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Navy Rear Adm. Dave Thomas, Jr. takes time to speak with Joint Task Force Troopers during a recent tour of Camp 6. JTF
Guantanamo Photo by Army Spc. Erica Isaacson.
Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The decision to close Joint Task Force
Guantanamo is no longer just a campaign
promise but a reality now that the Executive
Order has been signed. Naturally, JTF
Troopers are curious to know what the fate
of the detention facility and the JTF will be.
"[President Obama] said the detention
facilities will close by the 22nd of January,
2010," said JTF CommanderNavy RearAdm.
David M. Thomas, Jr. "That's an order, and I,
as a military member, understand orders. It's
not a suggestion or a recommendation, it's
an order. I don't have opinions about them,
I perform my duties and the missions that I
have in accordance with my orders."
These words hold true for every Trooper.
Although we have a new order, our mission
remains the same.
"We have to maintain our focus on those
missions the safe and humane, legal and
transparent care and custody of these detained
enemy combatants, intelligence collection for
force protection and support law enforcement
in the global war on terrorism and support
for the Military Commissions it's very
important," Thomas said.
According to the JTF commander, the
Executive Order is more significant to the
policy makers and legislative and judicial
branches in Washington than it is to Troopers
here in the short and mid-term.
"What the Executive Order does is direct
many folks in Washington to perform an
evaluation of JTF Guantanamo within 30
days for compliance with Geneva Convention
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009 I MISSION
Common Article Three," Thomas explained.
"[Navy] Adm. [Patrick] Walsh, the Vice Chief
of Naval Operations, is here with a team of 10
other senior Department of Defense officials
evaluating every aspect of JTF Guantanamo.
He has 30 days to do it."
Thomas explained a provision of
the Executive Order which requires the
individual evaluation of all the detainees
here and the evaluation of all the intelligence
and information that the government has
collected about the detainees to assess each
detainee, with the findings reported back to
"Then, within one year, the closure of the
facility," Thomas added. "We will support
those reports and evaluations and of course
await a timeline or decisions on the transfer or
release of the detainees. But, those decisions
will be made in Washington."
Thomas emphasized that until the last
detainee is gone and the last bit of this facility
is closed down, Troopers will remain focused
on the three missions.
"In the Navy, when we deploy, the most
vulnerable time of that deployment isn't
when we're launching aircraft or engaged in
forward activities, it's that transit back when
the deployment is over and all we're doing is
transiting." Thomas said. "[If] you let your
guard down and you stop focusing on being
safe, that's when accidents are most likely to
occur, and you're likely to lose your edge.
"We are going to run through the finish
line with the same focus and dedication
that we've had all the way through," he
continued. "We're going to do this right
until the last detainee is gone. We're going
to finish strong."
According to Thomas, the Executive
Order changes nothing in the relationship
between JTF and the Naval Station.
"The JTF gets marvelous support from the
Naval Station, Navy Region Southeast and
the entire Navy chain of command," he said.
"We also get fantastic support from Morale,
Welfare and Recreation, as well as support in
construction projects and maintenance."
Thomas is frequently asked about ongoing
projects he has in place to refine the conditions
of detention operations in the JTF.
"I'm asked, 'Since we know the facility
is going to close, we're going to stop all this,
right?' The answer is 'no,'" he said.
Thomas decided, in consultation with his
staff, that the right thing to do was to address
these issues that would continue to improve
the detention facility.
"Whether it's for 11 months, 11 years or
11 days, those things are still the right thing
Thomas explained the necessity of moving
ahead with the projects and programs that he
and his staff plan to refine.
"There's no timeline on the right thing to
do, so I'm going to press ahead with those
initiatives," he stated. "We're going to finish
this correctly, the right way, as our country
would expect us to do."
"Our Troopers are my main battery,"
Thomas explained, as he expressed his pride
in the men and women who support this
"I'm really proud of what we do here,"
he said. "Every day I recognize what an
important mission this is for our country and
how important it is to do it right. I'm grateful
to be part of this team." 0
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Attitude is key
for next level
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
For enlisted Troopers and commissioned
officers, standingbefore aboard of superiors
is a long-time tradition of advancement.
Taking a barrage of questions from leaders
you may not even know, maintaining
strict military bearing, and remembering
a laundry list of both vital and obscure
military knowledge are all expected.
