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December 5, 2019

Volume 29, Issue 23

A Look Inside Madrid Aerial Mail Terminal Page 12-13

Man On The Street Page 6

Holiday Eating: Friendship, Fiber, and Fresh Page 11


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MyNavy Family app Introduces Improved Services From Cmdr. Erik Wells Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) Public Affairs The Navy continues to focus on families with the latest update of the MyNavy Family app. First released in May, the free app has been downloaded over ten thousand times. “The app has done exactly what we intended which is to both inform families and encourage them to continue to provide feedback to improve the app,” said Amanda Burns, the MyNavy Family app product owner. The May release included 12 main content areas, Navy Spouse 101 Information, links to Naval Services FamilyLine website and other pertinent websites. Based on feedback from the initial release, the app was updated in June to include links for Spouse Licensure Reimbursement, Blue Star Families and Navy Gold Star Program. This month, the app underwent several improvements to include a new search feature on the "Welcome Screen" and three additional content areas. There is now sections on family financial planning, survivor’s resources, and parents and family members of Sailors. “Whether a spouse or family member is new to the Navy or they have been part of our family for ten years, it can be difficult to know where to turn for support,” said Perry Christiansen, lead policy analyst with the Family Readiness Program Office. “This app allows our Sailors and families to quickly find information and resources to let them navigate to find the information they need.” Additional links were added that help Sailors and their families during a permanent change of station move including a link to the Navy Lodge which offers safe, clean and affordable accommodations at 39 locations worldwide. From its inception, the app was built to provide an interactive user experience that contains relevant and timely information. “All of the apps we develop are updated on a regular basis to provide accurate information that Sailors and their families

On The Front Cover Logistics Specialist (LS) 2nd Class Freeman and LS2 Rabanal load mail into a van for Madrid NATO unit personnel. (Photo by Bruce Wheeler, U.S. Embassy Madrid)

COASTLINE STAFF Commanding Officer Capt. David S. Baird Executive Officer Cmdr. Justin Canfield Command Master Chief CMDCM(SW/AW) Gary Rosenbaum Public Affairs Officer Lt. Lyndsi Gutierrez lyndsi.gutierrez@eu.navy.mil 956-82-1680 Deputy Public Affairs Officer MC1(AW) Benjamin Lewis benjamin.lewis@eu.navy.mil 956-82-2813 Editor/Writer/Layout Courtney Pollock courtney.pollock@eu.navy.mil 956-82-1021 Production Specialist MC2 Eduardo Otero Santos eduardo.oterosantos@eu.navy.mil 956-82-1021 Community Relations Advisor 956-82-3786

can rely on,” said David Driegert, assistant program manager for the Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) mobility program which developed the app. “The MyNavy Family app is a good example of how we work as an integrated agile team to quickly respond to suggested improvements and implement them to benefit Sailors and their families.” The app is located in the Navy App Locker along with 23 other apps that focus on everything from fitness and training to education and life skills. Get more information about the Navy from US Navy facebook or twitter. For more news from PEO for Enterprise Information Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/peoeis/.

Contact The Coastline Editorial Staff: Telephone: 956-82-1021 Email: coastline@eu.navy.mil Large-file email: rotacoastline@gmail.com PSC 819 Box 1 FPO AE 09645-0001 To place an advertisement in the Coastline, please contact our publisher: Ramon Morant coastlineventas@gmail.com or 653-78-0296.

The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the NAVSTA Rota Public Affairs Office. Contents of the Coastline are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Navy. Publishing is through a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Navy, or other DoD/military entities, under exclusive written contract with NAVSTA Rota. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Navy, other DoD/military entities, or the publisher of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchases, user, or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected.


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NAVAL STATION ROTA COMMUNITY UPDATES Protect Yourself From Bank or Credit Card Theft

NAVSTA Rota Holiday Hours

Do your part to ensure your mail arrives securely at its destination

Limited Passport Services

Passport Services will be limited from December 27th until January 13th. No new applications will be accepted during this period; only passport pick-up will be available! For passport pick-up, please follow the hours below:

Are you expecting a bank or credit card in the mail from your financial institution that is taking longer than usual to arrive?

Monday: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m., 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Tuesday: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Thursday: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

If so, please contact your financial institution immediately to verify it has been mailed to you. Your financial institution can cancel the card and mail a replacement if considerable time has elapsed and you have not received your card in the mail.

Housing Closures

Dec. 6: Limited services at the Housing Service Center, Bldg. 1960. All other services will be closed. Dec. 9: Housing is closed

Security Closures

Dec. 6 & 9: Security Department will be closed for the following services: Pass & ID, vehicle registration, work/social passes, Spanish traffice tickets, firearms, and translator/interpreters. As a result, there will be no check in/out services on these dates.

USPS Special Saturday Openings

USPS Fleet Mail Center will be open on the following Saturdays, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, and Dec. 21. Retail operations are from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and package pick up from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on those dates. For more holiday hours and events, check out the "NAVSTA Rota Holiday Information" album on the Naval Station Rota, Spain Facebook page.

Follow these tips if you suspect you are a victim of mail or identity theft. Taking action early is critical.  Report mail loss or theft to your Installation Postal Officer.  Notify your financial institution immediately of the incident.  Report identity theft incident to www.identitytheft.gov and begin a recovery plan.  Take advantage of online and mobile banking features that allow you to check your accounts.  Monitor your accounts regularly. Report suspicious activities.  Don’t send cash in the mail!  If you change residence, share your new address with USPS and your financial institutions.

Although the probability is very low, your bank or credit card can be intercepted, lost, or stolen in the mail. If this happens to you, or you suspect that it has happened to you, immediately report any unauthorized use to your financial institution so they can deactivate your card to prevent additional fraudulent charges. After you have notified your financial institution, report the incident to your servicing Military Postal Activity Installation Postal Officer. The Installation Postal Officer will file a postal offense report and provide you instructions on how to formally report the incident to the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). Finally, always remember to spin the dial and secure your mail receptacle after retrieving your mail to prevent unauthorized access.


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This Day in Naval History Dec. 5, 1943 USS Narwhal (SS 167) embarks nine evacuees at Alubijid, Mascalar Bay and then sinks Japanese cargo ship.

Dec. 8, 1941 After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States declares war on Japan.

Dec. 6, 1959 Cmdr. Lawrence E. Flint, Jr., piloting a McDonnell F4H-1 Phantom II, betters the existing world altitude record by reaching 98,560 feet above Edwards Air Force Base, California.

Dec. 9, 1938 A prototype shipboard radar, XAF, designed and built by the Naval Research Laboratory, is installed on USS New York (BB 34).

Dec. 7, 1941 In one of the defining moments in U.S. history, the Japanese attack the U.S. Pacific Fleet and nearby airfields and installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Dec. 10, 1982 The nuclear powered USS Ohio (SSBN 726), first Trident-Class submarine, returns from its first deterrent patrol. Dec. 11, 1954 The first supercarrier USS Forrestal (CVA 59) is launched.

Dec. 12, 1941 The Naval Air Transport Service (NATS) is established. Dec. 13, 1941 Cmdr. William A. Sullivan is designated the first Supervisor of Salvage. Dec. 14, 1944 The rank of Fleet Admiral (five-star admiral) of the U.S. Navy is established during World War II due to the rapid build-up of U.S. military forces. Dec. 15, 1965 Gemini 6 is launched, making 16 orbits in 25 hours and 51 minutes. Capt. Walter M. Schirra is command pilot and Thomas P. Stafford is pilot.

Dec. 16, 1944 USS Swordfish (SS 193) attacks a Japanese convoy south of Hainan Island and sinks Japanese army transport Atsutasan Maru. Dec. 17, 1917 While underway off Point Loma, California, USS F 1 collides with her sister sub, USS F 3. With her hull torn open amidships, she rapidly sinks and loses 19 crewmen. Dec. 18, 1965 The River Patrol Force is established in Vietnam. In December 1970, the resources are transferred by Adm. Elmo Zumwalt to the Vietnamese navy.


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Team Rota

Man on the Street

1. Favorite holiday movie? 2. Favorite holiday tradition? 3. Travel plans for the holidays? 4. Favorite holiday food? 5. Favorite holiday song?

Begoña Garcia Pan, Program Support Assistant, NEPMU-7

1. A Christmas Story

1. A Christmas Story

2. Eating good food

2. Putting up the tree

Air Force Master Sgt. Gina Escanes, 1st Sgt. 725th AMS

2. None 3. No plans, just got here 4. Pepper pot, it’s like a beef stew from Guyana, you just eat that and some bread Air Force Senior Airman Khijon Angus, 521st AMOG

the family

4. Pumpkin Pie

4. I’m gonna say ham but

5. Mariah Carey’s All I

I stopped eating meat about 2 months ago

Want for Christmas is You Air Force Tech Sgt. Brennan Bell, Unit Deployment Monitor, 725th AMS 1. Elf, my husband hates that movie so I watch it. 2. Decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving 3. Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic 4. Ham 5. Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman

1. Home Alone 1 & 2

3. Staying around with

3. Undecided

Lt. Paul Wagoner, Defense Counsel, DSO North

1. Los 10 Mandamientos 2. Going to the 3 Kings Day parade with the younger members of the family 3. Up in the Sierra de Cadiz for a couple of days 4. Goat, Morocco-Style 5. Ya Vienen los Reyes Magos

Marine Sgt. LaBria Ford, Ammo Chief, FASTEUR

5. White Christmas, by Bing Crosby

Army Capt. Jaime Hanley, Branch OIC (Vet)

5. I hate the song Jingle Bells 1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2. Playing Euchré; it’s a card game 3. Going to Columbus, Ohio 4. All the side dishes; mashed potatoes, corn 5. Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You

1. Home Alone

1. How the Grinch Stole

2. Waking up at midnight

Christmas

to open Christmas

2. Dia de Reyes (3 Kings

presents

Day)

3. Lisbon

3. Madrid to visit family

4. Gingerbread cookies

4. Iberico Ham

5. Mariah Carey’s All I

5. Villancicos Navideños

Want for Christmas is You

Antonio Guerrero Torres, IT, AFN

(Christmas Carols)


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PUBLISHER´S CORNER MIGUEL MERINO WINES

To be in good company sharing a great Holiday meal and excellent wines is something I enjoy. For the wine element there is a good local resource. Miguel Merino wines and spirits have catered exclusively to the best restaurants in the Cadiz area. They are top professionals and have an impressive selection of wines that cannot be found in normal retail outlets. They have a store that allows retail customers to also buy wine and for anyone looking for a great holiday wine this is the place to go. The people working there are highly knowledgeable and want to be of assistance. I have lived in this area since 1992. I thought I knew all of the special sherries and brandies that this region is famous for but I saw many wines and spirits at Miguel Merinos that I had never seen before. Limited editions, first press unfiltered wines with limited bottling, special finos, olorosos, palo cortado, creams, Gran Reserva brandies, an excellent selection that even knowledgeable persons would be surprised to try and at very reasonable prices. Red, white and blush wines from Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro and all over Spain are here and here there are many excellent wineries represented many of which I did not know of. I enjoyed the wines that I bought there. I knew of this place as at one time I had a restaurant and bought wine there. If you want a selection of great wines at good prices for the holiday season I recommend stopping by. If you want to buy a unique gift for a wine connoisseur that will surprise and please then you have to go. Please see their ad for more details.

ALMA VERDE Are you looking for a candle lit romantic night out with great food and atmosphere that is easy to get to from the base ? Alma Verde is the place for you. Are you the kind of person whose highest dining out priority is to have gourmet excellently prepared dishes that surprise and please ? Alma Verde is the place for you. Perhaps you require natural ecological foods and wines ? Again Alma Verde is the place for you. Please check out their ad in the paper for details.


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U. S. Naval Hospital Rota Birth Announcements

Emilia M. Whittle

Jasmine Mendoza

born November 4, 2019 to Jordan and Erica Whittle Weighing 7 lbs 1.2 oz

born November 13, 2019 to Edward and Vendula Mendoza Weighing 6 lbs 10 oz

Charlotte G. Searcy

Deandre E. Tejeda

born November 14, 2019 to Scott and Anna Searcy Weighing 7 lbs 2.6 oz

born November 22, 2019 to Johnathan and Jessica Tejeda Weighing 6 lbs 6.3 oz


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Naval Station Rota Sailor of the Year Photos By MC2 Eduardo Otero

Senior Sailor of the Year Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Hayden Witherspoon

Sailor of the Year Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Rashaun Ford

Junior Sailor of the Year Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Mequila Murarik

Blue Jacket of the Year Religious Programs Specialist Seaman Katlin Stephens

Congratulations!


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Health Promotion Corner: Eating Throughout the Holidays

By Amy Reed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist U.S. Naval Hospital Rota

How do you eat well during the holidays? Are you the type of person who modifies family recipes to reduce calories, or is the holiday season a time when your normal eating pattern changes completely? While there are only a few actual holidays in November, December and January, it seems there are weekly celebrations which are not inherently unhealthy, but typically include more treats or indulgent dishes than we normally eat. There are countless recipe modification websites and resources you can use to make-over your traditional dishes to cut down on calories, or use fresher ingredients. It can be fun to alter ingredients and see if anyone notices the

Photo by Sabrina Fine, 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

change. If you enjoy food science, this can be a fun endeavor, however, if you find yourself eating more of the modified lower-calorie dishes to feel satisfied, I recommend a different approach. Keep your classic dishes, but shift your focus from food alone to three different F’s: Friendship, Fiber, and Fresh.

Friendship While food is a common gathering point for holidays, allow your main focus to be on the people you are with. Have meaningful conversations with those around you. Share what and who you are most thankful for. Play a game with a child. Ask someone different than you about their family traditions. Do your best to not let elaborate food preparation take away from quality time with others. Simplify recipes. Cut out a classic that keeps you in the kitchen alone for hours. Savor the feeling of community. Fiber Keep the traditional items, but ensure some brightly colored fruits and vegetables are included on your plate too! When your eating habits change with the holidays, either because you are eating more or the items are richer than usual, many feel bloated and constipated. Numerous entrees and sides can pack in more fat, carbohydrate and protein than we’re used to. Consider adding a vegetable like sautéed green beans with garlic, grilled zucchini spears or roasted carrots to your holiday feast. These items

Photo by Ken Kassens, United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School

should be lighter in calories, but high in fiber, to ensure you enjoy your holiday meal, in the present, and the hours that follow (digestion). Fresh Fresh air: Take advantage of holiday time by getting outside. Go for a walk. Explore a nearby town. Rent a bike. Eat your lunch outside. If the weather permits, spend time out of doors. Feeling fresh: Getting adequate sleep helps you wake up feeling fresh. Avoid drinks that might cause you to wake up feeling less than optimal (alcohol, caffeine, high sugar or fat). Consider challenging yourself to not use your phone

to view social media within 30 minutes of going to bed. Find a way to make sleep (adequate, not excessive) a priority. Fresh water: Holidays may include drinks other than water, like alcohol, coffee, soda, eggnog, or juice. Ensure you are getting at least 2 liters of water per day. It will help your skin look and feel fresh, allows your joints to work with greater ease, and help keep your bowels moving regularly, especially if you overindulge at meals. Cheers to the 2019 holiday season, and wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2020!

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A Piece of Home, One Package at a Time: Madrid Aerial Mail Terminal

By Courtney Pollock NAVSTA Rota Public Affairs

A package in the mail from a loved one is enough to brighten anyone’s day but did you ever wonder how that package made its way to sunny Southern Spain? A small group of Naval Supply Systems Command personnel – one civilian, four Sailors and three contracted local national employees – at Madrid Barajas International Airport are instrumental in managing a global postal transportation network maintaining the flow of mail in and out of this region. “Madrid Aerial Mail Terminal (AMT) is open seven days a week, 365 days a year and we are the sole single service mail manager for DOD, DoS [Department of State], and NATO members in the Kingdom of Spain, Portugal and U.S. Navy vessels transiting the AOR [area of responsibility],” explained William Smith, postal officer of Madrid AMT. This is no small task with over 251,000 pieces, and 2.5 million pounds, of mail being processed in FY19 by Madrid AMT. This large volume of mail was dispatched to and received from Naval Station Rota, Moron Air Base, National Support Elements (U.S. service members assigned to NATO) throughout the Iberian Peninsula, U.S. Embassies, Consulates and transiting ships and battle groups. Their average customer base is 8,000 personnel but this number can swell to over 40,000 with transiting ships in the area. Being located in a major European air transit hub, Smith and his team are able to facilitate mail service to personnel within this AOR by communicating and working with airport personnel to conduct “a timely, efficient, safe and accurate mail system.” The mail arrives and departs Madrid

Logistics Specialist (LS) 2nd Class Rodriguez re-tapes, secures, and writes up a parcel received slightly damaged.

Barajas International Airport daily through multiple commercial air carriers as AMT staff observe various arriving flights to ensure secure and efficient offloading of mail by ground handlers. “Upon offloading, AMT staff follow ground handlers transporting mail back to carrier warehouses for screening,” said Smith. “After screening is complete all mail is delivered to the AMT for processing.” This is when the hard work begins for AMT staff. They scan all incoming mail and packages as arrived into the United States Postal Service (USPS) system, then sort and manifest mail based on destination. The mail is then loaded onto outbound trucks or aircraft for its final delivery destination Photos by Bruce Wheeler, U.S. Embassy Madrid throughout the AOR. The Madrid Aerial Mail Team (AMT) team poses for a photo. While their work is demanding and neverfrom loved ones stateside is gratifying. ending, the impact and the responsibility Matthews says she feels “honored to be is clear to the employees at Madrid AMT. a part of this mission.” A sentiment also “I feel that my mission here at Madrid felt by coworker Logistics Specialist 2nd AMT is important because we are handling Class Phillip Freeman. personal mail packages that service “I feel honored and privileged to be members and their families are counting a part of something bigger than me,” he on being delivered,” said Logistics explained. Specialist 2nd Class Mary Matthews. The process is similar for outgoing Knowing that they are handling mail. After mail from various locations personal mail that includes packages around the Iberian Peninsula and AOR

William Smith, postal officer at Madrid AMT, speaks with U.S. air carrier to secure extra cargo space on flights to accommodate increase in Christmas season mail.

Luis Pulgaron delivers a mail container received from a flight out of Dallas, Texas.

arrives at Madrid AMT, all outgoing mail is scanned received and X-rayed to detect dangerous items that would be an aircraft hazard. If no hazardous items are found, mail is then manifested and dispatched daily to commercial air carriers for transport to the United States and destinations around the world. This is a brief glimpse into the AMT’s internal operations. Their office also relies on and liaisons with several government

Logistics Specialist (LS) 2nd Class Rodriguez, Luis Pulgaron, LS2 Rabanal and LS2 Freeman load mail received off of a flight from Rome..

Mrs. Jiminez, Worldwide Flight Services security manager, shows Will Smith, Madrid AMT postal officer, new security protocols being implemented at the airport.


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their cooperation and professionalism.” These agencies, in addition to Madrid AMT personnel, work to ensure the safety of the aircraft and passengers aboard the flights as well as the mail reaching its destination. This includes removing prohibited items found during security screening. If prohibited items – such as alcohol, aerosol cans, or anything else that can pose a threat – are found in the mail, Madrid AMT personnel are contacted and they take possession of the package. The staff will remove and destroy the item and a letter is sent to the customer and originating post office Logistics Specialist (LS) 2nd Class Freeman re-tapes, secures, to notify them of the and writes up a parcel received slightly damaged. violation. While this is an and airport personnel in order to unpleasant aspect of his job, Smith accomplish their job. overall enjoys the unique mission of “We have a great rapport with the this command and is well-positioned for his role. He served as the last Air Force Postal Detachment Chief/Officer “I feel honored and in Madrid before operations were turned over to the U.S. Navy in 2013. privileged to be a part of “A few things have changed [since something bigger than me." 2013] with the way mail is processed,” said Smith. “USPS has modernized quite a bit with different innovations being Spanish Airport officials (AENA), Spanish introduced into the mail transportation Customs and Guardia Civil who maintain process providing more visibility a security presence at the airport,” said and tracking for the customer which Smith. “We could not do our job without

increases overall security and accountability.” While Smith agrees that technology has been great for staying connected with loved ones stateside or around the world, he feels that it will never replace the tangible piece of mail. “In this day and age of Facebook and iPhones, nothing can ever replace the feeling of receiving a letter or care package in the mail from a loved one,” said Smith. “In short, we keep our customers connected to home.”

Luis Pulgaron scans mail received in Madrid from a flight out of Newark, New Jersey.

Will Smith conducts postal training at a weekly staff meeting.

To ensure timely delivery by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that cards and packages be sent to and from military APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas no later than the following dates:

Manuel Carretro returns a mail container to Spanish Correos storage area.

Priority Mail Express Dec. 18 First Class Mail Letters and Cards Dec. 11

Luis Pulagaron and Manuel Carretro deliver a mail container received off of a flight from Chicago.

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Haze Gray and Underway

Photo by MC3 Andrea Rumple Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) handle line during a sea and anchor evolution as Ross departs Naval Station Rota, Spain, Nov. 24, 2019.

Photo by MC3 Andrea Rumple A French helicopter prepares to land on the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) during exercise PEAN 19 Nov. 29, 2019. Exercise PEAN 19 is a French-led exercise designed to enhance the operational capability of the French carrier strike group, Charles de Gaulle, while providing realistic training to both the French and participating nations while strengthening interoperability and relationships.

Photo by MC3 Andrea Rumple The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) participates in a replenishment-at-sea with the French Durance class command and replenishment ship FS Somme (A631) Nov. 27, 2019. Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, completed its ninth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

Photo by MC1 Fred Gray IV Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Taylor Madison, from Rahway, New Jersey, stands watch as underway replenishment signalman during a replenishment-at-sea evolution aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), Nov. 23, 2019. Carney, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its seventh patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners as well as U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

Photo by MC1 Fred Gray IV The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) sits moored at the pier at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Nov. 18, 2019. Carney, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its seventh patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners as well as U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

Photo by MC3 Andrea Rumple Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) heave in line during a replenishment-at-sea with the French Durance class command and replenishment ship FS Somme (A631) Nov. 27, 2019.

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Navy Announces Updates to Sea Shore Flow From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced updates to the sea and shore tour lengths affecting Sailors in 47 ratings in NAVADMIN 274/19. The adjustment to the long-standing enlisted career management policy, known as Sea Shore Flow (SSF), impacts more than 50,000 Sailors. While 20 ratings will see longer sea tours, 22 ratings will see shortened sea tours and seven ratings will be assigned longer shore tours. Master-at-arms and religious program specialists will convert from an INside US / OUTside the US (INUS/OUTUS) rotation to Sea/Shore rotation and cryptologic technician (interpretive) ratings will follow SSF for the first time. Information about specific rates can be found on the MyNAVY Portal (MNP) website. The Navy is transitioning from the longstanding assignment rotation-centric view of SSF to a more agile career-centric approach. This transparency gives our Sailors the flexibility they need for effective career management, as #MyNAVYHR continues delivering Sailor 2025 and transforming our personnel system. “This was a necessary adjustment to ensure that we have the right people in the right billets to maintain our operational readiness across the Fleet,” said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John B. Nowell, Jr. SSF not only helps the Navy prepare for today and tomorrow’s fight, but also outlines the number of months a Sailor can expect on their first sea tour, first shore tour, and every other tour in their 30-year career. Sailors within 12 months of their planned

rotation date (PRD) will not be affected by this updated policy. Those outside of their 12 month window will have their PRDs adjusted in their electronic record and their detailing window will also shift based on the new PRD requirement. This policy update is in line with the #MyNAVYHR goals of manning the fleet and developing a 21st century fighting force that is focused on Sailor readiness and their Families’ welfare. The #MyNAVYHR team strives to modernize policies while challenging traditional processes to ensure an effective system of personnel management. Reach out to your command career counselor to learn more. For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook. com/usnpeople, Twitter at https://twitter.com/ usnpeople or visit https://www.navy.mil/cnp.

Photo by MC1 Fred Gray IV The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) transits the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 26, 2019.

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ABH2 Rashaun Ford Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Rashaun Ford, assigned to NAVSTA Rota’s Air Operations department, is the airfield services work center supervisor. There his daily duties consist of preventative maintenance on two E-28 emergency arresting gears to ensure they’re 100% operational in the case of an aircraft emergency landing. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Ford’s first duty station was the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in San Diego where he spent five years in the V-3 Hangar Bay division. Now he’s in Spain and recently won NAVSTA Rota Sailor of the Quarter, 4th Quarter, and Sailor of the Year. “I like how small the command feels,” said Ford. “Everyone knows each other and that makes it easy to network and get to know people on a personal level and not just work related.” Ford is also a command financial specialist,

command pay and personnel administrator, and departmental career counselor. “As you can see, I like to help people!” Ford added. He recently finished two classes and UMUC and is taking a free online course called CS50 through Harvard. And in his free time he likes fishing, taking his dogs to the beach, reading financial books and following current events – “Boring, I know!” Ford joked. “My favorite thing about being stationed in Spain is the weather, beaches, and the close proximity to other European countries for easy travel,” he added. When asked what he’d like the Rota community to know about him, he said, “That I am very approachable and I encourage anyone to reach out to me for help. I am big on financial education and training and always available to chat or just share information with people.”


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CTF 65 Welcomes First USS Roosevelt (DDG USS Harry S. Truman Operates in U.S. Sixth Fleet the world is able to foster regional security From U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs 80) Family in Support of FDNF-E Homeport Shift The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike like a carrier strike group." By Lt.j.g Teresa C. Meadows

Commander, Task Force 65 (CTF 65) and Destroyer Squadron 60 (DESRON 60) welcomed the first family from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) to Rota, Spain, Nov. 20, 2019. Dr. Meghann Lurtz and her daughter were welcomed by Capt. Kyle Gantt, deputy commodore of CTF 65, in addition to other personnel from CTF 65 and DESRON 60, as they arrived on a rotator flight from Florida. The husband and father of the family, Roosevelt’s prospective Supply Officer, Lt. Justin Burdett, has not yet reported to Rota but will meet his family there in the upcoming months. Roosevelt is scheduled to shift homeports from Mayport, Florida, to Rota

and is expected to arrive in April 2020. CTF 65 and DESRON 60 are making preparations to receive the new Forward Deployed Naval Forces Europe (FDNF-E) destroyer next spring. Roosevelt is scheduled to replace USS Carney (DDG 64), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer currently stationed at Naval Station Rota as one of the four FDNF-E destroyers in the U.S. 6th Fleet. The homeport shift between the two units is the first scheduled to occur in support of the U.S. Navy’s long range plan to gradually rotate the four Rota-based destroyers. CTF 65 and DESRON 60, headquartered in Rota, Spain, oversee the forward-deployed forces of U.S. 6th Fleet’s area of operation in support of regional allies and partners as well as U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

Photo by Lt. j. g. Teresa Meadows Dr. Meghann Lutz and her daughter are welcomed to Naval Station Rota, Spain, by Capt. Kyle Gantt, deputy commodore of commander, Task Force (CTF) 65, and staff members assigned to CTF 65 and Destroyer Squadron 60, Nov. 20, 2019. They are the first family members of Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) to arrive in Spain before the ship’s scheduled homeport shift. Roosevelt is scheduled to replace USS Carney (DDG 64) as one of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers forward-deployed to Naval Station Rota in April 2020.

Group is conducting operations in U.S. 6th Fleet to support maritime security operations in international waters, alongside our allies and partners. Deploying ships and aircraft of the strike group, commanded by Rear Adm. Andrew J. Loiselle, include flagship USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), commanded by Capt. Kavon Hakimzadeh; the eight squadrons and staff of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, staffs of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28.    "We are ready to continue our steadfast commitment to our allies and partners in U.S. 6th Fleet," said Loiselle.  "These vital sea lanes must remain open for global commerce and prosperity, and nothing in

Squadrons of CVW-1, commanded by Capt. Robert Gentry, embarked on Truman include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 “Red Rippers;” VFA-81 “Sunliners;” VFA136 “Knighthawks;” VFA-211 “Fighting Checkmates;” Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 “Rooks;” Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 “Seahawks;” Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72 “Proud Warriors;” Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 11 “Dragon Slayers;” and a detachment from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 “Rawhides.” The Harry S. Truman strike group last operated in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in 2018, demonstrating its ability to operate from the High North to the East Mediterranean.

