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Volume 7, Number 27 www.yuma.usmc.mil July 10, 2008
Station traffic Field day
changes to Marines
Some changes to Marine
Corps uniform regulations,
including lengthening the
heel of the female dress shoe, Cpl. Michael R. Whitnel
eventually increasing the is- Desert Warrior Staff
sued amount of camouflage
utilities and clarification for
wearing “tights” during physi-
cal training, were published The provost marshal’s office announced a change in station traf-
June 26. fic rules and warned of increased enforcement of the most common
Marine Administrative violations here June 16.
Message 361/08 announced The most notable change empowers corporals and sergeants to
the authorized heel length of enforce traffic regulations by taking bad drivers to court.
female dress shoes to 3 inches. While officers and staff noncommissioned officers can already
Previously, female Marines prepare third-party traffic citations; under the new order, NCOs who
were authorized heels ranging see drivers violating traffic laws can report them to PMO.
from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches. “I see people talking on their cell phones and driving all the time,”
“An extra half-inch brings said Pfc. Randall Ball, financial operations clerk. “It would be good
the Marine Corps to the in- to get help on some violations that PMO can’t always catch.”
dustry standard,” said Mary The change resulted from the commandant’s White Letter 2-08
Boyt, project manager at the pushing more power to lower leadership, specifically NCOs, said
Marine Corps Uniform Board Capt. Larry Vines, station provost marshal.
in Quantico, Va. The intent of the letter is to involve NCO leadership in motor ve-
The change addresses an is- hicle safety in an effort to reduce the number of off-duty mishaps.
sue brought up in Twentynine To cite someone for a traffic violation, NCOs and above must report
Palms, Calif., where female to PMO and fill out a voluntary statement with the desk sergeant about
Marines couldn’t find shoes what was witnessed. Additionally, the reporting NCO must show up
with the proper size of heels, in court to testify against the driver who allegedly broke the traffic
said Boyt. law on or off station. Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Bill Lisbon
The board also defined Another change updates when the use of personal protective equip-
regulations for wearing tight ment on motorcycles is required. Several Yuma Marines appear on the video screen at Chase Field in Phoenix before an Arizona Diamond-
backs major league baseball game Friday after other service members took the field with the starting
compression shorts or pants Station Order P5560.3B now mirrors Marine Corps Order lineup, including Lance Cpl. Jody Smith, a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 combat
underneath green PT shorts. photographer, at home plate. The Diamondbacks recognized numerous service members throughout
Before the changes, no the Fourth of July ball game.
guidelines existed on com- see TRAFFIC page 4
pression shorts during PT.
Now, they are only allowed
if they match the green color Rising gas prices taking a toll on training, station
of the PT shorts and are the
same approximate length.
Compression shorts, some- Lance Cpl. Laura A. Mapes
times referred to as tights, bik- Desert Warrior Staff
er shorts or leggings, may not
be worn without PT shorts.
The last notable deci-
sion made was to increase With the cost of oil at an all time high, individuals aren’t the only ones feeling
the amount of Marine Corps the price pinch at the fuel pump; training and operations on station have also been
Combat Utility Uniforms is- affected by the rising price of fuel.
sued due to excessive wear. Most impacted are visiting squadrons from the recent Weapons and Tactics Instruc-
However, before more utili- tor course and Desert Talon exercise that were surprised to find themselves receiving
ties are issued or Marines are a fuel bill for the first time.
required to have more, the Previously, the station picked up the fuel tab for training provided by the Marine
Corps has to find a way to Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1.
pay for it. Fuel for one Weapons and Tactics Instructor course exercise can cost up to
When funding is approved, $300,000.
recruits will be issued four Squadrons set a budget at the beginning of each fiscal year. When the price of fuel
woodland uniforms and three jumps in the middle of the year, the budget doesn’t change. So the money has to come
desert uniforms. The require- from somewhere.
Photo by Cpl. Michael R. Whitnel
ment for all Marines would “Everybody is feeling the pinch of the fuel cost,” said Gunnery Sgt. Terumi
increase to three woodland Capt. Andrew Dimitruk of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 refuels an AH-
and three desert uniforms, 1 Cobra on the Barry M. Goldwater Range during Desert Talon June 11. During recent
said Boyt. Weapons and Tactics Instructor courses and Desert Talon exercises the aviation support
squadrons have had to purchase their own fuel due to rising fuel costs. see GAS page 4
Currently, Marines are re-
High costs cast shadow on solar power on station for now
quired to have two of each
The camouflage uniforms
financing could take more
year, and 20 percent of that would be 2.6 megawatts. “The thin-film solar power strips are basically like
than two years to decide, said
Lance Cpl. Laura A. Mapes The station currently pays $10 per watt, and at that rate, a roll of carpet; you just unroll it and apply it to a sur-
Desert Warrior Staff alternatives would need to cost $26 million to comply face,” said Durfey.
