Guantánamo Bay gazette
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00098616/00275
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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: 11-30-2012
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 )
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
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
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 57204860
System ID: UF00098616:00282
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USS Carr Makes Final Port Visit Of Career At Guantanamo Bay Kelly Wirfel U SS Carr (FFG 52) made the last port visit of her deployment and the last stop of her nearly 30 years of service when she visited Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Nov 23-25. The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate was in port to receive logistic support from the installation to including water, fuel and other needed supplies. This base is a great stop for us, said USS Carr Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Patrick Kulakowski. I always try to encourage the other ships to pull in here; the support you provide is outstanding. During their short stay the ship conducted tours Saturday afternoon for nearly 200 base residents. I really appreciate the USS Carr allowing us to tour the ship while they were in port, said Human Resource Specialist, Steve Sirmons. It was very interesting to see how they live and work on the ship. I even heard some of the kids on the tour say they wanted to join the Navy because of what they experienced. In addition to conducting tours, the crew participated in various activities to include bowling, boating, golfing, shopping and MWRs sponsored Southern Style Games. During her deployment in support of Operation Martillo, Carr recovered approximately 324 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $26 million. Carr is on her way back to her homeport of Norfolk, VA and is scheduled to be decommissioned March, 2013. USS Carr (FFG 52) made a port visit to NS Guantanamo Bay, Nov. 23-25. During the short stop, the ship conducted tours for over 200 community members. The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate was in port to receive logistic support from the installation to include water, fuel and other needed supplies.


Truman Hosts X47B Unmanned Aircraft For Carrier-Based Testing MCSN Taylor DiMartino USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs T he Navy hoisted an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator on board aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Nov. 26, in preparation for an unmanned aircrafts rst, carrier-based testing. A team from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program oce (PMA-268) embarked Truman to conduct tests and demonstrations. e X-47B, which boasts a wingspan of more than 62 feet (wider than that of an F/A-18 Super Hornet), will demonstrate seamless integration into carrier ight deck operations through various tests. During each demonstration, the X-47B will be controlled remotely via a hand-held control display unit (CDU). Truman will be the rst modern aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. Capt. Jaime Engdahl, N-UCAS program manager, said the X-47Bs delivery aboard Truman was among the most historic moments in the programs history. is is a very important moment for the X-47B, said Engdahl. e moment the aircraft set down on Trumans deck was the moment it ocially met the eet. Cmdr. Kevin Watkins, N-UCASs ight test director, agreed with Engdahls sentiment. Bringing the X-47B aboard Truman is a big milestone for the program, said Watkins. Weve been testing the aircraft for the last several years and to nally put it on a ship is so exciting. If these tests are successful, they will prove that the future for unmanned aircraft is wide open. Lt. Cmdr. Larry Tarver, Trumans aircraft handling ocer, who helped coordinate the X-47Bs on-load, said his Sailors are eager to participate in the aircrafts testing. It means a lot to our crew to be part of naval history, said Tarver. We have Sailors who received additional training to safely move the X-47B and they are excited to play a part in its testing. While technical challenges are to be expected when introducing the new system to a carriers ight deck, Engdahl said he expects the tests to be successful citing strong teamwork between his team and Trumans crew. e support from Truman has been phenomenal and its going to continue to take close cooperation between the carriers Sailors and the UCAS-D team to make these demonstrations successful, said Engdahl. To operate large, unmanned aircraft o of a carrier, from anywhere in the world, will be a key capability for the Navy after these tests are successful. e X-47B test will be conducted over a three week period which will include in-port and underway demonstrations aboard Truman. Sailors assist with the onload of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator on the flight deck aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is the first modern aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman by Alan Radecki


