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Navy Command Master Chief
Scott A. Fleming
JTF Guantanamo Senior Enlisted Leader
I recently had the pleasure of observing a rehearsal for a detainee legal
proceeding held in one of the Joint Task Force's courtrooms. While the event
was impressive for its precise efficiency, a more remarkable aspect
was the complex-yet-choreographed collaboration among
resources. No less than five components represented
by four services and civilian professionals seamlessly
combined efforts to keep the process moving smoothly. No
egos, no parochialism ... only a procession of distinctive
camouflage uniforms working in concert to achieve a
I use this simple example to illustrate our collective
capacity as a force. Similarly applied exponential synergy
occurs regularly on battlefields, in the Pentagon, and around
the globe. JTF Guantanamo is a microcosm of military
reality in the 21st century. Services rarely find themselves
flying solo today. Instead, they march in multi-colored
formations, dependent on composite chains of command for
combined success. It has not always been that way.
Few people have familiarity with the Goldwater-Nichols Act of
1986, but we are all heirs to its impact. Alittle history: Goldwater-
Nichols prompted seismic defense reorganization, streamlining
the operational chain of command from the President to the
Secretary of Defense to unified commanders. It emphasized
the idea that to be most effective, we must be fully integrated as
a fighting force intellectually, operationally, organizationally,
doctrinally, and technically.
Certainly this is strategic stuff, arguably somewhat arcane
in our day-to-day tasks. Still, I think it's important to have a
basic understanding of history to appreciate our present fighting
position. You are not standing next to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen,
Marines and Coast Guardsmen on a rock in the middle of the
Caribbean Sea by accident. Smart people decided that together,
we are simply stronger than we are as separate services. Joint
Task Force Guantanamo is validation of that fundamental
mathematic principle, and you are essential to the equation.
The National Defense University's Keystone Course for Joint
Senior Enlisted Leaders visited here a couple weeks ago. More
than 40 E-9s from the five services and a retired Marine Corps
general spent seven hours on the ground for familiarization
with our organization. They left thoroughly impressed with
your professionalism, teamwork and tenacity. Next month,
a group of one-star admirals and generals with the Capstone
Course will be here for a similar purpose. Again, these are very
conscientious efforts by the Department of Defense to equip
leaders with an appreciation for the challenges and advantages
of a joint environment so they can function effectively when
it's their turn to run a railroad.
Why is any of this relevant to your assignment?
Communication and situational awareness are the answers
... because they equip you with tools to capitalize on shared
interests rather than focusing on differences. We are indeed
in this together, and chances are, wherever you deploy in
the future, you will probably be surrounded by comparable
circumstances. It is imperative as leaders and followers to
understand the sheer strength of united ideals, and to recognize
that marching, sailing and flying make us the standard bearers
of modern warfare.
You do amazing work under difficult circumstances, and are
a source of immense pride to people who witness your integrity.
Keep fightin' the good fight. It does not go unnoticed. Q
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TROOPER-TO-TROOPER I FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009
Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
For some Troopers, serving at Joint Task
Force Guantanamo is one more chapter
in the book they call life. For others, the
significance of the mission holds a deeper
meaning more personal especially for
Troopers who have lost friends, loved ones
or know someone affected by the attacks
on Sept. 11, 2001.
For the Soldiers of the 189t Military
Police Co., the mission became more
personal when family members of Sept.
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11 attack victims, visiting
Guantanamo during the
recent military commissions
proceedings, made a special effort
to say "thank you," and convey
gratitude, face to face, for a job
"I started talking with [Army
Capt.] Chaplain [Scott] Brill last
night and he was talking about
the guards," explained Gordon
Haberman who lost his daughter
Andrea during the World Trade
Center attack. "I thought we
should meet them to thank them
S ourselves, they're the ones who
ul deal with the [detainees] every
day; we can go home at night and
forget about them."
With the idea firmly planted,
it only took a few phone calls to
set the wheels in motion. That
evening, the 189t MP Co. stood
tall in formation at Cooper Sports Complex
instead of Windmill Beach, where they
typically conduct physical fitness training,
awaiting the hand-shakes, hugs and words
of gratitude from the visiting family
"It felt great to meet the families," said
Army Sgt. Justin Garner, a guard with the
189t MP Co. I feel like we're generally
looked down upon by America, and we
don't get a lot of positive media coverage,
so for [the families] to come down here,
see us, say thank you, and let us know that
we're not bad people, it is helpful for the
Garner expressed his heartfelt
appreciation for the visit, as did many of
the Soldiers of the 189t MP Co.
"It was the most clenching experience
I've ever had, [I felt it] in my heart, my
whole body," said Pfc. Lucas Morian,
another guard with the unit. "It was a very
For Haberman and many of the other
visiting family members, the experience
was sobering as well as they gazed into the
young faces that provide safe, humane, care
and custody of the detainees, with utmost
"Many of these guys here are young, 18
and 19 years old," Haberman said looking
across the group of Soldiers after shaking
many of their hands and saying thank you.
"They were 11 and 12 [years old] when
[Sept. 11, 2001] happened, some of them
enlisted because [of it]. God bless them,
this has got to be the toughest job."
Janet Roy, who lost her brother Capt.
William F. Burke Jr., a firefighter from
Engine 21, when the north tower of the
World Trade Center collapsed, was honored
to meet the Soldiers and be able to "put a
face with her thoughts."
"We want [Troopers] to know we
appreciate them and are thinking of them,"
Roy said. "We're told that everyone who
works at the JTF thinks of us and our family
members. It's good for me to say, 'yes, I've
met a [guard] in flesh and blood, and they
are human beings too and they deserve to
hear that their work is appreciated.'"
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Army Sgt. 1st Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The 474th Expeditionary Civil
Engineering Squadron utilities and
fuels section, with Joint Task Force
Guantanamo, provides the creature
comforts that are often taken for granted.
Living in a tent city, such as Camp Justice,
was much harsher in the past when the
military would deploy and set up a camp
with the minimum amount of amenities that
would make day-to-day living bearable.
Troopers, more than anyone else, experience
limited facilities in remote areas when
The men and women of the 474' ECES
build and maintain camps like Camp Justice
throughout the world. This concept is based
on the Air Force's Harvest Falcon system that
provides billeting with heating and cooling,
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showers, shave units, latrines, laundry
facilities, generators and much more.
Camp Justice is aproductofthe new
military, where instant tent cities can
be built to house and support training.
This tan colored tent city becomes
a functional and self-contained city
providing all the comforts of home
in a field environment for Troopers,
civilian media and lawyers.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Taylor,
a member of the 130th Air Lift Wing,
West Virginia Air National Guard,
and non-commissioned officer-in-
S charge of the 474t ECES utilities
section, is responsible for providing
and maintaining the water supply
throughout the camp to all the showers,
shave units, laundry facilities and latrines.
"Our main water source runs off a fire
hydrant from McCalla Hanger that feeds
this entire camp," Taylor said. "It runs
through a fire hose that is connected to the
shower and laundry pumps that boosts the
pressure and makes the system work more
"We have boilers that provide hot water
for all the showers and shave units in the
camp," added Air Force Master Sgt. Eddie
Moore, with the 130th Air Lift Wing, West
Virginia Air National Guard.
These lines run throughout the camp
feeding the latrines, showers and laundry
facilities. With all these locations using
water, holding tanks, are placed at each
of these sites to collect the waste water
which is periodically pumped out by the
contractors on the base.
The utilities section must also be able
to get rid of the waste water called
grey and black water to meet sanitation
requirements. Grey water is waste water
from the showers and laundry facilities,
black water is sewage water. Both types of
waste water are pumped out and disposed
of by contractors.
There is also abackup fresh water supply
in case the main water has to be shut off for
any period of time.
"Some of the challenges we have to deal
with is the hardness of the water which
clogs up the screens and shower heads."
In order to support the water needs of
Camp Justice and help the utility team
provide quality service, fuel is a necessary
element to mission success.
The fuels section, headed by Moore
along with his team, monitors and supplies
fuel usage for Camp Justice.
"The fuel is used to run generators,
mobile lighting units, Bobcats and fork
lifts," Moore said. "We perform weekly
preventive maintenance checks to ensure
no leaks are present on any of our valves,
hoses and fuel bladders, we check for
serviceability and replace these things
when needed. Since shore power has been
connected to Camp Justice, consumption
of fuel has been estimated to have been
reduced by 85 to 90 percent."
Tent cities like Camp Justice were
designed for Southwest Asia operations
where there is a no freeze environment.
