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January 8, 2010 Vol. 67 No. 1Photo by Rosella TomaselliINSIDE THIS ISSUE The way GTMO used to be: Harry Sharpe remembers Ending the Decade on a Good NoteBy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Leona Mynes, U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public AffairsThe new year arrived at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as residents enjoyed performances from alternative bands Bridge of Sighs and State of Man at the Tiki Bar and country singer Mary White and her band at the Goat Locker. According to the U.S. Navy Safety Center, only four Sailors died throughout the 2009 holiday season, three of which died in motor vehicle accidents. The over all number pales in comparison to the more than 330,000 active-duty Sailors in the Navy as of January 2010, but 75 percent of the holiday deaths were the result of motor vehicle accidents. This makes the Navys campaign for motor vehicle Everything you need to know about the Post 9-11 GI bill New elemetary school bus schedule State of Man performs for base residents at the Tiki Bars New Years Eve celebration Dec. 31-Jan. 1. safety and Guantanamo Bays security forces campaign for safe and sober driving essential to saving a Sailors life. The naval station staff judge advocate office reported no DUIs in Guantanamo Bay on New Years Eve or New Years Day. For more statistics on Navy mishaps, visit www. safetycenter.navy.mil. For more information on DUIs in GTMO, call the security Photo by MC3 Leona Mynes Photo by Rosella Tomaselli
The Guantanamo Bay Gazette 2 The 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 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 Guantanamo Bay. The Guantanamo Bay Gazette is printed by the Document Automation & Production Service (DAPS) with a circulation of 1,000. GAZETTE GUANTANAMO BAYVol. 67 No. 1 U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba calling 4520/4623 or by e-mailing PAO@usnbgtmo.navy.mil.NAVST A COMMANDING OFFICERCapt. Steven H. BlaisdellNAVST A EXECUTIVE OFFICERCmdr. Paul MitchellNAVST A COMMAND MASTER CHIEFCMDCM(SW/AW) Keith CarlsonNAVST A PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICERMr. Terence PeckLEADING CHIEF PETT Y OFFICER PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICEMCC(SW) Bill MestaEDIT OR, WRITER, PHO T OGRAPHERMC3 Leona Mynes MASA Alexandria ReidTracy, Calif. NAVSTA Security Department It feels great to be Sailor of the Week. Its a great start to my Navy career. Sailor of the Week 2254 or 2207.Photo courtesy of Michelle Robarge Find the Gazette online at www.cnic.navy.mil/Guantanamo CPOA Contributes to Yearbook Committee
January 8, 2010 3 Connie Schiltz Call 84792 or 78519. Marjorie True (757) 705-3538 NEGB firstname.lastname@example.org Jennifer Mangum Call 5048.Daily Catholic Mass Mon.Fri. 5:30 p.m. (Main Chapel) Vigil Mass Sat. 5 p.m. (Main Chapel) Mass Sunday 9 a.m. (Main Chapel) Seventh Day Adventist Service S at. 11 a.m. (Room B ) Iglesia Ni Christo Sun. 5:30 a.m. (Room A) Pentecostal Gospel Temple S un. 8 a.m. (Room D ) LDS Service Sun. 9 a.m. (Room A) Liturgical Service Sun. 10 a.m. (Room B) General Protestant Service Sun. 11 a.m. (Main Chapel) United Jamaican Fellowship Sun. 11 a.m. (B ldg. 1036) Gospel Service Sun. 1 p.m. (Main Chapel) LORIMI Gospel Service Sun. 1 p.m. (Room D) GTMO Bay Christian Fellowship Sun. 6 p.m. (Main Chapel) GTMO Christian Fellowship Sun. 8 p.m. (Main Chapel)Islamic Service 1:15 p.m. (Room C) Jewish Service 7 p.m. (FMI call 2628)Spanish Mass W ed. 11 a.m. Vigil Mass Sat. 6:30 p.m. (PPI Chapel) Sunday Mass Sun. 7:30 a.m. Religious Services Ombudsman FREE ANGERMANAGEMENT ANGERMANAGEMENT ANGER MANAGEMENT ANGER MANAGEMENT WHERE: FFSC, WHERE: FFSC, Bldg #2135 Bldg #2135 Dont lose WHEN: WHEN: Jan. Jan. 15 15 TIME: TIME: 8 8-11 a.m. 11 a.m. Call to register: 4141 Call to register: 4141 Learn to manage that and stay healthy! Command Financial Specialist TrainingFeb. 8-128 a.m. 4 p.m.A t the FFSC in their new classroom. A ttendees must be E-6 or above and have command approval to participate. The servicemember must have at least 12 months until their projected rotation date in order for the skills aquired to be properly utilized for the servicemembers at Guantanamo B ay. All command career counselors are encouraged to participate. Please bring day of training. To register or for more information, call 4141. 20100208 20100212 trination and other classes and meetings where more than 10 people attend. The classroom project 9Photo by Rosella Tomaselli$270,000 Project Concludes at FFSC
