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In philosophy, psychology and the cognitive sciences,
perception is defined as the process of attaining awareness or
understanding of sensory information.
Our perception of the world around us begins with the
senses, which lead us to build a belief system of the world we
live in. We then use this belief system to evaluate new ideas
and incorporate them with things we already believe
to be true.
We exist as "a power" affecting others. We are
part of a reality, a force among forces that makes up
the outside world.
Humans develop and learn individual
perceptions that help them understand interactions
with others at different cultural levels.
Since no two people are alike, think alike, or
totally share the same interest, how is it then that
order, harmony, and peace between us is possible?
Let's look at potential and reality. Someone's
behavior is part of our external reality and consists of their
potential like limitations, abilities to be developed,
dispositions such as attitudes, or, determinables like
income, age, occupation and power.
As a person comes into our area of awareness
they become a reality; a person's presence
demands our attention and requires us to focus
our perception and process the information with
our own disposition, potential, determinables and
power. As we focus on someone, we can identify
attitude if he shows an aggressive disposition,
if he looks passive or contemptuous, if he looks
happy; if the person is well-dressed or wears an
expensive suit, if he is friend or foe, if the person
shows good or bad intentions, and so on. Some of
these perceptions are powerful since they capture
our focus and attention.
Now, if we compare our perceptions of one
person to our perceptions of a crowd of people
walking on a heavily congested sidewalk, the
crowd would just appear to be shadows, momentary
images in our minds. We no longer have the ability
to see each individual's attributes; or the specifics
that make each one unique.
In the business that we are in, where training,
uniformity, consistency, passing of information,
supervision, mentoring, counseling and many others
are important behavioral practices, we must assure
that facts, performance measures, and constant
assessment of ourselves and others is a high priority
as we strive to portray a clear, transparent and
professional image to our nation and the international
But, we have to remember that if it sounds, acts, and
looks like a duck, we shouldn't immediately assume it
is a duck, nor everything that shines is gold. We must
continue to evaluate and ensure that what we do in our own
little world of Guantanamo Bay is just and right so that the
reality of what we do affects the perception of the rest of the
world instead of perception affecting our reality. Q
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TROOPER-TO-TROOPER I FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Detainee programs at Joint Task Force
Guantanamo provide art classes for
detainees on a weekly basis as a part of
successfully conducting safe, humane,
legal and transparent care and custody.
"The main mission is to provide a mental
[outlet] and recreation through art classes,"
said Army Capt. Jose Izquierdo, detainee
programs officer-in-charge. "There are
detainees who have been here for seven
years, so for the safety of our Troopers and
to keep the detainees mentally busy, we
provide programs for the detainees."
The art classes are a mental escape for
the detainees that draws them away from
thinking about ways to disobey camp rules,
guards and interrogators and gives them
something to look forward to.
Adam, the art instructor, has been
teaching for more than 40 years. He has
been teaching the detainee's for the past
"He is a great art instructor," Izquierdo
said. "The first thing to be a great teacher
is the chemistry between the teacher and
student. He has great chemistry with the
students. Prior to his
in the art classes
was zero, and now
it is [more than 50]
students a week."
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with the programs
and the classes is
very close to what I
do in my civilian life.
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Adam also has experience in
"I have taught in elementary schools
and in colleges in Iraq and in the United
States," Adam said.
However, teaching at GTMO has been a
little different for Adam.
"Before I got here I heard all the bad
things, all negative things about GTMO,
but I decided to work here as a challenge,"
Adam said. "I felt I could do something
different here. I have worked with kids and
adults, so I felt maybe my way of arts, or
painting, could do well in a special case
"I feel when we make a painting,
we change our theme or mood," Adam
continued. "I now see everything is
different since I have been here. Everything
is organized and everything with the
detainees is very good."
There are indicators of Adam's art class
"I give them the feeling I am a friend,
not just an art teacher," he said. "Being part
of the culture and teaching Arabic writing
also helps in making them [comfortable]
Adam is also sure to keep them occupied
"When they start my class, they are busy
the whole time. When the class is over they
ask, 'How is this two hours? It has not been
two hours.' I tell them it has been more
than two hours, since I arrived 20 minutes
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Day and night, through sunshine and
rain, the border between Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay and Cuba is held secure.
For more than four decades members of the
United States Marine Corps have manned
the towers and guarded the fence line in
order that those operating within be kept
safe and unencumbered in their mission.
The Marine Barracks' mission was
to provide fence line security, observe
the Cubans and provide ground defense
when needed. Today the Marine Corps
Security Force Company still holds this
"Our mission today is to conduct
continuous security operations along the
shore side perimeter and directed waterside
approaches between Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay and Cuba," said Marine
Corps Staff Sgt. Kenneth Waterman,
gunnery sergeant for the MCSFC. "This
allows the naval station to conduct
advanced naval base operations without
Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Miguel
Rivera is the communications chief for the
MCSFC and a member of the permanent
staff that provides everything needed for
the Guantanamo Bay mission.
"This mission is all day and all night,
[24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week],"
Rivera said. "We are constantly rotating
Marines on and off this mission and this
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keeps us busy here at MCSFC."
Between the necessary paperwork
and training and the ongoing mission,
operations are constant, Rivera said.
Some of the tasks for the MCSFC include
maintaining continuous observation of the
perimeter, providing reaction forces onboth
Windward and Leeward sides, conducting
shore-side screening and reconnaissance
and conducting checkpoint operations for
the repatriation of Cuban nationals.
"We are always training our Marines
on all aspects of the mission in order to
maintain the highest level of performance,"
The company's platoons receive
approximately two weeks of training
when they first arrive in Guantanamo Bay
and periodic training throughout their
Marine Corps 1st Lt. Adam Steele, a
platoon commander with the MCSFC is
at Guantanamo Bay for the first time. His
platoon deployed out of Norfolk, Va., and
is relatively new, having been stood up
earlier this year.
"This is our platoon's first deployment
and the mission here plays an important
role in the development of our Security
Force Marines," Steele said. "Here they
take the skills they learned in training and
apply them in their daily mission. The
experience they gain here enhances their
capabilities when they deploy to other
Steele said the mission here at
Guantanamo Bay is challenging and is
instrumental in his platoon's development.
"The mission here directly translates
to the Security Force mission anywhere
in the world," Steele said. "This is a great
opportunity for junior Marines to jump into
doing theirjob right away."
Waterman said while operations
on Guantanamo Bay have their own
nuances, the mission is carried out the
same as anywhere else; with pride and
MISSION I FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009
Army Sgt. 1st Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The Medal of Honor is the
highest military decoration awarded
by the United States government to
service members who distinguish
themselves through gallantry and
intrepidity, risking his or her life
above and beyond the call of duty
against enemies of the United States
Two such heroes, Medal of
Honor recipients retired Army Ret
Col. Robert L. Howard and retired abc
Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gary L. Me
Littrell visited Guantanamo Bay, Ric
Cuba, to share their experiences of
valor with Joint Task Force Guantanamo
Troopers at the Morale, Welfare
and Recreation Liberty Center at
Camp America, and throughout
the naval station.
Both retired Soldiers travel around
the country and overseas visiting troops,
telling their stories and talking about the
importance of patriotism, leadership,
democracy and the history of the
Medal of Honor.
"We just go around the country to extend
our appreciation for your service," Howard
said. "We are privileged; this medal that
I wear around my neck is for all service
Howard is arguably one of the most
highly-decorated service members in
American history, with
a list of awards and
decorations that would
impress any experienced
Trooper. He served five
tours in Vietnam and has
been nominated three
times for the Medal of
Honor for three different
heroic actions during
a 13-month period. By
today's law, only one
Medal can be issued to
any one person in their
lifetime, regardless of
how many heroic acts
they have performed.
Littrell's list of
heroics, awards and
decorations are equally
impressive from his
tour in Vietnam. Both
Howard and Littrell
risked their own lives to
save the lives of others
by taking charge of their
unit, engaging with the
enemy during a fierce
battle, caring for the
wounded and evacuating
their Soldiers to safety.
"The best advice I
can give to young
men and women in
St the military today, and
especially our young
leaders, is to make
sure before you deploy
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into a combat zone that your troops are
properly trained," Littrell said. "Training is
everything and everything is training."
These stories left the audience speechless
and astounded at the heroic acts that saved
the lives of the men's comrades during the
battles in which they both served.
"One of the biggest things they
mentioned was about taking care of your
troops, not yourself, and that's one of the
things people needed to learn if you're here
for them and not for yourself," said Army
Master Sgt. Jose Alicea.
Some of the Troopers in the audience
could relate to their stories through their
own experiences while deployed to Iraq or
"I am just in awe being in their presence
and [the fact] that some of them are still
alive to receive this honor," said Army
Capt. Kathy Babin. "Just listening to Col.
Howard, it brought me back to that moment
when I was deployed and my first thought
was about taking care of my Soldiers."
The Medal of Honor was established in
December 1861, and since then has been
awarded to 3,447 recipients, of which 95
recipients are still alive today. There have
been 19 double recipients of the Medal of
Howard told his audience that
commitment to your troops and doing the
right thing is important. The message they
brought to the Troopers of Guantanamo
was the importance of patriotism and
leadership, which they both spoke about
When each of the Medal of Honor
recipients was asked about his own heroism
and what inspired them to do what they did,
both modestly replied "This was something
that had to be done at the time."
Both Howard and Littrell travel
extensively every year visiting Troops
worldwide to boost morale and share their
experiences, talk about patriotism and the
love they have for this country. O
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Strong winds and a hot sun could not
stop Team Varsity players from going
undefeated in match play and winning the
Captain's Cup Sand Volleyball Tournament
at the Denich Gym outdoor volleyball
court, August 2.
Varsity defeated GTMO Fire in two
straight games during the two-day, double-
elimination competition featuring 12 teams
from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and
Joint Task Force Guantanamo battling
for top honors and bragging rights at the
Navy Lt. j.g. Brian Boyer, the captain of
Varsity, assembled an experienced team to
defend his top tournament finish in March:
Army Sgt. Aaron San Luis, Wisam Samuel
and Raj Shanderkumeri.
"Our team has a lot of experience,"
San Luis said. "Brian has been in many
tournaments and, of course, I've been in
many tournaments as well. Raj has been
here for six years, and Sam has been playing
for a long time. We had good passes, good
sets and good kills. We had smart plays,
kept our serves in play and tried to avoid
giving up easy points. Teamwork and
communication played an important role."
The team's experience was one of the
elements of success where gusting winds
forced many teams to play defensively as
the ball moved all over the court.
"The wind bothered a lot of people,"
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Navy Petty Officer It Class Joshua
Treadwell, of the team Afterlife,
blocks the attempt from a Dirt
Merchant player during the MWR
Sand Volleyball Tournament Aug. 2.
JTF Guantanamo photo by
Army Spc. David McLean
Boyer said. "I think that is why we
won. We were able to adjust to the
conditions, and take advantage of
Conditions may have been
difficult, but were not the only
highlight of the tournament. Twin
brothers Wisam and Wiaam Samuel
met in the final match on opposing
teams for the first time. They play
a lot of volleyball together, but they
decided to try new teammates for
"This was the first time ever we
have played against each other,"
Wisam Samuel said. "I always try
to beat him when we play around.
It was fun, and I try to hit [the ball]
Hitting on this court was
different, as Morale, Welfare and
Recreation recently upgraded the
facility with new sand and shaded
"We replaced the old, coarse
dirt court with fine, white sand
and added two shade structures for
people who come out and watch 1Zniii
the games," said Robert Newman,
sports coordinator for MWR. "The
facility looks great, and the play
looks even better. Good volleyball
on a nice court is something to watch."
More play on the court is expected in
the near future as Newman discussed a
midnight tournament with the remaining
players left after the championship match.
Boyer said he expects to defend his title
against all challengers.
For more information about volleyball
tournaments or sporting events, contact the
MWR sports office at ext. 2113. Q
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It's understandable. Four dudes go
to Vegas for a bachelor party, get blitzed
out of their gourds and lose one of their
friends. Hasn't everyone done that?
"The Hangover" is one of those
movies that Americans love to watch.
Boys behaving badly is a timeless theme
that only seems to get better every time.
Directed by Todd Phillips ("Old School"
and "Road Trip"), this film has all the
crude jokes and dumb humor which are
frequently leavened with nuggets of
inventiveness and wit.
The movie opens with four normal(ish)
guys headed to Las Vegas for their buddy's
last hurrah before his wedding. Their
wild bachelor weekend quickly spins out
of control. The groom-to-be goes missing
after a night of revelry and his friends
spend the rest of the movie looking for
Bradley Cooper's portrayal of Phil
Wenneck offers a more interesting
variation on an old standard, playing the
aggressive, cocky frat boy with a snarl
of rage that masks an anxiety as hard to
account for as it is to miss. This weekend
with the boys is his chance to live college
dreams and ends up teaching him to
appreciate his real (albeit boring) life.
Ed Helms is Stu Price, an anxious
dentist who is cowed by his overbearing
girlfriend. While his character could have
been the boring one, Helms continued to
surprise with gaffs like random tooth loss
and an impromptu Vegas wedding.
Zach Galifianakis is Alan Garner, a
childlike loser whose borderline-creepy
non sequiturs are more hilarious the
less sense they make. Some of his best
moments are played off a baby he finds
in a closet and totes around for a good
portion of the movie.
"The Hangover" peaks early and runs
on that steam for the remainder of the
movie. Even the craziest stuff has a way
of becoming less so in the course of being
explained. Still, there are some moments
of dizzying, demented lunacy, most of
them immune to being spoiled by mere
The film is sprinkled with a tiny handful
of women who provide the stereotypes
to their male counterparts. There is the
sweet and patient bride, the emasculating
shrew and the friendly prostitute; all three
very funny and very necessary to balance
the film's overbearingly male flavor.
"The Hangover" presents the wildest
imaginable scenario and asks the audience
to buy it; which they do. Somehow,
throughout the craziness of the film the
characters capture the essence of human
desire and teach us all a lesson about how
the grass is not always greener on the
other side. 0
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
If you're looking for a place off the
beaten path, a place to take a break from
the monotony of everyday life, then look
no further than Iguana Xing (Crossing).
At the top of Chapel Hill, opposite from
the Naval Station Chapel, Iguana Xing has
an inviting environment which offers more
than meets-the-eye. While there, you can
use the big-screen TV for watching movies
or one of your favorite shows, and you can
settle into the soft couch, with a pleasant
atmosphere and enjoy various refreshments.
"It's a good resource," said Crystal
Sciarratta, a civilian volunteer. "I see it as a
comfortable hangout, a place to study and
use the Internet, plus it's quieter and less
crowded than going to the library."
Crystal and her husband, Navy Petty
Officer 3rd Class Joshua Sciarratta, volunteer
at the Iguana Xing. They first heard about
it at the Protestant church service given
by U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
Chaplain Doug Holmes. There he informed
the congregation that they needed more
volunteers to keep the program operating.
The Sciarratta's stepped up to the plate, to
extend a helping hand.
"It's a place for all Troopers to hang
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out," said Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
Brandon Enck, a religious programs aide.
"It's an excellent alternative to the party
Iguana Xing's doors are open every
night, 7 days-a-week, from 6 until 10 p.m.,
for anyone wishing to visit.
"It's an ideal location for relaxing after
work or after the library has closed for the
day," Enck said.
The facility has been used by various
support groups, and is available for
The two computers, which operate on
the same system as Columbia College,
are beneficial for those Troopers enrolled
in courses to complete their class
The gathering place is geared toward
individuals age 18 and up, both civilian and
military alike, and operates on contributions
"This is a religious-based program,"
said Chaplain Holmes. "However, it is
open to all; all we ask is that you abide by
the rules and enjoy your time."
Holmes encourages Troopers to use the
time they have on island in a productive
manner. Whether it be completing
assignments or chatting online to family
members back home.
"Iguana Xing is always looking for
volunteers, and as always donations
of refreshments are welcomed
wholeheartedly," said Sciarratta.
For more information aboutvolunteering
or donations for Iguana Xing, contact
Chaplain Doug Holmes at ext. 2843 or
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Army Sgt. Daniel Jaggie, a member of the 525th Military Police Battalion, rocks out with his guitar for Troopers at Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay, July 31. Jaggie recently left GTMO to join the all-military traveling band USA Express, and will
return to regular duty in mid-November. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. April D. de Armas
April D. de Armas
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
For many Troopers, deployment to U.S.
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay means
spending the next six months to a year
supporting Joint Task Force Guantanamo.
For one Trooper, the opportunity of a
lifetime presented itself in the form of
an all-military traveling band that would
break up his deployment to GTMO.
USA Express is a band created by the
Army Entertainment Division and Morale,
Welfare and Recreation.
Army Sgt. Daniel Jaggie, a military
policeman with the 525* Military Police
Battalion at JTF, was chosen by the USA
Express band to do a six-month tour around
several different military bases all over the
world, to perform for Troopers.
"I have been playing guitar for 12 years;
I have performed in the civilian world as
well as for Troopers and was very excited
to get this opportunity," Jaggie said.
Before Jaggie joined USA Express, he
spent some of his off-time performing at
O'Kelly's, the local pub located here at
"I really enjoyed playing at O'Kelly's
the last few months but I was looking for
more," Jaggie said. "Any time a band
would perform for the Troopers here, I
would think, 'man I wish that were me up
there,' so this is really cool."
Jaggie isjoinedby several other Troopers
from military units from other bases.
Army 1st Lt. Rockell Allen, a member
of the Georgia National Guard's 319th
Transportation Company, has been with the
band for the last seven weeks as a vocalist
"I am a National Guardsman and
was looking for a full-time job when my
husband found the Web site and asked me
if I wanted to audition," Allen said. "I was
very excited to be chosen. I love being
with the Troopers and am very excited to be
performing with the people in the band."
USA Express has already been to Fort
Bragg, N. C., and will be making their next
few stops in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
"The Troopers at Fort Bragg, N. C.,
were really awesome and so far the
reception we have received here has been
just as amazing," said Army Sgt. Terrance
Jones, 82nd Maintenance Company from
Columbus, Ga. "I am looking forward
to the rest of the tour. Being a Trooper
myself, performing for the Troopers has
been a humbling experience; they are all
great and deserve to be able to relax."
When the Troopers are done with their
six-month tour with USA Express, they will
be replaced with new Troopers from other
areas and will return to their respective
"I will return to GTMO in mid-November
to complete my tour," Jaggie said. "I look
forward to coming back when the tour is
done and I hope to pick up where I left off
performing at O'Kelly's again. However,
until then, I am really enjoying this diversion
and I know the Troopers enjoy seeing us
come out to give them a little entertainment
during their off hours." 0
Army 1't Lt. Rockell Allen a member
of the 319th Transportation Company,
sings for Troopers at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay, July 31. JTF
Guantanamo photo by Army Spc.
April D. de Armas
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009 I NEWS & INFORMATION
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early," Adam said. "This is how I know
they like my class. I don't have to convince
them to come, because now they believe.
Every week I have new students. When I
started teaching I had two classes, and now
I have seven classes."
An aspect to the detainees is preparing
for the future, according to Adam.
"They look for the future," Adam said.
"If you are good with me, and are good at
painting, maybe somebody takes this as a
job when they go back home. They need
something to start a life. When they say 'I
am an artist,'people will respect them. And
if they cannot get a job as an artist, at least
they will be able to teach their children."
Adam explained that several detainees
have negative thoughts, but his effort with
art is helping to change that.
"This is very good for their psychology,"
Adam said. "I amnotjust giving thempractice;
I also talk about why art is important. We
change our life if we do something beautiful.
I tell them that when they start to paint they
will see things more beautifully."
Adam even assigns homework and when
detainees return to class, he is amazed at
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photos by Army Sgt. Michael Baltz
the work from the detainees.
"This isn't only education; this is
culture," he said. "It is a shame for people
not to know about da Vinci or Michelangelo,
who spent five years on paintings, and they
are amazed and honored when I tell them."
One of the goals for the detainee art
program may be a surprise to some.
"One of my goals is to have an exhibit
of the detainee art," Izquierdo said
enthusiastically. "I would like to present it
in the camp in hopes that it will motivate
other detainees to attend the class."
The art classes are only one example
of how JTF Guantanamo continues to
enhance the lives of detainees by providing
intellectual stimulation, social recreation
and instructional training. Q
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GTMO's National Night Out
Navy Petty Officers 2nd Class Clint Woodson and Buddy Snedeker took a moment to pose with "McGruff the
Crime Dog" during Guantanamo's National Night Out. National Night Out provides an opportunity for our military
members and residents of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to join The National Association of Town Watch and
other law enforcement agencies across the U.S. in celebrating and promoting efforts to increase awareness
and strengthen participation throughout our community. The National Night Out, 'America's Night Out Against
Crime,' was introduced in 1984 and has been dedicated to the development, growth and maintenance of
organized crime and drug prevention programs nationwide. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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Navy Lt. Cmdr.
Working in a joint environment may bring about the
thought that many things would work much better if
everything was universally adapted, to be used the same
way by everyone every time. This approach may not
work in the environment of a joint task force, but there is
universal applicability in the development of spirituality
and the fostering of relationship with one's God, which is
indeed universal to all people no matter what uniform they
I am thinking of a universal prayer attributed to Pope
Clement XI as an example because it touches on many
military values. Giovanni Albani, pope from 1700 to
1721, was born in Italy in July 1649. He received an
extraordinary education in theology and law, filled various
important papal offices, and in November 1700 became
Pope Clement XI.
Clement was a polished writer, and a generous patron
of the arts. His private life and his administration were
blameless, but it was his misfortune to reign in tempestuous
times in the world. In the War of the Spanish Succession he
would willingly have remained neutral, but found himself
being manipulated by the crowned heads of Europe. In the
Peace ofUtrecht his guidance was ignored. Ina disagreement
with the Duke of Savoy regarding policies of investiture in
Sicily, his instruction was treated with contempt.
When a doctrinal controversy broke out and was
supported by some bishops, division within the church
was prolonged. The prestige of the papacy had never been
lower in two centuries. Clement died in March 1721. In
spite of the troubling times in which he lived, he was able
to succeed on a personal level and as a leader due to his
ongoing spirituality. No doubt his universal prayer offers
insight into his spirituality and the source of his strength in
times of public controversy and personal demands.
A Universal Prayer
My God, guide me by Your wisdom,
correct me with Your justice. Comfort
me with Your mercy and protect me with
I offer You my thoughts: to be fixed
on You; my words: to have You for their
theme; my actions: to reflect my love for
You; my sufferings: to be endured for Your
I want to do what You ask of me: in
the way You ask for as long as You ask,
because You ask it. Lord, enlighten my
understanding, strengthen my will, purify
my heart, and make me holy. Help me
to repent of my past sins and to resist
temptation in the future.
Help me to rise above my human
weaknesses and to grow stronger as a
person. Let me see myself as I really am:
A pilgrim in this world, a person called to
respect and love all whose lives I touch,
those under my authority, my friends and
Help me to conquer anger with
gentleness, greed by generosity, apathy
by fervor. Help me to forget myself
and reach out toward others. Make
me prudent in planning, courageous in
taking risks. Make me patient in suffering,
unassuming in prosperity.
Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,
temperate in food and drink, diligent in
my work, firm in my good intentions.
Let my conscience be clear, my conduct
without fault, my speech blameless
and my life well-ordered. Put me
on guard against my human weaknesses.
Help me to prepare for death with a
proper fear of judgment with a greater
trust in Your goodness. Lead me
safely through death to eternal rest.
III I1H m J I I H :I I 'I i i J
Sunday: 9 a.m.
Sunday: 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 p.m.
Spanish Catholic Mass
Sunday: 5 p.m.
at NAVSTA Chapel
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Sunday: 11 a.m.
LIFE & SPIRIT I FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009
6:30 a.m. Mass
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Every Sunday O'Kelly's Irish Pub at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay allows Troopers with Joint Task Force
Guantanamo and NAVSTA to perform in front of their
friends and guests.
"The purpose is to get musicians out there to perform
and to afford people the opportunity to hear live music,"
said Marine Corps Capt. April Coan, anti-terrorism
officer for the JTF. "You don't get to hear that too often.
There is a lot of talent on this island, it is amazing how
much talent is here. It is also a good place to see people
do their thing."
The event is called Sunday Sit-Ins With April.
"Everybody is welcome," Coan said. "I envisioned
this as an open forum for any band here. It is for people
to go out there and have fun. If they need a guitar or just
want to sing I have that stuff there."
There is awide range of music. There havebeenpeople
who sing anything, either a cappella or accompanied,
from country to rock, according to Coan.
Along with managing the Sunday event, Coan also
participates with her band called Backwoods.
"I started playing 10 years ago, and I started performing
about four or five years ago," Coan said. "So when I got
here, I started looking for people to play with."
Coan taught herself how to play.
"We had an old guitar in my house and I picked it up
and started playing," Coan said.
Coan was in band when she was growing up and
credits that to her current ability.
"The first time I went to an open [microphone event]
was five years ago in Virginia," said Coan, an Alanis
Morissette fan. "Now I am running one here, so it is kind
Coan's band member has been playing the harmonica
for 13 years.
"I always wanted to play the harmonica as a kid,"
said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Lance Burleson, a
combat cameraman. "One day in school, I heard some
kid messing around with one. They
didn't know how to play it, but
I wanted to learn. So I got a book
from them and started learning,
playing simple tunes like 'She'll Be
Comin' 'Round the Mountain.'
"Later, I found a book on how
to play blues harp and that opened
a whole different world for me,"
continued Burleson, who admires
harmonica player Little Walters.
"Once I began to learn how to bend
notes, everything I heard onthe radio
sounded like what I was starting to
play, so from then on I just started
The two kick off the Sunday
night event at 8 p.m. If you wish to
join them, sing your own music or
bring your own band, call Coan at
"If you play an instrument or
sing, come out and join us. We
are all out there to make friends."
Burleson added. Q
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009 I 15 MINUTES OF FAME