These systems can be built in a matter of
weeks, housing thousands of Troopers for
military operations to sustain long-term
permanent rotations. O
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Dental hygiene is a critical aspect in
being a healthy Trooper attached to Joint
Task Force Guantanamo. The Joint Medical
Group provides a dental department that has
a dual mission.
"We have two missions," said Navy
Cmdr. Kenneth Bell, the officer-in-charge of
dental. "The first mission is to care for the
detainees, mission two is to take care of JTF
active duty personnel. [Our duties] cover
the entire spectrum of dental [care]."
Even though Troopers may dread going
to the dentist, Bell feels he is making a
"I love myjob," Bell said enthusiastically.
"The way I see it, every filling I do and tooth
I pull could have eventually turned into a
life threating infection. I am saving lives
Bell and his staff support a large dental
"It is a fairly challenging mission," Bell
said. "The biggest challenge is trying to take
care of everyone with such a limited staff.
We have only two doctors to take care of
more than 2,000 Troopers and approximately
"We stay really busy with fillings,
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extractions and periodontal cleanings," Bell
continued. "Everyone wants a cleaning,
but we don't have the [staff] to offer
A periodontal cleaning is different from a
normal cleaning. It is performed when your
gums have an excess of bacteria build-up
and are starting to lose bone. It is a painful
procedure where people are typically put
under anesthetics according to Bell.
Even though Bell's staff is small, he feels
he is surrounded by hard working, dedicated
"I am proud and honored to work with the
finest young men and women the Navy has
to offer." Bell said. "They are a great bunch
of [Troopers] that jump through hoops daily
to provide the highest possible care to the
patients entrusted to our care."
The six-member dental staff isresponsible
for maintaining the three dental clinics at
JTF Guantanamo; the Joint Troop Clinic,
the Detainee Hospital and another clinic in
Bell explains the procedure or treatment
he believes is necessary, in great detail, to
"It helps put Troopers at ease," he said.
Unfortunately, this doesn't always work
for the detainees for whom he cares.
"The detainees, as human beings, have
the right to refuse treatment," Bell explained.
"It takes two-to-three times longer to treat
a detainee. I have to convince them that I
know what I am talking about, and I have
to convince them that they truly need the
"I tell a lot of them they need to have their
wisdom teeth taken out and they just don't
believe me," Bell continued. "They don't
trust me and it is hard to convince them that
I am doing what is best for them."
Bell, along with everyone attached to JTF,
conducts safe, humane, legal and transparent
care and custody of the detainees here.
"Anything I do here [for the detainees] is
a step up from what they are used to," Bell
Bell's success doesn't just lay within
detainee care, the dental department also
supports the large need of JTF Troopers.
"We are successfully treating the Troopers
who seek help," Bell said. "I have [medically
evacuated] people for special care and even
brought a [specialist] on island for a more
complicated root canal."
Although there are several ways to
practice good hygiene, there are only a few
ways to maintain healthy teeth according
to Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael
Whitaker, an advanced dental technician.
"The key to healthy teeth is picking up
a tooth brush everyday and flossing three
times a week," Whitaker said. O
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The 300 Challenge: 25 pull-ups, 50
push-ups, 50 dead lifts with 135 pounds,
50 box-jumps of 24 inches, 50 floor-wipers
with 135 pounds, 50 clean-and-press with
35 pounds and then 25 more pull-ups to
end it all.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation
hosted a 300 Challenge for Joint Task
Force Guantanamo and Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay Troopers, July 18.
"The purpose of the event is to allow
some guys to bond," said MWR fitness
coordinator, Ryan Rollison. "They are
out there challenging one another trying
to get the better time. This is more
challenging because I am presenting
it as a competition, so they are getting
in better condition and shape."
The challenge stemmed from the
movie "300." In order to get the actors
into shape for the battle scenes, the
300 Challenge evolved. Since then,
it has spread throughout gyms and
military installations allowing people
to compete and to come together.
"This pretty much works out every
muscle in your body, your musclar
endurance and your cardiovascular at
the same time," Rollison said.
It is considered a difficult workout
for many, but for Navy Petty Officer
3'd Class Craig it was just a 7:20
"My goal was to beat my own time
more than anyone else's," said Craig,
a member of the Navy Expeditionary
Guard Battalion. "50 reps is a lot,
you just have to force yourself to keep
Although he has never competed
in anything, he knows the key to
"Nothing replaces hard work,"
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Craig exclaimed. "You can sit in the gym
for hours and take a lot of supplements and
not get anything done. The only way you
are going to get there is by pushing yourself
in the gym."
