Guantánamo Bay gazette

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Guantánamo Bay gazette
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Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
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Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base


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Current issue plus archived issues covering the most recent 12 months.
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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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University of Florida
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Guantanamo Bay Conducts Training Exercise Imminent Threat Kelly Wirfel N aval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay held an anti-terrorism and force protection training exercise, Operation Imminent reat, Nov. 6-8. Operation Imminent reat is designed to test the installations chain of command and rst responders on a variety of terrorism and force protection threats. e fact that we are conducting this exercise is not intended to cause alarm, said Kevin Robarge, Installation Training Ocer. Rather, the goal is to instill a sense of condence in the Guantanamo Bay community that we are training to prevent terrorism and, if necessary, that we are ready to react and recover from all hazards. e Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that controls all the assets was manned during the evolutions ensuring communication was taking place and was understood between all the departments. During the three-day exercise, the EOC served as the central hub for all communications and allowed personnel to evaluate and direct available resources based on their priority. Around 20 role players were utilized to present unexpected challenges that mirrored the real time exercise, showing the command and leadership where changes need to be made but in most cases, reected the readiness when such incidents arose. e 17 scenarios took place over a three day period and ranged from the detection of a suspicious package to an explosion at a highly populated area. e various scenarios allowed us to ex and test a variety of possible threats, said Robarge. e length of the exercise allowed the rst responders to make adjustments to their procedures throughout the three days. What they learned the rst few days of the exercise was clearly evident during the nal mass casualty scenario. First responders included the Naval Stations security department, re and emergency services and the Naval Hospital. Overall I think the exercise went outstanding. e emergency response around the base to include the hospital and tenant commands proved that they could coordinate, communicate and mitigate any threat, said Robarge. Everyone involved with the drill truly went above and beyond to make it a success. Security department Master-at-Arms apprehend a suspected car bomber during an anti-terrorism and force protection training exercise, Operation Imminent Threat, Nov. 7. The three-day arose. The scenarios ranged from the detection of a suspicious package to an explosion at a highly populated area.


