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GTMO Celebrates Navys 237th Birthday, Honors War Of 1812 Kelly Wirfel USS Constitution Sailors serve as the color guard during the 237th Navy Birthday Ball at the Windjammer ballroom, Oct. 13. The ceremony not only celebrated the birth of the Navy, but also commemorated the bicentennial of the War of 1812. USS Constitution is the worlds oldest commissioned warship afloat and defended the sea lanes from 1797 to 1855. N aval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba celebrated the Navys 237th birthday, Oct. 13, along with the bicentennial of the War of 1812, which was the genesis of the U.S. Navy. The Continental Constitution established the Continental Navy on Oct. 13, 1775, by authorizing the procurement and outfitting of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America. This year also makes the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, when the fledgling U.S. Navy bested the mighty British Navy in what is often referred to as the Second War of Independence. This year we are celebrating our Navys 237th birthday, said guest speaker, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two, Rear Adm. Gregory Nosal. We are also celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The Bicentennial Commemoration is a salute to all our Sailors and Marines who fought gallantly in that conflict, those who served in all our nations conflicts since then, and those who are defending freedom around the world today. The ability to act from the sea is critical to our national security, and that was first tested in the War of 1812. It was then that they truly began to write the story of the Navy, said Nosal. A story bound in heroism, tradition and pride. A story central to our Nations triumph in every conflict in which we have been engaged since 1776. A story that will certainly be central to our nations future. A story written each day by you. The mission here in Guantanamo Bay is not only important, but is vital to our national security. Following Nosals speech Sailors assigned to the Naval Station 237TH NAVY BIRTHDAY For more see page 6
Panetta Wants Proof Voting Karen Jowers Navy News Service D efense Secretary Leon Panetta has directed military ocials to provide him a report by Oct. 19 verifying that each of the 221 installation voting assistance oces is appropriately staed to meet the needs of troops. He gave ocials three days to get it done; the memo was issued Oct. 16 to the service secretaries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and chiefs of the combatant commands. We must do all we can to ensure that service Job/Department: Port Ops/ Coxswain, Dockmaster Age: 26 Home Town: Seattle, WA Quote: I am What I am Popeye Favorite TV Show: The Mentalist Favorite Hobby: Being a dad Favorite GTMO Restaurant: My wifes kitchen Favorite Movie: 21 Jump Street Favorite Band: Drowning Pool Currently Working On: Learning the Trade of Masterat-Arms How The Navy Has Improved His Life: The Navy has given me the opportunity to excel in TWO ratings. Sailor Of The Week Because: BM2 Pullon supported the 237th Navy Birthday ball by arranging and serving as liason for visiting Constitution Sailors, while performing his daily duties in Port Operations. BOATSWAINS MATE 2ND CLASS CHRISTOPHER PULLON members know the steps necessary to vote, particularly those service members deployed or based away from home. is issue must be addressed immediately, he wrote. Panetta responded to a report issued by the Defense Department Inspector General on Aug. 31 that stated that auditors could not reach about half of the installation voting assistance oces by phone after repeated attempts. He noted that DoD recently has received similar reports from congressional sources. Panetta noted that DoDs internal research indicates that we were able to reach the overwhelming majority of voter assistance oces by phone. He said DoD is also encouraging troops to vote through emails and with worldwide messages from Panetta, Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, and Dempseys senior enlisted adviser, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia. NEX Web Store Expands Product Selection Kristine M. Sturkie Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs T he Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) announced Oct. 15 that it will add a number of new products to its NEX web store over the next several months to further enhance the customer shopping experience at myNavyExchange. com. We are constantly looking to add new products to our web store, said Tess Paquette, NEXCOM senior vice president, chief merchandising officer. We know that some of our authorized customers dont have access to shop a NEX, so the web store is the only way they can use this benefit they have earned. We want to make sure we have the products our customers need and want at a savings, no matter where they live around the world, Paquette said. In honor of its decommissioning, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) apparel and gifts will be added to the NEX web store in midOctober. Customers will find a variety of Enterprise merchandise available to purchase including ball caps, shirts, coffee mugs and coins. Commissioned in 1961, the Enterprise is the worlds first nuclear-powered carrier and is both the largest and oldest active combat vessel in the Navy. Launching Oct. 31, customers will find a wider variety of toys on myNavyExchange. com to coincide with the start of Toyland. Customers will be able to purchase action figures, building sets and blocks, dolls, kids electronics, learning toys, riding toys and much more from their favorite brands. Toys were one of the top requests from customers and until now, we only offered early learning toys, said Paquette. We will now be offering toys for boys and girls for all age ranges, just in time for the holidays. MyNavyExchange.com currently has more than 15,000 items in its web store. For more news from Navy Exchange Service Command, visit www.navy.mil/ local/nexcom/.
