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Guantanamo Bay Partners With Jamaican Organization, Works To Provide Brighter Future For Children Kelly Wirfel F ellowship and hope was the theme of the day as base leadership and parish members from Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay traveled to Jamaica, Dec. 4. Representatives from the Protestant and Catholic congregations and gospel choir accompanied Command Chaplain, Capt. John Van Dickens and Lt. Tung Tran on the trip to visit Mustard Seed Communities (MSC). Mustard Seed Communities is a non-prot organization that began in 1978 as a home for abandoned and handicapped children on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica. e base recently formed a partnership with the organization and donates a portion of the religious oering fund to them. e idea to partner with them came from Protestant congregation member and retired Senior Chief, Marc Owens. I felt like we (NS Guantanamo Bay community) could only benet from forming a partnership with an organization such as this, said Owens. Not only is the work they do for children remarkable, they are basically right in our backyard. I did a great deal of research and proposed it to Chaplain Dickens, he jumped at the idea, and now here we are. Owens began coordinating with MSC Development Director, Lori Evans and she then extended an invitation to the base to visit the organization and see rsthand where the money was going. is is just a wonderful opportunity, said Dickens. is is one of the few times we can actually see where our benevolence is going. Upon arriving at the airport, Evans and MSC sta members bused the group to one of their three facilities, where the they had the opportunity to meet the founder of MSC, Father Gregory Ramkissoon. Ramkissoon explained where his inspiration to start the organization came from. I was teaching here at a university and noticed the squatting community, said Ramkissoon. I decided we needed a school so I borrowed the money to build one. Believe it or not, this whole thing simply started as a school. Following the visit with Ramkissoon, the group went to tour another of their facilities, Dare to Care. Dare to Care is the HIV/AIDS program of the Mustard Seed Communities that was established out of the great need to provide care specically to abandoned or orphaned children infected with HIV/AIDS. Dare to Care opened its doors in 2000 to seven HIV+ children and since that time, the program has grown from one facility to three. At present, 70 children are housed in three homes in two dierent locations. In the early stages of the program, the focus of the home was to provide hospice care to children who were at the end stages of the disease, said Dare to Care Administrator, Donna Reynolds. With the advancements in medicine for those infected with HIV/AIDS, we went from preparing them for death, to preparing them for life. After touring the facility and meeting the children, MSC provided the group with an authentic Jamaican meal and a Christmas CD featuring the MSC children. is was truly an eye opening experience, said Owens. Sometimes we need days like this to just put things in perspective and help us appreciate all that we are blessed with. In addition to the care of children, MSC is dedicated to the improvement of the communities in which they are based. MSC employs over 300 local workers, oering jobs, training and economic viability to people who would otherwise have no opportunity to break out of the cycle of poverty which grips their lives. MSC strives to introduce skills into the community and to empower its people to become more self-sucient. What this organization does for these children and the Jamaican community as a whole is just remarkable, said Dickens. I cannot think of a more worthy organization and am honored to partner with them. For additional information about the organization you can visit http://www.mustardseed.com. NS Guantanamo Bay Command Chaplain Capt. Van Dickens visits with children at Mustard Seed Communities, a non-profit organization in Kingston, Jamaica, Dec. 4.
Guantanamo Bay PTO Holds Auction Fundraiser MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor T he Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba hosted an auction at the Bayview restaurant, Nov. 29. The event was held to raise money in order to fund upcoming PTO events throughout the school year and to provide scholarships for this years W.T. Sampson High School Seniors. This event helped raise awareness of both the PTO and the school, plus it helped us raise funds for the students, said PTO co-Vice President Lisa Pecci. We had crafters donate their handmade items; the Marine Corps Security Force Company Job/Department: Information Systems Officer/ISD Age: 21 (give or take) Home State: Louisiana Quote: Child Please. The Great Ochocinco Favorite Team: N.O. Saints Favorite Hobby: Eating Favorite GTMO Restaurant: My kitchen when Washington and White cook for me Favorite Movie: Grease Favorite Musician: Trey Songs Greatest Accomplishment: My baby boy Currently Working On: Bachelors Degree in Computer Science How The Navy Has Improved Her Life: The Navy has provided the opportunity to travel outside of New Orleans Sailor Of The Week Because: Her role in recovering nearly $60 thousand in mobile radio equipment, her lead in building a new WebSense server and her troubleshooting over the last week of serval computer issues INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN 2ND CLASS TAIWAIN WILSON GTMOs FCPOA Host Childrens Holiday Party T he Guantanamo Bay Cuba First Class Petty Ocers Association (FCPOA) sponsored a Childrens Christmas party, Dec. 1. e event was held to provide the children of Guantanamo Bay with a holiday celebration while providing a traditional Christmas experience. As members of the FCPOA and the Guantanamo Bay Cuba Naval Base Community, it is very important that we show our children we care and make their stay as comfortable as possible, said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Mac Williams, FCPOA president. I would also like to give a big thanks to the community for coming together to make this event happen. e FCPOA set up a donation box inside the Navy Exchange (NEX) and the GTMO community donated over 100 gifts. e installations Girl Scouts also participated in the event by wrapping gifts, which counted towards the earning of a community patch. Rich Vargas e Christmas party was held at the Community Center and the FCPOA provided various games, crafts and food for all to enjoy. Santa Claus hands out gifts to Guantanamo Bays youth during the FCPOAs Childrens Christmas Party, Dec. 1 Community members pose with MCSFCO Marines and their newly aquired mini-fridge they gained as top bidders during the PTO auction, Nov. 29. (MCSFCO) donated an item plus their time to showcase all the items for the auction. The students, their families and the teachers donated items for gift baskets, and numerous commands and tenant commands donated their time and some amazing items. According to Pecci, some of the most sought after items including U.S. flags, fishing trips, and a mini-fridge helped raise more than $4300.
