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Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer
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We come from various backgrounds, cities, states and branches of
the armed forces, but at the end of the day, we all have one mission
in mind to serve our country and carry out the mission. From my
perspective, there is no way we can successfully carry
out the mission of Joint Task Force Guantanamo
without the strength and unity in combining our
resources and services.
Establishing mutual respect is an absolute
necessity before the unity process can begin.
We need to take the time to learn about how
our respective services work, and then how
to integrate our similarities while striving to bridge
any differences in a positive light. "One team
- one fight" is more than a slogan. It is a concept
that is personified by the selfless commitment of the
men and women in our respective services working
together in the joint environment to honor the past,
safeguard the present and preserve the future.
Our mission has transcended since the inception of
the joint operating environment. We spoke in terms of
unity, but still operated within our respective lanes.
We can attribute this to remaining in the confines of
our comfort zones. Eventually, we took the initial
steps outside of our lifelines to achieve the desired
footprint. Today our service members recognize
that although they may not have enlisted in the
military to carry weapons, or embark on ships,
the eagerness to contribute toward mission
accomplishment is readily apparent here in
The unity process begins with leadership at
every level. Whether working with, or leading
the men and women on the front lines, doing
detainee operations or convoys in the desert,
our country would not be where we are today
without uniting as one.
Leadership transcends branches of service,
ranks, or other distinguishing characteristics
within our respective services. Successfully
achieving the prerequisite courses of action to
accomplish our mission here in Guantanamo
is a direct result of leadership demonstrating
to our service members that regardless of
service, rank or status, our individual effort
is collectively essential toward mission
execution and success.
The most rewarding aspect of working
in this joint environment is observing -
firsthand the interaction of our Sailors
being "battle buddies," and Soldiers being
"shipmates." Although our mission is clearly
stated, one of the unintended consequences
is the successful integration of our services and
learning about one another's culture. If we stop and
take a moment to think about our service members
that are united together and the selfless sacrifices
they make, we will gain a greater appreciation for
one another's service, diversity and dedication
to the ideals that make this country great. O
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Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The front lines of the War on Terror aren't
found in the desert sands of Cuba, but Joint
Task Force Guantanamo Troopers still train
like they are.
Recently, during an especially hot day,
members of the Puerto Rico Army National
Guard's 480t Military Police Company set up
targets and conducted weapons instruction for
some military policemen at JTF Guantanamo.
The weapons of choice M-9 pistols and
M-16 rifles; the Soldiers' number one enemy
- the heat.
In an ongoing effort to make sure
each Trooper completes annual weapons
qualification, Soldiers are cycling through
Grenadillo Range at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay. Different units take turns
operating the ranges each week.
"We try to get as many [Troopers] as we
can [qualified] each time," said Sgt. 1st Class
Mario Perez, the non-commissioned officer-
Because of the extreme heat, precautions
are taken to avoid dehydration and heat
stroke, camouflage netting provides shade for
those waiting to fire, combat life savers are on
hand to provide aid and evacuate casualties
if needed and plenty of water is available to
keep Soldiers hydrated while on the range.
When conducting ranges or any outdoor
training or exercises, especially when the
weather is hot, leaders should take into
consideration the following hazards: heat
category, level of exertion during training,
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individual risk factors for each Trooper and
length of exposure and recovery time.
Troopers who are more susceptible to heat
injuries are: those who are not acclimatized to
the heat, who have been exposed to more than
one day of increased heat, increased exertion
levels or lack of quality sleep; Troopers in
poor physical condition, who are overweight
or have a minor illness; Troopers who are
taking medications, or have used alcohol in
the last 24 hours; and those with a history of
heat illness or who are over 40-years-old.
Leaders should constantly monitor their
Troopers for signs of dehydration, including
dizziness, headache, nausea, unsteady walk,
weakness or fatigue and muscle cramps.
More serious symptoms can include high
body temperature, confusion, agitation,
vomiting, convulsions, weak or rapid pulse,
unresponsiveness and coma.
