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The Coastline

November 23, 2011

Volume 21 Issue 44

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Visits NAVSTA Rota Pg. 4

Rota's EODMU-8 Wounded Warrior Fighting to Make a Comeback

Pg. 6

OffsidesTalks Turkey The Language of Football Pg. 20

Nov. 23, 2011

U.S. Naval Activities, Spain





Nov. 23, 2011

Rota, an Outstanding Sense of Community Team Rota, Most of you realize we just had a visit from the Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson III and Fleet Master Chief Scott Benning. For those who didn’t know that, or still don’t know who they are: The VNCO C O R N E R is the number two guy in the U.S. Navy, and Fleet Benning is almost as senior as you can get on the enlisted side. They both left extremely impressed by what you all are doing day in and day out. After the all-hands call, Fleet Benning told us that he CMDCM (SW/AW/SS) David Twiford is amazed at the teamwork this base demonstrates on all levels. The VCNO and Fleet are not the only visitors who leave Rota with a great impression. Time and again visitors leave in awe of what this base and this community bring to the fight. In fact when the CNO visited us earlier this year, he said, “For the size of this base and the number of people, it really punches well above its weight.” He hit the nail on the head. Rota punches above its weight because of our teamwork - teamwork that is rooted in the outstanding sense of community here. You’ve heard us say again and again that Rota is the best base in the Navy. And, we mean it. We’re the best because we are a tightly knit community. I’ve known that since I got here, and I can tell you it is immediately evident to those who visit us. Our ability to join multiple branches of the military and team their efforts up with U.S. and Spanish civilians to get the mission done here is remarkable. One of the key components to our community is our volunteer force. There are countless people out there day and night volunteering throughout the base. They’re stepping up and filling in the gaps to get it done. In many seen and unseen ways, they are the glue that holds this community together. If you have not or are not volunteering, I encourage you to get out there and do it. Step up and find a whole new sense of belonging to an outstanding community. Finding your ideal job here can be a challenge, but volunteering can be a great way to get your foot in the


The Coastline is an authorized publication for members of the military services and families stationed overseas. Its contents do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Navy, and do not imply endorsement thereof. Editorial content of Rota Coastline is edited, prepared and provided by the Public Affairs Office of U.S. Naval Station, Rota, Spain.

Commander U.S. Naval Activities, Spain Capt. Scott Kraverath co/ Chief Staff Officer U.S. Naval Activities, Spain Cmdr. Ron Dennis Public Affairs Officer Lt. j.g. Jason Fischer Tel: 956-82-1680 Deputy Public Affairs Officer MCC (SW/AW) Mikel Bookwalter Tel: 956-82-2813

door for when a paying position becomes available. There are several places that would love to see you sign up as a volunteer. The Red Cross is a great resource for anyone looking to volunteer. They act as a direct and indirect resource placing volunteers throughout the naval station. There are also many other places you may or may not be thinking about, like the Rota Animal Welfare League. They’re always looking for some people to exercise the animals, love the animals – and clean up after the animals too. How about tutoring some children with the Fleet and Family Support Center’s After School Scholars program with DGF schools? Speaking of DGF, they’re always looking for guest readers. Call or stop by the school’s front office for more information. Then you have youth sports, fund raising efforts, Boy Scouts, the chapel … the list goes on and on. Basically, if you’ve got an idea or specialty, you can most likely find a way to volunteer and put it to great use. I can assure you this community needs you. There are a myriad of needs on this base that are getting met, only through the work of the outstanding volunteers we have that are selflessly giving to others in our community. We’d ask you again to become a great player and member of this outstanding community by volunteering. HOOYAH! CMC


The Coastline

November 23, 2011

Volume 21 Issue 44

Nov. 23, 2011


U.S. Naval Activities, Spain

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Visits NAVSTA Rota Pg. 4

Rota's EODMU-8 Wounded Warrior Fighting to Make a Comeback

Pg. 6

OffsidesTalks Turkey The Language of Football Pg. 20

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson III speaks during an all-hands call during his visit to NAVSTA Rota Monday. Read more about his visit on page 4 of this edition of the Coastline. Photo by MCC(SW/AW) Mikel Bookwalter.

INSIDE THIS EDITION Community News . . . . . 9 Religion . . . . . . .10 Vi s t a . . . . . . . . 11 FFSC . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Activities . . . . . . . . 15 Publisher's Corner . . . 16 MWR . . . . . . . . .17 Sports . . . . . . . . . . 20 Movies . . . . . . . . . . 21 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . 22

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US Labor Department, Microsoft Announce New Resources for Veterans United States Department of Labor News Release

veterans and their spouses with potential employers in their areas. "Veterans have served our country bravely, have superb military training, and have developed valuable leadership, management and diplomatic skills," said Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel and executive vice presid e n t . " We hope that by providing additional access to training and other employment resources, we will help close the opportunity divide for more of our service men and women, as well as their spouses, who have also made great sacrifices." The announcement follows the launch of a number of new tools geared toward helping post-9/11 era veterans, including the Veterans Gold Card, the "My Next Move for Veterans" Web site and the National Resource Directory's Veterans Job Bank. Additional information about these initiatives, including specific locations where the vouchers will be distributed, is available at http://


Semper Fidelis Photo By Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Himes

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis recently announced a new partnership with Microsoft Corp. to provide veterans with vouchers for nocost training and certifications that can lead to important industry-recognized credentials. The voucher program will serve veterans in five communities with the highest number of returning p o s t - 9 / 11 e r a v e t e rans: Seattle, San Diego, Houston, Northern Virginia and Jacksonville. "In today's competitive, high-tech economy, specialized training is often a prerequisite for employment," said Solis. "The program announced today will help our returning heroes gain access to the training and certifications they need to land good jobs in growing industries." Each area will receive 1,000 vouchers per year for two years, totaling 10,000 vouchers. Microsoft will provide in-person support to ensure that the recipients succeed in the training and certifications. Additionally, the local workforce systems will help connect the

Nov. 23, 2011

Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) Company Europe Marines display the national ensign and Marine Corps colors during their annual motivational run to celebrate the Marine Corps' 236th birthday at NAVSTA Rota, Nov. 10.

NAVSTA Rota Wishes Everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving



Nov. 23, 2011


Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson III, center, meets with Chief, High Readiness Naval Headquarters and Naval Action Rear Adm. Juan Rodriguez Garat, left, and Commander In Chief Rota Naval Base Rear Adm. Juan Ruiz Casas, right, Monday. Ferguson was in Rota to examine plans and requirements to homeport four U.S. Navy Aegis-capable destroyers here by 2015.

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Visits Rota Story and Photos By MCC(SW/AW) Mikel Bookwalter

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson III visited Naval Station Rota, Spain Nov. 20 - 21 to assess the base’s plans for stationing four U.S. Navy Aegis-capable destroyers here as part of a NATO ballistic missile defense shield. Sunday, Ferguson received briefs from base leadership, and he toured the naval base, focusing on the port, family housing, Fleet and Family Services and Moral Welfare and Recreation. “It’s important for me to get over here and see the requirements to get these ships over here,” said Ferguson. “My wife and I are very interested in housing and family support issues.” After the operational briefs, Ferguson keyed in on housing, family support and schools, asking leadership if they could handle the growth that the additional ships will bring. NAVSTA Rota Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Kraverath told the VNCO that most areas of the base are already well positioned to receive the additional forces and families. He pointed out the relatively new Navy Exchange and commissary facilities, saying that they would need to increase the frequency of shipments to meet the increase in shoppers. Kraverath also briefed the VCNO on the potential to expand the base school by resurrecting original blue prints that included two additional wings to the

existing school. He also mentioned his desire to demolish the Las Flores family housing area and to build new duplex-style homes in their place in coming years. After the brief, the VCNO toured the base to look at the port area, the base gym and fitness center and Las Flores housing, where he went inside a vacant unit to see the living conditions for families in those units. Monday morning, Ferguson held an all-hands call with base Sailors and Marines. He opened his remarks by recognizing the importance of family support to the Sailor and warfighter. He also recognized that Sailors and families alike are concerned about the future of the Navy in light of defense budget cuts. “The welfare, the healthcare and the retirement system; the things that assure and secure you and your family have never been more important to us, and are really the ones that we fight for to make sure that we keep that faith with you,” said Ferguson. “But we are asking more of you, and you see this every day in terms of performance. We expect you to bring your A-game every day. It’s a very competitive environment, and I don’t see that changing.” Ferguson closed the all-hands call by thanking the total force team of service members, family members and Spanish and U.S. civilians for the work they do every day for national security.

(Above) Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson III, left, receives briefs from Naval Station Rota Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Kraverath, right, and Public Works Officer Cmdr. Daniel Turner, center, during his base tour of Naval Station Rota, Sunday. (Left) Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson III addresses Sailors and Marines at an all-hands call aboard Naval Station Rota, Monday.




ATHLETICS Fitness day


Ongoing Ongoing Nov 30 Dec 3


1000 Pound Club Holiday Fitness Challenge 5k Toys for Tots Gift Run Jingle Bell Pet Walk

Golf Course day

Bldg 44 Ph: 2565 Free Free Free / 9am Free / 9am

Bldg 231 Ph: 2260



Dec 3 & 17 Limited Play 9:30am / 1:30pm Dec 12-18 Pro Shop Christmas Sale 8:30am-6:30pm

Rota Lanes day


Bldg 228 Ph: 2112

deadline / time / cost

Dec Santa’s Special Free shoe rental Dec 17 & 18 Santa’s Turkey Shoot 1 - 5pm

Sports day


Bldg 44 Ph: 1916

deadline / time / cost

Nov 28 Winter Racquetball Tournament Nov 23 Dec 5-7 Basketball Official’s Clinic Nov 30 / 5-8pm Dec 12 Holiday Hoopla Basketball Tournament Dec 7 / 5:30pm



Bldg 48 Ph: 2527

sign up by / cost / time

Nov 24 Thanksgiving Fest / Car Show Free / 2pm Nov 25 Leftovers & Fottball Party Free / 1pm Nov 27 Liberty Golf Day Free / noon Nov 24-27 Asturias Outdoor Trip Nov 15 / $270 Dec 2 Bodega & Flamenco Show Nov 30 / $45 Dec 6 Movie Night Free / 7pm Dec 10 Liberty Paintball Trip Nov 7 / $45 Dec 14 Texas Hold’em Tournament Free / 6pm Dec 15 Cosmic Bowling Night Free / 7pm Dec 16-18 Ski & Snowboard in Granada Nov 30 / $140 Dec 21 Dining Out: La Almadraba Dec 18/ 7:30pm Dec 23 Air Hockey Tournament Nov 12 / 10am Dec 25 Liberty Holiday Fest Free / 2pm Dec 31 Liberty Rock Climbing Dec 28 / $33 Jan 1 New Year’s Day Hip Hop Party Dec 27 / 6pm

Bldg 48 Community Classes Ph: 2527



Library day


sign up by / cost / time

Tuesdays Storytime: Nov 29: Sports Day Dec 6: Slumber Party Dec 13: December Holidays Dec 20: First Day of Winter Dec 27: Happy New Year

Free / 11:30am

Pizza Villa

Bldgs 231 Ph: 3212




FITNESS CENTER Body Composition Testing: FREE Microfit Total Fitness Assessment: Now FREE! Nautilus Orientation: FREE Introductory Healing Touch Service: Call for your appointment today 727-2565.

Bldg 48 Ph: 3101 deadline

November Pizza Pizza $15 for 2 Lrg pepperoni December The Aviator large pizza makes wings $5.99

in concert


Rent-A-Lane: Come in to Rota Lanes and rent a lane for only $12 for the first hour and each additional hour for only$10 an hour! Each lane must have a minimum of 2 people and not exceeding 5 people, shoes included.


Rentals: Bicycles, Camping Gear, Folding Chairs & Tables and other equipment available for rental. Open Climbing Stop by Expeditions and get your belay certification so you can climb anytime! Once you and a friend both receive the certification, you can climb whenever Traveler is open.

where´s santa & rudolph? Win a $100 MWR gift certificate! Call 727-1462 for details

Bldg 1963 / 1870 / CDC / SAC / Youth Ph: 1100 / 2839 / 4721 event

sign up by / cost / time

Dec 5-9 Spanish Breakfast for Parents at CDC Dec 14-15 Rota Historical Center Tour CDC preschoolers Dec 19 Winter Camp at SAC 6:30am - 5:30pm YOUTH CENTER Dec 3 Nightmare Before Xmas Dance $5 / 6pm Dec 10 Holiday Bash 4-8pm Dec 13 Youth Center Hail & Farewell Free / 4:30pm Dec 14 Caroling with the Youth Center Free / 6pm

polar express December 16th, 6 - 9 p.m.

At the DGF Elementary School Gym and Multi-Purpose Room Call 727-4564 for details

breakfast with santa



Fitness Center needs Massage Therapist and Personal Trainers.

College Textbook Program: Reduce education costs by checking out your textbooks for the semester at the Base Library. Texbooks are available on a first come, first served basis.





Dec 3 MTB Bike Ride in La Via Verde Nov 30 $20 Dec 10 Paintball Dec 7 $75 Dec 16-18 Granada Ski & Snowboard Trip Dec 12 $200 Dec 24 Hiking El Bosque to Benamahoma Dec 21 $35 Dec 31 Rock Climbing in Algodonales Dec 28 $55


Bldg 3306 Ph: 2418



Bldgs 49 Ph: 1995



Bldg 48 Ph: 3101

Dec 2 Bodega, Dinner & Flamenco Show Nov 30 $75 / $45 Dec 3 Vejer and Roman Ruins Tour Nov 30 $60/$45 Dec 10 Malaga Self-guided Trip Dec 7 $35 Dec 17 Arcos Living Nativity Dec 14 $20 Dec 16 Dinner & Flamenco Show Dec 14 $60 / $45 Dec 24 Cordoba Self-guided Trip Dec 21 $35 Dec 30-Jan 2 New Year in Lisbon Dec 16 $390

Dec 31 New Year’s Eve Dinner & Show $75 for two

December 4th, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

December 2nd 7 p.m.

At the Galley. Regular Galley prices apply.

Call 727-2839 for more information.

at the NEX Parking Lot






Pre-Ballet Classes 5 - 6 p.m. • $70 • Ages 3-5 Ballet/Jazz 6 - 7 p.m. • $70 • Ages 7-10

Ballet/Jazz 6 - 7 p.m. • $70 • Ages 8-12 Rota Rockets Junior Dance Team 5 - 6 p.m. • $70 Jazz/Hip Hop Dance Class 7 - 8 p.m. • $35

Piano Lessons Day and evening lesson times• $60. Pre-Ballet Classes 5 - 6 p.m. • $70 • Ages 3-5 Ballet/Jazz: 6 - 7 p.m. • $70 • Ages 7-10 Contemporary Dance Class 7 - 8 p.m. • $35

Piano Lessons Day and evening lesson times• $60. Ballet/Jazz 6 - 7 p.m. • $70 • Ages 8-12 Rota Rockets Junior Dance Team 5 - 6 p.m. • $70 • Ages 8-12 Rota Rockets Junior Dance Team 5 - 6 p.m. • $70 Shotokan Karate, Ages 6 - 12 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. • $50 per 8 classes

Karaoke Contest 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. • Free

Sweat’n’Play: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Zumba Fit: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Lunch Time Yoga 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. NOFFS: 4:30 - 5 p.m. Spin: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


Family Funday Everyday 12 - 10 p.m. $25


5:30 - 6:45 p.m. at the NEX Parking Lot


cost / time

La Plaza day


December 2nd, 2011


Dec 1 Painted Wooden Ornaments Craft Class Ages 4-14 / $7 Dec 6 Christmas Wreath Craft Class Ages 4-14 / $10 Dec 13 Gifts for Mom & Dad Craft Ages 4-14 / $12 ONGOING Tue, Wed, Thu Piano Lessons $15 Call Spanish Language Classes $20 Mon & Wed Pre-Ballet Classes $70 / 5 - 6pm Mon & Wed Ballet/Jazz Classes, Ages 5-7 $70 / 6 - 7pm Tue & Thu Ballet/Jazz Classes, Ages 8-12 $70 / 6 - 7pm Tue Teen & Adult Jazz/Hip Hop $35/ 7 - 8pm Wed Contemporary Dance Class $35/ 7 - 8pm Tue & Thu Rota Rockers Dance Team $70/ 5 - 6pm


tree lighting ceremony



Drop-off Care: Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for 3 mos. - 5 yrs. Full-Time Care: For children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Please call ext. 1100.


Power Hour Homework Club 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 4-H SciTech Club JAMS (J), 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. THE EDGE (E), 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Newspaper Club J, 4 - 5 p.m. / E, 5 - 6 p.m.



Mighty Tots Ages 18 - 24 months, 9:30- 10:15 a.m. Wicked XRcise 9:30- 10:15 a.m. Spin 10:30- 11:15 a.m. TRX 5 - 6 p.m. Shotokan Karate, Ages 6 - 12 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. • $50 per 8 classes Zumba Fit 6 - 7 p.m.


Storytime 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Family Funday Everyday 12 - 10 p.m. $25



The hourly rate is going down for CYP care from

$5 an hour to $4

Power Hour Homework Club 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Fine Arts Club J, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. / E, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. SMART Girls and Boys-2-Men 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Call for days.



NOFFS: 6 - 7 a.m. Zumba Fit: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Pilates: 10:35 - 11:30 a.m. Spin: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


Family Funday Everyday 12 - 10 p.m. $25


Power Hour Club: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Image Makers J, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. / E, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Torch Club: JAMS, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Healing Touch the best gift

a total balance of health encompassing mind, body and spirit



Mighty Tots Ages 18 - 24 months, 9:30- 10:15 a.m. Wicked XRcise 9:30- 10:15 a.m. Spin: 10:30- 11:15 a.m. TRX: 5 - 6 p.m. Zumba Fit: 6 - 7 p.m.


Thursday $5 Special 3 games for $5, plus shoe rental Family Funday Everyday 12 - 10 p.m. $25


Power Hour Club 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. BGCA Triple Play J, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. / E, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Music Makers J, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. / E, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.




8-Ball Pool Tournament Saturdays, 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. • $5

Sweat’n’Play 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Yoga / Pilates 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Lunch Time Yoga 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. NOFFS 4:30 - 5 p.m. Spin 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Group exercise classes will resume Sept 6th)


Cosmic Bowling “Extreme Fire Ball” 8 p.m. - midnight Family Funday Everyday 12 - 10 p.m. $25 Friday Afternoon Special 1 - 4 p.m. $10


Power Hour Club 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Healthy Habits J, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. / E, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.



Lights Out Color Pin Mania Saturdays Sunday Crazy Dollar Day 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. • $1


Outdoor Fun: 5 - 6 p.m.

operation season’s greetings

DAUGHTRY with special guest comedian

Gabriel Iglesias

November 30th

5pm. Location TBD Call 1410 for details

Call 727-2565 Information subject to change.


Nov. 23, 2011



'I Will Never Give Up' Story By MC2(SW/AW) Travis Alston Photos Courtesy of EOD1 Joseph Miller

Most would assume that a wounded service member would steer away from the idea of returning to combat, especially when the Sailor is still recovering from severe injures, including the partial loss of one leg. But that rationale doesn’t apply to Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Class Joseph Miller. Miller, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 at Naval Station Rota, Spain is doing whatever it takes to speed up his recovery so he can lead another team into combat. Miller admired the fact that no two days were the same for Sailors assigned to an EOD mobile unit, but didn’t think Sept. 6 would be so drastically different. That morning Miller woke up and faced a relatively routine day for an EOD technician deployed to Afghanistan. He and his team, including EODC Bert Marley, were called out to an area suspected of being laden with land mines. Their primary mission was to clear the area so that ground forces could maneuver freely. Security personnel provided additional support and escorted the team on their mission. Early on in the operation a member of the security team stepped on a land mine that didn't go off. Security personnel were immediately backed out of the area. Moments later there was a loud explosion. A sheep had stepped on a nearby land mine causing it to detonate. The team continued to search the surrounding area and did not find any more land mines. Within moments, they would realize they missed at least one. “I wasn't unconscious, but I don't remember much,” said Miller. “I immediately grabbed a tourniquet out of my kit, and placed it above my knee.” Miller had stepped on a land mine. He said he knew something had went wrong because of the pool of blood forming around his leg. His training took over as he gave himself first aid. It wasn’t until he laid down and put his leg in the air that he realized his foot was completely gone. “Pink mist. When an explosion obliterates a part of the body into just tiny particles and makes, literally, pink mist. Blood was spurting out. My first thought was that I would have to save myself, because I didn’t want anyone coming in the area and getting hit." Miller’s team had already begun clearing a path to him and clearing and landing zone for the incoming medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) helicopter. EOD1 Joseph Miller looks out at the horizon during a routine mission while deployed to Afghanistan. Miller’s dream job was to become an EOD technician and vows to get back into action after he recovers from his injury.


The MEDEVAC took Miller to Forward Operating Base Lagman for initial treatment. Then he received follow-on care at Kandahar Airfield. He was ultimately sent to Bethesda Naval Hospital for further care and treatment. He remains there today working through rehabilitation. “He's doing very well, given the pain is sometimes bad and keeps him up at night,” said Miller’s fiancé Iia Bell. “He is mentally doing very well and is being very sweet. He's very grateful that he's alive. Honestly, it has brought out a much more appreciative side of him. I've never felt more loved. Even though he's been in a lot of physical pain, he still goes to his therapy daily to help speed up the recovery process and get back on the field.” Though missing a foot, Miller is not going to let this experience detour his career as an EOD technician. “This barely slowed me down,” said Miller. “Through intense muscle therapy and rehab, I was able to walk on my leg again 41 days after being blown up. My plans remain the same. I am submitting my [Seaman to Admiral] package this year, attending school and hopefully taking another team in combat.” Miller was awarded the Purple Heart by Deputy Director for Expeditionary Warfare Division Rear Adm. Frank Morneau. He is scheduled to return to NAVSTA Rota in a few weeks to receive the Bronze Star. “Truly, I wanted to become an EOD technician because it’s a brotherhood that is tightly knit," said Miller. “It's a big boys club full of adrenaline and always on the go doing something new.  The people you work with are some of the highest caliber people in the world.  It really is my dream job.”


Nov. 23, 2011

(Above left) EOD1 Miller, center, poses for a photo after receiving the Purple Heart with two other injured service members. They were presented the award by Deputy Director for Expeditionary Warfare Divisions Rear Adm. Frank Morneau. (Above) Miller receives medical attention shortly after stepping on a land mine.



Nov. 23, 2011



Building Better Warriors, Preparing for Combat Story and Photos By MC2(SCW) Ace Rheaume, NMCB 5

(Above) Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Eian Bethea, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, demonstrates a warrior stance during Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) training in Rota, Spain Monday. (Right) Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Ronnie Torres, NMCB 5’s military advisor, teaches defensive techniques to Seabees during MCMAP. ( Below) Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Eian Bethea, a Seabee assigned to NMCB 5, practices a lefthanded strike.

The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) is not just for Marines: Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 Seabees deployed to Rota, Spain are learning this integrated martial arts program to better prepare themselves for combat environment deployments. The program focuses on teaching students to become leaders through the Navy and Marine Corps core values of honor, courage and commitment while they learn close-combat defensive techniques. “They learn combat skills, so while they are in a combat environment they are able to work through any hand-to-hand combat situation and develop themselves as an ethical warrior,” said Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Ronnie Torres, NMCB 5’s military advisor and MCMAP instructor. Students begin by learning a basic warrior stance, physical strikes and throws. As the students continue, they learn more advanced techniques. After about 30 hours of training, a student earns the initial ‘tan’ belt. Several other belt colors are attained by additional hours of training and attainment of other prerequisites like chain of command recommendations, military course(s) completion and rank. “I think the training will benefit me if I ever go to combat. I know I will be skilled in that area and have the confidence to complete whatever tasking I get,” said Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Eian Bethea. “It tests your confidence, your knowledge, and it betters you in every way,” said Bethea. MCMAP is a program that is open to any branch of the military. The Seabees in Rota are taking this opportunity to become more prepared to face whatever future deployments might bring.



Community News

Nov. 23, 2011


Preschool Developmental Screening

Scrimmage team needed to play the DGF girl’s basketball team on Saturday mornings and occasional afternoons. Interested parties please contact Coach DeMeritt at 956-48-0120 or e-mail for more information.

Child Find for children three to five years of age is an on-going outreach program that actively seeks to locate and identify children who may have developmental delays or educational disabilities and need special services. Children grow and develop at different rates, but most follow a path of predictable milestones. If you have concerns regarding your child's development, please contact Linda Hill at 727-4185 or 727-4435.

Santa's Workshop

Baby Basics and Breast-feeding Classes

Female Basketball Scrimmage Team Needed

Santa's Helpers will be at the Community Support Building 3293 Dec. 3, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. to help children buy and wrap gifts for mom, dad, brothers, sisters or other loved ones while mom and dad will be invited for snacks and some Christmas entertainment.  This event is not being held in the Thrift Shop building as in previous years.  For more information call 727-1614.

Elves Wanted

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is hosting the annual Santa's Workshop and needs your help. Volunteer elves are needed to help children pick out gifts while others help gift wrap them. Help the children of Rota, get yourself into the holiday spirit and sign-up for the whole day or just for a few hours.  For more information, call 727-1614.

WIC Overseas

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Overseas is a nutrition, education and supplemental food program for qualifyed members of the uniformed services, civilian employees, DoD contractors living overseas and their family members. Eligible participants include pregnant, post-partum and breast-feeding women, infants and children up to age five.  WIC provides important benefits including: 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 at the commissary and Nexmart. For eligibility screening and more information, call 727-2921.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

AA meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at the base chapel. Call DAPA at 727-2876 for more information.

Financial Options for Your Education

Are you an active duty Navy or Marine Corps spouse falling into the grind of trying to complete your degree but can’t seem to get the financial aid you need? Stop by the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and talk with one of the counselors to see if a Spouse Tuition Aid Program (STAP) interest free loan might be for you. STAP is only available to spouses residing overseas with their service member, so take advantage of it while you are here. Call 727-1614 to make an appointment today.

The NMCRS visiting nurses are scheduled to hold the Baby Basics/Breast-feeding Combo class Tuesday, 5 - 7 p.m. Call NMCRS at 727-1614 for more information.

DGF Schools No School for DGF Students

DGF students will not have school Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving break.

Navy College Microsoft Certification Program

Learn everything from Windows installation to managing network security and attend classes when it is convenient for you. Register with CTC by Friday to attend this course. For more information contact or call 727-2574.

Central Texas College Needs Instructors

If you have an associate's degree or higher is a specific field, you could be qualified to teach for CTC. Instructors are currently needed in Automotive Mechanic/ Technician, Emergency Medical Technology (EMT), Food and Beverage Management, Legal Assistant and Applied Management/Military Science fields. Contact or call 727-2574 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to find out more.

UMUC Waives Application Fee

University of Maryland University College Europe announces a special Get Started Gift, which waives the $30 application fee for any student who is an overseas spouse or immediate family member of an active duty service member stationed in Europe, the Middle East or Africa and applies to the university. The application fee waiver is available for family members until Nov. 30. Call your local field rep at 727-2917 or visit for details.

Prepare for the SAT or ACT Now

EKnowledge is donating SAT/ACT Test Prep Programs worth $200 to service members of all branches. This program is available to all active duty, retired, veterans, Guard, Reserve, their family members, DOD employees and civilians performing military support, as well as their family members. There is a $17.55 fee for registration, shipping and handling. Materials may be ordered online at www. or by calling 951-256-4076.

OU Offers Master in Human Relations Program

University of Oklahoma’s Rota site offers a Master in Human Relations with professors from the main campus in Oklahoma holding face-to-face classes right here in Rota. Ten classes are taught in six-day increments with six semester hours of internship completing the required 36 hours for the program. You can finish in 16 to 24 months! No prerequisites, except for a bachelors degree and no GRE. Sign up today by visiting the OU office located in the Navy College and speak to Trevor Sloan, OU’s Rota site director.

UMUC Field Study Courses

Explore fascinating locations in Europe while earning university credit. Upcoming field study courses include Expatriate Writers in Paris: 1920s and Renaissance Art in Florence. Classes are held Jan. 7 - 14 and registration deadline is Dec. 16. Visit for details.




Nov. 23, 2011

This Thanksgiving: To Whom Are You Thankful? How many of us identify with Bart Simpson’s grace before meals: “Dear God, we paid for all this ourselves, so thanks for nothing?” We have worked hard and bought this stuff. We earned it ourselves, so why the heck should we give thanks to anyone else? Thanksgiving then becomes a time for food, football and family where we congratulate ourselves for what Chaplain Patrick Riley we have. Such a view overlooks the foundations that have made it possible for us to work hard and get what we have. Did you pick your parents or the time and place you were born? Did you decide to be born healthy? Would your hard work pay off if you lived in a country destroyed by war or disease? What opportunities would you get in a place with no rule of law and destroyed infrastructures where thieves


or warlords take all you have? Think of the many things, out of our control, that we take for granted and that are necessary for us to do what we do. When we take those things for granted, it destroys gratitude. If on the other hand we would contemplate these things for a moment, we would be filled with thanks. And, the very fact that a man is thankful implies there is someone to be thankful toward. These reasons are why George Washington said Thanksgiving was “…to be devoted to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the Beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country…” (Oct. 3, 1789). What!? In today’s English: We should be thankful to God for His care. Abe Lincoln, in the Proclamation of Thanksgiving said of what we have, “They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God... it has seemed to me fit and proper

that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands (us), to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.” Which brings me to one of my favorite quotes: “It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular. We often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful in general. It's very strange. It's a little like being married, in general." - Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. We’ll address to whom we give thanks at another time and place - Happy Thanksgiving. If you would like to speak to me or another chaplain regarding this discussion or any other issue, please call the Religious Ministries Department at 727-2161.

Angel Tree Program NAVAL STATION The Naval Station Rota, Spain Angel Tree program is a terrific way to give back to the community and support a child's holiday season. Personnel/commands who wish to sponsor a child for this year's Angel Tree program are asked to purchase and gift wrap one complete outfit (shirt/blouse, pants, underwear, socks and shoes) for a child. The gift must be labeled with the child's name and number. A small toy is also encouraged. Children will receive their gifts at a party at the base chapel Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. For more information on how to sponsor a child, contact Manuel Alba Jaime, at or 727-3786.

Announcements Call 727-2161 for more information on chapel events.

PWOC Tables for Ten

The Protestant Women of the Chapel are hosting Tables for Ten Dec. 6, 6 - 8 p.m. at the base chapel fellowship hall. This is a time of fellowship for ladies to enjoy food and Christmas celebration, where each table for 10 people represents a theme. Space is limited to 110 spaces this year, so please call the chapel or e-mail Rota@PWOC. org to make a reservation today.  It is a first come, first serve basis.  We are unable to provide childcare for this event.

Weekly Bible Study

The weekly Bible study entitled "Transforming Grace" is held every Thursday. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the study itself runs from 7 - 8 p.m. For more information, contact Chaplain Johnson at

Philippians Bible Study

Join the Bible study on Philippians held every Wednesday in the chapel hall at 6 p.m.





Tuesday – Friday, Noon Sunday, 8:30 & 11:30 a.m. PROTESTANT SERVICES

Lutheran Divine Sunday, 9 a.m.


Sunday, 10 a.m.

Gospel Service

Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

Contemporary Sunday, 5 p.m.



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Are you longing for a mini get-away vacation to a place of complete tranquility, beauty and adventure? There is a place where you can exchange life’s everyday stresses for the peaceful sounds of ocean waves crashing against one another, while enjoying a picture-perfect view of an orange colored sunset - Sagres, Portugal is your destination. Located in the southwest Algarve region of southern Portugal, Sagres is about a four-and-a-half hour drive from Rota, Spain. My friend, Kyle James, and I decided to take a road trip with our surfboards to spend four days in Sagres, where we stayed at a very laidback hostel called, “The Good Feeling.” Owned by a Portuguese family, it felt like we were stepping into our own homes. With hammocks hanging outside the hostel and clotheslines filled with everyone’s bathing suits and wet suits, the owners took us in with open arms. As we settled down, we became informed of the hostel’s 4-euro Portuguese dinners and the trips they have created for us to choose from. One of the trips they offered was a Paddle Boarding trip that Kyle and I decided to venture on later during our stay there. Our first two days, we spent visiting beautiful beaches, and climbing up top cliffs to take in breathtaking views of the ocean and sunsets. We enjoyed watching local surfers in action, and we noticed how diverse the people hanging out in the beaches were. Kyle had brought along his guitar, and so we sat on a cliff enjoying the view ahead of us, with cool music and the good company of nature as our surroundings - a tranquil time. During our visit, we stumbled upon a fortress built in the 16th century, the time of the Portuguese Age of Discoveries. Inside the fortress walls is a compass that measures 43 meters in diameter and an old church constructed in 1579. Much of the fortress and what is found inside was restored because of the damage caused from an earthquake that hit in 1755. It was an interesting place to visit and walk through. The views from inside of the fortress to the ocean and cliffs were phenomenal. These first two days in Sagres were filled with adventure, and we were ready to take on another adventure by going paddle boarding. We went with a group of three Germans, and our Portuguese instructor inside of this tan colored, hippy car with our paddle boards stacked up on the top of the car. The trip normally consists of going inside water caves, culminating in jumping off a cliff into the ocean. Unfortunately, the day we decided to go, the weather wasn’t too nice. We didn’t get to go all the way inside the water caves as it became dangerous when the tide began to rise causing the water inside of the caves to rise. When we got to the cliff, Kyle decided he wanted to jump not just once from the top, but twice! All of us were too afraid to follow in Kyle’s footsteps, though it was still fun to watch him take in the experience. Overall, our trip was filled with memorable moments and has cultivated a desire to want to go back and visit again. Sagres is a beautiful city with the most gorgeous beaches I’ve ever seen, and the people are incredibly sweet and laid-back. If you ever get the chance to go, make it happen! You will find yourself renewed and never wanting to leave!




