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Navy Command Master Chief
JTF Guantanamo NCOIC
This year, resolve yourself to never
make another New Year's resolution.
Instead, resolve to continually make
resolutions throughout the entire year and
throughout your entire life.
First, it has been scientifically proven
that life-long learning makes you live
longer. That is to say, if you resolve to
learn something new everyday, you will
extend your life. You can learn through
reading, courses, research, travel, a
new job or a higher qualification in
your current one, participating
in a new sport, improving on
a current physical activity,
public speaking, volunteering
at different places, writing,
taking on new hobbies
and any of a dozen more
examples. All will improve
your self-worth and give
you a reason to start the next
Secondly, if you
continually make resolutions
you will accomplish
more and become better
at everything you do.
With each success your
confidence builds and
you mature mentally
and even physically
depending on the task
Don't wait until one
goal is complete to start
a new resolution. Be
in the next one as you
finish the previous.
You will set a good
example for your
family, friends and
co-workers. They will
see you accomplish
goals and how each
one is a step to the
next and it will inspire
them to do the same.
Waiting to start a
resolution until the New
Year comes is never a
good practice. You are
only training yourself to
procrastinate. Don't make
New Year's Resolutions. Q
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TROOPER-TO-TROOPER I FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
Members of Port Security Unit 305 (left) stand prepared to relieve PSU 307 of
their responsibilities at the transfer of authority ceremony held at the lighthouse
here, Dec. 4, 2008. Photo by Army Pfc. Carlynn M. Knaak
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The mission to maintain security both
on the water and on land continues as the
Port Security Unit 305 from Ft. Eustis, Va.,
returns to Guantanamo Bay.
This is the unit's third deployment
to Guantanamo Bay, where many are
returning for a second time and one person
is returning for his third deployment. For
some, this will be their first deployment.
"I look forward to coming here and
working with the Joint Task Force," said
Coast Guard Command Master Chief
Wayne Miesen. "We had about 20 people
that were here in 2005 so we had a lot of
previous experience coming back. We
knew the area of operations and the basic
layout of Guantanamo Bay."
Both divisions of PSU 305, waterborne
and shoreside, are continuing their roles
in the JTF mission to patrol the bay
and escort vessels while also providing
internal security during commissions at the
Expeditionary Legal Complex.
"It was a little difficult at first, to work
with another entity besides the Coast
Guard," said Coast Guard Chief Petty
Officer Donald Wassler, chief boatswains
mate, "but once we learned the ropes and
settled in, it's been going great and we've
been conducting the commissions like
we're supposed to."
Along with the advantage of prior
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009 I MISSION
PSU 305's unit patch
was created by the first
members of the unit in
1994. The outline of
the patch is a shield
patterned after the
shield found within the
U.S. Coast Guard Logo
and Ensign. The unit
symbol is the dolphin
which represents the
duality of how the unit
is deployed. The racing
stripe that traverses
the patch is a standard
identifier for U.S. Coast
Guard vessels, aircraft
and shore units.
experience to ensure the mission runs
smoothly, the unit was also given new
Response Boat Small Charlie version
vessels. These will replace their current
transportable port security boats which
will be used back in Ft. Eustis for training
"These are made specifically for the
Department of Defense and they don't run
on gasoline as the TPSB's do," Wassler
said. "They are a little different but they
are tailored for our mission. They are still
in the operations test and evaluation period
to see if they meet the standard to bring
During their third deployment here,
PSU 305 will stay busy getting the new
boats working as a part of the daily norm
while continuing their missions keeping
Guantanamo Bay safe and secure.
"We're working closely with JTF
and the Naval Station to make sure our
operations run smoothly without any
problems," Miesen said. "I'm just glad to
be back and look forward to our stay here
in Guantanamo again." 0
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Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Tommy Morrow talks with a customer at the work control tent at Camp Justice. Work
control manages 474th assets and personnel and processes work requests to support the infrastructure of the camp.
Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The 474t Expeditionary Civil
Engineering Squadron work control office
serves as the hub of activity for Camp Justice.
Whether it's managing personnel or
equipment, Air Force Senior Master Sgt.
Tommy Morrow and Air Force Master Sgt.
Oscar Lewallen, production controllers,
have it under control.
"As a civil engineering unit, the main
focus is to make sure the work is going on,"
Morrow said. "We know where our people
are, all of our assets, including vehicles and
radios. We also help manage readiness and
training we function as an orderly room
to some degree."
The work control office manages all
the work requests that come in from any
organization the 474th supports.
"We schedule all the work for all the
shops: electricians, HVAC, structures and
heavy equipment," Morrow said. "We
maintain tent city plus other facilities."
"We're really not doing what we'd
normally do as a CE unit here," Lewallen
said. "The tent city is the bare base concept,
but typically we'd be supporting an aircraft
mission. Working in Guantanamo ... we're
doing a different mission supporting
commissions, keeping transient [housing]
running for all the people who stay here,
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and maintain the expeditionary legal with the goal of keeping the extra effort to
complex." help others from interfering with what is
"We maintain all communications for scheduled," Morrow continued. "[We ask]
the unit as well," Morrow said. "Radio for people to be patient with us, as we are
communication and phone service with them." 0
operation is essential to the mission. We
have to know at any given time where
everyone is at, so the mission can be
Work control takes work requests
from internal customers, like other 474t
Airmen, as well as external customers
such as visitors, members of the ELC, L
Office of Military Commissions and the
Troopers working for the commissions
"We maintain approximately 50 I
[trailers], 100 tents, 20-30 structures
in the ELC and 5 structures on the
hill," Lewallen said. "There are a lot of
facilities that require upkeep."
"My day typically starts before
everybody gets here so I have time to
get work done before the phone calls
start coming in," said Morrow. "All
phone calls come in here with requests
to get work accomplished."
Work requests vary from climate
control issues in tents and fixing
environmental control units, to
dispatching work crews to tackle Radio communication is essential
construction projects. to work control's mission. Air Force
"If someone asks us to do something Master Sgt. Oscar Lewallen keeps in
outside of the daily schedule, we do it contact with members of the 474th.
MISSION I FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
ven years lat
t IArmy Staff Sgt.
SEmily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Camp X-Ray, a historic and controversial
facility, was originally built in the late 1980s as a
holding area for unruly migrants.
Operation Sea Signal, conducted by Navy and
SMarine Corps personel of Joint Task Force (JTF
S160), took place from 1994 to 1996, and cared
for more than 50,000 Haitian and Cuban migrants
seeking asylum in the United States. Camp X-Ray
became the holding area for no more than 60
refugees who either had a known criminal history
or demonstrated criminal behavior.
In late 2001, in preperation for detention
operations the camp was expanded to make it the
January 2002 marked the beginning of
Sdetainee operations at Guantanamo Bay when
the first 20 detainees were transferred to the
island. Camp X-Ray, named phonetically for its
grid coordinate, held a total number of about
300 detainees before it closed in April of 2002.
Detainees were transferred to the newly built
Camp Delta facility, which was more secure and
provided better shelter and amenities.
After the closure of Camp X-Ray, only visitors
have only been there to tour the facility to see
where Joint Task Force Guantanamo began. Since
2002, the camp has sat vacant, and eventually
became overgrown with vegetation.
Some of the most iconic photographs
associated with Guantanamo were taken at the
camp during the early days of detainee operations.
These photos, taken and distributed by the
Department of Defense, were released at a time
when Americans and people around the world
needed to know that the United States was doing
V something in the aftermath of Sept. 11. However,
the misconception still exists that Camp X-Ray is
I in use today. C
Untouchables prove name in
softball tourney Army Spc.
softball tourney TF Guantana o Public Affairs
It is technically winter in Cuba, but that didn't stop players on
eight different teams from ringing in 2009's first Saturday with a
day of softball.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation's New Year's Bash one-pitch
softball tournament pitted teams from commands around the base
against each other in quick games all day Saturday, Jan. 3, at the
Cooper Field Sports Complex.
The eight teams which participated in the tournament were (the)
Untouchables, (the) Exhibitionists, (the) Docs, (the) Guardians,
40 a Naval Station Guantanamo team, a 4741 Expeditionary Civil
Engineering Squadron "Prime Beef' team, a Marine Fence Line
Security Forces team, and a team from the Office oftheAdministrative
Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants (OARDEC).
At the end of the long day and two brackets, the Untouchables
took top honors as the final winners of the tournament, beating the
NAVSTA team in the final game.
The one-pitch rule meant that once at bat, each player would be
struck out, fouled out, or walked to base with a single pitch, making
each game go very quickly.
"Overall, the tournament was a good time for all [the players
and coaches], as well as the spectators that came out to catch a
few games," said Robert Neuman, MWR's sports director. The
tournament also provided players a chance to prepare for the
upcoming long-running Winter Open Recreational softball league,
set to begin 6 p.m., Jan. 12, at Cooper Field. O
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Rude, crude and lewd
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Judd Apatow finally has some
competition. With "Role Models," writer-
director David Wain aims to take Apatow's
title of king of smart-and-touching-yet-
Wain, writer-director of the indie-
comedy "Wet Hot American Summer,"
paints a classy picture of two energy drink
salesmen court-ordered to perform Big
Brother-like support to a pair of friendless
youngsters. When those peddlers of nuclear
runoff are Paul Rudd and Seann William
Scott, you've got comedy gold.
Rudd and Scott star as Danny and
Wheeler, two Los Angeles natives who sell
the energy drink Minotaur while visiting
schools and pitching anti-drug speeches.
Wheeler dresses in the mascot suit -
hilarious enough to see this movie while
Danny does the sly talking.
Rudd as Danny carries the movie with an
extreme pessimistic and sarcastic attitude,
which fits him perfectly for some reason.
Think of his character in "Clueless," but
older and more jaded. Scott's Wheeler is
a sex-obsessed alpha-male who's loyal to
friends, but it's obvious when he opens his
mouth why he's in the suit and Danny does
On a particularly bad day, Danny realizes
he's 35 years old with nothing accomplished.
Plus, his girlfriend Beth (Elizabeth Banks)
rejects his marriage proposal and dumps
him in one conversation. This prompts a
caffeine-fueled self destruction at a high
school, ending in several police charges
when he realizes his work truck also
fashioned like a minotaur is being towed.
Thankfully, Beth is an attorney and
talks the judge out of a jail sentence.
Instead, Danny and Wheeler are sent to
Gayle Sweeney's (Jane Lynch) child help
organization Sturdy Wings. Danny is paired
with a nerdy outcast who does live-action
role-playing (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, aka
"Superbad's" McLovin'), while Wheeler is
set with a womanizing 10-year-old (Bobb'e
Thompson) who swears more than he
From here on, the youngsters want
nothing more than to get Danny and Wheeler
off their cases. But since they refuse to go to
jail, the big brothers hold firm, even when it
means fighting costumed medieval knights
with foam swords.
Although the movie pushes its R rating
to the extreme, it also has heart. It focuses
on the familiar theme of being yourself and
not folding to others' views of "cool." It
introduces Mintz-Plasse's character as the
lame outcast, but soon he is the hero.
"Role Models" is an excellent example
of dirty-yet-inspiring comedy, dropping
sex jokes in the same scenes as touching
"be yourself' speeches. Throw in multiple
references to the band KISS, and it's obvious
that this movie does everything right. 0
1 hour, 40 minutes
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009 I MOVIE RECON
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Which bill is better?
Army Sgt. 1st Class
Vaughn R. Larson
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Military members thinking about or already enrolled in -
college may have a decision to make by the time the fall semester
The Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008,
also known as the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill or Chapter 33, takes effect
Aug. 1 of this year. It does not replace the Montgomery G.I. Bill,
also known as Chapter 30, but both education benefits cannot be
used at the same
G.I. Bill can
switch to the Post-
9/11 G.I. Bill,
but they cannot
switch back. More
provide up to
36 months of
any time already
used under the
will be deducted
from the Post-9/11
program is best?
"It's not one
program fits all,"
Rice, director of
the Navy College
Office here. She
factors such as the
state, school and
the overall benefits
9/11 Bill, for
tuition based on
the highest public
rate in that state. It
also includes basic housing allowance at an E-5 rate for the zip
code of the college, as well as a yearly $1,000 stipend for books
and supplies. However, unlike the Montgomery Plan, the tuition
coverage is paid directly to the college and not the service member.
Also, if the state already provides military veterans with free tuition
benefits for in-state schools, the Post-9/11 plan would only offer
BAH and the stipend.
"You have to crunch your own numbers," Ernest Houston,
a Veterans Administration program coordinator, told service
members during one of several briefings this week. "You'll have
to look at this individually."
The new G.I. Bill covers graduate and undergraduate
degrees, vocational and technical school training offered by an
institute for higher learning that has been approved for G.I. Bill
benefits, tutorial assistance, as well as licensing and certification
testing reimbursement. On-the-job training, apprenticeship,
correspondence, flight and preparatory courses might also be
Those who qualify for the Montgomery G.I. Bill or the Reserve
Educational Assistance Program (REAP) are eligible for the Post-
9/11 G.I. Bill. Active duty service after Sept. 11, 2001 determines
are eligible for.
90 and 180 days
of active duty,
for example, are
eligible for 40
Percent of total
under the new bill.
Those who have
served at least
36 months since
Sept. 11, 2001 are
eligible for 100
percent of benefits.
All who qualify
are eligible for
benefits up to 15
years from the last
period of active
duty of at least 90
for the new
G.I. Bill also
the retired or
retired list or
transferred to the
or Fleet Marine
Corps Reserve, or
discharge due to
duty (CIWD) or existed prior to service (EPTS).
Other considerations include the $600 kicker payment made
into the Montgomery plan, which is not recoverable if the member
transfers to the Post-9/11 plan. Also, if a student loan repayment
plan was in force during any of the service member's post-Sept.
11 active duty time, that time does not count toward the Post-9/11
G.I. Bill eligibility.
Houston cautioned that all the bugs have yet to be worked out
of the latest G.I. Bill, and recommends visiting www.gibill.va.gov
for more information. O
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I Ift -
U A glimpse of who went before
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Inside Camp America on Kittery Beach road, between
the gulley and the sea huts, is an area known simply as the
monument yard. It is where exiting units make their permanent
and individual mark on Joint Task Force Guantanamo.
The monuments are passed daily by Troopers and are made
up of numerous colors, shapes, and sizes. Every monument
offers a tiny glimpse into the past while offering the knowledge
of who has shared this historical and unprecedented journey
past and present.
"It's their monument to their service during this very
critical, important and historical time period, to leave behind
to say, 'I was here, I served, we served, we were a part of
and we are proud of what we did and the legacy that we are
leaving behind,"' according to JTF Command Master Chief
The monument yard came to be around September 2004,
when then JTF Command Sgt. Maj. Angel Febles consolidated
all the existing unit monuments and placed them at their
current location. However, when the bridge over the gulley
was being constructed, the monument yard almost had to be
taken down or moved, but it was able to stay without hindering
The ultimate decision on whether or not a Unit will have a
monument in the yard is up to the individual Unit's commander
and senior enlisted advisor.
The monuments are to be permanent structures, so they are
mainly made of concrete or steel. However, there are no set
standards as to how a unit may make their monument, except
that it cannot be made using items purchased with appropriated
There have also been rumors circulating that the monument
yard will be closed to any new monuments. This has been
debunked by LeVault, stating that there is no moratorium on
any new monuments at this time. O
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009 I NEWS & INFORMATION
It's their monument ... to say I was
here, I served, we served, we are a
part of and we are proud of what we
did and the legacy we are leaving
behind Command Master Chief
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NEWS & INFORMATION I FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
Air Force Tech Sgt. Chris Pratt of the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron grinds and welds a new pair of stair
railings on Jan. 8 at Camp Justice to be placed in the Expeditionary Legal Complex. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy
Petty Officer 3rd Class Chris Little
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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Sunday: 7 a.m. Confession
Wednesday: 11 a.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.
Spanish Protestant Worship
Sunday: 11 a.m.
Sunday: 7 p.m. Wednesday: 6 p.m.
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LIFE & SPIRIT I FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
In the military, we can be influenced by
those around us, whether it be good or
bad. Navy Master at Arms Petty Officer 1lt
Class Yvette Jackson is one of the positive
influences to those around her.
Here on a permanent party tour since
August 2006, Jackson has seen changes
in both Joint Task Force Guantanamo's
infrastructure and Troopers.
"I've seen the transformation from the
Army to the Navy, Camp Six opened up -
which is a good thing and I've seen good
people come and go," Jackson said. She
first came to Guantanamo Bay for a Navy
Individual Augmentee mission from March
until October 2005, for a change of pace
after spending time as a dog handler.
"I actually volunteered, I wasn't
volun-told. It's a big change, but I
actually wanted to come here and
wanted the change," Jackson said.
Jackson starts her days at 6 a.m.
compiling slides for the daily JTF
leaders' meeting and ensuring that
the information is accurate, clear and
Each week, Jackson performs an
equipment custody check, making
sure that all equipment is properly
accounted for. As the lead petty officer
for both the Detainee Operations
Center and Escort Control, she
also wears an administrative hat by
dealing with award submissions, leave
paperwork and other administrative
With her ever bubbling personality,
Jackson says she tries to approach
each day with a smile and attempts
to make everyone else's day around
her a little better. She puts out candy
and makes sure that coffee is out for
everyone that comes in to help in
making their day a little brighter.
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"I'm like the mom almost, because I
know that if they're having a bad day, I'm
probably going to have a bad day," Jackson
Jackson's Navy career has spanned 16
years, and her main goal is to make chief
and help those junior to her. In her down
time, Jackson tries to better herself and
others by attending Columbia College,
studying for the Navy Chief's exam and
mentoring junior personnel.
Another of Jackson's focuses is the
United Through Reading program, where
Troopers can be video-recorded reading
books to their families. The recording is
then put on a disk and sent home with the
book for them to enjoy.
"[The program] is for all branches, I
don't discriminate. I love the people that
come and do the readings, because it's for a
really good cause," Jackson said.
The program is held the second Thursday
of every month between 4:30 and 8 p.m.
For more information, or to volunteer to
help with the program, contact Jackson at
Jackson said sometimes she feels
that she focuses more on helping others
than she helps herself, but trying to be a
good role model is very important to her.
Jackson figures to stay in past the 20-year
mark if she feels she can still help any up-
"My advice to anyone is to never
let anyone tell you that you can't do
something," Jackson said. "Research it and
find out for yourself, then make your own
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am for a job well done
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*AY, JANUARY 9, 2009