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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MCC Keith Bryska Gazette Editior T he Installation Training Team and Security Forces stationed at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba March 12 and 14. e drills were conducted on two dierent days and included a boating emergency and unidentied personnel oating outside the southern boundaries. According to Kevin Robarge, Installation Training Ocer the boating emergency exercise was a simulated boating accident where a boat ran into two divers on the surface. One of the divers had major injuries to leg, arm and head and was unconscious in the water, the other had a major laceration to the arm. e call from a boater came into Harbor Security describing two divers struck by a boater and needed immediate help. Naval Station Harbor Patrol Units (HPU) responded and extracted the injured divers and secured them for transfer. After they were rescued, dispatch coordinated the medical response and landing area for the two injured divers and Fire and Emergency Services met them and stabilized them for transfer to advance medical care at the Naval Hospital, said Robarge. ere they were re-evaluated and received life sustaining care. Chief Master-At-Arms Jonathan Staercke said these drills are used to assess how good the communications are between several dierent entities that play an important part in emergency response. Communications between dispatch and the harbor patrol units have to be accurate and timely, said Staercke. e units must also ensure accurate medical assessment is given and communicated to medical response personnel while the personnel are en route to Hospital Landing for medical attention. e second drill involved unidentied personnel that were found oating outside the Southern Boundary which started out as a report from Dive Boat One identifying two non-english speaking personnel oating in the water that they took onboard to prevent from drowning. e Combined Dispatch Center CDC which includes Port Operations, Marine Corps Security Force Company (MCSFCO), United States Coast Guard, and 911 dispatchers received, processed and deployed the proper units to their perspective scenes. We utilize a group of qualied Installation Training Team members from each area to develop, run and evaluated the exercises, said Robarge. e Executive Ocer is the overall Training Leader. e Commanding Ocer has made it very clear that this is a priority for him. HPU sent two units out and established themselves as Incident Command. Units accessed the situation and secured the individuals for transfer and processing in conjunction with MCSFCO. e CDC then contacted and coordinated all areas to establish a landing area and to ensure units were on standby to receive the two personnel. Medical, MCSFCO, and Base Security arrived at Marine Landing and took custody of the individuals. ey were medically evaluated and processed by MCSFCO. After they had been detained by MCSFCO one of the acting swimmers displayed medical issues that required them to need emergency assistance that triggered a medical triaged and required them to be transported to the Naval Hospital for advanced care. Both exercises allowed the installation to test our pre-planned responses, react to a variety of emergencies and evaluate our ability to respond and react to incidents on the water, said Robarge. ey help us identify our requirements, build exercises to test our ability to perform and meet the requirements, test and evaluate our performance, and use that information to better train, perform and revise existing response plans and actions in order to enhance our overall installation readiness. Training Exercises Increase Emergency Responder Readiness Sailors stationed at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bays Security Forces and the Navy Dive Locker participate in a training evolution aimed at helping the base emergency teams prepare for any real life situations that arise, March 12 and 14.


Navy Chief Trivia Who was the youngest Chief Petty Officer? Who is the only Chief Petty Officer in the Baseball Hall of Fame? How many Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy have there been and who are they? Dispatch LPO/ Security 20 El Paso, TX Texas Longhorns Snow White Coldplay Getting this far ahead in my life at this young age Windjammer Jesus and Music Running, cooking, movies and reading John F. Kennedy It has provided me a new sense of idea of responsibility and has guided me on a prosperous road of success MA3 is a hard charging Sailor who was of Security Dispatch Center, and assisted in the revision of a dispatch instruction and Standard Operations Procedure manual. Who was the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy? Who was the first female Chief Petty Officer? Who was the first black Chief Petty Officer? Who was El Cid? How did the term Goat Locker Originate? How did the Khaki uniform originate? How did the term Cup of Joe originate? Read nexts weeks Gazette to find the answers. Next weeks Gazette will be an edition on Chief Petty Officer historical facts in honor of the Chief Petty Officers Birthday. Navy Chief Trivia Radio GTMO Announces New Radio and Television Lineup Radio GTMOs radio and TV lineup will be changing April 1st. These changes will give the viewer access to shows previously not offered here and the loss of two radio formats. AFN Freedom on channel 32 will be replaced by AFN Spectrum. The replacement channel offers a wider variety of programming for all ages. You will find shows such as: the Ellen Degeneres show, the Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Parks and Recreation, Yard Crashers, 30 Minute Meals, and other network shows. Spectrum also has mature-themed programs, in the after dark series; these will air beginning at 11 P.M. These shows include popular HBO and Showtime programs such as Game of Thrones, Entourage, Weeds, Dexter, True Blood and many other highly rated shows. There are also adjustments to the music available. Normally on FM 103 we offered the Nerve, an alternative style of music. AFN has cut Nerve and Tranceport, an electronic dance format radio feed. These were the lower rated music feeds and to save operating costs their funding is being cut. We will still air Country on FM 103 during the day, from 6 A.M. until 6 P.M., during the evening hours AFN Legacy will replace the alternative music Nerve. Legacy is a classic rock format. These changes are not tied to the budget cuts we hear in the news today. These were previously planned changes. AFN will continue to offer the best music and television available in an effort of bringing you a taste of home. MC3 Yolanda Williams Radio GTMO


CNP Talks Tuition Assistance, PTS and More with Sailors in Norfolk C hief of Naval Personnel addressed Sailors during an allhands call aboard Naval Station Norfolk, March 18. Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk took this opportunity to discuss issues affecting Sailors naval careers, their families and their futures. One of the big-ticket items in the news lately is tuition assistance. Ninety percent of Sailors who use TA complete the courses they take and Navy leadership is actively working to keep TA in this tough economy, said Van Buskirk. They are looking at the structure to allow those Sailors who are eligible to continue to use it. He also discussed the continued impact Sailors have throughout the fleet from an operational standpoint. The missions you are accomplishing are making a difference in the world because you are all tremendous ambassadors, said Van Buskirk. We have supported deployments on the ground and on ships and are fully engaged in supporting critical missions from the Horn of Africa to Afghanistan to the Western Pacific. Van Buskirk said his number one priority is to man the fleet by ensuring Sailors are assignable, deployable and distributable. In the last year, we have had 90 percent PTS approval and greater than 95 percent in the last four months, said Van Buskirk. Van Buskirk said the Navy is continuing to make improvements to PTS, which increases Sailors ability to have a say in their career and improve the ability to distribute Sailors where we need them most. During a question and answer session, Van Buskirk took questions regarding the Navys current financial state since enacting sequestration and what the future holds. It feels good to know that the Navy leadership hears our concerns and for the CNP to come and let us know that he is on our side and doing everything for Sailors, said Boatswains Mate 2nd Class (SW/AW) Darius Branch. When asked about retirement pay, Van Buskirk said a commission will be stood up to look at retirement pay, but current active duty will be grandfathered into the current retirement pay. Much of the question and answer session focused on familyrelated programs, and Van Buskirk assured attendees the Navy is dedicated to helping Sailors and their families. Our Navy remains committed to maintaining the funding for our Sailors and family readiness programs as much as possible, and our goal is to have no impact on those programs in the future, said Van Buskirk. For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit http:// MC3 Darien G. Kenney Navy Public Affairs Support Element East T he Beatles struck a chord of truth in the words to one of their many hits. It is much easier to say hello than it is to say goodbye. I see this all the time. People will readily introduce themselves upon arrival to GTMO. Then one day, that person I had grown used to seeing all the time is no longer here. They never said goodbye. One day, they simply left. For this reason, Im glad commands hold hail & farewells, otherwise many more people would leave before saying goodbye. How we part from one another is perhaps more important than how we first meet. Saying goodbye expresses the importance of the relationship, the difference that person had in our life. It simply may be stating that this person has been a part of the fabric of our community. In the end, it is a gesture of good will. Goodbye literally means God be with you. It becomes a Chaplain Van Dickens NS Guantanamo Bay Command Chaplain I dont know why you say goodbye, I say hello benediction to the time together, until we meet again. And if we dont meet again, at least in this world, then saying goodbye is our wish that they go in peace, our time together having concluded. Therefore, while I look forward to meeting you and saying howdy doo, I hope when the time comes to leave, we will take the time to say goodbye, fare thee well, adios, cheerio, ciao, toodle-oo, adieu, bon voyage, hasta la vista baby, later dude, or however we choose to say it, as long as we say it. Blessings, Chaps CAPT Van Dickens NAVSTA Command Chaplain C haplains Corner


