Guantánamo Bay gazette
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00098616/00256
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Title: Guantánamo Bay gazette
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: U.S. Naval Base
Place of Publication: Guantánamo Bay Cuba
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
Publication Date: 05-11-2012
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Navy-yards and naval stations, American -- Newspapers -- Cuba   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base
System Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
General Note: Current issue plus archived issues covering the most recent 12 months.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 60, no. 40 (Oct. 3, 2003); title from title screen (viewed Dec. 10, 2004).
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 64, no. 33 (Aug. 31, 2007).
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Naval Station GTMO Personnel Rescue Orphaned ManateeTerence R. Peck An orphaned baby manatee was rescued by Naval Station GTMO personnel at the installations marina, May 3. e 3-day-old, 77 pound manatee is a West Indian endangered species found sporadically throughout Florida, the Greater Antilles, Central America, and South America. Army Capt. Miriam Lovell, the Ocer-in-Charge of GTMOs Veterinary Treatment Facility, along with Army Sta Sgt. Jamie Jackson and Army Sgt. Jody Gaudrault, both veterinarian technicians, immediately went to the Morale, Welfare and Recreations marina when they received a phone call from the Port Operations department around 9 a.m. about the manatee. Manatees usually dont go into the marina, so we went down there to try and nd its mom, said Jackson. Tim Baugh of MWR Outdoor Recreation ensured that a boom was placed in the area where the manatee was located and that boaters were notied of the animals presence. Tiana Armstrong, of Red Cross Disaster and Mississippi Animal Response Team also worked with the team to ensure that the environment was undisturbed in the hopes that its mother would return. Masters at Arms 2nd Class Travis Rader and Masters at Arms 3rd Class Sara Tusa were called to assist with the rescue eorts. Rader and Tusa, both with the Naval Station Security department are in training to become the installations game wardens. e Naval Stations Natural Resources Manager Jose Montalvo was also on scene to assist with the rescue. As the rescue went on, the team decided to name the manatee Manny. Jackson and the others entered the water to put the manatee on a stretcher and into a boat. ey then went near pier 33, where Army Capt. Miriam Lovell, the Officer-In-Charge of GTMOs Veterinary Treatment Facility and Masters-at-Arms (MA) 2nd class Travis Rader, Naval Station GTMO Security Department, prepare an orphaned three-day-old baby manatee for transport by boat, then aircraft to Puerto Rico, May 3. The calf was taken to the Manatee Conservation Center located at Interamerican University in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. It will stay at the center for two years before being returned to Cuban waters where it will be tagged and tracked by satellite. U.S. Navy Photo by Terence R. PeckMANATEEen For more see


Job/Department: Weapons Department/Assistant LPO Age: 28 Home State: Poplarville, MS Quote: What happens when you chase a shadow? You can never catch up, its when you walk away, thats when the shadow follows you. Favorite Sports Team: LSU Tigers Hobby: Running Favorite Book: Hunger Games Favorite Movie: Drive Favorite Musician: Lucero Favorite TV Show: Sons of Anarchy Great Passion: Hunting/ Outdoors Ambition: To survive. Currently Working On: Living Life one day at a time How the Navy has improved his life: I have had the opportunity to explore the world and see many cultures that I would have never seen. Also, the Navy has helped me grow and improve on me in the years. Sailor Of The Week Because: GM2 Small safely qualified 35 JTF/NAVSTA/NMCB personnel tin two days with the 9mm, M16 rifle, .50 cal and M240 machine gun. This included weapons safety, remedial actions, use of deadly force, clearing barrel procedures, characteristics/ nomenclature and weapons engagement. GUNNERS MATE 2ND CLASS HOMER R. SMALL (SW/AW)In an eort to help all active duty military personnel and their spouses experience a smoother transition to Navy housing at a new duty station, Commander, Navy Installations Command launched a new program that will be Navy wide by June 30. e Housing Early Application Tool (HEAT) enables service members and their families to apply for housing at one or more Navy installations online before or after they receive their Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. e program is also available to unaccompanied service members and civilian personnel. Spouses can also use the application as well, needing only minimal information about the service member, said Rudy Sammons, NS GTMO housing director. You can access and use HEAT from any computer. According to NAVADMIN 145/12, Navy