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FAST arine deployments to Guantanamo present young platoons with challengestheir leaders alternate platoons between guarding the bases perimeter fence line and conducting intense pre-deployment training. Marines spend one week completing security surveillance watches in the 40-foot tall Marine Observation Post towers, searching the mountainous landscape between the base and Cuban territory for intruders and suspicious activity. When not guarding the fence line, they train. Training for FASTs in Guantanamo TRAINING HARD, TRAINING instills within them skills they will need for forward-deployed life in areas of U.S. concern or interest worldwide, where these Marines guard national assets, bases, ships undergoing refuel periods, and in some cases, U.S. embassies. On April 12, 51 Marines and one Navy corpsman learned to operate areas alertly to ensure their safety and security, and inspect vehicles for contraband at check points. This training can save lives and contrib ute directly to mission capability. This training is going to play a role every day [that theyre for Story, photos and photo illustrations by MC3 Leona Mynes
COMMANDING OFFICER EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMMAND MASTER CHIEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER LEADING CHIEF PETTY OFFICER GAZETTE EDITOR diminishes the reputation and prestige of the military service in the civilian community ... sexual assault is morally repugnant and incompatible with the high standards of professionalism and personal discipline required of members of the Naval Service. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Instruction 1752.4 Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program REGULATION DI D-YA-KNOW Navy to convene Enlistment Retention Board Approximately 3,000 Sailors will not be retained T he Navy announced April 14 that it will conduct a focused enlisted retention board (ERB) in August for approximately 3,000 Sailors as a result of the ERB, according to NAVADMIN 129/11. The Navy is conducting ERBs because the Navy has received an all-time high of reenlistment and retention, said Navy Counselor 1st Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, command career counselor. Based on todays economy and job security, Sailors are opting to stay Navy vice separation. The NAVADMIN explains that the Navy is currently overmanned in the 31 ratings subject to ERBs. Performto-Serve quotas are limited for these ratings, which in turn limits the number of well-performing Sailors who can re-enlist within their rate. Programs like Perform-to-Serve and selective reenlistment bonus have Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson. Retention behavior, back to sea and development of our capabilities in key areas, such as ballistic missile defense (BMD), cyber and information dominance, has necessitated the establishment of the enlisted retention board to meet congressionally mandated end strength and to rebalance the force. The board will review the records of selected third class petty officers (E4) through senior chief petty officers with between seven and 15 years of cumulative service as of Oct. 1 2011, and will be conducted in two independent phases: Phase I will review E-4 to E-5 Sailors and will convene Aug. 22, 2011. Phase II will Sailors and will convene Sept. The board will exclude expiration of active obligated service (EAOS) date is in 2012 because they will be considered in PTS. The board will also exclude those who advanced to their current paygrade in the last four advancement cycles, are nuclear Special Warfare Command enablers and those currently enrolled in the Navys Safe Harbor program. All Sailors should ensure their Personnel File (OMPF) is up to in those  rates on Guantanamo will have an opportunity to convert to an undermanned rating. Sailors approved for conversion before the board convenes will not be subject to the ERB. Application procedures for rating conversion will be published on or before May 1 and the applications shall Sailors not selected for retention will be required to the opportunity to compete for a Selected Reserve (SELRES) quota through their PTS. Sailors separated by this board will also have access to the Navys transition assistance programs which includes the Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP), employment assistance, relocation assistance for members stationed overseas, for members who are involuntarily separated. Members will also be eligible for involuntary separation pay. The decision to establish this board consideration, and will allow Navy to keep our very best Sailors in these overmanned ratings, improve advancement opportunity, and enable PTS to maintain this balance into the future, said Ferguson. To read the ERB announcement, NAVADMIN 129/11, visit SPECIFIC RATINGS SUBJECT TO ERB: = Rates on NS Guantanamo Bay Aircrewman Mechanical (AWF) Aircrew Avionics (AWV) Builder (BU) Construction Electrician (CE) Construction Mechanic (CM) Equipment Operator (EO) Electronics Technician, Surface Warfare (ETSW) Gas Turbine Systems Technician, Electrical (GSE) Machinists Mate, Surface Warfare (MMSW) Operations Specialist (OS) ) Personnel Specialist (PS) Religious Program Specialist (RP) Steelworker (SW) Utilitiesman (UT) MC3 Leona Mynes NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Public Affairs