Perez considered many other risks -
including rough terrain, the potential for
brush fires and possible ammunition hazards
- prior to conducting the range in accordance
with Army Risk Assessment protocols. Each
identified hazard was assessed and controls
were put into place to mitigate or minimize
the risk each posed. Inherent in each weapons
range is the potential for injury due to accidents
or weapons malfunctions. These risks can be
minimized by using proper weapons safety
Weapons safety on the range is important.
Proper safety procedures can enhance safe,
realistic live-fire training, protect personnel
and property and avoid injury and significant
Since 2005, approximately 15 Soldiers -
Army wide have died as a result of improperly
handling a privately owned weapon. Nine
of the 15 accidents involved alcohol and six
involved a Soldier intentionally pointing what
they thought to be an unloaded weapon at
In addition to treating every weapon as if it is
loaded, Soldiers must understand that proficiency
with the assigned military weapon does not make
them an expert on all weapons. 0
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Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Presence is one of the greatest gifts that the chaplains at Joint Task Force
Guantanamo can offer Troopers.
For Troopers, knowing that someone is willing to listen
and will hold what you say in confidence is priceless,
especially when the mission demands great responsibility
and professionalism in the face of adversity.
"We take care of all the Airmen, Soldiers, Marines,
Guardians and Sailors, and ensure [they] are engaged in
their daily occupations whatever that may be," explained
JTF Command Chaplain, Air Force Lt. Col. Dwayne
Peoples. "If you are struggling with an emotional or
spiritual issue, we are going to help you through it because
invariably, those things can keep you from focusing on the
mission which in turn can result in disciplinary action.
We're into preventative care; we want to help our Troopers
be the best they can be."
As the command chaplain, Peoples oversees the overall
mission of the JTF chaplains.
"My mission is to look at [chaplain operations] from
a strategic perspective," Peoples said. "What do my
chaplains and chaplain's assistants need to accomplish
their mission at an operational or tactical level? I guard
their time and help them stay focused on their mission,
which is the spiritual care of the Troopers. I also mentor
them and help them understand how they [personally] help
Supporting detention operations requires commitment
and time. With Troopers having little time outside of their
job within the camps, the chaplains come to them.
"Presence over program is our emphasis," Peoples
said. "With the nature of the JTF and Trooper
schedules, people don't respond to the standard
church programs that chaplains tend to offer."
Being present and approachable with the Troopers
is key to the success of the chaplains' ministry and
"This mission is critical because spiritual readiness
is a key factor of readiness as a whole," said JTF
Deputy Chaplain, Air Force Maj. Robert Sullivan.
"We try to make sure that the Troopers aren't just
physically and mentally prepared, but spiritually too
it has to do with your commitment before God, to
family, morals and values."
Sullivan, who oversees religious activities,
provides ministry and also works to ensure that
Troopers have freedom to practice their religion.
"We reach out to the community through written
word, worship opportunities, and ministry," Sullivan
said. "We work together as a team to make sure
everyone has the opportunity to worship."
With the continuous outreach mission the chaplains
perform, knowing that Troopers aren't afraid to reach
out to them in a time of need helps them know their
work is making a difference.
"Be present, be approachable," Peoples said.
"That in itself helps Troopers see us as someone they
can talk to because we can be trusted. They can talk to us about whatever their
struggles are and it's by being present that they can identify with us and see us as
normal, someone they want to talk to. Hopefully, they'll seek us out in those quiet
times and know they can talk to us in confidence."
"We place great responsibility on our [Troopers] and my goal is to help them
do theirjob," said Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion Chaplain, Navy Lt. Cmdr.
Lee Hellwig. "I see the great job that the [Troopers] are doing here. It's a tough
job; it's in the lime-light and makes this a more challenging situation for the
guards. This is a very important mission and they handle it well." 0
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Army Sgt. 1st Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Anyone who has spent any time at U.S.
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay knows there
are countless people who work behind the
scenes to keep everything flowing both on
and off the road.
