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Navy Divers Protecting The Community

NDC (Sel) Christopher Kerr and ND2 Cody Cash watch over the decompression chamber as they treat a diver with decompression sickness. MCSN Jason Bawgus Photo Journalist


afety is the most important factor to remember while diving. Without following the rules laid out and using common sense it is possible to develop decompression sickness or receive serious bodily injury that can permanently hinder the ability to continue diving later on. “Our primary mission here is the safety of recreational divers,” said Petty Officer First Class Jared Sarro, the Dive Independent Duty Corpsman attached to the diver locker. “If there are no recreational divers then there is really no reason for us to be here.” One of the most serious injuries that can come from diving is decompression sickness (DCS) and is caused by dissolved gases coming out of solution turning into bubbles inside the body on ascent. Since bubbles can form in or migrate to any part of the body, DCS can produce many symptoms, and its effects may vary from joint pain and rashes to paralysis and death. Individual susceptibility can vary from day to day, and different individuals under the same conditions may be affected differently or not at all. The treatment for DCS is hyperbaric oxygen therapy in

a recompression chamber and if treated early, there is a significantly higher chance of successful recovery. “Most of the DCS cases we have seen have been caused by dive computers giving the wrong information to the diver, divers should always look in their book and workout if they should dive again.” said Sarro. “Dive computers are definitely more of a guide, they can’t tell a person if they have a genetic disposition to DCS or any number of other sicknesses.” DCS is most frequently observed in the shoulders, elbows, knees, and ankles. Joint pain (“the bends”) accounts for about 60% to 70% of all DCS cases, with the shoulder being the most common site. Neurological symptoms are present in 10% to 15% of DCS cases with headache and visual disturbances being the most common symptoms however there are different types of DCS which cause varying symptoms. “One of the biggest things is as soon as someone feels a bit off or a little sick after diving they need to get to the emergency room immediately, the faster treatment starts the less chance of having long term affects” said Sarro. “Mainly just follow all of the rules, use common sense and people will be ok.”


NS Guantanamo Bay Executive Officer, Cmdr. Colin Caswell congratulates MA3 Cuddeback on his selection as Sailor of the Week.

■Job/Department: Field Training Officer/ NAVSTA Security ■Age: 20 ■Hometown: Attleboro, Ma. ■Favorite Musician: Jimi Hendrix ■Favorite GTMO Restaurant: Jerk House ■Goal: Become a security officer ■Favorite Hobby: Gym, Tan, Laundry ■Hero: MA2 Dover ■Greatest Accomplishment: Becoming a watch commander as a 3rd class ■How Has The Navy Improved Their Life: Has provided me with structure, good order and discipline ■Sailor of the Week Because: MA3 Cuddeback was selected as NAVSTA Guantanamo Bay’s Sailor of the Week for continuing to successfully exceed expectations of a Third Class Petty Officer while performing duties well above his pay grade. MA3 Cuddeback currently serves as a Field Training Officer within the Security Department, and is responsible for the training and qualification of Patrol Officers and Patrol Supervisors. Additionally, he recently became the first Third Class Petty Officer to qualify as Watch Commander in two years. This position holds tremendous responsibility and accountability for all Security Patrol Operations, and is normally reserved for First Class Petty Officers. His technical knowledge and expertise surpass all expectations of a Third Class Petty Officer and he continues to make a huge positive impact within the Security Department and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.


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The Guantanamo Bay Gazette is an authorized publication for members of the military services and their families stationed at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. The 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. The editorial content is prepared, edited and provided by the Public Affairs Office of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. The Guantanamo Bay Gazette is printed by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Document Services with a circulation of 1,000.

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Navy Lodge Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Celebrates National Hospitality Week


o celebrate Navy Lodge housekeeping, front desk and maintenance staffs for the tireless work they do on a daily basis to support our military families, Navy Lodge, US Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is participating in National Hospitality Week September 16-27, 2013. “The Navy Lodge staff is very excited to participate in National Hospitality Week,” said Winston Lawrence. “They do so much throughout the year to make sure our guests have a clean and comfortable stay at our Navy Lodge. This week allows our associates to show off their housekeeping and guest service skills and have fun at the same time.” Navy Lodges worldwide are planning several activities such as health and safety awareness, vacuum cleaner dash, bed making contests, laundry bag relay, appreciation luncheons, toilet paper pyramid carrying, roll-a-way bed races and much more. According to Mr. Lawrence, the following events are planned at Navy Lodge, US Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, such as towel folding contest, toilet tissue decoration and many more decorations.