MCPON Releases Zeroing In On Excellence Initiative NAVY News Service M aster Chief Petty Ocer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens released his Zeroing in on Excellence initiative in the form of four letters to the Navy Chiefs Mess Nov. 6. e Zeroing in on Excellence initiative consists of three focus areas: developing leaders, good order and discipline, and controlling what we own. Zeroing in on Excellence is a universal theme we can all apply in our respective positions, said Stevens. It does not distract from or add to existing individual roles and responsibilities it provides a sturdy framework around which we can build sound, durable readiness. In his letters, MCPON clearly and concisely outlined his thoughts on the overarching theme of Zeroing in on Excellence and how each of the three focus areas help create an environment where the Navy gets stronger. I believe developing leaders, fostering good order and discipline and controlling what we own help us get precisely that type of environment, now and down the road, said Stevens. ese are not single actions; they are deliberate mindsets that permeate our processes and procedures. MCPON stated that his focus points could be powerful engines of inuence, but assured the Mess it is their commitment to this vision that would help the ideas within it become a heightened part of our consciousness. If we grab Zeroing in on Excellence and maintain a steady strain on the ideas it entails, we will have a positive impact on readiness and get after some of the issues tainting our Navy, including sexual assault, suicide, domestic violence and alcohol/drug abuse, said Stevens. In MCPONs letter on Zeroing in on Excellence: Developing Leaders, he discussed the importance of developing leaders through a combination of mentorship, practical experience and training. Without competent leadership, even the most routine tasks can become dicult, said Stevens. If our Navy is going to continue climbing, then we as chief petty ocers must always seek to increase our and our Job/Department: Diver/Port Ops Age: 22 Home Town: Okinawa, Japan Quote: I dont carry lucky charms, but I believe in those things. Hero: ND1 Kerr Favorite TV Show: Duck Dynasty Favorite Hobby: Surfing Favorite Team: Flint Michigan Tropics Favorite GTMO Restaurant: Mongolian BBQ Favorite Movie: Point Break Favorite Musical Artist: Sublime Favorite Book: The Notebook How The Navy Has Improved His Life: Im not a surf bum anymore and I have learned a lot. Sailor Of The Week Because: ND2 is primarily responsible for locating and marking a UXO on Ferry Landing beach. He also helped clear the waterside at all beaches, helping with restoration after Hurricane Sandy. ND2 is currently assisting the Dive Locker prepare for a safety survey. NAVY DIVER 2ND CLASS CODY CA$H Sailors ability to lead. MCPON talked about the solid inventory of quality leadership training available to the enlisted community and how that combined with routine, daily, personal interaction will foster the kind of leadership that is necessary to ensure our Navys continued success. MCPONs letter, Zeroing in on Excellence: Good Order and Discipline, focused on the impact Good Order and Discipline has on warghting, readiness and mission accomplishment. To me, it [good order and discipline] is about establishing, sustaining and enforcing professional standards that set the condition for individual and unit success, said Stevens. Anything that interferes with or detracts from those conditions is contrary to Good Order and Discipline. MCPON stated that by-and-large he believes we are doing well in this area, but there is always room for improvement. He emphasized chief petty ocers own good order and discipline and every CPO, rst and foremost, must set the conditions through personal example and integrity in their own actions. In September, he approached his Leadership Mess, a group of eet, force and command master chiefs, asking them to speak with their Messes and help pinpoint top areas where the CPO community could make positive and immediate impacts on good order and discipline. After reviewing hundreds of responses, it became overwhelmingly clear that four areas stand out above all others, said Stevens. Leadership through personal example; accountability commensurate with responsibility; clear, unambiguous and personal communication throughout the chain of command; and excellence in the things we have rather than continuously inventing new solutions. Discussing distractions beyond our control, MCPON outlined the concept of control and inuence within our own sphere in his letter, Zeroing in on Excellence: Controlling What We Own. MCPONs Zeroing in on Excellence letters lay the framework for individual Chiefs Messes and commands to work within, allowing them to take his guidance and determine how to best employ the initiative to their specic commands and messes in order to functionally and eectively support CNOs Sailing Directions, build an environment where our entire Navy gets stronger, and follow the fundamental standard to work hard, stay out of trouble and be good and decent people.


T he story goes, St. Martin of Tours was born around the year 317 in Pannonia (Hungary). He was a soldier in the Lt. Tung Tran NS Guantanamo Bay Chaplain Services The History Of Modern Day Military Chaplaincy Roman Army. One day while he was at the city gate of Amiens (France) he encountered a beggar shivering from the cold. He drew his sword and cut his cloak in half, giving it to the beggar. C haplains Corner at night he had a vision in which Christ was dressed in the half cloak that he gave away. Martin served two more years in the army without carrying arms. He later became Bishop of Tours and then became Saint Martin of Tours. His cloak became a holy relic carried into battles by Frankish kings. e cloak was called in Latin cappa or in English cape. e caretaker of it was a priest, the cappellanus. Eventually, all clergy aliated with the military were called chapelains in French or chaplains in English. St. Martin of Tours is patron saint of soldiers as well as one of the patron saints of military chaplains in the Catholic liturgy. His feast day, November 11 is celebrated by many churches. Volunteers Restore Historic Restaurant At Guantanamo Bay V olunteers at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, donated their time to provide a facelift for a historic facility on base, Nov. 4. Numerous community members are working together to conduct a rehabilitation project at the Cuban Club restaurant. e project is designed to provide an atmosphere for community members to better experience authentic Cuban cuisine and culture. e actual project kicked o on the Oct. 14, said Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay (JTF) J6 Networks Installer and project co-sponsor Milta Dumas. ere are Seabees, civilians, Sailors, Soldiers, W.T. Sampson High School students, and contractors from numerous companies who have donated their spare time to assist after hours. Since the beginning of the project, volunteers have performed numerous tasks including applying sealant to the Cuban Clubs roof and air conditioner units as well as sealing cracks in the walls to prevent leaks, and provided a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of the facility. A trench has been dug in the back to keep the water from seeping into the sides of the oor and there are a lot of other small tasks that MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor are still a work-in-progress said Dumas. It is a collective project that is focused on the same idea thus making us a more united community. According to Dumas, this community outreach venture was set in motion from humble beginnings. It actually started with a simple idea to replace tablecloths and curtains, and it evolved from there, said Dumas. According to Cuban Club Manager Dennis Miller, prior to being a restaurant, the building was used as barracks. When they were no longer needed, the Cuban residents began using the building as community center, holding events and social gatherings for the residents on base. I believe that [Dennis Miller] will see this as full community involvement and he will see we value his establishment, said Dumas. It also gives him a sense of pride to know that the community in which he grew up in can pull together to make something like this happen. e Cuban Club ocially opened as a restaurant in 1985. I would like to thank everyone who has donated their time, said Dumas. is has truly been a blessing and I am sure the sta of the Cuban Club is also appreciative of all that will be going on. Me personally, I cant wait until the project is done.


