Guantánamo Bay gazette
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00098616/00275
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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: 10-05-2012
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 )
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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).
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 57204860
System ID: UF00098616:00275
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GTMO Hosts USS Ships, U.S. 4th Fleet Commander MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Commanding Officer J.R. Nettleton escorts Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 40 Capt. Ace Van Wagoner and U.S. 4th Fleet Commander, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris as they disembark USS Anzio (CG 68) and USS Underwood (FFG 36) during the ships visit to the installation during their support of multi-national training exercise UNITAS Atlantic 53. Thirteen multi-national ships from seven partner nations participated in the exercise that originated in Key West, Fla. and officially ended in the Western Caribbean area of responsibility September 29. UNITAS Atlantic 53 is a U.S. and South American-sponsored international naval exercise and is the longest ongoing maritime exercise in the region. UNITAS is designed to train each naval force in a variety of maritime scenarios, to provide the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability. U SS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Anzio (CG 68) visited Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during their deployments in support of multi-national maritime exercise Southern Seas 2012 and UNITAS Atlantic 53, Sept. 29-30. USS Underwood received logistic support from the installation including fuel, water and supplies, while UNITAS agship USS Anzio disembarked attached sta members from Destroyer Squadron 40 including U.S 4th Fleet Commander, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris. Guantanamo Bay is an important logistical base for U.S. 4th Fleet as it is the only forward deployed, full service naval station in our area of responsibility, said U.S. 4th Fleet Public Aairs Ocer Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker. UNITAS Atlantic 53 is a U.S. and South America-sponsored international naval exercise. is is the 53rd year partner nations have participated in UNITAS, which stands for unity, making it the longest ongoing maritime exercise in the region. Having Guantanamo Bay as a port visit is so important for us at this point in our deployment, said Southern Seas 2012 Public Aairs Ocer Lt. Stephanie Homick. Its the last U.S. base well hit before returning to homeport and its a great logistical stop for all the last minute items well need to see us through to the end. e crew is really glad it has this opportunity to pull into Guantanamo Bay. Its a huge morale booster to get supplies and other items from a place that almost feels like home. Guantanamo is like any other U.S. base that provides for the Navys needs. irteen multi-national ships from seven partner nations participated in the exercise that originated in Key West, Fla. and ocially ended in the Western Caribbean Sept. 29. Warships from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom and observers from France, Jamaica, Panama and Peru participated in the exercise. UNITAS is designed to train each naval force in a variety of maritime scenarios, with each operating as a component of USS SHIPS For more see page 6


GTMOs NEX, MWR Host 11th Annual Customer Appreciation Weekend MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor N avy Exchange (NEX) and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, hosted the 11th annual Customer Appreciation Weekend, Sept. 28-30. Numerous events were held at different locations on base during the jam-packed weekend, designed to provide the JTF Troopers strain against the 7,500 pound weight of an M1151 Humvee during the NEX/MWR Customer Appreciation Weekends Humvee-pull competition. 19 teams of three competed during the event. NEX/MWR For more see page 6 Guantanamo Bay community a unique shopping experience and a venue for entertainment as a way to say thank you for the support from their valued customers. This event gave the vendors and entertainers a chance to meet the troops and thank them for their service, said NS Guantanamo Bay NEX General Manager Catherine Kitty Case. Thats the reason all of the vendors and entertainers come. In coordination with Navy Entertainment, this years event featured numerous musical performances from the Kelly Bell Band. The group has toured with Navy Entertainment and performed shows for service members as far as San Diego and more recently and through Europe for a 4th of July show this past summer. From Baltimore, Md., the Kelly Bell Band has been voted the Best Blues Band in the Mid Atlantic Region 12 years in a row.