Photo By MC3 Victoria Sutton An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the "Sunliners" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, takes off from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic Ocean Dec. 1, 2019.


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DGF 7th Grade Personal Narratives Genevieve Chavez's 7th Grade Language Arts classes kicked off the school year by reading and writing Personal Narratives- stories about personal experiences that use a variety of techniques to entertain, warn, or enlighten readers. They used mentor texts to learn and practice a variety of writing techniques, such as how to use vivid words and figurative language, how to add imagery, description, and dialogue, and the best places to use color and the five senses to spice up their narratives. Students also reviewed grammar concepts to review and edit their own and each other's work. As students worked through the writing process, they got excited about publishing their work. The personal narratives you read here are only a smattering of the experiences that students have been through in their lives. Grammar may not yet be perfect, but 7th grade students are working hard! Please enjoy!

Up to Bat By Xander Benedetti

Have you ever heard a story about some kid underdogs playing a baseball game, well you probably have but this one's special. It was a scorching June day and you could taste the bitter sweet breeze in the air, my team was preparing for the baseball championship game. Now you might be wondering what spot I usually played and that was 3rd base. I loved playing 3rd base. When I stood on that on that yellow cushion I felt happy and at ease. And the best part is that it doesn't give you too much pressure, it’s not crowded, and it’s one of the main positions. My team played a lot of games, some we won, some we lost, but there was always this one team that came on top. They named themselves The Pirates. Now The Pirates were complete beasts! We never beat them in normal games. They had the tallest and strongest people and a couple of good pitchers, they were basically forged for victory. But when we heard that the championship game was coming soon we were ready to take that titan of a team down. My team, Orange Anonymous (yes yes I know...dumb name), we weren’t super tall or strong, but we had a lot of fight in us. Orange Anonymous had Jacob…The Pitcher, Jayden...The 1st Base, Dayton… The Second Base, and me, Xander... The 3rd Base. We all had great throws and catches, in fact I believe that if you saw one of our throws and a meteor side by side you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. And not to mention we worked as a team. Our sync and flow of the game was like a jazz band. Overall we were a spectacular team! Just like that it was the day of the championship game. My whole team was nervous going up against the big boss, The Pirates. But we were confident and ready for whatever they threw at us, yes pun intended. Before I knew it, I was walking out of the dugout out on the field, I was 3rd base and Jacob was pitcher first. I’m saying this because Jayden and Jacob switched frequently throughout the game. I was happy about this because in a flash Jacob was taking people back to the dugout like it was a joke! Many innings went by and somehow we were ahead.

When I realized that I was super happy because we might win this game. After a while we were in the last couple rounds and the game was supposed to end an hour ago! The Pirates were pushing their way up but we were holding them back; then they got a whopping 3 runs! That brought my whole team down and they were ahead. When I was up to bat I saw that two of my teammates were on different bases, one was on the 1st and the other one was on 2nd. And I was determined to get three runs right there right now. The pitcher looked me dead in the eye, his eyes were saying something. What he was saying with his gaze was “I’m going to send you to the dugout!” He threw the first ball and I missed it, the second ball… I missed it, but the third ball I hit it dashing into the air and as soon as I heard the baseball clang on my bat that was my cue. I ran as fast as I could, I felt like a living Ferrari! And just like that we were ahead. Everyone was cheering and that feeling felt great. Then we went into the last inning. The other team was batting and I was in 3rd base. They got two runs but we still held them back, if The Pirates got one more run we would’ve gone into a tie breaker. The last runner got past Jayden (the 1st base) and got to second base. As soon as his teammate hit that ball he went zooming towards me. All of a sudden it got slow-motion and I knew exactly what to do. I was praying that Dayton threw a good ball, he came in with the clutch and did exactly that. I caught the ball in my leathery mitt. Then I felt time speeding up again and “BOOM!” I could hear me tag the runner and before the next runner could get to me the game wrapped up and ended. My heart was beating rapidly and I had a huge smile on my face. All I could hear is my team cheering and me and all my friends yelling “ LET’S GOOOO!” We all got real medals and not the cheap plastic ones but a legit bronze metal. To this day I still keep my medal hanging on my shelf as my first ever sports win. I think that the lesson that I took from this wonderful experience is that there's a hidden power inside you that can be useful and all you need to do is learn how to control it.

The Tale of Two Dogs By Samuel Gallardo-Prestamo Have you ever lost someone or an animal you love? This is my story about how I lost my dog Spot. I was somewhere near 9 years old when this happened, I miss him every day when I think about him.  My mom, dad and I were on the driveway and I could smell the forest which smelled like pine trees. I could feel the driveway which was hot and grey and I could see my family and Spot which had black spots on his body, that's why he was called Spot. I could taste the juice I was drinking which was apple flavoured and I could hear the wind hitting the trees.  I was playing in the pool when Spot walked to the forest to use the restroom

and when he came back he collapsed. I was young and I didn’t know what happened. After this happened I went on with the rest of my life and my dad went to Spot to see what happened. My mom was in the background looking at him and crying a bit and I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what happened when I found about death. When I did I asked my mom and dad what happened to him and he replied to me “we cremated him” which meant they burned his body and kept his ashes and then he replied with, “Then we put it in the ocean.” After that it was Mother’s Day.

My mom was still grieving about Spot so me and my dad wanted to give her a surprise for Mother's Day and we got a new DOG. His name was Rocco and he was a German Shepherd Lab. He is so cute and very energetic and he is very affectionate when he meets new people. When my mom saw him she BEAMED with light, she was so happy when she saw him, and we were all so happy to have an addition to the family and we loved him very much. I'm glad we have Rocco and I love him very much. But I miss Spot. I miss him every day and I hope he's alright wherever he is.

