Guantánamo Bay gazette

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Guantánamo Bay gazette
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Guantánamo Bay Cuba
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
U.S. Naval Base
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Navy-yards and naval stations, American -- Newspapers -- Cuba ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba) ( lcsh )
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Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base


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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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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).
General Note:
Latest issue consulted: Vol. 64, no. 33 (Aug. 31, 2007).

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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This item is a work of the U.S. federal government and not subject to copyright pursuant to 17 U.S.C. §105.
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57204860 ( OCLC )

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Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Visit GTMO Kelly Wirfel Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba hosted members of the Miami Dolphins cheerleading team, Feb. 1-4. Six cheerleaders signed autographs and provided cheer performances for Guantanamo Bay residents as part of MWRs Super Bowl weekend entertainment program. It truly is such an honor to be here this weekend, said Miami Dolphins Cheerleader and Team Captain Samantha Ruiz. We understand the sacrices you all make and we try to give back when we can. Saturday afternoon, NS Guantanamo Bays W.T. Sampson elementary and high school cheerleaders were invited to participate in a cheer clinic with Miamis squad at the installations Cooper Field Sports Complex. Nearly 40 youth ranging from ages four to 18 participated in the two hour long clinic. Following the dance clinic the cheerleaders signed autographs for the participants and crowd. e following day, Super Bowl Sunday, the cheerleaders performed dance routines and cheers for community members before the start of the Super Bowl at the base Windjammer club. I think the events went extremely well. e cheerleaders were very personable, down to earth, and friendly, said MWR Director Tara Culbertson. ey completely got it in terms of the mission to improve morale for all the GTMO residents. With the isolation of GTMO, these types of morale enhancing visits are critical. e Youth Clinic was a big hit with the kids and of course, the visits with the active duty around the base and at our event at OKellys were delightful. Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders hold a cheer clinic for the girls during their visit to Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The cheerleaders were here as part of the Super Bowl festivities sponsored by Morale Welfare and Recreation. Photos courtesy of Capt. John Kall, USN.


What is Military Saves Week? Walter Barrett Fleet & Family Support A s we approach February, FFSC would like to remind everyone that Military Saves Week is right around the corner. To help each of us get ready, FFSCs Personal Financial Manager Walter Barrett has provided insight to the program and what we can do to get started: How did we get Military Saves Week? A little background on this, in 2007 DoD partnered with the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) a non-prot consumer awareness group. CFA built and maintained a social networking program called America Saves, DoD liked it so much they partnered with them and morphed their program into Military Saves. DoD designated the last week of February each year as Military Saves Week. is year itll be February 25th through March 2nd. Why do we need Military Saves Week? Although saving should be a year round goal, DoDs intent is to highlight and focus Patrolman/ Security 20 Leslie, MI. Reading Windjammer Gone with the Wind Wuthering Heights George Jones Stupidity is a talent for misconception Edgar Allen Poe My uncle Getting Kennel Support The Navy gave me a life Going above and beyond requirements of an MasterAt-Arms Seaman. Maintains outstanding military bearing and off duty conduct is superb. attention on saving during this dedicated week. At the command level our goal is to enlighten, encourage and educate our military community in the various ways to save. is years theme is titled: Set a Goal, Make a Plan, Save Automatically. How can I nd out more information? roughout the month there will be radio spots, information tables, Roller publications, as well as information in e Wire and e Gazette or by calling FFSC at 4141. What can you do right now? First we encourage everyone in the community to go to the link to Take the Pledge. Its located at the www. website. Click on Take the Pledge and actually read the pledge and apply it to them. Next, we encourage you to share it with your family, friends, and coworkers. Ready to save? FFSC can provide education to assist, primarily this is done on a one-on-one basis by making an appointment or through group presentations. If you would like more information on this, schedule a one-on-one appointment or to register for a class please contact x4141. Children from W.T. Sampson Elementary School give a performance in Honor of Black Heritage Month.