W e do them in such little ways that we hardly notice. Going Capt. Van Dickens NS Guantanamo Bay Command Chaplain The Little Things just a little faster than the speed limit, cutting out a little earlier than were supposed to, failing to reimburse a friend for the two dollars he loaned you, fudging on numbers to look a little better on reports. Everybodys doing it. Its not that big a deal, we think. And then it happens. We cross a line we dont see anymore and do a far worse wrong. How did we allow ourselves to go that far? We had never C haplains Corner done anything that serious before. And yet, our habitual little crimes kept adding up. In time, the dierence between right and wrong became blurred, until we got caught doing something very wrong. Early in my career I visited with an ocer who resigned his commission after being NJPd for lying on his physical readiness test. All he needed in order to pass was to be counted for one more pushup. No big deal, right? Hmm. So hows your moral compass these days? What keeps you from drifting o course? What core values and spiritual resources do you habitually draw from in order to habitually stay morally straight? What is your center of gravity for right living? Not sure? I know who can help. USNH Emergency Room Re-opening in Original Location U .S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay is putting the final touches on upgrades to the main hospital building that began in October 2009. Renovations to D-Wing (Emergency Room and Galley at the back of the hospital on the first deck, and Operating Room spaces on the second deck) are almost complete. It is important that everyone on the base know that no hospital services have been, or will be interrupted, said LCDR Willie Carter, MSC, USNH GTMO Director of Administration. CAPT Richard Stoltz, MSC, USNH GTMO Commanding Officer, has directed it is business as usual, and it is imperative to make this long-term renovation as seamless as possible for people who need hospital services. Beginning Oct. 9 at 4 p.m., the Emergency Room will be relocated to its normal location on the first floor inside the main hospital building. Signs will be posted to redirect patients to the Emergency Room entrance and designated parking. The current hospital was constructed in the mid-1950s, and opened its doors in 1956, said Carter. The current on-going renovation is the first major upgrade to the hospital since that time. Although many of the upgrades will not be noticeable to the casual observer, the hospitals entire fire-suppression system has been replaced, and most of the hospitals life-safety measures have been upgraded to meet current codes. While most of the hospital renovations have been completed, there are still a few spaces that are still being upgraded. The hospital galley is still undergoing renovation, and is scheduled to reopen by the end of this calendar year. Stacey Byington ID Cards Renewal Process Lt. Mike Baldwin A nyone who has ever had to renew a military ID card knows the drill. Between making appointments, scheduling a mutually agreeable time for sponsors and family members, lling out paperwork and waiting for your name to be called, it can take a fair amount of time and eort. And if your sponsor is deployed, you should be sure to bring a power of attorney. Well, the process has just become much easier. e Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) now oers the Real-time Automated Personnel Identication System (RAPIDS), a self-service portal that provides common access card (CAC) holders with online access to apply for ID cards for family members or retirees or to update dependent statuses. So whether the military sponsor is nearby on the installation or deployed overseas, or if the family member is a college student residing in another state, the RAPIDS portal provides a way for the service member to authenticate eligibility without the need to be physically present. e process is simple. e CAC holder can log in to the RAPIDS site and access their family members information, which the military sponsor can update, if needed. For an ID card, the CAC holder must complete DD Form 1172-2 and electronically sign it. e family member can then take a printed version of the Form 1172-2 to the nearest DMDC oce, easily located by using the RAPIDS Site Locator, to get an ID. e service member does not need to accompany the family member to the site to pick up the card. RAPIDS also can provide the CAC holder with a Department of Defense (DoD) selfservice username and password, called a DS Logon, which can provide access to several DoD and Veterans Administration (VA) websites. ere are two levels of access: basic and premium. e premium level will oer the greatest access to personal data and more ability to interact with that data, such as applying for benets online, checking the status of a claim, and updating records. You must apply in person for the premium level. As this sophisticated system matures, DMDC may expand self-service options to include changing email certicates and updating information about family members. Additional identity information, such as ngerprints, may even be added to the system. Keep an eye out for more exciting news about RAPIDS.


A Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo Bay Trooper assists an installation youth as he pretends to fire one of the many weapons Army service members had on display during National Night Out at the downtown Lyceum, Oct. 2. To see more,Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NSGuantanamoBay


T he Security department at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, hosted National Night Out at the downtown Lyceum, Oct. 2. National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event designed to heighten awareness, generate support for local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit, and organize community and police members in a crime-stopping partnership. e event itself is aimed at increasing police program awareness, neighborhood watches, and bringing the community together, said NS Guantanamo Bay Physical Security Ocer Edwin Quinones. e Security department is able to walk away knowing exactly who they are protecting and serving, residents are able to leave with new neighborly friends and crime prevention information, and everyone is able to walk away with a memory of another fun, entertaining, and diversied night. e event has been held annually since 1984 in the United States and is sponsored by the National Association of Town. ank you to Securitys Military Working Dog Handlers GTMOs Security Department Hosts National Night Out MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor who gave a performance that featured detection training and apprehension techniques, the Training division who had personnel in the Red Man gear [baton training], the Harbor Patrol Unit who showcased their new patrol boat, Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jodie Hurlbut and Master-at-Arms 1st Class David Ochsenfeld who were on the grill providing free food, but most importantly Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Eldis Vazquez-Flores who coordinated the event, said Quinones. ank you to all the volunteers, but especially the GTMO Spouse Association, Chief Petty Ocer Association, First Class Petty Ocer Association, the Wardroom for their nancial contributions and MWR and for their logistics and music support for the event. is years National Night Out featured Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Molly Meehan providing face-painting, a rock wall and balloon bounce house, displays from numerous departments and tenant commands on base including Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Troopers, Marine Corps Security Force Company Marines, and Weapons department Sailors, all with a focus on educating community members on the importance of crime prevention.


USS SHIPS From cover a multi-national force to provide the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability. The exercise develops and sustains relationships that improve the capacity of emerging and enduring partners maritime forces to achieve common desired effects. The annual exercise fosters friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies. Southern Seas 2012 is a six-month U.S. Navy engagement and training operation to the Caribbean and Central and South America. During the deployment, USS Underwood and embarked units participated in a variety of exercises and multi-national exchanges to improve operational readiness and enhance relationships in the region. During the operation, assigned units focused on operating in the multi-national environment, preparing to deal with unconventional threats such as illicit trafficking, and improved training levels in a variety of mission areas. Participating forces took part in major regional exercises including UNITAS Atlantic, UNITAS Pacific, and Silent Force Exercise. Forces also participated in a series of theater security cooperation events, including military-to-military cooperation, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, combined training, and maritime security. Quartermaster 2nd Class Melissa Pate serves as Dockmaster during the arrival of USS Underwood (FFG 36) as she visits Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during her deployment in support of U.S. 4th Fleet mission Southern Seas 2012 and annual multi-national maritime exercise, UNITAS Atlantic 53. NEX/MWR From page 2 Chef and restaurant owner Mike Hardin poses with JTF Commander Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr. during a food-tasting prepared by Hardin and other chefs featured on Food Networks Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, as part of the NEX/MWR Customer Appreciation Weekend, Sept. 28-30. The entire NEX team, from the main store to the MiniMarts, to the Navy Lodge and everything in between, are trained to deliver premier customer service, said Case. For us, premier customer service is all about building personal relationships with our customers and enhancing each shopping experience with individual care so they are memorable. Wounded Warriors Marine Sgt. Than Naing and Lance Cpl. Christopher Heenan were also on-hand during the event to meet Guantanamos service members. Sgt. Naing related some of his experiences to the staff of U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Sept. 28. Naing joined the Marine Corps in 2004, and during his second tour in Iraq in 2006, was wounded in the shoulder by an enemy sniper, and medevaced first to Germany and then to Naval Hospital Bethesda. After hospitalization, he continued recovery in Wounded Warrior East, and upon full recovery, returned to full duty and reenlisted in the Marine Corps in 2008. Naing was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2010. It was there, about six months into his tour, that he was wounded during a firefight near a vehicle checkpoint, shot in the chest with the bullet exiting his back. Sgt. Naing talked to base residents about his experiences and highlighted the many achievements of the Wounded Warrior program. As part of the Customer Appreciation Weekend, Sideswipe, a martial arts based performance team which travels the country showcasing their combination of martial arts moves, aerodynamics, and gymnastics, performed at the NEX atrium for base residents. Sideswipe has appeared on such shows as The Jerry Lewis Telethon, The Wayne Brady Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as well as sporting events, live action shows and karate tournaments. The weekend event also featured a 5k race, an athletic shoe clinic, a community lunch fundraiser, grand prize givea-ways for free trips to Las Vegas and New York, a drawing for a $2000 NEX gift card, a fishing derby at the MWR Marina, a multicultural performance, a dance competition, and door prizes. Service members and civilians were also invited to competitively test their strength. Nineteen teams of three competed in a timed M1151 Humvee-pull competition. Team members strained against the 7,500 pound tactical vehicle as they competed for the best time and prizes. Closing out the weekend festivities, a food-tasting prepared from chefs featured on Food Networks television show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives was held at the Bayview restaurant. Chefs Johnny Brava, Dimitri Kallianis, and Mike Hardin provided their signature dishes for community members. Everyone has been very supportive, said Mike Hardin. Ive been coming to Guantanamo Bay for a while now and its always an amazing experience.


