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Rusty Baker T he Chief Petty Ocer is a position of senior-enlisted authority unique to the Navy and its Coast Guard sister service. As their creed states, chiefs are required to be a fountain of wisdom, ambassador of good will and authority in personal relations as well as in technical applications. Chiefs have been leading Sailors since their inception on April 1, 1893. Now, over 119 years later, earning the letters U.S.N., in silver upon a gilt foul anchor is merely the rst step inherit of such a prestigious and time-honored title. Twelve chief petty ocer selectees from Naval Station Guantanamo, Cuba, and Joint Task Force Guantanamo received their anchors to become chiefs in front of shipmates, family and friends during a pinning ceremony held at the Windjammer Ballroom on Sept. 14. Twelve is a very large number for [Guantanamo Bay], and I think a big reason we made so many is because the selection board realizes that to succeed in a dynamic and challenging tour like GTMO where you work with every branch of service and many dierent cultures, you have to be a stellar leader, said NS Guantanamo Bay Command Master Chief Ross Cramer. We had 12 stellar First Class Petty Ocers selected to be Chief Petty Ocers. Guantanamo Bays newest chief petty ocers are: RPC(SW/AW) Gilbert Credo from the Chaplain Dept. MAC(EXW) Kyrs Henderson from Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion HTC Ronald Steinke from Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion YNC(SW/AW) Bonita Kendrick from Security Dept. GMC(SW/EXW/AW) Brandon Lalley from Station Weapons GMC(SW) Lamont Shearin from Station Weapons LSC(AW) James Rincon from NMCB-27 EOC(SCW) Kermit Tate from NMCB-27 GTMO CPOs For more see page 6
Job/Department: Air Crew/Air Operations Age: 22 Home Town: San Angelo, TX Quote: Even when those who move you be kings or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. Favorite TV Show: Big Bang Theory Favorite Hobby: Playing Guitar Favorite Team: Pittsburgh Steelers Favorite GTMO Restaurant: Windjammer Favorite Movie: Kingdom of Heaven Favorite Musician: Zac Brown Band Currently Working On: Advancement Greatest Passion: N/A Greatest Accomplishment: How The Navy Has Improved His Life: The Navy allowed me to see the world. Sailor Of The Week Because: AWF3 has been the cornerstone of the Aircrew while undermanned. available, including four last week. AVIATION WARFARE MECHINCAL THIRD CLASS JEFFERY FRENCH Whats The Sgt. 1st Class Kryn P. Westhoven T he Internet has made connecting with a stranger half way around the world commonplace. But if you want to hear the sound of that strangers voice or be amazed at a foreign dialect, only amateur radio can take you there. Millions of people worldwide have made amateur radio their hobby. Troopers can learn the basics with study guides at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station library. ere will be an opportunity to take the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rst level Technician Class License next month. Volunteers from the Virginia DX Century Club will be visiting Guantanamo during the National Boy Scouts Jamboree. e radio operators will help Scouts connect with the amateur radio station here during the Jamboree. Bill Verebely of Virginia Beach is one of the volunteer FCC authorized examiners. He makes his ninth visit to the radio club shack located in the front of the MWR Ceramic Shop building. I loved being here and love operating DXing from here, said Verebely, a 69-year old Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam. DX is the initials to for distance in amateur radio lingo. Bill and his fellow radio operators refer to the trip to GTMO as a DXpedition, visiting a distant locale to broadcast from. Always wanted to do that (DXpedition), so I put it on my bucket list, said Verebely. He has spent more than 50-years as ham radio operator and is active in getting others involved. e term ham has unknown origins, but many think it was from how some operators sounded on the airwaves. e hams have been famous over the years for being around during tornados, earthquakes, hurricanes or whatever, added Verebely. It is a great hobby for anyone. e call letters KG4AN of the GTMO ham radio station have been heard internationally and in the U.S. is past February more than 6,000 people responded to the broadcast from the Windward Point lighthouse. e Virginia DX Century Club volunteers call it the GTMO Invasion, as they place a single wire antenna attached to the metal lighthouse. Guantanamo Bay remains a rare catch in ham operator logbooks around the world, ranking 45th out of the 100 most needed locations. What many radio operators want is a postcard mailed back to them. It is called a QSL card is a written conrmation on connecting with a distant station. e Guantanamo station has sent cards featuring pictures of the lighthouse to photos of Iguanas. Ham radio has had a geek mystic attached to the hobby, but then it was those engineers involved that pioneered FM radio band and adapted the packet system to make the Internet possible. e amateur radio operators will be on Guantanamo Oct. 12 to 21. Stop by the library to check out the study guides and learn the date for the exam.
