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January 29, 2010 V ol. 67 No. 4 INSIDE THIS ISSUE 4 Housing is essential to Haiti mission success3 SAILOR OF THE WEEK MEss SSAGE FROmM THE NAVAL STATIOnN CMC 4 HHAITI DOnNATIOnsNS cCAnN BE 2009 TTAX DEdDUcCTIOnsNS A Boeing 747, contracted by the U.S. Air Forces Air Mobility Command, lands at the Guantanamo Bay By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Leona Mynes, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public AffairsBefore the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti Jan. 12, 2010, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cubas air operations department was responsible for overseeing less than ten its naval aviators, small U.S. Coast Guard aircraft and helicopters, small private passenger planes and Air Mobility Command contracted 727 passenger airplanes that carried up to 150 personnel to and from the island. Once the earthquake hit, we ramped up [operations] big time, said Chief Electronics Technician Ray Hammonds, the air operations department leading chief Initially, it was squadrons started showing up. Now were running C-130s, C-2s, E-2s, C-17s, C-5s and 747s in and out of GTMO on a daily basis. See page 2 overwhelming for the small efforts between civilians and military became essential to mission success. were extremely busy, said Monday to From Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public AffairsThe beginning of February marks ten weeks from the scheduled spring 2010 Navy physical readiness test in Guantanamo Bay. The spring PRT is scheduled for April 19, with weigh-ins occurring the week prior. Everybody knows what they need to do to pass and do well on the PRT, said Navy Diver 1st Class Brett Roberts, a naval station assistant command fitness leader. Attending command physical training three times per week has become a challenge for some Sailors due to the increase in command Photo by MCC(SW) Bill Mesta Photo by MC2 Kim WilliamsSee page 3
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. GGAZETTE GUANTANAMO BAY Vol. 67 No. 4 U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba calling 4520/4623 or by e-mailing PAO@usnbgtmo.navy.mil.NAVSTA COMMANDING OFFICERCapt. Steven H. BlaisdellNAVSTA EXECUTIVE OFFICERCmdr. Paul MitchellNAVSTA COMMAND MASTER CHIEFCMDCM(SW/AW) Keith CarlsonNAVSTA PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICERMr. Terence PeckLEADING CHIEF PETTY OFFICER PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICEMCC(SW) Bill MestaEDITOR, WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHERMC3 Leona Mynes Hammonds. Ive done everything from helping get victims out of here to unloading supplies. Hammonds said logistical support with Guantanamos limited resources was air operations biggest challenge. Squadrons needed support like lodging, transportation, food and work spaces. The air terminal team and the air operations department worked together to ensure the increased numbers of personnel and cargo were properly accomodated aspects of the operation were the most daunting, said Hammonds. If we didnt have an answer, we knew where to get the answer. All in all, it was just making things happen. Hammonds said air operations department personnel worked with the civilian contractors and 21 foreign nationals of the air terminal staff to create one team whose goal was to smoothly expedite materials and personnel. We work hand-in-hand with the Navy to coordinate the movements of all passengers and cargo to and from GTMO, said Mark Veditz, the air operations project manager for the naval station. The Navy has done a great job of working with us by supplying the personnel and equipment needed to make this successful. Veditz has worked for the naval stations air terminal for more than 12 years. After 9/11, GTMO ramped up like this, said Veditz. bringing supplies and we were responsible for getting them right back out. [Because of 9/11,] we already knew what we could accomplish. The air terminal offered its spaces for cargo and personnel awaiting transport to ships intheater or to earthquake-devastated Haiti. Veditz credited Air Terminal Manager Drew Pam Gardner with making the air terminals role From parking planes to scheduling landings and take-offs, they made it work, Veditz said. will take over the next few weeks is unknown, but Veditz said the air terminal is standing by to provide all the support they can. The U.S. Southern Command designated Guantanamo Bay as the hub for logistical support location, infrastructure and facilities. The Naval Station provides a forward air and sea logistical receiving, processing and staging area. This is a tragic thing that happened in Haiti, said Hammonds. But this is a real world operation as opposed to training so this is what were supposed to do. I get a great deal of pleasure out of trying to help the people [in Haiti], and I know air operations folks do too. Photo by MC2(SW) John Hamilton
