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DEC. 09, 2011 uantanamo ay MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor A RMY Tugboat Assists GTMO Port Ops With Barge Transfer U nited States Army Vessel (USAV MG) Winfield Scott (LT-805) ported Naval Station (NS) Guanta namo Bay, Cuba, Dec. 4-6. The Large Tug Class tugboat was in port to transfer a decommissioned single-hull fuel barge to NS Mayport, Florida, at no cost to the military. This visit highlights the joint ties between the United States Army and Navy, said NS Guantanamo Bay Port Operations Officer Lt. Thomas Ware. The movement of the fuel barge by Winfield Scott provides a cost savings of over $500,000 to the government, as well removes a barge that would certainly become an environmental hazard, and possibly a navigational hazard downrange. Efforts to return the barge to the U.S. for disposition have been ongoing since 1999. The barge was stricken from the naval record per environmental law in March, 2008. The barge is a single hulled fuel barge and, as such, no longer meets the requirements for use, said Ware. All Navy fuel barges are now double-hulled for safety reasons. Sailing from Fort Eustis, Virginia, Winfield Scotts 25man crew prepared the fuel barge for transfer as part of their 14-day deployment. This is a no-cost move that provides my soldiers with training on ocean towing, and saves the Navy a large sum of money, said Vessel Master Army Chief Warrant Officer (CWO4) Joseph Helmsderfer. We are the only active duty 800-series tug in the Army that is running at all times, and this opportunity provided a chance for Army and Navy personnel to work together and receive some valuable training. rom more see ARMY TUGBOAT
NAVSTA GTMO shall conform with conservation goals of the Navy, without compromising sively seek out and eliminate energy waste. The command shall take every feasible initiative to achieve real and measurable consumption reduction while maintaining military readiness and safety. NAVSTAGTMOINST 4100.2 Energy and Water Management Program REGULATION DI D-YA-KNOW Job/department: Dockmaster/ Age: Hometown: Quote: N/A Sports Team: Favorite Hobby: N/A Favorite book: N/A Favorite movie: Favorite GTMO restaurant: Favorite musician: AC/DC Favorite TV show: Ambition: Currently working on: for How the Navy has improved his life: Sailor of the Week because: B ase officials at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are re minding base residents on the impor tance of energy conservation throughout the month of December. NS Guantanamo Bays Public Works De partment emphasize that the community remain energy conscious when exterior decorating during the holiday season, as the installation produces all electricity used on base. Most people decorate their homes to show their holiday spirit, but after 9 p.m. there really arent many people out and about on the installation to enjoy the lights, said Public Works Officer Cdr. Anthony Conley. Any lights left on af ter 9 p.m. are merely consuming more energy and costing the government more money. Conley advises that residents should P MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor consider buying miniature lights (which use about 70 percent less energy than larger bulbs) when decorating the exte rior of their homes. Christmas bulbs average between five and 10 watts of consumption per bulb, said Conley. During 2010, the naval sta tion consumed an additional 875,000 kilo watts between November and December, resulting in an additional $265,000 in en ergy costs. Placing lights on a timer, with the preferred lighting time being 5 p.m. 8 p.m., provides another opportunity to save energy. Conley said housing residents should also look to minimize the number of exte rior ornamentation used when decorating for the holidays. There are numerous ways to conserve energy during the holidays, said Conley. Looking for opportunities to save energy around the home is an important part of the holiday season. T he Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Pro gram (VITA) at Naval Station (NS) Guan tanamo Bay, Cuba, will hold a preliminary vol NS Guantanamo Bay Navy Legal Service base residents to discuss volunteer service op portunities and how they may assist with tax preparation during the upcoming tax season. and mature volunteers that understand the im personal information, said NLSO Legalman 2nd Class Miranda Fuller. We are seeking in week, as well begin providing services once V ITA Program Offers Volunteer Opportunities MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor The VITA program provides Sailors, retirees and their dependents the ability to receive aid with their taxes, and to have their returns pre pared for free by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) trained volunteers. VITA volunteers will receive training and as sistance from me and other personnel who will said Fuller. Volunteers will be required to pass the basic, intermediate, advanced and military provide will assist the volunteers in receiving The NLSO and Joint Task Force (JTF) Legal service until April 15, 2012. To learn more about VITA volunteer oppor tunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org. mil, or call x4692.