Like any metropolitan city, there is a
central office on island which dispatches
and maintains government vehicles. This
transportation link is overseen by the Joint
Task Force, J-4 Transportation Office.
In conjunction with J-4, BREMCOR,
a local contractor, handles the vehicle
maintenance and repair of the JTF fleet.
The transportation office is staffed by
several military members and one civilian
contractor Carol Hale who has served
in her position as the licensing and dispatch
agent for the past 11 months.
As the direct liaison between J4 and
BREMCOR, Hale supports approximately
450 vehicles including; vans, trucks, cars,
buses and utility vehicles, and admits that
"every day is unique and challenging."
"There's never really a normal day,"
Hale said. "We take calls for any number
of vehicles that need attention and [provide]
maintenance assistance for broken down
vehicles that have to be towed. This includes
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things as simple as fixing a flat tire."
Hale also administers a vehicle data
base that tells her when vehicles must be
re-dispatched and turned in for routine
"We re-dispatch vehicles every 60 days
and send them in for maintenance every six
months," Hale said.
Ultimately, Hale is responsible for
making sure Guantanamo's transportation
piece is meshed with the needs of the
community, throughout the JTF and naval
station. Those needs involve vehicle
maintenance, replacement and service
status when vehicles are turned in for
routine checks or inspections.
"If people want to know anything about
their vehicles, they have to come to our
office first," Hale explained. "It's important
for everyone to know that if they have
a question about their vehicle [when it]
is being serviced that they must call [the
transportation] office. Once we receive the
request we will forward it to the BREMCOR
vehicle maintenance department and, in
turn, they will send us a status update."
Hale added that people who try and
circumvent the system only slow the process
which translates into a longer vehicle return
Included in the fleet of approximately
450 vehicles, are some that can be issued
as loaners when severe maintenance is
required on the primary dispatches.
"Normally our loaner vehicles go out to
support special missions," Hale said. "If it
is mission essential then the request must
be filled out by each unit's Vehicle Control
Officer. Ultimately that request must be
approved by our command."
Hale added that the transportation office
always does its best to accommodate loaner
requests, but before a loaner vehicle is
issued each unit must try to identify other
alternate vehicles to accomplish the same
"It's very difficult telling someone that
they can't have a loaner vehicle while theirs
is undergoing routine maintenance," Hale
said sympathetically. "Commands don't
want to let their vehicles go but we are
required to perform mandatory maintenance
on all of our dispatches."
Under the contractual agreement
between the government and BREMCOR,
they are allowed to keep these vehicles for
a total of three days to accomplish routine
Hale is passionate about her role at the
transportation office and also about the
community she is part of.
"I love being here and supporting the
Troops. My gratitude goes out to all of
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
As the weather at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay heats up, so does Morale,
Welfare and Recreation sports.
The 2009 Summer Softball League is in
full-force as it passes the half-way marker;
10 teams remain in competition prior to the
Last season's champions, the
Antagonizers, continue to be a power-house
in the league as they remain undefeated and
stand at the top of the league standings. The
Antagonizers also have the most points so
far this season.
Army Staff Sgt. Stephen Dix, with
the 193'r Military Police Company,
and his team the GTMO Crush have
been maintaining a solid team and look
to continue to enhance their playing
"We are a good team," Dix said. "We
should win several more games as long as
we play to our abilities."
Dix knows about playing for good
teams, because the GTMO Crush's right-
center has played in some big ballgames.
"I first started playing softball when I
joined the Army several years ago," Dix
explained. "While I was in Germany, we
ended up going to the Military Softball
World Series in 2002."
Just like many Troopers, Dix is able to
see the benefits of participating in MWR
"It gives me something to look forward
to and keeps me busy," Dix said.
Right behind the Antagonizers, the
GTMO Crush is second in points.
"We are able to hit the ball well," said
Navy Petty Office 1t Class Jeremy Sluss.
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1. Antagonizers 8
2. MSST 7
3. GTMO Latinos 6
4. GTMO Crush 5
5. Puerto Rico 5
6. CSG 4
7. Beef/ 474h 3
8. The Hospital team 3
9. Violators 2
10. NAVSTA 1
is Losses PF PA
0 129 26
1 79 47
2 85 53
2 76 34
2 58 45
5 63 74
4 49 40
5 43 79
5 46 86
6 34 77
PF: Points For
PA: Points Against
"We have a lot of homerun hitters."
The season ends July 28, and until then
games will be played Tuesday's starting at
7 p.m., Thursday's starting at 6:30 p.m. and
Fridays starting at 6:30 p.m.
If you have any questions regarding
MWR sports, call Robert at ext. 2113. 0
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Amidst the typical summer blockbuster
movies, "Public Enemies" stands apart
from the crowd with its air of impending
Directed by Michael Mann (of "Seven"
fame), "Public Enemies" is a grave portrayal
of a snapshot in time where the country
was depressed and the outlaw was a hero.
Much of what makes the film pleasurable
is the American public's fascination with
the noble gunman, but what keeps the film
gnawing at the consciousness is the steadily
darkening skies that drain the story of easy
Based on earlier films, the viewer
might expect that this vision of the outlaw-
hero would serve as a prelude to another
FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009 I MOVIE RECON
exciting joy ride about living
fast and dying young. Instead,
the viewer is offered a story that
makes a statement about a time
and a place that allowed a man to
become a legend.
Johnny Depp stars as John
Dillinger, an Indiana farm boy
turned Depression outlaw who
is both frightening and alluring.
With humor and grace, Depp
finesses his way through a series
of well-choreographed bank
robberies and prison breaks. He
defines the romantic gunman,
alone against the world; both in
his choice of occupation and his steadfast
loyalty to those he loves. But, lest his finer
attributes fool you, there is a demonic side
to this character. He is the stuff of legend,
of shoot-'em-ups and matinee gangsters
with jaunty smiles, tempered with a darker
element of danger.
Christian Bale is Melvin Purvis, the
F.B.I. agent who is chosento lead the media-
hyped chase to apprehend Dillinger. Unlike
the goody-two-shoes lawman the audience
may expect, Purvis is a mantrapped between
the law and what he considers to be right,
and the expectations of his superiors. He
finds himself crossing that line in the sand
in order to ensure he gets his man. Purvis
is haunted by the eyes of the dying and the
task he has undertaken.
Marion Cotillard portrays Billie
Frechette, Dillinger's last and great love.
Her character is a lighter note in Dillinger's
world of violence. Frechette's story is
as old as time itself. Girl meets boy, girl
falls in love, and girl is left with a broken
heart. However, as old as the story may be
it is impossible to look away. The viewer
somehow still manages to hope that this
time it will be different. This time they'll
ride away into the sunset together.
"Public Enemies" is not without its
share of thrilling scenes. The movie starts
in the middle of a prison break, set under a
big blue sky. It continues through a series
of fantastic bank robberies, each one more
glamorous and exciting than the last. There
are slinky getaway cars, horse race bets and
back-room poker games galore.
However, the movie touches the
audience most in the more quiet scenes
of love and betrayal. When Dillinger's
friends turn their backs on him, one by one,
the portrait of this man becomes more than
just an adventure. It is a story of love and
loss and of the American dream (no matter
the circumstances surrounding it).
Mann has created a story that goes
beyond the blockbuster gangster flick. He
has directed a new kind of gangster story
to fit the times, one that makes room for
greater ambivalence, and lawmen and
outlaws who are closer to one another than
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Public Works Department hosted an Ultimate Frisbee
Tournament commemorating Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey
Johnston's retirement, July 17. The event, which
allowed Troopers to conduct physical fitness, took
place at Cooper Field. The competition comprised of
two nine-player teams, and the first team to score ten
Points was declared the winner.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
After running several miles, you walk
into the galley and put your sweaty hands
on the counter as you get in line. Going
through the line, you go to the salad and
fruit bar. You reachfor a scoop of pineapple,
and as you reach, a drop of sweat falls into
the same container as the pineapple a
drop of sweat waiting for someone else to
put it on their plate, all because you failed
to comply with the galley regulations on
"We are like any other restaurant
in the commercial world," said Navy
Warrant Officer Kathy Wiseman, the food
service officer-in-charge at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay. "We have to have a dress
code. We cannot just let people come in
[physical training] gear. It is unsanitary for
people to come in tank tops and spaghetti
straps. Seeing someone else's arm pit hair
isn't appealing when people are eating."