January 29, 2010 3 NAVSTA OmbudsmanConnie Schiltz Call 84792 or 78519. NEGB OmbudsmanMarjorie True (757) 705-3538 NEGBombudsman@yahoo.comU.S. Naval Hospital OmbudsmanJennifer Mangum Call 5048.Base ChapelDaily 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) Sat. 11 a.m. (Room B) Iglesia Ni Christo Sun. 5:30 a.m. (Room A) Sun. 8 a.m. (Room D) Sun. 9 a.m. (Room A) Sun. 10 a.m. (Room B) Sun. 11 a.m. (Main Chapel) Sun. 11 a.m. (Bldg. 1036) Sun. 1 p.m. (Main Chapel) Sun. 1 p.m. (Room D) Sun. 6 p.m. (Main Chapel) Sun. 8 p.m. (Main Chapel) 1:15 p.m. (Room C) 7 p.m. (FMI call 2628)JTF Troopers Chapel Wed. 11 a.m. Vigil Mass Sat. 6:30 p.m. (PPI Chapel) Sunday Mass Sun. 7:30 a.m. Guantanamo Bay From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -The Navy announced new requirements Jan. 26 for commands reporting sexual assault. Updated sexual assault reporting policy requires commanders to consult with a judge advocate general officer in any alleged sexual assault or sexual harassment case. Additionally, commands must now reference the date/time groups of related reports when filing follow-up reports. Complete guidance is available in OPNAV Instruction 1752.1B. Sexual assault is a safety and readiness issue that requires the attention, focus and awareness of all commanders. It is an affront to our Navy core values and ethos and cannot be tolerated, said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, to Navy leaders. In 2009, the Navy renamed the Sexual Assault Victim Intervention program to Sexual Assault Prevention and Response to align with the mission of the program, underlining the importance of both prevention and response. Prevention requires proactive leadership involvement to shift from a reactive to proactive mentality, said Ferguson. He stressed the need for leaders to review the instruction and comply with its requirements. A Message From the CMC Sailors at the Naval Station have done an exceptional job of Navys core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. We operational activities, Roberts said. Theres always downtime somewhere, said Roberts. [Sailors] should be doing at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times per week. Roberts also dispelled the rumor that the PRT is cancelled and encouraged Sailors to start maintaining People need to manage their weight, do aerobic exercise like running or biking and also work on their strength. For more information on the spring PRT, call Roberts at 4444. Due no later than Feb. 16, 2010. https://prims.bol.navy.mil/. PFA cycle. Body Composition Assessment: April 12-16, 7-9 a.m. at G. J Denich Gym Alternate date: April 26, 7-9 a.m. at G.J Denich Gym Physical Readiness Test: April 19-23, 7 a.m. at Cooper Field Alternate date: April 27 7 a.m. at Cooper Field Marine Hil l pool concerning the PFA can be found on the Physical Readiness home page: or open the PRT Instruction: OPNAV 6110.11H by visiting contact the CFL or ACFLs at 4444.
The Guantanamo Bay Gazette 4 WASHINGTONPeople who give to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti can claim these donations on the tax return they are completing this season, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Taxpayers who itemize deductions on their 2009 return qualify for this special tax relief provision, enacted Jan. 22. Only cash contributions made to these charities after Jan. 11, 2010, and before March 1, 2010, are eligible. This includes contributions made by text message, check, credit card or debit card. Americans have opened their hearts to help those affected by the Haiti earthquake, said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. This new law provides an immediate tax benefit for the many taxpayers who have made generous donations. Taxpayers can benefit from their donations, almost immediately, by filing their 2009 returns early, filing electronically and choosing direct deposit. Refunds take as few as ten days and can be directly deposited into a savings, checking or brokerage account, or used to purchase Series I U.S. savings bonds. The new law only applies to cash (as opposed to property) contributions. The contributions must be made specifically for the relief of victims in areas affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. Taxpayers have the option of deducting these contributions on either their 2009 or 2010 returns, but not both. To get a tax benefit, taxpayers must itemize their deductions on Schedule A. Those who claim the standard deduction, including all short-form filers, are not eligible. Taxpayers should be sure their contributions go to qualified charities. Most organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible donations are listed in a searchable online database available on IRS.gov under Search for Charities. Some organizations, such as churches or governments, may be qualified even though they are not listed on IRS.gov. Donors can find out more about organizations helping Haitian earthquake victims from agencies such as USAID. The IRS reminds donors that contributions to foreign organizations generally are not deductible. IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, provides information on making contributions to charities. Federal law requires that taxpayers keep a record of any deductible donations they make. For donations by text message, a telephone bill will meet the recordkeeping requirement if it shows the name of the donee organization, the date of the contribution and the amount of the contribution. For cash contributions made by other means, be sure to keep a bank record, such as a cancelled check, or a receipt from the charity showing the name of the charity and the date and amount of the contribution. Publication 526 has further details on the recordkeeping rules for cash contributions. This years special Haiti relief provision is modeled on a 2005 law that, in the wake of the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami, allowed taxpayers to deduct donations they made during January 2005 as if they made the donations in 2004. From Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public AffairsNaval Station Guantanamo Bays surge in activity has increased the tempo of base operations for several departments, including housing. Over the past 15 days, the housing department has put together more than 20 houses and provided more than 100 beds to berthing facilities base wide. The hardest thing for housing has been to get the largest capacity for personnel that we can with the staff and materials we have on-hand, said Julie Hall, the housing installation program manager for the naval station. facilities with beds and cots from the time of the earthquake until now, all of which These personnel are being housed in all available rooms around the base, like the bachelors enlisted quarters, the Navy Lodge and foreign national facilities. Housing accommodated personnel sleeping on cots with morale boosters like televisions and morning coffee, said Hall. Normally, the housing office is responsible for checking in all inbound servicemembers to the naval station and tenant commands to include Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Photo by MCC(SW) Bill Mesta
January 29, 2010 5 Noah, this is God Noah! This is God Yeah, right. Have you ever asked the question, What in the world are you doing, God? On Saturday, I came into my office to find it was being submerged. Water was pouring on to the floor from the wall. The flood was so great it spread across my office and into the hall. I said to God, D id you really need to bring a flood on me? I have so much to do today. As I have been walking this life, I noticed that God uses big things, like floods, to get our attention. Noah was called out because he found favor in the eyes of God to build an ark. God sent the flood to get Earths attention, declaring that He is the boss. God is trying to get our attention all the time, sometimes he does it through floods, sometimes in a sunrise or a simple smile. Psalm 50:1 says, The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the Earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. When situations arise we cannot understand, it may be that God is trying to get our attention. Next time, ask God to show you the purpose behind your flood. bound logistical support a seamless transition from GTMO Naval Station Guantanamo Bay has supported the Haiti relief Photo by MC2(SW) John Hamilton W.T. Sampson Quarterly Awards Assemblies Middle & High School AwardsThursday, Feb. 4 at 1:10 p.m. in the High School GymElementary Awards: A/B Honor Roll: 7:45 a.m. in the Elementary Lyceum Straight A Awards: 12:15-1:15 p.m. at the Windjammer
