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Volume 19 Issue 24
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U.S. Naval Activities, Spain
Veterans Day November 11, 2010
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Honor Veterans by Serving With Excellence Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. Unlike Memorial Day, which is primarily intended to focus on those who have died on the battlefield, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living Veterans for their service, to acknowledge their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty. What is a veteran? He or she is an ordinary and yet extraordinary human being, a person who offered some Capt. William F. Mosk of his or her life's most vital COMNAVACTS, Spain years in the service of their country, and who sacrificed his or her ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs. He or she is a Soldier, Marine, Sailor or Airman, and is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known. It is estimated that there are nearly 23 million veterans living in the United States. It is also estimated that there are only 2.2 million World War II veterans still alive. While that is a very large number, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 850 WW II veterans pass away per day. If that rate holds true, then we will have no WWII veterans by 2018. The point of my predication is that time is very fleeting. The very men and women who defended our country during one of the most influential wars of our nation’s history are slowly slipping away. The same is true of all wars that have preceded us and the one we fight today. Therefore, since the time we have with our heroes is
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limited, have you ever thanked a veteran? I once had the opportunity to serve in Fleet Week New York City a few years ago. It was a wonderful and fun experience. Complete strangers walk up to you to buy you dinner. Children run up next to you to get their picture taken with you. Everyone walks up to shake your hand and say “thanks.” Wearing your summer whites in New York City, you can’t be missed. You are a rock-star for the day, no matter your rank. It is an amazing experience, and makes you feel very appreciated. However, most veterans aren’t walking around in their uniforms. They aren’t so noticeable sometimes. That is why when you do speak to one, whether while you are sitting next to one waiting for a Space-A flight or just when you are out in town, make sure you thank them for their service. Whenever the opportunities present themselves to you, I hope you will make an effort to connect with the brave service members of our past. We can all better value the freedoms we have today because of the men and women who have served in defense of our nation. Just tell them “thanks.” That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they may have been awarded. Finally, I’d like to mention one other topic that needs some thanking. If you haven’t noticed, the Coastline has returned to a weekly publication. I’d like to first thank Karen Lucas, our publisher, for generating enough advertising to make it happen. I also want to thank our advertisers as well. As some of you may not know, the Coastline is not paid for by the Navy. We rely solely on advertisements to get our command and community information out to you. So, Bravo Zulu goes to Karen and her staff for getting us back to where we need to be. Remember - two little words still mean a lot, "THANK YOU.” Hasta Luego Rota.
Be Advised Excercise Neptune Response Naval Station Rota, Spain’s emergency responders will be participating in an exercise at various locations on base Nov. 16-17. Working alongside the Spanish Navy, measures have been taken to minimize disruptions to normal base operations. Area residents may see increased security and fire responder activity associated with the exercise. The exercise, called Neptune Response, is not in response to any specific threat but is part of regularly-scheduled training directed
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It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 that the "War to end all Wars" ended and was known as Armistice Day. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, Wilson said, "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations." This year, as more than 1.4 million men and women are serving around the world supporting contigency operations and the Global War on Terrorism, and more than 21.9 million veterans are still alive going back to WWII. This year, take a moment to remember those who have served, are serving and say thanks to your buddies and coworkers this Veterans Day. Finally, it is no lie Americans love to eat. Living in Spain, we are able to enjoy tapas with friends and family. This weeks Vista is about this quintessential part of Spanish life you must experience. Front page photo by MC2 Peter D. Blair, Nov. 11, 2008.
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Some Sailors to Receive One-Time Targeted Allowance for NWU Story By Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- In an Oct. 29 message, the Navy announced a targeted, one-time Clothing Replacement Allowance for approximately 45,000 Sailors who did not receive the required amount of Navy Working Uniforms or annual allowances. According to NAVADMIN 358/10, active component, Full Time Support and National Call to Service Sailors who entered recruit training between Oct. 1, 2007 and Sept. 30, 2008 will receive a one-time CRA of $368.19. Affected Sailors who entered recruit training between Oct. 1, 2008 and April 26, 2009 will receive a one-time CRA of $524.35. Payments will begin as early as Nov.
15 and will meet leadership's intent to ensure no out-ofpocket expenses are used to meet uniform requirements. The Navy recognized selected active component, Full Time Support and National Call to Service Sailors who entered recruit training between Oct. 1, 2007 and April 26, 2009 were not issued NWU components due to a delay in uniform production. these Sailors did not receive sufficient allowances to compensate for these changes. These one-time targeted payments are designed to correct this shortfall and ensure all Sailors have the means to purchase the required uniforms or reimburse those who may have already purchased the NWU. "Navy leadership's goal has always been to ensure our Sailors receive their full entitlement and no one is financially burdened when meeting seabag requirements," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of naval personnel. "These targeted payments will correct this oversight and bring our junior Sailors up to the appropriate level of uniform entitlement." Dec. 31 remains the Navy Working Uniform's mandatory wear date for the entire Fleet, as the Navy Utility Uniform (dungarees) will no longer be authorized. Following receipt of the targeted CRA, these affected Sailors will IT2 Mark Hartman, assigned to NCTAMS Det. Rota, tries on the NWU at the NEX Jan. 18. Some sailors will receive a one-time targeted allowance for the NWU. not be expected to have a full
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Sailors can learn more about these targeted payments through the following means: • Bupers Online. Sailors can log on to BOL at https:// www.bol.navy.mil and run an individual review to determine if they will receive a targeted CRA payment. The query hyperlink is named "Navy Working Uniform One-time Targeted Clothing Replacement Allowance Information." • NPC Customer Service Center. The NPC CSC is available by e-mail 24/7 via cscmailbox@navy. mil. Place "Navy Working Uniform One-time Targeted Clothing Replacement Allowance Information" in the subject line, and the e-mail must include name, last 4 digits of your SSN, Unit Identification Code and recruit training attendance dates (from DD Form 4/1). Additionally, the NPC Customer Service Center is available between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (866-827-5672). With the same e-mail information, CSC personnel can run an individual review and answer questions specific to the targeted CRA payment. • LES. Sailors will be notified of payment in the remarks section of their LES. This note and payment will be in addition to any eligible anniversary CRA payments.
complement of the NWU in their seabags until Sept. 30, 2011. For the rest of the Fleet not affected by this uniform issue, they are required to have their full complement of NWUs by the original deadline of Dec. 31. Sailors who entered recruit training between the specified dates, but do not have a pending payment reflected in their BOL account, should contact the NPC customer service center. The CSC will verify the Sailors' recruit training commencement date and provide the Sailor with a response at that time. NPC will then work with the required offices, including the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, to help ensure payment, normally within 30 days.
