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MCC Keith Bryska / Gazette Editior S ailors and Marines stationed at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay hit the ground running in support of the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS). e NMCRS is a nonprot organization aimed at helping Sailors, Marines and dependants in times of need and emergencies. According to Chief Diver Rich Bolen, NS Guantanamo Bay NMCRS Representative the organization provides many things to include interest free loans for emergencies and unexpected nancial needs to prevent them from having to secure a high interest loan. ey also provide emergency transportation, funeral expenses, medical/dental bills, food, rent, utilities, disaster relief assistance, essential vehicle repairs and unforeseen family emergencies. Last year nearly 100,000 shipmates, fellow Marines and their families received almost 50 million in nancial assistance, so without the donations this would not happen, said Bolen. Someday you may nd yourself or your family in need of assistance and NMCRS can be there for you. When asked how the NMCRS has helped his Sailors in the past Cmdr. Colin Caswell, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Executive Ocer reected on a time when he was a third class petty ocer and how they helped him secure a grant and some good nancial advice to get over a small hurdle, but more importantly they helped him prepare to help his Sailors. As a Petty Ocer and a Chief, Navy and Marine Corps Relief was one of my best resources for helping my Sailors. I served on two ships in Japan and NMCRS helped with dozens of emergency leaves back to the states (even with a funded ight Sailors still had a mountain of nancial obstacles), said Caswell. I dont know how many Sailors NMCRS helped, but I do remember that no Sailor was denied assistance. Founded in 1904, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a private nonprot charitable organization that is sponsored by the Department of the Navy and operates nearly 250 oces ashore and aoat at Navy and Marine Corps bases throughout the world. When asked why he volunteered to be the Assistant NMCRS Coordinator Boatswains Mate 1st Class Bob Didier said that it is the right thing to do. He wants people to understand that the money the organization uses to help others is money donated by Sailors and Marines. Since the NMCRS is a non-prot organization they depend on people giving what they can. We all know that when our peoples personal lives are in order Sailors can focus on their jobs which in turn puts the Navy and Marine Corps at its best possible mission readiness. From day one in the military we are groomed to be become leaders, as you rise through the ranks it becomes less about yourself and more about the Junior Sailor. I am a huge believer that one day the money I give to NMCRS will help out a Sailor working for me, said Dider. Its a win-win situation. ere might be a time where I might be in a pinch and need to have someone look out for me in a nancial situation and I know the NMCRS is a place I can turn to. e NMCRS also provides budget counseling and free in-home visits by registered nurses to Marines, Sailors and their family members who have been aected by combat and to all eligible families to assist with health issues and other concerns. Contributions to the society are fully tax deductible. As a Senior Ocer I see the importance of NMCRS even more clearly. Sometimes things happen that catch Sailors, and a safety net is important. When Sailors or Marines need money quickly NMCRS provides an alternative to Payday lenders or borrowing from family. As an ocer I served on four ships, two installations, and two training commands and Ive always used NMCRS as a resource for assisting and training Sailors, said Caswell. Again, NMCRS has never failed me and I see them responsibly investing in Sailors and Marines. With so much worry about the economy, today NMCRS is even more important. I am always happy to support them, because they were there to support me. GTMO Hits the Ground Running in Support of the Navy Marine Corps Relief Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Coordinators Boatswains Mate 1st Class Bob Didier and Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Carlos Rodriguez set up an information and donation table outside Gold Hill Galley, March 15.
U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay Urges Everyone to Eat Right, Your Way, Everyday March is National Nutrition Month. This years theme, Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day, emphasizes the advantages of developing a healthy eating plan that incorporates individual food choices and preferences. Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this year marks the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month. Good nutrition is important for weight management, but most people do not realize the positive effect it has with respect to cognitive and physical performance, longterm health and disease prevention. ESO/PSD 21 Chicago, IL. The Bulls Players Club Wale Learning from my mistakes Cuban Club Helping others Dancing My mom, shes awesome BA in Business Admin. By giving me the best chain of command, special thanks to PSC Taylor As the ESO he was instrumental with the administration of the March E4-E6 Navy wide exams. He took charge in the advance planning, preparation and reserve personnel, while training two new PSs Healthy eating habits have a myriad of advantages. It is instrumental in the reduction of the risks associated with some cancers, stroke, diabetes and heart diseases. The food choices people make every day affect every aspect of their lives including their energy levels, performance in the gym, and overall well-being. Specifically for the military population in an operational setting, healthy eating habits can affect overall endurance during a combat mission. The most important focus of healthy eating is a persons overall diet, which means people can still include their favorite (what some may consider forbidden) foods in their diet. Portion control and moderation are key to every healthy eating plan. For more information on weight loss, eating for disease prevention, or how to maximize daily performance, please ask a hospital Primary Care Provider for a consult to see the Registered Dietitian. Active duty personnel seeking guidance on weight loss only, may call Central Appointments directly at 72110 to make an appointment CDR Donna M. Hunter USNH GTMO Registered Dietitian
USNH Guantanamo Bay gets top marks from Joint Commission/Medical Inspector General Survey A team of Joint Commission surveyors and Navy Medical Inspector General (MedIG) inspectors visited U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay (USNH GTMO) recently, to ensure the hospital is in compliance with national standards of care specic to the needs of its patients. e Joint Commissions hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. e standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts, providers, measurement experts and patients e Navy MedIG inspection team examined hospital programs and resources to assess how well it is meeting its mission, as well as associated performance metrics to insure command compliance with higher authority directives. For a small facility, you have great things going on here, said Dr. Debra Zak, lead surveyor, with more than 30 years on Joint Commission survey teams. is is the best report I have ever given as a surveyor. e MedIG inspection team reviewed more than 70 Navyspecic programs, and according to the lead MedIG inspector, USNH GTMO was rated in the top 1 percent of commands inspected in recent years. e Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other healthcare organizations that provide long-term care, behavioral healthcare, laboratory and ambulatory care services. It is an independent, not-for-prot organization, and is the nations oldest and largest healthcare standards-setting and accrediting body. U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay is focused on providing high quality and safe medical care, said Commanding Ocer CAPT Richard Stoltz, MSC, USN. e Joint Commission certication is a symbol of quality and reects the hospitals commitment to continuously improve upon the healthcare we provide. e MedIG team normally partners with the Joint Commission survey to capture Joint Commission concerns for dissemination throughout Navy Medicine, and also serves as a source of information and clarication to the Joint Commission surveyors regarding military unique factors. Its very impressive (referring to the quality of care provided to patients), concluded Zak. Your sta is your greatest asset. Stacey Byington On 2 March, the Secretary of the Navy issued an All Navy message informing the Department that because no budget deal had been reached, the Budget Control Act, or sequestration had begun. This set in motion required automatic, governmentwide cuts, and the Navy intends to commence some reductions immediately. As a result, VADM French, commander, Naval Installations Command (CNIC), issued new CNIC Business Rules, that included Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. These business rules include cuts in service hours for programs such as fitness, Liberty and libraries, as well as impacts to other programs. These changes will have an impact on the residents of NS GTMO. However, the Commanding Officer along with the entire Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) team, have chosen the facility hours most closely accommodating the majority of current customers use for each facility. We are aware that will not satisfy all GTMO residents, but we are doing our part to align with the budget cuts. These actions are being done to preserve support for forces stationed overseas and currently forward-deployed. These were difficult decisions but are not specific to NS GTMO. All bases in the U.S. Navy will be impacted by these budget cuts. GENERAL INFORMATION/Q&A 1. WHEN WILL THESE NEW HOURS OF OPERATION BE IMPLEMENTED? MWR services be implemented no later than Monday, 18 March 2013. 2. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THESE SPECIFIC HOURS? THE FACILITIES I USE ARENT OPEN WHEN I NEED TO USE THEM. counts in RecTrac, our data management system. Whenever possible, the new hours align to when the most active duty customers used the facilities. 3. WHEN WILL THE MWR FACILITIES HOURS GO BACK TO NORMAL? may see some hours change again. However, NS GTMO will make decisions on future hours of operations based on funding levels. The new hours may not be the same as the previous hours. 4. WILL PRICES GO UP FOR MWR PROGRAMS? that were once free, such as Outdoor Recreation trips for hiking, biking and kayaking. The Liberty program formerly provided free pizza during bowling night. Bowling will still be offered to the Liberty patrons on Wednesday nights at no cost; however, pizza or other snacks will now be available for sale. 5. WILL PRICES GO UP AT THE MWR RESTAURANTS AND CLUBS? to the Continuing Resolution and Sequestration. The Navy provides clear direction on the cost of goods percentage required in determining the retail price. As the price of food or products increases, so does the retail price. The need for MWR Implementing Changes Effective March 18 Continued on page 6
-What is the purpose of this report? is is an annual report on the quality of water delivered by the U. S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay (GTMO). A requirement for this was brought about when Congress amended the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1996. It added a provision requiring all community water systems to deliver a brief annual water quality report to their customers. Included in this report is pertinent information about the source of our water, any contaminants detected and possible sources of contaminants for the calendar year 2012. -What is the source of our water and the basic treatment process? Our raw water supply is drawn from Guantanamo Bay, approximately 160 feet north of the DESAL Water & Power Plant Compound. is is our source water and in our case, it is salt water. e source water is turned into drinking water through a process called reverse osmosis. A textbook denition of reverse osmosis (RO) is: e application of pressure to a concentrated solution that causes the passage of a liquid from the concentrated solution to a weaker solution across a semi-permeable membrane. e membrane allows the passage of water (solvent); but does not allow the passage of the dissolved solids (solutes). e RO plant is currently capable of producing about 1.6 million gallons per day. Water produced from the RO plant is transferred to treated water storage tanks before being processed through the water treatment plant. At the treatment plant, water is held in large storage tanks before entering the distribution system to the customers tap. -Is our water system meeting the rules that govern our operations? e quality of drinking water at GTMO is in compliance with the Final Governing Standards (FGS) for Cuba. e FGS establishes monitoring frequencies for possible contaminants and requires us to keep records of all water quality tests. We are in compliance with the FGS. -How can I get involved? If you have any questions about the quality of water at GTMO or would like more information on the Drinking Water Program at GTMO; please contact Public Works Environmental Oce at 4662. -Do I need to take any special precautions? Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons (such as those with cancer undergoing chemotherapy; persons who have undergone organ transplants; people with HIV / AIDS or other immune system disorders; some elderly and infants) can be particularly at risk from infections. ese people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA / CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800426-4791). -Are there contaminants in my drinking water and why? Drinking water (including bottled water) may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of contaminants. ere presence does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health eects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agencys Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). -Contaminants that may be present in source waters include: Microbial Contaminants: such as viruses and bacteria that may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife. Inorganic Contaminants: such as salts and metals that can be naturally occurring or result from urban storm water runo, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming. Pesticide & Herbicide Contaminants: may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture storm water runo and residential uses. Organic Chemical Contaminants: may include synthetic and volatile organic chemicals that may be byproducts of industrial processes or petroleum production; and can also come from gas station, urban storm water runo and septic systems. Radioactive Contaminants: can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. GLOSSARY e denitions and abbreviations below give a better understanding to the meaning of terms and abbreviations concerning contaminants found in our drinking water as indicated in the table on the next page. AL: Action Level. e concentration of a contaminant (which, if found to be exceeded) will trigger further treatment or other procedures that the water system must follow to lower the level. MCL: Maximum (allowable) Contaminant Level. e highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water (by regulation). MCLG: Maximum Contaminant Level Goal. e level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. mg/L: milligrams per liter, equivalent to parts per million. ND: Not detectable. A value below the detectable limit by the lab test procedure. NPDWR: National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: legally enforceable standards that apply to public water supply systems. Primary standards aim at protecting drinking water quality by setting limits on the levels of specic contaminants that can adversely aect public health and are known or anticipated to occur in public water systems. NSDWR: National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations: non-enforceable guidelines regulating contaminants that may cause cosmetic eects (such as skin or tooth discoloration) or aesthetic eects (such as taste, odor, or color) in drinking water. EPA recommends secondary standards to water systems but does not require systems to comply. NTU: Nephelometric Turbidity Units -a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity is measured with an instrument called a nephelometer, which measures the intensity of light scatted by suspended matter in the water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person. pCi/L: picocuries per liter -a measure of radioactivity in water. Turbidity: A measure of the cloudiness of water. We measure turbidity because it is a good indicator of the eectiveness of the water treatment system. GTMO Quality Of Water Report
4Level of Detected Contaminants: Year 2012 Contaminant Units MCLG MCL or Highest Level Allowed Level Detected (or Range of Detections)Violations (Y/N) Typical Source of Contaminant 1. NPDWR (enforceable) A. ORGANICS Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM's) mg/L 0 0.08 0.08* No by-product of disinfection by chlorination B. INORGANICS Copper mg/L 1.3 AL=1.3 ND 0.0761No corrosion of plumbing; erosion of natural deposits Lead mg/L 0 AL=0.0150.000-0.006 No corrosion of plumbing; erosion of natural deposits Fluoride mg/L 4 4 0.29 2.17 No water treatment additive which promotes strong teeth; erosion of natural deposits Nitrate mg/L 10 10 0.26 No run-off from fertiliz er use; erosion of natural deposits C. MICROBIALS Total Coliform number of positive samples 0 1 positive sample / 40 tests 0 No naturally present in the environment; human and animal fecal waste Turbidity NTU n/a 1 0.05 0.90 No soil run-off; breakdown of natural minerals and deposits *One sample met the maximum (allowable) contamination limit of 0.080. Area lines were flushed three retests were taken the highest of which was 0.041. 2. NSDWR (recommended / non-enforceable) Sodium mg/L n/a 250 130 n/a breakdown of natural minerals and deposits Chlorides mg/L n/a 250 135 190 n/a breakdown of natural minerals and deposits Iron mg/L n/a 0.3 0.01 0.08 n/a water distribution pipe corrosion Sulfate mg/L n/a 250 9 n/a run-off from fertiliz er use; erosion of natural deposits Total Dissolved Solids mg/L n/a 500 267 381 n/a breakdown of natural minerals and deposits
MWR CAT C programs, such as Restaurants, Clubs, Bingo, Bowling, etc. to generate NAF revenue is greater due to the APF reductions. Continued operation of these programs is authorized but these programs should be under continuous review to gain operating efficiencies. 6. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? Sequestration. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay will follow the orders given by VADM French, Commander, Naval Installations Command, and align to the new CNIC Business Rules for MWR programs. These business rules include drastic cuts in service hours for programs such as fitness, Liberty, and libraries, as well as impacts to other programs. 7. HOW WILL THIS IMPACT BASE SPECIAL EVENTS LIKE CONCERTS, ETC? events are to be canceled unless funded 100 percent funded by Commercial Sponsorship/Advertising funding. Funding from region/installation NAF budgets is not authorized. MWR will continue to accept entertainment from the USO, AFE and any other sources as long as they are providing 100% funding. Were working on possible solutions for the 4th of July fireworks, but nothing is definite at this time. 8. ARE OTHER BASE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES, BESIDES MWR, GOING TO BE AFFECTED? will be affected. Additional information regarding the impact on other programs and services will be put out as information is received. 9. WHAT CAN I DO IF I DONT AGREE WITH THE NEW HOURS OF OPERATION? patron counts and historical data at each MWR facility. However, we understand the impacts these changes could have on the community. You have a voice. First and foremost, utilize the facilities that are more important to you; because MWR will be keeping detailed patron counts. People vote with their feet by utilizing patronizing specific programs and facilities. Also, each facility has MWR comment cards. Use these to tell us what facilities are most important to you, and at what times. There is only a finite amount of MWR funding; if we add hours to one program, it will likely be at the expense of hours at another facility. After the first thirty days, the NAVSTA Command will work closely with MWR to re-assess the best MWR facility hours and implement changes based on community input and available funding. New Hours of Operation Beginning Monday 18 March 2013 AUTO SKILLS CENTER THURSDAY SUNDAY 09001800 MARINA MONDAY FRIDAY 1100 2000 (CLOSED WEDNESDAYS) SAT/SUN 08002000 DENICH GYM & FITNESS CENTER MON FRI 0500 2000, SAT SUN 1000 1800 MARINE HILL GYM MON FRI 0700 2100, SAT SUN 10001900 WINDJAMMER POOL WED MON 10001900 (CLOSED TUESDAY S) MARINE HILL POOL MON FRI 0500 1200, SAT SUN 11001800 CAMP BULKELEY GYM OPEN 24 HOURS LIBRA RY TUES SUN 12002100 (CLOSED MONDAYS) DEER POINT LIBERTY C ENTER SAT SUN 1200 2200 MARINE HILL LIBERTY CENTER MON FRI 1100 2100, SAT SUN 11002200 TIERRA KAY LIBERTY C ENTER MON FRI 1200 2300, SAT SUN 12002400 CAMP AMERICA LIBERTY CENTER OPEN 24 HOURS DOWNTOWN LYCEUM OPEN 7 NIGHTS A WEEK CAMP BULKELEY LYCEUM OPEN THURS SUN CERAMICS & WOOD SHOP THURS SUN 1700 2100
SHOPPER Jeep Wrangler X, $11K, 113,700 miles, excellent condition,6 cyl, man ual, A/C, oversized off-road tires, softtop,1/2 doors, neoprene seats, new unused Bestop bikini top, garage kept. Call 75575 Vespa Scooter, $5K, 846 miles, 49cc (motor safety course not re quired), Immaculate condition, chrome cargo rack, garage-kept. Call 75575 Chrysler Concord, 3.5L V6 A/C, 18mag wheels, Full auto Service records on hand, $3500. Call 7 7520 msg. 04 Toyota Solara, 132k miles mostly highway, Mint Condition, Garage Kept, One Owner, Non-Smoker, Dealer Maintained, Sony CD Player with Sirius Radio, Power Sunroof, ICE Cold AC, 4 Cylinder Engine, Asking $7,500 OBO, Call 84074 or 75827 Nissan Sentra, 5-spd, 2 door runs amazing! Includes aftermarket CD and dependable. $2k Please call 75585 for more info. 2002 Ford Explorer XLS. Power win dows, good condition, cold AC, new battery & tires. $4500.00 OBO. Call 77180, 75195 or 72239. Jeep, good conditions, $3,200 OBO. Call 77264 Jeep Rubicon, red with two doors with soft top, 6 speed, A/C, DVD player with Navigation system, water proof seats and runs great. Has K batteries/tires. $21,500. Call 84970 or email email@example.com. Nissan Sentra 1.8S, second owner, 54,000mi, 5-sp, A/C, power windows & locks, cruise, 2 remotes. Fantastic mechanical condition, typi cal GTMO paint oxidation. $4,800 with full tank. Most reliable car on GTMO. North Carolina title. Available 11 April. Call Bruce @ 77064 or email bw firstname.lastname@example.org. Toyota Camry LE Model must sell excellent condition, does not need any repair. Asking $3800 OBO Call x 75589 Saturday and on ward. 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 MCC Keith Bryska at 4520 with your questions or concerns. Please keep ads to a minimum of 5 items. Mens Large Scuba Pro Knighthawk BC w/A2 $375.00 (1) Womans Small Scuba Pro Lady Hawk BC w/A2 $375.00 (2) Scuba Pro MK25/S550 Regula tors $300.00/ea (1) Mens XL Scuba Pro S-Tek 5 Mil dive suit (never worn) $100.00 (1) Womans Size 6 Henderson Hyperstretch 5 Mil dive suit (never worn) $250.00 (2)Genesis 3 pod in-line console with React Pro dive computer, compass and pressure gauge $225.00/ea dives plus 2 other dives. Please call: 58619 or Email sjgard email@example.com 21 Century Boat with 175HpEvinrude, trailer, and many extras. $8700.00, Call 77024 Xbox 360 $250 Newest model Xbox 360 comes with 250gb removable hard drive, three controllers, inter cooler, Assassins Creed 2 & 3, Halo 4, COD black ops 2 & MW3, and For za Horizon, Powerbeats by Dre $100 Red and black Powerbeats by Dre almost new condition comes with box and red Beats case, different earbud sizes, audio cable extension, Xbox Live membership $70 OBO 12 month gold Xbox Live member ship comes with headset and key pad brand new Call for matthew at 77278 or 78285 SCSI Modem, $50 available Tuesday March 19th. Call Julie at 77173. Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Lens for Nikon, Brand New unused, in original packaging with receipt, $1,200.00 OBO Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 Edif Afs-g Vr Lens for Nikon, Rare White Color, and/or usage. Lens glass is very clean. $1,600.00 OBO Email Vsiacor@brgtmo.com or VSiacor@roe.com Round Contemporary glass top Dinner Table with four leather chairs, very stylish and modern look; like new WITH a matching 4 level glass shelve Corner Stand $475.00 OBO. Must see! Call 79553 8 (foot) white Projector Screen with hooks. Works perfectly. Like new. $65.00 OBO. Call 79553. Yard sale Friday evening at 4 PM to 6 PM, 735 B Villamar. DOWNTOWN LYCEUM MOVIES FRIDAY Mar. 15 SATURDAY Mar. 16 SUNDAY Mar .17 MONDAY Mar. 18 TUESDAY Mar. 19 8 WEDNESDAY Mar.20 THURSDAY Mar. 21 R 109in. R 88 min. PG13 100 min. R 107 min. PG13 124 min. R 106 min. PG 123 min. PG13 97 min. Grand Am SE V6, Great car for GTMO, very cold a/c, am/fm stereo w/ CD player, $3000 OBO, Please contact Matt @ (home)75760 (work)3309 or (cell)84481. Chevy Venture, Mini-van, Low mileage, A/T, A/C, $3950.00, OBO, Call 77024 MWR JOB HUNT GTMO The scoop SAFE RIDE Out drinking? Put the keys down and call Safe Ride at 84913 or 84781. Dont drink and drive. WATER RESTRICTIONS The Naval Station is currently experiencing water production limitations and is under a tight water restriction. We are asking all residents to adhere to the fol lowing rules; no lawn watering, no vehicle washing at homes, limit plant watering, no washing of sidewalks with potable water and residents are asked to re port possible leaks to the Public Works Department at 4535. SUBA DIVING The Re-Compression Chamber will be down for maintenance March 19 to March 27. This means all civilian and recreation al diving will be secured during this time period. For more infor mation contact the Command EASTER EGG HUNT Hosted By 525 MP BN (I/R) Family Readiness Group and Guantanamo Bay Spouses Club at Phillips Dive Park, March 30th 9am-11am. Please bring a basket/bag to collect eggs. Grand prizes will be given to each age group. The Easter Bunny will be there to take pictures with, please bring your own camera. Looking for someone with training experience and patience. We have a 7 month old Boxer that needs ad ditional training. He is full of energy; quick learner; lovable and seeks constant approval. Hugo knows few commands such as: sit, shakes hands left or right, down, stay both verbal and sign language. Looking for at least two to three times per week and willing to pay. Call Leyla at 58763
S ervice members stationed at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay attended the new Transition Goals, Plans, Succeed (GPS) class formally known as TAPS class, March 5-8. The class is designed to help individuals transition from military life to civilian life before retiring or processing out of the service. According to Angel Holland Work and Family Life Specialist and GPS coordinator the class was revamped into a comprehensive, mandatory program that includes pre-separation counseling, a military to civilian skills review, Veteran Affairs benefits briefings, financial planning support, and offers a jobs skills workshop provided by the Department of Labor, and individual transition plan preparation. Chief Gunners Mate Karey Tucker believes the class was very beneficial and can help Sailors as they transition out of the Navy. The transition class provided me with the overall basic information to begin the process of becoming a Veteran, said Tucker. The most beneficial information to me was the wide selection of online websites that can assist veterans in job placements, and the preparations of transferring your military background into a working resume. Holland says the Transition GPS is now five days with an additional two day optional tracks. The new transition GPS program aims to incorporate career readiness standards which will better prepare service members for their transition to civilian life. Service member will also learn to identify and document requirements and eligibility for licensure, certification and apprenticeships at the potential relocation destinations and complete the Individual Transition Plan. The GPS class is broken down in to different career readiness standards that include; attending Pre-Separation Counseling, completing pre-separation counseling checklist DD Form 2648 / DD Form 2648-1, registering for VA Benefits (eBenefits), preparing a post-separation 12-month budget reflecting personal and family goals and obligations, complete (career interest) assessment profiler, evaluate opportunities presented by continuing military service in a Reserve Component, and compare military skill set to civilian skills (MOS crosswalk) to include an evaluation of the demand for those civilian skills within the potential relocation destinations. Yeoman 2nd Class Taras Demyanchuk feels that the class provided him with beneficial knowledge about Veteran benefits and civilian work sectors, particularly the training on private and federal employment. The facilitator Ms. Sudie had a great background in lobbying, Human Recourses (HR), and hiring process skills, said Demyanchuk. She used her skills to break down and explain to us what employers look for in a candidate. Service members within 12 months of separation and within 24 months of retirement are required to attend this class. Before signing up for the GPS class participants must first meet with their career counselor and conduct a pre-separation counseling. Another topic that was covered was language. What I mean by that is that civilians use different terminology than military. For instance after being in for seven years one tends to forget that people do not actually refer to themselves as civilians, said Demyanchuk. After being immersed in a military for a period of time it is a bit strange to see how things are done on the other side. What this class has done is give us glimpse of what is to be expected of us in a professional setting after separation. Fleet and Family Support Center Host New Transition GPS Class MCC Keith Bryska Gazette Editior Sudie Nolan-Cassimatis, Department of Labor TAP GPS Workshop Facilitator explains proper resume building tips with military memebers durint the new Transition GPS Class held at the Fleet and Family support center Mar 5-9.