Thursday, January 28, 2010
Volume 19 Issue 2
January 28, 2010
U.S. Naval Activities, Spain
"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary." Gen. A.M. Gray, USMC 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps
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Start the New Year Off With New Resolutions and a New Uniform Hola Rota and Happy New Year. 2009 is over and 2010 is well underway. But we still have some things from last year we need to take care of, like the Sailors of the Year, which is one of my favorite events of the year. I enjoy watching our young petty officers and junior Sailors compete to be the best. Usually at the end of the year, you reflect on what you set out to do at the start of the year. Did you CMDCM (SW/AW) CHUCK SCAVO advance? Did you earn your degree? If not, then reassess why you probably didn’t and take a harder look at yourself. Last year, we may have had some failed resolutions, but it is 2010: time to start anew. Recently, I have noticed we have been slipping in military bearing, traditions and cus-
toms. I want you to take a hard look at yourself and take responsibility for all the things your duty and family are counting on you to do. You are a Sailor, Airman, Marine and Soldier 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Commit yourselves to taking responsibility for your peers and subordinates and take responsibility for your actions. If your appearance seems to be slacking, then head over to the NEX and update your uniforms. When purchasing your new uniforms, take the time to wear it properly and wear your uniform with pride. If you are not sure on the proper wear of your uniform, then refer to uniform regulations or ask your chain of command. We should also take a good look at our civilian attire. Remember, we are not just professionals, but are ambassadors for our country. Also be mindful of your manners. Watch your language when you're out and about, and treat everybody with respect. Strive to be the best at what you do, not just now, but all the
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The next Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for Feb. 18, 11 a.m. at the NEX Food Court.
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DUI Counter L DUI: Jan 14 Last U Unit: NMCB 3 D Days Since Last DUI: 14 D DUIs in CY 2010: 4 D DUIs in CY 2009: 5
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time. With January coming to a close, remember tax time is just around the corner. Your W-2's are available on MyPay. Our VITA volunteers have finished taking the course and are about ready help you file your taxes. Last year our volunteers saved the Rota community $93,000 in filing fees. I encourage you to use them and not to wait to April 14th to file. On a final note, we need to continue our trend of saving energy and keep on encouraging everyone to be more efficient with energy consumption and water usage as well. We need to keep on changing and refining our way of thinking when it comes to watering our lawns, turning off lights and unplugging electronics when we are not at home all day. There is no need to waste our finite resources and the tax payers’ money. Please think about that when you’re in your homes and barracks, we aren’t just saving money, we are helping to save our planet. Take care and start the New Year off right – at your very best. - CMC-
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U.S. and Spanish Marines Kick-Off LISA AZUL Story By Lt. Ben Tisdale NAVSTA Rota, Public Affairs Officer
Cooperation Among Spanish and US Forces Help Build Confidence and Trust Through Collective Security Efforts
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Marines assigned to Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company Europe march in the rain to the firing range during Exercise LISA AZUL. The exercise demonstrates the trust US Forces have with the Spanish and demonstrates the teamwork among the differ services.
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Marines from 2nd Platoon, Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team, Company Europe, began a bi-lateral training exercise, LISA AZUL, with Spanish marines, at Naval Station Rota and the Spanish training ranges at Sierra Del Retin Jan. 24. “The purpose of this exercise is to improve and sustain unit core capabilities and increase interoperability amongst all participating units,” said Capt. Chris Rogers, FAST Company’s Executive Officer. “It’s a good opportunity to cross-train with our Spanish allies, as well as improve the cultural understanding of our host nation. Sailors from U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Demolition Detachment, Europe, and Seabees from Navy Mobile Construction Battalion Three are also participating in the event. The training will include live-fire machine gun and marksmanship ranges, as well as convoy training and close-quarters battle scenarios aboard NAVSTA Rota. Capt. Bill Mosk, NAVSTA commanding officer said training and combat facilities at NAVSTA enable bi-lateral training exercises, such as LISA AZUL, to promote both countries’ maritime strategies. “Rota plays a crucial role in supporting our Nation’s Maritime Strategy by providing the facilities and opportunities for evolutions such as this,” said Mosk. “We want to ensure we are providing exceptional support to our warfighters.” The exercise is scheduled to conclude in early February. "Bilateral field training exercises such as LISA AZUL enables our Marines and Sailors to develop interoperability between U.S. Forces while at the same time fostering important working relationships and exchanges of tactics and skills with our Spanish hosts," said Capt Martin Beck, Commander, CTF-68. "Our forces and our partnership with Spain are key in maintaining regional maritime safety and security." 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.
Lance Cpl. Preston Lea assigned to Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Company Europe shows his radio frequency to a Spanish marine before their convoy rolled out for Exercise LISA AZUL. Service members are central to maritime partnershipsand are the ones that create strategic partnerships with our partners worldwide.
January 28, 2010
Sailors Aiming for Anchors Must Review Their Record Story By MC (AW) LaTunya Howard
MILLINGTON, Tenn.—More than 35,000 first class petty officers participated in the Navy-wide Chief Petty Officer Advancement Exam, Jan. 21, hoping for a shot at chief. With the exam complete, Sailors can be proactive in preparing their record for the selection board by reviewing their Official Military Personal File. “A Sailor’s OMPF is the electronic repository for documents that have been received, reviewed, and accepted as an official documentation by Navy Personnel Command,” said B.J. Price, NPC Personnel Information Management Department, Records Support Division. The OMPF is used in selection board deliberations and as a historical legal record of a Sailor’s time in the Navy.” There are two options for reviewing an OMPF. Sailors can log on to BUPERS Online and order an OMPF CD or gain real-time access using the Web Enabled Record Review link at www.npc.navy.mil . WERR is an online, common-access-card-enabled application that allows Sailors to view their OMPF. “The WERR is a secure and efficient way for Sailor’s to access their OMPF 24/7,” said Price. “The CD captures one point in time and is soon outdated as additional information is accepted into the Sailor’s OMPF. It’s no longer the preferred method for review.”
Navy performance evaluation continuity, awards, training and qualifications are the significant areas for Sailors to focus on when checking their OMPF for accuracy. BUPERSINST 1070.27B outlines all items that should or should not be submitted by officer and enlisted personnel. For corrections of any documents in the OMPF, review the frequently asked questions section on BOL at www.npc.navy.mil/CareerInfo/RecordsManagement/AboutYourRecord/FAQ.htm. For additional assistance, contact NPC Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC. “The recurring issues with submissions, includes missing social security numbers or names on each document,” said Price. “Each OMPF document is identified by a full name and full social. It’s required to conclusively identify a particular document to a particular Sailor.” Recently submitted correction documents may not yet appear in a record. If a document was sent to NPC within the past 60 days, they may still be in processing, so do not resend. After 60 days, if the document still has not appeared in the OMPF, contact NPC (PERS-313) by e-mail to the organizational mail box at email@example.com prior to resubmitting the documents.
U.S. 6th Fleet Aids in Search and Rescue Efforts Off Coast of Lebanon Story By Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa/Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet Public Affairs
Photo By MC Michael Starkey
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet is coordinating assets in support of search and rescue efforts Jan. 25 at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 409 at the request of the government of Lebanon and U.S. Department of State. Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET409 crashed shortly after takeoff from Beirut International Airport en route to Ethiopia. Within hours, a U.S. P-3 Orion aircraft and the USS Ramage (DDG 61) arrived on scene and were assisting the on-scene commander from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon. The P-3 Orion aircraft has departed the scene at this time. Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet will continue to work with all participating parties and affected governments as the situation progresses. Both the P-3 and Ramage were conducting regularly scheduled missions in the Eastern Mediterranean at the time of the crash.
USS Ramage (DDG 61) US Navy official photo.