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Try E-Leave for the Holidays
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Story By MC1(AW) LaTunya Howard
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- With the holiday season just around the corner, the Navy took time Oct. 26 to remind Sailors about the ease of using the new electronic leave (E-Leave) system. E-Leave allows Sailors to electronically submit leave chits through their chain of command for approval, replacing the traditional paper leave form. It also offers commands automated leave log management, ensuring pay and entitlements are properly accounted for with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. The new system was introduced, tested and implemented in just a few months. All shore commands, personnel support detachments and command administrators are required to be fully integrated no later than Nov. 1. "Leave transactions, which account for 20 percent of all Navy pay transactions processed annually, were submitted to DFAS late more than any other pay-impacting event," said Capt. Hank Vitali, Personnel Service Delivery Transformation Office, Navy Personnel Command. "E-Leave was developed to reverse this trend. We are 100 percent implemented, 100 percent in timeliness and 99.3 percent accurate with Sailor's E-Leave automated transactions at DFAS Cleveland." E-Leave significantly reduced the timeframe for routing a leave request when tested recently at NPC. "Sailors can track it at anytime, and members can elect to receive e-mail notifications throughout the routing process," said Personnel Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Krzysztof Chodnicki, NPC, leave administrator. Sailors, reviewers and approvers can access E-Leave through a common access card (CAC) log-in to the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System at https://nsips.nmci.navy.mil. "Commands will have full visibility in the system to identify the status of any Sailor's request and easily track and account for all Sailors on leave," said John Courtney, Navy E-Leave program manager. Afloat implementation for ships started in October 2010 and will be phased in during a 24-month period. A separate message will provide further instruction for afloat commands.
Senior Chief Fire Control Technician David Fennell hugs his three-year-old daughter during a homecoming celebration for the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) at Naval Submarine Base New London. Pittsburgh conducted missions in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility during a six-month deployment.
Cyberbullying FAQ For Teens
Personal Property Note
Story By Naval Station Rota Security Departmet
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If you’re like most teenagers, you spend a lot of time on a cell phone or instant messenger chatting with friends and uploading photos, videos, and music to Web sites. You may have online friends whom you’ve never met in person, with whom you play games and exchange messages. Teens’ lives exist in a variety of places such as school hallways, part-time jobs and friends’ houses. Now many teens also have lives on the Internet, and bullying has followed these teens online. Online bullying, called cyberbullying, happens when teens use the Internet, cell phones or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Cyberbullying is a problem that affects almost half of all American teens. Whether you’ve been a victim of cyberbullying, know someone who has been cyberbullied, or have even cyberbullied yourself, there are steps you and your friends can take to stop it and stay cyber-safe. How are teens cyberbullied? When teens were asked why they think others cyberbully, 81 per cent said that cyberbullies think it’s funny. Other teens believe those who cyberbully, don’t think it’s a big deal, don’t think about the consequences, are encouraged by friends, think everybody cyberbullies or think they won’t get caught. How do victims react? Contrary to what cyberbullies may believe, cyberbullying is a big deal! It can cause a variety of reactions in teens. Some teens have reacted in positive ways to try to prevent cyberbullying by blocking communication with the cyberbully, deleting messages without reading them, talking to a friend about the bullying or reporting the problem to an Internet service
provider or Web site moderator. Many youths experience a variety of emotions when they are cyberbullied. Youths who are cyberbullied report feeling angry, hurt, embarrassed or scared. These emotions can cause victims to react in ways such as seeking revenge on the bully, avoiding friends and activities or becoming cyberbullies themselves. Some teens feel threatened because they may not know who is cyberbullying them. Although cyberbullies may think they’re anonymous, they can be found. If you’re cyberbullied or harassed and need help, save all communication with the cyberbully and talk to a parent, teacher, law enforcement officer or adult you trust.
Recently, the Personal Property Office at Naval Station Rota has received several inquires from members regarding their property not fitting inside their home on the local economy. Current regulation does not allow for storage for personnel living in local economy housing (off-base) at government expense. Since one has the ability to pick their home and/or negotiate with a landlord, the prospective tenant is expected to acquire a residence large enough to accommodate all of their furnishings. As an additional benefit of residing in government housing (on-base), one may arrange to have excess household goods picked-up and stored for the duration of their tour while living in government quarters. After delivery of household goods into government housing, members have 15 calendar days to notify personal property of excess property and arrange for storage. The amount of excess weight will determine if it’s more economical for the government to stow the household goods back Stateside or not. In order to prevent unnecessary out of pocket expenses, personnel should be cautioned not to bring large furniture to Spain, and acquire a residence large enough to accommodate everything. Personnel acting as sponsors to incoming personnel should advise service members of housing accommodations to help prevent storage expenses. Members should consider utilizing non-temporary storage (long-term storage) for the duration of their tour here. Single military members in grades of E-3 and below should not ship household goods at all since they will be required to reside in the barracks. For additional questions, contact Lloyd Jennings at 727-1626.
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Honoring All Who Have Served
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus released the following Veterans Day message to the fleet Nov. 8: On Nov. 11 each year, the United States formally honors the service and sacrifice of more than 20 million living American veterans through their service, as well as all the men and women who have guaranteed our freedom and kept America secure against those who would harm us throughout the years. Our veterans represent the best of America. Coming from every background and every walk of life, they represent the rich tapestry of our nation and the multitude of cultures that make the United States unique upon the earth. On Veterans Day, we have an opportunity to thank them, to thank every Marine, Sailor, Soldier, Airman and Coast Guardsmen who has ever worn the uniform for what they have done, and to thank those of you still in uniform for what you continue to do for the United States every day. Thank you for your service, Godspeed.
Tunis, Tunisia (Nov. 17, 2006) - A Soldier assigned to the American Embassy in Tunis touches a headstone at the North African American Cemetery during a wreath-laying ceremony honoring American veterans. The Veterans Day ceremony was postponed in order to be performed during the port visit of dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41). The North Africa American Cemetery is one of 24 American cemeteries on foreign soil and covers 27 acres of land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Bay of Tunis and holds the graves of 2,841 service members who died while serving during the World War II North Africa campaign. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Rosa Larson.
From the Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz: Bound by common purpose and driven by singular valor, our Nation's service men and women exemplify the very best of our patriotic tradition. From "the shot heard 'round the world," in Lexington on April 19, 1775, to their exceptional deeds in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere today, our veterans - past and present - have served nobly, and deserve our sincere gratitude and abiding respect. Some of our veterans have made the ultimate sacrifice - to whom, our debt can never be repaid. Others have suffered physical wounds, but remain spiritually steadfast, inspiring us with their strength of character and enduring contributions. Some still wear the uniform - whom we salute for their continued uncommon sacrifice - while others are now our schoolteachers, coaches, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, still lending us their considerable talents, and benefitting us with their abundant generosity. Whether in military or civilian life, all of our veterans, especially our wounded warriors, deserve nothing short of our best praise and support. We are ever faithful to our solemn promise to care for them, and to afford the full array of quality lifetime programs to our injured service members. On this Veterans Day, we fittingly honor all those who have donned the uniform of the United States, and hazarded their own profound joys of life, to stand firmly for our Nation's timeless devotion to liberty, equality, fairness, and self-determination; and, we thank those who continue in humble and distinctive service, ensuring not only our Nation remains blessed with limitless possibilities, but also that the memory of those veterans who have gone before us remains eternal.
Veterans’ Reflections: Going to War in 1944 Story By By Ian Graham Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON – John J. Kushwara didn’t have to risk his life. Unlike many of his fellow recruits at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in 1944, the 24-year-old Kushwara had volunteered to don the uniform and go to war. It was a choice, technically, but he didn’t consider it much of one. Though he had a perfectly good job at the time, he said, he knew his country needed him. “I felt it was my duty to go,” he said. “I told my foreman if he didn’t let me go, I was going to quit. So he let me go.” But fortune smiled on Kushwara after he enlisted. He had to take some leave during training to tend to his wife, who was sick at the time. The night before he returned to Camp Lejeune, his unit was sent to war, ultimately to Iwo Jima. Two friends he had planned to meet up with after the war didn’t make it back from the Pacific front. At Lejeune, Kushwara became a bit of an oddity. Leadership didn’t know what to do with him, he said, so he ended up repeating infantry training 11 times. By the end, he joked, he was untouchable, because he knew the training course so well. “I went through so many times, I knew where all the booby traps were,” he said. His extensive infantry training came in handy
when he finally was assigned to a new unit and sent to the Pacific. Thirty-one days on a boat took him to Okinawa, where he fought enemy soldiers and vicious weather. “I went through a tidal wave and a typhoon in Okinawa. … I was only 24. I never thought I’d make it home,” Kushwara said. “We lived in a tomb for a while [to escape the weather], and had a truck parked outside. When the storm was over, the truck was gone. The waves took ships out of the water and put them on land.” At one point on the island, Kushwara recalled, he had a moment of profound irony. Early into his time on Okinawa, he lost his dog tag. “Later on, I was in the chow line, and I found a tag on the ground,” Kushwara said. “I was scratching the surface of it, and I [turned] to the fellow in front of me and said ‘Here’s a poor bastard [who] got killed,’ and it was my own dog tag.” A few years ago, in his hometown of Wallingford, Conn., Kushwara was honored at the celebration of the Marine Corps birthday. He took part in the cakecutting and was central to a ceremony with a young Marine, a moment he said he found very touching. “I’m proud that I was a Marine. I’m proud that I stood for my country,” he said. “I could have stayed home, but I felt it was my duty to go. I’m very proud. Very, very, proud.”
During a July 1, interview, John Kushwara discusses his World War II service in the Marine Corps. Kushwara served from 1944 to 1946, and was deployed to Okinawa. Photo by MC2 William Selby.
NMCB 7 Detachment Guantanamo Bay Seabees Continue to Press Ahead
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Story By NMCB 7 Public Affairs
the Seabee’s projected timelines of completion. “Rain is just one of those uncontrolled variables,” said Steelworker 1st Class William Bruchey, project supervisor. “I see this Petty Officer 3rd Class Jared Wygant, left, and Petty Officer 3rd Class William Couch, both assigned to NMCB 7, work at a minor setback as an construction site for a youth facility at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. opportunity to teach the younger troops and mentor them as planned maintenance system checks on Seabees of NMCB 7 Detachment Seabees. They are all eager to learn equipment assigned to their detachment. Guantanamo are no exception to this and are extremely motivated to finish all “I think we are doing pretty well with the rule. assigned projects on time.” resources that are available to us,” said “There are a plethora of MWR Aside from the projects crew, the Alfa Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Robin opportunities my Seabees have taken Company Seabees continue to work Nicely, Alfa Det. work center supervisor. advantage of,” said Lt. j.g. Andrew through their own set of challenges. “Motivation is high among the troops, and Winckler, detachment Officer in Charge. In September alone, they successfully we all are looking forward to completing “Seabees seem to never run out of raised their Civil Engineering Support our tasking and redeploying back home things to do in their off time. They can be Equipment availability from 61 percent soon.” found indulging in a number of activities, to 84 percent. Alfa Company also As with any group of Seabees, hard to include sports, fishing, scuba diving successfully completed more than 400 work deserves some fun time. The and boating, to name a few.”
Photo By MC2 Elisha Dawkins
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba -- Since arriving at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, the NMCB 7 detachment is preparing for the end of their scheduled ten-month deployment. Since arriving from their mainbody deployment site at Naval Station Rota, the Seabees accomplished numerous operational tasking, while continuing essential training to maintain acquired and tactical skills. Detachment Guantanamo redeployed from NMCB 7 battalion mainbody deployment in August in support of general base support and construction to Commander, Navy Installations Command. The assigned project crews are nearing the completion of construction of two K-spans, which are projected for completion on Dec. 15. With the arrival of hurricane season, diminished weather conditions and constant rain threaten
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S’more’s and Stars and Scouts, O h M y ! Story and Photos by MC2(SW) Karalie Moore
Rota’s Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts took over Camp Colon on base for their annual camporee for a weekend of teambuilding, and skill training. According to the Boy Scouts of America website, Scouting has helped mold the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun since 1910. The Boy Scouts of America believes and, through a century of experience, understands that helping
(Above) Scouts prepare to raise American and Spanish flags. (Right) Scouts form up in preparation for the flag raising ceremony. (Far Right) NAVSTA Rota Executive Officer Ron Dennis welcomes the boy scouts to the Camporee.
CL youth puts us on a path toward a more conscientious, responsible and productive society. “When you go camping, you have to know how to build a fire,” said NAVSTA Rota Executive Officer Cmdr. Ron Dennis. “Now of days you have sleeping bags, and I even saw some of the adults with those big blow-up mattresses, but you have to be able to learn to rely on your skills. And that’s why we bring the boys out here. We teach them how to start a fire, for warmth and for cooking. We teach them how to tie knots. Teaching these younger boys these skills builds character and teaches them self-confidence. And confidence is necessary for them to excel in life.” “I learned a lot. I learned to always bring a first aid kit, just in case, and not to go anywhere without a buddy,” said Cub Scout Kyle Johnson, Pack 280. “My favorite part was learning how to light a fire, and the s'more's.” “They’re learning how to share and how to work as a team,” said Dennis. “They’re developing their leadership, their confidence, and that’s what campouts like these do.” Rota Scouts also had the
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Cub Scouts show their respect as the American and Spanish colors are raised.
unique experience of a dual flag raising of the American flag and the Spanish colors. “That’s a special element of this camp,” said Dennis. “The boys get to stand up there at the front and they get to be
a part of something different from any of the other boys and it’s a reward.” But there’s some things that all the boys get to do together that’s just as much fun. “They get to come out here,”
Dennis said. “They get to shoot B-B guns. They learn how to shoot bows and arrows. Little boys love to catch things on fire and they love to shoot things, and it doesn’t change much as they get to be a man.”
