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A merican Red Cross Senior Vice President For S ervice To The Armed Forces Visits Guantanamo Bay Terence Peck T he American Red Cross Senior Vice President for Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) visited Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from Mar. 12-14. Sherri L. Brown toured the base with the American Red Cross GTMO station hand how the organization supports the military and civilian community. The mission of the SAF program is to help keep family members in communi cation with their loved ones who are serv ing at military installations anywhere in the world. As Senior Vice President of the SAF, Brown oversees the support the Ameri can Red Cross provides for military members, families and veterans. Brown said the support includes their worldwide operations, support for military installations and also pol icy support for all of the chapters that deliver services to military veteran families. time with Sharon to understand her operation and what she does here and also get an understanding of the com munity, what GTMO is, what GTMO does, who the people are and how the Red Cross can bring the very best of the Red Cross to the GTMO commu nity, said Brown. During her visit, Brown visited Joint Task Force-GTMO, Fleet and Family Support Center, the Naval Station Chaplain, the Naval Hospi tal, Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the Veterinarian clinic. I learned that the missions here are think about or what people know from either what they read or (see in) main stream media, Brown said. Aside from what a lot of people know about detainee operations, theres the whole base side of operations, the ships that come here for support, the Marine Se curity Forces, just the variety of mis sions taking place here is probably the most important thing to understand. Brown said that enabling service members to communicate back home is a major part of the services the Red Cross provides and that for GTMO residents, it can be a challenge. Its not like a normal military base, she said. The internet service, American Red Cross Senior Vice President for Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Sherri L. Brown speaks with Red Cross volunteer Jean Anderson during her tour of NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Mar. 12-14. For more see RED CROSS SAF
Job/department: Age: Home State: 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: ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN 2ND CLASS LARRY ALEXANDER MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor G TMO EOC Gear Up F or Solid Curtain, C itadel Shield 2012 I nstallation Training Team and Emer gency Operations Center (EOC) per sonnel at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay will test various security measures during exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) 2012, Mar. 20. SC-CS is an annual week-long exercise held in coordination with U.S. Fleet Forc es Command (USFF) and Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) to maintain a high level of force protection readiness for Navy installations. SC-CS will impact all Navy installations across the continental United States (CONUS), including the ships and tenant commands located on those bases. NS Guantanamo Bay will participate in the SC-CS exercise for one day. The exercise provides us an opportu nity to test and evaluate the installation and tenant commands ability to detect, respond, mitigate and recover from an an titerrorism and/or force protection event, said NS Guantanamo Bay Installation though the details are not for release to ensure the responses are not scripted, the exercise will be conducted at multiple ar eas around the installation. A primary objective of SC-CS is to test the Navys ability to rapidly estab lish heightened installation security and emergency management postures while simultaneously executing operational port, accomplishing needed maintenance and repairs supporting ongoing Fleet op erations, and conducting recovery and stallations. Residents need to be aware that al any disruption in normal operations, they will observe emergency responder movements and there may be temporary closures of roads or facilities, said Ro barge. Additionally, the Mass Warning information regarding the exercise will be displayed on the roller and radio as part of the testing. This exercise and others are all part of our Annual Training and Readi ness program intended to test, evaluate and improve our overall readiness. B eginning in March, select NEXs and Marine Corps Ex changes (MCXs) will be selling a Navy Marine Corps The money collected from the sale of each ticket will be given to NMCRS to help Sailors, Marines and their families in need. or 17, 2012. counts depending on the type of merchandise with some cludes tobacco, alcoholic beverages, electronics, digital cam eras, computers, video games and systems, uniforms, gas, cards, e-commerce, special orders, Autoport services, the Ex change Catalog and Exchange Catalog On-line, layaways or S elect NEXs And MCXs To Sell N Kristine M. Sturkie NEXCOM Public Affairs previously purchased merchandise. jewelry, excluding Rolex watches, Omega watches and Pandora jewelry. The next tier of 20 percent off includes the entire stock of apparel, shoes, watches and sunglasses. Already reduced furniture Some NEXs participating in this event include NEX Norfolk, Oceana, Portsmouth and Little Creek, Va.; NEX San Diego, North Island, Port Hueneme, Lemoore and Monterey, Calif.; NEX Great Lakes, Ill., NEX Mayport, Pensacola, Jacksonville, Orlando, Whit and Bremerton, Wash.; NEX Newport, R.I.; NEX Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and many more. Some MCXs participating in the event include MCX Albany, Ga; MCX Barstow, Ca; MCX Beaufort, SC; MCX Cherry Point, NC; MCX Elmore, Va; MCX Henderson Hall, Va; MCX Iwakuni, Japan;
