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: 6/24/2011
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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JUNE 24, 2011 uantanamo ay These are men whose minds the Dead have ravished Ancient plays give voice to todays veteransThe Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team (JSMART) at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, sponsored presentations of Theater of War on base beginning June 21 and ending June 24. The program, presented by Theater of War Productions, included Hollywood and Broadway actors reading the Greek drama, Prometheus In Prison, as well as scenes from Ajax and Philoctetes. Theater of War is an awareness project that has been touring military sites throughout the United States, Europe, and Cuba, performing ancient plays serving as a catalyst for town-hall discussions on issues that are hard to talk about otherwise, said Bryan Doerries, Theater of War producer. The idea is to relate the impact of war on families and relationships, and provide a forum to by Greek general Sophocles 2,500 years ago for an audience of over 17,000 soldiers, said Doerries. Prometheus In Prison portrays a depiction of a prisoner-of-war isolation and segregation away from the Gods and humanity. The play is about how this prisoner rebels against those who have incarcerated him, his family, and friends, and we use this as a forum here at the detention camp, said Doerries. The story focuses on the pressures involved with working with self-righteous prisoners and the impact that has on those involved. The scenes read from Philoctetes depict a psychologically complex tragedy about a Greek warrior marooned on a desert island while his troops wage war without him, showcasing the importance of teamwork and resiliency, added Doerries, while Ajax tells the story of a Greek warrior dealing with depression near the end of the Trojan The play gives a voice to depression and suicide so that people see that its not just them; these issues have been around since the beginning will sit on a panel of commentators for the town hall discussions MC2 (SW/AW) Justin AilesBroadcast Journalist, Defense Media Activity detachment WAR


PAGE 3 other motor vehicles in the area, regardless of direction of travel, shall pull to the right side of the roadway as soon as safely pos sible, & shall remain there until the emergency vehicle has passed. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Instruction 11200.1B, REGULATION DI D-YA-KNOW Job/department: Age: Hometown: Motto: Heroes: Goal: Favorite TV show: Favorite hobby: Favorite movie: Favorite book: Favorite sports team: Greatest passion: Currently working on: Greatest accomplishment: Musician: How the N avy has improved his life: SEA TBELT S AFETY How often does Naval Security F orce (NSF) Guantanamo Bay complete seat belt checks? Seatbelt checks are done quarterly, and an annual report is sent to the Naval Safety Center as required by a Presidential executive order. How many people were caught without seat belts in the most recent seat belt check? The seat belt check in March was dismal, with about 73 percent seat belt usage rate and a number of individuals talking on cell phones. However, the June seat belt check only caught four non-users of seat How does NSF handle drivers who do not wear a seat belt?Since January, security has handed out 29 citations for not using seat belts, especially in Why should residents wear a seat belt if they are only driving 25 miles per hour?Most fatal motor vehicle crashes happen under 25 mph and within 45 miles of homein Guantanamo Bay, youre living in a statistic. What about when residents travel to the U.S. on leave or on permanent change of station orders?Seat belts have been in U.S. cars since 1964, and have been required by law since the 1970s. Currently, its the law in 49 states to wear a seat belt, and by instruction, military members are required to wear seat belts while on leave or other orders. It is a proven fact that seat belts will keep you in place in glass is NOT the best way to exit a vehicle, especially not during a crash. What should parents know about children and seat belts?Children under age 12 should be in the back seat at all times. Front seat passenger air bags are intended for adults and can injure a child under age 12. An individual, especially a child, can be injured or even killed during a car accident at 25 mph. Parents should not put their children in harms way. Additionally, parents should make sure their childrens car seats are installed properly and, if in the U.S., check that states car seat laws. Some states require that children under 18 months old need to be in a rearfacing car seat, regardless of weight or height of the child. SEA TBELT S AFETY 59% of those killed in car accidents between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. in 2005 were NOT wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. 44% percent of unrestrained passengers were killed during the day time in 2005. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and by 60% in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans. Nationwide, 77% of people buckled up during a fatal crash survived. In 2005, 68% of pickup truck drivers and 71% of pickup truck passengers who were killed in accidents were unrestrained. 62% of teenage passenger vehicle occupants who died in car crashes were NOT wearing their seat belts in 2005. Find us on F acebook! Weve had one too manyThis weekend, two residents of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay were charged for being caught drunk driving. Since January 2011, there have residents of the naval station. name, but I sure do hope that they are reading this. While I am sure that your command or employer held each and every one of you accountable for your despicable actions, be glad that you didnt hurt or kill anyone. The odds are that someone who is reading this article has had their lives irreversibly devastated you dont have to face victims of other drunk drivers and explain why you put yourself consuming alcohol. there is a larger body of people whose good friends or neighbors when these 10 people decided to drink alcohol and then drive a car? I would be willing to bet that none of these irresponsible individuals Paul Jones Hill throwing back a 12 pack by hisor herself. The chances are that each of the 10 drunken driving instances could have been stopped. If you are one of these true friends, reach back and pat yourself on sure you were not held accountable, your friend is in big trouble. that the 10 people charged with drunken those out there who have not been caught yet. Who knows? you may never get caught. This doesnt make you slick; this makes you morally corrupt. We are all required to live by a higher standard as members of the into any services core valuesespecially the values of honor, courage and commitment. There is no excuse for driving under the The base is relatively small and there is an extensive bus service that will get you where you need to go free of charge until 2 a.m. most nights. And if you are too good for the bus, try using your feet. I can think of very few places on base that wouldnt be considered walking distance. And there is always ole faithful; use a designated driver who doesnt consume a single drop of alcohol during your time at the bar. Do whatever you have to do. Dont get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, including Since my arrival to Guantanamo Bay in 2008, there have been DUIs issued to every faction of the naval stations community. Junior enlisted service members, chief employees, contractors and dependents have all been charged with DUI. Wake up folks, this is not the Sandals resort and we are not on Spring Break. We are here to perform a mission and represent the United States of America. Global Force for Good. WASHINGTONNavy Medicine announced June 21 it is looking for E-5 through E-9 Sailors and Marines to become drug and alcohol counselors for the Navy and Marine Corps Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program (SARP). Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor School (NDACS) at the Surface Warfare Medical Institute in San Diego, and enter into a for both Navy and international civilian We are looking for individuals who can really relate to other people, said Ted Judson, and contracts, NDACS. We need candidates who have good active listening skills, can judgmental, and show warmth and positive regard for others. NDACS Students learn counseling skills and techniques, the integration of 12-step programs with bio-cycle, social and spiritual aspects of substance abuse and dependence. Sailor and Marine applicants can be from any rating or MOS, but must meet certain criteria, including having no record of nonjudicial punishment for at least two years no exposure to work in mental health or treasures of life experiences, and end up leaving with profoundly altered views of the world around them and of themselves, said Jerry Adams, a psychologist and clinical preceptor at NDACS. They leave with skills that ready them for lifelong learning, NDACS is designed to provide training to military personnel who will eventually provide outreach, screening, assessment, and treatment of alcohol and other drug addictions for fellow Sailors and Marines. a year and is now accepting applications for its session that begins Oct. 4, 2011. Students participate in a variety of classroom activities including didactic lectures and experiential activities. They go through a three-week practicum experience work with drug and alcohol abusers in a surrounding their internship. Practice council sessions are recorded so that students can actually see themselves and evolve as counselors. There is no other Navy school like this, no other experience like this, said Judson. If you want a challenge to reach out beyond what you are doing now, then try this on. Once a candidate graduates NDACS, they enter a minimum one year internship Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC I). years, they can apply and take an international states, 14 countries and a number of federalreciprocal level as ADC IIs are highly sought Judson. Whoever the person is before they As drug and alcohol counselors, we do far more than just treat substance use disorders. The impact of what we do ripples out and well as families and loved ones. to 40 students, but in recent years typical classes have had an average enrollment of 10-15 students, according to Judson. We would absolutely welcome another classes of 40 students, said Judson. For more information, talk with your chain of command or call Chief Navy Counselor Robert Pagtakhan at 4812.Navy Medicine seeks SARP counselor candidatesPaul R. DillardNavy Medicine Public Affairs


PAGE 5 2011 PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION ministrative clerk at the Bayview, left the Philippines for the opportunities at Guanta namo Bay when her son was two years old. Seven years later, her son now 9, Santiago selflessly says she is proud to provide good customer service to American ser vice members and their families. You always have to think that ev ery person deserves that good feel ing, whatever their status, said Santiago. It feels really reward ing when I am able to help them or give them good service be cause they are so far from their families. Filipinos on NS Guantanamo Bay endure their own family separation because the Philippines is a third-world country, said Chief Navy Counselor Robert Pagtakhan, who was born in Manila, Philippines. The money they make work ing here allows them to support their families back in the Philippines, said Pagtakhan, who joined the Navy in 1995 after emigrating to the U.S. with his mother. It is in our nature to help people; we never turn anyone away. Pagtakhan said Filipino food is a crucial element to any party or celebration held by Filipinos. If you are invited to a party or dinner held by a Filipino, never eat before you get there because once you get there, youre going to get fed, said Pagtakhan. The kindness and friendship Filipino workers offer Americans on base is the signature of Filipino culture, which incorporates the food, dances and ideals of other cultures. The heritage of the Philippines can trace its roots to the Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and American cultures. Philippine culture is a melting pot of all cultures from around the world, said Pagtakhan. American culture is our greatest influence, but a great example of our cultural influences is our food: we get lumpia and pancit from China, em panadas from Spain, and our barbecue food from India. Celebrating Philippine independence on Guantanamo Bay was a unique experi ence for Pagtakhan, who will be involved in planning for next years celebration. The United States and the Philippines bonded in 1898 when the United States destroyed Spanish forces in Manila Bay, Philippines, helping the Philippines become independent of Spanish rule. This same time, halfway around the world, U.S. Marines had gained control of 45 square miles of land in southeast Cuba, which later became an American Naval base. 113 years later, the two cultures merged once again on June 18 at the Down town Lyceum on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, as base residents watched song and dance performances traditional to Filipino culture. This event was intended to mark more than a century of Philippine independence, and it didbut it offered much more to attendees. Base residents took this celebration as an opportunity to see and understand the culture of the 1,125 Filipino contractors who work on NS Guantanamo Bay. Base residents realized that, like American service members, Filipino contrac tors face long periods of separation from their loved ones to serve the U.S. Jhoanne Saenz Santiago, a secretary for BREMCOR who moonlights as an ad