It’s difficult to leave home, whether for that militarymandated permanent change of station (PCS) move or a hard-earned vacation. That is why it’s important to pick a military lodging location that offers the many comforts of home. Navy Lodges offer double beds room and queen size rooms that feature a kitchenette complete with microwave and utensils, cable TV with premium channels and DVD player. Navy Lodges offer guests housekeeping service, vending machines, DVD rental service and laundry facilities as well. Guests also have in-room coffee, breakfast in the lobby as well as convenient on-base parking while staying at a Navy Lodge. Most Navy Lodges also accept cats and dogs up to 50 pounds. To make a reservation at a Navy Lodge, call 800-6289466 (800-NAVY-INN), 24 hours a day, seven days a week or go online at To make a reservation at Navy Lodge GTMO, call 011-5399-3103 or send us an email at navylodge.guantanamobay.guestservice@nexweb. org.


Cmdr. Gabriel Mensah NS Guantanamo Bay Command Chaplain

“Reality Check”


ranz Kafka is perhaps one of the former Czechoslovakia’s most celebrated authors. He died in 1924 at the age of 41. His personal life was unhappy. His own parents denied him the simplest affection and made him feel unwanted and unworthy. “A Letter to His Father” is a 45-page letter he wrote to his father Hermann virtually indicting him for his emotional abuse towards him. As a consequence of the callous treatment he received at home, Kafka’s stories and novels reflect his tragic home life. Let’s just take a look at one of the stories – a bizarre story about a bachelor named Gregor Samsa. Gregor lives with his parents and sister, and works as sales clerk. Both his family and employer treat him like an insect. One morning he wakes up to find out that he has become on the outside what he has always been treated by his family and employer. He has turned into a giant insect.

The real tragedy of the story is that the only way he can change back into a human being is for him to be loved by humans, especially his family and employer. But his insect appearance repulses them; and in the end he simply gives up and dies. The bizarre story of Kafka underscores a tragic fact. Sometimes one place we fail to show affection is in our own families. And the reason is that we find some members of our family repulsive just as Gregor’s family found him repulsive. I know of a father who finds his so appalling because the son is gay. A friend of mine has been ostracized by her family because she married someone from a different ethnic background. Some family friends I have known for a long time disowned their only daughter, despite my constant pleading, because she married someone from a different religion. Kafka’s story about Gregor makes a very important point – and that is love has the power to transform people. Yes, it even has the power to transform a giant insect into a brother or a son. Cmdr. Gabriel Mensah

Helping A Brother MCC Keith Bryska Gazette Editor


ou might have heard the phrase “Once a Chief always a Chief,” but I’m here to tell that it’s not just a phrase it’s a way of life that still rings true to this day. One morning as I opened up the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Command Facebook page to answer the daily questions of “How can I come visit GTMO? I have received orders, what do I need to do? Will cell phones work on the island?” I noticed a request from Ed Reese a retired Navy Senior Chief that asked for a small favor. After responding to Reese I soon learned that he was stationed on Guantanamo Bay (NS) from Oct. 28, 1968 to Oct. 2, 1970 and still has found memories of GTMO to this day. It was then I realized that even though the years have changed, Sailors have come and gone, and new buildings have been erected, some of the best qualities of GTMO have stayed the same. “Some of my fondest memories from the time I spent at Guantanamo Bay are fishing in the bay, taking the ferry to the Leeward side of the island for what was then considered “fine dining,” said Reese. “I also miss the Lyceum watching the movie of the evening.” Even though Reese still has fond memories of GTMO a tragic incident occurred here that changed his life forever. The incident was the loss of his beloved daughter Yvonne Georgette Reese. “My daughter, Yvonne Georgette Reese was born and died on Jan. 27, 1970. She died from placental insufficiency which is the result of insufficient blood flow to the placenta during pregnancy,” said Reese. “In loving memory, she was laid to rest at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base Cemetery.” Reese’s simple request was for someone to place flowers at the site of his daughter and to send a picture to him. As any parent will tell you losing a child can be the worst thing someone can go through, so I picked up the phone and called a fellow Chief, Chief Builder Anthony Thibodeaux and told him that a Shipmate needed help and without hesitation got the answer I knew was coming “Yes.” The first thing that went through my mind was where to get flowers from? Luck would have it Thibodeaux wife Cindy was off island and due back in a couple days and said she would be honored to bring some back with her. After Thibodeaux consulted with the Chief ’s Mess, a plan was organized to help clean the site and set up a time to have a couple volunteers come out and show their respect for the daughter of a brother of ours. “Once a Chief always a Chief, which is what, makes the Mess so special. No matter where in the world you may be you can lean on a Fellow Chief. We here in GTMO were called upon to do just that, this opportunity let us rise to the occasion. It is hard to lose a love one, especially in a place that is not easily accessible,” said Thibodeaux. “It does bring some peace of mind knowing that at any given

