Guantánamo Bay gazette

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Guantánamo Bay gazette
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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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GTMOs ITT Focus On Emergency Preparedness M ost parents wake up, dress, feed and send their children o to school with the mindset that they are always safe and are taken care at school. anks to the Installation Training Team at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba running emergency preparedness drills with the W.T. Sampson Elementary, parents can continue to feel that their childrens best interests are being met. ese drills include the proper method for conducting shelter-in-place, lockdown and evacuation procedures for violent intruders reported within the schools boundary. W.T. Sampson Administrative/Safety and Security Ocer Carl Davis said the drills help fulll the yearly requirements assigned by the government. With the recent events that occurred in the states, you can never have enough training to secure for a lock down. e drill started with Chief Aviation Boatswains Mate Equipment Jayson Kumar, NS Guantanamo Bay Installation Training Team Chief, portraying an angry parent that wants revenge on a teacher that had given his son a bad grade. As he ran into the schools oce Kumar started screaming and yelling at the administrators. ey soon realized the importance of the situation and acted quickly to ensure that the students were being protected. MCC(SW/AW) Keith Bryska Gazette Editor Chief Aviation Boatswains Mate Equipment Jayson Kumar, NS Guantanamo Bay Installation Training Team Chief confronts School Administrator Meliza Torres as he portrays an angry parent during an emergency response drill at W.T. Sampson Elementary School. These drills include the proper method for conducting shelter-in-place, lockdown and evacuation procedures for violent intruders reported within the schools boundary. I got really scared at rst; it startled me when he was yelling really loud, but it helped me learn how to properly respond to the situation quickly, said school administrator, Meliza Torres. is drill helped me prepare for a real event if it were to happen. As soon as Jayson nished yelling he ran out the door and the school immediately contacted base security and the medical response teams. Both teams responded to the situation while security simulated looking for Kumar as he roamed the building. While they were running the drills outside, the students were learning the proper procedures for locking the classroom doors and were instructed not to open them for anyone. W.T. Sampson Elementary Assistant Principal Mary Lewis believes that these drills are important to the school. One of our goals, whether it is on school grounds or at home, is to teach the students to always be prepared for an event and be ready to act, said Lewis. ey need to learn not to fear the situation, but how to properly react to it. At the end of the drill everyone was pleased that they got an opportunity to learn how to handle the situation and the kids enjoyed the chance to play a role as well. Although I was portraying the angry person it was great to see how everyone responded quickly to the situation and that they used the proper procedures to rectify the problem said Kumar.


GTMO FCPOs Participate In CPO 365 Training MC1(SW/AW) Justin Ailes Gazette Editor K ey leaders at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba continue to support Navys CPO 365 program. CPO 365 is a year-round developmental training program for first class petty officers (FCPOs) designed to build effective leaders through mentorship. It includes two phases, the first of which begins in September each year. Building better leaders is the goal of CPO 365 and leadership is what decides the success or failure of a command, said NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Command Master Chief Ross Cramer. How the crew of that command is led, mentored and supported is the report card for the commands leadership. CPO 365 was first introduced in 2010 under former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick West. Under current MCPON Mike Stevens revised program, detailed in his 2012-2013 CPO Patrolman/ Security Dept. 22 Nebraska All you can do is move forward. Huskers Being in the water Jerk House Green Street Hooligans John Butler Trio Father Dispatch qualifications Suceess The Navy has given me a chance to not just be another small town guy. It has given me the opportunity to see something new. Hard Charger. He hit the deck running and has not stopped. He qualified Patrol Officer in half the time required. 365 Guidance, all FCPOs will participate through the duration of Phase One, whether they are board-eligible or not. According to MCPON Stevens, the program revision affords FCPOs a longer period of time to train. CPO 365 opens candid and frank dialogue between FCPOs and CPOs on topics that affect our Navy every day, said Cramer. Comparing lessons learned, and best practices along with training on established policies and procedures, FCPOs are given even more tools for their leadership toolbox. Physical training begins each CPO 365 at the installation, followed by classroom sessions at the CPO Mess (Goat Locker). Sailors have changed over the years and perspectives on certain things have changed as well, said Cramer. The feedback offered from the FCPOs is also valuable to the crusty old chief that doesnt quite understand modern things like Facebook. I think MCPON has this right, continuous professional growth is the only way we will keep our Navy on course for the future and CPO 365 and MCPONs guidance keeps it a leadership priority. Phase Two of training begins when CPO selectees are announced and concludes with the pinning ceremony. NEXs To Offer Electric Charging Stations T he Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) announced Jan. 8 that it is piloting a program to oer electric vehicle charging stations at several of its NEXs. We are piloting this program to meet the needs of our customers who own electric vehicles, said Robert J. Bianchi, chief executive ocer, NEXCOM. Since electricity is considered an alternative fuel, we are also in alignment with the governments goal to reduce petroleum consumption through improvements in eet fuel eciencies and the use of alternative fuels. Electric vehicle charging stations are a win for our customers, for the Navy and for the environment. NEX Bethesda, Md., is the rst store to oer electric Kristine M. Sturkie Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs vehicle charging. Adjacent to the new NEX is a two-level 500-space parking garage that features two electric vehicle charging spots reserved specically for eco-friendly, low emissions vehicles. e cost for charging an electric vehicle in Bethesda is $.48 per kilowatt hour. Customers pay for the service at the charging station by either using radio frequency identication credit or a ChargePoint key fob card, which acts as a debit card. e price to charge a vehicle may dier from one NEX location to another, said Larry Boone, NEXCOMs automotive program manager. We survey the surrounding area to ensure our pricing is competitive with the local market. We want to make sure our customers are receiving the best price, just like any other product or service they would nd at the NEX.