Craig was followedby JabrilMohammad
with a time of 12:16. Colby Phillips went
on to finished third at 12:44. Roger Wilson
came in fourth with 13:01, while Cameron
Espitia, finished out the top five. Lucas
Morgan, Peter Bahn and Brian Bennett also
participated in the event. Everyone finished
the competition in less than 18 minutes.
Although Wilson didn't meet his
personal expectation, the event made him
feel at home.
"Back home I am used to competing,"
said Wilson, an MWR aide. "I feel like I
belong by competing."
He said the most challenging part of
the competition was the dead lift, and he
considers the competition is something
only for the select few due to its difficulty.
"I think it is a really great event," Wilson
Wilson also mentioned that he wishes
to see more events like this; something
Rollison has been taking into consideration.
"I am glad we had a good turn out,"
Rollison said. "I would like to congratulate
all the guys who participated in the first
If you have any suggestions or ideas for
events e-mail Rollison at ryan.rollison@
Editor's Note: The full name of Navy Petty
Officer 3" Class Craig has been withheld per
the Trooper s request.
LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Another tired parody has hit the big
screen, and this time it's about dance
flicks. After running through every other
classification of movie genre (scary movies,
epic movies, date movies, etc.) it was
inevitable that a dance movie spoof was
to come, and that is exactly what "Dance
Flick" turned out to be; another spoof that
is pretty much the same as every other
spoof a sadly large market.
Admittedly, the Wayans brothers had
nothing to do with many of the post-" Scary
Movie" films, but the assumption remains
that they did and this taints "Dance Flick"
by association. While this send-up, created
in large part by a new generation of family
members (Damon Jr., Craig and Damien
Dante Wayans) has a firmer comic footing,
it never manages to reach the level of any
other good comedy.
Full of toilet humor and silly cameos,
"Dance Flick" lumbers through a variety of
dance movies to include "Step Up," "Stomp
the Yard," "You Got Served" and even the
more classic "Fame" and "Flashdance."
Some of the highlights include a ghetto-
fabulous teen mom, a couple of dance-offs
between opposing gangs and a man in a
leotard and tights.
The miss-and-hit parodies score best
when focusing on the Julia Stiles-styled
girl next door (Shoshana Bush) chasing
her dream of becoming a ballet dancer
FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009 I MOVIE RECON
while attending Musical High. It's not in
the Wayans' family makeup to develop an
actual plot with connective tissue, but had
they stayed within the school's corridors,
they could have had a lot more fun with
Marlon Wayans' aptly named drama teacher
Mr. Moody and the vindictive girl's gym
instructor (Heather McDonald), whose
name, like most of the movie's humor,
cannot appear in print.
Damon Wayans Jr. is Thomas Uncles,
the street dancer boyfriend who inspires his
girl to follow her dream, resulting in a local
dance contest where their crew must win
$5,000 in order to pay off a bad debt. He
keeps a straight face throughout the movie,
proving himself the only one to possess any
real comic talent.
For some reason, Halle Berry shows up
in her "Cat Woman" latex attire, causing
the viewer to wonder if she has really fallen
The truly funny moments in the movie
are few and rare. A few amusing dance
moves remind the viewer just how silly
dance flicks really are. The clash of two
worlds is always funny, and the film takes
full advantage of it.
The utter lack of respect for, well,
anything is a Wayans brothers' trademark
and is evident in the film.
This cluelessly crude comedy is just
another in a long line of lame parodies that
fail to elicit the expected laughs. We live
in desperate times if this film is the best
Hollywood can come up with to entertain
the American public. Q
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Typically not a top priority for young
military folks, saving for retirement is
tougher to accomplish in a down economy.
Young adults tend to be more focused on
launching their careers, starting a family
or, for service members, transitioning to
civilian life. Plus, if you're going back to
school, saving can be very difficult, if not
impossible. But where there's adequate
income, there's a way.
"I can't imagine not working; I couldn't
retire," said Navy Petty Officer 1t Class
Dennis Fetter, a member of the Navy
Expeditionary Guard Battalion. His plans
for retirement involve watching his children
grow up, marry, and have children of their
own. He wants to be able to live debt free
later in his life. He has saved and invested,
while his retirement is still a long way into
Not all Troopers have a plan for their
financial future when they decide to stop
working. The increased cost of living,
unpredictable stock market, and rising
inflation rates can have a great impact on
the amount of money that is available for
living, let alone retirement. However, the
federal government has a way to invest
money for the future with the Thrift Savings
The TSP is a federal, government-
sponsored retirement savings and
investment plan offered to all Troopers.
The purpose of the program is to provide
additional income for retirement based
on an employee's desire to invest in their
future. The money put into the TSP
program is deducted automatically from a
Trooper's pay at an amount or percentage
they control. The TSP program is very
similar to other investment plans.
The TSP and a 401(k) program are
similar and work like a mutual fund.
Money is taken from a paycheck before
taxes are withdrawn, deposited into an
account, and invested in certain companies
at different risk levels. They have some of
the same rules for when a Trooper reaches
retirement age, and similar tax laws. Both
of these plans have risk involved with the
investment, but the TSP does not have the
higher maintenance fees associated with a
401(k) plan. Either plan can net money for
the future, but time for the investment to
mature is an important matter.
"With time, the money left alone will
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reap huge benefits," said Sam Rayburn,
personal finance manager, Fleet and Family
Support Center, Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay. "If you are 21 or 22 years old, and you
deposit $2000 a year for eight years, you
don't have to do anything else at retirement
age, and you'll have $1 million."
"The earlier you start saving, the
better off you will be when it comes to
retirement," Fetter said. "You may even be
able to benefit from an earlier retirement."
Whether retiring early or earning $1
million dollars, the TSP might be an easier
way for a Trooper to reach those goals. The
money used for the plan is automatically
deducted from a Trooper's account, and
can be monitored from the government
Web site and on monthly leave and earning
statements. If a Trooper decides to be
more or less aggressive with the account
earnings, they can make the changes from
the Web site at his own leisure.
"The Web site is easy," said Navy Petty
Officer 3rd Class Robert Behan, postal clerk
with Joint Task Force Guantanamo. "You
can change things monthly, how much you
want to go in, where you want it to go to."
There are some options to determine
where the money is invested with the
program. The TSP offers six investment
funds to place contributions into to grow
wealth with the program. They start with
a secure, low-interest fund, and climb with
higher interest rates and risk. Depending on
when a Trooper wishes to retire, investment
in these different funds can give a source of
income for the latter years of life.
Besides income for life after work, the
TSP can help lower taxes right now as the
TSP program uses pre-tax dollars.
"You put money in here and it comes out
of your taxable base," Rayburn said. "You
are looking at your income tax liability."
Whether saving money now, or later, the
TSP offers an opportunity to save money
and invest in a Trooper's future. Enrolling
in the TSP can be done with a branch-
specific financial office, or online in the
For more information, contact the Fleet
and Family Support Center at ext. 4050 or
visit the Web site at www.tsp.gov. Q
S & INFORMATION I FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009
Army 1st Lt.
Christopher W. Cudney
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The term Navy College may bring to
mind the image of the hallowed halls of
some grand educational institution draped
in the banners, flags and insignia of the
Navy and the Marine Corps, so you may
be surprised to find that it actually consists
of two small offices currently run by just
The Navy College Office here isn't a
school at all, according to Candice Rice,
director of the Navy College Office at
U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. It
is actually a program designed to provide
counseling for professional, career and
personal development opportunities
within the military and civilian sectors.
"We have 54 offices worldwide,
and we fall under the [Navy] Voluntary
Education Department," Rice said.
"I [work for] the Center for Personal
and Professional Development. The
CPPD primarily provides training and
education for our Navy."
While the Navy College Office is
funded by the Navy and is predominantly
equipped to assist Navy and Marine
Corps service members, it does not cater
solely to these branches. According
to Rice, the Navy College Office is
available to any Trooper interested in
personal and professional development.
"GTMO is a unique situation; there is
no way that I can turn away anybody,"
Rice said. "We help all the different
branches to include third-country
nationals that want to go to school. We
help the fire department [obtain their]
certificates for enrollment; we're out here
to help everybody."
Through the Navy College Office, Rice
is able to provide Troopers with a myriad
of information tailored specifically to their
military training. She directs Troopers to
the American Council on Education where
they can use the Army ACE Registry
Transcript Service or the Sailor, Marine
ACE Registry Transcript Service. These
programs track academic credits already
earned by Troopers from prior military
training and schools.
"We want to use those credits and then
FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009 I NEWS & INFORMATION
take them and put them toward a degree,
that way the [service] member is constantly
moving forward," Rice said.
After identifying the credits a student has
already earned, Rice helps Troopers locate
schools that will accept those credits.
"The key is to go to a school that is
military friendly," Rice said. "We actually
have 37 schools that have partnered with
the Navy; we call them our Navy College
Program distance learning partnership
schools." These schools accept previously
earned military credits and provide rating
"road maps" that identify which degrees
will utilize the majority of those credits.
The Navy College Office offers
educational testing opportunities such
as the SAT Reasoning Test, ACT,
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional
Education Support and the College
Level Examination Program. Proctors
are available for Troopers taking college
exams requiring a proctor's presence. Tests
necessary for promotion, advancement,
and certification are also offered.
"There are a lot of people taking
classes [here] and this is a good place to
take a test," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian
Gatens, 474th Base Emergency Engineer
Force structures trainer, before taking an
exam for promotion to the rank of Sgt.
1t Class. Gatens had the test sent to him
from his home station to be proctored
and processed by a certified education
Troopers interested in continuing their
education professionally or independently
may contact Candice Rice at navy.college.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext.
2227. More information can be found at
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VISIT from 3
For Roy, and many of the other
victim family members, it was a
surprise to hear Troopers tell them
how much their presence and words of
"I stumble when people say, 'I'm
honored to meet you, and we're doing
this for you,' because to me the honor
is for me to give, not to receive," Roy
said. "The respect and honor that the
Troopers have shown me goes both
ways. They give [of themselves] and
put others ahead of [them which] is
an extremely important character trait
[people] have to develop. I think by
the fact that these men and women
are here; they've already learned that
"From the bottom of my heart, and
on behalf of my family, thank you, Roy
continued. "Thank you for letting us be part
of your lives. It's important to me [because]
when I go to sleep or when I pray for people
I can envision [who I'm praying for].
The time the Soldiers spent with
the family members was brief, but
left a lasting impression.
"For me it was very emotional," said
Army 1t Sgt. Mark Tillman, the senior
enlisted leader for the 189t MP Co. "It
reminded me why I come to work every day.
I spent a year in Iraq and have been stationed
here for 16 months and sometimes, all we
hear is the negative media coverage that
is prevalent in the news. To have families
come here and thank the Soldiers for what
they do takes it all away. I saw Soldier's
faces light up when I told them why we
moved the location of [our physical fitness
training], they had no idea that they were
coming to talk with them. I believe that it
was a real morale-booster to hear, 'thank
you,' from those that were directly affected
by the tragedy of [Sept. 11, 2001]." 0
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Army Spc. Jason Adams, Sgt. Samuel Nobles and Sgt. Steven Jones, all members of the 193rd Military Police
Co., trained for the Military Police Warfighter Competition by pushing a Humvee around the loop at Windmill
Beach, July 20. The Soldiers pushed and strained during the uphill climb and successfully moved the one-
and-a-quarter ton vehicle around the loop despite loose gravel and mid-day heat. JTF Guantanamo photo by
Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell
FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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Air Force Maj.
Robert L. Sullivan
JTF Deputy Command Chaplain
Spiritual readiness is a guiding principle
that influences every other aspect of readiness.
It gives you intestinal fortitude in the heat of
battle. It's a source of moral courage. It's
knowing that you are the best that you can
be: physically, mentally and spiritually with
the God of Heaven on your side. It's doing
the right thing when no one is looking.
Are you ready? Are you prepared for
battle? If you are not ready, it could cost
your life. Our nation cries for its military
to be ready to confront any enemy. We
should always be ready to fight and win, 24
hours a day seven days a week.
Your spiritual preparation should not be
left on the back-burner. It deserves your
attention as well. It will help you hold it
together in the high stress crisis mode. In
the face of life and death, it will give you an
extra dose of courage under fire.
