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July 27, 2014 periodical from USS George HW Bush (CVN 77).


  • USS George H.W. BushCVN 77

    July 27, 2014Issue 21 Volume 8

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    LOUD and PROUD


    FITNESS:Yoga Poses for the Non-flexible



  • I joined the Navy:To pursue an education.

    What is your favorite purchase from deployment?Handmade Turkish rug.

    My favorite movie is:Back to the Future.

    My favorite artist/band is:Lifehouse.

    Favorite quote:Hurry up and open your eyes before life passes you by!


    If you would like to be featured in the next issue of the Avenger contact the media department at *6259.



    What food from home do you miss the most?Q










    MMFA SloderbeckA well-seasoned alligator.

    EM1 MitchellBang Bang Chicken and Shrimp.

    SN GandaraSweet/Spicy Spaghetti and Tamales.

    LS3 Melissa Fahlgren








    Lt. Aly De Soto, from Maplewood, N.J., assigned to the Bear Aces, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW)124, practices a bridge yoga pose on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).




    DECODED:GTMO Information Assurance Officials Stress OPSEC Importance


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    Commanding OfficerCapt. Andrew J. Loiselle

    Executive OfficerCapt. Matthew C. Paradise

    Command Master ChiefCMDCM David Carter

    Public Affairs OfficerLt. Cmdr. Charles Drey

    Senior EditorMCC Christina Shaw

    Art DirectorMC3 Chase Martin

    Managing EditorMC3 Jeffrey Madlangbayan

    Photo EditorMC3 Cecilia Engrums

    Staff WritersMC3 Benjamin KellyMC3 Chase Martin

    MC3 Jeffrey MadlangbayanMCSN Connor McDermott

    PhotographersMC3 Joshua Card

    MC3 Lorelei Vander GriendMC3 Maggie Keith

    MC3 Preston PaglinawanMC3 Robert Burck

    Social Media CoordinatorMC3 Cecelia Engrums

    The Avenger is produced by the Media Department of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The

    editorial content of this newspaper is edited and approved by the Media Department of USS George

    H.W. Bush. The Avenger is an authorized publication for the members of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and

    their families. Its contents do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the

    Department of Defense or the U.S. Navy and do not imply the endorsement thereof.

    GTMO Information Assurance Officials Stress OPSEC Importance

    15 Sailors of the Quarter


    GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Information Assurance officials at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are reminding personnel about the magnitude of observing proper operations security (OPSEC).

    According to the installation's Information Systems Division (ISD), since January 2005, both inside and outside the U.S. government, more than 100 million records containing sensitive personal information such as Social Security numbers, names, addresses, and medical records have been potentially lost, stolen, or compromised.

    "OPSEC is keeping potential adversaries from discovering our critical information," said Tamara Porter, NS Guantanamo Bay information assurance officer. "As a resident or family member of the military community, you are a vital player in our success, and we couldn't do our job without your support. You may not know it, but you also play a crucial role in ensuring your loved one's safety. You can protect your family and friends by protecting what you know of the military's day-to-day operations."

    ISD advises when dealing with information, personnel should ensure documents are not accessible to casual visitors, passersby, or other individuals within their workspace, office, or open viewing area.

    "When using social networking sites, do not give details about personnel transactions that occur in large numbers such as pay information, powers of attorney, wills, and deployment information," said Porter. "Do not reveal details concerning

    security procedures, details on locations and times of unit deployments or detailed information about the mission of assigned units."

    Information security is defined as protecting information and information systems from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, perusal, inspection, recording or destruction of the information. Information security is protection of the availability, privacy, and integrity of data.

    Personally identifiable information (PII) is defined as any data about individuals that could potentially identify them. Some of the identifiable information can be names, fingerprints or other biometric data, email addresses, street addresses, telephone numbers or social security numbers.

    "The cost of losing PII to carelessness or theft goes beyond dollars," said Porter. "For organizations that misuse or allow PII data to leak out of their systems, the negative publicity, loss of customer trust, lost business, and legal costs can be severe."

    Porter said the Department of Veterans Affairs provided an example of what can happen if PII is not properly protected.

    "The [VA] lost more than 26 million records when an employee's unencrypted laptop-carrying PII was stolen," she said. "In 2009, Heartland Payment Systems suffered the largest data breach to date, which compromised nearly 130 million credit and debit cards. Be alert and be careful. By being a member of the military or a military family, you will often know bits of critical information. Do not discuss them outside of your immediate family and especially not over the telephone."





    My group of friends knew that I was gay, but I didnt tell anyone else, said Greene. Even so, I felt like I was still wearing a mask and trying to hide who I really am. But, I was in band, theater and I was also on the swim team. I didnt play football or basketball; stereotypical masculine activities that most people would expect from someone like me. It was hard to maintain this image of masculinity while still trying to be myself.

    Toward the end of high school Greene decided to take the first step of a journey that would slowly lead him to reveal himself. His journey to come out would be a long one mixed with both pain and triumphs. Greene had an epiphany and vowed to himself that he would never back down to anyone, and always speak his mind on anything that related to who he is as a person.

    When I got my mind set, my clothes changed, said Greene, laughing. Baggy pants were out, and here comes loafers and v-necks.

    Greene is from a Jamaican family, so telling his relatives about his lifelong secret proved to be exceptionally challenging. He explained that in Jamaica there is a law prohibiting h o m o s e x u a l i t y , and that it could be punishable with fines and imprisonment.

    With me being Jamaican, it was hard for me to open up to my family, especially my grandmother said Greene. Being from an older generation, shes very traditional and she still held on to old world views. She really started to notice when she saw a change in me the way I dressed and my mannerisms. One day I had a big argument with her, and I finally came out to her. She kicked me out of the house for two months.

    It was something he knew may happen. Some of his friends were close to their parents, and when they came out they were disowned, so he knew he might have to face that too with his grandmother.

    I was hoping I wouldnt face the same

    dilemma of being kicked out of the house, but I knew I had to deal with it and move on, said Greene.

    It wasnt until he went to college that Greene slowly started to come out and reveal who he really is. The college atmosphere allowed him to meet other people from other parts of the country, many of which being gay.

    Penn State was a time when I was trying to find myself and who I am, and that was difficult, said Greene. I would hear some people say derogatory slurs based on my personal tastes in music or what I would wear. However, that didnt change my experience.

    After graduating from college in 2009, Greene spent a year in graduate school at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. He went through a lot there, still trying to find himself. He went to many of the parties, clubs and communities to see where he would fit in and it all took a toll on him.

    The city, as amazing as it was, affected my studies and took a toll on me personally, said Greene. They were dark times - I actually started to think about suicide.

    Greene was tired of trying to maintain an image, even one within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual (LGBT) community. Not only is LGBT its own culture, but there are many cultures within it.

    There are cultures for the more masculine, more feminine, transgender, for the skinny or for heavy set, said Greene.

    It just goes on and on. There are all these subcultures under such a vast umbrella, and I still had to figure out where I belonged.

    Along with eating disorders, Greene has dealt with a lot of things to try to see where he fits in and to n