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that leaders must know and underslund
their Troopers well enough to
train them to a high standard of
proficiency. In some cases we need
to guide the mentee to change their
behavior and give them a vision of
the mission. We must also give
the mentee responsibility when
planning tasks or missions.
On the other side, the mentee
can't be afraid to ask for advice.
A mentee needs to know that as
a mentor, you are there for them.
Good mentors will not laugh
at seemingly naive questions.
This will give the mentee
the opportunity to become
confident and increase his or
her ability to take charge in our
The most important thing
a leader must do is develop
the leadership qualities of their
Troopers. This movement from
where they are in their careers to
where they want to be in the future;
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and Navy Petty Officer 2"d Class
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TROOPER-TO-TROOPER I FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009
Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason Marino meets with civilian contractors to review plans for an upcoming project, April 29.
- JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Michael Baltz
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Who can replace burned out light bulbs
or build a window in your windowless
office? Who built the Camp 6 south
recreation yard? Who is currently working
on the Camp 5 learning center?
Joint Task Force engineers use multiple
resources to support the JTF Guantanamo
mission through building construction,
repair and maintenance, and complete
"We use Troopers from the [Air Force
474t Expeditionary Civil Engineering
Squadron Base Engineer Emergency
Force]," said Navy Chief Petty Officer
Jason Marino, JTF engineer non-
commissioned officer in-charge. "We also
utilize the Navy Mobile Construction
Battalion 11, [the Seabee-operated Public
Works Department], Joint Detention Group
engineers and civilian contractors."
"I handle all the service calls," said
Navy Petty Officer 1t Class Michael
FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 | MISSION
Hanson, an assistant engineer. "We have
service managers for every building and
whether it is a light bulb or a [heating
ventilation and air conditioning] issue,
they call me. I prioritize the request
based on importance, contact someone to
repair it [and determine whether it will be
assigned to the] contractors or the JDG
[engineers]. Then I track their progress
and make sure it is completed in a timely
According to Marino, maintaining the
facilities around the JTF is a huge aspect of
what the JTF engineers do, but they are also
responsible for building several structures.
"We completed the Camp 6 south
recreation yard." Marino said. "Currently
we are working on several security
upgrades, and the detainee classroom at the
Camp 5 learning center."
The engineers also work on projects that
support Trooper morale.
"We are going to be building pavilions
around Cuzco barracks," Marino said. "It is
for the quality of life for the Troopers."
Marino and his team approach projects
with several things in mind.
"If there is a desire for something, it
has to go through a command, and then
it is brought to our attention," Marino
explained. "Once we see a project we will
sit down and decide on a few parameters;
the deadline, how much it is going cost and
how big the project is."
For projects that are quick and simple,
the engineers use military personnel.
However large and more timely projects
are tasked to the contractors.
"We use contractors because we do not
have all the proper building materials for
large-scale jobs," Marino explained.
Marino, who initially was deployed here
for six months, has been here for more than
"My tour is going to [be] a three-year
tour," Marino said. "I am proud of the
mission here and enjoy supporting the
"It is hard to do everything we would like
to do," Marino added. "I hope everyone in
JTF knows that we try our best in this office
to support the mission." 0
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Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Reading provides an escape through
mental stimulation giving the reader a
chance to learn something new, brush up on
history or release stress through fantasy or
For detainees at Joint Task Force
Guantanamo, reading provides a safe form
of entertainment and plays an essential role
in their well-being.
"We administer all the programs that have
been developed on behalf of the detainees,"
said Army Lt. Col. Miguel Mendez, director
of detainee programs. "The library program
issues Korans, books, magazines and DVDs
to detainees on a daily basis to provide them
Each week, books are offered to the
detainees, which they are allowed to keep
for up to two months.
"From my experience, I know what
books each [group of detainees] likes to
read," said Library Technician Abou Salah.
"Some do not like to read stories and some
prefer religious books, so I make sure the
[reading materials] are varied. I like to make
sure the detainees get much of what they
want [to read]."
Salah selects the books and places them
in boxes, according to the varied reading
preferences of the detainees.
"I make sure I have around 30 to 35
percent religious books, 25 percent stories
and the rest is a combination of politics,
history, health, or even cooking," Salah
continued. "Some detainees like books about
food or furniture their interests are varied.
The majority choose religious books."
Salah's selection process doesn't begin
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in the detainee library. His job requires
him to search for new books and purchase
appropriate selections according to camp
guidelines. The books come in a variety of
languages to accommodate the preferences
of the detainees.
"Some like to read English or Arabic
and some prefer French," Salah said.
