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GTMO Resident Returns Home To Final Resting Place Rusty Baker A warm, coastal breeze unfurls the National Ensign standing watch over hundreds of weathered marble grave markers below. Cuzco Well Cemetery, located at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has endured its share of triumph and loss. It has seen gallantry personified in the actions of Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. John Quick during the Spanish-American War. It has seen numerous Sailors and merchant marines fall from a sometimes unforgiving Caribbean. In total, 340 service members, dependents, residents, refugees and foreign nationals have been interned at Cuzco Well Cemetery. Today, history was again made on this hallowed ground, as one of Guantanamo Bays family members came home to be laid to rest. A funeral service was held for Cuban exile and long-time resident, Ernesto Cesar Gonzalez, at the base chapel, followed by a graveside service at Cuzco Well Cemetery on September 6, 2012. In a display of compassion, Cuban officials allowed Gonzalez three siblings to attend the service and reunite with the family for the first time in over 50 years. Born in Guantanamo City in 1932, Gonzalez became an exile to the base when commuting back and forth to his job grew evermore dangerous after the United States and Cuba broke diplomatic ties in the early 1960s. It was during this time that he met and fell in love with Carmen Amparo. The two married and lived on base, making a living with service-related jobs ever since. Ernesto worked as a life guard, a waiter at the Windjammer [restaurant], and even had his own ice cream shop back when we had a dairy, said Navy Chaplain, Cmdr. John Van Dickens during his message at the funeral service, If anyone had anything they needed fixed, theyd come to Ernesto. FINAL RESTING PLACE For more see page 6
GTMOs Defense Media Activity To Update Television Broadcast Equipment D efense Media Activity (Radio GTMO) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is currently adding new time-delaying equipment which will change American Forces Network (AFN) television programming at the installation. Radio GTMOs sta are temporarily replacing channel AFN Spectrum with channel AFN Freedom during the new equipment installation. We are updating our broadcasting system so we can time shift entertainment programming to a more appropriate time, said Defense Media Activity Guantanamo Bay Ocer-in-Charge Chief Mass Communications Specialist Stan Travioli. We currently pull programming from a feed meant for European audiences. is had our audience in GTMO watching the wrong content at the wrong time. NS Guantanamo Bays AFN broadcasts are Job/Department: Leading Petty Age: 35 Home Town: El Paso, TX Quote: The only easy day was yesterday. Favorite TV Show: Favorite Hobby: Cross Fit Favorite Team: TX Longhorns Favorite GTMO Restaurant: Cuban Club Favorite Movie: Grandmas Boy Favorite Musician: Disturbed Currently Working On: Hero: My Grandma Greatest Passion: My Family Greatest Accomplishment: My Children How The Navy Has Improved His Life: The Navy allowed me to see Sailor Of The Week Because: personnels required training. ENGINEMAN FIRST CLASS CARLOS LOPEZ MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor received via satellite from Riverside, Calif. Radio GTMOs current decoder equipment does not allow for insertion, or deletion of product received from satellite feeds. is new gear allows us to more eectively move entertainment programming to the appropriate time slot, we still will not be able to insert or delete, only change when it airs, said Travioli. With our upgrade we will be able to show late night programming intended for a more mature audience, like Dexter, True Blood and other shows of that caliber. ese shows will be on after 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Currently, AFN Freedom broadcasts a mix of family-oriented sitcoms and dramas. AFN is the brand name used by the United States Armed Forces American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS). e AFN worldwide radio and television broadcast network serves American service men and women, Department of Defense and other US government civilians and their families stationed at bases overseas, as well as U.S. Navy ships at sea. AFN broadcasts popular American radio and television programs from the major U.S. networks. We our planning on this change happening around late October, said Travioli. Once we get the gear in place to better serve the community with a time shifted AFN Spectrum, we will let base residents know before we switch back.
T here was a woman who was on a refugee boat escaping the Chaplain Tung Tran NS Guantanamo Chaplain Services Are You Healthy? Communists from Vietnam who was rescued by a U.S. Navy ship. Forty years later, she still remembers that day when she was shown the kindness of the Sailors who saved her life and those of her companions. She gets embarrased recalling the conversation she had with her rescuers. After many days without food or water, and having been battered by several storms in Pacic Ocean, she was completely emaciated. e American Sailors helped her and C haplains Corner her fellow refugees. While slowly improving, but still skin and bones, one of the Sailors asked her how she was doing. She responded, I feel healthy at which all the Sailors present had a good laugh. She hardly looked healthy. ose were the only words she could think of saying, even after studying English for years. In a situation like that, this a typical answer for many simple, honest and average Vietnamese people. Compared with how she felt before being rescued, she certainly did feel healthy, even though she had a long way to go. I hope that you are truly healthy, and not just a feeling better. I hope you are enjoying a good wholistic health, physically and spiritually. But if not, please take care so that you will get better. And if I can be of help in anyway, do let me know. God Bless Future USS Michael Murphy Sails Away From Shipyard T he future USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) departed General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard Sept. 5 for New York City, where she will join the eet in a commissioning ceremony, Oct. 6. is milestone marks the completion of the initial 62-ship procurement for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer program, and the 34th DDG 51 class ship built at BIW, until the class-restart ships begin delivering in scal year 2016. is sailaway is a poignant milestone for both this ship and the program, said Capt. Mark Vandro, DDG 51 class program manager for the Navys Program Executive Oce, Ships (PEO Ships). is has been, and continues to be, a tremendously successful shipbuilding program. I have every condence that PCU Michael Murphy, as with the previous 61 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, will lead the ght and make our world a safer, better place. e new destroyer honors the late Lt. Michael P. Murphy, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions as leader of a Navy SEAL team in Afghanistan. Murphy was the rst person to be awarded the medal for actions in Afghanistan, and the rst member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War. Maureen Murphy, Lt. Murphys mother, will serve as the ships sponsor. Its truly an honor for all of us that are part of this initial crew to not Team Ships, Navy News Service Public Affairs only bring this great warship into the Fleet, but to also do our part in upholding the legacy of Lt. Murphy and his 18 additional Operation Red Wings teammates that gave the ultimate sacrice, said Cmdr. Tom Shultz, commanding ocer of PCU Michael Murphy (DDG 112). Shultz and many of the 280-person crew have trained in Bath for close to a year to safely sail the ship away and begin their transit to the ships future homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, also the location of Lt. Murphys former command, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1. e DDG 51 class ship is a multi-mission, guided-missile destroyer designed to operate in multi-threat air, surface and sub-surface threat environments. e class of ship provides combat capability and survivability characteristics, while minimizing procurement and lifetime support costs due to the programs maturity. e DDG 51 program continues to reinforce aordability and eciency in its shipbuilding program with a commitment to deliver ships at the highest possible quality and to manage a seamless transition to the Fleet. As one of the Defense Departments largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships, an aliated program executive oce of the Naval Sea Systems Command, is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all major surface combatants, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. e majority of shipbuilding programs currently managed by PEO Ships are beneting from serial production eciencies, which are critical to delivering ships on cost and schedule. Navy Shore Installations To Realign Facilities Services C ommander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) released a message Aug. 30 outlining possible service level reductions at Navy shore installations worldwide. Continuing scal demands have resulted in FY13 budget reductions across all CNIC programs. As a result, service levels in facility services may need to be reduced to meet revised budget controls. ese reductions in facilities services are driven by our budget Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs controls, said CNIC Director, Facilities and Environmental, Capt. J. P Rios. Reductions in trash and recycling pick up, landscaping maintenance or restroom cleaning may be a result of these reductions. ese changes should not impact our day-to-day operations. ough most facility services are provided by contractors, there is no plan for service responsibilities to transfer to Sailors or civilian personnel. e following are exempt from facility service reductions: Joint bases/regions subject to DoD Supplemental Guidance for Implementing and Operating a Joint Base and DoDI 4001.01B Installation Support; Advanced education review board institutions (U.S. Naval Academy, Naval War College, Naval Postgraduate School); Child Development Centers (CDCs). e reduction of facilities services is anticipated to begin in FY13.
M orale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in association with Navy Entertainment hosted a Labor Dayweekend rock concert, Sept. 2. National recording artists Filter performed for base residents at the installations Tiki Bar, providing the community with live musical entertainment. It was Labor Day and as a federal holiday, MWR was looking to host a major act for the three-day weekend, said NS Guantanamo Bay MWR Community Activities Director Stephen Prestesater. For two-rocking-hours, the residents of GTMO got to separate from their daily duties and worries and really amerce themselves in a full-on rock concert. Filter performed their Billboard Music Chart-topping hits such as Take a Picture, (Cant You) Trip Like I Do, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Hosts Rock Band Filter MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor and Jurrassitol before closing the show with arguably their most popular song, Hey Man, Nice Shot. You cant go o base to nd entertainment, so it is quintessential to bring entertainment here, said Prestesater. Were in the business of fun and I would be out of a job if I wasnt bringing the community the best of the best. Filter is an industrial rock group formed in 1993 in Cleveland by singer Richard Patrick and guitarist Brian Liesegang. Filter has released ve studio albums, the most recent being e Trouble with Angels, which was released in 2010. Along with front man Richard Patrick, the bands current line-up features Jonathan Radtke on guitar, Je Friedl on drums, and Phil Buckman on bass. Weve been playing for the military for like the past ve or six years. We come out and play some songs, we tour, we go all over the world but we always try to make it out to some proud places like Cuba, said Lead Singer Richard Patrick.
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FINAL RESTING PLACE From cover His wife Carmen said it was his final job at the Naval Stations ship repair department that he found most rewarding. ere, he would work as an electrician on ships engines, sometimes 30 vessels docked at a time. He retired in 1999, but Carmen continues to serve her fellow residents, service members and families at the Navy Exchange. Known as Momma G for decades, she currently works in the shoe department. Ernesto fell ill nearly ve years ago, and when his condition began to worsen he was transported to a medical facility in close proximity to his daughter, Bertica, who lived in Maryland, Va. Carmen was able to visit her husband from time to time, but would come back to Guantanamo Bay to work. In mid-August he was placed in hospice care, only to pass away ten days later. His daughter, now an adult with a family of her own, brought her father home to his nal resting place. Ernesto and Carmen Gonzalez have been base residents for over ve decades, said Naval Station Guantanamo Bays Commander Ocer, Capt. John R. Nettleton. It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to Ernesto. ankfully, it was a tting tribute and Mrs. Gonzalez was surrounded by family, friends and many members of the Guantanamo Bay community. e family spent the remainder of the day reminiscing about Ernesto at the Cuban Community Center on base. Carmen was extremely pleased to meet with his two brothers and sister. I got to see them for the rst time, Carmen said reecting on the day, I was glad to see them and they were glad to see me. Carmen is hopeful to meet with her native Cuban family members again, even if for just one day. She remains hopeful that relations improve between the U.S. and Cuba. I asked the Cuban authorities to allow Mr. Gonzalez family to attend the funeral service while at the same time we asked the Secretary of the Navy to allow us to bring Mr. Gonzalez daughter, Bertica and her husband from the U.S. mainland. Both governments responded quickly and did the right thing for this family, said Nettleton. We could not have pulled this o without CNRSE, CNIC, and SECNAV stas working overtime this weekend, surpassed only by an amazing team eort from Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay. I am grateful for what the whole community has done, from the bottom of my heart, said Carmen. I know they like Momma G.
SHOPPER ready (as is) and all items on the boat fuel pump. Has AC and runs well. MWR Recreation Aid Full Time NGIS Groundskeeper 2 Flex Positions NGIS Laborer 3 Flex Positions MWR Custodial Worker Full Time Administrative Assistant Full Time CYP Assistant Lead Full Time NGIS Admin. Assistant Full Time Movie Manager Full Time Bartender Flex Bartender Lead Flex Cashier Flex Electrician Full Time ID Checker Flex Waiter/Waitress Flex Recreation Asst. Lifeguard Flex Recreation Asst. Lifeguard Full Time CYP Program Asst. Full Time J ob Descriptions can be found on MWRs Job 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 8 p.m.: 8 p.m.: Madeas Witness Protection Program PG 13 114 min. People Like Us PG13 115 min. GTMO PAO-CLASSIFIEDADS@ USNBGTMO.NAVY.MIL GTMO MOVIES Latest Transformers Fall Of Cyber Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World R 101 min. Magic Mike R 110 min. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter R 105 min. Ted (last) R 106 min. Brave (last) PG 93 min. Bourne Legacy PG13 125 min. The Campaign R 85 min. The scoop CRAFT FAIR CYP YOUTH SOCCER ADULT 100 YARD SWIM This is a free event, open to all FVAP VOTING PROGRAM are numerous tools at your disposal. If you have not requested your ab use their online registration and ab your unit or installation voting assi 9/11 OBSERVANCE EVENT CULTURAL FOOD FESTIVAL Committee invites you to indulge your tastebuds to the open-to-all hands event. DRIVER REGISTRATION All base residents and drivers are IOM IOM is currently looking for a Carpentry not required. Must be comfortable working with a diverse population. Part time positions available. Flexible schedules. early birds please Community Bank operated by Bank of America has an opening for a Banking Center Service Specialist. Apply online at http://careers.
Guantanamos CPO Selectees Revamp Symbolic Base Display T he Chief Petty Officer (CPO) selectees at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba conducted a renovation project at Leeward Ferry Landing, Sept. 1 As part of continued community outreach ventures, the CPO selectees stripped and sanded the iconic Navy F4 fighter jet static display in preparations for an updated paint job. I think its important to focus on base projects such as this as we transition further in our careers, said Chief Legalman select Kristen Spakowski. Its important for the community to see our teamwork and to know we are helping our Sailors and the community. According to NS Guantanamo Bay Airfield Manager Drew Lasseter, the exact origins of how the F-4 fighter jet became a display at Leeward Ferry Landing are unknown. According to legend, service members were here for training in the 1970s and blew both engines on the jet, said Lasseter. Apparently it was cheaper to leave it here as the military transitioned to F-14 ghters. e facts are unknown, but the legend has it that the then Aviation Intermediate Maintenance department put the jet on the stick between 1973 and 1977, and here it remains. e transition from 1st Class Petty Ocer to CPO is a timehonored tradition, rich with history and serves as a staple in the heritage of the U.S. Navy. Its an amazing feeling to be selected, said Chief Electronics Technician select Rolando Roblesnavarro. It is an honor to be charged with this responsibility to our country, our Navy and our community. e overwhelming pride that my family and I feel is too much to express. MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor