................Bru ce Lloyd 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 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 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 G G G G aze aze aze aze aze t t t t t te te te te teGuantanamo BayVol. 65 No. 05Adm. William James Crowe Jr. President of the United States George W. Bush What do you miss most about your last location since moving to GTMO?"Going to the movie theater" AD2 (AW) Tinashe Chigumira NAVSTA Ops "I miss the stores and malls because shopping is my hobbyTauyna "I miss Chuck-ECheese-Janea." Tauyna & Janea Cornell NAVSTA Badging & DoD dependant. "My privacy." Maj. Mark Martinez JTF GTMO "I'm a geo-bachelor, so just being around my family on a daily basis and traveling to different states. I also miss seeing people beside those who I work with everyday. I also miss being able to drive more than 25 MPH" HTC (SW) Eric Moorehead NAVSTA Port ServicesNews From the Fleet MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — With the continuing need for Sailors to serve Individual Augmentee (IA) and war on terrorism support assignments, the Navy recognizes the importance of rewarding these Sailors for their heroism. One of the rewards for these Sailors is meritorious advancement. Since 2005, when the combat meritorious advancement program (CMAP) was announced in NAVADMIN 077/05, more than 150 Sailors have been advanced for their actions in combat situations; many of them for actions during an IA. “Most advancements approved have been for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kimberly Pizanti the enlisted advancement planner for enlisted forceshaping and advancements. Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Brian Mullis, of Strategic Communications Wing 1, earned the promotion to petty officer 2nd class through CMAP, following a successful tour with the Asadabad Provincial Reconstruction Team in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan from May 2006 to May 2007. “This feels pretty good,” Mullis said after his advancement ceremony. “(CMAP) is a great program for those guys that go over there and go above and beyond to put themselves in danger. There were times where it was real dangerous, and things could have gotten pretty ugly. To go over there and be recognized like this makes you feel like it was all worth it.” In order to qualify for the program, Sailors must currently be in pay grades E1 through E5 as the program is not authorized to promote Sailors to E7 or above. The Sailor’s command must submit a request through their chain of command to be approved by the commanding officer and sent on to the awarding authority. Full instructions on the requirements and submission process can be found in BUPERSINST 1430.16F. “The packages we receive areSee CMAP, page 5Sailor Sailor Sailor Sailor Sailor s meritoriousl s meritoriousl s meritoriousl s meritoriousl s meritoriousl y y y y y advanced for combat action advanced for combat action advanced for combat action advanced for combat action advanced for combat actionBy MC2 Trevor Andersen, NPC Communications Office


Friday, Feb. 1, 20083 Sailor of the WeekMA3 Joseph Graham, NAVSTA Security Dept."I thought my LCPO was kidding when he told me, but it's not hard to be a good Sailor when you work for a great leader like Chief Thomas ."photo by MC2 Kim Williams Ombudsman Corner 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 Steve Doherty (Retired Steve) NAVSTA Ombudsman cell: 84882 or Hm: 77239 gtmoombudsman@aol.com Connie Schiltz NAVSTA Ombudsman cell: 84792 or Hm: 78519 Konikat@hotmail.comGAAA gala to feature legendary R&B bandThe Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) AfricanAmerican Association (GAAA) will host its annual gala Feb. 23 at the Windjammer ballroom. The semi-formal event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, will feature live entertainment provided by R&B band 'Mint Condition', performances by local artists and organizations and prize giveaways. "This year’s theme is voting our values, valuing our vote," said GAAA Vice President Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Carlos Barnes. "As you know we strengthen the community through diversity. The organization, comprised of members of all races, values diversity and cultural growth through understanding. This gala's theme was adopted to promote voter awareness during this presidential election year. The entire GTMO community is invited to participate in gala, which is celebrated annually during black history month. Tickets for the event are available every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NEX atrium for $22 and can also be purchased from members of the GAAA. For more information about the GAAA or the event, contact Barnes at 4855. Story by MC2 Kim Williams NAVSTA PAO Catholic Daily Catholic Mass Mon. Fri. 5:30 p.m. (Main Chapel) Vigil Mass, Sat. 5 p.m. (Main Chapel) Sun. Mass, 7:30 a.m. (JTF-Troopers Chapel) Sun. 9 a.m. Mass (Main Chapel) Protestant (GTMO Chapel) Sat. 11 a.m. Seventh Day Adventist Service (Room B) Sun. 7 p.m. 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 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 (Fellowship Hall) Friday Religious Services 1:15 p.m. Islamic Service (Room C) 7 p.m. Jewish Service (FMI call 2628)Religious Services/JTF Troopers ChapelCatholic 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 Chapel


