The Coastline Volume 22, Issue 26
July 4, 2012
U.S. Naval Activities, Spain
Happy 4th of July Naval Station Rota
Service members raise the American flag during the 2011 flag raising ceremony. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Mikel Bookwalter
Annual Flag Raising Ceremony and Celebration Begin at 8 a.m.
8 a.m. - All are invited to attend the U.S. flag raising ceremony, building 1 4 p.m. - MWR Independence Fest opens to the public 6 p.m. - Naval Station Rota Commanding Officer opening remarks Midnight - Fireworks
Spanish Domestic Help Law Took Effect Sunday By Morgan Over
Writer-Editor, The Coastline
The transitional period for individuals to register domestic help with the Spanish Social Security System (Seguridad Social) ended Sunday, forcing individuals who employ domestic to comply or face penalties. The new law became effective Jan. 1 but was given a grace period of six months to allow individuals to complete the necessary documentation prior to the July 1 deadline according to the Seguridad Social website. Individuals who hire domestic help as gardeners, housekeepers or nannies must enroll both the employer and the employee in the Spanish Social Security System’s database. The new law not only impacts those in base housing aboard Naval Station Rota but also those who reside out in town. This is not a Naval Station policy but a Spain policy. According to the Region Legal Service Office (RLSO), Europe Africa and Southwest Asia Detachment Rota, individuals who do not comply with this law may be forced to pay back taxes, as well as other administrative fees and fines starting on the day the employee began working. 1. Get an NIE (Identification Number for Foreigners)
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from Naval Station Security. In order to apply, requestor will need: U.S. passport, military/dependent ID card, Spanish ID card (T.E.I.) and 9.20 €, exact change only. The process takes approximately 10 days. 2. Open a Spanish bank account. 3. Get a Spanish Social Security Number using TA.1 form. 4. Fill out a Social Security System registration form for employers, TA.6 form. Employers will need their NIE, Spanish SSN, address and Spanish bank account. 5. Fill out a Social Security System “Alta” registration form for each of the employees, TA.2/S - 0138. A copy of the employee’s ID is necessary to complete this form. Working hours and salary are specified in this form. 6. The three forms must be submitted at the Social Security Office at Calle Luja 4, El Puerto de Santa María. While a written contract between employer and employee is highly recommended it is not required to file the “Alta,.” Naval Station Security, howerver, will require it. 7. The final step is to obtain a base pass for the employee at Security. It will be issued according to the
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working hours reflected in the contract. For more information, visit the English version of the Spanish Social Security main website at http://www.segsocial.es/Internet_6/index.htm The TA.1 form can be downloaded at http://www.segsocial.es/Internet_6/Trabajadores/Afiliacion/Servicios/ Modelosdesolicitude31190/ModeloTA1Solicitudd572/ index.htm. The TA.6 form can be obained by visiting http:// www.seg-social.es/Internet_1/Empresarios/Inscripcion/ Servicios/Modelosdesolicitudd31193/ModeloTA6Solicitudd48532/index.htm. TA.2/S - 0138 form can be obtained at http://www.segsocial.es/Internet_6/Trabajadores/Afiliacion/Servicios/ Modelosdesolicitude31190/TA2S0138/index.htm. The written contract necessary to obtain a base pass for the employee can be downloaded at http://www. hogalis.com/Contratos%20Tipo/contrato_empleada_de_ hogar_duracion_determinada.pdf. Please contact the RLSO at 727-3104 or Security Department at 727-3247 for more information.
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July 4, 2012
Teamwork and Partnerships - Looking Back on the Year on the 4th of July Hola Rota, Happy 4th of July! We began the celebration this morning with the raising of our flag - I hope many of you were able to take part. As most of you already know, we are obliged to follow strict protocol here in Rota with regard to the display of our flag. As respectful guests on a Spanish naval base, and by formal agreement, we are not free to fly our flag every day. When we do, it is only through the permission of the base Admiral. But that very point is what makes this event so poignant and special. An event like this, held but once a year, speaks directly to the patriotism of each and every one of you - military and civilian alike. Many of you Capt. Scott C. Kraverath joined our armed forces COMNAVACTS Spain knowing you may be sent into harm’s way, but not knowing where. Nearly all of you joined and chose to serve during a time of war - most of you, in the military, currently or formerly, joined without guarantees, knowing that the needs of the service, indeed the needs of the nation would dictate where and how you would serve. To a different but equally significant extent, those of you who married into a military lifestyle or joined as government service employees also did so with uncertainty, with an understanding of service and sacrifice as important factors in your decision. This past year has been a busy one - not only have we moved well over a hundred ships through our port and 4,000 plus aircraft through our airfield, but we also did it safely and efficiently. The NAVSTA Rota team includes more than 35 tenant commands and affiliated organizations. Our achievements are shared. I need to emphasize that all of you are, of course, directly contributing to the Navy’s maritime strategy – but to so much more as well. Your efforts support the combined efforts to combat terrorism, illicit trafficking, piracy and threats to commerce and free
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trade for an enormous area - you make a difference in this world every day. You are part of our living history - not from afar, but up close. You ensure we maintain the forward presence required to advance the goals of our Departments of Defense and State, which in turn support our nation as a whole. Also, our partnership with the Kingdom of Spain nearly 60 years old here at NAVSTA Rota, is, I would argue, more important than ever. No one can face the challenges of the future alone. Forging lasting bonds with able, professional and engaged partners like Spain ensures we are ready to face head-on, the security challenges of an uncertain and everchanging world. Lastly, switching gears for a moment, I want to hit one more topic. Most of you know a thing or two about our Stars and Stripes, our flag. This year, in honor and remembrance of the War of 1812, we have chosen to fly the 15-star flag. The 15-star flag was used from 1795 to 1818, flying during five presidencies. In 1818, congress proclaimed that one star for each new state would be added on the 4th of July following the state's admission to the union and there would be 13 stripes representing the 13 original colonies. The original version of this flag was witness to a great deal of American history: it was just such a flag that was the first to fly over a fortress of the “old world” when, on April 27, 1805, U.S. Marines raised it above the pirate stronghold in Tripoli. It flew from the mast of “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812. It was this flag that was the ensign of the American forces in the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813, and General Andrew Jackson flew this flag in 1815 at the infamous Battle of New Orleans. And of course, it flew over Fort McHenry and inspired Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem, the “Star-Spangled Banner,” in 1814. In closing, it has been a spectacular and busy year since we last raised our flag at Naval Station Rota. In the year since, you all have contributed to the enormous success we have seen. This success is only possible if we do it as a team. Again, Happy 4th of July Naval Station Rota, please be safe and enjoy the holiday weekend!
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July 4, 2012
CNO Announces New Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Kyle P. Malloy Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs
The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Jonathan Greenert, announced his selection of Fleet Master Chief (FLTCM) (AW/NAC) Michael Stevens as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) at a Pentagon press conference June 27. "I was extremely proud to have such a highly and fully qualified group of candidates," said Greenert. "After a thorough and deliberate process I selected Stevens to be our Navy's senior enlisted leader and my advisor for dealing in matters with enlisted personnel and their families." "I'm honored to have been selected as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy," said Stevens. "MCPON Rick West has certainly made a lasting and positive impact on our Navy. I look forward to continuing to provide the leadership and commitment that our Navy and our Sailors both deserve and expect." Stevens has served as the fleet master chief at U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. since August 2010. His prior command master chief tours include U.S. 2nd Fleet, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 and Naval Air Station Pensacola. A native of Montana, Stevens joined the Navy in 1983. He is scheduled to relieve MCPON (SS/SW) Rick D. West during a ceremony Sept. 28 at the Washington Navy Yard.
"Throughout my career, and every Sailor's career, we've had chief petty officers take care of and shape us," said Greenert. "Master Chief Stevens has the leadership and experience to keep us on course and on speed. I look forward to working closely with him." Greenert also praised West, who took the helm in December 2008, citing his outstanding leadership and lifetime of dedicated service. "I'm proud of MCPON West and what he has accomplished during his watch. His extraordinary leadership and terrific connection to the fleet has contributed greatly to our warfighting readiness and the readiness of our families," said Greenert. "His example has been a daily reminder to Sailors to live our ethos and to remember the important role families play in our successes." The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy serves as an advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and to the Chief of Naval Personnel in matters of importance to enlisted personnel and their families. The MCPON is also an advisor to the many boards focused on enlisted personnel issues; is the enlisted representative of the Department of the Navy at special events; may be called upon to testify on enlisted personnel issues before Congress and maintains a liaison with enlisted spouse organizations.
U.S. Fleet Forces Fleet Master Chief Michael Stevens speaks to Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert announced his selection of Stevens as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) at a Pentagon press conference June 27. (U.S. Navy photo)
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July 4, 2012
Clarification on the Use of the No-Fee Passport Air Mobility Command Headquarters, Scott Air Force Base
The purpose of this message is to clarify the use of the no-fee passport when traveling on Air Mobility Command (AMC) flights. Incidental travel is an option for DoD personnel to use when on an assignment to an overseas location and they desire to travel to neighboring countries. It is designed for the personnel permanently assigned to overseas locations. The following statement is extracted from the DoD Foreign Clearance Guide (FCG). Similar statements also exist in the Department of State and DoD publications: DL1.27. Incidental travel. Travel for purposes other than in the discharge of U.S. government business. For the purposes of this document, incidental travel is conducted by DoD military and civilian personnel, and other DoD-sponsored travelers, who travel on otherthan-official DoD business. Incidental travel occurs when the travel provides minimal, if any, programmatic value or improvement to the perceived quality, audience draw
or other aspect of the event or activity. Service members and their eligible family members stationed abroad and issued no-fee passports may use these passports for incidental personal travel during the period of their overseas assignment. While outside the United States, no-fee passports may be used for incidental personal travel between foreign destinations providing the foreign government concerned accepts no-fee passports for personal travel. If the foreign government does not accept no-fee passports for personal travel, travelers must obtain regular fee passports at their own expense. DoD Directive 1000.21-R contains similar statement. It reads: C184.108.40.206 while outside the United States, no-fee passports may be used for incidental personal travel between foreign destinations providing the foreign government concerned accepts no-fee passports for personal travel. If the foreign government does not accept no-fee passports for personal travel, travelers must obtain regular-fee passports at their own expense. For most locations, the DoD FCG states “Passport
Required,” it does not say tourist passport required. Therefore, for countries where it states “Passport Required,” either valid U.S. passport is accepted. Keep in mind this only applies to U.S. passport holders. Foreign passport holders need to check with the Embassy or consulate of the country they are traveling to inquire if a visa is required.
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July 4, 2012
July 4, 2012
The Rota $13.7 million of Construction for Pier Work Beat By Morgan Over
Writer-Editor, The Coastline
What is your favorite 4th of July activity? By Nathaniel Truemper Teen Summer Hire, NAVSTA Rota PAO
Beth Balliet Chairman of Volunteers, NavyMarine Corps Relief Society
“Watching my dad march in a parade and fireworks.” Andrew Brockfeld Clinical Counselor, Fleet and Family Support Center
“Watching the rockets.” Yodit Armah Spouse
“The fireworks.” LN1(AW) Christopher Winders Naval Legal Services Office
Pier three aboard Naval Station Rota is receiving $13.7 million of upgrades for repairs to replace deteriorating pylons and add increased structural capacity to a pier supporting Spanish, U.S. and NATO ships. This project is heavily focused on pylons that have deteriorated over the years due to rust and use. They were initially evaluated in 1997 and have received periodic repairs since then. “From my professional career it is a very challenging yet rewarding experience,” said Ramon Borreguero, Naval Station Rota, public works department (PWD), facilities and engineering and acquisition division (FEAD) quality assurance engineer. “High skill techniques, methods and materials are being used for pylon concreting.” “We can still use [the pier],” said Ron Cate, FEAD construction manager. “It was built in the late ‘50s and received some repairs … this is probably one of the more significant repairs to take place on the pier. We want to add 20 more years of life to it.” Cate explained that the pylons are I-beams sunk into the mud that support the pier. “What was done in the past when the I-beams were exposed above water is they encapsulated them with concrete.” Cate said that this project involves encapsulating the pylons down to the mud line, which is approximately 30 feet under water. “They [the contractors] are working from barges, the deck and scaffolding,” said Cate. He explained that the contractor also has divers who will encapsulate the pylons underwater ensuring every pylon is covered. “This will create more structural capacity and reduce corrosion we’re experiencing now and in some places, replacing the whole encapsulation,” said Cate. “The goal is to get the pier up to its original structural capacity.” He explained that the construction work will have minimal impact on port operations, and PWD is working with Spanish and American port operations, security and fuels to ensure the pier remains accessible to U.S., Spanish and NATO ships who pull into Rota. “Additional work will include rework and repair of varying degrees of structural and concrete damage caused by excessive berthing and mooring forces over the years, pipe support replacements, a 12-inch waterline replacement, installation of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) fire fighting stations, new coatings on existing fuel pipelines, new grounding protection for ships and traffic and guardrail replacements,” said Cate. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of calendar year 2013.
Top: I-beam above water with previous encapsulation. Lower: Cracks in the pier have contributed to the destabalization. Photos courtesy of Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Detachment Rota.
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July 4, 2012
Indoor Baby and Toddler Playgroup Weekly Health Tip By Jeanine Colburn PT, PCS Contributing Writer
During hot Spanish summers it is tempting to stay inside where it is dark and cool. Babies love to go places and have new and enriching experiences. So what is a parent to do? There is the grocery store, the mall and early morning walks. You can set up indoor ‘playgrounds’ in your house and make a ‘tent’ with a blanket over the table. Put your sofa cushions on the floor and give them something to climb over and walk on. At Educational Developmental and Intervention Services (EDIS) we know that being housebound in the heat can get old. Older children have more options for activities with their friends and in the community, but you and the baby can sometimes feel as if you are stuck in the house.
EDIS will be offering parent and child (six - 36 months) indoor free-play once a week for six weeks beginning mid-July and in the hot afternoon. We will pull out our mats and balls and padded equipment and provide ideas on things you can do with your baby while you are there. The area will be clean, cool, relaxed and safe. There is no agenda, although we may change up the equipment and have new ideas for activities each week. We plan to do this every Tuesday afternoon from 3 - 4:30 p.m., July 24 – Aug. 28. Space is limited and sign up is required. If you and your young child would like to participate, you can sign up by calling 727-4029 or 95682-4029 or contact us on Facebook at Rota EDIS. U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain is seeking one contracted part-time Moderate Sedation Nurse for the Dental Clinic. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and must possess an active RN license in one of the 50 states, District of Columbia or U.S. territories. Prior experience: Must possess a minimum of one year of full-time experience as a RN in the last two years working in an emergency room, post anesthesia care unit (PACU) recovery room, intensive care unit or other documented critical care monitoring experience. Interested personnel are requested to contact Manuela Martin-Perles, contracting officer’s representative at DSN 727-3676 or email manuela.martin. firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, phone number and email address no later than Friday.
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Maintaining a safe exercise program can help keep you healthy for life. A regular fitness program can increase your energy level, reduce stress, help you fight disease and allow you a better night's sleep. To exercise safely, consider these tips from the National Safety Council: - Gradually ease into your regimen, particularly if you have not exercised on a regular basis for some time. Set reasonable goals and monitor your progress. Listen to your body; it will tell you if you are over-extending yourself. - A well-rounded workout should include exercises that address five fitness areas: muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, weight control and cardiovascular endurance. - Weight lifting and other resistance exercises help to build muscle strength. Stretching exercises increase flexibility. Aerobic exercises such as dancing, jogging or swimming will develop muscle and cardiovascular endurance as well as aid weight loss. - Always begin your workout with a warm-up and end with a cool own. Taking time for exercise is a smart investment to keep you healthy for life.
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July 4, 2012
Rota Baseball Dominates in Land Of Leprechauns
Rota Blue Devils, President's Nine Irish All-Stars and the Irish National Team pose for a group photo during recent tournament in Dublin, Ireland. Photo by Legalman 1st Class Jenny Fernandez. By Charlie Banks Coach, Rota Blue Devils
The Rota Blue Devils men's baseball team travelled to Dublin, Ireland June 22 - 24 to compete in a second annual international tournament. Their opponents included the "President's Nine" Irish league all-star team and the Irish National Team. The Irish National Team is a hand-selected traveling team comprised of the best baseball players in all of Ireland, several of which are U.S. and Caribbean expatriates. The Blue Devils however, came away undefeated in the four games anchored by strong pitching from Co-captain Kyle Cruz, Frank Espinola, Co-captain Bobby Glomb and Kevin Banks. The weather in Ireland was less than spectacular for baseball on the first day with spitting rain and a windy 58 degrees, but the Blue Devils warmed things up with their on-field performance, playing the President's Nine team to a nine-inning 7 - 7 draw in the first game of the doubleheader. Cruz put on a clinic on the mound, recording 15 strikeouts and zero walks. Run support came from some clutch hitting by Carlos CruzCastro and David Glasgow Farragut (DGF) Admiral hitting phenom, K.C. Mason. The second half of the first twin bill was even more dominating as the Blue Devils defeated the Irish National Team 10 - 2. The Irish team did not have their full complement of regular players for this game, but Espinola still pitched flawlessly and he was aided by some defensive plays by Danny Deluna, Kyle Bonorden and Jose Sias. Day two on the Emerald Isle brought better weather and even better baseball. Glomb took the hill in game one, and he clearly brought his A-game with him on the trip. He expertly hit all of his spots, recording 13 strikeouts with only two walks and several forced groundballs in the 10 - 2 seven-inning victory over The Nine. The Blue Devil offense was also impressive with strong performances at the plate from Coy Stone, DeLuna, CruzCastro and Sias. Game two on Saturday was the most competitive of the weekend, with the Irish National Team at full strength; Banks had his hands full on the bump facing good batters. He had his fastball humming, though, and he performed well, go-
ing 5 â…“ innings and recording seven strikeouts and three walks. Espinola worked 1 â…” innings in relief of Banks and again showed the maturity of a pro. The game was tight throughout until a bases-clearing rocket double by Glomb put the Blue Devils up for good. The final score was 9 - 3. "The Blue Devils would just like everyone on the base to know that even though baseball is not an official [Moral, Welfare and Recreation] (MWR) sport, we do have a team and we are playing some pretty high-level ball. There are a lot of people who don't even know we are here. We just want everyone to come out and enjoy a
game," said Team Manager Jim Burrill. The next Rota home game will be against Cordoba on Saturday at 11 a.m. at field 5 next to LaPlaza, and the next travel tournament is plannedfor September to Heidelberg, Germany. If you would like more information or want to know how to be a part of the Rota Blue Devils, please contact Coach, Charlie Banks at charles. email@example.com or stop by field 5 on Mondays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. The Blue Devils would like to specifically thank Assistant Coach Kevin Bosshart, Brandon Williams and Team Photographer, Jennifer Fernandez for their continued support and dedication.
Co-captain Kyle Cruz delivers a pitch to a President's Nine player in Ireland. Photo by Legalman 1st Class Jenny Fernandez.
July 4, 2012
FHFA Announces Short Sale Assistance for Military Homeowners with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac Loans By Corinne Russell and Stefanie Johnson Federal Housing Finance Agency
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Edward DeMarco today announced changes to short sale policies that will make it easier for military homeowners with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans to honor their financial commitments when they are required to move as part of their duty. At a news conference with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray, CFPB Assistant Director of Service Member Affairs Holly Petraeus and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Robert Gordon III, DeMarco announced that military homeowners who receive permanent change of station (PCS) orders will be eligible to sell their homes in a short sale even if they are current on their mortgage. PCS orders often require quick moves and can create hardship for military homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages and therefore cannot sell their home without taking a loss. Previously, many service members felt their only option was either to maintain financial obligations on two residences or to default on their mortgage. “It is in everyone’s interest for the men and women serving in our armed forces to focus on the important job they are doing defending our country, rather than worry about the maintenance and leasing of a property in another jurisdiction,” said DeMarco. “These Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac policy changes, in combination with related guidance last fall, should now provide military
homeowners with access to the immediate and automatic full range of foreclosure alternatives.” DeMarco commended the CFPB and the prudential regulators - the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency - for issuing a new interagency guidance that reinforces for mortgage servicers the importance of treating military homeowners with PCS [orders] fairly. Under the new policy, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not pursue a deficiency judgment or any cash contribution or promissory note from members of the military with a change in duty station for any property purchased on or before June 30, 2012. Service members must have a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan to be eligible. Last year Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued guidance to mortgage servicers confirming PCS orders as a qualifying hardship for forbearance and loan modifications. Service members can check Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac websites to see if their loans are held by them or they can call hotlines for military homeowners at 1-877-MIL-4566 or 1-800-FREDDIE. The Federal Housing Finance Agency regulates Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 12 federal home loan banks. These government-sponsored enterprises provide more than $5.7 trillion in funding for the U.S. mortgage markets and financial institutions.
Sure Start Program Accepting Applications David G. Farragut (DGF) Sure Start program needs you. Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 - 2013 Sure Start Program at DGF Elementary School. This is a developmental preschool geared toward kindergarten readiness with parent participation as a key component. Applications may be picked up in the front office at DGF Elementary School. The deadline for priority selection is Aug. 21.
July 4, 2012
Our Sacred Honor: Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. Navy took a well-known phrase from the Declaration of Independence and turned it slightly when it unveiled the hardhitting, patriotic mantra: “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of All Who Threaten It.” Bumper stickers, screen savers, T-shirts, challenge coins and posters with the motto soon filled ship stores as pride and determiC R J nation swept across the fleet. Even the Secretary of the Navy, the Hon. Gordon England, cited the phrase as representing the spirit of the newly named USS New York. However, after a decade of conflict, memories have dimmed and emotions have cooled. Many of us are tired - tired of long and frequent deployments, tired of all the fingerpointing in our government and tired of see-
ing our friends either seriously wounded or killed. At times of such weariness, it is important to reflect upon why we do what we do day in and day out. Why do we (and our loved ones) willingly volunteer to serve our nation? Our reasons will vary among ourselves, but whatever they may be, I believe that we can be re-inspired this week if we read the Declaration of Independence and consider several of the themes our nation was built upon: “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness… "We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States… "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” (http://www.archives. gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript. html, accessed June 27, 2012) Truly, it is a sacred honor to serve and preserve the legacy passed down to us from our forefathers. Happy Independence Day and may God Bless America. If you would like to speak with me or another chaplain regarding this subject, please contact the Religious Ministries Department at 727-2161.
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July 4, 2012
Happy Independence Day! "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key
O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bomb bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there, O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream, 'Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion A home and a Country should leave us no more? Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation! Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land Praise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto - "In God is our trust," And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Above: Complete version of "The Star Spangled Banner" showing spelling and punctuation from Francis Scott Key's manuscript in the Maryland Historical Society collection. Left: Lyrics used today. Image and text courtesy of http://www.ourflagwasstillthere.org part of the Navy History and Heritage Command.
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By MC2 (SW/AW) Travis Alston
U.S Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Travis Alston
Writer-Photographer, NAVSTA Rota PAO
Naval Station Rota isn’t the booming Navy base it was is in the '80s and '90s, and it is not the final destination for too many travelers, but it’s frequently a stop on service members itineraries and Air Operations Department serves all aircraft landing on the airfield. Air Operation Department provides air terminal services, air traffic control services, air navigational aid maintenance services, emergency response services and radiation detection, indication and computation calibration services for 6th Fleet, Air Mobility Command and allied customers. Operating 24 hours a day and composed of all U.S. military branches and Spanish nationals, Air Ops provides signature services on its 670-acre airfield, including delivering military personnel and their gear to locations around the globe. Flexibility is a benchmark of success at air ops, because day-to-day tasks are extremely unpredictable. Members could be tasked to coordinate Intermodal activities or provide medical evacuation transportation for injured comrades. Once aircraft are airborne, members in air traffic control maintain positive communications with pilots and provide clearance for all flights. The Rota air terminal has the capability of providing all the services of a commercial airline, and its staff strive to be the preeminent airfield in the Department of Defense.
Top: The entrance to Naval Station Rota Spain Air Terminal. Above: Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Joshua Lowery observes flight line operations from the air traffic control tower. Below: Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Emil Garcia mans the command post service window at the air terminal. Below left: Naval Station Rota, Spain Air Operations Officer Cmdr. Tim McGarvey poses for a photo in his office at the air terminal.
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Fleet & Family Support Center Call 727-3232 to pre-register for all FFSC functions.
Lunch and Learn Seminar: Eating out in Spain
Monday, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the FFSC. Not sure what to eat or where to go when eating off base? The ICR staff at FFSC can help you make your decision. Come learn about Spanish food, including tapas and raciones. From Manchego cheese to olives, from seafood to meat, everything you need to know about Spanish food is taught here at FFSC. Call 727-3232 to pre-register.
Developing a Spending Plan
Tuesday, 9 - 10 a.m. at the FFSC. Hands-on training to determine your financial fitness, realize your goals and plan for your future. You will leave the class ready to save, pay down debt and track expenses. Call 727-3232 to sign up.
New Dads Workshop
Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the FFSC Classroom. This workshop is designed to give expectant fathers additional skills, knowledge and confidence to be involved parents right from the start. Through discussion with other expectant dads and exposure to a variety of fathering perspectives, participants will explore the issues most commonly experienced in the early months of parenting. For more information or to register please call 727-3232.
Federal Résumé Preparation Lecture
Tuesday, 1 - 2 p.m. at the FFSC. Target your federal résumé to highlight your qualifications to HRO and hiring managers. Learn about keywords, the certificate of eligibility, and the special requirements of a federal résumé. Call 727-3232 to sign up.
Ombudsman Assembly Meeting
Tuesday, 6 - 7 p.m. at the FFSC. If as an ombudsman you wish to have a short refresher on basic knowledge and skills that are necessary for an ombudsman, come join us for this class. It will be a quick overview with the addition of a few new topics.
Post-Deployment Support Group
Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. at the FFSC. Back from deployment and out of synch? The FFSC is offering a group designed specifically for active duty military and their family members. Come learn about resources and share ideas for the future. Call 727-3232 to sign up.
July 12, 9 - 11 a.m. at the FFSC. Have you been assigned as a sponsor? If so, take a couple of hours out of your work day to receive the latest information to pass on to your sponsoree. The subject matter experts from housing, PSD, personal property, WIC and the school liasion 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. Pre-registration is required. Call 727-3232 for more information or to sign up.
Moped ITV Inspections
Naval Station Rota moped owners in need of their ITV inspection should visit the mobile ITV team through Thursday. The ITV inspections for mopeds are only conducted by a mobile team that is in Rota periodically. Wednesday and Thursday 9:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4 - 5:15 p.m.
Calle de los Granaderos, Industrial Area of Rota next to the Rota Local Police Headquarters. Members must bring their Spanish registration, E card, ITV card and Ficha Técnica, from the previous year with them to the inspection.
Community News WIC Overseas
Women, Infants and Children 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 5. 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.
Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities
Child Find for children 3 - 5 years of age is an 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 Linda Hill at 727-4185 or 727-4435.
Navy College STAP
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) offers an interest-free loan program for up to $3,000 per year for undergraduate or graduate tuition. This is an overseas only program, so take advantage while youâ€™re here. Call NMCRS at 7271614 to make an appointment.
Prepare for the SAT or ACT Now
eKnowledge is donating SAT/ACT Test Prep Programs worth $200 to all active duty, retired, veterans, Guard, Reserve, their family members, DoD employees and civilians performing military support, as well as their family members. Materials may be ordered online at http://www.eknowledge.com/DANTES or by calling 951-25-6407.
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Helping Skills in Human Relations
University of Oklahoma now offers individuals with a bachelor's degree or OU graduate student certificates in Helping Skills in Human Relations and Human Resource Diversity and Development. All certificate course work can be applied to a Master of Human Relations. For more information call OU at 727-2799 or visit their office in the Community Support Center Building during their office hours, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
OU Offers Master of Human Relations Program
University of Oklahomaâ€™s Rota site offers a Master of Human Relations. Ten classes are taught in six-day increments with six semester hours of internship completing the required 36 hours for the program.
UMUC HSBC Military Spouse Scholarship
UMUC presents the HSBC North America Military Spouse Scholarship. Applications are due July 13. This scholarship is available to legal spouses of active duty service members or activated Guard or Reserve members in pay grades E1 - E7, W1 - W2 or O1 - O2. Recipients may be awarded the maximum of $1,500 per semester. For all the details and qualifications to apply, please visit http://www.military. umuc.edu/hsbc.
UMUC is offering a $150 textbook scholarship for family members of active duty personnel. Look for our summer on-site class schedule around base, the online schedule at http://www.ed.umuc.edu or stop by the UMUC office in building 3293. If you have questions, please contact the Rota UMUC office at 727-2917 or 956-822917. UMUC office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Football Informational Meeting
Central Texas College term 1 starts the week of Aug. 6. Students can begin registering for courses July 16. Face-to-face classes in criminal justice, early childhood professions and fire protection technology will be offered. Online classes and Microsoft certification programs both start monthly. Call Central Texas College today at 727-2574 or stop by their office in the Community Support Center building. Their office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
All DGF athletes interested in playing for the European Division Three Football Championship team need to attend the players informational meeting July 11 at 5 p.m. in the NJROTC room at the high school.
Weight Training Schedule
DGF Admirals weight training takes place 6 - 8 a.m., Mon., Wed., Thurs., at building 1800. Contact Coach Crowell with any questions.
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Sevilla, Bullring guided tours, daily, 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., tickets 6.50 €, call 954-22-4577, http://www.realmaestranza.com
“Homenaje a Camaron de La Isla,” Friday, 10 p.m., Plaza de la Catedral, Cadiz, free admission
Sevilla, Reales Alcázar (Moorish Fortress) guided tours, daily, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., tickets 7.50 €
Flamenco recital by Miguel Poveda, July 21, at 10:30 p.m., Bullring, Jerez de la Frontera, tickets 25 - 35 €
Sevilla, Cathedral and Giralda guided tours, Monday Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m., tickets 8 €
Flamenco recital by Diego Carrasco and “Arsa La Pepa,” July 27, 10 p.m., Baluarte de la Candelaria, Parque Genoves, Cadiz, tickets are 15 €
Ruta de los Sentidos, a guided tour in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Saturdays, 10:15 a.m. Juega con los Sentidos, a guided tour in El Puerto, Saturdays, 6 p.m. call 956-853960
National Flamenco Contest, July 28, 9 p.m., Espera, Cadiz
Ruta por El Puerto y Bodegas Osborne, guided tour, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m., tickets are 10 € for adults and 5 € for children, call 697-34-5807 Como Bailan los Caballos Andaluces (How Andalusian Horses Dance). Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, Recreo de las Cadenas, Avda. Duque de Abrantes, Jerez, tickets 19 - 25 €, call 956-31-8008, or visit http://www. realescuela.org River Journey “Sanlucar-Guadalquivir River-Doñana Park,” Real Fernando Ship, Fabrica de Hielo, Bajo de Guia, daily, at 10 a.m., tickets adults 16.50 €, children 8.20 €. Call 95636-3813 or visit http://www.visitasdonana.com
Bullfights El Puerto de Santa Maria - Bullring - Summer Bullfight Program Regular bullfights: Aug. 4, 5, 11, 12, 15 17, 19 Novel bullfights: Sept. 1 - 2
Music International Guitar Festival, Friday - July 14, Teatro de la Axerquia, Cordoba, http://www.ticketmaster.es Al Rumbo Festival (Music Festival), July 13 - 14, Municipal Soccer Field, Rota, two day tickets are 18 € Madonna in concert, July 20 - 21, Palau San Jordi, Barcelona Manolo Garcia in concert, ...220, 10:30 p.m., Bullring, San Fernando, tickets 31 €, http://www.guiadecadiz.com Chambao in concert, Aug. 3, Baluarte de La Candelaria, Cadiz.
Sports Cross Coasta Ballena, 5K, July 14, 9:30 a.m., registration 5 €, http://www.aytorota.es
Gran Hippodrome de Mijas (horse races), summer season: Saturday, July 14, 21, 28, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, admission is 5 €
Arts “El Poder de la Palabra,” painting display by several artists, ends Sunday, Museo de Cadiz, Cadiz “Cadiz: Lugares Emblematicos,” through July 26, Sala de Exposiciones Café del Arte, 247 Real Street, Puerto Real “Exposicion Colectiva,” painting display by Paloma Armenteros, Tomas Breton and Joaquin de la Vega, July 13 - 31, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., 5 - 10 p.m., Hotel Pinomar, El Puerto de Santa Maria
Eat/Drink Gonzalez Byass Bodega - Jerez de la Frontera Monday - Saturday at noon, 1, 2, 5 and 6:30 p.m., tickets 11 € Sandeman Bodega - Jerez de la Frontera Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Barbadillo Bodega - Sanlucar Tuesday - Saturday at 11 a.m., tickets 3 €
Upcoming Festivals Feria del Carmen y de La Sal - San Fernando - July 11 - 16 Feria y Fiestas de la Patrona - July 14 - 18, Trebujena Feria de la Urta - Rota - Aug. 3 - 5
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All American: Home of the (Atlanta) Braves
The 4th of July is a time to celebrate everything (Cincinnati) reds, (Chicago) White (Sox), and (St. Louis) Blues. Below are some of the grand sporting traditions and institutions that are an essential part of Americana. The Heisman Trophy: Since 1935 the Heisman Trophy has been awarded each year to the country's best college football player. The 25-pound trophy replicates a football player giving the stiff arm and has become the most important individual sports award in the country and one of the most recognizable icons of American sports. The NBA All-Star Game: No sporting event combines American show business, entertainment and sports as well as the mid-season NBA spectacle. The weekend includes a slam dunk contest, three point shooting contest and a defensively Yuval Fleming challenged all-star game featuring the game's best players. Sports Writer The Masters: The most prestigious golf tournament in the world takes place every year on the sacred golf course known as the Augusta National Golf Club. While the tournament’s emphasis on tradition over moderniza-
tion is somewhat un-American, the tournament is played every April in Georgia and golf courses are a major part of the American sports landscape. March Madness: For one month a year the country is transfixed by college basketball, which features small and large universities from Hawaii to Maine all vying to punch their ticket to the Final Four. Super Saturday: The second Saturday of the U.S. Open is a tennis fans dream as spectators are treated to the women’s final and two men’s semifinals in one day. The men hate the brutal schedule, which forces them to play in the final the next day, but as is usually the case in American sports, the wishes of TV programmers take precedence over those of the players. The Rose Bowl: College football is undergoing major changes but this New Year’s Day bowl game will always be a part of the sport. Normally matching the champions from the Pacific 12 and Big 10 conferences the game is played in beautiful Southern California where the weather always seems to cooperate. The Santa Ana Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop to the 100,000-seat stadium, which is almost always packed for this game. The 24-second shot clock: This innovation possibly saved basketball and can be seen as a major reason for the international popularity of the game. The shot clock