A couple of weeks ago, Chaplain Dickens mentioned the Chaplain Tung Tran NS Guantanamo Bay Chaplain Services A Little History second article of the Navy regulations of 1775, which read: The Commanders of the ships of the 13 United Colonies, are to take care that divine services be performed twice a day on board, and a sermon preached on Sundays, unless bad weather or other extraordinary accidents prevent. The regulations were adopted by the then Marine Committee, which administered the Continental Navy, predecessor of the United States Navy, on November 28, 1775. Thus, this date is considered the JUNE 29 2012 PAGE 7 C haplains Corner official establishment of the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy. Since then, many Navy chaplains have served heroically with service members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. A number of them gave their life to save those who they ministered to or died of exhaustion while shepherding them. Some of the notable chaplains were Chaplains Vincent Capodanno, Robert Brett, Thomas Conway, Frederic Gehring, Joseph OCallahan John Lenhart and George Rentz. In this group, five were priests, two of whom died gallantly in Vietnam. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for and to all the chaplains, particularly, the U.S. Navy chaplains for their courageous service and admirable dedication to God and country and their charity toward their fellow man. Happy Birthday, Navy Chaplain Corps! Holiday Safety Stand-Down Held At Guantanamo Bay K ey leaders at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, hosted the annual winter holiday safety stand-down at the installations Bulkeley Hall auditorium, Nov. 27-28. Ocials at the naval station conduct two safety stand-downs per year in an eort to promote safety awareness; one at the beginning of summer and one before the winter holiday season. Were here to discuss mishap precautions and prevent o-duty accidents, said NS Guantanamo Bay Executive Ocer Cmdr. Colin Caswell. Realistically, Sailors need to care about themselves and what theyre doing, because any mishap will aect mission readiness. Among the myriad of topics discussed, the stand-down focused mainly on suicide prevention, motor vehicle safety and residential risks associated with the holiday season. It is a very stressful time during the holidays, said NS Guantanamo Bay Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) Counselor Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Matthew Murcin. Statistically, the military sees a spike in the number of suicides during the holiday season. As of Nov. 1, there have been 54 reported suicides in the Navy. MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor Whether or not its stress, depression or other factors, we as leaders need to be aware of the warning signs associated with suicide and take the necessary actions to prevent it. As part of suicide prevention awareness, service members in attendance were presented with handouts outlining the Navys Ask, Care, Treat (ACT) policy and the warning signs associated with suicidal behavior. Its important for us to watch out for everyone and know that we can lower the suicide rate around us, said NS Guantanamo Bay Fleet and Family Support Center Educational Services Facilitator Lara Tur. e unique position we are in at GTMO is that we have a very close-knit community and we can all look out for each other. During the stand-down, attendees were also informed about the risk factors associated with fatigued holiday travel, and the dangers of drinking and driving and overall alcohol abuse. Service members were also advised to take the necessary precautions when using holiday items such as decorative lights and turkey fryers. Overall, we are concerned with holiday accidents and how it affects readiness, reiterated Caswell. This stand-down is targeted to keep you safe and provide you with useful tools you may need during the holidays. NS Guantanamo Bay Fleet and Family Support Center Educational Services Facilitator Lara Tur and SARP Counselor ATCS Matthew Murcin discuss holiday safety during the winter safety stand-down at the Bulkeley Hall auditorium, Nov. 27. The stand-down was held to promote safety awareness as service members prepare for holiday celebrations and travel


Thanksgiving Day At Guantanamo Bay 2012 Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay Chefs and other leadership volunteers served Thanksgiving dinner, Nov. 22. Pictured above is PSC Rafael Azconasanchez serving dinner to Commander, Atlantic Area/Commander, Defense Force East United States Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Robert Parker.


GTMOs Galleys Host Thanksgiving For The Troops F or many service members and civilians living overseas, the holidays can be very lonely and a homemade meal can be a great boost for morale. Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bays four base galleys showed their appreciation and support by providing a anksgiving meal for the NS Guantanamo Bay community, Nov. 22. e massive meal fed more than 1,300 people including service members, civilians, contractors and their families. e meal featured 28 turkeys, 20 hams, 25 prime ribs, 16 pans of stung, 9 pans of potatoes and nearly every food item one could desire on anksgiving Day. e total cost of the meal was $39,149.01, said Chief Kelly Wirfel To see more,Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NSGuantanamoBay Culinary Specialist Robby ompson. Starting at 8 a.m., ten Pentac employees prepared the entire meal, which involved everything from arranging the facilities seating to cooking the food. ese folks (Pentac employees) worked extremely hard to prepare this meal for the GTMO community, said NS Guantanamo Bay Command Master Chief Ross Cramer. I was in shock when I walked in and saw all this, I dont think I have ever seen so much food in my life. Naval Station Chiefs and other members of leadership volunteers served the meal. Coming out and serving the meal is the least we can do for these dedicated men and women, said Cramer. A lot of people are away from their families, and this can be a tough time of year for people that are away from home.


