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Make the Smart Decision; the Right Decision: Don't Drink and Drive Hola Naval Station Rota. Let me start by saying it gives me great pleasure to announce our Sailors of the Year: Senior Sailor of the Year, Damage Controlman 1st Class (SW) Arvin Sansom; Sailor of the Year, Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Sean Stockwell; and Junior Sailor of the Year, Yeoman 3rd Class Charles Bolden. Being selected for these awards is a very competitive process. I believe it says a lot to be the top Sailors chosen at the best naval base in the world. Bravo Zulu to you all and the rest of the CAPT. WILLIAM F. MOSK COMNAVACTS, SPAIN nominees! It’s always an honor to award the SOY to our top Sailors. That’s one of the perks I get to enjoy by being your Commanding Officer. However, it’s not always easy being the CO. It isn’t easy to say goodbye to a shipmate who has PCS’ed for his or her next duty-station. It isn’t easy to say “fair winds and following seas” to someone who retires from our great naval service. It is not always easy to console someone after they didn’t make their next rank. It is not easy disapproving a request I know someone desperately wants. Bottom-line: as CO you take the good with the bad. Yet, one of the hardest issues I ever have to deal with is
the one I find out about from a phone call from the Command Duty Officer at 3 or 4 a.m. It begins with: “I’m sorry to bug you in the middle of the night sir...but...we have a DUI at the gate.” Another Captain’s Mast for a Sailor under my command. I have found some of the most promising Sailors before me, their career as good as gold, destroyed with one single decision. I have seen grown men shed tears because of that single decision, a decision they cannot get back. So many years of military service now mean nothing. Shortly thereafter, I sometimes find myself looking out the window at the base marquee. I notice the DUI numbers have been updated again. We’ve already had four this calendar year. How disappointing this is to me. Does it make me angry? Yes. And that anger comes with overwhelming disappointment in the individual who decided to make an irresponsible and selfish decision. They let themselves down, they let their families down. Knowing the many options that are available like a taxicab, a designated driver or walking makes it even harder to understand. The most frustrating part of Captain Mast is the accused knew better. The accused knew better than to get behind the wheel of that car drunk, but he or she didn’t have a plan. The accused thought he or she wouldn’t get caught. Wrong - our security forces are highly trained, they know what they are doing and you will get caught. In the end you will pay for your recklessness. You’ve heard this all before - don’t drink and drive. You
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DUI Counter Last DUI: Jan 14 Unit: NMCB 3 Days Since Last DUI: 28 DUIs in CY 2010: 4 DUIs in CY 2009: 5
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know better, right? You won’t be like all the others and destroy your career, right? Let me be clear. When I tell you not to drink and drive, it’s not all about your career - it’s about your life and the lives of those around you. It’s about being respectful to the lives of others around you. Here’s a good example. Ever hear of Ensign John Elliot? He was driving to his mother's house to celebrate her birthday July 22, 2000. During the drive home, a sport utility vehicle swerved into his lane and struck his vehicle. The driver of the SUV had been arrested three hours earlier for driving while intoxicated. Ensign Elliot had just graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy two months before that night. Imagine the feeling you would have if you found out your son or daughter was killed by a drunk driver on the way home to come celebrate your birthday. Ensign Elliot had a bright future, and it was taken away in an instant. Luckily, we’ve been extremely fortunate since I’ve been here we haven’t lost someone to drunk driving. I never want to see you end up in Captain’s Mast. I never want to see you destroy your own or someone’s else life because you didn’t think before you had “just one more round.” I know I speak for all the commands on NAVSTA Rota, don’t let yourself or your fellow shipmates make irresponsible decisions. We are all better than that, and I only expect the best from the members of our Armed Forces, uniformed or civilian. Hasta luego, Skipper.
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U.S., Spanish Marines Conduct Convoy Training Story and Photos By MC (SW) Paul Cage
Cooperation Among Spanish and US Forces Help Build Confidence and Trust Through Collective Security Efforts Marines attached to 2nd Platoon Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team, Company Europe, conducted convoy training with Spanish marines during exercise LISA AZUL at Naval Station Rota Jan. 29 and Feb. 1. The bi-lateral exercise is designed to improve and sustain unit core capabilities and increase interoperability amongst all participating units as well cross-train with Spanish marines and improve cultural understanding between the two countries. FAST Marines took a “crawl, walk, run, approach” to the training, focusing first with the identification of improvised explosive devices and conducting convoy formation. “Our goal with the convoy training is for the Spanish get to the level to successfully negotiate convoy operations in a high threat area with IED’s, all the way up to complex level attacks,” said Marine Capt. Christopher Polidora, 2nd Platoon Cmdr., FAST Company. “The ultimate goal is to successfully negotiate the convoy course identifying threats and reacting to ambushes. We will throw in escalation of force procedures which are important in places like Afghanistan.” The Spanish military is working in Afghanistan with International Security Assistance Force. “Anywhere we go, theses sort of operations might pop up and we need to be proficient in these operations,” said Polidora. “That’s why this is an important part of the exercise for us and the Spanish.” Convoys are the lifeblood downrange. Numerous deploying units conduct convoy operations as part of their pre-deployment training. Polidora said that is why it is important to have the tactics in place before deploying. “Here is where we establish our Standard Operating Procedures,” he said. “This is the best place to do learn them and refine them before deploying.” FAST Company Europe is a tenant command of Commander, Naval Expeditionary Task Force Europe and Africa (CTF 68). The task force is responsible for exercising tactical control and functional component command over assigned forces for the direction, control and approval of movements, maneuvers and operations necessary to accomplish Commander, Sixth Fleet assigned missions and tasks.
Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Luigi Mendoza, assigned to EODMU 8 Det. Europe, listens to a Spanish marine during convoy training during Exercise LISA AZUL at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Jan. 29.
Spanish marines wait to start convoy training during Exercise LISA AZUL at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Jan. 29.
February 11, 2010
Denmark Assumes Command of NATO’s Counter Piracy Mission Story and Photo By NATO Public Affairs
OEIRAS, Portugal -- An exchange of maritime command between Standing NATO Maritime Groups for Operation Ocean Shield - the code name for NATO’s counter piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden, Jan. 25. The mission of Operation Ocean Shield is to deter and disrupt piracy in the Gulf of Aden, the Horn of Africa and the Somali Basin. The operational handover took place in Muscat, Oman, where the outgoing SNMG1 commander, Portuguese Rear Adm. Pereira da Cunha, handed over command to Royal Danish Commodore Christian Rune. The ceremony was presided over by German Vice Adm. Hans-Jochen Witthauer, Deputy Commander of Allied Maritime Component Commander Northwood.
The operational handover and the military change of command ceremony were held on board of the Portuguese flagship NRP Álvares Cabral. “Global security and piracy off the Horn of Africa are issues that affect all NATO nations,” said Cunha. “The sailors of SNMG1 are very proud to have the opportunity to travel beyond NATO´s traditional areas of responsibility and improve our situational awareness in these critical regions, while contributing to the international community efforts fighting against piracy.” Cunha assumed command of the force Jan. 23, 2009 in El Ferrol, Spain. During his command he assumed tactical command of 42 NATO and partnership ships, participated in two major NATO response force certification exercises, four real world operations, ranging from diplomacy, supporting dialogue and partnership, counter-terrorism to counter-piracy and spending in total 302 days at sea.
The Prince of Asturias Present During Spanish Training Exercise Mar 01 Story and Photos by Spanish Navy, Translated by Brenda Navarro, Spanish Protocol
Prince Don Felipe de Borbon Pays Visit to a Spanish Navy Basic Training Program Exercise Aboard the Frigate Victoria
Prince Don Felipe de Borbon stands aboard the frigate Victoria during a Spanish navy training excercise "MAR-01" Feb. 2.
His Royal Highness, the Prince of Asturias Don Felipe de Borbon, visited the frigate Victoria where he witnessed the development of the Spanish Navy training exercise “MAR-01” Feb. 2. The Prince was accompanied on his visit by Spanish Navy Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Manuel Rebollo Garcia and was received on board the frigate by Admiral of the Fleet, Juan Carlos Muñoz-Delgado Diaz del Rio. His Royal Highness attended a brief on the exercise performed by Commander of the 31st squadron of escorts, preceded by the welcoming remarks from the Spanish Chief of Naval Operations. The Prince also learned about the frigate Victoria’s modernization project. The Prince witnessed several different training exercises including a vertical resupply made by the SH-60B helicopter on the frigate Almirante Juan de Borbon. From the helicopter SH-3D, a Spanish Marine task force, specializing in maritime interdiction operations, fast roped onto the deck of the frigate Blas de Lezo. The next exercise consisted of a supply exercise between Almirante Juan de Borbón and Victoria where a weight was passed from one to another. In the end, the Prince of Asturias witnessed an air defense exercise and subsequent parade of all air units participating in the training. Before disembarking, Felipe chatted briefly with sailors of the ship.
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The Best the U.S. Military Has to Offer in Rota
Photo By Jan Hammond
Photo By Jan Hammond
DC1(SW) Arvin Sansom
Master Sgt. John Forsythe
LPO Emergency Management COMNAVACTS Spain Senior Sailor of the Year Hometown: Roseburg, Ore..
Maintenance Operations Superintendant 725th AMS Senior NCO of the Year Hometown: Glenville, Pa.
“If you do your job and you do it well, you eventually will get recognized by your chiefs and your chain of command. They are going to see that you care and that you are dedicated.”
“I just did what my supervision required of me as a Senior NCO. I try to take care of the people that work under me the best that I could.”
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Story By MC1 (SW) Paul Cage
“I’ve been here for four years and have been put up for it a couple of times, so finally getting it right before I leave means a lot to me.”