This year, no specific trend
with the federal law and break even. They also have plans to apply the thin-film cells on
was targeted at the uniform
“If we want to meet the new standard set by the the motor transportation building to charge the electric
board. Last year, grooming
president, it is up to us to come up with a plan,” said scooters, and to build a canopy with thin-film on it to
regulations were the focus.
One might think that Yuma would be a hub for solar Ron Durfey, station energy manager. power a fast-fill compressed natural gas pump for the
Some changes made last
power. So why hasn’t the air station fully harnessed the Currently, the station has installed 197 solar-powered government vehicles on station.
year include, no longer being
bountiful sunshine to meet its energy needs? street lights around the station, which generate only “Different facilities (use) more kilowatts than oth-
able to talk on a cell phone
Huge initial investments cast a shadow on solar pow- about 1.7 kilowatts. ers,” said Durfey. “The environmental building uses a
while walking in uniform in-
er’s viability here. Combine that with the technology’s These lights are just the beginning of creating more lot so we hope to reduce the energy consumption by
doors, contact lenses must im-
timid performance at catching enough energy from solar-powered energy on station, said Durfey. using solar power over there.”
itate a natural eye color while
rays and number crunchers fail to see profit in solar’s A deadline has not been set for meeting the new law, These four projects will cost roughly $2.4 million,
in uniform and male hair must
sexiness. however, the station Installation and Logistics depart- but will only generate 30 kilowatts each.
be under two inches when
Nevertheless, economics aside, the president passed ment has plans for four different solar energy projects Unfortunately, solar power is not cost effective for
styled and under three inch-
a law in December 2007, directing the government to around station in order to take the first steps toward the station yet, said Durfey.
es overall. The “Mohawk,”
take the green high road by shifting at least 20 percent compliance.
“teardrop” and “horseshoe”
of the energy it consumes to renewable sources. Station I&L plans to put thin-film solar power cells
hair styles were specifically
The station uses about 13 megawatts of energy per on top of four sun shades around station. see SOLAR page 6
outlawed for males.
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Telemarketers tying up government phones
Marines who are receiving commercial advertising phone calls government numbers.”
Lance Cpl. Laura A. Mapes on their government telephones can place themselves on the Federal Some advertisements may offer the option to be taken off their
Desert Warrior Staff Trade Commission’s Do Not Call list to help stop the distracting calling list, however, some telemarketers don’t check the Do Not
phone calls. Call list and then plead ignorance, said Thomas.
“We tried inputting the numbers ourselves, but were limited to “I have had at least one of my fellow telephone officers who
five separate phone numbers that we could enter with each e-mail mention this issue happening in California,” said Thomas. “Unfortu-
The station telephone office is asking personnel to help hang address,” said Thomas. “I can tell you with confidence that we have nately, the Marine Corps doesn’t have any guidance on this yet.”
up on the recent spike of telemarketers exhausted all avenues.” If an individual receives a call on their station phone or cell phone
calling government office phones and In order to be placed on the list, Ma- and they speak with an actual human being, not a recorded mes-
cell phones. rines should go to www.ftc.gov/donot- sage, station telephone officials suggest they tell the telemarketer
The telephone office receives about
five to 10 complaints every week about
Most of the time I just get call, and enter the phone number that is that, “This is a U.S. government phone, and it is illegal for you to
receiving the calls and their government be advertising on it,” said Thomas.
telemarketing phone calls, but has no automated messages. It is a e-mail address. “Most of the time I just get automated messages. It is a big
way of knowing how many more Ma- big enough waste of time that The base or station commander must enough waste of time that I would put myself on a ‘do not call’
rines don’t report them. authorize any advertising on military list to stop receiving the calls,” said Pfc. Amber Castro, a station
“Unlike with junk e-mails, which can I would put myself on a ‘do installations. administration clerk, who receives six or seven telemarketing phone
be erased without opening them, the not call’ list to stop receiving “For-profit businesses are not allowed calls per week.
receiving party has no way of knowing to advertise via military phones ever; “The Federal Communications Commission received complaints
that an incoming phone call is from a the calls. however, without knowing who the in increasing numbers from consumers throughout the nation about
— Pfc. Amber Castro
telemarketer,” said Chief Warrant Of- companies are there isn’t much we can unwanted and uninvited calls to their homes from telemarketers,”
ficer 3 James Thomas, station telephone do about it,” said Thomas. said Thomas. “Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the
officer. “So they take the time to answer, “I usually get a recording trying to FCC implemented the Do Not Call list. The (FTC) now maintains
and this takes them away from and disrupts their work. It becomes sell me house insurance or something,” said Cpl. Jarad Kloos, sta- the list.”
unproductive.” tion flight clearance supervisor. “I think it’s weird that they receive
Military commanders given authority to court-martial civilians overseas
appropriation of a knife owned by a U.S. soldier, Although another law passed in 2000 gives the be subject to articles that are considered crimes
Lance Cpl. M. Daniel Sanchez and making a false official statement to military U.S. Justice Department authority to prosecute for service members but normally not for civil-
Desert Warrior Staff investigators, according to a June 23 press release contractors under U.S. law for crimes committed ians, such as adultery, or what commander has the
from Multi-National Corps – Iraq. overseas, it is often time-consuming and difficult jurisdiction to send the contractor to court-martial,
This marked the first time a civilian has been to do, said Parker. she added.
tried under the new rules. The Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act Until all the details are fine tuned, defense at-
Due to a change made within the Uniform Code The change went into effect in late 2006 with the relies on federal prosecutors in the U.S. to go torneys can appeal things like which charges apply
of Military Justice about two years ago, civilians passing of the fiscal year 2007 National Defense after the contractors, but most of the time these under the amendment or which commanders has
deploying with U.S. forces can be charged and Authorization Act, in an attempt to hold civilian attorneys are busy dealing with their own cases jurisdiction, holding up the court process, said
tried before a military court-martial if found in contractors responsible for serious crimes com- back in the states, leaving a contractor’s fate up Parker.
violation of the military code. mitted in other countries. to his boss, she said. With the large numbers of contractors working
The amendment states that personnel “serv- Prior to the change, civilians were only subject The amendment is a good start, but there are in Iraq and Afghanistan alongside U.S. troops, it is
ing with or accompanying an armed force in the to the UCMJ during a time of war, which Congress still many details that need to be worked out, said important to have accountability for their actions,
field” during military contingency operations are hasn’t officially declared since World War II. Parker. said Parker.
subject to the articles of the UCMJ, specifically In countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, where For instance, the amendment doesn’t say The UCMJ amendment is a good tool to pro-
where there is no agreement with the host nation the legal systems are relatively new or not at a fully whether contractors will be tried as an enlisted mote order and discipline among service members,
on crime, punishment and accountability. functional level, contractors got away with serious service member or commissioned officer, which said Parker. After all, it’s hard to expect military
The relatively unknown change was brought crimes, such as rape and murder, because there affects the kind of court-martial they will go to, members to follow the rules when their civilian
to the forefront with the recent court martial of a was no agreement with the countries to prosecute said Parker, since officers cannot be tried at a counterparts can break them and suffer no con-
U.S.-contracted translator in Iraq. The translator them, said Capt. Jennifer Parker, station deputy special court-marital. sequences.
was charged with obstruction of justice, wrongful judge advocate. The change also doesn’t state if civilians will
Bush signs $162 billion supplemental war funding bill
2007 to tamp down violence in Iraq and help prepare Iraq’s national “It will help us to meet our responsibilities to those who support
John J. Kruzel security forces to maintain security. The first surge brigade returned our troops every day, America’s great military families,” he added.
American Forces Press Service home in March, and the final redeployment in July will reduce the Other items in the legislation include a $465 million initiative
number of brigades in Iraq to 15. that partners the United States with
“We welcome them home,” Bush said, Mexico and other Central American
referring to redeploying troops. “And with nations in an effort to crack down on
WASHINGTON – President Bush signed a $162 billion supple- this legislation, we send a clear message to With this legislation, we violent drug-trafficking gangs. It pro-
mental bill that principally will fund U.S. military operations abroad
all that are serving on the front line that our
nation continues to support them.”
send a clear message to vides nearly $2.7 billion in relief for
states that experience disasters, such
Bush thanked congressional leaders of both parties for agreeing The funding also provides service mem- all that are serving on the as the recent flooding and tornadoes
to provide what he described as “vital funds” to men and women in
uniform serving in harm’s way.
bers a more generous education package,
which for the first time could be passed to
front line that our nation in the American Midwest. The bill
also expands unemployment insur-
“I appreciate that Republicans and Democrats in Congress agreed family members if troops opt not to use it continues to support them. ance benefits.
to provide these vital funds without tying the hands of our command- themselves. Bush said transferability of GI The president praised the legisla-
ers and without an artificial timetable of withdrawal from Iraq,” he Bill education benefits helps fulfill a debt of — President George W. Bush tion as an example of successful bi-
said. gratitude the nation owes military families. partisan support for members of the
The bill takes shape as Iraq experiences the lowest levels of vio- “They endure sleepless nights and the U.S. military.
lence since March 2004. The legislation also comes to fruition as the daily struggle of caring for children while a “This bill shows the American
last of the five Army brigades to deploy with the “troop surge” in Iraq loved one is serving far from home,” he said. “We have a responsi- people that even in an election year, Republicans and Democrats
prepares to return next month. bility to provide for them, so I’m pleased that the bill I signed today can come together to stand behind our troops and their families,”
Bush announced the temporary 33,000-troop surge in January includes an expansion of the GI Bill. he said.
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In 1977, the first consolidated WTI courses were subsequently
Cpl. Michael R. Whitnel conducted here by a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Unit
Desert Warrior Staff staff.
Due to the overwhelming success of the consolidated WTI cours-
es, the commandant of the Marine Corps commissioned MAWTS-1
on June 1, 1978.
Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 celebrated its Desert Talon was established in January 2004 as predeployment
30th anniversary of providing training and certifications to military training for aviation and aviation support squadrons deploying to
aviators throughout the world during a two-day celebration June Iraq.
26 here. Since its establishment, MAWTS-1 has been staffed by individu-
The origin of MAWTS-1 can be traced to the aftermath of World als who are experts in aeronautical and tactical aviation fields. Their
War II when Marine pilots were first assigned to use special weapons training has prepared troops to deploy around the globe.
delivery systems. Each MAWTS-1 instructor averages more than 90 days every year
Training units were soon formed to provide emphasis to attack providing support to units at their home bases or while deployed,
squadrons on special weapons delivery. In response to their growing including certification, standardization and supplementary ground
mission, the size of the units were increased, and they were renamed and airborne instruction for every aviation squadron in the Corps.
Marine Air Weapons Training Units. “We will continue to evolve our training to meet the needs of Photo by Cpl. Michael R. Whitnel
The Weapons and Tactics Training Program was established in the fleet,” said Lt. Col. David Schlichting, MAWTS-1 executive
1976 on both coasts. Along with the development of the graduate- officer. “MAWTS will continue to deliver proper predeployment A Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 Marine passes by
the MAWTS-1 building here Tuesday, displaying the new squadron logo
level Weapons and Tactics Instructor course, which placed WTI training leaving (units) ready to accomplish the mission regardless honoring the 30 anniversary of aviations and weapons tactics training
graduates in training billets around the Marine Corps. of where they are going.” at MAWTS-1.
Commandant signs Corps’ 2025
Vision and Strategy document
trained by Marines did better than others,” Zotti said.
Sgt. Clinton Firstbrook “That’s because our Marines are very capable in tak-
Headquarters Marine Corps ing their skills and teaching others. We just need more
trained advisers. That’s something we’re going to work
on in cooperation with the Army and Special Opera-
WASHINGTON — Gen. James T. Conway signed Expanding the Marine Corps’ naval relationships
the Service Vision and Strategy document June 18 to and getting back to its expeditionary roots in terms of
guide the Marine Corps into an era beyond Iraq and leaner and lighter equipment is another top priority for
Afghanistan. the Strategic Vision Group.
The document, which has been in the works since “We’re getting way too heavy as a Corps and we
late fall 2007, reinforces the Corps’ role as the nation’s know that,” Zotti said. “But we have to stay lethal on
expeditionary force-in-readiness and defines objectives future battlefields, so there’s a balance there. We’re not
for continued success. going back to the ways of light naval infantry, but we
“We brought in 25 lieutenant colonels and colonels can’t continue with some of the heavier programs that
from all of the operational commands and Headquar- we’re currently invested in unless we have some other
Photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob H. Harrer ters Marine Corps to study past trends and patterns compensation for those investments.”
relevant to conflict in combat and make an assessment Zotti also said bringing both services together
Gen. James T. Conway, commandant of the Marine Corps, right, promotes Lt. Gen. James F. Amos, to the
rank of general at Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., on July 2. Amos, a lifelong Marine aviator and
of what the world will look like in 2025,” said Col. should increase the number of Marines on ships, but
former commander of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, started duties as the assistant commandant of the Marine Steven Zotti, director of the Strategic Vision Group. only in a 21st-century point of reference.
Corps this month. “This document reflects “We’re not going to be out there
our findings, subsequent just guarding the ship’s captain
Former 3rd MAW CG now Corps’ No. 2 man work, and will put us in
a better position to deal
and being shipboard bellhops,” he
said. “We don’t want to go back
with emerging challenges to that.”
