Guantánamo Bay gazette
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00098616/00265
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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: 07-20-2012
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 )
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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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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 57204860
System ID: UF00098616:00265
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USS Underwood Visits Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs USS Underwood (FFG 36) visits Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during her deployment in support of Southern Seas 2012, an annual collaborative deployment which focuses on theater security and goodwill port visits in cooperation with partner nations in the Southern hemisphere. USS Underwood is the only U.S. assest assigned to Southern Seas 2012. The Oliver Hazard Perry class guided-missle frigate was in port Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to receive logistical support from the installations Port Operations department including water, fuel, and ammunition. Upon her departure, USS Underwood will join forces in support of Operation Martillo (spanish for hammer), a U.S., European, and Western U SS Underwood (FFG 36) visited Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during her deployment in support of Southern Seas 2012, July 18. The Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate was in port NS Guantanamo Bay to receive logistic support from the installations Port Operations department including water, fuel, and ammunition. The Underwood received almost 98,000 gallons of diesel fuel (DFM) and 5,000 gallons of jet fuel (JP5), said NS Guantanamo Bay Port Operations Quartermaster 2nd Class Dennis Steel, a dock master for USS Underwoods visit. I feel like the Port Operations team does a really good job supporting ships coming into portfrom assigning them a pier to scheduling services like transportation, sewage offload, and potable water services. Southern Seas 2012 is an annual collaborative deployment which focuses on theater security and goodwill port visits in cooperation with partner nations in the Southern hemisphere. We have conducted 6 community relations (COMREL) projects so far and hosted a reception with the Ambassador to Chile, commemorating the Battles of Midway and Iquique, said USS Underwood Operations Officer Lt. Lori Rose. Most UNDERWOOD For more see page 6


Green Fleet: USS Nimitz Receives Biofuel MC3 Renee L. Candelario Navy News Service U SS Nimitz (CVN 68) took on more than 900,000 gallons of 50-50 biofuel in preparation for the Navys Great Green Fleet demonstration, July 18. The fuel will be used for aircraft and other naval surface ships to reduce U.S. dependency on foreign oil by blending traditional petroleum-based fuel and biofuel made up of a mixture of algae oil and waste cooking oil. There has been a lot of rigor in our Navy Job/Department: Military Pay Clerk/PSD Age: 20 Home Town: Chicago, IL Quote: Im awesome, calm down. Favorite TV Show: Family Guy Favorite Hobby: Twitter Favorite GTMO Restaurant: Windjammer Favorite Movie: N/A Favorite Musician: N/A Currently Working On: N/A Hero: My Mom Greatest Passion: Writing How The Navy Has Improved His Life: The Navy has given me the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people. Sailor Of The Week Because: PS3 has taken on the responsibility of Supply Petty Officer with a budget of $16,000. He worked overtime and on his off-duty hours ensuring all 280 Navy-wide advancement exams for GTMO were ordered, and processed pay documents for all newly reporting personnel. PS3 has strived to positively affect the lives of almost every Sailor and civilian at the installation. PERSONNEL SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS KEYERRO PARNELL from NAVAIR. To make this Great Green Fleet possible with the expertise of these Sailors, [this evolution] will not be a problem. e Great Green Fleet demonstration will be attended by the Secretary of the Navy the Honorable Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operation Jonathan Greenert. Its more than biofuel when you talk about energy eciency, said Gumataotao. e bottom line is [the fuel] improves our combat capability and improves the way we ght. C ongratulations to parents Javonne and Jamie Jackson, who welcomed Jaylynn Jackson to their family, July 1 at United States Naval Hospital (USNH) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Jaylynn Jackson was born at 10:24 p.m., weighed seven pounds 13 ounces, and was 19 inches long. New-Born Congratulations NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs is is the last step... to make this Great Green Fleet possible... to try to test bio fuel and see how we can be more efficient in terms of how we operate our engines and aircraft, said Rear Adm. Peter Gumataotao, commander Carrier Strike Group 11. If the biofuel works it can potentially increase our legs in combat maneuverability in terms of our ability to fly longer and sail further. Nimitz received the fuel delivery July 17, from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (TAO 187) using connecting fuel hoses between both of the ships. The fuel will be tested for accuracy and similar properties as unblended fuel in the ships fuel laboratory. This is the last step, said a representative Nimitz is currently underway for participation in Rim of the Pacic (RIMPAC) 2012. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 surface ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the RIMPAC exercise from June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. RIMPAC is worlds largest international maritime exercise and provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the worlds oceans.