PAGE 7 Disaster Supply Kit Do not The panel includes two veteran or active duty service members with prior deployments, a spouse or family member, and a chaplain or mental health professional. reactions to the play with audience in the discussion and it raises awareness individuals, their families including parents, and close friends. Theater of War helps audience members anguish over their experiences and they wont be the last ones. There are people who have been through the same things before and there are resources available to help. The dramatic readings featured awardwinning actors Phyllis Kaufman, Marin Ireland, Brian OByrne, William Mills Irwin, and Ato Essandoh. People in our audiences, especially military audiences, see their own stories and because they see themselves in these depictions, something very powerful happens, said Doerries. Audience members feel empowered to speak about their personal tribulations associated with military life and Theater of War provides an honest and sincere platform for those discussions. WAR Navy Personnel Command (NPC) leaders said permanent change-of-station (PCS) We are fully-funded for PCS through the Lewellyn, Navy distribution management director. Our current allocation of $667.5 orders. Just a few months earlier a shortfall in PCS funding was felt Fleet-wide. While Congress wanted to pass a defense appropriation bill, decreased lead time for Sailors receiving PCS orders. The average lead time between Sailors receiving orders and transferring was two months or less. MC1 (AW) LaTunya HowardNavy Personnel Command Public Affairs The current lead times have improved six months prior to their rotation dates, said Lewellyn. We expect to meet our goal by the end lead time, and Sailors moving to and from overseas assignments six months lead time. This level of funding moves us closer to calling the PCS obligation policy change (POPC) complete, said Lewellyn. and directed by the Department of Defense funded. The services now must obligate all PCS costs when orders are issued, versus when orders are executed Think of this policy change as the card, said Rear Adm. Donald Quinn, deputy chief of Navy personnel. Prior to 2009, PCS The Navy would pay the bill once the service member executed the move. Today, orders are are released, the Navy is charged. The policy changed three years ago, but now the focus is about regaining lead time, said Bowers. The reason weve done so well this year, following the continuing resolution, is because weve bought ahead, said Cmdr. Kendra Bowers, deputy director Navy distribution management. At the end of September 2010, we had bought so many orders ahead that people detaching in October, November and December had their orders in hand. According to Bowers, NPC writes approximately 70,000 PCS orders annually. The buy ahead funds approximately 17,000 more orders. We have funding and we are releasing orders, said Bowers. If Sailors do not have orders in-hand and they are within 30 to 60 days of their transfer date, they need to call the NPC customer service center (CSC) or have their chain of command call. Sailors with PCS questions can call the NPC CSC at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC; email at CSCMailbox@navy.mil or us the self-help NPC Knowledge Base webpage. PCS funding back on trackThe 2011 Atlantic hurricane season has already seen two named storms. At any time, the warm Caribbean water can help form a hurricane with only a few days notice. Make sure your disaster supply kits are prepared in case a hurricane forms that may pass over Guantanamo Bay. Theater of War also took place at the W.T. 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Any day in GTMOMembers of the mess assigned to N aval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Joint Task Force Guantanamos Joint Medical Group, participate in the cake cutting ceremony with guest of honor, Command Master Chief Tammy Heap, the command master chief of II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, N .C., during the Hospital Corps birthday ball held June 17 at the Windjammer. PHO T O B Y R OSSELLA T OMASELLIResidents of Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, remembered a base employee during a memorial service June 19 at the United Jamaican Fellowship Church. John Sewell, a retired NS Guantanamo Bay June 4 from cancer. He is survived by his wife, Ann Marie, and his daughter, Ruthann, who turned oneyear-old June 23. He was 51. Sewell began working at NS Guantanamo Bay in 1985 when he took a contractor position with Burns and Roe and a second job at McDonalds. In 1986, was promoted to the rank of captain in 2009. Sewell retired in November of 2010 and returned to Jamaica. During his eulogy, Carmen Wilson, Sewells friend, said he was an example of a person who used every opportunity to share his skill and talents with the NS Guantanamo Bay community. If you were down or feeling sad, he always has a word of happiness to give you, he always has a bright smile, said Mario Alando Downie, 2007. I never heard that man say anything bad about anyone or give anyone bad advice; he has always been an inspirational person. Downie said that knowing Sewell helped him stay motivated and ambitious. He made me want to be a captain and be a leader so that I can be an inspiration for other persons and young Downie said. He has propelled me to want to move forward to be Abner Brown, who had known Sewell since 1994, said that his dedication to the fire department had no limits. No hours could stop him from helping you to get any test, any training, any outstanding work done, said Brown. He had so much and gave so much. To me, he [never] held back anything. He lived his life to the fullest. Terence R. Peck Did you know? Call 800-822-6344 or visit www.stjude.org to learn more. A CFC Participant provided as a public service.