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Being Grateful When it Hurts
The holiday season has begun. Christmas is just around the corner and Thanksgiving is only two weeks away. How fitting it is then, to begin this season of Thanksgiving by being reminded of the following words from Psalm 92: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to your name, O Most High. To declare your lovingkindness in the morning and your Chaplain Diane Wilson faithfulness by night. For you, O Lord have made me glad by what You have done… How great are Your works, O Lord (Psalm 92:1-2; 4-5)” Thanksgiving is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as, “the act of giving thanks; a prayer expressing gratitude; a public acknowledgement or celebration of divine goodness: Thanksgiving Day.” All of which apply to this season of Thanksgiving and no doubt will be well observed on Thanksgiving Day, November 25. While giving thanks and expressing gratitude to God
during this season is important, particularly on Thanksgiving Day, the question is what we do on the other 364 days of the year when the mood is less festive or the atmosphere is more ordinary. Perhaps better said, when life has its natural twists and turns, and through no fault of our own we find ourselves afflicted, tried and tested and facing the storms of life, what then will be our response? Being grateful is a choice and developing a heart of gratitude is key to a healthier and happier way of life. How often I am reminded of those very simple, but powerful words from the Apostle Paul when he says, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thes. 5:16-18).” Of course these words, at times, may be easier recited from the head than felt in the heart and lived out. Still it is good to keep in mind that the Apostle Paul knew, first hand, affliction, suffering and the storms of life, and yet he spoke from the personal experience of being joyful, praying without ceasing and giving thanks
Open Your Heart for Operation Angel Tree Story By Manuel Alba, COMREL Advisor
As the magic of the holiday season gets closer, Naval Station Rota and cities across Spain will transform with lights and happiness. It is also a time to help local children for the holiday season, and what better way than by participating in Operation Angel Tree. Like in every community, there less fortunate people who have fewer resources than others. That is where Angel Tree comes in. This NAVSTA Rota tradition was started by social worker Maria Hampton, 32 years ago, with the aim of providing a bit of happiness and joy to local children during Christmas. The program allows individuals, families or commands to choose a child to provide for, boy or girl. These
“Angels” then purchase a complete outfit and one toy for their “child”. The wrapped gifts must be turned in to the chapel by Dec. 15. The children receive their gifts at the chapel Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. from the Three Kings, Melchor, Gaspar and Balthazar. The whole community is invited to watch this event, which is the beauty of Angel Tree, because of the feeling of love that radiates from all persons involved. As the event organizer this year, this is a new experience for me and my hope is it will be better than last year. For this, I need your support. For more information or to “adopt” a child, contact Manolo Alba, COMREL at 727-2813/3786. e-mail: manuel. firstname.lastname@example.org.
to God in all circumstances, knowing that God was in control of all things. I know in my own life, having a younger brother who battled with cancer for 17 and a-half years of his 31 years of life, my family and I learned the sustaining power and vital importance of praying continually. Giving thanks to God for the tiniest mercies of each day for my brother. On Thanksgiving Day, when we would gather together as a family, it was my grandfather who would begin our Thanksgiving meal in a prayer. He would recount the many joys and difficulties the Lord had taken us through as a family in the past year. How fitting and how good it was to pause in prayer, particularly as a family on Thanksgiving Day, to give thanks to the Lord for all his loving-kindness every morning and His faithfulness which was evident every night. Yes, as Paul reminds us, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
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Evening Adult Bible Study
This adult Bible Study led by Mike Cannon begins with a meal at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evenings with group study from 7 - 8 p.m.
PWOC Bible Study
The PWOC meet Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. for Bible study, fellowship and food. All are welcome and childcare is free.
Book of Revelation Bible Study
Wednesday p.m. at the chapel. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Men's Fellowship Group
Meet for prayer on Wednesday's, 8 - 9:30 p.m. at Seaview Pines.
November 10, 2010
Tapas More than a Meal, A Cultural Activity
November 10, 2010
HM2 Kiam Junio
When people say they “don’t like Spanish food,”
one must ask, “Well, have you had tapas?” Tapas are a completely different form of gastronomy from traditional meals. They consist of small servings of multiple dishes which some may consider as appetizers. In fact, most Spanish locals eat tapas around noon or 1 pm, before the main lunch (2 or 3 pm). Tapas can also be a filling meal all on their own, and provide a great way to interact with locals and build friendships while sharing stories, drinks, and food. The tapas custom began right here in Andalucía. Tapa, the Spanish word for “cover” or “lid,” received its name from its original function; the first tapas were slices of bread used to cover wine and sherry glasses from flies. Soon, bread came with a slice of cheese, then jamón, chorizo, until the tapa developed to what it is today. These days you can find tapas made cold, warm, hot, fried, grilled, pureed, sautéed, and prepared every which way. Tapas bring together the best of each region’s offerings: olive oil and vinegar, fresh, local produce, daily-caught seafood and organicallygrown meat. The famous saying, “What grows together goes together," definitely applies. As for those who complain about the lack of flavor in Spanish cuisine, consider that food here is usually prepared with little other than salt and pepper to allow the distinctive flavors of the ingredients to stand out. Why drown a bacalao (cod) in hot sauce when
Paella in Jaén
A quintessential part of Spanish life you must experience.
Coliflor in Córdoba it tastes perfectly fine on its own? Every region has its specialties. Many small towns even boast a signature tapa that was created there. A few examples: Pulpo a la Gallega (Galicianstyle octopus) from the Northwest of Spain, Queso Manchego from La Mancha, Salmorejo and Flamenquín from Córdoba, and Arranque Roteño from right here in Rota. There are also some staples found in almost every establishment. Among these are Tortilla de Patatas (slow-cooked potato omelette), Albóndigas con Tomate (meatballs in tomato sauce), and Gambas al Ajillo (Shrimp in olive oil and garlic). Most tapa bars may stick to the traditional dishes, but some are willing to branch out into creative forms. Some chefs even present tapas with a haute cuisine (fine dining) quality in places such as the pintxo bars of the Basque country, or closer to home, Bar Diverso on Rota’s Avenida de Sevilla. Beyond the food itself, the tapa provides a cultural activity.
Paella in Jaén
November 10, 2010
Enjoying Tapas It even has its own verb: tapear, as in “Vamos a tapear!” (Let’s go tapa bar-hopping!). Every establishment that serves tapas (be it a taverna, bodega, venta, cervecería, mesón, chiringuito, or simply, bar) is a gathering place open to anyone. The atmosphere is always friendly, without pretense or class distinctions. Tapeando is a fun activity to partake in with friends and visitors as everyone tries out and shares new dishes in small portions. Therefore, if you don’t like something, perhaps someone else will. And when a tapa is not enough to go around, you can always order a media ración (half ration), or a full ración to share with the table. Tapas are an integral part of the Spanish culture. They offer the best ingredients of the area. They mix tradition with creativity. They provide a chance to socialize and partake in the local culture. Best of all, they taste delicious. So, take advantage of the opportunity or as they say in Spanish, “¡Que te aproveche!”
Tapas in San Sabastian
Ensalada de Bacalao in Granada
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For more information on these and other cultural events, call COMREL at 727-2813.