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Fleet & Family Support Center Call 727-3232 to pre-register for all FFSC functions.

Assertive Communication

Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Do you having trouble saying “no,” even when you really want to? Do you feel like people walk all over you? Would you like to know yourself and build your self-esteem? Join us and learn practical ways of expressing yourself.

Lunch and Learn Seminar: Getting to Know Madrid

Monday, 11:30 a. m. - 12:30 p.m. Learn what Madrid has to offer, such as accommodations, shopping, art and culture. Learn how to get there by either plane, train or automobile and how to move around by underground. Enjoy this winter in Madrid while staying on a budget.

Saving and Investing

Tuesday, 9 - 10 a.m. Retirement? Kids college? TSP? 401K? This workshop gives you information you need to make an informed decision about your future.

Business Resumés

Spanish for Beginners

Field Trip: Olive Oil Mill at Zahara de la Sierra

Resumé Review

Wednesday, 1 - 2 p.m. Ten seconds! That is the average time your resumé will receive. Discover the key elements on a resumé and how to catch the employer’s eye. Learn how to market yourself for your dream job. Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 3 p.m. Winter time is almost here, and it is olive harvest and pressing time throughout Andalucia. Come with us to visit one of the oldest oil mills in Zahara where you will have the opportunity to see how olive oil is produced. Field trip fee is 6 euros per person.

Safe Use Of Turkey Fryers During The Holiday Season Story By NAVSTA Rota Fire Department

Each year Americans prepare a whopping 45 million turkeys for their Thanksgiving feast. For those of you who grew up in the South, deep fried turkey is not only a tradition but for some, it’s the only way to eat turkey. If you decide there are no other options but a fried turkey, please keep in mind the potential hazards of cooking that dinner can be far worse than putting on a few extra pounds. Underwriters Laboratory and Rota Fire and Emergency Services are urging consumers to take extra precautions if they insist on using a gas operated turkey fryer this holiday season. Manufacturers have made strides over the years toward enhancing safety features in an attempt to make gas turkey fryers safer for consumers. These new features include designing non-heat conducting handles and sturdier stands; but, based on continued observation, gas turkey fryers still pose a considerable risk if not used correctly. There is, however, an alternative. In the last few years, manufacturers have designed an electric, indoor version of the turkey fryer. It incorporates all the safety features that previously kept them from

being Underwriters Laboratory certified. These new features include: a built-in thermostat which shuts off the power to prevent flash fires, a counter top model which prevents the unit from being tipped over, a maximum fill line on the inside of the unit and a lid which prevents the grease from splashing on the countertop. Even with this U.L. approved unit, there are still some safety items to keep in mind: • Never leave the fryer unattended. • Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use. • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when removing the turkey. • The National Turkey Federation recommends refrigerator thawing and to allow approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of bird thawed in the refrigerator. • Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If you have even a small fire, immediately call 911 for help. Again, if you’re using a turkey fryer this holiday season, Rota Fire and Emergency Services recommends that you use the Underwriters Laboratory certified electric version. As always, we wish everyone a fire safe Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Day Celebration at the NAVSTA Rota Galley Thanksgiving Day Brunch 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. $4.85 per person

Eggs/Omelets To Order Cooked Eggs Maple Syrup Oven Fried Bacon Pancakes/Waffles Fruits/Pastry Bagels/English Muffins Hominy Grits Southern Fried Chicken Peas And Carrots Hashed Brown Potatoes French Onion Soup Salad And Fruit Bar

Thanksgiving Day Dinner 2 - 5 p.m. $7.00 per person

Oven Roast Turkey Potato Salad Steam Ship Round Waldorf Salad Baked Ham Cranberry Sauce Cornbread Desserts Bread Dressing Assortment Of Candied Sweet Potatoes Baked Pies Mashed Potatoes Pumpkin Pie Macaroni And Cheese Thanksgiving Cake Peas And Carrots Cheesecake Corn On The Cob Ice Cream Giblet Gravy Egg Nog Pineapple Sauce Nuts Hot Rolls Hard Candies Shrimp Cocktail

Special dinner meal presentation by Paco Heredia and Su Grupo Flamenco in coordination with Carlos and Paz Hampton, Veteran/Retiree, U.S. Armed Forces.


Tuesday, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Come and enjoy our 16-hour Spanish course for beginners during November and December. The course is simple and fun and lessons are useful, easy and interesting. Nov. 30, 2 - 4 p.m. Have a current job announcement and need your resumé reviewed? Drop off or e-mail your resumé with the job announcement at least 24 hours prior to the review appointment. Individual half-hour sessions are available. Sign up and review your resumé with our specialists.



Nov. 23, 2011


Music/Dance Opera Suor Angelica of G. Puccini, Friday, 8 p.m., Teatro Villamarta, Jerez, tickets 35 - 40 euros

SICAB, a horse fair dedicaded to pure-bred Spanish horses, takes place at the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos de Sevilla, until Sunday.

Activities Christmas Market, Plaza Bartolomé Pérez, Rota, Dec. 2 - 11 Sevilla Bullring guided tours, daily, 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., tickets 6.50 euros Sevilla, Reales Alcazares (Moorish Fortress) guided tours, Monday - Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., tickets 7.50 euros Sevilla, Cathedral and Giralda guided tours, Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m., tickets 8 euros Ruta de los Sentidos, a guided tour in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. and Juega con los Sentidos, a guided tour in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Saturdays at 6 p.m. Ruta por El Puerto y Bodegas Osborne, a guided tour, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m., tickets 5 euros (children) and 10 euros (adults) 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 euros, 956-31-8008, Flea Market, Ramon y Cajal Street, Sanlucar, Sundays and holidays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Flea Market, Alameda Vieja (by the Castle), Jerez, Sundays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Flea Market, Picabarro, Rota, Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Second Hand Market, bring things you would like to sell to the Central Market, Rota, Saturdays Castillo de Luna, Rota, weekend guided tours at 1 and 5 p.m., request tickets in advance at the tourist office, Calle Cuna 2 Visit Doñana National Park,

Spanish Music Festival, until Saturday, Cadiz, for complete schedule David de Maria in concert, Saturday, 10 p.m., Discoteca “Kube," Algeciras, www. Malu in concert, Saturday, 9 p.m., Palacio de Exposiciones, La Linea de la Concepcion, tickets 30 and 35 euros Las 8 Estaciones Ballet, Contemporaneo del Teatro San Martin de Buenos Aires, Saturday - Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Teatro de La Maestranza, Paseo de Cristobal Colon 22, Sevilla, 954-22-6573 or Pop-Rock concert by Robledos, Dec. 3, 11 p.m., Sala Supersonic, Punta San Felipe, Cadiz, tickets 5 euros Cascanueces Ballet Imperial Ruso, Dec. 13, 8:30 p.m., Teatro Villamarta, Jerez, tickets 18 - 30 euros

Flamenco “Medio Hombre Medio Guitarra” Raimundo Amador guitar recital, Dec. 8, at 10 p.m., Imagina Club, Cadiz, Dec. 9, at 10 p. m., Sala Paul, Calle Paul, Jerez www. Flamenco recital by Miguel Poveda, Dec. 10 - 12, 8:30 p.m., Teatro de la Maestranza, Paseo de Cristobal Colon 22, Sevilla, tickets 24 - 40 euros, 954-22-6573 or www. Flamenco show, Jerez, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 p.m., El Lagar del Tio Parrilla, Plaza del Mercado, 956-33-8334 Flamenco show, Sanlucar, Fridays at 10:30 and 11:30 p.m., Bodega de Arte “A Contratiempo,” Calle San Miguel 5, tickets 12 euros, 956-07-1099

Arts Painting display by Jose Antonio Rodriguez until Nov. 30, Bar Tapas Macondo, Ruiz de Velarde Street, Rota Esencia de Andalucia, a painting display by Rocio Martinez, until Jan. 8, Café Azul, Bajo de Guia, Sanlucar Painting and sculpture display by Gabriel Macotela, until Jan. 22, Castillo de Santa Catalina, Cadiz Painting, sculpture and drawings display by Alberto Giacometti, until Feb. 5, Museo Picasso, Malaga

Sports El Puerto de Santa Maria Popular 10 km Race, Sunday Cordoba Half Marathon, Sunday, Davis Cup Tennis Final, Spain vs. Argentina, Dec. 2 - 4, Estadio Olimpico de La Cartuja, Sevilla Malaga Half Marathon, Dec. 6, Hippodrome Costa del Sol Races, Mijas, Dec. 6, admission 5 euros Los Palacios Half Marathon, Dec. 18,

Eat/Drink Ruta de la Tapa, until Nov. 30, El Puerto de Santa Maria La Mar de Bueno Ruta Gastronomica, until Dec. 5, Cadiz, Ruta del Mosto, free testing of the typical wine of the region in different bars of Sanlucar, until Jan. 8 Gonzalez Byass Bodega, Jerez, Mondays - Saturdays at noon, 1, 2, 5 and 6:30 p.m., tickets 11 euros Sandeman Bodega, Jerez, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Barbadillo Bodega, Sanlucar, Tuesdays - Saturdays at 11 a.m., tickets 3 euros Gonzalez Byass Bodega, Jerez, Mondays - Saturdays at noon, 1, 2, 5 and 6:30 p.m., tickets 11 euros


Nov. 23, 2011



Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping Happy Thanksgiving to all; happy travels to those who are taking advantage of the time off to travel and happy shopping to those who decide to stay in the area and shop. As advertised in this By Karen Lucas, Coastline Publisher issue, the Navy Exchange is having its biggest sale of the year this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In the ads on pages 18 and 19, you can see examples of the many great buys you can find. This is also a good time to do some shopping off base, especially now that the exchange rate is a bit more favorable to the dollar. One mall you should get to know is Las Dunas located on the outskirts of Sanlúcar. Las Dunas opened a little more than three years ago and has many well-known “name” stores such as Guess where you can find the latest fashions in clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories as well as toys and household items. In December, Las Dunas will open the following Sundays: 4, 11 and 18. They will also open on Dec. 26 which is an official holiday since Christmas falls on a Sunday. In Rota at Cuadros Rodríguez, located just around the corner from Miguel Rent A Car, once again this year you can find beautiful Nativity sets and lovely angels. Here is a great gift idea: have a portrait painted to give to family back home. Prices are very reasonable. In addition there is a large selection of tapestries and other gift items. Also in Rota, right across from the Castillo de Luna, is La Abadía, a souvenir and gift shop that opened this past summer. What sets La Abadía apart from other such shops is that most of the items sold are specific to Rota and are of quality. They have a good selection of attractive “Rota” T-shirts for kids and adults. It is nice to be able to send things from Rota to folks in the States.



Nativity sets, like this one pictured from Cuadros Rodriguez in Rota, make great gifts for Christmas.

Now is a good time to get acquainted with La Casa del Mimbre, if you are not already a client of theirs. Located across from the train station makes it easy to find and easy to park. At La Casa del Mimbre, you will find a big selection of furniture especially Mexican and Indian; many things for the home from dishes to rugs, lamps and decorative items and personal items such as hand bags, scarves and jewelry. In El Paseo Mall, Matías Lebrón Jewelry Store has been a favorite of base personnel since the store opened around 20 years ago. They offer quality and prices you can trust, and they are always very helpful. This year they are featuring silver charm bracelets by Thomas Sabo and Pandora. These bracelets make wonderful gifts in themselves and have the added advantage that you can give a new charm on each special occasion. They are also featuring watches by Tous, Michael Kors and Casio; watches and jewelry by Tommy Hilfiger and Armani. As always there are discounts on gold and silver.

This week there is a new ad for a vanguard hair salon in Rota: La Pelu DP located on Avenida de Sevilla near Baskin & Robbins. Its décor will get your attention as will the attractive fashions for men and women that they sell. They speak English, work only by appointment and are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; no closing at midday. This is good news for most of us since going to hairdressers who don’t work by appointment can be a real pain. Check out their Web site at I think you will like it. Juani and Ian from Molly Malone want to thank everyone for making their anniversary party a great success. They are planning a Mexican theme night for Friday, Dec. 2. Anything you want me to pass along? Let me hear from you about your favorite places or coming events. I do like hearing from you! Send me an e-mail to Karen@ or give me a call at 607-564132. Support your paper by supporting the advertisers.


