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MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes T he Defense Media Activity (DMA) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, partnered with e NavyMarine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) to hold Radioon 2012, April 23-27. The annual pledge drive raised over $4,700, assisting NMCRS in their mission to offer eligible active-duty, retired, and reservist service members and widowed spouses financial assistance in the form of interest-free loans and grants, education scholarships, financial counseling and budget services. CMDCM J.D. McKinney (middle) leads NS Guantanamo Bay CPOs as they sing the official song of the U.S. Navy Anchors Aweigh live, on-air, during the 2012 RadioThon. The performance was one of the many highlights during the week-long event, as DMA Guantanamo Bay partnered with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society to raise funds during the annual pledge drive. Over $4,700 was raised assisting NMCRS in their mission to offer financial assistance to active-duty, retired, and reservist service members and widowed spouses is has impacted the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society by improving its assets to help support Sailors and Marines in need, said Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Christopher Mooty, NS Guantanamo Bay NMCRS President. Anytime you have an event or function that gets base residents involved, it shows the communitys strength as a whole. Success is driven from a strong community. Participants called the radio stations hotlines and pledged a minimum of $1 to choose their favorite song from DMAs wide variety audio library. To bump those songs o the air, a person would need to pledge at least $1 more than the original pledge, according to Mooty. It was amazing to see all services on base come together and donate and support the event, said Mooty. along with how fun it was to listen to the song bump wars. More than 24 volunteers assisted with this years week-long event, including NMCRS representatives collecting pledges at the installations Navy Exchange (NEX) Atrium. e Radioon was broadcast on FM channels 102.1 and 103.1, and simulcast on television channel 4.
MOOTY Job/Department: DMA/AFN Age: 36 Home State: Maryland Quote: Youre only as strong as someone wants you to be. Im just glad Im on the winning team. How The Navy Has Improved His Life: The Navy created a platform for me to grow and mature with my vision and goals Sailor Of The Week Because: As the NMCRS President, he has spent countless hours of off duty time raining money in different events for the NMCRS fund drive. He planned, organized and executed the RadioThon, raising nearly $5000. DULEY Job/Department: Install Tech/ BCO Age: 33 Home State: Michigan Quote: N/A How The Navy Has Improved His Life: The Navy helped me become a better man. Sailor Of The Week Because: Outstanding technician, instrumental in the relocation of all communications for the occupants of the second floor of Bulkely Hall. Terence Peck N aval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba personnel completed their mandatory all-hands Sexual Assault Awareness training, April 30. e training was held over two separate days, April 26 and 30 at the Bulkeley Hall Auditorium. During the training, personnel were provided Bystander Intervention Playbooks. Bystander Intervention is a strategy that the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy launched in an all out eort to help prevent sexual assault, said Susan Perez, Sexual Assault Response (SAPR) Coordinator, Fleet and Family Support Center, GTMO. e Bystander Intervention Playbooks are visual aides to demonstrate several techniques that can be used to take action when a potentially harmful situation is identied by a bystander. Perez said she hopes personnel will realize that sexual assault is still a problem in the military. It is a problem that many personnel can prevent from occurring by using bystander intervention, she said. To help visually relay that sexual assault in the Navy will not be tolerated, the Naval Station commanding ocer, Capt. Kirk Hibbert and the executive ocer, Cmdr. William Rabchenia acted out various scenarios, including displaying improper conduct in a night club setting. e CO and XO participating helped in allowing junior personnel to see our leadership engaged and caring about the subject matter, said Master at Arms 3rd class Sean M. Gramm, Jr., Naval Station GTMO. I hope that my fellow sailors received a better awareness of sexual assault in the military and learned techniques in which to prevent it from happening to them and their shipmates. Gramm, who has been in the Navy for three years, said that sexual assault in the Navy and military is much higher than he had thought. is training is important because it increases awareness for all hands and provides techniques that will allow them to be more conscious of sexual assault and how it can be prevented, he said. Although Sexual Assault Awareness Month has ended, military personnel must continue to be vigilant against sexual assault, according to Perez. As always, personnel should look out for each other, said Perez. Even though Sexual Assault Awareness Month is over, personnel can continue to be aware of what is happening around them and intervene when necessary. e FFSC will be holding their next SAPR Victim Advocate training May 7-10 for those who are interested in participating in the program. For more information, call 4227. from the rank of E-5 and above were invited to attend the luncheon, where the selection process was explained. U.S. Navy Photo by Terence Peck INTERIOR COMMUNICATIONS ELECTRICIAN 1ST CLASS CHRISTOPHER MOOTY (LEFT) AND CONSTRUCTION ELECTRICIAN 2ND CLASS STEFAN DULEY (RIGHT)
