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F irst Class Petty Ocers stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba took the Chief Petty Ocer Navy-wide advancement exam, Jan. 17, in hopes of taking the next step of achieving the rank of Chief Petty Ocer. e Chief Petty Ocer exam is given once a year for Sailors that are qualied to take it. If they pass the exam and make board they will then be tasked with ensuring their package gets to Naval Personnel Command (NPC) to be reviewed by a qualied board with the anticipation of being selected as a Chief Petty Ocer. e time to worry about checking their record is not after taking the exam, but at all times, said Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Command Master Chief Ross Cramer. But its our job as a leader to make sure our Sailors have the knowledge to know what to look for when checking their records. Sailors can log in to www.bol.navy.mil to review their Ocial Military Personnel File (OMPF) and check for any errors or missing documentation. Common errors they need to check for are breaks in evaluation continuity, missing awards and any missing qualications they have achieved. Packages must be received by NPC customer service center by April 22, for the reserve E7 board and May 28 for active component board. Service members should review NAVADMIN 294/12 for further information. With todays technology and the ability to check their records at all times there is no excuse for it not to be accurate. If a Sailor going up for Chief cant check his own record accordingly and continuously, how can we expect him to check the records of the Sailors that work for them, said Cramer. Chief Gunners Mate Brandon Lalley, a proctor for the Navy-wide chief petty officer exam gives assistance to Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Elsy Golando during the exam at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Jan. 17.
GTMO Raises C ombined Federal Campaign (CFC) representatives at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, nalized total contributions raised, recently. rough a combined eort, the installation donated a total of $33,380 towards charities and support organizations associated with CFC. CFC allows all military and Department of Defense (DoD) employees to give donations to the charities of their choice, said NS Guantanamo Bay CFC Overseas Community Area Project Ocer (CAPO) Chief Gunners Mate Derrick Abson. It allows us to help those in need. It allows us to support organizations that nd cures for diseases, feed the hungry, house those displaced by disaster, and support our veterans and many other worthy causes. Work Center Supervisor/Weapons Dept. 25 Rocky Boy Reservation Dont judge me. Denver Broncos Laughing Bayviews Mongolian Night Ted Audioslave My brother Force Revisions I joined the Navy The Navy has given me a future off the reservation. GM2 Waycee Parker has safely monitored, moved and maintained more than 490 weapons with little to no supervision. e 2012 CFC began Sep. 17 and ended Dec. 13. More than 30 representatives from the installations U.S. Naval Hospital, Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo Bay, and numerous tenant commands assisted with collecting donations from charitable community members. is years goal was to surpass last years total which was $28,000, and together we did it, said Abson. For a base this size, $33,380 is a great dollar amount raised. With our contact rate of 100 percent, the word really got out and people were stepping to the plate and donating. With the assistance and hard work of the CFC representatives, we were able to surpass our goal by $5000. According to Abson, the 2012 campaign was successful due to the bases CFC team contributing hundreds of hours engaging personnel and spreading the word to potential donors. It was a huge accomplishment to achieve 100 percent contact, said Abson. CFC gave us the opportunity to do our part by donating to the less fortunate. Granted, times are hard for lots of us, but for those that could give, they gave and that says a lot about our nation. C ommander Navy Installations Commands (CNIC), Work and Family Life Department released an online training course for new Navy spouses called New Spouse Orientation (NSO), e course is designed to support new Navy spouses that may be geographically isolated or unable to attend this Fleet and Family Support Center workshop in person. ocials announced Jan. 16. e course is designed to support new Navy spouses that may be geographically isolated or unable to attend this Fleet and Family Support Center workshop in person. e NSO course is available on demand 24/7. e online training provides information on benets, support services, military culture and resources to help Navy spouses adapt to the military lifestyle. According to Dede ORourke, CNIC Relocation Assistance Program Analyst, the NSO course should be at the top of any new Navy spouses to do list. For direct access to the course, visit http:// learning.zeiders.refineddata.com/course/ view.php?id=4502 or http://tinyurl.com/ NewSpouseOrientation. is online training does not replace the Fleet and Family Support Center new spouse workshop; it provides access to those who cannot attend in person. For more information on New Spouse Orientation please contact the Fleet and Family Support Center. To nd your nearest center, visit www.sp.navy.mil.