T he little boy reached inside his mothers vase sitting on the corner stand. He Chaplain Van Dickens NS Guantanamo Bay Command Chaplain The Hand In The Vase had been using it to see how good his tossing hand was with the coins he had been saving. His hand was just small enough to make it through the narrow opening. As he pulled his hand out, however, it became stuck. Tried as he could, he could not free his hand from the vase. He began to cry, and his cries soon turned into screams. His mom came running, only to nd her son helplessly tugging on the vase. It was a Christmas gift from last year. It was so special to her, she called it a vaahhz. She tried calming the boy down, but it was no use. So she went to the bathroom and found some liquid soap and poured it around her sons hand to loosen it. Still, it wouldnt come out. She tried some JUNE 29 2012 PAGE 7 C haplains Corner olive oil she found in the kitchen. Again, the hand was stuck tight. She nally called the father to come home and see what he could do. e little boys hand was getting red. e father looked the situation over, asked a few questions, and said, eres only one thing we can do. He went into the back of the house and came out with a hammer. By now, the mother was crying. It was a beautiful and expensive vase. Slowly, the husband raised the hammer to shatter the vase and free his sons hand. At that moment, the son looked up and timidly asked, You reckon if I turned loose the dime, my hand would come out? Sometimes we hold onto things we need to let go of in order to free ourselves to enjoy the truly important things. e gifts we give and receive this time of year are nice, but the greater gifts are not the things we cling to like coins in a little boys hand, but the love made manifest in our lives, such that the more you give away, the more you receive. is season, may you come to nd those greater gifts (and dont get your hand stuck in a vase, because it really, really hurts!) Merry Christmas! GTMO Conducts EOC Incident Management Training N aval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba hosted Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Incident Management Training (IMT) at Bulkeley Hall, Dec. 3-7. In coordination with Shore Operations Training Group (SOTG), the course provided training for personnel who support and run the Installations Emergency Operations Center. EOC IMT guidance began with Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPD) and functional aspects are coordinated through the National Incident Management System (NIMS). ere are two parts of the EOC IMT course, said NS Guantanamo Bay Installation Training Ocer Kevin Robarge. e classroom portion provides background on how NIMS was developed and how it is utilized at the local, state, and federal response to a disaster. e second part is a practical earthquake exercise that lets the student apply what they learn in the classroom working to inside the Installation EOC. An EOC is a central command and control facility responsible for carrying out the principles of emergency preparedness, disaster response and recovery. An EOCs primary responsibility is to MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor award recognizes exemplary commitment to encouraging good character, citizenship and service among our nations youth. Not pictured: Daleena Nichols, Sheree Gordon, and Ty Milton. support the Incident Commander. Other common functions of EOCs are; collect, gather and analyze data, make decisions that protect life and property, resource allocation, maintain continuity of the organization and disseminate those decisions to all concerned agencies and individuals. e students that completed the course will work as action ocers in the Naval Station EOC when the installation is faced with real-world destructive weather events like Tropical Storm Isaac or Hurricane Sandy. Also, the EOC becomes operational for local and higher headquarters exercises that will maintain EOC prociency to respond to real-world events.
The band performed two shows while at the installation and provided the community with musical entertainment.
