Guantánamo Bay gazette
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Title: Guantánamo Bay gazette
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: U.S. Naval Base
Place of Publication: Guantánamo Bay Cuba
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
Publication Date: 4/04/2008
Frequency: weekly
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Spatial Coverage: Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base
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General Note: Description based on: Vol. 60, no. 40 (Oct. 3, 2003); title from title screen (viewed Dec. 10, 2004).
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 64, no. 33 (Aug. 31, 2007).
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Friday, April 4, 2008 Vol. 65 No. 14 Story, photos by MC2 Kim Williams NAVSTA PAO GTMO residents graduateT he pursuit of an education is a journey many people choose to take. Starting with daycare as infants, we constantly learn new things that shape and mold our minds. For some, the road to higher education ends sooner than others, but for many, this path has several twists and turns, that lead to the world’s colleges and universities, and ending only when the curriculum vitae dictates. For 40 graduates of Columbia College, American Intercontinental University, American Public University, Excelsior College, University of Phoenix and the State of Maine, their paths led to the completion of various educational milestones March 30 at the NAVSTA GTMO Chapel. The event was hosted by staff of the GTMO Navy College Program and Columbia College. “Navy College Office wanted to acknowledge all of the recent on base graduates along with the Columbia College graduates. This is Columbia College’s 3rd annual graduation ceremony hosted by the Navy College Office,” said Candice Rice, GTMO Navy College Program director. “It’s important for our military to participate,” said Rice. “Navy College Office and Columbia College staff worked together in planning and executing the graduation ceremony and it proved that working together was the key to a memorable event for the graduates, families and friends.” The NAVSTA Chapel pews were filled with the friends and families of these graduates, all anxious to see their degree recipient cross the stage to accept their diploma. “To whom much is given, much is exSee 'GRADS' page 7Master at Arms 2nd Class Vansha Register accepts her Master of Science in Information Systems degree from Dr. Gary Massey, associate dean of adult higher education and online campus, Columbia College. Register received a gold hood depicting her scholarly field of computer science.


Friday, April 4, 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/ 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. 14 Adm. William James Crowe Jr. President of the United States George W. Bush Who do you think is ultimately responsible when a minor is caught drinking underage?"It's the parent's responsibility to educate their children about alcohol, but it's up to the individual to make good decisions." Habeas Escort JTF "I think peer pressure plays a big role because sometimes friends and family of legal drinking age lead their minor friends to drink for fun, knowing they are not of age." Leon Hendricks NEX Employee "They [the minor] are responsible because they made the decision to drink underage." PC1 (SW) Lisa Bennett GTMO Post OfficeNavy News "In my opinion, anyone who can fight for this country is old enough to make their own decisions, but with every decision made comes consequences, so that person should be held accountable." MA2 Sarah Nikkel NAVSTA SecurityCPOs celebrate 115 yearsThe chief petty officers (CPO) of Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) gathered April 1 at the Gold Hill Galley to honor the 115th birthday of the chief petty officer rank. CMDCM (SW/AW) Keith Carlson and Master Chief Nancy Brewton cut the CPO birthday cake, honoring the Navy chief’s legacy. Throughout the years since their inception, CPOs made their impression on the Navy, and are looked to as the definitive leaders of enlisted personnel. The GTMO CPOA held a 5K March 29, 2008 at Denich Gym which marked the beginning of the CPO birthday celebration. Scheduled upcoming events include a family celebration, April 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Windjammer Pool. There will be pizza, snow cones, games and prize giveaways and the event is free to all authorized patrons of the Goat Locker, all chiefs past and present and all CPOA members and their families. On April 5 from 5 – 9 p.m. the CPOA will host an event at the Goat Locker. There will be hors d'oeuvres, prize giveaways and is free to all authorized patrons of the Goat Locker, all chiefs past and present, all CPOA members and their families. Photo by MC2 Kim Williams


Friday, April 4, 20083Local Feature Story, photos by MC1 Robert Lamb NAVSTA PAO Beauty of art, accuracy of science eruption, the Collapsing Can experiment and the vanishing water in a cup demonstration. Junior Ohmeko Ocampo and Senior Nichole Lamb had visitors walking away wondering if it was a trick or a chemical treat. Actually a small portion of Potassium Polyacrylate was added to one cup before filling it with liquid. After playing a quick shell game with the cups the water turned into a super absorbent gel, commonly used to absorb chemical spills, and in the eyes of the viewer disappeared. “It’s incredible,” said Art Paquette, a father, whose son is a junior at W.T. Sampson, as he walked through the displays. I can’t figure out how they do that.” The chemistry and physics demonstrations seemed to attract the biggest crowds and the single most response was ‘How did they do that.’ Physics is the science of matter and its motion, as well as space and time, while chemistry deals with composition, structure, and properties of matter, as well as the changes it undergoes during chemical reactions.Art Paquette closes his eyes in anticipation of having a cup of water dropped on his head during the W.T. Sampson ‘SMART’ fair. What he didn't know was that Nichole Lamb had filled one of the cups with Potassium polyacrylate, which turned the liquid into a gel.W.T. Sampson High school students showcased their educational prowess at the first annual W.T. Sampson ‘SMART’ fair that took place March 24-28. ‘SMART’ stands for Science, Math, Art, Reading, and Technology. Students showed off their ingenious, inventive and imaginative sides as parents, students and other invited guests walked room to room looking at productive and original works of art and science. The art pieces were collected from students at the elementary and high schools over the past year, and you could see many different types of media used by the teachers to teach the students. Acrylics, pastels, oils, watercolor and even fabric paintings hung from the ceiling in the art room. The students here applied various media techniques, and processes in the creation of their artwork. Whether it was from a 1st grader or a senior classman, the art was colorful and very appealing to the eye. Normally Youth Art Month is observed each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs, but this year it was a little different. Sonja-Lee Pollino, W.T. Sampson High School Art Specialist, wanted visitors to understand how this showcase has evolved to something more than just a Spring Art Show. “This year we are making a concerted effort to expand our celebration. The Arts and how they relate to problem solving are a natural fit with our School Improvement Plan (SIP) goals. It’s practically impossible to think of curricular areas in isolation. Making connections creatively is a skill that is necessary to solve problems effectively and efficiently,” she said. Along with many different types of art on display, students perfected ways to impress visitors through a Mentos candy and diet soda11th grade student Brittany Kimmins carefully measures liquid during her experiment, which dealt with turning the exterior composition of a penny to gold and or silver by the use of heat and chemical agent.


Friday, April 4, 20084Feature Looking for Heimer Ranch Story by Bruce Lloyd NAVSTA PAO Tracing back to its origins in the early 20thCentury, Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) has always been a logistical nightmare. Feeding, clothing, housing and maintaining the morale of personnel at GTMO has been a priority for its commanders, decade after decade. But improvements in technology, particularly refrigeration and faster transportation have made it possible to provide fresh food, despite GTMO’s isolation from Cuban sources. In past times, various Cuban nationals were allowed to live on base, operating private businesses of questionable legality that provided otherwise unavailable fresh milk and meat to military galleys and civilians. One of these ranches was located at what is now Chapel Hill. Another, located along the road to Kittery Beach, was first known as the Marquez Ranch and later, the Robinson Ranch. An old base map from the 1960s shows it as the Heimer Ranch. But during World War II it stood abandoned as milk was produced from powder and base residents made do with whatever fresh meat was available. After the war, new housing was being built, but Public Works Department (PWD) civilian employee Philip Carl Heimer was eyeing the old ranch as an affordable place for his large and increasingly extended family. In 1946 he wangled permission from Base Commander E.L. Robertson to settle at what was then as now an isolated part of GTMO along the Cuban boundary. In a 1949 letter to The Indian the predecessor newspaper to the Gazette, Heimer described a classic ‘fixer-upper.’ “The grass and brush was as tall as the house, all of which had to be cut, cleared and hauled away, and many loads; as to the house or houses, no doors, shutters, screen, everything was gone…” There was no power or running water and transportation in the early days was by pony cart. Hard work solved most of the problems and eventually others rebuilt and moved into the houses left at the old ranch. Agriculture, outside of what it took to feed a large family and the neighbors wasn’t apparently a major pursuit, but the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) of that time began raising hogs on the ranch in 1949. For the kids, what might be considered unacceptable by the current generation is recalled as a great time by the surviving Heimer children. It was only a mile to the beach. “[W]e could walk and we did walk and we also rode horses to Kittery and also, in the other direction, we were not that far from the [present day] rifle range,” said Shirley Hill Heimer. The senior Heimer died in 1950, but his widow continued to live on the ranch and raise the children, who gradually moved to the states to continue the education they received at base schools. As the tensions between the U.S. and Fidel Castro’s Cuba built during the late 50s and early 60s, Marina Heimer and her maid Herminia found themselves with front row seats. In the event of serious trouble, they planned to hide in two abandoned refrigerators, according to her November, 1962 account in the St. Petersburg Times Meanwhile Mama Heimer and