N aval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced the winners of its Military and Civilian Engineers of the Year Awards Jan. 14. Lt. Cmdr. LaKeeva Gunderson from NAVFAC Far East was selected as the Military Engineer of the Year and Joshua Tomblin from NAVFAC Atlantic was selected as the Civilian Engineer of the Year for 2013. We are very fortunate to have a broad and deep bench of experienced and talented engineers who epitomize professionalism and the Can Do spirit that is the foundation of our 170-year NAVFAC legacy, said NAVFAC Commander Rear Adm. Kate Gregory. Both are exceptional representatives of the entire NAVFAC professional community, and its a pleasure to recognize the contributions they made to the profession of engineering, to our supported commanders, and to the communities in which they live. Gunderson and Tomblin will represent NAVFAC in February at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) will announce their 2013 Federal Engineer of the Year. In her role as production ocer for Commander Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka, Gunderson managed the maintenance of more than 2,400 facilities, 741 personnel, the operation of all base utility systems, and 990 vehicles and 13 cranes in support of FLEACT Yokosuka. She led innovative energy initiatives which resulted in a savings of more than $1.2 million annually and provided two percent of the bases energy requirement. In addition, Gunderson reduced transportation costs by $215,000 per year by modifying shuttle services, eliminating low use vehicles, and implementing cost-saving changes. After the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in 2011, Gunderson immediately dispatched facility assessment teams to coordinate repairs. She also led operational planning teams developing contingency plans for scenarios associated with the Fukushima nuclear reactors, and coordinated transportation for the departure of 3,400 military dependents. Due to limited Japanese power generation, she implemented more than 30 base-wide measures, working with 83 tenants to identify mission-specic measures, and led a community awareness campaign that resulted in a 25 percent energy use reduction compared to the previous summer. I feel appreciated and appreciative for being selected by my leadership as the Engineer of the Year, said Gunderson. I also feel fortunate to be able to shine the spotlight on the people within the Production Division of PWD Yokosuka. It is only because of them and the work they do on a daily basis that I am able to accept this honor. Tomblin performed as a structural engineer and design manager for several projects at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, greatly improving the quality of life and operational capabilities of Joint Task Force (JTF) Horn of Africa. Between January and March 2012, he led a team that developed contract solicitations with a combined estimated value in excess of $150 million for a combat aircraft loading area, parallel taxiway extension, and ammunition supply point. Following the magnitude 7 Haiti earthquake in January 2010, Tomblin deployed for 22 days to the country in support of the JTF responsible for evaluating and repairing damaged infrastructure to cargo operations at the marine terminal in Port-Au-Prince. He developed repair concepts, developed and enforced load restrictions to allow immediate use of the facilities, provided technical support and monitored conditions during construction. In addition, Tomblin deployed with military construction forces to Monrovia, Liberia supporting a structural failure investigation and repairs of a oating pier. He veried the structural response with an analytical model, and then coordinated the redesign of the pier. On his own time, Tomblin lead an Engineers Without Borders team that improved potable water quality in Champai Commune, Takeo Province, Cambodia by constructing a slow-sand lter to treat up to 500 gallons per day of contaminated water, and a rain water harvesting system that captures and stores 1,000 gallons of drinking water. My experience has taught me that no matter where you go within NAVFAC, you will nd an immensely capable individual working tirelessly to provide a service to our warghters, said Tomblin. is may be my time of recognition, but there are many others equally deserving of such. The staff of U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay participated in a process improvement (PI) fair this week with 16 different departments/medical clinics involved. Complying with the USNH GTMO strategic plan, each hospital directorate was recently charged with coming up with at least one PI project focusing on improving levels of performance in the provision of patient care and services. Each project was depicted on tri-fold project boards and are being evaluated by command leadership. The top three projects will receive pizza parties. The tri-fold project boards will be displayed around the hospital for the next several weeks. Photo by USNH Public Affairs Officer Stacey Byington