LT Tung Tran NS Guantanamo Bay Chaplain Services The Four Chaplains W ait a minute, arent there only three chaplains at Navy Experts Weigh-In on Staying and Getting Fit G etting t rates high among resolutions people make at the start of the New Year, and Navys Physical Readiness Program has resources and information to help Sailors and families achieve their tness goals, ocials said Jan. 8. Whether you exercise and want to increase your current level of tness or you are looking to start a routine to attain a healthy level of tness we can help, said Bill Moore, director, Navy Physical Readiness Program. Focusing on the wellness of Sailors and their families by providing the skills and tools for tness and nutrition is one of our primary objectives. While it is common for Sailors to skip or reduce workouts over the holidays according to Moore, Sailors should be able to resume their normal tness routine if little time elapsed between workouts over the holidays. Most commands wrap up their fall physical tness assessments before anksgiving and there are gatherings and shopping that may eat into tness time over the holidays, so it is natural for people to exercise less, said Moore. Missing four to ve days of exercise over the holidays should have little impact on tness routines. Sailors who missed more than six days between workouts may experience some muscle soreness when resuming their routine. For those who havent worked out since the last semiannual physical readiness test Moore recommends starting o slowly and building up slowly. Start with a shorter duration for cardio-respiratory exercise and less weight for strength training. Build up from there, said Moore. Sailors can start with 20 minutes of some sort of exercise two or three days per week, slowly increasing time by ve minutes per week until they reach their desired level of activity. If you have truly been inactive and want to start a routine, then you should consult your physician before performing exercise, he added. Once you establish tness routine Moore recommends making it part of a weekly schedule. Consistency is the key, he said, adding that whether serving on shore duty, on board ship or submarine, or in the dirt and sand, the Navy Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs C haplains Corner NAVSTA GTMO? Are you talking about the four JTF chaplains? No. These four chaplains died at sea during World War II when they gave their lives to save others. These four chaplains have come to be known also as the Immortal Chaplains. I am sure the story has been told many times but like all good stories, they are always inspiring and so, could never be told too many times. On February 3, 1943, the troop ship USAT Dorchester was carrying about 900 troops and four chaplains in a convoy of three ships to Greenland was hit by a torpedo from a German U-boat at around one in the morning. The Dorchesters electrical system was knocked out, leaving the ship dark. Despite the order of the captain for the men to be on high alert, including having life jackets on, panic set in on board and many men were trapped in the lower decks. The chaplains sought to bring calmness and order and organized evacuation of the ship at the same time guided wounded men to safety. As life jackets were handed out, it was discovered that there was not enough for each man have his own. The chaplains removed theirs and gave them to others. They helped as many men as they could into lifeboats. Then afterwards, they linked arms and went down with the sinking ship as they were praying and singing hymns together. What a sacrifice! What a gift, a beautiful story of love among menfriends laying down their lives for their friends! The four chaplains, all Army first lieutenants, were: Rev. George Fox, Rev. Clark Poling, Rabbi Alexander Doode and Fr. John Washington. May these heroic men inspire us, always. God Bless. provides its Sailors resources and equipment to remain t to ght. Navy guidance recommends Sailors complete at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week and perform strength-training exercises at least twice a week to work all major muscle groups. Examples of moderate-intensity cardio-respiratory activities include brisk walking (3 mph or faster), bicycling (slower than 10 mph) and water aerobics. High-intensity activities include jogging or running, lap swimming, jumping rope and circuit training. Strength training includes pushups, lifting weights, and working with resistance bands. Including two sessions per week of 8-10 exercises that work all the dierent parts of the body (legs, hips, back, chest, abs, shoulders and arms) repeated for 1012 reps each can improve tness, decrease muscle loss and help maintain a healthy weight. e Navy Physical Readiness Program website at http://www.public. has links to sample warm-ups and workouts users may choose. One sample workout specically addresses techniques to improve performance on the Navys physical readiness test. Sailors and families will also nd links to nutrition information that when followed compliment a good tness routine. No matter what your tness goals are, good nutrition can help improve your exercise performance, decrease your recovery time from strenuous exercise, prevent injuries due to fatigue, and provide the fuel required during times of high-intensity training and weight control, said Lt. Cmdr Jennifer Wallinger, registered dietitian, Navy Physical Readiness Program. e site also contains a Navy registered dietitian locator so Sailors and family members may meet face-to-face with an expert and learn more about incorporating proper nutrition to maximize the benets of their tness routine. Whether it is maintaining or seeking to attain a healthy level of tness the Navy provides Sailors and family members the tools to reach their goals, according to Moore. For more information visit the physical readiness section of the Navy Personnel Command website


rOckS gTmO oNe LaSt tImE Members of Guantanamo Bay rock band Genius Kong performed their final show at the installations Tiki Bar, Jan. 5. Members include (L-R) MA3 Sean Gramm, MC1 Justin Ailes, Jaime Bodlovic, Andrew Perry and Richard Honeycutt. The band has performed numerous shows on base for more than three years.


A bitter sweet ending for who was said to be the best American rock band at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Genius Kong performed their last show this past Saturday at the Tiki Bar, as one of the band mates, the rhythm guitarist, Petty Ocer First Class Justin Ailes prepares to leave the island, after being stationed here for a total of three years. After playing together on and o over the past three years, they have performed across the naval station; playing everywhere from the Tiki Bar to GTMOs Got Talent. When asked what they planned on doing once their rhythm guitarist left the island, they stated they were going to take a break from the band scene for a while. ey felt it would not be the same without their band mate. ey added that many of them had been playing together for many years so theyre certain theyll meet again for a Genius Kong type of reunion. e other band mates include the lead singer Petty Ocer 3rd class, Sean Gramm, lead guitarist Richard Honeycott, a Navy dependent, bass player Andrew Perry, a Maytag Aircraft Corporation employee, and last but certainly not least the Genius Kong drummer Jamie Bodlovic, a Bremcor contractor. Genius Kong plays tunes to please the crowd, covering songs by Alice N -Chains, Tom Petty, Guns N Roses, Lynard Skynard, and Green Day to name a few. I enjoyed the variety of music they showcased, it was denitely entertaining! said Army Sgt. Kenneth Jones, Organizational Defense Travel Administrator for Budgeting. Genius Kong leads the way for future musicians here on the island, encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy their time here. I enjoyed the show because it focused on the talented troopers of GTMO said Spc. Lakeasha Perry of the 55th Signal Company, I look forward to seeing more artists showcase their talent. Be creative and have a good time here, and if you have a talent dont be hesitant to share it! You never know who may be listening. As for Genius Kong, their sharing has come to an end but their music will surely play on. If youre interested in checking out more of Genius Kong, you can listen to their covers and check out their videos on Facebook by simply searching Genius Kong. Spc. Jessica Randon Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs GTMO Rock Band Entertains Community, Bids Farewell To see more,Like us on Facebook


