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Publication Date: January 23, 2009
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Watching for

stress in a stressful


Air Force Master Sgt.
Russell Holland
1st Sergeant, 474th ECES
Throughout history, military leaders have
viewed the first sergeant as the key role model
for good order and discipline. The morale and well
being of the troops must be at the top of the first
sergeant's priorities. One of the primary morale issues
facing members of the armed forces today is stress
We all come from different geographical
locations, branches of service and career fields,
and are thrown into an environment that
changes on a daily, hourly and sometimes
minute-by-minute basis. These types of
environments are perfect breeding grounds
for stress.
Webster's dictionary defines stress as "a
physical, chemical or emotional factor that
causes bodily or mental tension and may be
a factor in disease causation." It is important,
though, for people to remember that there is
good stress and bad stress. Good stress is
when you need to take a test for promotion
and the fear of not scoring high enough
drives you to study harder. Good stress
keeps you sharp and motivated. An example
of bad stress is dealing with the separation
of loved ones for long periods of time.
Long-term stressful situations can produce
low-level stress that's hard on your body
and mind. Some common stress symptoms
include irritability, muscular tension, an
inability to concentrate and a variety of
physical reactions such as headaches and
accelerated heart rate. How many times
have all of us experienced these symptoms
and just blown it off?
As a first sergeant it is part of my job to
look for signs of stress and find avenues to help
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines to relieve
bad stress. A couple of ways a person can relieve
stress include exercise (caution over-exercising
can cause stress as well, so be careful) and a good
night's sleep.
When you are confronted with many problems
or tasks, start with the smallest problem and then
proceed to the larger ones. Always allow yourself
some personal time. Here at Guantanamo Bay
there are many opportunities to do many different
things take advantage of them.
We as leaders must stay focused on the day-to-
day issues impacting all of us. We must always look
for ways to deal with the stress related to our personal
problems, work environment, living, and social conditions.
By staying involved and in tune with the people around us,
we make for a more informed, understanding and capable
fighting force. Q


Brig. Gen. Rafael O'Ferrall thanked this Trooper for her hard work and awarded her with a coin to show his appreciation
for her duty and service to Joint Task Force Guantanamo.

Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

Like an ocean's tide, a new wave of
Troopers have arrived at Joint Task Force
Guantanamo bringing fresh faces, ideas and
the continued determination to accomplish
our mission in a safe, humane, legal and
transparent manner. Among the new faces
is Brig. Gen. Rafael O'Ferrall, the new JTF
deputy commander.
As the first general from Puerto Rico
supporting a joint forces mission of this
caliber, O'Ferrall understands the importance
of the mission and what it means to really
know the job.
"I work with passion, dedication and
enthusiasm," O'Ferrall said.
In Puerto Rico, O'Ferrall is the assistant
adjutant general and deputy commanding
general, supervising training, readiness,
personnel and other areas for more than 8,000
citizen-soldiers and full-time members of the
Puerto Rican National Guard. He remains in
that position while deployed here.
"I [am] the deputy commander for the
entire [JTF] operation, not just Puerto Rico,"
O'Ferrall said, explaining his preparation
for the job. "It's been a long ride."
"When I first [learned] about the mission,
I started reading the material that pertained
to it. You have to prepare mentally," he
O'Ferrall explained his concept of
management and the importance of "clearing
the path" so [Troopers] can do their job in a

relaxed and efficient manner, and
accomplish the entire mission to
the leadership's expectation.
"I work for them," O'Ferrall
emphasized, "they don't work
for me."
"It's a historical time,"
O'Ferrall continued. "Because of
the situation with the economy,
the war on terrorism and a
lot of things happening in the
U.S. and around the world, the
expectations are big. Anything
can happen, you have to be
flexible and understand what
is going on. What happened
yesterday is not [necessarily]
what's going to happen today.
So you have to adapt and accept
After a brief left-seat right-
seat training period, O'Ferrall is
enthusiastic about his mission.
"The [Troopers] from the
2008 rotation have done a
tremendous job working over
here," O'Ferrall said. "Now
the challenge is to maintain
that [momentum] and keep
[everything] working the proper
way so our mission can be
accomplished successfully."
"We are here for a year," he
added. "We will continue to
sustain the mission in the same
manner I know the mission will
be accomplished." 0

Brig. Gen. O'Ferrall climbs down the ladder of a guard
tower after visiting with a Trooper during his watch
over Camp Delta. Speaking with the guard force
and checking on the welfare of all JTF Guantanamo
Troopers is a priority that helps O'Ferrall accomplish
his mission.


Men of


Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
No project is too big or too small for
the 474' Expeditionary Civil Engineering
Squadron's structures shop.
Whether it's remodeling a trailer in
support of legal visits at Camp Delta,
rebuilding decks in housing areas to ensure
safety for Troopers, or addressing smaller
projects that contribute to the quality of
life around Guantanamo Bay, the structures
shop will get the job done quickly and
"Each job is a little different," said Air
Force Master Sgt. Stephen Hammond, shop
manager. "I've been really fortunate because
I have guys that really know what they're
doing. [Tech] Sgt. [Shawn] Swiatocha is a
full-time construction worker back home
so he really takes the ball and runs with it
- he knows what to get, and helps me with
the other fellas."
Some of the work the four-man shop
tackles is routine maintenance and some

comes from project requests submitted
by various work groups, both Joint Task
Force Guantanamo and Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay.
"We've done well over 150 jobs,"
Hammond said. "Whether it's removing
or replacing wire or fencing, laying carpet
or designing and installing curtains in the

media briefing room, we've done a lot. The
most visible [project] that directly impacts
[the JTF] would be the habeas trailer project
and the gallery seating in the Expeditionary
Legal Complex."
Most recently, the team built a sun
shade attached to the entrance of the ELC
to protect people from the hot sun or

inclement weather when entering or exiting
the court room.
"As soon as [people] walk out the door
they have a little time to adjust to the
sunlight," Swiatocha, a structural craftsman
with the 474th ECES. "It's for comfort
and quality of life, so they're not getting
"We fabricated the metal structure in
our camp," continued Swiatocha. "[We]
welded everything together, brought it over
in pieces and put it together here. We did
everything from the ground up."
Success is measured in safety. The shop
plays an instrumental role in the safety of
the camp for everyone who visits.
"The Cuzco [trailers] where the lawyers
and judges stay have seen improvements,"
Hammond said. "The deck boards were
warped, causing a safety issue with tripping
hazards. That project took us about two-
and-a-half weeks to [complete]. We rebuilt
and reinforced the structure."
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* Seabees dedicated
to keeping all missions
moving forward
Army Staff Sgt.
Gretel Sharpee
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Helping to ensure the safe and
humane treatment of detainees is a
responsibility undertaken by more than
just the personnel in Joint Task Force
Guantanamo. For the Seabees of Navy
Mobile Construction Battalion 4, doing
construction projects for the JTF is just
another way to keep the mission moving
For the past few weeks, a small crew
of Seabees has been working in various
parts of the camps building new fence
lines to help make the care and detention
of detainees as safe as possible.
"We built a fenced in area to the
classrooms so the detainees could walk
right there, hopefully making it easier
for the detainees and the guards," said
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey
Wyttenbach, a builder with NMCB 4.
"[We] help the mission move forward."
"What we are working on now will be
a new [recreation] yard, so we are putting
in fencing and concrete underneath [the
fencing]," Wyttenbach said.
For NMCB 4, this will be one of
their last projects in the six months
they have been here before they return
to Port Hueneme, Calif., which is
primarily an engineering, maintenance
and construction base.
"When we work [for the JTF] we
actually see right away how we help the
mission," said Navy Petty Officer 3rd
Class Nathan Britton, a builder with the
NMCB 4. "If we didn't do this, it would
be a delay and that isn't what works
around here." 0
Navy Petty Officer 3d' Class
Reynoldo Castro helps Navy
Petty Officer 2nd Class Heranio
Wagayen complete the last
corner of fencing in a new
recreation area. Both Castro
and Wagayen are utilitymen with
the Navy Mobile Construction
Battalion 4 and have been
deployed here since mid-August


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Army Staff Sgt.
Gretel Sharpee
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

Wednesday night play continued for the
Captain's Cup Basketball League at G.J.
Denich Gym. Three games filled the night
starting off with W.T. Sampson taking on
C-Block. The very physical game was close
until W.T. Sampson pulled ahead with an
almost 10-point lead and won the game.
The next match-up was between the
visiting team, Corpsman Up, and the home
team, Tek Weh Yuself. The number 12 and
14 ranked teams respectively seemed to be
a close match-up, but Corpsman Up won
the game with a final score of 46-40.
Rounding out the night was a game
between the Hawks and Terror Squad.
The win was claimed by Hawks who are
fittingly ranked first in the league.
You can contact the Denich Gym for
more information or for the exact time your
favorite team is playing at x3242. 0

2009 Captain's Cup Basketball League Standings
As of Jan. 19

1. Hawks
2. NBN Royals
3. Pinoy Express
4. Underdogs
5. Illmatics
6. DOC'S
7. W.T. Sampson
8. GTMO Latinos
9. Old Glory
10. C-Block
11. Terror Squad
12. Corpsman Up
13. Pinoy GTMO Idols
14. Tek Weh Yuself
PF: Points For
PA: Points Against



PA Points
81 9
84 9
95 6
155 6
97 6
113 6

2. Antagonizers
3. Untouchables
4. Mariners/PSU
5. DOCs
6. Infidels
7. GTMO Latinos
9. The Beef
10.The Exhibitionists


2009 Open-Recreation Winter
Softball League Standings
As of Jan. 20



Army Spc.
Eric Liesse
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

Clint Eastwood has been a living
American film legend for decades. Yet he
has yet to play the crotchety old man who
lives next door, spending hours sitting on a
porch judging passersby.
However, with his latest film, "Gran
Torino," he's not just a crotchety old man,
he's a racist crotchety old man.
Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, a
Korean War veteran who's retired in Detroit
after 40 years in the Ford automotive plant.
The film opens at the funeral of Walt's
wife, showing him complaining about
his ungrateful family, even during the
Walt's disconnect with his two sons -
and especially his grandkids is a constant
theme, providing worthwhile justification
to his people-hating ways. Also, Walt
seems far from over his experiences in the
Korean War.
Walt keeps his home and yard in top
shape, but his neighborhood has descended
into a shallow ghetto with mostly Hmong

residents. Next door lives a large Hmong
family with a teenage son named Thao Vang
Lor (Bee Vang) whom Walt affectionately
calls Toad.
The film's story follows Walt as he takes
Thao under his disgruntled, racist wing.
Early, Thao and his older sister Sue (Ahney
Her) are tormented by a local gang, led by
their cousin Spider (Doua Moua). Spider
tries to recruit young Thao, who spinelessly
agrees against Sue's urges.
For Thao's initiation, he attempts to
steal Walt's prized muscle car: his Ford
Gran Torino. Brandishing his Korean War-
era M1 rifle, Walt stops the theft in action.
The next day, however, Walt saves Thao by
scaring away Spider and his gang during an
attempt to pull Thao from his family. This
causes many neighborhood Hmong to view
Walt as a true hero. To repay him, Thao's
mother and sister force him to work for
During Thao's time with him, Walt
helps Thao build his masculinity and self
confidence and plays the father-figure both
Thao and Sue don't have. Walt's sharp use
of racial slanders even begins to somewhat
diminish, opening his mind at his rather old
The script by
first-time writer
Nick Schenk
makes good use
of quick, biting
dialogue. In a rare
but well-executed
move, the majority
of the film's cast is
genuinely Hmong
actors, with this
film being the
first role for all
but one of them.
Eastwood does at
times seem far too
talented to be with
such inexperienced
actors, but the

young talent comes through in almost every
scene especially Her as the outspoken
The permanent scowl Eastwood gives
Walt can bring the feeling that this is really
the sixthDirty Harry movie. However, when
he opens his mouth to spout outlandish
racial slurs, you realize the character of
Walt is anything but a retread of Eastwood's
past. Rather, "Gran Torino" a well-written
story that does the impossible: it makes a
crotchety old racist neighbor sitting on his
front porch a true American hero. Q

1 hour, 56 minutes

Rating: *****



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Army Sgt. st Class
Vaughn R. Larson
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