Comedian Chris Killian performs for base residents during MWRs 2013 GTMO Comedy Tour at the Downtown Lyceum, Jan. 12. The tour also featured comedians Arvin Mitchell and Jessie Campbell. All three comedians are represented by Summit Comedy, Inc., which was formed in 1998 and has since become one of the countrys largest suppliers of comedy entertainment for colleges, night clubs, corporate events, fund raisers, military bases, and more. photo by JTF Public Affairs Spc. Jessica Randon MWR COMEDY TOUR 2013
N aval Station Guantanamo Bays Fire Department officially welcomed sixteen Foreign Nationals to their team during a swearing in ceremony at the fire station, Jan. 14. Deputy Human Recourse Officer Leyla Padilla administered the official oath of office at the ceremony. I always stress the importance of administering the oath, said Padilla. Its refreshing to read the oath out loud to other federal employees and to convey how important it was to me twenty seven years ago and what it will be like for them in the future. The additional employees will help the fire station come closer to their overall manpower needs and allow the station to work at a greater capacity. Fire Chief Eric Tucker stated that they had been undermanned by twenty five billets and that these new firefighters help bring up the manning. Since 2007 we have not been able to hire anyone from Jamaica due to hiring restrictions, but because of the recent change in policy we were able to retain permission to hire them now. Although none of these individuals currently have the national certifications that are required, they will go through an intense training process that will continue over three months to include classroom and field training. Upon completion of training they will come out as national certified fire fighters at the entry level. Naval Station Guantanamo Bays Deputy Human Recourse Officer Leyla Padilla administers the official oath of office to sixteen Foreign Nationals during a swearing in ceremony at the fire station, Jan. 14. T he legislation that President Barack Obama signed Jan. 2 that postponed the fiscal cliff means changes to military and civilian paychecks, Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials said. The legislation increases Social Security withholding taxes to 6.2 percent. For the past two years during the tax holiday the rate was 4.2 percent. The increase in Social Security withholding taxes affects both military and civilian paychecks, officials said. For civilian employees, officials said, this will mean a 2 percent reduction in net pay. For military personnel, changes to net pay are affected by a variety of additional factors such as increases in basic allowances for housing, subsistence, longevity basic pay raises and promotions. Service members could see an increase in net pay, no change or a decrease, military personnel and readiness officials said. For military members, Social Security withholding is located on their leave and earnings statement in the blocks marked FICA taxes for Federal Insurance Contributions Act. DoD civilians will see the change on their leave and earnings statement under OASDI for old age, survivors, and disability insurance. Reserve component members will be the first to see potential changes in their net pay as a result of the law, DFAS officials said. Changes will be reflected in their January paychecks. Active duty military personnel will see pay adjustments in their January mid-month paycheck and will be reflected on the January leave and earnings statement. DoD civilians will see social security withholding changes reflected in paychecks based on the pay period ending Dec. 29, 2012, for pay dates beginning in January. DFAS stresses that all personnel should review pay statements carefully.
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S afety department officials at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, hosted a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider course, Jan. 9-10. In coordination with official Navy and Department of Defense instructions (OPNAVINST 6100.12J/DoDI 6055.04), the course was held to provide novice and experienced riders with proper techniques and safety guidance when operating a motorcycle. This course provided motorcycle operators with the opportunity to enhance their riding skills, knowledge, and techniques throughout their riding career, said NS Guantanamo Bay Safety and Occupational Health Manager Victor Padilla. Taking a motorcycle safety course designed especially for beginners, will teach you the basics of operating a motorcycle. This thorough motorcycle safety course provided both classroom and on-cycle training. Course attendees were trained on the appropriate gear to wear when riding, proper motorcycle inspection procedures and maneuvering techniques. Since accidents can happen to anyone, all motorcyclists, regardless of age and experience, should consider taking a motorcycle safety course, said Padilla. These courses are designed to help keep you from becoming a motorcycle safety statistic. At the conclusion of the training course, participants received a MSF Basic Rider certification. Base residents participate in a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider course, Jan. 9-10. The course was held at the Downtown Lyceum parking lot and trained riders on proper techniques and safety guidance while operting a motorcycle.