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MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor G TMO Port Ops Conduct Oil Spill Response Training T he Port Operations department (Port Ops) at Na val Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba conduct ed the Facilities Response Team (FRT) five day training for Oil Spill Response (OSR), Hazardous Waste Opera tions and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), Feb. 6-10. T he annual training ensures NS Guantanamo Bay Port Ops Sailors and contract workers have the necessary skills to operate the installations OSR boats, equip ment, and other assets to quickly react to in-water oil spills on base. Oil spill response is one of the primary duties for Port Ops, said Senior Chief Quartermaster Paul i L s pi l l r e sp on s e Bischoff, NS Guantanamo Bay Port Ops Leading Chief Petty Officer. Unlike bases in the U.S., we dont have specialized on-call oil spill response teams available at the other end of a telephone. In the unlikely event that a large spill happened in the bay, we need to be trained and ready to handle it ourselves. T he training evolution, which incorporated class room sessions and on-site exercises and response ac tions, utilized the installations Emergency Response Plan which focuses on proper handling of potential en vironmental mishaps. Having base personnel trained in these areas en ables us to take immediate steps to protect our beach es, shoreline, and local marine life from the effects of a large-scale spill, said Bischoff. NS Guantanamo Bay Port Ops Sailors and contract workers participate in the annual 5-day Oil Spill Response/Emergency Response training, Feb. 6-10. Photo by QMCS Paul Bischoff
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 his life: Sailor of the Week because: MASTER AT ARMS SECOND CLASS CHRISTOPHER ECK LT Courtney Gordon-Tennant N LSO Offers Tax Season Q and A Assistance G reeting from your local Naval Legal you are excited about tax season, and we are here to answer your questions. Q: Who is eligible? A: This is geared mainly for our junior active duty folks with simple tax returns. If you are an activated reservist or DoD civilian, you may be eligible if you have simple tax returns. Q: What if I am a contractor? A: You may be eligible if you have simple tax re turns. The following are not simple returns: rental income, capital gains (Sch D), business income or self-employment. Q: What forms do you prepare? A: Form 982, 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040, Schedules A (itemized returns), B, EIC & R, Form 1040V, Form 1040ES, 2441, form 5405, Form 8863, 8812 & 8888, 2555. See www.irs.gov for more info. Q: What forms dont you prepare? A: or loss from business), complicated & advanced schedule (capital gains & losses), schedule E (rents & losses), form SS-5 (request for social security #), form 2106 (employee business expenses), form 3903 (moving), form 8606 (non-deductible IRA), from 8615 (minor s investment income). Please see www.irs.gov for more info. or losses, or rental income, we recommend seeing a paid preparer. Q: Do you have walk-ins? A: No. All are by scheduled appointment only. Q: What are your hours of operation? A: For the NLSO (Bldg 760 on the NAVSTA side), 0830-2000 and at the JTF One Stop Shop 0800-1600. Well do one alternating Saturday a month. So, this month, well have Saturday appts on 2/18 at the NLSO. Next month on 3/10, well have Saturday appts at the JTF. Q: How do I make an appointment? A: For JTF, contact LN1 Roundtree at 8619. For NAVSTA, contact LN2 Fuller at 4692. Q: What should I bring with me to get my taxes done? A: You should bring these: current years W-2 retirement interest/dividends (1099-INT, 1099DIV) a copy of last years tax return, student loan interest mortgage interest child care expenses educator expenses (for teachers, ad ministrators, counselors) charitable contributions your social security cards for you and your dependents A voided check for direct deposit. If the wrong bank account or routing number is entered, it is a giant headache for you to get this corrected. We (and you) want to get your refund as soon as possible. Please show up sheet. Q: pick Florida A: You should pick a state that you have lived in and have some contacts there Keep ida and you have NO contacts there whatso risk being audited and having to pay taxes in and you may potentially face additional pen alties on top of that. Q: prepare the tax return? A: We are volunteers and do not charge for our services. We are here to serve. Q: What if I cannot make my appt? A: Just call back to reschedule in advance. Finally, I want to point out that the Mak ing Work Pay Credit was discontinued this year. The Making Work Pay Credit was a $400 credit ($800 for Married Filing Jointly) for those taxpayers who worked in tax year 2010. I hope we answered most of your questions. For more info, please contact x4692 and www.irs.gov. We look forward to serving you this tax season.
