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Archbishop of Military Services Visits GTMO
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio celebrated Catholic Mass and administered the sacrament of confirmation to four base residents, Jan. 12. Kelly Wirfel NAVSTA Public Affairs Officer
he Religious Ministries Team at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba hosted the Archbishop of the Military Services, Jan. 10-14. Archbishop Broglio celebrated Sunday Masses Jan. 12 at the base and also administered the sacrament of confirmation to four Guantanamo Bay residents. It was the archbishop’s third visit to Guantanamo since he became the military archbishop in 2008. “The purpose of my visit is to visit Guantanamo Bay’s Catholic Community, said Broglio. “It has been a very positive visit and enabled me to understand the bases attractions and also understand its difficulties.” Pope Benedict XVI named Broglio head of the Archdiocese for the Military Services November 2007, and he was formally installed as the fourth Archbishop of the Military Services January 2008. “Working with the military is one of the most rewarding
assignments I have had,” said Broglio. “It is an honor to work with and minister to the men and women who proudly serve our country each and every day.” Those receiving the sacrament of confirmation were; Crystal Baez, Sarah Haworth, Jacob Salvatore and Benjamin Frasco.
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NS Guantanamo Bay Commanding Officer, Capt. J.R. Nettleton congratulates MASA Taylor on her selection as Sailor of the Week.
■Job/Department: Security/Patrolman ■Age: 20 ■Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada ■Favorite Movie: Lion King ■Favorite TV Show: Meet the Browns ■Favorite Hobby: Cooking ■Favorite Sports Team: Steelers ■Favorite GTMO Restaurant: Cuban Club ■Quote: “Work hard for 7 and be successful for 70” - Grandpa ■Greatest Passion: Helping others ■Hero: Grandparents ■Sailor of the Week Because: She was selected for going above and beyond her expected duties. She recently received her qualification as Armorer and is already working on Patrol Supervisor, far exceeding the expectation of a Seaman Apprentice Master at Arms. Great job and keep up the hard work!
MASA SEABA TAYLOR
VOL. 71 • NO. 2
COMMANDING OFFICER EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMMAND MASTER CHIEF
Guantanamo Bay Gazette
CAPT. JOHN NETTLETON CMDR. COLIN CASWELL CMDCM (SW/EXW/AW) ROSS CRAMER
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER GAZETTE EDITOR PHOTOJOURNALIST
NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA
KELLY WIRFEL MCC(SW/AW) KEITH BRYSKA MCSN JASON BAWGUS
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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LT Baron Miller NS Guantanamo Bay
ithin the context of the marriage counseling I do, there are certain issues that I’ve found virtually every couple faces. These are how we talk to one another and whether or not we’ve picked the right spouse. These issues are common among veterans and newlyweds alike and even common among Chaplains (though not me of course—read sarcasm). Now granted, there are several common issues that couples all face, but here I’ll just briefly cover the above mentioned two. First, our tongue. In the Bible, the book of James chapter 3 vs. 4-5 says, “Or takes ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.” The same little tongue that pledges vows of love, honor, and respect which build a marriage can also tear it down with a few quick lashes. Commit to affirm your mate with words and by doing so, you’ll steer the ship
of your marriage into the sunset of happily ever after. The second issue that I often hear, especially with couples in very strained relationships is, “I made a mistake; She’s (He’s) not the right person for me.” When I hear this complaint, I offer this word of challenge and correction, “It’s not about marrying the right partner, but rather about being the right partner. If you found the perfect person for you, then you shouldn’t marry them because you’d only screw them up with your imperfections.” A good marriage isn’t about making a good pick based on over 6 billion options, but it is about what you do once you’ve made that pick. If each partner in a marriage worked their own character development rather than complaining about their spouse, then both parties would have more confidence in each other. Remember, it’s not about marrying the right partner, but being the right partner. As a Chaplain and married guy, it’s my prayer that these simple but not easy marriage secrets be a blessing for you in your relationship. Grow in your knowledge and skills in marriage; good marriages are built with effort. If you’re marriage is in ruin, I suggest seeking help through a Chaplain, Fleet and Family Service Center, or a variety of marriage books—see me, I can suggest plenty. pax Christi Chaplain Baron Miller
Military OneSource Offers Free Tax Services Nick Simeone American Forces Press Service