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80s Guantanamo Rocks Out To Classics With Cover Band M80 M orale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, partnered with Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) to host cover band M80, Nov. 2. e Pennsylvania based pop artists provided musical entertainment while performing for community members at the installations Windjammer ballroom. MWR is always looking for something exciting and unique, said NS Guantanamo Bay MWR Community Activities Director Stephen Prestesater. M80 are new to the military tour and are very excited to have the chance to give back to the men and women of the armed services. M80 was recently voted Pennsylvanias number one cover band MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor for music from the 1980s and today. e band performs hits from a variety of artists including Duran Duran, Madonna, and Billy Idol. I feel that the performance was a huge hit, said Prestesater. We packed the house. I dont know if Ive ever seen the Windjammer ballroom completely full. With a turnout of more than 700 patrons, I would have to say that it was a great show. An added level of audience participation could be seen, as a majority of base residents attended the performance in their Halloween costumes. I believe that is was a much needed break from our daily struggles, said Prestesater. We have all been working so hard to get the base back up and operational after Hurricane Sandy, we desperately needed a night to just have fun. W i T h M 80


Girl Scouts Hold Investiture and Rededication Ceremony G irl Scouts at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, held an Investiture and Rededication ceremony at the installations W.T. Sampson elementary school gymnasium, Nov. 2. e ceremony welcomed new members to NS Guantanamo Bays Girl Scouts chapter and celebrated Founders Day. Founders Day is the celebration of Juliette Lows birthday, the founder of Girl Scouts, said NS Guantanamo Bays Girl Scouts Assistant Overseas Committee Chair Francesca Dietz. It was great for all of our girls and volunteers to come together and pledge to live by the values and principles of the Girl Scout law and promise. During the ceremony, the Girl Scouts held a court of awards and presented badges for accomplishments achieved this year. Girl Scouts is something that can help ease the transition of moving for families, said Dietz. Its something that is familiar for the girls from one place to another. Girl Scouts like to get involved in the community. Each of our troops is planning their own community service project that they will be working on during this year. According to Dietz, as part of Girls Scouts, all parties involved agree to live by the values and principles of the Girl Scouts law and promise which states: MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout. For more information on joining Girl Scouts or for volunteer opportunities, email at


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Pre-Comm Anchorage Visits Naval Station Guantanamo Bay P re-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Anchorage (LPD 23) visited Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Nov. 6. e San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship was in port for logistic support including 150,000 gallons of fuel. Were here to support ships any way we can, said Chief Boatswains Mate Bernard Hall, Port Services leading chief petty ocer. Any day we can serve the eet here in GTMO is a good day. e naval station is a logistical hub for military vessels operating MC2(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor in the Caribbean theater. e installations Port Operations department provides operational support for more than 150 ships a year. Anchorage is currently on her homeport transit to Naval Base San Diego. Anchorage is scheduled to be commissioned May 2013 in her namesake city of Anchorage, Alaska. Anchorage is the seventh ship in the LPD 17 San Antonioclass built by Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding. The ship was delivered to the Navy in September and is the second ship to bear the name, the previous being LSD 36 which was decommissioned October 2006.

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