Chaplain Tung Tran NS Guantanamo Bay Chaplain Services May God Bless Those Who Serve I n the Catholic Church, many Saints are remembered for their heroic and pious life. Many of them at one time or another served in the military. One of those was Saint Camillus de Lellis, patron saint of the sick, hospitals, nurses and physicians. Camillus was born in 1550 in a small town of the Kingdom of Naples. In 1575 he had a religious conversion. He entered the novitiate of the Capuchin friars. Camillus had previously been wounded in the leg during his time spent in the Army. His wound, however, continued to plague him and was declared incurable by physicians. Thus he was denied admission C haplains Corner to that religious Order. He then moved to Rome and entered the Hospital of Incurables, and after some time was appointed its administrator. He regarded himself as the servant of the sick and rendered them the most humble services. At age 32, he undertook to study, beginning with the elements of grammar with children. With help and through hard work he eventually was ordained a priest. He then laid the foundation for a religious community to administer to the sick. From then he devoted his entire life to the sick and the dying. After his death this work was continued by the Order he had founded. He died on July 14, 1614. Members of that Order, commonly known as the Camillians, today number around 1200, many of them are doctors and nurses. I know that many individuals who come from the ranks and files or whose families work and serve at military installations are remembered or will be memorialized in history books. Thank God for them. Thanks be to God for you. God Bless. 21st Century Sailors Getting New Tools To Build Careers Navy News Service Public Affairs T he Navys top manpower official assured Sailors that their jobs and benefits are safe and that new tools are available to keep them sharp into the second decade of continuous fighting. The unpopular enlisted review board is history, said Juan Garcia III, assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower affairs. Record-high retention and low attrition left the Navy overmanned. A review was conducted in 2011 to rebalance the forces seniority, experience and skills. Nearly 3,000 petty officers were forced to quit. Others were shifted from crowded career fields to undermanned ones. As painful as it was, it worked, said Garcia during an allhands call Wednesday at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton auditorium. Were back in balance. The right Sailors are in the right place at the right time. Despite talks of budget cuts, the Navy will expand from 287 ships today to 300 in 2019, said Garcia, a former Navy pilot and Texas state representative. Rumored changes to retirement, health care and pay wont apply to those in uniform today. They wont be forced to switch to a civilianstyle 401(k) retirement plan. If youre on active duty, youre grandfathered in to the 20-year retirement system youve always known, he said. They wont be forced to change health care plans. If youre on active duty now, you will continue to receive health care the way you always have and itll be paid for the way it always has, he said. There will be no pay cuts. Garcia, who spoke earlier Wednesday at Bangor, is on a five-month tour to introduce Sailors to the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative. It comprises five key areas readiness, safety, physical fitness, inclusion and continuum of service. The initiative consolidates objectives and polices, new and existing, to maximize personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in history, the Navy says. Readiness includes reducing suicides and drug use, curbing alcohol abuse and preventing sexual assaults. Failing a drug urinalysis is a one-way ticket out of the Navy, Garcia said, but breath testing for alcohol is a tool leaders will use to recognize destructive trends and correct them. The Navy isnt interested in stopping the legal use of alcohol, but it wants to cut down on alcohol-related problems. Sailors may be tested randomly as they report to work, but not when theyre on liberty. Breathalyzers will be fully implemented in December. Safety includes zero tolerance for drinking and driving. Physical fitness includes improving nutrition at dining facilities, ending subsidies on tobacco products at exchanges and helping Sailors quit smoking. Inclusion includes capturing the nations top talent regardless of race, religion, age, gender or national origin, and can be seen in the introduction of women on submarines and repealing the dont ask, dont tell policy on homosexuals. Continuum of service includes helping to prepare Sailors for separation or retirement, education benefits and career management training. We have to have the best Sailors and give them the tools they need to excel, Garcia said.