time you can rely on fellow Chiefs to place flowers or improve the resting place of a love one.” After contacting Reese and telling him we had a plan in the works I soon found out that I had more in common with him than I originally thought. Reese was a 1st Class Lithographer whose daily job along with several others was to print the Gazette and have it ready to distribute for commands to pick up. Forty two years later he still reads the Gazette online from his home in Key West, Fl. As the day fell upon us and several Chiefs waited at the cemetery for me to arrive to take the photo, I was again reminded that life is short and taking a small amount of time to help someone out is what makes life special. According to Chief Master-At-Arms Eddie Perez it’s about our continued support to our veterans and retirees and the opportunity to support such a symbolic action from a brother that could not be here is historic. “Although he was not able to be on site for his daughter’s flower placement, I felt he was with us in spirit and was able to partake in such a meaningful event,” said Perez. “As a father myself, it was an honor fulfilling this request.” After returning to the office from the cemetery I emailed Reese with the photos that we had taken and got a quick email back with a kind thank you. “I had little doubt when I requested of my brother and sister CPO’s, to honor my daughter’s memory, that they would be so eager to help,” said Reese. “I am filled with pride and gratitude for the Chief ’s and the family members that helped me honor my daughter’s memory.” When told that our fellow brother was happy, Thibodeaux answered me in a proud tone “Navy Chief, Navy Pride.”

BMC Bernard Hall, BUC Anthony Thibodeaux, MAC John Staercke, MAC Eddie Perez place flowers at the grave site of Yvonne Georgette Reese.


Take a Break, But Don’t Separate MC2 Andrea Perez Navy Personnel command Public Affairs


he Career Intermission Pilot Program (CIPP) is a continuum of service initiative that allows Sailors to take a break from active duty without permanently separating, officials said Aug. 28. As outlined in NAVADMIN 198/13, CIPP provides eligible service members a one-time temporary transition from active duty to the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) for one to three years to pursue personal or professional growth outside the service and seamlessly transition back to active duty. The long term intent of the program is to retain the valuable experience and training service members possess that might otherwise be lost by permanent separation. During their time in the IRR, participants retain their full medical and dental benefits for themselves and their dependents, as well as Navy Exchange and Commissary benefits. Participants will also receive a small monthly living stipend. Educational pursuits are considered a legitimate use of the program and service members are eligible to use GI Bill benefits

while participating in CIPP, but are not eligible for Tuition Assistance. Additional obligated service (OBLISERV) is required to participate in the program and service members must OBLISERV two months for every one month they participate in the program. To date, 25 officers and 22 enlisted Sailors have been accepted into the program, and 15 have completed their career intermission and returned to active duty. The program is limited by law to the selection of 20 officers and 20 enlisted participants per year and has been extended to 2015. Sailors should refer to OPNAVINST 1330.2B for rules, eligibility, and application procedures. Interested Sailors can submit an electronic package to the Chief of Naval Operations Program Managers for consideration. An example CIPP application is available on the CIPP Web Page at

Seabee Pioneer Celebrates 100th Birthday Don Rochon Naval Facilities Engineering Command

The Navy and the state of North Carolina honored one of the original Navy Seabees from World War II, Jerry Smith of Durham, N.C., who celebrated his 100th birthday at the North Carolina Executive Mansion Aug. 27. Rear Adm. Doug Morton, commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic, presented Smith with a framed congratulatory letter from NAVFAC Commander Rear Admiral Kate Gregory, a Seabee coin, and a Seabee flag that was flown at the Pentagon and Navy Memorial, and then draped over the iconic “helping hand” statute at the Seabee Memorial. “It was my honor and distinct pleasure to represent the Seabees and NAVFAC in honoring Jerry on his 100th birthday,” said Morton. “Seabees past and present take pride in our shared history, heritage and legacy. I know that our ‘Bees stationed around the world will be delighted to know that one of their own - one of the original Seabees - has reached this important milestone.” Also honoring Smith at the Governor’s mansion was North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, U.S. Senator Richard Burr, Cmdr. Ron Ross, commanding officer of Navy Recruiting District Raleigh, Army Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, adjutant general of North Carolina, and representatives from various veterans’ organizations. Smith is a “plank owner” in the First Naval Construction Battalion, which was commissioned March 15, 1942. He served

