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Medicine for the soul
Senior Master Sgt.
Alvin 0. Porterfield
JTF Future Operations NCCl:
When we hear the word, "family," it immediat;ic nIalke uLs dunik of omI
parents, siblings, spouses, children or our friends, co-\ oikcls and lo\ cd ones
These are the people who communicate with us conismiiil Tke\ kccpi uLs
grounded and always seem to know what to say, w hIln to 11 11 and Ito 1 o .0\'
it. So, what are we doing to take care of the membci's of oM lImiilI '
As we evolve into a more expeditious armed foic c Ie lind ouitehl\le
deployed more and more each year. This puts a trenitondouis .ioiii olf Iiesscii
on families, friends and loved ones to keep the home iic. sic
burning. Change may be the only thing that is consilse i n
Constant communication is one of the ways "\c cia
get through these difficult times. It requires avaiLiLbilil
listening and being non-judgmental. Being available N.r\ -
that you are ready and willing to do whatever needs to be
done. Itshows our loved ones that their issue is atop p noi n 0
Listening doesn't mean talking, nor does it mean pioblcin
solving. It means being attentive and understaidini.,
Being non-judgmental is probably the hardest attributi to
maintain, yet may be the most rewarding stance 1l.Iu can
be taken. It allows open dialogue about sensitive sublccts
which sometimes require professional help. It keeps I II I%.
members accountable to one another, rooted and ,.louniii d
so they can live through some of life's most diflieill
Our friends and family mold and shape us. The.
stick by us through good and bad, help us form .
our foundation and keep us grounded. Staying
grounded helps us avoid the roller coaster ride '
that we call life. Find balance in your life it's
full of ups and downs. Remember to not let your -
highs be too high, nor your lows too low. Find
middle ground. There is a gift waiting once you
find it it is peace. .
Maintaining balance is as important as .
anything we do. Balance ensures we do the little
things that make life worth living. Whether it
is being creative, artistic or participating in an
activity you really like, balance helps us to strike
a healthy chord in our lives.
Don't take yourself so seriously. You aren't
going to be right all the time and things don't
always have to go your way. When those times
come, don't become defensive. It is OK to lose the
battle as long as you win the war. When you feel
stress building, an exercise routine is an excellent
outlet. When your emotions are getting the best of
you, it may be time to take some leave and relax.
I have heard it said that all work and no play
makes Jack a dull boy. With this in mind, taking
care of family also means relaxing. Enjoy your
favorite hobby, perhaps take some time to travel
or learn the culture, cuisine and the history of your
Thank the people who have supported you on
this journey. Tell them and show them how
much you appreciate them. Smile, because it is
contagious. Once you start, those who love you wil I
smile back. Finally, laugh, because it is like medicine
for the soul.
Take care of your family by communicating \ ill
them regularly, living through the difficult moments in
life and enjoying the ride. Remember, winning the\ i.i
means coming out on the other side, together. 0
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TROOPER-TO-TROOPER I FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009
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Army Spc. Juan Jackson, Army Staff Sgt. Johanna DeJesus and Army Sgt. 1s' Class Jorge Moreira keep a steady pace
with team members during the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 29. Team
members from the 525th MP Bn. trained for six weeks before the event. Photo courtesy of Army Sgt. Jonathan Vasquez
Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Six members of the 525th Military Police
Battalion tested their endurance when they
participated in the Bataan Memorial Death
March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.,
Training for the 26.2-mile march began
in February and lasted approximately six
"We trained as a group and progressively
increased our distance by about four miles
each Saturday until we reached 26 miles,"
said Army Sgt. 1st Class Jorge Moreira, non-
commissioned officer-in-charge of the team.
"We did 26 miles on the last two Saturdays,
Twice a week, each member was
responsible for training on their own. For
some members, this meant participating in
physical fitness training with their unit three
days a week, and then training on their own
an additional two days.
"It was pretty much normal [physical
training] except for the Saturdays when
we marched all over Guantanamo Bay,"
said team member Army Staff Sgt. Johanna
DeJesus. "It was pretty hard."
The team marched up and down many
steep hills, including John Paul Jones Hill,
which is known for its challenging climb.
For DeJesus, the biggest challenge was
bonding with the rest of the team.
"I was the only female there and I didn't
have a bond with the rest of the team,"
DeJesus said. "I was the only one from
my unit, and there was a bit of a language
It wasn't until the last week of training
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that the entire team was able to come
together to train at the same time. With two
members off-island for the Soldier and NCO
of the Year competition at U.S. Army South,
and other members attending schools and
training, it posed a small challenge when
it was time to get everyone together and in
"We had a lot of support from the
unit," Moreira said. "They were very
accommodating to the Soldiers to help them
participate in training."
With different work schedules, varying
shifts and other important events that kept
team members apart, the unit supported the
team and helped them find time to come
together and train.
"The real challenge was during the
last week when we came together for the
first time, with all our members," Moreira
continued. "We had to train at the same
speed, and make sure that we didn't
discourage each other because everyone is
at a different [athletic] level."
After training for weeks, the team began
to form, providing support and cheering
each other on.
"[During the race, Army] Spc. [Juan]
Jackson talked to me the whole 26 miles.
He'd cheer me on saying, 'Let's go sergeant,
you can do it!' It started annoying everyone
else," DeJesus said with a laugh. "It was
good to have someone to support me. The
whole team supported me a lot."
The Friday before the race, the team
registered along with nearly 6,000 other
competitors and had the opportunity to
meet survivors of the Bataan Death March,
which took place in the Philippines during
World War II.
The Bataan Memorial Death March
honors tens of thousands of American and
Filipino Soldiers who were marched for
days enduring extreme heat through the
Philippine jungles after they surrendered
to Japanese forces on April 9, 1942. These
brave men, after fighting through deadly
conditions, facing malaria and surviving
on minimal rations with little or no medical
help, faced incredible hardship in the prison
camps, if they survived.
Many of the men who endured this brutal
march were members of the New Mexico
Army National Guard. In 1989, New Mexico
State University's Army Reserve Officers'
Training Corps began the memorial march
as a tribute to the survivors and the families
who lived in the state. Over the years, it has
grown from a small university-sponsored
event to one that is recognized worldwide.
"It was awesome to meet the survivors,"
DeJesus said. "To think this person was a
prisoner of war for so many years, and he
survived, and wants to tell his story ... is
The team competed in this event for many
reasons. Whether it was for the challenge, or
to honor those who served, or for the sake
of camaraderie, each member trained hard,
came together as a team and proved their
mettle as one of 30 teams.
"We competed in the co-ed bracket
with 29 other teams, and we were the last
to depart the starting line," Moreira said.
"Mile-by-mile, step-by-step, we passed 25
teams, which was a real challenge. By mile
20, we were in approximately fifth place,
but then we hit the 'sand pit."'
The sand pit was a four-to-five-mile
stretch of soft sand that takes the participants
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Army bpc. iirrany Aaaair (4tn from lert) poses witn troopers trom tne Jil safety ornice, ner commander ana members
of the base fire department after she received a certificate for a perfect score on the final test for fire warden training.
- JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Pfc. Christopher Vann
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Joint Task Force Guantanamo's first line
of defense against fires is a trained group of
individuals known as fire wardens. Though
not trained to put out fires, these Troopers
are trained to look for safe conditions in JTF
buildings to prevent fires from happening.
In keeping with Benjamin Franklin's
philosophy, "An ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure," the fire warden
program works to prevent fires at GTMO
before they have the chance to start.
"Even small fires can be deadly," said
Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Monty
Willaford, a member of Port Security Unit
305. "We want to totally prevent fires to
totally prevent deaths."
Willaford, with 34 years of firefighting
experience, assists the base fire department
with the training, which is conducted jointly
by the JTF safety office and the naval station.
In accordance with Department of Defense
regulations and Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay regulation, the fire warden program
serves to advance the safety and readiness
of the JTF.
"The fire prevention program is part of
our safety campaign," said Army 1t Lt.
Roberto Flores Martinez, the Joint Task
Force safety officer.
Fire wardens must be appointed by
commanders and must undergo training
through the Joint Task Force safety office.
Generally, one fire warden is assigned to
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each building on base.
The training includes basic fire
inspection principles such as becoming
familiarwithbasic safety equipment, smoke
detectors and fire extinguishers. Troopers
learn about evacuation plans and who to
contact in case of an emergency. They are
also taught how to inspect smoke detectors
and fire extinguishers in their areas and to
make sure buildings are up to code, with
exits clearly marked and free of clutter.
"The intent of the program is to make
the JTF safer and promote awareness of fire
safety," Willaford said.
The base fire department has trained
specialists to conduct fire inspections.
These fire inspectors in turn train the fire
wardens to be their extra eyes and ears in
providing assistance throughout the base.
"We use the fire wardens to help us,"
said Steve Deida, one of the fire inspectors
for the naval station fire department. "They
know their surroundings better than we do
and are more aware of potential hazards."
Recently, a JTF Trooper became the
first to receive a perfect score on the final
test for the fire warden training. Army Spc.
Tiffany Addair, with JTF public affairs,
was chosen to be fire warden for her
building and received a certificate for her
"The fire warden training was very
thorough and informative," Addair said.
"After receiving a perfect score, I was very
surprised at the fire department's efforts in
recognizing my achievement. It was greatly
Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer
Monty Willaford instructs Joint Task
Force Guantanamo Troopers during
fire warden training, January 30. The
training is part of an ongoing JTF
safety office campaign to constantly
improve the health and welfare of those
stationed here. JTF Guantanamo photo
by Navy Petty Officer 1t Class Richard M.
MISSION I FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009
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Army Spc. Cody Black operates a personal watercraft in Guantanamo Bay, March 22. Black understands wearing a life
jacket while participating in water sports is essential to the safety of all Troopers and residents. JTF Guantanamo
photo by Army Staff Sgt. Blair Heusdens
Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Water safety is a serious topic when it
comes to working and playing in and around
the waters of Guantanamo Bay. As a measure
of protection, the Joint Task Force safety
office, in conjunction with Coast Guard Port
Security Unit 305, will host a boating
and water safety seminar, April 18.
"The JTF safety officers
approached the PSU commander and
inquired about supporting a boating
safety event," said Coast Guard Lt.
Cmdr. Andrew Zavanelli, executive
officer of PSU 305. "We were happy
The Coast Guard unit comes well
prepared not just by default but because
many members of the unit have additional
civilian certifications and skills that make
them an authority on water safety.
The purpose of this event is to educate the
public about the importance of safe boating,
proper life jacket selection and to provide
simple solutions for stranded boaters.
Some of the safe boating topics include;
filing a float plan, environmental and
weather awareness, and the danger of
FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009 I MISSION
alcohol consumption while underway. can learn to identify safety considerations.
"Any time you get in a boat, you "We'll have our engineers there to
should tell someone where you're going," explaincommontroubleshootingtechniques
Zavanelli explained. "If you don't return, ,which boaters can perform on their engine
the float plan gives us a place to begin our if the boater is having trouble," Zavanelli
search and rescue mission, said. "Our engineers are outboard motor
"People can fall off without warning, experts and can teach people to inspect their
especially when they're boating under the boats before leaving the marina."
influence," Zavanelli continued. "If you The water safety expo will also provide
wouldn't [drink] while driving your car, members of the naval station and JTF, who
own personal 1 imcridi a free boat
/ / If you wouldn't [drink] inspection.al a free boat
S fWhile driving your car, you "A courtesy marine examination is
a non-law enforcement project. You
shouldn't do it in a boat. can bring your boat, we'll inspect it
Lt. Cmdr Andrew Zavanelli with you, offer suggestions and check
Lt drAndrew Zavanelli your life jackets," Zavanelli said. "It
you shouldn't do it in a boat." reinforces the boating safety message in
A selection of life jackets will be on a positive way."
hand to demonstrate how to ensure a proper Morale, Welfare and Recreation Services
fit, especially for children, is also supporting the event and will have
"People often buy life jackets thinking various watercraft on display. There will
[children] will grow into them," Zavanelli also be free food and even coloring books
said. "If [a child] falls in the water and the for children. The event is free and will
life jacket is too big, they'll slip out of it." take place at the PSU 305 operations area,
Inspecting watercraft, especially rental located behind the Navy Exchange. For
craft, is an important way to prevent more information, call Army 1st Lt. Robert
potential water hazards andprotect Troopers Flores at the JTF safety office at 9948 or
from damage charges they did not incur. 84886. For boating safety information visit
With some basic knowledge, even a novice www.uscgboating.org. O
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Goat run supports scholarship
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Navy Lt. Patrick Saluke, a member of the Commissions -
Support Group at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, ran faster
than a goat during the Chief Petty Officers' Association 2nd
annual 5K Goat Run, April 4.
Saluke was able to hold off Air Force Lt. Col. Rodney
Furr, a member of the Office of the Administrative Review
of the Detention of Enemy Combatants, with a time of
The run started at Phillips Dive Park and turned
around at a point past the pottery shop. There were 124
participants. Furr, who won a 5K race last month, was the
runner-up with a time of 17:54, and third place was Air ,11
Force 1st Lt. Ryan Silva, who completed the course in a
time of 18:40. Jennifer losue, a member of the Federal
Bureau of Investigation, was the first woman to finish with
a time of 20:40.
Saluke, surprised with his victory, said, "I am proud to
be able to support the Chief Petty Officers' Association in
my first 5K." V.
Partipants trained prior to the 5K, including Furr, who .
has been training for several weeks.
"I run 40 to 50 miles a week," Furr said. "I also do deep
water running while training."
The benefit of deep water running is that there is no ........
impact on joints while running in the water. According to
Furr, it works out the same muscles that you use while
"In addition to boosting morale and bringing people
you work with everyday together to have fun, you are
also supporting a good cause by raising money for a
scholarship," Navy Chief Petty Officer Thomas J. Buda, a
CPOA member, said.
"April Vt, 1893, is the birthday of the chief petty officer
rank," Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Rick Kaczmarek,
CPOA president, said. "The run is in celebration of the Jennifer losue and Navy Lt. Patrick Saluke, after the successful completion
creation of the rank, and we use this as a fundraising of the CPOA 5K Goat Run. Saluke won the race while losue was the first
opportunity to provide a $1,000 scholarship to a high woman to finish the fundraising event. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army
school senior." Sgt. Michael Baltz
An application packet for the scholarship
is given to the counselor at the high school.
According to Kaczmarek, they disseminate it to
all the seniors, who may then apply to a panel
that selects the recipient for the scholarship.
"The purpose of the CPOA is to build a
tight-knit group of the senior enlisted members
throughout all services, and it affords us the
opportunity to do community service projects
and fundraising endeavors," Kaczmarek said.
"Outreach with the community makes our
Kaczmarek is thankful for everyone's support
of the CPOA.
"It is an honor and a pleasure to be able to
provide for the community, especially something
like a scholarship for someone who aspires to go
to college," Kaczmarek said. O
Air Force Lt. Col. Rodney Furr,
on the right, leads at the start
of the CPOA 5K Goat Run,
April 4. Furr went on to finish
second in the race.
JTF Guantanamo photo by
Army Sgt. Michael Baltz
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LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009
"Monsters vs. Aliens" falls short of
expectations for DreamWorks
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
"Monsters vs. Aliens" has the tough job of following the side-
splitting, knee-slapping, entirely lovable animations of "Shrek,"
"Madagascar" and "Over the Hedge." These DreamWorks creations
consistently stretched the "family film" genre into covering all
bases subtle innuendos, playful characters and decent moral-of-
the-story endings. Unfortunately, this spacy knock-off misses the
First of all, Reese Witherspoon, in cartoon form, complete
with poorly drawn gargantuan-head syndrome, cannot count on
her beautiful looks to carry her gracefully through to the end of
the film. Relying solely on her mediocre ability to convey basic
emotions and nail comedic deliveries, Witherspoon portrays Susan
Murphy, a weak, small-town socialite.
The story centers on Susan, who was struck by a meteor
moments before her wedding, leaving her towering over the
groom and all their guests at about 20 stories tall. The mile-high
woman was then whisked quickly away via tranquilizer and an
overly spacious aircraft to a secret detention facility for monsters
the government has kept hidden from the public eye since the early
1950s. Since the utterance of "Susan" doesn't warrant terror and
panic, government officials aptly renamed her Ginormica.
When a squid-like alien makes a beeline for Earth in order to
salvage the same power that transformed her, the creatures are
released from their holding cells to save the
day. Accompanied by a brainless blob, the
missing link, a supersized butterfly, and
a genius cockroach, Ginormica focuses
her newly-acquired gifts on combating
the deranged alien ruler Gallaxhar (Rainn
Wilson) and his army of clones.
SethRogan, WillAmett, andHughLaurie
lend their talents to add a little humor to the
hodgepodge gang of oddities. Despite their
impressive resumes, the material is weak
and riddled with a string of repetitious one-
liners as the samejoke continues throughout
the entire movie. The title is also extremely
misleading because it's one alien against
not exactly a monster, but just an extremely
tall woman. While the other characters
are in no way original, the opportunity to
enjoy their unique personalities is there,
but frankly not enough time is allotted for
bonding with them before they spring into
The colorful animation flick in no
way matches the fun-for-all-ages pull of
"Shrek," or the loveable and laughable
backyard dwellers in "Over the Hedge,"
and for that matter deserves two stars
and an explanation from the bigwigs at
DreamWorks, if they haven't been replaced
by alien cyborgs yet. 0
Rating: ** r
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
I never thought I would find myself cheering on a giant blue
blob with one eye, a genius cockroach, a 49-foot-tall woman, a
fish-ape hybrid macho jock and a 350-foot butterfly.
"Monsters vs. Aliens" is written and directed by Rob Letterman,
who directed the 2004 Oscar-nominated "Shark Tale," and co-
directed by Conrad Vernon, who was part of the team behind
"Shrek 2," another 2004 Oscar nominee.
This movie marks a milestone for the entertainment industry
,because DreamWorks Animations will produce all of their future
movies in 3-D format.
The movie, which is a spoof from a 1950s B-movie classic,
begins when a meteorite from outer space hits Susan Murphy
(Reese Witherspoon), who turns into a giant monster and is then
taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag
group of monsters also rounded up over the years.
Aliens then invade the earth. The president and advisors release
monsters they have captured over the past 50 years and, in exchange
for their freedom, they have to save the world from the intruders.
The wacky characters are able to provide humor that will tickle
your funny bone from start to finish. The broad humor stretches
from "stupid funny" to slightly crude.
B.O.B., (Seth Rogen), the one-eyed blob, is the go-to character
for laughs. You will fall in love with him. He has no brain, but his
willingness to help is comical.
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Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Green isn't the first thing people think
of when they think of Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay. In recent years, however
the base has taken great steps to save
energy and lower pollution in this small
community, through projects big and small
designed to make the base more energy
Four wind turbines stand more than 50
meters high on what is already the base's
highest point John Paul Jones Hill
Built in 2004, all of the materials had to
be brought by barge or ship to the island
and mounted with the help of two cranes
perched precariously on the narrow ridge.
"The wind turbines are self-sufficieni
and automated," explained Bill Keenan, a
project manager for Noresco, the company
that maintains the turbines. The turbines
monitor wind speeds and rotate as the
wind direction changes. Energy output
and any problems with the turbines can be
monitored remotely through computers ai
the base power station and by Keenan in
case repairs need to be made.
The wind and diesel hybrid system
reduces fuel consumption on base by
650,000 gallons each year. The energy
produced provides approximately 10
percent of the energy for the naval station
The system also keeps the air cleaner by
preventing the production of 13 million
pounds ofairpollutants eachyear, according
to Noresco officials.
Guantanamo's turbines are small in
comparison to those currently found in the
U.S., but will provide significant fuel and
oil savings over a number of years.
According to the base utilities energy
manager, Fred Bums, there are smaller
projects happening throughout the naval
station to reduce the amount of energy used.
"Air conditioning is the biggest electric
load on base," Bums said. Each time an air
conditioning unit is replaced, a new unit
with magnetic bearings is put in its place.
The new units' design provides an 80-90
percent reduction in electrical bills, he
The Joint Task Force installed solar
lights at the Expeditionary Legal Complex
and many lights around the base are solar-
powered. Other lights around the base use
incandescent instead of regular light bulbs
to reduce the amount of energy used.
Water consumption is also a concern
at Guantanamo Bay. Most U.S. military
facilities bring in power and water from
outside but, because of its location, GTMO
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must generate its own power and water.
Water at Guantanamo Bay comes from
the ocean and is desalinated at a plant on
base. This process uses a lot of energy and,
therefore, a lot of fuel.
There are ways individuals can cut down
on water consumption to take the strain off
of the system, especially in the dry months
of January through May. Residents on base
are encouraged to not water their lawns for
more than one hour each day and to set their
mowers at their highest level. Troopers can
also re-use water from boiling or cooking
to water plants and be sure to turn hoses
and faucets all the way off.
The base car wash helps to reduce
water consumption by recycling almost
90 percent of the water used through a
filtration system. Washing vehicles at the
car wash instead of with personal hoses can
help to save water.
As Earth Day approaches this month,
Troopers should remember that every
little bit helps when it comes to energy
"It all starts with each individual doing
his or her small part," Burs said.
Other energy-saving tips include turning
up the thermostat in your room or making
sure the lights are out when you leave.
"One light doesn't make much of a
difference," explained Burs. "But if
everyone shuts off their lights, it would
have a big impact." Q
S& INFORMATION I FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009
Calling all poets
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Everyone has an outlet. Whether playing basketball to relieve
stress or reading a book to relax, people develop numerous ways
to create balance in their lives. At Joint Task Force Guantanamo,
it is no different.
Troopers revealed their love for poetry during An Evening of
Verbal Essence, March 28, hosted by A Smoove Production. Poetry
enthusiasts will have another opportunity to listen to poetry during
"Javaetry" Night, taking place, April 16, 7 p.m. at Caribbean
Coffee and Cream.
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"There are different things that inspire poets," Quintero said.
"It is something I learned to love and enjoy as I progress in life. I
have a deep appreciation for the art of poetry as well as music, and
I want to create an event to combine the two.
"There is enough talent on this island to do it every month," he
continued. "But to keep it interesting, I would like to see it every
If you would like more information or want to get involved,
contact library technician Kenisha Stewart at ext. 4700.
"Everyone is welcomed," Quintero said. "It is an adult event
and even if you do not have a passion for poetry or music, your
support is more than welcomed." 0
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Cornelius Singleton, energetically
reads one of his poems during An
Evening of Verbal Essence, which
took place at the community center.
