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Vol. 63 No. 35 Friday, Sept. 1, 2006 Simmons Gilbort SimoneErnesto, were we prepared?By MC1 Robert Lamb, Public Affairs Photo by MC1 Bob LambThe digital sign in front of the Navy Exchange flashes base's readiness condition during the storm. Weather phenomenon— A dark funnel cloud was spotted over the Downtown Lyceum just a few days before Ernesto arrived. A funnel cloud is full of condensed water droplets, associated with a rotating column of air and extending from the base of a cloud, but not reaching the ground or water surface.Photo by Peggy KeedyOn Sunday morning, Aug. 27, ‘Ernesto’ became the first hurricane of the Atlantic season with winds of 75 mph. At that point, the storm was located just south of Haiti tracking west northwest. Weather predictions had the eye of the storm crossing Cuba west of Guantanamo Bay, but indicated the base would still get heavy winds and rain from the storm. The Naval Station Command Duty Officer notified all base leadership, including NAVSTA department heads, U.S. Naval Hospital and Joint Task Force personnel that there would be a noon meeting in the NAVSTA conference room, in Bulkeley Hall, to discuss preparations and base readiness for the approaching storm. At the conference AGC(AW/SW) Tim Valle, Chief Petty Officer in Charge of the Naval Aviation Forecasting Component Guantanamo Bay, briefed base leadership on the direction and strength of Hurricane Ernesto. Based on this information, CAPT Mark Leary, NAVSTA Commanding Officer, ordered all of Guantanamo Bay to proceed to set Hurricane Readiness Condition One at 12:10 p.m. (destructive winds predicted on or in the vicinity of the station within 12 hours). A follow-on meeting was scheduled for 5:30 p.m. “Communication with our tenant commands is extremely important in events like these,” said NAVSTA Commanding Officer, CAPT Mark Leary. “I believe that our communications with the tenant commands worked well. The participation was very solid. This included important players that are not always consulted during these evolutions such as the principal and assistant principal of the DODEA schools. Good inputs were made, a course of action was selected, and all set out to work the checklist to attain Condition of Readiness (COR 1),” As soon as the brief was over, sirens sounded throughout the area, notifying people that heavy weather was on the way. All boating and GTMO beaches were secured. The Navy Exchange and NEX Gas Station would remain open until 7 p.m., and the Security Officer was ordered to implement a base-wide curfew beginningContinued on page 6


2 Friday, Sept. 1, 2006Vol. 63 No. 32 G G G G G aze aze aze aze aze t t t t t te te te te teGuantanamo BayCommanding Officer ............................................................................CAPT Mark M. Leary Executive Officer......................................................................................CDR Jeff Hayhurst Command Master Chief................................................... ......CMDCM(SW/SS) Larry Cairo Public Affairs Officer..............................................................................Ms. Stacey Byington Gazette Editor...............................................................................................MC1 Igo Wordu Journalist.........................................................................................MC2(AW) Honey Nixon Photographer...................................................................................MC1(SW) Terry MatlockThe Guantanamo Bay Gazette is an authorized publication for members of the military services and their families stationed at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Navy, and do not imply endorsement thereof. The editorial content is prepared, edited and provided by the Public Affairs Office of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Questions or comments can be directed to the PAO. The Gazette staff can be reached by phone at ext. 4502; fax 4819; by email at pao@usnbgtmo. Get the Gazette online at Fair winds and following seas — HMC(FMF/SW) David DeGroff retires from the Navy on Aug. 23 after 24 years of faithful service to his country. DeGroff was assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on April 1, 2003. He was the Leading Chief Petty Officer for Surgical Services. Photo by MC1(SW) Terry MatlockBy Steven Donald Smith, American Forces Press ServiceCheney says U.S. troops fighting for American ideals, national security American troops fighting in the war against terrorism are serving the highest ideals of the United States, such as freedom, justice, equality and the dignity of the individual, Vice President Dick Cheney said recently in Reno, Nev. “And they are serving the vital security interests of America and the civilized world,” Cheney told an audience at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention. “There is no denying that the work is difficult and that there is a great deal to be done. Yet we can harbor no illusions about the nature of the enemy we’re fighting, or the ambitions they seek to achieve.” The enemy the U.S. faces wears no uniform, has no regard for the rules of warfare and is unconstrained by any standard of decency or morality, Cheney said. “They plot and plan in secret, target the defenseless, and rejoice at the death of innocent, unsuspecting human beings,” he said. Islamic extremists seek to impose a dictatorship of fear, under which every man, woman, and child lives in total obedience to a narrow and hateful ideology, he said. “This ideology rejects tolerance, denies freedom of conscience, and demands that women be pushed to the margins of our society,” he said. “Such beliefs can be imposed only through force and intimidation, so those who refuse to bow to the tyrants will be brutalized or killed — and no person or group is exempt.” These extremists have a set of clear objectives, he said. They want to end all American and Western influence in the Middle East, seize control of a country so they have a base from which to launch attacks and to wage war against governments that do not meet their demands, he said. “The terrorists believe that by controlling one country, they will be able to target and overthrow other governments in the region, and ultimately to establish a totalitarian empire that encompasses a region from Spain, across North Africa, through the Middle East and South Asia, all the way around to Indonesia,” the vice president said. Islamic extremists also have made it known that they want to arm themselves with chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons, to destroy Israel, to intimidate all Western countries and to cause mass death in the United States, he said. “Some might look at these ambitions and wave them off as extreme and mad. Well, theseContinued on page 5 Vice President Dick Cheney at a press briefing.Vol. 63 No. 35


3 Friday, Sept. 1, 2006 Photo by Edward WilsonBase residents run along GTMO fencelineBy MC1 Robert Lamb, Public Affairs OfficeCMAA department takes on base beautification projectsContinued on page 9 By MC2(SW) Honey Nixon, Public Affairs Office Photo by MC2(AW) Honey NixonParticipants walk and run along the fenceline that divides Guantanamo Bay from the Cuban mainland. MA3 Edgar Figueroa concentrates on tying fancy work on the stair railings in Bulkeley Hall.More than 350 individual runners, walkers and maybe even a few history buffs lined up to run along the five miles that separates mainland Cuba and the GTMO Naval Station last Saturday morning. "I talked to the Cuban Officials at the last monthly fenceline meeting and explained that the run was going to run, said NAVSTA Commanding Officer, CAPT Mark Leary. "We made contact once again, just days before the race to ensure them of what was going to happen." It' has been five years since this run took place. Minor security measures were taken and a few additional Marines were in place along the run route to ensure everyone's safety, but other than that it was just another day to get out and enjoy this historic and challenging run. "There was one brutally steep hill around the half-way mark, it made the run very challenging," said Tracey Miller. This idea to run five miles along the guarded fenceline came straight from the top, Maj. George Nunez, Commanding Officer Marine Corps Security Force Company. Many Marines have run this portion of the fenceline in the past, but to the everyday citizen of GTMO it's something special. "I took lots of pictures along the route, who else can say they have done this," said Ed Wilson. "The historic aspect of the run is what made it so unique, running along the fence that separates the base from Communist Cuba and seeing the run rise over the barbed wire was a sight that will not soon be forgotten," added Miller. The Marines might have had more familiarity with the fenceline, but a Navy sailor, MA3 Joseph Cassone, came in first place for males with a time of 30:28, while first place for females was Marine Cpl. Melissa Shefcheck, with a time of 36:05. The POW/MIA Memorial restoration project is slowly coming to fruition thanks to the efforts of personnel assigned to the NAVSTA Chief Master at Arms department (CMAA). The project, off Sherman Ave. across from the Downtown Lyceum, is just one of many that the CMAA personnel have taken on in an effort to help beautify the base. The continuous refurbishment project is an effort to commemorate fallen military comrades and to ensure their legacies are not forgotten. The POW/MIA Memorial is and will be an ongoing project for at least another year,” said FCC(SW) Tom Edwards, Chief Master at Arms. “We started out beautifying the ceremonial site by pouring a sidewalk and pulling old shrubbery. Eventually, the goal is to have it lined with palm trees. Additionally, we are also in the process of putting in a waterline to keep those palm trees alive. “The idea is that in the future, we can have our POW/ MIA ceremonies at a site that looks nice, befitting of those who have gone before us,” Edwards said. What is good for the base is also good for taxpayers. “I would say we’ve saved the Navy almost $60,000 during the restoration of this site,” added Edwards. “Money is always an issue, so we had a lot of help from the Self-Help Division of Public Works as well.” In addition to the restoration of the memorial site, the CMAA also supports numerous beautification projects in and around Bulkeley Hall. Their latest project at Bulkeley is improving the looks of the main stairwell by adding approximately 1, 550 ft. of ‘fancy work’ line to the handrails in order to give the stairwell a look that reflects the Navy’s heritage. Enhancing the look of the quarterdeck was also a priority for the department. “We’ve pretty much completed restoration of Bulkeley Hall inside,” said Edwards. “We’ve painted the quarterdeck and replaced the ceiling tiles and lights. It’s really brightened up the quarterdeck.” Beautification is not the CMAA department’s only mission. “We are responsible for the good order and discipline in and


