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an electronics technician
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Growing up I truly valued relationships with my family Irlc ie epeI
felt a personal connection with. Looking back, I did not co ~i-e !tool-1 i- or~ L lu.!; tel on
building trust, confidence and respect in these relationships iiIIlus-ii !ent al : loluppe i
naturally. That has not always been the case in myprofessio !.1l I!!e Ioi e'c i ines \ i
building relationships required greater effort. But in both iauses Ilse I!i I see 1~:Cello
principles behind every successful relationship were trust, m~~i`!liiiclnc .Ind r espeel
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primary culpritinwhattears downpersonalorprofessionallebII !:~lolissp
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lack of attention. Managing relationships takes time arel illori!
but the payoff is enormous. When we have the courage to :*uic II!
relationships on these principles via action and word, it reini!;i c es
A key benefit in living to build relationships is being ;Il! is 011
to take 100 percent responsibility for ourselves and the buIclll!!i
of alliances outside of the relationship of your individuE l~~ oc..,
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grow other relationships.
When we build trust in a person it promotes confidincei .In~l
this confidence results in respect. The cycle continues as 101);i .I- 1- 0
work at it. When we break the cycle it strains the relationship .Ind~ <.111
even destroy it. No matter what direction you relate these I!ince
principles to, it just works. No matter where you are ir use
"chain of command" or in a personal relationship, if: ie
communicate and focus, we inevitably see a change foi
the better. We also identify why things are not working
well, personally or for the organization we serve. We ..
get better at solving and preventing problems. =.
Individual connnitment this is the responsibility
*Self awareness and assessment. Really get to know
what makes you tick. Figure out your faults and what
motivates you. We can better ourselves and build on our
strengths. Realizing who we are helps us with others
and builds understanding and credibility.
*Diversity. This is more than just race, color,
religion, or gender. We are different: the way we think,
holy we look, where we come from, our education and
holv ie were raised. No two people are the same, not even
identical twins. Life experience affects who we are, and
we need to do our very best to appreciate the differences in
people value and respect everyone.
*Take 100 percent responsibility all the time. This applies
to our jobs, duties, personal and professional relationships.
No more excuses or pointing fingers at the other guy. We
build trust when there is 100 percent responsibility for all
of us, 100 percent of the time.
*Embrace personal growth. Read often, and outside
your specialty. Setting expectations, sustaining excellence,
experience your own success as well as team success are
possible if we are committed to the required time and
effort. Confidence grows with knowledge, experience and
a track record of success.
Trust, confidence and respect are essential to any
relationship. We need to be conscious of this when dealing
with others and holding ourselves to the same charge.
After 24 years of service to our country, it is my opinion
no one is better at relationship s than the women and men
of the United States Armed Forces. You sacrifice so much,
so others can be safe and enjoy what freedom breeds. Your
personal and professional example is extraordinary.
It is a distinct honor and privilege to serve you as the
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equipment for the mission.
Since the current Transportable Port
Security Boats are nearing the end of
their service life, a new and improved
model, called a Response Boat Small
- Charlie, will become the platform in
maintaining security of Guantanamo
"You can get approximately eight to
10 years out of a hull before it needs to
be replaced," said Coast Guard Chief
Petty Officer Donald Wassler, boat We
division chief. "So [the Coast Guard miNh
Deployable Operations Group] made kness
some modifications to the existing cabin.
hull-type they have in production now
to better suit the [Outside Continental to
United States] mission."
PSU 305 was picked to test the RBS in fan
Ft. Eustis before deploying to Guantanamo col
Bay. The unit received the boats last May pul
andL began a three-month study to test their
viability and see if they would work on a pa
day-to-day basis. pa
"We took them underway and ran them sor
through different scenarios and drove them ha
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better crew comfort.
"It's a more agile boat and the crew
isn't standing for their whole watch,"
Wassler said. "There's safety seats
that keep the crew buckled in place so
when they're doing tactics, there's not
a risk of falling overboard."
Other benefits include heating and
air conditioning inside the cabin that
help the crew stay comfortable and
alert while patrolling the waters in
the hot and intense Guantanamo Bay
ne .Some crew members were
intimidated driving the boat for the
first time," Wassler added. "But once
they got on it and saw how much it
takes the strain off of their knees, back and
neck, especially on rough seas and on the
range, it made a huge difference."
The unit hopes to have the boats in use
sometime in February so all crew members
can enjoy the benefits of the new boats.
Until then, they will continue to uphold
the Joint Task Force mission in keeping the
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as well as stay cool in the air condition
different areas," Wassler said.
The boat crews have been getting
miliar with the handling of the vessel and
mpleting the qualifications necessary to
t it in everyday use.
"We are waiting for replacement
rts like radios, radars, bilge pumps and
rts for the motor," Wassler said. "So if
mething breaks, we have the parts on
nd to fix them."
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Task Force Guantanamo during an AII-Hands Call Jan. 27 at the Windjammer
Army Staff Sgt.
training on mission
essential tasks in
During that time
umits also need
to add personnel bJ-S
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equipment they will ,f
need to accomplish
"It takes every single Soldier in uniform to do the mission we
have today," Peterson stressed.
Peterson noted that the U.S. Army predates the United States by
more than a year.
"It took a great Army to establish a great nation, and nothing has
changed," he said. "It still takes great Soldiers and leaders like you
to do it." O
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Peterson, along with Maj. Gen. Ronald S. Chastain, deputy
commanding general Army National Guard, U.S. FORSCOM,
visited JTF in an effort to meet Soldiers in all areas of their
FORSCOM is the largest command in the Army and the
Army's Force Provider to joint combatant commanders worldwide,
according to the FORSCOM mission statement,
"You are the hammer," said Peterson. "When our Soldiers, Sailors,
Airman and Marines land on a continent and show that flag that you
now wear on your right shoulder that means something."
In a 50-minute brief, Peterson explained the Army's current
strategic environment and what it takes to staff, supply and train for
the Global War on Terrorism.
Through discussing the basic elements of what it takes to train,
supply and deploy a unit, Peterson emphasized the challenges the
U. S. military faces and has faced during this war.
Right now, active-duty Soldiers can expect to have 12 months
between deployments, and National Guard and Reserve can expect
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009 | MISSION
A 50ola1er approacnes tne last streton or tne
15-mile route to the finish line of the Bataan
Death March try-outs at Kittery Beach. The
road to Kittery Beach was the roughest
terrain that participants had to march upon.
to -out had done so for many different
"I'm doing it to represent my company
and represent the Army here at JTF
Guantanamo," Army Sgt. David Peppard
said. "I'd also like to get off island for a
couple days and do something fun."
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Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Gua nta na mo Pu blic Affa irs
The lights at Cooper Field Sports
Complex were blazing Monday night
as another night of the Open Recreation
Winter Softball League kept the fields full
The league is comprised of 10 teamS
from around base that will each play at
least 10 games throughout the league. The
games take place Monday, Wednesday and
Friday nights starting at 6 p.m.
On Monday, the night started out with
a match-up between The Mariners, a team
with members from Port Security Unit
305, and The Beef, a team with members
from the 474" Expeditionary Civil
Engineering Squadron. Ranked fifth and
seventh respectively going into the game,
players knew it would be a close fight, but
sometimes the competition isn't the main
reason why players look forward to the
"I'm just happy to be here," commented
Wayne Miesen. "It is a nice break from the
"Getting out here and playing with
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Paul Seitz does it all for The Mariners during Monday night's game. His pitching helped
hold The Beef to a close game while his hits helped bring in runs keeping The Mariners
on the board.
friends relieves the stress of work,"
added Mike Conley.
Even though playing softball is a
great way to relieve stress and break
away from daily routines, someone has
to win. With a close score throughout
the entire game, The Beef finally pulled
ahead in the last inning for a 12-11 win
over The Mariners. O
2009 Captain's Cup Basketball League Standings
As of Jan. 26
1 Hawks 5
2 NBN Royals 5
3 C-Blocks 4
4 Underdogs 4
5 IIlmatics 3
6 Pinoy Express 3
7 DOC s 3
8 Old Glory 2
9 WT Sampson
10 GTMO Latinos 1
11 Corpsman Up 1
12 Terror Squad 1
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2009 Open-Recreation Winter
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LOCAL SPORTs | FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
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JTF Guantana mo Public Affairs
Take a moody, devastatingly handsome vampire, an awkwardly
average teenage girl, and all the heartache of young love thrown
into the rainy town of Forks, Wash., and you have the setting of
this year's cult hit T\t lIIIlu1 )
I'm slightly biased: I do have a longstanding love affair with all
things vampire. However, I approached this movie with a critical
eye. In my opinion, Hollywood never gets the whole vampire thing
right, and certainly falls short in the book-to-big-screen adaptation
department. Twilight was a pleasant exception to this rule.