Sixteen Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay Fire Academy Recruits received their Fireghter Certication at a graduation ceremony held at Bulkeley Hall, March 18. According to NS Guantanamo Bays Fire Chief, Eric Tucker, the screening for acceptance was extremely competitive. is was a journey that started years ago, said Tucker. We had over 1,700 applications and had to narrow them down to the 16 sitting in front of you today. To graduate from the 8-week program, students had to display prociency in numerous areas, including search and rescue, re attack, water supply, and ladder operations. ey also practiced their skills in non-re conditions and in live, controlled re situations. Fireghters at NS Guantanamo Bay are responsible for more than just ghting res. ey must also know how to respond to environmental, chemical, and rescue emergencies, as they are often the rst responders to these scenes. Captain J.R. Nettleton, NS Guantanamo Bay Commanding Ocer pinned the graduates and provided short remarks. To me, this is a three step process for you all, said Nettleton. First you needed to get hired, then you had to get through the academy and graduate, and now you need to spend the rest of your career mastering your profession. I encourage you to never stop training and to never lose your passion for this. Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute along with the departments training chief provided the training. When I rst got here we had 16 inexperienced individuals, said Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute Instructor Lenne Stolberg. After eight weeks we have one experienced team who is here to serve those that protect our nation. Kelly Wirfel


Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Reenlistments BM2 Christopher Pullon MA2 Erica Williams MA3 Sean Gramm MA3 William Cowan


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Power win dows, good condition, cold AC, new battery & tires. $4500.00. Call (H)77180, (W)75195 or (W)72239 Nissan Maxima 3.5L Sport Edi tion, not a GTMO Special $11,000,57k Miles, Automatic/Triptronic Shift Sil ver with 18 Silver Rims, Black Leath er Interior, Heated Steering Wheel and Seats, Xenon Headlights/Fog Lights, Power Everything Bose Premium Sound, 6 Disc In-Dash Changer, Rear Spoiler, Slide/Tilt Sun Roof, Front & Side Air Bags, Tinted Windows, AC Very Cold But Needs Clutch Only, Sammy @ 78954 black four door Ford Focus with 33,000 miles, power door locks/win dows, great A/C, Sync, SYNC, Blue tooth wireless, $11,500 OBO. KBB value of $12,000, Call 75651, 4330 or email GTMO E-mail classified ad submissions to PAO-CLASSIFIEDADS@ USNBGTMO.NAVY.MIL If sent to any other e-mail, it may not be pub lished. 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, rial discretion on all content. Call MCC Keith Bryska at 4520 with your questions or concerns. Please keep ads to a minimum of 5 items. Xbox 360 $250 Newest model Xbox 360 comes with 250gb removable hard drive, three controllers, inter cooler, Assassins Creed 2 & 3, Halo 4, COD black ops 2 & MW3, and For za Horizon, Powerbeats by Dre $100 Red and black Powerbeats by Dre almost new condition comes with box and red Beats case, different earbud sizes, audio cable extension, Xbox Live membership $70 OBO 12 month gold Xbox Live member ship comes with headset and key pad brand new Call for matthew at 77278 or 78285 SCSI Modem, $50 available Tuesday March 19th. Call Julie at 77173. SCSI MODEM with complete cables. $50, Call: 58545 Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Lens for Nikon, Brand New unused, in original packaging with receipt, $1,200.00 OBO Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 Edif Afs-g Vr Lens for Nikon, Rare White Color, and/or usage. Lens glass is very clean. $1,600.00 OBO Email or 8 (foot) white Projector Screen with hooks. Works perfectly. Like new. $65.00 OBO. Call 79553. Mar. 23, 0800 2719B West Iguana Mens, womens, and girls age 1112 clothing. Dishes, silverware, and small appliances. Fishing rod/reels, golf equipment, PS2 & Wii consoles along with assorted games. Other misc. items. Mar. 23, 0700-1000, VL 37C Mar. 23 8:00am 10:00am, CP14B DOWNTOWN LYCEUM MOVIES FRIDAY Mar. 22 SATURDAY Mar. 23 SUNDAY Mar .24 MONDAY Mar. 25 TUESDAY Mar. 26 8 WEDNESDAY Mar.27 THURSDAY Mar. 28 PG 123 min. PG13 124 min. R 118 min. R 88 min. PG13 114 min. PG 98 min. PG13 115 min. PG13 116 min. R 106 min. MWR JOB HUNT GTMO The scoop SAFE RIDE Out drinking? Put the keys down and call Safe Ride at 84913 or 84781. Dont drink and drive. WATER RESTRICTIONS The Naval Station is currently experiencing water production limitations and is under a tight water restriction. We are asking all residents to adhere to the fol lowing rules; no lawn watering, no vehicle washing at homes, limit plant watering, no washing of sidewalks with potable water and residents are asked to re port possible leaks to the Public Works Department at 4535. SUBA DIVING The Re-Compression Chamber will be down for maintenance March 19 to March 27. This means all civilian and recreation al diving will be secured during this time period. For more infor mation contact the Command EASTER EGG HUNT Hosted By 525 MP BN (I/R) Family Readiness Group and Guantanamo Bay Spouses Club at Phillips Dive Park, March 30th 9am-11am. Please bring a basket/bag to collect eggs. Grand prizes will be given to each age group. The Easter Bunny will be there to take pictures with, please bring your own camera. Vacation Bible School Volunteers Its hard to believe, but VBS is al most here! Talented people LIKE YOU are invited to join the min istry team as we build Kingdom Rock, this years VBS program. Actors, set builders, leaders, ar tisans, teachers, food preparers, musicians, creators, organizers, manual laborers, encouragers... come see how you can serve our KING! First Planning Meeting Monday, March 25, 1830-1930 in the Chapel Fellowship Hall Round Contemporary glass top Din ner Table with four leather chairs, very stylish and modern look; like new WITH a matching 4 level glass shelve Corner Stand $475.00 OBO. Must see! Call 79553 Full size Coleman air mattress and rechargeable air pump. $35., Sealy twin mattress, excellent condition. $35 Call 77806. Set of 4 swiveling captains chairs, from Japanese dinning set. Beauti fully crafted from hardwood. Perfect size for children or small adults. $20 each / $60 for set. Call 77806 Wagner power steamer, like new condition. $65. Call 77806.


