Guantánamo Bay gazette
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00098616/00258
 Material Information
Title: Guantánamo Bay gazette
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: U.S. Naval Base
Place of Publication: Guantánamo Bay Cuba
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
Publication Date: 05-25-2012
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Navy-yards and naval stations, American -- Newspapers -- Cuba   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba)   ( lcsh )
Genre: federal government publication   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base
System Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
General Note: Current issue plus archived issues covering the most recent 12 months.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 60, no. 40 (Oct. 3, 2003); title from title screen (viewed Dec. 10, 2004).
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 64, no. 33 (Aug. 31, 2007).
 Record Information
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 57204860
System ID: UF00098616:00258
 Related Items
Preceded by: Guantánamo gazette


This item is only available as the following downloads:

( PDF )

Full Text


Summer Safety Stand-Down Held At Guantanamo Bay MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor T he Safety department at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, hosted the annual Navy and Marine Corps Critical Days of Summer with a safety stand-down at the installations Navy Exchange atrium, May 24. The Safety office conducts two safety stand-downs per year in an effort to promote safety awareness; one at the beginning of summer and another before the winter holiday season. This event marked the first time the summer standdown was held in the atrium. When you come into the summer months, people are getting ready for vacation and outdoor activities. said James Dillon, NS Guantanamo Bay Safety Specialist. We are trying to get people in a prepared state-of-mind by providing useful safety tips. The installations U.S. Naval Hospital, American Red Cross, Environmental department, Public Works department, Fire department, and representatives from numerous NS Guantanamo Bay and tenant commands provided informative safety hand-outs and demonstrations for the community. Its always important to think about safety, said Dillon. Everything you do, you need to be safe about, and were here to help people look out for one another. Sometimes we get complacent, and this event will help remind people to stay aware and stay safe. According to Dillon, during the summer months, residents should remain hydrated, follow regulations and guidelines and take part in the buddy system when doing recreational activities. The stand-down was required for all NS Guantanamo Bay personnel, including military and civilian employees. The event was also open to all base residents. Capt. Kirk Hibbert, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Commanding Officer receives summer safety tips during the Safety offices annual 01 Critical Days of Summer safety stand-down at the NEX atrium, May 24. The Safety office conducts two safety stand-downs per year in an effort to promote safety awareness and proper operational risk management.


Job/Department: Base Communications/ Install Asst. Shop Lead Age: 37 Home State: Texas Quote: Dont wait for someone to do what you can do yourself. Favorite Sports Team: Texans Hobby: Swimming/Golf Favorite Book: My Kitchen Favorite Movie: Life Favorite Musician: Brad Johnson How the Navy has improved his life: The Navy provided me the foundation to change so much about myself. It gave me the opportunity to see that there was more than the streets of Houston. Sailor Of The Week Because: Served as Lead Technician on USNHs phone relocation project. This endeavor moved 45 telephones during the renovations taking place at the hospital. INTERIOR COMMUNICATIONS ELECTRICIAN FIRST CLASS RODNEY WASHINGTON GTMO To Conduct Force Protection Drill MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor I n coordination with W.T. Sampson high school officials, the Installation Training Team (ITT) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will conduct a force protection exercise at the high school campus, May 31. The training scenario will test and evaluate personnel and current response plans. The lessons learned from the exercise will be used to improve current standard operating procedures (SOPs) when dealing with a force protection event. Base residents in general, will not be affected, said Kevin Robarge, NS Guantanamo Bay Installation Training Officer. Parent notifications will be sent out by W. T. Sampson. The exercise has been planned to cause minimal disruption to regularly scheduled classes. Force protection describes preventive measures taken to mitigate hostile actions in specific areas or against a specific population, Department of Defense (DOD) personnel, resources, facilities, and critical information. This training evolution will allow the ITT to develop and execute the exercise in accordance with the installations Shore Response Training Plan, but it is more for the schools needs, said Robarge. I believe it is especially important to parents and staff to be able to run through the procedures allowing the ITT to be better prepared to respond and react to threats, while safeguarding our students and faculty in the event of such an emergency. The Emergency Room (ER) of U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay is open for business at its temporary new location, in a trailer on the opposite side of the hospital near the helo pad. The old ER is being renovated as part of Phase 4 of a long-term hospital renovation which began in October 2009. Parking is available for ER patients in a small lot directly across from the new ER entrance. U.S. Navy Photo by Stacey Byington


I t had been hidden beneath the oor for decades, unused, largely Chaplain Van Dickens Guantanamo Bay Command Chaplain Hidden Treasure forgotten. ose who worship at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Chapel (also known as Reid Chapel) had not seen it. Even those who had been worshipping for over forty years knew littleto-nothing about it. But it was there. It was always there. It had been there since the chapel was built in 1941. Like a treasure C haplains Corner hidden in a eld, it was waiting to be discovered, or rediscovered, and now it has. It is the chapels baptistery. It started with a phone call I received from Rudy Sammons, Housing Oce Director, who had spoken with Tom Anderson who was formerly with Public Works. Apparently, about twenty years ago, Public Works repaired a water break leading to the baptistery. Other than that, and the original blueprints, it has been mostly out of sight, out of mind. Little has been written about the chapel, or the baptistery. ose seeking baptism by immersion have gone either to one of the pools on base or to one of the beaches. Even our Cuban residents who have attended here for decades have not seen it. On May 21, Doug Higgs, Facilities Manager for the chapel, and several workers carefully opened and inspected the baptistery, which appears to be fully functional, complete with aqua tiling. e oor covering retracts on rollers, sliding directly beneath the chancel area, revealing the roughly six-foot-long, six-foot-wide pool. e vast majority of Christians take very seriously the importance of baptism. e fact that the Navy understood this when they built the chapel tells me that great care was taken to ensure people could practice their faith with the freedoms aorded us by our nations Constitution. Our restriction to the Naval Station makes this rediscovery all the more important. If Im asked if I can plan to conduct any baptisms in the baptistery, my answer will be, As many as I possibly can. Cdr. Van Dickens, NS Guantanamo Bay Command Chaplain stands in the newly discovered baptistery at the installations chapel. GTMOs MOC Recognizes Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Terence Peck I n celebration of Asian Pacic American Heritage Month, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cubas Multicultural Observance Committee hosted a Lunch and Learn at the community center, May 17. e MOCs Lunch and Learn is held monthly to provide the community an opportunity to share stories and talk about the designated months ethnic recognition. As the Multicultural Observance Committee in GTMO our mission is to ensure that every DoD observance which are held annually in support of Joint Congressional Resolution, Presidential Proclamation and the achievements of all groups that comprise the society of the United States are recognized, said NAVSTA GTMOs deputy Chaplain Larry Jones and MOC Chairman. In keeping with the purpose of the observance, the MOC hosted the Asian Pacic Islander Lunch and Learn to enhance cross-cultural awareness and to encourage continued harmony among all military members, their families, and the civilian work force. We desired to see interaction and not just recognition, so this event provided an opportunity to bring awareness through the sharing of the signicant contributions Asian Pacic Islanders have made to America and our military forces. Attendees to the Lunch and Learn watched popular Asian dishes being prepared, such as Vietnamese spring rolls, Korean Kimbap and Filipino noodles, called pancit. Afterwards, they were able to taste them. is Lunch and Learn was a great success, said Jones. e attendance from the GTMO community and tenant commands on the NDC Robert Pagtakhan prepares authentic Asian Pacific delicasies during GTMOs Multicultural Observance Lunch and Learn at the community center, May 17. base was greatly appreciated. Lt. Tung Tran, NS GTMOs Catholic chaplain, who was the guest speaker for the event, talked about how he came from Vietnam to the United States. e MOC would like to thank Father Tran for sharing his fascinating story as a refugee from Vietnam and culinary skills with the GTMO community, said Jones. In addition to the guest speaker, a special display was set up that showed various Asian dress and artifacts. We would like to thank Mrs. Wanda Robinson and those that provided the items for the beautiful display of cultural art work, artifacts, furniture and clothing items that made for a wonderful learning visual at the Lunch and Learn, Jones said. People left the event with knowledge that will allow them to eect change by promoting cultural awareness and respect.


MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor GTMO MWR Host Armed Forces Day Fitness Event M orale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba hosted the Armed Forces Day community 5k run, May 19. Beginning at the installations Cooper Field, the 3.1 mile event showcased community support for active-duty, reserve, and retired service members, while providing more than 100 community members with a challenging tness experience. e race was a celebration of Armed Forces Day, said Dennis Anthony, MWR Fitness Coordinator. e base and all its residents are here either because they serve in the Armed Forces or support the military. Race participant and running enthusiast Katie Sutton nished rst with a time of 18 minutes and 50 seconds. I love to compete and I also feel it is important to support the running community in GTMO, said Sutton. Events like this give us an opportunity to test our tness as well as cheer each other on and socialize. I have made great friends in my short time at GTMO, mainly from participating in races like the 5k this weekend. Following the 5k, NS Guantanamo Bays Child and Youth Programs (CYP) provided family entertainment by hosting the Armed Forces Day Kids Fun Run. Every year on Armed Forces Day the military host kids fun runs to celebrate and honor the children of service members, said Anthony. It is important that families nd productive activities that they can participate in together. e days events were supported by more than 30 community volunteers who registered runners, manned water stations and ensured safe practices were observed. MWR could not put on these events without the support of our volunteers, said Anthony. ere support is greatly appreciated and we couldnt do it without them. FORCES ARMED DAY 5 k 2012


FORCES ARMED DAY 5 k 2012 Base residents participate in MWRs 2012 Armed Forces Day 5k at Cooper Field, May 19. The 3.1 mile event showcased community support for active-duty, reserve, and retired service members. Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NSGuantanamoBay


MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor I nformation Assurance ocials at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba recently began reminding personnel about the magnitude of observing proper operations security (OPSEC). According to the installations Information Systems Division (ISD), since January 2005, both inside and outside the U.S. government, more than 100 million records containing sensitive personal information such as Social Security numbers, names, addresses, and medical records have been potentially lost, stolen, or compromised. OPSEC is keeping potential adversaries from discovering our critical information, said Tamara Porter, NS Guantanamo Bay Information Assurance Ocer. As a resident or family member of the military community, you are a vital player in our success, and we couldnt do our job without your support. You may not know it, but you also play a crucial role in ensuring your loved ones safety. You can protect your family and friends by protecting what you know of the militarys day-to-day operations. ISD advises when dealing with information, personnel should ensure documents are not accessible to casual visitors, passersby, or other individuals within their workspace, oce, or open viewing area. When using social networking sites, do not give details about personnel transactions that occur in large numbers such as pay information, powers of attorney, wills, and deployment information, said Porter. Do not reveal details concerning security procedures, details on locations and times of unit deployments or detailed information about the mission of assigned units. Information Security (INFOSEC) is dened as protecting information and information systems from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modication, perusal, inspection, recording or destruction of the information. Information security is protection of the availability, privacy, and integrity of data. Personally identiable information (PII) is dened as any data about individuals that could potentially identify them. Some of the identiable information can be names, ngerprints or other biometric data, email addresses, street addresses, telephone numbers or social security numbers. e cost of losing PII to carelessness or theft goes beyond dollars, said Porter. For organizations that misuse or allow PII data to leak out of their systems, the negative publicity, loss of customer trust, lost business, and legal costs can be severe. Porter said the U.S. Veterans Administration provided an example of what can happen if PII is not properly protected. e Veterans Administration lost more than 26 million records when an employees unencrypted laptop-carrying PII was stolen, she said. In 2009, Heartland Payment Systems suered the largest data breach to date, which compromised nearly 130 million credit and debit cards. Be alert and be careful. By being a member of the military or a military family, you will often know bits of critical information. Do not discuss them outside of your immediate family and especially not over the telephone. PCSing With Furry Family Members Kari Wilkin Transportation Assistant Y ouve set up your pack out date, given notice to housing about vacating, set up the ship out date for the car and your thinking what else needs to be taken care to make this a smooth PCS... e answer is one most people tend to over look until the last minute and that would be the travel arrangements for pets. With so many dierent people, pets and experiences on island there tend to be a lot of dierent ideas with what does and doesnt work when shipping your pets out through AMC ights. Below are a few helpful hints to make pet travel easier on you and your furry companion. kennel weight on each ight. If you have two (2) pets whose weight is 170 lbs total you will need to ship the animals out separately so plan on dierent travel dates. combined weight up to 70 lbs is charged as one (1) piece, pets 71-140 lbs combined will be charged as two (2) pieces and pets 141-150 lbs combined will be charged as three (3) pieces. recommend but they must meet the requirements: 1.) Constructed of leak-proof/ water repellent padded nylon with mesh ventilation on two (2) or more sides. 2.) Size must not exceed 20 Long x 16 Wide x 8 Height to ensure it will t under the seat in front of you. 3.) Pet must be able to stand up, turn-around and lie down with normal posture and body movements. as immunizations, all vet records, and border clearance requirements (DD Form 2208, rabies Vaccination Certicate or civilian equivalent or DD Form 2209 Veterinary Health Certicate) for proof of ownership. o Jacksonville $92 o Norfolk $112 o Baltimore $112 For more information on PCSing with pets, contact AMC Transportation at x4850 or the terminal at x6408. Kari Wilkin