The Guantanamo Bay Gazette 4 Fifty-six years ago, thousands of military and civilian personnel streamed through Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cubas Northeast gate in the evening to go home or to dine at their favorite Cuban restaurants. On the weekends, a Navy ship ferried base residents to Santiago de Cuba, Cubas second largest city, located west of Guantanamo Bay. For Cuban-native Harry Sharpe, these are some of the memories he has collected over his 56 years working and living at the U.S. base. Sharpe was one of a few thousand Cubans who were allowed to live aboard the base shortly after Fidel Castro took over the country in a 1959 coup. Today, he and 39 other Cubans remain. Twenty-two year-old Sharpe began working on the base in March 1953 shining the brass on building doors for 24 cents per hour. More than 2,000 Cubans worked on the base at that time. Sharpe worked for Special Services, now called Morale, Welfare and Recreation, until his transfer to the bases Chief Petty Officer club in 1957. Thirty-six years later, Sharpe transferred to the officers club and worked there until his retirement in March 2008. After the coup, Castro allowed Sharpe and approximately 3,000 of his fellow Cubans to continue their commute back and forth through the Northeast gate to work on the base. However, no additional Cuban citizens could be hired. As tension between the U.S. Cuba increased, the Cuban militia built a gate opposite of the Northeast gate. When passing through the Cuban side of the gate, commuters were required to walk through cattle chutes. Working here at the base and living (in Cuba), they looked at you as the enemy, Sharpe said. They would search you every morning when you come in and search you every evening when you go out. The Cuban police arrested Sharpe three times. One day in July 1963, Sharpe left his home and went to work at 10 a.m., but never returned until 1980as a tourist. Things were getting bad for those who worked over here, he said. So a lot of Cubans stayed onboard here and I was one of them. After going through an interview, the Cuban commuters were allowed to stay on the base. The first year when I stayed here, I said I would only be here for six months, he said. But its been 56 years since that happened, feels like yesterday. Sharpe had the opportunity to many famous people. I met Jacque Cousteau, he said. I took a picture and spoke to him for awhile. Cousteau, a famous undersea explorer and environmentalist visited the Naval Station in 1985 and interviewed the commanding officer. He also remembers meeting Fulgencio Batista, the Cuban leader ousted by Castro. Batista and Sharpe were from the same hometown and their fathers were good friends. of the 56 years in GTMOStory and photo by Terence Peck, U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs
January 8, 2010 5 Post-9/11 GI Bill Info BoxThe Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is a new individuals who served on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001. Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are payable for education pursued on or after Aug. 1, 2009. Any servicemember who served 90 aggregate days on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001 and is still on active duty or was honorably-discharged from the active duty; or -released from active duty and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list; or -released from active duty and transferred to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve; or -released from the active duty for further service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces. You may also be eligible if you were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001. If, on Aug. 1, 2009, you are eligible for one of these programs and you qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you may make an irrevocable election to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Note: Once you elect to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you will no longer be eligible to receive benefits under the program from which you elected the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Based on your length of active duty service, you are entitled to a percentage of the following: -Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid to school); -Monthly housing allowance* equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as your school (paid to you); -Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000 per year (paid to you); and -A one-time payment of $500 paid to certain individuals relocating from highly rural areas. *Note: The housing allowance and books and supplies stipend are not payable to individuals on active duty. The housing allowance is not payable to those pursuing training at half time or less or to individuals enrolled in distance learning. Generally, you may receive up to 36 months of entitlement under the Post9/11 G.I. Bill. years from your last period of active duty of at least 90 consecutive days. If you were released for a serviceconnected disability after at least 30 days of continuous service, you will also Example: Tuition and fees for full time enrollment: $6700. Highest instate tuition and fees: $7000. : If you separated following three years on active duty and are going to school full-time, you would receive $6700 for tuition and fees, $1000 for books and supplies, and the monthly housing allowance. : If you have an aggregate of 12 months of active duty in the guard or reserves and are going to school full-time, you would receive $4020 (60% of $6700) for tuition and fees, $600 (60% of $1000) for books and supplies, and 60% of the monthly housing allowance. approved program offered by a school in the United States that is authorized to grant an associate (or higher) degree. tutorial assistance or up to $2,000 for the reimbursement of one licensing or If you are a member of the Armed Forces on Aug. 1, 2009, the Department of Defense (DoD) may offer you the opportunity to transfer benefits to your spouse or dependent children. DoD and the military services will issue policy on entitlement to transferability in the coming months. Visit www.GIBILL. VA.GOV for up-to-date information on this and other education benefits. I sat down at the table and had lunch with President Batista at the officers club, Sharpe said. I have a good memory of him; he wore my Rolex watch for about two hours. Some of the other people he met were Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Sharpe remembers Bob Hope, Johnny Cash, and Adm. John D. Bulkeley, Commander of the Naval Base from Dec. 1963 June 1966. Bulkeley cut the water pipe that connected the base to Cuba in 1964 after Castro falsely claimed the base was stealing water. Sharpe said the Cubans began calling Bulkeley the water maker when he ordered a water desalination plant and the base eventually began producing its own. I saw him in Bethesda hospital before he died, Sharpe said. Bulkeley passed away in April 1996. In 1972, Sharpe was recognized by then Secretary of the Navy John W. Warner During the late 60s to early 70s, Jan Chilson, Naval Station GTMOs Emergency Manager, witnessed many of the events occurring in Sharpes life. Chilson was a 12-year-old child living at When he was a little boy, his father and I got along real good, Sharpe said. Mr. Chilson was a nice person. Chilsons father worked as the CPO club manager. Harry was always a friendly individual, Chilson said. I remember cookouts at his house and his stories and experiences in Cuba. Today, Chilson still enjoys listening to the stories Sharpe tells. My dad is no longer with us, Chilson said. I deeply appreciate the good working memories that Harry shares with me concerning my dad. Sharpe still waits for the day that he will be able to once again call the Cuba outside the base home. I would like to see better relations between Cuba and America, Sharpe said. I think it will happen. I might not see it probably, but I think it will eventually happen. Sharpe said that if it should happen in his lifetime, he may go back to Cuba to live. If things get good again, I would go back, but not right away, I would wait a few years, he said. It takes awhile to build up again like before, because now things are real bad over there.
