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M arch 11, 2010

Volum e 19 Issue 5

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NMCRS: Contribute or Volunteer – DGF Admirals Bring Home the Hardware Hola Naval Station Rota. March is a special time of year; after all, what’s the big ticket item in sports right now? Can you say the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships? “March Madness.” It’s a popular basketball term. But the next time you check the Coastline or listen to an AFN commercial and witness all the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society fundraisers going on this month, you’ll understand NAVSTA has a “March Madness” of C A PT. W ILLIA M F. M O SK NMCRS-fundraisers all C O M N A V A C TS, SP AIN its own. They have some fun events this month. I’m a huge fan of the “Jail & Bail.” Any chance I get to throw people in jail without worry about Captain’s Mast is a good day. I want to share with you some insight about the incredible work the NMCRS does for our Navy and Marine Corps team. The NMCRS is an organization that, for more than a century, has supported the men and women of our sea services through a myriad of programs at home and abroad. The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a private non-profit charitable organization. It is sponsored by the Department of the Navy and operates nearly 250 offices



ashore and afloat at Navy and Marine Corps bases throughout the world. During my tenure as Commanding Officer, I am constantly amazed by the commitment of time and energy the NMCRS makes to improve the lives of our military families. It takes a special kind of person to be so devoted to that cause. The NMCRS does this with its numerous programs and volunteers. Whether through grants and loans or counseling and nursing, this organization’s reach is incredibly long: service members who have needed a helping hand with loans or repairs to their house; family members who have been able to get an education; injured troops who have gotten transportation for doctors’ appointments; or just the spiritual nourishment of a kind word or a good deed. For those whose lives the Relief Society has touched, every gesture, no matter how small, has a tangible impact. The work of the Society is supported by an annual fund drive conducted by the Navy and Marine Corps, and by a direct mail campaign of the Navy and Marine Corps retired community. Both fund drives are conducted under the auspices of the Secretary of the Navy. NAVSTA is never short of fundraisers. Although it can be a challenge to contribute to the different organizations or volunteer your time, what’s most important is that you DO contribute and/or volunteer. I know economic times are tough. As the nation continues to face an economic crisis, volunteers are needed more now than ever. Many nonprofits, even the NMCRS, are facing the challenge of increased demand for services at the same time they face the problem of diminished resourc-

es. If money isn’t a possibility, then consider volunteering. Ambassador Solomont, during his recent visit, discussed with me the importance of volunteering our services to help one another. It was a very powerful conversation for me, because I realized how dead-on the Ambassador was about the connection between being an American and volunteering. It’s in our blood. We stand up when we hear the call to serve; we support one another in a time of need. Enjoy the fun activities the NMCRS has in store for you this month, and consider supporting this fantastic organization. If you haven’t yet heard, the DGF Admirals brought home the hardware from the recent championships in Germany. The men’s basketball team and the cheerleading squad each captured their respective Division Championships. The women’s basketball team fought hard and came in a respectable fourth place. Bravo Zulu! I could not be more proud of your collective accomplishments, as the teamwork, discipline and sportsmanlike conduct you all displayed was truly outstanding. You can all be justifiably proud of how you represented yourselves, your school and your community. Special thanks go to the team coaches and managers who provided the leadership and their personal time. That amount of effort and devotion can simply not be understated. And let’s not forget about the parents who were equally committed to our players and cheerleaders with fundraising, traveling and cheering on our teams to victory. Just another shining example of Rota excelling on the big stage. Hasta Luego - Skipper

Time Change Means AFN Programming Changes The United States switch to Daylight Saving Time means changes to your AFN radio and TV schedule for two weeks. Starting March 14, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition starts at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. Central European Time and Rush Limbaugh airs at 5 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. The rest of AFN Europe's Power Network evening programs all start an hour earlier than regularly scheduled. The major TV programming changes will be on AFN|prime Atlantic. For two weeks, live sporting events will start an hour earlier. Other TV changes include a re-airing of Survivor replacing American Chopper at 4 p.m. CET, followed by live sports at 5 p.m. On Mar. 20 and 27, the 1-5 p.m. CET AFN|prime Atlantic schedule


CO's Corner . . . . . 2 Religion . . . . . . 10 Healthbeat . . . . . . .12 Vista . . . . . . . . . . .15 Calendar . . . . . . . 20 MWR . . . . . . . . . 21 Community News . . 24 FFSC. . . . . . . . .25 Publisher's Corner. . 26 Movies . . . . . . . . 27 El Mercado . . . . . . 28 Sports Report . . . . . . 29 Out&About . . . . . . 30

is Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, replaces Law & Order; followed by The Celebrity Apprentice 3, and Top Chef: Masters, then live sports at 5 p.m.. The AFN program changes are necessary because the United States springs forward an hour at 2 a.m. CET Mar. 14, but Central Europe doesn't spring forward an hour until 2 a.m. Sunday, Mar. 28, 20. Iraq and Afghanistan, do not observe DST. AFN radio and television programs return to regular time slots Mar. 28. For all the Daylight Saving Time schedule changes go to AFN Europe's web site at

FRONT COVER Top Row: Connie Thompson/DGF Elementary (Guest readers and students celebrate the late Dr. Seuss's birthday March 2); NMCRS (Kelliann Keirns, NMCRS volunteer visiting nurse takes the blood pressure of Nieves Dauzat); MC2 Kim Williams (NMCB 7 Seabees cut rebar during a search and recovery mission at the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, Haiti); MC3 Tracey L. Whitley/ APS East (Kenyan navy 2nd Lt. Gavin Kasyoka, embarked aboard USS Nicholas paints the main building of the Foyer De Nazareth, a children's orphanage during a community service project)

The next Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for March 18, 11 a.m. at the NEX Food Court.

DUI Counter Last DUI: Mar 4 Unit: 725th AMS Days Since Last DUI: 7 DUIs in CY 2010: 5 DUIs in CY 2009: 5

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Belgian Navy command and logistical support ship BNS Godetia (A 960) pulled into port as part of the European-led portion of APS West engagement. This deployment is led by the Belgium Navy with the support of Dutch and the United States and marks the second time that APS has been executed from a non-U.S. ship.

Belgian Navy Sailors Cmdr. Rik Boudry, executive officer aboard Godetia, (top right) and Chief Petty Officer Alex De Baene (bottom right) instruct ten recently embarked Congolese Navy students on their berthing assignments aboard the BNS Godetia. Godetia is homeported in Zeebrugge, Belgium, and is on a regular scheduled deployment. This endeavor is being conducted in cooperation with Commander, US Naval Forces Africa.

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Students admire their course completion certificates during a graduation ceremony aboard HSV 2 Swift, the APS East platform. Africa Partnership Station is an international initiative to improve maritime safety and security in west and central Africa.

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Spanish Marines pays tribute to fallen comrades during a ceremony to commemorate the the 473rd anniversary of the creation of the Spanish Marine Corps.

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Left to right: Margot Wallström, Vice-President of the European Commission next to NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Captain Linda Johansson (Swedish Gender Advisor).

NATO marked International Women’s Day March 8 by bringing prominent NATO women ‘back to school’ to encourage more future female leaders to take part in building peace and security. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen recently said greater empowerment and more effective protection of women against the dangers of armed conflicts benefits everyone, not only women. The program ‘NATO Women Back to School!’ is sending female NATO staff members back to the schools and universities where they earned their degrees to present themselves, their work, the role of NATO and how they are taking part in international security. The aim is to show students in all 28 NATO member countries how women contribute to security and defense. At the same time, the relationship between these NATO speakers and their home schools should also help students to understand how security concerns everyone, and how NATO contributes to their own personal security every day. The Alliance is encouraging a wider discussion on women in conflict prevention, crisis management and conflict resolution, particularly by highlighting the U.N. Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in October.

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Rota NMCRS Kicks-Off Annual Fund Drive

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Each year at this time Naval Station Rota begins the month long Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Active Duty Fund Drive, which began March 1. NMCRS puts a lot of time and effort put into this drive because they do not receive any government funding. Most people don’t realize that although sponsored by the Department of the Navy, the Relief Society is a non-profit organization whose programs are totally funded by charitable contributions. In 2009 the Rota office provided more than $280,000 in loans and grants to military members and their families, while the 2009 Fund Drive collected approximately $37,000. It is the repayment of previous loans which allows the Society to continue to offer financial assistance in the form interest free loans, or even grants when necessary. Besides the personal donations, this year’s fund drive team is sponsoring weekly raffles with prizes donated by many off base establishments such as restaurants, hotels and spas. Also scheduled are weekly car washes, two full service gas station days, a “Jail and Bail” event, various food sales around the base and the annual two day Radiothon on behalf of NMCRS. When approached by your fund drive keyperson, or passing by a special event, please remember that drive is not about people giving more, but about more people giving. If each person in the Navy and Marine Corps gave a donation of at least $5 per month, we would have the operating funds we need. This is the time to dig deep and help out your fellow military members, and maybe even yourself in the future.

Command representatives pose with June Brennan, (center) Director of Rota's NMCRS during the annual NMCRS Kick-Off ceremony March 1.

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The American Forces Network Rota is set to cap off another annual Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society fund drive with its premiere fund raising event, Radiothon on Eagle Rota Radio. This year's Radiothon is scheduled to air March 25-26 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day live on The Eagle Rota - 102.5 FM. This annual event allows Sailors, Marines and their families to give back to the local NMCRS offices that provide them with a variety of services. The fund drive officially begins March 1 and Naval Station Rota and its tenant commands will hold various fundraisers, from car washes and sports tournaments to special food sales, with all proceeds going to Rota's NMCRS.

Chief Mass Communications Specialist (SW) Jerry Sekerak, AFN Rota’s Officer in Charge, describes Radiothon as organized chaos. “We pick the ‘worst’ song we can find and play it until we get a pledge worthy enough to boot it off the airwaves. The pledges have to be in increments of one-dollar,” said Sekerak. “The process continues basically for the next 48 hours, with only a short 12-hour break in between.” Listeners who make pledges get an added bonus; their name is thrown into a hat for a chance to win one of the wide variety of goods and services donated by local businesses and organizations in support of the American community living in and around Rota. Potential prizes include a stay at a local hotel, hour-

long visits to local spas, dinners at local restaurants, free car rentals and much more. Drawings are held around the clock until all the prizes are given away. Winners are required to pay their pledge to their command keyperson, and bring proof of payment prior to picking up their prize. “If you don’t completely understand the process or the rules don’t worry, we’ll explain it all several times during the event,” said Sekerak. “Just be sure to tune in to The Eagle Rota March 25 and 26 and be prepared for a good time… for a good cause.” The off-base Rota community can also tune in to Radiothon through their AFN satellite decoders, by tuning in the audio from Ch. 162 (AFN Rota) and base cable Ch. 7.

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according to Pitman. "We're scheduled to be deployed for ten months," he said. "The extended deployment is part of the Seabee's overall adjustment to be able to provide more forces to support operations in Afghanistan."

Pitman also said battalion personnel have worked hard in preparing their families for the lengthy deployment. "The reason Seabees exist is to deploy and do the things we do," he said. "It's not easy for families but our battalion, base and the Navy have many programs for families that are facing a deployment of their Seabee.

