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W.T. Sampson Class Brings Greek Literature To Life Kelly Wirfel S tudents from W.T. Sampsons 9th Grade Literature Class celebrated the completion of Homers Greek poem, e Odyssey with a group outing to Hospital Kay and Romance Cove, Feb. 8. e Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. e poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War and in his absence, it is assumed he has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors who compete for Penelopes hand in marriage. We wanted the children to be able to really remember this important piece of literature and do something that brought it to life for them, said 9th Grade Honors Literature Teacher Mrs. Cindy Gunn. We tried to draw parallels between our lives here in GTMO and the lives of military families to the life of Odysseus and his family. e students, teachers and volunteer chaperones departed from the marina Friday afternoon and traveled to Hospital Kay in two MWR boats. Upon arrival the students, fully clad in their Greek togas, began reading the letters they had composed in their History and Literature classes. Compositions ranged from letters from Odysseus to his wife Penelope and vice versa to letters from Telemachus to his father Odysseus. My faith has faded, said one student who assumed the character of Penelope. Come home soon, my life without you is not only unbearable, but impossible. After reading their letters the students enjoyed a Greek themed picnic at Hospital Kay where snacks included hummus, pita bread, fruit and Baklava. After their picnic the students placed their letters in sealed glass bottles and went to Romance Cove where they threw them into the sea. is outing really brought the story to life for us, said student Marliza Belch. I also thought it was a great event because it reinforced the relationships between the students and teachers and brought the class closer together as a whole. W.T. Sampson 9th Grade Honors Student Marliza Belch assumes the character of Penelope from the Greek poem The Odyssey and reads her letter written to Odysseus during a class outing, Feb. 8. The outing was in celebration of the completion of the ancient Greek poem.
75-Day Leave Carry-Over Policy Extended MC2 Andrea Perez Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs The 2010 law that allowed Sailors to carry over up to 75 days of leave has been extended to 2015, per NAVADMIN 026/13, released Feb. 13. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama in January, extended the expiration of the 75-day leave carry-over policy from Sept. 30, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2015. Afterward, leave carryover will be reset to 60 Admin/ Career Counselor 34 Winchester, N.H.. Painting/ Photography Windjammer Breakfast at Tiffanys The Last Goodnight Bachelors in Psychology Earning Retention Excellence for four consecutive times Gave me the opportunity to get away from home and grow up. Was an instrumental part in the command earning the command retention award days and any leave balance in excess of 60 days will be lost. Special Leave Accrual for service members assigned to hostile fire or imminent danger areas, certain deployable ships, mobile units, or other duty remains unchanged and Sailors should review MILPERSMAN 1050-070 for more information. Further extensions of the 75-day leave carry-over policy are not expected beyond 2015 and therefore, Sailors are encouraged to work with their chain of command to manage excess amounts of leave. For more information, read NAVADMIN 026/13 available at the Navy Personnel Command website at www.npc. navy.mil or contact the nearest Personnel Support Detachment for clarification of the 75-day leave carry-over policy. The Caribbean Naval Masonic Lodge participates in a community relations project at W.T. Sampsons Elementary and High School. The projected included washing and painting the anchor in front of the elementary school and organization. Club members consist of Order of the Eastern Star, Rainbow Girls, Jobs Daughter, De Molay & Master Masons. These clubs work and support their community to enhance its beauty, provide scholarships for college bound high school students and support youth programs such as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America as well as other organizations.
