Army Master Sgt.
Camp V Operations NCOIC
Serving in the Army for the past 18-plus years I've seen numerous
structural changes such as promotions, leadership, deployments,
peacekeeping missions, and the fight on the Global War on Terrorism.
I truly believe non-commissioned officers in today's military are the
backbone of its fighting force. It's not just a slogan but it's the duties,
assignments, mission completion and good work ethic
that we are challenged with on a day-to-day basis.
Nothing happens without the involvement of the
NCO. Officers make the orders, but the NCOs are the
ones who carry them out and make sure the mission
is complete. There is a standard that the NCO is held
to by the Troopers we lead, train and mentor, but we
are also held to a higher standard by the commanders
appointed over us. We as a fighting force will always
need good NCOs to steer our military in the right
direction and maintain the integrity and professionalism
that our leaders expect of us.
Sometimes I look back on what I did to be successful.
I had to be a loyal and obedient Soldier and I had to
be at the right place and time when directed by my
leaders. I always gave my NCOs and officers
the courtesy and respect they demanded by
doing what I was told, knowing what was
right and wrong and learned my job in
garrison and in field environments.
Education was a must, as well as
taking on difficult assignments. Most
importantly, I was responsible for
It is very important for us as a
fighting force to keep our Troopers
well-trained and educated. I realize
no matter how much time you have
in service you should continue to
focus on career progression through
continuing college education, and
military occupational specialty
courses. Education never stops
and there is always room for
It gives me satisfaction to see
Troopers succeed in the military
as well as in their careers after the
military. It feels good to receive
letters, phone calls and e-mails from
Troopers saying "thanks" for taking
time out for them or just giving them
good advice to follow.
I focus on mentorship. It's an
investment in our future leaders, training
them to be the best. In the early 1990s we
lost good NCOs with a lot of knowledge
and experience due to early retirements and
retention control. This hurt our fighting force
and forced a lot of younger Soldiers to advance
with little or no training. The mission has changed
in numerous ways due to the attacks on Sept. 11,
but we, as leaders, still have the obligation to
teach and train our future leaders to be the best.
Performance breeds Performance! When leaders
perform well, they in turn motivate subordinates to
achieve, even exceed, goals and expectations. 0
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Air Force Chaplain Col. Conrado E. Navarro speaks about his experience leaving communist Cuba at age seven, as part of a
broader message on hope in the future during a prayer breakfast Thursday, Feb. 26 at Seaside Galley. Navarro was among
approximately 25 chaplains from U.S. Southern Command attending a conference at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.
Army Sgt. 1st Class
Vaughn R. Larson
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
"If you're not here mentally and
spiritually, you're nowhere."
Air Force Chaplain Col. Conrado
E. Navarro made that observation last
Thursday during a prayer breakfast at
Seaside Galley. The personnel, budget
and readiness division chief of the Air
Force's Chief of Chaplains office drew
from personal experience to make his point
about making the most of where you are.
Navarro fled mainland Cuba on Oct. 10,
1962, with his mother and step-father, but
the flight to freedom nearly didn't happen
for the 7-year-old. His biological father
had not signed papers approving young
Navarro's departure, prompting a frantic
attempt to find his father and a lawyer to
notarize the paperwork.
"People were already boarding the plane
and I thought we were going to miss our
flight," Navarro recalled. "Out of nowhere
came this tropical storm, and the flight was
The passengers deplaned, allowing
enough time for Navarro's father and a
lawyer to arrive in separate taxis. The
paperwork was approved, and Navarro left
for the United States, eventually settling in
FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009 I MISSION
Not until years later, in a letter from his
sister who still lives in mainland Cuba, did
Navarro learn the cost his father paid for
that day. His father legally disowned young
Navarro by signing that paper, resulting in
charges of counter-revolutionary actions
and a 30-year prison sentence. His father
was released after two years, but was
rearrested decades later and died in prison
of a heart attack on Navarro's birthday.
"How little did I know that coming to
the United States with the price that was
paid was the best thing that could have
happened to me and my family?" he told
Navarro noted that most Cuban refugees
left for a season, with the intention of
returning. He referred to Jeremiah 29:11,
in which God told the Israelites to prosper
where they were in Babylonian exile.
