To celebrate Navy Lodge housekeeping, front desk and maintenance staffs for the tireless work they do on a daily basis to support military families, Navy Lodge Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has participated in National Hospitality Week, September 14-25 with a series of activities that the entire staffs participate in. My Navy Lodge staff looks forward to Hospitality Week each year, said NL general managers Joycelyn Connage-Johnson. This week allows our associates to show off their housekeeping and guest service skills and have fun at the same time. According to NL general managers ConnageJohnson, the following events took place at Navy Lodge towel folding contests, bed making and pillow stack race. in attendance, he kick-off the celebration with the JTF Troopers participate in Vigilant Warrior Challenge By SPC Danyelle Thompson Joint Task Force Guantanamo Public Affairs Nineteen Troopers, two female and 17 male, assigned or attached to the 525th Military Police Challenge, here, at Cooper Field on September 22, 2017. The goal was to earn a gold, silver, or bronze award, based on their performance in the seven events, which took place over the course of 3 and one-half hours. What does this competition mean to me? It means a challenge, because it shows me my limits, said Trooper #1, Besides that, it shows me what Im capable of. And for my group, my unit, and my peers it shows who we are, where we are, and where were going as a team. Thats what this competition is. It doesnt matter if you fail or win. What matters is that you are in it and thats the most important thing, that we work as a team. Warrior Challenge is a quarterly event that provides an opportunity to recognize troopers for achieving high standards in several activities. It challenges such as: 100-meter sprint, pull ups, dead lift, sit-ups, push-ups, 5k run, and Army Soldier skills tests. To be eligible, the troopers completed college course or military correspondence course within 90 days of the competition, and year of the competition. I think its a great way to represent your unit and where you came from, said Trooper #2. Were all from different parts of the country. Were all coming together to try and represent our companies. The troopers in this competition were able to challenge themselves in new ways, see what their personal best was and exceed that, said Trooper #3. Many in the competition trained for months prior to prepare, with the goal of proving to themselves and others that they were capable of being better than what they were the day before. When I got here I couldnt even do a pull up and I just did 14 without a problem, said Trooper # 4. I think a lot of people are here to prove not only to other people, but also themselves that they can do this. Especially if you put work into it and really push yourself. Even after all the storms that devastated many different places, the troopers were still able to focus on the mission and make things happen, said Army Whether it be United States, whether it be anywhere else, theyre always going to be focused times theyre going to keep going, theyre going to keep driving on, because they have that bond with each other and they have that drive for excellence and they wont let anything stop them. The troopers had many supporters throughout the competition cheering them on. Spectators werent anything less than proud by the performance that the competing troopers displayed, said a spectating trooper. To meet the standard isnt good enough, and thats the kind of example a junior soldier should show: See, showing that drive, you can always achieve more. Event points will be tallied and troopers will be ranked according to their points and receive some type of reward. Gold is awarded for 2124 points, silver awarded for 16-20 points, and bronze is awarded for 8-15 points. Troopers that achieve the standards for gold will receive an Army Achievement Medal and a four day pass, silver will a 3 day pass, and bronze will receive a Battalion Warrior Challenge, four earning a gold and two earning silver. Navy Lodge Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Celebrates National Hospitality Week By Joycelyn Connage Johnson, CHS, General Manager pillow stack race, won by associate Orsmby. Award of Excellence in Hospitality In addition to free breakfast and Wi-Fi, Navy Lodge with living and dining area, fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities as well as handicapped accessible. As an added convenience, dogs and cats up to 50 pounds in weight can stay at many Navy Lodges when traveling with its owner. To make a reservation at a Navy Lodge, call 800628-9466, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or go online at navy-lodge.com. To make a reservation at Navy Lodge GTMO, call 011-5399-3103 or send us an email at navylodge.guantanamobay. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary Sinise and Lt. Dan Band visit NSGB Forest Gump visited the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) community and Joint Task Force performed a concert for approximately 1000 member of the community that evening at the Morale, Welfare in the new W. T. Sampson Elementary/High School ground breaking ceremony, and visited with as many service members that he could. Looking forward to going out and meeting with service members that might not be able to go to the We want to let them know we care and support what they are doing here. Gold Star mother, wife of White House Chief of Staff spoke to navy spouses about the Gold Star Program and spoke to the audience during the concert. We have been touring the island visiting with folks, I just wanted everyone to know that I appreciate what you do here and Ive met a lot of great people in the short time Ive been here, said Gary Sinise. Im very impressed with everyone Ive met its an important mission down here and you should all know that there is a grateful nation out there and we appreciate what you do. Sinise started visiting troops after September 11, 2001 during handshaking tours around the world, and fter several of those hand shaking tours, he was allowed to take his band on tour with the USO. I really appreciate his effort to come to I know it is quite to trek to get here. The NSGB community really appreciated the concert and had a good time. fun, said Tim White, concert attendee. Spending time with friends and family enjoying a good concert with a great mixture of old and new songs. It was a great time. started they knew approximately 80 songs some of the song that were played during the concert are as more. I thought the concert was great, said Joe McCullough, concert attendee. The band played a wide variety of music and it made everyone feel included. It was nice to have a well-known celebrity like Sinise to come down and show his support for all the folks here. added that he hopes it doesnt take as long to be able to come back in the future.
Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay was accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), the gold star standard for facilities offering transfusion services. The AABB website states assessment includes quality and operational systems within a facility. Basis for assessment include compliance with standards, code of federal regulations and federal guidance documents. We were evaluated on all aspects of blood bank and transfusion services which include more than 1,000 standards, said Lt. Ashley Russell, laboratory department head, U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay. A few examples of standards evaluated include procedures from beginning to end relating to delivery of blood to a patient, procedures for receiving shipment of blood products and maintaining correct refrigeration temperatures. Although inspection is scheduled to occur every two years, Russell explained his team maintains a stellar standard at all times. Our formula for success is to concentrate on providing the best possible care by always following set guidelines and regulations, said Russell. With this philosophy, passing inspection is a byproduct rather than the driving force. I am very proud the audit went well, but I wasnt surprised, said Capt. Paula NHGB Accredited by American Association of Blood Banks By NHGB Public Affairs (MWR) is the sole recreational programs provider. While residents have access to 45 square miles of beautiful beaches, pristine waters and rugged mountain terrain, travel into Cuba from the base remains prohibited. Established in 1903, United States Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is the militarys oldest overseas base, and is one of the most remote military bases in the world. NSGB serves as the Navys strategic logistics installation for routine, contingency, counternarcotic and migrant operations in the Caribbean region. The remote conditions require the base to be 100 percent recreation programs. The Guantanamo Bay aquatics program is run through collaborative efforts. Two swimming pools monitored by the base operating support (BOS) contractor. Imagine a pool chlorinator breaks down, the facility is running low on necessary chemicals, or a pump bursts without warning. It may take up to three months for repair parts to arrive. Logistics are complicated with standard USPS mail delivery ranging from two weeks to one month. Only a small category of parts may be considered for delivery with air transportation. If a mechanical part is too large to ship by standard mail the Florida, the barge also carries other cargo including personal household goods, construction materials, and bulk materiel. The Caribbean crossing periodically results in an up to three months delay. The ability to obtain the quantities of liquid chlorine needed to safely run the swimming pools is another challenge. A solution was found by shifting the previous chlorinating system utilizing chlorine gas to a system with the ability to generate chlorine using a salt generator. Though complex, if the system breaks down the facility manager has the ability to revert to chlorine tabs to sanitize the pool. Training staff also poses a major challenge. Managers in the continental United States have the ability to send staff, managers and lifeguards to conferences or provide trainers on-site. Travel and other associated costs for comparable education are typically prohibitive for Guantanamo Bay MWR. Instructor Trainer is able to train employees without having NSGBs Unique Location Challenges Facilities Managers by Jen Badoni, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Aquatics Director accommodating training on a locally determined schedule. A staff National Park and Recreation Association Aquatics Facility Operator Instructor also allows the opportunity to ensure aquatics staff, the installation Public Works comprehensive instruction on pool operations including water chemistry, mechanical systems and pool operations. Programming for active duty and reservist service men and women, civilians and families at NSGB is both challenging and fun. In the past 18 months a new swim team program for adults of all skill levels, a multi-tiered youth swim lesson program and a separate youth swim team open to elementary through high school students have been offered. Having a youth swim team in a remote location is a major community win and brings interesting opportunities for recreation programmers. Teams around the world have the ability to race against others in locally held meets. In contrast, NSGB has no off base teams to swim against. Flying off problem by participating in virtual swim meets with other military bases around the world. Competing installations hold home meets and time trials on the same weekend, times are shared between teams and a virtual winner is decided. As a way of saying thank you, teams mail each other swim caps and other souvenirs providing both bases a unique memory while stationed there. A virtual swim meet was recently held against the Army Garrison Stuttgart, Germanys Stuttgart Stingrays. The newest endeavor is a water polo clinic which premiered in September. The program offers a unique sport for residents and families to participate in; plans to start a youth water polo league are in progress. Another new program features canoe battleships where teams attempt to (safely) sink their opponent by unloading buckets of water into the opposing canoe. Other monthly and quarterly aquatics programs are water volleyball leagues, full court water basketball tournaments, monthly dive-in movies, teen night pool parties and AquaFit, a weekly aerobic exercise class. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is a unique place for running a swimming pool. A bit of outside-the-box thinking and exploring available resources provide multiple fun, relaxing and engaging programs for military personnel, civilians and their families.
Runners honor former Marines in Fence Line Race By Sgt. Stacey Brown Joint Task Force Guantanamo Public Affairs Over 200 runners and walkers participated in the North East Gate 5 Mile Fence Line Run here, Sept. 23, 2017. The annual event honored those Marines whove served along the fence line and raised funding for celebrating the Marine Corps upcoming birthday. For around 119 years, Marines have been providing security for the naval installation, said Maj. Jordan Shultz, commander, Marine Corps Security Force Company Guantanamo Bay. This run is in honor of those Marines. Troopers and family members stretched while eagerly waiting to partake in the competitive fun. Once the horn sounded, runners positioned their head and eyes forward, placed their arms in a 90 degree angle, and commenced to jog the pavement. The run, hosted by MCFSC GTMO, started at the North East Gate, ran along the fence line that property before entering Cuba-proper. One U.S. Army Trooper primarily participated for the camaraderie. Regardless of the uniform pattern, those are my brothers in arms and Ill do anything to support them, said the Trooper. A U.S. Navy Trooper used the event to gauge their cardio vascular endurance level. and forty seconds per mile. I was slightly over, but know what I need to work on for the next one. After the run, the participants enjoyed barbecued hotdogs and activities at the beach.