There seems to have been a number of persons named Valentine who are associated with Valentines Day. There is a Lt. Tung Tran NS Guantanamo Bay Chaplain Services Who is Your Valentine? St. Valentine whose relics are said to be found in a couple of churches in Rome was a priest of that city and was martyred toward the end of the third century. Another Valentine was a bishop of what is the modern city of Terni at the end of the second century. There is yet another Valentine, a martyr in Africa who died with his companions, and nothing else was known about him except that he was buried on February 14. There have been several stories and legends about regarding the first St. Valentine. Among them, the most popular martyrology, was that St. Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers and ministering to Christians who were being persecuted under the Roman Empire. During his imprisonment C haplains Corner he was said to have healed the blindness of his jailers daughter and converted her and her household to Christianity. Before his execution, legend says that he wrote a farewell note to her ending with, Your Valentine which is like writing, Sincerely yours, and then signing your name. Based on ancient martyrologies, we can guess that the martyrs who were name Valentine would have helped everyone around them, in prison, outside of prison, those who were sick, those who were in distress, and even their persecutors. In a way, what chaplains of olden days and modern times do is what St. Valentine of old did. In other words, the chaplains are also your Valentines. Call them if you need help either for yourself or for someone else. Ask them if you think they can give advice. If you are getting married, they can help you prepare. To everyone whose name is either Valentine, Valentino, Valentina, or whose birthday or wedding anniversary is Feb. 14, have a good day. God Bless. Your Valentine, Ch. Tung Tran Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Continues Strong Mentorship Program MCC(SW/AW) Keith Bryska Gazette Editor Sailors stationed at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay continue to use the mentorship program as a means to help develop junior personnel. The mentorship program is a program used to guide junior Sailors while allowing senior leadership the opportunity to lead from the front. The program provides an internal mentor who can relate to professional matters, while also providing an external mentor who can help give the Sailor an outside opinion on situations that he might need guidance for. According to NS Guantanamo Bays Command Master Chief Ross Cramer, the mentor program is more vital now than it has ever been in the Navy. Every Sailor wants to know how to be successful both on and off duty and mentorship is the key to their success, said Cramer. By assigning every Sailor from the Commanding Officer down with a mentor it helps the protg to understand what success looks like and how to achieve it. According to Mentorship Program Coordinator Chief Boatswains Mate Bernard Hall, the program identifies an internal mentor for the Junior Sailor and also allows that Sailor to pick an external mentor. The internal mentor is usually within the Sailors chain of command. If the mentor does not have a preference for an external mentor then one is assigned to them. The mentor and the Sailor must work together to ensure that the proper goals and growth are being met. The program also teaches the senior Sailors how to relate to the junior Sailors of today, the art of de-conflicting conflict, and how to manage resources and networking to benefit the growth of another service member, said Hall. Hence adding more tools to the mentors skill sets. The program can identify several tools the Sailor might not know about, or have the knowledge to attain. The mentor can go over several programs with the Sailor to include off duty education, family benefits, advancement opportunities and just an occasional talk to identify any professional problems they might have. Like most programs, you are only going to get out of it what you put into it and the mentorship program is the same, said Hall. If there are problems that need to be addressed then this program will help the Sailor find the guidance they need. Mentor BMC Bernard Hall conducts boat training with members of his department.
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E mergency service personnel from the Army, Navy and Coast Guard came together to compete in a flag football tournament during the Pig Bowl held at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Feb. 9. The Pig Bowl is sponsored by the 525th Military Police Battalion and held quarterly as a way to build team work and cohesion within the different branches. According to the 525th Operations Sergeant Major Philip Dietz, the Pig Bowl is intended to build and maintain the strong relationships between those elements that work together day in and days out. These events are meant to be a stress relief and build team relationships. Everyone believes this is an Army/Navy competition, said Dietz. The Pig Bowl is actually a competition between law enforcement professionals. Participants in this Pig Bowl included elements from the 525th Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 189th Military Police Company, 193rd Military Police MCC(SW/AW) Keith Bryska Gazette Editor Company, 