4 Friday, Aug. 25, 2006Ombudsman Corner Cheryl Crouse NAVSTA Ombudsman Local Liaison Phone 75860 Pager 4447-2000 Senora (Sunni) Malone NAVSTA Ombudsman Phone 77957 Pager 4084-2390 Tanya Ward NAVSTA Ombudsman State-side Liaison Amy Thomason Navy Provisional Guard Phone 7599 Pager 4447-2394 thomasonas@ or Kathy Diaz USNH Ombudsman Phone 7379 Pager 72090, #018 kathiuska.m.diaz@ Jennifer Amaio USNH Ombudsman Phone 7379 Pager 72090, #493 jennifer.k.amaio@ by MC1 Igo WorduMeet the Assistant Fire ChiefBy MC1 Igo Wordu, Public AffairsNew fire department Assistant Fire Chief Carl Davis He left Guantanamo Bay as a child. Now in his 40s, Carl Davis returned to the base in early August from the Navy Regional Fire Department in Norfolk, Va., to assume the position as the station’s Assistant Fire Chief. Davis was born at U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay in 1964 when his father; Boatswain’s Mate First Class Unice Davis was stationed here nearly 43 years ago. The father of two said he is excited to share this experience with his family. Although it will be a new experience for the rest of his family, Davis said it is a sense of nostalgia for him. “I was excited when I learned that I would be heading to GTMO,” said Davis. “I’m glad that I have this unique opportunity to return to my birthplace. I heard lots of stories about this base from my parents and I’m glad that I have the opportunity to live here and experience it as an adult.” He recalls vague memories of GTMO as it was in the 60s. “I was here a long...long time ago,” said Davis. “I was born here during some historic events at this base. My parents told me about the GTMO water crisis in 1964. I was only a child. My parents told me how they used to fill everything up in the house with water because the water supply was rationed to one hour a day.” Davis said learned later in his life that the Cuban government ordered the water supply to GTMO be cut off. The Cuban government’s action was in retaliation to the arrest of 36 Cubans found fishing illegally in Florida waters. The fishermen were tried, found guilty, fined and returned to Cuba. “Looking at the base now, a lot has changed since then,” said Davis. “It looks very different from what I’ve seen in the pictures my parents showed to me.” Davis was enlisted in the Navy as an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate. After serving for 10 years, he got out of the active duty Navy but joined the Naval Reserve in 1991, from which he retired as a ABHC in 2002. He has 15 years experience as a civilian firefighter. “I’m looking forward to the challenges here, said Davis. “I hope to contribute greatly to the overall success of this fire department. "So far, the firefighters here, and the people I’ve meet around the base, have been wonderful. It makes my job a lot easier when the people are as nice as they’ve been.” Beginning, Wednesday, Sept. 6, there will be weekly C-130 flights available to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Guantanamo Bay, returning the following Wednesday. For the convenience of U.S. citizen base residents only, there are 10 seats, available on a Space 'A' basis, and all seats need to be manifested 24 hours before take-off. All personnel must be in a 'leave status' at the time of manifest. All manifested personnel must have specific documentation to enter San Juan and then return to Guantanamo Bay. For more information, and specific travel requirements, contact the Leeward Air Terminal at 6305.San Juan flight information


5 Friday, Sept. 1, 2006 Child care — Children from the Child Development Homecare Program and their Homecare Providers take a break from the heat during a ‘back-to-school’ picnic at Caribbean Circle, Aug. 24. In addition to a fun time, they enjoyed pizza, chicken and rice, fruit and cookies for lunch.Photo by MC2(AW) Honey Nixon ambitions are extreme and they are mad,” he said. “They are also real, and we must not wave them off. We must take them seriously. We must oppose them. And we must defeat them.” It is important to go on the offensive against terrorists in order to prevent future attacks against the United States, Cheney said. He also said it was important to deny terrorists access to safe havens, halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and to keep those weapons out of the hands of killers. “In the post-9/11 world, we have to confront such dangers before they fully materialize,” Cheney said. It is also vital to deny the terrorists control of any nation, which they would use as a home base and staging ground for terrorist attacks on others, he said. “That’s why we continue to fight Taliban remnants and al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan,” he said. “That’s why we’re working with President (Pervez) Musharraf to oppose and isolate the terrorist element in Pakistan. And that’s why we are fighting with the remnants of Saddam Hussein’s regime and terrorists in Iraq.” Retreat would convince the terrorists that free nations will change their policies, forsake their friends and abandon national interests whenever confronted with violence and blackmail, he said. “We have only two options in Iraq: victory or defeat,” the vice president said. “And this nation will not pursue a policy of retreat. We will complete the mission, we will get it done right, and then we will return with honor.” Cheney said the terrorists have been weakened since Sept. 11, 2001, but are still le-Continued from page 2Cheney says U.S. troops fighting for American ideals, security ...thal and still desperately trying to hit the U.S. “They hate us, they hate our country and they hate the liberties for which we stand,” he said. “This is not a war we can win on the defensive. U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 506th Regimental Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division assist the 6th Iraqi Army Division and Iraqi Police to secure the streets for Iraqi citizens.Photo by MC1 Keith W. DeVinney


6 Friday, Sept. 1, 2006 Photo by Igo WorduThe Navy Commissary stayed open until 7 p.m. to ensure everyone had a chance to get hurricane supplies. Portia Young stands in line to pay for her hurricane 8 p.m. COR 1 destructive weather plans called for securing ferry operations along with an immediate recall of all essential personnel to report to specific emergency workstations. The first day of school was cancelled, non-essential personnel were told to muster at their work centers at noon on Monday, and all MWR facilities were closed and base activities were cancelled for the evening. The command decisions were sent out by e-mail, by ‘Roller’ announcements on TV Ch. 4, and by radio announcements. With the call for setting COR 1, the Naval Media Center was manned full-time for the duration of the storm. Word of mouth and a digital sign at the NEX, also notified residents that COR 1 had been set. “The base went from COR 5 to COR 1 in one leap, because of three progressive shifts in tracking the weather,” said Leary. “Each track shift was progressively closer to GTMO. Although at noon, the storm was still projected to be just north of the 50 knot destructive weather zone, the decision was made to go to COR 1 because a delay would have severely and negatively impacted out ability to achieve COR 1 during daylight hours and prevent us from being prepared should the track again shift north, which it eventually did.” As word began to spread like the 20 mph winds through GTMO, people began to store lawn furniture and plants, while others headed to the NEX to pick up last-minute supplies. People moved boats out of their slips, filled personal vehicles at the gas station, and even checked on their neighbors. Public Works personnel staged emergency construction and maintenance vehicles at selected areas and plans called for the possibility of turning off power throughout the base if necessary. “The staging went well, by any barometer, and when you factor in the short-fuse Ernesto’s erratic path handed us, it was nothing short of spectacular,” said CDR Jeff Johnston, Public Works Officer. At the 5 p.m. meeting, the Bulkeley Hall conference room was packed with essential personnel waiting for an update about the latest status of Hurricane Ernesto. According to Chief Valle, Hurricane Ernesto had been downgraded to a tropical storm when it’s sustained winds fell below 74 mph. CAPT Leary decided that procedures were in place and the only change since the noon meeting revolved around manning shelters. The decision was made to hold off on evacuating people to shelters unless the destructive winds picked up significantly. “The second meeting was attended by JTF Commander, The 'Rotator' flight on Saturday, Sept. 2, will operate out of Jacksonville International Airport, not Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville. Showtime is 6 a.m. and the cut-off time is 8:30 a.m. Military personnel will be at the Charter Counter in the far right of the main terminal. FMI contact the Leeward terminal at 6408.Rotator flight informationErnesto, were we prepared? ...Continued from page 1 RDML Harry Harris Jr.; JTF Deputy Commander, Brig. Gen. Ed Leacock; the acting Commanding Officer of the Naval Hospital, CAPT Jim Thralls, and virtually all other major and minor tenants activities,” added Leary. “The decision at this meeting was to hold COR 1 with the exception of sheltering all base residents and to prepare for the possibility of a planned power outage if winds exceeded 45 knots.” At this time winds were predicted to be around 40 mph, with rainfall estimations at 4 to 6 inches and storm surge from 4 to 6 feet. The strongest weather would occur between 11 p.m. Sunday, and 5 a.m. Monday. LT Bob Thompson, base Security Officer, said residents complied with the base curfew, and he was impressed with how everyone understood the serious nature of the event. “It made our job much easier, with everyone observing the curfew and remaining off the streets, so that our emergency response vehicles would not be hampered by residents’ traffic,” said Thompson. “When you watch an event like this in a civilian area, there are inevitably those who do not take the situation seriously and needlessly endanger themselves and others. This did not happen in GTMO.” CAPT Leary echoed Thompson’s thoughts. “On my trip from the Media Center to Bulkeley Hall, less than 30 minutes after the curfew was imposed, I saw no POV’s on the streets of GTMO,” he said. “I do not believe that this kind of resident response could be duplicated anywhere else.” “We weren’t exactly prepared for the worst, there are a lot worse things than a close call with a minimal tropicalContinued on page 7


7 Friday, Sept. 1, 2006We prepare for the season ahead of time by stocking items used during emergency situations," said Catherine Case, NEX Store Manager. “As soon as we were notified about the category one storm heading our way, we suspended all alcohol sale and we put more batteries, flash lights, and water on the shelves so that our customers will be able to get what they need in case of an emergency.”Photo by Igo WorduContinued from page 6 What is your job here in GTMO? I'm the ROICC. Resident Officer in Charge of Construction. Our office is responsible for developing, awarding, and administering all construction and service contracts on the base. Why did you choose to come to GTMO? I chose GTMO because the job appeared challenging and unique, plus the opportunity to directly support the JTF mission, I heard it was a great place for families, and the fact that the weather was warm all year around. Last Duty Station? Full time graduate student at University of Maryland. Completed a Master of Engineering in Project Management. Prior to UMD I was stationed at the Navy Yard in Washington DC, working for Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) as the Amphibious Programs Officer. How long have you been in the Navy? 11 years. What are your favorite aspects of GTMO on leisure level? The ROICC/PWD/Seabee team here at GTMO is simply exceptional, I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with. I am also very impressed with the level of service provided by our contractors. I’m not sure it gets better than GTMO. From day one on the island, my family and I were quickly