Guantánamo Bay gazette

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Guantánamo Bay gazette
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Description based on: Vol. 60, no. 40 (Oct. 3, 2003); title from title screen (viewed Dec. 10, 2004).
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Latest issue consulted: Vol. 64, no. 33 (Aug. 31, 2007).

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Memorial Day Remembrance Service Held At GTMO MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Commanding Officer Capt. Kirk Hibbert and Executive Officer Cdr. William Rabchenia salute the National Ensign during the Memorial Day rememberance service May 28. Held at Cuzco Wells cemetery, the service honored American service members and their sacrifices while serving their country. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Marvin Thompson NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba commanding ocer, and a three-gun volley salute from Marine Corps Security Force Company (MCSFCO) Marines. Memorial Day is a day of recognition where we honor the sacrice of all those who died in service to our nation and whom we continue to remember in our hearts, said Capt. Hibbert. We also pray for their families, friends and fellow service men and women, and we mark this day with a solemn note as we grieve the loss of our beloved comrades in arms, while also celebrating their legacy. Cuzco Wells Cemetery is located on the site of the Battle of Cuzco Wells where the Spanish Army was driven from what is now the naval station during the SpanishAmerican War of 1898. is event marked the one time out of the year where the cemetery is open to the general public. We often hear that freedom has a price and that each generation pays its dues, said Hibbert. Today we acknowledge a bill paid and say thank you to those who for generations, have in the words of one Soldier poet wrotetaste death in youth, that liberty might grow old. R esidents at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba attended a Memorial Day remembrance service at Cuzco Wells Cemetery, May 28. e service was held to honor American service members and their sacrices while serving their country. GTMOs Memorial Day service began with the observance of morning colors and the placing of a wreath at the base of the national ensign. e service also included remarks from Capt. Kirk Hibbert,


MC2 Oliver Cole LS3 Louis Delk LS3 Dominique Williams LN1 Miranda Fuller HM3 Antonio Blackmon PS3 Keyerro Parnell MA2 George Aguirre MA2 Peter Biloschaetzke MA3 Andrew Black MA3 Sean Blacklidge MA2 Aaron Cooper MA2 Thomas Croad MA3 Colby Davis MA3 Chad Deem MA2 Jessica Freeman MA2 Louis Gonzalez MA1 Stanislaw Gromadzki MA3 Johnny Hoyos MA3 Franko Hunter MA3 Smantha Jackson MA2 Benjamin Jaster MA3 Christopher Marlink MA3 Molly Meehan YN3 Austin Millard MA3 Justin Pickens MA3 Blake Pinto MA3 Matthew Prim MA3 William Sickler MA3 Charles Sion MA2 Aaron Stehle MA2 Erica Williams MA2 Michael Zilavetz MA2 Jesse Beltran MA2 Zackary Bull MA1 Francis Carmon MA3 Ike Lee Benette Go MA2 Jordan Jenkins MA3 Thomas Justice MA3 Matthew Lambert MA3 Kayla Makousky MA3 Chad Perez MA2 Jacob Widener YN3 Ian Browder MA3 Benjamin Hoffman RP1 Sandra Hosier YN2 Ricardo Ledesma QM2 John Null CS2 Anicesha Rogers GM1 Homer Small YN3 Matthew Winney MA3 Stepahnie Broussard HM1 Orlando Atencia HM3 Milton Curry HM2 Renita Flakes HM3 Grayson Johnson HM3 Shevonne Marcelle HM2 Miguel Mejiacontreras HM3 Innocent Ntamag HM3 Chase Permenter HM3 Gregory Sanders HM3 Timothy Sena HM3 Chase Sims CS1 Jonathan Trotman HM2 Louvel Velicaria HM2 Melody Warren HM3 Fengyuan Yu HM3 Jasheem Mcrae MA3 Matthew Angelow Petty Officers See Advancement Improvement Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs M ore than 29,000 Sailors are on their way to advancement to E4, E5 and E6 with the release of the Petty Officer list May 25. Navy leaders opened advancement opportunity to higher levels this cycle to fill Fleet vacancies with Sailors possessing the skills and experience required to fill those vacancies. As part of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative focus on readiness, our goal is to provide the Fleet with the right Sailor with the right skills and the right experience level to maximize Navys readiness, said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, director of Military Personnel Plans and Policy. Sailors taking the E4 test saw their advancement opportunity increase from 30.97 percent to 45.83 percent while E5 advancement opportunity increased from 20.68 percent to 30.94 percent. Those taking the E6 test saw opportunity increase from 10.75 percent to 16.18 percent. No ratings had zero back to back opportunity and only one rating (at only the E6 level) saw zero opportunity this cycle. However, officials point out, future advancement opportunity may not be as high as this cycle; but will move closer to historic advancement levels. Navys continued efforts to provide a balanced force are proving successful, officials said. As the force becomes more balanced, future advancement opportunity will become more stable offering more consistent promotion opportunity to Sailors over the long term. Advancement results are posted on the Navy Personnel Commands Bupers OnLine Web page at Base residents compete in MWRs Memorial Day 10k run at NS Guantanamo Bays Christmas Tree Hill, May 26. The event was held to offer the community an opportunity to honor service members while participating in a fitness challenge. Prizes were awarded to the first and second place finishers in each age category.


