Navy Master Chief Petty Officer
Scott A. Fleming
JTF Guantanamo Command Master Chief
Joint Task Force Guantanamo is an amazing
organization, made so primarily by the diligent, enduring
efforts of Troopers who understand the mission and execute
their roles in it to incredible precision. I believe most of
you recognize at some level how thoroughly impressive
the collective effort is, but I wonder how many of you
actually take a minute to realize the integral part you play
in making this machine move. There is undeniable value
in widening your lens occasionally ... not to shift focus
from your main target, but to capture the essence of your
contribution to a phenomenal time and place.
We do an amazing job concentrating on the wolf closest
to our wagons whether it's eliminating a hostile threat,
walking a tier or procuring supplies. Training and service
doctrine dictate that basic tasks, more than any other aspect
of the operation, define success and failure. However, the
challenge of interoperability demands an appreciation
for the capabilities everyone brings to the fight. This is
not exclusively the domain of senior officers gathered
around some strategic round-table it applies to all
service members from E-1 to 0-10. I'm not suggesting
that everyone needs to commit any joint publications to
memory; only that you seek an awareness of the assets
around you, and identify opportunities to fortify the
How many of you have had the chance to attend the
daily Battle Update Brief? It is a fascinating venue.
Every move, every third-order effect, every factor in
virtually every equation that plays out across the JTF is
discussed and dissected before it plays out in the camps.
No decisions are made without due consideration for all
stakeholders ... you, your battle buddy, detainees, the
Joint Task Force, our nation. Yes, some decisions do
impact your daily routine, but none are made arbitrarily
or absent of meticulous regard for their consequences. It
is the consummate example of partnership.
This comes back to knowing the warriors on your
left and your right, and to appreciating your part in a
bigger picture. Many of you will ascend to fantastic
levels of authority and responsibility in your services
or organizations. Each promotion will take you a step
closer to planning and executing missions that involve
colleagues from other components, branches or
countries. Here and now, you're already immersed in
just such an environment ... countless moving pieces
relying on each others' strengths to create an enterprise
steeped in integrity, efficiency and transparency.
What attributes do you bring to the JTF that
your counterparts and leadership can leverage?
Unarguably, good order and discipline stand as
the most essential hallmarks we should all strive to
embody and instill in our teammates. But, what about
service, culture and traditions, technical proficiencies,
collaborative energy, or plain old camaraderie? All of
those components serve as tangible force multipliers,
strengthen our readiness, and perhaps most importantly,
solidify the pride you can take to bed every night.
You are part of a legacy ... enjoy the ride ... and
continue to do great things. Q
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TROOPER-TO-TROOPER I FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009
* JTF Commander passes the baton and
reflects on his time at Guantanamo Bay
Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Joint Task Force Guantanamo bids 'fair
winds and following seas' to Navy Rear
Adm. David M. Thomas Jr. in a ceremony
held June 19.
With over a year serving as the JTF
Commander, Thomas has made significant
changes addressing mission critical
"I decided after a couple weeks here
that I had three focus areas security,
Trooper quality of service and strategic
communication." Thomas said.
He explained each focus area,
emphasizing the importance of safe-
guarding the JTF from external and internal
threat, taking good care of Troopers to
ensure they have the "quality training,
tools and time they need to do their job
correctly," all while clearly communicating
our mission locally and globally so
everyone understands the direction and
mission of the JTF.
"If our Troopers aren't well taken care
of, on and off duty, then the whole mission
falls apart," Thomas said. "They are my
main battery; I want to make sure they have
balance in their lives."
One of the challenges Thomas has faced
during his tenure was presenting the JTF to
the public in away that clearly communicated
the JTF mission and intention.
"The biggest challenge we face is making
people believe there is nothing nefarious
going on here," Thomas explained. "In
the end, we're just Americans running an
American detention facility safely and
humanely, exactly the way the American
people would like us to run it."
According to Thomas, the most important
mission now is to keep the conditions of
detention out of the debate that rages back
home and on the world stage.
"What should we do with the detainees?"
Thomas asked rhetorically. "We've had
some recent movement of the detainees from
GTMO and while those policy questions
are debated back home, what should we do
with the ones who we don't feel are safe to
transfer, or how do we prosecute the ones
that we want to bring to justice? Where
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should we resettle
"We continue to
safely and humanely
provide the custody
of the detainees
while they're here
and let the president,
congress, the judicial
[branch] and citizens
come to the proper
solutions to those
With the "very
that go on within the
work to refine the Outgoing Joint 1
JTF mission has been Navy Rear Adm. D
on-going, command photo
"We're never done, we continue to
refine the plan," he said. "As things evolve,
I discovered some things weren't as
challenging and complex as I thought, and
some things were a little more daunting. We
always adjust. When I got here, I talked to
my predecessor and the various commands
that work for the JTF; our mission has
evolved over time and it was important to
ensure there's a common understanding
[across the JTF]."
Starting at ground-zero, and analyzing
some of the base documents are what helped
Thomas form his missions and recast it in
three simple phrases.
"Mission one [is] our fundamental
mission the safe, humane, legal and
transparent care and custody of the
detainees," Thomas said. "Mission two is
intelligence collection and the assessment
and dissemination to support law
enforcement and the Global War on Terror,
as well as our force protection here inside
the wire, and the detainees themselves.
Finally, our third mission is to support the
Office of Military Commissions."
Defining these missions was a very
important aspect of Thomas'job. Simplifying
the mission allowed everyone to understand
the purpose of our presence here.
With the missions outlined, Thomas and
ask Force Guantanamo Commander,
avid M. Thomas Jr. JTF Guantanamo
the members of JTF Guantanamo could
make an assessment of the people, training
programs, infrastructure and other activities
associated with the organization and assess
whether they map directly to the mission
"Everyone who serves here serves with
honor," Thomas said. "Being able to assure
them that the world will understand what
we do is very important to me."
As Thomas prepares to move on to his
next command, he does so with appreciation
of the achievements JTF Troopers made
throughout the past year.
"I'm extraordinarily humbled by the
wonderful work everyone here does, every
day," Thomas emphasized. "I have a great
team. I've been leading people my entire
adult life and I've never been so proud
to be associated with a group of people
and a mission set like we have here. The
achievements are not mine; they belong to
the people who always rise to the occasion
at JTF GTMO."
Thomas' next assignment will take him
to Norfolk, Va., where he will assume
command of an aircraft carrier strike group,
Carrier Strike Group 2.
"I get to go back to sea," Thomas said
smiling. "I'm a Sailor and I can't wait to go
back to sea." 0
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Petty Officer 3'd Class Joshua McGrowan, with the Amphibious Construction Battalion Two, welds a 24-inch pile. The
pile will help support the pier that is being constructed during the JLOTS exercise. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army
Sgt. Michael Baltz
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The Department of Defense integrates
military services to successfully complete
operations such as Joint Logistics Over the
Shore, bringing Navy and Army commands
together for the annual exercise. This year
the exercise is being conducted at Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay.
The mission of JLOTS is to test the
capabilities of the transportation command.
The capability that JLOTS has is unlike any
other throughout the world.
"JLOTS has the ability to move
cargo, whether it is combat equipment or
humanitarian aide, from a strategic vessel
to shore," said Army Lt. Col. Terry Draper,
JLOTS deputy commander.
The JLOTS team, conducting exercises
during June, is unloading storage containers
from the SS Cornhusker State.
"We have more than 220 containers
on board," Draper explained. "We are
simulating movement from the ship to
The ability to rapidly move cargo from
a ship to the shore is a critical aspect in
successful military operations. When the
ship cannot reach the shore, operations
"The ability of JLOTS is critical
because it augments the time in which the
military can respond," Draper stated. "The
capability expedites things a lot quicker."
If a natural disaster occurs, JLOTS is
able to work toward supporting the area
within 48 hours.
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"It is a well-planned system," said
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon
Rowe, a crane operator with Amphibious
Construction Battalion Two. "It is valuable
[to] get stuff from ship to shore with ease."
JLOTS has constructed a pier that
reaches into the harbor. Here, a crane can
unload cargo and place it onto the shore.
This task not only ensures operations are
done in a timely manner; it also
conducts the mission on a larger
JTF Guantanamo has assisted
JLOTS and works with NAVSTA,
which is the host command.
Both commands have helped to
ensure the JLOTS exercise is a
success through transportation
and operations support. Last year,
JLOTS' annual exercise was hosted
at Camp Pendleton, Calif. and will
continue next year in South Korea.
"We have worked really hard
to be integrated," said Navy Capt.
Paul Webb, JLOTS commander.
"JTF and NAVSTA have been a big
help. It only took a few hours for
me to get the proper badges and to
get everything up and running."
When working with multiple
commands and services,
coordination and dedication are
"In a joint environment,
initiative is paramount to successful
operations," said Army Capt.
Shane Lauritzen, Joint Task Force
Guantanamo engineering deputy
There are more than 20 comman
supporting the JLOTS mission. T
commands include Navy and Ar
construction and transportation commands
with more than 520 service members.
"[Troopers] have been working
extremely hard through the heat and rain,"
Draper stated. "They are doing a great job
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MISSION I FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009
FOIA provides transparency for
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Army Sgt. jst Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay is comprised of many
elements that may not be apparent in a transparent and
seamless environment. Demographics include U.S. Army
and Navy military units as well as numerous government
agencies and local support departments. In essence, the Joint
Task Force is comparable to any city where government
infrastructure is the framework that provides cohesion and
guidance to achieve objectives.
One of the departments at JTF Guantanamo that is key
to mission transparency researches Freedom of Information ,
Act requests. The FOIA office is headed by Mr. Phillip
Reilly who returned to Guantanamo after retiring from the
Puerto Rico National Guard last year.
"I first arrived April 14, 2007, as a mobilized Army
National Guard Judge Advocate General officer. I was
basically working with attorneys who were coming to
Guantanamo Bay to see detainees. After retiring, I made
the decision to come back to head the FOIA office last
Since returning as a civilian, he has handled over 150
FOIA requests that must be expediently processed through
numerous channels. When a FOIA request is received,
Reilly must determine which divisions might have pertinent
information regarding a particular client. Once this is done,
he compiles and indexes the documents that are forwarded
to U.S. Army Southern Command.
"After all the documents are sent to SOUTHCOM, they
are responsible for sending the information to the requestor
in the Department of Defense who finally delivers it to the
attorney who requested it," stated Reilly.
The entire FOIA process can be timely, but the initial
request must be responded to within a specified time period. Operations Facility from February 2006 through August 2007. As
"According to the law we have 20 days to comply," Reilly the Assistant FOIA Manager Randy Cothram is responsible for all
explained. "In reality the 20 days are just enough time to reply the systems required to support the facilitation of the mission.
and say we have information. We will tell the requestor that we "After receiving the tracker request from SOUTCOM, I am
have so many pages of responsible for delegating this down
documents and give them One of the reasons for the to the unit level and then coordinating
an estimate of how long increased requests this year is the status updates for the FOIA manager,"
the request may take to said Cothram.
process." announcement of the closure of He also is responsible for coordination
Then, it is up to the detention facilities. with the JTF Staff Judge Advocate's
the FOIA requestor to office as well as handling all computer
continue with, or not Mr. Phillip Reilly issues to include scanners, software and
seek further assistance hardware support.
because some requests can involve hundreds and possibly Cothram's formula for success is simple, "I just prioritize to get
thousands of pages that must be redacted prior to their release. the job done."
And the cost of this censoring is passed off to the requestor in the This year the JTF FOIA office has already received
form of a written estimate. approximately 98 requests, as compared to last year, where
Each division or section must redact all of their requested approximately 160 requests were processed.
documents. Additionally, if FOIA finds documents that belong to "One of the reasons for the increased requests this year is the
other government agencies, they have to be referred to them for announcement of the closure of the detentionfacilities," Reilly said.
redaction and eventual disclosure. "Another reason is that attorneys want to get as much information
Working behind the scenes at the FOIA office is a former U.S. as they can before going to court...they use FOIA as part of their
Navy yeoman who served on active duty at the JTF Intelligence discovery process." 0
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An MWR maintenance crew works on the batting cages that are scheduled to open July 4. JTF Guantanamo photo by
Army Sgt. Michael Baltz
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Batting cages will soon be completed at G.J. Denich Gym as
Morale, Welfare and Recreation services continue to enhance life
for Joint Task Force Guantanamo and Naval Station Guantanamo
On July 4, the batting cages are expected to open for everyone
"We started the batting cage project about four years ago," said
MWR director Craig Basel. "It is a lengthy process to acquire the
equipment and funding to do the renovation."
Prices for the batting cage have yet to be set, but will be low-
cost for everyone on base.
"The money will go directly back to the batting cages," Basel
The batting cages, which are being constructed by an MWR
maintenance crew, are a unique design. They have a dual pitching
machine for each of the five stations. Batters can have a hard ball
or softball pitched to them.
"The batting cages are [intended] to improve the hitting skills
for those who are avid softball and baseball players," said Karissa
Sandstorm, MWR fitness director.
"It is good recreation and a good way to relieve stress," Basel
Troops are looking forward to it opening.
"I am extremely excited about the batting cages," Air Force
Staff Sgt. Aaron Rule said. "It gives those who are willing to work
on batting the opportunity to develop better batting habits."
MWR is also working toward developing soccer cages, which
are similar to the batting cages.
"People will be able to deposit money into the machine, then
it will kick a ball to the player, and it is the player's job to kick it
into the goal," Basel said. "It is to maintain soccer skills and foot
The construction of the soccer cages is expected to start in early
August and they will be located across from the batting cages. O
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LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affe
What do Egyptian pharaohs, Roman
warriors, Abe Lincoln and Amelia
Earhart have in common? Why, the
Smithsonian, of course!
"Night at the Museum: Battle of the
Smithsonian" picks up where the first
"Night at the Museum" left off. Directed
by Shawn Levy, the movie opens with
Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) selling glow-
in-the-dark flashlights on infomercials.
His nighttime adventures at New York's
American Museum of Natural History
are a thing of the past since he turned
in his guard uniform for a business suit
and BlackBerry. However, when his old
friends find themselves in trouble after
being shipped to Washington he comes
to their rescue.
Stiller's character is a bit more
subdued than in the first "Night at the
Museum," leading the viewer to wonder
just what makes him so calm in the face
of warriors from the dead and a gigantic
octopus. However, with so many
larger-than-life characters sharing one
big screen, Stiller provides the balance
needed to maintain order amidst chaos.
The conjuring of so many museum
artifacts (many of them actually on display
in the Smithsonian) is delightful and
often ingenious. Robin Williams makes
his appearance as the beloved Teddy
Roosevelt, always at hand with good
FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009 | MOVIE RECON
advice. Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan
are back as Jedediah and Octavius, two
miniature warriors from different epochs.
There are bobble-headed Einsteins, a giant
marble Abraham Lincoln, Gen. George
Custer (Bill Hader) and a variety of classic
paintings, sculptures and photographs.
A memorable performance is given
by Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart, the
pert red-headed comedic heroine who
teaches Stiller a valuable lesson about
enjoying life. Her delightful portrayal
of the aviation great is energetic and
Hank Azaria plays a fictitious
pharaoh named Kahmunrah, the film's
antagonist. In his effort to take over
the world through the use of a magical
tablet; the same tablet responsible for the
nighttime capers of museum inhabitants.
With a heavy British lisp and hilariously
dramatic delivery, Azaria keeps Stiller
on his toes while maintaining control
of villains like Al Capone and Ivan the
The plot is somewhat disappointing,
in that the original story of father and
son reconnecting over their nocturnal
museum shenanigans falls by the
wayside of the colorful interactions
between historical sidekicks. While
cute capuchins in a slapping contest are
entertaining, the story lacks depth.
Just as the original "Night at
the Museum" reportedly increased
attendance at New York's American
Museum of Natural History, so should
this sequel make the whole compliment of
Smithsonian museums extremely popular
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Celebrating the Army's birthday
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
It's a scene you won't find in many places throughout the world Army Soldiers
celebrating their service's birthday with members of all the armed forces in attendance.
Soldiers attached to Joint Task Force Guantanamo celebrated the Army's 234th birthday
complete with an enthusiastic rendition of the Army Song alongside Sailors, Airmen,
Coast Guardsmen and the Marines at the Seaside Galley, June 12.
The ceremony started off with a moment of silence remembering those who made the
ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms of our country, followed by a benediction from Army
Capt. Scott Brill, the Joint Detention Group chaplain.
Army Brig. Gen. Rafael O'Ferrall, JTF Guantanamo deputy commander, launched the
celebration with a speech on the Army's distinctive service throughout the years, saying
the mission conducted by Soldiers here is just as important as any operation in the Army's
Sam Scott, Pentad Corp. assistant project manager, helped set up preparations for the
"I like helping out anybody in uniform Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and
Marine Corps by doing something different on their special day," Scott said.
The event concluded with a cake-cutting ceremony with O'Ferrall, the most senior-
ranking Soldier present, and Army Pvt. Levi Arrowood, the most junior Soldier present,
to symbolize the past and the future of the Army's history, traditions and heritage.
This year's birthday coincides with the Army's Year of the Non-Commissioned Officer
campaign that strives to recognize the important contributions of NCOs throughout the
Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Fowler, with the Joint Detention Group, explained
that the Year of the Non-Commissioned Officer shows appreciation to NCOs who serve as
the backbone of the Army. Since the very beginning, NCOs continue to carry out old and ,a Rf
new traditions, while upholding values and developing the new Soldiers enlisting today.
In 234 years, the Army has been involved in 10 wars, beginning with the American
Revolution, continuing through the Cold War and now engaged in the on-going Global
War on Terrorism.
The actual birth date, June 14, 1775 more than a year before the Declaration of
Independence is celebrated by all components of the Army, including the U.S. Army
Reserve and Army National Guard. O
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Tattoos mean different things to different
people. From marks of family allegiance to
a way to express an individual spirit, tattoos
can be seen sported openly or hidden away
from public view. This month, service
members at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
were provided a rare opportunity to get their
very own tattoo while serving here.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation
sponsored "Tattoos by: Tyler, Rich, El
Guapo, Miho & Leo," a group of tattoo
artists from Massachusetts and Colorado
who get together once a year to provide
tattoos to Troopers at Guantanamo Bay.
Tyler Green and his brother, Rich, have
become regular visitors to Guantanamo Bay.
They say they enjoy being able to provide
their unique services to Troopers at GTMO.
"I'm given the opportunity to help
provide a form of stress release for the
service members here," said Tyler. "If they
can come to us and spend an hour or two
getting tattooed, it is an hour of escape from
anything else going on in their live's and the
stresses of their job."
Rich said when he first came to
Guantanamo Bay, he expected to do a lot
of military-themed tattoos. He said he was
surprised to discover otherwise.
"I get the same variety of requests here as
I do in the States. There isn't the expected
GTMO or military type of tattoo requested.
People want anything from symbols that
mean something to them personally, family
names or meaningful quotes," said Rich.
Larry Close is an advanced research
technologist with the Joint Intelligence
Group, Joint Task Force Guantanamo. He
said every tattoo he has is significant to him.
The wild cat he had tattooed on his chest
by the visiting artists is made even more
unforgettable because he was able to have it
done here at GTMO.
"I always say you should get a tattoo you
really like; something meaningful to you. It
is something you will have to look at for the
rest of your life," Close said.
Army Spc. Brandon Little, a guard
with the 525h Military Police Battalion,
had "Weight of the World" tattooed on his
"All of my tattoos are memorable for me.
I can look at my tattoos and they make me
think about what is important to me," said
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Nichole Harden, a guard
with JTF, received a tattoo
of a tiger on her foot, done
by El Guapo.
"I've been wanting this
tattoo for a long time. It
makes it even more cool
to get it done here in
Cuba," said Harden.
Lance Cpl. Mario Castro,
Marine Corps Security
Force Company, Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay
said he had gotten some
surprised looks while Rich
was tattooing his last name
across his back.
"It makes people
do a double-take here
sometimes. I really like the
way my tattoo turned out,
but I underestimated the
pain. It willbe an experience
I always remember," Castro
Miho said that while he
is in Guantanamo Bay he
provides twice the number
of tattoos he does in a normal day at home
"It is worth all the hard work, though.
It is an honor to be able to do this for the
Troops here," Miho said.
The entire artistic team said they enjoyed
being able to provide their unique services
to GTMO Troopers. They said they were
already looking forward to future trips to
"This has been another great experience.
Hopefully everyone enjoys their new tattoos
and the memories that come along with
them," Tyler said. O
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Members of the 480th Military Police Company conduct riot training, June 16. The MP's maintain their skills
by practicing fundamental drills and techniques specific to their mission. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Pfc.
Your IG: LTC Acevedo
LCDR Van Poots
Phone: 8339 3489
* Give your chain of command a chance to solve the problem.
* If IG assistance is needed, contact your local IG first.
* Be honest and don't provide misleading information.
* IGs are not policy makers.
* IGs 'recommend,' and don't order resolution.
* IGs resolve your case on the basis of facts.
* Don't expect instant action on your request...Be patient.
* Be prepared to take "NO" for an answer.
To oomplain without fear of repisal is the right of any Soldier.
$allor, Airmrn, Marino, Coast Quardsman, Civilian, or family member seing 10 help.
Problem solving is one of the IG's primary missions.
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NEWS & INFORMATION I FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009
Air Force Staff Sgt.
Brian A. Wright
474th ECES Contributing Writer
As Army Sgt. Daniel Jaggie strums
comfortably at his guitar and sings
absorbing melodies into the microphone,
the audience is often found entranced with
the music tapping their feet and bobbing
their heads every Sunday night on the
patio of O'Kelly's Irish Pub for "Sunday
Night Sit-In with Daniel Jaggie." Jaggie, a
member of Joint Task Force Guantanamo's
525t Military Police Battalion preventive
medicine, has been performing there during
the last three months.
Just this month, Jaggie was one of seven
Soldiers selected from the entire Army,
National Guard and Reserve force to perform
with the USA Express Band, a highly
deployable and mobile traveling band.
The band, produced by the U.S. Army
Entertainment Division, travels throughout
the United States and abroad, touring
remote military installations, training sites
and isolated combat contingency areas. The
group is comprised of Army active duty,
National Guard and Reserve musicians
and singers chosen for their outstanding
military performance, attitude, musical
ability and versatility.
Jaggie learned about the tryouts from
"Since then, I was determined to make
it into the USA Express [Band]," Jaggie
With more than 12 years of guitar
playing under his belt, Jaggie immediately
put his package together. In addition to the
paper work, requests and waivers, Jaggie
produced a live recording DVD covering
five popular songs which the band plays
while on tour
"I [recorded] a DVD that
was made at Camp Justice
with [two members of the 474th
Expeditionary Civil Engineering
Squadron] Tech. Sgt. Greg
Reiss on drums and Staff Sgt.
Adam Hensley on bass," Jaggie
said. "You can see the videos
on YouTube just look up my
Jaggie knew he was selected
to join the Army elite after
receiving an official e-mail from
the non-commissioned officer-
in-charge of the USA Express
"I ran to the next office and
jumped up on my officer-in-
charge's desk screaming, 'I
made it, I'm out of here! '" Jaggie
For the next three-and-a-half
months, Jaggie will tour the
United States, Asia, Europe and
"I'm especially excited to see
Africa during my tour," he said.
"I've always [been busy with]
work or school, so it's going to
be nice to be able to concentrate
on playing music without any
distractions. Now, playing music will be
my only priority."
Reflecting on his musical career, Jaggie
has a hard time pointing to a specific
musician who influenced him the most.
"It is hard to say really, it just started out
as a hobby and it is [about] my own personal
desire for excellence and perfection," he
Sitting with Jaggie and listening to
him describe his career in the Army, as
well as a musician, reveals that he knows
mere is a nne line between arrogance ana
"I'm always the first to point out my
own mistakes and flaws, and then try to
build from there," Jaggie said. "I hope to
get some exposure, make connections and
get my name out there; I can't wait to see
To follow Jaggie during his tour with
USA Express, visit his two fan-based Web
sites at Danieljaggie.com and myspace.
"It's a very special day "Just bei
to me, remembering my family."
father for everything he
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Air Force Maj.
Robert L. Sullivan
Deputy Command Chaplain
I asked myself the question, "Where is
my dad?" for many years. My mother was
a single parent with six children. My father
divorced her when I was three years old I
didn't remember my father when he left. I
had no image of him in any of my memories.
I recall asking my mom and others, "How did
my dad look?" They would say, "Look in the
mirror, you look just like him." This angered
me they didn't seem to feel my pain.
I wanted a father in my life, just like my
cousins and other kids had. Throughout my
childhood and early teens, I longed to know
my dad, but he was never to be found. I
was angry and bitter because he never tried
to find me. I only knew a few people on
his side of the family, and they didn't know
where he was.
Thank God that I met my Heavenly
Father. When I was 12 years old, I received
the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. I began
a relationship with my Heavenly Father
through Him. The Lord reminded me
that He loved me, and that I was His son.
God provided for my needs and gave me
encouragement. He also gave me spiritual
dads who helped teach me His word, and
what it means to be a man of God.
My mother eventually saw my father
one day while in the commissary at Fort
McPherson, Ga. Not only had my dad
joined the Army, but he now lived up the
street from us, and I didn't know it. When
I was a sophomore in high school, I finally
met my father for the first time that I could
remember. He probably thought it was an
accident that he reunited with my mother
while shopping, but I believe it was the
hand of God a divine appointment.
Dad never told me that my grandfather
was alive. I felt cheated out of a relationship
with my grandfather, because I learned about
him only after he passed. Nevertheless,
God gave me special grandparents on my
mother's side of the family, who helped raise
me. They modeled the love of God in our
home. They taught me how to love in spite
of painful relationships. They taught me to
still love my father despite his neglect.
God did a miracle in my heart and I
forgave my dad and began developing a
relationship with him. After many bumps
in the road and other set-backs over the
years, we are friends for life!
God has blessed me with my lovely
wife, Anita, and three sons: Robert III,
Phillip and Stephen. Now I am a dad and a
grandfather. I pray "Lord help me to be the
husband and father that You will have me to
be." I love my wife and my sons. And yes,
I love my dad too. He is not perfect, neither
am I, but I still call him dad. My Heavenly
Father gave me grace and taught me how to
love and forgive my earthly father. I thank
God and honor my father. 0
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Sunday: 7 a.m. Confession
7:30 a.m. Mass
Spanish Catholic Mass
Sunday: 5 p.m.
at NAVSTA Chapel
Sunday: 9 a.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.
Sunday: 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 p.m.
LIFE & SPIRIT I FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009
Rare opportunity, unlikely location
Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
For most families, deployments mean
time apart with little opportunity to spend
time together if any. However, for one
lucky father and son, a deployment to Cuba
and a summer job-shadow program is what
brought them together for the first time in
over three years.
Army Capt. Frank Williams Jr., a judge
advocate general with Joint Task Force
Guantanamo Staff Judge Advocate, and his
son, West Point Cadet Carson Williams,
are finally getting to spend quality time
together, professionally and personally.
"He and I have always been very close,"
Frank said about his relationship with his
son. "We lived in a small town and were
pretty much together all the time. I never
missed any of his [high school] football or
basketball games. [Since] he went to New
York and I went to Iraq, we haven't seen
each other for more than six days in the last
Frank, who re-commissioned into the
Army during Carson's senior year of high
school, spent half of the year attending
training in Louisiana.
"I didn't see him during the second
semester of my senior year of high school
because he was away," Carson said.
Unfortunately, this was just the
beginning of their time apart.
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"For my entire freshman and sophomore
year in college, I didn't see him because he
left for Iraq," he continued. "Going into my
junior year, we managed to arrange a few
days to spend together during the summer
of 2008, but we didn't have much time."
"I was on orders to come to GTMO last
fall and got a chance to attend the Army
and Air Force football game with my son,"
Frank said. "That was October, 2008."
After a couple days together, duty called
and Frank reported to Guantanamo Bay.
As a cadet now entering his junior
year at West Point, Carson had a summer
internship to think about, which would
take place the following summer, before he
entered his senior year.
"My dad asked me, 'What would you
think about coming to [Guantanamo] for
your summer detail?'" Carson said. "We
worked it out and the officer-in-charge of
summer details at West Point told me I
needed a letter of approval from my father
and the [JTF commander], asking for me
"They put some pretty serious
requirements [in place] for [Carson] to come
down here for his summer internship," Frank
said. "We worked through [Navy] Cmdr.
[Don] Martin, [SJA director], and he talked
with [JTF Commander, Navy] Rear Adm.
[David] Thomas, and within a couple weeks,
they approved everything. We were shocked
and surprised that we were able to do it."
Within a few weeks, Carson arrived in
Guantanamo Bay. Half his time has been
spent job-shadowing the platoon leaders
and working with the 193rd Military Police
Company and the other half with his father,
learning about his job as a Staff Judge
"For the past three years, we've e-mailed
each other and [my dad has] always said,
'I just can't tell you about it, you have to
see what I do,'" Carson explained. "This
opportunity has given me the chance to
understand how everything comes together,
especially in a joint environment."
The summer internship program is
intended to expose cadets to the various
branches or corps the Army offers.
Upon graduation, each cadet chooses which
branch he or she would like to enter.
"I have about four months to decide
which branch I'd like to choose," Carson
said. "At West Point they mostly expose
you to infantry [corps]. As far as [military
police corps or adjutant general corps],
I really don't know. I can definitely see
myself in either branch, but I'm still
The experience hasn't been all work.
During off-duty hours, Frank and Carson
have spent a lot of time catching up.
"We go running together, hit the gym
and spend a lot of time talking," Frank said.
"We've laughed more in the last week than
we have in a long, long time. I really can't
describe how enjoyable it's been for me to
have my son here." 0
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Troopers construct a pier during the Joint Logistics Over the Shore annual
exercise, June 17. The operation includes more than 20 commands
and support from Joint Task Force Guantanamo and Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Michael Baltz