Music VIII Festival de Musica Espanola
Until Dec. 31, Exhibit of archaeology and history of El Puerto
XVI “Garbanzo Rock Festival”
On Going, Hotel Puerto Sherry, El Puerto, Permanent paint-
Nov. 18 - Nov. 29, Cadiz, www.guiadecadiz.com Dec. 3, 9 p.m. Trebujena – Old Sport Pavilion Admission: 12 and 15 euros, www.guiadecadiz.com Giuseppe Verdi's “La Traviatta” Nov. 11 and 13, 8 p.m., Villamarta Theater, Medina street, Jerez, www.villamarta.com Blues Concert by Shap Nov. 12, 9 p.m. Sala Central Leachera, Plaza Arguelles, Cadiz, www.guiadecadiz.com Juventudes Musicales Orchestra Nov. 20, 8:30 p.m., Sanlucar de Barrameda, Municipal Palace Chicago Musical Dec. 9 - Dec. 12, Gran Teatro Falla, Cadiz www.guiadecadiz.com Rosana in Concert Dec. 16, 8:30 p.m., Teatro Principal, Amargura street 59, Puerto Real, 16 and 19 euros, www.guiadecadiz.com Rock Scene, Hyperpotamus Nov. 17, Teatro Municipal Pedro Muñoz Seca, El Puerto
in Sala Mueseo El Hospitalito, El Puerto. ing exhibit by Jose Manuel Paredes.
Until Nov. 14, Collective painting exhibit: Secrets of the Wine of Jerez, Casino Bahia de Cadiz, El Puerto, from 7 p.m. Until Nov. 22, Painting exhibit by Carlos Morago, Benot Art Gallery, Ramon de Carranza Avenue, 10, Cadiz.
Until Dec. 12, Photo display by several artists, Cajasol Art Gallery, Larga street, 56, Jerez de la Frontera.
Eat La Mar de Bueno
Until Dec 5, The VIII Gastronomic Route, Cadiz, 25 Bars and restaurants in central Cadiz, vote for favorite “tapa” or dish.
III Ruta del Mosto (unfermented grape juice)
Free tasting of the Typical wine of the region in different bars
Gonzalez Byass Bodega - Jerez
Everyday at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Sandeman Bodega - Jerez
Mon., Wed., and Fri. at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
Javier Camara Group Nov. 26, 10 p,m., Sanlucar, El Algarrobo Bodega, Siete Revueltas St.
Harvey’s Bodega - Jerez
Flamenco Festival “De Pura Cepa de Cante” Nov. 27, 9 p.m., Sala La Bomba, Cadiz, Carlos III Avenue
Weekdays at 10:30 a.m.
Weekdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the hour, Sat. noon.
Osborne Bodega - El Puerto
Flamenco Show - Rota Every Saturday, 6 p.m., Bombay Pub, San Fernando Avenue
Castillo de Luna, Rota
Flamenco Show - Rota Every Saturday, 11:30 p.m., Mamajuana Pub – At the Marina
Tertulia Flamenca Tomás El Nitri Nov. 13 and 20, 10 p.m., Calle Diego Niño, El Puerto, Free
Flea Market Jerez
Visits every weekend at 1 and 5 p.m., Free Sanlucar, Santa Ana street, every Sunday, 11 a.m - 7 p.m. Alameda Vieja (By the Castle), Every Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Taxi Fares Naval Base - Rota (downtown) Mon.-Fri 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. – 4.30 euros, weekend/holidays 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – 5.10 euros. Base Housing - Rota (downtown) Palmeras: 7 and 8.10 euros, Las Flores: 9 and 10.50 euros Base - El Puerto train station Daytime 20 euros, evenings 24 euros. Base-Jerez airport Daytime 47 euros, evenings 57 euros. Base - Sevilla airport Daytime 143 euros; evenings 171 euros. If you request taxi service by phone call add 0.50 euro cents. For more info call the taxi office at 956-82-2929 or 956-84-0085.
Enjoy the Renovated Bar Jamón; old Favorite Teleshowarma The I Winter Challenge Golf Tournament, Stableford Individual, takes place this weekend on base. It is sponsored by the Navy Lodge, La Espadaña Aparthotel and Automotive Cars rental. You can sign up until 10 p.m. tomorrow at competicion@RotaClubGolf.es or at the club. Sign up fee is 15 euros and tee time is at 9:30 a.m. There will be prizes for the top three in each category. Restaurante Bar Jamón reopened last week after closing for renovations with a brighter dining room, larger tables and the décor is elegant while retaining a rustic feel. The menu has also been updated while retaining many of the favorites. I took advantage of this as a good excuse to enjoy a meal there and try some of the new things which were wonderful, but in my opinion the hake was the stellar dish. The By Karen Lucas, Coastline Publisher service was professional and excellent as always and the setting very pleasant and relaxing. If you have never tried Restaurante Bar Jamón, now is a good time to do so or if it has been a while, now is a good time to go back. It is always a treat. On Oct. 28, Stefaan de Clerck, representing Hoteles Andaluces con Encanto and Juan Sañudo, manager of Hotel Duque de Nájera received the TUI Holly award for one of the 100 best hotels in the world in a ceremony in Barcelona. The TUI Holly awards are much sought after by hotels around the world and are awarded based on surveys completed by guests. Hotel Duque de Nájera has been in the top 100 since its opening in 1999 and was rated number one in 2004. In 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2009, it was ranked in the top 10. Megamobile has a great Thanksgiving offer. If you sign up now, you get an extra 5 euro in calls and with Megamobile 5 euro goes a long way. Megamobile gives you the cheapest
rates for calling the States and most other countries from your cell phone. There is no dial back number and the card has no expiration date. So if you call today and don’t use it again for six months or a year, you will still be able to do so. How does it work? A small devise is inserted into your SIM card that goes into action whenever you dial an international number. All international numbers start with a 0. When you make your normal calls, you automatically use your habitual provider. I use it and it works without glitches. Although many of us now use our computers for calls and communications, there are times when you want or need to call and don’t have handy access to a computer. How do you get Megamobile? The first time, you must visit a dealer since the device must be inserted in your SIM card. Later on, you can buy more minutes on the web. The local distributor is Buenas Impresiones in Puerto de Santa María. There is a map in the ad on page 19 to help you locate the place. There is ample parking a block or so away in the terminal area of the ferry to Cádiz. This week I am happy to have Teleshowarma back as an advertiser. Teleshowarma has great Greek/Lebanese food. You will find all your favorites: kebobs, Baba Ghanoush, humus, falafel and more. It is all delicious, definitely the best of its kind in the area. Teleshowarma is located in the Bahía Mar complex in Puerto. You can eat there or take out. Venta La Rufana is closed for their annual vacation in November. I forgot to mention this last week. Sorry. Anything you want me to pass along? Let me hear from you about your favorite places or coming events. I do like hearing from you! Send me an e-mail to Karen@ coastline.e.telefonica.net or give me a call at 607-56-4132. Support your paper by supporting the advertisers.