Gunnery Sgt. Will Price in the future.” The document breaks down
Marine Barracks 8th & I Zotti also said every several aiming points for the next
Marine should know that few years, but it’s not a detailed
the service-level strategy operations order. However, Zotti
plans to maintain a per- said the Marine Corps must modify
WASHINGTON — After pinning on a fourth star, Gen. James F. Amos stepped up as 31st as- sistent Corps presence its battlefield approach and allocate
sistant commandant of the Marine Corps July 2. in volatile areas of the resources in different areas to meet
Among more than 300 guests at the Marine Barracks promotion ceremony here were former world. The Strategic Vi-
commandants and assistant commandants, including Amos’s predecessor, Gen. Robert Magnus, sion Group hopes this “We understand that future
who attended with his wife Rose. regional focus will better threats aren’t going to be either
“They say that the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree,” Gen. James T. Conway, Marine Corps Marine Corps relation- document at irregular or conventional,” he
commandant, said of his new wingman. “Jim’s father was a naval aviator for the United States Navy, ships with partners and said. “We’re going to be fighting
and Jim became a great naval aviator for the United States Marine Corps. I trust he will make an minimize the learning Marines.mil in complex environments against
even greater assistant commandant.” curve for crises. hybrid threats, so the Marine Corps
Assisted by Amos’ wife Bonnie, daughter Jaymie and son Joshua, Conway pinned the four-star Marine units currently has to adapt and become more
rank insignias on Amos’ collar. conduct two or three weeks of episodic training in for- flexible in dealing with those complicated scenarios
In his speech, Amos was very thankful to his former high school classmates and to the former eign countries before deploying to another region. and situations. For example, we think in 2025 Pacific
commandants and assistant commandants of the Marine Corps in attendance. Amos was especially “We’ve learned that’s not as useful,” Zotti said. Command will have a higher priority than Central
moved by the presence of his family, most notably his grandchildren. “We need to be around to help other countries build Command does today because of the shift in global
Amos recalled his experiences with his predecessor and spoke toward the future. their military forces and keep their problems below competition and resources.”
“Bob Magnus has spent his entire life serving the United States Marine Corps. He is a good friend,” the combat level. This doesn’t mean the Marine Corps An electronic version of the document will be avail-
said Amos. “You have taken good care of me, and over the many, many years, you have been the won’t still be globally capable. It just means we’re able on www.marines.mil. The commandant will also
go-to guy. I look forward to serving in this position with the same honor and distinction.” going to prioritize our efforts to meet the combatant address it in a video posted to his Web page. Com-
Amos graduated from the University of Idaho in 1970. He was designated a Naval Aviator in commander’s demands.” mands and retired general officers will receive hard
1971, and has held a variety of operational and staff assignments since 1972. Another highlighted item in the document involves copies this summer.
In August 2002, he assumed command of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and then deployed with capitalizing on successes in Iraq’s Al Anbar province “We need to get on it and get about the business of
3rd MAW to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Amos also served as commanding general of 2nd and acquiring specialized culture and language training making it a reality,” Zotti said. “At the end of the day,
Marine Expeditionary Force from July 2004 to August 2006. In August 2006, Amos assumed com- for Marines. we’re still going to have multi-capable (Marine air-
mand of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Va. “Operations in Basra showed us that Iraqi units ground task forces) fighting and winning wars.”
Appointments now available at station ID
“We tried doing strictly appointments, but came to a split of appoint-
Cpl. Michael R. Whitnel ments and walk-ins,” said Melanie Visintainergraham, station ID clerk.
Desert Warrior Staff “Some contractors have to come in monthly to get an extension for the
CAC, and they get paid to wait there,” said Kathy Hernandez, director of
administration and manpower for the station. “It costs too much money to
The station identification center began accepting walk-ins in the morning operate that way, so we are changing the way we do things.”
and appointments in the afternoon as part of a two-month trial to improve Newly-promoted service members who need a CAC to reflect their new
patron relations here, June 23. rank are advised to make an appointment. CACs will continue to work for
After recently moving to building 852, the ID center has implemented flight line and Navy/Marine Corps Intranet computer access regardless of
new times to when specific services will be offered to reduce the amount rank. Station ID is scheduled to expand to allow for more seating in the
of time patrons wait. waiting room.
Walk-ins are welcome business days 7 to 11:30 a.m. With the exception “I encourage feedback, good or bad,” said Hernandez. Photo by Lance Cpl. T.M. Stewman
of Thursday afternoons, appointments can be made from 1 to 3:30 p.m. To provide the ID center with feedback, e-mail Hernandez at
to avoid waiting. email@example.com, or call 928-269-3622. Custom- Melanie Visintainergraham, station ID clerk, shows a military contractor
his photo before she prints his identification card June 17 in the station
Thursday afternoons are open exclusively for walk-ins that need to add ers can also submit an Interactive Customer Evaluation comment at ID center. In an effort to improve patron relations, the ID center is now
e-mail certificates to existing common access cards, which is the best time www.yuma.usmc.mil under the “Services” section. allowing appointments to be scheduled weekday afternoons from 1 to
for newly joined Marines to check in with station ID. To make an appointment, call 928-269-3588. 3:30 p.m., except Thursdays.
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TRAFFIC ... from page 1 GAS ... from page 1
5100.19E, published in 2003, regarding the wear- Avenue in front of the exchange area. While these Burrows, MAWTS-1 supply chief. The fuel issue is being addressed and enforced
ing protective gear. violations have always been enforced, they are the Annually, the station hosts two WTI courses at all of the West Coast installations to include
“The change (to the station order) was made to leading cause of accidents on station. and two Desert Talon exercises. the air station, said Matt Williams, station motor
reflect what the MCO states, to lessen confusion,” The use of a cell phone while driving without a “During WTI and Desert Talon the amount of transportation supervisor.
said Vines. hands-free device is one of the most violated station fuel that we supply doesn’t change, but the price “We try to get Marines who are going to similar
The old station order was more restrictive re- orders, according to PMO records. does,” said Burrows. “We have to deal with it, places to combine trips or car pool,” said Wil-
quiring motorcyclists to wear a reflective vest at Additionally, the area in front of the exchange because no matter what, the mission has to get liams. “We also encourage them to utilize the
all times. Now motorcyclists are only required to will have a noticeable police presence looking for done.” electric carts more.”
wear a vest when in uniform or during times of unsafe driving, specifically crossing the double- WTI and Desert Talon only account for part The station’s has 337 non-tactical vehicles,
reduced visibility. yellow lines. of the station’s fuel consumption. Not only is 189 of which are driven by unleaded fuel, 135 on
Marines should be aware when traveling to other “There have been more traffic accidents in front the training on station being affected, but the bio-diesel, 13 on compressed natural gas and has
military bases that additional measures may be of the (exchange) than any other place on station everyday transportation needs of Marines here 51 electric carts. These vehicles use about 86,000
required. Marines from here can still be ticketed since I’ve been here,” said Vines. “Do not cross the as well. gallons of unleaded gas per year, 60,000 gallons
while visiting other bases if they break their traf- double-yellow lines in front of the (exchange) to Overall, units here are issued about 15.3 of bio-diesel and 1,000 cubic feet of compressed
fic rules. turn into a parking spot … or back out and cross million gallons of Jet Propellant 8 for aircraft, natural gas per year.
“With these changes we will be cracking down them to leave. You will get a ticket.” 296,000 gallons of JP8 for ground vehicles, The average combined miles traveled per year
on certain violations as well,” said Vines. Drivers crossing double-yellow lines will have 205,000 gallons of for all non-tactical
Station personnel can expect to see a crackdown a fourth of their driving points removed. After los- unleaded fuel and vehicles is 1.5 mil-
on cell phone use without a hands-free device ing all points, motorists are banned from driving 96,000 gallons of During WTI and Desert lion.
while driving and breaking traffic laws on Martini on station for one year. diesel fuel per year “Headquarters Ma-
by the station’s fuel Talon the amount of fuel that we rine Corps is pushing
farm. supply doesn’t change but the that we use as much
JP8 is delivered alternative fuels as
via the Kinder Mor-
price does. We have to deal with possible,” said Wil-
gan pipeline from it, because no matter what, the liams.
Norwalk, Calif. Un- mission has to get done. For example, Ma-
leaded and bio-diesel rines at the Cannon
— Gunnery Sgt. Terumi Burrows
are delivered by tank- Air Defense Complex
er trucks from com- have been requesting
mercial vendors. more of the electric
The cost of fuel for the government jumped scooters to limit the amount of gas they use, said
more than 70 cents from October to November Williams.
last year, and even more since then. “With the rising fuel costs, I charge each of
In 2007, the station’s military planes and ve- you to do whatever you can to minimize fuel
hicles used more than 14.5 million gallons of jet consumption,” said Samuel Seaman, the South-
fuel and almost 640,000 gallons of other fuel. west Regional Fleet Transportation manager, in a
The total amount of fuel dispensed by the brief given his employees. “We need to eliminate
station could propel all the vehicles registered duplicate runs, consolidate runs, reduce idling,
in Yuma County for 2,198 miles each, if they eliminate unnecessary operation and maximize
averaged 20 miles per gallon, according to the alternative fuels.”
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma’s 2007 statisti- “I know (people) are feeling the pain with your
Photo by Cpl. Michael R. Whitnel cal summary. (privately owned vehicles), and you’re probably
The station motor transportation branch, taking steps to minimize your own fuel consump-
A motorist makes an illegal turn over the double-yellow lines on Martini Avenue in front of the exchange
area Tuesday here. The provost marshal announced a crackdown on this violation specifically because of the which manages most non-tactical vehicles here, tion,” said Seaman. “We need to do the same with
high number of traffic accidents in that area. is also doing its part to save on gas. the American tax payer dollars.”