Two 525th Military Police Battalion
Soldiers did more than answer questions
as they went before the U.S. Army
South Soldier of the Quarter and Non-
commissioned Officer of the Quarter
boards this week in Fort Sam Houston,
The two Joint Task Force Guantanamo
Soldiers, Sgt. Jonathan Vasquez and Spc.
Juan Jackson, left Guantanamo Feb. 14
to participate in the competition. The
boards last five days and included events
such as a standard panel of questioning
rifle qualification, physical fitness test,
an obstacle course and a land navigation
"[The USARSO board] has a lot more
situational questions," Vasquez said Feb.
13. "It's a lot more putting in your own
perspective and opinion."
"I think it'll be more competitive,"
Jackson said Feb. 13, comparing his
USARSO board expectations to his past
experience. "It's their best and it's our
best." He added that not knowing anyone
he's going to be competing against makes
the entire event "fresh."
The two Soldiers were selected by the
525t because Jan. 22
each was selected as
Soldier and NCO of the
with the 525th's
Both won monthly
boards for November
2008, with Jackson
taking Soldier of the
Month and Vasquez
taking NCO of the
Jackson said that
the USARSO board
will only be his third
military board ever.
"I'm not a person
[who is] easily
said. "I have confidence
Jackson said that
he prepared for his
by simply studying
opportunity came up.
"That, and I try to
maintain a positive
attitude," he added. Army Spc. Juan J
Vasquez, a shop 2008 Soldier o
foreman and tool competition at t
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motor pool, said he got
his studying in even when performing other
tasks. Vasquez went to USARSO's website
and downloaded a digital audio file of the
board study guide and put it on his personal
music player to listen to.
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Force Guantanamo vehicle, competed in the U.S. Army South Noncommissioned
Office of the Quarter board this week at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. JTF
Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Sarah Stannard
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lackson, posing after winning the November
if the Quarter competition, expects stiff
he U.S. Army South board. JTF Guantanamo
Ft. Sarah Stannard
Vasquez said he also received plenty
of help and advice from his supervisors,
specifically Staff Sgt. Adrian De Jesus,
the battalion master driver and Vasquez's
sponsor NCO for the USARSO board.
"[Vasquez] is the type of guy that all he
needs is the ingredients," De Jesus said.
"That's what he does; he's constantly trying
to improve things."
As his board sponsor, De Jesus will
present Vasquez's basic packet to the
board's sitting sergeants major, as well as
provide an opening statement about his
Soldier. Although De Jesus has done the
job in the past, he's never gone to such a
"big board" before.
"It's a very new experience for me as
well," De Jesus said.
Jackson and Vasquez both said they
believe going before a board is all about
attitude and preparation.
"I say I own the place for the next 20
minutes," Vasquez said. "Be confident,
sound off and just maintain your military
"Stay calm, and if you're prepared,
you're prepared." Jackson said. "If you know
it, you know it. Make some noise." 0
MISSION I FRIDAY, FEBRUARUY 20, 2009
Dr. Donald C. Winter, the Secretary of the Navy, presents a
member of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo guard force with
a coin, as token of appreciation in Camp 4 Feb. 17.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009 I MISSION
Dr. Donald C. Winter, the Secretary of the Navy, also visited U.S.
Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army
Spc. Carlynn Knaak
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Speaking to the Troopers at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay,
Dr. Donald C. Winter, the Secretary of the Navy explained the
importance of their mission during an All Hands Call, Feb. 17.
"You are taking part in a very technical mission," Dr. Winter
said. "The leadership appreciates the sacrifices you and your
families are making."
The short meeting highlighted Guantanamo Bay's long history
and long future due to its critical location and unique mission.
Winter discussed ways the base would continue to improve
through improved family housing, fitness centers and healthcare
facilities. He also noted that continuing education options for
Troopers and their families would continue to be a priority.
"The most important thing to me is making sure you have what
you need by way of training and taking care of families," Winter
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
For scuba divers at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay, most dives are spent
exploring the tranquil underwater world
or partaking in activities like underwater
fishing, wreck diving, deep diving or night
However, for one day out of the year,
scuba diving becomes a competitive
sport for the annual Reef Raiders Scuba
"The event is pure underwater fun with
some out-of-the-ordinary experiences,"
said Bill Keenan, member of Reef Raiders.
The Scuba Olympics, held Feb. 15, has
been an annual event since 2001 when a
group of Reef Raiders members, Keenan
included, were brainstorming a unique
The event was held Sunday morning at
Phillips Dive Park where 32 participants, in
teams of two, competed in sevenunderwater
events. The events included the coin drop,
ring toss, "toypedo" toss, hoop relay, melon
relay, 3-legged relay and musical chairs.
"Events fluctuate from year to year, and
we always try to bring at least one new
event to the competition," Keenan said.
"This year was the three-legged relay.
While we had seven events this year, we
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have about 20 events in the game bag for
In each event, participants were
competing against everyone to swim the
fastest, throw the farthest, get the most
rings or coins on the poles, or win in
musical chairs. The melon relay, the three-
legged relay and musical chairs were all
team events while the coin drop, the ring
toss, the "toypedo" toss and hoop relay
were individual events.
Whoever did the best in each event was
given a blue poker chip that represented
three points. The second best received a
red chip representing two points, and all
other participants received a white chip
representing one point.
Phillips Dive Park has been the location
of the Scuba Olympics since it first started.
It has been determined as one of the safest
dive sites on base where the flat, sandy
bottom makes setting up easy and preserves
the integrity of the surrounding sea life.
"While the name Reef Raiders
implies a negative connotation towards
the underwater environment, the club
membership is committed to preserving the
ecosystem while promoting fun diving,"
After the competition ended, the
acquired chips were counted to see who
had done the best overall. The first-place
finisher received a dive computer, the
second-place finisher received a dive bag,
and the third-place finisher received scuba
hangers and an underwater flashlight.
The results showed a first-place tie, 38
points, between Brian Rogers and Miguel
Estrella. Colin Kerrigan placed third
receiving 36 points overall. To break the tie,
Rogers and Estrella competed in a paper-
rock-scissors competition where Roger
won. However, he wanted the dive bag so
Estrella was awarded the dive computer
"I was shocked that I actually won a
dive computer by playing a game of paper-
rock-scissors," Estrella said. "The fact that
I was diving with a computer that doesn't
work made it more rewarding since I was
planning to buy one soon."
All inall, this year's Scuba Olympics was
a great success with great anticipation for
next year. Reef Raiders will be promoting
a fun dive to Leeward for folks not familiar
with the area next month.
"It's better known as an orientation dive
for divers not experienced in [safe entry
and exit techniques], the type of entries and
exits, or the area," Keenan said.
To become a member or obtain
informationonfuture events, stopbytheReef
Raiders club or online at reefraidersgtmo.
org. They are open Monday through Friday
from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Sunday
and holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. O
LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Never in my geeky life did I ever think I
would walk out on something comic legend
Frank Miller himself created. However,
with his latest project, "The Spirit," the
The creator of "Batman: Year One,"
"The Dark Knight Returns" and "300"
decided to throw his fedora into the ring by
taking on his first solo writer-director role,
adapting the Will Eisner serial newspaper
comic "The Spirit" into a feature film.
Like Tim Burton making "Alice in
Wonderland," it seems like this would be a
perfect fit. Miller's infamous neo-noir style
and knack for visual storytelling could
make a mind-blowing picture with just
However, Miver alan t Keep tnese
elements on an even keel. At no point in
the film can the audience even begin to care
about what's going on. The characters have
little-to-no introduction and just begin to do
things for no apparent reason. Plus, Gabriel
Macht as "The Spirit" never once seems
to show a hint of emotion in his "crime-
solving everyman" character. Very quickly,
this film falls flat on its overly flashy face.
The story is simple: Macht is Denny
Colt, aka the Spirit. He's a cop back from
the dead who tries to fight crime in a simple
black suit, black trench coat, black fedora
and red tie. Did I mention that it's done in
an over-the-top, neo-noir style? Think "Sin
City," but not as good. "The Spirit" even
has Macht wearing Converse All-Stars
sneakers like Clive Owens' "Sin City"
character. However, Owen made them look
so much cooler.
The Spirit runs into his nemesis, the
Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), early on in
the film, as Octopus tries to steal the chest
holding the blood of Heracles from the
Central City mud flats (which is the first
place I would look for it) femme fatale
Sand Saref (Eva Mendes) is already there
stealing the other
chest, which holds
the treasure of the
All this begs
the question: Why
would a Greek
and the treasure of
a mythological hero
be there? One of the
two I'll let slide, but
both? That makes
as much sense as
Samuel L. Jackson
in a Nazi uniform -
which also happens
in this movie.
Some fighting ensues between the three,
with Saref and Octopus escaping with the
wrong chests, and the Spirit seemingly
dead. But remember he's undead, so he's
Nothing really picks up from here.
There is a surprising amount of dialogue
for such a showy film, with some scenes
dragging on so long even the characters cry
boredom. The artistic style is kind of cool
for about 15 minutes, then it just gets in the
way of telling an actually interesting story.
The one saving grace of the film is a
peppering of hilarious lines. For instance,
the Spirit tells the Octopus after their first
fight, "I'm gonna kill you all kinds of
dead." These absurd quotes alone merit at
least a half star.
Yes, I did go back and finish the film a
few days later. Still, I saw nothing which
warranted even a free viewing because,
despite its name, this film has absolutely
no soul. O
1 hours, 43 minutes
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009 I MOVIE RECON
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1st Place Brian Rogers
2nd Place Miguel Estrella
3rd Place Colin Kerrigan
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Fellowship and a free meal is always an appreciated
gesture, no matter who you are. For the Troopers working
here, a barbeque with burgers, hot dogs and all the "fixin's"
provides an opportunity to relax with friends, if only for a
"We [barbeque] for morale and to show appreciation for
the Troopers working behind the wire," said Army Capt.
Eric Bey, Chaplain for the 525t Military Police Battalion.
"I've been doing it since I got here in July. Troopers love
What began as a suggestion from the chaplains'
assistants over a year ago, according to Bey, has become a
popular event for all Troopers at Camp America.
"When I came on board, I kinda took it over, and the
[chaplains' assistants and religious program specialists]
assisted," Bey said. "Their reason for doing it is for the
troops. Initially, it was mainly just for HHC but I said
we need to do this at the camps because those guys are
working harder than we are."
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Richman, a
religious program specialist, takes part in the cook-out and
enjoys supporting the event.
"I think it's great. It raises morale and gives guards a
break from their job and a chance to mingle," he said.
The barbeque lets the chaplains and their assistants
reach out to Troopers, who might not otherwise have time
to meet the chaplains.
"It's opened doors for ministry," Bey said. "People
have called on me that normally wouldn't have because
they didn't know me."
"I enjoy hanging out with 'Chaps' and support the things
they do for the Troopers," said Army Sgt. Aaron San Luis
at the last barbeque Feb. 6.
The chaplains may not be able to hold barbeques as
often in the future because the funding for it is low.
"Tithes and offerings [collected during church services]
pay for it, and [the funds] are down," Bey said. "We used
to do it every other week, alternating between locations,
but now without funds, we'll have to cut back to once a
month and continue to alternate."
"Camp Five is always quick to join in and bring their
own stuff," Bey added.
Despite the cut back in frequency of the barbeques,
from twice a month to once a month, Troopers are still
"Sometimes when I go into the camps, Troopers will
ask me when the next barbeque is taking place," Richman
said. "It feels like we're getting something accomplished
when they ask I think it's great." 0
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009
68 years, a time
How to make a "Morale Minder" call.
Active Dvuty Military, oD Civil
SArvi c Emplcyf,6 or a U.-S.
employees of a government
contractor are authorized two
15-minute calls per week. A
Personal icldent ificat ion Number
(PFN) is assigned by your command
and delivered to the Base
Communications Officer to be
entered into the Morale Minder
System. Upon confirmation from
the BCO, you are then ready to
use this new system. The system
resets every Monday at 0001.
Dial telephone number 2800 to connect to thU base
telephone muitdcboard After the automated recording,
wait for the appropriate prompt and then press the
number one (1) on your telephone,
Stegp Tw?: .it ii r th e nexr prompt Anrd Ithn ear.ter your
PIN plus the pound sign (I).
Step Three: Enter the requiCed iiOcnfrmatiVn orce
pFompted. You will have two optionR to choose Form:
1. Preopt one will allow you to mniak a direct DS$
call to the base that you're calling-
S 2, ProCpt two will provide you access to a DS$
operator. The operator will give you the D
nurmber tc the base ycu are calling and at
times will even place the call for you, In
either case this time frame isn't registered
against your 15 minute calling time.
For more information, please call x2500.
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NEWS & INFORMATION I FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009
Navy Seaman Christopher Timpe, a constructionman attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11, performs
routine maintenance on a van here, Feb. 12. NMCB 11 is on a six-month deployment in support of Joint Task Force
Guantanamo's construction projects. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Carlynn M. Knaak
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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525th MP Battalion Chaplain
Have you ever given much thought
about why people go to church? How about
the reasons people have for not going?
