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Air Force Chief Master Sgt.
Brian T. Schexnaydre
JTF Command Chief Master Sgt.
Throughout my career I have been to many locations and worked
under several commands. I have seen different types of management
techniques. Some were more effective than others. However,
one thing that never changes is the fact that we are nothing
without the Troopers who work for us. For that reason, it
is imperative that we take care of our troops to the best
of our abilities, while bearing in mind that we are a
We must treat everyone equally, and stay away
from the "Brother-in-Law" or "Good Ole Boy
Systems." This is truer now than ever before, since we
are working more and more as a joint force. One thing
that is consistent with all of our uniforms is U.S. We
all work for the same cause, and that is "Preservation of
Freedom within the United States of America."
What is good for one shouldbe good for all, regardless
of branch of service. When we start taking care of people
differently, or on an individual basis, we as senior leaders
lose all integrity and set ourselves up for failure. We
have no more control. To that end, we must start
with getting to know our Troopers on a personal
and professional level. Is their family life okay?
Are they financially stable? Do they need special
care for dependents while deployed? Are there
things that we may not be providing that might
be critical to their mission needs? From there
we must know what steps are needed to assist
them in resolving their needs. Do we send them
to see a chaplain or to the legal office? It may
be that we need to have one of their personal
friends work with them. The list could go on
and on, but until we know what their needs
really are, we are not doing them any justice.
Now that we have ensured their personal
needs are being met, we must periodically
follow up, to ensure that whatever has been
implemented continues to work for them.
Furthermore, we must keep our people
gainfully employed, while at the same time
ensuring that they have ownership in what
they do. Micromanagement is a bad word
when we are talking about taking care of our
people. We train them so we can trust them.
If we can not trust their abilities, we either
have failed on our part in getting them ready
to step up to the plate, or we are just not
being effective managers.
We must always recognize our people
for positive performance something as
small as a pat on the back can go a long
way. Show your support to them, and the
results will come two-fold, if not more.
Without showing your support, you're
almost guaranteed failure. All of this
said, I want to express my personal thanks
for the opportunity to sit in as the acting
Command Master Chief until the incoming
Command Master Chief arrives in mid-March.
Rest assured that while filling this position, my
main interest is fulfilling your needs to the best
of my ability, within the lines of professional
and military protocol. Q
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TROOPER-TO-TROOPER I FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2009
Membrs ofoing itall
Members of the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron pause from daily operations for a group photo by the
Camp Justice sign. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Carlynn Knaak
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
"We've been busy," said Air Force Lt.
Col. Gregory Walters when asked what
his unit, the 474th Expeditionary Civil
Engineer Squadron, has been up to since
arriving at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
"Busy" might be an understatement
when considering what this squadron of
Air Guard members from North Carolina
and Louisiana has accomplished.
From burying more than 2,000 feet of
high-voltage electric cable, assisting in
Migrant Operation exercises and supplying
the Expeditionary Legal Complex with an
uninterruptable power supply, the 474th
ECES used the skills of each of their
Airmen to accomplish the mission.
"These guys outperformed any
expectation I had for them," Walters said.
One of the main missions of the 474th
was supplying and maintaining the basic
needs of Camp Justice and the ELC. This
included security measures, water and
electricity availability and many other
"One big issue was the courtroom
dropping power during commissions,"
said Air Force Maj. Bobby Walston,
operations officer. "Anew system had to be
installed, which was a big project for our
"Planning, execution and
communication for our projects, as well as
staying two-to-three steps ahead, has been
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a challenge," continued Walston.
Not only does the 474th provide utility
support for the commissions, they also
assist in establishing security measures. A
secure area was built into Courtroom 2 to
view proceedings. Also, hundreds of feet
of concrete barricades were installed as a
force protection measure.
"We take a lot of pride in the things we
take care of. The [Airmen] take ownership
of the projects and we encourage that,"
Providing security to the Commissions
Support Group is an important facet of the
474th ECES, but they don't complete the
mission alone. "We couldn't do what we do
without the CSG. We all worked extremely
well together and are just a small part of a
big group," Walters said.
The 474th ECES also found themselves
helping the Joint Task Force with various
projects, including hurricane clean-up
Air Force Staff
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Priming for a win
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What is the highest peacetime award a Soldier can
What are the four sources of military law?
What outlawed biological warfare?
Where is the national flag always flown at half-staff?
These questions may seem like trivia to some. However,
questions such as these on U.S. military history, customs
and courtesies, do have their place.
One such place is in a time-honored tradition: going
before a board of senior leaders.
Each quarter, Joint Task Force Guantanamo continues
this custom by selecting its "best of the best" with the JTF
Junior and Senior Enlisted Trooper of the Quarter Board.
A military board is a long-standing practice across
all the armed services, and consists of Troopers
demonstrating extreme military bearing while taking a
barrage of questions from a panel of senior leadership.
It is used to asses anything from the Troopers' demeanor
under pressure, experience within their field, and overall
military knowledge, according to the Trooper of the
Quarter preparatory material.
Military boards are not just about answering semi-
obscure questions, however. The overall image of the
Trooper plays an important role in a final board grade, with
close attention paid to areas such as uniform and personal
appearance, military bearing and overall oral expression
and conversational skills.
The JTF's senior enlisted leader presides as President
of the Board. As president, the Senior Enlisted Leader
starts with opening remarks, begins and directs the other
members' questions and calls the Trooper's board session
to a close. The board has six members in addition to the
The Navy is not the only service that sits on the board.
In the past, Army sergeant majors from the 525th Military
Police Battalion and Coast Guard master chiefs from the
port security unit attached to the JTF have been board
members. It is this "jointness" that made the experience
unique for Coast Guard Petty Officer 1t Class Keith
Cupples. He is no stranger to the process, having gone
before five Coast Guard boards, but his first joint board
was here Jan. 29.
"It was interesting to go before the joint board with
all the different branches represented," he said. "It was
stressful at first, but they didn't ask any questions that we
hadn't studied for."
For preparation, board-bound Troopers are given an 80-
plus page booklet of questions, answers and overall topics.
Questions are geared to all participants, so individual
services are not at an advantage or disadvantage because
of their background. The extensive material holds far more
questions and answers than will be used during the board.
This requires the Trooper to keep a wealth of knowledge,
on top of acute military bearing during the board.
Cupples, a Boatswain's Mate with Port Security
Unit 305, said studying was time consuming but he had
help from his fellow Coasties, who quizzed him while
underway on watch.
"It was definitely an outstanding experience," said
Cupples. "I would recommend others go through it, and I
would definitely do it again." 0
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Army Spc. Carlynn Knaak looks through theJ6fit Task Fo
service member and trooper of thequarter st guide. ompetil
Troopers strive to use any down-time to squeeze in study time,
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photo by Army Staff Sgt.El ss
MISSION I FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2009
Chief Petty Officer Richard Reese, Petty Officer 1s' Class Luis Rivera, Command Master Chief Wayne Miesen and Petty Officer 1t'
Class Kirk McRee of PSU 305 stand next to the Coast Guard's monument of units that have been deployed here. PSU 305 is currently
serving in their third deployment to Guantanamo Bay in support of the Joint Task Force.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Not many Joint Task Force personnel
today can say what Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay was like when the first tour
began because (1), they were not deployed
here during that time, and (2), they haven't
returned to tell the story. However, four Port
Security Unit 305 members have indeed
returned to Guantanamo Bay to complete
their second deployment or even their third.
"I'mjust glad to be back and look forward
to it," said Coast Guard Command Master
Chief Wayne Miesen. "A lot of things have
Miesen has deployed to Guantanamo
Bay all three times that PSU 305 has
deployed here. Chief Petty Officer Rick
Reese, Petty Officer 1st Class Kirk McRee
and Petty Officer 1st Class Luis Rivera were
also deployed the first time in January 2002
and have now returned for their second
deployment in December 2008.
"I thought [this deployment] was a
mission that needed to be done," Rivera
said. "I'm glad to be back."
PSU 305 was the first Coast Guard unit
to deploy here in 2002, not long after the
attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The unit had
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just come off active duty in New York in
November when they received the call that
they were coming to Guantanamo Bay.
"The anticipations of being called to
active duty so shortly after the attacks on
our country, of course, weighed heavy
on everyone's mind," McRee said. "I'm
personally proud to be here. I think the
mission to come to Guantanamo Bay and
work with others was a good choice from
the beginning and it will continue to be."
After receiving the call, PSU 305 didn't
have long to prepare and train before
traveling down here to begin their tour.
"When we got here, we didn't know
exactly what our duties were," Rivera said.
"We learned as we went along but we had
good leadership then that helped us to hit the
The quality of life in Guantanamo Bay
was much different then, especially for
the JTF. After they completed their in-
processing, they were taken to their quarters
in Windward Loop. In fact, the entire JTF
was living in Windward Loop at the time.
"We were all jammed, the entire JTF, into
Windward Loop which had been abandoned
[at the time]," Miesen said. "We were given
cots and up the hill we went."
It is safe to say the living conditions have
improved since then with the construction
of Cuzco housing. In addition to housing,
many other aspects of the quality of life in
Guantanamo Bay have also improved.
"There's a big difference from before,
facility wise," Miesen said. "All the
accommodations have improved. There are
more places to eat and all the hours [of the
facilities] have been extended."
Even though much has changed over the
years, some things have stayed the same.
"The recreation stuff, including fishing
[has stayed the same]," Reese said. "The
landscape has also stayed pretty much the
same other than a few buildings stuck up
here and there."
PSU 305 was also the first Coast Guard
unit to deploy a second time to Guantanamo
Bay in December 2005 and the only unit to
return for a third deployment in December
"We have established a good relationship
with the JTF," Miesen said. "We've had to
work with both the Naval Station and the
JTF and the boat operations got along well
with the Naval Station in addition to the
"I knew this was a very purposeful
mission that we would be given and I feel
highly positive about our stand-up and our
arrival here," McRee said. "It's been great
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There is no event more suitable to begin
a day of activities for the Cuban American
Friendship Day than a Northeast Gate Fun
"We started at the Northeast Gate
because that is where Cubans would come
from in the morning [to go to work]," said
Beverly Pavon, president of the Cuban
American Friendship Association.
The fun run, held Jan. 30, was a 10-
kilometer route that started at 8 a.m.
from the Northeast Gate of Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay. The course consisted of
running from the Northeast Gate, along
ShermanAvenue to the Downtown Lyceum,
and back to finish at the Windjammer.
This is the 40th celebration of the Cuban
American Friendship Day, and fun run has
been coordinated every year to start off the
activities. Throughout the course, both the
Cuban and American flags were carried and
were frequently passed between runners to
demonstrate the friendship between the
Cuban and American communities here.
Approximately 25 participants joined in
the memorable run, and while most started
at the Northeast Gate, other runners joined
at the half-way point at the base of Marine
Hill. For those who were unable to run
but still wanted to participate, golf carts
followed the leading group for the last two
At the finish line, participants enjoyed
refreshments consisting of water, oranges
and bananas in front of the Windj ammer. C
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Many of the participants stand together behind the Cuban and American flags after
finishing the run at the Windjammer, Jan. 30.
LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2009
is for a Valiant effort
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Petty Officer 2nd Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
I will admit that I'm an unashamed fan of historically inspired
films, and I'm an even bigger fan of any film that can manage to
thrill as well as inform its audience. In director Bryan Singer's
eighth feature-length film, "Valkyrie," this balance is executed
Set during the height of Adolf Hitler's reign during World War
II, Valkyrie sets out to tell the tale of Col. Claus Von Stauffenberg,
intensely portrayed by Tom Cruise, and his attempt to assassinate
The film's central theme of loyalty to country over duty seems
to drive the sense of urgency behind Von Stauffenberg's actions
and for his part, Cruise could not ask for a more compelling and
layered supporting cast.
From Oscar-nominated actors Kenneth Branagh, who plays
Maj. Gen. Henning Von Tresckow, and Tom Wilkinson, who plays
Gen. Friedrich Fromm, to British comedian Eddie Izzard, who
plays Gen. Erich Fellgiebel, this all-star cast breathrs life into the
The only distraction for me in the film was the clashing accents.
Singer's attempt to explain the lack of a unified accent throughout
the film, by transitioning from German to English 30 seconds into
the movie, fails miserably. However, one flaw doesn't take away
from this tour-de-force film.0
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"Valkyrie" stars Tom Cruise as Col. Claus Von Stauffenberg,
a German soldier who's realized that Adolf Hitler is in fact a mad
man who has forgotten to place Germany above his own goals of
world domination. Von Stauffenberg then joins a group of people
plotting to assassinate the fuehrer.
This, of course, is easier said than done.
The movie begins with Cruise writing a letter while reading
along in German and then slowly fades into English. After this, the
rest of the movie is spoken in English with absolutely no attempt
at German accents. I had read about this before viewing this
movie and thought it was going to be distracting. I was wrong: the
various European accents of his supporting cast started to become
distracting. For me, it was quite hard to hear someone trying to
cover a Scottish accent while dressed in the traditional World War
II-era Nazi garb.
The story progresses at a relatively good pace with the climactic
assassination attempt signaling what will surely be the beginning
of a new Germany where the incoming governing body will seek a
truce with Allied forces.
Unfortunately for the conspirators, all does not go according
to plan. Hitler survives the assassination plot and quickly aborts
Operation Valkyrie, for which the movie is named. The plan was to
use the reserve army to arrest and confine the SS, or Schutzstaffel,
Hitler's "Protective Squadron," which was responsible for most of
the horrendous crimes against humanity during the conflict. Then,
the conspirators would slide in a new governing body and try to
bring order back to Germany and Europe.
While I refuse to give away the ending of Valkyrie, I'm sure it's
fairly obvious what Adolf Hitler would do to conspirators.
I enjoyed Valkyrie. While it's not the most historically accurate
portrayal of the era, you're able to suspend reality enough due
to the scenery, costumes and cinematography. Cruise is able to
deliver a decent performance, and his supporting cast carries more
than their fair share of the weight. It makes you forget that no one
is speaking with a German accent, or in German.
I give Valkyrie three stars for being exceptionally average, but I
am a sucker for World War II cinema. O
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Guantanamo Bay worked together to maintain the Coast
Guard lighthouse and museum, a piece of Guantanamo
Volunteers worked in the hot sun scraping old paint,
replacing nails and finished the job with a fresh coat of
The museum, which once housed the lighthouse keeper,
is home to photographs and artifacts collected from all
over the base.
Whether it's photos documenting the coaling operation
that once took place at Hospital Cay, old glass bottles
found in the waters of the bay or even horse-shoeing
and grooming tools that were once used at the now-
closed Morale, Welfare and Recreation horseback riding
stables, the museum serves as an important reminder of
our history here.
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The annual Cuban American Friendship
Day was celebrated Jan. 30 with activities
ranging from a 10-kilometer run in the
morning to singing and dancing at the
The annual event has been celebrated at
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay for 40 years
as a way to give thanks to the Cubans who
continue to work in our community.
The run began at the Northeast Gate
and finished in front of the Windjammer.
The American and Cuban flags were
carried throughout the whole route and
often passed between participants as a way
to acknowledge the sense of community
reflected in this event.
At the Windjammer Ballroom a lunch was
served to more than 150 guests. Students of
all grade levels performed Cuban-inspired
dances following the meal.
The afternoon continued with an awards
presentation for the Cuban residents who
still work here, some for more than
50 years. As of this year, there are
still three Cuban residents that
commute from Cuba through the
"The celebration comes to
remind us of the impact the Cuban
community has here especially
after the conflict with Cuba," said
Madhya Husta, Cuban assistance
program manager. "This community
worked very hard to build this base
and keep it secure."
Also at the celebration was
Mya Cigars, a handmade cigar
maker from West Palm Beach,
Fla., with a Cuban heritage. Jorge
Rodriguez, the owner of Mya
Cigars, came to Guantanamo Bay
for the Cuban American Friendship
Day celebration after leaving Cuba
nearly 39 years ago.
"I am just happy to be here after
39 years it is very special to me,"
Rodriguez donated all of the
supplies for making the handmade
s cigars, and his son, George L.
Rodriguez Jr., patiently made
them in front of a small crowd of
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"No other base has the opportunity to
assimilate with the culture and people of the
host country and that is very special," Husta
continued. "I encourage the community to
get to know the Cuban community. There are
a lot of things around the base that represent
Cuba, and I hope they find that out while
they are here." O
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oN I FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2009
Navy Petty Officer 1t Class Vivian Favors and Air Force Tech Sgt. Sonya Faucette look through their Bibles in search of
a verse that relates to communication during a group discussion about the power of words.
Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Members of Mount Airy Baptist
Church visited Guantanamo Bay as
part of a mission to reach out to military
members and civilians in an effort to help
strengthen personal relationships, whether
with a spouse, significant other or family
This five-day faith-based conference
addressed a differenttopic eachevening. The
first night featured the movie "Fireproof,"
the story of a husband and wife who lose
sight of their relationship and ultimately
struggle to regain their marriage through
persistence, courage and faith.
The subsequent days of the workshop
focused on themes illustrated throughout
the movie: roles in marriage or a committed
relationship, effective communication,
expressing heartfelt commitment and
Keith Shorter, pastor of Mount Airy
Church, initially visited Guantanamo Bay
in March 2008 and set the wheels in motion
for the recent workshop.
"I remember sitting in [Chaplain David
Mowbray's] house and talking to a Joint
Task Force Trooper a guard and asked
him, 'If we come back, what could we
do that would be meaningful?'" Shorter
explained. "He said, 'Just coming down
here shows that somebody cares. To know
that a church back home cares enough to
come down here means a lot to us.'"
Shorter returned to the church, located in
Easley, S.C., assembled a mission group of
10 people and began the process of getting
clearance to return to the island with his
"I came here with three goals," Shorter
said. "I wanted to speak to people about
their relationship with God, help families
and marriages and be an encouragement to
Robin Gore, a lay leader with the
women's ministry at Mount Airy Church,
was pleasantly surprised with the sense of
community and warmth here, despite the
constant turnover of personnel.
"I'm impressed to see the way people
come together, and how Chaplain
Mowbray, the church and [other chaplains]
seem to foster and encourage that sense of
community," Gore said. "People here have
very normal homes, with normal families
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2009 I NEWS & INFORMATION
and typical family issues."
The lessons during the conference were
basic, yet powerful concepts that are easy
to forget in the hustle of everyday life,
especially for the Trooper who works long
Ron Taffer, a part-time minister, led the
evening workshops with support from Gore.
The duo tag-teamed topics and referred to
each other on particular topics.
"There are some messages Robin can
deliver better to women," Taffer said after
introducing her to the audience.
During the workshop about effective
communication, Taffer revealed an
astonishing statistic to the group about the
actual amount of time a married couple
spends in conversation each week 27
"That's all the time we take to talk each
week-to our spouse," he emphasized. "That
may not even be quality conversation."
Understanding the importance of
communicating one's needs, and
remembering the significance of
considering a partner's needs is crucial in
a healthy relationship.
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operations and community relations/
"Basically I watched a group starting
out have personal conflicts, but work
through them and learn to work with each
other and do great work because they
are all very talented in their [respective]
career fields," said Air Force Master Sgt.
Russel Holland, first sergeant for the
The out-going members of the
474t will return to their home state
to train, rebuild and wait for another
"It's been a good deployment ... there
have been challenges, but it has been a
good deployment," Holland said. O
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"When you speak, choose
your words carefully," Taffer
said. "There's a lot of power in
our speech and words can be
The final evening of
the conference focused on
forgiveness. Taffer explained
that "forgiveness is healing," as
opposed to the destructive nature
"We must be able to say 'I'm
sorry' and mean it," Taffer said.
The visiting mission team
reached out to numerous JTF
and Naval Station Guantanamo
"We were led to some people
who were very open, vulnerable
and honest about the needs in
their life, which gave us an
opportunity to open the word of
God and show them how all the
answers they needed were right
there in that book," Gore said.
The overall message of
accepting personal responsibility,
acting in humility was apparent
throughout the week.
"God gave us two ears and one
mouth," Taffer said with a smile.
"We need to listen more than we
Ron Taffer, a member of Mount Airy Baptist Church's mission team, speaks to a room
full of Troopers and residents of Guantanamo Bay to explain "love languages" and the
importance of understanding how words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, touch and acts
of service, convey messages of love.
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Deputy Command Chaplain
"A ship in harbor is safe but that is not what ships are for."
(John A. Shedd, Saltfrom MyAttic).
The Apostle Paul is the perfect example of this quote. He boldly
faced the challenges that came with "the Great Commission." I
marvel at his history, "Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was
I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have
been in the deep; In journeying often, in perils of waters..." (2
Corinthians 11:25, 26)
No doubt about it, we are called to set our sails and meet the
challenges of life head on. We also need to know that the ship
builder, the Captain of our Soul, in wisdom provides harbors. "For
in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion." (Psalms
World War II veteran Joseph B. Wirthlin wrote this inspired
counsel, which has been a compass in my life:
"After a long journey across the Atlantic Ocean,
which was hazardous at that time because of the war, I
rejoiced when I saw that wonderful beacon of freedom
and democracy, the Statue of Liberty. I cannot express
to you my relief when we finally reached that safe
harbor. I imagine I felt something of what the disciples
of Jesus Christ felt on that day when they were with
the Savior. They set sail upon the Sea of Galilee. The
scriptures tell us that Jesus was weary, and He went to
the back of the ship and fell asleep on a pillow. Soon
the skies darkened, and "there arose a great tempest
in the sea, insomuch tha the ship was covered with
the waves." The stoi- raged. The disciples patiked.
It seemed as though the boat would capsize, et the
Savior still slept. At last. their could wait no longer
and they awakened Jesus. You can almost hear the
anguish and despair in their voices as th pled ith
their Master, "Carest thou not that we perish?" (Mar
Many in today's world feel troubled and distressed;
many feel that, at any moment, the ships of their lives
could capsize or sink. When you feel tossed by the
storms of life and when the waves rise and the winds
howl, on those occasions it would be natural for you
to cry in your heart, "Master, carest thou not that I
When these times come, think back upon that day when the
Savior awakened in the stern of the ship, rose up and rebuked the
storm. He can and does rebuke the storms in our day. He is the
same 'yesterday, today, and forever.' Do not fear. He is still at the
helm. "Peace, be still." (Mark 4:39)
Continue to use your ingenuity, your strength and your might to
resolve your challenges. Seek the support of others who can show
you the chartered course that leads to safe harbors. Do all you can
do, and then "let go and let God."
Draw close to God. Be of good cheer. Keep the faith. Doubt not.
The storms will one day be stilled. God is at the helm.
When our souls are anchored in the safe harbor of the Lord,
we can say as did Paul: "We are troubled on every side, yet not
distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not
forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed." (2 Corinthians 8:4-9) Q
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Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
When you have been in the military only
one year, standing in front of a crowd of
senior enlisted members can be daunting.
But when they start hurling questions at
you, ranging in topics from the Constitution
of the United States to current events, the
situation can become much, much worse.
"When my chief nominated me I was a
little surprised, but then I felt the pressure
of supporting the department and instantly
wanted to do really well," said Seaman
Wells was sent straight to Joint Task
Force Guantanamo after her initial
"My dad is former Navy so that is why
I joined the Navy, but there is a long line
of my family members who have been in
the military I think it is in our blood to
serve," Wells said.
Once nominated to compete for the
Junior Trooper of the Quarter, Wells said
she studied everything she could find
and had a lot of help from her chiefs and
leading petty officers. The only part of the
study material she found challenging was
studying the Constitution of the United
We fight to defend the Constitution
every day but it was so hard to remember
all of the amendments," she commented.
Wells has also taken it upon herself to
be active in the Guantanamo community
by volunteering at the children's center and
being the youth cheerleading coach. She
also finds time to take classes at Columbia
College in hopes of finishing her associate's
degree before her deployment here is over.
"My biggest take-away is how honored
and humbled I am," Wells said about her
time here at Guantanamo thus far. "I work
with so many smart Troopers who work
hard. It was great to represent the group
and bring the win home for us."
Since winning the Junior Trooper of the
Quarter, Wells was able to tell her father
briefly that she won.
"He just laughed he was so proud."O
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