Base Resident Committed To Community Well Being A s she approached the dock after leading a paddle board yoga class and even before sitting down to do the interview, two things were evident about Myah Mason; she always puts others first, and she sees the true beauty of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This is one of my favorite places to sit, she said, referring to the deck of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Marina. I want to make sure your chair is positioned so you can see just how beautiful the view is. Myahs commitment to the Naval Station Guantanamo Bays community, particularly to improving the overall wellbeing of the base is unmistakable by the many things she is involved with. Throughout her two years at NS Guantanamo Bay, Myah coordinated a wide array of physical well-being programs. Some of the most notable projects included leading weekly nursing home physical training, leading weekly yoga and Total Body Conditioning for WT Sampson teachers, leading health fairs, fitness days and field days at the two base schools, helped the 525th 2011 Army Ten Miler Team prepare for the race, conduct workshops with JSMART on breathing for anxiety and postures for relieving tension and led hospitality for 525th Marriage and Single Seminars at Troopers Chapel. During my time here, I wanted to contribute to the community and individuals on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level, said Myah. When you impact one person, it is eventually going to impact the community as a whole. Myah is a YogaFit certified instructor. YogaFit is designed to improve the health, performance, and mental acuity of Kelly Wirfel 911 Dispatch Center Online At Guantanamo Bay T hroughout the Department of the Navy installations, and in the United States, locally operated 911 systems have become the backbone of emergency reporting and response, and the term nine-oneone has become synonymous with public safety in general. However, in the past, the 911 system at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay failed at times and a backup number of 4911 was created to report emergencies. ere has been an ongoing project for the past 16 months to develop a new 911 dispatch center manned by trained dispatchers. e new emergency call system for 911 has been installed and is now operational in the dispatch center in Buckeley Hall. Since NS Guantanamo Bays residents have been using 4911 to report emergencies this number will remain operational and will be answered by the 911 dispatcher. As a community we need to educate our children and remind ourselves that 911 is the number to dial for all emergencies. Most 911 calls are answered within a few seconds after you call. In some cases, there may be a slight delay before you hear someone answerDO NOT HANG UP. e 911 dispatcher is required to ask a number of questions to Mark Kennedy NS Guantanamo Bay Installation Emergency Manager understand the location of emergency and what type of emergency. Some of the questions may seem unnecessary, but they are important to make sure that the emergency is clearly understood. is will help make sure the needed help (reghters, police, ambulance or others) gets to the right place as quickly as possible. Stay on the telephone for as long as you can to guide the dispatcher in getting help to you. Common reasons to call 911 are: shouts for help, sounds of glass breaking, unfamiliar persons carrying items from a house). Do not call 911: When we are faced with emergency situations, it is very important that we get back into the mind set and educate our children that dialing 9-1-1 will get us help. athletes or individuals interested in improving their level of fitness. Its funny because I have all this training and I think that people will remember me for three things; telling them to shop on the perimeter of the commissary, to use Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese and my crazy playlist. Myah has been at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since Dec. 2010 with her husband who serves as the Chaplain for 525th MP Battalion and two children. When I found out we were coming here, I knew that it was going to be what I made of it, said Myah. My role as a wife, mother and woman is in not going to change, no matter where I am at. Our next duty station is Fort Carlson, Colorado, so we are going from island life to mountain life. When asked if she wanted to add anything else to the interview she said she usually ends her classes with a proverb. Today she wanted to end the interview with Proverbs 15:30; A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.


