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Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 Vol. 65 No. 06 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 2NAVSTA selects 2007 Sailor of the Year Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW/SW) Matthew J. Murcin, serves currently as the NAVSTA 3M/Calibration coordinator and is the LPO of Operations Department.. A viation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW/SW) Matthew J. Murcin was born July 18, 1971 in Buffalo, N.Y. He graduated from West Seneca West Senior High in 1989 and attended Buffalo State College until 1992. Murcin enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1994. After completing recruit training in Great Lakes he attended Aviation Electronics Technician A school at NATTC Millington, Tenn. and then completed GCAMS calibration 'C' school at NAMTRAGRUDET, Norfolk. In July 1995, Murcin reported to the calibration laboratory at AIMD NAS Oceana, Va. He was part of the regionalization from an AIMD calibration lab to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Calibration Laboratory. During this tour, he was advanced to petty officer third class. His next command was AIMD NAS Keflavik, Iceland. En route he successfully graduated from Advanced Calibration C school at Kessler AFB in Biloxi, Miss. and reported on board February 1998. While in Iceland, Murcin was advanced to petty officer second class and took over as the calibration lab work center supervisor. Soon after, he transferred to the USS John F. Kennedy (CV67) in August 2000. He assumed duties as production supervisor and eventually became the only second class petty officer assigned to the quality assurance division. While on board, Murcin earned both his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designations. In September 2002 Murcin transferred to the Southeast Regional Calibration Center at NAS Jacksonville. Here he was advanced to petty officer first class and was designated the onsite calibration leading petty officer (LPO). Additionally, during this tour, he successfully completed 2M micro/miniature repair C school. In 2004, Murcin applied for a special program billet at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After completing Ships 3-M system coordinator school at FTC Norfolk, Va., he reported to NAVSTA in February 2005. Murcin serves currently as the NAVSTA 3M/Calibration coordinator and is the LPO of operations department. In addition to various unit citations and ribbons, he has received the Navy Achievement Medal (five awards) and the Good Conduct Medal (four awards). He is accompanied in GTMO by his wife Christina and two children: Caleb and Selena.Photo by MC2 Kim Williams "There are so many outstanding first class petty officers on the base. It is a great honor [for me to have been] selected as the SOY."AT1 (AW/SW) Matthew Murcin
Friday, Feb. 8, 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 email@example.com Get the Gazette online at www.cnic.navy.mil/ guantanamo G G G G G aze aze aze aze aze t t t t t te te te te te Guantanamo BayVol. 65 No. 06 Adm. William James Crowe Jr. President of the United States George W. Bush What's the one thing you can't live without and why? "Jesus, because I can't do anything without him." YN3 Clifford Nobles NAVSTA Admin "My wife and kids, just because." MA2 Aaron Moore NAVSTA CMAA "A sense of humor, because it puts a smile on your face and makes the day better." Steve Doherty NAVSTA Comptroller Dept. "My family, because they keep me going!" Lt. Cmdr. Brendan Burke RLSO SE DetNews From the Fleet Fiscal Year 2009 DoD Budget Released From the Department of Defense WASHINGTON (NNS) President George W. Bush sent to Congress his Defense budget for fiscal year (FY) 2009 on 4 Feb. The budget provides $515.4 billion in discretionary authority for the Department of Defense, a $35.9 billion or 7.5 percent increase over the enacted level for FY 2008. The FY 2009 budget reflects the presidents priorities and sustains his commitment to prevail in the war on terrorism; increase ground combat capabilities; improve force readiness; develop the combat capabilities needed to meet future threats; and improve the quality of life for service members and their families. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said, The presidents budget for FY 2009 provides the resources necessary to maintain an agile, highly trained, and lethal fighting force, increase Army and Marine Corps end strength, and sustain the United States technological advantage over current and potential enemies." Specifically,the Departments request: Maintains a highly trained fighting force of 2.2 million soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines; Recruits, trains and equips 65,000 additional active duty soldiers and 27,000 additional Marines over five years; Provides pay increases of 3.4 percent for military members, improves benefits for the all-volunteer force, and increases pay 2.9 percent for the civilian workforce; Provides world-class health care for 9.2 million eligible Service members, families, and retirees; Procures and maintains an arsenal of the worlds most advanced weapon systems; Improves warfighting capabilities and invests in science and technology to maintain U.S. advantage over the nations enemies; Maintains 545,000 facilities at 5,300 sites in the U.S. and around the globe; and Maintains vital intelligence capabilities. The FY 2009 budget is posted at www.budget.mil .
Friday, Feb. 8, 20083 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Steve Doherty (Retired Steve) NAVSTA Ombudsman cell: 84882 or Hm: 77239 email@example.com Connie Schiltz NAVSTA Ombudsman cell: 84792 or Hm: 78519 Konikat@hotmail.comCatholic 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 O n Feb. 1, personal financial manager Paul Walker received his well deserved Letter of Appreciation from NAVSTA Commanding Officer Capt Leary in a ceremony held at FFSC. The Walker family have been residents of GTMO for eight years. Paul, an avid fisherman and professional financial educator, will be missed by all. While assigned to the FFSC, Paul assisted thousands of servicemembers and their families through various aspects of financial counseling. Walker has also been commended for his work with JTF and has instructed classes on home buying, automobile purchasing and the Military Thrift Savings Plan. Some other duties assigned to Walker during his stint with FFSC include the Transition Assistance Program, Family Employment Readiness Program and ensuring the center was able to pass its accreditation inspection in 2005. Walkers co-workers and friends wish Paul and his family a safe journey home. We all will miss you and appreciate the services you provided during your stay at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Photo by MC1 Robert Lamb By Patricia Williams, FFSC Outstanding Service GAAA Update:R&B Group Mint Condition will not appear at the 2008 Guantanamo African-American Association Gala due to unforeseen circumstances. The GAAA apologizes for any inconvenience. The rest of event will go on as scheduled.
4Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 Photo by MC1 Robert Lamb Feature Sailors soundoff about parenthood in the Navy Story, photo by MC2 Kim Williams NAVSTA PAO I ts 3 a.m. and youve just managed to lay down on your bed in attempt to get some much needed sleep. Your body is exhausted from the lack of rest and abundance of activity it has been subjected to for the past six weeks. You roll over with one eye slightly open and peek at your clock in despair knowing that in three short hours a new day begins and you get to do it all over again. Given all of these seemingly negative things, youre ok with your current state of being because youre a parent and it comes with the territory. Many Sailors deal with the responsibility of being servicemembers and parents. Some are married and have the support of a spouse, some are geographical bachelors and are away from their entire family and some are single parents and go at it alone. They all share one thing in common-the unconditional love and responsibility they have to provide to their families. So how does a Sailor handle being a member of the worlds greatest navy and being the worlds greatest mom or dad? Not as differently as many think. Many parents explain that they use friends and family members as a support system to help out when they are called to deploy, work late or perform military duties outside of daycare hours of operation. Some parents believe though that remote, overseas locations such as GTMO should adjust the rules for allowing family members or nannies to provide live-in childcare. We [parents] should be authorized to bring a nanny or a family member to lighten the load that childcare issues bring, said Master at Arms 2nd Class Desiree Rivers, separated mother of a two and nine-year old. "My mom is here visiting for a month and if I could bring her down [to GTMO] to live with me full time as my nanny, I would never run into another childcare issue again. That would be heaven, said Rivers. I think [the Navy] should come up with some kind of homestead program/policy for those who have children in high school. It is very difficult for children and parents to move when they are established in their community and school, said married father of two teenagers and geographic bachelor Chief Master at Arms (SW) Eric Bollar. "Children need their parents available to them throughout their high school career. The entire burden of raising children should not be placed on the [civilian] spouses shoulders when dealing with parenthood because it is a 50/50 agreement, said Bollar. Homesteading or staying in one location for the duration of your career is a common desire that many Sailors believe the Navy should adopt as policy. Another common concern among many parents is the time away from their children lost when they are temporarily assigned to a different location than their home, or deployed for longer periods of time, like an unaccompanied PCS. Being away from them [children] is the hardest part for me. I love watching my daughter grow and when I have to miss something it really affects me, said Master at Arms 3rd Class Symboline Spann, single parent of one daughter. "I have missed out [on so many of my daughters milestones] being in the military, but it gives me a better way to be able to support my daughter, said Spann. "Ive been blessed when you look at it from the perspective of what other military parents have had to go through, but that being said, the extra hours [that we have to put in] when regular child care isnt available make it extremely difficult to be [a parent] in the military, said Utilitiesman 2nd Class Rachael Thompson, single mother of a four-year old. Im TAD and dont have to stand duty for two months and that first Saturday morning that I didnt have to wake up, put on the uniform, get her [my daughter] up and dressed, take her to a sitter and go muster at 7:30 a.m. or arrange for someone to pick her up from the CDC because they are closing and Im still standing watch. This made a huge difference in our relationship that I didnt realize until now, said Thompson. While there are hardships associated with being in the military, parents do have advice as to how to cope with these obstacles. "Being attached to a deployable unit is very challenging. The Military is very unforgiving in todays Optempo, but if you are fortunate enough to be attached to non-deployable units it can be a lot easier," said Electronics Technician 1st Class Jerry Ramm, single father of three. "Nevertheless, meeting duty and shift work necessities requires logistical flexibility, but it is the life the family becomes accustomed to and they dont know any different kind of life. It is their norm and they dont perceive it the least bit odd," said Ramm. I stay active and try to participate in as many activities as possible with my daughter, said Aviation Mechanic 2ndClass (AW) Tinashe Chigumira, married mother of one daughter. "I take time for myself to clear my mind by going to the gym to relieve everyday stress. Our family makes a lot of expensive phone calls back to the states to talk to family members and to get advice about how to cope with being away from the ones we love, said Chigumira. Talking to the chaplain, a therapist or a friend can also be a source of solace for many weary parents. To make things easier during unforeseen situations, the Navy requires Sailors to provide a family care plan, which aids them in planning the care of dependants. The Navy recently released guidance to ease some of the headaches that come with being a new parent in the military, including longer times of rest prior to going on deployment for new mothers. This information can be found in the Navy Guidelines Concerning Pregnancy and Parenthood at www.npc.navy.mil. One year old Keith Hannan, youngest son of MA2 Jennifer Hannan, plays in the bouncer during the 2007 National Kids Day. Hannan is a MA in the NAVSTA security department.
5Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 Local News McCarthy's kick up heels at O'Kelly's McCarthy's kick up heels at O'Kelly's McCarthy's kick up heels at O'Kelly's McCarthy's kick up heels at O'Kelly's McCarthy's kick up heels at O'Kelly's Story by MC1 Robert Lamb NAVSTA PAO proud of our children, the McCarthy patriarch said. Eryn, whos a W.T. Sampson High School senior and an accomplished Irish Step Dancer, had all the Irish eyes upon her as she danced to the traditional music. Audiences are usually never quite sure what to do when I start dancing; most people have never ever heard of Irish Dancing, but after a step or two, they get a little more comfortable, and really seem to enjoy it, said Eryn. Eryn has been dancing since she was 11 years old and choreographed the dances herself for this occasion. Her dream is to become a champion in the art of Irish Step Dancing. One very special thing about the opening night was that I didn't dance by myself, my brothers were also up there with me, she added. Not to be outdone by the lasses and also to make it a family affair, the boys (Patrick, Aidan and Seamus) learned a step or two from their sister and also sang along with their mom and dad during theSee O'Kelly's, page 8'Off the Boat' regularly praised the troops and the United States Armed Services from the stage. They could not stop talking about how great the base residents were.Photo by Harriot Johnston Garland has been a resident of GTMO from 2000-2002, 2004 to the present. Photo by MC1 Robert Lamb Whether you wore a kilt or just a smile at the grand opening of O'Kelly's Irish Pub you had to be impressed with the transformation of that part of the Windjammer. OKellys opened Saturday night, Feb. 2, to a packed crowd of locals and well wishers, all of whom were greeted by a traditional bagpiper and music from various genres on the entire island of Ireland. The totally remodeled Acey Deucey Club was designed to look like an old fashioned Irish Public House(Pub). The name OKellys was in honor of long time Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) resident and regular bartender, Kelly Garland, who also works at the W.T. Sampson High School. Garland was extremely impressed with the large turnout of support that he and the pub received that night. Im honored that my fellow co-workers from MWR would name a bar after me, said Garland. Or it just means I have been in GTMO way too long! I was very pleased that many of my closest friends were able to come that night. I hope to see them in the pub more often in the future, he added. Speaking of an extremely impressive evening, what about the McCarthy clan, who wore their Irish heritage on their sleeves, or their shoulders, and gave us all a night to remember. The clan consists of Mr. and Mrs. Capt. Patrick McCarthy, Dee Dee, Eryn, Patrick Jr. Aidan and Seamus. They all had a part in the opening night festivities. They were accompanied by a band out of the Annapolis, Md. area, called Off The Boat with James Gallagher as the lead vocalist. Eldest child, Dee Dee, whos an expert on Irish history, was trying her best all night long to teach the crowd a little about her proud heritage. Her familiarity and knowledge of traditional Irish songs was a great help to those who wished to sing along. The crowd sang and clapped their way through some of the most traditional Irish dirges that GTMO has ever heard. My wife Dee and I are extremely
Friday, Feb. 8, 20086Feature Photo by MC1 Igo Wordu At some point in our lives we all get a chance to give back to our community or our country, but at what expense do we give? Some people donate financially and some people donate their lives to a worthwhile cause. One Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) resident donated a great portion of his time here to researching the history of GTMO. Mr. Pete Becola used his interest in history to occupy his free time by educating others and searching out the facts about GTMO. On any given weekend, with command authorization, Pete could be seen taking visitors to places everyday individuals are restricted from seeing, such as the Cuzco Well Battle site. During the roughly year and a half of visitations I (Pete) estimate around 150 total personnel have visited the hilltop where the machine gun emplacement was during the Battle of Cuzco Well," Becola said. This was the area of the very first victorious battle for the Americans back in 1898, during the Spanish-American War. According to Naval Historical Center, two companies of U.S. Marines (about 160 men) under Capt. G. F. Elliot, with 50 Cubans under Colonel Thomas, approached Cuzco along the cliffs by the sea, while a smaller Marine force advanced by an inland valley, holding a picket line for the main force, with men in reserve to go to its assistance if necessary. The importance of this area was that Cuzco Well, located about six miles southeast of Camp McCalla and near the coast, was the only water supply for the Spanish forces in the vicinity. Getting up to this site is not as easy as one may think. Searching the site of the nearly 110 year old battle was also not easy. The physical demands of climbing the steep hills out at Cuzco and working in the heat without overhead cover or shade were most demanding," said Becola. To overcome this, I limited all visitations to three hours. Although I would drink up to a gallon of fluids during this time frame I would still lose between three and five pounds in water weight. GTMO can be a very difficult place to retrieve or uncover historical facts or events. Official records may have been misplaced or actual accounts of times and places may have been handed down from generation to generation andStory, photo by MC1 Robert Lamb NAVSTA PAO History 'buff' says good-bye to GTMO Pete Becola could be found climbing through the brush and searching out areas that normal GTMO residents dont normally travel.may not be accurate. Some of the historical facts that Becola has found may in fact be incorrect in some published accounts of GTMO. The main discovery is that we have placed the Spanish forces in a different location than was previously thought by historical writers. Stephen Crane (American novelist), who was with American forces during the Spanish American War, wrote two differing accounts of the battle, said Becola. In the first account, he wrote that there was a mad dash for the hill by the Marines and the Spanish forces, but the Marines reached the top and drove the Spanish back down the hill. A couple of years later Crane wrote a differing account in which he said that all heck broke out and that Spanish bullets were falling all around the Marines. I believe both accounts Crane wrote were believed by him to be accurate at the time. My hypothesis is that Crane was not aware that the forces had changed directions and had changed course. I believe that after his first account was published; one or more Marines contacted Crane and reported his initial error, so Crane wrote a new, more accurate, account. These findings may seem slight and trivial to some people, but finding accurate accounts of small battles and the whereabouts of troops can lead to bigger and more significant findings later on. Mr. Becola hasnt sent off his finding to any historical center, he prefer redd to collect as much as he could and then send it off at a later time. Pete Becola has left GTMO recently. Hes transferring back to the states and all the research he has collected will be handed over to the Naval Station Environmental Department and the Naval Station Public Affairs Office. Since my research began, Ive been able to relate more to GTMO and have become more fascinated with the historical background here. I also wanted to give people a better appreciation for what GTMO stands for, because its more than just a detention center, said Becola. Staff Sgt. Marshall Morey, U.S. Marine Corps Security Force Company, has expressed the desire to continue the research work now that Ive left our paradise. MA1 Andrew Duncan, who has been of the greatest assistance to me during our ventures and research, would also like to continue the work. I also want to thank everyone for the support given to the project during my tenure here. It was a true pleasure working with each and every one of you. God Bless all of you and your families.