P art of our national history is the long list of broken Capt. Van Dickens NS Guantanamo Bay Command Chaplain My Word promises to American Indians. The record of lies and injustices is a stain to our countrys character that is still being addressed through responsible negotiation and litigation. Today, unless you have something in writing, it doesnt exist. Verbal agreements, handshakes, or anything that is not signed in C haplains Corner triplicate and notarized by the proper authority is considered useless. There was a time when your word was your bond and could be trusted. Todays rule of thumb is not to put anything in writing unless you want to be held accountable for it. Someone once said to let your yes be yes and your no be no. As one of my former XOs would say, Words mean things. In a day of double tongues, half-truths, and empty promises, my prayer is that when you give your word, make a promise, shake hands on a deal, or repeat a vow, you will do everything to the utmost of your ability to stand behind those words, spoken or written, so help you God! GTMOs Installation Training Team Conduct Rescue Exercise N aval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cubas Installation Training Team conducted a small boat re and rescue simulation exercise, Oct. 17. e purpose of the exercise was to assess the installations ability to create, brief, conduct and evaluate an integrated exercise using the Installation Training Team (ITT), and was a combined exercise with several dierent departments. For this particular exercise, base police, re and emergency services, Navy divers, U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team, and base harbor security boats responded as they would in a real-life situation. Kevin Robarge, the NS Guantanamo Bay installation training ocer said that the idea was to keep the exercise as close to real life as possible utilizing event scenarios that has either already happened, or Kelly Wirfel that could potentially happened. We believe that if we train like we ght, and ght like we train, we keep things in perspective and avoid complacency, said Robarge. Training builds condence and helps responders know exactly what to do if something happens in real life. e scenario involved a small boat re where all the boaters jumped overboard. ree of the boaters were found uninjured oating in the water and the injured one swam to shore with a laceration on his leg. He was not able to be reached by boat due to water depth. After rescuing the uninjured personnel the rst responders (harbor patrol unit) assessed the situation and called the Navy dive team to assist with the remaining rescue eorts. All of the boaters were taken to the Navy hospital where the hospital training team evaluated their personnels response. Overall this drill was a homerun, said Robarge. Just as any training, there are lessons learned and things we need to improve on, but that is what training is all about. NS Guantanamo Bays Navy Dive Team members NDC Michael Linzy (left), NDC Richard Bolen (right), and ND1 Christopher Kerr (in water) rescue an injured boater as part of the Installation
V eterinary Clinic sta at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, partnered with Toledo Zoo representatives to conduct a surgical procedure on an indigenous Cuban species, Oct. 17. Toledo Zoo Director of Conservation and Research Dr. Peter Tolson assisted Veterinary Clinic Ocer-inCharge Army Capt. Mariam Lovell as she surgically removed and replaced a malfunctioning miniature transmitter embedded in a Cuban Boa. e transmitters are used to track biology, reproductive cycles, and the location of wildlife in their natural habitat. Dr. Tolson and research team members have documented and studied Cuban Boas at the installation for more than ve years using the GTMOs Veterinary Clinic, Research Base Wildlife MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor To see more,Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NSGuantanamoBay transmitters, which broadcast a frequency that can be received from one mile away. Currently, the team studies eight Cuban Boas at NS Guantanamo Bay, with a focus on their reproductive cycles. Once the females give birth, we document how many babies were born and get an accurate account of their weight before releasing them back into the wild, said Tolson. is is a long-term study, as these Boas do not reproduce every year. e snakes reproduce about every other year depending on climate and the availability of food. ese Boas are endangered throughout the Caribbean. Itd be a shame to lose this species. Prior to the surgery, Dr. Tolson showcased a Cuban Boa at W.T. Sampson High School where students learned about the dierent types of wildlife at the installation. Tolson and his team have provided wildlife demonstrations and reptile shows on base for more than a decade. GTMO is a phenomenal place to work, said Tolson. e Toledo Zoo has been partnering with the U.S. Navy on several conservation projects for more than 10 years. e cooperation and can do attitude of our military partners is something we treasure.