I appreciated director Catherine Hardwicke s intimate approach
to an occasionally hard-to-swallow love stoy, between a human
teenage girl named Bella Swan, played by actress Kristen Stewart,
and a vampire teenage boy named Edward Cullen, played by actor
Both fairly unknown actors, Pattison and Stewart attempt to
flesh out the chemistry between Edward and Bella. However,
Stewart's acting is as drab and predictable as the small town the
movie is set in, and much like Bella in the book series she seems to
pale in comparison to Pattison's
smoldering interpretation of
The supporting cast,
however, seems to hit the mark
better than the film's heroine
- especially actress Ashley
Greene, who plays Edward's
sister Alice Cullen, and actor
Billy Burke, who plays Bella's
dad Charlie Swan.
Overall the story moved
along at decent pace, slowing
through the romantic candle-
lit parts and speeding by
the frenzied vampire action
Some other noteworthy .
points on the film include a
nod to the cinematography
team behind the breathtaking
panoramic shots of the Pacific
Northwest, and a "must-add-
soundtrack featuring two
original songs written and
performed by Pattison himself.
Although the film may
have been originally targeted
for "tween" audiences, it's a
draw that much like Edward's
declaration to Bella can't be
resisted any longer. O
Navy Petty Officer 2nd ClaSS
JTF Guantana mo Public Affairs
Much like the main characters in this movie, "Twilight" sucked
the life out of me. This cult hit aims to tell the Romeo-and-Juliet-
esque tale of Bella, played by Kristen Stewart, and Edward,
portrayed by Robert Pattison.
Where do I begin?
The drastically sub-par acting from Stewart. She delivers lines
in a pained staccato while blinking like a seizure victim as if she's
trying to remember the script as she acts it out. And then there's
Robert Pattison, idolized for his "smoldering" good looks and
ultra-brooding personality. He plays the tortured soul who just
cannot seem to cope with his reality very well. I can see why
millions of 12-year-old girls dig this movie. It appears as though
his character, Edward, is constantly stuck in a pouty, confused
stare, much like that of a male runway model.
To be fair, I've never read any of the books that this movie is
based on, but I can only imagine that it's groundbreaking literature
that will surely be remembered alongside other great works such
as "War and Peace" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Also, I would think that
something that is obviously
going to make millions at
the box-office (because of
Pattison) would have a bigger
budget for things like special
effects and acting lessons for
.... I guess the special effects
team thought wrong when
they figured they would only
need about eight bucks to pull
this stuff off.
On the upside, the
cinematography is done
exceptionally well. It appears
that's the only professional
staff they hired for this movie
because it looks amazing;
the washed-out color of the
imagery actually lends itself
to this story.
Much to my own surprise,
the soundtrack is decent. It
includes two songs performed
by Pattison that, regretfully,
I love. If I had to give a
star count or thumbs up or
down, I would say one star
for the cinematography and
the soundtrack. With the
upcoming sequels to this
movie in the works, I can only
hope they try to breathe some
life into this otherwise dead
FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009 | MOVIE RECON
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Army Staff Sgt.
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especially those of us in the military whose
weight and body fat content is measured as
casually as our feet.
To help make fitness and losing
weight more fun, the Morale, Welfare
and Recreation department at Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay has imitated the
successful T.V. show "Biggest Loser" to
create, "GTMO's Biggest Loser."
"The goal is to get people into a
healthier lifestyle," said Ryan Rollison,
fitness coordinator for MWR. "It is not just
about weight loss; we are trying to educate
for life-long fitness."
The program has more than 30 teams of
four signed-up with the first weigh-in on
Feb. 2. From then on, teams will weigh-
in every other week and be tracked on the
percentage of weight lost per team. Prizes
will be awarded at each weigh-in to the
team that has lost the greatest percentage,
and there will be a grand prize at the end
of 12 weeks.
Teams will also be turning in food and
exercise logs at each weigh-in as well. Each
member is tasked with writing down each
morsel of food they consume and every
repetition, set, time and type of exercise
"There won't be any group exercise
classes, but I'll be here as well as other
personal trainers to help [participants] if they
need motivation or support," Rollison said.
"People are excited about it," he
continued. "Whatever their motivation is,
I'm happy they are doing it." Q
If your thighs are still moving even if
you finished your last side-straddle hop a
minute ago, or if your chief told you your
bootlace was out but when you looked
down all you saw was your uniform
straining over your padded middle, or at
your last medical appointment a health
professional convinced you that by losing
weight you could lower your cholesterol
levels or blood pressure, you're not alone
- weight loss and fitness are hard.
Whatever the reason, maintaining a
healthy weight and staying in good physical
condition is hard. We've all been there,
FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009 | NEWS & INFORMATION
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GTMO's Bigest Loser
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"Mainly just prove to myself that I can
do it and for personal benefits," commented
Army Pfc. Caroline Thwaits.
T'he 15-mile course wound throughout
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and
consisted of all types of terrain. The
competition began at 6 a.m. at Windward
Range where the participants first trekked
to Kittery Beach and back and then made
their way along Sherman Ave. The half-
way point was at the top of the infamous
John Paul Jones Hill. The second part
of the route included hiking back down
the hill and marching all the way back to
"It was tough," said Army Sgt. Steven
Jones about the course. "I had been training
with my ruck sack and Interceptor Body
Armor so I was a little happy when I found
out we just had to wear our camelbak."
The top six qualifiers (one serving as
an alternate) will continue training for the
26.2 mile event that includes achieving
certain milestones set up by senior enlisted
of the 525th.
The first milestone was 15 miles during
the try-out; the next will be 18
miles, followed by 21 miles and
finally 24 miles. The type of
training will be determined by the
team during personal training time
or whenever the team decides to
"There are certain milestones
that [the team] will build up to,"
Army Sergeant 1"t Class Onix
Rodriguez said. "Those are
accomplishments that will increase
their confidence and by the time
they get to New Mexico they'll
already know, 'I did 24 miles, I
can do two more."
The Bataan Memorial Death
March is an event that contains
much historical value. A major
goal is for people to remember
the spirit of helping one another,
especially during stressful times.
For more information on
the history and the event of the
Bataan Death March, visit www.
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NEWS & INFORMATION FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
Going the long way
Air Force Tech Sgt.
474th ECES Power Production
A calm and quiet Wednesday morning on Guantanamo Bay near
Buoy Five was interrupted with fishing line screaming off the reel
as a black tip shark peeled a hundred yards of line in a matter of
The Power Production Fishing Team consisting of Air Force
Tech Sgt. Dave Soldat, Master Sgt. Chad Blackmon, Tech Sgt.
William Hutchinson and Senior Airman Kevin Tallmon, all members
of the 474" Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron spend at
least one day a week fishing in the bay. The team, known as the Power
Production Fishing Team, routinely fish mackerel, jack fish, snapper
and barracuda but it's become an easy feat.
Catching shark became a more frequent occurrence, and the
challenge has made it the prime target. A normal day now consists of
hooking between two and five sharks on any given trip.
Each person on the team has a purpose. When we anchor at the
buoy, tasks are handed out by the boat captain (Soldat). When a shark
is on, someone is responsible for starting the motor and driving the
boat, while another pulls up anchor, and someone pulls in all the
fishing lines. None of us could do it alone.
The black tip is one of only a few sharks that can jump fully out
of the water a behavior called breaching, which they like to do once
hooked in an attempt to spit the hook from its mouth. It is definitely
a sight to see when a five-to-six foot shark comes completely out of
the bay waters. The key is to keep the line taught through the jump and
allow the drag to be loose enough to prevent the line from snapping
when the shark thrashes its head. Sharks are extremely strong and can
snap strong line faster than the drag allows it to be released.