"God's purpose was for the Cubans to
prosper in the United States," he explained,
noting how his own life was blessed after
fleeing Cuba. For example, he said he
would never have met his wife Nilda had
they both stayed in Cuba.
Navarro recalled how his mother and
step-father wept as they left Cuba, and also
related trying to pick a large caterpillar
from the carpet. The caterpillar clung to the
carpet with its legs and mandibles, he said,
unaware that it would be safely deposited
in a tree. Focusing on what you've left
behind can prevent you from prospering
where you are going.
"God has you here for a purpose,"
Navarro said. "It is your job to find out
Navarro was among approximately
25 U.S. Southern Command chaplains to
visit Naval Station Guantanamo Bay for a
conference last week. 0
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* First of Commandants'
100 recognized at Joint
Task Force Guantanamo
Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
For some, a belt buckle may be just
another fashion statement, but for Army
Brig. Gen. David Phillips, the buckle is
symbolic of sacrifice, honor, courage, duty
Phillips, chief of the military police
corps regiment, as well as the commandant
of the U.S. Army Military Police School,
visited Guantanamo Bay during a capstone
tour and took time out of his day to meet
members of the 525' MP Bn., and present
a very special award.
"I'm so proud ofwhat the [525th Soldiers]
are doing here. They are representing the
military police corps regiment and they are
at the spear point," Phillips said. "Anything
goes wrong and we read about it we don't
read about what they do well. I wanted
to recognize the heroes who aren't in the
headlines. Look at what a great job they
Phillips explained that stories about
Troopers in Iraq and Afghanistan are in
the newspapers all the time and when
Guantanamo Bay is in the newspaper, it's
usually because somebody is raising issue
"No one is identifying the young
American men and women who are down
here taking care of things in accordance
with the rule of law, in accordance with the
Geneva Convention and dealing with some
very difficult situations day in and day out,"
Phillips went on to talk about the events
of Sept. 11, 2001, asking Soldiers if they
remembered where they were when they
heard about the attacks. Each Soldier he
called on knew precisely what they were
Phillips was at the Pentagon.
"We got to the place where we believed
our office used to be and we tried to see
if we could find any movement," he said.
"There was no one coming out. There
was one thing I did see that represents the
reason you're here today, the reason we
Phillips unfurled a national ensign which
he retrieved from the floor of the Pentagon
when he raced into the burning building
looking for survivors.
"I made a promise to those who perished
on the morning of Sept. 11, that wherever
I travel while I'm on active duty, I would
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after presenting him with the Commandants' 100 belt buckle. "Yes, I do wear
the buckle," said Gamble.
The colors have been to Iraq, and have
traveled around the world with Phillips.
"There are people who want to take
away what these colors represent," he said.
"I brought it out of the building and have
carried it since then. Hundreds of Soldiers,
Sailors, Airmen and Marines have re-
enlisted or have been presented awards in
front of these colors."
"The colors don't belong to me," Phillips
said explaining that upon his retirement
they will go to the Military Police Corps
"They belong to you," he said. "I wanted
to bring them here today to re-emphasize
why all of you are here."
Phillips explained a new program he
began within the regiment targeting the top
100 Soldiers within the career field.
"It doesn't matter if they're officer or
enlisted; I wanted units to identify one or
two Soldiers who are the epitome of what
those colors stand for. During my time as
commandant I will only recognize 100,"
The award program, called the
MISSION I FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009
dng the mission
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
To tell Joint Task Force Guantanamo's story you need a
group of talented and qualified Troopers; and that is just what
can be found with the Florida Army National Guard's 107th
Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. The 107th will replace the
112t' MPAD of Madison, Wis.
"Our biggest job is to get the [Joint Task Force] story out
there," Maj. Diana Haynie, 107th MPAD commander said. "We
know we have some big shoes to fill, but we have some very
creative Soldiers and we are looking forward to adding and
enhancing the current products already here."
The 107th MPAD is comprised of three different sections,
each with unique responsibilities. Command Information, which
includes broadcast and print sections, provides the JTF with the
weekly publication The Wire as well as video and radio products.
This section will be busy over the next year.
"I am very excited to put our mark on such an outstanding
publication," said Army Staff Sgt. Blair Heusdens, the incoming
editor for The Wire.