Scarletta Brings A Taste Of Country To GTMO M orale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba partnered with Navy Entertainment to host recording artists Scarletta, Dec. 1-2. e Country music trio performed shows at the Windjammer Ballroom and at the conclusion of the Holiday Parade at the Downtown Lyceum, providing the community with two nights of entertainment. We had been planning this event for months and trying to nd the right band for this occasion, said MWR Community Activities Director Stephen Prestesater. It MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor just so happened to be that a few key people were in the right place at the right time in Nashville, and one month later Scarletta was in GTMO. Stars aligned if you will. From Nashville, Tenn., Scarletta is comprised of band members Aubrey Collins, Nathan Stoops, & Benji Harris. e band performed more than two hours of popular Country music hits as well their own original songs for the community. Its such an honor for us to be able to play for the troops here, said Scarletta Lead Singer Aubrey Collins. Weve enjoyed being a part of kicking o the holidays in GTMO and its just been a great opportunity to support out military members. SCARLETTA country trio entertains guantanamo bay
T hree Sailors assigned to USS Maine (SSBN 741) and USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) became the rst female unrestricted line ocers to qualify in submarines Dec. 5. Lt. j.g. Marquette Leveque, a native of Fort Collins, Colo., assigned to the Gold Crew of Wyoming, and Lt. j.g. Amber Cowan and Lt. j.g. Jennifer Noonan of Maines Blue Crew received their submarine dolphins during separate ceremonies at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., and Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash. In order to receive their dolphins, Leveque, Cowan and Noonan were required to qualify as Ocer of the Deck and Engineering Ocer of the Watch, perform damage control functions, and demonstrate satisfactory qualities of leadership. Cowan, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Noonan, who hails from Boston, joined two other Blue Crew ocers Lt. j.g. James Barclay and Lt. j.g. John Schaeer in receiving their dolphins. Cowan was pinned by her husband, Naval Flight Ocer Lt. Adam Cowan. Noonan chose a former Maine shipmate and mentor, Lt. Jason Brethauer, to pin her dolphins. Schaeer decided to have Lt. Joe Westfall, a current shipmate from the Blue Crew, conduct his pinning. e Commanding ocer of Maines Blue Crew, Cmdr. William Johnson, pinned Barclay. In Kings Bay, Leveque, along with fellow Gold Crew ocer Lt. j.g. Kyle E. McFadden, participated in a ceremony presided by Cmdr. Christopher Nash, commanding ocer of Wyomings Gold Crew. Leveque was pinned by her husband, Lt. j.g. Luke Leveque, a qualied submariner onboard the ballistic missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738). McFadden was pinned at the ceremony by Nash. Today was a very special occasion. It was special because two talented young ocers earned the right to lead the next generation of submarine sailors in the most capable Navy the world has ever known. It was also special because these young leaders fully represent the future of our nations Commander, Submarine Forces Public Affairs Navy News Service technical talent, said Nash. Leveque, Cowan and Noonan are three of 24 women 17 line ocers and seven supply ocers assigned to Maine, Wyoming, USS Ohio (SSGN 726) and USS Georgia (SSGN 729). Maine and Ohio are homeported in Bangor, while Wyoming and Georgia are homeported in Kings Bay. I am honored to be joining the long tradition of the submarine force by earning my dolphins and excited for the journey to come. I could not have accomplished this without the help of the wardroom and crew of the USS Wyoming, said Leveque. Leveque, Cowan and Noonan have each completed strategic deterrent patrols aboard their respective submarines. Qualifying is a huge accomplishment for any submariner, and it feels no dierent for me, said Noonan. I am thrilled to nally be a member of this elite community. Im particularly grateful to my crew, ocers and enlisted, for supporting me and holding me to the same standards as those who have gone before me. I look forward to being able to fully contribute to the crew now that Im a qualied submarine ocer. Qualication in Submarines is more of a personal achievement, said Cowan. It requires understanding of the many facets of submarine life and has you perform so many skills that when I take a step back and look at everything that I have done and what this qualication means I will do, it is pretty amazing. Ultimately, it is a monumental mark of the condence my command and crew has in me. And earning that respect and acceptance is a feeling that I will hold with me for my entire life. Prior to reporting to their boats beginning in November 2011, Leveque, Cowan, Noonan and the other women assigned to Ohio, Maine, Wyoming and Georgia graduated from the Submarine Ocer Basic Course in Groton, Conn. In addition, the submarine line ocers under instruction graduated from the Naval Nuclear Power School at Charleston, S.C., and underwent naval nuclear prototype training.