We have had at least 35 or 40 hook ups with sharks in the last two
months. We have been using the Internet search engine "Google" to
learn all that we can about shark fishing and tactics, and modifying
leaders and rigs the best we can, with the limited shark accessories
available at the marina and NEX.
The largest shark we have actually had next to the boat, in an
attempt to board, was a seven-and-a-half foot black tip. The largest
we brought back to the marina was a five-foot-seven-inch black tip,
weighing about 74 pounds. It took the team three hours and 15 minutes
to board the shark, utilizing Hicacel Beach to get the shark out of the
water. We have caught three large black tips and one medium sized
Not only is fishing and boating a relaxing and stress relieving
time, but the excitement adds to everyone's day. Every shark boated
is talked about around Camp Justice and GTMO for a few days, that
is, until the next one.O
by Army Spc. Megan Burnham
Navy Petty Officer
3'd Class Michael A.
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Coast Guard Petty
Officer 3'd Class Rudy
Navy Petty Officer 2nd
Class Angel Gorbea
Coast Guard Petty
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"Getting together with
friends and eating junk
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on E Block and watch it
on my fabulous 19-inch
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but after work fil be
heading to the Windjam-
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009 | VOICE OF THE FORCE
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Boots on the Ground
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"I'm thankful that my supervisor and
other members of the 474th ECES have been
supportive of me," Cribbs said. "They've
really let me do something I enjoy and have
shown a lot of appreciation for [the photos
and proj ects] .
Members of the 474th Show interest in
Cribb's photographs and often request Cribbs'
support for a fellow Airman's retirement,
promotion or other important unit event.
"I get good feedback," Cribbs said. "I
didn't anticipate I'd be taking as many photos
as I have. I took a lot of football photos and
the guys come by to see them. I've shared all
my photos with the folks from the 474th "
At home, Cribbs has a small business and
uses a website to sell his photographs.
"After I retire from the Air National Guard,
I will continue the business and build it." Q
his eye for composition through
experience and by speaking with other
"Jimmy Haire is alocalphotographer
that I've known for years," Cribbs
said. "He has really helped me a lot
by looking at my work and answering
questions for me."
Whether at home, or deployed, this
North Carolina native is drawn to the
action of sports.
"Back home, I photograph a lot of
youth baseball," Cribbs said. "There
*aren't a lot of people who will come
out and photograph kids playing ball,
so to be able to capture a young kid's
behavior during a ball game really
gives you some candid shots."
"I have one [favorite] photo of a person
riding an old-style bicycle down the beach
with a dog on a leash running along with
him," Cribbs explained. "It was taken in
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The resorts
and skyline blend into the background the
guy riding the bicycle, his dog, and the tire
tracks and paw prints in the sand are in sharp
focus. I got a lot of comments on that one."
During his deployment in Guantanamo
Bay, Cribbs has spent time photographing
other ECES unit members, both working
and playing. He also has provided support
to various work sections that needed visual
support for projects.
"Our liquid fuels non-commissioned
officer-in-charge was having difficulty in
ordering a hose fitting," Cribbs explained.
"I was asked to photograph the part in need
of replacing. The photo was emailed to the
manufacturer and the part was successfully
Cribbs has also photographed equipment to
create oIc\ -lo:" presentations for new arrivals
to Guantanamo supporting the transient
quarters for visiting military commissions
staff or for the incoming rotation of Camp
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then
Air Force Master Sgt. Ron Cribbs has a lot
As an engineering assistant with the 474th
Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron,
Cribbs helps keep base maps up to date with
new construction projects and relocations of
structures, including electrical and telephone
lines. When Cribbs is not maintaining a
picture perfect map, he can often be found
photographing various aspects of the base and
"There are many men and women here
doing outstanding work but are really unable
to convey that to folks back home whether to
civilian [employers] or to family and friends,"
Cribbs said. "From a military standpoint,
[photography] is a good way to document
what we do here."
What began as a hobby nearly 20 years ago
has become a passion for Cribbs.
"I decided to buy a good camera right after
I joined the Air Force so I could document my
career," Cribbs said.
Over the years, Cribbs has developed
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