"I think the JTF command publication is important because
it gets the Troopers' story out since they are the ones doing this
mission," said Army 1st Lt. Christopher Cudney, Command
The Public Information section interacts with the public
through the Joint Task Force Guantanamo web site. They also
market stories, photos and video products produced by 107h
"We want to be transparent to the public and allow them to see
what it is we do here," said Capt. David Ross, officer-in-charge
of Public Information. "We work for the American public and it
is our responsibility to show them what is going on here."
Another important responsibility of the Public Information
section is providing photo coverage to visiting distinguished
The third section of the 107h MPAD is Media
Relations. They are responsible for scheduling and
clearing civilian media groups to tour the facilities
here in the JTF. They also coordinate the media for
the military commissions.
"Providing the media a firsthand look at day-to-
day operations allows them a clear cut view on how
we do things," 1st Lt. Cody Starken, the officer-in-
charge of media relations, said.
Before arriving in Guantanamo Bay, Soldiers of
the 107'h took part in pre-mobilization training both
in Florida with visiting members of the 112h MPAD
and at Ft. Lewis, Wash., with First Army.
"As a first sergeant, I am really looking forward to
our Soldiers growing in their [military occupational
specialty] skills because they are a talented group
and this gives them a chance to show that," said st
Sgt. Shellie Lewis. O
Pfc. Becky Robinson and 2nd
Lt. Allison Givens check their
photos during a Jacksonville
Jaguars game. The 107th
MPAD was able to attend
the game as photographers
and videographers on the
sidelines as part of training
on a drill weekend.
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Troopers participate in a pilates class at Marine Hill fitness center, which is part of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation
fitness programs here at Guantanamo Bay.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The Morale, Welfare and Recreation
fitness program on post is here to support
mission readiness by providing multiple
options for service members to maintain
"My number one focus is to make sure
the active-duty member is ready for the
mission, whatever that may be," said Karissa
Sandstrom, fitness director. "We are also
here to make sure family members, retirees
and civilians are taken care of."
The program offers multiple group
exercise classes as well as individualized
training with a personal trainer. There are
more than 20 different classes each week
taught by five instructors at the Marine Hill
Fitness Center. The classes include:
Yoga Tones up the muscles and
circulatory system. It massages the glands
and internal organs, helps to lessen fatigue
and the aging processes; deepens breathing
and can extend endurance, and increase
flexibility. Yoga also increases will power
and mental outlook, as well as helps in
relaxation of everyday strains and stresses.
(Monday, Wednesday and Friday 5 p.m. and
Saturday 9:30 10:30 a.m.)
Pilates Focuses on the core postural
muscles that help keep the body balanced
and are essential to providing support for
the spine. It also teaches awareness of
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neutral spine alignment and strengthening
the deep postural muscles that support this
alignment, which are important to help
alleviate and prevent back pain. (Tuesday
and Thursday 6 7 p.m. and Monday 11:30
a.m. 12:30 p.m.)
Spinning Concentrates on building leg
muscles. The class is highly motivational
and a very energizing experience. (Monday,
Wednesday and Friday 6 6:45 a.m. and
Tuesday and Thursday 6 7 p.m.)
Step Aerobics Uses a platform, lively
music and choreography in order to bum tons
of calories with half of the impact as running,
and it gives the lower body an amazing
workout. It also includes 10-15 minutes
of upper body workout and abdominal
exercises, allowing for a full body workout.
(Tuesday and Thursday 5 6 p.m.)
and maintains cardiovascular fitness,
increases strength and flexibility, improves
coordination and balance, and sharpens
reflexes. It also relieves stress by allowing
the body to release aggression. The class
includes a variety of punches, kicks, knee
strikes and other self-defense moves
interspersed with a bouncing pace. (Monday,
Wednesday and Friday 6 7 p.m. and
Thursday 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.)
Aqua Aerobics Improves strength,
tone and increases flexibility of all muscles
by using water resistance. The fast-paced
program uses music designed to increase
aerobic capacity, aid weight control,
bum calories quickly and tone the body.
Swimming ability is not required. (Saturday
9:30 a.m. 10:30a.m.)
Other classes include Step-N-Sculpt
(Wednesday 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.), and
Stability ball training (Tuesday 11:30 a.m.
- 12:00 p.m.).