Friday, Feb. 8, 2008Local News Environmental Quality Team recognized By MC1 Robert Lamb NAVSTA PAO7 Glass beach, one of GTMO's pearls, is kept in pristine condition for all to enjoy thanks to the Environmental Department and base residents.photo by MC2 Kim WilliamsNaval Station Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) was recently awarded the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Award for the second time in the last three years. The award recognizes individuals, teams, ships and installations for their exceptional environmental stewardship. In the category of Environmental Individual or Team Award: GTMOs Environmental Quality Team came out ahead. Fred Burns, who was the NAVSTA Environmental Director at the time, remarked that GTMO as a community played a part in this award. There has been a general improvement in the awareness of the environment by all residents taking pride in their temporary home in GTMO. After 2005, we raised our environmental standards well above the minimum required at GTMO because it was the right thing to do and it took about a year to meet our new expectations, said Burns. Throughout the years, the environmental department staff has been visited by geologists, paleontologists and many other environmentally educated and conscious visitors. Researchers from here and back in the states have done many studies that have included coral reef surveys, reptile research and even avian bird flu studies. Our regular Cuban Boa and reptile visitor Dr. Peter Tolson, who will be coming back to GTMO in Feb., has always been a great source of knowledge to GTMO, said Burns. By removing debris, such as old tires, GTMO has made a huge impact on the ecosystem here. Tires piled up at the landfill attract mosquitoes, which may carry dengue fever. In 2007 the Environmental Department removed more than 20,000 tires from the local landfill. Cleaning up the base on a regular basis helps, but having a better recycling program helps not only in the short term, but the long term as well. The recycling program here exceeds, in the type and quantity, that of many communities back in the states. We started a demonstration project to produce very small batches of biodiesel. This will now be part of our local schools science curriculum. Many thanks go out to personnel at the NAVSTA Brig, the GTMO Fire Department and others for all the volunteering they do, Burns said. As the former environmental director, the award really belongs to the ENV staff for doing more than the minimum and making my job easier. They continually came up with improvements from recycling to hazardous waste management, I just had to figure out where to get the funding, I would especially like to thank Shawn Lewis and Noel Grey for making this happen. And to thank our leadership for their support of our projects and program, the contractors and residents for their recycling efforts, and especially our volunteers. said Chris Creighton, Environmental Compliance Program Manager. What it says about GTMO and its environment is that we are all fortunate to live in a pristine paradise and it's obvious by the col lective effort of every individual here that it is appreciated. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Readiness Division Director, Rear Adm. Larry Rice, called Environmental Department personnel Superstars. Your environmental stewardship is an integral part of our Navys operations and is critical in preserving our ability to ensure our operating forces are trained and ready to perform their missions. This is the opportunity to show off your programs, remarked Rice. Bringing GTMO into the 21stCentury takes the cooperation of residents, contractors and visitors. The achievements that have been made can go even further. Wind, solar and even biodiesel power, which is being used already here on a small scale, can put money in the pockets of our government and all citizens. All CNO winners will advance to the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Environmental Awards competition. SECNAV winners will advance to the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) competition in all categories except the Environmental Quality-Large Ship category which has no equivalent at the SECDEF competition level. A ceremony honoring the CNO Environmental Award winners will be held June 3, 2008 at 9:00 a.m., at the U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center in Washington, D.C., and will be followed at 11:00 a.m., by the SECNAV Environmental Awards ceremony. The SECDEF ceremony will be held June 4, 2008 at 11 a.m., in the Pentagon Auditorium.
Friday, Feb. 8, 20088Local News Tax filing woes eased for GTMO residents Story by NAVSTA Public Affairs'O'Kelly's from page 5bands performances. I really enjoy it when other people join in, it adds to the energy to the dance, said Eryn. Any event that combines music, dancing, good conversation among family and friends has to be a hit. And having a place that reminds you of home will always be a good place to be. During the evening when people were asked about the new look of the place the one continuous response was that it made people feel that they were back in the states. I would like to thank Capt. Leary and Craig Basel for having the foresight to envision this concept. It really shows what the facilities in GTMO can look like. What a team they make! OKellys is a tremendous addition to the variety of entertainment in Guantanamo, McCarthy said. Saturday night made me feel like I was at home. It was fantastic to bring the sounds of Ireland to GTMO, and even more fantastic to see the residents of the Naval Station, whether JTF, NAVBASE, Hospital, contractor, civilian employee, or dependent, react so positively to the entire experience. There is no doubt that OKellys will be a mainstay here for years to come. Navy Legal Services (NLSO) can now help ease the inherent hassles of tax filing with their free Tax Center services. We handle all tax services such as filing 1040EZ (normally single filers), 1040A (those with dependants), and 1040s, those which are more specific because of itemized deductions, said Legalman 1st Class ReAnn Myers, NLSO. As with anyone who is filing their tax return, preparation is a necessity for a quick and efficient return. Just because someone else is preparing the taxes doesnt mean the tax filer doesnt need to be prepared as well. The hardest part for people is getting all their documents in order, added Myers. The important thing is to bring the proper paperwork along with a base or military ID card. I know people really want to get their taxes done quickly, but if you dont have the proper information its just going to hold the process up. The proper collection of documents is also imperative for those who are itemizing. If you are itemizing, have your paperwork in order, says Myers. Come in with a comprehensive list of your deductions. Dont try to come up with figures off the top of your head. It will only hurt a taxpayer in the end. Myers reminds filers that its their job to verify the information they provide once the preparer has completed the paperwork. Make sure the social security numbers of your family members are correct, continued Myers. And dont assume we typed in all your information correctly. Check and make sure the numbers and information are correct because one little number can cause your tax return to be kicked back. Myers believes in the benefits these tax services provide GTMO residents. Our services are free and everyone here is trained by the IRS, said Myers. Back in the states, you would have to pay. Since the returns are E-filed, its quick and fast. You normally have your return within a week. Filing for a spouse if they arent on-island is another issue filers need to take into consideration. If you are filing jointly and your spouse is off-island, you must have an original power of attorney stating you are allowed to file their taxes for them. Additionally, you are not considered head of household, unless your spouse is a nonresident alien. Myers also wants to remind junior servicemembers to take advantage of these services. We really offer these services to meet the needs of our junior personnel, says Myers. Most of them dont have a lot of experience with tax filing, and even though they fall in an easier filing category, it's good for them to understand how the whole process works. Tax services are available at the NLSO office Bldg. 760, which started on Feb. 4. Appointments are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Services are offered by appointment only and the phone to make an appointment is 4314. The Joint Task Force Tax Center is also open Monday through Friday, also by appointment only. They can be reached at 8134, located in Bldg. A6208, behind the Troopers Chapel.The McCarthy's clan consists of Mr. and Mrs. Capt. Patrick McCarthy, Dee Dee, Eryn, Patrick Jr. Aidan and Seamus. Photo by Harriot Johnston
Friday, Feb. 8, 20089 Per 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. GTMO unclaimed vehicle listing Photo Op THANK YOU "Packing out is very stressful without any additional complications to make it worse. With the repaving that is taking place in our neighborhood ours could have been a real mess, but instead left us feeling very positive. We would like to say, Thank you to KNIK and Art Paquette for going above and beyond to make sure that our pack out went as smoothly as possible. Good Bye GTMO! The LassetersPhoto by MC1 Robert Lamb
10 Friday, Feb. 8, 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. 8 National Treasure 7 p.m., PG, 135 min. Cloverfield 9 p.m., PG13, 84 min. Saturday Feb. 9 The Golden Compass 7 p.m., PG, 100 min. Charlie Wilsons War 9 p.m., R, 97 min. Sunday Feb. 10 The Mist 7 p.m., R, 127 min. Monday Feb. 1 1 Hitman 7 p.m., R, 93 min. T uesday Feb. 12 National Treasure 7 p.m., PG, 135 min. W ednesday Feb. 13 Cloverfield 7 p.m., PG13, 84 min. Thursday Feb. 14 The Golden Compass 7 p.m., PG13, 100 min. LIBERTY JANUARY EVENTS Feb 9th Barracks Beach Bash 1400 at Windmill Beach. Feb 11th Halo3 Tournament 1900 at Marine Hill Ctr. Feb 13th Liberty at the Lanes 1800 at the Bowling Ctr.. Feb 15th Free Paintball 1900 at the Paintball Range. FMI Call 2010 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 O'Kellys Irish Pub back to the Bayview Wear your best Mardi Gras costume Mask, Crown, Beads. FMI Call 75604 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 2 SAILS ON THE QUEEN AROUND THE BA Y Feb 14th, 1st Cruise is 5pm to 7pm, 2nd Cruise is 8pm to 10pm Four Course Dinner will be served along with chocolate, double dipped strawberries and Champagne. $100 per couple. Purchase tickets at the Bayview. FMI call 75604 V ALENTINES DA Y DINNER A T THE BA YIVEW Feb 14th at 1800. Appetizer, Soup or Salad, Choice of Entree, Dessert, Double Dipped Strawberries & Champagne. $75 per couple. $40 singles. Purchase tickets at the Bayview. FMI call 75604. 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. Hitman, R, 127 min. The film opens with a montage shows a group of bald, blue-eyed boys receiving tattoos of bar codes and then shows them being instructed in the use of firearms and martial arts. Interpol agent Mike Whittier discovers Agent 47 in his study, where the two talk briefly. The scene flashes back 3 months, as 47 is completing a hit in St. Petersburg, Russia.
11Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO ShopperLost/Found For Sale (2) 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. (2) 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. (2) Two used 80 scuba tanks, 5 years left on hydro $95.00 each; One Like new 20 inch Sylvania TV $60. FMI 5027. (2) Whirlpool Washer and Dryer, five years old. $75 for both. FMI call 79599. (1) laptop, system toshiba microsoft windows xp proffessional version 5.1.2600 physical memory 959.91mb harddrive 111gb $700 OBO call Thompson at 3441 or 75643. (1) Maytag washer & dryer both for $150.00. Call 4519-W or 78690-H (1) GE Washer and Dryer, good condition, both for $100, Call 77134. (1) Kids solid pine wood bedroom set that includes, bunk bed, 5 drawer chest, night table, toy chest, and computer desk with hutch $800, Female mountain bike in great condition $100, Kids semi-automatic paintball gun $100, Adult paintball gun, brand new and only used 2 times $500, Glow in the dark XBOX with lots of games $150, Sony Playstation 2 $50,FMI 75811 or 84050. (1) SCSI DSL Modem, $40. FMI call 77224. (2) 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. (2) 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. (2) 2005, Piaggio Typhoo. Red/ black. 2512mls. w/Small helmet, glasses, gloves $2000 Call:77988 or 9798. (2) 1994 GMC C1500 pick-up truck 65K miles good condition, runs very well $1900 OBO. FMI 75676, after 6 p.m. (2) 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. (2) 2002 EZ-GO Golf Cart. Good condition. 4 new batteries, new seat covers, recently painted. $900. FMI call 79599. (1) 1998 Olds Silhouette V-6 Van with 70,000 miles, green. Fully loaded, power everything, grey leather interior, second row captain chairs, third row folding 50/50 spit bench, dual airconditioners, alumimum wheels, very clean, not a GTMO special, well maintained. Asking $5500. Available April 1st. Daytime 76230 ask for Craig, evenings 79485. (1) 2003 Ford Taurus SE, V6, 49 K mile, excellent condition, asking $9,900 or best offer, call 77134. (1) 1992 Ford Ranger 65,000 Miles, $2,000 OBO FMI call Omar Afghanzada 78742 leave a message. (1) 2000 Hyundai Sonata New paint job! Great AC! Automatic Transmission! AM/FM/CD, Power Windows & Doors. Runs very well. $4,500 OBO Call Sheila at 79170 after 4 p.m. (1) 2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer Great Condition $20,500 OBO. FMI call 77271. (1) 1992 Geo Tracker. $3500 OBO. Call 4700 or 77707. (2) Social Services Aide, LGS-018603 (TEMP) announcement # FN08004 US Naval Hospital. FMI call CNRSE Forward Deployed Detachment Office 4441. (2) Ammended location: Cuban Community Social Services Aide, LGS-0186-03 (Temp) announcement # FN08-004. FMI call CNRSE Forward Deployed Detachment Office 4441. (2) 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 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 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. (1) The W.T. Sampson High School Odyssey of the Mind team would like to extend their grateful appreciation to the GTMO community for their overwhelming support. Our Money Tree fund raising activity at the NEX last Saturday was a tremendous success due to the extreme generosity of Team GTMO. We will proudly represent this community during the World Finals at the University of Maryland in May! Thank you for bringing us so much closer to our goal! (1) The Jamaica Independence Day Committee 2008 is seeking committee members and volunteers to be part of our planning for this year's celebration. FMI call Beneford Taylor DWH at 75041/74547 and AWH at 77576. (2) 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. (2) Need to borrow the DVD movie Fletch for my Columbia College class. I will return it in a month. FMI4870. (1) Lost: Wedding ring, thin silver band with tiny sparkles on top. Lost at pool. Great sentimental value! Please return to Irene at 75725. (1) Wanted: Feb. 9 Camp Justice at McCalla Air Field, 8 a.m. noon. Look for signs. Feb. 9 Granadillo Point 5B, 7 a.m. noon. Feb. 9 Camp Justice at McCalla Air Field, 8 a.m. noon. Look for signs. Feb. 9 Granadillo Point 5B, 7 a.m. noon. Announcements Vehicles/Boats Employment Yard Sales ALL ad submissions are due NLT noon every Tuesday. Please limit ads to 20 words or less.Editors note: Misc. Ads GTMOs 1st MARDI GRAS PARADE Saturday, Feb. 9. Starts at 8 p.m. at the Bayview parking lot.
GTMO Leadership Happenings Photo by MC1 Robert LambAsk the Chief Seventeen U.S. Navy Chiefs from various GTMOcommands/detachments pose with NAVSTA Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Leary and their two LTC instructors upon completion of the leading chief petty officer course. The Navy Leadership Continuum is a career-long leadership development system, fromrecruitment to retirement, comprised of Leadership Development Programs for enlisted personnel. Photo by MC2 Kim WilliamsPROMOTION U.S. Navy Lt. Emmerich Langham is congratulated by Lt. Jimmy Compton, NAVSTA Security/ Force Protection Officer, after being promoted to his present rank by NAVSTA Commanding Officer, Capt. Mark Leary. The promotion ceremony took place Feb. 1, in the Commanding Officers conference room in Bulkeley Hall. "Dont tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."Gen. George S. PattonLeadership: Leadership: Leadership: Leadership: Leadership:
Friday, Feb. 15, 2008 Vol. 65 No. 07 See 'MARDI GRAS', page 9 A joint team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agents and members of the Naval Station security force arrested Daniel James Busby in his base residence last Saturday morning. The agents executed an arrest warrant issued after a federal grand jury in Jacksonville, Fla., indicted Busby on Feb. 6, 2008, for malicious mischief. The indictment sprang from an investigation alleging that Busby stole and destroyed a Ford F-250 pickup truck. NCIS Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) David Truesdale credited the arrest to the excellent coordination between NAVSTA Securitys Command Criminal Investigations Division and NCIS. He confirmed that the pickupGTMO resident indicted, arrestedtruck belonged to Burns & Roe Corporation. SSA Truesdale could not comment further on the investigation due to still-developing aspects which may lead to additional arrests. Shortly after the arrest, NCIS transported Busby to the Leeward air terminal, where agents escorted him to Jacksonville on the Saturday AMC rotator flight. There he was held in custody awaiting an initial appearance before a federal magistrate. All crimes committed on board NAVSTA GTMO are subject to U.S. federal prosecution by virtue of extraterritorial application of the Special Maritime and Territorial Jurisdiction act. Busby faces criminal charges in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division, because Jacksonville was his point of entry into the United States. Having been indicted, Busby is presumed innocent until he is proven guilty in a court of law. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison for the alleged offense. Busby was the operator of the New Car Sales outlet at the Navy Exchange. Any resident with information about Busbys case is encouraged to contact NCIS Resident Agency GTMO at 4140. Information regarding other criminal activity should be reported to Naval Station Security at 4105.Story by Lt. Cmdr. H. B. Burke, OIC, RLSO SE Det Busby Colorful beads, medallions and feathered masks, like those shown here, are commonplace at the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration and were also popular at the GTMO celebration Feb. 9. Local revelers Local revelers Local revelers Local revelers Local revelers celebrate celebrate celebrate celebrate celebrate Mardi Gras Mardi Gras Mardi Gras Mardi Gras Mardi Gras 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008Story, photos by MC2 Kim Williams NAVSTA Public Affairs
Friday, Feb. 15, 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 email@example.com 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. 07Adm. William James Crowe Jr. President of the United States George W. Bush If you could be base commanding officer for one day, what would you change?"I'd implement tougher restrictions on those individuals convicted of alcohol-related incidents." EO2 (SCW) Mario Perez GTMO PWD "I would implement a program for career progression for all servicemembers ." PS3 Paul Wilson CSD finance specialist "I would write an instruction that would designate one day out of every work week as a half day of work only for morale purposes." ABH3 John Krannitz NAVSTA Brig "I'd let all military personnel, regardless of age, drink alcohol. If you can go to war, you should be able to drink." YNSN Howard Quintanilla NAVSTA OPSNews From the Fleet By MCCS (SW/AW) Bill Houlihan, MCPON PAOWASHINGTON (NNS) Following up on remarks he made to the Surface Navy Association (SNA) National Symposium on Jan. 15, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa Jr., has specifically outlined the expectations of a Navy first class petty officer. On Jan. 29, in communication with the Navys chiefs mess through his regular newsletter titled, To the Deckplates, Campa listed those expectations as: First line leadership, rating expertise, professionalism, communication, loyalty, and heritage. To view the newsletter, visit www.navy.mil/navydata/ mcpon/ Expectations_of_the_PO1.pdf Over the past several months, Campa had been stressing the important role played by first class petty officers in his discussions with Sailors around the Navy. At the same time senior enlisted leaders from the fleet were providing their input. In his remarks to the SNA, Campa emphasized that the Navy doesnt have a single Sailor to spare, and said that taking greater advantage of the leadership talents of the senior petty officers is critical to Sailor development in the fleet. He reemphasized that last week. As our Navy moves forward, we must be able to leverage the leadership and talent that lies within our first class community. The increased demands on our maritime forces and non-traditional missions make it imperative that we strengthen the leadership that we provide our Sailors on the deckplate, said Campa. Campa said that formalizing the expectations is only the first step. Now its up to the Navys first class mess to use that guidance as a means to evaluate their own effectiveness as leaders. Critical to this deckplate initiative will be the involvement of the chiefs mess. None of these concepts areSee 'FIRST' page 5MCPON Outlines Expectations of the First Class Petty Officer
Friday, Feb. 15, 20083Catholic 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 ChapelLocal News Ombudsman CornerJennifer Amaio US Naval Hospital Ombudsman Pager 72090 #493 Jennifer .Amaio@med.navy.mil Machele Friend Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion Ombudsman State-side Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org Steve Doherty (Retired Steve) NAVSTA Ombudsman cell: 84882 or Hm: 77239 email@example.com Connie Schiltz NAVSTA Ombudsman cell: 84792 or Hm: 78519 Konikat@hotmail.comAn earthquake shook Naval Station (NAVSTA) Guantanamo (GTMO) Bay, Feb. 11 at 9:09 a.m. The 4.4 magnitude tremor occurred 11.8 miles below sea level, 35 miles southwest of the base. Our seismographic satellite, located on the ridgeline, recorded and transmitted the data about the earthquake to Houston which in turn, sent the information to Colorado for decoding, said Electronics Technician 1st Class Jerry Ramm, NAVSTA calibration lab. The NAVSTA calibration lab is locally responsible for maintaining the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) site and is one of nine stations part of the Caribbean Earthquake and Tsunami early detection net. While this is the first quake of 2008 recorded by the USGS National Earthquake Information Center, it is not a rare phenomenon. The Caribbean in general has pretty regular seismicity, said Lind Gee, USGS Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory. The event [earthquake] occurred on the strike-slip fault just south of Cuba. It is likely that there will be some small aftershocks, although they may be too small to be felt at GTMO. GTMO is not a stranger to inclement weather and natural phenomena and the base is fully prepared in the event of a more powerful earthquake. A lot of our hurricane preparedness applies to earthquake. Both put the same lat-Earthquake shakes GTMOStory by MC2 Kim Williams NAVSTA PAO eral loads on a building, so making our buildings hurricane resistant helps with seismic protection as well, said Cmdr. Jeff Johnston, Guantanamo Bay public works officer. Along with GTMO, officials believe that nearby Santiago de Cuba felt the most shaking from the quake. There is enough seismicity in the Caribbean region that I would expect earthquakes to be felt from time to time, said Gee. The USGS recorded a magnitude 7.6 earthquake Nov. 29, 2007 25 miles from the northwest coast of Fort-de-France, Martinique, which is also in the Caribbean Antilles Islands. There was no damage to any property on board NAVSTA Guantanamo Bay from the earthquake. Sailor of The WeekBMSA Amy MoralesNAVSTA Port ServicesDept."I am happy that I was selected as Sailor of the week because it says to me that my chain of command acknowledges my hard work."