4Friday, Feb. 1, 2008Photo by MC1 Robert LambLocal News Story by AFC Brynne Burrough GTMO Fire Dept. Photo by MC1 Robert Lamb2008 graduating class of the GTMO Fire Department's Recruit Training Program: Kevon Anderson, Dwight Brown, Jermain Brown, Delroy Cole, Courtney Dixon, Warren Douglas, Mairo Downie, Bernard Fisher, Phillip Francis, Gary Gilbourne, Dwayne Gordon, Robert Graham, Paul Green, Mark Hylton, Aaron Jackson, Mark Johnson, Romaine Knight, Claudine Miller, Wayne Thompson and T roy Van HorneThe Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) Fire Department held a ceremony Jan. 24 at Fire Station 1 for the newest graduates of its recruit training program. Naval Station Executive Officer Cmdr. Sylvester Moore and Training Chief Andy Leal presented 20 new firefighters with certificates of accomplishment. The neophyte firefighters joined GTMO’s federally recognized program in June 2007 and completed comprehensive classroom instruction, as well as practical, hands-on evolutions in firefighting techniques and equipment use. “Being hired June 27 and undergoing training that enhanced my professionalism [which allowed me] to be an internationally qualified firefighter was great," said Firefighter Romaine Knight. "Through this training, I earned three certificates in less than six months which is a magnificent achievement. This was only possible through the motivation of our training Chief Andres Leal," said Knight. The program awards Firefighter I Certification, HazMat Awareness and Operations Level Certification, as well as CPR training to its recruits. “I underwent a lot of training both practically and theoretically that enabled me to understand the world of firefighting and what it is all about. My experience since I have been employed [here] has been a great one," said Firefighter Kevon Anderson. "The job is a bit more than I expected but, with the help of the training chief and the Senior firefighters it was very easy to adjust," Anderson added. GTMO’s Fire Training program goes above and beyond National Firefighter I certification requirements and directs candidates to receive additional instruction including rescue and hazardous materials and driver/pump operator training. “With 75 percent of the new hires having no prior experience, the expectation was that most personnel would take some time to complete the required certification, but we were pleasantly surprised by the dedication and willingness of these individuals to learn and complete the training ahead of schedule," said Training Chief Andres Leal. The new firefighters will now become probationary firefighters and are required to complete additional training during their first year in the department.New graduates ready to keep GTMO safe "We were pleasantly surprised by the dedication and willingness of these individuals to learn and complete the training ahead of schedule."Training Chief Andres Leal


5Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 absolutely impressive,” said Pizanti. “There are Sailors out there every day going above and beyond in the most trying of circumstances. “They are responding to urgent situations with professionalism, maturity, courage, sacrifice and dedication. Package upon package comes in with stories about shipmates placing themselves in harm’s way for their fellow warriors, be they American or foreign, and the citizens of foreign countries.” According to Pizanti the Sailors advanced under this program are being recognized as leaders, and, “They are an example for all to follow. I personally am honored to facilitate the advancement of these outstanding, welldeserving Sailors.” Sailors who may deserve advancement through CMAP and think their command may not know about the program should not be afraid to bring it up with their supervisors. “Just ask. It can’t hurt. Commands need to be aware of this program and in-theater commands should already know,” Pizanti added. Advancement through CMAP does not limit the Sailor from receiving any additional awards for their actions. For more information on the CMAP program, visit www.npc.navy.mil and read NAVADMIN 077/05 or BUPERSINST 1430.16F. For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/npc/.'CMAP', from page 2 Community Community Community Community Community Calendar Calendar Calendar Calendar Calendar2 Feb — Audition at the W.T. Sampson Elementary School Gym 46 p.m. Children between the grades of: K-12: Performance: Thursday/Friday, 6 p.m. at the Windjammer Ballroom. Tickets $5. FMI: Terrill 3664/ Taylor 2097. This presentation is sponsored by the WT Sampson PTO/ MWR and presented by Missoula Theatre. The Red Bull's ELC dedication & farewell party starts at 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The grande fest starts at 6 p.m.3 Feb — The NEX will be closed for inventory .9 Feb — Guantanamo Bay's 1st Mardi Gras Parade. Starts at 8 p.m.. Parade starts in the Bayview parking lot to O'Kelly's Irish Pub and back to the