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Staff Sgt. Marco Barroso IT Specialist 725th AMS NCO of the Year Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Each year, commands around the world choose service members who exemplify leadership, professionalism, dedication and superior performance. These service members are chosen to become the Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine of the Year. During the past several weeks, commands at Naval Station Rota, Spain held boards to determine who would represent their commands, looking for that one person who lives up to the highest traditions and standards the U.S. Armed Forces instills in everyone who serves. “There is no room for second best,” said Naval Station Rota Command Master Chief, (SW/AW) Charles Scavo. “We are striving to be the best. All Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and Airmen should strive to be the best.” For the Navy, honor, courage, commitment are the core values guiding the efforts of every Sailor who serves. For the Senior Sailor of the Year for Commander Naval Activities Spain, Damage Controlman 1st Class (SW) Arvin Sansom, there were many people who helped him get where he is right now. “It definitely wasn’t just me,” said Sansom, who is the leading petty officer for NAVSTA Rota’s emergency management department. “I am thankful to my chain of command and the Chiefs Mess who stood behind me, and everyone who has ever taught me how to be a leader. It is a complete honor to represent them and the command at the next level. I am truly honored.” The tradition of selecting a Sailor of the Year in Navy began in 1972 as a way to recognize the outstanding Sailors of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. In 1973, the program was expanded to include the Shore Sailors, followed in 1982 by Navy enlisted reservists. “This was my first time up for it, so to get selected feels great,” said Yeoman 3rd Class Charles Bolden III, COMNAVACTS Junior Sailor of the Year. Bolden works in the NAVSTA Rota admin department as the awards yeoman. “It is a milestone in my career. All the hard work I do in the admin office paid off.” Across the base at the 725th Air Mobility Squadron, integrity first, service before self, excellence in all we do, are the values Airmen are expected to live by. The selection process was extremely competitive and the individuals who garnered these awards truly do represent the best the Air Force has to offer. “I'm incredibly proud of the 725 AMS annual award winners,”
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“This feels great to be recognized, but it’s also humbling at the same time. It is something you don’t expect and don’t set your goals for.”
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MA2 Sean Stockwell Security Department Training Specialist COMNAVACTS Spain Sailor of the Year Hometown: Beverly, Mass.
said Lt. Col. Scott Gaab, 725th AMS commander. “These exceptional Airmen demonstrated consistent superior performance over the past year and truly embodied the Air Force core value of "excellence in all we do." The Air Force, as with all services, prizes community involvement. Many Airmen volunteer countless hours making a difference in the Rota community. The review boards had the challenging job of grading numerous nomination packages in each category and selecting the best individual. They had to assess the whole-person; evaluating leadership, job performance and community involvement to name a few. Gaab said although it was tough to judge such tight competitions, he feels the evaluators did great a job. “It’s not just your job; it’s other elements to put a package together. I volunteer for quite a few things like Rota Animal Welfare League,” said Staff Sgt. Marco Barroso, 725th AMS NCO of the Year. Barroso, who is an Information Systems Specialist, won the Honor Guard Airman of the Year at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. in 2002. Here in Rota, he said, “There are quite a few good non-commissioned officers and Airmen in the squadron so you have to go above and beyond.” “Truly and honestly, I really don’t know, there are a lot of hard workers out here on the flight line, we all do our fair share of work,” said Senior Airman Juan Hulett, 725th Airman of the Year and is a hydraulics system journeyman. “It feels gratifying to realize people are actually seeing that you are doing good work. It means enough to make me want to keep going and doing the things that I’ve been doing that got me recognized in the first place.” Supporting the warfighter is what Rota is known for throughout the military. But who supports the supporters? Sometimes it is a team of dedicated civilians who are there, sometimes doing jobs that may seem ordinary. For the 725th AMS Civilian of the Year, Lauren Day, she said she has never enjoyed a job as much as she does being the 725th AMS secretary/protocol specialist, a job she has held for past two years. “It feels amazing. The people I work with are amazing and I couldn't ask for a better 208 people to work with,” said Day. “Even though what I do seems mundane as a secretary, I know what I do has a direct affect on the military members downrange, and the Airmen here at Rota depend on me.” Service members are not just born. They have to be tried and tested and molded into the world’s finest fighting force. They spend weeks learning the basics of military life. However, there are traits that can be carried over from families growing up that have positive impacts on service member’s careers. “My mother raised me to be an intelligent, kind, outgoing young man,” said Bolden. “I thank her for everything that has happened to me in the Navy. They won’t understand what this means at first, but when I tell them and explain it, they will be very proud of me.” “I had to grow into a mature way growing up and on my own and living on my own at a very young age,” said Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Sean Stockwell, COMNAVACTS Sailor of the Year. Stockwell works in the NAVSTA Rota security department as a training specialist. He said when times are tough;
725th Commander Secretary/Protocol Specialist 725th AMS Civilian of the Year Hometown: Fort St. Lucie, Fla.
“My mother raised me to be an intelligent, kind, outgoing young man. I thank her for everything that has happened to me in the Navy.” YN3 Charles Bolden III Awards Yeoman COMNAVACTS Spain Junior Sailor of the Year Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Photo By Jan Hammond
Photo By Jan Hammond
“I know what I do has a direct affect on the military members downrange and the Airmen here at Rota depend on me.”
you have to keep your head up because in the end it will pay off. “The Navy helped me mature very quickly. Being recognized feels great, but it’s also humbling at the same time. It is something you don’t expect and don’t set your goals for.” So what makes a Sailor or Airman of the Year? Scavo said it is not what they are doing for personal growth, but for their command and respective service as a whole. “For the Navy, they were selected, not just because of their professionalism and performance, but what they are doing for the command and “Big Navy” as they are out there performing their command mission, command function,” said Scavo. “What are they doing for the junior folks? Are they training their junior Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines? I believe all of our Sailor and Airmen of the Year are and I am extremely proud of them all.”
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Rear Adm. Handley Visits NMCB 3 Sailors Story and Photo ByMCS (SW/AW) Jesse Sherwin NMCB Public Affairs
Rear Adm. Mark A. Handley, Commander, 1st Naval Construction Division, visited Naval Station Rota Jan. 22-23 to see firsthand how Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three are impacting the lives of the Rota community. This was his first visit to Rota’s Camp Mitchell since taking command of 1 NCD. Handley was accompanied by 1NCD Command Master Chief (SCW) Wade Howk and they discussed topics ranging from proposed deployment changes, increasing Seabee personnel strength in Afghanistan and new camouflage uniform proposals. During an all hands call, the Admiral also stressed his commitment to improve building the Seabee technical skills. “We need to make sure we are doing the right amount of training at the right time in your career,” said Handley. “We are looking at the balance between formal training and on the job training." He said many of the missions in Afghanistan may focus
on construction to support the deployed forces in the region instead of the humanitarian civil affairs construction which has made up the bulk of NMCB 3’s work during the 2009-2010 deployment. “Technical training is front and center, but as we respond to the President to push forces forward, it will be challenging to meet those goals,” he said. At the end of his question and answer session, the Admiral closed with his philosophy regarding Seabees in Africa. “If we can build trust with local communities,” he said, “we improve cooperative security”. After the all hands call, Handley toured Camp Mitchell and multiple project sites where Seabees were hard at work improving conditions around NAVSTA Rota. Both Handley and Howk stressed their appreciation for the professionalism the Seabees displayed and wished them luck for the remainder of the deployment. NMCB 3 is one of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command's warfighting support elements, providing host nation construction operations and security in support of overseas contingency operations.
Rear Adm. Mark A. Handley, Commander, 1st NCD discusses a concrete masonry unit construction project with BU Jeffery Antoine, from NMCB 3'’s Charlie Company, during a visit to Camp Mitchell.
Rota’s Victory Villa Receives Facelift from NMCB 3 Story and Photo By MCS (SW/AW) Jesse Sherwin NMCB Public Affairs
More than 20 Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three spent the day restoring Victory Villa, a Christian outreach center, on Jan. 25. Victory Villa was originally a private home built in 1924, but since 1975 it has been used as a transient home by a Christian monastery that caters to Rota’s military community. “This is a home away from home for the military here in Rota,” said Lenny Groves, the site administrator. “Sometimes guys from base come out, but you [NMCB 3] are the first Seabee crew we have seen during the 18 months my family has been here.” “One, two, three, wow,” said Katie Jo Groves, Lenny’s daughter “there are a million people out here!” she exclaimed as she counted all the Seabee volunteers which came out to lend a hand. Over 20 Seabees worked to attach and wire outdoor lighting fixtures, re-pave a tiled sidewalk, rake and bag over 50 bags of leaves and debris, and clean up the 60 year old fish pond the Seabees referred to as “the moat.” “This is the best of both worlds,” said Builder 3rd Class Antwon Horton. “I get to help people out and I get to work in my rate.” The Seabees received routine visits by Murphy, Victory Villa’s dog, who jumped from job site to job site to supervise the restoration effort. Other Victory Villa staff worked hard alongside the Seabees in “the moat” as they shoveled out years of debris. The moat proved to be the most challenging job of the day, “So far we have found buried bed springs, a bed frame, a cheese grater, a towel holder and a coffee pot,” said Horton. “Usually we come here every Friday for bible study,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd class Chizo Achusi. “So this is like giving back to this group because this organization has been friends to NMCB 3. There are a lot of American Sailors and Marines that come here." In August 2009, NMCB 3 deployed from their homeport in Port Hueneme, Calif. to locations all throughout Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. In February, they begin a turn over with NMCB 7, homeported in Gulfport, Miss. and begin redeployment to Port Hueneme. “Pass this on to the next crew,” said Horton. “Let NMCB 7 know we are here and we would love any help.”
