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Order of responsibility

Navy Senior Chief
Vicente Bantiding
JMG Senior Enlisted Leader

From my first day in boot camp to my tour at Jco'il T.iL.
Force Guantanamo, one thing remains constant i l!.,' c
always received and carried out orders. Whether y:ou .i. .rcc
or not, orders keep our military moving. In boot c.im.l i
learned to obey orders with no questions, which ran.icd !'r:ii
the mundane such as how to lace my boots a certain, .I- -
to the more complex, like how to properly fold and -i:. n-
clothes so all my uniforms fit into my small locker.
Orders are a necessary part of our military e.Iici cce
from our first set of permanent change of station :crder I,:,
our retirement or fleet reserve orders. As we go Ilhri.i.l!
the ranks, things will evolve, from receiving our fi:-i ~o:' u,!
verbal orders in boot camp to actually having the pri, !lc-e :c !'
issuing orders. However, this evolution comes with a
price, and it is called responsibility. Responsibility
we must understand every time we issue orders. /
We make sure they are lawful orders and that J
we have a basis to issue those orders. T1. i
means our orders must be in line with ci.i nc l
laws, directives and standard opera .ii_.
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orders and, if we did, some type ':I
physical exercise or a stern father! -
lecture or both usually follow cd
our inquiries. Spring past boot camr !
however, and as we go through the
ranks, things will get more complex.
With rank, we have the obligation to
examine orders that make us scratch
our heads. As leaders, we must be
smart about it; we must listen to
our subordinates and keep our eyes
open to our situations since change i.
and solutions are borne from them.
This is especially true to those on the
front line. You have the responsibility I
to influence change if things do not
seem right to you or if you find a better
way to do something. It is your duty to
notify your chain of command.
The medical field is the same; we
carry out orders just like everyone else,
without exception. We also have the
added guidance from our medical oathl
and pledges, which serve to provide our
patients the best medical care to the besi :f
our abilities. To deviate from this guicd.ice i ,
not only wrong, it is malpractice. *
Wherever we are whether Iraq, Afghanistan, :-
the United States or Guantanamo Bay our
responsibility remains the same. To quote former
JTF Command Master Chief Bradley LeVault,
"Our jobs are to execute lawful orders." With that
in mind, you must execute your tasks to the best of
your ability every single time so at the end of our
tour, you can proudly say that you gave your best.
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Army Spc.
April D. de Armas
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

Sexual assault is not a subject most
people are comfortable discussing. Often
people think of it as a problem they will
never encounter in their lifetime.
Sexual assault is considered one of the
most heinous and violent crimes that has
existed in our society for many generations.
Not only is it a violation of a person's
physical body, it often shakes the very core
of who that person is emotionally. Most
victims are left with feelings of despair,
guilt, shame and mental disorientation.
Unfortunately, Troopers in the U.S.
military are not immune to this disturbing
crime. Therefore, the Armed Forces are
working to provide Troopers with avenues
in which they can seek the professional help
they may need during their healing process.
The Sexual Assault Victim Intervention
program is one avenue provided to victims.
It provides victims with a 24-hour hotline
with trained professionals who can provide
immediate help. Whether the need is
medical or just someone to talk to, a SAVI
advocate is there to make sure the victim
is provided with a safe haven and an open
ear. They are the initial point of contact for
Navy Chief Quincy L. Jackson, with the
Joint Detention Group, is one of the trained
professionals at Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay who may answer the phone when a
call comes in.
Jackson, who has been a SAVI advocate
since 2005, said it is never easy to get
the call, however it is very important for
victims to know there is someone who
cares and can help them.
Although victims have always been able
to report sexual assault, the response by
most was silence.
In 2005, changes were made to the sexual
assault reporting process across all services.
There are now two ways in which a victim can
report an incident. The first way is a restricted
report. This type of reporting allows a victim
to report sexual assault without having to file
an official report. This allows the victim to
receive free counseling or medical attention
under a confidential status.
The second way to file a report is
unrestricted. This type of filing not only
allows the victim to receive free counseling
or medical attention, but also to open an
investigation against the perpetrator.
"Before 2005, not a lot of victims came
forward because of having to re-live their
experience," said Jackson.
Jackson said he feels it is important for
victims to seek help, and he embraces the

Navy Chief Petty Officer Quincy L. Jackson hangs a poster promoting sexual
assault awareness in the Morale, Welfare and Recreation tent at Camp
America. Jackson is an active SAVI advocate. JTF Guantanamo photo by
Army Spc. April D. de Armas

changes made since 2005.
Army Staff Sgt. Amy Crawford, with the
525th Military Police Battalion, is another
SAVI advocate. She got involved with the
SAVI program when she arrived at Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay, at the request of
her command.
Crawford said the training individuals
get to become an advocate is very good.
"It really opened my eyes to the history
of rape and sexual assault," said Crawford.
She said it makes her feel good to help
others who need someone to turn to when
something like this happens to them.
"You have to have thick skin because
you hear some really bad stuff and it's hard
to not get emotional," Crawford said.
"It's important to know who you can go
to and what is available," said Lt. Cmdr.

Clint Pickett, a chaplain with the Naval
Expeditionary Guard Battalion.
"[In these situations], I am called upon
for council on an as-needed basis," he
Although, since the changes with the
way reporting can be handled, he hasn't
seen as many cases, said Pickett.
"It is regrettable that the program is
necessary," he said. "I believe the changes
have given Troopers more options when
they do need to report sexual assault."
If Troopers are interested in becoming an
advocate, information is available through
any SAVI advocate, or by calling ext. 3857.
"I want to be a voice for the victim,"
said Jackson. "They are crying for help
and it is the right thing to do to reach out
with the tools that can help." 0

An employee at Joint Task Force Guantanamo's Seaside Galley stirs a batch of beef kabobs for an evening meal March
20. The galley is responsible for preparing meals for the Troopers and civilians on base, as well as the detainees. JTF
Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Blair Heusdens

Army Staff Sgt. Blair Heusdens
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

The Seaside Galley serves up a variety
of choices each day for the Troopers of
Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Whether
for dietary, religious or personal
preference, Troopers can find a wide
selection of main courses with fresh fruit
and produce. What most people don't see
at the galley, however, is the work that
goes on behind the scenes to provide
these kinds of choices for the detainees.
Employees at the Seaside Galley have
a dual mission they provide food service
to the Troopers and civilians who support
the JTF and provide full food service to the
detainees. Many considerations go into
providing a well-balanced and culturally
appropriate meal for the detainees.
"We take into consideration religious
preferences as well as nutritional value
when determining the menus," said Sam
Scott, assistant project manager for the
galleys on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.
Though much of the food the detainees

receive is the same as that served to the
Troopers, the difference is in how it is
prepared. Detainee meals are prepared to
suit their tastes and religious
S ) We take into
consideration religious
preferences as well as
nutritional value when
determining menus".
Sam Scott,
assistant project manager
customs. With approximately 240 detainees
from approximately 30 countries, the staff
does not cater to individual tastes, but
works to appeal to the overall group with
the food it serves.
"We try to accommodate everyone in
general," said Zak, the Islamic cultural
advisor for the JTF.
A typical meal for a detainee might
consist of beef kabobs, shrimp, rice, fresh-

baked bread, tabbouleh salad and apple
juice. Each detainee can choose from six
options: a regular meal, vegetarian meal,
vegetarian meal with fish, soft meal, bland
meal and high fiber meal.
The biggest difference in the meals
for the detainees is in the meat. Special
Halal meats are purchased specifically
for detainee meals, as is required by the
Islamic religion. Halal meats are similar to
kosher meats in that the animals must be
slaughtered according to religious laws.
"All of the meats served to the detainees
come from the U.S. and are certified Halal,"
Scott said.
Medical considerations are also a factor
when preparing meals for the detainees.
Special dietary orders from the physicians
who care for the detainees are taken into
consideration when providing meals for
detainees with conditions such as high
blood pressure, food allergies or diabetes.
A committee meets each month to
address concerns and review menus for the


Army Sgt.
Michael Baltz
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

The 474th Expeditionary Civil
Engineering Squadron is supporting the
shore power project at Camp Justice as
part of the effort to convert the area from
generator power to commercial power.
The project is expected to be completed
in the coming months and will help preserve
the generators for better use, thus reducing
working man-hours and saving money.
The shore power project is supported by

the 474th ECES and Burs and Roe Service
Corporation, a contracting company. Each
group will lay the electrical cables to a
specific destination.
"We set a high-voltage switch center
that is going to be the tie-point between the
power plant and Camp Justice," said Air
Force Master Sgt. Daryl E. Smith Jr., an
electrical systems supervisor.
This will mean that Camp Justice will
convert from using fuel every day to being
on the base's main power grid and using
commercial power.
"We are going to leave two generators

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The cii change will allow some ofl-

the generators and other assets to be
returned to the home units which have

Guantanamo Bay and help them
maintain their operation. The change
approximately $600,000 dollars annually,
said Air Force Maj. Steven McCollum, the
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The 474 ECES is here in support of
the sustaient of Camp Justice andssets the

Expeditionary Legal Complex. They are
returninvolved in several construction missionsch have
rotated in and out Naval Station Guantanamo
Guantanamo Bay. Their projects include remodeling

bathrooms and trailers in Camp America,
extending the ferry landing dock and
will also save money.

designingthe paverage,iions at the Cuzco living
generator power to shore power will save

approximately $600,000 dollars annually,"
said Air Force Maj. Steven McCollum, the
project manager.
The 474th ECES is here in support of
the sustainment of Camp Justice and the
Expeditionary Legal Complex. They are
involved in several construction missions
throughout Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay. Their projects include remodeling
bathrooms and trailers in Camp America,
extending the ferry landing dock and
designing the pavilions at the Cuzco living

Long road to Washington

* 525th MP Battalion
qualifies runners for Army
Ten-Miler team

Army Spc.
David William McLean
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

Twenty soldiers competed in a qualifying run
Friday at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay for
the honor of representing the 525th Military
Police Battalion in Washington, D.C., at the 25th
anniversary of the Army Ten-Miler Oct. 4.
Eight runners have been selected to train and
compete with nearly 700 other teams in the
Army Sgt. 1t Class Jose Cardozo with the
525t MP Battalion plans to register a six-person
team for the 10-miler. The best candidates will
proudly represent the 525th in Washington.
"We like to have some competition to build
spirit de corps, and have outstanding warriors
represent us there," said Cardozo. Although he
is not running in the event, Cardozo organized
and facilitated the run.
The route for the qualification run started at
Windmill Beach Road and connected with
Kittery Beach Road to the Windjammer, which
was the turnaround point to head back to the start.
Medics and water points were staged throughout
to make sure the runners were safe during the
run. The terrain and distance of this run tested
some of the Soldiers who participated.
"I'm really fast, but I need to work on long
distance," said Army Pfc. Robert Sherry III,
with the HHC. "I didn't know I could run so
well, so I'm going to try to increase distance and
endurance. I'm going to hydrate more."
"I almost quit at the five-mile point," said Army
Lt. Col. Alexander Conyers when addressing
the Soldiers after the run. "After 26 years in
the Army, I wanted to ride in the ambulance. I
was going to ride the rest of the way in, but my
competitive spirit just wouldn't let me."
The top finisher of the day was Army Sgt. Steven
Allen Jones, with a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes
and 4 seconds. He is also participating in the
Bataan Memorial Death March and completed
a 26-mile ruck march on the previous Sunday.
He said his personal goals push him more than a
first place finish. ArmPfc Rot
"I would love to be under an hour and five Army Pfc. r
minutes," said Jones. "If I make it in October, the 525-milr
I would love it to be an hour on the dot. That's the 525th My
pretty hard training."
Along with Jones, the team is comprised of six
males and two females, led by Capt. Maxim Krekotnev. Other
team members include Sgt. Samuel Nobles, Pvt. Benjamin
Woods, Pfc. Robert Sherry III, Sgt. 1"t Class Jorge Morriera,
Spc. Mercedes Diaz, and Staff Sgt. Tammy Tillman.
Cardozo now plans to have a non-commissioned officer-in-
charge come up with a training program to push the team to the

)ert Sherry III runs through the hydration station at the midpoint of
qualifying run. Twenty soldiers ran for eight positions to represent
P Battalion on Oct. 4, 2009, in Washington DC. JTF Guantanamo
SSpc. David William McLean
limits. Along with this program, he plans to have the same support
available of water, medics and support vehicles as they train.
"I want to make sure we follow up on the Soldiers and that they are
healthy and free from injuries," said Cardozo. "We are going to get the
team in the best condition that they can be."
For more information on participating in the Army Ten-Miler, go to
www.armytenmiler.com. O

Army Sgt.
Carmen Gibson
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

A movie filled with flame jugglers, evil
doers and mythical characters that literally
jump off the pages of tattered books sounds
like an adventurous concept that would
demand box-office gold. Unfortunately,
"Inkheart" suffers from the most common
flaw that turns relatively novel ideas into flat
junk. Like any great comedian will tell you,
it's all in the delivery.
The:l!hm; 1. .i; 1 iciithe film adaptation
of Cornelia Funke's best-selling novel is told
is nothing to laugh at; or smile at, or show
any emotion whatsoever -just like Brendan
Fraser in the lead role. Fraser plays Mortimer
"Mo" Folchart, a forlorn book collector who
is a S c r-tongue" one who possesses the
ability to bring storybook characters to life
by reading the book aloud.
Fraser seems as if he's just plain tired of
acting and allows himself to be upstaged by
every minor character and villain in the entire
fantasy flick.
The story begins with Mo reading a story
to his wife and daughter. Weird things start
happening like the cape from Little Red
Riding Hood floating along in the evening
wind but the plot never really reaches
fruition. After that, a big secret looms
over the audience with the appearance of
his daughter, 12 years older, and missing

a mother. Since no connection was ever
forged between the audience and either of
the main characters, the suspense is zero.
With an extremely slow build up and the
anticipation of something tangible taking
place, it compares to waiting for heartburn
to ease.
Suddenly a slew of medieval thugs
from the pages of "Inkheart," the fantasy
novel Mo was reading the night his wife
disappeared, arrive to exploit his dangerous

106 minutes

Rating: **

gift. Throughout the rest of the movie, father
and daughter, along with a quick-witted,
bibliophile aunt played by Helen Mirren
- escape and are captured repeatedly.
Eventually, they have to face the villains,
head-on, with the purpose of rescuing Resa,
mother and wife, by reading her out of the
dark and frightening world brewing within
There's one twist she was already read
out by a stuttering half-bred version of a
Si, cr-tongue," which evidently left her
without a voice box.
The only saving grace in this film is the

parade of fantastic minor characters who
struggle to move the plot, but are given
little to work with and merely manage to
mystify the audience long enough to forget
what a pain it is to enjoy. The majority of
acting credit is given to Paul Bettany, a
flame-juggling, third-rate thief who, after
swapping places with Resa, longs to return
home to his own wife and family. Bettany
struggles with the pondering question: is his
true character merely defined by the pen?
In short, his character is more well-rounded
than slow Mo would ever hope to be.
The performance by Andy Serkis is
notable. His character, the dark villain
Capricorn, is just plain mean. After making
himself at home in the real world after being
plucked from Inkheart, he hopes to entice
Mo into extracting the menacing creature
Shadow from its pages to claim world
His goals are a tad overdone, but he still
rocks as a bad guy, and looks creepy doing
In the end, I really wanted another
adventure series to look forward to while
waiting for another Harry Potter installment.
Unfortunately, now I just shudder to think
there's still another two of these things I
might have to sit through. At least with some
of the better predecessors, like "Potter" and
"Lord of the Rings", the audience was taken
into another world, instead of just having to
hear about it from books. O



Spring craft fair showcases local talent
Army Sgt.
Emily Greene
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

Tables laden with treasure glittered and
shined as customers browsed the Spring
Craft Fair at the Windjammer ballroom
March 21.
The fair showcased local talent at its
best, with items made of sea glass, local
woods, beads, ceramics, yams, and canvas
and paint.
Kristene Peterson sells sun catchers
she fashions out of seaglass found on
Guantanamo Bay's beaches.
"I thought the glass was pretty and I just
started playing around with it," she said. "I
like making these sun catchers because I
use them as Christmas ornaments too. They
bring a little color into the house all year
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ramon
Nunez, with the base communications
office, and his wife Dianelys Ruiz, a
Phoenix Cable employee, started working
with ceramics here on the island.
"We enjoyed it so much, we had to start
selling it," said Ruiz. "We ran out of room
to keep it at home."
There were approximately 20 vendors
at the fair, each featuring unique items that
reflected the beauty of the island and the
creativity of its inhabitants.
Taylor Edwards, a teacher and reading
specialist for the base elementary and high
schools purchased a ceramic plate from a
group of high school students who were

Dianelys Ruiz, a Phoenix Cable employee and wife of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Ramon Nunez, with the base communications office, shows her art to a customer
at the Spring Craft Fair at the Windjammer ballroom March 21. She and her
husband are Cuban-born Americans who began working with ceramics at Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay. Their table featured both clay souvenirs and paintings
of the island. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Emily Greene

selling both pottery and prints of their
original artwork.
"There are so many beautiful things here,"
she said. "It's hard to choose, but I am so
proud to support these talented students."

Book club engages readers

Army Staff Sgt.
EmilyJ. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

Each month, members from Joint Task
Force Guantanamo and U.S. Naval Station

Guantanamo Bay come together to discuss
literary works and enjoy a meal with fellow
avid readers.
Since the group is small and resources
aren't always available on-island, the
book club chooses a different topic each



The Spring CraftFairwas treasure trove
of local artisans who made litter into glitter
and captured the beauty of Guantanamo
Bay and the spirit of its residents in a wide
array of mediums. O

month, explained Christopher Creighton, a
member of the book club. Members can
read any book they choose about that topic.
This month, the topic was Cuba.
Members chose a variety of books from
"Ghosts of Guantanamo," to "Havana
Bay," and then shared what they read with
the other participants.
Navy Petty Officer 1t Class Clifton Guo
joined the book club as a way to spend
time during his deployment.
"It turns out I really like it," Guo said.
"I enjoy the discussions and can learn
about different books in one meeting."
The club, which began meeting
late last summer, was initiated by the
base librarian, who had just arrived at
Guantanamo Bay.
"I was new here and wanted to get a
book club started," said Lenore Garder,
the base librarian. "We combine a meal
and talk informally about books."
Subject selection rotates among
members. Past genres include humor,
the immigrant experience, mystery
and biography novels. Next month, the
reading selection is anything from the
"Best books of 2008," list published by
New members are encouraged to join.
Call Lenore Garder at ext. 4700 or e-mail
Lenore.garder@usnbgtmo.navy.mil. Q

Women from the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay community participate in a flag-passing ceremony March 20 in honor
of Women's History Month. Women from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and GTMO's civilian population honored
women throughout history who have made significant contributions to the military. JTF Guantanamo photo by Staff Sgt.
Blair Heusdens
Army Staff Sgt. Blair Heusdens
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

March is Women's History Month and across Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay, Troopers are taking the time to recognize the contributions women have
made to the military throughout history.
For the second year in a row, the base Women's History Month committee
sponsored a "Phenomenal Woman" award for women at GTMO who make
outstanding contributions to the community.
"We feel that women's contributions should be acknowledged all year
long, but this month is set aside specifically for that purpose," said Petty
Officer 2nd Class Kimberly Williams, who is on the Women's History Month
The committee held a Women's History Month celebration at the Bay Hill
patio March 25 to recognize the winners of the "Phenomenal Woman" award
and celebrate Women's History Month.
Winners of the award were Navy Capt. Collette Armbruster, Navy Petty
Officer 3rd Class Katrina Mitchell, Carol Leapheart, Claudine Miller and
Michelle Padilla.
At the Navy Hospital, the cultural diversity committee marked Women's
History Month with a flag-passing ceremony dedicated to women's
.r contributions to the military throughout history. Women from the Army,
Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and civilian members of the community
participated in the ceremony, each representing a woman from their service
who was historically significant.
The flag, which was flown over Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, was presented
to Capt. Linda Ireland, the outgoing executive officer for the hospital.
"We thought it was appropriate to incorporate the flag ceremony into our
recognition of women's history month because Captain Ireland represented
a strong woman in our command," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Courtney
Crawford, with the Navy Hospital. 0



Galley staff serves up

quality meals

GALLEY from 4
detainees. They listen to detainee complaints and suggestions and
try to adjust to those that are within reason.
The meal choices are just one way the JTF works to provide the
detainees with the opportunity to freely practice their religion. Meal
times are coordinated to not interfere with prayer times, and meal
times are changed or added during religious observances, such as
Ramadan, to provide for those who fast.
Keeping the detainees content is about more than just doing the
right thing. With the proper food and a full stomach, the detainees
are less likely to cause disturbances in the camps, Zak said.
The employees at the galleys work long hours to provide the
standard of service and quality to both Troopers and detainees. The
staff works in shifts from the early hours of the morning to well after
dark each day. Different cooks prepare the detainee and Trooper
meals separately.
"I am lucky to have such good employees," Scott said.
Once the meals are ready, they are prepared for transport to the
detainee camps. The food service staff brings the meals and all
accompanying side dishes to the camp, where the guards inspect
and distribute them. After one meal is served, preparation for the
next meal begins, keeping the galley workers continuously busy
throughout the day.
JTF Guantanamo continues to work to provide safe and humane
care and custody of the detainees. 0