Bayview. Wear your best costume! Mardi Gras Celebration at the Bayview immediately following the 8 p.m. parade at the Bayview. Dinner costs $15.50 and includes Muffaletta sandwiches, gumbo, creole shrimp, Lousiana prok ribs, southern collard greens, beans and rice and king cake. by Elissa HaneyAmericans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as “Negro History Week” and later as “Black History Month.” What you might not know is that black history had barely begun to be studied-or even documentedwhen the tradition originated. Although blacks have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in the history books. Blacks Absent from History Books We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history, to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Born to parents who were former slaves, he spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coal mines and enrolled in high school at age twenty. He graduated within two years and later went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. The scholar was disturbed to find in his studies that history books largely ignored the black American population-and when blacks did figure into the picture, it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time. Established Journal of Negro History Woodson, always one to act on his ambitions, decided to take on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation’s history. He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) in 1915, and a year later founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history. Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. However, February has much more than Douglass and Lincoln to show for its significance in black American history. Black History MonthThe history of black history


Friday, Feb. 1, 20086Feature Photo by MC1 Igo Wordu NEX program eases strain of educational costsStory Kristine M. SturkieNEXCOM PAO Paying for a child’s education can be a daunting task. Let your Navy Exchange make it easier for you through its A-OK Student Reward Program. Four times per school year, four students will win a drawing for a $5,000, $3,000 $2,000 or $1,000 U.S. savings bond, denominations at maturity. The next drawing will be held at the end of February 2008. Any eligible full-time student that has a Bgrade point average equivalent or better, as determined by their school system, may enter the drawing. Eligible students include dependent children of active duty military members, reservists and military retirees enrolled in first through 12th grade. Dependent children without an individual Dependent Identification Card must be accompanied by their sponsor to submit their entry. Each student may enter only once each grading period and must re-enter with each qualifying report card. To enter the drawings, stop by your Navy Exchange with your current report card and have a Navy Exchange associate verify your minimum grade average. Then fill out your entry card and obtain your A-OK ID, which entitles you to discount coupons for Navy Exchange products and services. The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for 34 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit more than 1,200 communities this year with 32 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. A tour team arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play ... except the cast. The team holds an open audition and casts 50-60 local students to perform in the production. The show is rehearsed throughout the week and two public performances are presented on Saturday. All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairytales . a twist on the classic stories that you know and love. Also included in the residency are three enrichment workshops presented by the Tour Actor/Directors. Creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that are attained through the participation in this unique, educational project. MCT’s mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts. The Missoula Children’s Theatre is based in Missoula, Montana, and also runs many local programs. These in-Touring children's theatre group to visit GTMOclude musical theatre Day Camps and Performing Arts Classes for local children, a summer residency Performing Arts Camp for students from around the world and MCT Community Theatre which creates an arena for local talent of all ages to participate in large-scale productions and attracts audiences from western Montana. MCT is sponsored in GTMO by the W.T. Sampson PTO and MWR and will arrive Feb. 2. Auditions will be held that day at W.T. Sampson Elementary School from 4-6 p.m. Additional workshops are purchased by the PTO so that all school-aged children in GTMO can participate. This year’s performance will be 'Robin Hood'. Performances will be Thursday and Friday (7&8 February) at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information, please call Terrill at 2005 or 3664.Story provided by Lisa DeGroff Missoula Children’s Theatre