Even though the rules and regulations
of galley attire, which are created with
information from the Navy Bureau of
Medicine, are posted infront of every galley,
there are several misunderstandings when
it comes to dressing appropriately for the
dinning facility. One such misunderstanding
is the "flip-flop" controversy.
"Flip-flops are flip-flops and shower
shoes are not flip-flops," said Navy Chief
Petty Officer Eric Peters, the food service
operations non-commissioned officer-in-
charge for all galleys at NAVSTA. "Flip-
flops are authorized, shower shoes are
If you wear shower shoes to the chow
hall, you will be sent away. Shower shoes
are the thong flip-flops that Troopers wear
in showers, often black.
Another issue involves the wear of
physical fitness uniforms in the galleys.
"[The] PT uniform is not authorized
clothing for the galleys, because it can be
assumed that you are coming from working
out," Peters clarified. "You don't want
people sweating over and on the counters
after they were on the ground doing push-
The galley has a wide mission. They
support all the Troopers, detainees and
guests. The galley staff, among many other
things, wants to maintain a family friendly
environment, which is why clothing with
offensive language or pictures is not
"People need to use their judgment,"
Peters said. "If you stink and your feet
stink, you are going to disrupt everyone
The galley attempts to enforce all rules
and regulations, but according to Peters,
during lunch is when they attempt to really
set the tempo of what is and what is not
allowed for wear in the dining facility.
"Plain white T-shirts are considered
undergarments," Peters said. "Wearing
undergarments to the galleys is unauthorized
Not only are these rules enforced for
those who enter the dining facility, they are
also enforced for galley employees.
"We hold ours cooks to a high hygiene
standard," Wiseman explained. "We
inspect them everyday to make sure their
finger nails are clean, and they are wearing
a clean uniform."
Although the standards of the galleys
might be an inconvenience at times, it is all
for a reason.
"We want this to be a nice place for
people to come in and relax," Wiseman
explained. "We want the atmosphere to be
as sanitary as possible and a good climate,
so if people don't wear PT gear and shower
shoes, we should be in good shape."
The full list of all galley attire standards
of appearance can be found by the
entrance to the galleys. If you have any
questions, comments or concerns regarding
the galley's polices, e-mail Peters at
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Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Being deployed can be hard for parents and
children when you start to realize how much you
miss the little things like the bed-time stories you
tell your children before you tuck them in at night.
The program United Through Reading, started
in February, 2008, can help your young ones feel
your presence at home, as you read them a story
every night or whenever they want to see you. All
they have to do is pop in a DVD.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Yvette Jackson, the
main coordinator of the program for the Joint Task
Force, explained the process. ?
"Come inside the room, have a seat and I'll press
record," Jackson said. "I walk out so you can read,
sing, or do anything you want to in front of the
camera. At the end we finalize it and then give you
the DVD and you can mail it home."
The United Through Reading program was
originally founded in 1989 by Betty J. Mohlenbrock
- teacher, mother and wife of a military flight
surgeon. Her plan was to keep military members
connected with their families by reading stories on
Since the program was developed, it has helped
over half-a-million people stay in touch with their
families through their videos. Locally, the program
has helped many service members.
"I always used to read bedtime stories to
my kids and that's one of the things I miss
about not having them around," said Army
Pfc. Stephen Pollett.
Even if you don't have children to read
to, the program is open to anyone who wants
to send something home.
"I had one lady who came in and her
sister was getting married, so she did a toast
since she couldn't be there," Jackson said.