BU1 (SCW) Daniel Peat and BU3 (SCW) Justin Scaife inspect tiles that need repair at Victory Villa, a center dedicated to serving the Rota Military Community.
BU3 (SCW) James Delacruz collects trash bags of leaves and debris from BU1 (SCW) Charles Durnell and ET3 (SW) David Burke at Victory Villa in Rota Spain.
February 11, 2010
Air Force Returns Enlisted High Year Tenure to Standards
Story By Armed Forces News Service
WASHINGTON -Air Force manpower and personnel officials announced today a return of enlisted high year of tenure limits to their pre-2003 levels. "We've considered returning HYT limits to their normal levels for several years. Now that our Air Force end strength is stabilizing, it is an appropriate time to return back to the pre-2003 levels," said Mr. Tom Voegtle, chief of the retirements and separations policy branch at the Pentagon. High year of tenure is the maximum years of service a member may remain on active duty in relation to his or her enlisted grade.
The HYT for senior master sergeant, master sergeant, technical sergeant and senior airman will return to 26, 24, 22 and 10 years, respectively. The HYT limits for both chief master sergeant and staff sergeant will remain the same since they were not raised in 2003, Mr. Voegtle said. The change will initially affect approximately 2,500 Airmen; 500 senior airmen, 400 technical sergeants, 1,200 master sergeants and 400 senior master sergeants. The new HYT effective date for master sergeant is April 1, 2011; for technical sergeant, Aug. 1, 2011; and, for senior airman, Sept. 1 2011. The effective date for senior master sergeant is Jan. 1, 2012. This timeline provides Airmen additional opportunities to compete for promotion or plan for separation or retirement from active duty. All Airmen who separate due to HYT will receive involuntary separation pay. Technical, master and senior master sergeants may apply for full retirement if leaving active duty due to reaching their HYT just as they would
under existing policy. While the new HYT is applicable now, Airmen who will be "over" their HYT as the policy is normalized will be allowed to remain on active duty until no later than the effective date for their corresponding grades. Airmen overseas who will reach HYT before they are scheduled to return will receive new dates in accordance with the revised policy, Mr. Voegtle said. Also, deployed Airmen and those soon to deploy who are affected by the policy change will return no later than 30 days prior to their new HYT date. Extensions of HYT are still applicable under existing guidelines. These include reasons such as extreme personal hardship or when an extension is clearly in the best interest of the Air Force, Mr. Voegtle said. Mr. Voegtle said the AF has a longstanding tradition of taking care of its people, and will continue this tradition through this process and beyond.
Naval Station Rota Hosts CACO Training Story By Lt. Ben Tisdale, NAVSTA Rota Public Affairs Officer
More than 60 senior enlisted Sailors and officers from Naval Station Rota, Spain, attended a Casualty Assistance Call Officers training course here Jan. 28. The CACO is an official representative of the Secretary of the Navy who provides information, resources and assistance to the next-of-kin in the event of a service member’s death, injury or illness. “Being the CACO is one of the most difficult assignments in the military,” said Lt. James Condon, CACO regional director for Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia. “However, it can also be one of the most fulfilling duties.” When called for CACO duty, service members, usually a chief or above, make that duty their top priority, even above their regular jobs, said Condon. CACO’s are also responsible for expressing the Navy's condolences, concern and continued support, as well as extending assistance to the next of kin by assessing the need for immediate financial assistance and follow up arrangements as necessary. “You never know how a family is going to respond,” said Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Christensen, a
NAVSTA chaplain. “As a CACO, you have to be ready to try and help them.” Besides the notification process, CACO’s also help ensure a service member’s designated beneficiary receive their benefits. It is extremely important a service member keeps their records updated, said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Morand, Personnel Support Detachment, Rota, Spain officer-in-charge. “By far, the most important thing a Sailor can do to help their family is to ensure their Page 2 and SGLI (Service members Group Life Insurance) is up-to-date and accurate at all times, to include parents and siblings,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michael “Mickey” Morand, Personnel Support Detachment, Rota, Spain officer-in-charge. According to Lt. Deb Neuhaus, NAVSTA primary CACO, she feels it is one of the most important responsibilities she will ever have. CACOs are often a lifeline of support and information between the Navy and a bereaved family. “When a service member passes away in the line of duty, that service member gave his or her life for our country,” Neuhaus said. “We want to make sure we take care of their family the way we would want our own family to be treated.”
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Give Thanks for the Simple Delights That Gladden Our Hearts During my first deployment on a Naval vessel, I made it a habit to visit the crew around the clock. I would try to surprise the engineers on watch by paying them visits at 2 a.m. and would have conversations with the bridge crew at the darkest of nights, when there was no moon to light the ocean. One night, early into the deployment, I was utterly shocked to see what I can only describe as "Christmas Tree Lights" in the water beside the ship. I thought at first my eyes were playing tricks on me, or that I was seeing a reflection of the ship from some unknown light source. Then one of the deck seamen simply explained to me the phenomenon many sailors are quite familiar with: "photoluminescent CHAPLAIN STEPHEN FISHER algae."
The algae in the water, disturbed by the ship's wash, was aglow. On some nights it was so bright it would literally light up the side of the ship. I was instantly reminded of Psalm 107: "Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the LORD, his wonderful deeds in the deep." This experience amazed me at the utter beauty and creativity our Lord has instilled in even the tiniest parts of his creation. As also written in the book of Psalms, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." So much of creation shouts of the glory of its creator. May you take the time today to look around this world at the manifold, beautiful delights - stop to enjoy the many wonders we are utterly surrounded with, giving thanks to our creator for every such simple delight that gladdens our hearts with wonder. If you would like to speak with a chaplain for any reason please call the Religious Ministries Department at 727-2161.
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PWOC Bible Study The PWOC meet Thursdays, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. in the Chapel Social Hall. Study "Esther" by Beth Moore, along with great fun, fellowship and food. Plan now to attend. This is a great way to begin the New Year in the Word of God. Child care is provided.
Chapel Community Requests To better serve you, your Chapel Community requests your participation in the following survey to help us understand and better meet your needs. 1. What do you think the greatest need is in our community? 2. If you were looking for a church, what would you look for? 3. What could this chapel community do better to serve you and your family? Please send your responses to Chaplain Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMREL Project NAVSTA Rota has been participating with the renovation process of La Cartuja Monastery for the past several years. La Cartuja Monastery, in Jerez de la Frontera, is considered as one of the buildings with greatest value in the Province of Cadiz. Other volunteer opportunities and COMREL locations are available. Contact petty officer Morrell for more information.
February 11, 2010
DGF Students Win Spanish Journalism Award
Story By Marco Hughes and Niko Fichera, DGF
Photo By James Chambers
A team of four students from David Glasgow Farragut High School received an award during a ceremony at the Palacio Garvey in Jerez Feb. 5 for winning the best news story category in the journalism competition "La Voz Escolar". A panel of professionals selected the article from more than 1500 submitted by participating schools. The award, presented by This catchy photo was part of an article which won the Educabest news story in the La Voz Escolar Spanish tion Delegate journalism competition.
of the Province of Cadiz, Blanca Alcántara, and the general director of La Voz, Antonio González, consisted of a digital camera for each member of the team and the team sponsor. The team, formed by four students from upper-level Spanish classes at DGF, was sponsored by Spanish teacher Mrs. Bastidas. She entered the students in the competition to encourage collaboration, critical thinking and 21st century skills while working on an authentic project. About seventy schools from the Cadiz region competed for one of the five award categories: Best Overall Digital Newspaper, Second Best, Best News Article, Best Multimedia and Best Commentary. The students were interviewed on the live radio show “Protagonistas” regarding their experience of the journalism competition that
morning. The Spanish media took special interest in them because Spanish is their second language. The competition began in late October and ended in December. It included over sixty different groups consisting of four or more students from schools all across the southern part of Spain. Each group was given a website where they uploaded their articles. The winning article, written by Marco Hughes, was titled “La gripe se cuela en el colegio” and talked about how the flu had a major impact on the school’s attendance. It included the symptoms, prevention, and a catchy photo by James Chalmers.
Photo By Jim Chambers
DGF Spanish teacher Maria Bastidas, left, speaks during an awards ceremony where four of her students won "Best News Story" in the journalism competition "La Voz Escolar".
February 11, 2010
NAVFAC Rota “Star” Shines Bright, Safely Story and Photo by ET Kelly Mayo, Coastline
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Detachment Rota employee Juan Carlos Perez Gutierrez received the Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia Employee Safety Excellence “STAR” Award for 2009. Gutierrez, a Spanish civilian, has worked in the electrician/heating/ air-conditioning shop for 15 years. With so many years of experience in a job where safety is the number one focus, he is considered a workcenter expert in job-related safety issues. “I am motivated to protect myself for me, my family and my coworkers,” said Gutierrez. “Safety comes first in the job always.” This work ethic is exemplified by his actions on the job. He is the first person to identify a hazard and fix it with a quick and appropriate solution. He has identified such hazards as faulty or uncertified equipment, unsafe working surfaces, unsafe or missing safety railings and anchors, and improper work procedures. Gutierrez is not alone in safety excellence; his shop won the Regional Safety Excellence “STAR” Award last year for a collaborative effort in safety. “Some people lose focus on safety trying to get the job done quickly, while others lose work efficiency worrying about safety,” said NAVSTA Rota Public Works Officer, Cmdr. Gordie Meyer. “Gutierrez is a great worker with the unique ability to work safely and proficiently.” As Gutierrez’s supervisor and the award-winning NAVFAC shop, Jose Picon said he is pleased to have the best and safest employees in Europe working for him. “It was very hard to pick just one person,” said Picon. “All of my workers are very good, but Juan Carlos is special and stands out above the rest with his work.” Gutierrez recognizes safety hazards and knows when and how to use his personal protective equipment. Noted for “religiously” donning his PPE, he knows what the appropriate gear to wear is for each job. He also makes sure that his co-workers are wearing and using proper PPE and using good safety practices. He said it is about knowing when using items like a hard hat is necessary versus when wearing one would create a new hazard. Gutierrez said he was humbled to receive the Safety “STAR” award in the presence of his co-workers. “It is my job and it is a group effort,” said Gutierrez. “Safety is first, always, and I feel good about receiving recognition for my work.”
Juan Carlos Perez Gutierrez from Naval Station Rota Public Works Department inspects an indoor air conditioning unit in the Ground Electronics Maintenance Division building wearing the necessary personal protective equipment. Mr. Perez was awarded the local and regional Employee Safety Excellence "Star" Award 2009.
NAVSTA Rota Makes Large Strides in Energy Efficiency Story By Lt. Andrew Olsen, NAVSTA Rota, Facilities Engineering Acquisitions Officer
Naval Facilities Engineering Command awarded a $8.3 million delivery order as phase I of a larger Environmental Savings Performance Contract at Naval Station Rota Jan. 20. The contract provides energy efficiency upgrades to numerous buildings at NAVSTA Rota, reducing energy consumption and providing more sustainable building infrastructure. "Our Public Works department has been working very hard to promote new energy conservation measures and technologies throughout the base," said Capt. Bill Mosk, NAVSTA Rota commanding officer. "These crucial investments in environmentally-friendly technologies help cut green house gas emissions and lessen our dependence on fossil fuels.” The ESPC Phase I contract supports energy conservation by providing upgrades to heating, ventilation and cooling units in twelve buildings throughout the base, and construction of a 25 kilo-watt photovoltaic system. The project also includes installing individual boiler systems at 35 buildings eliminating the need to operate an inefficient central boiler. This effort will result in a savings of 39,200 gallons of JP5 fuel over the next six years. "The ESPC Phase I project will markedly improve Naval Station Rota's energy consumption,” said Cmdr. Gordie Meyer, NAVSTA public works officer. “With continued efforts at all levels, and a conscious awareness by individuals, we will further reduce energy consumption and be better stewards of the environment.” Water will be conserved by replacing fixtures in 62 buildings and installing a state-ofthe-art irrigation system on the golf course and ball fields. These two measures alone will result in an expected savings of 35.6 million gallons of water over the next 11 years. “These projects are exactly what we need to help SECNAV achieve the energy conservation goals he has set for the Department of the Navy," said Mosk. With the contract awarded, coordination of the construction efforts will begin February through August 2011.
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February 11, 2010
Let the Good Times Roll By Mc1 (SW) Paul Cage In 1688, traveler Francis Misson visited Venice, Italy and said about Carnival, "vice and virtue were never so well counterfeited. There is everywhere a general motion and confusion, as if the world were turn'd fools in an instant." While the origins of the name is disputed, Carnival is the last hurrah before the Christian season of Lent, 40 days of fasting and penitence beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17 this year. But its roots reach at least as far back as ancient Rome's Saturnalia, a hedonistic winter celebration of Saturn, the god of the harvest. So why am I talking about events way in the past? Well, even before the internet, ideas and customs were shared through trade. As one of the major seaports of the 16th century, Cadiz adopted the carnival from its trading partner Venice. And like Venice, Cadiz’s fiesta defies social order. Extravagance is encouraged through the wearing of masks and elaborate costumes. There is a thrilling electricity in the air as the excitement spreads through the crowds as the celebration against all abstentions, prohibitions and inhibitions is embrace by thousands of revelers who travel from all over the world to take part in the most famous, dazzling and lively Carnival in Spain. Festivities officially take place in Cadiz from Feb. 12-21; however, these dates are slightly misleading since, in reality, carnival fever has been building up when the Falla competition began in early January. Carnival in Cádiz is approximately 400 years old. From 1936 to 1977, dictator Francisco Franco prohibited the celebration because of its unruliness. Two years after his death, Carnival returned. Residents of Cádiz are proud of their event because it survived while Carnival altogether in other parts of Spain, even in nearby Jerez didn’t. The practice and dates for Carnival vary from city, region and continent. In Portugal, there are many original and amusing ways of celebrating the Carnival. Portuguese Carnival has its typical Gigantones, huge dolls with big heads often caricatures of public people, which are seen during parades. On the streets people wear masks, dance and play drums, making it an enjoyable experience as people dance to the music. The most well known Carnivals in Portugal are in Alcobaça, Ovar, Loulé and Sines. The one in Torres Vedras, is the most typical and oldest Carnival of Portugal. One of the most ancient traditions may be seen in some villages of Trás-os-Montes in northeast Portugal, especially in Podence and Ousilhão. Here, the Caretos are kings. They run, scream and jump frighteningly through the village like little devils freed from control. Young masked men wear suits made of green, red and yellow tatters, with a wooden or leather mask and clappers in the belt called the Careto. The Careto's origin lies in an ancient pre-Roman Celtic tradition, marking the end of winter and the arrival of warmer, sunnier days. The clappers are jingled when passing people. If it is a woman, a group
of Caretos jingles gently, if it is a man, and he jingles fiercely, occasionally hunting down the person. Locals believe a supernatural energy takes control over the body and allows the Caretos to do things other people can not do. Down south in the Algarve region, people decorate traditional Portuguese boats and navigate them along the shoreline for fun. Restaurants stock up on seafood and other goods, and the streets teem with colorful decorations as people ready themselves for the festivities. If you want to stay local, the Grand Parade in Cadiz is Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. and runs along the main avenue to the downtown harbor area. A fireworks display will light up the evening at 11 p.m. at the Castle of San Sebastian. The children’s parade is Feb. 13 at noon starting at Plaza San Juan de Dios and ending at Plaza de San Antonio. Both driving and parking in Cádiz during Carnival is a hectic endeavor, taking the train or ferry is a convenient alternative. Trains run between El Puerto de Santa María and Cádiz on a continual basis. Scheduling information can be found online at www.renfe.es or you can take the ferry across from either Peurto or Rota. There are also parties for the next couple of weeks around the area that are fun and less raucous than Cadiz. But no matter which one you go to, the goal is always the same: enjoy your time and have fun.
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SCHEDULE OF CARNIVALS – SPAIN Rota: Feb. 13 – 21, with a children’s parade Feb. 14 at noon, at Plaza de España. El Puerto: Feb. 14 – 21 Cádiz: Feb. 12 - 21 Chipiona: Through Feb. 14 Sanlúcar: Feb. 11 – 21 SCHEDULE OF CARNIVALS – PORTUGAL Loule: Feb.14 – 16 Torres Vedras: Feb. 12 – 17 Ovar: Through Feb 15
February 11, 2010
Semper Fortis "The Navy has both a tradition and a future--and we look with pride and confidence in both directions."
-Adm. George Anderson, CNO,1961
Commitment CWO3 Curtis Maxwell adminsters the reenlistment oath to YN2 Airrion Lemons during his reenlistment ceremony at the NAVSTA Rota Chapel Jan. 29. Lemons reenlisted for four more years of naval service and is preparing to PCS to PCU San Diego.
YN3 Charles Bolden III, NAVSTA Rota Junior Sailor of the Quarter
LS2 Celia Elwin, NAVSTA Rota Sailor of the Quarter
MA1 Mark Melia, NAVSTA Rota Senior Sailor of the Quarter
Lt. Manuel Espinal assigned to NAVSTA Rota's Air Operations Department gets his Lieutenant. bars pinned on by his daughter and NAVSTA Rota Commanding Officer, Capt. Bill Mosk, Feb. 1.
February 11, 2010
Students Shadow Sailors During in Job Shadow Day Story and Photo By Jan Hammond, Coastline
Students from Naval Station Rota’s David Glasgow Farragut High School turned in their school books for a day and shadowed military personnel mentors during job shadow day, Feb.2. Job shadow day is an academically motivated activity which gives students an up-close look and firsthand appreciation at the world of work and how skills learned in school are put to use in the workplace. “It makes their education relevant,” said Elaine Hermann, DGF middle and high school counselor. “The students are able to see the connection of why taking a class leads to a career.” Several students went to work with their parents to gain a better understanding of what they do in the workplace and if following in their parent’s footsteps would be a career path they would like to follow. “Job shadow day is important because you can see what it is to work. At school we don’t know what our parents do, we just say, ‘oh- they went to work-they’re working,’” said DGF ninth-grader Amanda McLaughlin. “Now we can see exactly
Lt. Bradley McLaughlin, left, instructs his daughter, center, how to apply a cast onto a patient during Job Shadow Day, Feb. 2.
what they do when they go to work, their experiences and what is in store for you when you get older and go to your own work.” Amanda, who would like to go into the medical field, shadowed her father, Lt. Bradley McLaughlin, Orthopedic PA-C at US Naval Hospital Rota, Spain. “I want my daughter to walk away today having a fun experience, knowing work doesn’t have to be the grind, it can actually be fun and I enjoy my job,” said McLaughlin. “It is important to look at a career you enjoy so you are having fun at work and not going thru the monotonies of just earning a paycheck.” Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Kase, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at USNHRS brought his son Alex to shadow him for a day. Alex saw where his father works in the hospital, the jobs he does, the different anesthesia he provides and even went into the operating room Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Kase, right, shows his son, how to put medication in a syringe and watched his father put a patient to sleep, place a during Job Shadow Day, Feb. 2. different sections within the police department, like forensics, breathing tube in the patient and watched the patient dog handling and surveillance. I think it is pretty cool.” wake up and recuperate from the anesthesia. Master-at-Arms 1st Class Dale Parker, NAVSTA Security “Whenever my dad goes on duty, it’s like ok, I know someone is in the ER but I don’t understand what my dad is Kennel Master, said doing,” said Alex. “So I got to come here today and see him he felt honored to do his job and I understand exactly what he does when he help mentor the boys for the day. goes to work every day.” “It gives kids an Not all of the students participating in Job Shadow Day went to work with their parents, but rather picked a mentor opportunity to see what people in the to shadow in a job field they were interested in. Cameron Henry, a junior, and Tim Morgan, a sophomore, community are doing are both DGF students interested in pursuing careers in law and how important enforcement and chose to spend the day with NAVSTA Rota’s all of our jobs are,” said Parker. “I hope Security Forces. “I am thinking about getting into law enforcement and one day this will help wanted to see what I was getting myself into if I decided to them make their decision on what they MA1 Dale Parker, right, explains to a DGF go into that field,” said Cameron. student how the security police train working Morgan said he now sees there is a lot more to being a want to do.” dogs during Job Shadow Day, Feb. 2. police officer than just riding around in a car. “There are many
February 11, 2010
Cooking & Wine Tasting Class: FFSC, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
NMCRS Thrift Shop: Fridays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tumbling Classes: Every Thursday, Fitness Center, 4 4:45 p.m. or 5 - 5:45 p.m.