I f we took a survey to see how many people have had encounters with ants, Chaplain Larry Jones Guantanamo Bay Deputy Chaplain Consider the Ant Im sure the numbers would be high. Growing up in South Georgia, to see ants or to be bitten by an ant is very common. On a nice summer day, they can surely be a nuisance to a wonderfully planned picnic. Known as one of the smallest creatures in creation, they teach us much. King Solomon used the ant to provide encouragement to C haplains Corner Disabled Veterans Dive Guantanamo Bays Waters MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor R eef Raiders Dive Club at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba hosted seven Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS) veterans, May 24-28. Located at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD, the SUDS program is designed to help improve the lives of injured service members by training them in a challenging activity while facilitating the rehabilitation process and promoting mobility. The SUDS program is the best program Ive been involved in during my time at Walter Reed, said disabled veteran Army Sgt. Preston Kaplan. Everyone in the community has been overwhelmingly supportive, and being in Guantanamo Bay has provided a very welcoming feeling and a sense of pride and accomplishment. Numerous sponsors and volunteers including NS Guantanamo Bays Joint Task Force (JTF), Port Operations department, Dive Locker, and American Red Cross assisted the wounded warriors in obtaining their dive qualifications. This is the eighth trip SUDS have made to Guantanamo Bay, said Eric Reese, Reef Raiders Dive Club President. There is a large diving community on base that is willing to assist with this rewarding program. If you talk to SUDS veterans who have been here before, theyll agree GTMO is really the crown jewel of the SUDS diving experience. From the time these warriors show up to the time they leave, they are completely taken care of. The SUDS members attended two days of open water training to receive dive certifications, before participating in un-assisted dives in Guantanamo Bays numerous dive spot locations. After being here, SUDS veterans get a sense and understanding that they dont have to drastically change their lives because of their injuries, said Reese. Its great for them to get out and be a part of communities like ours that are so strong and interested in helping other military members. Qualifying these guys as divers and being a part of this rewarding experience is worth every bit of our time and efforts. Volunteers assist a disabled veteran during an open water dive at NS Guantanamo Bays Cable beach, May 28. In coordination with Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo Bay, the installations Reef Raiders Dive Club hosted seven Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS) veterans to train and achieve diving certifications. This visit marked the eighth time SUDS has toured Guantanamo Bay. stay busy and to prepare always for the future. e ant is continually busy gathering and storing up food. e ant doesnt wait for the order to work, but takes the initiative in case there is unforeseeable circumstances preventing the work from being done. We all have novel ideas and plans for our lives. Maybe we are waiting for someone to tell us to begin the process. Let us consider the ways of the ant; however, and become wise by taking the initiative to plan and implement our futures. For some that could possibly mean completing a degree, working on qualications or staying in shape by maintaining a balanced workout regimen. I encourage all of us to stay busy like the ant and keep working towards a successful future.


Alternative rock band Vertical Horizon perform for base residents at the downtown Lyceum, May 27. Navy Entertainment and NS Guantanamo Bays MWR hosted the group as well as Orlando, Fla. musicians Volcano Joe and the Hot Lava Band. The performances were provied as part of MWRs holiday weekend entertainment.


MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor Recording Artists Vertical Horizon Rock Guantanamo I n coordination with Navy Entertainment, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba hosted recording artists Vertical Horizon, May 26-29. Performing at the installations downtown Lyceum, the alternative rock band played their hits for base residents before Memorial Day as part of MWRs holiday weekend entertainment. MWR wanted to provide entertainment for the troopers and families on base and allow GTMO residents to relax and enjoy entertainment provided specically for them, said Brittany Hanna, NS Guantanamo Bay MWR Marketing Coordinator. Navy Entertainment brought Vertical Horizon to GTMO because the band members wanted to perform for the troops and honor service members. To see more, like us on Facebook MWR also hosted Orlando, Fla. music group Volcano Joe and the Hot Lava Band, who performed two shows for the community over the weekend. Bringing in musical groups boosts morale and gives residents a better quality of living, said Hanna. ese performances enhanced the weekend by providing live entertainment not typical in GTMO. Volcano Joe and the Hot Lava Band used audience participation in their performances and have an energetic, fun feel while singing cover songs that the most people would know. ere was denitely excitement in the air. Vertical Horizon formed in Washington, D.C. in 1991. e band is best known for a string of hits in 1999 and early 2000s, including Youre a God, Everything You Want, and Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning). For us to come with sort of eyes wide-open and good intentions in our hearts and to be able to come and say thank you to the troops, really means more to us than I could have ever imagined, said Matt Scannell, Vertical Horizon lead vocalist.


Congressman Visits GTMO, Special Category Residents Terence Peck F lorida Sen. Marco Rubio visited Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to conduct oversight of the facility, tour the base and meet the commander of Joint Task Force GTMO, May 29. During his visit, he stopped by the Naval Stations H-4 facility to talk with Cuban special category residents. e special-category residents are current or former Cuban employees of the base who remained on-station after the U.S. and Cuba broke diplomatic relations in the early 1960s. Approximately 350 Cubans who worked for the Naval Station were granted asylum. e H-4 facility provides age-appropriate stang, structured activities of daily living and supportive care to the residents. Rubio said that he stopped to talk with the residents because they provided invaluable service to the United States, with some for over 50 years. Many of them separated from their families even though they live just a short distance away, separated physically from the families for such a long period of time because of their service to the United States, he said. ey have a very unique immigration need and these are folks that are now in their 80s and late 70s who desperately want to become American citizens; some of them do before they pass and so we want to hopefully go back to Washington and be able to gure out a solution for them. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (center) visits with NS Guantanamo Bays special category residents at the installations H-4 facility, May 29. Rubio was at NS Guantanamo Bay to conduct oversight of the facility, tour the base and meet with the commander of Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo. Today, there are 32 special-category residents remaining. Left: The living dead roam the streets of GTMO during MWRs Zombie Walk, May 30. Base residents were invited to receive free face-painting at Denich Gym, before shuffling to the downtown Lyceum to watch the film Zombieland. Right: Community members participate in MWRs annual Soggy Bottom Cardboard Boat Regatta at Windward Ferry Landing beach, May 26. Participants raced hand-crafted vessels made entirely of cardboard and duct tape around a 100-yard course.