I have heard people say countless times
that they don't have to go to church to be a
Christian. That is absolutely true, but that
doesn't mean you shouldn't. As a military
chaplain I would like to set forth some
reasons, by way of analogy, that one should
consider going to church.
First and foremost is the fact that it is
commanded. InHebrews 10:25, the Apostle
Paul admonished believers to continue
to assemble and to not be like those who
have broken the custom. Have you ever
considered the ant? It is not a formidable
foe by itself, but if you get the whole
colony on you, you'll be in big trouble.
They stick together and work storing food
in the summer to make it through the winter.
Within the colony there is harmony, peace
Second, there is power, peace and safety
in numbers. First Corinthians 12:12-31 tells
us that the church is the body of Christ. It
explains how each one of us, like the parts
of the body, has a role to play. If one of us
decides not to show up, then we are not
whole. That doesn't mean that we are non-
functional. For just as when a person goes
blind his ears will become more acute, so
the rest of the body will compensate but it
is not according to function or design. When
you deprive the church of your presence, it
will be like your arm or leg deciding to not
function. You will be able to get through
the day, no doubt, but it will not be as if
all limbs were present and functioning
Once when Jesus was teaching, he was
questioned about why he was eating with
sinners and tax collectors; in response, he
said that it is the sick that need a doctor,
not the healthy. The church is where we
salve and bind up our wounds. It is where
we minister one to the other and teach
and correct one another. It is where the
lost and the lonely come for comfort and
If you've got your whole life in order
and you are not in need of anything to
include salvation because "you're good"
or "you and 'the Man upstairs' have an
agreement" then church is probably not
for you. In my experience, no one has it
Finally, church is like a gas station. If you
own a car, you will easily appreciate this
one. Try going without a gas station and see
how that works out for you. You can bring
gas to the car, but no one does that except in
emergencies. Like the gas station, church is
where we go to get filled for the week. It's
where we hear the word of God preached
with power and conviction with signs and
wonders following and confirming. If it has
been a while, perhaps it's time to drop in
and get reacquainted with the family. 0
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Sunday: 7 a.m. Confession
7:30 a.m. Mass
Wednesday: 11 a.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.
Sunday: 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 p.m.
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LIFE & SPIRIT I FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009
Coast Guard Petty Officer Ist Class Keith Cupples stands in a familiar position at the wheel of a transportable port
security boat. Cupples, Senior Trooper of the Quarter winner, is a boatswain's mate with Port Security Unit 305 and is in
his second tour to Joint Task Force Guantanamo.
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
A sea of Coast Guard Troopers'photos
is a familiar site on the Trooper of the
Quarter winner board, and this quarter is
no different. The most recent winner of
the Senior Trooper of the Quarter board
was Coast Guard Petty Officer 1t Class
"That is a good question," Cupples
said when asked why Coast Guardsmen
usually win the Trooper of the Quarter
contest. "Everything [tested on during
the board] except for land navigation
are things that we need to pay attention
to in our daily jobs," he continued. "For
example, law enforcement is a part of
what we do so we have to know aspects
of the constitution, especially the fourth
amendment, really well."
Cupples, a boatswain's mate, has
been a member of the Coast Guard
Reserve for more than six years. This
is his second deployment to Joint Task
Force Guantanamo with Port Security
on during the board]
except for land
navigation are things
that we need to pay
attention to in our daily
- Coast Guard Petty Officer Ist
Class Keith Cupples
"It is a good mission," said Cupples.
"Providing [anti-terrorism, force
protection] for the base and for the Joint
Task Force is a good way to highlight
our capabilities to the other services."
Cupples was selected to go before
the Trooper of the Quarter board by his
chiefs and felt genuinely surprised when
notified that he was going to represent
the Coast Guard and their long history
To prepare, Cupples had everyone in
his unit asking him questions. He even
had Soldiers ask him questions specific
to their service to cover areas that he
was not familiar with.
After going before a panel of senior
enlisted leaders of the Joint Task Force,
Cupples was informed that he had beat
out his competition and was named
Senior Trooper of the Quarter.
"It was such a relief to be done,"
Cupples said. "Then I was kind of in
shock when they told me I won. It was a
relief to know I kept up the Coast Guard
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