"Group classes are great, because they
enable a level of motivation and energy
that comes from other classmates, unlike a
typical personal workout," Sandstrom said.
Personal trainers are available to give
an initial fitness assessment to find out a
Trooper's strengths, flexibility, body fat
percentage and measurements. After the
assessment, the personal trainer provides the
individual with a workout program, which
consist of both cardiovascular training and
Often the trainer is able to work out with
the individual during various times of the
"The flexibility of the MWR fitness is
a priority and a necessity in order for the
program to be successful," Sandstrom said.
Also included into the MWR fitness
schedule is a monthly 5K or a "fun run," two
half marathons a year, a full marathon every
year, the GTMO extreme adventure race
and a youth fitness program, for children
between the ages of 10-15.
In order to schedule for a personal
trainer or to ask questions regarding events
or programs call 77262 or 75576 for more
LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
I fully admit that I am a die-hard fan of director David Fincher's
work. From "Se7en" to "Fight Club" to "Zodiac," I'dwatch anything
that man put to celluloid. Like clockwork, his latest film "The
Curious Case of Benjamin Button," based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's
1921 short story delivers a bizarre tale in an epic scope.
The film is a heavily narrated retelling of Benjamin Button's life.
The fluid and calming voiceover accounts for most of Brad Pitt's
lines as the title character. Pitt has been in two previous Fincher
films, so the pair seem to have a symbiotic understanding on what
a scene calls for.
Pitt was nominated for a best actor Academy Award for his role
- and he deserved it. Pitt's on-screen Button is mostly observing
others around him, as if it's Button that is curious, not his ...
However, his condition is as curious as a grin without a cat. Born
as New Orleans celebrates the end of World War I, Button appears
to be an elderly baby. His skin has no elasticity; he's developed
has severely brittle
his father Thomas
the infant at the steps of a nursing home. Run by Queenie (Taraji P.
Henson worth her Oscar nod for supporting actress), the home for
dying elderly is a perfect fit for the old-boy.
Button soon starts to take in his surroundings, rarely putting in
his two cents and quickly meeting Daisy (Cate Blanchett). Button is
introduced to Daisy as a friend of Queenie, so his condition doesn't
need explanation, though he's only a few years older then she. From
the moment they meet, it's obvious Button is infatuated.
The film takes its remaining two hours to go through Button's
85-year life. He meets many colorful characters, from a patriotic
tugboat captain (Jared Harris), to a British woman who's determined
to swim the English Channel (Tilda Swinton).
Throughout these years, Button and Daisy communicate and
sometimes meet while she's busy with her dancing career.
The visual effects throughout the entire film are masterful. Pitt's
face was often digitally and cosmetically aged, then imprinted on
his child stand-in. Swinton goes through her entire 80-plus year
life, with each scene subtly advancing her age.
The one real flaw of the film is its scope. It deliberately tries
to be mundane in its surroundings, letting the actors and make-
up artists develop the odd story. However, with the film's mood
constantly so mellow or depressing, the two hour, forty-five minute
running time will wear on you. It's intended to be a quiet film, even
if it had a $160 million budget and stars Brad Pitt.
Most scenes in the second act seem superfluous compared to
Button and Daisy's love story, but they build the film's overall story
of a full-bodied, curious life. It's not a simple love story; more like
a beautifully sepia-toned Greek tragedy. 0
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Swimming one mile, running six miles, canoeing eight
miles and biking eight miles are you tired yet?
For more than 15 participants of the GTMO
Extreme Adventure Race, all of those distances were
accomplished before noon last Saturday.
In teams of three, with at least one female per-team,
participants started the race at the Marina for a one-
Immediately after, teams headed towards the
Ridgeline Trail for the six-mile run which ended at
the Marina for eight-mile canoeing. If by that time
participants still hadn't had enough, the race ended with
an eight-mile bike ride on both paved roads and trails.
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itineraries in less time
Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Say farewell to the paper trail that used
to follow service members and government
employees when traveling for temporary
Defense Travel System, a relatively
new and completely efficient way to
manage official travel, is gaining speed as
it becomes the standard practice across all
branches of service active and reserve -
and the Department of Defense.
"DTS is used for all official travel," said
Navy Chief Petty Officer Chris Chapman,
non-commissioned officer-in-charge of
the joint intelligence group administrative
section. "The most important thing about
DTS is that you can arrange your own
travel and make changes to your itinerary
at any time, instantaneously."
Whether you need a rental car, hotel
room or need to book a flight, it can be
managed in DTS.
"DTS replaced the travel voucher,"
Chapman added. "It replaced the manual
method for official travel. The old method
used to take up to 30 days before the traveler
would be reimbursed for their travel."
The new method of filing and claiming
travel reimbursement through DTS means
that money paid out during official travel is
repaid sooner than with W"
the old paper method.
"What's neat about
DTS is that if you have a
service member who will be t
on temporary duty for 45 days
or longer, you can automatically
set up payments so the traveler doesn't
have to worry about payment," Chapman
said. "They can send their receipts and any
information to an approval agent at their
home unit so the traveler doesn't have to
Instead of waiting up to 30 days for
repayment, which was common with the
old method, DTS payments are often made
within 72 hours.
This Web-based program can be
accessed anywhere, though it does require
the use of a Common Access Card. Should
your travel plans change during your trip,
making changes to the itinerary within
DTS is easy, even if you don't have access
to a computer.
"If you don't have Common Access
Card use on a computer while traveling,
you can call the commercial ticket office
and they can apply the changes," Chapman
"Efficiency is a big advantage of this
program," said Lefty Wright, management
analyst with the J-8 finance and budget
section. "The user creates their own itinerary
4r% i and the whole process
can take less than an hour to
enter the data and have it approved."
Split disbursements for government
travel cards are even handled within the
"Since using DTS and having a
government travel card is mandatory, the
system will automatically separate what is
paid to the travel card, and what goes back
into your pocket," Wright added.
Joint Task Force Guantanamo offers
DTS classes for all JTF members in an
effort to educate everyone on how to create
and manage their official travel itineraries.
"In order to sign up for the DTS course
you must be registered in DTS," Wright
said. We explain the history of DTS and
what it does, and then we practice it just
don't forget to bring your CAC."
The course, taught by Wright and
Chapman, is two hours long and is held
twice-weekly. Sign up by e-mailing Lefty
Wright with your contact information,
including your unit, rank and the day you
would like to take the course. Q
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Pentad Corporation employees, Navy personnel and Ney inspectors, after the final inspection for the Navy Capt.
Memorial Award, got together for a group photo at Gold Hill Galley, October 2008. Contributed photo
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
At long last, galley personnel working
at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay were
recognized for their continuous hard
work by receiving the 52nd annual Navy
Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial Award for
maintaining high quality of life in the food
"It was a total team effort of the entire
command and the Pentad Corporation,
and without the employees that work here
and the pride they instill on the quality of
work they do everyday, there was no way
we could have won this award," said Navy
Chief Warrant Officer Kathy Wiseman,
food services officer. "[The staff] doesn't
work just to win awards but to support the
team and the Troops everyday."
The Ney Memorial Awards program
was started in 1958 by the secretary
of the Navy and the International
Food Service Executives Association
(IFSEA) to improve Navy food
service programs and recognize
those who sustain the desired
professional image and cleanliness
of Navy galleys. The award was
named and dedicated to Navy Capt.
Ney who had served, between 1940
and 1945, as head of the Subsistence
Division of the Bureau of Supplies
The evaluationprocess consists of
four unannounced visits throughout
Roy Johnson, a Gold Hill Galley
server, places requested
food items on plates for all
Guantanamo Bay personnel
who came to the galley for
lunch Monday, March 2. The
galleys' efforts resulted in their
receiving the 2009 Navy Capt.
SEdward F. Ney Memorial Award.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009 I NEWS & INFORMATION
the year by Navy Supply officials to inspect
every aspect of the food service process.
When the inspectors came to Guantanamo
Bay they inspected all the galleys here:
Gold Hill Galley, Seaside Galley, Kittery
Cafe, and the Leeward Galley.
"We're graded on financial, storeroom
inventory validity, sanitation, quality of
food, quality of preparation, how we wash
our dishes and our safety procedures. We
were graded on everything," Wiseman
explained. "We could've received A's on
every category but if it hadn't been for the
A's in customer service from the surveys
that [Guantanamo Bay residents] filled
out saying we were doing a good job, we
wouldn't have received this award."
