Oct. 6, 2011
October 6, 2011
Volume 21 Issue 37
Asst. Secretary of the Navy Visits Rota Focusing on Energy Planning for the Future Pg. 6
Thank You NAVSTA Rota Ombudsmen Rota Holds Annual Appreciation Dinner Pg. 4
CFC Kick Off
2011 Campaign Off to a Good Start Pg. 3
U.S. Naval Activities, Spain
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Hola Rota, I would like to hit a group of topics this week. First, I had the pleasure of showcasing our wonderful installation again this past week as we hosted several high-level distinguished visitors including an Assistant Secretary of the Navy, four Senators, a Congressional Staff Delegation and USTRANSCOM on his final visit to the region. As usual, Team Rota Capt. Scott C. Kraverath stepped up to the plate with COMNAVACTS Spain the utmost professionalism and vigor. I can assure you that each visitor left Rota more impressed with the capabilities and personnel here than when they arrived. For all of you who played a part, I want to thank you personally for your efforts – it’s your dedication to the mission that keeps our installation the best in Europe. I’d also like to take a moment to congratulate our very own DGF Fighting Admirals high school football team for their dominance on the field so far this season. Coach Crowell and his crew have coached an outstanding team of athletes to an impressive 4-0 record. But, that’s not the whole story. They’ve not only won
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these four games, but have shut out all their opponents, amassing 196 points in the process! I look forward to seeing our Admirals in the play-offs later this month. Our next home game is homecoming against Bamberg on Oct. 15 - please come out and support our school! On a more serious note, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This observance came about more than a quarter century ago to build breast cancer awareness, share information and provide access to screening services. Many families in our community have been touched by this disease, which makes it that much more of a priority for us. Breast cancer took the lives of nearly 40,000 American women last year and many organizations and agencies work tirelessly to find ways to discover advanced treatment options, provide comfort and save the lives of those affected by breast cancer. Lastly, please enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend. The weather is still great, and there are many MWR events planned this weekend including a bodega dinner and flamenco show, a self-guided trip to Malaga and numerous outdoor recreation activities. I find it especially poignant we are fortunate enough to actually celebrate Columbus Day here in an area that was so much a part of his famous expeditions. Enjoy your holiday, and please be safe!
Oct. 6, 2011
October 6, 2011
Volume 21 Issue 37
Asst. Secretary of the Navy Visits Rota
U.S. Naval Activities, Spain
Focusing on Energy Planning for the Future Pg. 6
Thank You NAVSTA Rota Ombudsmen Rota Holds Annual Appreciation Dinner Pg. 4
CFC Kick Off
2011 Campaign Off to a Good Start Pg. 3
On the cover, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, the Honorable Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, greets Commander in Chief, Naval Base Rota, Rear Admiral Juan Ruiz Casas and NAVSTA Rota Commanding Officer, Capt. Scott Kraverath during her visit to Rota. Story on page 6. Photo By MCC(SW/AW) Mikel Bookwalter.
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2 0 11 C F C C a m p a i g n K i c k s O ff a t N AV S TA R o t a
Story and Photo By MC2(SW/AW) Travis Alston
Naval Station Rota kicked off the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas with a cake cutting ceremony Monday in front of the base Navy Exchange. The CFC allows Sailors and Department of Defense employees to make a charitable contribution from a selection of more than 1,500 charities such as medical research and natural disaster relief agencies. “This nine-week campaign period enables us, along with other military bases in the region, to educate service members about the program and encourages them to join thousands in giving to this worthy cause," said Master Sgt. Mike Higby, this year’s CFC coordinator. “This is a great campaign, and we Commanding Officer of NAVSTA Rota Capt. Scott Kraverath encourage members to assist us signs the first pledge card of the 2011 CFC Campaign as Master Sgt. Mike Higby, Rota’s CFC coordinator looks on. in reaching out goal." The CFC began in the early 1960’s as a Service members and DOD employees way to coordinate the fundraising efforts of have the option to give as much as they various charitable organizations, so federal like in a one-time contribution or through a donors would only be solicited once in the monthly allotment. workplace to make charitable contributions To search for agencies, look through the through payroll deduction to an organization contributor brochure which provides informaof their choosing. tion for all of the charities and organizations. During the 2010 campaign, NAVSTA Rota Each command has volunteer coordinareceived the Navy Europe CFC "Special Merit tors that will provide brochures, pledge cards Award,” for raising more than $110,000. This and additional information regarding the year’s goal is $120,000. campaign to all potential donors.
COLA Reduced, Reflecting New Index, Lower Euro Value By Lt. Tim Hawkins, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia Public Affairs
NAPLES, Italy – Service members stationed overseas will see a reduction in their Overseas Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) due to a decrease in the annual spendable income index, the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) announced Sept. 29. An E-6 Sailor with 10 years of service, two dependents, and stationed in Spain, Italy, or Greece, is projected to receive approximately $60 less than the COLA previously received for the Sept. 16 - 30 pay period. Paychecks issued Oct. 16 will reflect COLAs for the Oct. 1 - 15 pay period. COLA is a non-taxable allowance designed to offset higher overseas prices of non-housing goods and services for uniformed personnel, and is based on rank, years of service, number of dependents, location and currency exchange rates. Each service member can calculate their specific COLA online by visiting www. defensetravel.dod.mil/site/cola.cfm.
Academic Transcript Self-Service Requests Online By Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Active, Reserve, and separated Sailors will be able to order an official Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART) online for delivery to academic institutions as of Oct. 1. "There will no longer be a need for the service member to print out a request form and fax it in to a Navy College Office, Distance Learning Center, or Virtual Education Center for processing," said Laurine Anderson, SMART program manager. The service member can also view the official transcript request history to keep track of when and where they send their transcripts. Removing the middle man from this process will save on materials needed to print the requests and manhours needed to process the request. The service member is empowered to take care of themselves with this self-serve feature. For more information about SMART, visit https://smart.navy.mil.
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NAVSTA Rota ombudsmen and key spouses pose for a photo with command leadership during the Ombudsmen Appreciation Dinner held Sept. 29.
Showing Appreciation for NAVSTA Rota Ombudsmen Story By Jan Hammond Photo By Ralph Steinheimer
Ombudsmen at Naval Station Rota Spain were recognized for their continued support during an appreciation dinner held at El Rompidillo Sept. 29. Ombudsmen are a vital communication link between command leadership and families, disseminating a wealth of information up and down the chain of command. Naval Station Rota Spain Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Kraverath thanked the ombudsmen for volunteering into a position that has such a large affect on the community. “I have seen you all in action. I have seen ombudsmen step in that space between where formal organization falls off, and only someone who we ask the impossible of, you, can and do make a huge difference,” said Kraverath. “You are what will make this
base greater. You all add that special extra which fills in the gaps, reaches in where we have often failed and make a difference.” The ombudsman program was established Sept. 14, 1970 by Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, then chief of naval operations, to provide a representative for Navy families to assist them with family readiness and support and to provide a link to the command. Today’s ombudsmen are trained professionals who serve as the primary link between the command and its family members, whose main roles are communicator, information and referral resource and quality of life advocate. Ralph Steinheimer, Naval Station Rota’s ombudsmen coordinator said ombudsmen are that vital link between the family members and command leadership. “A lot of general information is disseminated to the
active duty members that may or may not get passed on to the family members via the active duty member,” said Steinheimer. “The ombudsman's role is to ensure that the families are kept in the loop as much as possible.” There are presently 13 ombudsmen and Air Force key spouses who volunteer their services at Rota. Diane Miller, key spouse for the 725th Air Mobility Squadron, said she became a key spouse because she wanted to be involved in the squadron and felt she could offer a positive influence for families coming to Rota. “It is extremely important for the families of service members to understand what is happening within the squadron and for them to realize they have a voice when they have problems or concerns,” said Miller.