C haplains Corner A t times, we are called to help people who come into our lives. Chaplain Larry Jones Using the analogy of the farmer, we may be the seed planter, fertilizer or the harvester. In the agriculture cycle, the rst important step is sowing the seed. As the seed planter in the helping relationship, our assignment is to start the process of growth and change in that persons life by sharing words of wisdom or making the appropriate referral. As the fertilizer, our assignment is going to be more tedious MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes A ll recreational SCUBA diving will be secured at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during a hyperbaric re-compression chamber software upgrade and inspection, May 7-11. The inspection, conducted every 10 years, maintains the integrity and functionality of the hyperbaric re-compression chamber. The chamber is the primary medical treatment component for all diving related disorders such as Pulmonary Over-Inflation Syndrome (POIS), Arterial Gas Embolism (AGE), and Decompression Sickness Types 1 and 2 (Benz). All recreational divers need to be aware that there is no emergency re-compression chamber available and there will be no way to bring the chamber back on line at a moments notice in that we will have to take time to come alongside the person and water the seed that someone else has sown by taking time to listen or being that needed support system. is cycle, my friend, is often the longer process and it requires patience. en there is the harvester. In this cycle our purpose is to celebrate the growth and maturity that people exemplify in their lives. ey have overcome the emotional baggage they were carrying and are ready to move forward. Most people want to be this person because the hard work is already complete and now we are reaping the benefits. I encourage us to recognize our role in the relationships in our lives so that both can see and experience the endless possibilities of change. if someone decides to dive anyway, said Chief Navy Diver Michael Linzy, NS Guantanamo Bay Command Diving Officer. As a safety precaution, recreational diving will not be authorized at NS Guantanamo Bay during the inspection period, according to Linzy. A hyperbaric chamber is a room that allows an individual to breathe 100% pure oxygen at greater than one standard atmosphere of pressure. Hyperbaric chambers are used to deliver hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to treat underwater divers suffering from decompression sickness. Because of the safety issues at hand, we will be actively pursuing Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP) proceedings if base residents are found diving during secured diving times, said Linzy. In addition to NJPs, a divers qualifications and dive privileges would be suspended permanently. comprised of six teams ranging in age from 4-15 year olds. U.S. Navy Photo by Terence Peck
entertainment and activities for children of all ages, in recognition of April as Month of the Military Child.
MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes M orale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) and Child and Youth Programs (CYP) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, presented Day at the Bay at the installations Ferry Landing beach, April 28. MWR and CYP provided community members and their families with outdoor entertainment and activities for children of all ages, in recognition of April as Month of the Military Child. Day at the Bay brought military families together at one event, said Chris Dickson, NS Guantanamo Bay CYP School Liaison Officer. Its important for our entire community to know we have children and teens living here, serving and sacrificing too. Its also important for the youth to know the community supports them, appreciates them, cares about them, and is there for them. Day at the Bay featured free activities for the www.facebook.com/NSGuantanamoBay community such as water slides, kayaks, paddle boats, and swimming, as well as performances from the installations youth band, youth dance team and featured Navy Entertainment guest, The Dirty Sock Fun Time Band. The band hails from New York City, and have been televised on Nick Jr., said Brittany Hanna, NS Guantanamo Bay MWR Marketing Coordinator. Their performances are unique and very entertaining for kids. I think this event did a fantastic job of highlighting Month of the Military Child through entertainment, recreation, artistic expression and education. The event also featured a craft fair, showcasing base residents hand-made items, photographs, and other island-centric goods. Our family thought the water slides were awesome, said Lt. Cdr. Nicholas Pukish, father of four. I just wish I was small enough to go on the slides myself.
U.S. Navy Photo by Stacey Byington Patrick Campbell, Nathan Carney, Emily Kuhl, Rohan Merrill, Kazuki Oshiro, Ahna Parker, Aracelis Santana, Braden Welsh Standing: Gina Ardiente, Kourtnie Black, Mathew Bridges, Gregory DeGroff, Megan Digiovanni, James Dillon, Gabriel Dunbar, Emmit Kemp, Dane Stone, Noel Lynn, Jose Polica Kneeling: Laura Torres, Corwin Thomas, Savannah Turn, Emily Wanger, Leah Williams, Danielle Hagan, Taeisha Wynder, Tatiana Wynder, Kevin Lynch, Nicholas Sandstrom Julian Amador, Garona Belch, Lyric Campbell, Gian Colon-Trias, Briana Ewing, Kelly Flores, Kyle French, Bradley Hood, Gavin Kuhl, Kassandra Rodriguez, Derek Sode Standing: Richard Astatkie, Marliza Belch, Kayla Byrne, Daniel Dunbar, Brittney Garner, Shaher Ghuneim, Christopher Harris, Owen Lalley, Mackenzie Lowery, Christian Thomas Kneeling: Leah Mason, Kaley Lynch, Veronica Vargas, Zachariah Stone, Martin Quiroz Caroline DeLaRocha, Ethan Garcia, Donovan Lewis, Jacob Lloyd, Vicente Ramirez, Amber Munoz, Madison Tur Joshua Bledsoe, Liana Merrill, Selena Murcin, Elizabeth Parker, Keanna Peck, Tyrone Richardson Tanco, Christian Rodriguez, Forrest Welsh Photos by Terence Peck
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Terence Peck W .T. Sampson schools showcased their students talents and accomplishments during the 6th Annual Science, Math, Art, Reading and Technology fair, April 27 at the elementary school. During the fair, students displayed their talents in a wide range of subjects such as conducting chemistry experiments, pottery making and painting. There were so many student projects at every grade level from Sure Start to 12th grade, said Sonja Rodriguez, W.T. Sampson Unit School principal. Dr. Lester Facey, a Program Analyst for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided opening remarks at the fair. Facey also serves as Chair of the Sustainable Environment Work Group for the During the Science, Math, Art, Reading and Technology event, students displayed their talents in a wide range of subjects such as conducting chemistry experiments, pottery making and painting. Institute of Caribbean Studies (SEWGIC) in Washington D.C. Facey was at W.T. Sampson schools in support of the Department of Defense Education Activitys (DoDEA) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiative. The visit by Facey coincided with the SMART fair. The DoDEA STEM initiative is an educational program designed to provide students with opportunities to be successful in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, said Rodriguez. Our purpose is to ignite the passion of students to pursue education and careers in STEM disciplines. The three goals of the DoDEA STEM initiative are to create K-12 student interest, participation, and achievement in higher levels of math, science, and technology through the engineering design process; attract and retain students to STEM fields with a focus on underrepresented and female populations; and support the national security focus on the shortage of STEM professionals. We know that the students participated in a variety of rich learning opportunities in working with their teachers on the various projects, said Rodriguez. Our hope is that they continue their desire to learn about careers and opportunities in the STEM disciplines. Laura Torres, a 10th grade W.T. Sampson high school student, said the fair provided her and others an opportunity to motivate the younger children. I feel very happy to do this showing the little kids our accomplishments that we made over the years, said Torres. I think this whole purpose of the SMART fair is basically showing off your talent while also helping your environment.