C haplains Corner W .T. Sampson Students P articipate in TerraNova Senior Seminars MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor D epartment of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) W.T. Sampson elementary and high school students at Naval Sta tion (NS) Guantanamo Bay, participated in the TerraNova, Third reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The assessment compares an individual students scores to scores from a norms group and provides educators a compre hensive tool to measure and monitor student progress relative to local, state and national standards, said W.T. Sampson Principal During the week-long assessments, 12th grade students partici pated in educational Senior Seminars as well as meet-and-greets with U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Army personnel stationed at I ing before work. His name is Curly. CDR. Van Dickens NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Chapel Services Command Chaplain A Lesson From Curly weve had our usual morning greeting, he scurries into his hole. Hes just a lizard, but hes part of the makeup of where I live. Guess you could say Ive grown accustomed to his face. He recently molted and I complimented him on his ple. You treat them nicely and theyll do the same. Treat them rudely, and theyll have nothing more to do with na recently at a certain beach I know where people have behavior, until it escalates out of control. We see it hap pen in every social context, on playgrounds, marriages, between cultures, even among nations. And the only way to stop it is when one or the other party, or both, refrain NS Guantanamo Bay, providing information on civilian and mili tary life. DoDEA schools in overseas locations use TerraNova week for these seminars because senior students dont participate in the as ease the transition for graduating seniors from life overseas to life in the United States; sometimes without their parents or sponsors. returning to the U.S., Date Rape and Teen Violence Awareness, Re Life in the Workforce/Military. Marine Corps Sgt. Brandon Pace, Lance Cpl. Ryan Johnson, Army 1st Sgt. Brian Stuckey, Master at Arms 2nd Class Jacob Brooks, and from their careers, providing students with examples of what con stitutes military life. I hope that the experience of military members speaking with students will provide them with some perspective when deciding President Leah Williams. The idea is that when planning for col lege or potentially joining the military, life is no walk in the park. Theres a lot of commitment and important choices you have to service here to discuss their careers, it lets students know how their Lance Cpl. Ryan Johnson and Sgt. Brandon Pace discuss military life with W.T. Sampson High School Seniors during Senior Seminars, Mar. 14.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR 2012
Terence Peck EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR NGIS 2012 Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NSGuantanamoBay Putting Guests, Co-workers First Garners Title For Staff Worker H igh level customer service and love for her job has Inns and Suites to become its 2011 Employee of the Year. Julet Lowe, a Front Desk Agent received the coveted title see and the last once they facilitate payment at the end and check out, said Joshua Adelman, GTMOs NGIS Front Desk Supervisor. Any guests concerns are addressed through the front desk, so they are the face of the organiza tion and they do it all. with other NGIS departments. Many of the other depart ments have between 70 to 90 people working in them, ac cording to Adelman. Part of the nomination process re includes other departments. Just by sheer numbers (of employees), the other depart ments have the numbers on their side, said Adelman. If may see it on a given day. For her to step up and rise above the other departments was a big feat for her, it was workers throughout the NGIS coming together to vote for Lowe that enabled her to receive the award. Its so easy for the vote, said Donovan Jackson, building manager for NGIS Gold Hill Tower Extended Stay Berthing Facility and former supervisor. I look at her consistency; I look at her ability to take on any challenge and the smile. Before going to work at the front desk, Lowe worked in housekeeping under Jackson. Her work ethics was the thing that really stands out, said Jackson. Shes very consistent in what she does and one of the things that really grabbed me was her smile. It task was, she does it with a smile. Adelman said that Lowes customer service internally and externally is superior. Its one thing to come to work and put a smile on and kind of go through your routine, but she takes ownership, Adelman said. She took ownership of and personally rooms, trying to get other departments involved to try to consistently throughout the year. Lowe believes helping her coworkers and leaving the customers with a positive experience helps in building up the NGIS. It leaves the customer with the good feeling about the company and they will also refer other people to the com pany, she said. I love to please the customers, they come Lowe gets her motivation from her brother, Ernie Lowe, who works as the building manager for NGIS Extended Stay. I admire the way he works and how he talks; he is really my role model, she said. I really admire him and I try to follow, not really everything that he does, but I try to fol low his footsteps. Ernie said he and his sister learned responsibilities at an early age growing up in St. Thomas, Jamaica. We were raised by our grandma because our dad and us, Ernie said. She taught us self values, she taught us for ourselves that a lot of the other kids could not do for themselves. For Lowe, those lessons are still with her today. I learned to be myself and be honest in everything that you do, she said. That is what I mostly learned and whenever you are doing anything, just put your all in it, put everything you got in it and it will work out.
UNITED STATE S NAVAL HO S PITAL DID-YA-KNOW US N H telecom, things like that we take for granted. Almost every your Blackberry doesnt work; and your cell phone is not Thats an important thing to know from a systemic perspec tive because we have things like the emergency communi cation network that is so relied upon by individuals and families. The Red Cross emergency communication network en ables service members stationed anywhere in the world, in cluding ships at sea, embassies and remote locations to send or receive urgent messages to and from family members The visit to GTMO helped reinforce Browns view that the Red Cross is important in the community and that the base Some of the things that we assume or that we know will for GTMO, Brown said. So it reinforces for me, I need to programs and things that we push out in-mass to the en Cross services through and half a million volunteers that we support, so it will at least put in the back of my mind, did we think about a place like GTMO, is it going work for Brown said that it is important for leaders to see for them This is the importance of leadership in Washington or ally talking with the people who do the work, talking with the people who are responsible for delivery services on the ground level, being able to spend time with them and hear from them directly what they need, there is no substitute for that, Brown said. You cant get that from a desk in Wash ington. to be a positive experience. People are happy here and are engaged and focused on the mission, she said. Its absolutely the people and theres a strong sense of community here that you dont see everywhere, particularly in the transient area where you have people com ing and being transferred in and out. You might not expect to see that in a place like this, but there is this strong sense of com munity here that is really beautiful. Brown had the opportunity to meet some of the GTMO resi dents who volunteer for the Red Cross during an Open House held at the GTMO Red Cross station. Of course the Red Cross is all about volunteerism and serv ing your fellow man and humanitarianism and you really see that in members of the community here, both military and ci vilian who step forward and say I want to volunteer, I want to work with the Red Cross, I want to be part of this community night to meet many of the volunteers who are members of this community who really love that about service and servicing side-by-side with their fellow members of their community. Brown said that she was proud that the Red Cross is a part of the GTMO community. Weve been here a long time and were going to con tinue to be here, Brown said. We started with our founder, Clare Barton, working with the military, so while a lot of people know about our blood services and about our di saster missions and our preparedness, health and safety services, it really was our military mission that the Ameri can Red Cross was founded upon. We are just so honored to still be able to do that and to continue to change and grow with the military and the militarys needs. R ED CROSS SAF U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay recognizes its Civilians of the Year for 2011. (l-r) Paul Wint, Management Analyst, Fiscal Dept. (Senior Foreign National); Keyera Tucker, Administrative Assist., Human Resources Dept. (Junior Civilian); Karen Davis, Nursing Assistant, Primary Care Clinic (Junior Foreign National); Carlos Irizarry, Asst. Department Head/System Administrator, Information Systems (Senior Civilian); and Bernard Lazaro, Supply Technician, Supply Department (Contractor). Congratulations to all. U.S. Navy Photo by Stacey Byington
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MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor G uantanamo Bay Seabees Celebrate 70th Anniversary S eabees at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, hosted the annual Seabee Birthday Ball at the installations Windjammer Ballroom, Mar. 10. The ball celebrated the 70th anniversary of the past and present. The ball provided an opportunity for mili tary personnel to celebrate the accomplishments of the Seabees over the past 70 years, said Cdr. Anthony Conley, NS Guantanamo Bay Public to all branches of the armed forces during various contingency or wartime operations. We are the preferred construction force by the U.S. Marine Corps, who we share a kindred spirit with based on past accomplishments. The ball also enables us to say thank you for the support in complet ing the Seabee mission. Mr. Tom Hicks, Deputy Assistant Secretary of speaker for the event. Hicks serves as the Secre Department of the Navys (DoN) energy conser green initiatives. It truly is my distinct pleasure to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Seabees, and acknowl gineering Corps, and the 170 years of service of NAVFAC, said Hicks. Since 1942, Seabees have provided support to our naval forces throughout the world by supporting the maritime component the Seabees are still standing strong and continu ing the can-do legacy, 70 years later. Following his remarks, Mr. Hicks participated Construction Electrician Sang Lee (20). Hicks joined the DoN from the U.S. Green Build ing Council where he held several executive roles. As Vice President of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green build ing rating system, Hicks led the development and implementation of all LEED rating systems. Most recently, Hicks spearheaded a new strategic ven ture on behalf of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) the Building Performance Initiative to ensure all green buildings meet or exceed their energy and environmental performance goals. Tom Hicks, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy offers remarks as the guest speaker during the annual Seabee Ball, honoring the 70th anniversary of the construction battalions inception. Deputy Assistant Secretary Of The Navy For Energy Serves As Guest Speaker