in the Navy from January 1942 to September 1945. (A Navy plank owner is an individual who was a member of the crew when the ship or command was placed in commission.) World War II Seabees have a storied history. Convinced that war was coming, the Navy realized that fighting in theaters halfway around the world would present new challenges in logistics and would require a vast infrastructure. Beginning in 1940, the Navy began a program of building bases on far-flung Pacific islands using civilian contractors. When the United States officially entered the war, the use of civilian labor had to stop. Under international law, civilians were not permitted to resist enemy military attack. If they did, they could be executed as guerrillas. The need then for a militarized Naval Construction Force to build advance bases in a war zone became self-evident. Rear Admiral Ben Moreell, “Father of the Seabees,” was determined to activate, organize, and man Navy construction units. On Jan. 5, 1942, he gained authority to recruit men from the construction trades for assignment into a Naval Construction Regiment composed of three Naval Construction Battalions. This is the actual beginning of the renowned Seabees, who obtained their designation from the initial letters of Construction Battalion. Admiral Moreell personally furnished them with their official motto: Construimus, Batuimus - “We Build, We Fight.”


E-mail classified ad submissions to

PAO-CLASSIFIEDADS@ USNBGTMO.NAVY.MIL If sent to any other e-mail, it may not be published. Submit your ad NLT noon Wednesdays for that week’s Gazette. Ads are removed after two weeks. Re-submit the ad to re-publish. The Gazette staff and NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, page. The Public Affairs Office has final editorial discretion on all content. Call MCC Keith Bryska at 4520 with your questions or concerns. Please keep ads to a minimum of 5 items.

VEHICLES 1994 Ford Escort,A/C great condition. Call Mrs Hutton (H) 75664 or (W) 72117 1999 Nissan Quest SE van, Located at NEX for viewing, $3500 call Carl at 77024 1999 Mazda 626 , 4 Door, 142K mileage, New tires, sunroof, $2800 call Samet at 3715 or 78459 2001 Chrisler Mini Van, great condition 109500 miles, A/C runs great. $6500 OBO callmike at 78464 or email mukhlis58@ 1994 White Honda Accord LX Coupe. 150,000 miles and is a 5-speed manual. Cold A/C, Power steering, and windows. Mechanically in excellent condition. New oil change and battery. Tires are in excellent shape. $3,000 OBO. Contact: Cameron.A.Bakhtiar@jtfgtmo. or afterhours at

HOUSEHOLD GOODS Wooden Baby Crib w/ mattress, good condition $120, Baby carrying backpack $100, Dining room table w chairs and chair covers $300 Large Desk, wooden top. $100.00 obo, Call Sammy at 78742 or leave a message. Full bedroom set with mattress $450, Set Recliner couch with recliner chair $ 80, Blue couch $ 40, Set Rocking chair with rocking footstool $30, JVC big box flatscreen $ 40, Outdoors patio set $ 80, Call Emil @ 77407 home or 84784 cell


XScuba Metro Dive/Snorkel Mask (Mask Only) $30,TUSA Hyper Dry Snorkel $25, Aqualung Sport Dive/Snorkel Fins, (L) 25, TUSA Liberator X Fins, (s/m) $35, Bare Wetsuit, (M), 3/2mm, Black/Red, Only used 6 times $65, Deep Sea Dive Booties $20, Tony Hawk Skateboard + Helmets and Pads $50, Hawaiian Sling (55”-57”) $25,Poulan Weed Whacker, only use around three times $75, contact AC @ H:77864, M: 90174

ELECTRONICS Commercial Star Ban satellite system for sale $900 for more information email nn707rf@gmail. com 6” star band internet dish $500 Neg. email skilbert_1981@yahoo. com or call Mark 75849 6” Satellite LMD Cable Direct TV or Dish, $500, Call Kitty 77517 Selling a TV- It is an 42” LG flatscreen LED TV. Full HD 1080p. Only a few months old. Perfect condition. Asking price is $400. Contact: or afterhours at 4 foot Satellite dish with LNB for direct TV. Includes multi switch box for multiple lines. $400 Steve -H-75890 C- 84130


Q. A few months ago there was a break in a water main to the entrance of Windward Loop. So the road had to be dug out and the subsequent pipe repaired. Well after the repairs were completed, nothing but dirt was used to fill in the huge dug out surface area. Then a small amount of gravel was placed after the entrance became very deep. Now it is becoming deeper. Could we get some sort of concrete or asphalt patch to refill the entrance to Windward Loop? This is becoming not only a hazard but also chewing up tires on vehicles thus causing expenditures for tire repair or replacement. Thank you! A. Provided by Assistant Public Works Officer: A modification to an existing contract was necessary in order to accomplish the repaving over the excavation work for the broken water main. The modification was issued on Tuesday, Aug. 20 and we expect the work to be completed within the next two weeks.