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Focusing on Energy
NAVSTA Rota Plans for the Future Story By MC2(SW/AW) Travis Alston
visit, specifically the possibility of teaming with the Spanish to increase the use of solar energy. She told Commander Naval Activities Spain Capt. Scott Kraverath she understands the unique situation he has of running a U.S. Navy activity operated on a Spanish naval base and the required level of planning and teamwork with the Spanish to bring new plans into fruition. She also said that she is ready to support the desires of Naval Station Rota. One of Rota’s plans is for the public works department to install solar panels throughout Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, Jackalyne Pfannenstiel gets a the base next year. “We are excited about this tour of the base power plant during a visit to Naval Station Rota, Spain. Pfannenstiel visited the base as part of a European tour to discuss future energy projects throughout the region. project,” said Naval Station Rota Energy Manager David with this up.” wasting it.” Barbosa. “This is a huge step for us Pfannenstiel is clearly interested There are currently more than as an installation, and I’m ready to in the future of alternative energy 200,000 gallons of this “slop” fuel see just how much money we will save for the Department of the Navy, but Rota is using in generators during she also took sight on contemporary conventional energy in Rota. Pfannenstiel said she was pleased to see Rota harvesting the “low hanging fruit” of energy inefficiency by upgrading many heating and air conditioning units around the base and working to install tinted windows and motion sensor-activated lighting systems. Pfannenstiel also said she was impressed by Rota’s creative use of lower grade fuels. “We have an extremely high standard when it comes to fuel that goes into the aircraft,” said Barbosa. “So when there is a fuel that doesn't meet our standards to use for refueling [aircraft], we use it to run the central boilers to heat hot water, instead of
peak energy consumption hours. Another step forward for Rota’s energy plan will be executed this year when the base installs energy meters in various buildings to capture energy use data. Pfannenstiel said she’s excited for Rota to gather that information and share the knowledge throughout the Navy. Pfannenstiel was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) on March 5, 2010. She is responsible for formulating department-wide policies, procedures, advocacy and strategic plans, as well as overseeing all DON functions and programs related to installations, safety, energy and environment.
Photo By MCC(SW/AW) Mikel Bookwalter
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment the Honorable Jackalyne Pfannenstiel visited Naval Station Rota, Spain Sept. 30 with a focus on energy programs here. Although she attended briefs that provided environmental, installation and infrastructure information, Pfannenstiel dug a bit deeper on the topic of energy. “Reducing the amount of money that the Navy spends on energy consumption is a top priority for me,” said Pfannenstiel. “It is critical that we evaluate the way we use energy. Not only must installation management be aware of this, but most importantly have a plan in place to reduce the amount of energy that the base is using. I am very impressed with the direction and plan that Rota has to accomplish these goals.” Alternative energy prospects was an area of concentration during her
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Visitors Photos by MC2(SW/AW) Travis Alston (Right) House Armed Services Committee Senior Vice President Cathy Garman tries on a bomb suit during a visit to an EODMU 8 facility. (Below) Committee members see what a Sailors look like wearing full tacticical dress.
(Above) Naval Station Rota Commanding Officer, Capt. Scott Kraverath, greats Commander, U.S. Transportation Gen. Duncan McNabb, during a visit to Naval Station Rota, Spain. McNabb visited the base to thank service members for the dedication and professionalism they display daily. McNabb is due to relinquish command Oct. 15.
(Left) Gen. Duncan McNabb speaks to members of the 725th Air Mobility Squadron, 521st Air Mobility Operations Group, 10th Mountain Combat Aviation Brigade and the 82nd Mountain. Combat Aviation Brigade during his visit to Rota
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The Pass and ID, Vehicle Registration, Work/Social Passes, Spanish Tickets, Firearms and Translator/Interpreter Services sections will be closed Friday and Wednesday for local Spanish holidays. The customer service window will remain open 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
A "SMART" scholarship opportunity is available for those interested in science, technology engineering and math degrees as they are transitioning from the service. The American Society for Engineering Education is working with the Department of Defense on SMART - Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation - part of the National Defense Education Program. For more information, visit their Web site at http://www.asee.org/smart.
Baby Basics and Breast-feeding Classes
Budget for Baby
UMUC Field Study Courses
Security Office Closure
The NMCRS visiting nurses are scheduled to hold the following classes: Baby Basics, Nov. 2, 11 a.m. - noon Breast-feeding, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. - noon Baby Basics/Breast-feeding Combo, Oct. 27 and Dec. 29, 5 - 7 p.m. Call NMCRS at 727-1614 for more information. This class provides expectant parents the resources to become more aware of the costs related to the birth of a child and making better financial choices. Receive a Junior Sea Bag containing Gerber products, a handmade blanket or sweater set and additional free items. Sign up at the NMCRS office in building 3293 or call 727-1614.
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.
NMCRS Office and Thrift Shop Closure
The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society office and the Thrift Shop will be closed Monday in observance of Columbus Day.
EDIS Screening Available
Are you concerned your baby isn’t rolling over yet, your toddler isn’t talking or your preschooler doesn’t do what his peers can? The Educational and Developmental Intervention Services can answer your questions about your child, age birth to three. Call 727-4029 or stop by building 1741 Calle Alicante in the housing area.
WIC Overseas is Here
The WIC nutrition education and supplemental food program is available for all eligible active duty service members, DoD and DoDDs employees and their families while stationed overseas. For more information, call 727-2921.
DGF Schools No School for DGF Students
DGF will not be in session Monday, in honor of Columbus Day and Oct. 14 for a teacher’s continuous training day.
Early Release for DGF Students
DGF will have an early release Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m. for a teacher’s continuous training day.
After School Scholars Program Seeks Volunteers
Instill a love of reading by providing a fun reading experience for DGF students in grades 1 - 3. If you are interested in becoming an After School Scholar mentor, come by the FFSC and pick up an application. All applications must be submitted by Oct. 24 with tutor orientation being held Oct. 20 at DGF. The program will begin Oct. 27.
NEX A-OK Student Reward Program
Students with a B-grade point average or better may enter a drawing for U.S. Savings Bonds given each quarter. Stop by the NEX with a current report card, fill out an entry card and obtain an A-OK ID, which entitles the student to discount coupons.
College and Career Fair Volunteers Needed
Parent volunteers to represent their alma mater are needed for the DGF College and Career Fair Nov. 16, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the DGF Multi-Purpose Building. Representatives from any college, university, community or junior college, or military branch are welcome to help students obtain information from schools all over the U.S. and some in Europe. Contact the school to volunteer or for further information. All you will need to do ahead of time is contact the admissions office at your alma mater and ask them to send some informational packets/pamphlets/posters or anything else they would be willing to send. Call 727-4181 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Navy College CCME Scholarship Deadline Extended
The Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) has extended the deadline for this year's scholarship opportunities to Nov. 1. CCME awards 10 $1,000 scholarships to military personnel and spouses. Apply online at http://www.ccmeonline. org/scholarships.aspx. Applications must be filled out completely and accurately to be considered.
Are you an active duty Navy or Marine Corps spouse looking to go to school next semester and don’t qualify for MyCAA? Come to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society to apply for an interest-free loan. Whether you’re taking classes to work toward a degree or certification, we can help! This is an overseas only program, so take advantage while you’re here. Call 727-1614 to make an appointment today. 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 www.ed.umuc.edu/fieldstudy for details.
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Register for UMUC Fall Courses
University of Maryland University College Europe announces registration for courses starting Oct. 24. Early registration is advised. Scheduled classes are: History of Europe from 1500, Introduction to Human Resource Management, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Writing Composition, Environmental Science w/Lab, Introduction to Spanish, College Mathematics, Introduction to Drawing and Introduction to Research Methods. Contact the UMUC field representative at 7272917 or stop by the Navy College Office in building 3293.
Navy College Telephone Number Update
The telephone number for the Navy College counselor is 727-2785 and the Navy College director’s office is 727-2798. The previous Navy College telephone numbers of 727-2711/2916 are no longer in operation.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Term II Registration
NAVSTA Rota Fire and Emergency Services 2011 Fire Prevention Week Activities
Now is the time to register for the following classes at ERAU: AMGT202, PHYS102, MGMT331 and ASCI254. Contact 727-2984 or email@example.com for more information.
UMUC Offers Financial Aid Options
University of Maryland University College Europe offers financial aid including scholarships, grants and book awards. Contact http://www.ed.umuc.edu/financial_aid for more information, visit www.ed.umuc.edu or contact your local UMUC Europe field representative.
Today, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Monday, 10 a.m. Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13 Oct. 14, 10 a.m.
UMUC Offers Textbook Awards
University of Maryland University College is offering another $100 textbook award for active duty service members, spouses and family members. Contact your local UMUC field representative at 727-2917.
Prepare for the SAT or ACT Now
With support from NFL and MLB athletes, 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.eknowledge.com/DANTES or by calling 951-256-4076.
Fire Muster (Main Fire Station Parking Lot), free hot dogs, chips and drinks, awards ceremony following event. Parade through housing Open house at Station #1, car wash to benefit the CFC, jumper for kids plus food. Library Reading Program with Sparky and Firefighter Library Reading Program with Sparky and Firefighter Information Booth at NEX/Commissary Firefighters visit DGF Stop, Drop and Roll, Smoke Detector Information, Low Crawl Information booth set up at NEX/Commissary Smoke Detector Information, Home evacuation plans, 911, Babysitting information Sparky and Firefighters visit the CDC
Contact the Fire Prevention Office at 727-2950 for more information.
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Why Not Virtual Church? A fan of Maurice Chevalier once told him that she had a picture “just like him” she would kiss every night. He asked her if the picture kissed her back. When she said no, then he replied, if it did not kiss back, it was not like him. I found myself thinking about Chevalier last week when I heard a professor from the University of San Diego talking about his students Chaplain Patrick Riley going to “church.” Most of the students in the class said they went to church online. Seriously. The students said they take classes, choose friends and find dates online, so why not do church there as well. I did some checking and found there are “virtual” churches out there where you can become a member, have prayers and even communion (how?) online. There are a lot of good religious things online. We are able to stay in touch with friends and churches. There are some great Web sites where we can get
good teaching, theology and information on the Bible. We can also find believers for support, sharing ideas, prayer and more. The down side is when the virtual is used as a substitute for the church. Doing virtual church instead of the real church can make many things wacky. There is no real community if you can’t touch, look in the eye, comfort, confront, hug or know real people. Church may be superficial, but at least you are there and can notice tears, smiles, inflections and behavior. We conform to teachings. The faith is taught and then put into practice. We act together. Some may say that is exactly the reason they go online. "Those church people drive me nuts!" I can relate. I love mankind, I just hate people. People are messed up, smelly, irritating, irrational, hard headed, pushy pieces of frustration. That is exactly why we need to be in a real church. People are so messed up their only hope is mercy and grace. By the way, you and I are one of those people. It is when dealing with those annoying people we learn to forgive, endure, serve and have patience. Love isn’t love until we have to love
Call 727-2161 for more information on chapel events.
Praising God through singing, dancing, poetry and much more in the base chapel Friday at 6 p.m.
Protestant Community Worship Service and Picnic
The Protestant community will be holding a special combined service at
the Sea View Pines Park Oct. 16, taking place of the regularly scheduled Protestant, Gospel and Contemporary Protestant services. The service will begin at 11 a.m. with a picnic to follow from 12:30 - 3 p.m. Come join in worshipping God, building relationships, enjoying some food and having fun! The chapel will provide burgers, dogs, drinks and utensils. Participants are encouraged to provide a side dish, salad or dessert. Childcare will be provided for newborns to age three during the service and a bouncy house will be available for the kids. Contact the chapel for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philippians Bible Study
Join the Bible study on Philippians held every Wednesday in the chapel hall at 6 p.m.
Chapel Job Openings
The following two positions are currently available at the Chapel: Protestant Director of Religious Education and Catholic Priest. Contact the chapel at 727-2161 for more information.
the unlovable. Believers know our self is the biggest hindrance to discipleship. Maybe God sends us the most exasperating people just to help us get over ourselves. The Word became an app. and tweeted among us … oops, no, it says The Word became flesh and lived among us (John 1:14). Admit it, some of you have “pets,” take care of “farms,” build cities and wars to fight, etc. online. We know if you farm online you are not really farming. Typing on a keyboard is not lifting feed, cleaning troughs, scooping poop or fixing tractors. You don’t get dirty, hot or experience the “smell of money.” The church is a lot like the farm, it is more than hitting a keyboard. May we tweet, Facebook, blog, surf and network like crazy. But, let us live in the real world. We may grow in faith and may even get a kiss back. 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.
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By MC1 (SW) Paul Cage
e personally led four expeditions to the New World, but he never accomplished his original goal to find a western sea route to Asia. Instead, Genoese born Christopher Columbus ushered in a new era in world history by opening up a new world, the Americas, to exploration. The area around Naval Station Rota is rich with the story of Columbus, much like New Jersey is with George Washington. Columbus stayed in many of the villages and towns around the area while he awaited for the financing of his first trip, gathering his crews and even pledging his oath of allegiance to the Spanish Crown before he left on his 1492 voyage. On the evening of Aug. 3, 1492, Columbus left the town of Huelva Palos de la Frontera, which is about an hour and a half from Rota, with the first expedition that resulted in the discovery of America. Many Andalusians participated in the expedition that would end the Middle Ages and signal the beginning of modern times. He returned to the European mainland March 4, 1493 in Lisbon, Portugal, reaching Huelva Palos on March 15. Columbus found his crew in Palos, and he also frequented the Convento de Santa Clara in Moguer. La Rábida, which is south of Huelva, is where Columbus stayed between 1491-92 waiting for financial backing from Ferdinand and Isabella. It is also where Captain Martín Alonso Pinzón, from Palos de la Frontera, who sailed with Columbus, is buried.
