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PCU USS San Diego (LPD 22) Visits GTMO On Maiden Voyage MC(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor T he future U SS San Diego (LPD 22) visited Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay during her maiden voyage, Mar. 19-21. The pre-commissioned unit (PCU) San Antonio-class am phibious transport dock ship was in port for water and sup plies as she transits to her future homeport and namesake, San Diego, Calif. NS Guantanamo Bay has provided normal services for the San Diego during her visit, said Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Ware, NS has also facilitated the movement of ship personnel for Ameri can Red Cross and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) reasons. San Diegos keel was laid May 23, 2007, at Northrop Grum mans Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. She launched on May 7, 2010, and was christened on June 12, by sponsor Linda Winter, wife of former Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter. livery to the U.S. Navy from the shipyard, said Chief Mass Communication Specialist Holly Boynton, USS San Diego will continue equipment installation, training and mainte While in port, San Diego hosted ships tours for more than 100 base personnel and their families. San Diego is the fourth ship named for the city and the sixth ship in the San Antonio class. The ship features many new systems and photo illustration by MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes
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 improved his life: Sailor of the Week because: YEOMAN 3RD CLASS NICHOLAS PEREGRINA MC3 Andrea Perez T Can Transfer Post E ligible Sailors separating due to the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) may qualify to transfer their Post 9/11 GI March 21. T support for education and housing to in dividuals with at least 90 days of aggre individuals discharged with a servicemust receive an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. If you are selected for separation by the ERB and have ten years of qualifying service, before your separation date, you to your eligible dependents, said Paul Wilder, the Navys GI Bill program man ager. U nder the current Post 9/11 GI Bill pol or child enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment System (DEERS). For transfer ability, Sailors must have served at least six years in the Armed Forces and agree to serve an additional four years, in most cases. A n exception to the additional four-year service obligation is outlined in NAVAD MIN 203/09 and states that Sailors who at least 10 years in the Armed Forces and if either Navy, DoD policy or federal stat to four additional years, members must agree to serve the maximum amount of time allowed by that policy or statute. ERB Sailors without ten years of quali serves and commit to serving four years as a drilling Reservist to transfer their ben for those who do not meet the ten year re quirement or for those with less than ten years who choose not to become a Reserv ist. A all eligible Sailors or dependents under transferability include: All public school in-state tuition and fees. Up to $17,500 a year for private or out-of-state school annual tuition Entrance exam fee reimbursement. Monthly housing stipend for non active-duty students enrolled at least part-time. Annual book & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment. have already been approved for a transfer before their separation date, so its very im portant that they do not wait to apply. M ore information on transferability can be viewed on the Post 9/11 GI Bill web post_911_gibill/transfer_of_benefits.html and Sailors can apply for transferability of T o read NAVADMIN 203/09 or for more quirements, read BUPERSNOTE 1780 on mil/CAREER/EDUCATION/GIBILL/Pages/ default.aspx, or call the NPC customer ser vice center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC. T continuum of service area of the 21st Cen tury Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency force in the history of the Department of the Navy.
C haplains Corner GTMO MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor F ield Calibrations Activity personnel at Naval Sta tion (NS) Guantanamo Bay participated in the Cal ibration Capability Evaluation, Mar. 12-16. Held every two years, the evaluation encompasses a review of the Field Calibrations Activity personnel qualifications, equipment readiness, laboratory envi ronmental stability, documentation administration, and measurement capabilities. Any audit of a program or facility is important to ensure standards are being enforced, new instructions are implemented properly and to ensure technicians do not lose their proficiencies by complacency or loss of knowledge, said Electronics Technician 1st Class Ro lando Roblesnavarro, NS Guantanamo Bay Air Opera tions Department Leading Petty Officer. When we do our jobs correctly we are assured that other technicians have accurate and precise measurements when they do their jobs. Their equipment can then operate within pa rameters in a safe and efficient manner. During the evaluation, Calibration Laboratory techni T he month of March is Womens History Month and weve been celebrating and Chaplain Larry Jones honoring women who have educated and inspired us. Although edu cation can take place in many forms, I immediately thought about those early school days and the classic images of the teacher and the red apple. The blackboard that magically turned into a grayish color remember the ruler that seemed to smack the hand at just the right cians demonstrated technical proficiencies in calibration procedures, administration of customer inventories, and proper maintenance of laboratory equipment standards to exhibit the laboratorys capabilities. Through an added demonstration to this inspection, we are now able to show proficiency in calibrating some of our own laboratory standards, said Roblesnavarro. The lab will no longer have to send some of the stan dards out to a higher facility to be certified. This trans lates to a fiscal savings of about $15,000 a year. According to Roblesnavarro, calibration is entrenched in every facility or operation at NS Guantanamo Bay. We serve 44 sub custodians from NS Guantanamo Bay, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, and several oth er tenant commands with calibration of their physical, dimensional and electronic measuring devices, said Roblesnavarro. Some of our largest customers are the installations Port Operations with gages on the ferries, Air Terminal with weight scales, and the galleys with thermometers. Without a certified calibrations facility on the island, all equipment would have to be sent to an outside activity. This would lead to longer turn-around times, possible damage of sensitive equipment in ship ping, and significantly higher accrued cost. We also pro vide calibration services for any U.S. Coast Guard or U.S. Navy ship who port here. They often pull in only for the weekend so we find ourselves working through out the weekend to ensure a timely turn-around. In ad dition, we also offer the fleet our technical knowledge as Electronic Technicians to help troubleshoot the ships communications, radar equipment and perform mini and micro repair when causalities are encountered. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Mayport, Fla., Southeast Regional Maintenance Center Lead Au ditor Charles Cockrell served as inspector during the week-long review. The inspection of the calibration facilities in GTMO ensure that the laboratory is in technical compliance with various NAVSEA requirements, said Cockrell. This inspection verifies that the community can have confidence that the calibrations laboratory is calibrating these items correctly and accurately. time. The important thing to remember is that those times shaped I to educate me in certain areas of academia but who also invested time in educating me about life and reminding me that someday I will educate others, within the classroom and through my life story. We stand on the shoulders of great women who have pioneered not only in careers of education but also in politics, medicine, the military, ath letics and the list goes on. The point I would like for us to remember is that we are all in positions to educate and inspire those around us. It is up to us to decide the lessons we want people to learn from our lives. You make the choice to educate and inspire!
GTMO MWR Hosts 2012 Lucky Clover Trail Run
Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NSGuantanamoBay MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor life and enjoy the outdoors. This was an enjoyable More than 100 of the installations runners/walk ers participated in the event, with community of 30 minutes and 27 seconds. This run was a true success, said Norton. Weve heard from those that had never been on the trail, and they enjoyed the event and are look ing to explore the area even more. As always, I want to say thank you to our volunteers. With out them, our events would not be possible. T he Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Fitness department at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay presented the St. Patricks Day Lucky Clover Trail Run, Mar. 17. Held at the installations Ridgeline Trail, the ness while providing a means for base residents to celebrate during the St. Patricks Day holiday weekend. The Ridgeline Trail is a challenging but fun course, said Jennifer Norton, NS Guantanamo Bay MWR Fitness Director. The trail is a great place to enjoy beautiful GTMO views, see wild
CHE C K IT OUT! A MOM ENT WI TH THE ED I T O R MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor B ack in February, GTMOs Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Commu nity Library held a poetry contest in the spirit of Valentines Day. We here at word, check out the poems below. Theyll blow your mind. Congratulations to the winners, and all who participated in the event...but mostly congratulations to the winners. Enjoy by Paola Merrill Shall I tell you about my GITMO Bay? For its rocky cliffs hold many memories, Shall I describe it on Valentines Day? I can recall countless stories. The home of breathtaking sunsets, Tranquil oceans full of mystery, Where pairs of vultures sing duets, To the sun dressed in its yellow finery. A place that you can lose yourself, And learn to see the world in a new light, Put your worries and doubts on a shelf, And gaze at the glowing stars with delight. So today I celebrate my GITMO Valentine, And hope you all let your love shine. by K. Moore A man understands her hands when she touches, The heart understands the plans, so it rushes, As the heat in her cheeks glow, the face blushes, Like a picture painted on a blank canvas with love brushes. Flames crackle in her eyes, passionate will (passion at will), With her hand rested on his heart, his waters are still. A ripple of regret for the thrill of the hunt, as the daybreak sun reflects his wants, Over the horizon of misguidance, and sensual defiance, the eyes of the two lock. Joyful in alliance, complying to be one over the course of the day, Only ending as the sun completely fades, shaking hands with his brother as he sinks into the water Solar power lending with illuminated barters, A lunar phenomenon peaking through the clouds, a celestial celebration in the background. Nimbus eyelashes for the white eye watching, a star leaps, Midnight hop scotching, bounds of wishes pervade the planes, winds move the sands to etch their names, The tide rolls in to solidify the ground, footprints of laughter walk air bound. So be it this sketched memory in all of its imagery, of the sunset courship that outlasted centuries, And the power exchange of the sun and the moon, the only downside that they could presume. Whereas even in the eye of the lunar man, the stars reveal the steps of of an astronomical plan, What survived in her thighs bred of love and compassion, fell to the earth in a God-like fashion. Fitting the situation, vivacious, full of life. Divine atavism in the hands of the night, so even when the sky is relieved of its light, the moon makes sure to keep the children in sight. A king needs his queen to define his life, as the queen needs the king to call her wife, Their lives form the ring, An embodiment of the love they share, for life is impossible with absent care.
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MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor G I nstallation Training Team (ITT) and Emergency Operations Cen ter (EOC) personnel at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay tested base se curity measures during exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) 2012, Mar. 20. SC-CS is an annual week-long ex ercise held in coordination with U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) and Commander Navy Installations Com mand (CNIC) to maintain a high level of force protection readiness for Navy installations. NS Guantanamo Bay participated in the exercise for one day. From a command and control standpoint, we tested our ability to identify, contain, and eliminate threats to the installation, said NS Guanta Kevin Robarge. This requires clear and timely communications not only by the NS Security department, but also with Joint Task Force (JTF), Mari time Security Detachment, and Ma rine Corp Security Forces (MCSFCO). Forces were able to not only meet the primary threat, but identify possible secondary and tertiary threats across 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. The exercise included multiple threats; a suspicious package (IED), multiple requests for Fire and Emer gency services, said Robarge. Each support. The scenarios must be bal anced with other priorities and ev eryday requirements. For many of the personnel involved, this means adding additional hours to their work days, but with a fast paced turn-over rate and ever changing challenges, these protect the residents. According to Robarge, NS Guanta namo Bays ITT and EOCs goal was to test current capabilities, identify shortfalls, evaluate those items, and and come up with the best possible solutions for proper preparation in the event of a real-world casualty. Overall, the exercise was a huge success, giving us great data and infor mation that we will use to improve the installations overall readiness, said Robarge. This is a cyclic process that is ongoing and without doing it, we between what we believe we can do and what we can actually accomplish. photo illustration by MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes