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JUNE 17, 2011 Guantanamo celebrates Army birthday M ore than 290 members of the Guantanamo Bay community gathered to celebrate the Armys 236th birthday 2011 Army Ball at the Windjammer Ballroom, June 12. More than 200 Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen and civilians gathered for the event at the Windjammer Ballroom, the all-hands facility on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Were part of a joint team, said Army Maj. Gen. David Quantock, commanding general of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., who was guest speaker for the ceremony. As you start working side-by-side, you realize that all these services Joint operations make the strategic mission in Guantanamo Bay possible, said Quantock, who has commanded joint units and been his career. When you put all out great services together, we become the greatest military power in the world, said Quantock. You cant talk about the history of America without talking about the military. To prepare for the ball, the Army Ball beginning in March and planned several fundraising events to help reduce ticket prices for junior personnel, said Maj. Jessica Cranford, MC2 Leona Mynes Gazette Editor guard force for Joint Task Force Guantanamo. There was a lot of coordination and support from the Army units on Guantanamo to host this years celebration, said Cranford. of soldiers from the Joint Task ForceGuantanamo, Joint Detention Group, and the The U.S. Army has played a vital role in the development of our nation, said Army 1st Lt. Jennifer Silver, master-of-ceremonies at the ball. Together, we are and always will be Army strong. Army Spc. Derek Smith, Army Spc. Brandon Cummings, Army Pfc. Robert Carrol, and Army Pfc. Tiffany Byers, led by Staff Sgt. Chad Hickey, march toward the front of the Windjammer ballroom to retire colors during the 2011 Army Birthday ball held June 12. PHOTO BY ROSSELLA TOMASELLI T he last day of school at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was June 16, signaling the beginning of the 101 Critical Days of Summer. year, families participate in activities, such as sports, travel and recreation. The Critical Days of Summer is a critical time due to the increase of activities, said James Dillon, who works with the base brings, with new adventures that lie ahead. During Memorial Day 2011, the Navy and Marine Corps lost two Sailors and one Marine in motor vehicle accidents and one Marine was killed in a shore recreation accident, according to the Naval Safety Center. CAUTION during summer months MCC(SW) Bill Mesta NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, public affairs Safety needs to be re-emphasized during the summer months with special events and get-togethers, said Dillon. Obey rules and regulations when swimming at the pool or at one of Guantanamos recreational beaches. Always hav e a buddy when in or around water that does not have a lifeguard Be careful of the currents and terrain as well as the sea life, such Protect yourself from high temperatures, especially during the suns peak hours, limiting outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stay hydrated Use re-apply sun screen. where your children are when you are traveling Teach your children emergency procedures for when you travel Make sure that everyone always wears their seatbelts. Check their vehicles for unsafe conditions such as improper tire The naval station wants all residents and guests to enjoy their Dillon. Please take your time to get there safe, to do it safe, and to return home safe.
COMMANDING OFFICER EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMMAND MASTER CHIEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER LEADING CHIEF PETTY OFFICER GAZETTE EDITOR clothing; clothing designed as undergarments that are worn as outergarments; uniform items worn as civilian clothing. As an who fail to wear civilian clothing as outlined in this instruction. REGULATION DI D-YA-KNOW Job/department: Age: Hometown: Motto: Goal: Favorite TV show: Favorite hobby: Favorite movie: Favorite book: Favorite sports team: Greatest passion: Currently working on: Musician: How the Navy has improved her life: P arents and community members gathered at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cubas base chapel to watch as 14 W.T. Sampson High School seniors received their diplomas and became the graduating Class of 2011, June 10. colleges, two will enlist in the Navy, and one will enlist in the Army. W.T. Sampsons Class of 2011 listened as members of their class and the school administration spoke, along with two W.T. Sampson alumni who graduated in 1971. Students in the class of 2011 have lived in United States, and of course, the Caribbean, said W.T. Sampson School Principal, Sonja Rodriquez. They have lived in 14 states and while most of this class enrolled into W.T. Sampson School as middle school students, there are two here that were in the same kindergarten class. The students are dependents of contractors, military members and Department of Defense and Department of the Navy employees working and residing on NS Guantanamo Bay. Cmdr. William Rabchenia, highlighted the importance of continuing education, sharing a story about his father-in-laws pursuit of higher My father-in-law became very successful and got hired into the Department of Transportation in Tennessee, said Rabchenia. they asked him to be the dean. Any graduating senior can become successful like Rabchenias father-in-law, whether it be with an education or by learning a trade, said Rabchenia. Im very proud of these students and the faculty and for what they have done for these students and for the community, said Rabchenia. Several scholarships and grants were presented to students by Guantanamos local organizations, including Association, for individual amounts of up to $3,000. Collectively, more than $7,500 was awarded to the graduates, with more than $3,500 granted to class valedictorian Nerilu Colon-Trias. My time along with my fellow graduates time at W.T. Sampson has been much more than an education, Sampson Class of 2011 will succeed because all members are strong, courageous and talented individuals. MC2 Leona Mynes Gazette Editor W.T. Sampson graduates 14 students BOATSWAINS MATE 2ND CLASS Semira Boone Fourteen W.T. Sampson High School seniors graduated at the Base Chapel on June 10. PHOTO BY TERENCE R. PECK
PAGE 3 T he base chapel at is hosting Vacation Bible School (VBS), a summer youth enrichment program, June 20-24. VBS provides youth an opportunity to learn more about religion through peer interaction and projects that make a real-world impact, said Lili Holmes, VBS director. One important aspect of VBS is a project that supports Operation Kid-toKid, said Holmes. Last years project supported children in need who live in Africa. This year, we are going to work on a project that helps children in South America. While supporting other children in need, the children will be able to work and learn about God, the Bible and each other, said Holmes. Children who participate in VBS will be able to enjoy music, games, and all sorts of fun activities, said Holmes. GTMO community a great opportunity to learn about God. The theme for this years VBS is Panda Vacation bible school is going to be an opportunity for the naval stations children to continue to learn and grow during the summer vacation, said Command Master Chief J. D. McKinney, NS Guantanamo Bays command master chief. For details on VBS, call the base chapel at 2323. Chapel to hold learning, growth school for children MCC(SW) Bill Mesta McClurkin sends inspiring message Pastor Donnie McClurkin, a motivational speaker, talks to base residents at the base chapel during his visit to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, June 9 and 10. PHOTO BY TERENCE R. PECK Terence R. Peck H ave you ever done something that you really did not like to do, but you did, because you knew it years without going to the dentist, and when I decided I wanted to go into the Peace Corps, the application said I me the terrible news. Clearly I had not taken care of my gums or teeth. They said I needed immediate treatment. You know the same can be true of our spiritual life and faith. Many This has always been a testimony of many people I have met late in their years of life in the hospital. They let their spiritual needs squalor Lt. Dou g las Holmes Deputy command chaplain faith You see the level of concentration that it takes [for] service members to do this, said McClurkin. The endurance it takes for everyone to [work here] is absolutely remarkable. For Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Andre Jackson, McClurkins visit was a morale boost. I felt a sense of renewal as McClurkin was talking and through his singing, Jackson said. He helped bring the word of Christ to GTMO, as well as give hope to us all. inspired by his words. His messages were inspirational and his openness about obstacles in his life gave coming as long as I hold on, said Ambroshia specialist for NS Guantanamo Bay. His approach was so personal, said brother or favorite uncle coming to check away with something positive. tripped up by them. The problem I see is that a spiritual life needs activity and it needs the bigger the problem can become. Teeth do not rot in one day but over a short time they can be totally destroyed. Your spiritual life can be destroyed. This is not a time of guilt but of grace. My teeth have received grace because I choose to they are constantly managed. I see in the Scriptures that the same needs to be going on with ones life with God. Perhaps you have problems that are just forming in your life, what if you get help before they get out of hand. It is much easier to reverse things now then later. ( A multi-Grammy Award-winning gospel artist and pastor sang and spoke to base residents during revivals held at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cubas base chapel, June 9 and 10. Pastor Donnie McClurkin inspired more than 175 residents during the two sessions. Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Command Chaplain, Army Lt. Col. Marvin Williams, who has since transferred from the island, invited McClurkin to visit. The Guantanamo Bay Black Heritage Organization sponsored the visit, while the facilities and other support. McClurkin said visiting the Naval Station It was nothing like I thought it was going to be, said McClurkin. It was more informative for me. It wasnt so much for me to minister, but it was for me to see and to be ministered to. McClurkin said he was impressed with by service members and civilians to make the
Port Operations department personnel in Boom Boat (BB) 1 deploy an oil boom during an oil spill response drill held in the bay near Pier Lima June 14. PHOTO BY MC2 LEONA MYNES
PAGE 5 S Station Guantanamo Bay, Cubas Port Operations and Public Works departments conducted an oil spill response drill in the bay June 14. boom boat and skimmer operators skills and ensures that NS Guantanamo Bay maintains its oil spill response capability. The oil response drill included simulating an oil spill in the industrial area of the naval stations harbor, said Lt. Thomas Ware, Port The drill focused on mechanical sweeping on the surface of the water and transferring oil from the skimmer to a vacuum truck. it has been in the past, said Ware. Military members and civilian contractors participated in the evolution, allowing military to get a grasp of oil spill response procedures. Previously, the contractor has conducted oil spill response drills utilizing only contracted personnel, said Ware. Going forward, [we have] created a spirit of cooperation for drills between civilian MCC (SW) Bill Mesta Civilian contractors work with Navy Diver 2nd Class Justin Poretti and Navy Diver 3rd Class Nicholas Barn, all assigned to Naval Station Guantanamo Bays Port Operations Department, during an oil spill response drill held in the bay June 14. PHOTO BY MC2 LEONA MYNES MCC (SW) Bill Mesta NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs Guantanamos oil spill and military who are assigned to the port operations department. and are scheduled to include participation and activation of its Emergency Operations Center, said Ware.
Shipmates, F or 113 years, hospital corpsmen have been deployed with our Sailors and Marines worldwide, have served in every to answer the call Corpsman Up! The hospital corpsman legacy is one of pride, consummate professionalism, dedication to duty, and always placing a shipmates needs before their own. As I travel around the Fleet, Im always inspired by your dedication and devotion to duty, whether in combat, underway on, above or under the worlds oceans, during humanitarian relief missions or helping our Sailors, Marines, families and retirees here at home. I recently visited your new training facilities in San Antonio, and I was very impressed by the enthusiasm of our leading them. I have seen your training Hospital Corpsman training is some of the longest and most intense training available to our Sailors. This is evident through the outstanding medical treatment you provide everyday at home and abroad. and skills, and your willingness to help all those you come in contact with in their greatest time of need. To the thousands of hospital corpsmen proud of each and every one of you for answering the call to duty and for your your past and will forge your future. Happy Birthday Navy corpsman youre been your last 113 years. HOOYAH Warriors! Very Respectfully, MCPON Rick D. West R esponding to requests made to the chief of naval personnel (CNP) during his visit Enlisted Retention Board (ERB), June 9. for Sailors to request a rating conversion and updates how these requests will be considered. Additionally, the new message not scheduled for Perform-to-Serve (PTS) in or selected for commissioning programs. As CNP Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson deployed forces, we have revised the conversion application timeline and process to retain the best Sailors in their rating, and have given our Sailors more time to complete their conversion packages. One of the most visible changes in the updated guidance surrounds how conversion applications will be handled. Sailors for retention, and only those Sailors who were not selected for retention within their rate will be considered for conversion. In doing so, ratings will be able to keep providing Sailors an additional opportunity for continued service in another rate. by deployed Sailors in meeting previously announced conversion application deadlines, CNP has directed the ERB to accept all submissions received prior to the boards convening date of August 15, 2011. This will allow Sailors to obtain the results of certain tests, such as the ASVAB, to be included in their applications for conversion. Sailors who were subject to PTS adjudication in FY12. This created some uncertainty in the Fleet regarding Sailors who are not subject to PTS, but who are in an ERB-eligible paygrade