Columbus' second expedition, to what he still believed to be islands off the coast of China, set sail from El Puerto de Santa María, home to many American service members who work on NAVSTA Rota. Columbus visited the city in 1480 and received encouragement for his travel plans. His pilot, Juan de la Cosa, drew his world map there in 1500, the first to include the coast of the New World. Columbus' third journey left from Sanlúcar de Barrameda, but actually started up the Guadalquivir River in Seville. You can still look out to the Atlantic Ocean toward the New World he discovered and where the gold and silver laden galleons from the Spanish Main came to anchor. Columbus made his fourth and last voyage from Cádiz, leaving on May 12, 1502 in search of a westward passage to the Indian Ocean. Local legend says many of the exotic plants, including giant trees that are in the many parks of Cadiz were brought back by Columbus and they continue to flourish today. Like many so-called great men in history, Columbus had his falling out with his benefactors. During his time as Governor and Viceroy of the Indies, he had been accused of governing tyrannically. Columbus was physically and mentally exhausted; his body was wracked by arthritis and his eyes by ophthalmia. He felt the Spanish monarchs had failed to live up to their side of the agreement to provide him with New World property and gold, especially after Isabella's death. Columbus followed the court of King Ferdinand seeking redress, but was rejected. Columbus was able to live relatively comfortably in Seville for the last year of his life. He died in Vallodid on May 20, 1506. His remains were later moved to the Cathedral of Santo Domingo in Hispaniola, where they were laid with those of his son Diego. They were returned to Spain in 1899 and interred in the Seville Cathedral. But even here there is controversy. The story goes that after Columbus died in 1506, his remains were buried first in Valladolid and then taken to Monasterio La Cartuja in Seville; then to the Dominican Republic and finally Havana, from where they were returned after Cuban independence in 1898. Others claim that the true remains are still in the Dominican Republic, and that his son Diego´s remains were mistakenly taken back to Seville instead of Christopher’s. In 2006 DNA tests verified that those in Seville Cathedral were indeed Columbus senior´s. If you are interested in finding out more on the history of the area as it relates to Christopher Columbus, check out Andalucia.com. There is a wealth of information on the many sites where the man stayed and prayed.
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(Top) Local legend says that many of the giant trees were brought from the New World to Cadiz, the city from which he began his fourth voyage. (Above) The tomb of Columbus, located in the Cathedral of Seville. It is debated to this day as to whether his remains are actually there. (Left) A replica of the Santa María, Columbus’ flagship in 1492, seen in the harbor of Funchal, Maderia, Portugal.
Oct. 6, 2011
The Dreaded “Unwanted Tattoo” Story By Cmdr. John Paul Trafeli, M.D. American Board of Dermatology
I thought I’d talk about tattoos - what they are and what can be done to remove an unwanted one. Tattoos are an ancient form of body art … dating back thousands of years and found in many ancient cultures. The word “tattoo” is borrowed from the Polynesian word “Tatau.” Sailors have a deep tradition with the tattoo, since it was indeed the first sailors to the south seas who brought back the “Tatau” to Europe, re-introducing it to the European culture. (“Re-introduced” because tattoos have been found on mummified Europeans). First of all, I have to say that tattooing one’s body is a matter of personal taste and personal choice. I have no opinion in whether one tattoos themselves or not. However, you should understand what a tattoo is and what removing it entails. Unfortunately, the quest for identity by teenagers often becomes irrelevant or even embarrassing by age 40, and 50 percent or more of individuals later regret their tattoos. In the United States, roughly 10 percent of men have tattoos. Most tattoos are obtained for satisfaction of needs of the "present moment," rather than for anticipation of future goals and careers. So remember: Decide wisely whether or not to get a tattoo, and choose the art with care. I have been asked to remove many tattoos in my career as a Navy dermatologist. I would say that ex-spouses' and exgirlfriends' names are highest on the list of requests. Gang sign tattoos are second. Conversely, I have never had a request to remove a child’s name. There seems to be a need for humans to define themselves and express themselves; to demonstrate a “unique identity.” One’s own skin serves as a great artist canvas with which to paint and express this identity. In the Sailor and Marine community the tattoo is very popular. But, remember that there are rules regarding body art. U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations stipulate that there may be “no tattoos/body art/brands on the head, face, neck, or scalp. Tattoos/body art/ brands elsewhere on the body that are prejudicial to good order, discipline and morale or are of a nature to bring discredit upon the Navy are prohibited. For example, tattoos/body art/brands that are excessive, obscene, sexually explicit or advocate or symbolize sex, gender, racial, religious, ethnic or national origin discrimination are prohibited. In addition, tattoos/body art/brands that advocate or symbolize gang affiliation, violence, supremacist or extremist groups or drug use are prohibited. Tattoos/body art/brands will not be visible through uniform clothing. Waivers may be requested for prior service and existing tattoos from the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N131U).” Cosmetic tattoos are made by injecting particles of dye into the skin. Different colors are achieved by using
different dye materials. Under the skin the dye particles form fine granules. Black colors are typically ferric oxide (a type of iron rust) or carbon, and most pigments are composed of various metals and organic compounds. The tattoo is a dynamic process, and tattoos change as time progresses … becoming typically duller, more indistinct, bluer and more blurred with time. Tattoo inks are remarkably inert … typically causing little reaction by the body. But some colors, typically the reds, can elicit an immune response, with itchy raised red bumps that are extremely difficult to treat medically. This can lead to chronic skin erosions, sores and swelling. Tattoo related infection is rare, but it is a risk to consider. Tattoo parlors are not regulated in the way that U.S. hospitals are regulated. Tattoo artists are not necessarily medically licensed nor trained. Likewise, sterile techniques among tattoo parlors and artists are often much like that of restaurant cooks - “hit and miss.” When someone punctures your skin with a tattoo needle, there is a risk of getting a localized skin infection or even a more ominous chronic infection, such as hepatitis. Historically, tattoo removal has been done by dermabrasion (sanding the skin), chemical abrasion, surgical excision and burning the skin. However, with development of lasers, tattoo removal is now done almost universally with tattoo removal lasers. The tattoo removal laser works by hitting the tattoo particle with a large quantity of light energy over a very short time, causing the particle to fragment into smaller ink particles. These smaller particles are much less likely to cause coloration, so the tattoo appears to get lighter or vanish. Some of the smaller tattoo particles may also be absorbed and removed by the immune system. The success or failure of the tattoo removal process is based upon whether the tattoo pigment can absorb the laser light efficiently. Black and dark green tattoo inks are the easiest to remove because almost any tattoo laser will have some effect. Brightly colored tattoo inks are more difficult to remove and some colors are often impossible to remove. Some of the flesh-colored tattoos can actually be made more dark by using a laser in an attempt to remove them. Luckily, however, dark amateur tattoos are typically the easiest to remove. What are the side effects of tattoo removal? The greatest risk is scarring. These scars can be very white colored and become very evident, particularly on darker skinned individuals. It is also likely that while much of the tattoo can be removed, some can’t and there remains a faded tattoo, intermixed with scar. Sometimes certain colors can be easily removed, while other colors can’t. You may start with a “black widow spider” and be left with just a
red spot that used to be the spider’s red belly. Some of the newer pastel and bright colors are also very difficult to remove. It’s much easier to remove tattoos on light skin, because the skin color itself interferes with the laser, absorbing much of the laser’s energy. So risks of scarring are much greater in darker-skinned individuals. To effectively treat all the various tattoo colors, it takes many different lasers. Few facilities have such a selection of lasers. Tattoo removal is also very time consuming to the physician and the lasers needed to treat tattoos are expensive and fragile. Military dermatologists are trained to be able to remove tattoos, because accidents and explosions can cause “traumatic tattooing” from road gravel, dirt and metal debris. Treating such traumatic tattoos may be a covered benefit. The removal of cosmetic tattoos is not a medical benefit, however, removal of cosmetic tattoos in the military can be done at many military medical treatment facilities. The removal of cosmetic tattoos falls under the DOD cosmetic surgery policy. Therefore, where available, tattoo removal can be done if the member pays for the service and the dermatologist agrees to do the procedure. In my practice, I choose wisely which tattoos I will remove based upon my time, the availability of the right laser for the job and the likelihood of success. I inform the member of the expected outcome and number of treatment sessions needed. The cost is based upon the size and the number of treatment sessions anticipated. Small black tattoos can fairly readily be removed. Larger multi-color tattoos are very difficult to remove successfully and removal can be much more painful than getting the tattoo to begin with. When getting a tattoo, put some thought into the permanence of such a decision. Do not arbitrarily believe that removal is an option later. Assume that the tattoo you are getting is likely forever, and when in doubt, choose children's names. For more information concerning dermatology services at U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, please contact 7273325.
Fleet & Family Support Center Call 727-3232 to pre-register for all FFSC functions.
Oct. 7, Oct. 14 and Oct. 21, 9 - 11 a.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.
Developing a Spending Plan
Tuesday, 10 - 11 a.m. Hands-on training to determine your financial fitness, realize your goals and plan for your future. Learn to save, pay down debt and track expenses.
Federal Resumé Format
Tuesday, 1 - 2 p.m. Target your federal resumé to highlight your qualifications to HRO and hiring managers. Learn about keywords, the certificate of eligibility and the special requirements of a federal resumé.
Wednesday and Oct. 20, 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.
Oct. 13, 9 - 11 a.m. Have you been assigned as a sponsor? If so, take a couple hours out of your work day to receive the latest information to pass on to your sponsoree. Representatives from Housing, PSD, Personal Property, WIC and the School Liaison Officer will let you know everything you need to know to ensure incoming personnel have a smooth and hassle-free transfer. Spouses are also encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is required.
Oct. 18, 10 - 11 a.m. I owe, I owe, it’s off to work I go. Wondering if you’re using credit appropriately? Find out what determines the cost of credit. Discover your own debt ratio and the warning signs of too much credit.
Saving and Investing
Oct. 19, 9 - 10 a.m. Retirement? Kids college? TSP? 401K? This workshop gives you information you need to make an informed decision about your future.
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Spanish for Beginners Oct. 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Come and enjoy our 16-hour Spanish course for beginners during September and October. The course is simple and fun and lessons are useful, easy and interesting. The goal is to teach basic communication needs.
Ombudsman Basic Training
Oct. 19 - 21, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Strong Navy Family Ombudsmen are one of the surest and most effective means by which the Navy ensures continuous readiness,” said retired Admiral Mike Mullen. This training is for all new ombudsmen, those wishing to refresh their skills and spouses in leadership positions. Commands and Ombudsman POC’s are also encouraged to attend.
Oct. 20, 9 - 11 a.m. If you have orders or are getting ready to PCS, you should consider signing up for this course. It is designed for all military personnel, DOD civilian personnel and family members departing the local area. Even if it is your umpteenth PCS, you might get some new and useful information about the PCS process, as well as information about your new duty station. Pre-registration is required.
Separating TAP Workshop
Oct. 24 - 27, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. If you are separating within the next 12 months, come explore information about your transition from the military, the job search process, your benefits and your responsibilities. The Transition Assistance Program is here to assist you. Contact your Command Career Counselor to sign up.
Tapas Cooking Class
Oct. 26, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. When you speak of “tapas” you immediately speak of the famous half ration dish of just about any type of food in Spain. Come out and learn how to prepare some delicious tapa recipes such as Gambas al Ajillo, Tortillas de Camarones, Patatas Aliñadas, croquetas, Arranque Roteño and Sangria at a local restaurant. After the class, enjoy eating what you prepared. Class fee is 20 euros per person.
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Photo By Maria Rodriguez, DGF
(Above) Jamie and Tanner, 6th grade students in Tonyota Mack's class show off their bulletin board as Rota Elementary School celebrated Constitution Week. Students discussed responsibilities and involvement in school's principles, such as rules and school climate, played games and wrote essays.
David Glasgow Farragut students discover the main ingredient of “Urta a la roteña” during the International Club scavenger hunt in Rota.
(Left) Lachanda Garrison, a second/ third grade teacher, held a parent's night to explain her curriculum program to parents. She explained how a multi-age classroom works and answered any questions or concerns parents had.
DGF International Club Participates in Scavenger Hunt Story and Photos by Linda White, DGF
A group of David Glasgow Farragut students spent an exciting morning in the town of Rota getting to know our Spanish neighbors, their customs and their language. More than 20 students participated in a scavenger hunt that required team effort, problem solving and using the Spanish that they knew. Teams were formed by American and Spanish teens who participate with the International Club at DGF, led by Spanish teacher Maribel Bastidas. The morning started with a typical Spanish breakfast of chocolate con churros, before they were given instructions for their mission. After
naming their team and chanting their slogan, students raced against the clock to collect all items and perform all tasks required to earn points. One those tasks included convincing a local to teach them a tongue twister in Spanish. The winning team received a bag of Spanish chuches (candies). All participants said that the best prize was the fun they had going from place to place and talking to the roteños (local citizens of Rota). What a great introduction to our host nation for new students and the opportunity to practice real world applications for our global citizens at DGF!
Photo By Patti Rzeznik, DGF
(Below) Steve Payne, fifth grade teacher, reads Johnny Appleseed to the first grade classes at DGF in honor of Johnny Appleseed's birthday Sept. 26.
Photo By Sara. Lamb, DGF
Oct. 6, 2011
Music/Dance Alberto Cortez in concert, Friday, 9 p.m., Falla Theater, Cadiz, tickets 25 - 28 euros Serie Z International Rock Festival 2011, Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Sala Paul, Paul street, Jerez de la Frontera. A two-day pass is 70 euros and a one-day pass 40 euros. For more info visit www.seriezfestival.es El Mago de Oz Musical, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Falla Theater, Cadiz, tickets 8-16 euros Opera style show by Mariola Cantarero and Ismael Jordi, Oct. 15, 8 p.m., Villamarta Theater, Jerez de la Frontera Luz Casal in concert, Oct. 15 - 16, 8:30 p.m., Teatro de la Maestranza 22, Paseo de Colon, Sevilla, tickets 24-42 euros Amaral in concert, Oct. 28, Sala Anfiteatro, Punta San Felipe, Cadiz David DeMaria in concert, Oct. 22, 8:30 p.m., Villamarta Theater, Jerez de la Frontera Berlin Counterpoint Orchestra, Oct. 27, 8 p.m., Villamarta Theater, Jerez de la Frontera Monkey Week International Music Festival, Oct. 28 31, La Victoria Monastery, El Puerto de Santa Maria
Sports Marchena (Sevilla) Half Marathon, Oct. 16 Hippodrome Costa del Sol Races, Mijas, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19 and Dec. 6. Admission 5 euros
Eat/Drink Sanlucar de Barrameda Feria de La Tapa, Oct. 28 Nov. 1
Activities Rota, Virgen del Rosario Festivities, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Grand Parade, Friday, 6:30 p.m., Religious Procession, Fireworks (Chorrillo Beach) Diving Fair, Oct. 15 - 16, Fairgrounds, Rota Fairgrounds, www.aytorota.es Como Bailan los Caballos Andaluces, (How Andalusian Horses Dance), Thursdays at noon, Recreo de las Cadenas, Avda. Duque de Abrantes, Jerez Flea Market, Ramon y Cajal Street, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Sundays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Flea Market at Jerez de la Frontera, Alameda Vieja (by the Castle), Sundays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Permanent photography display by several local artists, Circulo de Artesanos Art Gallery, San Juan Street, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. “Mar de Cristal” permanent stained glass display by Marisa Herranz Cuesta, Sala Damajuana, Francos street, Jerez de la Frontera, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. “Y llegastes” painting and sculpture display by Marina Anaya, until Oct. 10, Santa Catalina Castle, Cadiz, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 - 9 p.m. “Signos y Cemento” painting display by Manuel Cano, until Oct. 10, Galeria Artifice 2, Placilla Street, El Puerto de Santa Maria
Visit to Doñana National Park – www.visitasdonana.com
Flamenco-Pop concert, Thursday, 10:30 p.m., Bartolome Perez Square, Rota
Ruta Historico Monumental guided tour in El Puerto de Santa Maria, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., Calle Palacio de Aranibar 9, by the San Marcos castle
Antonio Cortes in concert, Tuesday, 9 p.m., Falla Theater, Cadiz, tickets 15 - 25 euros
Castillo de Luna, Rota, weekend guided tours at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., request tickets in advance at the tourist office, Calle Cuna 2 Sevilla, Cathedral and Giralda guided tours, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 2:30 6:30 p.m., tickets 8 euros
Arts “Amor y Odio,” an exhibit of domestic violence and its multi-cultural nature by Iván Tovar, through Oct. 29, 6 - 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the "Chicago Art Place," Calle Nuestra Sra. de Los Ángeles 3, El Puerto de Santa María. The exhibit is free and the artist will be available tonight, with special hours of 8 p.m. - midnight
“Filigranas” flamenco show by Noelia Sabarea, Oct. 15, 9 p.m. Flamenco Show – El Puerto de Santa Maria Thursdays at 9 p.m., El Patio de las Siete Esquinas, Calle Jesus Nazareno 6 Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m., Bodega El Algarrobo, Calle Siete Revueltas 7 Flamenco show – Jerez de la Frontera Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m., El Lagar del Tio Parrilla, Plaza del Mercado Flamenco show – Rota Saturdays at 6 p.m., Bombay Pub, Avenida San Fernando Saturdays and Sundays 11:30 p.m., Mamajuana Pub, at the Marina Flamenco show – Sanlucar de Barrameda Fridays at 10 p.m., Bodega de Arte “A Contratiempo”
Oct. 6, 2011
Music, Food, Parades and Fireworks Join in This Weekend’s Festivities Rota is celebrating its fiesta in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, and Friday is a local Holiday. This evening starting, at 7:30 p.m. and leaving from the parking lot right outside the Main Gate, you can watch the big parade that will end in the Plaza de Andalucía. At 10:30 p.m. there will be live music in the Plaza Bartolomé Pérez. Friday from 8 a.m. to noon there will be music on the streets provided By Karen Lucas, Coastline Publisher by the municipal band, Karen@coastline.e.telefonica.net the Ruiz Mateos Musical 607-56-4132 Association and one of the brotherhoods. At 6:30 p.m. Friday there will be a religious procession leaving from Our Lady of O Church and proceeding through the old part of town before returning to the church. At midnight Friday there will be fireworks from the Rompidillo Beach that I am sure can be seen from base. Thursday and Friday there will be fair attractions along the boardwalk of the same beach. This week I want to put in a few good words for Emilio’s Bar and Apartments in Puerto Sherry. Emilio's Bar is set in the beautiful Marina Complex of Puerto Sherry. The bar overlooks the historical Bay of Cadiz, and the sandy beach La Muralla and is famous for the wonderful sunsets you can enjoy from the terrace. It is a popular place that boasts of a friendly, international atmosphere. Emilio’s Bar is my favorite place to go to relax, enjoy the view and hear the sound of the ocean. Now you can watch your favorite sports with Sky Sports LIVE international football and sports coverage with premier league football and rugby in Emilio’s Bar. Emilio’s also offers apartment rentals in the Puerto
Sherry Marina complex with a great selection rental accommodations in apartments in Puerto Sherry, within minutes of the beach, with fantastic sea views of the Bay of Cadiz. They rent by day, weekends, weeks and months, all at reasonable prices to suit everyone’s pocket from budget prices, starting at 30 euros per night. If you have friends or family coming that don’t fit in your house, check it out. The famous “Vaporcito de El Puerto ferry ” that sank when docking in Cádiz on Aug. 30, now rests in the dry docks of San Fernando, but its future is uncertain. The possibilities are: 1. It becomes a museum piece; 2. The owner repairs The ferry that sunk while docking in Cádiz on Aug. 30 now rests in the dry docks of it; 3. A public company fixes it and San Fernando with an uncertain future. then operates it; 4. Forget about this ship and build a new one; 5. The Metropolitan Monday through Friday. It includes a soft drink or San Transportation Consortium could use it as part of Miguel, a starter or salad, and one of the following: its offering. According to the local papers, the most 200 gram cheeseburger; 100 gram specialty burger; likely outcome is that the “Vaporcito” will become a Alambre de res; one of their specialty sandwiches; museum piece. Magic roast chicken, or southern fried chicken. AnIf you would like to have a souvenir of the “Vapor- other new addition to their menu is a rack of babyback cito,” Buenas Impresiones sells prints of an original ribs. Remember, Magic is now open every day from painting as well as mugs, little notebooks, etc. You noon to midnight. can also find prints, mugs, notebooks, etc. of other Anything you want me to pass along? Let me hear scenes of El Puerto. Buenas Impresiones is located from you about your favorite places or coming events. at Micaela Aramburu, 21, near the post office and I do like hearing from you! Send me an e-mail to City Hall in Puerto. Karen@coastline.e.telefonica.net or give me a call Some news from Magic American Diner: there is at 607-56-4132. Support your paper by supporting now a daily menu for 8.90 euros available mid-day the advertisers.