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10 p.m.: R.I.P.D (NEW) PG13

SATURDAY 8 p.m.: Red 2 PG13

10 p.m.: The Conjuring

Aug. 30 109 min.

96 min.

Aug. 31 116 min.


112 min.

SUNDAY 8 p.m.: Grown Ups 2

Sept. 1


Wolverine 10 p.m The Pg-13

101 min. 129 min.

MONDAY Sept. 2 8 p.m.: Elysium R

109 min.

TUESDAY 8 p.m.: Pacific Rim PG13 WEDNESDAY Ups 2 8 p.m.: Grown PG-13

Sept. 3

THURSDAY 8 p.m.: Turbo PG

131 min.

Sept. 4 101 min.

Sept. 5 96 min.


VL 2208 B from 8-12 no early birds please.

MISC. Needed - Mens pants long and short sizes 30-36 and t-shirts S,M,L for migrants for more information call 74788 or 76294 Brand New Running Shoes Nevados-Boomerang-11-low / Chocolate/Size 11.5, Price $45.00, Please call 78742 and leave a message.

Quality of Life

Q. Has anybody mentioned to the QOL Board about the showers at Cable Beach? Only two out of the five showers work. Are there any plans on fixing the broken showers? The showers are used by everybody in the area from Girl Scout Beach to Cable Beach since these are the closest showers in the area to rinse off from the ocean.

partment has the restrooms at Cable Beach slated for complete renovation. These repairs are being accomplished via the $14.7 M in Hurricane Sandy repair funds.

All Hurricane Sandy repair work will be awarded for contract prior to the end of this fiscal year. Additionally, PWD has a finite number of pre-paid service calls available. As we approach the end of the fiscal year and if there are no higher priority (mission essential) repairs that need to be addressed, we will place a service call to have the showers repaired by 30SEP.

MS116 Saturday, August 31 from 7-11 am in the backyard, dive gear, kitchen, clothing etc.

26’ Bayline deck boat new radio A. Provided by Assistant Public and speakers, fish finder 10K Works Officer: call Josh 75590 Currently, the Public Works DeSlightly used Full Shell Helmet, BILT 3/4 Shell Helmet, 1/2 Shell Helmet, Vega Safety Vest and Gloves $75 for all or buy individually. Call 84419 or 78717

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Back To School MCC Keith Bryska Gazette Editor

After a summer when kids spent time on vacation or enjoying the base pool it was time for the students of Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, W.T. Sampson schools to return to the classroom, Aug. 26. W.T. Sampson Principal Sonja Rodriguez believes that this year will be a fun year with many activities and partnerships with the community to help further the education of the kids. Some of these partnerships include the assistance of Public Works and Engineers throughout the GTMO community assisting with their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fair, and the Hospital focusing on Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) with W.T. Sampson high school students. Radio GTMO, Coast Guard, NAVSTA GTMO and JTF GTMO also partner with the PTO for the High School Amazing. Lastly is the Marine Corps Security Forces assisting with the Dr. Seuss Fun Run. “Our school faculty and staff are Champions for Students! The oxymoron of constant change reflects the transitions within our school community. While we are anticipating the arrival of a NEW Principal, NEW Assistant Principal, NEW Secondary Counselor, and NEW teaching staff members, our faculty and staff have stepped up to ensure that all students are assigned to the correct grade

level and classes,” said Rodriguez. “We have community volunteers that have assisted in getting the school ready for students and teacher volunteers assisting with ensuring that our high school students are assigned to classes that are necessary for graduation. Our elementary students are set with the best classroom teachers at each grade level, Sure Start through Fifth Grade. I know that our kids are going to have a great school year.” This will be the last month Rodriguez will be the W.T. Sampson principal as she transitions to Boeblingin Elementary/Middle School in Stuttgart, Germany to take over as principal and wants the community and the kids know that she will miss them. “The blessing of serving in this small school allowed me to get to know each student very well. I enjoy walking through the classes on the first day of school and seeing how our first graders are so eager to learn and how much they have grown, physically and academically, since their Kindergarten and Sure Start days. Our middle school students love to show me that they are much taller than I am this year, having experienced their growth spurt over the summer,” said Rodriguez. “Knowing each student at the high school provides a level of comfort as I speak to them about their summer adventures, current course load and future plans. Knowing each student’s academic strengths and areas needing support allows our staff to celebrate the milestones that our kids have made during their time as students in our school and champion their continued academic progress.”

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