surrounded by new friends. Great weather and scuba diving, what else can you ask for?Welcome to the GTMO Community LCDR Eileen Dandrea Resident Officer in Charge of Construction storm, but we were adequately prepared for the worst that Ernesto could bring us,” said Johnston. “We have escalating Conditions of Readiness that allow the CO to tailor our responses to the storm at hand, and talented subject-matter experts that help him make those decisions.” Throughout the night, Ernesto had officials guessing and waiting for hourly updates. CAPT Leary and CDR Johnston checked in regularly at the Naval Media Center, throughout the night, ready to get the latest message out to the public as soon as it was available. “Everyone did an admirable job sticking to the established procedures, even when it became somewhat obvious that Ernesto wasn’t going to be a traditional tropical weather event,” added Johnston. By 5:11 a.m. Monday, weather reports indicated that the system had weakened, and the max winds on station would be 30 35 knots, with gusts up to 40 knots, with occasional gust to 45 knots. With this news, Public Works officials decided there would be no need to shut down base power. By 8:51 a.m. Ernesto was tracking 20 miles west of GTMO, while sustained winds on station were recorded at 33 knots and max peak winds on JPJ Hill at 45 knots. As residents awoke early Monday morning Ernesto continued to weaken as it interacted with land. The ‘All Clear’ was sounded about 10:30 a.m. Monday, telling base residents that the danger was over and the base was setting normal conditions. “We were prepared if the storm had been significantly worst,” said Leary. “The only responses that we did not implement were sheltering and planned power outages, but we were prepared to implement both.” The base suffered very little damage, though the high winds tore off weak tree limps and minor flooding occurred as rain continued to fall throughout the day on Monday. CAPT Leary thanks all hands for their quick response and attentiveness to the seriousness of the situation. He said under the circumstances, and the time-crunch involved, everyone did an outstanding job doing what needed to be done. “There are always ways to improve the plan and the way we do business. Numerous examples of how we could improve communications and streamline our process were discovered which will be rolled into future events and incorporate into the next version of our Destructive Weather Plan,” remarked Leary.Ernesto, were we prepared? ...


8 Friday, Sept. 1, 2006 Photo by MC2(AW) Honey NixonThe history behind 'Our Lady of Caridad Del Cobre'Editor's note: In last week's addition of the Gazette it was reported that Burns and Roe and Dick Corp. employees were doing some maintenance on the "Our Lady of Caridad Del Cobre" statue. The Gazette received many inquires about this statue and the following information is provided by Chaplain Ron Kawczyski about this very impressive religious landmark at GTMO. This statue is also known as: Cachita, 'Our Lady of Charity.' Around the year 1608, two native Indians, Rodrigo and Juan de Hoyos, together with a 10-year-old slave boy, Juan Moreno, went out looking for salt needed to preserve the meat at the Barajagua slaughter house, which supplied the workers and inhabitants of Santiago del Prado, now known as El Cobre. That day they were just able to reach Cayo Frances, halfway across the bay of Nipe, where they encamped to escape the fury of the storm which would have torn their frail canoe to pieces. Calm was restored with daybreak, and they took to the transparent sea. In the distance, they saw a white bundle floating on the waves approaching them slowly. At first they took it for a sea bird. As it came closer, it seemed to be a girl. At last, they were able to determine that it was a statue of the Virgin Mary holding a child on her right arm with a gold cross in her left hand. The statue was attached to a plank inscribed: 'Yo soy la Virgen de la Caridad (I am the Virgin of Charity). According to sworn testimony of witnesses, despite the recent storm and the motion of the waves, neither the figure of the Virgin, nor her clothing, were wet. The head of the statue is of baked clay covered with a polished coat of fine white powder, possibly rice paste. The recent renovation of the image revealed the fine features which countless paint coating had deformed. A well shaped nose and a well proportioned face with large, loving eyes convey a gentleness that invites trust and prayer. The Virgin is about 16 inches high and her feet rest on a brilliant moon whose ends surround on both sides a silver cloud where three cherubs spread their golden wings. The Child, at the left side of the statue, raises a hand as if blessing, and in his other hand he holds a gold globe. The Lady of Charity, surnamed 'El Cobre' because her sanctuary was built in that urban center, became one of Cubans' religious preferences almost immediately, since she represents Ochun, the symbol of femininity, fresh water and happiness, in the Afro-Cuban synercretic cult. Several legends about the Virgin's apparition, almost 400 years ago, have contributed to the attractiveness of that figure among believers, town dwellers and visitors in general, mainly foreign vacationers who visit the Caribbean island from many regions of the world. At the request of the veterans of the War of Independence, Our Lady of Charity was declared the patroness of Cuba by Benedict XV in 1916 and solemnly crowned in the Eucharistic Congress held in Santiago de Cuba in 1936. Pope Paul VI raised her sanctuary to the category of basilica in 1977. On January 24, 1998, at a Mass celebrated during his apostolic visit to Santiago de Cuba, Pope Paul II crowned the image a second time as queen and Patron Saint of Cuba.'Our Lady of Caridad Del Cobre' statue.