PAGE 3 You might not be as prepared as you think H hair away from not receiving a full paycheck today? How many were gripped with fear last week at the prospect of not receiving a full pay-check today? Many who I talked with about the possible Federal government shutdown expressed when world events knock on our doors, our unable to react to the situation. While we had no input on the debate in Washington, D.C., there are tools that each of us should have been using to manage your lives whether the government pulled the plug or not. If you hadnt received your paycheck today, enough money to pay the bills? How about food for you and your family? The Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society was ready to provide rapid turnaround loans for living essentials. But what about money for your cable, telephone, credit card or car payments? How would you pay for the non-essential expenses? The answer is to have an emergency savings fund with enough money to sustain your budget for about three months. You might ask, Isnt an emergency fund for natural disaster type of emergencies? For me, if I dont have the money to grab a delicious meal at the galley, it is an emergency! responsibilities, commonly referred to as a spending plan. If you have questions about preparing a budget, the Fleet and Family Support Center has experts that will assist you and wont charge a cent for it. (Call 4141.) The money you dont spend on bills, groceries and necessary expenses should go into your savings account. Now that you have your monetary ducks in a row, how did you learn about the possibility of a Federal government shutdown? It seem like events happening around the world are millions of miles away and that these reality, however, is that events that happen Information is critical in managing any crisis. If you have no idea what is going on, how can you possibly react and make good decisions? There is a ton of good information that is put out locally. Do you know how many seats are know youre not leaving this week but what the Plan of the Week, or at quarters with your Chief and department head. You never know when these sources will have critical information to help in your decision making. When was the last time you watched the news? There are that you check out a news website, watch the evening news or tune in to a radio news program. Im not suggesting that everyone should be scouring the news 24/7, but unless you enjoy being blind-sided, it is imperative to stay informed. And while were on the topic of being informed, what did you tell your family last week about the possible government shutdown? I know I hated the phone call I made to my wife (who manages our money), telling her that we might see a slight dip in our normal income. Its important that our families Would you rather your loved ones receive accurate information from you or questionable information through the grapevine? Fortunately, the Federal government didnt shut down. Hopefully Crisis almost came to us in the form of a political meltdown this time, but who knows what life is going to throw our way next. To quote an excellent Radio GTMO advertisement: Take charge! Stay informed! Be prepared! WASHINGTON (NNS) A ll service members will receive their full midmonth pay they have earned in their April 15th paychecks, "Basically, all active duty and reserve service members will receive full mid-month pay on the 15th of April," Pentagon spokesman Marine Col. Dave Lapan said. "It may be in two separate payments, but on the 15th everyone will Confusion arose about the April 15 payday due to the threatened closure of the U.S. government last week. Administration and congressional leaders came to an Service members to receive full mid-month pay Jim Garamone Armed Forces Press Service agreement that ended that members to check their endof-month leave and earnings statements carefully. The normal end-of-month statements will be posted to accounts on April 22. accounting service has restored access to all leave and earnings statements, net pay advice or advice of pay for service members on the MyPay website. "The most-current advice of pay will still only show the partial on its website. "This will allow us to make sure we can still process pay for April 9-15 and take steps to ensure it is in bank accounts on the 15th."
Marines assigned to 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST), who are deployed to Guantanamo Bay from Norfolk, Va., convoy operations during pre-deployment training at McCalla Field on April 12. ward deployed], said Marine Capt. Issac Olvera, platoon commander of 3rd Platoon, Alpha Co., FAST. Every time they do a patrol overseas, theyll use this training. What theyre rehearsing is patrolling tactics used when doing mounted and dismouted patrols dealing with [roadside bombs]. Olvera has been on two deployments to the Middle East, where convoy operations, foot patrols and vehicle checkpoints are essential to the Marines survival and mission success. from region to region within the country, but the principles of combat are all the same. Training for FASTs is essentially the same as infantry Marines, but when FAST Marines signed their enlistment contracts, each took a 12-month ex tension on their enlistment to undergo the training and readiness it takes to guard national assets. Their duties are in every sense the same as duties of infantry Marines, ready to forward deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan or go on a Marine Expedition ary Unit deployment, whereas FAST Marines are more focused on security missions. When FAST Marines complete their training on Guantanamo, they will most likely deploy overseas. In the past, FAST Marines have deployed to sev Later on in our platoon life, we could be tasked to do security at a ship yard, guarding the Navys nuclear assets, said Olvera. But for now, the Marines are focused on guarding the base and building their skills for prospective future missions. Were a relatively young platoon, but weve adjusted to the GTMO mission and were trying to enjoy our time deployed here, said Olvera. Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Teams prepare for forward-deployed life
PAGE 5 Marines assigned to 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST), who are deployed to Guantanamo Bay from Norfolk, Va., convoy operations during pre-deployment training at McCalla Field on April 12. Marines assigned to 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST), who are deployed to Guantanamo Bay from Norfolk, Va., practice convoy operations during pre-deployment training at McCalla Field on April 12. FAST Marines train on Guantanamo Bay before being forward deployed to overseas areas of interest. Marines assigned to 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST), who are deployed to Guantanamo Bay from Norfolk, Va., practice patrols during pre-deployment training at McCal la Field on April 12. FAST platoons spend three months in Guantanamo Bay, alternating between monitor ing the bases perimeter fence and training for forward-deployed life in areas of interest worldwide.
