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DEC. 23, 2011 uantanamo ay MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor B CO Provides GTMO With Christmas Phone Booth T he Base Communications Office (BCO) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is provid ing children a Christmas phone booth, located at the Navy Exchange (NEX) atrium, throughout December. The telephone provides a direct line to the North Pole for community members to leave a message re questing Christmas gifts from Santa Clause. The phone booth connects to Santas office, just pick up the phone and leave him a message of what you Guantanamo Bay resident Brandi Lasseter and daughter Sienna utilize Santas Hotline at the NEX atrium, Dec. 22. The phone booth connects callers directly to Santas office at the North Pole. Community members are invited to leave a message requesting gifts for Christmas. would like for this holiday season, said Charles Price BCO Telephone Technician. During his breaks from checking his list of who is naughty or nice, he will listen to your message. The Santa Hotline telephone service is free and will be available during the holiday season. There were more than 800 calls placed to Santa last year, said Price. Were keeping the tradition going be cause no matter where you are in the world, you can always reach Santa. The service helps GTMOs children get into the holiday spirit.
Job/department: Gift Giver Age: Old Hometown: Quote: Favorite sports team: Favorite hobby: Favorite book: Christmas Favorite movie: Favorite GTMO restaurant: Favorite musician: Favorite TV show: Greatest passion: Ambition: Currently working on: toys and How the Navy has improved his life: Sailor of the Week because: an awesome Christmas morn a Merry Christmas to you and L aw enforcement officials at Na val Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are reminding base residents of the installations regulations prohibiting the use of cellular phones while driving on base. Distracted driving increases the chance of being involved in an accident. In Octo ber, text messaging service became avail able to GTMO residents. Texting while driving is also against base regulations. According to Guantanamo Bay Motor Vehicle regulations (GBMVC Art 422A), driver use of a hand-held cellular phone in a moving vehicle is prohibited, said Master at Arms 1st Class Olga Olivo NS Guantanamo Bay Security Operations Leading Petty Officer. Texting while driving is unauthorized. With distrac tions such as passengers, music and traf fic, there are already more than enough influences to cause an accident. Adding texting into the picture only increases the risk. According to President Obamas 2009 Executive Order on text messaging, ev ery day, Federal employees drive Gov ernment-owned, Government-leased, GTMO R eminded Of Distracted Driving Dangers MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor or Government-rented vehicles (collec tively, GOV) or privately-owned vehicles (POV) on official Government business, and some Federal employees use Govern ment-supplied electronic devices to text or e-mail while driving. The executive order states that Fed eral employees shall not engage in text messaging when driving GOVs, or when driving POVs while on official Govern ment business, or when using electronic equipment supplied by the Government while driving. A Federal Government-wide prohibi tion on the use of text messaging while driving on official business or while us ing Government-supplied equipment will help save lives, reduce injuries, and set an example for State and local governments, private employers, and individual driv ers, according to the executive order. If you need to call or text when op erating a vehicle, pull completely off the road in a safe area, turn on the haz ard flasher lights and come to a com plete stop, said Olivo. If a motorist is found not in compliance with base regulations, consequences can include up to three points deducted from your driver s license privileges. T he Child and Youth Program held a Parents Appre ciation Dinner at the Windjammer Ballroom Dec. 14. During the program, parents were treated to a dinner and dance performances by the Teen Center Dance Group The Child and Youth Program wanted to appreciate the parents in a special way, because we recognize that they have supported and entrusted their children who are their most prized possession into our care, said Rachel Logan, GTMOs Navy Child & Youth Programs. We appreciate them for that. In addition to the dances, Christmas songs were sang by Kaitlin Simon and Haley Causey; The Cheetahs, The Tigers and Kool Cats; and Logistics Specialist 3rd Class CYP H olds Parents A ppreciation Dinner Terence Peck dedication to Karen Simon, GTMOs Child Development Cen ters director. I really wanted to appreciate her because shes a mom, Williams-Anderson said. She puts her personal needs aside to help us go forward at the CYP. Cheer Coaches and parent volunteers were presented with awards for their participation with the CYP children. Mary Graves-Harwood received an award for such activi ties as participating in Parent Involvement Board meetings For spearheading the Teen Dance Group, Denise Winkler unteering to coach many of the childrens sports activities, in cluding cheerleading. Michelle Nordman and Andrew Torre received their awards for their participation in supporting and Regina Peck was recognized with a Vote of Thanks for her participation in various CYP activities. We would hope the parents feel appreciated and enjoy watching their children as they showcase their talents, said Logan. We want parents to feel comfortable and relaxed knowing that the Child and Youth Program cares tremen dously about their children.
PAGE 3 M any of GTMO housing residents will be leaving the installation to visit family and friends over the holiday season. Before taking off for that holiday vacation, there are certain steps housing residents must take to ensure they are following the rules on vacating quarters for a period of time. All family housing assignment letters indicate the resident has received a copy of the Occupancy Agree ment for Navy Family Housing, said Rudy Sammons, GTMOs Housing Director. 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. The occupancy agreement requires that housing residents complete an Absence from Quarters form whenever they are going to be absent from their quar ters for 72 hours or more. The form must be turned in to the housing office. H ousing R esidents R eminded T o C omplete A bsence F orm Terence Peck This form provides both Housing and Security a point of contact for any issues that may arise during the sponsors absence, said Sammons. The form is available on the Naval Stations intranet, housing de partment link. A copy of the form should also be provided to the person who will be watching over the house during the sponsors absence, said Sammons. Completion of this form is for the protection of the residents, said Rudy. Too many times, families have returned from leave only to find their house flooded. Without the form, no one will be able to enter the home until the residents return. Many times a family will ask someone to house sit for them, Rudy said. If that house sitter somehow gets locked out of the house, housing will not allow that person back into the house without the Absence from Quarters form. The Absence from Quarters form can be found on the Naval Stations intranet under the Housing Depart ment. For more information, call housing at 4172/4174. T he Safety departments Explosive Safety Program at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was in spected by Naval Ordnance Safety and Security Activity (NOSSA), Dec. 10-17. The bi-yearly review was conducted to review how the Safety department ensures the safe transportation, han dling, storage and use of ammunition and explosives at the installation. The Explosive Safety Program consists of 13 sub-pro NS Guantanamo Bay Occupational Safety and Health Program falls under installations Safety departments; however, all departments and commands that use or handle ammunition and explosives are part of the inspec tion. Once the inspections are complete, installations and as G TMOs Explosive Safety P rogram Evaluated MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor sociated tenant departments Explosive Safety Programs receive either a grade of satisfactory or unsatisfactory. NS Guantanamo Bay received a score of satisfactory for the 2007, 2009, and 2011 Explosive Safety Program in The NOSSA inspection team informed the command storage magazines (built between 1942 and 1945) were the cleanest and well maintained magazines they had seen, NS Guantanamos Weapons department, and photos of the magazines will be utilized as training aids on proper maintenance for other participating commands. NOSSA consists of active duty military, reservists and civilian personnel who manage all aspects of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps explosives safety and ordnance environmental programs. NOSSA is located in Indian Head, Md. and has two de tachments; one located in Norfolk, Va. and the other in San Diego, Ca. As the Chief of Naval Operations tech nical authority for Explosives Safety, NOSSA provides explosives safety oversight from concept development, production and deployment, to demilitarization. SAFETY DEPARTMENT DI DYA-KNOW T he supply of readily available electrical outlets is inadequate in some buildings, es pecially older ones. To meet power supply needs, extension cords or surge protected power strips are often interconnected, or daisy chanied, to readily provide more outlets and/or to reach greater distances. Another common solution is to create a mixed daisy chain, inter connecting extension cords and power strips. However, interconnecting these devices is a violation of Occupational Safety and Health Admininstration (OSHA) regulations and the doing so can cause them to become overloaded, leading to their failure and a possible fire. Daisy chains and mixed daisy chains constitute some of the most common violations identified during health and safety inspections.