4Friday, Feb. 15, 2008Photo by MC1 Robert LambNews MWR staff brings local pub to lifeWith St. Patricks Day fast ap proaching March 17, GTMO residents will have a great place to celebrate the holiday this yearall without leaving the island. Theres no question that somewhere, St. Paddy is smiling and toasting the latest monument to his memory GTMOs OKellys Irish Pub. Before Naval Station Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Leary snipped a kelly green ribbon to officially opening OKellys Irish Pub, a lot of hard and unpublicized staff work had gone into making Morale, Welfare and Recreations (MWR) latest entertainment venue a reality. Sure and begorrah, there must have also been some true luck of the Irish operating, to take this complicated project from concept to operating reality in just six months. It all started in August 2007 as MWR's Craig Basel won the approval for the project from CNIC and Commander Navy Region Southeast. Soon, representatives from Prairie Pacific Pubs and Genesis Custom Interiors were on base measuring the tired old Acey-Deucy Club [the location of OKellys Pub] for a true makeover. Actual fabricating of the Pubs interior was conducted in Calgary, Ontario while the striking stained glass included in the design was created on the ould sod of Ireland itself. The pub was delivered to GTMO, complete with the Irish stained glass, via the barge Jan. 7, 2008. As MWR personnel recall, it arrived looking more like a monstrous jig saw puzzle than anything resembling an entertainment complex until the multitalented craftsmen assigned to the MWR maintenance staff worked their magic. In less than three weeks, the staff painted and installed the oak flooring, erected the elaborate wooden ceiling and wainscoting, assembled all of the fixtures and furniture, installed a fireplace and mantle, wired satellite TVs and hung the pictures and posters. MWR credits the efficient and effective staff work with saving thousands of dollars that would have been required to execute this project through an outside contractor. OKellys is the third Irish Pub concept introduced to the Navy. The other two pubs are located at NSB Kings Bay, Ga. and the Navy Yard in Washington, DC. From left to right: Jennifer Pierdant, Guinness Customer Service Representative, Master Chief Keith Carlson, NAVSTA Command Master Chief, Craig Basel, GTMO MWR Director, Mike Miller, CNIC Adult Beverage Manager, Capt. Mark Leary, NAVSTA commanding officer. Story provided by MWR
5Friday, Feb. 15, 2008News new and I would say the great majority of our first classes are on board already. Defining clear expectations provides a structure our chiefs can train to and our Sailors can strive for, said Campa. Campa deliberately inserted the phrase deckplate triad into the Expectations of the First Class Petty Officer and said he expects it to become a reality in the fleet. Under Communication, he stated: First class petty officers clearly communicate standards to the Sailors they lead, while consistently keeping the chain of command informed. The deckplate triad of division officer, chief petty officer andFIRST, from page 2first class petty officer is only effective with their input and deckplate perspective. Campa told the SNA audience that the relationship between the chief and the division officer has always been strong, and should remain that way. But, he added, consider how much more effective that leadership team could be if it evolves into a triad to include first class petty officers. For more news from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/mcpon/. NEX customers will be able to do their part to help the environment by purchasing a multiuse reusable shopping bag at Navy Exchanges worldwide. Green Bags will be available in stores in the continental United States late February and in March for overseas NEXs. The reusable bags will sell for $.99 for the non insulated bag and $1.99 for the zippered insulated bag. The reusable bags are made of a sturdy mesh, sewn together from 100 percent polypropylene and can withstand repeated usage. The bags straps carry a lot of weight without tearing, and have a flat bottom to help prevent tip-overs. Best of all, they are moisture resistant and can be recycled when no longer usable. The NEX is always looking for ways to help the environment and make the shopping experience a pleasant one for our customers said Mike Mongin, NEXCOM Operations Program Manager. The NEX reusable Green Bags reduce the need for plastic or paper bags at checkout and make the shopping trip a little easier. These bags are also easy to store in your vehicle for your next trip to the NEX.Navy Exchanges, customers go greenKristine M. Sturkie, NEXCOM PAO LIBERTY LIBERTY LIBERTY LIBERTY LIBERTY FEBRUARY FEBRUARY FEBRUARY FEBRUARY FEBRUARY EVENTS EVENTS EVENTS EVENTS EVENTSFeb 15 Free Paintball 1900 at the Paintball Range Feb 17 Kayaking 0800 at the Marina Feb 20 Liberty at the Lanes 1800 at the Bowling Center Feb 23 Getaway on the Queen 0900 Bayview (overnight) Feb 27 Liberty at the Lanes 1800 at the Bowling Center Feb 28 Night Fishing 1900 at the Marina Feb 29 Last Buck Party 1900 All Centers FMI Call 2010
Friday, Feb. 15, 20086News Photo by MC1 Igo WorduIt doesnt take long after ar riving in Guan tanamo Bay (GTMO) for new personnel to start asking themselves about all the memorial markers that are dotted around the area. Markers that detail the Christopher Columbus landing and recall the battle of Cuzco Well are extremely easy to research, but some of the others are not. Some markers are to honor those who lost their lives and others serve to recall a historical period in America. The one marker that seems to garner the most attention is the one that can be seen across from the lighthouse, situated on a slope, along the road to Cable Beach. That particular marker simply says, John Simmons, and thats all. Rumors about this isolated marker have stayed consistent for many years. GTMO is notorious for rumors and if they stick, they eventually will be recorded as fact. Some time ago, Gazette staff members tried to find someone who knew for sure the identity of John Simmons. And what about the rumor that he was buried in the standing position and facing Jamaica? Recently an article came to our attention that just may answer those particular questions and perhaps a few more about John Simmons. July 21, 1956, an article published in the Indian, a long time newspaper here in GTMO, was headlined Tomb near Phillips Park Lighthouse Has Jamaican Buried in Standing Position Facing Homeland. This story was written by Ely U. Orias. According to this account, John Simmons was a former Base civilian employee, from Jamaica, who died Feb. 20, 1938. Born in 1885, in St. Mary, Jamaica, Simmons moved to Panama at the age of 15 and then move to GTMO at the age of 25. Simmons eventually worked in GTMO for the next 28 years. At the age of 53, Simmons came down with stomach problems and later died. He was survived by his wife, three daughters and a son, who were in Jamaica at the time of his death. A few minutes before his death Simmons made a dying wish that he be buried in a standing position facing Jamaica and in a place where his vision could stand unimpeded. With the approval of then Base Commanding Officer, Capt. Mark Hersey, Simmons body was accorded the privilege to stand in death forever within the reservation, "as token of appreciation for his undoubting services and as a gesture of compliance with his dying wish. After reading that this rumor has been laid to rest, many of you may start to think of your own demise and wonder whether you could make a similar request. Not likely, as per BUMEDINST 5360.1, paragraph 13-2, individuals eligible for interment at National Cemetery are not eligible for interment at a naval plot or Cemetery. Utilizing guidelines set forth in BUMEDINST 5360.1, paragraph 23b(4), (5), and (6), the following individuals may be buried in a Naval Plot or Cemetery. Indigent patients that were hospitalized in a naval medical facility provided disposition of remains cannot otherwise be made. Persons not covered in BUMEDINST 5360.1, paragraph 23b(1) through (4) while hospitalized in a naval medical facility or when death occurs onboard a naval installation, provided disposition of remains cannot otherwise be made. The U.S. Naval Cemetery is host to special Memorial Day services every year, and is open to the public only on that date. Residents who desire to visit the cemetery any other day may contact HM1 Swoop at the United States Naval Hospital in Guantanamo Bay, but must be escorted to the cemetery by the Naval Station Ordnance Department. Rumors can sometimes be unverified accounts or unexplained events circulating from person to person and pertaining to an object, event or issue, but many times these rumors turn out to be true.Research reveals truth about GTMO mythStory by MC1 Robert Lamb NAVSTA Public Affairs Office
