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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: 07-27-2012
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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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Guantanamo Bays Downtown Lyceum Re-Opens For Business Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs MWRs downtown Lyceum at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba re-opened for business after repairs to the theaters speakers and sound system, July 27. MWR will host the official re-opening with a Summer Blocbuster Weekend event featuring newly released movies, free concessions, and giveaways while supplies last. M orale, Welfare and Recreations (MWR) downtown Lyceum at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba re-opened to the public, July 27. e theater was closed July 22 as MWR ocials conducted a weeklong troubleshooting and maintenance operation focused on issues with the Lyceums speakers and sound system. In a press release dated July 25, MWR ocials announced, e sound issues have been repaired at the GTMO MWR downtown Lyceum. e downtown Lyceum will re-open with a noticeably better sound this Friday, July 27, with a Summer Blockbuster Weekend. Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) recently partnered with Guantanamo Bays MWR to convert the installations theaters from 35 millimeter lm projection to a digital projection system. e $150 thousand upgrade was intended to increase picture and sound quality. e rst thing youll notice is that the picture is now breathtakingly clear, said NS Guantanamo Bay MWR Director Tara Culbertson. Its like watching a movie in high denition (HD) at home, only it is much larger. However, the digital conversion did not repair our sound problems as we had hoped it would. In the past six months, we have replaced the projector systems, sound processor computers and speakers. We are re-wiring our speakers and ampliers to hopefully LYCEUM For more see page 6

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Guantanamo Bays Utility Plant Upgrades Software, Residents Prepare For Power Outage U tility Plant (Power Plant 4) officials at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will conduct a base-wide power outage, affecting the Windward portion of the installation, July 29. The outage, third in a series of four, is being conducted to safely install, test and transfer to an updated software (SKADA) operating system. This upgrade supports the system that controls the generators and base power distribution operations, said Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast, Guantanamo Bay Production Division Director Art Torley. It will be transparent to Job/Department: Receipt Calibrations Supervisor/Air Ops Age: 25 Home Town: Ninnekah, OK Quote: Family runs deeper than bloodlines. Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones Favorite Hobby: Fishing Favorite GTMO Restaurant: Jerk House Favorite Movie: ...Theres only one Return, and it isnt of the King... Favorite Musician: Pink Floyd Currently Working On: Associates Degree in Applied Science Hero: My Grandfather How The Navy Has Improved His Life: T he Navy has given me the opportunity to not only see the world, but also to learn and grow from those experiences abroad, both professionally and personally. Sailor Of The Week Because: His expertise in mini/micro circuitry repair and his experience systems was instrumental in the repair of the downtown Lyceum for the base community. ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN 2ND CLASS CHRISTOPHER WHITLOW Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs our customers, but once completed, it will provide NS Guantanamo Bay with a more reliable power distribution system. NS Guantanamo Bays Utility Plant serves as the main plant on base, providing electrical power for both the Leeward and Windward portions of the installation, and the power required to supply all fresh water to the community. This will be a base-wide outage, but Leeward and Radio Range will be on backup generators along with other critical facilities such as the Navy Exchange and Gold Hill galley, said Torley. I would like to thank the GTMO community for their patience and understanding while we make the improvements to our power distribution system. According to Torley, per commanding officer approval, the next tentatively scheduled base-wide power outage will take place July 29. I encourage departments and residents to contact me to schedule a tour of our plant where all of our power and water is produced, to help understand how important it is for us to conserve these resources, said Torley. Currently, the Utility Plant supplies power to 1,032 facilities and 415 housing units at NS Guantanamo Bay. Navy Announces SAPR Training Requirements Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs T he Chief of Naval Personnel announced, July 24, reporting requirements for completion of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Leadership and Fleet training. SAPR Leadership (SAPR-L) training, currently being deployed, and the SAPR Fleet (SAPR-F) training to be deployed in October, will be reported via the Fleet Training Management Planning System (FLTMPS), as announced in NAVADMIN 225/12. e SAPR-L/F training will provide critical tools to reduce sexual assault and promote a culture of respect and professionalism in our force, where each Sailor is motivated to intervene and stop these crimes, said Capt. Scott Seeberger, SAPR Task Force chief of sta. Recording the training in FLTMPS will allow the Navy to monitor the progress we are making in getting the SAPR leadership and eet message out to our Sailors at every level. Detailed in NAVADMIN 225/12, recording completion in FLTMPS is required for SAPR senior leadership/triad, SAPR-L and SAPR-F training. To record the training, command training ocers must have a command-approved FLTMPS account and access to the FLTMPS SAPR-L/F learning event completion form (LECF) in order to document SAPR-L/F completions. Completion of all training must be reported using FLTMPS no later than September 30 for SAPR-L and December 31 for SAPR-F. Applicants may request FLTMPS access using the online form at:https://ntmpsweb.nwptf.nuwc. navy.mil/oars_net/default.aspx.