SHOPPER 7 Jeep Wrangler TJ. 2.5 Liter 4 cyl inder. manual transmission, new wa ter pump, new removable back seat, new MP3 CD stereo. Available Oct. 16. $6000 OBO. Call 79525, ask for Shawn 7 green Ford Explorer $3500 OBO. With 4 new tires, new battery, a/c, 4 wheel drive, 124k miles & more. Call Sharon at 2512 or 84150 7 green Ford Explorer $3500 OBO. 4 new tires, new battery, a/c, 4 wheel drive, 124k miles. Call Sharon at 2512 or 84150 4 22 STARCRAFT $7500 OBO. With trailer, inboard/outboard, tackle box ap much more. Call 4849 days or 77118 evenings. Ask for Walt 19 Center Console w/90HP Johnson OB, and trailer. All new Garmin Fish Finder/Humming Bird GPS Combo, Wise holders, nine separate stand-alone rod holders, four lay down rod/gaff holders, two rod out riggers, marine FM/CD/AUX w/speakers 1500 GPM Bilge, SE300 Hydrofoil. New topside, non-skid deck, and bottom paint, $7500. Call 77677 or 84532 0 Kia Soul, 2.0L, V4, 4 Door auto matic. Green with tinted windows and moonroof. Less than 13,500 miles, and has spent 2 and a half years of its life here at GTMO. Great car and runs great. PCSing and cannot take it with us. Car will not be available until Octo ber 6th. Asking $13,600. Please email jpwoods24@yahoo.com if interested Nissan Maxima a/c screams along with the stereo. Good condition, $2000. Call 77501 Chrysler Sebring LXI Coupe 3.0L, 99800 miles. New radiator and battery. A/C works. $2800. Home: 77082, Work 8191, email cdmoats@yahoo.com 26 foot Pontoon boat for sale. Ready for diving, snorkeling or swimming. Turn key ready with lots of stuff included. $4,000 OBO. Contact Rich at 84742 MWR NGIS Laborer 3 Flex Positions Administrative Assistant Full Time CYP Assistant Lead Full Time Movie Manager Full Time Bartender Flex Bartender Lead Flex Cashier Flex Electrician Full Time Recreation Asst. Lifeguard Flex Recreation Asst. Lifeguard Full Time CYP Program Asst. Full Time Bartender OKellys. Flex Computer Tech Full Time Food Svc. Worker Flex and Sundays Food Svc. Worker Flex, mornings only Food Svc. Worker Flex CYP Ops Clerk Flex CYP Asst. Flex Cook, Taco Bell Flex J ob Descriptions can be found on MWRs Job DOWNTOWN LYCEUM FRIDAY Oct. 5 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: SATURDAY Oct. 6 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: SUNDAY Oct. 7 8 p.m.: 10 p.m.: MONDAY Oct. 8 8 p.m.: TUESDAY Oct. 9 8 p.m.: WEDNESDAY Oct. 10 8 p.m.: THURSDAY Oct. 11 8 p.m.: Looper (new) R 119 min. Step Up Revolution PG13 99 min. CALL THE MOVIE HOTLINE @ 4880 GTMO E-mail classified ad submissions to PAO-CLASSIFIEDADS@ USNBGTMO.NAVY.MIL If sent to any other e-mail, it may not be pub lished. 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 Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, rial discretion on all content. Call MC2 Justin Ailes at 4520 with your questions or concerns GTMO JOB HUNT MOVIES (2) 100 Cu. Ft. Al. Tanks. Hydro dates 1/11 and 11/11. $150 each. Call 77872 SCSI modem, like new, in the box with CD w/ enthernet cable, power charger, phone cord $60. Call 78563 6 ft. offset satellite dish (good for DirecTV and Dish Network). Comes with DirecTV lnb and multiswitch, plus cables, $500. Bose Acoustimass 16 Series II 6.1 surround sound system, black color, comes with speakers wall mounts and Sony 7.1 receiver, $900. Apple TV, like new, $70. Insan ity workout complete DVD set, comes with mat, $50. Xenon Lights conver sion kit + Lights, $100. Call 75885 iMac Apple 21 decktop intel core i3 for $750 neg. SCSI modem, $40. Call 75849 or email