Toledo Zoo Director of Conservation and Research Dr. Peter Tolson (left) assists Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Veterinary Clinic Officer-in-Charge Army Capt. Mariam Lovell as she surgically inserts a miniature transmitter, in a Cuban Boa, used to track biology, reproductive cycles, and location of the indigenous species in its natural habitat. Dr. Tolson and research team members have documented and studied Cuban Boas at the installation for more than five years using the transmitters, which broadcast a frequency that can be received from one mile away. photo by W.T. Sampson High School Senior Jennifer Simon
237TH NAVY BIRTHDAY From cover U .S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay (USNH GTMO) values its patients opinions on the services they receive. In an eort to receive feedback from patients and other customers, hospital sta established an Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) system. ICE is a web-based tool for collecting feedback about services provided by organizations throughout the Department of Defense, including USNH GTMO. ICE provides customers with a convenient and ecient method to submit online comment cards to express their opinions and receive feedback in a timely manner. e Commanding Ocer of USNH GTMO requests that everyone who visits the hospital, or who interacts with the sta in some manner, please go to the website link below to provide sta feedback. For those who do not have computer access, please ask Stacey Byington a sta member for a paper version of the comment card. After completion, a sta member will input your comments for you. e URL for the hospitals ICE site is http://ice.disa.mil/ index.cfm?fa=site&site_id=1098&dep=DoD. On the website, to access the comment card for a particular clinic or provider, please click on the link Show all near the bottom of the page. e next page will show a complete list of all the service areas or clinics at the hospital. Click on the link for the appropriate area and then provide your rating. Once nished, click on the Submit Comment Card button at the bottom of the form. Please feel free to submit a comment card following any interaction with anyone who works at the hospital. For assistance with the ICE site, or questions relating to any customer service issue, please contact LT Corey Haire, the USNH GTMO Customer Relations Ocer, at 72380, or email her at email@example.com. conducted a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action remembrance ceremony and Sailors from the USS Constitution demonstrated a cannon drill that would have actually taken place on the Constitution 200 years ago. The visiting sailors from the Constitution also presented the colors at the opening of the ceremony. The formal events were wrapped up with a cake cutting ceremony by Commander Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Rear Adm. John Smith. In keeping with tradition, Smith was joined by the youngest and oldest service members in attendance. Following the formal events, service members from all service branches, their guests and civilians danced and enjoyed the festivities long into the evening. This years Navy Ball was sponsored by Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sailors assigned to USS Constitution demonstrate a traditional cannon firing during the 237th Navy Birthday Ball at the Windjammer ballroom, Oct. 13. NS Guantanamo Bay firefighters battle a blaze during a simulated aircraft fire demonstration as part of the Grand Finale of Fire Prevention Week at the Downtown Lyceum, Oct. 12. During the event, community members were invited to participate in a variety of events including a one-mile run, fire brigade relay, fire truck pull, and a water hose trainer.