eligibility to include E-4 to E-8 Sailors who are not subject to PTS adjudication, regardless of their End of Active Obligated Service as authorized for those Sailors currently enrolled in or selected for an enlisted commissioning program. The ERB will enable the Navy to shape our future manpower requirements in a fair and transparent manner. Board members will include a diverse group of professionals locations and warfare perspectives who perspective throughout the process From Chief of Naval Personnel Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs wish.org The day Andrew, 6, spent with his heroes in uniform was a day he didnt have to thinking about living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Find out how you can share the power of a wishby visiting wish.org. Provided as a public service. 2010 Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. forces, we have revised the conversion application timeline and process to retain the best Sailors in their rating, and have given our Sailors more time to complete their VICE ADM. MARK FERGUSON Chief of Naval Personnel
PAGE 7 MWR DON The SCOOP SECURITY SPECIALIST HOUSING MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST HOUSING MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT REGISTERED NURSE TELECOMMUNICATIONS MECHANIC LEAD SUPERVISORY FINANCIAL MANAGE MENT ANALYST To apply for a job, call the Human Resources of PART TIME PASSENGER SERVICE AGENT TELLER/CUSTOMER SERVICE REP. GTMO JOB HUNT FRIDAY JUNE 17 8 p.m.: Soul Surfer 10 p.m.: Madeas Big Happy Family New SATURDAY JUNE 18 NO MOVIES PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION SUNDAY JUNE 19 8 p.m.: Scream 4 New MONDAY JUNE 20 8 p.m.: Source Code Last showing TUESDAY JUNE 21 8 p.m.: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tide Last showing WEDNESDAY JUNE 22 8 p.m.: Super 8 New THURSDAY JUNE 23 NO MOVIES SAVING ABEL CONCERT PREPARATION MOVIES DOWNTOWN LYCEUM VEHICLES GTMO SHOPPER OUTDOOR REC ELECTRONICS PAO-CLASSIFIEDADS@ If sent to any other e-mail, it may not be pub lished. Submit your ad NLT noon Wednesdays for that weeks Gazette. Ads are removed after two weeks. Re-submit the ad to re-publish. The Gazette staff and NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, do not endorse or warrant any of the ads on this discretion on all content. Call MC2 Leona Mynes at 4520 with your questions or concerns. MISCELLANEOUS HOUSEHOLD GOODS PETS WANTED BOATS THE POWER IS YOURS Energy conservation is everyones reponsibility MWR BUSINESS MANAGER LIBRARY TECHNICIAN CYP PROGRAM POSITIONS COOK AT BAYVIEW BARTENDER AT OKELLYS RECREATION AIDE ( LIBERTY ) FLEX To apply for a job, call the MWR Human SUMMER CONCERT SERIES. FATHERS DAY CRAFTS. PANDA MANIA. COUNTRY MUSIC NIGHT. RESUME/EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION CLASS. COLUMBIA COLLEGES EARLY FALL SESSION. DISC GOLF DOUBLES. NORTH EAST GATE TOUR. COUNTRY STYLE BUFFET. CHIEF PETTY OFFICER ASSOCIATION MEETINGS. MAIL ORDERLY TRAINING. FATHERS DAY CRAFTS.
T (NEX) will implement a new program beginning June 21. will allow base residents to sell and buy used video games from the NEX, said Mark Good, NEX store manager. The NEX is constantly seeking to improve its services to the Navy family, said Good. This program will allow patrons to sell back to the NEX used games and receive a store credit while allowing customers to buy preowned games at a reduced price. MC2 Leona Mynes Gazette Editor T he Child Youth Program (CYP), part of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) on Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is hosting summer camp sessions beginning June 20 and ending Aug. 26. The sessions will provide recreation to youth during the summer break while providing full-time child care for children of working parents. The summer camp is going to be held at the CYP Youth Center from 6 a.m. until picked up during these hours, said Karen Simon, the CYP director. Military and civilian dependents to participate in the camp. Some of the activities that children will be able to enjoy at the summer camp include said Simon. The cost for the summer camp is based on total family income and includes breakfast, lunch and a snack. week-long sessions of summer camp, said Simons. Parents can sign their children up weeks that they would like their children to Parents can register their children for CYP Summer Camp at the Youth Center or call 74658. MCC Bill Mesta CYP offers youth summer camp Any day in GTMO during a frocking ceremony held June 7 at Bulkeley Hall. PHOTO BY MCC(SW) BILL MESTA kiosk in the electronics section of the NEX that will buy and sell pre-owned video game titles from platforms such as the However, the NEX will not buy and sell games for computers. This will be a permanent program, said Good. This program has been rolled out to select NEXs worldwide, depending on the size of its local video game segment. Our segment is big enough to justify the program. system, stop by the NEXs electronics department or call 74119.