SHOPPER Ducati 848, 7300 Miles, Termignoni Exhaust, Carbon Fiber highlights, have all OEM Parts. $9,000. Call TJ at 55105 or 4052 BAJAJ Chetak Motorscooter, 145cc, low-mileage, excellent condition, with helmet and ex tras, $500 OBO. Call 75798 (h) 74790 (w) Isuzu Rodeo. $2600 OBO. New tires & battery. Avail. June 8. Call 77711 or 4228 Jeep Cherokee, $3,500 OBO. Call 79526 Chevrolet Avalanche, Black on Black with custom leather, 22 Chrome wheels, Custom Aerodynamic kit Multimedia system, Dual Borla exhaust, Custom grill, HID lights, covered bed plus many extras included. $12,000 OBO. Call 78485 Cadillac Deville, runs great, excellent condition. $3500 OBO. Call 78477 7 Dodge Caliber SXT great condition, 63k miles, drop down boom box in tailgate. Cooler in glove box. $10,000 OBO. Avail able July 1. Call 77385 or email clarkfamily5@hotmail.com transmission completely rebuilt, AC replaced and recharged, belts replaced, front brakes re placed, catalytic convertor and 2 oxygen sensors replaced, mo tor mounts replaced, battery replaced, available June 1. Call 77333 after 1800 NordicTrack E4400, $180 OBO. Edge stationary exercise bike, $40 OBO. Sharp 16 Standard Color TV, $30 OBO. FMI Call 75798 55 projection screen TV with surround sound system, speak ers, Blu-Ray DVD player and VHS player sold all together as a set for $500 OBO. Call 77757 Misc furnishings and house hold items, including treadmill, couch & love seat, end tables, DR table & chairs, beds, desk, TV, Bose speakers, pots/pans/ dishes, etc. Call 78343 or 90545 6ft Satellite dish, $600. Pana sonic Cordless Phone set with Couch, $100. Call Mike 77121 2 dining room sets, infant car seat, large area rug, bass guitar and amp, coffee tables. Call 78009 The scoop JTFs SAFE RIDE HOME To prevent drinking and driving, those out drinking can take a safe ride home. Those not drinking can walk. Call 84913 or 84781. CARMEN DEEDY READING May 25, 1900, Base Chapel. This published author will read Growing Up Cuban in Decatur Gerogia. Open to all hands. Kick off the Memorial Day weekend with a live reading. CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA May 26, Ferry Landing Beach, 09001200. Soggy Bottom Cardboard Boat Regatta. FMI, call 2345. Darrrrrr. SATURDAY SPALSH May 26, Windjammer Pool, 10001700. Open to all hands. FMI, call 2205. UFC FIGHT May 26, OKellys Irish Pub, 2100. Santos vs. Overreem for the World Title. FMI, call 75503. MEMORIAL DAY 5K May 26, Chirstmas Tree Hill, 0645. Open to all hands. FMI, call 2113. LIVE SHOWS May 26, Tiki Bar, 2130, Volcano Joe and The Hot Lava Band. What? May 27, Downtown Lyceum, 1730. Food, drinks, and games. Volcano Joe performs at 1900. Vertical Horizon rocks out 90s style at 2000. FMI, call 4882. ZOMBIES ARISE! WE WALK! May 30, walk starts at 1930. Walk from Denich Gym to the Downtown Lyceum with your fellow zombies and help scare the locals. Get zombiewill play at the Downtown Lyceum at 2000. FMI, call 2113. Braaaains! COMMUNITY GYM SALE June 2, W.T. Sampson Elementary School Gym, 0800-1300. Join in the commuinty sale of things peo ple have piled up and dont know what to do with. HOCKEY AT 100 DEGREES June 1-June 2, Open rec. 5 on 5 floor hockey tourney. Why play on the ice when you can sweat in the heat? Located at the Denich Gym hockey rink, games start at 1845. Nothing says hockey like heat. MWR Liberty Center Recreation Aide ( Full time), US hire $8.71 per hour, FN hire $7.35 + .58 BA per hour Liberty Center Recreation Aide (Flex) US hire $7.25 per hour, FN hire $5.86 Library Aide (Flex) US hire $7.25 per hour, FN hire $5.86 Electrician US hire $14.47 per hour, FN hire $8.08 + .40 BA Cahier Windjammer (Full Time) US hire $7.25 per hour, FN hire $5.86 + .52 BA Warehouse Worker (Flex) US hire $10.22 per hour, FN hire $5.90+ .52 BA FMI, call 74121. NAF HR is located DOWNTOWN LYCEUM FRIDAY MAY 25 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: SATURDAY MAY 26 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: SUNDAY MAY 27 8 p.m.: MONDAY MAY 28 8 p.m.: TUESDAY MAY 29 8 p.m.: WEDNESDAY MAY 30 8 p.m.: THURSDAY MAY 31 8 p.m.: Battleship (new) PG13 131 min. American Reunion (new) R 113 min. NO MOVIE Battleship PG13 131 min. A Thousand Words (last) PG13 91 min. Zombieland R 88 min. The Avengers PG13 142 min. CALL THE MOVIE HOTLINE @ 4880 NO MOVIE NO MOVIE GTMO E-mail classified ad submissions to PAO-CLASSIFIEDADS@ USNBGTMO.NAVY.MIL If sent to any other e-mail, it may not be published. 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 Guan Justin Ailes at 4520 with your questions or concerns GTMO JOB HUNT MOVIES May 25th, Marine Site M118, 0630 -0900 June 2, Windward Loop 13A, 0800-1000 June 2nd, VL 7A, 0800-1000 Lost: Black and silver titanium ring with an engraving of 1 Cor inthians verse on the inside. If found please contact MatMan at the Hospital at 72315 2012 Diamondback Response Sport mountainbike, $200. email boybaho10@gmail.com BREMCOR on island position as the Wildlife Control Technician in support of the Natural Resources Manager with the implementation of wildlife conservation programs. Work will primarily take place outdoors and at night. If interested, please email your resume to BRSC HR Manager, Erika Stead at estead@brgtmo. com or call 78416 or 75790 Discovering the Universe 9th Ed by Comins, Neil F. ISBN-13: 9781429255202. This book is for Columbia College. $100. Call 773690


Parent Teacher Organization Raises Funds During Talent Show Terence Peck N aval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cubas Parent Teacher Organization sponsored a talent show at the W.T. Sampson elementary school, May 18. e talent show, which was opened to students and teachers, raised more than $880 and featured an art exhibit, dramatic arts and dance, vocalists and instrumentalists. e money will be used for future PTO events for all W. T. Sampson students and families, said Personnel Specialist 1st Class Christina OHara, Personnel Service Detachment GTMO. OHara said that the talent show provided the participants an Paola Merrill plays violin with her brother Rohan Merril, as he plays classical guitar during a perfromance at the Parent Teacher Organizations Talent Show, May. 18. The event was held at W.T. Sampson elementary schools outdoor auditorium and featured vocalists, instrumentalists, dramatic arts and dance. opportunity to share their talents and increase their condence. In order to hold the show, the PTO received help from many volunteers. e committee of nine parents, teachers, and board members, started meeting and planning in March, she said. We had about 20 volunteers to help direct trac, keep the kids occupied in their dressing rooms. Some acted as bouncers to make sure people all entered in the right entrance, to monitor the art display and to run our concession stand. e PTO will host a volunteer luncheon June 1 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the W. T. Sampson elementary school teachers lounge. We want to show all those who volunteered a special big thank you for raising their hand to help us when we needed help.