SHOPPER Ford F-150 V8 cyl 2x4 a/c power wind/doors, CD player, good condition, excellent engine care. $6500 OBO. Call 5076, 2037 or email Reginald.jones@ osd.mil 7 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, White, 250K miles, Cold A/C and 2 new tires, $2,750 OBO. Call 3014 or e-mail Brandon.firstname.lastname@example.org. mil Mercury Tracer, excellent condition, new Kenwood CD player and speakers, working air conditioning, new timing belt and new clutch system. $2700 (neg). Call 77249 or 4222 Nissan Quest SE, excellent condi tion, metallic silver, clean inside/out, runs great, front/back cold a/c units, AM/FM/ Cass/CD/TV/VHS (Yes, VHS), new breaks and u-joints, good tires, all service records available. 119k miles. $5000 OBO. Call 8180 or 77179 Grand AM GT, runs well, $2500 OBO. Call 5115, 79492 White Honda Prelude 2.3L. 6 cylinder automatic transmission, new front and rear brakes, new head gasket, net deto nation knock sensor, new oil pressure switch. AM/FM CD player and power win dows/doors. Cold A/C, good gas mileage, sun roof doesnt work, but could be an NEX Auto Port Service Center in Septem ber 2012. 190k miles, runs great, $3800 OBO. Call 8694, 84745 or email christo email@example.com Geo Metro 2 doors convertible, auto matic, runs good, $1400. Call 75725 Chevy Impala LT, $10,500 OBO. Clean, very good condition. Call 77087 after 5pm Toyota Corolla, 4 doors, 4 cylinders, automatic transmission, power windows and door lock, AM/FM and CD player, cold AC, very clean and runs great. $3300 OBO. Call 75725 Chevrolet Geo Metro, 4 doors, 4 cyl inders, Automatic transmission, no A/C, AM/FM stereo, new tires, runs great, $2300 OBO. Call 75725 MWR Electrician Full Time Recreation Asst. Lifeguard Flex Recreation Asst. Lifeguard Full Time Movie Manager Full Time Bartender Flex Bartender Lead Flex CYP Asst.Flex Library Aide Full Time Computer Tech. Full Time Bartender Flex Waitstaff Full Time Golf Course Rec. Aid Full Time Bartender Full Time J ob Descriptions can be found on MWRs Job FMI, call 74121 DOWNTOWN LYCEUM FRIDAY Oct. 19 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: SATURDAY Oct. 20 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: SUNDAY Oct. 21 8 p.m.: MONDAY Oct. 22 8 p.m.: TUESDAY Oct. 23 8 p.m.: WEDNESDAY Oct. 24 8 p.m.: THURSDAY Oct. 25 8 p.m.: Paranorman (new) PG 92 min. The Watch R 102 min. CALL THE MOVIE HOTLINE @ 4880 GTMO E-mail classified ad submissions to PAO-CLASSIFIEDADS@ USNBGTMO.NAVY.MIL If sent to any other e-mail, it may not be pub lished. Submit your ad NLT noon Wednesdays for that weeks Gazette. Ads are removed after two weeks. Re-submit the ad to re-publish. The Gazette staff and NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, rial discretion on all content. Call MC2 Justin Ailes at 4520 with your questions or concerns GTMO JOB HUNT MOVIES Mountain Bike, Marzocchi front shocks, Fox rear shocks. Comes with a bag of re placement spokes for each wheel, $200. Email Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org Suunto D-4 Wrist Dive Computer (non air integrated), recently serviced $375. Email Jamie at email@example.com Schwinn mountain bike, very light, $100 OBO. Call 75725 SCSI modem, $40. Proactive gentle 4 piece kit, $60. Call 77689, 4577, or Modem, $50. 13 TV, $20. Call 77314 T-Mobile BlackBerry 8120/Cammera, WI FI cell phone, with charger and ex tra battery. $50 OBO. Call 75725 Advent Mobile Audio 4 channel ampli RMS, $30 OBO. (For cars). Call 75725 6 satellite dish in good condition. $100 OBO. Call 75725 Duralast Ignition Wires Sit for GMC Truck V6, $20. (Spark plug wires). OBO. Call 75725 1 6ft and 1 4ft satellite dish, both with working LBMs. Call 78459 Play Station 3 with 10 games, in excel lent condition, $490 OBO. Call 78474 Belkin Wireless G router, $35. Call 75725 RCA 19 color TV, $25. Call 75725 Portable small AM/FM CD player, $20. Call 75725 Complete satellite system, over 90 channels. $300. Call 75725 In-dash car stereo, Panasonic AM/FM CD, CQ-RX200U, SAT radio ready, front AUX in, 50W x 4, SQ3 sound quality with remote, $75 OBO. Call 75725 6 Satellite dish, 4 port splitter, cables, $400. SCSI Modem, $50 OBO. iPad (Gen1) 64gb, WiFi, 3G, $500 OBO. Call 8180 or 77179 42 HDTV Sharp, excellent condition with box and entertainment center, $550 OBO. 15 Toshiba TV with built in VCR, $25. Coby CD/DVD player with AM/FM radio, 2 speakers, $35. Call 78474 Argo (new) R 120 min. Looper R 119 min. The Odd Life of Tim Green (new) PG 104 min. Step Up Revolution (last) PG13 99 min. D.O.A.W.K Dog Days PG 94 The Watch (last) R 102 min. The scoop FLAMINGO FLOCKING Suprise your friends with a yard takes is a $20 donation. Flocking insurance is also available for dona tion to protect your yard. Brought to you by the 2013 Seabee Ball Com mittee. FMI, call 4148. 