NCTAMS/Red Cross Car Wash: Hay Motivo Parking Lot, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Pre-School Music Class: Ages 4 - 5, Every Thursday, Expeditions, 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
Middle School Cupid Dance: MPB, 7 p.m.
AA: Every Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Rota’s Church (Iglesia del Carmen, C/Calvario 67). Call 649-13-4248. Amour Cooking Class: Hospital Kitchen, 4 - 6 p.m.
Happy Valentine's Day
NMCRS Thrift Shop: Closed
Business Resumes Lecture: FFSC, 9 - 10 a.m.
NMCRS Thrift Shop: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Empowerment Bible Study: Chapel, Every Thursday, 7 - 9 p.m.
Resume Review: FFSC, 9 - 11 a.m.
Family Field Trip: Medina Sidonia, FFSC, 8:45 - 3 p.m.
Junior Dance Team: Ages 5-10, Fitness Center, 5 - 6 p.m.
Adult Dance Class: Expeditions, Every Wednesday, 7 - 8 p.m.
AA: Every Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Rota’s Church (Iglesia del Carmen, C/Calvario 67). Call 649-13-4248.
Town Hall Meeting: NEX Food Court, 11 a.m.
Sevillana Dance for Kids: Ages 6-12, Every Friday, Fitness Center, 5 - 5:45 p.m.
Presidents Day Benefits of Breastfeeding: NMCRS, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
NMCRS Thrift Shop: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Storytime: Library, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Every Tuesday.
NMCRS Thrift Shop: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Register your child for Spanish School: FFSC, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Last Day to Collect Blankets for the Homeless: American Red Cross, Bldg 521.
AA: Every Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Rota’s Church (Iglesia del Carmen, C/Calvario 67). Call 649-13-4248.
Tennis Lessons: Every Monday, Housing Tennis Courts, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Field Trip: Gypsy Market in Cadiz, FFSC, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Jazz/Tap Class: Ages 7-10, Fitness Center, 6 - 7 p.m.
Field Trip: Walking tour in El Puerto de Santa Maria, FFSC, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Special Birthday Dinner: Galley, 4:30 p.m.
Jazz/Tap Class: Ages 7-10, Fitness Center, 6 - 7 p.m.
DGF Andalucia Day Breakfast: Hosted by PTSA, MPR 8 - 9 a.m.
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February 11, 2010
Check Out the New Menu at Bar Jamón Restaurante Bar Jamón was established in 1955, so one can definitely say it is well established and popular place. It has been considered one of the best restaurants in the area for many years. The new restaurant was built about five years ago on its 50th anniversary. It is a beautiful and comfortable setting with private rooms for parties and an outdoor area for big celebrations. Restaurante Bar Jamón has always been one of my favorites; in fact it was a favorite of mine before we lived in this area. Recently they added many new items to their menu, including several vegetarian dishes. During February if you stop by try their new menu, you will get a plate of their outstanding ham “on the house”. Last Saturday, my husband, some friends and I had lunch there and tried a couple of new things I can recomBY KAREN LUCAS mend: grilled mushrooms with langostinos, spinach and shrimp in a crunchy wrapper that we all thought was really very good and monk fish in garlic sauce. Now is a great time to get to know Restaurante Bar Jamón if you have never eaten there or it is a great time to go back. You can be sure you will get an outstanding meal. In addition to their regularly scheduled Spanish classes, Trinity School is offering two courses for those who are interested in Spanish culture: Spanish and wine course and a Spanish and Sevillanas course. The Spanish and wine course is scheduled to start April 24. There will be 15 hours of class plus visits to three bodegas and flamenco shows in Cádiz and Jerez. The cost of this course is 320 euros and you must have an intermediate level of Spanish to enroll. Space is limited. The other course, Spanish and Sevillanas, will start as soon as a group of eight students are enrolled. It also consists of 15 hours of language instruction, dance classes, a trip to Jerez and a flamenco show in Cádiz. The cost of this course is 345 euros. Find out more by calling Trinity School at 956-87-1926 or stop by the school at Ave. del Paraíso, 6. It’s near the bullring in Puerto. I almost forgot: all classes starting between February and July of three weeks or longer have a 20 percent discount. Valentine’s Day is this weekend. A good place to look for a special gift, large or small is in Las Dunas Mall located on the outskirts of Sanlúcar. If it is jewelry you are looking for, then there is no better place than Matías Lebrón Jewelry in El Paseo Mall. They have been taking good care of their American custom-
AREA ACTIVITIES ROTA Carnival: The following activities consist of performances by local carnival groups and tastings of popular dishes. Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. XII Chicharroná Popular; Plazoleta Mina Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. I Pringá Popular; Plaza España. Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. I Buñuelá Popular; Plaza Triunfo Feb. 13 starting at 8 p.m. Carnival groups parade through the streets in the old town, ending in Plaza de las Canteras with speeches and the crowning of the Mermaid. Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. V Tromperá Popular; Plaza Pío XII Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. Mejilloná Popular; Calle Castelar Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. VII Chistorrá Popular; Calle Valle Inclán Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. X Chorizá Popular; plaza Padre Eugenio. Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. II Paella Popular; Calle Málaga. Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. I Migá Popular; Mercado Central. Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. Children’s carnival groups will gather in the Plaza de España and parade to Plaza de las Canteras where the child Mermaid will be crowned.
PUERTO DE SANTA MARÍA Carnival: Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. in Parque Calderón, VII Gaótá Popular. Performances by local carnival groups and tastings of typical dishes. Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Carnival parade Feb. 12, Flamenco, at Peña Flamenca “Tomás El Nitri”, Calle Diego Niño. Feb. 12 at 11 p.m., Eric Clapton by Crossroads in El Patio de Bar & Co. at Calle Misericordia, 2. Free entrance. Feb. 18 at 11:30 p.m. concert by Joker at. Sala Milwaukee, Avda. Bajamar, 10. Entrance 2 euros. Feb. 25, 9 p.m., concert by Dayna Kurtz in the Teatro Municipal Pedro Muñoz Seca. Entrance 6 and 4 euros. Until 27 Feb. Art Exhibit in Galería Artífice in Casa de Los Leones by José Navalon Open 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m.
ers ever since they opened. You will find an excellent selection of classic jewelry, as well as modern designs and they always have specials. Still on the subject of Valentine’s Day, remember Hotel Duque Nájera has three special offers to help you celebrate. You can choose between a weekend special, a special evening or their special dinner. The weekend consists of lodging for two nights, Feb. 12 and 13, Valentine’s Dinner at the El Embarcadero Restaurant Feb. 13 and a buffet breakfast the next day for 220 € per couple tax included. The special Valentine’s evening with dinner and lodging on the Feb. 13 and buffet breakfast the next day for 160 € per couple tax included. Lastly, there is the special Valentine’s Day dinner for 40 € per person tax included. You can be sure the dinner will be tops. At Hotel Duque you will always find top quality at reasonable prices. Call 956-84-6020 or e-mail email@example.com More good news. If you like wok buffets, El Dragón de Oro located near the hands statue on Avenida San Fernando in Rota, now offers one daily. The prices are good: 6.80 € from 1 – 4:30 p.m. and 7.80 € after 6:30 p.m. Give it a try. El Bodegón de la Fuente located by the fountain in Virgen del Mar in Rota also has some specials this month. The menu for two consists of garlic shrimp, a grilled mixed meat platter and sangria for 30 € and an individual menu of house salad, grilled chicken and a glass of sangria or beer for 12 €. I know from experience that El Bodegón de la Fuente always serves good food. If you are considering getting a pure breed dog, check out Dinocan. You can see the available puppies at their web page www.dinocan.com. In fact, you can order from the web page; but since they are located nearby, it is better to give them a call. They will meet you so you can see the puppies yourself. The contact for English speaker is Josie at 615-13-8711. Next Friday, Feb. 19, is International Night at Molly Malone. They will feature typical dishes from Italy, Britain, Mexico, India and the U.S. Everyone is sure to find a favorite dish, so make it a night out. 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.
February 11, 2010
Ergonomics: At Home and the Workplace By Dave Hippaka, Industrial Hygienist, USNHRS
Are you carrying too heavy a load at work or at home? Could you be sitting on the wrong desk chair or hunching over your laptop? Are you lifting things routinely in a job requiring regular manual material movements? If so, you could benefit from executing good occupational ergonomics. Occupational ergonomics is the science of adapting each individual’s unique characteristics to their specific work environment & job tasks to U.S. NAVAL HOSPITAL eliminate discomfort and minimize ROTA, SPAIN the hazard for occupational injury. A well-rounded knowledge in ergonomics can make the time spent at work more comfortable and efficient. Know about work-related musculoskeletal disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Know how to select the proper hand tools to make your work safer and easier. Redesign an unsafe manual material-handling task and
know how to safely perform lifting, lowering, pushing and pulling tasks and safely carry heavy loads. If deskbound, make your computer workstation "fit" your needs by arranging your desk layout so it's right for you. You should know what to look for in an ergonomic chair. Depending on your height, your computer workstation may also need a footrest. Your computer workstation should include a monitor that's easy to view and include the right keyboard and input device like a “Natural” split keyboard. A document holder can help improve posture and reduce eye strain and your computer workstation should have appropriate lighting with little glare. Know how to prevent injuries while using your laptop. In the home, if taking care of infants and toddlers you’ll need to take special care of your back. Ergonomically challenging hobbies include auto restoration & maintenance and carpentry can also force our bodies into prolonged bent static postures for prolonged periods of time. Solutions to these potential problems can be found in recently updated fact sheets
from the Dept. of Defense Working Group website at www. ergoworkinggroup.org. Click on Publications and then Fact Sheets and download these topics to make your working and home lives more comfortable, productive and safe. On base here at Rota, there are specially trained Safety and Occupational Health specialists knowledgeable in workplace ergonomics. The hospital’s Physical Therapy staff is also an outstanding resource for advising on proper body mechanics. Most importantly for the base community to remember is prompt intervention where poor ergonomics is suspected as the source of repetitive discomfort, pain or stress. Members should contact their Primary Healthcare provider as soon as possible for an evaluation or referral for SOH professionals to make a worksite ergonomic evaluation after noting chronic pain symptoms. Poor ergo-working conditions left unabated too often will eventually result in debilitating lost work time injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, herniated back column discs or tendonitis.
Remember Crime Prevention at the Workplace Story NAVSTA Rota Crime Prevention Office, NAVSTA Rota Security Department
Whether you are at home or at work, crime prevention is everybody’s business. When you go to work, don’t leave your crime prevention sense at home. Almost any crime that can happen at home or in your neighborhood, can happen in the workplace. Keep your personal items and valuables with you at all times or locked in a drawer or closet. Do not allow visitors to be alone in your office space. Don’t advertise your social life or vacation plans and those of your co-workers to people visiting your place of work. Good locks are the first line of defense. Verify any electronic access control unit in use has secure key bypass utilizing patented control of duplication of keys. Be certain windows are secured and don’t assume someone else has reported a door, window, or lock that is broken or not working properly. Report these problems immediately. Violence in the workplace takes many forms, from raised voices and profanity or sexual harassment to threats, or coercion, to robbery or homicide. Many think workplace violence consists solely of a disgruntled employee committing homicide. More commonly, it is a robbery gone awry.
Learn your building’s emergency plans and practice those plans. Evacuation plans need to be legible and posted prominently on each floor. Know at least two exit routes from each room, if possible. Be able to escape in the dark by knowing how many desks or cubicles are between your workstation and the nearest exits. Know the location of fire extinguishers and medical kits. Emergencies can happen at any time. Whether it’s a fire, medical emergency or natural disaster, when unplanned events happen, it is critical you and your co-workers know what to do. In an emergency, all personnel should know where they need to muster and what they need to do. Being prepared for an emergency can limit injuries and damages and help people return to a normal business day. For additional information on a safe workplace or other crime prevention tips, visit the National Crime Prevention Council website at www.ncpc.org or contact the NAVSTA Rota Crime Prevention Office at 727-2907.
We Need You!
Join the NAVSTA Rota's Hospital’s Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Board. You can make a difference in your health care by joining the PFCC Advisory Board and bringing your life experience and improvement ideas. We welcome all health care consumers – spouses, active duty, civilians. The Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Board was created in February 2007 to provide a forum for patients and families to become involved in policies that affect your care. The hospital values the role that patients and families have in determining your own health, and respects patient involvement in shaping hospital policies, programs, and practices. We believe this involvement leads to better health outcomes and patient satisfaction. If interested, contact Lt. jg Melinda Williams at the hospital at Melinda.williams@ med.navy.mil or 727-3307. The time commitment is not large—we meet every other month: 2nd Wednesday, noon, at the Hospital’s Health Promotions Kitchen. No health care experience is needed.
February 11, 2010
DGF Safety and Security Reminders
USNHRS to Offer Food Safety Training
NMCRS Office Closure The NMCRS office and Thrift shop is closed Feb. 15 in observance of Presidents Day.
Benefits of Breastfeeding Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. New moms can find out more about the joys, benefits and techniques of feeding your child the natural way during this breastfeeding class. The NMCRS Visiting Nurses will be discussing the basics of nursing your baby and the benefits of breast milk. After the arrival of the baby, the nurse works with you and your family in your home setting. Call 727-1614 to sign up.
NAVSTA Rota Town Hall Meeting Want to hear about the latest Public Works project? When is the next big race from MWR? Where's the next big FFSC trip going? Find out the latest to these questions and more by attending the monthly NAVSTA Rota Town Hall meeting. Just stop on by the NAVSTA Rota Town Hall meeting Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. in the NEX Food Court, or listen to the meeting live via 102.5 FM.
Special Birthday Dinner at the Galley Sign up now for the Monthly Birthday Special Dinner Meal Program for February birthday celebrants scheduled for Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m. Dinner is open to all U.S. military active duty and activated reservist stationed/TAD/TDY including all Tenant Commands. Contact CS2 Joshua C. Murphy, at 727-1654/2032 or Joshua.Murphy@eu.navy.mil or Mr. Marc Barcelon at 727-1407 or Mamerto.Barcelon@ eu.navy.mil.
Specialty Services Offered at USNHRS USNHRS is scheduled to have an Ear-Nose-Throat specialist onboard Feb. 22 - March 5. Patients who believe they would benefit from these types of medical services must schedule an appointment with your PCM at 727-3618/3620. To confirm your ENT referral was received, and you are on the list to be scheduled, call the Specialty Clinic Desk at 7273403.
Come Play Woman’s Soccer Join the fun as we start a base women’s soccer team offering local and tournament matches. All experience levels are welcome and must be 16 years or older to play. Come out to practice M-W-TH at the gym soccer field from 5-6:30 p.m. Bring your cleats, shin guards and a good attitude! Contact David Williams at 689-891-211 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Piano Teachers Needed MWR Community Classes is looking for experienced piano teachers to teach individual lessons to children and adults. If interested, contact Christine at 727-1382 or email@example.com.
RLSO Offers Naturalization Assistance The Region Legal Service Office is scheduled to prepare a Naturalization ceremony to be held around April-May. Active duty members or spouses willing to become US citizens may contact Manuela Bernal at 727-2531 or manuela. firstname.lastname@example.org to prepare their packages in time. RLSO is located in building 521.
Rota Girl Scouts Needs Adults Volunteers Looking for an opportunity to volunteer, affect our community and the future? Rota Girl Scouts are looking for Leaders, Co-Leaders and Committee members. No experience
Photo By Jan Hammond
Fund raising events require food volunteers to be Basic Food trained or have one Manager trained person present. The Manager's Training is scheduled for Feb. 12. There will be both English and Spanish speaking classes. Contact 7273338/2999 or email@example.com for more information.
The playground entry at North Malaga Street near the bus entry is not a drop off area. To eliminate traffic congestion and increase student safety, the Telefonica drop off area has been temporarily reopened until the new construction is complete. Drop off students either in this location or at the main drop off area near the front office. For Security reasons, stop by the school office to receive a visitor's pass before entering any building on campus. Occasional tardiness is understandable, but to minimize class disruptions, ensure students arrive at school at least 5 minutes prior to the start of class. And due to recent storm damage to the elementary school roof and the possibility of flying debris, stay out of barricaded playground areas for safety reasons. Repairs will be made as soon as possible, weather permitting.
necessary. Training will be provided. Contact Sarah Scheller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEX A-OK Student Reward Program
Everyone’s favorite time of year is here, be on the look-out for Girl Scout Cookies. Supplies are limited, so get them while you can. Remember once they are gone, they're gone!!
Any eligible full-time student with a B-grade point average or better may enter a drawing for U.S. Savings Bonds given each quarter. Stop by the NEX with a current report card and fill out an entry card and obtain an A-OK ID, which entitles the student to discount coupons for NEX products and services.
NMCRS is Looking for Volunteers
DGF High/Middle School Closure
Expand your social circle, learn new skills and help yourself help others by giving something back to the community. NMCRS is currently seeking volunteers in the following positions: Client Services Assistant, Caseworker and Thrift Shop Worker. Your resume will never look better. Child care and mileage reimbursed. Contact the NMCRS at 7271614 for more information.
DGF Middle/High School will be moving into the new building in March. There will be no school for Middle or High School students March 25-30 to facilitate the move. School will remain in session for elementary students.
Girl Scout Cookies Are Here
Boy Scout Leadership Opportunities Scoutmasters and Troop Committee Leaders needed. As a Scoutmaster you direct, coach and train scouts and empower them with the skills needed to become great leaders and quality citizens. As a Troop committee member, oversee troop activities and provide support work. If interested in nurturing our youth for the betterment of our community, contact Shawn Kase at 727-4015/3649 or email shawn.kase@ med.navy.mil.
Wellness Council Women’s Conference Rota’s Wellness Council is looking for people to facilitate workshops for next year’s Women’s Conference, scheduled for May. Topics for the workshop would include: Holistic health, mental and physical health, spiritual wellness, arts and crafts, finances, organization skills, relationships, selfdefense, nutrition, beauty, etc... If interested in facilitating a workshop, call 727-2399/3851.