January 28, 2010
Maritime Force Serves as Cornerstone of Relief Operations in Haiti From Defense Media Activity Anacostia
hospital services to support disaster relief efforts including: primary, trauma, pediatric and orthopedic care services. The 894-foot long ship has six fully operational operating rooms. Comfort currently has a 250 acute care bed capacity and 40 ICU beds. The Navy's contribution will be reinforced and expanded in the upcoming days with the arrival of the following units: - USNS Henson (T-AGS-63), an oceanographic survey ship, and MV Alakai, a high speed ferry, are scheduled to arrive in the next few days. - USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), a dry cargo ship with two SH-60S helicopters, and USNS 1st LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011), a dry cargo ship capable of offloading cargo without a port are scheduled to arrive in the next week. - The Nassau Amphibious Ready Group/24 Marine Expeditionary Unit (NAS ARG/24 MEU), including USS Nassau (LHD 4), USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), USS Ashland (LSD 48), and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are scheduled to arrive in the next week. - SS Cape May (T-AKR 5063), a heavy lift ship; USNS PFC Dewayne Williams (T-AK 3009), a container & rollon/roll-off ship; and MV Huakai, a high speed ferry, are scheduled to arrive in the next few weeks. Operation Unified Response is part of a larger U.S. response to a request from the Haiti government for urgent humanitarian aid. U.S. Southern Command is working closely with the Dept. of State, U.S. Agency for International Development and the international community to aggressively provide life-sustaining services to the people of Haiti. All military efforts support USAID, which is orchestrating U.S. government contributions to the relief mission.
Photo By MC Michael C. Barton
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- A sea-based force of 8,500 Sailors, 11 ships and 42 aircraft is currently supporting the immediate delivery of aid to earthquake victims in Haiti as part of operation Unified Response. Operating a few miles off the coast of Haiti are USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70); USNS Comfort (T-AH-20); USS Normandy (CG 60); USS Bunker Hill (CG 52); USS Higgins (DDG 76); USS Underwood (FFG 36); USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51); and the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group. The Bataan ARG includes embarked Marines of the 22 Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43); USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44). In addition, Sailors from Maritime Civil Affairs, Maritime Security, Expeditionary Logistic Support, Seabee units, and Combat Camera, as well as other Navy divers and engineers are supporting disaster response efforts with diverse capabilities including assessment, construction, security, civil affairs and logistical support. To date, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces supporting relief efforts have conducted 336 air deliveries, delivered 32,400 gallons of water, 532,440 bottles of water, 111,082 meals and 9,000 lbs of medical supplies. Most importantly, U.S. and international search and rescue teams have rescued 69 earthquake victims, mostly Haitian citizens. Navy medical professionals aboard USNS Comfort received their first patients Jan. 20. The two patients, a sixyear-old boy and a 20-year old man injured in the earthquake, arrived aboard the ship shortly after 10 p.m. USNS Comfort will provide full hospital services to support U.S. humanitarian assistance and disaster response to the people of Haiti. Comfort comes with a full spectrum of
Search and Rescue teams from France, Haiti, Turkey, Fairfax County, Va. and members of the U.S. Air Force 23rd Special Tactics Squadron place Hottline Lozoma, a 25-year-old Haitian woman, on a stretcher after extracting her from the rubble of a collapsed market.
The last time the Navy supported U.S. disaster relief efforts in Haiti was in September 2008. After the island nation was hit by consecutive hurricanes and tropical storm, the amphibious ship USS Kearsarge was diverted to assist with the delivery of 3.3 million pounds of internationallydonated aid to communities isolated by flooding, mudslides and damaged roads.
Use Caution When Donating to Relief Efforts, Expert Says Story By Judith Snyderman, Special to American Forces Press Service
Lt. Marlin Williams, a Navy chaplain embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), prays for a Haitian boy as he receives treatment at the Killick Haitian Coast Guard Clinic. The boy was trapped under the bodies of dead family members in a collapsed building for seven days before he was rescued from the rubble.
Photo By MC John Stratton
Photo By MC Candice Villarreal
WASHINGTON - In response to the devastation caused by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, there's been an outpouring of goodwill and a desire to help victims. But not all urgent appeals for aid being broadcast on radio and television, online and at social networking sites are legitimate, a consumer expert with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission warned in an interview for the Jan. 21 American Forces Press Service weekly news podcast. Carol Kando-Pinedo said the best way to provide immediate help is to donate money directly to established national relief organizations that have the experience and means to deliver aid. It makes sense to deal with well-known groups, but it's important to check credentials, she added. "Be wary of charities with names that sound like familiar or nationally known organizations," she said. "Some phony charities use names that sound or look like those of respected, legitimate organizations." Other tips include declining unsolicited e-mail, phone call or text requests for money and requests for personal or financial information. Often, "scam artists use this information to commit fraud against you," the consumer expert said. She added, "Don't give or send cash. For security and tax record purposes, contribute by check or credit card. Write the official name of the charity on your check." Kando-Pinedo also had advice for people who wish to donate supplies. "Before collecting any goods, be sure to contact a legitimate charity and find out if that's what's needed, if they can accept the goods and distribute them where it's needed," she explained. "If they lack that infrastructure, your goods won't get to needy people." To get a list of charities for Haiti that meet the Better Business Bureau's standards, Kando-Pineda recommended visiting the Web site, www.bbb.org/charity. The Wise Giving Alliance at give.org and GuideStar at guidestar.org also are good sources for screening charities, Kando-Pinedo said.
Capt. Cindy Thebaud, center left, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 60 and commander of Africa Partnership Station West, and Nigerian navy Capt. Adejimi Osinowo, deputy APS West commander, are briefed by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Placid Olivarez, assigned to Beach Master Unit 4, on the helicopter landing situation at the Killick Haitian Coast Guard Base. Also receiving the brief is Lt. Cmdr. Andy Grabus, right, from Naval Information Operation Center Norfolk.
January 28, 2010
USS Gunston Hall Supports Humanitarian Operations
Photo By MC Kelvin Edwards
Story By Defense Media Activity - Anacostia
LS1 Michauli Martin, assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), and Nigerian navy Capt. Adejimi Osinowo, assigned to the APS West international staff, pass out bags of rice to Haitian civilians. Gunston Hall was diverted from its APS West mission to assist in Operation Unified Response relief efforts for the victims of the Jan. 12 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti.
NORFOLK, Va. (CNSL) – The Whidbey Island-class amphibious ship, USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), deployed in support of Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response in the aftermath of Haiti's devastating earthquake Jan. 15, from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. The ship was already scheduled to deploy on that date in support of the Africa Partnership Station, but was diverted to assist other U.S. Navy and Marine Corps units in providing humanitarian support. Those units included: • USS Bataan (LHD 5) • USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) • USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) • 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit • USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) • USS Normandy (CG 60) • USS Underwood (FFG 36) • USS Higgins (DDG 76) • USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) Other units providing assistance include P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft and sea-based helicopters, included the H-53 Sea Stallion and H-60 Seahawk. Providing military support capabilities to civil authorities to help stabilize and improve the situation in the wake of natural and man-made disasters is a core Navy mission. Once Gunston Hall’s humanitarian mission is complete, it will continue on to complete its Africa Partnership deployment. The ship is commanded by U.S. Navy Cmdr. Fred Wilhelm.
African Partnership Station East Arrives in Tanzania Story by MC (SW) Tracey L. Whitley, APS East Public Affairs
Photo By MCC Jason Morris
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Africa Partnership Station East arrived here, Jan. 18, with High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) and USS Nicholas (FFG 47) pulling into port. Both ships are visiting Tanzania to take part in scheduled maritime and cultural exchanges. This will be the third APS visit here, but this visit marks the first time that two APS platforms are deployed and an international staff is involved in executing the program. The international staff consists of members from Brazil, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania and the United States. “I think the reason APS engagements are so important for the Tanzanian Navy is because it will increase their maritime skills and overall shipboard knowledge,” said Tanzania Navy Maj. Jumaa M. Kassi, the APS training officer and senior Tanzania military officer on the staff. “Our Navy doesn’t have as many resources as the United States, but with the right training Tanzania will be better suited to promote maritime security.” The visit will include workshops, classroom seminars and hands-on training with Tanzanian Sailors. Training will cover areas such as medical procedures, port security, small boat maintenance, damage control and visit, board, search and seizure. Additionally, there will be two sporting matches along with multiple band engagements with various Tanzanian schools and a concert at the University of Dar es Salaam. The ships have already visited ports in Djibouti and Kenya, embarked Sailors are optimistic about their third port visit in support of APS. “This partnership we have created allows the African people an opportunity to become better trained and more exposed to other navies ultimately making them more efficient in the Tanzanian Navy,” said Kassi. APS is a worldwide initiative in support of Naval Forces Africa which aims to unite international partners to enhance maritime safety and security throughout the African continent.
The APS East international staff stand in formation during a press conference aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47). APS East arrived in Kenya on Jan. 11 to participate in maritime exchanges and cultural engagements.
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Hazardous Weather: What Can You Do? Be Better Prepared For Hazardous Weather Be Informed, Make a Kit and Have a Plan Story By Emergency Management Office
What to Do Before a Thunderstorm To prepare for a thunderstorm, you should do the following: •Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm. •"If thunder roars, go indoors" because no place outside is safe when lightning is in the area. We want everyone to stay indoors until 30 minutes have passed after they hear the last clap of thunder.
Summary of Lightning Safety Tips for Inside the Home •Avoid contact with corded phones •Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. If you plan to unplug any electronic equipment, do so well before the storm arrives. •Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. •Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches. •Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
The following are guidelines for if a thunderstorm is likely in your area: •Postpone outdoor activities. •Get inside a home, building or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside. •Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal. •Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage. •Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades, or curtains. •Avoid showering or bathing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity. •Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use. •Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from light ning can cause serious damage. •Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
Avoid the following: •Natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area. •Hilltops, open fields, the beach, or a boat on the water. •Isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas. •Anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
What to Do During a Thunderstorm
Photo By DCC (SW) Rich Lopez, Emergency Mgmt.
If you are in a forest, seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees. In an open area, go to a low place such as a ravine or valley. Be alert for flash floods. If you are in open water, get to land and find shelter immediately. Anywhere you feel your hair stand on end (which indicates that lightning is about to strike). Squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands over your ears and your head between your knees. Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize your contact it the ground. Do not lie flat on the ground.
Damage from tornado-like activity in the base housing area of NAVSTA Rota, Dec. 18.
Naval Station Rota area has experienced very active weather this winster with minor flooding, significant thunderstorms, hail and tornado-like activity. Thankfully, no one has been injured during these events, but there has been property damage due mostly to rain and heavy winds. What does Emergency Management do during these events to ensure everyone is notified? We review weather forecasts from six different sources, Monday through Friday, with spot checks on weekends and actively track the progress of storms. Once a warning is posted, we contact the NAVSTA Public Affairs Office to get weather information on the AFN “crawler” and 102.5 FM. We also transmit messages through the “WAVES” Interior Building System and the Telephone Alert System. Our staff has programmed all 803 housing phone numbers, 174 base building numbers and 914 government issued cell phone numbers into the system. Within the next few weeks, our Computer Desktop Notification System is scheduled to be fully active, allowing us to send “pop-up” messages on One-Net computers and e-mail messages to Air Force and the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery accounts, as well as Yahoo, G-mail, Hotmail, etc. To perform these notifications and have the proper messages formatted for release, Emergency Dispatchers are going through extensive training in the area of Mass Warning & Notification systems which will decrease the amount of time needed to get the emergency message out. Now that you know the capabilities and limitations of the systems we have, what can you do to be better prepared for hazardous weather? Be Informed, Make a Kit, and Have a Plan.
What to do Before a Tornado Be alert to changing weather conditions. •Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. •Look for approaching storms •Look for the following danger signs: Dark, often greenish sky Large hail A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating) Loud roar, similar to a freight train. If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.
What to do During a Tornado •If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately! •If you are in a structure (e.g. residence, small building, school, hospital, factory, shopping center, high-rise building) go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. •If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Do not open windows. •If you are in a vehicle, trailer, or mobile home, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes. •If you are outside with no shelter, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding. •Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location. •Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter. •Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.
Be Informed The official website for DoD weather forecasting in Europe is through the 21st Operational Weather Squadron in Sembach, Germany. They have an operational watch for each branch of service which actively watches radar for Lajes, Azores and Rota 24 hours every day.
For the Five Day Forecast For Rota http://ows.public.sembach.af.mil/index cfm?section=5day&loc=lert
Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories For All European Bases: http://ows.public.sembach.af.mil/index. cfm?section=WWA
Basic Emergency Kit The following supplies are recommended for a basic emergency kit. It’s also a good idea to create a Go Kit, a portable kit, that can be stored in your car, at work or in case you must evacuate quickly. ☐ Water – at least one gallon per person per day for at least three days ☐ Food – nonperishable food for at least three days ☐ Baby formula/food and supplies – nonperishable baby food for at least three days, diapers, blankets, toys, bottles and pacifiers. ☐ Pet food – nonperishable pet food for at least three days ☐ Manual can opener and eating utensils ☐ First aid kit ☐ Prescription medications
☐ Dust masks ☐ Personal sanitation supplies such as moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties ☐ Flashlight ☐ Battery-powered or hand-crank all-hazards NOAA radio. ☐ Extra batteries ☐ Cash in the local currency ☐ Tools to turn off utilities ☐ Local maps ☐ Family emergency plan ☐ Command muster information ☐ Important documents stored in portable and waterproof container such as copies of insurance documents, passports and bank statements
Make A Plan Developing a family emergency plan is vitally important in case an event happens when the family is going about their normal daily routines such as school (especially if they are in school off-base), work, visiting friends, etc. Having a safe place for your child to go to or a trusted person to pick them up in the event you are unable to do so, will reduce a lot of stress. Having a call-in plan will reinforce your assurance that you know they are okay. No matter how capable the responders and technology are, your individual preparedness will ultimately determine how well you and your family deal with disaster. Take the time to identify hazards around your home and address these to minimize damage to both your property and your neighbors during hazardous weather.
Photo By DCC (SW) Rich Lopez, Emergency Mgmt.
In addition, there is the European Meteorological Network “Meteoalarm” which utilizes information from each country’s National Public Weather Services to provide advance warning of approaching hazardous weather: http://www.meteooalarm.eu/countryES.asp?areaname =&AT=&area=&lang=EN&Country=ES&ShowDate=t omorrow
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A tree is uprooted and caused damage during tornado-like activity at NAVSTA Rota Dec. 18.
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Happy Families Are God Centered: Honor God in All You Do For any job you have ever had, you received some kind of training. Yet, there is often little to no training provided in marriage and parenting. Is i t a ny wonder husbands and wives and parents find themselves s t r u g g l i ng at times, wondering what they “should a, could a, would a” done CHAPLAIN DIANE WILSON differently in order to avoid the pitfalls of an unhappy marriage or family life. However, no matter how good God intended the family to be, in a 21st century world there are many dysfunctional families. Individual family members are not operating according to God’s principles.
Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz, authors of “God Is In The Hard Stuff ” state, God’s intent is we function in our families for the sake of the other members. A husband is to love his wife and the wife is to respect her husband. Parents are to care for their children and children are to honor their parents. Apostle Paul states in Ephesians 5:33, “each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” In Ephesians 6:1-3 he says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise – that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Finally, in Ephesians 6:4 Paul says, “Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” We may ask ourselves why it doesn’t work in
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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth Develop a deeper relationship with God by learning and understanding the mind of Christ, Tuesday at 7 p.m., in the Chapel. Childcare is provided.
Evening Adult Bible Study This adult Bible Study led by Mike Cannon begins with a meal at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evenings and breaks off into a group study from 7 - 8 p.m. A video is viewed followed by a discussion of the video and Scripture. All are welcome to attend and child care is provided.
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.
our own homes. Bruce and Stan cite the selfcenteredness of one member in the family can be enough to make the entire family dysfunctional. The breakdown in a family can be caused by any one of the following: an overbearing parent, a rebellious teenager, a disobedient child, an unfaithful spouse, a non-confrontive or enabling spouse, an intrusive in-law or an envious sibling. Even if all of the members of a family are wellintentioned, the breakdown of relationships can be further affected by outside factors such as financial problems, health challenges or conflicts at work. Ultimately the stress caused by these and other events can cause family members to respond in less than loving ways to each other. What can one do at such times? Honor God. “By honoring God in everything you do and say, you will be a positive influence in your family. You aren’t responsible for changing the attitudes of the other members of your family,” but you can influence them with a godly character. God’s
principles for living are not dependent on the reciprocal behavior of others. That is, as hard as it may be, the husband is to love his wife, even if she is ill-tempered. The wife is to respect her husband, even if he is lazy and inattentive. Parents are to care for their children, even if they are unappreciative and disobedient, and children are to honor their parents, even if they are unfair and restrictive. Love when you don’t feel like it and when you aren’t loved back. Love when it appears that there is no hope of reconciliation. In doing so, you will be honoring God and honoring His plan and design for the operation of your family. Happy families are families who are implementing God’s principles out of God’s Word, and God is allowed to have an influence in your family first and foremost through you. If you would like to speak with a chaplain for any reason please call the Religious Ministries Department at 727-2161.