housing customers, Sailors and their families indicated through surveys and focus groups that they were looking for a simpler, easier housing application process. ey also were looking to be able to apply for housing online instead of having to copy and fax information to their next duty station. Many housing customers wanted the ability to apply for housing earlier, before receiving orders, to allow them more time to explore and learn about housing options at their next duty station. When applicants go online to input their information, they are not required to be on a government computer or to have a Common Access Card (CAC). HEAT meets all DoD requirements for protection of your privacy and personal information, said Sammons. e system uses the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting Systems (DEERS) and the Enterprise Military (eHM) system to populate some of the housing application data and aid in pre-qualifying personnel, according to Sammons. e names and contact information for HEAT customers indicating an interest in Private Public Venture (PPV) housing will be provided to the PPV partners immediately upon pre-qualication, according to NAVADMIN 145/12. e system will not put the applicant on a Housing waiting list earlier or in a higher spot. Your position on the Housing wait list is determined by regulations and is based on your housing priority and detachment from your current duty station, said Sammons. Before the HEAT program, the process for receiving housing at a new duty station took longer. Lots of times, the current process may involve mailing, faxing, or scanning documents, which go to one base after receipt of PCS orders, Sammons said. With HEAT, members may apply for housing at multiple locations or simply obtain housing information prior to accepting orders. Sammons said that the information the service members receive may assist in their decision on future orders. e HEAT program will begin at NS GTMO on May 15. HEAT does not replace the current process, Sammons said. We will accept hard copies, faxes, scanned documents, etc. Heat is simply another tool to assist our military families. Applicants can apply for housing or receive more information on the HEAT program, by going to www.cnic.navy.mil/heat. Navy turns on HEAT for smoother PCS moves personnel to apply for housing before leaving their current duty station The HEAT program for qualified personnel PCSing to NS GTMO will begin on May 15. U.S. Navy Photo by Terence R. Peck Terence R. Peck


C haplains CornerA story told by an elderly priest: A seriously ill man, about twenty-Chaplain Tung TranGuantanamo Bay Chapel Services Thanks to God for Mothers four-years-old, wanted to hear a Mass that was going to be said in spite of many diculties, and asked to be placed near the table where the divine service was to be celebrated. He was so weak that he could neither stand nor sit, and was stretched out on the hard oor. Before Mass started, he called me over to his side and said aloud, without fear: I have been a member of the Nazi secret police, and have therefore lived away from the Church. May I, however, ask to be reconciled with my Lord? I immediately knelt down very close to him and heard his confession. I remained at his side on the oor for a while longer, because, after giving him absolution, I felt a strong impulse to ask him this question: To whom do you owe the grace of having a priest at your side at the end of your life? Without thinking, he immediately replied: To my mother, who is praying for me. Deeply moved, he heard Holy Mass and received Communion, and died the following Sunday. As I did with this party henchman, I have always asked the same question of all the many dying persons it has been my privilege to assist. eir replies, although with slight variations, have been substantially the same: It was my mother, who prays for me, or To my mother who taught me how to pray. Many a happy death can be attributed to the wrinkled old hands of a prayerful mother. anks to God for mothers. With the high cost of the summer vacation season right around the corner, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) leaders remind Sailors to be wary of predatory lending practices. According to Holly Petraeus, assistant director of the CFPB Office of Service Member Affairs, the number of service members affected by predatory lending acts is hard to measure. It can be embarrassing to go and tell somebody that you got ripped off, said Petraeus. Its so common for Sailors to walk into [a financial counselor] with significant financial problems that unfortunately have gotten really severe by the time they walk in and ask to see a counselor. Predatory loans are usually small, short-term arrangements designed to bridge cash-strapped borrowers until their next paycheck. However, they are expensive, high-interest loans that often cost $10 to $44 dollars per week per $100 dollars borrowed, plus fees. If a loan is not paid at the original payment due date and rolled-over multiple times, it can lead