9 Friday, Sept. 1, 2006Continued from page 3Worship Services Catholic Catholic Mass Mon. thru Fri. 6 a.m. & 6 p.m. (Main Chapel) Confession, Mon. thru Fri. 5:15 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. (Main Chapel) Vigil Mass, 5 p.m. Sunday Mass, 9 a.m. (Cobre Chapel) Eucharistic Adoration, daily 24 hrs. Protestant Sunday Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services, Main Chapel, 11 a.m. Children’s Sunday School, 11:30 a.m. Gospel Worship Service, 1 p.m. Monday Prayer Group, 6 p.m. (Fellowship Hall) Wednesday Men’s Fellowship, 6:30 p.m. (Fellowship Hall) Gospel Bible Study, 7:30 p.m. (Sanctuary A) Thursday PWOC 6:30 p.m. (Fellowship Hall) Sunday, Protestant Liturgical Service, 10 a.m. (Sanctuary B) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Sanctuary A) Monday, Family Home Evening, 7 p.m. (rm. 8) Sunday Sacrament, 9 a.m. Filipino Christian Fellowship (Sanctuary A) Sunday Worship, 7 p.m. Iglesia Ni Cristo (Sanctuary B) Bible Study, Thursday, 7 p.m. Sunday Worship, 5:30 a.m. Pentecostal Gospel Temple (Sanctuary D) Sunday Worship, 8 a.m. & 5 p.m. Seventh Day Adventist (Sanctuary B) Prayer Meeting, Tuesday 7 p.m. Vesper Meeting, Friday, 7 p.m. Sabbath School, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Divine Service, Saturday, 11 a.m. Bible Study, Saturday, 4:30 p.m. I slamic Service (Sanctuary C) Friday Worship, 1:15 p.m. United Jamaican Fellowship (Bldg. 1036, next to Phoenix Cable) Sunday Service, 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Shabbat Service Second Friday of the month, Rm. 11, 7:30p.m. Self-Help refurbishes Jamaican HallThe Self-Help division of the Public Works department, is assisting the Jamaican Fellowship Hall with some refurbishment projects. The Jamaican Fellowship Hall is located at the old Morin Center, between the Naval Media Center and Phoenix Cable. Much of the work needed in the Children’s Bible fellowship hall has been completed. Workers from the Self-Help division installed new walls, repainted old ones, replaced ceiling tiles, fixed pipe fittings, built a new closet, laid in new floor tiles, and did some electrical wiring to the old building. Andre Gordon, a leading member of hall, said the room would serve many purposes, and could be used for meetings, study groups and general recreation. "Once the project is completed, the room will be used as a study hall and general recreation room." Gordon said member are very pleased with the level of work being done in the room. He sends his thanks to everyone participating in the project.Photos by MC1 Igo Wordu, Public Affairs OfficeAbove: A Seabee assigned to the Self-Help division removes ceiling in the Jamaican Fellowship Hall. Below: The hall with new walls, ceiling tiles, fresh paint, and a new bathroom. around Bulkeley Hall,” said Edwards. “We are also tasked with the building’s facility maintenance as well as migrant operations.” The variety of job experiences available to CMAA workers here, some of which are temporary personnel, helps broaden the workers skill-level and experiences. “It’s been a learning process down here,” said MA2(SW) Jefferey Parker, a member of the CMAA team. “At my parent command in Pascagoula Miss., I was basically guarding the gate 24/7. Here, I am getting to learn a lot of new things. “Before, I didn’t get much experience with Captain’s Mast. Here, we are responsible for maintaining good order and discipline at the mast and knowing the CO trusts me, makes me feel good. It’s been a good challenge for me.” Edwards is proud of the work his six-man team accomplishes on a daily basis. “My guys do good work,” said Edwards. “I am pleased with the level of enthusiasm they put into it. I think I can say the people I have here don’t accept a half-way job. They do it until it’s right, and I like that.” This sense of pride has spread to the CMAA workers under Edward’s care. “I feel good,” said Parker. “Our last task was laying the sidewalk at the POW/MIA site. When we were doing it, it was kind of hard, but once we were done and as I ride past the site, I would think...’Wow, I did that.’ So, it’s a good feeling looking back on what you’ve accomplished.” This is exactly the kind of attitude Edwards hopes not only his workers inherit but also trickles down to all base residents. “I would like to see more people involved in the beautification of the base,” said Edwards, “so we can make this a place where we are proud to serve. If everyone could pitch in and do their part, we could make this base look really nice.”CMAA takes on base beautification projects ...