Much credit was given to the galley
personnel who work diligently and
professionally to maintain the quality of life
that the galleys aim toward in supporting
the Troops and everyone who comes to eat
at any one of the galleys.
"We have a group of good people and
that's the reason why I've worked [at Gold
Hill] since 2003," said Gil Peregrino,
administrative manager for Pentad
"The personnel here are good. They
do what they are told and they get the job
done with very little supervision needed,"
added Robert Thackwray, Gold Hill Galley
The Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial
Award was first awarded to Guantanamo
Bay in 1958 for the Leeward Galley. It
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later received the award in 1960. The
2009 award willbe Guantanamo Bay's
third award overall. Managers of the
galley will be traveling to Atlanta in
April to receive this award.
"There will be a conference
included where we will learn more
[in food services] and continually get
better," Wiseman said. "In winning
this award, it has allowed us to bring
a master chef in general cooking for
a short time to train our cooks and
teach them a lot of new techniques."
The galley staff are very excited to
receive this award and will continue
to work hard in preparation for an
inspection in March for the 2010 Capt.
Edward F. Ney Memorial Award.
"We are very excited to give an
award to everybody in response to
their hard work," said Alberto Prado,
"It was one of my dreams to receive
an award at this level and it's an honor
with how competitive it is, so this is
a great feeling," added Navy Chief
Petty Officer Carlos Washington,
leading culinary specialist at the Gold
Hill Galley. Q
Alberto Prado, lead cook and supervisor of the Gold Hill Galley, places the finishing
touches on Monday's lunch menu before Troopers arrive around 11 a.m. JTF
Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Megan Burnham
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JTF Trooper first to receive MP honor
AWARD from 4
Commandants' 100, identifies excellence
among the military police regiment.
"I wanted to present the first
Commandants' 100 belt buckle and
certificate that would identify the individual
as one of the top 100 Soldiers within the
regiment here at Guantanamo Bay -
where people forget what you deal with
and what you're doing every day," Phillips
Army Lt. Col. Alexander Conyers, 525th
Battalion Commander and Army Command
Sgt. Major Gary Fowler, 525th Command
Sgt. Major, presented Army Master Sgt.
William Gamble to Phillips, before he
received the award.
"Master Sgt. Gamble is the face of the
camps," Conyers explained. "Every day
he is in the camps, standing tall, enduring
the threats, verbal assaults and racial slurs.
He does the job, enforces the standards
and takes care of Soldiers. He represents
everything that we do here, he does it well
and he does it for the Troops. That is why
he represents the flag."
With more than 200 Troopers working
for him inside the camps, Gamble is in
demand day and night.
"He has to answer to any issues that
happen inside the camps," Conyers
continued. "Gamble is accountable for the
actions of the Soldiers and the detainees. He
maintains discipline, control and he's able
to take care of Soldiers while taking care of
detainees. He does it every day in the face
of many challenges, with excellence."
In addition to Gamble's professional
and personal excellence, his family was
recognized for their support of him, and the
"It's not just Master Sgt. Gamble, it's
his family as well," Fowler said. "They're
an all-around great American family."
Gamble felt honored and humbled to
receive the first award in the Commandants'
"It was wonderful to be recognized by
my peers and superiors for the job I do day
in and day out," Gamble said. "I don't do
it for the recognition; I do it for the love of
the job and the Soldiers." 0
FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
Leaf of Hope
Air Force Lt. Col.
SOUTHCOM Deputy Command Chaplain
Remember the story of Noah? The
account of this ancient mariner is well-
known. Most of us can recount the
beginning of the story Noah is
commissionedto build an ark and gatherthe
animals. We also know the end of the story
- the ark settles on the top of a mountain
^ and God
f sends a
What most cannot recite however is the
middle of the story, the time between the
obedient decision to build the ark and the
completion of the mission. Both in Noah's
life adventure and our own we must be
careful not to race to the rainbow and miss
life "in the meantime."
When Noah, his wife, three sons and
three daughters-in-law shut the door of the
massive floating menagerie, they were not
sure what the future held. Genesis, chapter
6, gives avery detailed account of God's ark
building specifications, animal logistics
movement and ration procurement.