Army Lt. Col. Alexander Conyers,
commander of the 525th Military Police
Battalion, challenged his audience at last
week's prayer breakfast to leave the world a
better place than how they found it.
"That phrase is daunting to the average
person, and I consider myself an average
person," Conyers said. "But we also use the
phrase, 'It's a small world.' Once you realize just
how small, you really can make a difference."
Conyers observed that the U.S. military
is largely comprised of small-town residents
seeking to make a difference.
"After serving our country, we are much
better equipped to make the world a better
place," he said. "We know what right and
wrong look like."
Conyers spoke about personal satisfaction
drawn from accomplishing tasks only he could
do, in part because only he would do it. He also
referred to Nehemiah from the Old Testament,
the Jewish cup-bearer to the Persian king
Artaxerxes who sought a leave of absence to
rebuild Jerusalem.
"Nehemiah knew he had to go home,"
Conyers said, using the story to emphasize civic
responsibility. He spoke of some of his own
actions, such as donating a building to a youth
mentoring program and persuading a county
board to relocate a public social service office
out of the space it had used in the county jail.
He also started his own college scholarship fund
after realizing that conventional scholarship
requirements often left out deserving students.
"Somewhere in America, someone needs
your help," Conyers explained. "Someone
needs your assistance. If we don't reach out,
they may not be reached.
"There's no greater feeling on this earth than
helping someone else," he added.
Conyers named his scholarship after the
poem, "The Bridge Builder," by Will Allen
Dromgoole, which details how an old man
crosses a perilous gorge and then builds a bridge
even though he will not cross that way again.
"The builder lifted his old gray head: 'Good
friend, in the path I have come,' he said, 'There
followeth after me today a youth, whose feet
must pass this way. This chasm, that has been
naught to me, to that fair-haired youth may a
pitfall be. He, too, must cross in the twilight
dim; good friend, I am building this bridge for
This is the first prayer breakfast in the past
year that has not been led by a flag officer. It is
also the first prayer breakfast in the past year
sponsored by the 525 M.P Battalion instead of
Joint Task Force. 0


Tax season approaches,

are you ready?

Army Spc.
Megan Burnham
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

The time approaches, again, for all people who made the
required amount of income in 2008 to file a U.S. Individual Income
Tax Return and go through the process of completing their forms.
The tax season can be very strenuous for people who are unsure as
to what information is required to properly complete the form and
avoid any errors.
For most Joint Task Force Guantanamo personnel, help has
arrived as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center opens its
doors to offer free tax help for people who made low to moderate
income and can't prepare their own tax returns.
"All personnel must understand that this is a tax assistance office
and run strictly on volunteer efforts; any overly complex tax filings
cannot and should not be dealt with at this center," said Navy Petty
Officer 1t Class Scott Williams, a volunteer. "Personnel owning
their own businesses, rental property, overly complex and in-depth
investments, etc., should seek professional guidance on filing their
The VITA Center for JTF Guantanamo personnel is located in
Bldg. 6106 in Camp America, behind the Troopers' Chapel and
operates 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The center

opens Jan. 23 and closes May 1.
"The VITA program is offered every year as part of the
Department of Defense Legal Assistance Program," said
The center is available only to active duty members and their
dependents and DoD civilians and their dependents. This assistance
is not offered to contractors.
The following paperwork needs to be brought to the
1. All tax forms sent electronically or through the mail for
the individual and their dependents, if filing for both
2. Valid proof of identity (Military ID cards, etc.)
3. All paperwork authorizing personnel to file on behalf of
spouses (Power of Attorneys, etc.)
4. Any other forms personnel may deem necessary for
purposes of filing taxes for individual and dependents
It is estimated that appointments will last no more than one
hour. However, personnel scheduling appointments are asked to
allot a minimum of one hour to allow the tax assistance volunteers
to correctly and sufficiently complete their tax preparations.
For JTF personnel who are qualified and need assistance
with their tax return, contact the VITA Center at 8118 or 8119 to
schedule an appointment; walk-ins are not allowed. O

Big or small, Stru

STEEL from 4
"We do preventative maintenance on tents,"
Swiatocha said, then explained the process they
use to ensure safety by repairing or replacing any
deficiencies. "That way everybody that stays in
the camp here has a nice place to stay."
The shop continues to function despite the
occasional need for supplies, which can slow
progress down, when a necessary part is "on the
"I get the job requests and figure out how
to get them [filled], including ordering parts,
coordinating job access and the manpower to
get the job done," Hammond said. "It's more of
a hassle trying to coordinate parts because we
don't have a supply house here on the island,
so everything has to be ordered off site. That
can [take] anywhere from three weeks to three
Whether the job is big or small, each job
is completed with "quality and customer
satisfaction" in mind.
"WeputaraisedfloorintheELC so people could
have better visibility of the court proceedings,"
Hammond said. "We also sectioned off an area
for [Sept. 11] victim families giving them a
private area [so] they could feel secure."
Withthe completionofeachproject, Hammond
reflects, "did we meet the customer's needs and
do it in a safe manner?"
"As long as nobody is hurt on the job," he
continued, "that's number one." 0

Air Force Master Sgt. Stephen Hammond, shop manager, vacuums drywall
and sawdust out of the sound booth in the NAVSTA chapel during a project
to create an access door to the wiring system behind the soundboard. -
JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell



A night for theater
Jay Gilbo embodied the presence and persona of author Mark Twain Jan. 17 for 'An evening with Mark Twain' dinner
theater at W.T. Sampson elementary school. Gilbo, the assistant principal for the elementary, middle and high school
here, has performed as Mark Twain for more than 35 years, with Saturday's performance marking his final show. "Some
audiences love the sophisticated, convoluted logic and they get it right away," Gilbo said. "It sometimes takes a few
minutes to sink in. The audience didn't quite get the convoluted logic at first, but in a matter of seconds they did and
kept the laughter going." JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell



Catholic Mass
Sunday: 7 a.m. Confession
7:30 Mass
Wednesday: 11 a.m. Mass

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Protestant Worship
Sunday: 9 a.m.
Spanish Protestant Worship
Sunday: Noon

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony Bowen poses in front of a generator used to provide electricity throughout the tents in Camp
Justice, Jan. 20. Bowen, an electrician from the 474th ECES, supports Joint Task Force Guantanamo by maintaining the
Expeditionary Legal Complex and Camp Justice facilities and infrastructure.

Army Pfc.
Carlynn M. Knaak
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

The expression, "It's not a race, it's a
marathon," is a saying that implies a person
should do something well instead of just
fast. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony Bowen,
an electrician from the 474t Expeditionary
Civil Engineering Squadron, understands
that concept well.
Bowen relishes the opportunities he has
gained through his deployment here.
"It's a great reward being an electrician
and helping people out," said Bowen.
"Imagine if you couldn't have air
conditioning down here or even your
computer to communicate with family or
friends back at home. I help keep those
things going."
Bowen's field of expertise is imperative
to missions across the entire base.
"We've [members of the 474th] worked on

repairs in the Expeditionary Legal Complex
to last-minute chow hall electrical problems
to security lighting in the camps," he said.
"It's definitely an action-packed job."
"One of the things about being in the
electrical field there are days that nothing
happens and then there are days filled with
high-voltage workloads."
Bowen's ever-changingj ob and ability to
adjust to his surroundings will be beneficial
in another aspect of his life as well.
"I'm currently training to do a triathlon
when I return home," explained Bowen.
"One of my favorite hobbies is mountain
biking so I'll be participating in the XTerra
XTerra is a series of off-road triathlon
races that include swimming, mountain
biking and trail running.
"Guantanamo is the perfect place to
prepare for the triathlon," he said. "I did
half a marathon here and ran the Tour de
Fence it was interesting."


Always give 110
percent. Be open in
everything you do and
support the people
around you
Tech. Sgt. Anthony Bowen

Bowen is determined to always have a
middle of the road viewpoint and give 110
percent in everything he does, whether it is
his job or his extracurricular activities.
"I believe it is imperative to be open in
everything you do and support the people
around you," Bowen said. "When you do
that, it makes the mission happen."
Pushing himself and implementing the
mission to the best of his ability is a standard
that Bowen has set, whether during work or
working out, because he knows "life is not
a race, it's a marathon." 0

Ronald Cribbs hits a home
pitted the BEEF against
Expeditionary Civil Engine(
make a total of three runs
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class L

James Butts is right on target while warming up before a game of disc golf Jh
a member of the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, is prepi
upcoming BEEF Squadron Olympics, which will include disc golf, bowling, sv
many other activities- JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russel

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