Bicycle Safety Tips Safety Department Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Bicycles are legally considered vehicles on GTMOs roadways. In accordance with Navy Traffic Safety Program (OPNAVINST 5100.12J) and Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI 6055.04), bicyclists must obey the rules of the road like drivers of any other vehicle and must be treated as equal users by all other vehicles. The best way to avoid collisions is to be prepared and be aware of other vehicles around you. Here are some safety tips for biking in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: 1. Obey traffic signs and signals Bicycles must follow the rules of the road like other vehicles. 2. Never ride against traffic Motorists arent looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road. 3. Dont pass on the right Motorists may not look for or see a bicycle passing on the right. 4. Scan the road behind you Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving. Some riders use rear-view mirrors. 5. Keep both hands ready to brake You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed. Allow extra distance for stopping in the rain, since brakes are less efficient when wet. 6. Wear a helmet and never ride with headphones Always wear a helmet. Never wear a headphone while riding a bike. Wear your helmet properly. 7. Dress for the weather In rain wear a poncho or waterproof suit. Wear bright colored clothing. 8. Use hand signals Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of law, of courtesy, and of self-protection. 9. Ride in the middle of the lane in slower traffic Get in the middle of the lane at busy intersections and whenever you are moving at the same speed as traffic. 10. Choose the best way to turn left There are two choices: (1) Like an auto: signal to move into the left turn lane and then turn left. (2) Like a pedestrian: ride straight to the far side crosswalk. Walk your bike across. 11. Make eye contact with drivers Assume that other drivers dont see you until you are sure that they do. Eye contact is important with any driver which might pose a threat to your safety. 12. Look out for road hazards Watch out for sewer grates, gravel, sand or debris. 13. Use lights at night The law requires a white headlight (visible from at least 500 feet ahead) and a rear reflector or taillight (visible up to 600 feet from behind). These lights may be steady burning or blinking. 14. Keep your bike in good repair Adjust your bike to fit you and keep it working properly. Check brakes and tires regularly. Routine maintenance is simple and you can learn to do it yourself. Guantanamo Bay welcomes its newest addition, and the first baby born at U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay in 2013. Aaliyah Anari Woods, the daughter of MA1 Tyrail and Lisa Woods, was born Jan. 26, at 9:30 p.m., weighing 7 lbs., 14 oz. She has three older siblings. Photo courtesy of USNH Public Affairs Office.


S ervice members, civilians, community members and teachers assigned to Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba taught a variety of lessons at W.T. Sampson high school and elementary school during Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) week Feb. 4-8. These activities included everything from constructing a bridge out of paper to tower building in which kids had to build a structure that had to stand on its on using only straws and modeling clay. The Sound Off exercise was conducted by Cmdr. Colin Caswell, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Cuba, Executive Officer. The exercise demonstrated to kids that changing the contents of a bottle by adding water to them at different levels can alter the tone of the sounds being produced. Our world is getting more technical every day, the better we prepare young students for STEM, the better their chances for success, said Caswell. The Navy is also getting more technical, STEM programs help develop capable students and prepare them for technical jobs. Sure Start student Meridyth Clark said she really had fun and really enjoyed the exercise. MCC(SW/AW) Keith Bryska Gazette Editor I learned about sound and when you add water to the bottles and hit it with objects they made different sounds that were soft and loud, said Clark. STEM education teaches kids to learn science, technology, engineering and math and to use this knowledge and apply it to solve real world problems. It helps the kids to think critically, solve problems, and drive advancements in science and technology with the hopes of making future scientists. Another STEM activity was a bridge building exercise conducted by Kelly Wirfel, NS Guantanamo Bay Cuba Public Affairs Officer. The 8th grade students had to build a paper bridge with a height requirement of eight inches that is durable enough to hold a text book. STEM week wrapped up Friday with students building solar cookers and rockets that could launch while using techniques they learned from STEM. It was a very successful STEM week for our schools, said Sonja Rodriguez, W.T. Sampson Principal. We hope to build off what we learned this year and make next years STEM week even better. W.T. Sampson Participates in STEM Week Students at W.T. Sampson participate in a team building exercise during an assignment for STEM. Students throughout the school were participating in STEM related events with personnel from the military, civil service, community members and teachers.


To see more,Like us on Facebook NS Guantanamo Bay Executive Officer Cmdr. Colin Caswell conducts a Sound Off experiment with Sure Start students at W.T. Sampson Elementary. NS Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs Officer Kelly Wirfel and inspects a bridge building exercise during STEM Week at W.T. Sampson High School Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Guantanamo Bay Public Works Officer Cmdr. Anthony Conley helps students at W.T. Sampson Elementary with their STEM project.


Emerging Drug Trends Right behind Spice & Bath Salts, a whole line of synthetic or herbal products are emerging, many of which havent been targeted yet by law enforcement. Everyone in the law enforcement community and most of the general public has heard of Spice, a synthetic cannabinoid first marketed as an herbal product. In March 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made certain chemicals illegal which were used to produce Spice, and in July 2012, the DEA added additional chemicals under a new definitioncannabamimetic agents. Next up in the public eye were Bath Saltsanother synthetic compound that combines several chemicals to mimic cocaine-type effects. After this years big face-eating cannibal headlines, some states started pursuing and making Bath Salt compounds illegal as well. The DEA took emergency measures in October 2011, banning possession and sale of three chemicals used to make Bath Salts (Mephedrone, MDPV and Methylone). Both productsSpice and Bath Saltswere marketed and sold in head shops and gas stations without any age restrictions before they were banned. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) revealed calls related to synthetic drugs quadrupled from 2010 to 2011 and calls relating to synthetic Bath Salts increased by more than 20 times in the same timeframe. The AAPCC also reported that 60% of cases involve individuals aged 25 and younger. Additionally, recent studies indicate synthetic drugs are emerging as legal high drugs of abuse for college students and young military personnel. Right behind Spice and Bath Salts, a whole line of synthetic or herbal products are emerging, many of which are being marketed along the same pathways and havent been targeted yet by law enforcement. Kids on the street in America and other countries have already found these products and are purchasing and using these substances for the drug-like effects. The changing brand names and product contents have no studies to track potency or side effects and may present serious public health hazards and law enforcement challenges encountered with users under the influence. Many young people turn to alternative or synthetic drugs because of a belief that theyre a legal substitute for popular street drugs and are more readily available through legitimate sources, such as gas stations, convenience stores, gardening/ plant stores and online. Theyre also frequently thought to be safer than harder drugs. The rapid rise in their popularity can also be attributed to Internet accessibility and information. A Google inquiry of the phrase legal highs produces 81 pages of response listings with 810 individual web pages addressing the topic and avenues of purchase or homemade recipes. The Internet has made it easier not only to acquire synthetic drugs, but also provides drug users or would-be users with a readily available mechanism to share their highs and other drug-related experiences online. How will taking a dose of this product affect me? Merely search the question on the Internet to see user-posted opinions and dosages. One of the problems thats emerged with these synthetic drugs is manufacturers have changed underlying chemical content to avoid the strict letter of the law and have then marketed chemically similar substances in the open market without selling a known illegal substance. They change brand names and even make packaging marked not intended for human consumption or research chemical, which more often than not doesnt deter youth looking for legal highs. Hospitalizations and deaths have occurred. Where Does This Leave Law Enforcement? The amount of attention similar products receive from federal and local authorities varies, and many times the amount of abuse and damage inflicted on the abusers spur local action to ban substances before the larger federal government process catches up. Whats easier to see down the road, is these types of products are being used by young people who are routinely looking for something to create drug effects without the risk of arrest, and law enforcement is generally behind the knowledge curve on such products and uses. Most forensic and other related labs are not yet testing or screening many of the products listed in this article, so they wont appear on routine drug screens or urinalysis. Users are well aware of this and often use these types of products since their use wont be detected. Additionally, common field test kits and drug-detecting canines dont currently identify synthetic drugs. Even the listing of synthetic drugs behind labels like plant food, baths salts, jewelry cleaner, glass cleaner, scouring powder, stain remover and shoe deodorizer has prevented wide law enforcement and public awareness and more importantly, may have masked the dangerous and abusive qualities of these products from parents of elementary, middle school and high school kids. Education about continued changes in legal highs, uses, abuses and packaging remain as significant parts of a law enforcement response. Brad Rollins | Mike Keleher U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service Bath Salts confiscated by the Drug Enforcement Agency.