2012 FALL FEST Tonight at W.T. Sampson High School, 1700-1800, Fall festivities for the whole family. Face painting, a cake walk, donut eating contest, games and much more. UNDERWATER CONTEST Reef Raiders Dive Club presents the 4th annual Underwater Pump kin Carving Contest. Oct. 28, 1000-1300, Windmill Beach, fol lowed with a cookout. All divers and snorkelers are welcome. Judg ing will take place at 1200. Prizes will be awarded in several catego ries. Pumpkins are available at the beach for $5 or you can bring your own. Get registered at the Dive Shop or email underwaterpump firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 25. TRUNK OR TREAT Join GTMOs Spouses Club and the 525th MP Battalion as they present a night of Halloween fun, Oct. 27, 1700-1900, Downtown Lyceum. Free food, music and priz es. Prizes for best youth Halloween costume, best adult costume, best decorated civlian car trunk, best decorated military vehicle trunk, and a trophy for the fan-favorite. Judging starts at 1800. CSADD WANTS YOU The Coalition of Sailors Against De structive Decisions wants you to be a part of a program that supports positive decision making, com mand unity, and mission readiness. CSADD meetings are every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 1100 in the Windjammer Cafe. Open to all E5 and junior service members. OMBUDSMAN BASIC TRAINING Tomorrow and Oct. 27 at the Fleet and Family Support Center, building 2135, 0800-1700. Open to per spective Ombudsmen (active-duty spouses) and Command Leader ship Spouses. FMI, Call 4329. Leather full size recliner couch and matching leather love seat, in excel lent condition, $900 OBO. Call 78474 Large TV stand (Black), $40 OBO, cloth couch and love seat (light brown), $350 OBO, 2 Kitchen Stools (White), $20 OBO Dining room table, $60 OBO. Hooka, $20. Call 77314 Night stand, almost new with round glass tray, $25. Call 75725 Oct. 20, Nob Hill 13B, 0700-1100, No early birds. Oct. 20, Villamar 20C, 0800-1000 IOM Carpentry Instructor Spanish language skills preferredNot Required. Comfortable working with a diverse population. Part time positions available. Flexible schedules. Social Services Asst. Must speak Spanish. Comfortable working with a diverse population. Full and part time positions available. Rec. and Employment Escort Asst. Must speak Spanish. Assist with recreation and employment activities. Full and part time positions available. FMI, call IOM at 74788 Frankenweenie PG 87 min.
Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship (RFA) Argus Visits Guantanamo R oyal Fleet Auxiliary ship, RFA Argus pulled into Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to take on stores and fuel, Oct. 12-14. The Fleet Industrial Supply Center Jacksonville-Guantanamo Bay detachment provided Argus and its crew with fresh food and vegetables, water and 682,904 gallons of fuel valued at $2.54 million. Guantanamo Bay is a much needed and appreciated stop for us, said RFA Commanding Officer, Capt. Gerard Patterson. They are central to our area of operation and will provide us with the supplies we need to get through the next three months. During their short stay the ship conducted tours Saturday morning for nearly 100 base residents. I really enjoyed the opportunity to go aboard the RFA Argus, said Migrant Operations Program Manager, Virgil Howard. I had no idea the British were so involved in Kelly Wirfel humanitarian aid and was very impressed with the state of the art medical triage capabilities on board. In addition to conducting tours, the crew participated in various MWR coordinated activities to include bowling, boating and even a soccer game. These events provide an opportunity to unwind and relax, and at the same time, we are building camaraderie with the U.S. military personnel stationed here, said Patterson. Formerly a container ship, RFA Argus was converted to a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship in 1991 and is tted with a fully functional hospital with 100 beds, x-ray facilities, CAT scanner and intensive trauma ward. e primary mission of the Argus is to provide humanitarian and disaster relief support to UK overseas territories in the Caribbean and its secondary mission is to serve as an aviation training ship. I think the partnership we have with the United States is remarkable, said Patterson. Its amazing to think that this year marks 200 years of standing shoulder to shoulder with the United States. more than $2.5 million worth of fuel while in port and provided guided tours for nearly 100 base residents.