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6 DESERT WARRIOR July 10, 2008
SOLAR ... from page 1
It would take about 40 years for the cost of
solar power equipment to pay for itself at the
The Strangers (R)
Cub Scout pack available for station children “The air station is trying to move forward
with this,” said Durfey. “It’s not economics
Boys from first to fifth grade who are interested in building character and having fun are eligible
that’s mandating these changes; it’s the presi-
for Cub Scout Pack 51. Speed Racer (PG)
The air station purchases its power from
The pack is scheduled to begin meeting regularly in August, but currently has summer activities 6 p.m.
planned until then.
“The higher the utility rate, the sooner it will
For more information or to sign up, contact cub master Ed Ramirez at 928-581-0620. Sex and the City (R)
pay for itself,” said Durfey. “California’s utility
E-mail encryption policy given new guidelines rates are two times higher than ours, so alterna-
tive energy is more cost effective over there.
Until you are paying 18-20 cents per kilowatt
New e-mail security guidelines, which determine when to digitally sign or encrypt unclassified govern-
hour, it just won’t be worth it.”
ment e-mails, went into effect June 6. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (PG-13)
The solar power thin-film strips have a 25-
“We have always known to safe guard information, but now there is a standard of when to do it,” said 4 p.m.
year warranty, and would have to be replaced
Brenda Spicer, station acting senior information technology representative.
after that time; therefore it would not pay itself
The new guidelines are based on the content of the e-mail.
off, said Durfey. What Happens in Vegas (PG-13)
E-mails containing hyperlinks and financial transactions must contain the sender’s digital signature, which is
“I foresee solar energy sources becoming 7 p.m.
automatically attached when sending an e-mail on all Navy/Marine Corps Intranet computers, said Spicer.
economical in the future but not in my lifetime,”
Those sending e-mails containing personal identifiable information, medical and health information,
and contract information that wouldn’t be shared with anyone other than the intended recipient should be
While solar power is the most plausible Sunday
encrypted. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
alternative energy source here, the station is
Information concerning the status, readiness, location or deployment of forces or equipment, as well as
also researching and testing geothermic energy (PG)
information categorized as “for official use only” or “sensitive” should also be encrypted.
sources in the Chocolate Mountains. 5 p.m.
The recipient of an encrypted e-mail must be able to send them as well, in order to have permission to
“Twentynine Palms and Barstow have started
view the e-mail sent to them.
utilizing wind power, but it just wouldn’t work
For more information or assistance call, the NMCI helpdesk at 866-843-6624.
here in Yuma,” said Durfey. “We don’t get Monday
The Strangers (R)
Residents asked to halt Local MCAA chapter to nearly as much wind as those places.”
“Sometimes meeting the law is a higher pri- 7 p.m.
calls about baby birds host ethics discussion ority than economics,” said Durfey.
If the station could lower its energy use, it
Due to a rise in phone calls, the station’s range The local chapter of the Marine Corps Aviation wouldn’t cost as much to meet the standard. Tuesday
warden is asking residents to not report all baby birds Association is scheduled to host a discussion on One thing that the station energy department Speed Racer (PG)
that they find on the ground here. ethical decision making in the workplace July 25 at is doing to cut the cost of energy is changing 7 p.m.
“This is a common occurrence, and mother birds 3 p.m. in the Sonoran Pueblo for personnel ranked the air conditioning thermostats in buildings
on station to a direct digital control system,
will still take care of the babies on the ground,” said
Del Maslen, station range warden.
E-7 or higher.
David Beard of Magnolia Ethics will be the guest which controls the air conditioning units from
The best option for baby birds that are in doorways speaker. The association is a non-profit, professional one computer. *Free admission*
or driveways is to move them to a ledge or tree nearby, organization dedicated to the continuous legacy of This will allow them to regulate the tempera- You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (PG-13)
said Maslen. Marine aviation. ture and use of the A/C units and limit those 7 p.m.
“The whole concept that human smell will stop The event is free. R.S.V.P. is required to attend. who abuse the thermostats.
MOVIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
the mother from caring for the bird is an old wives To sign up, visit the MCAA Tom Miller Squadron’s “We do what we can, but we can only do
Call 928-269-2358 or visit
tale,” said Maslen. Web site at http://www.millersquadron.com or con- so much,” said Michael Boyd, station energy http://www.yuma.usmc-mccs.org/
If you find an injured bird, however, call the station tact the Marine Aircraft Group 13 executive officer technician. “It’s up to everybody else to do their theater.htm
provost marshal’s office at 928-269-2204. at 928-269-2041. part and help conserve energy.”
MESS HALL MENU
HOURS OF OPERATION
Lunch—11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
Breakfast/Brunch—9 a.m. to noon
11 p.m. to 12:45 a.m.
For military without meal cards
Lunch and dinner—$3.85
LUNCH: Broccoli Soup DINNER: Grilled Ham Steak
Italian Beef & Rice Beef Stroganoff
Turkey Monterey Buttered Egg Noodles
Buttered Potatoes Au Gratin Potatoes
Wax Beans Squash & Carrots
Corn Bread Green Beans
LUNCH: Clam Chowder DINNER: Cajun Roast Beef
Tater Tot Casserole Fried Chicken
Parmesan Fish Red Beans & Rice
Rice Pilaf Mashed Potatoes
Glazed Carrots Collard Greens
Broccoli Dinner Rolls
BRUNCH: Turkey Noodle Soup DINNER: Beef Lasagna
Hominy Grits Caribbean Chicken Breast
Cold Cereals Cilantro Rice
Sausage Patties French-style Green Beans
Oven-fried Bacon Savory Summer Squash
... and more Garlic Bread
BRUNCH: Hot Farina DINNER: Bean w/ Bacon Soup
Grilled Ham Slices Teriyaki Beef Strips
Oven-fried Bacon Baked Stuffed Fish
Pancakes / Waffles Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Chicken Sandwich Ginger Rice
... and more Mixed Vegetables
LUNCH: Chicken & Rice Soup DINNER: Turkey Pot Pie
Salisbury Steak Dijon Pork Chop
Chicken & Vegetable Pasta Roast Potato Wedges
Mashed Potatoes Steamed Rice
Green Beans Club Spinach
Summer Squash Mixed Vegetables
LUNCH: Vegetable Soup DINNER: Meat Loaf
Chicken Cacciatore Cuban Pork Lion
Steamed Rice Mashed Potatoes
Franconia Potatoes Orange Rice
Green Beans Simmered Carrots
Jalapeño Corn Bread Jalapeño Corn Bread
LUNCH: Wild Turkey Chili DINNER: Wild Turkey Chili
Kansas City BBQ Brisket Yankee Pot Roast
Southern-fried Catfish Pork Teriyaki Stir Fry
Baked Macaroni & Cheese Confetti Rice
Glazed Carrots Roast Potato Wedges
Broccoli Green Beans
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8 DESERT WARRIOR July 10, 2008
Station clinic open for Playing the blues
sports physical days
As part of the sports physical process, parents
Lance Cpl. M. Daniel Sanchez will need to set up a second appointment for the
Desert Warrior Staff child to submit a urine sample, at least one day
before the physical, said Maynard.
Maynard also stressed that prior to giving a
urine sample, children should be well hydrated
The station medical clinic is setting aside two to ensure the test can be done correctly.
Thursdays at the clinic this month for children to If a child is not properly hydrated, it can cause
receive sports physicals before the school year the test to come back with abnormalities that
or team practices start, but appointments are normally wouldn’t show up, resulting in the need
necessary. for a retest.
The physicals are free and will be done by the If the child has to take another urine test, they
doctors here. won’t be able to complete the physical until the
The primary care clinic has reserved July 24 and results get back, which can take another 15-20
31, from 1-4 p.m., so parents can bring in their minutes depending on how busy the lab is, said
children for the annually required exams. Vega.
The physicals are only available to those who Parents also have to accompany any child under
use the clinic here as their primary care facility, the age of 18 and bring in the child’s immuniza-
said Ruth Maynard, clinical coordinator for the tion record, she said.
primary care clinic. No physical will be done without a parent pres-
Due to previous years’ demands for the sports ent, added Maynard.
physicals, Maynard recommends parents make If parents haven’t completed all these steps by
appointments as soon as possible and arrive about the time they arrive at the appointment, they won’t
15 minutes early to the physical as well. be seen, said Maynard.
Parents should also fill out as much paperwork The clinic started accepting appointments Mon-
as they can ahead of time to reduce waiting, said day and will continue until the approximately 80
Emily Vega, a medical assistant. slots have been filled.
“We are going to try and get the physicals done Also, since the physicals will be done during
as fast as possible,” said Maynard. hours when the clinic is normally closed, the effect
In order to do this, the clinic has set up several on the clinic’s other patients will be minimal.
steps parents need to have completed prior to their To make an appointment, call the primary care
children’s appointments. clinic at 928-269-2700.
Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Bill Lisbon
Cpl. Raymond Castro, station financial clerk, catches a fly ball in the outfield between innings of an
Arizona Diamondbacks major league game at Chase Field in Phoenix Friday. Castro was among
numerous service members recognized throughout the Fourth of July ball game. The Yuma Marines
attended the game as part of a Single Marine Program trip.