Friday, Feb. 1, 2008Navy News Commanders could soon have the blessing from “Big Navy” to offer their Sailors four-day workweeks — or at a minimum, give them the chance to work out flexible hours for their sailors. Flexible work hours are just one of 12 perks Navy officials have in the works or are investigating in a major drive to get younger sailors to join the Navy and stay. This means that soon, sailors could be able to not only negotiate flexible hours with their commands, but also telecommute from home or off-site work centers. They might even take sabbaticals or homestead in one location for a chunk of their careers. “What we’re doing here is building a menu of options for our work force,” said Rear Adm. Mike LeFever, head of manpower and plans for the chief of naval personnel in Arlington, Va. “We are quickly learning that one-size-fits-all policies we have in place today won’t work in the future.” It’s all on the table for what the Navy’s calling Task Force Life/ Work, a group charged with taking a deep look at all the Navy’s personnel policies from pay to family perks to education benefits. And 12 of those items — which are in various states of policy maturity — are just the start. Officials plan to investigate as many of these new “menu options” as they can find. The goal is to make the Navy more attractive to the “millennial generation” — those born between 1980 and 2001 — to keep young sailors from fleeing to the private sector, where many of these perks already exist. And it’s not about producing a kinder and gentler Navy and sailor, said Vice Adm. John Harvey, chief of naval personnel. It’s about the survival of the service in the war for people. “We know what we have to do. We take ships, subs and aircraft squadrons and go forward to do hard things in hard times,” Harvey said. “That is the core competency of who we are — that will never change — but what is going to have to change is how we do business between the deployments.” While the Navy is in the midst of a drawdown, the steep decline in end strength is near its end, and officials want to make sure they don’t cut personnel too deep or lose the people they don’t want to lose. Gaining flexibility What needs to change is how the service defines the career paths of its sailors and provides the flexibility that millennials will demand of the future military. Harvey said current policies are geared toward his generation, the “baby boomers,” who now make up only 2 percent of the service. Members of the so-called “Generation X” and millennials make up the rest. “We have a rigid, inflexible system of how we promote, how we retain and how we retire, governed by law,” he said. In the six months since it was created, the task force has talked to more than 10,000 sailors worldwide and sought feedback on ways to keep them in the service. Based on that feedback, the task force is pushing for the 12 initiatives it would like to see in effect sooner rather than later. One of those is the flexible schedule, an important retention piece for younger sailors who grew up with single parents or two working parents. In fact, commanders already have the ability to make schedules more flexible, officials say. Many sailors have experienced working “tropical hours,” in which sailors skip their lunch hours in order to go home in the early afternoon. This idea takes that to a new level, officials say. “Obviously you can’t do this on deployment or when you are working up to one,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kim Dixon, spokeswoman for the Navy diversity office, which has been coordinating these work/life efforts on Harvey’s staff. But, she said, there are many circumstances in which sea duty commands can do this kind of scheduling for periods of time — and more shore commands should consider offering these kinds of schedules. Shortening or shifting hours might sound good on paper, but when it comes to putting it into practice in complex ship and squadron environments, how will the Navy make it work? Dixon said it all comes down to commanders who need to seize the initiative. “Even though commanders already have the ability to do things like this, making this more common through the Navy is really a cultural change,” she said. For that reason, she said, the next step is to take some of these ideas and make them into broad and flexible policies, then spell them out to commanders through instructions and directives. That is already happening with telecommuting. What began as an experiment for Harvey’s personnel at the Navy Annex will soon become formal policy for those in the manpower, personnel and training world. Commanders soon will receive an official Navy instruction4-day work week? Just one of 12 test perksBy Mark D. Faram Navy Times St aff writer See 'WORK', page 9The Cornell family would like to thank all of our GTMO family and friends for all of their prayers, condolences and floral arrangements during our time of mourning. We would like to extend a special thanks to our MCSFCO family for helping us to get settled back into being in GTMO. Thank you and God Bless 7


