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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Guantanamo Divers Awarded For Life Saving Rescue MC1(SW/AW) Justin Ailes NS Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs NS Guantanamo Bay Navy Divers (L-R) ND2 Cody Cash, ND1 Sammie Rochelle, HM1 Jared Sarro, and ND1 Christopher Kerr stand after being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for their role in life saving operations performed on a civilian diver in distress, Jan. 23. photo by Kelly Wirfel N avy Divers at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were awarded Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals from Commanding Officer Capt. J.R. Nettleton, Jan. 23. The awards were presented to four Navy Divers for their role in rescue operations that took place as a civilian diver was in distress in base waters, Jan. 20. Upon surfacing, the civilian diver realized there was weakness and tingling in the arms with a headache and nausea, said NS Guantanamo Bay Unlimited Diving Supervisor Navy Diver 1st Class Christopher Kerr. After realizing something was wrong, the diver went to the emergency room (ER) at U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guantanamo Bay and was assessed by the doctors to have a diving disorder. e ER contacted the Duty Response Chamber Team and from there was evaluated by Chief Navy Diver Richard Bolen using a neurological examination and was diagnosed with Decompression Sickness Type II. According to Kerr, without proper treatment, a diving disorder could potentially result in death. In this case, there was a high possibility of permanent loss of motor functions in the arms with a chance of numbness and areas of permanently decreased sensation possible. We administered a Navy Treatment Table 6 treatment, said Kerr. This treatment compresses the diver to crush the bubbles causing the problems. During treatment, 100 percent oxygen is breathed causing a saturation of oxygen in the body. The increased oxygen helps the body to start repairing itself at a much higher rate than normal healing can occur. Due to the severity of the diving disorder, we extended the treatment to allow the best possible outcome from increased oxygen therapy. Along with Kerr, NS Guantanamo Bays Dive Team consists of Chief Navy Diver Michael Linzy, Chief Navy Diver Richard Bolen, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jared Sarro, Navy Diver 1st Class Sammie Rochelle, and Navy Diver 2nd Class Cody Cash. Kerr, Sarro, Rochelle, and Sarro were the awardees. Diving is an enjoyable recreational activity but it is also an activity where one mistake can cause death or serious permanent damage to your body or mental status, said Kerr. From prepping your gear before you go out to following in water procedures and making sure you dont exceed your time at depth are all things that will help keep you safe. e better shape you are in physically, the less likely a diving disorder will occur.


Guantanamo Bay Graduates First Naval Security Force Academy MCC(SW/AW) Keith Bryska Gazette Editor S ailors at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay graduated from the inaugural Naval Security Force Academy, Jan 18. e academy was instituted to teach new security force members how to apply advanced law enforcement techniques while they are working in the eld. Chief Master-at-Arms Phillip Sellers stated that the academy builds on the foundation that Admin/ Security Badging 21 Eagle, TN A true man must accept his convictions and move forward. TN Titans Woking Out Base galley The Lion King Brantley Gilbert Batman Advancement to E4 Serving my country Its taught me to be a stronger person mentally and shown me that life and sucess are what you make it. Excellent performance in his duties at Security Badging Sailors learn in A School, while sharpening their tools and getting them trained properly so they can be benecial to Naval Station Guantanamo Bays security force. e academy was designed to help them get qualied on everything from operating emergency vehicles to teaching them how to conduct life saving skills said Masterat-Arm 2nd Class Jerey Maehl. e class also conducted weapons training to include Oleoresin Capsicum spray and baton training. Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Whitney Cartwright said she enjoyed the class and was thankful that it included a lot of hands on training instead of several power points presentations. It gave me greater knowledge of my rate, even though I came from another command, it was only on a small patrol, so this will help me out a lot said Cartwright. Sailors at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay are recognized at a ceremony commemorating their graduation from the inaugural Naval Security Force Academy, Jan. 18. Station Guantanamo Bay at a ceremony Jan 19.


