Guantánamo Bay gazette
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00098616/00260
 Material Information
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: 06-08-2012
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Navy-yards and naval stations, American -- Newspapers -- Cuba   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba)   ( lcsh )
Genre: federal government publication   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
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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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 57204860
System ID: UF00098616:00260
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GTMO Holds Battle of Midway Remembrance Service MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor importance of naval power in conict. It was a pitched battle of sacrice and struggle against an extraordinarily capable opponent. But most of all, it was a battle that showed the world what an American Sailor and Marine could do. Hibbert placed a commemorative wreath into the bay to honor the sacrices made by Sailors and Marines who fought in the Battle of Midway. e Battle of Midway is widely regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacic Campaign of World War II, and the turning point of the war. Only six months after Japans attack on Pearl Harbor, and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the U.S. Navy decisively defeated an Imperial Japanese Navy attack against Midway Atoll, inicting irreparable damage on the Japanese eet. American code-breakers were able to determine the date and location of the attack, enabling the forewarned U.S. Navy to set up an ambush of its own. Four Japanese aircraft carriers and a heavy cruiser were sunk, with the loss of one American aircraft carrier and a destroyer. After Midway, and the exhausting attrition of the Solomon Islands campaign, Japans shipbuilding and pilot training programs were unable to keep pace in replacing their losses while the U.S. steadily increased its output in both areas. S ervice members and civilians serving at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba held a ceremony at Windward Ferry Landing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, June 4. e service honored the memory of the battle, which took place June 4, 1942 in the Pacic. During the conict, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sunk and the Japanese oensive was stalled. e Battle of Midway seized the strategic initiative, said Capt. Kirk Hibbert, NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Commanding Ocer. It was a singular statement of the NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Commanding Officer Capt. Kirk Hibbert salutes after placing a commemorative wreath into the bay during the Battle of Midway remembrance ceremony at Windward Ferry Landing, June 4. The service honored the memory of the battle and the service members lost during, as what many regard to be, the turning point of World War II.


DoN SAPRO Visits Guantanamo Bay MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor I n an effort to increase awareness on ways to prevent sexual assaults, the Navys Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office regardless of engine motorcycle, scooter, or (PPE) in accordance are not allowed to 11200.1B, Encl 1, roadways on NAVSTA SECURITY DEPARTMENT DID YA KNOW? Jill Loftus, Director of the Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office visits with base-wide leadership, June 4-7. Loftus visit focused on educating service members and civilians on how sexual assaults can be prevented. We must instill a renewed sense of our personal responsibility for combating sexual assault, for protecting each other, and for our own actions... (DON-SAPRO) and a performance group visited Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, June 4-7. Jill Loftus, the Navy secretarys principal point of accountability for all sexual assault policy matters and the primary resource for expert SAPR assessment, program support, and oversight spoke with base-wide leadership during a training session focused on teaching leaders the realities of sexual assault. We must instill a renewed sense of our personal responsibility for combating sexual assault, for protecting each other, and for our own actions, said Loftus. is can be accomplished by challenging the myths and social norms that surround the crime. e DoN SAPRO partnered with students from Central Michigan Universitys No Zebras, No Excuses performance group, to help raise sexual assault awareness in the Navy and Marine Corps. e team visited Guantanamo Bay on their rst leg of a fleetwide summer tour. I wish that no one in your life will experience sexual aggression, but thats not the reality, said Steve Thompson, creator and facilitator of the No Zebras performance. The fact is that one in three women, and one in six men, in the military, will experience sexual assault.


T here is this story that has come into my mailbox at least a couple Chaplain Tung Tran No Vacation From Vocation of times. I do not know how true it is, but it serves a point I want to share with the readers. In order to renovate the house, a man in Japan had to tear open a wall. Japanese houses normally have a hollow space between the wooden walls. When tearing down the wall, he found that there was a lizard stuck because a nail from outside was hammered into one of its feet. He saw this, felt sorry for it and at the same time curious. e house had been built for ten years. He wondered how that lizard survived all that time without moving a single step. C haplains Corner No Zebras Awareness Training Educates Community MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor M ore than 1,200 Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Soldiers, Coast Guardsmen and civilians at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba attended a presentation to raise awareness about sexual assault and prevention, June 5-6. Students from Central Michigan Universitys No Zebras, No Excuses performance group, challenged sexual assault myths and stereotypes through a number of vignettes. We all have the responsibility to protect each other from sexual assault, said Jill Loftus, Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Oce (DoN SAPRO) Director. e show reminds us that sexual assault is completely unacceptable. It shares reallife insights about the nature of sexual assault, about circumstances that can lead up to sexual assault, and about the people who commit and are victims of sexual assault. It reminds us of our individual responsibilities both for our own behavior and for intervening when necessary to protect others. So he stopped his work and observed the lizard. He thought, What has it been doing and what has it been eating? Later, there appeared another lizard, with food in its mouth. He was stunned and touched deeply. One lizard was feeding another lizard for ten years. Call it what you will, love, care, camaraderie, etc. If such a wonderful thing can happen between small creatures helping and caring without giving up hope imagine what a creature blessed with a brilliant mind can do. Summer is here. It may be a good time to take leave or a break from school or work. But there should be no vacation from our vocation to love and to serve. Friends, shipmates, be vigilant. Be a good friend, mentor, or neighbor. Pay attention and lend a hand if another is in need. God Bless. By presenting scenes service members may experience at parties and in home life, the performance group educates audience members on the warning signs of sexual aggression and the steps to take to prevent the crime. Loftus has partnered with the performance group to help raise sexual assault prevention awareness in the Navy and Marine Corps. e team is on their rst leg of a eet-wide summer tour to help achieve this goal. We are committed to a culture of gender respect where sexual assault survivors receive compassionate support, where sexual assault is completely eliminated and never tolerated, and where oenders are held accountable, said Loftus. Sexual Assault Prevention and Response is an element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-eective force in the history of the Navy and Marine Corps. e Department of the Navy is working aggressively to prevent sexual assaults, to support sexual assault victims, and to hold oenders accountable. More than 1,200 Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Soldiers, Coast Guardsmen and civilians attend a presentation to raise awareness about sexual assault and prevention, June 5-6. Students from Central Michigan Universitys No Zebras, No Excuses performance group, challenged sexual assault myths and stereotypes through a number of vignettes.


MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor F orty base residents at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba auditioned for the installations Child and Youth Programs (CYP) GTMOs Got Talent competition, June 2-3. Contestants showcased their musical and dancing abilities in an eort to qualify for the semi-nal round. Participants scores were tallied by American Idol judge impersonators, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson. Ten acts were selected by the judges for the semi-nals, said Chris Dickson, CYP School Liaison Ocer. ey judges were actors, but they know music and they took it seriously. ey were really judging and scoring and they had their opinions it denitely felt like a real-time deliberation by judges on a reality show. e semi-nalists performed for base residents at the installations downtown Lyceum, before singers Liana Merrill and Larry McGhee were selected to move on to the nal round. Before the nal performance, American Idol contestant and GTMOs Got Talent host Jovany Javier sang for those in attendance. Its an honor to perform for the troops and show my appreciation for their sacrices, said Javier. My family is originally from Cuba, and this is my rst time being here. is is an awesome experience and Im proud to show my appreciation towards the military and entertain the community. After nal deliberations, Liana Merrill, W.T. Sampson high school senior, was selected as the winner of the event for her opera-style singing and was awarded the GTMOs Got Talent trophy. Honestly, I hadnt entered the competition with any hopes of winning, said Merrill. I just wanted a chance to share my passion for opera with the rest of the base. I am ecstatic that I won...I cant believe it. I am so glad that the opera style was a success. Many people think of opera as an old lady dressed as a Viking holding a spear and warbling... but Im glad that I had the chance to prove that opera is so much more. I really want to share my enthusiasm for this incredible art form, and this fall I plan on attending Western Washington University to study opera.


American Idol contestant Jovany Javier presents Liana Merrill with a trophy as she is announced the winner of GTMOs Got Talent at the downtown Lyceum June 3. Merrill To see more, like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NSGuantanamoBay a star is born


Public Affairs T he summer months herald the busiest move season of the year as hundreds of thousands of Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) servicemen and women receive orders to new assignments across the nation and worldwide. NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS) Household Goods Assistant Program Manager Andrea Gergen advises those transferring to book their moves early. e period of May 15 and August 31 is the annual peak move season, Gergen says. Gergen advises that movers should give their Household Goods oces a minimum of three weeks lead time or more to initiate an eective, smoother move experience. DoD and the USCG book an estimated 225,000 household goods shipments each summer, Gergen said. In addition to these moves, many federal civilian employees also choose to schedule their moves during the summer, since most schools are out of session and the relocation will be less disruptive for children. Sandra McMurray, U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bays Patient Safety Manager, talks about some of the patient safety handouts she had available during the summer health fair held June 3 in the Navy Exchange atrium. The health fair included hypertension and blood pressure screenings, tobacco cessation information, fire safety and extinguisher training, and many more information exhibits related to healthy living. U.S. Navy Photo by Stacey Byington Service members who are faced with trying to move during this bottleneck period might nd themselves with fewer options if they wait too long to book a move date.. Gergen suggested that families be exible with their moving dates, plan ahead, and recognize that now is the time to get rid of unwanted items to reduce their shipments weight. No one wants to get a bill for being overweight on their shipment, Gergen said. Service members have two options for moving their household goods. ey can choose a Government arranged move, in which a contractor packs and ships their household goods, or they may perform a Personally Procured Move (PPM) formerly known as a DITY move, where the customer arranges to rent a truck or trailer, or uses their own vehicle to move their items. For more information on either option and to start the move process, customers should go to www.move.mil. For questions or concerns about moving customers may e-mail householdgoods@navy.mil for assistance or contact their local personal property shipping oce.


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GTMOs Power Plant Commission Generators, Reduce Cost MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor O fficials at the Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Southeast water and power utility production (desalination) plant at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba held a ribboncutting ceremony, May 30. The ceremony was held to officially commission two diesel fuel-powered generators which will be used to supply the installation with more than seven megawatts of power. The two new generators are more fuel efficient than the older generators we have operating in the power plant, said Arthur Torley, Production Division Director. Having the new generators will help provide more reliable and efficient power, supporting NS Guantanamo Bays mission. According to Torley, the power plant recapitalization plan began in 2010, and the project was successful through a NS Guantanamo Bay Commanding Officer Capt. Kirk Hibbert and NAVFAC Southeast Commanding Officer, Capt. John Heinze cut the ribbon during a ceremony commissioning two diesel fuel-powered generators, May 30. Officials expect the upgrade to save $4 million a year in fuel costs. combined effort of NAVFAC-Southeast Guantanamo Bay and Jacksonville, Fla., with generator installation conducted by the installations Burns and Roe Corporation. Recapitalization costs were around $6.5 million and we expect to save $4 million per year in fuel cost, said Torley. The payback will be seen in less than two years. I would like to thank the GTMO community for their continued support in helping us save energy and conserve water as we continue to make improvements to our utility system. Currently the installations desalination plant provides 350 kilowatt-hours of electricity per day, using the diesel powered generators. It goes a long way towards our responsibility of being good stewards of the resources with which we are entrusted and that they are much more efficient then the generators that they replaced, said Capt. John Heinzel, commanding officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast.