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MCPON Michael Stevens Visits GTMO Thomas L. Rosprim M aster Chief Petty Ocer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens completed a three-day trip to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville and Naval Base Guantanamo Bay Cuba (GTMO) February 15. MCPON participated in CPO 365 events, toured base facilities, took the opportunity to discuss the focus areas of his Zeroing in on Excellence initiative, and answered questions about new uniforms, budget cuts, Family Readiness Group, the Performance to Serve program, and deployments during base-wide all hands calls. CPO 365, a year-long development and training for First Class Petty Ocers, was rst introduced in 2010 under former MCPON Rick West. It includes two phases, the rst of which begins in September each year. Under MCPON Stevens revised program, detailed in his 2012-2013 CPO 365 Guidance, all First Class Petty Ocers will participate through the duration of Phase One, whether they are board-eligible or not. CPO 365 is so important for the future development of our First Class Petty Ocers. I believe that if youre going to lead the future force of our Navy that you must be armed with the best opportunities to succeed, said Stevens. CPO 365 is designed to develop leaders through a combination of mentorship, practical experience and training. I view this training as our most creative avenue to productively engage Chiefs with petty ocers and junior ocers, and to form enduring relationships characterized by mutual respect, said Stevens. MCPON talked about the importance of eective leadership during a CPO 365 training session in GTMO. As you go through CPO 365, you will become a more eective leader. If everything we do starts and stops with leadership, then every Sailor will benet from a more eective leader. He also discussed the value of the Navys leading petty ocers. We must have exceptional leading petty ocers, because you are one of the critical components to the engine that makes the Navy run, said Stevens. Many Sailors showed concern about the looming scal environment. MCPON recognized the challenges the Navy is currently facing, but asked that Sailors focus on controlling what we own. It is easy to become distracted by things that are beyond our control, said Stevens. He also reminded Sailors of the things they do own and control; such as technical training, administrative production, and the execution of orders. We also have the ability to control much of our own lives by becoming and remaining physically, mentally, morally, and spiritually sound. Fleet engagements are intended to provide senior leadership with a frontline assessment of Sailors and what they are doing in the Fleet.
Panetta Issues Message to DOD Workforce on Sequestration With major, across-the-board defense spending cuts scheduled to take effect March 1, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today issued a message to the Defense Department workforce. Here is the secretarys message: For more than a year and a half, the president, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I have repeatedly voiced our deep concerns over the half a trillion dollars in automatic across-the-board cuts that would be imposed under sequestration and the severe damage that would do both to this department and to our national defense. The administration continues to work with Congress to reach agreement on a balanced deficit reduction plan to avoid these cuts. Meanwhile, because another trigger for sequestration is approaching on March 1, the departments leadership has begun extensive planning on how to implement the required spending reductions. Those cuts will be magnified because the department has been forced to operate under a six-month continuing resolution that has already compelled us to take steps to reduce spending. In the event of sequestration we will do everything we can to be able to continue to perform our core mission of providing for the security of the United States, but there is no mistaking that the rigid nature of the cuts forced upon this department, and their scale, will result in a serious erosion Security 25 Santa Cruz, Calif. Drawing Inception The Black Keys Just keep swimming Eric Pearl The Reconnection Continued Education Earning my Bachelors Degree Provided an opportunity to do things I wouldnt normally have a chance to do his Military Working Dog Team. Additionally, he established and coordinated an advancement study group for department personnel. of readiness across the force. I have also been deeply concerned about the potential direct impact of sequestration on you and your families. We are doing everything possible to limit the worst effects on DoD personnel but I regret that our flexibility within the law is extremely limited. The president has used his legal authority to exempt military personnel funding from sequestration, but we have no legal authority to exempt civilian personnel funding from reductions. As a result, should sequestration occur and continue for a substantial period, DoD will be forced to place the vast majority of its civilian workforce on administrative furlough. Today, I notified Congress that furloughs could occur under sequestration. I can assure you that, if we have to implement furloughs, all affected employees will be provided at least 30 days notice prior to executing a furlough and your benefits will be protected to the maximum extent possible. We also will work to ensure that furloughs are executed in a consistent and appropriate manner, and we will also continue to engage in discussions with employee unions as appropriate. Working with your component heads and supervisors, the departments leaders will continue to keep you informed. As we deal with these difficult issues, I want to thank you for your patience, your hard work, and your continued dedication to our mission of protecting the country. Our most important asset at the department is our world-class personnel. You are fighting every day to keep our country strong and secure, and rest assured that the leaders of this department will continue to fight with you and for you.
Lately, Ive been traveling back and forth from GTMO to the states. As is often the case, the Saturday rotator offers the opportunity to watch free video and movies, if you are so inclined. I found the movie Dark Knight Rises and decided to watch it. Unfortunately, I only got two thirds of the way through when our flight landed. On the return flight, I found it again and tried to watch the entire movie since it began a little sooner upon take off, but again we landed before the movie was over. The third time I flew, I noticed others watching the movie, but I had learned my lesson. I finally rented the movie and watched the dramatic conclusion at home. Not knowing the ending of a good story can be very frustrating. Its sort of like listening to Beethovens 5th Symphony and hearing the famous Dit Dit Dit Daaah, only Chaplain Van Dickens NS Guantanamo Bay Command Chaplain How Do You Feed Your Spirit? Naval Station Guantanamo Campaign Key leaders from Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay have partnered with Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) to support and promote Military Saves Week, Feb. 25 through March 2. Since 2007, the Military Saves campaign has educated service members throughout the Department of Defense in sound financial principals to foster personal financial readiness. Although saving should be a year round goal, DoDs intent is to highlight and focus attention on saving during this dedicated week, said Fleet and Family Support Center Command Financial Specialist, Walter Barrett. At the command level our goal is to enlighten, encourage and educate our military community in the various ways to save. Military Saves is part of the Department of Defenses Financial Readiness Campaign and has been a partner with DoD since 2003. Military Saves is a social marketing campaign to persuade, motivate, and encourage military families to save money every month, and to convince leaders and organizations to be aggressive in promoting automatic savings. Enrollment in savings-related military benefits including the Thrift Savings Plan and Savings Deposit Program is also encouraged during Military Saves Week. The theme for this years campaign is Set a Goal, Make a Plan, Save Automatically which reinforces the importance of planning ahead and setting and sticking to a budget. Service members are also encouraged to register and complete the Saver Pledge at www.militarysaves.org, which measures Department of Defense wide participation in Military Saves Week. Those who take the pledge are also eligible to get a free credit report and score. This Web site also features a monthly newsletter that offers informative articles and links to additional resources. NS Guantanamo Bays FFSC will have information tables at the NEX atrium throughout the week and are also offering a budging class Friday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. Service members or dependents that would like more information about resources and services offered through Military Saves, or organizations who would like to find out how they can support the program, should contact FFSC at 4141. FFSC can provide education to personnel, either on a one-onone basis or through group presentations. without the Daaah. While you and I dont know all the future turns and twists to our lifes journey, we can know how it will turn out. We can know by the kind of life we choose to live, and from where we draw our strength. One of my favorite foods is pond-raised, grain fed, whole fried catfish. I know how they will taste because I know how they were raised and what they ate. How were you raised? What (or Who) feeds your spirit? It determines how you will turn out. Blessings, Chaps CAPT Van Dickens NAVSTA Command Chaplain C haplains Corner
Gazette Editor M orale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) hosted Mardi Gras weekend at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Feb.16-17. The events included a Mardi Gras themed party at the Tiki Bar and a family day at the Youth Center. Both events include a live Cajun band from New Orleans and plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. At the Youth Center the kids enjoyed many activities such as bounce houses, water slides, and Sumo wrestling. Families also had the opportunity to win a cake while playing musical chairs or take time to enjoy a snow cone and a bag of popcorn. MWR Hosts Mardi Gras Events
Havana Restores Monument to USS Maine Victims It was a little before 10 p.m. that February night in 1898 when a ery explosion roiled the normally calm waters of Havana Harbor, blowing out windows in the city and sinking the USS Maine to the bottom of the bay, just the mast and some twisted metal wreckage left to poke above the waves. Havanas monument to the 266 U.S. sailors who died that night was dedicated 27 years later as a tribute to lasting Cuban-American friendship, a thank-you for Washingtons help in shedding the yoke of Spanish colonial rule, which was known for its cruelty. But the years since have been unkind to the twin-columned monument, and to U.S.-Cuba ties. While relations between Washington and Havana remain in a deep freeze, the monument, at least, is now getting a facelift. e restoration project is fraught with symbolism, and the monuments scars tell the story of more than a century of shifts in the complex relationship and changing interpretations of the marble structure. Of the monuments in Havana, thats one that really is struggling to contain all of these dierent historical episodes, said Timothy Hyde, a historian of Cuban architecture at Harvard Universitys Graduate School of Design. It doesnt just symbolize any longer this single moment of the sinking of the Maine. It symbolizes all these periodic moments of antipathy and hostility and challenges between the two nation-states. Soon after the USS Maines sudden sinking o the coast of this Caribbean capital 115 years ago Friday, the United States accused Spanish colonial authorities of responsibility for the blast. Remember the Maine! became a rallying cry in the States, and after the U.S. victory in the monthslong Spanish-American war, Spain ceded control over Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Guam. e Maine monument was inaugurated in 1925 and bears the names of all 266 sailors. Two statues standing shoulder-to-shoulder at the base represent a maternal America guiding the maiden Cuba into independence. Words etched into the marble quote an 1898 U.S. congressional resolution recognizing Cubas right to be free, and the massive bronze eagle that long capped the monument faced due north in a symbol of Washingtons promise to return home after helping the island break from Spain. To me it signies a legacy of loyalty ... friendship between two peoples,said Julio Dominguez Santos, the monuments night watchman of 17 years. But things didnt work out as that earlier Congress had hoped. Many Cubans resented the 1901 Platt Amendment, which said Washington retained the right to intervene militarily as a condition of ending the postwar U.S. occupation. e U.S. did in fact intervene several times, and American business and maa gangs came to dominate many aspects of the island in the run-up to the 1959 revolution leading many Cubans to feel like the eagle had never own back north. Soon after Fidel Castros rebels marched victoriously into Havana, the tense marriage rapidly careened toward divorce and diplomatic ties were severed in 1961. Following the doomed, U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion months later, the more than 3-ton eagle was ripped from the monument during an anti-American protest and splintered into pieces. e eagle was torn down after the triumph of the revolution because its the symbol of imperialism, the United States, and the revolution ended all that, said Ernesto Moreno, a 77-year-old Havana resident who remembers waking up one day and seeing the statue gone. I found it to be a very good thing, and I think most Cubans agreed at the time. Castros government added a new inscription to the base of the broken monument alleging the Maine victims had been sacriced by imperialist greed in its zeal to seize the island of Cuba, a reference to speculation that the U.S. deliberately blew up the Maine to justify a war against Spain. Historians say the explosion was probably an accidental ignition of the Maines own munitions, but the conspiracy theory still commonly circulates in Cuba even among the intellectual class and ocial media. Communist Party newspaper Granma has written that the Maine victims were immolated to serve as a pretext for American intervention that in 1898 prevented the island from gaining true independence ignoring the fact that Cuban rebels had failed to oust the Spanish on their own for decades. e Maine eagles head was mysteriously delivered to Swiss diplomats, who had agreed to act as protectors of U.S. property in Cuba. Today it hangs in a conference room at the U.S. Interests Section, which Washington maintains in Havana instead of an embassy. After relations were partially re-established in 1977, longtime foreign service ocer Wayne