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Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 deployed from Gulfport, Miss., to various locations throughout Europe and Africa as part of the battalion's regularly scheduled 2010 deployment. The Seabees' deployment, recently extended from six months to ten, will encompass a variety of projects according to NMCB 7 Executive Officer Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Pitman. "We will be going to support various task forces with general engineering and construction," he said. "Our Seabees are building projects to strengthen relationships with countries in Europe and Africa." While a majority of NMCB 7's Seabees are going to Europe and Africa, the battalion deployed an air detachment of approximately 80 members to assist in Operation Unified Response nearly a month prior to the battalion's actual deployment. "The air detachment capability is something all construction battalions have," Pitman said. "It allows us to respond quickly to any military or humanitarian need in the world. In the case of Haiti, one important aspect of our training that made our arrival beneficial to the Haitians was our ability to secure our own living and working areas, and to deploy a self-sufficient for 30 days. Essentially, we arrived able to help and not make the situation more difficult." Seabees with NMCB 7 spent eleven months training for the deployment to Africa and Europe. "We began to train knowing we were deploying to Europe and Africa," Pitman said. "So we tailored our training to prepare us for those missions. We're very prepared in the areas most Seabees generally train in and we have added additional training for the types of work in specific areas our Seabees may be working in. For example, we have had extensive training to improve our medical posture of our details in Africa." A normal Seabee deployment is usually an average of approximately six months, but this deployment will be longer,

Seabees assigned to NMCB 7 assemble a wooden form in preparation to pour a new concrete sidewalk at NAVSTA Rota March 1. NMCB 7 and its detachments are currently deployed to various locations throughout U.S. Sixth Fleet's area of responsibility providing general engineering and construction support.

We Build We Fight Can do! Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Pitman, Executive Officer for NMCB 7, presents SW3 (SCW) Felipe Esparza with his Honorable Discharge certificate during a retirement ceremony at Camp Mitchell, aboard NAVSTA Rota, March 4.

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A Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 Seabee was recently selected for the Moreell Medal, a Society of American Military Engineers award. Lt. Cmdr. James E. Brown, NMCB 7’s operations officer, was selected for his extraordinary service and involvement in the 2009 NMCB 7 “lift and shift” to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. “I was honored to have even been considered and equally surprised and humbled to find out I was selected,” said Brown. “It was based on the accomplishments of our previous deployment, specifically our “lift and shift” movement, as well as the simultaneous closing of our Iraqi operations followed by the rapid construction of forward operating bases Leatherneck and Dwyer.” The 2009 redeployment of NMCB 7 gave way to some challenges that Seabees had yet to face, being the first redeployment of a Seabee battalion from one war-time theater of operations to another. “Unlike Iraq, most of Afghanistan does not have modern infrastructure, such as roads and buildings, so the first identified priority for the 2009 surge was to create logistic and command and control centers,” said Brown. “The Seabee motto, ‘We build, We fight’ was never more appropriate. We cleared and self secured two 450-acre sites and developed the construction phasing strategy to meet the project/infrastructure milestone dates that allowed the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Battalion to Lt. Cmdr. James E. Brown, NMCB 7’s operations officer, shows anticipated berm construction sites for a forward operating base in Afghanistan to Navy Capt. Jim Schroeder, following the battalion’s redeployment from Iraq to Afghanistan. Brown was recently selected for press forward with their mission plan and execution.” the Moreell Medal for his leadership, superior planning ability, exceptional construction management skills and tactical poise. The Moreell Medal is named for Adm. Ben Moreell, who served from 1917 until 1947 and is considered to be the “Father really did not have time to think about how I felt about the award until much later. of the Seabees.” SAME has awarded the Moreell Medal since 1955 to Naval Civil Engineer Though the award is awarded to an individual, Brown went on to say his selection was Corps members, civilians and retirees for outstanding contributions to military engineering. due to NMCB 7’s work and efforts. “I was thrilled and surprised to find out I had been selected,” said Brown. “Anecdotally, “This award was given to me, but it is more reflective on the merits of NMCB 7 as a the news came at a very interesting time. I was headed in to our commanding officer’s office whole,” said Brown. We’re the ideal force, able to do any mission self-sufficiently, quickly and to let him know we had just been given word we had four days to get our Air Detachment with little help. To date, we have never failed a mission and I am extremely thankful for the ready to deploy to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response. It was just funny that I efforts and work of our battalion’s Seabees.”

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In Preparation For Easter: Bake Cookies and Teach About Jesus Holy Week and Easter Sunday are fast approaching and if you have children, no doubt you have a list of things you are planning to do in preparation for Easter. An article was emailed to me in hopes I might pass it on to families or use it for a children’s program and I am happy to pass it on. This is more than a simple recipe, but can be used to teach a child about the profound meaning of Easter. This recipe is designed to be made the evening before Easter. You will need the following ingredients and items: 1 cup whole pecans, 1 teaspoon vinegar, 3 egg whites, 1 pinch salt, 1 cup sugar, 1 zipper baggie, 1 wooden spoon, Tape and a Bible. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place pecans in zipper baggies and let children beat them with a wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3. Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl. Let each child smell C H A PL AIN D IA NE WILS O N the vinegar. Explain when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30. Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11. Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.


A N N O U N C E M E NTS 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, 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.

COMREL Project

NAVSTA Rota has been participating with the renovation process of La Cartuja Monastery for the past several years. Other volunteer opportunities and COMREL locations are available. Contact petty officer Morrell for more information.

Explain how this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers and the bitterness of sin. Read Luke 23:27. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain the sweetest part of the story is how Jesus died because He loves us and wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain how the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3. Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain how each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60. Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven off. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66. Now go to bed! They may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Explain how Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22. On Easter morning, open the oven. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. If you would like to speak with a chaplain for any reason please call the Religious Ministries Department at 727-2161.

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Colorectal cancer is a disease in which cells in the colon or rectum become abnormal and divide without control, forming a mass (or tumor). These abnormal cells may also invade and destroy the tissue around them, or they may break away from the tumor and spread to form new tumors in U.S. N A V A L H O SPITA L other parts of the body. R O TA , SP AIN Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S. (after lung cancer). The exact causes of the cancer are not yet known.



However, studies have shown that advanced age, in addition to certain dietary, lifestyle and genetic factors are linked to an increased chance of developing this disease. You may be at even higher risk if there is a history of colon cancer in your family. Studies have also shown that colorectal cancer usually progresses from normal colon tissue to an abnormal growth or polyp (which is still usually benign) to a cancerous tumor. The majority of patients who develop colon cancer never exhibit any physical symptoms. So a big step to prevention of this deadly disease is early detection.

Unless you are at increased risk, it is recommended that you undergo colorectal cancer screening starting at age 50. There are a variety of methods to choose from for screening purposes, but the most commonly used screening method is colonoscopy. In this test, the rectum and entire colon are examined using a flexible lighted instrument. A thorough cleansing of the colon is necessary before this test, and most patients receive some form of sedation. If you have any questions about colorectal cancer screening, please make an appointment with your primary health care provider. Remember, it’s important to get your rear – in the clear!

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We often think of people who are green or eco-friendly as hippies or tree-huggers. By definition, eco-friendly includes anyone who has minimized their impact on the environment. Decades ago, before it was trendy to be green, grandma line-dried her clothes and used dish towels instead of paper towels. Does this mean grandma was green? By looking back on what some

consider the greatest generation, we can learn how to be fiscally responsible and at the same time minimize our impacts on the environment. Here are some age-old tips my grandma used to keep her home healthy and clean. Grandma mopped her floors with hot water and vinegar. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and non-toxic to children and pets that play on the floor. She made her sinks and tubs sparkle by polishing them with baking soda and dissolving soap scum with lemon juice. Both natural ingredients are perfectly safe to rinse down the drain and are phosphate-free. Grandma reused everything such as containers, jars and bread bags rather than just tossing them in the garbage bin. And even her garbage bin was lined with a reused bag she

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The NEX is always looking for ways to save customers money. Savvy customers already know shopping the NEX saves them 22 percent on the products they purchase, not including sales tax. Customers can also save money by using manufacturers' cents off coupons. “Redeeming coupons provides the customer another way to save money when shopping at their NEX,” said Richard Dow, Navy Exchange Service Command Senior Vice President Store Operations. “During these challenging economic times, every little bit helps.” According to Inmar, the nation's leading promotion transaction settlement provider, 3.3 billion coupons were redeemed last year. “In 2009, the NEX processed more than $2 million in manufacturer cents-off coupons,” said Dow. “That’s extra money that stays in our customers pockets. We mean it when we say ‘We Save Our Customers Money Every Day.’” NEXCOM’s mission is to provide authorized customers quality goods and services at a savings and to support quality of life programs for active duty military, retirees, reservists and their families.

received from a local store. My Grandma saved money by growing her own organic vegetables before we knew what organic was. She canned veggies so we could eat delicious produce year round and shopped at the local farmers market for everything else. This eliminated the need for wasted fuel on pricey imported food items and wasteful over-packaging. Grandma even brought her own reusable tote with her to the market. Grandma was green before it was trendy. Her wisdom enabled her to do what is right for her family and the environment. Was your grandma green too? If you have questions or green living tips you would like to share, contact Gay Gates at the Public Works Environmental Division at 727-1302 or

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he 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing Commander's Conference was held at Naval Station Rota Feb. 23 - 25 and culminated with their Annual Awards Banquet. First Sergeants, Operating Location Chiefs, squadron commanders from across the Wing met to discuss issues pertinent to the Air Mobility Command European En Route System. However, the principal focus of the week was to recognize the wing annual award winners. The wing awards program functions with units authorized to submit a single individual per category to their respective group. The group then selects a group winner from the unit nominees. The winners from each group and the wing staff compete for selection as the wing-level winners. Nominees went on a trip to Sevilla and a local bodega.

Col. Scott Gaab, Commander 725th Air Mobility Squadron, center, poses with 725th nominees Juan Hewitt and Lauren Day during the 521st annual awards ceremony Feb. 25.

Senior Master Sgt. James Redmond and Master Sgt. Christopher Walton during the awards reception.

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of the 725th Air Mobility Squadron at Rota did an amazing job meeting everyone's transportation needs. Assuredly, our conference would not have been possible if it were not for the continued full support of our NAVSTA Rota host, the graciousness of the host nation Spanish military and partnerships with the surrounding communities." Commander, 521 AMOG, Col. Gordon Campbell

Col. Kimberly Corcoran, Commander 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing, front and center, poses for a group photo with the unit nominees during the annual awards ceremony Feb. 25.

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rriving in Andorra, a sign greats you which reads, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boredom Prohibited.â&#x20AC;? A mere dot on the map at less than 161 square miles, this small country nestled in the Pyrenees Mountains has so much to offer. Most come to ski like I did, but there is so much more, from hiking, biking, fishing and golfing, to relaxing in the world famous Caldea spa, boredom was not option. Andorra, is one of the smallest states in Europe, but has one of the greatest historical legacies. Located between France and Spain, it is the last independent survivor of the March States, a number of buffer states created by Charlemagne in 803 to keep the Moors from advancing into France. In the 13th century, the Principality of Andorra was born, a joint sovereignty that would be neither Spanish nor French, but rather a combination of the two. In 1993, a constitution was signed and the Principality of Andorra became an independent state. It is not an easy country to get to either. There is no major airport or train station. You must travel by car or bike to get anywhere. Most fly into Gerona, just north of Barcelona, or to Toulouse, France and drive two and a half hours just to get to the border. But the trek is worth it. Once you cross the border, venture onto one of the only three secondary roads the country has and discover some of the most dramatic scenery in all of the Pyrenees. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly an outdoor lovers Mecca. Hiking has never been better, with well marked trails that will have you exploring the many lakes and nature parks throughout the region. Rock climbing routes are a plenty and mountain bike areas range from crosscountry to off-track and even descent circuits for the brave at heart. There are several lakes to fish and white water rafting and canoeing if that is your fancy. But the winter brings the snow to this region and with that, incredible skiing. The largest ski area in the Pyrenees is Grandvalira where sunny days and snowy nights make for prime conditions for exploring some of the 110 slopes that cover six villages connected by a lift system that transports more than 100,000 skiers per hour. Skiing off the runs, called going off-piste, has never been better. It was an absolute beautiful sight to see snowboarders sail down untouched peaks with the snow blasting out behind them. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, El Tarter Snowpark has a giant airbag to learn the latest freestyle tricks and a multitude of activities are available beyond skiing from dog sledding to snowmobiling and even heli-skiing for those who dared. But the coolest thing by far, and I mean this literally, is a stop for a drink at one of the ice hotels on the slopes, where you can pop off your skis and walk into a bar made entirely out of ice. Go off the beaten path in Andorra which has so much to offer in all its history and natural beauty. No, boredom is not an option here.

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Best Time To Visit

May to September, for summer activities or December to April for skiing

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Seven DGF sixth graders competed in the Mediterranean district’s Odyssey of the Mind competition and won! The students completed a problem titled “The Gift of Flight" where they had to create and operate a series of aircraft that would complete a variety of flight plans made using a variety of materials and propelled in a variety of ways. The students, under the direction of teacher Ms. Dana Dufka, have been meeting twice a week since November including Christmas break will now travel to Kaiserslatern, Germany to represent the Mediterranean district in the European finals competition March 27th. Go DGF!!

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DGF Elementary students celebrated the late Dr. Seuss’s birthday with guest readers and a visit from The Cat in the Hat March 2. No birthday party is complete without cake and presents! The PTSA gave special Dr. Seuss pencils and erasers to each student and birthday cake was served up by the Cat in the Hat and company to the students during lunch. Special thanks go out to PTSA president Wade Cruz and his wife Catherine for making the cakes- eight in all-to serve to the elementary students.

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Peru, Germany, and South Africa were a few of the countries "visited" by Naval Station Rota Girl Scouts in observance of World Thinking Day Feb. 21 at David Glasgow Farragut’s Elementary School’s Multipurpose Room. The local Girl Scouts, along with their families and friends, came together to learn about different countries, saw photos of faraway places and tasted new foods in an effort to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. “Today is important for girls to learn and understand about how girls grow up and live in other countries,” said Lt. Cmdr Valerie Toth, Rota Girl Scout Chair who has been in a Girl Scout for more than 20 years. “The other part of thinking day is learning about an issue. Doing this helps the girls learn and understand about that issue and intern become better citizens.” The theme for this year's worldwide celebration was "together we can end extreme poverty and hunger." This day not only gave the girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, but remind Girl Scouts they are part of a global community. “Being a Girl Scout is about being empowered,” said Sarah Scheller, Rota’s Girl Scout lead volunteer and whose daughter is a second year Daisy. “I was a Girl Scout briefly and the main reason I wanted my daughter to do join was to get along with other girls and not get lost in the crowd. I want to empower her and for her to learn to be a leader and I think she is learning that.” Thinking Day was first created in 1926 when it was decided there should be a special day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the Daisy’s sing a song during World Thinking Day at the DGF Multi-purpose room. world to "think" of each other and give thanks Scouts around the world. and appreciation to their "sister" Girl Scouts. The delegates chose Feb. 22 as the date for Thinking Day because it was the mutual birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement, and his wife, Olave, who served as World Chief Guide. Following the presentations which included singing in Afrikaans and doing a traditional Filipino dance, each troop member was encouraged to visit other booths and get their “passport” Stamped and sample the food of that country. “I learned about the colors of the flag and what girls do there that are my age,” said brownie Amanda Shetts whose troop presented South Africa. “I like being a Girl Scout. I get to meet with other girls and have fun.”

Brownies eat some of the international food during World Thinking Day. The day was first created in 1926 when it was decided a special day for Girls Scouts and Guides to give thanks and appreciation to their “sisters” around the world.

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Libraries have always been a repository of knowledge and a place for people to go to and do research to expand human knowledge. From the earliest ones built in ancient Sumeria, to the great Library of Alexandria, the monastic libraries of the Dark Ages and the illumination of the Age of enlightenment, libraries have become integral parts of a community’s cultural and civic pride. Naval Station Rota is no different. Members of the community gathered together to dedicated Rota’s its new $2 million library and learning center Feb. 26. “A library is a core program to MWR across the Navy and the Department of Defense,” said NAVSTA Commanding Officer, Capt. Bill Mosk. “Without our MWR leadership, and our fabulous folks who work in our library every day, we couldn’t have done this. A lot of volunteers carried books over from the old library to the new one. I appreciate those efforts.” Rota’s first library was built in 1959. But modern libraries are increasingly being redefined as places to get unrestricted access to information in many formats and from many sources. Rota’s new facility offers that with computer drops so patrons can surf the internet, extending the facility beyond the physical walls of its building. Retired Seabee, Gaspar “Gus” Dowling, who was i nv o l v e d i n t h e construction of the original facility, was at this ceremony. Gus was stationed in Rota from 19591961 and worked w it h t h e P u b l i c Works and Maintenance Seabee Unit Kimberly Hasslebring reads a kid’s book to children in the new children’s reading area during the opening of the new library and and was involved in learning center. The children’s area wall will also have a mural painted on it in the future. the building of the original MWR library. “I worked on some major facilities like the runway, the old building 1, the gym and many other MWR facilities,” said Gus. “It is an honor to have been here from the ground up.” Now many of those facilities Gus helped build are now being replaced by more modern constructions. “It is a wonderful tie to the past to have you here today,” said Mosk. “He is one of the most recognizable members of the Rota community. Thanks for what you did.” The new library has quiet study areas, comfy nooks to get lost in an adventure and a coffee shop to sip on café con leche. The Navy NAVSTA Rota Commanding Officer, Capt. Bill Mosk Exchange is working on getting a vendor in for the coffee shop. cuts the ribbon of the new $ 2 million library and learning center with Dowling. Dowling was at NAVSTA “The original building served its purpose well since 1959,” said Mosk. “This new facility will continue to support our total work force Rota in 1959 when the original MWR library was built. and will be an asset for professional and personal development.”

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NAVSTA Rota's 2nd Annual Free Flamenco Fashion Show

NMCRS Thrift Shop

Stop by the Thrift Shop Mar. 17 for our St. Patrick's Day Sale. To get in the Irish spirit, we are offering a free bag of items to anyone who is wearing green. All items are included, except for household and electronic items.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Mar. 17, 10:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. New moms can find out more about the joys, benefits and techniques of feeding your child the natural way during this breastfeeding class. The NMCRS Visiting Nurses will be discussing the basics of nursing your baby and the benefits of breast milk. After the arrival of the baby, the nurse works with you and your family in your home setting. Call 727-1614 to sign up.