"I don't choose the books because I
like them," Salah explained. "I choose
them within the camp rules because there
are some books like books
about jihad that they cannot
After Salah chooses the
books, he reads each one and
writes a review about it.
"We have a review sheet
for each book; it lists the name
of the book, the content of the
book and a brief description
of it," Salah said. "I ensure the
book doesn't have anything
written against America,
Christianity, [or other negative
messages] and that the book is
good for everybody."
Not everyone can say
they've read an entire library
full of books, but for Salah,
it's part of his job.
"Currently, the library
has over 16,000 books," he
After careful selection,
books are loaded up and
transported into the detention
camps. The team of library
technicians then places the
books on display for the
detainees to look over, before
making their selection.
"We put the books in the back of the
[utility vehicle]," said Army Spc. Caraballo,
a library technician. "They always ask to see
the index and some pages of the books."
Once they make their choice, the
technicians pass the books out to them,
"We have many programs for the
detainees," Mendez said. "We offer these
programs to the detainees because our goal
is to contribute to their well-being." o
MISSION FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009
MISSION I FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009
* Former JTF Chief of Staff
says farewell after three
years of service
Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Former Joint Task Force Guantanamo
Chief of Staff, Navy Capt. Peter Husta
departed Naval Station Guantanamo Bay,
April 24, after three years of dedicated
During Husta's tour, he influenced and
supported many changes that took place
at the JTF
"I think the force has evolved
substantially over the last three years,"
Husta said. "The biggest single
accomplishment of the task force has
been the improvement in conditions of
detention and the second would be the
improvements we've built, provided, or
bought to support both JTF and naval
Husta's efforts supported Troopers
by addressing issues important to their
"I think the improvements in Trooper
well-being [were very significant,]"
Husta said. "From housing renovations,
to additional liberty centers to additional
access to the Internet at all levels I think
those kinds of things have been the most
Working in a joint environment left an
impression with Husta that will remain
with him for years.
"I was able to work in a joint
environment that had pieces of politics,
pieces of Trooper care, and pieces of
detention management; all the different
[experiences] and [working through] inter-
aaencv aspects have been extraordinary."
The last three years have kept Husta
busy, yet the position and the experience
have left him with an appreciation for the
FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 | MISSION
nature of joint operations and specifically
the JTF and its members.
"The operational tempo has been the
biggest challenge," Husta said. "For the
last three-and-a-half years, I've worked
seven days a week, 365 days a year.
"A lot of folks don't understand the
nature of the business that we're in here,"
Husta said. "I think the performance across
the board, of the 6,700 men and women
who have been through here during my
tenure [can be summed up in] one word -
Husta will soon go on to his next duty
station as the Navy 4h Fleet liaison officer,
at U.S. Southern Command in Florida, but
leaves the JTF Troopers with some advice.
"Drive on, stay on mission," Husta said.
"We've done a marvelous job over the
course of the years and have done it the
right way, for all the right reasons. Follow
this until the end." 0
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Army Capt. Manuel Rodriguez explains a grappling technique to Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andrew Martinez, Navy Petty Officer
2nd Class Raphael Santana and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Frances Pizarro during open mat time at Marine Hill, April 23. JTF
Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Blair Heusdens
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
S From fitness classes to lap swimming, Marine Hill has a lot of options to help Joint
Task Force Guantanamo and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay residents stay in shape. But if
you're looking for a different approach to stay in shape while you learn to defend yourself,
you can check out a lesser-known venue on Marine Hill for some action on the mats.
"Martial arts training is good because it incorporates your whole body to work on an
objective as opposed to targeting just one muscle group," said Marine Corps Cpl. Miguel
Machado, a martial arts instructor.
The Marine Hill "Dojo" is a large, gray building next to the Cardio Fitness Center on
Marine Hill. Members of all services meet throughout the week to practice various martial
arts techniques and learn from each other. The building is generally open from 6:30 p.m.
to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and
N According to Army Capt. Manuel Rodriguez, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Headquarters
and Headquarters Company commander, martial arts training should focus first on
I conditioning and technique and then on fighting and studying the positions that have been
learned. In addition to physical benefits, martial arts training can help to improve personal
"Martial arts is not just about physical fitness, it also provides a lot of mental benefits,"
Open mat hours are offered to anyone, and all skill levels are welcome and encouraged
to attend. Trainers with experience in judo, wrestling, Marine Corps Martial Arts and Army
Combatives are available and go through ground techniques, mat techniques and circuit
courses throughout the week. Free sparring takes place on the weekends.
Though specific classes have not been set up yet, there are plans to put together more
Organized classes as more people show interest. Rodriguez plans to start self-defense classes
soon, as well as a boot-camp style fitness class.
For more information on the Marine Hill "Dojo" and open mat hours, contact Marine
Corps Cpl. Miguel Machado at ext. 2127. For more information on upcoming self-defense
courses, contact Army Capt. Manuel Rodriguez at ext. 8318. 0
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LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009
Dreams come true in 'Coraline'
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Imagination becomes reality in
"Coraline." Where children often wish
they lived in a world other than the one they
inhabit, "Coraline" explores the "what if."
What if there was another world, complete
with another family?
Based on the Neil Gaiman novel about
a little girl who stumbles upon an alternate,
seemingly better world, this movie explores
the implications of getting what you wished
Henry Selick ("The Nightmare Before
Christmas," "James and the Giant Peach")
directs this 3-D animated feature and creates
a beautiful and haunting dreamscape that
draws the viewer into Coraline's worlds;
both the real and the parallel. Like his
previous films, Selick takes a closer look
beneath the sentimentalized innocence
of childhood and shows the unsettling
underbelly of dreams.
Coraline Jones, voiced by Dakota
Fanning, is torn between her real, distracted
parents and their empty new home in a
big pink Victorian house and her "other"
family who listens to her every word
and draws her into a world of gorgeous
gardens and home-cooked meals. She is
told that in order to remain with her Other
FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 | MOVIE RECON
Family, she must change. It doesn't take
long for her to realize she isn't willing to
do so, but by that time it is too late and she
must scheme to save herself, her parents
and other children who were lured into the
Selick creates a world where fantasy
and reality are intertwined. Oddball
neighbors, a mouse circus, stuffed Scottish
terriers, glowing gardens and a talking cat
can appear either slightly eccentric or truly
The antagonist of the story is the creepy
Other Mother (Teri Hatcher), whose
maternal instinct is misplaced, to say the
least. Her character disintegrates before
the eyes of the audience, along with the
perfect world she created.
In a world that appears perfect on the
surface, Coraline learns to appreciate what
lies at the heart of family. This film is a
showcase for love gone wrong.
The movie's disturbing plot is enhanced
by the poignant animation. Selick creates
a visual feast for the eyes that displays
the essence of the characters and the
world they inhabit, without getting stuck
on literal representation. This results in
an atmosphere that is eerie, wonderfully
strange, and full of feeling.
"Coraline" draws the viewer into the self-
contained fantasy world that is believable
and entertaining on its own terms. 0
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(From left to right) CC Lowery, Michelle Hargraves, Nadine Donaldson, Patricia Williams, Carol Leaphart, Joel Last,
Sam Rayburn and Ric Ponder are members of the FFSC team that supports JTF Troopers. The FFSC has several weekly
classes that assist with multiple Trooper needs. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Michael Baltz
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The Fleet and Family Support Center is
here to help Joint Task Force Guantanamo
and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
Troopers by teaching Troopers how to
deal with stress while deployed, manage
personal finances and maintain healthy
relationships with family members.
"Very few people have had training on
things like life skills," said Beth Cabiness,
FFSC life skills manager. "People don't
have Anger Management 101. They learn
from family and friends, and that is not
always the best way."
"Our job is to make the Trooper's life
easier, so they can concentrate on their
job," said Patricia Williams, the director
for FFSC. "We have [conducted] marital
therapy where we have the spouse on the
phone from the states and the [deployed]
Trooper in our office."
According to Williams, the FFSC
has several classes where the members
of the FFSC can meet with a group of
Troopers or a unit. The classes include
stress management, anger management,
communication, and financial
management, to include buying a house
or a vehicle.
"We have classes for Troopers to
attend or people can walk into our office
and set up an appointment," Williams
said. "We are able to conduct our classes
on-site. If you can not come to us, we can
come to you."
Williams and her staff are willing and
able to meet with any unit to conduct these
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classes. Whether it is at 6 a.m. or 6 p.m.,
the FFSC understand, the importance of
helping the Troopers.
"I can adjust my schedule," Cabiness
said. "Troopers don't have to change
The following are just a few of the
classes that FFSC offers:
Deployment Readiness FFSCs all
over the world offer pre-, mid- and post-
deployment programs. Whether this is your
first deployment or you're an old pro, you
can learn tips to make your next deployment
Ombudsman This plays a vital role
in establishing and maintaining good
communication between commands and
families. This program helps squash
rumors and gives families direct contact
Personal Financial Management This
program provides classes at the FFSC, at
ships/hangars/workplaces, and for spouse
groups on subjects such as car buying,
consumer awareness, budgeting, insurance
and savings. PFM also trains the command
financial specialist and provides budget
counseling and consultation.