The Guantanamo Bay Gazette 6 Tune in to OpenlineYour live, weekly Captains Call Tuesdays at Noon on FM 103.1 The Blitz, FM 102.1 The Mix, NAVIGATINGFEDERALEMPLOYMENT NAVIGATING FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT WHEN: February 4, hd T h urs d a y TIME: 9 11 a.m. WHERE FFSC Bld WHERE : FFSC Bld g #2135 Learn guidelines for writing and submitting a Federal Application. Call 4141 to register. Seating is limited Seating is limited Resume/Employment Applications Class Resume/Employment Applications Class WHEN: February 2, Tuesday WHEN: February 2, Tuesday WHERE:FFSC WHERE:FFSC WHERE: FFSC WHERE: FFSC Bldg. Bldg. #2135#2135TIME: TIME: 99--11 a.m.11 a.m. Learn how to Learn how to upgrade your upgrade your resumeandinterpret resumeandinterpret resume and interpret resume and interpret employment employment applications. applications. (This is not (This is not federal federal resume resume informationinformation )) informationinformation )) Call to register: 4141 Seating is limited The Volunteer Income Tax Schedule your appointment calling 4692. The MWR Library will be closed Feb. 6-7 for Pest Control! Stay clear of the area there will be heavy spraying during this period. Sorry for the inconvenience. For more information, call 4700. American College Guidelines for healthy adults under age 65: AND exercises, eight to 12 repetitions Moderate-intensity physical activity yet still being able to carry on a conversation. It should be noted that 60 to 90 minutes of physical activity may be necessary. The 30-minute recommendation is for the average healthy adult to maintain health and
January 29, 2010 7 If the ad is sent to any other e-mail address, it may not be included in the Guantanamo Bay Gazette. For more Jeep Liberty 4X4. 47K mi., auto, All PWR, AC. $14,300 OBO. Call 3953. white Ford Escort. 4D, auto. $2600 OBO. Call 77259 or 3287. red Ford Mustang. 2D. Auto. 146K mi. $ 4200 OBO. Call 75665 or 78680. Pontiac Aztek, cold AC. $4000 OBO. Call 77464. Honda Accord. $5,800. Call 77271. Jeep Cherokee. $5,800. Call 77271. 00 Saturn SC2. Call 84500. 6 satellite w/pole & LNB & cables. $650 OBO. Call 77597. PS2 bundles: 2 controllers, 45+ games, 3 RB guitars, drumset, etc. $380 OBO. Call 4523 or 79475. Elite back metal Futon with mattress $170, Bel kin N1 VISION wireless router $90. Call 78744 or e-mail zina2009hm@aol. com. Bedroom set, patio furni ture & ladder golf. Call 75590. 2 bikes, $70 ea. Call 77464. 30 Pontoon, 175hp Evin rude outboard, live well, Marine radio, Music ra $6500. Call 77769. FINANCIAL TECHNICIAN (#FN10-001) Open: 1/25/10 First Cut-off: 2/8/10 Close: Open Until Filled CUSTODIAL WORKER (#FN10-003) Open: 1/25/10 First Cut-off: 2/8/10 Close: Open Until Filled OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH TECH (#FN10-005) Open: 1/25/10 First Cut-off: 2/5/10 Close: Open Until Filled PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT REP (#LH10-007) Open: 1/25/10 First Cut-off: 2/9/10 Close: Open Until Filled PROCUREMENT TECH (#LH10-008) Open: 1/25/10 First Cut-off: 2/10/10 Close: Open Until Filled FINANCIAL TECHNICIAN (#LH10-001) Open: 1/25/10 First Cut-Off: 2/8/10 Cut-off every 2 weeks thereafter Close: Open Until Filled REGISTERED NURSE (#LH10-002) Open: 1/25/10 First Cut-Off: 2/8/10 Cut-off every 2 weeks thereafter Close: Open Until Filled FACILITY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST (#LH10-006) Open: 1/25/10 First Cut-Off: 2/8/10 Cut-off every 2 weeks thereafter Close: Open Until Filled OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH TECH (#LH10-004) Open: 1/25/10 First Cut-off: 2/5/10 Close: Open Until Filled SECRETARY (#LH10-010) Open: 1/25/10 First Cut-off: 2/10/10 Close: Open Until Filled STORE MANAGER AT TREASURES AND TRIVIA. Flexible hours, generously compesnated. Applications are available at the store or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit applications by February 1, 2010. For more information contact Rebecca Bayless at 75744 or Jackie Salois 77755. FRONT DESK CLERK POSITIONS AT NAVY GATEWAY INNS & SUITES Only two full time positions. Prefer 1 year of front desk hotel experience; must be able days, nights, weekends and holidays. Starting pay range is $8.50-$9.50 per hour For more information contact Shannon Smith: call 2828 or e-mail shannon.smith@ usnbgtmo.navy.mil. Engaged!Don & JoAnn King are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Bettiann to Mr. Diego Brunner. Bettiann is an alumni of W.T. Sampson Elementary school, a 1998 graduate of W.T. Sampson High School and a 2002 graduate of George Mason University. Mr. Brunner is a 2002 graduate of George Mason University and received his M.B.A. in 2003. He is employed in Investor Relations for a multinational company in Lausanne, Switzerland. The wedding is planned for 10/10/10. Electric Deep Drop Reel $400. Brother all-in-one Printer MFC 440CN SP550UZ $100. Call Dave @ 78483. Sony 5.1 Dolby Home sound system with sub/ CD Deck $75. Call Dave @ 78483. Dell Studio laptop, Win dows Vista premium, 4GB, 250 HD, webcam, lighted keyboard. $650. Call 90554/4577. screen LCD. 2 years old. $300 OBO. Call Jimmy @ 77129. 1.2M satellite dish with universal mounting arm. NO LNB NO RECEIVER. $250 OBO. Call Jimmy @ 77129. Mens Diamondback mountain bike. $200 OBO. Call Jimmy @ 77129. Satellite dish w/ LNB for Dish Network internation al channels. $200 OBO. FMI call 77464. Dish Network receivers. $75 ea. FMI call 77464. Venturer Karaoke CD/ Double Cassette recorder w/ mic. $50. Call 78471. Jan. 30: Nob Hill 32B, 7-11 a.m. Jan. 30: Caribbean Circle 24C, 8-10 a.m. Jan. 31: Caribbean Circle 16D, 8:30 a.m. 20 Grady White 208 Ad venture, 200 HP Yamaha, GPS, accessories. Out of bounds/offshore capable. $17,500 call Dave 78483. GTMO Pontoon: 100HP motor, GPS, Fish Finder, Stereo & recent inspection. $1200 OBO, call 77369. First 2010 GTMO Baby! H annah Adviya Rabchenia Born January 7th, 2010 to Cmdr. William Rabchenia and Advija Rabchenia 8 lb., 4 oz. 21 inches long Guantanamo Bay Welcomes Shaylee Melina Garza born January 8th, 2010to Chief Jesus Garza 6 lb., 7 oz. VocoPro Karaoke CD/ Cassette Recorder w/ mic & headphone. $40. Call 78471. Shark Vacuum, hardly used. $35. Call 78471. Paper shredder. $25. Call 78471. JVC DVD/VCR Recorder/ Player. $110. Call 78471. HP Pavilion Laptop. 2gb ram, MS Works, Vista SP1, 115G HD, DVD DL R/W. $400. Call 78096, 4599, 84907. Gas Powered Weed Eater w/ gas can & gas. $40. Call 78096, 4599, 84907. 6000 Watt Generator. $650. Call 78096, 4599, 84907. Fender Hot Rod DeVille 4x10 Guitar Amp. $755. Call 78096, 4599, 84907. 300GB external hard drive Call 78096, 4599, 84907. Ibanez Digital Delay. $50. Call 78096, 4599, 84907. 94 Mitsubishi Mirage. $3000 OBO. Call Winston 2631/75888. 91 Regal Buick, Good condition, CD player/AC $3100 OBO. Call 78744 or e-mail zina2009hm@ aol.com. 89 Toyota Corolla. $2800 OBO. Call 78471. 94 Chevrolet Lumina Van, A/C, p/w, 12 disc changer $2800 OBO, call 77001/72626/77782. 98 Black Chrysler Se bring LS. 2D, Auto, cold AC, tinted windows, & DVD player in-car. Good condition. $4000 OBO. FMI call 9796 or 77989. Cocker Spaniel named Daisy, free to a good home. Leaving island on emergency orders and cant take her with. Please call 78096, 4599, 84907.
8PM: Brothers (R) 8PM: Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG-13) 10PM: Everybodys Fine (PG-13) 8PM: Armored (PG-13) Monday, Feb. 8PM: Ninja Assassin (R) Tuesday, Feb 8PM: Brothers (R) Feb 8PM: Old Dogs (PG) Thursday, Feb. 4 8PM: The Princess and the Frog (G) happenings Downtown Lyceum FRIDAY, JAN. 29 8PM: ARMORED (PG-13) 10PM: OLD DOGS (PG) SATURDAY, JAN. 30 8PM: THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G) 10PM: NINJA ASSASSIN (R) SUNDAY, JAN. 31 8PM: BROTHERS (R) MONDAY, FEB. 1 8PM: EVERYBODYS FINE (PG-13) TUESDAY, FEB. 2 8PM: ARMORED (PG-13) WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3 8PM: THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13) THURSDAY, FEB. 4 8PM: BROTHERS (R) en GTMO Crush 4 0 GTMO Latinos 3 1 GTMO Intensity 3 1 Puddle Pirates 3 1 NAVSTA 3 1 Cobra Kai 2 2 GTMO Pulse 2 2 JDG Predators 1 3 JTF Ving 1 3 115th Outlaws 1 3 GTMO Ten 1 2 Team Kaos 0 4 s c s en The Alliance 5 0 JTF Ving 5 0 Spartans 4 1 Docs 3 1 JMG 3 1 Pinjoy Soljah 3 2 W.T. Sampson Pirates 2 2 115th Sharkbiters 1 2 J4 Cougars 1 3 NEGB Tensors 1 3 525 Getum Gurlz 0 4 NEGB Camp 6 0 4 MSST 0 5 TEAM WINS LOSSES TEAM WINS LOSSES R s s Ping Pong Tournament @ Marine Hill Liberty Center Olympic Medal Madness begins @ all liberty centers Night Fishing @ Marina Olympic Night @ all liberty centers Landing Deer Point Texas Hold em @ Marine Hill Pizza & a movie @ Marine Hill Beginners ceramics class @ the marina Cut throat Pool Tournament @ Marine Hill FEBRUARY LIBERTY EVENTS When : February 22-26 Start Time: 6 p.m. Location : Denich Gym Sign-Up Deadline : Feb. 18 by 5 p.m. @ Denich Gym Players Meeting : Feb. 19 at 5:30 For more information, call 2113. CAPTAINS CUP SOCCER LEAGUE(MENS & WOMENS DIVISION) Mens Division: 11 on 11 Womens Division: 9 on 9 Start i c Offi Offi C l e a n i n g y o u r o w n G r e e n w a r e C l a s s W h e n : 18 February 2010 T i m e : 1800-2000 F e e : $25 F e e i n c l u d e s : 1 piece of greenware, sponge, and 1 tool Sign-up at the Arts and Craft Center or call 74795 FMI