f it hasn’t arrived yet, your 2013 W-2 wage and tax statement likely is on its way, and with it the countdown toward the April 15 tax filing deadline. As preparations begin for the upcoming tax season, military families are being offered a free service to ensure they can meet that deadline from anywhere they may be stationed around the world. Military OneSource, partnering with H&R Block, is offering all active duty, Guard and reserve forces help in preparing their taxes and in filing their federal and state returns, in addition to the variety of other financial planning services it already provides free of charge. “No matter where you are, when you call 800-342-9647 or go to [the Military OneSource website], you can access the programs and services,” Tony Jackson, a military community and family policy analyst for the service told American Forces Press Service. The program is designed to address the unique tax requirements and issues affecting military personnel and their families, Jackson said. With many still likely dealing with holiday credit card bills, the April tax deadline may seem far off. But with many military families having to file multiple state tax returns in addition to federal taxes, beginning the work now on gathering tax-related documents can prevent headaches later. “Now is the time to prepare, to gather your documents and your
questions,” Jackson said, “and [you can] to speak to a tax consultant at no cost at Military OneSource.” Additional paperwork at tax time for those living outside their home state that may have rental property or may be subject to taxes where they are currently deployed is a common additional burden, he noted. Military OneSource will provide help filing a federal tax return, as well as up to three state returns, at no charge. Jackson said some 224,000 federal and state tax returns were prepared for military families last year.”Nobody ever gets turned away,” he said. The program’s tax experts are able to help military families navigate changes in tax laws that may have a particular impact on or benefit for members of the military -- as well as any tax implications related to military benefits, he added. “They are nationally certified financial planners, so they are definitely qualified to assist families and service members,” regardless of the topic, Jackson said. Reserve component members are eligible for the free service regardless of their activation status, as are veterans within 180 days of being discharged, retired or separated. The Defense Department established Military OneSource in 2002 to provide comprehensive information on military life free of charge to military families.
NAVSTA Galleys Key Ingredient to Base Moral MC3 Jason Bawgus Photojournalist
ood and water are some of the most basic necessities anyone will need no matter where they are or what they are doing. The three galleys at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay provide over 6,500 meals daily to military, DOD, dependants and contract personnel at five different dining facilities throughout NS Guantanamo Bay. In addition to providing the daily meals the NS food service team also provides special meals for New Year’s Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day, Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, Presidents Day, St. Patrick’s Day as well as providing special meals to VIP visitors and the monthly birthday meals for the troops. “By far the biggest challenge we face here is logistics,” said Lt. John Harrison, Food Services Officer Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. “Having to make sure that we have ordered enough food in case something happens to the barge or there is some kind of natural disaster that would keep the barge from reaching us.” None of this would be possible without the Navy Culinary Specialist (CS) or the contracted employees that show up every day to make sure everyone that shows up receives a meal. The eight CS’s that work in the galley fill a slightly different role here than if they were onboard a ship.
Here at NS Guantanamo Bay they make up the quality assurance personnel and essentially manage the kitchen and dining room while the 125 contractors do the majority of the cooking. “Most of the CS’s that we have here already have a tour at sea and can see what is wrong with something or prevent a possible accident before it happens,” said Harrison. “The contracted employees we have here also makes my job a lot easier, their training mimics the way the Navy trains their CS’s and most of the contractors are retired military so they know how everything works.” Also being in the Caribbean the threat of a natural disaster is very real, the food services officer has realized that and tries to keep around 30 days of extra provisions in case of a natural disaster. “We have a very unique situation here at Guantanamo Bay,” said Harrison. “Sometimes there is just nowhere else to eat besides the galley so we have to be prepared to serve as many people as possible in case of a natural disaster.” Almost everyone that spends any amount of time on Guantanamo Bay will have the ability to experience dining at one of the galleys on island. “Ever since I have been on island I’ve never heard anyone complain about the way our food was prepared or how it looked,” said Harrison. “I think we go a lot farther than just providing the basic necessities to our patrons.”