PAGE 3 A fillable form is now available online to help with paying patient accounts. Go to www.pay.gov. In the left column, under the heading Find Public Forms, type in GTMO and click the GO button. Click Open The Hospital Payment Form, and complete the form online. If your personal account number is unknown, call the Patient Ac counts Office at 72230, 72074, or 72610. Accounts may still be paid in cash or by check. UNITE D STATE S NAVAL HO S PITAL DI D-YA-KNOW U.S. NAVAL HOSPITAL, GUANTANAMO BAY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE TEL: 011-53-99-72102 FAX: 011-53-99-72640 EMAIL: STACEY.BYINGTON@MED.NAVY.MIL O ver the past few years, synthetic THC (the hal lucinogenic chemical in marijuana) known as Spice, K2, and Blaze, as well as the synthetic stimulants commonly called bath salts or plant food, have seen increased use by service members. On Oct. 21, 2011, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) placed the synthetic stimulants in bath salts and plant food onto the same list of banned substances as heroin and marijuana. This means that the same fed eral criminal penalties that apply to use of heroin and marijuana will now apply to use of bath salts and similar drugs. The DEA took the same action for the synthetic THC in Spice and similar drugs on 1 Mar. 1, 2011. DEA noted that these actions are necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety. While the federal government only recently banned these substances, they have been banned by the Navy since 2005. Use or possession of these substances by Navy personnel is forbidden and could possibly sub ject a Sailor to non-judicial punishment (NJP), admin istrative separation, or court-martial under UCMJ Art. 112a or UCMJ Art. 92 (for violation of OPNAVINST 5350.4D, SECNAVINST 5300.28E and/or NAVADMIN 108/10). However, in addition to the possible severe legal consequences, individual Sailors and Navy lead ership should understand the harmful and potentially deadly effects of using these drugs. The DEA states that they have received an increas ing number of reports from poison control centers, hospitals and law enforcement organizations citing ex amples of individuals using synthetic THC and expe riencing serious side effects such as convulsions, anxi ety attacks, dangerously elevated heart rates, increased blood pressure, vomiting, and disorientation. The re ported side effects of bath salts include agitation, para noia, high blood pressure, hallucinations, chest pain, suicidality, and psychosis. A LT Jesse Adams Sailors should be aware that ingesting these synthet ic drugs can lead to bad reactions and deadly results. The manufacturers of these banned substances actually label many of these substances as not fit for human consumption. For example, police in West Virginia recently arrested a man after they found him dressed in womens clothing, standing with his pants down over a blood-soaked goat that he allegedly stole and killed. He blamed his bizarre behavior on the use of bath salts. Additionally, Reuters News Agency reported claims from the European Union that mephedrone, a chemi cal often found in bath salts, was directly linked to the deaths of two people and is possibly tied to the deaths of 37 more. There are many more such stories. Very few scientific studies have been done on these synthetic drugs, so the immediate and long term effects on the body and human brain are mostly unknown. The few studies that have been done on JWH-018, the compound generally found in Spice, indicate that it is more potent and efficacious than THC. This means that lower concentrations of JWH-018 can have a greater and higher maximal psychological effect on the brain than that of THC. In short, the greater potency of the synthetic substances means there is a much greater risk of overdose. Adding to their dangerous nature is the lack of qual ity control in their manufacture. Most of the products sold are simply plant matter soaked in the synthetic compounds in a non-uniform manner, so its impos sible for the Sailor to know how much of the synthetic drug he or she is actually ingesting. That also greatly increases the risk of overdose. The bottom line point that Sailors need to understand that there are enormous consequences to using these synthetic drugs and that they go beyond legal, dis ciplinary, or career consequences. It is important for Sailors to know the risks they take when putting these chemicals in their bodies, and the potentially disas trous long-term effects it may have on their lives.
M orale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, hosted the 2011 holiday parade, Dec. 3. The annual celebration showcased over 30 season at the installation. This event is important for the community to feel a sense of togetherness, said MWR Com munity Activities Director Amiee MacDonnell. This is such a rich tradition at GTMO, and this holiday season for base residents. Community members were treated to festive MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor G Sampson schools, Child and Youth Programs, United States Naval Hospital, Fire Department, and many other participants. This year s parade illuminated the streets of holiday spirit, said MacDonnell. The support and participation we received from the commu nity truly made this a memorable experience. At the conclusion of the parade, base residents were treated to performances from W.T. Samp sons cheerleaders, choir, and dance teams, as well as a concert from featured Grammy-nomi nated Country recording artists, Emerson Drive. Holiday Parade 2011
