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GTMOs CPOs Honor Heritage During Birthday Celebration MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor T he Chief Petty Ocer (CPO) Mess at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay hosted their annual birthday celebration at the installations Goat Locker, April 1. e event honored 119 years of the chief petty ocer rank in the Navy while commemorating the camaraderie between CPOs, past and present. is event allows us the opportunity to reect on our own personal part of the Chiefs heritage with comrades who share in every Chiefs successes, said J.D. McKinney, NS Guantanamo Bay Command Master Chief. is is necessary to do so we dont forget where we came from and to pass it on to those who will ll our shoes when we depart. It also provides a break in the action to reect on where we have come from and refresh ourselves prior to continuing our way ahead. During the event, the installations active duty and retired CPOs rendered morning colors prior to participating in a cake cutting ceremony, honoring the inception of CPOs. One of the things that makes the Chiefs mess so successful is the strong sense of heritage, and the commitment to each other (active and retired) to band together to develop Sailors and help each other meet the mission, said Chief Master at Arms James Lloyd, NS Guantanamo Bay CPO Birthday Coordinator and Security Support Leading Chief Petty Ocer. Yesterdays CPO Birthday celebration is proof of that bond. April 1st ocially kicked o the Year of the Chief. e United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., has designated 2012 as the Year of the Chief, highlighting the history and contributions of Navy Chief Petty Ocers. For the rst time in history, the Navy Memorial is casting a spotlight on the history, heritage and contributions of chief petty ocers.
ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN 1ST CLASS ROLANDO ROBLESNAVARRO Job/Department: Departmental LPO/ Air Operations Age: 37 Home State: Wherever the Navy takes me Hero: My Grandfather Quote: A wise man learns from his mistakes, but a wiser man learns from the mistakes of others. Favorite Sports Team: Any local High School teams Favorite Hobby: Exposing my kids to new skills/hobbies Favorite Book: Animal Farm Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption Favorite GTMO Restaurant: The Cuban Club/My wifes outstanding, healthy and delicious cooking Favorite Musician: John Williams Favorite TV Show: Anything on the History Channel (except for Ancient Aliens) Greatest Passion: Travel and History Currently Working On: Helping community members register to vote using the Federal Voting Assistance Program How The Navy Has Improved His Life: The Navy is a life of adventure. Every 3 years my job, my location, my friends and my experiences change. It has formed me into a multifaceted person with a very diverse skill set Sailor Of The Week Because: He optimizes Honor, Courage, and Committment. His tireless drive and motivation serves as an example of Deckplate leadership for his Sailors and peers. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Prepares For Hurricane Exercise Terence Peck I n preparation for the upcoming hurricane season, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay will be conducting an exercise April 13-18 to test it responsiveness to weather threats and disasters. The exercise called HURREX/Citadel Gale 2012 will involve two simulated storm systems developing and intensifying to hurricane strength, threatening the Caribbean Islands, East Coast and Gulf Coast Regions. The Commander, US Fleet Forces (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) will conduct the exercise April 16-27 to test afloat and shore-based commands emergency preparedness. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay must begin the exercise three days earlier before other naval installations because of its location in the Caribbean. The purpose of the Citadel Gale exercise for Guantanamo Bay is to exercise or test the Naval Station and tenant commands ability to react to a hurricane, said Mark Kennedy, NAVSTA GTMOs Emergency Manager. This exercise will test our capability to change course of readiness as a hurricane track moves towards GTMO. Some of the key areas that will be tested include personnel accountability, notification processes to the population, shelter setup and damage assessment after a storm, according to Kennedy. The exercise will be conducted from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and will not include the weekend. Base residents should expect to hear the base siren and they may see emergency vehicles responding to various incident scenarios, Kennedy said. Although the exercise does not include resident participation, Kennedy said that it is important they know what to do. It is important for base residents to check channel 4, the radio, or GTMOs Facebook pages for information after the siren is heard, he said. They should start preparing their emergency kits in preparation for hurricane season starting 1 June. One of the scenarios that will be tested during the exercise involves the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System. The NFAAS standardizes a method for the Navy to account, assess, manage, and monitor the recovery process for personnel and their families affected by a wide-spread catastrophic event. NFAAS provides valuable information to all levels of the Navy chain of command, allowing commanders to make strategic decisions which facilitate a return to stability. All Navy military personnel, dependents and overseas contractors information is required to be updated or verified in NFAAS semi-annually. The upcoming deadline to update or verify the information is April 30. The NFAAS site can be assessed at work or home at https://navyfamily.navy.mil. Living in Cuba requires all of us to prepare for possible destructive weather since we are susceptible in this region, Kennedy said. An important step in readiness is preparedness. HAPPY EASTER From All Of Us At The Gazette