Nov. 23, 2011

Talking Turkey About Football The turkeys are in the oven, the cranberry sauce and gravy are on the table and if you are like most Americans, football is front and center in the living room. It’s Thanksgiving, and as you feast on dessert and leftovers while watching the games, here are some small things to chew on between your favorite AFN commercials. Special Teams: Unless a punt is returned for a touchdown or a kicker misses an easy field goal at the end of Yuval Fleming the game, this facet of the game rarely Sports Writer gets talked about. Despite the name, special teams do not do any one thing special or spectacular; instead, they simply make easy field-goals and execute solid punts and kick-offs that ensure that their team wins the field position game. If they go unnoticed, they probably had a successful game, a bit like the referees. Field Position: Defined as where a team starts each drive, field position is quite possibly the most over-looked aspect of the game. It’s important because even great offenses struggle to put points on the board if they have to consistently drive 50 yards or more to score. Turnovers and failed fourth down conversions are costly, because they usually give the other team a “short field.” The importance of field position is magnified in low scoring defensive affairs, especially those played in poor weather and field conditions. Sacks: The tackling of a quarterback behind the line of scrimmage is recognized as a major defensive play, but here are some other things to take notice. Did a team sack the quarterback without a “blitz” - a play in which extra defensive players rush the quarterback? Good teams can pressure a quarterback with only four defensive linemen and don’t have to take the added risk that comes with blitzing. Sacks are one of the few statistics that track an individual defensive player’s impact on a game. Defensive linemen know this and will do everything they can to get one. A player can even be given half a sack if they take down the quarterback with the




assistance of a fellow teammate. Players who are too eager to get that sack may ignore their other responsibilities and be susceptible to a run or a screen pass. Time of Possession: A team that controls time of possession for more than 35 or 40 minutes will usually win. By dominating the clock they keep the other team's offense on the sideline and out of rhythm. The biggest benefit though comes in the forth quarter when fatigue starts to set in for the opponent’s defense. The first sign of exhaustion will manifest itself in the form of the heavy-set, “big-boned” defensive linemen who will begin to take plays off and not pursue the ball quite as ferociously. The line of scrimmage: It has become cliché to say that games are won or lost in the “trenches,” but it is a truism. Each game, take your eye off the ball for a few plays and just watch the battle on the line of scrimmage. The team that wins that point of attack often succeeds in all areas of the game. Penalties: A team’s discipline and concentration, or lack thereof, often exposes itself in penalties. Football is a game of hundreds of rules but most are pretty straight forward, and referees usually only throw the flag for the most blatant of fouls. They are especially dangerous for an offense, as they will put them “behind the chains” meaning they will find themselves in 3rd and long, a place that good teams avoid. Time management: This is a general term that refers to how effectively a team uses timeouts and handles the game clock. Coaches and quarterbacks play a major role as they control the pace of action. Good teams don’t waste timeouts, especially in the second half, where they become like gold to a team that is trailing. A smart team that is in the lead keeps the clock rolling by avoiding incompletions or running out of bounds and ensures that it uses every last second of the play clock. 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 yuval.fleming@

Games of the Week (Times are local)


* Green Bay at Detroit 6:30 p.m. on AFN The Packers will look to stay perfect as they visit Detroit who is hosting their traditional Thanksgiving Day game with a winning record for once. * Miami at Dallas 10:15 p.m. on AFN The Dolphins have played well of late. If Dallas hopes to make the playoffs they can’t afford to drop this one. * San Francisco at Baltimore 2:20 a.m. (Friday) on AFN This is being called the “Harbaugh Bowl” as the two brothers Jim and John coach the 49ers and Ravens respectively.


* Atlético Madrid at Real Madrid 8 p.m. Real Madrid host “Los Rojiblancos” in this derby. Atlético has lost some star players and struggled this season but is always a tough match for their big brother rivals.


* Manchester City at Liverpool 5 p.m. Man. City will look to stay at the top of the English table as they take on the Reds who are coming off a big win vs. Chelsea.


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Thursday, November 24th 3 p.m. Puss in Boots 5 p.m. Tower Heist 7:30 p.m. Abduction

(PG), 90’ (PG13), 105’ (PG13), 106’

Friday, November 25th

12 p.m. Happy Feet ☺ 2:30 p.m. Happy Feet 2 5 p.m. Dream House 7:30 p.m. What’s Your Number 10 p.m. 50/50

(PG), 108’ (PG), 100’ (PG13), 92’ (R), 106’ (R), 100’’

Saturday, November 26th 2:30 p.m. The Muppets (PG), 120’ 5:15 p.m. Abduction ☻ (PG13), 106’ 7:30 p.m. Drive ☻ (R), 103’ 10 p.m. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark ☻ (R), 100’ DRIVE-IN ’ 7 p.m. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG13), 117’

Dream House Gateway Theater Nov 25th, 5 p.m.

Happy Feet 2 Gateway Theater, Nov 25th, 2:30 p.m. Nov 27th, 5:30 p.m.

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Sunday, November 27th 2:30 p.m. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 5:30 p.m. Happy Feet 2 7:30 p.m. I Don’t Know How She Does It ☻

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Green, Jackson Rathbone (PG13) Action, Adventure, Drama, 117’

(PG13), 117’ (PG), 100’


Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Drive-In Nov 26th, 7 p.m. Gateway Theater, Nov 27th, 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 30th

MWR’s Movie Info Line: 727-2624. Theater Phone Number: 727-2328 Check for full listing.

(PG13), 90’

Monday, November 28th CLOSED

Tuesday, November 29th



Thursday, December 1st 7 p.m. The Muppets 9:30 p.m. Killer Elite ☻

(PG), 120’ (R), 116’

Friday, December 2nd 7:30 p.m. Arthur Christmas 10 p.m. The Ides of March

The Muppets Gateway Theater, Nov 26th, 2:30 p.m. December 1st, 7 p.m.

(PG), 98’ (R), 100’

G – General Audiences. PG – Parental Guidance Suggested. PG-13 – Parents Strongly Cautioned. R – Restricted. As a reminder to all movie patrons, COMNAVACTSPAINST 1754.3 requires that all minors must have supervised transportation from the theater movies that end after sunset. Minors are prohibited from walking home from the Drive-In after dark. If no patrons arrive within 30 minutes after showtime, movies will be cancelled. Movies are subject to change without notice.

OTHER PICKS THIS WEEK  Dream House (PG13) 92’. Action, Drama, Thriller. Starring: Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Fox. Some say that all houses have memories. For one man, his home is the place he would kill to forget. A family unknowingly moves into a home where several grisly murders were committed... only to find themselves the killer’s next target. Successful publisher Will Atenton quit a job in New York City to relocate his wife, Libby, and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children.

Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper (PG) Animated, Family, Musical, 120’

 Happy Feet 2 (PG) 100’. Animated, Family, Musical. Starring: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria. Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven--a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model.

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary and Mary from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways.

 50/50 (R) 100’.Comedy, Drama. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan, Anna Kendrick. Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

Bella and Edward, plus those they love, must deal with the chain of consequences brought on by a marriage, honeymoon, and the tumultuous birth of a child...which brings an unforeseen and shocking development for Jacob Black..

The Muppets

November 23, 2011 Coastline  

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