Herminia watched the Cuban soldiers watch them: “Believe me, lately the milicianos (Cuban militiamen) were getting nervous and aggressive. Any noise from the ranch would bring them out from the hills; and with their field glasses they kept a constant vigil on the ranch. ... they even had the nerve to point their guns at us when one of my grandsons blew his toy whistle.” Although a Cuban national, there was no question of Marina Heimer’s loyalties. She had told her children that she would stay with the last Marine. “Seeing the Marines building their trenches and getting ready to defend the base, made tears appear in my eyes, tears not out of fear but of proudness as I thought of the mothers in the States who had risen that morning wondering (about) the fate of their sons,” she wrote. But the order from President John F. Kennedy that civilians be evacuated was the end of Mrs. Heimer’s long life on GTMO. She would return only in 1990 for interment at the Guantanamo Cemetery near the grave of her husband. The Heimer children spent part of their visit searching for their long vanished home. “The ranch was burned, so you could see the new grass growing and you could kind of figure out just by looking at the mountain we used to look at. We kind of focused and we think we have it figured out where the ranch was,” said Shirley. The GTMO PWD did much better. Using an old map in their files, they were able to superimpose the boundaries of the Heimer Ranch on a present day topographical map. The ranch was razed during the construction of the minefields and the removal of this vestige of the Cold War further disturbed the land where it once stood. As Public Works Officer Cmdr. Jeff Johnston observed, constant change is a ne-cessity at GTMO. “On a base that is this old and this constrained, everything else has to be built on top of something else.” As visits from former residents remind us however, memories can outlast even the most impressive of structures in the long run.GTMO defenders look over the newly completed minefields along Kittery Beach Road in the early 60s. File photo


5Friday, April 4, 2008Catholic Daily Catholic Mass Mon. Fri. 5:30 p.m. (Main Chapel) Vigil Mass, Sat. 5 p.m. (Main Chapel) Sun. Mass, 7:30 a.m. (JTFTroopers Chapel) Sun. 9 a.m. Mass (Main Chapel) Protestant (GTMO Chapel) Sat. 11 a.m. Seventh Day Adventist Service (Room B) Sun. 5:30 a.m. Iglesia Ni Christo (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 1 p.m. LORIMI Gospel Service (Room D) 7 p.m. GTMO Bay Christian Fellowship (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) Religious Services/ Base ChapelLocal News It’s hard to keep up with all the construction in and around Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), so you have to keep your ears and eyes open. Rumor has it that the quickly erected building off of Recreation Road is going to be a new Mini Mart or a golf pro shop. Actually it’s going to be a little bit of both. Towards the end of April the new ‘Lateral Hazard Yatera Seca Golf Shop’ will be open for business. Naval Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 laid the concrete foundation in just a couple of days and then Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Maintenance crew walked in and built a prefabricated, one room building to house golf supplies and golf accessories. There will be enough room out in back of the building to accommodate patio furniture and a grilling area for small parties. The patio will have a hard top cover for shade and has a great view of the practice hitting green as well as a sunset. “It will enable us to keep golfers sheltered from the blazing heat of the summer months and also have an area cook out,” said Yatera Seca Golf Course Director, John Tully. Stairs lead golfers down from the shop to their golf carts and onto the course. A small putting and pitching green will be added at a later date. The shop will house two large television screens. One television will be strictly for the Golf Channel and another television with a DVD player willStory by MC1 Robert Lamb NAVSTA PAO Golf facility enhanced at GTMO be available so golfers can watch instructional golf videos available through MWR. John Tully said the new shop can’t be called a Pro Shop, because there is no Golf Professional on the island. But don’t tell that to any of the local golfers here though. “It gets pretty complicated and extremely expensive to run a Pro Shop, Tully said. “And we don’t employ a professional golfer here. We will sell all sorts of golf accessories. We will also sell real nice IZOD shirts, hats, and balls that have the Yatera Seca logo on them.” It will be a nice place to relax, smoke a cigar and talk about golf.” New landscaped lawns and shrubs will surround the area, and a parking lot for at least 30 to 40 cars will flank the shop. “It might take a while for the grass to grow, but we’ll be open before that comes,” Tully added. The old clubhouse was demolished back in the late 90’s, when the station was in its minimum pillar stage and the course took a beating when the course was used to support the Haitian refugees in 1994. Once the shop opens, players will enter the golf course off of Recreation Road and notPhoto by MC1 Robert LambGolf clubs won't be available through the new golf shop, but are available through the Navy Exchange.through the dusty, dirty road that is commonly used today. Across the street from the shop will be a nine hole Frisbee Golf Course, scheduled to open the same day as the shop does. Please don't feed the iguanas!If you encounter an aggressive Iguana, call the Veterinary Clinic at 2212.