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Random Synthetic Marijuana Testing Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
s part of a new Department of Defense (DoD) policy, the Navy began testing for synthetic marijuana compounds during random urinalysis, officials announced Dec. 31. According to NAVADMIN 334/13, testing for synthetic marijuana compounds will be randomly conducted on samples submitted to all drug screening laboratories, and positive results will subject members to disciplinary action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The Navy expects to test more than 1.1 million samples this year, and a portion of them will be screened for synthetic marijuana. Those that test potentially positive will be forwarded to the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory at Lackland, Texas for confirmation. “We are testing synthetic cannabinoids - also known as Spice, K2, Herbal Essence and other names - within the standard testing panel conducted for urinalysis samples,” said Lanorfeia Parker, deputy director, Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Office (NADAP). The change will be largely transparent to the command,
requiring no changes to the way they currently collect and ship urine samples for drug testing. In contrast to the Navy’s previous synthetic drug testing program, no action is required by the command to have random synthetic drug testing performed on the samples that are submitted. The DoD estimates that nearly 1 percent of military personnel may be using synthetic marijuana. In fiscal year (FY) 2012, illicit marijuana use among active duty military personnel was 0.43 percent and for the entire DoD the prevalence rate was 0.64 percent. FY 2013 testing for Navy personnel indicated that .09 percent of all samples were positive for marijuana. If a member uses, possesses, promotes, manufactures, or distributes synthetic drugs, they face disciplinary action that could result in unfavorable separation from the Navy. According to Parker, the Navy’s policy on substance abuse is zero tolerance. “Substance abuse puts lives and missions at risk, undercuts unit readiness and morale, and is inconsistent with our Navy ethos and core values of honor, courage, and commitment,” said Parker.
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VEHICLES Toyota, in perfect, running condition. All maintenance is up to date. Very cold AC without any problems. Asking $2000 OBO. Please call 77516 after 17:00 pm or 4206 during the day.
HOUSEHOLD GOODS Toys for sale $10 each: Alphie Robot, Bristle Blocks, Wooden Blocks, Mag-Neat-Os building set. All complete, in great condition, in storage boxes. Pictures available. Melissa 77267 or firstname.lastname@example.org” Couch with matching love seat, less than 1 year old, great condition, asking $650 call 77294
OUTDOOR REC 23 ft. pontoon boat for sale $1,800 call 84165 Bike - Diamondback 20’’ large – response sport bike with disk brakes. $ 200.00, Two Kawasaki STX 12F Jet Ski’s - year 2006, with double trailer (trailer can be broken down for ship out), Jet Ski covers, water ski’s, knee board. $ 8,000.00 Contact Richard @ 90068
Saturday Jan 18th@ GP1D (7:00am-1:00pm) Flatscreens, DVD players, fishing gear, snorkel gear, furniture, Schwinn bicycle, golf clubs, kitchen ware, and much more. Yard Sale Jan 25, 0800-1100 Grandillo Point 13D
X-box slim for sale! Comes with 8 games (GTA, Batman, Halo, etc) Wireless headphones Couple months old $325 Call 77801 after 1600. Traves 6” star-band internet dish $550 Neg email: skilbert_1981@ yahoo.com call: 75849
MISC iPad Black (Missing) from Pier 33 near the Main Post office. A reward of $50 is being offered. The iPad is in a Black rubberized case and contains
family photos and lots of Russian language apps and games. Would love to have the iPad back. Home – 75721, Work – 8562 Rgwelch1@gmail.com
GTMO JOBS MWR is offering the following jobs: Recreation Aid Child/Youth Program Asst. Recreation Asst. Maintenance Worker Waiter/Waitress Food Service Worker Custodial Worker Laundry Worker
NEX is offering the following jobs:
Department Manager Sales Clerk Jewelry Dept. Warehouse Worker Warehouse Worker Leader Leads Sales Clerk - Camp America Sales Clerk- TK Mini Mart
USNH is offering the following jobs: Management Analyst Purchasing Agent
NAVSUP is offering the following jobs: Supply Technician
For more information check out the base roller
scoop RED CROSS
The American Red Cross will be holding Adult First Aid/CPR/AED classes on Feb. 1 from 1230 to 1630. Pre-registration is required. To register call 2511 or 2512.