428th Military Police Company, 602nd Military Police Company, 755th Military Police Company, Coast Guard Maritime Security Forces and the Naval Security Forces. According to Master-At-Arms 2nd Class Gerald Provost Jr., events between the different law enforcement agencies are a great way for the units to come together, and be on the same page no matter what branch of service they serve. Its always enjoyable when we get out there and go head to head with the other branches of service, said Provost. The games are always more intense and seem to mean more, but when its all said and done were all brothers and sisters in arms that have the same mission. At the end of the day it was the men and women of the 193rd Military Police Company that held the trophy up high with a first place finish. Second place was taken by Naval Security Forces and third place was 428th Military Police Company. 535th Military Police Battalion Host Pig Bowl
How Sequestration Impacts the Navy T he Navy is looking down the barrel of some serious budget shortfalls that are going to aect every Sailor in one way or another. To deal with the issue, the Navy has a plan in motion to make the money last through the end of the scal year. e Navys cost-cutting plan has some pretty tough measures. e most visible measure is the decision to indenitely delay the deployment of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group. e Truman strike group was supposed to deploy Feb. 8. is delay aects the Navys forward presence, but most of the current, cost-cutting plan is designed not to impact forward-operating forces. Most of the cuts are focused on stateside units, but the cuts wont hit individual Sailors in their wallets. Also, the Navy announced Feb. 8 the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) will not start due to a lack of funding. Number one, it wont aect your pay. Number two, it wont aect your retirement. Number three, it wont aect your medical coverage said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert during an all hands call in January. He also said family programs wont be aected. So What? If the plan doesnt aect your pay or benets, what does it aect, and why should Joe Sailor care? One of the obvious eects is uncertain deployment schedules. As we work through the scal challenges, there are going to be some decisions that are going to have to be made to ensure that we have the ready forces available, said Master Chief Petty Ocer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens. So, there may be some uncertainty at times as to what is deploying and when its deploying as we work through these challenges. Well do our best to mitigate that e toughest cuts in this phase of the plan are the cuts in ship ops, ying hours, and maintenance. e Navy is saving $670 million by making cuts in steaming and ying hours. e plan also cancels all surface ship maintenance periods and aircraft depot maintenance periods for the last six months of the scal year. e belt-tightening includes cuts to training, travel, purchasing, and base upkeep. Any non-mission essential travel is cut; training events that arent related to deploying are cut; purchases for things like furniture and computer servers are cut; and base commanders have to cut budgets for things like repairing runways and upgrading buildings on base. Most of the choices about what items are getting cut will be happening at the local level, so, Sailors should stay tuned in with their local chains of command to see what cuts will aect them. ere is a ripple eect here, said Rear Adm. John Kirby, Navy chief of information. If you start to cancel shipyard periods and we are already beginning to do that and youre going to cancel depot maintenance on aircraft, it will eat into our readiness in future months and future years. Why Is ere a Shortfall? e budget shortfall is being caused by something called a continuing resolution. So, whats that? Every year, congress passes a bill that funds the military for the scal year (FY). When lawmakers are busy, or they cant come to an agreement on military funding, they basically tell the military, Keep using last years budget plan for a month or two until we hammer out this years budget plan. e extension of last years budget into this scal year is called a continuing resolution, or CR. e problem with the continuing resolution is that the Navy was expecting to get more money in 2013 for its operating and maintenance fund, and now it looks like we may have to keep using the 2012 budget for the rest of the year. So, we have been writing 2013 checks; but, we only have a 2012 bank account. e scal year starts Oct. 1. We are almost halfway through this scal year, and there is a fear that lawmakers may decide to extend the continuing resolution through the end of FY-13. Navy leaders hope this doesnt happen, but they are planning for the worst. If the CR is extended through the end of the scal year, the Navy is looking at a $4.6 billion shortfall in the operations and maintenance fund. Given the great uncertainty we face, we must enact prudent, but stringent, belt-tightening measures now that will permit us to operate the Navy and Marine Corps through the rest of this scal year if the CR is extended, said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in a message released in January. Sequestration e CR is forcing us to tighten our belts to make it through the year, but