C haplains Corner T his weekend, GTMO will see several Easter Egg hunts. Cdr. Van Dickens USNH Guantanamo Bay Command Chaplain Why Easter Eggs? Why? Because its fun, of course. It also has a long tradition. Actually, it predates Christianity. Many pagan customs celebrating the return of Spring are now associated with Easter. The rabbit? Well, thats pretty much a carryover as a symbol of fertility. The egg, also a pre-Christian symbol, is now viewed by many Christians as a sign of resurrection, new life germinating from a lifeless shell (i.e., the tomb). Early pagan practices being folded into later faiths may sound shocking (dont ask me about the Christmas tree), but the early church was faced with a multitude of pagan practices and had to decide whether to abolish them, and thereby alienate the cultures they were trying to influence, or instead Christianize some of these practices and bring the pagans into the fold as it were, along with some of their traditions. For the most part, children are content having fun finding the eggs and eating the jelly beans inside. I myself prefer the Cadburys, and my wife enjoys eating the ears off the chocolate bunnies. Whatever your family tradition is, I hope this season you discover signs of new life for yourself. And perhaps the best place to begin is not by looking down, but up. Security Department Sailors D.A.R.E To Educate GTMO MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor T wo Petty Officers attached to the Security department at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba attended an 80-hour Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) officer course, Mar. 19-30. The course, held in Tavares, Fl., trained personnel on how to instruct the D.A.R.E curriculum to students. This course was by far one of the best learning experiences I have ever gone through, said Master at Arms 3rd Class Casey Morgan, D.A.R.E officer program graduate. The course demanded our full attention along with extra time dedicated to nightly homework assignments and preparation for presentations. Throughout the course we sat through constructed lessons (the same ones we will be teaching), learned how to put together outlines, conducted 3 graded presentations, learned how the brain works, (learned) about the 3 types of learning and how to properly use this knowledge to educate others. We were tasked with activities that involved us working individually, in pairs and also in teams. One of our final tasks involved being observed while interacting with Kindergarten-5th grade students at Florida schools. The course was sponsored by D.A.R.E America, and facilitated by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) officials. This course taught us the facts and effects of drug, tobacco, alcohol and inhalant abuse, said Master at Arms 2nd Class Eldis Vazquez, D.A.R.E officer program graduate. Well be able to teach others how to make right decisions and how to deal with potentially harmful situations. The class consisted of 12 students who were divided into three teams. Morgan was awarded the Most Outstanding Team Member Award, and Vazquez was recognized as the most motivated, friendly and enthusiastic student in the course. These two Sailors now have the ability to better educate local students in all aspects of the D.A.R.E program, said Chief Master at Arms Eduardo Perez. Additionally, they will be able to coordinate and partner with teachers and parents within the Guantanamo Bay community. Morgan and Vasquez were selected among the finest and most dedicated junior petty officers at the installation. Their drive for success, motivation and qualifications obtained were key factors in the selection process. The D.A.R.E program is scheduled to be implemented at NS Guantanamo Bays W.T. Sampson elementary and high schools later this year. I think this will be a great opportunity to give kids being schooled here in GTMO the same chance that a lot of kids that go to school stateside get with the D.A.R.E. program, said Morgan. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and is implemented in 75 percent of the nations school districts and more than 43 countries around the world. D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor M ilitary and civilian personnel participated in an interactive Sexual Assault Prevention and Response training session at the Windjammer that used humor and straight talk to provide education on how to prevent sexual assaults, April 1-2. The two-person 90-minute improvisational comedy, Sex Signals, presented by Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bays Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), included skits that dealt with dating, rape, consent and other topics such as body language, alcohol use and intervention. This production came highly recommended by the Department of Defense (DoD) and have been known for getting the audiences attention using comedy and interactive participation, said Susan Perez, NS Guantanamo Bay Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC). This information is important for those in attendance because sexual assaults continue to be reported throughout the military, and we wanted to educate people about consent, bystander intervention, and