Staying in the Fold
Army Brig. Gen. Rafael O'Ferrall speaks with students of W.T. Sampson High school, March 19. O'Ferrall discussed
the importance of planning for the future. With great enthusiasm, O'Ferrall provides examples of different types
of leadership and the skills required to become a successful leader. O'Ferrall was very interested in what the
students aspire to in the future and offered them tools to accomplish their goals. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army
Spc. Tiffany Addair

Boots on the Ground
Who would you like MWR to bring to Guantanamo Bay?

by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell

Navy Petty Officer
2nd Class Demarious

"Tyler Perry. Because
he has produced many
interesting plays and
movies. "

Navy Petty Officer 1" Class
Yvette Jackson

"Jaime Foxx because he
is such a great actor and

Army Spc. Ninoskka Lopez

"Denzel Washington. I
like his personality as an
actor and as a person."

Army Capt. Scott Brill

"U2. because they are
the greatest band ever."




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

Wednesday: 11 a.m.
Spanish Mass

Protestant Worship
Sunday: 9 a.m.

Spanish Protestant
Sunday: 11 a.m.

Bible Study
Sunday: 6 p.m.
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* Band finds a new rhythm
at Guantanamo


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

\Varning! A fever will soon break out at
SGu.ntanamo Bay. But don't worry just yet; this
ft.\ cl r will be music to the ears of many base
.-rmy Sgt. 1t Class Rafael Roman, a member
S.. .:- IHie Puerto Rico National Guard, is starting a
h.aid "Fiebre Boricua", or "Puerto Rican Fever".
Hie Ilas been working hard hammering steel oil
la. n els every weekend during February and March,
ii., ing them into finely tuned steel drums.
Roman's father inspired him at a young age,
ic.ic ling him how to play steel drums.
"In the 60s, my father went to the Waldorf
Astoria hotel in New York City. He was
supposed to play only one day for four hours -
but everyone liked the music so much that they
kept him there to play for two weeks," Roman
Roman played in a steel band with his father
for about 40 years in Puerto Rico.
"We played all kinds of music," Roman said,
"Bossanova, Samba, Merengue and even tunes
like 'Hello Dolly' and 'New York, New York."'
Steele drumbands are a staple of the Caribbean,
with roots reaching into Trinidad when enslaved
Africans began using drumming as a method of
communication in the late 1800s.
"The steel barrels were donated by the
Jamaicans here," Roman said.
Creating a steel drum is a process tough as the
steel itself. With sledge hammers and capable
hands, Roman and his troupe began sinking the
end of the barrel, creating the lead drum and the
tenor drums.
"We don't have the right tools here [to create
the drums]," said Army Staff Sgt. William Cruz,
a member of the band. "If you hammer too hard, you crack the
drums. You have to hammer the whole surface little by little and
keep it even because if you go too deep on one side, you'll crack
the other side."
After two months of hammering, tempering the steel with fire,
and tuning the drums, they have taken shape and are nearly ready
to make music.
"The process of tuning the steel drums was not easy and took
a lot of time," Roman said. "Each drum was tuned [to a specific
pitch], and now we are ready to teach Troopers how to play steel
band instruments."
In all, nine drums will make up the band with a lead drum, a
double tenor, and six bass drums.
Roman put the band together as a way to bring Troopers
together and share a little Puerto Rican culture with members of
Guantanamo Bay.
"I wanted to teach and entertain [Troopers] here," Roman said.
"Everyone has music inside; I'm trying to unite everyone with a
musical spirit during this mobilization."
"Fiebre Boricua" will begin practicing songs and entertaining
base residents within a few weeks, according to Roman.
Performance dates will be listed in the insert section of The Wire
as well as the roller, found on Channel 4. Q


2 2nd Class Heath Jones
O af secures hGzawtth JonMeis transpo rtables

to a ioast Guard cutter
during a routine patrol of
Guantanamo Bay March
21. The boat dropped off a
....new crew member forth

cutter. -

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