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July 1, 2010
Volume 19 Issue 13
U.S. Naval Activities, Spain
Because Peace Does Not Preserve Itself
A Global Force For Good Story pg. 4
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There is Much to Learn From a Basketball Coach The basketball legend, John Wooden, passed away June 4, 2010. He was 99 years old. With his passing, the world loses one of the great contemporary men of our age - I lost my personal hero. John Wooden was a basketball coach at my alma mater, UCLA. Known as the “Wizard of Westwood,” he was a Hall of Famer as Capt. William F. Mosk COMNAVACTS, Spain both a player at Purdue and as a coach. Arguably the best college basketball coach of all time, many consider him to be the greatest coach in American sports history. He has my vote, as the statistics speak for themselves. Coaching from 1948-1975, the six-time NCAA coach of the year won 10 national championships, seven in a row from 1967-73 and nine out of ten. His teams enjoyed a record 88-game win streak. Along the way, he made college basketball a major sport. Although he was blessed with great talent, coaching the likes of basketball’s most famous players like Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul Jabbar) and Bill Walton, as well as several other All-Americans like Gail Goodrich, Walt Hazzard, Marques Johnson, Keith (Jamaal) Wilkes, to name just a few. However, he was so much more than a basketball coach. Thirty five years after abruptly walking away from the game
after beating the University of Kentucky in the 1975 Championship, some didn’t even recognize him as a coach anymore. He is perhaps more familiar as a teacher, mentor and philosopher; the author of several books about how to live life. In essence, he transcended basketball and athletics. As a Navy Officer, he served during World War II from 1942-1945. His ideas were the precursors of today’s Navy core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. You see, Coach Wooden was concerned about teaching character and integrity, teaching his pupils to be good citizens. His view was that the basketball skills would take care of themselves. Sure enough, championships naturally followed. On the court, his rules were simple “Don’t be late, don’t swear, don’t criticize your teammates, and keep your shirt tucked in.” These are rules we could all live with. He was more proud of his players being champions off the court than champions on the court. His former players not only bear out his legacy as NBA Hall of Famers, but as CEOs of major corporations, directors of charitable organizations and lifelong educators. Many Wooden quotes are as pertinent in today’s world as they were then. I have instructed my own children many times with these quips “be quick, but don’t hurry; failing to prepare is preparing to fail; never mistake activity for achievement; little things make big things happen; don’t let
what you can’t do stop you from what you can do; if you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over,” and the list goes on. A true gentleman, he eschewed profanity, even in the most trying moments of a game. The most you would hear from him on the sideline was “goodness gracious sakes alive Ref.” So he walked the walk and talked the talk. “He set quite an example. He was more like a parent than a coach. He really was a very selfless and giving man, but he was a disciplinarian. We learned all about those aspects of life that most kids want to skip over. He wouldn’t let us do that,” said Abdul-Jabbar. The leadership lessons he instilled in his players on a daily basis he eventually developed into his Pyramid of Success. Many CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies keep a copy of it close by in their office. I suggest you make a copy and do the same. Now I’m just your average naval aviator and can’t nearly capture who John Wooden was and what he stood for. I defer to Rick Reilly, the outstanding Sports Illustrated journalist who really sums up Wooden’s life wonderfully. Read this column at the following link: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/inside_game/ magazine/life_of_reilly/news/2000/03/14/life_of_reilly/. So, I hope you can now you can see why I hold John Wooden in such high esteem. Naval Station Rota can learn a lot from a basketball coach. -Hasta luego, Skipper.
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Naval Activities, Spain A Global Force For Good.
NAVSTA Rota's Forward Presence
Story By MC1 (SW) Paul Cage
Photo By STS1 Aaron Skellenger
he strength and status of any nation can be measured in part by the will and might of its navy. It is not an outdated concept. In 1781, George Washington said to the Marquis de Lafayette: “It follows than as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.” We have come a long way since the Continental Navy. As the largest, most versatile, most capable naval force on the planet today, our Navy epitomizes this idea. And yet, far more impressive is what it does with the distinction. We are a symbol of power, a force for stability. We are the first to fight, first to help. The jobs Sailors do are of such immense importance, it represents our nation at its absolute best. But how do you sum it all up to let Americans and the world know who and what we are? On Oct. 1, 2009, Navy Recruiting Command released a new marketing and advertising campaign: America's Navy. A Global Force for Good. "The current trend in society is people wanting to give back to their country," Capt. Phil Altizer, director of Marketing and Advertising, NRC. "Young people today want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They believe in devoting themselves to a greater good." What does this mean? How does it represent today’s Navy? Why is this important and how does serving here on the Iberian Peninsula fit in with this? Here on the Iberian Peninsula, U.S. Naval Activities, Spain, with more than 900 Sailors serve ready to jobs that are both vast and challenging, from warfare support, to providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief anywhere to citizens of the world on behalf of the American people. Logistics Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Max Guillaume, assigned to Fleet Industrial Support Center -Rota represents a Global Force For Good. After the powerful and catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti Jan. 12, Guillaume was first to raise his hand when word got out there was an opportunity to assist those devastated by the earthquake. Guillaume deployed to Jacksonville, Fla. in support of Haitian relief effort “Operation Unified Response.” Guillaume worked directly with FISC Jacksonville in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where at first he was involved in loading and offloading water, MRE's, tents and cots destined for Haiti. “I was fortunate to have a chance to help my people,” said Guillaume who is Haitian. “It means so much to me knowing that I was involved in something that affects me directly.” Sailors and Officers work tirelessly to achieve the highest standards of excellence in hundreds of diverse career fields across the Peninsula to advance the Navy’s cause as well as their own interests. To win wars as well as win over hearts and minds. Seabees from Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe and Southwest Asia Detachment Rota at NAVSTA Rota Public Works
Enabling Maritime Strategy
Storekeeper 2nd Class Giovanni Perez shifts colors aboard USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) after mooring in NAVSTA Rota May 10, 2009. New Hampshire was deploying in support of operations in the U.S. European Command area or responsibility.
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When the World Calls on America, America Calls on Us
Photo By MC2 Kilho Park
STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR (June 2, 2010) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Strait of Gibraltar. Harry S. Truman is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
"The Navy of the future will have talented, competent and versatile Sailors who will be empowered to perform multiple tasks. We will be more agile, more capable and far more aware of what's going on in all parts of the world."
-Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Gary Roughead
Department – represents a Global Force For Good. In the summer of 2009, the PW sent a small donation of good will to Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. Seabees collected baby and adult apparel items, diapers and other odds and ends in two boxes for people they have never seen and may never meet. “I’ve done these types of projects before for [my own] personal reasons,” said Construction Electrician 2nd Class (SCW) Leandra Cubillos. “I come from Columbia and I know how it is growing up in poor conditions, so I do what I can to help other people, whether down in Africa or anywhere in the world.”
Exceptional people. Leading technology. Incredible capabilities. All focused on making the world a better place. When it all comes together, this is what makes America’s Navy and NAVACTS Spain what it truly is. Something more than an admirable calling. More than a promising career choice. More than an elite military power. “I could not be more pleased with our day-to-day output, productivity and professionalism of all our military and civilian employees,” said Capt. Bill Mosk, Commander, Naval Activities, Spain. “Collectively, we have achieved Continued on pg. 6
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Photo By MC1 (SW) Paul Cage
The World Leader in Making the World a Better Place.
Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Luigi Mendoza, assigned to EODMU 8, Det. Europe, listens to a Spanish marine during Exercise Lisa Azul at NAVSTA Rota, Spain Jan. 29, 2010. Lisa Azul is a bi-lateral training exercise promoting partnership and maritime security between the U.S. and Spain. Rota plays hosts to many US, NATO and allied training evolutions.