Friday, April 4, 20086News Photo by MCSA Cristina Gabaldon Sailor of the Week "I am excited about being recognized as Sailor of the week and I am going to continue to do my best to help people.PCSN Tanya Calhoun FISC postal clerk, GTMO The SARP's Corner The SARP's Corner The SARP's Corner The SARP's Corner The SARP's CornerT o recognize the serious problem of alcohol abuse, April is designated 'Alcohol Awareness Month.' April 8 marks the annual observance of National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD). At locations across the United States, people can be screened—anonymously—to see if their drinking habits may be risky. Participants who come into a screening site April 8 will have the opportunity to view an educational presentation and pick up educational materials, such as a questionnaire that screens for risky drinking and dependence. People can also meet one-on-one with a health professional to discuss any concerns. The screenings are free and anonymous. Last year, more than 203,000 people participated in NASD activities at more than 5,400 screening sites nationwide— the largest NASD yet! If you suspect that you might have a drinking problem, or you know someone who abuses alcohol, please contact SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at 1-800-729-6686 or find a screening site located near you. The screening facility for Guantanamo Bay is located at the US Naval Hospital and the point of contact is Aviation Mechanic 1st Class Corelle Street. She can be reached at 72650. FMI visit: http:// ncadi.samhsa.gov/seasonal/aprilalcohol/ Brooke Madison Kies, daughter of MA3 Jason and Sarah Kies, was born March 10, 2008 in Portsmouth, Va at 11:31 a.m. She weighed in at 6 pounds 9 oz and was 19 3/4 inches long. Birth Announc Birth Announc Birth Announc Birth Announc Birth Announc ement ement ement ement ement April is Alcohol Awareness Month Rock and Roll Rock and Roll Rock and Roll Rock and Roll Rock and Roll Concer Concer Concer Concer Concer t t t t t Do Do Do Do Do wnt wnt wnt wnt wnt o o o o o wn L wn L wn L wn L wn L y y y y y ceum ceum ceum ceum ceum April 7 April 7 April 7 April 7 April 7 S S S S S t t t t t acie Collins acie Collins acie Collins acie Collins acie Collins Band Band Band Band Band 7 p.m., 7 p.m., 7 p.m., 7 p.m., 7 p.m., Lou Gr Lou Gr Lou Gr Lou Gr Lou Gr amm, amm, amm, amm, amm, F F F F F or or or or or mer lead sing mer lead sing mer lead sing mer lead sing mer lead sing erer er er er of F of F of F of F of F or or or or or eigner eigner eigner eigner eigner , , 8:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.


Friday, April 4, 20089 MWR CYP host s annual youth cotillion Feature Registration for the upcoming semester of classes at Columbia College is now underway. Columbia College offers courses in undergraduate and graduate level programs, including the introduction of a new online Master of Arts in Teaching program. Registration for this program opens April 28, and classes begin June 2. To obtain information about this and other Columbia College programs, visit www.ccis.edu/ onlineMAT or call the Online Campus at (800) 231-2391, ext. 7246. To obtain tuition assistance for any college or university, active-duty Navy and Marine Corps members can contact Candice Rice at 2227.GRADS, From page 7 Photo by Harriot JohnstonStory provided by MWR CYP The MWR Youth & Teen program & the Bayview, presented the 2nd Annual Youth Cotillion March 28 on the Bayview Patio. Thirty-six youth between the ages of five and 17 participated in classes on Dining Ettiquette, manners, and ballroom dancing. Marlene Diaz, Bayview Manager along with two of her staff members Omar and Donna conducted several classes on proper dining etiquette. According to many of the cotillion candidates, this was their favorite part of the training! T errill Wicks and several youth center staff taught the children proper manners and ballroom dancing. The name cotillion comes from one of the most popular dances of the 1800’s. It began as a French peasant dance and eventually took the world by storm. Now, however, the name has come to mean much more. A cotillion is an event a special, formal social gathering that brings the best of people together. Cotillion training programs have become common across the nation. As it is currently presented, Photo by MC2 Kim Williams the cotillion places as much emphasis on social behavior as it does on dancing, The children presented three dan ces, the Waltz, Cha Cha, and the Tango. The teens also practiced public speaking by conducted welcome, recognition of guest, and introducing the special speakers. After receiving their certificates, the fathers escorted the candidates off the stage. The event ended with the candidates last dance, the Cha Cha Slide,not a formal dance, but one that was very popular with the candidates. This year's speakers for the cotillion, Paula Leary and Ronnette Moore, spoke to the children about the sense of community and the importance of hard work and education.MWR CYP youth cotillion junior candidates.