(L-R) NS Guantanamo Bay Commanding Officer Capt. J.R. Nettleton, MWR Bowling Manager Mike Nichols, MWR Director Tara Culbertson, Housing Director Rudy Sammons and Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS) Representative Desiree McHan participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the Clipper Club, Dec. 21. The newly renovated facility is located at Leeward NGIS and offers a variety of entertaiment for patrons. NGIS At GTMO Names Employee Of The Year H ard work, consistency and dedication have earned Tiffany Hans the title of the Navy Gateway Inn and Suites (NGIS), Guantanamo Bay, Cubas Employee of the Year. Hans is a native of St. Thomas, Jamaica and has worked on the base for nearly 10 years. Hans serves as the Quality Assurance Manager and is responsible for inspecting vacant and stay over units on both the Windward and Leeward facilities in the transient rooms. I inspect them to make sure they are up to accreditation standards and to a high standard so that the customer wants to come back, said Hans. Hans was in rigid competition with 96 other employees. In order to be in the running for Employee of the Year, employees must first be nominated as the employee of the month and quarter. After receiving peer and supervisor nominations, a panel of managers from six different departments sit down and assess all the nominees. Nominees are evaluated in a variety of areas to include consistency, dedication and simply going above and beyond. NGIS Transient Manager, Chieryl Graham spoke highly of Hans variety of skills. Any manager would love to have Tiffany on their team, said Graham. She is well rounded and can do any job, and has outstanding operational awareness. She definitely keeps everyone on their toes. Kelly Wirfel Before she was promoted to her current position, Hans worked as a Front Desk Clerk. Hans said she gets a lot of satisfaction in her current position. The thing that I enjoy most about my jobs is when I go into the field and hear people rave about the rooms, said Hans. Hearing those kinds of comments gives me satisfaction that we are doing a good job. I feel honored to be chosen as employee of the year, said Hans. It is truly a privilege to work here and work with all of the other employees. Navy Gateway Inn and Suites (NGIS), Guantanamo Bay, Cubas Employee of the Year, Tiffany Hans hard at work executing her daily duties as the Quality Assurance Manager.


SHOPPER SAAB, 95 3.0t, 120K miles, good A/C, good condition, $5500. Call 75646 or 72087 for more info Lincoln LS, V-6, new tires, catalectic dual exhaust replaced last year, apprx. 64k miles, all six coils replaced at 55K, $10,000 OBO. Call 84991 Ford Windstar 7 passenger van, runs great, cold A/C. $2,200. Call 84435 Ford F-350, 4 door, fairly new tires. $2000. Call 77992 VW Passat, 65K miles, runs great, excellent a/c, $5200 OBO. Call 77482 Aprilla Scarabeo 150CC Scooter. Needs new battery. $200 OBO. Call 4617 or 55119 VW Passat, 65K miles, runs great, excellent a/c, $6000 OBO. Call 77482 Toyota Corolla LE, 108K, good tires and brakes, cold AC, Kenwood Stereo. $2900. Call 77207 Ford Ranger XLT, 85K, good tires and brakes, cold AC, 4 cylinder engine-good on gas. $2700. Call 77207 17 Center Console, Johnson 90hp comes with new paint, custom, T-top, live-well bench seat, Garmin Depth/Fish Finder and Hummingbird, Depth/Fish Finder/GPS all associated equip ment (e.g. life-jackets, gaffs, nets, anchor/sea anchor, etc.), OBO. Call 4857 or 5144 22 Cabin Cuddy, Johnson 175hp E-Tech this boat was just com pletely rebuilt. Everything is brand new except the VHF Radio: New paint, wiring, AM/FM/CD/AUX ste reo w/6 marine speakers, trim tabs, lights, etc. Comes with lots life-jackets, gaffs, nets, anchor/sea $11,000 OBO. Call 77677 or 55018 DOWNTOWN LYCEUM 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 Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, page. The Pub tion on all content. Call MC1 Justin Ailes at 4520 with your questions or concerns. GTMO JOB HUNT MOVIES Womens 26 21-speed bicycle. Diamondback Serene CitiClassic purchased new from NEX in Oct., barely used. Removeable bas ket, kickstand and bottle cage added. Will include tire pump and lock if needed. $200 OBO. Call Kelly at 77832 4th Generation 64GB iPod Touch. Call 77001 Internet modem, all cables and wires, $55. Call 77992 Free to air Satellite dish with receiv er, hundreds of international chan nels, $150. JVC DVD/CD player, $20. Call 77123 2 SCSI modems and a cordless phone, $35 each. $50 for phone and one modem. FMI call 77031 iPhone 4, black 32G, factory un locked, mint condition, $400. Call 58706 Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Lens for Nikon, brand new, unused, in original packaging with receipt, $1,249 OBO. Email or VSiacor@ Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 Edif Afsg Vr Lens for Nikon, rare white shows signs of light wear and/or usage. Lens glass is very clean. $1,600.00 OBO Vsiacor@brgtmo. com or The scoop SAFE RIDE Out drinking? Put the keys down and call Safe Ride at 84913 or 84781. Dont drink and drive. McDs CLOSURE McDonalds is scheduled to be McClosed Sunday due to a sched uled power outage