Friday, Feb. 1, 20088News NORFOLK, Va. — A hospital corpsman accused of wearing unearned combat awards was sentenced to two years’ confinement, reduction to E-3 and a badconduct discharge Thursday. Prosecutors had asked that Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF) Dontae Lee Tazewell be sentenced to 18 months’ confinement and a bad-conduct discharge. Within minutes of the sentencing, an ambulance and two fire trucks raced to the courthouse, in response to an emergency somehow involving Tazewell. More information was not immediately available. Before military judge Capt. Patricia Battin announced the sentence, Tazewell took the stand, saying news coverage of the event had caused his children and wife embarrassment. “Because of the guilty verdict, I personally feel ashamed,” he said. “I feel like I brought shame to the hospital corps, to the Navy, to myself and my family.” “This is about an accused who had a plan to con the United States Navy,” said prosecutor Lt. Matthew Wooten. Tazewell, 28, was found guilty of 10 specifications of wearing unauthorized ribbons and medals. He was accused of using false paperwork to give himself a Bronze Star with “V,” Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation Medal and various other medals, according to the charging documents. Tazewell allegedly told people he risked his life to save Marines in combat in Iraq five years ago. He was not convicted of the specification involving the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V.” According to his official Navy biography, Tazewell, who joined the Navy in June 1998, rates only a Good Conduct Medal. But in a 2006 article appearing in the base newspaper Soundings, which covered Tazewell’s awards ceremony that was prompted by the alleged forgeries, the corpsman was said to have been ambushed on patrol in Iraq and repeatedly ran into the line of fire to rescue six wounded Marines. The defense had put the burden on the Navy for awarding Tazewell the medals, claiming that the corpsman merely alerted his command to awards, with Lt. Matthew Cutchen saying, “He did what junior personnel are told to do.” Wooten refuted that point. “He could have corrected it; he could have stood up and said this wasn’t true,” the prosecutor said. Wooten said that Tazewell not only awarded himself a Bronze Star, but “the accused decided to give himself the distinction of valor.” Present at sentencing were several of Tazewell’s former chiefs and shipmates from his deployment to Kuwait, who testified during the proceedings. At the conclusion of sentencing, a master at arms was prepared to lead Tazewell away in handcuffs. On Tuesday, several of Tazewell’s direct superiors and fellow sailors testified. Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman (FMF/SW) Michael Dean Smith supervised Tazewell during the deployment of Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 to Kuwait in early 2003. Corpsmen from the unit manned flightline aid stations at three airfields in Kuwait and sometimes rolled with supply convoys. But Smith said none of his sailors, including Tazewell, rated any of the decorations Tazewell allegedly gave himself. “I can say 100 percent that nobody in my unit, MWSS272, had any combat-related injuries whatsoever,” Smith told the court. “All of our convoys were uneventful. We never encountered any enemy action or any enemy fire or had to return fire.” Chief Hospital Corpsman (FMF) Santiago Chavez worked closely with Tazewell at an expeditionary airfield in Kuwait. He said corpsmen went on supply convoys as a rule, but often headed south, away from Iraq, to other airfields in Kuwait. As for Tazewell’s performance at the airfield, Chavez said, “He did what everybody else was doing.” In comments to reporters after the first day of the courtmartial, Cutchen could not say if his client ever stepped foot in Iraq. “He adamantly denies the charges against him,”Corpsman gets 2 years prison, discharge for wearing unearned medalsBy Andrew Scutro Navy TimesCutchen said. During the court proceeding, witnesses were asked to review the citations and certificates that Tazewell allegedly fabricated while working in the administrative office at a branch medical clinic at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va. Marine Capt. Adele Burks, former adjutant for MWSS 272, said the paperwork allegedly submitted by Tazewell on behalf of himself was almost wholly inconsistent with recognized standards. “The overall format is incorrect with regard to fonts and the like,” she said, adding that the paperwork was endorsed by a fictitious three-star general. Reading one document allegedly crafted by Tazewell, Burks said, “Lt. Gen. Haviland does not exist,” who is most likely a concoction based on MWSS 272’s commanding officer until 2004, then-Lt. Col. Joseph K. Haviland. Wooten said Tazewell failed his March 2006 advancement exam and was facing separation because he hadn’t made E-5 in the required eight years. In response, Wooten said Tazewell “conned the Navy” with “phony” citations that somehow passed through the chain of command. The citations were so successful that Tazewell was treated to an award ceremony attended by more than 100 people in which a Navy captain lauded Tazewell by telling the audience “This is what a hero looks like.” Several military publications also wrote articles about Tazewell. Based on the awards, the Navy reviewed Tazewell’s record and advanced him to E-5.