things will get even tighter if we are hit by sequestration. Sequestration has been all over the news lately, and it is a separate problem from the CR. Sequestration is a 9-percent, across-the-board, budget cut that will aect all federal agencies, and it goes into eect March 1 if lawmakers dont come up with a plan to cut the federal decit. If sequestration goes into eect, it will cost the Navy another $4 billion on top of the $4.6 billion shortfall the yearlong CR would cost. Navy leaders have a plan for this worst case scenario, but it isnt pretty. If we go into sequestration, most stateside ships, squadrons and units will stop training, ying and steaming. Naval operations in and around South America will stop. ere will be fewer ships and aircraft deploying worldwide and the Navy will have to cancel all 6th Fleet deployments except for Ballistic Missile Defense deployments. Whats a Sailor to Do? Most of the decisions on the current CR cost-saving measures are going to be made at the local level, so Sailors can talk to their chains of command to see where theyll be aected. MCPON said he wants Sailors to know that the Navys leadership is working hard to keep the ship on course through this rough patch, and he said individual Sailors can help by focusing on the things they can control. at means getting the day-to-day mission accomplished safely and correctly. ese might be challenges today, but they are also opportunities for us to learn about ourselves, [and] to learn about each other, said Stevens. Im condent that in the end, that although we are dealing with these challenges today, that we will be, as a result of this, a stronger and better force tomorrow. Be upbeat; be condent; were going to be OK. I believe that with all my heart and all my soul. MC1 Brett Cote All Hands
The scoop TRAINING EXERCISE The Installation Training Team will be conducting a training exercise, Feb. 21 from 3:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m. Base residents may see multiple emergency response personnel and road de tours. This is a training exercise and is not a response to any spe ASH WEDNESDAY Naval Station Command Reli gious Program will be conduct ing Ash Wednesday worship ser vice Feb 20. at 12:00 at the main chapel. FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE The Girl Scouts will be hosting a Father/Daughter dance Feb. 16 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. DOWNTOWN LYCEUM GTMO JOB HUNT MOVIES FRIDAY Feb. 15 SATURDAY Feb. 16 SUNDAY Feb. 17 MONDAY Feb. 18 TUESDAY Feb.19 WEDNESDAY Feb.20 THURSDAY Feb. 21 PG 95 min. R 122 min. PG13 96 min. R 111 min. 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Seabees Help Sure Students Sound Off at STEM Fair By Lt. j.g. Keith Ferreira Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 27 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). Sure Start students from the W.T. Sampson Elementary School aboard Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba were able to perform at their first outside music concert Feb. 7 thanks to a stage constructed and donated by Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 27 (NMCB 27). The stage project was part of the vision of Mrs. Wanda Robinson-Caton, a Sure Start teacher, and some dedicated parents to construct a music center for the children. The students like playing the class instruments, but it can become very loud inside the classroom, explained Mrs. RobinsonCaton. Mrs. Robinson-Caton was able to make contact with and communicate her ideas to the Seabees on base, who were more than willing to help make the vision a reality. The Seabees were able to refine the stage specifications within a day, and completed its construction on Feb. 1. The stage itself has already been used by visiting musicians and will be used as part of a school wide Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fair, during which the Sure Start students have been assigned the topic of sound. It will continue to be used by visiting musicians, guest readers, for concerts, as well as being incorporated into lesson plans. The stage has made the students more willing to perform. Its a special area so it makes them feel special when they use it, said Mrs. Robinson-Caton. She continued by saying that the students would be able to see the engineering design plan in process and understand it better through hands-on activities. The Seabees at NAVSTA GTMO are part of a larger group of Navy Reservists from NMCB 27 based out of Chicopee, Mass., who were recalled to active duty in July and deployed throughout South and Central America in support of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. Fourth Fleet multinational partnership and humanitarian assistance missions. Seabees attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 27 and Sure Start students the W.T. Sampson Elementary School demonstrate a newly constructed music stage aboard Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NAVSTA GTMO), Cuba. The Seabees constructed the stage at the request of Mrs. Wanda Robinson-Caton for use by the students and visiting musicians. The Seabees from NMCB 27 are forward deployed throughout South and Central America in support of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet multinational partnership and humanitarian assistance missions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mrs. Wanda Robinson-Caton)