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New And Expanded Programs Place Sailors In Critical Billets Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs T he Navy is aggressively addressing gaps at sea and working to place Sailors with the right experience levels and skill sets into high-priority Fleet billets via several new and expanded initiatives announced, July 26. The Navy is built on three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready. These three tenets rely upon the Navy having people in warfighting billets, said Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel. We have worked to stabilize the size of the Force over the past few years and ensure the right paygrade mix of Sailors in each individual rating, but currently nearly one third of our enlisted ratings remain undermanned due to perennial retention challenges. Combined with our normal numbers of Sailors on limited duty, operational deferment, in training and transit, we have critical gaps at sea that need to be immediately addressed. As our Navy is in ever-increasing demand around the With programs like Limited Directed Detailing, CPO Early Return to Sea, Voluntary Sea Duty Program, and changes to CMS/ID, were aiming to be more aggressive in the distribution process. These actions should reduce the short-notice actions to man high-priority billets, such as cross-decking and diverts... world, filling these gap billets at sea has become more critical, continued Van Buskirk. The gapped billets at sea that affect our operational readiness often require our most senior Sailors, E5 and above, in our undermanned critical skills ratings. Although we have significantly improved our balance, we must distribute the available Sailors to our top-priority billets at sea. Navys efforts to ensure highpriority billets at sea are manned are a continual focus. Over the past six months, Navy introduced several voluntary and structural measures to improve at-sea manning, including the Voluntary Sea Duty Program (VSDP), expanded Sea Duty Incentive Pay (SDIP), adding additional sea duty billets in future years, and increasing accessions. While these actions gain traction, Navy determined additional measures were necessary to reduce gaps in critical skills and needed deckplate leadership on units about to deploy. To address these sea duty manning challenges, and to match the right Sailors who have the right skills with the priority jobs at sea, the Navy is utilizing several shortand long-term initiatives, including: Detailing or CMS/ID, announced in NAVADMIN 226/12. Beginning with the August 2012 CMS/ID cycle, a single set of sea and shore billets, prioritized by U.S. Fleet Forces Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Navy Personnel Command to reflect the highest-priority Fleet billets, will be advertised. Detailers will fill all advertised billets each cycle, and Fleet readiness will be the ultimate factor in filling assignments and this change ensures the highest-priority requirements are filled. 227/12. Over the next few months, Navy will detail selected Sailors with critical skills back to operational sea duty early. Under the limited directed detailing initiative, Sailors who have completed a minimum of 24 months on shore duty may be contacted by their detailer and directed back to a sea duty assignment prior to their projected rotation date. is initiative will target between 200 and 400 Sailors who have the required critical skills, leadership and experience needed at sea now to improve manning on Navys imminent deployers. announced in NAVADMIN 230/12. Navy will curtail the shore duty of selected senior enlisted Sailors of ranks E7 to E9 and detail them back to sea to ll operational billets that cannot be lled by rotating Sailors. is program is an update to the previous CPO to Sea program, and is designed to ensure high-priority senior leadership positions at sea are manned for operational readiness. Sea Duty Program, announced in NAVADMIN 229/12. e Navy is extending the Voluntary Sea Duty Program for an additional year and adding High-Year Tenure waiver consideration as an incentive for senior enlisted Sailors who volunteer. Originally announced in January 2012, and updated in NAVADMIN 205/12, VSDP 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 ow. Other benets of VSDP include; geographic choice and stability; PTS deferment; and Sea Duty Incentive Pay, when eligible. With programs like Limited Directed Detailing, CPO Early Return to Sea, Voluntary Sea Duty Program, and changes to CMS/ ID, were aiming to be more aggressive in the distribution process. ese actions should reduce the short-notice actions to man high-priority billets, such as cross-decking and diverts, said Van Buskirk. I highly encourage Sailors to be proactive, speak with their chain of command, and consider all the voluntary measures Navy has in place to pursue sea duty. Professionally, volunteering may oer additional training opportunities, and sustained superior performance at sea is the hallmark for top evaluations and advancement opportunities. Sailors can access more information about CMS/ID changes, the Voluntary Sea Duty Program, Limited Directed Detailing, and CPO Early Return to Sea at http://www.npc.navy.mil.