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Must leave the Island Phone Number: 77641 (After 1500) 7 Honda Civic Price: $1000 Tinted Windows, Power windows Sun/Moon roof, CD player, A/C GREAT running condition. *Needs Work: 3900 or Home: 73830 Ford Ranger XL Year 1994, New fuel pump, new front brake pads Engine running very smooth, very good con dition Price :$2000 (obo) Call Martin 78475 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix black, fully loaded, $3100.00 call (78475) Noel 1999 Mazda, Protege, 5 spead, 4 doors, 119000 miles, A/C works.CD player & radio, power doors and win dows, price $3500, please call Faris 7845 1997 Jeep Wrangler 82K miles. New Round dining room table, seating for 4. Solid Oak construction. Includes leaf to accommodate 2 more seats. $150 OBO. Contact 74322 NordicTrack E4400 $180 OBO; EDGE stationary exercise bike. FMI Call 75798 after 16:30 Misc furnishings and household items, including treadmill, couch & love seat, end tables, DR table & chairs, beds, desk, TV, Bose speak ers, pots/pans/dishes, etc. Call 78343 or 90545 77121 2 dining room sets, infant car seat, large area rug, bass guitar and amp, coffee tables. Call 78009 Regalo Hide Away Bed Rail for Tod dlers, white. $15 ph 78009 For Sale: Gas weedeater, trimmer, blower all in one. Toro. Best offer gets it. ph 78009 40 LCD TV $200, 30 LED with HD MIA new $250, Free to Air receiver & 6feet Dish $250, 2 Vacuum cleaners bag less $40 each, 2 entertainment center $200 for both, Can separate. Sofa and Love seat with marble top coffee table $250. Also Garage sale on Saturday & Sunday June 1st and 2nd from 9am till 4pm call 78470 or Email: 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 DOWNTOWN LYCEUM FRIDAY June 1 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: SATURDAY June 2 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: SUNDAY June 3 8 p.m.: MONDAY June 4 8 p.m.: TUESDAY June 5 8 p.m.: WEDNESDAY June 6 8 p.m.: THURSDAY June 7 8 p.m.: Men in Black 3 (new) PG13 103 min. Cabin in the Woods (new) R 95 min. NO MOVIE NO MOVIE NO MOVIE NO MOVIE Lockout (new) PG13 95 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 KEYS FOUND behind the high school: Please call x3500 to de scribe and claim. Men Full Wet Suit, Bare (tropical se ries) : $40 Please call: 78450 For sale, Kent Men mountain bike, with Helmet, lock and light Asking $75 Please call 77123 be fore 2:00 PM. Two Diamondback adult bikes, 26 frames. One Gold and One Red. $75 each. Two Adult Beach Cruiser bikes. $50 each. Call 74322 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 Sharp 16 Standard Color TV (not screen) $30 OBO. FMI Call 75798 after 16:30 55 projection screen TV with sur round sound system, speakers, BluRay DVD player and VHS player sold all together as a set for $500 OBO. Call 77757 6ft Satellite dish, $600. Panasonic Cordless Phone set with 3 handsets, $40. Call Mike 77121 SCSI Modem with extra wiring $50. Call 84150 SCSI Modem, NEW Style/Model Incl. Pwr Supp., Ethernet Cable. Asking $60. Please Call 58545 Travel Electric Guitar, 30watt duel amp, with guitar tuner all like new. $150 takes it all78470 Starband satellite system. Complete with: dish, feed horn, waveguide, LNB, 2 watt rx and new modem. 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Paola Point # 8 June 2nd Moving Sale 9-1pm 2206 A Villamar, everything must go paint, midnight blue. New seat covers, CD Player. Comes with bikini and sa fari top. Available on 7/7. 9000 or best offer. Please call 74322. Moving sale this weekend June 2-3, 4B Caribian Circle, Please call Roy at 75589: VW Cabrio 2002, 66k, all power in excellent condition $5,250. Ford Mustang Convertible, $6000. Red with leather seating, new alternator, runs great, good condition, 115,000 miles. Call AJ at 77519(h) or 4805(w). 1993 Saturn 4doors very clean $1400, 94 Nissan Quest nice clean with A/C 7 passengers $1700, call 78470 or Email: Babil217@yahoo. com


Archbishop Of The Military Services Visits Guantanamo Bay MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor T he Chapel department at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba hosted the Archbishop of the Military Services, May 26-29. Archbishop Timothy Broglio made his pastoral visit to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on the Catholic community. While he was at NS Guantanamo Bay, he also delivered the invocation during the Memorial Day observance ceremony at the installations Cuzco Wells cemetery. The Archbishop is the leader of all Catholic men and women in the military and all personnel at American military installations, said Lt. Tung Tran, NS Guantanamo Bay Staff Archbishop of the Military Service Timothy Broglio leads a congregation before conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation on the Catholic community at the base chapel, May 27. The Archbishop also delivered the invocation during the Memeorial Day observance service at Cuzco Wells cemetery. Chaplain. He came here to teach, encourage, and see the welfare of people under his care. Prior to the Memorial Day observance ceremony, Broglio held Confirmation Mass on Pentecost Sunday at the base chapel, and with troops at Guantanamo Bays Joint Task Force (JTF). The Archbishop cares about peace, justice, and religious freedom, said Tran. He teaches the people in his care to pursue and live these ideals. His visit is a sign that the church cares, all service members are appreciated, and all workers and residents at NS Guantanamo Bay are remembered and held dear. Pope Benedict XVI named Broglio head of the Archdiocese for the Military Services November 2007, and he was formally installed as the fourth Archbishop of the Military Services January 2008.

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