Finally, when everything was in place
and God gave the word, the door of
the floating barge was closed. The
flurry of activity was done, the rain
was falling, the water was rising.
Without any navigation system, all
Noah could do was hold on and wait.
One detail that you may not remember
about this account is that though it rained
for 40 days and 40 nights, Noah was stuck
in the dark recesses of the 45-foot-high,
three deck structure for one year and 17
days. Poor Noah didn't have a clue about
the length of his assignment. He simply
obeyed and waited for his next order.
We all stand in the sandals of Noah. As
the old saying goes, "We don't know what
the future holds but we know Who holds
the future." In our own deployments, we
can meticulously prepare, work hard and
look forward to the rainbow of completion.
Ultimately, however, we simply live in the
meantime attempting to remain faithful,
even when we experience frustration,
darkness, and an occasional stink.
A key verse in the account is in Genesis
8:1 that says, "But God remembered
Noah..." Though Noah may have felt
forsaken, in reality, he was never forgotten.
At the right time, God caused a wind to
pass upon the earth. The water began to
recede. Not knowing the condition of the
earth outside, Noah eventually sent out a
dove who returned with a freshly picked
olive leaf. That may not sound like much,
but it was front-page news for Noah. The
end of the journey was near. Soon he would
experience the joy of the rainbow with his
feet upon dry ground. In the meantime,
however he clutched the leaf with its
Today, a leaf of hope can come through
a scripture verse, a phrase of a song, an
encouraging word, and a number of other
ways. Make a point this week to recognize
some personalized God-leafs. While you
are at it, share them with others we need
all the help we can get while we live in the
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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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Musicians come from all backgrounds, and many take
unexpected paths on their way to filling arenas for live shows. Army
Sgt. Daniel Jaggie's unique path to stardom took him through Joint
Task Force Guantanamo to the 525th Military Police Battalion's
Preventative Medicine Office.
Jaggie, an aspiring professional musician, writes and performs
his own material, plays and teaches guitar and even sings. With 12
years on his guitar and three years writing and performing his own
music, Jaggie says he's ready to truly start his musical career with
his debut, self-titled album which is coming out soon. The album
has five songs all self-produced and marketed without the help
of any record label.
"Once you've heard yourself on recordings, it's hard to have
your confidence shaken," Jaggie said about his beginnings in
music. However, he was quick to make sure everyone understands
he's still grounded. "There is a fine line between being arrogant
and being confident."
Though lately, Jaggie creates plenty of music with an acoustic
guitar, it was pure metal that got him playing the instrument.
"I started to play guitar because of Metallica," Jaggie said.
However, after studying classical music and jazz music at
university, Jaggie said his guitar tastes broadened to legends from
Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Wes Montgomery. For
his recent song writing, Jaggie has taken after more modem acts
such as Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave, as well as
Dave Grohl of Nirvana and The Foo Fighters.
Jaggie said he played lead guitar from age 21 to 22 in a
smattering of bands in his area, playing anything from country
music, southern rock to heavy metal. He was also giving guitar
lessons at the time.
Since his earlier years as a performer, Jaggie has branched into
his own shows.
"After I gain respect with some covers, I throw in some of my
own stuff," Jaggie said of his shows. He is also in talks to start
performing more regularly on-island here, hopefully starting this
month at O'Kelly's Irish Pub.
Jaggie classifieshis music as modemrrockwithmost of his current
will soon be
Daniel Jaggie, an U.S. Army sergeant with Joint Task
Force Guantanamo's 525th Military Police Battalion, is
currently promoting his debut, self-titled album. Jaggie has
been playing guitar for about 12 years, while writing and
performing his own material for about three years. Photo
provided by Daniel Jaggie
material being acoustic rock, as he mostly writes using his acoustic
guitar due to the limitations of the deployed environment.
The up-and-coming artist laid down several tracks before
deploying. Jaggie is in the
initial steps to promote and sell
his debut album, which he said
is soon going to be available
for download from iTunes,
Amazon, Rhapsody and Napster
MP3 music download services.
"I'm such a critic that's
why I only have five songs in
five years," Jaggie admitted.
That hasn't stopped his drive
to get his music to new people,
To hear the songs on Jaggie's
upcoming album, visit his Web
site at www.danieljaggiemusic.
com or at his MySpace Web
page at www.myspace.com/
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