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P ersonnel at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cubas Base Communications Office (BCO) are currently reminding service members and civilians of a morale program offered at the facility. The Morale Minder program is on-hand to improve the overall morale of all military members and Department of Defense (DoD) personnel attached to NS Guantanamo Bay by offering an alternative way to stay in contact with family members not at the installation. The Morale Minder program enables personal identification number (PIN) based Health, Morale and Welfare (HMW) calls through our Defense Switching Network (DSN) lines, from any phone on base to another DSN line, such as a base close to home, said NS Guantanamo Bay BCO Morale Minder Administrator and Telephone Exchange Switching Technician Construction Electrician 2nd Class Jay Zimmerman. Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff has authorized HMW calls when approved by theater commanders in the interest of HMW. DSN may be used by military members and other DoD employees who are deployed outside the continental U.S. (CONUS) for extended periods on official DoD business. The Morale Minder program allows users a total of two 15-minute phone calls per week, each at no cost. Users may dial directly into the BCOs DSN switch, placing a DSN call from their living quarters or workplace to another base close to home. Once connected, a user must enter their assigned PIN and choose from one of two prompts. Prompt one allows you to dial to a base and have them connect you to your destination number. Prompt two connects you to the DSN Global Operator to find an installation close to where you are calling. Once connected to the base, their operators will dial and connect you to your destination number. Applicants can receive a Morale Pin from their commands Telephone Control Officer or telephone representative, said Zimmerman. In my opinion, this program is important because it allows a no-cost call home to family. Staying in contact with loved ones can be difficult when you are deployed or stationed overseas, so this is our way of making it a bit easier to do. NS Guantanamo Bays BCO provides service and support for all aspects of telephone services to the installation, Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo Bay, and all tenant commands on base. BCO personnel receive and complete approximately 500 work orders and trouble tickets a month, ranging from phone installations and internet services, to digging permits and fiber optic cable installations, supporting everyday base operations. The Morale Minder is a great program for all authorized users to take advantage of, said Zimmerman. Who doesnt like free stuff? Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs

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LYCEUM From cover make a nal x to this problem. During the initial repairs, Sailors attached to the installations Calibration Laboratory volunteered to provide technical support. I was at Saturdays premier showing of Amazing Spiderman when they experienced the audio issues, said Electronics Technician 1st Class Rolando Roblesnavarro, Air Operations Department and Calibrations Facility Leading Petty Ocer. Being an Electronics Technician, I was curious to see if I could help out. e following Monday, Electronics Technician Master Chief Michael Callaway asked if I wanted to assemble my team to join the troubleshooting eorts. My men and I jumped on the opportunity to help the community and learn a new electronic system. Electronics Technician 2nd Class Christopher Whitlow, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Larry Alexander, and Construction Electrician 2nd Class Jay Zimmerman (Base Communications Oce) supported Roblesnavarro during the repairs. We started the troubleshooting process by reverse engineering the system to identify how the components were connected to each other and establish a basic ow of signals through the system, said Roblesnavarro. After developing a system diagram, we were then able to logically and systematically isolate the faulty components. According to Roblesnavarro, oering technical assistance was an easy choice to make for the electrician team. As military members stationed here, we are direct beneciaries of MWR events and facilities, said Roblesnavarro. We are not only involved in our military duties, but also the community. My kids were so excited to hear that daddy was helping to x the movie theater. ey are equally excited to see the movie theater back to full operation. GTMO is a small island community and limited in some things, but its a community who has overcome many