ARC Collecting Blankets for the Homeless Rota Red Cross is accepting new and used blankets to be distributed by the Red Cross in Jerez for the homeless. Donations will be accepted until Feb. 26 at bldg. 521. For more information, contact the ARC at 727-2333 or call Carmen Perez-Soto at 727-1643.
PTSA Seeking Volunteers The PTSA is seeking volunteers interested in participating in our Read across America event in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday March 2. Volunteers are invited to read to different classes during the school day. Contact Wade Cruse at 62640-3083 or DGFPTSA@gmail.com.
Pre-Order Your DGF Elementary Yearbook The PTSA is now accepting pre-orders for the 2009-10 yearbooks. Books can be ordered before Spring Break for $20. After Spring Break they will be $25. Contact Wade Cruse at 626-40-3083 or DGFPTSA@gmail.com.
NAVY COLLEGE Masters Degree in Human Relations Earn your Masters in Human Relations through the University of Oklahoma in as little as 16-24 months. This degree can open doors in HR Mgmt, Public Affairs, Counseling and other career fields. Call Trevor Sloan at 727-2799 or email@example.com to learn more.
Travel Europe With UMUC
Study literature and art with University of Maryland University College. Two UMUC field study courses are scheduled to be offered March 13-20: Expatriate Writers in Rome, and Northern Renaissance Art in Brussels and Paris. Registration deadline is Feb. 19. For more information, visit www.ed.umuc.edu/fieldstudy or contact a UMUC field representative at 727-2917.
PTSA to Host Andalucia Day Breakfast
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Feb. 26, 8 – 9 a.m. Parents and students are invited to join the PTSA in the MPR for traditional pastries (molletes) as well as fruit and beverages. PTSA is hosting a traditional Andalucia Day breakfast with different presentations about Spain and Andalucia.
UMUC offers more than 25 different degree plans in Certificates, Associate, Bachelor and Master degrees. Financial Aid options are available for dependents along with Tuition Assistance for military members. Stop by the Navy College and speak with a UMUC representative to start or get back into college now. Contact 7272917 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DGF Drama Club Full Length Play The DGF Drama Club presents “The Dining Room”, an alternately funny and sad play about American family life Feb. 27, 7 p.m. and Feb. 28, 3 p.m. in the MPB. Not appropriate for elementary school children as topics include love, marriage, divorce, the difference among generations and eroding family traditions. Intermission between acts with concessions on sale.
UMUC Seeking Professors Anyone with a Masters Degree interested in teaching can go to the UMUC European Campus website for information or stop by the UMUC office at Rota’s Navy College. For more information contact 727-2917 or go to www.ed.umuc.edu/general_info/teach/index.html.
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Call 727-3232 to pre-register for all FFSC functions.
Photo By Lt. Ben Tisdale, NAVSTA PAO
Ten Steps to Federal Employment Feb. 12, 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.
Resume Review Feb. 12, 2-4 p.m. & Feb. 12, 9-11 a.m Do you have a current job announcement and need your resume reviewed? If so drop off or email your resume with the job announcement at least 24 hours prior to the review appointment. Individual half-hour sessions are available, so sign up now and review your resume with one of our specialists.
Family Field Trip: Medina Sidonia Feb. 15, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Put on your walking shoes and join us! Enjoy this walking tour to the old town of Medina Sidonia, one of Andalucia's most pinturesque pueblos blancos (white villages). The town of Medina is located atop of a hill that overseas a wide valley. We will be walking downtown and exploring the main monuments with a local guide. After the visit there will be time for tapas or lunch. Field Trip Fee: 5 Euros per person.
NAVSTA Commanding Officer, Capt. Bill Mosk, discusses the importance of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program to a group of volunteer SAPR advocates in the Fleet Family and Support building Feb 9. The SAPR program offers prevention education, victim intervention services, and comprehensive victim advocate and command point of contact training. The intervention portion of the program is designed to support victims and their families as they deal with the many issues following sexual assault trauma.
Calm, Cool, & Composed
Field Trip: Gypsy Market in Cadiz.
Feb. 17, 9-11:30 a.m. 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.
Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The Gypsy Market is one of our most popular markets in the area. Have you been to the one in Cadiz? We will take you there, so you can wander around and spend some time shopping.
Field Trip: Walking Tour in El Puerto
Feb. 16 & Feb. 23, 9-10 a.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.
Feb. 18, 2-4:30 p.m. This course is designed specifically for all first term military personnel, DOD civilian personnel, and family members departing the local area, but can be useful for anyone that would like more information about changing duty stations.
Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Come on a walking tour of El Puerto de Santa Maria. You will have the opportunity to explore the old part of the town including main Church of La Iglesia Mayor, shopping district, fresh produce market, etc.
Federal Resume Format (Lecture)
Feb. 17, 9-10 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.
Feb. 18, 1-2 p.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.
Feb. 24, 9-10 a.m. Planning for your retirement is not a want but a need for you future Come to this workshop and receive information on your retirement needs, choosing the best plan for you, and building personal savings and investments so you can be in command of your own future.
Business Resumes (Lecture)
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Conserving Energy at Work and at Home Story By Public Works Environmental Division
Energy conservation is a topic many feel they have no direct impact or control over. There are simple things you can do to be a more responsible energy efficient person at work and at home. First and foremost, prudently control your air-conditioning settings. During the summer, recommended settings are between 74 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the Handbook for Residence of Family Housing for NAVSTA Rota, it is urged the air-conditioning is turned off when no one is home. Another easy way to conserve energy is by turning off the lights when you leave a room. Also, by switching just one light bulb from the regular incandescent bulbs to the energy
saving compact fluorescent bulbs saves 550 kw of electricity and as a bonus they last up to 10 times longer than regular bulbs. This is an energy savings up to 75 percent according to the Environmenta Protection Agency's Energy Star program. CFLs are available at both the NEX and DeCA Commissary. Another easy change is unplugging appliances or power cords when not using them. Battery chargers for your mobile phone or camera left plugged in when not in use can use as much electricity as your refrigerator. Computers are always a hot topic when discussing energy conservation. Many computers hibernate when not used to reduce their energy consumption. To even further your energy savings, it is best to turn off your home computer and screen when not using it. The last topic, but definitely not the least, is solid waste and recycling. The big question is how does my waste impact energy use? We have all heard the slogan, “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”. Recycling is included in the topic of energy conservation for several reasons. First and foremost, everything we throw
out requires energy to make and eventually dispose of, from the petroleum based plastic packaging to the glass bottle that once contained tasty Spanish vino. Using recycled materials to make products uses 30-95% less energy than making the same item from raw materials. According to the EPA, one ton of recycled paper uses: 64 percent less energy, 50 percent less water, 74percent less air pollution, saves 17 trees and creates 5 times more jobs than one ton of paper products from virgin wood pulp. The EPA also states recycled glass uses 30 percent less energy and aluminum uses an incredible 95 percent less energy. To put this into perspective, the act of recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100 watt bulb for 20 hours! The Can Manufacturers Institute says 105,784 cans are recycled every minute in the United States. This recycled aluminum will be back on store shelves as new cans in less than two months. To take energy conservation a step past recycling, be a conscience consumer by reducing your waste by buying products with minimal packaging. Reducing our energy consumption, we not only give our children the man-made wealth of engineering marvels, but also the natural wealth of clean water, wildlife and forests.
Motorcycle Safety Instructors Needed By Mr. Brown, Traffic Safety Coordinator
Volunteer instructors are needed to teach the Motorcycle Safety Foundation courses at Naval Station Rota. There are currently five certified instructors to teach three different types of MSF courses a month. Sounds easy, however, busy work schedules, deployments and PCS moves mean the need to train more volunteer instructors soon. Therefore, a Rider Coach Prep Course is scheduled to be held in late April at Rota. If you are an experienced rider, with a clean driving record and excellent interpersonal skills, we would like to train you to teach our Basic and Experienced Rider Courses. These courses provide the perfect opportunity for you to help other motorcyclists develop better riding skills and ultimately become safer, more confident riders. We also need experienced instructors to teach our Military Sport Bike Rider Course. The Rider Coach Prep Course takes about two weeks to complete and involves a significant amount of time in the classroom and the motorcycle training range to learn techniques to present the material to future students. All US personnel are required to successfully complete an MSF course to register and ride their motorcycle or moped on the base. When instructors are available, MSF Courses are conducted at Rota during the last week of every month. The Basic Rider Course is a three day course designed for new riders and is good for three years. The Experienced Rider Course is a one day refresher course for those who have already completed the BRC. Sport bike riders must also complete the one day MSRC. Soon all this rain is going to end, the great weather will return and motorcycles and mopeds will be back in force as usual. Registration for these courses is through the Enterprise Safety Applications Management System. If interested in becoming an instructor or for more information on the riding courses, contact Mr. Brown at 727-2253.
Volunteer motorcycle safety instructor MA2 Bradrick Hawkins instructs motorcycle riders to start their engines before performing a maneuvering exercise during the first Military Sport Bike Course at Naval Station Rota Dec. 16, 2008. The course, sponsored by Commander, Navy Region Europe, the Navy Safety Center and the American Motorcycle Safety Foundation, promotes motorcycle safety.