sexual assault. Before the performance, audience members were provided Stop signs. The audience members were asked to hold the signes up if they believed the actors behavior indicated inappropriate behavior. The actors, Courtney Abbott and Kyle Terry, performed skits about potential sexual situations service members may experience, as the scenarios were played out utilizing audience participation. is brand of training is far more engaging than a PowerPoint presentation, said actor Courtney Abbott. is experience inspires attendees to engage in a discussion, while providing ways to continue the conversation with friends, family and loved ones about the importance of sexual assault prevention. Its only through people talking to one another that the culture will actually change. e program, which has been presented at numerous military installations around the globe, was created by Catharsis Productions, an organization that uses innovative methods to educate audiences on social issues. We engage the audience as part of the solution, said actor Kyle Terry. Our job is to challenge the community to be active in a way that facilitates them helping each other out through conversation and ideas. Guantanamo FFSC Host Sexual Assault Awareness Event
SEX SIGNALS adding a touch of humor to a serious topic sexual assault awareness training
USNH GTMO Nurses Get Certified in Trauma Nursing Stacey Byington U .S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay (USNH GTMO) nurses had the opportunity to further their nursing skills, getting additional training in trauma care at Guantanamo Bay for the first time in recalled memory. Six nurses from USNH GTMO and two instructor candidates were certified after completing the three-day Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) on Mar. 29, offered for the first time at GTMO. Participating in the course were CAPT Kristen Atterbury, CDR Carol Hurley, LCDR Herman Jenkins, LT Marisol Armora, and LT Eric Dunbar. Training to become certified instructors were LT Erica Arnold and LTJG Terry Francis. Documented data has revealed that traumatic injury is the leading cause of death in people under the age of 45. The TNCC is designed to help nurses, essential to a trauma team, use a systematic and standardized approach to care for an injured patient. The course director was CDR Linda Nash, the USNH GTMO Emergency Room department head, who has been a trauma nursing instructor for many years, and helped bring the course to GTMO. TNCC is an important course, promoting mission readiness for all levels of military nurses, said Nash. It gives nurses a foundation in the assessment and care of trauma patients, across the age span (neonate to geriatrics). Nurses in all branches of the military are required to have this course as an introduction to trauma care prior to deployments. The TNCC was developed by members of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) as a means of identifying a standardized body of trauma nursing knowledge. Nash, a 23-year Navy veteran, and a nurse for 33 years, has been nationally certified through the ENA in emergency nursing since 1980, and has worked in emergency departments and operational settings almost her entire career, including a two-year assignment with Fleet Surgical Team 6, and a three-year tour as the senior nurse on the USNS Comfort. She became a TNCC director in 2000. TNCC is important to GTMO because it is an isolated forward deployed duty station, added Nash. It is surrounded by territories and countries that have high vulnerability assessments for natural disasters. We only have to look at what happened in Haiti during its earthquake. Earthquakes, mud slides, flooding and hurricanes are prevalent in the SOUTHCOM region of operations. In the event of another natural disaster in the Caribbean region, personnel from USNH GTMO would immediately be called to action. Navy Nurses are assignable and deployable worldwide and must maintain operational readiness, added CAPT Atterbury, USNH GTMOs Director of Nursing Services. We are fortunate to have a TNCC program here which helps prepare our nurses to respond to a variety of traumatic medical situations. The course included instruction on initial assessment, shock, brain and cranial trauma, burn traumas, and injuries to other parts of the body. Half of the training was straight classroom going through the various sections of the training manual. The second half of the course was devoted to practical skill stations, where the participants were provided various trauma situations, and had to demonstrate identified skill requirements. The core competencies that are universal to any trauma are referred to the A-B-Cs of trauma care: Airway with c-spine, Breathing, Circulation, Disability (neuro), Expose/Environment, Full set of vitals, Five interventions, Family presence, Give comfort, History (head-to-toe), and Inspect the back. Arnold, one of the instructor candidates, said she took the opportunity to train as one of the course instructors because it would help expand the course to other nurses assigned to the hospital in GTMO. e course demonstrates a systematic approach to trauma nursing care that every nurse can apply, said Arnold. My instructor certication ensures more nurses will be able to complete their (trauma) certication leading to a maintained state of readiness, and prepare them for that time when a trauma patient comes through our doors. e class was a great review and the instructors were very enthusiastic, said CDR Hurley. It is very important that our nurses are trained in basic trauma response because of situations they may have to respond to in this isolated location.