F or the last couple weeks, like many other in the United States, Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay service members, employees and families have been overloaded with terms such as fiscal cliff, sequestration, and continuing resolution. As these terms are tossed around, we anxiously await and wonder how this is going to affect us. Thankfully, the automatic spending cuts required by sequestration were delayed while Congress continues to work toward a deficit reduction plan. While this renewed effort to find a healthy way forward is encouraging, we need to address a different, but more immediate, fiscal potentiality -the absence of an FY-13 appropriations bill -forcing the Navy and Marine Corps to operate under a year-long continuing resolution (CR). Because sequestration was delayed, our focus must now shift to the impacts of the CR, which creates significant shortfalls in Operation & Maintenance, Navy (OMN) and Marine Corps (OMMC) accounts and the resultant steps we must take to maintain a minimum level of presence. Unless a spending bill is passed quickly by the new Congress, we may be forced to operate under the same CR that has been sustaining us since the beginning of this fiscal year. This CR is set to expire at the end of March. Should Congress decide to extend the CR through the end of FY13, the Navy and Marine Corps would not have enough money to meet FY-13 requirements in these accounts. Just as the other military installations, we are standing by for further guidance, said Captain J.R. Nettleton, Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay Commanding Officer. Given the uncertainty we face, I have asked that the departments start thinking ahead and have a plan of how they will cut costs if the continuing resolution is extended. This problem is not unique to the Department of the Navy. Each of the services are facing cuts to their operating accounts, albeit at different rates and in different areas. We realize the actions we are taking are not ideal, but we must slow the burnUS Navy Chief of Information Public Affairs rate of our operating dollars now. Accordingly, Navy leadership has advised the Secretary of Defense of -and has been permitted by him to execute immediately -the following actions: -Curtail administrative contracting support services -Reduce travel -Delay all decommissionings and disposals or lay-ups -Reduce information technology and administrative budgets -Curtail remaining facility sustainment restoration and modernization programs -Cut facilities sustainment, except for safety of life -Reduce spending on base operating support -Cancel any planned facilities demolition -Terminate temporary employees, except those supporting mission-critical activities supporting the warfighter -Implement a civilian hiring freeze With a yearlong CR the potential for furloughs exists, but all decisions in that regard will be made at the DOD level. We will follow whatever guidance we receive. None of these decisions are easy to make, but make them we must if we are to continue to meet this year alone the demand for naval forces. Of course, should Congress pass an appropriations bill, we will adjust our spending accordingly. We will make reductions in a prudent way that is reversible and protects funding for our forces operating forward. The ripple effects of these actions will be neither small nor short. The fiscal uncertainty created by not having an appropriations bill -and the measures we are forced to take as a result -not only place significant stress on an already strained force, it undermines the stability of a very fragile industrial base as well. We therefore urgently appeal to the new Congress to move quickly to pass an appropriations bill that fully funds the FY-13 National Defense Authorization Act signed by the President last month. e Navys readiness to defend this nation, now and in the future, depends upon it. NS Guantanamo Bay Firefighters contain a blaze at the installations Weapons Range, Jan. 17. The entire Fire Department combated the fire for more than nine hours, which spanned nearly 300 acres. photo by NS Guantanamo Bay Fire Department


To see more,Like us on Facebook Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March GTMOs BHO Host


Base residents participate in a march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan 21. The march started at the NEX and concluded with a ceremony at the base chapel. B ase residents at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay march from the Navy Exchange to the base chapel to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Jan 21. The march was organized by the Black Heritage Organization (BHO) as a way for people to come out and remember Dr. Kings contributions to the civil rights movement. This march commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the one that Dr. King led in 1963, said Daryl Laborn BHO President. So we conduct this march annually to remind everyone how important it is to keep the tradition going. Lt Larry Jones, NS Guantanamo Bay Deputy Chaplain and president of the Multi Cultural Observance Committee stated that since Guantanamo Bay is a secluded duty station its important to hold events like this so people can member the legacy of Dr. King and what he stood for. We see his dream lived out here in Guantanamo Bay every day, just look at the diversity of cultures that have come out today to march said Jones. This helps fulfill MCC(SW/AW) Keith Bryska Gazette Editor the dream that Dr. King had. The march concluded at the base chapel where guest speaker Army Col. Larry Campbell gave an account of what Dr. Kings legacy detailed and what it meant to him. Following his speech Isaiah Lezama and his sister Janae recited Dr. Kings I Had a Dream Speech that was given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March in Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to recite his speech and learned a lot while reading it said Janae Lezama. Hailed as one of the greatest speeches of all times Dr. Kings speech used several historical references to include the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bible and the Emancipation Proclamation. Shortly after the speech Dr. King was named TIME magazines Man of the Year and in 1964 he became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. King did a lot in his time and this speech did a lot for the civil right movement, said Isaiah. Because of that speech we are here today with rights that we didnt have back then.