F our training instructors from Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Security Training Assist and Assessment Team (STAAT) Atlantic visited Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, July 15-20. The instructors facilitated a week long First Responders course for personnel attached to the installations Security department. The class focuses on the basics of being a patrolman, said NS Guantanamo Bay Security department Training Petty Officer, Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Gerald Provost. The instructors cover a wide range of topics including proper procedures for handcuffing, traffic stops and vehicle inspections, as well as dealing with domestic violence, contraband, and other scenarios. e week-long course featured classroom sessions before engaging patrolmen in a real-world, hands-on training environment. e hands-on training for properly conducting a highrisk trac stop is very involved, said Provost. Under the instructors supervision, the patrolmen execute the correct method for searching and apprehending a suspect using all the skills learned in the classroom, while using training aides such as [fake] guns, knives, and contraband. According to Provost, the NCIS STAAT instructors provide an in-depth training experience learned from their personal knowledge of law enforcement. Overall, the top priority of this course is patrolman safety, said Provost. Showing the patrolmen the right way to deal with everything involved with being a Master-at-Arms is the rst step in keeping the young guys safe on the road. Security Department Participates In Training Course Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs FIRST RESPONDERS SECURITY DEPARTMENT TRAINING


recently we have hosted a reception with the Ambassador to Jamaica, commemorating Jamaicas 50th Anniversary of their Independence. Underwood is the only U.S. asset assigned to Southern Seas UNDERWOOD From cover Deployment 2012 and has taken this opportunity to show the flag around South America and the Caribbean (often being the first American ship to visit a particular port in many years), building diplomatic relations and increasing security cooperation efforts in the area. According to Rose, while brief, their visit to NS Guantanamo Bay provided the crew of USS Underwood training and morale opportunities. While in port, Sailors will be ensuring their weapons qualifications are up to date, utilizing the Navy Exchange (NEX) services, and visit the medical and dental facilities for appointments that could not be made until now, said Rose. Upon her departure, USS Underwood will join forces with partner nations in support of Operation Martillo (Spanish for hammer), a U.S., European, and Western hemisphere effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. supervises mooring procedures as USS Underwood (FFG 36) visits the installation. Navy Releases Voluntary Sea Duty Program Update Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs T he Navy released additional guidance for the Voluntary Sea Duty Program (VSDP) which provides incentives to Sailors who extend at sea or return to sea duty early officials said, July 13. This program allows Sailors and their families to stay in their same duty location or relocate to a duty location of their choice, said Capt. Kent Miller, director, Enlisted Distribution Division, Navy Personnel Command (NPC). Applicants may also be eligible to defer Perform-to-Serve (PTS), providing an opportunity to enhance their record is program allows Sailors and their families to stay in their same duty location or relocate to a duty location of their choice... with operational duty. VSDP was announced in January to support the Navys war-fighting mission of operating forward and maintaining readiness. The program encourages highly trained and motivated Sailors to voluntarily extend their enlistment in their current sea duty billet beyond their prescribed sea tour, to terminate shore duty and accept new orders to a sea duty billet or to accept back-to-back sea duty orders beyond their prescribed sea/shore flow. The sea duty assignment may be on board ships, squadrons, or other qualified sea duty assignments. NAVADMIN 205/12 clarifies 15 items from the initial message. Among the updates: Sailors in the PTS eligibility window who wish to apply for VSDP must have their VSDP application submitted for consideration no later than the last day of the month, two months prior to their final PTS application. VSDP orders will not be cancelled for Sailors who subsequently receive a PTS quota after VSDP orders have been negotiated. Sailors on shore duty must submit their VSDP request no later than 12 months prior to their projected rotation date. VSDP requests for Sailors who have completed less than 24 months on their current shore tour will be considered on a case-by-case basis based on orders requested and current command manning. Sailors serving overseas, or in a DoD-area tour, can request