Friday, Feb. 15, 2008Feature The Leatherback Sea Turtle ( Dermochelys coriacea) is another sea turtle that occasionally nests on GTMO beaches. This one is rarely seen by people diving and snorkeling here because Leatherbacks are the most pelagic of all sea turtles, spending most of their lives in the open ocean. They are a solitary species; however, small groups may enter coastal waters during the reproductive season or following concentrations of jellyfish. Adult females come ashore to nest on sandy beaches. Leatherbacks were listed as an endangered species in 1970. Leatherbacks are the largest of all turtles with adults reaching lengths of 4 8 feet and weights of 500 2000 pounds. Some authorities claim the Leatherback is one of the largest of all living reptiles, second only in size to certain species of crocodile. They are found throughout the Caribbean and distributed worldwide in tropical and temperate waters in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. They are named for the shell that is a mosaic of small bones covered with a leathery skin, mostly black with some pale spots. The leathery shell has 7 longitudinal ridges which are believed to act as keels. Leatherbacks prefer the open ocean in the upper end of the water column. They are carnivores and eat primarily jellyfish. High concentrations of jellyfish are often found near the surface in upwelling areas where deep water comes to the surface. Leatherbacks also eat squid, crustaceans, algae, and seaweed. Although they prefer the shallower end of the open ocean, they are known to use waters as deep as 1650 feet. Females nest an average of five seven times per nesting season with an interval of about 10 days between nesting attempts. They prefer sandy beaches backed with vegetation and a generally steeper slope which reduces the length of the crawl to dry sand. Preferred beaches are also close to deep water and rough seas. Females are susceptible to disturbances and will abort nesting efforts if disturbed by people, animals, or even lights while attempting to nest. Threats to Leatherbacks are much the same as threats to other sea turtles. These include loss of nesting habitat from beach front developments, disturbance to nesting females from lights, people, and pets on developed beaches, entanglement in fishing gear, ingestion of marine debris and illegal taking of turtles and eggs. Vehicles on beaches have been known to crush nests and hatchlings have been trapped in ruts left by tires which stops them from entering the water. Leatherback conservation efforts at GTMO are the same as for other sea turtle species and include cabling off beaches to prevent vehicle access, a nest monitoring program, prohibitions on taking sea turtles and their eggs, and an educational outreach to inform residents about sea turtle conservation. Most all GTMO beaches have sea turtle nests and we have active sea turtle nests all year long. When using the beaches you will probably see tracks leading to and from depressions or pits in the sand. It is important to stay clear of these because they may be turtle nests which can be damaged by foot traffic or dogs and kids digging and playing in the sand. These areas can be easily avoided because they are usually well above the high tide line. By keeping recreational activities at or below the high tide line, we can help conserve these nests and the next generation of sea turtles. It is important to keep litter, especially plastic bags, off the beaches and out of the water. Plastic bags, balloons, and similar items are eaten by Leatherbacks and other species because they resemble jellyfish and other prey. Even small quantities of debris clog their digestive system, interfere with their metabolism, and usually kill the turtle. It is also important to avoid disturbing sea turtles. Occasionally you may see a turtle crawling on the beach or excavating a nest and it is important to stay away. If someone approaches or shines a light on a nesting sea turtle, she will abort her nesting activity and return to the sea. GTMO provides excellent nesting habitat for sea turtles and this becomes increasingly important as other beaches are developed or otherwise rendered unsuitable. It is our responsibility as stewards of this Base to ensure our actions manage and conserve these species and their habitats. If you see a violation or poaching of sea turtles or other wildlife, call Security at 4105 or Channel 73 on VHS. They will respond and take appropriate action.Creature Feature: Leatherback Sea Turtle Story by Jose Montalvo GTMO Enviornmental 7
Friday, Feb. 15, 20088Navy-wide News MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) Representatives from the Colombian Armada, which includes coast guard and marine corps, met with their U.S. Navy, Army, and Marine Corps counterparts during the Colombian Operational Naval Committee (ONC) conference at Naval Station Mayport, Feb. 4-5. ONCs are hosted on a rotating basis between U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO) in Mayport, and the partner navy, meeting annually to plan for interactions between the U.S. Navy and partner nations in Latin America. The attendees discuss and plan for upcoming activities in 2008, to include exercises, foreign military sales and Theater Security Cooperation issues. At the conclusion of each ONC, the senior delegate from each country signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU). This is a summation of the various items discussed. The 2008 Colombia ONC MOU was signed by Colombian Coast Guard Commander, Capt. Hugo M. Ortiz and Capt. Steve Blaisdell, NAVSO director of exercises and theater security cooperation. This is another venue to focus on mutual cooperation and security and to further build upon personal friendships that bond our navies together, said Blaisdell. NAVSO frequently hosts foreign military members in a continuing effort to strengthen ties throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to support Theater Security Cooperation and the U.S. Maritime Strategy. NAVSO, the naval component commander for U.S. Southern Command, oversees U.S. maritime operations throughout South America, including exercises and deployments; counter illicit trafficking support, and Theater Security Cooperation events such as community relations projects. For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, visit www .navy .mil/local/cusns/.Colombian delegates meet with U.S. Navy to plan 2008 interactionsBy MC1 (SW) Holly Boynton, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command WASHINGTON (NNS) Restrictions on enlisted Sailor participation in Tuition Assistance (TA) and Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) based on time in service and end of obligated service have been rescinded. The change, announced by Navy Administration message (NAVADMIN) 42-08 released Feb. 12, was based on Sailor feedback and as a result of savings from management controls that were put in place in June 2007. Sailors with less than 19 years time in service and meeting all other requirements may participate in TA or NCPACE as long as course completions occur prior to separation from active duty. If you look at what some of the Top 50 civilian corporations are offering for education, I think we are matching that, said Capt. Ken Barrett, Task Force Life/Work lead. We then take it a step further by offering Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online certifications, paying for College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations and access to Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) programs. Not only will the Navy help pay for your degree, were making it easier to get credit for the job youre already doing. During the recent Task Force Life/Work Roadshow events held in five fleet concentration areas, Sailors provided more than 250 feedback comments on education issues, recommending changes to a variety of programs including the current TA policy, according to Barrett. Listening to our Sailors has allowed us to calibrate the controls to become even more effective, said Rear Adm. Gary Jones, commander, Naval Education and Training Command. We continue to monitor the new policies and their impact on Sailors and the Voluntary Education (VOLED) program, building the programs and making changes as needed. TA and NCPACE support our Sailors education goals and are included as part of our new Enlisted Learning and Development Strategy that we are beginning to rollout. Setting realistic goals, conducting early career planning, and maintaining a balance between job and education is essential to a Sailors success, according to Ann Hunter, the Navys Voluntary Education (VOLED) Service Chief. For example, Sailors with four-year commitments may find completing degree requirements challenging. Completion of A School and satisfactory progress toward warfare qualifications must come first, said Hunter. This doesnt prevent Sailors from developing an education plan and studying for CLEP and DANTES exams.With careful planning, these Sailors may complete 24-30 hours of college courses before completion of their four-year commitment. This, combined with credit for military training and experience, could lead to a degree, added Hunter. Sailors are required to assess career and educational goals and work with both Navy leadership and Navy College Offices to develop a plan that places a priority on warfare and professional qualifications, and supports career development. The education plan is only one aspect of a Sailors career development plan. Full implementation of the Navys management controls requires cooperation between the Navy College Offices, command leadership and Sailors. Roles and responsibilities are outlined in the NAVADMIN.Navy relaxes management controls for tuition assistanceFrom Naval Education and Training Public Affairs
Friday, Feb. 15, 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 MARDI GRAS, From page 1The world-famous cel ebration which takes place the day before Lent made its way to the confines of Guantanamo Bay Feb. 9. The colorful Mardi Gras 2008 parade, which dates back to the late 17th Century, is a celebration of the consumption of things, typically food and beverages, that are forbidden during Lent. The GTMO Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center hosted a Mardi Gras event which included dinner at the Bayview, a ride on a Mardi Gras float and a visit to the new O'Kelly's Irish Pub. "Mardi Gras is a huge event [in Lousiana]. It's a way of life there, so we wanted to bring some of the Big Easy here to GTMO," said MWR Bayview Manager Marlene Diaz. "[This is] a time to celebrate good food, music family and friends," said Diaz. The Mardi Gras celebration was revitalized this year in GTMO through a collaboration between MWR staff and the JTF public affairs group from Louisiana. "We just want to thank the community for its support in all MWR programs ans special events. We really enjoy trying The GTMO Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 9 brought residents from all departments together to experience a taste of the Big Easy.to bring a little of home to our home here in GTMO," said Diaz.
10 Friday, Feb. 15, 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. 15 The Water Horse 7 p.m., PG, 135 min. Jumper 9 p.m., PG13, 90 min. Saturday Feb. 16 Cloverfield 7 p.m., PG13, 84 min. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 9 p.m.,R, 96 min. Sunday Feb. 17 P.S. I Love You 7 p.m., PG13, 126 min. Monday Feb. 18 Charlie Wilson's War 7 p.m., R, 97 min. T uesday Feb. 19 Jumper 7 p.m., PG13, 90 min. W ednesday Feb. 20 The Water Horse 7 p.m., PG, 135 min. Thursday Feb. 21 P.S. I Love You 7 p.m., PG13, 126 min.P.S. I Love You, PG-13, 126 min.A grieving young widow discovers that her late husband has left her a list of tasks revealed in 10 messages, delivered anonymously, intended to ease her out of grief and transition her to a new life.The Water Horse, PG, 135 min.Angus, a young Scottish boy, finds an enchanted egg. Taking it home, he soon finds himself face-to-face with an amazing creature: the mythical water horse of Scottish lore. Angus begins a journey of discovery, facing his greatest fears and risking his life to protect a secret that would give birth to a legend.NATIONAL SPORTS & FITNESS DAY 5K Feb. 22, 2008 Calling all NAVSTA and JTF Commands Help celebrate National Fitness Day by conducting Command PT Feb. 22 6:30 at the Base Gym To sign up or for more information contact Karissa Sandstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 77262 This Event Is Open To Everyone T-shirts for all participants KING CRAB VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT Feb. 23 10 a.m. at Windmill Beach 4 person co-ed teams (must have at least one female) Rosters due Feb 22 at the base gym by 5 p.m. Prizes and/or plaques for 1st & 2nd place FMI call Aubrey at 2113 or email at Aubrey.G.Keimnec.Civ@usnbgtmo.navy.mil MARCH MADNESS 3-on-3 TOURNAMENT March 15 3 p.m. at the Denich Gym Open to Active Duty only 5 person roster, double elimination Free t-shirts to all participants Register at Denich Gym FMI contact the MWR Sports Office at 2113
11Friday, Feb. 15, 2008 GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper For Sale(2) laptop, system toshiba microsoft windows xp proffessional version 5.1.2600 physical memory 959.91mb harddrive 111gb $700 OBO call Thompson at 3441 or 75643. (2) Maytag washer & dryer both for $150.00. Call 4519-W or 78690H (2) GE Washer and Dryer, good condition, both for $100, Call 77134. (2) Kids solid pine wood bedroom set that includes, bunk bed, 5 drawer chest, night table, toy chest, and computer desk with hutch $800, Female mountain bike in great condition $100, Kids semiautomatic paintball gun $100, Adult paintball gun, brand new and only used 2 times $500, Glow in the dark XBOX with lots of games $150, Sony Playstation 2 $50,FMI 75811 or 84050. (2) SCSI DSL Modem, $40. FMI call 77224. (1) SCSI DSL Modem, $30. FMI call 79403. (1)Kids 8 piece solid pine wood dismountable bunk bed bedroom set $800, SIM-5 Pro Elite paintball gun $450. FMI call 75811. (1) Mini-fridge perfect condition$150 and Sunbeam Gas grill with side burner, bottle and cover$150(Great Condition). Buy both for $250. Contact: AM1 Weeks at TK 120 (78641) or work 3321. (1) Zenith 57 inch HDTV must sell $1400 OBO, Sharp 37 inch LCD HDTV must sell $900 OBO, ASUS Pocket PC Series 6 must sell $200 OBO. FMI 79551/90498. (1) Canon powershot sd870 8.1 mega pixel, 1 week old $315.00 call Nelson 8153/77689. (1) 55 JVC HDTV $900, Desk 75, Vacuum 50, Desk Chair 50, Coffee and 2 End Tables set 150, Night Stand 40, Elliptical Machine 200, Futon and extra mattress 50, Fishing Equipment 50, Coffee maker 10, TV Stand 50. First come, first serve. Call Adam 7-7050 or 3632. (1) Two scuba tanks, plus other dive items $180. FMI 3471, 84548. (1) Sofa and love seat $150, Coffee table and 2 end tables $100, TV stand $40, Bdrm set $200, Bed and boxspring $250, Scuba tanks 63, 80, 100, all $75, contact Ben@77106 (2) 1998 Olds Silhouette V-6 Van with 70,000 miles, green. Fully loaded, power everything, grey leather interior, second row captain chairs, third row folding 50/50 spit bench, dual airconditioners, alumimum wheels, very clean, not a GTMO special, well maintained. Asking $5500. Available April 1st. Daytime 76230 ask for Craig, evenings 79485. (2) 2003 Ford Taurus SE, V6, 49 K mile, excellent condition, asking $9,900 or best offer, call 77134. (2) 1992 Ford Ranger 65,000 Miles, $2,000 OBO FMI call Omar Afghanzada 78742 leave a message. (2) 2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer Great Condition $20,500 OBO. FMI call 77271. (2) 1992 Geo Tracker. $3500 OBO. Call 4700 or 77707. (1) 2002 VW Passat 1.8T, less than 49K miles, 4 door, Automatic, cold A/C, very clean. $10,500 OBO. Available late APR. FMI: 77280. (1) Golf cart, excellent condition, newer batteries, lifted, large tires, extra parts. $1,300 obo. Call Adam at 7-7050 or 3632. (1) 12 foot inflatable Zodiac boat with 7.5 HP motor. Includes all accessories. Perfect for exploring the bay. FMI call 79561 or 2254. (1) 1998 Ford Windstar van. Not a GTMO special. Low miles. Clean inside and out. FMI call 79561 or 2254 (1) 18 FT Pontoon Boat, 90 HP Johnson Motor, Hummingbird Fish Finder, AM/FM CD Marine Stereo, Uniden Marine Radio, 10 pole holders, ladder, great for fishing or diving. $8000.00 call 90376 or 77563. (1) 1997 Ford Ranger, 196k miles, runs good, A/C $4000 OBO. 1996 Saab 900S, 111k miles, new exhaust, great A/C $4200 OBO. Contact Ben@77106. (1) PRACTICAL NURSE, LGS 0620-05/06 ANNOUNCEMENT # FN08-003A US Naval Hospital FMI call CNRSE Forward Deployed Detachment Office 4441. (1)Medical Support Assistant LGS069704 US Naval Hospital. FMI call CNRSE Forward Deployed Detachment Office 4441. Announcements Vehicles/Boats Employment Yard Sales(1) Medical Support Assistant LGS-069704 US Naval Hospital. FMI call CNRSE Forward Deployed Detachment Office 4441. (1) Nursing Assistant LGS-0621-04 Announcement # FN08-006 .FMI call CNRSE Forward Deployed Detachment Office 4441. (1) NURSING ASSISTANT LGS0621-04 ANNOUNCEMENT# FN08-006A. FMI call CNRSE Forward Deployed Detachment Office 4441. (1) SECRETARY YB-318-1 ANNOUNCEMENT# 08-001 CUBAN COMMUNITY. FMI call CNRSE Forward Deployed Detachment Office 4441. (1) Office Automation Clerk GS0326-04 ANNOUNCEMENT# 08-002 HOUSING DEPARTMENT. FMI call CNRSE Forward Deployed Detachment Office 4441. (1) Materials Handler WG-6907-05 Announcement # 08-004 FISC POSTAL. FMI call CNRSE Forward Deployed Detachment Office 4441. (2) The W.T. Sampson High School Odyssey of the Mind team would like to extend their grateful appreciation to the GTMO community for their overwhelming support. Our Money Tree fund raising activity at the NEX last Saturday was a tremendous success due to the extreme generosity of Team GTMO. We will proudly represent this community during the World Finals at the University of Maryland in May! Thank you for bringing us so much closer to our goal! (2) The Jamaica Independence Day Committee 2008 is seeking committee members and volunteers to be part of our planning for this year's celebration. FMI call Beneford Taylor DWH at 75041/74547 and AWH at 77576. (1)Come to school and be our guest, Share with the kids that reading is the best Read to them and make them smile, It really will be worth your while! To Dr. Seuss, well sing a birthday song, The celebration will last all day long! (March 3rd @ W.T. Sampson ES) POC ES: Taylor Edwards or phone 2207 HS: Sonja-Lee Pollino3500/ 3361. (1) Class dates for MWR MCSE training are: March 3-9 and March 15-21, 2008. The training will be held 2/F Windjammer Training Room. Please contact MWR IT at 7-9556 (Pamela Reed) for more information. (2) Lost: Wedding ring, thin silver band with tiny sparkles on top. Lost at pool. Great sentimental value! Please return to Irene at 75725. Feb. 16 & 17 Villamar 20B 7 a.m.noon Feb.17 Caravella Point 14-B from 7 a.m. to noon.GAAA 2008 GalaFeb. 23at the Windjammer TICKETS ON SALE NOW at NEX ATRIUM Sat. 10 a.m. 2p.m.This event will celebrate cultural diversity and empowerment. Raffle prizes include: Air Sunshine round-trip ticket to FT. Lauderdale LYNX round-trip ticket to FT. LauderdaleA Nintendo WiiAn IPod shuffle and many more!The guest speaker for the event will be Don McNeal former NFL superstar Misc. AdsCome one, come all!!!
GTMO HappeningsABOVE: NAVLEAD Petty officers from several Guantanamo Bay commands attended a week-long work center supervisor course facilitated by Sailors from the Center for Naval Leadership (CNL). The course, which allows students to interact with instructors and each other during senario driven exercises, is one of several leadership classes CNL offers. The Navy recently mandated that the Work Center Supervisor course be completed by all E-6 examination candidates prior to testing.MIDDLE LEFT, BOTTOM RIGHT: TAX$$TIME Two servicemembers and their wives prepare their 2007 income tax returns at the NLSO GTMO VITA tax center. Volunteers from the GTMO community spend countless hours per week throughout tax season preparing returns for local residents free of charge. Residents may schedule an appointment to have their taxes prepared by calling 4692.Photos by MC2 Kim Williams