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Comes with life jackets and tube with tow rope. $3500 or trade for sportbike. Call Steve 77795 BMW 740 IL, fully loaded. Power win dow, sun/moonroof, leather seat, sound system. Excellent car. $4500 OBO. Call 1 Ford Focus, 4 door sedan, manual transmission, excellent condition. 4 full size Dodge Cargo Van with 94K 4 Suzuki Sidekick, standard 5 speed with new top, in good condition, $2000 OBO. Call 4301 or 77301 J 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 for that weeks Gazette. Ads are removed after Gazette staff and NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, rial discretion on all content. Call MC2 Justin GTMO JOB HUNT MOVIES Mares pneumatic air spear gun, never used, $160. Dive N Surf 2.2mm wet suit 52 Sony Bravia Side Lit LED TV $700, Scubapro Glide Plus BC like new $250, 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, Lots of Apps and games w/case, $400. iPhone 4 Black 32Gig mint condition, newest model, a$130 OBO. SCSI mo dem and wireless router, available Dec. 17, $50 OBO. Play Station 3 140 GB, two controllers, HDMI cable, and charg ing base for PS3 controllers. Leaving the Island it must sell by this weekend. I will not refuse a reasonable offer. $290 OBO. Dish Network receiver, ViP 722k HD-DVR single tuner, pause, record, and playback TV (DVR), 500 GB hard drive, view HD and SD programming, TV (1) Free to air Satellite dish with receiver, hun dreds of international channels, $250. JVC DVD/CD player $30. Call 77123 Vocopro karaoke dvd/cd cassette re sette CD player $40, Dough mixer $20, V-Tech Phone, two sets $15. Call 75565 The scoop LADIES SHOPPING NIGHT Attention ladies of GTMO: Tonight Night Shopping Special. 9 p.m. 11:00 p.m. Lots of deals and lots of fun for you, the ladies. Ill be there. Im a dude, but im going for the ambiance. PICTURES WITH SANTA Kids (and adults) get your pic tures taken with Santa Dec. 12 from 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. You can also eat breakfast with Santa at McDonalds Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. Help him get hashbrowns out of his beard. FFSC COURSES Next week, GTMOs Fleet and Family Support Center will offer a Sponsorship Training course Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m. and a Fighting For Your Marriage course Dec. 13 at 2:00 p.m. The FFSC is also host ing their holiday card drive and ask residents to drop off holiday cards for GTMOs unaccompanied personnel to thank them for their service during the holiday season. HEALTHCARE HANDSHAKE The. U.S. Naval Hospital is ask ing, Have you had your health care handshake today? Im not asking, USNH is. Its Flu season folks. Wash your hands. Hand washing is the most effec tive method of preventing infec tion and the spread of disease. the healthcare handshake com ment cards available at each of the Hospital Clinics...then, wash your hands. OPERATION COOKIE DROP One of the most intense strategic operations of our time...Its Op eration Cookie Drop. The NAVSTA Religious Ministry Team is gear ing up for their annual operation, designed to let military and nonmilitary members know they are appreciated during the holidays. Dec. 19, cookie drop-offs start at 9 a.m. at the Chapel Annex. Dec. 20, volunteers are needed to stuff cookie bags at 9 a.m. For more info or to help, call 2323. Cookies! Juicier $40 OBO, Majic Bullet $15 OBO, works great complete set in cluded, Bread Maker $50 OBO. FMI call 2710 Stationary bike, excellent condition, Wooden Disney princess bed comes with a matching storage unit and a Disney princess trash can $45, race steering wheel $35. Call 77929 Womens 26 21-speed bicycle. 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Annual Holiday Parade Held At NAVSTA Guantanamo Bay M orale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba presented the annual Holiday Parade, Dec. 2. e parade, which ran along Sherman Avenue and ended at the Downtown Lyceum, was held to provide the community with a traditional holiday experience. I believe an event like this is important to the community because it gives us a seance of normalcy, said MWR Community Activities Director Stephen Prestesater. For those few hours you seem to forget that you are living overseas in Cuba. In a way its our chance to escape and I believe we all need that now and then. e event featured more than 30 festively decorated oats and golf carts provided from numerous volunteers on base. As an annual event, I think the parade holds a signicant impact to our community, said Prestesater. Its something that the community has grown to love and expect each year. In a way MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor its our own little Macys Parade. e parade, originally scheduled for Dec. 1, was postponed due to rain and inclement weather. Despite the weather snafus that caused us to reschedule from Saturday to Sunday, the community enjoyed a beautiful display of Christmas lights, a heart-warming parade, and spirit lifting performances by local community groups, said MWR Director Tara Culbertson. Im extremely proud of our MWR team for organizing this outstanding annual event. In GTMO, it can be difficult to get into the holiday spirit because its not cold or snowy outside, but every year; this parade marks the beginning of the Christmas season for the GTMO community. Id also like to recognize the efforts of our Child & Youth Programs for organizing several wonderful youth groups and performances and the MWR Maintenance team for decorating Sherman Avenue and the spectacular Christmas Tree Hill. A very special thanks to the GTMO community for entering more holiday floats than we have seen in years.
Annual Holiday Parade Held At NAVSTA Guantanamo Bay