Chaplain Larry Jones NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Chapel Services I n honor of the 2012 Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institutes C haplains Corner The Power of Words Black History theme, Black Women in American Culture and History I would like to celebrate Maya Angelou in this weeks article. Ms. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoir ist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, during a presidential inauguration. Ms. Angelou became MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor G uantanmo EOC P ersonnel Complete DSS Training E mergency Operation Center (EOC) personnel at Na val Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba completed a week-long training seminar on the use of the Decision Support System (DSS), Feb. 2. T he DSS training served as an integral part of NS Guan System (MWNS) installation project, which began in Au gust 2011. hurricane season for 2012, said Mark Kennedy, NS Guan tanamo Bay Supervisory Emergency Manager. The DSS popular through her usage of words to empower the lives of people. The lives that have been inspired through her poetic tear down or build up with our words. I encourage you to make the choice to use your words to inspire, encourage and motivate others to become the best they can be and reach the greater potential that we know thats inside all of us. It only takes a word to either point someone towards their destiny or cause one to give up on their God-given purpose. Choose to speak words that inspire people to look beyond where they are tion emergency response personnel the ability to respond to and manage a potential chemical, biological, radiologi cal, or nuclear (CBRN) event. D SS is a communications and information management system that facilitates interoperability and provides a common operating picture that enables situational aware nel during all phases of incident management activities. makers into a single integrated system by providing a ful ly functioning incident management capability allowing each other and with installation decision-makers through an integrated Web-based system. G old Hill Galley at Naval Station (NS) Guanta namo Bay, Cuba qualified as runner up in the OCONUS General Mess Category as Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the 2012 winners of the Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Awards for out standing food service Feb. 3. T hese annual awards, co-sponsored by the Interna tional Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA), encourage excellence in Navy Food Service programs with the objective of improving the quality of life for Navy personnel. Being the runner up meant a great deal to us, said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Victor Rojas, Gold Hill Galley Leading Petty Officer. Our staff and civilian counterparts played an impressive role getting us to this point. Everyone performs their daily activities in G old Hill Galley Q ualifies As R unner Up For 2012 N EY Inspection Award MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor an efficient and planned manner. All personnel are trained to perform and give nothing less than perfect service to our customers. F irst place winners and runners-up will be recog nized during the IFSEA conference Saturday, March 31, in San Diego, Calif. Gold Hill Galley has been runner up twice and ac tual NEY award winners twice, said Rojas. From civilians to our junior personnel, everyone contrib utes on a daily basis to be where we are. Our goal is to win next years NEY award inspection.
M orale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba hosted members of the Miami Dolphins cheerleading team, Feb. 5. S ix cheerleaders signed autographs and pro vided cheer performances for Guantanamo Bay residents as part of MWRs Superbowl weekend entertainment program. Its always exciting to have entertainers come to the base and perform for the troops, said Amiee MacDonnell, NS Guantanamo Bay MWR Community Activities Director. The cheer leaders were especially grateful for the oppor tunity and made a point to get around and meet as many people as possible while on base. P rior to the Superbowl, NS Guantanamo Bays W.T. Sampson elementary and high school cheerleaders were invited to participate in a MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor G TMO MWR Host Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders cheer clinic with Miamis squad at the installa tions Cooper Field Sports Complex. The cheer clinic was a great opportunity for GTMO youth to have fun learning a new dance or cheer, have their photos taken and get au tographs from the cheerleaders, said MacDon nell. C heerleaders Nikki Boston, Samantha Ruiz, Lara Ryan, Kylee Small, Natalie Wesley and Candi Wood performed dance routines and cheers for community members before the start of the Superbowl at the base Windjammer club. My brother was actually stationed in GTMO last year, said Miami Dolphins cheerleader Nikki Boston. To have the opportunity to see the base and the places hes been provided me with a unique connection to him, as well as all those serving here today. Its a huge honor to perform for the troops and provide some Superbowl entertainment.
