Suicide Awareness Month: Care for Every Sailor, Every Day By Commander K.J. Shuley, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Chaplain The Navy reminds us during this month that we have many resources to assist us in the area of sui cide awareness. This September and throughout FY-18, OPNAV N171s Every Sailor, Every Day campaign will be focusing on ways to help you identify risk factors, take action and practice everyday ways to be there for yourself and others, based on the 1 Small ACT message. For materials and resources to jumpstart local efforts at your command, visit www.suicide. navy.mil > Every Sailor, Every Day > Get Involved and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. To gether, we can make a difference. Be there for Every Sailor, Every Day. Heres one of the resources that you can take advan tage of, in the coming week. In observance of Suicide Prevention Month, OPNAV N171 and Navy & Marine Corps Public Health Centers (NMCPHC) Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) Department will co-host a webinar, From Awareness to Action: Lessons Learned from Navys Annual Cross Disciplinary Case Reviews. Join us on Sept. 12, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EDT for a discussion on what you can do to prevent suicide, promote belongingness and encourage wellbeing year-round. This webinar is intended for leaders, suicide preven tion coordinators, health promotion coordinators and gatekeepers who have frequent contact with atlegal staff, etc.). This information is available through the N171 of tion of Life Link Newsletter, produced by N171. Approximately one year ago, the Navy, through N171, introduced a program to support and to aug ment the existing initiatives already in place. It is called the SAIL program. The acronym stands for Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life and is a tool for the great folks at Fleet and Family Sup port Center to assist the command with valuable resources for both the Sailor and the Command. It is a totally optional program for Sailors, who will be able to touch base with a SAIL Case Manager daily, for 90 days, to help them through the issues and concerns that the individual Sailor is working through. The 90-day window was chosen since it is generally accepted by the medical and the counseling commu nity that there is a higher risk for a person who be gins to look at suicide or think about suicide during or some type of overt suicide attempt. SAIL is not actually owned by chaplains or behav ioral sciences health care providers, but is a separate program. SAIL prevents care from falling through the cracks. Annually, an average of 35% of Sailors who died by suicide had previous mental health care but, for various reasons, declined to continue those services or didnt return to care when problems resurfaced. SAIL is that continuous caring contact Sailor has ongoing resources and support. SAIL is not therapy and does not replace therapy or the care the Sailor may receive from medical and chaplains. It is risk assessment, safety planning, and all of the additional resources that FFSC offers to support our Sailors. Your Chaplains, your counselors, and your chain of command all have this great new program to assist people. Please take the special month of September to learn everything you can. One Small Act, as the N171 shop tells us, can save a life.
Tennis Clinic, Fit Family-Family Kickball Night, Start Smart Flag Football, Flag Football, Cheer, Golf Clinic, and Tumbling & Fitness Also, additional sessions have been added to the yearround swim lesson schedule to include more evening and weekend options. The fall season of Youth Sports and Fitness is divided into two parts. Part I sports begin in midSeptember and run 6-10 weeks. Most Part II sports will begin in November and run 6-8 weeks. Swim Lessons are being offered over two sessions this second session begins October 3-7, dependent on class/age group. For more information or to register a child for youth sports, please visit the Youth Center, call 5194 or 4092, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Naval Station Guantanamo Bays Child and Youth Program, part of Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), is kicking off its Youth Sports and Fitness fall season with a wide variety of offerings. Current residents may register up to two weeks after the start of the season and newcomers to the island may register their children throughout the season upon arrival on the installation. Completion of parent and/or coach orientation is mandatory prior to participation in the season. Also, parents must be present during assessments and any Start Smart session. Sports being offered this season include Start Smart Baseball, Small World Tumbling and Fitness, Wrestling Clinic, Dance: Youth Flamenco or Musical Theatre, Fit Family: Parent Flamenco Class, Baseball/Softball/Tee-Ball, Swim Team, Navy CYP Prepares to Kick Off Fall Sports Season By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Monique K. Meeks, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs School students has greatly increased the number of students planning to attend four-year universities after graduation. Last year we had a graduating class of twelve, and two of those students were accepted and enrolled in a four-year college, said Fitzgerald. As of right now, we have thirteen seniors and, out of those, I is to apply directly to a four-year college. I think thats tremendous growth. This year, the school has also increased training provided to teachers and staff by requiring each member of the team to complete training in their specialized area, setting aside one day a quarter as a teacher workday to hold additional training in those areas, and dismissing one hour early every Wednesday so that time can be used for teachers to complete training and collaboration to ensure all students needs are being met. The town hall agenda also included a brief overview on College and Career Ready Standards for Math, a brief overview of the gifted education program, information on the NEX food service nutrition question-and-answer period with Dr. Renee Butler, Community Superintendent. W.T. Sampson Elementary/High School held a town hall meeting for parents, students and staff to discuss expectations for the new school year, as well as to brief parents on improved curriculum offerings, new staff hires and measures being taken to increase college readiness, September 7. As the school year begins, W.T. Sampson staff are looking at various factors and making changes where possible to bring improvements to the Department of Defense Education Authority (DODEA) school here in Guantanamo Bay. The school has added an Advanced Placement (AP) students in their preparations for college. Other improvements include more eighth grade students taking high school credit courses such as Algebra I and Spanish I, as well as sixth and seventh grade English and Math classes being half the size of last year by adding an extra class session. This really helps them be more competitive with their peers when applying to colleges, said Debra Fitzgerald, W.T. Sampson Elementary/High School Guidance Counselor. Many of the steps being taken to achieve higher levels of academic success by W.T. Sampson High School Focused on Curriculum and College Readiness By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Monique K. Meeks, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs
Culbertson. According to Culbertson, we could not have earned this without our team. I couldnt be more proud of this team. I feel like we have built the best MWR team that I have ever seen. We are all focused on the same thing: taking care of Sailors, troopers and their families and taking care of NSGB as a whole, understanding that in many ways we are unique here. We have some unique challenges; there is really no other base like us. seen the process grow and change I feel blessed to have been part of the team that met the goals star program, said Katherine Prestesater, MWR GTMO community recreation director. Tim Baugh, MWR GTMO operations director, looks to the future of the MWR program. I feel that our department has some very achievable goals in front of it, said Baugh. We are looking at some different movie options and improvements to help standardize our facilities. Down the line, we are looking to combine both of our pools that are more than 60 years old into an aquatics complex that has everything in one area, hopefully creating a busy, centralized MWR district where everything is within walking distance. MWR Earns Top CNIC Accreditation By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner, Jr., NSGB Public Affairs Naval Station Guantanamo Bays (NSGB) Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) earned Commander, Navy Installations Commands (CNIC) highest accreditation level of Five Star Accreditation for all of its MWR programs, August 24. NSGB is now one of 18 bases around the world to earn Five Star Accreditation for their MWR programs. Commander, Navy Installation Command (CNIC) started its accreditation process about eight years ago, which gave MWR a set of standards that allowed programs to earn their accreditation like some of the other N9 programs such as Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS), and Child and Youth Programs (CYP). This accreditation looks at a lot of different aspects of a lot of different programs, said Tara Culbertson, director, Morale, Welfare and outdoor recreation and community recreation), but they are going to look at everything while they are here, including food and beverage. MWR earned Three Star Accreditation in 2013, 2015 accredited status and now, in 2017, Five Star Accreditation. This accreditation says that we are in the absolute top tier of MWR programs, said
Red Cross Volunteer Gives 5,000 Hours to Community By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner, Jr., NSGB Public Affairs The Red Cross and the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) community prepares to say good bye to Patrick Becker, September 15, a six-year NSGB resident who has volunteered more than 5000 hours to the community. During his time here, Becker has been very active in the community as a substitute teacher at W.T. Sampson Elementary and as a volunteer at the Red Cross. He is a total backup, he knows the whole operation Regional South director. I am going to miss him, he has been an awesome volunteer. He does whatever you need, or he learns how to do it. During his time as a volunteer at NSGB, substitute teacher and librarian, he was instrumental in the organization and completion of the school consolidation project. As a thank you, the school named the library in his honor, The Chris Becker Memorial Library. Having the school library named for my son meant a lot to my family, said Patrick Becker, volunteer. He was a good kid that loved to read. Having the library named for our son was an extremely nice thing for our family. It was a big surprise. Patrick was my partner during Hurricane Matthew in the Emergency Operations Center for six days doing reports, said Coganow. It is awesome having someone like Patrick here. He has taken a lot of the burden off me. He is always willing to work home. His volunteer time does not just affect NSGB, as he has also spent time helping Joint Task ForceGuantanamo with emergency disaster training. He has done a lot of classes for disaster training, disaster shelter warden, disaster animal shelter and disaster services training, said Coganow. One of the biggest things Becker did for NSGB was disaster planning. I volunteered to write the mass care plan, said Becker. I have also been writing the shelter plans for the shelters that NSGB runs (the hurricane shelter complex and the animal shelter). We were also able to propose a plan for organizations that wanted to run their own shelters. Centerra runs a shelter for the workers to be able to respond to the hurricanes, but, when you look at it, there are people actually temporarily living in those shelters, so the mass care people need to know about that in case something happens. Even though he is looking forward to getting home, Becker is willing to give back. He loves this community; he has been willing to stay to help this community in case we got hit by another hurricane, said Coganow. I feel pretty lucky to have been able to give so much back to the base and the community here, said Becker. If a person wants to volunteer it does not take a lot. One of the things I would like for people to take away is that it is possible to volunteer here and you can make a dramatic impact on the community, said Becker. You dont have to spend 5000 hours to do it. If you have skills, there is something that you can do to help. Once his family leaves the island, travel is in his future. We are moving to an RV and traveling around, said Becker. My wife is going to continue to teach and I will probably start consulting again on preparing training scenarios.
Naval Station Guantanamo Bays (NSGB) Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department offers residents three unique venues for the community to stars. NSGB has three outdoor movie theatres: the Downtown Lyceum, Camp Bulkeley Lyceum, and the Marine Hill Lyceum. The movie going experience at NSGB is very important to the community. From October 2016 to present, movies on the base have been viewed by a total viewing audience of more than 70,000. It is an honor to serve our naval station community, said Katherine Prestesater, MWR community recreation director. The MWR team works hard at providing as many stateside services as possible, and free movies are such a morale booster. Its great to be part of such an awesome program. The movies played at NSGB are offered through the Navy Motion Picture Service (NMPS) and are sent out via movie drives to the base. NMPS tries to ensure that one new release is sent out each week. The movies generally arrive two weeks prior to NSGB Residents Enjoy a Unique Movie-going Experience By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner, Jr., NSGB Public Affairs show time. Having spent many years in different locations during my fathers 32 years of naval service, I have a unique perspective on service members and their families, said Kevin Harris, MWR movie theater manager. Being able to give back and help people relax gives me an appreciation that if I can make this duty station/deployment more pleasurable for these service members and the community, it gives me satisfaction that I have done my job well. MWR has plans on the table to improve the moviegoing experience at all of the lyceums on base. We are also working on a long-term goal of adding two indoor theaters, said Tim Baugh, MWR GTMO operations director. Adding an indoor theater experience will allow for matinee movie times and also some 3-D capabilities. NSGB community members should be making plans for future events at the lyceums like the Lt. Dan Band performance in late September and, as the holidays approach, the releases of the newest blockbusters of the Star Wars and Thor series. The lyceum staff and I would like to thank the entire community for letting us be part of your recreation plans, Harris said.
Calibration Lab: Keeping NSGB Mission Ready By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner, Jr., NSGB Public Affairs Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) Sailors and civilians that work in the calibration laboratory inspection, September 1. Calibration, in its simplest form, is to compare a known measurement to an unknown measurement and to ensure the four-to-one accuracy of the equipment of the Naval Station, Joint Task Force and all embarked ships to this region. It especially makes me feel good when you have a Coast Guard ship and grey hulls that pull in that are doing a mission that request our help with a piece of equipment via port operations and the logistics request assistance, said Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Bryan Deangelis, calibration The calibration laboratory has the capability of doing on-site and in-shop calibrations for the base. Once a quarter calibration laboratory personnel go to the Southeast Regional Calibration Center and calibrate any equipment they dont have any capability to do here. said Deangelis. For example, the pressure can test up to 10,000 pounds per square inch. We can calibrate that here instead of sending it to a type 4 lab. Some of the gear that passes through their shops are pressure gauges for all of the port operations boats, from the ferries to the tug boats; gauges for the desalinization plant with water treatment and crucial base water, ensuring the base has water for showering and drinking; and fuels, ensuring the fuel goes where it needs to go on base. It makes me feel great to know that an individual can get their mission done, said Dominic Sapien, calibration coordinator and instrument mechanic. No matter what it is, I know that mission is necessary for the base and I am very happy with my job. Charles Cockrerl, engineering technician, Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC), calibration about the staff. This is the second time I have been here with the staff that is currently in the calibration lab, said Cockrerl. They are very professional and I would have no problems bringing gear to this lab knowing that it would be done right. Electronics Technician 2nd Class Matthew Hissong, calibration technician, commented on how he feels about working with the base community doing his job. Its a feeling of accomplishment to know when someone comes in and picks up a gauge it is set to line, its going to read correctly and not going to be any trouble, said Hissong. According to Deangelis, with approximately two million dollars of test equipment to maintain the base, readiness is at nearly 100% percent.