Guantánamo Bay gazette
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00098616/00244
 Material Information
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: 2/03/2012
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Navy-yards and naval stations, American -- Newspapers -- Cuba   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba)   ( lcsh )
Genre: federal government publication   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base
System Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
General Note: Current issue plus archived issues covering the most recent 12 months.
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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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 57204860
System ID: UF00098616:00244
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MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor S eabee MUSE Technicians Conduct Annual GTMO Inspection S eabee Mobile Utilities Support Equipment (MUSE) Technicians based in Port Hueneme, Calif. began annual inspections on all MUSE owned generators at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Jan. 23. In coordination with NS Guantanamo Bays Public Works department, the inspections ensure the genera tors are functioning to International Electrical Testing Association (NETA) standards. Scheduled to be com pleted in late February, the evolution makes certain the generators are fully operational. These generators are used as emergency backups for power, said Engineering Aid First Class Adam Binon, UT1 Josener Jean-Louis conducts maintenance on a Leeward MUSE generator during an annual inspection, ensuring full operational use and functionality in accordance with NETA standards For more see MUSE Inspection Detachment Assistant Officer-in-Charge. This inspec tion is designed for preventative maintenance, as we check mechanical parts for general wear and tear. We come here yearly to check the two generators on Lee ward, three at Radio Range, and two at the power plant. Currently, MUSE assets can produce more than 7.5 megawatts (MW) of power in three locations at NS Guantanamo Bay (Leeward, Windward Power Plant, Ra dio Range). When disaster strikes like tornadoes, hurricanes or other emergencies causing utility shortfalls, MUSE has portable generators and substations ready to go around the globe, said Utilitiesman First Class Josener JeanLouis. MUSE offers the opportunity for advanced tech


Job/department: Age: Hometown: Hero: Quote: Favorite sports team: Favorite hobby: Favorite book: Favorite movie: Favorite GTMO restaurant: Favorite musician: Favorite TV show: Greatest passion: Currently working on: How the Navy has im proved her life: Sailor of the Week because: I n 2009, the Navy implemented the Transaction On-line Processing System (TOPS), a mandatory internetbased processing system for non-afloat commands to securely transmit sensi tive, personal-private information (PII) from commands to personnel support detachments. NAVAMIN 044/09, which established the system, states This streamlined approach is an important part of the Navy Distance Support Program and supports operational readiness by al lowing customers to continue working at their parent command regardless of location or deployment schedule. A vital link to ensuring the program provides streamlined communications between commands and PSDs are the Command Pass Coordinators (CPC). Every customer command we ser vice has a command pass coordinator and they are designated in writing, said LT. Michael Baldwin, Officer-inCharge, PSD-GTMO. When Sailors are assigned as CPCs, they receive a CPC handbook that con tains Standard Operating Procedures and references which helps them bet ter understand the Pay and Personnel C ommand Pass Coordinators, TOPS Help Streamline AdministrativeTransactions CONSTRUCTION ELECTRICIAN SECOND CLASS JAY ZIMMERMAN Terence Peck Administrative Support System(PASS). The responsibility of the CPC is to work closely with the PSD on their command administrative matters such as, pay, per sonnel and transportation entitlements. Its basically our belly button link to send information back to the command, so they can better address any issues that they may have, such as pay, transfers, transportation, things of that nature, he said. Its easier to contact one person vice the service member coming up here directly to address their questions. The CPCs help the PSD maintain a Navy mandated 97 percent transaction timeliness goal through the TOPS sys tem. They send the information through the TOPS system and its all time stamped, so there is accountability, said Baldwin. We can track it and provide feedback to them. When CPCs receive the information, it is then relayed to their commands with out having to leave the office to visit the PSD. The PSD has mandatory meetings with CPCs every month to pass information, such as policy changes, SOPs and navy Advancement and respond to concerns. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at the PSD. PSSN Catressa Evans assists U.S. Navy personnel with pay and travel entitlements at NS Guantanamo Bays Personnel Support Detachment


CDR Van Dickens NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Command Chaplain S ince arriving on the island, my family and I have come to enjoy C haplains Corner Almighty Transformation exploring the local beaches during our free time, espe cially Glass Beach. The water is calm, there is usually a small group of friendly people, and the local iguanas have been trained to guard your belongings while you swim (or so I was told). Before, I had never heard of glass beaches, where broken beer bottles, medicine bot tles, and other discarded glass made their way to shore a fter being tumbled and worn down by wave action and time. At first, I thought sea glass was a curious oddity. I later read up on it and learned that sea glass is highly prized by many people as collectors items. Depending on the color, it can even be quite rare. At our recent craft fair, I saw up close how it can be turned into earrings, necklaces, and other works of art. Many people at GTMO proudly wear sea glass ornaments. Who would have thought? Glass that was once tossed in a garbage can as trash, in time is transformed into a fine piece of jewelry. And may not the Almighty do the same with the likes of us? MC2(SW) Greg Johnson Region Southeast Public Affairs B ranhams Accept Public Service Award for Support at Bugg Springs D r. Joe Branham and his wife, Margaret, accepted the Department of the Navy Superior Public Ser vice Award from Rear Adm. John C. Scorby Jr., Com mander, Navy Region Southeast, during a ceremony at Bugg Spring in Okahumpka, Fla., Jan. 26. Scorby presented the award in recognition of the Bran The Branhams were the long-time owners of Bugg Spring and surrounding areas. The family purchased the 69-acre property in 1923 and began leasing a portion of it to the Navy for sonar testing purposes in 1956. On Dec. 30, 2011, the Branhams sold the entire property to the Navy for $2.4 million. Throughout the years, the property has become the Navys standardizing activity in the area of underwater acoustic measurements. As the home to the Underwater Sound Reference Division (USRD) of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, the research conducted at the spring is a crucial support element for the Navys submarine and in making that research possible, Scorby said. I wanted to come here and personally thank the Bra nhams for their commitment support to our Navy, he said. This one-of-a-kind facility is so important and we really owe our gratitude to Dr. and Mrs. Branham for their generosity and patriotism throughout the past 60 years. Although Joe said it was an honor to accept the award, the true pleasure was having the opportunity to meet It feels very good to be able to accept the award today and women from the Navy who came here today, Joe said. According to Tony Paolero, USRD technical program isolated, noise-free environment. Its the perfect place for low-frequency calibrations, he said. We can calibrate at ambient conditions that are below sea state zero, which is ideal and not in existence anywhere else. When the Branham family originally decided to lease the spring to the Navy in 1956, Joe and Margeret said they werent initially sure what the implications would be. Ac cording to Margaret, they certainly didnt foresee a rela tionship that would grow and mature for the next 60 years. I had just graduated from Florida State and I was set Ph.D. in biology and we had other things to think about rather than the implications of the lease, Joe said. The years of living in close proximity of the Naval facility and its workers has been a positive experience for the Bran hams. Weve had a good relationship with the Navy, Marga ret said. Weve personally known all of the commanders of the facility. And as high school teachers, we even taught many of their kids, added Joe, so weve certainly developed per sonal relationships with the Navy over the years. In fact, the Branhams developed such a good relation ship with the Navy that they decided to lease the property years and the last negotiation was in 2006, Joe explained. A lady from Charleston called and said, Ive got good news for you. The evaluation has come out at $87,500, and I said, Well, thats far too much because thats taxpayer the economy of our country and the good of our Navy, we were pleased to be able to do that. With the expiration of the lease late last year, the Bran hams were faced with the Navys proposition to purchase the property outright. According to Paolero, the deal was a key acquisition for the Navy because it prevents future in compatible development that would degrade the integrity of the research facility, which relies heavily on its isolation from ambient noise. But for Joe and Margaret, it was a dif home for nearly a century.


MWR r O c K n R o L L Recording artists Cartel perform during MWRs 2012 Rock n Roll Half Marathon, as base residents compete in the more than 13 mile event h A l f M a R at h O n


M orale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba hosted the Rock and Roll Half Marathon, Jan. 28. B eginning at the installations Downtown Ly ceum, the more than 13-mile marathon presented runners with musical entertainment and a physi cally challenging event. and Roll Half Marathon such a crowd pleasing event, said Tara Culbertson, NS Guantanamo Bay MWR Director. Jen Norton, MWR Fitness Director, set the bar very high for this one. She has been plan ning this event, seeking sponsorships and grants as well as volunteers, for a year. Her work, along with the entire MWR family, really showed. T and performances from recording artists Some thing Distant and Cartel, as they provided live MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor G TMO MWR Present Rock And Roll Half Marathon music along the marathon route. huge success, said Alana Morrison, NS Guan ness trainers did a wonderful job showcasing all recreation programs, providing insight to other types of events that the GTMO community can get involved in. M ore than 100 volunteers and 95 runners par ticipated in the marathon, with nearly 50 people providing jewelry, photography and other hand fair. It was a wonderful feeling to be a part of this Chief Boatswains Mate Dawit Astatkie, run par ticipant. Its not every day you can run a half marathon, and for most, it may be a once in a life time experience. For me, it was just another day


M USE Inspection UNITED STATE S NAVAL HO S PITAL DID-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 US N H nical training, college level education in Math and Phys ics, travel opportunities, and the chance to work with generators, serving fellow military members and per sonnel. The MUSE program provides power plants, steam plants, substations and technical expertise, to support utility short falls at Department of Defense (DoD) loca tions worldwide. This program offers qualified Seabees advanced technical training, skills and valued hands-on experience in the power generation and utilities field. T he U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bays Physical Therapy (PT) Department is showing off several pieces of equipment recent ly purchased using money received through the American Red Cross Military Hospital Outreach Program (MHOP) Wounded Warrior Fund. Over the past year, the PT Department has re ceived almost $27,000 worth of physical therapy equipment. Most recently, a Life-Fitness leg-curl machine and a Life-Fitness leg-extension ma chine, stability trainers, foam rolls, and several medicine balls worth more than $4,500, were purchased and are now available for use. These new pieces of equipment are state-ofthe-art, offering superior comfort, all the while facilitating optimal strengthening of the desired muscle groups, said LT Toby Degenhardt, the hospitals PT department head. The equipment may be utilized for any variety of patient-clien tele with lower extremity injury to include hip, knee, and ankle dysfunction or pathology, as well as cervical, thoracic or lumbar pain an d dysfunction. The receipt of the special equipment has resulted in a significant savings for the hospital. These tools offer better strengthening capabilities and training desired by the physical therapist, pa tients, and referring physicians, said Degenhardt. Sharon Coganow, Station Manager for the Ameri can Red Cross at Guantanamo Bay, says that some of the money used to purchase the equipment was raised locally. Along with the MHOP funds, military and civil ian Red Cross volunteers from Guantanamo Bay raised money for wounded warriors which stays lo cal, and is used in part for SUDS (Soldiers Undertak ing Disabled SCUBA), to help offset their expenses when they visit, she said. The entire community benefits from the equipment. HM3 Cornelius Dillard demonstrates how a Life-Fitness leg curl works. The leg-curl machine is just one of several pieces of physical therapy equipment recently obtained through the American Red Cross Military Hospital Outreach Program Wounded Warrior Fund. The equipment is state-of-the-art. U.S. Navy photo by Stacey Byington A Leeward MUSE generator during an annual inspection. The inspection ensures full operational use and functionality in accordance with NETA standards


The SCOOP DODDS GTMO JOB HUNT VEHICLES ELECTRONICS PAO-CLASSIFIEDADS@ USNBGTMO.NAVY.MIL. 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 Ga zette staff and NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, page. tion on all content. Call MC2 Justin Ailes at 4520 with your questions or concerns. HOUSEHOLD GOODS MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SPECIAL JTFS SAFE RIDE HOME. TUESDAY NIGHT TRIVIA AND PASTA LEATHER CRAFT CLASSES ATTENTION FOR FUEL! SUPER FISHBOWL TOURNAMENT MEET MIAMI DOLPHIN CHEERLEADERS KICK, PASS, PUNT AND QB ATTACK GUIDED KAYAK TRIP PORT SERVICES UPDATE PARENTS NIGHT OUT SHIP SHAPE GUANTANAMO BAY BASE PHONE DIRECTORY HEY YOU, VOTE! COUPLES COMMUNICATION MWR ELECTRICIAN COOK (BAYVIEW) (2) COMPUTER TECH WAITER/WAITRESS (3) BOWLING MANAGER FOOD SERVICE (4) I.D. CHECKER (BAYVIEW) (2) CHILD AND YOUTH PROGRAMS ASSISTANT 74121 or stop by NAF HR in Bldg. 760. GTMO SHOPPER FRIDAY FEB. 03 7 p.m.: AATCM Chipmunked 9 p.m.: The Sitter SATURDAY FEB. 04 7 p.m.: HUGO 9 p.m.: Shr.Hlms A Game of Shadow s SUNDAY FEB. 05 7 p.m.: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close MONDAY FEB 06 J. Edgar (last) TUESDAY FEB. 07 7 p.m.: Twilight: Breaking Dawn (last) WEDNESDAY FEB. 08 7 p.m.: Joyful Noise THURSDAY FEB. 09 7 p.m.: Red Tails CALL THE MOVIE HOTLINE @ 4880 MOVIES DOWNTOWN LYCEUM IOM SOCIAL SERVICES ASSISTANT (OYFT) MARITIME OPERATIONS ASSISTANT must have Captains License FMI Call 74788 OUTDOOR REC LOST AND FOUND NAVY FEDERAL PART-TIME MEMBER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Available immediately, apply at www.navyfederal.org. For questions contact Sara at 74333 or sara_presley@navyfederal.org GUANTANAMO BAY WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN OVERSEAS PROGRAM: PART TIME Requires a B.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics, or Home Economics, or a BSN in Nursing. Please call Marty at 2186 or email your cover letter and resume to mbledsoe@choctawcontracting.com OFFICE AUTOMATION ASSISTANT Apply online at jobview.usajobs.gov. FMI, call W.T. Sampson at 3500 or 2207 for any inquires regarding this position. DoDDs is currently accepting applica tions under examining authority of 10 U.S.C., Section 2164. This position may be used for the purpose of


M orale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba hosted Jack sonville, Fl. recording artists Some thing Distant, Jan. 27-28. Showcased at the installations Windjammer club and Navy Ex change, the band provided live enter tainment for the community as part of MWRs weekend event, the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. This is our third time perform ing in GTMO and its really a special MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor G TMO MWR Host Rock Artists Something Distant Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NSGuantanamoBay show every time we come down, tant lead vocalist. I mean this sin heart when I say that it really is such an honor to come out here and play for these troops. We didnt want to leave the stage. We had a 90 minute set scheduled and we ended up play ing for over 3 hours. We will clear our schedule every time GTMO calls for sure. The event also featured an MWR mance from Something Distant, who provided musical motivation for run ners along the marathon route. I mean lets face it; I imagine military life can be very difficult in times of deployment, being away from families and in conflict, said Congo. If we can bring that special song that allows you to return home for just a few minutes, I think thats priceless. We also just want to let the troops know how much we support you, and that its an honor to meet you and shake each and every one of your hands for the service you do and sacrifice you make.