November 10, 2010
Rota Holds DGF Middle/High School Grand Opening Ceremony Story and Photos By Jan Hammond, Coastline
After two and half years of construction, Naval Station Rota Spain’s David Glasgow Farragut Middle and High School held its grand opening ceremony to celebrate the completion of its $23 million new facility Nov. 4. Principal, Douglas McEnery, presided over the event with guest speakers NAVSTA Rota Commanding Officer, Capt. Bill Mosk; Director Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe, Dr. Nancy Bresell; Project Architect, Jan Keane and DGF Student Council President, Stephen Schaefer. “Projects like these take a long time to design, a long time to get the funding and a long time to make possible,” said Mosk. “I actually watched it go on from scratch and now to see the final outcome is just tremendous and very rewarding for us here at NAVSTA Rota and our entire community.” Mosk went on to thank the outstanding relationship between the Naval Facilities Engineering Command group and contractor team who pulled it all together and the support of Dr. Bresell and Dr. Elizabeth Walker, Superintendent, Mediterranean District. “I am proud to be a part of this project,” said Bresell. “I am so happy you finally have an appropriate place in which to do your work – teaching and learning.” Although students have been roaming the halls of the new facility, the actual construction was done in phases. The first phase was the building itself and the second phase was the landscaping, lawns, eating area, fences and the playing courts outside the Multi-Purpose Room. Phase two was completed Nov. 3, one day prior
to the grand opening. The final phase is the track and football field scheduled to be finished by the start of the 2011 school year. Ken Harvey, DGF assistant principal, has been with the project since its conception. “We all agreed one of the reasons the old school created such a nice atmosphere was the open plan,” he said. “Everyone liked the outdoor walkways and the green spaces between the buildings. We wanted a school that would continue with this feeling of openness.” Harvey said they constantly worked through the design and construction of the new building with the engineers and architect to have them understand they were working on a school. With that in mind, the school was designed in the Spanish style architecture common to Andalusia with outdoor hallways, terra-cotta roofs and white buildings. “It needed to be student and teacher friendly and the classrooms needed to have enough storage for each teacher. In a small school, some teachers teach as many as five different subjects,” said Harvey. “We also felt students needed the outdoor spaces to relax and enjoy the wonderful climate of Southern Spain.” “We have a school unlike any other for a community our size,” said Schaefer. “ I guarantee if you go to any other community the same size as Rota, you will not find a school as great as ours." Schaefer encouraged fellow students to take advantage of the new school. “You have everything you need to succeed at your finger tips, with new computer labs, new classrooms, new smart boards and a brand new library,” said Schaefer. “You just have to utilize it.”
(Top) DGF Middle and High School Principal Doug McEnery thank those that made the new DGF school possible during the grand opening ceremony, Nov. 4. (Above) DGF students join NAVSTA Rota Commanding Officer Capt. Bill Mosk and DoDDS Superintendent, Mediterranean District Dr. Elizabeth Walker in the the ribbon cutting commemorating the grand opening of the DGF Middle and High School.
Photo Provided By DGF
(Left) An ariel photo of the completed DGF Middle and High School.
November 10, 2010
Library Café La Esquinita Serves Up Coffee, WiFi, Low-Cal Foods
November 10, 2010
The Library Café La Esquinita, located in Bldg.3306, held its ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 3. Besides coffee and pastries, the library has lower-calorie options such as salads and sandwiches, which comes as a response to calls for healthier eating options on base. Story and Photo By MC3 Waris Banks
MWR Library patrons now have a cozy Greenawalt said the new café will probably spot where they can enjoy a cup of cof- attract even more patrons to the library. fee while enjoying a novel or surfing the Greenawalt, who likes reading her Internet on free Wi-Fi. Kindle on the “comfy couches” said emNaval Station Rota Commanding Of- ployees who work next door at the Fleet ficer, Capt. Bill Mosk presided over the and Family Support Center or Red Cross, official ribbon cutting Nov. 3 at the Library for example, will especially appreciate havCafé La Esquinita. The cafe, located in ing a cafe within walking distance. Bldg. 3306, began serving customers a “I can come here after I drop of my kids, day earlier. get coffee and breakfast to get rejuvenated For many patrons, La Esquinita, which and ready for work,” she said. quite appropriately means “the little cor“I think it’s a great idea, especially if ner,” is one answer to an ongoing call to bring healthier eating options to the base. So, while there are guilty pleasures such as American and Spanish pastries, salads and sandwiches are available as well. “If we can open something up that does offer some reduced-calorie options, I think it’s a win-win for everybody,” said Mosk. The base began looking for a contractor last February. Library Café La Esquinita is open from Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m; “I put in a The on Sundays its hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cafe, which offers free WiFi, bid, and I was is closed on Saturdays just like the library. the best bidder,” said café owner Antonio Caballero. you pick up a book in the library and want Caballero also owns Esquinita 1, Es- to relax and read,” Rota resident Phyllis quinita 2 and Bar Restaurante El Rompi- Posey said as she enjoyed her first café dillo, all three of which are located in Rota. con leche. La Esquinita, based on the concept La Esquinita is open Monday - Friday of the typical Spanish café, is contracted from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m; and Sundays from through a partnership between the NEX 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Like the library, it is and MWR. closed on Saturdays. Lead Library Technician Amanda
November 10, 2010
Give Your Lungs a Tobacco Break Join the Great American Smoke-Out Nov. 18 By CS1 (SW/AW) Edgardo Navarro, Health Promotions, USNHRS
Are you ready to give your lungs a day off? If you’re a smoker, it might be something to think about, as this could be the start of your smoke-free life. Nov. 18 is the Great American Smoke-Out, a national campaign to encourage smokers to quit for one day. More Americans are trying to quit this day than any other day of the year. Are you willing to take the challenge? Giving up tobacco is the most important thing you could do for your health. You will live a longer, happier and healthier life with the people you love.
The nicotine in tobacco, which is addictive, makes it more difficult for smokers to quit. It’s not only nicotine that causes concern, but the second-hand smoke as well. There are over 4000 chemicals found in cigarettes. A few examples are arsenic (used in rat poison), cadmium (found in batteries), formaldehyde (used for embalming), acetone (paint thinner) and others. Approximately 60 of these chemicals are known carcinogens and are directly attributed to almost 90 per cent of lung cancer deaths. If you’re a smoker, the smoke-out day is a great start to give up cigarettes. If you are a non-smoker, you can still give support by adopting a smoker to help keep them tobacco-free for a day. It might be difficult for some to give up smoking right away but it’s never too late to quit. Just follow these basic rules: First, Have a plan. Identify the reasons why you want to quit, your roadblocks, coping strategies and the benefits of quitting completely. Next, set a quit date. This can be your birthday, wedding anniversary, New Year’s Day or the day of the Great American Smoke-out. Also, talk to your
Hospital Taking Great Steps To Conserve Energy Story By David Hiipakka, Hospital Environmental Program Manager
As a key part of its Environmental Management System, U.S. Naval Hospital Rota recently took stock of key environmental metrics to see how it performed during the past fiscal year. Due to the continual emphasis from Commander, U.S. Naval Activities Spain and Navy Region Europe, the hospital’s big push this year was cutting its electricity use by three percent and water consumption by five percent year-overyear per these COMNAVACTS targets. Analysis of NAVFAC FY-10 “CUBIC” utilities bill figures found the hospital cut electricity consumption by 8.4 percent for FY 2009 usage; and 10 percent over FY 2007. The FY 2010 versus FY 2009 cut of 351 mega-watt hours produced cost savings of $81,539, which was directed to more urgent patient-care mission priorities. A major contributor to this dramatic cut was due to the 2008 installation of an air-conditioning system upgrade, more efficient air handling units and state-of-the-art digital temperature and air-flow controllers. This allows remote, precision control of interior climatization in accordance with U.S. guidelines on energy conservation. Other major contributors were Rota's dedicated facilities contractor staff, who cut back after-hours lighting and excelled at managing the new HVAC system; the
dedicated staff members who volunteered to be energy monitors for their work areas; and “all hands” who took to heart conservation requests to turn off lights, printers, copiers, PC screens, etc. As for its water usage, the hospital cut FY 2010 consumption 38 percent more than FY 2009; and 33 percent more than FY 2008 when the hospital installed an extensive landscaping irrigation system. Monitoring of sprinkler watering times and hours of the day to minimize evaporation losses are also believed to be major factors in these impressive cuts. Also critical were the alert facilities department and staff members reporting water leaks for repair as soon as possible. As for the future, the Command is re-emphasizing the importance in staff stepping up to volunteer as collateral duty energy monitors in their work areas as the tip of the spear in slaying energy usage and an upgrade to the hospital’s original exterior sodium light fixtures to modern, highly efficient Light Emitting Diode technology in FY 2011. Another project would modify operating room Air Handling Unit motors with variable fan-speed controls to cut back ventilation after hours. With these fan controls, operating room air flow can be cut from the 25 to 30 room air changes now provided 24 hours a day, to six when operating rooms are not in use.