skilbert_1981@yahoo Dell Windows Vista laptop, 2 gb memory with webcam. $350. Call 2441, 2600, 77430 MacBook Air Laptop,1.6GHz dualcore Intel Core i5 processor, OS X Lion 10.7.3, Speed 1.6 GHz, Memory 2 GB, HD 64GB, $800. Call 79561 Apple iPad 2 WiFi + 3G Verizon black, excellent condition. Includes protec tive case and leather smart cover, $500. Call 84908 (2) SCSI modems with ethernet ca bles, power supplies, and built in DSL Call 84165 or 2270 D.O.A.W.K. Dog Days (new) PG 94 min. Moonrise Kingdom PG13 93 min. Hotel Transylvania (new) PG 92 min. Total Recall PG13 121 min. Savages R 131 min. Ice Age Continental Drift PG 94 min. Dark Knight Rises PG13 165 min. The scoop SEABEE GOLF SCRAMBLE Oct. 7, 0700 check-in, 0800 Shot gun start, Yatera Seca Golf Course. Teams of 3-4 are welcome. $25 per person. Starter bag and lunch are included. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Call 4519 or 4518 to register. CAREER EXPLORATION Oct. 10, 0930-1130, Fleet and Family Support Center building 2135. Learn to match personal skills and traits with possible career occupations. Call 4153 to register. PARENTING TODDLERS Oct. 11, 1400-1600, Fleet and Fam ily Support Center building 2135. Learn to help your child reach mile stones through active play and hear from other parents. Call 4141 to register. HAIL AND FAREWELL The Filipino-American Cultural Asso ciation of Guantanamo Bay is host ing a Hail and Farewell event at Ca ble Beach, Oct. 7, starting at 1300. Bring a dish to share, bring a friend and celebrate Phillipine culture. GRIP IT AND RIP IT Oct. 14, Yatera Seca Golf Course, 0800-1200. Grip it and rip it golf ers. Theres a longest drive contest, closest to the pin contest, and cash prizes for 1st place men and wom en. 3 shots for $10. Sponsored by the Yater Seca Golf Association. NAVY BIRTHDAY BALL Oct. 13, Windjammer Ballroom. Tickets are sold out. Come out and celebrate the Navys 237th birth day and commemorate the War of 1812 Bicentennial. FMI, call 4721, 58601, or 3056. FLAMINGO FLOCKING Suprise your friends with a yard takes is a $20 donation. Flocking insurance is also available for dona tion to protect your yard. Brought to you by the 2013 Seabee Ball Com mittee. FMI, call 4148. SPACE A SIGN UP A new way to sign up for Space A has arrived. You may now email your leave chits to ATOC@USNBGTMO.NAVY.MIL. Remember, you can only be signed up the day your leave begins. (2) 6gal. gas cans, $5 each. (2) 3 gal. boat gas cans, $5 without hose, $7 with hose. Anchor light on a pole, $10. 24 anchor rode/chain, $25. Obrien double skis, $40. Obrien Sla lom ski, $40. V-ski bridle new, $20. 75 ski rope new, $20. (2) Dive Gear hangers, $3 each. Charbroil smoker and wood chips, $10. Tecumseh 20 4 HP lawn mower and gas can, $40. Danforth anchor, $20. Light wood night stand. Altec Lansing BS2621 Speaker System in box, $35. TV en tertainment center, 5 wide by 5 tall and 2 deep with a Sony Trinitron TV, $300 for both. Mini fridge, $50. Call Mark or Jo Gallagher 77872 Oct. 6, Caribbean Circle 3A, 1200 Oct. 6, Grandillo Point 13D, 0800 TRICARE TRICARE Service Representative GTMO. www.saic.com/careers. Keyword search Medprotect. Fulltime position, local hire. Washer and Dryer. Bought new 3 years ago. Both work great. $500 for both OBO. Call 77254 if interested Full size bed with mattress, box, and headboard $100. Computer desk, very good shape, like new and execu tive style black leather chair with built in multiple setting massager. Both for $100. Call 77106 Trouble with the Curve PG13 111 min.