The Guantanamo Bay Gazette 6 PICK-UP TIME LOCATION LOCATION DROP OFF TIME 7:02 AM Paola Point (PP 10) Elementary S chool 2:15 PM 7:05 AM Radio Point (RP 733) Marina Point (N 327) 2:18 PM 7:10 AM Evans Point (EP 803) Marine Site (M 112) 2:21 PM 7:12 AM Deer Point (DP 1109) Mobile Point (MP 396) 2:24 PM 7:15 AM Mobile Point (MP 396) Deer Point (DP 1109) 2:26 PM 7:18 AM Marine Site (M 112) Evans Point (EP 803) 2:29 PM 7:22 AM Marina Point (N 327) Radio Point (RP 733) 2:36 PM 7:30 AM Elementary S chool Paola Point (PP 10) 2:38 PM 7:04 AM Villamar (VL 35) Elementary S chool 2:15 PM 7:07 AM Villamar (VL 2232) Caravella Point (CP 12) 2:18 PM 7:09 AM Villamar (VL 17) Center B argo (CB 1151) 2:22 PM 7:10 AM Villamar (VL 7) W est B argo (WB 46) 2:24 PM 7:13 AM Villamar (2nd & 3rd) Villamar (VL 35) 2:26 PM 7:18 AM Center B argo (CB 1151) Villamar (VL 2232) 2:29 PM 7:20 AM W est B argo (WB 46) Villamar (VL 17) 2:31 PM 7:26 AM Caravella Point (CP 12) Villamar (VL 7) 2:32 PM 7:30 AM Elementary S chool Villamar (2nd & 3rd) 2:35 PM 7:10 AM Nob Hill (NH 33) Elementary S chool 2:15 PM 7:12 AM Nob Hill (NH 22) Granadillo Circle (GC 85) 2:19 PM 7:14 AM Nob Hill (NH 12) Granadillo POINT (GP 4) 2:23 PM 7:21 AM Granadillo Circle (GC 85) Nob Hill (NH 33) 2:29 PM 7:23 AM Granadillo Point (GP 4) Nob Hill (NH 22) 2:31 PM 7:30 AM Elementary S chool Nob Hill (NH 12) 2:33 PM 7:10 AM I guana Terrace (IT 384) Elementary S chool 2:15 PM 7:12 AM W est I guana (WI 2721) Caribbean Circle (CC 39) 2:23 PM 7:15 AM Caribbean Circle (CC 39) Caribbean Circle (CC 33) 2:25 PM 7:18 AM Caribbean Circle (CC 33) W est I guana (WI 2721) 2:28 PM 7:30 AM Elementary S chool I guana Terrace (IT 384) 2:30 PM Elementary S chool 2:15 PM Y outh Center 2:30 PM Elementary Bus Schedule BUS 1 BUS 2 BUS 3 BUS 4 BUS 5 Effective Jan. 4, 2010
January 8, 2010 7 FOR SALE V EHICLES If the ad is sent to any other e-mail address, it may not be included in the Guantanamo B ay Gazette. F or more information, call 4520. Chevy Blazer Extreme in ex cellent condition. AC, power steering plus more $4500. Call 74466. 00 Honda Shadow 600. 5000 miles. Current main tenance. Cover, saddlebags, manuals included. $3000 OBO. Call 78214. 03 Ford Taurus SE, 4-door, V6, 3.0L, Alloy wheels, AC, AM/FM Radio, Auto Trans. $6,100 OBO. Call 77106. Original Xbox console with 2 controllers and lots of games: $50. Call 77720. Xbox Elite system in box, with 2 games & Xbox HD player w/ 10 brand new HD movies. $400. Call 74466. 32 color TV for $150, call 77106. Girls Bike $20, Patio Ta ble/5 Chairs $50, Satellite Dish $200, Boogie Board $5. Call 75584. SCSI internet router. $65. Call Chris, 78245. Girls Church Dress, size 10, $20. Call 75584. Aluminum Apple Mac Book MB467LL 2.4 GHz Intel Core2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 250GB HD, DVD/ CD-RW, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, 13.3 LED glass display, $1,100 Call Emilio 77412/9772. 3000 watt generator, $120. Call 78096/4599/84907. 6500 watt genera tor, $750 OBO. Call 78096/4599/84907. Mens dirt bike, $30. Call 78096/4599/84907. Personal DVD Player w/ accessories, $50. Call 78096/4599/84907. Ibanez Digital Delay Pedal for guitar, $70. Call 78096/4599/84907. MISC.PS2 system bundles; 2 con trollers, 45+ games, RB guitars(3), drumset etc.