The program takes place once-a-month
for four hours. It runs on a 30-minute time
interval, so that two people can get complete
products recorded every hour. Each person
receives 15 minutes in front of the camera
to read their story and then the remaining 15
minutes is used to finalize the DVD.
The program is completely free and
DVDs and books are provided on site. Books
provided at the JTF side are in English and
Spanish. The only cost for the participant is
postage to send the video home.
For more information, contact MA1
Jackson at ext. 8750 or check the Web site:
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Check and balance
Air Force Senior Airman Ryan McClung and Tech Sgt. Stacy Branham, members of the West Virginia Air National
Guard, deployed here in support of the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Task Force Guantanamo,
inventory equipment as they prepare for the end of their deployment. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Cody
NEWS & INFORMATION I FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009
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* Improvements at Ferry
Landing scheduled to begin
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Sharay L. Bennett
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Due to the upcoming temporary closure
of Windward Ferry Landing, the Army
Landing Craft Unit and Utility Boat will
replace the ferry as the main source of
transportation to and from Leeward,
beginning Aug. 1.
"Ferry Landing is currently in
a depreciated state and needs to be
replaced," said Navy Senior Chief Victor
Gonzales, assistant port operations officer.
Construction is slated to last until October.
A specific end date has not been given
at this time. During this reconstruction,
personnel should expect some changes
in transporting vehicles and cargo to the
Leeward side. The ferry boat schedule will
remain the same.
Loading for the LCU is located between
Ferry Landing Beach and the gazebo at
Ferry Landing. Since the LCU is much
smaller than the ferry, it is limited to 38
passengers and 13 vehicles, depending on
vehicle size. The loading of vehicles will
be on a case-by-case basis.
There will be loading for lanes 1 and
2. There will not be Lane 3 privileges,
so personal vehicles, government cars
and mini-vans are prohibited. However,
government trucks and SUVs will be
Priority loading for Lane 1 will consist
of government emergency vehicles engaged
in an emergency operation, government
vehicles carrying perishable and frozen
foods in a non-refrigerated truck, Air
Mobility Command Terminal baggage
trucks and U.S. mail vehicles. Official
military vehicles carrying senior officers
0-6 and above, vehicles authorized by
the Port Services Officer, and Contraband
Inspection Units and Navy Courier
vehicles with prior approval from the Port
Operations officers will also have priority.
Government or contractor vehicles
utilized for official business or contract
compliance will be the priority for loading
at Lane 2.
Personnel transiting the LCU in vehicles
must remain in the vehicles for the duration
of the transport.
"It is important to note that luggage will
not be carried onto the LCU," Gonzales
All luggage must be checked in at the
Windward terminal the day before travel.
This applies to anyone who is traveling.
Space Available travelers should check the
list the day before traveling and have their
luggage checked as well.
The U-Boats will continue to run as
usual, and an additional U-Boat will be
provided for those traveling on the AMC
rotator on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
"Parking at Ferry Landing should
not be affected, however, there will be
areas blocked off for supply storage and
[construction equipment]," Gonzales said.
Guantanamo Bay residents are asked
to be patient during the transition and any
questions or concerns should be directed to
Gonzales, at ext. 4829. Q
b Arm Lt Christopher Cudne
FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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525th MP Battalion Chaplain
After 24 years of service to the Army,
I have witnessed a lot of change. I have
seen relationships that seemed to have the
strongest foundation, only to hear that they
went downhill. I've heard of elaborate
plans people had with the tens of thousands
of dollars that they saved while on tour in
Iraq only to hear later, when they got home,
there wasn't a red cent in their accounts. I
remember those who had such plans and
never made it back. I have seen business
ventures and restaurants come and go for a
myriad of reasons.
We are not strangers to change. We
are in the service of our country, but even
our country has changed. Everyone at
some point or another has received a new
leader who comes in and makes all kinds
of changes. For the most part, change is
not welcomed, but it stays anyway until
it becomes the new way things are done.
It will remain so until someone comes up
with another way to do it.
It is said that the only thing that never
changes is change itself. Many people
believe that change may be the only constant
in this world, but there is something more
steady and constant than change.
He is the One that change cannot affect.
He is the Lord God of heaven, earth, sea
and everything in them. He declares on
oath, "I the Lord do not change." So you
may ask yourself, "What does that have
to do with the price of tea in China?" The
answer is this; when everything is moving,
shifting and changing, the only immutable
and immovable constant is God.
He is the anchor to the whole mess. He is
that which makes every trial and tribulation
bearable. He is our bastion of hope; our
solid rock! He has the awesome ability to
work all things for our good because of His
foreknowledge and providence.
Trust me, as one who has been through
rough seas, earthquakes, tornados,
heartaches and breaks, the only thing you
want in times like those is a safe harbor,
a steady door frame, a storm shelter or a
friend that sticks closer than a brother.
God is all those things and more. So
when your significant other drops the "Big
D" papers on you, remember that it is He
that never leaves you or forsakes you. When
your investments fail with the economy, it
is He who rewards your faithfulness with
riches in heaven that cannot be stolen or
destroyed. When your health fails, call
upon Him for He is the great physician,
and He heals all your diseases. When
you're confused and it appears that you've
lost your way, He is the way, the truth and
the life. He says to trust in Him and not
lean on your own understanding, but in all
your ways acknowledge Him and He will
direct your path. When the cares of this life
overtake you remember His words and to
cast all your care upon Him; He cares for
Join me and welcome change with the
attitude of, "Come what may." I hold fast
to an unshakable faith in the One who has
proven Himself unchanged and faithful, able
and willing to come to our aid with everything
we need for life and godliness. Q
I ^M CHAP LI liEi P I
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.
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Running is a requirement for everyone in the military service.
However, running as a favorite pastime for 40 years to include
several marathons is something out of the ordinary.
Puerto Rico Army National Guard Sgt. Ricardo Ortiz Espada,
a transportation non-commissioned officer with Headquarters
and Headquarters Company Joint Task Force Guantanamo, sees
running as a benefit to everyone able to participate.
Espada began running at the early age of eight, and at 14,
he participated in the 1982 Central America and the Caribbean
Summer Games held in Havana, Cuba.
Espada runs just because he enjoys it.
"I came in 3rd place winning the Bronze Medal," Espada said.
After the success at the Caribbean Summer Games, Espada
FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009 15 MINUTES OF FAME
continued with his passion of running by competing in track and
field events in the 100-and-400 meter races. By the time Espada
joined the military, he was such an accomplished, disciplined
runner that in basic training he ran the two-mile course in nine
minutes, five seconds. Because of his ability, he was invited by the
Puerto Rico National Guard to run in a 10K where he finished first
place with a time of 30 minutes, 17 seconds.
Espada joined the PRARNG marathon team and dedicated
himself to staying in the best physical shape and achieving the
highest scores on the Army Physical Fitness Test. Espada continued
his excellence by running a 42K marathon in Nebraska where he
finished in seventh place with a time of two hours, 42 minutes.
Currently serving with JTF Guantanamo, Espada assists HHC
with their physical fitness program.
"He always helps Soldiers who are struggling with physical
training by running alongside them and being an encouragement,"
said Army Spc. Damaris Quintana.
Espada runs four to five miles every
day, except Sundays. Even on rainy
days you will find him in the gym on
a treadmill. He encourages everyone to
run for the benefit of their health and
says it is so easy these days because of
technological advances with machines
Due to the high temperatures and
humidity in Cuba, Espada runs early in
the morning or late in the evening, just
as he does back home in Puerto Rico.
Espada has used his time in the
service to improve life skills such as
running, his use of the English language
and learning about computers.
When asked about how to avoid leg
and foot injuries, Espada explained the
importance of changing running shoes
often and insoles even more often.
Espada's advice to anyone who wants
to improve their running performance,
or become an avid runner, is to use
your time wisely, run often and be
disciplined about it. O
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