N aval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cubas Fire department will hold Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13. Every year since 1957, Fire Prevention Week is observed with a new theme and this years theme is Know 2 Ways Out. e U.S., Canada, and all DoD facilities across the globe observe Fire Prevention Week. Remember these factual statistics and safety practices when youre at home: Home Fires: In 2010, 85% of all re deaths were caused by home res. Escape Planning: Develop and practice an escape plan. Have 2 Ways Out from each bedroom and living space. Establish a meeting place. Never go back into a burning building. Smoke Alarms: Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. Never disconnect detectors. Test monthly. Replace batteries every 6 months or when chirping. Every bedroom and level of a home should have smoke detector. Home Fire Sprinklers: Sprinklers are highly eective because they react so quickly in a re. ey reduce the risk of death and injury from a re because they dramatically reduce the heat, ames and smoke produced, allowing people time to evacuate the home. Never tamper with any part of a sprinkler system, nor close a shut-o valve. Cooking: Cooking equipment is the #1 leading cause of home res and associated injuries, and was tied with electrical res for the third leading cause of home re deaths. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of these res. If you must leave the cooking area, turn o the stove range and move the food to a cooler spot. Keep handles of pots and pans out of reach of children while cooking. Avoid overheating foods, especially oil. If a re starts, use a lid cover to place over the re to smother it. Never use water or a wet rag on grease res. If the re is too large to cover, use an ABC dry chemical re extinguisher. Heating: Heating equipment was the second leading cause of all reported home res and home re deaths, particularly during the cooler months. Never leave equipment unattended. Keep equipment at least 3 ft away from any combustible materials, such as furniture, draperies, desks and trash cans. Portable space heaters should be UL-listed with an automatic shut-o safety device such as tip-over switch and a thermostat. Never use extension cords. Plug directly into a wall outlet. Smoking Materials: Smoking is the #1 leading cause of home re deaths. Avoid smoking when tired while lying down on a bed or recliner to prevent you from falling asleep with a lit smoking device. Always dispose the cherry or butts in a non-combustible receptacle or ashtray. Ensure the smoking device is extinguished and cooled. Electrical: Electrical res are tied with cooking res for being the third leading cause of re deaths in home res. Extension cords and non-surge protected power taps are for temporary use only. Avoid overloading these power distribution devices. For permanent use and for protecting certain equipment, use surge suppressors or have a certied electrician install additional outlets. Avoid overloading wall outlets and breakers. Equipment should be in good operating condition, with no exposed wires. Always follow the manufacturers recommendations. Housekeeping: Keep home clean and avoid being a packrat. Clean dryer lint traps and electrical stove range from grease and food build-up. Candles: Keep candles clear from draperies and at least a foot away from all other combustibles. Candles should be placed on a solid, stable and non-combustible surface. Keep candles, matches and lighters out of reach from children. Alternatives to re lit candles are battery operated candle, use a candle warmer in lieu of a lit wick, or simply use a plug-in air freshener. Candles in bachelor quarters are not authorized to be lit. e Fire Department extends its invitation to all base personnel and families to join us to observe Fire Prevention Week. GTMOs Fire Department To Host Fire Prevention Week NS Guantanamo Bay Fire Department GTMO Kicks Off Combined Federal Campaign Season T he Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kicked o at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with a cake-cutting MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor Campaign season with a cake-cutting ceremony at the Gold Hill galley, Oct. 3. ceremony at the installations Gold Hill galley, Oct. 3. CFC is a program allowing certain charitable organizations to solicit contributions from employees of the federal government. e mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-ecient, and eective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. Ive been involved with CFC for several years, said NS Guantanamo Bay Executive Ocer Cdr. Colin Caswell. is program is a great way for military members to give back to the community. ere a lot of worth-while organizations that depends on the CFC. Its very important for us to show our support. To learn more about making donations to the CFC, contact your department representative or the installations CFC Coordinator, Chief Gunners Mate Derrick Abson. CFC was established in 1961 and is the largest workplace charity campaign in the U.S. It is the only campaign authorized to solicit from federal employees in the workplace on behalf of charitable organizations.