2011 Year In Review G uantanamo Bay
LT Douglas Holmes NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Chapel Services T he Chapel Department on the Hill Wishes each and every one of you a Merry Christmas, Happy C haplains Corner Happy Holidays Hanukah, Good Yule and Happy Holidays! Commercialism, commercialism, buy this, or buy that the ads say. You need a gift for this and a housewarm ing present for that. Yes it is that time of the year again when the stores online and the loved ones around us are expected to buy things and celebrate a day off. Yet in my faith tradition, this season is about one thing re ally, that gift of a baby born in a manger who is the Son of God. We look at the prophecies according to Isaiah and see that on one day roughly two thousand years ago they were fulfilled. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoul der, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6. It is my prayer that whatever you do this season, that you will take time and reflect on your life. Take time to see where you are spiritually being open for that pres ence of God to enter in. I trust that Gods ultimate gift will become real to you this day and that as you reflect on the significance of the birth of the long expected child and the mystery of his incarnation you will again see the wonder of God. I mented an online program RelayHealth to help patients keep electronically connected to the Primary Care Clinic. The RelayHealth service is a web-based application and secure messaging platform that makes routine services much easier. Accessed via the internet, RelayHealth permits e, structured, reviewable communications between patients and the Primary Care Clinic.RelayHealth, known locally as NH GTMO Online, allows our patients to send us a message at any time and count on and referrals, obtain test and laboratory results, request prescription renewals, and get email guidance from their medical team, all from the privacy of their own homes. In addition, the site allows individuals to create their personal health records, and access Health to coordinate referrals, triage patient messages, securely route messages to appropriate or covering providers, broadcast preventive reminders, and post lab results. It is easy to get started. All RelayHealth users must have a personal email address. Go to www.relayhealth.com or www.med.navy.mil/sites/gtmo/Pages/USNHGTMOOnline. spxto register. Once registered, use Patients can also stop by the Primary Clinic front desk, or call the clinic at 7-2110, to get more information. RelayHealth 2-2-2 Pa tients who have already registered in RelayHealth like the ease of access the website provides. Dear Doc, said one user. Thanks so much for my test result. I really do appreciate this medium in which we can communicate. Another user said, RelayHealth prescriptions on my own time. My physician normally consults me the same day and there is no more waiting at the pharmacy. RelayHealth also allows me to manage my health record. I appreciate the convenience. UNITE D STATE S NAVAL HO S PITAL DI DYA-KNOW GTMO resident Noel West recieves a holiday wreath from 5-year-old Xenia Vega and her mother Monica Vega as part of GTMOs Child and Youth Programs joint project with GTMOs Boys and Girls Club of America Torch Club. The children presented GTMO residents with wreaths, showcasing the holiday season.
PAGE 7 Happy Holidays The SCOOP IOM GTMO JOB HUNT VEHICLES ELECTRONICS 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. the ad to re-publish. The Gazette staff and NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, discretion on all content. Call MC2 Leona Mynes at 4520 with your questions or concerns. HOUSEHOLD GOODS GAZETTE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SPECIAL AMC ROTATOR CHANGE JTFS SAFE RIDE HOME. TUESDAY NIGHT TRIVIA AND PASTA MOVIE MARATHON AND PIZZA BUFFET JINGLE BELL 5K FUN RUN END OF THE YEAR MINI TRACK MEET ERICK BAKER LIVE PARENTS NIGHT OUT 2012 NEW YEARS EVE PARTY GALLEY MEAL RATES 2012 NEW YEARS DAY CONCERT new year. RIDGELINE MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MWR HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT (2) FITNESS INSTRUCTOR COOK (BAYVIEW) (2) REC ASSISTANT 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 GTMO SHOPPER V mation FRIDAY DEC. 23 7 p.m.: Johnny English Reborn 9 p.m.: Real Steel (last) SATURDAY DEC. 24 7 p.m.: Arthur Christmas 9 p.m.: Three Musketeers SUNDAY DEC. 25 7 p.m.: Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (new) 9 p.m.: Sherlock Holmes 2 MONDAY DEC. 26 In Time (new) TUESDAY DEC. 27 7 p.m.: Ides of March (last) WEDNESDAY DEC. 28 7 p.m.: Hugo THURSDAY DEC. 29 7 p.m.: Paranormal Activity 3 CALL THE MOVIE HOTLINE @ 4880 MOVIES DOWNTOWN LYCEUM DON FAMILY LIFE SPECIALIST EDUCATION SVCS FACILITATOR SECRETARY OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH TECH FINANCIAL TECH OUTDOOR REC LOST AND FOUND Lost CARPENTRY TEACHER ESL TEACHER SOCIAL SERVICES NAVY FEDERAL PART-TIME MEMBER SERVICE REPRE SENTATIVE
M orale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Na val Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba host The artist performed at the installations Tiki Bar providing the community with island-themed music and entertainment. s music can be heard all over the world on Sirius Radio Margaritaville, said MWR Community Activities Director Amiee MacDonnell. As part of MWR dents an opportunity to unwind and enjoy the holi GTMO community. A native of Key West, Fl., Kirby toured more than 38 states nationwide before performing at Guantanamo Bay. Events like these are important for the community throughout the year, said MacDonnell. Entertain ment gives base residents an opportunity to relax and provide a bit of escape from the ordinary. Overall please with the island style music. MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor Island Music Singer/Songwriter Entertains Guantanamo Singer/Songwriter Scott Kirby entertains base residents at the Tiki Bar with his unique blend of islandthemed music, Dec. 16. Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NSGuantanamoBay