Y ou may be ask ing yourself, What is Per form-to-Serve (PTS) thats around the Naval Station? As stated found on the Navy Person nel Command website, PTS is performance-based force shaping program designed to help the Navy keep our best and brightest Sailors while shaping the Navy force to meet future requirements. PTS is nothing new to the Navyit has been around since 2003. The most frequently asked question I get is, Who has to complete a PTS application? below who has less than 14 years of service, regardless of rate or Navy Enlisted Clas Per NAVADMIN 352/10, unused PTS quotas issued prior to Oct. 1, 2009, were considered valid until March 1, 2011, and that all other quo tas would expire 13 months from the approved application processing month. Multiple highlighted the expiration date for these PTS quotas, guid ing commands and Sailors advance of the expiration date. Sailors were denied PTS ap proval in accordance with the NAVADMIN. Some Sailors failed to act on these quotas despite the multiple warnings ing the quota expiration. Sailors also have a person al responsibility to manage their careers and must keep in mind that if they dont use their quota within 13 months to someone else who desires to re-enlist. ent environment now. Sailors are competing to stay Navy and can no longer sit on the fence and not make a decision, Jacksonville International Airport USO to change operating hours B Airport will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Military and military familes living in Guanta namo Bay can use the USOs Welcome Center in access, wireless computers, cell phones, informa tion, and referral services for overnight lodging and to their destination. vides home-away-from-home support to our active duty traveling military and their families from the Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia area, said level between the baggage areas. The center will be opened additional hours, if required, to support military operations throughout the year, said Shockey. We will continuously monitor our hours of op eration and adjust as necessary to meet the needs of our military personnel and families, said Shockey. ville International Airport, visit particularly if they are in an overmanned rating. If you have questions concerning your PTS, dont hesitate to e-mail the com mand career counselors of mil. We can help you with your application and advise you on any questions or concerns you may have about your career. Speaking of careers, I want to remind everyone about the Seaman-toAdmiral (STA-21) program application submissions. The timeline for STA-21 ap plications is as follows: May 1Special request chits due to Career Coun May 30Applications due to Career Counsel TBD Appraisal boards July 1Package postmarked [The 411] PTS COMMAND CAREER COUNSELORS NOTE on MC3 Leona Mynes NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Public Affairs Maria Trias, Betsy Seitz, Karis Stanback, Yen Pino, Ramak Sydlo, Vanessa Welle, Nerilu Ann Trias, Rose Digo, Suzanne Maatook, Ashawn Campbell, Traci Walker, Herminia Diaz, Nicole Mazzeo, Clay Ortiz, Al Elbanna, and Jacqueline Ruiz attended the belly dancing class on April 10. Belly dancing is offered at Denich Gym from 4 to 6 p.m. every Sunday. PHOTO BY HEIDI LOWERY
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Navy Lodge manager honored for 40 years service Members of Port Opera tions department anchor the utility boat GTMO 7 in the bay as their judges, including chief Operations department, observe on April 8. The exercise was part of Port Operations Departments 2011 Boat Olympics, a morale and skill building event. Any day in GTMO T he manager of the Navy Lodge was Navy Exchange system on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at the Navy Lodge, was presented the Department of the Navys Military Civilian Service award by Capt. Guantanamo Bay, Mark Good, the Navy Exchange store manager, and Don Mohlman, the Navy Exchange general manager. The DON Military Civilian Award is the second highest award a civilian serving the Navy can receive. The command frequently receives compliments from visitors who stay at the Navy Lodge, said Hibbert. Mr. Lawrence is personally responsible for the recognition we receive from our guests, said Hibbert. Lawrence advises NEX leadership on facets of the NEX system on NS Guantanamo Bay, said Mohlman. He knows every manual reference that our system uses and all of the regulations, said Mohlman. Lawrence began working at the NEX in February of 1971. Under Mr. Lawrences aspiring leadership, the Navy Lodge has made many improvements to existing programs said Good. His technical knowledge of the Navy Lodge program and superior leadership where key factors in establishing a successful work relationship between the Navy Exchange, the naval station and the bases tenant commands. MCC (SW) Bill Mesta NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Public Affairs Winston Lawrence receives the Department of the Navy Military Civilian Service Award at the Navy Lodge April 8. Lawrence was recognized for 40 years of service to the Navy Exchange. PHOTO BY MCC BILL MESTA PHOTO BY BM2 CHRIS PULLON