8Friday, April 4, 2008 By law, the amount of BAH sailors receive is based on their pay grade, their dependency status, and geographic location of their permanent duty stations or home port (not the actual location of their residences). DOD mandates specific BAH rates based on the costs of adequate housing for civilians of comparable income levels (of course sailors are free to choose where to live and in what type of dwelling). Facts you should know: -Rental costs – not home ownership costs are considered in setting BAH rates. Due to the difficulty in measuring factors related to home ownership (expected home appreciation, amount of down payment, tax saving due to interest payments, etc.), BAH is only calculated for rental housing. Rate guarantee: Since BAH rates may go up or down each year, DOD guarantees that a Sailor’s BAH rate will not decrease while assigned to that area, even if the BAH rate decreases. However, if BAH increases the higher rate will automatically appl y. BAH calculation is managed by a central DOD office. BAH rates are adjusted each year based on three factors: A) Rental housing costs; B) Utilities (including electricity, heat, water and sewer); C) Renter’s insurance. -Data Collection includes the following: Rental property data from military housing officers; local sources consisting of real estate professionals to confirm market rental prices; obtaining current vacancies from local newspapers; and contacting apartment and management companies to identify units for rental pricing within each MHAUnderstanding your BAH Program emphasizes importance of resumes Story provided by NAVSTA HRO NAVSTA HRO R egistration in the Priority Place ment Program (PPP) normally occurs 6-months prior to the end of their tours for employees reaching the end of the rotation agreement for their overseas assignments, who have not been extended and, either do not have return rights, have return rights to a lower GS or FWS grade position or lower NSPS pay band or equivalent position. As part of the registration process, the employee must provide a current, comprehensive, resume to the HR office along with the most recent SF 50 (Notification of Personnel Action) and PARS. This resume is used during the registration process to determine those skills for which an individual is well-qualified and may be registered. Further it is used when a position match occurs, along with the job description of the matched position, determining whether the employee is well-qualified for the specific match. A quality resume is pivotal to a successful job match. Supervisors and employees should be aware of the potential repercussions of a bad one. The following is a summary of a Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) case which upholds the DoD Five-Year Limit on Foreign Area Employment. On 24 Jun 2004 an MSPB Administrative Judge (AJ) upheld the removal of an overseas employee for failure to accept a valid job offer within the continental United States after serving more than five years in a foreign area. The offer for continued employment was made through the DoD Priority Placement Program (PPP). (Hoffman v. Department of the Navy, MSPB Docket Number SE-0752-0073-I1). After a series of tour extensions, the employee was informed in December 2000, that a further extension could not be granted. As such, management initiated steps to return the employee to the United States. Since the employee did not hold return rights to a position in the United States, he was registered in the PPP in March 2001. He submitted a poorly written resume in what may have been an attempt to avoid qualifying for stateside jobs. The registering personnel office ultimately required him to revise his resume in order to remain in PPP. The employee complied, and in 2002 he received a job offer (PPP match). The employee claimed he was not qualified and the losing and gaining activity as well as the Civilian Assistance and Re-Employment (CARE) Division, found him fully qualified for the position. He declined the offer, compelling the Agency to remove him from Federal Service. The AJ made the following findings: A charge of failure to accept a job offer after expiration of an overseas tour is “essentially identical to a charge of failure to accept a directed reassignment”; The absences of a rotation agreement does not preclude the Agency from enforcing the DoD five-year rule when a further tour extension is no longer justified; and the Agency can require an employee to submit an adequate resume (application) to ensure proper and accurate registration. The case was upheld on appeal and a Final Order denying the employee’s petition for review was issued in June 2005. For more information regarding the Priority Placement Program, contact Tameron Hodges at extension 4612, of the Human Resources Office.


Friday, April 4, 20087 hard work, determination, and sacrifice,” said Master at Arms 2ndClass Vansha Register, who earned her Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. “I guess when you are striving to achieve something, you kind of take your eyes off what you had to go through to get it. And boy did I go through; however, it was well worth it.” Register who completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration four years ago has aspirations to become a Naval Officer and said she is not finished with her educational goals just yet. “I start my Doctorate in September,” said Register. “I want to study religion or some son to be able to look up to me one day and see what his dad has accomplished. I hope my education serves to motivate him to do the same,” Guerrier said. Columbia College alumni Oswald Brooks attended the commencement to support his loved ones who would embark on the same journey he did in years past. “Today’s ceremony brought back memories for me. There is no greater feeling then to know your hard work has come to fruition,” said a Columbia College 2006 alumni of the school of business. “I wish all of the graduates good luck and much success in their careers.” The commencement ceremony concluded with a reception for the graduates and their guests at the Bayview restaurant. pected,” said Capt. Mark Leary, NAVSTA commanding officer during his commencement address. Leary went on to say that each graduate should be proud of his accomplishments and continue to partake in great things in his life’s course. The road to obtaining academic accolades was a hard fought challenge for one NAVSTA Sailor who despite the numerous challenges she endured, completed her coursework and was the ceremony’s sole Masters Degree recipient. “I was a little hesitant about joining the graduation because I viewed this degree as a piece of paper. It was not until I was sitting in the pews, that I came to the realization that I earned this degree. It took lots ofGRADS, from page 1form of religious therapy [marriage therapy]. I long to teach and share God’s word; nevertheless, one must be fully equipped and trained in the word,” she added, “It is my heart’s desire to open a place, maybe even my home, where bible lessons or marriage therapy sessions can be held. Marriage is one of the most un-kept covenants today. I want to share with people just how indispensable the marriage covenant is to God. I want to work from my home and write books as well,” said Register. Register was in the company of several other graduates whose determination led them to obtaining college degrees. “I will be retiring in a year and wanted to make sure I got my degree before I retired,” said Postal Clerk 1st Class Dorothy Pegram, who earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Columbia College. “It has always been my goal to get my bachelors degree. My advice to other people juggling with the decision to attend college; take advantage of the educational opportunities while you are in the military,” said Pegram. “Tuition assistance is a God-send!” Family and the desire to become an entrepreneur was another graduate’s motivation, which he says will continue to fuel his drive toward attaining even more education in the future. “My goal is to obtain my M.B.A. one day,” said Construction Electrician 1st Class (SCW) Jean Guerrier. “While I am excited that I earned my Associates degree today, I am looking forward to continuing my classes so that I will be that much closer to my ultimate education goal,” he added. “I want mySee 'GRADS' page 9Family and friends of the graduates fill the NAVSTA Chapel. Graduates wait patiently to receive their degrees.


10 Friday, April 4, 2008 MWR HappeningsDo 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 ceum Friday April 4 Spiderwick Chronicles 8 p.m., PG 97 min. Fool's Gold 10 p.m., PG-13, 109 min. Saturday April 5 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins 8 p.m., PG-13, 114 min. The Eye 10 p.m., PG-13, 97 min. Sunday April 6 NO MOVIE 8 p.m. Monday April 7 Lou Gramm Concert 8:30 p.m. T uesday April 8 10,000 BC 8 p.m., PG-13, 109 min. W ednesday April 9 Untraceable 8 p.m., R, 101 min. Thursday April 10 Rambo 8 p.m., R, 93 min. Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Genre: Comedy Cast: Martin Lawrence, Louis C.K., Nicole Ari Parker, James Earl Jones, Joy Bryant Talk-show sensation RJ Stevens left behind his modest Southern upbringing and family name to transform into a selfhelp guru dispensing his “Team of Me” philosophy to millions of adoring fans. With a reality-TV-star fiancee and money to burn, there’s no piece of the Hollywood dream RJ hasn’t achieved. Fool's Gold Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy and Romance Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Roger Sciberras, Donald Sutherland, Ewen Bremner Ben “Finn” Finnegan is a good-natured, surf bum-turned-treasure hunter who is obsessed with finding the legendary 18th century Queen’s Dowry—40 chests of exotic treasure that was lost at sea in 1715. LIBER TY APRIL EVENTS Apr 5th Kayak Hospital Point 8 a.m. at the Marina Apr 5th Wakeboarding/Skiing 1 p.m. at the Marina Apr 5th Free Paintball 10 a.m. at the Paintball Range Apr 11th Night Fishing 7 p.m. at the Marina Apr 12th Golf Tournament 8 a.m. at the Golf Course FMI Call 2010 SAILING REGA TT A April 5, 9 a.m. at the Sailing Center 2 Man Teams Hunter 170 Class and Open Division Trophies and Prizes Sign up at the Marina FMI Call 2345 TEXAS ROAD HOUSE NIGHT April 5, Grilling begins at 6 p.m. NY Strip $24.95/T-Bone $19.95/ Rib Eye $14.95 Choice of 2 sides, corn bread, salad bar, & tea ADV ANCE POTTER Y CLASS 2 part class, April 15 part 1; April 16 part 2. Only 2 spots available. To sign up call Lisa at 84569 MWR SWIMMING LESSONS Upcoming Class Dates April 7th 17th; April 28th May 8th; May 19th 29th Kids Lessons Infant & Preschool 4 to 4:30 p.m.. Level 1 & 2 4 to 4;30 p.m. Level 3 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Level 4 4:30 5:15 p.m. Level 5 5:15 6 p.m. Adult Lessons Adult Level 1 & 2 6 6:45 p.m. Adult Level 3 & 4 6 6:45 p.m. Adult Level 5 6:45 7:30 p.m. Class Price is $30 per person. Class is Monday Thursday for two weeks. Sign up at the Denich Gym


11Friday, April 4, 2008 GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper For Sale (2)7 X-BOX games, $50. All are like new and in perfect condition complete with their cases and manuals. Call for titles. FMI call 77828. (2) Belkin Wireless G Router, $20. South Bend 7’ Black Beauty 2 fishing rod (no reel), $8. FMI call 9834/ 78173. (2) GE Washer and Dryer, good condition, both for $50, FMI call 77134. (2) Miscellaneous plants for sale. Marine Site #123. FMI call 77683. (2) Sea and Sea DX8000G underwater camera Islander package. New! $1500; Dive Tanks aluminum 80’s all current inspections 4 available $100 each. Make a deal for all; Spear gun Mares pneumatic 100cc used 3 times $80; Evening dress, chocolate brown, strapless lace, brand new size 22, alter to fit. FMI call 90548. (2) 36" Panasonic TV with stand, and JVC surround sound system $700. FMI call 79528. (2) Surf board $100, knee board $40, body board $20. FMI call 2345 / 90117. (2) Toshiba laptop: Duel HDD, Intel Duel Core, 1.6 Ghz, 2GB Memory, DVD+RW, Multi-Media card reader, 4 USB ports Vista Home Premium, $1,000 OBO FMI call 79454. (2) Queen size mattress and box spring, excellent condition, $120, OBO, FMI call 2706/3339. (2) 32” JVC TV $225; Washer & Dryer $225; end table $10; couch $75; small 3-drawer chest $20; 5drawer dresser $35; reading pillow $5; Tae Kwon Do uniforms, 2 men’s medium $25. FMI 77806. (2) Women’s clothes (size 6), women’s shoes (size 8/10), men’s Lacoste shirts (XL/XXL), and a microwave. No electronics. FMI call 9769. (2) Floor lamp, table lamp, pedestal, and 2 candle holders $70 (matching set). FMI call 75811. (1) (2) Xbox 360 Games Gears of War $20, Saints Row with Guide $20 FMI call 77344. (1) 32” Sony TV /stand $300.00 Compaq Computer/ monitor $500.00; Complete Dive Gear set with dive computer $1000.00; Mini Fridge $50.00. FMI call 75724. (1) 100 used golf balls $20.00 FMI call 77120. (1) Belkin Wireless G Router, $20. South Bend 7' Black Beauty 2 fishing rod (no reel), $8. FMI call 9834 (days), 78173 (nights) (1) Custom Tim Nolte Surfboard 5’10" $100 OBO; Trek 7300 road bike $200 OBO. FMI call 77218. (1) Shipped by mistake, Att: Porcelain Doll Collectors, high end porcelain dolls, retails at over 200.00 ea. Will sell for 75.00 ea. Must see to appreciate (4) available. FMI call 75655. (1) Furniture grade hardwood for sale. Walnut 21 board feet, $100; Mahogany 32 bdft, $170; Red Oak 14 bdft, $66; Poplar 39 bdft, $150, Hickory 7.6 bdft, $37; Birch 18 bdft, $93. Mahogany is rough cut and other is surfaced on two sides. Each wood sold only by the whole unit, or buy the lot for $550. Fir boards for sale, (six) 1x10x8’ and (10) 1x12x8’ plus (6) 1x12x3’ shorts. $125 OBO. Butcher Block Maple Table tops. (one) 26”x 48”x2” for $125, and (one) 24”x30”x1 inch thick for $75, or make an offer. Knife and long blade grinder, Grizzly 24”, with a gallon of concentrated water based oil, $150 OBO. Game table, foosball, pool, hockey, great shape, $100 OBO. FMI call 75815. (1) Woodworking table saw, Grizzly 1023SL cabinet saw, with outfeed table, Forrest Woodworker II blade, extra inserts, mobile base, holddowns, sleds, and more. $850 or OBO. FMI call 75815. (2) 1987 Bayliner, new trailer and everything inside. $10K OBO. FMI call 3472 or 2531. (2) 2003 Ford Taurus SE, V6, 49K mile, excellent condition, asking $9,500 OBO, FMI call 77134. (2) 1998 Toyota Corolla-Automatic, AC works, great gas-mileage, Needs minor cosmetic work, must sell, bluebook value: $6,000, asking: $4,000 OBO. FMI: 9840. (2) 2003 Silver Saturn Vue SUV. 68K miles. Good condition, tires less than a year old. 6 cyl. Features: A/C, Cruise Control, Sunroof, Power Locks, Power Steering, Remote Keyless Entry, Bucket Seats, Front Airbags, CD Player, Power Windows, Rear Window Defroster, Rear Window Wiper, Front seat covers, Trailer hitch mounted bike rack. $9,800 OBO. FMI call 75641. (2) 2002 Toyota Sequoia SRS, automatic, power everything, leather seats, 58,955 miles, in excellent condition $17,500. FMI call 75811. (2) 1999 S-10 Blazer ZR2, 4.3 ltr engine, low miles, excellent condition, cold AC, To many extras to list, $10,000 OBO; 1988 Ford f-250 XLT Lariat, 7.5 ltr, auto 4x4, cold AC, low miles, toolbox andwinch.$7000 OBO; 1988 Ford f-250 XLT Lariat, 7.5 ltr, auto 4x4, cold AC, low miles, toolbox andwinch, $7000, OBO; Dive trailer, $700 OBO. FMI call 75820/84186. (1) 1995 Chrysler Concorde, turns over but does not start, needs minor work to run A/C, CD $650 OBO FMI call 77940. (1) 1985 Red Hot Toyota Pickup Good Condition, Runs Well $2500 OBO FMI call 2351/77415. (1) 1985 2-door Chevy Sprint, tinted windows, low milage, fairly newparts, very good on gas. Manual transmission. $1800 OBO. FMI call 79088. (1) 2005 Harley Davidson 1200 Roadster $7,000 OBO FMI call 77218. (2)Food Service Worker, announcement number FN08-007; Social Services Technician YB0186-01; Secretary (O/A) YB-031802; Management Analyst YA0343-02; CNRSE Inspector General, GTMO Det. FMI call CNRSE forward Deployed Detachment Office at 4441 to 4822. (1) Columbia College at Guantanamo Bay is looking for a Director. As a Director this individual will oversee the delivery of the curriculum at the local level as well as monitor the adjunct faculty. He/she will serve as a liaison with appropriate private, state, and federal agencies. This individual will also work in coordination with the Vice President for Adult Higher Education to project income and expenditures during the budget year, provide information on any policy/procedures of Columbia College to comply with local law or regulations, and develop and execute a marketing plan for recruitment of students. Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree, some experience in Higher Education. Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be resultsoriented with excellent oral and written communication skills. The candidate must have the ability to work independently and as part of Vehicles/Boats Employment Announcements Yard Sales Lost a team. Experience in academic advisement/counseling, strong computer literacy, and marketing experience would be a plus. Some evening or weekend work may be required. To apply send cover letter, resumes and application to: Columbia College, Human Resources, 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65216 by fax 573.875.7266, or visit our website at www.ccis.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Columbia College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. (2)Spring 2008 beach party triathlon April 5 at 7 a.m. Arrive early. FMI call Petty Officer Joseph Horne at 9840. (1) Burns & Roe Leaders League is having a Car Wash at the Downtown Car Wash Station and Food Sale at the NEX Atrium on Sunday, April 6 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations are welcome to help fund this year’s Philippine Independence Day Celebration. FMI Pencille at 3871 or Dam at 90413. (1) The Jamaica Independence Day Committee(JIDC) is looking for volunteers for this year 2008 celebration festivities coming in August marking the 46th year of Independence. Over the past years we've had volunteers come and go. This year we are in need of help to stage all necessary plans for interesting events leading up to the grand show.FMI call Everton Hylton at 2285 or Benford Taylor at75041. (1) The Iguana Crossing is open daily from 6 10 p.m. The space can be used for relaxing, studying or hanging out. FMI call 2088. (1) Lost: left-handed Wilson adult baseball glove-light in color If found please call 77311. April 5 & 6: Caribbean Circle 29D, 7-11 a.m. April 5: Villamar 718C, indoor-multi family sale, 7 a.m. noon. April 6: Granadilla Point 13D, 7 11 a.m.


GTMO Happenings ALL FOR ONE — GTMO W izards’ coach ET1 Jerry Ramm motivates his team prior to their four to six year-old league game against the Celtics.PHENOMENAL WOMEN — Guest speaker for the Guantanamo bay 2008 Women's History Month finale program, Madhya Husta shares her thoughts about the plight and progress of women March 27 at the Windjammer.TOP RIGHT: SCOUTING — WEBLOS scout James Swope sails his boat in the rain gutter regatta during the Boy/Cub Scout Camporee at Phillips Park March 29-30. Photo by MCC (SW) Joe Clark Photo by MCC (SW) Joe Clark Photo by Bruce Lloyd BOTTOM LEFT: COTILLION — Two junior candidates dance the waltz during the MWR CYP Youth Cotillion March 28. Photo by MC2 Kim Williams