Friday, Feb. 1, 20089 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. 'WORK', from page 7 PLEASE BE AWARE KNIK Construction Company is out in full force repaving the roads in Nob Hill Housing areas. Heavy equipment, flaggers and other workers are moving quickly in and around this area. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic should be extremely careful while transiting through construction areas. Please pay attention to directions, signs or other obst acles in all dif ferent parts of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.Photo by MC1 Robert Lambexplaining how telecommuting policies will be carried out, and flex scheduling could be next in line to be codified. But other ideas will require more work. For example, officials want a program that would allow activeduty sailors to join the Reserve for up to three years as early as 2009 — and guarantee such “on ramps” and “off ramps” won’t hurt their career. Such “career intermissions” will allow for having children, getting a degree or taking care of an aging parent, without losing medical and dental benefits. But some things are easier said than done, and putting some of these policies into practice will involve culture change both in the Navy and on Capitol Hill. “The hardest fight I’m going to have is to go up to Capitol Hill and sit down with [Congress] and convince them that deep, fundamental change is not something to be afraid of,” Harvey said. “The only thing they have to be afraid of is if we cannot accomplish that deep fundamental change that will match the demands of our future with the demands of our people.”


10 Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 Do Do Do Do Do wnto wnto wnto wnto wnto wn L wn L wn L wn L wn L y y y y y ceum ceum ceum ceum ceumMWR Happenings Friday Feb. 1 August Rush 7 p.m., PG, 113 min. Hitman 9 p.m., R, 93 min. Saturday Feb. 2 Alvin & the Chipmunks 7 p.m., PG, 88 min. Cloverfiled 9 p.m., PG13, 84 min. Sunday Feb. 3 The Golden Compass 7 p.m., PG13, 100 min. Monday Feb. 4 The Bucket List 7 p.m., PG13, 98 min. T uesday Feb. 5 Cloverfield 7 p.m., R, 84 min. W ednesday Feb. 6 The Mist 7 p.m., R, 127 min. Thursday Feb. 7 Hitman 7 p.m., R, 93 min.Cloverfield: PG13, 84 min. The action begins with a view of Central Park at dawn from a Columbus Circle apartment taken via a hand-held camera point of view. The timestamp is April 27, 6:41am. Rob Hawkins (Michael Stahl-David) describes the scene and then goes into the bedroom where he talks to Beth (Odette Yustman). They plan a trip to Coney Island. August Rush: PG, 113 min. The main character, Evan Taylor, can hear music in everything around him. He is being raised in an orphanage with no contact with his parents, although he insists that he can “hear” them. Evan believes that the music that he can hear in everything from the wind in wheat fields to the buzzing of electrical lines, is some kind of message from his parents, whom he wants desperately to find. LIBERTY JANUARY EVENTS Feb 1 Fiesta Cruise GTMO Queen 7 p.m at the Bayview; Feb 3 Day Fishing 8 a.m. at the Marina; Feb 6 Liberty at the Lanes 6 p.m. at the Bowling Center; Feb 7 Night Fishing 7 p.m. at the Marina. FMI Call 2010 SUPERBOWL SUNDA Y PIZZA HUT SPECIAL Feb 3, noon to 9 p.m. Order 3 large pizza and receive 12 wings free Order 3 medium pizzas and receive 6 wings free 1 free order of hotwings per household. FMI 