Enjoy an evening of food, fashion and music as the 725th Top Three and NMCRS sponsor the 2nd annual Flamenco Fashion Show scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 27 from 5-8 p.m. at the Sea View Pines Amphitheater. The latest in Flamenco fashion will be presented along with music from an Andalucían Flamenco group with tapas and refreshments available.

NAVSTA Rota Town Hall Meeting

Want to hear about the latest Public Works project? When is the next big race from MWR? Where's the next big FFSC trip going? Find out the latest to these questions and more by attending the monthly NAVSTA Rota Town Hall meeting. Just stop on by the NAVSTA Rota Town Hall meeting Mar. 18, at 11 a.m. in the NEX Food Court, or listen to the meeting live via 102.5 FM.

Special Birthday Dinner at the Galley

Sign up now for the Monthly Birthday Special Dinner Meal Program for February birthday celebrants scheduled for Mar. 31, at 4:30 p.m. Dinner is open to all U.S. military active duty and activated reservist stationed/TAD/TDY including all Tenant Commands. Contact CS2 Joshua C. Murphy, at 727-1654/2032 or or Mr. Marc Barcelon at 727-1407 or Mamerto.Barcelon@

NMCRS is Looking for Volunteers

Expand your social circle, learn new skills and help yourself help others by giving back to the community. NMCRS is 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 NMCRS at 727-1614 for more information.

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.

D G F S C H O O LS A.S.P.I.R.E. Seeking Bike Donations

DGF American Students Partnering in Response and Education is seeking bicycle donations for an upcoming humanitarian project scheduled for Mar. 20-22. Bicycles must be in working order as they are for transportation for children who are unable to travel to school. Contact Pam Cleaverly at 727-4692 for more information.

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.

ASE Certification Exam Deadline

Registration deadline for the ASE Certification Exam in May is Mar. 26. Contact Navy College at 727-2711 to sign up.

ERAU Term IV Classes

ERAU is proud to announce the offering of the following courses for Term IV: Math 112 (College Mathmatics), ENGL 221 (Technical Report Writing), ASCI254 (Aviation Legislaton) and AMNT81 (Aircraft Propulsion Systems and Applications). Contact 727-2984 for syllabus or more information.

UMUC Seeking Professors

Anyone with a Masters Degree interested in teaching can go to the UMUC European Campus website for information or stop by the UMUC office at Rota’s Navy College. For more information contact 727-2917 or go to

UMUC Europe Spring Registration

Piano Teachers Needed

Pre-Order Your DGF Elementary Yearbook

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

The PTSA is now accepting pre-orders for the 2009-10 yearbooks. Books can be ordered before Spring Break for $20. After Spring Break they will be $25. Contact Wade Cruse at 626-40-3083 or

UMUC Europe Spring registration is through Mar. 21 with distance education courses through Apr. 4. Explore financial aid available including grants, low-interest loans, and monthly payment plans. The 2010-2011 FAFSA application is available for federal financial aid. Grants may be used along with VA benefits, scholarships, military TA and military spouse tuition. For information on registration, financial aid, and services, contact Navy College or visit www. or UMUC Europe at DSN 314-370-6762.

Volunteer at the Rota Girl Scouts Camporee


Navy College Graduation Ceremony

The Rota Girl Scouts are scheduled to hold their annual camporee Apr. 21. We need volunteers to assist with food preparation, knife or orientation skills, first aid, making emergency shelters, rope tying, trail hike and more. This will only take a part of your day and an excellent way to help in the community. Contact Valorie Toth at navyrn@juno. com or 727-4884 to help.

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 to learn more.

Graduation is scheduled for May 21 at the base chapel for those who graduated or will be completing your degree by Dec. If graduating from another school and would like to participate, contact the Navy College Office. Deadline to register is Apr. 16. Contact the Navy College at 727-2711.

Editor's Note: Submit community news announcements no later than the Friday before the desired publication date to Submissions are limited to 65 words or less and may be edited due to space constraints. Contact the Coastline at 727-2813 for more information.

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Call 727-3232 to pre-register for all FFSC functions.

Ten Steps to Federal Employment

Mar. 12, 1-4:30 p.m. The Federal government is the largest employer in America! This class will cover the steps you need to make the challenging process of landing a Federal job an achievable goal.

Saving & Investing

Mar. 15, 2-3 p.m. Retirement? Kids College? TSP? 401K? This dynamic workshop gives you information you need to make an informed decision about your future.

Business Resumes (Lecture)

Mar. 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.

Lunch & Learn: Easter Traditions in Spain

Mar. 16, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn more about the Catholic Church Holy Week. The purpose of Holy Week is to reenact, relive and participate in the passion of Jesus Christ. During this L&L you will discover places where you can go to enjoy the traditions. This year, it begins in March 28 and ends in April 4. Come and learn its significance before you go off to witness this most special time.

Credit Management

Mar. 17, 2-3 p.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.

Smooth Move

Mar. 18, 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

Lunch & Learn: The Spanish Royal Family Mar. 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch and join us in this

seminar to learn about one of the oldest dynasties in power in Western Europe. Why do we have a monarchy in Spain? Who are they? Who will be the next king of Spain? These topics and more will be covered in this Lunch and Learn Seminar.

might get some new and useful information about the PCS process, as well as, information about your new duty station.

Sponsor Training

Mar. 18, 2-4 p.m. Have you been assigned as a sponsor? If so, take a couple hours out of your work day to 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 everything you need to know to ensure incoming personnel have a smooth and hassle free transfer. Spouses are also encouraged to attend.

Grief Support Group

Mar. 18, 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.

Thrift Savings Plan

Mar. 18, 10-11 a.m. Do you have a plan for your retirement years? If not, find out why investing in TSP may be right for you and learn about the all the different options TSP has to offer.

Calm, Cool, & Composed

Mar. 19, 2-4 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.

Mid Career CONSEP

Mar. 22-25, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Need help identifying and reaching your career and life goals? This dynamic course is designed for Sailors with 6-12 years of military service and focuses on financial success, Navy career programs, and goal setting. Contact your CCC or the FFSC to sign up.

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L+??<$#)R$3+)9*-.S/$J+<T$%()$D(+'<$1&9$#?9*6MU Two of our advertisers this week will be hosting parties to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next week. Molly Malone will celebrate twice: this Saturday, March 13, there will be a party with typical Irish food and a D.J. and then on March 17 there will be another party also with Irish food, beer and drinks. At Paddy’s Irish Bar on Plaza La Cantera in Rota, there will be a big Guinness party St. Patrick’s Day. All who attend will get a cap and T-shirts plus appetizers. Long and Foster Real Estate Agent, Mimi Nun from Washington D.C. is still in the area through March 17. She BY K A REN LU C A S will be taking day trips, but you are still in time to get an appointment and plan ahead to get ready for your move. Find out about the housing market and the area of your next duty station. You can call and leave a message at the Hotel Playa de la Luz, 956-81-0500 or her cell 672-38-5832 to make an appointment. As advertised this week as well as in the previous Coastline, Hotel Playa de la Luz is hosting a “Welcome Spring” dinner accompanied by a classical string quartet. The dinner/ concert starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 20. The string quartet will play pieces that have to do with spring as well as well known songs and movie sound tracks. It will be a five course meal starting off with appetizers, followed by a fish dish, sorbet, meat and dessert. The cost is 45 euros per person. Beverages and coffee are included in the price. You can make reservations by calling the Hotel Playa at 956-81-0500 or e-mail Come on out and celebrate spring. Spring has also arrived at Las Dunas Mall located on the outskirts of Sanlúcar. Stop by



A RE A A C TIVITIES ROTA March 13, at 8 p.m.; Holy Week marches in Our Lady of O Parrish. March 13, at 9 p.m.; Concert by vocal group Membra Jesu Nostri; Ancient Music, in the Auditorium Alcalde Felipe Benítez on Avda. San Fernando. Entrance 3 euros. March 19, 9 p.m., Lent Music by the Municipal Band in the Auditorium Alcalde Felipe Benítez on Avda. San Fernando. Entrance 3 euros. March 20, at 8:30 p.m., Saeta (Typical Holy Week Singing – a lament) contest; in the Auditorium Alcalde Felipe Benítez on Avda. San Fernando

PUERTO DE SANTA MARÍA March 11, at 9 p.m., concert “The Tallest Man on Earth” by Kristian Matsson of Sweden in the Municipal Theater Pedro Muñoz Seca. March 12, at 9 p.m., concert “Miserere” by Vicente Palacios in the Municipal Theater Pedro Muñoz Seca. March 14, at 9 p.m., Children’s Theater, Cinderella in the Municipal Theater Pedro Muñoz Seca. March 14, at 6:30 p.m., Flamenco Fusion; El Selu; in Sala Nahua. Ribera del Marisco 13 – 15. Free entrance. March 19 – 20, at 9 p.m., Bodas de Sangre” by Federico Garcia Lorca in the Municipal Theater Pedro Muñoz Seca. March 12, at 11:30 p.m., in Sala Milwaukee, concert by Agaporni’s Funk. Entrance 3 euros. March 12, at 9 p.m., Choral Music by Orfeon Portuense y Orfeon Virgen de la Escalera in the Municipal Theater Pedro Muñoz Seca. Entrance 10 – 12 euros.

and see all the new things for spring. You will find lots of clothing stores, jewelry, shoes and beautiful things for the home. There is also a big grocery (has everything) store. Spanish Father’s Day is March 19 so get something for dad while you are there. Remember the great deal on language classes at Trinity School. You can get an unbelievable 50 percent discount on their beginner’s classes. The normal price for three weeks is 405 euros plus a 35 euros registration fee; with the special offer the price is 200 euros plus the 35 euros registration fee. Students may do a minimum of three and a maximum of 12 weeks. In addition to their regularly scheduled Spanish classes, Trinity School is offering two courses of interest for those who are also interested in Spanish culture: a Spanish and wine course and a Spanish and Sevillanas course. The Spanish and wine course starts April 24. There will be 15 hours of class plus visits to three bodegas and flamenco shows in Cádiz and Jerez. The cost of this course is 320 euros and you must have an intermediate level of Spanish to enroll. There are limited spaces. The other course Spanish and Sevillanas is designed for groups of eight students and will start as soon as there are eight signed up. It also consists of 15 hours of language instruction, dance classes, a trip to Jerez and a flamenco show in Cádiz. The all-inclusive price is 345 euros. Places are limited to eight per course. Find out more by calling Trinity School at 956-87-1926 or stop by the school at Ave. del Paraíso, 6. It’s near the bullring in Puerto. There is a new web site that may be of interest to some of you: www.villaderota. It’s a brand new place to meet people who love Rota. 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@ or give me a call at 607-56-4132. Support your paper by supporting the advertisers.

March 13, at 11:30 p.m. in Sala Milwaukee, concert by The VIP Soul Band (ex Soul Machine). Entrance 5 euros. March 19, at 11:30 p.m. in Sala Milwaukee, concert by Neumand + Legoheads. Free entrance. March 20, at 11:30 p.m. in Sala Milwaukee, concert by The Beautiful Taste (U.K.). Entrance 5 euros. March 19, at 10 p.m., La Saeta (Typical Holy Week Singing – a lament), in Tertulia Flamenca Tomás El Nitri, C/Diego Niño, 1. March 21, at 6:30 p.m. Flamenco Fusion; Carlos Peña, in Sala Nahua. Ribera del Marisco 13 – 15. Free entrance. March 6 – April 3, Painting Exhibit, Jesús Rosa in Galería Artífice, La Casa de los Leones

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Did you know that . . . . Visiting Nurses working for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society will make home, hospital, or clinic visits? They provide health education and instruction while acting as a liaison with other resources. During 2009, the Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Visiting Nurses made nearly 43,000 patient contacts, offering emotional support in times of stress; assisting patientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; understanding of medication, diet, and followup care; and providing continuity between patient, doctor and community resources. Ask about feeding newborns, postpartum care and parenting skills. For more information, contact your nearest NavyMarine Corps Relief Office. NMCRS: Service with a Smile!

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The Rota Sports Report Welcome to the RSR home of the dancing gnome. Yes it’s that time again. March Madness, the college basketball Championship Tourney known by most as the “BIG DANCE”. It’s been argued the dance is the finest of the many sporting events that take place each year. Here at RSR, we think this may be correct. It takes place at a time of year when no other sporting event can steal its coverage. Teams from throughout the country take part, none of that “Yankees-Red Sox” stuff that makes MLB hard to swallow. It lasts three weeks, so story lines can develop anew each year. But best of all everyone has a chance. Since it is a tournament, the best team on the court wins (listen up College Football), it is not decided by a poll or exposure. RSR is not sure that the “everyone” has a chance bit is correct. I mean, in the last 30 years no 16 seeded team has beaten a number 1 seed. RSR guesses that takes out four teams right off the bat. We wondered if any number 2 seeds had gotten beat? It turns out this has happen on two occasions, that latest being number 15 Hampton over number 2 Iowa State in 2001. A successful season can be described as making the Final Four. Being in the top four out of 347 Div I colleges that play basketball is impressive. So is this Final Four the top seeds in each of the four brackets each year? In 2007, 08, 09, eight number 1 seeds, three number 2

seeds and one number 3 have advanced to the final four. But in 2006, a two seed, along with a three, four, and 11 seed made the final four. Yes, RSR said an 11 seed. Who could forget George Mason in 2006 shooting their way into the Final Four (very strong 3 guard team if RSR recalls correctly). In fact, in 15 of the last 30 years a 5 seed or lower advanced to the Final Four. It’s pretty clear that everyone can make some noise or at least take a few dance steps. The Fred Astaire of the tourney must be Villanova who in 1985 as a number 7 seed pulled it off and won the whole thing. Add all that excitement to the bracket pools that will dominate the offices of Americans everywhere on the Monday after selection Sunday, March 14, and the appeal is clear. RSR will surely have our brackets ready to claim even more bragging rights then we currently own. Be sure to check out the Rota Facebook page to get our latest thoughts as the dance unwinds. In a final note RSR is pretty sure that the recent Gold Medal Hockey match between the U.S. and Canada will go down as one of the all-time great sporting events, even though the U.S. came up short. Many great moments, including Sidney Crosby's overtime goal. RSR is pretty sure that Sidney will never have to pay for a cup of coffee in Canada (or what ever it is they drink up there). Till next time Rota, play it hard, play it safe.

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President Barack Obama has proclaimed March as Red Cross Month across the United States, a tradition upheld by every U.S. President dating back to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943. "The American Red Cross is there when people need us most. During March, we thank those whose support enables us to continue our work," said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. "Their generosity helps us continue to serve those who need us every day, whether they are down the street, across the country, or around the world." The American Red Cross is part of the world's largest humanitarian network, with 97 million volunteers helping in 186 countries. In this country, the Red Cross helps change

lives seven days a week, 24 hours a day. More than 200 times a day, American Red Cross volunteers help a family who has lost everything in a house fire or other disaster. More than 475 times a day, the American Red Cross connects deployed service members with their families. More than 21,000 times a day, a patient receives blood through the American Red Cross blood program and more than 43,000 times a day, someone receives life-saving American Red Cross health, safety and preparedness training. Through its network of 34,000 employees and more than 600,000 volunteers in more than 2,000 locations across the United States and more than 30 countries around the world, the Red Cross touches the lives of millions of people every year The help of the American Red Cross extends around the world to those in need. In just a little over a month since the earthquake devastated Haiti, the Red Cross has helped more than one million people in the region. Relief efforts include providing clean water and sanitation, food and relief supplies, and health care. It will take many years for the people of Haiti to recover and the American Red Cross will work in close coordination with other organizations to support longer-term assistance projects.

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Last year, the Sigonella Jaguars beat the DGF Admirals, sending the team home after a 55-43 loss. The Admirals, under the leadership of Coach Ben Anderson and Jeff Shelton, practiced and set their goal of winning the title in 2010. And that is just what they did Feb. 28 in Mannheim, Germany at the 60th DODDS-Europe championships. The Admirals sent the Jaguars home, winning the DODDS-Europe Division III boys basketball tournament 56-40. Rota went undefeated the entire tournament. Rota 55-21 over Lajes, Rota 40-29 over Brussels Rota 45-21 over Incirlik In the semi-finals, Rota beat Alconbury 57-25, ending up in a rematch against the Jaguars. Sigonella fought hard, but fell out of contention early. The Jags trailed 27-14 when the halftime buzzer ended a 14-6 second-quarter Rota run. Sigonella continued to play tough but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to stop the Admirals. Treâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;von Owens was named MVP and Caleb Arnold and Dale Parker were named AllTournament. The Admirals savored being crowned the European Champions in their division and reversing the blemish of the loss of last year and are looking forward to defending it against all who challenge them next year.

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Once again, they spun, shouted and jumped to prove they were the best from Department of Defense high schools in Europe. More than 200 girls and a few boys took center stage, doing more than waving pompoms. They danced difficult steps to the bumpinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; beats of hip-hop and dance and when they were not moving their bodies, they were hoisting fellow members on their shoulders and arranging themselves into high-flying stunts that are not for the faint of heart. The panel of judges scrutinized every move, flip, landing and smile. When it was all over, Rota really had something to cheer about, taking home the DoDDS-Europe Cheerleading Division III championship, making it a three-peat! Tasha Eisenhower, Lauren Francavilla and Victoria Quinones were select for the All-tournament team.

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The Coastline, March 11 edition  

Check out NAVSTA Rota's command paper...the best base-paper in the Navy!

The Coastline, March 11 edition  

Check out NAVSTA Rota's command paper...the best base-paper in the Navy!