SHOPPER 2000 Chevrolet Geo Metro, silver, 4 door. $2000 OBO. Call Melissa 79481 Ford F-150 4X4, automatic, Cold A/C, runs great. $3000. Call 55366 or 79533 Ford Explorer XLS, power win dows, good condition, cold A/C, new tires. $5000. Call 77180 or 72239 Honda Accord LX Coupe, 5 speed manual, white, runs great, power windows/locks, cold A/C, CD radio. New parts installed re cently include radiator, thermostat, battery, water pump, timing belt, distributor, all serpentine belts, head oil gasket, clutch, brake slave, cylinders, and computer module unit. Good tires, reliable driving and great gas mileage. $2800. Call 79483 or email mxzaidi@yahoo. com Jeep Liberty Limited, sunroof, leather seats, AC. $5000 OBO. Call 77886 Honda Fit Sport, 9k, auto or manual shift control, 4 dr. hatch back, 16 alloy wheels, CD/MP3 6 speaker system plus usb port. $15k OBO. Call 78425 PT Cruiser Touring Edition, il ver exterior, Automatic, A/C, cruise control, keyless entry, power win dows, 80K, new tires, seocnd own er, non smoker, Florida title. $5500. Call 55363. Dodge Caliber SXT, silver, 15,500K, $10,000, OBO. 5K below blue book value. Ford Ranger XLT, 85K, good tires and brakes, cold A/C, 4 cylin der engine good on gas. Reduced price $2200. Call 77207 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 MCC Keith Bryska at 4520 with your questions or concerns. Womens Diamonback Serene Citi Classic Bike in good con dition, comes with helmet and lock. $100. Call Liz 79793 Elliptical/Bike combo, like new. $50. Call 77749 after 1700 6 burner gas grill with full pro pane tank, great condition. $125. Call 78851 Modem, SCSI ready. $55. Call 55363 Unlocked I-Phone 3G with charger $60, Blackberry with charger $50, T Mobil touch phone with charger $40, Samsung Android tablet (Wi The scoop SAFE RIDE Out drinking? Put the keys down and call Safe Ride at 84913 or 84781. Dont drink and drive. SEABEE BALL Get your ticket for the Seabee Ball Feb. 9 from 9:00 am 1200 pm at the NEX Atrium. Ticket prices range depending on rank from $20 to $35. Ball is sched uled for March 2. LIFEGUARD CLASS The American Red Cross will be holding a Lifeguard Class. The four day class starts March 14. Participants will receive Life guard/First Aid training and CPR/AED for Lifeguard training. Must be at least 15 years old to register. Call 2205 or 84968 for more information. FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE The Girl Scouts will be hosting a Father/Daughter dance Feb. 19 at the community Center. This is a free event and is open to the entire GTMO Community. To RSVP call 2027. BLACK AND GOLD BALL The Black Heritage Organiza tion will be holding the Black and Gold Ball Feb. 23 at the Windjammer Ballroom. Tickets are $35. To purchase ticket call 78086 or 79449. TAX SEASON kick off tax season Feb. 4. For more info, or if you would like to become a VITA volunteer, please call 4834. POWER OUTAGE A scheduled power outage will tkae place Feb. 9, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out the base roller for a full list of affected areas. Smoking grill $40. Queen size, matress, bos and frame $150. Call 84784 Big sectional dark green couch, couch has 2 recliners, clean with stain resistant fab ric. Has two small rips in uphol stery on very bottom from last move. $350 OBO. Call 77516 New Goodyear Tire 215/75/15 with rim for Ford Explorer, 225/75/15 used tire good threads with rim for Ford Explorer, 4 used 215/65/16 tire good thread $50 for all 4. Call Sam 78742 Lost: Key ring w/4 keys, last seen in MWR Marina Sailing Center area. Reward for return. Call Val 77754 Jeep Wrangler TJ Extensive Ser vice Manual over 1000 pages in full detail $50. Call 84784 Orion 8 inch deep space telescope, only 2 years old. $600. Call 78851 DOWNTOWN LYCEUM GTMO JOB HUNT MOVIES FRIDAY Feb. 8 SATURDAY Feb. 9 SUNDAY Feb. 10 MONDAY Feb. 11 TUESDAY Feb. 12 WEDNESDAY Feb. 13 THURSDAY Feb. 14 PG-13 170 min. R 91 min. R 134 min. PG 91 min. Finance and SAP experience a plus English speaking position Full time position available Local hires only-G4 position, one year fixed term contract PG-13 96 min. R 111 min. PG 105 min. R 166 min. R 122 min. Fi) 4.0 10.1 $370, DVDs $2 per movie Blue Ray DVDs $3 per mov ie. Call 84784 SCSI modem, includes all wiring email Modem $50, Belkin Router $55, TV13 $15, Universal Dual LNBF ULN 2 Dish free to air $25, Dorman/ Window lift motor for a Honda Ac cord LX 2.3L MFIVTEC 4 cyl front driver side still new in box $30 OBO, was $75. Call 77314 JVC DVD player with remote $20. DVDs $2 a piece, Assassin Creed III $30. Call 84784. MWR Ground Support Equipment Maint. Shop Supervisor Ground Electronics Maint. Supervisor Ground Electronics Maint. Technician


Girl Scouts Service Unit 085 Holds Annual Camp Kelly Wirfel Teams of four participate in a team building exercise at Starry Night held at W.T. Elementary School Jan. 24. Starry Nights was held to educate parents and students on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). A s parents were busily setting up tents, girls from Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bays Girl Scout Service Unit 085 participated a variety of activities during their annual camp out at Philips Recreation Park, Jan. 26. is years campout was planned and organized by the Cadets and Ambassador Troops which consists of four girls aged 11 to 16. I had a lot of really enjoyed helping organize the camp, said Cadet Destiny Dietz. It looked like all the girls and families had a lot of fun. During the day the girls participated in a wide variety of workshops to include a box oven station where the girls learned how to make a cardboard oven for outdoor cooking, a managing money station, a rst aide and Guantanamo Bay wildlife station and a friendship bracelet making station. As the night progressed the kids made grilled cheese and tomato soup and then made Smores in their box ovens. e day ended with skits performed by the girls and then an award presentation where they were awarded with the badges they have earned. Approximately 30 girls participated in the days events and 20 girls camped out with their families. I thought the campout went extremely well, said Francesca Dietz, Girl Scout Assistant Overseas Committee Chair and Cadet Troop Leaders. is is the rst year the Cadets and Ambassadors planned the event and I think they did an outstanding job. I am very proud of them. e Girl Scouts of the USA was established in 1912 with only 18 girls and the organization has now grown to 3.2 million girls, a signicant growth from its modest beginnings over a century ago. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Girl Scouts particpate in a friendship bracelet making workshop during their annual camp-out at Philips Recreational Park, Jan. 26. The girls particpated in a variety of workshops, performed skits and had an award ceremony.