Oct. 6, 2011
Offsides on La Liga
What You Need to Know Tiburones Fantastic Four Excel in Lakenheath Story and Photo By Steve Bond
Four intrepid swimmers traveled to England to represent DGF High School and the Rota Tiburones at the Lakenheath swim meet Saturday. Alejandro Rojas joined siblings Emma, Owen and Corey Bond, who together they made their presence known. The relatively small Tiburones contingent were competing against swimmers from as far afield as Lakenhath, Naples, Heidelberg, Kaiserslautern, and the Eifel. More than 150 swimmers turned out for what proved to be an exciting meet, and all were surprised to find temperatures in the 90's in England. The four young swimmers from Rota returned with several ribbons and improved times. Owen Bond (8) came home with a 1st place in the 100m Individual Medley, 2nd place on the 100m Freestyle, and a 3rd place in the 50m Freestyle. Alejandro Rojas (9) beat his personal best time by a second and brought home a 2nd place in the 50m Breaststroke. Corey Bond (7) came home with two 4th place ribbons for the 50m and 100m Freestyle events, and was excited to finish first in his heat for the first time ever. Emma Bond (9) beat her personal best time on her 100m Individual Medley by more than 5 seconds, and shaved a second from her 50m Breaststroke. The Tiburones' next home swim meet is scheduled for Oct 21- 22 against Lisbon, Portugal and Stuttgart, Germany. Come out and support the Tiburones!
Photo By Yuval Fleming
(Left to Right) Emma Bond, Alejandro Rojas, Owen Bond and Corey Bond pose for a photo outside the leisure center in Bury St. Edmunds, near Lakenheath, England.
Living in Southern Spain affords one the chance to watch up close and personal one of the most entertaining and competitive soccer leagues in the world. La Liga, as it is generally referred to in Spain, is widely considered to be the premier soccer league in Europe and is home to arguably the two best soccer players in the world, BarYuval Fleming celona’s Lionel Messi and Real Sports Writer Madrid’s Christian Ronaldo. La Liga has already kicked into high gear, and as the season enters its third month of action, here are just a few things you should know. Officially known as Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) it is sometimes referred to as the Primera Division or by its corporate name; Liga BBVA after the Spanish Bank that has been the title sponsor since 2008. Consisting of 20 teams that each play a total of 38 League games; the season started in late August and will conclude in May, taking a two-week break over the winter holidays. Unlike American sports leagues, there are no divisions or conferences, and each of the 20 teams in the league play each other twice; once at home and once away. A striking difference between La Liga and American professional sports is that there is no playoff at the end of the season, instead the champion is determined by regular season point totals. Three points are awarded for a victory, and if after the full 90 minutes the game is tied, both teams are awarded one point. Last year Barcelona was crowned champion with a record 96 points, losing only two games; followed by Real Madrid with 92 and Valencia finishing a distant third 26 points behind Barcelona. Another exciting aspect of Spanish and Euro-
Estadio Benito Villamarín is located in Sevilla and has been the home of Real Betis Balompie since 1929. It is about a one hour and 15 minute drive to the stadium from Naval Station Rota.
pean soccer is that the three last place teams are relegated at the end of the year to a minor league division; and conversely, the top three teams from the second division (know in Spain as the Segunda Division) are promoted to La Liga the following year. This year Real Betis, one of Spain’s most historic franchises and one of two teams that plays in Sevilla has returned to La Liga for the first time in three years. There are many story lines to follow this year: Barcelona, which has won the last three La Liga titles and is the reigning European champion, will try to defend its title from an all out assault by a very motivated and talented Real Madrid team which has not finished at first since 2008. Other stories that will be played out and answered over the season: Can a team other than Barcelona or Real Madrid seriously compete or even win the title, something that has not happened since 2004, and how will Athetico Madrid, Valencia and other teams cope with the loss of star players such as Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, and Juan Mata? 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 email@example.com.
Thursday, October 6th 5 p.m. 30 Minutes or Less 7:30 p.m. Crazy, Stupid, Love
(R), 83’ (PG13), 118’
5 p.m. The Smurfs ☻ 7:30 p.m. The Help 11 p.m. Fright Night
(PG), 103’ (PG13), 146’ (R), 106’’
Saturday, October 8th 2:30 p.m. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (PG), 89’ 5 p.m. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG13), 105’ 7:30 p.m. Final Destination 5 (R), 92’ 10 p.m. Conan the Barbarian (R), 112’
The Help Gateway Theater, October 7th, 7:30 p.m. October 9th, 2:30 p.m. October 13th, 7:30 p.m.
Conan the Barbarian Gateway Theater, October 8th,10 p.m. October 10th, 5 p.m. October 14th, 5 p.m.
9 p.m. Dolphin Tale
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Jessice Chastain, Roslyn Ruff, Mary Steenburgen, Ritchie Montgomery (PG13) Drama, 146’
Sunday, October 9th 2:30 p.m. The Help 6 p.m. Crazy, Stupid, Love ☻ 8:15 p.m. 30 Minutes or Less
(PG13), 146’ (PG13), 118’ (R), 83’
Monday, October 10th
12 p.m. Ernest Scared Stupid ☺ 2:30 p.m. Dolphin Tale 5 p.m. Conan the Barbarian 7:30 p.m. The Change Up ☻
(PG), 91’ (PG), 113’ (R), 112’ (R), 112’
Tuesday, October 11th & Wednesday 12th
Colombiana Gateway Theater October 14th, 7:30 p.m.
Our Idiot Brother Gateway Theater, October 14th, 10 p.m.
CLOSED MWR’s Movie Info Line: 727-2624. Theater Phone Number: 727-2328 Check www.rotamwr.com for full listing.
Thursday, October 13th 5 p.m. Fright Night 7:30 p.m. The Help
(R), 106’ (PG13), 146’
12 p.m. Wall E ☺ (G), 98’ 2:30 p.m. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG13), 105’ 5 p.m. Conan the Barbarian (R), 112’ 7:30 p.m. Colombiana (PG13), 109’ 10 p.m. Our Idiot Brother (R), 90’
MOVIE RATINGS 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.
At the dawn of the civil rights movement, three Mississippi women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss and her mother won’t be happy till she finds a husband. Aibileen, a wise African-American maid and caretaker suffers after the loss of her own child. And Minny, Aibileen’s sassy best friend, struggles to find and hold a job. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.
Conan the Barbarian Starring: Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Said Taghmaoui (R) Action, Adventure, Fantasy, 112’ A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.
OTHER PICKS THIS WEEK Colombiana (PG13) 109’. Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller. Starring: Zoe Saldana, Jordi Molla, Lennie James. Cataleya is a young woman who has grown up to be an assassin after witnessing the murder of her parents as a child. Turning herself into a professional killer and working for her uncle, she remains focused on her ultimate goal: to hunt down and get revenge on the mobster responsible for her parents’ death. Fright Night (R) 106’. Comedy, Horror, Remake, Suspense. Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette. Senior Charlie Brewster finally has it all--he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed. But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry moves in next door. he seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right-and everyone, including Charlie’s mom, doesn’t notice. Dolphin Tale (PG) 113’. Family. Starring: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr. A lonely and friendless boy finds and untangles a hurt dolphin that is caught in a crab trap. He becomes very attached to the dolphin when the tail must be taken off to save the dolphin’s life.
Birthday Cake Class
October 6th, 6 - 8 p.m. Ages12 and above. $40.
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Children’s Wreath Making Class
Mimosa Plaza in Housing
October 18th, 6 - 7 p.m. Ages 3 and above. $8. October 20th, 6 - 7 p.m. Ages 12 and above. $25.