doctor. Your health care provider is the best source of information if you have any questions or health concerns. In addition, get support. Your friends, family, online sources or tobacco cessation classes can assist you in reaching your goal. And lastly, stick with your plan. Be prepared to face the challenges ahead. You may have quit smoking before but try again. Mark Twain, a pipe smoker, once said, “Quitting is easy; I’ve done it a 100 times.” As part of the Great American Smoke-Out event, U.S. Naval Hospital Rota’s Health Promotion department is scheduled to set up a booth in the NEX courtyard Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can view the display while learning about tobacco cessation. You can also get a turkey sandwich if you pledge to quit cold turkey. Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Give your lungs a break and join us for the 2010 Great American Smoke-out. If you’re interested in quitting or are willing to “adopt a smoker” for the smoke-out, please call Health Promotion at 727-3350.
N E X C O M Takes Theft at NEXs Seriously
By Kristine M. Sturkie, NEXCOM PAO
The Navy Exchange Service Command’s Loss Prevention/Safety Department takes preventing theft in all its locations seriously. During 2009, Navy Exchange Loss Prevention/ Safety associates investigated and resolved 1,565 shoplifting cases with a total dollar amount of $203,422. Shoplifting losses vary by store type, but can account for about onethird of the total inventory shrink. Shrink is the retail industry term for the difference between the recorded book inventory and the actual physical inventory counted at the end of the year. Shrink is generally attributed to shoplifting, employee theft, administrative errors or vendor fraud. “The key to preventing theft in our locations begins with providing exceptional customer service and promoting our loss prevention awareness programs to our associates,” said Tom Ruane, NEXCOM’s Loss Prevention/Safety Program Manager. “Our associates have the ability and responsibility to report internal or external theft directly to their supervisor, loss prevention department or through a confidential Alertline…a third-party anonymous tip phone line.” In addition to its awareness programs, NEXs worldwide use electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems for electronic and high value
merchandise as well as extensive closed circuit surveillance systems to try and deter as well as catch shoplifters. The CCTV systems, coupled with digital video recorders, give the NEX the ability to see everything within the store and identify incidents of theft. If shoplifting is suspected, NEX Loss Prevention/Safety associates turn all incidents over to base police and/or local law enforcement. In addition to possible disciplinary action and criminal prosecution, shoplifters may be charged a $200 flat administrative cost for each incident of theft based on the Federal Claims Collection Act. NEXCOM’s vigilance has been paying off. Over the past two years, NEXCOM has seen its inventory shrink below one percent to sales compared to the national average of approximately 1.50 percent to sales. The results from the University of Florida’s 2009 National Retail Security Survey shows a national shrink average of 1.44 percent to sales or $33.49 billion. “When shrink occurs at the NEX, profits decline and so do our contributions to Morale, Welfare and Recreation,” said Ruane. “Seventy percent of NEX profits are given to Navy MWR to support quality of life programs. In 2009, that contribution totaled over $51 million.”
November 10, 2010
November 10, 2010
Community News Marine Corps Birthday Sale
Celebrate the Marine Corps birthday at the Thrift Shop Nov. 8, 10, and 12. All Marine Corps active duty and retired members receive their items for $1 a bag plus their first bag of items free. All other branches of service will receive their bagged items for $3 a bag. Bag sale excludes electronics, costumes and baby clothing.
Post Office Hours
The Post Office will be closed Nov. 11 in celebration of Veteran’s Day.
Dental Clinic Hosts Retiree Week in Honor of Veteran’s Day
Nov. 8 - 16, Dental examinations must be current (within the last year) to schedule filling/cleanings. If not current, schedule a space-available appointment or come in stand-by prior to Retiree Week. Call 727-3733 for an appointment or more information.
NMCRS Office Closure
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society will be closed Nov. 11 in observation of Veteran’s Day. We will be open normal office hours Nov 12.
Child Birth Preparation Class
Nov. 18, 3 - 4:30 p.m. at the USNHRS OB Clinic. Class is offered once a month. No need to sign up, just walk-in. Next class to be announced.
NMCRS Baby Basics and Breastfeeding Class
Dec. 15, 5 - 8:30 p.m. at the Health Promotion Kitchen. Contact NMCRS at 7271614 to sign-up, seating is limited.
Christmas stamps for sale at the Military Post Office Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Support Operation Angel Tree
Sponsor an underprivileged child this holiday season for the Angel Tree Party scheduled for Dec. 17. Contact Manuel at 727-3786 to receive the child’s information and purchase a gift to wrap and deliver to the Chapel by Dec. 15.
Relay For Life
Get your team together and register at http://events.cancer.org/rota for the Relay For Life April 29,2011 at the MWR track. Volunteers, team captains, and participants are needed. Join in the fight against cancer. For more information call Molly Croft at 727-4003 or Heidi Taylor at 956-81-1442.
Relay For Life
Relay For Life of NAVSTA Rota invites all cancer survivors and their caretakers to participate in a special ceremony to honor their fight against cancer. For more information, please contact Barbara Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thrift Shop Hours
The NMCRS Thrift Shop is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and the third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Priority shopping for all active duty members and their families’ takes place from 11 - 11:30 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact the NMCRS Office at 727-1614.
Editor's Note: Submit community news announcements no later than the Friday before the desired publication date to email@example.com. Submissions are limited to 65 words or less and may be edited due to space constraints. Contact the Coastline at 727-3786 for more information.
Budget For Baby Class
This class helps expectant parents plan for their new baby by providing resources to become more aware of the costs related to the birth of a child and how to make better financial choices. Participants receive a Junior Sea Bag containing Gerber products and other free items. Sign up at the NMCRS office in bldg. 3293 or call 727-1614 for more information.