Cub Scout Pack 3401 will be holding the Pinewood Derby at the NEX Atrium on Jan. 18 from 1200 to 1500. This event is open to anyone wishing to race a car they have built. Derby kits are available by calling 74354.
The Black Heritage Organization is hosting a Martin Luther King Commemoration March and Ceremony on Monday Jan. 20. The march will begin at the NEX Atrium at 1000 and end at the NAVSTA Chapel.
Naval Station Security Department is holding a car wash on
Jan. 18 from 0900 to 1400 at the Downtown Lyceum. Come on out and get your car washed, dried and vacuumed by local MA’s. They will be accepting donations only.
The Navy Exchange will be doing their annual inventory beginning Jan. 29. The main store and mini-marts will be running on adjusted hours. See base roller for store hours.
There is a new fundraising opportunity on base! Officially recognized organizations can now bag groceries on Saturdays and Sundays from 1000 to 1400 to raise money for their organization. For additional information contact 4696.
MOVIES DOWNTOWN LYCEUM
FRIDAY Jan. 17 7 p.m.: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit PG13
9 p.m.: American Hustle R
SATURDAY 7 p.m.: Anchorman 2
9:15 p.m.:Lone Survivor R
SUNDAY 6 p.m.: The Nut Job
8 p.m.: Philomena PG13
MONDAY Jan. 20 7 p.m.: Frozen PG
The movie schedule does not include a children’s movie this week and sometimes only has one certain weeks. It would be nice if there was at least one if not more than one playing a week. My child asks all the time to go and I have to tell him no because there aren’t any playing for kids.
Answer: Provided MWR Director
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TUESDAY 7 p.m.: Homefront R
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m.: Black Nativity
THURSDAY Jan. 23 7 p.m.: Out of the Furnace R
Thank you for your email! It’s a tough balancing act - we get new movies from Navy Motion Picture Service most weeks (not all).
CALL THE MOVIE HOTLINE @ 4880
Your point is very well taken - I know the families on base really like children’s films. We simply don’t get that many from NMPS. Please also check out the schedule at the youth center, we regularly have free movie events there for families as well. As I said, it’s a tough balancing act. When we show a movie, any movie, the first time, the crowds are large. The numbers drop off significantly when we show any movie a 2nd, 3rd, 4th time. Of course, we’re trying to meet the needs of the adults on base as well, especially our active duty service members, who tend to prefer the newest movies. We make every effort to show new movies on the same opening day as they come out in the States. Thank you again for taking the time to email. I’d be happy to discuss it in person anytime.
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CPOA Helps Keep Community Clean MCC Keith Bryska Gazette Editior
embers of the Guantanamo Bay Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA) conducted a beach cleanup at Cable Beach, Jan. 11. CPOA President Chief Builder Anthony Thibodeaux said the cleanup was organized as a way for the organization to give back to the community. “The cleanup not only adds to the beautification of the local beaches but it gives us as leaders a chance to observer the safety at the beach,” said Thibodeaux. “Since most of our beaches are along dead water there is really no way of telling what can wash up.” According to Chief Master-At-Arms Joshua Bright it was an opportunity to spend time with the brother’s and sister’s from the CPOA. “These types of community projects are important here. We are a self reliant community, and if it wasn’t for
the different organizations going out maintaining and improving our community it wouldn’t happen,” said Bright. “As a member of the CPOA I believe that true membership goes beyond paying dues and showing up to meetings, being actively involved in its commitments is what being a member is truly about.” When they were done cleaning the CPOA had gathered quite a bit of trash and then took time to catch up with one another. “The beach cleanup is also important because it give us as an organization time to get together with the same focus in mind while walking around picking up trash and chatting face to face,” said Thibodeaux. “As an organization we don’t always interact with each other so a simple thing like a beach cleanup gives us this much needed time to talk and just hang out.”
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