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Nikki Boston, Samantha Ruiz, Lara Ryan, Kylee Small, Natalie Wesley and Candi Wood perform cheerleading routines for community members before the Superbowl at the Windjammer, Feb. 5
UNITED STATE S NAVAL HO S PITAL DID-YA-KNOW US N H S ix U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay (USNH GTMO) Corpsmen passed their fi nal Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) train ing field exercise Feb. 3 with flying colors. Upon completion and passing of the certification exam, all will become nationally registered EMTs. Be cause of its isolation, Guantanamo Bay is the only Naval medical facility where Corpsmen receive EMT training through the hospital. HM3 Stacey Zimmerman was a training team leader during the final field exercise. Its one of the perks we have here at Guan tanamo Bay, said Zimmerman. We get a great deal of training out of the four-week accelerated course. The normal course (in the states) takes about four months. We do the entire curriculum in four weeks. Its very intense, with classroom training six days a week, 10 hours a day, two ex ams a week, and practical exercises. HM3 Corey Bynum, another one of the trainees, adds, Its a very fast-paced course. The four other EMT trainees were HA Paul Boss, HA Remi Thomas, HN Kevin Corcoran and HN(SW) Brandon King. We need this training in order to work in the ER (Emergency Room), said Boss, who was also one of the scenario patients. David Crowley, director of military medical pro grams with Davis Defense Group, is the contract ed instructor for the EMT course at Guantanamo Bay. He said they train to the National Registry of EMT standard curriculum. During the four-week cycle, said Crowley, the trainees receive 160 hours of classroom train ing, 10 hours of emergency room observation and three field exercises. The students here at Guanta namo Bay are committed and dedicated. Crowley added that the success rate at GTMO is very high. They have an 80 percent first-time pass rate, which is well above the national aver age. The exercise scenario involved a patient who had an arm amputated by a boat propeller, and a second patient (the person who pulled the first victim out of the water) who developed breathing problems and chest pains. The students did not know what the casualty was until they arrived on the scene at Windmill Beach. We try to make the scenarios as realistic as pos sible, said Crowley. We try to tailor the drills to situations they might encounter at GTMO. National certification requires that the trainees must have the ability to provide safe and effec U SNH Corpsmen Complete Final EMT Training Field Exercise tive entry level emergency medical care. The final scenario was a joint exercise utilizing both the Corpsmen trainees and members of the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Fire Department. GTMOs fire fighters are trained as first responders, and are not certified EMTs. In this scenario, the EMS team would be the inci dent command, said Crowley. Realistically there are only two of them in an ambulance at a time. They are taught to utilize people who are there at the scene to provide needed assistance under the team leader. We worked very well together, said Chief Clifford Foley, GTMOs Fire Inspector. The more training we get, the more comfortable we are working together. In addition to Foley, the other GTMO fire fighters taking part in the EMT scenario were Captain ONeil Thompson, Jermain Brown, Matthew Martell and Glenroy Valentine. LCDR Kristina Oliver, USNH GTMOs acting Direc tor of Nursing Services, said during the scenario de brief, Congratulations to each and every one of you. Keep training. You never know when that call will come. Upon certification, all six Corpsmen will work in the hospitals Emergency Room. Due to the number of enlisted Corpsmen at this small command, and the various watchbills to which they are as cover emergency room duty, said CDR Bruce Deschere, USNH GTMO Director of Medical/Health Services. The EMT course just completed gives us the numbers we need for that. U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay Emergency Technician (EMT) trainees work with Naval Station training exercise at Windmill Beach, Feb. 3. Because of its isolation, U.S Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay is currently the only Naval medical facility where Corpsmen receive EMT training through the hos emergency room and respond to on-site emergencies. U.S. Navy Photo by Stacey Byington (Released) Stacey Byington
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I n March 2011, the Security department at Naval Sta tion (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba added two bicycle patrolmen to the vehicle base police force. T oday the bike patrol unit continues to provide a twowheeled security presence to residential and downtown areas of the installation. Bike patrol vice vehicle patrol provides us with more interaction within the community, said Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Stanislaw Gromadzki, NS Guantanamo Bay Se curity department Bike Patrolman. Patrolling the com munity on a bike allows us the opportunity to network with base residents, which have approached us numerous times with issues or to ask for guidance. T hese Sailors, outfitted with Smith and Wesson, 27-speed bicycles, are on the road from 6 a.m. 4 p.m. daily, assisting pedestrians with traffic law enforcement MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor Guantanamo Bike Patrol Provides Security Presence Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NSGuantanamoBay and any security-related issues. I believe as bike patrolmen, we are very approach able, said Gromadzki. There is no barrier between us and the residents. Our interaction with the public provides a positive outlook on the security department as a whole. T he patrol has reduced drive hour requirements by 40 hours per week, saving the installation more than $800 per year in fuel costs. With no emissions and little maintenance required, this mode of transportation pro vides an eco-friendly alternative to the patrol vehicles, as well as a cost effective addition to the security pro gram. Ultimately, we are here to serve the community, said Gromadzki. Whether that is enforcing motorist violations, or simply assisting traffic flow at the cross walks, bike patrol provides us with some unique op portunities to interact with the base population. Security Departments MA2 Stanislaw Gromadzki, one of two Bike Patrolmen serving the GTMO community