Singleton was one of approximately
10 poets who shared their
poems with the audience. JTF
Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009 I NEWS & INFORMATION
Army Sgt. Benjamin Dippolito, Spc. Glen Westfall, Spc. Depina Helder and Navy Petty Officer 1t Class James
Richardson carry a mock wounded Soldier during Combat Lifesaver Course training at Camp America, April 3.
Pfc. Jerry Castellano, observing, also attended the class. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class
Richard M. Wolff
NEWS & INFORMATION I FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009
PAGE 12 1 THE VVIRE
Army Pfc. Chad
DeJesus and Sgt.
1st Class Jorge
Moreira wait for
the start of the
March 29. -
of Army Sgt.
525th team completes 26.2 mile march
MARCH from 3
"We really lost steam during this stretch,"
Moreira continued. "Our goal was to remain
as a team and finish as a team."
The team, determined to finish together,
helped each other through the mental
"DeJesus has a lot of will," said Army
Sgt. Jonathan Vasquez. "When it got rough,
she found it within herself to push through.
We sang cadences to motivate everyone
Boots on the Ground
and before we knew it, she was out front,
leading the way."
The team, comprised of Army Pfc. Chad
Hostetler, Spc. Juan Jackson, Sgt. Jonathan
Vasquez, DeJesus and Moreira, celebrated
their achievement of completing the march,
and finished in ninth place.
Another Soldier, Army Sgt. Steven
Jones, competed in an individual category
and placed 13t out of 401 competitors.
"The feeling was overwhelming when
we crossed the finish line," DeJesus said.
"Completing it was painful, but very
satisfying," Vasquez said. "I recommend it
"We passed hundreds of people left
behind along the way, blistered and
bleeding. Some gave up because they were
discouraged because they were left behind,"
Moreira said. "I was really proud because
nobody gave up. We started together and we
finished together, that's what matters." 0
by Army 1" Lt. Christopher Cudney
What is the worst song Radio GTMO has played during the Radiothon?
Air Force Staff Sgt. Josh
Navy Petty Officer 1"
Class Alicia Romero
Air Force Senior Master
Sgt. Bernadette Hamilton
"It's got to be that
Milkshake song. It's
"Barbie Girl. That song
is so dumb."
"The worst song is Wild
Thang. It gives women a
"I'm Sorry, because it's
FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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525th Military Police Battalion Chaplain
John the Baptist came on the scene like
a football halfback, breaking through the
line with the lead block. He was strong,
brash and non-compromising. He had only
one message, "Repent! For the kingdom
of heaven is at hand." Jesus then breaks
through the line like the star fullback
and carries it in for the game winning
touchdown. His message the kingdom is
here; the kingdom is now.
Jesus said from the time of John the
Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven
is forcefully advancing and forceful people
grab hold of it. His entire ministry from
start to finish was to introduce, explain
and demonstrate the power of the kingdom
of heaven and its principles. Throughout
the Bible there are multiple times during
Jesus' teaching sessions that he starts out
with the phrase, "The kingdom of heaven
is like..." With very simple stories he tried
to explain aspects about the kingdom and
then he performed miracles to prove that
the kingdom is real and that it is not of mere
words, but a demonstration of God's power
to backup or prove the words were true.
So what does the kingdom of heaven
look like, and what are some of the
operating principles? We are told that there
are streets of gold and gates of pearl but
what about the social issues of poverty,
sickness, disease and injury? It is widely
accepted that the answer is no, that there
are none of the above. It is a place where
the Lord's will is perfectly performed. The
only tears in heaven will be tears of joy.
One day the Lord, at the request of his
disciples, taught them how to pray. In the
prayer He said that they should pray that
His will would be done on earth just as it
is in heaven. The message of the kingdom
should be as important to us as it was to
Him. We should concern ourselves with
learning its principles and operating in its
The kingdom of heaven is like the
story of Robin Hood. King Richard is
still the king even though he is away. It is
up to forceful men to enforce the king's
rules, laws and statutes and to enforce
his authority. We, like Robin Hood, are
charged by God to continue operating in the
kingdom authority. Even though the King
of Kings has gone to prepare a place for us,
we are to live like the heirs that we are and
enforce our father's rule. Every time we
witness the kingdom of this world and its
realities in effect sickness, poverty and
death, et cetera we are to recognize that it
stands in direct opposition to the kingdom
We are called to be the facilitators of
a fight. We are to pray in that moment
that God's will be done, there, in that
situation. Here is the beautiful part. The
kingdom never loses. NEVER LOSES! It
is like when you see darkness and realize
you want to see, you turn on the light
and watch the fight. The light never loses
against darkness, NEVER. So it is with
the kingdom. The only hindrance to this
process is us. Somehow in our minds and
hearts we waver in our faith as if to make
excuses for God. The thought that maybe
God won't do His part, and we will be
embarrassed, creeps up on us. Take heart
and be courageous. Be the forceful person
and grab hold of the kingdom of heaven
and bring it to bear on all situations. Then
let God do His part. He never fails! O
!I i II lJ'1 l
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.
LIFE & SPIRIT I FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009
the way for
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
For a Trooper, going before a board of senior-ranking non-
commissioned officers is a traditional event. Whether it is
for a promotion or an opportunity to stand out among their
peers, Troopers from all around Joint Task Force Guantanamo
spend countless hours studying, attending mock boards and
conducting physical training in preparation for these boards.
Two Soldiers from the 525th Military Police Battalion
were successful and won the Soldier of the Quarter and Non-
commissioned Officer of the Quarter competitions.
Army Pfc. Caroline Thwaits, Soldier of the Quarter, and
Army Sgt. Benjamin Dippolito, NCO of the Quarter, competed
in U.S. Army South Soldier and NCO of the Quarter boards at
Fort Sam Houston, Texas, April 6-9.
"I am excited and nervous," Thwaits said.
This was her fourth board.
"My first board was in February," Thwaits continued. "I
have been studying since the middle of January. I went over
the study guide and had my senior leadership quiz me. I feel
anyone can win if they apply themselves to studying."
Dippolito, with hopes of making his company in the 525th
proud at Fort Sam Houston, is a veteran at this stage of his
career. He has competed in 20 boards.
"This was my fourth consecutive board," Dippolito, from
Scottsville, Ky., said. "When I got to my unit here, my first
sergeant said I was going to keep going until I win one. The
more practice you have at these boards, the better you will be.
If you keep going to them the more you know."
Ultimately, it is up to the individual whether they are
successful, explained Sgt. 1Pt Class Don Chandler, platoon
sergeant for Dippolito and Thwaits.
"My role was to ensure the Soldiers had adequate study
material and time to prepare for the Soldier and NCO of the
quarter boards," Chandler said. "I set up peer groups and mock
boards. They help the Soldiers get a sense of what it feels like
to report and stand in front of a board. It is their desire to want
to excel above their peers that results in their success."
The Soldiers who compete in these boards face various
tasks, such as land navigation, physical training, qualification
and other military fundamentals.
"The benefit of going to a board is to prepare a Soldier
for when they eventually present themselves in front of a
promotion board," Chandler continued. "Every board they go
to is for their benefit. Any board they can participate in now is
just going to help them in the long run. Every board will not
be the same."
The success of a Soldier is directly related to how much
effort they put into it, explained Chandler.
"The Soldiers' success is a reflection of them and how much
they desire to set themselves apart from their peers," Chandler
said. "It has little to do with their leadership; the bulk of the
responsibility lies on the Soldier. They have to want it." 0
FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009 I 15 MINUTES OF FAME
Army Pfc. Caroline Thwaits, winner of the 525th MP Battalion Soldier of
the Quarter competition. JTF Guantanamo official photo
Army Sgt. Benjamin Dippolito, winner of the 525th MP Battalion NCO of
the Quarter competition. JTF Guantanamo official photo
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