Transition Assistance Program This
program focuses on assisting service
members who are leaving the military and
ensuring that they have the knowledge they
need to make a smooth transition when
they decide to return to civilian life.
Family Employment Addresses job
search challenges with basic workshops
that provide training on how to launch ajob
search, career planning, resume writing,
interview techniques, federal employment
information, conduct self-assessment and
Relocation Assistance Program
Provides services to make the moving
process run as smooth as possible for you
and your family. This is also the first place
to go for relocation and area information in
your new community.
Family Advocacy Offers awareness
and prevention programs to commands,
child care providers, individuals, couples,
families and community groups on issues
of domestic violence, child abuse and
neglect and child sexual abuse.
Sexual Assault Victim Intervention -
The SAVI program goal is to provide a
comprehensive, standardized, victim-
sensitive system to prevent and respond to
sexual assault awareness and prevention
education, victim advocacy and data
Life skills Can help you approach
military life with confidence. Life skills
workshops are designed to strengthen
and enrich individuals and families with
the knowledge, skills and support for a
Clinical counseling services Provide
non-medical, short-term, solution-focused
counseling that can directly improve the
quality of life of Troopers and their family
members by addressing the stressors facing
The FFSC is located near Bulkeley Hall
and at the JTF Trooper One-Stop, building
1451. Their hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., but
are able to adjust accordingly.
If you would like to participate in one
of the FFSC programs, or if you have any
questions regarding a service, give the
FFSC a call at ext. 4141.0
EWS & NFOMATON I FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009
Uniting Latinos in style
April D. de Armas
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Parties are meant to bring people together to celebrate special
events like birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. The Red Carpet
Event held at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Community Center,
April 25, was no exception.
Attendees dressed in their GTMO best, with women wearing
pretty dresses and men wearing suits, slacks and ties. Many
people came to celebrate the birthdays of Army Lt. Col. Miguel
Angel Mendez, a member of Joint Task Force Guantanamo's, Joint
Detention Group, and Luis Alvarez, a NAVSTA contractor.
The idea for the black-tie event came from Lydia Alvarez, a
Navy Exchange employee and wife of Luis Alvarez. She decided
to celebrate their birthdays together, since they both take place in
"My husband and I had a big celebration similar to this three
years ago when we celebrated 30 years of marriage," Lydia said.
"We had so much fun and got such a good response, we decided
to do it again."
Lydia said she shared her ideas for the joint party with Mendez,
who thought it was a great idea.
"We wanted to do something different and thought that having
a party where everyone got to dress up would be fun," Mendez
said. "We are using the birthdays as an excuse, but ultimately we
wanted to unite the JTF Latino family with the NAVSTA Latino
family in friendship and camaraderie."
Attendees donated food and refreshments as part of their
FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 I NEWS & INFORMATION
appreciation for the invitation. Also, prizes were donated by the
NEX for the best-dressed man and best-dressed woman.
Mendez and Luis met in 2007 during Mendez's first tour with
the Joint Task Force. Luis has lived at Naval Station Guantanamo
for the past five years. They quickly became friends through the
Lydia and Mendez decided to make the event a surprise for
"We went to eat a few nights before the party and that's when
I found out about the event," said Luis. "It was a total surprise to
The Alvarez's daughter and grandchildren live here at Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay. Their daughter also is a contractor for
the naval station.
Lydia decided to surprise her husband with another gift by
flying their son in from New York.
"I thought it would be a nice gift to have all of us together for
such an occasion," Lydia said.
Luis said he was stunned to see his son, but very happy.
"I couldn't speak," Luis said. "I was so in shock to see him, it
was great that he could be here."
At the party, the night air was filled with music and laughter
as attendees mingled and danced the night away. Mendez
showcased his talents by playing the keyboard and singing for
Mendez and Luis considered the night a great success and
were happy to have the opportunity to celebrate their special day
together. They said they would like to do this again soon as they
continue to unite the Latino community. 0
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U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Stevens, a port securityman deployed with Port Security Unit 305,
disassembles a .50-caliber machine gun during early morning qualification at Granadillo Range, April 29. JTF
Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Cody Black
G.I. Bill offers new benefits
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
In the near future, several post-Sept. 11 service members and veterans
can look forward to new education benefits resulting from the post-Sept.
11 General Issue Bill. The new GI Bill will allow many veterans who
served after Sept. 11 to become eligible to receive full tuition and fees,
a new monthly housing stipend and a yearly stipend for supplies and
Although payments will not be posted for the new GI Bill until Aug. 1,
S: 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs will start to accept applications
for the new GI Bill beginning May 1, 2009.
Under the new post-Sept. 11 GI Bill, undergraduate degrees, graduate
degrees and vocational technical training are attainable. If enrolling in a
training program, it must be offered by an institution of higher learning
and approved for GI Bill benefits. Also, reimbursement is available for
Imonul assistance and licensing and certification tests after approval
.. undlci the GI Bill.
N6\ Alongside active duty members, reservists and National Guard
n mc nibers who have been active for more than 90 days since Sep. 11,2001,
aic aIso able to collect the same GI Bill benefits.
If fou are already receiving the current GI Bill, you can reallocate the
Sbc nC Its to the new post-Sept. 11 GI Bill by foregoing the older bill.
applications s and the most up-to-date information about the program
oe I ic available on the GI Bill Web site: www.gibill.va.gov. Also, you
,Ican contact the call center toll free at 1-888-442-4551 and speak with a
P 1 counselor to answer any questions you may have. O
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NEWS & INFORMATION I FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009
* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
* Stay home when you are sick to prevent others from catching
* Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or
* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you
cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based cleansers are also effective.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; it spreads germs.
* Practice good health habits by getting plenty of sleep, being
physically active, managing stress, getting plenty of fluids and
eating nutritious food.
For more information, visit www.pandemicflu.gov or call the NAVSTA
hospital preventive medicine office at ext. 72990.
Boots on the Ground
What's your favorite dance move?
Air Force Staff Sgt.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Navy Petty Officer 3'd Class
by Army Pfc. Rachel Simpson
Navy Petty Officer 1'1 Class
"My favorite dance move "The Pee Wee Herman."
is the "Axl Rose.' created
by Guns "n Roses in the
"The 'T.I. Walk.' created by "My signature dance move.
T.I. in his music video. 'Talk the Shake *n Bake.'"
FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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I Surpassing the standardjfl
Surpassing the standard
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
For Army Pfc. Bobby Sherry, physical fitness isn't just a
requirement, it's a way of life.
After arriving at his first duty station,
fresh out of basic combat training and
advanced individual training, Sherry
made a goal to earn a score of 300
on his Army Physical Fitness Test.
He achieved that goal during his
company's APFT, March 24.
Sherry is a human resources
specialist with Headquarters and
Headquarters Company, 525't Military
Police Battalion, currently stationed
with Joint Task Force Guantanamo at
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. He
has been in the Army for approximately
"In basic training, you're so
physically exhausted all the time," said Headquarters and H
Sherry. "Here you get a chance to rest 525th M ilitary Polic
between workouts, which helped me to morning physical fitne
improve." JTF Guantanamo photo
The score was a 40-point improvement sens
from his score of 260 in December.
Army Pst Sgt. Rodney Sanchez, the HHC first sergeant, credits this to
a combination of company physical fitness training five times a week
and Sherry working out on his own time in the evenings.
"Any time a Soldier earns a score of 300, it's not just because
of the company [physical fitness training], but also because of their
own individual efforts," Sanchez said.
FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 15 MINUTES OF FAME
Sherry is also a member of the 525th Army Ten-Miler team,
which will participate in the Army Ten-Miler, in Washington, D.C.,
Oct. 4. Sherry competed against 20 other Soldiers in the battalion
to make the eight-person team.
"[Being on the 10-miler team] made me realize I could actually
run better than I thought," said Sherry.
Sherry's individual workout routine
consists of mainly upper body and
abdominal exercises. He credits an
abdominal routinefromhis commander,
Army Capt. Maxim Krekotnev, for
helping him improve his sit-ups from
58 to 82 in two minutes.
In preparation for the APFT, Sherry
suggests stretching the day prior to the
test and drinking plenty of water. You
also have to get into the right mindset,
"Whenyou're standing there before
a PT test, you have to keep yourself
motivated," Sherry explained.
All HHC Troopers passed the
adquarters Company, APFT, a commendable feat for a
Battalion, conducts company-sized unit.
s training, April 30. "It's a group effort to motivate each
by Army Staff Sgt. Blair other to meet the standard," Sanchez
Troopers from HHC conduct
physical fitness training every weekday morning for approximately
one hour. They vary their workouts between running and muscular
strength and endurance. According to Sanchez, the training is
challenging as well as fun.
"PT should be fun. If you don't make it fun, your Soldiers won't
put in as much effort," Sanchez said. 0
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