77995 MARDI GRAS CELEBRA TION Feb 9, 6 p.m. at the Bayview. Cost: $15.50 Muffaletta Sandwiches, Gumbo Ya Ya, Creole Shrimp, Louisiana Pork Ribs, Southern Collard Greens, Red Beans & Rice, King Cake. Parade following dinner. FMI Call75604 GTMOs 1st MARDI GRAS P ARADE Feb 9 at 8 p.m. Parade route Bayview parking lot to Okelly’s Irish Pub back to the Bayview Wear your best Mardi Gras costume Mask, Crown, Beads. FMI Call 75604 MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEA TRE PRESENTS... ROBIN HOOD Feb 7 & 8 6 p.m. at the Windjammer SINGLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. At the Deer Point Tennis Courts Sign up at the Gym by Feb. 7 FMI Call Audrey at 75576 V ALENTINES DA Y HEALING HEAR T 5K Feb 9 at 6:30 a.m. Sign up at Denich Gym by Feb 8 Run begins and ends at Denich Gym Prizes for Best Heart and Healthy Heart Costumes. FMI Call Audrey at 75576


11Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO ShopperLost/Found For Sale(2) Sailboard. Includes all equipment to windsurfsail, boom, board. Great board for GTMO, ready to go. $300 OBO. FMI call 9810. (2) Free Pool 8ft Fast Set, with filter and pump, come get it NH 26A. FMI 75609. (2) 17 IN HP Notebook PC, VISTA DV 9310US 6 months old. Fully loaded. $950 OBO FMI 74389. (2) Plants large $10, small $3 blender $10, wine / water drinking glasses $10 all kind magazines $ 1.5. FMI 78456. (2) Entertainment center. Includes center TV stand, 2 7 ft. lighted upright cases, overhead lighting. $450. FMI: 72848 or 77169. (2) Queen size bed with frame with a night stand asking $600OBO only 4 months old. FMI 74227. (2) 1 Kenmore washer; 1 Whirlpool washer for sale, trade or best offer. Both work. Free dryer does not work. FMI 75725. (2) 27" Sharp TV, $100. Call Craig 4325 / 84175. (1) Wooden bunkbed with mattresses, excellent condition; $275 OBO. Female 21 speed bycicle, rides great, but has a little rust on the handle bars. $50 OBO. FMI 5027 and ask for SSgt. Fellows. Calls welcome 24 hrs a day. (1) Several palm trees, pineapple plants, banana palms, potted plants, ground cover, and more at NH14A. Several terracotta pots. Will provide contact numbers for transplant assistance. All items must be removed by 8 Feb. FMI call 75599, 4843, 84916. (1) Two used 80 scuba tanks, 5 years left on hydro $95.00 each; One Like new 20 inch Sylvania TV $60. FMI 5027. (1) Whirlpool Washer and Dryer, five years old. $75 for both. FMI call 79599. (2) 1995 Ford Ranger, excellent Mechanical condition Automatic, many new parts $1,600 OBO. FMI 75609 or 3395. (2) 1995 Dodge Caravan. Very good condition. AC/great engine. FMI call 77758 or 4222. (2) 1989 Toyota Carina. $2500. FMI call 4165 or 75837. (2) EZGO Golf Cart, runs well, complete w/charger. $500. FMI call 77563 or 90376. (2) 1997 GMC P/U, V-6, 5-Speed, AC, AM/FM/CD, asking $3200. Contact 77351 if interested. (1) REDUCED to 3700 OBO: 1993 Geo Tracker LSI convertible. 160 K miles. 5 speed, AC, extra clean, IPOD port, two tops (Hard and soft). Excellent beach car. Available 9 Feb. Call Drew or Sandy at H75599, W-4843, or C-84916. (1) 1996 Ford Ranger XLT. 110K miles and in excellent condition. 5 speed, cold AC, very clean. Asking 4900 OBO. Available Feb 9. Call Drew at 75599, 4843, or 84916. (1) 2005, Piaggio Typhoo. Red/ black. 2512mls. w/Small helmet, glasses, gloves $2000 Call:77988 or 9798. (1) 1994 GMC C1500 pick-up truck 65K miles good condition, runs very well $1900 OBO. FMI 75676, after 6 p.m. (1) 2004 Bajaj Cheetak Scooter. 