obstacles by pulling resources together to accomplish tasks. e people involved in this repair are an example of just that. According to the aforementioned press release, e Dark Knight Rises will be shown at 8 p.m. followed by Chernobyl Diaries at 11 p.m., July 27. e event will also feature music, free hotdogs, popcorn, sodas, bottled water and promotional giveaways from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. (while supplies last), kicking of the Summer Blockbuster weekend. DoD Aims To Improve Voluntary Education Safeguards Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service T he Defense Department is nearing completion of an agreement with post-secondary schools to ensure service members have the best possible experience in continuing their education, a senior Pentagon ocial said today. e department will release later this summer a memorandum of understanding to be signed by colleges, universities and technical schools to make costs, schedules and other particulars transparent to service members, Charles E. Milam, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family programs, said. He made the comments at the Department of Defense Worldwide Education Symposium in Las Vegas, held every three years to improve and expand voluntary education for service members and their spouses. An online draft of the new instruction says all schools providing high school completion and postsecondary education through the DoD Tuition Assistance Program must agree to the multi-agency memorandum of understanding and have a signed copy on le with DoD prior to service members receiving approval of tuition assistance. Each service determines eligibility for tuition assistance, which is capped at $250 per credit hour, or $4,500 per year, DoD ocials said. DoD developed the memo with the departments of Education, Veterans Aairs, and Justice, as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as part of an executive order President Barack Obama announced at Fort Stewart, Ga., in April to ensure that service members, veterans and their families can get the information they need about the schools where they spend their education benets. e executive order will make it easier for military members and veterans to make informed decisions about nancial aid and paying for college, Milam said, and it takes a number of steps to protect our personnel. e memorandum is meant to ensure service members have the widest variety of choices for their continued education, he added. It puts important educational protections for service members and government oversight into writing. e Las Vegas symposium shows the departments commitment to higher education for service members, Milam said, and is important for building relationships between the military and educational institutions. Weve set ambitious goals for this symposium, and hope to use this time to develop ideas that are imperative for delivering quality education programs and forming critical partnerships across multiple sectors. Together, we will explore strategies to eectively deliver voluntary education programs that complement a service members capacity to serve, while accomplishing their educational goals. Milam referred to a pledge made by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta who has said that when it comes to benets such as continuing education, the department will not break faith with service members and their families even during tight economic times. Service members enrolled in more than 860,000 graduate and undergraduate courses in scal 2011, Milam said, and most of those were online. Our military community will not always have the normal college experience of living on campus and attending classes but thanks to online courses and other distance learning methods, our service members have been able to pursue educational goals regardless of their location. As the military draws down in Afghanistan, the department is embarking on a new chapter after 10 years of war. We are at a point of transition where we are resizing our military, where we face competing budget priorities, and where we are facing a new type of technical warfare. All will require a well-trained, well-educated force, Milam added. Air Force Master Sgt. Brian Nelson, a supervisor of academics at the Community College of the Air Force who attended the symposium, said continuing education is one of the most important benets to airmen. I think education is at the forefront, as far as voluntary things they can do to go to school and get certications. He said 23 percent of airmen have at least an associates degree and the Air Force would like to see every airmen have at least that level of education before they transition out.

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Call 4515 Solid wood matching TV stand and 3 end tables, $350 OBO. Vanity desk w/stool, $50. Email clarkfamily5@ hotmail.com or call 77385 Set of (8) Budwieser-Kind Of Beers glasses. Collectors Set/ Ltd. Edition, Clear Glass W/Red Ltrs. Must sell as a set. $5 each. Call 58545 Decorative towel rack, hammock and coffee table. All new. Call 79491 or 2166 Single bed, $30. Call 77314 MWR Electrician Full time Warehouse Worker Flex ID Checker Flex Recreation Asst. Lifeguard Flex Recreation Asst. Lifeguard Full time CYP Program Asst. Full time NGIS Admin Asst. Full time CYP Sports Coordinator Full time Custodial Worker Full time Waiter/Waitress BayviewFlex Waiter/Waitress Windjammer Flex CYP Asst. Lead Full Time J DOWNTOWN LYCEUM July 27 8 p.m.: 11 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 8 p.m.: Dark Knight Rises (new) PG13 165 min. Chernobyl Diaries (new) R 86 min. GTMO E-mail classified ad submissions to PAO-CLASSIFIEDADS@ USNBGTMO.NAVY.MIL rial discretion on all content. Call MC2 Justin GTMO JOB HUNT MOVIES lures, $20. Email andrew.maughn@ usnbgtmo.navy.mil SeaDive mask w snorkel, like new, $25. Stingray mask w purge valve and snorkel $25. SeaDive Fins, Large, made in Italy $50. Aqua Lung Sonic BCD not weight integrated like new with dive knife $100. Email Sammy: forunclesam@yahoo.com 3 band JBL XHD 63 inch Speargun, $200 OBO (used once). Call 77255 Large male wet suit. FMI call 77001 Outdoor patio set, includes table, um brella, 4 chairs, $60. Call 78810 or 4616 Octo R295, Mares pressure guage, brand new, $400 OBO. Email leah.wil liams12@yahoo.com Gas BBQ, $60 (like new, only used once). Call 79568 SCSI modem and Cisco Wireless router for sale. Available July 27th, $35. Call 78009 AWIA stereo system, $50. Call 77255 SCSI modem, Nikon Cool Pix cam era, underwater camera. FMI call 77001 Nintendo Game Cube, includes 11 games, 1 controller, $60. Xbox 360, includes detachable disk drive, wireless controller, headset, $100. 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FMI, mash your paw on the phone and bark uncontrollably...or have a person call 2345. SATURDAY SPLASH July 28, Windjammer Pool, 10001700. Free and open to all hands. FMI, call 2205. GUIDED KAYAK TRIP July 29, MWR Marina, 0800. Brave GTMOs rapids during this free kayak trip. Open to all hands. Register at the Marina. FMI, call 2345. YOUTH SPORTS CLINICS Sign up at the Youth Center for these free sposts clinics. FMI, call 55346. Track: July 18 & 20. Golf: July 24 & 27. Tennis: July 25 & 31. MICHAEL W. SMITH CONCERT August 6, Windjammer Ballroom, 1900. This is a free show, open to all hands. Michael W. Smith is a Grammy and Dove award winner and will be visiting GTMO for a one-time performance. FMI, call 4882. Free cat. FMI, call 79568

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Port Ops Personnel Conduct Basic Boat Coxswain Course S ervice members attached to Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cubas Port Operations and Security departments facilitated a Shore Installation Management Basic Boat Coxswain (SIM BBCC) course, July 23-27. The course was held to provide a standardized Shore Installation Management (SIM) program for the training and qualification of basic boat coxswains and crewmembers. This training supports mission requirements by teaching coxswains the proper techniques and safe-of-boat handling so there is no damage to equipment or loss of life, said NS Guantanamo Bay Port Operations SIM BBCC Instructor Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Christopher Pullon. This class provides an in-depth coverage of the rules-of-the-road when applied to operating small craft on the water. In coordination with classroom training, six service members participated in hands-on training during the week-long course, including anchoring procedures, alongside towing, astern towing, man overboard drills, and port and starboard pier-side landings. After completions of this course, the students will be expected to participate in on-the-job training, gaining more experience and a better understanding of the basic knowledge as a coxswain, said Pullon. As a coxswain, small boat operators are responsible for basic seamanship, an advanced knowledge of all aspects of their vessels, and all safety procedures when operating a craft. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Public Affairs