H ousing officials at Naval Station (NS) Guantana mo Bay, Cuba, are reminding residents of their responsibilities as they prepare for travel throughout the month of December. For holiday vacation planning purposes, NS Guan tanamo Bays Housing Office is highlighting occupant requirements prior to leaving their quarters. Per Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) occupants are required to notify Housing in writing when absent longer than seven days, unless otherwise stated in local regulations, said NS Guan tanamo Bay Housing Office Director Rudy Sammons. The notification should be dated and include the dates of absence as well as an emergency point of con tact. This guidance applies to family housing occu pants only and not to bachelor housing occupants. According to Sammons, all family housing assign ment letters indicate the resident has received a copy of the Occupancy Agreement for Navy Family Hous ing, which states that residents shall report to the MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor Chaplain Tung Tran A chaplain is one who provides reli gious ministry to people of his or her own faith, facilitates for religious exercise C haplains Corner A RMY TUGBOAT The barge is scheduled to transfer to the Defense Lo gistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services (formerly known as the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Ser vice) which oversees the reuse, transfer, donation, sale or disposal of excess government property. We have a close working relationship with the Navy, said Helmsderfer. We strive to provide a valuable asset as a military ocean-going tugboat, vice commercial ser we do is somewhat of a lost art in the military. As tow ing and salvage professionals, we are the only military resource that provides this service. We are the tug guys. Housing Office and complete an Absence-From-Quar ters form whenever extended absences are anticipated to exceed 72 hours. Many times a family will ask someone to housesit for them, said Sammons. If that individual somehow gets locked out of the house, Housing will not allow that person back into the residence without the Absence-From-Quarters form. The Absence-From-Quarters form also serve as a tracking tool, in the event of a required muster during a natural disaster event. This form provides both Housing and the Security Department a point of contact for any issues that may arise during the sponsor s absence, said Sammons. Too many times, families have returned from leave only to find their homes flooded or other damage from natural causes. Completion of this form is for the pro tection of the resident. For more information on the Absence-From-Quarters form, search the NAVSTA intranet/Housing Depart ment link, or call x4432. What Is A Chaplain? of other faiths, cares for all, and give advisement to commanding W hy do I want to be a Navy chaplain? My desire to serve in the country and fellow men. It comes from the heroism of chaplains who gave their lives to protect and save those who serve in wars, waters of Europe during World War II, Fr. Vincent Capodanno, have either served in the military or are still on active duty or who have been chaplains in the military. And all of them have spoken highly of their experience and adventures in their service. W hy the Navy? I want to serve in the Navy as a way of saying thanks to the United States, those who gave their lives in Viet nam, and all who have served in the military. This is a way of serving God and showing gratitude to God by loving and serving His people. I want to share the joys and struggles of the men and women in the uniform, their families, and those who work with them. I want to show my solidarity with them. I want to be a part of the force that cultivates and defends freedom in the U.S. and around the world, a force that builds bridges, friendships, and un derstanding through humanitarian missions. As a chaplain I want to remind people of their dignity of a being free people and to encourage them to be good, strong and heroic leaders as well as faithful followers. I am happy to be a member of TEAM GTMO. I am here to do my share in the GTMO mission and with everyone involved in that mission.
PAGE 7 What Is A Chaplain? The SCOOP DODEA GTMO JOB HUNT VEHICLES ELECTRONICS not be pub removed after HOUSEHOLD GOODS MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SPECIAL AMC ROTATOR CHANGE JTFS SAFE RIDE HOME. TUESDAY NIGHT TRIVIA AND PASTA YOUTH CENTER ART CARNIVAL ARMY VS NAVY FLAG FOOTBALL GAME HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE BRUNCH WITH SANTA 12 DAYS OF FITNESS NASCAR MEET AND GREET SPOUSE ORIENTATION 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DODGEBALL SCOTT KIRBY LIVE SHOWS HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES MWR RECREATION ASSISTANT, COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES COOK (BAYVIEW) (2) COMPUTER TECH WAITER/WAITRESS (3) BOWLING MANAGER FOOD SERVICE (4) I.D. CHECKER (BAYVIEW) (2) CHILD AND YOUTH PROGRAMS ASSISTANT LIBRARY AID To apply for a job, call the Human OUTDOOR REC YARD SALE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) is currently accepting applications GTMO SHOPPER . V com LOST AND FOUND FRIDAY DEC. 09 Hugo (new) The Thing (new) SATURDAY DEC. 10 Arthur Christmas (new) Real Steel SUNDAY DEC. 11 Happy Feet 2 MONDAY DEC. 12 Whats Your Number (last) TUESDAY DEC. 13 Dolphin Tale (last) WEDNESDAY DEC. 14 50/50 THURSDAY DEC. 15 Twilight: Breaking Dawn CALL THE MOVIE HOTLINE @ 4880 MOVIES DOWNTOWN LYCEUM DON SUPPLY TECHNICIAN FAMILY LIFE SPECIALIST EDUCATION SVCS FACILITATOR SECRETARY
T he Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Na val Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, presented Country music group Emerson Drive, Dec. 3. The Grammy-nominated act performed at the Down town Lyceum as part of the installations annual holiday parade and Christmas celebration. MWR Community Activities Director Amiee MacDonnell. MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NSGuantanamoBay TMO Events like these are important to give the community a way to start the holidays in an enjoyable way for everyone. Emerson Drive entertained the community with their re cent singles, Moments and Fall Into Me, before inviting children in the audience on-stage to sing along with classic Christmas songs. We chose a country act for the holiday performance based on customer feedback from our last entertainment survey, said MacDonnell. Emerson Drive appealed to all audienc es and this was a truly special holiday performance.