Smith, who had been in Havana in 1961, returned and arranged to see the body, wings and tail, which are currently out of sight in a musty storage room of the Havana City History Museum. I have been the faithful custodian of the body, City Historian Eusebio Leal, told e Associated Press. Smith told me that until the body and the head are reunited, there wont be good relations between Cuba and the United States. U.S. diplomats also possess the monuments original eagle, toppled by a hurricane in 1926. Since 1954 that earlier bird has presided over the immaculate gardens of the Interests Section chiefs ocial residence. A plaque at the base calls the eagle a symbol of the enduring friendship between Cuba and the U.S. Im just happy we have it. I dont know how it got here. Somebody got ahold of it, saw it and gave it to us, said John Cauleld, the Interests Section chief since 2011. Coincidentally, the U.S. State Department recently sent two specialists down to repair the rst eagle, which was cracked and tarnished green. Like many structures in Havana, the monument on the seafront Malecon boulevard had become seedy from decades of neglect. Marble lion heads were damaged or looted, and the fountains used as trash receptacles by passers-by. Workers in blue jumpers recently removed scaolding that had shrouded the columns for months, revealing gleaming-white marble scrubbed clean of grime. Gone are the rusty stains beneath the two 10-inch guns that were salvaged from the Maine. e statues are a lustrous bronze again after corrosive salt air turned them bright green for years. Leal said his oce, which has restored hundreds of historic structures in recent decades, intends to nish remaining tasks like getting the fountains working and re-landscaping two adjacent plazas in the coming months. Amid the ongoing renovation, a return to the monuments original spirit of friendship seems unlikely at least for now. Certainly we have as much wish for that to be true today as we did at the time, Cauleld said of the U.S. resolution inscribed on the monument proclaiming Cuba has the right to be free. I hope that we and the Cubans will see a new relationship with the United States that allows those words to be true. Leal said he too hopes for warmer ties, but rst Washington must end the 51-year economic embargo and abolish anti-Cuban laws. Can he envision a bronze eagle resuming its perch someday atop the twicedecapitated monument? On the occasion of a friendly visit by a U.S. president, Leal said. I wish President Obama would be the one to do that. Peter Orsi
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Gazette Editor G irl Scout Service Unit 085 held a father/daughter dance for residents of Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Feb. 16. The dance was held as part of Valentines Day festivities for the Girl Scouts. As a uniformed service member we make several sacrifices in our service. One of those sacrifices is leaving our loved ones behind to perform missions or deployments. Like many of us, I have missed many birthdays, anniversaries and milestones in the life of my children, said Chief Electronics Technician Rolando Robles. While Im home, I take every advantage to enjoy the love I share with my children. When daddys little girl says, Daddy, I want to go to the dance with you, you cant decline. According to Girl Scout Troop Leader Vicki Vargas it is important for the unit to host this and other events that allow the girls to show our Guantanamo Bay family that they enjoy giving back to the community by bringing people together which makes GTMO a better place for everyone. I enjoyed watching all the smiles on everyones faces, letting me know that they were having a good time, said Vargas. That is how I knew we did a good thing for our GTMO family. When asked what she enjoyed about the night Robles daughter Catherine replied I liked all of it, I enjoyed dancing and being with my father and I really liked the sparkling juice toast. The night was filled with dancing and laughing and the girls had plenty of snacks to include brownies, cake and candy hearts. At the end of the night the dads showed their appreciation for their daughters by toasting to them while telling them how much they meant to them. I have a strong appreciation of the love and affection that my eight year old daughter has for me at this point in her life, I am her hero and best friend, said Robles. As she grows in her life, she will grow to have other interests and eventually have another love in life, but right now there is only daddy and Im here for her.