SHOPPER 1 Toyota Tacoma, V6 3.4L Dbl Cab 4X4, TRD Package, K&N Intake, Kenwood DVD/CD/MP3/iPod connector/Navigation System, Edge Insight Vehicle Monitor, A/C, PWR Windows/locks, Custom CR-Grade Neoprene Seat Covers. Excellent condi tion, $10,000 OBO. Call 79494 or 4531 4 22 Starcraft with trailer, inboard/ cabin, deepwell and more. $7000 OBO. Call 4849 or 77118 and ask for Walt 21 Aquasport 215 Explorer Fishing Boat with a Johnson 200 V6 outboard en gine, Cabin, Live Well, Authorized for Tackle Box, trailer included. Excellent condition. $12,000 OBO. Call 77025 or 58438 4 Suzuki Sidekick, standard 5 speed with new top, in good condition, $2000 OBO. Call 4301 or 77301 Mercury Grand Marquis white, keyless entry, power windows, runs good, $2,500 OBO. Call 78888 after 1600 Dodge Caliber SXT, Silver, 5-speed manual. Only 14,700K miles, great A/C, excellent condition, title in hand. Asking $11,000. Call 78851 4 Chevy S10 Pick-up, 5-speed, 4 cylinder in good running condition. $2000 OBO. Call Joe at 75566 (pm) or 8732 (am) 1 Nissan Sentra. Standard 5-speed. Well maintained (with records) since own ership. Several new parts. Reliable and 79691 Dodge Caliber SXT, Silver, 5 speed manual, only 14,700K miles, great A/C, excellent condition, car title in hand, asking $11,000. Call 78851 Dodge Neon, red, 4cyl, good running condition with A/C. $2500. Call 58706 Electrician Full Time Recreation Asst. Lifeguard Flex Recreation Asst. Lifeguard Full Time Movie Manager Full Time Bartender Flex Bartender Lead Flex CYP Asst.Flex CYP Ops Clerk Flex Library Aide Full Time Computer Tech. Full Time Bartender Flex Waitstaff Full Time Golf Course Rec. Aid Full Time Bartender Full Time Food Service Worker Flex J ob Descriptions can be found on MWRs Job FMI, call 74121 DOWNTOWN LYCEUM 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 Seaquest M/L BCD $200, 1st and 2nd stage regulator, octo and gages $250. Mask and snorkel $15. Call 73927 Small, portable air compressor, Craftsman, brand new, $35. Craftsman 10 premium electronic polisher/sander wheels, $25. 12V 7 liter portable car cooler fridge & travel warmer, $35. Call 78474 Mares pneumatic air spear gun, never used, $160. Dive N Surf 2.2mm wet suit L/XL, $50. Call Sam at 77929 52 Sony Bravia Side Lit LED TV $700, Scubapro Glide Plus BC like new $250, Sea and Sea DX-1G underwater camera with wide angle lens and soft case, shoots in RAW, $350. Universal under spare parts, arms, and cables, $100 One 19in Sylvania TV Tube style $40, one 13in Sylvania TV Tube style $20. Call 77255 after 1500 32 Sony Trinitron TV, $50. Altec Lan sing BS2621 Speaker System in box, $30. Call Jo or Mark 77872 LNB, & multiswitch, $300. Call 79632 or email rakkapogue@gmail.com Lots of Apps and games w/case, $400. iPhone 4 Black 32Gig mint condition, $400. Call 58706 The scoop HOLIDAY PARADE Join MWR this Saturday during the annual Christmas Tree light ing and holiday parade. The parade begins at 6 p.m. at the SCSI parking lot and ends at the downtown Lyceum. Following the parade, entertainment will be provided from W.T. Samp son and CYP as well as a per formance from Country music group Scarletta. SCHEDULED POWER OUTAGE This Saturday, Public Works will conduct a scheduled power out age begining at 6 a.m. Power is scheduled to be restored by 4 p.m. The outage is being con ducted to perform preventative maintenance on the Villamar substation and is an annual re quirement. See the base roller for a list of affected areas. 