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OCT. 28, 2011 uantanamo ay MCC(SW) Bill MestaNaval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs USCGC Oak Takes Care of GTMOs Navigational BuoysThe United States Coast Guard sea-going buoy ten der USCGC Oak (WLB-211) pulled into Naval Sta tion Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Oct. 19-22. The Oak visited the naval station to perform repairs and maintenance on the bases navigational buoys. The upkeep and repair of the naval stations buoys is very important so that ships that are traveling through our harbor can navigate safely, said Quartermaster 2nd Class Dennis Steel, a dock-master assigned to the NS Guantanamo Bay port operations department. If the harbors navigational aids are not regularly main tained, they will become degraded. This would in crease the possibility of ships running aground or into the buoys, causing serious damage to the vessel. The Oak is one of 16 Coast Guard cutters that special ize in servicing navigational buoys. The United States Coast Guard Sea-going Buoy Tender USCGC Oak (WLB-211) lowers a navigational buoy to be reinstalled in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Cubas harbor. The Oak spent three days at the naval station perform ing maintenance and repairs on the bases navigational aids.-Photograph by MCC Bill MestaThe Oak came to GTMO to fix discrepancies found on the buoys in the naval stations harbor, said Steel, While here, the crew of the Oak worked on the naval stations buoy lights, electrical wiring, replaced worn parts, and repaired some of the day-markers, Recently members of the U.S. Coast Guard out of Yor ktown, Virginia provided navigaitonal aid repair and maintence training to port operations personnel. We were taught how to troubleshot and repair the lights that are mounted on the bouys, said Steel. They showed us how to check for bad wiring, degraded bat teries or broken light-bulbs. The training that the naval stations personnel re cieved will help keep the bases navigational aids op erational between the Oaks visits. The Oak visits the naval station approximatly twice a year to work on the buoys.
Set the thermostat for your central air conditioning system at the highest comfortable set ting (78 to 80 degrees F is recommended). If you normally set it at 72 degrees F, raising it to 78 degrees F should save between 12 and 47 percent in cooling costs, depending on the climate where you live. EN E RGY DI DYA-KNOW Job/department: Age: Hometown: Quote: All great things are simple and can be expressed in Hero: Favorite hobby: Gourmet Cook ing and Golf Favorite book: Favorite movie: Greatest passion: Daughter Greatest accomplishment: Ambition/Goal: Degree in Architecture How the Navy has improved his life: Sailor of the Week because: and made the repairs required to operational. On Jan. 7, the Air Mobility Com mand (AMC) flights servicing Naval Station Guantanamo, Cuba will change its schedule. The flights to and from the naval sta tion will swap origination/termination points with the Saturday flight begin ning and returning to Naval Air Station (NAS) Norfolk and the Tuesday flight starting and ending at Baltimore Inter national Airport (BWI). Norfolk, Virginia has the largest navy base in the world and many of GTMOs residents execute permanent moves to or from that area, said Drew Lasseter, the naval stations airfield fa cilities manager. By having the rota tor originate and end in Norfolk, we are going to be able to better serve the GMTO community. Both flights will still make an inter -GMTOs A MC Rotator Schedule to Change mediate stop at NAS Jacksonville and the show times will remain the same. Currently AMC has six flights per month to and from the Baltimore, Wash ington area while there are only two per month going to Norfolk, said Lasseter. Realigning the AMC flights will pro vide four flights per month to BWI and NAS Norfolk. Two of the monthly flights to the Washington-Baltimore area will be to Andrews Air Force Base and require passengers to be eligible to fly in a Space Available status. Travelers for the New Year s holiday period should plan their travel careful ly, said Lasseter. The flights on Jan. 7, 14 and 21 will operate to and from Nor folk, while the Jan. 10 and 14 flights will operate to and from Baltimore. For more information about AMC flights that service GTMO please call the air terminal at 6204 or 6408.U SNH GTMO Dental Services to M ove TemporarilyThe Dental Department at USNH Guantanamo will be moving to tem porary facilities, Nov. 7-10.The facilities are being relocated so that upgrades can be made to the permanent dental wing. Dental services will be relocated to the C, wing and the Mobile Dental Van until the summer of 2012, said Hospital Corps man 1st Class Anthony Wivell, the hos pitals public affairs officer. All patients will be checking in at the C wing recep tion desk located on the second deck, to the right side as you exit the double eleva tors. Signs will be posted directing patients to the temporary dental check-in location, said Wivell Dental services will be conducted in 2 locations; at the dental clinic and in the Mobile Dental Van located outside the emergency room entrance, said Wivell. Dental laboratory services, which in clude dental appliances such as night/bite guards and sports guards, will not be of fered during the move. The week of the move, the dental de partment will be providing sick-call and emergency services only, said Wivell. Sick-call hours are from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. each Mon, Tues, and Thurs and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wed. The dental office will be closed for Veterans Day on Nov. 11. For more information about the dental departments temporary move, please con tact Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Orlando Atencia at 7-2119. MCC(SW) Bill MestaNaval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public AffairsMCC(SW) Bill MestaNaval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs
PAGE 3 A Sailor with Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cubas Security department bid farewell to his German Sheppard canine partner when he was adopted by a family here on Oct. 21. Atos, a Military Working Dog (MWD), leash was taken Toal when he was released to Lt. Nicholas Pecci, Security ily. Its sad to lose a dog, but on another note, it always makes a handler feel good to know that the dog is going to someone that wants him, said Toal. They (handlers) know that they are going to take care of them. Toal and Atos were together for more than two years, in cluding a 9-month deployment to Iraq supporting Opera tion Iraqi Freedom. As an explosive patrol dog, Atos detected and located weapon caches and Improvised Explosive Devises (IED), in addition to conducting house searches and foot patrols in Iraq. Atos located one of the largest weapons caches in the Anbar Province comprising of 229 pieces of ordinance, IED components, 31 mortars, 98 rockets, 45 hand grenades and 500 feet of detonating cord. Atos is retiring from active duty because while he was deployed to Iraq he became overheated which damaged his bodies ability to regulate his temperature. Toal said that over the six years that Atos has served in He has been phenomenal and is very well-rounded, said Toal, who joined in the Navy in 2001. Toal, who has worked a total of nine dogs over his seven years as a dog handler, will be leaving Guantanamo Bay to become an instruct er at the Dog Training school in San Antonio, Texas. His duties at the school will be to train new I get to pass my knowledge on everything I gather ed through the years from both deployments Ive done in Iraq, said Toal. Hopefully, what I teach the handlers or teach the dogs will save other peoples lives. For Pecci, adopting Atos was an opportunity for his two Guantanamo Bays K-9 War Hero Retires From Active Duty Before we came down here, my children wanted to get a dog, but the house we were living in didnt allow us to, said Pecci, who arrived to GTMO in June. We didnt have time during the move so we were going to look around to see if we The Pecci family was able to adopt a military working dog because of a law enacted in 2000 called The Robby Law. The law permits these dogs to be adopted as pets or be trans ferred to other government law enforcement agencies. A dog placed is placed in disposition status is unable to per form full military duties. The dog is given a medical examina tion and a temperament assessment to screen for eligibility for adoption. When he found out that Atos was placed in a disposition status, he introduced him to the children. Atos is a playmate for my two sons, said Pecci. They re ally like dogs, a lot of their friends had dogs in Virginia and they know I used to be a working dog handler, so they have been around them all their lives. Pecci said that having a former military working dog as a Mr. Terence PeckNaval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs Halloween is meant to be a day of fun! Increasingly, er or not youve got young ghouls and goblins to care for, there are a few things to remember to keep Halloween a night of treats, rather than tragedy. Motorists: dark clothing. Parents: supervising the outing for children under age 12. S A FET Y DEP AR TME N T DI DYA-KNOW an established route. Tell them to be alert for cars and drivers who dont or cant see them. ings that are well-lit and never to enter a strangers home. (Falls are the leading cause of injuries on Halloween.) Single Sailors and Marines: do so responsibly. that Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for on Halloween occur as a result of driving while intoxicated. Lt. Nick Pecci, wife, Lisa and their sons, four-year-old Ryan and six-year-old Jaled recently adopted Atos, a German Sheppard Military Working Dog-Photo by Terence R. Peck K-9
One year old Veronica Diaz enjoys her morning at the Child Youth Programs Pumpkin Patch -Photo by Terence R. Peck
MCC(SW) Bill MestaNaval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cubas Child and Youth Program (CYP) hosted a pumpkin patch at the Youth Center Oct. 22. The CYP provided pumpkins to approximately 250 who reside at the naval station. kins that kids can explore and choose just the right one to take home and carve for Halloeen, said Kar en Simon, the CYP director. GTMOs CYP strives to keep our GTMO families busy with kid-friendly events. In addition to the pumpkins, families took part in This is our second year hosting the Pumpkin Patch, said Simon. It was such a successful event again. The Pumpkin Patch was the perfect seasonal event and brings a touch of home to GTMO. GTMOs CYP has lots of family friendly events planned for the future. I Believe in the Great Pumpkin
Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs K-9 GM1 Michael Braun Weapons DepartmentNEX/MWR Customer Appreciation Weekend Schedule of Events needed a home and we needed a dog. For more information on adopting a former military work ing dog, go to Lackland Air Force Base site is lackland.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-080317-045. pdf. E-4 Sailors Can Become Command Financial Specialist Assistants Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) announced Oct. 26 they will begin a Navy-wide pilot program to enable E-4 Sailors to become assistants to the Command Financial Specialist (CFS). Details of this program were released in NAVADMIN 318/11. Sailors participating in this program will be trained to assist Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Personal Financial Management (PFM) counselors. These young Sailors will assist our counselors with outreach and training to the millennial generation (18-23 year-olds), said Fred Davis, CNIC PFM program analyst. We feel that if we can have financially successful E-4 s to augment our training program that they can mentor and provide peer-to-peer influence for other Sailors. Recent studies indicate today s 18-23 year-old Sailors make financial decisions based largely on peer recom mendations. E-4s account for more than 57 percent of total coun selees, and more than 44 percent of them ask for budget ing help or advice on credit issues during that counseling session, added Davis. The program is voluntary, and volunteers will be screened at the local FFSC with the PFM counselor and their command CFS. Only those with the highest com mand endorsement will be allowed into the program, ac cording to Davis. Sailors approved to participate in this pilot will receive an abbreviated CFS course (minus counseling training). They may not be appointed or serve as the financial coun selors but will serve as co-facilitators to FFSC PFM coun selors.
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Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NSGuantanamoBay A view the solar farm that will power the Denich Gym expansion-Photo by MCC Bill Mesta Throughout the month of October, Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is observing Energy Aware ness Month which runs from Oct. 1-31, on base. This year s Energy Awareness Month themed, Turn Words into Action; Turn Action into Results, promotes energy conservation for base residents. GTMO is an isolated base and produc es all of its own electricity and water, said Tim Wagoner, NS Guantanamo Bays It is every one s responsibility to conserve whenever possible. The naval station is currently construct ing a solar farm that is approximately the electricity for the expansion of Denich Gym at the Cooper Field sports complex. The gym solar array will provide pow er directly to the gym for operation, re ducing the amount of power that needs to be produced by the diesel generators, said Wagoner. The gym solar array will use photovoltaic (PV) panels; PV is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct cur rent electricity which is then converted to alternating current that can be used by the facility. The implementation of solar technology will be valuable to the naval station as us ing alternative, renewable energy sources will reduce the cost and emissions that result from producing electricity using diesel generators. GTMO poised to harvest the power of the SunMCC(SW) Bill MestaNaval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs This solar array is important to the scale solar array on the station and will show the possibilities of solar power on the station, said Wagoner. The use of alternative energy sources is extremely important for the base to provide energy security to it. Currently with the diesel generators we are completely dependent on the fuel that is delivered to the sta tion. Another example of new solar technol ogy at GTMO is the recently installed pe rimeter lighting on the Leeward side of the naval station. The solar perimeter lights will reduce our electrical consumption by running by solar panels during the day which re duces the amount of power that needs to be produced by diesel generators, said Wagoner. Other recent equipment added to the naval stations inventory to make the base tors. The LED lights are approximately 75 vapor and high pressure sodium counter parts which results in less power that has to be produced by the diesel generators, said Wagoner. The new generators have it takes less diesel fuel to produce the same amount of power as the old genera tors.