The Women, Infants and Children program provides healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breast feeding support and referrals for health care at no cost. Eligible participants include pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and children up to age 5 years old. Eligibility is not based on rank, but on income in relation to family size. Many families who are not eligible in the states are eligible for WIC Overseas. Call 727-2921 for eligibility information or to schedule an appointment. Our office is located in Family Practice Clinic.
2011 Navy Ball Committee
The 2011 Navy Ball Committee is looking for motivated individuals to join the best military ball committee on base. Whether you’re a Sailor, Marine, Airman, Soldier, or civilian, Rota’s Navy ball is truly a joint-effort. Contact Lt. Kurt Munz at kurt. firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up today.
Navy College STAP
Active duty spouses who want to go to school and don’t know where to get the money can come into the NMCRS to apply for an interest free loan. This is an overseas only program, so take advantage while you are here. Call 7271614 to make an appointment today.
DGF Schools Volunteers Needed For College and Career Fair
DGF is looking for volunteers to represent your alma mater at our annual College and Career Fair scheduled for 2 – 4 p.m. Nov. 17. Contact marcy.bond@ eu.dodea.edu or 727-4181 for more information.
PTSA Silent Basket Auction
Support the PTSA and attend the Silent Basket Auction scheduled for Dec. 7, 6 - 8 p.m.in the DGF Multi-Purpose room.
Fleet & Family Support Center Call 727-3232 to pre-register for all FFSC functions.
Federal Resume Format (Lecture)
Nov. 16, 2 - 3 p.m. and Nov. 30, 10 - 11 a.m. Target your federal resume to highlight your qualifications to HRO and to hiring managers. Learn about keywords, the certificate of eligibility, and the special requirements of a federal resume.
Business Resume (Lecture)
Nov. 17, 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. and Nov. 29, 2 - 3 p.m. Ten seconds. That is the average time your resume will receive. Discover the key elements on a resume and how to catch the employer’s eye. Learn how to market yourself for your dream job.
Nov. 17, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Having trouble saying “no”, even when you really want to? Feel like people walk all over you? Would you like to know yourself and build your self-esteem? Join us and learn practical ways of expressing yourself.
Step-By-Step to College Admission
Nov. 19, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Learn how to register for college level courses or adult education and training programs. Learn how to get free money for college.
Ten Steps to Federal Employment
Nov. 19, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. The Federal government is the largest employer in America! This class will cover the steps you need to make the challenging process of landing a Federal job an achievable goal.
Nov. 19, 2 - 4 p.m. and Nov. 22, 10 a.m. - noon. Have a current job announcement and need your resume reviewed? Drop off or email your resume with the job announcement at least 24 hours prior to the review ap-
pointment. Individual half-hour sessions are available. Sign up and review your resume with our specialists.
L&L: Christmas Traditions in Spain
Nov. 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. How do Spanish people celebrate Christmas? What kinds of traditions are involved during these holidays? Come and find out all about Christmas in Spain.
Saving & Investing
Nov 23, 10 - 11 a.m. Retirement? Kids college? TSP? 401K? This dynamic workshop gives you information you need to make an informed decision about your future.
Nov 24, 10 –11 a.m. I owe, I owe, it’s off to work I go. Wondering if you’re using credit appropriately? Find out what determines the cost of credit. Discover your own debt ratio and the warning signs of too much credit.
Calm, Cool, & Composed
Nov 24, 1 - 3 p.m. at. Anger is a natural emotion, but when we don’t express it appropriately, it can make life difficult. Come learn how to control your anger, not the other way around. You can choose to be calm, cool, and composed.
Thanksgiving Day Family Field Trip: Olive Oil Mill at Zahara de la Sierra
Nov 26, 8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. Winter time is almost here and time for olive harvesting and pressing in Andalucia. Zahara is one of the famed white villages of Cadiz. Visit one of the oldest oil mills in the area where you will see how olive oil is produced. Due to the tight schedule, bring your own snacks as we may have no time to eat lunch in Zahara. The fee to visit the oil mill has to be determined. Call 727-3232 for registration and details.
November 10, 2010
Field Trip: Walking Trip of Arcos Nov. 12, 8:45 a.m. - 3 p.m. Put on your walking shoes and join us! Enjoy this walking tour to the old town of Arcos de la Frontera. One of Andalucia's most dramatically p o s i t i o n e d pueblos blancos (white villages), Arcos balances atop a rocky limestone ridge. We will be walking downtown and exploring the main monuments, shopping district, fresh produce market, etc. Call 727- 3232 for more details and to sign up.
November is Child Safety and Protection Month Learning to foresee accidents is the best way to prevent them. Although you cannot predict every unsafe situation, there are some common hazards the New Parent Support Home Visitor Specialist can help you identify, plan for and even eliminate. If you want a little more piece of mind knowing you've done what you could do to secure your child's environment call the FFSC's New Parent Support Home Visitor Specialist at 727-3232 and ask for Carmen Fontaine to get started on your own personalized home safety checklist today. ask for Carmen Fontaine.
November is Military Family Appreciation Month Story By Robin L. Hudson, NAVSTA Rota FFSC Director Photo By MASN Nicholette Doliva
Leaders in public office across the nation are saluting the unsung heroes of military communities this month by extending calls to action in support of our military families. President Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation on Oct. 29, states, “We owe each day of security and freedom that we enjoy to the members of our Armed Forces and their families. Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support. Across America, military families inspire us all with their courage, strength and deep devotion to our country. They endure the challenges of multiple deployments and moves, spend holidays and life’s milestones apart, juggle everyday tasks while a spouse, parent, daughter or son are in harm’s way…”
Bloggers, like Robert L. Gordon III, under secretary of defense wrote, “A strong nation is made up of strong families; among the most resilient are our military families… they understand their own important role in our nation’s defense and are proud to serve. And they do so without fanfare…” It is clear that without the resilience and dedication of our spouses, children, parents and communities our military forces would not be able to fully focus on the mission at hand which allows us to enjoy our American way of life and the many freedoms we take for granted that were given to us through the U.S. Constitution and it’s amendments. If you’re trying to think of ways on how to support our Rota families, consider being an After School Scholar and help a child with their homework for an hour a week. Call Barbie Peters, the school
Capt. Christopher Rogers assigned to Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Europe and his wife, Rosina Rogers, walk with their daughter Lola to class on the first day of school, Aug.30.
liaison officer, and ask how you can help with the Cinderella Ball which focuses on dad’s being good role models for their daughters. Look for other volunteer activities on base and get out there and give your time. Your time is worth a thousand “thank you’s,” whether it’s refereeing a Little League team, being a Boy Scout/Girl Scout Leader or just a
friendly neighbor who brings a plate of cookies to a new neighbor, don’t under estimate the good you can do by getting involved. It’s the best way to say, thank you. If you need additional ideas on how to honor a military family, contact the FFSC at 727-3232.
November 10, 2010
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Khaing Takes Home Captain's Cup Trophy Information Technician 1st Class (SW) Aung Khaing, assigned to NCTAMS Det. Rota, is the 2010 Moral Welfare and Recreation fall tennis tournament Captianâ€™s Cup winner. Khaing beat out seven other competitors and finally triumphed to take home the coveted first place trophy. Congratulations IT Khaing on a job well done.
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