to extend their current sea tour, curtail their current shore tour if they remain in the same geographical area, or request back-to-back sea duty in any area of their choice with a valid billet. Consecutive Overseas Tour requirements may apply. Volunteers will not be required to accept a billet they do not desire. Detailers will work with volunteers during two Career Management System/Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID) cycles to find desirable orders. If no match is found during this time period their VSDP application will expire and Sailors still desiring VSDP must reapply. This program does not change eligibility or benefits for the Sea Duty Incentive Pay, which provides eligible Sailors an additional $500 to $1,000 a month for extending their sea tour or returning to sea duty early. Sailors may take advantage of both programs concurrently. Requests will be accepted until Sep. 30. All 1306/7 requests should be forwarded to NPC via the chain of command. Sailors interested in applying for VSDP should read NAVDMINs 043/12 and 205/12 for complete details and talk with their chain of command.


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USS Nicholas Brings U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs O liver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) delivered more than four tons of cocaine and marijuana to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., seized from drug interdictions conducted in support of Operation Martillo, July 17. Crew members ooaded approximately 3,408 kilograms (7,500 pounds) of cocaine, and 109 kilograms (239 pounds) of marijuana, with an estimated wholesale value of more than $93 million. e amount of cocaine seized was enough for 7.2 million doses, each dose approximately the same size as a sugar packet. USS Nicholas is returning to port after a 175-day deployment supporting counter illicit tracking operations aimed at disrupting transnational organized crime and keeping drugs o the streets. With the help of some partners in the region we accomplished what we set out to do; disrupt the drug trade, said Cmdr. Stephen Fuller, USS Nicholas commanding ocer. Interdictions are challenging, but with the help of other naval units, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the partner nation navies, we executed a successful deployment. During the deployment, Nicholas with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) conducted a combination of six disruptions and interdictions while in the Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic and Pacic coastal waters of South and Central America. Also during the deployment, Nicholas transited the Panama Canal twice, conducted passing exercises and an ocer exchange with the Colombian Navy, certified 22 pilots through Helicopter Anti Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 42 Detachment 9, four underway replenishments with a Chilean oiler, celebrated the anniversary of the War of 1812, and a Crossing the Line ceremony when the ship crossed the equator. U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels, U.S. military and patrol aircraft from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, along with the support of allied and partner nation (PN) forces assisted with patrolling coastal regions from Colombia to Mexico to detect and monitor illicit traffic in order to cue and support PNs and U.S. interagency interdiction efforts. Patrol airplanes from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77 (VAW-77), Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) operating from El Salvador and U.S. Customs and Border Protection long range patrol aircraft operating from Jacksonville, Fla. And Corpus Christi, Tex., use sophisticated sensors to detect suspicious vessels and coordinate interdictions by the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and partner nations patrolling the region. More than 80 percent of the narcotics entering Central America and largely transiting through Mexico on their way to U.S. markets enter via maritime littoral routes, with the main conveyance being go-fast boats. By teaming up with regional partner nations and allied forces to scrutinize the littorals, transnational organized crime networks will be denied those routes. LEDETs belong to Tactical Law Enforcement Team South or Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team and are an armed deployable specialized force under the USCGs Deployable Operations Group. They were created to support narcotics interdiction operations aboard U.S. Navy and allied ships and are capable of supporting DOD national defense operations. LEDETs provide specialized law enforcement capability and maritime security capabilities to enforce U.S. laws across a full spectrum of maritime response situations, maritime security augmentation and maritime interdiction anti-piracy operations. Navy families welcomed USS Nicholas back to its homeport of Norfolk, Va., July 19.