I n just a few more days we will have the first day of the Chaplain Larry Jones Fall Expectations autumnal equinox or fall. I love this time of year because the temperatures begin to drop, the days get shorter and the nights are longer. The amazing scenes of foliage with their bright colors of red, yellow and orange paint the landscapes of our local cities and towns. For all football fans, game season is on and all of our teams have to win! The reality is we are in GTMO and we will not see and feel all the lovely changes expected in the fall C haplains Corner season; however, it does not negate the fact that fall is here. The question now is what do we do when our expectations in life are not met? Do we choose to live in despair? Do we choose to give up? The reality is that in life there are times when well have to make the necessary adjustments to our expectations. It is hard to do but the goal is to adjust them to the reality we are experiencing at the moment with hopes of better days ahead. I encourage all of us to begin to expect to reevaluate and make the adjustments we need during our season here in GTMO. May the new expectations spur you onto taking on greater challenges, making the necessary life changes or being open to learning something new about yourself and the people you are around. Its your choice! T he Navy Exchange (NEX) and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will host the NEX Customer Appreciation Weekend, Sept. 28-30. Held each year at the NEX facility, the two-day event is designed to provide the Guantanamo Bay community a unique shopping experience and a venue for entertainment as a way to say thank you for the support from their valued customers. e community can expect fantastic sales, a host of vendors, numerous giveaways and drawings, a Humvee-pull contest, a dance competition and a lot more, said NS Guantanamo Bay NEX General Manager Catherine Kitty Case. Most importantly, it gives the vendors and entertainers a chance to meet the troops and thank them for their service. ats the reason all of the vendors and entertainers come. Among the myriad of attractions, this years event will feature musical performances from the Kelly Bell Band, Martial Arts MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes demonstrations from Sideswipe, as well as a food-tasting prepared from chefs featured on Food Networks television show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. I believe this experience gives all of us the feeling were not isolated, it feels like any stateside event, said Case. All of GTMO is invited to come downtown and enjoy all the fun and festivities with their friends & neighbors. In addition, many of the base organizations will be hosting food venues as fundraisers and youll be able to enjoy several cultural dance presentations from our community as well. Wounded Warriors Marine Sgt. an Naing and Lance Cpl. Christopher Heenan will also be on-hand during the event to meet Guantanamos service men and women. e entire NEX team, from the main store to the Mini-Marts, to the Navy Lodge and everything in between, are trained to deliver premier customer service, said Case. For us, premier customer service is all about building personal relationships with our customers and enhancing each shopping experience with individual care so they are memorable. New Option To Be Added To TSP Beneifits Walt Barrett T he rift Savings Plan (TSP) has been part of the Federal governments Civilian Workforces Retirement Plan since 1986. In October 2001, the president extended participation to the Uniformed Services. If the service member elects to participate in TSP, they designate a certain percentage or dollar amount of their base pay (or other incentive pays) be taken from their pay. is amount comes out before Federal taxes are withheld and applied to one to ve of TSPs core funds (G F C S I). A service member can also elect to have their money applied to any of the L funds, which are composed of the ve core funds. All monies withdrawn from the TSP Traditional choice will be taxed when withdrawn at retirement. Starting this November, service members will have an additional choice within TSP. eyll now be able to put their money into the new Roth option. Individuals who choose this option will pay taxes (taxes based on their yearly marginal tax rate) on the money going into the Roth. Any earnings generated within the Roth plus your contributions will be withdrawn TAX FREE come retirement time. Choosing where to put your money (TSP-Traditional or the new Roth Option) is a short/long term tax planning strategy. e Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules state the earliest to start withdrawing your money for retirement is age 59.5. What you have to do, is decide whether you want to pay taxes today or in the future. To discuss the pros and cons of these choices, please contact Walter Barrett, Fleet and Family Support Center at 4141 to schedule an appointment or presentation at your facility.
FIGHT TRAIN TO MCSFCO
W ith the recent happenings with the American Diplomatic Compound in Benghazi, Libya, and other areas of U.S. interests abroad, Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Marines now have a clear sight picture of the mission that may lie ahead. Marines of Charlie One, one of the two FAST platoons attached to Marine Corps Security Forces Company Guantanamo Bay, conducted a grueling 50-hour site security exercise as part of their pre-deployment training plan on Sept. 18. is is the second of the many site security exercises that the platoon will conduct prior to receiving a formal evaluation from MCSFCO that will allow their parent command, based in Naval Station Norfolk, Va., to obtain a snapshot of their readiness so that renements can be implemented. One of the mission-essential tasks that each platoon has to execute is to be able to arrive on a site and secure it for an undetermined, indenite amount of time, said Commanding Ocer of MCSFCO, Capt. Jesus Mendez. What that generally entails is arriving on site, cordoning o the location, establishing a perimeter and establishing an interior guard (sic) and be ready for follow-on missions. Such follow-on missions include the implementation of a react force that would respond to a crisis within the perimeter, recapture missions, convoy operations and Rusty Baker limited riot control capability. Everyones still learning exactly what their role is going to be in dierent scenarios, said Charlie Ones Platoon Commander, Capt. Joe Moeller, who hails from Visalia, Calif. From the rieman PFC all the way up to me, [we train] where we can easily transition through any scenario and continue to do our job without any hiccups despite what gets thrown at us. Sleep deprived and baking in Guantanamo Bays hot midday sun in full combat gear, the Marines were continuously challenged. Just before noon, a simulated attack was launched by Marines posing as local nationals who purposely blocked an entry control point while coordinated sniper re rang out from a concealed position. Before the altercation was over, two Marines were told to pose as simulated casualties, forcing a handful of Marines to react and evacuate the wounded while others donned riot gear to disarm the threat at the ECP. We started o a little rusty because we havent been together that long. But once you get to know the guys, we all get a rhythm with each other and everything seems to work out a lot better, said Lance Cpl. Beau Cobb, of Georgetown, Kentucky. is is a good opportunity to work out the kinks. Said Mendez, what we have going on in the world right now in places like Libya, Yemen, and Egypt, this a very good eye opener to let you know that what youre doing now counts.
GTMO CPOs From cover ETC(SW) Rolando Roblesnavarro from Air Operations BMC(SW) Rogelio Salinas from Port Operations. LNC(SW/AW) Kristen Spakoski from the Region LSO LSC(SW/AW) Joseph Tolbert from JTF Guantanamo Donned for the rst time in their khaki uniforms, the selectees marched forward, center stage of the guests while bellowing Anchors Away in unison. After a reading of the meaning of the anchors, the selectees were pinned by family members, friends and esteemed colleagues of their choosing, while their sponsoring chief covered them with their combination cover. For Marsha Brekke, mother of Chief Legalman (SW/AW) Kristen Spakoski, who traveled 2,600 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah, pinning the anchors on her daughters collar was an uplifting experience. e Navy has been a Godsend to my daughter, said Brekke, It has given her strength to be an outstanding Sailor and outstanding daughter. Exhausted from enduring several weeks of training during a rigorous induction session, many of the chiefs words reected a common theme of fatigued euphoria. Chief Logistics Specialists James Rincon of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 27 summed it up best, is has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. [Induction] was very challenging, but it was great. Im relieved to get through this training, I got a lot of knowledge, I feel like a weight has been lifted o my shoulders, said Chief Gunners Mate (SW) Lamont Shearin from the installations Weapons Department. Im just proud to be a chief. Nearly every Sailor has received a form of sage counseling or guidance from a chief that may have served as an awakening or turning point in their career. For Master Chief Cramer, the words of wisdom fell upon him during his initiation for chief. A crusty old Boatswains Mate Master Chief told me in a very direct and passionate way those anchors are not yours, they are on loan to you by those Chiefs that went before you and the junior Sailors that got you where you are today. You better not let them down, ever. I have never forgotten those words, said Cramer. A command master chief with 26 of service to the Navy, including countless sea and shore tours, Cramer imparts his own advice to the newly pinned chiefs, work as hard for your Sailors as you want them to work for you. Chief Hull Maintenance Technician Ronald Steinke from Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion puts it all into proper perspective, now, the work starts.
SHOPPER Ford Bronco GTMO edition, $1000. Call James x79603, 8247, or email email@example.com Nissan Altima 2.5L S. Automatic, tinted power windows. Power doors and locks. Power seat, CD/Radio. Cold AC, new battery and new tires. Very good condition original owner since $5,900 OBO. Call 77106 7 green Ford Explorer $3500 OBO. 4 new tires, new battery, a/c, 4 wheel drive, 124k miles. Call Sharon at 2512 or 84150 4 22 STARCRAFT $7500 OBO. With trailer, inboard/outboard, tackle box ap much more. Call 4849 days or 77118 evenings. Ask for Walt 19 Center Console w/90HP Johnson OB, and trailer. All new Garmin Fish Finder/Humming Bird GPS Combo, Wise holders, nine separate stand-alone rod holders, four lay down rod/gaff holders, two rod out riggers, marine FM/CD/AUX w/speakers 1500 GPM Bilge, SE300 Hydrofoil. New topside, non-skid deck, and bottom paint, $7500. Call 77677 or 84532 0 Kia Soul, 2.0L, V4, 4 Door auto matic. Green with tinted windows and moonroof. Less than 13,500 miles, and has spent 2 and a half years of its life here at GTMO. Great car and runs great. PCSing and cannot take it with us. Car will not be available until Octo ber 6th. Asking $13,600. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested Nissan Maxima a/c screams along with the stereo. Good condition, $2000. Call 77501 Chrysler Sebring LXI Coupe 3.0L, 99800 miles. New radiator and battery. A/C works. $2800. Home: 77082, Work 8191, email email@example.com 26 foot Pontoon boat for sale. Ready for diving, snorkeling or swimming. Turn key ready with lots of stuff included. $4,000 OBO. Contact Rich at 84742 MWR J DOWNTOWN LYCEUM Sept. 21 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: 22 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: 23 8 p.m.: 24 8 p.m.: 25 8 p.m.: Sept. 26 8 p.m.: 8 p.m.: Moonrise Kingdom (new) PG 13 93 min. Magic Mike (last) R 110 min. GTMO PAO-CLASSIFIEDADS@ USNBGTMO.NAVY.MIL GTMO JOB HUNT MOVIES Dive-Computer: Suunto Cobra Pro, Regulator: MK25/A700, BCD: Equa tor L, grey, Camera: DC1200, light: UK C8 (LED, black), RIFFE speargun, snorkel. All 2 years old, package deal: $1,900. Will sell after September 26. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 58720 Dive Gear Set, $1000. Mares Rover 12S Regulator 2012 (purchased for $210), Mares Octo Rover ($91), Axiom i3 Bk/ Nvy/Gry ML BCD ($567), SubGear XP10 3-guage dive computer ($319), Set of 3 hangers ($20), 3000 psi air tank ($120), 3MM Ti Low Boots ($30), Scuba Bug Grabber gloves ($20), Squeeze Lock Tanto Titanium YL dive knife ($56), (Mask and snorkel not included). Call 84829 or 8119 6 ft. Satellite dish, Includes dual LBN, 2 receivers with complete cables, $350. Call 75516 New items including New 40 HD LCD TV/Computer Monitor, Nice Couch, New Toaster, Blender, Blue-Rays, Desk & Chair, bedroom furniture, cof fee maker and lots more. Email Wil sonB@PoBox.com or call 55075 SCSI modem w/ complete cord, $50. Call 58545 PS3 Games: UFC Undisputed 3, $35. Uncharted 3, $20. Batman Arkham Asylum $15. Router & SCSI modem w/ cables $70, call 8361, 8344, 79683 Wii: 4 controllers with charging sta tion, 2 nunchucks, balance board, and 10 games. Like new condition. Extra batteries and silicone covers in cluded. Just Dance 2, 3, My Fitness Coach, Wii Fit, My Sims Racing, Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree, Madden Call of Duty, Blazing Angels, Wii Sports Resort, $200. Call 75661 SCSI modem, like new, in the box with CD w/ enthernet cable, power charger, phone cord $60. Call 78563 Madeas Witness Protection PG13 114 min. Dark Knight Rises PG13 165 min. Savages (new) R 131 min. People Like Us (last) PG13 115 min. Ice Age: Continental Drift PG 94 min. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World R 101 min. Savages (new) R 131 min. The scoop GTMO OKTOBERFEST Sept. 22, Windjammer ballroom, 1800-2200. Free to attend, open to all hands. Featuring traditional German music, food and games. that purchase a German brew. FMI, call 4882. ATTENTION USED CAR SELLERS The used car lot located in the NEX parking lot will be closed for Cus tomer Appreciation Week. All vehi cles are to be removed by Sept. 23. The used car lot will re-open Oct. 1. FMI, call 4461. BASE FIRE ALARM SYSTEM tem will be temporarily out of ser vice Sept. 26th from 0800-1000 and Sept. 28th from 1200-1400. Fire alarms will continue to work lo cally but will not transmit the alarm to the Fire department. All build called into 4911 during these peri ods in order to initiate a Fire depart ment response. CHANGE OF COMMAND rine Corps Security Force Company (MCSFCO) requests the pleasure of your company at Marine Hill for the Change of Command ceremony, Sept. 27 at 1000. Attire is Uniform of the Day. FMI, call 84223 HAHA DINNER DANCE The Hispanic American Heritage As sociation presents the 2012 HAHA Dinner/Dance, Oct. 6 at the Wind jammer ballroom. Social hour begins at 1800, Ceremony begins at 1900. FMI, call 58640, 2576, or 84701. FFSC TRAINING COURSES The Fleet and Family Support Cen ter is providing a Resume Building course Sept. 25, 0930-1130, a Sponsorship Training course Sept. 26, 1330-1530, and a Car Buying Strategies course Sept. 28, 10301200. Courses are held at the FFSC building 2135. FMI or to register, call 4153 or 4141. Laptop Stand w/ wheels $20, Swiffer Wet Jet w/ pads & batteries $10, Basketball $5. Call 8361, 8344, 79683 Sept. 22, Caribbean Circle 25 B, 0730 Sept. 22, Caribbean Circle 37 B, 07001100. No early birds please Lost set of Toyota keys with remote possibly at Windward Ferry Landing September 8th. Has a Cindy name Please call 75827 or 84074 if found
T his past week the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) departments Aquatics Division underwent some intensive training to better provide a safer and friendlier environment at its aquatic facilities. Our MWR lifeguards are certied by the American Red Cross, in Life Guarding and CPR and First Aid for the Professional Rescuer. ey took time to focus on some specic training on subjects such as patron surveillance, emergency action plans, interaction with the public, preventing injuries, rules enforcement and patron safety. Usually, our lifeguards perform in-service training throughout the year on subjects like tness, active drowning rescues, CPR & AED skills practice, non-responsive rescues and spinal injuries. ese in-service trainings take place every two weeks to keep our guards sharp and well trained. We also took time out to discuss our general Aquatic rules and policies, as well as re-familiarize ourselves with the Bupers Instruction 1710.11C that covers Aquatic Facilities and Programs. We work on emergency action plans and appropriate responses so we are better prepared in the event that an emergency does arise. Anytime water is introduced into the equation, risk increases. With training and vigilance, we attempt to mitigate potential hazards for lifeguards and customers alike. e importance of communication and how safety is the responsibility of everyone was also discussed. How we can better help the community to provide a safe and friendly place for people to relax and unwind is important to us. We constantly strive to strike the balance between a safe and fun environment while maintaining a professional and responsible place for our community to visit. Tara Culbertson