GTMO PAO-CLASSIFIEDADS@ USNBGTMO.NAVY.MIL GTMO JOB HUNT SHOPPER Toyota Corolla, clean and in a good running condition, 2 new tires, AC, passed in spection, radio & CD player $2300 OBO. Contact Emad H: 77883 or W: 8235 after 3-11 PM Red Ducati 848 with 7300k miles. Bike is in ex cellent condition. Has Ter mignoni exhaust and carbon dropped. Asking $10K. Call TJ at 55105 or 4052 FMI Honda Accord, 103k miles, automatic, cold A/C, great car. $5500. Call 75709 after 4 pm weekdays 16ft. Bayliner Boat with 90 HP engine and trailer. Comes with brand new bimi $3,900. Call 74335 Omer Excalibur 110cm, upgraded w/20mm band, comes w/2 extra 16mm w/800yds of braided line, mounted on custom built Calstar tuna rod $750 OBO. Call Eugene x79506 Kayak, Dimension 4.7m Spirit, White, two person, sit on top style, includes 2 pad dles. $500 OBO. FMI, call 77349 or 9744 ParaSail, Parafoil 272 rigged for parasailing, breakaway towline included. $500 OBO. FMI, call 77349 or 9744 JBL Mini spear gun, bands $35, C8 LED light, black, used only twice $110, Ha waiian slings $10, bear bow (lights out) w/ 10+ carbon arrows (three need new releases, and more $250, 3.0mm, size M, $65. FMI, call 77010 Complete bedroom set, dark memory foam mattress, headboard, end tables, desk, small cube bookcase, lamp. Comes with bedding and window curtains/rods Contact Chris @ x8529, or firstname.lastname@example.org load dryer and top load light usage, $300 for the pair. Call 77349 or 9744 Treadmill $100. Call 79526 justable height, on wheels w/arms, in excel. cond. $25. Call 58545 the Air Terminal. If found, please call 75654 or e-mail email@example.com Lost Small computer de sign pendant in the Gold Hill area. If found please call SCSI Modem and Linksys Wireless Router E1000, $55. Cables included. Call Chris at 7-9376 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Toshiba Power Cord/Adapt er for Toshiba satellite lap tops/notebooks. Like new, asking $25. Call 58545 SCSI modem, complete with all hardware and cables. $25, Call 3957 MOVIES DOWNTOWN LYCEUM 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 8 p.m.: Ghost Rider 2 (new) PG13 96 min. Safe House R 115 min. One For The Money (last) PG13 91 min. Man On A Ledge (last) PG13 102 min. The Grey (last) R 117 min. Woman In Black PG13 96 min. Chronicle PG13 84 min. This Means War (new) PG13 98 min. The Hunger Games PG13 142 min. The scoop JTFs SAFE RIDE HOME To prevent drinking and driving, those out drinking can take a safe ride home. Those not drinking can walk. Call 84913 or 84781. WATER USAGE REMINDER The watering of lawns, plants, crops, etc., and the washing of POVs, bikes, other vehicles, horses, lawn gnomes, and anything else in your yard is restricted at residences until further notice. EASTER EGG HUNT Apr. 7, 0900, Windjammer Pool. Join the Easter fun by looking for eggs in a pool. More than 20 events for the kids. Prizes for each event, and the Easter Bunny will be on hand. FMI, call 2205. EASTER CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH Apr. 8, Bayview, 1000-1400. Adults: $14.95, Children: $6.95 (6-11 yr olds). Make a reservation for groups of 10 or more. Theres even going to be a visit from the Easter Bunny! He will most likely not be enjoying champagne. FMI, call 75604. SKILL WORKSHOP Apr. 10, FFSC Bldg. 2135, 09301130. Learn to match personal skills and traits with possible career occupations during the Career Ex ploration and Skill Appraisal Work shop. FMI, call 4153. FREE SAILBOAT RENTALS Apr. 11, Marina, 0800-2000. Free sailboat rentals with a current sail ing license. FMI, call 2345. OPEN MIC NIGHT Apr. 11, Triple C Patio, 1900. Cele brate National Poetry Month (is that a thing?) and National Library Week by sharing your poetry and talent with the GTMO community. Sign up and pick up rules at The Community Library by Apr. 10. FMI, call 2096. LIBRARY RE-OPENING The Community Library will be open for public use starting at 0800, Apr. 12. There will be a re-opening ribbon cutting ceremony Apr. 12, 1700-1730. Open to all hands, with cake and drinks provided. FMI, call 75237. REGGAE/HIP HOP SHOW The one, the only...Rayvon..? Live in concert with Miamis own DJ Epps, Apr. 21, 2200-Midnight, Windjam mer Ballroom. Free show, 18 yrs old and up. FMI, call 75503. CRAFT FAIR REGISTRATION The Craft Fairs in GTMO are a pretty big deal...Get registered by Apr. 25 at the Ceramic Shop, Bldg. AV81. Craft Fair Apr. 28, Ferry Landing Beach, 1400-1700. $15 per table. FMI, call 74795. DEALS, DEALS, DEALS Check this out golfers! Every Mon day in April theres half price cart rentals at the Golf Course! How awesome is that?! Every Thursday in April get half price boat rentals at the Marina too! MWR IT Manager US hire, $45k-$70k per year. Must be CAC eligible. Electrician US hire, $14.47 per hr. FN hire, $8.08 + .40 BA Computer Technician Flex, US hire, negotiable. Must be CAC eligible. Teen Center Director US hire, $40k-$50k per year. Must be CAC eligible. Liberty Center Manager US hire, $30k-$65k per year. Must be CAC eligible. FMI, call 74121. NAF HR is located in Bldg. 760 NAVY GATEWAY INN Accounting Technician NGIS US hire, $22,998.74-$36,522.50 per year. Must be CAC eligible. Housekeeper Supervisor (2) US hire, $11.85 per hr. FN hire, $7.10 + .33 BA per hr. FMI, call 74121. NAF HR is located in Bldg. 760 IOM Social Services Assistant For Fishing Recreation Spanish. Must have MWR Captains License. Part time position. 1-2 weekend days per month. FLEX. FMI, call 74788.
Guantanamos Chapel Services Bless Religious Shrine MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor A s Pope Benedict XVIs visited Cuba, Chapel Services at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay held a blessing ceremony at the installations Our Lady of Cobre shrine, Mar. 24. Also known as Our Lady of Charity, the shrine blessing ceremony celebrated the 400th anniversary of the finding of the statue, and provided Catholic community members an opportunity to share in the religious recognition. The Catholics on base want to share in the spirit of joy with the people in Cuba, and with the Pope, said Lt. Tung Tran, one of three Chaplains at NS Guantanamo Bay. This ceremony reminds people of the where they are. The base is on the island country of Cuba, and Our Lady of Cobre (one of the many titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary) is very dear to Cuban Catholics, and has been for centuries. The shrine offers a place to rest a little out in the open and to pray and relax. During the ceremony, attendees were invited to join in prayers and songs, before Chaplain Tran blessed the shrine with holy water. The community consists of a number of different groups of people, said Tran. A large part of the Navy and civilians are Catholics, including the migrants, special residents, and contract workers from various places. The Our Lady of Cobre site is dear to us. We want to express our fellowship with the people in Cuba and we want to wish them the best. In 1612, the statue of Our Lady of Charity was found in El Cobre, Santiago, Cuba. In 1684, the rst shrine in El Cobre was built. In 1916, Pope Benedict the 15th declared her the patroness of Cuba and solemnly crowned her in the Eucharistic Congress in 1936. Pope Paul the 6th raised the shrine at El Cobre to the category of Basilica in 1977. In 1998, Pope John Paul II crowned the statue of Our Lady at Cobre for the second time. Most recently, Pope Benedict XVI made a pilgrimage of charity to El Cobre, Santiago Cuba, celebrating the anniversary of the discovery of the shrine.