Friday, Sept. 1, 2006 10 Do Do Do Do Do wnto wnto wnto wnto wnto wn L wn L wn L wn L wn L y y y y y ceum ceum ceum ceum ceum MWR Happenings Friday Sep. 1 World Trade Center 8 p.m., PG-13, 120 min. The Devil Wears Prada 10 p.m., PG-13, 109 min. Saturday Sep. 2 Click 8 p.m., PG-13, 107 min. You, Me and Dupree 10 p.m., PG-13, 109 min. Sunday Sep. 3 Little Man 8 p.m., PG-13, 98 min. Monday Sep. 4 Waist Deep 8 p.m., R, 97 min. T uesday Sep. 5 World Trade Center 8 p.m., PG-13, 120 min. W ednesday Sep. 6 You, Me and Dupree 8 p.m., PG-13, 109 min. Thursday Sep. 7 Little Man 8 p.m., PG-13, 98 min. Windjammer Dinner Theater Monday, Sep. 4, at 5:30 p.m. Bring the family to the Windjammer Club to enjoy dinner and then watch family oriented Gor PG-rated movies. This Monday, “Nacho Libre,” begins at 5:30 p.m., and the second movie, “Phat Girls” begins at 8 p.m. International Food Show Sept. 2, 11 a.m., at the Windjammer Ballroom. FMI call Eric Nikkel at 75604. Labor Day Golf T ournament Sept. 2 3, 8 a.m., at the Yatera Seca Golf Club. FMI call 90143. Labor Day Car Show Sept. 3, 1 p.m., at Cooper Field. Labor Day Bowling T ournament Sept. 4, 1 p.m., at Marblehead Lanes. Open to all ages. FMI call 2118. Y outh Swim Meet Sept. 9, 9 a.m., at the Windjammer Pool. Children only. Register at the base gym. Free t-shirts for participants. FMI call Karissa at 77262 or Tony at 2205 or 77084. T een Center Needs V olunteers The Teen Center is looking for volunteers for the following camps: cheerleading, dance, and music. FMI call Terrill at 90203. Y outh Bowling Clinic Free bowling clinic for the base youth community. Sept. 6, 5 p.m. FMI call 2118. Storyline: True story of Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin, two Port Authority police officers who rushed into the burning World Trade Center on 9/11 to help rescue people, but became trapped themselves when the tower collapsed. A race against time ensued to free them before their air ran out. World Trade CenterCast: Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Stephen Dorff Little ManComedy, Drama, Kids/Family and Crime/GangsterStoryline: A man anxious to be a father mistakes an extremely short-statured, baby-faced criminal on the run as his newly adopted son.Cast: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Kerry Washington, Tracy Morgan, John Witherspoon


(1) Beautiful Townhome in move in condition, hardwood floors, built in book shelves, master suite w/ huge walk in closet, and spa bath, 3 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms, w/downstairs rec room. Close access to Quantico, Ft. Belvoir, and DC area. FMI call Jill at 74401 (1) Motorola V3 RAZR camera phone, silver color, quad-band includes home charger, car charger and a head set. $200 obo. FMI call Ben at 3285. (2) 1993 Ford Ranger pickup, A/ C, new tires, stereo and vinyl bed liner, stick shift, runs great, $2,500. FMI call 77106. (2) 1990 Chevy S10 pickup, white, utility body, camper top, automatic, 6-cylinder, runs great, $1,550. FMI call 78278 or 9821. (2) 2003 Yukon Denali, 4-door, 4 x 4, 27K, loaded, must see, $29,999. FMI call 77828. (1) 2002 Silver Ford Explorer Sport Trac. V6, 4x4, power everything, great condition, $15,500. FMI call Rob at 77465(H), or 9772/9835(W) (1)1994 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500, Saddlebags, Cobra Pipes, New tires. $3200. FMI call 78010 (H) or 3455 (W). (2) Human Resources Office announces the following vacancies: Social Services Aide, closes Dec. 29. FMI call 4441. (2) W.T. Sampson has the following positions available: Educational Aide, GS-03/04, closed Dec. 31; Substitute Teacher, 06-CUBA-55, continuous. Applications can be picked up and submitted to the W.T. Sampson High School Main Office. FMI call Ramonia at 3500. (2) Will pay cash for fishing/ pontoon boat. FMI call Mike at 77977 or 2129. (1) Looking for a part-time job in the evenings and weekends. Call Emilio at 4840 DWH or 84264 AWH. (2) The Fleet and Family Support Center will offer Command Financial Specialist training, Sept. (2) Queen bed set w/dresser and night stands, dining room table w/4 chairs, recliner, 32-in. JVC flat screen TV, desk and chair, kitchen plates and cookware, washer and dryer. FMI call 6144 DWH or 79598 AWH. (2) Magnavox 13-in. stereo w/ remote, $25; Sharp Carousel microwave, $35; Huffy Stalker LX2 bike, 18-spd., multi-terrain w/accessories, $50 OBO; Hamilton Beach 12-cup coffee maker, $5; Small George Foreman grill, like new, $5; Salton rice cooker, $5; Company Store bedspread, queen size, cocoa w/ matching pillow shams, $20; folding ironing racks, x-frame, $5. FMI call 75562. (2) Barbecue grill w/side burner, full tank and tools, like new; 2 folding canvas chairs, outdoor, green, $80 OBO; 10-in. color TV, $19 OBO; camel-colored recliners, $45 OBO. FMI call 78105 or 3292 AWH. (2) Paintball gun w/Hopper, 2003 autococker, compressed air system, barrel kit, great condition, Nikon D70 digital camera, SLR, two lenses, great condition. FMI call 77246. (2) Lazy Boy sleeper sofa, queen size, good condition, rocking chair, excellent condition. FMI call 2986 AWH. (2) Bowflex, $800 OBO. FMI call 90856.11 Friday, Sept. 1, 2006 GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper GTMO Shopper For Sale Vehicles/Boats Employment Announcements Happy anniversary! Lori & Alan Krug Married Aug. 28, 1976, in Key West, FL “She Deserves a Medal” From Alan to Lori25 29. Attendees should be E-6 or above with command approval and have one year left in GTMO. We need highly motivated, financially stable individuals who will actively assist others with financial advice. Seating is limited. FMI or to register call Paul Walker 4141. (2) The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers for office support and/or casework. Volunteers will have many levels of interest. Learn new skills, build your resume or work on career development. Your community needs you. FMI call Denise Clark at 5060. (2) Project Aware and Reef Raiders are sponsoring a International Clean-Up Day Sept. 17, 8 a.m. 1 p.m. at all beaches (except Cuzco Wells and Blue). Leeward groups muster at 6:30 a.m. at Ferry Landing. Diver and Windward groups muster at 7:30 a.m. at Cable Beach. There will a barbecue for all participants at 2 p.m. at Cable Beach. FMI call 77623. (1) Tickets for the Navy Ball will go on sale Labor Day weekend at the Jazzfest, Saturday, Sept. 3. There are also T-shirts and coins for sale. FMI call 2351. (1) The Navy Ball Committee invites personnel to dunk their favorite 'Base Official' in the Dunk Tank. $5 for 3 tries. Dunk tank will be open from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. FMI call 2351. (1) The Navy Ball Committee will be holding a Chili-cookoff. The chili-cookoff will be held Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Jazzfest starting at noon. FMI call 2351. (1) W.T. Sampson Units Schools are interested in recruiting teachers. FMI call Ramonia at 3500. (1) Effective Sept. 1, the Youth Center Open Recreation Program will be available every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m to midnight. FMI call 74658. (1) Sept. 1, Happy 17th anniversary to Dave and Joyce Evans. Delaine, Tanisha, and Alan. Wanted GTMO JazzfestChange of VenueSunday, Sept. 3, GTMO's Jazzfest, Labor Day Car Show and Craft Fair will take place at Ferry Landing. Rock, paper, scissors competitionSept. 9, 9 a.m., at the NEX Atrium. Any student (elementary, high school, college, home-school) who wishes to participate must register at the NEX front desk before Sept. 6. Top prize is a Laptop computer.


12 Friday, Sept. 1, 2006 Fickle Ernesto fizzles Ernesto caused very little damage around the station, but one of its casualties was this fallen Eucalyptus tree in a resident's backyard. Public Works pre-staged maintenance and utility trucks in case the storm took a turn for the worse. MA1 James Blagg boards up the door at the Ocean Enterprises Dive Shop in preparation of Hurricane/ Tropical Storm Ernesto. JTF Deputy Commander, Brig. Gen. Edward Leacock; JTF Commander, RDML Harry Harris Jr.; and NAVSTA Commanding Officer, CAPT Mark Leary, listen attentively during the weather brief on Sunday, Aug. 27. Naval Aviation Forecasting Components Leading Chief Petty Officer, Tim Valle, answers questions concerning the track of Ernesto. Photos by MC1 Bob Lamb and MC1 Igo Wordu