makes a difference
Army 1st Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs NCOIC
At some point in your military career, you have probably
wondered how a particularjob was important to the overall
mission, or, thought of another Trooper's job as less
important than your own.
Recently, I was placed inthis situationwhen
I transferred from a medical unit deploying
to Iraq to a unit that truthfully, I didn't
even know existed. I thought that there
certainly can't be anything more important
than performing my medical mission in a
combat zone. After some thought, I realized
that I was given ajob to do and the military
decided that this job would be different than
any other job I have ever done.
Without a doubt, I am grateful for the
chance to see the military's mission and
role in the war on terrorism from a different
perspective, and so far, it has been an eye-
opening experience. It has afforded me the
opportunity to step outside my comfort
zone, embrace new responsibilities
and see more objectively how others'
missions are important to obtaining
the overall goal. It is impossible for
one person to accomplish everything;
yet everything must be done. This is
the proof that every Trooper makes a
difference to the accomplishment of
The tasks that we are given may
not be of our choosing, but it is
important that we do them well. We are
assigned duties because our leadership
holds confidence that each of us will
Every link in a chain must be strong
in order for it to function properly -
this theory also applies to our military.
As leaders, we must always encourage
our Troopers to view their individual
tasks on a broader scale to enable
them to visualize the overall goal. We
need to portray a positive attitude and
demonstrate our own willingness to
accept these challenges that may be
outside our own comfort zone. Every
mission or task we are given should
be treated as an occasion to learn and
As for me, I am honored to be part
of Joint Task Force Public Affairs. The
opportunity to further educate myself
in a different job, with a completely
different focus and in a joint military
environment, is proving to be a great
experience. I am fortunate to work
with Troopers who enthusiastically
share their knowledge and consider it a
privilege to serve with each of you here
at JTF Guantanamo. 0
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TROOPER-TO-TROOPER I FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009
Air Force Master Sgt. Arl Pauley III (right) and Air Force Staff Sgt. Adam Hensley (left), both from the 474th Expeditionary
Civil Engineering Squadron, work together on the leeward side to gather coordinates using the GPS. JTF Guantanamo
photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Wright
Air Force Staff Sgt.
Brian A. Wright
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Air Force Master Sgt. Arl Pauley III
and Air Force Staff Sgt. Adam Hensley,
engineering assistants with the 474th
Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron,
successfully help sustain the Expeditionary
Legal Center and Camp Justice by
accurately updating base maps, creating
an organized layout of tent city and all the
assets belonging to the 474th.
To ensure properplacementof equipment
they must use the Global Positioning
System and coordinate with all ECES
shop superintendents. They are essential
in locating and plotting of underground
electrical and utility lines within the
boundaries of Camp Justice. This creates
an updated, detailed map of Camp Justice
to keep on file, helping future construction
projects move along smoothly with the
intention of preventing mission down time
or accidental injury.
"The GPS is what makes our job so
technical," Pauley said. "It allows us to
position any asset on Camp Justice to a
specific point on a map."
The GPS relays a signal directly to
satellites orbiting the earth to obtain an
accurate location and altitude, recording
the coordinates within the data collector.
The coordinates can then be uploaded to
the computer, plotted onto the map and
FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009 I MISSION
printed out for use.
"The Global Positioning System
performs real time kinematic surveying
allowing [the Engineers] to pinpoint the
exact location of earth's surface in real
time," Hensley said.
The EAs also worked hand-in-
hand supporting the Air National
Guard units that deployed to
Guantanamo Bay recently for
their two-week annual training.
"We allowed [Air National
Guard units] access to our
facilities, technology and know-
how," Hensley said. "It's nice to
meet other EAs from across the
In between land surveying
and creating organized layouts
of Camp Justice, they are also
tasked to help support other
missons such as potential
migrant operation efforts,
providing suggestions for the
Both Pauley and Hensley
perform similar tasks in their
civilian careers in West Virginia.
"I've been an Engineer for
a coal company for over 19
years and Hensley works as a
hydraulics engineer for a large e E
underground mining equipment before I
company," Pauley said. J Gua
Sgt. Hensley attributed their Bian
success to the excellent preparations made
by the previous ECES members and support
from the current team.
"It's what helps the EA shop run
smoothly," he said. Q
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Command Master Chief Alfonso R. Rivera assumed
responsibility as the senior enlisted advisor for the Navy
Expeditionary Guard Battalion at Joint Task Force Guantanamo,
Rivera relieved Command Master Chief Edward Moreno after a
turnover ceremony inside Camp Delta.
"We have a good command here," Rivera said. "We have a lot
of talent and every external report I have seen has been exceptional.
The demeanor of the guards to the detainees is second to none."
Rivera comes from Trident-class submarine USS Florida (SSGN
728), and volunteered for this assignment.
"I wanted to come here," Rivera said. "I was able to attend a
conference and decided I wanted this experience. This is a very
high-profile place and it gets a lot of scrutiny."
As a command master chief, Rivera's routine duties have not
"My principle role is to advise commanders regarding our
operations," Rivera said. "Whatever I can do to make our Sailors
'quality of life better, I do it."
His predecessor, Moreno, has already set the standard for NEGB
at a high, proficient level and Rivera looks to enhance that further.
"The recipe for success is already here," Rivera explained.
"[Troopers here] conduct their jobs well. They do not deviate from
[standard operating procedures]."
The NEGB provides the main guard force inside Joint Task
Force Guantanamo's detention facilities.
Moreno has provided Rivera with advice to help ensure his
"There are a lot of 'what ifs,'" Moreno explained. "It is important
to consider those and to be prepared for them."
Moreno says his success here has been a team effort.
"I don't have any personal success anymore," Moreno said. "It
is about team success and our greatest success as a team is for my
[non-commissioned officers] to become better sensors. This makes
it easier to reach out to the [Troopers] asking what is going on. A
legitimate focus to get the team involved is critical.
"On a personal note; this mission is so important and so serious,"
Moreno continued. "We need to remind ourselves to stay in contact
with our families. [Troopers] can create some bad communicatioin
habits here, so we need to stay connected to our families."
Rivera believes that success will be determined by the levels of
communication between the incoming and outgoing Troopers.
"[NEGB Troopers] come here for only six months, and we need
to make sure we continue to operate at an efficient level," Rivera
said "We need to do so until the last detainee leaves C
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1e I 41
iviemoers or tne Loast uuara rrom mne ivisai
Seattle shoot a .40-caliber machine gun during
a moving live fire qualification on July 9. JTF FURmO
Guantanamo photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian A.
Air Force Staff Sgt.
Brian A. Wright
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Once a year, Coast Guard members from
the Maritime Safety and Security Team 91101
Seattle are required to perform a live-fire weapons
qualification while underway, to hone their skills
and maintain unit readiness while supporting Joint
Task Force Guantanamo and the anti-terrorism
force protection mission.
Using a floating target outside the boundaries
of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Guardians recently
performed machine gun force-of-fire qualification.
"It's an annual requirement for the mission that
we do," said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Joshua
A. Mann, waterside chief for MSST Seattle. "It's a
really good exercise for communication between
the machine gunner and the coxswain driving the
Each team member must perform a personal
qualification prior to shooting from the boat a task
that is necessary to keep the Guardians proficient in
"We are doing our gunnery exercise so that we as
operators are able to clear any malfunctions while
we are out there on the water," Mann said. "Then
we are evaluated by the gunners mate when we go
out and [complete] the gunnery exercise."
Within the MSST there are two divisions:
landside and waterside security. Both divisions
need to be familiar with how the weapon works so
they can proficiently troubleshoot the machine gun
FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009 I MISSION
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Dana Schmitt, a member of the
Maritime Safety and Security Team Seattle, qualifies on the .40-caliber
machine gun for the first time while at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian A. Wright
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Jay scneiner gives it nis all during tne Bencn Rep-out competiti
13 times.- JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Michael Baltz
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Army Sgt. 1Pt Class Chris Walters, with Joint Task Force
Guantanamo, dominated the competition during the Morale,
Welfare and Recreation Fitness Bench Rep-out at U.S. Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay, July 4.
Walters benched his body weight, 215 pounds, 32 times. He
was the only one to exceed 30 repetitions.
"I love the competition," Walters said. "I think it is great that
MWR has something for all the weight lifters at GTMO."
He works out every day of the week.
"My peers have made the difference by
working out with me on a regular basis,"
He has a goal of maxing his bench at
415 pounds before he leaves. He currently
is at 385 pounds.
In the competition the participants
were weighed and had to bench their body
weight as many times as possible. The
judges only counted the repetitions where
the bar touched the chest of the competitor.
Everyone had one chance.
Chadd Mcbride participated and
finished 2nd in the competition by benching
155 pounds, 25 times while in uniform.
Jacob Masters, who played college
football at the University of Tennessee,
and participated in competitive weight
lifting for six years, finished third. He '
benched 205 pounds, 24 times. Clint
Gvernsey was 4th by repping 210 pounds, S
23 times and Jay Scheiner closed out the top
five by putting up 170 pounds, 13 times.
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on, July 4. 5cneiner tinisnea 5'" Dy oencn pressing 17U pounds
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jim Landrom also participated in the event in
an attempt to challenge himself.
"I have had some injuries in the past," Landrom said. "I want to
test myself and see how well I have been doing in the gym."
This has been one of the many events that Ryan Rollison, MWR
fitness coordinator, has conducted. There will be another MWR
fitness competition, the 300 Challenge, July 18.
"My job is to ensure that all of our service members have
everything they need to improve their physical fitness," Rollison
If you have any questions regarding MWR fitness, call Ryan at
ext. 75576. 0
LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009
I1 It L I I i r I I :
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Choosing to watch a movie begins
with a decision. Comedy or tragedy?
Fun or thought-provoking? Chick flick
or action? "Transformers: Revenge of
the Fallen" falls into one of the groups
that don't expect a lot of deep thought or
emotion; instead it is pure nostalgic fun.
Shia LeBeouf stars as Sam Witwicky,
a normal teenager whose best friend just
so happens to be his car. In the first half
of the movie the audience learns Sam
has previously discovered an alien race
of motor vehicles that transform into
humongous protectors of the human race.
They've been on Earth for a long time; we
just didn't know it.
Sam leaves home for college and what
he hopes will be a normal life, but ends up
on a quest to save the world. However, he
isn't alone. His smoking-hot girlfriend,
Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox) is in on the
secret and along for the ride. In addition,
there is a joint task force of "secret
squirrels" who are also in cahoots with the
transformers and are able to assist Sam's
quest to preserve humankind.
For the military audience there is a
moment of "heck yeah!" in the movie when
Cpt. Lennox (Josh Duhamel) and Tech
Sgt. Epps (Tyrese Gibson) push the bossy
government dweeb who is thwarting their
mission, out the backside of a plane. Their
FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009 I MOVIE RECON
team of super-cool special operations guys
secure a perimeter and put up a dar good
There are two sets of transformers in
the movie; the good Autobots and the evil
Decepticons. Both groups only vaguely
resemble the old Hasbro action figures
recognized and loved by a generation of
now grown-up fans. The full colorful
bodies of the original Transformers look
as though maybe they've been pumping a
lot of iron in the decades since the cartoon
first captured young imaginations. It
would be hard to tell the Autobots apart
from the Decepticons if it weren't for the
The movie has several fantastic scenes
nicely choreographed by director Michael
Bay. He blows the audience away with
action sequences set gratuitously on an
American Army base in Qatar, aboard
Air Force One, at Hoover Dam, and on
the heavily-peopled avenues of one of
his custom composite cities. They're the
sort of muscular spectacles to be expected
from the demolitionist who used Cuba as
a playground for Will Smith and Martin
Lawrence to upend in "Bad Boys II."
Often it is hard to tell where mega
budget action spectaculars like this spend
their money. Not so in "Transformers,"
when a mine clearance vehicle turns into a
deadly 30-foot force to be reckoned with,
it's pretty obvious where the money went.
And that is what the viewer ultimately
came to see. Q
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Independence Day events were held at Naval Station
iuantanamo Bay beginning with a 5K run at G.J. Denich
iym followed by carnival games, mini-golf, go-cart rides
nd competition events.
As the day came to an end, Re Tread, a local band,
rovided music followed by Two Spot Gobi, a band froni
he United Kingdom. The fireworks display began aftel
undown, filling the night sky with brilliant colors.
Alexandria Ramseier, a Brownie with the Girl Scouts of Guantanamo Bay Troop, helps a Joint Task Force Guantanamo
Trooper pick out cookies at the Seaside Galley, July 2. Ramseier and other Girl Scouts spent two days handing out
donated cookies. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Richard M. Wolff
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Sharay L. Bennett
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Troopers at U.S. Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force
Guantanamo received a huge surprise with
the delivery of more than 8,000 pounds of
Girl Scout cookies donated from the Girl
Scouts of Gulfcoast, Fla., June 30.
Girl Scouts from Troops 4 and 5 of
Guantanamo were in attendance and
watched in anticipation as the plane arrived
at the leeward air terminal.
Since the 1920s, Girl Scouts have sold
cookies annually to raise money for troop
activities, membership support, volunteer
training, facility maintenance, camps, and
financial assistance for the girls. Today,
buying Girl Scout cookies is looked at as a
tradition something people look forward
to. However, deployed Troopers don't
typically get to take part in this tradition.
The Girl Scouts of Guantanamo Bay
were reorganized by Melissa Courson
in January, but the girls haven't been
designated by the Girl Scout Council to sell
However, a Girl Scout cookie program
called Mints for the Military is a saving
grace for the Troopers as well as the girls.
This program allows cookie customers to
purchase and donate Girl Scout cookies
to local charities that fly them overseas to
men and women in uniform.
Janette Tuttle, a Girl Scout of Gulfcoast,
Fla., volunteer and military spouse, who
has worked with Girl Scouts for more than
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30 years, thought it would be a good idea
to have the cookies shipped to Guantanamo
Bay and talkedto her husband about making
that a possibility. Her husband, Army Maj.
Thomas Tuttle, assistant contracting officer
representative, is deployed here.
After receiving approval from the naval
station and JTF commanders, their plans
were set in motion.
Little Brownie Bakers, in Louisville,
Ky., have been baking Girl Scout Cookies
for more than 25 years. Their support
helps to provide the Girl Scout cookies
for the annual Girl Scout Sale. This year,
after Guantanamo was selected to receive
the shipment of cookies, Little Brownie
Bakers shipped them without charge, to
Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland for
an Office of Military Commissions flight
to Guantanamo Bay. OMC also provided
personnel to help unload the boxes from
the plane once it landed.
"Normally, we wouldn't know where
the cookies are being shipped. We just
know they're being sent to the Troops,"
"The cookies are usually sent to U. S. Army
Central Command areas of responsibility
like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait," said
Thomas. "Girl Scout cookies haven't been
sent to Guantanamo since 1977."
This is history in the making, and
volunteers throughout the naval station and
JTF Guantanamo stepped forward to assist
the Girl Scouts in distributing cookies to the
Troopers. They set up tables at the dining
facilities and passed out boxes throughout
the camps and offices of Camp America.
"Being a Girl Scout helps young girls
with the skills they need to develop into
young women, and this is teaching them
how to talk to people and it's giving them
confidence," added Janette. "They're
having fun doing it, and they'll get a patch
From the smiles on the faces of the
girls, it was easy to see they were enjoying
themselves. With JTF Troopers following
along with cars packed with boxes and
Girls Scouts pulling little red wagons full
of cookies, they were more than ready for
"This is great for the girls. It's good
morale for the Troopers, and the girls get
to meet them," said Courson. "They were
able to sit down and talk with the Troopers
in the dining hall and they loved it."
The Troopers also enjoyed it when the
girls showed up in their work spaces to
offer them free Girl Scout cookies.
"When I saw the girls, I thought they
were so cute. I wanted to buy the cookies,
but was told they were free and I could
have up to three boxes, added Navy Petty
Officer 2nd Class, Travis Alston.
The girls had a pretty busy schedule
passing out cookies, but they've taken the
hours fairly well.
"They were out until about seven in the
evening passing out cookies. Those are
long hours for kids, but they did it. They
were having fun, though," added Janette.
The Girl Scouts continued to hand out
cookies at the naval station and all active
duty personnel came to pick up their
favorite cookies. O
s & INFORMATION I FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009
FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009 I NEWS & INFORMATION
April D. de Armas
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Dancing with the stars? Maybe not, however, if dancing is at
the top of the list of things to do or learn while at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay, Wednesday night salsa class is one way to get
Army Lt. Col. Miguel Angel Mendez, detainee programs
director, Joint Detention Group, Joint Task Force Guantanamo,
said he decided to start teaching classes a few months ago as a
way of building friendships and interacting with others, as well as
doing something he loves; dancing.
"I love to interact with people, and if I can teach them
something, I will," said Mendez. "But I also love to learn from
Mendez has been a performer for many years in his home of
Puerto Rico practicing as a singer and musician.
"I love arts in general," Mendez said. "Being a professional
salsa singer led me to learn how to dance salsa the right way, not
only for shows, but to enjoy the mysticism of the music itself
through the interpretation of the sounds with movements."
Salsa is a combination of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean
dances. It is similar to mambo in that both have a pattern of six
steps danced over eight counts of music.
Navy Lt.j.g. BrianBoyer, Joint Visitors Bureau deputy director
at the JTF, said he had never danced to Latin music before coming
to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.
"Everyone here has a different skill level and I enjoy learning
something new every week," said Boyer. "My dance partners are
very patient as we learn together and the instructor is awesome to
The class is not just for beginners, but also for those with
experience dancing salsa.
Army Maj. Ruben A. Soto, S-3, Joint Detention Group at JTF,
is one of many who join the class on Wednesday nights.
"I am Puerto Rican and wanted to take the opportunity to
improve my dance skills and
learn new steps," said Soto. "I
enjoy being here and it's a great
way to spend a Wednesday
Salsa has roots in many
dances and is open to
improvisation, which keeps it
interesting for dancers.
Marine Capt. April Coan,
anti-terrorism officer with the
JTF, said she was happy to hear
about the class because she
wanted to learn salsa for some
"It is a lot of fun and I have
enjoyed the class very much,"
said Coan. "I would recommend
it to anyone who would like to
learn and just have fun."
Mendez said he will continue
to offer classes as long as people
want to come.
"I enjoy it and love to meet
new people while continuing
the friendships I have already
established here at the naval
station," said Mendez.
Classes are held every
Wednesday night at the
Bachelor's Officer Quarters
located on Sherman Drive. O
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Weapon exercise keeps Guardians on target
in case of misfires or other problems that
might arise while out on the open water.
"[As a gunner,] if you have any misfires
while shooting, it's your job to clear them
and communicate with the coxswain your
intention and what's going on," said Coast
Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class James L.
The Coast Guard's boats called
Response Boat, Small are armed with
.40-caliber and .50-caliber machine guns.
"When I heard that I was going to be
able to fire the .50-caliber for the first time,
I wrote home telling my parents just how
excited I [was] about shooting the machine
gun," Green said. "It's something I've been
looking forward to since I got here."
It takes a lot of organization between
naval station security, marine operations
and the MSST prior to rolling out to perform
the live fire exercise. During the live-fire
exercise, a five-mile safety zone is in place
keeping everyone out of harms way. As
the exercise is conducted, the Coast Guard
maintains constant contact with the Coast
Guard communications center, ashore.
"It's very important to get [members]
the essential training between the coxswain
and the gunner," said Coast Guard Petty
Officer 1t Class Dustin Dunfee, the
armory supervisor for MSST Seattle. "The
coxswain deals with the radios and driving
and makes sure the gun is pointing in the
right direction. The gunner has to keep in
contact [with] the coxswain at all times."
The safety of both military and civilian
personnel is of utmost importance when
dealing with any kind of live-fire exercise.
"We [constantly] broadcast to mariners
locally throughout the bay [as well as]
outside the bay to notify them of the [live
fire exercise]," said Coast Guard Lt. Patrick
Hayes, operations officer for MSST Seattle.
"Safety is paramount; it usually takes about
a month of planning." O
NEWS & INFORMATION I FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009
Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser toured Camp Iguana during a visit to Joint Task Force Guantanamo,
July 8. Fraser, the first Air Force officer to lead U.S. Southern Command, relieved Navy Adm. James
Stavridis and assumed command of SOUTHCOM on June 26. During his visit, Fraser interacted with
Troopers throughout the JTF, shaking hands and complimenting each Trooper on a job well done.
- JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Cody Black
FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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Be wise or get bitten
Scott C. Brill
Joint Detention Group Chaplain
Many years ago, Indianyouths would go
away in solitude to prepare for manhood.
One such youth hiked into a beautiful
valley. There he fasted, and on the third
day he decided to test himself against the
mountain. He put on his buffalo-hide shirt,
threw his blanket over his shoulders, and
set off to climb the peak.
When he reached the top, he could see
forever, and his heart swelled withjoy.
Then he heard a rustle at his feet. Looking
down, he saw a snake. Before he could
move, the snake spoke: "I am about to
die. It is too cold for me up here, and I
am freezing. There is no food, and I am
starving. Put me under your shirt and take
me down to the valley."
"Oh, no," said the youth. "I know your
kind. You are a rattlesnake. If I pick you
up, you will bite me, and I will die."
"Not so," said the snake. "I will treat
you differently. If you do this for me, you
will be special. I will not harm you."
The youth withstood for a while, but
this was a very persuasive snake with
beautiful markings. At last the youth
tucked it under his shirt and carried it
down to the valley. There he laid it gently
on the grass. Suddenly, the snake coiled,
rattled, and struck, biting him on the leg.
"But you promised-" cried the youth.
"You knew what I was when you
picked me up," said the snake as it
slithered away. (From Iron Eyes Cody,
"But You Promised," Reader Digest,
June 1989, p. 131.)
Oh, be wise, what more can I say.
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath
no temptation taken you but such as is
common to man: but God is faithful,
who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able; but will with the
temptation also make a way to escape, that
ye may be able to bear it. w
II Ll i Il
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, JULY 10, 2009
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' W!] L*i~L~U
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
When a husband and wife get married,
there are several wedding vows that they
take: for richer or for poorer, through
sickness and through health. Air Force
Staff Sgt. Guy Conley, an electrician with
the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering
Squadron, and his wife, Air Force Senior
Airman Natasha Conley, also with the 474th
ECES, vowed to be deployed together,
The happily-married couple, from
Chapmanville, W.Va., are deployed to
support Joint Task Force Guantanamo
by maintaining the Expeditionary Legal
Complex and Camp Justice.
Guy joined the active duty Air Force in
January 2001 and transferred to the West
Virginia Air National Guard almost three
years ago. He and Tash married on July 13,
2002. He has been deployed twice prior to
"Guy always talks about the things he
has seen and done," Tash said. "I wanted to
be able to do the things he has."
As a result, she joined the same unit two
and a half years ago.
"It has been what I expected," Tash
said. "Now I don't have to be sad when he
deploys because I get to go with him."
"We get to experience a deployment
together," Guy said. "In most deployments
everyone leaves their spouse, which makes
it difficult, but Tash and I are able to stay
together. That makes things much easier."
Even though there are multiple benefits
to being deployed with the one you love,
there are also some complications.
"People give us a lot of grief for being
able to be here together," Tash said. "It is
also hard to separate my personal life from
my work life. If we get into an argument
it can be difficult not to bring that into the
work environment, even if we do not work
in the same section."
A few issues they have can be found in
many marriages stateside, such as leaving
the seat up, too much time together and, of
course, what to watch on television.
"When we first got here, Guy would
always watch baseball," Tash said. "I don't
like baseball that much."
Now they have cable in one room where
Tash can watch the Food Network while
Guy can watch Armed Forces Network
Sports in the other.
Guy and Tash do a lot more than
watch the tube; they often enjoy GTMO's
"We pretty much do everything
together," Guy said. "We enjoy going to
the movies, golfing, snorkeling and going
to Wednesday night bowling."
They will be headed home shortly and both
believe this deployment has been a learning
experience and has drawn them closer. O
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