Decorate your own Trick-Or-Treat Bag October 20th, 6 - 7 p.m. All ages welcome. $7. All supplies included.
Parent and Child Tumbling Classes
Saturday, October 22nd
This event is for TEI card holders only.
7 p.m. at the DGF Multipurpose Room Free Show!! Call 727-1410 for details
BACON BACON BBQ P
Bacon Bacon BBQ Pizza is made fresh every day with the finest ingredients like Canadian bacon, pepper bacon, crispy bacon, mixed onions (chopped green & red) and mozzarella cheese. Offer available for a limited time only.
Call PV Express for delivery 727-6323
traveler ITT ext. 3101
UPCOMING TRIPS Date
Oct 15 Oct 22 Oct 28 Oct 29
Sign up by Cost (adult/child)
Albufeira, Portugal Self-guided Trip Oct 12 $35 Vejer Historical & Trafalgar Light House Oct 19 $55/$45 Dinner & Flamenco Show Oct 26 $60/$45 Arcos Historical Tour Oct 26 $45/$35
VEJER HISTORICAL & TRAFALGAR LIGHT HOUSE
October 22. Sign up by Oct 19. $55 (adult) / $45 (child). This ITT trip includes a visit to an Arabic Dessert Factory where you will taste a few delicious desserts and later take the historical tour through the streets of Vejer. You will have lunch included at a restaurant in Caños de Meca. We will then take you on a light hike through the Natural Park of La Breña ending your tour with a visit to the Lighthouse of Trafalgar which overlooks the beach where one of the most famous battles took place in 1805; The Battle of Trafalgar.
Rota MWR wants to know what’s on your mind!
ICE is your opportunity to voice “what you like” or “what you don’t like”. You may suggest how you would like a situation addressed and/or a program changed. ICE0 provides fast and fresh information flow between MWR management and customers. No suggestion boxes or long waits for solutions.
bike tours designed for those looking for excitement and challenge. First time riders are welcome and no experience is necessary!!
excitement and challenge. No experience is necessary!! Our guide will take you through the natural reserve Los Alcornocales.
LA BUITRERA CANYON DESCENDING
October 29. Sign up by Oct 26. $85. This is an intermediate level trip, geared towards active individuals. Las Buitreras canyon is located in Los Alcornocales Natural Park, near Grazalema.The trip price includes transportation, insurance, all equipment, and professional guides.Participants must be 18 years or older and be able to swim.
LIBERTY PROGRAM ext. 2527 LIBERTY DINING OUT: INDIAN CUISINE
October 13, 7 - 9 p.m. Sign up by Oct 11. Check out Rota’s brand new Indian Restaurant. Bring euros for food. Free transportation!
LIBERTY ALBUFEIRA, PORTUGAL SELF GUIDED TRIP
October 15. Sign up by Oct 12. $21. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, delicious food, or go shopping. This trip includes transportation only.
October 15. Sign up by Oct 12. $90. We will learn all techniques of paddle surfing. Paddle surfing is great for the whole family. Most people without water experience will learn in a few minutes.
COSMIC BOWLING NIGHT
BIKE RIDING IN LA VIA VERDE DE ROTA
BALLS OF FURY PING PONG TOURNAMENT
October 19. Sign up by Oct 18. Free. The Rota’s Greenway is built on the old railway line linking El Puerto de Santa Maria and Sanlucar de Barrameda.
QUADS TOUR IN TARIFA
October 22. Sign up by Oct19. $120. For the adventurous spirit we offer 4 wheel quad
Rota MWR wants to know what’s on your mind, by rating our services you can help us maintain the degree of excellence you expect. Let us know by visiting the Rota MWR main page and clicking on the ICE button. It’s so easy, fast and friendly to use.
Find our ICE button at rotamwr.com
OUTDOOR ext. 3101
STAND-UP PADDLE SURFBOARD TOUR IN TARIFA
October 11th - November 8th. $30. Children will learn basic class etiquette such as classroom rules, waiting their turn, following in line, and interacting with the teacher and other classmates.
10 years old and under. Call 727-4721 for details.
October 20, 7 - 9 p.m. Free. For two hours, enjoy free shoe rentals, cosmic bowling, and hot delicious pizza at the Rota Lanes. Prizes will be given!
October 21, 12 - 1 p.m. Free. The champion will bring home an awesome prize!
QUADS TOUR IN TARIFA
October 22. Sign up by Oct 19. $84. For the adventurous spirit we offer 4 wheel quad bike tours designed for those looking for
FITNESS CENTER ext. 2565 11-12-11 NAVSTA ROTA’S FIRST MARATHON & HALF MARATHON
November 12, 8 a.m. $15. Ages 18+. Pick up your training information packets today and get started.
BEST SUPPORT STATION CONTEST November 12. We will give out prizes for the best water and/or cheer stations throughout the Bucket List Marathon.
GOLF COURSE ext. 2260 SHORT CLOSURE
In order to improve the current conditions on the golf course through necessary annual maintance, the following short closures will take place: Back 9: October 5 - 9.
LADIES GOLF LEAGUE/CLUB
The Golf Course is sponsoring a Ladies Golf League/Club that meets and plays every Tuesday at 9: 30 a.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Beginners welcome.
ROTA LANES ext. 2112
CAPTAIN’S CUP BOWLING LEAGUE SIGN-UP
Month of October. Four person teams (mixed), each team can have up to 8 members. League will run for 20 weeks. No bowling on holidays.
END OF THE SUMMER INVITATIONAL NO TAP TOURNAMENT
October 22, 1 - 4 p.m. $5 per person.
October 11th - November 8th. $50. Students will be introduced to floor tumbling as well as the use of gymnastic equipment such as the beam and the vault. Flexibility and strength conditioning are emphasized.
October 13th - November 10th. $50. Floor tumbling, cheers and chants, jumps, motions, flexibility and strength conditioning.
Also check our Piano Lessons for Kids & Adults, our Spanish Language Classes, Ballet and Dance Classes.
MWR is looking for talented people that would like to inspire, teach and motivate our community in their artistic abilities. We are currently looking for qualified Martial Arts, Guitar, Computer (such as Microsoft Office) and Dance instructors. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727-1382. Each participant will bowl all lanes and must hit 8 pins or more to be able to qualify for the prizes(lanes 1 thru 12) Round Robin Style. Don’t miss out on all the fun and surprise grab bag prizes. Open to all 18 and above
HALLOWEEN GLOW BOWLING SCARE October 31, 8 - 10 p.m. $5. Dress your best! Come over to Rota Lanes on Halloween night and bowl 2 games, with shoe rental for $5.00! A ’Trick-or-Treat’ for all Kids! Ages 18 and below.
LIBRARY ext. 2418 STORYTIME
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. October 11, Fire Prevention Week Sparky the Firedog and Fireman read (11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) October 18, Pumpkins & Jack-O-Lanterns October 25, Halloween.
HALLOWEEN BOOKMARK CONTEST 2012
Now - October 12. Theme: “By the Light of the Moon”. Ages 6-14, grades 1st - 8th. Entries may be in black and white or color. Sign up at the Library, SAC or JAMS.
CYP PARENT INVOLVEMENT BOARD MEETING
October 19, 4:30 p.m. Please join us for our quarterly P.I.B. at the Child Development Center. Sandwiches, chips and drinks will be provided.