from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Plan accordingly and get your hands on a McRib be forehand...Theyre tasty. EMERGENCY LEAVE All uniformed service members traveling on government funded emergency leave will have prior the event a manifested passen ger needs to be bumped to ac commodate an emergency leave service member, the last person to check in on a paid ticket will be FFSC COURSES GTMOs Fleet and Family Support Center is offering an Interview Training course Monday at 1:30 pm and a How To Work with Dif 2:00. Call 4141 to register. SEABEE BALL AUCTION Check out the live auction and help support the 2013 Seabee Ball, Jan. 24th at 6:30 pm. Its going down at the Bayview during Mongolian night and will feature items up for bid such as com and more. Call 4458, 4518 or 4447 for more info. RED CROSS CPR CLASS GTMOs American Red Cross is hosting a CPR/AED class for Pro fessional Rescuers tomorrow, and a First Aid/CPR/AED course Jan. 17th, and Jan. 26th. To get registered, call 2511 or 2512. PTO MEETING W.T. Sampons Parent Teacher Organization is hosting a meet ing at the Elementary campus Jan. 17th at 6:00 pm. There will be info. provided about upcoming events, new committees forming, 4th and 5th grade Marionette performances, and giveaways for current members. Whirlpool Duet front load En ergy Saver washer and dryer. Both with storage draws. Used for only 11months. Both For $450 or seperate for $300 each. Call 84435 Full size refrigerator/freezer above with ice machine, $50. Call 77024 FRIDAY Jan. 11 SATURDAY Jan. 12 SUNDAY Jan. 13 MONDAY Jan. 14 TUESDAY Jan. 15 WEDNESDAY Jan. 16 THURSDAY Jan. 17 PG13 106 min. R 113 min. PG 97 min. PG13 143 min. R 96 min. MWR Jan. 12, Villamar 35 C, 0600-0900 Jan. 12, Caribbean Circle 32 A, 0700 Jan. 12, Paola Point 15, 0700-1000. No early birds Jan. 12, Paola Point 17, 0700-1000. No early birds 4 used tires, 50% treads, 215/65/16 for $60. All tires hold air, came off car. One ford pickup rim and tire holds air 60% tread, $50. One new tire Goodyear with rim for ford pickup, $100. Call 78742 IOM Must be comfortable working with a diverse population. time positions available. Local hires only. G4


GTMOs Community Celebrates Three Kings Day S anta Claus may have gone back to the North Pole to rest, but it does not mean the gift-giving and receiving was over, at least not for the Latin population at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. More than 100 base residents observed Three Kings Day or El Dia de los Reyes at the Cuban Community Center, Jan. 6. The Christian holiday, also known as Twelfth Night or Feast of Epiphany, falls annually on Jan. 6 and marks the biblical adoration of baby Jesus by the three Kings, also referred to as Wise Men or Magi. According to the Gospel of Matthew, the men found the baby Jesus by following the North Star across the desert for twelve days to Bethlehem. Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar -representing Europe, Arabia, and Africa respectively -travelled by horse, camel, and elephant in order to present baby Jesus with three symbolic gifts. The gold offered by one of the wise men is a symbolic acknowledgment of Jesus royal standing as King of the Jews, while the frankincense manifests the divine nature of the babys existence, since he is not an earthly king but the son of Kelly Wirfel God. And finally the myrrh, often used to embalm corpses, was gifted to the newborn as a symbol of Jesus mortality -foreshadowing his death as a means to cleanse humanity of its sins. This holiday is celebrated in a variety of ways throughout the globe. Communities often host parades, caroling or multiday celebrations. The event at the community center featured an evening of food and fun. Following a traditional Hispanic feast, attendees participated in a gift exchange. They also took part in the tradition of Rosca de reyes which is a Spanish or Latin American Kings cake pastry. The custom of placing a figurine of baby Jesus is very old and represents the flight of Jesus, fleeing from Kings Herods evil plan to kill all babies that could be the prophesied messiah. e individual who found the gurine in their bread is responsible for planning next years celebration. is is a wonderful celebration with wonderful people, said Capt. J.R. Nettleton, NS Guantanamo Bay Commanding Ocer. ere is no one I would rather spend the 12th day of Christmas with. e evening concluded with karaoke, dancing and socializing. LCDR Janice White, USNH Home Health Director and Special Category Resident Milagros Perez dance at the Three Kings Day Celebration held at the Cuban Community Center, Jan. 6.