stopped teams from dominating possession by forcing teams to shoot in the allotted time. Basketball was invented in the U.S. and could become perhaps the second most popular sport in the world. Super Bowl Halftime Show: In most of the world halftime of major sporting events is an afterthought, a chance to take a bathroom or smoke break. In America, the Super Bowl Halftime shows is sometimes the best part of the game, as it converts the stadium into a rock concert and plays host to some of the most popular musical acts in the world. The Astrodome: The audacity to play an outside sport like baseball inside gave rise to the Houston Astrodome. The Texas-size building became known as the 8th Wonder of the World and also created the need for fake grass, which became known as Astroturf. The ingenuity and hubris are quintessential American qualities and are what made the “8th Wonder of the World” possible. Touchdown Jesus: Our country may separate church and state but not sports and religion. On the campus of Notre Dame, home of the country's most storied college football team, sits a mural of a resurrected Jesus Christ. Also known as “Touchdown Jesus” the mural is a constant presence over the football stadium and is perhaps why the Notre Dame always poses the “luck of the Irish.” Sudden Death: Blitz, rush, bomb, sack the parlance of American football combined with a complicated rule book and emphasis on tactics are one reason why the country's most popular game has been compared to war. The Super Bowl is practically a national holiday, and games played on Thanksgiving have become as important to the holiday as turkey and stuffing. The World Series: This one is pretty obvious. No American event has created more sporting memories and legends than the Word Series. The conclusion to the never-ending baseball season has also been called the Fall Classic and helps the American psyche prepare for the coming winter. Daytona 500: No American sport has less international interest than stock car racing. But, fans of NASCAR don’t really care. The annual race held each year on the east coast of Florida attracts fans from throughout the country, especially the South where the sport is most popular. Yuval Fleming is a biased sports fan who lives in Rota, Spain and writes a weekly sports column for Coastline. Please send comments and article ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Unique Opportunities Taking Place Locally El Patio de las 7 Esquinas Located in the patio of the old Grant Bodega, El Patio de las 7 Esquinas is one of the emblematic spots of Puerto de Santa María, it is all charm with great food to boot. The patio and bar are decorated in the traditional style of the taverns that were popular when Andalusian wine By Karen Lucas, The Coastline Publisher culture was at its height. It is Karen@coastline.e.telefonica.net full of antiques and memorabilia typical of the wineries of this area. The patio has several lemon trees that add charm and a wonderful aroma. There are a large variety of tapas and raciones, both hot and cold, so you are sure to find what you like. Some of their specialties are: broken eggs with sausages, grilled Argentinean steak, stuffed squid and bull tails. They always have things off the menu as well, depending on the daily market. The prices are very reasonable, so it is a very good value for your money. In addition to the patio, there is a large room in the bodega itself for groups of up to 150 people. It’s a great place for a party in a relaxed atmosphere. It is also a great place to take visitors so they can enjoy tapas in an authentic bodega atmosphere. El Patio de las 7 Esquinas is located about half-way between the bullring and the river, so parking at either location is convenient. During the months of July and August there will be live flamenco Thursday evenings - another reason to visit El Patio de las 7 Esquinas. Enjoy authentic flamenco and good food in a typical Andalusian atmosphere. Gibraltar World Music Festival You still have the chance to sign up for the trip to Gibraltar to attend the Gibraltar World Music Festival Monday, offered through Viajes Eurocherry.
Drawing by Francisco Barrera on display at Pub Blanco y Negro. Photo courtesy of Karen Lucas.
The bus leaves Rota at 1 p.m. and reaches Gibraltar at 3 p.m. where a local guide will take you on a tour. At 5 p.m. there will be dinner in a restaurant and at 7 p.m. you will be taken up to St. Michael’s Cave for the concert. After the concert, about 10 p.m., the bus will leave to return to Rota. The cost of the trip is 95 € per person. For more information or to sign up you can contact Jorge at Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) ITT at 727- 3101, 686-76-4458 or email email@example.com. This is a great opportunity to see Gibraltar and delight with beautiful music in a spectacular setting. Omni Financial I recently received the following press release from Omni Financial. “Iraq Veteran is Flown To Meet Woman’s Best Friend” Thanks to the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) and its country-wide network of volunteer pilots and aircraft owners, wounded military personnel, veterans and family who could not travel long distances on their own, are able to be airlifted free of charge for medical care or to be reunited with family and friends at significant life events. The latest person to benefit from this VAC service was Spc. Melissa Maher. Melissa served in Iraq in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as a medic with the 86th Combat Support Hospital. After returning home Melissa, the wife of a retired veteran and a mother of four girls, was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As part of her healing process Melissa was accepted into the K9s For Warriors Program (http://www.k9sforwarriors.com). K9s For Warriors, based in Palm Valley, Fla., some 23 miles from downtown Jacksonville, trains and supplies service dogs to veterans with PTSD as a result of conflict and war after 9/11. The mission of K9s For Warriors is to help those suffering from PTSD to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. Having the companionship of a service dog is also a proven recovery tool in the prevention of suicidal tendencies. These service dogs, in the words of K9s For Warriors, “are walking prescriptions to those suffering from PTSD.” Andre Bohy, who is president of Omni Financial, resides in Norwalk, Conn. and flies out of the Danbury, Conn. Municipal Airport, proudly volunteered his time and personal aircraft, with Omni Financial paying for the fuel, for the outbound Millington, Tenn. to St. Augustine, Fla. VAC mission. After about three weeks of instruction at the K9s For Warriors facility, Melissa and her new friend will be flown back to Millington, Tenn by another VAC volunteer pilot, thus completing another well deserved round trip Veterans Airlift Command mission. Bohy, a veteran of multiple VAC flights was heard to say, “Most people don’t realize what service and true sacrifice members of the military and their families and friends go through. As a pilot I relish the satisfaction that comes with each
Dining room of El Patio de las 7 Esquinas features the traditional style of taverns when wineries were at their height. Photo courtesy of Karen Lucas.
of these missions - It’s my way of giving back.” For more information on the Veterans Airlift Command and their volunteer air service, visit their website at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Veterans Airlift Command provides free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and compassionate purposes. Running of the Bulls in Pamplona Saturday is San Fermín and it marks the beginning of the running of the Bulls in Pamplona. Every day from Saturday - July 14, the bulls run 849 meters from where they are penned up through the streets of Pamplona to the bullring. The running starts at 8 a.m. and lasts between two and three minutes. If you get Spanish TV, you can watch it at 8 a.m. every day for a week on TVE1. Art Exhibit at Pub Blanco y Negro There is an interesting art exhibit at the Pub Blanco y Negro on Calle Ricardo Alcón, 10 in downtown El Puerto de Santa Maria. It is a collection of charcoal drawings depicting mainly jazz scenes by local artist Francisco Barrera. I have known Paco for many years since we coincided in the same gym. In fact he was my spinning instructor. I found it interesting to discover this facet. The exhibit continues through July 19 and is open Sun. - Thurs., 5 p.m. - 3 a.m.; Fridays and Saturdays it opens at 7 p.m. 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 email to Karen@coastline.e.telefonica.net or give me a call at 607-56-4132. Support your paper by supporting the advertisers.
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6 p.m. Commanding Officer’s Opening Ceremony
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Blues Band “Kelly Bell Band” Rock Band “Cartel”
and a DJ between sets
Fireworks at Midnight!
7:20 p.m. Limbo Contest 8:45 p.m. Hula Hoop Contest
Call 727-1410 for details
Food and drink will be available for purchase from private organization food booths. Patrons are reminded that NO GLASS or COOLERS will be allowed on the event grounds. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket, lawn chairs, or tent for the children's activity area.
6:10 p.m. Water Balloon Toss Contest
7:30 p.m. Local Band Solera 60
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6:15 p.m. Local AF Band “Dead Wait”
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To place a classified ad submit information in 25 words or less by the Thursday prior to desired publication date. Classifieds will run for one edition only. Free ads are available to TEI cardholders for noncommercial goods. Email submission to email@example.com or fax to 727-1021. Non-TEI cardholders and/or ads of a commercial nature (pets for sale, real estate, for-profit business) require payment and must be submitted to Karen Lucas at Karen@coastline.e.telefonica.net or fax to 956-54-2997.
VESPA 200PX “IRIS”: 1991 scooter with 15K km, engine runs great, needs paint. 1,000€, firm. Call 666-08-1896.
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TV STAND: Smoked glass stand, mint condition, three shelves, $220 new, asking $80. Call 662-43-9102 for pictures.
L E AV E D O N O R P R O G R A M Tara Lopez of the Human Resources Office (HRO) has been approved as a leave recipient in the Voluntary Leave Donor Program. If you are interested in donating leave to her, please contact Juana Perez, HRO, 727-1648. She can answer your questions and provide the required forms.
HOUSES AND APARTMENTS: Sea views, pools and yards, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 bdrm. in Rota, Costa Ballena, Chipiona, El Puerto de Santa Maria and Sanlúcar, w/pools and yards. No rental fees to Americans. Call Antonio at 685-204466 or firstname.lastname@example.org. HOUSES: Detached unfurn. houses in Las Redes, Costa Oeste area, near beach, 4 bdrm., driveway, yard, 1,400€ and up. Call Ed 639-31-0436 or email@example.com, English spoken. PROPERT Y MANAGEMENT: Cleaning and maintenance, key ha n d l i n g, access to U.K . rental bookings. Call Ray at 653-78-0296.
APARTMENT BY CHIPIONA MARINA: 2 bdrm., 2 bath, underground parking, rooftop terrace, three-minute walk to marina and beach, furn. optional, 1,200€/mo negotiable. Free Internet and cable, English speaking landlords. Call 956-05-3624 or 600-89-8066.
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BEAUTIFUL VILLA: American-owned, fully or part. furn., 4 bdrm., 2 bath, heat, A/C, elec. wtr heat, private 1,200 m2 plot, sunroom, pool, garden, patio and storage cabana w/bath, appliances, sky TV/AFN satellite. Pool and garden maint. included. Avail. July 9, email for photos and price, andykop1@hotmail. com or call (0049)15152029810. BEAUTIFUL HOUSE OUTSIDE PUERTO GATE: American owned, 3 bdrm., 2 bath, walk-in closet, lvg./dng. area w/ fireplace, lg. kitchen w/pantry, laundry area, enclosed terrace, sep. barbecue area w/water, private inside covered parking for 2 cars w/automatic gate, heat, A/C, screens, AFN satellite, call Michael 667-78-5290. HOUSE: On large lot (1,000m2) with guest house: Main house has 3 bdrm. w/builtin-closets, 1 ½ bath, lvg. room w/fireplace and 2 porches, large, kitchen w/pantry and laundry room, parking for 3 cars. Guest house has mini kitchen, bath, lvg. room and bdrm.., on Sanlúcar Road. 1,200€/mo. Call Chari Matías Lebrón at 645-94-5586. NEW DETACHED HOUSE: Close to base, 3 bdrm. (mstr bdrm. fits king bed), 3
bath, huge American type kitchen w/ island, lvg./dng. area, central A/C and heat, huge yard w/sprinkler, private pool and driveway. Asking 2,300€ (gardener and pool maint. included ) Contact Coco 699-79-4899. English spoken. CHALET IN VISTAHERMOSA: 1,200 m2 lot, 5 bdrm., 3 ½ bath, A/C, large lvg. rm, porch, pool, well, enclosed garage. Price: 2,000€/mo. Ref: A-0878. Call 956-85-0183 or 607-70-6418. NEW DETACHED HOUSE CLOSE TO PUERTO GATE: 3 bdrm. (mstr bdrm. has walk in closet), 2 bath, wood floors, covered patio, lrg kitchen, lrg lvg./dng. area w/fireplace, A/C and heat, solar heat, lrg back porch, driveway for 2 cars, lrg yard with private pool Asking 1,600€ (gardener included). Contact Coco 699-79-4899, English spoken. BEAUTIFUL BEACH FRONT APARTMENT: 5 min. from Fuentebravia gate. Lvg./ dng. rm w/balcony and view of the bay. 2 bdrm., 1 bath, American-style kitchen: vitro, oven, microwave, washer, solar heat, TV w/satellite connection, Internet, TV, screens, lift, underground garage, available now. American owned, 1,000€/ mo. negotiable (utilities included) plus deposit. Call Coco at 956-48-0973 or 699-79-4899 or Brigitte at 956-85-1396. In housing, no pets. Ideal for a single. ATTACHED HOUSE IN EL AGUILA: 3 bdrm., 2 ½ bath, ample attic, central heat, city gas, fireplace, large kitchen, street parking, 1,000€/mo. Community fees included. A-008. Call 956-85-0183 or 607-70-6418. DETACHED HOUSE IN FUENTEBRAVIA: 5 bdrm., 3 bath, lvg./dng. area w/
fireplace, kitchen and laundry area, A/C and heat, private parking, lrg yard, close to beach and base. Asking 1,200€ (includes gardener). Listed in housing. Call Coco 699-79-4899. English spoken. BEACH APARTMENT IN PUERTO: Las Redes beach, 4 min. from the Puerto gate. Ample living/dining room, 3 bdrm. with built in closets, 1 bath, A/C and heat, individual heat pumps units. Fully equipped kitchen. Telephone, Internet, fully furn./unfurn., view of the Cadiz Bay. 1,200€/mo. maintenance fees, local and national telephone service and Internet included. Call 628-907856 or 956-48-1349. English spoken. ATTACHED HOUSE IN VISTAHERMOSA: 4 bdrm., 3 bath, fireplace, A/C, city gas, private parking, laundry room, yard. Price: 850€/mo. A-0787. Call 956-85-0183 or 607-70-6418. CHALET IN EL CARMEN: 4 bdrm., 3 bath, yard and pool, big kitchen, A/C, fireplace, street parking. Price: 1,600€/mo. Ref: A-1074. Call 956-85-0183 or 607-70-6418.
ATTACHED HOUSE IN ROTA: Located on Avda. Principes de España. 180m2, 4 bdrm., 3 bath, enclosed garage, front and back patio, A/C and heat in all rooms, fans, screens, double glass windows, 5 minutes to the beach, listed in housing. 1,275€/ mo. Call José Antonio at 605-51-5363.
close to the beach, 4 bdrm., 3 bath, full kitchen, w/patio, inside parking for two cars, A/C, laundry rm, listed in housing. English spoken. Contact Antonio at 615-23-2552.
security guard, and chauffeur, has B1 license, speaks English and Spanish. Call 666-88-1157 or 632-22-1677.
ROTA APARTMENT: Residential area of Rota, 3 bdrm., 2 bath, lvg./ dng. room, kitchen and laundry room, terrace, furn./unfurn. Call 666-49-0434.
"O most holy apostle, Saint Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honoureth and invoketh thee universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, and of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, who am so miserable. Make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded to thee, to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to mine assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolation and succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request) and that I may praise God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity. I promise thee, O blessed Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour, to always honour thee as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to thee. Amen."
MISCELLANEOUS KITE SURFING LESSONS/RENTAL: Beginner or advanced, all gear provided, qualified instructors, service boat in Rota, El Puerto de Santa Maria and Cadiz. Since 1999, call Gino at 619-80-4339. B R O K E R D E A L E R : U. S . M u t u a l Fu n d s, I R A’S , 5 2 9 1 , i n s u ra n ce, I.R.P.S. Call Ray at 653-78-0296. EXPERIENCED DOG WALKER: Need someone to walk your dog? Experienced dog walker off base in Rota. Call Seth at 695-10-0348. References available. GUITAR LESSONS: Classic, flamenco and elementary guitar. Call Manolo for more info at 956-85-1455 or 666-87-4875. SEEKING EMPLOYMENT: Home care provider, first aid, CPR, courses in child abuse detection, safety, learning environment and health. Exc. ref, lots of exp. w/children and elderly, has car. Exc. spoken English. Call Inma at 617-18-3881.
TOWNHOUSE FOR RENT IN COSTA BALLENA: In residential area, 2 bdrm., 2 bath, A/C, pool, 2 min. from the beach, call 629-52-1444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEEKING EMPLOYMENT: Responsible, 36-year-old Spanish woman w/lots of exp. seeks job caring for children of any age and/or cleaning by the hour or monthly, available immediately, every day, flex hours, on base exp. and ref. available. Call Esther at 666-88-1157 or 632-22-1677.
ROTA HOUSE FOR RENT: Nice house, very
WORK WANTED: Has experience as
E M P L O Y M E N T HRO: Educational Aid, GS-1702-02/0304, Staff Assistant (O/A), GS-0303-05 (Located in Lisbon, Portugal), Health Promotions Coordinator, GS-0303-06 target GS-0303-07, Theater Manager, GS110107. Customer service hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 727-1643 for more info. MWR: CYP p/t Program Assistant, Supervisory Rec. Specialist (Pool), Theater Rec. Aid, Golf Rec. Aid, ITT Rec. Assistant, Club Operations Aid (Champions), Club Operations Assistant (Champions), Driver/Cashier (La Plaza). Applications must be submitted on OF-612 form and Family Member Status form to MWR Personnel Office, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more info. call 727-2596 or 727-3263.
SAILOR IN THE SPOTLIGHT
July 4, 2012
Sailor in the Spotlight MA3 Shemiah Rutledge By MC2(SW/AW) Travis Alston Writer-Photographer. NAVSTA Public Affairs
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Shemiah Rutledge enlisted in the Navy in 2008. After completing basic training at Great Lakes, III., she reported to Master-atArms A-School at Lackland Air force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Once Rutledge completed training, she reported to Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MESRON) 4 in Portsmouth, Va. She reported to Naval Station Rota, Spain in January 2012. Rutledge’s primary responsibilities here are command fitness leader (CFL) and assistant airborne security team member. She said her biggest accomplishments are becoming the CFL and graduating from the Phoenix Raven Academy. Currently there are only four female Phoenix Ravens in the U.S. Navy. "Everybody has moments when they want to give up. But I believe that success comes to those who can push forward with determination, motivation, heart and a positive mindset. I've come to understand that failure does not mean defeat and that nothing is impossible.
Beach Rugby: Learn a New Sport this Summer By Ryan Welch
Summer is here and the Rota Rugby Club is gearing up for this year's beach rugby season. Traditionally rugby is played with 15 players on each team with games lasting 80 minutes. However, beach rugby is played 5-on-5 with short 15-minute games in the sand. During both the regular and the summer seasons the Rota Rugby Club travels throughout Andalucia to test their abilities against Spanish teams from Algeciras, Huelva, Ronda, Cadiz, Ecija and Sevilla. “Joining the Rota team not only allows you to learn a new sport, it allows you to experience Spain," said Rota Rugby Coach Krista Grigg. Typically, after a fierce and intense match, the home team provides food, drink and a venue to share some laughs and practice your Spanish with the opposing team. The Rota Rugby Club was founded in 2010 by civilian and military men and women aboard Naval Station Rota. Most players on the team came to their first practice with little-to-no rugby experience, but shortly became addicted to this amazing sport. It has been proven in many previous matches that the physicality
of the Americans can lead to victories against more experienced teams. Some of the Rota Rugby players have had previous athletic experience playing football and soccer while others have never played a team sport. One of the team’s newest players, Kevin Bolser, found that his history of wrestling and track provided him a skill set for the sport of rugby. “There is literally a place for everyone [on a rugby team], and the players will always take the time to teach if you show interest,” said Bolser. Upcoming beach rugby tournaments in Andalucia this summer include Saturday in Algeciras, July 21 in Huelva, and July 28 in Rota. Practices are being held every Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the Playa del Rompidillo, in Rota. Each practice reviews the fundamentals of rugby, and the club invites anyone interested to come out and learn. If you would like to join the Rota Rugby Club, get additional information or come out to show your support, email email@example.com or search Rota Rugby Club on Facebook.
July 4, 2012