2012 NAVSTA HOLIDAY PARTY ballroom. Buffet style social begining at 6 p.m. Fun games and prizes for best holiday at tire, worst holiday attire, musical chairs, and many more. 2012 FLAG FOOTBALL GAME GTMOs annual Army vs. Navy flag football game will take place Dec. 6th at Cooper Field. Pre-ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Kick-off for the womens game is 7 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. for the mens game. Half time enter tainment will be provided by CYP Dance and Cheer squads. Draw ings will be held for V.I.P seating and lots of giveaways and prizes will be provided as the commu nity comes together to watch our Navy team win. FFSC COURSES OFFERED The Fleet and Family Support Center is hosting a Job Search course Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m at bldg. 2135. Learn effective days competitive environment. SAPR Victim Advocate training will also be held Dec. 3-7 begin ing at 8 a.m. Join the SAPR team and become a victim advocate. Open to all military personnel. Call 4141 or 4227 to register. Glass/Alum coffee table, $40. TV low chair, black, $25. Call Sam at 77929 50% off : Mens Clothing Large 3436 waist, Dress casual and T-shirts Large, Uniforms, appliances, linen. Call 73927 Childs single bed with night stand and armoir $175 OBO. Call 75569 Dining room table, $40 OBO. Call 77314 Green sectional sofa $175, LT Brown Recliner $175, Round Coffee and End Tables $150, Entertainment Center $35, Dinning Table W/6 Chairs $275, Bayou Cooker W/Gas Tank & Pot screen) & 2 DVD Players $50, Green Carpet 9X12 $25, Desk Lamp W/ Green Shade $5, 2 Floor Lamps $5 EA, Small Panasonic Stereo w/5 Disc Changer $30, 2 Drawer Filing Cabinet $10, Small Pet Carrier $10, Plus many more small household items. Call Tom 75558 after 6 p.m. OBO, works great complete set in cluded, Bread Maker $50 OBO. FMI call 2710 Stationary bike, excellent condition, $100 OBO. Call 78474 NAVY FED Navy Federal Part Time Positions Available Take advantage of career opportunities with Navy Federal. Apply at navyfederal.org and click on careers. FMI, call 74333 or email sara_presley@navyfederal.org Dec. 1, Nob Hill 31B, 0700-1500 Dec. 1, Caribbean Circle 6, 08001100, No early birds Looking for a Dodge Durango tire; tire or spare will do. Size 245 R70 17. Call 77176 or email rachel. rae2011@yahoo.com Nov. 30 7 p.m.: 7 p.m.: 7 p.m.: Dec. 5 7 p.m.: 7 p.m.: CALL THE MOVIE HOTLINE @ 4880 No Movies: 6 p.m.: Parade leaves SCSI 7:30 p.m.: CYP & W.T. Sampson performance 9 p.m.: Concert feat. Country group Scarletta Sinister (new) R 98 min. Alex Cross (new) R 131 min. Paranormal Activity 4 (new) R 115 min. Lawless (last) PG13 116 min. Taken 2 R 109 min. No Movies: Stage set-up for the Holiday Parade and Concert


GTMO Kicks Off Holidays With Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony T he Navy Exchange (NEX) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay hosted the annual tree lighting ceremony, Nov. 24. The holiday celebration was held to showcase more than 12 Christmas trees, which were decorated from numerous tenant commands and organizations at the naval station. This event is a great way to get in the holiday spirit, said NS Guantanamo Bay Commanding Officer Capt. J.R. Nettleton, guest speaker. Among a variety of attractions, the event featured MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor Base residents enjoy the festivities during the annual tree lighting ceremony at the NEX atrium, Nov. 24. The event featured more performances from NS Guantanamo Bays W.T. Sampson School cheerleading squads, dance teams, holiday music from the band and chorus, childrens chapel chorus, and a visit from Santa Claus. Our students and everyone involved provided an amazing performance this year, said Nettleton. This was a great way to kick off the season and hopefully get everybody in the holiday spirit. At the conclusion of the ceremony, awards were presented in three categories for most traditional, most GTMO, and most creative Christmas trees followed by the tree lighting with the official party.


GTMO Kicks Off Holidays With Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony