The changing role of
the National Guard
Air Force Senior Master Sgt.
Project Manager, 474 ECES
Following its key role in securing our liberty during
the Revolutionary War, the National Guard was validated
in the Constitution by our nation's founders. It read as
follows: "The congress shall have right to call on the
National Guard to execute the laws of the union, suppress
insurrections and repel invasions." There have been varieties
of statutes that have been enacted over the years to better
define the Guard's role in our nation's affairs.
From the early colonial years up to the 20th century,
the role of the Guard was confined within the nation's
borders. During this time Guard soldiers contributed
greatly to our nation's victories in both World Wars.
The Guard remained the primary reserve of the Army
in the years following the Second World War with
their participation in Korea and Vietnam. In the 1980s,
the Guard began deploying to Germany and Central
America for training. In the 1990s following the Gulf
War, Guard deployments were no longer restricted
to training, but included locations such as Bosnia,
Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq's borders.
Today, the National Guard has a dual role when it
comes to support. The first mission falls under state
government where the governor is the commander-in-
chief. While serving on state duty a Guardsman comes
under U.S.C. Title 32. Title 32 allows the governor,
with the approval of the president or the secretary of
defense, to order a member to duty to respond to natural
or man-made disasters and homeland defense missions.
U.S.C. Title 10 is the federal mission. Title 10 allows
the president to order the National Guard to active duty
in their reserve component status for federal service.
National Guardsmen serving here in Guantanamo Bay are
in Title 10 active duty status.
Traditionally members of the Guard trained one
weekend a month and spent two weeks in the summer
training at a military base. They might be called up for
storm duty or other state emergencies, but seldom would
they be called away for months at a time. For many years
the National Guard was called a strategic reserve (back-
up for regular branches). Now with the regular branches
of services being smaller, there is greater reliance on the
After Sept. 11, the concept of the Guard being deployed
as a force has changed. More than 248,000 Guardsmen have
been mobilized under Title 10 authority and more than 337,000
under Title 10 or Title 32. As of April 2006, there have been as
many as 139,000 Guardsmen serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom
and 37,000 in Operation Enduring Freedom.
As a proud member of the North Carolina Air National Guard
for the past 37 years, I have experienced first-hand the changing
roles of the National Guard. I know you can no longer say that a
Guardsman is just "a weekend warrior." We are well trained in
our career fields and bring valuable experience to the field. We,
as well as our families, are making great sacrifices every
day for our country serving in harms way right beside our
brothers and sisters of the regular branches of service. We
are proud to be Americans in today's National Guard. O
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TROOPER-TO-TROOPER I FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Dave Love receives a "Good Shipmate" coin
Papp, Jr. during an all-hands meeting Jan. 7. JTF Guantanamo photos by Navy PE
Army Staff Sgt. that helps to inform me and help me do my
Emily J. Russell job better."
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs Papp's responsibility includes five
Coast Guard Vice Adm. Robert J. Papp,
Jr., Atlantic Area and Defense Force East
Commander, visited Guantanamo Bay to
examine area operations and meet with
members of Coast Guard Port Security
"Getting a chance to get out and meet
with my shipmates is probably the most
important thing," Papp said. "When I come
out, I like to get feedback from you because
Coast Guard districts stretching across
14 million square miles, with more than
51,000 military and civilian employees and
"All hands meetings are important
because they give me a chance to speak
from my heart and let you know what is on
my mind," Papp explained to the group of
Coast Guardsmen from PSU 305 and the
Papp encouraged his audience to ask
from Coast Guard Vice Adm. Robert J.
etty Officer 1st Class Richard M. Wolff
him questions because "as a leader, finding
out what's on their minds is very valuable.
"Take a leap of faith that what you tell
me has value," Papp said.
While here, Papp presented the "Good
Shipmate" award to Coast Guard Petty
Officer 2nd Class Brian Love and Coast
Guard Petty Officer 1t Class Pam Smith.
"What I look for in a Shipmate is a
person who does their job well," Papp said.
"Not only do they do their job well, they
also take the time to lead others, teach them
and go out and do things above and beyond
Papp illustrated his definition of a good
shipmate with words of praise for Love and
"Not only does [Love] do his job well,"
Papp said, "he takes time to train others
[and] supported the Wounded Warriors."
Papp complimented Smith, a facilities
engineer, on her work to make the facility
safe as well as her work as an "ace outboard
mechanic who takes the time to teachjunior
"I'm very please to get the award,"
Smith said. "It's all because of the people
that work for me and above me."
"If it wasn't for the unit, said Love,
"we wouldn't be getting the awards. Our
shipmates are the ones who make us look
good enough to receive something like
In addition to the Good Shipmate award,
Boat Coxswain certifications were awarded
to Coast Guard Petty Officers 3rd Class
Donald DeGorgis, Kyle Viele, Sean Griffin
and Brad Hanna. 0
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009 I MISSION
Global mission local focus
Newly promoted members of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305, with Cmdr. Steven H. Pope and Rear Adm. Sally Brice-
O'Hara, gather after the promotion ceremony outside Bulkeley Hall, Jan. 9. JTF Guantanamo photos by Army Pfc. Carlynn
Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Coast Guard Rear Adm. Sally Brice-
O'Hara, deputy commandant of operations,
visited Guantanamo Bay to gain an
overview of migrant operations and visit
with Coast Guardsmen.
Brice-O'Hara oversees policy, resources
and international programs for the Coast
Guard. She works at a strategic level,
spending most of her day with other
components ofthe Department ofHomeland
Security as well as the departments of State
"It's a very external focus understanding
what the national policies demand in terms
of what the Coast Guard brings to the
table," Brice-O'Hara said, "whether it's
our unique law enforcement authorities,
competencies of our people, capabilities
of our equipment or the partnerships we're
able to pull together."
Brice-O'Hara's trip began in the Coast
Guard's seventh district with an overview
of migrant operations and counter-drug
operations in Florida, Guantanamo Bay,
Ecuador, El Salvador, Columbia and
Panama. She met with mission counterparts
to gather information to help refine policies
and resources to support their missions.
Brice-O'Hara addressed members of
Port Security Unit 305, Joint Task Force
Guantanamo's maritime security element,
speaking about the Coast Guard's mission
globally and expressing her concerns that
the Coast Guard has the right tools, policies
and resources to enable them to do theirjob
"The Coast Guard's responsibility
stretches across the globe, whether
improving port security in Um Quasar,
doing drug interdiction in the Caribbean
or supporting missions in the arctic,"
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Brice-O'Hara said. "Are there any gaps or
anything we need to be thinking about as
we recapitalize resources?"
Brice-O'Hara turned her focus to PSU
305 and their mission here.
"We bring skill sets and competencies
on the water as well as security proficiency
that has beenused on land," she said. "We're
part of the team and prepared to support the
JTF commander in any regard in which our
competencies can be put to use."
"Your professionalism, pride and
attention to detail clearly shows me that
PSU 305 is a unit that cares," Brice-O'Hara
continued. "You are making a difference
here. But let me tell you, you're serving the
needs of the nation you are an integral
part of the JTF."
After addressing the unit, PSU 305
Cmdr. Steven H. Pope called forward nine
unit members to receive their promotions.
Thomas Force, Timothy Hannan, Jason
Hooker and David Pantschyschak were each
promoted to Petty Officer 2nd Class. Patrick
Higgins, Michael Maust, Clinton Paul and
Edward Robinson were each promoted to
Petty Officer lt Class and Micah DeYoung
was promoted to Lt. junior grade. Pope and
Brice-O'Hara pinned each member with
their new rank during the ceremony.
"You've stepped forward. You've done
your jobs and have made yourself known
as competent authorities who are integrated
into the team as one," Brice O'Hara said
addressing the entire unit. "I thank you for
showing that the Coast Guard is a military
organization that can serve the needs
not only when it comes to Coast Guard
missions but can fold in effectively with
ourjoint team." 0
t Guard Rear Adm. Sally Brice-O'Hara, U.S. Coast Guard Deputy
mandant for Operations, is briefed on the additions to the migrant
ations facilities while overlooking the Leeward side of Naval Station
MISSION I FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
61u \C jb
* West Point cadets
shadow 525th junior officers
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Four visiting U.S. Military Academy
cadets received the opportunity to get a
boots-on-ground view of how junior officers
operate with Joint Task Force Guantanamo's
525" Military Police Battalion.
"We're here to see just how a platoon
leader leads his platoon, and the quality a
platoon leader has to lead his platoon," said
Army Cadet Melissa Gallini, one of four
visiting West Point cadets, said.
Gallini will job shadow a 525" platoon
leader to observe how to manage a platoon,
as well as learn the basic expectations
that noncommissioned officers and junior
enlisted have of their leadership.
Gallini, in her 3rd year at West Point,
said she came to Guantanamo with three
other classmates and will work with 525"t
junior officers for roughly three weeks.
Completing an extended job shadowing
such as this is part of each West Point
cadet's basic requirements for graduation.
"I think here you get a lot more of a mix
of intelligence and military police work,"
Gallini said of the JTF. She added that she
hopes to enter either the intelligence or MP
field after graduating from West Point.
"[The cadets] right now are learning the
role of the platoon leader, how they interact
with the Soldiers, and how they make on-the-
spot decisions," said Army 2nd Lt. Shannon
Wilson, the 525th's 193rd MP Company
executive officer. "Their primary mission
here is to shadow a platoon leader, because
... once they graduate, get commissioned
and go through all their schooling, more
than likely, they'll go into a platoon leader
position somewhere." Although Wilson will
not be shadowed by any cadets, she is one
of the officers handling
the logistics of the
"I just gave them a
chance to explore the
island," said Army 2nd
Lt. Reginald Moise, a
platoon leader with the
525t's 189th MP Co. "I
try to give them a little
bit more exposure for
what the Soldiers do
Moise hopes the
cadets' visit will
"open their eyes" to
base services such as
Morale, Welfare and
"They have a chance to
also have exposure to
the other services, and
see all the 'sister units'
"A benefit [of the
cadets' visit] is they
can be here and see
for themselves what
Guantanamo is like,"
Moise said, referring to
the detention facilities.
Army Cadet Melissa Gallini of the U.S. Military Academy departs
a Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 patrol boat Monday, Jan.
13. Along with three other West Point cadets, Gallini was here
job shadowing 525th Military Police Battalion junior officers, as
well as other units which support Joint Task Force Guantanamo,
to receive hands-on training on unit management.
"Also, they can see what life is like for
the Soldiers who are here [working in the
"[The cadets are] experiencing Army
first-hand," Wilson said. "They're eating
and sleeping as the Army. We have them
conducting [physical fitness training] with
the Soldiers. One thing I stressed when they
got here was to get a lot of interaction with
the Soldiers; don't be afraid to interact with
the Soldiers ... I believe the Soldiers would
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Monday, Jan. 12, however, Gallini was
not with any 525th Soldiers. Rather, she
went for a spin on the bay with JTF's Coast
Guard Port Security Unit 305, which patrols
both JTF and Naval Station Guantanamo
waters and provides commissions security.
"We tried to get them a variety of different
things," Wilson said, "so they could not
only know what the Army's like, but see
what the Gitmo experience is because we
work with the different services."
The cadets also met with some senior
officers, including Joint Detention Group
commander, Army Col. Bruce Vargo.
"That was an eye-opening talk," Gallini
said. "He gave us some great advice for
down the line, if we stay in and become a
The cadets even had a chance to meet
with the Army's backbone: the NCOs.
"I had fun being with them, because it
wasn't all just sitting in an office," Gallini
"This trip is what a lot of people at
West Point would call a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity," Gallini said. She added she
believes this short internship will yield
valuable knowledge, as the 525th's junior
officers are "very experienced." 0
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Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The 2009 Morale, Welfare and Recreation
openrecreationwinter softball league officially
started with the flip of a coin Monday to
determine which team would be the home
Opening day consisted of games that pitted
the Exhibitionists against the GTMO Latinos,
the Untouchables against the Infidels, and
NAVSTA against OARDEC.
The six-week season is currently scheduled
with games Monday, Wednesday and Friday
evenings. The schedule is set up for three
games on Mondays and Wednesdays and four
on Fridays. Games will be approximately 60
minutes long, unless extra innings are needed,
and will start at 6 p.m. The league is currently
made up of 10 teams with players joining
together from all around the base.
All 10 teams are poised to make this a very
competitive season. However, one of the teams,
the Untouchables, has been the most dominant
team in the league for three years, having won
2009 Open-Recreation Winter
Softball League Standings
As of Jan. 14
3. GTMO Latinos
all but one tournament in that time span.
"We have prided ourselves to be the best,
play hard, have fun, and of course win," said
Untouchable coach, Navy Petty Officer 2nd
Class Tamela King. "We plan to dominate all
year like we have before, but hope to have
some more teams to compete against this
The NAVSTA team has also looked strong
in the opening of the season and as with all the
teams, hopes to win the title.
"As far as the other teams, they look really
good," said NAVSTA coach Navy Petty
Officer 2nd Class Heath Coulter. "[There is]
some good competition out there, [I] can't wait
to play them the Untouchables especially."
MWR, as with all of its events, has provided
another opportunity for Troopers and other
Guantanamo Bay residents to get out and
enjoy their time away from the work place.
"Softball gives people a chance to work
together that might not otherwise exist, due to
varied job assignments and schedules," said
Mariner's coach, Chief Warrant Officer Monty
Willaford. "Basically, it's a good morale event
for everybody." 0
2009 Captain's Cup Basketball League Standings
As of Jan. 12
4. NBN Royals
5. W.T. Sampson
6. GTMO Latinos
7. Pinoy Express
9. Corpsman Up
10. Tek Weh Yuself
11. Old Glory
13. Terror Squad
14. Pinoy GTMO
PF: Points For
PA: Points Against
0 2 62 83 0
0 2 39 112 0
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
It's rare in today's big-studio-dominated
movie market that a film with little-to-no
conflict can even be made, let alone be
successful. However, "Marley & Me" does
just that by taking a mundane love story
and making an exceptional film.
Directed by David Frankel, "Marley
& Me" takes the memoirs of newspaper
columnist/reporter John Grogan to the big
screen, but keeps intact his simple story
of life over the 13-year span of his dog
Marley's over-energetic life.
The movie begins with the start of
Grogan's marriage during a Michigan
spring blizzard in which he (Owen Wilson)
and his bride Jenny (Jennifer Aniston) say
their vows, then quickly relocate to south
Florida. Hired as reporters at separate
newspapers, they purchase a modest home,
and Jenny's to-do list is starting to be
To hold off Jenny's growing desire for
children, John surprises her with a new
young puppy, naming it Marley.
Marley, a yellow lab, is often referred
to as the world's worst dog, which is an
accomplishment in itself. He chews and
eats everything from furniture to walls,
he doesn't understand the command to
heel and he eats more food than should be
physically possible. Jenny even at one point
issues John an ultimatum that it's either her
or the dog.
Regardless, John is completely and
unconditionally in love with him as
Marley is with John. This unshakable
connection between a boy and his dog
drives the film, making the otherwise-
uneventful film an enduring story.
Wilson plays John Grogan fittingly
as Wilson's humor works perfectly with
the script's tight and low-key dialogue to
offset the constant rambunctiousness of
the film's real star, Marley. Aniston, who
is no stranger to stories both dramatic and
funny, projects perfectly as the wife who
sometimes feels like a third wheel.
The film abruptly jumps from year to
year, focusing on everything that matters in
a life, like the birth of children, new homes,
turning 40, changing jobs, et cetera.
Throughout it all, Marley is there
providing both John and the audience the
constantly engaging emotional anchor.
At the film's end, every audience
member who has ever had a dog will lose
all control of their sinuses and tear ducts.
As the 13-year span draws to its close,
the film doesn't let up emotionally. The
connection between Marley and his family
makes it hard to say goodbye.
Whetherfrom conjured memories ofpets
past, or from just the strong performances
of Wilson and Aniston, "Marley & Me" will
force emotion out of you. And although its
story is not extravagant or even terribly
interesting, it is everything a good movie
should be: engaging.
THIS CHRISMAS| HEEL THE LOVE
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009 I MOVIE RECON
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Activities like this open microphone night at Caribbean Coffee and Cream last June contribute to a warm and inviting
atmosphere at U.S. Naval station Guantanamo Bay. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Cheryl Dilgard
Seeing is believing
Ombudsman, Naval Recruiting District
When making plans to visit, my husband
asked "You have taken AMC flights
After my paperwork arrived, the mixed
feelings began the excitement of being
together and the fear of the unknown. I was
told that without the proper paperwork and
passport, I couldn't get out of Jacksonville,
much less into Guantanamo Bay. I was a
nervous wreck the month before departing.
I checked my paperwork daily to make sure
it had not grown legs.
I am a veteran Navy wife and dragon
slayer. Slaying familiar "dragons" is easy
- the unknown, not so easy without my
"knight." However, I had made the unknown
dragons out to be more than they were.
They were tamed with detailed planning,
allowing me to arrive in Guantanamo Bay
trouble-free. Getting to the windward side
was a breeze as my "knight" had done all the
legwork. It was, well, like coming home.
I had no idea of what to expect upon
arrival and can see that the general public is
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not being provided a clear vision of GTMO.
Now, I only believe half of what I hear or
read. This ignorance is not bliss GTMO is
nothing like what I have read. I was in awe
at being here.
I love the small-town atmosphere:
everyone is friendly and helpful. There isn't
a stranger on the island. The bus drivers
even recognize me now after only a couple
rides. A laid-back attitude and not being in
a hurry is probably the biggest adjustment
anyone can make visiting the island. The
theater under the stars is like going back in
time to drive-in movies. One of the unusual
things I found myself missing was the
DVR. Wow, dark ages here!
I did not miss the phone ringing with
telemarketers. I had heard comments before
leaving that there wasn't much to do here:
diving, running, pottery, woodworking,
bowling, hiking and diving did I mention
the diving and conch hunting? sure sound
like a lot to me. The exotic wildlife I love
watching banana rats and iguanas chasing
each other and boxing with one another.
FromWindmill Hill, seeing the fence line
at night illuminating the limits of the base
brought into focus just how small GTMO
really is. Recognizing that right over there
is communist Cuba, stark reality. Seeing
the lights of the camps and knowing that
dangerous people are right there, absolute
reality. Physically seeing we are surrounded
by absolute danger and people who would
do us harm, yet feeling absolutely safe, was
the reality of how I felt here.
I have heard the rumors of how
mistreated the detainees are, but found this
an absolute myth. What I should be hearing
about is the true heroes, the guards and
those that take care of the detainees what
they endure without complaint. The word
cocktail has a whole new meaning for me. I
am left wondering if those outdated photos
will ever be removed from the Internet.
Every experience in life is a blessing.
It just may take us a while to find the
blessing! Guantanamo Bay and the people
who support and carry out the mission are
my American heroes. It is my honor to have
lived among them, dined at the galley and
visited with them. I now count them as a
part of my much broader military family,
beyond Navy. Q
INFORMATION I FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
The history to o
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
In the middle of Guantanamo Bay sits an island with white cliffs,
a large abandoned pier perfect for jumping off and a large flat area
that can be used to throw a Frisbee or grill out on a Saturday. But,
long before this island was a recreational site, it earned the name
Hospital Cay in a way that has caused a lot of disproportioned
In 1741 Guantanamo Bay became center stage to trade-conflicts
between the British and Spanish. In July of that year it is reported
that Vice Admiral Edward Vernon, commanding the British West
Indies Squadron, arrived in Guantanamo Bay after fighting with
the Spanish in Cartagena, Colombia. Before this time, Guantanamo
Bay had not been claimed and defended, which was what Vernon
decided to do.
Vernon's approximately 3,400 troops established themselves in
the area around Guantanamo to defend against the Spanish coming
by land and by sea from Havana. By October, many troops, both
Spanish and British, were infected with yellow fever and the fight
was called off by November.
This brief four-month British occupation isn't significant in the
history of Hospital Cay until a hundred years later in 1854 when a
British warship, HBMS Buzzard stopped in Guantanamo Bay and
put 12 yellow fever victims on Hospital Cay to recuperate.
Eleven of the 12 British troops recovered from the fever. The
one who didn't, E.N. Harrison Paymaster, R.N., is said to be buried
on the cay's south end after dying Dec. 1, 1854.
Since then the cay has been known as Hospital Cay; however,
it has never been known if the name originated from Vernon's
occupation in 1741 or when the British warship stopped by in
Since that time Hospital Cay has also been used as a coal refueling
station for British ships stopping in Guantanamo Bay. This began as
early as 1906 but is said to have been stopped by 1938 when all of
the coal originally there w as gone.
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for recreation and not as a place for yellow fever victims or as a place
to refuel, but its name will always remind Troopers of its origins. 0
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Photographer Diane K. Potter, poses with the patriotic images she sends to deployed service members across the globe.
Potter took the 35-mm camera image of an 8-foot tall Statue of Liberty replica flanked by a unique cloud formation in
LeRoy, N.Y. Oct. 4, 2005. Struck by how the cloud resembles an American flag, Potter composed a patriotic dedication
which accompanies the unaltered images. She has also sent the images to Iraq and Afghanistan and to Camp America
and the Joint Medical Group here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Submitted photo
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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Air Force Capt.
Chaplain, Ramstein Air Base
Editor's Note: Chaplain Habash visited
Joint Task Force Guantanamo for one week
last month to provide support for the JTF
Muslim community. During his visit he was
asked to write a column for The Wire.
One of the goals of Islam is the
establishment of Allah's rights and the
rights of fellow human beings. So to see
how Muslims can lead by example, let us
examine and look at some golden rules
from the Qur'an and Sunnah. Allah says
in the Qur'an (translated into English):
"Worship Allah and associate nothing
with Him, do good to parents, to relatives,
orphans, needy, near neighbor neighbor
farther away, the companion at your side,
the traveler...Indeed Allah does not like
those who are self-misled and arrogant. "
Good conduct is the foundation for the
fulfillment of one's obligations to Allah
and other human beings and creations.
Good conduct increases one's rank in the
sight of Allah. The Prophet Mohamed
said: "Nothing is heavier on the scale of a
believing servant on the Day ofResurrection
than good conduct. Indeed Allah dislikes
the rude and disrespectful. (At-Tirmidhi)
Allah instructed in His Book all noble
characteristics and forbids all unpleasant
ones. Therefore Muslims must be pious,
sincere, patient, modest, decent, passionate,
generous, humble, truthful, enjoin good
and tolerance ... this is not an option but an
obligation. Allah says in the Qur'an: "Those
who spend freely, whether in prosperity or
adversity; who restrain anger and pardon
all people for Allah loves those who do
good and generous with their actions. (Al-
Omarn: 134) Allah also says in the Qur'an:
"And the servants of the Merciful are those
who walk upon the earth in humility and
calmness, and when the ignorant address
them harshly, they say words of peace."
The example of noble characteristics and
commendable attributes was the Prophet
Mohamed's mission, therefore Muslims
are obligated to follow the righteous who
possessed noble characteristics and which
Allah confirms in His book: "We only
sent you as a Mercy to all Mankind. The
Prophet Mohamed said: "I was only sent
to bring good conduct. (Ahmed) He also
said: "I am the sponsor of a home in the
upper part of Paradise for whomsoever
possesses good conduct. (Abu Dawood)
Be aware that the prevention of
evil through good words and deeds are
praiseworthy and commendable acts.
Allah says in the Qur'an: "The good deed
and the bad are not equal. Do good; and
thereupon, the one whom between you and
him is hostility will become as he was a
devoted friend." (Fussilat: 34) These are
the words of Allah, and who knows more
than the All- Knowing?
Muslims must hold fast to the qualities
enjoined by their religion and keep the path
of the Prophet so that they will prosper in
this life and the hereafter. Allah says in
the Qur'an: "We created you from a male
and female, and made you into nations
and tribes to meet one another; the most
generous of you is the one who is more
righteous and pious. "
I urge Muslims to be true ambassadors
by representing the great values and
characteristics of Islam. Get to know your
fellow human beings, your colleagues,
neighbors. Build bridges with one another;
build civilizations and do not destroy
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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.
LIFE & SPIRIT I FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
"It's not really optional, it is just
something you have to do." Those
words could have come from any of
the hundreds of Troopers serving the
Joint Task Force when talking about
being deployed. However, these words
came from one Airman who had to
miss something very special in order to
deploy to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
On Aug. 31, Senior Airman Andrew
Service, 474th Expeditionary Civil
Engineering Squadron, here since mid-
July, found out that his second son,
Andrew, was born in his home state of
Service, a utilities journeyman with
the 474th, describes his daily duties as
mostly preventive maintenance. He and
the other airmen in his section ensure
the water, electrical and sewer needs of
Camp Justice flow uninterrupted.
Service is a part of the Louisiana Air
National Guard; he has worked with the
other members of his unit since he came
into the Air Guard four years ago.
"I'd like to do 20 [years]," Service
said. "It is good pay and a lot of fun ...
On drill weekends a police officer and
engineer will pick me up at my door
and say 'Let's go to work' and I'm a
Another reason why Service values
the Air National Guard is that fellow
Airmen families helped his wife during
the hurricane that came close to where
"I was ready to go home on emergency
leave when other family members came
and helped out my wife," said Service.
Although Service has had a lot on his
mind with his wife and new son at home,
Service says he knows just getting the
work done that his unit is here to do will
make time fly.
"It was hard always wanting to know
how [my wife] was doing, but [she]
was very understanding and it is just
something you have to do," said Service.
"Here, there was so much to do I just
kept working, making the time go by
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474th Air Force Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron
Operations Superintendent, Senior Master Sgt. Tommy
Morrow was promoted to Chief Master Sgt. at Camp
Justice, Jan. 8. Chief Master Sgt. Brian Schexnaydre
presented a uniform shirt to the newly promoted Morrow.
- JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech Sgt. Ronald L.
Brig. Gen. Gregory Zanetti, departing Joint Task Force
Guantanamo Deputy Commander, hugs a fellow 111th
Combat Support Battalion member before boarding
the plane home to New Mexico. Zanetti made sure to
give every member of the 111th CSB aJTF commander's
coin along with cheerful recognition for all of their
accomplishments during their year-long deployment.
- JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Pfc. Carlynn Knaak
Troopers bow their heads in prayer during a Prayer Breakfast
Wednesday, Jan. 14 at Seaside Galley. Army Lt. Col Alexander Conyers,
commander of the 525th Military Police Battalion, presented a
message on the importance of social responsibility. JTF Guantanamo
photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell
AROUND THE JTF I FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2009