S ailors stationed at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba benefit from a strong physical training program that is designed to help them reach several goals to include weight loss, better run times and living a healthier life style. According to Chief Gunners Mate Derrick Abson its extremely important for any command to have an active fitness program that not only builds strength, but adds to the commands moral. He believes that an active PT program has many benefits and builds strength and endurance so Sailors can complete their jobs in a safe and productive manner while also building Esprit De Corp. You get the entire command together; add some pushups, situps, and a 5 mile run and now you are cooking. You see everyone pulling together as a team to ensure everyone completes the run while having fun. You see Sailors taking care of Sailors while getting fit, said Abson. A healthy sailor is a happy sailor and thats what its all about. Master-At-Arms Second Class Stacey Wilson believes that the program has made great strides over her time here and benefits Sailors by incorporating fitness classes that keep individuals more interested in the program that include Yoga, Strength Training and Spin Classes. The program makes me push myself and ensures accountability for my actions, said Wilson. The Command Fitness Leaders are also very informative on nutritional counseling and offer many resources. Abson believes that Morale, Welfare and Recreations (MWR) also helps Sailors stay active by conducting physical fitness events almost every day except holidays to include after hours events which are open to all hands. In GTMO, we push and encourage a culture of physical fitness while also stressing the importance of a healthy life, said Abson. The difference here is we practice what we preach every day. PT Program Helps Sailors MCC Keith Bryska Gazette Editior Sudie Nolan-Cassimatis, Department of Labor TAP GPS Workshop Facilitator explains proper resume building tips with military memebers durint the new Transition GPS Class held at the Fleet and Family support center Mar 5-9. Sailors stationed at NS Guantanamo Bay, Cubas participate in the Navy Readiness Test(PRT), the PRT is given to Sailors to ensure personnel maintain a level of

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