to a situation where most Sailors cannot pay off the loan. Financial difficulties can threaten a service members security clearance and career. Petraeus said addressing financial issues openly can work to a Sailors advantage. Petraeus recently met with Mid-South and Navy Personnel Command (NPC) leadership and spoke to Sailors about how to make informed consumer decisions. She discussed the Military Lending Act, which provides some protection for active-duty service members, active National Guard or Reserve personnel, and their dependents against the type of predatory loans that are commonly found outside the gates of bases. Petraeus said service members may appeal to predatory lenders because they have a guaranteed source of income. The Military Lending Act caps payday loans, auto title loans, and tax refund anticipation loans to military on active duty and their dependents at an annual rate of 36 percent, said Petraeus. That sounds high, I know, but the average payday loan is actually about 390 percent. The Military Lending Act defines payday loans as loans of closed-end credit, 91 days or less, and less than $2,000 dollars. It defines auto title loans as loans of closed-end credit that are 181 days or less. The problem...is that some folks have just changed the definition of their product enough to get outside of that law, said Petraeus. So youll see some sites online advertising that type of loan that will say right on there, were not subject to the Military Lending Act because our loan is for more than 90 days. Sailors experiencing financial challenges should notify their chain of command and work with their command financial specialist (CFS) to develop a budget and explore additional options such as military relief societies, eligibility for interest rate reductions and other relief. Sailors Reminded To Be Wary of Predatory LendersNavy Personnel Command Public Affairs Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NSGuantanamoBay


it was reported that an adult manatee was sighted. We went out and a manatee was seen, but we didnt know if it was the mom or not, but when we released the baby manatee in the same area, the adult manatee swam away and did not try to connect with the baby at all, said Gaudrault. Returning with Manny to the Marina, the team searched for the manatees mother, while coordination by others was ongoing. Lt. Cmdr. Scott Armstrong, Air Operations ocer, NS GTMO was contacted by Lovell to discuss dierent courses of actions that could be taken to transport the animal. After collecting inputs from her and manatee experts stateside, I presented these to Cmdr. David Hughes at Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (N32) and Mr. Jene Nissen of Fleet Forces Command Environmental Services, said Armstrong. Shortly thereafter I was contacted by Dr. Frank Stone from the Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division (N45) who spearheaded the coordination at the Federal level with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS). After several unsuccessful attempts to nd the calfs mother, it was decided that the weakening manatee had to be transported from the Naval Station to preserve its life. During the day Dr. Stone and I agreed the best course of action was to transport the manatee on the Station C-12, due to the time critical nature of the problem, as well as the specialized care and monitoring required to protect the manatee wherever it was, he said. Members of the Manatee Rescue department of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in Jacksonville, Fla. coordinated with facilities in Florida and Puerto Rico including the Manatee Conservation Center in Bayamn Puerto Rico. Dr. Antonio A. Mignucci-Giannoni of the Center secured agreements and authority from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to request we transfer the manatee to their care for the purpose of saving its life. Before putting the manatee on the aircraft, they had to ensure that the transport would be done safely. Naval Crewman 1st Class Samuel Arias and I constructed a Manatee Playpen by strapping down a foam pad to protect the manatees body underneath, over which we secured a waterproof tarp to prevent any water intrusion to the aircraft, Armstrong said. On top of that we put in an inatable Kiddy Pool lined with wet towels which we covered Manny with, and secured a small bucket of water to keep him moist. e manatee was placed on the Naval Stations C-12 and with Gaudrault by its side, transported on a two-hour ight to Isla Grande Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. e manatee was then taken to the Manatee Conservation Center located at Interamerican University in Bayamn. Nine members of the Center met the aircraft and immediately provided electrolytes to the slightly dehydrated calf. e caregivers named the calf Guam, in honor to a Taino Chief of the eastern province of Cuba, which is recognized as a gure of historic importance for Cuba. e center reported back that the calf is doing well and that it is adjusting comfortably to its new environs. It is expected that it will take approximately two years before the manatee can be transported back to Cuba and released with a satellite transmitter, according to Montalvo. Saving the manatees life was the right thing to do, Armstrong said. e Chief of Naval Operations instruction 5090.1C has several passages exhorting Commanding Ocers to not jeopardize the continued existence, protect, or not endanger species, he said. It is Navy policy to comply with applicable laws for the protection and management of wildlife resources and directs the Navy to consult with National Fish and Wildlife Services with any actions they may take regarding endangered species. According to Armstrong, coordination among Naval Station personnel and outside agencies helped to save the manatees life. GTMOs strength is its pool of talent and inherent exibility from the diverse missions we are called upon daily to execute, all of which we marshaled to a successful end, said Armstrong. Where coordination between the highest levels of government was required, oft lamented inertia was nowhere to be seen, and the inherent drive to get the right things done for the right reasons shone particularly brightly. Army Capt. Miriam Lovell, the Officer-In-Charge of GTMOs Veterinary Treatment Facility reaches for the stretcher that will carry the manatee as Masters-at-Arms 2nd class Travis Rader, Masters-at-Arms 3rd Class Sara Tusa and Army Staff Sgt. Jamie Jackson assist. U.S. Navy Photo by Terence R. Peck Nelmarie Landrau and Tamara Alejandro of the Manatee Conservation Center, located at Interamerican University in Bayamon, Puerto Rico provide nutrients to Guam a manatee rescued by Naval Station GTMO personnel, May 3. Photo courtesy of Interamerican University. Contd From Cover MANATEE


Gazette Editor GTMO CYP Celebrate Month Of The Military Child Gazette Editor During May, the Nation is observing Asian and Pacic Islander Heritage Month by highlighting the contributions and achievements Asian Americans and Pacic Islanders (AAPI) have made to the country. In a Proclamation signed by President Barack Obama designating May as the month of recognition, it states in part, Asian Americans and Pacic Islanders comprise many ethnicities and languages, and their myriad achievements embody the American experience. Asian Americans and Pacic Islanders have started businesses, including some of our Nations most successful and dynamic enterprises. AAPI men and women are leaders in every aspect of American life -in government and industry, science and medicine, the arts and our Armed Forces, education and sports. ere are more than 340,000 veterans of Asian and Pacic American heritage, approximately 1.5 percent of the 23 million are American veterans. In the Navy, nine admirals, eleven members of the senior executive service, and 191 master chief petty ocers of Asian and Pacic American heritage are currently leading the Navy. For Lt. Tung Tran, NS GTMOs Catholic chaplain, the month provides an opportunity for the AAPI community to share their history and stories of how many of them arrived to the United States. On May 17, Tran, who joined the Navy in 2011, will be sharing his stories during NS GTMOs Multi-culture Organization Committees Lunch and Learn at the community Center. e MOCs Lunch and Learn is held monthly to provide the community an opportunity to share stories and talk about the designated months ethnic recognition. Tran will talk about his struggle to leave Vietnam when it fell to communist forces after the Vietnam War. My hope is that people will understand me a little bit better, Tran said. He hopes that he can be representative of the Vietnamese people when he gives his talk. ere are a lot of dierent stories, but some of the things that are very common are questions like How did you get here? Tran said. Well a good majority of Vietnamese who are adults now in the U.S. have a similar story that I have. ey left by boat or by land, escaping from Vietnam or going to another country and eventually making it to the U.S. Chief Petty Ocer Robert Pagtakhan, NS GTMOs command counselor immigrated to the United States from Manila, Philippines in 1992. He joined the Navy three years later to travel to dierent places and experience cultures around the world. e Navy has been good to me, Pagtakhan said. It made me advance to Chief Petty Ocer; it put me into nancial stability in my life and for our family.Pagtakhan said that he is proud of his Filipino heritage. Someone once mentioned to methere is not any country in the world that does not have a Filipino in it, he said. Its a proven statement, because even in Seychelles, a small island in the Indian Ocean, I even saw Filipino families that are actually there. So I think there is not a place in the world that the Filipino heritage has not actually touched. Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Louvel Velicaria from Pangasinan, Philippines immigrated to the United States in 2004 and joined the Navy that same year. Velicaria, a general duty Corpsman at the Naval Hospital GTMO, joined to make a dierence and because her father and uncle also served in the Navy. She looks at it as a family tradition. Im continuing what they started, Velicaria said. Velicaria said she was proud of her uncle and father because they helped open the doors for others to serve in the Navy. Before 1971, Filipinos enlisted into the Navy as Mess Management Specialists. In these positions, job opportunities in other areas in the Navy were unavailable. I remember that the occupation that we used to have, Pacic Islanders were stewards in the United States Navy, meaning we cooked or we took care of the galley or we took care of the hotel services for the ship, Pagtakhan said. But then we started progressing, ling in dierent jobs, being equal to everyone else. e contributions to every single one that made it to the top gives an impact to the structure to what we have now as a whole Navy, making it a very diverse culture in the military. In 1971, Philippine nationals began being recruited as Seaman Recruits instead of Stewardsman, providing Filipinos opportunities to serve within a much broader range of Navy ratings. Velicaria is proud of the progress other cultures have made in the Navy as well. When the Navy became diverse, I was not only proud of the Filipino races, but other races made the other rates open for all of us, she said. From that start, it became more open to everyone. Im happy that the Navy is open to everyone now, for us to explore what we want to do. Velicaria said the recognition of dierent heritages each month helps her to learn more about the others around her. Back in the Philippines, we dont have celebrations like this, we are just into our traditions, she said. But when I got to the States, there was a Black History month, the Hispanic Heritage monththose events allow us to, not only share our side, but absorb (others). e GTMO community is invited to attend the MOCs Lunch and Learn to hear Tran talk about his life as an AAPI. e talk will be held at the community center on May 17, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. Guests are asked to bring a lunch of their own to the event. For more information, call 2323 or 4243. Velicaria, General Duty Corpsman, Naval Hospital GMTO. U.S. Navy Photo by Terence R. Peck


SHOPPER scoopen JTFs SAFE RIDE HOMETo prevent drinking and driving, those out drinking can take a safe ride home. Those not drinking can walk. Call 84913 or 84781. MOTHERS DAY CHAMPAGNE BRUNCHShow mom your appreciation with a champagne brunch May 13, 10001400. Adults $14.95 Children $6.95MCSFCO MOONLIGHT RUNMay 11th, check-in starts at 1800. Last check-in at 1830. Departing Marine Hill at 1830. The run begins tery Beach. Sign up at the Marine Hill White House Mondays and Fridays, 1130-1300. FMI, call 2643.ACOUSTIC FRIDAYBegins May 11th, Bayview Restau rant, 1800-2100. Featuring easy lis tening music by Marty Castillo. FMI, call 75604.ISLAND (MOTHERS DAY) TEAMay 12th, Community Center, 14001600. Celebrate Mothers Day with crafts 1400-1500. FMI, call 200575 MILE SWIMMay 14th, Marine Hill Pool. Free event, open to all-hands. Sign up at the Marine Hill Pool by May 7th, All ceives a trophy. FMI, call 2205. LearnMay 17, Thur. 1130-1300, The Com munity Center. The GTMO Community is invited to bring a lunch and learn about the contributions of Asiancall 2323/4243ARMED FORCES DAY FAMILY RUNS 0645. Register by Wed. May 16 at Denich Gym. Free, Open to all-hands. FMI call 2113. ------------------0800. Ages 4-16. Register at the Youth Center for the 1/2 mile, 1 mile or 2 mile runs by Fri. May 18. Free games, food and fun following the runs. FMI, call 55346 or 74658.May 26, Ferry Landing Beach, 09001200. Soggy Bottom Cardboard Boat Regatta. Register your boat by Wed. May 23 at the Marina. Free event, open to all-hands. Pick up boating rules/tips at the Marina. FMI, call 2345.MWRen Liberty Center Recreation Aide (Full time), US hire $8.71 per hour, FN hire $7.35 + .58 BA per hour Liberty Center Recreation Aide (Flex) US hire $7.25 per hour, FN hire $5.86 Library Aide (Flex) US hire $7.25 per hour, FN hire $5.86 Electrician US hire $14.47 per hour, FN hire $8.08 + .40 BA Cahier Windjammer (Full Time) US hire $7.25 per hour, FN hire $5.86 + .52 BA Warehouse Worker (Flex) US hire $10.22 per hour, FN hire $5.90+ .52 BA FMI, call 74121. NAF HR is located in Bldg. 760 DoDEA Substitute Teacher 12-CUB-071, TP1701-00, Closes August 31st. Call the school at 3500 or 2207 for any inquires regarding this position. HRO Administrative Services Assistant (OA)LH12-014, GS-0303-05-06-07, USNH Admin Services Assistant (OA) LH12015, GS-0503-05-06-07, USNH Materials Handler LH12-016, WG6907-05, FLCJDOWNTOWN LYCEUM FRIDAY MAY 11 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: SATURDAY MA Y 12 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: SUNDAY MA Y 13 8 p.m.: MONDAY MA Y 14 8 p.m.: TUESDAY MA Y 15 8 p.m.: WEDNESDAY MA Y 16 8 p.m.: THURSDAY MA Y 17 8 p.m.:The Avengers (new) PG13 142 min. Gone (last)en PG13 95 min. Act of Valor (last) R 101 min. A Thousand Words PG13 91 min. Silent House R 86 min. The Lucky One PG13 101 min. 21 Jump Street R 1 10 min. CALL THE MOVIE HOTLINE @ 4880The Avengers PG13 142 min. John Carter (new) PG13 142 min. GTMOen E-mail classified ad submissions to PAO-CLASSIFIEDADS@ USNBGTMO.NAVY.MIL If sent to any other e-mail, it may not be published. Submit your ad NLT noon Wednesdays for that weeks Gazette. Ads are removed after two weeks. Re-submit the ad to re-publish. The Gazette staff and NS Guan Justin Ailes at 4520 with your questions or concerns .GTMOen JOB HUNTMOVIESen Community BankFull Time Teller/CSR To apply go http://careers.dodcommunitybank. com


First Class Petty Officers bring community together to help improve quality of life at CBQTerence Peck Naval Station GTMOs First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA) came together to help improve the quality of life for service members living in the barracks, May 5. In coordination with Seabee Detachment Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 23 (NMCB 23) and volunteers, the FCPOA began construction of an outside patio deck behind barracks 1670. It was and still is important, because these quarters are a part of the community in which we live, said Logistics Specialist, First Class Mac A. Williams II, Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville, GTMO Det. Its projects like these that bring people together. During the construction, 14 tons of fill dirt was poured and 10 pallets of patio stones leveled with a boarder. The project is expected to be completed in approximately two weeks. This is a weekend project, Williams said. Its a work in U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay Celebrates Nurses WeekStacey Byington National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingales birthday. The U.S. Navy Nurse Corps dates its founding back to May 13, 1908, and nurses, both military and civilian, assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay (USNH GTMO) and the Joint Medical Group (JMG) are commemorating Nurses Week and the Navy Nurse Corps Birthday with a number of events. Nursing is both a science and an art, said CAPT Kristen Atterbury, NC, Director of Nursing Services at USNH GTMO. It is the art of caring. It is a profession that embraces many talented people who work in unique settings, caring for the young and old. We are proud to honor the compassion and commitment nurses give while saving lives and improving the health of many. All nurses at Guantanamo Bay were invited to the Nurses Blessing, delivered by Chaplain Tung Tran on May 9 outside the hospital. More than 50 registered nurses (military, civilian, and family members) serve on the base. Posters depicting the various aspects of the nursing profession are hung on walls around the hospital. Three Navy Nurse Corps detailers, and one placement officer, led by Senior Nurse Corps Detailer, CAPT Lavencion Starks, NC, are visiting USNH GTMO May 9 12, talking to hospital and JMG nurses about careers and follow-on assignments. The week-long commemoration concluded with a cakecutting on May 11, celebrating the 104th birthday of the founding of the Navy Nurse Corps. Today, the Navy Nurse Corps primary mission is to provide professional nursing care to, and promote the health of, uniformed service personnel and their dependents, said RADM Elizabeth Niemyer, NC, Director, Navy Nurse Corps. From the clinic to the classroom, Navy nurses have the unique responsibility to educate and supervise hospital staff in the theory and practice of providing nursing care to patients. Navy nurses serve worldwide, from traditional settings such as medical centers, hospitals and branch health clinics to flying the wounded, ill and injured from battle. progress, but we had a lot of support being shown. For Builder First Class (SCW) Steven Byers, Public Works Department Engineering Technician, the project increases the morale of the residents. This was important to increase the quality of life for all of the residents of the barracks by giving them a place to relax, as well as, to give personnel a place to gather.Lt. Tung Tran, CHC, conducts the Blessing of Nurses Hands at U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, May 9. The blessing was held as part of events commemorating National Nurses Week, held annually May 6 12, and the 104th anniversary of the founding of the Navy Nurse Corps on May 13. Events depicting nursing services were held at the hospital throughout the week, and all nurses (military, civilian and family members) working and living on the base were invited to participate. U.S. Navy Photo by Stacey Byington Volunteers place ten pallets of patio stones behind the CBQ, May 5. When the project is completed, service members living in the barracks will have a patio area providing them a place to relax. The project is lead by the First Class Petty Officers Association with the help of Seabees from NMCB-23 and volunteers from the community. Photo by IC 1st Class Christopher Mooty (AW/SW).