$450. Call 4523/79475. TwinJet Split-Fins; sz10 boots; Mask/Snorkel; Gloves (L); Gear bag; 8 Hawaiian Gig; Rashguard Shirt (XL); $250. Call 78114/84588. Pink V-Smile w/games, 2 remotes, Whirlpool dryer, Computer Table, TV Stand, Bose IPod Dock, Nintendo DS, 13 TV. Call 77271. Flip UltraHD Camcorder pckg, 120 Min HD video, 8GB built-in memory w/ built-in FlipShare software (White). Wall charger incl. $180. Call 9800/75865. Bose QuietComfort 2 (over ear) Acoustic Noise Cancel ling Headphones; like new $250. Call 9800/75865. 98 Chevrolet Cavalier. Cold AC. $3000 OBO. Call 90918. 94 Chevrolet Lumina Van, A/C, p/w, 12 disc changer $2800 OBO. Call 77001/72626/77782. 95 Ford 3D Van. $2800. Call 72117,75597,90300. Green Windstar Van. $2700 OBO. Call 75597, 90300, 72117. 08 Toyota Tacoma PreRun ner. V6, Dbl cab, auto, AC, PL/PW, under warranty until 2013, <11,800 mi. $22,900 OBO. FMI call 79527, 4203. 91 Aerostar Ford. $2300 OBO. FMI call 2457, 2744 or 75824. 85 Caddy $1,000. New: battery, brakes, alternator, stabilizer bars. FMI 77419. Available Jan. 21. 96 Chevy Corsica, A/C, new paint & upholstery, $1,600. FMI call 75228/75229. 94 Chevrolet Lumina Van, A/C, p/w, 12 disc changer $2,800 OBO, call 77001/72626/77782. Carpentry Safety and Train ing Consultant for IOM. Need 5 years experience in managing a carpentry shop/overseeing and training novices with equipment. Must write/speak English and demonstrate carpentry ability with tools, equipment and their maintenance and show three pieces of completed wood work. FMI: Doraima Alvarez (74788). Operations Assistant Consultant for IOM. Need 2 years of ence in the military/refugee, migration assistance is a plus. Must have communication/negotiation skills; ability to work under pressure; strong strateopen management style; demon strated ability in leading multi cultural teams and in mentoring and coaching individuals. Must speak/write English & Spanish. FMI: Doraima Alvarez (74788). A NNOUNCEMENTS SHIP SHAPE8-week program designed for military personnel who exceed weight standards or who come close. Every WednesU.S. Naval Hospital GalleyContact your leader. cleaner, $60. Call 78096/4599/84907. 300 disc CD Changer with remote, scarcely used. Call 75506. 63 cu. ft. scuba tank $95. Cannondale Mountain Bike $750. Solid Oak Chest of Drawers and 2 night stands, new golf clubs, Trek Moun tain Bike $250. Call 77361 or 8507. 4 satellite dish with LNB & 150 cable included. $400 OBO. FMI call 77779. Used 32G iPod touch for sale. FMI 77001/72626. FOR SALE You are never alone. www.suicide.navy.mil Give help a chance. If you are having difficulties or know someone who is, now is the time to ACT.ASK CARE TREATASK if someone is thinking about suicide. Let them know you CARE. Get them assistance (TREATment) as soon as possible.Life counts. NAVPERS 01770030500LP10825880500LP1082588 A GTMO Playgroup meets each Wed. at the Chapel Nursery at 9:30 a.m. FMI call Kristin at 79546. Baby gate, work desk 5 L x 26 D x 25 H, corner desk with top. All free. Available for pick up Jan. 19-20. 16 tri-hull w/ 90HP en gine. GPS/VHF. Radio, life vests. Best Offer. Call 77432/2345/90142. Cobia 19 Boat Inboard en gine with water skies, 3 life jackets & More. Only $2500. Call 74466. Jet Ski for sale, asking $1800. Call 77326. BOATSGTMO Jobs hosted by W.T. Sampson SchoolsKaraoke night YARD SALESJan. 9: West Iguana unit 2708A. 7-10 a.m.
W. T. S a m p s o n N e w s happeningsCAPTAINS CUP BASKETBALL LEAGUE Mens and Womens division starts Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. in Denich Gym. The team registration deadline was Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. and a coaches meeting was held Jan. 7 at 5:30 p.m. For more OPEN REC WINTER SOFTBALL LEAGUE Starts Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. at Cooper Field. The registration deadline is Jan. 8 at Denich Gym. A coaches meeting is scheduled for Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the MWR sports CAPTAINS CUP 5-ON-5 FLOOR HOCKEY TOURNAMENT is Jan. 15 and 16 starting at 6:30 p.m., located at the Denich Gym hockey rink. The registration deadline is Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. and a coaches meeting is scheduled for Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the OPEN REC WINTER SOFTBALL LEAGUE Starts Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. at Cooper Field. The registration deadline is Jan. 8 at Denich Gym. A coaches meeting is scheduled for Jan. 11 at 5:30 at 2113. UPCOMING JANUARY LIBERTY EVENTS Jan. 9 Kayak to Hospital Point Jan. 9 Paintball Jan. 14 Spades Tournament Jan. 16 Mt. Bike Leeward Jan. 19 Ping Pong Tournament Jan. 22 Dinner & Movie All events are free. To sign up or for more information call 2010. $2 Tuesdays at the MarinaTake $2 off of the regular hourly rental rate each Tuesday in January. Doesnt apply to ALL DAY or ALL NIGHT rentals. For more information, call 2345. Ceramic ShopAcrylic paints for sale Jan. 1-15 S elect colors for 99 cents. FMI call 74795. PAINTBALL!Each Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at ...by reservation. Call 2345 for more information. Need Custom T-Shirts?Let MWR make your t-shirts! Call 75225 for more information. Centerowntown L D yceum FRIDAY, JAN. 8 SATURDAY, JAN. 9 SUNDAY, JAN. 10MONDAY, JAN. 11Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan TUESDAY, JAN. 12Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartsman, Bill Murray, Wallace Wolodarsky WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13Cast: Jason Lee, Zachary Levi, Anjelah Johnson, Wendi Malick, Justin Long THURSDAY, JAN. 14 Beginner Ceramics ClassJan. 20 6-8pm $40*Sign up by Jan. 15 at the Arts & Crafts shopLearn a basic overview of ceramics including bisque, greenware, *Class fee includes: One piece of bisque, 3 glazes & a paint brush set. FMI, call 74795. MWR The Wood Shop is now Open!Tuesdays through Saturdays 5 10 p.m. Closed Mondays & Holidays. F or more info, call 74795.G. J. Denich Gym Fitness TrainingLooking for a way to get back in shape? GTMO has a Fitness Specialist at G. J. Denich Gymnasium. Come in and take a MicroFit test CAMP BULKELEY LY CEUM Friday, Jan. 8 8PM: A vatar (PG-13) 10PM: 2012 (R) Saturday, Jan. 9 8PM: Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) 10PM: The F ourth Kind (R) Sunday, Jan. 10 8PM: The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG) Monday, Jan. 11 8PM: Men Who Stare A t Goats (R) Tuesday, Jan. 12 8PM: A vatar (PG-13) Wednesday, Jan. 13 8PM: I nvictus (PG-13) Thursday, Jan. 14 8PM: Pirate Radio (R)