From Small Feats To Heroic Efforts - NAVACT Units Are Making a World Of Difference
Photo By Ensign Brian Mack
many significant milestones. Let's keep that momentum as we continue to provide unparalleled support to the Fleet, Warfighters and Families.” America’s Navy is a force as relevant today as it’s been historically significant for the last 234 years. The times may have changed since NAVSTA Rota opened for business in 1953. The threats may become more obscure. The complex nature of 21st century life may make the demand for such a presence less obvious. But now more than ever, the Navy is something to be aware of. Something to be thankful for. Something to be proud of. NAVSTA Rota – A Global Force For Good, holds its annual flag raising ceremony around the Fourth of July. While raising the flag is a daily occurrence on U.S. military bases around the world because of the governing document between the United States and Spain regarding the base, Rota is only permitted to fly the U.S. flag with special permission from the Spanish admiral in chief. "We don't get to see the flag fly every day," said Master-at-Arms 1st Class (SW) Alicia Rodriguez. "We are all proud of it [the flag] and it makes me proud to be a Sailor." From everyday small feats to undeniably heroic efforts, the accomplishments and achievements of America’s Navy here in Spain are vast and significant. For the past five decades, Rota has been part of the effort to bring security, democracy and prosperity to the American people and to the international community. Seabees from NMCB 7 – A Global Force For Good, deployed from Gulfport, Miss., to various locations throughout Europe and Africa as part of the battalion's regularly scheduled 2010 deployment, with the main body of the battalion operating from Camp Mitchell at Naval Station Rota. In the town of Naghad, Djibouti, Seabees built a water distribution site with 40 water spigots and two watering troughs for local livestock. The Naghad Water Distribution Project was a 12 by 12 foot square concrete pad with 40 water spigots and two watering troughs for local livestock. "It's great being able to improve the lives of people, to give them something better than what they already have," said Builder Constructionman Selina Rodriguez, of Harlingen, Texas. "This is my first deployment, and this is exactly the kind of experience I hoped for." We as American Sailors and Officers have shown bravery for more than 230 years. It’s what makes us – America’s Navy on the Iberian Peninsula, A Global Force For Good.
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (March 6, 2010) Seabees, assisted by Burkinabe volunteers, unload their supplies upon arrival to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to participate in Exercise FLINTLOCK 10.
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Navy Medicine Making a Difference. USNHRS: Anytime,
Anywhere, We Are There Story By USNHRS Public Affairs
Photo By MC2 Joseph Ebalo
U.S. Naval Hospital Rota Spain supports and promotes the health and well-being of those entrusted to it. Whether it is an active duty service member, their family member, a reservist, a retiree, or someone transiting through Rota, USNHRS sustain a reputation for providing compassionate and timely patient-centered care in an environment of trust. Corpsman, along with doctors, nurses, dentists, and numerous types of allied/administrative health professionals are entrusted with the care of sick and injured U.S. Marines and Sailors. Naval Hospital Rota continues this tradition with its commitment to various Joint Task Force missions, care to numerous U.S. Air Force Squadrons, and health care service to visiting ships of the Fleet. Whether it is providing food, supplies, a single health care provider, or a comprehensive team of health care professionals, USNHRS has directly contributed to humanitarian missions in Haiti, the Individual Augmentee war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan, augmented U.S. Hospital and other U.S. ships in need of critical health care skill sets, and provided health care assistance to countless NATO and European led exercises. On the forward deployed home-front, USNHRS works with Naval Station Rota to ensure the community is prepared for emergency disasters, stays physically and mentally healthy, augments the local Spanish hospital community, and provides a multi-disciplinary emergency response team for NASAâ€™s Space Shuttle European contingency landing site. Whenever and wherever there is an emergency, U.S.Naval Hospital Rota is there â€“ A Global Force For Good, with a human touch.
Lt. Col Melinda Screws, NASA Medical Division Chief and Training Team Member adjust the helmet on a space suit on a Naval Station Rota Nurse during a training class for the Space Shuttle Transoceanic Abort Landing Site Program Dec 8, 2008.
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Soldiers of the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade from Ft. Hood, Texas, prepare a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter to be loaded onto a C-5 Galaxy during an intertheater movement of aviation assets from Ft. Hood to Afghanistan at NAVSTA Rota.
NAVSTA Rota: USTRANSCOM's Crown Jewel for Intermodal Ops Story by Lt. Jeremy A. Grennan, FISCSI- Det. Rota, MC1 (SW) Paul Cage Photos By MC1 (SW) Paul Cage
A CH-47 Chinook Helicopter of the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade from Ft. Hood, Texas, is loaded on to a C-5 Galaxy during an inter-theater movement of aviation assets from Ft. Hood to Afghanistan at NAVSTA Rota. Rota's reputation of supporting the warfighter is unparralleled in the Department of Defense and is considered the "Crown Jewel" of USTRANSCOM's Intermodal operations.
Naval Station Rota has a reputation of getting the job done. Its strategic location near the Strait of Gibraltar and at the halfway point between the United States and Southwest Asia, Rota is the proverbial “eye of the needle” where the warfighters supplies come through. During the past few weeks, NAVSTA personnel and tenant commands have been taking part in an inter-theater movement of aviation assets with the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade from Ft. Hood, Texas, which is deploying to Afghanistan. Recently the MA/MSP-12 Green Lake moored and began unloading 4ID aircraft, containers, and other aviation essential equipment. The road from the port to the airfield was lined with various aircraft such as CH-47 Chinooks, AH-64 Apaches, UH-60 Black Hawks and HH-60 Black Hawk (modified for medical evacuation) from Army units. "Rota continues to set the standard for intermodal operations,” said NAVSTA Rota’s Command and Control, Lt. Rich Hartl. “The teamwork between departments, tenant commands and outside supporting activities has resulted in U.S. Transportation Command receiving laudatory comments on the tremendous success of the Rota intermodal concept of operations. Without the outstanding show of support and teamwork from all of the key organizations and great people in them, this wouldn’t be possible.” Moving material via cargo ship across the Atlantic Ocean, intermodal operations allow U.S. Transportation Command, responsible for moving warfighter material into combat and returning to the U.S., to meet combat-
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Rota Continues Moving Assets to Warfighter
ant commander requirements in a responsive, effective, and efficient manner. Intermodal operations reduce the heavy demand for costly contingency airlift assets by providing alternate methods of transporting material into the Area of Responsibility. Rota is the perfect choice because it possesses a seaport and aerial port on the same installation. The result is increased velocity, decreased delivery times, and maximizing capacity with significant cost savings. “An operation like this intermodal concept of operations is great for Navy supply personnel to experience joint logistics whereby several DoD organizations and services work closely together in moving cargo from sea to air to ground,” said Cmdr. Ivan Stamegna, regional supply officer. “Rota is unique in the European theatre, for the base offers the ability to move heavy cargo from seagoing container ships from the pier via a tow way road to a state-of-the-art air field for further transfer down range.” The very definition of one team – one fight, intermodal operations are intensive joint operations which involve the Army, Air Force, Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Europe, Surface Deployment and Distribution Command other the NAVSTA departments and tenant commands. . “From 9:30 a.m. to midnight, we checked each aircraft as it was transported to flight line,” said NAVSTA Rota Fire Chief Timothy A. Ybarra. “We checked for safety but mainly hot brakes on aircraft. We only had one incident where we had brakes overheat. We moved it to the side of the road, let them cool. We had it moving again in about five minutes.” Getting the cargo from the port to the airfield is a combined effort of Sailors and Soldiers. Once the aircraft are staged and ready to role, the 725th Air Mobility Squadron started getting the C-5s missions flying as scheduled. What makes this evolution unique for them is this was the first time
Sailors from NAVSTA Rota transport U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook Helicopter from the base port operations area June 15 during an inter-theater movement of aviation assets the of U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade from Ft. Hood, Texas, to Afghanistan.
the C-5M has been used as part of the intermodal operation. “So far it is performing exceptionally well,” said Lt. Col. Scott Gaab, commander, 725th AMS. “The 725th AMS is one of only three overseas units trained to support, maintain, and repair the new C-5M. I'm incredibly proud of the work the entire squadron has done in keeping the missions moving on schedule. Rota truly is the crown jewel of intermodal ops.” Gaab said while the 725th AMS is focused on the airlift component of the operation, they continue to work closely with Navy Air Ops, Interjet, and the Army user to ensure the aircraft are maintained, loaded, and serviced on-time to meet the warfighter requirements. “The synergistic effect of this joint operation is amazing to watch and we're proud to be a part of it,” said Gaab. “The end result is an Army helo unit being deployed in theater to support the combatant commander while saving the DoD millions of dollars in transportation costs.” Intermodal operations would not be successful without
the efforts each command and department provides. Navy Gateway Inn & Suites provides lodging for the Army unit and is instrumental in providing great Rota hospitality before departing to live in tents. “Departments on the base provide some great support,” said Hartl. “The Galley not only provides normal meal service, but makes box lunches for the night shift workers who would otherwise miss a meal. Safety prepared an ORM assessment for the entire operation and provides the overall safety overview to ensure no mishaps. Everybody involved has contributed to Rota's outstanding reputation with USTRANSCOM and Central Command in setting the standard for this type of operation.” Rota’s reputation of getting the job done for the warfigher is unparalleled in the DoD. General McNabb, Commander, USTRANSCOM refers to Rota as his "crown jewel" for intermodal operations. Watching the men and women out there getting the job done 24 hours a day, he's right.
July 1, 2010
Hamramba School Opens in Moroni, Comoros Islands
Photo By MC2 Joshua Bruns
Story By EA2 Gregg Morris NMCB 7 Public Affairs
Rear Adm. Brian L. Losey, commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, right, and Comorian President Ahmed Abdallan Mohamed Sambi, left, cut a ceremonial ribbon at the Hamramba school dedication.
MORONI, Comoros Islands -- Seabees assigned to Detail Comoros completes construction of the Hamramba School in Moroni, Comoros, the first major Seabee construction project in the Comoros Islands. The Seabees endured countless days of sweat in 120 plus degree heat to ensure the successful completion of the School, a humanitarian project that is sure to have a lasting impact for decades to come. “This was an outstanding team effort and partnership with the local military and government of Comoros,” said Chief Builder Hippolito Quiles, Mission Commander for NMCB 7 Detachment Horn of Africa project in the Comoros Islands. “The teamwork and hard work to make this project a success was truly impressive.” NMCB 7 was built two 300 square meter concrete masonry unit block school buildings with three separate classrooms each. In addition, the Seabees constructed a 25 square meter male and female latrine facility with associated electrical and plumbing finish work. Being a smaller self sufficient island, the typical construction methods that the Seabees regularly use were not available to the detachment. Upon arriving at the site, the Seabees immediately went to work, occasionally using methods even more experienced Seabees have never used. Concrete batch plants were nonexistent; instead the Seabees mixed their concrete by hand. Even equipment like pump trucks, vehicles used to assist in more difficult concrete pours, were not an option.
Seabees Bring MCMAP to Senegal Story and Photo By BC Zachary A. Wallace NMCB 7 Public Affairs
Congratulations Newest AF Master Sgts.
Photo By Jan Hammond, Coastline
hand-to-hand combat course,” said Riley. “But after further research, I found that it THIES, Senegal – The Marine Corps Martial was a defined leadership course which really Arts Program teaches physical, mental, and sparked my interest in the program.” character discipline to help form the modern Riley recently completed the instruction of day Marine warrior. This no longer applies a MCMAP class for Det. Senegal, for a group solely to Marines. It has now become widely of volunteer Seabees. Beginning at tan belt accepted by naval units throughout the qualifications, the students grasp the basic Fleet, to include Seabees from Naval Mobile techniques, placing emphasis on teaching Construction Battalion 7. moral, character, and leadership skills. NMCB 7’s Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Following tan belt, the Seabees moved Adrian Riley, a black belt instructor and current right into the grey and green belt course of Independent Corpsmen for Detachment instruction. Senegal, is currently helping others achieve the Extensive training was required from the characteristics associated with MCMAP. Seabees who participated. Participants logged “I truly enjoy watching my students grow in more than 16 hours a week, with qualifying and apply this knowledge to become more tests administered on Sundays. In all, the five disciplined and have a more humble outlook in MCMAP participants achieved their tan, grey all aspects of their life,” said Riley. and green belt qualifications. “Doc” Riley is a two year MCMAP “These belts were earned with blood, sweat instructor who has prior experience in the and determination,” said Riley. “The student’s martial arts disciplines of Kempo, Tae Kwon clearly demonstrated sustained proficiency at Do, Capoeira, and Jiu-jitsu. Riley originally all levels.” became attracted to MCMAP, not just for the The knowledge and skill the participants combat skills, but also the training in leadership obtained at the green belt level, classified as aspects of the program. intermediate, states the student understands “When I was stationed at the Marine Corps the core fundamentals of the MCMAP Recruiting Depot, I originally viewed it as a program, which also allows the student to become an instructor. While much different in style than traditional martial arts, MCMAP proves to be an effective disciplinary program, combining ground fighting, joint manipulation and armed or unarmed combat. “One of the reasons I enjoy MCMAP is that it takes the characteristics of all disciplines and molds them together into a style that is adapted to a military setting,” said Riley. With qualifications complete, these MCMAP graduates Riley said the graduates are eager to share their new knowledge and help shipmates grow through team cohesion Seabees assigned to NMCB 7 Detachment Senegal and the Navy Core Values of Honor, Courage, perform daily training regiment for obtaining Marine and Commitment. Corps Martial Arts Program Tan Belt Certification.
“Working on a project with numerous challenges, as well as the prevalent language barrier between us and the local military assisting, provided a level of difficulty that many of the young Seabees here have never dealt with,” said Quiles. After hand mixing their concrete, the crew was forced to use twogallon buckets and wheel barrels to transfer the material to the actual area of placement. “This was the toughest project that I have encountered since joining the battalion” said Equipment Operator Constructionman Thomas Welker. The crew learned all facets of construction techniques because of the austere location of the project. Steelworkers mixed concrete, mechanics operated equipment they usually fix, and electricians were placing finishing work. The Hamramba School was officially completed on May 12. A ceremony, to commemorate the school completion, was held on site. In attendance were Comorian President Ahmed Abdallan Mohamed Sambi and Rear Adm. Brian Losey, commander of Combined Task Force-Horn of Africa, as well as local government officials and city residents witnessed the ceremony. In his speech, Niels Marquadt, U.S. Ambassador to the Comoros and Madagascar thanked the Seabees for their work and the legacy they will leave behind. Steelworker 3rd Class Justin Holloway and Construction Mechanic Constructionman Robert Perrine, the last Seabees to leave Moroni, presented President Sambi with a commemorative plaque to be hung on the exterior of the school. President Sambi said, "This school is certainly a privileged place for the education of our children."
Newly selected Master Sgts. from Rota's 725th AMS and Moron's 496th ABW pose for a photo in front of the 725th AMS Command Building during a three day Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Developmental Seminar as an induction to the rank of E-7, June 16. Pictured left to right: (M)Sgt. Francene Brown, (M)Sgt. Dorothy Adams, (M)Sgt. William Thompson, (M)Sgt. Edward Brown, (M)Sgt. Allen Wood, (M)Sgt. Jason Pierce, (M)Sgt. Jamie Lucero, (M)Sgt. Todd Barbe, (M)Sgt. Grayson Speier, (M)Sgt. Mike Akin, (M)Sgt. Joseph Taylor, (M)Sgt. Jarrett Robinson and Master Sgt. Rogelio Ponce.
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What’s on Your Blogging Mind, Rota? Story By Lt. Ben Tisdale Naval Station Rota Public Affairs Officer
Naval Station Rota continues boldly into another social media frontier with the unveiling of the command’s official blog site June 15. The blog, “U.S. Naval Station Rota, Spain: Gateway to the Med,” includes postings from NAVSTA’s commanding officer, command master chief, and other leadership from the base. The blog provides a new method of communication for Sailors, families, civilians and retirees throughout the NAVSTA community. “The Coastline and our official website allow us to disseminate important information to the Rota community, but it doesn’t create a conversation,” said Capt. Bill Mosk, NAVSTA Rota commanding officer. “Social media tools, such as this new blog, allow the command to interact with our service members, government civilians, families and Spanish nationals in an open format.” Anyone can write questions or comments on individual posts from the blog contributors. The blog contributors include: Mosk, Command Master Chief Charles Scavo, the Region Legal Service Officer, Security Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Housing Director, Fleet and
Family Support Center Director, Emergency Management Director, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Director. The blog also contains links to bloggers stationed at NAVSTA. These bloggers do not represent the command, but do represent the different types of lifestyles and adventures of the men and women stationed in Rota. “Linking our blogs to the command blog helps our incoming personnel see the command from 360 degrees,” said Lt. Kurt Munz, NAVSTA’s protocol officer. “The more we can network our blogs together, the wider an audience will get.” Mosk intends to emulate other successful command blogs who use blogging as a forum to learn about and discuss issues that are important to personnel and their families. “Between Facebook, Twitter and now a blog, I think we are doing fairly well staying in touch with today’s electronic audience,” said Mosk during his first blog-post. “From the spouses to the department heads, to the government civilians to junior enlisted, from current to incoming personnel on the base or the support elements, I want everyone to take a look at this blog and tell us how we are doing. Everyone should follow this blog.” Anyone interested in having their blog link on the official command blog should contact the Public Affairs office at 727-3786 for more information. Join the conversation on the NAVSTA Rota Blog at http://navstarota.blogspot.com.
Complete Motorcycle Safety Course, Get Discount at the NEX The NEX, in partnership with the Naval Safety Center and Commander, Navy Installations Command, is offering a discount coupon on motorcycle protective gear for all Sailors who complete the Motorcycle Safety Course at their base. The coupon entitles the Sailor to receive 25 percent off their entire purchase of motorcycle protective equipment sold at select NEXs as well as online at www.myNavyExchange.com. “We are happy to partner with the Naval Safety Center to bring this discount coupon to Sailors who have completed their required motorcycle training,” said Rear Adm. Steven J. Romano, Commander, Navy Exchange Service Command. “The NEX does all it can to help promote motorcycle safety including selling protective equipment, promoting safety messages and partnering with the Naval Safety Center. We will do all we can to ensure the safety of our Sailors and their families.” “In fiscal year 2009, motorcycle fatalities were down 61 percent in the Navy” said Rear Adm. Arthur Johnson,
Commander, Naval Safety Center. “However, we still have more work to do. If you know a rider who hasn’t been to training, get involved! If you need your three-year refresher course, take responsibility and get to a class! The American people are counting on you to manage risks and ride smart.” Sailors who complete the Navy Motorcycle Rider Training class will receive a coupon from their course instructor. The coupon HM3 Josua Torres demonstrates a proper leaning will have the technique during the NAVSTA Rota Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider's Course June 24. Torres Sailor's name works in the NAVHOSP Rota Dermatology department, and course but volunteers as a motorcycle safety instructor with NAVSTA Safety. completion
Photo By Lt. Tisdale, NAVSTA PAO
Story By Kristine Sturkie NEX Public Affairs
date. The coupon is non-transferrable and is good for 90 days. The 25 percent discount does not apply to any other merchandise in the transaction or to general purpose footwear, outerwear or electronics. The coupon may not be combined with any other offers, coupons or discounts. For Sailors making their motorcycle protective equipment on the NEX online store, the process is slightly different. Since the online store cannot accept coupons, customers will need to bring their receipt, found inside the shipping box, along with their 25 percent coupon to any NEX customer service counter. The NEX will issue a discount to the Sailor’s credit card for 25 percent off the merchandise cost of the entire purchase of motorcycle protective equipment. The coupon is not good on online purchases of motorcycle protective equipment from www. myNavyExchange.com made prior to the date of issuance of the coupon. The coupon is not good on purchases from the All-Services Exchange Catalog or Exchange Online Mall. To sign up for motorcycle training, go to www. navymotorcyclerider.com.
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America's Newest Citizens Story and Photos by MC1(SW) Paul Cage
America's newest citizen's recite the Oath of Allegiance for Naturalized Citizen's during a ceremony at the base theater June 25. Fifteen people gave up allegiance to their foriegn countries and pledged allegiance to the United States of America.
Naval Station Rota hosted a naturalization ceremony for three Sailors and 12 civilians in the base theater June 25. NAVSTA Rota is known as the “Gateway to the Med,” but on this day it was the “Gateway to the United States.” Friends and family looked on while citizens from nations as far away as New Zealand gave up allegiance to their foreign countries and pledged allegiance to the United States of America. Guest speaker, NAVSTA Rota Commanding Officer, Capt. Bill Mosk, said, he has a tremendous amount of respect for these new citizens. “From the time you utter that oath, you will never look at that glorious flag again the same way,” said Mosk. “You will stand a little taller and your eyes will water when you hear the national anthem. You will forever be different.” Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (FMF) Franz Alinsao, a native of the Philippines, who works at U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain, said the ceremony was very emotional feeling. "Today was a very important day for me," said Alinsao who has been in the Navy six years. "Being active duty, I serve and protect the United States. And now being a citizen, it is the icing on the cake. It is total freedom for me. Freedom of expression, freedom of… I don't know how to explain it. It feels good being part of this nation, which is now my country." The highlight of the ceremony was reciting the 140-word Oath of Allegiance for Naturalized Citizens. "This feels great," said Rosa Mansfield, a native of Mexico and whose husband works in NAVSTA Rota’s security department. "I feel happy. I want to thank all the people who supported me along the way." The RLSO offers assistance to those applying for naturalization, and will review their packages to ensure completeness and accuracy. As an added benefit to military members, they will file the paperwork for them to the State Department. "I am glad I did it while in the Navy," said Alinsao. “The legal office here made it simple. Six months after starting the paper work, I am standing here as an American citizen. It really does feel great."
Navy Legal Services Available at Rota Story and Photos by Jan Hammond, Coastline
Receiving legal services at Naval Station Rota is now easier than ever. The Navy Legal Service Office, Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia recently located to the new Combined Community Services Building (Bldg. 3293). But did you know that they offer free legal assistance to any military member who stops by? “The NLSO is really the service members, individual legal office,” said Lt. Jared Edgar, NLSO JAG officer. “We provide legal assistance with anything from landlord/tenant issues to family law such as adoption, divorce, custody issues, immigration and tax preparation.” Although the majority of clients come in for a notary or power of attorney, the NLSO provides legal assistance with any of the typical legal system things the client may need assistance with. “We cover the whole gambit here,” said Edgar. “Or priority mission is to help out the individual.” The NLSO has a diverse staff to help eligible clients with their personal legal matters. Joining Lt. Edgar’s legal team is Legalman 2nd Class Christopher Winders, a defense paralegal and three Spanish nationals. Edgar says the NLSO is fortunate to have a local national attorney onboard. This allows all services offered on the U.S. side to be offered on the Spanish side as well. “Our Spanish attorney [Luis Marin-Mesa] has practiced law in Spain with an expertise in international law,” said Edgar. “Even other NSLO offices rely on him for European Union issues. I encourage anyone who needs Spanish legal advice to come talk to him.” Rounding out the legal team is Manoli Bernal-Lopez at the front desk and Ramon Vidal-Lopez who assists in Spanish translations such as birth certificates and marriage certificates. Manoli is Rota’s immigration expert. Any active duty or family member seeking immigration to the US should speak with her. NLSO legal services are free and made available to all service members, DOD civilians, their dependants and retirees.
“Estate planning or even a notary will cost you money if you go to a lawyer in the states,” said Edgar. “This is definitely a valuable service.” Edgar encourages anyone seeking legal assistance to come to the NLSO where complete privacy is adhered to due to the attorney/client privilege. “We have a lot of experience here and offer many services,” said Edgar. “Come see us early on, whether it is the legal assistance side or criminal defense type of issue and we will go through your rights, options and how to go forth.” The NLSO is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 727-2531 for an appointment and power of attorney and notaries are available on a walk-in basis.
Manoli Bernal-Lopez, NLSO Administrative Assistant, mans the front desk at the NLSO office located in building 3293. Manoli is also the immigration expert and can answer any questions regarding immigration.
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Ronda Goyesca Bullfight; Pedro Romero Fair By Manuel Alba-Jaime NAVSTA Rota Community Relations Advisor
Ronda is an ancient mountain town of scenic vistas, romantic plazas, and historic treasures. Once a year, Ronda also sees a return to tradition with its annual Feria Goyesca. A fairly recent festival, at least in Andalucian terms, it has become an event that captures the imagination of Spain with its traditional dress, important bullfights and its ageless glamour. The Feria Goyesca, properly called the Feria de Pedro Romero, stems from the inter-relationship of three main personae which span over three centuries, all with strong connections to Ronda. They are the famous 18th century bullfighter, Pedro Romero; the extremely influential 18th century Spanish painter, Francisco de la Goya; and finally, the great 20th century bullfighter, Antoñio Ordóñez, to whom the vision of the Ronda's modern Feria Goyesca can be attributed. Ronda is well-known as the home of the modern corrida or bullfight. The father of this style was Francisco Romero, the patriarch of the mythical Romero family of Ronda. The town and bulls had become inextricably linked from a much earlier time when, in 1572, King Philip II created the Real Maestranza de Caballería, the Royal Calvary Order of Ronda. Pedro Romero's fame coincided with the time the painter, Francisco de Goya who painted the famous portrait of Pedro Romero and is said to have even designed some of his most stylish fighting
costumes. But the spectacle does not only occur in the bullring. The corrida is only a part of the weeklong festivities. Among other events, there is a contest for the Best Carriage and the competition is fierce. The horse-drawn carriages are crafted with incredible detail and gilded in golden metal, the finest wood, gleaming leather, and the most beautifully polished upholstery. The sound of music also fills the air since Ronda hosts a number of competitions during this week of celebrations. These include the Flamenco Singing Festival and the International Music and Dancing Festival. Andalucían culture is on show as much as is Andalucían passion. There is also the presentation of the "Ladies of the Goyesca" in which the beautiful clothing is highlighted. One of the features of this year's spectacular fashion displays was supposed to have been Cayetano Rivera Ordoñez's bullfighting costume, to be designed by none other than Giorgio Armani. Jacket, cloak and the traditional, tight-fitted pants were planned by Armani specifically for bullfighter Cayetano Rivera Ordoñez. The 2010 Goyesca bullfight is scheduled for September 4 and the traditional horseback bullfight on September 5. The Pedro Romero Feria will take place from August 31 to September 5. Ronda Feria and its famous “Goyesca” bullfight is part of the culture and tradition of Andalucía and is one you should not miss.
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UPCOMING EVENTS Ferias July 13 - 18, San Fernando July 14 - 18, Barbate July 16 - 25, La Linea de la Conceptcion July 21 - 25, Benalup
Bullfights July - August, El Puerto de Santa Maria Call COMREL at 727-2813 or visit www.plazadetoroselpuerto.com
Bodega Tour Schedules Garvey Bodega (Jerez) Visit by appointments. Gonzalez Byass (Jerez) Mon. - Sun., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Harvey's Bodega (Jerez) Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the hour, Sat. noon. Osborne Bodega (El Puerto) Mon. - Fri. 10:30 a.m. Sandeman Bodega (Jerez) Mon., Wed., and Fri. 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
Other Activities June 28 - July 4, (Cadiz), Feria de la Tapa, Mon.-Wed. 7:30 p.m. - 2 a.m., Thur. - Sun. Noon - 2 a.m. More information at www.guiadecadiz.com July 1 - 17, (El Puerto de Santa Maria) Art Exhibit by Tony Soto in Galería Artífice in Casa de Los Leones, Placilla 2. July 3, (Zahara de Los Atunes) 9:30 p.m. Zahara Music Festival, Admission: 25 euros More information at www.guiadecadiz.com Saturdays and Sundays (Puerto Sherry) All day, Mercadillo, Antiques Market National Park of Doñana, For more info, reserves and sale of tickets, call COMREL at 727-2813
Katherine Davis in Concert
July 4, 11:30 p.m. in Sala Milwaukee, Avda. Bajamar 10. Katherine Davis is scheduled to perform in Bilbao, Madrid and Puerto de Santa María. Katherine was born in a family of musicians or Jazz and Opera. She grew up with the music of Ella Fitzgeral, Pearl Bailey, Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington, Brook Benton, Howlin’ wolf, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. Her maternal grandfather was Earl Campbell, musician with Louis Armstrong and Count Basie. She is now considered one of the most important jazz blues singers in the world. Visit www.katherinedavis.com to find out more. Tickets are on sale at Tick Tack Ticket, Carrefour, Marsans Travel and 24 Hour Diner, 956-54-0914 and at Sala Milwaukee.
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A Happy Hippo Sunbathing
Joey Hammond peruses books at the library.
By Jan Hammond, Coastline
oo’s. Kid’s love them. Most of us grew up visiting them. What better way to see up-close and personal the different animals of the world in their microenvironment right in your own backyard? But what once was a facility exhibiting one or two representatives of as many species as possible, zoos have now taken a turn toward conservation, research and education of animals to preserving threatened species from possible extinction. The Jerez Zoo and Botanical Garden is no different. Opening its doors in the early 1950’s, the zoo only consisted of a couple of ostriches, a golden eagle and a pair of cheetahs. A highly regarded gardening school rounded out the botanical portion of the grounds where classes were taught on garden design and greenhouse facilities were introduced making it the perfect site for plant exhibitions in the 1960’s. It wasn’t long before animals were donated from the zoos
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of Barcelona and Madrid as well as the Spanish Sahara and Guinea. Farmers and ranchers throughout the area also began to donate animals found on their lands. Soon, Jerez had earned the title of having one of the largest zoos in Spain. Now the zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals of nearly 200 species from five continents and 1,000 trees covering 55,000 square meters of land. Breeding and conservation has taken precedence with special projects in effect such as the captive breeding plan for the Iberian Lynx and the reintroduction program of the Bald Ibis. Recent renovations have improved the animal’s habitats and a fresh new look has been given to the zoo. Ample parking and a modern façade make visiting the zoo easier to find and visit. A newly renovated cafeteria and picnic area make for a delightful retreat while exploring the manicured grounds that display plants from around the world. But what you may not know is the wonderful programs the zoo offers from birthday parties and yearly passes to vol-
Zoo volunteers wear dark shirts and imitation Ibis hats to eleviate imprinting caused by human contact as they release the birds into the wild.
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COJEREZ unteer opportunities and classes. An on-site library is available to peruse various publications for all ages and the zoo staff is eager to assist you with questions you may have. So get out and enjoy a day at the Zoo Botanico Jerez where you will see the newest
addition to the Przewalski herd, an endangered species and last of the wild horse breed (sorry America, according to history Mustangs are not wild), the various primates doing their thing or marvel at the collection of plants that grace the zoo grounds.
The newest addition to the Przewalski herd sticks near his mother.
Maria Jose Coca, Curator of the Iberian Lynx, monitors the felines as part of the Captive Breeding Program initiated in 2002.
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Hours of Operation
May to September 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. October to April 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Closed Mondays)
Adults (14 yrs and older) Children (3 – 13 yrs) Children under 3 yrs
9 euros 6 euros free
Yearly Pass (Friends of The Club)
Family Pass (Parents and children under 14) 42 euros Individual Adult 17 euros Children (3-13 yrs) 8 euros To sign-up for the yearly pass, just bring a small photo (passport sized) of all family members and your identification card to the library to sign-up. The yearly pass provides the following perks: -Access to the park without limitations. -Free entry for five friends if you celebrate your birthday at the zoo. -Check-out of books/videos from the library. -Receive information on the activities organized for members of the club. -Discounts on activities organized by the park. -Discounts in the restaurant and gift shop. -Discounts and free admission to participating nature facilities and museums. The zoo also offers volunteer opportunities (mainly in the spring to assist in the feeding and care of the new animals) and a summer school program where children learn about the daily life of a zoo and botanical garden . Zoobotánico Jerez is located on Calle Madreselva in Jerez- just across the highway from Area Sur and up the hill. Look for the signage and their spacious new parking facility. For more information, contact the zoo at 956-14-9785 (main number) or 956-149786 (ticket sales) or visit their website at www.zoobotanicojerez.com.
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An Evening W
n the military, we hear comedic stories at work about what happened over the weekend, in the galley or mess decks about how a co-worker or supervisor was chewed out or just chewed somebody out. We tell our friends back home stories about our daily life. We never tell it seriously, we always tell it as a funny story. So when a comedic legend like Sinbad came to Naval Station Rota’s Champions complex June 25, I had to go. I knew it was going to be a good show when R&B songstress and opening act Paige Bryan
sang, “Tell me Something Good.” Sinbad is a comedian, actor and star of numerous TV series and movies. He hit the stage, sharing his comedic insights on courtship, marriage and military life. Rota was their last stop in a series of overseas shows sponsored by Armed Forces Entertainment and MWR to support service members serving or deployed overseas. Now contrary to popular belief around base, I love a good joke. I know most people think I am a very stoic person, but when I hear a great joke, I can’t help but laugh. This show had me laughing and agreeing with a lot of what he said. The show had a cabaret feel to it which made it very intimate. Maybe it was the tables up front and the people standing in back. I don’t know. But to see a comedic legend on the stage cracking on Seabees or giving out advice to a married couple, the delivery made for good comedy. To be in a group atmosphere with friends and co-workers, shipmates and airmates, he made me forget about the headaches of my life and the work that I should have finished Friday. He talked to the crowd to get topics, and gave out advice about what to expect at a flamenco show and then stayed afterwards to sign autographs and take pictures with anyone who asked, showed a real class act. Entertainment has long been one of the biggest morale boosters for US military personnel serving overseas. During World War II, the Camp Shows program recruited and transported thousands of performers to entertain the troops. The well-known celebrities who were part of these shows were a welcome sight to millions of service men and women. Today, Armed Forces Entertainment hosts more than 1,200 shows around the world each year, reaching more than 500,000 personnel at 270 military installations. From muddy make-shift stages to show-stopping extravaganzas, the performances bring a piece of home to those stationed far away from home. So, when the next act comes through Rota, and I hope they do soon, check it out. You might be surprised at how well the act is, and you can’t top a free show.
ith Sinbad Story and Photos By MC1 (SW) Paul Cage
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“Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do” Master Sgt. Roger Arnold Story and Photos by Courtland Stephens, Coastline
For 20 years, Master Sgt. Roger Arnold has served his country with honor, courage and commitment. On June 18, Arnold held his retirement ceremony on the NAVSTA Rota flightline, where those who served with him in the past joined him and his family, colleagues and friends in commemorating the time he has served and sacrificed for his country. As the Lead Section Chief of the 725th AMS Aircraft Maintenance Unit, he supervised and ensured the readiness of many different aircraft moving through the AMC. Throughout his career, Arnold provided maintenance on numerous types of aircraft and deployed in support of operations, such as Operation Provide Promise, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. “It has truly been an honor to serve alongside Master Sgt. Arnold the past four years,” said Capt. Tony Aultman, 725th AMS Maintenance Operations Officer. “He exemplifies the true meaning of the Air Force core values - Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do. Master Sgt. Arnold's presence and his service to his country will be missed by the 725th AMS family and the United States Air Force as a whole. We wish him well in his retirement.”
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Less is Best, What to Say in a Time of Crisis
At a time of crisis, we turn to our faith to comfort us. We may ask, “Why God?” and may be comforted by the answers found in Scripture. However, at times of crisis, we may have more questions than answers. Ideally, your faith is strengthened during your normal, everyday life, so when you encounter a tragedy, you can rely on God and turn to Him for comfort. “It was God’s will this happened.” Ever heard this from someone as they try to comfort you? Well meaning people, trying to make sense of tragedy, sometimes make the situation worse by offering words such as, “It was God’s will.” Nobody can determine God’s will beyond what He has already revealed to us in Scripture. It’s best if you don’t speak for God when He hasn’t Chaplain Lynn Christensen spoken. It might make sense to you, but it most likely won’t to the person who needs comforting. Whether or not you are religious, your thoughts on God are just that – your own. You may be trying to be encouraging or trying to convey the foundation for your faith. However, I have found that deeds are better than words during a time of crisis. One of the best things we can do is simply “be there” for the person suffering. Best friends don’t have to speak. Their presence during crisis says it all. What if the person you are trying to comfort isn’t a “best friend?” Silence is still golden and most likely the best response. History has shown just being there is the best medicine for a
friend in crisis. Treating them the same as you always have is better than feeling sorry for them. Most likely, the person in crisis doesn’t want your pity or sympathy – they want things to be the way they were before the crisis. Helping them through this crisis is best done by showing them you are the same friend as before. Your friendship reminds them some things do remain the same so provide that stabilizing factor to help them deal with the crisis. So what can you say? “I’m sorry this happened,” or “I can’t imagine how difficult this must be for you.” This speaks the truth without explanations as everyone is different no matter how similar a situation was for you. Another good response is, “How can I help?” But be ready for any answer and prepare to follow through. I know I have offered help before beyond my ability, place in life or intention. So by offering to help, when I actually couldn’t, I could have created a crisis on top of crisis. The fewer the words (and promises) you give, the better. Finally, honesty is always the best. “I do not know how you feel but I feel terrible.” Let the person in crisis know you do not want to smoother them nor do you wish to ignore them. “Please call me if you need anything” is good, or better, “May I call you from time to time to see how you are doing or need anything like baby-sitting or something from the store?” The golden rule says we are to treat someone how we would want to be treated. No better case for this rule than when helping someone after a crisis. If you would like to speak with a chaplain for any reason please call the Religious Ministries Department at 727-2161.
of the buildings with greatest value in the Province of Cadiz. Other volunteer opportunities and COMREL locations are available. Contact the Chapel for more information.
Call the Chapel at 727-2161 for more information on Chapel events.
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
Develop a deeper relationship with God by learning and understanding the mind of Christ, every Tuesday at 7 p.m., in the Chapel. Child care 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.
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
Nursing Conference Unites Two Cultures Story By Lt. Loren Nedelman, USNHRS
the Spanish and European Union military health system. This year’s theme “Sharing Experiences” focused on operational nursing and changes
Photo By USNHRS
Recently, the U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain Commanding Officer, Capt. Donna Styles, and several nurses had the privi-
Participants from US Naval Hospital Rota, Spain pose for a photo during the 7th Spanish Military Nurse's conference May 26. Pictured left to right, Lt. Myers, Lt. Hermann, Capt. Styles, Lt. j.g. Rodriguez, Lt. Nedelman, Lt. Peterson, Lt. Cmdr Mattro, Capt. Lundgren and Mr. Valverde-Sturm.
lege of attending the 7th Spanish Military Nurse’s conference in San Fernando. This biannual conference brought together Spanish military nurses and other health care providers to discuss new policies within
in educational opportunities for Spanish nurses. Guest speakers came from various nations including the United States, Venezuela and Italy, which was new this year. “This is a first for our conference,"
said Spanish Lt. Col. Manuela Cano, the president of the military nurses head the organization committee. "[Hopefully] it will blossom in the coming years into an international military nursing conference.” The conference provided an opportunity for civilian nurses to get a firsthand look at military nursing. In addition to the lectures, participants were offered various hands on training such as infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other advanced life saving skills. The conference attendees were treated to a private tour of the Spanish Naval Pantheon church located at the Chief Petty Officers Academy in San Fernando, they also visited the theater where in 1810 the Spanish constitution was signed and the amphibious ship Galicia with emphasis of the medical department onboard. A short presentation in Spanish was given by the nurses from Naval Hospital Rota to introduce Spanish nurses to the American educational nursing system and to the various jobs held by nurses in the United States. The conference was a wonderful experience for all and was yet another opportunity to strengthen our relationship with our Spanish counterpart. During the conference, General Juan Manuel Montero Vasquez, the Military Spanish Surgeon General and colleagues visited Naval Hospital Rota, exploring ways to partner for nursing and medical educational opportunities. The next Spanish military nursing conference is scheduled for October 2012 in Toledo, Spain.
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Naval Station Rota’s Newest
-Emory Devol, son of Dominic and Marina Devol, born June 2, 2010 weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. -Haiden Lyle Kern Wilkinson, son of Justin and Stephanie-Desiree Rice Wilkinson, born June 7, 2010 weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. -Nicholas Berumen, son of Fernando and Maria Berumen, born June 21, 2010 weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. -Forrest Lee Fox, son of Jason and Laura Fox, born June 21, 2010 weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz.
With Gratitude "On May 15, I was taken to US Naval Hospital Rota, Spain for chest pain. I would like to thank all the men and women who helped me at the hospital that day. They were all very professional, prompt and courteous. Again, I thank you for your help." - Juan Amaya
Rota, Lisbon NEX's Recognized With Bingham Award Story By ET3 Kelly Mayo, Coastline
Photo By MC1 (SW) Paul Cage
The Navy Exchange Service Command found more than 20 million reasons to award the Navy Exchange Rota, Spain and 2 million reasons Lisbon, Portugal Embassy NEX as recipients of the 2009 Bingham Award for exceptional performance in serving their customers over the past year June 21. The Rota NEX was recognized in the Overseas Sales up to $20 million in sales category and the Lisbon Embassy NEX won for the second year in a row for Overseas Sales up to $2 million. “The Bingham Award program was established to recognize excellence in customer service, operations, and management at NEX activities,” said Rear. Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, Commander, NEXCOM. “It also promotes friendly competition among our NEX activities that are striving to promote superior customer service to our Sailors and their families.” The Rota exchange has been operating in its current building since November 2007. The 12,500 square meter main Navy Exchange serves military personnel and their dependents currently stationed at NAVSTA Rota. “We have a great staff that keeps getting better,” said Kevin McAndrew, Rota NEX store manager. "We train hard in customer service and try to develop along with Rota’s evolving base demographic in order to stay relevant and remain a good benefit for the military.” The Rota NEX’s changing demographic has been caused by the shrinking of the overall base population from 12,000 area residents to 1,200 in the last few years and the rotating Naval Construction Battalions with their specific shopping needs. The Bingham Award is named after the late Capt. W.H. Bingham, Supply Corps, U. S. Navy Reserve. Bingham was the Chief Executive Officer of the R.H. Macy’s company and was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy in 1946 to lead an advisory board for the establishment of the Navy Exchange System. “It’s about knowing the customer,” McAndrew said. “If the sales numbers are in line it means you are doing right by your customers and they are getting what they need at our local exchange.” The Bingham Award will be presented in a ceremony at a later date.
NEX employee Garth Anderson, right, helps a customer at the Rota NEX Video Mart. Rota NEX was recognized with the 2009 Bingham Award for exceptional performance in customer service.
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Community News Holiday Postal Hours
The Fleet Mail Center will be open July 2-3, 9 a.m. – noon, and closed July 4-5, while the Post Office will be closed July 2-5 in observance of Independence Day.
COMMUNITY NAVSTA Rota Town Hall Meeting
Hear about the latest Public Works project or when the next MWR event or FFSC trip is going. Find out the latest by attending the monthly Town Hall meeting. The next Town Hall meeting is scheduled for July 15, 11 a.m., in the NEX Food Court, or listen to the meeting live on 102.5 FM.
Armed Forces/Overseas Citizens Voters Week
All teens and adults of all skill levels are invited to play women’s volleyball scheduled to start July 6, every Tuesday and Thursday, 7-9 p.m. at the base gym. For more information contact May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show your patriotism this Independence Day and register to vote during Armed Forces and Overseas Citizens Voter's Week. Log onto FVAP.GOV and register to vote and request an absentee ballot with a single form. There's even a postage-paid envelope for you to print.
Children’s Theater is Coming to Rota
Personal Property Summer Hours
Missoula Children's Theater is bringing a production of Pinocchio to Rota July 6-10. Students grade 1-8 can audition July 6 at Bldg 41 near the fitness center and indoor pool from 10 a.m. to noon and no sign-up is necessary. Rehearsals take place Tuesday to Friday, with the final performance July 10, 5:30 p.m. at the base theater. For more information, call 727-1382 or pick up a flyer at CDC or SAC.
July RAMIC Meeting
The July Retired American Military Iberian Council meeting is scheduled for July 13, 1 p.m. in the Chapel Annex. Captain Donna L. Styles, Commanding Officer, USNHRS will speak on a change to funding for Supplemental Health Care provided by doctors, clinics and hospitals outside the base and essential information affecting your budget and health care.
Summer hours for Personal Property through Sept. 17 will be 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Contact 727-2419 for outbound appointment scheduling or 727-1624 for inbound assistance.
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
AA meetings are scheduled to be held every Wednesday, 7 p.m. at bldg, 575. Call 649-13-4248 for more information.
Aviation Medicine Has Moved
Aviation Medicine is now located next to Preventive Medicine at the hospital. Call 727-3110 to schedule an appointment for any type of physical or deployment screening.
Plants Available at Housing Self-Help
Self-Help has received bushes for on-base residents. Call 727-4554 to find out how you can get yours today.
Sure Start Program
DGF is now accepting applications for the Sure Start Program. Applications must be completed and returned to the elementary school office no later than Aug. 15. Acceptance emails will not be made before Aug. 28. For more info contact the main office at 727-4185/4187.
NEX A-OK Student Reward Program
Any eligible full-time student with at least a B-grade point average may enter a drawing for U.S. Savings Bonds 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.
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.
Sign-Up For UMUC Now
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 now or contact 727-2917 or rota@ ed.umuc.edu.
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Summer Sales Are On! Sign Up Now to Test Drive an Audi Summer sales are now on all around. Don’t miss the ones at Las Dunas Mall on the outskirts of Sanlúcar, just a few minutes from base. Las Dunas has a great selection of shops and now, with an improved exchange rate and things on sale, is the time to shop. Speaking of sales, Giovi at Champions on base has a July Holiday Sale, offering 30 percent off on all items. Also, the By Karen Lucas, Coastline Publisher Navy Lodge still has TVs on sale for just $25. All you have to do is stop by and ask to see them. On July 16 you are invited to the Auto Exchange Flamenco evening at the Hotel Playa de la Luz in Rota. Audi, the top selling German brand will be on sale tax free for base personnel in Rota for the first time. There will also be an opportunity to test drive the Audis. Sign up now at www.RotaTaxFreeCars.com or call 637-54-4999. For more than 30 years, Auto Exchange has offered direct access to the widest range of factory military programs available to members of the U.S. Armed Services and diplomatic community service overseas. Their sales consultants are knowledgeable about all aspects of the automotive industry and more importantly, have a unique appreciation of the stresses and difficulties of being away from home and in unfamiliar surrounding. Auto Exchange is very proud of their customer service record and with more than 40,000 new vehicle deliveries to date, they believe this is a testament to their commitment to customer satisfaction.
Trinity’s Treats is a cake and cookie decorating business run by Malaika Marks. The business is the result of her two loves…. creativity and food. They create delectable treats which are not only appealing to the eye, but the taste buds as well. The business is named after Malaika’s daughter who is always willing to lend a helping hand in the kitchen. The whole family lends their creative side to the creations. Malaika says her husband and children always have neat ideas for cake flavors and decorations. When the creative wheels start spinning, they come up with some very interesting cake ideas. Everything that comes out of their kitchen is made from scratch. No box mixes there! They make their own cake batter, fillings, icings and decorations. Most people say that they hate the taste of fondant; however it has been a customer favorite since day one. For Malaika the best part of her business is delivery especially deliveries for children. To see their little faces light up when the see yummy goodies made just for them really makes her day! Although Malaika is mostly self taught, she recently attended the Wilton School of Cake Decorating &
Confectionary Arts in Darien Illinois. There, she received certification as a Master Cake Designer. She also loves reading confectionary books to stay abreast of the latest products and techniques and watching various cake shows such as Cake Boos, Food Network’s Cake Challenge, and Ace of Cakes. Now she teaches cake and cookie decorating classes for Rota MWR, sharing her skills with others in a laid-back and fun environment. Since business has been doing great, it is highly recommend that you place your order by the timelines listed on their website www.trinitystreats.com or call 686-83-8893 to reserve your date. They always do their very best to accommodate all date requests. It’s party time at Paddy’s in Rota this weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday Paddy will be hosting a Paulaner, Guiness & Foster’s Party with lots of gifts. Hotel Duque de Nájera, for the 11th consecutive year is awarded the TUI HOLY 2010 as one of the top 100 hotels in the world. Hotel Duque de Nájera has been in the Top 100 since opening in 1999. In 2004, it reached number one and in 2001 through 2005 it was in the Top 10. About 10,000 hotels vie for a TUI HOLY award every year. The TUI HOLY is considered the Oscar of tourism. The awards are based on customers’ evaluations. 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.
Fleet & Family Support
Call 727-3232 to pre-register for all FFSC functions.
Field Trip: Baelo Claudia Roman Ruins
Separating TAP Workshop
July 6 - 9, 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. Contact your Command Career Counselor to sign up.
L&L: The Art of Bullfighting
July 7, 1130-1230 at FFSC. Bullfighting season is here. While living in Spain, is a great opportunity to witness the “Corrida de Toros”. Join us in this seminar to learn about this ancient tradition.
July 8, 9:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Do you having trouble saying “no”, even when you really want to? Feel like people walk all over you? Would you like to know yourself and build your self-esteem? If any of these questions rings a bell with you, join us and learn practical ways of expressing yourself.
Grief Support Group
July 8 & July 22, 4 - 5 p.m. Have you recently suffered the loss of a loved one? Need someone to provide a safe environment and walk 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.
Navigating the Social Network
July 9, 10 a.m. - noon. Did you know that the average person spends almost one hour on social networks a day such as face book? Come join us for a class to learn how social media is changing the world. Learn ways how these networks can help and safety tips when using them.
July 1, 2010
Command Financial Specialist Training
July 12, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. This interactive five day class helps military members be more aware of their personal financial situation. Come get the information needed to be a financial resource at your command. The class will cover the need for the PFM program, debt management, savings and investing, retirement planning, insurance and car buying as well as how to be an effective financial counselor. The Navy needs highly motivated and influential senior military personnel to help service members become more financially aware. This CFS Class will also be a refresher class for any CFS who has previously received training but needs the latest materials and to dust off those financial skills.
Lunch & Learn: Getting to Know the Local Area July 12, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Learn what the area has to offer. From the golden sand and crystalline water beaches to the culture and flamenco. Everything is within a few minutes of this base. Enjoy this summer in the local area while staying on a budget.
Lunch & Learn: Useful Traveling Vocabulary
July 13, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Are you about to travel in Spain? Are you studying Spanish and need better resources to make your learning easier? Whatever your reasons are, we can help you Join us to learn how to speak at a restaurant, at an airport, and in virtually every situation you can think of while traveling.
July 14, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Receive the latest information to pass on to your sponsoree. The SMEs from Housing, PSD, Personal Property, WIC and the School Liaison Officer will let you know what you need to ensure incoming personnel have a smooth and hassle free transfer. Spouses are encouraged to attend.
July 19, 10 - 11 a.m. Target your federal resume to highlight your qualifications to HRO and hiring managers. Learn keywords, the certificate of eligibility and the special requirements of a federal resume.
Daddy Boot Camp
July 21, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Congratulations, Daddy! Now that the news has sunk in, come join us at FFSC to learn how to be
Photo By Courtland Stephens, Coastline
July 2, 8:45 a.m. - 3 p.m. Visit Baelo Claudia, one of the most significant Roman Ruins of the area. Located close to Tarifa, this town was built about 2000 years ago and served as a maritime link to Tangier becoming an important fish salting industrial center. The ruins feature an entrance arch, the Main Street, a forum, a temple, an amphitheatre and more. Entrance fee is 2 euros per person.
YN3 Chuck Bolden, NAVSTA administrative clerk, peruses the NAVSTA Rota Facebook page to see the latest postings. Come join the FFSC July 9, 10 a.m. – noon, as they offer a “Navigating the Social Network” class. Learn how sites, such as Facebook, can be of assistance and the safety tips when using them.
a better dad and learn some tricks of the trade. All new dads & dad’s to be, come join us in this interactive class.
July 22, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Have you ever been in a relationship where no matter what you did-it just wasn’t enough? Have you ever been told that you are loved, but inside you feel empty and separate? Do you ever wonder what you are doing and what you could do right to show your love? It is probable that you are speaking a different love language. What is a love language? Come find out! It’s very worth your time.
Calm, Cool, and Composed
July 23, 4 - 5 p.m. Does anger, either expressed or experienced internally, ever make you feel out of control? Anger can really mess up our lives, even if it’s only in our own heads. It’s not a great feeling to be angry all the time. But we can be in control of our anger. Come find out how.
July 23, 9 - 11 a.m. Have orders? Getting ready to PCS? Then you should be signing up for this course. It is designed for all military personnel, DOD civilian personnel, and family members departing the local area. Even if it is your umpteenth PCS, you might get some new and useful information about the PCS process, as well as, information about your new duty station. Pre-registration is required.
July 1, 2010
Rota Celebrates Cultural Diversity
Story by MC1 (SW) Paul Cage Photos By Jan Hammond, Coastline
The motto of the United States is E Pluribus Unum, from the many, one. This year, the many came together at U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain’s 2010 Cultural Extravaganza June 25. The hospital coordinated information and food booths of various countries from around the world to bring people together. The afternoon was spent enjoying a language understood by all, music. The sounds of drums, guitars and singing hung over the air, as the many cultures performed traditional dances in costumes representing their heritage. Another way people identify with a culture is food. From Mexican to Japanese to Panamanian, sampling food while looking at displays and cultural artifacts helped foster a better understanding of the many diverse people found at Naval Station Rota. The late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said in his “I have a Dream” speech, “...when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing…”. He would be proud of the Rota community, as well as our forefathers who came to America, to see the rich tapestry of the world coming together sharing the common bonds of brotherhood.
July 1, 2010
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July 1, 2010
Trial by Triathlon
Photo By ET3 Kelly Mayo
Photo By Courtland Stephens
Military member, dependents, and Spanish Nationals came together June 19 to participate in the Naval Station Rota Morale, Welfare and Recreation 2010 Summer Sprint-Triathlon. More than 100 individuals and seven teams signed up to test their strength and endurance in a 750-meter ocean swim, 20-kilometer bike ride, and a five-kilometer run that began and ended at Rota’s Admiral’s Beach. Robert Coronado, Rota MWR Sports Coordinator, has been organizing the event since March. “This was my first time organizing a sprint triathlon and I was very excited,” said Coronado. “I have a great staff here and the community really put forth a lot of effort to make this a successful event.” For many of the participants, this year’s triathlon represented a chance to improve last year’s finishing times. Chief Electronic Technician (SW/AW/ PJ) David Vinup, admitted he does not train for events like the triathlon but changed his tune after a personally disappointing performance last year. "I got beat last time,” said Vinup. “I’m pretty competitive and I decided I wasn’t going to get beat again this year.” Vinup’s training paid off, allowing him to go home with a goal accomplished and a first place trophy in the men’s senior category. The motivation to participate in a sprint triathlon manifests in many ways. Some find the challenge of training for the big day invigorating and life affirming. Others wake up one day and decide they are going to try out a triathlon simply because the opportunity presented itself. Lance Cpl. Anthony Owens, a Marine assigned to Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Europe was one of the sprint triathlon’s spontaneous participants. “It physically tested everything,” said Owens who signed up the day before the race. He said he never had the opportunity to run a sprint triathlon and had never done anything like it before. “I really like to do physical training, but this was definitely a smoke check. It’s exhausting doing the event, but you feel so good afterwards that it’s worth the effort.” Owens went on to say he was inspired by the challenge and plans on bringing elements of triathlon training to his platoon physical training sessions. He said “The variety of athletic activity involved would be great to break up the monotony of the standard Marine runs."
Photo By ET3 Kelly Mayo
Photo By ET3 Kelly Mayo
Story by ET3 Kelly Mayo
The Rota Sports Report by
The Rota Sports Reporter, CW04 Ron Herb
decided the best way to handle a heavy sports season is to pay honor to Mr. King with our version of the “Ten things RSR thinks we think”. 1. Holy Cow USA Soccer!!! And to think RSR thought Landon Donovan was going to be remembered most for his appearance on the Letterman show. Worlds biggest sports stage, must win situation, and winning goal in extra time that’s clutch people. 2. RSR remembers Fernando mania as it took over LA in the early 1980’s followed by Doc Gooden with his dream Mets career start. Boston’s Rocket Roger Clemens has to be added to the list of those pitchers who took MLB by storm with raw physical gifts and maturity. Steven Strasburg of the Washington Nationals is the only pitcher in the last 25 years to join this group. Turn up the hype machine as RSR thinks he may be the best of the group. 3. Does anyone else think that the Redskins will kill the sports mood in D.C., with this seasons on field performance (over the hill gang at RB- old Gnomes will recall that reference) and the off field drama provided by Albert Haynesworth , Donovan McNabb (maybe it wasn’t just T.O.) and coaching staff? This makes for good press. 4. NBA draft. Who cares, only the top 3 picks matter. NFL wins this contest. 5. NBA free agent season. That’s the off season improvement process that works. This is the class of classes. L. James, D. Wade lead a list of significant players that will actually play for the teams that signs them, unlike most 2nd round draft picks. MA3 Mak Smithey assigned to NAVSTA Rota Security and a friend got in the mood during the USA 6. RSR thinks that Rota’s recent Slovenia World Cup Match June 18. Team USA was knocked out of contention June 26 by Ghana 2-1. It is officially July, normally this just means schools are empty and summer is underway. It’s July, so RSR must be covering MLB this time of year. Sure, we here are RSR are always ready to talk all things diamond related (sorry ladies, baseball, not rings). As we talked during our meetings about this editions column it became clear that way too much was taking place to keep it to a single topic. RSR’s favorite sports writer (outside of us) is Peter King of Sport’s Illustrated. For those of you who don’t know about his weekly column, a feature called “Ten things I think I think” you should pull up the website on Monday’s and take a look. Awesome sports stuff, so RSR
Photo By MA3 Mark Smithey
July 1, 2010
“Sprint Triathlon” was very well done and that the base provides a wonderful course to either improve your competitive time or take on a new challenge. Mark this event on your calendars next summer as a “Don’t Miss” happening. 7. RSR thinks the movement between conferences in NCAA Football is ok. This could be a step towards a playoff system after all. But if Nebraska’s inclusion in the Big 12 prevents Ohio State from playing Michigan even one season then all bets are off. 8. Graeme McDowell wins the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach recently. Good for him. But is RSR alone in thinking “come on Tiger, we want the roar”. In golf, only Tiger matters. There, RSR said it. 9. RSR thinks Wimbledon with its opening round match between John Isner and Nicola Mahun is pushed too far down the sports landscape this year. Why bring up Isner and Mahun? Because their match lasted more than 10 hours, which is longer than most of us sleep. 10. RSR thinks the French World Cup team giving up and not practicing prior to their final opening round match brings way too many jokes to mind. Mr. King’s job is still safe but RSR feels better about touching all the sporting bases. If you have a thought you would like to share send it to us at RotaSportsReport@yahoo.com. Till next time play it hard, play it safe.