150 cc, manula transmission. Excellent running condition. Comews with helmet, goggles, spare tire and tool kit. $2,000. FMI call 77911 or 5195. (1) 2002 EZ-GO Golf Cart. Good condition. 4 new batteries, new seat covers, recently painted. $900. FMI call 79599. (2) CACI International has an opening for an Senior Level Administrative Assistance at their Key West facility. Qualification Requirements: Must have 3 years senior level administrative assistance experience and must have TS/SCI clearance level. FMI call Guy Tate @ 305-293-5540 or DSN 483-5540. (2) Practical Nurse, LGS-0620 05/06 announcement# FN08-003, US Naval Hospital. FMI call CNRSE Forward Deployed Detachment Office 4441. (1) Social Services Aide, LGS-018603 (TEMP) announcement # FN08004 US Naval Hospital. FMI call CNRSE Forward Deployed Detachment Office 4441. (1) Ammended location: Cuban Community Social Services Aide, LGS-0186-03 (Temp) announcement # FN08-004. FMI call CNRSE Forward Deployed Detachment Office 4441. (1) Moving to Norfolk? Super nice, new, 2 story townhome in brand new development just .02 miles away from NAB Little Creek, 10 minute drive to NOB, easy commute to NAS Oceana, for rent. 1700 sq. ft., 3bed/2.5bath, all appliances, paid security/lawn SVCS, too many wonderful features to list! well behaved/clean/bug free/small pets considered w/pet dep, $1550/ month. For GTMO transfers only $1550 sec.dep. FMI Dawn-77419 after 1 p.m. (2) Wanted: Outdoor Telescope call 77351. (2) Lost: Black Samsung digital camera at the Comminuty Center Jan. 12. Offering reward. Please call 77000. (2) Found: Men's wedding ring found in water near Phillips Park. To claim, contact 4503. (2) Found: Men's ringat Camp Delta. Call Valeria 9815 with description to claim item. (2)Lost: Perscription eyeglasses, gold frame, tinted bronze lens. Lost near the Family Housing Office. If found please contact Lennette Hill at 5135 or 75591. (1) Wanted: Wheelbarrell and “A” frame ladder; Loan of a 50cc motor scooter for the upcoming motorcycle safety course. FMI call Travis DWH 4901 or AWH 77022. (1) Need to borrow the DVD movie “Fletch” for my Columbia College class. I will return it in a month. FMI4870. Vehicles/Boats Employment Announcements Misc. Ads Feb. 1 8 Ball Pool Tournament Feb. 2 Fun Day Feb. 8 Red & White Party Feb. 9 Open Rec. Feb. 15 Deal or no Deal Feb. 16 Pool Party Feb. 22 GTMO u can dance Feb. 23 Paintball Challenge Feb. 29 GTMO Queen FMI call 2096Teen Center Events MWR Community LibraryStory Hour Infants to 4 year olds Every Friday morning 9:30 a.m. ALL ad submissions are due NLT noon every Tuesday. Please limit ads to 20 or less.Editors note:


GTMO Happenings(Top left) HI-FIVE— 'Siggy' hi-fives his owner, Charlie Crouse, during the best tricks portion of the 2008 Every Dog Has His Day competition Jan. 27 at Brandon field. The fundraising event sponsored by the 2008 Navy Ball committee, allowed local dogs to participate in agility, speed and doggy tricks.Photo by MC2 Kim WilliamsPhotos by MC2 Kim Williams (Above) DANCIN' MACHINE— 'Winter' gets down with his dancing partner/owner Taylor during the best tricks portion of the 2008 Every Dog Has His Day competition Jan. 27 at Brandon field.(Bottom left) MIRROR IMAGE— 'Bella' is ready for the GTMO heat in her pink tank top and hat just like her owner Jaime.