January 28, 2010
Low Back Pain: Know It, Treat It, Prevent It By Lt. Cmdr. Henry McCracking – Doctor of Physical Therapy, USNHRS
Low back pain is very common. In fact, it is the second most common reason for seeing a physician. About 75 percent of the US population will experience at least one episode of LBP in their lifetime, and the costs associated with this problem are staggering. A conservative estimate from a study in the journal, Spine, puts the national price tag at $90 billion annually. U.S. NAVAL HOSPITAL ROTA, SPAIN Naturally, time away from work due to painful symptoms of LBP is a significant part of this figure. Our economy cannot support this expense, and considering the high op-tempo of our active duty population, the military services cannot afford to have members out for too long because of LBP. What causes LBP? That is a very good question. Unfortunately, health care providers are not able to identify the specific cause of the discomfort in most cases. There are ongoing efforts to improve diagnostic capabilities. However, more recently, there have been additional initiatives by clinicianresearcher physical therapists to identify the characteristics of a patient’s history and clinical examination findings that point to the optimal treatment intervention. Sometimes this includes spinal manipulation combined with therapeutic exercise. At other times an intervention that emphasizes specific movements of the trunk, either flexion or extension, is indicated. And finally, a program of targeted muscle strengthening for support and controlled movements of the spine works best. This idea of matching the treatment approach to the patient’s clinical presentation is well supported by current research evidence and I certainly use it in my daily work at the Physical Therapy Department at USNHRS.
Another strategy I use in the treatment of LBP is based on a phenomenon called “regional interdependence” (which is a fancy way of saying the foot bone is connected to the ankle bone). Basically, this approach addresses impairments along the kinetic chain – the foot/ankle, knee, hip, low back, and thoracic spine. All these regions must work in a coordinated fashion to accomplish fluid and painless movements of the body during activities of daily living. Impairment along this chain, like a tight muscle group or stiff joint, may interfere with normal, healthy functional movements in other areas. The body can tolerate this in the short term, but pain can develop over time or predispose the individual to injury. Accordingly, my examination focuses on identifying areas of impairment and, as you would probably guess, directing treatment at correcting the dysfunction as much as possible. Pretty simple, yet very effective. Of course, not developing LBP in the first place is preferable to sleepless nights, lost productivity and multiple visits to the hospital. Ironically, some of the activities people participate in to improve physical fitness have the exact opposite effect. For example, flutter kicks and some other exercises probably cause LBP and certainly flare up existing symptoms. This occurs because the muscles that elevate the legs are actually attached to the front of the lumbar vertebrae. Moving the extremities back and forth through the air creates a significant torque on this region of the spine. A similar stress occurs when these muscles flex to bring the trunk off the ground during sit-ups. Generally, a program of flexibility exercises targeting the pelvic and thigh regions combined with core strengthening is the optimal preventive care for the low back.
Flu Vaccines Available The Seasonal and H1N1 Flu Vaccines are available to all USNHRS beneficiaries over the age of six months. Walk-in to the Immunization Dept. during normal working hours for your vaccination. No appointment is necessary. For additional information, contact 7273464. Immunization Clinic hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8- 11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m and Thursdays 8 a.m. - noon.
Specialty Services Coming to USNHRS USNHRS is scheduled to have an Ear-Nose-Throat specialist onboard for a limited time from Feb. 22 - March 5. Patients who believe they would benefit from these types of medical services should contact their Primary Care Manager for a referral. Contact the central appointment line to 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 727-3403.
Naval Station Rota’s Newest Additions
January 28, 2010
PSD Sailor Making an “Energetic” Difference Story and Photo By Lt. Ben Tisdale, NAVSTA Rota Public Affairs Officer
As the Navy looks into greener technologies for the environment and high-tech methods to save energy, one Sailor from Personnel Support Detachment, Rota, Spain is already taking charge to ensure his fellow shipmates are helping to achieve energy and water conservation goals for Naval Station, Rota, Spain. “When I heard the collateral billet for the building manager position at PSD was open, I saw it as an opportunity,” said Personnel Support Specialist 3rd Class Jorge Peralta. “I saw it as a challenge to help ensure we are using our electricity, water and other utilities efficiently to help out the base.” NAVSTA needs to reduce utility consumption in order to meet the Department of the Navy’s commitment to energy reform as a strategic imperative. In order to achieve this, the NAVSTA community is being asked to evaluate how efficiently they are using their utilities and make appropriate changes. Building managers like Peralta are already making big improvements in small ways. “Every time we have quarters, I remind everyone to make smart decisions that help conserve energy and water,” said Peralta. “Turning off the office lights at the end of the day, turning off printers when not in use and even turning off the lights in the bathroom when not in use either are small but PS3 Jorge Peralta, the building manager for PSD Rota, Spain, inspects an outside faucet of the PSD building. An important component of the Navy’s conservation strategy is to involve every service member and civilian taking responsibility to conserve their resources. One faucet impactful ways to save on our utilities.” Motivated building managers like Peralta are helping pave leaking one drop per second can waste 2,400 gallons of water a year. the way for energy conservation at the deck-plate level. "There is simply no substitute for well-trained, competent, dedicated Sailors who take charge “I’m very proud of his motivation and attention to detail,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michael “Mickof their spaces to help save energy," said Cmdr. Gordie Meyer, the Public Works Officer for ey” Morand, PSD Rota’s Officer-in-Charge. “He is always checking to make sure we aren’t NAVSTA. “An important component of the Navy’s energy strategy is to involve every service wasting electricity or water everyday and encouraging his shipmates to do the same.” member and civilian.” By using less water and energy in their facilities, Peralta’s efforts help to reduce harmAt the end of day, Peralta walks around the spaces to ensure unnecessary electrical equipful greenhouse gas emissions and save thousands of dollars annually in energy costs for the ment is turned off. He even checks the bathrooms and water fountains for any leaks. American taxpayers. “We have to hold each other responsible,” said Peralta. “It’s the little things that add up.”
Rota’s Voting Assistance Officer Explains Absentee Voting Procedures Story and Photo By Lt. Ben Tisdale, NAVSTA Rota Public Affairs Officer
The Naval Station Rota, Spain, Installation Voting Assistance Officer kicked off a training program at the Air Operations building Jan. 26 to help departments and tenant commands’ voting assistance officers understand absentee voting procedures. Military voters and their dependants need to be aware they will no longer receive ballots automatically from absentee ballot applications submitted in previous years. A new federal post card application should be submitted every year and every time they move, deploy or redeploy overseas. “It's very important for voters to register as an absentee voter and receive their absentee ballot in time to vote in the November election,” said Lt. Chris Shetter, NAVSTA’s Installation
NAVSTA’s Installation Voting Assistance Officer, Lt. Chris Shetter, explains the Federal Voting Assistance Program website to fellow voting assistance officers from NAVSTA’s departments and tenant commands.
Voting Assistance Officer. “Absentee ballots can make a huge difference during an election, and there is no excuse not to cast your vote.” Military and dependant voters should only use the federal post card application (available from voting assistance officers and at http://www.FVAP.gov) and not state registration and absentee ballot application forms; the application provides specific federal rights and guarantees that the state forms do not. “I’ve been overseas for 15 years, and the key to this program is to remind people to fill out the federal post card application early,” said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW) Jeff Strauss, Voting Assistant Officer for Navy Munitions Command, Detachment Rota. “You cannot remind people enough.” Thousands of voting assistance officers throughout the DoD will help an estimated 6 million uniformed and overseas citizens vote absentee. DoD directives require a voting assistance officer at the unit level to facilitate this effort. “Voting is a right that we should take seriously,” said Lt. Ben Bing, NAVSTA Admin Officer and new NAVSTA Installation Voting Assistance Officer. “It is a civic responsibility. Use the Federal Voting Assistance Program website to help your shipmates and families get their applications now.” For more information about voting by absentee ballot, voting assistance officers or voting forms, log on to www.fvap.gov or contact your department or tenant command’s voting assistance officer.
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January 28, 2010
VITA Program Ready to Take on 2009 Tax Season Story and Photo by ET Kelly Mayo, Coastline
The Internal Revenue Service provided Volunteer Income Tax Assistance training to 15 volunteers to help the Naval Station Rota community prepare and file their 2009 tax returns Jan. 18-22. The VITA program, which is run by NAVSTA Rota Region Legal Service Office, is a free service for military active duty and reserve members, DoD civilians, and military retirees from any branch of the US armed services to prepare and file tax returns. Leading the training was IRS Senior Tax Consultant Tom Cavagnero, who has 29 years of experience in the IRS and six years experience providing VITA training to military communities. “I have been very impressed with the trainees this year,” he said. “There is a good mix of new and experienced volunteers.” A new volunteer this year, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Cameron Summer, said, “I usually use a professional tax service at home so I learned a lot about tax laws from the training. I feel ready to help prepare basic tax returns.” Dawn Taulli, a military spouse and certified auditor by trade is participating in her third year of the VITA program. She is a volunteer as well as a coach and mentor to the other training participants. Taulli said, “VITA is the only option for overseas military members to receive help with their taxes. The preparation and filing is free and the returns are double checked by professionals before finalization.” VITA program coordinator Legalman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Debra Glaspie, said the volunteers received training directly from the IRS and the source of Taxwise, the computer program used to prepare the tax forms. “You can’t get that from the online programs like TurboTax and Tax Slayer,” said Glaspie. “Plus, it is a completely free service.” Glaspie said last year VITA volunteers prepared 781 tax returns which issued $1.14 million in refunds, saving the community $93,000 in filing fees. Glaspie said this year VITA is will have satellite stations in order to better meet the military members’ time. “In past years, we had one office with regular hours and appointments to serve the whole NAVSTA Rota community,” said Glaspie. “Every major command on base will have a representative working the hours that most benefit their military members.” VITA services are scheduled to begin Feb. 1 - June 15, the deadline for overseas military members. To find your command representative, contact the NAVSTA Rota legal office at 727-2531.
IRS senior tax consultant Tom Cavgnero discusses tax laws with participants in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program held Jan 18-22 at NAVSTA Rota.
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By YN3 Charles Bolden III I recently went to Lisbon, Portugal with Rota's ITT. If you are looking for a place where you can relax, get a glimpse of history, see the future, Lisbon is the place for you. There is so much to see and do, and it's very inexpensive. The trip took about seven and a half hours by bus with two rest stops. I slept most of the way but when I was up the country with its rolling plains was a site to see. Once we arrived in Lisbon we had to cross a bridge known as the 25 April Bridge, named after the date of the Carnation Revolution that effectively changed the Portugal from an authoritarian dictatorship to a democracy. It was the longest suspension bridge in Europe and built by the same engineers as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. After checking into the hotel, I was very excited to start exploring. I was told about a place where I can shop at some very well known stores and eat at some extraordinary restaurants at Restauradores Square. I hopped on the Lisbon's Metro which is extremely reliable and connects the city center with the upper and eastern districts, and only cost 80 centimos per trip. When I arrived at the square I was surrounded by restaurants. Down the street were stores like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dolce and Gabana, and many more. I had dinner at a little restaurant back in an alley and the food was amazing. The Portuguese are known for their seafood, more specifically the Portuguese shrimp. The next day, I headed over to the largest oceanarium in Europe. While looking for it I found myself walking through an art expo. The area was very interesting, especially because it was right on the river. There was also the Vasco De Gama mall and the longest bridge in Europe, the Vasco de Gama Bridge. The oceanarium costs 11 euro to enter where once inside, you see an enormous fish tank that incorporated the four oceans (Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Antarctica Ocean, and Indian Ocean). This was a great place to visit with kids or just on your own. The last day I decided to see the older part of Lisbon. I headed to Commerce Square which is dominated by a statue of King Jose I and behind him were the shopping streets. Full of souvenir shops, you can take a walk checking out the sights or hop on the trolleys which goes up to the Castle of St. George. This is the highest part of the city where you can see most of the city. Walking through the castle you will find some little vendors selling handmade items, very cheap. Then I walked back down to the square and hopped of a trolley which took me to Belem district, about 10 minutes from Commerce Square. Once there you see the beautiful Monastery of San Jeronimo. The exterior of this 16th century structure was impressive. Right down the street was also the Naval Museum, Discoveries Monument, and Belem Castle. I head to the Discoveries Monument. Take the elevator to the top for a great view of Jeronimo's Monastery, and the 25 April bridge. Lisbon is a great place for the family or the adventurer. It is a very international city with its sites and cuisine.
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January 28, 2010
New Navy Uniform Makes Way to Spain Story and Photo By MC (SW) Paul Cage
The new Navy Working Uniform went on sale at the Naval Station Rota Navy Exchange Jan. 18, after the Navy Exchange Command accelerated its distribution schedule. The uniform was scheduled to arrive in Rota later this year but was pushed forward when NEXCOM announced it had sufficient amounts for fleet-wide roll-out. NEX Rota had until now only been carrying the NWU accessories. “I love the new uniforms,” said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Mark Hartman, assigned to Naval Communications and Telecommunications Area Master Station (NCTAMS) Det.Rota. “They are comfortable. I am glad they are here.” The uniform is designed for wear by Sailors E-1 through O-10, follows a basic digital camouflage design and replaces utilities, wash khaki, coveralls, woodland green, aviation green, winter working blue and tropical working uniforms. “I am glad to be getting rid of the utilities, but I am going to miss my CNT’s,” said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Carlos Ortega from NCTAMS Det. Rota. “I like these because they fit looser and they will be easier to take care of.” Benefits of the uniforms include a greater ability to conceal stains, wash and wear without ironing and conceal wrinkles that come with daily wear. The mandatory wear date remains Dec. 31 to ensure all Sailors have time to acquire correctly fitted uniform items.
IT2 Mark Hartman assigned to NCTAMS Det. Rota tries on the new NWU at the NEX Jan. 18. The uniform was scheduled to arrive in Rota later this year but was pushed forward when NEXCOM announced an earlier fleet-wide roll-out.
Two New Navy Working Uniforms Announced WASHINGTON -- Two new Navy Working Uniforms will hit the fleet in fiscal year 2011. The first, NWU Type II, a desert digital camouflage uniform of four colors with the anchor, Constitution and eagle logo embedded in the print, will be worn by special warfare operators and Sailors who support them during deployment and deployment training exercises. "The desert camouflage uniform is not going away," said Capt. Vince Drouillard, branch head within Navy's personnel, plans and policy division. "Sailors, other than Navy special warfare operators and supporting Sailors, will continue to wear the current tricolor desert camouflage utility uniform in desert environments when issued by authorizing commands." The second, NWU Type III, is a woodland digital camouflage uniform which also has four colors and the ACE logo embedded in the print. It will be the standard camouflage uniform worn in non-desert environments and stateside. Both uniforms, announced in NAVADMIN 374/09, are organizational clothing provided to Sailors by commands authorized to issue them. The unisex uniforms will begin conformance testing to validate design, fit and wear later in fiscal year 2010. Fleet implementation is expected to begin in late 2011 with deploying combat and direct command support commands and units receiving priority in the distribution process. Both new uniforms have an authorized matching pattern Gortex parka with a removable fleece liner. Sailors can get complete information on the new NWU Type II and Type III uniforms in NAVADMIN 374/09 available at www.npc.navy.mil. For more information on Navy uniforms visit http://www.npc.navy.mil/commandsupport/ usnavyuniforms/.
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L&L FFSC Field Trip: San Fernando Naval Museum, 10 a.m.-noon.
NMCRS Thrift Shop: Fridays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Ronda Historical Tour: ITT
No school at DGF Business Resume: FFSC, 10-11 a.m.
Youth Basketball: SAC, CDC & Youth Center, last day for sign-ups.
Federal Resume Format: FFSC, 9 - 10 a.m..
Mardi Gras Seminar: FFSC, 11a.m.-noon.
Caring For Your Newborn: Hosp, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Empowerment Bible Study: Chapel, Every Thursday, 7 - 9 p.m.
No school at DGF
NMCRS Thrift Shop: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saving & Investing: FFSC, 9 - 10 a.m.
Resume Review: FFSC, 2 - 4 p.m.
AA: Every Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Rota’s Church (Iglesia del Carmen, C/Calvario 67). Call 649-13-4248.
Kids Reading Club: Library, 4 - 5 p.m.
Sierra Nevada Ski Trip: Last day for sign-up, Outdoor Rec.
NMCRS Thrift Shop: 11 a.m. - 2 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.
Cooking & Wine Tasting Class: FFSC, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
NMCRS Thrift Shop: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Budget For Baby: NMCRS, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Grief Support Group: FFSC, 4 - 5 p.m.
Resume Review: FFSC, 2 - 4 p.m.
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.
Sexual Assault Prevention Response Advocate Training: FFSC, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
L&L Cuisine Vocabulary: FFSC, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m
Sponsor Training: FFSC, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Sweetheart Dance: MPR, 8:30 - 11:30 p.m. Red Cross CPR/AED: For Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, Bldg. 3293, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Middle School Cupid Dance: DGF MPR.
January 28, 2010
Galley Offers Special Birthday Meal Program
Photo By MC (SW) Paul Cage
Story By Jan Hammond, Coastline
Pedro Bernal prepares chicken satay at Naval Station Rota’s Gateway Galley Oct. 21, 2008. The Galley will be implementing a monthly birthday program where all active duty and activated reservist personnel are eligible for a special meal to celebrate their birthday on the last Wednesday of the month.
Naval Station Rota’s Gateway Galley is now implementing a monthly birthday program where all active duty and activated reservist personnel are eligible for a special meal to celebrate their birthday. Marc Barcelon, Gateway Galley Food Service Director, states the birthday meal program is intended to help boost morale and take a day to do something special for those who support our country. “We would like all active duty military personnel here at Rota to be able to take a break and have one more way to celebrate their birthday,” said Barcelon. “We want them to enjoy an elaborate meal, something different, something special, as a way to celebrate.” The special birthday event meal will be held the last Wednesday of every month from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The meal will differ from the ordinary cuisine with a more elaborate menu and a special area to celebrate. The program is open to all active duty military and active reservist personnel stationed at NAVSTA Rota, including those in tenant commands and military members on TAD or TDY orders. To sign-up for the birthday meal, contact the Gateway Galley at 727-1654/2032 or email Joshua.Murphy@eu.navy.mil at least three days prior to the event. Military personnel must present a valid U.S. identification card and TAD/TDY orders to the galley staff when signing up for the program. Participants and guests must pay for their meals; however, Ration-in-Kind personnel will only need to pay cash for their guests. Personnel receiving Commuted Rations or Basic Allowance for Subsistence must pay for their own meal and their guests. Cancellations must be made to the galley staff 24-hours in advance as to avoid waste. “Having been in the Navy for over 26 years, the birthday month meal has always been a galley highlight,” said CW04 Ron Herb, NCIS Security Training Assistance and Assessment Team OIC Det. Rota. “It’s the same shipboard as it is ashore and with the recent re-organization of the galleys operating policies, it’s outstanding food service is still adhering to tradition and offering this event to our shipmates.”
Calling All Competitive Shooters: The Navy Marksman Team Want You Story and Photo By MCC William Lovelady, Navy Public Affairs Support Element SE
The U.S. Navy Marksmanship Team is looking for new members to participate in Navy and inter-service rifle and pistol matches. The USNMT is the leading proponent of small arms marksmanship and safety training for personnel. Each year, the team conducts the Fleet Forces Command (Atlantic and Pacific) Rifle and Pistol Matches. Sailors participating in fleet matches represent their commands in individual and team events, earn marksmanship medals and badges. USNMT also conducts the annual All Navy Rifle and Pistol Championships, where the top 100 Sailors who have fired qualifying scores in fleet matches compete. As members of the rifle and pistol teams, the top 20 Sailors from each coast represent the Navy in the annual Interservice Rifle and Pistol Matches, the Civilian Marksmanship Program's National Rifle and Pistol Matches, and the National Rifle Association's National Rifle and Pistol Championships. Last year's Atlantic Fleet Grand Aggregate winner, with the highest Navy combined rifle and pistol scores during the Fleet matches, was Lt. Richard Ray of Commander, Submarine Forces. "The Navy shooting team is the Navy's best-kept secret," said Ray, referring to the low-profile, all-volunteer nature of the Navy's competitive marksmanship program, but the team wants to change that. “We want to get the word out to everybody,” said Cmdr. Mick Glancey, USNMT officer in charge and captain of the rifle team. “We want more new shooters to come out and participate in the matches.” Sailors do not have to be experienced shooters to benefit from competitive shooting-they don’t even need to own firearms. “Most shooters buy their own gear once they get involved in the sport,” said Lt. Eric Palmer a member of the team. “If you don’t already own the guns and gear, it’s best to try competing before you buy so you’re sure of getting what you need,”
The Navy Marksmanship Unit is not a commissioned unit of the Navy. Team leadership is a collateral duty and team membership is entirely voluntary. It is made entirely of Sailors who love to shoot and want to compete. Depending on funding availability, Sailors may have to pay some of their travel and messing expenses out of pocket. Interested shooters need to read the annual message, announcing match dates and locations, and contact their commands to request orders to attend. The annual match announcement message and team details may be found at the team website www.usnst.org.
January 28, 2010
Can You Spell R-E-P-E-A-T? DGF 6th Grader Repeats as Schools Spelling Bee Champion For the Second Year in a Row and Will Represent Rota at the DoDDS European Spelling Bee in Germany Story and Photos By Pauline Weakly, Coastline
For Andrew Sekerak, victory is spelled “C-R-U-C-I-B-L-E,” noun; a container made of a substance that can resist great heat. Sekerak, a sixth-grade student at David Glasgow Farragut Elementary at Naval Station Rota, won first place Jan. 22 in the annual Parent Teacher Student Association Spelling Bee. This is the second year in a row Andrew has won the competition which allows him to represent the Rota community at the Department of Defense Dependants School European Spelling Bee at Ramstein Air Base, Germany in March. “This year I studied even more,” Sekerak said. “I thought it might have been a little harder, but as soon as the bee started, it seemed a little easier.” Opening rounds of the bee included the words paramecium, furnace and adieu. Each contestant could request word origin, definition and use in a sentence before he or she was required to clearly and correctly spell the word. The 12 spelling bee contestants sat before a panel of judges as teacher, Virginia Parkinson carefully pronounced each word from an official list the participants were given to study several weeks before. A tense moment of silence followed each spelling, then Parkinson would state, “correct” or “incorrect.” One misspelled word meant the contestant was o-u-t. “The kids start studying in class during the month of November,” said bee coordinator, Heidi Waters. “At the end of November, teachers hold their classroom spelling bee and come up with 2 winners and an alternate.” Sixth-grader, Jessica James came in second place and rounding out the top 3 was fourth-grader Nathan Lesser. Parents and peers looked on with great anticipation and hung on every letter as each word was spelled. “I was a nervous wreck,” said Fina Sekerak. “The words were a lot harder this year.” “Andrew definitely has a knack for spelling,” said Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Gerry Sekerak, Officer in Charge of American Forces Network Rota. “I know he’s proud to be able to represent his school again in Germany. Win or lose though, we love him and are proud of him and all his accomplishments.”
A child pauses as he is told he will be the 2010 representative for Rota at the DoDDS European Spelling Bee in Germany.
Participants of the 2010 DGF Spelling Bee pose for a group photo on the MPR stage Jan. 22.
A child spells out a word during competition held Jan. 22.
January 28, 2010
AROUND BASE NEX Closure The NEX Main Store will close Jan. 31 for inventory. The Mini-Mart, Book Store & Video Rental will open at 2 p.m.
Caring for your Newborn Class Feb 3, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Hospital. The NMCRS Visiting Nurses are scheduled to conduct a baby basics class for all expectant or newborn parents. Get answers on how to cope with crying, when to call the M.D. and more newborn topics. Sign up with NMCRS at 727-1614.
USNHRS to Offer Food Safety Training
WIC Overseas Starting Solid Foods Feb. 8, 10 a.m. at the USNHRS Healthy Promotion Kitchen. WIC Overseas is scheduled to present a "Starting Solid Foods for Infants and Toddlers" class to answer questions and provide information about starting your children on solid foods. Class is open to everyone, not just WIC participants. Call the WIC office at 727-2921 to sign up.
OCSC Bingo Social and Meeting Feb 9, 11 a.m. in La Residencia. The Officer and Civilian Spouses' Club is holding a Bingo social and monthly meeting. Bring 7€ to cover the cost of tapas and drinks. For more information visit www.ocsc.es.
Budget For Baby Class Feb 10, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Are you an expectant parent that would like assistance in planning for your new baby? This class provides resources to help families become aware of the costs related to the birth of a child and making better financial choices. Receive a Junior Sea Bag containing Gerber products and additional free items. Contact NMCRS at Bldg 3293 or call 727-1614 for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to prepared 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 necessary. Training will be provided. Contact Sarah Scheller at email@example.com.
Game On! Come join us! Play roller hockey every Saturday at 3 p.m. (weather permitting) at the tennis court by the Andalucía Bank. It is open to anyone who wants to play. NMCRS is Looking for Volunteers 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.
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.
DGF High/Middle School Closure 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.
NEX A-OK Student Reward Program 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.
DODEA Drivers Education Online Receive an online driver education with a DMV certificate of completion and save money on your teen's insurance. Visit http://www.driversEd.com or http://www. usdrivertraining,com/index.php to learn more.
2010 Scholarship for Military Children ARC Collecting Blankets for the Homeless Rota Red Cross will be 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.
Trinity School Daytime Spanish Lessons Take an intensive conversational class from Trinity Language School and learn Spanish fast! Classes are small with 6-12 people. Study materials are included. Call 7271144/1382 or stop by Expeditions for more information.
The 725th Cupid Commandos are Coming The Air Force is now taking orders for its annual Valentine's Day Fundraiser. For just $5, one of our renowned "Cupid Commandos" will hand-deliver a delicious, beautifullypackaged cupcake with a personalized message to your sweetheart Feb. 12. For more information, call Lauren Day at 727-6149.
Girl Scout Cookies Are Here 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!!
they learn in school and how it is used in the workplace. Have your child accompany a sponsor or mentor to the workplace Feb. 2. Complete the permission form at www. eu.dodea.edu/news/0910/JobShadowDay.pdf and return it to your student's teacher so the school can prepare for student absences that day.
DoDDS Offers Job Shadow Day Job shadowing inspires children to be enthusiastic about their studies, showing them the correlation between what
Scholarship applications for the Military Children Program are available in commissaries or online at www.commissaries.com and www.militaryscholar.org. Applications must be turned by Feb. 17 to the commissary with an essay on the following: "You can travel back in time; however, you cannot change events. What point in history would you visit and why?" At least one scholarship will be awarded at every store location with qualified applicants.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
UMUC Funds For Scholarships UMUC Europe announces increased funding for scholarships. Students may use these awards in conjunction with additional benefits, such as MyCAA, as well as military tuition assistance or veterans benefits. Contact UMUC Europe field representative at 727-2917, visit www.ed.umuc.edu, or contact UMUC Europe at DSN 314-370-6762 or CIV +49-(0)6221-3780.
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Fund raising events require food volunteers Basic Food trained or one Manager trained person present. The Basic Training Class is scheduled for Feb 5 and Manager's Training is scheduled for Feb. 12. There will be both English and Spanish speaking classes. Contact 727-3338/2999 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Call 727-3232 to pre-register for all FFSC functions. Photo By Pauline Weakly, Coastline
Resume Review Jan. 29, 10 am- noon, Feb. 3 & Feb. 12, 2-4 p.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.
Federal Resume Format (Lecture) Feb. 1, 9 - 10 a.m. Target your federal resume to highlight your qualifications to HRO and to hiring managers. Learn about keywords, the certificate of eligibility, and the special requirements of a federal resume.
Basic Spanish Verbs I
Sr. Clemente, left, Intercultural Relations Supervisor and Rosa Caballerro, right, Intercultural Relations Specialist, stand behind the reception desk of Rota’s Fleet Family and Support Center. Come join Sr. Clemente and Rosa as their wealth of knowledge makes the many fields trips and classes the FFSC offer very fun and informative.
Feb. 1, 11 a.m. - noon. Are you looking to improve your Spanish speaking abilities? Has Spanish pronunciation got you stumped? Come join us for a class on Spanish Pronunciation.
remarks from our spouse, ourselves or others. We can start to understand our spouse or loved ones better just by trying to speak their “language” to them. Join us!
beside you as you go through the grieving process? This confidential group is designed to assist you as you work through your grief. Join us.
Saving & Investing
Separating TAP Workshop
Secrets of Happily Married Men
Feb. 8-11, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Separating soon or within the next 12 months? Explore information about your transition from the military, the job search process, your benefits, and your responsibilities. The Transition Assistance Program is here to assist you. Please contact your Command Career Counselor to sign up.
Feb. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. You can keep your man card and keep your wife happy by following the simple top-secret plan. Come to this men-only class and find out. Open and honest discussion no touchy-feely required. Pizza will be served.
Feb. 2, 9-10 a.m. Retirement? Kids college? TSP? 401K? This dynamic workshop gives you information you need to make an informed decision about your future.
Mardi Gras Lunch & Learn Seminar Feb. 2, 11 a.m. - noon. One of the largest and spectacular Carnivals in Spain takes place at Cadiz. Carnival is a festival season that occurs immediately before Lent. It has become the liveliest and most dazzling carnival town in mainland Spain. Famous for its comical, hilarious and original characters, as well as humorous and satirical song groups known as Chirigotas, Comparsas, Quartets and much more. You will probably first notice the elaborate costumes which are equally festive and cheerful, comparable with those of any great festival of this nature. Attend this Lunch & Learn to know everything about it.
Developing a Spending Plan Feb. 3, 9-10 a.m. Hands on training to determine your financial fitness, realize your goals and plan for your future. You will leave the class ready to save, pay down debt and track expenses.
Sponsor Training Feb. 4, 2-4:30 p.m. This course provides helpful information for sponsors who will be assisting incoming personnel and their families in experiencing a positive overseas transition. Spouses are also encouraged to attend.
Five Love Languages of Couples Feb. 5, 2-3 p.m. “But he should know what I want!” “Why doesn’t she understand me?!” Have you ever heard those comments or said them yourself? Most of us have heard those
Sexual Assault Prevention Response Advocate Training: Feb. 9-12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Help prevent sexual assault before it starts. Sexual assault affects everyone not only the victim. You can help make differences in someone’s life by becoming a victim advocate.
L&L Cuisine Vocabulary Feb. 10, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Join us to learn all the basic vocabulary you will need to prepare Spanish recipes. The following day we will visit a local restaurant for a cooking and wine tasting class.
Cooking and Wine tasting Class Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Spanish traditional cuisine, is very common to serve a dish with cold cuts, as an entrée, along with sherry or red wine. Join us in this new class to learn from a professional how to cut and serve Spanish ham, Manchego cheese and a variety of sausages. Along with this we will learn how to taste sherry wine and match each plate with its proper drink. The class will take place at the local restaurant La Almadraba. Class Fee is 25 Euros per person.
Grief Support Group Feb. 11, 4-5 p.m. Have you recently suffered the loss of a loved one? Need someone to provide a safe environment and walk
Ten Step to Federal Employment Feb. 12, 8:30-11:30 a.m. The federal government is the largest employer in America! This four-hour class will cover the steps you need to make the challenging process of landing a federal job an achievable goal.
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.
Business Resumes (Lecture) Feb. 16, 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.
Credit Management 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.
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Try Restaurante El Internacional in Puerto Can’t decide what you want to eat? Try Restaurante El Internacional in Puerto. It’s a unique restaurant and bar that offers a good selection of international dishes: Mexican, Italian, Indian and American. There is something for everyone in your group from salads to sandwiches and the chef ’s specials. But, Restaurante El Internacional is more than just a restaurant; it is a meeting place where you can stop in for coffee, drinks or snacks anytime after 4 p.m. every day, except Monday. They welcome you to come and have afternoon coffee and cake, international cocktails or watch a soccer match over a beer. El Internacional is easy to find since it is located near the castle on the corner of Micaela Aramburu. BY KAREN LUCAS Also near the castle and right across the little street, Bajada del Castillo, is the pub/disco El Niño Perdido. El Niño Perdido is not your typical pub or disco. I guess you could call it a cozy disco since it is not your usual disco with flashing lights, nor your usual pub. It’s a place you can dance or just sit back and enjoy the music. During the winter months, they open Wednesday through Sunday starting at 11 p.m. In its 13 years of operation, it has become a very popular place for the international crowd. Restaurante Chino Mandarín would like Coastline readers to know that they offer eight different menus of the day for 7.50 euros every day so you always have an economical choice. Also, they now offer a selection of sushi. Chino Mandarín is the first Chinese restaurant you will find as you leave the base and go down Avenida San Fernando. It is a bright, new restaurant only 200 meters from the base gate, so if you are walking, it is not a long walk. If you drive, there is a parking lot right across the street and if you decide to get a taxi after eating, there is a taxi stop right outside. The location couldn’t be more convenient for people coming from base. Give it a try. Here is what’s cooking at Molly Malone for the next week or so: Tomorrow night they will be having Italian specials, Saturday Jan. 30, DJ Joey will be there with music
AREA ACTIVITIES ROTA Tomorrow, Jan. 29, 9:30.m. Flamenco, at Peña Flamenca El Viejo Agujeta on Calle Arguelles, 2. Saturday, Jan. 30, 9 p.m. Garret Wall Band, in the Teatro Municipal Alcalde Felipe Benítez on Avda. San Fernando. Entrance 3 euros. Saturday, Jan. 30, 11:45 p.m. Flamenco, in the Venta El Rengue on the Rota – Chipiona Road.
PUERTO DE SANTA MARÍA Collective Art Exhibit of plastic arts until the end of January in the new art gallery “Artífice” in La Casa de los Leones in downtown Puerto, not far from the central market. Open 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 11:30 p.m. The News in concert in the Sala Milwaukee Entrance 5 euros. www.myspace.com/thenewsthenews Saturday, Jan. 30, 11:30 p.m. Violin and Piano Concert: Falla, Brahms, Mendelsohn, Greig; in the Teatro Villamarta.
JEREZ Tonight, Jan. 28, 8:30 p.m. Concert by the Municipal Band in the Alameda del Banco. Saturday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m. Opera Don Giovani by Mozart, in the Teatro Villamarta.
for your pleasure and Sunday, Feb. 7, enjoy superbowl night at Molly’s. Chucky’s Bar on Avenida Sevilla in Rota is now closing Sundays instead of Tuesdays. Restaurante La Brisa, located right on the boardwalk in Virgen del Mar in Rota, will be closed for vacation during February. I would like to remind those of you who are vegetarian and/or interested in organic foods that you can find what you are looking for in La Alegría de la Huerta on Avenida de Sevilla almost right across the street from El Pesebre and Chucky Bar. Here you can find a good variety of cereals (grains), seaweeds and vegetarian staples that are not always that easy to find. You can get “real” eggs from “real” chickens, as well as pastas, fresh fruits and vegetables, wines and much more- all ecologically grown. Stop by and get acquainted. Looking ahead to Valentine’s Day, 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. 12-13), Valentine’s Dinner at the El Embarcadero Restaurant on Feb. 13 and a buffet breakfast the next day, all for 220 euros per couple tax included. A special Valentine’s evening with dinner and lodging on Feb. 13 and buffet breakfast the next day for 160 euros per couple tax included or the special Valentine’s Day dinner for 40 euros per person tax included. You can be sure the dinner will be tops. Make your reservations early since these Valentine’s Day specials have become very popular. At Hotel Duque you will always find top quality at reasonable prices. Call 956-84-6020 or e-mail reservas@ hotelduquedenajera.com 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 607-564132. Support your paper by supporting the advertisers.
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Fiesta San Anton: This One is For The Dogs Story and Photos By (SW) Paul Cage On Jan. 17, people headed to parks, plazas and churches across Spain to take part in a communal ritual everyone, whether religious, or non-religious, Spanish or foreigner could participate in. The festival of St. Antón, who is the protector of animals, is an event that sees pet lovers bring their animals, from snakes and parrots, to dogs and iguanas, to get blessed by a local priest. I went to the one in El Puerto de Santa Maria and walked around and looked at the many animals. Dogs sniffed dogs, birds sang, and turtles were scared to come out of their shells. Sometimes it seemed like a fashion show for pets. Dogs had jackets and sweaters and an iguana had a faux fur lined jacket to keep warm, all under the watchful gaze of San Anton, who was known for having animals instinctively surround him, which led to the tradition of the blessings. Lt. j.g Matt Thomsen, who works at Naval Station Rota’s Public Works Department and his wife Tristan, PCS’ed to Rota about a week before the event with their white Siberian Husky Takota. They walked four miles from base to Puerto to participate in the event. “This was our first time doing a blessing of the animals,” said Matt. “We are such big animal people that it’s great to be at a cultural event like this with the Spanish who also appreciate pets.” Tristan said she was amazed at all the various animals present and was proud to show off her husky. “Takota is such a weird breed here. People kept saying ‘lobo, lobo’ which means wolf. But he’s not,” said Tristan. “Everybody wants to take his picture or a picture with him. If you like animals and you have kids that love animals; you will have a field day here. We will be back next year.” Spain, a country with so many cultural activities, but Fiesta San Anton is one for the dogs.
January 28, 2010
Rota Tiburones Swim Club Hosts Meet By Capt. John Freeman, Rota Tiburones Swim Club President The Rota Tiburones Swim Club completed their home meet schedule by hosting the Lisbon Bullsharks, Jan 8-9. The stiff competition resulted in several fast times despite the cold temperatures . Over the two-day event, Rota swimmers posted 86 personal best times. One new championship meet qualifying time was achieved by Isabelle Rowe in the 50 Backstroke. Isabelle also came within 0.74 seconds of qualifying in her first-ever 100 Freestyle. Several other Tiburones barely missed gaining qualifying times, including Tirzah Anderson (50 Fly, 0.83 sec and 100 Free, 1.02 sec), Abi Mosk (50 Free, 0.34 sec), Jordan Henry (50 Free, 1.03 sec), Savannah Matteson (100 Free, 0.96 sec), Amanda Shepps (50 Breast, 0.76 seconds) and Nadya Sterling (50 Breast, 1.49 sec). The Tiburones completed their season with the Southern Divisional swim meet in Sigonella, Sicily and on to compete in the European Forces Swim League Championship meet in Eindhoven, Netherlands Feb. 13-14. Ten Rota swimmers have now qualified to swim in 32 individual events at this championship meet. The EFSL is now 25 years old. With over one thousand swimmers representing twenty teams throughout Europe, EFSL is the largest youth sports group of American athletes outside the United States.
A member of the Rota Tiburones Swim Club competes in the Breaststroke during a swim meet held Jan 8-9 at Rota.
A swimmer competes in the Breaststroke during a swim meet hosted by the Rota Tiburones.
The start of the girls 50 meter Freestyle where the Rota Tiburones Swim Club hosted the Lisbon Bullsharks Jan 8-9.
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The Rota Sports Report Hola or Ola if you are in Portugal, and welcome to the “Rota Sports Report”. This is a new column that will offer views, facts and information on sports events locally and back in the U.S. that are important to the members of the military community here on the Iberian Peninsula. The RSR would like to get things going with the greatest sporting event in the hearts of Americans. That is, of course, the Super Bowl. Of all the professional sports leagues currently active in the U.S. the NFL clearly towers over all others. Not one to stand pat, the NFL is constantly making changes to improve its product. This season the NFL has decided to play its Pro Bowl the week before the Super Bowl instead of the week following as it has for the last 35+ years. Here at RSR we are not sure if changing the date of the Pro Bowl will do much for NFL fans but we propose something even more radical that would. RSR thinks the Super Bowl should be played in the city of the team that won the previous years game. That would place this year’s game in Pittsburgh instead of Miami. RSR is not sure where or when it was decided the game needs to be played in a warm location but that has been the standard since the beginning. It seems most likely to RSR the early NFLers thought poor weather would take away from the quality of the game. Can any of you recall the Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the 1970’s? If this rule was in effect during that time, the Steelers might have won 6 years in a row. Can you recall the first time you saw the Offensive Line for Pitt with their short sleeve shirts and large biceps seeming laughing at the
snow as it was falling all around? Their opponents with long sleeves, gloves and extra clothing stood no chance. Why should cities with domed stadiums get a chance to hoist the game? Really - should Detroit who had the game in 1982 and 2006 have this honor given to them? If the Lions are playing, I say yes. If not, then they should watch the game with the rest of us on T.V. RSR is certain if we here in Rota can get up at 3 a.m. to watch the game, the good folks of Detroit can handle watching it in prime time. RSR thinks that the team who wins should have the chance to repeat in front of their home fans and family. What a great reason to fight for a repeat. The team that wins should get the chance to help its city out with the big pay check that comes with winning. A lot of good can be done with this method in mind. And honestly, is there a true football fan who thinks that Green Bay should not host a game? Teams fight all season to gain home field advantage and force teams to come to New England, Pittsburgh or Buffalo (they did in the 80’s) and battle the elements found in those locations. RSR’s beloved New York Giants were built to run the ball, play defense, and use the blowing wind to their advantage in the same way the St. Louis Rams, with the greatest show on turf, was built to perform indoors on artificial surfaces. Follow on Super Bowl home field advantage should be the NFL’s next big idea. If you agree, disagree, or have another thought, drop us a line at RotaSportsReport@yahoo. com and we will be glad to point out why we here in the home office are correct. Till next time, play it hard, play it safe.
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. and Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien are pre-empted. 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.
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