A Lesson Learned the Hard Way By Lauren Chambers

Sometimes things have to be learned the hard way. Sometimes, it could have a great effect on your life, sometimes, not so much. Most people in the world have learned something through experience. You might get injured sometimes. But by getting hurt, you know how to avoid things like that in the future. You also know not to repeat those actions. I have learned many lessons the hard way, but the worst experience was when I got a new dog. One day I was playing with my dog Calipso, and when I was with her in my room playing tug-of-war, my mom got a phone call. It was Moria, Calipso’s breeder. She said, “Calipso’s half brother, Tebro, needed an owner but no one would take him.” My mom asked her, “How old is he?’ She said he was almost one year old. My mom told her that we could come get him in one month if that was okay with her. Moria said that one month would be a great time to get Tebro. So in one month I had a brand new dog to play with, but that didn't last long at all. It turns out that he wasn't raised very well. Whenever he did anything wrong, his dad would bite him. So

I Like Girls Anonymous

When I was in 6th grade I would make jokes about being gay. My friends and I would laugh about it. One of my friends was gay, but it was all cool. My best friend was, too. We would always make jokes about other kids being gay

when Calipso was barking, Tebro bit her on the neck. I was mad at him because he had hurt the dog that I grew up with, but I soon got over that anger. About one month later, I was in my room getting ready for school when Tebro came in. I started to pet his soft, curly fur. He stepped back and bumped into my dresser and it scared him so he bit me in the back of my head. Dark red blood leaked out, running down my neck, and spilling over the cold marble floor. My parents heard me scream and when they looked around they didn't see me or Tebro. They ran into my room just to see me sitting in a pool of blood. My mom grabbed a towel and draped it over my head. She picked me up and rushed me out of our apartment and into our car, and to the emergency room. There they put me into a bed and numbed my head with anesthesia. Then they put pee pads under my head so the blood would leak onto that. Then they got a staple gun (meant for surgery), and gave me ten staples. So now I know that I should never get too close to a dog I barely know. That was a lesson I learned the hard way.

couples. Despite being in a group of LGBTQ+ kids, I didn’t tell them I liked girls. But then, ironically, I fell in love with a girl. Everything (except the way she walked) made me feel weird and shy. Her dark blue jacket, the happy smile on her

freckled face, her humor, her ginger hair, all of it. I knew I was really one by then. I was a lesbian. Because of that, I decided to come out to my friends. They were really accepting and encouraged me to be open. Because of them, I feel like I can always be

DGF Personal Narratives Continued on page 23


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MWR Movie Schedule (Open to all patrons with base access. For more info, call 727-2328 or email flix@rotamwr.com)

Prices: Adult (12+): $4 ($5 for 3D); Child (6 to 11): $2; Preschooler (5 and under): Free Drive In: Grills available for use. Food and drink allowed. No pets unless designated service animal. Movies can be heard on the radio at 101.1 FM. Please keep headlights off during the film.

Thursday, December 5 7 p.m.: Midway

Last Christmas

Saturday, December 7 3 p.m.: Zombieland 2: Double Tap 7 p.m.: Black and Blue (Drive In)

Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Her last date with disaster? That of having accepted to work as Santa's elf for a department store. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true.

Sunday, December 8 1 p.m.: Harriet 4 p.m.: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Rating: PG-13 G e n r e : C o m e d y, D r a m a , Romance Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes

Friday, December 6 4 p.m.: Frozen 2 7 p.m.: Black and Blue

Zombieland 2: Double Tap Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family. Rating: R Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror Runtime: 1 hour, 39 minutes

Wednesday, December 11 7 p.m.: Harriet Thursday, December 12 7 p.m.: Ford v Ferrari Friday, December 13 4 p.m.: Last Christmas 7 p.m.: Countdown Saturday, December 14 *Special Event* 9 p.m.: Army Vs Navy game, drive in doors open at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 15 1 p.m.: Last Christmas 4 p.m.: Black and Blue The movie schedule may be adjusted due to Navy Motion Picture release dates. It is always best to confirm show times on the RotaMWR website at www. navymwrrota.com or NavyMWR Rota app.

Black and Blue

Ford v Ferrari

A rookie New Orleans police officer is forced to balance her identity as a black woman after she witnesses two corrupt cops committing murder.

American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Rating: R Genre: Action, Crime, Drama Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Genre: Action, Biography, Drama Runtime: 2 hours, 32 minutes


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ongoing outreach program that locates and identifies children who may have developmental delays or educational disabilities and need special services. If you have concerns regarding your child's development please contact 727-4185 or 727-4435.

Santa's Workshop Special Event Volunteers are needed for Santa's Workshop: Dec. 7, 1 - 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 4 - 6 p.m.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Overseas is a nutrition, education and supplemental food program for qualified members of the uniformed services, civilian employees, DoD contractors living overseas and their family members. Participants include pregnant, postpartum and breast-feeding women, infants and children up to age five. WIC benefits include one-on-one nutrition counseling, nutrition and health screenings, breast-feeding education, breast pump loan program, infant and child feeding tips and drafts redeemable for nutritious foods. Call 727-2921 for more information.

Getting Started New Volunteer Orientation Dec. 16, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Interested in volunteering with NMCRS? We have several opportunities to grow your resume while positively contributing to our community! For more information call 727-1614 or drop by the NMCRS office. Crochet and Cookies Dec. 17 & Jan 12, 10 a.m. - noon Attend this FREE two hour class and learn the basics of crochet. After this class you will be able to make projects as small as a scarf or as large as a blanket. Come enjoy group and one-on-one instruction, as well as some sweet treats. Breastfeeding, Postpartum, and Baby Basics Dec. 19 & Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., NMCRS Classroom (Community Support Building #3293) During the Breastfeeding and Postpartum portion of this class, we will discuss what to expect after delivery. You will learn everything about breastfeeding and the different techniques to know how to tell if your baby is hungry. During the Baby Basics part of the class you will learn the basics of what to expect after your baby is born. Find out what is normal; learn tips from the experts, including Happiest Baby on the Block. Budget for Baby Dec. 18 & Jan. 22, 10 a.m. - noon, NMCRS classroom (Community Support Building #3293) This class focuses on budgeting for a new family member! Expecting parents will receive a baby gift, including a handmade blanket crafted by one of our volunteers!!

WIC Overseas UPCOMING EVENTS Dec. 10: PJ Party, 6-8 p.m. Join us in the Center to watch a holiday movie, drink hot chocolate, and eat snacks in your Pajamas! Dec. 16: Elves Brunch, starting at 10 a.m. In honor of maple syrup day, the USO will be serving brunch in the Center! Pancakes, waffles, sausage, and more! Dec. 17: Ornament Making, 1-3 p.m. Bring your children in to make holiday ornaments! We will be serving hot chocolate and holiday treats! Dec. 19: National Cookie Day Cookie Decorating, 1-3 p.m. Come in to snack on some holiday cookies or decorate some cookies of your own! Dec. 19: Volunteer Orientation, starts at noon. Interested in volunteering with the USO? Stop by for a volunteer orientation to learn what it means to volunteer with us. Make a profile on volunteers. uso.org to get started today! Dec. 20: Movie Night with RAWL, starting at 6 p.m. Come watch a movie under the stars at RAWL! RAWL is located across from the Drive in.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross depends on volunteers to carry out its disaster and preparedness programs, teach First Aid classes, and support many other programs. Our Red Cross youth club is one of the most active in Europe. If you or your teen would like to volunteer with us, please contact us. For more information, call us during business hours at 956-82-2333, or visit our Facebook page, @ RedCrossRota.

American Red Cross Emergency Communications Service Red Cross Emergency Messages services operate 24/7. If you have a family emergency during business hours, call us immediately at 956-82-2333/DSN 314-7272333. After hours or on weekends, our national call center can be reached at 1-877-272-7337. Messages can also be initiated online, at https://www.redcross.org/militaryemergency-communication.html

Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities Child Find for children three to five years of age is an

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Through the Navy College Program, military personnel, are able to pursue vocational certificates, associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees. The Navy College Education Counselor is here to help guide you through the process of selecting a pathway to reach your career goals. Navy College counselors are available to assist all clients in developing and executing their education plans through one of the on-base education providers or through one of the many colleges and universities offering online programs. SAT and ACT exams are offered to military personnel. For specific information on eligibility and scheduling of exams, contact the Navy College Office at 727-2798/2785.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings are scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the chapel. All meetings are for people with a problem with alcohol, a desire to stop drinking, personnel requiring training or with curiosity about Alcoholics Anonymous. AA off-base: "Rota Drydockers," every Saturday, 7 p.m., Calle Calvario, 67, Iglesia del Carmen, Rota (Lat: 36.624466, Long: -6.356386). For information about the meeting in Rota, call Joe Garcia at 629-27-1312 or 95677-6876. Online, visit http://www.aaonline.net or http:// www.aaspain.org.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society NMCRS Office Business hours: Mon/Wed/Fri: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tues/Thurs: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Phone: VPN 727-1614 or Commercial 956-82-1614 After-hours or during holidays Cell 660-984-511 & VPN Cell: 18-727-0800 Toll Free: 1-877-272-7337 Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rota.nmcrs

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I Like Girls

Continued from page 18 open about my sexuality. I may have switched over to being pan, finding a liking to everyone, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be open about that, either. As the months pass, I feel more open because I remember what my friends said. I have

learned to feel proud of who or what I am. I can be open to more people because of them. I lost contact with a few of those friends. Some I still message every now and then. Others were just not online anymore. I don’t know how they’re doing. I only know that I, too, had encouraged them to be themselves. We encouraged each other, we helped each

My Mistake

Riding horses is easy for everyone else but for me, riding is a frightening moment. I woke up on a Monday morning to the sounds of my chickens. It wasn’t time to go to school, but I had to participate in a horse camp. A few minutes later, my family and I were packing up our car. During this my father said to me, “Don’t forget to pack a snack. You are going to be there most of the day.” “I did,” I said as I was climbing into our golden van with my bag of snacks and supplies for horse camp. When we all were in the car my dad turned on some fun country music on the radio for the whole car ride until the car came to a stop. I got out of the car, felt a cool, moist, fall breeze under my chin and I looked up to a great farm. It had three large pastures used for horses, two giant barns, and the whole area had soft sand that covered the grass. My father walked me and my sister into one of the wooden, dark, brown barns. We asked one of the horse trainers where the camp was taking place. “Right next to the second barn on the left,” the trainer said pointing out Anonymous

other, we looked out for each other. We were always there for one another. I hope that in the future, we can meet one day, so we can help each other all over again. They made me proud. They helped me come right out of the closet. They really were the best friends I could ask for, and I’m thankful for meeting them.

through the foggy and moist window. When we got to the barn, my dad had to leave my sister and I with a group of kids who are also taking part in the camp. The first activity was listening to one of the instructors talking, while we had to take notes or draw pictures of the horses. At the age of eight you don’t get bored easily, so I just drew some pictures of horses. The next activity was learning how to wash and harness the horses. At that age, the horse was too tall for me or I was too small for the horse. The last activity was to ride the tall, white, horses. Everyone lined up and I was the very last one. When it was my turn to ride, I was frightened of falling off because I was only eight. The instructor put me on the white horse and told me to trot. I did so, and after a while, I felt confident and I let go of the reins and the horse started sprinting and jumping over gates. In the background, I could hear the instructor saying, “Pull back on the reins. Press your feet back together!” I tried to do what she said, but the horse kept running. After awhile of being frightened the horse stopped and I got in trouble. The instructor told my parents, with a very disappointed look. This is the lesson I learned the hard way, don’t ever let go of the reins.

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