Military OneSource Offers Free Tax Filing Story By Elaine Wilson, American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON -- Defense officials encourage military families to take advantage of the free electronic tax filing services offered through Military OneSource. People can access the H&R Block at Home program by going to Military OneSource at www.militaryonesource.com and clicking on "Tax Filing Services." "We have such a mobile force, and you have folks dispersed all over the world. It's a quick link for the family to link up with the [service member]," said Tommy T. Thomas, deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy. "It's a convenience for you to be able to go on that site and file that tax form." The program is open to active duty, Guard and Reserve service members, regardless of activation status, as well as spouses, dependent children and family members standing in for a deployed service member. Participants can e-file up to three state resident returns for each federal return, Thomas said. However, he added, they should ensure they're filling through Military OneSource. People who file through H&R Block directly may be charged for services, he cautioned. The program is set up for basic returns. People who wish to upgrade to the premium program also may incur charges. For tax assistance, filers can call a Military OneSource tax consultant from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST, sevendays-a-week, at 800-730-3802. "That's a tremendous service," Thomas said. "We feel it's important to give our military families the absolute best." Along with the consultants, people with complicated tax returns can visit a legal assistance office on a military installation for more in-depth advice, he said. Whether online or on base, people should file early, Thomas advised. "Don't run up against the 15 April deadline," he said. "And when you get the return, look at it as the means to secure your family's finances, whether its paying off debts or adding to a savings account"
Did you know that . . . . Money for college could be as close as your local Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Office? The Society is helping eligible students pursue their academic goals by providing over $750,000 to fund education scholarships and loans to 440 Sailors, Marines, and their families in 2009. The Society has several financial assistance programs designed to help you and your eligible family members pursue higher education. Don’t rule out college before contacting us! NMCRS Education Programs: A Helping Hand! www.nmcrs.org/education
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Underway - Shift Colors Photo By Cmdr. Jim Flynn, USN Retired
Navy JROTC students and instructors from Rota, Naples and Sigonella pose for a group photo aboard the USS Mount Whitney where they sailed for four days and experienced what it was like to be a sailor.
Story By Nathaniel Kase, DGF NJROTC Commanding Officer
Rota NJROTC student dons fire fighter equipment while training onboard the USS Mount Whitney.
David Glasgow Farragut High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets, along with Naples and Sigonella cadets, went onboard the USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC20) for four days, Jan. 12-17. The cadets from all three schools spent four days learning about every part of the ship, from the engine room, focs’le, damage control, combat systems, bridge and the galley. For four days they ate, slept and “worked” like sailors. The cadets stood watch, drove the ship, donned fire-fighting gear, handled the small arm weapons and experienced some heavy weather while at sea, all without anyone getting sick. On the last day, the cadets left the ship and toured the “Valley of the Temples” at Agrigento Sicily, built by the Greeks in the 6th Century B.C. The 27 cadets from the the schools got to know each other, made new friends and had experiences that they will never forget.
NJROTC students from Rota and Naples pose for a photo at the Valley of the Temples, Sicily.
Photo By Cmdr. Jim Flynn, USN Retired
Photo By Cmdr. Jim Flynn, USN Retired
NJROTC Students Spend Time at Sea
Photo By DGF High School
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DGF High School students listen to former students who came back to their high school stomping grounds to share some of the wisdom they have acquired since graduating.
Weeblos react as their pinewood race car cross the finish line during the Boy Scouts annual Pinewood Derby Jan. 30 at the DGF MPR. Cub Scouts, with the help of parents, build their own cars from wood and raced them to determine the winner in their den. Photo By Pauline Weakley
Carolina Campos submitted this photo of her and her husband, ABH1 Henry Campos assigned to NAVSTA Rota Fire Department. Mrs. Campos submitted this photos as a way to say Happy Valentines Day to her husband.
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The Rota Sports Report ketball teams and the Admiral Cheerleaders as all three teams head to Germany Feb. 24-27 for the DoDDS European Championships. If you see one of our athletes out and about, tell them good luck and play strong. Also taking place Feb. 13-14 in Eindhoven, Netherlands, is the European Swim League Championships. If you cannot get enough of RSR, check theNAVSTA Rota Facebook page as we post more detailed items via that means. Any feed back, questions or ideas can be sent directly to RotaSportsReport@yahoo.com and we will get back to you soonest. So don’t think of this time of the year as “no more NFL”, but rather as a great time of hope. Hope springs eternal and sports shine in the spring so it’s all good. See ya next time and remember to play it hard, play it safe.
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Welcome back to the second edition of the Rota Sports Report, the Home of the Gnome. RSR is still trying to get the ringing out of our ears from Pete Townsend’s guitar from the Who's Super Bowl half-time show. After the last column, RSR got lots of feedback ranging from “More Soccer” (its coming), to “I thought this was about Rota Sports”. Well it is and will be - more so in the future. This is RSR’s favorite time of the year. On the sports calendar most people would question why? Let’s look at things from Feb-April. Super Bowl, March Madness, Spring Training, the NFL Draft (a RSR favorite), heck, even the NBA starts to get interesting this time of the year. But every four years, we get the extra benny of a Winter Olympics to watch. So what is this RSR thing and why should we care? Once our staff gets its local contacts established, you will see more local content filter into the column. For now, it’s our chance to put straight issues of a sporting nature. Next week pitchers and catchers report. This is important for several reasons. First offthis is the year the Cubs win it all (that’s always funny! One of these years that will be the correct answer- most likely not this year though). RSR’s point is everyone has a chance (kind of like Jim Carey in Dumb and Dumber). The normal cast of characters will surely battle for the title in Sept. (count the defending champion Yankees among them, like it or not). Veterans are young and rookies all have a chance to make the team. Small towns in Arizona and Florida come to life as winter birds draft their way in search of baseball, youth and warmth. That last one is huge as Spring training means winter is almost over. Keep an eye out all you Fantasy Sports types. RSR will be posting an invite to join our 2010 Fantasy Baseball League in the next couple of weeks. So start your research now and be ready to act quickly as teams are sure to go quickly. Along those lines, RSR will also be posting information on our March Madness Brackets in the next few weeks. RSR would like to send a shout out to the DGF Admirals Boys and Girls Varsity Bas-
DGF Admiral Girl's Basketball Team (blue) set up a play during a game against the Alconbury. The DGF girl's basketball team will be going to Germany Feb. 24 - 27 to compete in the DoDDS European Championships.
The Rota Sports Report Talks Olympics Olympic Coverage By MCC (SW) Jerry Sekerak - OIC, AFN Rota
Chances are you've seen the imaging spots we have on the air advertising that the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics will be on AFN. The AFN Broadcast Center in California is waiting for specific information from NBC to do final planning. Once it is received, a special myafn.net website will display all of the schedules. As in the past, AFN will carry as much Olympic coverage as it can and will probably be on several AFN channels. NBC's broadcast coverage will be carried on AFN|prime. The major changes known right now are on AFN|prime Pacific, is Dr. Phil/Dr. Oz will air three hours earlier than usual (Dr. Phil is pre-empted on 2/15 & 2/22); Jay Leno is pre-empted; and some or all of the Soap Operas will move to a 2 a.m. viewer time, after the late night shows. On AFN|prime Atlantic late news will air one hour later at 11 p.m. We'll carry coverage from the NBC family of cable channels (i.e. MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Bravo) on our other channels, including AFN|sports, AFN|xtra, AFN|family and AFN|spectrum. Stay tuned to AFN Rota TV and the Eagle Rota 102.5 FM for the latest Winter Olympics coverage information.
Now that the Super Bowl is in our rear view mirror, it’s time to get excited about another major sporting event. We are talking about the 2010 Winter Olympics being held in Vancouver, Canada Feb. 12-28. Since most of the sports played in the Winter Games are not followed year round by the average sports fan, what makes these events most compelling is the personal stories that make up the missing flair of the games. Some of the story lines include the figure skating excellence of Korean Kim Yu-Na who most feel is a “cut above the rest” in this event. Evan Lysacek of the U.S. is the slight favorite in the men’s events. Note, a new judging system will be in effect for the games. Could be interesting. On the hockey ice, it could be a battle between Canada and Russia for the gold. Finland, Sweden, and possibly the U.S. are in the next batch looking for the remaining medal. American men’s bobsledding (2 and 4 men) is led by Steve Holcomb and his sled nicknamed “Night Train”. Holcomb was declared legally blind and a radical experimental eye surgery took his vision from 20-500 to 20-20. Holcomb must have been truly shocked when he could see how fast he was going for the first time. Free style skiing made up of moguls, aerials and a new event “ski cross” is manned by an 18 person team. Keep an eye out for 16 year old Ashley Caldwell; she is the first product of a program aimed at making aerialists out of talented U.S. gymnasts. Speaking of skiing, U.S. skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn is a sure thing to win gold. Many believe she could be the Michael Phelps of these Winter Games.
If you have not seen the video on the internet of snowboarder Shawn White taking a huge hit directly in the head as he hit the top of the half pipe tube during re-entry, you are missing toughness on a Mixed Martial Arts scale. White was able to continue in his event after this miscue, and able to complete his hardest move - the “Double McTwist 1260”. White is a favorite to medal during these games. Perhaps the oddest story in these Olympics has taken place already in speed skating. This sport seems to have the strongest bond with entertainment of all the sports this year. American Apolo Anton Ohno, two time Gold Medalist, leads the short track team in Vancouver. You may recall back in 2007 Apolo, with the help of Julianne Hough, won the “Dancing with the Stars” contest. Apolo is expected to medal again this time around, as is skater Shari Davis the world record holder in the 1000 and 1500 meter distances. The U.S. Speed Skating program, like much of America, was in a financial crunch and having trouble raising funds needed for preparations for the games. In stepped T.V. funny man Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report who did a mock race with Davis on his show and asked his fans to help raise cash for the team. More than $300,000 was raised by January and the team was able to meet its requirements which allowed Colbert to claim “he saved American speed skating”. On a local note, our host country of Spain is sending a team of 17 competitors to battle in these Olympics, led by Maria Jose Rienda competing in her fifth winter games. These games promise to be memorable, even if we don’t live in one of those cold places the Winter Games call home.
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