Even when a family crisis is out of your
reach to assist and you are missing loves
and friends, you can still have hope. Being
spiritually ready helps secure and stabilize
you when the raging winds of trouble come
The Psalmist David, who was also a king,
warrior and a prophet, depended on God for
his spiritual readiness. He said in Psalm
144:1 "Blessed be the Lord my strength,
which teaches my hands to war, and my
fingers to fight." He said in Psalm 34:7
"The angel of the Lord encampeth round
about them that fear him, and delivered
them." He also said in Psalm 127:1 "Except
the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain
that build it: except the Lord keep the city,
the watchman wakes in vain."
King David knew that his relationship
with God was critical in his spiritual
readiness. The Apostle Peter also warned
believers to be spiritually alert in 1 Peter
5:8, he said "Be sober, be vigilant..." Being
ready to fight is required to be victorious.
Finally, spiritual readiness recognizes
the presence of God on the battlefield and
at home. It reminds us that we are not only
accountable to the military, but we are also
accountable to God. It encourages faith,
prayer and commitment to family and our
nation. It provides integrity and the highest
The same God that blesses and takes
care of me and my family at home will do
the same, even if I'm separated halfway
around the world. Spiritual readiness
remembers that we are not alone in the
fight. The Commander in Chief of Heaven
helps prepare us to win. Q
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6:30 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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Air Force Staff Sgt.
Brian A. Wright
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Most 474th Expeditionary Civil
Engineering Squadronpersonnelwho deploy
to U. S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in
support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo
know what their job is going to be before
they arrive. However, that was not the case
for Air Force Tech Sgt. Jeanette Gooch, an
emergency management craftsman from
the 130thAir National Guard Air Lift Wing
from Charleston, W. Va.
Gooch, who works primarily with
chemical and biological agents, ended up
working in two different locations dealing
with emergency response actions for natural
disasters and enemy attack, as well as her
Camp Justice mission as the hazardous
"My original career field is emergency
management, we monitor and sample
[chemical and biological] agents and give
recommendations to the commander for
personnel safety and mission continuation,"
Gooch explained. "As the HAZMAT
coordinator, I monitor and remove all
potentially dangerous hazardous materials
from work areas in Camp Justice."
In addition to her duties as non-
commissioned officer-in-charge of
emergency management, Gooch spent
six weeks working at the Intelligence
Operations Facility working for the
previous JTF seniorenlistedadvisor,
Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian
Schexnayder. There, she outlined
and wrote the comprehensive
emergency management plan for
all of the JTF which explains the
response and recovery actions for
major accidents, natural disasters
and enemy attacks. The 70-page
document was coordinated with
several base agencies and parallels
the GTMO destructive weather
"When I was acting command
chief for JTF, Tech Sgt. Gooch was
always willing to go above and
beyond her assigned duties to ensure
all her [mission requirements] were
met and completed in a timely and
professional manner," said Air
Force Senior Master Sgt. Michael
A. Withrow, JTF liaison for National
Guard Bureau deployment-for-
S training teams.
Gooch earned an Army
S Achievement Medal for her
dedication to taking a secret-rated
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instruction for the destructive weather plan
and making it into an unclassified version
in two days to disperse to all of JTF.
"I felt privileged and surprised that
someone would think my work merits an
army achievement medal," Gooch said.
Gooch's self-motivation over her eight-
year enlisted career inspired her to pursue
becoming an officer in the United States Air
Force. This month she received an e-mail
announcing her selection to the Air Force's
Officer Training School. She will attend in
the early part of 2010.
"The whole process took about a year,"
Gooch said. "I had to take the Air Force
Officers Qualifying Test and pass the flight
physical, as well as go in front of two
[review] boards consisting of only colonels
and above. It's going to be a great growing
Once Gooch leaves GTMO she will go
back to her civilian career at the department
of agriculture in West Virginia.
"I conduct a lot of plant and insect
surveys," Gooch explained. "Often I bring
the samples back to the lab and run tests
to determine if they contain plant disease
Both her military and civilian job are
"My military career encompasses
sampling also, but I sample chemical and
biological agents and nuclear radiation,"
According to Gooch, her deployment to
GTMO has been an enjoyable one, but she
is happy to go back to her life as a civilian
for the next few months before becoming
an officer in the United States Air Force.
"I would like to thank [Air Force 1st
Sgt.] Charlie Brown, he's been there for
me through the entire deployment as well
as the rest of the 474th ECES members,"
Gooch said. "It's been a great deployment
and I'm going to miss you all." 0
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