USNH To Undergo Joint Commission, Medical Inspector General Survey A team of Joint Commission surveyors and Navy Medical Inspector General (MedIG) inspectors will be visiting U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay (USNH GTMO) next week, Jan. 28 Feb. 1, to ensure the hospital is in compliance with national standards of care specific to the needs of its patients. The Joint Commissions hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts, providers, measurement experts and patients. U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay is focused on providing high quality and safe medical care, said Executive Officer CAPT Barth Merrill, MC, USN. The Joint Commission certification is a symbol of quality and maintaining our certification reflects the hospitals commitment to continuously improve upon the healthcare we provide. The Navy MedIG inspection team will be examining the programs and resources of the hospital to access how well it is meeting its mission, as well as associated performance metrics. The team typically reviews command policy, strategic planning processes, mission performance, resource and facilities management, as well as command compliance with higher authority directives. In addition to talking with hospital staff, the MedIG inspectors will also talk to area active duty personnel who have utilized hospital services, family members, civilians and contractors, and base leadership to help better understand local issues and challenges. The Medical Inspector General partners with the Joint Commission team to ensure our Navy processes are effective and efficient, and support the mission of Navy Medicine, added Merrill. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other healthcare organizations that provide long-term care, behavioral healthcare, laboratory and ambulatory care services. It is an independent, not-for-profit organization, and is the nations oldest and largest healthcare standards-setting and accrediting body. Guantanamo Bay is a unique and wonderful community. Our missions and our lives are so interrelated with everyone elses, said Merrill. We need the entire communitys input into what we do well, and what we need to improve upon. Both the Joint Commission surveyors and the MedIG inspectors are interested in the support we provide, and our role in supporting the healthcare needs of the community. Patients and other members of the Guantanamo Bay community may contact a Joint Commission surveyor to request a public information interview before they arrive by calling 1-800-994-6610. Once they arrive the surveyors can be reached by phone at 72420. Community concerns can also be brought to the attention of the MedIG inspectors by calling locally to 72122, or the MedIG Hotline at DSN 295-9019, or by emailing mil. Additional assistance can also be obtained by calling the USNH Executive Assistant at 72020. Stacey Byington Military Kids Website Also Helps Parents, Educators T he Defense Department website for military children has added new features to help parents and educators explain dicult topics of the military lifestyle to children. Since its launch in January 2012, has served more than 125,000 visitors and won ve industry excellence awards. To mark the one-year anniversary, the website added new content designed for children, parents and educators, ocial e new features include: Military culture videos and lesson plans for teachers, school counselors, and educators to better understand the dierences between military and civilian youth; Graphic novels and mini-documentaries by military kids sharing their experiences; New modules for children and parents on handling grief, loss and physical injury. e website, created by the Defense Departments National Center for Telehealth and Technology, known as T2, uses innovative ways to help military youth cope with the unique strains of military life. In addition to disruptions from parents From National Center for Telehealth and Technology Public Affairs deploying to assignments away from home, military children are aected by moving frequently, changing schools and making new friends. ey also have to live with readjustment issues when a parent returns from deployments. ese issues may include posttraumatic stress and physical disabilities. After watching the interaction with kids on MilitaryKidsConnect this past year, we saw many conversations about trying to understand the issues they live with, said Dr. Kelly Blasko, T2 psychologist. We developed the added features to help parents and teachers answer the questions the kids were sharing with each other. Blasko said the website is continuing to add features and information to military children with the special challenges of living in a military family. Separations, moving and changing friends frequently may be unusual for civilian children, but its a normal lifestyle for military children. e website helps them live in that world and, hopefully, makes it more fun for them, Blasko added. e National Center for Telehealth and Technology serves as the primary Defense Department oce for cutting-edge approaches in applying technology to psychological health.


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Fundraiser Held For Upcoming Heritage Festival MCC(SW/AW) Keith Bryska Gazette Editor Members of the Filipino-American Association at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay conduct a food sale M embers of the Filipino-American Association sold traditional Filipino dishes at the Navy Exchange on Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay Jan. 19. The dishes included servings of Lumpia, Pancit and rice and the money raised is in support of the upcoming Asian and Pacific Heritage Festival scheduled for May. We are trying to raise funds to have a successful festival, said Chief Navy Counselor Robert Pagtakhan. The festival will host a lot of events to include games, shows and food that will highlight and educate people on the Filipino culture. The nation and Navy celebrates the month of May as Asian and Pacific Heritage month to honor the many contributions that Asians and Pacific Americans have made in shaping the country. With so many cultures here in Guantanamo Bay we wanted the chance to share our food with them, said Mary Lou Wyse. For some reason everyone here loves the chance to eat Filipino food so we thought it would be a great way to raise funds for the festival. Asian and Pacific Heritage month was first established by former President Jimmy Carter and only lasted the first ten days of the month. In 1992 Former President George H.W. Bush signed it into law making the whole month of May Asian and Pacific Heritage month.

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